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News Article | May 15, 2017
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-- Per Kim Bagnell Thaler, Top Producing Real Estate agent for Sotheby's nternational in Islamorada Florida,"When you first visit Key Largo, you'll certainly notice its natural beauty and soak in the sun. With its warm, balmy summers and super mild winters, Key Largo boasts a terrific climate and it's here you'll find quite a lot to experience.●      Visit the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. If you've never been to an underwater park, this is an enjoyable opportunity to do so because it's actually the first in the United States. Ride on a glass bottom boat, go snorkeling or scuba diving, or camp overnight, if you wish. This is where you'll discover the world famous Key Largo coral reef, teeming with beauty and life. Sprawling more than 70 nautical square miles, the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is a terrific place to visit in Key Largo.●      Enjoy some great saltwater fishing. When it comes to saltwater fishing, there's little to rival Key Largo. There are several species in the area and you can battle big fish, such as marlin and shark. But, there's also plenty of other species about to wrangle, like mahi mahi and sailfish. What's more, you'll find catching grouper and snapper are plentiful and there are tarpon which are known to put up big fights.●      See dolphins and birds. The Florida Keys are synonymous with these animals. So, go the the Dolphin Cove Research Center to swim with these marvelous and highly intelligent creatures. Or go on an ecology tour to see undisturbed nature at its best in the Everglades National Park. It's also worthwhile to visit the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center to see different species, like pelicans.●      Do something exciting. If you're looking for a bit of a thrill, a jetboat ride or airboat tour will certainly give you what you want. You'll experience speed at its most exhilarating and see the beauty of the water.Of course, you can always hike along a trail, go bike riding, enjoy a stroll on the beach, or take in some local entertainment. Key Largo has it all and more.Kim Bagnell Thaler is a pioneer among Florida Keys realtors. Regarded as one of the most influential realtors in the middle and upper keys, she provides expert and professional real estate service.With her vast knowledge, 20 years experience and commitment to the highestethical standards, Kim remains a standout among other Florida Keys Real Estate  Agents.For help finding just the right Upper Keys Real Estate please see http://www.kimbagnell.com


News Article | May 15, 2017
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Yankee Candle selected six of the most popular images from Creative Action Network's (CAN) See America Project, which consists of nearly 2,000 pieces of original artwork and photography of national parks and treasured landmarks across the United States. CAN donates 10 percent of its proceeds to the National Parks Conservation Association, the organization devoted to protecting some of America's greatest treasures through advocacy on behalf of the National Parks System. "Over 75 years ago, the Work Projects Administration first commissioned posters to showcase our national parks and events occurring around the country. The Creative Action Network embodies the same vision, enlisting artists from all over the U.S. to capture the stunning features of our national parks and landmarks," said Aaron Perry-Zucker, co-founder and creative director, CAN. "We're elated to be partnering with Yankee Candle and bringing the work of esteemed artists and some of our country's most treasured places to your homes." Below is a full list of artists and fragrances transporting the outdoors to inside the doors of your home or car. Cape Cod National Seashore By Susanne Lamb, Brooklyn, N.Y. Escape to a sunny day along the Cape with warm scents of salt air and beach flower. Great Smoky Mountains National Park By Jon Cain, Charlotte, N.C. Experience clean, fresh air combed through the piney woods of the Great Smokies. Golden Gate National Recreation Area By David Hays, Los Angeles, Calif. Embrace the ocean air blowing through the Golden Gate with cedar and sheer musk. Grand Canyon National Park By Mayanglambam Dinesh Singh, New Delhi, India Relish in cypress and cedar with a touch of patchouli—big and clear-cut as the Canyon itself. Everglades National Park By Megan Kissinger, Lehigh Acres, Fla.  Travel to the warm waters of the Everglades among the fresh, flowing scent of tropical leaves and bright citrus. Badlands National Park  By Bryan Bromstrup, Terre Haute, Ind.  