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Save Seagrass Campaign In Maldives Gains Momentum

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A holiday at Maldives luxury villas is not complete without experiencing scuba diving. If scuba diving is not your thing, snorkelling a good option because you do not need dive to the deep waters to view the coral reefs. There are schools of colourful fishes that flock together as they float with the tides. Do not miss the opportunity to experience a giant aquarium.

is not complete without experiencing scuba diving. If scuba diving is not your thing, snorkelling a good option because you do not need dive to the deep waters to view the coral reefs. There are schools of colourful fishes that flock together as they float with the tides. Do not miss the opportunity to experience a giant aquarium.

The social media campaign #ProtectMaldivesSeagrass to save seagrass beds in Maldives has gained momentum. According to Blue Marine Foundation and Maldives Underwater Initiative, at least 25% of the resorts in Maldives have joined the campaign. 30 resorts have pledged their support to protect an estimated 830,000sqm of underwater seagrass meadows.

According to the calculations of The Edition, an online news service in Maldives, another 90 resorts need to participate to put an end to the destructive practice of stripping out seagrass in lagoons that are close to  luxury resorts. Some resort managers assume that seagrass spoils the clear picturesque lagoons that tourists usually observe.

Blue Marine Foundation condemns the practice of stripping away natural seagrass beds for cosmetic reasons that is why it initiated the social media campaign. Some resorts have continued with the practice in their lagoons in spite of the number of pledges to end seagrass stripping on the seabed.

Blue Marine Foundation is requesting for the support of the government, resorts, travel organizations and tourists so that they can put an end to seagrass removal. Tourists can help by challenging resorts who still cultivate nude lagoon seabed by stripping away seagrass to make way for selfie photos. Tourists are encouraged to book at resorts that respect marine ecology and protect seagrass.

More than 1,600 persons from the local and international communities’ have registered their support in protecting seagrass in Maldives. Seagrass is very important because it prevents beach erosion, fights climate change, provides food for the turtles and provides a habitat for juvenile coral reef fishes.

A magical experience awaits you at Maldives luxury villas with its exceptional facilities and amenities. The villas are designed for comfort and absolute privacy but to make your stay more memorable, join dolphin tours and watch the dolphins playing in the waters.  

Patong Beach: The Best Of Both Worlds

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Phuket is famous for its beaches, and its crescent-shaped Patong Beach is even more famous for offering the best of both the worlds of Thai luxury and of Thai nightlife.

Thai luxury is represented by none other than the Novotel in Patong Beach, the choice resort for the traveller looking for modern leisure. It can be found further inland and on the verdant hills of Kalim Bay. It is surrounded by the exotic feel of its lush gardens and landscapes and offers spectacular views of Andaman Sea and of Patong Beach itself. Luxury surrounds every guest, from the swimming pool to the lobby and from the food to the beverages. Guests can enjoy an unparalleled experience when it comes to the peace of this retreat.

If guests wish for a more active and busy experience to break the peace and quiet, they can visit the town of Patong Beach itself for the activities on offer all throughout the day. There are numerous establishments that tourists can enjoy like cafés, restaurants, and shopping areas in the day. For the famous and ultimate Patong Beach nightlife experience, Bangla Road is the place to go. Every night the whole year round, the street is packed full of tourists, locals, vendors, and street performers. Everyone goes in and out of the many entertainment venues along the street as workers or customers or just passersby.

There is always something for someone in Patong Beach, with the various eclectic establishments to choose from. There are other famous venues in and around Bangla Road, ranging from cabarets to naughty clubs, and some good old-fashioned live music bars to huge entertainment complexes like the Tiger Complex. It is an imposing three floors of bars and nightclubs decorated with ornate and huge concrete tigers.

Whether hankering for the busy nightlife or quiet luxury, the best decision for any visitor to Patong Beach is to choose a quiet hideaway for a restful vacation with easy access to the hustle and bustle of the beach town. With the first-class accommodations of the Novotel in Patong Beach, tourists will experience the best of both these worlds.

Tracing The Origin Of Ugly Christmas Sweaters

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In the 1950’s, sweaters with Christmas themes were first produced on a grand scale. Christmas holidays during that time were increasingly becoming commercialized. The first generation ugly Christmas sweaters started with the Jingle Bells sweaters that gained modest popularity for decades. In the 1980’s Christmas sweaters gained mainstream adoration.

