Chelsea & BVB agree Batshuayi loan

first_imgTransfers Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund reach Batshuayi loan agreement Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Last updated 1 year ago 18:19 1/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Michy Batshuayi Chelsea Newcastle 28012018 Getty Transfers Borussia Dortmund Michy Batshuayi Chelsea Premier League Bundesliga The 24-year-old striker is set to spark a chain reaction as his move paves the way for Aubameyang and Giroud to make their deadline day transfers Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund have reached an agreement that will see Michy Batshuayi join the Bundesliga side on loan for the rest of the season, Goal understands.The 24-year-old striker had been in contention to make Chelsea’s squad for their Premier League clash with Bournemouth on transfer deadline day, despite continuous links to a January transfer.Instead, he will head to Germany instead after Dortmund agreed to pay a €1.5 million fee to land the Belgium international as a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is now expected to finalise a move to Arsenal, as Arsene Wenger already admitted it looks a done deal. Article continues below 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 To complete a triangle of transfers between the three sides, Chelsea could be set to land Olivier Giroud from the Gunners to replace Batshuayi and offer backup to Alvaro Morata, having already agreed an £18m fee for the France striker.Dortmund have no option to take Batshuayi on a permanent deal at the end of his six months, however, as he remains contracted to Chelsea until June 2021.Sevilla had tried to sign Batshuayi earlier in the transfer window but have settled for Everton’s Sandro Ramirez instead. Tottenham also enquired about Batshuayi but he rejected the move to Chelsea’s rivals as he wanted to be first choice upon moving to a new club. The 24-year-old has featured 25 times for Antonio Conte’s men this season, scoring 10 times.The former Marseille star featured for a full 90 minutes in the Premier League clash with Brighton before playing a key role in their recent FA Cup win over Newcastle United, scoring twice as they ran out 3-0 victors.last_img read more

Hey Girl, I See What Your Nonprofit Is Doing

first_imgBy tapping into the #tigerblood hashtag, Zachary reported that tons of media outlets picked up on the story, resulting in a modest increase in blood donations.So what’s in it for you? Why should you consider making a meme? 1. Sure, memes can be just plain silly and fun, and but they can also humanize your nonprofit’s public image. Who doesn’t love an organization that embraces its humanity and sense of humor? 2. Memes can create connections and start conversations because of their two-prong premise: A meme is based on an aspect of popular culture and spread from person to person. 3. Memes give supporters an easy way to publicize and promote your cause. Once you create a meme, fans can quickly share it over email, social media, and their own websites.Want to create your own nonprofit meme to help build buzz for your cause? Check out our tips on using memes to spread your nonprofit’s message. (Image credit: National Wildlife Federation, Source: Avi Kaplan) You’ve seen them all over Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr, and Pinterest: grumpycats,talking babies, even Ryan Gosling. Entertaining memes have exploded across the Internet. But have you also noticed an uptick in charitable memes, memes that are doing good? Many nonprofits are capitalizing on the popularity of memes to gain visibility and connect with new supporters.Nonprofits aren’t always great at piggybacking on the work of others, but that’s the key for a meme to take off. Senior Strategist Avi Kaplan of RAD Campaign has compiled some tip-top examples of nonprofit memes that worked because they borrowed a cultural phenomena, as did tech writer Zachary Sniderman.One of the best examples of nonprofit meme-jacking came from a 132-year-old organization, the American Red Cross. Capitalizing on Charlie Sheen’s 2011 outburst and proclamation to have drank tiger’s blood, the American Red Cross tweeted:We may not collect #tigerblood, but we know our donors & volunteers have fierce passion for doing good! #RedCrossMonth— American Red Cross (@RedCross)last_img read more

From Mexico City: Iatrogenic Fistula on the Rise as More Women Gain Access to Surgery

first_imgShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 21, 2015October 13, 2016By: Sandeep Bathala, Senior Program Associate, Maternal Health Initiative, Wilson CenterClick 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)Obstetric fistula is a devastating childbirth injury caused by prolonged obstructed labor. It can lead to incontinence and infection, social stigmatization as others recoil in horror, and even mental illness. Between 50,000 to 100,000 women each year are affected by it – and it’s entirely preventable with proper medical attention.In my professional career, I have had the opportunity to visit three fistula hospitals, in Mali and Ethiopia. The challenges around unequal access to care stare you down in these places. Intravenous bags are held up by sticks in some cases, and each woman’s story is an exercise in heartbreak.Today, on the second day of the Global Maternal and Newborn Health Conference in Mexico City, I had the opportunity to learn more about a new kind of fistula complication that is emerging.Dr. Lauri Romanzi, who spoke at the Wilson Center in July and is project director of the USAID/EngenderHealth Fistula Care Plus Project, explained how increased access to cesarean sections without regard to quality of care is causing an increase in iatrogenic fistulas, a form of fistula unintentionally caused by a health care provider.Iatrogenic fistulas are sometimes caused by inexperienced clinicians who are thrown into situations with many patients. According to research conducted by Dr. Thomas Raassen, a surgeon for the non-profit Operation Fistula, more than 13 percent of fistulas in 65 hospitals across East Africa and Asia over an 18-year period were iatrogenic.Raassen stressed the importance of better training (some medical officers receive only two months of instruction) and suggested staff should perform cesarean sections under supervision before they are posted to hospitals. Cesarean sections are “easy until they aren’t,” he said. They are major surgery, and mistakes can cause a lot of damage.He also stressed the need for cesarean section alternatives, especially in the unfortunate case of a dead fetus after days of obstructed labor.It’s not just an increase in poor quality cesarean section surgeries, said Dr. SK Nazmul Huda, a project manager with Fistula Care Plus in Bangladesh. He shared data from the National Fistula Center and three major hospitals in Bangladesh indicating that 27 percent of fistulas were iatrogenic from 2012 to 2014, but three quarters were caused by poor quality hysterectomies. Lack of access to quality care spans across a woman’s life cycle.Dr. Ganda Sanda of Niger’s Hopital National de Lamorde Niamey highlighted issues around classification and data. Should fistulas caused by sexual violence or female genital cutting be considered iatrogenic? How do we prevent these causes and prepare doctors to deal with them?Romanzi stressed throughout the session that fistula is an indicator of inequity. Fistulas are on the rise at a time when more women have access to cesarean sections and hysterectomies, which should be a good thing. But the poorest women are having a much harder time accessing high quality care.I look forward to learning more about equity and quality of care issues tomorrow.Sandeep Bathala is reporting from 2015 Global Maternal and Newborn Health Conference in Mexico City for the Wilson Center, Maternal Health Task Force, and UN Population Fund.Photo: “Partner surgeon and staff during a fistula repair surgery” ©2014 Dining for Women, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license.last_img read more

ESPN’s Bowl Projections For Ohio State After Week 5

first_imgOhio State vs. Cincinnati.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 7: Head Coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches his team warm up before a game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Ohio Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Ohio State is 5-0 entering October. The Buckeyes are coming off a 48-7 blowout win over Nebraska on Saturday.The victory captured the attention of college football fans and further solidified that OSU looks like a national championship contender. However, the Buckeyes’ toughest stretch is yet to come.This week, Michigan State travels to Columbus for a pivotal Big Ten battle. Ohio State will then get an extra week of preparation, due to a bye, for Wisconsin on Oct. 26. Many are already saying it could be the biggest game in college football this season.The month of November starts off easy for Ohio State with a home game versus Maryland and a road trip to Rutgers. The Buckeyes finish off their season with a home contest against Penn State before traveling to Ann Arbor to face Michigan on Nov. 30. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p It’s unlikely any team outside of Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan will challenge the Buckeyes this season. If they can get past those three teams, an undefeated regular season seems likely.ESPN has released its newest bowl game projections for Ohio State. As of right now, both experts feel a trip to the playoff is in the Buckeyes’ future.“Kyle Bonagura: Alabama vs. Ohio State in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Dec. 28Mark Schlabach: Georgia vs. Ohio State in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 28Exactly what Ohio State fans want to hear. A return trip to the College Football Playoff would certainly be an impressive accomplishment for first-year head coach Ryan Day. With Justin Fields at quarterback, the Buckeyes have as good a shot as any.You can view ESPN’s full projections here.last_img read more