Enjoy a wide-open mix of sage, cedar and patchouli, striking and masculine as the craggy Badlands. The new fragrances are available for purchase now at Yankee Candle's more than 500 retail stores, www.yankeecandle.com, and select specialty retailers, department stores and gift shops while supplies last. To learn more about Yankee Candle and its See America fragrances, visit www.yankeecandle.com, the brand's Instagram (@YankeeCandle) and Pinterest (TheYankeeCandle) pages, or join the conversation on Facebook at facebook.com/TheYankeeCandleCompany or on Twitter (@theyankeecandle). About The Yankee Candle Company The Yankee Candle Company, Inc. is a leading designer, manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of premium scented candles. Yankee Candle has over a 40-year history of offering distinctive products and marketing them as affordable luxuries and consumable gifts. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Newell Brands and sells its products through a North American wholesale customer network of approximately 35,000 store locations, a growing base of more than 500 Company owned and operated retail stores, direct mail catalogs, and its Internet website www.yankeecandle.com. Outside of North America, the Company sells its products primarily through its subsidiary, Yankee Candle Company (Europe), Ltd., which has an international wholesale customer network. About Creative Action Network Creative Action Network (CAN) is a global community of artists and advocates making art with purpose. Since 2008, CAN has been working with the nation's premier change making organizations to harness creativity for good. CAN runs crowdsourced campaigns around causes, inviting anyone and everyone to contribute their own original, meaningful designs. Those designs are sold as apparel, decor, and more online and through major retailers, supporting independent artists and great causes with every purchase. About Newell Brands Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, Dymo®, EXPO®, Parker®, Elmer's®, Coleman®, Jostens®, Marmot®, Rawlings®, Oster®, Sunbeam®, FoodSaver®, Mr. Coffee®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products®, Graco®, Baby Jogger®, NUK®, Calphalon®, Rubbermaid®, Contigo®, First Alert®, Waddington and Yankee Candle®. For hundreds of millions of consumers, Newell Brands makes life better every day, where they live, learn, work and play. This press release and additional information about Newell Brands are available on the company's website, www.newellbrands.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/see-america-with-yankee-candle-limited-edition-fragrances-300456810.html


News Article | May 28, 2017
Site: phys.org

Almost a decade ago, Turkey Point was aiming to become one of the country's largest nuclear plants. Florida Power and Light had argued that such expansion was needed to maintain diverse energy sources and to supply Florida's booming population for years to come, while touting nuclear as a clean form of energy. But now, just three reactors are in operation – one natural gas and two nuclear reactors, built in the 1970s. And plans to build two more nuclear reactors—first announced in 2009—are essentially on hold for at least four years, according to filings with the state's Public Service Commission. "Right now our only focus is on getting all the approvals we need," company spokesman Peter Robbins told AFP. "We are not buying construction materials." Earlier this year, the bankruptcy of Westinghouse, builder of the AP1000 reactor—the model scheduled for use at plants in South Carolina and Georgia as well as Turkey Point—rattled the industry. Both projects are now years behind schedule and billions of dollars over budget. "We are very closely monitoring the two new nuclear projects going on," Robbins said. The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy estimates that construction on Turkey Point has been delayed until 2028 at the earliest, with costs expected to balloon to over $20 billion. FPL has refused to publicly revise its projections at Turkey Point, for now. "We don't think there is value in coming up with a new cost or schedule until those reactors are closer to completion," Robbins said. The project has been controversial from the start, and casts the spotlight on wider concerns about nuclear power. Critics have pointed to the rising seas from climate change, risks of storm surge, radioactive waste and threats to drinking water and wildlife at the site, nestled near Everglades National Park, as reasons to stop nuclear expansion. Complaints have also centered on the difficulty of evacuating the densely populated area around the plant in case of emergency. Miami-Dade County is home to 2.6 million people. "Investing tens of billions of dollars on a power plant that will be underwater one day, along with the highly radioactive waste it will produce, makes