Top 10 waterparks in the the world

osta Caribe Aquatic Park, Tarragona, Spain

If Sommarland’s 21-metre freefall ride sounds scary, try adding another 10 metres to that drop. That’s what faces those who brave the King Khajuna slide at Costa Caribe Aquatic – the highest freefall slide in Europe. The Caribbean-themed park is just over an hour from Barcelona by car or direct train and has thousands of tropical plants as well as beaches and palm trees. It is part of the huge PortAventura resort and theme park, which is one of the most popular on the continent.
Over-11s €22.80, 4-10s €22, open May-September,

Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool, UK

Sandcastle Waterpark. Blackpool. UK

The UK’s largest indoor waterpark keeps things tropical at a humid 28C. The most thrilling rides are two Aztec Falls that fly out of the building and in again, and Montazooma, a mat slide with 360-degree loops – though these are in the Hyperzone, which costs an extra £6.25. It also claims the world’s longest indoor water roller coaster and the first indoor vertical waterslide.
Over-12s £15.25, 3-11s £12.25, family of three/four £37.50/£48.50, opening hours vary throughout the year,

Alton Towers Waterpark, Staffordshire, UK

Alton Towers Waterpark. Staffordshire, UK

Part of the popular Alton Towers Resort complex, this waterpark (which in 2009 famously banned men from wearing Speedos to preserve its familyt atmosphere) is another great year-round attraction. Built to mimic a tropical lagoon, with rock pools and palm trees, it has mega slides such as the Master Blaster Water Coaster, an area for younger kids – the Wacky Waterworks Tree House – and a relaxing spa for parents.
Online tickets over-12s £15, under-12s £10.50, open all year,

Skara Sommarland, Skara, Sweden

Skara Sommarland. Skara, Sweden Low res
Photograph: PR

Europe’s major waterparks tend to be concentrated in the continent’s warmer regions, but those visiting Sweden in summer may find Scandinavia’s largest waterpark worth a visit. Skara Sommarland is an outdoor park with around 40 attractions – and heated water throughout. It will probably be enjoyed most by younger children, but newer rides such as Big Drop – in which the brave can freefall for a scary 21 metres after being released by a trap door – should be thrilling enough for all ages.
€38, children under a metre tall free, open early June to mid-August,

Fasouri Watermania, Limassol, Cyprus

Fasouri Watermania
Photograph: Iakovos Hatzistavrou/AFP/Getty Images

This award-winning, 100,000-square-metre park has dozens of attractions, one of the most prominent being a huge wave pool. As well as the usual mix of slides there’s a 400-metre-long Lazy River ride, with inflatable rafts for drifting downstream. The park also has a massage parlour (and a fish spa for those who are into that) so parents can kick back while the kids go wild.
Adult €30, child €17, open May to October,

Aquariaz, Avoriaz, France

Aquariaz. Avoriaz, France
Photograph: Pascal Gombert

The amusement park world has always gone in for “biggest, longest, fastest” accolades. This one, near the Swiss border, stakes its claim as Europe’s highest waterpark: dubbing itself “an aquatic paradise in the mountains”. With a bit more of a soothing spirit than the usual brightly coloured tangle of slides and rides, Aquariaz has pools surrounded by tropical greenery and a dedicated “chill-out space” with bubble massages. There’s still some action to be had, however, thanks to the Slidewinder, a watery half-pipe for zooming down on an inflatable.
Adult €8, child €6, open during summer and winter ski seasons, closed Saturdays,

Tropical Islands, near Berlin, Germany

Tropical Islands. Germany

In a giant dome with a backboard painted to look like the sky, this German waterpark is a vast, Truman Show-esque environment with a welcome feel of the tropics just 35km south of Berlin. There’s a beach, a lagoon and what claims to be Germany’s largest waterslide (27 metres), while high and dry attractions include indoor balloon rides – highly appropriate given that the 360-metre diameter dome that houses the park was originally an airship hangar. An extra €8 buys access to the enormous tropical sauna “landscape” complete with Angkor Wat-style temple, setting for steam baths and massages.
Adult €36, child €28.50, open year-round,

Alpamare, near Zurich, Switzerland

Alpamare. Switzerland

Europe’s biggest covered waterpark boasts 11 water slides and “neverending” slide fun, which can only be a good thing right? As well as the slides – with names such as Cobra, Alpabob and Double Bob Splash Pipe – there is a range of heated pools, including a 36C salt bath.
Four-hour pass from £27 adult, £22 child, check website for price deals, open year-round,