Former NFL Player Rips Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence

first_img One former NFL player, longtime tight end Antonio Bryant, had a brutally honest summation of Lawrence right now:“Trevor Lawrence just a Josh Rosen with longer hair,” he tweeted.Trevor Lawrence just a Josh Rosen with longer hair— 🆎🧢 (@ab89) October 19, 2019No offense to Josh Rosen, who is less than two years into his NFL career, but he’s not exactly who you want to be compared to if you’re a top prospect.Thankfully, Lawrence is just a sophomore. He’s got plenty of time to right the ship and get back to his No. 1 overall status. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence in Week 1.CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 29: Quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers warms up prior to the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Memorial Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)No quarterback entered the 2019 college football season with more hype than Trevor Lawrence. The Clemson sophomore was considered the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy a near lock for the No. 1 overall pick in a future NFL Draft.We’re about halfway into the regular season, though, and Lawrence hasn’t really come close to living up to that hype.Clemson is undefeated and Lawrence has played fine, but the Tigers haven’t been as dominant as many expected – and neither has their quarterback.Lawrence threw two awful interceptions in Clemson’s win over Louisville today. His stats on the season are far from impressive.last_img read more

Giroud penalty sees France past Iceland

first_imgOlivier Giroud fired world champions France to a 1-0 victory in Reykjavik as Iceland lost a home qualifier for the first time in six years.On the fringes of things at Chelsea, Giroud remains an integral part of France’s plans eight months out from Euro 2020, and his 37th goal for his country came from the penalty spot midway through the second half.It came after Antoine Griezmann went over in the area, and amid Icelandic protests about the decision by Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi. 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 But France were the better team for long stretches of the game, worthy of becoming the first visitors to leave Iceland with three points since Slovenia earned a 4-2 win in World Cup qualifying in June 2013.Victoire de l’Equipe de France !!!! (0-1) : #ISLFRA@_OlivierGiroud_ (66ème) #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/ESCSHBeJrW— Equipe de France :star::star: (@equipedefrance) October 11, 2019France beat Iceland 4-0 in Paris earlier in the group but their preparation this time was disrupted by losing N’Golo Kante to injury moments before kick-off, with Moussa Sissoko taking his midfield berth.France were already without three star men in Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and captain Hugo Lloris. Raphael Varane skippered the team and Steve Mandanda took over from Lloris in goal, as Les Bleus looked to avoid another away-day blip, having lost to Turkey in June.They kept Hannes Halldorsson in Iceland’s goal busy enough before the break, with Benjamin Pavard, Griezmann and Kingsley Coman threatening, but France hit their stride in the second half.Halldorsson repelled a Griezmann free-kick, before France’s Barcelona forward made a hash of a volley. Griezmann thumped another shot wide from 20 yards, searching for a goal that would have taken him to 30 for his country, putting him level in sixth place on the all-time list alongside Just Fontaine and Jean-Pierre Papin.The penalty award came in the 64th minute when Griezmann went down theatrically after colliding with Ari Skulason.With Griezmann receiving a little TLC off the pitch, it was Giroud who took the spot-kick, firing home to find the bottom-right corner.It was little surprise Griezmann was able to carry on, and he threatened shortly after with a raking shot that Halldorsson gathered.Blaise Matuidi hit the post from 10 yards with a scuffed left-footed strike, before almost knocking out defender Victor Palsson with a thumping volley and Halldorsson saved with his legs from substitute Wissam Ben Yedder late on as France stayed unbeaten against Iceland, their record now showing 11 wins and four draws against Friday night’s hosts.What does it mean? France can win without the big gunsFor a while it was ugly, but France had been disrupted by the Kante injury just before the game began so that was a plausible excuse. They began to find their stride, and with Griezmann a constant pest, Coman busy on the right flank, and Mandanda a confident deputy for Lloris, this was a steady if unspectacular showing from Didier Deschamps’ side.Griezmann made no new friendsThere was certainly contact for the penalty, but surely not of the sort that should have left Griezmann writhing in apparent agony on the pitch. It was hard not to think there was some artifice behind his behaviour. Given the brush with the defender had been perhaps hard for the referee to spot given his view, perhaps it was an act he felt necessary to secure what was ultimately justice.No Pogba, no panacheFrance missed the Manchester United playmaker, demonstrating little midfield creativity beyond Coman’s frequent raids down the right flank. They will have to cope without him against Turkey on Monday too, but the former Juventus man could be back for November’s double-header against Moldova and Albania.What’s next?France will seek to show they can handle Turkey, after the poor loss in Konya four months ago, when the teams meet at the Stade de France on Monday. Iceland will have home advantage again on the same day, welcoming Andorra to Reykjavik. read morelast_img read more

Pochettino reveals Spurs players’ dinner invite

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino pointed to a dinner invitation extended by the Spurs squad to show that he retains their backing. After the ecstasy of reaching the Champions League final during the 2019-20 final, Tottenham have come back to earth with a bump this term. Three defeats in their opening eight Premier League games have left the north Londoners rooted in mid-table, slipping 13 points behind leaders Liverpool.  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 Their most recent result, a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Brighton, left Pochettino’s position more vulnerable than at any previous point in his Spurs tenure.  But the Argentine was at pains to show that, contrary to reports, his players still want him at the club.”When you receive a text from the player inviting you and the coaching staff for a dinner only two things can happen,” he told reporters on Thursday.”[It’s] because they want to say goodbye. Or because they feel that they love you and they want to show that they are with you. And I think it’s the second.”Spurs re-entered the transfer market over the summer after a period of inactivity, but Pochettino affirmed that he was unlikely to pursue further new targets when the window re-opens.”I never was keen on January and I will not change now because it is a tough period or tough few games, I’m not going to change the way I think or see things,” he added.”We are not going to force anything because we believe the squad is a decent squad. Now we need to be strong our decision was right, because we are suffering a storm now we cannot now change quick.”Now it’s the time to be responsible. First me and then the players, everyone.”My opinion, the way I love to work, is that when you take decisions in the summer and then you need to be responsible and then you need to find the way to make that work.”Now is not a point to talk about January, refreshing the team. Now is about trying to find solutions because we need to win tomorrow and we need to win after tomorrow.”We need solutions now. We cannot think, ‘OK, we forget now and in January we are going to fix the problem’. It’s not like this.”Tottenham will hope to get back on track in the Premier League on Saturday, when they host Watford. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Seahawks hope Mingo can be dual threat on defense