no sense," said fishing captain Dan Kipnis, one of the activists who is fighting to stop the project. Legal challenges to the plant's planned expansion began in 2010, and continued this month with a hearing before the Atomic Safety Board. Over the course of the two-day hearing, environmental scientists and lawyers wrangled over whether the porous limestone in Florida could really contain wastewater injected underground, without allowing toxic chemicals to seep upward into drinking water. Currently, Turkey's Point's two nuclear reactors use a series of cooling canals to treat wastewater. These canals were confirmed last year to be leaking into a nearby national park, after a radioactive isotope, tritium, was found at up to 215 times the normal levels in the waters of Biscayne Bay. The three-judge safety board panel is expected to rule by year's end on whether an operating license should be granted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Throughout Florida, FPL is expanding its solar installations, and is shuttering coal plants. Its energy mix is 70 percent natural gas, 17 percent nuclear, with the rest divided between solar, oil and coal. Meanwhile, the ever-dropping cost of natural gas is making nuclear less attractive every day, analysts say. "Most people think Turkey Point will never get built," said Mark Cooper, senior research fellow at the Institute for Energy and the Environment, Vermont Law School, referring to FPL's proposed two new nuclear reactors. "It turns out it was not the environmentalists, it was not the lawsuits," Cooper told AFP. "They could not deliver a safe, economically viable product. They couldn't do it in the '80s and they can't do it today," said Cooper. "Nuclear power is a technology whose time never came."


News Article | April 27, 2017
Site: phys.org

Joe Bay is one of Florida Bay's main sources of freshwater. Closing it was key in helping the American crocodile recover from extinction. But the long-untouched Joe Bay, along with nearby Snag Bay, is now open to visitors on kayaks, canoes or paddle boards. The park's first designated catch-and-release area, it also welcomes fishermen in search of snook, tarpon and more. Scientists in FIU's Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC) are studying the effects of the decades-long closure and recreational fishing on Joe Bay's fish and recreational fisheries. "We haven't had anything in South Florida closed off to human contact for this long," said David Stormer, a post-doctoral research associate in SERC. "It's rare outside of an experimental setting to have the elements we have here at our disposal. Being able to evaluate Joe Bay in itself, and how does a fish community respond to being separated from humanity, is a really unique opportunity." Led by Jennifer Rehage, an environmental studies professor in FIU's Department of Earth and Environment, the research team is using a combination of techniques, including net hauls, snorkeling and baited remote underwater video (BRUV) surveys, to examine the size, species and number of fish in Joe Bay and nearby Little Madeira Bay and Long Sound. The three areas have different access regulations, allowing the scientists to evaluate water conditions and the effects of the closure. With eight BRUVs outfitted with GoPro HD cameras already deployed, the scientists have generated more than 320 hours of film, catching common jack, snook, sharks, tarpon, trout and the non-native cichlid on camera. Delving deeper into Joe Bay, the scientists are also surveying local anglers, fishing guides and visitors on their fishing catches and experiences. Miami native Bobby Gibson is one of them. He has been fishing in the Everglades for nearly 25 years. For Gibson, filling out the survey was a way for him to express his love for the Everglades and the need for science to inform management of an invaluable natural resource. "It's exciting to be at the forefront of a management strategy that hasn't been tried before in the Everglades. We want to contribute information as to whether it's working well or not," Rehage said. "I hope this project gets the word out on the value of citizen science. If everyone who visits the area reports information on their catches and experiences, we'll have invaluable data to help us accomplish that." Visitors to Joe Bay can fill out paper surveys at Trout Creek or Mooring Pilings, take the survey online, or download the Joe Bay Angler Survey app on their Android or iPhone. The study is funded by the Everglades National Park and is expected to take three years to complete. It is being conducted with researchers from the Snook and Gamefish Foundation, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and Audubon Florida. The research project was recently profiled by Florida Sportsman and Hatch.


