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Montauk Meets The Caribbean: Navy Beach Opens In St.Thomas And St. Maarten – Forbes

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Navy Beach in Montauk is a summertime hot spot, famous for being one of the best places to catch the sunset with a cocktail in hand. While dusk is probably the most popular time at this nautical-themed restaurant and bar, its also a great place to drop anchor, have lunch on the beach with your toes in the sand, or enjoy a dinner with friends. Now Navy Beach is bringing its all-day appeal to the Caribbean, opening a location in St. Thomas in December and in St. Maarten in early 2020.

They bring an ideal missing piece to the marinas as a playful, chic addition to the dining scenes, says FranklinFerguson, partner at Navy Beach Hospitality of the new locations. Perfect for the luxury yachting community that often heads south (from the Hamptons) in the winter months. The expansion is a partnership between Navy Beach and IGY Marinas, one of the largest international marina companies in the world and a leading destination network for vessels across the globe.

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Like at the original Navy Beach, the ocean will play a pivotal role in the St. Thomas and St. Maarten outposts.NavyBeachSt. Thomashas a prime waterfront location at Yacht Haven Grande and will have a mix of indoor and outdoor seating, and views of Charlotte Amalie Harbor. The bright open-air space also makes a great backdrop for weddings, live music performancesand events.

Navy Beach St. Maarten will serve as the brands new flagship and opens at Yacht Club at Isle de Sol which is home to 40 megayacht berths. The lagoon-front, two-story space will feature water-view dining, a gaming area, daybeds overlooking a swimming pool and a tropical landscaped patio. For cocktails head to their Sky Deck which overlooks the marina for a tropical outdoor tipple and of course, to see an epic sunset.

As for food, you can expect some Montauk favorites as well as some local updates at both Caribbean Navy Beach locations.The menu includes the Raw Tuna Crudo (with avocado, jalapeo, lemon and sesame); Jumbo Lump Crab Cake (with cucumber kimchi and smoked yogurt); Grilled Avocado (with chilled shrimp, tomatillo, Calabrian chile oil and tortilla crisps); Whole Snapper (with red curry coconut, sushi rice and wakame); and a Caribbean Lobster Bake. Like our Montauk menu, it will offer something for everyone, from fresh raw seafood, to comfort food, says Ferguson.

New to the Caribbean scene, both Navy Beaches will be hosting preview events to see old friends and make new ones.Well be welcoming Yacht Club marina guests, as well as locals from St. Maarten and St. Thomas, friends of Navy Beach and IGY Marinas in town for a friends and family preview soire, saysFerguson. There will be signature cocktails and menu items as well as live music. Itll be a casually elegant gathering of existing and new friends.

While Navy Beach in Montauk is typically a summertime destination these new Caribbean outposts make the Navy Beach experience accessible year-round. Even in the depths of winter, youll be able to enjoy fresh seafood, sand beaches and a lively atmosphere reminiscent of summer in the Hamptons just a short flight away from the east coast. The properties will also attract a whole new set of guests making the brand a worldwide name rather than just a Montauk favorite.

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Study explores why Caribbean adults have higher hypertension rates – Yale News

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Adult populations in the Caribbean, mirroring black populations in the U.S., experience higher rates of hypertension, stroke, and heart disease, and researchers want to know why.

Among them is Yale School of Medicine researcher and physician Dr. Erica Spatz , whose recent paper in the journal Ethnicity & Disease details a study that aims to determine which factors are contributing to high numbers of poor cardiovascular outcomes in the Caribbean. The research is part of the larger Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network (ECHORN) Study, launched in 2011, which is led by Yale School of Medicine professor Dr. Marcella Nunez Smith. Investigators hope the study will eventually involve 500 participants from four island nations: Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados.

ECHORN is looking at the prevalence of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes, along with the risk factors associated with these conditions in the Eastern Caribbean population, Spatz says. They range from biological factors which include clinical conditions, biomarkers and genetics to social and environmental and community factors.

Compared with white adults in the U.S., those from the Caribbean region and African-American adults in the United States have hypertension that occurs earlier and with more serious consequences, including organ damage to the heart, eyes, and kidneys, as well as heart attacks, strokes, cognitive limitations, and late-stage kidney disease.

