Automobile Magazine Reveals 2009 All-Stars Winners
A List of Ten of the Year’s Elite, Ranging from the Sexy and Sleek to the Environmentally Innovative and Cost Efficient
AUTOMOBILE Magazine, America’s leading automotive lifestyle publication, today announced the winners of its 2009 AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE All-Stars Awards.
year's list is one of the broadest we have compiled. Our 2008
Automobile of the Year Audi R8 is joined by stalwarts such as the BMW
3-series, newcomers like the Ford Flex, and repeat winners Chevy Malibu
and Volkswagen GTI
ten cars are the year's fastest, most exhilarating, ingenious,
awe-inspiring, accomplished, and compelling cars available in the U.S.
the best Jaguar sedan I have ever driven
Each year, the editors of AUTOMOBILE Magazine convene to test, evaluate, and debate the performance, significance, and pure enthusiast appeal of the cars that make the biggest impact. Award winners will be featured in the February 2009 issue of AUTOMOBILE Magazine, available on newsstands January 6, 2009.
AUTOMOBILE Magazine’s 2009 All-Stars, with editorial assessments, are:
Audi R8 – AUTOMOBILE Magazine calls the R8 the kind of iconic sports car that comes around once or twice a decade. Dramatic inside and out, the R8 is wide, low, and purposeful—it is a luxury grand tourer as much as it is a pure sports car.
BMW 3-series – Don’t stop the presses: the BMW 3-series and M3 get another All-Stars award (its fourteenth, to be exact). Isn’t this déjà vu? As always, the competition for the 3-series keeps getting fiercer, and, as usual, critics say the latest, greatest M3 is a bit too refined. But BMW’s masterpiece of all-things-to-all-people engineering remains more fun than anything that’s more practical and more practical than anything that’s more fun.
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – AUTOMOBILE Magazine editors found that few words have the ability to adequately convey the rush provided by the most powerful Corvette ever. The world has produced faster cars, but few offer the same combination of sound, speed, and exhilaration. 60 mph comes in first gear (in 3.7 seconds) and 91 mph in second.
Chevrolet Malibu – There is no need to assemble a laundry list of the Malibu’s strengths versus its many competitors. Drive one, and it is clear why AUTOMOBILE Magazine named it an All-Stars winner two years in a row. The Malibu is the quiet American on this year’s All-Stars list: a sedan with crisp handling, commutative steering, a properly tuned ride, and an overall feeling of quality.
Ford Flex – With seven-passenger capacity and generous proportions, the Flex is a vehicle that defies conventional wisdom. AUTOMOBILE Magazine was taken by the Flex’s exterior design, which is thoroughly modern while harking back to the glory days of U.S. automakers, and a cabin that is a masterpiece of ergonomic engineering and chock-full of high-tech features. The Flex concentrates on refinement and emphasizes style while being as practical as a minivan.
Honda Fit – More than three decades after the original Honda Civic gave Americans a whole new notion of space utilization, the Honda Fit has come along to amaze a new generation. The new model’s extra polish elevates the small-car experience with hidden features, a sleeker exterior, a smoother gearbox, and a nicer cabin.
Jaguar XF – What one AUTOMOBILE Magazine editor calls “the best Jaguar sedan I have ever driven” is a beautiful, composed, powerful, and lush car. The XF is impressively quick and refined. Driving it is not just about going fast; it is smooth, refined and comfortable for driver and passengers alike when being pressed to deliver its full potential.
Porsche 911 – From its birth in 1964 to the arrival of an improved edition last year, the Porsche 911 has been a rare island of tranquility amid the automotive industry’s seas of turmoil. The fortified sixth-generation 911 is gutsier and quicker accelerating, yet it squeezes an additional mpg or three from every gallon of premium. Breadth of character is another of the 911’s endearing traits. Rear or all-wheel drive, coupe or convertible, outfitted for grand touring or track days, there is a 911 for every purpose.
Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG – Mercedes-Benz’s mind-set for its AMG cars is to offer insane power in a package that skews towards luxury. The C63 AMG makes the leap to the All-Stars list because it sacrifices the posh-performance DNA of Mercedes Benz in its quest to be a better driver’s car. Other cars in the AMG portfolio are faster, but this one is the most fun.
Volkswagen GTI – With a new version of the GTI due in the U.S. in September, AUTOMOBILE Magazine applauds this return-to-its-roots VW with yet another All-Stars award. During its three-year run, the GTI’s performance, comfort, and functionality kept it out front in the race to be the best sporty compact car and also made it the 2007 Automobile of the Year.
Criteria and Evaluation
The AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE All-Stars are chosen by the AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE staff, its worldwide bureau chiefs, and its contributors, following an intensive test drive of the year’s most innovative and important new cars. Vehicles considered for the All-Stars awards combine the following traits:
After a 1000-mile road trip, winners are determined by a round-table discussion that results in a vote for the ten winners. The award decisions are not made through an instrumented test process.
"Overshare" is the name given to TMI (too much information), whether willingly offered or inadvertently revealed. Both a verb and a noun, it is a new word for an old habit made astonishingly easy by modern technology.
More than you wanted to know. Those personal, overly-detailed revelations of … (fill in the cringeworthy blank) are really more than you wanted to know. But in an era of online social networking and instant digital broadcasts, this type of unsolicited and often embarrassing communication is an inescapable sign of the times.
