New York – The City That Never Sleeps!

New York- the city that has got the nickname as The City that Never Sleeps. This greatest city of the world is among the top 10 cities that never sleep or that are moving 24/7. It is the cultural capital of the US and acts as the spinal cord of this amazing country. It has been a vital part of many famous movies, novels, books, songs and poems so the popularity of NYC is already at the top of the world. There are many more things and places that makes this city so much cool and happening. Here are a few reasons behind the same:

Art and Culture : New York is a city of diversity where people have come from different parts of the world to build their lives. The presence of different cultures and their practices makes it home to a large number of artists, poets and actors whose talent has made it a culture rich destination. Also, NYC happens to be the hub of a large number of museums, art galleries, music theaters that add to its shine and promote the same in various forms. Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic, the Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and the American Museum of Natural History are the hubs of art & culture of this alluring city.

Manhattan : The economic and cultural heart of the city, Manhattan is yet another reason that makes this city all the more famous. The Times Square, Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Statue of Liberty, American Museum of National History, Ellis Island, Central Park, etc. are the major attractions of this bustling city. Manhattan is also famous for its skyscrapers, magical shopping stores and the bright lights that add pace to life. New York is also the home of some of the most famous sports teams in America – the Jets and the Giants at football, the Knicks at basketball, the Islanders and Rangers at hockey, and the Yankees and the Mets at baseball which can be found in its heart.

Climate and Surroundings: The super-hot summers and the chilling winters of NYC make it all the more beautiful and accessible for many activities such as beach surfing, adventure sports, winter sports, etc. There are many more things to explore in this beautiful city of America. From the Appalachians and the Catskills to the Great Lakes, or follow the Hudson River to Albany. There is plenty of opportunity for outdoor pursuits.

There are many more reasons that keep this city buzzing and awake all the time, but for that you need to visit it soon. Book a cheap flight to New York and explore the hidden vistas of this amazing city.

Source by Rajni Devi

The Inconsistencies of Pro Athletes

Professionalism is the competence or skill expected of a professional. A professional is a person engaged in a specific activity as one's main paid occupation. An athlete is or should be proficient in sports and other forms of physical activity. So, at the end of the day, professional athletes get paid to play and are expected to do so, at the very least, on a more consistent basis than that of … non-professional athletes. However, most "professional" athletes do not play consistently and should be held accountable accordingly.

Being a professional athlete is or should be the highest level of athleticism possible, but that's not the case, because pro-athletes are always rated on the "what have you done for me lately?" theory, per-say, or the last time they had a chance to do something, what did they do? So they are constantly being rated and everything that they do, fail or succeed, is accounted for. Which would explain why there are professional stars and professionals that are not "stars". And of course, the stars are the more consistent athletes in their particular field and obviously, they take their jobs more serious than the average pro-athlete.

Though, I've played on many different non-professional teams of many different sports, I have never had the opportunity to play on a professional team, but there was always an implied expectation of everyone on the team, and if a player could not live up to that expectation, then change was very necessary, because nobody wants to lose, professional, nor non-professional, recreational or any other level of play. Sometimes, no … a lot of times, I watch professional sports and I don't understand how these professional teams tolerate when these paid professional athletes don't play up to their expectation. When we watch sports being played on TV, we expect to see how the sport should be played at it's best, kind of like the example of perfection.

If a sales person doesn't close the sale, then they don't get paid. Most doctors and lawyers only get one chance to foul up a patient or a case, then their career is, at least, seriously tainted, therefore effecting their income. A mechanic that can't fix a flat tire is not going to make any money. None of those professions are compensated nearly as much as pro-athletes, but are held to much higher standards. Yet, somehow, a pro-athlete can drop a game-winning touchdown pass and not only keep his job, but also maintain his income while laughing and joking about how he disappointed his team and his fans. How is that? Anybody can do that. A professional baseball player that hasn't gotten a hit in his last 15 games is still able to keep his job and his income is not effected at all. How is that? Anybody can NOT perform. Anybody can NOT live to up to the task. So, why are they still on the team and why are they still getting paid? I don't understand. If I was the coach / owner I would be highly upset and change would definitely be necessary.

