Destination Palau for XTERRA Resorts

first_imgwww.XTERRAResorts.comwww.xterraplanet.com The island of Palau has been added to the member destinations featured in the XTERRA Resorts Collection.TEAM Unlimited, owner of the XTERRA World Tour, announced the new XTERRA Resorts travel related initiative in March, aimed at the active lifestyle sports market. The XTERRA Resorts Collection is a marketing membership consortium for resorts destinations and properties that feature the activities, facilities, adventure and services attractive to active lifestyle travelers.Upon arrival in Palau, endurance sports enthusiasts have an array of active adventures to choose from including diving, water sports, hiking, cultural tours and long swims in crystal clear waters.Palau offers travelers a wide variety of hotel accommodation, from full-service, luxury resorts and moderately priced bungalows, to economical motels and bungalows modelled on traditional architectural styles. While many of Palau’s guests prefer to stay in the town of Koror, where most resorts and motels are located, some prefer the more private and secluded bungalows of the northern and southern islands.Whether price, comfort, or lifestyle are considerations, Palau’s natural beauty should ensure a pleasant experience and a memorable stay.The www.XTERRAResorts.com URL is the portal through which travellers will find information, promotions, and descriptions of the benefits and activities of destination resorts and properties.Key points of the XTERRA Resorts plan:Member destinations will be invited to join based upon the sports/recreation activities, facilities, and services they offer in or nearby their respective resort area.Member destinations must demonstrate a commitment to this active lifestyle traveler demographic target marketThe initial marketing launch of XTERRA Resorts will be a US$3 million campaign of national television, events, digital media, social networking and marketing communications. Relatedlast_img read more

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Johnson County Election Office says mailers asking voters to apply for mail-in ballots are legitimate but potentially confusing

first_imgThe Johnson County Election Office says mailers that many voters are receiving asking them to send in a pre-printed form to apply for mail-in ballots for November’s general election are legitimate but also have the potential for confusion amid unprecedented interest in voting by mail this election cycle.The mailers come in a spare white envelope addressed to individual voters. On the envelope’s front is a printed box in all-caps: “VOTE AT HOME BALLOT REQUEST FORM DO NOT DISCARD.” The return label says the mailing is from The Center for Voter Information, a nonprofit that, according to its website, is a “non-partisan and non-profit organization that works to provide even-handed and unbiased information about candidates and their positions on issues.”The Center’s website also says it provides voters with “tools and resources to register and vote in upcoming elections,” including forms to make it easier to apply to vote by mail.“This is a legitimate organization trying to get people to register and apply to vote,” said Nathan Carter with the Johnson County Election Office. “This is not uncommon. Every year organizations and non-profits will send out these calls to try to get people to vote. It’s just creating more confusion this year because there is so much more interest than usual in voting by mail.”Carter said the Johnson County Election Office was fielding “quite a few” calls from voters who had received the mailers from the Center for Voter Information. This November’s election is expected to see an unprecedented number of ballots locally and nationwide cast by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Johnson County Election Office tweeted earlier Thursday that voters who have not already applied for a mail-in ballot this November can use the Center for Voter Information form but should ensure the pre-printed information on the form is correct.If Johnson County voters have already applied for main-in ballots for the general election, then they do not need to mail in the Center’s form.Carter said as of Thursday, more than 100,000 Johnson County voters had already applied for mail-in ballots for November. That’s after roughly 80,000 voters cast ballots by mail during the Aug. 4 primary, which set an overall primary turnout record for the county with nearly 150,000 votes cast.“A lot of people are getting this [Center for Voter Information] form and probably thinking, ‘Hmm, I thought I already applied for my mail-in ballot.’ That’s okay, you don’t need to apply again,” Carter said.The Center for Voter Information lists itself as a 501(c)(4), a type of tax-exempt nonprofit that is not required to disclose its donors.On its website, the Center does address its mailings. It says, “We are sending voter registration forms to people who may not be registered at their current address. These are valid voter registration forms, tailored to each state, and accepted by state and local election authorities.”“We have included a pre-addressed, postage-paid envelope so you can send your voter registration form directly to your state or local election office. Election officials are the only people who will see the information entered onto the forms the Center for Voter Information sends out.”Johnson County voters can request advanced mail-in ballots up until Tuesday, Oct. 27, a week before Election Day. Carter encouraged voters to not wait until then, though, and apply well before Oct. 14, when the county election office will begin mailing out ballots.Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by 7 p.m. on Election Night, Nov. 3 and received by the Johnson County Election Office by Friday, Nov. 6.last_img read more

