Will luxury yachting go green

Will luxury yachting go green

Driven by electric propulsion and a radical aesthetic, the EAU concept electric luxury yacht by Tjep, reimagines a cleaner future for the luxury yacht industry…
The impact of leisure boating on marine environments is a well-documented problem. Even as regulations seek to alleviate the issue, engine emissions and the incorrect disposal of waste by yachts contribute to marine pollution. Dutch designer Frank Tjepkema proposes to veto this with the introduction of the EAU concept electric luxury yacht.

Considering the growing projection of the automobile industry towards electrically-operated vehicles, Frank anticipates the same influence in the yacht building industry. He prophesies that although the pace of progress is extremely low, developments in areas such as electric cargos, hydrogen trucks and electric cars (TESLA) will find their way to the luxury yacht industry ultimately, by increasing the availability of large volume on-board electricity storage and charging points in ports. In such a scenario, questions Frank, “Would it not be nice if the leisure category, where there’s an abundance of capital, would lead the way? Why should enjoyment be combined with heavy pollution?”

Taking a step in the desired direction, Frank has conceptualised EAU to precision – at a length of 63 m, width of 13.5 m and beam of 18 m. Designed to have 100% electric propulsion with a speed of 25 knots, the yacht will host 12 cabins, a swimming pool and a helipad, its hull and superstructure crafted from aluminium. The future for a green yacht industry looks bright since Tjep. has been shortlisted for Yacht Concept over 40 Metres Award in The International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2018.

But, the EAU yacht isn’t just at the technological frontier of this industry; it also floats aesthetic qualities that represent the ultimate in cleanliness. Pushing simplicity and refinement to its limit, the design is inspired by the qualities of water. The design’s most striking element is a water droplet-shaped wheelhouse that floats like an abstract sculpture above the deck. The yacht also uses familiar elements from traditional yacht craftsmanship, such as the way in which wooden planks form the layered lines along the hull of wooden ships.

Get Ready to Rock the Mountain: Musilac 2018

Get Ready to Rock the Mountain: Musilac 2018

If you’re planning a ski holiday to Chamonix with a group of mates and can’t decide when to go, my advice would be to wait until April 2018. That way, you can participate in Musilac Mont-Blanc 2018, the ultimate party on the mountain! This new spring festival is expected to become one of the biggest annual music events in Chamonix.
What to Expect

 

Musilac is already famous in Aix-les-Bains, where it is a popular summer festival. Past headliners have included everyone from Elton John and Sting to The Chemical Brothers and David Guetta. For Chamonix, festival organisers promise an equally stellar line up: so far, 15 acts are scheduled to play from April 19 to 21.

The Festival will be a massive affair: it’s estimated that up to 30,000 spectators will attend the three-day event. An open-air stage will be set up at the Bois du Bouchet paragliding landing area, which will play host to audiences of around 15,000 each night.

To ensure that this is one of the major events in Chamonix’s 2018 calendar, Musilac organisers have partnered with MontBlanc Médias, a renowned French media group that specialises in extreme sports.

Ski the End of the Season or Just Hang Out

Whether you’re a keen skier and want to take advantage of Chamonix’s cheap ‘end of season’ deals or you just love the party atmosphere of a festival, April in Chamonix is perfect for you.

Set at the foot of Mont Blanc, the resort’s skiing opportunities are guaranteed throughout the spring, during which there’s a fantastic range of glacial skiing that really comes into its own from April onwards.

There are a range of nursery runs for beginners, – although the snow cover this late in the season can be risky – and for intermediate and advanced skiers, Chamonix’s challenging runs provide the ultimate high-thrill playground.

In town, you’ll discover that Chamonix is a bustling place with a cool, hip crowd that populates the resort all year round. There are some great bars and clubs, and the pretty centre is equipped with many nice café terraces.

If you’re looking for a group holiday during which you don’t want to hit the pistes every day, combining a ski holiday with one of the best events in Chamonix ensures that you’ll have a blast!

How to Get There

Taking part in the many events in Chamonix couldn’t be easier, as there are regular flights from the UK to Geneva, Chambery, Grenoble and Lyon airports during the ski season.

