Chaa Creek?s National Geo Nod as World?s Best

(PRWEB) December 16, 2011

Belize?s premier rainforest eco resort, The Lodge at Chaa Creek has been featured as one of the National Geographic top ten ?Best Adventure Destinations for 2012?.

The recent announcement states, ?Just when it seemed impossible to find untrammelled singletrack in Europe or snorkel uncharted waters in Australia, we’re here to remind you that optimism pays off,? and continues to say that events ? can make a well-travelled planet feel full of new frontiers again. Here are the best adventure destinations for 2012,? before giving a description of Chaa Creek.

Under the heading, Go Now, The article notes Chaa Creek?s idyllic location between the important ancient Maya cities of Caracol and Tikal before describing the many adventures and activities available within Chaa Creek?s 365 acre nature reserve. It also mentions Chaa Creek?s Maya Winter Solstice 2012 adventure vacation package with classes on folklore, music, medicinal plants, farming techniques, and cooking including traditional cacao preparation as well as canoe excursions to ceremonial caves, snorkelling the Belize Great Barrier Reef, Maya spa treatments and other Maya cultural adventures.

?To be recognised by National Geographic as one of the top ten destinations in the entire world, well, that pretty much says it all,? Chaa Creek owner and GM Lucy Fleming said. ?As lifelong travellers and having been in adventure travel for over three decades, we naturally recognise National Geographic as the world?s top travel authority. To be recognised by an organisation and publication we hold in such high esteem is truly an honour.?

Lucy and her husband Mick Fleming started Chaa Creek in the late 1970s as a family farm. They and their 135 staff members just celebrated Chaa Creek?s 30th anniversary as Belize?s first eco resort last September.

Situated along the banks of the Macal River Chaa Creek?s private nature reserve contains over 70 Maya archaeological sites and the ancient Maya temple of Tunichilen. The reserve abounds in wildlife and over 300 species of birds, and offers guided nature walks, hiking, horseback and mountain bike riding along miles of jungle and grassland trails and canoeing along the Macal River.

Accommodations range from lovely thatched roof cottage rooms and luxury Jacuzzi villas set in tropical gardens to more rustic private bungalows at the Macal River Camp, and amenities include a renowned restaurant, jungle lounge, conference centre, spa, Hilltop Butterfly Farm, The Natural History Centre, Maya Medicinal Plant Trail, the Maya organic Farm, pool and stables.

?This recognition from National Geographic makes us realise how far we?ve come in 30 years,? Ms Fleming said, ?It?s really the best icing you could wish for on your birthday cake.?


World’s Largest Modeling and Simulation Exhibition Sells Out for ’08

Orlando, FL (Vocus) November 5, 2008

The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) has sold all its available space at the huge Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. In fact, numerous exhibitors were unable to obtain space, even though the event occupies almost 200,000 square feet. “This makes I/ITSEC the biggest exhibition of modeling and simulation technology ever worldwide”, according to Fred Lewis, president of the National Training and Simulation Association, the event’s organizer.

Lewis, a retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, says the reason for the dramatic expansion in size over the past decade is the simulation industry itself. “We’re witnessing a surge of this technology into many areas where it was not used before. We’re long past the time when simulation and virtual reality was just used to train people how to fly airplanes or drive vehicles. Today, modeling and simulation are critical training tools in a host of new areas, many vital to our personal and national well being.”

Examples of how the technology is spreading include medical training, which can now place students in a hyper-realistic virtual operating room before taking the next step with actual patients. “Today we stand at a critical juncture in medical modeling and simulation, according to Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA), co-chair of the Congressional Modeling and Simulation Caucus. “As partners in this endeavor, medical professionals, elected officials, businesses, academia and military consumers of modeling and simulation…can harness the power of M&S in support of (this) new technology”. At I/ITSEC, demonstrations of remote and virtual surgical procedures will coincide with panel discussions and other events aimed at further expanding the frontiers of this critical M&S application.

One event will navigate through the human body, incorporating presentations on physiology modeling, distributed medical training environments, tele-medicine and VR for behavioral health, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) .

