All Ride Canadas Ultra-Endurance/Extreme Adventure Races, Featuring the Tour of BC, Added to the UltraCycling World Championship Series; Rider Registration Sale on Now

Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) March 21, 2014

Perry Stone, President, C.O.O. and Founder of Ride Canada is pleased to announce that all of Ride Canadas six ultra-endurance and extreme adventure bicycle races have been added to the UMCAs (Ultra Marathon Cycling Association) racing calendar, the UltraCycling Cup and World Cup of UltraCycling Championship Series.

Ride Canada operates three ultra-endurance bicycle races in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada including the worlds longest ultra-marathon race the Tour of BC, the BC Explorer and the PowerCranks Contender. In addition Ride Canada also offers extreme adventure races the Naked Cycling Series which include the Naked Challenger, the Naked Pioneer and the Naked Riders Race. All races start August 3rd, 2014 in White Rock, British Columbia and are open to amateur and professional riders. All rider registrations are on sale until March 24th, 2014. Please visit

With the creation of the Naked Series of race events, Ride Canada focused on four major objectives:


Koi Sports Bar and Dancing Lounge Opens at Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Playa del Carmen, Mexico (PRWEB) March 21, 2014

The Beyond All-Inclusive, Beyond All-Compare Grand Velas Riviera Maya has added the Koi Sports Bar and Dancing lounge, a new entertainment option to its luxury all inclusive offerings. Highlights of Koi include a Black Diamond Screen 231 HDTV 16:9 with Apple TV providing viewing of top shows and sports events. A DJ spins the latest hits for guests listening and dancing pleasure with a dedicated dance floor. The casually elegant ambiance features indoor and outdoor seating, and comfortable seating groups for friends to meet and enjoy the wide range of frosty beers, signature cocktails and a menu of light bites.

Natural, warm materials, comfortable textures, subdued colors and soft lighting; everything here invites relaxation and enjoyment. The fluid and versatile design elements and seating areas lend themselves to socializing, whether a couple or large group. Surrounded by bookcases and a d

Graphic Display Services Procurement Category Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 03, 2014

Graphic display services have a buyer power score of 3.4 out of 5. This score reflects a buyer’s moderate ability to negotiate lower pricing due to the large number of suppliers, the product’s widespread availability and the price-competitive nature of the graphic display solution market. However, buyers in need of highly customized and intricate graphic display solutions will likely have lower buying power than those who require a more standardized, ready-made solution, says IBISWorld research analyst Jordan Weinstein. IBISWorld estimates that there are 690 vendors, which provides buyers with a substantial number of supplier options. Recent demand growth and price fluctuations in key inputs, however, have marginally reduced buyer negotiating power.

In the three years to 2014, the average price of graphic display solutions has grown slightly due to a rise in demand, specifically from the business and consumer sectors. Both sectors serve as major demand segments for the graphic display servicer market, and the recovering economy has propelled both sectors to grow at a steady pace during the three years to 2014. Growth in these sectors has increased demand for graphic display services. Suppliers are also anticipated to experience price increases for key inputs, such as plastic materials and wood products, over the three years to 2017. As a result, says Weinstein, The selling price for graphic display solutions will increase slightly as suppliers pass on a portion of their increased input costs to buyers. Current major suppliers include Aaron Brothers Inc., Dick Blick Art Materials, Hobby Lobby Stores, Jo-Ann Stores and Michaels Stores.

Fortunately for buyers, the rise in production costs and demand for graphic display services over the next three years will not lead to significant price increases during the period. Due to the high level of competition in the market, suppliers face strong pricing pressure; suppliers that drastically raise prices will lose business to suppliers that offer the same products and services at a lower cost. Furthermore, low market share concentration and high competition among suppliers are both factors that improve buyer power. The large number of suppliers and low switching costs strengthens competition. These conditions are favorable for buyers and are anticipated to remain unchanged over the next three years. For more information, visit IBISWorlds Graphic Display Services procurement category market research report page.

