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Sturgis, South Dakota

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally


Happy New Year! Wow! Simply the only word that can describe the response we had from our first issue. On behalf of the entire crew at USA Expat Magazine I would like to say thank you to all of the readers and vendors who contributed to our December issue. We could not have asked for a better response or a better set of subscribers, and we would like to invite everyone to continue sharing and submitting articles and advertising your fantastic businesses; we absolutely love reading about your Expat adventures in America. It's a been a tough past year once again for many, but no matter what, you guys are still living in one of the greatest countries in the world. And, as one of my favorite country music sensations, Brad Paisley, once said, “Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.� Along with the entire team at USA Expat Magazine I'd like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very Happy New Year, filled with love, light, peace, joy and good health for 2014! We appreciate the continued support we get from all of our readers and look forward to another great year with you!

GreenTec Homes Inc. was formed in June of 2011, and is a privately held company. There are five shareholders who have the following vision. The Vision is to provide significant value to the local and international communities we serve. GreenTec achieves this through cutting edge construction using environmentally conscious building products and services that impact every home owner or business venture.

Products and Services: * Construction : (Proven Hurricane & Earthquake resistant)· * Renewable Energy Solutions:· * Water Treatment and Water Reclamation:· * Supply of Low Energy Appliances:· * Value Engineering and Consulting:· 1. Workforce development to support cities and countries become more independent as it relates to applying new cost efficient building techniques. 2. Value engineering utilizing our range of products to minimize costly investments in building materials and appliances. (e.g. reduced the cost build out of our dairy project by over $200K utilizing our SIPS panels that offer a higher insulation rating and thereby eliminating the necessity of a very expensive chilling room)· 3. Consulting with developers and or municipalities/government bodies on cost effective ways to improve and develop cities. (e.g. solar powered off grid street lights and traffic light systems, redevelopment of impoverished neighbourhoods away from condensed living.)· 4. Large scale project developments for provision of alternative energy and water reclamation systems.

A New Day in Health Care Coverage By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, Health and Human Services January 1st marks not only the beginning of a New Year, but an exciting new day in health care as millions of Americans will now be able to access care, thanks to the coverage they found at the Health Insurance Marketplace. For many of the newly insured – people like Molly from Charlottesville, VA or Mark from Austin, TX - it will be the first time that they can enjoy the security that comes with health coverage. For consumers whose Marketplace coverage begins on January 1, we're doing everything we can to help ensure a smooth transition period. If consumers have questions about their new private insurance coverage, they can contact their insurance company directly. Consumers can log into their account on to find their insurer’s customer service line or browse through a directory on Before you go to the doctor or pharmacy using your new insurance for the first time, check out this tip sheet, and make sure to: * Get your insurance card or a temporary card with your new plan’s information. If you don’t have your card yet, ask your insurance company to give you another way to confirm your coverage. * Make sure you know when your first premium payment is due and pay it by the due date; * Check to see which doctors and pharmacies are in your network. And at your first visit: * Bring your insurance card with you to the doctor or pharmacy. If you don’t have a card, ask your doctor or pharmacy what other proof of insurance they may accept. * If you thought you enrolled in health coverage but aren’t showing up in the system, call your insurance company directly. If you don’t have your insurer’s contact information call the Marketplace Call Center (1-800-318-2596) and a trained representative can provide it to you.

We’ve also developed a number of consumer tips on to help people understand their new private insurance coverage. The topics include: * Make sure you're covered. Consumers who think they’ve signed up for Marketplace health insurance, but haven't heard from their insurance company can get help finding out if they're covered. * Get prescription medication under your new plan. Marketplace health plans will help pay the cost of certain prescription medications. Consumers can get help finding out if their prescription is covered and how to apply for an exception if the medication is not currently covered by their plan. * Get medical care and find a doctor. Consumers can get help finding doctors and other health care providers covered by their new Marketplace plan. * Get emergency care. Consumers can get important information on utilizing emergency care, and making sure they know that their insurance company can't charge more for emergency room services at an “out-of-network” hospital. * Appeal a health plan decision. Consumers have the right to appeal a decision when an insurance company refuses to pay for a specific treatment or service. We can help guide consumers through the appeals process. As we continue to give consumers information to help them understand their new Marketplace coverage, we're also continuing to work to ensure that every American who wants to enroll in Marketplace coverage by the end of the open enrollment period on March 31st, 2014, is able to do so— and enjoy the security and peace of mind that comes with having quality health coverage.


