South Africa63.3% (2003) CountryEpisiotomy rate (year) Philippines63.7% (2005) India45.0% (2003) China44.9% (2002) ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: High episiotomy rates have been reported elsewhere, such as in Oman, Tibet and in several countries in Central and South America.In settings where episiotomy rates have declined over time, socioeconomic, geographic and racial disparities persist. In the United States, for example, the national episiotomy rate decreased from 25% in 2004 to 14% in 2012. However, episiotomies are more common among white women compared to black women, among women with private insurance compared to those with Medicaid and in urban hospitals compared to rural ones. Other research has found that certain types of health care providers are more likely than others to perform episiotomy.The way forwardWhile episiotomy can be beneficial in some cases, extremely high rates in many settings across the globe indicate overuse. Additional research to estimate the ideal population-level rate may help countries and facilities adjust their practices according to a specific evidence-based target.When an episiotomy is necessary, it is crucial that the procedure be performed in a way that maximizes outcomes for the mother and infant. Some research has found variation in episiotomy technique, which may be a result of inconsistent international practice guidelines.Ensuring that women are involved in the decision-making process in the event that an episiotomy might be needed is also critical. Performing an episiotomy—or any other intervention—without a woman’s informed consent is a violation of her right to respectful maternity care. Addressing the non-evidence-based use of episiotomy is key to improving maternal health and women’s birthing experiences worldwide.Key papersSelective versus routine use of episiotomy for vaginal birthCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews | February 2017Episiotomy rates around the world: An updateBirth | August 2005Outcomes of routine episiotomy: A systematic reviewJournal of the American Medical Association | May 2005Routine vs selective episiotomy: A randomised controlled trialThe Lancet | December 1993Practice bulletin no. 165: Prevention and management of obstetric lacerations at vaginal deliveryObstetrics & Gynecology | July 2016—Check out the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF)’s mini-series, “The Global Epidemic of Unnecessary Cesarean Sections.”Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3Watch the webcast from “Too Much Too Soon: Addressing Over-Intervention in Maternity Care,” a discussion that took place in April 2017 as part of the Advancing Dialogue in Maternal Health Series.Subscribe to receive new MHTF blog posts in your inbox.Share this: Iran79.2% (2012) Thailand91.8% (2005) Indonesia53.5% (2005) Posted on May 30, 2017May 30, 2017By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Episiotomies—incisions made between the vagina and anus during childbirth—have long been a topic of debate among clinicians, researchers and advocates. Outdated clinical guidelines previously recommended the routine use of episiotomy to avoid natural vaginal tearing. Over the past two decades, a growing body of literature and increased advocacy efforts have led to a general consensus that episiotomy should not be conducted as a standard practice. Nevertheless, in many parts of the world, the majority of women still undergo episiotomy during childbirth.Current state of the evidenceEpisiotomy can be protective for women under certain circumstances. For example, a study based on data from several facilities in sub-Saharan Africa concluded that episiotomy was protective against anal sphincter tears and postpartum hemorrhage among women who had undergone type 3 female genital mutilation. However, used inappropriately, it can be detrimental to women’s health.A recent Cochrane systematic review examining the evidence on selective versus routine episiotomies for vaginal birth concluded:“Overall, the findings show that selective use of episiotomy in women (where a normal delivery without forceps is anticipated) means that fewer women have severe perineal trauma. Thus the rationale for conducting routine episiotomies to prevent severe perineal trauma is not justified by current evidence, and we could not identify any benefits of routine episiotomy for the baby or the mother.”Despite this recommendation, health workers sometimes encounter institutional barriers that pressure them to perform the procedure. Fear of a woman developing a third or fourth degree perineal tear and a lack of proper training can also contribute to high episiotomy rates.Global trends and disparitiesThe data on global episiotomy use are limited, especially in countries with weak health information systems. However, a paper from the 2016 Lancet Maternal Health Series reported prevalence estimates for several middle-income countries based on the most recent available data: Malaysia46.0% (2005)
Arsenal will sanction Nacho Monreal’s move to Real Sociedad, if the defender decides he wants to return home.The La Liga outfit are hoping to sign the experienced left-back before the Spanish transfer window shuts on September 2 and have been in talks with the Gunners over a deal for the past fortnight.Nothing has been agreed between the two clubs, despite reports in Spain at the weekend suggesting a transfer was imminent. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? But Sociedad are hopeful of convincing Monreal to end his stay in north London and are believed to be offering him a three-year deal.Monreal’s contract at Arsenal has one more year to run and he is aware that it is highly unlikely he will be offered an extension at the Emirates. Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!So the long-term contract on offer from Sociedad is an appealing one and should he decide a move back to Spain is the best for him and his family, then Arsenal will not stand in his way.Talks are continuing this week, with the north London club looking for around £3 million ($3.66 million) for the 33-year-old, who has started all three Premier League games so far this season.Speaking after last weekend’s defeat at Liverpool, Emery admitted that there was a possibility that Monreal could be on the move.“Some players can leave but we cannot sign another and it depends a little over the next days how we can decide about some circumstances with some players,” said Arsenal’s head coach.“With Nacho one possibility is open and we are going to speak about that.”Monreal, who arrived from Malaga in 2013, has trained as usual this week at London Colney and Emery is still planning on the defender being available for Sunday’s north London derby against Spurs at the Emirates.But with Kieran Tierney due back to fitness in October, Arsenal believe that they have enough cover for the left-back position, should Monreal opt to move on.There is also a sense behind the scenes at the Emirates that Sead Kolasinac needs to step up and show he can provide Tierney, signed for £25 million ($30.5m) from Celtic on transfer deadline day, with genuine competition.Kolasinac is on £100,000 a week in north London having signed from Schalke on a free transfer in 2017 and he has impressed at times with his attacking prowess down the left-hand side.But question marks remain about his defensive capabilities, especially when playing in a flat back four, and Arsenal want the Bosnia international to show he is good enough to remain at the Emirates for the long-term.Should a deal be done for Monreal, Arsenal still hope that they can also find a way of securing moves out of the club for Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny.Both players have been told hey are surplus to requirements, with Emery publicly admitting it would be best for their careers to move on.There is interest from Galatasaray in Elneny, while Mustafi has been linked with the likes of Roma and Monaco. But so far there have been no firm offers for either.
