Shore Excursions – Timor Sea Justice http://timorseajustice.org/ Thu, 12 May 2022 10:06:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://timorseajustice.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-7-1.png Shore Excursions – Timor Sea Justice http://timorseajustice.org/ 32 32 Day Trips Near Me This Summer In New Jersey You Should Do https://timorseajustice.org/day-trips-near-me-this-summer-in-new-jersey-you-should-do/ Thu, 12 May 2022 09:01:03 +0000 https://timorseajustice.org/day-trips-near-me-this-summer-in-new-jersey-you-should-do/ Summer is right around the corner and if you’re anything like us, you’re already making a list of fun things to do. Hot weather to-do lists certainly include plenty of days at the beach, but sometimes you just need a break from the sand and sun. When you feel like something different, get in the […]]]>
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Celebrity Cruises Cancels ECLIPSE Alaska Sailing – Due To Marine Life Attached To Ships’ Hulls https://timorseajustice.org/celebrity-cruises-cancels-eclipse-alaska-sailing-due-to-marine-life-attached-to-ships-hulls/ Mon, 09 May 2022 20:05:50 +0000 https://timorseajustice.org/celebrity-cruises-cancels-eclipse-alaska-sailing-due-to-marine-life-attached-to-ships-hulls/ The cruise industry sometimes seems to be its own worst enemy and Celebrity Cruises is once again a shining example the company just had to cancel an additional cruise for the Celebrity Eclipse. This time, the reason for the cancellations is rather exotic because marine life attached to the hull of the ship as the […]]]>

The cruise industry sometimes seems to be its own worst enemy and Celebrity Cruises is once again a shining example the company just had to cancel an additional cruise for the Celebrity Eclipse.

This time, the reason for the cancellations is rather exotic because marine life attached to the hull of the ship as the Eclipse was only lingering and has accumulated so much that it is now dragging the ship, forcing it to slow down.

On top of that, the ship is not allowed to navigate many sensitive ecosystems in upper Alaska, bringing with it marine life from the south, like California and Mexico, where the ship is floating, doing nothing. for months.

Celebrity noticed this issue earlier – a week before the Eclipse begins its season in Alaska from Vancouver. The Pacific Coastal sailing the Eclipse was supposed to kick off the season with has also been canceled since early January (I had booked for that one). And now this.

The email sent to reserved guests states:

Due to recent marine growth that has developed on the hull of the vessel (a natural process you may know as barnacle growth), and our commitment to following local environmental procedures, we place the Celebrity Eclipse in dry dock for 7 days to responsibly secure and clean the hull. …

What Celebrity is doing now is that the ECLIPSE sail with a modified itinerary on May 15 departing from Vancouver as scheduled, but due to reduced speed, all ports of call will have modified (shorter) stays:

The ship is experiencing slower than normal speeds, and we have to accommodate this in our call schedules. This will result in a reduction in time spent in all ports of call. many of our shore excursions have been affected and rescheduled or cancelled.

All affected passengers will receive a $100 onboard credit to their ship accounts to compensate for the significantly reduced port time which in some cases, such as Sitka, has been cut by more than half.

Guests are now faced with the following:

  • Tue 05/17 – Sitka – New port times: 2:15 p.m. – 6 p.m. [previously 11 am to 8:30 pm]
  • Wed 18/05 – Hubbard Glacier – New hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. [previously 9:30 am to 2:30 pm]
  • Thu 19/05 – Juneau – New port times: 9 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. [previously 7:30am to 8 pm]
  • Fri, 5/20 – Ketchikan – New port times: 2pm-5pm [previously 2:00pm-8:30 pm]

The Sitka port modification is really bad. The Hubbard Glacier is also sad to see it cut so much. Juneau and Ketchikan…well, I guess there isn’t much loss there, but that eats away at the excursion schedule.

However, the second cruise which was scheduled to take place on May 22 will be canceled and Eclipse moved to drydock. Shame!

When we talk about barnaclesmost have seen them attached to rocks on the shore, but they also form on marine vessels:

They can actually form quite quickly, but a ship that sits idle is like a magnet for them to come in large numbers and those things are heavy. If you chop the ones seen in this photo in a bowl and weigh them, that’s good enough. Now scale that up to the size of a cruise ship.

Of course, one has to wonder why this comes as a surprise to an experienced cruise line. When a ship doesn’t move much like the Eclipse hasn’t for a long time, this process is a natural consequence. The eclipse should have been monitored for this a long time ago and the corresponding measures taken.

I am currently at the Celebrity Solstice and spoke to the hotel manager yesterday when this topic came up. He mentioned that Solstice had actually just completed a drydock and that this exact procedure plus a hull painting was done after Solstice had been out of service for almost two years, although it had moved around a bit and even made his first trip to Hawaii recently. .

This raises the question of why this wasn’t tracked earlier, just like Solstice did? It looks like complete negligence on Celebrity’s part. The company should know better than to let something like this happen willy-nilly.

Conclusion

Customers and travel agents have been advised that there will be changes to Celebrity Solstice’s first two Alaska sailings from Vancouver, with the first on May 15 having a modified itinerary with respect to port times and second crossing will be entirely canceled because the ship is put in dry dock. Assuming there are no more issues, Eclipse will then continue with the Alaska season as planned.

For some reason, I feel like Celebrity is focusing too much attention on launching their fancy new ship with a lot of PR fanfare, but not paying much attention to their existing ships. The Solstice I’m currently on also had months to be airworthy, but the first thing I discovered in my Aqua Class cabin was a broken shower unit in the bathroom.