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HELLO........... After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, British scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 200 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 150 years ago. Not to be outdone by the Brit’s, in the weeks that followed, an American archaeologist dug to a depth of 20 feet, and published his findings in the New York Times: “American archaeologists, finding traces of 250-year-old copper wire, have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network 50 years earlier than the British”. One week later, the Cape Times , in South Africa , reported the following: “After digging as deep as 30 feet in his backyard in Thabazimbi, South Africa , Lucky Simelane, a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely nothing! Lucky has therefore concluded that about 250 years ago, South Africa had already gone wireless.”

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Mitchell, South Dakota The Corn Palace

Make a detour to a Moorish palace with murals made of corn While western South Dakota is the very picture of the American West, the eastern part of the state is solid Midwestern farm country, where corn is king—and a king, of course, must have a castle. In 1892, the town of Mitchell built its first Corn Palace as a home for the Corn Belt Exposition, a showcase of agricultural strength. The current building, a Moorish fantasy reminiscent of old Atlantic City theatres, is the palace’s third incarnation, dating back to 1921. At first glance, it appears not quite of this world, and certainly not of South Dakota, with its decorative columns and arabesque minarets, but closer inspection reveals that the Corn Palace is very much a product of its place. The huge murals around its exterior are mosaics composed entirely of corn, grains and local grasses— thousands and thousands of bushels of them. It’s a tradition that goes back to the very first palace, and has been repeated annually ever since, with South Dakota artists creating designs that reflect some aspect of the state’s life or history. Lit nightly in summer, the outdoor murals become a giant bird feeder from the moment of their creation—one of the main reasons new ones have to be made every year. Inside, displays explain how the murals are created, and a number of murals from past years are preserved, including those of noted Yanktonai Sioux artist Oscar Howe, once the artist laureate of South Dakota. The Palace is also a multipurpose arena—it seats more than 3,000—for shows, circuses, basketball games and other events. And each Labor Day weekend in September, it’s the site of the Corn Palace Festival, featuring a carnival, crafts, food booths and entertainers such as Willie Nelson, Glen Campbell and REO Speedwagon. Later in September, accordions take over during the annual Polka Festival.

Sturgis, South Dakota

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Join a high-spirited celebration of motorcycles and those who love them For those who like bikes, there’s no place like Sturgis, a small town (population 6,442) that annually hosts the biggest motorcycle rally in America. Historians trace the event back to 1936, when Clarence ‘Pappy’ Hoel established an Indian motorcycle franchise in town and founded the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club. Two years later, the club held the first Black Hills Motor Classic, with nine participants and a small audience. Today, the rally—known to most as just Sturgis—attracts over half a million people every year for a week of bike shows, concerts, races, demos, group rides, camaraderie and plain old partying. Attendees run the gamut from those who live the Harley life to CEOs who put on their leathers only on weekends. Hundreds of vendors sell clothing, accessories, food and drink, and tattoo artists do a brisk business. It’s like Mardi Gras with chrome, though things have quietened down some since the good old days, when it was fairly common to see naked people riding down Main Street. The average attendee is in his mid-forties, and it’s not uncommon to see baby strollers among the hogs. Yes, there’s lots of booze (Jack Daniel’s is a major sponsor, and bobbing for free beer in a bucket of ice water is a tradition at the Dungeon Bar); yes, there’s a lot of rock ’n’ roll (recent concerts have included ZZ Top, Kid Rock and George Thorogood); and campgrounds like the Buffalo Chip (site of many of the concerts) get pretty wild, but Sturgis isn’t all just a big party. Outside town, the scenic minor roads of the Black Hills National Forest are some of the most gorgeous anywhere, and legions of riders head to Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial, and beyond. Back in town, bike buffs explore the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame. And lest we forget that bikers are all big romantic softies at heart, each year Sturgis’s county courthouse issues more than 100 marriage licenses during bike week. Ain’t love grand?

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S.A.U.S. & Howzit! Braai and JOL ( 1st annual )

Sunday, June 22, 2014 12:00pm until 6:00pm in PDT Let's all get together in June 2014 in San Francisco, Calif. and have a moerse lekker Braai and JOL !!! I will be reserving a lekker venue so we can have the BEST Saffa get together EVER!!! ( June 22, 2014 The 4th Sunday in June ) More details to be announced soon. Book your plane tickets NOW!!

How to Make Pressed Flower Art Pressed flowers can be used for making different kinds of art and crafts. Here are some easy crafts that you can make.

