Visiting the Virgin Islands – The St. Croix Heritage Trail

Silford Warren is an accomplished certified public accountant with more than three decades of experience in tax preparation and accounting. He currently serves as the president of a financial firm in New York that provides accounting, bookkeeping, and tax preparation services to businesses and individuals. In his free time, Silford Warren enjoys traveling around the world and he has visited a number of exotic locations including St. Croix, the largest of the United States Virgin Islands.

Along with the other Virgin Islands, St. Croix is one of the top destinations in the Caribbean thanks to its wide variety of exotic and historical attractions. It is especially popular for many tourists from the United States because it has a unique foreign feel without requiring visitors to learn a foreign language, change their currency, or bring a passport. The St. Croix Heritage Trail is just one of the island’s many popular attractions. The trail is self-guided and stretches through several miles of the island.

The St. Croix Heritage Trail runs along the coastline and goes from Christiansted and Frederiksted all the way to the island’s East End mountains and West End rainforest. The Heritage Trail offers sites such as museums, plantations, churches, and protected natural areas, in addition to offering several recreational opportunities. Some of the most popular attractions along the trail including the St. George Village Botanical Garden and Estate Whim Plantation Museum.

Although many of the signs and markers for the trail have fallen into disrepair, the sites are still available for public viewing, and interested individuals can access a digital map of the trail and its various stops.

Traditional Caribbean Dishes

Although the Caribbean islands are well known for their blue ocean and unique culture, they also have a wealth of different dishes that are enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. The following is a list of just a few of the Caribbean’s more traditional dishes.

Callaloo: Originating from West Africa, callaloo is often seen on such islands as Jamaica and Trinidad. It is a vegetable dish that consists of boiled leafy greens in a stew made from such ingredients as coconut milk and a variety of meats or seafood.

Jerk chicken: One of the most famous dishes from the area, jerk chicken is smoked or grilled chicken that has been rubbed with a very spicy marinade. The dish is believed to date back to 1698, and it is most commonly associated with Jamaica.

Keshi yena: With a history that connects to the former Dutch rule of the Caribbean islands, keshi yena consists of stuffed cheese, usually edam or gouda. Keshi yena is boiled and filled with vegetables and chicken.

Goat stew: Although this dish varies slightly from island to island, goat stew is popular on Montserrat, where the stew is rather thin. It consists simply of goat and a clove-scented broth. Other islands have their own versions of the dish, but the broth is often a bit thicker.

New Jogging Study Shows Less May Be More

A Certified Public Accountant, Silford Warren currently heads an accounting firm in New York City. He received a master’s degree in accounting and business from Troy State University in Alabama. In his free time, Silford Warren enjoys staying in shape by jogging and weightlifting.

For years, doctors have extolled the benefits of regular cardiovascular activity. One of the most common forms of exercise is running or jogging. A recent study at Frederiksberg Hospital in Copenhagen reveals that there is an amount and a pace that is most favorable for expanding lifespan.

The study found that runners get the most benefits if they jog between 1 and 2.4 hours a week at a pace of about five miles an hour. Additionally, three running days a week is ideal. The study compared 1,100 joggers with 412 sedentary people for over 12 years and found that strenuous joggers were more likely to die than sedentary non-runners.

While the study is not conclusive and has limitations, researchers determined that even jogging less than an hour a week, or only once a week, offers more benefits than not jogging at all.

St. Lucia’s Tropical Wonders – Sulfur Springs and Sugar Beach

Silford Warren leverages more than 30 years of experience as an auditor and accountant to serve as the president his own accounting firm, Silford Warren, CPA, PC, in Brooklyn, New York. Outside of his professional endeavors, Silford Warren enjoys traveling, particularly to tropical locations like St. Lucia.

In St. Lucia, visitors can experience a wide range of activities set against picturesque landscapes. St. Lucia’s Sulfur Springs are one of the many popular destinations on the island, as they allow travelers to drive into a volcano and view the island’s bubbling, internal contents. In addition to experiencing the interior of a volcano, visitors can engage in a relaxing volcanic mud bath featuring mud that some say offers rejuvenating and restorative qualities. The treatment starts with an application of alabaster silica, follows with a full-body mud massage, and concludes with a leisurely soak in a sulfur pool.

To further enjoy St. Lucia’s tropical wonders, visitors can travel through the rain forest to tranquil Sugar Beach, where they can explore the warm Caribbean waters surrounding the island. Divers and snorkelers can encounter a diverse collection of marine life in the clear waters and immaculate coral reefs, including sea turtles, sharks, and octopi.