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A list of 10 unique experiences to live on a cruise. https://timorseajustice.org/a-list-of-10-unique-experiences-to-live-on-a-cruise/ Fri, 06 May 2022 09:48:38 +0000 https://timorseajustice.org/a-list-of-10-unique-experiences-to-live-on-a-cruise/ Travel – gosh…we didn’t all miss it. I sneakily suspect there are dozens of parents, just like me, yearning for a fun family vacation, something different from a local road trip. I am VERY ready to expand our horizons once again. With elementary school aged children who seem to be growing faster than ever, we […]]]>

Travel – gosh…we didn’t all miss it.

I sneakily suspect there are dozens of parents, just like me, yearning for a fun family vacation, something different from a local road trip.

I am VERY ready to expand our horizons once again.

With elementary school aged children who seem to be growing faster than ever, we were looking for a fun, memorable and great value vacation experience – a family vacation that will allow us to spend some quality time together while we relax from our busy lives.

And something that requires the least mental load for me, too, would be incredibly convenient.

This is really where the convenience of cruising is the brilliant option for families like mine.

Picture: Provided.

The cruise seems to have everything we look for on vacation – super fun activities, world-class entertainment and delicious dining options, and that’s really just the beginning. The idea of ​​waking up to a new destination every day without the hassle of airports or baggage limits, and only having to unpack once, is SO appealing.

Because navigating baggage claim, tight schedules, traversing airports, long layovers…all with kids in tow. IYKYK.

Carnival Cruise Line, the most popular cruise line in the world, returns to Australia this year and it promises endless fun. With stunning destinations like the South Pacific, New Zealand, Great Barrier Reef and Tasmania to choose from – each with their own unique characteristics and shore excursions – there’s actually so much to get excited about when I think of family trips (which we have been waiting for for a long time!).

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9 Fantastic Mobile-Tensaw River Delta Adventures https://timorseajustice.org/9-fantastic-mobile-tensaw-river-delta-adventures/ Sun, 01 May 2022 20:30:08 +0000 https://timorseajustice.org/9-fantastic-mobile-tensaw-river-delta-adventures/ Just a stone’s throw (so far) from the main city of Mobile on the Gulf Coast is a real wilderness area that many people outside of Alabama don’t even know exists. It is one of the largest untouched wetland wilderness areas in the country – the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. Author and journalist Ben Raines coined […]]]>

Just a stone’s throw (so far) from the main city of Mobile on the Gulf Coast is a real wilderness area that many people outside of Alabama don’t even know exists. It is one of the largest untouched wetland wilderness areas in the country – the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta.

Author and journalist Ben Raines coined the name “America’s Amazon” for this unique wilderness wonderland.

He succeeded.

The delta encompasses 260,000 acres of breathtaking cypress and tupelo swamps and is the most diverse river system in the country where alligators – hundreds of them – lurk just below the surface. Hundreds of miles of marshes, wetlands, bayous and swamps flow into the Gulf of Mexico and are home to more species of fish, turtles, snails, crayfish and mussels than any other river system from North America.

Countless species of birds find this humid, often wet climate, as do black bears and wild boar.

And then there is the story. Deep in the wilderness, in the absolute middle of nowhere, lie ancient Native American mounds where a civilization once thrived thousands of years ago, the area where the last great battle of the civil war and the wreckage of the last slave ship. , the Clotilda, to arrive in America.

The delta is a fascinating region and despite the eerie sound of its nickname, it is a wonderful place that anyone can explore. Here are eight adventures where you can experience the American Amazon for yourself.

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1. Five Rivers Delta Resource Center

To truly appreciate the uniqueness of the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, you need a bit of a step back before you start exploring. Begin your adventure by visiting the Five Rivers Delta Resource Center at Spanish Fort.

Known as the “Gateway to the Delta,” this magnificent state-run facility offers panoramic views of the lower delta from the walkways that surround its three buildings. Inside, you’ll find exhibits that introduce you to the delta, its plants and wildlife, and the human history that helped Alabama’s port city grow.

The center also has a cozy theater where nature and historical documentaries are shown throughout the day, or you can select a title and they will play it for you.

Pro tips: The center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. On the third Sunday of every month, Five Rivers hosts the Animal Ambassadors program where you can meet living creatures that call the delta home. Check their online calendar for upcoming dates and other events.

Sign marking Bottle Creek Indian Mound Complex
Photo credit: Joe Cuhaj

2. Mound Island

The Mobile-Tensaw River Delta has seen its share of human history over the centuries. One site is hidden in the absolute middle of nowhere, an island that was once inhabited by humans over a thousand years ago – Mound Island.

Native Americans arrived on the island around 1000 AD and built towering mounds of earth by hand, one basket of earth at a time. Some were as tall as 45 feet high, where the tribal leader would live, and shorter mounds like the mound B, where religious leaders lived and held rituals. While the mound was shorter, it was still impressive. It was as long as a football field. In all, 18 burial mounds have been built on the island.

Pro Tip: The visit to the mounds is a fascinating journey through time with a one kilometer walk through the Amazon environment. To get there, however, you either have to kayak or take a tour boat. I’ll talk more about these options in a moment, but your best bet is to take a tour boat where historians bring the history of the mounds to life and can better highlight what you see.