first_img Share: GO Published: August 13, 2018, 5:20pm Barkevious Mingo Photo Share: Seattle Seahawks linebacker Barkevious Mingo (51) running a drill during NFL football training camp, in Renton. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) By TIM BOOTH, Associated Press The strongside linebacker’s impact in Seattle’s defensive scheme is somewhat limited unless he can be an exceptional pass rusher. Whenever Seattle goes with an extra defensive back it’s the strongside linebacker that comes off the field with middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and weakside linebacker K.J. Wright remaining on it.The way to stay on the field in that position is get to the quarterback. It’s what Irvin did so well during his four seasons with Seattle and what the Seahawks haven’t been able to fully replicate since he left for Oakland in free agency.Seattle wanted to see just how much Mingo could affect the game from that position in the preseason opener against Indianapolis so he was on the field with second- and third-team players with the specific task of rushing the passer. While the rest of Seattle’s defensive starters were resting, Mingo was recording one of Seattle’s three sacks.“I believe in my ability to the highest degree and I know when it’s time to get to the quarterback I know I can do that,” he said. Mingo was part of an underperforming first-round draft class. Only three of the top 17 picks in that draft — Lane Johnson, Ezekiel Ansah and Sheldon Richardson — have been voted to a Pro Bowl. Mingo has been lumped into the group of disappointments along with Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel and Dion Jordan.Part of Mingo’s trouble is a lack of stability. He was drafted by the Browns, but Cleveland was in chaos during his time there. He was traded to New England shortly before the start of the 2016 regular season and lasted just one year after starting one game with the Patriots. He spent last year with Indianapolis, recording a career-high 32 tackles, but was again without a home after the season.Seattle made a simple offer: prove he could set the edge against the run and when called upon, get some sacks.“First off, I’ve been on a team that’s had a lot of turnover from the get go. So there were different coaches there,” Mingo said. “I feel like some of the other coaches, maybe it’s been a lack of communication between us and we haven’t gotten the play style … down, and that position wasn’t right for me. I feel like this thing here, and being with these coaches and players, it’s the right fit.” RENTON — The Seattle Seahawks would be thrilled if Barkevious Mingo became the new version of what Bruce Irvin was during their championship run — strong on stopping the run in early downs, a threat as a rusher in passing situations.Doing so would mean Mingo is finally meeting the expectations that came with being the No. 6 overall pick five years ago, which has happened only briefly during his first three stops in the NFL.Seattle made only a few free agent signings on the defensive side in the offseason and none has the chance to flash as much as Mingo because of what Seattle believes he could add to its revamped defense. And especially in a defensive scheme that is geared even more toward the linebackers with Ken Norton Jr. taking over as defensive coordinator.“It’s definitely finding roles for guys and getting to figure them out and who they are and all that,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He has done a lot of stuff, even back in college. Right now, to have him playing outside linebacker and also rushing in the nickel package, it’s just the right spot for him. He also has a lot of drop ability in there so we can do some things and we can do some intricate things with him as well. Very lucky to have him.” Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Seahawks hope Mingo can be dual threat on defense Former No. 6 overall pick brings skills to fit new scheme By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

Hudson’s Bay football preview: Playoff drought over, Eagles coach challenges team to find its identity

first_img Published: August 28, 2018, 7:00pm Samuel Wilson/for The Columbian Senior Toa Kaumatule rushed for five touchdowns and was a first-team all-league linebacker last year for Hudson’s Bay. Hudson’s Bay football preview: Playoff drought over, Eagles coach challenges team to find its identity The Columbian Receive latest stories and local news in your email: 3 THINGS TO KNOW• Hudson’s Bay comes off a playoff season, its best year since 2001.• New quarterback Parker Marsh goes from third-string to starter.• Second-year coach Ray Lions challenges team to create a new legacy.2017 season: 6-4, 2-3 3A GSHL. Reached state preliminary round.Best state finish: Quarterfinals in 1999ScheduleHome games at Kiggins BowlLeague games in boldAug. 31 Washougal 8 p.m.Sept. 7 Heritage 5 p.m.Sept. 14 at W.F. West 7 p.m.Sept. 21 at Franklin (Ore.) 7 p.m.Sept. 28 Mountain View 8 p.m.Oct. 5 Fort Vancouver 8 p.m.Oct. 12 at Prairie 7 p.m.Oct. 19 at Evergreen 7:30 p.m.Oct. 26 Kelso 5 p.m. GO Share: How will the Hudson’s Bay Eagles be remembered?Second-year coach Ray Lions is already challenging his Eagles to create a legacy.Make no mistake: there are plenty of carry-overs from a 2017 squad that reached the postseason for the first time in 16 years. But that’s just it: last year is last year, and a new season means creating something new and unique.“This group needs to come up with their own identity,” Lions said. “… They’ve been a part of the change but on the other hand, they’re the first ones to continue the change.”Continuing what’s been established is key to sustaining the momentum from one of the most successful seasons in recent years. The Eagles walked off proud after their 51-20 loss to Bellevue in the state preliminary round, getting a taste of the postseason with their most victories (six) since winning eight games in 2001.While initial emotions were raw in a season-ending defeat, senior Parker Marsh doesn’t forget the tears of joy, too. After the Bellevue defeat in which Marsh played significant minutes with the injury to Bay’s starting quarterback, he saw not only potential in himself, but in others. Tags This story is part of The Columbian’s High School Fall Sports 2018 special preview section. Find it in the Sunday, August 26 edition of The Columbian. Photo Take lineman Malek Mabouk, for example. Even during an impressive wrestling season, when he earned the team’s Most Improved award, he couldn’t wait to get football pads back on.“I’m excited to see how that will translate to football,” Mabouk said.He isn’t the only one. Marsh will assume the starting quarterback role, going from third-string to varsity starter in his third season at Bay. He even challenged a small-college quarterback to a quarterback’s challenge at team camp.And won.Marsh hopes that’s just one part of his game that can translate into leading the Eagles this fall.“I have some dog in me,” Marsh said. “There’s always opposition somewhere. It fueled me at that moment and I realized I have something in me.” Hudson’s Bay Eagles Share: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

No. 2 Gonzaga could soon be No. 1 after rolling past BYU

first_img BIG PICTUREBYU: Childs averages 21 points and Haws 17.8. … BYU is seeking its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2015. … Childs, Haws and Nick Emery all have more than 1,000 career points.Gonzaga: Gonzaga leads the nation in scoring at 90.3 points per game … The Bulldogs are outscoring WCC opponents by an average of 28 points.UP NEXTGonzaga plays at Pacific on Thursday night and finishes the regular season Saturday night at Saint Mary’s. The Bulldogs are trying to go undefeated in the league for the first time since 2013. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Share: The Bulldogs won their seventh consecutive league title and will be the top seed at the conference tournament in Las Vegas in early March.Gonzaga made 10 of its first 13 shots to jump to a 23-15 lead.After BYU closed to 31-26, Norvell scored eight of Gonzaga’s next 10 points to push the lead to 41-28.Gonzaga led 51-38 at halftime behind 18 points from Norvell and 57 percent shooting.Perkins hit a 3-pointer to put Gonzaga up 58-44 early in the second.BYU couldn’t cut that lead to single digits, in part because leading scorer Childs picked up his third and fourth fouls early in the second.A 9-0 run lifted Gonzaga to a 73-53 lead with 10 minutes left.The Cougars suffered through a 1-for-13 drought and Gonzaga extended the lead to 87-56 with just over five minutes left, capping a 23-3 run. Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr., top, shoots over BYU guard TJ Haws (30) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press Share:center_img No. 2 Gonzaga could soon be No. 1 after rolling past BYU Zags win 102-68, might replace Duke atop AP poll Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Published: February 23, 2019, 9:53pm GO SPOKANE — Zach Norvell Jr. scored 25 points, Rui Hachimura added 23 points and 10 rebounds and No. 2 Gonzaga beat BYU 102-68 on Saturday night, clearing the way for the Bulldogs to possibly be ranked No. 1 on Monday.Josh Perkins had 21 points and seven assists for Gonzaga (27-2, 14-0). The Bulldogs have won 18 in a row, the longest streak in the nation, and have clinched the West Coast Conference regular-season title.Yoeli Childs and TJ Haws each had18 points for BYU (18-12, 10-5). The Cougars have lost two straight.Gonzaga seeks to replace Duke at No. 1 on Monday, after the Blue Devils lost to No. 8 North Carolina on Wednesday before rebounding win at Syracuse earlier Saturday.last_img read more

