Basseterre, St. Kitts, 26th February 2015 (MiyVue.com) – After a five-year wait for approval to construct an interactive turtle information center in the Keys-Cayon beach area, the St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network (SKSTMN) is now proceeding to create the centre.
In response to increasing public interest, and in keeping with the national policy on supporting the growth of tourism, the organization’s administration believed that it would be appropriate to expand their activities into tourism, while remaining true to their roots in conservation and scientific research on turtles nesting in St. Kitts.
The conservation and research organization has indicated that achieving that objective requires an interpretive center located in the Keys area.
“Our aim is to protect the sea turtles of St. Kitts (hawksbill, leatherback, and green), and that has obvious benefits not only for the sea turtles and the environment, but it impacts the fishing and tourism industry of the country. These animals are keystone species within their natural range and play an important role in maintaining the marine ecosystem. Without these animals, the entire system suffers. Loss of habitat, such as coral reefs or sea grass beds, would lead to diminished fishing, snorkeling, and diving,” states the SKSTMN information provided to Miyvue.com.
The area of activities, according to the Sea Turtle Monitoring Network, would be focused on the Keys-Cayon Beach, where the nesting turtles can be observed and monitored.
“With further development of this conservation project and a centralized base for research, ecotourism and sales, complete project sustainability can be attained and job opportunities (created) through the SKSTMN,” one of the aims explains.
According to the SKSTMN, having the center would enable the organization to develop a ”thriving and a commercially viable tourist attraction” within five years, and importantly, integrate the community of Keys into the project’s progress and development. Having the center would also enable the organization to facilitate special tours, create informational displays and special attractions.
“The SKSTMN will hold community meetings to provide information on plans and to take in feedback during each phase. Additionally, turtle friendly lighting and signage designating Keys as a turtle community are planned.
The goal is to engage and employ the local community in the leatherback ecotourism development. The project proposal and information regarding all plans have been presented to the St. Kitts Department of Marine Resources, the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, the St. Christopher National Trust, the Department of Sustainable Development, the Department of Environment, and local businesses with a vested interest in the area,” the turtle monitoring network has informed.
Formed in 2003, the St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network (SKSTMN) is a registered community based organization led by Dr. Kimberly Stewart. Its main aim is to monitor the nesting populations of sea turtles on St. Kitts and to act as an advocate for strengthening the sea turtle protection laws in St. Kitts.
The SKSTMN carries out its mission authorized by the Department of Marine Resources, and it works in collaboration with several national, regional and international organizations, including local fishers and interested citizens and residents of St. Kitts.
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Basseterre, St. Kitts, 25th February 2015 (MiyVue.com) – Over a hundred athletes from the Federation and Connecticut showcased their talents on the athletics track, when the Special Olympics National Games opened Wednesday, 25th February, at the Silver Jubilee stadium.
Opening the games in bright, sunny conditions, Director of Sport Jeffery Hazel told the students and parents gathered that this type of Olympics changes the lives of all participants.
The event, according to Hazel, has become a milestone for students with disabilities, because it showcases their capabilities in various disciplines.
“The Special Olympics National Games have become a landmark for people with disabilities, federally, and it is a landmark in the progress of mankind toward seeking immense capabilities and possibilities. It is through these games we realize that sport is about what we can do. It is about what we can achieve, the limits that we can reach, and the barriers that we can break,” said Hazel.
“Everything that sports stand for, we are going to see right here… With the many strides made over the past five decades, there are still many persons who doubt the power of the human spirit to overcome all kinds of limitations and challenges,” Hazel added.
According to the coach of the National Football Team, Special Olympics unite a vast number of people, from the athletes who are participating with pride, to the many people next to them, who help ensure the athletes strive to be their best every day.
He thanked the organizing team for the work that they had done in putting the event together, including the chairperson of the Special Olympics St. Kitts-Nevis Board, Clarissa Cotton.
“It has taken a lot of hard work by many people to get to this point. I want to thank the entire organizing team, including Ms. Clarissa Cotton and Mr. Ivor Blake, for their dedication and excellence in the Special Olympics movement,” Hazel said,
“The Special Olympics movement changes the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through sports, and it promotes the idea of each person, regardless of their ability, being a valuable member of society,” the director of sport noted.
The opening ceremony began with the entrance of the torch carried by way of the Law Enforcement Torch Run from Basseterre to the Silver Jubilee Stadium in Bird Rock.
Board chairperson Clarice Cotton assured the spectators that they would see a very good and competitive Track and Field event put on the Olympians.
“In Special Olympics we tell our athletes that they have to put out their best effort, and they usually do that,” Cotton said.
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Basseterre, St. Kitts, 26th February 2015 (MiyVue.com) – The St. Kitts-Nevis Amateur Athletics Association (SKNAAA) has placed much emphasis on doping education and random out-of-competition testing, said Public Relations Officer Evris Huggins.
During a recent interview with media personnel, Huggins indicated that during the 2014 season, they undertook several tests on junior athletes along with courses to inform them on the use of prohibited substances in the sport.
“We try as much as possible to empower our athletes… In 2014, we did some random test on a number of our junior athletes. It was a first-time experience for them. So the athletes are aware that as a member of a team or a squad you are subject for testing and inspection.
“You can’t wait until an athlete is a senior and seasoned into some of his or her bad habits and try to contain the athlete after they have already been allowed a certain amount of leeway while youth or junior,” said Huggins, who indicated that one of the first courses on anti-doping was held last December.
“Surprisingly we had about 70 percent of the squad in attendance, and their parents, and they were very engaging,” Huggins said.
He explained that this initiative has registered with the athletes, more specifically, those who he trains.