Cannon at Blakeley State Park
Photo credit: Joe Cuhaj

3. Blakeley Historic State Park

A little south of Mound Island, in the Spanish Fort, is Blakeley Historic State Park. At one time, Blakeley was a bustling port town that was actually larger than its Cross Bay rival, Mobile. In the mid-1800s, the town was ravaged by an epidemic of yellow fever and was left to nature.

In 1865, this same area was the last bastion of hope for the Confederacy to retain its last remaining port city, Mobile, on the Gulf Coast during the Civil War. April 9andas General Lee’s army surrendered to General Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, the Battle of Blakeley took place, making it the last major battle of the war.

Today, a myriad of hiking and biking trails criss-cross the battlefield and some of the best-preserved breastworks and redoubts with interpretive panels describing the events of that day. Information for a self-guided tour is available online.

Pro Tip: Admission is $4 for adults; $3 for children 6-12, veterans and active duty military; and children under 6 are free.

4. The Last Slave Ship

The story of the slave ship, Clotilda, seems almost unlikely. Even though the importation of slaves had been banned in the United States, in 1860 Thomas Meaher bet that he could bring new slaves into the country undetected. He did it on the schooner Clotilda, the last slave ship to arrive in the country.

Meaher brought 110 captured Africans from the Mobile River into the delta the night the slaves landed as he set fire to the ship in an attempt to destroy the evidence.

More than a century later, the wreck of the Clotilda has been discovered and efforts by local authorities and the descendants of those slaves are underway to protect and preserve this incredible piece of American history.

Pro tips: Special trips to the Clotilda wreck are scheduled at Blakeley Historic State Park. Visit their events calendar regularly to catch the next scheduled trip.

bird at the Audobon Society.
Photo credit: Joe Cuhaj

5. A paradise for birdwatchers

With the vastness of undisturbed wetlands, marshes, and rivers, you might imagine the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta to be a birdwatcher’s paradise — and you’d be right.

The Audubon Society ranks the delta as one of the nation’s most productive wildlife habitats. Over 300 bird species have been recorded in the delta

The list of birds is impressive. You may spot Marbled Ducks, Baird’s Sandpipers, and Swallow-tailed and Mississippi Kites. The list is lengthened increasingly.

The Alabama Birding Trail has established several stops around the delta where you can tick a few species off your list.

Pro Tip: Bird watchers and those with an interest in wildlife should save the last weekend in September for the annual Coastal Alabama Bird Festival. The event is based at the Five Rivers Delta Resource Center, which hosts a number of birding and wildlife presentations, as well as countless field trips in the delta.

Mobile-Tensaw River Delta Tour Boat
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6. Explore by tour boat

As mentioned earlier, most exploration of the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta is done by boat. One of the best ways to experience it is to make a reservation aboard the Delta Explorer.

Cruises are based in historic Blakeley State Park and offer a wide variety of excursions to suit everyone’s interests. Try the Delta Adventure cruise where you may encounter black bears, bald eagles, ospreys and, of course, alligators. There are also tours of historic Civil War sites along the shores of the delta, cruises to Mound Island, lunch cruises and an evening cruise to experience an incredible sunset.

Pro tips: Local historian and author John Sledge leads fascinating and informative trips to the delta each spring and fall. Visit the Delta Explorer website for their latest historic cruise.

Mobile-Tensaw River Delta
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7. Kayaking in the desert

A real adventure awaits as you paddle a kayak through the dark and mysterious bayous of the delta along the Bartram Canoe Trail.

The trail consists of 200 miles of marked routes through groves of moss-laden Spanish oak and mysterious swamps of cypress and tupelo, all under the watchful eye of American alligators basking in the sun on logs and along the banks.

The canoe trail also includes floating and land campsites that you can book to spend a night under brilliant starry skies with the sounds of the delta surrounding you.

Pro tips: Even though the canoe trail is well marked, it’s still easy to get off the trail and get lost in the endless bayous. If you’re not an experienced paddler, it’s best to sign up for a guided tour with one of the reputable companies in the area like Wild Native.

8. Airboat Exploration

It’s time to get your heart pumping as you cruise the swamps aboard an airboat in coves inaccessible to boats. An airboat ride is just plain fun and you can still see the many species of wildlife that inhabit the delta.

Sign up for a boat ride with Air Boat Adventures or Airboat Express.

Pro Tip: Make reservations well in advance of your visit to ensure boats are running and there are places available.

Meaher State Park in Alabama
Meaher State Park (Photo Credit: jaimie tuchman / Shutterstock.com)

9. Camping at Meaher State Park

A cozy state park is located on the Mobile Bay Causeway that connects the eastern shore of Mobile Bay to the city – Meaher State Park.

The park is located at the southern end of the delta and sports 61 motorhomes and several campsites, as well as four fully equipped cabins overlooking the bay. The park also offers incredible sunsets over Mobile Bay.

The great thing about Meaher is that it’s centrally located, so it’s easy to not only explore the delta, but also the many attractions in downtown Mobile (including Mardi Gras) and along the east coast in the charming towns of Daphne, Spanish Fort and Fairhope.

Pro Tip: Make your reservations well, and I mean well, before your trip. Campsites are retrieved as soon as they are available.