A flower, or rose, given by the special someone is unknowingly preserved in a book. When we come across it a couple of days later, we find that it has withered completely and the petals are about to fall. At that time it is no longer possible to preserve the flower in a book. In that case, you can think of making pressed flower art and keep the memory in unaltered condition! Pressed flower crafts can also be used to make homemade gifts like cards, jewellery, frames, etc. Here are the different craft options for you to have fun with.

Pressed Flower Art Ideas If you already have pressed flowers ready, you can use them right away. If not, you can begin by pressing flowers, and preserving them for later use. Here are the different kinds of arts that can be made using pressed flowers. Making Pressed Flower Cards Things Required * Pressed flowers and leaves of your choice * Card stock * Glue * Tweezers * A soft brush Procedure * Firstly, try to arrange the flowers in different combinations on the card. You can roughly arrange them (without pasting them of course) and co-ordinate colors to make a design of your choice for the card. * Now either apply the glue to the back of the flowers or on the card. Gently place the flowers on the card and slowly tap them. Follow the same for pasting the remaining flowers and stems. * When you are completely done with pasting flowers and stems, you should keep the card under a heavy book for 5-6 hours. * After the recommended time, take the card out, check whether the flower is stuck properly. Now you can also decorate the card using sketch pens. * Write down your note and your card is ready! From the above procedure we see that making cards using pressed flowers is fairly easy!

Making Pressed Flower Bookmark Things Required * 1 card stock sheet * Pressed flowers of your choice * Transparent paper * Coloring pens * Bookmark thread * Glue Procedure * Determine the size of the bookmark and cut the card stock sheet accordingly. * Glue the flowers or flower petals to make a design. * Make borders to the card or write like 'I like Books' or your initials to personalize the bookmark. * Cover with proper sized transparent paper and glue the ends. * Punch in a hole at the top and insert the bookmark thread and tie up the ends! Your pressed flower bookmark is ready! Art is all about creativity and hence, you can come up with your own designs and creations using pressed flowers. So, what are you waiting for, collect the old flowers from your garden or vase and start with your work! Good luck!

by Andrew Colomb

Peri-Peri Chicken Livers

Ingredients 1 large onion -- chopped 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or peri-peri powder 250 grams chicken livers, cleaned and halved 1 tablespoon brandy salt and pepper

Preparation Saute the onion in the oil. Add the cayenne pepper or peri-peri. Add the chicken livers and stir-fry over high heat until just cooked. Season with salt and pepper. Add the brandy to deglaze the pan. Slice soft fresh rolls in half and open butterfly-style. Butter lightly and spoon the liver onto the rolls. Serve with a fresh green salad dressed with a tangy garlic dressing .

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My name is Paul. In 1995 I spent 2 years in Africa enjoying the beautiful scenery, seeing the animals up close in their native habitats,  among the people learning their culture, their ways of life, including music, the things they do to survive, the VERY different foods they ate. I spent those 2 years in very humble circumstances where the families that had the least seemed to be the happiest.  These are the types of people that would give you the last morsel they had; they take you in even if they don't know you.  The children LOVE being around you when you are willing to spend time with them.   In the areas I was in, despite the ruggedness of it, there was a tranquil peacefulness to it and no matter what their circumstances, the people always seemed content.

CapeTown Trader CapeTown Trader is for the homesick South African, the uitlander with a foot in the United States and a yearning for Mrs. Ball's Chutney, Marmite, Five Roses tea, Ouma rusks, Baker’s biscuits(cookies), biltong(dried meat similar to carpaccio),rooibos tea, droewors(dried spicy sausage), Cadbury’s chocolates, your favorite spices, and soft handmade nougat. South African cuisine is imaginative and sophisticated; it draws heavily on the many cultures that have influenced South Africa: Malay, San, Dutch, Zulu, Indian, French, Tswana, British, and many more. The constant search for foods South African was the start of our enterprise here in the USA. We experienced great difficulty finding any and when we did we would always stock up! Whilst on vacation in CapeTown several years ago we came across the best Nougat we had ever tasted. We contacted the family owned company in Natal and arranged to bring over a small shipment. Everyone who tasted it loved it. Our basement became our warehouse for a short period of time until growth allowed us to move to a proper facility. And that is how we started. We found that the gourmet marketplace in the USA is constantly looking for new excellent products. We have been stunned by the fantastic response on Amazon by the buying public. Clearly the word is out about the quality and taste of South African food Products. Our primary focus is to bring the best South African foods to the American Gourmet Market. Our products are generally organically grown, natural and free of additives. Many of the items we sell are Kosher, Halal or Vegetarian. We are the exclusive importers of • Walters Nougat (a soft handmade nougat) • Chaloner Preserves, Jams, Chutneys & Olive Oil (winner of 2013 South African Gold) • Fynbos Fine Foods (the best chilli sauces on earth!) • NoMU (Rubs, Spices, Grinders & Hot Chocolates We also import and or distribute several other well-known South African food Companies like Nandos, Mrs. Balls Chutney, Bakers and many more. We have several fantastic products awaiting clearance thru the FDA process which, once cleared we will introduce to the USA. We ship nationwide and are currently selling to over 200 markets as well as on Amazon.

