Shalane Flanagan wins women’s New York City Marathon

Shalane Flanagan wins women’s New York City Marathon

winning the professional women’s division at the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports DERIK HAMILTON
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Last Updated Nov 5, 2017 12:50 PM EST

NEW YORK – Shalane Flanagan pulled away from Mary Keitany on Sunday to become the first American to win the women’s New York City Marathon since 1977.

Keitany had won three straight New York marathons, but Flanagan pulled away from the Kenyan great with about three miles to go. Flanagan finished with an unofficial time of 2 hours, 26 minutes, 53 seconds – about a minute faster than Keitany.

The American cried and yelled as she approached the finish line alone.

The last American woman to win New York was Miki Gorman, who won consecutive titles in 1976-77.

Flanagan finished second in New York in her first marathon in 2010 but had not run this race since. After a fracture in her lower back kept her out of the Boston Marathon, Flanagan trained hard for New York with an eye on Keitany.

Shalane Flanagan crosses the finish line first in the women’s division of the New York City Marathon in New York, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. SETH WENIG / AP
Flanagan called Keitany “the alpha racer” and said she was ready to “suffer dearly” while keeping up with the unpredictable Kenyan. Flanagan had said she may retire if she won New York.

More than 50,000 runners from across the globe pushed themselves to the limit to traverse each of the five boroughs over a whopping 26 miles and change, CBS New York reports.

The day was dedicated to the spirit and pride, and was marked by the presence of the police. 2.5 million spectators cheering them on along the city-spanning route.

The enhanced security was in response to the truck attack in lower Manhattan on Halloween. Eight people were killed when terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov sped down the popular bike path near the West Side Highway, mowing down innocent cyclists and pedestrians.

Understanding Aviation Maintenance Repair and Overhaul

Understanding Aviation Maintenance Repair and Overhaul

The aviation industry is growing at a substantial rate, which certainly is good news for stakeholders, from passengers and airport sponsors to institutional investors and aviation service providers. Of course, the industry runs on services in many different segments, and one of the major services provided is MRO, or Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul. In this post, we will describe the kind of work that these service providers offer with regards to aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul management, and why this sector matters for operational success. The need for MRO services Regardless of the location, facilities and other services offered at an airport, the aviation industry depends on one major aspect – operational aircraft. Aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul management is all about aircraft servicing and management. Commercial airlines and private operators prefer to delegate maintenance tasks to specialized companies offering aviation maintenance. These companies have the necessary operational expertise and experience and also have a great depth of capabilities through their training, tooling and authorizations. These services are critical as projecting and managing maintenance schedules will determine whether aircraft will be operational and available to meet their mission requirements. With today’s increasing demand, MRO service providers are pertinent, necessary, and extremely relevant to keep aircraft and their passengers moving on schedule. What do MRO management services offer? As MRO service providers grow, the need for professional management increases as well. In most cases, maintenance and repair work is dependent upon a number of different requirements and regulations, and the nature of contracts with end users varies considerably. Owners and operators are focused on cost control, quality, and minimizing the downtime of their assets. They also seek to source more services from single source providers, e.g. MOR companies with a breadth of capabilities and authorizations which allows for more services to be provided during a single maintenance event. Demand for aviation MRO services is driven by mandatory maintenance, which occur on fixed flight hour, time-based or activity based intervals. The combination of an aging fleet coupled with increasing utilization underpins the increasing demand forecast for the next 5-10 years. The need for aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul management will continue to increase, and as aircraft utilization continues to grow the need for such services will become more prominent in years to come. Consequently, it is important to choose a company that has the necessary experience and expertise for your particular maintenance requirements to meet your mission profile and keep your aircraft and passengers moving.

