Reason behind Klaassen’s failed Napoli move revealed

first_imgTransfers Reason behind Klaassen’s failed Napoli move revealed Patrick Gleeson Last updated 1 year ago 01:14 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Davy Klaassen Everton Getty Images Transfers Napoli Everton Benevento Arsenal Premier League Serie A The Toffees midfielder looked to make a late move to Italy during the January window, only for the transfer to collapse on deadline day Davy Klaassen’s proposed transfer to Napoli last month failed because of a “financial decision” Everton manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed.The midfielder looked set to move to the Serie A club during the latter stages of the January transfer window, only for the transfer to collapse on deadline day.Napoli’s interest in Klaassen came as a result of the Netherlands international failing to establish himself at Goodison Park since his £24 million move from Ajax in the summer.  Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 24-year-old has made just three Premier League starts for Everton so far this season, all of which came during Ronald Koeman’s time in charge at the club.Klaassen is yet to feature under current boss Allardyce and has been regularly left out of matchday squads since the former England manager’s arrival in Merseyside. A loan switch to the Italian top flight promised Klaassen regular playing time for the remainder of the 2017-18 campaign and was a move Allardyce was in favour with.However the move ended up breaking down at the deadline, with reports saying a dispute over image rights was the cause. The Everton boss acknowledged it was “something like that” which held up the loan, though he placed more blame on Klaassen’s representatives, rather than the player. “Apparently something like that, apparently that’s the norm at that club (Napoli),” Allardyce said. “Whatever they do as a football club that their image rights are, I don’t know the technical details, but whether their image rights are not validated or taken are over by club, I don’t know.”Allardyce later added: “Thats the power of the player with the agent, really, there’s nothing else we can do about that.“If I’m sat in that position and have an agent, the agent works for me, not the other way round. So for me it would never have been a financial decision. Even if I was losing money I’d be going, but that’s me – because I’d want to play football.“Davy wants to play football, but whether he got the full story I don’t know, because I wasn’t involved with it.”Asked if Klaassen would now be forced to train away from the first team, Allardyce said: “No, I don’t think so. (He’ll be with first team squad) because Davy Klaassen doesn’t give you the sort of problems some players do when they’re not involved.“He’s a super professional and a super lad, and he comes in and tries his best in training on every occasion.”last_img read more

NFG Staff Profile: Lenny Wrigley

first_imgFrom an internship at an LGBTQ nonprofit to his time on staff at an animal rescue organization, and now with Network for Good, Lenny Wrigley has lived the day-to-day of nonprofits for the past six years. In his role as customer success specialist, Lenny serves as a guide for many nonprofits as they join the Network for Good family.“Nonprofits are what makes the world go ‘round. They’re how we get change in the world. There are a lot of people who are scared of change, even in nonprofits, but change is a good thing. That’s what nonprofits are trying to accomplish. At Network for Good, I get to be part of that process of change with a wide range of nonprofits, from animal rights to religious rights to gender identity and sexual orientation rights. It’s a full spectrum. It feels good to help. Change and challenge is what we need in the world.”Q&A with Lenny Wrigley, Customer Success SpecialistWhat do you do at Network for Good?I work with nonprofits during their first 90 days with Network for Good, getting them up and running smoothly in the system and teaching them the tools and best practices.I currently work with about 100 nonprofits. I love directing and coaching them and seeing their growth. I enjoy sharing different issues other nonprofits have had and how to get ahead of the problem with our software. I’m a very proactive person, so I like teaching them how to avoid certain habits.What is your experience with nonprofit organizations?I interned for a semester with the Family Equality Council on their communications team, helping with their website, writing blog posts, and contacting their members to participate in different articles and activities.After that, I worked at the Humane Rescue Alliance, interviewing people who needed to surrender their dogs, discussing their different options, and providing resources. With a job like that—when you’re dealing with the life and death of an animal—when it’s rewarding, it can bring you to tears. At the same time, when it’s not rewarding it has the exact same result. I have a lot of respect for anyone who works at a rescue organization.What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?I’m in school right now, studying behavioral science and religion, and then I start seminary school in June, so that keeps me very busy. I love to read books. I recently read UnClobber: Rethinking Our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality, which looks at the different scriptures that have been used against the LGBTQ community and how they’ve been taken so out of context that they’re not the same scriptures that they were thousands of years ago.I’m also a fan of hopelessly romantic stories like Me Before You and Nicholas Sparks’ books; self-help and positive psychology books; and the Harry Potter series. This past Christmas I read Becoming by Michelle Obama. I love to be in a library or book store and just read books all day and not have to worry about anything else. I wasn’t like that as a kid. I wouldn’t pick up a book as a kid.Lightning RoundDream vacation? IsraelMost recent book read? Torn by Justin LeeLast movie seen in movie theater? The Best of EnemiesYour theme song? Anything by Taylor Swift!Favorite color? PurpleRead more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

5 Tips to Make Your Spring Campaign Blossom

first_imgWe know how tempting it can be to take a break from fundraising after the hustle and bustle of year-end giving in November and December. However, spring is a popular time to send out fundraising appeals.Why Launch a Spring CampaignEnough time has passed since year-end giving that fundraisers feel comfortable asking for donations.Without key dates like #GivingTuesday and New Year’s Day providing natural bookends for a campaign, fundraisers can be more flexible about when to send out appeals and by when to request donations be submitted.While a great option, spring campaigns aren’t quite as omnipresent as year-end campaigns, which means less competition for donors’ attention.Now that you know why a spring campaign is a great idea, it’s time to figure out how to make the most of them.5 Best Practices for Spring CampaignsDevelop a theme. From your messaging to your visuals, working with a cohesive theme is a great way to connect direct mail, email, and social media posts. These communications should look and sound like they’re part of one overarching campaign. Use an integrated marketing approach and send out multiple types of communications to compel your donors to act.Choose a fundraising strategy. Recently, Network for Good hosted a webinar all about spring campaigns, featuring one of our Personal Fundraising Coaches, Andrea Holthouser. During the webinar, Andrea recommends choosing one key strategy to focus on this time of year, such as acquiring new donors or encouraging monthly recurring donations. What strategy will you choose? Listen to the webinar for more spring campaign tips.Create a themed everyday giving page. Once you have developed a cohesive theme to connect your messaging and wording, why not create an online donation page to match? Update the link attached to the donate button on your organization’s homepage during your spring campaign and make sure your email blasts drive traffic to your dedicated page as well.Tell a story. Choose a beneficiary who was helped by your organization in 2018 and ask your donors to help people, animals, or causes like them in 2019. Remind your donors that their gifts make an impact throughout the year and that making more than one gift is a great way to increase their impact for the cause they care about.Don’t forget the flowers! If you’re using your own images or stock images, it’s worth ensuring that any outdoor photos reflect the correct season. If your area is experiencing great weather, it might be worth skipping the snow-covered shots and opting for full trees and landscaping in the background. Even if the temperature isn’t quite spring-like, a little aspiration might just grab the viewer’s attention and prompt a positive response.A spring campaign is the perfect way to fundraise for a new initiative, raise more for your annual gala, or wrap up your fiscal year. Engage and renew donors, attract prospects, build awareness, and plant the seeds that sustain your organization. Download our 30-Day Spring Fundraising Plan to launch your campaign today!Read more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

