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Thanksgiving travel deals in Breezes Superclubs.

THANKSGIVING TRAVEL DEALS AT BREEZES RESORTS

Book by November 24; Save Up to $866 Per Person at Select Resorts

Hollywood, FL, November 8, 2010 – When it comes to value, no one talks turkey better than Breezes Resorts.  Five all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica and the Bahamas are offering up to $866 in savings per person based on seven-night bookings.  Families, couples and friends will reap these last-minute savings on bookings made for travel through December 22 with prices starting at $78 per person, per night, in Jamaica and $128 per person, per night, in the Bahamas.

In Jamaica, Breezes Grand Negril, a AAA Four-Diamond resort acclaimed by Condé Nast Traveler, offers luxurious suites commanding an impressive stretch of Negril’s silvery sands on the southwest shore.  Conveniently located about an hour from Montego Bay,Breezes Runaway Bay abounds in active diversions, including a Gold Palm 5 PADI facility and a private, PGA-quality golf course.  Neighboring Breezes Rio Bueno has a delightfully local vibe with its quaint Jamaican village-style architecture.  Among the star attractions here are a nine-hole executive golf course and a full-service à la carte Blue Mahoe Spa.  Breezes Trelawnyis a watery wonderland, boasting an enormous kids’ pool with splashing waterspouts, fountains and a 124-foot water slide.  Meanwhile, the seashell pool, swim-up bar and 84-foot winding water slide will keep the grown-ups afloat.

Discounted rates start at $143 at Breezes Grand Negril, $120 at Breezes Runaway Bay, $124 at Breezes Rio Bueno and $78 at Breezes Trelawny.  All prices are per person, per night, based on double occupancy and must be booked by November 24 for travel through December 22.

Breezes Bahamas, which enjoys the catbird seat on legendary Cable Beach, is only a few minutes from the airport and a short stroll from the vibrant town of Nassau.  Guests will find spectacular water sports, a rock-climbing wall, circus school with flying trapeze, tennis and volleyball and other activities theirs for the taking. 

Discounted rates start at $128 per person, per night.  Book by November 24 for travel between November 14 and December 22.

For 30 years, Breezes Resorts’ “Super-Inclusive” concept has offered the best vacation value.  Make a single payment for accommodations; all meals and multiple dining options including Japanese, Italian and authentic regional cuisine; unlimited premium brand drinks; myriad land and water sports including equipment rental and instruction; entertainment; weddings; recreational activities; and hotel taxes.  Tipping is not allowed.

To book your “Thanksgiving Special” or to learn more about Breezes Resorts, visit www.breezes.com, call 1 (877)-Breezes, or contact a local travel agent.

SuperClubs, the world’s only Super-Inclusive resort group, includes properties in two SuperClubs brand categories: Breezes ResortsBreezes Grand Resort & Spa Negril,Breezes Rio Bueno Resort & Spa,Breezes Runaway Bay Resort & Golf Club andBreezes Resort & Spa Trelawny in Jamaica;Breezes Bahamas;Breezes Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino;Breezes Panama;Breezes Costa Do Sauipe andBreezes Búzios Resort & Spain Brazil; andHedonism II in Negril andSuperFun Resort & Spa in Runaway Bay, both in Jamaica. 

Every SuperClubs holiday is Super-Inclusive – accommodations; all meals, SuperSnacks and premium brand cocktails; unlimited use of all sports facilities, including equipment rental and instruction; entertainment; weddings; recreational activities; and hotel taxes. Tipping is not allowed.  SuperClubs operates and independently markets affiliate Starfish and ROOMS resorts, and Jamaica’s Negril Beach Villa.  For more information or reservations, contact SuperClubs at (800) GO-SUPER (467-8737) or visit their website at www.superclubs.com.

Alliouagana Festival of the Word, Montserrat. Nov 12-14, 2010

Dear Friends
 
In just about a fortnight from now we will be into the 2nd Alliouagana Festival of the Word which takes place from Friday November 12 to Sunday November 14, 2010.  We hope that as many persons as possible will find this Programme interesting and will try to find the time to attend and participate in all of the planned activities.  Attached is the Programme for the Weekend and you will note that the Pre-Festival Symposium on Thursday November 11 is in honour of the late Alphonsus “Arrow” Cassell.  Kindly help with getting this information to as many persons as possible.
 
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have further questions.
 
Sincerely
 
 
Gracelyn
 
Gracelyn Cassell
Chair
Steering Committee
Alliouagana Festival of the Word
c/o The University of the West Indies
Open Campus Montserrat
P.O.Box 256
Salem, Montserrat
Tel:               664 491 3924        / 2344 office
Fax: 664 491 8924

Special Travel Arrangements into Montserrat for Arrow’s Funeral on October 1st, 2010

