The PartoPen: Working to Increase the Effectiveness of the Partograph

first_imgPosted on August 10, 2012Click 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)Our colleagues at Maternova recently highlighted on their innovation index a new tool (that is currently in development) that aims to increase the effectiveness of the partograph. The PartoPen is being developed by University of Colorado-Boulder Ph.D candidate Heather Underwood.According to Maternova’s innovation index:Using an infrared camera, the pen takes picture of dots that are pre-printed on the paper that act as GPS coordinates for the pen. The pen provides real-time feedback for:     · Decision support: Based on location of the pen on graph, the pen will provide next steps     · Reminders: Auto-reminders of time and procedure     · Error Checking: ex. Recording a temperature in F vs. C, pen recognizes the errorThe digital partograph system provides real-time data feedback and reinforces birth attendant training, while retaining the paper-and-pen interface currently used by most healthcare workers. The system is currently being evaluated in Kenya.This project received a $100,000 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to develop and implement the technology.Learn more about this new tool from Maternova here.More information:Visit the PartoPen site.Access several documents about the partograph in the MHTF Library. (Just enter “partograph” in the search box!)Read a number of blog posts about the partograph on the MHTF Blog.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

2 Questions Before Planning Your Next Nonprofit Event

first_imgTruth be told, I have a love/hate relationship with events. I love getting dressed up to attend a fancy benefit. On the other hand, I’ve seen too many organizations host events because their leaders felt they “should.”Without strategy or follow-up, events waste an organization’s limited resources and leave an exhausted staff in their wake. Events are also expensive. In fact, it costs 40 cents to raise $1 at an event while it costs just 15 cents to raise that same dollar through major gifts.So, why do organizations continue to host events? Because, as Claire Axelrad wrote in her recent post, events offer an invaluable opportunity to deepen stakeholders’ engagement with your organization. That’s why more organizations are going beyond the traditional gala or golf tournament to develop events like festivals and intimate dinners to connect with donors in new and unique ways.That leaves just one question: how do we make the most of events? My answer is, to paraphrase John Donne, “no event is an island.” That means your events need to play a pivotal role in your organization’s overall fundraising and solicitation strategies.Before you plan an event, ask yourself two questions:Does this event connect to my organization’s overall fundraising activities, donor outreach, and messaging?How will I maximize fundraising success at this event by leveraging my committee and sponsorships?Let me share an example:Say that your organization holds a large annual gala. It’s an event that your donors and larger audience look forward to every year. To answer the first question, consider how you can make this event the culmination of a series of smaller events, touch points, and other outreach you’ve organized throughout the year. Do you carry the same theme throughout the year? Do you ensure that donor recognition is integrated into the event? How will you introduce new attendees (and prospects) to your work?It’s also important to consider if your attendees come away really understanding what you do. All messaging should celebrate your donors’ role in your organization’s impact as well as the vision you are inviting attendees to share with you. Conducting a survey can be a great way to find out what your attendees learned. If they can’t share any substantive message about what you do, you’ve probably held a nice party, but not inspired your attendees to action (yet!) That’s where your follow-up is essential.Now, on to question two:In terms of fundraising success, I like to think of a large gala like a mini-campaign. How much can you raise with that event? Do you have the capacity to set and reach a lofty fundraising goal? Set specific fundraising targets for the event co-chairs, committee, board, and even honorees, if possible. Give your host committee clear expectations of what you want each member to “give and get.” This creates a blueprint that will hopefully drive a sense of each person’s role in the event’s success. It also helps you determine the three kinds of host committee members you need:Those who have the personal capacity and networks to connect you with sponsors.Those who are the “worker bees” without capacity and networks.Those who will only give their name and nothing else.The ideal event leadership committee should be a balance of all three kinds of volunteers.Then, take a look at the event’s sponsor giving levels. Are the benefits and recognition opportunities appealing and easy for you to deliver? Just as you create a campaign prospect pipeline comprised of many more prospects than gifts needed, review previous event sponsors as well as those who declined sponsorship offers in the past. Then, and most important, draw on your host committee’s networks to expand your reach and ensure you have more than enough prospects to solicit for each sponsor level.Finally, if your events really are an integrated part of your fundraising, your sponsorship asks should be tied to overall donor strategies. When you identify an event sponsor, list all the ways you would like that donor to support your organization that year. These may include:Sponsoring another event.Supporting a particular program that interests them.Giving an unrestricted annual gift (which I recommend is an automatic ask of all event sponsors).Meet with past event sponsors early in your fiscal year and share with them the full menu of funding requests you’d like them to consider. That enables you to make one ask—avoiding the multiple solicitation syndrome—and shows the donor that you have thought through all the ways they can be engaged in your work. It can also help you better forecast your fiscal year event revenue because you are asking early enough in the year.There’s no question that events are a lot of work. But they can be profitable for you in terms of revenue and volunteer engagement if you use them as one part of your overall development strategy.last_img read more

NFG Staff Profile: AJ Johnson

first_imgThe idea of being able to help someone attracts AJ to nonprofits. From an early age, she was involved with a Golden Retriever rescue organization and co-founded a satellite rescue facility. Working remote in Florida, you’ll find AJ at one of the awesome parks in Orlando, FL on her days off!“Nothing brings a smile to my face more than when I watch our customers have that “a-ha” moment in real time.”Q&A with AJ Johnson, Customer Success ManagerWhat do you do at Network for Good?I currently work as a Customer Success Specialist on the Welcome Team! I like to tell my customers that I’m a little bit like a driving instructor – I’m here to help them understand not only their product, but how the different components work together to help boost their fundraising. I get to work with folks for their first few months so that they’ll have a point of contact for their questions, and make sure I can provide them with the resources they’ll need to be successful after my time working with them ends.What is your experience with nonprofit organizations outside of Network for Good?I’ve always been involved with the nonprofit world one way or another. When I first heard about the 9/11 attacks, I immediately asked my parents how we’d be able to help the families who’d lost a loved one. After my family adopted a golden retriever from a small rescue while I was in middle school, we became involved enough to co-found our own rescue, using a network of volunteers, fosters, and transport specialists (#adoptdontshop, always!). I raised money through donations from my Bat Mitzvah for the rescue’s benefit, and I even ran their fledgling social media accounts for a while in high school! My passion has always been with the LGBTQ+ community, though, and I have volunteered with various queer organizations (and I do, to this day!). My focus has always been making sure people across the gender spectrum have access to safe, comfortable, and affordable medical care.What attracts you to nonprofits? I just love the concept of being able to do everything in your power to help someone. I’ve found motivation in helping those who maybe don’t even realize that they might need help, and I’ve found motivation in giving voices to those who maybe don’t have the capability to speak up. It’s that motivation that moves me to incorporate service in all parts of my life – work, play, and everything in between.What do you enjoy most about your work? Nothing brings a smile to my face more than when I watch our customers have that “aha!” moment when I’m on the phone with them. When everything clicks together for them, in that moment, it’s easy to see their excitement grow – they often are realizing exactly how they’ll be able to use the system to reach more donors with their message. Nonprofits are people’s passions, their hearts and souls, and being able to see it all click as they use their new system is just so fulfilling. I also love the exposure I get to nonprofits and causes that I’d never heard of – there are so many incredible people doing incredible things and it’s inspiring to see the kind of solutions people can find and the real magic they can do.What do you enjoy doing outside work? I live (and work remotely) about 30 miles south of Orlando, and I’m a huge adrenaline junkie, so on my days off, there’s a good chance you’ll find me at one of the theme parks in the area. I’ve got annual passes to Universal, Sea World, and Disney World, but I’ve always been a Disney kid at heart, so sometimes I’ll just go to the parks to grab a Mickey pretzel with cheese and people watch. Universal is great, too, for when I need a little Hogwarts magic to get through the weekend, and you’ll catch me most nights during the fall at their Halloween Horror Nights, hiding behind my partner from all of the scares! Sea World has become a recent favorite, though, because you can actually feed some of the little rays some anchovies, or watch the baby dolphins as they play tag and chase each other in the nursery. No matter which park I’m at, though, I’ll be somewhere near those roller coasters!Lightning RoundDream vacation? A full European adventure. I took Italian in high school and fell in love with the language, the culture, the architecture, the art – but if I’m headed on a dream trip, why only include one stop on the tour?Most recent book read? I’m currently reading Retta’s memoir “So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know” and I haven’t been able to stop laughing. She’s funny and poignant, and it goes so far beyond her time on Parks and Rec. I love to read though, and I’ve got over a thousand physical books at home – don’t even ask my about my Kindle.Last movie seen in movie theater? The last two have been Aladdin and Toy Story 4 – I wasn’t kidding about being a Disney kid!Theme song? “Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time” by Panic! At the Disco.Favorite color? Blue!All time favorite athlete? Right now, it’s Coco Gauff – she’s an honest-to-goodness inspiration. At fifteen, she’s competing in Wimbledon against her all-time hero – at fifteen, I think I was working part-time at a water park! She sets such an example for anyone who wants to follow their dreams, as cheesy as it sounds. Read more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

