Review Step One In Step One of this two-part post, I shared my take on why this type of emotional candy works so well to raise money or recruit volunteers. I cited a reliable litmus test for photo impact—would you share it with your own family and friends, and would they “like” or share it? Here are some recommendations, with examples: For policy and intermediary organizations: Connect the dots between your work and the people who are the ultimate beneficiaries. If your organization is not an animal rescue or somehow directly related to puppies, kitties, or babies, these alternatives will be far more effective in helping you forge connections and motivate giving. Most important, they are authentic, relevant expressions, rather than manipulative clickbait. Organizations like yours have it even harder when building relationships and motivating action, be it giving or something else. That’s because your work is indirect. For all causes and organizations: Highlight the similarities between your audiences and your organization’s clients, participants, or beneficiaries. Get detailed and personal in words and/or photos. The close-up (bottom left) of the little girl focused on drawing is compelling! Clearly, we never want anyone to be homeless, much less our own family. The cause has the potential to scare off supporters because of their fear that it could happen to them. Stigma! However, by photographing an older resident (like your grandma or mine) reading to a couple of kids, Hope House busts through and connects us with the residents in a positive way. (I remember when my grandma read to me.) The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation does a great job of this on its Facebook page, as shown in the post above. Here, the foundation makes it easy to make the connection between its work and the individuals who benefit from its grants for a real “aha!” moment. The details are what sticks (or doesn’t) and make your story memorable and more likely to be shared. How do you make your organization’s content compelling—beyond kitties, puppies, or babies? Please share your recommendations in the comments! You’re working on legislation related to a cause or supporting other cause organizations. This makes it challenging for prospects to connect emotionally. It takes your audience time and thought to make the connection between your impact and people, which is always a deterrent. Findlay Hope House does a great job of this on its Facebook page time and time again. Consider the post above, showing kids without homes living in Hope House’s transitional housing. But there is a great method of speeding that vital connection—make the message for your prospects and supporters. Connect the dots between your organization’s work and impact and your ultimate beneficiaries, even if there are layers in between. Okay, your organization is one of many that can’t use kitty or puppy photos to raise money or recruit volunteers. So what can you do to quickly and effectively connect with the emotions of prospects and supporters? Step 2: Make emotional connections and compelling content—if not candy—even without the supercute. Review Step One With refreshing practicality, Nancy Schwartz rolls up her sleeves to help nonprofits develop and implement strategies to build strong relationships that inspire key supporters to action. She shares her deep nonprofit marketing insights—and passion—through consulting, speaking, and her popular blog and e-news at GettingAttention.org.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that his side may yet lose players while the European transfer window remains open.Spurs enjoyed a fruitful off-season with a handful of major new recruits brought in for only a few exits in North London, following last year’s domestic and Champions League exploits.However, with the British transfer window now concluded, the Argentine can no longer add to his squad should any of his players be poached by continental opposition, with September 2 the deadline for such purchases elsewhere. 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 Christian Eriksen is among a clutch of big-name players who have been linked with the door at the club, as has Jan Vertonghen, with the end of their current deals on the horizon.Pochettino has accepted that the circumstances and uncertainty his side find themselves are “difficult” but he has refused to blame it as the catalyst for their underwhelming performance against Manchester City on Saturday, when they managed to scrape a 2-2 draw against the odds.”I think it’s not an excuse. I am not complaining about the situation, only explaining it,” the Argentine stated after the match. “Of course, we still need to wait to see what happens with our squad. Maybe some players are still in a situation where things can happen.”We are not a closed squad where nobody is going to move. Maybe nobody will move. The circumstances are that things are still open. The market in Europe makes things difficult in the way that we work and this type of situation doesn’t help the coaching staff to create a good dynamic.”Of course, we are going to start our sixth season at Tottenham and I think we’re world champions at adapting ourselves to different circumstances. It’s a great experience. We are going to be one of the best coaching staffs in the world at adapting to circumstances.”Today when you play against a team like Manchester City, with all the circumstances we have inside our team, I think 2-2 and a point is massive.”Credit to the team and everyone who is working hard, trying to keep going, working, trying to not be focused on the circumstances, just positive, faith and hope. That is massive.”I don’t know if people realise or not. I don’t care about that. Only that the circumstances are not the best and the challenge is massive. So happy because the will of the players, their commitment and with all the circumstances we’re trying to get a good result for the club and for our fans.”Tottenham’s next match comes against Newcastle before focus turns to a north London derby against Arsenal the following week.
Emiliano Sala would be proud of Cardiff’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth: WarnockThe Cardiff players held up a T-shirt bearing the image of the missing 28-year-old Emiliano Sala, who never played a game for the club.advertisement Reuters CardiffFebruary 3, 2019UPDATED: February 3, 2019 08:43 IST A privately-funded search for Emiliano Sala’s missing plane is set to begin on Sunday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCardiff City scored a 2-0 win over Bournemouth in Saturday’s Premier League match Players held up a T-shirt featuring missing striker Emiliano SalaWarnock struggled to fight back tears as he applauded the crowd on the pitch after the gameCardiff City boss Neil Warnock said that missing striker Emiliano Sala, who is presumed dead following a plane crash, would have been proud of his team following their 2-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth on Saturday.Bobby Reid scored early in each half in a game that turned into a celebration of Sala, the club’s record 15-million-pound ($19.63-million) signing from French Ligue 1 club Nantes, who disappeared along with the pilot of a small plane on Jan. 21.The Argentinian striker and the pilot are believed to have died after crashing into the sea, and a privately-funded search is set to begin on Sunday.The Cardiff players held up a T-shirt bearing the image of the 28-year-old Sala, who never played a game for the club, after Reid rifled home an early penalty to give the relegation-threatened Bluebirds the lead in the fifth minute.”I know he’s not here today, but Emiliano today, he would have been proud of us,” said Warnock, who had struggled to fight back tears as he applauded the crowd on the pitch after the game.Fans were handed daffodils as they entered the Cardiff City Stadium and a minute’s silence was observed, with many holding up coloured cards to form a mosaic in Sala’s honour.The players’ tribute after Reid’s fifth-minute penalty was followed in the 28th minute by a round of applause that swelled around the ground as fans sang Sala’s name.Reid added a second goal 15 seconds after the break to put his side two up and seal three valuable points in their battle to avoid relegation but, despite an outstanding performance, they remain third from bottom on 22 points, two behind Burnley.advertisementBournemouth were a shadow of the side that hammered Chelsea 4-0 in their midweek league clash, and they remain in 10th position in the table on 33 points.Also Read | Gonzalo Higuain scores brace as ruthless Chelsea thrash Huddersfield TownAlso Read | ISL: Marcelinho shines for FC Pune City as Chennaiyin FC’s poor run at home continuesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Cardiff City football teamFollow Cardiff vs BournemouthFollow Emiliano SalaFollow Premier league Next
