Peru, The New Colombia

Every year many thousands of people from all over the world travel to Peru to visit such spectacles as Machu Picchu, Chan Chan or the Nazca Lines, and yet they arent aware of another Peruvian marvel: coffee.

The coffee awarded as the best special coffee in the world in 2010 by the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) did not come from caffeine-famed Colombia, but rather from Peru. The coffee, called Tunki Coffee, comes from a small plot of land in Tunkimayo, a previously unheard of village in the province of Sandia, roughly 21 hours from Juliaca (near Puno, which is famous for being on the shore of Lake Titicaca).

The owner of the roughly seven and a half acres responsible for this glorious coffee is Wilson Sucaticona, a 40 year-old man of modest economic conditions and a father of three. Additionally, the farm producing Tunki Coffee is certified organic, Mr. Sucaticona is a member of the Rainforest Alliance, and he also abides by all international Fair Trade regulations.

In case you were wondering, the title of best special coffee in the world is not an easy one to come by; Tunki Coffee beat 139 other samples of coffee from some of the worlds most famous coffee producing countries, such as Colombia, Panama, Kenya, and Indonesia. In a two day taste test conducted by 30 world-renowned coffee judges, the coffee that was determined to have best united good acidity, good body, and a floral aroma was none other than the humble newcomer, Tunki Coffee, which only one year prior had won the national best coffee competition.

If you like a good cup of Joe, but youd like to try the best, you can expect to pay a pretty penny. Tunki Coffee is currently exported to the United States and the UK, and goes at around $1,000 the quintal (46 kg.) stateside, which comes to nearly $10 a pound (not including the costs of getting it to the store shelf or coffee shop). You may not be ready for such luxury in these times of financial trouble, which could be all the more reason to come to Peru where the worlds best coffee can be had for less than a dollar a cup!

Shrimp And Grits The History And Recipes

For generations, eating shrimp and grits is commonplace for people living in the Charleston, South Carolina area. Shrimp and grits is the typical breakfast for many of the Charleston area fishermen during the shrimping period, which ordinarily runs from May through December.
Grits, often served as side dish for breakfast or dinner, can also be the main course, with milk and butter. The corn-based meal has become a staple offering in diners as well as reputable restaurants for the past few years. The popular cuisine of coarse corn grains has been embellished, made over and given a new twist in a variety of ways as chefs try to make a new variation on the basic shrimp and grits recipe.
You might wonder what grits are made of. Grits, previously called ‘hominy’ is ground up corn that has been mashed, and this originated with the Native Americans from the Carolina region. Grits were used a way for Native Americans and white people to communicate in the latter part of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th centuries before people learned how to speak the same language. An important event happened in 1584, when Native Americans gave some of their grits to Sir Walter Raleigh, as well as the people who came to live in Jamestown, Virginia a few years later.
The settlers were guided in their agricultural pursuits regarding corn by the Native Americans, who were well versed in that area. Several items soon became basic food sources for the colonials, including corn and the grits produced from it. These items had been a normal part of the Native American diet for a long time.
Centuries later, in 1976, grits was declared the official state food of South Carolina, and noted for its vital contribution to the culture and the economy of South Carolina, as well as to the sustenance of the people living there. The region stretching from the Carolinas to Louisiana is now referred to as America’s ‘Grits Belt’.
To many people living in this region, a day without grits is like a day without sunshine. They hate and have no respect for pre-packaged instant grits, or quick grits. For them the only way to make real grits is the old fashioned way with stone ground grits cooked slowly. There are, however, some ways to spice up the meal such as adding shrimp. Many recipes for shrimp and grits can be found online or in regional recipe books.

Hendren Global Group Top Facts Tips for Developing Countries with Economic Woes

As a result of the recent devastation caused by Typhoon Glenda in Southern Luzon, Philippines, consumers now face a shortage of the supply for basic goods such as chicken, vegetables, fruits. Still reeling from Super-Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, the strongest typhoon that has hit in a century or so, the country enjoys one of the highest rates of growth although it continues to experience insufficient rice harvest and plans to import rice from neighboring countries like Thailand and Vietnam.