For a good-value transfer option, book a group transfer with Shuttle Direct before you leave home. Choose either a private or a more economical shared group transfer, and our drivers will pick you up from the airport and deliver you straight to your resort. It doesn’t get easier than that!

The River Thames: A Guide to Barging

The River Thames: A Guide to Barging

The River Thames is the spine, the lifeblood and the main attraction of one of the best-known and historically important cities on the planet. But while the section that flows through London is certainly the most high profile, the 215 miles of the Thames slice England, stretching from the Cotswolds at Cirencester, through rural towns and villages to Oxford, London and finally emptying out into the North Sea.
Historically, the Thames has been a vital trade route right back to Roman times. Today, while the Port of London handles around 10% of the entire country’s commercial shipping, the quieter sections of the waterway appeal to private leisure vessels and barge cruise operators.

 

Built On a River

When the Romans arrived in Britain in AD 43, they settled at the most strategic site on the river to build their city, Londinium. From the port they traded extensively throughout the Mediterranean and also made roads to link the capital with the rest of the country. It was the Romans who built the first bridge to span the river, on the site that would later be the crossing of the city’s famous London Bridge.

Bridges and Locks

The bridges that were built across the Thames have become icons of engineering in themselves. Tower Bridge is one of the most acclaimed, and has been an instantly recognisable landmark of the capital since its construction in 1894. The incredible mechanism that allows for its raising and lowering still functions with perfect precision. Westminster Bridge sits under the shadow of Big Ben and is considered one of the most elegant of all in terms of its architecture. The Millennium Footbridge is the city’s newest, opened in 2000 and crossing the river at St Paul’s Cathedral.

There are 45 locks along the river and each has its own history; some date back to the 1500s while others were variously constructed through the 1700-1800s. While in earlier times weirs were built in order to divert the flow of the water to use in mills, as the traffic increased, many of these were converted or used alongside locks, to allow the passage of vessels to navigate the fall of the river. Today, for those on a barge cruise, navigating the locks is one of the most interesting and anticipated parts of the experience.

Attractions en Route

The beauty of exploring the route of the Thames by barge cruise is the constant accompaniment of scenic views and historical and cultural attractions. Runneymede, the site where King John signed the highly significant Magna Carta document, is a popular disembarkation point. As well as the official monument to the event, the lovely woodlands are filled with wildlife and walking paths.

Windsor Castle is another high profile attraction that can be visited along the river, and the oldest and largest castle in the world lives up to the pomp and grandeur of its reputation (the Queen may even be in residence). At Henley-on-Thames, the renowned River and Rowing Museum celebrates not only the river itself, but also the international sport of rowing for which the town has become globally recognised.

Meandering Through History

The elegant curves of the Thames have defined the history of Britain in so many ways. The privilege of being able to traverse its length on a modern day barge cruise offers a unique insight and a truly memorable way in which to see to the country.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge cruise itineraries. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.

Itchy Male Organ and Crabs: Shave or No Shave

Itchy Male Organ and Crabs: Shave or No Shave

Male organ health can help reduce the chance of getting crabs. But even so, accidents can happen, and a man must be prepared to know how to deal with this unwanted visitor.
So what is crab? Itchy Male Organ and Crabs: Shave or No Shave

Most adults can remember the “flea-bug” in their school, an incident where a child brings a hair tick to school, spreading from one student to the next. Crabs are associated with head lice, but fortunately it is not as easy as spreading.

Called crabs because of crabs like their looks, they’re tiny – usually less than a tenth of an inch. They are parasites that usually live in the male organ region, although sometimes can be found in other hairy parts, such as the armpit or chest. These small insects are harmless in the sense that they do not spread the disease, but once they get into the skin and start eating, they produce a hard push to resist scratches.

