Saturday, February 13, 2010

News From the British Virgin Islands

It seems to me the only way to reduce the foreign work permits, is to cancel the BVI belonger passports and refuse to let BVI belongers work anywhere  but the BVI.
Smith Questions Aspects of Proposed New Work Permit Policy
Platinum News Online
Speaking on what he called the proposed one rule work permit policy, Smith said that he is concerned about it because in the BVI, "many of our small ...
Soufriere Hills explosion disrupts flight in Eastern Caribbean
Jamaica Observer
Residents have become accustomed to a heightened volcano alert level, which has been in place for the past two months, since activity at Soufriere Hills ...
Vocanic ash going everywhere...
Caribbean Hurricane Network
Above a satellite image from MODIS/Terra showing the volcanic ash from the recent dome collapse of Soufriere Hills on Montsersat. ...
LIAT Suspends Services to Dominica and Guadeloupe
Platinum News Online
... that it has been forced to suspend services to Dominica and Guadeloupe because of airborne ash clouds from the Soufriere Hills Volcano in Montserrat. ...
Work to begin shortly on improvements to the Virgin Gorda Airport
BVI News Online
BY PRESS RELEASE Friday February 12th, 2010 - Road Town, Tortola – A contract for the geotechnical survey at the Taddy Bay Airport on Virgin Gorda could be ...
Life in the British Virgin Islands...
Caribbean Hurricane Network
After spending millions on the Roundabout traffic lights in Road Town Tortola, they are being taken down again. Talk about a waste of money! ...
Tortola & Virgin Gorda (BVI) - Local Reports (Caribbean Hurricane ...
By stormCARIB
The Volcano Blew! By DearMissMermaid at; Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2010 19:30:45 EST ...... Reading Hurricanes & Hangovers: and other tall tales and loose lies. By DearMissMermaid at; Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2010 12:04:00 EST ...
Ash from Monserrat volcano disrupts Caribbean flights
Montserrat's Soufriere Hills volcano erupted Thursday, sending a plume of ash 10 kilometers (six miles) high into the sky, the Montserrat Volcano ...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Newspapers From Around the World


1. Put your mouse on a city anywhere in the world and the
local newspaper headlines pop-up.

2. Drag the cursor across the orange dots and the local
newspapers will start to pop-up. Double click the dot and
the selected front page appears. Click "Readable PDF" in the
bar across the top and the image goes to full screen. On
some sites, you can read the entire paper if you click on
the right place.

3. If you look at the European papers, the far left side of
Germany will pop up as "The Stars & Stripes" (European
edition, of course). These sites change every day with the
publication of new editions of the newspaper.

4. If you click on the "Galley" (across the middle of a
newspaper, it will give you alphabetically newspapers front

Hungry Bears, Ingenuity and Duct Tape!

During a private "fly-in" fishing excursion in the Alaskan wilderness, the chartered pilot and fishermen foolishly left a cooler with extra bait in it, in the plane.

A bear smelled it.

The bear was hungry.

Very hungry.

The bear didn't much care for noisy airplanes.

So he flattened both the tires, beyond repair.

Still no fish, but he had effectively disabled his quarry.

Next he attacked the tail, for good measure.

Then he tore into the starboard fuslage.

Still no fish. 

He lumbered around the plane and tore into the port fuselage. 

Still no fish.

Finally he ripped his way into the cockpit.

And got access to the cooler and the bait.


Bear had a nice luncheon.

But the bear forgot to disable the radio.  

When the pilot and his charter guest returned, needless to say, they were aghast.

The pilot radioed another pilot friend to make an emergency run and bring him a supply of plastic sheeting, 2 new tires and three cases of duct tape. 

Diligently he began putting his plane back together.  

When the pilot was finished, he flew it home!

Maybe next time, he will leave the plane bare...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tootin' My Horn!

Fantastic Magic or is it Effing Magic?
Caribbean Hurricane Network
By DearMissMermaid at In the islands we like COLORFUL t'ings mon! It's reflected in Farmer's Week, from the wonderful mural to the bounties from ...

