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Line-up Announced For 2012 International Underwater Film Festival In The Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands is getting ready to host the annual International Underwater Film Festival once again and this years event will showcase a wide range of films, documentaries and videography.

The film festival will be taking place on Thursday 8th November, 2012 at the Westin Casuarina and Spa Resort in Grand Cayman, one of the leading scuba diving destinations in the world.

This years event is being held in conjunction with the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame induction ceremony and highlights include films by Howard Hall, Leslie Leaney, Guy Hall, plus local videographers.

Divers Alert Network and the Cayman Islands Tourism Association will present the event which features an array of talks, film screenings, presentations and competitions.

The 2012 line-up includes a tribute to the underwater world of the Cayman Islands by Frans DeBacker; Sea Net 1944 by Leslie Leaney which includes a WWII era short film by the SEA NET company in Los Angeles; and Fragile Cayman by Michael Maes which educates viewers about the importance of looking after and preserving the marine environment.

A Silent Auction and Lobster Lotto will also take pace during the evening and this year, all of the funds raised will help support the marine conservation efforts carried out by the Guy Harvey Research Institute as well as diving safety initiatives. Every lobster (rubber) purchased in the Lobster Lotto is a winning one and participants can win prizes such as key chains, dive packages, T-shirts and much more.

The underwater photo competition will showcase a collection of incredible photographs that have been captured by photographers while scuba diving in the Cayman Islands and the top three images in each of the five categories will be printed on canvas and displayed. A Best in Show honour will also be awarded to the best image in each category (Cayman Wrecks, Turtles, Critters/Macro, Scenic, and Creative).

Tickets for the Underwater Film Festival cost 25 and funds raised will go to the Cayman Islands Tourism Association to help with crucial marine conservation efforts such as Dive 365, underwater and coastal clean-ups, lionfish culling materials and expeditions, maintenance of the sunken USS Kittiwake, government links, office buildings and staff members.

The Cayman Islands are ranked among the Caribbeans leading scuba diving destinations due to its shallow, crystal clear turquoise ocean waters that are teeming with magnificent marine species.

During scuba diving holidays in the Cayman Islands, tourists can swim alongside beautiful stingrays, eagle rays, manta rays, sea turtles, hundreds of species of colourful fish and colourful coral reefs.

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Kenya Safaris Verses Zanzibar Islands

Its become evident that when holiday seekers travel to Kenya for a safari experience they will eventually end up in Zanzibar to wrap up the Africa safari experience.

We all know a little too much about Kenya Safaris and the countries amazing diversity. Now lets just focus more on Zanzibar Island.

Zanzibar is considered to be part of the greater Tanzania, through ruled and governed by its own people.

The name Zanzibar is derived from a combination of two Arabic words, Zinj, meaning black, and barr being the Arabic word for land, resulting in the ancient title Land of the Blacks. As Zanzibar absorbed peoples from as far as the Orient and Iberia, Assyria and India, so the tapestry of its expression.

Zanzibar Island being the birthplace of Swahili, a lingua franca forged from global dialects, upon which legends were carried, trade routes opened and a Sultan Empire prospered there.

Zanzibar Island has a rich history with many invasions through the centuries. In the middle of the 19th century under the Omani Arabs the Island was the most important trading port on the East Africa, long before Kenya started safaris.

The strident laments and exultant overtures of Swahili taarab were born, their rhythms and melodies carried and honed between Zanzibar and the Arabian Gulf until they became the sounds of Zanzibars own musical narrative.

The architectural styles of the main town in Zanzibar Stone Town were born of the social convergence, while the tangled mass of stories, woven from centuries of lives lived, bestow a folklore and legacy that permeate life on the archipelago.

The Stone Town of Zanzibar is a fascinating warren of narrow streets, overhanging balconies and huge intricately carved doors. The bustling Suk where traders frantically bargain, is full of the pungent perfume of exotic spices.

The Old Stone town was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO for more than a decade now. Lamu Island in Kenya is also one of the islands that hold this prestigious title.

In order to protect the towns the governments has established the Stone town Conservation Authorities to enforce this.

Both Islands do really compete for the holiday makers looking for unexploited beaches and culture after Kenya safaris.

The stone town offers real value tours that start from the main city market, which was opened in 1904, you will get a comprehensive view of the Stone town architecture, its sand and stone ancient built houses, some of them have Arab inscriptions with carved doors with brass studs, carved balconies. You will also get the chance to see the old post office.

A good guide will then take you to the Anglican Cathedral of Christ, which was built by Bishop Steers in 1873 on the site of the Old slave market.