Most professional athletes take for granted the opportunity that they have been given. For every pro-athlete there are many more non-professional undiscovered athletes that could do the same job just as well, if not better. Professional sports tolerate way too much failure. There are professional teams that have never won a championship, yet they employ the same members of their staff for several years. Why do they continue to allow this to happen? Pro-athletes get paid a lot of money for doing basically nothing, enjoying their lives, playing in the backyard, and the least that they could do is take their "jobs" seriously and perform when it's their turn to perform and set the example that is expected of them, or be held accountable for not being up to the task.

Source by Mert Taylor

How to Look Hot When You’re Naked

At first blush, you read this title and mutter to yourself ‘Impossirus–no one (and I mean not no body, not no way, not no how, Wizard of Oz-style) looks good naked, let alone hot’.

Well, not exactly.

Not unless you are Brooklyn Decker, the new uber-gorgeous uber-naked cover girl of the coveted Sports Illustrated Swim issue for this year — just out on the stands last week — and plastered everywhere on the news, nets and wavelengths since. Time Life, parent owner of SI, estimates that some 65 million people will see this issue and her cover, worth squillions to her in modelling contracts and endorsements, and bringing in the SI bacon to the tune of 7+ million buckoes. From what the punters say these cover girl’s images are seen on anything from bar coasters to calendars to flavored mineral water to move and sell product. Last year’s cover girl, the fiercely stunning Bar Refaeli, squired recently by Leonardo di Caprio, is rumored to be sizzling that she was over-stepped in lieu of Mrs. Andy Roddick, aka Brookie.

Ms Decker’s half-clothed wunderschon-ness was unveiled from atop a New York skyscaper on a national news late night talk show (erm, that would be Letterman, of course) in the interests of modesty — the hour — and suspense — the day before its release. (Guess the editors and producers thought that school-aged tots being bussed and ferried to their respective nurseries and elementary schools the net morning wouldn’t notice 100 feet of smiling yellow sunshine from Brooke towering above their limos and buses, exposed and half-dressed in a yellow bikini bottom.) It mattered not. She’d look amazing wearing half a yellow foul flag.

But we are not talking total birthday suit here, just a lot of skin. In a pull-out of the mag, she reclines in a woven net hammock, all 5 ‘ 9 inches of her gloriousness basking in a sea green bikini. This photo while alluring did not make the cover. Why? Too much clothing! Not enough nakedness. Naked or at least topless is what sells, and naked is most definitely hot!

For full-on undress, SI offers its readers a special chapter called ‘Bodypainting’. It’s more than ‘window dressing’. It’s full on frontal, up close and and personal — with 18 hours of layered theatrical paint. This year does not disappoint — there are European World Cup footballers’ wives, fiancees, girlfriends and according to the gossip rags, has-been wannabees painted up in their respective men’s ‘strips’. Under all that goop, is an ultra-10 naked body. Yikes!

Not to be outdone by the sporting world, with its Olympian women athletes, dancing stars and catwalk beauties, even Hollywood starlet Ashley Greene of the iconic Twilight franchised films gets her kit on, or off, as the case may be. Sponsor SoBe Lifewater used the same make-up artist Joanne Gair and photographer of 3 of the last 4 selected SI Swim covers Raphael Mazzucco to paint her in its logo gecko-scaled swimsuits for its debut of ‘Skinsuits’ and 2 new zero calorie flavors. Alice Cullen has zero inhibitions, for sure. Who cares about dying!

But the hottest and most naked of all totally drops her shell. Candy shell, that is. Miss Green, of M & M fame has appeared on SI Swim’s (back) cover for years now. Not to be outshone by Ms Greene, above, our demure little sweetie loses her top shell and rolls down her bottom shell, coyly. This Miss Green’s byline on her website (yes, she has a website, Twitter, Facebook accounts and even background wallpaper, plus nearly 8000 friends, for crimminy-sakes!) is ‘ I melt for no one.’