Sporting manager Marcel Keizer is hoping star captain Bruno Fernandes will remain with the club once the transfer window closes but concedes it could be outside of their control.Fernandes has been linked with a move away throughout the window and the Portugal international recently revealed he agreed to join Tottenham only for Sporting to block the transfer.The 24-year-old was also strongly linked to Manchester United, while he has since emerged as a target for Real Madrid prior to Monday’s deadline. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Keizer was asked about Fernandes’ future following Saturday’s shock loss to Rio Ave and admits it’s become a waiting game with deadline day approaching. “We have to wait until Monday. Hopefully he will stay,” Keizer said. “Many things can happen. We are not in a position to be able to decide.”Fernandes – who netted 20 goals and supplied 13 assists in the Primeira Liga last season – scored in the 3-2 defeat to Rio Ave in Lisbon.Uruguay international and former Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates conceded three penalties and was sent off as Sporting crashed to their first league defeat of the campaign.Filipe Augusto converted a sixth-minute penalty following Coates’ foul before Sporting hit back through Fernandes and Luiz Phellype, who put the hosts ahead eight minutes into the second half.However, Coates gave away two penalties during the final four minutes and was subsequently sent off for a second yellow card as Rio Ave emerged triumphant.”I have no opinion, the referee decided and I can do nothing,” Keizer said when asked about the three penalties.”I only have an opinion about my team. We didn’t play enough. If we had had more ball after 2-1 it could have been different.”With the club reeling from a surprise defeat, they may need to prepare themselves for the loss of Fernandes with Fiorentina’s sporting director Daniele Prade claiming he will be moving to Madrid in a deal worth €70 million. Fernandes has been with Sporting since 2017 when he joined from Sampdoria with the attacker earning his first cap for Portugal not long after.
COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 18: A general view of Ohio Stadium as more than 99,000 fans packed in to watch the annual Ohio State Spring Game on April 18, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Week 5 of the 2019 college football season is in the rearview and it’s time to look ahead to Week 6. It should be a good one.Week 6 of the season features several big-time games.ESPN’s Football Power Index has made its picks for the weekend’s biggest contests.Here’s who ESPN’s computer likes this week: No. 19 Michigan vs. No. 14 IowaWinner: Michigan, 62.1 percent MADISON, WISCONSIN – SEPTEMBER 21: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches action prior to a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)No. 10 Florida vs. No. 7 AuburnWinner: Auburn, 53.2 percent ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 31: Bo Nix #10 of the Auburn Tigers scrambles with the ball against the Oregon Ducks in the fourth quarter during the Advocare Classic at AT&T Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)West Virginia vs. No. 11 TexasWinner: Texas, 75.8 percent AUSTIN, TX – AUGUST 31: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns looks to pass in the third quarter against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Tennessee vs. No. 3 GeorgiaWinner: Georgia, 91.3 percent ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 14: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs is seen prior to the start of the game against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Sanford Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 25 Michigan StateWinner: Ohio State, 89.6 percent LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 28: Quarterback Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)***Who do you like in Week 6?
Here is the updated AP top 25 after Week 7:AlabamaLSUClemsonOhio StateOklahomaWisconsinPenn StateNotre DameFloridaGeorgiaAuburnOregonUtahBoise StateTexasMichiganArizona StateBaylorSMUMinnesotaCincinnatiMissouriIowaAppalachian StateWashingtonThe full Coaches’ Poll top 25 can be seen here. You can view the AP poll on its website here.With LSU ranked second, all the Tigers and Alabama have to do is win their next couple of games to ensure we get No. 1 vs. No. 2 in Tuscaloosa on November 9. The environment for that one will be out of control.Next weekend, we’ll see a couple of big Pac-12 matchups with Washington facing Oregon and Arizona State taking on Utah. The biggest game will be Saturday night in Happy Valley though, when Penn State hosts Michigan. BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – SEPTEMBER 14: Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers throws the ball during a game against the Northwestern State Demons at Tiger Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)The new Associated Press top 25 poll is out following Week 7. There are multiple changes, including two big ones in the top five.No. 3 Georgia’s stunning loss to South Carolina on Saturday caused the Bulldogs to plummet. Georgia is now ranked all the way down at No. 10.However, more noteworthy than that is LSU’s rise after beating No. 7 Florida. The Tigers moved all the way up from No. 5 to No. 2 behind Alabama.Clemson and Ohio State each fell back one spot while Oklahoma moved up to No. 5.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Via Saturday Down South:“I have to say, the CBS approach to the game is getting tiresome. There’s no comparison to that primetime game on Saturday night, then you flip over and watch the Alabama-Texas A&M game. I still forget that Verne Lundquist is not doing the games. Brad Nessler is a very professional broadcaster, but he doesn’t distinguish himself like Verne did, or Keith Jackson did. Gary, what can you say about Gary that hasn’t already been said by 1,000 of your callers. Fowler has grown into the preeminent voice in college football and Kirk Herbstreit’s been that way for a long time.”Finebaum also took the chance to flex about ESPN’s two major SEC broadcasts of the weekend—South Carolina’s huge upset of Georgia, and a very entertaining top 10 battle between LSU and Florida—both of which felt more impactful than the midday SEC on CBS game between Alabama and Texas A&M.He lambasted the choice of Georgia vs. Notre Dame over the November Alabama-LSU matchup in Tuscaloosa for the CBS primetime slot. This is the first time that SEC West rivalry game will be played in the afternoon since 2010. Obviously LSU is far better and more entertaining than anyone could have imagined, and the chance to get a Notre Dame game is a rare one for CBS, but clearly it looks like an oversight now.“How stupid does that look now,” he said.The Nov. 9 LSU-Alabama game would have been a better primetime choice, he said, as he pointed to the narrative that this is the best LSU team in recent memory with the chance to beat Alabama.“This LSU team is different. They’re the most exciting LSU team I can ever remember,” Finebaum said. “You make your chops in this business by making the right call, and CBS blew it. They’re sitting there right now with the game of the year, one of the biggest games in the 10 years, and they could have had it in primetime as the biggest game of the college football season and it’s literally buried at 2:30 (Central Time) in the afternoon with 4,000 other games on.”I’m not sure Finebaum would have predicted Ed Orgeron’s team to make the leap it has, but he also isn’t in charge of programming for ESPN.[JOX 94.5] NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 09: Jordan Jefferson #9 and the Louisiana State University Tigers line up against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Paul Finebaum works for ESPN and the SEC Network, but his bread is buttered with the SEC product as a whole. This week, he wasn’t shy in voicing his displeasure with how SEC on CBS has handled the sport this year.During his regular appearance on JOX 94.5‘s “The Roundtable” in Birmingham, Finebaum went in on everything from the broadcast duo of Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson (to the delight of SEC fans, no doubt), to the choice of games the network has made.The biggest mistake, he said, was making the play to grab Georgia vs. Notre Dame earlier in the year, and not locking up the Alabama-LSU game, which is on track to be an epic No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup.He did it all while giving some shine to his ESPN colleagues, though it is hard to really argue that the Chris Fowler/Kirk Herbstreit team is the defining duo in the sport right now.