Guide to Three Valleys: Our Favorite Ski Resort

Guide to Three Valleys: Our Favorite Ski Resort

Three Valleys is one of the best ski destinations in the world. Properly named, the region includes three valleys on the Tarentaise, which hosts eight individual resorts. With over 200 lifts and about 600km pistes to explore, Three Valleys is popular among visitors from around the world. Whether you are a novice skier or a sensation seeker, this resort has something for you. But with so many amazing resorts to choose from, how do you make a decision about where to spend your winter break?
Méribel

Méribel resort is divided into two parts. The beautiful and traditional village of Méribel is one of the more attractive French resorts, with many self-catering and catered ski huts to choose from. Higher above the valley, Méribel-Mottaret offers more ski-in skiing comforts to its inhabitants, but with aesthetic cost. Wherever you live, however, Méribel really offers something for everyone. The resort has a large selection of green, blue and red lines, with fantastic access to the rest of Three Valleys. Guide to Three Valleys: Our Favorite Ski Resort

La Tania

La Tania has a good reputation as a family resort that offers good value for money. The self-service and catered ski lodge at the base of the slope is perfect for those who do not want to carry heavy exercise equipment. Above the village, the trees provide a wonderful atmosphere for beginners to face easy green runs. Views of après in La Tania are limited, but Pub Le Ski Lodge regularly hosts live bands and offers happy hour daily.

St. Martin de Belleville

This small village exudes a relaxed and pleasant alpine atmosphere. Sitting in the sun loungers down the valley from Les Menuires, St. Martin de Belleville is a traditional mountain resort with bar, restaurant and self-service ski lodge and catered at the bottom of the central runway. Chairlifts provide quick and easy access to Les Menuires and over the ridge to Méribel, so this resort is perfect for middle skiers. If you like partying, you may want to go elsewhere, because après landscape does not exist in this lonely village.

Val Thorens

At 2300m altitude, Val Thorens provides snow-peak conditions throughout the year. Beginners can access free nursery slopes from the village center, with experienced skiers who benefit from a variety of different slopes. The only downside of the resort at this altitude is that there is little shelter in if the weather is badly set. Pistes Val Thorens sits atop a tree line, and a true ski purifier will not fail to appreciate the incredible path it has to offer.

Les Menuires

Unlike the rest of the Three Valleys, visitors to Les Menuires are predominantly French, so staying here will ensure a more authentic French experience. Architecturally it is not the most attractive resort, with concrete apartment blocks dominating the horizon in the village. But the 160 km pistes test will help medium and advanced skiers, who also benefit from easy access to Méribel with the Three Valleys lift lanes. Beginners are not forgotten – there are special nurseries that run to help them hone their skills in peace. Unless the snow is nice, however, they may struggle to find enough blues that are easy to continue.

Wherever You Choose …

Whichever resort you choose in Three Valleys, it is important to choose the type of accommodation that best suits you. Three Valleys has a fantastic selection of self-catering and catered ski lodges, so you can choose the best option to suit your budget and needs. Whatever you choose, a trip to Three Valleys skiing must be a vacation of a lifetime.

Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has helped avid skiers in their perfect winter break for more than a quarter of a century. If you are looking for the best catering accommodation in Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley, Ski Amis is a go-to company for winter sports enthusiasts looking for a lifelong holiday. Guide to Three Valleys: Our Favorite Ski Resort

Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

For avid nature lovers, a small group wildlife cruise in Galapagos affords a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to encounter a wide range of unique animals, including a host of fascinating reptiles.
The local habitat is extremely favourable for reptiles and the original arrivals were more than likely washed up on the shores attached to driftwood or vegetation that came from mainland South America. Because they can subsist on very little water, many more of them would have survived the journey than their mammal compatriots. Over the ensuing millennia, they evolved to adapt to their habitat in many ways – so much so that they are virtually unrecognisable from their ancient ancestors.

 

The Giant Tortoise

Needing little introduction, Giant Tortoises are probably the most sought-after sighting for visitors on a wildlife cruise in Galapagos. While they have no natural predators and were free to live extended lives and evolve to their massive proportions, at one stage human intervention (from pirates and whalers) decimated their numbers. Today, however, they can be observed in their natural habitat (predominantly in the cool, lush highlands of Santa Cruz), and also in the breeding stations on Santa Cruz, Isabela and San Cristobal. True to their name they can grow to weigh up to 250kg.