Most of the time, crabs are passed through skin-on-skin contact while engaging in sensual activity; More rarely, they can be caught from bed sheets or towels of infected people. Because ticks tend to gather in member’s hair and not on bead stems, wearing a rubber protective device is usually ineffective in preventing crabs from spreading. Itchy Male Organ and Crabs: Shave or No Shave

Shaving

Because ticks tend to make their homes in areas of hair members, it is often assumed that shaving areas of male organs is a good way to rid the body of these pests. The theory is that often the shave itself will get rid of the fleas, and the absence of warm and furry places to hide will make it easier to find and remove the remaining attackers.

But that is not the correct assumption. While it’s true that a razor can get rid of some of these crabs, it only captures a fraction of that amount. Many more are left in the skin, and because the color is so small, it’s hard to find it with the naked eye.

So, does that mean a man should not shave? Not all. While shaving maturity may not cure the itchy male organs caused by crabs, it makes the area more unfriendly and also makes it easier for doctors to recognize them with magnifying lenses. In addition, the absence of thick skirt makes hair easier to apply products that can help get rid of pests.

After being shaved

Once the area has been shaved, it is easier to receive a drug that can kill crabs. Although there is a free drug that works well, you should first check with your doctor first to determine the most effective action to take.

Crabs are more annoying than others, but an itchy male organ can make a man shy and become bad because of his self-esteem. The drive to scratch can be reduced through regular use of superior male organ health creme (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven to be mild and safe for the skin). The skin of well hydrated male members tends to not require itching, so use crème with excellent moisturizing combinations (such as Shea butter and vitamin E) is highly recommended. In addition, make sure the creme is equipped to keep skin healthy overall maturity either; creme with alpha lipoic acid, powerful antioxidants that fight free radicals and resultant oxidative stress, can be very beneficial.

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There are many things that come with having a male organ, and unfortunately the occasional prospect of maturity that itch is one of them. Although having to scratch occasionally is not a big deal, it can be annoying, annoying and downright embarrassing when the itch becomes chronic – as it usually happens when the itchy cause is the dreaded crab. Taking into account the health concerns of male organs can help reduce the possibility of catching crabs. But even so, accidents can happen, and a man must be prepared to know how to deal with this unwanted visitor. Itchy Male Organ and Crabs: Shave or No Shave

So what is crab?

Most adults can remember the “flea-bug” in their school, an incident where a child brings a hair tick to school, spreading from one student to the next. Crabs are associated with head lice, but fortunately it is not as easy as spreading.

Called crabs because of crabs like their looks, they’re tiny – usually less than a tenth of an inch. They are parasites that usually live in the male organ region, although sometimes can be found in other hairy parts, such as the armpit or chest. These small insects are harmless in the sense that they do not spread the disease, but so mer

Ready for the Road: The World’s Most Epic Motorcycling Routes

Ready for the Road: The World’s Most Epic Motorcycling Routes

Is there anything quite like seeing the world glide by from behind your motorcycle helmet visor? Nothing but you, your buddies and the open road. The unbelievable rush of roaring along Route 66 at a tidy 75 mph beats a lazy beach holiday any day of the week.
For the ultimate rush of a roadtrip with just your bike, backpack and the road, give one of these epic adventure routes a go.

 

Route 66, USA

The mother of all road trips, this 3,939km route starts in Chicago and cuts through the country all the way to LA. Depending on how much time you have and what interests you the most, you could either drive a section of it or go the whole hog (on your hog!) and see the whole thing. It winds through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri, and doing the whole shebang would take 3 to 4 weeks according to seasoned bikers who’ve lived the legend.

With our USA travel insurance, you’ll be covered for as much of the journey as you take. Spend some more time getting to know (and win big in!) Vegas, experiencing Death Valley and admiring the Grand Canyon.

The South Island, New Zealand

This stretch of land is just breath-taking. Expect to see awe-inspiring landscapes, forests, fjords, mountains and beaches along the way. The other-worldliness of the backdrop to much of the Lord of the Rings movies will be amazing to drive along to. Other bonuses of this route include the lightness of the traffic, the smooth tarmac road surfaces, and the incredible scenery really must be mentioned again.

Stop and enjoy the Franz Josef Glacier, revisit civilisation in the city of Nelson, relax on the shores of Lake Mapourika and visit the Aspiring National Park. These are just a few attractions on the 2,100km stretch of road.

