Social Media Housekeeping Tips for Nonprofits

first_imgIs it easy to find you on Twitter and Facebook? Include links to your profiles on your website, email newsletters, and staff email signatures. Always include a short description about your organization and a link back to your website in your social media profiles’ “about” section. Think about social media as a way to open the doors of your organization to new guests and friends. But unlike hosting guests at your home for an hour or two, social media is open to guests 24/7. Because of the constant accessibility of social media, keeping profiles tidy all the time is a must. Here are some tips and ideas for social media housekeeping that you can tackle right now:Your social media avatar/profile pictures should mesh with your nonprofit brand and be recognizable to fans of your cause. Consider creating a special page on your nonprofit website that is solely dedicated to visitors from social media. Don’t let replies and comments linger—use them as an opportunity to engage your community. Set up alerts to use social media as a listening platform: @ mentions, hashtags, keywords about your cause, etc. Start tracking and planning your organization’s tweets. Programs such as HootSuite, TweetDeck and Sprout Social can help you plan tweets in advance and monitor replies, mentions, and hashtags. Is your nonprofit’s Facebook profile picture just as good as your cover image? While this may be obvious, it’s worth stating that your Facebook profile picture will be seen more often than your cover image. Be consistent with your hashtags. One small typo could add your tweets to a hashtag conversation that you didn’t intend to join! Don’t forget to post pictures. Photos help your Facebook posts stand out on your fan’s news feeds. Use compelling images to make an emotional connection and engage more supporters with your cause. Encourage more likes, shares, and comments. More likes and shares increase the odds that your post will be seen by friends and friends of friends. Start analyzing the types of posts that get shared the most by exporting your Facebook insights and taking an hour or two to dive into the data.last_img read more

Is your nonprofit website open for business?

first_imgIs your nonprofit website sending the right message to potential donors? Year-end fundraising season will be here before you know it. Now is the time to clear away the cobwebs and roll out the welcome mat for prospective donors, volunteers, and those who may benefit from your work. If you haven’t updated your site in a while, you might give donors the impression that your organization is no longer active.Worried your site may say “move along” instead of “come on in”? Here are the top issues that can scare visitors away from your nonprofit website (and how to fix them).Broken linksThey’re not just aggravating and confusing for your website visitors, broken links can also be a big red flag for search engines like Google. Having internal links that don’t work or that don’t point to real content can affect how your site shows up in search.How to fix it: Most website platforms and content management systems have reporting that will show you the top pages that are returning an error. Taking a close look at your Google Analytics can help as well. Do some internal testing on your website to make sure all of your links are taking visitors where they should. Stale content Do you still have information about your “upcoming event” on your home page even though the “upcoming event” took place several months ago? Is the last post on your nonprofit’s blog from 2012? This is a surefire sign that no one in your organization is actually looking at your website. To your visitors, it says: we gave up.How to fix it: Make it someone’s responsibility to frequently review your website and do regular housekeeping. If you have a news feed or blog that shows up on your home page, make sure you’re adding new content frequently. If you don’t have a plan to add new items, remove these feeds from your pages. Dated designThis one is somewhat subjective, but there are certain hallmarks of an outdated web design: crazy animations, hard to read text (usually light text on dark background, or a veritable rainbow of font colors), randomly-placed images, to name a few. Geocities is dead. It’s time for your nonprofit website to move on to better things.How to fix it: A complete makeover would be nice, but if that’s not in the cards, focus on fixing the most egregious cosmetic issues within your current design and platform. Start with your key pages and branch out from there. Make it easy to read and remove anything that makes your site look like this. No contact informationThe lights may be on, but without obvious and current contact information, is anyone really home? Your contact details give people an easy way to ask questions and find out more, plus openly listing this information on your website is a sign of trust and transparency. How to fix it: Add your physical address, phone number, and a way to email you to the footer of your website. Place clear links to your “Contact Us” page within your site’s global navigation. No clear way to donateThis is the first thing I look for when I am asked to review an organization’s website, and it’s amazing how many nonprofits still don’t have a prominently placed donation button on every page of their website. Without a clear and highly visible way to donate, you’re effectively telling donors: we don’t need your money. How to fix it: Make your donate button big, bold, and above the fold of your website. Make sure your donate button actually says “Donate Now”, “Donate”, or “Give”. Fuzzy language won’t cut it here. Slow to loadOne Mississippi, two Mississippi … by three Mississippi your website better be finished loading, or most visitors will simply leave. It may not be fair, but people are impatient. They have better things to do than to wait for your carousel of images or Flash presentation to load. How to fix it: Start by confirming there are no technical problems with your website’s platform or hosting service. Then, take a hard look at your website’s key pages and see how you can streamline them by removing extraneous images, code, or other files that are bogging down your site. A reputable web developer can also provide suggestions for other improvements that can speed up your site. (Bonus: Decluttering your site will have a positive effect on potential donors, making it easy for them to figure out what it is you do and why they should care.) Not mobile friendlyWhen your nonprofit website is difficult to load (or completely dead) on a mobile device, you may as well not exist for that smartphone user. 56% of US adults are smartphone users, and they’re becoming more and more likely to read your emails and social media outreach on a mobile device. If your links take them to a site that’s non-functional on their phone, you’ve missed out on another opportunity to connect.How to fix it: You don’t need a complete overhaul to make your website more mobile friendly. Focus on a handful of key pages (think: home page, donation page, contact page, any other pages you point to regularly from emails or social media) and improve them with these 8 tips for making your nonprofit website mobile friendly. (Bonus: Most mobile-friendly website tweaks will improve usability overall.)What are your biggest website challenges? Have you made a recent change to your site that’s made a big difference? Chime in with your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

United Nations General Assembly: A Pledge for Every Woman, Every Child

first_imgPosted on September 26, 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)Today, the Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report provided a brief summary of the focus on women and children at the United Nations General Assembly. The summary highlights a number of news publications that report on the discussions about the health and well-being of women from the General Assembly.One of the featured articles, A pledge for every woman, every child, was published this morning on devex. The article describes announcements for new money to protect women and children from sexual violence as well as a new funding mechanism for maternal and child health.From the article:World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, meanwhile, announced a new special funding mechanism aimed at boosting financial support for the fourth and fifth Millennium Development Goals at the Every Woman, Every Child event.The mechanism would enable donors to scale up funding for maternal and child health. Details, however, have yet to be fleshed out.“We will be talking with our IDA shareholders and other interested donors and partners in the coming weeks to agree on the best way to do this, together,” Kim said, who also identified the bank’s work to achieve “better outcomes” for money spent on health: increasing focus on maternal health, designing innovative programs linking financing to results, and helping countries put in place strong health systems.Read the full story here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Use of Chlorhexidine to Save Newborn Lives: Making People Aware Through Mass Media

