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Problems Mount For Indonesian Elections

(NAPSI)—As Indonesia prepares for the most important elections in the country’s history, technical problems and political corruption threaten the credibility of the fast approaching polls. The 2014 legislative and presidential elections will be just the fourth national poll for the world’s fourth most populous country in the 15 years since the fall of the dictatorial Suharto regime. Accommodating for nearly 200 million voters spread over 17,000 islands in the Southeast Asian nation is a monumental task. However, the 2004 elections were widely viewed as free and fair while the 2009 polls faced problems but managed to get a passing grade by most international observers. For the 2014 cycle, the challenges and accusations of manipulation are mounting by the day to an unprecedented level while the stakes to conduct free and fair elections could not be higher.

Political corruption continues to plague the Indonesian government and erode public trust in political parties and the electoral authorities due largely to greed, abuse of power, and inadequate financing laws and oversight. In perhaps the most ominous sign of potential electoral manipulation, reports are surfacing that the Indonesian Electoral Commission (KPU) is banning international election observers except for those handpicked “friends” of the ruling party. Several presidential candidates have expressed serious concern over the challenge that rampant corruption represents to this young democracy, still working to build its foundation of representative government. Gerindra party founder and leading presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto has stated he will stamp out government corruption and manage the government like a business, incorporating “modern management techniques: IT, transparency and e-government.” Many polls are responding to his no-nonsense approach to addressing the country’s biggest challenges and his popularity is continuing to rise as a result.

Additionally, major problems with the voters list have continued to raise concerns about the country’s ability to conduct free and fair elections next year. Reports are surfacing of millions of inaccurate voter registration data or even fictitious voters that could result in more than 10 percent of the electorate being turned away at the polls or millions of fraudulent votes. In an election expected to be the most highly contested in the country’s democratic era, several political parties are understandably concerned and calling for answers. The KPU claims to be working to fix the glitches but concerns about the capacity to meet the challenge continue to linger.

With a booming population and a third of the electorate voting for the first time, the stakes are high to get the younger population to invest in civic participation and trust in the democratic process. The list of challenges to meeting the threshold of a free and fair election in Indonesia is long and the road to get there is, unfortunately, getting shorter by the day.

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Fossils Of An Apocalypse

(NAPSI)—Fossils of an Apocalypse, presented by Archival Magazine, features Grisha Bruskin as he shares his thoughts on his H-hour project. “When we win, it’s with small things, and the triumph itself makes us small. What is extraordinary and eternal does not want to be bent by us,” quotes Bruskin from the poem The Man Watching by German poet Rainer Maria Rilke.

Bruskin began his project, H-hour, for the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (MAMM) to explore the meaning of the enemy archetype within the human race in a state of emergency. Bruskin was born in Moscow in 1945 and grew up during the Cold War. H-hour depicts fossillike objects representing remains of catastrophic events like war and natural disaster inspired by Soviet civil defense posters. However, the enemy archetype penetrates human conditions far beyond the artist’s personal memoirs as the viewer encounters crashing planes and female suicide bombers in the H-hour space.

The exhibition traveled from MAMM to the American University Museum in D.C. for the Winter Exhibitions of 2013 and was shown with a short film by Archival Magazine called Aqua Sicca. Now with commentaries by the artist, Fossils of an Apocalypse shows Bruskin’s insights into hero-enemy relations throughout human history.

Archival Magazine focuses on the social sciences of visual and performing arts, political and economic theory, and anthropology. The new multimedia publication produces feature-length films, documentary series, and written content. Visit www.archivalmagazine.com to learn more.

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To Work Better, Take A Vacation

(NAPSI)—Perhaps one of the best-kept secrets for staying happy and efficient at your job may be what you do outside office walls.

Why To Vacation

According to new research by the Society for Human Resource Management, employees who take regular vacations enjoy greater productivity, increased job satisfaction and higher organizational morale than those who don’t.

Despite such studies, not all working Americans have a positive attitude about taking a vacation. In fact, 61 percent of organizations report that their employees leave behind three or more unused vacation days a year. Taking full advantage of earned time off-as well as completely “unplugging” while away—may seem an odd way to get ahead but it can be a great gift to your employer and yourself.