Mariners rout Rangers with trifecta of home runs

first_img Kikuchi benefited from Seattle’s four first-inning runs. Dee Gordon chased Brett Martin (1-3) from the game after just two outs with a two-run single.The teams split the four-game set. Seattle won the season series 12-7.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: SS J.P. Crawford sat out his second straight game because of a tight right hamstring. “He’s going to fly back to Seattle,” Servais said. “Doctors are going to look at him. My guess is he’s going to be out at least a week.”Rangers: Manager Chris Woodward said he didn’t know when OF Joey Gallo, recovering from a broken right hamate bone, might return. “I think he’s going to take batting practice in New York. It’s a little bit sore.”WELCOME BACKRHP Edinson Volquez (strained elbow) was activated from the 60-day injured list and pitched for the first time since April 4 with a hitless seventh inning. The 15-year veteran is expected to retire at the end of the season. Follow Vogelbach welcomed a little September heat after a frigid August when he averaged .130 with only three homers. Murphy and Vogelbach homered back-to-back in the third inning. Vogelbach was 2 for 3 with two walks and two RBIs.“When I’m walking, I’m hitting,” he said. “My approach is going and I’m seeing the ball the right way. It’s just a matter of time until things start to go.”The Mariners drew nine walks from seven Texas pitchers, who also hit three batters. Seattle starter Yusei Kikuchi (6-9) walked none while allowing three runs in five innings.“When it’s so hot, you have to attack the strike zone,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “You can’t have long at-bats. That’s what we did to them today.” Volquez said he was “a little bit” emotional warming up. “Not in the game. I was ready to pitch.”Woodward said, “He’s put a lot of effort into the culture of the clubhouse. It’s the least we can do for his sake.”SEPTEMBER BALLOf the teams’ 11 September roster additions, only Mariners CF Braden Bishop started. He went 0 for 4 returning from a rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma and being reinstated from the injury list (lacerated spleen).Seattle also moved RHPs Austin Adams, Dan Altavilla and Brandon Brennan from IL and recalled INF/OF Ryan Court from Tacoma. Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Seager, left, connects for a three-run home run on a pitch from Texas Rangers reliever Taylor Guerrieri as catcher Jose Trevino, right, watches in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Share: GO ARLINGTON, Texas — Kyle Seager left Globe Life Park pretty much the way he arrived at the park.Seager, Tom Murphy and Daniel Vogelbach hit home runs and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 11-3.Seager sealed the victory with a three-run homer against Taylor Guerrieri in the eighth inning.In 153 career games against Texas, he has 28 homers and 99 RBIs, his most against any team. Published: September 1, 2019, 4:29pm Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Follow The Columbian on Instagram Seager’s first homer at the Rangers’ stadium was a solo shot in his third game there on Sept. 25, 2011.“I hit one my first year here. I do remember that. I only had (three) on the year,” he said.That homer against Merkin Valdez came in the ninth inning of a 12-5 blowout loss. He has hit 14 more at the park, which will be replaced with a climate-controlled stadium next season.The gametime temperature was 92 degrees.“It was hot,” Seager said. “We were just talking about the climate control. A lot of memories here, but this is something that I certainly won’t miss, the heat of this place.” Tags Mariners rout Rangers with trifecta of home runs Seager, Murphy, Vogelbach go long in 11-3 win Share: The Rangers’ additions included OF Nomar Mazara and RHP Adrian Sampson from the 10-day IL, LHP Jeffrey Springs and RHP Edinson Volquez from the 60-day IL. Texas recalled 1B Ronald Guzman and RHP Ian Gibaut from Triple-A Nashville. All of them but Court played in the game.MISSING MARINERSOF Keon Broxton served a one-game suspension on Sunday for hitting umpire Manny Gonzalez with a batting glove on Aug. 26. . OF Jake Fraley missed his second straight game for personal reasons. Servais said Fraley would rejoin the team in Chicago on Monday.UP NEXTMariners LHP Justus Sheffield (0-1, 7.94) will make his third major league start Monday against Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks (9-9, 3.47) in the first of two games in Chicago By Associated Press Seattle Mariners By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

