Curaçao: What’s New in Q4

WILLEMSTAD, CURAÇAO – NOVEMBER 2016 – With year-round 80-degree temperatures and 35 cove-like beaches, travelers are “falling” for sunny Curaçao this season. With a new non-stop flight from New York launching this month and a fully electronic immigration process, it’s easier than ever for travelers to experience the small, yet bustling island in the southern Caribbean. Add new excursions and a series of exciting events to the mix, and it’s easy to see why Curaçao remains an unrivaled escape in the region.

ISLAND NEWS 

  • JetBlue Launching Additional Non-Stop Flight from New York

On November 3rd, JetBlue will launch a new non-stop flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Curaçao. The airline already offers two non-stop routes every Tuesday and Saturday, and the new flight will operate on Thursdays. Currently, JetBlue is the only airline to offer non-stop flights from New York to Curaçao. For more information, visit www.jetblue.com/vacations/curacao-vacations/. 

  • New Travel Requirements to Enter Curaçao

Earlier this year, the Curaçao International Airport introduced six e-gates, allowing travelers to pass through immigration in less than one minute. Now, all foreign visitors are required to complete the online Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) Card at least 24 hours prior to their arrival in Curaçao to further expedite the immigration process. Visitors can be complete their ED-card by visiting www.edcardcuracao.com.

  • Curaçao Launches New Branding Campaign

To drive awareness of Curaçao within its core U.S. market, New York, the Curaçao Tourist Board launched a new branding campaign, “Right Now In Curaçao,” that aims to target local New Yorkers. The campaign, which highlights the island’s diverse culture, unique architecture and beautiful beaches, will run through December and kicks off of the tourism board’s five-year plan to attract more North American travelers. For more information on the new branding, visit www.curacao.com.

OPERATOR NEWS

  • New Dolphin Watching Excursion

Dolphin Academy and Pelican Express recently launched a new dolphin-watching tour, which features a 30-minute boat ride and takes guests aboard the double-decker Pelican Express boat along Curaçao’s southern coast to spot the island’s friendly marine creatures. The tour departs every Sunday at 10:15 a.m. and concludes with a complimentary drink. For more information, visit www.dolphin-academy.com.

  • New Workshop at Serena’s Art Factory

Curaçao’s signature Chichi® dolls, often spotted around Willemstad sporting brightly colored dresses with island-inspired patterns, are a tribute to Chichi, which translates to ‘big sister’ in the local dialect of Papiamento. Serena Janet, the doll’s creator, recently launched a ‘Chichi VIP Workshop with Bubbles.’ With this new workshop, guests have the opportunity to design and paint their own Chichi, learn special painting techniques, and enjoy a glass of champagne. The two-hour weekly workshop is held every Thursday night in the Punda area of Willemstad. For more information, visit www.chichi-curacao.com.

DINING NEWS

  • Beachfront Rooftop Terrace Opens

Koraal, Curaçao’s exclusive new rooftop terrace, welcomed its first guests this summer and continues to draw locals and visitors alike. Situated right above its sister restaurant, Karakter, which is known for its stunning beachside views, Koraal features a horseshoe-shaped bar with modern décor and cozy lounges. With 270-degree views, Koraal offers diners unique sea views from every seat while they sip on classic handmade cocktails and nosh on bar bites. Designed as a community gathering spot for the Coral Estate development, Koraal features an adjacent infinity pool with with chic chaise chairs for guests to enjoy a cocktail under the Curaçao sun. For more information, visit www.koraalcuracao.com.

  • Scuba Lodge Restaurant Completes Renovations

Scuba Lodge is a boutique hotel perfectly situated in Curaçao’s trendy area of Pietermaai. The property’s casual seaside restaurant recently underwent a renovation, giving a fresh new look to the restaurant’s design with an open floor plan and a larger kitchen. The property also introduced a new menu featuring an expanded selection of unique soups, fresh salads, lite bites, juicy burgers, fresh fish and savory meats. For more information, visit www.scubalodge.com.

