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A Career in Resort Management

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by todaysart

A Career in Resort Management

There are three kinds of management involved with resorts: Front-of-House Management, Heart-of-House Management I, and Heart-of-House Management II. Heart-of-House Management refers to managing the resort areas that support front-of-house operations. This type of management deals with the physical plant, grounds, energy, accounting, and purchasing functions of a resort hotel. These support areas are critical to the successful operation of a resort hotel, but great care is taken to keep the guests from seeing this aspect of the facility to ensure higher levels of guest satisfaction.

A resort is a place used for relaxation or recreation. As a result, people tend to seek out a resort for holidays or vacations. Generally, a resort is run by a single company, which attempts to provide for all or most of a vacationer’s wants while staying there, such as such as food, drink, lodging, sports, entertainment, and shopping.

Towns that contain resorts—or where tourism or vacationing is a major part of the local activity—are often called resort towns. The term resort is sometimes misused to identify a hotel that does not provide the other amenities required of a resort. However, a hotel is frequently a central feature of a resort.

The Walt Disney World Resort is perhaps the most famous example of a resort in the world, however, resorts exist throughout the world. Resorts are especially prevalent in Central America and the Caribbean.

A resort is sometimes called a destination resort. This is a common usage when the facility provides food, drink, lodging, sports, entertainment, and shopping within the facility so that customers have no need to leave the facility once they arrive. Commonly these facilities are of higher quality than would be expected if one were to stay at a hotel or eat in a town’s restaurants.

An all-inclusive resort is a resort that, besides providing all of the common amenities of a resort, charges a fixed price that includes most or all items. At a minimum, most inclusive resorts include lodging, unlimited food, drink, sports activities, and entertainment for the fixed price.

Pros and cons of all-inclusive resorts

A frequent critique of all-inclusive resorts is that they do not help the local economy or that they damage the local environment. People who hold this view usually cite the fact that most resorts are located in relatively remote areas away from major local population centers, making it hard for the people staying there to see any local sights or patronize local business. They also say that most resorts are owned and run by large multinational corporations, such as Club Med, Sandals or Hedonism Resorts thus diverting money away from local companies.

Proponents of all-inclusive resorts point to the fact that these resorts usually bring large numbers of visitors to the country, who must travel through local airports and towns to arrive at the resort. They also state that the resorts provide jobs in areas that are economically impoverished and away from the major centers. Resort popularity can sometimes drive up property values to such a degree that the resort workforce cannot afford to live near their workplace, causing the creation of nearby bedroom communities. This phenomenon is especially prevalent near ski resorts in the American West, and resorts in otherwise impoverished nations.

A Mega resort, a type of destination resort, integrates the services offered by a hotel, casino, dining, entertainment, and shopping into a single, large, and highly stylized or themed venue. The hotels along the Las Vegas Strip are most typically thought of as mega resorts owing to their immense size and complexity.

The first mega resort is generally considered to have been The Mirage given its size and emphasis on non-gaming entertainment options like shopping and fine dining to draw in customers. Mega resorts use the same fantastic or mythical theme (medieval life at Excalibur, tropical at The Mirage, famous cities, etc.) throughout their properties.
A luxury resort, sometimes referred to as an exclusive resort, is a very expensive vacation facility which is fully staffed and has been rated with five stars. Luxury resorts often boast many visitor activities and attractions such as golf, water sports, spa and beauty facilities, skiing, natural ecology and tranquility. There are luxury resorts all over the world from North America to the Caribbean and South America, from Europe to Asia, Africa to the Middle East, and the South Pacific to Australia.

A luxury resort is an elite luxury property which exhibits an exceptionally high degree of customer service and hospitality. A flawless execution of guest services will be the resort staff’s and managements main concern. A luxury resort will commonly also feature a superb architectural interior and exterior design as well as an interesting physical location.

The interior design will normally be elegant with stylish bedroom decor, exceptional dining facilities, and manicured landscaping and meticulous grounds. Luxury resorts will often also be in based in exceptionally desirable and strategic worldwide locations, from beautiful tropical islands, to snow caked mountains, to scenic lakes and rivers, to exhilarating cities. The locations will often be famous for featured activities from skiing to golf, water spots, diving, fishing, sailing and nature walks to glamorous shopping and nightlife entertainment.

A luxury resort may vary greatly in character, style and theme from resort to resort. A luxury resort will, however, normally be characterized by a high level of luxury, sophistication and off course price. Accommodations are first class, whether they follow a classic and traditional nature or a more minimalist and modern styling. An unmatched level of comfort will be available at a luxury resort, as well as many personalized services and amenities.