Germany can heap the pressure on the Netherlands in Euro 2020 qualifying Group C while taking a major step towards the finals themselves when the two giants clash at the Volksparkstadion on Friday.Having won three fixtures from three, including a 3-2 success in Amsterdam, the hosts are well on their way to qualifying after the disaster that was their 2018 World Cup campaign.The Netherlands, who did not even reach Russia, have played only twice but trail pool leaders Northern Ireland by nine points, though the first-place side have played two additional games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream With the Dutch under pressure, there is much riding on the match in Hamburg. Game Germany vs Netherlands Date Friday, September 6 Time 7:45pm BST / 2:45pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream ESPN 2 / TUDN USA / UniMas fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be shown live on Sky Sports Mix and can be streamed via Sky Go Extra. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Mix Sky Go Extra Squads & Team News Position Germany squad Goalkeepers Neuer, Leno, Ter Stegen Defenders Ginter, Tah, Klostermann, Schulz, Sule, Halstenberg, Stark, Kehrer Midfielders Hector, Kimmich, Havertz, Kroos, Brandt, Reus, Gnabry, Gundogan, Can Forwards Werner, Waldschmidt Leroy Sane, who was on target when the sides met in March, is the most notable absentee for Germany as he sits out with a knee ligament injury. Julian Draxler and Leon Goretzka are also missing.Germany starting XI: Neuer; Ginter, Sule, Tah, Klostermann, Schulz; Kimmich, Kroos; Gnabry, Werner, Reus Position Netherlands squad Goalkeepers Cillessen, Zoet, Vermeer Defenders Blind, De Vrij, Van Dijk, Veltman, De Ligt, Ake, Van Aanholt, Dumfries Midfielders Wijnaldum, Strootman, Propper, Vilhena, De Roon, De Jong Forwards Babel, Depay, Promes, De Jong, Berghuis, Bergwijn, Malen Netherlands have all their star players available and boast a nice mix of youth and experience in a high-quality side.Memphis Depay, who has 16 international goals, will lead the line.Netherlands starting XI: Cillessen; Dumfries, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Blind; Wijnaldum, De Jong, De Roon; Promes, Depay, BabelBetting & Match Odds Germany are odds on favourites to win this game, priced 19/20 at bet365 . The Netherlands are on offer at 14/5, while a draw can be backed at 3/1.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Germany are well on the way to banishing the memories of their dreadful 2018 World Cup, with three wins from three carrying them into a healthy position in Euro 2020 qualifying ahead of a crunch meeting with the Netherlands in Hamburg.A 3-2 victory when the sides last met has the potential to be a pivotal result in the group, with Nico Schulz putting the brakes on the Dutch comeback in the last minute at the Johan Cruyff Arena in March.Since, Joachim Low’s side have overcome a tricky away trip to Belarus with a 2-0 win, and a home match against Estonia, in which they ran out 8-0 winners.“We’ve managed to change well, and that was a difficult endeavour after the World Cup,” Low told the media, also taking time to praise their opponents. “The Dutch have also developed enormously in recent years.”Indeed, football in the Netherlands has responded impressively to their failure to qualify for the Russia World Cup. While the national team pushed through to the Nations League final, where they fell against Portugal, a crop of thrilling young stars led by Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt broke through at Ajax, came within a whisker of the Champions League final and have since moved on to the continent’s biggest clubs.That Nations League participation means Ronald Koeman’s side have played at least one game fewer than their rivals in qualifying, which makes the table look ugly for the Dutch. However, he refuses to be intimated.“The duel with Germany is not a key match,” he said. “We have to get 12 points against Estonia and Belarus and be better in the two games with Northern Ireland.”Decisive it may not be, but taking a win in Hamburg would ease the pressure on Oranje in the potentially tricky matches to come.
India rode on an impressive Gurpreet Singh Sandhu performance to hold reigning Asian champions Qatar to a goal-less stalemate in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying clash at Doha.The Blue Tigers had to withstand tremendous pressure from the home side throughout the ninety minutes but they held firm at the back to open their account in Group E.Igor Stimac made four changes to the India starting XI which went down 1-2 against Oman in Guwahati in the first match. Skipper Sunil Chhetri along with Ashique Kuruniyan, Brandon Fernandes and Subhashish Bose dropped out and were replaced by Manvir Singh, Sahal Abdul Samad, Nikhil Poojary and Mandar Rao Desai. Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream As expected, Qatar dominated proceedings right from the beginning and the Indians concentrated more on crowding the defensive zone. Stimac fielded his side in a 4-1-4-1 formation with Rowllin Borges as the defensive midfielder and Manvir as the lone striker.Qatar came close to score for the first time in the match in the 13th minute when Abdulaziz received a misplaced pass at the edge of the box from Mandar Rao Desai and attempted a shot at goal. However, his attempt went high and wide.The hosts got two easy chances in the 20th and the 21st minute respectively but Gurpreet Singh Sandhu stood firm on his ground and denied them from scoring. Skipper Hassan Al Heidos had attempted a long range shot from the left flank but the Bengaluru FC goalkeeper denied him.Sandhu was undoubtedly the star of the Indian side in the first 45 minutes as he denied the Qataris from taking the lead on multiple occasions. At the stroke of half time, Qatar were gifted two easy chances which should have been buried but the Indian custodian’s brilliance stopped them from getting the opening goal.India looked more determined and came out of their defensive shell in the second half. The visitors’ first major attack came in the 52nd minute when Udanta received