Another important aspect of I/ITSEC for 2008 will be emphasis on Serious Games. Over the last several years, Serious Games and virtual worlds have emerged as powerful tools for communication, collaboration, training and education in a wide variety of enterprises and organizations. A special event at I/ITSEC will focus on how multiplayer games and associated technologies are being leveraged to help train and educate the existing and future workforce. Participants will include representatives from Qwaq, Inc, Lockheed Martin, Digital Garage, BP America, North Carolina Virtual Public Schools, and PowerU to name a few. In addition, I/ITSEC will feature a “Serious Games” competition, where entries from students and researchers, small firms and large corporations are entered in a number of categories, judged and displayed in the exhibition hall. All applications, from “mods” to mobil, virtual worlds and original development will be included.

In all, 575 exhibitors will cram the exhibit hall floor, demonstrating the state of the art of modeling and simulation across the board. Exhibitors range from giant corporations to small companies displaying fascinating and in many cases ground-breaking niche technologies. In 2007 20% of I/ITSEC exhibitors were non-us – representing 49 countries from around the world. I/ITSEC 2008 will run from December 1-4, and large crowds are expected.

I/ITSEC is typically attended by professionals in the modeling and simulation fields as well as military and defense industry personnel. Attendees also include medical training professionals as well as students and others interested in modeling and simulation. More information about attending the conference can be found at


‘World’s Best Job’ Winner Ben Southall Reveals Strategy: The Jackrabbit Factor

Mesa, AZ (PRWEB) May 8, 2009

In a May 6 interview with the winner of the ‘World’s Best Job’, CTV’s Canada AM news personality Jeff Hutcheson listens as Ben Southall and his girlfriend Breanna Watkins from Vancouver explain how they used principles from a book called, ‘The Jackrabbit Factor’ to obtain their success.

Jeff surprised Breanna by taking a tangent from the interview’s primary topic to ask, “Breanna … what is the Jackrabbit Effect?”

Taken aback by the unexpected question, Breanna laughed, ”It’s a book called ‘The Jackrabbit Factor’ …and it’s basically writing a goal on paper as if you already have the goal. So we both wrote out about a page and a half long goal of having this job as if we already have it, and saying how amazing it is and how happy we are together, and just being on Hamilton Island and enjoying life there in Australia. So that’s what ‘The Jackrabbit Factor’ is all about, so,” she continued, “you could say we drew it to us.”

Jeff turned his attention to Ben. “What was the last thing you did before you went in to the interview?”

”I got my piece of paper, I did exactly as I did last night before I went to bed, I read the thing from top to bottom, I stood there looking out the balcony window, and I read it exactly again, I left it on the bed…” Ben continued, “I came back here after it all happened, and I thought, this thing actually works, she’s got something here, this girl, I’m sure she has.”

Ben apparently referred to the author of the book, Leslie Householder.

Jeff mused, “You know, sales for that ‘Jackrabbit Effect’ I’m sure are going to go through the roof.”

Even though the actual title of the book is ‘The Jackrabbit Factor’ and not ‘The Jackrabbit Effect’, the fundamental meaning was not lost in the reporter’s mistake.

As expected, with the release of the news clip, sales for the book increased, perhaps as eager readers hoped to learn how to obtain a dream job of their own. ‘The Jackrabbit Factor’ story follows down-and-out Richard and Felicity Goodman as they discover how to access, recognize, and trust their instinct for goal-achieving success.

When asked ”What is your task now?” Ben explained, ”To really act as an ambassador for tourism in Queensland… to try and take on board everything they’ve got to offer, and sell it to the world. That’s what I’m here to do.”

In this tough economy, the good news is that job-hunting and other goal-seeking readers don’t even have to buy the book. That’s because ‘The Jackrabbit Factor’ is available as a free (PDF) download.

In the months to come, maybe Queensland will experience a surge of tourists who read the book and use the principles it teaches to achieve a dream vacation in the same Australian paradise that Ben and Breanna will soon call ‘home’.

