May 06, 2015

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Just got back from our second Spring Break at the Cove. It is just a lovely little spot. Nothing thawed during 6 hours of travel and it saved us a bundle. If you need to shop, go to the Gourmet Gallery in Havensight. The villas are grand! Large, well appointed, two balconies, full kitchen, just gorgeous. Then, there are fewer than 200 rooms, which gives it a comfy intimate feel. The pool seems small but doesn't get very crowded. We felt thoroughly comfortable with the stores recommended and waving the famous "pink map" gave us even more discounts and better service. We treated the promos as a scavenger hunt for my 8 year old, and she's come home with a lovely set of charms on a silver necklace free! If you go to Marriott, don't miss Caroline's ShopTalk presentation!We didn't rent a car and didn't miss it. And figured we spent less than a rental. We especially love the little ferry that Marriott runs into Charlotte Amalie a great and fun way to get downtown no traffic, great views of the cruise ships, and a boat ride. Good sauna, steam and changing areas. Food prices on site are steep but the portions and quality we found to be excellent. Thomas. The location was ideal. The resort had everything we needed and then some. We were able to purchase everything we wanted for the unit. Having a rental car is a must have. We were very pleasantly surprized. We found that the dining out prices to be fairly expensive. We took advantage of the barbeque and had a great steak dinner in!Do take the ferry across to St. Absolutely beautiful and the snorkeling was wonderful.