Take that Brookie, Bar, Ashley and others.

Now that’s smokin’ HOT!

Source by Kiki Farmer

Ridgefield, CT – An Historic Town Known For Its Diverse Fitness Options

Ridgefield, Connecticut, is a little town with a huge colonial heritage, to be more precise, 300 years of magnificent history. The town population is over 22,000. Ridgefielders hold on dearly to their New England small town quaintness and, yet, they love the modern day touches and conveniences. One of the modern activities that is very big in Ridgefield is Personal Training. For a relatively small and slightly isolated town, some say there is a super-abundance of fitness options from Personal Training to the family-oriented programs sponsored by Ridgefield Parks and Recreation. Plus there are many parks, walking trails, and other facilities oriented to staying fit.

The townspeople of Ridgefield love to walk downtown on pristine sidewalks with popular historical pedestals – "The Museum in the Street" – that document a heritage discovery trail around the town. These markers boast, rightfully so, about a rich Revolutionary history, abundant farming community and well-known art and cultural background. A simple fitness walk through town might include passing by Victorian and colonial homes such as the breathtaking Lounsbury House / Community Center. If you prefer to run, you might take a brief rest and look at monuments that record dates and events of the 1777 "Battle of Ridgefield." You can walk forever and back again. Yes, Ridgefielders are basically very health oriented and fit.

As mentioned above, the town has parks, walking and hiking trails and landscapes that are conducive to fitness and wellness. When you have some spare time come fall in love with Ridgefield. Check out the beauty of Martin Park for swimming, Sturges Park for hiking, or Graham Dickinson SPIRIT Skate Park for aggressive in-line skating and skate boarding. A few minutes from the center of Ridgefield you will find Seth Low Pierrepont State Park located on Barlow Mountain Road. This is a great place to escape where you can fish, swim, kayak and canoe. Not too far from the State Park is Ridgefield's 18 hole resident and non-resident golf course on Ridgebury Road. And, Ballard Park, right in the center of town, is a haven where you can walk, children can play, or you can just meditate about the magnificent old trees and plantings that surround you.

Most adults engage in some form of Personal Training. You can find excellent weight training, Pilates or Gyrotonic® programs. Personal Training prepares your body to excel in gentler sports such as walking, mild hiking, and basic swimming as well as more rigorous sports such as tennis, golf, rowing, running, biking or competitive swimming. It also helps people to strengthen symmetrically and therefore prevent sports' injuries. Personal Training compliments routine activities as well as sports and is highly recommended for everyone. You can take a few sessions to get yourself oriented or you can commit to a life of organized Personal Training.

Bask in the beauty of Ridgefield and the vibrant history of a town that beckons to you from the past and, yet, is creatively open to the future. Embrace good health and fitness by checking out the excellent Personal Trainers and fitness programs in the area. Remember to strengthen your legs, arms, abdominals and back. This way you will build the stamina and endurance to enjoy these great places and all the activities in spring, summer, fall and winter. A Personal Training program will pave the way to improved health and top notch self-confidence. Come see Ridgefield for yourself, a community where fitness is the key to healthy balance.

Source by Maria Beck

Combo Offers for Water Sports in Malvan With Scuba Diving in Tarkarli Beach

Malvan is a small town in the district of Sindhudurg district. It also boasts of serene calm beaches with the longest shoreline. Tarkarli beach is a part of Malvan and is the next most hit. The closest beach to Malvan town is the Chivla beach. Apart from offering a perfect beach destination, Malvan is also known for its fiery cuisine. Malvan food is prepared in a unique way with ample of coconut used in Malvani dishes. Malvani cuisines actually are a blend of Maharashtrian and Goan cuisines.

