Men – s All-Season Travel Jacket – National Geographic Store #southern

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Have been wearing this since early last December. Good for all but the coldest weather here in Chicago. Won’t stand up to the hawk wind but seems to handle everything. Read complete review

Have been wearing this since early last December. Good for all but the coldest weather here in Chicago. Won’t stand up to the hawk wind but seems to handle everything else down to mid-teens.

Fit is great. I ordered a large. I am 6’0 , 185 lbs, and wear a 34-35 sleeve length. Roomy enough to easily wear a sweater or sweatshirt with the lining in place.

Speaking of the lining, not only does it zip in, but there are 8 buttons holding it in place so it won’t twist or slide around. (Of course, this means it’s a 5-minute project to install or remove unless your fingers work faster than mine.)

To clarify the pocket description: there are 4 outide and 3 inside. Outside left and right slash pockets have discrete zippered pockets right at the opening. Inside left is a zippered vertical slash handy for all sorts of little stuff, with a velcro pocket below and a bit further inside. On the right is a larger pocket, also zippered. All 3 interior pockets are behind the main zipper.

Wearing for last couple months seems to have picked up a few slight wrinkles, but these are not bad and come and go based on where/how long you’re sitting. Only downside I can see is you’re supposed to dry clean it.





07/01/2018

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Machu Picchu – World Heritage Site – National Geographic #discount #airline

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Machu Picchu

World Heritage Site Pictures: Machu Picchu

Temple of the Sun

Photograph by Erika Skogg, National Geographic Creative

The semicircular Temple of the Sun, constructed around a large boulder, offers commanding views of the Sacred Valley below. During the summer solstice, the sun shines through a temple window and aligns with both the boulder within and the tip of a nearby mountain peak.

Time Travel

Photograph by Danita Delimont, Getty Images

A 15th-century stone city tucked into a mountain-ringed valley high in the Andes, Machu Picchu is about 50 miles from Cusco, the Inca capital. It’s reached today by a four-hour train ride, then a few miles of winding mountain road, or by a three- to six-day hike along the famed Inca Trail.

Terraces

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The 700-plus ancient terraces at Machu Picchu preserved soil, promoted agriculture, and served as part of an extensive water-distribution system that conserved water and limited erosion on the steep slopes.

Inca Infrastructure

Photograph by Michael Hanson, Aurora Photos

A path leads along the outside of Machu Picchu, which is formed of buildings, plazas, and platforms connected by narrow lanes. One sector is cordoned off to itself by walls, ditches, and, perhaps, a moat.

Ancient Architects

Photograph by Diane Cook Len Jenshel, National Geographic Creative

Landscape engineering skills are in strong evidence at Machu Picchu. The site’s buildings, walls, terraces, and ramps reclaim the steep mountainous terrain and make the city blend naturally into the rock escarpments on which it is situated.

Stargazing

Photograph by Ethan Welty, Aurora Photos

Archaeologists believe that these shallow stone dishes were filled with water and served an astronomical observatory function.





06/12/2017

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New Zealand Guide – National Geographic #travelling #alone

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New Zealand Experiences

Indulge your inner movie nerd and check out silver screen hot spots in the Kiwi capital.

Explore the land of the Kiwis and you’ll discover author J. R. R. Tolkien’s famed trilogy brought to life.

See our picks of the best guided tours in the Pacific Islands and Oceania —featuring South Island fishing town Kaikoura and more — from National Geographic Traveler magazine’s 2015 Tours of a Lifetime.

A Nat Geo writer takes part in a blind wine tasting while soaking in the natural, enchanting land around him.

When it’s time for flowers to bloom and snow to melt, these ten destinations are sure to awaken the sense.

After hiking more than 10,000 miles across six continents, Peter Potterfield tells us his favorite spots to get outdoors and start walking.

Have a snack on New Zealand’s South Island while you’re soaking in the sights. Get the details and discover other beautiful spots for a picnic.

Get the story behind a photo captured by a man with a great photographic eye and thirst for adventure.





06/12/2017

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Greek debt relief closer than ever but creditors must act, Greek


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Greek debt relief ‘closer than ever’ but creditors must act, Greek prime minister says

ATHENS Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras kept up his demand for debt relief from international lenders on Tuesday, saying Athens was close to securing a solution to ease its debt mountain but that creditors must meet there commitments.

Greece wants to wrap up negotiations with the lenders — the European Union and International Monetary Find — on reforms and on debt relief this month.

It needs another tranche of bailout money, wants to qualify for inclusion in the European Central Bank’s bond-buying program, and seeks to return to bond markets immediately afterwards.

“We are closer than ever to a substantial solution on debt relief,” said Tsipras reiterating that Greece had already agreed to apply more austerity after its current bailout expires and it was its lenders’ turn to fulfill their promises of discussions about debt relief.

“Τhe ball is no longer in our court,” he told reporters referring to lenders’ statements on debt relief in past years.

Despite Greece’s recent statements and a bailout review agreement at staff level, sources close to the lenders have been less optimistic seeing talks on debt relief lasting longer than May.

This is because of sharp differences between the IMF and Germany, Europe’s paymaster, over the Greece’s fiscal targets. The former says Greece’s target and debt are unsustainable; the latter, with an election coming, is less willing to drop its hard line.

After six months of tense talks, Athens and the lenders reached a deal last week on a set of additional reforms the country needs to implement in 2019-20, two years after its current, 86-billion euro bailout program expires.

Greece wants euro zone finance ministers to approve the reforms’ deal at a scheduled Eurogroup meeting on May 22 — a key condition for unlocking vital loans — but also agree on a formula to make its debt sustainable in the medium-term and long term.

Debt sustainability is key for the European Central Bank and the Washington-based IMF, which participated financially in the country’s first two rescue packages, but has yet to announce whether it will join Greece’s current program, the third since 2010.

Greek lawmakers are expected to vote on the new austerity package by May 18, before euro zone finance ministers assess the country’s progress.

Tsipras, who is sagging in opinion polls and whose term expires in 2019, controls 153 lawmakers in the 300-seat parliament and he is expected to pass the bill.

But the delays in the negotiations have slowed projected economic growth and have exacerbated reform fatigue after seven years of austerity hurting the government’s popularity further.

Asked whether he was considering a cabinet reshuffle, Tsipras ruled it out.

“We are not considering it. Our aim now is to speed up work as much as we can,” he said during a visit at the education ministry, where he announced a planned education reform.

(Additional reporting Angeliki Koutantou Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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03/11/2017

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NACTA – The National Association of Career Travel Agents #travel #greece

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Many Professional Travel Agents find that working with a “host” agency is the most desirable way to operate their independent travel business. Host agencies specialize in offering independents sophisticated services, overrides, automation, quality control and support. By aligning yourself with a quality host agency you can catapult your business into existence or take it to another level with great confidence that your clients will benefit.

Finding a quality host agency is critical to your success as an independent travel agent. As you might expect, host agencies are all very different so spend some quality time researching which host makes sense for you. Here are a few things to look for in a host agency;

    They already work with successful independent agents

They do not have any unresolved complaints against their agency

They are committed to developing a professional independent agent network

They do not have a “travel agent recruiting other travel agents” program.

They do not tout “travel agent ID cards” to obtain travel discounts.

They offer meaningful commissions and overrides

They are active ASTA and NACTA members

You understand what you are getting for your investment (if any)

They offer ongoing support

It really doesn’t matter where the host agency is located so don’t get locked into the idea that they have to be down the street from your operation. There are several solutions to the issues of access, communication and delivery that resolve the question of location. Most of all you should feel comfortable with your new host agency and their ability to fulfill your needs as your business grows.

NACTA has a membership for host agencies and the minimum standards for a host agency to qualify for this program are as follows:

    Must have been in business as a host agency for at least one full year

Must carry at least one million dollars in Errors and Omissions Insurance or require all independents to maintain their own current policies.

Average sales volume per independent agent must exceed $10,000.00

There are no unresolved complaints against Host agency

Committed to the development of a professional independent travel agent network

Registered to operate as a host agency with all local, state and federal governments as required

Do not have a “recruitment program” whereby consumers recruit other consumers into the network as a higher priority than individual travel sales.

Do not offer a “Travel Agent Photo ID Card” for the purpose of consumers to obtain travel professional benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions about Host Agencies

Why do I need a host agency?

Most Independent Travel Agents find it necessary (and desirable) to associate with a host agency for the purpose of obtaining domestic airline tickets, override commissions, marketing support, expertise, automation, quality control, clout, operational support and many other reasons that may be a combination of the above.

How do I know which host agency to choose?

Long before you choose your host agency you should develop a business (and marketing) plan so that you understand the nature of the business you intend to develop. If you plan to specialize in selling cruises you will probably want to find a host agency that specializes in working with a cruise specialist. Conversely, if you plan to specialize in handling corporate accounts, you will want find a host agency with the expertise and support mechanism, to make you successful. It is highly unlikely that a cruise specialist can help you if you want to sell corporate accounts and vice versa.

Why does one host agency charge $7,500.00 and the next charge $300.00?

Host agencies are just like other businesses. One may specialize in recruiting brand new agents and have a heavy concentration on training and start up integration into their network. The very next may simply recruit experienced agents and offer no training or integration support whatsoever. Common sense should lead your way through this maze. If the host agency you are looking at is charging $7,500.00 and giving you nothing but simply paying for their marketing cost of finding new agents, then look somewhere else. But, If you can easily see the value in a host agency charging even say, $10,000.00, then that may be a wise decision to make concerning your future.

What is the best computerized reservation system (CRS) or GDS to use?

Many new agents think the sun rises and sets on access to the CRS in the travel industry. Their first concern is “what computer software do I need to book travel”. For the most part, CRS (Computerized Reservations System) or GDS access is not really necessary unless you are going to be booking a lot of domestic airline tickets. Many host agencies offer Internet access to their CRS or GDS and others may offer dial up access via modem. The decision on which host to pick should not be based on the type of CRS access they offer, but on the level of support and overrides they offer as it pertains to your business plan.

What should I look for in a host agency?

There are quite a few things to look for in terms of how a host agency pertains to your business plan. Generally, however, these are the things that NACTA looks at. How long have they been in business? Does the host agency carry Errors and Omissions Insurance? What is the average sales volume per independent agent? How many independent agents belong to the network? Are there any unresolved complaints against the agency with the Better Business Bureau, the State Attorney General’s Office, or the FTC? Agencies appearing on these links have all passed these standards.

What about the $495 instant travel agency deals or Card Mill organizations?

Think about it. If all anyone had to do was pay $495 and then fly first class, stay in suites for free, and take cruises for $10 per day, who would pay full fare? If you really believe you can do all of this for $495, then you probably deserve to lose the money anyway. The truth is that when these operations first started they were able to fool some of the suppliers with phony ID cards and receive travel discounts, but the industry is wise to them now and it is going to be difficult (if not impossible) to fool anyone into accepting phony ID cards. There are some host programs that do charge a start up fee of around the $495 amount but what they include or offer can be on the up and up. Check carefully. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!





06/10/2017

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G.E. Makes It Official: NBC Will Go to Comcast

The Comcast Center, second from left, in Philadelphia on Thursday. Credit Matt Rourke/Associated Press

After nearly nine months of negotiations, Comcast. the nation’s largest cable operator, announced an agreement on Thursday to acquire NBC Universal from the General Electric Company .

The deal valued NBC Universal at about $30 billion.

The agreement will create a joint venture, with Comcast owning 51 percent and G.E. owning 49 percent. Comcast will contribute to the joint venture its stable of cable channels, which includes Versus, the Golf Channel and E Entertainment, worth about $7.25 billion, and will pay G.E. about $6.5 billion in cash, for a total of $13.75 billion. For now, the network will remain NBC Universal, but ultimately Comcast could decide to change the name.

Almost immediately, the transaction reshapes the nation’s entertainment industry, giving a cable provider a huge portfolio of new content, even as it raises the sector’s anxieties about the future.

In a joint statement announcing the agreement. Brian L. Roberts, the chief executive of Comcast, said the deal was “a perfect fit for Comcast and will allow us to become a leader in the development and distribution of multiplatform ‘anytime, anywhere’ media that American consumers are demanding.” The deal’s genesis lies in frequent flirtations over the last several years between Comcast and General Electric, although serious talks began in March. For Comcast, the purchase is the realization of its long-held ambition to be a major producer of television shows and movies.

News of the negotiations broke in late September, and in the ensuing weeks G.E. worked to resolve details with Comcast, while simultaneously negotiating to buy out a 20 percent stake in NBC Universal held by Vivendi, the French telecommunications conglomerate. It was this last part that proved difficult. G.E. and Comcast’s part of the transaction has essentially been complete for weeks, but the final step was held up by the negotiations between G.E. and Vivendi. Vivendi will receive about $5.8 billion for its stake.

Jeff Zucker, the current head of NBC Universal, will stay on as chief executive and report to the chief operating officer of Comcast, Steve Burke. In a statement released by the companies Thursday morning, Mr. Zucker called the deal the “start of a new era” for NBC .

The deal could take up to 18 months to pass regulatory muster. Although Comcast is based in Philadelphia, NBC’s headquarters will remain in New York, the joint release said.

Most of NBC’s value is in its lucrative cable channels — USA, Bravo, SyFy, CNBC and MSNBC. These networks, along with the channels that Comcast will contribute to the joint venture, will compose 82 percent of the company’s cash flow. The NBC network and Universal Studios will account for only a small portion of the joint venture’s cash flow.

In some respects, G.E.’s decision to sell reflects a desire to exit a business that never quite meshed with its industrial side. “It’s something I always thought about,” said Jeffrey R. Immelt, G.E.’s chief executive, in an interview. “In some ways my thinking gets shaped by the totality of G.E.”

He said that the economic recession also affected his thinking, adding, “you never have an epiphany.”

NBC’s headquarters will remain in New York, the companies said. Credit Mark Lennihan/Associated Press

NBC has been mired in fourth place among the major broadcast networks, and the economics of the broadcast television business has deteriorated in recent years amid declining overall ratings and a decline in advertising. By contrast, cable channels have continued to thrive because they rely on a steady stream of subscriber fees from cable companies like Comcast.

Mr. Roberts, the Comcast chief executive, failed in 2004 with a hostile takeover bid for the Walt Disney Company. Since then, the company has taken a less ambitious approach to content, buying a stake in MGM and building up smaller cable channels and regional sports networks. On Thursday, Mr. Roberts said, “I believe our company is strategically complete.”

Shortly after news of the deal leaked in September, G.E. and Comcast signed a standstill agreement, which effectively blocked other bidders from entering the fray. Previously, G.E. had sought to entice Time Warner. More recently Rupert Murdoch, who controls the News Corporation, considered making an offer for NBC Universal.

