T’ai Chi For Kayaking And Canoes Racing

  • September 26, 2020

Kayaking and canoes involve paddling and water. T’ai Chi, a style of martial arts, is practiced on land with neither water nor boats. The two seem unrelated but did you know that T’ai Chi benefits water sports players like enthusiasts of kayaking and canoes racing? Paddling requires moving gracefully, strongly, and balanced on rough waters. It also puts much strain on the arms and the back, if done incorrectly. T’ai Chi improves and enhances paddling skills because the exercise and the sport follow the same principles.

Karen Knight and Betsey Forster, experts in kayaking and canoes racing, admit to doing T’ai Chi regularly. According to them, T’ai Chi provides cross-training. They claim that kayaking and T’ai Chi reinforce the skills and principles of each other which make practice of both relevant for improvement. They add that doing complementary exercises boosts the skills and energy levels of paddlers. The two share kayaking principles and the complementary T’ai Chi practices.

In any water sport, it is necessary to keep your body centered, quiet, and stable. These traits are reflected in your boat and spell the difference between staying on the boat or getting thrown off it. How you position your body and your posture play significant roles in kayaking and canoes racing. Sit straight and spread your weight equally between your buttocks to create a stable pelvic base. This position liberates your upper body and allows your lower body greater control over the boat. It is important to align your nose, navel, and tailbone to create a single unit. Making your body move and paddle as a unit minimize strain and risks of injuries. Another principle, called the paddler’s box, incorporates power in paddling strokes. This is achieved by aligning hands and arms front of your shoulder plane. This ensures that your arms and shoulders are moving as a unit no matter how you paddle. Stable paddling is also a key factor in kayak racing. Most regard stable paddling as an accurate measure of the canoeists’ skills. It is difficult to paddle quietly and keep the boat from bobbing but a good canoeist can do it. Avoiding pitching and bobbing the boat are done by keeping the boat stable and the paddling movement slow and accurate. Every move must be calculated because unnecessary motions can topple the boat over in rough current.

Stability, balance, and power are the main principles of kayaking. These are the very aspects T’ai Chi practices take care of. The T’ai Chi walk is recommended before launching and can help racers center and quiet their bodies in the water. It is done by elongating the spine much like the aligning of the nose, navel, and tailbone in kayaking and canoes racing, only this time, exercise is done standing up. The walk helps racers focus on their bodies and make them aware of their movements to reduce inefficiency. The steps are taken slowly with deliberate movements from the arms like paddling. The Hold The Ball movement aids in maintaining racers’ paddler’s box. In this exercise, the waist, arms, and torso do the work enabling them to get used to acting as unit before racing. Waist rotation is another exercise to improve efficiency of movement. The waists and the hips are given added power and stability since paddling action is rooted in the lower body. With these exercises, the canoeists’ bodies are accustomed to being stable, maintaining balance, and efficient use of power.

Knight and Forster recommend practicing T’ai Chi regularly for those who are thinking of taking kayaking and canoes racing as a sport. This form of cross training also helps enthusiasts to become better riders and fluid paddlers. Regular training and T’ai Chi sessions keep canoeists ready and fit for succeeding kayaking and canoes racing events.

Mobile Marketing and Sports A Match Made in Heaven

  • February 25, 2020

Mobile marketing in the sports industry is growing at an unprecedented rate – just a cursory glance on Google will tell you as much. But why has it proved so successful?

The answer’s simple – through an effective content marketing strategy, a sports team can interact and engage with fans on a personal level, both at the stadium and elsewhere, for the duration of the season.

It’s effectively a match made in heaven – sports fans are passionate about their club, constantly demanding thought-provoking, discussion-worthy content, while many are young and tech-savvy.

Recent findings from Motricity found that 79 per cent of sports fans have used their mobile to watch or follow sport during 2012, while a whopping 87 per cent have checked sports content during an ‘inappropriate’ moment – like during a date or at a meeting.

