Soft coolers are becoming increasingly popular these days as adventurers look for ways to take coolers, and all the benefits they provide, along on more types outdoor excursions in increasingly remote locations.I recently had the opportunity to test one of these coolers during an overnight adventure on the banks of the Chattooga River. Here are 5 takeaways from a day in the woods with the new-to-market Quest Soft Cooler from Canyon Coolers.1. DurabilityThese types of coolers are expected to hold up to the riggers of the elements. I supplied the riggers and the mountains, woods, and waters of Upstate South Carolina supplied the elements. All the while, the Canyon Quest met and exceeded my expectations. Constructed form raft-grade tarpaulin inside and out, the sample sustained a few falls on the slippery trail that led the river and emerged unscathed from an intentional 12 ft. drop off of a boulder located in the vicinity of the pictured Long Creek Falls. Most importantly, the beer inside remained intact and unharmed.2. ComfortOne of the first things I look for in a soft cooler is comfort. How does it ride during a steep three mile hike to your favorite swimming hole? In the case of the Canyon Quest, like a cadillac. The built-in chest and waist straps offer optimum stability while the adequate back padding keeps your back comfortable and chafe free even during extended hikes in the back county.3. WeightThe cooler itself is relatively light, coming in at what I would estimate as just under two pounds. This is increasingly important on a trip like mine which required several miles of hiking on steep, slippery terrain. Beer and ice are heavy enough without the added weight of a bulky insulator.4. InsulationThis thing was designed with raft guides in mind and is consequently tasked with holding ice for days and even weeks on end. Sadly, I haven’t yet had the opportunity to tote this baby along on a three to four day canoe-camping trip, but I did keep it out in the field for more than 24-hours. During said trip I noted that the ice, while partially melted, did remain intact and, most importantly, the beverages remained ice cold and the food fresh.5. Size The quest comes in two, sizes the 22 L and the 32 L. I opted to test the smaller model, known as the Canyon Quest Trek 22. It proved perfect for my needs with plenty of room for a six pack and a few snacks.Related:
MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Here’s how effective the country’s Tourism Police have been: The Central American nation welcomed 1,060,031 visitors who generated US$377 million in revenue in 2011, a year after 1,011,251 tourists brought in US$308 million, according to the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute (INTUR). And it could be an even better in 2012 for the tourism industry, as 300,000 visited the country in the first three months, an increase of 15.7% compared to the same period a year ago, according to INTUR. “Tourists prefer Nicaragua over other countries in the region because of its safety, its economy and its peacefulness,” said Martín Soto, a tourism guide for Ecole Travel, an agency that promotes the country. “There are no gangs and the threat of muggings and killings is lower than in the rest of Central America. This is an important advantage when vacationers are choosing a destination and now it represents a large opportunity for the country.” Nicaragua is the second-safest country in the region, with 13.3 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, much lower than Honduras (82.1), El Salvador (66), Guatemala (41.4) and Belize (41). The safest country in the region is Costa Rica, with 11.3 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the 2011 Global Homicide Study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The key to Nicaragua’s blossoming tourism is the work of the Tourism Police, an institution created by the National Police in 2001 that works to guarantee the safety of tourists nationwide. The Tourism Police was formed after the Central American Integration System (SICA) launched its 1997 Central American and Caribbean Strategic Plan for Tourist Safety, which mandated all law enforcement agents specializing in tourism safety wear a uniform distinct from other police institutions. The Tourism Police’s 450 officers work closely with the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute (INTUR), as both institutions train agents in stopping organized crime, drug and human trafficking, child prostitution and other types of exploitation of girls, boys and adolescents. The officers also receive training in human relations. “With support from the tourism industry’s private sector, we at INTUR have established a solid alliance with the Tourism Police and we are seeing the results,” said Aurora Castillo, director of INTUR’s Services and Tourist Protection. In addition, the Tourism Police supports, disseminates and carries out all of INTUR’s tourism safety plans and has hosted workshops for National Police Officers. “The Tourism Police is a special force created to offer better attention to national and international tourists who require their services,” said Commissioner Jeannette Largaespada, chief of the Tourism Police. “The Tourism Police also seek to control the levels of crime that could be provoked by the development of tourism in the country, like theft, narco-trafficking, child prostitution, human trafficking