From here you will continue and tour the Sultans Palace Museum, House of Wonders (Beit-el-ajaib) built in 1883 and bombarded by British fleet in 1886, next to this you will see the Old Arab Fort, built in 1700.

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Car hire in Canary Islands- Exploring More for Less

Cold winter, layers of clothes and snowfall in England can be a bit tiresome. But it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom! Take a well deserved break and enjoy a fantastic climate with a constant (warm) temperature all year round in the Canary Islands! This winter, travel companies offer many hotel and car hire deals in Canary Islands, so going on holiday during winter doesn’t have to be expensive anymore- The Canaries are located southwest of Spain and northwest of Africa, off the coast of Morocco. The Canaries consists of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife, La Palma, Gomera and Hierro. Surrounded by the cool blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Canary Islands show off all their magic in an archipelago unique in the world for its diversity and subtropical beauty; an entire universe that you can enjoy in a spring-like climate which lasts twelve months a year. What is more, with your holiday car rental you can explore what the Canaries have to offer whether it is to enjoy the diverse landscapes, visiting villages and enjoying some local atmosphere, indulging in a game of golf or just relaxing on a remote beach- Gran Canaria Gran Canaria captivate you with its long beaches and sand dunes, green gorges, and picturesque villages full of history. The beaches are amongst the best in the islands and resort of Playa de Ingles offers some very lively nightlife. If you don’t want to spend your nights in a club and your days on the beach, the island also offers excellent golfing with 6 Golf Courses.

Tenerife Tenerife is the perfect place to fill your holiday with unforgettable moments. With car rental, enjoy the bays, the volcanic landscapes, mountains, the deep canyons, giant cliffs and the exotic woods and old towns-

Lanzarote This is the island where tradition and modernity meet. The Parque Nacional de Timanfaya cannot be missed and the drive along the -Route of the Volcanoes- in the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya will take your breath away.

Fuerteventura Discover an oasis on the Atlantic. Fuerteventura boasts stunning sandy beaches and turquoise waters. It is definitely the island for watersports enthusiasts and those who wish to take things easy.

La Palma It is a haven of peace and a gift for the senses. One of the least visited islands in the archipelago this is the place to come to to escape from it all at any time of the year

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Kitchen Islands – Some Great Ideas

Efficiency, convenience and more workspace that’s what kitchen islands are known for. Usually, these standalone platforms are placed in the mid of the kitchen that create a lot more workspace and it automatically develops more space in the kitchen when placed in the mid of the kitchen. In a considerable number of situations, kitchen islands serve as the best way to isolate the kitchen and the living room. It can definitely offer more comfort and convenience if sinks, cook top, refrigerator and other such items. If you have got the right kitchen islands for your homes, they can definitely serve in thousands of ways.

Results of some surveys show that most consumers are opting for some really nice kitchen island designs as they have emerged as the most popular kitchen designs these days. Considering the comfort and elegance it offers, a considerable number of new home owners are looking for some better and more impressive styles of kitchens islands for their homes as they know well what kind of comfort and elegance these kitchen islands can offer to them and what can really make their kitchens look great.

Considering the increasing demands for kitchen islands, a large number of homeowners are looking for more impressive designs and better convenient options in these items. A wide range of new designs and styles are being developed and they are offering plenty of handy features to the users which have made life quite easy and simple for those mums who have to spend a good deal of their time in kitchen and doing other such tidbits relating to cooking and kitchen.

Rolling islands are becoming increasingly popular because of their easy usability at different places. In many kitchens, large islands cannot be easily fitted. Some other features like the availability of pilasters and granite-topped islands are also becoming increasingly popular these days and most homes prefer to these styles for their homes.

Well, many think that kitchen island designs are something that are just limited to new homeowners, but now there are some styles and designs which can serve even the existing kitchens and offer you the space that you need to have for a really great and workable kitchen.

You need to keep certain things in mind when choosing the kitchen islands for your home or office. If you have an awkward sort of flooring in your existing kitchen and looking for some really great option to make the most of the current design of your kitchen. Kitchen islands can not only offer you a lot more space to your kitchen but they can also give a unique touch to your kitchen as well. So if you want to give a unique touch and lot more space to your kitchen, then you must find out the best kitchen islands for your kitchen and the really best kitchen island is one that is quite according to your needs.

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Things To Do In Andaman And Nicobar Islands Hotels & Travel Tips To The Beautiful Island

Probably the most beautiful islands on earth that were once the least talked of. Andaman and Nicobar Islands are undoubtedly one of the most blessed lands on the face of the earth but unfortunately have been the under obscurity until recently. It is ironical to note that despite the heavenly beauty they possess they were infamously known as Kalapani or the Black Waters and were highly feared. The islands were used by the British to imprison hard core criminals. With an end to the woes, the islands are now gaining their much deserved glory as one of the most sought after tourist destinations in this part of the world.

