Caution: South Florida is threatened by climate change

first_imgLast Saturday, Earth Day, saw thousands of protestors in American cities urging the administration in Washington to focus on paying attention to the dangers of the Earth’s warming or climate change.It’s sad and downright ridiculous that despite sound evidence presented by American and international scientists that the Earth is getting warmer, glaciers are melting, and ocean levels rising, the critical issue of climate change is caught in the political divide.Republicans remain stubbornly opposed to evidence that the Earth is threatened by climate change. They regard the evidence as nonsense perpetuated by mistaken scientists. On the other hand, Democrats, as reflected by former President Obama’s proactivity, are eager to prepare the nation for the effects of climate change. Meanwhile, the administration in Washington seems to be contemplating pulling out of the global climate agreement made in Paris last year.One hopes that the government heed calls being made by entities such as ExxonMobil, and maintain participation in the Paris agreement.Being proactive to climate change is particularly important to South Florida. Almost every time there’s a full moon, the coast adjacent to the ocean reveals the effect of climate change. The phenomenon called King Tide, resulting from the rising sea level, floods streets and properties along the coast from Broward to Miami-Dade County. The rising sea level has been particularly bad along the coastline in Miami Beach. Nonetheless, Florida’s Governor Rick Scott disagrees that Florida, and South Florida in particular, is in danger from climate change.There’s scientific evidence that the temperature of the Earth’s surface could increase between 1.6 to 6.3 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100. In comparison, the Earth’s temperature increased by 9 degrees F in the past 10,000 years since the ice age.An evidence of this increase warmth is changes in rainfall pattern alternating from sustained drought periods, to more intense flood rains. This has been evidenced in South Florida and in Caribbean countries like Jamaica.However, the real concern for South Florida is the threat from rising sea level. Scientists predict the sea level is rising as Earth becomes warmer and the volume of water in the oceans build because ice is melting in the North and South Poles.The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) predicts Florida will see a rise in sea level of about 18-20 inches by the next century. This means sea water would gradually obliterate the region’s beachfront and properties along the coast, affecting tourism one of the region’s chief sources of revenue. This would also negatively impact the wetlands and commercial fishing and even the fresh water supply as the ocean gradually encroach on the Everglades and the Biscayne Aquifer.Another serious effect of the rising sea level for South Florida is it increases threats from storm surges during hurricanes and even tropical storms.While Republicans administrations in Tallahassee and Washington seek to gain ridiculous political gains by claiming effects of climate change “is a hoax,” South Florida must be proactive against the potential threat.More positively, Miami-Dade County have reacted to the potential threat from climate change by adopting the “Urban CO2 Reduction Plan.”  This plan identifies opportunities to cope with climate change, including reducing energy demand and protecting the county’s quality of life and economy. An annual report is being submitted to the County Commission pertaining to the progress of the plan.However, protecting the region from the threat of climate change should be the collective responsibility of the state and the regions’ public and private sector, and community leaders. A clearly defined policy is urgently needed at the state and national level to cope with the growing dangers of the Earth’s warming phenomenon. Residents in South Florida, and throughout Florida, who are at risk to climate change need to pressure their leaders to pay attention and be proactive.last_img read more

Angola’s first satellite to enter orbit on Dec. 26

first_imgAngola’s first satellite “AngoSat-1” will enter orbit on December 26 at 7 p.m, after the conclusion of the satellite’s integration to the launcher module, to be made via the Ukrainian rocket carrier Zenit from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.This was told on Thursday in Luanda at a press conference by the Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology, Jose Carvalho da Rocha, as the coordinator of the National Space Program.Built by a Russian state consortium, AngoSat-1 will cover part of Africa and Europe and at least 47 Angolan aerospace engineers, trained in China, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and Russia, will guarantee the functioning of the satellite.The AngoSat-1 project has been underway since 2012.last_img read more