Report: Parma 0-1 Juventus

first_imgJuventus started their bid for a ninth consecutive Serie A title with a narrow, but thoroughly deserved, 1-0 win over Parma at Stadio Ennio Tardini on Saturday.New boss Maurizio Sarri was absent from the dugout as he is recovering from pneumonia, but he will be buoyed by a performance that suggested they will once again be the team to beat this season.Giorgio Chiellini scored the only goal of the game after 21 minutes, while Cristiano Ronaldo saw a goal ruled out for offside before the interval. 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? Juve were unable to add a second despite dominating throughout, although it mattered little as they comfortably kept Parma at arm’s length to start the season in familiar fashion.The visitors started with a spring in their step and should have gone ahead after 12 minutes, Ronaldo’s header from 10 yards fizzing narrowly over.Wojciech Szczesny pawed away Roberto Inglese’s instinctive effort at the other end before Chiellini opened the scoring, the veteran defender diverting home Alex Sandro’s scuffed volley from 10 yards.Ronaldo should have doubled their advantage eight minutes later but flashed wide after being played in by Gonzalo Higuain.There was more frustration for the Portugal international before the break when he saw a goal disallowed by VAR for offside. He lashed home superbly from a tight angle but replays showed he was marginally offside as he raced to collect Douglas Costa’s pass.Parma started the second half with more intent than they had shown in the opening 45 minutes, although they struggled to breakdown Juve’s resolute defence.Ronaldo clipped over from Costa’s pull-back on the hour mark before Parma goalkeeper Luigi Sepe kept out the former Real Madrid’s star’s powerful drive from 20 yards.The Bianconeri eased up in the closing stages, rarely looking like they would add a second, but the damage had been done by their defensive colossus in the first half.Fine primo tempo al Tardini. @chiellini inaugura la #SerieATIM 2019/2020!#WeAreCalcio pic.twitter.com/Wt7Uj9DL5F— Lega Serie A (@SerieA) August 24, 2019What does it mean? Juve pick up where they left offJuve were not at their very best but they scarcely needed to be to cruise past a limited Parma outfit. If Sarri was watching, he will have seen a team that looks solid at the back and lively in attack – the perfect combination for yet another title tilt.aptain @chiellini!  #ParmaJuve #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/AnavEYstZv— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) August 24, 2019Ronaldo wasteful but looking sharpAny thoughts that the 34-year-old’s powers might be diminishing were dispelled in a performance brimming with swagger and skill. He missed two clear chances in the first half and saw a goal ruled out, but he can reflect on a showing that bodes well for the season ahead.Higuain fails to take chanceFew expected the Argentina international to be given a chance at Juve this season, which is why it was such a surprise to see Gonzalo Higuain starting in attack. He did little to suggest he will stay there, though, with a display every bit as listless as those he produced on loan at Chelsea last season.Key Opta Facts- Juventus have won the first match of the season in eight of their last nine Serie A campaigns.- Parma have won only 2 of their last 19 Serie A games (D7, L10).- Miralem Pjanic made 113 touches in this match, 37 more than any other player.- Chiellini has scored four of his last eight Serie A goals with the right foot (including the last two).What’s next? Juve welcome last season’s runners-up and Sarri’s former club Napoli to the Allianz Stadium next Saturday, while Parma travel to Udinese a day later. read morelast_img read more

WATCH: Simone Biles backflips before throwing World Series pitch

first_img Comments Share your thoughts 0 HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 23: Gymnast Simone Biles performs a flip after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Game Two of the 2019 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals at Minute Maid Park on October 23, 2019 in Houston, Texas.Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images center_img It’s normal to jump for excitement.Olympic gymnast Simone Biles did just that — and then some — before throwing the ceremonial first pitch prior to Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.The world’s most decorated gymnast wowed fans at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, by performing a twisting backflip on the pitcher’s mound before tossing the first pitch of the game.Okay @Simone_Biles. #Astros pic.twitter.com/YpwI3qj8TY— patrick (@PatDStat) October 24, 2019The crowd cheered wildly after the 22-year-old Biles’ leap. She then successfully pitched the ball to Houston Astros centre fielder Jake Marisnick.Earlier this month, Biles became the most decorated gymnast in the world after winning her record 25th world championship. The Olympian is also a hometown girl, having grown up in Spring, a suburb just north of Houston.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Despite Bile’s acrobatic pitch, the hometown Astros weren’t able to dispatch the Washington Nationals, who defeated Houston 12-3. Simone Biles wins record 25th gymnastics world championship medal ‘MY HEART ACHES’: Simone Biles breaks silence after brother’s murder charge Olympic champ Simone Biles says she was abused by doctorlast_img read more

Florida State vs. Wake Forest Game Time, Spread, Channel, Announcers

first_imgJames Blackman throws a pass for Florida State.TALLAHASSEE, FL – SEPTEMBER 7: Quarterback James Blackman #1 of the Florida State Seminoles on a pass play during the game against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Doak Campbell Stadium on Bobby Bowden Field on September 7, 2019 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)Two teams in desperate need of a bounce-back win will battle this Saturday as Florida State travels to Winston-Salem to battle Wake Forest.Florida State was dismantled by Clemson last Saturday. James Blackman threw a pair of interceptions in his first game back from an injury he suffered in September.Head coach Willie Taggart replaced Blackman with Alex Hornibrook in the second half against Clemson. He hasn’t announced which quarterback will start this weekend.The Seminoles won’t be the only team highly motivated heading into this Saturday. The Demon Deacons will try to rebound after suffering their first loss of the season. Wake Forest’s defense gave up 62 points against Louisville in a losing effort. Dave Clawson will have his players ready to go as they try to get that bitter taste out of their mouths.Here are the details for the Florida State-Wake Forest game:Game Time: 7:30 p.m. ETChannel: ACC NetworkSpread: Wake Forest -1.5Over/Under: 68Announcers: Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie GeorgeSince Clemson is running away with the ACC Central, it’s highly unlikely Florida State or Wake Forest will be playing for a conference title this year. Nonetheless, every game matters for these Power Five programs.Another loss for the Seminoles could put Taggart on the hot seat, meanwhile a win for the Demon Deacons would put them on pace for their best season in over a decade.last_img read more

