Avon Wildlife Trust: All the latest news for Get Bristol Buzzing

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A huge variety of insects pollinate wild plants and food crops but they and their habitats are under threat. Get Bristol Buzzing is uniting projects across Greater Bristol to help make the city a better place for pollinating insects, such as bees, butterflies and hoverflies.

Seven partner organisations have developed a Greater Bristol Pollinator Strategy that will unite individuals and organisations to achieve shared aims and actions for pollinators. We are now inviting you to sign up to support the Strategy and asking you to tell us what you are doing to help pollinating insects – whether it’s a small patch of wild flowers in your garden or a community wild flower meadow, every little helps! All activities will be displayed on the My Wild City map and you will be able to obtain Get Bristol Buzzing branding for your project to show that you are supporting the Strategy.

To find out what you can do visit Get Bristol Buzzing to see our five top tips for helping pollinators and to download useful resources, including advice on how to sow a flower meadow and plants that are good to grow in allotments.

And if you have received some of our Get Bristol Buzzing seeds this year, do let us know the results – tell us what you’ve done so we can add your site to our map. You can also tweet a photo with #getbristolbuzzing to show how you are helping pollinators!

Updates on pollinator activities…

JULY 2016

  1. Bees Needs Week

Bees Needs Week (9 – 17 July) aims to raise awareness of pollinator needs and encourage everyone to take action to support pollinators.

Follow #BeesNeeds on twitter to find out more about the campaign and tweet your pollinator questions to charities, businesses and bee experts.

  1. RHS & University of Bristol Survey

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and the University of Bristol are asking gardeners to take part in a new study to identify the most commonly planted pollinator-friendly plants and assess how good UK gardens are for pollinators. The UK’s 27 million gardeners, from window sill and urban gardeners to more traditional horticulturists, are being asked to complete an online survey that will help the charity better understand how widely gardeners plant for pollinators.

  1. Urban Pollinators films on You Tube

The Urban Pollinators Project team has produced a series of short films about our research and how you can help pollinators in urban areas.

The seven films cover a range of topics including our research findings to date as well as top tips for allotment holders, practitioners and policymakers on helping pollinators in urban areas. Enjoy!

DECEMBER 2015

  1. Sign up to support the Greater Bristol Pollinator Strategy

The Get Bristol Buzzing initiative is underpinned by the Greater Bristol Pollinator Strategy launched in 2015. This local pollinator strategy for the Greater Bristol urban area, based on Defra’s National Pollinator Strategy, unites organisations and individuals in working towards shared aims and actions to help pollinating insects across the city.

We would like to invite organisations and individuals to sign up to support the Strategy and tell us how you are helping pollinating insects – whether it’s a small patch of wild flowers in your garden or a community wild flower meadow, every little helps! Please tell us about what you have been doing in 2015 so we have a record of all of the wonderful things that have been happening in Bristol’s Green Capital year. We would also like to hear about what you are planning for 2016 so that we can feed this information into the Strategy Implementation Plan for 2016.

All activities will be displayed on the My Wild City interactive map and you will be able to obtain Get Bristol Buzzing branding for your project to show that you are supporting the Strategy.

  1. “Bees Needs” resources available

Defra has created a “Bees’ Needs” website with the Wildlife Trust to support the National Pollinator Strategy for England. The website contains lots of useful resources on creating and managing pollinator habitat including case studies and information sheets to inspire local authorities, gardeners and other landowners.

  1. “Urban Buzz” coming to Bristol

Buglife recently launched ‘Urban Buzz’ a new national project that will transform urban sites to help pollinators in eight towns and cities in England and Wales over three years. We’re excited to announce that Bristol has been selected as one of the eight ‘Buzzing Cities’ and the Buglife team will be working in Bristol from 2017. Watch out for updates in future newsletters on how you can get involved with this fantastic new project and visit the project website to find out more information.

  1. Date for your diary: National Meadows Day on 2nd July 2016

The first National Meadows Day took place in 2015 as part of the Save Our Magnificent Meadows campaign. The next National Meadows Day will take place on 2nd July 2016. To find out about events taking place near you please visit the Magnificent Meadows website. If you’d like to link an event you are planning to National Meadows Day, or for more information about National Meadows Day or Save Our Magnificent Meadows please contact Fiona Perez at Plantlife at fiona.perez@plantlife.org.uk.