A ski resort is a ski area with a village and/or accommodations and other amenities at the base of the mountain. Ski resorts often have other activities to engage in besides skiing and snowboarding, such as snowmobiling, sledding, horse-drawn sleds, dog-sledding, ice-skating indoor swimming and hottubbing, game rooms, and local forms of entertainment. Ski resorts may be self-contained and entirely devoted to ski tourism (for example Vail ski resort) or they may be near a village or town that had a significant existence before the ski resort was built, such as Jackson Hole, Wyoming or Park City, Utah.

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The Online Brand Experience: Nature And Dimensions

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by Ack Ook

The Online Brand Experience: Nature And Dimensions

With the advent of Internet the marketing communications environment has changed profoundly and there is a recognised need of continuous conceptual addition to the existing branding theory. Some authors pronounced the advent of the “experience economy” and the “experience marketing”, while others have taken more extreme postmodern stance and have denied the validity of the traditional branding inferences. Encompassing all these perspectives and drawing on the traditional branding concepts from customer- based perspective this paper will concentrate on the construct of the online brand experience (OBE) as a central part of the contemporary branding strategy. In particular, building on the existing ideas, gathering insights from observation of contemporary online branding campaigns and conducting qualitative study among consumers, I am intending to explore the phenomenon of OBE. Central points in a future theoretical framework will be the notion of the brand as experience, the dimensions around which brand experiences are built online and the very
technology of OBE process.

The central theme of a future research is the challenges faced by companies in their decision-making about branding in online environment. The focal point of the research would be the creation of brand experience as the most important element of the firm’s online branding strategy. The first sub-question evolves around the definition of brand experience; to what extent is the notion of brand identical to experience and are there any grounds to believe that we are entering experience economy? The second sub-question refers to the main dimensions of the online brand experience. The last objective of the paper could be to create a theoretical model of the online brand experience in accordance with the above findings. The paper’s focus on the notion of online brand experience would be based on the view of the brand as “a cluster of functional and emotional values which promise a particular experience” (de Chernatony and Segal-Horn, 2003). The importance of the issue is underscored by the view of the brand not as an identifier, but as an experience (Schmitt, 1999). Since this shift of definition and focus of branding is triggered namely by the incessant technological and communication change, the importance of building a theoretical reference to brands as online experiences is exigent.

In view of the new communications environment there is a need of rebranding and more
importantly rethinking of the traditional branding concepts. A number of authors (Ibeh et al., 2005; Christodoulides and de Chernatony, 2004; Bergstrom, 2000) propose addition to the existing branding theory instead of replacement with the warning that Internet is not just another distribution and communications channel, but rather a branding tool with new unique features. The central in this paper notion of online brand experience is discussed from different perspectives by several authors. Ibeh et al. (2005) describe the “high-impact customer online experience” as “a key source of added value in the internet
economy”. Going even further, Pine II and Gilmore (1998, 2000) define the experience as the “fourth economic offering” in the “progression of economic value” after commodities, goods and services. Drawing on their ideas, Schmitt (1999) classifies five different types of experiences. For Cova (1996) the consumer is not only a target for, but also “a producer of experiences”. Furthermore, various authors discuss the importance of issues affecting brands online such as interactivity, connectivity, creativity, vividness, customisation, community, relevance, engagement (Cova et al., 2007; Coyle and Thorson, 2001; Christodoulites and De Chernatony, 2004). However, there is a need of systematising the primary dimensions of the OBE as perceived by the consumer. Hence, one of the primary tasks of the future paper is to reveal the most important dimensions around which brand equity is built online. The notion of online brand experience will be reviewed from the following perspectives: traditional branding theory from customer-based perspective (Keller,1993; Aaker, 1996), experiential marketing (Pine and Gilmore, 1998, 2000), and postmodern marketing (Brown, 1993; Firat and Venkatesh, 1993). The rationale behind this decision is the need of theoretical anchor in the research (traditional line), the focus on the experience (experiential perspective) and the need of an updated view of the contemporary consumer behaviour (postmodern marketing). The principal aim of a research paper would be to build an integrated conceptual model for the notion of online brand experience. In attempt to systematise the findings about the OBE and provide further theoretical clarity for branding managers and researchers the following objectives have been set:

– To explore the nature of the experience as a new notion for brand;
– To explore in detail the dimensions around which online brand experiences are built;
– To propose a theoretical model of online brand experience based on the above findings.

