A New Major Initiative to Preserve the Caribbean’s Coral Reefs

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Coral Reefs
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Michael Schamis is a New Jersey entrepreneur who engages with Mister Wright Fine Wines & Spirits as sales associate. An avid scuba diver, Michael Schamis is a longtime PADI member who earned his instructor’s license at age 18, the youngest age eligible for the credential.

One major concern of many divers is the fate of the world’s coral ecosystems, which are dying off in many regions due to mass bleaching and accelerating climate change. In September 2016, the Nature Conservancy and Mote Marine Laboratory announced they would be partnering on a major conservation effort spanning the Florida Keys and Caribbean.

The initiative will last 15 years and involve coordinated efforts to restore the 1 million corals across the region. Coral gene banks that encompass the full range of genetic diversity will be collected. These banks may help in growing coral varieties most resistant to climate change. In the next year, some 50,000 coral fragments will be grown in preparation for the initiative’s official launch.


PADI Partners With AIDE Event

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Australia International Dive Expo
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Michael Schamis is a professional with experience in sales and marketing. Based in New York City, he is currently a sales associate for a fine wine retailer, Mister Wright Fine Wines & Spirits. In addition to his marketing and sales work, Michael Schamis is an instructor with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors.

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) recently was on hand to lend its support to the Australia International Dive Expo (AIDE) in Sydney, Australia. The event was put on by the same team that organizes the Malaysia International Dive Expo (MIDE) and featured dive tours, equipment displays, the latest and greatest gadgets, and advice from diving experts.

PADI marked its third year of sponsorship in this year’s AIDE, which takes place each September. PADI featured a “try dive” pool for those looking to learn more about diving through a firsthand experience. Visitors who signed up for courses at the event also received free PADI t-shirts.

The Dominant 1995-96 Chicago Bulls

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1995-96 Chicago Bulls
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New York business development leader Michael Schamis grew up in Chicago and is an avid fan of Chicago sports teams. A basketball player throughout high school, Michael Schamis is especially fond of the Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls recorded the best regular season in franchise history in 1995-96 and one of the best postseason runs in league history. Led by Hall of Fame talents Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, the Bulls won 23 of the first 25 games they played that year. Over the season, the Bulls recorded a number of notable winning streaks, including one of 18 games.

The Bulls ended the regular season with a 103-93 road victory over the Washington Bullets to finish with a record of 72 wins and 10 losses. Only the 2015-2016 Golden State Warriors have recorded a better regular season, with a record of 73 wins and nine losses. However, the Warriors fell in seven games of the 2016 NBA Finals, while the Bulls went on to enjoy one of the most dominant runs in league history.

The Bulls opened the postseason by winning 11 of 12 games against Eastern Conference opponents, including sweeps of the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic. After taking the first three games of the finals over the Seattle SuperSonics, the Bulls dropped consecutive games for the first time in more than four months. However, the Bulls went on to secure their fourth title in six seasons with a 10-point victory in Game 6, finishing the year with a combined record of 87 and 13.

Important Safety Tips for Scuba Diving

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Michael Schamis is a member of the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI). Diving since the age of 13, Michael Schamis became an instructor at 18, the youngest age that PADI grants certification.

Scuba diving provides a unique opportunity to view a natural environment that individuals might not otherwise get to see. To fully enjoy a dive, divers should follow a few basic safety rules.

First-time divers should consult with a medical professional prior to diving. Some dive operators require individuals to provide proof that they have been medically cleared for a dive. All divers should refrain from diving if they are suffering from a cold or a migraine.

Divers should conduct extensive research into a dive school before they schedule a dive. A diver’s best preparations can be wasted by a careless dive operator.

Most importantly, divers should never dive alone. The buddy system begins above the surface with a buddy check of diving equipment.

Once the dive has started, buddies should keep one another within sight at all times. Divers who follow the buddy system are less likely to get separated from the dive group or otherwise find themselves in a hazardous diving scenario.

The PADI IDC Helps Divers Become Certified PADI Instructors


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Michael Schamis, former business development officer and analyst for MarketCounsel, holds an MBA in sports and entertainment management from Hofstra University’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business. In addition to his marketing and sales work, Michael Schamis is a longtime member and instructor with the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI).

Having granted over 24 million certifications to over 136,000 individuals around the world, PADI maintains several scuba diving courses, including its Instructor Development Course (IDC). Designed for individuals who are passionate about scuba diving and want to share their love with overs, the PADI IDC lets students earn the rating of PADI Instructor. The course is split into two parts: The Assistant Instructor (AI) course and Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. After completing the entire IDC, professionals attend an Instructor Examination (IE). If they pass the exam, they earn their certification as a PADI Instructor.

The PADI IDC takes place over the course of either five or seven days, and teaches students about everything from diver safety to the business of diving and PADI standards. Although the course does offer some online learning, in-person classroom time is still needed for students to practice the skills they are learning. Any dive professionals who already hold an instructor rating with a different organization may be eligible to enroll directly in the PADI OWSI program. PADI Divemasters must have been certified for at least six months to enroll in the IDC. They must also have 100 dives and 60 logged dives, a signed medical statement, and recent emergency training.

Tuscan Wines – Alternatives to Chianti


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Vernaccia di San Gimignano
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Michael Schamis, an experienced marketing analyst, enjoys both travel and wine tasting in his free time. Michael Schamis and his wife spent their honeymoon in the Tuscan region of Italy, an area known for its wine.

Many wine drinkers think of Tuscany and automatically associate it with Chianti. Produced from the Sangiovese grape, this category of eight different wine types has become the most famous type of Tuscan wine. Connoisseurs know, however, that the region produces not only other wines but other varieties of grape, as well.

The Vernaccia grape, for example, produces the Vernaccia di San Gimignano. A floral white wine, it pairs well with seafood and has an appealing crispness. The Trebbiano grape also produces such crisp whites as the Montecarlo, as well as the dessert wine Vin Santo. This particular variety, sometimes made from Malvasia grapes, involves a drying process that results in varying levels of sweetness.

Tuscany is still best known for its reds, however, and these include several that carry the superior Denominazione de Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) designation. Such honored varieties include the Vino Nobile de Montepulciano and the Brunello di Montalcino, both of which produce wine from the Sangiovese grape.

Two Broadway Shows to Experience

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Michael Schamis, an upper eastside New York sales professional, likes to attend the theater with his wife. A fan of musicals, Michael Schamis makes an effort to see Broadway shows as often as possible.

Through October of 2016, WICKED will command the stage at Gershwin Theatre. The show tells the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. The award-winning production takes audiences back to when the wicked witch first meets Glinda the Good. Developing a strong bond, the two are later divided by the labeling of one as “good” and the other as “wicked.”

Also on Broadway is the new musical Waitress. The cast has performance dates scheduled through January 1, 2017 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Waitress is a stage version of a popular movie of the same name. The musical, under the direction of Diane Paul, features a score by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles and stars Jessie Mueller as Jenna, an expert pie maker who looks to start a new life away from a loveless marriage. The story of friendship and motherhood is told through Jenna’s pie-making process. Since its launch, the production has received nominations for best musical at multiple award shows.