The Golden Set in Tennis

Silford Warren, a certified public accountant (CPA) working for his own tax and accounting firm in New York City, enjoys staying physically fit. Silford Warren jogs frequently and likes to play tennis whenever possible.

Tennis can be scored in a variety of ways depending on the venue and level of competition. In most cases, a set of tennis is played to six or eight games, with each game consisting of at least four points. One of the rarest accomplishments a professional or amateur tennis player can achieve is the golden set. Similar to pitching a perfect game in baseball, a golden set occurs when a player secures all six or eight games without dropping a single point. A player working toward the golden set must avoid making any unforced errors, including double faults.

In 2012, unseeded Russian Yaroslova Shvedova recorded a golden set in the third round of Wimbledon against Italian Sara Errani. Tennis historians and record keepers believe Shvedova is the first woman since 1943 and only the second player in the Open Era to achieve a golden set. The feat, which required just 15 minutes, was made all the more remarkable considering Errani had recently won the French Open and had been seeded 10th at the tournament. Shvedova won the match by a score of 6-0, 6-4.

Fossil Discovery in Ethiopia Extends Human History

An experienced certified public accountant, Silford Warren leads as the president of his own accounting firm in New York City, where he provides various financial and tax-related services. Silford Warren balances his professional pursuits with a number of other interests, including the study of human history and anthropology.

According to research recently published in the journal Science, the discovery of a jawbone in Ethiopia has extended human history by roughly 400,000 years and suggests that early members of the Homo species resided in Ethiopia around 2.8 million years ago. The fossil was discovered at the Ledi-Geraru research site by Chalachew Seyoum, an Arizona State University graduate student from Ethiopia, and the subsequent research was led by Brian Villmoare, a scholar at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Due to its placement in the fossil record, the jawbone helps explain the evolution of hominids between the time frame of 2 million and 3 million years ago, a period that previously was poorly understood because of a lack of fossils. The anatomical characteristics of the jawbone are a blend of primitive and more advanced features, including human-shaped teeth and a backward-sloped chin similar to that of an ape.

Preventing Injuries When Weight Lifting

Silford Warren, a talented New York-based certified public accountant (CPA) with more than three decades of experience, currently runs his own accounting, bookkeeping, and financial services firm in Brooklyn. In his free time, Silford Warren maintains a high level of physical activity and regularly jogs and lifts weights.

Although lifting weights is a great way to stay healthy, a wide range of injuries may result from the various exercises involved. The most common weightlifting injury results from individuals dropping weights on themselves. While this can be caused by several things, lifting too much weight is typically the problem. As a general rule, stop adding weight once you are unable to complete full repetitions. This prevents you from overloading your body and decreases the risk of injury.

Another common cause of injury is equipment problems like an unstable platform or bars that do not rotate: lifting on an uneven surface will like cause ankle joint injuries, while lifting with a nonrotating bar can cause injury in the radiocarpal joints. Before you starting lifting, make sure you check all the equipment you plan on using to ensure it is working properly and is not damaged.

Lastly, poor form is especially risky for weightlifters who are just starting out. Not maintaining the proper form puts unnecessary strain on your tendons and joints, thus increasing the risk of injury. When doing heavy lifts, make sure you use a full range of motion instead of just doing half-reps. Additionally, avoid hunching your back during deadlifts or rolling your shoulders during bench presses.

Popular Caribbean Dishes

An accomplished certified public accountant (CPA), Silford Warren serves as the president of his own Brooklyn-based financial services firm. When not in the office, Silford Warren is an avid traveler who has been to several countries. He often enjoys trying different cuisines while visiting new places and is particularly fond of Caribbean cuisine.

While most people picture blue water, white beaches, and sunny skies when they think of the Caribbean, the group of islands offers an equally compelling sensory experience through its rich cuisine. Following are just a few popular Caribbean dishes.

Accras: most often found in Martinique, accras are fritters that are often made with cod, sea urchin, or shrimp. They are served at all types of restaurants and in a variety of ways, but many locals enjoy eating them between two slices of baguette, a tradition reminiscent of the way early 20th-century workers enjoyed the dish.

Conch: similar to escargot, conch refers to several different types of large sea snail found in the Caribbean. Most often found in the Bahamas and Cayman Islands, it can be either the main focus of a dish, such as when it is used in fritters, or it can be simply an ingredient of a more complex dish, such as stews.

Callaloo: originating from West Africa, callaloo is a vegetable dish first brought to the area by early slaves. It is made from boiled leafy greens combined with such ingredients as coconut milk, ocra, and a host of seafood and meats. Dominica is especially known for is crab callaloo, though the dish can be found throughout Jamaica and Trinidad, as well.