6th Hong Kong Games concludes successfully (with photos)

     The 6th Hong Kong Games (HKG) concluded successfully today (May 28) at the Kowloon Park Sports Centre, after vigorous competitions in eight sport events by more than 3 200 athletes from the 18 districts during the Games.

     The HKG this year was not only a territory-wide major multi-sport event, but also one of the celebration events for the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The participating athletes competed in eight sports, namely athletics, badminton, basketball, futsal, swimming, table tennis, tennis and volleyball.

     Speaking at the HKG Closing cum Prize Presentation Ceremony this afternoon, the Acting Secretary for Home Affairs, Ms Florence Hui, said that the Games is one of the Government’s key events to promote sport for all in the community, giving the district athletes an opportunity to prove their ability while strengthening people’s sense of belonging to the districts they live in as well as raising the public’s interest and participation in sports activities.

     Other officiating guests attending the ceremony included the President of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC), Mr Timothy Fok; Legislative Council Member Mr Lau Kwok-fan; the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Michelle Li; the Commissioner for Sports, Mr Yeung Tak-keung; the Chairman of the Community Sports Committee, Mr David Yip; the Chairman of the 6th HKG Organising Committee, Mr William Tong; and the Organising Committee’s Executive Adviser, Mr Chau How-chen.

     At the ceremony, the winning athletes and teams were awarded for their efforts. The 6th HKG overall championship went to Yuen Long District, which achieved the highest total score of the eight sports competitions. The overall first runner-up was Central and Western District while Eastern District was the overall second runner-up.

     The champions in the eight sports were Yuen Long District (athletics), Central and Western District (badminton and basketball), North District (futsal and volleyball), Kowloon City District (swimming), and Yau Tsim Mong District (table tennis and tennis).

     Prizes to encourage district participation were also presented to the winning districts today. For the Cheering Team Competition for the 18 Districts, Yuen Long District was the champion of the Best Performance Award, with Kwai Tsing District and Islands District as the first and second runners-up respectively. As for the Best Local Characteristics Award, Tuen Mun District won first place, while Yuen Long District was the first runner-up and Sha Tin District came third. Yuen Long District also won the Highest Popularity Award. Details of the prize-winning districts are listed in the attachment.

     In addition, a series of community involvement activities were organised. They included eight elite athlete demonstration and exchange activities, a sport seminar, the Vitality Run, the 18 Districts’ Pledging cum Carnival, the Cheering Team Competition for the 18 Districts, the Opening Ceremony, a photo contest, and voting and guessing activities.

     Regarding the public voting for “My Favourite Sporty District”, Wan Chai District was the winner online while Central and Western District won through paper votes. Another public participation game, guessing of the overall champion of the 6th HKG, also drew more than 200 000 participants. A lucky draw for winners for the above activities was held after the ceremony today. The winner list will be uploaded to the 6th HKG website (www.hongkonggames.hk) and published in Sing Tao Daily and the Standard on June 6.

     The Dynamic Moments Photo Contest is the other community involvement activity organised for the HKG. The submission deadline is June 6 and the results will be announced in mid-July.

     The 6th HKG, held from April 23 to May 28, was organised by the Sports Commission and co-ordinated by the Community Sports Committee, with the 18 District Councils, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the SF&OC and relevant National Sports Associations as co-organisers. The Hong Kong Jockey Club was the Principal Contributor.

Airwheel R3 Intelligent Electric Assist Bike Is Competent To Go Faster and Further

Recently, electric assist bicycles have also appeared which no longer require the propelling of the skateboard by means of the feet; rather an electric motor propels the board, fed by an electric battery. R3 is the latest product launched by Airwheel enabling riders to go faster and further.

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R3 citizen folding electric bike is the latest product launched by Airwheel in 2017, a worldwide famous manufacturer of smart transport devices. Of ingenious design, R3 can let you go faster and further, enjoying a free intelligent life. The battery set used by R3 citizen folding electric bike is branded Li-ion battery cell. Having an ultra-large capacity of 214.6Wh, the battery provides sufficient and stable power supply.