Before we booked this trip we read all the reviews on tripadvisor so we were evaluating things as soon as we arrived. First off I recommend renting a car for two reasons, first you can go anywhere you want at any time you want and second, the taxis are expensive. We rented a minivan from Budget. replica louboutin The Budget rep provided us with a brand new vehicle and she also provided us with a hint, since we arrived around noon many new vehicles were still available. She did say that the later the day gets the less choices you have for vehicles. Therefore when booking your flights plan to arrive early so you can get the vehicle you expect if you are going to rent (at least with Budget anyway). The rental pickup was very smooth and quick. We made the trip from the airport to the resort without a problem although the road signage can be lacking in places so you have to pay attention and a "detailed" map definitely helps. We arrived at the resort in one piece and settled into the villa which was a 2 bedroom overlooking the pool area with outstanding views of the harbor. The villa was top notch, very clean and had everything we needed (kitchen, appliances,utensils, etc). Because the food was rated as being very expensive on the island we ended up shipping alot of our food prior to our departure. We kind of wish we didn't after we found a Cost U Less on route 38 that had alot of great food and alcoholic beverages for reasonable prices. We bought deli meats to make sandwiches for our daily lunches at the beaches, this worked out great as we also brought along a collapsable cooler to keep everything cold. We also bought some meats for the grill at the resort. There are two grills you can use located between the buildings which was nice. During the course of the week we hit several beaches on St Thomas and on St John. Some of the beaches on St Thomas you would never hear about if on a cruise ship, for example, Lindquist Beach in Smith Park. This beach has no chairs, no food, no services of any kind. It is a pure natural beach with unbelievable beauty. My wife and I joked, we can just lay on our towels like the old days : ). Our group was one of about 7 on the entire beach. It has natural shade and soft sandy swimming areas. The other beaches we visited were Coki (great for snorkeling, very crowded on cruise ship days), Sapphire (rented jet skis, facilities kind of run down due to some type of legal battles over there), and Morning Star (very clean, very sandy and right next to the resort on the other side of the Marriott hotel). We found that Tuesday and Wednesday are the heaviest cruise ship days so beaches will be crowded on these days (except for Lindquist, the cruisers don't replica christian louboutin know about it, shhhh). All of these beaches were very different from each other but very nice. We did not get a chance to go to Megans Bay but we had been there before, very beautiful, very low key, all sand, not good for snorkeling. Some of the interesting places we visited during the week were the Paradise Point mountain top bar. There is a tram at Havensight that takes you up to the top but if you have a car you can drive up for free. Take the road next to the Shipwreck Bar and Grille, brings you right up to the top. Here you can see amazing sunsets while listening to live music and enjoying your favorite beverages. Cruisers can't enjoy this as they have to leave before sunset. Another place we visited was Mountain Top. This is the mountain that has the highest point on the island (it's the one with the large broadcast antennas). Up there you will find a very beautiful view overlooking Megans Bay along with a nice little shopping mall and a bar (tell Alex Boston says hello). We also took a trip over to St John on our last day. From the port of Red Hook we ferried the car over for $40 round trip and had the run of the island there as well. Hawksnest Beach, Cinnamon Bay and Trunk Bay were among some of the most beautiful beaches you will ever see. One place that we did not get a chance to see on St Thomas is Secret Harbor. The locals recommended it for snorkeling and peace and quiet. We got to see so much more being there than from a cruise ship. We were not pleased with the little cove bar and grille at the resort, food was outrageously expensive and the service was extremely slow. I am hoping Marriot reads this as this appears to be the concensus with many Cove reviews on here. Also, if you have to buy bread in the little market store at the resort check for mold. They do not seem pay much attention to the expiration dates on perishables, so be careful. Oh one other thing, many folks on here mentioned mosquitos. We were there the second week in March and saw maybe 2 mosquitos. They were not a problem whatsoever. Maybe it depends on the time of year. The little beach at the resort would be nicer if they removed the strip of coral just off the shore which I guess is going to happen eventually. We loved it anyway, was very relaxing as you can watch all the ships going in and out. My son and I snorkeled there and there were actually alot of nice fish to see. We discovered from a previous scuba tour that fish love dog biscuits. We brought some into the water with us, broke them in half and the fish start nibbling. Those fish loved us and one even asked when we were coming back : ). As for getting around the island the roads in St Thomas are very narrow and at times steep with sharp turns. You also have to drive on the left side of the road. As long as you pay attention you should not have any issues. Having been to St Thomas a few times prior via cruise ships we found that by staying on the island itself we only experienced a fraction of what the island has to offer. We loved our trip to St Thomas and kudos to the Cove for great accommodations. Since we had never been before, we really did not know what to expect. Our rooms where very very nice. Great View of the Cove from either Bedroom and the Main Living Area. The Maids came and cleaned the rooms daily. We had no problem learning how to drive on the left, but did need our rain jackets when we went on the boat excursion to BVI. We learned from some of the Locals, that the weather has been a bit cooler than they normally have. Being from Texas we found it very pleasant. The tent malls in Charlotte Amalie, have Great Deals on Souvenirs. We also took a trip up to Top of the Mountain to see Saphire Beach. Great View. Since there were 4 of us, we all chiped in and bought food to cook on the grill. Since there was a grill at the end of our Building we used that. No one else even used it. There are other grills, but we never needed them. They did have a small outdoor Hot Tub near the beach, but we never used it. There were activities that took place while we were there. We bought an original painting from a Local artist and he signed it. They also had a band playing at the other end of the pool one evening and we listened to it from our Balcony. They do have small ants, so we kept most all the things in the Fridge. We saw alot of Nightlife areas, but we had no desire to attend these. Our rooms looked just like the ones in the pictures that I had seen before we left. Master has king, guest has 2 Double, safe is in master closet. Also Iron and Ironing Board. My Husband won a thing the night of the Artist being there, and we went to the Blue Havana on Friday to use the free things that he had won. The food there was pricey but OUTSTANDING. Its all about Location, Location, Location. But the area was really Beautiful. Snorkeling was also awesome, and we got some great shots while we were snorkeling. WiFi access in the room, as well as a TV DVD player in each bedroom and well as the main family area. Latest amenities in the Kitchen. We really had a Wonderful Time. We found the water in the Ocean to be warmer than in the pool, so we hung out near the beach alot.

We stayed at Frenchman's Cove on a promotional rate which meant we had to go through the sales presentation, which wasn't that bad, even though it ran 2 hours, not the 90 minutes as they said. Our room was a 2 bedroom villa and it was beautiful. We were there with our two teenage children and there was plenty of room and privacy. Everything is new and clean, kitchen is beautiful although not equipped as well as it could be. We actually brought frozen meat and groceries (cereal, bread, peanut butter, pancake mix, syrup, etc) in a separate suitcase because we had heard how expensive food is on the island, and they were not exagerating. A gallon of milk cost between $8 and $9! The beach was disapointing however. It is small and not really all that great for swimming. Having visited all the great beaches on St. Thomas and on St. John (absolutely the most beautiful place ever!) the beach at the hotel paled in comparison. The beach over at the Morningstar is nicer and worth the trip over for a visit. The pool area is nice though. We were in one of the upper buildings so christian louboutin replica to get to the pool and beach, we had to go to the bottom of our building, cross the street, go to the bottom of the next building, cross the street, and then go to the bottom of that building not very convenient. As for the staff, we didn't really have too much interaction with them. I did notice that the people on the island were not overly friendly which was surprising as it's been my experience that islanders are usually quite a happy lot. We did rent a car from Amalie Car Rental can't say enough great things about them. They were waiting for us at the airport when we arrived and met us there at departure completely reliable unlike some others I have read about. I would highly recommend them. But beware the roads are like nothing we have ever seen here in the States! Just like a roller coaster!