From the Archives | The Global and National Maternal Mortality Targets for the Sustainable Development Goals

first_imgSierra Leone (1,360)Finland (3) Ten Countries with the highest MMRs (per 100,000 live births)Ten Countries with the lowest MMRs   (per 100,000 live births) ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: For countries with current MMRs less than 10 deaths per 100,000 live births, measuring a two-thirds reduction is not feasible due to statistical limitations. Those countries with low MMRs should therefore focus on reducing internal inequities. National-level MMRs can hide disparities within countries: Women of low socioeconomic status, belonging to certain racial or ethnic groups and those living in rural areas, for example, are often at greatest risk of dying from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes. Therefore, all countries are called to focus on eliminating inequities among sub-populations under the new goals framework.The SDG 3.1 global target of less than 70 deaths per 100,000 live births represents an ambitious reduction in the global burden of maternal mortality from the current global MMR. Data from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015 estimates that the global MMR is 196 deaths per 100,000 live births. According to the World Health Organization, the global MMR is even higher, at approximately 216 deaths per 100,000 live births. But the global goal is achievable if all countries contribute to the global average by accelerating their national reduction of preventable maternal deaths by at least two-thirds and ensuring that no woman and no country is left behind, a key theme of the Global Strategy.Clearly, we all still have far to go in order to achieve both the global and national targets for maternal mortality. Reducing the global MMR to less than 70 deaths per 100,000 live births through national reduction of MMR by two-thirds in all countries by 2030 and reducing inequities in maternal survival within and among countries will be challenging; but with continued investment in maternal health research, programs and policy at the global, national and local levels, we can work together to end preventable maternal mortality across the globe.Learn more by checking out these resources:Strategies Toward Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM) | World Health OrganizationThe Sustainable Development Goals and Maternal Mortality | MHTF Topic PageEnding Preventable Maternal Mortality | MHTF ProjectStrategies Toward Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM) Under the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda | MHTF BlogA Common Monitoring Framework for Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality, 2015–2030: Phase I of a Multi-Step Process | BMC Pregnancy and ChildbirthEnding Preventable Maternal and Newborn Mortality and Stillbirths | BMJ—How do you think we can reduce maternal deaths around the world? We want to hear from you!Share this: Chad (856)Iceland (3) Democratic Republic of the Congo (693)Sweden (4) South Sudan (789)Austria (4) Burundi (712)Italy (4) Nigeria (814)Poland (3) Posted on September 20, 2017September 20, 2017By: Rima Jolivet, Maternal Health Technical Director, Maternal Health Task Force; 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)There has been some confusion recently about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) target for reducing global maternal mortality. The SDG global target is to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio (MMR) to less than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030. In addition to this global target, there are separate country-level targets: The primary national target is that by 2030, every country should reduce its MMR by at least two-thirds from its 2010 baseline. The secondary target, which applies to countries with the highest maternal mortality burdens, is that no country should have an MMR greater than 140 deaths per 100,000 live births by 2030.SDG 3.1 global target:By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 deaths per 100,000 live births.EPMM national targets:Primary target: By 2030, all countries should reduce their maternal mortality ratios by at least two-thirds from their 2010 baseline.Secondary target: By 2030, no country should have a maternal mortality ratio greater than 140 deaths per 100,000 live births.These global and national maternal mortality targets, developed by a group of technical experts through extensive consultations with global and country-level stakeholders, were published in a 2015 report, Strategies for Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM Strategies). The EPMM Strategies report fed into the development of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, 2016-2030 (Global Strategy), a framework for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals related to the health of women, children and adolescents.Understanding the distinction between the global and national targets is crucial. The global target alone is not useful for instituting country-level change. Countries need to set national targets to drive reduction in maternal deaths and thus contribute to meeting the global goal. The primary national target—that every country should reduce its MMR by at least two-thirds from its 2010 baseline levels—takes each country’s different starting point into account while still holding countries accountable for their own progress toward the common SDG goal.Each country has a unique starting point: a different baseline MMR and epidemiological risk profile, different health system capacity and resources and a different sociopolitical climate for work on reducing maternal mortality. These differences are reflected in the wide disparities in MMR among countries around the globe. National MMRs range from 3 deaths per 100,000 live births in Finland, Greece, Iceland and Poland to 1,360 deaths per 100,000 live births in Sierra Leone. This disparity illustrates that, unfortunately, a woman’s risk of maternal death depends largely on where she lives. Thus, the secondary national target—that no country should have a national MMR greater than 140 deaths per 100,000 live births  by 2030—was proposed as an important mechanism for reducing extreme inequities in global maternal survival. Liberia (725)Czech Republic (4) Somalia (732)Belarus (4) Data are estimates from “Trends in maternal mortality: 1990 to 2015” Estimates by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank Group and the United Nations Population Division Gambia (706)Kuwait (4) Central African Republic (882)Greece (3)last_img read more

Montreal Impact sack Garde, hire Cabrera

first_imgThe Montreal Impact have announced that head coach Remi Garde has been sacked, with former Houston Dynamo boss Wilmer Cabrera replacing him.Garde has the Impact currently in the seventh and final playoff position in the Eastern Conference, with the club holding a record of 10 wins, 13 losses and four draws. “Because I have so much respect for Remi as a person and as a professional, it was a very difficult decision to make and it was well thought, but our latest series of failures in the past couple of months and the way the team acts on the field led to that change,” Impact president and CEO Kevin Gilmore said in a club release. 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? “We hope to bring back confidence to this group of players for the last stretch of the season, to get a playoff spot and to perform in the Canadian Championship final.”Garde, who has also managed Lyon and Aston Villa, was named Impact manager in November 2017. In the 2018 season, his first in charge of Montreal, Garde led the team to a seventh-place finish in the Eastern Conference which, based on the playoff format last year, was the final spot out of the postseason.Overall, Garde led the Impact to a record of 24 wins, 29 losses and eight draws in MLS regular season action.In Garde’s place comes Cabrera, who was only fired by Houston last week. Under Cabrera, the Dynamo struggled in 2019 after a hot start, and the Colombian couldn’t survive a run of two wins, 11 losses and one draw in the Dynamo’s 14 matches leading up to his firing. Overall, Cabrera posted a record of 32 wins, 39 losses and 22 draws in MLS play as head coach of the Dynamo.The Impact also announced that assistant coach Wilfried Nancy and goalkeeper coach Remy Vercoutre will remain with the club, while Patrice Bernier will also join as an assistant coach.Meanwhile, assistant coach Joel Bats and fitness coach Robert Duverne will not remain with the Impact. Montreal became the sixth MLS club to sack their head coach this season, following FC Cincinnati (Alan Koch), Colorado Rapids (Anthony Hudson), New England Revolution (Brad Friedel), Real Salt Lake (Mike Petke) and the Dynamo.last_img read more