The Transalpine Route, France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy

If staying closer to home with the added bonus of bringing you bike without a huge amount of effort, this is the route for you. Starting in Grenoble in France and winding 2,400km all the way through the Alps to end in Venice, Italy, you’ve got a couple of options when it comes to traversing the Alps with more easy routes right up to a couple of more challenging ones. Expect spectacular mountain landscapes, steep gradients and a hell of a lot of tunnels, bridges and viaducts. Don’t forget to bring a load of loose change for the tolls, and don’t miss out on the climb to the Stelvio pass!

Ruta 40, Argentina

At 5,301km this is one of the world’s longest roads. It starts in Cabo Virgenes in Santa Cruz and snakes its way up to Quiaca in Jujuy, with gorgeous views the whole way along the route which runs beside the Andes. This route cuts through or drives by a whopping 20 National Parks! With incredible scenery on offer as well as the chance to ride from the South to the North of this huge country, this route is rightly popular.

Whether you opt for New Zealand, the Alps, Argentina or the USA, travel insurance by Let’s Go Insure gives you the cover you need to make the most of your roadtrip without stress.

Drive carefully and to drive safely, keep to the speed limit. Always have the necessary documentation and safety gear at hand.

Heliskiing in Courmayeur: for a True Off Piste Experience

Heliskiing in Courmayeur: for a True Off Piste Experience

If you dream of making tracks through virgin powder fields and previously unmarked mountainsides, then heliskiing is definitely something you should consider.
Imagine climbing on board a helicopter in the heart of your resort and being flown deep into the Alps, away from the lifts and other people, and then being dropped off on deserted peaks to make your way down. If this sounds like you, then you need to book a heliskiing excursion as part of your next winter sports holiday.

 

Heliskiing Courmayeur

Unfortunately heliskiing is not available throughout much of the Alps: France and Germany have both banned the activity to reduce helicopter activity in the area. The good news is that in Italy there are no such restrictions. So if you dream of descending a blank canvas of snow down the south face of Mont Blanc, you can make that dream a reality from the picturesque Italian resort of Courmayeur.

Don’t be put off if this Mont Blanc adventure sounds a little too high octane for your first time heliskiing; Courmayeur also offers more gentle opportunities across a wide variety of non-glacial terrain, which greatly reduces any risks.

Many companies in the area offer everything from a full day (including two flights) to weekend or even week long adventure in heliskiing. Courmayeur is the perfect base for the sport as helicopters can land right in the centre of the piste area. That way, after your adrenaline-pumping experience, you can stop off for a hot wine at one of the resort’s beautiful mountainside restaurants before heading back to your accommodation.

What You’ll Need

Obviously to try this you’ll need a basic level of expertise. The ideal time for heliskiing is from January through to May, with the conditions in winter being tougher thanks to the larger volume of fresh powder. It is therefore advised that those taking part during the winter need experience of skiing in deep powder.

For those trying it in the spring snow, expertise in deep powder is not so important although, as with any skiing or snowboarding, you will still need a relatively good level of fitness.

Equipment you will need includes: wide skis, good bindings, skiwear suitable to the conditions (including special ski gloves), hat or helmet, goggles or sunglasses.

How to Get To There

If this has whet your appetite for heliskiing, Courmayeur couldn’t be easier to reach. There are regular flights from the UK to nearby Turin or Geneva airports with airlines including BA, Ryanair, easyJet and Swiss International.

Book an airport transfer with Shuttle Direct and just an hour and a half after touching down you could be strapping on your skis in Courmayeur. Just let us know when you book online what ski equipment you will be carrying and we’ll transport it to the resort for you at no extra charge.

Male Organ Pain – Avoiding the Failure of Fracture Failure

Male Organ Pain – Avoiding the Failure of Fracture Failure

Aggressive sensual activity can be pleasurable, but it also carries the risks of moderately common male organ pain as well as the risk of unusual graceless fractures. This is a situation everyone wants to avoid. Taking proper precautions is part of basic male organ care, and it is invaluable when one considers the suffering that occurs in holding a member. Male Organ Pain – Avoiding the Failure of Fracture Failure
Did his member break up?