Special Travel Arrangements into Montserrat for Persons Coming for Arrow’s Funeral
Increased Flights and a Ferry Service to be Organised(September 23rd, 2010 – Brades, Montserrat):  In anticipation of the significant number of persons that will be coming for the funeral on October 1, 2010 of Montserrat’s most-famous son Arrow, the Montserrat Tourist Board (MTB) wishes to announce increased access, both by air and sea, to cater to these travelers.  In addition to the regularly scheduled air services on Winair (www.fly-winair.com) and Fly Montserrat (www.fly-montserrat.com), several additional charter flights are being organised on Fly Montserrat.  The cost of a return ticket from Antigua on these special charters is US$250 per person.   Passengers can pay in EC$ or US$ cash or by credit card (Visa, Master Card or Discover Card).   Travelers are also advised to limit the amount of luggage they will be bringing, as the aircrafts can only take a very limited amount of baggage.  Along with an increased number of flights, a return ferry service will also operate during the week leading up to the funeral on Friday October 1, 2010.  Further detailed information on dates, frequency and times of departure will be circulated, as soon as information is confirmed regarding the number of persons wanting to travel by ferry.Persons wishing to travel to Montserrat for the funeral, whether on the special air charters or by ferry, are asked to contact the Montserrat Tourist Board by email at info@montserrattourism.ms, by phone at (664) 491 2231, by fax at (664) 491 7430.  The following information would be required:          Name of person traveling          Number of persons in the travel party         Time and date of arrival into Antigua         Airline and flight no. arriving into Antigua         Time and date of Departure from Antigua         Airline and flight no. for departure from Antigua         Indicate whether desirous of traveling  by air charters or ferry          Accommodation in Montserrat where you will be staying
This travel information is necessary so that adequate return flights and ferry services can be arranged in and out of Montserrat during the period leading up to the funeral and afterwards. Persons are also asked to monitor the Getting Here section of the MTBs website at http://www.visitmontserrat.com/Getting_Here for updates on travel arrangements and also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/islandofmontserrat?ref=ts

THE MIGHTY ARROW, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

The Mighty Arrow, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

OLVESTON, Montserrat (Sept 15, 2010) – The Soca King of the World, Alphonsus “The Mighty Arrow” Cassell, died at his residence on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat today at the age of 60. 

The international recording artiste was diagnosed with cerebral cancer in early 2009. He was airlifted to the neighbouring island of Antigua last week for treatment. 

His family wishes to thank the medical teams, friends and family who gave their support during the period of his illness. 

Arrow or “Phonzie”, as he was referred to by close friends and family, is responsible for taking the soca genre to the international music scene with his 1982 smash hit, Hot, Hot, Hot. 

Having won the local calypso competition on four occasions, the talents of the proud son of Montserrat were spotted by former Beatles manager, Sir George Martin, who  worked with Arrow to turn his focus to his recording and touring career. 
 
Arrow recorded no less than 22 studio albums with other notable hits including Long Time, Dancing Mood, O’La Soca and Groove Master. 
 
He has performed at concerts, music festivals and gala events across the globe. 
 
“His death is a great loss to the family, his native land of Montserrat and the music world,” said his brother, Justin “Hero” Cassell, another talented vocalist and songwriter, who worked with Arrow during his peak years. 
 
Funeral announcements will be made in due course.  
 
—For further information contact Justin “Hero” Cassell at (664) 496-0203. 

Early Booking Bonus at Breezes Resorts for 2011

PLAN NOW, SAVE LATER: EARLY BOOKING BONUS AT BREEZES RESORTS

Book by October 31; Save Up to $880 Per Couple on 2011 Vacations

HOLLYWOOD, FL, September 09, 2010 – Responding to travelers’ continued interest in value-driven offers, Breezes Resorts launches the “Early Booking Bonus.”  Book by October 31, 2010 for travel between January 1 and December 23, 2011, and save up to $880 per couple on a seven-night getaway.  Available at seven Super-Inclusive Breezes properties in Jamaica, Panama, Curaçao and the Bahamas, rates start at $79 per person, per night, based on double-occupancy.

Breezes Grand Negril receives high praise from first-time and repeat guests, which garnered the all-suite property a coveted spot on Travel + Leisure’s “Top 25 Hotels in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas” survey in 2008.  Welcoming guests of all ages, Breezes Trelawny meets high expectations with a rock-climbing wall and a circus workshop featuring flying trapeze lessons.  From Jamaica’s first golf school to a PADI 5-star Gold Palm dive center, Breezes Runaway Bay is an idyllic choice for adventures both above and beneath the pristine Caribbean waters.  The neighboring Breezes Rio Bueno has a distinct local feel with its quaint Jamaican village-style architecture. The resort is popular for its nine-hole executive golf course and its full-service à la carte Blue Mahoe Spa where the signature treatment is a relaxing seaside massage.

The “Early Booking Bonus” is also available beyond Jamaica.  Breezes Panama’s convenient location and budget-friendly rates leave time and money for off-property explorations at the only country in the world where the sun rises on the Pacific and sets on the Atlantic.  Breezes Curaçao, the island’s only Super-Inclusive resort, beckons world-class divers and water sports enthusiasts alike to explore its 1,500-foot white sand beach whose pristine waters burst with vibrant marine life.  Only a few minutes from the airport and just a short stroll from the vibrant town of Nassau, Breezes Bahamas is renowned for its priceless location on Cable Beach. 

To take advantage of the early booking bonus savings, guests must book their vacations by October 31, 2010 for travel between January 1 and December 23, 2011.  A minimum three-night stay is required; discounts vary by resort.  Blackout dates apply. 

For 30 years, Breezes Resorts’ “Super-Inclusive” concept has offered the best vacation value.  Make a single payment for accommodations; all meals and multiple dining options including Japanese, Italian and authentic regional cuisine; unlimited premium brand drinks; myriad land and water sports including equipment rental and instruction; entertainment; weddings; recreational activities; and hotel taxes. Tipping is not allowed.

