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When it comes to mountaineering, Chamonix is a Mecca for enthusiasts of all standards. Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in Western Europe, and the mountain range it sits in offers a plethora of scenic, thrilling and challenging routes. Alpine climbing is a popular pastime in both the summer and the winter months, which means that year round you will be able to find abundant opportunities to scale the mountains around Chamonix.

Beginner? Take a Course

If you never tried your hand at mountaineering before, Chamonix is the perfect place to get hooked. There are peaks and climbs that are suitable for any enthusiast who up for a challenge. Companies such as High Mountain Guides and Mountain Spirit Guides offer courses of varying lengths to develop your mountaineering skills. They will teach you how to efficiently move over all kinds of terrain, from walking to scaling ice and rock; how to use all the necessary equipment, including crampons, ropes and navigations systems; and how to work successfully as part of a mountaineering team.

These courses allow you to get your adrenaline kicks out of lead climbing and abseiling while being supervised by trained experts. They are the ideal starting point for the amateur alpinist.

Intermediate? Hire a Guide

If you already grasped the basics, it highly recommended that you go out with a guide. After all, you exploring their own back yard they can take you on routes that they know you can handle, meaning more awesome climbing and less disappointment!

The Petite Aiguille Verte is a great intermediate climb which incorporates a straightforward glacier and a winding route up a snowy ridge to the summit. If panoramic views are on your wish list, try the Midi Plan Traverse, which offers jaw dropped views from the Massif.

Expert? Go it Alone

If you a seasoned alpinist with all the relevant skills for climbing, you will not be disappointed by the mountaineering opportunities on offer here. There are two key routes up Mont Blanc, the climb of which is often the ultimate objective for visitors to Chamonix: the Gouter Hut Route, open from June to September, and the slightly more challenging Cosmique Route, recommended between March and September. The sublime views from the top of Mont Blanc, looking down over all the other summits of the Alps, are a life affirming sight.

If you making your trip to Chamonix during the winter, never fear as long as you prepared in terms of fitness, gear and attitude, there is plenty to discover in the winter months. If you like to combine a climb with some excellent skiing, you could try the Modica Noury or Gabarrou Albinoni routes; if you want the satisfaction of reaching a summit, Rebuffat Gully offers a wonderful one day climb.

Getting to Chamonix

It is easiest to fly in to Geneva airport in order to reach Chamonix, although the airports of Chambery and Turin are also within reasonable travelling distance. If you looking for a way get from Geneva to Chamonix, why not give Shuttle Direct a call? Our fast, professional transfer service will transport you and all of your winter sports equipment from Geneva to Chamonix with the least amount of hassle.
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WASHINGTON Just as the case of Boston au pair Louise Woodward quickly boosted sales of “nannycams” tiny video cameras concealed inside teddy bears or clocks security industry experts are betting that Linda Tripp’s clandestine taping of conversations with former White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky will be a big boon to the audio surveillance business. “It’s like putting up billboards.”

Yet in such power towns as Washington, with lots of lawyers, deal making and mistrust, the surveillance industry has been growing for several years, particularly as technology has allowed for smaller and cheaper recorders, microphones and cameras.

“Thank God for paranoia in our business. It’s fabulous,” said Don Ugent, co owner of Buy Right Distributors, which sells surveillance equipment on the Internet.

Security experts say popular listening devices range from microcassette recorders sold at Circuit City for $100 to infrared laser sensors that cost thousands of dollars and can “hear” conversations through glass. The boom, they say, has largely been driven by executives and lawyers who are increasingly recording telephone calls and personal meetings to have an indisputable record of events.

But it’s not all business. There’s also growing interest in the listening devices for other reasons, some of them personal. Concealed microphones and tape recorders are being used by police officers to prove their versions of encounters with suspects; workers trying to prove sexual harassment; parents checking up on their kids; and suspicious husbands and wives, experts say.

A bit of a paranoid bunch themselves, a number of security experts expressed not the slightest surprise Thursday that Tripp, a former White House aide, would have secretly recorded conversations with her friend Lewinsky to gather evidence that the former intern had a sexual relationship with President Clinton.

And the fact that it happened in Washington makes total sense to Kenneth Sim, co owner of Spy Supply, which operates an equipment store and mail order business based in Indiana. Sim said Washington is one of his best markets for amplifier microphones that look like Mont Blanc pens but attach to mini recorders.

But the surveillance business is certainly not a free for all; government agencies have been cracking down on the sale and use of illegal bugging devices. Laws governing the consent someone needs to record his own conversation, in person or over the phone, vary among states some require the consent of only one person, others require that all parties agree. And almost without exception, it is illegal to surreptitiously record the conversations of a group or another person.

