The Famous Mountains Of Whistler In British Columbia

Whistler in British Columbia was founded as a ski resort in the early 1960’s and in 1975 it became Canada’s first ‘Resort Municipality’. This supreme year-round destination resort is around two hours drive from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Whistler is not just for skiing, it is best for a wide variety of summer and winter activities. You can enjoy endless choice in dining, shopping and nightlife in British Columbia’s Coast Mountains.

The incredible downhill skiing at Whistler Mountains in winter season made the place world famous. Lot of people around the world visit the mountains of Whistler to enjoy their vacations with fun filled activities. Apart from downhill ski facilities, winter visitors can enjoy cross-country skiing, ice skating, heli-skiing, snowmobiling, dog-sledding, sleigh-riding and a host of other winter recreational activities.

Same as in winter, visitors can enjoy a wide variety of activities in the summer season also. You can enjoy world-class golf, mountain top sightseeing , mountain biking, in-line skating, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, sightseeing, kayaking, fishing, and glacier skiing in the summer season.

Whistler is considered as one of the top bike towns in North America. Pedestrian village, situated at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, is one of the major places of attraction. Whistler Village and the adjacent Upper Village which are designed in distinctive mountain resort architecture will be an excellent place to stay for visitors.

Mountains and a huge variety of first class restaurants and distinctive shops are easily accessible from Whistler Village and Upper Village. The surrounding valley is blessed with several parks with boat launches, beaches, picnic areas and hiking trails. There are five beautiful lakes, several creeks and rivers with kilometers of conventional trails for hiker, bikers and inline skaters.

The two mountains in Whistler have over 8,100 skiable terrain, one vertical mile, more than 200 trails, three glaciers, twelve alpine bowls and 38 lifts. Over two millions of tourists visit Whistler Blackcomb, the top ski and snowboard resort in North America, annually. It gets an average of ten meters of snow annually.

As it is situated only 40 kilometers inland from the Pacific Ocean, Whistler enjoys moderate temperatures. Most of the people visit Whistler in summer than in the winter season. Golfing, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and swimming are only a few of the admired summer activities offered in the Whistler area.

Garibaldi Lift Company opened a ski area on the wester side of the Whistler Mountain in February 1966. In 1980, Blackcomb Mountain opened a brand new facility named Whistler Village to complement Whistler Mountain. It was designed by leading architects, planners and landscape professionals from North America. The design of the village highlights outstanding sun exposure and breathtaking views.

A wonderful array of accommodation is available through out Whistler. You can choose your favourite form luxurious mountain chalets to economical hotels. You can also book your accommodation online or with the help of any travel consultants.

During the summer season you can enjoy a sunrise or mid-day ATV tours on …

Bishop CA

Bishop, California is a scenic city in the central part of the state near the Nevada border. With a population of about 3,500 residents, it is the largest city in Inyo County. It is located in the Owens Valley at an elevation of 4,147 feet, at the eastern base of the towering Sierra Nevada Mountains. Bishop has a beautiful setting as the majestic mountains to the west rise nearly 10,000 feet above the city. The Bishop area has one of the largest topographical prominences in the continental United States. Bishop is an extremely popular spot for recreation and serves a gateway for hiking, rock-climbing, skiing, hunting and fishing. The Owens River flows through the eastern edge of the city and is well known for fly-fishing.

Bishop is the largest city in the remote Owens Valley Region. It is located 266 miles north of Los Angeles, and 270 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada. It has an attractive downtown with a variety of restaurant, shops, and numerous lodging options. It is located 42 miles southeast of Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort, which is one of California’s most popular ski destinations. Bishop is on U.S. Highway 395, which is the route between Mammoth Mountain and Southern California. Yosemite, King’s Canyon, Sequoia, and Death Valley National Parks are all within a two-hour drive.

Bishop is host to two large events each year: Mule Days Celebration, which is on Memorial Day Weekend, and the Tri-County Fair, for Inyo, Alpine, and Mono Counties, which is on Labor Day Weekend. During a busy day, the City of Bishop will attract in excess of 30,000 visitors for various events and recreation. Bishop is a great place to visit or live!