  1. West of England B-Lines update

The West of England B-Lines project is transforming habitat for pollinators across the West of England, including in urban Bristol. The first 18 months of the project has proven to be a great success! Between April 2014 and September 2015 the project has restored and created over 110 hectares of wildflower-rich habitat, providing important areas for our pollinating insects to forage, nest, shelter and over-winter. Avon Wildlife Trusts Grassland Restoration Team volunteers have put in an amazing 533 days of their time, undertaking a wide range of conservation tasks including scrub management, grassland cutting, seed collecting and sowing. Buglife and Avon Wildlife Trust would like to thank project funders, partners, supporters, landowners, communities and all those who have engaged in the project so far. Thanks to further funding from Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust the project is able to continue delivering habitat improvements on the ground to benefit wildlife and communities.

  1. St George in Bloom selected as national finalist

St George in Bloom was the first community group to take up the Get Bristol Buzzing challenge and incorporate planting for pollinators into their planting schemes in 2015. Not only did they win a Gold Pennant award and also trophy for Best Urban Community entry in 2015, St. George in Bloom has been selected by the Royal Horticultural Society to be a national finalist to represent the St George area of Bristol and the entire South West region as an urban entry in the RHS national competition in 2016. Many congratulations to all involved and to find out more about St George in Bloom please visit the website.

Tell us your pollinator news!

Do you have any news about activities you have been involved in in 2015 or upcoming events in 2016 to add to the next Get Bristol Buzzing newsletter? If so please send a short paragraph (max 200 words) and a photograph if possible to urban-pollinators@bristol.ac.uk before 10th January 2016.

SEPTEMBER 2015

  1. Green Treasure Hunt highlights pollinating insects

On 1st August a ‘Green Treasure Hunt’ around Bishopston, Cotham and Redland was launched as part of the Bristol Green Capital Neighbourhood Arts Programme. The trail takes you on a journey of discovery through treasured green spaces and independent shopping delights, woven through the quiet backstreets of the neighbourhoods. It is linked together via five ‘street pockets’ designed to inspire participants on green issues and 10 hidden art works en-route. The Nature-themed street pocket is a Mazda X5 sports car adorned with pollinator-friendly flowers to highlight the importance of pollinating insects for everyday life.

Do visit the Nature street pocket on the corner of Cotham Hill and Hampton Park and go to http://www.greentreasure.net to find a map of the whole route. A huge thank you to Cleeve Nursery for the beautiful pollinator-friendly flowers and planting assistance.

  1. Mini-meadows brighten up Bristol streets

Bristol City Council have been growing up mini-meadows in planters and have recently distributed these around the city to brighten up the city streets including Queens Road and the Bear Pit – keep an eye out and let us know if you find any!

  1. Getting St George Buzzing

Residents in Kensington Road, St George, Bristol have been busy enhancing the street and have planted pollinator friendly plants. These have been located around the 14 street trees, and all the residents have also set up colourful window boxes, hanging baskets and containers in their small front gardens. Kathryn Lwin, Founder and Director of River of Flowers, visited the street earlier this year to give advice, and she also produced a street planting plan. The residents were given a generous sponsorship donation from Natracare Ltd, and this enabled them to purchase the plants and complete the project. Grenville Johnson Chair of the residents group and Chair of St. George in Bloom commented ‘There has been a significant increase in the numbers of pollinating insects that are visiting the street. The street is really buzzing! ’St George in Bloom have been the first community group to take up the Get Bristol Buzzing challenge. For more information visit their website at: http://www.stgeorgeinbloom.org.uk

  1. Bristol selected for Defra research on pollinators

On 4th August Bristol residents gathered at Bristol East Allotments Association headquarters in St George for a pollinator-themed creativity workshop. This was held as part of a Defra research project that is exploring the social and cultural values of pollinators. The process used meditative walks through the allotments, discussion, visual art and the creation of short movement texts to help explore in depth the many ways that we can value and appreciate pollinators. The stunning setting at this allotment site together with spectacular views over the city of Bristol proved to be a stimulating and inspiring venue for all the attendees, and this was a successful and enjoyable day.

West of England B-Lines in Bristol

Buglife and Avon Wildlife Trust are working with project partner Bristol City Council to restore wildflower-rich habitats on two of their sites within the West of England B-Lines network in the Hengrove area of the Bristol – Hawkfield Meadow and Hengrove Mounds. Earlier this year contractors installed a gate and cleared an existing pathway to allow machinery access to Hawkfield Meadow. This grassland will now be cut on an annual basis which will help to improve the diversity of the sword.

Later this month AWTs Grassland Restoration Team and My Wild City volunteers will be meeting at nearby Hengrove Mounds to cut areas of the grassland which have become quite rank, with a dense thatch of vegetation forming underneath. Using traditional management methods such as scything we will cut the grassland and remove the cut material to a compost area. Again this is intended to improve the floral diversity of the grassland for the benefit of pollinating insects, other wildlife and those who visit the site.