Next Neymar wants controversial Santos-Barca transfer trial to be held in BarcelonaTrial for alleged fraud and corruption over, 2013 Santos-Barcelona transfer deal be moved to the Spanish city, Neymar and his parents requested, prosecutor opposed.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service MadridJune 11, 2019UPDATED: June 11, 2019 09:12 IST Neymar wants Barca transfer trial to be held in Barcelona. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNeymar’s 2013 transfer from Santos to Barcelona has been under the scannerProsecutors requested two years in prison and a 10 million euro fine for NeymarJail for Neymar’s father and mother over corruption allegations, was also requested by the ProsecutorBrazil forward Neymar Jr. and his parents on Monday requested that his trial for alleged fraud and corruption over his 2013 Santos-Barcelona transfer deal be moved to the Spanish city.Lawyers for Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu, former Santos President Sandro Rosell, and the 27-year-old player’s family company N&N have joined the call made during a hearing at Spain’s National Court, reports Efe news.The prosecutor, however, opposed the request, believing the National Court had the competency to decide on the case as there were Spanish defendants and part of the investigated criminal acts were committed abroad, specifically in Brazil.The Prosecutor’s Office requested two years in prison and a 10 million euro fine for Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar, and five years in prison for Rosell, who was recently cleared of money laundering charges.Additionally, it sought a two-year jail sentence for Neymar’s father and a year for his mother over corruption allegations, as well as a fine of 1.4 million euro for N&N.The prosecutor also demanded an 8.4 million euro fine for Barcelona FC, and 7 million euro penalty for Santos.The lawyer of Neymar and his father has asked for the trial to be held in Barcelona since some of the allegations were committed in that city.Also Read | Neymar does not need surgery on injured right ankle: PSGAlso Read | Neymar, sponsors suspend some ad campaigns after rape allegation – statementAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow NeymarFollow Santos-Barcelona transfer dealFollow Barcelona President Josep Maria BartomeuFollow Santos President Sandro RosellFollow Paris Saint-Germain
Ryan Babel scored twice as Netherlands kept the pressure on the top two in Euro 2020 qualifying Group C with a comfortable 4-0 win at Estonia.The Oranje reignited their campaign with a stunning 4-2 victory over Germany on Friday and they built on that with a second successive away win, though Estonia put up significantly less of a fight at Le Coq Arena.Although Ronald Koeman’s men clearly played within themselves in the first half, they did not need to be particularly outstanding to take the lead, with poor goalkeeping allowing Babel to convert. 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 The Galatasaray forward doubled his tally a minute after the break, before Memphis Depay’s sumptuous effort and Georginio Wijnaldum’s late header ensured the Dutch coasted to all three points, setting up a potentially gripping clash with second-placed Northern Ireland next month. Ryan Babel nets first-half opener for Oranje #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/UmFt9331bJ— UEFA EURO 2020 (@UEFAEURO) September 9, 2019Netherlands wasted no time in establishing control and the opening goal arrived in the 17th minute, as Babel nipped between his markers and guided Daley Blind’s low cross into the net despite hitting his effort straight at goalkeeper Sergei Lepmets.They remained in charge, but Netherlands’ only other first-half opportunities came from distance, with Virgil van Dijk shooting just wide and Depay twice testing Lepmets.Estonia’s goalkeeper was helpless early in the second half, however, as Depay’s wonderful cross found the unmarked Babel, who coolly headed into the bottom-left corner.Depay got a deserved goal of his own 14 minutes from time, picking out the bottom-left corner from just outside the area after Ragnar Klavan failed to close him down.And Wijnaldum wrapped things up with a close-range header that Lepmets somehow failed to keep out. What does it mean? Heating up at the top of Group CAs a combination of Monday’s results, Netherlands’ clash with Northern Ireland suddenly takes on all new importance.It was always likely to be crucial to both, but after Northern Ireland lost 2-0 to Germany, a win for the Dutch in Rotterdam next month will take them level on 12 points with Michael O’Neill’s men, or a defeat will leave Koeman’s side six points adrift with three qualifiers left. It is make or break time.Babel still Mr. DependableWhile many neutrals are likely a bit baffled about Babel still getting into Netherlands’ starting XI, he certainly still has his uses in an age when Koeman is not blessed with striker options. He led the line effectively in Tallinn, holding the ball up well and getting two goals. You cannot ask for much more than that.5280 – Only Abe Lenstra & Faas Wilkes have more days between their first and most recent Netherlands goal than Ryan Babel after his goal against Estonia. Longevity. pic.twitter.com/v9Gcp1LIIV— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) September 9, 2019Klavan caught nappingNo one expected Estonia to do a great deal against Netherlands, but nevertheless, captain Klavan could have done more for two of the goals, as he lost Babel’s run for the first and then stepped off Depay when he swept home from 20 yards.What’s next?Netherlands are in action again in October, when they second-placed Northern Ireland, before then going to Belarus. Estonia’s quest for a first win of the campaign resumes away to Belarus, with a home game against Germany following three days later. read more
Granada shocked Barcelona 2-0 in LaLiga to increase the pressure on Ernesto Valverde, who has overseen the Blaugrana’s worst start to the season since 1994-95.Diego Martinez’s side had won their past two league games and led in the second minute, Ramon Azeez heading in at the back post, and they made it 2-0 from the penalty spot.Arturo Vidal was penalised for handball after a VAR check and Alvaro Vadillo sent Marc-Andre ter Stegen the wrong way to leave Barca, who brought Lionel Messi and Ansu Fati on at half-time, with a mountain to climb. 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 Barca are winless in seven away games in all competitions and struggling in seventh, while promoted Granada are the shock league leaders after their third straight clean sheet.Ramon Azeez puts @GranadaCdeF in front against Barça in the second minute! #GranadaBarça pic.twitter.com/qB7VmSDfeC— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) September 21, 2019Junior Firpo was making his first LaLiga start for Barcelona but he made two errors as Granada took the lead with 63 seconds on the clock.Antonio Puertas profited on Junior’s twin mistakes to race clear and deliver a low cross that ballooned over Ter Stegen via a deflection off Gerard Pique for Azeez to nod home.Luis Suarez hit a free-kick into the wall as Barca tried to strike back, but they ended the first half without recording a shot on target.After Messi came on at half-time, Barca almost gifted Granada a second. Ter Stegen carelessly dropped a cross, the goalkeeper recovering in time to beat Roberto Soldado to the loose ball.Granada doubled their lead in the 66th minute, Arturo Vidal conceding a penalty shortly after replacing Ivan Rakitic, with Vadillo beating Ter Stegen from the spot.Despite Messi and Fati adding zest to their attack, Barca still could not find a way through, the captain forcing Rui Silva into his first save with eight minutes to play.What does it mean? Problems mount for ValverdeBarca have taken a single point from three away league games this season, while they drew a blank at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in midweek. Messi’s lack of fitness has exposed the weaknesses in Barca’s squad and questions will continue to be asked of Valverde.Granada’s remarkable start to the season means they top the league ahead of Sevilla – who have a game against Real Madrid in hand – on goal difference, but Barca are only three points off the summit despite their issues both at the back and in attack.7 – With seven points from five games, Barcelona have made their worst start to a LaLiga season since 1994/95 (also seven – three points per win). Worry. pic.twitter.com/6VligaBXmq— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 21, 2019Herrera sets tone for battling performanceGranada inevitably had far less of the ball than Barca, but Yangel Herrera’s energetic midfield display helped keep the champions at bay. He recorded four tackles, four interceptions and two blocks – as many as anyone on the pitch for all three defensive metrics before his 83rd-minute withdrawal.Perez out of his depthWere it not for injuries to Messi and Ousmane Dembele, Carles Perez would surely be nowhere near the Barca squad.Another limp performance from the 21-year-old indicated why Barca were so keen to bring Neymar back from Paris Saint-Germain this year as, Messi apart, the lack of stardust in attack is clear. Perez was withdrawn at half-time, with 16-year-old Fati, Barca’s future, sent on in his place, although the similarly anonymous Antoine Griezmann could have also made way.What’s next?Barca have a quick turnaround with Villarreal visiting Camp Nou on Tuesday. Granada go to Real Valladolid on the same day. read more