Tortola & Virgin Gorda (BVI) - Local Reports (Caribbean Hurricane ...
By stormCARIB
I think all in all, I sailed aboard about five historical tall ships. Something I should write more about, one day soon. Warm and Sunny Regards, · Author of Hurricanes and Hangovers ...
Caribbean Hurricane Network
Tall Ships, Elegant Ladies
Caribbean Hurricane Network
By DearMissMermaid at I spent my time sailing and crewing aboard a lovely old tall ship, "The Sir Francis Drake". Whether she was named after the ...

Monday, February 08, 2010

It's Complicated (Movie with Meryl Streep, Alec Bladwin, Steve Martin)

Meryl Streep carries the show with Alec Baldwin playing a close second. This delightful comedy-drama is a fantastic movie, that makes you laugh yet seriously sympathize with the characters and the dilemmas they face. There's really nothing to cry about and thank goodness someone has finally figured out how to make an engaging movie without blood, guts, violence and profanity.

But there's sex, and we all like sex! The movie is adult themes, I couldn't imagine having to explain to a child some of the questions they might ask, while watching it,  so don't expect to have the little ones around when you view it.

Steve Martin plays an uncharacteristically serious role and of course he is a top notch actor that seems to be in true awe of Meryl Streep, both as her character and as an actress. Alec Baldwin is downright funny and not at all shy about showing us his middle-aged spread.  It's refreshing to see a real body instead of a pumped-up-on steroids action figure.

Meryl Streep can put such incredible realistic  life into any character that she plays, as if you might run into her and get drawn up into her role and totally forget she is an actress.

If you want some seriously fun entertainment, a movie that you'll be tempted to watch again and share with others, then by all means, dive into this wonderful film and have a blast.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Diabetic Foot Problem Prevention

Diabetic Foot Problem Prevention

Supplements can improve sensory function in hands and feet such as

Thiamine (Vitamin B-1)
Thiamine is yet another nutrient that is often deficient in diabetics. A deficiency is often seen in those with diabetic neuropathy. Neuropathy often responds to Thiamine supplements. In one study 80% of subjects improved while taking Thiamine supplements

Other names:                  Anurine, Aneurine, Thaminium
Best form to take:           Thiamine Hydrochloride (HCL)
Usual dosage:                30-100mg per day
Approximate cost:          Less than $10 per month
Other effects:                  Used to treat Alcoholism and Cirrhosis
Possible side effects:   Normalizes low blood pressure

Vitamin B-12
A vitamin B-12 deficiency is thought to be an important cause of diabetic neuropathy. Injections improved pain and numbness with no obvious side effects.

Other names:                  Cobalamins, Methyl cobalamin
Best form to take:           Capsules
Usual dosage:                25-1,000mcg per day
Approximate cost:          Less than $10 per month
Other effects:                  Mild insomnia with larger doses
Possible side effects:    Very few side effects other than mild stimulation

Vitamin C helps to accelerate healing of foot ulcers and other foot injuries and at the same time reduces inflammation of foot tissues. A vitamin C deficiency causes sugar metabolism problems. Diabetics are thought to suffer from elevated levels of oxidative stress which requires that the intake of antioxidants be increased. The smallest blood vessels (capillaries) suffer damage when vitamin C is deficient. Even a marginal deficiency can cause capillary damage. Vitamin C is absorbed into the lining of blood vessels where it acts to keep plaque from forming.
Other names:                  Ascorbic acid, Calcium Ascorbate
Best form to take:           Mixed forms that include Calcium Ascorbate
Usual dosage:                 500-1,000mg per day
Approximate cost:          $5 per month

Other effects:                   Widely used as an anti-aging nutrient and to
                                          prevent heart disease and cancer. Also  reduces
                                          systolic blood pressure.

