“This will give us more than a fighting chance to compete with rival jurisdictions,” Minister Bartlett pointed out. Minister Bartlett noted that the country is being viewed as an “important and interesting new market” in the region, and once all the regulations are in place “the industry will be of fundamental importance to our tourism product”. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Government is looking to position Jamaica as a major player in the Caribbean gaming industry. Story Highlights Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Government is looking to position Jamaica as a major player in the Caribbean gaming industry.He noted that the country is being viewed as an “important and interesting new market” in the region, and once all the regulations are in place “the industry will be of fundamental importance to our tourism product”.“This will give us more than a fighting chance to compete with rival jurisdictions,” he pointed out.He was addressing the opening of the 7th Caribbean Gaming Show and Summit at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on June 14.Minister Bartlett said that gaming has impacted positively on tourism in other countries, and Jamaica should be no exception. He noted that many Caribbean countries have introduced or are considering gaming.“It goes without saying that not only do we have to be introducing new games, we also have to be competitive,” he noted.“Our legislation will be seeking to advance our gaming to ensure that we are offering what is being offered around the world, and even better, so that we can attract more people, because tourism is our main industry,” he said.The Tourism Minister said the staging of the summit in Jamaica provides an opportunity for players to better understand the island’s potential in gaming, while learning about developments in the Caribbean and where new partnerships can be forged between the region’s operators and global service providers.The event, he noted, also provides the opportunity to look at different proposals and ideas surrounding gaming as well as examine what is going on around the world.“It also comes at a time when confidence among our tourism stakeholders here in Jamaica is at an all-time high and where optimism reigns supreme,” Mr. Bartlett said.“Our just-concluded winter tourism season, from December 15 to April 30, saw the country recording never-before-seen numbers in both arrivals and earnings, and with the rest of the year shaping up to be even better,” he pointed out.
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(Phys.org) —Ernesto Gianoli and Fernando Carrasco-Urra, researchers working in Chile and Argentina have discovered a truly unique plant—Boquila trifoliolata—a vine native to the area that the research pair has discovered, is able to mimic multiple hosts—a first for the plant world. In their paper published in the journal Current Biology, the duo describes the vine and its unique attributes. © 2014 Phys.org Boquila trifoliata. Credit: Wikipedia Explore further More information: Leaf Mimicry in a Climbing Plant Protects against Herbivory, Current Biology, In Press Corrected Proof, dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2014.03.010 Fossils of earliest stick insect to mimic plants discovered This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Many examples of mimicking exist in the animal world, with some specimens able to mimic multiple hosts. Less common is mimicking in the plant world, especially when it’s on-demand. Many plants have evolved to look like other plants, but very few are able to change the way they look when the need arises, and until now, no plant has been known to be able to do so with more than one plant (mimetic polymorphism). B. trifoliolata is a true exception, it can change the shape, size and color of its leaves, and can even do so to mimic several other plant types, at the same time—it is a true chameleon.The researchers suggest the special abilities of the plant have evolved as a means of self preservation. They found that the same plant living on the forest floor had a 33 percent greater chance of being eaten by a passing herbivore, and those living on trees had it worse, there was a near 100 percent certainty that they would be eaten.In being able to change on they fly, so to speak, the plant exhibits near animal capabilities, able to grow its leaves to ten times their normal size. It can even change the vein patterns in its leaves to match those of the host, demonstrating an ability that was until now, believed impossible in plants. The vine has its roots in the ground and like other vines, climbs up and onto other structures, be they trees, bushes or even human made structures. As it does so, it takes on the characteristics of the tree it’s using as a host, masking itself from those that would eat it. Presumably, the vines are able to somehow “choose” their host, as climbing onto a plant that animals eat wouldn’t help much.The researchers have no idea how the vines do what they do, though they guess it might have to do with an ability to detect odors from the host, or even microbes that live in them, triggering gene-activating signals in the vines. Journal information: Current Biology Citation: Researchers discover vine that is able to mimic multiple hosts (2014, April 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-04-vine-mimic-multiple-hosts.html
2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine I’m sitting in Sumon Pal’s office in Boston’s Back Bay, and while fixing two small electrodes to my head with a light adhesive—one to my temple, another to the back of my neck—he’s explaining what the next 16 minutes should feel like. Most users feel reduced tension in their bodies, he says. Their thoughts ping-pong less frequently, breathing slows noticeably, and thoughts that typically cue anxiety—of work, of relationships, of family—become less consequential.Pal, executive director of Los Gatos, Calif., -based neuroscience startup Thync, designed the calming “vibe” that’s being imparted to my brain through a prototype of the app-controlled wearable device that the company will release later this year. Thync’s technology utilizes tDCS, or transcranial direct current stimulation, to trigger specific responses in the brain, dialing up feelings of calm and serenity or conjuring energy and focus on demand.Thync isn’t out to alter the brain’s biology, but to allow better control of the energy, focus, and calm that are already naturally available to us, co-founder and chief science officer Jamie Tyler says. “Coffee, alcohol, drugs; these are all neuro-enhancers,” Tyler says. “You’re already modifying your brain activity.” Thync wants to better harness that command—and perhaps grab a piece of the alcohol, coffee, pharmaceutical, and energy drink markets collectively worth billions.The pulses—each “100 times lower than what’s considered dangerous,” Tyler insists—feel comfortably warm but not painful. Just as Pal described, the familiar tension in my shoulders eases, my breathing slows, my mind noticeably stops racing. My body takes on the feeling of lax warmth usually associated with a finger or two of scotch—my usual means of unwinding.“People have been doing this forever, this is nothing new,” Tyler says. “I think this is the kind of product people have been waiting for.” Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global January 30, 2015 Register Now »