Olympic committee executive dissolved

first_img Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Olympic committee executive dissolved by: – May 16, 2013 Tweet 24 Views   3 commentscenter_img Share The executive of the Dominica Olympic Committee (DOC) was on Thursday, 16th May dissolved at a special meeting.Fifteen of the eighteen affiliate members last week wrote to the DOC and requested a special meeting as they were concerned with the operations of the organization.Among the matters of concern the affiliates communicated to the DOC was the manner in which the last annual general meeting was held.Some of the affiliates were concerned that they were not allowed to vote at the meeting after they were invited to attend.At Thursday’s meeting, two affiliates namely Squash and Cycling, were again denied entry into the meeting.According to a member of one of the affiliate associations, police officers were present at the meeting to keep some members out which caused chaos and tempers to flare.However, the motion to have the executive squashed and new elections called within 21 days was passed.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

Farmington church hosts ‘Passion’ with local actors

first_imgOur Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Farmington will host, “Passion Through Mary’s Eyes,” a Lent experience presented April 12 and 14 at 8 p.m.With actors from Farmington and surrounding communities, the play presents the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and death told through the eyes of his mother. Admission is free.The church is located at 23815 Power Road. Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New IoT Optimized LTE Module Certified by AT&T

first_img Based on Sequans’ Colibri LTE chipset platform Sequans Communications recently announced that its newest EZLinkLTE module, the US60L, has been certified to operate on AT&T’s 4G LTE network, having achieved technical acceptance (TA) from AT&T’s Network Ready Lab. At the heart of the module is Sequans’ IoT-optimized, LTE Cat 4-capable chipset, Colibri, along with memory, power management and a complete RF front-end, all in a single, affordable, compact, surface-mount package.The new US60L module is the first in a family of pin-compatible Sequans modules designed for the US LTE market and will be of great value to IoT device designers in several vertical markets as it is an ideal solution for applications in areas including telematics, security, and surveillance, to name a few. It provides an all-in-one connectivity solution that comes pre-integrated and pre-certified, significantly reducing time to market for device makers.AT&T’s Network Ready Lab program ensures that a module receiving AT&T’s technical acceptance meets AT&T’s performance, interoperability and feature requirements, and that it is approved to operate on AT&T’s 4G LTE network. The US60L module has been certified by AT&T on LTE bands 2, 4, 5 and 12. This module is manufactured by Wistron NeWeb Corporation, a longtime partner of Sequans.  This module is based on Sequans’ Colibri LTE chipset platform and is a member of Sequans’ StreamliteLTE family of LTE for IoT products, providing an extremely cost-effective solution for a wide range of M2M modules and devices requiring higher throughput, as well as for consumer tablets, mobile PCs, and home and mobile routers.  Sequans EZLinkLTE US60L module features: Support as certified for LTE bands 2,4,5 and 12 (pin-compatible variant adds support for bands 13 and 17)  PTCRB compliant  Embedded OMA-DM  Supports most leading OS options  IoT-friendly interfaces  31.5 x 22 x 1.92 mm LGA packagecenter_img 3GPP Release 10/11 compliant Up to LTE UE Category 4 throughput (150 Mbps DL) Fully integrated on-modem VoLTE capable Available support for eMBMS and location serviceslast_img read more

Blue Eagles, Tamaraws battle for last UAAP 80 finals lost

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Blue Eagles, Tamaraws battle for last UAAP 80 finals lost ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=” av-medium-font-size-title=” av-small-font-size-title=” av-mini-font-size-title=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=’18’ font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]MANILA – Ateneo Blue Eagles and Far Eastern University Tamaraws are expected to leave it all on the floor in their do-or-die UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball semifinals match today at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.The winner of the encounter scheduled at 4 p.m. will face defending champion De La Salle University Green Archers in the best-of-three championship series beginning Nov. 25. Tamaraws forced a Game 2 in the semifinals series after an 80-67 upset victory against the erstwhile invincible Blue Eagles on Sunday.FEU head coach Olsen Racela cautioned his players against being overconfident as he expects Blue Eagles to give everything to salvage their season.“We need to prepare…We need to see what we can do to stop a very strong team like Ateneo,” Racela said. “Our Game 1 win was nothing since we only tied the series.”Meanwhile Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin said he needs his players to regain their confidence after suffering back-to-back defeats that snapped their 13-0 streak.“I think our confidence kind of went down, and I hate to see that because with young kids, you don’t ever want to see their confidence sort of erode a little bit,” said the former Gilas Pilipinas mentor.“(Blue Eagles) have a successful season to fall back on in terms of looking for confidence. So really, it’s about me giving these players a message, something specific that they can look at and say, ‘Yes, we can do that,’ and go about doing it,” he added./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