Spatz is in the second year of her five-year study, and has enrolled over 100 participants to date. She says they are exploring a few key hypotheses. One is that the blood pressure measurement happening in the clinics is lower than at other times in a patients daily life; another is that in the Caribbean population, people are experiencing high rates of stress that are contributing to elevated blood pressure and poor cardiovascular outcomes.

To get a better picture of patients actual blood pressure, participants in Spatzs study wear a 24-hour monitoring device around their arm that inflates every half hour during the day and every hour at night.

Blood pressure measured in a doctors office can be higher than when taken at home, a phenomenon known as white coat hypertension. But Spatz says the opposite can also be true. Sometimes blood pressure is normal in the clinic but elevated in patients daily lives, which is known as masked hypertension. She added that these patients may also experience higher blood pressures while sleeping, when these numbers should typically dip.

In order to assess the second hypothesis, related to the role of stress, researchers have participants fill out an extensive survey. We ask them questions about financial stress, everyday discrimination, neighborhood stress, and depression and anxiety, Spatz says. Participants are also asked to note their activity level and any stressors at the moment when the blood pressure monitor inflates. This is called an ecological momentary assessment.

Yale researchers have a strong partnership with clinical research sites in the Caribbean where the study is taking place as part of ECHORN. Its a very collaborative group, Spatz says. Together, we have refined the study to capture important gaps in knowledge about hypertension, and the information we gather can be used to directly improve outcomes in the populations from whom the data are collected.

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The Caribbean Shows the Way to a Renewable Future – Greentech Media News

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In the span of just a few years, the focus at the annual Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation conference has shifted from issues around producing electricity from thermal capacity usually oil to what blend of renewable options constitutes the best path forward.

It is not just a theoretical question for the future, says Risto Paldanius, director of business development for Wrtsils Energy Storage and Optimization business unit, a longtime attendee of the conference.

It has clearly shifted, and now that the [levelized cost of energy, or LCOE] for renewables is on par or lower than any thermal generation, its all about solar and wind, said Paldanius. Then the questions become how to achieve the 100 percent renewable future everyone is talking about without causing disturbances in the grid and effectively managing solar ramp rates and generation optimization.

They are not questions rooted only in environmental sustainability; they also address life-saving resiliency, as seen with storms that have battered communities and their power grids on many islands with devastating outcomes in the past two years, including in Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and Anguilla.

Paldanius doesnt have to speak in the abstract about how to achieve high levels of renewable penetration on island grids. He can point to the experience of the Caribbean island of Bonaire, which has deployed a mixture of battery energy storage, wind and thermal engines controlled by Greensmiths Energy Management System (GEMS).

Earlier this year, Greensmith Energy, a Wrtsil company, worked with Contour Global the islands sole power producer to reimagine the islands grid to incorporate more renewable generation.

In the Caribbean, especially on the small islands, the effects of climate change are [obvious to] everybody, said Giorgio Narminio, Caribbean assets chief operating officer for Contour Global, during a recentGTM webinar, A 100% Renewable Energy Future Is Possible WithIntelligent EMS Technology.

The desire to transition to more renewables also had to be balanced with grid stability. The challenge is to combine sustainability, reliability and affordability at same time, said Narminio.

The island had previously relied on generation from 14 megawatts of heavy fuel engines, 3 megawatts of diesel backup engines, a small lead-acid battery system, and 11 megawatts of wind generation to meet the annual demand of 110,000 megawatt-hours. In March, Wrtsil deployed a 6-megawatt/6-megawatt-hour lithium-ion battery storage system along with GEMS to control all of the Contour Globals generation assets.

One of Contour Globals main objectives was to reduce wind curtailment and optimize spinning reserves provided by the engines and frequency and voltage regulation to balance the intermittent renewable power.

Contour Global was able to sharpen its forecasting and dispatch optimization capabilities with the new software, which leverages machine learning and artificial intelligence.

In Bonaire, we can forecast load based on historic data. We look at it along with real-time data to come up with a forecast every five minutes for the next 48 hours, said Paldanius. We have very high accuracy for the load forecasts for the next 12 hours, and more than 90 percent for the next 12 hours after that.

Wrtsil expects that accuracy to improve even further as GEMS analyzes more data and tweaks its algorithms to pick up on more nuanced and less predictable load changes.