What’s more, the 235W powerful hub motor of R3, which integrates the electrical power drive system, transmission device and the electrical braking device to the wheels, is able to offer more powerful and stable force so that you can ride as fast as 20km/h. Featured by light weight and quick foldability, Airwheel R3 citizen e-bike makes it possible for you to change to bus or metro, achieving long-distance travel. R3 can be easily folded by three steps. Plus its item weight being 17kg, it can be easily stored in car trunk, bus and metro, letting you transfer to other forms of transport at will.

The most important feature of Airwheel R3 is the three riding modes that allow R3 to have the longest range in Airwheel models, as long as 100km. Offering three riding modes, R3 makes full use of the traits of different riding styles, enabling you to go faster and further. Firstly, riders can enjoy the bodybuilding mode that is the same as the usual bicycle riding, requiring no electricity power and driven solely by physical power. Secondly, like an e bike, R3 electric moped bike can offer a labor-saving riding experience in the electricity-assisted mode. Lastly, the sensing power-assisted mode lets you ride in an easier, more efficient and more energy-saving way through the close combination of electric power and physical power.  

In a word, with various riding styles, Airwheel R3 portable electric bike gives riders many riding options and enables them to go further.

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With advice from Daveed Diggs, Class of 2017 celebrates the Baccalaureate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] —In the Meeting House of the First Baptist Church in America, Class of 2017 graduates and Brown faculty and staff gathered on Saturday, May 27, for this year’s Baccalaureate service. The Commencement and Reunion Weekend tradition honors the degree candidates’ achievements and expresses thanks through a wide range of spiritual, secular and artistic traditions.

And perhaps no element of the annual ceremony was more inspiring for its artistry than the address by Brown Class of 2004 graduate Daveed Diggs — an award-winning performer, musician and writer known for his Tony-winning performance in the Broadway hit “Hamilton” as well as his work in film, television and music.

Introducing Diggs, Brown President Christina Paxson spoke of his ability to occupy a creative space that is virtually free of boundaries. 

Diggs’ speech — which he titled “Daveed Diggs Says Some Things” — was by turns hilarious and grave. He spoke both from notes and off-the-cuff, delivering elements of his address in rap and demonstrating the literary and performance skills for which he is widely acclaimed. From a rap adaptation of a work of literature to a disturbing anecdote about a frightening stop by police officers, Diggs held the audience’s rapt attention.

His address also included specific advice. Some serious, some quite playful — such as turning down offers of speaking engagements at prestigious institutions and immediately forgetting the content of his address. From the beginning, he had the graduates laughing as he wondered aloud how to properly address Brown President Christina Paxson.

He followed with a high-speed recitation of a rap adaptation of Jean Toomer’s “Cane” that he wrote in 2003 while at Brown. Diggs went on to talk about self-doubt, a long period before starring in “Hamilton” during which he felt unsuccessful, as well as the deep political divisions that characterize American civic life.

VIDEO: “Daveed Diggs Says Some Things,” the 2017 Baccalaureate address at Brown University.

“You were born into a time in our country that feels different than any I have ever known,” Diggs said, adding that he was grateful that the graduates would be the ones to confront the difficulties of the moment. “These times in many ways defy explanation. But what these times really need are people who challenge all explanations. They never thought outside the box because they never accepted the premise that there was a box.

“Our world desperately needs you now,” Diggs implored. “We need your new ideas because our old ones have made a big mess of things. If you’re like I was, you’re a little nervous at this moment. You know that a lot of people sacrificed a lot to get you to this point and you feel like you owe them a great success story. But also, if you’re like I was, you have no idea what you’re going to do after tomorrow.”

Diggs, who said he felt like he was born two years and four months ago, when he began starring in “Hamilton,” told the students: “Maybe you have a timeline in your head, some date by which you’re going to be successful… The work for you and us all in this is the day-to-day. It’s the stitching together a nation divided. It is the honest effort to understand the circumstances of the people around us.”

In introducing Diggs, who will receive an honorary degree from Brown on Sunday, May 28, Paxson spoke of his “utter liberation.”

Members of the Class of 2017 had the chance to celebrate and reflect on the eve of Commencement.