EVENTS

  • Curaçao Baseball Week, November 25 – December 2, 2016

Organized by the Blue Bay Curaçao Golf & Beach Resort, this week-long event features five free baseball clinics for kids, designed to teach them the basics, including fielding, batting, catching and throwing. Professional players, such as New York Yankees’ shortstop, Didi Gregorious, teach each of the clinics. The event also includes celebrity meet-and-greets and autograph signings, a homerun derby, and a charity auction dinner with proceeds benefiting the local baseball community. For more information, visit www.curacaobaseballweek.com.

  • Summer Fall Concert, November 25 – 26, 2016

Launching for the first time ever, this two-day music extravaganza features some of America’s most famous hip-hop and R&B artists. The event will kick off with a pre-party on Friday night before the main event on Saturday. This year’s headliners include Lil Wayne, Yo Gotti, Jeremiah, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, French Montana and more. Tickets start at $47. For more information, visit www.curacaocolorevents.com.

  • KLM Curaçao Marathon, November 27, 2016

This November marks the third annual KLM Curaçao Marathon, an event that includes both a half marathon and a full marathon, and draws runners from all around the world. Participants will run alongside Curaçao’s colorful waterfront, across the iconic Queen Emma swinging pontoon bridge, then over the Queen Juliana Bridge, the highest bridge on the island, standing 185 feet above sea level. Following the race, runners can partake in an awards ceremony and after-party with local Curaçaoan artists. For more information, visit www.klmcuracaomarathon.com.

  • Curaçao Tourist Open, December 10, 2016

While Curaçao may be known for its turquoise blue waters, the island also has plenty of green. This December, golfers will tee off during the Curaçao Tourist Open, an international golf tournament for both locals and travelers alike. Participants will enjoy 18 challenging holes at Curaçao’s Blue Bay Golf Course, which sits alongside the Caribbean Sea. Designed by William ‘Rocky’ Rocquemore, the par-72 course features tropical fairways, height differences and sand pits. For more information, visit www.golf.bluebay-curacao.com.

SkyGlo Community Ministry

As we journey through the 21st century it is sure to be filled with innovation and creativity, we claim the responsibility of contributing our share of the task of making a difference in the lives of as many fellow human-beings as is humanly possible. With an abiding confidence, we are committed to contributing fresh, game-changing ideas, while demonstrating leadership in the quest for adding a smile and hope to the individuals we encounter.

“We” (SkyGlo) would like to use this opportunity to thank all of the “team” members at The Publix Super Markets, Inc, for their unsparing contributions to our daily routes/deliveries, since May 20th 2004. We are pleased to advise you that we have visited, and continue to visit over 30 Shelters, Kitchens, Organizations, Families, and individuals (who are living on the streets, by the bus stops / under the bridges).

As the global economy strives to make up for the losses of recent years, there has never been a more important period for my Team to create, develop and implement new strategies to assist in making a difference in the lives of “OUR FELLOW HUNMAN-BEINGS”. Over the years “we” have scrutinized, researched, and documented the rapid decline of the global community socio-economic levels, and the ever changing information is an enlightening, and terrifying experience simply because I am directly involved. The dilemma affects thousands, and millions of families, regardless of race, color, creed, age, and gender.

Rising U.S. Income Inequality Author: Steven J. Markovich, Contributing Editor Updated: February 3, 2014 * This publication is now archived.

According to the Congressional Budget Office (PDF), income inequality in the United States has been rising for decades, with the top echelon of earners rapidly outpacing the rest of the population. The average real after-tax household income of the top 1 percent rose 275 percent from 1979 to 2007. Meanwhile, income for the remainder of the top quintile (81st to 99th percentile) grew 65 percent. Income for the majority of the population in the middle of the scale (21st through 80th percentiles) grew just 37 percent for the same period. And the bottom quintile experienced the least growth income at just 18 percent.