The exploration of the online brand experience and its main dimensions would be also the main object of the qualitative study to be undertaken as part of the future research. In accordance with the complexity of the explored area I am considering to employ the method of laddering interview. This qualitative technique has proven useful in allowing “the evaluation of ongoing experience” (Orsingher and Marzocchi, 2003) and “in uncovering insights related to the source and the nature of a brand equity” (Wansink, 2003). Furthermore, I have decided to use laddering since it allows in-depth research of the reasons for expressing certain attitudes. Unlike the factor analysis where the focus is more on the generalisation of gathered items as factors, successful laddering permits the discovery of the underlying values behind consumer behaviour. In order to thoroughly address the object of the study, a convenience sample of 20 respondents will be selected. One should keep in mind, that the purpose of the laddering method is not to be “representative of the population”, but rather to focus on the technique’s purpose – “to show how they [the respondents’ answers] can be used to understand a brand’s equity” and to “find the root reasons for the consumer’s purchase” (Wansink, 2003).
The main question of the interview will refer to the dimensions around which online brand experiences should be built. In order to uncover the dimensions, the interviewers will probe according to the criteria recommended by Reynolds and Gutman (1988). Respondents will be asked to specify no more and no less than four dimensions. If fewer than four dimensions are given, questions such as “What other dimensions can you think of?” will be used for probing. Then, the respondents will be asked to state three reasons for each of the four dimensions. The result of this technique, known as hard laddering, will be 4 x 3 matrix of idiographic responses. During the hard laddering “[r]espondents are forced to fill a grid of predetermined dimensionality” (Orsingher and Marzocchi, 2003; Bagozzi and Edwards, 1998) and in this case each respondent will indicate up to 12 superordinate reasons and 6 linkages. After the content analysis of the results, these will be input in “Decision Explorer” and the formal output will be twenty individual causal maps. Additionally, a number of websites of renowned brands will be observed and a list of experience messages/promises will be compiled. In such a manner, the other side of the relation consumer-marketer will also be represented. As a result, dimensions and characteristics of the online brand experience will be gathered from three angles: literature review, consumer testimonials and observation of online branding campaigns.

A number of limitations would apply to such a research. One practical limitation of the hard laddering technique “is the forced directionality of the probing process: starting form the first level of stated attributes respondents cannot be probed downward (asking ‘what’) in addition to be probed upward (asking ‘why’)” (Orsingher and Marzocchi, 2003). Further obstacle to the generalisation of the qualitative results is the nature of the sample which could not be representative for the population. However, considering the purpose and the domain of the research it is unlikely that a statistically representative/reliable quantitative technique could be meaningfully used. Additionally, it is always possible that the respondents find it difficult to express their attitudes and feelings towards an issue.
Hence, unveiling the underlying values might prove a hard task. Another impediment is the different level of Internet awareness and usage among demographic groups. In other words, not everyone could be tagged as “Internet savvy”. Nevertheless, considering the fact that the awareness of Internet is higher among younger consumers, we may easily predict that the importance of the World Wide Web as marketing branding tool and communication channel will be even more significant in the future. In accordance with the set objectives I will select respondents who access Internet on a regular basis.

A potential conceptual obstacle could be the lack of agreed upon theoretical base for the notion of experience in the context of branding. Further impediment may be the fact that “the literature on internet branding ? is currently in a formative stage” (Simmons, 2007).
Another problem is the tendency of “[m]arketing communications in the e-business context” to go “beyond the traditional boundaries of marketing communications and marketing departments” (Rowley, 2004). In particular, we should bear in mind that the process of conveying brands as experiences is an anthropological phenomenon as much as it is a
technological one. Consequently, much broader view and an approach that accounts for the social, ethical, moral and philosophical shift in the contemporary western societies are required for the appraisal of the role of experience branding.

With regard to the ethical aspect of the research, I do not envisage any implicit pitfalls for the respondents participating in the survey. Nevertheless, the exploration of the notion of brand experience could entangle the issues of hedonism, narcissism, etc. and one should be careful during elicitation and translation of the results. The respondents will be informed about the purpose of the study and their responses will be anonomised so their identity is not revealed. I am aware of the political nature of the observed organisations and I will attempt to be unbiased and seek robust conclusions by the use of triangulation of data sources. In such a manner it will be more difficult for respondents to influence the results by inconsistent statements.

One of my first immediate actions will be a review of the major ideas in the field from all the aforementioned perspectives (traditional, experiential and postmodern). I will look for common threads which might help in achieving the objectives of the paper. I will also immediately begin the compilation of a list with URLs of major brands in several industries. Simultaneously with the compilation I will commence observation of the websites of the selected brands with the goal of eliciting and grouping messages/promises of particular experiences which are currently used in branding campaigns. These initial steps, along with the qualitative study, will aim at analysing the phenomenon of experience branding as: a new firm offering (the emotional core of the offer); a new notion for brand (reinforcing the brand effects beyond name and symbol); and a new process (executed online). The context of the exploration will be further defined by two general considerations: the possible substitution of the widely proclaimed marketing goal “to add value” (in order to win the customer) with a new one, i.e. “to deliver experience”; and the future role of the marketer – a screenwriter who “designs” the experience and leaves the
“directing” to the consumer.