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Huxley Associates: How the Internet of Things is transforming the insurance industry

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The Internet of Things is the latest in a long line of technological developments to be embraced by the insurance industry, but is perhaps the most important. At its heart, the Internet of Things is the connection of everyday items to the internet. Almost anything you can think of can now be a “smart” device: coffee machines, washing machines, home thermostats, gym equipment, watches, the list goes on.

By connecting to the internet, these devices become smarter. For instance, when your coffee machine runs out of coffee it can send you a text to tell you so; when your washing machine is due a service it can email you the details, when you want to turn the heating on during an unexpectedly cold day, you can do so from your mobile phone before you get home. By wearing an internet-enabled health tracker device, so-called “wearable”, your doctor can track your health remotely. It is estimated that by 2020, 34 billion devices will be connected to the internet.

But there is another major use of the internet of things, and that is in the data that they produce. The coffee machine manufacturer now knows all about your coffee consumption, what type and flavour you like the best, and can tailor its offering to you. Your doctor can see when your blood pressure is getting dangerously high, and can intervene.

How is this relevant to insurance? The insurance industry has always been about data. Specifically, collecting data in order to calculate an accurate risk premium. The internet of things allows insurance companies to collect vast amounts of data, making the most of increasingly sophisticated computer power to help them in their calculations, and its transforming the way they do business.

The devices transforming the industry

Traditionally, calculating a car insurance premium relied upon up-to-date information about the type of car the customer travels in, his or her lifestyle, including their geographical location, and the nature of their business. That information can now be calculated quickly thanks to sophisticated algorithms, and customers get a near instant quote once they have handed these details over.

Now there is a new level of data available. Insurers are offering black box-style monitoring systems, that, when fitted to the car, gather a history of speed, distance, turning and braking patterns, time of day and much more. These so-called “telematics” allow the insurance company to offer “usage-based” insurance, in other words, cheaper policies for those that drive more carefully, and vice versa.

Similarly, in the health insurance market, wearable technology such as Fitbit can send data on the lifestyles of their wearers back to the insurance company. Consequently, a customer’s health risks can be determined more accurately, giving policyholders the power to adjust their premiums by adopting healthier habits.

It’s the same case in the home. Insurers offer discounts to policyholders who opt to use smart home technology, such as carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. These devices can provide predictive alerts on potentially dangerous conditions in the near future, thus helping to minimise the event of a claim.

Increasingly, these devices don’t just provide a more personalised insurance product but a claims model built around prevention rather than reaction.

Future challenges

As more and more information gets shared over wireless connections, so the issue of cybersecurity becomes more prevalent. Protecting consumer’s data is of the utmost importance. But this also represents another opportunity for the insurance industry, because the demand for cyber insurance has grown considerably in recent years. Last year, the insurance industry took in $2.5 billion (around £1.9 billion) in premiums on policies to protect companies from losses resulting from hacks. That was up from around $2 billion (around £1.5 billion) a year before, and less than $1 billion (around £750 million) two years before that.

Finding the right skills

To take full advantage of the opportunities presented by the Internet of Things, companies will have to invest heavily in their technological infrastructure, including new hardware platforms, networks, operating systems, types of high-volume data processing, cloud services, endpoint management tools, standards and ecosystems. The skill sets and type of jobs that are required as the result of these include an ever greater demand for Software Engineers, Data Analysts, and Technical Architects. No area within insurance, whether in new business, claims processing, or policy writing, will remain untouched.

Pugh Heating & Air Conditioning: Reasons why you need a professional HVAC installation

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International Finance Corporation Provides $150 Million for Central America’s First Integrated Liquefied Natural Gas Facility

In Washington, D.C.:

Vanessa Bauza, IFC

Phone: 202-458-1603

E-mail: vbauza@ifc.org

In Panama City:

Khadine Sanhueza, AES

Phone: +507 206-2682

Email: khadine.sanhueza@aes.com

Panama City, Panama – August 2, 2016 — IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has completed a $150 million financing package for the construction and operation of Central America’s first integrated liquefied natural gas (LNG) to power facility. It will ease the dependence on imported fossil fuels and help mitigate electricity shortages by introducing a clean, cost-effective and reliable new energy source to the region.

The project, AES Colón, consists of a 380 megawatt gas-fired power plant and an onshore LNG import and regasification terminal with an 180,000 cubic meter storage tank.  The facility is expected to displace at least 2,100 gigawatt hours of power currently generated from heavy fuel oil and diesel, thereby avoiding about one million tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. That is roughly equivalent to taking more than 200,000 cars off the road. Once operational, the project will offset about 4 percent of Panama’s carbon dioxide emissions each year.