Belgium became the first team to secure qualification for Euro 2020 with a huge 9-0 win at home to minnows San Marino.Romelu Lukaku’s 50th international goal broke the deadlock in Brussels on Thursday, and the striker set up Nacer Chadli for the second before Cristian Brolli’s own goal made it 3-0.Lukaku struck again, Andrea Grandoni deflected in Toby Alderweireld’s shot and Youri Tielemans scored ahead of the interval, after which Roberto Martinez’s side took their foot off the gas. 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 Christian Benteke, Yari Verschaeren and Timothy Castagne wrapped up the scoring and, with seven wins out of seven in Group I, Belgium are guaranteed to finish in the top two and can look forward to the European Championship.Despite dominating, it took Belgium until the 28th minute to open the scoring, goalkeeper Simone Benedettini having had little to do amid a flurry of off-target efforts.But when San Marino lost the ball in their own half, Lukaku and Tielemans swapped passes, with the Inter striker rifling in a powerful finish at the near post. Cape 50 for @RomeluLukaku9! #BELSMR #EURO2020 #COMEONBELGIUM pic.twitter.com/vp6cXdKS1R— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) October 10, 2019Benedettini was soon beaten twice again, Eden Hazard and Lukaku combining to set up Chadli for a curling 20-yard finish before Brolli unfortunately scored into his own goal.A deflected drive from Lukaku and Grandoni’s own goal from Alderweireld’s shot preceded a fine strike from Tielemans that made it 6-0 before half-time as San Marino’s early defensive resilience crumbled.Dries Mertens hit the post on the hour mark as the tempo slowed to walking pace and Lukaku missed chances to claim the match ball before his substitution.Lukaku’s replacement Benteke struck with a shot from the edge of the box that deceived the luckless Benedettini before 18-year-old Verschaeren converted a penalty he won himself to score his first international goal.Castagne smashed home a late ninth for the hosts, but San Marino were at least able to avoid conceding double figures as Benedettini denied Benteke in added time.What does it mean? Euro 2020 planning starts now for MartinezAs the first team to book their place at the finals, Roberto Martinez can start thinking ahead to Belgium’s campaign in next year’s tournament. The top-ranked team in the world, Belgium will be expected to go far.For San Marino, this game was always about retaining as much pride as possible. The last time they avoided defeat was back in 2014, when they earned a 0-0 draw at home to Estonia.We’ve got some cool plans next summer! #EURO2020 #COMEONBELGIUM pic.twitter.com/n3QBj5Fucw— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) October 10, 2019Record scorer Lukaku looks sharpAlready the top Belgium goalscorer of all time, Lukaku was bright in attack to continue his fine start to the season, having impressed with Inter since leaving Manchester United. Belgium initially found it hard to break down San Marino before Lukaku found a way through, pinching the ball back for his side and smashing in the opener.Mertens fails to make his markSan Marino at home should have been a golden chance for Napoli forward Mertens to add to his international tally. But he was barely involved, hitting the woodwork with a rare effort before he made way for teenager Verschaeren midway through the second half.What’s next?Martinez is likely to rotate his Belgium squad for Sunday’s trip to Kazakhstan. San Marino travel to Scotland on the same day. read more
Jose Juan Macias scored twice as Mexico commenced their CONCACAF Nations League campaign with a 5-1 thrashing of Bermuda on Friday.Uriel Antuna guided Gerardo Martino’s men ahead in Hamilton before young forward Macias added a brace to the goal he scored on international debut against Trinidad and Tobago earlier this month.Hirving Lozano restored El Tri’s three-goal buffer on the hour after Nahki Wells briefly gave Bermuda hope of a fightback and the Napoli star should have had a second when sent to the spot six minutes after his first. 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 His failure to convert mattered little as Hector Herrera fired in a fifth 19 minutes from the end to give the Gold Cup winners a commanding goal difference atop Group B in League A.Antuna forced Dale Eve into a sharp save in the opening exchanges before making the breakthrough in the 25th minute.The LA Galaxy winger darted in behind, controlled Hirving Lozano’s well-weighted pass and coolly rounded the goalkeeper.The hosts fell further behind in first-half stoppage time, Macias rifling home on the half-volley after Cristian Calderon nodded down Hector Herrera’s lofted ball into the box.Medio Tiempo: @miseleccionmx anota justo al final del primer tiempo y amplía la ventaja a 2-0 sobre @BermudaFA | #FollowTheDream #CNL pic.twitter.com/2ow1kiDi45— Concacaf Nations League (@CNationsLeague) October 12, 2019The 20-year-old doubled his account eight minutes after the interval, converting the rebound from Antuna’s saved finish, though Bermuda quickly responded courtesy of a skilful Wells finish from a Zeiko Lewis corner.Lozano restored Mexico’s advantage three minutes later by lashing across keeper Eve, only to then hit the upright with a penalty following Jaylon Bather’s handball in the box.But there was plenty of time left for a fifth and Atletico Madrid midfielder Herrera delivered it in spectacular fashion, bending a brilliant effort into the top-right corner from a difficult angle.What does it mean? Mexico on top in Group BOne win apiece in two meetings between Bermuda and Panama last month left Group B in the balance and Mexico seized the opportunity on their entrance to the competition.Though all three sides are level on points, El Tri’s superior goal difference has set them up nicely.Macias an emerging star for MexicoProlific in Liga MX, the talented Macias again looked a striker of international class in what was just his second appearance at this level.Bather fortunate to avoid early bathCulpable for failing to cut out Lozano’s pass for the first goal, Bermuda centre-back Bather did his side a further disservice when he appeared to stamp on the Napoli winger in a later touchline incident.He was lucky to escape without even a yellow card.What’s next?Mexico have the chance to strengthen their position when they host Panama on Tuesday, the same day as Bermuda’s friendly against Guatemala. read more
All-inclusive leader brought over 550 travel agents from around the world to The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun MIAMI, FLA. (September 17, 2018) – Palace Resorts – the company that sets the standard in five-star, all-inclusive resort accommodations– welcomed over 550 travel agents, tour operators and industry insiders from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America and Europe for the fifth annual Palace Resorts Global Conference held at the newly-opened The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun this past August 22-25, 2018. The star of this year’s action-packed agenda was the introduction of the brand’s new and improved Palace Pro Agents Speciliast Program, PRO 2.0. The Palace PRO Specialist program has always been one of the most elite and comprehensive in the industry. But now Palace Resorts is taking things up a notch—with more incentives and support than ever before, and more ways to earn more cash. The PRO 2.0 is composed of several different levels which allow for multiple benefits and bigger monetary incentives. Agents can now earn annual credit for groups and weddings – Platinum Crown Agents receive $800 and Emerald Crown Agents receive $1,200. You can apply the total or partial amounts towards any occasional expense (for example, towards a cake, flowers, etc.). As an added value to this, agents can also earn commission on wedding extras depending on their specialist program level. For example, all PRO Agents receive 15%; Gold Crown Agents 18%, and Platinum/Emerald Crown Agents 20%. In addition to these already game-changing percentages, agents can receive up to $1,500 in resort credit for their personal vacation. The percentages vary per level in the program. As an added perk, agents can also receive air credit depending on their status such as: PRO agents $150, Gold Crown Agents $300, and Platinum/Emerald Crown Agents get $500 when booking their own stay at Palace Resorts. In addition, the brand also held a special bridal conference with the Palace Resorts expert wedding’s team where exclusive agents got to experience all of the brand’s newest offerings for destination weddings. From elaborate, customized décor to a new stellar wedding cake designer, Marelis Teran, Palace Resorts has the ability to convert any bridal fairytale into a reality at any of the brands ten oceanfront properties. Over the course of three-days, attendees got a sneak peek at The Palace Life with a Carnaval-themed welcome reception, property walk-thoughs and tastings, general sessions with updates and upcoming news for the brand and much more. Over the next couple of days, travel agents, tour operators, and industry insiders traveled from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, and Europe to the brand’s recently-opened oasis, The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun to immerse themselves in a weekend full of the Palace Resorts’ lifestyle and the unique Mexican culture. Agents got a sneak peak at Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos, as well as indulged in the brand’s latest culinary offerings and luxurious accommodations and amenities Palace Resorts has to offer. In between educational seminars and some much-needed fun-in-the-sun, agents also had the opportunity to experience other of the brand’s incredible oasis throughout the destination with some scheduled property inspections. Palace Resorts concluded the conference by recognizing top agents and partners during a Mayan-themed awards gala which filled the night with