Boost Your Confidence In All Areas

We are all more confident some areas of our lives than others, even the most confident of people have some areas they feel they are lacking. Whilst even the least confident have some areas they feel confident.

Confidence is a feeling of assurance that you can complete the task successfully with ease, in fact you scarcely consider the task at all! It may be a task related to your work or home life, something you practise daily: such as public speaking, teaching, child rearing, cooking or it may be confidence in a sport, that you know you play well.

Whatever areas you feel confident in, you feel good about yourself. Especially when you are faced with these tasks.

Many of us have areas in our lives we would love to feel more confident. So how can we achieve this, when are lives are so busy. Training and guidance from experts together with lots of practice, plus belief in yourself with all boost the feeling of confidence and expertise.

Compare the first time you tried to drive a car to you confidence years later. Consider how new Mums’ feel with their first-born, especially if they do not have younger siblings. Confidence can be learned and developed in all areas and will make you a more rounded happier person.

Sometimes teachers and parents influence how confident we feel, by being critical in childhood, but as adults we can take control of our lives and change this.

I am confident in most areas of my life, but would hate to speak in public, and I am a complete technophobe. The very thought of anything technical sends me in a spin. So these and a few others are my areas that need some work! So which are you areas will you be improving this year? A new year is a great time to start something new, what will your challenge be?

So to sum up: lack of confidence is natural, to improve in any area get good training and practise you new skills knowing you are improving in that area. Have belief in your efforts and enjoy compliments.

So will yours be a gym challenge, losing weight, or a new hobby? Or with the money pressures everyone is feeling it could be earning a second income. Whatever it is have a happy healthy and prosperous New Year.

An easy to read little book full of tips and quotes to increase your confidence:

“How to be Confident” by Anna Barnes

Source by Anne O’Dwyer

TAO Restaurant at The Body Holiday Le Sport, St Lucia

Barbados lies approximately 100 miles east of the Windward Island chain that runs from St Martin to Trinidad and Tobago. This close proximity to neighboring islands affords an ideal opportunity to experience a different flavor of paradise in less than a 30 minute plane ride. We recently visited the lush and verdant island of St Lucia, opting for a "BodyHoliday" at the Le Sport resort located on the island's northern tip of Gros Islet.

Le Sport is an all-inclusive property but don't let that all-you-can-eat stereotype give you the wrong impression: it is an experience you'll remember for the world class cuisine, highly trained and efficient staff, and its revitalizing spa, Oasis. There is a choice of three restaurants at Le Sport, all under the watchful eye of the accomplished and highly organized Executive Chef Daniel Echasseriau. There is a beachfront Deli, offering delicious salads, sandwiches, and light fare. The Cariblue is the main dining area of ​​the resort, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Emphasizing the abundance of fresh local fruits, vegetables, and seafood available in St. Lucia, Cariblue's innovative and authentic ethnic fusion in an overwhelming amount of well presented buffet selections is an Epicurean's delight. The efficiency and quick smiles of the highly trained staff is on par with any resort in the Caribbean.

But it is Tao, Le Sport's signature restaurant that deserves the highest praise. Recently awarded the AAA Diamond rating, the prestigious distinction awarded to restaurants that meet rigorous quality standards of service, décor, ambiance, and cutting edge cuisine, Tao is truly a world class restaurant. Tao creates a gastronomic feng shui of absolutely delicious food art from fresh local ingredients with a Pacific rim preparation. Trilogy of Scallop, a mouth watering ménage of citrus scallop ceviche, grilled scallop on filo pastry, and scallop skewers spiked with sake Teriyaki sauce was brilliantly crafted. "The Sultan Fainted" brings a salad of cumin flavored roasted eggplant and tomato with a goat cheese fondant and black olive tapenade. The freshness of the ingredients the subtle layer after layer of flavor will indeed makes one's knees weaker. All of the starters are luxurious sculpted presentations fashioned with an obsession for perfection.

Entrees take on a whole new dynamic of food nirvana as the meat ying of menu items such as fragrant Tamarind Lamb with Taro dauphinoise, Miso Pork tenderloin, Supreme of Duck with whispers of truffle oil meet the seafood yang of Olive Oil poached Mahi Mahi, Medallion of Yellow fin tuna to the sublime Seafood Tajine.

Executive Chef Daniel Echasseriau's European training and traveled palate is the driving force behind the wildly imaginative menu creations. Restaurant Proprietor Jesse Joseph presides over the dining room, gracefully moving from table to table, and leads its outstanding team of first class servers, who are informative and eager to please.

Reservations are an absolute must for Tao, which is open to guests of the property as part of its resort fee as well as to the general public.