Shining emeralds in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are simply a treat to the eye. Around six hundred in numbers, these tiny islands are a world of charm to any visitor. Blessed by nature, the islands possess immense beauty to keep any beholder enchanted. Though tiny in size all these islands are pretty much covered by almost impenetrable dense tropical forests. In turn, these forests afford a rich floral and faunal wealth.

One of the most exotic beach destinations in the country, Andaman and Nicobar Islands offer a truly tranquil and out-of-the-world beach experience. The white virgin beaches are simply a paradise for any beach lover, sun-bather or aqua-diver. The numerous small islands with endless stretches of countless beaches are more than just a dream for any holidayer. For a perfect beach experience spend some time at Corbyns Cove. The Radhanagar Beach is the place for any solitude seeker. The islands are particularly noted for their turtle nests. A good place to take a look at the same is the Karmatang Beach. A huge turtle nesting ground is being developed here.

The most frequented island in the group is probably the Havelock Island, known for it lovely beaches and great water-sports activities. For those who wish to experience the real jungle experience, Rutland Island is a place not to be missed. Its beautiful mangrove forests and coral reefs are a paradise to all eco-tourists.

Recently, Andaman and Nicobar Islands have earned much fame for being the most happening aquatic sports destination. Having exciting scuba-diving, snorkeling, diving and surfing opportunities, the islands have loads for fun-lovers. Havelock Island and South Cinque Island have the best scuba diving spots in the area. Snorkeling too is great fun around these places. One can actually find many guides and equipment renting places here.

The dazzling under water life that the region affords is another marvel. It is almost sinful to leave the place without having a look at the same. Scuba diving here allows you to closely follow marine life. If swimming is not something that excites you too much, there are glass bottom boats that allow you to see the rich marine life that thrives underneath.

The next time you plan a tropical holiday plan, make sure it is Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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Visiting The Finest Beaches In The Country On A Budget

Beaches are a great place to visit with your family for a vacation. Even when you have to go on a tight budget, there are still ways to make a memorable trip that is enjoyable for the whole group. The key to this is to prepare and research on all aspects of your trip.

The first thing you need to do is decide what beaches you want to visit. Depending on which beach you choose, opportunities include nightlife, both public and private shorelines, and other activities for guests of all ages. Before you make your plans final, make sure that the beaches you want to visit are open for public use during the time of your stay.

Once you have decided which direction you want to head for your beach vacation, you need to carefully work out your budget. This should include any expenses for transportation, gas, shopping, and any activities that your family would like to participate in. This budget should also include food and whether you decide to eat out at every meal or prepare food in your room. Expenses may also include any unexpected fees that the beaches have, such as usages or parking fees, which could be found out by checking their respective websites for further preparation.

The type of hotel room you decide on should depend on the purpose of your vacation. If you are planning on enjoying a more active lifestyle, you may want just a room where you can relax and sleep at the end of a long day. However, if you are traveling with children and the vacation is for a fun time with the family, an all-inclusive beachfront resort may be more to your liking. These will often come with pools and children’s play areas, meals or restaurants where you can eat, and access to Jet Ski and surfboard rentals as part of your resort fees. Through research, you might find that a vacation package you can customize to your specific needs may be the best money saving option for your family to enjoy some of the country’s finest beaches.

Once you have your vacation planned and finalized, you can enjoy it worry free. Just plan on staying within your budget, and you’ll be able to enjoy your trip without any worries. Your trip will be a great memory for you and your family.

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Different Languages Of The Caribbean Islands

When exploring Caribbean Islands, one of many interesting facets of the culture are the different languages of the Caribbean Islands which are spoken. After you listen to English spoken there, it’s not American or of Great Britain dialects, but it has a unique accent that is definitely extremely charming to listen to. It definitely illustrates the diversity of the cultural background, and a history of the Caribbean that is intriguing and complex.

You will find four official languages voiced within the Caribbean. However in addition there are a number of creoles and local patois (hybrid languages). A large number of the Creole languages of the Caribbean Islands are typically used for inter-ethnic communication. When looking at the different languages of the Caribbean, the four main languages are:

Spanish (the earliest European language introduced and covers West and Central Caribbean)

Dutch (on those islands of the Wonderland Antilles)

English (North, Central and East)

French (Central and East)

In addition, there are several additional lesser native languages. Some of the local languages have grown extinct or are dying out.

Within the Caribbean, the official language is generally determined by which ever colonial power (England, Spain, France, or the Netherlands) held sway on the island originally or longest. English would be the first or second language in many Caribbean islands in addition to being the unofficial “language of tourism”. It’s the state language of Anguilla, Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Croix, St. John St. Kitts, and St. Thomas.