Get more information and plan your visit to the Bishop area at http://www.bishopca.net…

Recreational Programs and Their Benefits to Teenagers

The need for recreation is what every teen wants. There are many reasons for this. Some teens are exhausted from doing their home works and school reports and they need to regenerate themselves. Others are just too bored in their homes and have to go outside. While others just need to relax.
There are many types of recreation programs that are available. What the teens should do is gather more information about them and decide which best fits them. Among the factors they will consider are the cost of registration if they are paid program, the duration of the programs and whether they have available time, the profile of the other participants and whether it is safe to them. Examples of these programs are summer youth camps, religious camps and tradecrafts.
Summer youth camps are held in almost every country. Some are focused on swimming, survival chores, horse back riding and others aimed to teach skills while incorporating fun and games. Different churches are also holding religious camps to forge stronger relationships among their brethrens.
A summer youth camp provides various adventures and learning experiences for the teenagers. Swimming camps teach swimming lessons, kayaking, basic fishing skills and water rescue. Wilderness camps are focused on camping and survival skills. Knot tying and how to look for food to eat are taught. Other camps are teaching horse back riding, taming the horses, and who knows, could be a starting point to becoming competing horse riders and jockeys.
In the case of religious camps, various churches are sponsoring them. But if you believe they are purely worship services, you are wrong. Like any other youth camps, religious camps incorporate fun and games in their activities. They have a unique way of helping the teenagers enjoy themselves physically, emotionally and spiritually.
If the teen wants to learn crafts and skills, there are programs conducted by both the private and public sectors. Some needs an enrolment fee to cover handouts and materials, while others are totally free. In most cases, home based business opportunities are provided for those who are serious to make a living. You can contact your local government office, or check your directory of non-government organizations that offer these kinds of programs.
For those teenagers that just want to read, many book clubs are available at affordable rates. You just enroll, pay a small penny for book rentals, or have your books exchanged and bring the club’s books home, in this case, you have nothing to spare.
Other teens want ball games as their means of recreation. Lessons in playing basketball, volleyball, soccer, football, baseball and other popular sports are conducted regularly. Food and health companies are also supporting sports clinics and similar activities.
Recreational programs are very important because it help the teens avoid drugs and other forms of vices. All sectors of the society must help to extend these recreational programs that the teens want to make them useful citizens of this country. …

Driver Faces Felony Charges After Fatal Yuba City, California Drunk Driving Accident

A Yuba City, California driver can expect to be charged in connection with a drunk driving accident in which two of his close friends were killed.

The accident that occurred on Highway 99 near Live Oak, California on November 16th, is just one more reminder of the needless risks we take with the lives of those closest to us when we drink and drive. The driver in this car crash, 20-year-old Abdul Umar Hay, was returning from an all-night party with his friend Rafael Courtland Walker and Matthew Stephen Fair. Initial reports say that Hay must have dozed off at the wheel, causing the car to zip though a stop sign. A short while later, it was broadsided by a Ford Explorer. The impact of the crash caused Hay’s car to be pushed over into a nearby orchard. Both Walker and Fair were declared dead at the scene of the car accident. Both were 20-years-old.

Hay was the only survivor, and was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. He can now expect to be charged with felony vehicular manslaughter and felony driving under the influence causing injury. He doesn’t have a previous criminal record, but could be looking at a minimum of 6 months in prison, if found guilty.

The reactions of Walker’s and Fair’s parents were a study in contrast. Fair’s father remains indignant at the thought of a six-month sentence for the man he holds responsible for killing his son, while Walker’s mother, who is a member of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), insists that prison time is not an appropriate sentence. Last Friday, the families of the two victims took part in a memorial service that celebrated their lives.

You have to understand Richard Fair’s anger. Matthew was his only son and whether the two victims in the car had also consumed alcohol or not, the fact is that only Hay was in charge of driving them home. At 20, Hay is looking at an irredeemable stain on his record. This young man has a lifetime ahead of him, and has voluntarily cast a pall over his ambitions and his future through his negligent actions. Hay will have to deal with a lifetime of guilt for the deaths of his two friends.

Underage drinking continues to be a problem, and is cited as a factor in too many California drunk driving accidents for us to take any debate on lowering the drinking age seriously, as proposed by many college deans. What’s needed to tackle the problem is not lowering the drinking age, and giving every 18-year-old in California carte blanche with alcohol, but a joint effort by parents, college administrators as well as the community. In Yuba City, for instance, many parents including Walker’s mother, Jean Hammonds, believes that the area just doesn’t offer enough recreation opportunities for the young to let off steam. The result is underage drinking binges like the one that took place here, and the tragic drunk driving accidents that result from these.…

Unique Destinations in the US for Less

Talk to the modest traveler as to where in the United States they would most likely want to visit and you are likely to hear Orlando, New York, Las Vegas and San Francisco.   Big cities with big attractions have always been the staple of good, exciting vacations.    For the lesser known vacation spots such as Arkansas, Texas and Illinois; is it possible to find as exciting a vacation?  I ventured to find out the answer to this question; and what I found was a pleasant surprise to me.