To book your “Early Booking Bonus” or to learn more about Breezes Resorts, visit www.breezes.com, call 1 (877)-Breezes, or contact a local travel agent.

SuperClubs, the world’s only Super-Inclusive resort group, includes properties in two SuperClubs brand categories: Breezes Resorts Breezes Grand Resort & Spa Negril, Breezes Rio Bueno Resort & Spa, Breezes Runaway Bay Resort & Golf Club and Breezes Resort & Spa Trelawny in Jamaica; Breezes Bahamas; Breezes Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino; Breezes Costa Do Sauipe and Breezes Buzios in Brazil; Breezes Panama; and Hedonism Resorts Hedonism II in Negril and Hedonism III in Runaway Bay, both in Jamaica. 


Every SuperClubs holiday is Super-Inclusive – accommodations; all meals, SuperSnacks and premium brand cocktails; unlimited use of all sports facilities, including equipment rental and instruction; entertainment; weddings; recreational activities; and hotel taxes. Tipping is not allowed.  SuperClubs operates and independently markets affiliate Starfish and ROOMS resorts, and Jamaica’s Negril Beach Villa.  For more information or reservations, contact SuperClubs at (800) GO-SUPER (467-8737) or visit their website at www.superclubs.com.

Breezes Resorts takes a load off your wallet with new “Baggage fee included” promotion. Spring 2010

Up to $100 Spa Credit Per Room on Seven-Night Getaways

for Travel May 1 through October 31

HOLLYWOOD, FL, March 18, 2010 – Though checked-baggage fees may be soaring, Breezes Resorts guests can have an overweight or second bag and check it in too – without breaking the bank.  The innovators of the Super-Inclusive concept just elevated their encompassing offerings with the announcement of the “Baggage Fee Included” promotion.  With every seven-night minimum stay May 1 through October 31, travelers can trade-in their checked-baggage fee receipt for up to $100 spa credit per room.  Available at eight Breezes Resorts in Jamaica, Panama, Curaçao, Brazil and the Bahamas, Super-Inclusive rates start at $120 per person, per night, based on double-occupancy. 

Upon arrival at the hotel, the burden of the airline surcharge to take an overweight or second bag with extra shoes and outfits, golf clubs or scuba equipment needed on a weeklong stay, is converted into bliss.  The spa credit ensures a rejuvenating vacation where each Blue Mahoe Spa at Breezes Resorts, as well as the Miraflores Spa (only available at Breezes Panama), uses an exotic combination of island ingredients to relax and pamper.  Treatments range from the Caribbean Peppermint Scrub, which features island mints drawn and blended with essential oils and sea salts used to invigorate the circulatory system while exfoliating the skin; to Island Treasures, a seaweed body treatment that rids the body of impurities while restoring the skin’s natural glow; to the Sun-Kissed Aloe Wrap, perfect for sun lovers as the treatment helps calm and re-moisturize overexposed skin. 

Breezes Resorts’ all-star line up in Jamaica includes the all-suite Breezes Grand Negril, named one of Travel + Leisure’s “Top 25 Hotels in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas” in 2008 and Breezes Trelawny, a favorite for all ages with four swimming pools, a rock-climbing wall and a circus workshop featuring flying trapeze lessons.  Adventure buffs enjoy the thrill of Breezes Runaway Bay’s plentiful land and water activities including a golf school and scuba diving lessons, while neighboring Breezes Rio Bueno boasts quaint Jamaican village-style architecture, festive street parties and a nine-hole executive golf course.

The “Baggage Fee Included” promotion is also available at Breezes Resorts beyond Jamaica.  Discover Central America’s southernmost country with accommodations at the brand new Breezes Panama, which opened on October 1, 2009 as Breezes’ first Panamanian property.  Breezes Curaçao, the island’s only Super-Inclusive resort, beckons world-class divers and water sports enthusiasts alike to explore its pristine waters teeming with vibrant marine life.  Breezes Bahamas’ beachfront accommodations are a perennial close-to-home favorite on legendary Cable Beach in Nassau, while those seeking an extra exotic escapade in the southern hemisphere enjoy Breezes Costa Do Sauípe in Bahia, the perfect spot from which to delve deep into the region’s natural wonders with tours to the Amazon and the incredible Iguazú Falls.

For more than 30 years, Breezes Resorts’ “Super-Inclusive” concept has offered the best vacation value.  A single payment covers accommodations; all meals and multiple dining options including Japanese, Italian and authentic regional cuisine; unlimited premium brand drinks; myriad land and water sports including equipment rental and instruction; entertainment; weddings; recreational activities; and hotel taxes.  Tipping is not allowed. 

The “Baggage Fee Included” offer is valid for travel to any Breezes Resort May 1 through October 31, 2010.  At hotel check-in, guests must show their original checked-baggage fee receipt from the day of arrival to receive up to $50 per person spa credit to be used during their stay. 

To learn more about Breezes Resorts or to book your next vacation to a Breezes destination, visithttp://www.breezes.com www.breezes.com, call 1-877-BREEZES (273-3937), or contact a local travel agent.