If you want to explore more of Alabama, check out these articles:

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Discovery Princess officially named by the TV star’s godfathers https://timorseajustice.org/discovery-princess-officially-named-by-the-tv-stars-godfathers/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 13:39:19 +0000 https://timorseajustice.org/discovery-princess-officially-named-by-the-tv-stars-godfathers/ In a ceremony held Friday at the Port of Los Angeles, the TV stars and the show’s hosts united as godparents and officially named Discovery Princess. The godparents included fashion designer Randy Fenoli, chef Alex Guarnaschelli, special effects designer and maker Adam Savage, and real estate broker and pinball machine extraordinaire Page Turner. Standing together […]]]>

In a ceremony held Friday at the Port of Los Angeles, the TV stars and the show’s hosts united as godparents and officially named Discovery Princess. The godparents included fashion designer Randy Fenoli, chef Alex Guarnaschelli, special effects designer and maker Adam Savage, and real estate broker and pinball machine extraordinaire Page Turner.

Standing together at the retirement pool on Discovery Princess’ open deck with ship’s captain Gennaro Arma, they said: “We call this ship the Discovery Princess. May God bless her and all who sail on her.

They then sent a giant bottle of champagne the size of Nebuchadnezzar against the ship for the celebratory smash, officially welcoming Discovery Princess to the fleet of Princess Cruises, the world’s first international cruise line and leader on the West Coast.

Discovery Princess Godfathers

The “Discover Our World” themed ceremony blended maritime tradition with contemporary elements, celebrating the cruise line’s exclusive seven-year Discovery at SEA™ program – bringing the spirit of curiosity and exploration to every cruise through branded experiences like Shark Week at Sea, exclusive shore excursions and onboard activities such as Camp Discovery and Stargazing at SEA youth centers.

“Today is a momentous celebration as our newest ship, Discovery Princess, is officially named by this talented group of experts and personalities – Randy, Alex, Adam and Page,” said John Padgett, President of Princess Cruises. “We can’t think of more suitable sponsors to mark this milestone.”

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Carnival’s 50th, 10 to Watch in Seatrade Cruise Review https://timorseajustice.org/carnivals-50th-10-to-watch-in-seatrade-cruise-review/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 02:43:09 +0000 https://timorseajustice.org/carnivals-50th-10-to-watch-in-seatrade-cruise-review/ Just released, the magazine is the official publication of Seatrade Cruise Global this week at the Miami Beach Convention Center. In the cover story, Arison summarizes some highlights (and lowlights) of Carnival’s journey to becoming the most popular cruise brand and the foundation of global powerhouse Carnival Corp. & plc, while Duffy recounts that Ted […]]]>

Just released, the magazine is the official publication of Seatrade Cruise Global this week at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

In the cover story, Arison summarizes some highlights (and lowlights) of Carnival’s journey to becoming the most popular cruise brand and the foundation of global powerhouse Carnival Corp. & plc, while Duffy recounts that Ted Arison’s vision of making cruising accessible and affordable for everyone has never been more relevant.

Plus, company veterans Maurice Zarmati, Roger Blum, Bob Dickinson, Chérie Weinstein, Joe Farcus, Roberta Jacoby, Brendan Corrigan, Tim Gallagher, Domenico Rognoni, Vicky Rey, Adolfo Perez and Terry Thornton share what they’re the proudest at Carnival.

10 to watch

Seatrade Cruise Review also features mini-profiles of 10 cruise line executives honored in 2022. This is Jason Liberty – who makes his first appearance this week at Seatrade’s keynote address on the state of the global cruise industry, John Padgett, Josh Weinstein, Thomas Mazloum, Laura Hodges Bethge, Michael Ungerer, Kristina Athaniasiou, Naftali Holtz, Howard Sherman and Carol Cabezas.

Genting Hong Kong/Crystal and German shipyards

The magazine features expert legal commentary on the road to liquidation of Genting Hong Kong and Crystal Cruises by maritime lawyer Robert Kritzman of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP and a look at Germany’s shipbuilding industry at the following the insolvencies of MV Werften and Lloyd Werft by German Seatrade correspondent Frederik Erdmann.

Eco-tours, sustainability, decarbonization

Other stories delve into shore excursions focused on the environment and shore food. There is expert commentary on how to make decarbonization a strategic priority by Maikel Arts of Wärtsilä and on sustainability by Grenville Cartledge of Four Gold Cruise Consultants.

Americas

It’s a pivotal year for Alaska, Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, forecasting higher call numbers than before the 2019 pandemic and Canada finally opening up to cruise ships. Look for stories on this as well as an outlook for Central America with some key cruise infrastructure developments. There’s a report on US domestic cruises and an overview of Margaritville at Sea.

Europe

Europe is covered comprehensively with a market report on Greece, a look at Mediterranean and Baltic ports and destinations, and a focus on Italian shipyards and suppliers. MedCruise Chair Figen Ayan shares her vision for the partnership with Seatrade’s Holly Payne, and Seatrade’s Mary Bond speaks with new Cruise Britain Chair Kate O’Hara.

Australasia

Australasia correspondent Helen Hutcheon covers Australia’s return to cruising after 2.5 years without international ships.

And more

Holly Payne tours the new Global Mercy hospital ship and interviews Mercy Ships founder Don Stephens. ALMACO’s Antonio Ferrando provides expert insight into supply store optimization, and there are regular Refurb & Interiors and Products & Services features and much more.

Look for Seatrade Cruise Review on Seatrade Cruise Global.