The challenge, then, is for clubs to capitalise on this insatiable demand by devising strategic mobile marketing strategies to boost engagement rates and ultimately, drive revenues. The smartphone has become the go to for news and opinions – sports brands need to harness this, without detracting from the mobile experience.

Personalisation is key – in football, for example, there is a multitude of demographics. Tapping into these successfully will drive conversations and engagement; something that’s difficult to get right, but promises great rewards.

Utilising the services of Snack Media, sports brands can demonstrate and share fans’ passions on both mobile and wider digital platforms. Our diverse sports portfolio means we understand the issues that get fans talking, and our experience with content marketing means we understand the intricacies and secrets of effective copywriting.

Away from the stadium, fans are an unstructured bunch. But an effective mobile marketing strategy can transform this scattered group into what’s effectively a single, centralised database. Through engaging, inspiring content, this can be activated to extend a brand’s reach and provide fans with added value.

With the Euros in full swing, the Olympics only around the corner and 2012-13’s Premier League fixtures due to be released on Monday (18th June), there hasn’t been a better time for a club or sports organisation to realise the potential of mobile marketing.

Snack Media is one of the UK’s leading providers of content marketing and article writing services.

Get the Best Sports Footage Online

  • December 25, 2019

There is a growing trend of using sports footage for commercial, as well as for personal use. To get the best of choices, go online!

Sports footage takes a big percentage and interest of the bigger market for most commercial and advertising campaigns or even for filmmakers. It is a very effective way for reaching the bigger audience by using sports videos and images to produce commercial films. There is a huge demand of sports footage by the filmmakers all round the world. There are large quantities of sports footage that have been recorded over time.

If one is looking for sports footage, there are a number of online distributors that can provide quality footage. Acquiring high quality sports footage does a great job to add appeal and entertainment to an advertisement or program. This form of footage can greatly reduce the cost and time involved in production. Instead of producing the footage which is quite expensive, one can get a licensed clip from a stock footage distribution company. This is quite convenient when coming up with a team sports video that would have required enormous resources to shoot. The particular sport clip is professionally inserted at the right stages of the film production to bring out an exciting flow of events.

Aside from the initial rights-managed license, now this footage can also be bought using the royalty-free license. The difference with the former is that, the footage can only be used within a limited period of time while the royal-free footage can be used at all times. The rights-managed footage are also charge specific, depending on the purpose of producing the program, the size of the audience and the time period of using the footage. The free-license on the other hand only charges based on the format of the footage thus, making it more favourable to use. Although sports footage are available in abundance but only a few of them get cleared for the stock footage.

Advertising companies capitalize on sports as it dominates the media. In order to reach a large number of audiences, the advertising companies often produce commercial films that revolve round the sports and need video clippings. But to find good footage having high-production value is a challenging task. There are several sports like soccer, tennis, formula one car racing, skydiving and others which have dominated the media, owing to which big advertising companies are always on a hunt to get good sports footage. Television programmers or advertising companies that can find good and professionally shot sports footage are very lucky as professionally shot footage can enhance the value of their commercial advertisements.

The sports footage is very popular among the advertising companies, sports reviewer and TV advertisement producers. To enhance their production value, there are many production houses that make use of the footage that are available online. Go to from where sports footage can be bought very conveniently or it can be downloaded from the internet. High definition footage is always preferred to get the best image quality. Due to online footage libraries, sourcing quality footage has become extremely easy. One need to log onto the website, search for the footage, compare them and choose the one most suitable to his needs.

The author of this article is a video producer and recommends Stock Mrfootage to purchase high quality stock footages falling under various categories.