A taste of South Africa

A little about the some of our imports: Walters Nougat is a family run business that makes their honey nut nougat by hand.They select the finest quality natural ingredients like roasted nuts and pure South African honey and bring them together using lots of time and care – No gelatin, no preservatives, no artificial colors, no large nougat making machines and no shortcuts……. Just good honest wholesome food made the old fashioned way with lots of time and loving care. Fynbos Fine Foods specializes in growing 12 varieties of Chillies.  The chillies, pepper drops, peppers, tomatoes and, herbs are organically grown and picked early in the morning from their greenhouses and fields and processed on site. Chaloner products are grown and crafted by the Chaloner family at their farm on the slopes of the mountain next to the picturesque town of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. The fruit is carefully grown in organically fertilized orchards and harvested at optimum maturity to ensure the highest natural sugar content. NoMU (No Cow) born in CapeTown represents the best in Spices, Rubs, Grinders, Dippers, And hot Chocolates that South Africa has ever produced. All products are free of any additives or preservatives. They are Vegetarian, Kosher and Halal. As one of South Africa's leading and independent food innovators, NoMU is proud to continue to produce an exceptional and ever-expanding range of original, highest-quality and always stylish and beautiful products designed to inspire creativity in your kitchen. PO Box 674 Brookline, Ma 02446 Tel 857-244-6700 Fax 617-275-8958

Employment-Based Immigration: Third Preference EB-3 You may be eligible for this immigrant visa preference category if you are a skilled worker, professional, or other worker. * “Skilled workers” are persons whose job requires a minimum of 2 years training or work experience, not of a temporary or seasonal nature * “Professionals” are persons whose job requires at least a U.S. baccalaureate degree or a foreign equivalent and are a member of the professions * The “other workers” subcategory is for persons performing unskilled labor requiring less than 2 years training or experience, not of a temporary or seasonal nature.

Note: While eligibility requirements for the third preference classification are less stringent, you should be aware that a long backlog exists for visas in the "other workers" category. See the “Department of State: Visa Bulletin” link. U.S. Department of Labor – Labor Certification Third preference petitions must generally be accompanied by an approved, individual labor certification from the Department of Labor on Form ETA-9089. In some cases, the petition may be submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) with an uncertified ETA-9089 for consideration as Schedule A, Group I. For more information, see the “Department of Labor: Foreign Labor Certification” link to the right. Application Process Your employer (petitioner) must file a Form I-140, Petition for Alien Worker. As part of the application process, your employer must be able to demonstrate an ability to pay the offered wage as of your visa priority date. Your employer may use an annual report, federal income tax return, or audited financial statement to demonstrate an ability to pay your wage. For more information on filing fees, see the “File My Application Online” link. Family of EB-3 Visa Holders Your spouse may be admitted to the United States in E34 (spouse of a “skilled worker” or “professional”) or EW4 (spouse of an “other worker”). During the process where you and your spouse are applying for permanent resident status (status as a green card holder), your spouse is eligible to file for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Your minor children (under the age of 18) may be admitted as E35 (child of a “skilled worker” or “professional”) or EW5 (child of an “other worker”).