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Boyan Yordanof is in the tourism business since 1996. His main interests are in Internet Marketing and more specifically Service Branding in the Hospitality Industry. Boyan is an Internet Marketing Executive at RIU Seabank Hotel Malta.

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Kama as an objective of human life in Indian Philosophy

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by p914

Kama as an objective of human life in Indian Philosophy

The scope of Indian Philosophy is very wide. According to this, philosophical knowledge does not aim merely at satisfying our theoretical and speculative interests, but wants to realize highest truth of life. So it does not only aim at theoretical but also practical approach to spiritual truth.

In this article, we will do research on the advanced concept of Kama (Sensual Pleasure) from ancient times in India. How our life style was deeply connected with this concept. We also noted that this ancient Indian theory was having so prosperous view that it is still relevant for our modern lifestyle. Now let us focus on the meaning of Kama.  Kama is pleasure, sensual gratification, sexual fulfillment, please of the desires, Eros and the aesthetic enjoyment of life.

Indian Philosophical Schools also give us the concept of our aim of life which they said Purushartha. The term Purushartha consists of two words, viz., Purusha and Artha. Purusha means person or self and Artha means aim or goal of human life. The concept of Purushartha basically indicates different values to be realized in human life through the efforts of human being.

There are four Purusharthas or aims of life as propounded by Manu in his Manu Samhita, viz., Dharma (Virtue), Artha (Wealth), Kama (Pleasure) and Moksha (Liberation). One can find the reference of these Purusharthas have taken a new and ordinary form. Dharma is always related with duty, artha is always related with money, Kama with pleasure and Moksha with death.

Kama is ordinarily termed as physical pleasure, Vatsayana in his book Kamasutra gives the definition of pleasure which is as follows –

“Kama is the enjoyment of the appropriate objects by the five senses of hearing, feeling, seeing, testing and smelling, assisted by the mind together with the soul.”

The urge to enjoy pleasure and satisfy desires is the most powerful incentive for individual progress. It is said all that man does is inspired by Kama. As Manu was concerning Kama as desire, one person can say, it is a desire for pleasure. Now it may be sensuous pleasure, mental pleasure for getting through satisfaction or impulse for sexual pleasure.

Kama in a broader sense means desire and in a narrow sense sexual desire. According to Hindu and Buddhist Philosophy , desire is the root cause of human suffering. In Bhagavadgita desire leads delusion and bondage to the cycle of birth and death.

Man sacrifices because of the desire for rewards. Not a single act of him appears ever to be done by man free from desire. According to Manusmriti, he who performs his duties out of desire properly will reach in a position of fulfilling all the desires and deathless state in turn.

In Indian Philosophy, sexual discussion is not an untouchable thing but their interpretations are different from each other. According to Hindu point of view, sex can be either a means to liberation and happiness in life or a great cause of suffering depending upon how we approach the same. A person who can overcome these, successfully achieve salvation. It can be done either by abstaining from it or by indulging in it. The former concept is the path of Vedanta Philosophy and the later is the way of Tantras, which is also a part of Indian Philosophy. One is the way of suppression but the other is the way of expression through detachment and understanding in which sexual energy is sublimated and transformed into a higher form of energy. It is just the way you learn to handle fire. Sexual desire is the ultimate of all desires and unless it is overcome , one is never can be free from the bad effect of Maya (Illusion).

In Hinduism there is permission for sexual activity up to a limit without any conflict with principles of Dharma (Virtue) and used for the purpose of procreation, perpetuation of family and social order. Here sexual activity is part of obligatory duty and not to be misused for enjoyment as it would lead to attachment, delusion and one’s downfall. In Hindu ethics, sexual relationship outside marriage is not permitted except in special circumstances.

According to Hindu law books, there is a clear demarcation between legitimate and illegitimate sex, sex itself is not considered to be unclear or sinful because sexual desire is an important and legitimate aspect of human obligators. It is created by nature to perpetuate life towards material balance.

Sex established as an important aspect of Hindu society from ancient times. Married women were not allowed to meet men in private when they were not accompanied by their husbands or in their absence.

According to Hinduism, sex is an important aspect of human life, but lust is not. Lust is one of the chief enemies of man.

