Lincoln MKT Concept

The Lincoln MKT Concept seems more like a platform for fuel-saving technologies than a potential production luxury vehicle. The second Ford product introduced at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, the four-door “bustle back” features a rear hatchback design and the maker’s new EcoBoost engine technology.
EcoBoost, as Ford dubbed its family of high-efficiency engines, is offered as an alternative to hybrid drivetrains offered by other manufacturers

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. E85 capable, EcoBoost engines will feature direct-injection fuel delivery and turbocharging.
The V6 in the MKT concept displaces 3.5-liters and is rated at 415 horsepower. Ford claims that when mated with a six-speed automatic transmission, the EcoBoost engine will use 20 percent less gas than a V8 producing the same horsepower.
Lightweight composite body panels take the place of steel stampings and contribute to MKT’s overall fuel thriftiness.
Inside, MKT has “first-class cabin” accommodations including fully reclining bucket seating for four. Up front, vital vehicle information is projected onto a curved area of the center stack instead of displayed in a digital readout or on a video screen.
Though there are no immediate production plans for MKT, the concept could foreshadow a large Lincoln SUV based on Ford’s upcoming Flex crossover. Expect such a vehicle to offer seating for up to seven passengers.

The Types of Sacrifices Athletes Make

Being an athlete is a lifestyle that consumes every aspect of your life. Whether you¡¯re a professional athlete, recreational athlete or participate in a sport while you¡¯re in school, you¡¯ll have to make all kinds of sacrifices in order to succeed. It¡¯s important to surround yourself with a strong support system — people who understand your desire to be the best and will support you through thick and thin.
Being an athlete is an around-the-clock commitment. You¡¯ll have to give up a big chunk of the free time you spend with friends, family or just by yourself lounging on the couch. When you¡¯re not at the gym or out on the field, you¡¯ll be studying videos of your past performances, opening your eyes as to how you can improve in the future. You might even watch film footage of your competitors so you can learn their strengths and weaknesses to give you a competitive edge.
When you¡¯re in training, you¡¯ll have to follow a rigid diet plan set forth by your physician, trainer or dietitian. You have to consume a precise amount of carbohydrates, protein and fat, meaning you might have to give up on the freedom of selecting your favorite foods and refuse to give in to your cravings. Not only will you have to eat certain foods, but also you¡¯ll have to eat them at specific times, often every few hours while you¡¯re awake.
Long gone are those days when you can press snooze on your alarm clock over and over when you¡¯re in training

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. Being an athlete is a full-time job so you have to start early and work late in some cases. But when you¡¯re in training, you don¡¯t get to take weekends and holidays off. You still have to continue to stick to a rigid sleeping schedule and get up early enough each day to meet with your trainer or team.
If you¡¯ve ever had a sore ankle, back or wrist, you might have taken a day or two off of work to let it rest. You don¡¯t always get that luxury of taking time off, or even taking a break, when you¡¯re an athlete

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. You¡¯ll have to learn to work through the pain, especially if you have a group of teammates who rely on you to get the win.
When you¡¯re still in school, you¡¯ll most likely miss out on a lot of the educational experience package. You might not spend as much time on campus as a traditional student and have to hire a tutor to help you stay up to speed on your studies. You¡¯ll miss out on after school activities, class time and social events that other students get to do. Depending on your travel schedule, you may have to give up a traditional graduation ceremony as well.

1961-1963 Buick Special Skylark

The 1961-1963 Buick Special Skylark is credited with being a highly underrated pioneer of the sporty compact idea. It’s ideal transportation now for those collectors who’d prefer to drive a pleasant everyday car that can be sold later for more than they paid for it. Values should keep pace with the rate of inflation, and may even exceed it slightly.