“In his life and in his work, he occupies a creative space that is virtually free of boundaries — set by his own sense of limitation or by the categories imposed by others,” Paxson said.

She linked that utter liberation to her advice to the Class of 2017. Paxson told the students that “the world needs you to be true to yourself, to be exactly who you are,” and that Diggs understood what that looked like.

The 90-minute service was at times loud, ebullient and full of laughter. At other times it was quiet, sober and reverent. It included prayers, rituals and blessings from Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism and ancestral African and indigenous peoples’ traditions as well as rousing dance and musical performances.

“We organized the service around the idea of gratitude and thanksgiving,” said Janet Cooper-Nelson, chaplain of the University. “We give thanks for our lives, our experiences and the teachers who taught us.”

The event’s dual nature — raucous and reflective — was evident from its earliest moments. As students entered the historic church, they were greeted by the upbeat sounds of the Drums of Mali, musicians who were seated on the lawn near the entrance. Soon after, the students settled into the Meeting House’s hushed interior.

The tension between the celebratory and the solemn is implicit in the event, Cooper-Nelson said, because thanksgiving involves both looking forward and looking back, including honoring beloved Brown community members who died in the last year. 

Gendo Taiko’s high energy drum performance got the crowd on their feet.

“The end of one season, the beginning of another,” is how the Reverend Kirstin C. Boswell-Ford, associate chaplain of the University for the Protestant community, described the moment as she encouraged students to “seize it and marvel at all that it is.”

The pattern of cheers giving way to quiet reverence or vice versa repeated itself throughout the Baccalaureate service. For example: After a long moment of silence following a Tibetan Buddhist reading, Shades of Brown began singing the song “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child as members of the Fusion Dance Company sprang up to dance on the pews and in the aisles.

Cole Moore, a graduating senior, said that even on the eve of his Commencement, his Brown experience — in this case, through the Baccalaureate — exposed him to new ideas and traditions.

“I had no idea what to expect, but it was wonderful,” Moore said. “I have a lot of family here and purely for logistical reasons, I was thinking that I wouldn’t make it to Baccalaureate. But I’m fascinated by these religious traditions that are not in my life. I was interested in learning about the parts of campus that haven’t been part of my experience. It was beautiful.”

Panama City Functional Medicine Clinic Gains New Heart Rate Diagnostic Technology

Dr. Tony Salamay – Panama City Chiropractor

Functional Medicine is a philosophy of medicine that involves treating the root cause of pain and illness in a natural and holistic way.

Starting in May, patients at The Bay Clinic of Chiropractic will now be treated with Nerve-Express, the latest Heart Rate Variability (HRV) diagnostic test.

Nerve-Express, originally designed for the Navy in the 1980s, measures the change in a patient’s heart rate and R-R interval, indicating the state of a patient’s autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS controls all the critical unconscious functions of the body including breathing, regulating blood pressure, digestion, and of course, heartbeat. Using this technology, the Bay Clinic staff can gain unprecedented insight into the functioning and healing of the body.

The procedure is quick, reliable, non-invasive, and completely painless: a small EKG sensor is attached to the patient, and data collected is sent to a specialized software. After only five minutes, sufficient data has been gathered to paint a complete picture of the patient’s ANS functioning.

Despite the name, the HRV is more of a nervous system test rather than a heart test, and the results of this diagnostic technique can provide insight for effective long-term care to help a patient live without chronic pain. The ANS is composed of two parts: the sympathetic nervous system, which is the body’s “fight or flight” stress response, and the parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates relaxation, digestion, growth, and sleep. Both are vital to the body’s normal processes, and if the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems are not properly balanced, healing is all but impossible. The Nerve-Express HRV tests the state of each of these ANS components to assess if the nervous system is in a state that is conducive to healing.

Most of the time in chronically ill patients or people suffering from chronic pain or discomfort, the ANS isn’t working properly. No matter what treatments are applied, it is extremely difficult to heal in this state, which is why many patients face a brick wall trying to get better—they take every pill, supplement, potion and lotion and never seem to overcome their condition. With many trials and errors and frequent relapses, it’s easy to feel that one is going around in circles.