        SuperClubs, the world’s only Super-Inclusive resort group, includes properties in two SuperClubs brand categories: Breezes Resorts Breezes Grand Resort & Spa Negril, Breezes Rio Bueno Resort & Spa, Breezes Runaway Bay Resort & Golf Club and Breezes Resort & Spa Trelawny in Jamaica; Breezes Bahamas; Breezes Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino; Breezes Costa Do Sauipe in Brazil; Breezes Panama; and Hedonism Resorts Hedonism II in Negril and Hedonism III in Runaway Bay, both in Jamaica. 

Every SuperClubs holiday is Super-Inclusive – accommodations; all meals, SuperSnacks and premium brand cocktails; unlimited use of all sports facilities, including equipment rental and instruction; entertainment; weddings; recreational activities; and hotel taxes. Tipping is not allowed.  SuperClubs operates and independently markets affiliate Starfish and ROOMS resorts, and Jamaica’s Negril Beach Villa.  For more information or reservations, contact SuperClubs at (800) GO-SUPER (467-8737) or visit their website at www.superclubs.com.

Organization for Tropical Studies Newsletter. Feb 2010

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The OTS online auction will open at 8:00 EST, February 22, 2010!

We will continue to accept items until February 18, 2010. The auction will coincide with our Annual Meeting in Costa Rica.
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Whale WatchingBring nine of your closest friends for a 4 hour cruise along the South Pacific of Costa Rica observing whales and dolphins as they jump and play in their natural environment. Pacific Quest, a 110′ catamaran based in Dominical, allows you to sit back and relax on the open, upper observation deck with a tropical drink from the bar as the on-board naturalist answers your questions.

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Humpback Whales are in Costa Rican waters from January through March and July through December. Other species of cetations are seen year round. Pacific Quest is a member of the Responsible Whale Watch Operators Association.

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Tropical Biology Applications Due March 1

Program in Costa Rica (BIO 134L), Summer
Summer 2010: June 14 – July 13


Biology 134L Field Tropical Biology
Tropical Biology Studentsoffers students the exciting
opportunity to study first-hand the evolutionary ecology of important plant and animal taxa in tropical ecosystems. Course design emphasizes intensive field work and visits all three OTS field stations as well as other sites. Students are thus introduced to a great diversity of tropical habitats, each possessing distinctive biotas that in turn demonstrate unique evolutionary histories and ecological dynamics. As part of the course, students work closely with resident professors in the design, implementation, and interpretation of their own independent research project in field ecology. Independent projects allow students to learn science by doing science in a beautiful and challenging tropical setting. Results are presented orally following the protocol of a scientific meeting. Students also submit a formal research report which becomes part of the permanent records of OTS field stations.

The course concludes with a short unit on conservation biology, including the application of island biogeography to reserve design and management, as well as the impact of deforestation and fragmentation.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive one course credit from Duke University.

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Silvana Marten Ph.D.
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Oscar Laverde M.Sc.

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Graduate Course Deadlines

Tropical Butterfly Ecology May 14 – 28, 2010
Application Deadline: February 16, 2010 for priority admission, followed by rolling admission until fully enrolled.
Butterfly
A two-week immersion course for graduate students engaged in or planning field research on tropical Lepidoptera. The course draws upon the coordinator’s expertise and 30+ years of work on butterfly ecology and evolution in Central and South America, Africa, Southeast Asia, Madagascar, China, Borneo and Australia. Based at La Selva in Costa Rica, topics will include field methods, ecology and evolution of butterfly-ant symbioses, behavioral ecology, mimicry, ecological physiology, quantitative natural history and future directions in this field.

Coordinators:
Phil DeVries, University of New Orleans,
Bruce Walsh, University of Arizona,
Isidro Chacón, Museo Nacional de Costa Rica & INBIO

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Tropical Plant Systematics June 10 – July 13, 2010
Application Deadline: February 15, 2010 for priority admission, followed by rolling admission until fully enrolled.
Tropical Plants
Offered in even-numbered years, this course emphasizes a strong conceptual foundation in phylogenetic systematics in an intensive field setting. The course travels to diverse habitats around Costa Rica, from cloud forest and paramo to tropical dry forest and Atlantic lowland rain forest. This course is next offered in 2010 followed by another edition in 2012 as it alternates with OTS-18, the Spanish language version of the
course which is offered in odd years. OTS member students have
priority for admission; however students from non-member institutions
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Biodiversity of True Bugs (Heteroptera)August 8-22 2010
Application Deadline:March 10, 2010 for priority admission, followed by rolling admission until fully enrolled.
True Bugs
This two week course is oriented towards graduate students and post doctoral fellows interested in intense field training in the collection, identification and inquiry-based research on the Heteroptera or True Bugs, which are well represented in the highly diverse tropics. Field collection, lab identification, and hands-on research experience on Heteroptera will be complemented by a lecture series on their natural history and classification. This program will enhance participants’ abilities to work on the ecology and systematics of this megadiverse group that includes important disease vectors, crop pests, and natural enemies. The course will take place in wet forest habitat at the La Selva Biological Station, including if possible sections of the Barva transect, as well as in the dry forest habitat and wetlands surrounding the Palo Verde Biological Station.