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On Capitol Hill, a number of lawmakers said they would hold hearings to examine the deal in detail. Herb Kohl, Democrat of Wisconsin and the chairman of the Senate Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee, said he would convene a hearing about the deal “so that consumers can get a better sense of how this deal could affect their access to diverse programming and information, especially as they more often look to the Internet for such services.”

Michael J. Copps, a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission who regularly opposes media consolidation, said in a statement that “every citizen has a stake here,” given the size of the combined entity. “The lodestar for this review must be the public interest,” he said.

Foreseeing a long regulatory fight, Comcast published a letter on Thursday that outlined commitments to enrich and extend programming for children and minority groups. It also said policies would remain in place to ensure independence for NBC’s news division.

Asked about the NBC broadcast network and its affiliate structure, Mr. Roberts said in an interview, “We’re committed to free, over-the-air broadcast television continuing.” But he and other Comcast executives acknowledged that broadcasters faced continuing threats to their business model.

Mr. Zucker reassured employees of NBC Universal that given the regulatory hurdles ahead, “for now, it remains business as usual.”

Mr. Immelt said G.E. may consult its future partners on occasion over certain deals. G.E. will still be managing the company when certain significant television rights deals come open for bid within the next year. Under G.E. NBC has become the exclusive rights holder to every summer Olympics since 1988 and every winter Olympics since 2002.

Referring to the coming games in Vancouver and London, which NBC already owns the rights to, Mr. Zucker said, “We’re excited for next year and 2012,” and stressed the company would remain in the bidding for the games in 2014 and 2016.

Mindful of past deals that failed on their promise of synergies, Comcast made sure to point out that the financial projections underlying the deal took no account of any potential cost savings from combining the various assets.

For the thousands of employees of both companies, that is good news. Comcast has about 100,000 employees, while NBC Universal employs about 30,000. Mr. Burke, the Comcast executive who will oversee the joint venture, said, “99.9 percent of those employees are in businesses that don’t overlap.”

Bill Carter and Brian Stelter contributed reporting.

A version of this article appears in print on December 4, 2009, on Page B3 of the New York edition with the headline: G.E. Makes It Official: NBC Will Go to Comcast. Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | Subscribe


30/09/2017

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National PTA Fellowship #national #pta


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Arts Management | Arts Ed Fellowship at National PTA

The Arts in Education Fellowship Program

The AU Arts Management Program, in collaboration with the National PTA (Parent Teacher Association). offers a prestigious merit-based award to full-time graduate students in the Arts Management Program. MA candidates receive a scholarship for a designated number of academic credits plus a stipend and an opportunity to pursue professional projects at the National PTA. The purpose of PTA is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. PTA’s arts in education initiatives are dedicated to providing opportunities for all students to explore and be involved in the arts.

National PTA comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators and business and community leaders who believe every child deserves a quality arts education. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities and a strong advocate for public education including the areas of arts and cultural exploration.

Since 1969, the PTA Reflections® Arts Program Awards has inspired millions of students in grades pre-K through 12 to reflect on a specific theme and create original artwork in dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Students are recognized for their participation and achievement in the program allowing schools and families to connect with each other and to their community. When PTAs and schools celebrate the arts together, all families feel welcomed into the school and are encouraged to take an active role in support of their child’s learning.

The Arts in Education Fellowship Program at the National PTA allows an AU Arts Management graduate student to manage the following national level projects mentored by arts education and association management experts:

  • Support volunteer program leaders and national-round judges with timely communications, training and technical assistance, as needed.
  • Coordinate the national-level review of Reflections student submissions using custom data collection and reporting tools.
  • Celebrate over 200 student artists by issuing awards and announcements, planning and programing awards celebration events, and curating an annual exhibit of digital and print student artwork for display at the U.S. Department of Education, National PTA Convention, National PTA Headquarters and online art gallery.

PTA Arts Education Grants

  • Coordinate volunteer national arts and education experts’ review of local PTA proposals for engaging families and community partners in arts education at their school.
  • Celebrate and support awarded projects by providing technical assistance and reporting on grantee success.

The National PTA is looking for a graduate fellow who:

  • Works independently and collaboratively with internal and external project teams to communicate program mission and goals.
  • Extends personable and clear communication to diverse audiences, including volunteers, internal staff and partners.
  • Can organize and process multiple inputs and tasks simultaneously.
  • Thinks and acts innovatively to problem solve and increase productivity.
  • Has a demonstrated interest in school and community arts education programs.

US citizenship or permanent residence is required. The fellow must be enrolled full-time in the Arts Management Master’s Program at American University and meet the requirements of a Merit Awardee at American University. Past arts and education experience is preferred. An interest in coordinating program and partnership activities is preferred.

During the academic year, the National PTA fellow will work 20 hours/week at the National PTA Headquarters located in Alexandria, VA (summer hours are handled separately). The headquarters offers free parking and is accessible via public transportation via Braddock Road Metro Station and DASH Alexandria City Bus Lines 2 4. The fellow is awarded a $15,000 stipend and 6 credits of tuition remission per academic year.

The AU Arts Management Program blends rigorous academics with practical, hands-on learning opportunities. Our partnership with the National PTA is an ideal example of this commitment in action.


20/09/2017

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The Mortgage Lender Implode-O-Meter – tracking the housing finance breakdown, related


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  • Trump Will Fail at Tax Reform, Too – [2017-09-04]
  • United States may sanction China’s major banks to rein in Pyongyang – [2017-09-04]
  • North Korea hydrogen bomb test: The world is on the verge of war in Northeast Asia – [2017-09-04]
  • Central banks must be ready with cash to calm Brexit nerves, warns bank lobby – [2017-09-03]
  • US Actually Seeing Manufacturing, Building Job Growth – [2017-09-03]
  • Rickards: Here’s How to Crack the Code on Gold – [2017-09-03]
  • Fiscal Austerity After The Great Recession Was A Catastrophic Mistake – Coppola – [2017-09-03]

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ML-Implode.com was created in late 2006 to raise the alarm about the then-burgeoning implosion of the historically-epic housing and economic bubble. Started as a modest web page created by founder Aaron Krowne, this objective was achieved by, uniquely, tracking the in-progress implosion of independent mortgage lending companies then being ignored by a mainstream media in denial of even the existence of the housing bubble. At that time, you were more likely to hear a partyline of “housing always goes up” and juvenile jeers of “bubbles are for bathtubs” from TV’s talking heads, than of even slight concern about a clearly-overextended, already-frozen housing market.

Operated as a broadly-open community forum, ML-Implode quickly took the lead in news about the mortgage implosion and subprime crisis, as industry professionals flocked to the site to share and find out the latest. The site even became, in part, a whistleblower platform, fighting (and winning) half a dozen lawsuits to defend the right of its contributors to post about corruption and malfeasance in financial companies, and be able to do so confidentially.

Despite its initial incarnation being rendered insolvent by these frivolous legal attacks, ML-Implode continues today in a stripped-down, lean-and-mean embodiment, remaining dedicated to tracking the fallout of the 2007-2008 credit crisis. This mission includes keeping tabs on recession/depressionary conditions, the policy response to the economic downturn and continued financial instability, the Fed and other global central bank interventions (including “ZIRP” and quantitative easing), actions and reforms of the monetary authorities, market manipulation (official and private sector), all global geopolitical conflict with economic roots, the evolution of the banking and monetary system (including dollar-alternative “reserve currencies”, gold, silver, and bitcoin and other “virtual currencies”), the effect of the economic turmoil on society, basic themes of economic fairness and justice, and much more.

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20/09/2017

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Best National Park Lodge Winners: 2015 10Best Readers Choice Travel Awards

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Pisgah Inn

Pisgah Inn Wins Title of Best National Park Lodge

Many Glacier Hotel, Jackson Lake Lodge, El Tovar and Lake Crescent Lodge in top 5

There are fewer than 100 national park lodges in the USA, and after four weeks of reader voting, the winners of the Best National Park Lodge have been named.

It was a hard-fought and extremely close battle between the top two lodges for the title, but in the end, Pisgah Inn of the Blue Ridge Parkway took home top honors, thanks in part to its beautiful mountain views and excellent meals. The Blue Ridge Parkway is part of the National Park Service. Runner-up Many Glacier Hotel, located inside Glacier National Park. boasts some of the most spectacular views of any national park lodge.

The top 10 winners in the category Best National Park Lodge are as follows:

  1. Pisgah Inn – Blue Ridge Parkway
  2. Many Glacier Hotel – Glacier National Park
  3. Jackson Lake Lodge – Grand Teton National Park
  4. El Tovar – Grand Canyon National Park
  5. Lake Crescent Lodge – Olympic National Park
  6. Crater Lake Lodge – Crater Lake National Park
  7. Old Faithful Inn – Yellowstone National Park
  8. Paradise Inn – Mount Rainier National Park
  9. Ahwahnee – Yosemite National Park
  10. Chisos Mountains Lodge – Big Bend National Park

Kay and David Scott, authors of the Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges (currently in its 8th edition) served as the experts for this contest based on their extensive knowledge and experience traveling in U.S. national parks.

Other nominees included Skyland Resort in Shenandoah National Park, Glacier Park Lodge in Glacier National Park, Grand Canyon Lodge in Grand Canyon National Park, Lake Yellowstone Hotel in Yellowstone National Park, Inn at Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park. Jenny Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park, Inn at the Presidio in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Wuksachi Lodge in Sequoia National Park, Lodge at Bryce Canyon in Bryce Canyon National Park and the Argonaut in San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA TODAY.





09/09/2017

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Car Accident Statistics, Stats, Auto, Fatal, Drunk Driving #car #accident #statistics,


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Car Crash Stats: There were nearly 6,420,000 auto accidents in the United States in 2005. The financial cost of these crashes is more than 230 Billion dollars. 2.9 million people were injured and 42,636 people killed. About 115 people die every day in vehicle crashes in the United States — one death every 13 minutes.

In 2003 there were 6,328,000 car accidents in the US. There were 2.9 million injuries and 42,643 people were killed in auto accidents.

In 2002, there were an estimated 6,316,000 car accidents in the USA. There were about 2.9 million injuries and 42,815 people were killed in auto accidents in 2002.

There were an estimated 6,356,000 car accidents in the US in 2000. There were about 3.2 million injuries and 41,821 people were killed in auto accidents in 2000 based on data collected by the Federal Highway Administration.

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Fatal Accident Statistics: Latest

People Killed and Injured in Car Accidents Nationwide
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In vehicle or outside including Pedestrians

Deer Accident Statistics in The United States
The Top Ten States for Deer Collisions

Drivers and Passengers Injured and Killed Measured
by Restraint Use Survival Status
(1999 and 2000 compared)

Persons Killed and Injured in Alcohol Related Crashes
(1999 and 2000 compared)
Including Number of Crashes, by Type of Crash, Alcohol Involvement and Year
Driver in Alcohol-Related Fatal Crashes with Previous Alcohol Convictions

People Killed By State
(1999 and 2000 compared)

1999 and 1998 Crash Stats Overview

Car Accident World Guide


09/09/2017

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Masters: 18 coolest Augusta National items of all time #augusta #national,coolest


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The 18 coolest Augusta National items of all time

Masters Memories: John Garrity and the Sleepy, Soggy Fan at Augusta National

From a six-iron to a set of spoons, here are 18 artifacts that capture the lore and roars of the Masters at Augusta National, golf’s greatest tournament.

1. READY TO BLOOM
Before it was a golf course, Augusta National was a 365-acre nursery. just aching to be a golf course. “If our finished product is favorably received, it will be in part due to the excellent material at our disposal,” Augusta designer Alister MacKenzie wrote in 1933 during the late stages of construction. “We had plenty of land, towering pine forests, a large variety of other trees, beautiful shrubbery, streams of water. ” You get the idea.

2. MAGIC WAND
Few clubs are as synonymous with their owners as Calamity Jane is with Augusta National co-founder Bob Jones. The rusting, beat-up blade helped Jones win his first three majors (before he replaced it with a replica), and in turn awarded Jones the influence to build—and attract members to—his dream course. (During a practice round at the ’36 Masters, Jones dusted off the original Calamity Jane and hit just 25 putts on his way to a 64.)

3. MAN WITH A PLAN
Donald Ross lobbied to design the National, but Jones wouldn’t bite. He instead turned to the less heralded MacKenzie, whose artistry (that’s the first green, below), efficiency and love of the Old Course at St. Andrews won him the job. It took MacKenzie just 76 working days to build his masterpiece, though he would never see it host a Masters. He died of heart failure on January 6, 1934.

4. YOU’RE INVITED!
One hundred charter members and guests—including one Bob Solensten of Crestwood, N.Y.—were invited to the much-anticipated unveiling of Jones’s new baby. Each ponied up $100 for three days of golf and gluttony. According to Stan Byrdy’s The Augusta National Golf Club, a wicked cold front hit Augusta that weekend, but “a keg of corn whiskey at the start of each nine helped keep the party in good sprits.”

5. GET WITH THE PROGRAM
Jones never cared for the moniker “The Masters”—too uppity, he felt—so for the first five years his event was known as the Augusta National Invitation Tournament. In the inaugural edition, in 1934, the game’s giants filled the tee sheets, but with beer kegs at the turn and free drinks for the patrons, the tournament was more of a breezy exhibition than a cutthroat competition.

6. MAKE IT A DOUBLE
You’ve heard of the “shot heard ’round the world.” This was the bullet. Three strokes off the lead with four holes to play in the 1935 Masters, Gene Sarazen ripped a 4-wood second shot at the par-5 15th. Two-hundred and thirty-five yards later, the Squire’s ball disappeared into the cup for a double-eagle 2 — and one of the most famous hole-outs in history. “Frankly, I’m tired of discussing it,” Sarazen said years later. “You’d think I had never done anything else but hit that shot.”

7. WHO YOU CALLING WEE MON?
Before the Par-3 Contest became a Masters rite in 1960, the field competed in other tests of skill and showmanship, including putting and ballstriking competitions. There was even a long-drive contest, won by Ben Hogan — all 5’8″ of him—in 1952. Hogan would win two Masters, in 1951 and ’53.

8. DEAR GENE.
It’s one thing to receive an invite to the Masters. It’s quite another to get a letter like this.

9. UP IN SMOKE
After Arnold Palmer double-bogeyed the 72nd hole to lose the ’61 Masters by a stroke to Gary Player, the King exited the premises in “quiet fury and agony,” he recalled in his 1999 book, A Golfer’s Life. “In self-disgust, I slammed my golf shoes onto the front seat, denting the lovely engraved silver cigarette case [Augusta Chairman] Clifford Roberts had presented to the players’ wives that year.” The box—dents and all—now sits on Palmer’s office desk in Latrobe, Pa. a painful reminder of what could have been.