Everton v Wolves team news: Kean and Cutrone start

first_imgEverton host Wolves on Sunday afternoon in what could be an important game in the battle for European qualification, with the visitors still looking for their first Premier League win of the season.The Toffees scraped past Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup in midweek while Wolves dispatched Torino on their way to Europa League group stage qualification, but both teams are looking to improve their league form after patchy starts to the season.With new signings bedding in, Marco Silva will hope his side can go into the international break in good spirits, with a win able to take them into the top four. 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? Game Everton vs Wolves Date Sunday, September 1 Time 2:00pm BST / 9:30am 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 NBC, UNIVERSO fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the UK, the match will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. It can be streamed via Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Everton squad Goalkeepers Pickford, Stekelenburg, Lossl Defenders Baines, Keane, Holgate, Digne, Mina, Sidibe, Coleman, Martina Midfielders Sigurdsson, Schneiderlin, Bernard, Gomes, Gbamin, Davies Forwards  Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Walcott, Tosun, Iwobi, Kean, Niasse, Bolasie Confirmed Everton XI: Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne; Andre Gomes, Delph; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Iwobi; Kean Position Wolves squad Goalkeepers Patricio, Ruddy Defenders Doherty, Vallejo, Bennett, Boly, Coady, Jonny, Vinagre, Sanderson, Kilman Midfielders Neves, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Traore, Gibbs-White, Saiss, Jordao, Neto, Perry Forwards Jimenez, Jota, Cutrone Confirmed Wolves XI: Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Adama, Neves, Dendoncker, Saiss, Vinagre; Raul, CutroneBetting & Match Odds Home advantage sees Everton start as slight favourites at 6/5 with bet365. Wolves are available at 5/2, while the draw can be backed at 9/4.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Richarlison, EvertonWhile this may only be the fourth game of the campaign, it represents a significant early milestone for Everton as they look to set the tone for an ambitious season.A win would take them into the top four – temporarily, at least – and could provide a useful boost against one of the sides expected to challenge them for European qualification this year.With the likes of Moise Kean, Fabian Delph and Djibril Sidibe getting starts under their belts and Alex Iwobi notching his first goal for the club in midweek, the aim now is to leave themselves with a solid foundation on which to build after the international break. Silva is hoping the new boys are now ready to contribute in the Premier League.”I liked what I saw [from the new signings against Lincoln], to be honest, but that’s something I expected also,” Silva said.”Like all the team, they did well. It’s important for them to start to know each other and their teammates better.”For Fabian and for Alex it’s easier because they know the Premier League and they even know some of their teammates, even if they didn’t play together. For the other two [Kean and Sidibe] it’s a little bit different. It’s up to me to give more minutes to them when I can, for them to start if I decide it.”Now they are coming to the same level as the others and it’s up to me to decide.”Raul Jimenez Wolverhampton Torino Europa LeagueWithout a win but unbeaten in the league, the glass remains half full at Wolves as they saw off the challenge of Torino to qualify for the group stage of the Europa League in midweek.But with the competition having a reputation for derailing Premier League seasons, Nuno Santo will doubtless be keen to get that first win ticked off, a result which would give their league position a healthier look over the break.Wolves recorded a convincing 3-1 win on their last visit to Goodison Park in February, but Everton have only been beaten once at home since then.“That shows how good they are, and how well they do things,” said the Wolves boss.“What we did [against Torino] was amazing, but now we have to think about a very good squad and a very good manager. It’s going to be a very tough game for us.“All the moments of the game are going to be key. The shape, the organisation, has to be there. This is the most important thing.“Whatever the game gives to you, you have to react to it. We try to give the best answer in that moment. We immediately reacted [after conceding against Torino].“Sometimes it takes longer, but the idea is to maintain the spirit – regroup and go again.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Michigan State Could Lose 5th Player To Transfer Since Start Of Season

first_imgA closeup of Mark Dantonio during a Michigan State football game.EAST LANSING, MI – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans looks on while playing the Ohio State Buckeyesat Spartan Stadium on November 10, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan State isn’t having the year most were expecting. The Spartans are just 4-3 through seven games. Back-to-back blowout losses to Ohio State and Wisconsin have folks worried about the trajectory of the program.It’s in times like these that players want to transfer to a new school. The NCAA transfer portal has provided that option.As of Thursday morning, the Spartans’ 5th player this season has entered his name in the portal. This time, wide receiver Cam Chambers is the latest wanting to transfer.Michigan State wide receiver Cam Chambers has entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal, according to a source. Last season, he made 19 catches for 264 yards. He would be a graduate transfer.— Rainer Sabin (@RainerSabin) October 17, 2019 Chambers is Michigan State’s 4th offensive player to transfer this season. Others include: receiver Weston Bridges, and running backs Connor Heyward and La’Darius Jefferson. Linebacker Brandon Bouyer-Randle has also opted to transfer.The Spartans’ four offensive player transfers may be due to the team’s struggles on that side of the ball. Michigan State has been abysmal in all aspects on offense.MSU’s offense averages just 357.4 yards per game which ranks 100th in the nation. Scoring-wise, the team is averaging 23.9 points per game, good for 98th overall.Simply put, the Michigan State offense just isn’t having fun. There’s little creativity and not enough fire-power.If the Spartans can’t get things figured out, more offensive players might be itching to leave town.last_img read more

How a loss at Burnley helped Klopp’s Liverpool take shape

first_imgJurgen Klopp will remember his first trip to Turf Moor, even if he’d much rather forget it.It is a little over three years since the Liverpool boss led his side up the M6 and across the M65 to Burnley, and returned with his tail between his legs.The Reds wore bright green shirts that day – ‘Toxic Thunder’ was the official marketing description – but delivered a performance with little to illuminate it.  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 They lost 2-0, Burnley scoring twice in the first half, then watching with comfort as Liverpool huffed, puffed but, despite having 80 per cent possession and 26 shots at goal, failed to blow the Clarets’ house down. Afterwards a beaming Sean Dyche spoke about football’s “obsession” with possession, while Klopp became involved in a heated exchange with journalists who had quizzed him on his team’s display, railing at suggestions a dip into the transfer market was needed.“If one game should change my mind, then I would be a real idiot,” he scoffed. “I know you all would buy a left-back, but a midfielder?! I love your job. We have the ball, but then we need to be the best fighters? Come on!”This, remember, was the start of Klopp’s first full season at Anfield, and the Liverpool we witnessed that day was a long way from the one which will return to Turf Moor later today looking to make it four wins from four at the start of the new Premier League campaign.Indeed, of the 11 who started in 2016, only four remain regular starters: James Milner, Gini Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson and Roberto Firmino.Liverpool at Burnley 2016Simon Mignolet, Ragnar Klavan, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge have all gone, while Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne find themselves down the pecking order. We didn’t know it at the time, but at Burnley we were watching the first big evolution of Liverpool under Klopp, who had begun the process of turning the Reds into a team that could fight as well as flow.They suffered in Lancashire, but decisions made there would set them on their way back to the big time.Milner started at left-back, Klopp having lost faith in Alberto Moreno’s ability to deliver consistently, while Henderson was asked to drop into a deep-lying midfield role.Wijnaldum, signed a month earlier from Newcastle, was to be converted into an orthodox midfielder, while Firmino was to be trusted as Klopp’s gegenpressing No.9, ahead of both Sturridge and Divock Origi.Sadio Mane missed the game, but would bring the pace and dynamism we now take for granted with the Senegal star.Little by little, his team was taking shape. “I saw a lot of good things,” Klopp said. “Life is not over.”He was right. Liverpool went on a 15-game unbeaten run after that Burnley game and, by the end of the season, had secured a top-four finish and a return to the Champions League.From there, and with signings such as Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson and Alisson Becker, they have been able to establish themselves among Europe’s elite.Liverpool 2019 PSNow, there are no questions over whether they can handle a team like Burnley, whether they are physically and mentally ready to deal with a trip to Turf Moor.They have dug deep to win on each of their last two visits, the most recent being a 3-1 come-from-behind victory in treacherous conditions last December.“We have had all the weather at Burnley!” said Klopp on Friday. “Turf Moor is great. It’s a really tough place to go.“It’s not planning a holiday when you go to Burnley; it’s planning the hardest work you can imagine. That’s what we will be ready for.”There is no reason to doubt him. Burnley’s approach hasn’t changed, nor has the challenge they pose on home soil.Klopp’s Liverpool, though, have come a long way since that chastening afternoon three years ago. They have another chance to show it on Saturday evening. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Elneny agent plays down rumours of Milan move

