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Air Seychelles to adjust its European network – The FINANCIAL

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The FINANCIAL — Air Seychelles on July 31 announced that it will adjust its European route network.

As part of the adjustment, the airline will suspend its service to Dsseldorf from 10 September and reduce its Paris operation from four services to a three-per-week schedule from 12 September, according toAir Seychelles.

Roy Kinnear, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles, said: We have made the difficult decision to suspend flying to Dsseldorf after an in-depth review of the route showed that the service is unsustainable.

Given the high number of airlines operating or offering connectivity out of Germany, the seasonal nature of the route where peak travel periods are outweighed by low demand during the off-peak season, the extremely competitive levels of fares and existing fuel prices, it is not viable for us to continue serving the market at this point in time.

In addition, the volume of connecting traffic from our partner airlines over Dsseldorf has not lived up to expectations, making it harder to sustain the necessary passenger loads to meet our commercial objectives.

Germany is an important tourism market for Seychelles and we will continue to work with our codeshare partners to offer excellent one-stop connections via Paris with Air France and via Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways.

Speaking about the upcoming change in weekly frequencies on the Paris service, Mr Kinnear said: As a result of the weakened demand for air travel out of France, we have also taken the commercial decision to reduce our Paris service from four to three flights per week.

While passenger numbers are strong during the summer months of July and August, the declining demand as we enter the off-peak season in September does not provide the required level of support for our fourth frequency going forward, which operates mid-week on Tuesdays/Wednesdays.

The route will continue to be operated with a two-class Airbus A330-200 aircraft, with flights operating on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays out of Seychelles and on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays out of Paris.

Jean Weeling Lee, Chairman of Air Seychelles, said: Due to year on year increase of cost of fuel, an extremely competitive aviation market in Europe, and the high number of significant airlines already serving Seychelles though their connecting hubs, it unfortunately results in Air Seychelles being forced to consolidate these services.

All guests who are affected by the service changes will be offered alternative travel arrangements with Air Seychelles.

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VIP Trip: Scintillating Seychelles – AhlanLive.com (blog)

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In an overcrowded world that is becoming more polluted by the day, the Seychelles is fast gaining recognition for the integrity of its unique ecosystems, and for the vast potential of its tourism options. There are numerous reasons for this awakening of interest, placing it head and shoulders above other island destinations. In fact, the Seychelles remains one of the purest, most environmentally intact destinations on Earth, offering a great diversity of experiences and accepting a mere 160,000 visitors a year. Now thats what we call exclusive!

Seychelles, in a nutshell Since the beginning of time, when the Seychelles 115 granite and coral islands became scattered over a secluded corner of the Indian Ocean, they have remained sanctuaries for some of the rarest species of flora and fauna on Earth. Each isle possesses its own particular geography and character, from untouched forests and bird sanctuaries to private resorts and hideaways. Never before have you been more spoiled for choice of when it comes to unspoiled island venues.Out of all of the Seychelles islands, currently only 16 have hotels, several of which offer the most luxurious amenities, and all of which possess their own natural charm. They offer everything from the opulence of world-famous five-star resorts, to the picturesque charms of affordable smaller hotels, Creole guest houses, and self-catering lodgings. The islands of Bird and Denis, located to the north of Mah, Frgate to the east, and Desroches and Alphonse to the south, each offer diverse and unforgettable island experiences. Travel to the islands of the far south and be rewarded with the heart-stopping beauty of Cosmoledo, Farquhar and the jewel in the Seychelles crown, Aldabra, which boasts a magnificent lagoon and is teeming with wildlife. An efficient network of inter-island boat, plane and helicopter transfers will accommodate almost any itinerary, affording you the opportunity to explore and discover the unique features of each island.

Why visit the Seychelles… With so many islands scattered across the Indian Ocean between four and 10 degrees south of the Equator, it is little wonder that another of the Seychelles biggest draws is the impressive diving opportunities it offers for experienced and novice divers alike. Myriad dive sites promise a diverse and vibrant marine extravaganza. This living aquarium enjoys comfortable year-round temperatures of between 24 and 30 degrees Celsius and lies outside the cyclone belt. Colourful reef fish, octopuses, lobsters and turtles make their home in the shallows surrounding the inner islands.