Baron Cup 2019: Mentor Emerges After A Tight First Period, Advances to Saturday Semi-Final 7-4

first_img Payton Vince is either talking about sports or watching sports. He covers sports for Metro Networks and is also a writer for LastWordOnSports.com. He grew up in Brooklyn Heights,Ohio for most of his life then around senior year of high school moved to Cleveland. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and a Pittsburgh Steelers, he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School (Class of 2014) and also graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2015. He bowled and played baseball in high school, and is a huge fan of independent wrestling and WWE, and can almost always find him at an independent show. Lastly, Payton is a backstage interviewer for Mega Championship Wrestling in Elyria, and is one of the three on ‘That Sports Show’ which airs daily from 2-4pm on AllSportsCleveland.com. Related Topics2019 Baron CupBaron CupfeaturedMentor CardinalsNorth Olmsted Eagles Payton Vincecenter_img Game Two of Day Three of Baron Cup action featured the Mentor Cardinals against the North Olmsted Eagles. Mentor Cardinals came in seeded one for the Baron Cup I bracket, and North Olmsted was seeded eighth. The Cardinals came in with a record of 25-4-2 and the Eagles came in with a record of 7-12-2. Mentor has outscored their opponents this season 167-58, a goal differential of 109.Mentor and North Olmsted both got off to an early start in the first period with the Cardinals scoring first when Evan McBride scored with 13:15 remaining, and was assisted by Andrew McBride and Kyle Backston.The Eagles answered back less than a minute later when Shawn Donovan scored and was assisted by Riley Vertosnik. Things were quiet for a bit but at the 5:58 mark the Eagles scored an unassisted goal by Vertosnik.The Cardinals answered back almost a minute later of playing time with 4:44 on the clock when Backston scored and was assisted by Cameron Mocny and Evan McBride. The Eagles did not let the tie continue on long when Vertosnik scored and was assisted by Jake Mlady with 3:44 left.Mentor fought until the end of the opening period so they did not go into the first intermission trailing, which was accomplished with 47 seconds left when Evan McBride scored goal number two, which was assisted by Backston and Andrew McBride.A crazy opening period was upon us with a score of 3-3 to close, with neither team able to get an edge.Mentor answers back with 47 seconds remaining. Goal by Evan McBride. (his second) Don’t look at the seeding folks when you watch this game because both teams are showing it doesn’t even matter. @BaronCup_GCHSHL @mentorhockey @NOEagles— Payton Vince (@PaytonVince) February 7, 2019Mentor jumped ahead in the second period with 13:19 in the period when Jack Heller found the net for the Cardinals, that goal was assisted by Mitchell Elliott and Henry Cseh. Mentor gets an insurance goal with 7:31 in the second period, the goal was scored by Jack O’Donnell, and was assisted by Mason Klammer which gave the Cardinals a 5-3 lead.In the third period, the Cardinals added on two more goals by Elliott and Heller. The Eagles didn’t go down easily though scoring a goal from Vertosnik with 6:43 in the final period, which was his third.Evan McBride commented on the adjustment the Cardinals made between the first and second period:“We took some criticism in between the intermission and decided to backtrack for once. We also put up pucks in the net and played better than we did before.”With the victory by Mentor, they will face the winner of the Baron Cup I matchup Wednesday night between Cleveland Heights and Hudson. That semi-final game will take place at 5:30 pm on Saturday.last_img read more

Suspect Arrested In Fatal Anchorage Hit-And-Run Crash

first_imgAskoak was declared dead at the scene. Police were contacted Monday by Reynolds’ attorney and Reynolds turned himself in. Police shortly before 11:30 p.m. took a call of a pedestrian struck near east Fourth Avenue and Boniface Parkway. Police arrested Reynolds in the death Saturday night of 24-year-old Jacob Askoak. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An Anchorage man suspected of leaving the scene of a fatal hit-and-run crash with a pedestrian has been arrested.center_img Police on Monday asked the public for help finding a damaged Mercedes sport utility vehicle. Police say they have recovered the vehicle used in the crash from Reynolds’ home. Anchorage police say 39-year-old Clyde Reynolds of Anchorage, is charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident. Reynolds’ attorney was not listed in online court documents.last_img read more