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 17, 2015October 13, 2016By: Leela Khanal, Project Director, Chlorhexidine Navi Care Program,
 JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc.Click 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)The Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference holds for us a unique opportunity to come together and think of how to reach the sustainable development goal of ending preventable maternal and newborn deaths. One such way is by preventing neonatal infections using chlorhexidine for umbilical cord care. But just implementing interventions may not be enough; communication to providers and mothers can enhance uptake and effectiveness of these interventions to save lives.JSI’s Chlorhexidine cord care program (CNCP) is supporting the Government of Nepal to scale up the use of chlorhexidine for umbilical cord care. Chlorhexidine is applied on the umbilical cord stump immediately after cord cutting for both facility and home born babies. One three-gram chlorhexidine tube is distributed to a pregnant women either during her antenatal visit to a health facility or by her local Female Community Health Volunteer during the 8th month of pregnancy, with proper counseling.To increase awareness among the community people and thus improve demand and good practice, a behavior change communication program has been designed and implemented. The communication initiative, which started in September 2015 and will continue until September 2017, will use a variety of strategies to create demand for chlorhexidine. This social behavior change communication (SBCC) campaign will initiate message dissemination about the value of this low-cost chlorhexidine gel from both national and local radio and television stations.During the first 3 months of the SBCC campaign, messages about chlorhexidine application (both for health facilities and the community births) are being broadcast as public announcements from mainstream television channels. Messages have been placed during prime time news bulletins on Kantipur Television and popular programs on Nepal Television in order to reach a mass audience throughout the country. Radio airings of ad spots have also been placed with stations having a wide listenership; Kantipur FM and Image FM, with a priority given to reaching remote geographies and achieving effective coverage of targeted women, pregnant women, FCHVs and health workers. Branding of chlorhexidine (Navi Malam) has been incorporated into the sponsored radio programs that are very popular in remote locations, ensuring great coverage of messages.Realizing the strength of local and community FM stations in Nepal, JSI has emphasized mobilization of local FM stations in 30 districts during the first phase, to increase access to the chlorhexidine message in remote areas, not covered by national broadcasting. Other implementing partners—Save the Children, One Heart Worldwide, Care Nepal and ADRA—are also supporting the airing of chlorhexidine radio messages from local FM stations in 22 additional districts. JSI will do monitoring of these interventions and evaluate at the end of three months, based on a media monitoring and evaluation plan. Based on results of the monitoring and evaluation the way forward for the remaining period of time will be decided. A detailed broadcasting schedule of Radio and TV spots has been prepared and shared with the partners.Photo: “Testing newborn reflexes” © 2013 Rob Tinworth/Possible, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license: this:last_img read more

Family Planning and Maternal Health: Four Takeaways From the 2016 International Conference on Family Planning

first_imgPosted on February 26, 2016October 12, 2016By: Jacquelyn Caglia, Deputy Director of Administration & Operations, 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)The 2016 International Conference on Family Planning, convened in Nusa Dua, Indonesia in late January, brought together more than 3,000 researchers, practitioners, policymakers, donors, and advocates. If you weren’t able to participate, here are four important takeaways those of us working in maternal health need to know.Family planning and maternal health are inextricably linked, and our communities of practice must be too. Each day, more than 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Many of these deaths could be avoided if women had access to contraception to prevent unwanted pregnancy and increase the amount of time between pregnancies. Family planning must be an essential part of antenatal and postnatal care, and a conversation about contraception should be part of any clinical encounter with women of reproductive age.Various factors affect discontinuation of contraception. Nearly 30% of women who stop using contraception for reasons other than wanting to get pregnant cite concerns related to health service quality including lack of method choice, stock-outs, and ineffective referral systems. Quality matters across the reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) continuum.Young adolescents bear the biggest burden of complications during pregnancy and childbirth, the second leading cause of death globally among girls aged 15-19. Delaying the age of first pregnancy would reduce maternal and newborn mortality as well as improve the health and well-being of young girls.Improved tracking is needed. USAID and UNFPA have called for a new indicator to be added to monitor progress towards Goal 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals, to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages. In the words of Ellen Starbird of USAID, the new measure – percent of demand satisfied by modern contraception – is “a measure of what women are doing, rather than what women should be doing.” ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: To read more reflections from the 2016 International Conference on Family Planning, visit the ICFP2016 Crowd360 digital hub.Share this:last_img read more

Research Gaps in Perinatal Mental Health: U.S. Racial & Ethnic Disparities and Neglected Global Populations

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on August 19, 2016September 26, 2016By: 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)Racial & ethnic disparities in the United StatesRacial and ethnic disparities in health status, health care access and quality of care have been well-documented in the United States. Black women are about three times more likely than white women to die from pregnancy-related causes even after accounting for socioeconomic status and educational attainment. The preterm delivery and infant mortality rates for black mothers are also much higher than for white mothers. Racial health inequalities are not only unjust but costly, accounting for approximately $230 billion in direct medical expenditures. Nevertheless, the research on racial and ethnic disparities in perinatal mental health (and mental health in general) is lacking, and the majority of research in this area focuses on postpartum depression.Postpartum depression (PPD), which is defined as “intense feelings of sadness, anxiety, or despair that prevent [new mothers] from being able to do their daily tasks,” is one of the most common childbirth-related complications, affecting about one in seven pregnant women in the United States; however, many women are not diagnosed and even fewer are appropriately treated. Depression or anxiety before or during pregnancy, recent stressful life events and poor social support are strong risk factors for PPD, and some research has also found low subjective socioeconomic status to be a predictor.The evidence is inconclusive on whether women of certain races or ethnicities are at a higher risk of developing perinatal mental health issues, but some research has shown racial disparities in treatment. One study found that black and Latina women were less likely than white women to initiate mental health care after delivery for PPD, and among those who did seek care, black and Latina women tended to initiate treatment later and were significantly less likely to receive follow-up care. There are a number of potential explanations for this disparity, including health system barriers such as challenges receiving referrals for mental health services and sociocultural factors such as fear of stigma for seeking treatment for PPD. The quality of care a woman receives when she is screened or initially treated for perinatal mental disorders may also affect the likelihood that she continues to seek care.In order to address racial and ethnic disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of perinatal mental health, we need to identify women at risk of developing not just PPD but other perinatal mental health issues.Neglected populations in low- and middle-income countriesPerinatal mental health issues are common in non-U.S. global settings as well. A systematic review of evidence from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) found an average prevalence of 16% and 20% of perinatal mental illness among pregnant and postnatal women respectively. Risk factors included socioeconomic disadvantage, unintended pregnancy, being young and/or unmarried and lacking support from intimate partners and family. Women who belonged to an ethnic majority and who had higher educational attainment, a steady job and a supportive intimate partner were less likely to develop these conditions. Another systematic review found that one in three migrant women from LMICs suffered from perinatal mental health issues. However, these results are based on research from a subset of countries; most LMICs around the world are not represented in global estimations of prevalence, which limits the ability to measure the scope of the problem and associated risk factors.Given the high prevalence of perinatal mental health issues in the U.S. and around the world, additional research focused on inequalities and neglected populations is warranted. Evidence suggests that certain women are at a disproportionately high risk of suffering from perinatal mental disorders, but the current body of research is insufficient for accurately identifying the most vulnerable women. Sound measurement and research is a necessary first step for identifying high-risk populations and designing evidence-based interventions to address inequalities in perinatal mental health.—Read the MHTF blog series on maternal mental health.Read the MHTF blog series on inequities in maternal mortality in the U.S.Learn more about racial and ethnic disparities in U.S. health care from The Commonwealth Fund, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.Check out the perinatal mental health series in The Lancet.Share this:last_img read more