Equally important is GEMS prediction of the renewable generation available to meet electricity demand. On Bonaire, that means forecasting the wind resource available over the next 48 hours. As with load forecasts, projections of wind generation take place every five minutes and take into account a mix of weather data from global and local providers. Historic and weather prediction data is then combined with real-time wind meter readings from turbines on the island.

The load and generation forecasts also feed directly into how GEMS dispatches assets. The software is designed to dispatch the assets in a way that delivers the lowest-cost electricity while maintaining the island grids reliability.

To do that, GEMS takes into account operational constraints of the different assets, including the minimum runtime and ramp rates for the engines, the long-term economic impact of cycling the battery storage system, and how much backup power is needed. GEMS evaluates the optimal dispatch needed to achieve the lowest LCOE every five minutes.

GEMS has real-time frequency and voltage controls that operate on a millisecond timeframe, said Paldanius.

Since being installed last March, GEMS has been able to deliver significant benefits to Bonaire. Wind curtailment has been reduced significantly, and today wind provides as much as 33 percent of the islands energy. In addition, engine fuel consumption has been reduced by 5 percent and carbon emissions are down 8 percent.

Narminio says that Contour now has plans to add a solar PV plant to the islands grid in early 2020. The result will be days when the island runs on 100 percent renewable energy.

When you have a high wind season, we can surely have days when we have 100 percent renewable penetration because we can have the PV, we can have the wind, and we can have the battery and the inverter keeping the grid stable, he said. Therefore, we can easily stop all of the thermal machines.

The same 100 percent renewable targets are also achievable on much larger grids. What it requires are sophisticated energy management systems like GEMS and market rules that incentivize battery storage paired with renewable resources. I think youll see things like day-ahead dispatchable solar plants now that we have advanced forecasting, said Paldanius.

We have the tools to do this already. Its now about policies and market products. When it comes to reaching 100 percent, the islands will show us the way.

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This Top Caribbean Eco-Resort Is Returning in 2020 – Caribbean Journal

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One of the Caribbeans leading eco resorts is making a return in 2020, Caribbean Journal has learned.

The beloved Rosalie Bay Resort in Dominica is reopening in February 2020.

The property, which has already begun taking reservations for stays in February, had been shuttered since Hurricane Maria in 2017.

Were back, stronger than ever after a direct hit from Hurricane Maria in 2017.

Our experience and values remain the same, the property said in.a statement. The sea turtles returned, lush vegetation once again enrobes our island and songbirds are calling..

Rosalie Bay is set on the lush, raw and beautiful eastern coast of Dominica, a strong location for enjoying the islands myriad adventures, including 300 miles of trails.

The eco retreat has a total of 28 rooms and suites, all with local art, porches or balconies with garden, river or ocean views, and soundproof, serene construction.

The hotel will add to an increasingly impressive hotel product developing in Dominica, from Secret Bay to the newly-launched Kempinski.

For more, visit Rosalie Bay.


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Two Universities Sign Historic Agreement on Slavery Reparations in the Caribbean – The Good Men Project

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The agreement marks the first time that a British institution has apologised for the profits it made from slavery and attaches both money and resources to help make amends.

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By Janine Mendes-Franco

Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies,Professor Sir Hilary Beckles,and the University of Glasgows Chief Operating Officer, Dr. David Duncan, recently signed ahistoric agreementfor slavery reparations the first such contract since people enslaved by the British werefully emancipatedin 1838.

Never before has a UK-based institution thatprofited from slaveryapologised forits role and even more importantly put its money where its mouth is. Quite fittingly, the 20 million agreement ( $24,308,500 USD) was signed at The UWIs regional headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica, on July 31, 2019 the day on which full emancipationfinally took effect181 years prior (and the eve of the annualEmancipation holidaythat many regional territories celebrate).

That 20 million, symbolic ofthe sumthe British governmentpaidto slave owners as compensation for the abolition of slavery, will be used for research and other development-based initiatives between the two universities over the next 20 years, under the auspices of theGlasgow-Caribbean Centre for Development Research, which is to be jointly owned and run. The aim is for the centre to find solutions for some of the Caribbeans most pressing developmental challenges, includingeconomics,public health care, and even issues of culturalidentity. It will be established on both universities campuses by September 2019.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Sir Hilary McDonald Beckles (left), and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde (right), at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in Kingston, Jamaica November 17, 2017. IMF Photo/Krzystof Rucinski, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Ever since2013, when he waselectedas Chair of theCARICOM Regional Reparations Commission, aimed at outlin[ing] the path to reconciliation, truth, and justice for the victims of slavery and their descendants, Sir Beckles has beenat the forefrontof the regions lobby for reparations.