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EarthCam Announces The World’s “25 Most Interesting Webcams of 2010”

Hackensack, NJ (Vocus) December 22, 2010

EarthCam, the world’s premiere webcam network since 1996 has announced its 12th annual list of the world’s “25 Most Interesting Webcams.”

The wide-range of 2010 honors were awarded to webcams from well-know landmarks such as Abbey Road and Hollywood Boulevard to puppies, firefoxes, hummingbirds and sea monkeys. Some quiet corners of the world like Brucken (Germany) have intriguing cameras while beaches are represented this year as awards went to webcams in Hawaii and Thailand. ‘Breathtaking’ is the best word to describe a few winners: the AuroraMAX Live camera in Canada, the cityscape webcam in Zurich, Switzerland and the Naples and Vesuvio webcam in Italy. But a couple of the more off-beat webcams chalked up votes; the NASA Curiosity Cam in California and “Rich Da Barber” in Virginia. To look at all of the “25 Most Interesting Webcams of 2010” please visit

“We at EarthCam are pleased to honor our winners for their creativity, wide-range use of live webcam technology and their ability to entertain and educate millions,” said Brian Cury, Founder and CEO of EarthCam. “For the first time we have multiple HD camera winners from across the globe, raising the quality of the video significantly. These winning cameras are a perfect cross-section of the worldwide webcams. They make it possible for viewers to travel virtually not only to extraordinary sites around the globe that they may never get the chance to visit but also to a simple backyard or a home of a person they may never meet. These webcams, no matter their size, have the ability to create bonds and relationships between the viewers and the camera subjects whether they are used for entertainment or solid commercial applications.”

Throughout 2010, EarthCam producers viewed thousands of webcam sites then selected more than 100 semi-finalists. The EarthCam panel of VIP judges then chose the top 25 based on criteria of concept, creativity, technology, visual quality and design.

The 2010 VIP judges include Barry Josephson, Executive Producer of Bones (TV series) and Producer of the feature movie Life as We Know It; Tyler Slocum, Vice President DIRECTV Advanced Services; King Laughlin, Vice President National Park Foundation’s Flight 93 Memorial; Cindy Lovell, Executive Director Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum; Jennifer Lenhart-Belawski, Broadcast Technology and Services Manager Orlando Magic and 2009 25 Most Interesting Webcams winners Karen Jeffries, Public Relations Manager Monterey Bay Aquarium and Marcus Margerum, Vice President of Marketing & Sales Zoo Atlanta.

EarthCam is the global leader in webcam technology and software. Founded in 1996, EarthCam provides live streaming video and megapixel cameras, along with complete managed services for consumers and corporate clients in more than 1,500 cities throughout all 50 states and 46 countries. The company’s expertise includes developing technology to manage camera networks and delivering millions of images daily to over 290 countries. EarthCam holds the expertise and knowledge to offer consumers the ability to view, create and share webcam content at anytime and in any location in the world. Clients include Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, Clear Channel Communications, PBS, ABC, FOX, CBS, NBC, Weather Channel, Discovery Channel, CNN, Major League Baseball, NFL, This Old House, Coca-Cola, Sprint, Volkswagen, GE and National Geographic.

For the complete list of the 25 Most Interesting Webcams, please visit

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inMotion Announces Production Availability of World?s Smallest True Day Night Box Cameras Powered by Pixim?s Seawolf Chip

Mountain View, Calif. (PRWEB) September 19, 2011

Pixim Inc., a leading provider of imaging chips for enterprise security cameras, announced that inMotion Ltd has entered production on two record-breaking cameras based on Pixim?s new Seawolf chip. The in22 and in23 are the world?s smallest true day night (TDN) Seawolf-powered box cameras. The in22 is single voltage while the in23 is a dual voltage camera with 12VDC and 24VAC.They will be on display during the 2011 ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits held September 19-21 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Based on Seawolf, inMotion?s customers now have access to unobtrusive TDN box cameras with 690 HTVL effective resolution as well as the industry?s proven best wide dynamic range. Additionally, the Seawolf-based TDN camera requires just 0.1 lux of illumination to produce accurate color images at a full 30 frames per second.