Furthermore, in 1965, a typical corporate CEO earned more than twenty times a typical worker; by 2011, the ratio was 383:1, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

Income inequality in the United States, measured by the standard Gini coefficient, is substantially higher than that of almost any other developed nation, and even some developing countries such as Russia and India. Popular anger over inequality peaked in the autumn 2011 Occupy Wall Street protests, which catalyzed similar movements internationally.

France to force big supermarkets to give unsold food to charities

Legislation barring stores from spoiling and throwing away food is aimed at tackling epidemic of waste alongside food poverty. French supermarkets will be banned from throwing away or destroying unsold food and must instead donate it to charities or for animal feed, under a law set to crack down on food waste. The French national assembly voted unanimously to pass the legislation as France battles an epidemic of wasted food that has highlighted the divide between giant food firms and people who are struggling to eat ( Angelique Chrisafis in Paris… May 22, 2015).

Does the U.S. have a food loss and waste reduction goal?

Yes, on September 16, 2015, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Stan Meiburg announced the United States’ first-ever national food loss and waste goal, calling for a 50-percent reduction by 2030. USDA and EPA will work in partnership with charitable organizations, faith organizations, the private sector, and local, state and tribal governments to reduce food loss and waste in order to improve overall food security and conserve our nation’s natural resources.

How much food waste is there in the United States and why does it matter?

In the United States, food waste is estimated at between 30-40 percent of the food supply. This estimate, based on estimates from USDA’s Economic Research Service of 31 percent food loss at the retail and consumer levels, corresponded to approximately 133 billion pounds and $161 billion worth of food in 2010. This amount of waste has far-reaching impacts on food security, resource conservation and climate change:

Wholesome food that could have helped feed families in need is sent to landfills.

  • The land, water, labor, energy and other inputs used in producing, processing, transporting, preparing, storing, and disposing of discarded food are pulled away from uses that may have been more beneficial to society – and generate impacts on the environment that may endanger the long-run health of the planet.
  • Food waste, which is the single largest component going into municipal landfills, quickly generates methane, helping to make landfills the third largest source of methane in the United States. (United States Department of Agriculture).

 

To the entire Publix Team, your continued contribution to our Resource Charity Project is a major source of sustenance for thousands of individuals and/or families.  The SkyGlo Enterprises Team wishes your organization much success for 2017 and throughout the journey of life.

5 Things You Should Know About Stress

5 Things You Should Know About Stress

Everyone feels stressed from time to time. But what is stress? How does it affect your health? And what can you do about it?

Stress is how the brain and body respond to any demand. Every type of demand or stress or—such as exercise, work, school, major life changes, or traumatic events—can be stressful.

Stress can affect your health. It is important to pay attention to how you deal with minor and major stress events so that you know when to seek help.

Here are five things you should know about stress:

1. Stress affects everyone.

Everyone feels stressed from time to time. Some people may cope with stress more effectively or recover from stressful events more quickly than others. There are different types of stress—all of which carry physical and mental health risks. A stressor may be a one time or short term occurrence, or it can be an occurrence that keeps happening over a long period of time.

Examples of stress include:

  • Routine stress related to the pressures of work, school, family and other daily responsibilities
  • Stress brought about by a sudden negative change, such as losing a job, divorce, or illness
  • Traumatic stress experienced in an event like a major accident, war, assault, or a natural disaster where people may be in danger of being seriously hurt or killed. People who experience traumatic stress often experience temporary symptoms of mental illness, but most recover naturally soon after.

2. Not all stress is bad.

Stress can motivate people to prepare or perform, like when they need to take a test or interview for a new job. Stress can even be life-saving in some situations. In response to danger, your body prepares to face a threat or flee to safety. In these situations, your pulse quickens, you breathe faster, your muscles tense, your brain uses more oxygen and increases activity—all functions aimed at survival.

3. Long-term stress can harm your health.

Health problems can occur if the stress response goes on for too long or becomes chronic, such as when the source of stress is constant, or if the response continues after the danger has subsided. With chronic stress, those same life-saving responses in your body can suppress immune, digestive, sleep, and reproductive systems, which may cause them to stop working normally.