Coutinho can rediscover Liverpool form at Bayern – Ze Roberto

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho can rediscover the best form of his Liverpool days at Bayern Munich, according to club favourite Ze Roberto, but he has to start finding the net.The Barcelona misfit is set for an initial loan switch to the Bundesliga champions, who will have an option to buy if the 27-year-old proves a success.He has struggled for form in Spain since moving in January 2018, never looking at his best and scoring just five goals in La Liga last 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 Ze Roberto, now 45, knows what it takes for a Brazilian to succeed at Bayern having made more than 150 Bundesliga appearances for the club, and he is backing Coutinho to enjoy similar success.“For me, Coutinho is a first-class player,” he told kicker. “But he has to prove that by returning to the level he showed at Liverpool. But I think Bayern is a club with a perfect atmosphere for him to do it.“His greatest strength is his ability to shake up the opposing lines. With his dribbling, but also with his game intelligence, which means that he knows how to use the other players in front of goal, he knows how to set them free. But he has to increase his goal return.”Ze Roberto won four Bundesliga titles and four DFB-Pokals during his time at the club, and Coutinho will be expected to contribute to a similar level of success.Ze Roberto FC Bayern MünchenManager Niko Kovac is taking his side into the post-Robben and Ribery era and looking to hold off the challenge of Lucien Favre’s effervescent Borussia Dortmund side at the same time. Coutinho won’t have long to find his feet – but Ze Roberto thinks he has the explanation for his indifferent returns at Barcelona.“Because he often only played as a substitute,” he said. “And he didn’t often play in his best position – coming in from the left or from deep with momentum to attack the goal.“And when he was there, he couldn’t bring the necessary intensity on the pitch like he did at Liverpool. But at Bayern, I think he should be able to settle in better.”Ze Roberto isn’t the only person tipping Coutinho to find his feet in Bavaria.New teammate Robert Lewandowski, hoping to profit from the Brazilian’s playmaking ability, thinks he will fit in seamlessly at the Allianz Arena, while former Liverpool team-mate Marko Grujic has gone as far as predicting he will be the best player in Germany.last_img read more

Messi set to face Betis as Barcelona injury crisis eased

first_imgLionel Messi is set to hand Barcelona a fitness boost, with the club’s captain set to be ready to face Real Betis on Sunday.The Argentina international missed Barca’s opening day trip to Athletic Club as the Catalan giants succumbed to a stunning Aritz Aduriz overhead kick.With Luis Suarez limping off in the same game with a calf injury and it revealed on Monday that Ousmane Dembele is set for five weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring problem , it seemed all of the attacking responsibilities would be heaped on the shoulders of summer signing Antoine Griezmann. 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 However, Barcelona have been handed a major boost with  Goal  learning that Messi is now ready to be included in Ernesto Valverde’s plans.The 32-year-old picked up a calf injury early in his pre-season preparations having returned from Copa America duty, and has been training away from the main group.He is now back in full training, though, as the Blaugrana look to get their first points on the board.Messi is expected to be named in the matchday squad, and it is likely he will feature from the bench.A double session has been scheduled for the diminutive frontman during the week, taking his tally to five training sessions ahead of Sunday’s clash.Antoine Griezmann La Liga 08162019Messi’s return should ease the load on Griezmann, whose task in forward areas looked to have been made even more difficult following the completion of  Philippe Coutinho’s loan move to Bayern Munich .Valverde demanded more from France international Griezmann in the aftermath of the defeat to Athletic, insisting: “If he is close to the box he can finish, he moves well, but you have to dominate the game for that to happen.“Putting him on the left, we knew that he will look for goal, but we have a left-back and players who can take the game.“(However), we expect a lot from all the players and he has to look to get in the game more.”Incredibly, this is the first time Messi has trailed both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid by three points in the La Liga table during his whole career.While Barca host Betis, Real welcome Real Valldolid to Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday and Atletico go to Leganes the following day.last_img read more

IPL 2019: KKR still have a healthy dressing room, says Carlos Brathwaite

first_imgIPL 2019: KKR still have a healthy dressing room, says Carlos BrathwaiteWest Indian all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite said KKR still have a healthy dressing room despite the team practising without skipper Dinesh Karthik for the match against Rajasthan Royals on Thursday.advertisement Press Trust of India KolkataApril 24, 2019UPDATED: April 24, 2019 23:01 IST IPL 2019: Carlos Brathwaite said KKR have a healthy dressing room even without Dinesh Karthik. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCarlos Brathwaite said KKR have a healthy dressing room even without Dinesh KarthikKKR chose to give their under performing India players some days’ breakBrathwaite said the team do not have a leadership group per se and anyone who is a born-leader can contributeKolkata Knight Riders may look like a divided house with the team practising without skipper Dinesh Karthik on the eve of their IPL match against Rajasthan Royals but West Indian all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite Wednesday said they still have a healthy dressing room.KKR found themselves on the brink of elimination with five losses in a row, the latest coming against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday as the team think tank chose to give their under performing India players, including skipper Karthik, some days’ break.Karthik, along with the likes of Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill who were training in Mumbai, checked in late in the evening but Brathwaite said the mood in the camp was absolutely fine.”I think the mood in the camp is good. We are still teasing each other. As a professional player, you cannot allow results to alter your demeanour or your mindset,” Brathwaite said.”If you allow that then the remaining four games will be even harder. We still laugh out at each other. We are still a healthy dressing room. I feel privilege to be part of it. I still enjoy coming to work practising and realising the game better.”Most of the team’s regular players in the playing XI were not seen in the match-eve practice, and the Windies T20 skipper, who has played just one match this season, was sent for the media interaction.Brathwaite said the KKR team do not have a leadership group per se and anyone who is a born-leader can contribute.advertisement”If you are a leader by nature, then that will come on in whatever you say, and do, and how you say things and how you do it. I’ve been speaking in team meetings, speaking to the coach, to the captain to the manager. I think a leader is natural, it’s something that happens. I see myself as one.”KKR’s biggest letdown this season has been their bowling department as they have not been able to give regular breakthroughs.”I just don’t want to single out bowling unit because as a team we haven’t played cricket collectively that we want. I don’t think we batted as well as we want. It will be unfair to single out the bowlers,” he said.KKR have to win all their remaining four matches from here on and the Windies all-rounder said they’re in search of the win and then carry forward from there on.”We just need to find a spark from somewhere either individually or collectively to arrest the slide and maintain that momentum in the business part of the tournament.”I prefer to have six losses, rather than having them in the last six games and then being knocked out. So as a team we haven’t been good enough. Full stop. It’s a matter of getting better and putting out perfect game together,” he said.West Indies are yet to select their World Cup squad and Brathwaite said he’s a bit nervous but the focus for him is only on KKR at the moment.”I am a little nervous. It’s a privilege to represent your nation whenever you get the chance to. In a World Cup it’s even more prestigious occasion. So if selected looking forward to being given my best but for now my job is with KKR.”As a franchise they selected me to come and do my best, so it would be disrespectful of me to be looking too far ahead at the World Cup when we still have four games potentially seven looking to win a Cup.”Rajasthan Royals’ task of making it to the play-off is no less challenging but all-rounder Stuar Binny said they have to stay positive.”We have not been able to capitalise on the key moments. That has gone on our way and hence we have found ourselves on losing side. It’s for us to stay positive and look to win, it’s only by that we can make the playoffs. It’s crucial that we concentrate on winning,” he said.Steve Smith may have replaced Ajinkya Rahane as the captain in a major shakeup in the business end of the season but Binny said it has not affected anyone in the team.”It’s just a different role for him. I don’t see any difference as players. I don’t think it’s affected anyone. It’s pretty normal as long as you play your roles,” he said.Also Read | The guys are frustrated: Jacques Kallis as KKR seek to end 5-match losing streakAlso Read | IPL 2019: Harbhajan plays down concerns over Kuldeep Yadav’s form ahead of World CupadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow IPL 2019Follow Carlos BrathwaiteFollow Dinesh Karthiklast_img read more