Convertibles are naturally more desirable than the coupes, and more expensive. Buick’s aluminum V-8 gives decent go. An efficient V-6 was available for 1962-1963, and delivers good economy. Quality and luxury are surprisingly good, with great attention paid to soundproofing for that big-car feel so beloved by Detroit. It’s still quite contemporary compared to much newer designs.
Pluses of the 1961-1963 Buick Special Skylark:
Minuses of the 1961-1963 Buick Special Skylark:
Production of the 1961-1963 Buick Special Skylark:
Specifications of the 1961-1963 Buick Special Skylark: Wheelbase, inches: 112.0 (1961) 112.1 (1962-1963) Length, inches: 188

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.4 (1961-1962) 192.1 (1963) Weight, pounds: 2,687-2,871 Price, new: $2,621-$3,012
Engine for the 1961-1963 Buick Special Skylark:
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Residential Treatment for Obesity

Residential or immersion-type obesity programs are intensive interventions that help individuals lose significant weight and improve other aspects of their lives. Treatments vary according to length of stay and daily schedules, but most integrate exercise, nutrition and psychology in their approaches. Residential obesity programs provide safe, supportive spaces necessary for both physical and emotional change, an opportunity not available to many overweight individuals in their current environments.
Participants in residential treatment for obesity exercise regularly and consume a reduced-calorie diet, but they also attend health classes and visit with physicians and psychologists, reports a study from the Duke University Medical Center. People also learn how to restructure their responses to boredom; instead of turning to food, they hike local trails or visit area attractions during their leisure time. Finally, while immersion elicits drastic change, this change is not always maintained when the participant returns to the home environment. Consequently, residential obesity programs provide support networks for people who have graduated from treatment, including phone therapy sessions and feedback for exercise and food journals.
Structure House, a residential weight loss center in Durham, North Carolina, says both male and female participants lose more than 6 percent of their total body weight on average over four weeks. However, while these results are important for obese individuals, they are not the only benefits of immersion programs

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. The Duke University study found that over 80 percent of participants report improvements in quality of life, including physical flexibility and mobility, and self-esteem and self-concept. Individuals also experience decreases in blood pressure and cholesterol, and many diabetic participants erase their dependence on insulin.
Most residential treatments for obesity average four weeks in duration, although both longer and shorter options are available. Structure House, for example, offers both extended stay programs and condensed return visits for participants who require more intervention. Adolescents can attend summer fitness camps for four to eight weeks and can enroll in specialized boarding schools for multiple years.
Residential treatments for obesity are available across the country and around the world. For adolescents, programs include both year-round academic facilities and summer weight loss camps. Adult facilities are more numerous, and reputation is an important factor in determining which treatments are truly successful. According the New York Times in a 2005 article, Durham, North Carolina, is known as the Diet Capital of the World, and most studies on the efficacy of residential treatments for obesity have been done at centers located in this city. The higher concentration of programs in the area has attracted more medical professionals, health experts and clinical researchers than are available at comparable facilities in other regions.
The multimodal approach offered by residential obesity facilities, while beneficial, is expensive. A four-week stay can cost over $10,000, and that does not include personal purchases such as clothing or medical supplies like glasses that will need to be replaced as individuals lose weight. Additionally, immersion programs are not always a one-time cost; when participants do not maintain their routines at home, they return for further treatment. Many programs accept only private pay, and many insurance companies do not reimburse for residential obesity treatments. However, IRS Ruling 202-19 does allow some morbidly obese individuals to deduct immersion programs from their taxes as qualifying medical expenses, and many businesses allow employees to include these treatments in their Flexible Spending Accounts.

Highest-Rated Recumbent Exercise Bike

Decisions about new exercise equipment can be personal. What works for you may not work for someone else

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. Even within the same segment, such as recumbent bikes, an expensive, feature-rich bike might be best for your workout partner, while you might prefer a solid yet simple machine. At each price point, however, there are highly rated recumbent bikes.
Schwinn, makers of all types of road bicycles since the turn of the 20th century, is one of the more recognizable names in recumbent bikes. The 200 series, including the 220, 230 and 240 models, is comparable to health club units in many ways and have prices the average consumer can afford. Most models cost less than $500 as of February 2011 and feature magnetic resistance, built-in exercise programs, a heart-rate monitor and a large LCD display. “Consumer Reports” named the 230 a “best buy” and the 240 has a 4.5 star rating based on compiled user reviews, according to Consumer Search.
Lamar Fitness is a growing player in home workout equipment with a line of recumbent bikes that are versatile, sturdy and feature-rich. Lamar occupies the luxury segment, which may be too high end for some consumers. The Lamar 7250 starts at about $799 on the low end, while the 7450 retails for up to $2,199, as of February 2011. Both models feature a step-through design, meaning you don’t have to swing your leg over the middle support like you do with some recumbents. They use magnetic resistance with 20 preset levels and 16 workout programs. The 7450 features a telemetric heart-rate monitor that uses both the grip and a chest strap for accurate measurements. Star Trac acquired Lamar in 2008, but the product line remains under the Lamar banner, as of 2011.
Advances in materials, construction methods and electronics have made entry-level recumbents more attractive. The Marcy ME 709 is one such model, starting at under $150, as of February 2011, and providing eight resistance levels, or plenty for beginner and intermediate exercisers. The large LCD display tracks speed, distance and calories burned, but the unit lacks a heart-rate monitor and cup holder, standard items on more expensive models. It is easily portable, featuring transport wheels at the base, and it has an adjustable, padded seat.
The R514 by Nautilus packs the features of a health-club recumbent bike into a package costing under $500, as of February 2011. Its robust feature list includes telemetric heart-rate monitoring with the chest strap included, water-bottle holder, magazine rack and an LCD display with all your relevant information. There are two programmable user profiles and seven preset profiles from which to choose. The seat features lumbar support, and the bike has a fan to keep you cool.

