Turning Turtle

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One hundred and seventy five million years ago, a weird creature that did not belong with the dinosaurs crawled onto the sandy shore of a land now lost. And for those 175 million years, these creatures that crawled onto the beaches have stayed. They’ve gone all around the world.

With their hard backs and soft insides, they seem to be unstoppable having survived the meteor that killed the dinosaurs, and the ice age which killed the mammoths.

But, as it would seem, the luck of the turtles has run out.

Yes, they survived the meteor and the ice age, but they appear to be falling now. It appears they cannot survive in the time of Man.

In 2011 the Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group published a report with the 25 species of turtles about to go extinct and the 40 most likely to go extinct, 65 species out of a known 300.

In the words of the biologist George Amato, “the amount and the volume of captured turtles… (has) vacuumed up entire species from areas in Southeast Asia.” It is calculated that about 90% of the turtles living in Asia are threatened.

They are a species that have lived through everything. How sad would it be if those they share the planet with are those who end up killing them.

“A friend in need is a friend in deed,” I believe we got this saying from an old turtle based story. Ironic isn’t it.

So be the friend that the turtles like the Loggerhead turtle, the Ridley turtle and the Flatback turtle need.

Donate to the charity of your choice, the world, the turtles need it. And yes, you’ll be thinking who cares about a few dead turtles. But we should care. Because it would be a shame to see their face next to the face of a dodo in a book in the chapter titled “Extinct Animals.”

And the best way to start helping them is to get to know them a little.

So pop on down to Australia, where some of the more endangered species and some of the more common species are protected in aquariums throughout the country.

Why? Because you are their #BigTicketNext to survival!

 

And, just because we care, and we think it’s cool, here’s our list of the best looking turtles from around the world:

  1. Loggerhead Sea Turtle – this turtle is found throughout the world.
  2. Spotted Turtle – Also known as Clemmy’s Guttata and is found in Canada and the USA
  3. The Sea Turtle – Found in all seas and oceans except the Polar regions.
  4. The Leatherback Sea Turtle – Found all over the world.
  5. Olive Ridley Sea Turtle – A resident of warm water and tropical islands it’s found mostly in the Indian and Pacific oceans.
  6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

 

World Turtle Day is May 23rd. Spend it with the turtles this year!

Get tickets to the Sea Life Aquariums in Melbourne, Sydney, Manly and Mooloolaba at kyazoonga.com.au!

10 reasons why Chris Gayle is #BigTicketNext

A gentleman’s game they said.

‘Oh, really?’ he said.

Chris Gayle, in his entire career of hitting red and white leather balls into the stands, has defied the common and largely true belief that cricket is a “Gentleman’s Game” with inimitable exploits such as out-Aussieing the Aussies when he gave Michael Clarke a taste of Aussie sledging in their famous encounter in the 2006 Champion’s Trophy.

A man who never cared for the niceties and the pleasantries of life, in cricket and outside, someone who is known to speak his heart, and speak it all, holding nothing back, certainly enjoys the finer luxuries of life.

Such people are rare; few and far between.

Gayle shows us the way to be a hero without having to be the gentleman, a person who is truly rare, not just in cricket, but ever.

It is our firm belief, that it is his firm belief, that conventions have been created by civilization for him to break them, and being the kind of person he is, no one minds him breaking them.

He is a man who once said that he could score a hundred at any condition, and was taken seriously.

He has branded himself with the titles that the cricketing world fondly uses while referring to him – Universe Boss, King Gayle, Super Boss, Gayle Force, Gayle Storm. And his legend grows with every new exploit and title.

But the world of cricket, a world previously of tea-drinkers, well-spoken gentlemen and perfect players, has been changed, forever in the past 20 years or so, with the arrival of legends and the ‘imperfect players’ that love the game, love the people, and want to change it all.

For the better.

A man of unstoppable force, becoming the first batsman ever to reach the 10,000 runs landmark in T20 cricket very recently, is certainly the face of this change, a leader and a pioneer in the ways that cricket is enjoyed.

A man who entertains the crowd with more than just his superb skill, he is a man who entertains people because he can, and because he wants to as can be seen on his social media SitCom “Everybody Rates Chris”.

