Special Olympics Founder Honored at 25th ESPYS

Eunice Kennedy Shriver pic

Eunice Kennedy Shriver
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Professional chef Edwin Hammond Meredith holds multiple interests from learning foreign languages to snowmobiling. Additionally, Edwin Hammond Meredith supports several notable causes such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Special Olympics.

With over 5.3 million participating athletes from 170 countries, the Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The group organizes a biennial sporting event that features over 30 Olympic-type sports.

The late Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded the Special Olympics in 1968. Last July 12, 2017, she was honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award during the 25th ESPYS. Regarded as one of the most prestigious accolades in all of sports, award recipients have exemplified the ability to manifest courage in the face of adversity.

One of her children, current Special Olympics chairman Tim Shriver, accepted the award on Eunice’s behalf. During the ceremonies, he called his mother a revolutionary who used sports to break down the barriers to opportunity for some of the world’s most marginalized population.

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Beginner Tips for Choosing a Stand Up Paddleboard

Stand-Up Paddleboarders pic

Stand-Up Paddleboarders
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Florida-based chef Edwin Hammond Meredith is a self-proclaimed lover of the great outdoors. During his free time, Edwin Hammond Meredith engages in several active hobbies such as surfing, climbing, and stand up paddleboarding (SUP).

SUP, a type of board sport, basically uses a surf-style board and a long paddle. The sport traces its roots to Hawaii, where it is known by the name Hoe he’e nalu. Despite its ancient origins, the sport has recently been enjoying a resurgence, and is considered to be one of the fastest growing board sports.

In order to aid burgeoning interest, a design and manufacturing industry for SUP equipment has taken ground. A wide range of boards exist in the market, and this can result in confusion for a beginner.

Standup Journal, an online resource dedicated to the sport, offers the following general advice to beginners who are about to buy their first board: a wider board, typically with a width of 30 inches or greater, is the best way to go for a starting SUP enthusiast. Another consideration is the board material. While carbon vacuum-bagged boards are lighter and more responsive, they can also be expensive. Beginners should consider soft-top boards, which while heavier, are cheaper and easier to learn on.

A Warming Marine Environment and Fish Populations

Reef Environmental Education Foundation’s (REEF)
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Edwin Hammond Meredith is a Florida Keys chef who enjoys the full range of outdoor pursuits that the region provides. A scuba diving enthusiast, Edwin Hammond Meredith appreciates the value of marine diversity in the region.

A recent report in the Journal of Biogeography looked at the waters surrounding Florida, Bermuda, and the Caribbean and linked higher ocean temperatures to loss of biodiversity. Part of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation’s (REEF) fish survey project, the research utilized the efforts of volunteer scuba divers. Over the past quarter century, thousands of marine citizen scientists have input fish species data based on their observations into the REEF database.

The resulting map provides a snapshot of marine diversity in which the coral reefs and coastal sites of the Florida Keys and the Dutch Antilles have high marine life diversity. At the same time, northern Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, and Bermuda have a relative scarcity of species. Unfortunately, warmer temperatures are associated with greater biodiversity only up to a point. When the temperature rises beyond 80 degrees Fahrenheit, diversity is impacted and fish populations become sparser.

Basic Tools for Ice Climbing

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Ice Climbing
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Edward Hammond Meredith provides professional chef services in the Florida Keys area. Outside of work, Edward Hammond Meredith enjoys a number of outdoor adventure activities, including ice climbing.

Ice climbing offers an experience unlike any other form of climbing. Before you set out, it’s important to have the right gear.

A helmet and harness are some of the requisite equipment. Many experienced climbers already have these items, but if you have never climbed before, you’ll have to purchase these. For veteran climbers who already have harnesses, take note that for ice climbing, you’ll need a larger harness, as you will typically wear heavier clothing due to the lower temperatures.

Climbing rope is another self-explanatory item one needs in order to ice climb. Additionally, a solid pair of mountain boots is a must-have accessory. Small plates that fit on the front of these boots, known as crampons, are also compulsory. The crampon has spikes on the front that allow climbers to kick a foothold into the ice where a natural one may not be available. Ice tools such as a pick are necessary as well to get a good grip on the ice shelves.

Starting Gear for Paddle Boarding

Stand Up Paddle Board

Based in the Florida Keys, professional chef Edwin Hammond Meredith regularly participates in several water sports. In recent years, Edwin Hammond Meredith has developed a particular enjoyment of stand up paddle boarding and has completed several long-distance races throughout Florida.

Stand up paddle boarding is a fun and challenging water sport that tests balance and coordination. As with most sports, there are some key pieces of gear one will need in order to get started.

As the name of the sport suggests, the first thing you will need is an actual stand up paddle board. These boards are available in a number of styles, measuring 8-12 feet long and 28-32 inches across. While they may resemble surfboards, stand up paddle boards are fabricated with a thicker construction, often composed of a foam core coated with epoxy and fiberglass. Beginners should stick with boards that have the most surface area, meaning the longest, thickest, and widest boards.

Paddles can be fashioned from a number of materials such as wood, plastic, carbon fiber, and aluminum. When paddling on flat water, it’s best to use a long paddle. Choppier, more active water calls for a shorter paddle.

A leash is a strap that wraps around the lower part of the leg (calf or ankle) that connects the paddler to his or her board. A good rule of thumb is to select a leash that is the same length as your board. A leash helps you stay with your board in the event you get tossed from it by wind or waves.

How to Keep Your Ferret Healthy

Ferrets

Professional chef and stand-up paddle boarding enthusiast Edwin Hammond Meredith lives in the Florida Keys. An animal lover, Edwin Hammond Meredith enjoys looking after his pet ferrets.

Ferrets may live for as long as 13 years, meaning owners must be vigilant regarding the animal’s health care needs. Heartworm and fleas pose a particular risk to ferrets, so use a general preventive treatment for both conditions once a month. Further, have the ferret vaccinated every year to protect against canine distemper, which is a serious viral disease with no cure.

Captive ferrets tend to display the same behavior as wild ferrets in regard to hiding illness. As such, take ferrets below the age of five to a veterinarian once a year, upping the number of visits to two per year as the ferret ages.

Finally, have your ferret de-sexed before it reaches sexual maturity, which occurs between the ages of six and 12 months. Female ferrets, in particular, suffer the consequences of delayed de-sexing procedures, as once they enter heat they remain in that condition until they mate. This extended period of heat often results in Pyometra, which is a uterine condition that is occasionally fatal.

Safety Tips for Stand-Up Paddleboarders

Stand-Up Paddleboarders pic

Stand-Up Paddleboarders
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Edwin Hammond Meredith is a Florida Keys chef with a long-standing interest in stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Taking advantage of the Keys’ abundant recreational offerings, Edwin Hammond Meredith has participated in long-distance water crossings with other SUP enthusiasts, and he completed one memorable 44-mile crossing from Key Largo to Flamingo, Florida.

With life jacket requirements in place in many states, the US Coast Guard considers paddleboards as vessels, and holds them to the rules that govern boats. Large sail and motor vessels have right of way over SUP boards, and one basic aspect of maintaining safety is staying clear of oncoming traffic. Visibility can be an issue; bright clothing is recommended, along with a whistle that allows you to issue a high-pitched alert if necessary.

Beyond these considerations, carry a light when paddling at night, and always wear a leg leash. While the latter may seem superfluous in calm waters, it helps ensure that you do not get separated from the board should you lose balance and fall into the water. It also helps to ensure ready access to the buoyant board in case of waves and strong winds.