Courtesy of Arnold Palmer

10. TO CATCH A THIEF
The benefactor of Palmer’s ’61 miscue? Gary Player, who wore his green jacket on the flight home to Johannesburg, unaware he had committed a cardinal sin. Three days later, Player recalls, the phone rang, Clifford Roberts calling: “Gary,” he said, “have you taken the jacket home? You know you cannot do that, my boy!” Roberts eventually relented, allowing Player to keep the jacket on the condition he never don it in public. “To this day,” Player says, “I have kept my vow and the jacket (right) remains carefully framed and preserved in my trophy room.”

Courtesy of Black Knight Archives

11. THE DWIGHT STUFF
With a nod to Bill Gates and Jack Welch, Augusta’s most famous member was President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who during his 21-year tenure visited the club 45 times, including 29 trips during his time in office (and you think Obama plays a lot of golf). Tributes to Ike are all over the grounds, including the Eisenhower Tree and Ike’s Pond, where he used to fish.

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12. FROM AUGUSTA WITH LOVE
Pocket radios. Women’s purses. Steak knives. The gifts Augusta National has bestowed upon its members and other supporters at Masters past have ranged from practical to pretty to, well, 1975’s unusual offering: a first-aid kit.

Courtesy of Green Jacket Auctions

13. HERE’S THE SCOOP
In the early ’80s, the London jeweler Garrards obtained Augusta’s blessing to produce a set of 18 enameled silver spoons, one for each of Augusta’s holes. They were first exhibited at the 1982 British Open at Royal Troon, where Barbara Nicklaus decided she just had to have them. So, too, did Maria Floyd and Linda Watson. In all, a dozen sets were made.

14. SUNDAY FINEST
Quick, name that shirt. (Clue: The owner won the fifth of his six Masters in it, in 1975. Answer, as if you need help: Jack, of course!) Masteers in it, in 1975. Answweeerr, as if you need help: Jacck, of course!)

BARBARA HARTLEY/JACK NICKLAUS MUSEUM

15. LOFTY ACHIEVEMENT
“They called it 140 feet,” Larry Mize said of his epic chip-in on the second hole of a playoff at the 1987 Masters. “It was about 100 feet. Let’s get it right now—100 feet.” Indeed, Mize’s miraculous bump-and-run at the par-4 11th, executed with this 57-degree MacGregor wedge, needs no embellishment. Just ask Greg Norman, who looked on crestfallen as Mize’s ball bounced up a slope, across the green and into the hole.

16. HAIL TO THE KING (COBRA)
It looks piddling by today’s standards, but the 8.5-degree King Cobra driver Tiger Woods used to decimate the field at the 1997 Masters provided him with a driving average of 323 yards — 25 yards longer than the next closest player that week — and the luxury of hitting no more than a 7-iron into any par 4. “He’s so long, he reduces the course to nothing,” Nicklaus said. “Absolutely nothing.” Three years later Augusta added nearly 300 yards to the layout.

AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY

17. BEAR MARKET
Stick the iconic Augusta logo on a cap, a ball marker, playing cards, even this teddy bear from 2003, and you have must-have memorabilia for even the most tightfisted of fans. (Small wonder, then, that the club peddles a reported $20 million in merchandise during tourney week.)

18. DRAMA CLUB
Remember Phil Mickelson in that prison of pines at 13 in 2010? This is the club that freed him. With a gutsy swipe of his 6-iron, Lefty threaded a gap in the trees and stuck his 209-yard approach to four feet. The club now resides in a display case in the Augusta National clubhouse, another Masters artifact for the ages.


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Everything you need to know about The Osprey Village is here!

Our lovely village is set amongst heather clad hills and native woodland in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Abundant wildlife, magnificent scenery, many outdoor, leisure and cultural activities and a traditional Highland welcome are all to be found here.

Play our superb James Braid 18-hole golf course or fish the Spey. Wonderful bird watching opportunities abound; tranquil woods and dramatic hillsides to walk, climb or ski are within easy reach.

Cycle on good tracks and quiet roads the Speyside Way meets the Sustrans cycle route in the centre of the village. Enjoy our Community Garden and join the activities in the Community Hall and around the village; see the What s On page for forthcoming events.

The village offers a range of accommodation all are privately owned with each establishment offering their own style of Highland Hospitality. Many offer drying rooms and bike racks and welcome walkers and cyclists, however wet or muddy, and many self-catering properties allow you to bring your dog with you.

Lying beside the River Spey, Boat of Garten is located in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Centrally located in the Highlands of Scotland it is the perfect place from which to explore the Highlands, access the mountains, moorlands and rivers, or simply unwind.

Osprey Feather Sculpture

If you re visiting us from Aviemore or Nethybridge, why not arrive in style on the Strathspey Railway Steam Train. Have lunch or a picnic, visit our ducks on Milton Loch, relax in our Community Garden and view our sculptures in Station Square, or take the children to let off steam at our newly refurbished play park next to the Community Hall. which is home to many local groups and is available for hire for events, conferences, concerts and weddings. Join us for lunch on Tuesdays in the Hall between October and Easter delicious home made soups and sandwiches! If you d like to make an enquiry please email Hall bookings .

Our Tartan Teddy

The village has its own tartan, which is sold by the Community Company s trading arm, Osprey Village Enterprises Ltd. If you are interested in buying some tartan, drop us an email. Local information is on the Community pages if you can t find what you want, have some information to add or would like to give us some feedback, please email us. Catch up with all the local news in the BoG Standard and if you have any Boat photos or news you d like to share either here or on our Facebook page, please get in touch .


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Best Tours in Central and South America – National Geographic Traveler

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From Traveler Magazine’s 2013 Tours of a Lifetime

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By Margaret Loftus

Marathon mania has spilled over into mainstream adventure travel, spawning running-focused trips around the world, including this twist on the classic Inca Trail trek. Runners tackle the ancient Andes route in two days, from the Urubamba Valley, through the “Pass of the Dead Woman” at 13,780 feet, and into the cloud forest to the Intipunku “Gateway of the Sun” at 8,923 feet, where they’ll get their first eyeful of Machu Picchu in its full splendor. Trip veteran Joshua Price calls the experience “challenging, but incredible.” The big event is sandwiched between acclimatization runs, stints in the cities of Cusco and Lima, and a day spent touring the ruins. Andes Adventures: “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Running Adventure,” 9 days; $2,795; www .andesadventures.com

Panama: King’s Road

First forged by Indians and later cobblestoned by the Spanish in the 1500s to move Inca gold to galleons bound for Spain, El Camino Real connects the Pacific and Atlantic 50 miles across the Isthmus of Panama. Hike what remains of the rugged trail through Chagres National Park, home to jaguars, spider monkeys, and anteaters. Thanks to multiple river hikes, expect to be soggy for a good part of the day. Ancon Expeditions of Panama: “Camino Real Trek,” 8 days; $1,600; www.anconexpeditions.com

Chile: Patagonian Sip and Bike

Wine-tasting pairs with easygoing biking in the Casablanca and San Antonio valleys. Then the action moves to the Lake District and northern Patagonia for white-knuckle white-water rafting on the Petrohué River, a hike around the base of the snowcapped Osorno Volcano, and a traditional lamb barbecue hosted by local gauchos. Santiago Adventures: “Bikes, Wine and Patagonia,” 8 days; $3,290; www.santiagoadventures.com

Brazil: Trifecta Trek

This unusual walking-focused itinerary spans three distinct parts of Brazil: the Royal Route, which connected the gold mines of the interior to the coast during Portuguese rule; colonial Salvador, coined “the capital of happiness,” thanks to its laid-back residents and lively carnival; and the otherworldly cliffs, monoliths, and caves of Chapada Diamantina National Park. Country Walkers: “Brazil: Royal Route, Salvador, and Chapada Diamantina,” 11 days; $6,498; www.countrywalkers.com

Nicaragua: For the Birds

For all the buzz touting it as the next Costa Rica, Nicaragua has yet to attract mainstream tourists in droves. But this itinerary shows off its potential as a nature nirvana, with visits to five wildlife reserves, including Selva Negra (a combination organic farm, eco-lodge, and bird-friendly coffee estate). Bonus: Birders have a shot at spotting and cataloging any new species to help create the country’s first bird book. International Expeditions: “Nicaragua: Land of Lakes and Volcanoes,” 9 days; $3,398; www.ietravel.com

Ecuador: Homestay in the Amazon

The term “cultural immersion” pops up a lot on travel company websites, but here’s the real deal. Spend four days living with a Quichua family in the Amazon jungle, where you’ll learn how to identify medicinal plants; make chicha, a fermented drink from cassava; and participate in a shaman healing ceremony. G Adventures: “Ecuador Jungle Local Living,” 7 days; $499; www.gadventures.com

Belize: Reefs to Ruins

With 180 miles of coastline, the second longest barrier reef in the world, virgin rain forests, and Maya ruins crammed into a country roughly the size of New Jersey, Belize is an undersize country with oversize natural gifts. Here’s an itinerary that lets you experience it all. National Geographic Adventures: “Belize: Reefs, Rain Forests, and Ruins,” 10 days; $4,195; www.nationalgeographicadventures.com

Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina: South American Odyssey

Starting in Trinidad and skirting the eastern coastline of South America to Buenos Aires, this grand expedition on the 148-passenger National Geographic Explorer —a celebration of the National Geographic Society’s 125th anniversary—focuses on the region’s cultural heritage as well as flora and fauna. An army of experts (including Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis and conservation biologist Thomas Lovejoy) is on board to answer your questions. National Geographic Expeditions: “Epic South America,” 38 days; $34,730; www .nationalgeographicexpeditions.com

Contributing editor Margaret Loftus has reported and written “Tours of a Lifetime” for the past eight years.





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Expository Counseling Training Center

Expository Counseling Training Center is the training portion of the Expository Counseling Center. ECTC (Expository Counseling Training Center) seeks to provide online and onsite based training for Biblical Counseling. ECTC provides 5 basic biblical counseling training courses that are developed by Dr. Nicolas Ellen. Each l evel of teaching is 14 weeks in length. There are also outside class readings, Scripture memorization, make-the-connection assignments, and case studies. Tuition is $350 per Level. The 5 basic biblical counseling training courses developed by Dr. Ellen have been recognized by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and are used by an ACBC Training center (The College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas) as part of their process to move individuals into ACBC certification.

Since the Expository Counseling Center respects and appreciates The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (also known as ACBC), the ECC provides a 6 week training to prepare individuals to take the ACBC exams (which must be passed in order for one to move into ACBC certification), and 12 hours of counseling observations for individuals pursuing ACBC certification (10 hours is required in order for one to move into ACBC certification). Since Dr. Nicolas Ellen is a Fellow with ACBC, The Expository Counseling Center offers counseling supervision via Dr. Ellen for those entering phase 3 of the ACBC certification process. Tuition for the ACBC Exam Prep is $150 and $500 for phase 3 ACBC supervision. (Go to http://www.biblicalcounseling.com/ to find out more about their process for biblical counseling certification).

The Expository Counseling Center also respects and appreciates The International Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. So much so that the ECC is a certified training center with the International Association of Biblical Counselors (Go to www.iabc.net to find out more about their process for biblical counseling certification). The Expository Counseling Center has been sanctioned by the IABC to lead individuals into complete biblical counseling certification with their organization via The Expository Counseling Training Center. The ECTC will provide the biblical counseling training via the 5 basic biblical counseling courses developed by Dr. Nicolas Ellen and provide the theology and counseling exams which are produced by the IABC. ECTC will also grade the exams, and provide the 50 hours of supervision via Dr. Nicolas Ellen, in order to certify individuals as IABC Biblical Counselors. Tuition for IABC Exam Prep is $150 and $350 for IABC counseling supervision.

You will be able to purchase most of your course material through the ECC online bookstore.

In this level, students will learn the connection between systematic theology and biblical counseling. Students will evaluate the doctrine of God, Christ, Holy Spirit, Man, Sin, Salvation, Sanctification, various others doctrines and learn how genuine biblical counseling comes out of these doctrines. Students will also learn the history of the biblical counseling movement in the United States.

(14 Weeks) Tuition is $350

In this level, students will learn the basic principles of Biblical Counseling and be able to distinguish it from secular counseling and counseling that integrates psychology and the Bible. Students will learn how the Bible has it s own framework by which we can address any and all non-organic problems from the Scriptures. This includes those issues that the world would describe as psychological or mental disorders. Students will learn how to analyze issues from a biblical framework, categorize issues through a biblical framework, and provide biblical solutions through a biblical framework.

(14 Weeks) Tuition is $350

In this level, students will explore issues such as the fear of man, idolatrous lust, depression, divorce, separation, abuse, remarriage, death, trials, suffering, psychotropic drugs, biblical view of self esteem, dealing with the past and many other issues and learn to deal with them from a biblical perspective.

Level Four:Marriage and Family Basic Training Course

(14 Weeks) Tuition is $350

In this level, students will learn the foundations for marriage and family as God designed. Students will explore God’s design for marriage as well explore some basic parenting skills.

Level Five: The Dynamics of Biblical Counseling

(14 Weeks) Tuition is $350

In this level, students will learn the mechanics of biblical counseling. Students will observe 12 hours of biblical counseling as well as do some case studies. Students also will learn concepts of biblical analysis, categories of biblical change, phases and stages of biblical change, and categories of homework for counselees. Moreover, students will learn policies and procedures for governing a counseling ministry, how to use a personal data inventory form, how to use a consent to counsel form, how to organize and structure a counseling session as well as how to fill out a case report form after a session.

(6 Weeks) Tuition is $150

Students will go through each question on the ACBC Exam and learn how to answer those questions. Students will learn which resources are available to answer each question. Students will learn how to cite their sources for the answers they find from those sources provided by the training.

(6 Weeks) Tuition is $150

Students will go through each question on the IABC Exam and learn how to answer those questions. Students will learn which resources are available to answer each question. Students will also learn how to cite their sources for the answers they find from those sources provided by the training.

Students will spend 2-3 hours in class listening to a lecture and participating in small group interactions pertaining to the course. During this class time students will be able to ask questions and discuss matters pertaining to the course.

Outside Class Reading

The students will be required to read John, Hebrews, Romans, James, 1 John, 1 Peter, Ephesians, Proverbs, 2 Peter, and Galatians. Students will also be required to read The Heart of Man and The Mental Disorders. Deceptive Diagnosis. Understanding and Developing a Biblical View of Life. Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hand. So You Want to Get Married (for singles), Happy Even After (for married couples), Shepherding a Child’s Heart. With All Your Heart. Coming to Know and Walk with God. How People Change. Pursuing Godliness through the Disciplines of the Christian Faith. Every Christian a Counselor. Peacemaker. The Biblical Counseling Movement. Theology of Christian Counseling. Counseling by The Book (Revised and Expanded Edition). Why Christians Can’t Trust Psychology and A Theology of Biblical Counseling:The Doctrinal Foundations of Counseling Ministry (Heath Lambert).

