A new state tourism promotion encourages people to go beyond just putting their New Mexico vacation and other travel stories in their own scrapbooks, but share them as part of an online contest that will earn someone a $5,000 prize, as well as offer weekly prizes of gas cards. The New Mexico Tourism Department’s summer […]
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A new state tourism promotion encourages people to go beyond just putting their New Mexico vacation and other travel stories in their own scrapbooks, but share them as part of an online contest that will earn someone a $5,000 prize, as well as offer weekly prizes of gas cards. The New Mexico Tourism Department’s summer promotion is called New Mexico True Stories. The contest encourages people to travel the state this summer and share their stories for a chance to win a $5,000 cash prize. Gov. Susana Martinez kicked off the promotion last week at the 2013 Governor’s Conference on Tourism held in Albuquerque. The event coincided with National Travel and Tourism Week.
The top 20 stories entered in the contest — as determined by online voting — will be featured in the state’s 2014 Vacation Guide.
New Mexico True Stories is part of the New Mexico True campaign, which was launched last spring in Texas, Colorado, and Arizona as a way to try to draw tourists to New Mexico.
“At the Tourism Department, we are always thinking of creative ways to inspire people to travel the state and fall in love with New Mexico,” said Tourism Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson. “By sharing your stories, you are giving great insight to the hundreds of people who visit our website in search of adventure and authentic experiences.”
Entries are being accepted through Aug. 4. Voting began Monday and ends Aug. 18.
The contest asks people, as they travel the state, to take photos, then visit the contest website (www.newmexico.org). There, they will be asked to upload photos and answer a few trip-related questions such as describing a favorite meal and outdoor adventure, as well as provide an “insider’s tip.”
The top vote-getter will win the $5,000 prize. During each of 12 weekly prize periods, the story with the most votes will win a $450 gas card. The prizes are sponsored by various businesses.
Throughout the state, advertisements on billboards, TV, newspapers and the Internet are asking “Are you New Mexico True?” and directing people to the Tourism Department’s website to share their stories.
“We know New Mexicans are all very proud of the place we call home,” said Gov. Martinez. “So now is the time to share your insider’s tips and great undiscovered treasures.”
It’s easy to say ‘don’t panic’ but gold’s fundamentals still look good. By well-researched data, Chinese demand is soaring again – the latest Shanghai Gold Exchange figures have had weekly gold withdrawals from the exchange running at the 50-60 tonne levels for almost a month now, which equates closely to global new mined gold supply on its own. Indian demand has been picking up so much that it has the government concerned again. In total it is difficult to see from where all this gold is coming.
Jeff Nichols sums up the situation pretty succinctly in his intro paragraph to his latest www.nicholsongold.com offering: “Autumn has been a cruel season for gold investors. In contrast to some anticipated seasonal bump up, the yellow metal’s price has been driven lower by bearish technical indicators and excessive negative sentiment among a small number of large-scale institutional speculators – bullion banks, hedge funds, program traders and the like – trading mostly in futures and over-the-counter “paper” markets for very short-term gains, while remaining indifferent to the metal’s long-term bullish fundamentals.”
You may recall that some time back, in a very bullish technical analysis we published on Mineweb, Peter Goodburn, of Elliott Wave technical analysts WaveTrack International, was looking to a very sharp fall in the gold price indeed but followed by a very rapid and steep recovery to new record levels. His timing has been off in the event but this whole scenario could yet be played out just a few months behind his initial predicted schedule because the gold price fundamentals look so strong given the high levels of eastern and Russian demand.
It will probably take a specific trigger to set the turnaround off, but there are plenty of potential elements out there to do this. However, be warned, on Goodburn’s scenario, gold could yet have further to fall before the sharp recovery he predicted starts to take effect. High levels of Asian demand do not necessarily move the price positively as we saw throughout 2013.
And silver has been suffering just as bad – if not worse. The gold:silver ratio is getting close to a pretty horrendous 75, and possibly getting worse before it gets better, but again, as we have said before, when gold does turn around, which it inevitably will at some time, the additional leverage in the silver price could generate some huge gains for silver investors – but it’s all a question of picking the bottom to maximize these returns and that is no easy task.
The bullish gold commentators have been saying the bottom is in at frequent intervals over the past two years, but we may not have actually seen it yet. There could be yet more grief ahead for gold and silver investors.