The expertly-trained staff of The Bay Clinic of Chiropractic, however, can get to the root of a problem using this new HRV technology, and is able to determine how a patient’s health is improving and how fast and well they’re healing. Age- and stress-related illnesses are often linked to a person’s poor HRV reading, including but not limited to diabetes, heart disease, anxiety, and high blood pressure, and this diagnostic test can indicate a cause and potential road to wellness for sufferers of these conditions.

The Bay Clinic of Chiropractic, under Dr. Tony Salamay, DC, has been a community leader in chiropractic medicine and Functional Medicine in Panama City from its new, state-of-the-art wellness center located at 520 N MacArthur Avenue. Dr. Salamay provides patients with the expertise and technology needed to beat chronic pain and attain optimal health without the risks associated with prescription painkillers, invasive surgery, or other traditional medicine practices that treat symptoms without increasing the health of a patient.

Dr. Tony Salamay
The Bay Clinic of Chiropractic
520 N MacArthur Avenue
Panama City, FL 32401
(850) 785-9372

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Vascular Biosciences Announces Publication of "Assessment of MicroRNA and Gene Dysregulaton in Pulmonary Hypertension by Endoarterial Biopsy"

Vascular Biosciences Announces Publication of “Assessment of MicroRNA and Gene Dysregulaton in Pulmonary Hypertension by Endoarterial Biopsy”

The article details how an endoarterial biopsy offers potential experimental and clinical diagnostic value by successfully showing that a large number of miRNAs that control PH-associated genes, molecular pathways, and biological processes are dysregulated in a porcine shunt model of PH.

Goleta, CA, May 28, 2017 –(PR.com)– Vascular BioSciences announces publication of “Assessment of microRNA and gene dysregulaton in pulmonary hypertension by endoarterial biopsy” in the current issue of Pulmonary Circulation, Volume 7, Number 2, April to June 2017, pp. 1-10 by Abraham Rothman, Humberto Restrepo, Valeri Sarukhanov, William N. Evans, Robert G. Wiencek Jr, Roy Williams, Nicole Hamburger, Kylie Anderson, Jasmine Balsara, and David Mann. This article details how an endoarterial biopsy offers potential experimental and clinical diagnostic value by successfully showing that a large number of miRNAs that control PH-associated genes, molecular pathways, and biological processes are dysregulated in a porcine shunt model of PH.

With growing evidence that a large number of miRNAs are dysregulated in PH, an effective clinical method to detect and analyze these changes is needed. Endoarterial biopsies provide a technique to obtain vascular biopsy samples safely and of adequate size and quality to preform studies in a patient with PH of any etiology or at any particular stage of their disease. The detection of stage‒ and disease‒specific variation in gene expression could be used to design individualized medical therapy.

Dr. Abraham Rothman, M.D., of the Children’s Heart Center, Nevada and Professor of Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and study first author states, “Measuring miRNA (and other molecular) changes directly in individual patients at specific stages of their disease process offers great promise for advancing knowledge of the molecular mechanisms and designing specific personalized therapy.”

Vascular BioSciences CEO and study co‒author David Mann, commented, “Endoarterial biopsy provides an innovative method to assess miRNA, gene, and other molecular regulation in normal and hypertensive pulmonary arteries at specific stages of the disease and opens a new window for precision therapy.”

A copy of this article can be found here: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/2045893217704206

AIIMS and CSIR IGIB Ink Deal for Partnership in Clinical and Translational Genomics, Expanding on Reach of the GUaRDIAN Programme

AIIMS and CSIR IGIB Ink Deal for Partnership in Clinical and Translational Genomics, Expanding on Reach of the GUaRDIAN Programme

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi and CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB) inked a deal for collaborative research in the area of Rare Diseases and application of genomics to aid clinical decisions, expanding on the reach of the GUaRDIAN programme.

New Delhi, India, May 28, 2017 –(PR.com)– The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi and CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB) inked a deal for collaborative research in the area of Rare Diseases and application of genomics to aid clinical decisions.