Students will memorize 16 Scripture verses to enhance their counseling.

Make-the-Connections and Case Studies

In order to teach students how to analyze problems through a biblical framework and to categorize problems through a biblical framework, students will be given 50 make-the-connection assignments over the course of study. These assignments will challenge the student’s skill in connecting various characteristics to a biblical framework. Students will be assigned 30 counseling cases over the entire training period to teach them how to analyze, categorize and solve problems from a biblical framework perspective.

50 hours of counseling supervision via Dr. Nicolas Ellen, will be provided for IABC students and for students in Phase 3 of ACBC certification. This will entail filling out case report forms and counseling logs, tape recording five of one’s counseling sessions to be listened to by Dr. Ellen for evaluation of one’s skill, discussing the dynamics of various counseling cases, and developing in biblical counseling methods through the 50 hours of supervision.

Attached below is a syllabus that lays out the details of each course.

Most of the curriculum for each level can be purchased online through our bookstore. The syllabus for the course will let you know what books you need for each level and when you need them. (Review the syllabus for more details.)

Special Offer To Churches

For a limited time, we have a special offer to churches who are interested in this program. Please contact us for more information.


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NACTA – The National Association of Career Travel Agents #search #for

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The following list includes the best and most reliable host agencies in the travel industry. NACTA has developed stringent standards for host agencies to meet and by meeting these standards you can feel assured that these agencies will make excellent host partners. NACTA does not endorse any of these agencies, but has applied criteria deemed necessary to qualify as a NACTA Host Agency Member.

AARC Host Agency

AARC Host Agency goal is to increase each agents sales and commissions. AARC provides Free websites for each agent with built in 24/7 booking engines. Customer Relationship Management resources with Client Base, Social Media Marketing training and resources. Blocked Group Cruises. FREE Training: Online Courses, Newsletters, triad magazines, Webinars, Blogs, daily email update blast. Access to all Vacation.com programs. Free email blast and direct mail campaigns to your clients to drive bookings to agents.





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Best Tours in Asia – National Geographic Traveler #kaveri #travels

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From Traveler Magazine’s 2012 Tours of a Lifetime

Bikers on an Exodus Travels tour often see scenes like this Sherpa and yak in Nepal’s Khumbu, near Everest.

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By Margaret Loftus

Iran: Behind the Headlines

Since GeoEx first dipped its toe in Iran 19 years ago, its tour business here has remained brisk despite the news stories coming out of Tehran. Returning clients regularly remark on “the warmth expressed by people on the streets,” says Jim Sano, the company’s president. This was the most popular Middle Eastern trip last year; it’s a carefully curated survey of the capital, Tehran; ancient Hamadan; the blue mosque and bazaar of Tabriz; the green gardens of Shiraz; and the elegant and ornate architecture of Esfahan. Guests are typically the only Westerners in Mashad, Iran ’s most important Shiite pilgrimage site. Geographic Expeditions. “Treasures of Persia,” 21 days; $8,075.

China: Tea Trek

Walk portions of the Tea Horse Road, a legendary trading route that once linked the tea-growing regions of Yunnan and Sichuan to the Tibetan Plateau, with Jeff Fuchs, the first Westerner to retrace the 3,100-mile trail. Sip teas at their origin in Xishuangbanna, participate in tea ceremonies, and stay at a tea plantation. WildChina. “The Ancient Tea Horse Caravan Road: An Expedition With Jeff Fuchs,” 10 days; from $3,745.

China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam: Down the Mekong

From the mountain gorges of China ’s Yunnan Province to the South China Sea, this month-long odyssey wends down the Mekong River through six countries on a series of boats. Woven into the itinerary are cultural forays off the river—sharing a traditional dinner with a Laotian family or attending a service at a Cao Dai temple in Vietnam, whose adherents worship Jesus, Confucius, and Buddha. Journeys Within. “Mekong Experience,” 29 days; $7,499.

India: Southern Loop

Well before it became a Silicon Valley of India. Hyderabad was once a global center of the diamond and pearl trade. Discover the city’s lavish bazaars and royal heritage on the first stop of this history-focused voyage throughout the country’s less traveled south. Greaves India. “Diamonds and Dynasties,” 14 days; $3,090.

China, Nepal, Tibet: The World’s Rooftop by Bike

With rides up to 93 miles a day climaxing with big climbs at altitudes up to 16,000 feet, biking from Lhasa to Kathmandu isn’t for everybody. But hardy cyclists will be rewarded for their efforts with visits to the remote Sera Monastery and palaces of the Dalai Lama, as well as stunning views of the Himalaya, including the North Face of Everest. Exodus Travels. “Lhasa to Kathmandu Ride,” 20 days; $3,430 (plus $270 bike rental).

Israel, Turkey, Morocco: Threads of the Diaspora

Part of the outfitter’s Inspired Expeditions Collections program (in which destination specialists are tapped to create their ultimate itinerary), this trip explores the deep Jewish roots and traditions of the Mediterranean. Guests visit a private home in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem ’s Old City; tour Galata, a Jewish neighborhood in Istanbul; and enter the Museum of Moroccan Judaism in Casablanca. Big Five Tours and Expeditions. “Foundations of Faith,” 19 days; $11,990.

Myanmar: Remote Northern Trek

As one of Asia’s most isolated countries, Myanmar has long attracted a trickle of adventurous travelers, but that’s about to become more of a steady stream now that relations with Washington have warmed. Here’s a trek that takes you far from the popular sites of Mandalay and Pagan into the Lisu and Rawan hill country at the base of the easternmost Himalaya. Only in recent years opened to foreigners, this region is the gateway to the 19,295-foot Mount Hkakabo Razi and home to tribes descended from Tibetans. Overnights are in village-style guesthouses. Journeys International. “Trek to the Last Village,” 11 days; $3,350.

Israel: Holy Land Multi-Sport

The Holy Land is not just for praying. This privately guided tour lets you play: You can scuba dive, horseback ride, mountain bike, climb, and rappel on this family-friendly spin through Haifa, Galilee, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Eilat, and Tel Aviv. Note that lunches and dinners are not included in the price of this tour. Horizon Co. “Active Israel Adventure,” 13 days; $4,995.

Nepal: Off the Circuit

A twist on the traditional Annapurna Circuit trek, this route detours through the Nar and Phu valleys—only recently opened to commercial trekkers and thought to have one of the world’s highest concentrations of snow leopards. Here in the shadow of the Annapurna Range, you’ll explore ancient Buddhist monasteries and meet ethnically Tibetan villagers in remote communities at around 13,000 feet that have changed little in the past century. One World Trekking. “The Lost Valleys of NarPhu Trek,” 23 days; from $2,905.

Thailand: Sailing off Samui

Ply the glassy, emerald waters of the Gulf of Thailand aboard a staffed 37-foot catamaran, dropping anchor for the occa­sional snorkel, swim, and explore, such as at Koh Ang Thong National Park for a hike among gibbons and the island of Koh Phangan, famous for its full-moon party. G Adventures. “Thai Sailing Adventure—Koh Samui to Koh Samui,” 7 days; $1,599.

Japan: Land Before Time

Join archaeologist Simon Kaner on this exploration of archaeology through three of Japan’s four major islands, from the elaborate flame pottery of the Jomon period at the Niigata Prefectural Museum of History to the storied Osaka Castle. Andante Travels. “Japan Fiery Ceramics and the Citadels of the Shogun,” 18 days; $7,237.

These guided tours are part of National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime for 2012 for the outfitters’ commitment to authenticity, immersion, sustainability, and connection.





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Welcome to ACBIS!

The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) offers a voluntary national certification program for both direct care staff and professionals working in brain injury services. ACBIS provides the opportunity to learn important information about brain injury, to demonstrate learning in a written examination, and to earn a nationally recognized credential.

ACBIS offers three certification options representing distinct levels of experience and supervisory skills: Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS), Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer (CBIST), and Provisional Certified Brain Injury Specialist (PCBIS).

The Academy requires demonstration of learning, through its examination, in the following domains:

  • TBI and diagnostic imaging
  • Medical, physical, cognitive, neurobehavioral, and psychosocial consequences of injury
  • TBI in pediatrics and adolescents, as well as aging with a brain injury
  • Concussions and mTBI, as well as disorders of consciousness
  • Rehabilitation philosophy, outcome measurement, and care management
  • Effect of injuries on families
  • Cultural, gender, and sexuality issues
  • Military populations
  • Neuropsychology
  • Participation and return to work

Certification is not restricted to any one profession or discipline. Rather, it is intended for anyone who delivers services specific to brain injury. Please read Certification Disclaimer.

The ACBIS Alliance provides public recognition to a brain injury services provider or designated facility that has achieved the benchmark of having 20% of its staff who are eligible for national certification certified as CBIS or CBIST. The list of Alliance members can be found here.

ACBIS Announcements

The ACBIS Board of Governors enacted changes that affect CBIST renewals, effective January 1, 2015, as follows:

CBISTs will fulfill, in addition to the CEU requirement, an annual training requirement. Every CBIST must conduct training of ACBIS-related content eight (8) hours annually. Documentation to support a random audit of renewal will include, for each training session conducted, a description of objectives and content and a sign-in sheet of attendees.

CBISTs will attend, in addition to the current initial two-hour training immediately prior to certification as a Trainer, a refresher training course every five years. The training will continue to cover the purpose, governance, and programs of ACBIS, including levels of certification and their requirements, a description of CBIST roles. an overview of Group Administrator guidelines, and principles of adult learning utilized in ACBIS-supplied teaching materials.

Display your achievement as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist or Trainer with the new ACBIS pin. These are now available for purchase in the BIAA bookstore:

ACBIS has updated its Examination Accommodations Request Policy. For more information, please visit this section of the ACBIS website: Click Here.

Please note these policies for groups:

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    2015 Tickets – Cleveland National Air Show #how #to #get #cheap

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    2015 Tickets

    The Air Show delivers top-flight entertainment

    GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS

    General Admission Tickets are good for one full day of aviation fun (Saturday, Sunday or Monday). No seating bring a lawn chair or blanket.

    Advance Adult: $21 ($23 at gate)

    Advance Youth: $14 ($16 at gate) Ages 6-11

    *Ages 5 and under free for General Admission ONLY

    To Order Tickets Online: Click Here   Deadline at 11:59pm on August 28

    To Order Tickets via Mail/Fax: Click Here   Deadline at 5:00pm on August 28

    All Sales Are Final No Exchanges or Refunds

    Due to delivery constraints, all international orders after August 1 st are subject to shipping fees.  Please contact the Air Show office at 216-781-0747 or at [email protected] .

    General Admission Tickets and Reserved Box Seat Tickets are available at the walk-in Air Show Box Office. Click here for more information.

    General Admission Tickets will be available at the Air Show Gates. Gates open at 9:00am each day.

    RESERVED BOX SEAT TICKETS

    Your reserved seat for the day along the flight line includes Air Show Admission and access to a private concession area. Available only in advance through the Air Show Office. Purchase early to ensure the best available seats!

    Advance: $25

    * ALL AGES REQUIRE A BOX SEAT TICKET

    * GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET NOT REQUIRED WITH BOX SEAT TICKE T

    To Order Tickets Online: Click Here   Deadline at 11:59pm on August 28

    To Order Tickets via Mail/Fax:   Click Here   Deadline at 5:00pm on August 28

    All Sales Are Final No Exchanges or Refunds

    Due to delivery constraints, all international orders after August 1 st are subject to shipping fees.  Please contact the Air Show office at 216-781-0747 or at [email protected].

    General Admission Tickets and Reserved Box Seat Tickets are available at the walk-in Air Show Box Office. Click here for more information.

    During the Air Show, Reserved Box Seat Tickets will still be available, until they are sold out, on an upgrade basis for an additional $10.00 each. Patrons should purchase a General Admission Ticket and go to the Box Seat Upgrade booths inside the air show grounds to upgrade their General Admission Tickets. Everyone needs a ticket for Reserved Box Seats regardless of age.

    SPONSOR BOX

    Strap into your seat on the flight line in your own Sponsor Box! Each Sponsor Box includes ten (10) reserved seats along the flight line (separate from the general admission area), Air Show Admission, and access to a private concession area.

    Available only in advance through the Air Show Office until 8/28/15.

    3-Day Weekend Box $600

    1-Day Box $225

    For printable information:   Click Here

    To view the Box Seating Layout: Click Here

    For specific Sponsor Box questions or to place an order click below:

    Liz Harmath, Entertainment Seating Coordinator, [email protected]

    BARNSTORMER CLUB

    SOLD OUT!

    3 Day Weekend Barnstormer Club Table $1,150

    1 Day Barnstormer Club Table $500

    1 Day Barnstormer Club Seat $68

    For printable information: Click Here

    To view Barnstormer Club Layout: Click Here

    For Barnstormer Club menu: Click Here

    To Order Barnstormer Club via Mail/Fax: Click Here

    For specific Barnstormer Club questions or to place an order click below:

    Liz Harmath, Entertainment Seating Coordinator, [email protected]

    FLIGHT LINE LOGE

    Give your guests and clients an inspiring and memorable experience that they will talk about for years to come.  Invite them to your company s private Flight Line Loge.

    A Flight Line Loge can help your business soar to new heights. Loges are the perfect incentive to increase both business relations and employee productivity. Located along the Air Show front crowd line, our high profile Loges offer a VIP experience for 100 or more of your guests.

    • A spacious 20 x 40 canopied tent with protective sides.
    • Exclusive front row viewing area with umbrella tables and theatre-style seating.
    • A party atmosphere with colorful flags and live plants.
    • Parking passes.
    • Buffet style serving tables and chairs.
    • Private sanitary facilities, Loge attendant and daily cleaning service.

    1 Day Loge Set-up $3,500

    2 Day Loge Set-up $4,500

    3 Day Weekend Loge Set-up $5,000

    *Loge Tickets are $25.00 each. A minimum purchase of 100 tickets per day is required.

    Catering is additional. A variety of reasonably priced menu items are available from the official Air Show caterer.

    For printable information click: Click Here

    For specific Flight Line Loge information or reservations click below:

    GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS GROUP SALES

    Bring your group to see the fastest show on earth! The Air Show is the perfect venue for corporate, school, scouting and church outings a three day festival celebrating the fascination of flight.

    For printable information click: Click Here

    For specific Group Sales questions or to place an order click below:

    Liz Harmath, Entertainment Seating Coordinator, [email protected]

    PARKING (ON-SITE ONLY)

    Parking is NOT available in advance. On-site parking is $15 at the gate only the lot operated by the Air Show.   NO RV PARKING.