WaterWorld, Ayia Napa, Cyprus

WaterWorld Waterpark. Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Designed on an ancient Greek theme, WaterWorld’s slides include the snaking, 124-metre-long Apollo’s Plunge and a Drop to Atlantis log ride. The latter claims to be the only slide of its kind to include audio visual effects within the ride. The award-winning landscaped park is dotted with white columns and replicas of classical statues, and ancient ships, making it a fun, adventurous set-up for a family day out.
Online tickets over-13s €30, 3-to-12s €16, open May-October,

AquaPark Parc Maguide, Biscarrosse, France

AquaPark Parc Maguide, Biscarrosse, France

A different style of waterpark from the usual slides ’n’ rides, this one takes the form of a lake filled with giant inflatables designed to hurl thrillseekers into the sky and, ultimately, into the water. These include a giant catapult, a huge slide and inflatable balls big enough to run around inside. It’s similar to Area 47– a huge outdoor adventure park in Austria’s Ötztal valley that’s also highly recommended.

VIDEO: Engine Failure On Sky Bahamas – Pilot Lands with One Engine





Mid-air a Sky Bahamas flight from Nassau to Freeport experienced engine failure, earlier yesterday.

We can confirm that the plane safely landed, and we are grateful that passengers and crew are well as can be given the circumstances.

A SMALL SkyBahamas Airlines flight with five passengers and three crewmembers was forced to return to the capital shortly after takeoff on Tuesday after pilots reported hearing “strange” noises coming from one of the plane’s engines.

According to airline CEO Captain Randy Butler, the plane, which departed from Nassau at 11.30am headed to Freeport, Grand Bahama experienced engine trouble.

The plane returned to the Lynden Pindling International Airport safely. Mr Butler said all passengers were in good condition, except one, who reportedly was hospitalised.


42 Incredibly Stunning Aerial Views of The Real Jamaica You Have Never Seen

Here are 42 incredibly stunning aerial shots of the real Jamaica — you have never seen before. From the luxuriant parish of Portland through to the beautiful city of Kingston, to the crystal blue waters in Negril. To truly enjoy the impeccable beauty captured in these large photographs, they are best viewed on a computer.

A panoramic shot of West End Negril, Jamaica. Beautifully captured by Scuba Dive Jamaica

The Appleton Estate located in the picturesque Nassau Valley in St Elizabeth, Jamaica. Photo by @blackmuggul

Portland’s coastline. Photo: Warren Weir

Sitting on 11 lush acres in the capital city, the stately Devon House mansion, in St. Andrew, was the home of Jamaica’s first black millionaire, George Stiebel. It was built in 1881, on what was originally a 51-acre property. Photo: Warren Weir

Montego Bay’s “Hip Strip”, Jamaica. Photo by @BlackMuggul

Approaching the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. Photo s.adjani

The Royal Botanical Gardens, commonly called “Hope Gardens”, occupies 200 acres of land in the Ligunaea Plains of urban St Andrew. Photo: Warren Weir

Overlooking Jewel Hotel Runaway Bay, Jamaica. Photo by @BlackMuggul

Rafting along the Rio Grande in Portland. Photo Warren Weir

Spur Tree Hill marks the boundary between Manchester and St Elizabeth Parish and offers spectacular views over the St Elizabeth lowlands. Photo by CoreyMus

Downtown Kingston, Jamaica heading East. Photo by blackmuggul

Overlooking Kingston and St. Andrew. Visible are the National Stadium, National Arena, New Kingston, Downtown Kingston. Photo Warren Weir

New Kingston, St. Andrew by night. Overlooking The Emancipation Park. Photo: Vanni Hinds Photos

The city of Kingston Photo: Warren Weir

Matilda’s Corner, Liguanea, St. Andrew. Photo: Warren Weir

Lucea, a coastal town in Jamaica and the capital of the parish of Hanover. Photo: blackmuggul

Overlooking a little community called Retreat in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland. Photo by @scubadivejamaica

Aerial view of the resort town of Ocho Rios, St. Ann. Photo by @scubadivejamaica

The villas by San san Port Antonio, Portland. Photo: @wings62

Flat Bridge that spans the deceptively mighty Rio Cobre within the Bog Walk Gorge in St CatherineIt is one of the oldest bridges in Jamaica. While it cannot be positively ascertained when this bridge was built, but was definitely constructed after 1724. Photo: Warren Weir