After a staying at this resort for a week, I have never been so dissapointed in my life. I was quoted a rate when our reservations were made and after arrived home and review our bill, we were charge a much high rate. There were charges for rentals and phone calls never even made. I called the resort immediately and was instantly given the run around. I called louboutin replica management and not once ever received a phone call back. Then I called Marriott headquarters and was told I would have to take it up with the resort directly! To this day, it has still not been resolved. I dont received this much run around at a Days Inn. After reading some old reviews on line, I see that they have made a practice of this in the past.

Stayed at the Frenchman's Cove for 5 nights (January 21 26). Travelled with my wife and two children (5 yrs and 18 mo.). We booked the room using a Marriott Vacation Club promotional rate (which also obligated us to go to a time share presentation). We arrived by taxi following a three night stay at the Westin St. John (also in a vacation club room). Our room was not ready when we checked in at 3 or so. Not the biggest deal, but a bit of a pain with the kids. The pool area itself is nice. The pool isn't all that big, but it works. There is a short but fun waterslide on one end. The pool was not overly crowded, but at peak times there were a lot of kids on the slide etc. My one big gripe about the pool area is that there is actually a smoking section on two levels of raised patio alongside the pool (it is about half of the poolside seating). There were numerous occasions where the only area with umbrellas or multiple seats together was in this smoking area (anyway, the smoke obviously goes beyond the smoking area). The beach itself is nice, but there is coral a foot or two beyond the beach, so swimming is tough (again, particularly with young children). Very spacious and well furnished. Stainless steel appliances. Nice TV's with dvd players. My only issue is that the balconies (there are two) don't have lights if you want to eat there at night. You can use the facilities there but, surprisingly, there is no abilitiy to sign at the restaurants and bars over there. Frankly, other than wanting to use the restaurants, the facilities there are fairly run down, so there is not much reason to go over (I guess the beach is somewhat nicer, if you are looking for that). You can also take a ferry from the Frenchman's dock to town for a few bucks. Thomas and the surrounding islands this place is perfect. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

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Badgerland Financial hires

Badgerland Financial hires Herschleb as public relations manager

Badgerland Financial is pleased to announce that Laura Herschleb has accepted the position of Public Relations Cheap Snapbacks Manager in the cooperative's Prairie du Sac corporate office.

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Auto industry set to witness

Auto industry set to witness 'unprecedented' volatility

The automobile sector is likely to witness unprecedented volatility but there is an opportunity for it n White Leather Beverly 100mm ever risk, according to Mr R. Seshasayee, Executive Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland.

am representing an industry which is notorious for market volatility. We expected there could be a slowdown in this quarter (in January March). When that did not happen, we started to worry. This is pretty much hardwired in managing the market volatility, he said at a conference on in an Imbalanced World organised by CII here. Talking about the risks ahead, he said, has been market risks in the last 200 years. I think we can manage the 200 year volatility (in the global market). Vasan.

The increased level of private sector participation in financing of infrastructure has also generated optimism that public funding need not necessarily be Black Suede Big Dorcet 120mm the exclusive route for infrastructure investment, he said in his address.

The Government's strategy is to increase investment in infrastructure through a combination of public investment and public private partnership. During the 12th Plan, infrastructure investment is expected to go up to Rs 50 lakh crore. aim to attract a contribution of 50 per cent from private sector investments, Mr Vasan said.

During this year, tax Leather Bloody Mary 120mm free bonds of Rs 60,000 crore were announced for financing infrastructure projects. The Finance Minister has extended the availability of tax free bonds of Rs 5,000 crore for the ports sectors for one more Silver Leather Beverly 100mm year, he said.

am sure if the private sector participants come forward to investment in infrastructure, with the right mix of courage and caution, we would be able to sail through the turbulent waters and achieve high growth, he said.

