Cruising Through St. Kitts’ Rainforest With Sky Safari Zip Line Tours

By Justin Burch

While the lush rainforest of St. Kitts’ interior has long been a destination for eco-tourists and adventurous travelers, this pristine natural area is now home to a attraction that will entice all types of visitors. Constructed in an environmentally-conscious fashion amongst the remarkable tropical scenery of the rainforest, Sky Safari allows visitors to cruise above the rainforest floor, while enjoying a bird’s-eye view of all types of wildlife and sights across the island. Already recognized as one of the finest zip-line systems in the Caribbean region, Sky Safari tours promise all visitors a safe, exciting ride on the industry’s most-advanced equipment. While the beaches and resorts remain the big draws in St. Kitts, visitors of all ages hoping to explore one of the island’s most beautiful and overlooked areas should take advantage of Sky Safari’s new zip-line tours.

Though Sky Safari tours visit some of the St. Kitts’ most remote locations, all tours begin at the centrally-located Wingfield Estate beside the one of the island’s most popular historic destinations, Romney Manor. At the Wingfield Estate base, visitors will have a chance to get the hang of the zip-line system on the tour’s first line, the 140-foot-long Monkey Trainer. Before embarking on a trip down the Monkey Trainer Line, visitors will be given an orientation on the system’s features and prepared for the longer, higher lines that await them in the rainforest.

After completing the trip down the Monkey Trainer Line, visitors will be taken on a short off-road trip to one of the best viewpoints in the rainforest. From a peak overlooking the Valley of the Giants – a section of the rainforest known for its towering trees – visitors will get their first look of the incredible 1400-foot-long Boss Line. At a height of 250 feet above the rainforest floor, tourists will be able to zoom downhill towards the Wingfield River at speeds up to 50 miles per hour. While enjoying the exhilarating ride, tourists will also be able to enjoy views of everything from the lush rainforest canopy and nearby volcanic peaks to groomed plantations and distant coastal sights.

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The third line of the Sky Safari system – the 1,000-foot-long Mango Tango Line – extends even deeper into the rainforest and is known for its dense canopy and opportunities for wildlife viewing. The full zip-line tour continues with a trip along the 900-foot-long Brimstone Blast Line that offers views of the island’s most famous colonial attraction, the Brimstone Hill Fortress. Most tours end with a trip down the 500-foot-long River Rocker Line that follows the riverbank and ends near a natural pool where visitors are encouraged to cool off.

Sky Safari’s full tour option allows visitors to experience all five lines of the system over two and a half hours. The half tour option, scheduled for one hour and 50 minutes, includes trips down the Monkey Trainer Line, the Brimstone Blast line and the River Rocker Line. At the end of both the full and half tours, visitors will have a chance to swim in the natural pool located beneath the River Rocker Line. Those that want to spend more time walking through the rainforest can sign up for the three-line plus river walk tour. Over two hours and ten minutes, visitors will have a chance to experience the Monkey Trainer Line, the Mango Tango Line and the Brimstone Blast Line. After completing the third line, visitors will then be able to enjoy a pleasant downhill hike along the riverbank to the natural pool.

The Sky Safari zip-line tours in St. Kitts have already gained a reputation throughout the Caribbean for their environmentally-conscious operations and commitment to state-of-the-art equipment. All of the zip-lines in the Sky Safari tour are anchored by rocks, meaning the rainforest’s old-growth trees are left unharmed, while the company’s off-road vehicles will soon be outfitted to run on bio-fuels. Visitors have also taken notice of the comfortable paragliding-inspired harnesses and advanced braking systems that allow riders to come to smooth stop automatically.

Since zip-line tours were created twenty years ago in Costa Rica, this unique outdoor activity has gained incredible popularity in destinations as diverse as Hawaii and British Columbia. Now, with the creation of Sky Safari in St. Kitts, the Caribbean region can boast a zip-line tour that is truly on par with the world’s best. While there is certainly much to see on the island, families in search of adventure in St. Kitts will not want to this remarkable new attraction.

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Volcano eruption in Ecuador kills six and destroys several small villages

Sunday, August 20, 2006

The eruption of volcano Tungurahua on August 16 destroyed several small villages in the Ecuadorian Andes. At least 6 people have been killed and about 4000 residents of the affected area have been evacuated.

The 5,023 m high volcano spat lava, stones and ash for several hours on Wednesday night. A 10km high ash cloud spread over an area of 740 by 180 km. Towns like Ambato or Riobamba, 30 km away from the volcano have been covered with up to 5cm of ash. Pyroclastic flows descending on the northwestern slopes of the volcano left a path of destruction behind.