In a 2019 interview with regional magazineCaribbean Beat, he said that being a Windrushchild sealed his destiny of being involved in aspects of the black journey. He also noted the transformational power of theUniversity of the West Indies currently ranked among the top five percent of the best universities worldwide in building a resilient, sustainable region:

The last fifty years, weve built the Caribbean out of the colonial rubble. The issues in front of us this time are very different. An important role of UWI is to help clarify this historic moment and develop conversations about the next half-century. [] My focus was always on economic development and the role that education can play in the economic transformation of our societies. []

Reparations is connected to economic development. [] Im the vice president of the UNESCO Global Slave Routes project, the chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission, along with other hats. Im responsible for developing a framework for the research of slavery on a global basis. I spend a lot of time in Africa, Latin America, and Asia looking at how black slavery was globalised. Everything is connected. Britain has a role to play in putting back some of the money it milked from the Caribbean for its own development. Having achieved its own transformation, weve been left with the results of that extraction. I believe we have a right! Britain should return to the scene of the crime, and participate in cleaning up the mess it left behind.

In the context of the UKsrepeated dismissalofthe subject of reparations, thisMemorandum of Understandingwith the University of Glasgow isbeing hailedasseminal. Sir Beckles applauded the University of Glasgows stance that a university cannot be excellent if it is not ethical,addingthat the agreement has put the institution on moral high ground.

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Royal Caribbeans Adventure of the Seas requests help from Coast Guard off Jersey Shore – USA TODAY

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ATLANTIC CITY A cruise ship passenger suffered a stroke aboard Royal Caribbeans Adventure of the Seas and hadto beairlifted to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center from more than 100 miles off the Jersey Shore, according to the Coast Guard.

The medevac took place after the Coast Guard was contacted by the ships crewvia satellite phone about 6:20 p.m. Thursday, authorities said.

The ship, which is 1,020 feet in length with a crew of 1,180 and which can accommodate more than 4,000 passengersis on a 13-day, one-way cruise from Quebec City, Canada to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The voyage began Oct. 7 and is scheduled to endSunday.

On Friday night, the vessel was moving south off the coast of Beaufort, South Carolina.

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FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2017, file photo, The Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas, arrives at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Royal Caribbean has announced that its ship Adventure of the Seas will resume port calls to St. Thomas on Nov. 10, and that the ship hopes to be in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and St. Martin by the end of November. It's one of a number of initiatives from the travel industry to remind consumers that the region is recovering from the impact of recent hurricanes. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File) ORG XMIT: FLLAU501(Photo: Joe Cavaretta, AP)

Coast Guard duty officers consulted with a flight surgeon after the call to discuss a course of action. The physician recommended that the passenger be evacuated to the shore for medical treatment.

An Air Station Atlantic City-based MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was launched to conduct the airlift. Elsewhere, Air Station Elizabeth City in North Carolina dispatched a fixed-wing, Lockheed HC-130J for support in the operation, according to the Coast Guard.

An EMS squad waited for the helicopter to land whenthe passenger was transported to the regional trauma center.

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Best Snorkeling and Scuba Destinations in the Caribbean – Fodor’s Travel

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Diving off St. Thomas reveals coral-encrusted reefs, archways, caves, rocks, pinnacles, a couple of intriguing wrecks, and tunnels at Thatch Cayall home to beautiful schools of fish (up to 500 species) and somewhat less beautiful barracuda. On St. Johns east end, Eagle Shoals is such a beautiful dive (when the sea is calm) that it has been the venue of several underwater weddings. And on St. Croix, a shore dive from Cane Bay reveals coral heads, 19th-century anchors, a colorful reef, and an almost bottomless wall. Every beach in the U.S. Virgin Islands offers great snorkeling, but Trunk Bay Beach on St. John has a marked underwater trail that is especially appealing to beginners. A snorkeling trip to Congo Cay, just off the north shore of St. John, is a popular day sail. And on St. Croix, the mostly submerged 19,000-acre Buck Island National Monument, a short boat ride from Christiansted, has a beautiful beach, an underwater snorkel trail, and abundant marine life.