When first asked about his company’s inventory of listening devices, Crowley responded: “We don’t sell listening devices.” He went on to say, however, that he sells a variety of miniature recorders and tiny, easy to hide microphones.
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The CIC today directed the state run HUDCO to disclose information about expensive gifts including iPhones, ipads and Mont Blanc pens allegedly given by its CMD to different people, suspecting an attempt was being made to “cover up” the issue.

Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu also marked a copy of the order to Minister of State for Urban Development Rao Inderjit Singh and Secretary Nandita Chatterjee for necessary action.

The order was issued on an RTI application seeking information from the Housing and Urban Development Corporation about presents given for the financial years 2013 14, 2014 15 and 2015 16, names of people who received the gifts, and number of expensive items gifted including iPhones and premium pens such as Mont Blanc by its Chairman cum Managing Director M Ravi Kanth.

Vishwas Bhamburkar, the applicant, had also sought to know the number of air conditioners installed at Kanth’s residence from official expenses, his electricity bills, complaints pending against Kanth, among other things.

Central Public Information Officer of HUDCO asked the applicant to forward his identity proof only “to ascertain” whether information available will be useful to him either “personally or socially or nationally”.

During the hearing, representative of the applicant, Mukul Jain alleged that around Rs five crore worth “malpractice” had happened at Hudco in the form of giving and receiving expensive gifts involving senior people in the Urban Development Ministry.

In the past also, the Commission had directed HUDCO to allow the same applicant to inspect the records but the direction were not complied with, Jain alleged.

Despite notices from the Commission, no representative was sent by the HUDCO to attend the CIC hearings.

In a strongly worded show cause notice to officials handling RTI applications at the HUDCO, Acharyulu said they “breached their duty” in not answering how many Mont Blanc Pens, iPhones and ipads were purchased and gifted.

He said it appeared that HUDCO was trying “to cover up the whole issue” by avoiding responding to RTI applications of the appellant.

“The Commission directs the CPIO DK Gupta to explain why Commission should not recommend disciplinary action against him for acting in defiance of RTI Act, 2005 and gives him, as a last chance, time up to 20th July 2017 to file his explanation to show cause notice,” he said.

He also directed Gupta to explain why maximum penalty should not be imposed on him for not complying with the order of the CIC.
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Cheap custom pens are the Yankees of business promotional items. Why do I write that? Whether or not you like the New York Yankees, you have to admit that they’re good almost every year and they will never go away. The New York Yankees are one of the original professional baseball teams just like cheap custom pens are one of the original business promotional gifts pumped out by corporations.

There is value in being original. There is also risk. I worked with a company that used to give away flashing super balls to their clients. Super balls are those rubber balls that incessantly bounce everywhere and don’t stop bouncing unless you grab them. After running a survey, we found that our clients actually found these promotional gifts “pointless and annoying.” We spent thousands of dollars putting our company logo on a gift our clients hated.

That was a strong lesson in promotion. Our clientele was an older demographic approaching retirement age. Their kids were grown up for the most part, so these super balls offered little to no value to our clients other than being a novelty item. Consequently, we went back to the age old, proven promotional item the cheap,
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First and foremost, make sure the pens work. You don’t have to spend a ton of money on nice business logo pens. People who like to use nice pens will most likely have their own fancy pens and these pens probably won’t have a business logo on them. It’s not necessary to compete with Mont Blanc. You want pens that are cheap and functional, pens that clearly display your company’s name, logo, and/or message.
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International Heritage Inc., a North Carolina company that describes itself as a direct sales organization, and three of its founders were charged Monday with luring 155,000 investors into a giant pyramid scheme that raised $150 million.

The Securities and Exchange Commission said the company recruited people to buy interests in ”business centers,” which generally required investors to acquire a $500 product and $100 sales kit from the company. said. It lost $12.8 million last year on sales of about $107 million, according to a company statement yesterday.

On March 6, International Heritage was acquired by Kara International, a public ”blank check” company that had been looking to buy a business venture.

In a message from Mr. Van Etten on the company’s Internet home page, he praised the direct sales industry as ”the greatest opportunity that I have ever seen.”