For a country that yearly experiences havoc caused by tropical cyclones and other natural calamities, economic development must constantly take into account the effects of natural forces on the livelihood of people. Farmers may lose all the months of hard work through planting and caring for crops in a single day of strong cyclonic winds or flooding caused by incessant monsoon rains which can last for more than a week.

In spite of this reality, the government has not completely adapted to the cyclical changes in climatic patterns but instead continues to depend upon old economic policies and strategies that fail to address the fundamental problems.

Yet there are a few steps any government can implement to minimize the effects of natural calamities and to prepare the people and make them more capable of recovering in a shorter period. Let us look at these tips or principles:

1. Doing away with unsustainable farming techniques

Dependence on too much use of NPK (nitrogen-phosphate-potassium) fertilizer has led to leeching of the soil in many countries which followed the western agricultural paradigm after the last world war. More modern and scientific farming approaches which replenish all of the essential minerals in an organic manner will provide a more sustainable and healthier source of nutrition for humans.

It has been found that NPK fertilizer requires a higher investment than the more organic approach now more popularly referred to as nutritional or trophobiotic farming. The latter allows farmers and small gardeners to recover more readily from stresses experienced by plants during typhoons, floods and pest infestations.

2. Reviving the Green Revolution

Encouraging more people to go into container or backyard gardening and home livestock- raising will sustain a significant portion of their vegetable and meat supply domestically with even more healthful options compared to commercial alternatives. This will also do away with the high prices of such basic goods due to middle-men and transportation cost-add-ons.

Home-based gardens and small farms are also less prone to be affected by natural calamities as they can be housed in green houses or be planted in plastic bags and recylcled containers which can be raised during floods or moved to safer areas during storms.

3. Empowering the landless and the far-flung villages

People who have no land can still have the opportunity to establish cooperatives with others and lease or buy small farms which can compete with big farm corporations with their organically-grown produce. They can also establish links with like-minded business-people who need their products to address the problem of transporting goods.

How To Tell If You Have Bruxism

The American Dental Associations has come out and stated that cases of bruxism/teeth grinding has risen to over half the population of the United States in recent years. One can understand how this rise has happened with all the stress that people are feeling from the tough economic situations that they have to live through every day.

Of course, it is difficult to say that this amount is a reality as it is hard to tell if you do have a problem, especially when sleeping. There are a few things that you can do to check if you have a bruxism issue, though, and that is what will be discussed here.

The first thing you can do to see if you have bruxism is to find a willing partner to monitor your sleeping habits. This doesnt mean that your husband or wife needs to stay up all night, drinking coffee and watching you closely to see if you are grinding your teeth.

What it does mean is your partner should make notes on whether or not they notice you grinding your teeth while you are asleep. If your partner notices that you are starting to grind your teeth, then they can simply pay attention to how long you are grinding them, and how hard you seem to be grinding your teeth.

Another way to tell if you have bruxism is to go through the list of symptoms that are associated with this issue. One thing you will notice right off is a sore jaw when you first wake up in the morning. You might also notice that you have a headache when you first wake up, or that a couple of your teeth seem to be a bit sore.

There is also a good chance that your gums will be swollen somewhat if you were grinding your teeth exceptionally hard during the night. This is one of the only ways that you can tell if you have bruxism issues in case you do not have any one that can check on you while you are asleep at night. If you find that you do have bruxism, then you should contact your dentist, and they can point out different ways that you can ease the suffering.

Top Ten Resort Wear

Increasing travel options and access to exotic, tropical destinations has resulted in a niche market of casual, yet fashionable, resort wear apparels that invoke relaxation whilst also offering style.

Designers have been rising to the occasion by broadening their collections to include glamorous beach wear options, casual summer cover ups and chic lounge looks, even during autumn and winter seasons. The result has been an explosion of beaded kaftans, embroidered tunics, glitzy metallic bikinis, jeweled sandals, elegant tropical prints in natural, breathable fabrics, all depicting a lifestyle of relaxation, classic luxury and elegance.