Experience nature at its most beautiful More adventurous dives offshore include the Ennerdale wreck, and rocks that are a playground for stingrays. Swim with whale sharks, the gentle giants of the sea that are regular visitors to the Seychelles waters, or dive off the spectacular coral walls of the outer islands. The accredited diving centres of most hotels and island resorts offer everything from one-day introductory courses to advanced international diving instructor certificates.

If youre looking to escape, you cant get much further away from the crowds and bustle of city life.

INFO: To learn more about the Seychelles, visit seychelles.travel

Climate The Seychelles is blessed with almost perfect year-round weather, with temperatures ranging between 24 and 32 Celsius. The year is divided between the northwest trade winds (from December to March), when it is generally hot and humid, and the southeast trade winds (from May to September), when it is drier and cooler. The period between the trades (March, April and May, and October and November), is normally calm and relatively windless.

Currency The local currency is the Seychelles Rupee (SCR), made up of 100 cents (Dhs1 = SCR3.68).

Language Seychelles has three official languages English, French and Creole.

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Caribbean Vacation Packages – Norwegian Cruise Line

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Caribbean Nature Conservation, Environment Issues | The …

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The Caribbean Sea comprises an area roughly 60% of the size of the contiguous United States. Within these waters lie 37 countries and territorieseach with its own unique history and culture but connected by the natural treasures that permeate each island and the vibrant sea they all share.

The Caribbean is one of the worlds most biologically diverse marine regions, with over 13,000 plant species, over 12,000 fish and other marine species and 10% of the worlds coral reefs. The nearly 44 million people who call these islands home depend on the coral reefs, beaches, fisheries and mangroves that sustain their livelihoods, economies and way of life. The fishing and tourism industries provide the basis of local economies throughout the region, and about half of all livelihoods are dependent on marine and coastal resources.

Recent decades have seen a steady decline in the Caribbeans once healthy and abundant ocean, coral reefs, beaches and fisheries caused by overfishing, unsustainable development, pollution and climate change. For more than 40 years, we have been working to protect the breathtaking beauty that makes the Caribbean the unique paradise that it is and the resources that sustain the millions who live there.

Currently working in 17 countries and territories, we protect and restore the ocean, coasts and coral reefs and apply innovative solutions to strengthen vulnerable communities in the face of climate change. Using a nature-based approach for long-term conservation success, we are working to secure a bright future for the Caribbean where nature and people can thrive.

Leading coral science and conservation organizations are joining forces to accelerate vital reef restoration work.

Find out why 2016 has been a remarkable year for conservation work in the Caribbean.

The Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Program protects and restores vital ecosystems to improve livelihoods and community wellbeing.

Six islands come together to promote marine conservation. See what they created.

View a slideshow about this Haitian village.

Learn about an innovative approach to funding conservation in the Caribbean.

Watch music videos from five Eastern Caribbean islands designed to inspire local residents to protect their oceans.

Learn about how we’re protecting coastal communities in Grenada using nature-based solutions.

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Get Off the Grid at This Caribbean Honeymoon Retreat in Martinique – Brides.com

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With its innate natural beauty, turquoise waters and temperate climes, the island of Martinique has long been a popular Caribbean destination for European travelers in the know, as Martinique is a French overseas territory. But with limited direct flights, the Flower Island has flown under the radar for North American couples with their sights set on Caribbean honeymoon locales. The good news is that Norwegian Air is poised to change all of that. The airline will offer direct routes between Martinique and New York City, Providence, Rhode Island, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, during the upcoming peak Caribbean travel season this winter (November through March)and fares start at a shockingly low rate of $79 one way, or $158 round trip.

So if your idea of a dream honeymoon is to completely unplug and unwind in a slice of Caribbean paradise with options for eco excursions aplenty, look no further than Martinique’s protected Caravelle Peninsula , a designated nature reserve that extends into the Atlantic Ocean from the island’s eastern shores and remains largely undeveloped other than its beach access points, hiking trials, historic monuments and a cluster of civilization around the fishing village of Tartane. Here’s what else you need to know to plan a Caribbean honeymoon with plenty of authentic island charm.

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Last summer, a new eco-luxe retreat quietly opened its doors on the Caravelle Peninsula. A labor of love by husband and wife hoteliers Robert and Nadge Pellegatta and Martinique’s only property to be a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, French Coco features just 17 suites, each with its own private patio, plunge pool and decorative art pieces commissioned from local artists who work with repurposed materials. Walkways to the suites meander through the property’s lush, native gardens, a wonderful sensory introduction to the island’s abundant flora. In the spirit of the peninsula’s natural ethos, “the buildings must disappear into nature,” notes Nadge, ever the consummate host, who is likely to be spotted offering guests botanical tours of the grounds, which also include and an organic chef’s garden and paths that lead to the beach. (In total, six different beaches are within walking distance.)