rituals and sounds that immersed the audience into Mexican culture. Palace Resorts executives presented awards to the top agents in the following categories: Top Destination Wedding Travel Agency, Top Home Based Travel Agency, Top Producing Travel Agent, Top Producing Travel Agency, Top Producing Destination Agent- Mexico, and Top Producing Destination Agent – Jamaica. “Each year, the Palace Resorts Global Conference represents an opportunity for the brand to build and grow the already existing relationships we’ve established with the agent community,” said Frank Corzo, Vice President of U.S. Field Sales for Palace Resorts. “This year, was no different as we released the new version of our Palace PRO Specialist program – PRO 2.0, which is a testament to the community that Palace Resorts is always thinking of how we can grow together and provided with the tools and knowledge agents need to exceed their sales goals.” For more information, please visit www.PalacePROAgents.com, where travel agents can register, find useful sales and marketing tools and learn about the brand’s bonus commissions and incentives. About Le Blanc Spa Resort:Le Blanc Spa Resort is an award winning, adults-only, ultra-luxury hotel brand that has completely redefined the standard for luxury all-inclusive resorts. With locations in Cancun and Los Cabos, Mexico, Le Blanc Spa Resort offers a plethora of luxurious amenities including sophisticated and stylish accommodations. Part of the Palace Resorts family of brands, Le Blanc Spa Resort offers butler service, unique gourmet culinary offerings, a state-of-the-art spa and wellness facilities, world-class entertainment and unique experiences sure to impress even the most discerning luxury traveler. For more information, visit www.leblancsparesort.com. About Palace ResortsWith ten oceanfront resorts overlooking sparkling turquoise waters, Palace Resorts sets the highest standards for five-star all-inclusive vacations in Mexico and Jamaica. Offering luxurious and spacious accommodations accentuated by signature in-room double whirlpool tubs, nightly entertainment, the Caribbean & Mexico’s most extravagant spas, a premier Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, Palace Resorts sets the stage for a truly exceptional experience for travelers. The unparalleled level of service and comfort found at each property makes Palace Resorts a leading provider of world-class resort vacations. For more information, visit www.palaceresorts.com
Editors’ Recommendations The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather Keep Your Pants On With the Best Belts for Men 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts GPS used to require expensive devices but now the power can be found in our pocket. Most phones easily connect to the GPS network and show your exact location anywhere on the planet. Whether we’re hiking Mount Everest, Peru, or Portland, we can see our location on a map. The only downside? Getting cell reception.To get updated maps and download information from the internet, our phones need to connect to a network, which is only available within a range of a cell tower. We can’t send messages, we can’t use many apps, and we certainly can’t view new maps.The solution is to download offline content. We’ve rounded up the best offline GPS apps for tracking, hiking, hunting, traveling, and everything in between.Why Go Offline?Apps and maps aren’t much use if they don’t update while you move. Many apps allow you to download maps ahead of time via Wi-Fi or cell network, then use them out on the trail when you’re hiking. Cell reception can be spotty or non-existent in the backcountry. With the maps already loaded, you don’t need a data network. All you require is a clear view of the sky for the GPS satellites and you’ll know exactly where you are.That being said, too many people have gotten lost when their phone fails or directs them to the wrong place, so we have to mention that you should always have a backup for navigation. If the battery dies on your phone, a map and compass will always show you the way.Best Offline GPS AppsViewRangerAvailable for iOS and AndroidViewRanger is one of the best mapping apps out there. Plan your route beforehand and keep a track of exactly where you went. Add geotagged photos to your trip and it knows where you took them on the map. Download maps ahead of time so you don’t need to rely on the cell signal.The Skyline feature introduces augmented reality to ViewRanger. Looking through the camera, it overlays mountain names, waypoints, and navigation arrows, so you know exactly what you’re looking at. The Premium version gets you the 3D and augmented reality views. A variety of other more detailed maps for specific areas can be purchased in the app. It’s also available for Apple Watch and Wear OS.DownloadGaia GPSAvailable for iOS and AndroidWhen searching for the best GPS apps online, you won’t go far without tripping over Gaia GPS. With your offline maps, the free version of the app offers online route organization and easy device sync so you can track and organize all your adventures in one place. With the $20 membership, you can download maps anywhere in the world. The $40 Premium membership gets you access to other maps like NatGeo Trails Illustrated and U.S. Hunting layers.DownloadAllTrailsAvailable for iOS and AndroidSome apps have great maps but don’t include any trails on them. AllTrails has one of the biggest trail databases online. It automatically shows you all the trails around you for quick adventures. Other users can leave feedback on each of the routes, letting you know what it’s really like. Is it going to be an easy jaunt around the lake or a suffer-fest of steep hills? Maps are downloadable with the ad-free Pro version that costs just $30 per year.DownloadRamblrAvailable for iOS and AndroidMost GPS apps give you a map and some tracking tools but rarely do they let you log and record your adventure as you go. Ramblr is more of an adventuring journaling app. Maps are downloadable for navigation offline. Take photos, record video and audio, and type out stories during your journey. Everything is put onto the map as you go. Once you’re done, easily share to Facebook and Twitter so others can experience your epic adventures too.DownloadMaps 3D ProMaps can be hard to decipher when you’re looking up at the mountains and down at a two-dimensional drawing for where you are. Maps 3D Pro shows everything in three dimensions so it’s easy to see that hills are hills and mountains are mountains. The app tracks all your stats from the hike and can also be used in 2D mode. An in-app purchase is required for offline maps and another for an extra map package.Download Wake Up Rested With the Best Down Pillows of 2019
Highland Park Takes Tailgating to Another Level Editors’ Recommendations Grand Canyon Celebrates 100th Anniversary with New International Dark Sky Park Distinction To Find Beauty In Yosemite, Just Whip Out Your (Honda) Passport On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Book a Last-Minute Summer Camping Trip Just About Anywhere With Pitchup We’re already a month into spring in the Northern Hemisphere. If you haven’t yet kicked off this season’s hiking, kayaking, or whatever outdoor shenanigans you’re into, the U.S. National Park Service is offering the perfect excuse this weekend. Saturday, April 20, marks the beginning of National Park Week 2019 and the service is celebrating with a full day of free exploration for park visitors.A total of 418 National Parks are spread throughout the United States, from Alaska to Florida. Entry fees are as much as $20 per person or $30 per vehicle, and that price often doesn’t include parking permits. This weekend is a great way to save some money and check out a park you’ve never visited. Of course, the most significant savings can be found at the county’s most expensive parks. These include the most iconic like Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Zion, and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks. If you’re planning a visit to any of these more popular parks, our suggestion is to arrive very early to not only avoid the crowds but also take advantage of sunrise and the best natural lighting for landscape photography.Angels Landing, Zion National Park, Utah Utah.comThe first annual National Park Week kicked off in 1991 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the National Park Service. It’s a way to honor the service’s long-standing mission to, in their words, “preserve our country’s natural and cultural heritage.” It’s been a wildly successful tradition ever since; every day is dedicated to a unique environmental or eco-friendly theme. In addition to being a fee-free day, this Saturday is also National Junior Ranger Day, which is ideal for taking the kids on a hike. Plus, Monday, April 22, will celebrate Earth Day; Throwback Thursday will encourage national park lovers to share their past experiences on social media and take part in history-themed talks and tours; and Saturday is marked as Bark Ranger Day, an entire day dedicated to pet-friendly park programs.No advanced reservations are required to take advantage of National Park Week fee-free promotion. Just pick your park (Find Your Park is an excellent resource for inspiration if you’re unsure) and show up. The National Park Foundation recommends calling the park’s visitor center for any insider tips on where to park and which areas within the park are best to avoid the crowds.