Low Prices For Baltimore Ravens Tickets

  • August 16, 2019

When you’re looking for Baltimore Ravens tickets then you can certainly bet that you are one of 1000’s. Despite as being a comparatively new team towards the NFL, the Ravens easily won the hearts and minds of supporters once they won the Super Bowl in their first ever look, sending the New York Giants property without the reward. Since its Super Bowl succeeds in the year 2000, they’ve got consistently appeared in the playoffs, making tickets to their games in increased need than ever. That is always the reason why the supply of low priced Baltimore Ravens tickets so distinctive and unbeatable.

Any Ravens fan would give an arm and a leg to get their hands on the Baltimore Ravens ticket; however we are making them available for low prices. We assure that the Baltimore Ravens tickets are available for rates cheaper than at some other ticket store available. It is a great way to not spend as much at the same time still going for watch the soccer ball game the way it was meant to be witnessed. In addition, we plan on maintaining the prices low regardless how high the actual need gets though that also signifies that these types of tickets will offer fast thus you will have to act quickly as well to conquer the rivalry.

If you plan on having Baltimore Ravens tickets to one in their home games, and then you will end up viewing a game at the M&T Bank Stadium. Their Bank, as fanatics refer to it as, is a modern sports ground that offers the latest in sports technology to make sure that you get to enjoy the game in style and in comfort. It features state-of-the-art high definition Ravens Vision video monitors. With 71 008 seats available meant for football games, still doesn’t come close towards accommodating all of the Ravens supporters who want in during game night-time. In addition, it has 119 suites as well as 8 196 club seats to offer.

If you are intent on going to a lot of action in the field, obtain tickets for 1 of the Ravens’ rivalry games against both the Steelers and the Colts. Undoubtedly, its biggest rivalry is definitely the Pittsburgh Steelers due generally to their comparable physical kind of performance however the proximity with the Baltimore Colts has also thrilled a rigorous competition.

When you are searching for affordable Baltimore Ravens tickets, then you have found it. Don’t ignore this terrific chance to get the Ravens sport in an actual stadium where you can be a part of football records. It is an experience that zero soccer fans should miss out on.

Who’s Confiscating Your 401(k) And Ira?

  • May 16, 2019

Dateline Raleigh, NC, November 6, 2008: Democratic leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives discuss confiscating our 401(k)s and IRAs, by Carolina Journal Online reporter Karen McMahan.

This shocking pronouncement is certainly an attention grabber, which if even partially true, would have an impact on nearly every employed and retired American. The basis for the report is testimony before the House Committee on Education and Labor in early October.

Dr. Teresa Ghilarducci is one of many witnesses (scholars, retirees, activists, an investment mogul, and benefits experts) who were interviewed by the committee members. (I was skipped over once again, but a receptive person in the HCEL was willing to forward a listing of my articles to the right person. I expect an invitation to testify momentarily)

McMahan writes: “Dr. Ghilarducci, professor of economic policy analysis at the New School for Social Research, drew the most attention and criticism. She proposed that the government eliminate tax breaks for 401(k) and similar retirement accounts, such as IRAs, and confiscate workers’ retirement plan accounts and convert them to universal Guaranteed Retirement Accounts (GRAs) managed by the Social Security Administration.”

Several people have asked me to comment on the probability of such a radical approach ever getting any support, much less actually being implemented. Most feel that even the most socialistic of legislators would give the doctor’s ideas a quick thumbs down. I agree that they should, but part of the concept, tuned up “capitalistically”, could be precisely what this investment doctor would order.

Years ago, a not-quite-as-sophisticated-as-the-internet rumor mill spread a story that the Feds were scouring the countryside, knocking on doors, and confiscating $100 bills. The purpose of the venture was to put an end to the income-tax-dodging underground economy of the 80’s. Babysitters panicked, restaurateurs iced their C-notes in freezers, and self-employed franchisees plotted Caponesque money laundering schemes.

Nothing happened then that a 10% (or lower) Federal sales tax (coupled with seriously lower income taxes at all levels) wouldn’t cure today. So as scary as a 401(k) or IRA confiscation plan would be now, the panic will likely fade quietly away, just like the $100 bill outrage of the 80’s. The underground tax dodging continues, and at a magnitude that dwarfs any temporary tax relief that is afforded today’s self-directed savings plans.