Men often talk about the fear of “breaking” their members, but the members are fractured differently than broken arms or legs. In the latter case, fractures occur in the bones of the limbs. The male organ actually has no bones (although there is a bone-based nickname that is popular because of its uproar), but that does not mean it can not crack.

When a person talks about a male organ fracture, a person refers to the tears in tunica albuginea, a tough fibrous tissue layer that surrounds the sponge tissue in the member. The tunica albuginea plays a role in the maturation upheaval, so it’s something that a man wants to keep in good condition.

When a male organ fractures, there is usually a cracking sound and a lot of pain. This was immediately followed by bleeding and loss of tumor. (Fractures only occur when maturity is in a firm state.)

How did it happen?

Male organ fractures generally occur when sensation, aggression or acrobatics are present; They occur most often during sensual partner-based activities, but it is surely possible to break down maturity when performing solo sensual activities.

The outbreak occurs when company members hit objects that are more difficult than members and lack flexibility. During a pair-based sensual activity, this is most likely to occur when a person passionately thrusts his organs into a woman’s organ and approaches from such a angle that her maturity enters the woman’s pelvis.

Male organ fracture occurs when the pleasure of self usually occurs when a person is simulating a clutch. For example, many men love fun by thrusting their maturity between pillows and other objects, like mattresses. Doing so at an improper angle can cause fractures.

Interestingly, a small study in 2001 showed that male organ fracture is more likely to occur when someone engages in sensual activity outside of marriage and / or when hooking in unusual places or positions.

If a fracture occurs, a man should immediately see a doctor to determine the appropriate course of action.

Preventive measure

There are several things a man can do to help prevent a male organ fracture.

– Take a little slower. In the heat, this may be easier said than done. But men need to make sure that they thrust at the right angles as they enter the power-drive mode.

– Choose a position carefully. Exploring new sensual positions can be a wonderful experience; However, the unfamiliarity of that position means that a person may need to be a little more careful until he is comfortable enough to do the full throttle. This may be especially the case with the inverted cowgirl position (where a person is lying and the woman is sitting in his organs, facing away from the man), which by a recent study may be more likely to be involved in a male fracture situation.

– Pleasure yourself carefully. Moreover, when simulating the clutch, make sure the objects used are not too hard and not flexible.

Male organ pain can occur not only from fractures but also from many sensual, aggressive or overly sensual activities. An excellent method for treating common male organ pain is the application of first class male health creme (a health expert recommends Man1 Man Oil). The soothing effects of natural moisturizers such as Shea butter and vitamin E, found in the best crèmes, help ease the pain while restoring vitality to the skin. Fracture caused by a broken bone can also benefit from crème with vitamin C. Most of the tunica albuginea consists of collagen, and vitamin C aids in the production of collagen. Recovery from a male organ fracture may take some time, so taking steps to relieve pain during recovery periods during recovery is very important. Male Organ Pain – Avoiding the Failure of Fracture Failure

Keeps the pennywort from the Galapagos Islands

Keeps the pennywort from the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands wildlife is the most unique species in the world. At that time in the archipelago, off the coast of South America, the naturalist Charles Darwin based his research which later became his “Theory of Evolution”.
Currently the archipelago is a popular place for ecotourism, with wildlife cruises in the Galapagos often sitting at the top of the list of nature lovers desires. However, apart from – and, in some cases, because – the remote geographic position of the island, many species face a serious threat to their survival, and some are extinct. Keeps the pennywort from the Galapagos Islands

The ground birds in the archipelago are a declining group, the most prominent being the Finches Darwin (which are actually 15 separate species) – so named as their “light bulbs” in Darwin’s theory of natural selection. Keeps the pennywort from the Galapagos Islands

Saving the Land Bird

The Charles Darwin Research Institute (CDRI) in Santa Cruz, is a site that is in the travel plans of every wildlife voyage in the Galapagos. Their precious works are essential to the preservation of wildlife archipelago, and one of their many projects is focused on controlling the parasitic flies endangering Finches Darwin.