In Indian Philosophy creation itself is a continuation of the union between Purusha (Male) and Prakriti (Female), the male and female aspect of the world-appearance, which is symbolically represented in the form of Sivaling. Creation ends when this union ends. So, sexual desire is also the last stronghold of Prakriti and the final refuse of our attachment with this world-appearance.

After this long discussion we can conclude that sex is very much important aspect in Indian Philosophy. For this reason, ancient Indian sages composed the Kama Shastra on the basis of the Vedas. The famous Kamasutra is ultimately about wisdom and our creative cultivation. It is written by the sage Vatsayana sometimes between first and sixth century AD. The Kama Shastra is recognized as the true living text of the original Kama Shastra. The aim of the sixty four Arts of the Kamasutra is not merely to be a good wife but to be skillful, playful, understanding, sexually refined, beautiful and intelligent woman.

The ancient Indians were very good evolutionists because it is clear from evolution that sex and survival are the two most fundamental sources which motivated our continued existence through healthy, intimate, close relationship with each other.

The Charvakas, one of the important and very ancient heterodox school of Indian philosophy regarding sensual pleasure as the supreme end. The interpretation is utterly different from other schools. According to the charvaka we have only one life, there is no after-life in a heavenly kingdom nor is there a succession of rebirth as most Indian schools believed. They said sensual pleasure is produced by the intercourse of the sense organs with their objects. According to them, pleasure arising from the embrace of a woman and other objects of enjoyment is the highest good.

The school of Charvakas is often represented as propounding a crude form of hedonism.  They rejected any notions of absolute righteousness and wanted to establish a philosophy of pleasure-seeking (Kama) as a primary goal of life. The special importance upon happiness by Charvakas confronts directly to the emphasis placed upon suffering which is accepted by the other schools of Indian Philosophy.  

Now we want to focus on Tantra and Tantric sex also because without discussing these aspects of Indian Philosophy this article is incomplete.

Though the Tantra Philosophy is a part of Buddhism but that has its roots in Hinduism and Jainism also.

The Buddhist does not believe in an independent or separately existing external world. They believe that the external world and the inner world are the two sides of the same fabric. The dynamic forces of the universe under different from the inner forces of human mind. Moreover, these dynamic forces are not only for one’s own good but for that of all living beings and it is the aim of the Buddhist Tantras.

The word Tantra is related to the concept of waiving and its derivatives hinting at the inter-woveness of things and actions, the independents of all that exists. The continuity of inter-action of cause and effect, as well as in spiritual and traditional development. According to Buddhism, Tantra are invariably of a mystic nature, which tries to establish an inner relationship of things , the parallelism between mind and universe, rituals and realities, the world of matter and the world of spirit. This is the essence of Tantrism.

According to Tantric Philosopy, the greatest source of energy in the universe is sexual and places high value on ritualized intercourse. Sexual orgasm, according to them, a cosmic and divine experience. The path of Tantra is a spiritual one which includes and appreciates the experience of our sexuality and sensuality as a conscious meditation and also erotic and cosmic energies.

Tantra sees the whole universe as a divine play of Shakti (Female power) and Shiva (Male power). It considers that the union of these two powers as a foundation of universe. So here we can notice that this conception of sex is totally different from the western thought about sex. In that Tantra is as much about pleasure as about procreation. Tantric sex is more to do with opening the mind. It is a spiritual practice and it involves control over muscles and one’s orgasm. Tantric sex attempts to awake powerful psychic energies through which we can enter into higher states of consciousness.

Tantra   transforms sexuality from simply doing to actually being. There is no end in Tantric sex. Tantra teaches us to worship your sexual partner and to transform the act of sex in a sacred involvement.

Most of modern thinkers propound that Indian Philosophy is so much spiritualistic which is separate from our materialistic world. But this is not true. Though Indian philosophy is unlike the Western concept about sensual desire, but from the very inception their approach is more effective on the practical ground.

   

Bibliography:            1. Outlines of Indian Philosophy – Dr. Jadunath Sinha.

                                2. Kamasutra – Vatsayana

                                3. Sarvadarshansangraha – Madhavacharya

                                4. The Essence of Buddhism, Ch. II.

Sonali Ghosh, MA, M.Phil (Philosophy).

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Homosexuality

Hedonism II
by Ack Ook

Homosexuality

Homosexuality… Long word, lots of syllables. What does the word mean to you?

According to Wikipedia:

Homosexuality is romantic or sexual attraction or behavior among members of the same sex. As a sexual orientation, homosexuality refers to “an enduring pattern of or disposition to experience sexual, affectional, or romantic attractions primarily to” people of the same sex; “it also refers to an individual’s sense of personal and social identity based on those attractions, behaviors expressing them, and membership in a community of others who share them.”