And gold stocks are mostly faring even worse. Even the best ones are down 50% or more from their peaks and the juniors have, for the most part, been truly decimated. Many are on life-support which means that gold exploration is probably as close to a standstill as it is ever likely to be.
A dearth of exploration means a distinct lack of new projects going forward, which means once the spate of expansions and new mine developments prompted by the rising prices of the first decade of the 21st Century are all through the pipeline (which is round about now), global gold production will be on the decline and will remain so for several years.
We expect the global gold production decline to begin by the end of this year. Thus, as a few have already noted, peak gold looks like being here now – the lack of big new discoveries even before the downturn set in suggests that global gold output may never again reach current levels.
These are the kind of concrete fundamentals that suggest a recovery in the gold price lies ahead, but as long as the markets are controlled by paper futures sales, vastly in excess of physical gold availability, this could still be a time coming. While irrational exuberance has investors piling into general equities, which look to be overvalued, this too could have a continuing dampening effect on the gold price as investors seek better returns elsewhere. Nichols avers: “…gold will have trouble moving higher and could be set up for a further great fall.”
But maybe, when even the basically gold bullish commentators like Nichols start suggesting there could be a further steep downturn, this could be the sign that things are actually about to turn for the better?
February is a terrific time to visit Myrtle beach, as it is not in the midst of tourist season. There are plenty of discounts to be had at resorts and restaurants throughout the area. Although the weather will be cooler (February averages about 60 degrees, 51 in the water), there’s always plenty to see and do. Myrtle Beach is one of America’s prime tourist destinations year-round.
Myrtle Beach Marathon
The annual Myrtle Beach Marathon happens over the course of four days during the second week of February. It is one of the country’s ten great winter marathons, according to “USA Today.” Raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Carolina as well as a local chapter of the Red Cross, this marathon offers a little something for everyone. There is both a full and half-marathon course, as well as a “fun run” and bike ride. So, even those who aren’t athletically-inclined can participate in the event.
Looking for a romantic vacation destination for Valentine’s Day? Myrtle Beach is a popular spot for anyone who loves walks on the beach and views of the Atlantic Ocean, but there are plenty of other places in town that can put the sizzle back into your relationships. Don’t miss the beautiful Brookgreen Gardens, a popular site for weddings with its breathtaking views and carefully manicured floral exhibits. Plenty of restaurants and hotels also offer Valentine’s Day specials, like the Marina Inn, which specializes in romancing couples with their “Vine and Wine” package and others.
National Shagdance Championship Finals
During the last few days in February, check out the National Shagdance Championship Finals, held annually in Myrtle Beach. Considered the best swing-dancing event in the U.S., this dance competition gives the floor to both professionals and amateurs in a number of divisions. Don’t miss their “Shagging with the Stars” competition, where local celebrities face off, just like on prime-time’s “Dancing with the Stars!”
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Maybe it’s an Australian knack for stomaching awful things. Vegemite. Bloodied juniors.
Richard Schodde, Managing Director of MinEx, a small but powerful mining research firm out of Australia, always has some interesting slides in his presentations. In one of his latest he drew a picture of the diverging fate of two patients: ASX and TSX/TSXV exploration juniors.
Australia and Canada have long dominated global exploration (though China is rising.) But the Australians – nursing deep wounds to be sure – are still faring much better than Canadians.
The comparison drew Schodde, on the road in New York, into a 30-minute talk on Friday morning before his hotel’s house-keeping kicked him out of his room.
Proportionally-speaking, Australian exploration juniors have healthier (albeit still very stressed) cash reserves than Canadians.
That the juniors are in an abysmal state, cash-wise, will come as no surprise to anyone following the sector. But the yawning gap between ASX and TSX/TSXV juniors may.
As of mid-2014, the Australians have a fair amount more cash than Canadian outfits and equally or perhaps more critically, haven’t sunk (yet?) to as near embarrassing marketcap depths.
Consider the cash. Just over half of ASX junior exploration companies have under A$1 million (which is roughly equivalent to the same in Canadian dollars). It’s nearly three quarters of the those on the TSX/TSXV. More daunting: only one in five ASX junior explorers have less than A$200 000 – hardly an amount of money you can do anything fruitful with.
But half the TSX/TSXV juniors are below A$200 000 in cash reserves.