Fact Sheet on the Legal Services Corporation What is the Legal Services Corporation? LSC is the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans in the nation. Established in 1974, LSC operates as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. LSC distributes more than 90 percent of its total funding to 134 independent nonprofit legal aid programs with more than 800 offices. LSC promotes equal access to justice by awarding grants to legal services providers through a competitive grants process; conducting compliance reviews and program visits to oversee program quality and compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements as well as restrictions that accompany LSC funding, and by providing training and technical assistance to programs. LSC encourages programs to leverage limited resources by partnering and collaborating with other funders of civil legal aid, including state and local governments, Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA), access to justice commissions, the private bar, philanthropic foundations, and the business community. The Corporation is headed by a bipartisan board of directors whose 11 members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Who is helped by LSC-funded programs? LSC-funded programs help people who live in households with annual incomes at or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines – in 2013, $14,363 for an individual, $29,438 for a family of four. Clients come from every ethnic group and every age group and live in rural, suburban, and urban areas. They are the working poor, veterans, homeowners and renters, families with children, farmers, people with disabilities, and the elderly. Women—many of whom are struggling to keep their children safe and their families together—comprise 70 percent of clients. What kinds of legal issues do low-income people need help with? Legal assistance is necessary to address many issues that affect low-income individuals and families. The most frequent cases involve: * Family law: LSC grantees help victims of domestic violence by obtaining protective and restraining orders, help parents obtain and keep custody of their children, assist family members in obtaining guardianship for children without parents, and other family law matters. More than a third of all cases closed by local LSC programs are family law cases. * Housing and Foreclosure Cases: As the second largest category of all cases closed, these matters involve helping to resolve landlord-tenant disputes, helping homeowners prevent foreclosures or renegotiate their loans, assisting renters with eviction notices whose landlords are being foreclosed on, and helping people maintain federal housing subsidies when appropriate. * Consumer Issues: Nearly twelve percent of cases involve protecting the elderly and other vulnerable groups from being victimized by unscrupulous lenders, helping people file for bankruptcy when appropriate and helping people manage their debts. * Income Maintenance: More than 12 percent of cases involve helping working Americans obtain promised compensation from private employers, helping people obtain and retain government benefits such as disability benefits to which they are entitled. * Helping Military Families:—the first website in the nation to focus exclusively on federal legal rights and legal resources important to veterans – is funded by an LSC Technology Initiatives Grant. This free service enables military families and veterans to access a wide array of legal information and assistance. The Department of Veterans Affairs, in a directive, encourages use of the website in connection with service to homeless veterans. * Responding to Disasters: LSC has a long history with helping victims of natural disasters. LSC has built a national network of experience and expertise—including legal services providers and national organizations such as the American Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)—to help programs better serve victims when disasters strike. How is assistance provided? Legal aid programs provide extensive representation in individual cases when required, but they also provide: Clinics, often staffed by pro bono attorneys, where legal problems can be identified and addressed on-site or scheduled for additional assistance if needed; Advice and self-help materials (delivered via workshops, telephone help lines, online chat tools, downloadable court forms, etc.) that help people understand their rights and responsibilities, when legal assistance may be needed and where to find it, and get assistance with self-representation when necessary; and Referrals to other social services as appropriate. How many are helped? LSC-funded programs helped approximately 2.3 million people in 2011. However, demand for legal aid far outstrips the resources available. This is known as the "justice gap." Recent studies indicate that legal aid offices turn away 50 percent or more of those seeking help. The size of the population eligible for legal assistance has increased dramatically from 2007. The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011 statistics on poverty show that nearly one in five—60 million Americans—qualified for civil legal assistance funded by LSC.

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Is Entrepreneurship For You ? Starting your own business can be an exciting and rewarding experience. It can offer numerous advantages such as being your own boss, setting your own schedule and making a living doing something you enjoy. But, becoming a successful entrepreneur requires thorough planning, creativity and hard work. Consider whether you have the following characteristics and skills commonly associated with successful entrepreneurs: * Comfortable with taking risks: Being your own boss also means you’re the one making tough decisions. Entrepreneurship involves uncertainty. Do you avoid uncertainty in life at all costs? If yes, then entrepreneurship may not be the best fit for you. Do you enjoy the thrill of taking calculated risks? Then read on. * Independent: Entrepreneurs have to make a lot of decisions on their own. If you find you can trust your instincts — and you’re not afraid of rejection every now and then — you could be on your way to being an entrepreneur. * Persuasive: You may have the greatest idea in the world, but if you cannot persuade customers, employees and potential lenders or partners, you may find entrepreneurship to be challenging. If you enjoy public speaking, engage new people with ease and find you make compelling arguments grounded in facts, it’s likely you’re poised to make your idea succeed. * Able to negotiate: As a small business owner, you will need to negotiate everything from leases to contract terms to rates. Polished negotiation skills will help you save money and keep your business running smoothly. * Creative: Are you able to think of new ideas? Can you imagine new ways to solve problems? Entrepreneurs must be able to think creatively. If you have insights on how to take advantage of new opportunities, entrepreneurship may be a good fit. * Supported by others: Before you start a business, it’s important to have a strong support system in place. You’ll be forced to make many important decisions, especially in the first months of opening your business. If you do not have a support network of people to help you, consider finding a business mentor. A business mentor is someone who is experienced, successful and willing to provide advice and guidance. Read the Steps to Finding a Mentor article for help on finding and working with a mentor. Still think you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur and start a new business? Great! Now ask yourself these 20 questions to help ensure you’ve thought about the right financial and business details.