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five races of excellence, one club https://timorseajustice.org/five-races-of-excellence-one-club/ Sat, 23 Apr 2022 08:42:40 +0000 https://timorseajustice.org/five-races-of-excellence-one-club/ After a not easy year 2021 due to the known restrictions, but nevertheless full of satisfactions, which ended with the beautiful final on October 21 at the Ambrosiano, the Italy Golf Cup “returns to the green” with a new project. Italian Golf Cup, schedule It is a five-course excellence in one of the most recognized […]]]>

After a not easy year 2021 due to the known restrictions, but nevertheless full of satisfactions, which ended with the beautiful final on October 21 at the Ambrosiano, the Italy Golf Cup “returns to the green” with a new project.

Italian Golf Cup, schedule

It is a five-course excellence in one of the most recognized symbols of our home golf: the Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club. A choice due to the desire, after a year of wandering in 18 different clubs, to give Italy Golf Cup a moment of stability by freeing itself from a prestigious club.

In the plans of the organizers, Menaggio & Cadenabbia should become in the next few years the “home” and the ideal sporting location for the launch of new and important joint initiatives. As Adriano Manzoni, promoter of the Italy Golf Cup, points out, “it is thanks to the availability of the club’s management (in particular the president Vittorio Roncoroni and the sports secretary Doris Sivalli) that it was possible today to create the Italy Golf Cup Excellence 2022”

With this initiative, Italy Golf Cup and the Menaggio & Cadenabbia club want to qualify as the ideal showcase for Italian brands. At the same time, the objective is to lay the foundations to become a promoter for tourism and golf entities.

The aim is to circulate golfers/tourists between the associated structures. It is with this in mind that in addition to the rewards for individual races, a cumulative ranking will also be established. The classification will retain a maximum of three of the best results of the five races.

This leaderboard will see the top three ranked winners. To be won, a trip to Portugal offered by “I Viaggi di Seve”, one of the circuit’s partners. He is one of the most successful sportsmen of all time, as well as one of the richest in the world.

In terms of firsts, Tiger Woods is still present: 15 major tournaments won, 110 professional tournaments, the most successful golfer in the history of the sport. Statistics that explain why he managed to stay at the top of the world rankings for 683 weeks (including 281 consecutive) and especially because in 2014 he became the first athlete in the world to have crossed the billion dollar mark.

Astronomical figure which also justifies the fact that Tiger Woods can afford a yacht like the Privacy, a real fairy tale boat. And obviously, we’re talking about something that was expensive. If you imagine a luxury yacht and some comfort on board, then Privacy has it.

48 meters long, with a total area of ​​600 square meters, this yacht was purchased by the golfer in 2004. Equipped with five cabins that can accommodate a total of ten people, it also has four quarters for nine crew members .

Tiger Woods usually calls it “my dinghy” even though everything looks like a dinghy: with a cruising speed of 18 knots, it also has an onboard gym where the golfer continues to train. Woods, in fact, prefers to stay on this yacht during tournaments held in New York.

With cherry wood interiors, Privacy also boasts a three-person elevator, a huge jacuzzi, big enough to seat eight, and the inevitable cinema room and bar area. The little extra of this mega yacht is provided by the area that Tiger Woods wanted dedicated to scuba diving: this also explains the presence of an (inflatable) decompression chamber and an area dedicated to filling bottles. ‘oxygen.

The luxury is also complemented by three jet skis and two scooters for short shore excursions. Obviously, all this has a price: privacy costs 17 million euros and its annual maintenance amounts to 1.7 million euros.

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What to know about protected wildlife in Hawaii https://timorseajustice.org/what-to-know-about-protected-wildlife-in-hawaii/ Thu, 21 Apr 2022 20:25:00 +0000 https://timorseajustice.org/what-to-know-about-protected-wildlife-in-hawaii/ The Hawaiian Islands are home to amazing and unique animals. But as some populations of these animals see their numbers dwindle, it becomes a civic duty for all to help protect the dwindling species that are essential to Hawaiian culture. Fox News Digital spoke with Ryan Jenkinson of the Hawaii Department of Lands and Natural […]]]>

The Hawaiian Islands are home to amazing and unique animals.

But as some populations of these animals see their numbers dwindle, it becomes a civic duty for all to help protect the dwindling species that are essential to Hawaiian culture.

Fox News Digital spoke with Ryan Jenkinson of the Hawaii Department of Lands and Natural Resources (DLNR); he is a member of the protected species and aquatic resources division.

Jenkinson said the department’s goal is to strike a balance between human interaction and animal protection.

With that goal in mind, Jenkinson pointed out that stalking certain species is a federal offense — as well as a disrespect to the people of Hawaii.

“These animals are such an important and vital part of the culture here,” he said. “So coming closer [to them] taking a photo…not only is it harassing the animal, but it’s honestly disrespectful to the people here.

Next time you venture to these beautiful islands, here’s what you need to know about some of Hawaii’s endangered and protected species.

1. Hawaiian monk seal

The Hawaiian monk seal is not only one of Hawaii’s greatest cultural icons, it’s also one of the rarest mammals in the world.

The native monk seal is critically endangered, with only 1,400 seals left on Earth.

The sex ratio is split 50-50, so the 700 female seals capable of procreation are especially protected.

Jenkinson warned beachgoers who might encounter monk seals to be wary of mother seals who are pregnant or with pups, as they can become aggressive, especially in the water.

“Be very careful around them as they are such valuable animals in the context of trying to recover the species as a whole,” he said.