a through ball from Sahal and entered the penalty box from the right side. The winger tried to place the ball towards the far post but it went wide.Rowllin Borges invited danger when he fouled Al Heidos just at the left edge of the box and gave away a free-kick. The Qatari skipper took a curling free-kick which almost went in but a brilliant Sandhu once again fisted the ball away.India’s star player Sahal Abdul Samad could have got his name on the score sheet in the 66th minute when he attempted a left-footed shot from Anirudh Thapa’s corner. However, his effort from the edge of the penalty box was sliced with the ball going just inches wide off the goal.Udanta could have shocked the hosts by breaking the deadlock in the 82nd minute when he attempted a shot from the edge of the box. The winger receiving a lay-off from Thapa before shaping to shoot but his curling effort sailed agonisingly above the crossbar.The draw gives India their first point in Round Two of the 2022 World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup joint qualifiers after they had tasted a 1-2 defeat against Oman in their opening clash. read more
Jose Mourinho has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as a “phenomenon” and tipped his fellow Portuguese to continue scoring goals until he is 50.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has proved himself to be one of the best of all-time when it comes to hitting the back of the net.His most recent outing saw him add another four efforts to a remarkable tally for his country, with the 34-year-old now up to 93 goals in 160 appearances. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Ronaldo has also surged past 600 at club level, over the course of a stunning career, and is showing no sign of slowing down.Mourinho believes an illustrious countryman will never lose that hunger, with a modern day legend set to continue terrorising defenders long after he walks away from a competitive stage.”What Cristiano does does not surprise me,” Mourinho told Canal 11.”At 34, he is a top player, who plays in a top team and has top ambitions.”It does not surprise me because he is a case study in genetic terms, and mentality as well.”He is a phenomenon, someone who only thinks about winning and doing it more and more and better. That is why I am not surprised at all what he does.”When he is 50 years old he will be at home and FIFA will invite him to a game of legends. He will play the game and score a goal. I am sure it will be like that.”Mourinho has spent time working with Ronaldo in the past, with the former Chelsea and Manchester United coach taking in a three-year spell with Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013 when the record-setting Blancos icon was at the peak of his powers.Mourinho considers his time at the Santiago Bernabeu to be the most enjoyable of a trophy-laden coaching career which has taken him from Portugal to England via Italy and Spain.He added: “Real Madrid was my best experience because of what I learned as a coach as a man and for the lessons that I took in my career and in my life.”It is the best memory of my career, it was fantastic.”Mourinho found a role in Madrid to be the perfect fit for him because he was charged with the task of knocking Barcelona from their lofty perch in La Liga.He delivered on that remit, with a Copa del Rey triumph in 2010-11 setting the tone.Mourinho said: “What they asked me at Real Madrid suited my nature.”They told me the best team in Spain was from the other side, that they were crushing us and we had to reverse the situation.”We had to prevent Barca from crushing us and that’s why the Mestalla Cup final is the most important [trophy I won].”From there nothing was the same. We won the League, the Super Cup, but nothing was like the Cup final and I unfortunately failed to win the three Champions [League] semi-finals.”
Eden Hazard believes Real Madrid ‘can dream of a great season’ despite an indifferent start to the campaign in both La Liga and the Champions League.Madrid have won three of their opening six competitive games of the season, including a much-needed 1-0 victory over Sevilla on Sunday that eased the pressure on coach Zinedine Zidane.With three wins from five in La Liga, Madrid are level with leaders Athletic Bilbao on 11 points, but are trailing because of goal difference. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Hazard, who has made just two league appearances this season after a thigh injury, said there was always pressure to deliver at Madrid and the playmaker is confident of success despite the slow start.The Belgian joined Madrid from Chelsea in a deal worth €100 million (£88m/$112m), and signed a five-year contract at the Bernabeu.”When you play for Real Madrid you have to win every game, that’s how it is, that’s why it’s the best club in the world, because you always have that pressure,” Hazard said on Monday after being named in the FIFA World XI.@FIFAcom @FIFPro World11 2019@SergioRamos@MarceloM12@lukamodric10@hazardeden10#TheBest | #HalaMadrid | #FIFAFootballAwards pic.twitter.com/hWjLXJifQ1— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) September 23, 2019″But we have a quality team. It was difficult but we won at Sevilla, a stadium where it is never easy.”In the Champions League too, it’s still important even if we lost our first game against Paris, but we can dream of a great season with the team we have.”Hazard was speaking of the 3-0 belting by PSG to Madrid in their Champions League opening match in Paris last week.Despite missing the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, the Parisians cruised to victory against a lacklustre Los Blancos outfit, with former Madrid star Angel Di Maria proving especially deadly with the first two goals of the match.Still overwhelmingly favoured to progress from group A, Madrid will host Club Brugge next week as they look to get their European campaign back on track before facing a tough trip to Turkey’s Galatasaray on October 22.But first, Madrid must focus on two La Liga encounters as they first host Osasuna on Wednesday, before visiting Atletico in the derby three days later.