Philornis Downsi is an introduced species, whose larvae live and eat children from finch chicks, causing many to die in their nests. Ectoparasites are also believed to be responsible for the decline of other poultry species.

Philornis Project

Research conducted by CDRI begins with attempts to enlarge the Philornis larvae downsi in the laboratory, without the help of a poultry host. This difficult task is achieved for the first time by a dedicated undergraduate thesis student, although increasing the number of flies in large quantities required for research purposes continues to cause problems.

Researchers from the CDRI went to Panama to observe the work of the Missile Defensive Maintenance Program, where millions of “sterile” flies were produced regularly to help the project to eradicate invasive caterpillars. The researchers can transfer what they get from this very successful project and apply it to very positive results.

Although CDRI flies are bred in greater numbers because of the team’s achievements to improve some of Panama’s project techniques, making flies into regular marriage still proves a challenge. However, there is a large and dedicated team working on this project, and they are confident they will reach a solution.

Learning more about fly biology is essential for the next step in the program to develop successful methods for controlling the numbers. Once a regular breeding program is conducted, research on flies management effectively will provide a major step forward in the conservation of the domestic birds.

Small Project Makes a Big Difference

For anyone planning a wildlife voyage in the Galapagos, understanding CDR’s vital work will offer greater insight into this incredible world and the challenges it faces. The ongoing Philornis project is just one example of how seemingly small conservation projects have the potential to make a big difference to the archipelagic ecology.

Keeps the pennywort from the Galapagos Islands

Choose a Reputable Dating Site to Find the Perfect Pair

Choose a Reputable Dating Site to Find the Perfect Pair

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For Love Key: The History of the Waters

For Love Key: The History of the Waters

As a barge cruiser, the canal system is a complicated and balanced engineering feat. The keystone that supports this water channel is key. Whether run by key owners, followed up by barge owners, or controlled automatically by computer, the key allows fast and easy barge passage through the countryside. Without this engineering miracle, the canal trip is simply not possible. So, how is the key found and what exactly does it do?
When and Why Are They Invented? For Love Key: The History of the Waters

Rivers have long served as important trade and communication networks. However, this network is limited because the ship can not travel deep inland and it is very difficult to travel up through the river. The key, the invention that allowed the ship to gain or lose altitude, was developed by the Chinese in the tenth century and by the Dutch on the thirteenth. The initial “pound” key focuses on filling and drying small sized rooms, and facilitating the construction of the first independent waterway – or canal – that causes worldwide trade expansion. This arrangement also helps ships travel up or down in the domesticated rivers like the Thames.

This centuries-old invention is used today in some of the most important global trade routes – the Panama Canal, for example – and also allows for more relaxed travel, such as barge cruises. For Love Key: The History of the Waters

How do they work?

As we know, this technical miracle is designed to help boats upstream or downstream. If a ship wants to travel upstream, first the bottom gate should be opened so as to let the key drain. Next, the bottom door opened, and the boat could enter the room. After the gates of the lower and lower gates of the water gate are closed, the gate of the upper water door is opened, the water flows in and the water level rises. The boat is gently lifted to the next level and the top door can be opened safely, so the ship can continue its journey. Once again the same process occurs, but vice versa.

Getting Technical: Flights and Ladders

Engineers working with channels often have to cope with sudden changes. This can often not be handled with a single key, leading to a common feature of a channel called ‘flight’. This term refers to a group of 30 keys adjacent to each other, but with a sufficiently wide range between allowing the ship to pass each other. They gradually raise or lower the barge to the appropriate level. Since each room uses water from the above, the flight uses the same amount of water as a single key.

The more popular setting is the stairs; Here the top gate of one room acts as the lower gate above. To help with this process, the side pool is used to adjust the level perfectly in the upper and lower spaces. Of course, the best way to appreciate this amazing engineering feat is from the gentle barge cruise deck.

Paul Newman is a Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, France’s most respected luxury all-inclusive cruise liner provider and other major destinations. Part of an experienced barge team, Paul first queued to support a slow-paced barging cruise facility for anyone looking for a unique holiday experience. For Love Key: The History of the Waters