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Ciclismo Classico Unveils Fall Cycling Tours in Italy

Arlington, MA (PRWEB) June 26, 2014

Fall is the best season to cycle in Italy. With cool sea breezes, perfect riding weather and the harvest season in full bloom, cyclists are sure to have an unforgettable experience pedaling through olive groves and charming hilltop towns. Ciclismo Classico, the leader in Italy cycling tours, is excited to announce a collection of fall offerings, ranging from leisurely rides through Puglia, to more challenging routes in Western Liguria and epicurean holidays in Piedmont. For more information on fall cycling tours in Italy or other bike tours in Europe, call 1.800.866.7314 or visit

For beginners and families to advanced riders, from foodies to wine-lovers, for history buffs to Italophiles, we have something for everyone, said Ciclismo Classico Founder/CEO Lauren Hefferon. All of our guides are native to Italy, or have lived there long enough to embrace the culture and become true Italians. Their knowledge and expertise is unparalleled.

The La Bella Sicilia bike tour of Sicily travels the island to areas overlooked by tourists. Riders begin in the ceramic town of Caltagirone, then via olive groves and tiny mountain villages, ride toward Ibla and follow the route to Siracusa, a Greek town filled with archaeological treasures. This active adventure includes a hike up Mt. Etna, the highest volcano in Europe. The tour reaches its apex on the dreamy, volcanic Aeolian Islands, each with its own distinct character and charm.

Another great tour, La Bella Puglia, starts at the UNESCO World Heritage Site and Baroque capital of the Salento area in Lecce. From here riders pedal south and discover the famous wine region of the Salice Salentino. Quiet roads dotted with fig trees, blooming cacti and giant olive trees offer a wonderfully scenic Puglia cycling experience. Guest sample local favorites like homemade orecchiette and grilled calamari pulled fresh from the sea. This entry-level bicycle trip is an ideal introduction to the irresistible Basilicata and Puglia regions.

Pedaling through Western Liguria takes cyclists west of Cinque Terre and Genova to explore the gorgeous Riviera delle Palme (Palms Riviera) and Riviera dei Fiori (Flowers Riviera), major destinations for Italian and European tourists since the early 1950′s. This unique region is a beautiful maze of fortified medieval villages and small fishing towns with strong connections to the north and Piedmont and deep traditions of sailing, fishing, and trading through the Mediterranean Sea.

Ciclismo Classicos long-running bike tour of Piedmont unveils a region that has achieved the status of gastronomic perfection. Considered to be Italys greatest wine region, the vineyard centers of Gavi, Acqui Terme, Alba, lower Monferrato (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Turin serve as the focal points of the tour. With great wine comes a blend of Northern Italian and French cuisine with truffles and mushrooms as seasonal key players. In the fall, the tour may coincide with one of the Fiere del Tartufo, the International Truffle Fair, which attracts countless gourmands and high caliber chefs to the fairy tale town of Alba, Moncalvo or Acqui Terme.

About Ciclismo Classico: Join a Ciclismo Classico tour and you’ll soon find yourself Pedaling your Passion,” a uniquely Italian approach to bicycle travel that embraces La Dolce Vita at every turn and invites you to find your very special passion on every tour. Whether its soaking in the scenery, learning to make pasta, taking hundreds of photos or learning about Renaissance architecture, you’ll re-connect with your own passion with our special native guides who connect you to the culture and landscape like no one else can. Ciclismo Classico transforms a European cycling trip into an eye-opening, life-altering adventure youll never forget. Come ignite Your Passion and pedal with us!

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The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra Returns to Northern Kentucky University for the First Time in Five Years and Takes a Musical Trip Around the World

Newport, KY (PRWEB) March 11, 2014

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra returns to Greaves Concert Hall on the campus of Northern Kentucky University for the first time in five years, and takes a musical trip around the world. The KSO will perform ten of classical musics most well known works together with rare, yet dazzling showpieces (all under 10 minutes in length) for this fun and familiar program.