This is an awful state of affairs. It reflects a low in cash reserves not seen since after the Bre-X scandal in the late 1990s that decimated the junior exploration sector (using Schodde’s calculations in constant 2013 dollars). In fact it’s slightly worse.
In the meantime, there are stinging number of juniors in Canada with marketcaps under A$1 million – a level that makes it near useless to raise cash, at least for the purposes of doing something useful like discovering deposits. A quarter of TSX/TSXV junior explorers are under that mark. It’s just one in twenty for their Australian mates.
This gloom and doom stuff is well trafficked material by now and it may be sooner rather than later before it reverses course. As an aside, Schodde thinks the sector is bottoming and will begin to climb back in about 12-months time.
A topic for another day.
Why the difference?
But the question at hand is: Why are the Australians doing so much better than Canadian explorers?
Maybe it is in part a simple matter of timing. Schodde wonders if Australian companies have suffered less, or later, in the current mining sector downturn. It doesn’t hurt, for example, to be as near to China as the Aussies are, where most of the world’s metal demand growth has emanated.
Psychology, too, may play a role.
“Another subtle point,” Schodde says. “The psychology between the two exchanges is different: In Australia, people are quite comfortably trading shares that are worth pennies. But in Canada the companies hate to be in that position and they often go for a stock consolidation to get their numbers back to something that looks legitimate.”
“Now the Australian companies are quite relaxed having shareprices that are one or two cents or even less.”
Canadians are frozen. The Australians have more guts – with what may be a slightly more forgiving market to boot – to blow their equity structure to levels considered impolite in Toronto (where you roll back, hope valuation sticks, and flog more shares, right?)
Billions of shares outstanding is not surprising in Australia. It is in Canada.
“In Canada the juniors keep pretty tight control over their share register,” Schodde says. “As a result they are more reluctant to raise funds especially during times of low shareprices, which is exactly where we are. I expect that has something to do with why the Australian junior sector is surviving a little bit better.”
It could also be related to survival costs. Schodde estimates that it is cheaper to stay alive (i.e. not discovering anything) as an exploration company in Canada than in Australia. He says, anectdotally at least, you could hang on for just under A$100 000 a year in Canada, whereas in Australia it takes north of A$200 000.
Of course spending this little for an explorer is not a winning-strategy (beyond a few years) if you have properties – where there is invariably a state requirement to spend exploration dollars to hold ground. This is an important balancing act by government to keep exploration fresh. You snooze, you lose.
“You can only do that deep sleep for a couple years,” Schodde notes.
For some, that deep sleep cycle is near a point where, lacking life support, the lungs and heart give out.
Still, Schodde thinks the vast majority will live. And looking at the arc of the past decade, he thinks juniors can make a very good – if highly risky – bet.
More on that in a forthcoming post.
Hawaii is still one of the most popular vacation destinations in the United States. It is an exotic and beautiful island filled with beautiful scenery and kind, friendly people. This island has a lot to offer that can pack your vacation days with activities that will keep you entertained from the day you step out of the airport until the day before you depart. Hawaii can offer activities that you can do alone or with a group on a tour, allowing you to meet other people, such as tourists or locals just “hanging loose”–a favorite local expression that means to relax.
Snorkeling or Deep Sea Diving
Explore a few feet of underwater adventure, snorkeling or deep sea diving in the waters of the island of Hawaii. You will experience the beauty of nature under the sea. Swim with the dolphins and feed a school of fish as you explore the deep blue sea. If you prefer a shallower water exploration, snorkeling closer to the shore will give you a safeguarded experience without having to go too deep underwater. You can see different types of corals that are in the Pacific Rim.
Dubbed by tourists as the ultimate thrill ride, Hawaii parasailing activities offer you a different view of the islands high up in the air. Harnessed safely to colorful parachutes, you can choose to ride alone or with a partner for about 8 to 10 minutes. The entire activity lasts about an hour, which includes the boat ride to the location where the parasail will take off. There is a pre-recorded narration to provide a guided tour of the scenery while parasailing to a maximum altitude of 500 feet above sea level. There are two options for this ride: one is the dry option where you can take off from the boat and land on the boat afterward, while the other is a wet one where you can take off from the water and have a smooth water landing after the ride. Whatever you choose, you will have a memorable and fun experience. Check with the tour operators for pricing, age and health restrictions.