Adama Traore’s double means Manchester City remain eight points behind Liverpool at the Premier League summit as Wolves stormed to a 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.The Reds’ last-gasp win over Leicester City a day earlier opened up a sizeable lead over Pep Guardiola’s side, who were unable to reduce the deficit after an insipid display.City were second best to their well-drilled opponents for long periods, with Traore’s two breakaway goals in the final 10 minutes handing Nuno Espirito Santo’s side a thoroughly deserved three points. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The result means the Premier League champions have already lost two of their eight league games this season, while Wolves move up to 11th after just their second win of the campaign.2 – Adama Traore’s second ever Premier League goal has put Manchester City behind in a Premier League match at home for only the second time in their last 26 such matches. Shocked. #MCIWOL pic.twitter.com/KgBjImlnaU— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 6, 2019Wolves squandered a glorious opportunity to take a fifth-minute lead, Patrick Cutrone skewing horribly wide after being played clean through by Traore.A sloppy pass from Riyad Mahrez almost cost his side midway through the first half, but two superb blocks by Fernandinho denied Raul Jimenez and Cutrone.Jimenez then failed to get a shot away quickly enough when bearing down on Ederson after another wayward pass from City, this time from Nicolas Otamendi.A sluggish City failed to test Rui Patricio inside the opening 30 minutes, although the Wolves goalkeeper did keep out Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker’s efforts from outside the penalty area shortly before the interval.City went agonisingly close to taking an undeserved lead in the 67th minute when David Silva’s wonderful free-kick from 25 yards crashed back off Patricio’s crossbar.Substitute Bernardo Silva saw a goal-bound strike blocked 15 minutes from time – a reprieve that was clinically capitalised on by Traore soon after.The Spaniard superbly slotted past the onrushing Ederson from Jimenez’s pass after an incisive counter-attacking move to stun the home faithful.The 23-year-old then wrapped up a notable win in stoppage time, again latching onto a Jimenez pass and clipping past Ederson in what was almost a carbon copy of his first goal.What does it mean? Woeful City hand title advantage to LiverpoolIt is still early in the season, but few would argue against Liverpool claiming their first Premier League title since the 1989-90 campaign, given the size of their lead after just eight games. City were abysmal and sorely missed the creative spark of Kevin De Bruyne in the middle of the pitch. Guardiola has a two-week gap now to mastermind a reversal in fortunes for his side and reel in Jurgen Klopp’s seemingly unstoppable outfit.Traore too hot to handlePremier League defenders know all about the former Middlesbrough winger’s pace but for too long his end product has been missing. He was deadly against City, though, producing two finishes that any of City’s illustrious attackers would have been proud of.Otamendi exposed once againQuestions have long been asked of the 31-year-old’s suitability for this City side and he showed why with another characteristically uncertain display, which was ruthlessly taken advantage of by Traore.Key Opta Facts:- Wolves have beaten Manchester City away from home in a top-flight match for the first time since December 1979, having drawn once and lost six there since then before today.- Manchester City have lost at home in the Premier League for just the fourth time in 61 matches under Pep Guardiola.- City have lost a Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium without scoring for the first since March 2016 against Man Utd (0-1), with Manuel Pellegrini in charge.- Wolves have beaten the reigning champions of the top-flight away from home for the first time since January 1984, when they defeated Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield.- Adama Traore had not scored in his last 32 Premier League games before netting twice against Man City today, last scoring against West Ham in September 2018.What’s next?City will hope to return to winning ways when they travel to high-flying Crystal Palace on October 19 following the international break, while Wolves host Southampton on the same day. read more
Toni Kroos’ deflected first-half strike was enough to secure Real Madrid a 1-0 win at Galatasaray, giving Los Blancos their first Champions League victory of the season.Despite being without Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, Madrid produced a professional display against a Galatasaray team that put up a fight but were ultimately made to rue a lack of quality in the final third.Madrid were greeted by a banner that read ‘your nightmare is back again’ and the home side certainly caused them some problems, but Lady Luck smiled on Zinedine Zidane’s men as Kroos opened the scoring with a deflected strike on his 100th Champions League appearance. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Eden Hazard should have wrapped things up in the second half but he hit the crossbar, though luckily for him Gala were unable to make the most of the let-off, as Madrid moved up to second in Group A.It’s @ToniKroos’ goal that made the difference in the first half! #RMUCL | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/06O1SZt8W2— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) October 22, 2019A thrilling opening saw both sides create opportunities, with Hazard wasting an early chance before Thibaut Courtois produced two excellent saves to thwart Florin Andone.But a stroke of fortune helped Madrid take the lead in the 18th minute.Hazard tried to cut a return pass back to Karim Benzema and, although he did not find his intended target, Kroos was on hand to strike, his effort beating Fernando Muslera via a deflection.Gala probably should have levelled seven minutes before the break, but Younes Belhanda’s effort from the middle of the box was feeble and Courtois made the stop.Hazard inexplicably failed to double Madrid’s lead just past the hour, hitting the crossbar after latching on to Benzema’s pass and skipping past Muslera.The hosts had a final opportunity to equalise six minutes from time, but Steven Nzonzi put his header over despite being unmarked, letting Madrid off the hook. What does it mean? Madrid off the markThere have not been many Champions League campaigns in which Madrid have needed three matches to get a first win, but they are finally up and running.Usurping Group A leaders Paris Saint-Germain looks unlikely, but Madrid are now in second place and they should be back on track to qualify.Benzema knits it all togetherHe may not have scored, but Benzema did pretty much everything else. The striker led the line to great effect, linking up very well with Rodrygo and Hazard in attack, creating four opportunities, as many as anyone else on the pitch.Donk not up to scratchDutch defender Ryan Donk looked out of his depth at times in the first half, struggling with the movement of Madrid’s front three. He was hooked at half-time as Gala looked to put more emphasis on the attack.Key Opta Facts- Kroos is the fifth player to score on his 100th appearance in the Champions League, after Thierry Henry, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Andrea Pirlo and Cristiano Ronaldo.- Real Madrid are one of the three sides to win two away Champions League games against Galatasaray, after Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund.- Real Madrid had 13 shots on target against Galatasaray – record for a team in a single Champions League game this season alongside Salzburg against Genk – and their highest away record in the competition since at least 2003/04.- Los Blancos have kept his first clean sheet in Champions League since November 2018 against Roma under Santiago Solari.- Kroos has become the fifth German player to reach 100 appearances in the Champions League, after Manuel Neuer (103), Oliver Khan (103), Tomas Muller (107) and Philip Lahm (112).What’s next?Madrid face Leganes and Real Betis over the next couple of weeks before hosting Gala at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Turkish side will play Besiktas and Rizespor ahead of that clash. read more
Dugan’s Travels named 33 agents as Five Star Agents for 2018. LOS ALAMOS, NM, January 27, 2018 — Dugan’s Travels is pleased to announce the Five Star Agents for 2018. Dugan’s Travels named 33 agents as Five Star Agents for 2018. Five Star Agents are selected based on their service to clients, sales, and commissions during a 12 month period. The support team at Dugan’s are excited to see the Five Star Agents Program grow in numbers as more agents achieve their dreams of owning a successful travel business.2018 Five Star AgentsSteven Beck * Virginia Ann Busceme * Carla Caldwell * Suzanne Denis * Natalie Gaston * Jane Goodman Kris Jekel Earl Kaplan Cathleen Lewis Sherry McCracken Roxann Schneckloth * Richard Skinner Trista Terry *2018 Five Star Premier AgentsPaula Alford Mandy Archer * Joan Barnes * Deborah Chapman Joann Christensen Tina Lanoux * Ellen Love Karen Pattison * Roselyne Perrault Shelly Phillips * Lynn Reed * Carrie Van Bruwaene * Christina Woycitzky *2018 Five Star Premier Agents Managers CircleTina Becker * Wendi Carrillo * Brenda Kettlewell * Holly Reynolds Lee * Carolyn Orf * Cheryl Sawin * Dennis Telmanik* Agents who attended one or more Dugan’s U seminars. “I’m very excited about what’s happening at Dugan’s Travels,” says owner Jennifer Dugan. “The number of agents who achieve Five Star status continues to grow each year. Dugan’s Travels success as a host travel agency is dependent on the success of all of our agents. We’re excited to see our agents’ prosper. Everyone at Dugan’s Travels wants to recognize Dugan’s top agents and acknowledge their hard work, tenacity, and determination to grow their businesses. Dugan’s is having another great year and looks forward to welcoming even more Five Star Agents in 2019 as agents achieve their dreams of owning a successful travel business.” Five Star Agents are agents receiving $15,000 or more in paid commissions during the 12-months ending December 31. There are three levels of recognition based on the agent’s earnings. Five Star Agents receive a logo to display proudly on business cards, email signatures, advertising materials, and more. Agents also receive a discount on Dugan’s University registration and are invited to a celebration dinner during Dugan’s U and a special Five Star Retreat. The 2018 Retreat will be in June in Las Vegas. Dugan’s Travels is a hosting agency for independent travel agents and is a member of IATAN, CLIA, ARC, OSSN, NACTA, and Travel Leaders Network. Jennifer Dugan, a travel agent since 1994, started Dugan’s Travels to be a work-at-home mom yet still remain a part of the travel industry. Dugan’s offers agents the ability to build a business while working at home, and has low startup costs and a generous commission split. For more information please visit www.travelathome.com.