Tarkarli is now becoming a hot destination for water sports. The Tsunami Island, which is in the Karli backwaters is fast emerging as the focal point of all the adventure water sports in Tarkarli. Scuba diving and snorkelling are the most favorite activity of the tourists here. The mystery of underwater life and the corals never fails to enchant the divers here. You can catch glimpses of shoals of fishes like Barracudas, Angelfish, Parrotfish, Rock Cod, Tuna, etc. You will also find Sea Cucumber, Turtles, Lobsters, Cuttlefish, Shrimps, etc. There is plenty of corals near Tarkarli along with clear water is a blessing for the scuba diver. Many scuba diving operators take an underwater photograph so that the tourists can carry back good lasting reminiscences of their diving trip at Tarkarli beach scuba diving.

The latest fad catching up here is Parasailing. You can get a birds-eye view of the backwaters and also have a direct look at the beautiful convergence of the backwaters and the sea. Do not miss on the dolphin watch rides into the sea to view the frisking, friendly dolphins playing gleefully in the sea. For all the speed lovers, try out the crazy speedboat ride racing furiously on the waves. Feel the droplets of water on your face and the salty breeze in your hair, as you try out Jet Skiing. Experience the fun of togetherness with your group on a banana boat ride. Though Tarkarli remains pleasant throughout the year, the Tarkarli water sports season is best after the monsoons.

Goa, being blessed with the long shoreline, is a hot target for all the water sports junkies. Monsoon water sports combo in Goa offers activities like kayaking, windsurfing, jet skiing, parasailing, banana ride and water surfing. Beaches like Sinquerim offer Scuba Diving in Goa and snorkelling along with other water sports. Try out windsurfing and Paragliding to maximise your fun in Goa.

Source by S. Kumar

The Raging Popularity of Internet Sports Gambling

Do you enjoy gambling? A lot of people like to partake regularly. They are attracted to it because of the rush of winning and the hope of scoring big. Gambling is all about the surge of excitement. Fortunately, for gamblers a few nuances have been added to the betting game.

Recently, innovative additions like online poker and Internet sports gambling have entered the betting scene. Gambling just became much more convenient. Those who were not very fond of gambling before may just love its new cyber-experience dimension.

Are you interested in Internet sports gambling? This is a welcome addition for football and basketball nuts all over the country. You will love it if you enjoy placing a bet or two on a big game.

However, since this isn’t the 20th century anymore, it’s now all about computers and the World-Wide-Web. This is the only place where you can find such wonderful activities such as Internet sports gambling and online poker games.

My brother takes full advantage of this concept all the time since he is an ice hockey fanatic. He absolutely loves to place a bet on his favorite ice hockey teams. Nowadays, it has become so easy with Internet sports gambling websites. All you need a personal computer with Internet connection and a credit card, and you can place that bet in a jiffy.

You should hop on the World-Wide-Web right now if Internet sports gambling sounds right up your alley. You can now put that bet, big or small, down on your favorite team. However, you must not place bets that you can’t handle. T

his is always a bad decision on many levels. You can get into serious debt, and seriously disrupt your life and the lives of your family. You have to know when to quit.

If you’re not satisfied with Internet sports gambling, then you can always try a variety of cyberspace casinos. Nowadays, there are online casinos that can satisfy your gambling hunger. In our modern world, there is no need to go to Las Vegas in order to place your bet.

Source by Morgan Hamilton

Sports Law in Cyprus

The sports industry is becoming more and more commercialized and globalized. As a result, athletes, coaches and other stakeholders engaged in the sports industry are seeking a professional legal guidance so that to safeguard their rights and maximise their profits. Sports law is an emerging area of ​​law that is directly interconnected and overlaps with a variety of legal disciplines, such as contract law, employment law, tort law and defamation, corporate law, immigration law and privacy rights.

The assistance of a professional lawyer who has a thorough knowledge of the aforementioned areas of law is essential both for professionals in the sports industry (ie athletes, coaches, physiotherapists, etc.) and other stakeholders, such as the governing boards of sport clubs, investors, etc.