Written By: Be Live Hotels Let’s picture the following scenario: “The ring has been crafted and bought. He’s nervous, anxious and trying to keep himself together for everything to work out perfect that night. You had no clue that he was going to propose and yet, you are hoping he does. After an exciting evening, he proposes and you say: Yes. You are engaged. Congratulations!!! Now, it is time to define what kind of wedding you will have. He’s got his own ideas; you’ve got yours too. By the time you start quoting the wedding services to have a local wedding and get all the people you’d like to join you in that very special day, you start to see that it is going to be a marathon towards getting all the money you need to have your dream wedding come true. Then someone comes at a bridal show and suggests you to have a Destination Wedding in Dominican Republic. Your head starts to spin… -if it is already expensive to have a local wedding, are we going now to spend that amount of money plus travel into a different country to get married?- you think, and your immediate answer is: No.” As a Travel Agent, this is exactly what you need to realize that most people don’t. Selling a Destination Wedding should be fairly easy when you show people the benefits of having one instead of trying to make the project happen locally. When making the call for a Destination Wedding, highlight the benefits of having one. Start by asking: What if the Wedding and almost all of the costs associated with getting married were already included in a Wedding Package (flower bouquets, boutonniere, music, floral centerpieces, cocktails and even the Private Wedding Dinner Reception!) and the money you are spending on travel also works towards your Honeymoon? In the Dominican Republic, Be Live Hotels has set up 3 comprehensive Wedding Packages thinking on having a beautiful Wedding Experience in paradise and keeping in mind the economy of the couple whom will be throwing the party for their friends and family. A “Caribbean Wedding Experience”.The “CARIBBEAN WEDDING EXPERIENCE” by Be Live Hotels offers the idyllic set for the event and celebration to take place in. Our Wedding Coordinators at each Be Live Hotel will take care of every single detail, from the very beginning to the end making the entire process work impeccably and effortlessly for your clients. You can rest on their experience, commitment, involvement and professionalism to make sure everything goes right with a touch of unique complicity. Trust our Wedding Coordinators to plan, step by step, every single detail from flower bouquets and arrangements, to the perfect ambiance in an intimate atmosphere during the already built-in the Wedding Package and guaranteed: Private Wedding Dinner Reception. The Wedding Packages.At Be Live Hotels we are true believers that the most special day in a couples’ life should be immersed in shine, dazzle and be more than inspiring… It is because of the before mentioned and because we know the amount of details that surround the wedding date, that we have crafted 3 different Wedding Packages based on the amount of people attending to the wedding and the different levels of elegance the couple would like to imprint to their event. Be Live Hotels has realized that many of the offers out there for a Destination Wedding, are always lacking of one HUGE factor: Privacy and Intimacy. This is why all of our Wedding Packages have already the Private Wedding Dinner Reception already built into the price. From our basic package called: “Caribbean Romance1” which could be free of charge if the couple gets at least 5 rooms for a minimum stay of 3 nights each, passing through our intermediate Package named: “Caribbean Forever Idyll2” in which you can enjoy some touches of elegance like the rose petal turndown service on the wedding night or the newlywed’s romantic breakfast with mimosas in bed on the morning after. And all the way up to our most lavish proposal to tie-the-knot: “Caribbean Dream Deluxe3” that offers from a guaranteed upgrade to the rooms of Bride, Groom and both their parents to an hour of Live Caribbean music trio for one hour during the cocktail reception and an International Open Bar service after the Reception Dinner for two hours. “Creative thinking, Unforgettable Memories”At Be Live Hotels, we pride ourselves of having recently developed a new ethos that strives on the motto of: “Creative thinking, Unforgettable Memories”. We strongly believe that exclusivity and a five-star service ensures that the most important day of your clients’ life will become a truly unforgettable moment. For this reason, we offer Exclusive and Private Areas to celebrate the Wedding Dinner Reception along with our team of professionals who will be dedicated exclusively to our mutual clients and their guests in order to deliver a personalized, magical and intimate atmosphere. Within this new initiative, we know that the Wedding Menu can be an essential factor to a successful event and at Be Live Hotels, our team will work close with the bride to create a customized menu to top off the occasion. Whether if it is a 5-star Wedding Menu what is needed or a simple yet luxurious buffet, our award winning menus and specialized chefs will have the wedding party saying: “I Do”. Discover our Destinations, enjoy our Hotels & Resorts.Be Live Hotels has 4 different hotels and Resorts in Dominican Republic. Three of them are located on the Caribbean Sea while one of them is located over the Atlantic Ocean. Be Live Collection Marien.Puerto Plata, DR. Facing the Atlantic Ocean, this cinnamon beach resort is also overlooking Isabella Mountain in this paradisiac destination. Perfect for aquatic sports lovers and people who are into scuba diving in open waters or deep-sea fishing. This recently refreshed property welcomes its guests with a casino, a wine cellar, and lots of different activities and entertainment options. Be Live Collection Punta Cana. Punta Cana, DR. On the white, sandy, powdery beaches of the Caribbean side in Punta Cana and only 13 minutes away from the airport, this magnificent Resort rests on Cabeza de Toro’s beach. Its different room categories allow everyone to join the couple for the wedding. From regular Standard Rooms, through Family Apartments and Suites or to Adult Only Master Junior Suites, this resort in Punta Cana has it all. Sell the idea of the new disco Kviar with a capacity of 700 people and right now, the hottest spot in DR, seed in the thought to our vast array of specialty restaurants steering from Mediterranean to Mexican or from our Brazilian Rodizio to the Asian Fusion. Be Live Collection Canoa. La Romana, DR. Also on the white, sandy, powdery beaches of the Caribbean side in La Romana and only 45 minutes away from the Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) or only 15 minutes away from La Romana International Airport (LRM). The hotel boasts an extensive variety of outstanding rooms and villas, ideal for families and couples who wish to get lost in paradise. The Resort is situated only a few miles away from Saona Island and right next to the Del Este National Park. This is the place where the first inhabitants of the Dominican Republic settled and a corner of incomparable natural beauty. Be Live Experience Hamaca (Garden, Beach & Suites). Boca Chica, DR. On the Caribbean side of the Island and only 20 minutes away from Santo Domingo, the Capital city of Dominican Republic. A perfect place to enjoy a sun and beach vacation and to experience the beauty and liveliness of Dominican culture due to its proximity with the biggest city of all the country: Santo Domingo. Discover the charms of the Dominican Republic: beach, sun, sports, gastronomy and adventure. Tips to all of the Be Live Hotels in Dominican Republic:The world class “Bay Spa” is located onsite offering different treatments along with a beauty parlor (for make-ups and hair-do’s).All of our Resorts in Dominican Republic count with a VIP area. To ensure your clients will be getting access to the VIP Lounge, VIP Pool and VIP Beach, make sure you book for them a Jr. Suite or a higher room category.All of our Hotels & Resorts in Dominican Republic have a full Casino (tables and slot machines) and a disco.There are large and small meeting rooms in all of our Hotels & Resorts.Each Hotel has an onsite Weddings and Events Coordinator to attend all of our mutual clients needs. WII fm (what’s in it for me?).Be Live Hotels is always very thankful for your business and rewards your efforts with excellent commissions not only on the Hotel portion of the trip, which would be paid by your preferred wholesaler or instant commissions when selling direct (please go to http://www.belivehotels.com to find out more about our business to business platform), but also by offering you a very profitable commission when selling our Wedding Packages. For more information on our commissions structures and percentages, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your Business Development Manager for the United States and Canada at: email@example.com Be Live Hotels & Resorts, an easy sale and a new client for life.