Extending several miles into the Atlantic Ocean, the peninsula’s far end is laced with hiking trails, including routes for “le petit” (the small trail), which takes about 90 minutes to complete, and also for “le grand” (the large trail), which takes approximately 3 1/2 hours to complete. Both routes start and end at Chteau Dubuc , the awe-inspiring ruins of a 17th century plantation that was later abandoned and eventually named a historic monument by the French government. Routes trek through mangrove forests and dry tropical terrain, with an optional detour for a dip in the Baie du Trsor, but what’s most spectacular are the scenic vistasthose ever-changing ocean views that surprise and delight at every turn. One of Martinique’s most spectacular vantage points, with all of the peninsula stretching out before you, is the 360-degree lookout platform near the Caravelle Lighthouse, built in 1862.

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The Caravelle Peninsula is home to some of the sweetest surfing beaches in Martinique, notably Anse l’Etang on the peninsula’s north shore. Chez Bliss , a local surf school, offers a variety of board rentals, including shortboard, longboard, bodyboard or SUP, that are available to rent by the hour, day, or week. The island’s other surf school, Martinique Surfing , is based to the north in Basse-Pointe, home of the annual Martinique Surf Pro international surf competition, but the company can arrange for private surf lessons at any of Martinique’s surf hotspots, including Basse-Pointe, Tartane (the peninsula) and southernly Diamant.

No honeymoon to Martinique would be complete without a day spent sailing, swimming and snorkeling in Martinique’s legendary Les Fonds Blancsthe shallow turquoise waters and white sand seafloor that surround many of the lets (islands) in the Baie du Robert, just to the south of the Caravelle Peninsula. In fact, catamaran tour company Les Ballades du Delphis offers departures from Anse Spoutourne on the southern side of the Caravelle Peninsula directly, as well as from the marina in the seaside town of Francois a bit further south. In addition to Les Fonds Blancs, highlights include let Chancel’s iguana colony and ruins, a Crole lunch, numerous opportunities to swim and snorkel and the chance to sample Ti’ Punch, a a typical Crole aperitif made with local sugar, fresh lime juice and local rum.

About that organic chef’s garden on site at French Coco: It’s not just for show. In fact, the fresh, organic ingredients grown throughout the property are omnipresent in the Crole and Caribbean menu offerings from Chef Nathanal Ducteil, a Martinique native who returned home last year to lead the culinary team at French Coco after some years abroad in Europeincluding time spent training with culinary legend Alain Ducasse. In applying refined, classically French techniques to traditionally rustic and homey island cuisine, Ducteil is breaking all sorts of culinary rules, and he’s already raking in the accolades. French Coco was awarded the Grand Prix (Grand Prize) from the Acadmie de l’Art Culinaire du Monde Crole for 2016, a culinary arts institution that celebrates the gastronomic heritage of the Caribbean islands.

Just down the road, La Table de Mamy Nounou is another gastronomic delight, offering a nightly menu of Caribbean-inspired French fusion cuisine. Reservations are a must, but once you glimpse those sunset views, you’ll understand why this tucked-away gem is beloved by locals and visitors alike.

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CTO receives financial boost from Caribbean Development Bank – South Florida Caribbean News

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Caribbean Development Bank supports Caribbean Tourism Organizations service and business excellence programme withover US$223,000

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)s continued efforts at promoting service and business excellence in the regions tourism and hospitality sector has received a financial boost from the regional financial institution that focuses on harmonious economic growth and development in the Caribbean.

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), through its Caribbean Technological Consultancy Services (CTCS) Network is providing US$223,312 in support of the two key components of the Hospitality Assured (HA) Caribbean certification programme managed by the CTO as part of its product development and service quality thrust.

The funds will be used to engage business advisors and assessors to help strengthen the business performance and overall competitiveness of tourism-related micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in ten CDB borrowing member countries through the HA programme.

Our region needs to boost its reputation for service and business excellence and pay attention to the overall visitor experience. The Hospitality Assured framework provides the tool to drive this effort, said Bonita Morgan, the CTOs director of resource mobilization and development, and the CTO official with overall responsibility for the HA programme.