and fraud.” Nicaraguan authorities do not want the increase in the number of tourists in the country to lead to opportunities for criminals, Largaespada said. “It is important for the country to grow in terms of tourism, but while this sector brings economic growth, it also brings negative aspects. We’re faced with new kinds of crimes because not everyone who comes into the country does so with good intentions,” she said. “That forces us to look for new means to maintain the national safety level we are recognized for today.” In Nicaragua, the main crime suffered by tourists is stolen cameras, followed by theft through intimidation. There were a total of 251 crimes against tourists last year, which represent 0.56% of the 71,000 crimes committed nationally. In 2010, 886 crimes against tourists were reported, according to the National Police. “High seasons for tourism are when the most crimes occur, especially in the most visited sites in the country, when tourists go into places beyond the security perimeter,” said Tourism Police Capt. Johana Delgado. The most popular tourist destinations in the country are Granada, León, Managua, Rivas, Chinandega, Río San Juan and Corn Island. Soon, INTUR and the Tourism Police, in coordination with the Nicaraguan Chambers of Tourism, will set up a free telephone line for tourists who become victims of crime, which will help them receive medical attention or transportation to embassies or consulates, Largaespada said. By Dialogo May 14, 2012
The 1st Congress of Health Tourism was held in Zagreb in the Revival Hall of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, organized by the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts and LUX promotion.Precisely because of the need to travel outside the place of permanent residence in order to improve health, health tourism is becoming a development model that is able to produce strong positive economic, health and social effects. Of course, only if we have top health institutions and if we round everything nicely into a quality tourist product.Due to this understanding, health tourism in Croatia, but also in many other countries, has become one of the strategic development goals of tourism and health. The goal of the congress is to specifically prepare Croatia and in the near future to open it to a new market of health tourism users. The congress therefore pointed out the possible dangers of further development of health tourism without systematic monitoring of its development effects, as well as without detailed elaboration of possible scenarios of its development in the near or distant future.In an effort to include Croatia in the international market of profit-oriented health services to non-residents as soon as possible, there is a problem of erosion of the social component of the health care system intended for residents, as well as Croatia’s ability to protect public interest in access to health care. regulated by the Health Care Act and guaranteed by the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia.Academician Zvonko Kusić, President of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, welcomed the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts’s reputation in the world, the history of the Renaissance Hall and the magnificent palace of the People’s House, one of the oldest in Zagreb, where the Health Tourism Congress was held. “The roots of health tourism in Croatia go back to ancient times when the first spas were opened, but the field of health tourism is still not well legally resolved or articulated. Although health tourism sounds marketing and market, health has always been a social category and should never be completely left to the market because it is a social and civilizational achievement.”, Added academician Kusić.President of the Committee on Health and Social Policy of the Croatian Parliament, Ph.D. Ines Strenja-Linić said that many health care institutions encounter numerous problems when they try to offer some services to the market, which is why it is necessary to legally regulate the field of health tourism in cooperation with the two line ministries. She warned of the value of the program of the Congress of Health Tourism for the development of health and tourism in the future, and expressed the intention to hold a round table on the topic of the Congress in the fall in the Parliament of the Republic of Croatia.On behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, the Congress was attended by the Assistant Minister, Ms. Olivera Shejbal. In her welcome speech, she pointed out the increase in tourist arrivals in Croatia on vacation, said that Croatia has become a hit market for tourists from around the world, and that health tourism is one of the fastest growing tourism sectors and is expected to be one in the future. of the main motives of the journey. She mentioned the importance of involving members of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, especially the medical class and the Croatian Academy of Medical Sciences, the Committee for Health Tourism and Spa Medicine in the development of health tourism in the future. ” With the education of human resources and activating the use of natural resources: natural healing factors that Croatia abounds in and competes with its eco-preservation for a top welless destination or a modern EU destination for health tourism (eg Peljesac peninsula, Nin or the