News Article | April 20, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

It's National Park Week, a time to honor America's many outdoor parks and, according to the National Park Service, the country's largest celebration of national heritage. The perfect way to participate in this holiday is to step outside your front door and into a national park. Fortunately, every national park in the country will be free to visit on April 22 and April 23. There are more than 400 national parks throughout the United States. For those that typically charge an entrance fee, that charge will be waived this weekend. The National Park Service provides a list of state parks that are waiving their fees, plus other dates throughout the year when you can enter parks for free. Want to take advantage of this excuse to enjoy the outdoors? There are plenty of ways you can keep the excursion cost low. If you're meeting up with friends or family, carpool together and split the cost of gas. This keeps the travel cheap and cuts down on emissions, too. Make sure to pack plenty of supplies to last as long as you want to spend in the park, including a few reusable bottles filled with water, energy bars and fruit that doesn't require refrigeration, such as bananas or apples. If you're staying through mealtime, bring a cooler with ice packs and sandwiches. For a frugal snack, check out what items you already have in the house that would make good ingredients for a trail mix, such as pretzels, crackers, raisins and nuts. To sweeten up the mix, pick up a bag of discounted Easter candy and toss it in. Preparing plenty of snacks and beverages for your daytrip will ensure that you don't go too long without eating and blow too much money at a rest stop later on. Depending on what park you visit, you may be able to take advantage of one of its free events. Many of the parks are hosting events this weekend, including group hikes, bike rides, nature demonstrations, yoga classes and cleanup days. Check out the website and social media pages of the park near you to see what's in store. The National Park Service created the hashtag #FindYourPark and website FindYourPark.com to give you access to tons of fun events and amazing local parks you may not know existed. [See: 12 Frugal Ways to Save on Vacation.] Since Earth Day also falls on April 22, helping to clean and preserve a national park would be the perfect way to celebrate. You could even host your own informal cleanup day and see how many of your friends you can get to join. Volunteering is a low-cost way to get exercise, bond with others and give back to the community. The National Park Service put together a guide to hosting your own events that promote the outdoors as a tool for improving health and wellness. Here are a few notable events happening around the country this weekend: Earth Day at Grand Canyon . Visitors can join in on a litter clean-up, recycled arts walk, recycled arts and crafts and fun games to celebrate Earth Day at one of the country's most revered landmarks. All the activities are free and open to the public, and will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 22. Earth Day at Yosemite National Park. There are plenty of free activities planned in Yosemite National Park this weekend, including performances of an original play called "Shakespeare in Yosemite." The park will also host art activities, ranger-guided walks and educational volunteer projects. Explore Everglades National Park. This national park in Florida has more than a million acres of land and endless possibilities for exploring. A few highlights this weekend include wildlife walks, canal biking, a crocodile and manatee talk and a meteor shower bike ride. Park Rx Day at Golden Gate National Park. On April 23, Crissy Field in Golden Gate National Park will host one of the country's largest events to bring awareness to National ParkRx Day and showcase the health benefits of spending time outdoors. You can also join a family bike tour and bird-watching elsewhere in the park. [See: 10 Fun, Frugal Ways to Spend Your Free Time.] Use this weekend's holidays as an excuse to get outside and explore the national parks near you. Not only is it free, but you'll soak up the benefits that our country's natural treasures have to offer. Jon Lal is the founder and CEO of coupons and cash-back website BeFrugal.com, which saves shoppers an average of $27 per order thanks to coupons plus an average of 7 percent cash back at more than 5,000 stores. Lal founded BeFrugal in 2009 with the mission to provide shoppers with maximum savings for minimum hassle. The company operates from its headquarters in Boston and serves customers globally. You can follow along with Lal on Twitter at @jon_lal.