The Marine Iguana

These remarkably adapted animals are the only sea-going lizard in the world. Their ability to dive for food to depths of 15m sets them apart as a unique endemic species. They’re able to regulate their own body temperature and are quite often seen sunning themselves on the rocky shoreline in order to bring their temperature back to normal after oceanic dives. They can be found throughout the coastal habitat of the archipelago and, like the majority of the wildlife here, are not concerned by the presence of humans.

The Land Iguana

Land Iguanas are larger than their marine counterparts and are not seen as prolifically. They tend to be quite solitary in nature and prefer to forage alone for their food source (vegetation) in a grassy scrubland habitat. Their preferred delicacy is spiky cactus plants, which the hardened, coarse skin around their mouth allows them to devour, spines and all. A new Pink Iguana has recently been discovered on the volcanic slopes of Isabela, although due to the nature of their very small population it’s not possible for visitors to see them.

The Lava Lizard

Lava Lizards can be seen scurrying around everywhere, seemingly always in a hurry to be somewhere else. They subsist on a diet of small insects and grow anywhere up to 30cm in length. The seven endemic sub-species of the lizard all have unique adapted characteristics, depending on where they’re found. Experienced naturalists can tell at a glance from which island they come.

Reptiles Unique to the Region

Some of the other reptiles that might be seen are any of the nine species of geckos and the four sub-species of small, harmless snakes. Most of the reptiles of the region are now considered endemic, which means that those who explore these fascinating islands on a wildlife cruise in Galapagos will see animals that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet.

Baggage in the middle of urban drama

Baggage in the middle of urban drama

The international luggage brand, the new Samsonite showroom in Amsterdam by the i29 interior architect is an intriguing take on the brand’s spatial identity …
Space is a new, recognizable and consistent urban reflection, the natural habitat of a suitcase or bag. Instantly inspiring and attracting diverse social groups and customer ages, the use of ancient symbols intuitively refers to travel and movement. Dynamic spaces resonate with young and fashionable to mature and classical, because effective universal brand communication is ingrained in global collective memory. Baggage in the middle of urban drama

Bold color schemes and black and white graphics communicate strongly, adding the essence of drama and intrigue, though not following a single style. Monochrome also offers a suitable base for any color or material of the products on display.

Angled graphical patterns and objects placed across the diagonal offer a strong sense of direction, as they maintain a dramatic language. Light rails, central floor units and perimeter units, all in a diagonal layout make the room look rotating and offer a touch to the eye. Customers can experience walking through explosive crossings, while multiple viewpoints and contrasting visuals provide surprise and excitement. Customers can explore Samsonite’s premium product line from Polypropylene luggage along an attractive curved wall, featuring multiple facets, when viewed from a variety of positions. Alternatively, one can walk through a series of open and closed display units, offering a dynamic view. Each structure represents the Samsonite sub-brand, each with its own presentation, but is part of the whole.

In addition, customers can discuss and negotiate in a sleek glass conference room, with minimal and elegant furniture that fits the store’s design philosophy. Baggage in the middle of urban drama

With a natural urban habitat for suitcases, bags and travel products, and a truly unique experience for customers

Frustrated and struggling to make money online – trying one failed


There is currently a massive influx of people coming to the internet in search of financial hope. The offline world is not providing for the needs that so many of us have come to rely on over the past number of years. This is how things done; we got a job, worked, paid our bills and lived happily ever after! In the past three to four years is offline haven for employment and financial stability has dried up so to speak and individuals all over the world are looking for ways to fill that gap. The internet is now the place that everybody wants to have access to, global opportunities and instant payments and communications.