"Overshare," the 2008 Word of the Year at Webster's New World® College Dictionary, is the name given to "TMI (too much information)," whether willingly offered or inadvertently revealed. It is the word for both the tedious minutiae on personal websites and blogs and the accidental slips of the tongue in public (or even private) situations. Both a verb and a noun, note Webster's New World editors, overshare is a new word for an old habit made astonishingly easy by modern technology. It is yet another product of digital advances that allow people to record and transmit their lives - in words, videos, and graphics - to anyone with Internet access, friend or foe.
So what or who defines an overshare? If oversharing really is "too much information," how much is too much, and does that make the term necessarily pejorative? Ah, say the editors, Webster's New World usage citations indicate otherwise. On social networks online, oversharing becomes an art form. Sharing just the right amount of history otherwise deemed too personal can lead to just the right amount of encounters with compatible people. Sociologists weighing in on the subject are split. Some see it as a healthy quest for intimacy in an all-too-impersonal world while others deem it troublingly narcissistic. The debate itself has spawned or highlighted many other new terms like "Documentation Generation," "Look at Me Generation," "co-rumination," and "navel-gazing." Blogs, vlogs (video blogs), and online journals provide persistent public display of overshares that can be both artful and alarming.
For other top candidates for Word of the Year at Webster's New World, visit its website at www.newworldword.com.
Selected by the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and other leading newspapers as their official dictionary of choice, Webster's New World College Dictionary represents the finest linguistic scholarship. For more information on the lexicographical process behind the dictionary, Editor in Chief Mike Agnes is available for interviews.
Webster's New World®
The Webster's New World family of reference books has been "Defining Your World" for more than fifty years. From its initial mission to provide a commonsense, user-friendly dictionary specifically for American English, Webster's New World has now set the standard for clarity, ease of use, and reliability. Webster's New World is famous for providing a wealth of up-to-date and comprehensive references for the home, office, and classroom as well as pocket references for people on the go. For more information, visit wiley.com. Webster's New World is an imprint of John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
At the end of every year, the editors at Webster's New World review collected research and create a short list of words that have yet to appear in the dictionary but hold intrinsic linguistics qualities that merit consideration for entry into the Webster's New World lexicon.
Choosing the Word of the Year is an exercise that the editors and language researchers (called citation readers) of Webster's New World look forward to each year. "We survey the emerging English of the past year," says Editor in Chief Michael Agnes, "and choose one word or phrase that captures our imagination - whether with its intrinsic linguistic attributes or by the way it expresses how language reflects changing realities."
We survey the emerging English of the past year
choose one word or phrase that captures our imagination - whether with
its intrinsic linguistic attributes or by the way it expresses how
language reflects changing realities.
… the controversial practice of performing a battery of age-defying
medical procedures to end lifeless skin and wrinkles; advocated by some
as a last-resort measure to put the chronically youth-obsessed out of
their misery…Think of it as mercy lifting.
The Word of the Year will be selected by editors and researchers at Webster's New World, and announced by Agnes during a national radio satellite tour on December 1. In promotion of the announcement, NewWorldWord.com, a new website devoted to Word of the Year, features a poll that invites visitors to choose their favorite word from the following five contenders:
a purported syndrome, not universally recognized by psychologists, by which some people (typically characterized as workaholics) are more likely to report feeling ill during weekends and vacations than when working.
to divulge excessive personal information, as in a blog or broadcast interview, prompting reactions ranging from alarmed discomfort to approval
a hypochondriac who imagines that he or she has a particular disease based on medical information gleaned from the Internet
the practice of selectively ignoring distracting, irrelevant, or otherwise unnecessary information received, such as e-mails, news reports, etc.
" … the controversial practice of performing a battery of age-defying medical procedures to end lifeless skin and wrinkles; advocated by some as a last-resort measure to put the chronically youth-obsessed out of their misery…Think of it as mercy lifting." --Armand Limnander, New York Times
NewWorldWord.com will also include informal etymologies, examples of usage, video illustrations, and information on the selection process.
Generational savvy can help today's Americans weather the downturn, says Bills.com president
Late 2008 has garnered plenty of comparisons to another year: 1932. Both years were election years, and both found America in the grip of a significant economic shakeup.
"While today's situation does not necessarily imply another Great Depression, the economic downturn and those comparisons can encourage us to turn worry into a positive," said Ewing. "Consider the lessons learned from the Great Depression and apply some of your grandparents' financial knowledge to improve your own lot in life."
Ewing's suggestions include the following:
1. Live below your income. "We have said it before, because it is the most important financial lesson, especially in difficult times," Ewing said. Do not spend more than you earn. Those who are hooked on plastic can withdraw enough cash each week to cover necessities -- even groceries and gasoline -- and put the credit cards away. Ewing noted that a recent study by Visa found that people who pay for their food with a credit card spend 30 percent more on average than people who pay with cash.
2. Focus on needs, not wants. Ewing reminds Americans to understand their income and their necessary expenses, and account for these needs before spending money on any wants. "Think like your elders: A new shirt for the weekend, new home décor and a flat-screen TV are not 'needs,'" Ewing said. "Food, home payments, utilities and medical care are needs. To avoid confusing the two, put off purchases for at least 24 hours whenever possible to think about them carefully."
3. Stay home. In the 1940s, only about half of larger companies offered paid vacation time. With automobiles slower in those days and air travel not a given, most families seldom traveled on vacation. Save an average of nearly $2,000 per year by skipping the far-away vacation. Talk, play games, work on a project or watch a movie to relax instead of heading for the amusement park or the airport. Think "staycation."