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Sound Wave Bathtub

The Kaldewei Sound Wave is a bathtub that can stream audio via Bluetooth. Its drivers are attached within its body and are facing the tub, so you can listen and feel the sound. R&B massages might become a thing with this tub.


The HiddenRadio2 is a significant step up from its popular predecessor. It now automatically raises and lowers its protective cap, has intuitive touch controls, better cones and drivers, support for NFC and an alarm function.

Trevor Romain, the celebrated South African artist, writer and child advocate is illustrating the new Teacher Lee book 'Naughty Norman'. This book helps preschoolers identify numbers, colors and more. It is also a great book for early readers.

Why Expats are Choosing Utah! Utah sometimes has a bad reputation with the media and entertainment, and for a good reason, because to the rest of us, everyone there seems to be a little weird. But I’ll tell you this much… you can’t beat living there when it comes to the outdoors. It doesn’t matter what season it is, Utah delivers some of the most spectacular opportunities for beauty, relaxation, and recreation. Within minutes you can leave your front door and be experiencing things that most people only get to see on Pinterest. Every serious outdoor enthusiast knows about Utah. Utah's snow is often referred to as being the greatest snow on earth. And to bring you closer to that wonderful snow, the state is filled with many famous ski resorts including, Alta, Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort and Snowbird. But what else attracts people to Utah? Surely not everyone wants to live there for the snow. Another great attraction is Utah's breathtaking land marks and the state's raw beauty. Arches National Park is, to this day, one of the hottest attractions in the state. Positioned in a “high desert” with elevations ranging from 4,085 to 5,653 feet above sea level in southeast Utah, Arches National Park contains the greatest density of natural sandstone arches in the world. Any South African living in Utah will tell you, that you can greatly enrich the meaning and memory of a trip to this great state by exploring the rich tapestry of attractions beyond the parks and skiing as well. Museums, festivals, culinary fare, nightlife, and shopping, fill the day to day occurrences of this beautiful state. One can easily say, Utah definitely has it all!

What Happens If You Eat 5,800 Calories Daily on an LCHF Diet?

What happens if you “overeat” on an LCHF diet? It’s a common question and here’s one possible answer. The young man Sam Feltham has done a three-week experiment, where he’s been eating enormous amounts of LCHF-food. On average 5794 calories daily of which “only” 10% as carbohydrates (menu). According to over-simplified calorie counting, energy expenditure isn’t affected by what you eat. All excess calories you eat will then lead to weight gain. If this were true Feltham would have gained 16.5 lbs (7.5 kg) during the three weeks, but in reality he only gained 3.5 lbs (1.7 kg). Here’s the explanation: Theory and Reality There’s a difference between calculated energy surplus and real energy surplus. Apparently Feltham didn’t have a large real energy surplus, as he didn’t gain more weight. The most likely explanation to me is that his energy expenditure increased substantially during the experiment. Maybe there are other explanations? Perhaps his body also adapted by not taking up all the nutrients he ate? I’m not surprised by the results. If you starve long term you don’t lose as much weight as simple calorie counting predicts. The body will decrease the metabolic rate. If you overeat you don’t gain that much weight. The body adapts and tries to maintain an appropriate fat mass. Some find it hard to believe in Felthams results and suggest that he’s lying. I don’t think so. There are several previous reports from people who have done similar experiments – stuffed themselves with copious amounts of LCHF-food. Weight gain tends to be small or non-existent, so Feltham’s results seem to be typical.

Hormones The above applies as long as the body’s hormonal regulation is balanced. Eating large amounts of bad carbohydrates may interfere with hormonal balance. Large amounts of the fat-storing hormone insulin are then produced. So what happens when you overeat bad carbohydrates to the extreme? A good example is the movie “Supersize Me”. Morgan Spurlock did a similar experiment: he ate 5,000 calories daily for 30 days – at McDonalds. The difference was that this was not an LCHF diet, but HCHF (high carb high fat). There were about as many “excessive” calories, but Spurlock did not only gain 3.5 lbs (1.7 kg). He gained a whopping 24.5 lbs (11.1 kg).