At least seven small villages and hamlets have been completely destroyed. The ash and rocks blocked the Chambo and the Peula river and the road Ambato – Baños, one of the main connections between the Ecuadorian highlands and the Amazon region. The Institute for Geophysics has lost an important part of its equipment installed on the slopes of Tungurahua, limiting their capability to monitor the volcanic activity.

The Hydroelectric power plant Agoyan near Baños has been shut down since Wednesday night. On Thursday, air traffic in the whole country was limited due to ash layers on several airports. On Thursday the provinces of Chimborazo, Tungurahua, Cotopaxi and Bolivar have been declared a disaster area. Losses in agriculture due to the ash cover are estimated at $150 Million.

On Friday, volcanic activity decreased to a calm that remained into Saturday evening, but the Ecuadorian Institute for Geophysics warns that a further eruption may be imminent.

In 1999, after a long period of rest, the volcano started an eruptive process that continues to this day. After the first eruptions in October 1999 that produced a major ash out-fall and led to the temporary evacuation of more than 25,000 inhabitants of Baños and its surroundings, the activity continued on a medium level. In May 2006 it increased dramatically culminating in violent eruptions on July 14 and August 16.

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Volvo announces all new car models electric or hybrid from 2019

Friday, July 7, 2017

On Wednesday, automobile company Volvo announced all of its cars to be released in 2019 onwards are to use some form of battery-powered engine, leaving conventional petrol-only vehicles altogether. The decision comes after Volvo announced in May their intent to cease production of diesel vehicles.

The chief executive of Volvo Cars, Håkan Samuelsson, said, “People increasingly demand electrified cars”. Volvo aims to release five new electric vehicle models between 2019 and 2021. While little has yet been revealed about them, the company has stated two of them are to be high-performance electric vehicles, branded as Polestars.

Other car models from 2019 may be plug-in hybrid or 48-volt “mild hybrid” systems. Audi and Mercedes-Benz are also releasing mild hybrid cars for the European market.

“This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car. Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a total of 1m electrified cars by 2025. When we said it we meant it. This is how we are going to do it,” Samuelsson said. Volvo is owned by Chinese automotive giant Geely, and China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has said by 2025 they want new vehicle sales to be 20 percent “new energy vehicles”.

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Beethoven’s Fur Elise; A Must For Pianists

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When it comes to piano pieces, “Fur Elise” by Beethoven is perhaps one of the most popular and easily recognizable in the world. People who may not know the name of the piece are sure to recognize it once they hear the melody. The Fur Elise melody has permeated our society. In fact, its melody has been used over the years — hundreds of pianists have included it in their repertoire, it is in many classical music compilations, and its melodic strains have been used in many baby toys.

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The official title is Bagatelle in A minor WoO59, though it is known almost exclusively as Fur Elise, which in German translates as “For Elise.” Fur Elise was only a little note of dedication on the manuscript. There is some controversy over who Elise may have been. It is thought that Beethoven wrote this emotional piece sometime around 1810. At that time in his life, Beethoven was hoping to marry Therese Malfatti, who eventually turned him down. There is a theory that whoever transcribed the piece after Beethoven’s death misread the dedication, translating it as “Fur Elise” instead of “Fur Therese.” There are an equal number of scholars who disagree with this theory. Elise may have been an undocumented person in Beethoven’s life, or Elise may have been just a name he scrawled on the manuscript. Unless some kind of documentation is uncovered, we will never know for sure.

No matter who inspired Beethoven to write this memorable piece of music, it has become one of the great musical classics of all time. If we look to the real title, we see that this piece is of the style called a bagatelle, which translates to “a trifle.” A bagatelle is a musical form known for being short, light and mellow. The piece also utilizes the form known as a rondo, which uses a structure of A B A C A, with variations on that theme. As the name tells us, this melody is in the key of A minor, but it is typical of Beethoven’s music. Discordant notes and shifting of the tonal center are woven into the piece, creating not only a lovely melody, but a musical classic that has long outlived its author.

If there is one piece that encapsulates Beethoven’s raw emotions, it would be “Fur Elise.” But did you know that no one heard Fur Elise during the time that Beethoven lived? It wasn’t until Beethoven’s death that this piece was played to an audience.

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Spelbound declared winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010

An acrobatic group known by the name of Spelbound has been declared as the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010, a televised variety talent show competition broadcast on ITV in the United Kingdom. As the winning act of the show, Spelbound have won £100,000 (US$144,580, 120,313, A$175,079) and a place at The Royal Variety Performance, an annual gala evening that is attended by senior members of the British Royal Family.