4. Eat in. In 2000, Americans ate an average of 4.2 meals per week at a restaurant; in your grandparents' time, an occasional restaurant meal was a rare treat. With the conservative assumption that each restaurant meal costs $7, the cost for 4.2 meals per week would mount up to $127 per month, or more than $1,500 per person, per year. For a family of four, costs could soar over $6,000 per year. Learn to cook a variety of foods and use convenient tools such as a slow cooker to save time, money and calories.
5. Skip the alcohol. Have dinner with your grandparents, and odds are good that they most often drink water, iced tea, coffee or soft drinks. At home, choosing iced tea instead of a cocktail will save 50 cents to a dollar per day. In a restaurant, the savings could be $5 or more.
6. Choose regular coffee. You will not find most children of the Great Depression slugging back lattes. Not only could it ruin their sleep schedules, it would cost twice as much as a cup of coffee. Your best bet is to make a cup of tea or coffee at home and take it with you. Second best is to forego the coffeehouse cachet for a respectable -- and cheaper -- cup of Joe from a fast-food establishment or doughnut shop.
7. Do not shop for entertainment. Online or in person, it is all too easy to start adding items to a cart because you are bored. Read a good book (get an old-fashioned library card) or learn a useful hobby instead.
8. Keep the old car. A car is transportation, not a fashion statement. Better yet, carpool and/or own only one vehicle per family to trim transportation costs even more.
9. Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without. Do not throw out a bottle of shampoo simply because you are tired of the fragrance -- use it up. Keep jeans past their fashion prime. If your shape of your turkey platter is not perfect for Thanksgiving, does it matter? And do you really need color-coordinated, fabric-lined baskets for your linen closet, or would old boxes work? Think twice before spending by reciting this mantra of the frugal home.
"Saving is a state of mind, and there's no time like the present to get in the mindset," Ewing added. "If your grandparents are still living, give them a call (fortunately, phone calls are more affordable than your grandparents might think they are) and ask for a few more tips. Then put them into action and watch your personal financial security increase, even in worrisome times."
global research firm Synovate has released the findings from its 2008
'Young Adults Revealed' study conducted with over 12,600 young people
ages 18-24 across 26 countries, including the US. The survey was
conducted to find the truth behind some popular misconceptions
surrounding young people and their finances, how they spend their time,
and how they view their lives and future.
Young adults are more concerned about issues in their personal life, like their current financial situation
world issues like terrorism, the environment and so on are not as high
on their list as they can't really relate to them personally yet.
The current economic factors are revealing an interesting new societal trend with this age group - the need for security
There's a new craving for security, which seems to be the underlying theme behind both their aspirations and their fears.
indicates the need for young adults to have security because a
relationship provides some stability in a scary world and possibly
helps replicate the feeling of safety they get from their parents
Leading global research firm Synovate has released the findings from its 2008 'Young Adults Revealed' study conducted with over 12,600 young people ages 18-24 across 26 countries, including the US. The survey was conducted to find the truth behind some popular misconceptions surrounding young people and their finances, how they spend their time, and how they view their lives and future.
The findings show that 18-24 year olds are more pragmatic than we give them credit for. Eighty-seven percent of respondents globally, and 83% in the US, revealed that money was an 'important' or 'very important' factor for them, outweighing even love & romance.
More than half of the young people surveyed globally also expressed some concern about their current financial situation. Almost one quarter said they worry 'a lot' about money. This figure was much higher among Americans (42%), likely due in part to the current economic climate in the US. Only 26% of young Americans say they worry about terrorism and less than one quarter worry about the environment.
"Young adults are more concerned about issues in their personal life, like their current financial situation," said Maribeth Santiago, account group manager of Synovate's consumer insights group and head of the US portion of the study. "Bigger world issues like terrorism, the environment and so on are not as high on their list as they can't really relate to them personally yet."
In addition to a shaky economy in their respective countries, some young people may also be worried about money because they actually have very little disposable income to begin with. The amount varies dramatically from country to country, but the US falls on the low end of the scale, with young adults here having an average of just $66USD per week to spend - less than young adults in Bulgaria ($86), Russia ($70) and Brazil ($110).
Landing a good career (47%) and getting a good education (37%) also tops the list of worries of young Americans.
"The current economic factors are revealing an interesting new societal trend with this age group - the need for security," said Santiago. "There's a new craving for security, which seems to be the underlying theme behind both their aspirations and their fears."
This need for security is evident on both the career and personal fronts. While many people would assume that young adults dream of working in the media, film, music or marketing the study shows that's not necessarily the case. With the disappearance of the 'job for life' these industries are viewed as being too risky. The majority of young adults surveyed in the US say they'd rather work in IT, Engineering, Accounting, Teaching or Business Management. These industries may not seem as sexy but are viewed as a lot safer - showing that security matters a lot to them.
The findings also reveal that young adults consider their partner more important than their friends - this is even true for those who don't currently have a partner. Sixty-six percent of respondents in the US said that their partner is important versus 59% who chose their friends.
"This indicates the need for young adults to have security because a relationship provides some stability in a scary world and possibly helps replicate the feeling of safety they get from their parents," said Santiago.
Interestingly, there seems to be a great correlation between when respondents would like to get married, be financially independent and retire, and when they think they actually will.
The majority of young adults in the US think they will be financially independent at age 27, within two years of completing their education (at age 25). One year after becoming financially independent, they think they will get married (at age 28) and one year after that, at age 29, they will have child. They plan to settle into their job of choice the same year and buy a home two years later at age 31.
The findings point to an overall feeling that things will eventually happen the way they want them to, even if the situation isn't great now. Optimistic or naive, they've got it worked out.