Juventus rule out Dybala transfer

first_imgJuventus sporting director Fabio Paratici says the club will not be selling Paulo Dybala before Monday’s transfer deadline.French champions Paris Saint-Germain were the latest club to credited with an interest Argentine striker, who has been linked with a move away from the club all summer.Speaking ahead of their Serie A match against Napoli on Saturday, Paratici insisted that Dybala would not be leaving. 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 can absolutely rule out Dybala leaving this summer. We can exclude that as a possibility,” he told Sky Italy.“This is a club that leaves a good impression, as often players want to come back when they have left, most recently Gigi Buffon and Leonardo Bonucci.“There are people who brought a great deal to the club, not just to the team or what happened on the field. Let’s not forget, Juventus have been top of the Serie A table for 3,000 days and these players are always the first to arrive for training and the last to leave.”Rumours of Dybala leaving have been prominent ever since Maurizio Sarri’s appointment as Juve’s head coach earlier this summer, with suggestions Sarri doesn’t see a role for him in the side for tactical reasons.He was reportedly offered to Manchester United as part of a deal to bring Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku to Turin. However, the two clubs were unable to reach an agreement and Lukaku ended up joining Inter.Tottenham then agreed a €70 million (£65m/$78m) deal with Juve but the deal collapsed shortly before the Premier League transfer deadline.On both occasions uncertainty over Dybala’s image rights as well as his high wages were a reported stumbling block to any deal, while it was also claimed his agent – Jorge Antun – had demanded an exorbitant €15 million (£13.7m/$16.8m) commission to complete the transfer.Antun has since denied those claims, saying he was not the reason the deal collapsed.While Dybala is staying at the Serie A champions, Paratici refused to rule out new faces coming into the club ahead of the deadline.Defender Giorgio Chiellini has been ruled out for six months after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament in training and Paratici admits that could force Juve into the market.“We are so disappointed for Giorgio, as he is a wonderful person and so important for the club, not just the team. Having said that, we have a large squad with a lot of quality that can replace him in the best possible way,” he added.“The transfer market is planning and opportunity, so you need to keep your eyes out for the unpredictable elements. There are always opportunities for players coming in and going out, but if there aren’t over the next couple of days, we’ll remain as we are.”last_img read more

All out attack! Auba, Laca & Pepe can pile pain on Spurs

first_img“Be calm!”That was the message Unai Emery sent out to fans as the clamour grows for Arsenal’s head coach to finally let the leash off his new front three.So far this season, Emery has resisted the urge to play his star attacking trio together. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang started on his own at Newcastle on the opening weekend before being joined up front by Alexandre Lacazette against Burnley six days later. 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? Then, at Liverpool last weekend, it was Nicolas Pepe’s time to start, with the club-record signing paired with Aubameyang at the top of a midfield diamond. Lacazette had to make do with a place on the bench.It was a decision that frustrated fans, as well as Gunners legend Ian Wright. Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!“Aubameyang’s goal record makes him the more potent player but Lacazette makes my team every week,” said Wright. “They both do!“You can’t have that goalscoring threat and not have them on the field. You have to find a way to get them on the field to get them to do what they do. Lacazette should start every week.“The three of those guys – Pepe, Aubameyang and Lacazette – bring something different.”Wright added: “Pepe can beat people one-on-one with his fantastic pace, while Aubameyang is brilliant on the shoulder and if you can get the ball to him, he’s literally unstoppable.”My mind is all about attacking and I want to get those three guys the ball and let them get on with it.Ian Wright Arsenal PS“Lacazette should not be on the bench against Liverpool. You come to this country to play in these games against those teams. You want to start in those games and I’d be disappointed if I was him.”Lacazette was disappointed. The way the France international launched the ball into the fans sat in the Anfield Road end moments after the final whistle showed exactly what he thought about being left out of the starting XI.But it was a difficult one for Emery. Arsenal have been handed heavy defeats at Anfield in each of their last three previous visits and the mental scars from last season’s 5-1 mauling were clearly fresh in the Spaniard’s mind.He set his team up to crowd the central areas and with the aim of getting the ball forward quickly to try and exploit the pace of Aubameyang and Pepe.And the plan worked for the majority of the first half. The only thing that was missing was a goal. Both Aubameyang and Pepe had golden chances to open the scoring but failed to take them.Had they gone in front, Arsenal could well have gone on to win the game. But they didn’t, and from the moment Joel Matip gave Liverpool the lead just before the interval, there was only ever going to be one winner.But this weekend sees Arsenal return to home comforts. They will be meeting another member of the ‘Big Six’, but in Tottenham they will be coming up against a team in a very different place right now to Liverpool.The two teams may have met in the Champions League final just three months ago, but while Liverpool have hit the ground running this season, Spurs have stumbled through the opening weeks.Christian Eriksen Tottenham PSThey make the short trip to the Emirates on the back of a shock 1-0 home defeat by Newcastle last weekend and with boss Mauricio Pochettino having admitted that his team is as unsettled now as it ever has been during his tenure.It just feels like the perfect opportunity for Aubameyang, Lacazette and Pepe to start together for the first time.Emery went with a diamond formation in midfield at Anfield, but is expected to revert back to the 4-2-3-1 formation this weekend, with Lacazette to start as the central striker.Pepe will then play on the right, with Aubameyang on the left and Dani Ceballos could be charged with dictating play from the No.10 position.“I think they can start together,” said Emery – tantalisingly – ahead of the game. “It depends how we decide our game plan. But I am very optimistic for that situation.”Spurs have struggled defensively this season. There have been big gaps exposed between the full-backs and the centre-backs, especially on the left-hand side between Danny Rose and Davinson Sanchez.And at right-back there are issues with injury. With Kyle Walker-Peters, Juan Foyth and Eric Dier all out, it could be that Serge Aurier is brought back into the fold having been frozen out this season by Pochettino.It feels like the ideal time for Arsenal to get at Spurs from the start and to try and kick them while they are down. Pepe and Aubameyang could run riot in the wider areas where Spurs have been exposed in recent weeks.Emmanuel Petit Arsenal PS“I hope the manager will have the guts to do what Jurgen Klopp does with his front three,” said former Gunners star Emmanuel Petit ahead of the game. “Emery needs to do the same with Arsenal.“Pepe will show the Premier League what he’s made of. He looks skinny and fragile but he’s very toned and very fast – and, of course, superb with the ball at his feet. “He speaks the same football language as Lacazette and Aubameyang in terms of movement and passing. “It’s just a bit frustrating that Arsenal haven’t played slightly more offensively so far. It was only in the last 20 minutes of the Liverpool match that Emery made the decision to put three up front – and we saw straight away that the face of the team changed.”Those final stages at Anfield last week gave fans a tantalising glimpse of what could be in store for Arsenal fans as the season progresses.The supporters have been patient so far, but that patience will soon start to run out if Emery continues to err on the side of caution.He knows that too, which is probably why he called for calm ahead of Sunday. But this is the North London Derby; there is nothing calm about it.It’s a match packed full of intensity, passion and more often than not, goals.In Lacazette, Pepe and Aubameyang, Arsenal have a frontline with the potential do real damage.It’s time they were all let off the leash. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Raptors replica championship ring reselling for hundreds online