Penalty controversy as Liverpool lose at Napoli again

first_imgDries Mertens and Fernando Llorente struck late to earn Napoli a 2-0 win at home to holders Liverpool in the first game of the Reds’ Champions League defence.Carlo Ancelotti’s men won the corresponding fixture last term with Mertens’ spot-kick and Llorente’s injury-time goal enough to ensure history was repeated in the Group E clash at the Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday.Andy Robertson was deemed to have tripped Jose Callejon in the box and, after VAR ratified the penalty decision, Mertens squeezed his penalty past Adrian in the 82nd minute. 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 Liverpool rode their luck in reaching the knockout rounds in 2018-19 and Jurgen Klopp’s men will again have to bounce back from an away loss to Napoli this year after Llorente’s first goal for the club sealed all three points. 81: GOOOOOOOOOOOAAALLLLLL! @dries_mertens14 scores from the penalty spot!#NAPLIV 1-0#UCL #ForzaNapoliSempre pic.twitter.com/hIkx6BA9bN — Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) September 17, 2019 Napoli had an early strike ruled out for offside when Hirving Lozano headed home the rebound after Adrian’s excellent double save from Fabian Ruiz.Sadio Mane’s shot was saved by Alex Meret in the 20th minute – Liverpool recording their first shot on target in the game having failed to manage any in last season’s visit.And the Reds should have gone into the break 1-0 up, Firmino heading wide a fine James Milner cross on the Brazil forward’s 200th Liverpool appearance.Napoli had the first big chance of the second half, Adrian showing superb reactions to prevent Mertens from turning in Fabian’s deep cross, then Mane overhit a pass to Mohamed Salah as Liverpool broke at speed.Brilliant save from Adrián to block Mertens volley!#UCL pic.twitter.com/ojsRkjMd39— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) September 17, 2019Liverpool were starting to build pressure and, after successive errors from Kalidou Koulibaly and Kostas Manolas handed him a sight of goal in the 65th minute, Salah’s drive was turned around the post by Meret.Napoli’s goalkeeper had to deny Mane again as Liverpool looked to finish strongly, but when Callejon jinked into the box he went over Robertson’s outstretched leg to win a penalty.Mertens had to wait for the VAR check, but calmly drilled his strike past Adrian, with Virgil van Dijk’s terrible error in stoppage time ensuring former Tottenham striker Llorente could ease home a second. What does it mean? History repeated in NaplesLorenzo Insigne’s late strike earned Carlo Ancelotti’s side a 1-0 victory against Liverpool last season and lightning struck twice, with Liverpool becoming the first holders to lose the first game of their Champions League defence since AC Milan did so in 1994-95Liverpool have kept only one clean sheet in eight competitive games this season, which must worry Klopp, especially as reliable leader Van Dijk was badly at fault for Llorente’s clincher.Mertens the matchwinnerAn 11th Champions League goal from Mertens set up this win, with the Belgium international also helping to force Van Dijk’s error for Napoli’s second goal.Ancelotti named four attackers in his starting XI with the three-time Champions League winning coach’s bold selection justified by an eye-catching win.Another away blank for SalahChances were at a premium for both sides for most of the game, but Salah is a player expected to create opportunities for himself. He failed to do so against a tough defence, although Mane undoubtedly should have set him up.The Egypt star has now failed to score in all three away appearances for Liverpool this season.Key Opta Facts:- Napoli have now won five of their six Champions League home games against English opposition (L1 – a 4-2 defeat to Man City in November 2017).- Liverpool have lost their opening Champions League match of a new campaign for only the second time (P12 W6 D4 L2), and for the first time since a 2-0 defeat to Valencia in September 2002.- The Reds have lost six of their last eight away games in the Champions League (W2), as many as in their previous 25 such matches in the competition.- Napoli striker Dries Mertens has scored more Champions league goals than any other Belgian in the competition (11).- Since a 2-0 win over Udinese as Borussia Dortmund boss, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has lost on his last five visits to Italian sides in all competitions (P5 W0 D0 L5).- Napoli striker Fernando Llorente has now scored a Champions League goal for four different clubs (Juventus, Sevilla, Spurs and Napoli) – the joint-most sides of all Spaniards alongside Fernando Morientes.What’s next?Liverpool travel to Chelsea in a blockbuster Premier League clash on Sunday, the same day Napoli go to Lecce in Serie A. When the Champions League returns for matchweek two early next month, Anfield will welcome early group leaders Salzburg with Napoli going away to Genk. read morelast_img read more

Portland State beats N. Colorado 35-14

first_img Share: By Associated Press PORTLAND — Davis Alexander passed for 90 yards and ran for 72 yards and three touchdowns to help Portland State beat Northern Colorado 35-14 on Saturday.Alexander had scoring runs of 9, 5 and 9 yards to give the Vikings (3-4, 2-2 Big Sky Conference) a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter. Jalani Eason added a 1-yard TD run before the end of the first half and Carlos Martin also scored from a yard out to make it 35-0 with 5:55 left in the third.Portland State ran on 47 of its 56 plays, gaining 192 yards on the ground compared to Northern Colorado’s 16 yards on 31 carries.The Bears (0-7, 0-4) outgained the Vikings 367-282 in total offense but had three turnovers to Portland State’s zero.Conor Regan passed for 351 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions for Northern Colorado. Alex Wesley had 11 catches for 163 yards and a touchdown. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Published: October 13, 2018, 6:27pm Share: Portland State beats N. Colorado 35-14 Davis Alexander runs for 3 TDs GO By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