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ITB Berlin, the leading tourism industry fair, opens

first_imgThe world’s leading tourism industry fair was officially opened in Berlin ITB Berlin which is celebrating its 50th jubilee, and over 200 visitors are expected at the world’s largest tourism exchange.The biggest one takes place in parallel with the stock exchange world tourism congress “Thing thank” with 20.000 participants, which will host more than 50 different professional gatherings, panels and seminars. All the latest information, trends, technology, destination management, promotion… all in one place. Definitely a major destination for the tourism sector, no matter what branch of tourism you come from. If someone wants to have a global picture of tourism, he must come to ITB Berlin, says Nedo Pinezić, president of the Family Accommodation Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.Fortunately for all those who cannot be present at ITB Berlin, the organizers have provided a free internet transmission that you can follow here Photo: ITB Berlin InstargramThe main topics of the first day were the issue of security, terrorist threats and the refugee crisis, which certainly have a significant impact on tourism trends in Europe. But despite all the potential threats, the main focus of all tourist destinations at the fair is on the German market, which is growing year by year and is the largest with more than 70 million trips longer than five days.For Croatian tourism, Germany is already the standard main emitting market, while last year Croatia chose 2,12 million for vacations, which accounted for 15,8 million overnight stays. Minister of Tourism Anton Kliman from Berlin points out that the current booking for Croatia is very good and that the projections for booking by the end of June for all markets are about 5 percent higher than last year. It is especially significant that bookings from Germany are higher by over 20 percent in the same period last year. If we believe the current projections and analyzes, we can expect about 100 thousand more Germans than last year on our coast.The Minister also presented that 25 new hotels were opened last year, and that 35 percent more investments in the tourism sector are expected this year. The first three days of the fair are intended exclusively for professionals, while the last two days are open to the general public. This year’s ITB fair is being held from March 9 to 13, and it is expected to be visited by almost 200 visitors.last_img read more

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At peak fertility, women who desire to maintain body attractiveness report they eat less

first_imgEmail Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Pinterest LinkedIncenter_img Biology isn’t the only reason women eat less as they near ovulation, a time when they are at their peak fertility.Three new independent studies found that another part of the equation is a woman’s desire to maintain her body’s attractiveness, says social psychologist and assistant professor Andrea L. Meltzer, Southern Methodist University, Dallas.Women nearing ovulation who also reported an increase in their motivation to manage their body attractiveness reported eating fewer calories out of a desire to lose weight, said Meltzer, lead researcher on the study. Share When women were not near peak fertility — regardless of whether they were motivated to manage their body attractiveness, near peak fertility but not motivated to manage their body attractiveness, or using hormonal birth control, they were less likely to want to lose weight and didn’t reduce their calories, Meltzer said.“These findings may help reconcile prior inconsistencies regarding the implications of ovulatory processes,” said Meltzer. “The desire to manage body attractiveness was a motivational factor for desired weight loss when women are nearing ovulation.”The research was funded by the National Science Foundation.The findings are published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. The article, “A psychophysiological mechanism underlying women’s weight-management goals: Women desire and strive for greater weight loss near peak fertility,” is published online in advance of print at http://bit.ly/1K9Utwn.The authors note that their study adds to a growing body of ovulation research, particularly as it relates to women’s health and weight management.Previous studies in the field have found that women, and many non-human mammals, consume fewer calories near peak fertility.They’ve also found that ovulation shifts a woman’s goals to attract a partner, motivating her to enhance her appearance to compete for men.The authors note, however, that studies by other researchers attribute those ovulatory shifts in eating behavior solely to physiological factors related to an interaction between the nervous system and the endocrine system.But Meltzer and her colleagues say the new findings suggest an additional reason, one that is related to cultural norms and influences that dictate one way women may enhance their attractiveness is by managing their weight: Ovulating women may be motivated to lose weight and eat less if they are also motivated to improve their body attractiveness.“Indeed, in our research we saw that shifting levels of hormones interacted with women’s desires to manage their body attractiveness, which predicted an important behavior — eating less,” Meltzer said. “These findings illustrate that broader social norms that dictate that thin women are more attractive can play a role, in addition to physiological factors.”Meltzer’s co-authors on the study are James K. McNulty, Florida State University, Saul L. Miller, University of Kentucky, and Levi R. Baker, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.Findings are confirmed across three independent studies.The three independent studies involved three different groups of women.The first study followed 22 heterosexual women who were not using hormonal contraceptives and found they desired greater weight loss when they were closer to ovulation than when they were not.The second study followed 92 heterosexual women, some who were using and some who were not using hormonal contraceptives. Its findings replicated the findings of the first study: Women who were not using hormonal contraceptives near peak fertility reported wanting to weigh less. In contrast, women in the study using hormonal contraceptives — which act on the endocrine system to disrupt the menstrual cycle and prevent pregnancy by altering hormonal fluctuations — didn’t demonstrate a desire to lose weight.A third study followed 89 married women and found that those who were not using hormonal birth control were the ones most motivated to restrict eating during peak fertility, but only when they were more motivated to maintain their body attractiveness.“Not only did the primary effect replicate across three independent studies,” the authors said, “it emerged in two samples of undergraduate women from different universities and a sample of married women and did not vary across participants’ weight using two samples of women who had a normal weight on average and one sample of women who were overweight on average.”last_img read more