This is the essence of resort wear. Clothing that is easy, yet glamorous, sexy whilst being understated, casual yet elegant, fun and flirty.

Organizing your vacation wardrobe can be trickier than you think. Limited by luggage size and weight, you have to be economic with your vacation clothing choices. Weve tried to make it easy for you with our 2007 top 10 list of resort wear must-haves to ensure that your vacation packing is a breeze.

1. A pair of lightweight, neutral tone, linen pants are essential to every vacation wardrobe and can be easily paired with a variety of tops for different looks time and again. Matched up with a brightly printed T or Kaftan they can give a sophisticated look to the most casual traveler out there.

2. A tunic cover-up for beach days, afternoons around the pool, or sun-downer cocktails at the bar.

3. A large, canvas tote handbag in a bold, tropical print will save the day when your toting beach accessories, or just mulling around local markets for a bargain or two. This season is showcasing even larger bags than last year which are just perfect for holiday shopping.

4. One well fitting bikini! Go the extra mile to find a bikini that fits to make you feel fabulous and ditch all of last years left-overs.

5. A selection of v neck, cotton ts in tropical shades are handy to throw on for coffee runs, lunch outings, or even sporting activities.

6. A flatteringly feminine skirt in a floral or botanical print that speaks to the eco consciousness of 2007 will update your wardrobe this year.

7. A pair of Bermuda shorts are easy, comfortable and a hip choice for summer casuals.

8. A pair of jeweled sandals/flip flops are casual enough for beach wear, but dressy enough to liven up casual bermudas or linens for a city outing.

9. A baby doll sundress can double up for day, or slinky evening wear if dressed up with accessories.

10. A pair of metallic, strappy heels will have you looking edgy for night time entertainment. Metallic is definitely the new black for 2007.

Resort wear is all about the fun of life. Enjoy your vacation wardrobe choices all year round and bring the sunshine into your life.

Are Home Businesses Going To Succeed in This Economy

I hear this question asked many times each week. I recently listened to an statement that was from the “Home Based Business Magazine Online” where they said It is estimated that nearly 70% of home based businesses will stay around and succeed for at least three and half years compared to 29% outside of the home based business ventures, for example a traditional offline business such as a store or a shop.

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The higher success rate was due to the ability to be able to operate part time around a day job. This is a very important point.

Lets say that your are running an information product or education product from home, this has an advantage that where it allows you to let most of the technology work, the tracking, and with no packaging, it’s taken care of. It maybe a down loadable file such as audio, video or a PDF file made up as an e-book which also eliminates all of that administration whilst you can work to your own schedule.

This has a huge advantage, not only over a traditional job, but also over other businesses, as it allows you flexibility and free time. Oh and as I didn’t mention this, the others that work with me in my team all work from home too, which is awesome.

With major retail stores selling DVD’s and CD’s closing down daily around the globe, there’s one huge company who is thriving and is going to succeed in this economy, jamming their stores with people, buying Mac Books, iPods, iPhones and of course the new iPad.

Ther’e all buying these mainly to watch video, listen to audio files, download e-books.

The iPad alone sold over 300,000 in their first day of launch and one interesting point is they actually sold 250,000 copies of the e-book too on the day it opened.

With an estimated 100 million sales of the iPad this year, you can see where all of this is heading can’t you.

It’s a New Reality… Making money like in the past with old school ways is becoming increasingly more difficult.

We’re transitioning from a manual labor society to a knowledge society. People are paying for more knowledge and education than ever before on information and coaching. And it’s growing fast. e-books, advice, video, online education are all the trends and are currently the fastest growing industries in the world.

Home based businesses have more than double the chance of success in this economy than a traditional business, because it can flex around your schedule. An information business is what you can start right now with just a computer.

The bottom line is to…stop trying to make money in the past trends…it doesn’t work.

If you want to turn your knowledge into money you need to learn how to sell information products, education, advice and coaching by helping others from your knowledge, then you can market it online like so many others are doing very successfully.