AIIMS Delhi is a premier Institute for medical education and research in India, having extraordinary infrastructure, specialized medical/paramedical staff, management and state of the art facilities for patient care, training programmes and research activities. CSIR-IGIB is one of the premier Institutes in India pioneering cutting edge advancements in Genomic Science and a constituent laboratory of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Research at CSIR-IGIB spans a variety of areas including Genomics & Molecular Medicine, Chemical & Systems Biology, Genome Informatics & Structural Biology, Respiratory Disease Biology and Energy & Environmental Biotechnology.

As part of the agreement, AIIMS Delhi and CSIR IGIB would collaborate in the area of genetic diseases as well as application of genomics in clinical settings. This would include formulation and participation in joint collaborative programs spanning genomics for aiding the diagnosis, understanding the prognosis and aiding precise therapy of genetic diseases. The deal would also enable faculty members of both institutes to actively participate in formulating and implementing collaborative programs aimed at accelerating the application of genomics to aid clinical decisions.

The deal would also allow AIIMS Delhi to access the state of the art genomics and bioinformatics infrastructure as well as the clinical genomics analytical resources at CSIR IGIB to enable fast, accurate and cost effective diagnosis of genetic diseases for patients coming to AIIMS Delhi.

CSIR IGIB has been a pioneer in translational genomics in India. The Genomics for Understanding Rare Diseases India Alliance Network (GUaRDIAN) is a focussed translational research programme in the area of Rare Diseases initiated in the year 2015. The programme has evolved to become one of the largest of its kind in the area of Rare genetic diseases with a clinical collaborative network of over 100 clinicians from over 35 clinical centres across India working on Rare Diseases.

A complementary programme entitled Genomics and other Omics tools for Enabling Medical Decisions (GOMED) initiated last year at CSIR IGIB enables affordable and equitable access to genetic diagnosis. The programme covers genetic tests for over 80 genes and has already catered to over 2000 patients in from over 25 Centres from across India.

Skilled manpower is undoubtedly essential to advance and accelerate clinical adoption of genomics. This deal also envisages imparting genomics knowledge for practicing clinicians through training and education as well as faculty exchange. This would surely provide impetus to national initiatives like the Skill India programme. The deal also envisages setting up collaborative research programmes aimed at accelerating research in the area of clinical genomics in India.

There's a Monopoly in DFW! DFWOPOLY!

    ARLINGTON, TX, May 28, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — DFWOPOLY is a Monopoly inspired board game, with a twist. Each of the 48 spaces on the game board has a different DFW-based business on it. This will include businesses, hospitals, eateries, shops, attorneys, and more. CeeCee Evans, Executive Director of Mission Bridges, said the idea for the board game seemed an obvious fit, since we use the game Monopoly as part of our minority entrepreneur training program.

DFWOPOLY is a key fundraiser for Mission Bridges. Money collected from sales of the game is going toward our Minority Business Accelerator Training Program, and to directly support Mission Bridges other programs and services. Minorities dream of entrepreneurship yet “poverty of access” to development & financial services are key factors that prevent them from pursuing their dream. Minority business played a key role after the recent recession, adding 1.3 million jobs between 2007 & 2012. Yet the number of minority business lags far behind non-minority business.

Just 21 percent of all U.S. businesses are minority owned (races other than white), yet minorities represent 35 percent of the population. Mission Bridges provides free training, support and resources to veterans, women and minorities in North Texas to start and grow their businesses. Our mission is helping those who have operated outside the mainstream of business and economic opportunity to the challenges both financial and technical, to successful entrepreneurship

The costs of the spaces range from $350 for a normal property to $750 for a premium property. We have opportunities for a presenting sponsor of the game and a bank to sponsor the money. Mission Bridges is taking orders for the game through October 5, 2017, with delivery of the game December 8, 2017 just in time for the holidays. The game costs $25. Evans said the goal is for 1,500 board games to be sold. Evans said Mission Bridges is reaching out to all residents, past and present, to reach that goal. Mission Bridges is seeking businesses with brick-and-mortar locations interested in buying spots on the board and advertising on game cards and box top.

Evans hopes many families can use the game as a fun educational opportunity while getting familiar with some of the great businesses that make up DFW. “We’re looking forward to families playing the game,” she said. “That’s what it’s all about.”