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    Emergency Alert System #national #emergency #alert #system, #emergency #alert #system


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    Emergency Alert System

    This section contains information on the Emergency Alert System (EAS), a resilient form of emergency alert notification, and the National EAS Test that was designed to assess the President’s ability to send a message to the American people within 10 minutes of a disaster.

    Background on the Emergency Alert System (EAS)

    Resilient public alert and warning tools are essential to save lives and protect property during times of national, state, regional, and local emergencies. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is used by alerting authorities to send warnings via broadcast, cable, satellite, and wireline communications pathways. EAS participants, which consist of broadcast, cable, satellite, and wireline providers, are the stewards of this important public service in close partnership with alerting officials at all levels of government. The EAS is also used when all other means of alerting the public are unavailable, providing an added layer of resiliency to the suite of available emergency communication tools. The EAS is in a constant state of improvement to ensure seamless integration of CAP-based and emerging technologies.

    Frequently Asked Questions about the 2016 Nationwide Test

    What were the key successes of the September 28, 2016 EAS Test?

    The test revealed several successes:

    • A majority of stations reported a clean, clear, and easily understandable audio message.
    • Some stations broadcasting in Spanish were able to select and play the Spanish language version of the test message.
    • Use of the National Periodic Test event code allowed the test to occur without alarming the public
    • The test elevated public awareness, providing important information on EAS within the landscape of public alert and warning.

    What were the National EAS Test results?

    Reports indicate that approximately 88 percent of EAS participants across the country were able to receive and relay the test message. Please view the 2016 IPAWS EAS National Test Report for further details. Please also visit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau for information and updates. Their report: September 28, 2016 Nationwide EAS Test has been published.

    When will the government conduct the next nationwide EAS Test?

    In Coordination with the FCC, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other Federal partners, FEMA is committed to communicating the next test date and is currently in the planning and coordination phase.

    What other outreach and engagement activities can we expect before the next EAS Test?

    FEMA, in coordination with Federal partners and EAS participants, will continue to provide timely information updates through virtual roundtables, webinars, conferences, and other events. Please sign up for our email subscription list to receive information on upcoming events, webinars, and other related activities.

    What is the purpose of the next nationwide EAS TEST?

    Our program of nationwide EAS testing helps FEMA and the broadcast, satellite, and cable industries maintain and improve alert and warning capabilities at the Federal, state, and local levels.

    EAS Best Practices Guide

    The EAS Best Practices Guide was created in partnership with EAS participants to support incremental improvements by providing basic guidelines for EAS operation and maintenance.


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    Canada – s 50 Places of a Lifetime – National Geographic

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    Canada s 50 Places of a Lifetime

    From Keith Bellows, Editor in Chief, National Geographic Travel

    In the early ’70s, a Canadian living in Montreal, I worked on a book called Scenic Wonders of Canada. It went on to become a best seller in a country that then had about 22 million inhabitants. I would go on to write The Canuck Book. which celebrated the countless Canadian achievements and discoveries that the country’s citizens were reluctant to accept as their own. What amazed me at the time was how little Canadians themselves knew about a country that is the world’s second biggest. I would make phone calls to check out details on Dinosaur Provincial Park. one of the world’s great dinosaur graveyards, and had to resort to a satellite phone call to an elite paleontologist at 4 a.m. to find out what was actually there. I’d fruitlessly try to locate someone who had actually been to Nahanni National Park Reserve (founded in 1976, virtually unknown to travelers, and a movie set waiting to happen—the headless corpses of Métis prospectors Willie and Frank McLeod were found there).





    26/07/2017

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    Best Tours in Central and South America – National Geographic Traveler

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    From Traveler Magazine’s 2013 Tours of a Lifetime

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    By Margaret Loftus

    Marathon mania has spilled over into mainstream adventure travel, spawning running-focused trips around the world, including this twist on the classic Inca Trail trek. Runners tackle the ancient Andes route in two days, from the Urubamba Valley, through the “Pass of the Dead Woman” at 13,780 feet, and into the cloud forest to the Intipunku “Gateway of the Sun” at 8,923 feet, where they’ll get their first eyeful of Machu Picchu in its full splendor. Trip veteran Joshua Price calls the experience “challenging, but incredible.” The big event is sandwiched between acclimatization runs, stints in the cities of Cusco and Lima, and a day spent touring the ruins. Andes Adventures: “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Running Adventure,” 9 days; $2,795; www .andesadventures.com

    Panama: King’s Road

    First forged by Indians and later cobblestoned by the Spanish in the 1500s to move Inca gold to galleons bound for Spain, El Camino Real connects the Pacific and Atlantic 50 miles across the Isthmus of Panama. Hike what remains of the rugged trail through Chagres National Park, home to jaguars, spider monkeys, and anteaters. Thanks to multiple river hikes, expect to be soggy for a good part of the day. Ancon Expeditions of Panama: “Camino Real Trek,” 8 days; $1,600; www.anconexpeditions.com

    Chile: Patagonian Sip and Bike

    Wine-tasting pairs with easygoing biking in the Casablanca and San Antonio valleys. Then the action moves to the Lake District and northern Patagonia for white-knuckle white-water rafting on the Petrohué River, a hike around the base of the snowcapped Osorno Volcano, and a traditional lamb barbecue hosted by local gauchos. Santiago Adventures: “Bikes, Wine and Patagonia,” 8 days; $3,290; www.santiagoadventures.com

    Brazil: Trifecta Trek

    This unusual walking-focused itinerary spans three distinct parts of Brazil: the Royal Route, which connected the gold mines of the interior to the coast during Portuguese rule; colonial Salvador, coined “the capital of happiness,” thanks to its laid-back residents and lively carnival; and the otherworldly cliffs, monoliths, and caves of Chapada Diamantina National Park. Country Walkers: “Brazil: Royal Route, Salvador, and Chapada Diamantina,” 11 days; $6,498; www.countrywalkers.com

    Nicaragua: For the Birds

    For all the buzz touting it as the next Costa Rica, Nicaragua has yet to attract mainstream tourists in droves. But this itinerary shows off its potential as a nature nirvana, with visits to five wildlife reserves, including Selva Negra (a combination organic farm, eco-lodge, and bird-friendly coffee estate). Bonus: Birders have a shot at spotting and cataloging any new species to help create the country’s first bird book. International Expeditions: “Nicaragua: Land of Lakes and Volcanoes,” 9 days; $3,398; www.ietravel.com

    Ecuador: Homestay in the Amazon

    The term “cultural immersion” pops up a lot on travel company websites, but here’s the real deal. Spend four days living with a Quichua family in the Amazon jungle, where you’ll learn how to identify medicinal plants; make chicha, a fermented drink from cassava; and participate in a shaman healing ceremony. G Adventures: “Ecuador Jungle Local Living,” 7 days; $499; www.gadventures.com

    Belize: Reefs to Ruins

    With 180 miles of coastline, the second longest barrier reef in the world, virgin rain forests, and Maya ruins crammed into a country roughly the size of New Jersey, Belize is an undersize country with oversize natural gifts. Here’s an itinerary that lets you experience it all. National Geographic Adventures: “Belize: Reefs, Rain Forests, and Ruins,” 10 days; $4,195; www.nationalgeographicadventures.com

    Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina: South American Odyssey

    Starting in Trinidad and skirting the eastern coastline of South America to Buenos Aires, this grand expedition on the 148-passenger National Geographic Explorer —a celebration of the National Geographic Society’s 125th anniversary—focuses on the region’s cultural heritage as well as flora and fauna. An army of experts (including Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis and conservation biologist Thomas Lovejoy) is on board to answer your questions. National Geographic Expeditions: “Epic South America,” 38 days; $34,730; www .nationalgeographicexpeditions.com

    Contributing editor Margaret Loftus has reported and written “Tours of a Lifetime” for the past eight years.





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    Data Firm Says ‘Secret Sauce’ Aided Trump; Many Scoff – The


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    Data Firm Says ‘Secret Sauce’ Aided Trump; Many Scoff

    Alexander Nix, chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, at the Concordia Summit for public-private business partnerships in New York in September. The firm claimed to have developed psychographic profiles that could predict the political leanings of every American adult. Credit Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

    Standing before political and business leaders in New York last fall, Alexander Nix promised a revolution.

    Many companies compete in the market for political microtargeting, using huge data sets and sophisticated software to identify and persuade voters. But Mr. Nix’s little-known firm, Cambridge Analytica, claimed to have developed something unique: “psychographic” profiles that could predict the personality and hidden political leanings of every American adult.

    “Of the two candidates left in the election, one of them is using these technologies,” Mr. Nix said, referring to Donald J. Trump .

    Capitalizing on its work for the man who is now president, Cambridge has pitched potential clients in the United States ranging from MasterCard and the New York Yankees to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Ahead of this year’s elections in Europe, Mr. Nix is promoting the four-year-old United States-based company abroad, too.

    Cambridge Analytica’s rise has rattled some of President Trump’s critics and privacy advocates, who warn of a blizzard of high-tech, Facebook-optimized propaganda aimed at the American public, controlled by the people behind the alt-right hub Breitbart News. Cambridge is principally owned by the billionaire Robert Mercer, a Trump backer and investor in Breitbart. Stephen K. Bannon, the former Breitbart chairman who is Mr. Trump’s senior White House counselor, served until last summer as vice president of Cambridge’s board.

    But a dozen Republican consultants and former Trump campaign aides, along with current and former Cambridge employees, say the company’s ability to exploit personality profiles — “our secret sauce,” Mr. Nix once called it — is exaggerated.

    Cambridge executives now concede that the company never used psychographics in the Trump campaign. The technology — prominently featured in the firm’s sales materials and in media reports that cast Cambridge as a master of the dark campaign arts — remains unproved, according to former employees and Republicans familiar with the firm’s work.

    “They’ve got a lot of really smart people,” said Brent Seaborn, managing partner of TargetPoint, a rival business that also provided voter data to the Trump campaign. “But it’s not as easy as it looks to transition from being excellent at one thing and bringing it into politics. I think there’s a big question about whether we think psychographic profiling even works.”

    At stake are not merely bragging rights, but also an emerging science that many believe could reshape American politics and commerce. Big data companies already know your age, income, favorite cereal and when you last voted. But the company that can perfect psychological targeting could offer far more potent tools: the ability to manipulate behavior by understanding how someone thinks and what he or she fears.

    A voter deemed neurotic might be shown a gun-rights commercial featuring burglars breaking into a home, rather than a defense of the Second Amendment; political ads warning of the dangers posed by the Islamic State could be targeted directly at voters prone to anxiety, rather than wasted on those identified as optimistic.

    “You can do things that you would not have dreamt of before,” said Alexander Polonsky, chief data scientist at Bloom, a consulting firm that offers “emotion analysis” of social networks and has worked with the center-right Republican Party in France.

    “It goes beyond sharing information,” he added. “It’s sharing the thinking and the feeling behind this information, and that’s extremely powerful.”

    Both conservatives and liberals are eager to harness that power. In Washington, some Democratic operatives are scrambling to develop personality-profiling capabilities of their own. But even as Cambridge seeks to expand its business among conservative groups, questions about its performance have soured many Republicans in Mr. Trump’s orbit.

    Cambridge is no longer in contention to work for Mr. Trump at the Republican National Committee. a company spokesman confirmed, nor is it working for America First Policies, a new nonprofit formed to help advance the president’s agenda.

    In recent months, the value of Cambridge’s technology has been debated by technology experts and in some media accounts. But Cambridge officials, in recent interviews, defended the company’s record during the 2016 election, saying its data analysis helped Mr. Trump energize critical support in the Rust Belt. Mr. Nix said the firm had conducted tens of thousands of polls for Mr. Trump, helping guide his message and identify issues that mattered to voters.

    But when asked to name a single race where the firm’s flagship product had been critical to victory, Mr. Nix declined.

    “We bake a cake, it’s got 10 ingredients in it. Psychographics is one of them,” he said. “It’s very difficult to isolate exactly what the impact of that ingredient is.”

    Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s senior White House counselor, has served as a Cambridge corporate officer. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times

    Drawn to America

    Cambridge’s parent company, the London-based Strategic Communication Laboratories Group, has a long record of trying to understand and influence behavior. Founded in 1993 by a former British adman, the firm has worked for companies and candidates around the world, as well as for government and military clients. SCL has studied Pakistani jihadists for the British government and provided intelligence assessments for American defense contractors in Iran, Libya and Syria, according to company documents obtained by The New York Times.

    “Their approach was seen as serious and focused,” said Mark Laity, chief of strategic communications at NATO’s military headquarters in Europe, who has taken part in NATO-affiliated conferences where SCL has made presentations.

    In recent years, the company has moved to exploit the revolution in big data to predict human behavior more precisely, working with scientists from the Cambridge University Psychometrics Center. The United States represented a critical new market. Europe has strict privacy protections that limit the use of personal information, but America is more lightly regulated, allowing the sale of huge troves of consumer data to any company or candidate who can afford them.

    In 2013, Cambridge Analytica was created as SCL’s American operation, and the two companies today share many of their roughly 200 employees, several top executives, and offices in New York and Washington.

    To develop its profiling system, Cambridge conducts detailed psychological surveys — by phone and online — of tens of thousands of people, differentiating them by five traits, a model widely used by behavioral researchers.

    Uniquely, the company claims to be able to extrapolate those findings to millions of other people it has not surveyed, assigning them one of 32 distinct personality types. Cambridge then blends those profiles with commercial data and voting histories, revealing “hidden voter trends and behavioral triggers,” according to a 2016 company brochure.

    Those profiles, in turn, would allow campaigns to customize advertising, direct-mail slogans and door-knocking scripts, each calibrated to prod the targeted voter toward — or away from — a candidate.

    The promise of psychometrics appealed to Mr. Mercer, a computer scientist who made a fortune helping to lead Renaissance Technologies, a Long Island-based hedge fund. Mr. Mercer and his daughter Rebekah presided over a growing political empire that included millions of dollars in contributions to conservative groups and a stake in Breitbart, whose nationalist and racially antagonistic content prefigured Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign.

    The billionaire Robert Mercer, a Trump supporter, is the principal owner of Cambridge Analytica. Credit Andrew Toth/Getty Images

    Mr. Mercer became Cambridge’s principal investor, according to two former employees. (Like several others interviewed for this article, they spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing nondisclosure agreements and the threat of lawsuits.) Mr. Bannon, the family’s political guru, also advised the company and served as vice president of its board, according to Delaware public records.

    Mr. Mercer has never spoken publicly about his policy views in depth, but his giving is eclectic: He has financed anti-Clinton documentaries, right-wing media watchdogs, libertarian think tanks and both Senator Ted Cruz, a religious conservative, and Mr. Trump, a thrice-married nationalist.

    “The genius here is Bob, and the billionaire in this is Bob, and the person with the extreme views of how the world should be is Bob,” said David Magerman, a Renaissance research scientist who was recently suspended after criticizing his boss’s support for Mr. Trump.