What You Should Know

One thing that may help you get yourself that gift is a vacation ownership. Here are three reasons:

1. Your vacation is paid for in advance. Because of the prepaid nature of a timeshare, you never have to think about finding or funding accommodations throughout the length of your trip. You can cost effectively enjoy vacation lodging every year for the rest of your life without the burden of paying increasingly more for your stay, as you would for hotel rates, which continue to rise.

2. You’re guaranteed consistent time away. Owning a timeshare can instill in you the discipline of taking time away, at least once a year, from hectic work schedules to relax and recharge in high-quality accommodations. Plus, if you partner with a timeshare exchange company, you can swap out your stay at your “home” resort for one in a new destination.

3. Time away and together is healthy for the entire family. Beyond the individual benefits of coming back to the office more motivated, creative and innovative, family and friends can share in the excitement, closeness and health benefits of regular rest and reprieve. Many timeshare companies let you pass timeshare investments through generations, so your children can inherit and enjoy your timeshare for many more years.

Travelers who value variety often choose vacation exchange companies such as RCI, which has been delivering dream vacations for 40 years, because of its expansive portfolio of more than 4,000 affiliated resorts.

Where To Sample A Stay

Those considering vacation ownership can try the timeshare experience firsthand before they purchase by booking a stay through Endless Vacation Rentals at www.evrentals.com.

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Smart Diabetes Management With Mobile Devices

(NAPSI)—Mobile health apps are gaining popularity as people try to manage their health using smartphones. These mobile health apps feature a wide range of functions, from letting individuals monitor their calorie intake to helping doctors view a patient’s X-rays remotely. In 2012, nearly 250 million smartphone users worldwide downloaded health apps. In addition, seven in 10 (69 percent) U.S. adults tracked a health indicator for themselves or a loved one and nearly half (46 percent) said this activity changed their overall approach to health. Doctors are also increasingly recommending apps and the medical devices they work with to help their patients manage chronic illnesses, such as diabetes. In fact, 90 percent of those surveyed agree that the Internet and mobile apps can help lead to major improvements for diabetes patients.

For the 26 million Americans living with diabetes, regular blood sugar monitoring can help to detect high and low blood sugar levels and make therapy and lifestyle adjustments. This is important because improved blood sugar control has been shown to prevent or delay complications.

Now, people with diabetes can check, manage and share their blood sugar results on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The new OneTouch VerioSync Meter uses Bluetooth technology to send test results wirelessly to these devices using the OneTouch Reveal mobile app. The app provides a simple 14-day snapshot of how often results are within range, automatically creates a color-coded logbook, and makes it easy to share results with health care professionals, caregivers or family members by text or e-mail.

“When you consider how many of us rely on our smartphones on a daily basis, managing chronic illnesses such as diabetes is a promising area for mobile health applications,” said Jeremy Pettus, M.D., UCSD Department of Endocrinology. “It’s exciting to see true wireless communication brought to blood glucose monitoring. By helping patients to easily access, understand and share their blood sugar data via their iPhone, a system like the OneTouch VerioSync can help lead to better self-management and more productive conversations with their health care professional.”

The OneTouch VerioSync System offers several features to aid in daily diabetes management, when used with the OneTouch Reveal mobile app:

• 14-Day Summary Screen with color-coded bar graphs showing the percentage of results within, above and below an individual’s personalized blood sugar target range.

• Electronic Logbook automatically organizes and color codes blood sugar results over a two-week period.

• Pattern Alerts make it easy to spot patterns of high and low blood sugar results.

• Illuminated Screen and Test Strip Port for testing in dimly lit or dark conditions.

• Data Sharing feature allows information about blood sugar results to be sent via text or e-mail.

The OneTouch VerioSync Meter uses OneTouch Verio Test Strips, which are covered at the lowest co-pay on most health plans1 and are always covered by Medicare Part B2.

The meter is available for $29.99 at the OneTouch online store, www.ShopOneTouch.com, and is also available online at other retailers. The OneTouch Reveal mobile app is available as a free download from the App Store.

For more information about the OneTouch VerioSync System or other diabetes products or services, visit www.OneTouch.com.