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I-CAR Announces New Director of Marketing and Distribution

first_imgHOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) has announced that William “Bill” Stage has been appointed to fill the newly created position of director of marketing and distribution. Stage will report to John Edelen, president and chief executive officer of I-CAR.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Stage comes to I-CAR with more than 20 years of experience in the collision inter-industry and is no stranger to the I-CAR organization having previously served as director of field operations, marketing and product development for I-CAR from 1990-1994. Since 2006, he has served on the I-CAR International Board of Directors, most recently serving as secretary. He also served as chairman of the I-CAR International Advisory Committee, a committee comprised of volunteers who provide an advisory role to the organization. “Along with his extensive industry experience, Bill brings a broad collision inter-industry marketing and distribution experience to the I-CAR organization,” said Edelen. “Bill’s proven leadership and experience will benefit I-CAR, its volunteers and ultimately the inter-industry.” Edelen continues, “This experience, both inside and outside the I-CAR organization, will be of particular value as I‑CAR implements the recently announced Professional Development Matrix to better improve the value of I-CAR training. Bill’s drive and commitment to the organization will help us deliver on the I-CAR vision that every person in the collision industry, current and future, has the necessary knowledge and skills relevant to their position to achieve a complete and safe repair.”Advertisement Stage added, “I am very excited to join I-CAR at this time to assist in implementing the new programs developed under John Edelen’s leadership. The I-CAR staff and volunteers are a dedicated group of individuals committed to improving the industry and I am proud to be a part of the team!” In addition to his previous experience with I-CAR, Stage most recently served as manager, network support services for Akzo Nobel Coatings, a position he held since 2007. From 1994 to 2006, Stage was vice president and director of field services for Mitchell International. Stage also owns SSR Collision Center in Alpharetta, Ga. Stage has both a B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and received an MBA from Pennsylvania State University.last_img read more

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Tagliolini ai Funghi

first_img Share Chef Michael PiroloWho: Chef Michael PiroloInstagram: @MikePiroloChef Pirolo’s Guest-Worthy Recipe: Tagliolini ai FunghiWhy?“This deceptively simple and elegant pasta dish is made with earthy Abalone mushrooms sautéed with parsley, cream, and truffles and served with tagliolini pasta. If you like mushrooms, this is the perfect dish for you and your guests, vegetarian or not. The sheer softness of the (hopefully) fresh pasta paired with the meatiness of the tender mushrooms and richness of truffle makes for a really special dish, complex in both flavor and texture. This recipe requires very few ingredients but is truly decadent. It’s an awesome, quick dish to make on a busy weeknight when you’re not feeling a cholesterol extravaganza or for entertaining guests on the weekend.” Ingredients4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil1/4 c butter1/2 lb Abalone mushrooms, sliced1 oz fresh truffles2/3 c single cream4 c tagliolini or tagliatelle pastaGrated Parmesan cheeseSaltChili flakesParsley, chiffonadeDirectionsHeat oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add mushrooms and sauté for a few minutes, adding chili flakes and salt.Add about six ounces of water, reduce heat, and simmer for about five minutes. If the sauce gets too thick, add another half-cup of water.In the meantime, cook the tagliolini in abundant salted water until “al dente,” reserving about one cup of cooking water before draining the pasta.Add drizzle of olive oil, parsley, and sauté while adding the grated parmesan, until you have a creamy consistency.Add some of the reserved cooking water if pasta is too dry.Serve immediately, grating or shaving the fresh truffle over each plate. Buon appetito!Note: To clean the mushrooms, do not wash with water! With a small knife, cut off the bottom. Then, take off any remaining dirt with a vegetable brush or a damp cloth.last_img read more