You can go back in history and find evidence of homosexuality in many ancient cultures. Over the years and decades and centuries homosexuality has been present in the minority of the population. In the last 50 or so years it has slowly gained acceptance and today parades are held annually to celebrate it.

Is it healthy?

Is it normal behavior?

There have been countless studies on the subject. I am not gong to copy/paste a bunch of conflicting facts as that is a waste of my time and yours.

Let’s approach this from common sense.

1st of all. Homosexuality is a consensual, sexual act. 2 people decide to have “sex”. Yes there are many incidents of rape both same sex and opposite sex. I am not talking about that. Like a man and a women having sex, homosexuals make the decision to “do it”.

Just because 2 people agree to do something, does it make it right?

We can decide to drink. We can decide to smoke. We can decide to have a child. We can decide to life a healthy lifestyle. We can decide to over eat. We can decide to do anything if it’s legal or risk the consequences of doing something illegal. Making a decision alone is not harmful unless the consequences of that decision are harmful.

Is homosexuality harmful.

EMOTIONALLY — This is the most difficult to measure objectively, but we can look at certain facts which are available:

1. Homosexuals can’t have children. Few would dispute that children provide an opportunity to give and receive love in a way that meets a basic human need.

2. Homosexual relationships lack complementarity. Feminists notwithstanding, there are differences in male and female that go beyond the reproductive capacities — brain differences, body structure differences, etc. These tend to complement each other in mankind as they do in other creatures — creating a complementarity that is good for the individuals, for children and for society.

3. Homosexual relationships, on average are much shorter lived than heterosexual relationships. Amajor study by the Kinsey Institute revealed that 78% of male homo- sexual “affairs” (relationships entered into with an intent of commitment) lasted less than three years. Only 12% lasted five years or longer. Certainly, this shows a pattern of broken relationships that must be painful for many.

PSYCHOLOGICALLY — The gay community claimed a great victory when they prevailed upon the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from the DSM-II — its listing of psychological disorders. This highly controversial action seems to fly in the face of the evidence of any common sense definition of psychological well-being. Consider the following:

1. Homosexual men are six times more likely to have attempted suicide than are heterosexual men.

2. Studies indicate that between 25 and 33% of homosexual men and women are alcoholics.

3. Statistics give evidence of widespread sexual compulsion among homosexual men. The Kinsey study cited above revealed that 43% of the homosexual men surveyed estimated that they had had sex with 500 or more partners; 28% with 1,000 or more partners.  Either the American Psychiatric Association is ignorant of what homosexuality entails for vast numbers of men, or their view of healthy sexuality indicates a serious disorder among members of the A P.A.

4. The same Kinsey study revealed that homosexual men have to a great extent separated sexuality from relationship. The survey showed 79% of the respondents saying that over half of their sexual partners were strangers. Seventy percent said that over half of their sexual partners were people with whom they had sex only once. Surely this is an indication of either deep dissatisfaction, or else terribly destructive hedonism.

PHYSICAL — Even if one were to consider AIDS as an altogether unrelated matter, few behaviors yield more harmful results than does homosexuality.

1. Certain common homosexual practices are physically destructive apart from transmission of disease. Anal intercourse, an extremely common practice among homosexual men, can seriously damage internal tissues and can permanently weaken the anal sphincter, causing incontinence and other serious medical problems.

2. In a survey reported in the official publication of the American Public Health Association, 78% of the gay respondents reported that they had been affected by a sexually transmitted disease at least one time.

3. Several years ago it was reported that San Francisco had a VD rate that was 22 times the national average.

4. Over 70% of those who have contracted AIDS are homosexual or bi-sexual.

5. Over the past 20 years, there has been a great increase in the acceptance of homosexuality, but during the same period, there has been a huge increase in homosexual suffering due to disease and other factors.

OK now let’s look at the anatomy of our bodies. Men and women are naturally designed to fit together sexually. A women’s vagina is designed for intercourse. Through desire and feelings it swells and lubricates itself so a penis can fit. Nerve endings are in all the right places for stimulation. Men’s ejaculation enters through the cervix in search of an egg to fertilize. This is our bodies design. It is natural. It is pleasurable. Sodomy is the opposite. The anus along with the colon is designed to carry waste out of the body. It is not designed for intercourse. There is no natural lubrication. There is only bacteria that can spread disease. Yes I know some people get pleasure from it but it’s because men get stimulated with their penis. Some heterosexuals also have anal sex but it is accompanied with stimulating the rest of the sexual organs.

It is an unnatural sexual act. Unnatural because a penis is not designed to go into an anus and an anus is not designed for intercourse. That’s pretty obvious. Many people have unnatural sexual fetishes which most people have heard about. I’m not going to start list them here but there are many.