Different people may feel stress in different ways. For example, some people experience mainly digestive symptoms, while others may have headaches, sleeplessness, sadness, anger or irritability. People under chronic stress are prone to more frequent and severe viral infections, such as the flu or common cold.

Routine stress may be the hardest type of stress to notice at first. Because the source of stress tends to be more constant than in cases of acute or traumatic stress, the body gets no clear signal to return to normal functioning. Over time, continued strain on your body from routine stress may contribute to serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other illnesses, as well as mental disorders like depression or anxiety.

4. There are ways to manage stress.

The effects of stress tend to build up over time. Taking practical steps to manage your stress can reduce or prevent these effects. The following are some tips that may help you to cope with stress:

  • Recognize the Signs of your body’s response to stress, such as difficulty sleeping, increased alcohol and other substance use, being easily angered, feeling depressed, and having low energy.
  • Talk to Your Doctor or Health Care Provider. Get proper health care for existing or new health problems.
  • Get Regular Exercise. Just 30 minutes per day of walking can help boost your mood and reduce stress.
  • Try a Relaxing Activity. Explore stress coping programs, which may incorporate meditation, yoga, tai chi, or other gentle exercises. For some stress-related conditions, these approaches are used in addition to other forms of treatment. Schedule regular times for these and other healthy and relaxing activities. Learn more about these techniques on the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) website at (www.nccih.nih.gov/health/stress ).
  • Set Goals and Priorities. Decide what must get done and what can wait, and learn to say no to new tasks if they are putting you into overload. Note what you have accomplished at the end of the day, not what you have been unable to do.
  • Stay Connected with people who can provide emotional and other support. To reduce stress, ask for help from friends, family, and community or religious organizations.
  • Consider a Clinical Trial. Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), NCCIH, and other research facilities across the country are studying the causes and effects of psychological stress, and stress management techniques. You can learn more about studies that are recruiting by visiting www.nimh.nih.gov/joinastudy or www.clinicaltrials.gov  (keyword: stress).

5. If you’re overwhelmed by stress, ask for help from a health professional.

You should seek help right away if you have suicidal thoughts, are overwhelmed, feel you cannot cope, or are using drugs or alcohol to cope. Your doctor may be able to provide a recommendation. You can find resources to help you find a mental health provider by visiting www.nimh.nih.gov/findhelp.

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Anyone experiencing severe or long-term, unrelenting stress can become overwhelmed. If you or a loved one is having thoughts of suicide, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  (suicidepreventionlifeline.org ) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to anyone. All calls are confidential.

For More Information

For more information on conditions that affect mental health, resources, and research, visit www.mentalhealth.gov , or the NIMH website at www.nimh.nih.gov. In addition, the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus   service has information on a wide variety of health topics, including conditions that affect mental health.

National Institute of Mental Health
Office of Science Policy, Planning, and Communications
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Phone: 301-443-4513 or
1-866-615-NIMH (6464) toll-free
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FAX: 301-443-4279
E-mail: nimhinfo@nih.gov
Website: www.nimh.nih.gov 
NIH Publication No. OM 16-4310

Welcome to SkyGLo

SkyGlo Enterprises Inc. is a corporation consisting of three key business offering – Travel, Healthcare, and Consulting services. These three areas are serviced by our three subsidiaries. We strive for excellence in all of our endeavors, and are committed to assisting you in meeting your goals.

SkyGlo Travel is a full service travel agency, that serves our clients’ global travel needs – leisure, business, and entertainment – while remembering that they are our most prized possessions. We specialize in Caribbean travel, and we have a unique knowledge of the islands. Our cultural foundation sets us apart from other agencies that do not have the same Caribbean background.

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Our core values are:
Balance – Using resources efficiently and effectively.
Commitment – Dedicating ourselves to the improvement of the lives of all.
Compassion – Caring for all with dignity and respect.
Excellence – Leaders in quality using expertise and innovation.
Love – Service delivery with the expression of positive sentiments.
Professionalism – Guided and inspired by the knowledge and skills acquired.
Trust – Daily demonstrations of honesty and integrity.