Beaches TCI Opens after 14 Week Closure

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 16, 2017 – Providenciales – At 9:30am on Thursday, December 14th Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort- the Caribbean’s Luxury-Included® vacation for everyone and family-focused brand officially opened its doors to welcome guests and staff after a 14 week closure to facilitate post-hurricane repairs due to damages sustained from Hurricane Irma.“We know how important vacation time is and so we’re just delighted that Beaches Turks & Caicos is not only reopening its doors ahead of pace, but we’ve introduced some amazing new features making this award-winning resort better than ever,” said Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Founder and Chairman of Sandals Resorts International.   “The entire resort has been refreshed and our staff is eagerly awaiting the arrival of our guests.”Emphasizing ‘better than ever’ the resort opened after months of massive renovations as the entire property was refurbished, driveways repaved, foyers redesigned and rooms redecorated.The first group of guests was welcomed to the property with much fanfare by the resort’s management team, concierge and entertainment department to music and live characters set on the backdrop of glaring decorations to ring in the holiday season.David Ellis Director of  Entertainment said, “Here at Beaches Turks and Caicos, we want our guests to feel at home and to know that they are home, our entertainment team is all about making our new and returning guests feel welcomed and showing them that we’re glad they’ve decided to choose us again.”Meanwhile, the hotel’s management team emphasized the involvement of the hotel’s staff in getting the resort to this stage, highlighting how many of them worked tediously to undertake the needed renovations.Managing Director Donald Dagenais commented; “We are happy to be opening our doors to guests once again, something that wouldn’t be possible in such a timely manner without the assistance of our resilient staff.   While many of our employees were faced with personal issues of their own after the passing of such a disastrous storm, it is their presence, their commitment, their dedication and their support that led us to this day.   Words cannot express our level of gratitude and today we are open better than ever.”Despite the hotel’s closure, staff members received 55% of their salaries throughout the duration, the hotel hosted its annual Staff Christmas Party, will be hosting a Kids Christmas Party for children of employees and the hotel’s management team has committed to providing bonuses to all employees this holiday season.   Dagenais noted, “this was our way of saying thank you.’Leading up to the reopening, the Training Department conducted a three week re-orientation exercise for the hotel’s 1,900 employees with the energetic Dr. Phillip Brown, Regional Training Director for Sandals Resorts International as facilitator to ensure that guest standards are upheld.Julianna Musgrove Training Manager noted, “All of our team members were required to take part in this training where they were informed on best company practices, and received refresher training courses on their respective areas.   We are confident that our team members are ready to take on the new challenges that the new season will bring and that they are committed to providing guests with more than he or she expects.”Meanwhile the excited was also seen on the faces of beaming team members. Donell Williams Concierge Agent at BTC said; “I’m really excited to get back into the groove of things here at Beaches Turks and Caicos.   We had a difficult few weeks seeing what the hurricane did to the resort and what the storm did to our livelihoods but today I am excited to be here and to see my old guests and work with some new ones.”Besides renovations, Beaches TCI has also rolled out new features to its 5-Star Global Gourmet™ offerings to include Beaches’ first Indian restaurant, Bombay Club, bringing the total number of restaurants to 21, two brand new food trucks at the waterpark – from Mr. Mac, serving mac & cheese and Curls ‘n Swirls for a taste of the island’s most delicious ice cream.Families will also have the opportunity to take part in new culinary adventures happening every night, such as a fish fry on Wednesdays and weekly beach parties featuring live entertainment and cuisines from around the world.   Additionally, accommodations across all five of the resort’s villages have been improved and the lobbies and public areas have new finishing touches.   Accommodations start at $333 per adult/per night.Press Release:  Beaches Resort Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Research shows ocean bacteria glow to attract those that would eat them