Making money online has become so popular we wonder now how we did not see this opportunity sooner. Individuals are bombarded with financial burden and obligations to entities outside of themselves. In order to keep homes, cars and a reasonable comfortable living, people are searching for good money. There are however associated problems with this. Due to the massive influx of people from the offline world to online entrepreneurship, thousands of thousands of opportunities appear everywhere. Which one do we chose? How can we determine that our hard earned money is safe?

There are so many programs out there that people are coming across. Including: Affiliate Marketing of other peoples products or services, HYIPS, cyclers, MLM biz, One-up programs, Cash Gifting, Betting programs and many more. Recent surveys conducted by independent marketers reveal that the majority of people do not even break even with many opportunities they join. This huge failure rate and advertisement rich environment can be overwhelming for many genuine people looking to make ends meet.

One particular company that’s taking the Internet by storm is a business called Profit Clicking. This truly innovative company has been paying members since 2010 and membership is growing to record levels every day. Profit Clicking puts the individual first and combines both short term and long term earnings for participating members. Composed of two programs covering the best of Web Traffic Service and Auto-Pilot earnings. This company offers realistic life changing products and income that you can count on. Also, from product purchases combined with an excellent referral system, Profit Clicking is becoming the program that members are relying on to pay off debts, save their homes and resurrect many broken relationships tarnished from financial stress.

This program is about hope, possibility, reliability and life changing events! You owe it to you and your family to check it out. Profit Clicking is so full of assurance and commitment to its members, that it rewards members just for signing up by giving them free cash to check out the program and see how it operates. Members are also a free product. End your struggle now and take the pressure off. Profit Clicking is real, here for you and ready to deliver!

10 Tinder Pickup Lines Guaranteed to Get Reply

10 Tinder Pickup Lines Guaranteed to Get Reply

Dating in the modern world is fast paced. People work long hours, and no one has time to explore the bar scene.

That’s why more and more people are turning to apps like Tinder to get the job done, and boy does Tinder ever succeed.

Tinder users average 26 million matches per day and 1.4 billion friction. Talk about dating activities.

There is no lack of liveliness, so how do you begin to blackmail a match? With the best picker path of course.

We improve your Tinder game by bringing you our 10 Tinder pickups that are guaranteed to get answers.

Row # 1
“I just saw the best transvestites ever.”

Start very strong here with line number one. If you hit him (or him) with this one you might as well start driving to their house.

If you are confused, tell us why. We’re sure you really want to ask, what’s sexy?

Row # 2
“What’s the difference between me and the couch?”

Use this one sparingly, because you can be with him or run to the hill.

When she could not help asking, “What,” hit her with this gem. My couch pulled out.

Row # 3
“Want to come to my place and watch porn in my flatscreen mirror?”

This line is the same as pure gold. Seriously, whoever first spits him needs a medal or something.

Not only is it directly to the point, but the other person is a guaranteed laughter. And uh, the mirror is pretty cool.

Row # 4
“You think I can help? I forgot my account password and the instructions keep telling me that the phone number is here.can you help me?”

Our first line that did not lead directly to the bedroom. This one lets you stay relaxed while still scoring.

Plus, it’s very unlucky.

Row # 5
“Are not we connected?”

Well, you probably will not get his phone number, but you will definitely get a response.

What we say, follow up their response with “I’m sure you almost made me pregnant,” and anything can happen.

Or maybe you’ve connected and twisted two cards.

Row # 6
“You look like my mother.”

This one is, uh, the other who will start the conversation. Oh, he will respond to this. Who is not curious?

You should follow this one with something quite smooth.

Row # 7
“Want to level up and watch the Game of Thrones?”

This line is quite clear. If they do not want to be tall or watch the Game of Thrones, can you really trust that person?

We say no. Although we thought you could lose weeds if you did not live in a place like Colorado.

Row # 8
“I have a crush on you for 2 hours.”

All right, so sometimes you have to lead with something normal. No surprises here, but they’ll find it funny and to the point.