Vs. 6 Cylinder Suvs

Buying a new car or a used one requires research first, you want to get the best vehicle for your money and when it comes to the size of the engine and how much power is needed in your sports utility vehicle, it is good to know the difference between a 6 cylinders vs. 4 cylinders. Some things to consider when buying a car is to look at the many factors that determine power, design and fuel efficiency of the engine.

The Year, Make and Model can affect how different engines will perform

It is important to note that a 4 cylinder engine has four pistons and usually are in smaller cars for instance a Toyota Tacoma is a compact pickup truck first generation models from 1995 to 2004, two wheel drive Tacoma’s came with the 2.4L and the 2.7L four cylinder engine, while 6 cylinder engines has six pistons and are usually found on most passenger cars, vans and small trucks such as found in GMC truck V6 engine produced in 1960 to 1978 in the Chevrolet 250 cid inline 6. Theoretically the more pistons would equal more horsepower.

Is a 6 cylinder V6 engine better than a 4 cylinder engine?

The inline 6 has been replaced by the V6 engine because of its compact size and high performance engine is why it’s the best choice if you’re looking for a high power engine while still maintaining a great fuel economy for your SUV. The 4 cylinder as a straight or inline is standard in most vehicles and is considered an economy engine. Its lower emissions and fuel efficiency makes it the engine of choice for those concerned about the impact on the environment. So to determine which engine is better will depend on what you are looking for in the next automobile you purchase though more cylinders equal more power when comparing different engines.

Advances in Technology for the Modern 4 cylinder

Many had thought that 4 cylinders were short on acceleration, this is changing with Japanese auto makers building high performance SUV’s such as in the Toyota sports utility, where you have the choice of purchasing the Highlander, Rav4 and the new 2010 Toyota 4runner has a 2.7 liter four cylinder engine that produces 157 horsepower, the only difference between a modern 4 cylinder compared to a V6 is the cost, due to the advancement in performance over the last decade.

Why Is Kickboxing A Good Workout

Do you enjoy kicking stuff? Perhaps you enjoy boxing? Do you like to workout too? If you answered yes to all three of these questions then kickboxing as a workout is right for you!

The reasons kickboxing is a great workout are numerous, but let’s touch on perhaps maybe the most important: weight loss.

Kickboxing as an exercise utilizes your hands, arms, feet, and legs, all in fast, repetitive motions. When training on a punching bag a person who weighs 120 lbs can expect to burn over 300 calories in just 30 minutes. Not only that, but it doubles as strength training, so while calories are burned, muscle is toned.

Combining an aerobic exercise (one that has a lengthy duration) with an anaerobic exercise (one that’s shorter but uses a lot of energy like sprinting) is a fantastic technique when working out. A kickboxing workout is similar to running and then lifting weights, except simultaneously.

The results that are achieved, beyond weight loss, include bone density, joint strength, muscle strength, and cardiovascular endurance. And honestly, who wouldn’t want a higher bone density? I know I do.

Kicking and punching a punching bag, however, isn’t totally accessible to everyone. Luckily, there are techniques to kicking and punching without additional aid. Workout styles such as Tae Bo come to mind. Tae Bo is simply a workout regimen of kicks and punches at a fast pace. This style encapsulates what kickboxing is all about.

Most people, however, belong to a gym or fitness center. Personally, I’ve belonged to several (as the economy gets worse, the establishment I choose changes). Many places have classes or designated areas for people who want to try kickboxing. Others don’t have much more than areas to jump-rope, let alone kickbox.

For the gyms that do have the designated areas, usually classes ensue. Such classes may incorporate Tae Bo-esque exercises; others might primarily be actual kickboxing lessons. Whatever the case may be, there’s a place to practice. You just have to find it.

And finding one would be worth it. The benefits to kickboxing are as clear as a pane of glass. The passing on of someone’s knowledge to you is insurmountable. Especially if your main resource is something like the article you’re currently reading.

So if it’s time to feel great, look great, and have fantastic bone density. Then it’s time to start kickboxing.