Here are our top ten reasons why we believe Chris Gayle is #BigTicketNext

  1. Have you seen him dance?

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2. We love the way he plays like running between the wickets is for lesser mortals. And then again, maybe it is.

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3. His soft voice – we can never get over what a gentle giant this man is.

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4. The look on the faces of the opposition every time he walks out to bat.

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5. The look on the faces of the opposition every time they manage to get him out.

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6. The look on the faces of crowds when he unleashes a high powered #GayleStorm.

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7. The look on the faces of his teammates when they know Gayle has come to the party.

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8. Every single one of the 10000 runs in T20 cricket.

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9. His Universe Boss title-earning 743 sixes.

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10. The #BigTicketNext pleasure, pride and privilege of ticketing all the amazing matches he and his Caribbean teammates bring to life at the #CPL!

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Things to do in Kingston on your #BIGTICKET

Aside from hosting #TheBiggestPartyInSport this summer, Kingston, Jamaica has got a lot to offer. If you get one of our package deals with Courtleigh Hotels or Knutsford Court Hotels, you can get travel and accommodation within Kingston as well as your match ticket for discounted rates! And while you’re there, take a look at some of the attractions and activities you can do on your #BIGTICKET, hand-picked by the Kyazoonga staff below.

Devon House

Visit the home of the first black millionaire in the Caribbean, George Stiebel, and roam the parks, restaurants, and shops in an experience that will appeal to fresh tourists and seasoned Jamaicans alike.

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Gerrit / Via Trekearth

Most promising review: “A wonderful place to visit, where you can spend next to nothing, or a lot of money! You can choose to tour the perfectly preserved 19th century house- not too expensive and not too long. A good intro to the history of the time. Then there are the grounds, with a couple of good restaurants, an ice cream shop (ambrosia) and various shops with a variety of local craft items, books etc.” — evie v

Chocolate Dreams Ltd.

While you’re at the Devon House, head to this chocolate-lovers’ paradise for some of the most sumptious hand-made treats you’ve ever had.

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Via Chocolate Dreams Ltd.

Most promising review: “Truffles that melt in your mouth, my favourite ‘Appleton white chocolate’, they got me at Appleton! The brownie topped with caramel and pecans was ‘on point’. The red velvet cake looked divine. You have lots of ‘sweet choices’ with a very friendly and attentive staff.” — xlcr73

Emancipation Park

Located in central Kingston, this park is a nice place to unwind and relax before the big game.

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Via Modern Media Services Jamaica

Most promising review: “This park is a wonderful place to go for a walk or a jog. The statue at the entrance is gorgeous! the water features in the park are refreshing (you can’t walk or swim in them) and the path ways are wide and level. The gardens are very well maintained and really relaxing. Very safe place, especially during the day for a single woman to stroll or jog. worth a visit!” — kymm95

Bob Marley Museum

If you’ve got an hour to spare, take a tour and learn about a musical legend at this museum, but maybe don’t count on having a complete meal at their café.

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Via Lonely Planet

Most promising review: “Loved the tour. I grew up in Jamaica but still learned a few things. Our tour guide “Sue or the crazy one” was really knowledgable, funny and was high on life or something else. She made it really fun!! I wish if they served more food at the cafe” — Nat B

National Gallery

This is a must see for Edna Manley fans! The museum showcases a wonderful collection of Jamaican art consisting of pieces dating back to the 1920s as well as productions from today’s emerging local artists.

National Gallery of Jamaica - Kingston - Tourism Media / Via Expedia
National Gallery of Jamaica – Kingston – Tourism Media / Via Expedia

Most promising review: “Each time I go to the National Gallery I am transported to a world of pure bliss! I get lost in the beautiful art throughout the ages. From the pulsating and controversial sculptures of Kapo, to the fantasy of Colin Garland, and Edna Manley’s strong and erotic pieces, to name only a few. Then there is the very tasteful gift shop where one can relax and nibble on freshly baked muffins and strongly brewed blue mountain coffee. My artist daughter and I had the greatest girls morning out ever. Yes for sure we will be going back” — Annette W

National Dance Theatre

An internationally acclaimed company that seamlessly incorporates modern dance elements into Caribbean traditions, this is one troop you can’t afford to miss while in Kingston.