first_imgIf you weren’t one of the few thousands fans who attended Tuesday’s Toronto Raptors season opener, chances of getting the coveted replica of the team’s championship ring will be challenging.Fans who attended Tuesday’s game at Scotiabank Arena not only got to witness the raising to the rafters of the NBA Championship banner, but they also got to take home a commemorative championship T-shirt and replica ring as mementos.Those craving the jewel-encrusted gold ring could go to Real Sports to get the replica for $20, but unsurprisingly, it’s sold out.Copies of the ring have already popped up online at sites such as eBay and Kijiji, where resellers have severely marked up the collector’s item.Several listings on eBay have the replica bling up for grabs. The cheapest ring goes for $75 with prices going as high as $500.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Over at Kijiji, the replica Raptors ring is selling anywhere from $50 to $250.The ring has an average going rate of $100 on Facebook Marketplace.For those who don’t want the replica ring can turn to Baron Championship Rings. The company is offering a stunning 10-karat ring for $395 and a premium version for those ballers at $4,950. Comments Share your thoughts 2center_img Toronto Raptorslast_img read more

Tua Tagovailoa Has Already Told His Teammates When He’ll Be Back

first_imgAlabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa throws a pass against Duke.ATLANTA, GEORGIA – AUGUST 31: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to facing the Duke Blue Devils at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a high-ankle sprain in the Crimson Tide’s win over Tennessee on Saturday night. The star QB got hurt when his ankle was rolled over on a tackle. Tagovailoa left the game toward the end of the first half and did not return.“I think he will probably not be able to play next week,” Saban told reporters following the game. “He’s gonna get another MRI in the morning, and then from there we’ll find out what he’s gonna do from there.”Alabama hosts Arkansas next Saturday and has a bye the following weekend, before taking on No. 2 LSU in Tuscaloosa.Will Tagovailoa be back for that game? That’s what he’s telling his teammates. “I’ll be back for LSU,” Tagovailoa reportedly told his teammates, per Alabama lineman Terrell Lewis.According to Terrell Lewis, Tua Tagovailoa told teammates after the game, “I’ll be back for LSU”— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) October 20, 2019Alabama and LSU are on track to be undefeated and ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the country, respectively, when that game kicks off in early November.The Crimson Tide ended up beating the Vols, 35-13, on Saturday night. Mac Jones replaced Tagovailoa at quarterback and played relatively well.last_img read more

Arsenal star Pepe pulls out of Ivory Coast squad

first_imgArsenal’s Nicolas Pepe has withdrawn from the Ivory Coast squad for the international break to work on his fitness.Pepe moved to north London for a club-record £72 million ($87m) from Ligue 1 side Lille this summer, and Gunners fans may have been concerned to hear he was pulling out of international duty.However, Pepe is not injured and instead will stay with the Gunners to get up to speed after a shortened pre-season. 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 24-year-old was in action throughout the summer as he played at the Africa Cup of Nations, and had his pre-season preparations disrupted by weeks of transfer speculation with Arsenal beating a number of clubs to his signature.Ivory Coast manager Herve Renard will have to do without one of his star men for his side’s friendly games with Benin on Friday and Tunisia on Tuesday.Pepe will spend the international break at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground, building up his fitness as he hopes to establish himself as a regular in Unai Emery’s side.After showing flashes of his ability in cameo appearances in the wins over Newcastle and Burnley, Pepe played his first 90 minutes for the club in a 3-1 defeat at Liverpool on August 24.Last weekend’s 2-2 draw in the north London derby at home to Tottenham saw him line up alongside Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the first time, a spectacle Arsenal fans will be expecting to see more of in the coming months.Pepe and his team-mates will need to be at full fitness when they return from the international break, with Arsenal facing a packed schedule of six games in three competitions in the space of 19 days.They face Europa League group games with Eintracht Frankfurt and Standard Liege and a Carabao Cup clash with Nottingham Forest, as well as Premier League encounters with Watford, Aston Villa and Manchester United.The workload should at least be eased by the return to fitness of some of Arsenal’s key men in the coming weeks.Full-back duo Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin are expecting to return to full training this month, with fellow defenders Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos also likely to be available for selection in the coming weeks. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Lampard defends leaving Pulisic out in recent Chelsea matches

first_imgChristian Pulisic has admitted to being ‘frustrated’  at a lack of game time under Frank Lampard, but the Blues manager has urged patience in the early Chelsea career of the 21-year-old.Lampard left Pulisic out of the squad entirely for Chelsea’s 2-1 away win over Lille in the Champions League, meaning that the American hasn’t played in four of his side’s last five matches.The manager didn’t use the £58 million signing from Borussia Dortmund at all in the Premier League in September, with Chelsea preparing to face Southampton on Sunday in their first October league match. 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 Leading up to the game, Lampard explained why Pulisic continues to not be selected ahead of the likes of Willian, Mason Mount, Pedro and the returning Callum Hudson-Odoi.”He’s level. I spoke to him two days before the Grimsby game and was very clear about the standards and we have to give him the fact that he’s moved country and moved leagues,” Lampard told reporters at Cobham Training Centre.”He’s as young as all the young players we keep talking about. He’s just turned 21. So I think if anyone is getting too excited about this they should calm down because he’s started five games for us and what he needs to do is work, work daily, work to show within the group that he deserves to play.”As they all do, as all the players do. That’s what the focus on everyone is. This is one of my difficult problems in this job. I have good players and everyone has a story.”Christian Pulisic has a price tag. Ross Barkley is an international player. Mason Mount is an international player, Callum Hudson-Odoi just signed a new contract, Bayern Munich wanted to buy him last summer. He’s an international player.”Ruben Loftus-Cheek will come back and be an international player. I can’t pick them all and be in the game unfortunately. All I have to demand of them is that they show me in training and show me that they are worthy of the place.”We can all focus on Pulisic from the other day but Callum’s the same and I have to speak in the real world when I speak to them and sometimes as a manager you want more.”You have to be honest and the players have to react to that and Callum has now come on with two assists in the games that he’s come on and that’s what you want to keep pushing. I love the young players. I particularly love the young players because I want them to improve daily.”At the same time, sometimes I have to make harsh decisions and say something that I see can help their game but might not sound that nice because I want them to be the best, all of them. That’s what I want them to be. That’s part of the process.”Frank Lampard quote GFXPulisic isn’t the only player struggling for minutes after Chelsea switched managers again this summer from Maurizio Sarri to Lampard. Ross Barkley was left out of the squad along with Pulisic on Wednesday night, while Olivier Giroud is struggling to get on the pitch with Tammy Abraham having now scored eight goals this season.France manager Didier Deschamps joked about Giroud’s lack of minutes  earlier this week, with the striker still pivotal to his squad. Lampard was keen to state that he is keeping Giroud in his plans, despite the striker currently being on the fringes of his squad.”My relationship is really good with him. He’s a great professional, trains at a level every day, great in the dressing room and in the game, he passes on experience,” Lampard said of Giroud.”But in terms of that, everybody keeps asking me about the players that aren’t playing but it’s a difficult one because some players can’t play whether they’re 32 or at the other end of the spectrum at 21.”They have to keep working and be positive within the group because I’ve got no winners in this game, I want the club to win. So when I choose to select people or not it’s because I think it’s the best thing. I’m not blind to the fact when you’re not playing, it’s not nice.”Everyone wants to play. I understand that and accept that. I was one of the worst. I hated not playing. I was terrible. So on this side of the fence I get it, I get it, but all I want to see is positivity, how they are daily in the place and I see that.”I see that and that’s sometimes the thing people in the outside world doesn’t see – why is he not playing? This one or that one. I’ve got to make choices in training and I want the group to be positive and well spirited and getting results, and at the moment we are doing that and it has to continue, because like all good teams, we need a big squad in these modern days to try and be a successful team and it will need everyone pulling through the season in the same direction whether playing or not.”To be fair to Oli, he’s been fantastic training and we’ll need him. Tammy has scored a lot of goals, scoring regularly, which is great for us. But Tammy needs to know that if his level drops you’ve got Giroud and (Michy) Batshuayi training well and trying to get into the first team. That’s the competitive nature of the squad, that’s what we’ve got and what we want.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Solskjaer dismisses VAR controversy in Man Utd’s draw with Liverpool