“I have had members of my squad who approach me and requested to receive soft copy of the information. They have direct access to the WADA website. They are aware of the World Anti-Doping Code before they purchase any of their supplements. They will always go and do their own research,” Huggins pointed out.
The SKNAAA official said he wants athletes to be proactive about the sport they love, to question officials, research and learn more about every aspect of athletics.
“I always say to my athletes if they are not harassing us, or enquiring about something, whether it is a race strategy or changes in your body or questions about their dietary needs, or even questions certain things like substances that are banned on the WADA Code, then something is wrong,” opined the SKNAAA official.
According to Huggins, this is done to minimize public embarrassment that would be associated with an athlete found with a positive test.
“We do as much as we can on our end. As of late, we don’t take anything for granted. We already had the embarrassing situation in 2012 at the London Olympic Games, and we don’t want a repeat of that situation.” Huggins exclaimed.
According to the PRO, these testing are done at the discretion of the association.
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SYDNEY, Australia – Fast bowler Vernon Philander will miss South Africa’s next match, against West Indies on Friday due to injury.
SYDNEY, Australia – Fast bowler Vernon Philander will miss South Africa’s next match, against West Indies on Friday due to injury.
Chris Gayle’s assault on Zimbabwe two days ago has seemingly left their African neighbours fearing the worst ahead of their clash in the ICC Cricket World Cup tomorrow.
Even by Fifa's standards, it was a performance of breathtaking audacity. A day after world football's governing body confirmed it had caused an unprecedented upheaval to the sporting calendar, many may have expected its secretary-general to be in a conciliatory mood. Not a bit of it.
Barbados has been getting better, in terms of the quality and variety of its products and services. However, Barbados has not made commensurate progress in terms of labour productivity.
Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, Dr. DeLisle Worrell, made these observations yesterday, at the opening of the National Productivity Council’s Annual Week of Excellence at the Grande Salle.
“The most comprehensive report on global competitiveness is the Global Competitive Report, published by the World Economic Forum. In its 2014-15 Report, Barbados ranks Number 55 in the world, and highest in the English-speaking Caribbean,” Dr. Worrell stated on the one hand.
“However, Barbados has not made commensurate progress in terms of labour productivity. We have seen increases in output for each unit of labour in the past decade, but they have only been sufficient to enable us to maintain our standing in the late forties to early fifties in the competitive ranking. In today’s world, you cannot prosper by standing still. Faster growth in the productivity of our labour force is necessary, if we are to further improve our relative competitiveness,” the Central Bank Governor stressed on the other.
Increasing labour productivity, he said, is also essential to improving the living standards of our workforce.
“Barbados is a prosperous economy, ranked Number 59 in the world in terms of human development by the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report. Our continuing prosperity depends on our ability to import the things we need to enable our lifestyles. If workers are to improve their lot, each one of us must contribute more to the production of goods and services, so that our gain is not at the expense of others,” he maintained.
He, however, acknowledged that increasing labour productivity is at the heart of Barbados’ development strategy and it will enable us to become even more successful in an increasingly competitive international market and will also allow workers to share in the fruits of that increased competitiveness. He, however, stated that this increase in labour productivity will be difficult to achieve, because it is about quality, engagement and commitment.
“Some time ago, a NISE survey told us that only 30 per cent of the Barbadian workforce feels fully committed to their jobs. There is no evidence to suggest that the situation has improved since that survey was done. The problem is especially acute in the public service. In the Global Competitiveness Report previously alluded to, the inefficiency of our Government bureaucracy is identified as the most damaging factor for doing business in Barbados. Each and every public servant should resolve to play their part in improving that statistic,” the Governor remarked.
Noting however that the future of our economy looks promising, what is required, he said, is that “we each commit to doing the very best of which we are capable, each and every day”.
“National Productivity Week is an occasion for us to remind ourselves of this responsibility to our country, our community, our families and ourselves. Let us go forward with confidence, to seize the time, and the opportunity,” the Governor concluded.
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British actor Eddie Redmayne has won the best actor Oscar for The Theory of Everything, while Julianne Moore picked up best actress for Still Alice.
Redmayne thanked his "staggering partner in crime", co-star Felicity Jones, and his "ferocious but incredibly kind director James Marsh".
Dark comedy Birdman won best film and best director for Mexican film-maker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
It also won best cinematography and best original screenplay.
The film sees Michael Keaton play a former movie superhero actor, who hopes to revive his washed-up career by putting on a Broadway play.
Moore used her speech to raise awareness for Alzheimer's disease - in Still Alice, she plays a 50-year-old who has early on-set Alzheimer's.
"I'm so happy, I'm thrilled that we were able to shine a light on Alzheimer's disease," she said.
"So many people who have this disease feel marginalised. People who have Alzheimer's disease deserve to be seen so we can find a cure."
Redmayne was honoured for his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking, who has motor neurone disease (ALS).
Accepting his award, he thanked the Hawking family, including Jane Hawking on whose book the film is based, and said his award belonged "to all of the people around the world battling ALS".
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Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr versus Manny ‘Pac Man’ Pacquiao, scheduled for May 2, is expected to have the most expensive pay-per-view price tag—but even at US$100 a pop, the event will be significantly cheaper than a nosebleed seat at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
TiqIQ provided BoxingScene.com with several ticket price statistics from the secondary market (what ticket brokers will be asking). The current average ticket price for the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight is currently US$10,506.41 (slightly higher than final average for this year’s Super Bowl: US$10,466.11)
The current get in price is US$4,175 for Section 201 row P. The most expensive ticket currently listed is Ringside Section E Row E for US$64,689.
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