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INOXCVA Gets LNG Storage Tanks Deal

first_imgINOXCVA has been awarded orders to supply the LNG Storage Tanks & installation of equipment in the tank connection space of LNG Fuel Gas packages by TGE Marine Germany.The new contracts are for the supply of 6 Units of 770 M3 LNG Tanks for the Crowley Maritime Corporation’s two ConRo ships (2400 TEU) to be built at VT Halter Marine Shipyard in the USA.These units are fully shop-built Double Walled Vacuum Insulated Type “C” Tanks and would be built under strict compliance of DNV rules/IGC Code, ASME ‘U’ Stamp and with US Coast Guard approval. The tanks will be shipped in ready to install condition from INOXCVA’s world class, state of the art facilities located in Kandla Special Economic Zone, India directly to the VT Halter Marine Shipyard in USA.The first contract is for Rolls Royce Marine AS project involving the conversion of an Oil Tanker to Natural Gas Fuel under BV Class. The contract consists of 155 m3 capacity two systems for LNG Marine Fuel Gas Units.“INOXCVA is proud to be associated with TGE Marine for these prestigious projects and is fully geared to take up the increasing opportunities coming from North America, Europe and Far East markets. We look forward to the exciting times ahead that both the companies see together in this segment,” says Vijay Kalaria – Asst. Vice President at INOXCVA responsible for this business.[mappress]Press Release, May 08, 2014last_img read more

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Cambridge Professor Awarded for Offshore Wind Foundation Work

first_imgProfessor Gopal Madabhushi of the Geotechnical and Environmental Group has received the Indian Geotechnical Society (IGS) and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) biennial award for his research on the structural integrity of offshore wind turbines.Professor Madabhushi was cited for his contributions along with PhD student Aliasger Haiderali and Department of Engineering alumnus Dr Ulas Cilingir, who currently works at Arup in London. The prize was presented at the Indian Geotechnical Conference held in Kakinada, India.Research on offshore wind farm foundations using both high-gravity centrifuge testing and numerical analysis are currently ongoing in the Geotechnical and Environmental Group. This effort is supported by EPSRC’s grant over the last three years looking at the offshore monopile foundations and their long term performance in clay layers representative of offshore UK.Similar research was also conducted on monopiles in sandy soils. In both cases weak and strong storm/wave loading was modelled as lateral cyclic loading on the monopiles and the deterioration in the soil stiffness with number of load cycles was investigated. This research is expected to have a major impact on the design and life expectancy of the monopile foundations currently being installed offshore UK and worldwide.Some of the team’s award-winning research was published in a paper, “Lateral and axial capacity of monopiles for offshore wind turbines”, by the Indian Geotechnical Journal.The biennial IGS-ONGC prize is presented to the best research carried out in the field of offshore geotechnical and marine engineering and is offered jointly by the Indian Geotechnical Society (IGS) and the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited, India.Image: eng.camlast_img read more

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Advance energises Mitsubishi power shipments

first_imgThe consignments, each consisting of 24 units, and weighing between 90 to 140 tonnes, were moved from Masan in South Korea to the port of El Ferrol in Spain onboard the specially chartered heavy lift vessel, Fairlift. Commenting on the project, Jawad Kamel, Advance International’s President and CEO, said: “This was a textbook movement for a model client. We have worked with MHI since the 1990s. They entrust us with some of their most valuable shipments and on this undertaking, we have again delivered a first-rate service to them. “The manufacturing plant was close to the port of Masan. In Spain, MHI’s power plant was near to the port of discharge. We utilised special axle line transporters to move the units the short distance inland.” The consignment took the entire under deck of Fairlift and a temporary tweendeck was created to contain the units. In places, this created three decks in the vessel. Advance International has a long and successful track record of moving power plants and their components to many countries for MHI, said Mr Kamel. He said: “Client satisfaction is the thing we most cherish. Repeat contracts are the reward we receive from clients who know they can trust us to deliver heavy haul freight consignments time and time again.”last_img read more

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