first_imgManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played down the VAR debate surrounding his side’s goal against Liverpool and instead praised the referee for his performance at Old Trafford.Liverpool were left furious when Marcus Rashford’s first-half strike was given as they felt Divock Origi was fouled by Victor Lindelof in the build-up.To compound matters, Liverpool’s Sadio Mane had a goal disallowed via VAR minutes later for handball, though the Reds did level late on through Adam Lallana to earn a point. 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 Solskjaer backed the officials’ decisions after the game and felt referee Martin Atkinson deserves credit for allowing the fiercely contested game to flow.“I thought the referee needs praising,” Solskjaer told BBC Sport . “It’s not often we do that. He let it be a derby game, it wasn’t like you couldn’t touch anyone.”On the controversy surrounding the opening goal, Solskjaer added: “It’s never a foul. I don’t think Keano (Roy Keane) would say that’s a foul.”Rashford’s strike looked to be good enough to earn the Red Devils all three points only for Lallana to snatch their great rivals a point with an equaliser five minutes from time.Solskjaer was left frustrated at the manner of that goal, though he also praised his side for a performance that was a marked improvement from their timid display at Newcastle before the international break. “It was an easy goal to concede,” the United boss told Sky Sports . “To concede a cross on the six-yard line is disappointing. I thought we had just started creating the counterattacks so it’s disappointing.”We have pace. Dan James and Marcus Rashford are exceptionally quick and they will cause problems for anyone. Those two and Andreas Pereira were very good and I’m pleased with how they performed their task.”Marcus’s movement all game was good – that was maybe one of his best games for us. He was strong and they are the kind of goals we want from him. We had a little video session yesterday and exactly that happened.”It was a great response from the boys. We have a team that works for each other and maybe this will turn their season. They are disappointed because they feel we should have won. Our fans showed they can see what’s happening and we will get there.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