Coordinators:
Dr. Christiane Weirauch, University of California, Riverside,
Dr. Randall t. Schuh, American Museum of Natural History, New York
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Expanding the Frontier in Tropical Ecology through Embedded Sensors August 16-31, 2010
Application deadline March 15, 2010

OTS PASIWith funding from the National Science Foundation, the Organization for Tropical Studies will conduct a conduct a Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute (PASI) to introduce tropical ecologists from the Americas to recent developments in embedded sensor networks.

Embedded Sensor Networks offer a powerful combination of distributed sensing capacity and open possibilities for countless applications in ecological research. The frontiers of ecology expand as biologists think of new applications and engineers develop the necessary tools to increase our understanding of how ecological systems work.

Coordinators:
Carolina Murcia
Phil Rundel

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Attention Birders!

Upcoming BioCursos Trip: Panamá-Chiriquí Highlands and
Barro Colorado Island in the Panamá Canal

March 1 – 5, 2010

Panama

OTS is offering an exclusive tour for birding enthusiasts into Western Panama and the Smithsonian’s Barrio Colorado Island research station on the Panama Canal.  Organized through the OTS BioCursos program, which provide adult education packages in Costa Costa, this one-week trip starts shortly after the OTS annual meetings to be held this year in southern Costa Rica at Las Cruces and the Wilson Botanical Garden. 

Birding will be the theme of the day

Photo by Merris Mosdaleas the group travels across the border and down into Panama.   Bird enthusiasts, plant lovers, hummingbird and butterfly aficionados — whether you are a part of the OTS boards or part of the friends, alumni or research community — are welcome to join us. Everyone will be thrilled to discover the spectacular biodiversity of the region!  Please see our link for additional information.  Do know, we will be happy to work with you in making your travel arrangements to Costa Rica and Panama. 

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Cost per person: $1299

Contact Jonathan Giles at  919-684-6188  919-684-6188 or jgiles@duke.edu.

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Knee-deep in Research at Palo Verde


The Palo Verde Station is currently in its third year of a grant for International Research Experiences for Students, sponsored by NSF. Graduate students
in the early stages of their careers have been selected on a competitive basis from educational institutions throughout the United States. Once selected, they spend 10 weeks working with OTS scientists on research projects in tropical biology, such as wetlands restoration, flood control, water usage, and reducing negative agricultural impacts on the region.

Jennifer Bufford Jennifer Bufford (University of Hawai’i Mānoa, top), an IRES (International Research Experiences for Students) participant, and assistant Poling Chan (Knox College, bottom) are measuring the species richness of three different aquatic plant communities, which correspond to different management (fangueo) regimes in the Palo Verde marsh. Jennifer is also monitoring bird use of these habitats and will examine the seed bank and regeneration in the field. The IRES program provides a unique opportunity for graduate students to develop research at Palo Verde.  Poling Chan So far, 12 young researchers have participated in this program.

This IRES project allows OTS to offer an international, collaborative research opportunity to U.S. students at a point in their education when such international mentorship and professional relationships can have the greatest impact on the selection of research questions, research design, study systems, and study locations. The work with local farmers, technicians, and extension agents has a dramatic impact on the entire local community as well as on a wider audience.

For more information, please contact Mahmood Sasa, Palo Verde Station Director at mahmood.sasa@ots.ac.cr.

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Don’t slash budgets!…warns Caribbean Marketer

Source: Barbados Business Enterprise Corp. (BBEC)


Contact: Bevan Springer, Marketplace Excellence  + 1 201 861-2056  + 1 201 861-2056 bevanspringer@nj.rr.com


DON’T SLASH BUDGETS, WARNS CARIBBEAN MARKETER



General Manager of Bay Gardens Hotel, Waltrude Patrick (second from right) welcomes the BBEC team to St. Lucia at last week’s Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx). From left: Jeremy Stephen, Dr. Basil Springer and Marita Greenidge.

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (December 13, 2009) – Young Barbadian marketing consultant Marita Greenidge is warning companies not to slash their marketing budgets in today’s recessionary environment. She advises that such times are when businesses should become more strategic about how marketing dollars are spent.


The 26 year-old Greenidge, a founder of the Barbados-based marketing consulting firm Crimson-Jade Consulting, is part of the executive management team and marketing advisor to the Barbados Business Enterprise Corp. (BBEC) which manages the new Barbados Entrepreneurs’ Venture Capital Fund.


“Marketing gets customers in the door so slashing budgets randomly without careful thought and analysis is not prudent. You have to ensure that the money spent creates value for the enterprise – and that means re-evaluating marketing strategies to determine what gives the biggest bang for precious marketing bucks,” says Greenidge, who holds an MBA in Marketing & Entrepreneurship from Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester in New York.


Greenidge, who was in St. Lucia last week attending the 18th Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx), lamented that too often companies fail to integrate their marketing strategies with company objectives, leading to a waste of resources.


“That’s why it often seems so easy to cut the money being spent on marketing,” she said, encouraging companies to spend more time instead developing marketing plans clearly targeted at company goals. “We need to understand who our customers are, what price and product benefits are most appealing to them and which marketing channels and distribution methods are most appropriate for each group. Doing this helps develop more targeted marketing strategies, trimming away the fat and creating a leaner marketing charge that can withstand the pressures of any economic downturn,” she said.


At the recent launch of the Barbados Entrepreneurs’ Venture Capital Fund, Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson announced a government guarantee on any principal amount invested in the fund. BBEC is actively engaged in seeking private sector investment – local, regional and international – now that this government guarantee has been announced.