What ARE you guys? A Look into CCRA

first_imgDeconstructing what CCRA really does for members one product at a time.  Written By Maggie Fischer, Chief Marketing Officer, CCRA  Recently, my colleague Holly Carrig, Director of Membership Services, and I returned from a great few days in Fort Lauderdale at Travel Weekly’s GTM Flagship event. Over the course of a few days, we met with approximately 100 top performing travel agencies through a combination of one-on-one meetings and boardroom presentations. The one question we got over and over again, was WHAT ARE YOU GUYS?  In an industry dominated by acronyms and labels, it can be tough to break out of the well-understood boxes like “host agency”, “consortium” or “association”. They’ve been around forever, and with a single word you can sum up exactly what they do for agents. That’s just not the case with CCRA, and as we blaze a new trail in the industry, it can be tough to capture our entire offering in one word. We tried our best with “consortiation” but we needed to do better! So what we wanted to do for you was to break us down with some pretty simple descriptions of our most popular offerings, and who takes advantage of them:  Accreditation and the TRUE Code: CCRA owns one of the “big four” accreditation types in the travel industry for agencies. Alongside ARC, IATA and CLIA, there is the TRUE Code. The TRUE code is a bit different from ARC and IATA, because while it allows you to connect directly with thousands of travel and business suppliers, it does not allow you to ticket directly on the major airlines the way a full ARC Accreditation or IATA would. Instead, it works the same way as CLIA, ARC’s VTC Program and IATA’s IATAN program in that it helps you brand yourself as an accredited agency, elevates your status as a professional seller of travel, and allows you access to lots and lots of industry tools and resources. It really is your industry “social security number”.   Now with TRUE being the only one not owned by a controlling airline or cruise line interest, it gives us a bit more flexibility in that we are wholly owned by a travel industry organization made up of travel agencies. NACTA shares that independence, but does not offer accreditation – only advocacy, tools and resources for agencies, which is a great thing on its own.   When you apply for TRUE and are accepted, it opens up your access to a number of other products and services from CCRA: The award-winning hotel booking portal, CCRATravel.com Our industry-leading website, social media and email marketing tool, TRUESites Eligibility to take part in TRUELeads, launching later this year A professional photo ID card Access to CCRA’s calendar of FAM trips Free admission to PowerSolutions regional travel events Access to PowerSolutions Online, a library of hundreds of on-demand educational tools Invitations to local chapter meetings to connect with industry peers and suppliers  Since acquiring TRUE and OSSN in 2013, CCRA has redeveloped many aspects of the program, including the vetting process for agents who apply. Applications typically take anywhere from 30-45 days, and business credentials are thoroughly vetted to ensure the integrity of the program. Agencies who are unable or unwilling to undergo such a stringent vetting process have been encouraged to join CCRA at the associate level, which gives them access to a wealth of marketing and educational resources, but does not allow for an industry ID, photo card or access to advanced tools.  AirSelect: CCRA’s beginnings were on the corporate side, so many of its core products were designed around the needs of larger corporate travel agencies and their activities and transactions in the GDS. AirSelect was launched in 2013 as a way to combine the purchasing power of ARC accredited agencies to drive higher commissions and enhanced benefits for the participating agencies. CCRA’s commissions for international flights on over 70 carriers are some of the highest in the industry, which is why the program has grown from the low six figures to well over 45 million dollars in business annually. While the program is open to both leisure and corporate travel agencies, it does require that you hold a valid ARC or IATA accreditation and are able to book air in the GDS. For more information, check out www.ccra.com/air  The Global Preferred Hotel Program: This is still one of the best known offerings that CCRA has – our hotel consortium is linked to over 4,000 travel agencies around the world who use our 3 rate codes to book more than 37,000 properties around the world. Because all of this happens in the GDS, most of our agency customers are larger leisure and corporate agencies; but our hotel booking portal CCRATravel.com runs on the same GDS technology and allows agents operating outside of the GDS to access the same inventory, services, amenities and more. If you haven’t tried it, you should! It’s free to sign up and book, and the commissions are fantastic! www.ccratravel.com  24/7 Call Center:  CCRA pioneered the emergency call center in 1974 for the world’s largest corporate travel agencies. Today, we handle over half a million calls from travelers all over the world who need assistance while traveling due to a world event, weather emergency or other situation where our travel agency customers need extra support. Today we service clients for more than half of the Travel Weekly’s Power List!  Soo… what happened to OSSN? We get this question a lot too. We basically took all of the best parts of OSSN like the chapters, the support and online resources and combined it with everything CCRA has for agents under one roof. We’ve maintained and grown the TRUE brand – but felt that the management of three separate brands was a lot to juggle. Speaking of growth, since just the start of this year we have accredited over 1,000 new travel agencies!  Here’s a helpful guide to our pricing: Product Annual Fee Renewal For Info: TRUE Accreditation $300 for 5 Agents $240 www.ccra.com/join/true TRUE Host Accreditation $595 for 25 Agents $495 www.ccra.com/join/true-host Associate Membership $49 for 1 Agent $49 www.ccra.com/join/associate Hotel Booking Portal Free Free www.ccratravel.com AirSelect Free Free www.ccra.com/air Global Preferred Hotel Program Free Free www.ccra.com/gphp 24/7 Call Center Varies By Agency Size  www.ccra.com/callcenter  CCRA Events While CCRA has been the presenting sponsor for a number of years, we actually do not own the Travel Agent Forums… but we rely on them as the largest bi-annual gathering of our members and our most trusted suppliers. If there were a CCRA convention, this would be it. We offer very special rates and amenities to members, so even if you’re only considering membership, please check out the show and when you’re ready, be sure to register with code 8264 to unlock those extra benefits.   In addition, we’ve developed a series of smaller shows that travel regionally around the world – we feature about 20 suppliers and invite around 150 travel professionals for a night of education, training, great food and drinks and of course amazing giveaways. PowerSolutions LIVE has been a smash success for CCRA and our members, and we invite you to take a look at our remaining dates in 2017 at www.ccra.com/powersolutions.   So at the end of the day, we really think of ourselves as an open network of powerful resources for travel agencies and suppliers at all experience levels and with almost every model. Whether you need training, education, support or to broaden your portfolio of suppliers, we can help. If you need to accredit your agency and build the foundation for a strong independent agency, we’ve got that too. And of course for agencies who transact in the GDS, we’ve got some incredible tools you should be linked to so we can help you ensure you’re driving the most amount of revenue possible on your air and hotel bookings.last_img read more

Seadust Cancun Family Resort Revamps Offering to Enhance Family Getaways

first_imgCancun, Mexico (October 22, 2018) – Seadust Cancun Family Resort, an all-inclusive resort that sets the standard for family vacations that bring back the meaning of being together, is pleased to unveil its new enhancements that will allow families to experience a one-of-a-kind vacation in Cancun. Committed to staying up-to-date with the latest trends in the travel industry, Seadust Cancun Family Resort is excited to announce three projects sure to impress guests, they include the expansion of cheese selection in Le Vin et Le Fromage, comfortable updates of the property’s beloved cinema-style theater and free high-speed Wi-Fi across its facilities. Guests who are looking for a place to delight their palates should look no further than the new Le Vin et Fromage Bar, a fan-favorite concept boasting an extensive cheese selection and a fine selection of wines. An ample repertoire of cheeses such as Oaxaca, Chihuahua, Monterrey Jack, Brie or Camembert, Emmenthal, Roquefort and more accompanied by house-made marmalade, nuts, fresh fruits and a varied selection of fresh wines is offered for those willing to try unique flavors. In addition, the main bar is also being remodeled for guests to enjoy signature cocktails during the evening. With these mouth-watering announcements, adult guests can say ‘bonjour’ to crème-de-la-crème offerings. Seadust Cancun strives to offer guests a family-friendly vacation full of memories that last forever, for this reason, the resort has improved its popular cinema-style theater. From upgrading all its seats and adding 15 more places to repainting main walls to match the overall breezy feel of the resort, Seadust Cancun underwent an incredible makeover that promises to enhance every guest’s experience. While families enjoy a wide variety of entertainment options during an unforgettable vacation trip, they can also take pleasure of free Wi-Fi access across the property through its official app downloadable directly from the App Store. Accessing free Wi-Fi is very easy as guests will simply have to download the app, create an account, copy the Wi-Fi code and enter it in their Wi-Fi portal. Codes are valid for seven days for up to two devices per code and guests can obtain unlimited codes during their stay. In addition to unlimited connection to Wi-Fi, guests can also enjoy Seadust’s newest interactive home TV screens with access to information about spa packages, weather forecast, room service menu, minibar packages and Netflix, all in the comfort of their own suite. To reserve your stay at Seadust Cancun Family Resort, please visit www.SeadustCancun.comor call 1-800-233-5162  About Seadust Cancun Family ResortSeadust Cancun Family Resort overlooks the idyllic beaches of the Mexican Caribbean. Offering spacious accommodations, 11 restaurants, nine bars, cinema-style theater, full service spa, large meeting spaces and various family-friendly amenities including a waterpark, zipline and mini-golf course, among others. Seadust Cancun Family Resort’s unparalleled levels of service make it ideal for families to disconnect from their regular lives and connect with each other.  For more information, please visit www.SeadustCancun.com.last_img read more