High school scoreboard, Feb. 7

first_img GO Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Share: THURSDAY’S SCHEDULEBOYS BASKETBALL4A bi-district tournamentSkyview at Auburn, 7 p.m.Sumner at Union, 7 p.m.Battle Ground at Curtis, 7 p.m.1A district tournamentSeton Catholic at Montesano, 6 p.m.Tenino at La Center, 7 p.m.Hoquiam at King’s Way Christian, 6 p.m.Stevenson at Forks, 7 p.m.GIRLS BASKETBALL4A bi-district tournamentUnion at Kentwood, 7 p.m.Sumner at Camas, 7 p.m.Skyview at Bellarmine Prep, 7 p.m.3A bi-district tournamentKelso at Yelm, 7 p.m.Capital at Hudson’s Bay, 7 p.m.BOYS BASKETBALL4A BI-DISTRICT TOURNAMENTWednesday’s play-in gamesSouth Kitsap 53, Todd Beamer 51Battle Ground 67, Decatur 48Rogers-Puyallup 62, Thomas Jefferson 58Thursday’s first roundKennedy Catholic (11-10) at Mount Rainier (15-6), 7 p.m.South Kitsap (11-10) at Kentridge (16-5), 7:30 p.m.Skyview (15-5) at Auburn (16-5), 7 p.m.Battle Ground (14-7) at Curtis (16-4), 7 p.m.Kentwood (12-9) at Olympia (14-7), 7 p.m.Sumner (10-10) at Union (20-0), 7 p.m.Enumclaw (10-11) at Puyallup (16-5), 7 p.m.Rogers-Puyallup (12-9) at Federal Way (19-2), 7 p.m.BATTLE GROUND 67, DECATUR 48DECATUR — Daniel Hylton 2, Isaiah Daughtry 7, Kevin Robello 17, Gabriel Martin 5, Shamaun Guiden, Jacob Graham 3, Connor Rees 7, Tarai Williams, Lamarron Johnson 6, London Jennings, Nolan Gilmore, Ousmane Toure. Totals 15 (5) 13-17 48.BATTLE GROUND — Jaiden Linville 0, KeAndre Hunter-Holliday 6, Vincent McCormic 12, Colin Barton 7, Nathan Millspaugh 7, Brendan Beall 13, Kaden Perry 15, Lukas Karlsson 2, David Reed 5. Totals 26 (4) 11-17 67. @col_mrice Decatur 9 15 9 15—48B.Ground 16 20 12 19—673A BI-DISTRICT TOURNAMENTWednesday’s first roundWilson 55, Stadium 44Mountain View 80, Central Kitsap 77Prairie 56, Gig Harbor 41Spanaway Lake 67, Shelton 49Friday’s quarterfinalsWilson (14-8) at Kelso (18-2), 7 p.m.Mountain View (11-10) at Lincoln (17-3), 7 p.m.Prairie (14-7) at Timberline (16-5), 7 p.m.Spanaway Lake (15-6) at Capital (18-2), 7 p.m.PRAIRIE 56, GIG HARBOR 41GIG HARBOR — Ben Hollenbeck 6, Asher Raquiza 5, Joe Owens 2, Jack Emery 2, Zach Toglia 2, Natan Brekke 4, Kaden Garnaas 12, Drew Parrish 8. Totals 15 (5) 6-9 41PRAIRIE — Aidan Fraly 16, Kam Osborn 16, AJ Dixson 3, Zeke Dixson 8, Thomas Hapgood 3, Mark Frazier 2, Bronson King 8. Totals 17 (4) 16-24 56Gig Harbor 13 11 8 9—41Prairie 14 10 13 19—56MOUNTAIN VIEW 80,  CENTRAL KITSAP 77MOUNTAIN VIEW — Colby Smith 3, Makai Anderson 14, Austin Lee 5, Trevor Binder 10, Mason Wulf 2, Jordan Cook 12, Sam Frosh 7, Devin Velott 15, Kaden Horn 12. Totals 31 (9) 9-14 80.CENTRAL KITSAP — Owen Davies 21, Austin McMinds 11, Colby White 26, Fritz Humm 5, Thomas Madden 2, Elijah McGee 12. Totals 26 (6) 19-23 77. 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. Micah Rice Columbian Sports Editorcenter_img WASHOUGAL — Kiara Cross 7, Jaiden Bea 15, Savea Mansfield 5, Beyonce Bea 13, McKinley Stotts 6, Erin Miner 5, Ashley Gibbons 2, Audrey Thompson 0, McKenna Jackson 0, Sammy Mederos 2, Skylar Bea 11, Kailee Neyer 0. Totals 26 (8) 6-6 66.Col.River 9 11 0 7—27Washougal 14 31 12 9—66JV — River won.2A DISTRICT TOURNAMENTThursday’s first roundColumbia River at Tumwater 7 p.m.Rochester at Washougal, 7 p.m.Black Hills at Woodland, 7 p.m.Ridgefield at W.F. West 7 p.m.1A DISTRICT TOURNAMENTFriday’s first roundLa Center (10-10) at Montesano (12-8), 7 p.m.Forks (8-11) at King’s Way Christian (14-6), 7 p.m.Tenino (14-6) at Stevenson (14-6), 7 p.m.Castle Rock (10-10) at Elma (18-2), 7 p.m. Subscribe Today High school scoreboard, Feb. 7 Mtn.View 27 18 19 16—80C. Kitsap 16 18 16 27—772A GREATER ST. HELENS LEAGUE W Lx-Columbia River (18-2) 12 0Mark Morris (11-7) 9 3Ridgefield (11-9) 5 7Hockinson (9-11) 5 7Washougal (8-12) 4 8Woodland (8-12) 4 8R.A. Long (6-14) 3 9x-clinched league titleCOLUMBIA RIVER 79, WASHOUGAL 46WASHOUGAL — Kol Mael 0, Alex Orr 13, Carter Murray 16, Brevan Bea 3, Judson Mansfield 0, Blake Deming 4, Garett Bell 0, Ian McEwen 0, John Miner 5, Jesse Campen 5, Aaron Ackman 0. Totals 17 (6) 6-12 46.COLUMBIA RIVER — Nate Snook 8, Alex Miller 0, Quincy Cartwright 5, Matt Asplund 5, Josh Kukula 2, Evan Dirksen 31, Caden Dezort 13, Cole Delich 3, Jack Armstrong 4, Marc Miranda 0, Michael Foust 0, Dylan Valdez 6, Elijah Hairston 2. Totals 31 (10) 7-16 79.Washougal 9 5 17 14—46Col.River 23 16 19 21—79JV — River 66-59.C — River won.WOODLAND 78, HOCKINSON 75WOODLAND — kyle Groce 7, Jackson Finn 4, Brady Burns 0, Isaiah Flanagan 22, Isaac Hall 2, Tyler Flanagan 24, Trace Logan 12, Trey Hanson 7. Totals 29 (9) 11-16 78.HOCKINSON — Micah Paulsen 7, Dakota Souders 3, Mason Bonife 0, Peyton Brammer 50, Ki Haden 7, Sawyer Racanelli 6, Levi Crum 0, Caleb Newman 0, Jeremiah Faulstick 2. Totals 30 (2) 13-15 75. (360) 735-4548 Woodland 22 17 23 16—78Hockinson 18 14 20 23—75JV — Hockinson won.2A DISTRICT TOURNAMENTSaturday’s first roundRidgefield at Aberdeen, 7 p.m.W.F. West at Columbia River, 7 p.m.Tumwater at Mark Morris, 7 p.m.Hockinson at Black Hills, 7 p.m.1A DISTRICT TOURNAMENTThursday’s first roundSeton Catholic (15-5) at Montesano (12-8), 6 p.m.Tenino (11-8) at La Center (18-2), 7 p.m.Hoquiam (10-10) at King’s Way Christian (13-7), 6 p.mStevenson (9-12) at Forks (16-4), 7 p.m.WASHINGTON SCORESAberdeen 56, Tumwater 53Bellevue Christian 43, Cascade Christian 33Black Hills 58, W. F. West 44Davis 86, Eisenhower 61Sunnyside 77, Eastmont 48Vashon Isl. 46, Charles Wright 34West Valley (Yakima) 50, Wenatchee 41GIRLS BASKETBALL4A BI-DISTRICT TOURNAMENTWednesday’s play-in gamesOlympia 54, Auburn Riverside 48Skyview 66, Enumclaw 40Auburn Mountainview 66, Puyallup 50Thursday’s first roundKennedy Catholic (12-9) at Thomas Jefferson (11-7), 7 p.m.Olympia (11-10) at Todd Beamer (16-5), 7 p.m.Union (16-5) at Kentwood (13-7), 7 p.m.Skyview (16-5) at Bellarmine Prep (17-3), 7 p.m.Hazen (14-7) at Curtis (16-4), 5:30 p.m.Sumner (11-9) at Camas (14-7), 7 p.m.Auburn (12-0) at Rogers-Puyallup (14-6), 7 p.m.Auburn-Mountainview (13-9) at Kentridge (19-2), 5:30 p.m.SKYVIEW 66, ENUMCLAW 40ENUMCLAW (9-14) — Maggie Poulin 2, Sawyer Anderson 3, Rebecca Lindberg 0, Lauren Hanson 6, Kennedy VanHoof 0, Claire Lewis 6, Kyndra Rademacher 0, Ren Olson 3, Karsyn Kranc 0, Saydee Anderson 0, Sydney Brazier 18, Jessleyn Huizenga 2. Totals 14 (4) 8-15 40.SKYVIEW (16-5) — Michelle Winter 0, Alexis Perez 4, Maddie Hendricks 16, Ava Harmon 2, Remingtin Riley 9, Tanariea Deloney 0, Skylar Groesbeck 12, Kazz Parks 12, Emily Norton 11, Mikelle Anthony 0. Totals 22 (7) 15-26 66.Enumclaw 6 11 10 13—40Skyview 20 9 21 16—663A BI-DISTRICT TOURNAMENTThursday’s first roundG1: Bonney Lake (11-9) at Lincoln (15-6), 7 p.m.G2: Kelso (12-8) at Yelm (12-8), 7 p.m.G3: Capital (12-9) at Hudson’s Bay (15-5), 7 p.m.G4: North Thurston (12-7) at Wilson (15-5), 7 p.m.Saturday’s quarterfinalsG1 winner at Prairie (191-1), 7 p.m.G2 winner at Bethel (17-3), 7 p.m.G3 winner at Gig Harbor (16-5, 7 p.m.G4 winner at Peninsula (16-3), 7 p.m.2A GREATER ST. HELENS LEAGUE W Lx-Washougal (16-4) 12 0Woodland (13-7) 7 5Columbia River (12-8) 7 5Ridgefield (12-8) 6 6Hockinson (10-10) 5 7R.A. Long (11-8) 5 7Mark Morris (0-20) 0 12x-clinched league titleWASHOUGAL 66, COLUMBIA RIVER 27COLUMBIA RIVER — Sami Myers 0, Liz Canton 0, Halle Jordan 0, Lily Jonas 0, Sydney Flores-Tucker 10, Erin Baker 4, Julia Cash 0, Bailey Gatten 0, Ari Kuschner 0, Jordan Ryan 6, Ellie Christian 7. Totals 10 (3) 4-10 27. By Micah Rice, Columbian Sports Editor Published: February 6, 2019, 11:23pm last_img read more

