El Niño Means Higher Than Average Temperatures This Winter

first_imgThe National Weather Service predicts higher than average precipitation for winter 2016.The National Weather Service (NWS) released the U.S Winter Outlook last week.The report predicts higher than average temperatures in cities above the 40th parallel for Jan., Feb. and March 2016. Ocean City is slightly below that line, and experienced higher than average temperatures this fall. According to NWS monthly weather summaries, Ocean City had higher than average maximum temperatures  in Sept., Oct. and Nov. 2015.The East Coast can expect higher than average precipitation this winter. The NWS does not mention snowfall in their outlook. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) cited rapidly developing snow conditions as the reason for the exclusion in a Youtube video about the winter outlook.The winter weather will be heavily influenced by El Niño, a period of oceanic warming in the global climate cycle.Tomorrow (Dec. 22) marks the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year. There are 159 days until Memorial Day from tomorrow.last_img read more

Conservation Remains the Focus for Costa Sunglasses

first_imgFor one sunglass manufacturer, conservation is all about sustainable fishing; and the company works with partners around the world to help increase awareness and influence policy so that both the fish and fishermen of tomorrow will have healthy waters.More than 30 years ago, a group of anglers banded together with a goal to build the clearest, best performing sunglasses, able to withstand harsh fishing environments. Costa continues today with a mission to not only help people see what’s out there, but to protect sustainable sport fishing at the same time.In 2011, Costa began its partnership with music star Kenny Chesney to design a signature line of sunglasses with proceeds from the sale of each pair benefiting habitat restoration programs with the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA). The program has raised more than $80,000 since it began.Costa also recently worked with its partner, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT), to develop and support Project Permit — a five-year tagging program designed to collect never-before-seen data on permit fish in Florida and the Caribbean. Since its inception, Project Permit has expanded into Mexico. The program is starting to see an increase in tag returns, which will help provide important research to inform future fishery policies and regulations.Costa-Project-Permit-2In 2012, Costa helped open the first sport fishing tourism program in Guyana, a first of its kind in the country. As seen in the award-winning film, Jungle Fish, the Rewa village on the Rupununi River now has the capacity to bring fly anglers in to fish for monster arapaima, creating jobs and generating sustainable economic development for the region. Since opening, the sport fishing lodge has remained at capacity, hosting up to 24 fly fishing anglers per year. Recently, the program won a $500,000 grant from Compete Caribbean, with the goal to expand the sport fishing tourism efforts to several other villages in Guyana. Exploratory efforts are taking place to learn how this sustainable sport fishing program can be introduced to other parts of the world.Currently, as a support partner to OCEARCH — a shark tagging research program aiming to replace fear with facts — Costa helps develop and collect all of the multimedia content from each expedition. The content is then shared online allowing educators, scientists and shark enthusiasts alike to take part in important conversations about one of the planet’s top predators. In 2014, OCEARCH is on a mission to South America, visiting the Galapagos Islands, Chile, and Brazil to expand its tagging efforts to include yellow fin tuna, wahoo, rainbow runner, skip jack, White sharks and Tiger, Hammerhead, Bull, Blacktip and Silky sharks, among other species.An important part of Trout Unlimited’s (TU) expanding Youth Education efforts, the “5 Rivers” program organizes campus groups to provide students an opportunity to learn fly casting and fly tying and also to participate in off-campus volunteer activities on the members’ home waters. Costa worked with TU to develop the program, which now boasts chapters at 26 colleges and universities.For the past five years Costa has hosted a now-legendary “party with a purpose” on the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa. Instead of marketing at other people’s events, Costa decided to control the vibe. The event brings national acts to a music festival to raise money for sport fishing programs. Since the event began, thousands of University of Alabama students have helped raise more than $200,000 for groups including The Billfish Foundation and Coastal Conservation Association. Costa also works to support the Center for Coastal Conservation and the Turneffe Atoll Trust to protect the Belize fishery.“In order for the sport fishing industry to continue to grow, we must work together to protect the resources and attract new people into the sport,” said Costa president Chas MacDonald. “Without the fish, there are no anglers. Protect the fish, and they will keep the anglers participating in the sport and growing the business opportunities.”Costa-Project-Permitlast_img read more

Sportech confident of 2017 targets as company begins to hear suitors

first_imgShare Ian Hogg joins RPM Gaming as Chairman May 5, 2020 Submit UK Tote gains international ‘commingling pool ecosystem’ with Sportech April 17, 2020 Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Richard McGuire – SportechPresenting its Q3 2017 trading update (period ending 30 September), London-listed betting systems provider, Sportech Plc has detailed a strong continued momentum for its operations and services, as the company prepares to review initial bids for its outright sale.Driven by the growth of its ‘Racing & Digital’ division and international venue assets, Sportech would record a Q3 2017 group revenue increase of 7.6% to £18.3 million (Q3 2016: £17.0 million).Updating the market, Sportech governance is confident of hitting its full-year 2017 corporate expectations, as the company details year-to-date group revenues of £54.7 million.Detailing corporate highlights, Sportech governance noted the significant uptake of its ‘Bump 50:50’, US and Canada the in-stadia sports raffle product, which recorded increased revenues by 41.5% in Q3, vs Q3 2016, following further partnership signings.Sportech continues to expand its footprint within US racing, the company stated a strong opening to its enlarged Stamford Connecticut Sports Bar venue.Updating investors on its planned corporate sale (formal process triggered 19 October), Sportech governance detailed that it has begun to provide potential suitors of the company with access to due diligence information.Richard McGuire, Non-Executive Chairman of Sportech, commented on the trading update: “The Group has continued to trade well in the first few weeks of the current quarter and the outcome for the full year remains in line with Board expectations. During the coming weeks, we expect to provide a further update on the proposed distribution to shareholders and, at the appropriate time, provide further comments relating to the ongoing Formal Sale Process. Our financial position remains robust, and will benefit further from annualised cost savings of at least £2 million.”In its trading update, Sportech governance highlighted the firm’s strengthened cash-position, which at present stands at £68 million, with the company holding no long-term liabilities.Sportech governance aims to conclude opening acquisition discussions by the end of the year, with the company seeking to update stakeholders in January 2018.last_img read more