first_imgMohamed Elneny’s agent has revealed that AC Milan were among multiple clubs that tried to sign his client in last winter’s transfer window but would not comment on rumours linking the midfielder with a January move to San Siro.The Egypt international saw his playing time with Arsenal dry up last season, as the midfielder made just 17 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners. Elneny nearly left the club last January, but his agent said he ended up staying in north London despite interest from the Rossoneri. 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 “Milan and Roma tried to sign the player during the last winter transfer window,” Alaa Nazmy told Time Sport. “But the negotiations didn’t work then, and he received more than one offer as well.”Elneny stayed with the Gunners but eventually left the club this summer to join Besktas on a season-long loan. Nazmy, though, said that the Turkish side were far from the only interested team in taking Elneny on loan, with offers from England and Spain as well. “Elneny received a lot of offers last summer, led by Leicester City, West Ham United and Valencia, but Besiktas managed to settle the deal with Arsenal,” Nazmy said.Elneny has made three appearances for Besktas thus far in 2019-20 amid reports that Milan could return with another bid in the upcoming winter transfer window.Stefano Pioli’s side are reportedly concerned that Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie could make a move to the Premier League and have targeted Elneny as a potential replacement. Nazmy would not deny that his client could join Milan, but also insisted that Elneny could return to north London to play for Arsenal again when his loan in Turkey expires.”I can’t talk about the renewal of the Milan negotiations to sign Elneny during the next transfer window,” Nazmy said.”(Arsenal manager Unai) Emery didn’t ask for [Elneny’s] departure from Arsenal because of his performance, but [Elneny] demanded to take a chance to develop his performance and return again. “It is possible for him to play with Arsenal again and it still remains strong.”Besiktas are off to a surprisingly slow start to the season, currently sittting in 12th position in the Turkish Super Lig with two wins, two draws and three losses from their opening seven games.last_img read more

SEC Preview: Alabama, Georgia could be on collision course … again

first_img 2 Photos Share: Alabama head coach Nick Saban throws a pass during a NCAA college football practice, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) Photo Gallery The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. Share: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. The Crimson Tide approaches the season widely regarded as the favorite to win a sixth national title in the last decade. That overtime win over his former defensive coordinator’s team did leave Saban with a months-long quarterback controversy: Heralded championship game hero Tua Tagovailoa vs. two-year starter Jalen Hurts.But neither mentor nor star pupil wanted their teams dwelling on that game or last season.“We’re constantly looking for the next edge…” Smart said.Saban’s message to his team: “Forget about what happened last year.”The league welcomes five new head coaches, including Saban disciples Jimbo Fisher at Texas A&M and Jeremy Pruitt at Tennessee. Fisher returned to his SEC Western Division roots from Florida State after past stints at LSU and Auburn with a 10-year, $75 million deal.The primary SEC West challenger to Alabama might be defending champion Auburn, which returns quarterback Jarrett Stidham and has one of the league’s most talented defensive lines. But Fisher’s Aggies return 15 starters and Mississippi State has 17 back. Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn. His 3,158 passing yards as a first-year starter ranks second in school history.Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State. Tied for the league lead with both 10.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss. The sack total was the highest by a Bulldogs player since 2005.Devin White, LB, LSU. Led the league with 133 tackles and was SEC defensive player of the week four times.NEW FACESTexas A&M’s Fisher, Florida’s Mullen, Mississippi’s sort of new Matt Luke, Arkansas’ Chad Morris and Mississippi State’s Joe Moorhead. Also Alabama has six new assistants, including the coordinators on both sides of the ball. On the field, Georgia tailback Zamir White and Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr. are among the potential impact newcomers. Subscribe Today Georgia coach Kirby Smart gave mentor Nick Saban and Alabama a run for their money in the national championship game — and did it again in the offseason.Smart brought in the nation’s top recruiting class and stayed on point with Saban-like messages about guarding against complacency and embracing the pressure of high expectations while dismissing potential as “dormant ability.”“We can’t allow complacency to slip into our program and slip into our staff because I know that will eat away at the core fundamentals that we started to believe,” Smart said during Southeastern Conference media days.Clearly a sentiment Saban would endorse.Alabama and defending SEC champion Georgia could very well be on a collision course for a championship again, though it’s more likely to be a meeting in the league title game this time. The Tide didn’t win the West last season after falling to Auburn in the regular-season finale.center_img Published: August 13, 2018, 4:57pm SEC Preview: Alabama, Georgia could be on collision course … again Five new head coaches enter the mix A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi. Might have a hard time matching his huge 2017 numbers (75 catches, 1,252 yards, 11 touchdowns) if only because of QB Shea Patterson’s departure.Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama. Anchors the defensive line after racking up 8.5 sacks as a sophomore.Drew Lock, QB, Missouri. Led the nation with an SEC-record 44 touchdown passes, while flirting with 4,000 yards. First-team All-SEC quarterback.Deebo Samuel, WR/RS, South Carolina. Tied for the team lead in 2017 with six touchdowns — three receptions, one run, two kick returns — despite breaking his leg in the third game. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: By JOHN ZENOR, Associated Press ON THE HOT SEATWith five new head coaches, there are fewer in precarious situations. Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason enters Year 5 seeking his first winning season. Kentucky’s Mark Stoops and LSU’s Ed Orgeron might be in some jeopardy with big drop offs.___More AP college football: and GO South Carolina and Dan Mullen’s Florida seem the most likely to challenge Georgia in the East.Some other things to know about the SEC in 2018:THE FAVORITESEast: Georgia. The clear division front-runner after making it to the brink of the Bulldogs’ first national title since 1980. Kirby Smart must replace tailbacks Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, along with linebacker Roquan Smith and six other defensive starters. Quarterback Jake Fromm is back after an impressive freshman season (presuming he faces down a challenge from five-star recruit Justin Fields).West: Alabama. With enviable quarterback options and strong front lines, the Tide remains the team to beat — even after a runner-up division finish to rival Auburn. The Tide defense must replace eight NFL draft picks and the entire starting secondary. Tailback Damien Harris is a stalwart in the offense.TOP PLAYERSDeandre Baker, CB, Georgia. Baker had nine pass breakups last season to go along with three interceptions, including one in the national championship game.last_img read more