Celebrity Cruises Names Avoya Travel its 2017 Host Agency of the Year

first_imgAvoya Network of Independent Agencies Applauded for Top Sales and Exceptional Service  Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – December 28, 2017 – Avoya Travel®, one of the world’s most innovative travel companies, is honored to receive Celebrity Cruises’ prestigious 2017 Host Agency of the Year award. The award recognizes Avoya and the Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network™ for top Celebrity Cruises sales and dedication to providing travelers with exceptional service and vacation value. This is the fifth time Avoya has earned one of Celebrity Cruises’ top travel partner awards, having been honored in 2009, 2011, 2014, and 2016. The Host Agency of the Year award is one of the top travel agency partner distinctions given by Celebrity Cruises. It honors Avoya’s unparalleled ability to generate customer demand for Celebrity Cruises through its innovative Live Leads™ program, which successfully connects new customers with travel experts in the Avoya Network using proprietary patented technology. Avoya is one of the largest host agencies in the world, with more than 750 affiliated Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network. In 2017, Avoya partnered with Celebrity Cruises on new marketing strategies and introduced a uniquely personalized approach to campaign marketing that successfully created even more consumer demand for Celebrity Cruises. Avoya continues to leverage Celebrity Cruises’ strong brand and strengthen its partnership by supporting the company’s new suite of products, such as the highly anticipated Celebrity Flora in the Galapagos and the Celebrity Edge. “Celebrity Cruises is delighted to award Avoya Travel our Host Agency of the Year and to celebrate the elite Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network that provide extraordinary service to our mutual guests,” said Dondra Ritzenthaler, Senior Vice President, Sales for Celebrity Cruises. “Avoya Travel continues to impress us with their steadfast support for travel professionals and the innovative programs they implement to generate growth and success for the Avoya Network and supplier partners like ourselves.” “Avoya Travel is thrilled to be named Host Agency of the Year by Celebrity Cruises and to be acknowledged for the incomparable vacation planning service and value we help Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network provide to travelers,” said Brad Anderson, President of Avoya Travel. “Celebrity Cruises offers our mutual guests incredible vacation experiences on their beautiful class of ships, and we look forward to sharing their exciting new vacation products with our customers.” Travel professionals who want to learn more about Avoya and joining the award-winning Avoya Network can visit:  About Avoya TravelAvoya Travel is a family-owned company with a longstanding reputation for being one of the world’s most innovative marketing and travel technology companies. As an American Express Travel Representative for more than 30 years, and one of their largest sellers 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. Cruise lines and travel partners recognize this, as 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. Today, Avoya is headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, with support offices throughout the United States. 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 Travelers interested in booking their next vacation with Avoya Travel, should call 800-753-1463 or visit read more

Fred. Olsen to Commence 2018/19 Cruise Seasons from Newcastle and Liverpool

first_img24th April 2018 – Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will be commencing its 2018/19 cruise seasons from the ports of Newcastle and Liverpool on Thursday 26th April 2018. 1,350-guest flagship Balmoral will be setting sail from Newcastle on a seven-night ‘German Cities & the Kiel Canal’ cruise, and 804-guest Black Watch will be departing from Liverpool on an eight-night ‘Fjords, Mountains & Glaciers’ itinerary around Norway. Balmoral will be setting sail on a record 15 voyages from the Port of Tyne, Newcastle in 2018 – an increase on the 13 departures offered in 2017 – giving holidaymakers in the North East the choice of a host of exciting and exotic destinations, including Norway, Iceland, Spain, Portugal, Germany and the Baltic. Balmoral’s ex-Newcastle cruise season will extend from April to May, from where the ship will reposition to Edinburgh (Rosyth), before returning to Newcastle from July to October. Black Watch will be offering a record 18 departures from Liverpool between April and November 2018, ranging from a five-night ‘Scottish Lochs, Highlands & Islands’ sailing in July, to an epic 26-night ‘Canada in the Fall’ adventure in September. Clare Ward, Director of Product and Customer Service for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “The appealing combination of choice and value offered by Fred. Olsen has already seen many first-time cruisers and repeat customers from Newcastle and Liverpool make the decision to sail from their convenient local port. “In fact, our bookings for 2018 have shown that, so far, Balmoral’s seven-night ‘Scenic Fjords of Norway’ adult-only sailing from Newcastle in May 2018, and Black Watch’s nine-night ‘A Taste of Iceland’ exploration from Liverpool in June 2018, are amongst our best-selling cruises overall.” At the launch of its new 2019/20 cruise programme in March 2018, Fred. Olsen confirmed that it will be offering even more ex-Newcastle itineraries in 2019/20, with a total of 16 sailings between April 2019 and March 2020, on board Balmoral. Liverpool will also be seeing a bumper number of Fred. Olsen cruise departures in 2019/20, with a total of 22 sailings between April 2019 and March 2020 on Black Watch. Balmoral’s ex-Newcastle sailings in 2018 include: – Seven-night L1823 ‘Scenic Fjords of Norway’ cruise, ex Newcastle on 5th August 2018. Prices start from £849 per person, which includes ‘Summer Sale 2018’ savings of up to £150 per person! Ports of call: Newcastle – Cruising Lysefjord – Bergen, Norway – Flåm, Norway – Cruising Naeroyfjord – Olden, Norway – Cruising Nordfjord – Cruising by Hornelen – Hellesylt, Norway – Cruising Geirangerfjord –Cruising past Seven Sisters Waterfall – Cruising Sunnylvsfjorden – Cruising Storfjorden – Cruising Hjørundfjord – Newcastle For further information: ‘Scenic Fjords of Norway’ – Nine-night L1830 ‘Diamonds, Chocolates & Canals’ cruise, ex Newcastle on 16th September 2018.Prices start from £799 per person, which includes ‘Summer Sale 2018’ savings of up to £350 per person!Ports of call: Newcastle – Ghent, Belgium – Antwerp, Belgium (overnight stay) – Rotterdam, TheNetherlands – Amsterdam, The Netherlands (overnight stay) – Newcastle For further information: See ‘Diamonds, Chocolates & Canals’ Black Watch’s ex-Liverpool sailings in 2018 include: – Seven-night W1820 ‘Lochs of Scotland’ cruise, ex Liverpool on 15th September 2018. Prices start from £999 per person, based on an Ocean View Room, which includes ‘Summer Sale 2018’ savings of up to £250 per person!Ports of call: Liverpool – Cruising Sound of Canna – Cruising Loch Dunvegan – Kirkwall, Orkney Islands – Invergordon – Ullapool – Cruising Loch Broom – Tobermory, Isle of Mull – Cruising Sound of Mull – Cruising past Duart Castle – Greenock – Liverpool For further information: See ‘Lochs of Scotland’ – 14-night W1823 ‘Islands & Landscapes of the Canaries’ cruise, ex Liverpool on 27th October 2018.Prices start from £849 per person. Included in the special ‘Three Cruises for the Price of Two’ offer!Ports of call: Liverpool – Lisbon, Portugal – Arrecife, Spain – Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain – Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain – Santa Cruz, La Palma, Spain – Funchal, Madeira – Oporto (from Leixões), Portugal– Liverpool For further information: ‘Islands & Landscapes of the Canaries’ All prices are based on two adults sharing a twin-bedded Interior Room, unless stated otherwise, and include accommodation, all meals and entertainment on board, and port taxes. A number of ex-Newcastle and ex-Liverpool cruises are included in Fred. Olsen’s attractive ‘Summer Sale 2018’ campaign, featuring over 40 ocean and river sailings, departing between from June to September 2018. Guests can save up £400 per person on selected cruises, on all new bookings made from 11th April to 2ndJuly 2018 inclusive. Fred. Olsen is also offering a fantastic ‘Three Cruises for the Price of Two’ deal on a wide selection of sailings. Just book one selected cruise, departing between October and December 2018, along with anyother two Fred. Olsen cruises in 2018, 2019 or 2020, before 31st May 2018, and the lowest-priced sailing is compliments of Fred. Olsen! In 2018/19, the Fred. Olsen fleet will be visiting no fewer than 228 destinations in 73 countries around the globe, covering 91 areas of scenic cruising. For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, visit the website at, or call the Trade Support Team on 01473 746164.last_img read more