Washington beats Utah 10-3 for Pac-12 title

first_img Receive latest stories and local news in your email: “They play the kind of game we want to play,” linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven said. “They play a physical brand of football. They want to run the ball down our throats and I think we’re built to play that kind of game.”Murphy broke up the final pass on a throw to Mariner that the Utes thought should have been called pass interference.“Everybody’s hurt,” Shelley said. “We were that close. We played that bad and we still lost by only seven points.”The Huskies had four drives of at least 10 plays but got only one field goal out of those. They were stopped on a fourth-and-6 from the Utah 23 on the opening drive, threw an interception in Utah territory on the third drive and had a field goal blocked in the fourth quarter. Published: November 30, 2018, 8:52pm Share: Washington beats Utah 10-3 for Pac-12 title Top defenses in conference shut down the offense Washington defensive back Byron Murphy (1) returns an interception for a touchdown against Utah during the second half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Photo Gallery Share: 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. Subscribe Today By JOSH DUBOW, Associated Press GO By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. 5 Photos The one score came on Peyton Henry’s 29-yard field goal late in the first half.“It’s really hard to describe because we’re so excited about our defense out there and in some ways frustrated on the other side,” Petersen said. “We just couldn’t get things done like we needed to.”That Utes tied it with a score on the opening possession of the third quarter when Matt Gay’s 53-yard field goal just cleared the cross bar but couldn’t get anything else.THE TAKEAWAYUtah: The Utes made it to the title game despite losing quarterback Tyler Huntley and running back Zack Moss to injuries in a four-day span in early November. They then lost leading receiver Britain Covey to what appears to be a serious knee injury in this game. That’s why it was up to the defense to come up with the score for the Huskies.Jason Shelley’s pass hit Siaosi Mariner in the hands inside the Washington 35. But Mariner couldn’t hold onto the pass and it ricocheted off his leg and into the hands of Murphy, who raced 66 yards for the score that made it 10-3.“The ball came up and I just knew I had to make a play,” Murphy said. “The opportunity was there. I just had to make sure I took it.”Jordan Miller intercepted another pass from Shelley on the following drive and Murphy got his second interception of the game the next time Utah had the ball. The Huskies sealed the victory with a fourth-down stop in the final minute to earn a trip to Pasadena. Shelley and Armand Shyne stepped in and let the Utes to three straight wins and a spot in this game but they weren’t good enough against the Huskies. Shelley’s three interceptions were his first turnovers as a starter. He threw for just 137 yards. Shyne ran for 37 yards on 11 carries.“It’s hard when you lose a game and you don’t give up a defensive touchdown,” coach Kyle Whittingham said. “It doesn’t happen very often. But give the Huskies credit, because there’s a reason we didn’t do much on offense.”Washington: The Huskies came into the season with playoff hopes but a season-opening loss to Auburn and then a pair of losses to Oregon and California in October ended that quest. But Washington still managed to win the conference and will go to the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 2000 season.UP NEXTUtah: Bowl game to be determined.Washington: Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. SANTA CLARA, Calif. — On a night when neither offense could do much of anything, it was only fitting that a pass that bounced off a receiver’s hands and leg turned into the winning play.Byron Murphy returned a deflected interception 66 yards for the game’s only touchdown to lead No. 10 Washington to a 10-3 victory over No. 17 Utah in the Pac-12 championship game Friday night and a berth in the Rose Bowl.“You know, life isn’t easy. A Pac-12 championship, is not going to be easy,” coach Chris Petersen said. “It’s not reality. If it happens, go buy lottery tickets because it’s not going to be like that. That’s just luck. It is a grind, it’s hard.”The matchup between the two stingiest defenses in the conference lived up to the billing with Washington (10-3, No. 11 CFP) holding Utah (9-4, No. 17 CFP) to 188 yards and both offenses limited to just one field goal apiece all game.last_img read more

For 1,000th time, Huskies win at home

first_imgFor 1,000th time, Huskies win at home Washington is first program to achieve feat in same arena Washington’s win was its 1,000th all-time at Hec Edumundson Pavilion, becoming the first Division I team to reach 1,000 wins in one arena.Paris Austin and Andre Kelly led California (5-13, 0-6) with 12 points each, but the Golden Bears lost their seventh straight despite giving Washington problems in the first half. The 52 points were a season-low for Cal, and the Bears shot just 30.5 percent, hitting a season-worst one 3-pointer.“We battled tonight, we just couldn’t hit a shot,” Cal coach Wyking Jones said. Washington’s Jaylen Nowell, center, drives between California’s Justice Sueing, left, and Paris Austin during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Photo Gallery Receive latest stories and local news in your email: GO SEATTLE — Reaching the 5-0 mark in conference play for the first time in 35 years seemed to bring a collective yawn from Washington. The Huskies appear well aware the test of whether they are the best team in a down Pac-12 is about to begin.“The only thing I think our standing in the Pac-12 and our record so far in conference does is just we’re getting everyone’s best shot and it makes people want to beat us even more. That means we have to play even better,” Washington’s Matisse Thybulle said. “We’re accepting the challenge and we’re going to take it head on, and it’s exciting.”Dominic Green hit four 3-pointers and scored 17 points off the bench, Thybulle added 13 points, and Washington improved to 5-0 in conference play for the first time since the 1983-84 season with a 71-52 win over California on Saturday.Washington (14-4, 5-0 Pac-12) won its seventh straight overall, but this one won’t be an attractive addition to the season resume. The Huskies missed 13 of their first 14 shots and committed nine turnovers in the first half, trailing by as many as 11 against the Golden Bears. But the Huskies rallied to remain perfect in conference play and will have a chance to match the mark of the 1983-84 team which started its conference schedule 6-0. 4 Photos Share: By TIM BOOTH, Associated Press But Washington has benefited from a favorable early schedule that’s about to get tougher. Four of Washington’s next six are on the road with trips to the Oregon and Arizona schools.“It’s just a record and at the end of the day we’ve got Oregon and Oregon State. That’s what we have to be concerned about,” Washington coach Mike Hopkins said.Sparked by Green’s shooting from deep, the Huskies rallied to take the lead before halftime and pulled away in the second half. Washington was fortunate to make 10 3-pointers as it struggled to get inside looks against California’s zone defense. It was the fourth time this season the Huskies hit at least 10 3s in a game.David Crisp and Noah Dickerson both added 12 points and Jaylen Nowell had 11 as Washington put five players in double figures for the second time during its seven-game win streak. The Huskies also had five in double figures in their win over Cal State Fullerton. Published: January 19, 2019, 11:16pm Share: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

Trail Blazers select Nassir Little with 25th pick

first_img “I mean, somebody told me the only way I could be successful in my life was if I was a top player on the Nike circuit,” Little said on a conference call Thursday. “But I wanted to show people I could be a top player no matter where I played at.”In Little, the Blazers added wing depth to their team with the 6-foot-7 wing. Little was one of the final players left in the Green Room, but he eventually found his way to a playoff team. Little believes he was fortunate, after the anxiety of not going in the lottery passed.“Man I think it’s a blessing in disguise,” Little said. “Slipping down to 25 initially I was kind of confused. But when I looked at the roster and remember how they played in the playoffs, I thought it was a great fit for me.”Little was also surprised that the Blazers targeted him, as he never came to Portland for a workout nor did he interview with the team at the NBA combine. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, left, poses for photographs with North Carolina’s Nassir Little after the Portland Trail Blazers selected him with the 25th pick overall in the NBA basketball draft Thursday, June 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Share: Share: Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Published: June 20, 2019, 9:42pm By ERIK GARCÍA GUNDERSEN, Associated Press Trail Blazers select Nassir Little with 25th pick The Portland Trail Blazers selected North Carolina forward Nassir Little with the 25th pick in the NBA draftcenter_img 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. TUALATIN, Ore. — The Portland Trail Blazers selected North Carolina forward Nassir Little with the 25th pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.Little prides himself on carving his own path and while he was admittedly anxious after falling out of the lottery, the moniker of Trail Blazer fits for a player who refused to play on the Nike AAU circuit and chose to go to boarding schools away from his family for his final two years of high school.“I’ve always done things a little bit differently,” Little said. “I didn’t play on the Nike circuit. That was big. Boarding schools. I always carved my own path and paved my own way.”By having teams pass on him with the first 24 picks of the draft, it was reminiscent of his path to the NBA. Subscribe Today “I was expecting to go in the lottery,” Little said. “I was surprised the Blazers drafted me because I didn’t really have a lot of conversations with them. I didn’t work out with them. I didn’t know they had much interest in me. I didn’t work out with them even at the combine. I’m just happy they saw something in me that I didn’t see. “Little averaged 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in his lone season at North Carolina. He also took home the MVP trophy at the 2018 McDonald’s All-American Game. He excited to team up with second-year Blazers guard Anfernee Simons, who also is from Orlando, Florida.“We just played pick up, I want to say a week or two ago,” Little said. “So it’s going to be crazy that we’re playing on the same team. We played against each other in High School a little over two years ago. I’m extremely excited.”The Blazers have two forwards hitting free agency this summer: Al-Farouq Aminu (unrestricted) and Jake Layman (restricted).The Blazers are fresh off their first Western Conference Finals appearance in 19 years. GO By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