Fishing report, Sept. 13

first_img By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. The fall salmon season is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to U.S. Highway 395 in Pasco, starting as of Thursday. The river was closed by emergency order. Chinook retention is still allowed in Washington tributaries.White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam, but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing. White Sturgeon retention will be allowed from the Wauna Powerlines to the Bonneville Dam on Sept. 15 and 22.Walleye fishing is fair in the John Day Pool.Steelhead retention is closed in the main stem Columbia River, and is also closed in Drano Lake, the Wind River, and the White Salmon River.Trout fishing continues to be good in high elevation lakes, and is improving with the cooler temps. Share: GO Fishing report, Sept. 13 Receive latest stories and local news in your email:center_img By Terry Otto, Columbian staff writer Published: September 13, 2018, 6:02am The 2018 Wauna-Bonneville Dam Recreational White Sturgeon Fishery is open the next two Saturdays.Area: Mainstem Columbia River from the Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam.Daily bag limit: One fishLegal size: 44-inch minimum and 50-inch maximum fork length (Fork length is measured in a straight line from the tip of the nose to the fork in the caudal fin (tail) with the fish laying on its side on a flat surface, with the tape measure/ruler positioned flat under the fish).Annual bag limit: Two fish.Retention of green sturgeon is prohibited.Recent trout plantsFall trout stockings have begun, and these trout are much larger than those that are stocked in the spring and summer.Goose Lake, (Skamania County) 1,100 cutthroat stocked on Aug. 29 at over a pound each.Mayfield Reservoir, (Lewis County) 7,840 rainbows at 1.3 per pound were stocked from Aug. 15-30WalleyeBonneville Pool — Five anglers kept one walleyeJohn Day Pool — 66 anglers kept 20 walleye and released three. Bass and panfish are still biting in the Columbia River and local lakes.Salmon/SteelheadBuoy 10 to Tongue Point — from Sept. 1-2, 398 anglers kept 70 coho.Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam — 107 bank angers kept seven adult and one jack Chinook. They released one adult and 1 jack Chinook, and one steelhead. 703 boat anglers kept 172 adult Chinook, 11 jack Chinook and six coho. They released 14 adult and six jack Chinook, one steelhead, and three coho.Elochoman River — 1 bank angler had no catch.Cowlitz River — I-5 Bridge downstream: Nine boats/25 rods kept six chinook, six jacks, two steelhead and released 26 chinook, five jacks and two steelhead. Above the I-5 Bridge: Three boats/six rods kept two steelhead.Kalama River — No anglers sampled.Lewis River — No anglers sampled.Wind River — Two bank anglers had no catch. Two boats/three rods had no catch.Drano Lake — Five boats/nine rods kept three chinook, one jack.Klickitat River — 19 bank anglers kept four chinook.SturgeonLower Columbia below Bonneville Dam — Light effort and catch during the current catch-and-release fishery. Terry Otto Columbian staff writer Share:last_img read more

Two Trekkers Traverse Nepal’s Entire Great Himalaya Trail

first_imgComplete 152-day trek across world’s highest and longest alpine walking track   Ottawa, ON; August 17, 2017 – Adventure travel specialist World Expeditions announces the end of its exclusive trek along the Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) in Nepal this July. Encountering some of the wildest and most remote mountain environments imaginable, two trekkers completed the 152-day journey along the world’s tallest mountain range where they have been walking since February 26. “I only found out about the Great Himalaya Trail as a feasible, supported trek when the World Expeditions brochure dropped on my doorstep. I was instantly drawn to it,” said Ian Whittaker, one of the trekkers. “Initially I committed only to the first three sections but in the end I signed up for the whole distance!” Spanning 1700km in total, the Nepal traverse is nearly equal to walking from Banff, Alberta to Boulder, Colorado. Beginning in the east, it crosses the country to the high plateaus on the Tibetan borderlands in the far west, encountering rich cultures and isolated communities along the way. From the trail, trekkers can see all eight of Nepal’s 8000-metre peaks as they journey through rarely visited valleys and ascend high passes between snow-capped mountain faces. “The scale of the Himalaya is something to behold, and if you love the mountains you can’t help but fall in love with the place,” said Matthew Gibson, the other full traverse trekker. “The Nepalese people, like those on most of the subcontinent, are incredibly hospitable, welcoming, and generous.” Exclusive to World Expeditions since 2011, the Nepal GHT can be undertaken in one continuous trek or in seven stand-alone stages that can be completed individually or trekked together. At each stage, travellers can count on superb Himalayan vistas, sustainable practices that support local communities, and the transformative personal achievement that comes from completing an adventure of this kind. The seven stages include: GHT Everest & Rolwaling Traverse via Tashi Labsta Pass (28 days) – See stunning views of Mount Everest from the picturesque Gokyo Lakes and crossings of the Renjo La and challenging Tashi Labsta pass.GHT Kanchenjunga Exploratory (25 days) – Pass through jaw-dropping mountain scenery under the immense north face of Kanchenjunga before turning towards the west and crossing the Nango La.GHT Langtang via Tilman Pass (18 days) – Trace the popular pilgrimage trail to Panch Pokhari Lakes, this section crosses the remote and heavily glaciated Tilman Pass before witnessing the breathtaking Langtang Valley.GHT Makalu & Everest Traverse via Sherpani Col (34 days) – The most challenging stage, this section crosses the highest passes in the Himalaya including the Sherpani Col, West Col and Amphu Labsta to emerge into the Everest region before crossing the Cho La to Gokyo Lakes.GHT Manaslu & Annapurna (26 days) – The combination of the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuits make this section a great option for first-time trekkers to Nepal and Himalayan enthusiasts alike.GHT Upper Dolpo Traverse (25 days) – Experience the medieval fortified village of Chharka Bhot, the nomad camps in the heart of Dolpo, Dho Tarap and a finale at Phoksumdo Lake.GHT Rara Lake & Yari Valley (28 days)  – The final stage begins by exploring Rara National Park before crossing the Great Himalaya Range via wildflower-covered passes and through the Karnali corridor to the Yari Valley and the Tibetan border. On the cutting edge of adventure travel, World Expeditions crafts creative itineraries for its travellers’ unique needs and styles. For detailed information, bookings, or tailored private departures, visit or call 1-800-567-2216.  About World Expeditions Since its inception in 1975, World Expeditions has earned an outstanding reputation as an innovator and world leader in quality small group adventure holidays. With seven offices around the world, including Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand, it is a global company that stands out not only for its pioneering commitment to responsible tourism but also for the number of inclusions and the exceptional value of its trips. Offering thousands of unique itineraries escorted by expert leaders, World Expeditions meticulously designs each trip with an emphasis on exclusivity for those travellers with high expectations of their experiences in ‘taking the path less travelled’. The World Expeditions Travel Group consists of 10 travel brands, including; Adventure South, Australian Walking Holidays, Great Canadian Trails, Huma Charity Challenge, Tasmanian Expeditions, Sherpa Expeditions, UTracks, World Youth Adventures and Yomads. read more