How did the ugly Christmas sweater became popular? In the 1980’s there was an iconic TV sitcom where the patriarch of the family was an enthusiast for knitted sweaters with ostentatious designs and clashing colors. The Huxtables was able to sustain its cultural importance and most likely contributed to the longevity of the ugly Christmas sweater as a fashionable choice.

A lot of screen time was gained by the ugly Christmas sweaters in the holiday classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. The film was released in 1989 with the Griswold family looking circumspect in sweaters that are considered ridiculous by today’s standards but semi-fashionable in the 80’s. How the ugly sweaters were used in the film is a mainstream example that people were aware that they are wearing Ugly Christmas sweaters.

Wearing ugly Christmas sweaters in the 90’s lost its popularity but with the new millennium, people started throwing parties with ugly Christmas sweater themes. The authors of “Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book: The Definitive Guide to Getting your Ugly on” traced the origin of the ugly Christmas sweater party tradition to Vancouver, British Columbia.

Two men, Chris Boyd and Jordan Birch threw the very first ugly Christmas sweater party at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver in 2002. They organized a feel-good, festive party with ugly sweaters as the major ingredient. Little did they know that the party will turn out to be a cultural phenomenon. Over the years, the ugly Christmas sweater became a mainstay in fall and winter runway fashion. It has also become a popular product among retailers.

A designer Christmas sweater could cost you thousands of dollars but if you visit UglyChristmasSweater.com, you can buy it for a highly affordable price. Be prepared for the holiday parties during the Christmas season. Don’t wait for the weather to turn cold; buy the sweaters now as gifts for family and friends.

Honda Dealer In Cleveland Celebrates 50 Years Partnership With Honda

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A wide range of Honda motorbikes are available at authorized Honda motorbike dealer from the latest supersport bikes to adventure bikes and street bikes. In Cleveland, a motorcycle dealer has been in the business for almost 65 years. David Beam partnered with Honda 50 years ago and begun operating Honda Motorcycles at Shelby.

David Beam was the first motorcycle dealer in Cleveland County. Way back then, most of the motorcycles you will see on the road are Harley Davidson’s. When he started to sell Japanese brands, there was a sudden demand for something new. The Japanese motorcycles had new technology that was different from other brands.

Honda Motorcycles in Shelby is now run by the children of David Shelby but he stops by the shop every day. His goal was to keep the business within the family and make it more successful. Scott Beam who joined the business after graduating from college has always loved motorcycles. He rode motorcycles since he was 5 years old but he never thought that he will make a living from it.

Since Honda Motorcycles in Shelby was launched, it has seen 4 locations and a lot of changes in the industry. David Beam still remembers the days when Honda started to manufacture dirt bikes and 4-wheeled vehicles. The biggest change in the industry was technology.

Local customers have remained loyal to the Honda brand. They still ride the motorcycles they purchased way back in the 60’s and 70’s. David Beam is happy when customers from 50 years ago drop by. They discuss the qualities of motorcycle riding and why they never stop riding.

Riding a motorcycle is one of the true freedoms left for society. When you are on the road, you do not worry about anything. You just enjoy the ride and the freedom.

There is an authorized Honda motorbike dealer in UK that offers a wide range of Honda supersports bikes. Honda Motorcycle Extended Guarantee is also available for those who are eligible. It can be requested from the dealer. There are also easy financing options with the best rates in the market. Financing can be arranged within 30 minutes for new and used motorcycles.

Tanzania Tightens Foreign Currency Exchange Controls Through New Regulations

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Before starting your vacation to another part of the world, make sure to exchange your dollars for the best conversion rate and cheapest fees. While it is true that there are ATM’s in most tourist destinations, you will gain better rates from Knightsbridge FX because it is guaranteed to beat the rates of competitors including banks.

There are countries with restrictions on its currency because of political and economic conditions and banks may not be able to access the currency. One example is Tanzania that has tightened currency controls through new regulations on foreign exchange bureaus. According to authorities, this is part of their ongoing battle against money laundering and currency speculation.

Months before, the government has revoked the licenses of foreign exchange bureaus and temporarily shut down a newspaper for publishing unofficial data on exchange rates. According to President John Magufuli, the central bank has previously licensed too many bureaus and some of them have broken the laws.

Since the start of the year, the Tanzanian shilling has been broadly stable. In April, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that the true value of the currency is broadly in line with fundamentals. However, IMF has warned of serious weaknesses in official data. There are indications of a slower pace of economic activity contrary to what is being reported by the government.