A luau is a party where tourists come together to enjoy Hawaiian foods, drinks and entertainment. There are many luaus offered in Hawaii–some sponsored by hotels, some by day or night cruises. The most common luaus happen on land, where a tour bus will take you to a resort close to the beach. While on the bus ride, the tour guide will explain the activities that will take place during the luau. Upon arrival at the location, men and women dressed in Hawaiian costumes greet you with leis. Then, they take your picture by the entrance where you pose with the costumed hosts. They sell you the pictures at the end of the luau for you to keep as souvenirs.
As you enter the luau location, there are several wooden long tables with chairs or benches where people from different places join together to partake in the gathering. The setting is outdoors, where you can see the sunset before dinner starts. Before the show starts, the locals show their skills of fishing, climbing coconut trees and donning their costumes. During dinner, local entertainers sing Hawaiian songs and dancers dance the different types of Hawaiian or Polynesian dances. The show may even include a number from the fire dancers. You will learn about different Hawaiian foods and drinks. For example, you will see how pigs are roasted under the ground. The roast pigs are then served to the guests. This is a fun-filled activity that lasts for several hours. Expect to spend at least 4 to 6 hours, including travel time, to complete the luau.
Tour of Pearl Harbor
For a less active but a somber tour, you can visit the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. As of 2009, Pearl Harbor is still the most visited tour in Hawaii, with more than 1.5 million visitors annually. It is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It takes about 75 minutes to complete the tour, which includes a 23-minute documentary about the Japanese attack on the island. The Memorial is not open on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
When sailing, footwear is an important article because without the right shoes, you can slip on the wet surfaces or damage the deck. The style variations have increased over the years, but a rubberized sole is the common factor. The average price for sailing shoes in July 2009 falls around $55 to $130.
Sperry Top-Sider Authentic Original
This is the classic sailboating shoe that became mandatory for any sailor in the 1930s. These slip-ons have a moccasin-like look with a leather upper. It has a razor cut wave sipping rubber sole, which works well for gripping onto wet decks. As of July 2009, these shoes were priced at $70 to $80.
Crocs Beach and Caymen Deck Shoes
Some casual sailors swear by these popular shoes. The rubber soles are great for gripping onto the deck, and they do not leave marks. They are designed with a resin that molds to your feet that has an anti-microbial agent to eliminate odor. With the perforated holes on top, sand or water can easily pass through, and the material dries quickly. As of July 2009, they could be found for $20.
Sebago Alpha (men) or Cascade Course (women)
Influenced by the sporting shoes typically seen in running, these athletic looking sailing shoes are made to handle the waters. The Sebago Alpha has a water-resistant synthetic upper and a breathable mesh to keep feet arid. Similarly, the Cascade Course offers women a breathable mesh and fast drying synthetic upper. The elastic cord lacing is also a nice feature compared to the troublesome leather laces of traditional sailing shoes. As of July 2009, these shoes cost around $90.
Sperry Top-Sider Submersible Boot
Developed with the United States Sailing Team in mind, this neoprene boot is an ideal companion for dingys or small keelboats. A velcro closure makes the boot easy to take on and off, unlike many other neoprene boots. It has an exceptionally sticky sole, making it a secure shoe to have while tacking and sprinting from one side to the other. There also are small drainage holes at the bottom. As of July 2009, these shoes were around $70.
The Great Hairzini, Donald Trump, says he’s running for the Republican nomination for president:
“So, ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for president of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again,” Trump told the crowd in a lengthy and meandering 45-minute speech that hit on his signature issues like currency manipulation from China and job creation, while also taking shots at the president and his competitors on the Republican side.
“Sadly the American dream is dead,” Trump said at the end of his speech. “But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before.”
Trump has been claiming for 20 years that he’ll run for president and now that time has finally arrived.
Color my hair excited.
Trump is only in it for one thing: himself. He’s also going to attract a lot of attention – much of it negative – and generally make a mockery of any serious Republican candidates. And when he inevitably does poorly I guarantee that he’s going to whine more than a Frenchman at a screening of Jurassic Park.
It’s a shame that Trump would even consider running. He’s got a massive ego so he probably thinks he’s doing the country a service tossing his hair into the ring but I couldn’t see anybody taking him seriously.
He will provide some humor this Summer – I predict he’ll be out by Fall – however he will consume the limited oxygen needed by better candidates like Rand Paul, Scott Walker, and Ted Cruz.