About 'Young Adults Revealed'
The Synovate 'Young Adults Revealed' survey is a global syndicated study conducted by Synovate's youth research team OnePointNine. The study interviewed 12,600 respondents, between the ages 18-24, including almost 1,000 in the US, and across 26 countries including the USA, UK, France, Germany, Russia, Norway, Sweden and Japan. The survey, conducted during the first half of 2008, covered topics including Technology, Communication, Media, Socializing, Entertainment, Environmental Attitudes, Grooming and Cool Brands. It was previously conducted in 2006 covering 14 European markets. For more information, visit www.synovate.com/whatwedo/life-stage-lifestyle-life-trends/young-adults-revealed.jspx.
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a leading online skin care retailer, has introduced a new way to repair
skin damage without creams or serums. Instead, you can heal your skin
by wearing a revolutionary new phototherapeutic material that utilizes
the sun's beneficial yellow rays to improve wrinkles,
hyperpigmentation, and sun damage.
Healing and rejuvenating the skin with specific wavelengths of light is an important part of the new science of beauty
Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) October 5, 2008 -- SkinCareRx.com, a leading online skin care retailer, has introduced a new way to repair skin damage, and it doesn't require slathering on a cream or lotion. Instead, it's all about what you wear.
AVEA Phototherapeutic Apparel by SunSoul is a revolutionary new clothing line that uses an innovative yellow fabric to deliver the sun's therapeutic wavelengths to the skin, improving fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and sun damage.
Creatively named yelomod, this knit of fluorescent polymer fibers blocks out UV rays with a UPF of 50+ while allowing the sun's beneficial yellow rays to penetrate through to the skin, resulting in healthier skin without costly products or medical procedures.
"Healing and rejuvenating the skin with specific wavelengths of light is an important part of the new science of beauty," says Dr. Mark Taylor, world-renowned Dermatologist and Cosmetic Laser Surgeon and Medical Director for SkinCareRx. "With AVEA by SunSoul, we're able to make phototherapy more accessible to the public."
This one-of-a-kind material was developed by SunSoul Inc., a Toronto-based company that focuses on technology and products that deliver beneficial wavelengths to the skin.
The yelomod clothing line features short sleeve and long sleeve shirts for men and women in popular sporty designs. There are also tank tops available for women and unisex hats and visors. Ideal for any outdoor activity, including golfing, running, hiking, fishing, boating and more. Priced affordably from $60-$120. Visit SkinCareRx.com for more details.
An induction powered yoyocharger for Apple.
And of course there is a small onboard LI cell to store the electricity generated. So no need to charge as you yoyo. Yoyo and then charge.
For more see the designers site... http://www.peterthuvander.se/#
The world's first poll of Apple iPhone users revealed an Obama-heavy bias as hundreds of people sought to make their opinion known via iVote Mobile, a free application developed by InfoMedia Inc. now available in the iTunes App Store for Apple iPhone and iTouch owners.
Loveland, Colorado August 22, 2008 -- The world's first poll of Apple iPhone users revealed an Obama-heavy bias as hundreds of people sought to make their opinion known via iVote Mobile, a free application developed by InfoMedia Inc. now available in the iTunes App Store for Apple iPhone and iTouch owners.
|The iPhone has opened up new opportunities to engage public opinion and assimilate data faster than ever before.|
Asked "Who would you vote for in the US Presidental Election," users were able to choose from Barack Obama, John McCain, Bob Barr and Ralph Nadar. With thousands of users downloading and using the iVote Mobile polling and social networking application on the first day of its release, Obama has a decisive lead over McCain.
Using the revolutionary location awareness system built into the iPhone, iVote Mobile is able to relate poll data and subsequent discussions to geographic location on a global, national, regional and local basis. When taking the entire world's opinion into consideration, iVote users put Obama ahead by 42 points. And while Oklahoma users still have McCain with a slight majority, swing states such as Colorado and Florida remain very close.
"The iPhone has opened up new opportunities to engage public opinion and assimilate data faster than ever before." says InfoMedia, Inc. CEO Joel Comm. "With iVote Mobile, we are now able to survey the world and receive feedback as quickly as we are able to post questions." Comm continues, "iVote Mobile presents questions on a number of topics related to politics, current events, entertainment, sports and lifestyle, providing all users with an opportunity to share their opinion and interact with other users."
iVote Mobile appeared on the iTunes App Store on August 20th and is quickly moving up the popularity charts in the social networking category. With a 4 1/2 star rating on iTunes, public opinion is very positive and the application has been well received. Comments include, "Really nice little app. Simple in it's execution. Addictive as heck. I'll be voting at least once a day, I'm sure.", "This is a really cool app. Can you imagine being part of the pulse of America with timely questions? Brilliant idea. The app works flawlessly, by the way!", and "This is a great app to keep your pulse on what people are thinking. I love the interface! Keep the polls coming!"
Users are encouraged to submit questions of their own for possible inclusion by clicking the "iAsk" button within the application or filling out the form on the iVote Mobile web site at http://www.ivotemobile.com
iVote Mobile is a free application in the Apple iTunes App Store accessible by anyone owning an Apple iPhone or iPod Touch music player. More information is available on the iVote Mobile web site at http://www.iVoteMobile.com.