Crystal River Cruises Unveils New Moselle River Itineraries For 2019

first_imgMIAMI, February 1, 2018 – Taking to the river less traveled, Crystal is introducing brand new 10-day “Enchanting Moselle” itineraries aboard Crystal Bach, round-trip from Amsterdam through Germany and the Netherlands, beginning May 28, 2019 through December 24, 2019. The voyages feature five entirely new ports of call through the vineyard-flanked Moselle River, considered to be one of the most breathtaking stretches of river in Europe. Guests can experience world-class Rieslings and the famous vintages of the Mosel Wine Region in Bernkastel, the medieval charm and Roman ruins of Trier, and the stunning architecture of Reichsburg Castle in Cochem. Along with the picturesque Moselle, new destinations to explore along the Rhine River include Bonn, Beethoven’s birthplace; Dusseldorf, the cultural and fashion hub of Germany; the historic war museums of Arnhem, Netherlands; and returning favorite, Koblenz, which offers travelers a unique perspective of the point at which the Rhine and the Moselle meet. Overnights spent in Amsterdam and Trier afford ample time for longer sojourns, like a day trip to nearby Luxembourg or an in-depth exploration of Holland’s art and culinary scenes. “The new Moselle voyages aboard Crystal Bach allow travelers to venture off the beaten path to less visited locales of remarkable beauty and fascinating history, with the added distinction as the only Moselle River itinerary with convenient travel round-trip from Amsterdam,” says Walter Littlejohn, vice president and managing director of Crystal River Cruises. “Innovative itineraries that explore new places, and offer new perspectives on longtime favorites, are a hallmark of the Crystal brand. With more experiences than ever included in the Crystal River fleet, this is the ideal time to branch out into new waters and continue broadening the scope of choices for our guests.” The all-suite, all-butler, all-balcony Crystal Bach features Crystal’s signature service with the highest crew-to-guest ratio in the industry — 68 crew members serving 106 guests. Crystal river ships offer the largest accommodations in the river cruise industry. Crystal Bach’s standard suites measure 253 sq. ft. and the two-bedroom, two-bath Crystal Suite measures 759 sq. ft. The line’s suites feature Crystal’s acclaimed butler service for every room category, plush king-sized beds that face toward Panoramic Balcony-Windows, walk-in closets and dual vanity in the bathrooms in most categories, robes and slippers, personal iPads, and wall-mounted 42-inch, flat-screen HD TVs. Additional enticing features include Crystal’s farm-to-table, Michelin-inspired cuisine in multiple, open-seating eateries: the elegant Waterside Restaurant; namesake Bistro cafés; the exclusive Vintage Room; and the Palm Court. Crystal’s Early Booking Savings enhances the new itineraries, offering savings of up to $1,000 per suite for bookings made by March 31, 2018.  By sea, river, land or air, Crystal has redefined the way the world views luxury travel. The world-renowned Crystal Experience – featuring global journeys with Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, Crystal AirCruises and Crystal Luxury Air – continues to entice the world’s most discerning travelers with incomparable luxury and unparalleled personal service. Crystal will expand its fleet with the upcoming Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel river ships, the Crystal Endeavor expedition yacht and an entirely new class of ocean ships over the next five years. Celebrating 27 years of excellence, Crystal Cruises is the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line, having earned “World’s Best Cruise Ship” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards for 24 years; been voted “World’s Best Large Ship Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure readers for 20 years; and the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by travel professional organization Virtuoso for three consecutive years (2014, 2015 & 2016).  The readers of Travel + Leisure also voted Crystal River Cruises the “World’s Best River Cruise Line” and Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises the “World’s Best Small-Ship Cruise Line” in 2017. Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of the professionals of ASTA. Join the hundreds of thousands who follow Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page and @crystalcruises on Twitter and Instagram, and engage in the conversation with #crystalcruises.last_img read more

Travel Solo. Not Alone with Lindblad Expeditions

first_imgLINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS-NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WAIVES THE SOLO PREMIUM ON SEVEN EXCEPTIONAL ITINERARIES  NEW YORK, NY, October 24th, 2018 — Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic is offering solo travelers exclusive savings on seven exceptional itineraries.  For a limited period, solo premiums will be waived on select expeditions to Galápagos, Baja California, Costa Rica & Panama, Belize, South Pacific, and the Pacific Northwest. Whether you’re experienced at solo travel or trying it for the first time, Lindblad’s welcoming on-board community makes traveling on your own a comfortable and rewarding experience.  With plenty of group activities, open seating dining and an expedition staff as companionable as they are knowledgeable, guests often compare traveling aboard one of Lindblad’s small ships to sailing aboard a private yacht with a group of like-minded travelers. Following are the six itineraries that will waive solo premiums:Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey: 7-day expedition aboard the new National Geographic Quest discovering sky-high canyons, massive waterfalls, and ancient petroglyphs that so astounded Lewis and Clark along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Enjoy the region’s bounty, in every sense of the word—from abundant fresh food and captivating history to endless natural beauty. Available on Apr. 25 & May 1, 2019 departures.   Rates begin at $4,940 per person. Plus receive a $500 air credit, valid for new bookings only, subject to availability.Galápagos: Experience up-close encounters with endemic wildlife on this 10-day immersive expedition. Actively explore the varied islands, habitats, and wildlife both on land and under the sea, including options for walks, hikes, kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling. Available departures: National Geographic Endeavour II: Feb. 1 & Mar. 1, 2019; National Geographic Islander: Feb. 9 & 16, 2019. Rates begin at $8,450.Base Camp Baja: Lindblad has teamed up with Exhale Spa for a 5-day wildness and wellness getaway aboard National Geographic Venture. Actively explore unsullied landscapes in uninhabited wilds of Espíritu Santo and Isla Partida in the Sea of Cortez, revel in pure nature, and enjoy Exhale’s award-winning wellbeing programs. Challenge body and mind with fitness classes and mindfulness hikes, or simply chill in the shimmering Sea of Cortez. Available on Dec. 22 & 30, 2018; Jan. 3 & 7, 2019 departures.  Rates begin at $2,650.Baja California & the Sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales: See California gray whales up close on this 10-Day voyage aboard National Geographic Venture.  Explore the entrance of Bahía Magdalena, as well as Laguna San Ignacio, the whales’ main breeding grounds. Snorkel with sea lions, search for marine mammals and experience the Baja California undersea. Hike desert islands, sculpted sand dunes, and see a variety of wildlife in the Sea of Cortez.  Available on the Jan. 12, 2019 departure.  Rates begin at $6,590;  plus receive a $350 air credit, valid for new bookings only, subject to availability.A Voyage to Belize: Wildlife, Reefs, and Rivers: Travel to the Belize Barrier Reef, one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, on this 6-day voyage aboard National Geographic Quest. Experience the vibrant sea, home to the largest coral reef in the northern hemisphere, just recently taken off UNESCO’s endangered list.  Available on the March 5, 2019 departure.  Rates begin at $3,850.  Plus receive free air, a $350 air credit, or business class upgrade, valid for new bookings only, subject to availability.Costa Rica and Panama Canal:  8-days aboard National Geographic Quest exploring Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, a singular experience of diverse nature and jungle wildlife coupled with an in-depth crossing of the Panama Canal. Venture into remote wilderness: hike among monkeys, sloths, and tropical birds, and explore far from any inhabited places.  Available on Dec. 15, 2018 & Jan. 5, 2019 departures; plus receive free roundtrip air or a 2-night extension, valid for new bookings only, subject to availability.Tahiti to the Marquesas + Crossing to Hawai’i extension: Set aboard National Geographic Orion, follow in the path of early Polynesian navigators on this epic 9-day voyage that takes you to some of the most remote and compelling sites in the far reaches of French Polynesia. Then choose to continue onboard on a relaxing 7-day sea voyage, across the equator where you will join us for two days exploring the Big Island of Hawaii and the incredible history and nature that embody this paradise.  Available on May 22, 2019 & May 18, 2020 departures.  Rates begin at $9,530. For reservations or additional information on Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic voyages to some of the most beautiful and fascinating places on Earth, visit, call 1-800-EXPEDITION (1-800-397-3348) or contact your travel advisor. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube,  Pinterest andLinkedIn.last_img read more