Luxury Gold Cares and TreadRight Celebrate the Power of Impactful Tourism on Women’s Day

first_imgTravelers can visit local communities in Peru, Italy, Canada and India which help provide economic empowerment for women  RYE, N.Y., March 7, 2018 – As engaged citizens all over the world celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, a day which for over 100 years has recognized women’s achievements and the challenges they face every day, Luxury Gold Cares, in partnership with their non-profit The TreadRight Foundation, highlights the power of impactful tourism on local communities they visit across the globe. Through its small grants program for artisan enterprises, the TreadRight Heritage Initiative works to empower women doing heritage-based work. This program helps foster a more promising future for the artisans, their families, and their communities, and puts the spotlight on the amazing women who continue to uplift their communities through culture and art. In joining select transformative journeys with Luxury Gold, travelers have the opportunity to meet and interact with these inspirational women and learn more about their daily lives and artistic efforts. “Through our TreadRight Foundation, Luxury Gold guests can personally visit our women’s Heritage Initiative projects, which promote economic empowerment while preserving local traditions for future generations,” said Ulla Hefel Böhler, global CEO of Luxury Gold and Insight Vacations. “International Women’s Day is a compelling time to bring greater awareness about the power of impactful tourism, and to highlight the tireless and artistic efforts of these local women.” According to the Luxury Gold and TreadRight partner Artisan Alliance, the artisan sector is the second-largest employer in the developing world after agriculture, worth over $32 billion per year. Hundreds of thousands of people across the globe, particularly women, participate in the artisan sector. Artisan activity creates jobs, increases local incomes, and preserves ancient cultural traditions that in many places are at risk of being lost. The tourism industry is particularly well-positioned to help artisan initiatives and convert these into sustainable opportunities. Here are the projects supported by Luxury Gold Cares and TreadRight, and the itineraries guests can join which allow them to learn about these projects: Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez’s Heritage Benefits Education: Guests can meet with Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez in Peru on the 12-day ‘Treasures of the Incas‘ luxury escorted journey. Armed with the knowledge that the traditional ways of life in Chinchero were being lost with each new generation, Nilda decided to take steps to preserve her cultural heritage, while also providing employment to the people of her region. An indigenous Quechua weaver, Nilda founded the Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco and through traditional weaving has reinvigorated her community with income being used for education, housing and medical care. Guests have the opportunity to purchase beautifully woven items made by local women, and bring them back as meaningful gifts to their loved ones. Marta Cucchia Keeps Perugia’s Weaving Tradition Alive: Guests can travel to Perugia, Italy to meet with Marta Cucchia on the 21-day ‘La Serenissima‘ itinerary. Marta runs the Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti , a workshop and school dedicated to the production of artistic textiles, founded and named after her great-grandmother. In the almost 100 years since its creation, the workshop has been teaching the art of hand-weaving on antique wooden looms, a rich part of the region’s heritage that has been passed down from mother to daughter. Marta now teaches the Perugia-style of weaving to ensure that a centuries-old tradition will remain prosperous in her community. Guests can purchase these gorgeous Renaissance style woven items to support the women’s collective during their visit. Manitobah Mukluks Storyboot School Focuses on Indigenous Women Artists: While in Toronto on the 19-day ‘Trans-Canadian Grandeur‘ journey, guests can venture on their own to the Bata Shoe Museum, home of the Manitobah Mukluks Storyboot School. Here female elders and women artisans from the community teach the traditional art of mukluk and moccasin-making during weekly sessions. This not-for-profit program offers a once-in-a-lifetime cross-cultural exchange for guests, while sustaining indigenous crafts and providing indigenous women with a platform to showcase their culture on the global marketplace. Rajasthani Women Building Their Communities on a ME to WE Culturally Immersive Experience: In partnership with ME to WE, Luxury Gold offers guests looking for a truly immersive and meaningful experience the 16-day ‘Imperial Rajasthan with ME to WE Experience.’ On this trip guests can participate in WE Village India projects taking place in the Udaipur and Rajsamand Districts, in the northern desert state of Rajasthan. During the 4-day itinerary, guests have the chance to walk side-by-side with powerhouse women as they collect water, care for livestock, and cook for their families before participating in projects to help enhance their community like building schools, enabling mobile health clinics, and agricultural training. Since 2008, WE Villages have organized women’s groups which offer financial literacy training and provide communities with income-generating opportunities through animal husbandry. For reservations, contact your favorite travel agent, call 1-888-862-5952, or visit www.luxurygoldvacations.com Join the conversation using the hashtags #LUXURYGOLDMOMENTS and #LUXURYGOLDVACATIONS  About Luxury GoldLuxury Gold® sets an unmatched standard with its collection of award-winning journeys. Guided by a Traveling Concierge, Luxury Gold is a journey beyond the ordinary, where guests enjoy exclusive VIP Experiences, savor exceptional dining and relax in luxury hotels on every curated itinerary. As global leaders in luxury travel with expertise accumulated over nearly 100 years, Luxury Gold epitomizes extraordinary exploration to some of the world’s most spectacular destinations. To find out more, visit www.luxurygoldvacations.com. About The TreadRight FoundationCreated as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. Founded by Brett Tollman, Chief Executive, TTC, to date TreadRight has supported more than 40 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at TreadRight.org.last_img read more