Row # 9
“Treat me like a pirate and give the booty.”

We do not think this line needs explanation. You are chasing the booty, “said nuff. Whoever hears it will feel pretty good about their own booty.

Row # 10
“Hey, are you fertile?”

Questions like that always create interest. When they say, “What,” they press with “Oh, I just need a baby to get my inheritance.”

Introduce Students to the Most Beautiful Places on Earth

Introduce Students to the Most Beautiful Places on Earth

For children of all ages, the opportunity to enter the fantasy world filled with the fun of the “happiest places on earth” is fascinating. The Disneyland® Paris school trip offers a hard-to-match experience of fun, but for teachers charged with the organization, it can be influenced by the logistical challenges of a passionate 30 youngsters at one of the busiest amusement parks in the world. Introduce Students to the Most Beautiful Places on Earth
Make Most of the magic moments

As one of the most visited tourist parks on the planet, this is not just a matter of counting the heads of students, transporting them across the Straits and directing them toward attractions. Disneyland® Paris school trips require planning and thought when things go well and every member of the group has time in their lives.

Understand the Group as Individual

Along with the standard information collected on the consent form, understanding the child as an individual is very important. This includes not only medical data on epilepsy, asthma or motion sickness, but also causes problems such as fear of darkness or altitude, and vertigo. With this knowledge, it is easier to identify rides or attractions that do not fit. Introduce Students to the Most Beautiful Places on Earth

Planning is Paramount

One of the most valuable tools for those responsible for planning schedules is the interactive map, which can be downloaded from Park’s website. Its functionality allows the bird’s eye view from the layout to determine the location of the facility, and filters to narrow the attractions of age and interests accordingly to save time.

Know the layout

Understanding the basic thematic layout of the Park is very important. Each of the five areas has unique nuances, and how long is allocated to each will depend entirely on the needs and desires of the group.

• Main Street: The first meeting through a revolving door takes visitors and drops them straight to the United States of the nineteenth century. This is where the Disney Magic parade takes place and that is also the point of departure of the steam train.

• Frontierland: Wild West lives in Frontierland; from a trip of Thunder Mountain that stops by heart, to the gentle sensation of paddling around a large man-made lake.

• Adventureland: Is there a living child who is not fascinated by stories of pirates and adventurers in and off the high shore? Adventureland wait!

• Fantasyland: For the younger group, the miracle of the Princess Bedroom is the beginning of all these fantasy fantasies.

• Discoveryland: As for older pupils, discovering the world of lasers and futuristic space travels is exciting and even thrilling!

Visiting Walt Disney Studios® Park is another highlight for the group. It houses not only for the many cinematographic and animation technologies that are fascinating, but also for the fastest and most thrilling ride in the National Park: Rock-n-Roller Coaster.

The perfect accommodation is Vital

When children are involved, choosing the right accommodation is essential. Important points to look for are accessibility to this site (with a free shuttle bus to take the kids to and from the Park), and interesting themes to ensure the magic survives even after the end of the day.

There are several more popular visits than the Disneyland® Paris school trip. Committing to an early-focused action plan within the organization will ensure that the experience is the same as teacher fulfillment as well. Introduce Students to the Most Beautiful Places on Earth

John Gardiner is Managing Director of The School Travel Company, a tour operator specializing in Disneyland Paris school trips and educational tours for school and youth groups to England, Europe and beyond. As a father and avid traveler, John is keen to provide students with a valuable and exciting learning experience outside the classroom. By sharing expert advice with teachers, he allows them to inspire their students and continue their studies into life. Introduce Students to the Most Beautiful Places on Earth

Eco Eco Hotel for Green Globetrotting

Eco Eco Hotel for Green Globetrotting

One of the worst things on the road is the huge carbon footprint you collect while playing globetrotting. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help neutralize your environmental impact and improve your feelings. Spread across the world is a resort that has enormous environmental and social impact. They use water wisely and provide educational programs to people in the local community, and you can help them out by staying there.
Most of the wandering souls are a passion for the world we live in, and living in a place that helps keep this world is a great way to help preserve and protect our planet. Not even a super hippy! This eco option is very luxurious and environmentally friendly. Eco Eco Hotel for Green Globetrotting

