Cuban windsurfer rescued after four days at sea by U.S. Coast Guard | Reuters

MIAMI A Cuban man who attempted to windsurf across the Florida Straits to the United States was rescued on Friday after four days at sea, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The man was one of three who left the communist-ruled Caribbean island on Tuesday, only one of whom reached Florida unassisted.

Under the "wet foot/dry foot" policy of the Cuban Adjustment Act, Cuban migrants who make it onto United States soil are allowed to remain while those intercepted at sea are returned to their home or a third country.

On Friday afternoon, the man was spotted by a boater on the Marquesas Keys, an outcrop of small, uninhabited islands about 20 miles west of Key West, according to U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Peter Bermont.

"He was unable to move himself and the officers had to use his surfboard to carry him," Bermont said.

Many Cubans have died trying to cross the Florida Straits separating the southeast coast of Florida from Cuba and known for its sharks, difficult currents and sudden squalls.

The windsurfer who completed the crossing, identified as viver sports online Henry Vergara Negrin, 24, said he left Jibacoa, Cuba, near Havana at 9 a.m. Tuesday with two companions on separate boards, according to a report by the Key West, Florida, police.

Negrin is the first reported Cuban windsurfer to make the treacherous crossing in two decades. Half a dozen windsurfer attempts were documented during the 1990s, including Lester Moreno Perez who in March 1990 attempted the crossing aged only 17, and was rescued by a freighter 30 miles from Key West.

Negrin took 9-1/2 hours to make it ashore at Key West's luxury Reach Resort. A hotel spokeswoman said guests and a bartender helped him.

Negrin told police his companions' sails went down and he lost sight of them four hours into the journey. He said he knew his companions only as Amando, 28, and Dwarta, 23. Dwarta was found disoriented and drifting Thursday morning about seven miles south of the Florida Keys, the Coast Guard said.

(Editing by Grant McCool)

Kitesurfer Dies After Shark Attack During New Caledonia Vacation

A West Australian man died after a shark attacked him while he was kitesurfing in New Caledonia Tuesday afternoon.

The 50-year-old was surfing on a reef off the coast of Koumac when he fell off his board and into the Blog Viver Esporte water, Australian broadcaster Seven News reported. That's when a shark attacked the man, who has not been publicly identified, biting him on the thigh.

His friends were among several people to witness the attack.

"The crew on the sailing yacht, they saw the attack," Nicolas Renaud, director of New Caledonia's Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, told Sky News. "They tried to save him, to give him a heart massage, but it was too late."

The victim was on a 10-day vacation on the main island of New Caledonia, an archipelago and French territory east of Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald reported. He viver esporte online had booked a catamaran out to the reef for a day of surfing, according to Sky News. 

The boat's crew alerted authorities of the attack after pulling the kitesurfer back on to the boat, the Maritime Coordination Center said in a statement that the Australian Broadcasting Company obtained.

Emergency responders declared him dead an hour later.

"He suffered a deep bite to the thigh from a big shark," Renaud told the broadcaster. "We don't know for the moment what species it was."

The attack occurred in a reef-protected lagoon, far from shore, The Washington Post reported. 

Renaud said this was the fourth shark attack, and second fatal one, in New Caledonia this year. A woman was fatally attacked last April while at a beach in Poe, on the island's western coast, according to Australian news website

Bonaire's Top 10 - Must See for Cruisers and Travelers

Turquoise blue water, picture perfect sunsets, Dutch Caribbean architecture, landscapes that vary from lush green hills to barren desserts, and not Viver Sports to forget some of the best dive sites in the world - Bonaire is a dream destination for nature lovers.

Located south of Aruba and 50 miles East of Venezuela, Bonaire is part of the ABC islands in the Dutch Caribbean. Whether you are docking for the day, or staying a week, here are some sights and activities you don't want to miss on the island.