Apparel helps Olympians break more world records than the previous two
Summer Olympics combined. A start-up company called Zensah® has created
seamless compression clothing, making their compression clothing a more
ergonomic fit for athletes.
compression clothing has a more ergonomic fit, has specially engineered
compression zones, and is far more comfortable than any other
compression clothing on the market
Beijing, China (PRWEB) August 21, 2008 -- The Summer Olympics in Beijing will be remembered for many years to come as the Olympics that shattered records like as easily as throwing a glass from the Great Wall of China. Olympians broke 74 Olympic records and 36 world records, and with 4 days left in the Olympics, the toll will surely rise. More records have been broken at the Beijing Olympics than the two previous Olympics combined hosted in Sydney, and Athens respectively. Today, athletes are better prepared from their training to their diet, to the clothing they wear. The dream of competing at the Olympics is bestowed upon a chosen few. While an event at the Olympics may last a few minutes, or even a few seconds, the time, dedication, and preparation can last a generation.
One of the best kept secrets among Olympians are the benefits of compression apparel in post workout recovery. Doctors have know for years the benefits of compression, which include increased blood circulation, muscle warmth, and reduction of muscle vibration. It is no coincidence that the swimsuits used to shatter multiple world records incorporated compression technology.
Over the past few years a number of performance apparel company's have been promoting the benefits of using compression clothing technology after a workout. The science behind this claims that using compression clothing after a workout an athlete increases oxygen blood flow to the muscles that is desperately needed by fatigued muscles.
By reducing recovery time an athlete can push their limits farther. Companies such as Nike, adidas, and Under Armour have promoted cut-and-sew compression technology. A start-up company called Zensah® (http://www.zensah.com) has created seamless compression clothing, making their compression clothing a more ergonomic fit. Zensah® uses proprietary technology, and claims that they are 2 years ahead of their competitors. Another difference is that Zensah® uses pinpoint compression tailoring to the physiological needs of an athlete.
Running legend, and 1972 Olympian Jeff Galloway said, "The Zensah® leg sleeve could speed up your performance and reduce recovery time. According to research and runner reports compression sleeves improve performance of the most important muscle for running -- the calf muscle. The Zensah® leg sleeve is the only calf sleeve which incorporates pin point compression to the calf area. I recommend it for use when traveling on flights to and from a marathon."
"Our compression clothing has a more ergonomic fit, has specially engineered compression zones, and is far more comfortable than any other compression clothing on the market," Ryan Oliver, Director of Marketing of Zensah, stated brashly. "We allow athletes to focus on their training, and competition not on their clothing."
Zensah® uses pinpoint compression to target different muscle groups. Helping reduce the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) commonly caused by sitting for long hours on an airplane. Olympians who wear compression clothing going to Beijing can assure that they will be ready for the games.
"There is no question that with the success of Olympic athletes it will raise the awareness of the benefits of compression clothing. We believe that Zensah® will benefit greatly since our technology is superior. Athletes always are looking for that edge, and Zensah® has that qualitative advantage," said Ryan Oliver.
New Math Program for California Introduces Algebra Concepts in Kindergarten
Sacramento, Calif. (PRWEB) August 20, 2008 -- What's so scary about algebra? Is it really THAT intimidating? Aren't we just talking about a way of learning math where symbols (simply letters of the alphabet) represent unknown numbers?
Problem: x + 2 = 6
Answer: 4 + 2 = 6
What's the big deal?
When the President's National Math Advisory Panel issued its long-awaited report this past spring, headlines around the country shouted "Algebra" and "Algebra-readiness." Indeed, algebra was at the core of the findings, with the Panel noting that the mathematics children learn from preschool through the middle grades provides the basic foundation for algebra.
The California Board of Education underscored this shift in how and when to teach math concepts with its recent vote requiring eighth-graders to take and be tested in Algebra 1.
But many California School districts were already mobilizing to revamp their approach to math. Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest school district in the nation, was first out of the gate to opt for a single research-based math curriculum for the city's elementary students that introduces algebra concepts in kindergarten and carries them on through every grade.
In addition to LAUSD, more than 50 other districts, including Fresno, Riverside, Corona-Norco, Stockton and Lodi have chosen the enVisionMath California curriculum developed by education publisher Pearson and customized for California. Applauded by educators nationally for its visual, innovative, research-based approach, enVisionMATH has overnight become the most widely adopted curriculum in the state - and throughout the U.S.
The program is centered on conceptual development and problem-solving skills, and exposing young students to algebraic concepts as early as kindergarten to build a rock-solid foundation for higher-level math courses in middle and high school.
"Algebra doesn't have to be difficult to learn or teach - especially when we begin introducing these concepts at an early age," said enVisionMATH California author Dr. Randall Charles, Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics at San Jose State University and past vice president of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics.
He added, "Preparing all students for success in algebra at grade 8 requires a strong 'early algebra' curriculum as well as a curriculum that focuses on developing concepts and skills involving fractions. Too many students find algebra challenging because of a poor background in fractions. enVisionMATH develops the essential understandings and skills related to fractions needed for success in algebra."
Charles continued, "Algebra concepts and skills need not be mysterious to teachers or students when they are taught with a focus on 'sense making'. Furthermore, all teachers can successfully teach algebra and all students can successfully learn algebra when teaching and learning are guided by enVisionMATH."
"Our elementary grades program reflects the latest research about learning mathematics and already fills a void from an old model that essentially no longer exists," said Vicky Bush, Pearson's vice president for California. "enVisionMATH sets a new standard in laying this crucial early foundation for success."
The state's new eighth-grade Algebra 1 requirement, which is to be phased in over the next three years, means that it's today's elementary students who must begin preparing this school year," said Bush.
"One of the other critical programs we are offering for California is an Algebra Readiness fixed-term course for eighth grade students who are not yet prepared for Algebra 1," said Bush. "Virtually all of the research in recent years confirms that in order for our students to compete in the global 21st century economy, they simply must improve significantly in their understanding of math concepts and skills," she said. "Mathematics is a significant obstacle for many students, but this can no longer be acceptable."