The Venture Capital Fund promises to quickly respond to the investment needs of entrepreneurs whose ideas have the “DNA of an elephant”. Almost 40 local businesses are expected to benefit from the fund over the next year.


For further information, visit www.bimventures.com

About Barbados Business Enterprise Corp.
Barbados Business Enterprise Corp. (BBEC) is a public/private sector partnership with the Caribbean Business Enterprise Trust (CBET) Inc. BBEC manages the Barbados Revolving Seed Capital Fund and the Barbados Entrepreneurs’ Venture Capital Fund. BBEC is a virtual organisation that focuses on promoting economic development in Barbados. The trustees of BBEC are respected Barbadian business and development experts, Sir Neville Nicholls (Chairman), Sir Stephen Emtage, Peter Boos and Hazel Highland.

Winter Holiday News 2009-2010

Winter Holiday News 2009-2010
November 16, 2009 — Wanderlusts who are yearning to get away during the upcoming
holidays should look no further and book a trip to one of the many sun or ski destinations
below to ring in the festive season. With special holiday deals and offerings from
Saint Lucia to Switzerland to Jackson Hole and Salt Lake City, travelers have enough
reasons to get away this winter and create lasting memories with family and loved
ones into the New Year.
Saint Lucia

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is offering festive Christmas and New Year’s Eve prix fixe menus at Cliff  [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn0lOmSsMeKJq-6ktJFNy8ni7tl5Ylk4dLBdh7CxpWShMdNt8L-FlPMIMazxniDpQncf0Jg-pxVzPMAjjbET8BXL-qtnprf1DjHVmPgEaGIFwA==]Cliff
at Cap [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn0lOmSsMeKJq-6ktJFNy8ni7tl5Ylk4dLBdh7CxpWShMdNt8L-FlPMIMazxniDpQncf0Jg-pxVzPMAjjbET8BXL-qtnprf1DjHVmPgEaGIFwA==]at
Cap, the resort’s signature restaurant featuring breathtaking panoramic views of
 the Caribbean Sea. Both available at $135, the Christmas and New Year’s Eve menus
feature an elegant 8-course French West-Indian meal with classic staple dishes including
braised short rib of beef and slow-roasted turkey with herb and onion stuffing,
while giving a St. Lucian twist with its rich pudding dessert topped with island
 rum anglaise. Holiday rates (from December 20, 2009 to January 2, 2010) start at
$565 in a Gardenview Room. Rates are based on double occupancy, per room per night
and include full breakfast. www.capmaison.com [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn1JZRbWM0A9_UUp3WVem9LhK-oLBi0HtvuUrnTK1-wRx5T68E4izMcycckROEEpYahkQflzkHYIhYHdryJIcCadHK1e7raUTs_uWjyreqlWWQ==]

* East Winds Inn [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn2RAEyqZ3aYlTd2KpodQ989DGpERxrtxYF02_FdAg9xap0os3DfunV7gAci6eW-Nh7RMlx4zM516d_J5clRByXfK2CNfqkw3NqeAmeytCI4-g==]
is offering guests who stay a minimum of seven nights, a free stay on EW Deluxe
[http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn1w1dps0o-zPbK8W17Zn3NHEUwbA5TzvrZh2b5YtRYMe9wNdh8iqmtZn5QkMNJbJJk_QW42cLV8_gPy4-Xii549swXyAQ7wBvGOSRLNWS2vyg==]Christmas
Day on an all-inclusive basis (7 nights for the price of 6). This is valid for all
new bookings and for arrivals at the hotel between December 19 and 24, 2009. Nestled
between Castries and Rodney Bay on the northwest side of Saint Lucia, East Winds
 is an all-inclusive resort located on the waterfront of LaBrelotte Bay, one of
the most pristine, golden sand beaches on the island. The resort recently debuted
a new Open-Air 3,000 square foot Yoga and Fitness Pavilion this winter. All-inclusive
rates are based per room, per night and start at $950 in a Superior Double (from
 December 21, 2009 to January 3, 2010), and include all meals, wine, bottomless
flutes of champagne and beach activities. www.eastwinds.com [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn2RAEyqZ3aYlTd2KpodQ989DGpERxrtxYF02_FdAg9xap0os3DfunV7gAci6eW-Nh7RMlx4zM516d_J5clRByXfK2CNfqkw3NqeAmeytCI4-g==]

* Ladera  [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn3gyvq8rvnlI1xZAH3Pu_kqQo-L-emuNnUgYIX-IzveZPCXiiur2MciMqtePZjPifRY8QSxSpaGIixAhMFFIi_PqmjfjZW6HqU=]is
offering a Christmas and New Year’s Eve Program this year, Dasheene [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn3JTbc-lw1a99bZq0vKQ9brV7bWR9XTJ4fDKpUnvP0doaJTr8twEdtZINQK3FMPOarlTLCHAgoDBL1jm0pyVigeHg-nHXlmHgDfA9v3Jg4USA==]complete
with a classic Christmas Dinner at the acclaimed Dasheene Restaurant, evening entertainment
performances including local carolers and live bands, the option to attend Christmas
Day Mass at Fond St. Jacques Catholic Church, a cocktail reception with General
Manager Waddy Francis, and festive libations and meals at one of the Caribbean’s
 best restaurants. There’s also a New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner available at $135 per
person where revelers can enjoy a live band, dancers, party favors and celebratory
midnight countdown to ring in the New Year. Reservations are required in advance
 for the New Years Eve Gala. Dress code is smart casual. Holiday winter rates begin
at $680 in a Petit Piton Suite with a plunge pool (from December 21, 2009 to January
4, 2010). Rates include breakfast, afternoon tea, and full use of resort facilities
including warm volcanic mineral water bath, gym, beach shuttles, snorkeling equipment
and WiFi access throughout the resort. www.ladera.com [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn3gyvq8rvnlI1xZAH3Pu_kqQo-L-emuNnUgYIX-IzveZPCXiiur2MciMqtePZjPifRY8QSxSpaGIixAhMFFIi_PqmjfjZW6HqU=]
Virgin Gorda