Male PC Muscle Exercises

Strengthening the PC muscle, also called the pubococcygeus, helps prevent men from leaking urine or feces during stressful movements like coughing, sneezing or lifting, according to the University of Michigan Health System. Many men also have improved sexual performance after performing kegels, which exercise the PC muscle. You may find it helpful to practice kegels in a variety of positions and while performing a variety of tasks. As you advance your skills, you can try some of the more advanced kegels to keep strengthening your PC muscle.
Contracting the PC muscle will stop your flow of urine, as well as slightly contract your anus, says the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Health Services Department. Practice stopping your urine flow to learn how to tighten your PC muscle. You can also identify this contraction if you place a gloved finger approximately 1 inch inside your rectum–you do not need to do so during actual kegels. While contracting your PC muscle, avoid contracting your buttocks, abdomen or thighs. Also, avoid holding your breath.
Anytime you perform a kegel, you will notice a slight movement in your penis, according to the Ohio State University Medical Center. A slow kegel consists of holding your PC muscle tight for a count of four and then relaxing for a count of four. When releasing the contraction, be sure to simply relax, not push down. As you begin practicing kegel exercises, you may only be able to keep the PC muscle contracted for a count of one or two, but you will eventually be able to hold it for longer. Repeat these exercises for up to five minutes, two times a day.
Once you have mastered slow kegels, you may want to challenge yourself to a few sets of quick kegels, which consist of tightening and relaxing your PC muscle as quickly as you can. Try to perform a set of 10 to 20 repetitions, advises Dr. Donald Rudick, a urologist practicing in St. Marys, Pennsylvania.
To challenge yourself even more, slow down the kegel. Using a count of four, progressively tighten your PC muscle. By the time you reach the number four, you should be at a maximum contraction for your PC muscle. Hold this contraction for a second before slowly releasing the contraction to a count of four

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, when your PC muscle should be completely relaxed. Rudick advises performing a set of 10 repetitions.

1960-1969 Jaguar Mark II

Production of the 1960-1969 Jaguar Mark II:
Specifications of the 1960-1969 Jaguar Mark II: Length, inches: 181.0 Wheelbase, inches: 107.4 Weight, pounds: 3,200-3,360 Price

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, new: $4,800 U.S. for 3.8-Litre in 1960 Engines for the 1960-1969 Jaguar Mark II:

Different Ways to Cook Whole Kernel Corn

Fresh, crisp whole kernel corn is a favorite addition to summer meals, but can be enjoyed all year long if you opt for frozen or canned corn. You can cook corn to serve as a side dish, or include it in casseroles, skillet dishes or salads. Experiment with new cooking methods to vary the flavor of this all-American classic.
Boiling is the easiest way to cook fresh or frozen corn. Remove the husks and silk from fresh corn and cut away the kernels from the cob. Place one to two inches of water into a saucepan and add a pinch of sugar, rather than salt. Bring the water to a rolling boil over high heat and add the corn. Wait for the water to return to a rolling boil and immediately remove the corn from the hot water for crisp, moist kernels or allow to boil for three to seven minutes if you prefer a more tender kernel. Drain excess water and add butter to the hot corn