Source by Billy O'Dell

Satellite Radio Broadcasting

Satellite radio has a number of broadcasting channels that air commercial-free music. They also are not regulated by the FCC, so their show hosts, like Howard Stern, are able to say pretty much whatever they want. However, the number of different channels that are available to listeners continues to be a key factor in subscriptions for both XM and Sirius.

On Sirius radio, music, sports, news, talk, and entertainment categories are all available. Music stations include genres like pop, dance, and hip-hop. They also offer a variety of stations you may not find in every city, like country, Christian, jazz, classical, and international music.

Along the sports line, each major sport has its own dedicated broadcasting. For example, football fans can enjoy NFL radio, while the same goes for NASCAR, NBA, MBL, and others depending on your satellite radio provider. Other sports shows available include college sports, soccer, horse racing, lacrosse, and more.

When you consider satellite radio channels that are related to news programs, you have a wide variety that includes politics, United States news, international news, financial news, public radio, and religion. Some of the more popular networks like NPR, CNN, the BBC, the Weather Channel, and Fox News are available on one or more of the satellite radio channels.

More popular satellite channels include the talk and entertainment programs, which are available uncensored to listeners. As such, radio personalities like Howard Stern, are able to express themselves freely. Additionally, other popular hosts, like Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters, and Oprah can also be found on various channels.

Although there are some satellite channels that are available on both XM and Sirius, there are others that offer exclusive programming. Generally, it is the exclusive programs that are provided through each network that makes a listener choose one over the other. However, there are some listeners that subscribe to both providers so that they can gain access to all available channels.

In the near future, the merger between XM and Sirius will allow listeners to get the best of both networks. While each one uses different equipment and signals to broadcast their information, the merger will most likely create a type of converter, as well as a new system, that will allow listeners easier access to their favorite programs.

Until then, the only option available is to pick on type of satellite radio channels over the other provider or choose to subscribe to both. Most people pick the one that interests them the most, purchase the receiver, and start enjoying their new satellite radio.

Source by Bob Maines

Betting On Horse Racing Using A Dutching Calculator

The core of any punter’s arsenal is the dutching calculator, which is indeed a very influential tool. Dutching (as reputedly named after Al Capone’s accountant who liked to use this method to back horses) is an excellent way of wagering more than one horse in a race such that if either of them win then the return is the same no matter who wins.

Dutching techniques are used when one analyses a race to find two, or more, powerful horses in the race. One then has a variety of options. The first, and simplest, is to leave the race alone. The next is to try to work out which amongst these candidates is the one to back or, thirdly, one can ‘Dutch’ them up that if any of these horses win then a profit can be made. This is where the dutching calculator comes into play.

Dutching is the process used to back more than one horse in a race and by mathematically placing the correct bet on each horse so that whichever horse wins the same amount of money is returned assuming, of course, that one of the backed horses actually does win.

Dutching calculator is a very powerful betting device and is reputedly named after Al Capone’s accountant who used this to great effect when backing horses. This calculator for dutching tells you how much to stake on each selection to ensure an equal profit no matter which one wins. Simply enter the price for each of your fancied selections in decimal format and your maximum total stake below.

In particular, this dutching calculator allows one to bet with a preset stake or to get educated how much one should wager to return a fixed profit, it at all possible. In addition this calculator for dutching allows the user to enter either the traditional fractional odds or the ‘American’ decimal odds as used on the betting exchanges.

Enter in the Stake box the figure that you wish to stake in total or enter in the Profit box the revenue you are looking to make with a successful Dutch. Then add in each of the boxes place the odds of the horses which you wish to back.

This Dutching calculator, despite its simple interface, has a variety of features. First, the prices can be entered to either the decimal format (as seen on the exchanges) or in partial format (as used by bookmakers). If the price entered has a ‘/’ (e.g. 100/30) then the Decimal format is unspecified.

Second, with calculator for dutching, one the user can select the answer required. The user can choose between the “I have a £100 to place on this race, how do I divide it up?” option and the “I would like to win £100 on this race.

Third, it figures out the revenue (on a successful bet, of course) and the ROI% (Return on Investment) so that the user can work out if this Dutching bet is will be profitable, as no one wants a negative profit, and worth the risk.

In big fields, no matter what the sport, more often than not, you’ll fancy more than two probabilities. Rather than pick one and kick yourself when the one you neglected compels, it’s rational to ‘Dutch’ and back them all – and you can get surprisingly first class returns as long as the prices are big enough. With the use of dutching calculator, all of these possibilities can turn into a reality.