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Astana accused of systemati

Astana accused of systematic doping

Padova inquiry names 38 riders in Ferrari case

Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport have revealed many of the riders implicated in the Padova police investigation as clients of banned doctor Michele Ferrari. The newspaper lists 38 professional and Under 23 riders, going onto suggest that 17 Astana riders have links with Dr. Ferrari.

The full 550 page Padova investigation documents the results of phone taps, house searches and the seizure of bank records, which were apparently handed over to the Italian Olympic Committee's doping investigators before the weekend. The Padova investigators called the inquiry Operation "Mito" (Legend), one of several nicknames used by riders to identify Dr. Ferrari. The investigation covers 2010 and 2011, and includes 230 pages of phone tap conversations.

A number of riders have already been revealed as part of the investigation, including Michele Scarponi, Giovanni Visconti, Filippo Pozzato, Leonardo Bertagnolli, Evgeni Petrov and Vladimir Gusev. However, there are several new names revealed by Gazzetta dello Sport. Marco Marcato, Jose Joaquin Rojas and Borut Bozic have all been implicated in the latest article. Denis Menchov reportedly paid 50,000 Euro per year for Ferrari services.

Astana, Katusha and Lampre feature heavily in the list of current and former riders, with more than half of the riders between them. The release of these names is further bad news for Astana, who are still awaiting the result of the UCI Licence Commission on their WorldTour licence for 2015. It was reported in Gazzetta dello Sport on Tuesday that the Padova investigators had a picture of Ferrari attending a team training camp in November 2013, which Ferrari vehemently denied. Gazzetta and other Italian media has yet to publish the photo.

Former Astana rider Roman Kreuziger, who has been named in the list, is currently under investigation for anomalies in his blood passport during his time on the team. Rose Suede Balota 160mm Team boss Alexandre Vinokourov has Multicolor Glitter Balota 160mm also been named. The Kazakhstan rider has already openly admitted to frequenting the doctor during his career. The report calls the links between Vinokourov and Ferrari close and claims that Vinokourov had arranged a contract with the Italian doctor for at least 10 Astana riders in 2010.

Ferrari reportedly used a combination of international sim cards, phone booths, Voip encryption and aliases to communicate with his clients. Ferrari's extremely close relationship with Vinokourov and links via his son Stefano Ferrari, who is often based in Montecarlo, where Vinokourov lives.

According to Gazzetta, the police reports reads: is one of Ferrari's men. Almost all the Kazakh team 17 riders are followed by Ferrari. Gazzetta suggests that Stefano Ferrari carried out tests with Valentin Iglinskiy, who tested positive for EPO this summer along with his brother, Maxim. The police investigation also suggests that Stefano Ferrari worked as the link between his father and the Astana team.

Ferrari says he's spoken to Vinokourov who would like to do a contract for at least 10/12 riders. If this contract comes off with Astana a good earning is gauranteed. Gazzetta report, apparently quoting the Padova police.

Danilo Di Luca: After testing positive for CERA at the 2009 Giro d Di Luca gave evidence to Padova investigators on December 14 of that year, apparently detailing the and explaining how St. Moritz, Switzerland and Mount Teide, Tenerife were Ferrari preferred locations for carrying out blood transfusions.

According to Gazzetta, the most precious deposition ever received by a magistrate, suggesting it was the launchpad for the Padova inquiry and indirectly also helped to bring down Lance Armstrong. In July 2010, Di Luca evidence was apparently circulated at a meeting in Lyon on the Armstrong case between European police and the FBI. Di Luca received a reduced ban from CONI for his collaboration, but was later banned for life after testing positive for EPO in May 2013.

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar): The Sicilian served a three month ban for links to Dr. Ferrari. However Gazzetta suggests that the Italian could now fare further sanctions after using teammate Diego Caccia as a link to Dr. Ferrari. Visconti was apparently recorded talking to Ferrari about doping on May 4 and August 30 of 2010 via a bug hidden by police in Dr. Ferrari's camper van.

uses Caccia because he's afraid that news would spread about him. He's terrified of being caught red handed, Gazzetta reports, citing the police evidence.

contents supply clear elements regarding the use of banned substances by the rider, with clear references to variations in haemocratic values, Gazzetta dello Sport quote the police evidence as saying. The two are quoted of talking about infusions and when exactly to do it, and about the use of blood diluter albumine.