Indian Harbour Beach, Florida is probably not the first, (or a last stop for most) when you venture to the sunshine state.  Places like Daytona, Miami, even Key West take the bill here.  Known as the ‘Greatest Little City in Florida”, Indian Harbour Beach is in Brevard County, Florida along the coastline, offering everything that a relaxing vacation epitomizes.   Close to Orlando and to Kennedy Space Center it is a liaison between a quiet escape and excitement.   Just minutes from the Melbourne International Airport, this spot is perfect for getting away from the everyday.  I also have found the best hotel deal anywhere around Indian Harbour.  The Lexington Hotel is offering a 3 day/2 night package for $97/nt.  Including deluxe accommodations for 4 and a $20 credit to Doubles, their on-site restaurant, this is the classic definition of a “diamond in the rough”.

Another not so well known vacation spot is located in Illinois and has some of the most beautiful settings on the bluffs, high above the Rock River.   “The Forest City” as it is beloved known; Rockford is an integral park of the Rockford metro area.  Experience any of the 50 excellent national golf courses or stay in touch with nature with a tour of the Anderson Japanese Gardens, which has been ranked the top Japanese garden in North America.   I was lucky enough to stay at the Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort which was located inside of 12 miles from loads of attractions, right on the Bluff overlooking the river.  With prices starting at $129/nt, this is an affordable way to catch the wonderful sites of Illinois.

Of course, Illinois and Florida could be two places that vacationers might rank high on their list, but Arkansas?  At first glance, I couldn’t believe that this was going to make my list of out of the ordinary places to visit, but then I found Hot Springs I started to change the way that I viewed this state.  Hot Springs is the 10th most populated city in Arkansas and as the name inclines is known for national spring water.   The city hosts a number of art shows such as the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and the Hot Springs Music Festival.   Other events include the Hot Springs Jazz Festival held in September and the downtown Bathtub Races in the Spring.   It holds the number 4 position of the “America’s Top 100 Small Arts Town.”   They also have a Racetrack and Casino which, lucky for …

Founder of Second Chance Program Attacks Recidivism With Drug Rehab While Cultivating Self Respect With Inmates

Rick Pendery has spent the last 30 years working in substance abuse programs and feels that he’s got the keys to reduce recidivism.

Rick Pendery founded and ran a six year pilot of the Second Chance Program in Ensenada and Tijuana, Mexico as well as another pilot in for nearly two years in Puerto Rico. The Second Chance Program freed over 6000 inmates from the interminable treadmill of drug addiction that leads to more crime and re-incarceration. He has now successfully opened a 600 bed secure rehabilitation facility located in the vacated Westside Jail west of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

His road as a substance abuse expert began in the 70s when he worked first in a methadone clinic. But there he saw too many people walk out of the clinic, into the parking lot and buy heroin. This treatment was clearly ineffective. Looking around, Pendery came across a program called Narconon. This program he found to be very effective. Working with them for several years he became the chief administrator for a Narconon Program, in El Paso Tex. Later he was promoted to be the Executive Director for the program and eventually became the senior administrator over 30 Narconon programs in the US.

Narconon uses the Drug Rehabilitation Technology developed by L. Ron Hubbard. The program has a drug-free withdrawal step, a sauna detoxification step and an additional life skills training section with courses in communication, remedial education. Also, it has classes specifically designed to help the individual understand the reasons why he started using drugs and giving him tools to combat the urge to use drugs in order to live a drug-free life. Pendery feels that these steps together cultivate self respect in these former addicts.

Pendery started his first Second Chance Center in the mid 90’s. He explains why, “I saw two things occurring. Drug use seemed to be generally growing and the crime rate in many categories was increasing as well. The number of people incarcerated almost doubled in 1990s and because of this, the budgets for the Department of Corrections were starting to bankrupt our states. I had previously run a successful drug rehab program called Narconon, which was both effective in reducing recidivism as well as was able to scale up to where it could economically deliver to large numbers of people at once. I felt that this approach was particularly suited to the criminal justice system where they had approximately 80 percent of incarcerated offenders with prior drug histories. With over 2 million people currently incarcerated in the United States it’s been cost prohibitive for those offenders to get rehabilitated in that system. According to the US Dept of Justice, the stats shows that over 65% of those who have been incarcerated, within three years, return to prison. I wanted to bring a workable drug and criminal rehab program to the criminal justice system.”