Jamaica is already benefiting from Chile’s assistance in building capacity in the areas of trade policy and trade promotion. This is being facilitated under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for technical cooperation between the Export Promotion Bureau (ProChile) and Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), which was signed last year. “On behalf of my colleague Heads of Government, I would like to assure you that these programmes are of great importance to CARICOM and make a significant contribution to the community’s efforts to boost its human-resource capacity and expertise in these critical areas,” he said. President of the Republic of Chile, His Excellency Sebastián Piñera, has expressed interest in entering into negotiations on a free trade-agreement with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Story Highlights President of the Republic of Chile, His Excellency Sebastián Piñera, has expressed interest in entering into negotiations on a free trade-agreement with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).Mr. Piñera said the Chilean Government, which already has free-trade agreements with more than 70 countries in the world, has been looking forward to starting this process “for a long period of time”.He was addressing the third plenary session at the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM on Friday (July 6), at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in St. James.The Chilean President said his country has a history of being a very open economy and is of the strong belief that free trade is the best way to achieve development.Jamaica is already benefiting from Chile’s assistance in building capacity in the areas of trade policy and trade promotion. This is being facilitated under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for technical cooperation between the Export Promotion Bureau (ProChile) and Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), which was signed last year.Mr. Piñera explained that under the agreement, both countries will organise an annual plan that will include training programmes and also aims to increase bilateral trade.ProChile assists small and medium-sized enterprises in their trade expansion efforts by leveraging the opportunities afforded by recent trade agreements, fostering public-private partnerships, and helping to position Chile in the international marketplace.The President also pledged to continue to strengthen his country’s scientific and technical cooperation with CARICOM as well as provide better assistance in mitigating the impact of natural disasters.In his remarks, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, thanked the President for his country’s continued cooperation on a wide range of areas, including technical assistance in the form of training courses in natural resources, agriculture, health and nutrition, international negotiations with diplomatic training and foreign language training for high-school teachers in trilateral cooperation with the Government of Mexico.“On behalf of my colleague Heads of Government, I would like to assure you that these programmes are of great importance to CARICOM and make a significant contribution to the community’s efforts to boost its human-resource capacity and expertise in these critical areas,” he said.Mr. Holness said CARICOM also appreciates the technical assistance provided through the various training programmes that have been offered in the areas of disaster management, and look forward to continued collaboration in this critical area.The Prime Minister said the Community greatly appreciates Chile’s understanding of the challenges facing small island developing states (SIDS), and thanked the country for registering its readiness “to stand by this vulnerable category of countries”.Mr. Piñera was specially invited to attend the meeting of CARICOM Heads which began on July 4 and ends today.The Conference of Heads of Government, which consists of the Heads of Government of the Member States, is the supreme organ of the Caribbean Community and determines and provides its policy direction.
14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know After almost three years, Patagonia is growing its beer family.The company’s food product line, Patagonia Provisions, has released its second beer, Long Root Wit. The sustainably focused company brews the beer in partnership with Portland, Oregon’s Hopworks Urban Brewery.The Belgian-style witbier is made with organic ingredients and the Kernza perennial grain, a grain specifically suited for organic regenerative agriculture thanks to its long roots — up to 10 feet long — and perennial growth cycle. The grain grows well without pesticides and with less water than conventional wheat.Kernza was developed by The Land Institute in Kansas, and Patagonia Provisions hopes to bring the sustainable grain to the forefront of the brewing industry. The company, along with several other organizations, launched the Regenerative Organic Certification in 2018 to help outline standards for soil health and animal and worker welfare.“I am very excited to introduce our second beer made with Kernza,” Patagonia Provisions managing director Birgit Cameron said. “Beer is the perfect vehicle for this and a delicious byproduct of our collaborative work in regenerative agricultural practices.”The witbier clocks in at 4.9 percent alcohol by volume and starts with aromas of pear, coriander, marmalade, and toast. The beer rolls over the tongue with a variety of flavors ranging from honey to crisp apple, Valencia orange, and pink peppercorn. By using 15-percent Kernza in addition to the two-row barley, the beer receives a punch up in spiciness.HUB also uses certified organic Hard Red Wheat from the company’s farm on Washington’s San Juan Islands.Patagonia Provisions launched its first beer, Long Root Pale Ale, in October 2016. Along with its Kernza and organic malt use, the pale ale is brewed with organic Chinook, Mosaic, and Crystal hops.HUB was selected to produce the Long Root beers because, like Patagonia, the brewery is incorporated as a B Corporation with a goal of bettering the world through sustainable practices. HUB was the first Certified B Corp in the Pacific Northwest and uses organic malts and hops to produce 13,500 barrels of beer annually.Long Root beers are available at Whole Food Markets and other independent stores in California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. 11 of the Best Low-Calorie Craft Beers for Watching Your Beer Belly Editors’ Recommendations The Ultimate Brewery Tour of Austin, Texas Hops and Terroir: Why the Beer World is Embracing the Wine Term The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S.