Innovative B2B Website Reveals a Modern Approach to Being a Travel Agent Entrepreneur Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – August 22, 2016 – Avoya Travel, one of the world’s most innovative marketing and travel technology companies, launched JoinAvoya.comas the next evolution in its brand initiative to improve the way people plan and book vacations. The B2B website delivers on Avoya’s new brand strategy by redefining travel agents as a modern and essential component to the travel industry’s renewed and growing dependence on travel professionals. Supported by Avoya’s cutting-edge technology, travel agents can provide the highly personalized, customized, and efficient vacation planning experience expected by today’s travelers. Bringing more awareness to travel as a viable career, the website will help to expand Avoya’s Independent Agency Network by engaging more new-to-the-industry and seasoned travel professionals. “The travel industry is experiencing a growing demand for travel professionals as value-driven consumers opt for more custom vacation experiences and personal service,” said Jeff Anderson, Executive Vice President, Avoya Travel. “JoinAvoya.com reintroduces vacation planning as a fulfilling and profitable business opportunity to attract high-quality individuals and grow Avoya’s Independent Agency Network to provide travelers with even greater service and value.”harnesses new technologies in website functionality, including mobile-first design, advanced browsing options and a modern page layout, to With the goal of inspiring entrepreneurs, Avoya is leveraging the website’s modern interface and interactive content to help visitors discover the Avoya difference and when joining Avoya’s Independent Agency Network. The Avoya Travel Network offers modern travel professionals several advantages, ranging from the company’s unrivaled support and innovative resources, including award-winning, patented technology and professional development programs, to the benefits of owning a business, working from home, great opportunities to travel the world, and limitless earning potential. For more information on how Independent Travel Agencies can live a lifestyle of success with Avoya, please visit www.JoinAvoya.com. About Avoya TravelAvoya Travel is a family-owned company with a long-standing reputation for being one of the world’s most innovative marketing and travel technology companies. As an American Express Travel Representative for more than 25 years, and their largest seller of cruises and tours, Avoya is deeply committed to Integrity and Professionalism™, service, and value in every aspect of planning cruises and vacations. Through an elite network of independently owned and operated travel agencies, Avoya provides exclusive discounts, amenities, and first-class customer service to travelers worldwide. For this, Avoya has received numerous accolades, including being repeatedly named Travel Partner of the Year, by Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruises, American Express, Oceania Cruises, and more. Travel agency owners, travel professionals, and others interested in owning and operating their own travel business should contact Avoya Travel at 800-521-2597 or visit www.JoinAvoya.com. Travelers interested in booking their next cruise or vacation with Avoya Travel should call 800-753-1463 or visitwww.AvoyaTravel.com.
February 2017, Boca Raton, FL – Palm Coast Travel, parent company of Host Agency OASIS Agent has been recognized as “Southeast Partner of the Year – 2016” by Royal Caribbean International. Vicki L. Freed, CTC, Royal Caribbean’s Senior Vice President, Sales and Trade Support & Service commented: “Congratulations to Palm Coast Travel on being selected as our 2016 Southeast Partner of the Year! This recognition speaks volumes to your unwavering loyalty and commitment to your clients and Royal Caribbean. Our shared principles of passion, commitment and innovation are what continue to strengthen our partnership. We look forward to another year of great success! Congratulations, again. “ In accepting the award, Palm Coast Travel CEO, Lee Smolinski remarked: “This is truly an honor, especially in consideration of the highly competitive Southeastern market. It is testimony to the power of partnership and the one we share with Royal Caribbean International is one all of us at Palm Coast and our divisions covet”. About OASIS AGENT: OASIS AGENT is the Host Division of Palm Coast Travel, a Signature Travel Network Member, has been hosting agents since 2009. OASIS offers 4 plans and is a member of ARC, CLIA, NACTA, IATAN, PATH and the Better Business Bureau. For additional information please call 1.561.393.7274 X5120 or visit oasisagent.com
How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide The Big List of Brands with Lifetime Warranties: Buy It Once, Have It Forever Choosing the right seaweed:Seaweed comes in many grades. Make sure to select at least a silver-grade seaweed, but preferably a gold-grade.How to roll sushi:Place seaweed (shiny side down) on a sushi mat covered in plastic wrap.Wet hands in mixture of water and rice vinegar. The water and vinegar mixture keeps rice from sticking to your hands. Keep hands moist, but not dripping wet.Spread about 4 oz of prepared sushi rice evenly on seaweed.Place ingredients in a thin line toward top of seaweed (closer to you).Begin rolling the sushi away from you, tucking in the end.Tighten the roll and remove the mat.Slice the sushi roll into eight pieces, wetting the knife between each cut.Easy Sushi RecipesCalifornia Roll The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious How to Cook Rice Perfectly Every Time How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish Gyutou Knives – Aka chef’s knives. Used for filleting smaller fish, cutting sushi rolls, and chopping vegetables. Yanagi Knives – Used for slicing fish (it cuts the most consistent portions) and peeling cucumbers, radishes, and daikon. Deba Knives – Used for mongering whole (larger) fish.Article originally published by Cator Sparks on May 27, 2017. Last updated by Sam Slaughter. Editors’ Recommendations When you think about sushi, more often than not you probably think of it as a meal that you can only go out to get — whether that’s at an upscale Japanese restaurant or just at the corner grocery store. The thing is, on the surface, sushi is actually pretty easy to make. We’re not talking about matching up against the sushi masters who spend their entire lives mastering the craft. Rather, being able to craft a simple roll for the purposes of sustenance (and maybe showing off) is a task easily accomplished by even the most cooking-averse of people.Yuichiro “Junior” Takebata of Miyabi Sushi Bar in Charleston, South Carolina. Miyabi Sushi BarTo figure out how to make sushi at home, we spoke to sushi chef Yuichiro “Junior” Takebata of Miyabi Sushi Bar in Charleston, South Carolina.Hailing from a small town outside of Kyoto, Japan, Takebata still orders most of his seafood from purveyors that source directly from Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, the biggest fish market in the world. With these ingredients, he crafts beautifully plated sushi rolls, nigiri, and sashimi, as well as other traditional Japanese dishes both raw and cooked.How to Make SushiYou will need:Bamboo sushi matPlastic wrapCutting boardSharp knifeRice cookerHow to make sushi rice:Choose a short-grain rice (preferably a Japanese brand, such as Kokuho). Short grain rice is much starchier than long grain and will hold together better.Cook according to directions. Note that 2 cups of uncooked rice will yield approximately 6-8 rolls.Once rice is cooked, remove from heat and let sit for 15-20 minutes.Stir in 4 oz of sushi rice vinegar to rice (or mix 4 oz rice vinegar with 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of salt, and let dissolve). Make sure to distribute vinegar thoroughly through rice, but don’t put too much pressure on the rice when stirring, because it will break down the starches and make it too sticky. Sesame mayo*AvocadoImitation crabSesame seeds (optional)*Sesame mayo: Mix 1 cup mayo with 1 tablespoon soy sauce and sesame seeds to taste.Salmon RollPhoto by Ira Heuvelman-Dobrolyubova/Getty ImagesSalmon (Chef recommends Scottish Salmon, but Atlantic will work as well)Green onion, diced finelySpicy Tuna RollPjohnson1/Getty ImagesTuna (Chef recommends saku tuna, which can be found in most Asian grocery stores)Sriracha mayoCrunch RollCrunch roll with salmon. Julien Psomas/EyeEm/Getty ImagesSesame mayo (see recipe above)Green onion, diced finelyTempura shrimp*Smelt eggs*Tempura shrimp: Mix tempura flour with egg yolk and cold water. Dip shrimp in batter (leave tails on), let excess drip off, and carefully fry in oil.The Best Sushi KnivesWhile relatively simple, the sushi-making process requires precision. Takebata shared the three types of knives that he uses most often in the kitchen. For more information on specific brands, check out our guide to the best Japanese knives.