Now some people see homosexuality as a normal feeling and emotion.

Can we say all our feelings and emotions are rational? If we feel something does it make it right?

Some people feel it’s OK to steal. It’s OK to rape and kill. Some people feel it’s OK to smoke. To be a racist. I am not saying I equate homosexuality with all these other things. But they are all unnatural feelings. Our feelings may be strong and over powering but the aren’t necessarily reality.

So getting back to my original question. Is it OK to be gay?

My opinion is that it is not a normal behavior sexually, emotionally and societally. As more acceptance pervades our culture, homosexuality becomes less of a taboo. When there is acceptance then more people that may be confused about their sexual selves can be drawn to it. When it is taught in school that it is just another sexual orientation then our youth see it as so.

I don’t believe in hate. I don’t hate homosexuals. I don’t accept what I believe is a perverted lifestyle. Just as I don’t accept a lifestyle of a drug addict or an alcoholic or a racist. Homosexuality cannot really be put in a category with these other behaviors though. It is somewhat unique. I have met many gay people and worked with some. I don’t judge someone’s work abilities based on their gay lifestyle. I am never mean or hateful. If the opportunity comes up to talk to them about their lifestyle, I would share my beliefs with confidence and without condemnation. We all need to spread love and understanding with our fellow man. I don’t have all the answers and I don’t have all the facts. I do study up on these issues and apply common sense to them. Some people use their religious beliefs alone to argue their case against homosexuality. I don’t think that is helpful for someone who doesn’t believe in a creator. We need to be informed and understand that unlike drug use, alcoholism and racism… homosexuality has emotions at it’s core. Everyone wants to be loved, feel pleasure and be accepted. Sometimes we find that wherever we can. Let’s interact with each other with a loving heart.

Please give me your feedback. I predict I will get attacked on this one but I stand my ground.

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Tips For Planning a Jamaica Adventure Vacation

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by Ack Ook

Tips For Planning a Jamaica Adventure Vacation

When traveling to Jamaica, many tourists have one goal and one goal only. That goal is usually to have a good time. You may have other ideas. You may wish to enjoy the adventure of a lifetime. In that case, you are planning a themed vacation. Your trip theme is a Jamaica adventure vacation. So, how do you ensure you have the vacation of a lifetime?

Book your airline reservations carefully. If leaving from the Northern United States, a number of stops along the way are likely. These layovers should be minimized and as short as possible. Nothing ruins the mood of an adventure vacation than having to wait 5 hours in a hectic airport. To ensure the quickest flights and shortest layovers, not only book your reservations carefully, but do so in advance.

Choose your Jamaica resort wisely. On the island of Jamaica, you have many resorts to choose from. Examine all-inclusive or super-inclusive resorts. They simplify the process of planning a trip. One travel arrangement preplans and prepays for a good percentage of your trip, such as your room, food, drinks, tips, and onsite entertainment. Your goal is to have the adventure of a lifetime, not spend your entire trip wondering if you have enough money to make it through. That is just one of the many reasons why all-inclusive Jamaica resorts and travel packages come highly rated and recommended.

Another reason why it is important to choose your all-inclusive Jamaica resort wisely is for adventure purposes. All-inclusive resorts are designed so that you never have to leave. All that you could want and need are right onsite. These Jamaica resorts are home to fitness centers, swimming pools, spas, and multiple bars and restaurants. Other forms of entertainment vary depending on the resort in question. For example, a resort with an onsite golf course allows you to enjoy a fun and adventurous game of golf with the cost of green fees included in your stay.

When planning a Jamaica adventure vacation, you want to look for onsite activities that entice you. For starters, examine beachfront resorts. They have a number of adventurous activities onsite, including windsurfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and waterskiing. Not only look for resorts where these activities are available, but where they are included in with the cost of your stay. Don’t forget land activities too, the Hedonism II and Starfish at Trelawny Beach each have onsite rock climbing walls.

Once you know what adventurous activities are available to you at your all-inclusive resort, start to fill in the blanks. You can do these by researching nearby activities and attractions. Start with Jamaica attractions. In Ocho Rios, you will find the Dolphin Cove. There a world of fun awaits you. You can swim with stingrays, dolphins, and sharks. You can also do glass bottom kayaking or drive your own mini-boat. No matter where you stay in Jamaica, there are always adventurous attractions nearby.

In keeping with attractions, look at others within a short distance. For example, say you want to visit the Dolphin Cove in Ocho Rios. This will not take all day, what could you do next? The facility is adjacent to the famous Dunns’s River Falls. Careful planning allows you to the get the most out of your trip. There will be an adventure every second of the day with careful planning.