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. Salt and pepper to taste.
Roasting corn in the oven is a flavorful alternative to boiling. Toss corn kernels with a small amount of olive oil, then season — try cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, garlic or your favorite spices. Arrange the corn kernels in a shallow baking pan, preferably in a single layer. Roast in a preheated 425 degree Fahrenheit oven for 20 minutes, stirring several times as the corn browns in the oven.
Saut¨¦ed or fried corn is a rich and luxurious change from boiled kernel corn. Cut corn from the cob for the best result, or use frozen corn. Melt several tablespoons of butter over medium heat, then add the corn to the pan. Saut¨¦ until cooked through, approximately seven to eight minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add jalape?os or mild chilies for an extra flavor boost.
While canned or frozen corn works for corn casseroles, you can also create a creamy and delicious casserole with fresh corn. Cut the kernels off of the ear with a sharp knife. Press firmly on the cob to remove as much of the juice as possible. Mix the corn with half and half, whole milk or heavy cream and butter. Allow 1/3 cup half and half and 1 tbsp. of butter per four ears of corn. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes.

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti

Famed coachbuilder Sergio Scaglietti hadn¡¯t worked with Ferrari in 17 years when the phone call came. ¡°I found out two hours before the presentation the car¡¯s name was [Ferrari 612] Scaglietti,¡± he beamed. ¡°They called me and said to be sure to make it to the introduction of ¡®my car.¡¯ I was flabbergasted.¡±
Ferrari indeed wished to honor the Modena stylist and coachbuilder associated with some of its most beautiful early sports cars. It chose for the purpose the new Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, six to suggest the liters displacement, 12 for its number of cylinders.

Ferrari pitched this, its largest road car ever, as a genuine four-seater rather than a 2+2. The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti’s long-hood, short-deck Pininfarina-styled body with its scalloped sides paid homage to the famous Ferrari 375 MM ¡°Berlinetta Aerodinamica¡± Pininfarina built in 1954 for Roberto Rossellini as a gift to Ingrid Bergman.
The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti¡¯s unveiling at the 2004 North American International Auto Show in Detroit marked two Maranello milestones. It was the first time America was the site of the international launch of a Ferrari model. And it commemorated the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first Ferrari road car into the United States.
Once the nostalgia and hoopla were satisfied, it became evident the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti also represented a revolution in Ferrari construction through weight savings from its all-aluminum technology. The body was made in the Scaglietti body-construction facility, and it featured a space-frame chassis developed in conjunction with aluminum giant Alcoa.
The chassis was of aluminum extrusions connected by aluminum casts that acted as joints. Sheet aluminum reinforced the structure

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, and special heat treatments made the alloy panels more resistant to deformation.
The 540-horsepower 5748cc V-12 had four valves per cylinder, light alloy construction, and a new exhaust system that reduced back pressure. It was positioned far behind the front axle for superb handling, a placement that dictated the car¡¯s somewhat controversial rearward cabin placement.

This was the first Ferrari with CST (Control for Stability and Traction) as a handling aid. The system, which worked with the antilock and antiskid functions, had Normal and Sport settings, or could be deactivated completely. Buyers could choose a traditional six-speed manual transmission or an updated version of the F1-derived paddle-shift system.
Despite being longer than a Mercedes E-class sedan and weighing 4,100 pounds, the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti was a superb road car, perhaps the best Ferrari grand-tourer ever. Car and Driver in August 2004 compared it with the day¡¯s other premier four-place coupes and picked the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti over the Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes-Benz CL600, and Aston Martin DB9. The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti stormed to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, needed just 9.5 to hit 100, and clipped the quarter-mile in 12.5. Top speed was 192 mph.
¡°Drive our quartet hard,¡± the magazine said, ¡°¡­ the Ferrari oozes character and dynamic ability to elevate the entire experience beyond its rivals¡­.¡± That was the essence of the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti¡¯s mission — to feel like a classic sports car even with two posti behind the driver.
Though not universally regarded as one of Pininfarina¡¯s best design efforts, the Ferrari 612 Scagliletti was an unqualified commercial success. Deliveries in 2005 alone totaled 864, robust sales by Ferrari standards.
Two new options arrived that year to enhance the 612¡¯s appeal: available two-tone paint schemes in a near-limitless choice of colors and combinations, and a ¡°Handling GTC pack.¡± The latter made for grander and safer high-speed touring with its included CCM brakes. CCM stands for carbon-ceramic material, which virtually eliminated heat buildup and thus fading in hard use, a notable advance on conventional steel brakes.