We are thankful to the CDB, through the CTCS Network, for supporting this effort to help Caribbean tourism businesses shore up their competitiveness.

For several Caribbean economies, tourism is an engine of growth, and MSMEs have the potential to make significant contributions to the sector. CDB is pleased to be supporting CTO in delivering the HA Caribbean certification programme, and deeply value the role it plays in helping regional MSMEs deliver an even higher quality product and experience in an increasingly competitive global tourism market, said Darran Newman, acting division chief, technical cooperation division, CDB.

Over the next year 30 businesses in the ten countries Anguilla, Belize, the British Virgin Islands, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and Turks & Caicos Islands will receive technical assistance as well as assessment services through the CDB funding.

The regional lending institutions support for HA dates back to 2014 when, through the United Kingdom Department for International Developments Caribbean Aid for Trade and Regional Integration Trust Fund, managed by the Bank, it provided funding support for six businesses in Grenada to participate in the certification programme.

Last year, CDB, through the CTCS network, provided financial support to conduct a week-long business advisors training workshop organized by the CTO to equip 15 business advisors to provide technical assistance to tourism-related businesses participating in the HA certification programme.

CTCS is managed within CDBs Technical Cooperation Division and operated in cooperation with regional and national institutions, laboratories, industrial enterprises, and consultants. It comprises a network of institutions and experts, and has as its primary aim, transferring knowledge, skills and technology to improve managerial and operational efficiency and competitiveness of MSMEs through the provision of technical assistance.

Hospitality Assured is a certification programme promoting service and business excellence in tourism and hospitality companies. It is owned by the Institute of Hospitality in the United Kingdom, and managed by the Caribbean Tourism Organization in the region.

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Pursuing the MD dream: How Caribbean-trained Canadian doctors struggle to come home – CBC.ca

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Lucy Martinek was 21 years old when she applied to medical school in Canada.

The Alberta native completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta, taking on additional lab work andadditional academic opportunities to supplement her application.

Med school, however, wasn’t in the books at least not in Canada.

“I didn’t even get one interview that year,” said Martinek. “The feedback I got back was that I should pursue a master’s or a PhD to make my application stronger.”

Not interested in betting several more years of her life on the slight possibility that she’d get in, Martinek assessed her options.She applied to medical school at St. George’s University in the Caribbean country of Grenada.

Now 32and a physician in the U.S., Martinek isn’t thinking about coming back home. Even though an estimated 4.5 million Canadians don’t have regular access to a doctor, she says she doesn’t feel like her country even wants her back.

It’s a common feeling among Canadians who study medicine abroad, especially since most Canadians who study in places like the Caribbean often have to jump through many bureaucratic hoops to practise back home even after spending years earning their degrees.

According to the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, almost 40,000 people applied to med school in Canada last year.Only 6.8per cent received an offer of admission.

An aerial view of St. George’s, Grenada — home of St. George’s University, one of the leading medical schools in the Caribbean. (Getty Images)

For those students who choose to brave the application process a second or even third time, failing to get into med school means the end of a lifelong dream.

“You have two choices, let go of your dream … or you think of another possibility to go to medical school,” said Hassan Masri, an Ontario nativewho studied at the American University of Antigua.

“At that point, the Caribbean becomes an option.”

And it’s a difficult option.

Caribbean medical schools are modelled after their Canadian and U.S. counterparts students even take American and Canadian board exams so they can apply for residencies in both countries.Still, a Caribbean education comes with a number of caveats.

Tuition in the Caribbean costs an average of $23,000 per term;in Canada, tuition typically costs $6,000 to $26,000. However, once students factor in the cost of travel and residence, attending school in the Caribbean can easily cost $30,000 or more.

Then there’s the matter of clinical rotations.In Canada and the U.S., most med students start their clinical rotations within their first year of studies.

In the Caribbean, students spend their first two years learning medical theory “on island.” Clinical rotations are carried out duringthe final two years in the U.S.

What really causes anxiety forCanadians who study medicine abroad, however, is how difficult they find it to come back and practise medicine at home.

“You almost feel alienated by your own country,” said Martinek. “I’ve worked hard and I’m good at what I do why wouldn’t the Canadian government want to keep me?”

Practising medicine back in Canada is a matter of studying the right field of medicine, retaking certain medical board exams, and, in some scenarios, having to redo an entire medical degree.