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Ten Reasons To Visit Orlando This Year

(NAPSI)—Whether you’ve already traveled to the land of sunshine and smiles—or would like to—Orlando, Florida has new experiences to excite the entire family. Here are 10 new reasons to visit:

1. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train—the new family coaster within New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World Resort—transports guests on a musical ride into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.”

2. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter−Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort features shops, a restaurant and an innovative attraction based on Gringotts bank. Guests will be able to travel between the theme park’s “London” and Hogsmeade aboard the Hogwarts Express.

3. DUPLO Valley at LEGOLAND−Florida brings the line of preschool building toys to life for toddlers with new farm-themed attractions and water play area.

4. Ihu’s Breakaway Falls, Orlando’s tallest, steepest free-fall water slide at Aquatica−SeaWorld’s Waterpark.

5. The retro-inspired Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, with moderately priced suites and rooms, features a bowling alley, two massive pools with sand beaches and a lazy river.

6. Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort exudes luxury with a full-service spa, Tom Fazio−designed golf course, three restaurants and an elaborate pool area.

7. In the heart of downtown Orlando is the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the new home for Broadway shows and Orlando Ballet, among others. The arts center has two performance theaters, a 300-seat community theater, outdoor plaza and banquet room.

8. The new I-Drive Indoor Kart Racing multilevel entertainment center meets visitors’ need for speed with a half-mile track for electric-powered go-karts. There are also bowling lanes and an arcade.

9. The rooftop steakhouse, Capa, at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, Walt Disney World Resort, has Spanish-influenced cuisine and nightly views of fireworks.

10. It’s all about Southern comfort food at THE COOP in Winter Park, a foodie haven of classic Southern dishes such as chicken and waffles, deviled eggs, buttermilk biscuits, po’ boys and artisanal pies.

Learn More

For information on visiting Orlando, Florida, discount attraction tickets, and to order a free vacation planning kit, go to VisitOrlando.com or call (800) 551-0181. Also connect at Twitter.com/VisitOrlando and Facebook.com/VisitOrlando.

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The Soviet Underground

(NAPSI)—The Soviet Underground by Archival Magazine presents the exciting story of a Soviet subculture that nurtured freedom and individuality under totalitarian control in the arts.

“Even for the people who lived within this period of time, it always seemed absolutely frantic, without any logic, as a kind of mental hospital in a way; it was crazy,” recollects Irina Prokharova, owner of the prestigious New Literary Observer (NLO). “It is my mission as a publisher to publish the books of Grisha Bruskin and other artists, writers that belonged to this nonconformist culture, because I think it is absolutely necessary to write a different history of Russian culture,” states Prokharova.

Featuring the Pushkin Museum, the Russian Museum, MAMM and the New Literary Observer, Archival Magazine shows the remarkable social phenomena that broke the parameters between official and unofficial art.

“We had different approaches, but different approaches to the same object. And this object was a dying empire,” remembers Boris Orlov, Russian Nonconformist artist.

Focusing on social sciences including the visual and performing arts, political and economic theory, and anthropology, Archival Magazine celebrates the gravity of art and age. Look for the launch of Archival Magazine at www.archivalmagazine.com. Membership is free. Rent or purchase films and television series, and read fascinating blog articles.

Archival Magazine produces film, television, and written content for theatrical and television release and Web distribution. Look for Archival Magazine’s The Soviet Underground at www.archivalmagazine.com, coming soon.

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Grand Ole Opry Remains The Heart Of A Music City Getaway

(NAPSI)—Long before Nashville, Tenn. became an “it” city noted as a top world travel destination by both Forbes and The New York Times, the city welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors annually with a single purpose in mind: seeing the show that made country music famous, the Grand Ole Opry.

Today, the Opry is home to some of country music’s most popular stars while continuing to attract fans to its shows every Friday and Saturday night in addition to seasonal Tuesday−Thursday performances. Opry General Manager Pete Fisher says, “When guests visit, they’ll experience music from different generations, including up-and-coming stars, current hit makers and enduring legends.”

“Pilgrims travel to Jerusalem to see the Holy Land and the foundations of their faith,” says Opry member Brad Paisley. “People go to Washington, D.C. to see the workings of government and the foundation of our country. And fans flock to Nashville to see the foundation of country music, the Grand Ole Opry.”

In addition to witnessing country music history made on stage, Nashville visitors can go behind the curtain on Grand Ole Opry House Backstage Tours.