Greaves Concert Hall and the Nothern Kentucky Symphony (name changed to Kentucky Symphony Orchestra in 2001) both opened their doors in the Fall of 1992. For 17 years Greaves Hall was home for the KSOs Subscription Series and free education concerts. In the Fall of 2009, the KSO branched out to other venues taking its unique brand of culture and entertainment throughout Northern Kentucky.

Why globetrotting? Traditional arts organizations, like symphony orchestras, have struggled for years to figure out how to reflect today’s emphasis on diversity without squeezing performances into the rather narrow confines of contemporary definitions, which often only mean diversity along ethnic, gender and racial lines. So, the KSO tends to broaden the definition to include diverse cultures, musical styles, artistic time periods, etc. “My programming philosophy is that varied programming remains the spice of life. How we make our concert experiences more universally appealing and relevant is inherently multicultural and diverse, given artist and composer backgrounds. Patrons always learn something new about the music and its origins at KSO concerts. says KSO Music Director James Cassidy. To that end, the KSO is taking a musical trip around the world to nine ports of call on five continents.

Our musical voyage begins in Prague with Antonin Dvoraks rollicking Carnival Overture. Then its off to France for Camille Saint-S

Data Recovery Pioneer Uses IceWarp to Connect its North American Messaging Infrastructure, Achieves Instant ROI with First Installation

Springfield, Virginia (PRWEB) June 19, 2014

Global messaging and collaboration solutions provider IceWarp has announced today that, one of the world’s first professional data recovery providers, achieved instant ROI with the first installation of its award-winning messaging server.

Working for technology companies, especially if for the trendsetters in their market segments, is very challenging, but very rewarding, said Cliff Novellino, Director of North American Sales at IceWarp. The bar is high and there is no room for error. That is why we are proud that industry leaders like select IceWarp to power their messaging infrastructure.

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One of the world’s first professional data recovery providers, provides an extensive array of services for businesses and personal computer users through five offices in the United States and Canada. The company has developed many industry-leading methods and technologies for hard drive recovery, RAID recovery, and other advanced solutions, and offers fast turnaround options through laboratories in Minnesota, Illinois, California, Arizona, and Ontario, Canada. locations offer services for all types of computer storage media including hard drives, data tapes, flash media, and more. To maintain high success rates, the company outfits each facility with firmware repair computers, clean flow benches, and other proprietary tools. is one of the only companies in the United States offering 24/7 services along with budget-friendly options for personal computer users. Major clients have included NASA, Sprint, Lockheed Martin, and Microsoft.


Data recovery engineers need to communicate freely in order to collaborate and handle cases effectively. Due to rapid growth and expansion, encountered significant messaging limitations that threatened to affect the day-to-day operations of its laboratories.

The company’s technology team considered several options including web-based solutions like Gmail and various open source messaging platforms. These solutions did not offer the scalability, security, or flexibility that needed in its communications system.

“We were looking for a platform that offered the simplicity of a cloud application with the security of an on-premise solution,” said Ben Carmitchel, President of “At one point, we even considered building a dedicated server, but we didn’t want to dedicate significant resources to server administration and upkeep.”


Continuing their research, performed a customer experience analysis of available messaging platforms and found consistently high reviews for IceWarp Server, a cross-platform solution with an intuitive interface.

“IceWarp was easy to install, and since our engineers use a variety of different machines, we appreciated the cross-platform capabilities,” said Ben Carmitchel. “It also has great anti-spam technology and superior security features, which is crucial in our industry. Most importantly, we don’t have to train every engineer on its features; they can start using IceWarp within minutes.” implemented IceWarp as a complete replacement for its current messaging systems at every laboratory location.

Results: discovered that IceWarp Server combined the low-maintenance requirements of a cloud solution with the security of an on-premise platform. The server was reliable with minimal maintenance, and its flexible feature set allowed for a tremendous return on investment. IceWarp is also scalable and allows to expand without communication bottlenecks.

Currently, maintains over 60 users on IceWarp, utilizing the server’s Microsoft Outlook compatibility along with IceWarps proprietary web client. Employees can access their information from any browser and can communicate securely.