After med school, students still need to pursue a residency and sometimes even a fellowship to launch their careers.

Here, Caribbean medical graduates beginto encounter professional hurdles.

Foreign-educated Canadians are classified by Health Canadaas international medical graduates (IMG) and not Canadian medical graduates (CMG).

The Canadian Resident Matching Services (CaRMS), anot-for-profit organization, works with Canada’s medical schools and teaching hospitals tomatch med students with residency programs.

According to Lisa Turiff, the manager of communications for CaRMS, foreign-trained med students who apply to residency programs in Canada aren’t separated based on their countries of origin.A Canadian who studied in the Caribbean is treated the same as a German who studied in Germany.They’re all classified as IMGs.

Last year, only 100 of the approximately 1,800 IMGswho applied to Canadian residency programs including Canadians studying abroad in places like the Caribbean, Ireland, Australia, and the U.K. landeda spot.

Average med school tuition in Canada is almost $10,000 cheaper than the Caribbean. (CBC)

Would-be residents and fellows must study a medical specialty specified by the Pan-Canadian List of Needed Specialities (PCLNS).

Tammy Jarbeau, senior media relations adviser at Health Canada, says the listis organized by the provinces and territories to determine how many specialist doctors are needed each year.

“This list reflects the evolving pan-Canadian physician workforce planning landscape,” said Jarbeau.

If, for example, Ontario determines that it doesn’t need anymore chest surgeons one year, the government won’t issue statements of need for chest surgery fellowships.

In fact, Martinekencountereda problem when she chased aminimally invasive surgery fellowship last year.

“That year, the Canadian government was thinking of not sponsoring anyone for a fellowship,” said Martinek. “We got them to reconsider [but] they didn’t approve my … fellowship.”

Martinek eventually landed a trauma surgery fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass.,a teaching hospital that is part of Harvard Medical School.

Martinek also feels that most foreign-trained Canadians aren’t given any preferential treatment when returning home, which ironically dissuades foreign-trained Canadian doctors from coming back at all.

“I don’t know why they don’t want us,” said Martinek.

Health Canada, the provinces, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the provincial physician colleges make clear thesteps required for foreign-trained doctors whether they’re Canadian citizens, permanent residentsor foreign nationals to practise in Canada.

For some , it’s as simple as verifying their medical degrees and taking specific college licensing exams. For others, it’s more complicated.

Farhan Bhanji, associate director of the college, said it’s not impossible for foreign-trained doctors to practise in Canada.

“Right now, there are many foreign physicians in Canada.”

However, Bhanjialso said that the existing policies don’t apply to every foreign physician. Foreign-doctors who attended medical schools not recognized by Canada, for example, need to retake certain exams to seek appointment to the college.

Other foreign-trained doctors can receive provisional licenses that allow them to practise under the care of a supervising physicianwhile awaiting the college’slicence exams.

“We’re stuck with minimal choices,” said Martinek.

A lack of returning Canadian doctors is difficult for some provinceslike British Columbia and Nova Scotiathat have describedtheir lack of doctors as a “crisis.”Places like northern Ontariodon’t fare much better.

Sandra Banner has 35 years of experience matching students to Canadian residencies. Today she works for St. George’s University (SGU) as the consultant for university relations in Canada.

Banner says that there are “sweeping generalizations” about the quality of education at schools like SGU.

For instance, people assume that Caribbean-trained doctors boughttheir degreesor that the quality of medical training they received is inferior to that of their Canadian counterparts.

Banner says that’snot true.

The locations of the five most popular Caribbean med schools. (CBC News)

Still, Banner wouldn’t recommend attending a Caribbean med school over a Canadian one.

“Never. No, no, no. Never,” said Banner. “We would never suggest that they choose an international medical school over a Canadian medical school.”

The difficulty of going back home is one of the reasons she’d dissuade prospective med students from listing a Caribbean school as their first choice.

However, “if [applicants]are not one of the lucky ones and they are determined to become physicians,” Bannerrecommends a Caribbean school as an alternative.

Masri is one Canadian who did manage to come home.

He studied at the American University of Antiguaand today the 33-year-old critical care physician teaches at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.

In spite of his success, Masri is quick to mention that he’s one of the few Caribbean-educated Canadian physicians he knows who wasable to come back.

“Most people do not come back to Canada because of how rigid the rules are,” said Masri.