* Aquamare  [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn25LZ_FI-hts2w3gj682yfPbSeC3VJ9WTv-0HypvgddrXJekAVNEyHuC-SDxawsl82Y0i7K8vjhKalb-Z1UPvswxxx8vzdUJ8dp8BLdXcwzPw==]offers
the setting for the perfect family beach holiday vacation. Now is the AQ Living
Rm [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn3N-Mf8NHB01ltFoKW_crLwusPezKx5-LBY_l747OKI2ONFH5NkolC-hz7K5uijAjZlaArvud2gkYUJMTDGhuvrUgWJ7VXtgGSfv7Te_7SVmg==]time
to think about the holidays in 2010, since the 2009 holiday season is already booked
due to high demand. From the clear, calm, shallow waters that are made for young
 swimmers to its safe and sandy beach just steps that’s perfect for sand castles,
the three villas that overlook the Sir Francis Drake Channel offer comfort, adventure
and luxury. With 8,000 square feet of private living space, five guest rooms, including
three Master Suites each with its own expansive marble bath area, the villas are
 purposely built for large, multi-generational gatherings and comfortably sleep
up to 12 guests. www.villaaquamare.com [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn25LZ_FI-hts2w3gj682yfPbSeC3VJ9WTv-0HypvgddrXJekAVNEyHuC-SDxawsl82Y0i7K8vjhKalb-Z1UPvswxxx8vzdUJ8dp8BLdXcwzPw==]
Switzerland

* Lake Geneva Region of Switzerland [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn246HoDWo0cmvteh9AR13vZQNUXysUOtpM2WYz-tNRL-6tLhvrT1br_uF9Kdt8BgaZETaG0-nhXhIsUEnvLyk1C8L_ZnVSqklYKvUXPzxZpuw3-543rNKuHpqNcqAIurq0=],
located on the shore of Lac Léman (Lake Montreux Xmas [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn33zC7D-a40lkIGHq_bK8tiD3UeaV_ypCuk89ro3EHcOEfQkbpsu5EUH6E3-qfZ11lLDQzuTaFGO3sWHU9Z8T-icS_v407TIgUN_yb-d-wfJA==]Geneva)
in the French-speaking part of Western Switzerland, will feature their annual Christmas
Markets in Montreux and Lausanne from November 25 to December 24, 2009. Both cities
will be transformed into an enchanting holiday fair with over 100 richly decorated
stands resembling small chalets. In addition to the wide selection of holiday crafts
and gifts, the Markets feature classic Swiss cuisine, including roasted chestnuts
and light white wines from the Lavaux vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage site. www.montreux-vevey.com
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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

* Hotel Terra [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn0zxPnh0Q8A7UZOdWH41pffvAL56xFZSkRPasNPfUsHjzfQatGz8JeBxnoEJ0bhvlALcnhyQz_TWRu16BrW1TG5XxD2ABaOgqmUG6XlcqsQozSTtwTZQvHn],
Jackson Hole’s AAA Four-Diamond LEED Certified hotel, is offering a Ski & Stay Free
Special [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn3tZs5UT_ahBXnKeibD1wvCHIoXIe5Q0gGtvKm_6mRZtiAGvs2Sfcx0MoKri9rQgONUdKuZoeYIJMMz0RoVRO0xT5E3L–TBGPFzFutLZdL55GEppOC3_34xd2PS3o4FynIp0F3jnilwpnP0f3VY7uku8FqPJRcZghX2_MYtCJG3g==]
for the holiday season. Available at only $99 per person, per night, the offer provides
a complimentary lift ticket and a stay at Hotel Terra. There is a four night minimum
stay. Full, non-refundable pre-payment is required. Hotel Terra opened in February
2008, landing a spot on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Hot List” and Travel + Leisure’s
“It List” shortly thereafter. The hotel was also named one of the Top Ten Eco-Hotels
by TripAdvisor’s customer reviews. Located slope side to the Jackson Hole Mountain
Resort, just a mile from Grand Teton National Park and just an hour from Yellowstone,
Hotel Terra is ideally situated to bring something new to the luxury mountain lodge
category. Holiday winter rates start at $289 at double occupancy, depending on dates.
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* Teton Mountain Lodge [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn38kCwrk4Ylgh9rek-9u3P-J3Rbk3sz5FqVRQF7mEE5hHGR8x-f96r7M2gejl8cGuzymlpo9t7TKOV3gOT8tzkBOSMrW3DLlQ-Wkmy37yJk4w==],
Jackson Hole’s AAA Four-Diamond hotel located at the TML Winter [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn3AJ00exxHuUrvMHsWlOfWpKyYMy9NoTCaxailyxwVrIH7CW7s8qINjCCfrGDCSureZp03t1xDQxWMV1whep7uZWvo11n8PoYPni198m2bPgA==]entrance
to Grand Teton National Park, is offering a Ski & Stay Free Special [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn0GHheECJveUJ09NeIPNkMNFexuMkl_u2v4gykqY5NSNhiZLZfJNLvtK-GwK4mFWndlp3uTO6Ean6l07Nl719xw1I5kZKv6lw5YPnPtfvIoqUhIkBh6WKThyBGxwwcJIUfO4i1ZI2TKyp54EfB_5Wz-]
for the holiday season. Available at only $99 per person, per night, the offer provides
a complimentary lift ticket and a stay at Teton Mountain Lodge. Couples or families
can capture the true spirit of the festive holidays with the luxury lodge, located
only steps from legendary Jackson Hole skiing. There is a four night minimum stay.
Full, non-refundable pre-payment is required. Holiday winter rates start at $289
 at double occupancy, depending on dates. www.tetonlodge.com [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn38kCwrk4Ylgh9rek-9u3P-J3Rbk3sz5FqVRQF7mEE5hHGR8x-f96r7M2gejl8cGuzymlpo9t7TKOV3gOT8tzkBOSMrW3DLlQ-Wkmy37yJk4w==]
Salt Lake City