Celebrate the Year of the Pig by Figuratively Wearing One

first_imgEarlier in February, celebrations of the Lunar New Year officially ushered in the Year of the Pig. In the Chinese zodiac, “signs” are assigned to years — rather than months, as in the Western tradition — rotating every twelve years. If you were born in 1971, 1983, or 1995 this is your year!If this is your year, however, according to Chinese New Year, be careful: It’s viewed “as a hurdle you have to jump over.” The site recommends protecting yourself from evil spirits, bad fortune, razor burn, and bad fashion choices by wearing red underwear every day for the year (okay…we snuck in those last two). They also recommend that, if you’re married, don’t go out at night without your wife. One horoscope suggests that March could be very good for you hogs, with luck in both your career sector and your love lives!Of course just like Western astrology, people born in each of these years are supposed to share certain characteristics. “People born in the year of the Pig think logically and are able to fix whatever problem they’re in. They aren’t good communicators, but they’re kind and able to provide for the family. Most of them are wealthy. Their only obvious fault is that they lose their temper easily.” Hey … if you’re bringing home the bacon on the regular, I guess we can forgive a little squealing here and there … just don’t be piggy about it. It’s also a tradition in the Chinese New Year to buy new clothes, so to help indulge your celebratory nature, here are a few suggestions for products proclaiming our terrific, radiant, and humble porcine fortunes. Wilbur, grab a couple of these and you’ll really be “Some Pig.” J. Crew Mercantile Flying Pigs Boxers Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits $285 from Bloomingdale’s $1,300 from Saks Fifth Avenue $90 from Swatch Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs $108 from Reyn Spooner Paul & Shark Yachting Year of the Boar T-shirtHow boar-ing. Paul & Shark’s limited edition T-shirt features this porcine character dressed in a classic nautical sweater, red stocking cap, and horn-rimmed glasses. Gucci Piglet Wool Jacquard SweaterOK, this is a wee bit beyond the price that we’d normally recommend for a sweater, but with its deep V-neck and jacquard finish styling, it’s right on trend for the season and, after all, it’s made in Italy. Think of it as an investment in your wealthy side … if not your logical one. If you’d rather eat your pig than wear one, learn all about how to cook a great tasting ham here. 4505 Chicharrones Fried Pork Rinds Variety PackOkay, so you can’t wear chicharrones. But, aren’t you hitting that Keto diet hard to prep for beach season? If so, celebrate your gains and the new year with some fried pork rinds. Logically, you’d want to choose a variety pack like this one, featuring eight each of chili and salt, jalapeño cheddar, and smokehouse barbecue one-ounce bags of rinds. Snort.  Year of the BoarFeaturing the brand’s special “Weekend Wash,” the Year of the Boar shirt comes out of the package with a soft, relaxed feel. This mellow vibe is complemented with a gentle pattern of mountains, palm trees, flowers, and — you guessed it! — soaring wild boars in honor of the year of the pig. Pair under a dark gray sweater for a fun pop of color at your next work happy hour. How to Shave With a Straight Razor Brooks Brothers Year of the Pig Long Sleeve PoloPart of a passel of celebratory products from iconic retailer Brooks Brothers, the simple, yet jocular emblem is a classic expression of this year’s figure. Brooks’ pig is also available as a sweatshirt or printed large scale on a short-sleeved graphic tee. Just the thing to impress all the other swine at your upscale anger management class. center_img Not quite red, but pink’s close enough for us. These jaunty printed boxers are made from comfortable 100 percent cotton and, if you look closely enough, every so often you will spot a flying pig. Great as underwear, they’re also perfect for lounging around the house on those evenings you’re avoiding going out with your wife again.  $144 from Stuarts London DSquared2 Year-of-the-Pig Graphic TeeTalk about putting lipstick on a pig! DSquared2 adds a rock-and-roll, graffiti-art edge to the season with this classic cotton t-shirt in a slightly fitted silhouette. Wear this when you grab two of your friends and head out to blow the house down at your favorite hot spot. Bacon Old Fashioneds are not optional.  The Best Father and Son Matching Outfits $48 from 4505 Meats Swatch Gem of New Year WatchComplete with its own pig-shaped “gem” case, the Swatch features a gold face and a gold and red patterned band in Swatch’s iconic minimalistic styling. Red and gold are particularly lucky in Chinese culture, so maybe this watch will help you communicate what time you’re planning your next meeting more clearly.  $60 from Brooks Brothers Editors’ Recommendations $140 from Dr. Martens Dr. Martens 1460 Chinese New Year BootIt’s Dr. Martens’ classic 1460 model, cast in luxurious black suede with lucky red and gold accents. The Chinese symbol for “Happy New Year” is embroidered in gold thread on the heel. Perfect for stomping around all those firecrackers that get thrown at your feet on Chinese New Year’s day.  The New Alex Mill Collection Is Packed With Your Fall Style Essentials $17 from J. Crewlast_img read more

BeamSuntorys Legent Is a FirstofItsKind Bourbon That Marries the US and Japan

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakahara The newest whiskey from Beam-Suntory, Legent, is here and you’re going to want to get your hands on some. A collaboration between two legends in the whisk(e)y world, this new juice is as much a work of art as it is a potent potable.Starting with Kentucky straight bourbon distilled by Beam’s seventh-generation Master Distiller Fred Noe, Legent is then aged in wine and sherry casks. From there, Noe tags in Shinji Fukuyo, the fifth-ever chief blender of Suntory to blend that spirit with more Kentucky Straight Bourbon. The final product is bottled at 47 percent alcohol by volume, making for a warming yet not overly hot dram.Beam-SuntoryLegent came about in an effort to showcase the level of skill and quality of product that Beam-Suntory produces both in the United States as well as in Japan.“Legent is the perfect articulation of the amazing things that can be achieved when two great cultures come together as one, sharing a unified vision to bring true innovation and best-in-class spirits to the world,” Takeshi Niinami, chief executive officer of Suntory Holdings, said in a statement. “This bourbon honors Fred and the Beam family’s proud traditions while showcasing Shinji’s award-winning blending capabilities. Quite simply, it’s a bourbon no one else could create.”For his part, Noe said in a statement that he enjoys getting to create new traditions (while also breaking rules).“It was a real honor collaborating with Shinji on what I think is different from anything out there in the bourbon world,” he added.Shinji Fukuyo (left) and Fred Noe (right. Beam-SuntoryOn the nose, you’ll find both sweet fruit and dried fruit notes, thanks to the wine and sherry casks. On the palate, it is distinctly a bourbon, with oak, vanilla, and caramel notes that reveal themselves in layers over a drinking experience that terminates in a long, smooth finish.For those that are all about Japanese whisky, this new product poses a good middle ground. While it is not a Japanese whisky, the skill and craftsmanship that can be seen in Japanese whiskies is at hand in this release. Selling for around $35 in select markets around the country, it will be significantly easier to get than most age statement Japanese whiskies, stocks of which are rapidly dwindling as eager drinkers buy them up. The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries WhistlePig Teams Up With Four Chefs on a New Whiskey last_img read more