Source by John H. Anthony

Sports Psychology And Baseball: How To Be A Mentally Tough Pitcher

This year baseball playoffs and the World Series are approaching rapidly. As always, pitching will play a key role in determining which teams will do well in post season play.

Pitchers who can perform well at this crucial time of the year require a special kind of physical toughness and mental toughness.

Where physical toughness is concerned, pitchers who play well at the end of the year need to have energy and strength to continue to pitch well after spring training and after a one hundred and sixty two game regular season schedule.

Where mental toughness is concerned, the best pitchers know how to remain relaxed, confident and focused when the pitch in these tense, post season games. They benefit from having control over their range of pitches. They also benefit from being able to get ahead of hitters and from knowing hitters strengths and weaknesses. Previous playoff experience also seems to help pitchers to adjust to the special kind of pressure that is a part of championship baseball.

But, how do pitchers develop mental toughness?

Some pitchers use traditional sport psychology techniques like relaxation training, meditation, self-hypnosis, visualization, guided imagery and pre-pitch routines in order to perform to their fullest potential on the mound. I teach these kinds of techniques to pitchers all the time.

A recent study by my colleague, Anthony Cinelli at Boston University, sheds some interesting insight into how pitchers develop mental toughness.

Mr. Cinelli, who pitched in college and who has studied the psychology of pitching, approached me several months ago because he wanted to collaborate with me on some research about mental toughness, choking and staying in the zone.

We decided to interview pitchers about these issues.

Interestingly, ten of the nineteen college pitchers who were interviewed, stated that their father played an essential role in their development of mental toughness. That is,
fifty two percent of these pitchers attributed the early learning of mental toughness to contact with and coaching from their dads.

Many young baseball players are first introduced to this sport by their fathers. So, their dad t is often their first coach. Therefore, fathers often play a crucial role in how an a pitcher develops physically and mentally.

Some of the pitchers interviewed also attributed the learning of mental toughness was function of watching their fathers behavior in their careers and in their businesses.

Apparently, the young pitchers started to model some of the behaviors, attitudes and actions that were demonstrated by their fathers in the world of work. In short, they took what they observed their dad's doing in their lives and brought some of these attitudes and behaviors to the baseball field.

Others pitchers stated that fathers taught them valuable lessons about being accountable, taking responsibility and learning to accept good and bad performances.

While this study has a small sample, it does seem to reinforce the importance that early learning, relationships between parents and kids and early coaching can have on the development of mental toughness among pitchers.

Source by Jay P. Granat, Ph.D.

Book Review: The Downhill Lie by Carl Hiaasen

The Downhill Lie is my introduction to the writing of Carl Hiassen. My beautiful and much more informed schoolteacher wife is already familiar with his writing through his Newberry Award winning novel, Hoot.

Like many middle-aged dreamers, hoping that reading how to do something rather than actually doing it might give me that illusive ‘onenness with the golf universe’, I was browsing the sports section in a local bookstore and came across this seductive chronicle of a man in his fifties returning to golf.

This intriguing question hooked me: “What possesses a man to return in midlife to a game at which he’d never excelled in his prime, and which in fact had dealt him mostly failure, angst and exasperation?” There was an immediate connection that drew me inexorably into Carl Hiassen’s universe.

What is it about the game of golf that would entice me to leave a perfectly comfortable recliner, well-stocked refrigerator and climate controlled man cave to face the challenges of a hot, bug infested golf course that is impeccably groomed and perfectly designed to increase my risk of heart attack, stroke and pre-meditated assault?

Once again, I identified with Hiassen when he writes: “Unfortunately, the single most important fact about golf is as calming as a digital prostate exam: It’s hard…

When I decided to reconnect with the game, I had no illusions about getting really good at it. I just wanted to be better at something in middle age than I was when I was young”

Hiassen chronicles his 577 day foray into his return to the world of golfing beginning with his purchase of clubs: “After a few minutes of puzzled meandering, I confess that I have no idea what kind of clubs to buy.

My plan though is to start cheap. Minimizing the investment in golf gear should make it easier not to take the game so seriously, and if necessary, allow for an honorable retreat.”

His return to golf takes the reader on a laugh out load ride that concludes with a 45-hole tournament which he describes as: “No lighthearted romp for a reclusive, neurotic, doubt-plagued duffer”. His golfing partner dismissed it as “A couple of bad nines, that’s all” Which Hiassen comments, is like saying, “Don’t let an iceberg or two spoil the whole cruise.”

Hiassen summarizes the enticement of golf in his entry of ‘day 577’ after the tournament is over. He is watching his son Quinn:

“But today is a dazzling march morning, breezy and cloudless, and despite the fresh wounds from the tournament, it feels all right to be standing in the sun on the practice range, just watching.