Pendery found more ways to assist his communities as a real estate developer. He had begun that career in the …

Depression Mantra Yoga and Meditation

Depression is the most prevalent of all the emotional disorders. This may vary from feelings of slight sadness to utter misery and dejection. It brings together a variety of physical and psychological symptoms which together constitute a syndrome.
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Depression is the most unpleasant experience a person can endure. It is far more difficult to cope with than a physical ailment. The growing complexities of modern life and the resultant crisis, as well as mental stress and strain in day to day living, usually leads to this disorder. It also arises out of the monotony and drudgery of a daily routine, without any meaningful variation in urban life. Suicide is the major risk in extreme cases of depression.
Symptoms
It is not always easy to diagnose depression clinically. The most striking symptoms of depression are feelings of acute sense of loss and inexplicable sadness, loss of energy and loss of interest. The patient usually feels tired and lacks interest in the world around him. Sleep disturbance is frequent. Usually the patient wakes up depressed at 4 or 5 in the morning and is unable to return to sleep. Other disturbed sleep patterns are difficulty in getting off to sleep on going to bed at night, nightmares and repeated waking from midnight onwards.
The patient often suffers from guilt, oppressive feelings and self-absorption. Other symptoms of depression are : loss of appetite, gidiness, itching, nausea, agitation, irritability, impotence or frigidity, constipation, aches and pains all over the body, lack of concentration and lack of power of decision. Some persons may lose interest in eating and suffer from rapid loss of weight while others may resort to frequent eating and as a result gain in weight.
Cases of severe depression may be characterized by low body temperature, low blood pressure, hot flushes and shivering.
The external manifestations represent a cry for help from the tormented mind of the depressed persons. The severely depressed patient feels worthless and is finally convinced that he himself is responsible for his undoing and his present state of hopeless despair.
Causes
Depleted functioning of the adrenal glands is one of the main causes of mental depression. Irregular diet habits cause digestive problems and lead to the assimilation of fats. An excess of carbohydrates like cereals, white sugar, coffee, tea, chocolates and comparatively less quantities of vegetables and fruits in the diet may result in indigestion. Due to indigestion, gases are produced in the digestive tract, causing compression over the diaphragm in the region of the heart and lungs. This in turn, reduces the supply of oxygen to the tissues, which raises the carbon dioxide level, causing general depression.
The excessive and indiscriminate use of drugs also leads to faulty assimilation of vitamins and minerals by the body and ultimately causes depression. The use of aspirin leads to deficiencies of vitamin C and antacids can cause deficiencies of calcium and vitamin B. Diabetes, low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia) and weakness of the liver resulting from the use of refined …

Hey Parents, are you Looking at Temecula Homes for Sale?

Do have kids and did you want to buy a home in Temecula California? If so then please let me introduce you to Homes in Menifee California. Menifee is 16 miles north of Temecula. Both cities are located next to the freeway, and are 10-15 minutes apart. Most people know more about Temecula than Menifee. Menifee began to take shape in the 80s. At the point of this writing in 2007 I want to share about a particular place in Menifee because not all of Menifee is ideal, but there is one place where all the local professionals, police and fire officers and teachers go to raise their children and it has everything! So much so that I wish I grew up in a place like it. There is more in this place being offered to children for FREE than was offered where I lived in Los Angeles and Orange County growing up. The place I want to talk about is my listing in Menifee Lakes California.

I am currently selling 30486 Lake Watch Court, Menifee, CA 92584. As an Orange County and Los Angeles person, which is where I grew up mostly in Southern California, Temecula and the IE (Inland Empire real estate which includes Riverside County and San Bernardino County, Temecula is a city in Riverside County as is Menifee) meant everything east of the 57 Freeway and everything west of that was the main area where things were happening. Extremely recent changes in the California real estate market have changed all that. The Inland Empire no longer stands for the desert or a place where nothing exists. the IE is no longer a phrase for similar small town living outside the city. Now the IE is a country. So many people now live and work here. It has it’s own cities, it’s own regions, it’s own diversity, a rich diversity of city life, country life, suburban life, singles life, and all walks of life now live here.

As a Southern California Real Estate Specialist I would like to contend that Riverside County may even be more happily diverse than Los Angeles. There are people from many different cultures living side by side in Riverside County. Why? The houses. They’re nice. They’re affordable. They’re….bigger? Better? Taller and wider than the OC and Los Angeles?? Yes, yes yes! They are nicer and no matter where you seem to go you have your own space, your own personality within that space. You can be a true individual out here, a true family unit. You can fulfill all your fantasies of what a home should be in the Menifee Lakes community especially.