”If you put out a dollar, you should get 10 back in return,” he said. ”I believe in that concept, so we built a company around that concept by empowering the average independent sales representative to make money on a weekly and monthly basis.”
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But I think Tom Telesco is closer to a contract extension than any sort of hot seat. He’s done plenty of good in his first two offseasons, particularly considering the cap space with which he had to work. It was a mess here two years ago. Now, the Chargers have flexibility. Danny Woodhead, Jason Verrett, Keenan Allen among some of his hits you didn’t mention. Fluker’s best yet; think we will in 2015. He’s working at it. Chris Watt center of the future. List goes on. It’ll never be perfect in scouting,
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but think he’s done a real fine job. I see the Chargers as more likely to invest at outside linebacker than inside. Andrew Gachkar notably is an impending free agent at ILB. Played well in the sub defense. Strong special teamer. Someone worth investing in over the coming weeks. Between the Butler investment, second round pick on Manti Te’o and signing last year of Kavell Conner, doubt you’ll see the team do anything too substantial there again this offseason. Too many other roster spots in need of an upgrade.

by Michael Gehlken 2/23/2015 6:26:37 PM

Hello Michael, over the last 20+ years I’ve seen alot of teams build alot of stadiums in every sport, and I can tell you the actions of the Chargers last week follow a very familiar script that has been used countless times to ultimately get a deal done. Now there is no guarantee, but I would just say this to Chargers fans there will be a few more high and low points before a “final” answer,
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but I would say that 80% of the time the team ultimately gets a solution worked out with their city. Thanks.

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I think the coaches went into the game very concerned about protecting Rivers. KCC had thumped him a few times in the first half of the Week 7 game when crowd noise wasn’t of concern. I think the lack of experience at RG and C were part of the concern as well. To what extent Rivers’ health played a role, I don’t know. But Rives today again declined to confirm or deny that he has a herniated disk. I think the rib and back injuries were significant. Rivers, safe to say, believes that talking about injuries, before or after the fact, is a bit self serving. His teammates, notably Gates, talked for him. They say Rivers dealt admirably with major challenges.

I think Watt’s future at center could depend on the buying opportunities to come at both guard and center. Chargers like the flexibility he provides as either a guard or center. I do think he’s the best center prospect they currently employ. Ohrnberger, a free agent, would like to return. He is coming off back surgery. Probably more of a role player if he comes backs. They can put this decision off, but if they do view him as the best option in, say, May, they need to fully commit to him there. His learning curve is steep, having not played any center in college and rotated this year at two guard spots and center. Will be 25 next season.
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The Chargers weren’t happy about it. Fluker wasn’t happy about it. He is below that mark today and working to continue to lose weight as discussed in this story that ran over the weekend. It’s May, and Barksdale is still available in free agency. There is a reason for that. Just because he is a name whose available does not make him an answer. As it stands today, Fluker is the RT, and the more weight he loses, the better fit he projects there in 2015. Most of the league was. They closely monitored his off the field situation, just as they did Randy Gregory (pre draft visit after failed combine drug test) and Shane Rey (phone conversation after citation for marijuana possession on draft week). Ultimately, La’el Collins was in position to pick and choose where he wanted to go. If the Chargers were at the top of his list, he’d be in San Diego. Dallas was. He’s there. Dolphins also were highly considered. Let’s see how training camp develops before we go too deeply into playing time forecasts. Best answer today is Perryman, a thumper, projects as a base 3 4 inside linebacker. Te’o was the Chargers’ top coverage LB down the stretch last season, playing in both nickel and dime. Butler could start beside Perryman. All three will be involved somehow. That’s not to overlook Kavell Conner; he is an option in the rotation as well. Everyone will play. Never done. Chargers monitor the waiver wire each day. Right now, they are sorting through a list of rookie free agents to come to San Diego for the Friday start of their minicamp. Chad Young, a former San Diego State fullback, is among those already invited. If he impresses, he’s signed. . Veteran free agency is, for the most part, pretty bare right now. Each player still available is so for a reason. If someone unexpectedly becomes available, are the Chargers in a position, due to their cap space, to make a competitive push? Yes. But they’re not counting on another Brandon Flowers situation. That was rare. It wasn’t something he had to battle through for a period of time. Believe me, in fairness to Butler, I’ve asked a number of people if he was playing through injury, if there was anything to add context to a situation that saw him go from three down LB to someone relegated only to the base defense following the Week 10 bye. To no avail. We’ll see how Butler bounces back this year. The Chargers need him.