For a second, I’m a kid again… and I can recall exactly how fantastic it felt to pound one, really crush it, then peek back to catch the look on my Dad’s face.”

My biggest complaint about The Downhill Lie is that I really do have better things to do but none of them as fun as reading this book.

Source by Steve McMurray

What Does Golf Driver Loft Mean?

Part of learning how to be a good golfer is learning the terminology involved with the sport.Golf driver loft is a term that many beginning golfers have heard but they have no idea what it means. The definition of loft pertains particularly to hitting the ball off of the tee. The loft is the angle the club face is in that helps to control distance ad trajectory. From what we know about golf engineering, a clubs loft is what decides the first shot trajectory once the ball is hit. Measuring the loft is easy to do. You simply measure the angle that is formed between the club face and a vertical line when your club is in the address position.

What Is The Typical Golf Driver Loft?

The typical driver has a loft between 7 to 12 degrees and golfers that are more seasoned usually use drivers with lower lofts. (10 degrees of less) This is because low loft clubs require that more skill is used to get optimal distance and loft. Beginning golfers tend to use drivers that are closer to 12 degrees because they are better outfitted to give more loft by themselves. Though experienced players tend to make use of low loft drivers, it has become more common for professionals to opt for drivers with a higher loft. The reason they cite for this decision is that they make longer drives due to the high launching angle combined with a spin that is lower. This is what a higher golf driver loft can do for you.

How To Determine What Golf Driver Loft Is Right For You

Determining what golf driver loft is right for you can be tricky but there are tips to follow to ensure you choose the best one. The first step is to evaluate the speed that you swing the driver. This can be done two ways. You can go to a golf shop and use a pro measuring device or you can make the estimate on your own. To do this you must figure out what club you would use for a shot of 150 yards. If what you use is a 7 iron then your usual speed will be about 100 mph, a 6 iron will give you about 90 mph and an 8 iron will give you about 110 mph. Next, choose the loft that is based on the club speed you assessed. If you find that it is between the range of 95 to 105 you want to use a club with an 11 degree loft. If it is from 105 to 115 the loft should be a 7, 8 or 9. For those below 85, use a loft between 14 and 20 degrees for the golf driver loft. For those who are above 130, use a loft that is between 4 to 7 degrees.

Practice Your Golf Driver Loft

Once you have your head speed under control you should compare how the golf driver loft fits the speed of your clubs head and practice. You may feel just a little bit of a change or you may feel a major change. Just make sure that the torque and stiffness of the shaft are the same for the comparison to make sure that you are comparing the drivers properly.

Source by Nancy Ambrosio

SJCAM SJ7, The True 4K Action Camera

How do you choose the sport cameras? For me, I will select the compact and portable body design with high-resolution. At this article, I will tell something about a new product SJCAM SJ7 action camera, which features 4K shooting. Besides, it has the waterproof ability.

SJCAM SJ7 Specifications:

Brand: SJCAM

Model: SJ7 STAR

Type: Sport Camera

Chipset: Ambarella A12S75

Screen: 2.0inch LCD Touch Screen

Decode Format: H.264

Video format: MP4

Video Resolution: 1080P (120fps),1080P(30fps),1080P(60fps),1440P (2560 x 1440),1440P (30fps),

1440P (60fps),2.5K (30fps),2.5K (60fps),2.7K (30fps),2160P (2880 x 2160),4K (25fps),4K (30fps), 720P (120fps), 720P (30fps),720P (60fps),960P (120fps),960P (30fps),960P (60fps)

Video Frame Rate: 120fps,25fps,30FPS,60FPS

Image Format: JPEG

Audio System: Built-in microphone/speaker (AAC)

Wide Angle: 166 degree wide-angle lens

Max External Card Supported: TF 64G (not included)

Power: 1000mAh Removable battery With 110 minutes Working Time

Frequency: 50Hz,60Hz

Functions: WiFi, Loop-cycle Recording, Motion Detection, Remote Control

Dimensions: 5.90 x 4.10 x 2.11 cm / 2.32 x 1.61 x 0.83 inches

Weight: About 80g

Compact and Portable Alloy Aluminum Body Design

SJCAM SJ7 has a dimension of 5.90 x 4.10 x 2.11 cm with a brand-new alloy aluminum body. Comes with a waterproof housing that it can be used to take photos under the water. It has a simple design so that it is easy operation. With the 2-inch LCD screen, you can preview the shooting videos and images. Most importantly, this touch screen allows you to use it by only a tap of you fingertip. It has three color options, including the black, golden rose and the silver.