News Article | November 15, 2016
Site: www.prnewswire.co.uk

The sweeping legalization of various forms of Cannabis and Legal Marijuana operations across the United States is serving to help mature the industry, bolstering the already existing revenue streams, as well as diversifying new opportunities for investors and consumers alike. The cannabis performers this week include: Arcturus Growthstar Technologies Inc. (OTC: AGSTF), mCig, Inc. (OTC : MCIG), OrganiGram Holdings Inc. (OTC: OGRMF), United Cannabis Corporation (OTC: CNAB) and MassRoots, Inc. (OTC: MSRT). Arcturus Growthstar Technologies Inc. (OTCQB: AGSTF) (CSE: AGS) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Letter of Intent ("LOI") to acquire a 15-acre parcel of land in Redland, Florida, in a county that is designated to legally cultivate, process and dispense cannabis. Redland is an unincorporated community within Miami-Dade County, with Biscayne National Park to the east and Everglades National Park to the west. Redland is primarily a Miami suburb and a major agricultural area. Miami-Dade County is referred to as the nation's "Salad Bowl" and "Winter Bread Basket." "We are pleased to have reached this LOI to acquire this prime parcel of land as it has a long history as a plant nursery, which was first established in 1963," says Mr. William Gildea, Arcturus Growthstar Technologies Inc.'s CEO and Chairman. "This acquisition will be an all-stock deal and greatly adds to our geographic footprint and overall strategy in the state of Florida. With the recent passage of Amendment 2, an initiative which significantly broadens Florida's medical marijuana program, we want to be firmly established in the state and solidify our first mover advantage in one of the biggest potential cannabis markets in the United States." With this acquisition and the previously announced 10-acre greenhouse acquisition near Orlando, Arcturus has the potential, if fully licensed, to develop 25-acres of cannabis crops. If current state projections for the cannabis market size hold up to their $1.8B projection by 2020, Florida will have considerable demand for medical marijuana, even without factoring in the potential for recreational legislation.    This is an exciting acquisition for Arcturus as the 15-acre farm is located in a designated legal grow zone with close proximity to Miami. Other Cannabis stocks performing well in the markets this week: mCig, Inc. (OTCQB : MCIG) closed up over 30% at $0.195 on over 19.4 Million shares traded by the market close.  MCIG, a diversified company servicing the legal cannabis, hemp, and CBD markets announced Monday the second quarter, MCIG generated $620,015 in revenue, a 126% increase from the previous quarter. The company reported to be profitable during the quarter and MCIG reported $10,469 in net income, an increase of $675K in its bottom line compared to same period last year. MCIG's adjusted net income for the period was $102,550, an adjusted net profit margin of 20%. OrganiGram Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: OGRMF) closed up over 26% on Monday at $2.93 trading over 750,000 shares by the market close.  OrganiGram Holdings Inc., through its subsidiary, Organigram Inc., produces and sells medical marijuana in Canada. The company was founded in 2013 and is based in Moncton, Canada. United Cannabis Corporation (OTCQB: CNAB) also closed up over 20% on Monday at $1.81 on over 1.68 Million shares traded by the market close.  United Cannabis Corporation last week announced that its Joint Venture, which is 50% owned with Jamaica-based Cannabis Research & Development ("CRD"), has submitted its application for a license to cultivate, process, transport and conduct research on cannabis within Jamaica. MassRoots, Inc. (OTCQB: MSRT) closed up just under 10% at $0.84 on Monday trading over 945,000 shares by the market close.  MassRoots announced earlier this month that it has released product and strain reviews within its iOS and Android applications. Through community-driven reviews, MassRoots aims to connect consumers with the best products to treat their ailments. 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News Article | November 15, 2016
Site: www.prnewswire.co.uk