Navy Island, Port Antonio Jamaica. Photo: blackmuggul

The hue from the Sun setting on New Kingston. Photo: blackmuggul

Norbrook, an upscale neighbourhood in St. Andrew. Photo: Coreymus

San san ????????☀️???? Portland. Photo: Coreymus

“People like ants”. Shot of Downtown Kingston shopping district close to South Parade. Photo: blackmuggul

Rain pelts Downtown Kingston, Jamaica. Photo: blackmuggul

Overlooking parts of Kingston and Upper St Andrew from an helicopter above the Blue Mountains during summer 2015. Photo: blackmuggul

The Kingston Harbor, Norman Manley International Airport to the right, a section of the Blue Mountains in the back. Photo: mrsammill

Caymanas Estate in St Catherine. Photo by CoreyMus

The Blue Hole Near Ocho Rios, St. Ann. Photo: artisticdesire

Trident Hotel in Portland. Photo by CoreyMus

The country side! Allison district, Located near Bellefield ???????????? in Manchester in west-central Jamaica . Photo: ProudJamaicans

Negril’s Seven Mile Beach, Westmoreland. Photo by @scubadivejamaica

Black Hill, Portland, Jamaica. Photo: CoreyMus

The Rio Grande in Port Antonio, Jamaica. Photo: blackmuggul

Mona community and its Reservoir, the Blue Mountains in the back, St. Andrew. Photo: blackmuggul

From the Mona Reservoir, the Blue Mountains in the back, St. Andrew. Photo: CoreyMus

Aerial Shot of Coastal Towns of Falmouth Photo:blackmuggul

The Negril Treehouse Resort in Westmoreland. Photo: scubadivejamaica

The Black River in St Elizabeth. Photo: blackmuggul

Reverse angle of Downtown and West Kingston, Jamaica. Visible are St William Grant Park, Coronation Market as well as Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee Hospitals. Photo: blackmuggul

The Family Caribbean Experience

Families will have no trouble finding things to do together in the Caribbean – every one of the islands is a playground of beaches, guided tours, snorkeling trips and hiking trails. Pet and feed the stingrays in Stingray City in the Cayman Islands, stand on an ostrich egg at the Ostrich Farm in Curacao or take a camel ride through the estate at Prospect Plantation in Jamaica. If animals just aren’t your family’s go-to, you can zip-line through the canopy in Jamaica, or put on a dive helmet and explore a reef fifteen feet below the surface on a Sea Trek in St. Thomas. Family-friendly memories are easily within reach anywhere you go in the Caribbean.

Many of the Caribbean’s finest water parks are connected with a resort, which puts non-resort guests at a disadvantage. Happily, Jamaica’s Kool Runnings in Negril is freestanding. The water park is easy to access with convenient parking, which isn’t always the case for resort-based water parks.

The five-acre park has 10 water slides (the largest is 40-feet high), with colorful names like Duppy Conqueror and Kick Puppalick. There’s also a play area for the tiny tots and a lazy river with waterfalls. Kool Runnings also has a juice bar, sports bar and three restaurants. Try the Sweet Potato Grill, where guests can dine on Jamaican jerk chicken. Visitors to Kool Runnings can get a special price when they combine their ticket with the adjacent and affiliated Adventure Zone, where they can indulge in paintball battles, laser tag and go-kart races.

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Pirate’s Island

Beaches in Turks and Caicos features the 45,000-square-foot Pirate’s Island water park. (Photo: Steve Sanacore)

Over the last decade or so Beaches Turks & Caicos has been setting the bar for family vacations. Little kids stop in their tracks when they encounter life-size Sesame Street characters, while teens peel off to disappear in the resort’s xBox lounge.

One place they all come together is the resort’s 45,000-square-foot Pirate’s Island water park. There are lots of exciting features that will keep kids on their toes, including ten water slides, water cannons, and spray features. Those looking for a gentler diversion can float down the park’s 650-foot Lazy River and there’s a zero-entry pool for the littlest ones just learning to walk, let alone swim. The park also a waterfall pool and a tweens-only pool. The Sky Slide is 42 feet high, making it the highest waterslide in Turks & Caicos. The “wow” factor attraction at Pirate’s Island is the Surf-Simulator, which allows surfers of all experience levels a chance to hang ten on a variety of recreated wave conditions.

