Monday, 8 June 2015


Dive Press Release Monday at Stories based on press releases received by Stephen Weir - as featured on Facebook and Linked In
Last year an Ontario mining corporation told the investment community that it was going to buy an Hawaiian based 54ft luxury yacht and a couple of submarines. On Friday the travel trade learned that the Avery Claire has begun providing the Hawaiian Islands with a one-of-a-kind cruise experience - above and below the water!
In May 2014 Toronto's Zara Resources Inc announced that it had acquired recreational marine assets comprising two recreational submarines, a 10 year lease on a luxury yacht named Avery Claire, and the website offering luxury yacht and diving services for the sum of just $500,000.
In a press release, Zara describes their acquisition this way: "The Avery Claire is a luxury yacht based in Honolulu, Hawaii with three air conditioned staterooms, a multipurpose sunroof deck capable of landing helicopters, and a submarine loading bay. The yacht has been featured in the popular TV series Hawaii Five-O and is intended to be used for recreational activities such as sunset cruises, snorkeling, and scuba diving."
"The Avery Claire is a fully certified diving support vessel, and is equipped with diving equipment including air compressors and first aid and oxygen aid apparatus. The newly modified recreational submarines are also located in Honolulu, Hawaii, and are designed to be launched from the Avery Claire. They have recently been modified to accommodate three passengers, and are intended to offer recreational exploration of the ocean in depths from 20 to 125 feet for up to 6 hours".
Now a year later the Lux Aquatica Hawaii has just unveiled the Avery Claire as a beautiful Hawaiian yacht available for a unique cruise experience that includes a three-person exploration submarine.

"Depending on your desires, we customize either the most serene, beautiful and perfect leisure experience that yachting has to offer -- or pure excitement with a shot of adrenalin. Passengers see dolphins, manta rays, sea turtles and humpback whales in season, and unforgettable sunsets. Those seeking more action and adventure can jump right into the submarine for the most exciting ride of their life," said Captain John Morton.
According to press release issued by Lux "The yellow exploration submarine is equipped with scuba diving equipment. It accommodates a pilot and two passengers and is launched from the yacht to explore depths from 20-125 feet to enjoy a private underwater tour of the grand Hawaiian ocean."
"Every passenger receives movie star treatment at competitive prices. In fact, our Hollywood icon 'Hawaii 5-O' featured the Avery Claire and spotlighted its beauty," said Captain Morton.
Yes it is once again press release Monday on Stephen Weir's facebook page.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Dr Sharpe in Toronto



Canadian educated American whale expert Dr Fred Sharpe (pictured below) was in Toronto last week to promote the new Imax film Humpback Whales. The Alaska based whale expert is featured in the new movie because of his leading-edge theories about the social feeding behaviours of this large cetaceans.

Narrated by two-time Golden Globe nominee Ewan McGregor, Humpback Whales is a immersive ocean adventure that invites audiences to dive into the underwater world of these 17-metre, 45 ton mammals. Humpback Whales has been made by Freeman Films who have done many other underwater documentaries including The Living Sea, Dolphins, Coral Reef Adventure and To the Arctic.

While many of the science large format documentaries bemoan the demise of the animals they are featuring, Humpback Whales, in comparision is a good news story. Once feared as monsters, and very nearly hunted to extinction, today humpback whales are in the midsts of a slow but remarkable recovery.

The Alaska based whale expert is featured in the new movie because of his theories of the feeding behaviours of this large cetaceans. The movie has a CGI sequence based on his research into their use of a "bubble-netting" hunting practice.

According to Dr. Sharpe, bubble-netting is where whale hunting teams work together to find and scoop up fish. When "bubble netting” some of the whales in the group corral fish by blowing a constant stream of air bubbles around the perimeter of their school, trapping the fish inside. This allows the other whales to swim in from below and hoover up the confused fish! 

Humpback Whales is currently playing at the Ontario Science Centre and at museums and science centres across Canada and the United States in 3-D and 2-D formats.


Biography - Raesha Sirois


The Face of the Festival

Does one have to be born in the West Indies to have Carnival Fever? It certainly cannot hurt!

Raesha Sirois, born in St. James, Trinidad, immigrated to Canada in 1970 and grew up in Scarborough, Ontario. Although she enjoyed a Canadian environment and learned to embrace winter out on the slopes with her snowboard, Trinidadian culture was a great part of her upbringing. This included eating her mother’s Creole cooking, listening to Soca, pan and chutney music, and regular month-long trips down to Trinidad to visit relatives in the summer.
Raesha played clarinet in the Toronto parang group, La Petite Musicale in the late 80s and joined Silhouettes Steel orchestra to play steel pan in 1994.  She is the only known 9-bass player in Canada to own her own set of pans and currently plays with Pan Fantasy Steel band, led by 2015 Harry Jerome award winner, Wendy Jones.
A full-time dental hygienist for 22 years, Raesha works out of 3 clinics, including The Art of Dentistry in Yorkville. Her 3 children, aged 24, 13 and 7 have all traveled to the country of her birth and are forced to watch their mother play pan and play Mas in the parade. Favourite food for all of them? Dhalpourie roti with curry chicken!
Raesha regularly attends Carnival in Trinidad, with Panorama Finals and Jouvert being her highlights. Here in Toronto, she plays Mas in the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Parade, competes in Pan Alive and models Mas costumes – this year with Tribal Knights, D’Regulars and the new Durham Mas .
Spare time is hard to find with this lady, but she manages to scrounge up some to weight-train, garden, teach her kids piano (she is a classically-trained pianist) and travel the world. You can often find Raesha commuting to and from work on her Kawasaki Ninja.


Stephen Weir’s Note. The Face Of The Festival Photograph is downloadable from the Festival website. Media is free to use the photograph. Please Credit  Photograph by Anthony Berot  NVP Media Group. Model Make-Up by  Sue Ajodhia ( Motives Make Up)  Melinda Siegal - Assistant

Calvin Taylor is at the head of the Grand Parade in 2015

Calvin Taylor - by Stephen Weir

New Man At The Head Of Parade

Calvin Taylor joins Festival Management Committee (FMC) as the Parade Operations Manager for the Scotia Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2015 season.  He is a Canadian Citizen, born in the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago.  
Calvin attended Sheridan College where he completed a course in Electronics Engineering Technician.  With these credentials and his self motivated drive for success he pursued a very lucrative career in Information Technology Sales, Earning numerous top sales awards along the way.
As a former North American Federation of Musicians booking agent, he booked many Caribbean acts into Toronto for the Caribbean season over the years.
Calvin is no stranger to planning big events.  In 1986 he and a group of investors held a major event at the Varsity Arena called MULTY MUSIC 86.  It featured very popular bands like FireFlight, Messenger, Pryme Tyme, Dominica Swinging Stars and the most popular artiste from Trinidad at that time Mr. David Rudder.
Calvin is well known within the West Indian Community and FMC TMBA, OSA, OCPA, pan lovers, revellers and spectators will benefit immensely from all of his experience and transferable skills.

About Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival

The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, and revelry as well as visual and performing arts. It has become a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. As Carnival is an international cultural phenomenon, the great metropolis of Toronto and its environs will come alive as the city explodes with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands. The Festival Management Committee oversees the running of North America's largest outdoor festival.
Corporate sponsors of this year's festival include: Scotiabank, OLG, The Toronto Star, CTV, CP-24, Virgin Radio, The Canadian Federal Government, The Province of Ontario, City of Toronto, Tourism Toronto, The Greater Toronto Airports Authority, the Ontario Science Centre, and the Liberty Grand.
About Scotiabank 

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