Reef Libre

Cuba—The Last, Best Reefs in the World

Author: Robert Wintner

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1630760749

Category: Nature

Page: 272

View: 7344

Decades of isolation from tourism and development have left Cuba’s coral reefs among the most pristine in the world, an “exceptionalism” that stands in stark contrast to the island nation’s poverty and political situation. Famed diver/photographer Robert “Snorkel Bob” Wintner showcases these magnificent reefs with his astounding underwater images, while also capturing terrestrial life in the cities and villages of the island nation. Reef Libre is not a travelogue, but asks the big questions after a lifetime of isolation—can Cuba’s reefs still thrive? Nearly 400 stills, a compelling narrative, and a DVD capture this delicate time in reef history. Reef Libre: The Movie is a mini-documentary which encompasses this pivotal moment—from the streets to the reefs. To watch the trailer for Reef Libre: The Movie, click here!


Author: Diana Williams,David Stanley

Publisher: N.A


Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 119

View: 4719

The largest island nation in the Caribbean, Cuba offers a wide range of underwater attractions from coral walls and caves to historic wrecks. Divers from all over the world come to see huge groupers and friendly sharks at Jardines de la Reina, sunken airplanes and ships at Varadero, coral formations at Maria la Gorda, and Cuba's top diving site, Isla de la Juventud. More than 60 dive sites are described with logistical details to make your trip fun and easy to plan.

Ecological Crisis and Cultural Representation in Latin America

Ecocritical Perspectives on Art, Film, and Literature

Author: Mark Anderson,Zelia M. Bora

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498530966

Category: Social Science

Page: 362

View: 8788

This book approaches portrayals of environmental crises in Latin American nations in literature, film, performance, and digital art within the context of the ongoing expansion of globalized neoliberal capitalism from and ecocritical perspective.

Deep Cuba

The Inside Story of an American Oceanographic Expedition

Author: Bill Belleville

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820326208

Category: Travel

Page: 273

View: 7731

The author recounts his journey around the pristine coast of Cuba with American and Cuban Marine biologist in search of the island's legendary coastal biological diversity. (Biology & Natural History)

Dragon Walk

On Reef Recovery & Political Will

Author: Robert Wintner

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 1510736743

Category: Nature

Page: 332

View: 7072

The three main hubs of aquarium trade devastation are Indonesia, the Philippines, and Hawaii. Each has its own sad story of political corruption and theft of natural resources to benefit a greedy, ruthless few. Yet, despite facing a litany of challenges, each hub shows faint hope for progress: with Komodo National Park in Indonesia, a few bright lights in the development of Philippine reef management, and an anti-aquarium campaign taking hold in Hawaii. A beautiful coffee table photo book is one thing. Dragon Walk is a political grenade, willing to name culprits, political assassins, and nitwits with less spinal fortitude than most invertebrates. Dragon Walk is far more vital; a no-holds-barred grapple with evil and reef devastation that shines a light where others fear to tread.

The Modern Outlaws

A Road Saga

Author: Robert Wintner

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 059501089X

Category: Fiction

Page: 236

View: 4801

The Modern Outlaws are men convened by chance for a motorcycle trip through Montana. Understated with expressions of good taste, they suffer the common lust. Rapacious appetite for wine and women leads to thundering obtrusion on sleepy hamlets and shady dives, where they take what may be taken. Buster hides his hostility. Stuey triumphs over poverty with excessive chrome, including braces at forty-five. Wheelie must prove his namesake. Derek is happily married, suave and shameless. Wade is stoned. Dave takes blood pressure pills at the pinnacle of industrial leverage. Rodney is Born Again and a petty thief. Joe is a sociopath. It’s all around the table with glad-handing and too many names to remember and just as many i.d.s, and we laugh like honest men at a Rotary luncheon. We shake hands on our new business, understanding that it doesn’t mean shit, not one speck of it, because getting lost and becoming someone else begins with the utterance of your very name. This is the roll call of resurrection morn. I’m Buster. I sell microscopes. The early years were gilded with promise, but this is now, what happened to us. The outlaws emerge, reflected or mocked by their custom motorcycles.

Fraser's Penguins

A Journey to the Future in Antarctica

Author: Fen Montaigne

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 9781429988902

Category: Nature

Page: 304

View: 3990

A dramatic chronicle of Antarctica's penguins that bears witness to climate changes that foreshadow our own future The towering mountains and iceberg-filled seas of the western Antarctic Peninsula have for three decades formed the backdrop of scientist Bill Fraser's study of Adélie penguins. In that time, this breathtaking region has warmed faster than any place on earth, with profound consequences for the Adélies, the classic tuxedoed penguin that is dependent on sea ice to survive. During the Antarctic spring and summer of 2005-2006, author Fen Montaigne spent five months working on Fraser's field team, and he returned with a moving tale that chronicles the beauty of the wildest place on earth, the lives of the beloved Adélies, the saga of the discovery of the Antarctic Peninsula, and the story—told through Fraser's work—of how rising temperatures are swiftly changing this part of the world. Captivated by the tale of these polar penguins and a memorable field season in Antarctica, readers will come to understand that the fundamental changes Fraser has witnessed in the Antarctic will soon affect our lives.