For more information on Mission Bridges programs visit missionbridges.org

About Mission Bridges

Mission Bridges is a 501(c) 3 business accelerator formed to help aspiring entrepreneurs start a nonprofit or small business, regardless of net worth or education level, achieve business ownership dreams, through mentoring, and education. Through our FREE entrepreneur training, support and educational programs, Mission Bridges will increase the success rate of micro-business owners, or as we call them “futurepreneurs” thereby improving lives and boosting the economy through business growth and job creation.

Ceecee EVANS

The Rebirth of the Phoenix

    MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA, May 28, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — In 1987, when the concept of a destination management company was just beginning to take shape in Jamaica, tourism and hospitality professionals, Myrtle Dwyer and Roy Anderson, launched Glamour Tours. In 2007, Rachel Anderson, their daughter, joined the company in line with their plans for succession. She immediately embarked on a rebranding programme with a name change to Glamour Destination Management (DMC). Today the journey continues with another such effort.

The move came after Glamour conducted a reconnaissance of the island of Jamaica as well as its own operations with an eye for growth, differentiation and diversification. “As you can no doubt understand, a pioneering DMC like ours in an industry as dynamic and evolving like tourism, has to be constantly reviewing its market position and updating its products and services,” said Rachel Anderson, Chief Executive Officer. With the rapid addition of new room inventory, the plethora of attractions and activities as well as Jamaica’s position as one of the most desired destinations, this move is quite timely.

The past twenty-nine years have been spent carving a niche and earning a reputation as a market leader and innovator. The flagship products – luxury ground handling and transportation services, meeting and incentive group event planning, destination weddings, private shore excursions – have served the company well with very satisfied clients. However, Glamour has excelled as a luxury destination concierge, creating and executing personalized and customized experiences from a single individual to many persons.

“During these years, we experienced tremendous success, growth and expansion but we had our down times too. We have drawn strength and learnt much during the various phases and we are proud to say that we have come out the better, like the rebirth of the Phoenix. As the company approaches its thirtieth year, there is no time to rest on its laurels”, Rachel Anderson emphasized. Noted as a pioneer in the field of ground services delivery, the company has changed its moniker from Glamour Destination Management, which previously highlighted its emphasis on the MICE market, to Glamour Luxury Destination Concierge, making the distinction of a complete destination service experience.

“We want our clients and partners to know that we have perfected the art of managing their complete destination experience. We have both the knowledge and the operational expertise to plan any aspect of a trip to any location in Jamaica with an emphasis on complete community experiences. With Myrtle Dwyer, a former hotelier and tourism expert, as Chief Destination Concierge and head of Sales and Marketing, we are definitely poised for tremendous growth,” Miss Anderson added.

Rebranding will take place over the next six months and beyond. This process will involve the creation of a new logo, new collateral, introduction of a new well-optimized website with a focus on destination Jamaica, new staff uniforms, and a roll out of new products and services, all consistent with the new brand. The new look will continue to feature vibrant colours inherent to the Caribbean, of sun, sea, green mountains to rolling plains, communicating Glamour’s warmth, hospitality and dedication. Active social media activities and consistent communication with our partners will be utilized to highlight our progress. Special emphasis will be placed on staff training and the engagement of young minds in an internship programme for their future profession in destination services management.

Glamour Luxury Destination Concierge provides services throughout the island of Jamaica. It offers a menu of services that include ground transportation (the company owns a fleet of luxury vehicles), expedited and VIP airport arrival & departure, private tours & excursions, and accommodation rate negotiations plus much more. Jamaica has a celebrated history of superior customer service and Glamour DMC keeps the history alive by continuously exceeding clients’ expectations with intuitive high-touch service! The company also prides itself on its social responsibility with its environmentally friendly and community outreach programmes including the popular “Partnership with a Mission”.