The monk seal owes its name to its solitary nature. This species of seal tends to travel alone; the animals search for food at the bottom of the ocean, then swim up to the shore to find warm, cozy places to lie on the beach.

“They don’t do much,” the expert said with a laugh. “They are just sleeping. They warm up in the sun.

A hawksbill turtle is seen swimming January 15, 2012 in Lady Elliot Island, Australia.
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2. Sea turtles

Green sea turtles, also known as honu, are an integral part of Hawaiian culture, but their population is questionable.

The hawksbill turtle is the rarest and most endangered; these creatures are difficult to spot, as they hang around in more remote areas.

The green sea turtle, on the other hand, is more often spotted in Hawaiian waters.

Although it is difficult to tell the difference between the two types of turtles, the more common green sea turtle is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act because its population increases by about 5 % every year.

The green sea turtles that cling to Hawaiian waters are among the few in the world that crawl to shore.

Visitors should be sure to give the turtles 20 to 30 feet of space to avoid spooking them and forcing them to exert limited energy.

“Be thrilled with the experience you have with these animals, but don’t harass them. Don’t chase them,” Jenkinson advised.

“Stay out of respect for the people here and the animals.”

Green sea turtles can live up to 70 years. Some females don’t even start breeding until they are about 30 years old, only then do they come to shore to lay their eggs.

“They’re nesting like crazy on the main islands now,” he commented. “I don’t know many other animals that wait that long to breed.”

Sea turtle nests can look like one big pit – so think twice before making a bonfire in the ruts on the beach.

False killer whales are extremely endangered.
False killer whales are extremely endangered.
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3. False killer whales

False killer whales are not what you expect.

The little whale gets its name from the structure of its skull, which resembles that of the iconic killer whale, but the false killer whale almost resembles that of a dolphin.

Large groups of false killer whales in Hawaii live far offshore, but there is a small group of island false killer whales that remain near the main islands – and they are extremely endangered.

Only about 150 of these whales remain in Hawaii. That’s such a low number that experts worry the species exists, especially since Hawaiian false killer whales don’t mate with foreign pod whales.

These whales are known to be very social with humans. Authorities recommend that any sightings by fishermen or others be reported.

Since these island whales live in very close family units and tend to spread their food among their group, they will also occasionally swim to boats and drop their catch of the day on deck to share as well. with the fishermen.

While this kind of behavior might be considered adorable, Jenkinson advised travelers against any desire to jump in the water and join a group of new whale friends.

Spinner dolphins swim on East Island in Hawaii.
Spinner dolphins swim on East Island in Hawaii.
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4. Spinner dolphins and white tip sharks

Spinner dolphins are not listed as endangered or threatened, but it is still important that the public approach these commonly seen dolphins with caution.

Many tour operators promoting swim-with-dolphins trips will take advantage of dolphins sleeping in pods, Jenkinson suggested. The presence of many swimmers near the sleep deprived dolphins can only drive them away.

New federal rules prohibit approaching spinner dolphins closer than 50 yards, even if the animals head for humans first.

“Look for tour operators who tell you they’re not just going to drive up to a bunch of them and throw you in the water,” Jenkinson said. “They will be space-friendly.”

The same goes with sharks. While there’s nothing illegal about swimming with sharks as part of an excursion, experts advise against approaching sharks in the water.

“They’re still sharks – they’ll bite you,” Jenkinson said. “They’re mostly pretty gentle, even the big tiger sharks.”

Pelagic species like whitetip sharks, which are listed under the Endangered Species Act and protected by the state, often get tangled in fishing lines; Jenkinson said any sightings of whitetip sharks should be reported. These sharks are easily identified by the white pattern on their fins.

Hawaii's State Bird, the Hawaiian goose, also known as the nene, is an endangered species, Branta sandvicensis, also known as Nesochen sandvicensis, endemic to the Hawaiian Islands, hotel courtyard, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii .
Hawaii’s state bird, the Hawaiian goose, also known as the nene, is an endangered species.
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5. Hawaiian Goose and Hawaiian Forest Birds

The Hawaiian goose, also known as the nene, is recovering, as its species dwindled to just 30 birds in the 1950s.

Josh Atwood of the DLNR’s forestry and wildlife division told Fox News Digital that there have been various efforts to restore native species. He advised against approaching the nene – Hawaii’s state bird – if he encountered it.

“Species here in Hawaii are an integral part of Hawaiian culture and our daily lives,” he said. “We just ask visitors to be respectful of all wildlife…Try not to disturb them.”

Atwood mentioned that Hawaii has a “very high” number of nearly 600 federally listed threatened species, including forest birds, whose decline is of concern.

Visitors are unlikely to encounter birds such as ‘Akikiki and ‘Akeke’e directly, as much of the species has already been lost; but an awareness of the Hawaiian landscape can help protect bird habitat. For example, Atwood suggested cleaning hiking boots before going up mountains and dragging foreign seeds and diseases.

In a statement last week, the DLNR said it predicted “bleak prospects” for some of Hawaii’s honey birds, whose populations are dwindling due to invasive mosquitoes that spread avian malaria.

There are only 45′ Akikiki left on Kauai and 135 Kiwikiu birds left on Maui, both facing extinction within the next two years.

“The report paints a bleak future for the birds,” the statement said. “There are far fewer birds compared to the past two decades and their available range has been greatly reduced as species move higher into the mountains to escape mosquitoes.”