island of Mljet). Also, health tourism offers the possibility of extending the tourist season as well as the development of the economy, especially on the islands and on the continent in cooperation with, for example, small family hotels and existing medical and health facilities.Sheybal points out.Dr. sc. Denis Kovačić on behalf of the Ministry of Health announced that a new Law on Health Care will be passed at the end of this year, in which a special chapter will be dedicated to health resorts and spas in order to regulate what is now in the “gray zone” in health tourism. He also announced the possibility of passing a special Law on Health Tourism.Among the conclusions of the congress, the importance of resolving complex relations and currently uncoordinated related laws and regulations between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Tourism was emphasized; the need to upgrade existing legislation in the health tourism sector in order to avoid different legislative interpretations of the same issues; adoption of regulations on services in health tourism. The need for certification of health services in the Republic of Croatia was especially emphasized. The formation of the Krapina-Zagorje County Health Tourism Cluster was exclusively announced at the congress.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 23, 2013 at 12:22 am Contact Kevin: [email protected] Syracuse has not participated in many close games this season. In its last nine games, only one final score has been within 12 points, and that was an 84-80 win against DePaul last Tuesday.But considering the way the team conducts itself in practice, Syracuse finds little trouble flicking the switch when it counts.“We have a lot of those in practice,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said, speaking on the simulation of down-to-the wire games. “Our games in practice, when we scrimmage, it’s either a blowout or it’s tight.”The experience of simulating tight games could prove critical as the Orange (15-2, 3-1 Big East) works its way through a pivotal stretch of the season. After falling to Connecticut 87-62 Saturday, Syracuse continues its three-game road trip Wednesday for a rare 11:30 a.m. tipoff at St. John’s (9-7, 3-1), where it hopes its practice habits pay off with a victory.The Red Storm is coming off of a 74-50 loss at No. 2 Notre Dame Sunday after three consecutive conference wins to open its Big East campaign. SU is unranked in The Associated Press Top 25 poll, but is No. 22 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, matching its highest-ever ranking in that poll.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Saturday, the Orange hung within single digits of the Huskies for most of the first half, and trailed by 12 at the break. No. 3 UConn pulled away midway through the second half.Syracuse was hindered by the loss of senior center Kayla Alexander for most of the game, as Alexander drew two early fouls and played just 11 minutes. Alexander enters Wednesday’s game 16 points behind Nicole Michael (2007-10) for the most in program history.While Syracuse came away with a loss, it played tough for the duration of the game.Guard Rachel Coffey pointed to last year’s run in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament,when the Orange won a 74-73 overtime battle at Toledo in the quarterfinals before losing 74-71 at James Madison in the semis, an important educational experience for these types of games. In the Toledo game, Coffey forced overtime when she buried a 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds remaining in regulation.“We’ve been in a lot of games, like in the Final Four in the NIT, we had to make a shot at the end with two seconds to go, or something like that, to get into overtime,” Coffey said. “So we’ve kind of all been in every situation.”Wednesday’s matchup in Queens, N.Y., appears to be a more even matchup than Saturday’s. Although the teams have not played any common Big East opponents to date, SJU appeared to have found its stride prior to the Notre Dame letdown, with blowout wins against Seton Hall and Pittsburgh by a combined 55 points.St. John’s is led by senior guard Shenneika Smith, who averages 15.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per game in the season to date.“She always wants to make sure the team is winning,” St. John’s head coach Joe Tartamella told GoJohnnies.com. “We know what we are going to get from her each and every game.”In a potentially even matchup, the Orange will need to draw on its tight-game experience against St. John’s. If the game comes down to the wire.Against the Blue Demons, SU showed toughness down the stretch with patience and timely offensive rebounding, notably from veterans like Carmen Tyson-Thomas.It’s games like the one against DePaul that reinforce Hillsman’s rationale behind how much he makes his team run during practices. Whether the scenario involves a close game or a blowout, the team is trained to play hard and maintain intensity in all situations, Hillsman said.“It’s amazing. They’re always like ‘One more possession,’” Hillsman said. “I’m like, ‘You’re down 30, it’s not going to matter.’”Also helping the Orange in tense late-game situations is the fact that the team maintains a strong veteran contingent, one that’s seen its share of matchups come down to the last few possessions.Said guard Elashier Hall: “It’s what we live for.” Comments