The constantly evolving cannabis and legal marijuana markets has its sights set on even more growth after recent and current massive momentum following a strong performance on latest introduction of products and services and expanded operations in North America. The cannabis performers this week include: Arcturus Growthstar Technologies Inc. (CSE: AGS.CN), Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: CGC.TO), OrganiGram Holdings Inc. (TSX-V: OGI.V), Mettrum Health Corp. (TSX-V: MT.V) and Aphria, Inc. (TSX-V: APH.V). Arcturus Growthstar Technologies Inc. (CSE: AGS) (AGSTF) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Letter of Intent ("LOI") to acquire a 15-acre parcel of land in Redland, Florida, in a county that is designated to legally cultivate, process and dispense cannabis. Redland is an unincorporated community within Miami-Dade County, with Biscayne National Park to the east and Everglades National Park to the west. Redland is primarily a Miami suburb and a major agricultural area. Miami-Dade County is referred to as the nation's "Salad Bowl" and "Winter Bread Basket." "We are pleased to have reached this LOI to acquire this prime parcel of land as it has a long history as a plant nursery, which was first established in 1963," says Mr. William Gildea, Arcturus Growthstar Technologies Inc.'s CEO and Chairman. "This acquisition will be an all-stock deal and greatly adds to our geographic footprint and overall strategy in the state of Florida. With the recent passage of Amendment 2, an initiative which significantly broadens Florida's medical marijuana program, we want to be firmly established in the state and solidify our first mover advantage in one of the biggest potential cannabis markets in the United States." With this acquisition and the previously announced 10-acre greenhouse acquisition near Orlando, Arcturus has the potential, if fully licensed, to develop 25-acres of cannabis crops. If current state projections for the cannabis market size hold up to their $1.8B projection by 2020, Florida will have considerable demand for medical marijuana, even without factoring in the potential for recreational legislation.    This is an exciting acquisition for Arcturus as the 15-acre farm is located in a designated legal grow zone with close proximity to Miami. Other Canada Cannabis stocks performing well in the markets this week: Canopy Growth Corporation (CGC.TO) closed up over 19% at $11.16 on Monday trading over 12.3 Million shares traded by the market close.  Canopy Growth Corporation (CGC.TO) on Monday released its financial results for the second quarter fiscal 2017 ended September 30 , 2016. Second Quarter Fiscal 2017 Highlights included Revenue of $8.5 million; a 22% increase over first quarter fiscal year 2017 and 245% over the three-month period ended September 30, 2015 OrganiGram Holdings Inc. (OGI.V) closed up over 27% at $3.99 on Monday trading over 7.78 Million shares traded by the market close.  OrganiGram Holdings Inc., through its subsidiary, Organigram Inc., produces and sells medical marijuana in Canada. The company was founded in 2013 and is based in Moncton, Canada. Mettrum Health Corp. (MT.V) closed up on Monday at $5.95 trading over 2.6 Million shares traded by the market close.  Mettrum Health Corp. engages in the research, development, production, and distribution of medical cannabis and cannabis products in Canada. It operates as a licensed producer under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. Aphria, Inc. (APH.V) closed up over 13% on Monday at $5.22 trading over 7.2 Million shares by the market close.  Aphria Inc. produces, supplies, and sells medical cannabis in Canada. Its cannabis products include dried flowers and cannabis oils. 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News Article | November 10, 2016
Site: www.bbc.co.uk

Voters across one Florida county have signalled their approval for releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in a bid to fight Zika virus. But in a separate poll, the town where officials plan to carry out a scientific trial, voted to reject the proposal. The planned release is being seen as an important test for the technology's acceptance in the US. Florida has reported more than 1,100 cases of Zika this year. British biotech firm Oxitec plans to evaluate the effectiveness of their engineered mosquitoes for combating the virus. They want to release male insects across a 17-hectare region of Key Haven, a small suburb located on an island on Florida's southern tip. Zika is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The idea is that Oxitec's male mosquitoes (which do not bite) mate with wild females, but genetic modification ensures that any offspring do not survive until adulthood. Successive releases across the neighbourhood should cause Aedes aegypti populations to crash. The non-binding poll in Monroe County, which covers the Florida Keys and a large part of the Everglades National Park, asked: "Are you in favour of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District conducting an effectiveness trial in Monroe County, Florida, using genetically modified mosquitoes to suppress an invasive mosquito that carries mosquito-borne diseases?" Voters in Key Haven were asked specifically about the release of GM mosquitoes in their town. About 58% of voters across Monroe County favoured the trial. But in Key Haven, some 65% opposed the release. Now, the results of the November 8 poll will be put to board members in charge of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District. They will use the results to decide whether to proceed with