One would think that, as a society, we would be capable of pouncing upon opportunities for brilliant solutions to problems of fairness like these. We just can’t seem to get out of our own political way. The fix to the retirement investment account fiasco is only slightly more complex than the incredibly easy solution to Social Security.

Dr. Ghilarducci has presented a socialist solution to a problem that could easily be dealt with using rudimentary controls that would limit the amount of risk allowed inside these tax deferred savings devices. She also ignores the fact that most self-directed money lies in voluntary, privately sponsored, employee benefit programs— emphasis on voluntary and private.

Self-directed retirement accounts could be controlled as to content and asset allocation to: 1) assure that a reasonable proportion of all accounts are guaranteed as to principal and interest, and 2) preclude ownership of high-risk securities.

I’m not sure that the good doctor grasps the distinction between a self-directed, defined-contribution, investment plan and a guaranteed, defined-benefit, pension plan. Most plan participants are led to believe that the former is just as secure as the latter. Sorry, Charlie.

The problems are to control the speculative enthusiasm of the unqualified self-directors, and to create a way for captive beneficiaries of the phantom Social Security trust fund to augment their guaranteed retirement benefits.

A few simple standards would create a whole new set of conservatively managed “retirement plan only” mutual funds, with reduced management fees— in deference to their captive audience and less speculative composition. Plan participants would not be able to speculate with their savings as they are today.

Some form of oversight would be needed to assure that no raw speculation was allowed into the new breed of standard mutual funds and CEFs. Instead, Dr. Ghilarducci visualizes all your no-longer-self-directed money finding a new home in the Social Security Administration’s toy chest— thus transforming a behemoth bureaucracy into an investment management giant! This is just too alarming for words—

But, what if, instead of a Guaranteed Retirement Account, we adopted a whole new system based on the SSRIA? (Google it.) No, it doesn’t exist yet, but the private sector could certainly provide it in a commission free, guaranteed income only contract, tomorrow.

The SSA could oversee the providors, who collectively have thousands of years’ experience, and thousands of investment professionals capable of managing guaranteed income vehicles. Just think about it. All employees could opt out of Social Security, and make a smaller, mandated contribution to their one SSRIA.

Employers could include the SSRIA as an option for both self-directed and matching contributions. Only SIBORAP Tier One securities would be acceptable investments. Existing Social Security balances could be frozen or directed to the personal SSRIAs.

This approach, admittedly far too simple for consideration, would create thousands of new jobs, eliminate the Social Security funding mess, add billions to personal disposable incomes, and with supervision, allow employers to cut prices, increase salaries and dividends, and create jobs.

Some would say that this approach can’t work with our broken system, as evidenced by the legions of Wall Street fat cats who encourage the creation of toxic products and who routinely pilfer shareholder treasuries for ludicrous sums. Shareholders should solve that problem, not the government— but the government could help if they chose to.

Pure capitalism disappeared years ago, traded in for a less efficient, but fairer, regulated version. It’s the regulators and their overseers that failed, leading us multi-derivative miles from the pure simplicity of stocks and bonds.

The Chinese Socialist Marketing System

  • February 16, 2019

As the People?s Republic of China privatizes companies, there is the illusion that the country is transforming from a communist state to a more capitalist society, like the United States. The reality is dangerously different. The ?Socialist Market System? (SMS), as the Chinese call it, is very much what the name implies: a socialist system.

While there are industries with private ownership in China, they are ?secondary and service industries,? according to economist Dr. Pat Choate. The key strategic industries are still controlled by the Chinese government, and they keep a heavy hand on the so-called private ownership in their country. This results based system is likely a key reason The World Fact Book listed China as having the world?s largest trade surplus in 2007.