In no particular order, the top three acts were revealed to be two dancers known by their stage name of Twist and Pulse, gymnastic group Spelbound and Kieran Gaffney, whose act involves playing on the drum kit. After Kieran Gaffney was revealed to be in third place, Anthony McPartlin, who hosts Britain’s Got Talent with Declan Donnelly, said to Kieran: “Well done Kieran. Kieran, you’re a star, you came back, you got all the way to the final. I know you’ve loved this. You’ve loved this, haven’t you?” In response to this, Kieran Gaffney stated: “Thank you very much. Thank you, everyone for supporting me. Thank you.”

Shortly afterwards, on the episode that was broadcast live on ITV1 on Saturday, Anthony announced: “After tens of thousands of auditons, five semi-finals and an amazing final, this…this is it. One of you is about to walk away with £100,000 and a place at this year’s Royal Variety Performance. The winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010 is…Spelbound!” Glen Murphy from Twist and Pulse commented about finishing in second place, stating: “Yeah, it’s amazing. I can’t even believe it. I can’t believe it at all.”

Alex Uttley, a 24-year-old member of Spelbound, commented on the gymnastic group’s victory, commenting: “Oh, my god. This is unbelieveable. We just want to say thank you to everyone out there. It just shows that all our hard work has paid off.” One of the coaches of Spelbound, named Neil Griffiths, stated about Spelbound: “Oh, they’ve worked so hard over the last few weeks. Um, since the semi-final, we…we really had to pull out the stops to try and up the game. They’ve not known they’ve worked in the gym from six in the morning till twelve…twelve o’clock of the night. I couldn’t have asked for more. Um, it’s a team of coaches. I don’t take all the credit myself. There’s, uh, two people up there that know who they are who’ve been fantastic.”

Spelbound consists of 24-year-old Alex Uttley, Nicholas Illingworth, aged 24, Adam Buckingham, aged 21, 20-year-old Adam McAssey, 19-year-old Douglas Fordyce, 18-year-old Edward Upcott, 18-year-old Leighanne Cowler, 17-year-old Katie Axten, 17-year-old Lauren Kemp, 15-year-old Jonathan Stranks, Abigail Ralph, aged 15, 13-year-old Hollianne Wood and Amy Mackenzie, aged 12. Bookmakers had previously predicted that Spelbound would be the most likely act to become the winner of the series.

The running order for the final started with Twist and Pulse. The second act to perform was Liam McNally, a 14-year-old singer. The running order subsequently continued with 40-year-old impressionist Paul Burling, singer Christopher Stone, aged 28, Tina & Chandi, a woman and dog dancing act, Connected, a five-piece singing group, Kieran Gaffney, aged 12, 22-year-old Tobias Mead, a dancer, 80-year-old singer Janey Cutler and Spelbound in that particular order.

Earlier on in the final, Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has stated to Spelbound: “We are hosting the 2012 Olympics and I think ‘what a brilliant opening act’.” Fellow judge Piers Morgan also commented that “[t]he purpose of this show is to identify hidden great British talent. You are that act.” After Spelbound won in the final, another judge, named Simon Cowell, stated that “the right boys and girls won on the night” and that he could “only say on live TV that that was one of the most astonishing things I have ever seen. Seriously.”

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Spelbound declared winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010

An acrobatic group known by the name of Spelbound has been declared as the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010, a televised variety talent show competition broadcast on ITV in the United Kingdom. As the winning act of the show, Spelbound have won £100,000 (US$144,580, 120,313, A$175,079) and a place at The Royal Variety Performance, an annual gala evening that is attended by senior members of the British Royal Family.

In no particular order, the top three acts were revealed to be two dancers known by their stage name of Twist and Pulse, gymnastic group Spelbound and Kieran Gaffney, whose act involves playing on the drum kit. After Kieran Gaffney was revealed to be in third place, Anthony McPartlin, who hosts Britain’s Got Talent with Declan Donnelly, said to Kieran: “Well done Kieran. Kieran, you’re a star, you came back, you got all the way to the final. I know you’ve loved this. You’ve loved this, haven’t you?” In response to this, Kieran Gaffney stated: “Thank you very much. Thank you, everyone for supporting me. Thank you.”