A California Closing

A Novel

Author: Robert Wintner

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1631580949

Category: Fiction

Page: 292

View: 6655

Big M OK Used Car–magnate Michael Mulroney never set out to be heroic. He lives at the top, naturally, thanks to instinct, wit, and the will to win. Insolvency is not the same as poverty; poverty is for poor people. And a man of proven dexterity is not poor. He beats the practical challenges of life in the golden state—of fickle markets, lowballers, long-toothed real-estate women, name droppers, fitness compulsives, sexual-molestation charges, and the ten-percent grade up Hazel Dell on a bicycle four days in a row—at sixty! Samson slew a thousand philistines with the jawbone of an ass. Michael Mulroney may be more deliberate in sussing out a situation, measuring a mark for front-end warmth, background development, schmoozing up and hosing down. But soon he’ll step back in deference to his inner Samson, who will swing away, going in for the close. If the ledger won’t balance, give it a few days with some hustle and scramble and judiciously placed phone calls. That’s the difference between a poor man and a man of the worldly class. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction—novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Neptune Speaks

Author: Robert Wintner

Publisher: Regnery Publishing

ISBN: 1620875152

Category: Nature

Page: 272

View: 9922

Neptune Speaks is packed with full-color photographs of tropical fish on every page, but this book is more than just a beautiful guide. It’s a call to defend the creatures of the sea that are under attack by fierce predators—humans. The popularity of keeping tropical fish in home and office aquariums, and the overfishing of waters around the world to satisfy the demands of diners looking for ever-more exotic fare have put these amazing species in danger of disappearing entirely. Neptune Speaks delves into the perils of trafficking in wildlife for the pet trade. Why are colorful reef fish still taken in Hawaii with no limit on the catch, no limit on the number of catchers, and no constraint on rare, endemic or vanishing species? The author, known most commonly as Snorkel Bob, will explore and explain all the factors that perpetuate the destruction of fish and their habitats, while his photographs demonstrate the beauty and grace of the creatures we need to get serious about protecting.

Towards Marine Ecosystem-based Management in the Wider Caribbean

Author: Lucia Fanning,Robin Mahon,Patrick McConney

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9089642420

Category: Political Science

Page: 425

View: 5728

An approach that encompasses the human and natural dimensions of ecosystems is one that the Wider Caribbean Region knows it must adopt and implement, in order to ensure the sustainable use of the region's shared marine resources. This volume contributes towards that vision, bringing together the collective knowledge and experience of scholars and practitioners within the Wider Caribbean to begin the process of assembling a road map towards marine ecosystem based management (EBM) for the region. It also serves a broader purpose of providing stakeholders and policy actors in each of the world's sixty-four Large Marine Ecosystems, with a comparative example of the challenges and information needs required to implement principled ocean governance generally and marine EBM in particular, at multiple levels. Additionally, the volume serves to supplement the training of graduate level students in the marine sciences by enhancing interdisciplinary understanding of challenges in implementing marine EBM.

Coastal Resource Management in the Wider Caribbean

Resilience, Adaptation, and Community Diversity

Author: Yvan Breton

Publisher: IDRC

ISBN: 1552502236

Category: Nature

Page: 282

View: 6175

This book presents an alternative look at existing coastal management initiatives in the Caribbean, focusing on the need to pay more attention to the local community. Emphasizing the great heterogeneity of Caribbean communities, the book shows how the diversity of ecosystems and cultures has generated a significant resilience and capacity to adapt, in which the notion of community itself has to be re-examined. The concluding chapter presents lessons learned and a series of practical recommendations for decision-makers."

Toucan Whisper, Toucan Sing

A Novel

Author: Robert Wintner

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504032721

Category: Fiction

Page: 231

View: 2995

Toucan Whisper, Toucan Sing is a novel about modern Mexico, the conflicting goals of development versus ecological preservation, and the aspirations and struggles of the indigenous people who service tourists at a beachfront hotel. Central to this tale are two brothers: the ambitious twenty-two-year old Antonio, also known as “The Maestro,” with his rippling abdomen and bursting biceps, is the favorite of many of the women at the hotel Oaxtepec where he is in charge of pool activitites. His sixteen-year-old, mute brother, Baldo (Antonio’s ward since their parents died), works as a drink boy, cutting open coconuts with a machete and serving guests poolside. Baldo, an ostensible gentle giant, is reminiscent of Lenny in Steinbeck’s classic, Of Mice and Men.