The package also delivered premium ball-polished modular wheels and, on cars with the F1 sequential gearbox, more aggressive shift programming for improved responsiveness and acceleration.
The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti was further enhanced in 2007 with availability of new ultra-soft leather upholstery by Poltrona Frau — ¡°as seductive to the touch as it is to the eye,¡± said Ferrari. The leather stitching and surface finish were also revised for a more-luxurious look and feel.
At the same time, the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti debuted a new high-tech Bose ¡°infotainment¡± system with home-quality digital 5.1 surround sound. Called the Bose 2 DIN Radio-Navigator, this all-in-one package combined regular and satellite radio with audio/video DVD playback, hands-free cellphone link, and a navigation system whose dashboard screen could display signals from a built-in rearview camera and an onboard TV tuner. (For safety, the last could be used only with the vehicle stopped.)
As the latest in the long line of ¡°deluxe¡± Ferrari 2+2s, the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti was a delightful contradiction: a fast, supremely comfortable long-distance GT that could shame many ¡°pure¡± sports cars on a winding road. Who says you can¡¯t have it all?
Learn about these other great Ferrari Road Cars:
166 MM
250 GT SWB
365 California
Testarossa
212 Inter
400 Superamerica
365 GT 2+2
F40
340 America
250 GTE
365 GTB/4 Daytona
348
375 America
250 GT/L Lusso
365 GTC/4
456 GT
375 MM
330 GT 2+2
512 BBi
F355
250 Europa GT
500 Superfast
400i
F50
250 GT Boano
275 GTB/4
308 GT4
550 and 575
410 Superamerica
275 GTS
308 and 328
360 and F430
250 GT Coupe
Dino 246 GT
Mondial
Enzo
250 GT Spyder California
330 GTC
288 GTO
612 Scaglietti
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55 Plus RV Parks in St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Petersburg is located in a part of Florida suitable for 55-plus RV resorts. The beaches and outdoor leisure facilities provide plenty of opportunity for keeping active, while the shopping and dining areas in St. Petersburg and surrounding towns offer a range of options. Many over-55 RV resorts offer on-site amenities and entertainment for residents.
RV resorts in St. Petersburg offer many local attractions for over 55s. Take a stroll down to casino cruise ships, watch greyhound racing or enjoy downtown shopping and dining. You can enjoy the nearby sandy beaches or stroll down to St. Petersburg Pier for a spot of fishing. The Palm Haven Mobile Home Park is a community for 55-plus residents located in the center of St. Petersburg, just off Highway 19. Baseball fans can take a bus from outside the park and head for Tropicana Field to watch the Tampa Bay Rays in action.
Many RV parks provide facilities to keep residents active and entertained. Park amenities at Palm Haven include a library, karaoke nights, shuffleboard, bingo and a Jacuzzi spa. Robert¡¯s Mobile Home and RV Resort is located one mile from the fishing and boating facilities available at Tampa Bay. The resort has a heated pool, Jacuzzi, mini-golf and shuffleboard where over-55s can keep active, or more relaxing planned activities such as bingo, bridge and crafts. You can keep fit with swimming pool exercise sessions, line dancing or Saturday dances. Tennis, volleyball and horseshoes are also available.
There is plenty to do outside of St. Petersburg. You can drive to Walt Disney and other central Florida attractions. In the Tampa area, there is a choice of golf courses, the Busch Park Theme and the Florida Aquarium. Football fans can watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in action. In the Zephyrhills area, you have access to hiking trails at Flatwoods Wilderness Park or even try skydiving at Skydive City.
There are further options in the towns near to St. Petersburg. Largo is 15 miles northwest of St. Petersburg, toward the Gulf Coast. The Yankee Traveler is a 55-plus community in the area, located close to beaches, golf courses, fishing and shopping. Sports fans can take in the action watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or horse racing at Tampa Bay Downs. The park has a full schedule of activities and events for residents including bowling, women¡¯s golf and sequence dancing. You can also make use of the seven shuffleboard courts or the heated pool with Jacuzzi jets

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You should contact individual parks for information on buying units on site. Annual and seasonal rents vary, and you can check on park websites or by phone

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. Check which services are included in rates before making any agreement. You may also be asked to pay deposits to secure reservations and pay toward electricity bills.