China undermines the World Trade Organization (WTO), keeping the U.S. at a grave disadvantage. Chinese nationalism seems to place the world economy at risk by abusing the ideals of ?free trade.? In August, China created a ?Green Tax? after the WTO ruled that their 25 percent tariff on imported cars and car parts had to stop. To offset this ruling, the Chinese government issued a tax on cars with engine capacities over 3 liters, while reducing the tax on engines consuming 1 liter or less. Since Chinese made vehicles are built with a 2 liter capacity or less, the tax favors Chinese built parts and vehicles and harms all exporters to China, including the U.S. The Chinese government claims the tax was strictly an eco-friendly effort, but this is hard to believe coming from a country with such lax environmental policies.

This type of deception is not new. When Congress attempts to compensate for unfair subsidies, China files complaints against us with the WTO. The U.S. is left on the short end of the stick both at home and abroad. If the U.S. is only buying imports, without selling exports, we lose. The World Fact Book listed the United States as having the world?s largest balance of trade deficit in 2007, by way of an estimated $731 million.

Last year?s numbers speak for themselves, the U.S. needs to export more than we import. We will never be able to accomplish this goal locked in un-fair trade agreements, like the WTO. Exports mean good jobs, industry and manufacturing, and U.S. wealth. Imports mean dead-end jobs at places like Wal-Mart as we watch our money get shipped overseas.

China is now defeating us by using the mercantile policies the United States used until the 1930s. They are using a results based system as their one party system looks out for the betterment of China, rather than a two party system battling for the interests of their party. China realizes what the U.S. used to know: industry is key to national security.

China has fine-tuned its economy to compete. By regulating foreign investment, the Chinese government limits investors and maintains tight control. This gives China funding and expert direction, yet they lose no ground. It is the opposite in the open market system the United States, which allows a massive liquidation of our wealth producing companies to foreign nations like China. Though the U.S. should avoid socialism, this is an example our leaders should learn from.

If we are ever to regain ground in global trade we must be able to compete with other countries. One solution would be lowering U.S. wages to allow domestic companies to charge less. However, this solution is flawed, as Americans are already living in debt and can no longer afford the high prices of food or gasoline. Currently, prices are continuing to rise as the job market continues to fall.

Henry Ford knew what he was doing when he priced his automobiles at a level his workers could afford. He created a market, and put the money he spent on labor right back into his own pocket. This is the type of foresight American companies and government need today.

Consumers are smart enough to look for the best deal for them now. They cannot be expected to buy American products in an effort to help our economy if prices are too high. This would just increase our already escalating private debt. To be truly competitive, shoppers must be encouraged to buy domestically as they are in China: with higher prices on foreign imports.

Free trade allows countries to bring their cheaply made goods into the country at minimum costs. By importing goods and charging less, sometimes even below production cost, these companies can target and eliminate American competition one by one. We need to enact tariffs that will allow U.S. manufacturers to compete with China?s low wage workforce and lax pollution regulations. This lack of tariffs forces American corporations to outsource everything from manufacturing to phone support; even our art and animation. Many American jobs are outsourced to countries like India, China and Mexico. This means that China imports even more products into the U.S. under American brand names and we intern export even more of our cash back to them.

The United States has worked hard to get where we are only to lose everything in a few decades. We need to compete in the global trade competition. As we stand right now, we are losing, we may have already lost. Rather than lower our standards on living, food, and environmental protection we must get out of ?free trade? agreements and create fair trade conditions that protect our ability to compete. Then will we be able to re-instate tariffs and bring our jobs back fairly, through competition. Only when the prices and products are competitive can everyone, in every country, truly win.

National Wedding – International Foods

  • November 16, 2018

It was not long ago that Indian food was only served in Indian weddings, Chinese food served in Chinese weddings and English food served at English weddings. If we were invited to a wedding, we only had to think of the ethnic origin of the bride and groom to know what sort of food was going to be served. In many parts of the world this is still the case, and in many weddings in England this is still the case. But not exclusively so. Everyone would agree that it’s important to serve food that the guests will enjoy, and also that it is nice when you can find caterers that are cost effective. That is the case the world over.