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    25/07/2017

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    Italy Guide – National Geographic #one #travel #reviews

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    World Heritage Guide

    Italy Experiences

    Known as a fashion and finance capital, check out a side of this Italian city that won’t break the bank.

    Rome may be a city of high fashion and expensive tastes, but its rich history and art offer plenty of culture that won’t cost you a dime.

    This fertile region in Italy’s heartland offers authenticity and nature on a grand scale.

    With a little forethought, it’s possible to enjoy the Most Serene Republic (La Serenissima), as it was once called, on a shoestring.

    With its blend of Italian, Austro-Hungarian, and Slovenian influences, Trieste is a treasure borne from water. Here are some of the highlights of this delightful cultural crossroads.

    National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year’s must-see places. From Argentina to Oz, this list reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, sustainable-minded, and of course superlative in the world of travel today.

    Get great advice on introducing children to the concept of Carnival in a bucket-list worthy city–Venice.

    From museums to family-friendly attractions, discover all that this Italian city has to offer at the best price—free.

    Take your kin on a vacation filled with fascinating history behind the infamous volcanic eruption.





    23/07/2017

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    Top 10 European Train Trips – Travel – National Geographic #best

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    European Train Trips

    From the July/August 2010 issue of National Geographic Traveler

    Much of European train travel is about efficiency and comfort—punctually leaving and arriving and having a cozy seat or sleeper compartment in which to devour the latest issue of the Economist. But rail travel in the United Kingdom and on the Continent is also about experience: gaping out the window at Alpine glaciers, savoring gourmet cuisine in a restored last-century dining car. Accordingly, our ten favorite European trains don’t necessarily offer the fastest journeys—just the most memorable. All aboard!

    Route: Montreux to Broc, Switzerland

    Duration: 9 hours, 45 minutes, roundtrip

    This charming train running in summer and fall climbs from Montreux overlooking Lake Geneva to the medieval town of Gruyères, population 1,600, home to the cheese of the same name. Tour the cheese factory and the local castle, have lunch, then reboard the train and continue on to Broc. There you’ll bus to the Cailler-Nestlé chocolate factory, tucked between Lake Gruyères and mountain peaks, for free samples, before making the return trip.

    Route: Chur, Switzerland, to Tirano, Italy

    Duration: 4 hours, 14 minutes

    This narrow-gauge, vertigo-inducing train takes on seven-percent inclines, a 360-degree spiral, 55 tunnels, and 196 bridges—reaching an apex of 7,391 feet and then descending 5,905 feet before coming to a stop. The word “express” refers to the availability of short-notice seat reservations, rather than the train’s velocity as it courses through the Alps south from Switzerland’s oldest town to a charming Italian town of just under 10,000 people. Part of the route is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Route: Paris to Madrid

    Duration: 13 hours, 30 minutes

    Leave Paris in the evening, enjoy a three-course dinner and the increasingly rural scenery, slumber to the soothing rhythm of the rails, and wake the next day as you arrive in Madrid, rested and ready to tour the third-most-populous city in the European Union. Grand class includes a welcome drink, gourmet dinner, breakfast, and an in-room bathroom with shower.

    Route: Inverness, Scotland, to Gwynedd, Wales

    Duration: 15 days

    Discover the United Kingdom’s historic fortresses on this itinerary combining a two-week BritRail pass with the Great British Heritage pass. You’ll get entry to 580 attractions, as you hop off for local touring. Start in Inverness, Scotland, near Loch Ness, to tour Urquhart Castle. Continue south to Stirling Bridge, where William Wallace triumphed over the English in 1297, and on to Edinburgh Castle. English sights include Dover Castle, with its wartime tunnels. In Gwynedd, Wales, tour Caernarfon Castle, a World Heritage site where the investiture of Prince Charles was held.

    Duration: 19 days

    This fabled route, an icon of Russian culture, crosses eight time zones to connect the Russian capital with a port on the Pacific Ocean. On board, poor mingle with rich, young with old, foreigners with locals. Social barriers disappear as passengers share a unique rail experience—and shots of $3-a-liter vodka. You can book a private car via a tour operator for added comfort; schedule any number of side excursions from trekking and scuba diving to city tours.

    Route: Flam to Myrdal, Norway

    Duration: 1 hour

    A must-do on any tour of fjord country, the Flam Railway, rising from a village on the shores of Aurlandsfjord, mounts a steeper climb than any other non-cog, normal-gauge railroad in the world. In just 12 miles, the train climbs over 2,838 feet to reach the mountain plateau of Myrdal in under an hour. See the Rjoandefossen waterfall with a free drop of 459 feet, and the Kjosfossen waterfall, plunging 305 feet, where the train makes a photo stop during the summer.

    Route: Munich to Nuremberg, Germany

    Duration: 1 hour

    Want to go fast? This high-speed wonder zooms you between two historic Bavarian cities at speeds up to 199 miles an hour. “It’s amazing to watch the landscape change so quickly,” says Gillian Seely, a Boston resident who traveled widely by rail while living in Europe for 22 years. “The train is completely quiet inside,” she says. “Vibrations are barely enough to cause ripples in your strong German coffee.” In December, visit various German cities via the ICE rail network to take in traditional Christmas markets selling seasonal foods, handmade gifts, and gluhwein, a mulled spiced wine.

    Route: London to Venice

    Duration: Two days, one night

    Step aboard the VSOE, as the train is known, and the calendar turns back to the 1920s and ’30s, the golden age of rail on the Continent. The operator spent $16 million restoring 35 sleeping cars to their original art deco sophistication; passengers are expected to dress elegantly for dinner: at a minimum, suit and tie for men and the equivalent for women; black tie and gowns encouraged. Awake to the sight of the snowcapped Alps and learn the story behind each of the restored carriages.

    Route: Belgrade, Serbia, to Bar, Montenegro

    Duration: 10 hours, this leg

    Explore the heart of the former Yugoslavia via a Balkan Flexipass (which offers unlimited travel for five, ten, or 15 days through Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey). Start in Belgrade, with its glitzy all-night club scene, hop off at any of various stops to shop or overnight, then board a later train to continue on to sleepy Bar, an ancient town influenced by various conquering cultures on the sun-swathed Adriatic. “Relax, and budget extra time for the inevitable delays,” says Chris Deliso, a travel writer who lives in Macedonia. “The trains are run-down, and the local characters you meet are salt-of-the-earth types.”

    At the top of the food chain among European trains is the Danube Express, a private train with classical elegance, modern conveniences, and fine dining. On this route, which begins in Budapest after your flight from London, you penetrate the heart of Transylvania and enjoy a walking tour of the medieval town that was the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler. Eventually you approach Istanbul along the Bosporus, where the Topkapi Palace marks the skyline.





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    Kimchi: South Korea’s efforts to boost its national dish

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kimchi is a fermented mix of salted cabbage, with a paste of chilli, garlic and fish sauce

    Korea’s sour and spicy national dish, kimchi, has begun popping up in supermarkets and on restaurant menus in Europe and the US. Even America’s First Lady Michelle Obama has shared her recipe. And the government is hoping it will spearhead a drive to promote Korean food overseas.

    Standing in her well-equipped kimchi laboratory, her coral lipstick bright against her white lab coat, Kim Soon-ja directs a team of research assistants in their latest project. Giant flasks of pink and yellow kimchi stock tower over the work-table, as they test salt levels in a petri-dish of spicy gloop.

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    Media caption Kim Soon-ja: “I want everyone around the world to eat lots of healthy kimchi”

    Mrs Kim is South Korea’s kimchi Grand Master, and a secret weapon in expanding the appeal of the country’s national dish.

    “I started to experiment with kimchi recipes when I was a child,” she said. “I couldn’t imagine my life without it.”

    Few Koreans could. Kimchi, traditionally made with cabbage, is seen as synonymous with national culture, credited with fighting off infections, the respiratory illness SARS and even cancer.

    Image caption Kim Soon-ja (right) is creating new kimchi mixtures that are less spicy and less salty

    The annual Korean ritual of making it has recently been listed as by the UN cultural organisation Unesco as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. Quite a lot for a humble dish of fermented vegetables.

    “Kimchi is symbolic of Korea,” said Dr Park Chae-lin of the World Kimchi Institute in Gwangju. “One can see it on every meal table throughout the day.”

    “And because [Koreans have] been exposed to it from such a young age, there’s a feeling of nostalgia for it when they get older: the flavour of their mother’s kimchi. It’s part of the identity of Koreans.”

    So why is Mrs Kim tinkering around with a national icon?

    The answer lies many thousands of miles away – in the factories of China and the restaurants of the West.

    Kimchi has already started to appear on upscale London menus. New pop-up snack stalls are offering kimchi-topped burgers or Korean-flavoured tacos to the city’s cosmopolitan lunchtime crowd.

    This new visibility is partly the result of South Korea’s growing cultural prominence, and partly the fruit of a long-running government campaign to promote Korean food overseas.

    “Ever since Korea hosted the Olympics in 1988,” says Dr Park, “there was a strong drive to introduce kimchi to the world, as a food that represented Korea.”

    “But there was also a hesitation back then; a lack of confidence about whether people would really like it, or would be put off by the garlic smell.”

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Kimchi is viewed by many as part of the identity of Koreans

    Kimchi is traditionally made by adding a paste of chilli, garlic and fish sauce to salted cabbage, and allowing it to ferment – sometimes for several months, or even years. It has a distinctive sharp-sour smell and a robust, spicy flavour, which varies between each batch, and each family recipe.

    Korea may be more confident now, but the old recipes, says Mrs Kim, are still considered too spicy and too “aromatic” for modern global tastes.

    “Foreigners don’t like it too spicy. Even Korean children don’t like it too strong these days.”

    “These pink and yellow liquids are my new patented kimchi mixtures,” she said. “They’re less spicy, less salty and they have no smell at all.”

    This year, the government is due to invest almost $9m (£5.5m) in R D into Korean traditional foods, with kimchi at the forefront of that campaign.

    There is another $34 million (£21m) available for improving manufacturing facilities. But then there are strong reasons, aside from cultural diplomacy, why the government might be keen to promote its national icon overseas.

    China competition

    For all South Korea’s pride in kimchi, its trade statistics reveal a different story: that South Korea is a net importer of its national dish.

    Image copyright AFP Image caption The government wants to boost domestic consumption of kimchi

    In 2012, the country imported almost eight times the amount of kimchi it exported, with most of those imports coming from China.

    Kimchi produced there is cheaper, but few Koreans know they’re eating it, because Chinese-made kimchi doesn’t appear on supermarket shelves here: sales staff say that customers would not buy it.

    Instead, it ends up in the catering industry, where it’s hidden from view.

    Worried by China’s growing role as a kimchi producer, the South Korean government is planning to tighten rules on restaurants this year, insisting they list the origin of their ingredients prominently for customers to see.

    “We need to raise awareness of the true value of Korean national kimchi” said Lee Yong-jik, deputy director at the Ministry of Agriculture’s kimchi department.

    Many Koreans, like him, insist that national geography is crucial to kimchi’s alleged anti-bacterial properties.

    “The ingredients are really important,” Mrs Kim explained in her kimchi lab, “not to mention the water, the temperature and also the humidity.”

    “It’s Korea where those elements exist, so the kimchi made in Korea is full of very healthy enzymes. In China, the ingredients are different, and the environment is different as well, so you don’t get the same enzymes. Korean kimchi and Chinese kimchi are two totally different things.”

    Perhaps the ultimate irony in all this is that, as government investment and global interest in their national dish grows, Koreans themselves are eating less of it.

    Image copyright AP Image caption The government hopes kimchi will be as successful overseas as pop star Psy

    “Domestic consumption has dropped dramatically,” says Dr Park of the World Kimchi Institute.

    “People rarely have all three meals at home these days, they’re trying to eat less salty foods, and there’s more choice available. Western foods are becoming much more common, even at home, and people don’t tend to eat kimchi with spaghetti.”

    The government has noticed the trend too – and wants to reverse it.

    “We’re trying to educate people,” said Mr Lee of the Agriculture Ministry. “To get them accustomed to Korean food, starting from childhood; hold training courses, and make it fun for families.”

    With increasing competition from overseas producers, and declining consumption at home, kimchi, as one prominent politician put it, “is going through an ordeal as harsh as a Korean winter”.

    But its place on Western menus also offers South Korea the chance to reinvent its iconic, home-spun dish. Mrs Kim’s formula for foreigners may end up working quite well at home.

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    Kudremukh National Park #travel #companion

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    Kudremukh National Park

    Understand Edit

    The park consists of 600 km² of undulating mountains and tropical wet evergreen forest. It began its existence as a Reserved Forest in 1916, and was designated a national park in 1987. Kudremukh means ‘horse face’, and is in reference to the appearance of a mountain peak located within the park. Kudremukh (Kannada: ಕುದುರೆಮುಖ) also spelled Kuduremukha is a mountain range in Chikkamagaluru district, in Karnataka, India. It is also the name of a small hill station town situated near the mountain, about 48 kilometers from Karkala and about 20 kilometers from Kalasa. The name Kuduremukha (as it is known by the natives) literally means ‘horse-face’ (in the local language Kannada) and refers to a particular picturesque view of a side of the mountain that resembles the same. It was also referred to as ‘Samseparvata’, historically since it was approached from Samse village.

    The town of Kudremukh is primarily an iron ore mining town where the government run Public Sector Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Ltd. (KIOCL) operated till the last decade. It is noted for its scenic beauty. Owing to the dense forests, sighting wildlife can be challenging, though the area is rich in wildlife. Nonetheless the drive through the forest ranges can be enchanting and exhilarating. Three important rivers, the Tunga, the Bhadra and the Nethravathi are said to have their origin here. A shrine of goddess Bhagavathi and a Varaha image, 1.8 m within a cave are the main attractions.

    The Tunga river and Bhadra river flow freely through the parklands. Kadambi waterfalls area definite point of interest for anyone who travels to the spot. The animals found there include the malabar civet, wild dogs, sloth bear and spotted deer.

    Landscape Edit

    Refer to the following link on wikipedia.org. [1]

    Flora and fauna Edit

    • malabar civet cats, wild dogs, sloth, and spotted deer.

    Climate Edit

    March to May – Temperature around 23°c to 25°C. (Summer Season) June to October – Heavy Rains. Not at all the time to visit Kudremukh. (Rainy Season) November to February – Temperature around 19°c to 25°C. Best time to visit Kudremukh. (Spring season)

    Get in Edit

    The best way to get in is by Bus either by KSRTC [2] or by Private bus service [3] from Bangalore. They operate every night.

    There are no direct bus service by KSRTC from Bangalore to Kudremukh. The Journey needs to to divided in to two parts, any one as mentioned below Bangalore – Mangalore – Kudremukh. Bangalore – Karkala – Kudremukh. Bangalore – Kalasa – Kudremukh.