Hillrock Estate Distillery Is Making Some of the Best Whiskey in America If you try to trace a logical connection between a youth spent in central Ohio, a brief run as a professional volleyball player in Europe, a job selling medication for pigs, and starting a distillery producing award-winning gins, bourbons, and other spirits, you’re going to come up short (or you might have the weirdest game of 6 degrees of separation ever).Nevertheless, that is the unique arc of Greg Lehman, co-founder and head of Ohio’s Watershed Distillery, a spirits producer that appeared out of nowhere in 2010 and has established itself as one of America’s premier craft distilleries in the near-decade since.Watershed DistilleryOkay, to be fair, Watershed didn’t come out of nowhere; it came out of hard work, determination, trial and error, and all that stuff. But as far as the booze world was concerned, Greg might as well have appeared out of thin air.As noted, Greg Lehman grew up in Ohio and then went to Ohio State, where along with his studies, he played volleyball. And he played it well enough that he was offered a contract to play professionally in Switzerland. After a few years, he moved back to the States and took a job in the commercial pig industry despite the fact that, in his words, he “knew nothing about pigs.” More specifically, he worked selling medications for pigs, and, to his pleasant surprise, he “did very well in that role.”Working in the hog medication field “proved to me I could jump into an industry I knew nothing about and be successful,” Greg said. Success aside, he didn’t exactly fall in love with his career, so Greg Lehman and a business partner began bouncing new ideas off of one another. “We looked at a ton of different business ideas, all sorts of different industries. We finally came up with the idea to distill because it was a fun, exciting industry. So we started researching, then decided to go for it.”Watershed DistilleryGreg Lehman expected it would take a year to raise enough capital to launch the distillery. He and his partner raised the cash in just three months. “So we said ‘guess we’re doing this’ and quit our jobs and launched.”Greg initially wanted to focus on two spirits: bourbon and gin. As decent bourbon requires at least four years to mature in barrels, he would have to wait a while to see how the initial run worked. But “with gin, it can be start to finish in just two weeks,” Greg said. That rad turnaround allowed for constant ingredient experimentation and ratio tinkering.The first batches? “We had friends try the gin, and they were like ‘this is just awful,’” Greg admitted. So they kept at it, trying fresher botanicals in various balances. Soon, the gin recipe was mastered, and Watershed Distillery began producing the same Four Peel Gin offered today, their flagship gin that won a double gold Best in Class award at the 2018 San Francisco Spirits Competition.Watershed DistilleryAnd when the bourbon came out of the barrel, it was another success. The aged blend of corn, rye, wheat, spelt, and barley create a flavor profile that is at once bold and round, with a mellowness aided by the charred oak barrels in which the booze rests for years before bottling.But if gin and bourbon (and vodka, by the way, made from corn and apples) launched the ship, it’s the specialty blends that fill the sails today. Consider their Nocino, an inky black liqueur made using Ohio Black walnuts soaked for months in Watershed‘s vodka before the addition of orange peel, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon, and cloves.Or try their Old Fashioned, which is, as the name suggests, a pre-mixed cocktail. Just pour this blend of bourbon, premium bitters, raw sugar, and Ohio cherry juice over ice and enjoy. And in a unique pairing of the two things they do best, Watershed offers Bourbon Barrel Gin, their Four Peel Gin aged for a year in used bourbon barrels.Watershed DistilleryThese original and even daring concoctions explain much of the growth of Watershed Distillery, whose bottles are now sold in seven states and are available (to many areas) via online shipping. But the true success story here is a commitment to excellence in all of their spirits. “There is so much in there, in every bottle,” Greg Lehman said. “The ingredients, sure, but really it’s the years of work, trial and error, failing. We just stayed with it until we were winning blind taste tests.”(And then they started winning awards, too.) Editors’ Recommendations Kentucky Breweries are Plowing Ahead on the Bourbon Trail The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries Work-of-Art Distillery Rabbit Hole Acquired by Pernod Ricard Westland Distillery Creates New Fellowship for Barley Research
Steve John/The ManualBy now, you’re probably nearing CBD product fatigue. Brands have jammed cannabidiol into everything from gummies to lip balm to dog treats to beard oil to fizzy bath bombs. And nowhere is CBD becoming more prevalent than in the food and beverage industry. In the last few years, CBD-infused beverages have popped all over the country, with the extract showing up in teas, coffees, coconut waters, wine, and on and on.More often than not, edible CBD-infused beverages try to mask the taste of the extract. There are two notable exceptions, however: CBD soda and CBD seltzer.Further ReadingWhat is CBD?Best CBD TeasBest CBD Coffees The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain The Best Vodka Mixers for Stocking Your Home Bar Editors’ Recommendations The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Now 5 Best Sport Drink Brands That Work Just As Well (or Better) than Gatorade With these sparkling CBD drinks, that unique cannabis flavor blends beautifully with the other elements of the beverage, enhancing rather than detracting from the overall flavor profile. Because hemp extract has an earthy, slightly bitter taste, the sweetness of a soft drink balances out the CBD notes. You could enjoy a CBD seltzer or soda with a meal, or sip one to cool off and refresh yourself after you mow the lawn on a hot sunny day.And as CBD isn’t psychoactive (it won’t get you high) there’s really never a bad time for a cannabidiol beverage. If you need to relax, refocus, and potentially reduce anxiety (and even reduce physical pain) then it’s a great time to crack open a CBD soda or seltzer. Here are the brands we’ve tried and loved.Bimble Stress-Free Sparkling DrinkBimble makes a CBD soda that tastes great, is relatively low in calories, and that packs in plenty of CBD. At 25 milligrams of cannabidiol extract per serving, this beverage was developed to “take the edge off without any unwanted after effects.” The fact that it’s genuinely delicious is welcome, too. Bimble currently comes in a Grapefruit Basil Mint blend that is sweetened with honey. Each bottle has 50 calories and will satisfy your craving for a soda as well as for a bit of chill.Queen City Hemp CBD SeltzerQueen City Hemp’s line of CBD-infused sparkling beverages has some of the most subtle yet delicious flavor blends of any of the drinks on the list. They offer Lemon Lavender, Guava, Passion Fruit, and Blood Orange seltzers, which are sugar-free yet still mildly sweet. At five milligrams of CBD per 12-ounce can, the cannabidiol concentration is much lower here than with many other options, but that’s actually a great thing for those of