Beaches Turks & Caicos is an all-inclusive resort, which means all of the water park activities are included. This also applies to food and drink. Kids love having their own swim-up bar and 50s style diner and ice cream parlor, all within the waterpark. Those who want to take a break from the water-filled action can head over to Pirate Island’s Rainforest Gameroom.


Atlantis Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas, is a sprawling resort complex that contains the 141-acre Aquaventure, a huge water park playground of 12 pools and nine waterslides. (Photo: Ethan Kaplan)

Atlantis Paradise Island is a destination unto itself. Visitors approach the resort via the Paradise Island Bridge, Nassau, The Bahamas. Once they reach the other side, they’re in another world. The sprawling resort complex contains the 141-acre Aquaventure, a huge water park playground of 12 pools and nine waterslides. There are even water escalators for kids who want to save all their energy for the twists and turns of the water slides.

Additional features at the Mayan-themed water park include a snorkeling lagoon, a mile-long lazy river, and a kids-themed water fort. Friendly competition can be had on the Challenger Slide, where two people can race each other down the twin slides and then see who was fastest by comparing speeds on the slide’s time clock.

The pièce de résistance at the park is the Leap of Faith slide, featuring a 60-foot drop into a clear acrylic tunnel where you can watch sharks swim in a lagoon on the other side of the acrylic wall.

A change of pace can be had on Aquaventure’s Paradise Island’s Climber’s Rush, a rock climbing wall with a variety of surfaces presenting different levels of difficulty. There’s also an adults-only pool for those who need to bring the action down a notch, complete with daybeds and DJs.

Admission to Aquaventure is complimentary for guests staying at Atlantis; day passes are on sale for those not staying at the resort but availability is sometimes limited. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Scientists tweaked mosquito DNA to block malaria in its tracks

Malaria is a devastating disease, and all it takes to get infected is a mosquito bite.
But there may be a way to reduce its spread.

Using a new genetic editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas9, scientists modified the genes of mosquitoes to make them resistant to the malaria pathogen Plasmodium falciparum, according to a study published Monday in the journal PNAS.

Once they made the tweak, the mosquitoes were allowed to mate, and voila! By the third generation, the modified genes were passed on to more than 99% of the insects’ offspring.

“This is really big step forward in the quest for genetic control of malaria,” study co-author Ethan Bier, a geneticist at the University of California, San Diego, told Business Insider.

Malaria killed more than half a million people last year, mostly in low-income countries in Africa and in other developing countries as well, according to the World Health Organization. The use of new drugs, protective equipment, and environmental changes have helped reduce deaths from malaria by nearly 50% since 2000, but the disease still carries a huge burden.

Spreading malaria resistance

Scientists have had some success in creating “transgenic” mosquitoes whose DNA has been modified to prevent them from being able to spread the Plasmodium parasite. The problem with that is that when these mosquitoes mate with wild ones, only about 50% of the offspring inherit this ability, so it would take many more transgenic insects to reach a point where all mosquitoes stop spreading the disease.

So Bier and his colleagues used CRISPR to take it a step further.

Normally when animals reproduce sexually, they inherit two copies of a gene — one from their mother and one from their father, so any particular gene gets passed on to about half of the resulting offspring.

But using the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing method, it’s possible to introduce a gene that converts the other copy into the same version of the gene. Every time an animal reproduces, almost all of its offspring will inherit two copies of the new gene. In this way, a genetic change can rapidly spread through a population — a phenomenon knows as gene drive.

Bier and his team used gene drive to introduce a gene into Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes, which are responsible for roughly 12% of all malaria cases in India. They inserted the gene into a chromosome that controls eye color, so they could see which mosquitoes inherited the gene based on the color of their eyes.

In the 99.5% of the insects which inherited it, the gene worked by blocking the spread of malaria in two steps:

It blocked the parasite from spreading from blood in the insect’s stomach to its body
It blocked the parasite from spreading from its body to its salivary gland
By stopping it in two steps, it’s much harder for the parasite to develop resistance.

Ultimately, the researchers plan to insert the malaria-resistant genes into parts of the mosquito’s genome that don’t alter eye color, so the genetic changes don’t affect the insect itself. These “neutral” changes are less likely to harm the ecosystem, Bier said.

Controlling it in the wild

One of the biggest fears about creating gene drives centers on the risk that they could escape the lab and get into another species, where they could cause ecological damage.

