Having Trouble Getting the Web Address You Want?

Over the past 25 years, more than 95 million .com addresses have been registered by corporations, organizations and individuals. As a result, finding a credible and recognizable .com domain that best suits your business or other online venture is extremely difficult.

If your ideal domain name has already been claimed, using an alternate domain extension, such as .net, .org, .info or .biz, might help you find the name that you want. However, Internet users often overlook these extensions. Buying the domain is another option, but typically they are quite expensive.

After Olympics, Richmond, B.C. Becomes Tourist Destination

Nearly 3 billion people watched the 2010 Olympic Winter Games on television. Those who tuned into the long track speed skating competition received what was probably their first view of Richmond, British Columbia, the city that hosted the competition in its Richmond Olympic Oval.

But as visitors to the games can attest, there‚Äôs more to Richmond than the Richmond Olympic Oval. The Games gave visitors a chance to discover a unique city with plenty of dining, shopping and multicultural attractions — and more are following in their stead. The city is fast becoming a growing tourist destination with a variety of activities for all ages and abilities.

Aerial Skiers Blur the Lines Between Athlete and Stuntman

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Look skyward at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver this winter and you’ll find some of the events’ most daring — and entertaining — athletes. Aerial skiers blur the lines between athlete and stuntman, bringing acrobatics and skiing together to create a breathtaking spectacle.

These daredevils speed 40 mph down steep slopes and launch off towering jumps. After rocketing nearly six stories skyward, they complete a series of gymnastic maneuvers before touching down on a landing pad of chopped, soft snow. Think extreme airborne acrobatics in a sub-zero gymnasium — without safety nets or spotters.

So how, exactly, does one get started in this crazy sport? We checked in with the Canadian National Freestyle Ski Team. With over 100 World Cup medals over the past four years, the Canadians are poised to make a serious run at the podium.

A gymnastics background isn’t necessarily required, but a healthy dose of courage is — and a little time on the slopes doesn’t hurt either. Most important is access to a training facility (there are only a handful across the U.S. and Canada) where athletes train on trampolines and in the water to perfect skills in a lower-risk environment before moving to the snow.

Proper gear is also critical to success. Specialized equipment like skis and poles that are shorter and lighter than the traditional alpine variety provide increased mid-air mobility. Teams like the Canadian National Freestyle Ski Team are also leading the way in championing more technical apparel. This winter the team will be sporting Columbia Sportswear’s new warmth technology Omni-Heat (available to consumers in Fall 2010) at the 2010 Winter Olympics. The reflective lining adds 20 percent more heat retention than conventional outerwear without added bulk or weight, while still being highly breathable and moisture wicking. Bottom line — the athletes can stay warm and limber while waiting in the cold winter air between jumps.

Aerial skiers’ captivating stunts are sure to stir up even greater interest in this relatively new Olympic sport. Twenty-six-year-old Canadian team member Warren Shouldice remembers the first time he saw aerial freestyle as a child. “I sat there and watched for hours . . . the things that they were doing just blew my mind. I had to try it. When I did, I was hooked — the adrenaline is incredibly addictive.”

Enjoy Spa Treatments Without Spa Prices

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – As the recession strains pocket books, little luxuries are falling by the wayside. Americans are brewing coffee at home, learning to cook, making do with last season’s jeans and foregoing days at the spa.

But Americans don’t have to give up small self-indulgences or the stress-relief that they provide. Many high-end spa treatments can be done at home for a fraction of the regular price.

Take body wraps. A staple of the day spa experience, body wraps involve exfoliating the skin, applying a specific blend of ingredients, like herbs, clay or minerals, and then wrapping the body in cloth to seal in body heat. Spa-goers may opt for either full-body wraps or partial wraps, which target specific areas.

Healthy diet and exercise play an important role in a holistic approach to weight and inch loss, and although this may not be the total cure-all, it can play a significant part in the process. Wraps draw out toxins trapped within the body and fat cells, detoxifying the body. Benefits may include lost inches, the reduced appearance of cellulite, smoother and tighter skin and improved body contours and curve definition. And it is by far a safer alternative to surgery or liposuction!

Sounds great, right? It does -; until it’s time to pay. A 45-minute wrap at the spa costs anywhere from $100 to $150, while a 60-minute session may run as high as $250-$300.

But some companies have created do-it-yourself body wrap kits that offer the same benefits of spa treatments without spa prices. For example, Slimmer Silhouette offers a kit with enough mineral blend and reusable bandages for either 12 full wraps or 24 partial wraps — at the much more reasonable price of $250. That breaks down to $21 per wrap.

The kit also includes an instructional DVD, an instruction manual, a body diagram chart, measuring tape and a rehydration bottle. The mineral blend provided contains all-natural ingredients that promote healing. Using the wraps also results in lost inches, not from dehydration, but through the loss of impurities.