1. Shop and Dine in KRALENDIJK

With colorful buildings, downtown Kralendijk is a charming area with a cruise port (operating 6 months of the year), gift shops, restaurants and central amenities like tourist office, post office, police station, city hall. Surrounding residential neighborhoods and streets have theme names after musical instruments, names of countries, etc. making the city easy to navigate without many signs or even traffic lights.


Downtown Kralendijk

Taste artfully created fresh catch of the day at At Sea French restaurant (Rated #1 on the island) or try the famous pasta flambéed table side in a huge block of cheese at Ingredients Mediterranean restaurant located at Buddy Dive Resort. Browse around the boutiques and souvenir shops. Pick up locally made dichroic glass jewelry at Elements, and Bonaire's famous salt mills, grinders and bath salts at Sea Salt Bonaire.


Elements jewelry store


Many cruises choose to get a day pass to enjoy the nicest private beach on the island, where they can get access to hammocks, beach lounges, refreshing drinks, dive shop and turquoise warm waters of the Caribbean. Harbour Village Resort and Marina offers guests a charming Caribbean Bohemian style retreat with a private villa feel, surrounded by a burst of colorful flowers, yellow stucco facade, red terra cotta roofs, and golden tiled floors. There is also a spa, restaurant, swimming pool, gym and yacht club on premise. Overnight guests can choose from luxurious ocean front rooms and suite to family villas equipped with kitchens, dining areas and patios.


Harbour Village Resort and Marina

3. Tour the island in an ELECTRIC VEHICLE

The coolest way to explore the tiny island of Bonaire is aboard a self-driven electric vehicle. Road Runner Bonaire offers tours of the North and South, which begin in the capital Kralendijk. South tour proceeds along the coast passing by famous diver spots, Cargill salt hills, abandoned slave houses, Atlantic Beach and Jibe City. On the way, you can stop to take photos, swim, dive, windsurf or kite board.


Red slave houses


A fifth of the island of Bonaire is a nationally protected nature sanctuary where visitors can spend an entire day hiking, walking, snorkeling, diving, swimming and bird watching. Expect to see more secluded beaches, caves, tall cactuses, giant windmills, goats, iguanas and hundreds of elegant pink flamingo parties. The geology of the coral island is also visible inside the park, forming interesting patterns and colors, making it a photographer's paradise.


Flamingos at Washington Slagbaai National Park

5. Enter the dessert and lagoons HORSEBACK RIDING

Horseback ride through a private ranch passing through cactus trees, dessert landscapes, open fields, and along the coast. Take a break at a secluded lagoon where you can go swimming along with your horse. Rancho Washikemba offers horseback riding lessons, tours and parties and since horses are not native to the island, this is the only official, fully licensed and certified horseback riding ranch on Bonaire.


Sucheta horseback riding at Rancho Washikemba

Take a windsurfing lesson with one of the oldest companies on the island, The Windsurf Place. Here you can rent gear and lockers, eat lunch, and practice on your own or with an instructor. The waters are warm, shallow and picturesque, resembling a vast swimming pool.


The Windsurf Place

7. DIVE and volunteer to restore coral

Beginner and expert snorkelers and divers will enjoy watching the underwater Coral Restoration Project at Buddy Dive. Help plant, cut, and clean the coral farm, while enjoying a swim in the Caribbean waters. The dive shop offers classroom viver sports online training, certifications and personal instructors. It's a great way to give back your time and skills while on vacation.


Coral restoration project

8. Get lost in KLEIN BONAIRE

An undeveloped little island makes for a perfect day out. Pack your picnic and beach gear for trip to Bonaire's west coast. Water taxis and dive boats transport passengers who want to swim, snorkel, or explore the beautiful beaches and clear blue waters. Some natives claim this is their favorite spot to getaway.

9. Step back in time in RINCON

Rincon is the only other city on the island. Once a town inhabited by the salt slaves who worked on the island, now Rincon is mostly a quiet residential area. Visit Mangazina di Reicultural center in Rincon to get a feel for Bonaire's history. Aside from the nice views of the valley, you will also find a museum, gift shop, live music and interactive tours. Taste the local cactus liquor at the Cadushy Distillery.