* Salt Lake City [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn1G_i16EGoOW8aFInC1h6mpqzGHWzgyo9KsePmLJi_0wC3pm5Xl4EaM-vcNEUxbrG4eE58wyGOEDOOS69qbA7OZRFbVdbr3Z5yHJ5P77gNpyQ==]will
host the 16th Annual New Year’s EVE [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn2LvNsOhvJmhnZFQJ7G87hS8f8TUVEhQJlc0rqcoCq7eRZQSXLaROqXakgCVKdy6Lb0VbMWmKZ3h0W47gFJw6-2rz1tgQYeDNbNzckg2IP_-Q==]celebration
from December Ice skating [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn38X7uUTCjCYNhPxhTM1SKh4py6KZsHdtHnuDoysPvNexi6Rh8fRh_scu5XnT73zSUHhJxT7S6uBGroepqankYP4a5TM4qE2WN06B_XRzP5p4ivZgZegU68]29
to 31, 2009. Presented by the Downtown Alliance
and hosted in venues throughout downtown Salt
Lake City, tens of thousands of visitors and locals
will gather for EVE, an indoor/outdoor urban extravaganza, complete with live
entertainment and performing arts, winter sports, activities for kids and
families and a festive midnight fireworks show. Over half of Utah’s out-of-state
 visitors opt for staying in Salt Lake, and with good reason. Located just 30 minutes
from SLC International Airport with over 750 daily flights from most major domestic
gateways, the downtown area provides guests with the best of all worlds. Using Salt
Lake as their “base camp,” visitors are less than an hour drive from 11 of Utah’s
14 world-class ski resorts. www.eveslc.com [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn2LvNsOhvJmhnZFQJ7G87hS8f8TUVEhQJlc0rqcoCq7eRZQSXLaROqXakgCVKdy6Lb0VbMWmKZ3h0W47gFJw6-2rz1tgQYeDNbNzckg2IP_-Q==]

Caribbean Stories of Love and Food!

CARIBBEAN STORIES OF LOVE AND FOOD November 2009 – St. John’s, Antigua At last! Exquisitely original vegetarian recipes attributed to the West Indian islands from Antigua, Montserrat, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, Barbados and as far south as Curacao in the Caribbean Sea. Jacinta “Jazz” Fenton, chef and nutritional coach, has published a 100-page book of her food adventures throughout the Caribbean, “Exotic Foods of the Caribbean – Vegetarian and Seafood Fair”  “I wanted to share some of my favourite dishes which combine my professional Cordon Bleu training with my love of my native Caribbean food and culture, and my focus on healthful eating,” says Fenton, who now resides again in Antigua, after thirty years studying her art, traveling through France and Italy, and working in London, Miami, Houston, New York and various Caribbean islands. Her company, Festive Palate, was caterer of choice for many New York City photo-shoots, after-parties, United Nations events, and private celebrity and political celebrations, until she followed her heart and returned home to her beloved Caribbean isles. Ms. Fenton has teamed up with award-winning photographer Igor Kravchenkov, to bring her food and stories to life with his emotive and brilliant photographic artistry, as she shares her personal adventures from her beloved Montserrat to the southern tip of the Caribbean that of Curacao.This book brings the Caribbean’s culinary cultures to life, exciting the reader’s every sense. The recipes are redolent with the traditions, herbs, and spices of the Caribbean’s first inhabitants – the Amerindians – and the later African, Asian, European, and Mediterranean peoples. Several of these unique recipes are delightfully customized and flavored for the delicate palate of Vegans. She also shares lots of exotic recipes for seafood lovers who are excited about the delectable treasures of the bountiful, splendid Caribbean Sea.  “ Exotic Foods of the Caribbean “ is available for purchase from online www.kimagic.com or www.jacintafenton.com www.amazon.com and all other booksellers.