“I couldn’t believe how quick and easy it was to use right in my own home,” writes one customer, Brittany, from British Columbia, Canada. “I also felt completely refreshed and rejuvenated the next day.” She adds that she lost 12 inches the first time she used the wrap.

Those on a particularly tight budget might want to order the kit with a friend. In fact, at-home wrapping parties with close friends are becoming popular and prove to be a relaxing, slimming and inexpensive alternative to a day at the spa.

For more information, visit www.slimmersilhouette.com.

Heated Stairs Step Up Safety, Convenience

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Anyone who has lived with snow knows that stairs present a unique challenge. They ice up quickly, becoming slippery and dangerous. Outdoor stairs, which often come in irregular sizes, can be difficult to shovel, especially for senior citizens.

And even if you remove snow, your stairs may still ice up. Melting snow from the roof often falls on stairs leading up to a doorstep, creating dangerous ice layers. Using sand or rock salt is hardly an ideal situation. Many Americans are not physically able to carry heavy bags. When the salt dissolves, it poses a threat to local flora and fauna.

Companies and schools with large facilities have taken a unique approach to ensuring safer stairs in wintery weather — instead of trying to remove snow after it falls, they’re using a product that melts snow before it has a chance to build up.

At age 15, Hillel Glazer decided he no longer wanted to shovel snow, so he disassembled a heating pad and combined it with a doormat, promptly shorting out the electricity in his parents’ home. As an adult — and with the help of engineers — Glazer returned to his original snow-melting mat idea.

Today, Glazer’s company, HeatTrak, makes heated mats that keep walkways clear of snow. Long used by large commercial facilities, HeatTrak’s Stair Mats are now available to homeowners.

Built with weatherproof, ribbed carpet, HeatTrak Residential Stair Mats are durable enough to be left outside for the entire winter. The mats plug into standard outlets and generate enough heat to melt snow at a rate of two inches per hour. If homeowners turn the mats on when snow first begins to fall, snowflakes will dissolve as soon as they hit the mats, leaving slip-free stairs.

HeatTrak Stair Mats are safe to own and operate. Each mat has a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) that instantly shuts off the mat when it senses a current leak. HeatTrak products are sold throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

For more information, visit www.heattrak.com.

Tips to Safely Ship Large Items

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Transporting large, valuable items often creates anxiety. Will you open the box only to find an antique vase in shards? Will the package even reach its destination?

To ensure that items arrive safely, you have to pack them correctly. Make sure that you have a variety of packing materials on hand, including boxes, bubble wrap, loose fill and packing tape.

Bulky or irregularly shaped items, like furniture, exercise equipment, paintings and sculptures, require special consideration. The experts at Pak Mail, a shipping company with 500 plus stores in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Venezuela, Panama and Japan, offer the following tips:

– Wrap it. Before packing an item, you’ll need to protect it from scratching or breaking. Wrap items in bubble wrap, tissue or plastic. If shipping several items in the same box, wrap each item individually. Use non-acidic paper to protect artwork.

– Pack it. Use foam or rubber as a second layer of packaging -; this will help absorb shock and vibration during shipping. Make sure that items are packed securely in their boxes. Most damage occurs when items have room to move or shake.

– Make it secure. Choose a hard, puncture-resistant surface, like plywood, for the outer layer of your package.

– Hire a professional. For items that prove especially cumbersome, consider hiring a shipping company that specializes in custom packaging and large items. For example, Pak Mail builds custom crates for unusually awkward or large items. You don’t even need to bring the items to a Pak Mail location -; the company will pick up your item, pack it safely and then ship it. There are no size, weight or piece limits. The company has successfully shipped everything from precious art works to dinosaur fossils.

– Get a guarantee. Declare and cover the value of your items. Make sure that you have each item’s tracking numbers so you can watch their progress.

For more information or to find Pak Mail locations, call (800) 778-6665 or visit www.pakmail.com.

The Earlier, the Better: Building Immune Defenses Against H1N1

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Recently, scientists discovered that the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu virus is more like the H5N1 avian flu than the historic 1918 pandemic H1N1 Spanish flu strain, and that current mutations of the virus have rendered previous flu vaccines less effective.

In a teleconference with colleagues, Dr. Roger Mazlen, an internist in Rosyln Heights, NY, discussed the current Swine Flu outbreaks. Aside from traditional medical school, Dr. Mazlen received specialized training at the National Institute for Health (NIH) and is the former Clinical Research Director for Immunotec, Ltd. in Canada. He has practiced internal medicine and nutrition for more than 30 years.

Swine flu, or H1N1, was first isolated in a pig in 1930, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus has demonstrated an ability to migrate from domestic pigs to humans. Dr. Mazlen said there are several factors contributing to the current swine flu outbreak, including environmental, cultural and economic issues. “The current recession, loss of retirement funds, compromised nutrition, reduced exercise, obesity and other factors produce immune depression. A depressed immune system cannot fight off the invasion of viral and other pathogens that attempt to find a home to set up infections in our bodies,” he says.