According to Mr. Carmitchel, the first IceWarp version provided an almost immediate return. As grew, it opted for the more advanced versions of the software, which extended the ROI cycles to 1-2 years.

To ensure financial predictability, opts for long-term IceWarp contracts, which include free product upgrades and technical support.

IceWarp offers a better ROI than other programs with similar functionality, said Carmitchel. If we used a different platform, we might have encountered serious messaging issues during our expansion.

Future: is closely following the IceWarp product roadmap, adopting new features as needed to allow for further growth. Carmitchel says that the company is especially interested in the modules that enable workforce mobility while enhancing security.


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Heavenly Spirits Announces a Special, Limited Edition Calvados Release from the House of Roger Groult Honoring the 70th Anniversary of the June 6th Normandy Invasion

Lakeville, MA (PRWEB) March 10, 2014

A limited edition Calvados by iconic producer Roger Groult is designed to pay tribute to the courageous allied soldiers who served in the historic D-Day combat arena on their way to liberating France and ending the Second World War. Heavenly Spirits, the sole US importer of this calvados had the opportunity to tour the Omaha Beach D-Day War Memorial and visit with Calvados Roger Groult this past January in anticipation of the release. Even after 70 years, the people of Normandy continue to maintain a strong sense of appreciation and respect for the sacrifices made by the allies in this epic battle, explains Jean-Roger Groult, current owner of the family business. Because the invasion took place on June 6, 1944, this Calvados will have a minimum age of 6 years and only 1,944 bottles will be produced. The label for this limited edition D-Day Calvados was inspired by a hand-drawn landing map borrowed from an old French journal. It loosly depicts the Omaha Beach invasion site and lists the allied nations who participated in the assault against the Nazi occupation.

Jean-Roger, who now represents the fifth generation of his familys Normandy based apple farm and distillery decided to support and honor the memorable occasion for personal reasons. In 1939 several years before the invasion, Jean-Rogers grandfather, Roger Groult, for whom the distillery is named, was serving in the French resistance as a truck driver when he was wounded by an exploding hand grenade. Following the attack, he was captured and sent to a Nazi military hospital with shrapnel in both his legs. In 1941, because of the severity of his injuries, he was released and allowed to return to his family and farm located in Saint-Cyr Du Ronceray in Normandy. During 1942, in an effort to protect as much Calvados as possible from the Nazis, producers from lower Normandy, like Roger Groult, worked with the INAO to create an official Calvados Pays dAuge AOC, (Appellation d’Origine Controlee), declaring their beloved apple brandy a national cultural treasure to be protected from enemy requisition during war. Shortly after the D-Day invasion, Nazi soldiers commandeered and occupied a portion of the Groult family property. During this time, most French men, including Roger Groult were needed away from home in the war effort. Madam Groult, who was left to tend the farm, used to tell the story of their first taste of liberation, which came in early August, 1944. Apparently, the Nazi soldiers who had commandeered the farm intercepted radio transmissions stating allied forces were now in Vimoutiers, (20 miles to the South) so they turned and asked Madam Groult how close that village was to the farm. Thinking quickly, Jean-Rogers grandmother convincingly told the soldiers Vimoutiers was just down the road, causing the soldiers to immediately flee in the other direction. Official liberation of Saint-Cyr Du Ronceray finally arrived a few weeks later on August 22, 1944.

Heavenly Spirits and the Groult Family encourage you to visit and support these D-Day memorial sites:

This six year old, Hors dAge quality, Pays dAuge Calvados is lively and round, with lots of baked apple taste and a hint of nutty prune in the middle. The finish is pleasantly persistent. It is ideally served straight up, before or after the meal, and can also work as a delicious Trou Normand, served in-between courses. Heavenly Spirits will have this D-Day Calvados salute available for US distribution in NY, NJ, MA, GA, TN, IL, RI, MO, CA, LA, NM, TX, DC, MD, DE, NH, NV, OR & PA by mid April, 2014. ABV: 41%, 6/750ml, SRP: $ 65.00.

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