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Welcome to Kayifi's News page. In this page, you will find announcements, Agents of the month, upcoming Webinars, acknowledgement of the month for countries, and new agents that we welcome.

Kayifi News

Mar 2022

Kayifi Outreach is coming Soon! At Kayifi, we recognize the importance of Caribbean youth as a pillar of the future of the islands. We are excited to introduce a new program: Kayifi Outreach, aimed at giving Caribbean youth knowledge, resources, and tools integral to their success. Check out the following links for more information!

Welcome to Kayifi Outreach! (blog)

Introductory Video (includes signup form)

Facebook Group

Aug 2021

Great News Everyone! We are always looking for new ways to improve Kayifi and keep the listings fresh! For all buyers and tenants, we want you to be able to find what you are looking for.

For all sellers, real estate agents, brokers, and landlords we want you to get many inquiries on your listings. Please edit your existing properties to reflect the date that your verbal or written contract to sell or rent expires. When you enter new properties, please add the date in there too. By default, all properties will expire in 120 days from the date of entry. But don’t worry, you will receive an email notification with easy access to update 1 week prior to the expiration date.

Let’s stay fresh! Kayifi is Your Caribbean Connection!

Apr 2021

As you may have noticed, we have changed the layout of our homepage and the functionality of our property search to make finding your perfect Caribbean home even easier! If you have any problems, questions, or feedback on the new look, click here to contact us. Thank you for using Kayifi!

Mar 2021

Coming Soon! Kayifi Vacation Rentals. List your short-term and vacation rental properties. Contact us for more information and to be updated!

Tutorials Section

We have added tutorials to our Youtube page, to find out how to register, how to upload profile and property pictures click the link below https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu8TgI-NstRIS0ehKlby2Bg

Caribbean News

A Sea Urchin Crisis in the Caribbean

According to sources, sea urchins are dying across the Caribbean Sea at an alarming pace. Scientists and divers alike have noticed a decline in the population around Antigua, St. Lucia, Dominica, Jamaica, St. Vincent, Saba, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Cozumel in Mexico. The last massive loss of urchins was in 1983 and that decline almost wiped out the population. In fact, 90% was unfortunately lost. 

At first, the only sea urchins affected were the black sea urchins – Diadema antillarum. They are the urchins that are easily recognized by their long spiny spikes. But since scientists have been keeping track of the decline, they rock boring sea urchins and the West Indian sea eggs. 

In a scientific collaboration to improve the coral reef conditions in the region, marine biologist and program director of the Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment had this to say. 

"It's very concerning, particularly because it's happening so quickly," said Patricia Kramer. 

All over the Caribbean, divers and researchers see floating sea urchins, the ocean floor littered with dead and decaying urchins, urchins with droopy pines, and still others with their skeletons poking through their bodies. 

About the Black Sea Urchin 

The black sea urchin has a shell-like structure, similar to other sea urchins- the length of its spines makes them different. You see, most sea urchin spines are 1–3 cm. The spines of the black sea urchin are usually 10–12 cm long and may grow as long as 30 cm! 

These creatures live in 1 - 10 meters of water along coral reefs. And they are pretty sensitive to light, so you will often see them in cracks and crevices, where it remains dark. 

What is Causing the Decline? 

The cause of the decline is not fully understood yet. With the improvements in technology since the 1980s, scientists are hoping to better understand the issue affecting these creatures. However, overfishing across the Caribbean had led to an over surge in macroalgae, making the loss of urchins an even more drastic issue. 

It is imperative that the work of the Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment and the more than a dozen groups in the Caribbean and U.S. continue their vigilance in understanding what is happening to the urchins. Stopping the decline before it reaches the levels of the 1980s is essential, considering the populations were just beginning to recover. 

Why Sea Urchins Are Important to the Caribbean 

You may not have ever known, but the sea urchins in the Caribbean Sea remove macroalgae. When the macroalgae are consumed by the urchins, it makes room for the current coral populations and the future generations of coral to attach to the rocks and flourish. 

Those coral reefs provide protection from hurricanes, storm surge, rising sea levels, and the effects of global warming. Not to mention, they are a large part of the attraction for vacationers to the Caribbean. 

It is no secret that the Caribbean supports so much sea life, coral, and plant life. These biodiverse species are all interdependent on one another- it is all a delicate balance. 

The Caribbean needs people willing to report dying and dead urchin populations. Hence, scientists can track the devastation and assess the damage. 

Our coral reefs are already so fragile that the loss of the region's reefs would cause catastrophic damage to the sea life and the islands themselves. 

CITED: scubadiving.com, thecaribbeannewsnow.com, cbsnews.com, journalgazette.com, viconsortium.com

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Carribean Acknowledgement

Dominican Republic

Learning About the Dominican Republic 

The Dominican Republic is the second-largest island in the Greater Antilles chain of islands in the Caribbean Sea. The western third of the island is occupied by the nation of Haiti. 

With the Atlantic to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south, there are 1,000 miles of coastlines and 250 miles of gorgeous beaches. Oh, and there are plenty of things to do in the lush tropical climate of the Dominican Republic. The climate provides constant steady breezes, and the island remains a temperate 69 to 82 degrees year-round. 

The land offers low-lying beaches as well as mountains covered in pines and tropical hardwoods- offering visitors plenty to enjoy out and about in the DR. 

The History of the Dominican Republic 

Initially inhabited by the Arawak and Taino Indians, the land has been occupied by Europeans and Africans since pre-Columbian times. The land provides fertile soils for vast sugar cane plantations, rice plantations, cattle ranches, and more. The first permanent city was Santo Domingo, which is now the nation's largest city. It was founded by the Spanish in 1496 

Culture in The Dominican Republic 

The culture is rich in the DR, filled with customs of the Spanish heritage, the African and Taino roots. A fusion of the three makes up the diverse culture of the people you will find living on this island. They speak what is called Dominican Spanish, which is a mix of traditional Spanish, Arawak, and Taino dialects. 

The islands' music is a vast contributor to the heart of the culture here. They love the sounds of merengue, African drums, bachata, and more. These sounds lead the people into the Carnivals each year in February. At Carnival, you will find street dancing, food festivals, parades, and plenty of music. 

And finally- the cuisine goes hand in hand with the lively and diverse culture of the people of the Dominican. The national dish is La Bandera. It is a colorful dish that features rice, red beans, meat, and salad. The islanders also enjoy chicharron, yuca, casaba, empanadas, chimichurris, and more. 

CITED: godominicanrepublic.com, britanica.com, Dominicanembassy.org, donquijote.com 

Sunni Baerwalde

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Written by: Sunni Baerwalde