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Violent passions — jealous cleaner shrimp murder their rivals For years scientists have speculated that some ocean bacteria may glow to encourage others to eat them, but till now, no one had actually tested the theory. Zarubin and her colleagues thought it was time.As a means of proof, the team put a bag of water with normal Photobacterium leiognathi bacteria in it into a tank of water that held shrimp and other microbes. At the other end of the tank they put in another bag of the same kind of bacteria that had been genetically altered to prevent their being able to glow. The team found that the shrimp and other organisms gathered around the glowing bag, but not around the dark one.After that, they allowed a group of shrimp to swim around in water with the glowing bacteria in it, and found that after just a few hours, the shrimp’s bellies soon glowed with bacteria as well. Play Apogon annularis detects and efficiently consumes glowing Artemia in the dark. These Artemia became glowing by contacting and ingesting bioluminescent bacteria. Infrared light was used to illuminate the flume for video recording. The lower part of the image (below the dark bar) shows the flume’s working section as viewed from the side. The upper part shows the working section as viewed from above, through a 45° inclined mirror. Video: PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1116683109 Then, lastly, the shrimp that had glowing bellies were put into a flume alongside shrimp that had not eaten the glowing bacteria and all were sent past a quantity of shrimp eating fish. There it was observed that the fish ate only the shrimp that had glowing bellies. Afterwards, the team tested the feces from the fish and found that the glowing bacteria had come though the digestive process unscathed. And because fish, being fish tended to swim around, the bacteria had been transported to a new locale.From these simple experiments it appears clear that the bioluminescent abilities of the ocean bacteria tested help it to move more easily around in the ocean – using other organisms as a transport vehicle. In so doing the bacteria not only get a free ride, but get a meal along the way as they feast on other material inside the bellies of those that have eaten them. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: Research shows ocean bacteria glow to attract those that would eat them (2011, December 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-ocean-bacteria.html More information: Bacterial bioluminescence as a lure for marine zooplankton and fish, PNAS, Published online before print December 27, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1116683109AbstractThe benefits of bioluminescence for nonsymbiotic marine bacteria have not been elucidated fully. One of the most commonly cited explanations, proposed more than 30 y ago, is that bioluminescence augments the propagation and dispersal of bacteria by attracting fish to consume the luminous material. This hypothesis, based mostly on the prevalence of luminous bacteria in fish guts, has not been tested experimentally. Here we show that zooplankton that contacts and feeds on the luminescent bacterium Photobacterium leiognathi starts to glow, and demonstrate by video recordings that glowing individuals are highly vulnerable to predation by nocturnal fish. Glowing bacteria thereby are transferred to the nutritious guts of fish and zooplankton, where they survive digestion and gain effective means for growth and dispersal. Using bioluminescence as bait appears to be highly beneficial for marine bacteria, especially in food-deprived environments of the deep sea. Explore further © 2011 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — In most situations in the wild, animals develop abilities to help them avoid being eaten. The chameleon, for example, can change its color to avoid being seen by predators. What’s less usual, are animals or organisms that develop abilities that do the opposite, i.e. develop traits that encourage predators to eat them. But that’s just what certain ocean bacteria appear to do. Margarita Zarubin, a marine science grad student in Israel, and her colleagues have shown, as they report in their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that a certain type of bioluminescent bacteria glow to attract the attention of other organisms, so as to be eaten; and they do so as a means of assisted dispersal.last_img read more

When science and art produce nanosculpture marvels

first_img © 2014 Phys.org (Phys.org) —Quite a claim: a sculpture as the smallest creation of the human form in history. The sculptor, Jonty Hurwitz, said he loves the Internet. That is because, since the nanosculpture exhibit launch, so many people have viewed his nanosculpture work online and the work has been covered by numerous sites around the world. He created the nanosculptures using a 3D-printed photosensitive material. Softpedia’s Sebastian Pop delivered an account of the creation process and aftermath. A key word about the sculpture was “were,” he said, since the lifespan of the sculptures was accidentally cut short, by the man’s colleague who made an attempt to see them from a different angle. Hurwitz had spent ten months on seven sculptures; but the images remained. Sarah Anderson in 3DPrint.com referred to this as impressive art that we will never see, at least not with the naked eye, as the sculptures are so small. He did a series of seven sculptures. The largest, she said, is about the width of a human hair; the smallest is less than half that width. Hurwitz did not achieve this alone; he recognized this was an effort where art meets science. It was a case of creating art with the use of quantum physics. Hurwitz enlisted a team to work this out. Hurwitz said, “The only way to perceive these works is on the screen of powerful scanning electron microscope. So how can you ever know that this sculpture really exists? Your only way to engage with it is through a screen, and a mouse separating you and the art via a vacuum and a series of mathematically mind-blowing quantum processes that shower the art with particles to map its contours. Can you be sure of its existence if your basic senses are telling you that nothing is there? The line between myth and science is fine.”Multiphoton lithography was the technique used. “If you illuminate a light-sensitive polymer with Ultra Violet wavelengths, it solidifies wherever it was irradiated in a kind of crude lump. Some of you may have experienced a polymer like this first hand at the dentist when your filling is glued in with a UV light. If however you use longer wavelength intense light, and focus it tightly through a microscope, something wonderful happens: at the focus point, the polymer absorbs TWO PHOTONS and responds as if it had been illuminated by UV light, namely it will solidify. This two photon absorption occurs only at the tiny focal point – basically a tiny 3D pixel (called a Voxel). The sculpture is then moved along fractionally by a computer controlled process and the next pixel is created. Slowly, over hours and hours the entire sculpture is assembled pixel by pixel and layer by layer.”He credits the support he received from experts from the Institute of Microstructure Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, for fabrication and imaging and advice from Weizmann Institute of Science. “Trust,” a piece depicting a female human model, is around 80 x 100 x 20 microns. Rodin’s hand sculptures diagnosed as part of exhibit Explore further Credit: Jonty Hurwitzlast_img read more