When the foreign exchange bureaus were closed in February, the bulk of foreign currency trading was handled by commercial banks. About $10 million are traded daily in the commercial banks because of the reduced number of Forex bureaus. This led to more transparency in the market and improved the inflow of hard currency.

With new regulations, it will be more difficult for foreign exchange bureaus to operate. Most of the transactions will shift to commercial banks. Minimum capital for Forex bureaus was also raised to 1 billion Tanzanian shillings.

Many customers continue to use the services of Knightsbridge FX because of the consistent currency rates that beat banks. There are also services like free same day transfers and professional proactive service. Best rates are guaranteed with more personal attention to ensure 100% satisfaction.

WHO Recognizes Traditional Chinese Medicine, And Conservationists Aren’t Happy

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The World Health Organisation recently recognised traditional medicines, like acupuncture in Bankstown, and green groups aren’t pleased.

The World Health Assembly recently wrapped up in Geneva, and had 194 member states adopt the latest iteration of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), which, in turn, accepts WHO’s recognition of traditional medicines, like acupuncture in Bankstown, as a legitimate diagnostic source.

The ICD defines the world standard for diagnosing, and understanding the causes of diseases, illnesses, and death, as well as the reporting of health conditions internationally. The adoption of the ICD-11 formally recognizes burn-out as a legitimate medical condition, on top of recognising diagnoses provided by traditional medicine for at least 400 medical conditions.

The ICD-11 has a supplementary chapter that talks about disorders and patterns of symptoms that were first noted down in ancient Chinese medicine, now known across the world, but more commonly recognised in China, Korea, and Japan.

The latter, however, was met with some flak, particularly with conservationists, who say that it might have negative implications for wild animal trade.

Panthera, a big cat conservation group hailing from New York, was one of the group’s who took umbrage with the recognition of the WHO. Their Chief Scientist, Dr. John Goodrich says that recognising traditional medicine, which uses wild animal parts, is effective approval from the UN on the overall practice. Failure to consider the repercussions, put effective regulations, and/or condemn the hunting and use of wild animal parts for medicine, he says, is egregiously irresponsible.

The list of wild animals being poached for traditional medicine is huge, with a massive illegal trade market across the world. For example, Singaporean authorities confiscated nearly 13 tonnes of pangolin scales, amounting to about 21,000 of the world’s most poached animal, intended to be used for Chinese medicine.

WHO, have defended their move, saying that including traditional diagnoses and treatment will do much to translate key information across Eastern and Western medicine, recognizing how many people are reliant on traditional, alternative, or complimentary medicine, so much so that it’s not easy to ignore them in global matter of healthcare.

The WHO already have a strategy for the inclusion of traditional medicine in healthcare systems in use across the world, and are looking for ways to have it managed and regulated properly.

 

Oil Price Hike On The Gold Coast Before Easter Weekend

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Car owners know how expensive it is to maintain a vehicle. Many are looking for ways to save such as finding the cheapest mechanic on the Gold Coast but one thing car owners cannot control is the price of fuel. A few days before the Easter weekend, petrol prices started to increase all over the coast. This move is not surprising at all because it is a common move seen prior to important holidays. The increase in fuel prices is happening all over the Coast from the north to the south. It will then slowly happen in suburbs all over the city.

In just a span of 24 hours, the prices in some gasoline stations have increased to $1.59 from the previous $1.29. It is expected that the price will remain the same until the next week as many are going away for the Easter holiday to visit their loved ones.

For motorists who are looking to save from oil prices, visit stations that are located along Brisbane road or in Southport. Oftentimes, the independent gasoline stations have lower prices because they are competing with the giant chains such as BP, Coles and Caltex. Offering lower prices of gasoline is the only way for them to stay ahead of the competition.

There are a number of stations that chose to remain at the $1.30 price per litre instead of going up to $1.59.

Rebecca Michael, the chair of public policy, revealed that the price hike affected stations like a wild fire. Despite the steep costs, drivers who are trying to save will still be able to get bargain prices if they visit the right stations.

She added that the most expensive fuel can be bought at the ends of the Coast – north and south while the cheaper gasoline products can be bought at middle areas. She attributed the fast increase into the blooming effect.

Ms. Michael revealed that customers are now utilizing mobile apps to check for petrol stations with the cheapest fuel prices. This is one way for them to save aside from getting the cheapest mechanic on the Gold Coast in case their vehicles encountered some problems.