DWHSA News: 90% of U.S., Canadian Agents Oppose Supplier “Comeback” Programs

first_imgTravel Advisers Don’t Want SuppliersFollowing Up With Their Clients (90% Say) NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 13 – Nine in 10 travel advisers don’t want suppliers contacting their clients after a stay or trip to offer discounts for booking future travel directly with the suppliers (bypassing the advisers). And, if suppliers make those “comeback” contacts, the advisers believe they should be credited automatically for those future bookings (93.3%) and receive full commission as a result (87.8%) Those are the findings from a major survey conducted by the Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists Association (DWHSA) this month that reached more than 5,000 U.S. and Canadian agents. Here’s a summary of the findings:Q. How do you feel about suppliers contacting your clients after their stays/trips to encourage them to book future stays/trips directly with the suppliers? I have no problem with suppliers following up with my clients this way. 7.4%I would strongly prefer that suppliers not contact my clients this way. 90.3%I don’t feel strongly one way or the other. 1.9%(No response to the question – 0.4%) Q. How do you feel about being credited for future bookings solicited by suppliers from your clients after their stays/trips?I’d prefer to be credited automatically for those bookings as the agent of record for my clients’ current stays/trips. 93.3%I’d have no problem submitting requests or filling out forms to claim credit for those bookings. 5.8%I don’t feel strongly one way or the other. 0.9% Q. How do you feel about receiving commission for those future bookings?I’d prefer full commission on those bookings, since they involve my clients. 87.8%I’d accept partial commission on those bookings, since the suppliers made the sales. 11.0%I don’t feel strongly one way or the other. 1.2% “As travel advisers, we believe strongly that our clients belong to us,” said Lisa Sheldon, DWHSA’s president and the owner of I Do Island Weddings in Janesville, Wis. “We book our clients as guests with suppliers – we’re not sharing those clients. And, as the survey results show, we don’t need the help of suppliers to follow up with our own clients.” Sheldon noted that the surveyed agents want credit and commission when suppliers decide to approach their clients about future stays/trips. “We’ve done the hard work and shouldered the expense of turning consumers into clients,” she said. “It’s unfair – and unethical – for suppliers to take our clients’ information, talk them into future bookings at rates we can’t always match as agents, and reap the profit from those sales. “DWHSA members routinely tell us they appreciate the approach of the major cruise lines,” said John Hawks, DWHSA’s administrator. “If our clients book future voyages onboard the ship, many cruise lines credit the agent of record automatically and pay commission on those bookings – no forms, no hoops to jump through, just a mutually beneficial and respectful relationship. DWHSA will share the results of this survey with agent groups and suppliers, and the full survey results – including hundreds of individual comments submitted by agents who took the survey – have been posted at dwhsa.com/suppliercomebackprograms (Survey conducted Nov. 8-11 2019 – 5,520 U.S. and Canadian agents who belong to DWHSA, who’ve participated in past DWHSA classes and events, or who’ve had contact with DWHSA in other ways – 95% confidence level, 5% margin of error)  ABOUT DWHSAFormed in 2013, the Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists Association (DWHSA) is the world’s largest network of romance travel professionals, with more than 950 agents in the United States, Canada, and other countries engaged in planning and selling destination weddings, honeymoons, and romantic getaways. More information is available at JoinDWHSA.com.last_img read more

The Wildest Supreme Accessories So Far Red White and Wanted All Over

first_img The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure Oru’s Origami-Inspired Inlet Kayak Will Be the World’s Most Portable Watercraft Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men 9 Essential Kayak Fishing Accessories to Get You Started 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Editors’ Recommendations Skateboard brand turned hip-hop/rock culture behemoth Supreme is impossible not to recognize thanks largely to its bold red and white logo. Inspired by conceptual artist Barbara Kruger and her propaganda collage text, the “Supreme” stamp has gone from skateboard shirts to Nike kicks and $5,000 Louis Vuitton parkas, but the coolest items from the label can’t be worn.Supreme’s wild accessories have included literal bricks with the Futura Heavy Oblique text imprinted in the center, NYC Metrocards, nunchucks, minibikes, and more. Built on a high-demand, low-supply model, you won’t be able to find a fraction of these standout Supreme accessories, and the ones you do manage to find will dent your wallet. But a kid can dream …The Wildest Supreme Accessories So FarSupreme x Coleman Mini-BikeColeman’s gas-powered off-road mini bike seemed like a natural fit with Supreme’s aesthetics, not only for its fire-engine red coloring, but also its nostalgic nod. The Supreme x Coleman CT200U Mini Bike is for adults who don’t want to grow up. Dropped in June 2017 for roughly $1000, the mini is, for all purposes, a Coleman CT200U with the Supreme stamp of approval on the fender and padded seat. From back roads to city sidewalks, the 196cc/6.5hp engine is long-lasting and tough, while the soft tires cushion the ride.Supreme x Pearl Drum SetA high note in Supreme’s Spring/Summer 2019 line is a five-drum set complete with bass, toms, floor tom, snare, and cymbals. Made exclusively for Supreme in collaboration with rock-god brands Pearl and Zildjian, this accessory is massive (compared to past Zippos and switchblades), and simply makes you wanna play it — skill or no skill. The NYC brand also made a hand-painted porcelain cupid figurine for S/S19, so if that’s more your style…Supreme NunchucksFor its the Spring/Summer 2010 line, Supreme went full-on karate kid and made a pair of nunchucks. Available in both white and black and white and red, the iconic martial arts weapons were made out of traditional foam, wood, and metal, with the “Supreme” logo running down the sides. Good luck finding a pair still floating around the internet (even at a massive mark-up). This item was pure Supreme fanatic gold.Supreme X The North Face Stormbreak 3 TentHonestly, $700 for a tent isn’t too-too bad, considering both Supreme and The North Face had their hand in making it. The co-branded Stormbreak 3 Tent hammered its stakes online in June 2018 after a long-awaited hype. With a bold green snakeskin dome and high-frequency red “Supreme” footprint, it was obvious this tent was pure play for the two brands who had already been in footsy for over a decade. They’ve made jackets, pants, daypacks, but this is their first tent (aww).Supreme Snorkel SetA drum set, a figurine, and now a snorkel set; it’s safe to say Supreme Founder James Jebbia is living in 2050. The S/S19 collection will include a hypoallergenic silicone mask and snorkel made by professional scuba diving equipment makers, Cressi. It’s almost too easy to imagine Drake looking for fishies on his post-Assassination Vacation vacation, rocking the red-lined snorkel.Supreme ChopsticksA Supreme fork? Nah, too boring. Supreme spoon? Still not enough. Fall/Winter 2017 saw the release of the nommy Supreme Chopsticks, complete with enamel chopsticks and box, and, unlike many of Supreme’s accessories that beg to be displayed in a bulletproof safe, these stick are crying to be used. Only the dopest kid would pull out their own Supreme chopsticks while getting ramen or sushi. We want to be that guy… but at $150 resale for a pair.Supreme X Packlite KayakMuch like the Coleman bike, we don’t doubt that Supreme saw the vibrant red color of Advanced Elements Packlite inflatable kayak and decided it had to be theirs. The recreational, four-pound kayak packs down to a modest carry bag and is a legitimate adventure machine. Supreme’s video teasing the kayak before its Fall/Winter 2018 release was a trippy, meditative sequence of a dude paddling past Liberty Island. The standard, non-branded Advanced Elements Packlite runs around $299 at REI, and the resale Supreme refresh is double that on eBay.last_img read more