Michele Scarponi: Gazzetta cites a line from the Padova report which states current inquiry shows that Scarponi continues to use doping to Black Glitter Balota 160mm improve his performances. The report apparently contains a damning Gold Glitter Balota 160mm transcript of a phone exchange between Scarponi and Ferrari following the 2010 Giro d in which they appear to discuss blood doping.

only you had a bag, you would have won, Ferrari says. Scarponi uses two phones a Swiss phone for contact with Ferrari and an Italian one for discussions with his agent, Raimondo Scimone.

The report also details how Scarponi avoided taxes while riding for the Diquigiovanni team in 2010 by having paid into an Italian account as tax free mileage expenses and sums of and paid into a Swiss bank account. In 2011, Scarponi joined the Lampre team, which is coached centrally at the Mapei Centre. A phone tap from January 8 records Scarponi telling his Scimone that he leave the old road for this one. Full list of riders:.

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Are your shoes too old

Are your shoes too old

From the faithful running shoe to the whimsical sandal, from the sensible work loafer to the sexy stiletto, all shoes reach a point at which they have outlived their usefulness, and we must let them go.

Our time together may seem fleeting but we Blue Suede Balota 140mm hang onto favorites past their prime at our peril.

"The shoe wears out in the area where we overload it, so the part where you need the most support isn't there," said Minneapolis podiatrist Paul Langer, clinical professor at the University of Minnesota. "A worn shoe Silver Patent leather Au Palace 120mm can exaggerate the biomechanical faults you already have."

A loss of support and cushioning can cause shin splints, Achilles tendinitis, knee pain and plantar fasciitis, a common form of heel pain. As a shoe's sole and heel wear down unevenly, the likelihood of twisting an ankle increases. In severe cases, old shoes can cause stress fractures, Langer said.

Unfortunately, there's no clear expiry date for a shoe, whose lifespan depends on the quality of construction, how well you take care of it and where and how often you wear it. But there are some guidelines for determining when it's time for your shoes to pass on. When you run, the pressure you put on the shoe is two or three times your body weight. When you land from jumps in sports such as basketball or volleyball, the pressure is seven to eight times your body weight.

As a general rule, the life of a running shoe is 300 to 500 miles, Langer said, though it varies with your body weight, gait and surface on which you run. Following that rule, someone who runs six kilometers, four times a week should consider replacing shoes after about six months, while a more casual athlete could wait a year. Running shoes typically can't be repaired.

One way to check if running shoes need to be replaced is to look at the midsole, which is the foam part of the shoe between the outer sole (the bottom of the shoe, where the treads are) and the upper (the top of the shoe, where the laces are). When it starts to wrinkle deeply, the shoe is losing its cushioning and getting worn out. The midsole warps with heat, sun exposure and moisture, so if you run somewhere damp, it breaks down faster.


As a rule of thumb, Langone said, if you wear a pair of shoes to work three to four times a week, after a year or so they'll either need fixing or trashing. You know it's time to repair or replace when you have scuffed heels or flat spots on the outer sole, or when the back edge of the heel gets so worn that it's angling sharply, Langone said. Another sign is when inside pieces of the shoe poke through, like a nails showing in the heel. One test is to set the shoes on a flat surface and look at them from behind, Langone said. If they tilt to the side, it's time to fix or toss.


If you buy good quality shoes and take good care of them, re soling and re heeling Green Patent leather Au Palace 120mm when necessary, they could last five to 15 years, Lipson said. Whether repairing is worth the cost depends on how much you paid for the shoes in the first place, as high quality leather resoling runs $35 to $45. If they're inexpensive shoes, it's probably smarter to just buy new ones. (The leather sole needs replacing if when you put your thumb in the center of the outer sole at the ball of the foot, the leather feels soft instead of firm.) A component to keep an eye on is the leather on the upper part of the shoe, which can get stiff if not regularly cleaned, polished and conditioned, Lipson said. Once it hardens, the leather can crack where the shoe bends, and there's nothing you can do about that. In addition, these shoes can suffer damage to the toe box, the cardboard frame at the toe of the shoe, such as indentations from kicking or being stepped on. That's too costly to fix, Lipson said, so it's time to toss.


Because the heels are narrower and the soles are usually thinner, high heels wear down faster than flatter shoes, Lipson said. The most wear happens near the toe on the bottom of the shoe, because that's the area that bears the most weight. If the thickness of the sole has worn down by half, it's time to resole or replace.

The same heel and sole issues apply to sandals as other shoes. So if those thongs are starting to look like lopsided pancakes, time for a new Black Suede Balota 140mm pair.

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