Dr. Mazlen suggests protection strategies for a potentially larger H1N1 outbreak during the 2009 through 2010 flu season. “Frequent hand washing is a start. Also, lots of daily water helps to hydrate the body and assist the immune system,” he said. Vitamin and mineral supplements add fortification, but Dr. Mazlen suggested also adding fish oil because of its clinically-proven immune function support. Fish oil blends are available as gel capsules or in liquid form at health food stores, and several different brands are also available at www.puritan.com.

Dr. Mazlen said that Tamiflu, the currently recommended prescription medication used in flu and Swine flu, is most effective when used within a few hours of the first viral symptoms. But Swine Flu, as reported by the CDC, has an ability to mutate within hours. Tamiflu may be effective for Swine Flu in the morning, and may be ineffective by the end of the day because of viral mutation.

When asked whether the popular herbal remedy Echinacea could be effective, Dr. Mazlen explained that studies have proven the product has minimal effectiveness in stimulating the immune response. He said he prefers a natural immune-stimulating product that he has used with over 500 patients, including his family members. The product was originally developed in Russia but is now made in the U.S. Dr. Mazlen said he has had good results during the past years with patients fighting flu and other infections. The product, Del-Immune V, is available at www.delimmune.com.

Early measures to protect health might be the key to minimizing potentially serious infections this flu season. Dr. Mazlen closed the discussion by expressing his concern over whether it is Swine Flu H1N1 or a mutated form of the Swine Flu. “It is important to have an immune defense strategy this year — the earlier the better,” he said.

Who Is Working On Your RV?

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – As the weather becomes warmer, many people will start thinking about hitting the road for vacation. But if your vacation means pulling out a recreational vehicle, you might want to consult a technician before stocking up on road snacks.

Keeping a RV in storage — even one that was properly “winterized” — can allow various problems to develop. Critters can move into corners and storage compartments. Hoses and gaskets can develop cracks and leaks, propane tanks can rust and engines can develop strange noises.

While most RV owners winterize and de-winterize their RVs, only an expert eye can recognize subtle damage that may have occurred to intricate components while it was sitting.

But do the technicians who service your RV have what it takes to provide the best diagnostic care? If they are certified through the RVDA-RVIA RV Service Technician Certification Program, you should be getting the best possible service.

The RV Service Technician Certification Program began testing and certifying technicians in 1993. Now, there are over 3,500 certified RV technicians across the U.S. and Canada. All of these technicians worked hard to achieve their status, and they continue to educate themselves in order to maintain that status.

How do you find a certified RV technician when you need one? It’s easy. Go online to www.rvda.org and click on the “find a dealer” tab. Then, click on the pull-down tab next to ‘Company State’ and select your state.

The season isn’t going to wait for you. So, as an RV owner, what are you waiting for? Isn’t it time to have your RV de-winterized? Getting your RV roadworthy sooner will only bring a longer timespan to take in the view and enjoy the freedom of the road.

For more information, visit www.rvda.org.

Preparing for Disaster With a Click of a Mouse

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – American homes aren’t as secure as we think. Among natural disasters -; floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, mudslides, earthquakes, wildfires -; and kitchen fires and broken pipes, most homeowners will see their properties damaged.

But homeowners can take steps to help protect their possessions from disaster, natural or otherwise.

When moving into a new area, buyers should learn what kind of disasters afflict the region. For example, if hurricanes are a concern, buyers should consider homes with hurricane strapping -; flat metal strips that attach rafters and trusses to walls. According to the American Red Cross, people should not buy homes in high-risk flood zones, in areas threatened by coastal erosion or on fault lines.

Once homeowners know what to expect, they can install fire alarms, secure bookcases and other heavy objects that could fall in an earthquake, and they can clear surrounding brush, which can be a fire hazard. But homeowners also need to secure their financial information.

Homeowners need to inventory their possessions, either on paper or with photographs. Even inexpensive items, like dish towels, need to be recorded, because small costs can add up should everything in the home require replacement.

Homeowners need to record where they keep all of their financial and family documents, from birth certificates to tax returns, then copy each document and store it in a safe place. But a large disaster might destroy nearby banks, too.

Online systems can both simplify preparations and provide greater document security. One online estate planning service, The Estate Vault, consolidates client information, from assets, liabilities and financial portfolios to medical histories and vehicle registration information.

Customers can choose to keep their information on a secure Web site, on their home computers, on a CD or USB device or in any combination of those three locations. If documents become physically damaged, Estate Vault users can simply download their records from the service’s secure Web site. Wills, marriage licenses and credit card records are kept safe and easy to access.

The Estate Vault stores its data in a building owned by Primus Telecommunications Canada, which has won awards for its support systems. Canada does not experience earthquakes or hurricanes, making it one of the world’s safest places for document security.

For more information, visit www.estatevault.com. Estate Vault trades on the NASDAQ OTC under the symbol TEVI.