Miss Your Cruise Vacation Take Home a Carnival Cruise Beer When Its

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Carnival Cruise Line is stepping up its beer game by adding some on-shore production to support its floating breweries. Since the cruise company launched on-ship breweries on two ocean liners (Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon) in 2016, Carnival has served up 300,000 pints of its beer. Pleasing plenty of palates on those two vessels, Carnival decided it was time to roll out the brand to its other ships and let passengers take home a bit of liquid relaxation. A third on-ship brewery will launch in December aboard the Carnival Panorama, as Carnival brewmaster Colin Presby nears a five-ship cut level and his hope to be “brew admiral.”Colin Presby, Carnival Cruise Line’s brewmaster (left), and Edward Allen, Carnival’s vice president of beverage (right).“With the success of our breweries on Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon the obvious next step was to let all of our guests fleetwide enjoy our refreshing craft beers,” said Edward Allen, Carnival’s vice president of beverage operations. “To be the first cruise line to ever scale up its beverage operations by canning and kegging their own beer is unprecedented.“My hope is that our guests will take a four-pack home with them to share with family and friends as a refreshing and memorable reminder of their cruise.”“My hope is that our guests will take a four-pack home with them to share with family and friends as a refreshing and memorable reminder of their cruise.”With a limited amount of space onboard the ships with breweries, the cruise line partnered with Florida’s Brew Hub to contract brew and package the beers for fleet-wide distribution in tap and on draft. Brew Hub is a contract brewing facility that allows brands like Carnival to scale up.Carnival’s brewery is now packaging three of its beers in 16-ounce cans, including Thirsty Frog Caribbean Wheat, ParchedPig West Coast IPA, and ParchedPig Toasted Amber Ale. Just like breweries on the mainland, the cruise line’s breweries also like to experiment with seasonals, such as Miami Guava Wheat and Pumpkin Spice Ale.All three of the recipes to be packaged were developed by the Carnival brewing team and scaled up at the Brew Hub facility in Lakeland, Florida.”Carnival’s team of brewers have created three amazing craft beers, and we could not be more excited to be working together,” said Tim Schoen, CEO and Founder of Brew Hub. “Now passengers on all 26 Carnival ships will be able to enjoy these fresh, high-quality craft beers on every voyage and take some home after their trip.” Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) 11 of the Best Low-Calorie Craft Beers for Watching Your Beer Belly Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene PicoBrew MultiBrew Gives You the Power to Brew (Practically) Anything Virgin Voyages Sea-ks Name For New Cruise-Ship-Exclusive Beer last_img read more

Gym Bag Essentials Heres What We Bring to Our Workouts

first_img $210 from Amazon Chuck Taylor All Star High TopsThere’s a reason the best lifters at your gym wear Converse. In fact, Chuck Taylors have somehow become the unofficial footwear of weightlifting, and that’s because the soles are flat, neutral, and have hardly any padding. Professional weight lifters use these, or even go barefoot (not recommended at your neighborhood Equinox), to allow more power transfer and stability through the floor. Join the tribe of strong men and wear Chuck Taylors. Grabbing beers after? Keep ’em laced. Garmin Vivomove HR Hybrid SmartwatchReal athletes know, if you want a hardcore, workout-specific tracker, you gotta go Garmin. Lucky for us recreational athletes, Garmin has also come out with sleek new “athleisure” models that blend the fashion of a timepiece with the capabilities of an activity tracker. Their Vivomove HR is the pinnacle of this hybridization, with precision watch hands and a discreet display screen at the bottom, tracking not only heart rate and steps, but all-day stress levels, relaxation timing, VO2 max and fitness age, calories, and intensity minutes. This way you’ll be capturing data instead of mirror selfies. (Please leave your phone in your locker.) $55 from Converse Hoka One One Men’s Ora Recovery Flip 2You did it. You kicked ass at your workout, PR’d, or at least made it to the gym. Now give your dogs some care in a pair of recovery shoes. Hoka One One put its cushioned long-distance running shoe foam into an anatomically-friendly recovery flip flop. You’ll realize how much you need these the second your feet slip under the straps. Wear in the health club shower and on your way home. $29 from Perfect Snacks $22 from Fur $10 from Volt Resistance Art of Sport Antiperspirant Deodorant – ChallengeDo not, I repeat, do not work out in a room full of people without a solid antiperspirant. Otherwise, you deserve a weight to the toe. We dig the Art of Sport (AOS) “Challenge” stick because it’s made for performance (just ask James Harden and Kobe), with motion-activated odor and sweat protection. Also cool: The stick won’t stain your clothes (you know we love our murdered-out gym apparel), is made without parabens or PABA, and smells earthy with musky sandalwood, fir needles, and basil. The Best Men’s Work Pants for Getting Down to Business $9 from Amazon Saxx Active Kinetic Long Leg Blackout UnderwearSaxx knows you want to keep the peekaboos at a minimum and has created a semi-compression, long-leg workout underwear perfect for the gym. If you’re hitting the bench before or during office hours, you’ll need a sweat-specific pair of briefs to change into. Anti-odor king Kinetic is built with stretch micromesh fabric, enabling these briefs to dry quickly and be uber-supportive. Especially great for guys with thicker thighs or who want more coverage. Ice Breakers Ice Cubes GumIf you learn anything today, it’s that you should chew gum while working out. Research proves it speeds up your heart rate, which gets blood flowing and makes your body happier during exercise while also helping you stay focused longer. We like gum on long runs because it also staves off dry mouth. Freaked out about swallowing it? Try Ice Breakers Sours instead, which dissolve. Aer Gym Duffel 2For years we’ve diligently searched to find the ultimate gym duffel. Aer continues coming out on top with the Gym Duffel 2. This bag has a compartment for everything, including shoes, clean clothes, water bottles, keys and wallet, a laptop, plus an organization pocket for protein bars, energy gels, pre-workout powders, and headphones. The fact that everything has its place keeps the bag from smelling like ass and keeps you on the move. The polyester exterior has a water-resistant coating so, by all means, get it sweaty. Heck, have two gym duffels: One for running days and the other for lifting. Pick from our roundup of the best ones here. Nothing rocks more than hitting your gym-flow and crushing a workout. But reaching beast mode can hinge on your gym bag armory — headphones, gum, protein, undies, and all. Here are our gym bag essentials you’ll need to crush a workout and still leave smelling fresh and feeling nourished.Gym Bag Essentials to Shop Now Under Armour Sport Wireless Train- Project Rock Edition HeadphonesAbsolutely nothing kills your stride on run-day like earbuds slipping out. The only headphones we trust on endurance or interval runs are the ones with headbands. It helps if they’re wireless and have a 16-hour battery life, easily connect to Bluetooth, rock JBL Charged Sound for bolder drops, and are lined with a grip material and cushioned ear pads. Plus if they look badass, well, we can outrun any jabroni. These Under Armour wireless headphones with The Rock’s “Blood. Sweat. Respect.” slogan more than do the job. So why not just wear a ratty cotton t-shirt and max out your gym budget on cool headphones? $40 from Saxx How to Shave With a Straight Razor $170 from Aer Volt Workout App Monthly SubscriptionWhen Gatorade partnered with the Seattle startup Volt, they successfully began one of (if not the) most efficient, intelligent, and successful workout apps on the market. And there are a TON of workout apps. For $10 a month, Volt walks you through each workout with a safe yet challenging approach that even pro athletes have been drawn to. Volt analyzes your personal data to build bespoke workouts and can even tailor the recommended loading, exercises, and circuits based on your desired sport or fitness goal. The interface and programming make this the kind of program you won’t throw in the towel on after the first few weeks. $12 from Leus Towels Hanah ONE Daily Superfood Go-Pack of 12For most people, the hardest part of getting your “summer body” isn’t going to the gym. It’s the food you eat. Make sure you’re not nutritionally starved by taking a daily superfood shot right after your pump. This ayurvedic superfood supplement from Hanah is made from 30 wild-harvested botanicals in a base of Keralan mountain honey, artisanal ghee, and sesame oil for optimal absorption. Some of its active ingredients are turmeric, ashwagandha, Amalaki (the newest and coolest superfood), and shatavari. 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The only question is: Raspberry Lemonade or Watermelon? $49 from Hanah Wake Up Rested With the Best Down Pillows of 2019 $6 from Amazon $249 from Under Armour Editors’ Recommendations Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs Leus Distort Gym TowelClean up, you filthy animal. Nobody likes the guy who leaves sweat dripping off the machines like a slug trail. Grab a towel that is 100-percent super-absorbent terry loop cotton like the gym-specific line from Leus. And hell, why not go bold with a print. That way nobody can steal yours. After the workout, if you haven’t used the towel to sanitize machines, use it as a quick-dry for your hair and body. The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain Perfect Snacks Salted Caramel Perfect Bar Pack of 8You’re driving home and you’re starving. A Big Mac and McFlurry sound tasty, but no, you will not succumb to temptation. Whip out a Perfect Bar, made with 12 grams of whole food protein and 20 organic superfoods. With a substantial 320 calories per bar, you’ll get enough oomf to satiate you until chicken and veggies, while satisfying your body’s craving for something fatty and sweet. The new Salted Caramel flavor is like eating a candy bar. Perfect bars are also, well, perfect for the guy who can’t buy peanut butter because he’ll eat the whole jar. (Raises hand.) $50 from Hoka One Onelast_img read more