Bush added that Pearson's algebra readiness program focuses precisely on elements and skill sets cited by the National Math Advisory Panel. "Algebra builds on fractions, critical thinking and problem solving," she said. "Algebra readiness is clearly the area where we believe school districts will see the biggest impact for the money they decide to spend on new programs."
"It is discouraging that the state budget deficit is keeping some school districts from implementing these new programs at a time when they are most needed," she added.
Citing the new California Department of Education report that finds one of every four California high school students dropping out, Bush said, "Middle school is what you might call the Bermuda Triangle of education because a significant percentage of California's kids fall behind and eventually drop out of school at this level." Educators have identified the lack of understanding of basic math principles as a primary reason for this failure.
"The new approach seeks to remedy this," said Bush. "By focusing on algebra readiness with innovative, research-based programs with built-in intervention and assessment, we can not only do a better job of retaining students, but also give them the skills and confidence to realize that they can be successful in math."
Using the momentum of your car will reduce your fuel consumption; The U.S. Patent Office issued a Patent for Moment-O-Meter
Every driver can take advantage of their car's momentum to drastically increase their fuel efficiency if they are shown how
Clearwater, Fla. (PRWEB)
August 20, 2008 -- GREEN TECHNOLOGY MFG manufactures the long awaited
Moment-O-Meter, a consumer friendly device that helps to reduce fuel consumption (patent # 7,411,140).
"It may take ten years for car manufacturers to create and redesign higher fuel efficient cars, fifteen years to find and exploit fuel fossil reserves in the US and maybe twenty more years to develop safe nuclear energy providing 50% of our electricity," said the inventor, Tom Delor.
It takes only a few seconds to stick Moment-O-Meter to your windshield and plug it in your cigarette lighter to upgrade your car to a fuel efficient car. "Moment-O-Meter was developed and tested during the last three years, and we now manufacture it in Clearwater, Florida," added Delor, a retired ex-aeronautical engineer who co-invented this device to help his school teacher daughter to save gas. "It all started with my daughter and I'm always looking for a good reason to spend some time in my workshop," added Delor.
As Speed-O-Meter indicates the speed of a vehicle, Moment-O-Meter indicates its inherent momentum allowing users to coast by, moving their car effortlessly by force of the inertial mass generated. Green light indicates you can coast, red light indicates you need to use fuel to maintain the car's speed. It's like a personal trainer telling you what to do.
"Every driver can take advantage of their car's momentum to drastically increase their fuel efficiency if they are shown how," the inventor said. "You will save 20% to 50% gas the very first time you use it. To make it work for everyone, it had to be simple and visual. Moment-O-Meter is very simple; just react to the device's lights to save gas. I personally save 50% but my wife saves only 32% ... It still depends on the driver's skills, but improvement is expected as driving efficiently will become second nature," concluded Delor.
About GREEN TECHNOLOGY MFG
GREEN TECHNOLOGY MFG, located in Clearwater, Florida, is the developer and manufacturer of this long awaited new instrument for cars. The device uses simple visual cues to allow drivers to take advantage of the moving vehicle's momentum. It really does not matter if the vehicle uses gas, ethanol, or electricity or if the vehicle is a small or an eighteen wheelers. Retired ex-aeronautical engineer Tom Delor is the co-inventor, and patent attorney John Rizzy from Fort Lauderdale, Florida said: "When Tom presented me his work, I was skeptical because it was utterly simple and logical, thus not new. It took thousands of years to put wheels on our luggage because nobody thought about it." Comparatively, nobody thought about showing the momentum of a moving vehicle until now, replied Delor. With the energy crisis, necessity became the mother of all inventions and the United States Patent Office by issuing the patent confirmed that Moment-O-Meter is a genuine new invention.
Russian billionaire’s purchase of French villa for $750,000,000 sets a new record for most expensive home ever sold, smashing previous $236,000,000 record set by an Indian billionaire earlier this year in London.
(Vocus/PRWEB ) August 13, 2008 -- The market for the average priced US residence may be soft, but the uber rich (especially the Russians) continue to drive prices up at the very top of the world’s luxury market. Case in point -- Villa Leopolda, one of the most historic estates on the French Cote d'Azur, is now under contract by an anonymous Russian billionaire for $750 million (€500m). This three-quarters-of-a-billion dollar sales price sets a new record for the most expensive home sale in the world. The previous record was set earlier this year by Indian billionaire Laksmi Mittal, with the reported purchase of a London home for his son for about $236 million.
|This sale raises the bar and makes the half dozen or so$100 million U.S. properties on the market seem like bargains|
According to the Nice-Matin newspaper, a contract was signed last week to transfer ownership of the villa from Lily Safra, the widow of Edmond Safra, a murdered banking billionaire. Rumor has it that Mrs. Safra held out for months as the persistent mystery buyer kept raising his offering price. The paper also reported that 60 villas or mansions on Cap Ferrat are now owned by wealthy Russians.
The property has a unique history. In 1916, King Leopold’s nephew and heir, King Albert I, turned the villa into a hospital for officers wounded during the First World War. It later passed into the hands of the Agnelli family – Fiat automotive tycoons -- and became the scene for legendary jet-set parties in the 1960s, attended by Frank Sinatra, Ronald Reagan (in his acting days) and others.