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Winston Sill / Via The Gleaner

Most promising review: “The National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica is among the best of the best. The choreography and technical skill of the dancers are amazing. The music that accompanies each piece is just as good and made me want to jump out of my seat (especially the live drumming). NDTC performances are not just about dance, they also encompass various elements of Jamaican culture including its African roots. If you are in Kingston during the NDTC season, definitely make it a point to attend one of their performances. You won’t regret it.” — xxSHA-SHAxx

While booking your #BIGTICKET for the CPL, why not leave the messiness of finding travel and accommodation within Jamaica to us? Book your tickets to the match and your hotel here, and just relax and enjoy #TheBiggestPartyInSport.

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West Indies International Home Series 2016 – Tri Nation ODIs | Buy tickets online on Kyazoonga

Venue Address: Guyana National Stadium, Guyana
Kensington Oval, Barbados
Warner Park, St. KittsEvent Date & Time: Fri, Jun 03, 2016, 13:00 – Sun, Jun 26, 2016, 13:00
International Home Series 2016 – Tri Nation ODIs

Australia, South Africa and WT20 Champions West Indies


MATCH SCHEDULE:

June 3: West Indies vs South Africa – Guyana National Stadium
June 5: West Indies vs Australia – Guyana National Stadium
June 7: Australia vs South Africa – Guyana National Stadium
June 11: South Africa vs Australia – Warner Park
June 13: West Indies vs Australia – Warner Park
June 15: West Indies vs South Africa – Warner Park
June 19: Australia vs South Africa – Kensington Oval
June 21: West Indies vs Australia – Kensington Oval
June 24: West Indies vs South Africa – Kensington Oval
June 26: The Final – Kensington Oval

Buy tickets online for West Indies International Home Series 2016 – Tri Nation ODIs on Kyazoonga.com!

http://www.kyazoonga.com/AboutCricket/International-Home-Series-2016—Tri-Nation-ODIs/1750

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The Caribbean Experience – From a Fan

We are glad to present a piece of Caribbean musing by one of our customers and cricket fans who went to the Caribbean to take home the ‘CPL T 20 blues’.

Here’s a verbatim perspective of the Caribbean experience as narrated by a true cricket fan –

 

The league started with a blistering Gayle storm and since then CPL T 20 has been a cricketing marvel. We’ve gotten to see some clean hitting and some smart bowling from a bunch of very active cricketers. With Trinidad and Tobago on top followed by Jamaica, there may be a lot more storms to come. T & T are clearly the favorites to win the league. The build up to the finals in mid August seems to be fantastic and fans have been getting their money’s worth.

While Tino Best has been a topic of controversy, some other cricketers have had a ball both off-field and on-field. New Zealand team mates Ross Taylor and Daniel Vettori have been among the active few who set out to make the most of their stay in the Caribbean. You would find players interacting with the locals and even hitting a ball or two out in the deep blue sea. While kids struggled to hit Vettori out in the sea, Ross Taylor showcased his skills with probably a few lost balls out on the beaches.

 

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The best part about being a cricket fan in the Caribbean is that you can simply bump into cricketers out on the beaches. A select few beaches seem obsessed with the game and as much fun it is to play in the sand, watching the game is a unique experience that comes only in the Caribbean. Unlike a few countries where the players are kept hidden for security reasons, West Indies has a fresh sense of jest and it is a treat to see the players entertain the crowd.

As a cricket fan, you have a lot to take home and as a tourist you have even more to take home. While West Indian cricket is still to revive itself, the prospects seem glamorous. The new kids have shown sufficient talent and skills for them to be a part of the international side in the future. The sprints and the dances on the field are simply a testimony to the fact that West Indians continue to enjoy their cricket and will continue to do so. Off the field, it is a charm to be in the country. Music fills the air and the Calypso beats hit your ears to brew a perfect evening on the beach. The people you meet and the food you eat – it is all summed up in a single expression – ambrosial.