Shortly afterwards, on the episode that was broadcast live on ITV1 on Saturday, Anthony announced: “After tens of thousands of auditons, five semi-finals and an amazing final, this…this is it. One of you is about to walk away with £100,000 and a place at this year’s Royal Variety Performance. The winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010 is…Spelbound!” Glen Murphy from Twist and Pulse commented about finishing in second place, stating: “Yeah, it’s amazing. I can’t even believe it. I can’t believe it at all.”

Alex Uttley, a 24-year-old member of Spelbound, commented on the gymnastic group’s victory, commenting: “Oh, my god. This is unbelieveable. We just want to say thank you to everyone out there. It just shows that all our hard work has paid off.” One of the coaches of Spelbound, named Neil Griffiths, stated about Spelbound: “Oh, they’ve worked so hard over the last few weeks. Um, since the semi-final, we…we really had to pull out the stops to try and up the game. They’ve not known they’ve worked in the gym from six in the morning till twelve…twelve o’clock of the night. I couldn’t have asked for more. Um, it’s a team of coaches. I don’t take all the credit myself. There’s, uh, two people up there that know who they are who’ve been fantastic.”

Spelbound consists of 24-year-old Alex Uttley, Nicholas Illingworth, aged 24, Adam Buckingham, aged 21, 20-year-old Adam McAssey, 19-year-old Douglas Fordyce, 18-year-old Edward Upcott, 18-year-old Leighanne Cowler, 17-year-old Katie Axten, 17-year-old Lauren Kemp, 15-year-old Jonathan Stranks, Abigail Ralph, aged 15, 13-year-old Hollianne Wood and Amy Mackenzie, aged 12. Bookmakers had previously predicted that Spelbound would be the most likely act to become the winner of the series.

The running order for the final started with Twist and Pulse. The second act to perform was Liam McNally, a 14-year-old singer. The running order subsequently continued with 40-year-old impressionist Paul Burling, singer Christopher Stone, aged 28, Tina & Chandi, a woman and dog dancing act, Connected, a five-piece singing group, Kieran Gaffney, aged 12, 22-year-old Tobias Mead, a dancer, 80-year-old singer Janey Cutler and Spelbound in that particular order.

Earlier on in the final, Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has stated to Spelbound: “We are hosting the 2012 Olympics and I think ‘what a brilliant opening act’.” Fellow judge Piers Morgan also commented that “[t]he purpose of this show is to identify hidden great British talent. You are that act.” After Spelbound won in the final, another judge, named Simon Cowell, stated that “the right boys and girls won on the night” and that he could “only say on live TV that that was one of the most astonishing things I have ever seen. Seriously.”

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Kairoil: The Ayurvedic Hair Oil Fit For The Divine}

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Nature is vast and transcends the limits of imaginations. Everything in this world is a part of nature. From heavenly bodies like galaxies to minuscule objects like dust particles, nature is one with everything. A true definition of Nature’s omnipotence is a fool’s errand but there is an aspect of nature that is defined well: its omnipresence. And as with things ubiquitous, Nature too has a million secrets nestled gently in its heart.

From time immemorial, people have been trying to emulate the mysterious ways of nature. Scholars have tried to decrypt its secrets, early technicians have tried to study and implement the characteristics of some of Nature’s progeny and researchers have tried to decipher the working of some of its finer details. None of them, however, have succeeded completely.

However, there have been offshoot branches that follow the detailing of Nature’s work closely. In medicine, Ayurveda is one such branch that derives its principles and modus operandi from the working of Nature. It utilises the properties of countless herbs found in the laps of rivers and mountains and uses them to brew potions and medicinal doses. Ayurveda is very ancient and has evolved to become quite effective in the modern times.

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In the field of Ayurveda, lots of scholars have done noble and lasting work. Some of them have tackled grave afflictions while some have confined themselves to the remedies for minor ailments, but everyone has made an impactful contribution to Ayurvedic practices. Kairali, has very effectively combined Ayurveda with the urban lifestyle to deal with modern day ailments and diseases. Kairali has seen some of the most astonishing discoveries in this field and has established itself as a leading home for Ayurvedic therapy.

KAIROIL- an Ayurvedic hair oil is one of the few astounding potions prepared here by the experts. An oil like no other, this concoction is capable of tackling almost any malady related to the scalp and hair. Such a feat is unheard of in a modern medicinal world where no oil or shampoo seems capable enough to abate the effects of pollution and diseases. What makes this Herbal oil even more staggeringly amusing is its effectiveness.