The Travel Institute’s Holiday Promotion Features ‘Sleigh Full’ of Savings

first_imgOpportunities aplenty for advancing specialization and job-readiness skills  FRAMINGHAM, MA, November 29, 2018 – The Travel Institute’s 4th annual “Season of Savings” promotion kicks off today featuring a sleigh full of special deals and training opportunities for travel professionals at all experience levels. This year’s promotion is built around three diverse elements – membership, certification, and specialization – but with a common thread. “The Travel Institute has one objective – your education, said Diane Petras, CTIE, president, emphasizing the importance of ongoing learning for industry newcomers and veterans alike. “Each week in December you’ll see significant savings from The Travel Institute that allow you to buy a gift of education for yourself, ensuring your knowledge is current and that you are offering your clients the efficiency, knowledge and insight needed to make sound travel recommendations in the year ahead. In other words, improving your skills now and then delivering on your ‘image of difference’ in the coming year.” Here’s the lineup of savings:·         November 29-December 9: Membership – $30 off Premium Membership·         December 10-16: Certification – $100 off Certified Travel Associate (CTA) program; $200 off Certified Travel Counselor (CTC)/Certified Travel Industry Executive (CTIE) programs·         December 17-23: Specialization – 30 percent off Destination Specialist and Lifestyle Specialist courses·         December 24-31: Grab Bag – 15 percent off all products and programs Members of The Travel Institute will also enjoy an extra 10 percent off all of these promotions, giving those who join during the first week of the promotion even greater savings throughout the rest of December. “We wanted to kick off this year’s campaign with a focus on Premium Membership,” said Petras, “not only because of the 10 percent across-the-board bonus savings, but also to give this ‘hidden gem’ some prime-time exposure and placement. Just knowing online destination and lifestyle specialist courses – like the new luxury and golf curriculums – are free to Premium Members makes it one of the best gifts of the season!” In addition, five free webinars will be offered live during the 2018 Season of Savings. Topics range from social marketing and time management to specialization, membership, and new to the industry. Advanced registration is required. The weekly Hot Tip Tuesday and Friday Five Blog e-communications will also focus on membership, certification, and specialization during December. To take advantage of the Season of Savings promotion, visit https://www.thetravelinstitute.com/season-of-savings/  About The Travel InstituteSince 1964, The Travel Institute has been the global leader in travel industry education and certification. A non-profit organization dedicated to educating and advancing travel agents, The Travel Institute has certified more than 25,000 Certified Travel Associate (CTA), Certified Travel Counselor (CTC), and Certified Travel Industry Executive (CTIE) graduates, while additionally training hundreds of thousands more through its new agent, destination, niche and lifestyle courses and webinars. A trusted partner to industry stakeholders and educational institutions alike, The Travel Institute holds its graduates to the highest standards of expertise and service as members progress through increasingly rigorous coursework and challenging exams to continue their education and verify their expertise. The Travel Institute also offers unlimited learning online in its Premium Member Lounge, which serves as a 24/7 classroom across all mobile platforms and delivers college-level courses in business, finance, sales, marketing, social media, and more. Learn more at www.thetravelinstitute.com.last_img read more

Sleep in a Giant Wine Barrel at this Beautiful Portuguese Vineyard

first_img Sleep With the Wolves in Canada’s Parc Omega Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms North Canon Drive Residence Is Worth Every Penny of Its $45 Million Price Tag Sleeping inside an industrial-sized booze barrel isn’t an entirely new concept. Germany’s boutique Schlafen im Weinfass (literally translated: “sleeping in a wine barrel”) winery offers similar barrel-inspired suites amid the country’s famous Baden wine region. All of the 8,000-liter barrel rooms feature a bed, en suite bathroom, modern amenities, and a garden patio overlooking the Rhine Valley. If tequila is more your speed, Mexico’s Matices Hotel de Barricas has you covered. Situated in the town of Tequila, the only place in the world allowed to produce the beverage officially, this distillery offers guest the opportunity to crash in a tequila-barrel-shaped guest room. All feature similarly modern amenities, plus a private deck overlooking acres of agave fields.A stay in Quinta da Pachecha’s wine barrel suites starts at $285 per night. If it’s a bit too kitschy for your liking, there are also traditional hotel rooms just steps away from the estate’s wine-making rooms. Where to Drink White Wine in the Willamette Valley center_img Rob Lowe’s Montecito Millon-Dollar Manse Hits the Market At some point in their misspent youths, most red-blooded men have found solace or a good night’s “rest” at the bottom of a wine bottle. So, it’s reasonable to think you might also find both inside of a wine barrel. One Portuguese vineyard is giving wine-lovers the opportunity to do just that.Owners Paulo Pereira and Maria do Céu Gonçalves personally designed each of the 10 wine-barrel-inspired guest suites at the Quinta da Pachecha estate. From the outside, they resemble giant pine wine barrels, complete with a large round glass entryway, a private deck, and even a “bunghole”-inspired skylight. Inside, the 270-square-foot floor plans feature all the trappings of a boutique hotel room including a round bed, en suite bathroom with high-end fixtures and a walk-in shower, Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning.Quinta da Pachecha/FacebookMost connoisseurs will appreciate overnighting in a giant wine barrel as a bucket-list-worthy experience unto itself. However, the grounds of the 140-acre vineyard estate are the real star of the show. Even amid Portugal’s iconic Douro Valley wine region, Quinta da Pachecha stands out. Just steps from each suite, guests can tour 116-year-old grape vines, sip whites, reds, and ports in one of 15 wine-tasting rooms, and sample other boutique items like olive oil and fresh jams. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Casper Mattresses Get Price Cuts During Birthday Sale

first_imgGetting high-quality sleep leads to higher productivity, a better mood, and feeling your best. Investing in the right mattress is a step toward more restful sleep — and what better time to buy than now with a discount on a first-rate mattress? For its fifth birthday, mattress-maker Casper is celebrating customers. From April 26-29, Casper is offering 10% off any order with the promo code SPRINKLE.The Manual may earn commission on products purchased through our links, which supports the work we do for our readers.A 2017 National Institutes of Health study suggests a correlation between poor sleep and both short- and long-term health problems. In the short term, you may experience heightened stress, pain, depression, and anxiety. And in the long term, poor sleepers may find themselves gaining weight, or receiving a hypertension or diabetes diagnosis. Gambling with sleep is dangerous and Casper can help you eliminate some of that risk. Plus, who doesn’t want to get into a comfortable bed at the end of a long day, and wake up well-rested?See MattressesThe Casper Wave is among the best mattresses on the market. Casper has been named No. 1 mattress by Consumer Reports, and its mattresses provide firm, ergonomic support to help to align your spine. The company offers three mattresses: The Wave, the most luxurious option with five layers; The Casper, its most popular mattress with four layers; and The Essential, the perfect introduction to Casper mattresses with three layers.The process of choosing a new mattress can be tedious and sometimes downright difficult, especially if you’re looking for both yourself and a significant other. Casper makes it incredibly. The mattresses are firm without compromising on cloud-like softness and boast open-cell hypoallergenic latex, which keeps air flowing. Summer is fast approaching, and with a Casper mattress, you won’t have to worry about overheating at night.Casper’s mattresses also come in all sizes, perfect for both the toughest-to-wake children and the spouse who just can’t fall asleep at night. Shipping is fast and totally free – all you have to do is bring the box from your doorstep to the bedroom. Plus, you can sleep soundly knowing Casper guarantees a full refund – with a courier to pack it up for you – if you don’t love it after trying it out for up to 100 days.After trying out your Casper mattress, you’ll soon realize why tens of thousands of others have sent in product reviews with high ratings. With quality materials and premium foam, Casper promises your mattress will hold up as it should for 10 years or the mattress will be repaired or replaced. How to Grow and Maintain Stubble What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul How to Shave With a Straight Razor The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain How to Remove a Tick: A Simple Guide to Safely Getting Rid of Ticks Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Norwegian Debuts Popular Escape Room Experience