Why We Can Believe Aston Martins Rebirth Is StageReady

first_img Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair This year, at the Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin surprised the press by showing off not one, but two nearly ready for production vehicles, a production-prototype and a luxury concept that’ll likely see production in the near future. What it showed was the production-prototype of the forthcoming Valkyrie hypercar, the mid-engined AM-RB 003 supercar with an all-new turbocharged V6 hybrid setup, a concept Vanquish that looks ready to take on Ferrari and Lamborghini, and an SUV Lagonda concept. These would slot into Aston’s already sizeable lineup, which includes the Vantage, DB11, DB11 V8, DBS, the almost-ready and monumentally important DBX SUV and close-enough-to-touch Valkyrie. There are, however, naysayers, prophets of doom, and a small contingent of press that claim to have heard this song and dance before. And indeed, Aston Martin has had a few rebirths in its past. Those, though, haven’t come at the direction of Palmer. The CEO has taken a brand with a country’s worth of cache and brought it into the 21st century to challenge the likes of Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Bentley. Customers no longer have to choose beauty over reliability. With a new Aston Martin, they can have both. Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt Few automakers can claim a history as boundless as Aston Martin. The company’s been building cars for over a century and though throughout that history the iconic marque has seen ups, downs, bankruptcies, owners come and go, and nearly the death of the brand as it languished under Ford, it has in typical British fashion, carried on. With the passing its centenary, Aston Martin’s CEO Dr. Andy Palmer has initiated the second act in his vision of revitalization. However, Palmer isn’t looking at making the company just profitable, but to secure Aston Martin’s true global powerhouse status — something it should have always been.CEO Dr. Andy Palmer is looking to secure Aston Martin’s true global powerhouse status — something it should have always been.Aston Martin’s recent history is one punctuated by bite-the-back-of-your-hand beautiful machines that failed to live up to their beauty both in terms of performance and reliability. Customers would purchase a V12 Vantage or DB9 and before they’d even have a chance to enjoy the car, it’d fail in either spectacular fashion, or die an ignominious death thanks to shoddy leftover Ford parts. Aston’s failed to live up to their hype and price tags. And while the iconic marque always tried its best with the tools and parts it had to work with, the likes of Porsche, Ferrari and others left those cars in the dust. That, however, has changed.Aston MartinAston Martin’s rebirth is thanks to the decisive action in its Second Century Plan (SCP) — a three-fold strategy that’s aimed at ensuring its survival for the next hundred years — its sale to a consortium of investors in 2007 and Palmer taking the company public, all of which have given the company the resources to restructure, retool, and reinvest to the point that it posted a profit for the first time in nearly five or so decades. But it’s Palmer’s SCP which emphasizes Stabilization, Core Strengthening, and Portfolio Expansion that has truly transformed the once-beleaguered automaker.Aston Martin’s rebirth is thanks to the decisive action in its Second Century Plan (SCP), a three-fold strategy that’s aimed at ensuring its survival for the next hundred years.Stabilization occurred when the brand made some tough decisions early on and cut a good portion of its staff after its departure from Ford. It then started courting technical partners that’d help build sports cars and grand tourers worthy of the Aston Martin name as to strengthen its core products. This included finding partners in Red Bull Racing’s Adrian Newey, a technical partnership with Mercedes-AMG that saw Aston Martin receive AMG-sourced twin-turbocharged V8 engines and tapping engineers like Matt Becker, who was Lotus’ former dynamics engineer. All of this has culminated in the brand’s best lineup ever, a lineup of cars that it can’t build fast enough. Aston Martin then began expanding once again, hiring more workers, pushing its growth in terms of space in Gaydon and finding a second facility in St. Athan, Wales where a host of new Aston Martins will be built. Aston Martin further expanded its heritage coachwork and restoration abilities. Because of those milestones, the SCP’s final edict has been put in the spotlight and it too seems to have come to fruition. The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Editors’ Recommendations 1. Vanquish Vision concept. 2. AM-RB 003 supercar. 3. Lagonda SUV concept.last_img read more

Why You Shouldnt Sweat the Meat Sweats

first_imgKnape/Getty ImagesDo you regularly get the biggest burger or steaks the size of your face? Maybe multiple servings of each? Well, you have equal chances of being from Texas and experiencing the phenomenon known as meat sweats. For the general population, the meat sweats may descend on your body in particular times of the year like summertime barbecue season or Thanksgiving. The serious carnivores among us, most notably professional competitive eaters and those living in America’s barbecue hotspots, are often quite familiar with this uncomfortable experience. But is this a real medical malady and, if so, is there a cure?What Are the Meat Sweats?As we know them, the meat sweats are the sudden flush of heat and perspiration one experiences after consuming too much meat. The aforementioned seasonal nature of this onset of sweat tends to lead people to blame specific chemicals like tryptophan. Also the scapegoat for holiday food comas, this amino acid could do with better PR.In reality, you’re just digesting your food. Though scientists don’t officially recognize meat sweats, they are aware of the thermic effect of food, which is also called diet-induced thermogenesis. Whenever we eat anything, our metabolism works a little harder to digest the food, but with a well-rounded meal, it’s usually not enough action to affect body temperature.Proteins require more energy to be broken down and animal-based proteins are an especially tall order for digestion. Our bodies can fairly easily create the enzymes necessary to get carbohydrates and fats down to the nutrients we need, but all the tiny bonds in proteins require extra work. Additionally, the texture of the meat can lead to more chewing which expends mechanical energy and gives your jaw a nice workout.How to Avoid Meat SweatsEat less meat. We know, that’s not the answer you want to hear, but this is the only way to stay dry. OK, the other alternative is to go vegetarian, but we didn’t think you’d like that either. If you’re regularly experiencing the meat sweats, it’s a sign from your body that you need to balance your diet. Rounding out your meals with carbs, healthy fats, and even plant-based proteins will have you feeling full and will be more nutritionally beneficial in the long run. And for the occasional intense carnivores out there, don’t sweat it. The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Will This Nootropic from HVMN Get You Into Ketosis Faster? Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Bacardí Rum Releases New Lime Flavor Just in Time for Summer

first_img How to Make a Mojito 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather While some of you out there are concerned with getting the perfect beach body in advance of the summer season, the rest of us are out here on the hunt for the perfect summertime drink. Titan of the rum industry Bacardí is once again planting a flag in an attempt to claim summertime supremacy with their newest flavored rum, Bacardí Lime.The ninth flavored rum put out by the brand, it follows on the heels of last year’s Bacardí Ginger. Whereas Bacardí used a golden rum for their ginger expression, Bacardí Lime utilizes the brand’s white rum and adds natural lime flavors. It is bottled at 35% alcohol by volume.BacardíFor Bacardí, the choice to debut a lime flavor was simple. With lime juice being one of the most common components of cocktails, why not make a spirit that is already infused with the fresh citrus notes?“As soon as the weather warms up, people are ready to take their drinks outside, whether it is for an outdoor barbecue, party on the beach, or happy hour on a rooftop bar, Bacardí Lime is the perfect complement to these spring and summertime occasions,” Roberto Ramirez Laverde, vice president of Bacardí for North America, said in a statement. “We have watched the flavor space grow year after year and we know that consumers are going to embrace this new infused rum, especially when they’re on the hunt for a refreshing new cocktail.”For those looking for lower-calorie options (because of that aforementioned beach bod), the brand points out that one ounce of Bacardí Lime, when mixed with soda water, is only 74 calories. (These low-calories beers might be a great pairing option, too.)Meant for mixing, Bacardí has offered up a number of cocktail options to get you started. Bacardí Lime is available nationwide (in bars and restaurants in addition to stores) for around $13.Bacardí Lime MojitoBacardí2 parts Bacardí Lime4 lime wedges6-8 fresh mint leaves2 tbsp caster sugar1 part club soda1 sprig of fresh mintMethod: Add the lime wedges, sugar, and mint leaves and gently muddle until the limes release juice. Add Bacardí Lime Flavored Rum and mix the ingredients with a bar spoon. Fill with crushed ice and stir once again. Add club soda and garnish with mint.Sparkling Hibiscus LimeadeBacardí6 parts Bacardí Lime2 parts St. Germain4 parts lime juice4 parts Monin hibiscus syrup8 parts lemon lime soda4 lime wheel garnishMethod: Add all ingredients into a punch bowl or carafe with ice and stir. Garnish with lime wheels.Bacardí Lime Frozen DaiquiriBacardí2 parts Bacardí Lime1 part freshly squeezed lime juice.75 part simple syrupLime wheelLime zestMethod: Combine all ingredients in a blender with 2 cups of ice. Blend until smooth. Serve into a rocks glass. Garnish with lime wheel. Editors’ Recommendations Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master last_img read more