the scientific trial at a meeting on 19 November. Dr Derric Nimmo, who has been leading Oxitec's proposed trial in Key Haven, told BBC News: "Key Haven was chosen about four years ago, based on the fact that it's surrounded by water and it's an almost perfect scientific site where you have a control area where you don't do any releases, an area where you can do releases, and a buffer zone in between. "You don't want wild female mosquitoes coming into the area, because they will affect the quality of the results." Oxitec has previously conducted five trials in three different countries - the Cayman Islands, Panama and Brazil, where Dr Nimmo says, the company achieves reductions in mosquito populations of 90% or more. Aedes aegypti is an urban mosquito that can breed in bodies of standing water as small as a bottle cap. Its larvae can find refuge indoors, beyond the reach of insecticide spraying programmes. But a proportion of local residents wanted the trial cancelled; they have been concerned about potential unanticipated consequences of releasing lab insects into the wild. Mila de Mier, a Florida realtor who has founded an opposition group called Never Again, told BBC News: "This technology is treated as an animal drug, but we believe it should be treated as a human drug." She added her concern that "when you reduce the population of Aedes aegypti, another aggressive mosquito species could come in and become established - like the Asian tiger mosquito". But Dr Nimmo stressed: "We've had six years of releases, involving millions of male mosquitoes, and there have been no reports of any adverse effects." "It's important we're as transparent as possible... we've been trying to give people the facts and information so they can make an informed choice."


News Article | December 15, 2016
Site: www.prnewswire.co.uk

New legal marijuana markets and opportunities within the US cannabis industry are spurring development of new products and services as well as fueling the acquisition of land and other resources to capitalize on early momentum and cultivate efficiently heading into the new year. Today's Cannabis / Legal Marijuana companies in focus include: Arcturus Growthstar Technologies Inc. (OTC: AGSTF), American Cannabis Company, Inc. (OTC: AMMJ), Medical Marijuana, Inc. (OTC: MJNA), Terra Tech Corp. (OTC: TRTC) and GB Sciences, Inc. (OTC: GBLX). Arcturus Growthstar Technologies Inc. (OTCQB: AGSTF)(CSE: AGS.CN) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Definitive Agreement ("the Contract") to acquire a 15-acre parcel of land in Redland, Florida, in a county that is designated to legally cultivate, process and dispense cannabis . Redland is an unincorporated community within Miami-Dade County, with Biscayne National Park to the east and Everglades National Park to the west. Redland is a Miami suburb and a major agricultural area. Miami-Dade County is referred to as the nation's "Salad Bowl" and "Winter Bread Basket." Read this and more news for Arcturus Growthstar at http://www.marketnewsupdates.com/news/agstf.html "We are pleased to have reached this Contract to acquire this prime parcel of land as it has a long history as a plant nursery, which was first established in 1963," says Mr. William Gildea, Arcturus Growthstar Technologies Inc.'s CEO and Chairman. "Florida's Legislature is beginning the process of figuring out how to implement Amendment 2, which expands the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida by allowing higher-strength marijuana to be used for a wider list of medical ailments. With this 15-acre acquisition, Arcturus is positioning itself to be a part of Florida's cannabis market as it rolls out in 2017." With this acquisition and the previously announced 10-acre greenhouse acquisition near Orlando, Arcturus has the potential, if fully licensed, to develop 25-acres of cannabis crops. If current state projections for the cannabis market size hold up to their $1.8B projection by 2020, Florida will have considerable demand for medical marijuana, even without factoring in the potential for recreational legislation. This is an exciting acquisition for Arcturus as the 15-acre farm is located in a designated legal grow zone with close proximity to Miami. Arcturus and its experienced team of operators, including John Sweeney, former VP of Operations for Tilray's 60,000-square foot Vancouver facility, is in a unique position as a Canadian based company because it is poised to quickly commence operations within the United States rather than potentially wait years to become a licensed producer under Canadian law. In performances from yesterdays market activity and recent developments of note: American Cannabis Company, Inc. (OTCQB: AMMJ) closed up over 3% on Wednesday at $0.8177 trading over 550,000 shares by the market close. American Cannabis Company, Inc., together with its subsidiary, Hollister & Blacksmith, Inc., doing business as American