For further information please contact:

Myrtle Dwyer

Tel: (876) 953-3810

Fax: (876) 953-3740

Email: myrtle@glamourdmc.com or info@glamourdmc.com

MICE: groupevents@glamourdmc.com; Concierge: concierge@glamourdmc.com

CEO: rachel@glamourdmc.com

Myrtle Dwyer

Hocking Hills State Park Opens Pristine New Hiking Trails

    LOGAN, OH, May 28, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — Two new trails just opened in Ohio’s Hocking Hills State Park, adding even more reason for visitors to explore this spectacular natural destination. These newly accessible areas of the park include Whispering Cave which, due to its unusual acoustics, allows a visitor who whispers at one end of this huge cave to be heard clearly by another hiker who stands 275 feet away at Whispering Cave’s other end.

Hemlock Bridge Trail also just opened, connecting to both the Grandma Gatewood (Buckeye) Trail and Cedar Falls. Hemlock Bridge Trail features the park’s first-ever swinging bridge, which carries hikers over Old Man’s Creek at its confluence with Queer Creek, so-named because its water flows in a different direction than expected.

“Now that travelers can access both Whispering Cave and Hemlock Bridge Trail, they have two more beautiful reasons to visit the Hocking Hills,” said Hocking Hills Tourism Association Executive Director Karen Raymore. “Add these to the region’s many active experiences, such as rappelling, kayaking, canopy tours, eco tours, horseback riding, antiquing and other activities, and our visitors typically find they need to extend their stay in order to get it all in.”

Raymore added that access to Hocking Hills State Park’s many natural wonders – including parking – remain free, as Ohio State Parks are among only a few remaining state park systems in the U.S. that do not charge visitors.

Raymore also pointed to the area’s quirky stops like tours of Columbus Washboard Company, the last remaining washboard factory in America, and the Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum as additional attractions that intrigue travelers heading to the Hocking Hills.

Details on the new attractions are easily accessed on the Explore Hocking Hills website, where travelers can plan your trip full of unforgettable excursions, including hiking the region’s miles of wooded trails that take them past breathtaking waterfalls, caves and rock formations.

Located 40 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio, Hocking Hills offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences that make every day feel like Saturday, with plenty of Admission: FREE activities. The region boasts a wide variety of affordable lodging, from camping, cabins and cottages to hotels and inns. In addition to hiking trails, parks and forests, the Hocking Hills is the Canopy Tour Capital of the Midwest, with 55 ziplines being offered via three distinct guide services. Unique gift and antique shops, canoeing, horseback riding, golf, spas and more add to the allure of the Hocking Hills as the perfect place to unplug. Complete traveler information is available at ExploreHockingHills.com or 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).

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Dynamic New Cargo Trailer for Bikes Launching in Sweden

    JONKOPING, SWEDEN, May 28, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — The innovative product is a multifunctional cargo trailer that attaches to the side of bicycles and can be used for many different functions. It was designed by Jordi Hans, a graduate of Jonkoping University who opened up his own business in Science Park, descriptively named Jordi Hans Design.

He first came up with the idea to build a cargo trailer for bicycles in 2013 because he wanted to create a better way to use bicycle transportation. He noticed that most other cargo bike trailers on the market were lacking certain features and sought to create the ultimate bicycle product to solve these problems.

More about SideBuddy

The SideBuddy is lightweight at approximately 20 kg but can carry up to 120 kg of cargo. It can be ordered with a maximum of three seats that include seatbelts. It easily detaches from the bicycle and has adjustable handles which transform the cargo trailer into a shopping cart or walking stroller.

The cargo trailer can be collapsed 50 cm and has dual doors located on the sides for easy loading of children or cargo. A braking system links the cargo trailer to the bicycle and applies brakes to the two rear wheels. A few additions to ensure safety have been put into place including six exterior lights and two rear reflectors for visibility, a helmet and first aid kit. The option is available to place the trailer behind the bicycle as well.

Options to customize the SideBuddy are abundant. It’s available in 12 different solid colors, can be layered in a Hydrodip solution to create any custom pattern and has a unique LED light function that glows brightly at night in different colors (a must see).

The Kickstarter campaign for SideBuddy is set to launch in early June. Join our social networks for regular updates and to support the campaign.


Website: http://www.sidebuddy.se

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sidebuddy.se/

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55318 Jonkoping, Sweden

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Amanda Herzog
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