    Sugama Travels have direct overnight bus service from Bangalore to Kudremukh. Book your tickets one day in advance over phone at +918026918896.

    There are no trains to Kudremukh.

    Fees/Permits Edit

    Permits can be obtained from Kuduremukha town, at the Reserve Forest Office, opposite the Police Station. It costs Rs200 for the permit and Rs75 as trekking fees, with which they shall arrange a trekking guide if there’s a group of people. The Office is also a good place to gather information about the trek to the peak and accommodation facilities.





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    Great National Park Lodges #travel #link

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    Great National Park Lodges

    Courtesy of DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite

    From Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Alaska’s Glacier Bay, these historic lodges deliver location and creature comforts.

    The Ahwahnee, Yosemite National Park, CA

    Great National Park Lodges

    The Ahwahnee, Yosemite National Park, CA

    Great National Park Lodges

    You pull yourself out of bed, bring your coffee to the front porch, and there—right in front of you—is the vast expanse of the Grand Canyon.

    That’s the appeal of staying at El Tovar, which has graced the rim of the canyon since 1905. But it’s hardly alone; you’ll find great national park lodges all over the U.S. and Canada. And staying at one doesn’t mean camping and freeze-dried dinners. The best lodges offer gourmet food, personalized service, and rustic yet often elegant interiors.

    Many are landmarks dating back to the park system’s early days. In 1903, officials at the Northern Pacific Railroad were inspired to create a lodge with local logs and stone. The result, Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park, has a towering lobby that became a model for national park architecture. For something a bit more modern, try the 23 renovated suites and heated outdoor pool at Alta Crystal Resort by Mount Rainier, WA.

    You might even encounter a celebrity or prime minister during your stay. (The El Tovar staff once had to hush Paul McCartney because a guest complained about his piano playing.) But that doesn’t mean the prices are out of reach. Double rooms start at about $180 at El Tovar and $165 at Oregon’s Crater Lake Lodge.

    Find out how the right lodge will improve your next national park visit.





    14/06/2017

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    Best Tours in Africa – National Geographic Traveler #hotel #and #flight

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    From Traveler Magazine’s 2012 Tours of a Lifetime

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    By Margaret Loftus

    Congo, São Tomé and Príncipe. Gorillas and Birds

    Rich in natural resources, the Republic of the Congo is banking on sustainable tourism to keep its vast swaths of forest—prime habitat for western lowland gorillas—from being exploited. Lodgings in the three-million-acre Odzala-Kokoua National Park are solar-powered tents on platforms nine feet off the ground to allow wildlife to roam. Keep your eyes peeled for forest elephants, elusive ante­lopes, and 13 primate species. The trip tops off with a jaunt to the Portuguese-speaking São Tomé and Príncipe for beach time, scuba diving, and a chance to look at rare birds, like the world’s smallest ibis. Cox Kings. “Primates Birding,” 12 days; $11,235 (including internal airfare).

    Madagascar: The Eighth Continent

    Lemurs, found nowhere else in the wild, are the star attraction. But the 1,000-­mile-long island off southeast Africa teems with Dr. Seussian flora and fauna—80 percent of its species are ende­mic, leading some to dub it the eighth continent—and is host to idyllic beaches and hospitable Madagascans. This itinerary guides you from Sakatia Island, where guests snorkel or take it mora, mora (slowly, slowly), to the markets of Antananarivo. You’ll scout for those irresistible primates in the forests of Andasibe National Park. Mango Safaris. “Contrasts of Madagascar,” 11 days; $2,925 (lunches and several dinners not included).

    Morocco: Cross-Country Ramble

    From the world’s tallest minaret in Casablanca to the medieval medina of Marrakech, explore imperial cities and wild landscapes, including a three-day camel trek through the Sahara and a hike in the cedar forest of the Atlas Mountains. (Disclosure: The outfitter is part of the National Geographic family.) National Geographic Adventures. “Morocco Camel Trek and Hiking Adven­ture,” 13 days; $4,495.

    Mozambique: Castaway Island

    Live out Robinson Crusoe fantasies on a nameless, remote island: Kayak the coastline on the lookout for humpback whales, the manatee-like dugong, and storks roosting in mangrove branches. Dinner is freshly caught fish cooked over an open fire. Afterward, you’ll retire to a tent on the beach. Back on the mainland, explore unspoiled coral reefs from the Guludo Beach Lodge. The lodge is a primary supporter of the Nema Foundation, which works to protect the environment and relieve poverty in the country through projects such as building primary schools and providing daily meals for schoolchildren. Extraordinary Journey s: “Island and People of Mozambique,” 10 days; $4,000.

    Namibia: Dynamic Dunes

    Towering ochre dunescapes have long been this southern African country’s calling card; this epic adventure brings you there—a trekking safari takes you through NamibRand Nature Reserve, where you’ll sleep on “dune cots.” In addition, track leopards and cheetahs with Africat Foundation researchers at Okonjima; scout rhinos in Etosha National Park’s newly opened western reaches; hike amid the prehistoric rock art of Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage site; visit a remote Himba village; and kayak among seals and dolphins in Walvis Bay. Wilderness Travel. “Namibia Expedition,” 15 days; $6,995.

    Zambia: Animal Planet

    The outfitter has paired three master safari guides with three wildly divergent ecosystems in a country where it’s easy to see the Big Five—and there are fewer jeeps competing for a gander at them. These top trackers take you on walking safaris in the woodlands and along the rivers of South Luangwa National Park; on game drives in the plains and wetlands of Kafue National Park; and canoeing past elephants in Mana Pools National Park. Wild Planet Adventures. “Zambia Ultimate Wildlife Safari: An Ensemble of Master Guides,” 18 days; $13,998.

    Botswana: Plane and Simple

    This classic Okavango Delta safari is the culmination of the 40-plus years of experience of founder Dave Herbert, who helped put Botswana on the radar of Americans a generation ago. Guests fly via bush plane to their choice of three vastly different luxurious tented camps, including two that specialize in wetland species, such as crocs and hippos, and land camps geared to viewing big game. Great Safaris. “The Great Wing Safari,” 10 days; from $4,350.

    Uganda: Comeback Country

    Uganda celebrates its 50th anniversary of independence from Britain this year and its return to stability after years of turbulence. The wildlife, decimated under the regime of brutal dictator Idi Amin, has recently made a dramatic comeback too; the country is now poised for an influx of tourism. This itinerary pioneers the vast potential for game-viewing, from Murchison Falls National Park, host to elephants, giraffes, hartebeests, lions, leopards, and hippos, to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and its resident gorillas. Deeper Africa. “Deeper Uganda,” 13 days; from $6,999.

    Ghana: On the Radar

    This West African country grabbed headlines in 2009 when President Obama and his family visited the capital, Accra, and the Cape Coast Castle, headquarters of the British slave trade in Africa in the 18th century. But its rich potential as a travel destination remains largely off the radar for most Americans, which is why veteran traveler Archana Shah and three friends decided to use an outfitter for their trip there. Aside from an “eye-opening” tour of the slave fortress, they tracked rare jungle elephants in Mole National Park. Immersion Journeys. “Ghana, Culture, Wildlife Heritage,” 10 days; $2,895.

    South Africa: Pint-Size Safari

    From learning how to do Shangaan beadwork at Kirkman’s Camp to being a Bushman for the day and studying the constellations of the southern sky in Bushmans Kloof Game Reserve, this is South Africa reimagined for kids. Beyond. “Leopards, Winelands, and Rock Paintings,” 10 days; $7,400.

    Tunisia: Springing Back

    The birthplace of the Arab Spring was also the first to reopen for business after a peaceful election last fall. This wide-ranging trip shows off the country’s landscape and heritage, from the Roman coliseums and the theaters of Carthage to the Saharan oasis of Tozeur, with its hundreds of thousands of palm trees, to the seaside resort of Sousse. Kensington Tours. “Signature Tunisia,” 12 days; from $3,920.

    These guided tours are part of National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime for 2012 for the outfitters’ commitment to authenticity, immersion, sustainability, and connection.





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    Kudremukh National Park #croatia #travel

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    Kudremukh National Park

    Understand Edit

    The park consists of 600 km² of undulating mountains and tropical wet evergreen forest. It began its existence as a Reserved Forest in 1916, and was designated a national park in 1987. Kudremukh means ‘horse face’, and is in reference to the appearance of a mountain peak located within the park. Kudremukh (Kannada: ಕುದುರೆಮುಖ) also spelled Kuduremukha is a mountain range in Chikkamagaluru district, in Karnataka, India. It is also the name of a small hill station town situated near the mountain, about 48 kilometers from Karkala and about 20 kilometers from Kalasa. The name Kuduremukha (as it is known by the natives) literally means ‘horse-face’ (in the local language Kannada) and refers to a particular picturesque view of a side of the mountain that resembles the same. It was also referred to as ‘Samseparvata’, historically since it was approached from Samse village.

    The town of Kudremukh is primarily an iron ore mining town where the government run Public Sector Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Ltd. (KIOCL) operated till the last decade. It is noted for its scenic beauty. Owing to the dense forests, sighting wildlife can be challenging, though the area is rich in wildlife. Nonetheless the drive through the forest ranges can be enchanting and exhilarating. Three important rivers, the Tunga, the Bhadra and the Nethravathi are said to have their origin here. A shrine of goddess Bhagavathi and a Varaha image, 1.8 m within a cave are the main attractions.

    The Tunga river and Bhadra river flow freely through the parklands. Kadambi waterfalls area definite point of interest for anyone who travels to the spot. The animals found there include the malabar civet, wild dogs, sloth bear and spotted deer.

    Landscape Edit

    Refer to the following link on wikipedia.org. [1]

    Flora and fauna Edit

    • malabar civet cats, wild dogs, sloth, and spotted deer.

    Climate Edit

    March to May – Temperature around 23°c to 25°C. (Summer Season) June to October – Heavy Rains. Not at all the time to visit Kudremukh. (Rainy Season) November to February – Temperature around 19°c to 25°C. Best time to visit Kudremukh. (Spring season)

    Get in Edit

    The best way to get in is by Bus either by KSRTC [2] or by Private bus service [3] from Bangalore. They operate every night.

    There are no direct bus service by KSRTC from Bangalore to Kudremukh. The Journey needs to to divided in to two parts, any one as mentioned below Bangalore – Mangalore – Kudremukh. Bangalore – Karkala – Kudremukh. Bangalore – Kalasa – Kudremukh.

    Sugama Travels have direct overnight bus service from Bangalore to Kudremukh. Book your tickets one day in advance over phone at +918026918896.

    There are no trains to Kudremukh.

    Fees/Permits Edit

    Permits can be obtained from Kuduremukha town, at the Reserve Forest Office, opposite the Police Station. It costs Rs200 for the permit and Rs75 as trekking fees, with which they shall arrange a trekking guide if there’s a group of people. The Office is also a good place to gather information about the trek to the peak and accommodation facilities.





    13/05/2017

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    Men – s All-Season Travel Jacket – National Geographic Store #cheap

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    Have been wearing this since early last December. Good for all but the coldest weather here in Chicago. Won’t stand up to the hawk wind but seems to handle everything. Read complete review

    Have been wearing this since early last December. Good for all but the coldest weather here in Chicago. Won’t stand up to the hawk wind but seems to handle everything else down to mid-teens.

    Fit is great. I ordered a large. I am 6’0 , 185 lbs, and wear a 34-35 sleeve length. Roomy enough to easily wear a sweater or sweatshirt with the lining in place.

    Speaking of the lining, not only does it zip in, but there are 8 buttons holding it in place so it won’t twist or slide around. (Of course, this means it’s a 5-minute project to install or remove unless your fingers work faster than mine.)

    To clarify the pocket description: there are 4 outide and 3 inside. Outside left and right slash pockets have discrete zippered pockets right at the opening. Inside left is a zippered vertical slash handy for all sorts of little stuff, with a velcro pocket below and a bit further inside. On the right is a larger pocket, also zippered. All 3 interior pockets are behind the main zipper.

    Wearing for last couple months seems to have picked up a few slight wrinkles, but these are not bad and come and go based on where/how long you’re sitting. Only downside I can see is you’re supposed to dry clean it.





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    2015 Tickets – Cleveland National Air Show #travel.com

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    2015 Tickets

    The Air Show delivers top-flight entertainment

    GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS

    General Admission Tickets are good for one full day of aviation fun (Saturday, Sunday or Monday). No seating bring a lawn chair or blanket.

    Advance Adult: $21 ($23 at gate)

    Advance Youth: $14 ($16 at gate) Ages 6-11

    *Ages 5 and under free for General Admission ONLY

    To Order Tickets Online: Click Here   Deadline at 11:59pm on August 28

    To Order Tickets via Mail/Fax: Click Here   Deadline at 5:00pm on August 28

    All Sales Are Final No Exchanges or Refunds

    Due to delivery constraints, all international orders after August 1 st are subject to shipping fees.  Please contact the Air Show office at 216-781-0747 or at [email protected] .

    General Admission Tickets and Reserved Box Seat Tickets are available at the walk-in Air Show Box Office. Click here for more information.

    General Admission Tickets will be available at the Air Show Gates. Gates open at 9:00am each day.

    RESERVED BOX SEAT TICKETS

    Your reserved seat for the day along the flight line includes Air Show Admission and access to a private concession area. Available only in advance through the Air Show Office. Purchase early to ensure the best available seats!

    Advance: $25

    * ALL AGES REQUIRE A BOX SEAT TICKET

    * GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET NOT REQUIRED WITH BOX SEAT TICKE T

    To Order Tickets Online: Click Here   Deadline at 11:59pm on August 28

    To Order Tickets via Mail/Fax:   Click Here   Deadline at 5:00pm on August 28

    All Sales Are Final No Exchanges or Refunds

    Due to delivery constraints, all international orders after August 1 st are subject to shipping fees.  Please contact the Air Show office at 216-781-0747 or at [email protected].

    General Admission Tickets and Reserved Box Seat Tickets are available at the walk-in Air Show Box Office. Click here for more information.

    During the Air Show, Reserved Box Seat Tickets will still be available, until they are sold out, on an upgrade basis for an additional $10.00 each. Patrons should purchase a General Admission Ticket and go to the Box Seat Upgrade booths inside the air show grounds to upgrade their General Admission Tickets. Everyone needs a ticket for Reserved Box Seats regardless of age.

    SPONSOR BOX

    Strap into your seat on the flight line in your own Sponsor Box! Each Sponsor Box includes ten (10) reserved seats along the flight line (separate from the general admission area), Air Show Admission, and access to a private concession area.

    Available only in advance through the Air Show Office until 8/28/15.