by Michael Gehlken 5/11/2015 7:05:03 PM

Michael, Has anyone discussed with Tom Telesco what his defensive line philosophies are? Why he doesn’t want to employee a big run stuffer that so many of us fans covet. What is troubling is for many seasons when Peyton played for Indy were you ever really afraid of any of their defenses. Seemed like the Chargers could always put up 28 35 points against them and end up on top. Not trusting his defensive schemes and player evaluations when it comes to the defensive side of the ball. In the Ted Cottrell mold, it is more essential to have that prototypical, run stuffing, big body nose tackle in a 0 technique. In the Wade Phillips mold, what the Chargers run, it is less essential. They like Sean Lissemore. They also are eager to see how Ryan Carrethers, the 2014 fifth round draft pick, develops. He improved arguably more than any other player from the start of OTAs to the end of training camp and into midseason. Then, like Butler, he dislocated his elbow. Guy to watch over the coming months.
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LAST NIGHT, three thousand five hundred people sat down to one of the most expensive dinners in history. Some groups were contributing up to $100,000 for the pleasure of dinner with House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senate Leader Trent Lott.

With five months to go until polling day, it looks as if this will be the most expensive Congressional election the United States has ever seen. Vast sums are being ploughed into the campaign by both sides as the cost of American democracy spirals upwards.

According to the Centre for Responsive Politics (CRP), a bipartisan think tank, candidates for this years’ elections had raised $331m (pounds 200m) in the 15 months to the end of March, 10 per cent up on the same period before the last elections. The cost of a Congressional contest doubled between 1976 and 1992, according to a report by the Committee for the Study of the American Electorate (CSAE), and has shot up since then.

The main reason for the vast, growing appetite for cash is simple: television. Media spending nearly tripled from the Seventies to the Nineties, as candidates spent more and more of their cash on 30 second advertising spots. “There’s a momentum under way that’s unstoppable,” says the CRP’s Director, Larry Makinson.

More than $2bn was spent in 1996 in elections for the Presidency, House and Senate, the CRP concluded in a detailed study of the last elections. It cost nearly $700,000 to win a seat in the House of Representatives, and nearly $5m to get into the Senate. Both Bill Clinton and Bob Dole spent more than $100m each in the race for the White House. Finding and tapping the key sources of cash to keep the money machines turning has become the key campaign function.

Millions of Americans give sums of less than $200 to politicians or parties. Donations of this size aren’t identified by the Federal Election Commission, because they are regarded as individually insignificant: these are the little people. You don’t buy a bedroom at the White House for two hundred bucks. But some 630,000 gave larger sums, and 235,000 people gave more than $1,000.

This last group is particularly important: its contributions amounted to one quarter of all the cash donated to candidates and political parties. “These are the donors whose names are on the candidates’ Rolodexes,” says the CRP. “These are the ones in attendance when the President, the Speaker . or other top political dignitaries travel around the country doing fundraisers.”

Then there is the mystically titled “soft money”. Most individual donations to candidates in federal elections count as “hard money” subject to campaign finance limits. The wobblier sort, often from companies or unions, is subject to no limits, but is supposed to be used only to support state and local candidates, or party activities. Some chance. Soft money totalled $262m in 1996. There have been frequent attempts to limit soft money, but so far to no avail.

Tens of millions are also spent on so called “issue advocacy” advertisements, which are superficially about an issue but often focus on the merits or demerits of a particular candidate. Again, this money is unregulated.

The campaign finance system is skewed permanently to the right. A survey of more than 1,000 individual donors by Clyde Wilcox of Georgetown University showed they were overwhelmingly white (95 per cent), male (81 per cent), over 45 (87 per cent), rich (46 per cent with incomes of more than $250,000), and conservative (51 per cent).

In other words, US politics is dominated by a wealthy community equivalent in size to a medium sized town, and a pretty right wing one at that.

The biggest source of funding by far amongst groups or organisations is the business community. Nearly two thirds of business cash goes, unsurprisingly, to the Republicans. The financial sector leads the pack, with lawyers and lobbyists not far behind.

The Political Action Committees, groups which bundle together contributions in the name of an issue or interest, spread their money between the parties, but tend to back incumbent politicians hardly a radical force for change. They want to buy influence, and there’s no point in giving to outsiders.

None of this is good for American democracy. The Congressional agenda is shaped by the individuals and corporations with the biggest bank balances, and the need to stroke them as elections come around.

Politics has become increasingly a sport for the rich, with candidates themselves ponying up $161m in 1996. Because of the vast appetite for cash, candidates devote increasing amounts of their time to chasing donors rather than voters.

“If more than 50 per cent of the campaign budget goes to media and an average of 30 per cent goes to fundraising and the rest goes to candidate travel and staff,” says Curtis Gans of the CSAE, “there is nothing left for any activities involving people.”

Unless, of course, those people are wearing tuxedos and packing Mont Blanc pens to sign a personal cheque at the end of the evening.

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