Kenai Approves Accelerated Funding For Bluff Erosion Project

first_imgKenai City Manager Paul Ostrander:  “I’ve been pursuing what’s called accelerated funding of the project. Our directors report is scheduled to be signed in January, However to continue this project I believe the best path forward is to fully fund this as a city.”  The resolution was unanimously approved. Councilmember Jim Glendening: “I want to thank the City Manager for keeping us in the loop on this, and of course there will be more contact with the Army Corps. of Engineers. At the appropriate time he’ll reveal the progress of the project.”  The project consists of constructing a berm about 5,000 feet long below the Kenai Bluffs toe. It is designed to prevent flood tides from washing away material that collects at the bluff toe and coastal storms from eroding the lower portion of the bluff. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai City Council approved a resolution at their meeting on Wednesday to pursue accelerated funding for the bluff erosion project through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.center_img According to Ostrander the next step in the process will be for the city to draft a letter to the Alaska district of the Army Corps saying that the city of Kenai will fully fund the design phase of the bluff erosion project. Getting approval will require a trip to Washington D.C. in February, according to Ostrander.last_img read more

Holder afraid of Test pigeonhole

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): All-rounder Jason Holder says he does not want to be pigeonholed as simply a Test player, but believes he has a contribution to make to Windies cricket in all three formats.The 28-year-old, who has led the Windies in Tests for the last five years, has emerged recently as one of the world’s leading players in the longest format, where he has been ranked as the number one all-rounder for over a year now.And though Test cricket is where he has managed to make his mark, Holder still thinks his skills and knowledge can be helpful in the white-ball versions.“My sole focus is West Indies cricket. I just want to make that very clear,” he said in a recent interview here.“Yes, I’m captain of the West Indies Test side and that’s obviously where the leadership side of me lies, but I think my contribution solely is to West Indies cricket. I think West Indies cricket is so diverse in many different ways and for us as players, we’ve got to understand each and everyone of us has a part to play in this whole puzzle. “I don’t want to just segregate myself and pigeonhole myself to one particular format. Yes, I’m the captain for the Test team but as I’ve crossed formats for a number of years, I think my sole focus has been on West Indies cricket, ideally in all three formats, not only in Test cricket.” Until last September, Holder also captained the one-day side, having led the unit since 2014. After a dismal World Cup in England last July and another series defeat to India the following month, Holder was relieved of responsibility for the one-day side.He led the side in 86 One-Day Internationals, winning only 24 matches and losing 54. He averaged nearly 28 with the bat and snared 101 of his 136 one-day wickets. BEST INTEREST Holder said while “disappointed” by the move to sack him, he understood the decision had been taken in the “best interest of West Indies cricket”.“I don’t think there is a soul in this world who would be entrusted with or given such a leadership of a Caribbean cricket team, it being taken away from you and you not feel disappointed,” he explained.“But for me, it’s just seeing the bigger picture. They’re people who’ve been hired and employed to do a job and that’s to administrate West Indies cricket, and they will make decisions in the best interest of West Indies cricket, and if that’s the decision made, then I’ll definitely accept it and move on.” After being relieved of the one-day captaincy, Holder then inspired Barbados Tridents to their second Caribbean Premier League title when he oversaw their capture of the regional domestic T20 franchise tournament.The Barbadian has flourished in the Test arena. Currently, he is the highest-ranked Windies batsman at 35th in the ICC tables and is number three in the bowling charts. Jason Holder career stats: Matches Innings Not Outs Runs High Scores AverageTests 40 69 11 1898 202* 32.72ODIs 115 92 19 1821 99* 24.94T20s 17 11 2 111 26* 12.33 Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets AverageTests 40 69 6541 2796 106 26.37ODIs 115 111 5347 4948 136 36.38T20Is 17 17 373 524 13 40.30last_img read more