Possible side effects:     Can cause diarrhea in very large doses.
Vitamin C reduces the level of sorbitol, an alcohol of sugar, in tissues. Sorbitol accumulation has been implicated in the creation of a number of common diabetic complications including:
- Cataracts
- Blindness
- Nerve damage in the hands and feet

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Speed up Your Computer

Speed up your start time:
For Windows XP & earlier versions
go to start menu
go to RUN
type msconfig
when that window pops up
Select the Startup Tab at the top
scroll through and uncheck all the programs you do NOT want to start when your computer starts, (nearly every programmer for some off reason insists his program start when your computer starts, this is completely annoying, unless it's a program you use every day
when you are done click OK)
it will ask you to restart your computer, but you don't have to right now, but when you do, put on your seatbelt and enjoy the speed!

Enjoy these FREE programs to speed up your computer:

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

News from the Virgin Islands February 2, 2010

Spitfire Troubadour
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Cowes Online
New gems in store for BVI Spring Regatta and Festival
Cowes Online
Held annually on the first weekend of April, the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival will be celebrating its 39th anniversary in 2010. ...

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Caribbean Life News > News > Caribbean > Caribbean Round-Up
Scientists monitoring the Soufriere Hills Volcano are recording more explosions. Montserratians recently cleaned out ash from their communities after a ...

Archives Unit shares historic information on Tsunami in the VI
BVI News Online
The island of Tortola was partly inundated and several persons were drowned, but the island was not submerged and 10000 lives lost, as was first reported. ...
2010 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival Looks Like Another Sizzler
With comments like that, the BVI Spring Regatta has to work hard to raise the bar every year but the organizing committee and the event host, ...

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Experience Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island and a host of other world-class kiteboarding spots in the British Virgin Islands.

Reading Hurricanes & Hangovers: and other tall tales and loose lies
Author of Hurricanes and Hangovers · (and other tall tales and loose lies from the Coconut Telegraph). More Tortola and Virgin Gorda (BVI) updates on ...
lesson learned: Seaman's Book a must-have
The Triton
Via e-mails and phone calls, I receive the application for the BVI Seaman's Discharge Book (which has been around since 2001). ...
Tortola & Virgin Gorda (BVI) - Local Reports (Caribbean Hurricane ...
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Maybe I Should Have…found out where all the money went
The film's budget was tiny, but still stretched far enough for foreign filming locations including London, Washington DC, Guernsey and Tortola, ...
Territory to host Virgin Islands Nature Conservation showcase
BVI News Online
National parks and protected areas to be visited include Mount Healthy, Shark Bay and Sage Mountain on Tortola; Gorda Peak, The Copper Mine, The Baths, ...
In excess of $230000 pledged to Rotary's Haiti appeal
BVI News Online
Past President Tom Gerker of the Rotary Club of Tortola, who is spearheading the relief flights, said it has been a remarkable community effort. ...
British Virgin Islands voted among top 3 diving destinations
Travel Daily News International
The British Virgin Islands have once again been recognized in several categories among the “Top 100 Caribbean/Atlantic” diving destinations in the SCUBA ...

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Monday, February 01, 2010

The Magnificent River of Five Colors; Cano Cristales

The river shown
in the photographs is the Caño Cristales, which is
located near the town of La Macarena in Columbia, South America. The
river, world famous for its colourful display, has been called "the
river that ran away to paradise", "the most beautiful river in the
world" and "the river of five colours".
Colombia's wet season, the water flows fast and deep, obscuring
the bottom of the river and denying the mosses and algae that call the
river home the sun that they need. And during the dry season there is
not enough water to support the dazzling array of life in the river.
But during a brief span between the wet and dry seasons, when the water
level is just right, the many varieties of algae and moss bloom in a
dazzling display of colors. Blotches of amarillo, blue, green, black,
and red - and a thousand shades in between - coat the river.
The part of the
river where the colourful blooms occur is quite
isolated and is not accessible by road. Adventurous tourists can now
fly into La Macarena and then make their way to to the river site on
foot as part of guided tours. The site was effectively closed to
tourists for several years because of guerrilla activity in the region
along with concerns about the impact of unregulated tourist traffic.
However, the site was reopened to visitors in 2009.
So far, some
1,000 people have visited Caño Cristales, including around
100 foreign tourists.

The tours will
follow four clearly marked and authorized paths and one
is no longer permitted to stay overnight or cook, as this was ruining
the area previously.