first_imgNorwegian Cruise Line further enhances entertainment offerings onboard with all-new “Escape the Big Top” adventure game on four ships  Miami, Florida – Mar 08, 2017 – Continuing their history of providing guests with exciting, innovative and cutting edge entertainment, Norwegian Cruise Line has debuted an all-new entertainment experience onboard several of the line’s ships that will surprise and challenge guests:  Escape The Big Top. Guests can experience the magic of an escape room with a twist, as they put their critical thinking skills to the test in a physical adventure game to solve challenges and beat the clock. An onboard carnival takes an unusual turn when an act goes wrong. It’s then up to the guests to solve the clues and escape the spell before the time runs out.  This complimentary event, which can run up to one hour, is the ultimate combination of intellect and urgency. Escape the Big Top gives guests of all ages the chance to not only compete against the clock, but their fellow guests as well for added fun. The new entertainment concept is available several times per cruise onboard the line’s four newest ships, including Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Escape. Guests interested in testing their skills and knowledge can make their reservations through the box office once they are onboard and sign up information can be found in the ship’s Freestyle Daily. Escape the Big Top is one of many engaging and award-winning entertainment offerings available to guests on Norwegian Cruise Line.  Voted Best Entertainment by Cruise Critic, Norwegian features entertainment beyond anything at sea, including Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals, amazing dinner theatre experiences from Cirque Dreams, headline comedians, sing-along fun from Howl At The Moon, live music, over-the-top theme parties, spectacular shows and much more. For more information on Norwegian’s entertainment experiences or to book a cruise, contact a travel professional or visit www.ncl.com.last_img read more

Unforgettable Family Experiences to Britains Most Iconic Locations with Evan Evans

first_imgLONDON, Oct. 11, 2019 – Evan Evans, London’s oldest and largest tour operator, takes the pressure out of where to go and what to do when vacationing with family in London.  With more than 85 years of experience in delighting customers with their city tours and out-of-town excursions, they provide unforgettable journeys and experiences to Britain’s most iconic locations. A bit of magical realism can be fun for the whole family when you follow in the footsteps of the world’s most famous wizard on the enchanting 3-hour Harry Potter Film Locations Waking Tour of London. The magic starts at Westminster tube station and then it’s on to the real-life locations that provided the inspiration for some of the most iconic locations in the wizarding world of the Harry Potter film series.  Visit exciting locations from the film series, including Diagon Alley, Platform 9 3/4s, and discover the inspiration behind the sites, as our expert guide brings the magic to life.  The tour includes Evans Evans’ personal headsets which guarantee a more immersive and intimate experience. Tours start at $25 for children/seniors and $33.75 for adults. The Royal Windsor Steam Express with Castle Tour rolls out the red carpet to royalty.  Travel from Waterloo to Windsor in style onboard the Mayflower, a beautifully restored traditional British steam train from the golden age of rail travel. Relax on this fantastic steam train to Windsor and let the romance of steam travel whisk you away to a town steeped in royal heritage.  Windsor Castle is set within 13 acres and boasts more than 1,000 impressive rooms.  Founded in the 11th Century by William the Conqueror, you’ll learn about how Windsor Castle has withstood siege, been used for official entertaining as a royal court by King Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, and as a home to 39monarchs, including the UK’s reigning Queen Elizabeth II who enjoys many of her private weekends at the Castle. Unravel the spectacular history of Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the world. Enjoy visits to the magnificent State Apartments, Semi-State Rooms, Grand Reception Room, Queen Mary’s Doll House, and beautiful St George’s Chapel, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married in May 2018. Depending on the day and time of your visit, you might be lucky to witness the Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle. The ceremony sees the guards marching through Windsor town and into the castle for the guard change.  Tours start at $80 for children and $92.50 for adults. In April 2020, families can take the steam train to Windsor and visit the famous LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort on the new ‘Royal Windsor Steam Express with LEGOLAND’ tour. With over 55 rides, live shows and attractions set over 150 acres of parkland plus a fully LEGO themed hotel on site, the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort is a family destination that is not to be missed! You can discover over a thousand years of history at England’s most beautiful medieval castles and also visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare and the historic city of Oxford on our Warwick Castle, Shakespeare’s England, Oxford & The Cotswolds tour. Set against the River Avon within 64 acres of landscaped parkland, Warwick Castle once belonged to the most powerful man in England, The Earl of Warwick. This action-packed family attraction has a full program of entertainment throughout the year, such as meeting with figures of Warwick’s historic inhabitants inside the state rooms, including Countess Daisy, young Winston Churchill and many more. Go for a walk on the ramparts and up to the top of the mound where you’ll get a breath-taking view of the castle and grounds. You can also relax in the peacock garden by the Conservatory with the gentle sound of a water fountain and live peacocks walking around you.For a unique history lesson, you can view a trebuchet (a medieval catapult) that fires a rock across the grounds of the Castle. In Stratford-upon-Avon, you’ll visit the 16th-century half-timbered house where Shakespeare was born in 1564 and grew up. Families will enjoy a fascinating insight into tales of his family life and admire rare artefacts on displays from the Shakespeare Trust’s world-class collections. On the tour’s final stop, explore ‘The City of Dreaming Spires,’ and the oldest university in the English-speaking world, the University of Oxford. You’ll enjoy a walking tour with our expert guide, and maybe spot filming locations shot for countless movies and TV series over the years, including the Harry Potter film series. Tour options start at $77.50 per person.  About Evan EvansEvan Evans is the longest-established and largest sightseeing company in London, and has been accompanying visitors on city tours and out-of-town excursions since 1933. Our exciting range of tours bring you the best Britain has to offer, from majestic palaces and castles and quaint country villages to the historic cities of Bath, Oxford and Canterbury. All tours are operated to the highest standard of quality on our new fleet of luxury, air-conditioned coaches and are escorted by professional local guides, whose wealth of knowledge and experience will ensure you have a day out to remember. About The TreadRight FoundationCreated as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit working to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has supported some 50 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. The Foundation’s guiding principle is to encourage sustainable tourism development through conservation, leadership and support for communities. Foundation priorities are set by the Steering Committee, which includes sustainability leaders Céline Cousteau and Costas Christ. Past project partners include WWF, Conservation International, WildAid, The Travel Foundation and The National Trust in the UK. Current initiatives include supporting various women’s social enterprises through the Artisan Alliance, the recently announced Wildlife Conservation Society’s Big Cat fund, WE.org and inspiring nature advocates like Céline Cousteau and Terri Irwin. To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at treadright.orglast_img read more