AES Colón has a total project cost of approximately $1 billion.  Additional capital for the project has been secured through other financial institutions, along with equity investments from the AES Corporation and the Panama-based Motta Group.

“We are honored to have IFC joining us in this transformational project, through which we reaffirm our commitment to Panama and the region,” said Gustavo Pimenta, CFO for AES’s Mexico, Central America and Caribbean Strategic Business Unit. “AES Colón will generate significant benefits to the country and contribute to its sustainable development by diversifying the energy matrix with clean natural gas, while providing an avenue for the transformation of other adjacent industries within the regional economy.”

In addition to its direct benefits, natural gas offers synergies with renewable energy. The LNG facility will provide cleaner and more affordable base load power to complement the inherent variability of wind and solar energy. This will make it possible to integrate more renewable power projects into the grid, while balancing electric system loads and ensuring a continuous supply of electricity.

“We are extremely pleased to be working with IFC on this important project to establish the first LNG plant in Central America,” said Stanley A. Motta, President of Motta Group. “Bringing clean power to Panama is a project we and AES have been working on for some time. We are proud to see it become a reality.”

Panama is projected to be Latin America’s fastest-growing economy over the next five years. However, infrastructure investments, particularly to increase power generation, have lagged. The Panamanian government projects a 5 percent annual increase in the country’s energy demands, which will require significant investments.

“This LNG to power facility is a game-changer for Panama,” said Giancarlo Ortega, IFC Principal Investment Officer. “It leverages an expected growth in natural gas and provides a low-carbon power source for Panama, which has been heavily dependent on seasonal hydropower and vulnerable to fluctuations in oil prices. Introducing LNG as a fuel for electricity will significantly transform the country’s energy matrix, supporting a critical component of its growth strategy.”

Introducing LNG is also expected to have broad impacts beyond the power sector: This integrated facility enables industrial users in shipping, transportation and other sectors to convert from using oil products to natural gas. Located on Panama’s Atlantic coast, the plant will become operational in the first half of 2018. AES expects to generate approximately up to 2,000 direct jobs during construction.

Since 2010, IFC has provided $1.3 billion for Central America’s power sector, including mobilizations from other financial institutions. These projects include, among others, UEP Penonomé II, the largest wind farm in Central America; three solar power plants in Honduras; and the Reventazón hydropower plant, which will bring electricity to half a million homes in Costa Rica. With this LNG to power facility, IFC has supported the financing of over 1.25 GW of new generation capacity in the region in that timeframe.

About IFC

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our six decades of experience to create opportunity where it’s needed most. In FY16, our long-term investments in developing countries rose to nearly $19 billion, leveraging our capital, expertise and influence to help the private sector end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit http://www.ifc.org

About AES Corporation

The AES Corporation (NYSE:AES) is a Fortune 200 global power company. We provide affordable, sustainable energy to 17 countries through our diverse portfolio of distribution businesses as well as thermal and renewable generation facilities. Our workforce of 21,000 people is committed to operational excellence and meeting the world’s changing power needs. Our 2015 revenues were $15 billion and we own and manage $37 billion in total assets. To learn more, please visit http://www.aes.com. Follow AES on Twitter @TheAESCorp.

Since 1999, AES Panama and AES Changuinola, the AES affiliates operating in Panamá, have invested approximately $1,3 billion in assets and currently have 777 MW of installed capacity. With the most recent addition of AES Colón, AES will have an additional 380 MW in its generation portfolio and will continue to help reduce the dependency of the country on oil derivatives.

About Motta Group

The Motta Group is a Panama-based family-owned regional conglomerate that invests in and actively oversees a broad portfolio of companies in aviation, financial services, telecommunications, energy, media, logistics, real estate, and wholesale and retail distribution. The most significant ones are Copa Airlines, the NYSE-listed flagship air carrier of Panama; Banco General and ASSA Compañía de Seguros, Central America’s largest locally-owned bank and insurance company, respectively;  Cable Onda, Panama’s top provider of pay TV and internet; TVN, open television provider; AES Colon, Central America’s first LNG power plant and terminal; Manzanillo International Terminal, one of Latin America’s largest container ports by volume; Motta Internacional, the Colon Free Zone’s oldest company, whose Attenza duty free business is present in more than seven countries in Latin America; and Juegos de Video de Latinoamerica, a joint venture with NYSE-listed GameStop. The Motta Group is headed by Mr. Stanley Motta, a recognized and successful entrepreneur.

Pugh Heating & Air Conditioning: Best reasons to have air conditioning in your home

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