Investors: Sports are not limited only to the regulations of the playing field as they are intertwined with society and economy, especially with entertainment and advertising industries. As a result, sports can be a profitable area of ​​investment, through sponsorship and advertisement. On the one point of view, sports launched opportunities for investment in areas such as broadcasting rights, which is related to the area of ​​Intellectual Property Law. On the other point of view, sports established a new area of ​​marketing that develops opportunities for investment in areas such as sport clubs' shares as the majority of sport clubs have become companies.

Athletes, Sports Professionals and Clubs: The continuous mobility of athletes and other sports professionals between teams together with the complexity of the contracts includes a variety of legal concerns. As a result, a legal representation of athletes, sport professionals and clubs is vital. Lawyers are able to assist you on matters related to contract law, breach of contracts, transfers, etc.

Before signing a contract, athletes and other sport professionals, should be sure that they are aware of the various clauses and provisions. Note that a contract between a sport professional and a club might be subject to breach. For example, in case a sport club in Cyprus does not honor its engagement regarding its obligations toward the athlete / sport professional, then the athlete / sport professional may submit a claim for remedies and / or damages to Cyprus Courts or FIFA's Dispute Resolution Chamber. Consequently, the assistance of a professional lawyer is necessary.

Competent Authority in Cyprus:

The competent authority in Cyprus is the Cyprus Sports Organization (CSO), a semi-governmental organization. According to the Law, CSO can act as the Supreme Sporting Authority in Cyprus.

Why legal support is necessary?

Sports are considered as one of the most profitable industries with prominent investment opportunities and huge revenues. Therefore, the appropriate legal support may assist athletes, sport professionals and other stakeholders to maximise their benefits and protect their rights. As it has been explained, athletes, sport professionals and other stakeholders, before appointing a legal representative in the Republic of Cyprus, should ensure that their lawyer has a deep knowledge and expertise in a variety areas of law.

Source by Michael Chambers

Get All the Sports Breaking News Online

Are you an avid soccer fan? Or perhaps golf is your sport? Want to stay updated with the latest cricketing news from around the world? Irrespective of the particular sport you are interested in, the internet offers you the opportunity to stay updated with the latest breaking news for your favorite sports as it happens.

The internet is a fascinating medium of communication to say the least. With technological advancements taking place all around us, people now have access to the internet practically everywhere. Every building is equipped with Wi-Fi broadband and even otherwise we can easily access the internet with our mobile phones from anywhere and at any time. This makes the internet an excellent platform to use especially when it comes to keeping up with the latest happenings in your favorite sports.

There are many websites on the internet dedicated to provide news for a particular sport. If however, you follow more than one sport then the best way to keep yourself updated is to follow the sports section of a leading news blogs. In such cases you will be able to find a vast array of breaking news on a variety of different sports. This will save you time and effort while keeping you informed of the latest developments from around the world.

Some news blogs even offer live updates of matches going on at the moment. For instance you will be able to get ball by ball updates of a cricket match or the updated score during a soccer match of your interest. In many cases you can even sub scribe to the RSS feed for your favorite sports news and get an instant alert the moment some newsworthy event breaks.

Apart from keeping you updated on your favorite sports breaking news, these blogs also offer valuable insight into the sports in the form of articles, blog posts, videos and even original sports programs. If you are an avid follower of a particular sport then you will surely enjoy the opportunity to get all this extra information and gossip surrounding the sport.

Another interesting opportunity granted to sports enthusiasts by these online news blogs is the option to vent out your anger or express your joy over the latest performance of their favorite teams in the form of comments on articles, statistics and latest news. We all know how emotional sports fans can get and the opportunity to express your feelings as your read the news is just priceless. By the way, these news blogs are also priceless to access. In other words, they are totally free! You don’t have to pay a dime to stay up to date with the breaking news on your favorite sport.

Source by Shehryaar Shaukat

Why Are Phone Ins So Important to Radio Stations?