World Class Leading Ambarella MPU

This camera adopts an outstanding world-class Ambarella A12S75 chipset to enhance omnidirectional performance. By increasing dynamic contrast, it is able to provide separation brightness and darkness. In other words, this MPU will offer ultra sharpness images. And it comes with Sony IMX117 CMOS.

4K Ultra High-Definition Photography

The highlight of SJCAM SJ7 is the 4K resolution for shooting ultra HD images and videos. This high-end configuration allows you to make a professional cinema quality clip to capture your every single wonderful moment.

Moreover, it supports 166-degree wide angles shooting. With a wider viewing perspective, it provides the better and unique visual impact. And it also supports remote control, which allows you to view, photography and film effortlessly.


SJCAM SJ7 is an excellent sport camera, which features 4K high-definition shooting, waterproof and compact and portable body. If you like outdoor photography, you can have a try!

Source by Lucy Yang

BMW M1 First M-Series Model

The BMW M1 model is the first M-Series model produced by BMW, during the period 1978 to 1981. The model is a two door coupe sports car designed with the rear mid-engine layout and it is offered in rear wheel drive. The BMW M1 model is designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro.

The BMW M1 model is a sports car manufactured by German automobile producer, BMW. This model was produced as a joint venture between Lamborghini and BMW and it is the only mid-engined model to be mass produced by BMW. The initial model was powered by a 3.5 liter twin-cam M88 6-cylinder gasoline engine with mechanical fuel injection. The same model was also used in the BMW 745i version. The engine had four valves per cylinder, and six separate throttle butterflies. The powerful engine produced power up to 204 kilo watts and the model has the capacity to achieve top speed of 260 kilo meters per hour. The turbocharged versions of M1 produced up to 634 kilo watts of power.

The two-seater and two door fastback coupe model, BMW M1 were produced 450 vehicles in total, out of which 400 were road versions, while the other models were race cars.

As far as the dimensions of the model are concerned, it has the wheel base of 2560 mm. The length, width and the height of the car are 4346 mm, 1823 mm and 1140 mm respectively. The sports model has ground clearance of 124 mm and the curb weight of the car is around 1361 kilo grams.

Source by Geof Ryan

Judo In The 1950s At Cotham Grammar School, Bristol

Judo at Cotham was the creation of Jerry Hicks, the art master. It was the first school Judo club in the city and one of the first in England. At 27, Jerry Hicks was every schoolboy’s idea of a Greek god, tall, handsome, perfectly proportioned and at the peak of fitness. It was not surprising that, once started, Judo became a popular activity and boys could be seen practicing in the Upper Hall during the lunch break, every day of the week.

Jerry Hicks was only the second man in Bristol to be awarded a blue belt at Judo. The first, Bob Taylor, had been shot dead when he chased bank robbers on Blackboy Hill near Durham Downs, and was remembered with an annual trophy contest in his name. So Jerry became the first man in Bristol to win brown and black belts, and before the decade was out, he had been promoted to 2nd dan. The boys practiced hard, they all wanted to be like Jerry. They couldn’t imagine anyone being able to defeat their idol, but he arranged for them a solid dose of reality.

The ‘Father of British Judo’ was Gunji Koizumi, a Japanese expert who first came to Britain in 1906 and founded the first Judo club in the country, the Budokwai, in London, in 1918. Koizumi was a legend in the sport who at that time had advanced to 6th dan black belt, a grade unimaginable for any European. When Jerry Hicks invited him to visit Cotham Grammar School, the boys couldn’t believe their good fortune.

The venerable oriental guru couldn’t have contrasted more with their local idol. Beside Jerry Hicks, Gunji Koizumi, at the age of about 70, looked like a little frail old gentleman. He conducted a class and put the boys through standard exercises, adding words of advice and encouragement as appropriate. Then came the time for randori, or free practice, in which pairs of judoka engaged in friendly competition. Gunji stood watching the class with Jerry by his side. Then Jerry plucked up the courage to ask the great man to practice with him. At this, the mat cleared to give room to the seniors. The old man smiled shyly, ‘I don’t know if I’m any good,’ he said.

There couldn’t have been a more unequal contest. Jerry tugged and heaved with all his great strength but Koizumi reacted like a heavily-loaded trolley. However hard he was pushed or pulled he moved only smoothly and partially in that direction, maintaining perfect balance. The boys began to wonder if they would see any other action. Then with a swift fluid movement Jerry hit the mat with a resounding break-fall, and proceeded to practice his break-falls for the next few minutes, until with a formal bow the two men gave the mat back to the boys. Judo at Cotham and in Bristol had been shown where it stood on a global scale.

Source by John Powell