As for adventurous activities, remember to check with your all-inclusive Jamaica resort first. There is no point paying for an activity that you can do for free onsite. With that said, there are benefits to taking Jamaica tours. You have a number of adventure tours to choose from. A few examples include horseback ride and swim tours, rafting and tubing tours, ATV tours, treetop canopy tours, and more. These tours can last as short as an hour or as long as all day.

In short, there are an unlimited number of ways for you to have the adventure of a lifetime in Jamaica. Choose the perfect all-inclusive resort, research Jamaica attractions and activities, and make good use of your time. By doing so, your trip will be one giant adventure.

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Accommodation for visitors in Kingston Upon Hull

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Accommodation for visitors in Kingston Upon Hull

Hull has a combination of modern and heritage tourist attractions, it is close to several East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire family seaside holiday destinations and it has a lot of trade passing through it to and from the port and ferry terminal. Subsequently there is a good selection of places to stay to meet the needs of everyone ranging from four star hotels to guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments. Some of the hotels are also licensed to perform marriages and civil partnership ceremonies. There are also caravan and camping sites nearby suitable for anyone travelling through the region around Hull.

There are only a few truly four star hotels in Hull, one of which is the Village Hotel out to the west of the city centre at Priory Park off the A63. It is however a great place to stay and has historical and sporting attractions nearby. The hotel has three places to eat in; Salinger’s bar & restaurant, the Village pub (with an authentic local pub décor and atmosphere) or the relaxing Café Copra. Weekdays a double room can be booked for £130 a night and at week-ends plenty of offers are available that can reduce that price. The hotel has a health and fitness centre as well as a 25m swimming pool. All of the rooms have flat screen TVs and are furnished in a modern and chic fashion. If you don’t want to stay in the city itself then the Green Dragon, at Welton near Brough, is about 15km (10 miles) away. The journey to and from the city is more than compensated by this great little four star hotel in a true Yorkshire village. The hotel is actually in two separate buildings on either side of a road. The original pub building itself dates back to the 1660s. The infamous highway man Dick Turpin is known to have stayed here in 1739 shortly before being caught and hanged in York. Double rooms in the hotel are £65 a night, which includes breakfast and you can have an evening meal in the restaurant – which offers an excellent selection of food at very reasonable prices.

For three star hotels the Holiday Inn at Hull Marina, near the Princes Quay shopping centre, is an ideal location to stay. A basic double room is £135 for night or nearly £200 for an Executive room, but try booking online for discounts at week-ends and off-peak times. The hotel is within five minutes walking distance of the city centre and its railway and coach stations. It is equipped with its own fitness centre and swimming pool and is convenient for the cobbled streets of the ‘Old Town’ and new attractions like ‘The Deep’. There is also an Express Holiday Inn on Ferensway in the city centre. Rooms here are typically about half the price of that at the full Holiday Inn. The Campanile Hotel is a three star hotel just to the north of the main city centre area at the junction of Beverley Road and Freetown Way, its Café Bistro serves food from a seasonally varied menu. By booking online you can get a double room for as little as £30 during off-peak periods. The Hull Quality Hotel is worth staying in if only because of the building it is housed in. The building was opened in 1851 and was visited by Queen Victoria who waved at the crowds through its rose tinted windows. Located in the heart of the city on the Ferensway, right by the railway station, it has comfortable rooms and an excellent restaurant.

The Stop Inn Hotel is in the city centre at the junction of the Ferensway and Anlaby Road. It is one of the many two star hotels in the city and apart from offering rooms from £30 a night and has its own swimming pool, a great restaurant and a bar. The Ibis Hotel is another city centre two star hotel in Hull. It is located on the corner of Myton and Osborne Streets, between the Princes Quay and Ferensway. Rooms can be booked for as little as £27 a night and the price even includes breakfast!

If you fancy something different to the usual national chain hotels try heading east out of the city, on the A63/A1033 Hedon Road, and you’ll arrive at the Platform 1 Hotel. It has 30 rooms with en-suite facilities that cost around £50 a night, excluding breakfast, and has a restaurant that is popular with both resident and non-resident guests. More centrally located is the Kingston Theatre Hotel, on Kingston Square. It has 28 rooms offering five room configurations. A basic double room, with en-suite facilities, is £75 a night during the week. All prices are reduced by £10 at week-ends. The hotel restaurant offers a high standard of cuisine, with a three course dinner costing about £30 per person excluding drinks. The hotel occupies a Grade II listed building that was built in the 1800s, and one of its previous owners (Madam Clapham) was a dressmaker and courtier to the royal family between the wars.

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