You Need One (Or More) of the Best Men’s Henley Shirts in Your Wardrobe $59 from Boarding Pass Roark Revival Stretch Travel ShortsMuch like Memorial Day, Labor Day is a holiday where anything can happen — you could be at the lake or the river, then called into duty at the town’s real local watering hole. Hence, these go-anywhere shorts from Roark Revival. Sperry Cloud CVO Deck SneakersAffordable, classic, made to be worn for Labor Day weekend travel and a backyard BBQ in equal measure, these are the casual sneakers that’ll take you from the boardwalk to the bar and back. Great work, Sperry. MVMT Watches Range Field WatchFor under $100, you’re getting a rugged, durable-as-heck watch to wear all Labor Day weekend — the field watch style is perfect to keep on your wrist for weekend hikes and brewery visits, no change of wristwatch required. It’s summer’s last hurrah — Labor Day, that is. As with other summer holiday occasions, you need gear that strikes the right balance between functional, casual, and rugged — who knows where you’ll find yourself by the end of the long weekend? With that in mind, you’ll find both a handsome short-sleeve shirt and versatile, travel-ready shorts among our Labor Day style selections below.We’ll leave the weekend plans up to you, but these menswear picks will have you sorted out in style either way.Taylor Stitch Short-Sleeve Jack ShirtWe’re all about making the most of the season in style, and there’s no time like the present — and particularly, Labor Day weekend — to wear this subtly stylish patterned short-sleeve shirt from Taylor Stitch. Perfectly laid-back and versatile, yet slightly dressier than a T-shirt. $65 from Roark Revival $95 from MVMT $111 from Huckberry Editors’ Recommendations Boarding Pass NYC Shaving Kit BagWe’ve talked about the importance of traveling in style for Labor Day weekend, and that principle holds true when it comes to your everyday carry, too. This tough shaving kit bag is perfect for all those critical travel toiletries. $20 from Target The Best Men’s Trail Running Gear for Warm Weather Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs Relwen Bivouac Weekend Duffel BagLet’s close out this guide as to what to wear for Labor Day by taking a look at the rugged bag that’s going to get you from point A to point B in style, shall we? Relwen nails it here in terms of functionality and style for Labor Day weekend. $98 from Taylor Stitch $75 from Sperry Madewell Men’s Fall Collection Has All Your New Favorites The Best Men’s Quilted Jackets Stitched for Every Occasion Duke Cannon Proper CologneNo matter if you’re going across the country or just across town for a Labor Day BBQ, the right cologne can actually go a long way — and Duke Cannon’s new Proper Cologne is as good as it gets.
6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know By the time you hit the tender age of 21, we’ll bet that you’ve already made or at the very least thought about making your own hooch. Maybe you did it in your dorm room, hidden in a back room of the house you shared with nine other dudes. Or, maybe you wanted a big boy hobby and bought a home brew system with your first real paycheck. Or, maybe you’ve done none of this and just decided, “I think it’s high time I make some booze.”The problem with the last option, though, is that the price of homebrewing equipment can add up pretty quickly (especially if you want high-quality gear). Carboys, kegerators, countless tubes and siphons — they all cost money. Then, when you screw something up (as you inevitably do from time to time), you’ve not only wasted your money but also your time. That’s where homemade hard cider comes in.Bhofack2/Getty ImagesHard cider is so, so much easier to make than beer, yet the brewing process still allows for just as much creativity and expression. With the right tools, you can prepare a batch of hard cider in just a single weekend. Here’s how it’s done.SummaryFrom a broad perspective, learning to make hard cider and then actually making it is fairly straightforward. You basically just get yourself some fresh apple juice (either by mashing the apples yourself, or buying pre-squeezed juice), add some yeast (Champagne yeast is a great choice), then wait a few weeks for everything to ferment. There are a few finer points to it, but that’s the overall idea.What You Need to Make Hard Cider2 1-gallon glass carboys (aka demijohns) with lidsAirlockBung (aka “stopper with a hole in it,” which are often included with the airlock)1.5-pint glass jar with lidFunnelMeasuring glassSiphon hoseStar SanMortal and pestle (optional)While you might get lucky and be able to score the equipment above on sites like Craigslist, you can look for it at a local homebrew shop or on websites such as Northern Brewer. Another great option is Amazon — you can find carboy kits with the airlock and bung for about $15 and deals on large-volume carboys.No matter where your gear comes from, make sure it’s completely sterile. That’s what the Star San is for.Deborah Faulkner/Getty ImagesIngredients to Make Hard Cider1 gallon fresh-pressed apple juice1 packet Champagne yeast1 Campden tabletThe apple juice can be obtained however you choose, but make sure that it’s as fresh and pure as possible. The most badass way to do this is to mash and juice the apples yourself, but that can be a bit of a labor-intensive activity, so we understand if you’re not up for it. If you are, however, there are all kinds of DIY tutorials for making your own cider press online.Your other option is to buy pre-squeezed apple juice from a store or farmers market. If you go that route, make sure to read the label. Store-bought stuff often contains preservatives (especially if the juice came from outside your state), which can inhibit or prevent fermentation. Avoid anything with preservative chemicals like potassium sulfate or sodium benzoate. These prevent bacteria (yeast included) from growing in the juice — which unfortunately means it won’t ferment. That said, don’t shy away from stuff that’s “UV-treated” or “heat-pasteurized” though — that stuff doesn’t hinder fermentation at all.Brewing Your Hard CiderStep 1Before starting, don’t forget to sterilize everything with Star San. This will prevent any wild, unwanted bacteria from ruining your brew.Step 2Funnel your juice into the glass carboy, and, with your mortar and pestle (or with the back of a spoon), crush the Camden tablet. Add the crushed tablet into the juice; this will help kill any bacteria or natural yeasts that might be present in juice and allow for the selected Champagne yeast to thrive once it is introduced. Put on the cap, and give a gentle shake. Set aside for 48 hours. After 48 hours, pour 1 cup of the liquid from the carboy into a clean glass jar and freeze for use later in the recipe.Ron Bailey/Getty ImagesStep 3In a measuring glass, re-hydrate the Champagne yeast according to the instructions on the packet and add to the juice-filled carboy. Fit the bung and airlock into the carboy, Open and carefully add a bit of water to the airlock (look for a fill line somewhere in the middle). This will let CO2 gasses out without letting oxygen in. Check up on it periodically and make sure that the water level remains constant for the duration of the fermentation process.Step 4Place your carboy in a tray, or at the very least, on top of a towel, just in case overflow occurs during the start of fermentation, which should begin in 24 to 48 hours. Once fermentation begins you can safely place your container in a dark cool spot to do its work. Ideally, fermentation should occur at around 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit (a deep basement or an unheated garage in spring or fall should work). Check up on it daily, and take notes if you want to for future cider projects.Step 5At three weeks, take that reserved frozen juice out of the freezer and funnel it into the fermenting cider. The sugars in this reserved juice will then start to ferment so be sure to recap with airlock and bung.Step 6Fermentation can take anywhere from four to 12 weeks to complete — you’ll know fermentation is finished when you no longer see tiny bubbles rising to the top. When all foaming and bubbles have subsided, siphon the cider into a clean glass carboy, taking care to not transfer over any of the dregs at the bottom of the fermentation jug by keeping the hose just above the sediment. Either cap and refrigerate in a gallon jug or funnel into swing-top bottles leaving 1.5-inch headspace at the top (you’ll need about seven 500-ml bottles per gallon of cider). Keep refrigerated and drink within one month to ensure fermentation doesn’t restart as it could cause pressure to build and the glass to shatter. If you want to store the cider for longer, check with your local homebrew shop about stabilization options.Article first published by Drew Prindle on March 4, 2016. 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Highlights from the news file for Tuesday, Jan. 9———TRUDEAU WON’T COMMIT TO ETHICS COMMITTEE: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wouldn’t commit Tuesday to testifying at a special meeting of the House of Commons ethics committee about his controversial trip to the Aga Khan’s private island in the Bahamas. During an appearance on CBC Radio’s “Information Morning” in Halifax, Trudeau was asked directly whether he’d be willing to appear before the committee. He ducked the question, largely dismissing the idea as little more than an Opposition effort to score political points. The Conservatives want the ethics committee to summon Trudeau to testify about the December 2016 trip, which left taxpayers on the hook for more than $200,000. Ethics commissioner Mary Dawson, whose tenure ended Monday, said Trudeau violated four different provisions of the Conflict of Interest Act when he and members of his family accepted the trip, which Dawson said could be seen as a gift designed to influence the prime minister. A spokesperson for the prime minister has said Trudeau reimbursed the commercial equivalent of his and his family’s flights to and from Nassau. The prime minister has also acknowledged he should have taken precautions and cleared his family vacation prior to the trip.