Spanish is the language voiced by the majority of individuals, as it is the state language of the two largest islands, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, as well as sharing English as the official language of Puerto Rico and Trinidad/Tobago.

French is spoken in Haiti, Martinique, and Guadeloupe, and St. Martin.

Dutch is the official language of Curacao, St Maarten, and two very small islands.

People who speak different languages of the Caribbean Islands dialects, which might be called Patois or Creole, speak a language that consists of an amalgamation between European English, Spanish, French, Dutch and African languages. That said, tourists end up finding themselves richly rewarded after they hear a ‘native language’ voiced, often a Creole is used as the domestic language.

Right after obtaining independence, several Caribbean countries, in searching for national unity, decided on one language (usually the former colonial language) to be used in government and education. Recently, Caribbean countries have become more and more mindful of the significance of linguistic diversity. Language policies that are becoming developed today are pretty much targeted at multilingualism.

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A Calming Experience on the Beautiful Beaches of Port Aransas

Spending a time at the beach is a refreshing moment for everyone who likes to be under the heat of the sun. The beach is a perfect getaway for people who just want to relax and see the beauty of nature as well. Variety of enjoyable activities can be done like making sand castles, skim boarding, surfing, swimming and family picnics. Port Aransas is one of the best beaches in the United States which is located in Mustang Island in the Gulf of Mexico.

Port Aransas is a lovely place. Most people always come to this place for their recreational beach activities. The island is perfect for people who love a coastal lifestyle. You can enjoy the cool sea breeze and receive an immense feeling of tranquility and comfort. The beach reduces your stress and anxiety. If you sit comfortably near the beach, you can appreciate the beauty of nature. You can also engage in some meditation and connect with nature like breathing deeply and slowly.

Gazing the birds from the sky can also be mind-refreshing. As you glance in the sea, sometimes you can also see some birds going down from the sky catching fishes. It’s an interesting scene to behold. A lot of awesome things can be seen in the beach that can captivate your naked eyes. You can also stare the tide approaching you and touching your little toes. Your body’s weight will somehow push you down into the sand and it is something like the sand is eating or grabbing you.

Port Aransas is a famous beach community in Florida endowed with incredible spots. It is a like a paradise for beach-goers. This place is also ideal for those people who are looking for places after their retirement where they can just relax and enjoy. If you’re planning of buying beach properties then this would be a perfect place for you. You can look for properties at Port Aransas Homes for sale. Port Aransas real estate can also help you find your dream house in this marvelous location.

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Marshall Islands Incorporation

The Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) is situated between Indonesia and Hawaii, west of the International Date Line and north of the Equator. It is the easternmost island group in Micronesia and it covers an approximate of 2 million sq km in the Central Pacific Ocean with two 1,280 km long parallel chains of atolls and volcanic islands separated by 179 km of sea. The islands achieved freedom in 1986 Compact of Free Association with the United States.

RMI works with professional incorporation services companies to legally process the license of incorporation of all non-resident companies. The common requirements for incorporation should be outlined in the standard Articles of Incorporation, among which are corporate name, number of authorized shares, classification of whether shares have par or no par value and identification for whether shares are to be in the bearer and/or registered form. If a non standard Articles of Incorporation will be presented, it is important that it should be in accordance with the Marshall Islands Business Corporation Act (BCA).

The following requirements should be noted and complied for an efficient processing of Marshall Islands Incorporation:
Authorized and Issued Share Capital The standard authorized share capital is 500 shares without par value or a capital with a declared par value of up to US$50,000.
Types of Shares Permitted Types of shares available for Marshall Islands Incorporation are registered shares, preference shares, redeemable shares, shares with or without par value and shares with or without voting rights.
Taxation Nonresident companies are legally exempted from taxes.
Absence of Double Taxation Agreements
License Fees A maintenance fee is required from every company.
Financial Statement Requirements Filing financial statements is not obliged, but companies are advised to secure financial records for easy assessment and identification of companys financial status.
Directors There is no limit for the number of directors. A combination of local and foreign directors or full 100% foreign directors are both allowed.
Company Secretary A resident or foreign company secretary can be appointed.
Shareholders A minimum of one shareholder is required for Marshall Islands Incorporation.
Lastly, Marshall Islands Incorporation should always abide in Marshall Islands Business Corporations Act under the Marshall Islands Associations Law which was patterned on the corporate laws of Delaware and New York and modified to consider the important features of an offshore jurisdiction. Marshall Islands BCA provides a list of other provisions necessary in corporate activities, operations and administration.