Hair has been a place for ridiculous ailments. Dandruff, weak hair and hair fall have plagued humankind for a long time. Efforts to reduce their potency have been generally unsuccessful and people often tend to work on the principles of damage control rather than total eradication. However, with the advent of KAIROIL, these things have become a memoir of the past. The complex mixture of various medicinal herbs and revitalising liquids in its formula makes sure that no signs of dandruff or any such similar malady remain in hair.

Humans have been obsessed with the notion of beauty for a long time. Hair has been a standard for beauty for a long time too and hence, it becomes important that people have beautiful hair. Unfortunately, in this era of fast paced life and rampant pollution, hair care has become a formality of sorts and people have lost the sheen in their hair. Fortunately, KAIROIL negates the adverse effects of pollutants rather easily and rejuvenates the dying splendour of hair. Not only this, its continued usage results in hair becoming lustrous and thick.

With a growing age, the roots of hair become fragile and start to fall off. The remaining strands start losing their colour and embark on a path to unattractive grey texture. In such cases, the use of KAIROIL has shown exceptional results. It not only stops the hair from falling but also stops the discolouration process and makes the hair retain their original colour. This is the best ayurvedic hair oil. There is no other alternative.

Without a doubt, this Ayurvedic oil has completely changed the face of hair care. Now people don’t line up outside expensive salons just to get their hair all fluffy and shiny because that is now achievable in someone’s own home too, and with a nominal price to pay when compared to the expenses of the salons. KAIROIL has really changed the scenario and how.

Once again, nature proved that it has all the secrets to a better life. The only catch is to know how to find and unveil these secrets. Once it is done, life becomes naturally healthy.

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China’s ‘Bandit King’ given life term in ‘massive’ bribery case

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Lai Changxing, dubbed the Bandit King, has been given a life sentence for years of smuggling and corruption that added up to billions of US dollars or Pounds sterling. The Chinese court described the values as “massive”.

Lai smuggled goods worth more than £2 billion into Xiamen, bypassing more than £1 billion in import duty. He paid 64 local officials a total of almost £4 million in bribes, giving him effective control of the city from 1995 to 1999. He fled China after becoming a wanted man in 1999 and went to Canada via Hong Kong; the following year, Premier Zhu Rongji said “If Lai was executed three times over, it would not be too much”.

As head of the Yuanhua Group, Lai smuggled in cars, chemicals, oil, cigarettes, and other goods. He distributed bundles of cash to the poor, owned and played for his local football team, built stadia, owned a bulletproof Mercedes that once belonged to President Jiang Zemin, and attempted to construct a tower that would have been the nation’s tallest building. He attained local popularity for funding construction projects including schools, hundreds of tower blocks, and the local airport.

As well as money, officials were offered alcohol and prostitutes. Many were offered time at Lai’s seven-storey brothel, the Red Mansion, and feasted at a replica of the Forbidden City.

State TV has broadcast footage depicting a banquet table with a tiger skin laid upon it, cars given to officials, a young woman alleged to have been donated as a lover, and a sackful of gold rings. The case’s prominence was such that Liu Liying, boss of the national Central Discipline Inspection Committee, took charge of bringing Lai down.

Subsequent investigations have examined more than 1,000 suspects with police at one stage turning over an entire hotel to the probe, filling rooms with suspects. National newspaper The People’s Daily has suggested it is the most serious economic crime in modern Chinese history. He was the nation’s top car importer and one of the main traders in oil and imported cigarettes.

Hundreds of officials have been convicted and it is estimated hundreds more remain. Fellow life-sentence prisoners from the case include the city’s deputy mayor and its head of customs. The nation’s former vice-minister for security, Li Jizhou, has a suspended death sentence. Other suspects have killed themselves.

The sums involved are unusually large, and the details are extraordinarily serious

Upon his escape from the nation Lai became China’s most-wanted fugitive. Twelve years of negotiations ended with a Chinese promise Lai would be spared the death penalty, and Canada extradited him last year. Numerous lower-ranking members of Lai’s empire have already been given life imprisonment or death sentences. With execution off the table, the court gave Lai the highest sentence possible: in addition to the life term, he received fifteen years for bribery and had all his possessions confiscated.

The court justified the “double sentence” on the grounds “the sums involved are unusually large, and the details are extraordinarily serious”. “The crimes involve massive sums and particularly serious circumstances,” court officials told Xinhua. Lai had denied corruption at his trial, although he accepted exploiting loopholes to avoid import duty.

“I don’t have a good family background,” Lai said previously in a press interview. “I have to do things step by step by myself. That’s how people came to respect me. I never fussed about big money.” Lai was born as one of eight siblings in the midst of famine.

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