Menifee Lakes is a community of old family values and similarities with a slight twist, the kids that grow up in this community are self aware, abundant, really cool and plugged in to their community. Yes, finally a community that takes care of their own that’s not wierd. The kids here do not act like community droids like you …

Ghost-writing: A half-century tribute to John F. Kennedy

by Philip Yaffe

If you were there at the time, you will find it hard to realize that the 50th anniversary of the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy is rapidly approaching. The iconic 35th President of the United States was elected in a close-run contest against then Vice President Richard Nixon on Nov. 8, 1960, and was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 1961.

If you were there, you will also find it hard to realize that the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death on Nov. 22, 1963, is also now rapidly approaching.

I was there. At the time of his election, I was just entering university. At the time of his death, I was Political Editor of the UCLA Daily Bruin, the daily student newspaper of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Historians will debate JFK’s effectiveness as president for a long time to come. But there can be no debate about the profound influence he had on the American psyche. You can get a hint of this from the passion currently surrounding Barack Obama, who is frequently compared to JFK.

As a professional writer, I have long argued that the basic principles of good writing are few and easy to understand, but applying them is hard work. Producing a good piece of writing always requires at least two drafts, and usually three, four, or more. However, there are exceptions.

For me, the exception occurred the day JFK died. I sat down at my typewriter and just started writing. When I finished, I hardly changed a word. I felt as if I had been typing in a trance, as if someone else had actually been doing the work.

The article won a number of awards, which I was pleased to receive. However, in all honesty, I cannot take credit for it. Now, nearly 50 years later, I still feel as if someone else wrote it and I was simply the vessel used to strike the keys.

The article is presented below. It has been slightly modified to clarify or delete references to particular aspects of the UCLA campus. However overall, it is essentially the same. It generated significant reaction when it was first published; it is for you to decide if it has stood the test of time.

As the Javelin Hit the Ground

By Philip Yaffe

For the first time in my life last Friday I wished I had been born a girl, so I could have cried unashamedly. Unfortunately, being a stoic male, I had to take solace in the tears of others.

Immediately after hearing that the President had been shot, I rushed out of Moore Hall to the Daily Bruin office, and from there to the Student Union building. Students were standing around the SU Information Desk, listening to reports coming over the public address system. There were few tears then. The shock was great, but the President was not yet dead.

I went to the first floor. Again the halls were lined with stunned students. They were …

Niagara University

Academics

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences forms the foundation of the Niagara University’s curriculum and serves as the basis for its designation as a liberal arts college. All Niagara students complete a portion of their coursework in the College of Arts and Sciences, as numerous general education courses are housed within this unit.

A majority of Niagara’s academic departments and faculty are housed within Arts and Sciences, including: Biochemistry/Chemistry, Biology/Life Sciences, Communications, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, English, History, International Studies, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Nursing, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Sciences, Social Work, and Theater Studies.

The College of Arts and Sciences also offers Master’s degrees in both Criminal Justice Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies.

On October 8, 2008, Niagara University announced that a $10 million gift, the largest gift in the university’s history, had been made to the College of Arts and Sciences by B. Thomas Golisano, the CEO of Paychex and the owner of the Buffalo Sabres. The gift will fund a new science building, to be known as the B. Thomas Golisano Center for Science. The project is scheduled for completion by 2011.

College of Business

With programs in Accounting, Business Administration, and Commerce, the College of Business continues to enhance its academic standing at the local, regional, and national levels. Each year, students in the College of Business conduct tax return processing as a community service for area residents.

On January 23, 2006, the University announced a gift of $5 million from College of Business alumnus Gerald Bisgrove, Class of 1968. At the time, it was the largest single gift in Niagara’s 150-year history. $4.5 million of this gift has been appropriated to expand the College of Business facilities. Groundbreaking occurred on this project in May 2006, and Bisgrove Hall was opened to the public in August 2007. The remainder of Mr. Bisgrove’s gift will be allocated to academic scholarships in the College of Business.

College of Education

Niagara has a long-standing commitment to training teachers for K-12 schools. Education students major in the College of Education and choose a concentration in the College of Arts and Sciences. Student teaching takes place in area schools, many of which are located in rural or low-income urban districts.

College of Hospitality and Tourism Management

The College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Niagara’s newest, is an offshoot of earlier tourism programs at the university. The College includes course offerings on tourism, hotel, restaurant, recreation, and sports management. Many students supplement their classroom experience with internships in local hotels as well as luxury hotels around the world. In addition, the College boasts a popular study abroad program in Lake Como, Italy.

The College of Hospitality and Tourism Management is ranked 6th in the nation among hospitality programs. In recent years, graduates have a near-100% job placement rate. Faculty members come from around the world and most hold the terminal degree in their field. The College is located on the top floors …