In England, however, something very special is happening. England is a very multi-cultural society. There are multi-faiths, multi-colours and multi-millionaires all living very close to each other. Somebody may come to visit England and decide to spend the rest of his or her life in this country because it is so diverse. And even if that person cannot get official status in the country, he or she might try to hide his or her identity or faith, just to stay in the country? Why? Because England, and London in particular, is a dream. London is a haven on earth. London is a little world and a unique place. In India you will find Indians, in China you will find Chinese people, but in England you will find all the world. You will find all the colours of the rainbow on your own street.

When we have events such as weddings, we want to invite those who are living nearby. You might want to invite your boss from work, who might be English, or your manager, who might be Chinese, or your neighbors, who might be African Caribbean, or your doctor, who might be Australian, or your solicitor, who might be Punjabi, or your business partner, who might Morrocan. My sons best friends are Pakistani, my daughters friends are from Turkey. The list can go on and on. Basically, you can have a guest list at your wedding that is truly multi-cultural. When you invite these people, do not expect them to be satisfied with just spicy chicken curry or spicy chicken tikka. They will be polite enough to eat these foods, but they might not be fully satisfied.

The solution is to have an international menu choice. There are a number of wedding caterers who are able to provide dishes from all over the globe. You can have Chinese noodles, Italian pasta and any dish you can think of, all served in a buffet style so that people can choose exactly what they want. They may not eat the spicy food, but they will enjoy looking at it and witnessing what other people are enjoying. So everyone is a winner. Choose a caterer who provides multiple food choices in the multicultural society that we all enjoy.

2012 London Olympic Tickets Buying Strategies

  • August 16, 2018

The biggest sporting event, London olympic is approaching fast! Ticket prices, dates, sports and schedule of this mega event have been announced. For those who are looking to catch the event all live, can book London olympic Tickets and various sessions as well. All the buyers need to go through a particular strategy.

If you really want to enjoy olympic live then each family member can apply for them. For Instance, it would be advisable to go for low priced tickets as well as can also apply high priced tickets. Ticket allocation is not done on first serve of the tickets for olympic Games are available at considerably higher prices, which will include tickets and hospitality. They will cost the buyer around 4,800 with additional 20% VAT. Another interesting procedure attached with this ticket is that you need to buy ten at a time. Thus, you have to pay for ten in one go.

Now, it’s all the responsibility of buyer to sell the rest of 9 tickets, if he requires just one or two. Moreover, you need to have a VISA card for buying tickets of London olympic, as they are the official sponsor of this magnificent issue could become controversial for people in United Kingdom, as many of them might not be eligible to get a credit card or share the mentality that why do I need a card when already hold another one.

Moreover, if you decide to apply for a credit card then it will take a considerable amount of time. Approval time takes a minimum of two or three weeks to get the credit card. So, all those who are looking for ticket application, must apply at earliest possible, as very little time left!During a special photography exhibition, world renowned photographer Rankin has collaborated with some of the iconic athletes to mark the achievements of International Inspiration. At the Museum of London, ‘Inspired by Sport’ marked its opening and displays the athletes which were captured by Rankin which includes Seb Coe, Denise Lewis and Tanni Grey Thompson.

These photos beautifully convey inspirational power of sport and will feature along the images of young people across the world. Chair of London 2012 Organizing Committee, Seb Coe said, “Inspired by Sport is celebrating the huge achievements of International Inspiration and captures how sport can be a real change for good. I have been lucky enough to have met some of the young people being reached through the programme and to have seen how it is providing them with more opportunities in life”.In support of International Inspiration, three minute movie starring David Beckham, Oscar Pistorious, Matthew Pinsent and Denise Lewis will be released.