Retailers How To Select Your Wholesale Sweet Supplier

If youre a retailer wondering how to choose the best and most appropriate wholesale sweet supplier, some of the following tips for evaluation might come in handy.

Selecting a Wholesale Sweet Supplier

Align the available lines from a potential wholesale sweets supplier to your main marketing themes. For example, if you’re targeting certain discerning (as opposed to mass-market) segments, you will need to select a wholesaler who is able to support you in that by offering appropriate high quality products.

Look for breadth of portfolio. Managing multiple suppliers can be time consuming, inefficient and also stressful. The more of your stock lines you’re able to secure from a single source, the lower your management overheads will be.

Aim for economy of volume orders. This is closely linked to the point above because of the basic commercial reality that the more you order from a single supplier, the bigger your commercial clout is likely to be. That is going to put you in a stronger negotiating position when price comes to be discussed.

Value innovation in your providers. Certain components of the confectionery marketplace are volatile and you will need to select a wholesale sweets supplier who is not only aware of that, but is also able to react to it. In fact, ideally they should be at the forefront of driving that change and be ahead of the game rather than simply following events.

Aim for providers who can deliver a degree of uniqueness. There is considerable consumer pressure in the marketplace today for a different confectionery experience, rather than what might be termed the ‘same-oldsame-old’ sweets.

Be aware of the need for traditional sweets, though. Once again, consumer pressures these days are driving increased attention towards the idea of nostalgia. This is being seen in many sectors, including the provision of confectionery, so any provider who can offer a range of products that hark back to peoples childhood is likely to be a good partner for you.

Consider reliability. This should go without saying, but unfortunately it is sometimes overlooked and not all suppliers are necessarily quite as reliable as they should be. You can check this out by researching them on the Internet and, of course, simply asking around other retailers.

Consider price, but don’t make it the most important factor. This has been left until last for a very good reason, because finding the lowest-cost provider in the marketplace might not count for much if they are unable to deliver on some of the above things to you. Even so, times are tough and those wholesalers who are price conscious may be particularly attractive. You can check that out by conventional price comparisons.

Dont underestimate the difference that a top-class wholesale sweets supplier can make to your business, and be prepared to put some time and effort into research before committing to a large order.

The Internet Culture In Virtual Reality By Castells

As a tool of communication and technology sharing, the Internet has become a powerful force that is difficult to control. According to Castells the Internet has become the center for libertarian values of privacy, freedom, and openness. Castells believes that the interaction between four types of cultures resulted in this: the techno-meritocratic culture, the hacker ethic, the virtual communitarians, and the entrepreneurs. The author believes that with time the flexibility of the Internet will be used in commercial interests to change the culture of openness of the Internet into the culture of control.

Castells in the chapter Virtual Communities or Network Society reflects on how the internet has changed the way people communicate with each other. The author speaks about how most people’s social interactions increase, rather than decrease, which is the general opinion of the internet. A major criticism against the communication through the Internet is that there is little time for communication in a real time. According to Castells studies this fact is wrong and he rejects it. Then the author mentions such a notion as networked individualism. This means that people build their networks on their own interest. In other words, the author points out that nowadays the society is no longer organized according to the geographical location but on the choice that a person makes via the Internet.

Castells reflects on the connection between the iIternet and the government, on civil society, democracy in the society in the chapter The Politics of the Internet: Computer Networks, Civil Society, and the State”. The author brings up such aspect of the relation between government and the Internet as China. In this chapter he tells about a new version of the search engine made specially for China by Google. Besides, the chapter discusses the role of the government in the aspect of absolute freedom in communication.

When developed countries with technological infrastructures were joining the internet, developing countries began to experience a Digital divide separating them from the Internet. China went on to make its first global Internet connection in 1994, between the Beijing Electro-Spectrometer Collaboration and Stanford University’s Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. In the chapter The Digital Divide in a Global Perspective” Castells gives a detailed analysis of the usage of the Internet all over the world. Then the author examines the connection of the digital divide and the Internet. According to Castells research, connectivity is an obligatory element of economic development and the netiquette is the code of effective communication via the Internet.