Professor Fredrik Nyström did a study where twelve students overate, but to a less extreme degree, “only” a few thousand extra calories daily in the form of carbohydrate-rich fast food, for four weeks. Just adding these extra calories made them gain on average 14 lbs (6.4 kg). Paulo Roberto, Sweden, made a similar TV documentary the other year. He ate large amounts of carbohydrate-rich junk food and gained 33 lbs (15 kg) in two weeks! Summary There is a difference between overeating and overeating. When eating bad carbohydrates it’s easy to gain weight quickly. You’ll get plenty of the fat-storing hormone insulin in your blood. It’s generally hard to gain weight on an LCHF diet. It’s even difficult to eat too much food, as you then usually have to eat more than you want. Even if you force down large amounts of LCHF-food, against your will, the result is usually as it was for Feltham. It’s a constant struggle and weight gain will likely be modest. Overweight people eating as much as they want on an LCHF diet will typically lose weight.

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Big Island, Hawaii Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Get a close-up look at an active volcano Born of violent underwater eruptions, and shaped by a million years of pounding waves, driving rain and occasional earthquakes, Big Island is the youngest and largest of the 1,500-mile-long Hawaiian archipelago (measuring 93 by 76 miles, it’s about the size of Connecticut). The island, a miracle of diversity, contains 11 of Earth’s 13 climate zones —from lush tropical rain forests to desolate, black lava deserts to arctic tundra. Its beaches offer white, black and even green shades of sand. The island’s most prominent features are its five volcanoes; the largest, Mauna Kea, extends from sea level to 13,796 feet. View these primitive forces in the 330,000-acre Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a journey back into the creation of Earth, where deep, smoldering calderas hiss, smoky black pit craters belch out sulphur fumes, multihued cinder cones provide the backdrop for miles of charcoal-coloured flows and lava tubes cut their way through the jungle-like prehistoric railway tunnels. Kilauea Volcano, the park’s biggest draw, has been spewing 2,000° F (1093 degrees Celsius) molten lava almost continuously since 1983. According to ancient legend, Pele, goddess of the volcano, searched the entire Hawaiian island chain before settling in Kilauea’s Halemaumau Crater, and today she continues to create land through daily eruptions. From the Visitor Centre on the north rim, follow Crater Rim Drive, an 11-mile loop that circles the summit, traverses a desert and winds through a native rain forest. Sites along the way include Kilauea Caldera, a 2.5-mile-wide, 500-foot-deep pit; the Sulphur Banks and Steam Vents, where an active volcano emits trails of smoke and steam; and Pele’s home, Halemaumau Crater. Depending on volcanic activity, there may be opportunities for viewing active lava flows; check with rangers at the Visitor Centre about how and where. At night, the streaming lava glows like an incandescent ribbon on the flank of the mountain.


In the span of years, since the invention of Bruce Meyers’ fiberglass dune buggy, the Meyers Manx has outlived most of its imitators in spite of their below-cost prices. Often flawed by inexperience and actual use of their product, the imitator of the Manx only wants to sell fiberglass - always, the fiberglass and little else. Where’s the rest of the kit, the dash frame, the rollbar, the windshield, the lights, the rubber trim, the fasteners and the critically designed bracketry? When a carpenter erects the walls of a new house, what looks like a house is a long way from being a house. Our competitors are fiberglass producers, rarely car designers. Have they pounded up and down the length of Baja as Bruce has? Do they know of the many design changes made necessary from such experience that led to winning the very first world famous Baja 1,000 Off-Road Race? We here at Meyers Manx are given to an image of quality and excellence of design. Unlike 40 years ago we do not produce any of the bits and pieces or the fiberglass that are our kits. Everything in our kit is locally produced by others (here in highdollar California), carefully chosen for their excellence and of course they must make a profit as well. The present economy has slowed down sales in every direction and everyone is sadly affected. Livable profit margins have been scaled down to accommodate. The iconic Meyers Manx dune buggy, imitated and copied by over 300 companies around the world in over forty years, has earned the recognition as the benchmark for all others and as the original has risen to such lofty heights as the Tiffany Lamp of dune buggies. An original Tiffany Lamp may be valued in six digits, a copy in two – so goes the value of an original, well-made Meyers Manx. What cost three to five thousand dollars a few years ago might double or triple in value now. One of our new “Kick-Out” kits rebodying an old copy could certainly earn a future profit. Today our line of Meyers Manx kits brings you an unmatchable legacy that reflects the same honest design heritage that captivated yesterday’s fun-loving world.