This House Is Home

“I always say backstage at the Opry is like your living room, only with famous people,” says Paisley’s fellow Opry member and Grammy-winning superstar Carrie Underwood, nodding to the Opry’s informal and highly approachable nature, both on stage and behind the scenes. Tours trace the steps of Paisley, Underwood and others. Visitors are guided past themed dressing rooms and are led onto the 6-ft. wooden circle on the Opry House stage, cut from the stage of the Ryman when the show moved to the Opry House in 1974. When standing on the circle, fans stand on the same spot where legends such as Patsy Cline and Hank Williams once stood, as well as where stars such as Keith Urban and Martina McBride perform today. Video commentary from Opry members including Blake Shelton and Darius Rucker on the backstage tours complement the stories shared by tour guides, many of whom personally witnessed several of the magical Opry stage moments they describe to guests.

Every Show Is Different

With no less than eight acts and 50 musicians at any one show, the possibilities for artists joining forces on a song—either planned or spontaneous—and creating another “Opry moment” on any given night are endless.

With the world tuned in to the popular network drama “Nashville” each week and the city welcoming more than 1,000 nonstop flights from 40+ locations around the country, plus the destination’s convenient location for road-trippers, Nashville thrives today as a go-to spot for great food, great times and great music—including the Grand Ole Opry.

At A Glance

• The show that started it all, the Grand Ole Opry, continues to feature country music’s most exciting acts. Among the artists who’ve played the Opry in recent months: Eric Church, Little Big Town and Carrie Underwood.

• Home to the Opry 1943−1974, the historic Ryman Auditorium today features tours by day and concerts featuring an eclectic mix of music by night.

• The Bluebird Café, often featured in the hit series “Nashville,” continues to host Music City tunesmiths nightly. Among the Bluebird’s claims to fame: helping “discover” superstars Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift.

Plan Your Trip

Learn more about Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry at www.opry.com or by calling (800) SEE-OPRY.

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Skin Care That Fights The Effects Of The Sun

(NAPSI)—When it comes to the latest in skin care, anti-aging products are taking the lead.

Increasingly, age prevention is not just the province of baby boomers. A growing number of people in their 20s and 30s are taking care to protect their skin.

For some, this starts with using sunscreen, a point underscored by a recent research report published in Annals of Internal Medicine that found regular sunscreen use protects against photoaging—the wrinkling, spotting and loss of elasticity caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. The research project was conducted at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Australia and is the first study to quantify sunscreen’s anti-aging properties.

According to the Mayo Clinic, if you spend time outdoors during daylight hours, you need to use sunscreen even if you have darker skin pigment or tan easily. Regardless of skin type, the sun’s energy penetrates deeply into the skin, causing damage that may ultimately lead to skin cancer. That’s why it is important to use sunscreen every day and not just when at the beach or active outdoors.

To protect against the aging effects of the sun, make sure to apply sunscreen to your face every day. You don’t have to rely on premium-priced products. A new anti-aging line offers excellent protection and is available at many drugstores and mass merchants. Ocean Potion Protect & Renew Face SPF35 reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with patented collagen-boosting peptides and vitamin E that protects against free radicals generated by ultraviolet light.

For hands and body, Ocean Potion Protect & Renew Body SPF45 brightens and evens skin tone with vitamin B3 and hydrating Pentavitin that lasts more than 72 hours. Both products offer broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection, and are supple and natural to the touch, which is unusual for high-SPF products. To learn more, visit www.oceanpotion.com.

Sun protection at the beach has never been easier. New technologies make application a breeze, especially for kids who resist toweling off before applying sunscreen. For example, Ocean Potion’s new IntelliSeal technology cuts through water to form a layer of broad-spectrum protection. It won’t turn white when sprayed on wet skin, and leaves skin feeling soft, not sticky.

A focus on skin protection, health and wellness should also include the use of DEET-free insect repellents. A new one from BullFrog Mosquito Coast offers insect repellent with skin-cooling aloe and vitamin E for after sun. When used with BullFrog’s original Mosquito Coast sunscreen SPF30 for day, they offer protection from burn and bite, sunup to sundown. Learn more at www.bullfrogsunscreen.com.

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