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Internationals of France, Carl Siemens show https://timorseajustice.org/internationals-of-france-carl-siemens-show/ Tue, 19 Apr 2022 16:09:16 +0000 https://timorseajustice.org/internationals-of-france-carl-siemens-show/ The double show of the Internationaux de France gave a show on the courses of the Golf des Aisses, in La Ferté-Saint-Aubin, and the Golf de Saint-Cloud in Garches, near Paris, respectively stages of the men’s competition (Internationaux de France Championship U18 Carlhian) and that of women (Championnat de France International Amateur Dames Juniors). Amalie […]]]>

The double show of the Internationaux de France gave a show on the courses of the Golf des Aisses, in La Ferté-Saint-Aubin, and the Golf de Saint-Cloud in Garches, near Paris, respectively stages of the men’s competition (Internationaux de France Championship U18 Carlhian) and that of women (Championnat de France International Amateur Dames Juniors).

Amalie Leth-Nissen and Carl Siemens respectively won the Esmond Trophy and the Michel Carlhian Trophy. The Dane beat Spaniard Paula Martin Sampedro in the 5&3 of the final, while the German beat Irishman Sean Keeling in the last act 2&1.

French internationals, results

In the pink competition, the blue team, supported by federal coach Luigi Zappa and his companion Stefano Sardi, saw Francesca Fiorellini (champion in 2021) and Giulia Bellini qualify for the Match Play phase of the Esmond Trophy.

The path of the two Italians was interrupted in the round of 16, beaten respectively by 1Up by the Irishman Coulter and by 3&1 by the Frenchman Archer. In the Claude Roger Cartier Trophy, open to the eight best under-18 competitors (born from 2004) who did not qualify for the Esmond Trophy, Francesca Pompa was eliminated in the quarter-finals by France’s Guignard for 3 & 2 after having passed in the round of 16 for 1Up the Swedish Johansson.

In the Nations Cup, success for the Spain 1 team with 276 points ahead of France 1, beaten only by the sum of the two best scores. Italy 1 ranked 9/a with 288, while Italy 2 13/a with 291. On the men’s side, accompanied by federal coaches Giovanni Gaudioso and Giorgio Grillo, Eugenio Bernardi, Luca Memeo, Pietro Fenoglio and Filippo Ponzano have passed the qualification phase in Stroke Play. .

In the Round of 16, Bernardi was knocked out by France’s Buisson for 2&1 and Fenoglio by Germany’s Siemens for 1Up, while Memeo and Ponzano beat Germany’s Buech and Switzerland’s Aeschlimann for 4&3 respectively.

In the round of 16, however, they were beaten 3&2 to Sussbier (Germany) and Bresnu (France). Success in the Nations Cup for the France1 team with -2. Italia2 closed 5/y (+3), while Italia1 6/y (+4). He is one of the most successful sportsmen of all time, as well as one of the richest in the world.

In terms of firsts, Tiger Woods is still present: 15 major tournaments won, 110 professional tournaments, the most successful golfer in the history of the sport. Statistics that explain why he managed to stay at the top of the world rankings for 683 weeks (including 281 consecutive) and especially because in 2014 he became the first athlete in the world to have crossed the billion dollar mark.

Astronomical figure which also justifies the fact that Tiger Woods can afford a yacht like the Privacy, a real fairy tale boat. And obviously, we’re talking about something that was expensive. If you imagine a luxury yacht and some comfort on board, then Privacy has it.

48 meters long, with a total area of ​​600 square meters, this yacht was purchased by the golfer in 2004. Equipped with five cabins that can accommodate a total of ten people, it also has four quarters for nine crew members .

Tiger Woods usually calls it “my dinghy” even though everything looks like a dinghy: with a cruising speed of 18 knots, it also has an onboard gym where the golfer continues to train. Woods, in fact, prefers to stay on this yacht during tournaments held in New York.

With cherry wood interiors, Privacy also boasts a three-person elevator, a huge jacuzzi, big enough to seat eight, and the inevitable cinema room and bar area. The little extra of this mega yacht is provided by the area that Tiger Woods wanted to be dedicated to scuba diving: this also explains the presence of an (inflatable) decompression chamber and an area dedicated to filling bottles. ‘oxygen.

The luxury is also complemented by three jet skis and two scooters for short shore excursions. Obviously, all this has a price: privacy costs 17 million euros and its annual maintenance amounts to 1.7 million euros.

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Terror Is A Vacation Destination In DarkLit Press’ Anthology Of Beach Bodies https://timorseajustice.org/terror-is-a-vacation-destination-in-darklit-press-anthology-of-beach-bodies/ Sun, 17 Apr 2022 13:13:11 +0000 https://timorseajustice.org/terror-is-a-vacation-destination-in-darklit-press-anthology-of-beach-bodies/ In ancient times, the concept of what we call vacations – those rejuvenating excursions to exotic locales – existed only for the upper echelons of society. The equivalent of the upper-middle-class Roman elites popularized the idea of ​​visiting remote areas of their Mediterranean empire to relax, and in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance the […]]]>

In ancient times, the concept of what we call vacations – those rejuvenating excursions to exotic locales – existed only for the upper echelons of society. The equivalent of the upper-middle-class Roman elites popularized the idea of ​​visiting remote areas of their Mediterranean empire to relax, and in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance the nobility retreated to estates distant countryside for extended leisure stays. It was not until the 19th century, however, with the ascendancy of the true middle class prevalent and aided by new, easier modes of transportation—railways, steamships, stagecoaches, horseless carriages—that vacations have become accessible to the masses. In America, Florida, then California, established the first resorts to attract mass tourism, and by the 1890s corporate-promoted vacations became the norm, allowing these early Clark Griswolds to indulge in their adventurous spirits. Yet even the lightest national pamphlet films demonstrate that any excursion into the unknown, no matter how well intentioned, can be fraught with pitfalls.