Just like Banner and all of the other doctors andmedical students interviewed for this story Masri says he wouldn’t recommend his school as a first-choice pick for any student.

Instead, it’s a second chance to pursue a life-long dream.

“If this is something you want to do … giving up because there are limitations is not an option,” said Masri.

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Bahamas routs Guyana 114-63 | The Tribune – Bahamas Tribune

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The Bahamas in action against Guyana during their 114-63 victory. Photo: 10thYearSeniors

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The Bahamas delivered a statement to the remainder of the field with a dominant performance in the opening game of the FIBA Centrobasket Under-17 Men’s Championship.

Led by the Dominic Bridgewater and Grevaughn Goodman backcourt that accounted for 50 points, the Bahamas scored a 114-63 win over Guyana at the tournament in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Bridgewater finished with a team high 27 points, eight steals and six rebounds while Goodman finished with 25 points and five steals. They led five players in double figures, including Samuel Hunter with 17 points, Davano Whitfield scored 14 and Joshua Dames added 10. Leroy Adderley also finished with eight points and seven rebounds.

Kevon Wiggins led Guyana with a game high 32 points.

The Bahamas opened the game on a 24-2 scoring run. Goodman’s second three pointer of the quarter gave the team a 34-10 lead with 1:21 left to play. Bridgewater made a three and a layup on the ensuing possessions and Obrien Pearce split a pair at the line to give the Bahamas a 41-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The rout continued in the second quarter when Bridgewater and Raschad Greene scored the first field goals of the quarter to start another run. Dames added another three-pointer to give the Bahamas a 52-10 lead and capped an 11-0 run before Guyana scored their first points of the quarter when Wiggins made a three and added free throws.

The Bahamas responded with 10 unanswered points. Goodman’s steal and layup gave them a 68-18 lead as the lead ballooned to 50 for the first time. Adderley’s jumper as time expired gave the Bahamas a 73-21 lead headed into the half.

Guyana actually outscored the Bahamas in the third, but they took a 92-48 lead into the fourth quarter.

Whitfield’s three-pointer pushed the lead beyond 50 once again for a 109-57 advantage with just over three minutes left in regulation.

The Bahamas shot 65 per cent from the field and held Guyana to just 36 per cent. Defensively they 22 steals and forced 33 turnovers. They scored 26 fastbreak points, 70 points in the paint and 31 points off the bench.

The Bahamas will face Mexico 1pm today (local time) in game two.

The Bahamas is placed in Group A which also includes Guyana alongside regional powerhouses Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Group B will include the Virgin Islands, Panama, Jamaica and Dominican Republic.

The top-three teams from the tournament will qualify to the FIBA Under-18 Americas Championship 2018 that will be played in St Catharines, Canada, June 11-17, 2018.

The competition system of the tournament consists of two phases. In the Group Phase, the eight (8) participating teams will be divided into two (2) groups of four (4) teams. Teams will play in a round-robin format for three days. The best two teams from each group will advance to the next phase, where the first place of Group A will play against the second place in Group B and vice versa.

The winners of the Semi-Finals will advance to the Gold-Medal Match, while the losers will play for the bronze of the continental event.

In their last appearance at the FIBA Centrobasket Under-17 Championship for Men, the Bahamas ended the tournament with a pair of wins in the reclassification round, finished fifth overall and did not advance to the 2016 Tournament of the Americas.

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Guyana lose final CentroBasket game 63-91 to The Bahamas – Stabroek News

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Guyana ended the Central America and Caribbean Basketball Championships (CentroBasket) U17 tournament winless and in eighth position after going down to Caribbean Champions The Bahamas 91-63 yesterday in the 5-8 positional tourney in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic.

It was the second loss to The Bahamians in the event for the Guyanese following their 63-114 loss in their opening game of the championships.

Kevon Wiggins continued to be the main threat for the Guyanese with 34 points, three assists and as many rebounds.

The next best scorer with eight points and eight rebounds was Jermaine King while Anthony Yansen, Jether Harris and Nigel Bowen added seven, five and five points respectively.

For The Bahamas, Raschad Greene recorded a double-double of 21 points, 17 rebounds and three assists while Samuel Hunter tallied 19 points and six rebounds.

Detarrio Thompson added 12 points while Grevaughn Goodman chipped in with 11 points and six assists and Dominick Bridgewater supported with eight points, six assists and five rebounds.