Hoshinoya Karuizawa, Japan

A small pavilion-style building with large windows lies on a winding river bank, surrounded by ancient eastern trees. Here’s what you’ll find if you choose to live in this eco resort, where stylish and eco-friendly features of real substance coexist harmoniously. The river itself provides most of the power to this resort, and water rejuvenation is also used in the various revitalizing and relaxation treatments offered to guests staying here. Eco Eco Hotel for Green Globetrotting

Finca Rosa Blanca Inn, Costa Rica. Some photos provided by VFM Leonardo

Be aware that this ethical, carbon-neutral and sustainable resort is also involved in educational projects for local communities and employing only local staff. For the first robbery to an eco hotel, you can not do better than this level of authentic responsibility. Costa Rica enjoys very rich local flora and fauna, and you can easily live a little cliche just by leaving footprints, and just taking photos … but with a factor that feels good to be gained from staying here, who cares about the fun of cliches ?

Whitepod, Le Valais, Switzerland

How about trying spot glamping? This smartly designed white pod fruits are specially made to blend in with the surrounding snowy hills in the winter, and in the summer months, glow is dark green forest. This eco-friendly option buys local products, carefully manages their energy and water consumption, and expects its guests to come in responsibly: means on foot. You will find your inn at the end of a beautiful Alpine walk, and this is part of the eco experience.

Before you go

Whether you achieve one or all of these amazing and ethical goals, you need the appropriate travel insurance. Some insurance companies offer annual multi-trip travel insurance that will keep you covered in all your globetrotting green baskets this year. Check that your insurance company has a customizable option so you can make sure you are protected for your travel purpose. You will enjoy peace of mind while traveling knowing that your person is protected from the environment you are visiting.

Ethan Bailey is an experienced adventure traveler and insurance expert with Let’s Go Insure team. Ethan’s spirit is to inspire his clients to go further, deeper and higher on their journey and his expertise in providing ideal insurance allows them to do just that. If you’re looking for the best multi-trip annual travel insurance Let’s Go works with the most experienced underwriters, intermediaries and insurers. Eco Eco Hotel for Green Globetrotting

Small Business Bank – How Specialized Banking Works for You


If you’re opening a small business, you need a small business bank, pure and simple. Using your regular bank account you can come with. No matter who you choose as a host for your banking needs, you always need to open a new account for a business. Never use your personal bank account as this can make it next to impossible to discern your business income and expenses from more personal sources. Always choose a new account, and look for a special bank whenever possible. The right bank will have a deep understanding of your business needs.

One of the most important features of a small business bank is an assortment of affordable banking solutions. Money is usually tight when you’re starting out. You do not want to have a high minimum amount on your account that you can not possibly sustain. If you need to make a money withdrawal for business purposes, you should know that you can do so without jeopardizing your bank account. It is also important that you can make deposits and withdrawals without a lot of fees. The right business bank will work with you so that you can maximize your profits early on.

Small businesses today are much different than what they are in the past. A mom and pop shop used to be a brick and mortar store with an easily-defined address and actual location. Today, many businesses are run online. You could be running your business from locations all over the country, or all over the globe. You can not always work with the bank down the street. You need a small business bank that will go with you everywhere you happen to be. Online banking, mobile banking, and more are essential for a business banking account. You do not want to be tied down to one location, and with the right account you will not be.

When you’re getting ready to open a new banking account for your business, it’s important to take the time to do your research. Look into a variety of banking opportunities to find the small business bank that’s right for you. When you look at other offers, you’re sure to notice where the best deal really lies. It’s important to understand what’s out there so you do not get sucked into the first well-worded advertisement you see. Compare your options and look for a small business banking account.