———TRUDEAU DEFENDS MEETING WITH JOSHUA BOYLE: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is suggesting that security officials raised no red flags when his office arranged last month for him to meet freed hostage Joshua Boyle and his family. Trudeau says his office follows all the advice it’s given by security officials and did exactly that in the case of the Boyle family. Trudeau met with Boyle, his American wife and their three children in the prime minister’s Parliament Hill office on Dec. 18. On Dec. 30, Ottawa police laid 15 criminal charges against Boyle, including eight counts of assault, two counts of sexual assault, two counts of unlawful confinement and one count each of misleading police, uttering a death threat and administering a noxious substance. In the wake of the charges, questions have been raised about how someone alleged to have committed multiple crimes could have been granted a private meeting with Trudeau in the prime minister’s inner sanctum. The Prime Minister’s Office has said Boyle requested the meeting. It is not clear if Boyle was under police investigation at that time and Trudeau did not address that issue Tuesday in his first public comments on the meeting.———BANNON STEPS DOWN FROM BREITBART NEWS AFTER BREAK WITH TRUMP: Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is stepping down as chairman of Breitbart News Network after a public break with U.S. President Donald Trump. Breitbart announced Tuesday that Bannon would step down as executive chairman of the conservative news site, less than a week after Bannon’s explosive criticisms of Trump and his family were published in a new book. A report on the Breitbart website quotes Bannon saying, “I’m proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform.” Trump lashed out at Bannon for comments made in Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” which questions the president’s fitness for office. As Trump aides called him disloyal and disgraceful, the president branded his former chief strategist on Twitter as “Sloppy Steve,” an apparent reference to Bannon’s often unkempt appearance, and declared that “he lost his mind” when he was pushed out of the White House last August.———SOME PATRONS CALL FOR BOYCOTT OF TIM HORTONS OVER EMPLOYEE TREATMENT: Some are denouncing Tim Hortons and participating in a boycott until some Ontario franchisees and their corporate parent, Restaurant Brands International, come up with a different solution to offset the province’s minimum wage hike than clawing back employee benefits. A social media movement is encouraging people to join “No Timmies Tuesday” on Jan. 9 and instead visit independent coffee shops. The protest comes after some Ontario Tim Hortons franchisees eliminated paid breaks, fully covered health and dental plans, and/or other perks for their workers to help their businesses absorb the 20 per cent jump from an $11.60 hourly minimum wage to $14 at the start of the month. Those changes came to light after a letter from the owners of two Cobourg, Ont., franchisees — the married children of the chain’s co-founders — circulated on social media. Tim Hortons says individual franchisees are responsible for setting employee wages and benefits, while complying with applicable laws. But some franchisees argue the corporation — which controls prices — should help owners grappling with the mandated wage hike.———QUEBEC OPPOSITION BALKS AT ISLAMOPHOBIA ACTION DAY: The head of an influential Muslim group said he’s disappointed Quebec’s main opposition parties do not support a call by his organization to make the anniversary of Quebec City’s deadly mosque shooting a day of action on Islamophobia. Last Friday, the National Council of Canadian Muslims wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, asking for the Jan. 29 anniversary of the mass shooting one year ago to become a national day of remembrance and action on Islamophobia. Six Muslim men were shot and killed and 19 others were wounded in an attack on the mosque during prayers last Jan. 29. Alexandre Bissonnette is to stand trial in March on six charges of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder. But this week, the province’s two main opposition parties made it clear that, while they support a commemoration, they believe Islamophobia is a loaded term. The Parti Quebecois says the term is too controversial, while the Coalition Avenir Quebec deems the word inappropriate because Quebecers “are not Islamophobic.”———MOM AND HER TWO CHILDREN AMONG VICTIMS OF HOUSE FIRE: A mother and her two young children and an unrelated man who ran into a burning home to help those inside have been identified in a series of online tributes as the victims of a deadly house fire in southern Ontario. Authorities have declined to formally identify the two adults and two children who died in Monday’s blaze that gutted a home in Oshawa, Ont. But social media posts from family members, friends and organizations connected with the deceased have provided the names of the four who died. The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association identified three of the victims as Lindsey Bonchek and her two children, Madeline and Jackson. It described the trio as relatives of an association member. The daughter and the niece of the fourth person killed in the fire both issued emotional Facebook posts naming him as Steven MacDonald. MacDonald’s niece wrote that he died after going back into the burning home in order to rescue people inside.———NOVA SCOTIA FIRE VICTIM EMERGES FROM COMA, RELATIVE SAYS: A Nova Scotia man has been brought out of an induced coma, two days after a fast-moving house fire killed most of his young family, including a three-month-old baby, a relative says. “He was in pretty rough shape,” said Ervin Olsen of Yarmouth, N.S., the great-grandfather of two of the four youngsters killed in the blaze early Sunday in rural Pubnico Head. The father, local fisherman Phil Prouty, came out of the coma late Monday and was speaking, but his prognosis remained unclear, Olsen said in an interview Tuesday. His granddaughter, Emma Kennedy, has stayed by her common-law partner’s side in a Yarmouth hospital, mourning the loss of their blended family and a cousin as he struggled to survive, he said. Kennedy appears to be in good health, though she remains distraught about her family’s devastating loss, he said. A relative in Newfoundland who has launched a fundraising campaign for the family has said the victims ranged in age from an infant to a seven-year-old and included a cousin who was at the home for a sleepover.———FOUR WORKERS FIRED AT EDMONTON PRISON: The Correctional Service of Canada has fired four workers at Edmonton Institution following allegations of harassment, intimidation and bullying of other staff. Edmonton police are also looking into possible criminal charges as a result of behaviour at the maximum-security prison. A news release Tuesday said several staff were suspended last September while the Correctional Service brought in investigators to look into the claims. Additional disciplinary hearings are pending. Correctional Service spokeswoman Veronique Rioux added that two of the fired employees worked as officers and two were managers. She said there were both men and women in the group. A workplace assessment completed last year by investigation company TLS Enterprises described the prison as a toxic environment and made dozens of recommendations for change. The Correctional Service said it has already increased training and created a confidential tip line for employees to report misconduct.———ONTARIO SEEKS TO ALLOW TESTING OF DRIVERLESS CARS: Ontario drivers could soon find themselves motoring along the highway next to a car with no one in the driver’s seat. The province’s Liberal government is proposing to change the rules of its 10-year automated vehicle pilot project to allow for driverless testing. Currently, the testing of fully autonomous vehicles is only allowed with a driver behind the wheel, but the government is seeking public comment on a proposal to scrap that requirement. The province was the first jurisdiction in Canada to allow on-road testing of automated vehicles when the pilot project launched in 2016. There are currently seven participants, including BlackBerry’s QNX, Magna, Uber and the University of Waterloo. All of the participants have expressed interest in testing vehicles without drivers, a government spokesman said. The proposed automated vehicle changes also include allowing members of the public to drive vehicles that are less than fully automated — capable of driving automatically in limited scenarios — once they are available for purchase.———WINNIPEGERS RESPOND TO SHARKS CRITICISM: Some prominent Winnipeggers are biting back at criticism three San Jose Sharks players have levelled against the city. Mayor Brian Bowman, Premier Bill Pallister and singer Bif Naked are among those championing Winnipeg’s charms after several NHL players dismissed the Manitoba capital as the worst city to play in. Tomas Hertl, Justin Braun and Tim Heed all cited the cold, while Braun complained that the “Internet doesn’t work ever. I don’t know if they have Wi-Fi there yet.” Bowman countered that “it is a cold dark place — when you lose” while Pallister called the players’ comments “childish and immature.” Bif Naked said Winnipeggers are used to trash talk but also called the comments unfair, while Jets coach Paul Maurice said NHL players have a good life and should have nothing to complain about. The comments emerged in a video posted by the Sharks on NBC Sports California Twitter account, where the three players were asked for their thoughts about the worst city to play in. All said it was Winnipeg.———