Jamaica has a rich history of beekeeping and is home to 69 varieties of bees. Its diverse Ecosystem is the reason why we can find over 500 specimens of these species in its National History Museum.
Unfortunately though, Jamaica, and indeed the entire world, is witnessing a dangerous decline in the population of honeybees.
The Food & Agricultural Organization (FAO) has already announced that the “Declining bee populations pose a threat to global food security and nutrition.”.
The woeful state of bee populations can be attributed to the destruction of their natural habitats, unsustainable farming practices, increasing air pollution, climate change, and unchecked use of pesticides & other chemicals. The small Caribbean country is already feeling the repercussions of eroding bee populations. And that has made bee conservationists such as Theon Ali, even more vocal about his worries. He has been campaigning for crucial steps to be taken for over a decade: “I have started in 2010 with a pollination awareness for schools because I wanted the new generations to be aware from a young age about the importance of bees in our environment.”
But this is not enough. Mr Theon Ali and his team have now been instrumental in helping bees regain their territory by:
• Supporting their beekeepers through funding campaigns
• Creating programs to conserve old meadows, sow plants that bear nectar, such as sunflowers or marigolds
• Encouraging the use of organic pesticides and time their sprays to cause little to no damage to bee populations.
“These steps will help conserve not just the biological diversity but also the cultural heritage of Jamaica. I hope that countries around the globe appreciate the critical nature of their native bee populations and take steps to conserve them before it is too late”
Umar Nisar was born and raised in the busy city of Abbottabad. As a journalist, Umar Nisar has contributed to many online publications including PAK Today and the Huffing Post. In regards to academics, Umar Nisar earned a degree in business from the Abbottabad UST, Havelian. Umar Nisar follows the money and covers all aspects of emerging tech here at The Hear Up.
How to Be a Great Airbnb Host
Have you been looking for a side hustle that allows you to make extra money?
If so, becoming an Airbnb host might be the perfect option for your lifestyle. After all, Airbnb hosting allows you to earn extra income by renting out empty rooms in your home without making a major investment.
The key to successful Airbnb hosting is to provide the best possible experience for your guests. Fortunately, this article can help. Here we take a look at being an awesome host at your Airbnb property. Keep reading to get the inside scoop on becoming the ultimate host.
Let’s start by talking about the importance of creating a comfortable environment for your guests. This starts with quality bedding and towels. Keep in mind that investment in a new comforter, sheets, and towels is a small price to pay to provide a memorable and pleasant experience.
Keep in mind that this is also an easy way to boost positive reviews for your Airbnb listing.
If possible, it’s always preferable to provide a private bathroom for your guests. This will help them feel more comfortable and create a more inviting atmosphere where they can relax.
This obviously isn’t possible in every home, but it can make a significant difference in the quality of their stay.
The best way to attract quality guests is by creating a quality Airbnb listing. This includes high-quality photos and an honest description that provides an accurate overview of what’s included and what your guests can expect during their stay.
Be sure to check out the great Airbnb marketing tips at shortrentalpro.com.
It’s impossible to overstate the value of learning to be a good communicator with potential guests. This is especially true when Airbnb users send questions prior to booking a stay at your Airbnb property.
There’s no reason for the process of checking in or out to be overly complicated. The best strategy is to provide a lockbox for the key so that your guests can let themselves in without you having to be home when they arrive.
Never leave a bedroom or bathroom uncleaned or unsanitized between guests. After all, a dirty bathroom or sleeping space is the fastest way to make a poor first impression and guarantee negative reviews.
It’s no secret that every dollar matters. That’s why so many people are looking for ways to generate as much income as possible. Fortunately, this guide to becoming a great Airbnb host will help take your Airbnb rental to the next level.
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Khalil ur Rehman is a proud born and raised in Abbottabad. Khalil has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Yahoo News and The Verge. As a journalist for The Hear Up, Khalil covers climate and science news. [email protected]