Mangazina di Rei

Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire provides a sheltered, protected life to over 400 stray donkeys in Bonaire. It is open to tourists, schools and community members who want to know more about donkeys, have a fun day sightseeing, or want to volunteer. Visitors can drive through the sanctuary in their vehicle (very slowly to avoid accidents) or walk around and be greeted by hundreds of donkeys.


Sucheta with friendly donkeys

* All photos and words belong to Sucheta Rawal.

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How to windsurf in economic gales

(MoneyWatch) Lately, for fun, I've been reading the writings of economist Joseph Schumpeter. He was best known for writing about the "perennial gale of creative destruction" that forever destabilizes capitalism. He thought those gales would inevitably undermine capitalism, since vested interests would fight back, which is why it's kind of odd that he's usually quoted, now, by people who like a more free-form system.

But regardless of whether you think Schumpeter's gale is a good thing or bad thing, it's hard to argue that it exists. I was reading, the other day, about the Reader's Digest Association's second bankruptcy filing in the last five years. Once widely read and loved, this general interest magazine has struggled to be profitable in a world of digital content and niche advertising. Then there's RIM, which once owned the inbox-in-your-pocket market, only to see that category taken over by other players. It's attempting to claw back with a new generation of phones. Will it work? Who knows? No one stays on top for long, and whole industries see disruption. Since these industries tend to be staffed by people, those people find themselves tossed about by Schumpeter's gale.

If you view such gales as inevitable, though, how could you build your career to deal with that reality? Could you build your career in a way that might make change almost ... exciting? Could you go windsurfing in Schumpeter's gale?

I've been thinking of this lately as my husband and I have been pondering what sort of career advice we'd give our kids. Statements like "go into law, it's always a great field" seem hollow. We both value hard work, but there are plenty of hard working people who've seen their industries disappear. Hard work alone is not sufficient for thriving in the world we live in. But here are a few ideas that might make windsurfing possible.

1. Be entrepreneurial. The world always needs people who identify problems others haven't, and who solve them in new ways that people are willing to pay for. Even if you never wind up working for yourself, you always want to look at a situation and be asking "How could I make this better?" and "Why would someone value that?"

2. Focus on visible results. In a field like writing, this is pretty straightforward -- if you want to see my work, I just send you a few links or mail you a book. Artists can shop around a portfolio. But obviously many other fields don't lend themselves as easily to outputs that can be pinned on Pinterest. The problem is that, in our attempts to build collaborative cultures and reward teamwork and such, we sometimes forget that it's hard to windsurf in economic gales as a team. Maybe you'll be able to bring your whole team with you to your next gig. But maybe not. Whatever project you're on, be sure to own enough of it that you can use that as your calling card. And if that's not possible in a particular project, propose another project on the side (see "be entrepreneurial," above).

3. Don't be a one-trick pony. OK, if your trick is broadly applicable in multiple industries, you could be a one-trick pony. But the point is that any one skill can become unnecessary thanks to new technology or new preferences. Always be learning related skills, and ways your existing skills could apply to different fields.

4. Nurture your network before you need it. At a party recently, I stumbled into a conversation between a man and a woman lamenting that a colleague had just sent them a LinkedIn invitation. I was confused as to what was so awful about this. The woman noted that every time she gets an invite it means the person is job hunting and will likely quit in the next 3 months. Many people don't think about building up and formalizing their networks until they actually intend to use them. It makes sense. We're all busy. But imagine if your network was so strong and useful that you were being told about great positions you could be interested in all the time. If you heard rumors of layoffs at your current organization, you'd just make a few phone calls and have people bidding for you. While others were worrying, you'd be daydreaming about your next opportunity. That's windsurfing in Schumpeter's gale.

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