“This sale raises the bar and makes the half dozen or so$100 million U.S. properties on the market seem like bargains,” said Laurie Moore-Moore, Founder of http:..www.luxuryhomemarketing.com [The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, a US-based organization which trains real estate agents who work in the luxury market and awards the international Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist designation. “Today’s affluent are citizen’s of the world and the successful luxury agent must know how to reach them and what lifestyles they are seeking. It’s an exciting and active market for agents at the top.”
new pouch by Noreve has 6.8 karats of luxurious diamond and leather
protection for the Apple iPhone 3G. This unique case is available in 15
distinct colors for $15K .
case is yet another step we are taking to help the Noreve brand become
one of the most unique and recognized case manufacturers in the world
Signal Hill, CA (PRWEB) August 8, 2008 -- Noreve St. Tropez, a luxury leather case designer, has recently released a new diamond studded leather pouch for the Apple iPhone 3G. Each case is magnificently handcrafted in genuine leather adorned with 272 diamonds. Each diamond is between 18 and 22 points and of VS1 quality and G color. The total diamond weight is approximately 6.8 Karats.
Each pouch is available in any of Noreve's 15 color choices from Black to Pink to Sandy Vintage. The back of the pouch is embossed with the Noreve St. Tropez logo. The Apple iPhone 3G Diamond Pouch price tag is $14,990.00 and is available in North America at NoreveUSA.com.
Following up on the success of their leather cases, Noreve has decided to further customize their already elite designs. "This case is yet another step we are taking to help the Noreve brand become one of the most unique and recognized case manufacturers in the world," says Sam Brust, Vice President of Sales for NoreveUSA. "We look forward to working with additional types of precious stones in our future designs."
NoreveUSA is a luxury leather designer of cases for mobile devices. Opened in April of 2007 NoreveUSA is the North American division of Noreve St. Tropez in France, which began operations in 2004. Noreve's products are available in a multitude of colors and are guaranteed by a lifetime warranty. For more information, please visit NoreveUSA.com.
seemingly endless number of articles and magazine covers talk about
retirement, but the fact is that most Baby Boomers are still not ready
for the rocking chair. By 2010, 58 million people--20% of the
population--will be 50-64. Sure, they must do some retirement planning,
but meanwhile how do they survive and thrive in this challenging
PreRetirement life stage?
research and experience with this age group, along with feedback from
our user community, has enabled us to compile the top 15 'must do'
items for everyone in this life stage
(PRWEB) July 31, 2008 -- A seemingly endless number of articles and magazine covers talk about retirement, but the fact is that most Baby Boomers are still not ready for the rocking chair. By 2010, 58 million people--20% of the population--will be 50-64. Sure, they must do some retirement planning, but meanwhile how do they survive and thrive in this challenging PreRetirement life stage?
The answers come from www.PreRetirementLife.com, a new Web site guide with special resources, tips, and content for adults aged 50-64.
"Our research and experience with this age group, along with feedback from our user community, has enabled us to compile the top 15 'must do' items for everyone in this life stage," says Andrew P. Garvin, CEO of PreRetirementLife. "We've included our choices of the best sources of information for each of the 15 items."
1. Get A Comprehensive Medical Check-Up
First things first: Your health. It's time to get a head-to-toe medical assessment. You can discuss it with your doctor, or you can go for a state-of-the-art examination. Such an exam will set you back $3,500 or more, but it's a lot less than a new car. To get an idea of what a comprehensive exam can include, visit the Mayo Clinic's Executive Health Program at Mayoclinic.org, the Duke Execuitve Health program at DukeExecHealth.org, or the John Hopkins Executive Health Program.
"People 50 to 64 are very busy so sometimes healthcare takes a back seat," says Dr. Bimal Ashar, head of the Johns Hopkins program. "The time to have a comprehensive checkup is before the problems arise so you can be completely up-to-date on all preventive measures and focus on your health lifestyle."
A great general starting point for all medical issues is the NIH.gov website (U.S. National Institutes of Health).
2. Choose a Fitness Regimen
The experts all say we must exercise, but what's right for you? A terrific and currently popular fitness bible is "Younger Next Year" by Chris Crowley and Dr. Henry Lodge.
Read it. Then check out Fitness.com and Fitizens.com. If you can afford
it, consider hiring a personal trainer, even if it's just for five to
ten sessions to get you into the swing of things.
3. Select Your Anti-Aging Strategies to Live Longer and Look Younger from Head to Toe
It's time to pay attention to nutrition and supplements, weight loss,
teeth, eyes, skin and, yes, even cosmetic surgery. Much of this can be
expensive, so come up with a five to ten-year plan. What's most
important to you? Teeth whitening? Weight loss? Improved energy? Botox?
Eye lift? Do you want to focus on natural methods, like a diet, or
treatments? Start your research at LifeScript
or EveryDiet.org, DietTV.com, and the health and diet section of
WebMD.com. To learn about the latest trends in beauty products and
plastic surgery techniques, check out New Beauty magazine at
4. Get a Comprehensive Financial Assessment
Everyone's talking about "Your Number"--the amount you'll need to retire comfortably, and you can always play around with many of the financial calculators available online to get an estimate. But each individual's situation is different, and our advice is to sit down with a financial planner who is paid only on a fee basis (not through commissions.) Ask people you trust for a referral, or check out the Certified Financial Planners Board of Standards. Wiseradvisor.com and FPANet.org (The Financial Planning Association) are also great resources.
5. Maximize Your Savings
You'll probably need more money than you think to retire, and you never know..."stuff happens." It's never too late to increase your savings, optimize your 401(k), sock some dollars away in your IRA, and cut unnecessary expenses. Aside from all the great general sites that talk about financial planning including Money.com, check out LowerMyBills.com and the 401khelpcenter.com.