The World's Most Beautiful Seashells

Author: Leonard Hill,Peter Carmichael

Publisher: Carmichael Publishing

ISBN: 9781884942037

Category: Nature

Page: 240

View: 1217

Presents photographs of shells collected from around the world, chosen on the basis of their beautiful colors or forms, and includes explanatory text and captions.

A Networking Book

Author: Paul J.R. Renaud

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 1483527654

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 178

View: 3439

Never before has the world been so interconnected. Understanding that everything we accomplish is done through connections, networking becomes the key to success in your business, career and relationships. Many of us aren’t comfortable breaking the ice or meeting new people, but it’s a learned skill and not all that difficult. A Networking Book will get you there with ease and confidence. Paul J.R. Renaud, author of A Networking Book is a marketing expert and executive coach, an experienced international executive, lecturer and facilitator. He offers a comprehensive look at what it takes to become an effective networker, regardless of your comfort level. Paul will give you terrific advice, tips and methods to quickly bring you to the top of your game. Novice or expert, he’ll show you how to effectively reach more clients, colleagues, customers, partners and friends, with techniques he’s proven over the world to increase his own network and build a career. Discover the fundamentals of networking, as you become confident and welcome rather than fear that next event and your opportunity to meet people. Apply what Paul teaches to dramatically increase your skills, while having fun in the process. • Use the Law of Abundance to get off on the right foot. • Understand why we network and how to make it a natural, comfortable skill. • Identify the pleasure in the Fun, Work and Play networks, choosing those that resonate with your personality and goals. • Learn the etiquette of networking, what’s appropriate and not. • Get into action and gear up, using Paul’s sure fire methods to meet new people and put them at ease. • Put personal barriers behind and learn from countless international success stories. Paul J.R. Renaud is a qualified Executive Coach with over 30 years’ experience in senior Marketing roles having lived and worked in Asia, South America, North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He is an avid Networker and a dynamo in helping people perform above their expectations. His blog is called “I Feel Good” which deals with Coaching and peak performance and he is Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Maastricht School of Management for the Executive MBA program in Bucharest and the University of New York in Prague ( UNYP).

Brian in Three Seasons

Author: Patricia Grossman

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453293485

Category: Fiction

Page: 223

View: 6612

The year is 1995. Thirty-nine-year-old Brian Moss lives alone in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, his survival in the city barely rising above the marginal. He’s in danger of becoming a fixture on his block, someone not registered by those around him. Brian hasn’t succeeded in his ambition of becoming an art historian, but neither has he fully forsaken it. He still thinks about his unfinished dissertation, but mostly at odd moments—on his way to the piers at dusk or to late-night clubs after work. Brian cherishes his independence, yet every now and then he recalls, with a shock of recognition, his father’s appellation for him, “Mr. Artiste, Mr. Overgrown Boy.” Over three seasons—autumn through spring—events conspire to show Brian that a richer life is within his grasp. Returning to his childhood home in the Midwest when his father has a stroke, Brian finds the scale of emotion between them weighted first one way, then the other. While there, he uncovers a surprising family secret that gives him a much-altered view of his past. And then, slowly, Brian enters into a relationship with a man who challenges his feelings about romantic love and disrupts his pattern of random late-night encounters. Brian Moss’s inner voice takes hold of the reader from the first page. Grossman’s rendering of his character is a tour de force. She places Brian firmly within his beloved city by balancing the harsher realities of urban life against the great aesthetic pleasures that can be drawn from it. As Brian’s life becomes illuminated within this set passage of time, so does the reader’s understanding of an ordinary, extraordinary man.


Author: Fiona McAuslan,Matthew Norman

Publisher: Rough Guides

ISBN: 9781858289038

Category: Travel

Page: 585

View: 2495

Provides information for travelers to Cuba on resorts, lodging, restaurants, transportation, currency, history, and culture.

Wreck Valley

A Record of Shipwrecks Off Long Island's South Shore and New Jersey

Author: Daniel Berg

Publisher: Aqua Explorers Inc

ISBN: 9780961616731

Category: Long Island (N.Y.)

Page: 200

View: 5331


Coral Reef Guide

Red Sea to Gulf of Aden, South Oman

Author: Ewald Lieske,Robert F. Myers,Klaus E. Fiedler

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: 9780007159864

Category: Nature

Page: 384

View: 6859

Visited by more than a quarter of a million divers each year, the Red Sea is home to many of the world’s most popular dive sites. With no coral bleaching and little pollution, there is both abundant coral growth and fantastic underwater visibility. This beautifully photographed guide covers all the species of underwater life in the Red Sea region that you are likely to encounter while diving or snorkeling. It includes descriptions and photos of more than 1,200 species—fishes, turtles, whales, dolphins, invertebrates and corals, nudibranchs and marine plants—with information on range, behavior, and habitat, a quick-find map of good dive sites, and hundreds of clear color photos taken in natural surroundings.