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Karen Gillan Being Eyed To Lead Pirates Of The Caribbean Reboot – We Got This Covered

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The future of thePirates of the Caribbeanfranchise has been up in the air for quite a while now. Several months ago, the House of Mouse dropped the series lead, Johnny Depp, following but not officially caused by Amber Heards allegations of sexual abuse. Depp has since blamed his ex-wifes op-ed in The Washington Postfor Disneys decision, and the ensuing legal mess has been far from kind.

But as that drama has unfolded in the courts, Disney has remained confident that the franchise can continue without Depp. The studios eyes have since been set on a female-led reboot, penned byDeadpooland Zombielandwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (though both eventually bailed on the project). And aside from those tiny details, we havent heard much else. Until now.

According to sources close to We Got This Covered the same ones who told us the leads of Ghostbusters 3 would be young teens and that an Aladdin sequel was in development, both of which have since been confirmed Disney is eyeing Jumanji and Guardians of the Galaxy star Karen Gillan to headline the reboot. Appropriately, the character shed be playing is a pirate named Red and shed pioneer whatever uncharted territories the franchise decides to explore.

Now, we know that a lot of fans are still very upset about the burial at sea of Captain Jack Sparrow, but this possibility shouldnt be accompanied by frowns. Over the last decade, Gillan has proven herself as a more than capable action star, with supporting roles in the aforementioned films, as well as Doctor Who. So, as far as Im concerned, if Disney decides to move forward with this Pirates of the Caribbean reboot, the 31-year-old actress would be a very solid choice.

In the meantime, you can evaluate this possibility yourself when Gillan hits the big screen on December 13th with Jumanji: The Next Level.

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‘Dancing With the Stars’: James Van Der Beek’s Kids Adorably Recreate His ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Routine –

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James Van Der Beek's kids are apparently big fans of his Dancing With the Stars performances, as his latest video shows. The Dawson's Creek actor posted a clip on Instagram Saturday that featured four of his children: 9-year-old Olivia, 7-year-old Joshua, 5-year-old Annabel and 3-year-old Emilia seen galloping and gallivanting around a room as the Klaus Badelt and Hans Zimmer song "He's a Pirate" plays. The song was crafted for the Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and soundtracked his Disney Night DWTS performance.

Van Der Beek captioned the clip, "What you do with all your heart... can be contagious."

The actor's DWTS partner, Emma Slater, was thrilled with the kids' tribute, saying she was "obsessed" with it.

"[Oh my God] Im obsessed!" Slater said. "They are adorable!!"

Fans also seemed to to love the glimpse at the Pose and Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23 star's family life.

"How lovely that they all play so well together," one fan wrote. "Mine just quarrel for what feels like all the hours of the days!"

Another gushed, "You and your family are incredible!!"

A third added, "You really have such beautiful children. Why haven't you lost any hair though from all the little people [laugh out loud]."

While it's unclear what the DWTS judging panel would think of the kids' rendition, they sure were fans of the original paso doble. Van Der Beek and Slater racked up a score of 26 (two 9s and an 8) from the judges.

The actor, who also starred in Varsity Blues and The Rules of Attraction, has fully embraced the DWTS challenge, despite the fact that it is "incredibly tiring.

"It is incredibly tiring. I knew it would be hard, but it's a really good community, a really tight-knit group of people," Van Der Beek told Entertainment Tonight after the season's first episode. "And I mean, for someone who has never been enrolled in a dance class, to be able to learn from someone at Emma Slater's level, that's my happy place ... It's an incredible art form. I've always wanted to dance. I've always wanted to do it. This year I just finally had the balls to do it."

Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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The Caribbean, India’s Golden Triangle, safari in southern Africa and other holiday favourites – The Times

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We reveal the sweet spots when the weathers decent, the costs are low and the crowds nonexistent

Low season is for losers, right? Not quite. The marked increase in overtourism has prompted the thoughtful traveller to question priorities and reappraise the notion of seasonality. None of us wants to be part of the herd, after all. But nor do we wish to be stuck in monsoon misery, with only shuttered restaurants for company. Which brings me to secret season: that strange time of the year when discounted prices coincide with decent weather and reduced visitor numbers. All offer great value for money and that most coveted travel quality: room to breathe.

Caribbean in summer

The word hurricane puts people off, but the truth is a little more nuanced. Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, but data from the US

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