Cannabis Consulting, provides solutions for businesses operating in the cannabis industry in the United States and Canada. Medical Marijuana, Inc. (OTC PINK: MJNA) closed up over 9% on Wednesday at $0.1325 trading over 39 Million shares by the market close. Medical Marijuana, the first-ever publicly traded cannabis company in the United States, announced this week that it commends the Mexican senate for voting in favor of extending regulations for certain cannabis products. With the new regulations, more people in need of cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD) for medical care will have more access to products, including our RSHO brand of products. Terra Tech Corp. (OTCQX: TRTC) closed down slightly on Wednesday at $0.268 trading over 4.5 Million shares by the market close. Terra Tech Corp., through its subsidiaries, engages in the design, marketing, and sale of hydroponic equipment with proprietary technology to create sustainable solutions for the cultivation of indoor agriculture in Newport Beach and Irvine, GB Sciences, Inc. (OTCQB: GBLX) closed up over 3% at $0.305 on Wednesday trading over 440,000 shares by the market close. GB Sciences announced this week that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Growblox Life Sciences, LLC has licensed intellectual property from Makai Biotechnology, LLC. The patent underlying the license was issued by the USPTO in July of 2015, and claims therapeutic methods for the treatment of cardiac hypertrophy and associated pathologies through regulation of the cannabinoid receptor, TRPV1. 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News Article | October 6, 2016
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Hurricane Matthew is whipping away at Florida's shores this week—threatening lives and homes and parties. If you know any Floridians, you know that no one is really freaking out yet. We are masters of disaster in the worst kind of way, having endured hurricanes, tornados, weird crimes, Rick Scott, and a growing Zika virus problem in the past year alone. That's why business owners in Miami this week were prepping for Hurricane Matthew with a kind of calm, cooperative indifference. "Summer down here in Miami has been a real hoot, first we had Zika and now we had Hurricane Matthew," said Zak Stern, owner of Zak the Baker in Wynwood Miami. "I'm starting to think there's a bigger conspiracy here. I'm pretty sure Obama is behind it all. And that makes me feel better," he joked. But that statewide chill may not be enough to get everyone get through what's coming next: rising sea levels, more powerful storms and probably a few more disease outbreaks. In a case study of Miami from earlier this year, for example, researchers from the University of Miami reported that rain-induced events have increased by 33 percent in the past decade, partly due to both human-driven global warming. Plus, flooding and the rising sea level in south Florida will reach more than four feet above high tide by 2050. Thousands of people live below that line already. This isn't just a burden on the land, coastal flooding is also a huge expense. Miami could lose upwards of $672 million, according to an analysis in the journal Nature. More tropical storms and rain mean more tropical disease. Florida's climate makes it a haven for viruses and mosquito-borne illness like Zika. Right now there are 672 cases of Zika in Florida, and 59 of them were locally transmitted, according to the CDC, which means the mosquitos are only thriving. Other diseases that have hit Florida include the West Nile virus and two types of encephalitis. The state government hasn't been very proactive—apparently Florida's Department of Environmental Protection was even previously banned from using words like climate change, global warming and sustainability, according to fact-checking site, Politifact. Governor Rick Scott has spent about $100 million on water projects in the Florida Keys and invested some money in the Everglades National Park, but despite campaign promises, he hasn't done much to address future sea rise. Meanwhile, a Yale survey in 2008 reported that the majority of Floridians aren't convinced that global warming is happening. So it's not certain that the residents will even push for more funds to combat climate change, rising sea levels, or the side effects. For now, Florida remains under a slow siege, and will most likely lose a significant portion of its beaches and coastal towns in the next century. But for better or worse, Floridians are remaining cool as the world around them heats up. "If we make it this year we can make it every year. It's testing our strength," said Fernando de la Cruz, operating manager of El Callejon in Wynwood, Miami. "We just gotta keep on point and keep pushing. Greatness is not easy. Everyone would be Michael Jordan or Mohammad Ali if it was easy."

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