Fisheries Minister Gives Commitment to Sector Stakeholders

first_img Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government is committed to creating an enabling environment which fosters growth and sustainability within the fisheries sector.Speaking at a Sustainable Fisheries Forum, held at the Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, St. Ann, on Thursday, April 19, Mr. Shaw said this will be achieved by creating an environment where there is a balance for all stakeholders involved in both marine and aquaculture fisheries.“As we seek to work together to develop the fisheries industry, it is important that through the use of application of the best available scientific information, we monitor, assess and evaluate the industry,” he outlined.He said several important steps have been taken to ensure the sustainability of the industry, such as the expansion of fish sanctuaries; the adoption of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture policy; the establishment of a fisheries management and development fund; and improvement in the surveillance of Jamaica’s waters.The Minister also pointed out that the new Fisheries Bill will be implemented in short order.“This Bill will modernise the management of the fisheries sector, bringing it in line with international management and conservation measures… that [will] ultimately [become] a part of the solution and the framework for the management of resources in all its facets,” he said.Mr. Shaw said the industry continues to face challenges with the management and use of fisheries resources, the development of the aquaculture subsector, non-compliance of primary stakeholders, climate change, disaster risk management, institutional strengthening and resource mobilisation.In this regard, he encouraged the stakeholders to accept the realities of the environment and to strike a compromise by beginning to change the cultural practices towards dealing with the different challenges.“We have to demonstrate the vision to look beyond tomorrow…simple things like taking your fish pots and making them larger, agreeing to the fish pots having larger holes, so that the small fish can escape and go on to grow and to thrive, and protecting the reef,” he said. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government is committed to creating an enabling environment which fosters growth and sustainability within the fisheries sector. Story Highlights Speaking at a Sustainable Fisheries Forum, held at the Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, St. Ann, on Thursday, April 19, Mr. Shaw said this will be achieved by creating an environment where there is a balance for all stakeholders involved in both marine and aquaculture fisheries. “As we seek to work together to develop the fisheries industry, it is important that through the use of application of the best available scientific information, we monitor, assess and evaluate the industry,” he outlined.last_img read more

A Quick Guide on How to Clean Hiking Boots

first_img 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide Editors’ Recommendations How to Properly Polish Your Own Shoes If your hiking boots are as clean as a whistle, without a scuff or a scratch or a hint of dirt to be seen, then you’re doing it wrong.Hiking boots should only look pristine when they are brand new and have never once been worn on the trail. After that, every scrape and stain on those boots is a badge of honor. While it’s fine for your hiking boots to look worn, it’s not OK for them to actually be dirty, at least not after each trek has ended. Leaving boots damp, soiled with mud, or caked in dirt can lead to damage over time — the type of damage that goes beyond cosmetics and can impact performance and longevity.Johner Images/Getty ImagesThere’s no reason to break out the shoeshine kit. However, you do need to learn how to clean your hiking boots.Get the Mud OffIf there are globs of mud all over your boots, get them off, man! Use a damp cloth or paper towel and wipe down the boots, taking care to work around and under the laces and to wipe off the eyelets and the hooks on the upper. Go ahead and scrape mud out of the treads with a stiff brush or slender rod. You should remove as much mud, dirt, and bits of leaves and brambles as soon as possible, because the longer that stuff sits there, the longer it will keep the boots damp.Clean the InsidesThe dampness your feet produce, along with any moisture from snow, fog, or rain, can all damage the inside of your boots (salty sweat and salt water are the worst for this). Pull out the insoles, wipe them down or launder them, then use a damp, clean rag to wipe out the inside of your boots. Do this step before any more extensive cleaning of the exterior, because once you get the insides dry, you want them to stay that way.Dry the BootsUnless you are in a fabulously damp location, it’s best to let boots dry as naturally as possible. Using the breeze and the sun is perfect, as is setting them a few feet from a fire or heater. Using a hairdryer is not so wise, as it can lead to cracking and damage. You may want to stuff the boots with dry balls of paper, socks, or anything else that’s nice and absorbent. Remove and/or replace the stuffing within an hour or so, because by that time it will have done as much as it can. Getting your boots as dry as possible may take a day or longer.Johner Images/Getty ImagesWipe the RestAt this point, there’s probably still some dirt or mud clinging onto your boots somewhere. Go ahead and slam those boots together repeatedly or whack them over a rock — don’t worry, they can take it. Get off as much of that now-dried dirt as you can with brute force, then switch to a good, stiff brush. An old toothbrush is a good choice here (a current toothbrush is a much worse choice). Now turn to a cloth dampened with only water and wipe away the rest of the dirt and dust.Use a Boot Cleaner or DetergentTo really get those boots clean, you should next wipe at them using either a dedicated boot (or shoe) cleaning solution or else a blend of water with a few squirts of basic dish detergent. There’s no need to soak your boots in a cleaning solution. Just wipe at them until they look clean because. Next, get those boots nice and dry again, using the approach(s) we discussed above.If you have boots made primarily out of Fore-tex or some other synthetic material, you’re done. Go have a beer. If they are made from good ol’ leather or suede, you might want to take further steps to waterproof and condition them. Don’t worry, we’ve got an article all about leather and suede care too.Article originally published April 6, 2017.last_img read more