It seems that nowadays whenever you turn on the radio there is a phone in happening with people expressing many sides of the subject of the day.

The very first phone in was in 1967 at BBC Radio Leicester which was the first local radio station to broadcast. The producer of the gardening program thought that it would be a good idea if listeners could ask direct questions of the expert gardener.

It was then decided that this way was a good way to allow the general public had access to express their own views to anyone who was listening. A further advantage is that they also have access to talk to people like politicians, sports stars, film stars and other public figures who they would not normally be able to have a conversation with.

As far as the radio station is concerned it makes good sense that the listeners feel more as though it is their station when they can chat and gossip with other people just like they would with their neighbours over the garden wall.

While being very useful for the listeners, the radio station itself also benefits a great deal from phone ins. Many a program has been produced on a subject which first saw the light of day on a phone in program. One I used to listen to regularly was a consumer program and they often followed the problems up in other programs and get the companies to change their policies.

The same is true of the news desk, they regularly create news based on a phone in. They are relatively cheap to broadcast and the cast is the listeners.

Having said that, possibly the most important person is the presenter who has to be seen to be independent at all times, keep the conversation flowing, stop people talking over each other but most of all has to constantly be aware of speakers who may go over the line in their comments. The last thing that the radio station wants is to be closed down because someone has made a defamatory comment.

Phone ins have been around a long time now and will be around for a good while yet. They have become an important part of broadcasting.

Source by Trevor S Barrett

Can Whole Body CryoTherapy Help Me Deal With Chronic Pain?

The opioid crisis in the United States is getting out-of-control, it has reached epidemic proportions and in some parts of the country the problem is so bad that nearly everyone knows someone who has the problem or has died from it. Nearly, everyone has an opinion as to whose fault it is. Many blame the victims or the addicted. Others blame the doctors for prescribing addictive pain killer medicine. Some blame big pharma, and still others blame drug dealers who sell street drugs to those addicted to continue their desire to stay in that state of being.

It's hard for us to realize that this all starts from severe pain, and trying to deal with it. If there was no pain, it is doubtful many would seek out the pain medication or be prescribed it in the first place. Now then, might I offer a suggestion in this article? Go ahead, read what I have to say, as I've been studying this issue at our Think Tank as we try to make sense of a viable solution to this opioid crisis that plagues our nation.

Chronic Pain is no fun. Living with constant pain isn't living a fulfilled life. Yes, adversity builds character, but how much more character do you really need at this point in your life? Just a couple of sessions of Whole Body CryoTherapy per week will significantly reduce pain.

Sure, one can learn to tolerate pain and build up a high threshold, or take expensive and highly addictive pain medicine, but since empirical evidence and research shows Whole Body CryoTherapy works, isn't it time you switched back to a pain free you? Don't hesitate, be great.

How Does CryoTherapy Reduce Pain?

CryoTherapy reduces nerve conduction velocity (NCV), allowing the individual to maintain a higher pain threshold (PTH) and better paint tolerance (PTO). Since your brain doesn't receive the signals of pain at a high level, it sends less reinforcement to the area causing inflammation. Inflammation causes more tenderness and pain, and the cycle continues, so by breaking this cycle, your body can heal without the pain or over-abundance of inflammation during the process. Therapy tends to be a much better solution than pain medication;

(1) It is not addicting; and
(2) The nerve endings are only temporarily muted, long enough to prevent near term reoccurring inflammation.

Although, the theory behind each method is somewhat similar, it's always better to use natural ways to get your body to a better place than to use synthetic pharmaceuticals to unnaturally trick your body into reacting in a certain way, especially when there are additional side effects to deal with.

Here are two pieces of research I used in preparing this article:

(1) British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2007 Jun; 41 (6): 365-369.

(2) "Monitoring of whole body cryotherapy effects by thermal imaging" preliminary report Armand Cholewka, Zofia Drzazga, Meksander Sierofi. Published: Physica Medica Vol. XXII N. 2 ,. April-June 2006.

Source by Lance Winslow