?We are excited to be developing another camera based on Seawolf,? says Kai Leuze, chief executive officer for inMotion. ?Our existing line of cameras has proven the all-lighting capabilities of Seawolf, and the in22 and in23 will be no exception.?

?One of the reasons Seawolf was designed as a single chip rather than with a separate imager and processor was to allow manufacturers to create compact camera formats,? explains John Monti, Pixim?s vice president of marketing and business development. ?It?s nice to see a quality manufacturer taking advantage of Seawolf?s design and selling into this rapidly growing market segment.?

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I/ITSEC – World’s Largest Modeling and Simulation Event Set to Open

Orlando, FL (Vocus) November 16, 2010

The largest assemblage of modeling, simulation and virtual reality technology the world has yet seen will converge on Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center starting November 29. Sprawling across a quarter million square feet of the convention center floor, more than 600 exhibitors from around the world will showcase the latest in live, virtual and constructive training technology. More than 18,000 attendees from government, academia, industry and research institutions are expected to attend the four-day event, which will also feature dozens of sessions exploring the latest developments in the world of simulated environments.

Distributed learning environments, combining live training with virtual and constructive simulations, will be featured in healthcare, military and national security exercises. This year, healthcare simulation training, a rapidly expanding field, will be showcased, with first responder training, battlefield medicine and virtual ERs among the categories. Constructive environments, able to predict complex interactions involving thousands of variables, will be featured, predicting violent weather, disease spread, crop growth patterns, structural integrity, and many other applications.

On the military side, the latest in human to human interaction, involving live and synthetic environments for irregular warfare and small unit training, will be a major focus. The aim is to create a fully synthetic battlespace, where the trainee has difficulty distinguishing the training experience from reality. The latest in virtual simulations for training to operate complex equipment in dangerous circumstances is now so advanced that all human senses are involved in the experience. These totally immersive environments will be featured all across the exhibit hall floor.

The event, called the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference, will run from November 29 through December 2 and is presented by the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA), the premier organization representing the modeling and simulation industry. Entry is free for the media, who are encouraged to register in advance at or at On-site media registration will be by room S210E at the convention center. The media center will be located at S210E; the phone is 407-685-6136. Principal point of contact for the media is John Williams, at 703-362-7005.


Countdown: 32 Days to I/ITSEC 2011: The World’s Largest Modeling, Simulation and Virtual Reality Exhibition Comes to Orlando, FL Nov. 28

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) October 26, 2011

Over a half-million total square feet of floor space will be occupied by virtual worlds, live enactments and synthetic operating environments in healthcare, disaster response, law enforcement and many other critical training areas at this year’s I/ITSEC, taking place at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center.

600 corporations, research organizations, government and military organizations, and academic institutions will showcase the latest developments in live, virtual and constructive training technologies.

On display will be virtual worlds populated by avatars, creating immersive training environments ranging from hospital ERs to small unit military actions. Virtual simulations, featuring total sensory inputs, will provide training environments which are indistinguishable from reality. Other environments will be live, including a mock Afghan village which is used to provide cultural acclimation for forces operating in those environments.

Numerous papers on a wide range of topics including human performance, robotics, acquisition and education will be presented and discussed in special sessions. In addition, a number of special events will focus on key areas such as haptics and remote surgery, warfighters’ experiences with training and lessons learned in theater, joint training methodologies and the latest emerging concepts in modeling, simulation and virtual reality.

I/ITSEC will also feature a serious games competition at which games in several categories compete in various classes. The use of simulation in healthcare is expanding exponentially, and as a reflection of this, I/ITSEC this year will also feature an expanded Healthcare Pavilion, where exhibitors in a broad array of medical, research and healthcare fields will be concentrated.

For more information on I/ITSEC 2011, visit the web site and be certain to visit the You Tube channel at NTSAToday for a look at last year’s I/ITSEC.


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