It is in this spirit that DarkLit Press unveils beach body, a volume of eighteen stories, multi-author subtitled as A horror vacation anthology on the beach. Released at the same time as its equally admirable sister volume, Slice of heaven, beach body is wary of the risks involved in straying too far into uncharted territory, and the result is an impressive collection of high-level terror from a burgeoning stable of authors.

Damien Casey’s “Aloha From Hell” delivers a first dose of devilish humor, when a man and his wife discover that their resort town lies on the lake of eternal fire and brimstone. The mood darkens as a woman fights for her life after wildlife on an ocean island revolts against humans in Kelly Brocklehurst’s tense nail-biting “The Dive.” Something magical like this happens on the ‘Soucouyant Shore’ in Ronaldo Katwaroo’s seductive examination of Caribbean folklore. A group of thrill-seeking cavers and treasure hunters find shiver-me-timbers torment in Julie Sevens’ “Île aux Forbans,” a thrilling adventure reminiscent of a deadly grown-up version of the ’80s classic, The Goonies, while a criminal forensic scientist and his wife see their planned Mexican honeymoon turned into a gruesome “Island Nightmare” in Nat Whiston’s intensely chilling play. A youngster who steps out for “A Walk on the Beach” in John Durgin’s macabre tale similarly falls into a cave populated by grotesque, flesh-hungry creatures hungry for a boy-sized midnight snack.

The second half of the book is framed by startling samples of flash fiction, “The Shell,” Bret Laurie’s twisted ode to MC Escher, and Grace R. Reynolds’ “Sanguine Sunrise.” Recently engaged couples take center stage in both Wendy Dalrymple’s ‘Babe’, a gory episode of body horror about a husband who ventures too close to the tide against his bride-to-be’s best warnings, and the Chelsea Paravel’s examination of the spectral Hawaiian ‘Nightmarchers’ who unleash gruesome retaliation at an intrusive wedding party. An assault survivor discovers a most unusual camera that takes beastly photos in Danielle Ramaekers’ vengeful ‘Memory Shots’, while characters unable to leave the shore star in the postcard-perfect surreal nightmare of Scott Cole, “Greetings From Trammel Beach” as well as “The Price of Paradise”, Jena Brown’s dark hallucinogenic tale of demonic appeasement.

Unlike its companion volume, beach body seems less consistently relationship-oriented; the selection of stories by editors Andrew Robert and Ben Long instead emphasizes transgression and intrusions into hidden and forbidden regions and, perhaps most vividly, survival – trapping, escaping and excitement wraps around the reader with every tumultuous twist and turn. Yet the central weakness of this anthology, like that of Slice of paradise, is that of repetition. Taken on their own, each entry is full of liveliness, gripping protagonists, and perilous suspense, but when administered as a whole, holiday fatigue inevitably sets in, more due to the narrowness of the book’s theme than any reason. lack of narrative variety: every doable (and some unprecedented horror scenario occurs – ghosts, demons and cannibals, oh my!

That (extremely) minor quibble aside, there’s an abundance of rich, fast-paced, lively threads available in these pages, but five stand out from the herd for their bewildering inventiveness, storytelling charm, and unerring ability to entertain even the most jaded genre fans. . A couple on the rocks, their savvy children, a bartender and a drunk are the dramatic characters in Jay Alexander’s incredibly enjoyable “Red Sands,” a supremely clever undead apocalypse storyline underpinned by a shrewd non-linear plot and biting, witty dialogue. A group of friends heading to a secluded beach fall prey to a vicious madman wielding a flamethrower in Leeroy Cross James’ “The Scorching,” a story that would be perfectly at home as a feature film sharing a triple poster with like-minded slashers My dear love and Combustion. Likewise, a bride-to-be and her husband are given passes to a million-dollar retirement for “The Honeymoon,” Max Christmas’ harrowing love letter to old-school mondo grindhouse exploitation films. such as Slowly die, mountain of the cannibal god and Cannibal holocaust. NA Battalgia’s “The Cedar Haven Sun Werewolf” offers a delightfully fun detective story that brings a classic universal monster to beautiful island territory and evokes Kolchak, the nocturnal tracker vibrates with his sons of journalist in search of cryptids. Yet the story that elicits by far the most palpable thrills is the very one that kicks off the volume: Fox Claret Hill’s remarkably original, shockingly original “The Flesh of the Golden Dune Hotel.” Bizarro defying labels which follows a couple discovering their resort is literally alive and voracious for the meat of its guests. Simultaneously paranoid, frightening and harrowing, its plot grabs the viewer by the throat and refuses to let go until the final, inescapable conclusion.

There’s no doubt that time spent lounging, whether on an uncharted foreign coast or by the pool in your own backyard, can ease the mind and soothe the soul. But beware, brave travellers: terror can also be a vacation destination, and for company on those more sinister journeys, I happily recommend beach body and give it a respectable and well-deserved 3.5 (out of 5) on my Fang scale. I would also say that DarkLit Press got off to a good start in this publishing gig.

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