But Bier said the risk of these genes getting transferred to another species is “almost zero.” That’s because their approach can target a unique genetic sequence that is only found in the population of P. falciparum mosquitoes they are trying to modify.

Mosquitoes aren’t the first living things that scientists have tested the new technique in. Harvard geneticist George Church and his colleagues did it earlier this year in yeast.

“With 600,000 lives at stake each year, hopefully this [new work] will get thorough, high priority experiments on safety and effectiveness,” Church, who was not involved in the latest study with mosquitoes, told Business Insider in an email.

However, he also highlighted the need for international approval from a body like the UN, “since mosquitoes do not stop at national borders.”

Church and his colleagues have done similar research on the primary malaria-carrying mosquito in Africa, Anopheles gambiae, and they hope to extend this work to other animals, such as white-footed mice, which carry Lyme disease.

Jamaica fourth best island in the Caribbean – TripAdvisor

“Is there anything better than stretching out like a cat in a warm patch of Jamaican sun?”

Travelers have voted Jamaica as the fourth best island in the Caribbean, according to TripAdvisor’s recently-released Traveler’s Choice Awards 2015.

The island was recognised for its forests which, according to TripAdvisor, feature prime hiking and bird watching opportunities.

“History buffs can (visit) the heritage sites of Trelawny, while reggae and dancehall fans will love the authentic music clubs of Kingston,” the American travel website added, noting as well that “Montego Bay is perfect for snorkeling and shopping, while the spas of Ocho Rios can make any stresses melt away.”

Jamaica placed behind Provindenciales, Turks and Caicos; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; and Barbados on the “Top 10 Islands – Caribbean 2015” list.

See the complete list below:

Top 10 Islands – Caribbean

Provindenciales, Turks and Caicos
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
St. Maarten-St. Martin
St. Lucia
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Puerto Rico
Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda.
TripAdvisor, which is rated as the world’s largest travel website, says its Traveler’s Choice Awards is “based on millions of reviews and opinions from travelers around the world”. The awards reflect “the best of the best” for service, quality, and customer satisfaction, from hotels and accommodations to destinations, attractions, and even brands and products, according to the website.

Hospital patient being tested for Zik-V in Jamaica

In a press release on Monday, Chief Medical Officer Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse says a sample was taken from an individual and was sent to CARPHA for confirmation.

“The sample will be tested for viruses, including dengue, chikungunya and zika. We are taking the precaution to rule out these diseases, in particular the zika virus, which has never been identified in Jamaica nor the Latin American and Caribbean region outside of Brazil,” Dr DuCasse indicated.

“The ministry has heightened its response given that this is the period where we usually see an increase in mosquito-borne illnesses,” she asserted.

In a statement from CARPHA, Executive Director Dr James Hospedales said that the sample was received by the institution today and “will be processed by tomorrow and the results should be available by Friday.”

The news release further outlined that the patient, whose identity is being withheld, has been interviewed by the health team and contact investigation is presently being done.

According to the ministry, the vector control team has increased fogging activities in and around the suspected areas that may be affected.

Household visits will also be done by the Health Department and public education activities will be increased, the release continued.

Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson is reportedly in discussions on the matter with Dr Hospedales and the Director of PAHO, Dr Carissa Etienne – both of whom have pledged the full support of their institutions if the sample returns positive.

In the meantime, CMO DuCasse used the opportunity to stress the importance of people destroying mosquito breeding sites and protecting themselves from mosquito bites.

“Chikungunya, dengue and zika viruses are spread by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. Persons need to understand that they have a very great responsibility to reduce mosquito breeding,” Dr DuCasse said.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is almost always found in and around areas where people live, work and play.

Citizens are urged to search for and destroy mosquito breeding sites in and around their homes, workplaces and communities by getting rid of old tyres and containers in which water can settle, punching holes in tins before disposing, and covering large drums, barrels and tanks holding water.

No Pilot

Caribbean Airlines Flight was canceled Sunday, August 9, 2015 because there was no Pilot !!!

Passengers that were suppose to be on the route from Norman Manley Airport Jamaica to New York on the 7pm flight were told their flight is cancelled because there was no Pilot available to fly the plane.

no pilot jamaica

Passengers at the Norman Manley Jamaica Airline that were suppose to fly to New York were distressed and enraged.

The airline offered all passengers hotel vouchers whilst another flight is scheduled; expected Monday at 7am 10, August 2015.

One passenger said “ticket is too damn expensive fi dem a put weh tru all a dis slackness”