6. Understand Your Insurance and Benefit Options
Many people ignore this area until it's too late. Even if you're still in your fifties, start with an understanding of what your medicare and social security benefits will be by running the numbers at the Social Security Administration.
"For almost two-thirds of today's retirees, Social Security is their majority source of income and for millions over 65 health insurance would not be affordable without Medicare. Yet, all too often pre-retirees know less about their Social Security and Medicare benefits than any other piece of their retirement plan. It's critical that baby boomers do their homework," says Mary Jane Yarrington, who writes the "Ask Mary Jane" column at the The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.
Then do a check of all your current benefits at
Benefitscheckup.org. Next, navigate the big three in insurance: life,
long-term care, and disability. Start at LifeHappens.org (Life and
Health Insurance Foundation for Education) and then visit
7. Decide Where You'll Live
This is going to be a big decision. People "retire" to active living
and adult communities, retirement communities, foreign countries,
sunbelt states...even hotels and cruise ships. But most actually stay
where they are. Start thinking about this now. Explore options at
resources such as RetireNet.com, TopRetirements.com,
ActiveAdultLiving.com, and the Retirement Living Information Center at
8. Do a Career Evaluation
Are you happy with your job? Will it continue until you're 65...or
older? Is it time for a career change, and can you afford one? Remember
that generally speaking, the older you are, the less employable you
are. So now is the time for a career check-up. Start by looking at The Free Career Test
and QuintCareers.com (Quintessential Careers). Then explore the many
job sites for 50-plus people (such as Workforce50.com in the "Careers"
section of the "Most Useful Sites" at www.PreRetirementLife.com">www.PreRetirementLife.com).
9. Do a Personal and Relationship Evaluation
Is this the time in your life when you'll begin to spend more time with your family? Are you ready to look inward and decide what you want the rest of your life to be about? Where do you stand with your marriage (or significant other) and your kids ? Take a life inventory at useful sites such as LifeTwo.com and FamiliesWithPurpose.com. Are you a new grandparent? Check out Grandparents.com. Have any issues to solve? Start at the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy at aamft.org.
10. Make Sure Your Parents are Taken Care Of
Baby Boomers are the first generation whose parents may live 20 to 30 years beyond their retirement age.That adds a whole new level of complexity, cost, and worry for 50-plus adults. Millions of Boomers may be in a care giving situation for which they have little preparation. The good news is there are some excellent sources of information at sites such as CaringInfo.org, Caringtoday.com, and WorkingCaregiver.com. Check out Homeinstead.com's 40/70 rule for talking with your parents about care at 4070talk.com.
11. Pick and Prioritize Your Dream Trips
Where do you want to go? Where should you go before everyone else discovers it? Is there a place that could be quite different ten years from now that you should consider sooner (like the Galapagos or Great Barrier Reef)? How do you deal with rising fuel and resort costs? One idea, consider a home exchange program such as the one at homeexchange.com. Get great travel ideas at TripAdvisor.com, ElderHostel.org, and About.com's Senior Travel page.
"Planning where to travel before you retire is the way to go. Travel is
often cited as the Number 1 wish of the pre-65 crowd, and strategizing
early can help you determine where and how you'll live the best years
of your life," says Barry Golson, Editor of www.forbestraveler.com and author of the forthcoming book "Retirement Without Borders." (Scribner, December 2008)
12. Plan Your Leisure Time Lifestyle
Consider what you'll do when you stop working....or how to have more fun while you're still working. Do you want to expand or enhance your existing hobbies and sports activities? Do you want to try new ones? What kind of entertainment will be important to you? Explore the options at a2zhobbies.com, Allcrafts.net, and Craftsitedirectory.com. Meanwhile, find discount tickets to your favorite entertainment events at Stubhub.com.
13. Give Something Back
Do you plan to give something back to society through volunteering or mentoring within your area of expertise? It can take time to find the right way to help. Start with Network for Good and Volunteermatch.org. Or how about exploring vacations that combine your trip with do-good activities? Check out VocationVacations.com.
14. Get Your Estate Planning In Order
Depart this world without having your affairs in order and you risk
leaving a mess for your surviving family. Now is the time to ensure you
have a solid will, estate plan, and so-called "living will." You should
consult with your financial planner and an estate planning attorney.
Some helpful sites to guide you through the process include Nolo.com,
FreeAdvice.com, and FindLaw.com.
15. Start Taking Advantage of Age-Based Deals
Many of us don't want to accept that we're "over 50" or "over 60." But there's one big advantage: Many companies and services offer meaningful discounts to people as young as 50. Before you toss AARP's membership invitation, take a look at their deals (AARP.org). At www.PreRetirementLife.com, we have a special "deals and discounts" section with a special emphasis on great travel and entertainment bargains. A great book to buy is "Unbelievably Good Deals and Great Adventures That You Absolutely Can't Get Unless You're Over 50," by Joan Rattner Heilman. Enjoy the savings!
All of the sites mentioned above, plus some 500 others in 14 topic areas, are included in the Directory of Most Useful Sites for 50-plus adults at PreRetirementLife.com.
About PreRetirementLife.com: www.PreRetirementLife.com">www.PreRetirementLife.com, the Web's premier online guide for adults ages 50 to 64, is being developed with input from distinguished experts in business, research, media and internet marketing, as well as from members of the Baby Boomer generation. To learn more about this exciting new life stage, preview exclusive monthly deals and discounts, see the only virtual Expo for 50 plus adults, and access weekly secrets to staying young, visit www.PreRetirementLife.com">www.PreRetirementLife.com.