    3-Day Weekend Box $600

    1-Day Box $225

    For printable information:   Click Here

    To view the Box Seating Layout: Click Here

    For specific Sponsor Box questions or to place an order click below:

    Liz Harmath, Entertainment Seating Coordinator, [email protected]

    BARNSTORMER CLUB

    SOLD OUT!

    3 Day Weekend Barnstormer Club Table $1,150

    1 Day Barnstormer Club Table $500

    1 Day Barnstormer Club Seat $68

    For printable information: Click Here

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    For Barnstormer Club menu: Click Here

    To Order Barnstormer Club via Mail/Fax: Click Here

    For specific Barnstormer Club questions or to place an order click below:

    Liz Harmath, Entertainment Seating Coordinator, [email protected]

    FLIGHT LINE LOGE

    Give your guests and clients an inspiring and memorable experience that they will talk about for years to come.  Invite them to your company s private Flight Line Loge.

    A Flight Line Loge can help your business soar to new heights. Loges are the perfect incentive to increase both business relations and employee productivity. Located along the Air Show front crowd line, our high profile Loges offer a VIP experience for 100 or more of your guests.

    • A spacious 20 x 40 canopied tent with protective sides.
    • Exclusive front row viewing area with umbrella tables and theatre-style seating.
    • A party atmosphere with colorful flags and live plants.
    • Parking passes.
    • Buffet style serving tables and chairs.
    • Private sanitary facilities, Loge attendant and daily cleaning service.

    1 Day Loge Set-up $3,500

    2 Day Loge Set-up $4,500

    3 Day Weekend Loge Set-up $5,000

    *Loge Tickets are $25.00 each. A minimum purchase of 100 tickets per day is required.

    Catering is additional. A variety of reasonably priced menu items are available from the official Air Show caterer.

    For printable information click: Click Here

    For specific Flight Line Loge information or reservations click below:

    GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS GROUP SALES

    Bring your group to see the fastest show on earth! The Air Show is the perfect venue for corporate, school, scouting and church outings a three day festival celebrating the fascination of flight.

    For printable information click: Click Here

    For specific Group Sales questions or to place an order click below:

    Liz Harmath, Entertainment Seating Coordinator, [email protected]

    PARKING (ON-SITE ONLY)

    Parking is NOT available in advance. On-site parking is $15 at the gate only the lot operated by the Air Show.   NO RV PARKING.





    29/04/2017

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    National Travel and Tourism Week #travel #shop

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    May 1 – May 7, 2016

    Annual Salute to Travel and Tourism in America

    Thank you for a successful 2015 event! The next National Travel and Tourism Week is May 1-7, 2016. It’s an annual tradition that was established by a congressional resolution in 1983 and first celebrated the following year.

    This nationwide week of events serves to champion the power of our industry. A wide cross section of travel and tourism professionals work throughout the week to promote the impactful contributions their travel markets and organizations make to the U.S. economy.

    The travel community typically marks the event in a number of creative ways, from staging local rallies and conducting media outreach to securing proclamations and resolutions from local governments.

    National Travel and Tourism Week 2015

    This year’s theme was chosen to reflect the wide-ranging and robust ways that the U.S. travel industry contributes to the fabric of America.

    It is designed for destinations and organizations to customize the message to best fit their individual markets.

    2015’s theme: Travel is __________.

    We encourage the travel community to be creative and have fun with this year’s theme as you tailor it to reflect the unique value and impact of our industry. For example:

    Travel is family bonding .

    Travel is serious business .

    Travel is more than just fun .





    18/04/2017

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    Top 10 European Train Trips – Travel – National Geographic #student

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    European Train Trips

    From the July/August 2010 issue of National Geographic Traveler

    Much of European train travel is about efficiency and comfort—punctually leaving and arriving and having a cozy seat or sleeper compartment in which to devour the latest issue of the Economist. But rail travel in the United Kingdom and on the Continent is also about experience: gaping out the window at Alpine glaciers, savoring gourmet cuisine in a restored last-century dining car. Accordingly, our ten favorite European trains don’t necessarily offer the fastest journeys—just the most memorable. All aboard!

    Route: Montreux to Broc, Switzerland

    Duration: 9 hours, 45 minutes, roundtrip

    This charming train running in summer and fall climbs from Montreux overlooking Lake Geneva to the medieval town of Gruyères, population 1,600, home to the cheese of the same name. Tour the cheese factory and the local castle, have lunch, then reboard the train and continue on to Broc. There you’ll bus to the Cailler-Nestlé chocolate factory, tucked between Lake Gruyères and mountain peaks, for free samples, before making the return trip.

    Route: Chur, Switzerland, to Tirano, Italy

    Duration: 4 hours, 14 minutes

    This narrow-gauge, vertigo-inducing train takes on seven-percent inclines, a 360-degree spiral, 55 tunnels, and 196 bridges—reaching an apex of 7,391 feet and then descending 5,905 feet before coming to a stop. The word “express” refers to the availability of short-notice seat reservations, rather than the train’s velocity as it courses through the Alps south from Switzerland’s oldest town to a charming Italian town of just under 10,000 people. Part of the route is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Route: Paris to Madrid

    Duration: 13 hours, 30 minutes

    Leave Paris in the evening, enjoy a three-course dinner and the increasingly rural scenery, slumber to the soothing rhythm of the rails, and wake the next day as you arrive in Madrid, rested and ready to tour the third-most-populous city in the European Union. Grand class includes a welcome drink, gourmet dinner, breakfast, and an in-room bathroom with shower.

    Route: Inverness, Scotland, to Gwynedd, Wales

    Duration: 15 days

    Discover the United Kingdom’s historic fortresses on this itinerary combining a two-week BritRail pass with the Great British Heritage pass. You’ll get entry to 580 attractions, as you hop off for local touring. Start in Inverness, Scotland, near Loch Ness, to tour Urquhart Castle. Continue south to Stirling Bridge, where William Wallace triumphed over the English in 1297, and on to Edinburgh Castle. English sights include Dover Castle, with its wartime tunnels. In Gwynedd, Wales, tour Caernarfon Castle, a World Heritage site where the investiture of Prince Charles was held.

    Duration: 19 days

    This fabled route, an icon of Russian culture, crosses eight time zones to connect the Russian capital with a port on the Pacific Ocean. On board, poor mingle with rich, young with old, foreigners with locals. Social barriers disappear as passengers share a unique rail experience—and shots of $3-a-liter vodka. You can book a private car via a tour operator for added comfort; schedule any number of side excursions from trekking and scuba diving to city tours.

    Route: Flam to Myrdal, Norway

    Duration: 1 hour

    A must-do on any tour of fjord country, the Flam Railway, rising from a village on the shores of Aurlandsfjord, mounts a steeper climb than any other non-cog, normal-gauge railroad in the world. In just 12 miles, the train climbs over 2,838 feet to reach the mountain plateau of Myrdal in under an hour. See the Rjoandefossen waterfall with a free drop of 459 feet, and the Kjosfossen waterfall, plunging 305 feet, where the train makes a photo stop during the summer.

    Route: Munich to Nuremberg, Germany

    Duration: 1 hour

    Want to go fast? This high-speed wonder zooms you between two historic Bavarian cities at speeds up to 199 miles an hour. “It’s amazing to watch the landscape change so quickly,” says Gillian Seely, a Boston resident who traveled widely by rail while living in Europe for 22 years. “The train is completely quiet inside,” she says. “Vibrations are barely enough to cause ripples in your strong German coffee.” In December, visit various German cities via the ICE rail network to take in traditional Christmas markets selling seasonal foods, handmade gifts, and gluhwein, a mulled spiced wine.

    Route: London to Venice

    Duration: Two days, one night

    Step aboard the VSOE, as the train is known, and the calendar turns back to the 1920s and ’30s, the golden age of rail on the Continent. The operator spent $16 million restoring 35 sleeping cars to their original art deco sophistication; passengers are expected to dress elegantly for dinner: at a minimum, suit and tie for men and the equivalent for women; black tie and gowns encouraged. Awake to the sight of the snowcapped Alps and learn the story behind each of the restored carriages.

    Route: Belgrade, Serbia, to Bar, Montenegro

    Duration: 10 hours, this leg

    Explore the heart of the former Yugoslavia via a Balkan Flexipass (which offers unlimited travel for five, ten, or 15 days through Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey). Start in Belgrade, with its glitzy all-night club scene, hop off at any of various stops to shop or overnight, then board a later train to continue on to sleepy Bar, an ancient town influenced by various conquering cultures on the sun-swathed Adriatic. “Relax, and budget extra time for the inevitable delays,” says Chris Deliso, a travel writer who lives in Macedonia. “The trains are run-down, and the local characters you meet are salt-of-the-earth types.”

    At the top of the food chain among European trains is the Danube Express, a private train with classical elegance, modern conveniences, and fine dining. On this route, which begins in Budapest after your flight from London, you penetrate the heart of Transylvania and enjoy a walking tour of the medieval town that was the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler. Eventually you approach Istanbul along the Bosporus, where the Topkapi Palace marks the skyline.





    01/04/2017

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    National Rail Enquiries – Latest travel news #travel #hotel #deals

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    Latest travel news

    PAGE LAST UPDATED: 01/12/2015 03:02. Update now

    Service disruptions

    Incident created 30/11/2015 13:09 Last updated 01/12/2015 01:12 Route affected

    Between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury / Birmingham International

    Train operator affected Arriva Trains Wales ;  Description

    A river flooding the railway between Machynlleth and Caersws means that trains are currently unable to run between these stations.

    Buses are replacing trains between Machynlleth and Newtown. Bus journey times are being extended because some roads in the area are closed as a result of flooding. Some buses will be extended to call at Shrewsbury.

    Because of the risk of flooding on roads in the area, passengers were advised not to commence any journeys yesterday. Passengers with tickets dated yesterday, may use these on services today, Tuesday 1 December.

    Disruption is expected to continue until 11:00.

    You can follow this incident using the hashtag #Machynlleth

    To check your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner





    28/03/2017

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    2015 Tickets – Cleveland National Air Show #travel #to #china

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    2015 Tickets

    The Air Show delivers top-flight entertainment

    GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS

    General Admission Tickets are good for one full day of aviation fun (Saturday, Sunday or Monday). No seating bring a lawn chair or blanket.

    Advance Adult: $21 ($23 at gate)

    Advance Youth: $14 ($16 at gate) Ages 6-11

    *Ages 5 and under free for General Admission ONLY

    To Order Tickets Online: Click Here   Deadline at 11:59pm on August 28

    To Order Tickets via Mail/Fax: Click Here   Deadline at 5:00pm on August 28

    All Sales Are Final No Exchanges or Refunds

    Due to delivery constraints, all international orders after August 1 st are subject to shipping fees.  Please contact the Air Show office at 216-781-0747 or at [email protected] .

    General Admission Tickets and Reserved Box Seat Tickets are available at the walk-in Air Show Box Office. Click here for more information.

    General Admission Tickets will be available at the Air Show Gates. Gates open at 9:00am each day.

    RESERVED BOX SEAT TICKETS

    Your reserved seat for the day along the flight line includes Air Show Admission and access to a private concession area. Available only in advance through the Air Show Office. Purchase early to ensure the best available seats!

    Advance: $25

    * ALL AGES REQUIRE A BOX SEAT TICKET

    * GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET NOT REQUIRED WITH BOX SEAT TICKE T

    To Order Tickets Online: Click Here   Deadline at 11:59pm on August 28

    To Order Tickets via Mail/Fax:   Click Here   Deadline at 5:00pm on August 28

    All Sales Are Final No Exchanges or Refunds

    Due to delivery constraints, all international orders after August 1 st are subject to shipping fees.  Please contact the Air Show office at 216-781-0747 or at [email protected].

    General Admission Tickets and Reserved Box Seat Tickets are available at the walk-in Air Show Box Office. Click here for more information.

    During the Air Show, Reserved Box Seat Tickets will still be available, until they are sold out, on an upgrade basis for an additional $10.00 each. Patrons should purchase a General Admission Ticket and go to the Box Seat Upgrade booths inside the air show grounds to upgrade their General Admission Tickets. Everyone needs a ticket for Reserved Box Seats regardless of age.

    SPONSOR BOX

    Strap into your seat on the flight line in your own Sponsor Box! Each Sponsor Box includes ten (10) reserved seats along the flight line (separate from the general admission area), Air Show Admission, and access to a private concession area.

    Available only in advance through the Air Show Office until 8/28/15.

    3-Day Weekend Box $600

    1-Day Box $225

    For printable information:   Click Here

    To view the Box Seating Layout: Click Here

    For specific Sponsor Box questions or to place an order click below:

    Liz Harmath, Entertainment Seating Coordinator, [email protected]

    BARNSTORMER CLUB

    SOLD OUT!

    3 Day Weekend Barnstormer Club Table $1,150

    1 Day Barnstormer Club Table $500

    1 Day Barnstormer Club Seat $68

    For printable information: Click Here

    To view Barnstormer Club Layout: Click Here

    For Barnstormer Club menu: Click Here

    To Order Barnstormer Club via Mail/Fax: Click Here

    For specific Barnstormer Club questions or to place an order click below:

    Liz Harmath, Entertainment Seating Coordinator, [email protected]

    FLIGHT LINE LOGE

    Give your guests and clients an inspiring and memorable experience that they will talk about for years to come.  Invite them to your company s private Flight Line Loge.

    A Flight Line Loge can help your business soar to new heights. Loges are the perfect incentive to increase both business relations and employee productivity. Located along the Air Show front crowd line, our high profile Loges offer a VIP experience for 100 or more of your guests.

    • A spacious 20 x 40 canopied tent with protective sides.
    • Exclusive front row viewing area with umbrella tables and theatre-style seating.
    • A party atmosphere with colorful flags and live plants.
    • Parking passes.
    • Buffet style serving tables and chairs.
    • Private sanitary facilities, Loge attendant and daily cleaning service.

    1 Day Loge Set-up $3,500

    2 Day Loge Set-up $4,500

    3 Day Weekend Loge Set-up $5,000

    *Loge Tickets are $25.00 each. A minimum purchase of 100 tickets per day is required.

    Catering is additional. A variety of reasonably priced menu items are available from the official Air Show caterer.

    For printable information click: Click Here

    For specific Flight Line Loge information or reservations click below:

    GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS GROUP SALES

    Bring your group to see the fastest show on earth! The Air Show is the perfect venue for corporate, school, scouting and church outings a three day festival celebrating the fascination of flight.

    For printable information click: Click Here

    For specific Group Sales questions or to place an order click below:

    Liz Harmath, Entertainment Seating Coordinator, [email protected]

    PARKING (ON-SITE ONLY)

    Parking is NOT available in advance. On-site parking is $15 at the gate only the lot operated by the Air Show.   NO RV PARKING.





    12/02/2017

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