Akin to the first meeting, the contest was effectively over at the halftime break, as The Bahamas secured a commanding 45-21 lead. The first period ended 20-13 before The Bahamians outscored the Guyanese 25-8 in the second quarter.

The Bahamas extended their advantage marginally in the third period, netting 23 points while holding Guyana to 17 points to enter the final period ahead at 68-38.

With the contest basically over, Guyana finally got the better of The Bahamas, outscoring the Caribbean champion by a 25-23 score-line.

The top three teams from the tournament will qualify to the FIBA U-18 Americas Championship in St Catharines, Canada from June 11th-17th 2018.

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Invasion of the sea jellies

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By Kate Ravilious

Jellymageddon is upon us and we might be partly responsible. Vast blooms of moon jellyfish and other related species are being reported with increasing frequency in the media. Evidence now suggests that our offshore constructions, including oil and gas platforms and wind farms, may be aiding these gelatinous invasions.

Jellyfish form an important part of the oceans ecosystem, but create problems when they appear in large numbers. Such groups shut down beaches for swimmers, clog fishing nets, cause the closure of power plants and desalination facilities by blocking their water intakes, and alter the marine food chain by gobbling fish larvae and food for plankton feeders.

Many jellyfish, including the harmless purple moon jellyfish, start life as polyps that need to attach themselves to a surface often preferring overhanging ones. Such surfaces are fairly rare in nature, but some researchers think the increase in number of marine constructions may have inadvertently helped jellyfish to thrive by providing polyps with the ideal home (see Jellyfish takeover).

Moon jellyfish have become increasingly common in the Adriatic Sea in recent decades. They were first observed there in 1834, but tended to be a rare occurrence. Between the 1950s and 70s they appeared once or twice per decade, and by the 80s and 90s were present around eight years in every 10. In the last two decades, they have been present every year. This surge in numbers has coincided with a rise in gas platforms in the Adriatic, from its first in 1968 to around 140 now.

Martin Vodopivec from the National Institute of Biology in Piran, Slovenia, and his colleagues investigated the influence of these platforms on moon jellyfish, using a computer model to simulate their life cycle and dispersal patterns over the course of five years. The model included accurate representations of the ocean currents and positions of gas platforms in the area.

The model results suggest there is a link between the platforms and the rise of the jellies. The platforms have increased connectivity between gatherings of moon jellyfish in the Adriatic, helping to sustain populations that might otherwise be wiped out during times of hardship when one area of the sea becomes heavily polluted, for instance.

More specifically, the results indicate that platforms close to prominent ocean currents have had the greatest influence on jellyfish numbers. Our simulation shows that jellyfish can travel up to 1000 kilometres in a strong current like the western Adriatic current, says Vodopivec.

Lisa-ann Gershwin, a jellyfish researcher for CSIRO in Hobart, Australia, thinks Vodopivecs findings present a strong argument, but are not the only explanation for the increase. Right now, we are seeing multiple factors creating the ideal conditions for jellyfish, including overfishing [reducing jellyfish predators], increased nutrient run-off and more offshore constructions, she says.

Offshore construction is booming worldwide. For example, the power capacity of European offshore wind installations has more than doubled in the past three years, and right now there are over 500 offshore turbines under construction in UK waters. Vodopivec is concerned that this boom could result in a rising tendency for jellyfish plagues to occur in some areas, though he thinks that careful positioning of platforms may help to minimise the effect.

But Gershwin is sceptical that adjusting the location of platforms will make that much difference. I suspect that platform position wont make that much difference because jellyfish larvae can drift over long distances and jellyfish live a long time.

The Chinese construction boom may be partially responsible for the massive increase in Nemopilema nomurai, one of the world’s largest jellyfish. This 2-metre-wide, 200-kilogram beast, which lives and breeds in the South and East China seas, used to bloom very rarely (only three times during the 20th century). But since 2000 it has bloomed almost every year, resulting in plagues in which half a billion or more of these monsters drift into the Sea of Japan each day.

We think that the polyps have benefited from the coastal construction around China, plus the nutrients entering from Chinese cities and the overfishing of jellyfish predators, says Lisa-ann Gershwin, a jellyfish researcher for CSIRO in Hobart, Australia. They are now such a problem that the Japanese government has been looking for ways to use the jellyfish, she says even seeking good recipes involving N. nomurai.

Journal reference: Environmental Research Letters, DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa75d9

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