about us... It was 1999 when long time motorcycle and travel enthusiasts Petra and Andy Wegener decided to set course for the future and build a new business. The direction was clear and the team headed West - way West. Now, several years later, we find ourselves amid people from all over the world that join us for a common reason: the love for motorcycle riding. You might have experienced this before; you've had a bad day at work or certain things are just troublesome. You get on your motorcycle and as soon as you hit the open road all worries seem to be blown away. Nature, machine and you become one while you're savoring the scent of fresh cut grass or a fresh misty breeze as you pass a lake or a river. Along the road the smell of some delicious dish escapes a restaurant and you can't resist stopping to try some. Remember a moment like this? Imagine the same experience over and over again while you're on tour with us; only now you're in a different country and you and your riding friends are presented one impression after another. These and other memorable moments are the ones that we want to bring close to you, combined with breathtaking sights and excellent customer service. Our goal is to create the perfect vacation for you and we are sparing no effort to do so. ...we do it a little bit different At California Sunriders we specialize in motorcycle vacations. For over a decade we have built an excellent reputation in the motorcycle tour industry and since then got thousands of riders on the road and safely back home. Although taking up a great part of the journey, we don't consider your holiday to solely be a motorcycle riding experience. We deliver a unique vacation adventure that you'll treasure for a lifetime and hopefully never forget. You deserve the best for that special time of year. Treat yourself - come ride your dream with us

7 Weird Sports: Unusual Sports from the U.S The United States is home to many unique sports. Baseball and football are popular, but not cricket nor rugby. Many American sports, such as basketball, are normal. However, not all are. Here are 7 weird sports played in the U.S. Weird Sport from Washington: Octopus Wrestling Before the unusual sport of Octopus Wrestling was outlawed, the world championships were held in Tacoma, Washington. In Octopus Wrestling, teams of divers would work together, meticulously detaching the creature's suction cups. After the octopus was brought to the surface, it was weighed. The team with the heaviest octopus won. Now, it is not only illegal to "wrestle" and octopus, but you can be charged under Washington State Law for "molesting" or "harassing" one. Another Weird Sport from Washington: CTFL The Cardboard Tube Fighting League started in Seattle Washington, but has expanded to San Francisco and Sydney. In this unusual sport, competitors try to break each other's cardboard tube. Whoever has the last tube intact wins. The league was begun to encourage adults to play. Weird Sport from California: Dog Surfing Dog Surfing is an unusual sport that has grown in popularity over the past few years. The first Dog Surfing Competition was held at the four-star Loews Coronado Bay Resort in 2005. This annual competition is broken into different classes of dogs: small, large and tandem (dog and owner). There are also boot camps to help the canines train. Weird Sports from Georgia: Redneck Games East Dublin, Georgia hosts the Redneck Games annually. There are many unusual sports among the games played. Bobbing for pigs' feet and a hubcap discuss throw are popular. The dirtiest sport here is mud-pit belly-flop, where contestants try to splash spectators with mud by belly-flopping to a mud pit. Weird Sport from Colorado: Snow Polo The World Snow Polo Championships are held at Aspen, CO each year. Polo is turned into an unusual sport by playing it on a snow-packed field. This is probably the only sport where horses must wear cleats for traction.

Another Weird Sport from Oregon: Urban Golf On Urban Golf Day, in Portland, Oregon, participants enjoy the unusual sport of Urban Golf. Officials create a golf course in one of the city's industrial sections, where golfers must navigate a variety of obstacles. Signs, cars and storm drains are common hazards, but the most dangerous is unleashed dogs. They often ran off with the tennis balls, which are used instead of golf balls. Weird Sport from Oregon: Pig-n-Ford Racing This unusual sport began in 1925, when two men chased down a pig in their Model-T Ford. Since then, the Tillamook, Oregon County Fair has been hosting Pig-n-Ford Races. In these competitions, people must grab a 20 lb. pig. Without letting go of the pig, they must crank an old Ford and then drive the pig around a track. The first person to transport three pigs wins. This survey of weird sports from the U.S. shows that the West coast is responsible for many of the country's unusual sports. Those on the East Coast may be smirk at this, but the West Coast's sports sound a lot more fun than the few from the East. The question is, "Do the unusual sports from the West Coast add to or detract from the culture of the United States?"

USA Edition Jan 2014  

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