us (like certain authors) who drink five to six cans of seltzer water daily.Cloud Water Natural Sparkling CBDIf you’re looking for a CBD beverage that falls somewhere between the soda and seltzer categories, this is a fine choice for you. Cloud Water’s CBD drinks aren’t overly sugary, but they are lightly sweetened with raw honey. Like Bimble, they offer a blend flavored with grapefruit, mint, and basil, so you can compare the lighter sweetness of this 40-calorie drink for reference. Cloud Water also offers a Blood Orange & Coconut CBD drink with a mellow taste perfect for complementing a meal. Each 12-ounce bottle has 25 milligrams of CBD.Sprig CBD SodaIf you sometimes like a good old sugary soda, and sometimes prefer to avoid the calories, then Sprig has got you covered. They offer their original CBD-Infused Sparkling Citrus Soda that’s sweet and tangy and may well help curb anxiety, and three sugar-free sparkling drinks sweetened with Stevia (Lemon Tea, Melon, and Citrus). Whether you choose the traditional soda or the Stevia option, you’ll get 20 mg of CBD per beverage.Dram Adaptogen CBD Sparkling WaterAt four bucks a can, Dram’s CBD seltzer isn’t a drink to suck back in seconds, five servings a day. But their thoughtfully created formulas are worth a bit extra if you want enhanced calming effects, reduced anxiety, and more focus, as well as, potentially, more energy. Beyond the 20 milligrams of broad-spectrum CBD extract in a can of their Lemongrass Adaptogen CBD Sparkling Water, you’ll also find lemon balm, Eleuthero root, hibiscus, and other products that can help with stress, fatigue, and physical pain. The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters
The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary Editors’ Recommendations Afraid of the robot apocalypse? Always dreamed of having a robot helper? Think we’re missing the mark on a specific topic? If you have a question or comment for The Manual podcast crew, give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org — we’re always around! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter so you can join the discussion. You can find also check in with Drew Prindle on Twitter.Further ReadingWelcome to the uncanny valley: This Robot Head Shows Lifelike ExpressionsWhat is Google Duplex? The Smartest Chatbot Ever, ExplainedCleanseBot Is a Pocket-Sized, Bacteria-Killing Robot for Germaphobe TravelersAustralia Hopes to Save the Great Barrier Reef with Starfish-Killing Assassin Robots Learning About Finger Wrestling, Mountain Cheese, and More Fun from Germany Learning All About Aquavit with Christian Krogstad Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wells What new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion about what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming.For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, the round-table — managing editor Nicole Raney, food and drink editor Sam Slaughter, and host Greg Nibler — are joined by our brother site Digital Trends’ executive features editor, Drew Prindle, to talk about robots.Now, we’re not talking about the beep-boop type from 1950s sci-fi movies (OK, those may come up), but rather the robots and the artificial intelligence that are both already in our homes and what might be to come (like gladiatorial combat featuring Boston Dynamics robots). As Prindle points out, not only have we been living with robots for a while (do you have a Roomba scuttling about as you read this?), but what we have been privy to is just the tip of the iceberg.After discussing whether or not home assistants like Alexa and Siri are actually good things to have in the house, the gang delves into a truly important topic: What kind of robot would you have if you could have one and what would it look like? Opinions are varied from polite, helpful servants to scout-like bodyguards. One thing is certain, though. The future of robotics and artificial intelligence (and the confluence of both) is going to be an exciting and possibly scary place.If you want a change from the usual drool-inducing content we talk about — and especially if you are a fan of Digital Trends — then this episode is for you.
1 of 6 Previous Riley Young/The Manual $115 from Gerber Riley Young/The Manual Riley Young/The Manual Next Editors’ Recommendations Riley Young/The Manual Further ReadingBest Pocket Knives for Everyday CarryHow to Sharpen a KnifeBest Multi-Tools for Any Situation Riley Young/The Manual Know Your Knife: A Guide to the Best Steel for Knives Gerber’s latest release, the Fastball, follows in that same proud lineage while boasting a few trend-forward features. This EDC (that’s “everyday carry” for you noobs) folding knife features an aircraft-grade aluminum handle with an oxide-coated S30V Wharncliffe blade that flips open with the flick of a finger. That quick, smooth deployment comes courtesy of Gerber’s trademark B.O.S.S. technology (again for the noobs, that’s “Balls of Stainless Steel”). This unique ball-bearing system reduces frictions for consistent and seamless opening. The three-position pocket clip allows for ambidextrous carry—you can also remove it entirely if stealth is of the essence.Weighing in at just 2.7 ounces, with a blade length of 3 inches and an overall length of 7.1 inches, the Gerber Fastball can be ordered in three handle colors: green, gray, and black. No matter which you choose, the Fastball will complement your style and keep you ready for whatever life throws your way. Knife Aid Sharpens Your Knives For You (and You Don’t Have to Leave Home) We have the ancient Romans to thank for the invention of the folding knife. The tool that now seems timeless was, in that day, an innovation on a par with the smartphone. It took an essential accouterment for living amid a politically turbulent and religiously barbaric culture and made it safer to carry and easy to conceal. By the 16th century, pocket knives were a standard part of a man’s uniform, be he a soldier, sailor, merchant, farmer, or anything in between.There are those who carry a pocket knife and there are those who carry a Gerber.Even in this far gentler day and age, the pocket knife is just as essential as it was in antiquity. True, you’re unlikely (not to mention ill-advised) to use your knife as a form of personal defense (for that, we have Twitter). However, while online tech may be the best way to brandish your aggression, it can’t do much to help you sharpen a pencil, open a letter, or tighten a screw. Enabling everything from picking a lock to get out of a train station bathroom (yes, that’s happened to me) to cutting a flower to offer a pretty lady, the pocket knife confers a signature stamp of manliness upon its owner. The man who carries a pocket knife is a man who is ready for anything.Today, there are those who carry a pocket knife and there are those who carry a Gerber. This American heritage company, which turns 70 years old this year, makes the kind of knives that no one should carry until they’ve ruined a few blades with careless use and learned to respect this small but indispensable element of being a grown-ass man. 5 Survival Knives That Could Save Your Life Professional Climber Adrian Ballinger on the Savage Mountain, No-Oxygen Climbing, and YouTube Riley Young/The Manual Riley Young/The Manual We’re in Love with the Look of Gerber’s New Everyday Carry Knives