The Ultimate Deadwood Movie Viewing Party Can be Found in the RealLife

first_img Get Your Real-World Upside-Down Fix With Atlanta’s Stranger Things Tour HBOA good Western is hard to find these days. I’m not talking about the futuristic takes on the genre like Westworld or graphic novel-style spinoffs such as The Preacher. I’m talking about an honest-to-God cowboy flick, where lone lawmen hold off an angry mob to ensure that the prisoner lives until his hanging at dawn. Where mustachioed men engage in fisticuffs accompanied by tinkly saloon pianos. Where life is a race against time before it’s swept away by greed, rotgut whiskey, or scarlet fever.Back in 2004, HBO premiered the beautifully written but regrettably short-lived series Deadwood, a gritty epic set in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The show was immediately greeted with critical and popular acclaim, but only the nerdiest fans knew that the series was based on the history of an actual place. The real-life gold rush camp of Deadwood, South Dakota, was even populated by legends of the American West such as Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, as well as foul-mouthed saloonkeeper Al Swearengen and reluctant sheriff Seth Bullock.The Emmy-nominated show’s untimely demise was a shock to viewers. Despite having ratings on a par with The Sopranos and Six Feet Under, Deadwood drowned under the weight of its extravagant budget and unpredictable producer David Milch. The final episode was clunky and confusing, to say the least; HBO, more than likely aware of this, offered a vague promise to make a 2-hour feature film that would provide closure in the form of a searing (and historically accurate) showdown between two of the main characters. Alas, the film never materialized.Until now, that is. Thanks to the persuasive magic of television’s new golden age, HBO has finally made good on its long overdue promise. Deadwood: The Movie will premiere May 31 on HBO. If you’re among the series devotees who have been awaiting this moment for more than a decade, you should definitely head to South Dakota for the best viewing party in the country.Hosted in the real historic town of Deadwood, the party centers around a screening of the film at the Deadwood Mountain Grand resort. Sip on cocktails inspired by Deadwood’s glory days, don a wide-brimmed hat and fake mustache in the old-time photo booth, and geek out at re-enactments of historically based show scenes. Spend the hours before the screening at nearby iconic destinations such as Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, and Custer State Park. Afterward, hang around for a performance from Sacred Cowboys, a country-rock band led by actor W. Earl Brown who played Swearengen’s scruffy sidekick Dan Dority.The real city of Deadwood today. Historic Deadwood/FacebookIf you want to really take it to the next level, you can opt for the Deadwood: Heroes & Villains customizable travel package. This three-night package includes perks such as:Accommodations at select properties like the Historic Bullock Hotel, where you’ll share space with the ghost of Seth Bullock, who built the hotel and is said to haunt its halls.Visit to Mount Moriah Cemetery where Seth Bullock, Calamity Jane, and Wild Bill Hickock are buried.Viewing of a re-enactment of the trial of Jack McCall. This event was an important hinge of Deadwood’s first season, showing how the town dealt with the murder of the venerated Wild Bill Hickok by the cowardly, crooked-nosed McCall.The Lawman’s Patrol Walking Tour. Led by an actor playing the historically accurate version of Con Stapleton (a dim-witted card dealer in the show, but actually the town’s first marshal), this tour will give you the historical lowdown on Deadwood’s brothels and bars.A ride on the Deadwood Stagecoach, the iconic conveyance that carried mail, gold, and ambitious adventurers all over the Old West. (We recommend bringing along an orthopedic cushion. Maybe also a neck brace.)Tour of the authentic 1876 Broken Boot Gold Mine, where you can pan for real gold (without worrying about a Brom Garrett type of situation).Tour of local history museums such as The Days of 76 Museum (honoring Deadwood’s pioneers) and The Adams Museum and House where the town’s influential business leaders used to gather.Rejoice, long-suffering Western fans. As Al Swearengen would put it (in one of his less profane moments), your prospects have just improved.The Deadwood: Heroes and Villains travel package is available starting May 25 and runs through September 2, 2019. Prices start at $303 and vary depending on lodging and activity preferences. The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With That 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Win a Free Vacation But Only If You Promise to Bartend Jamaicas

first_img 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Editors’ Recommendations Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier Virgin HolidaysIf “tending an island bar in paradise” is still unchecked on your bucket list, one of the Caribbean’s strangest and most iconic bars might be able to help out. Virgin Holidays wants to send one lucky candidate on a seven-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Negril, Jamaica. The catch? They’ll need to run the bar for the entire week.The sole grand prize winner of the Pull Pints in Paradise contest will score roundtrip economy flights to Jamaica aboard Virgin Atlantic, plus seven nights in a 4-star hotel and £1000 (approximately USD $1,300) in spending money. They’ll spend their days working one of Negril’s most notorious dive bars, Floyd’s Pelican Bar. Floyd’s is a “floating” ramshackle structure situated on stilts a mile offshore from the famed Jamaican tourist destination. It looks a bit like an overwater bungalow hobbled together out of little more than driftwood, duct tape, and bubblegum.Like all good dive bars, the “decor” inside consists of random license plates, curious flags, and past patron’s names carved into the wooden stilts. There is no bathroom, and patrons must find their own way to the bar. Thanks to a wide sandbar surrounding the bar in every direction, it’s possible — though strongly discouraged — for brave bar-goers to walk or swim from shore. Local fishermen are also happy to usher visitors out for a few dollars, although there’s no guarantee of a ride back.Floyd’s Pelican BarFloyd Forbes built Floyd’s Pelican Bar from scratch, one plank at a time back in 2001. He’s been tending bar and single-handedly keeping all the gears turning for nearly 20 years straight. It’s clear he deserves a break. The successful applicant will need to fill Floyd’s shoes for a week while he enjoys that much-needed vacation.While the bar is situated in an impossibly beautiful slice of paradise, running the iconic watering hole is no easy feat. Job requirements include commuting to work by paddleboard or boat each day. Once there, the bartender needs to keep the good vibes humming, including chatting up tourists and local patrons, keeping the rum flowing, ensuring the resident pelicans are well-fed, socializing with local fishermen, and managing the bar’s playlist to, in their words, “ensure chilled beats are playing at all times.” Above all else, it requires multitasking with the efficiency of an air traffic controller without getting too distracted by the postcard views in every direction.Wanna-be Floyds can apply online from now through May 28, 2019, on the official Virgin Holidays website.last_img read more