Manchester United Lethal Lukaku overshadows Pogba comeback with match-winning Chelsea showing Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 00:12 2/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Manchester United Premier League Manchester United v Chelsea Chelsea Romelu Lukaku The Belgian front man was far too much for his former club to handle as he scored one and assisted another in a crucial 2-1 win The varying twists and turns relating to Paul Pogba’s status at Manchester United may have commanded many of the headlines in recent weeks, but that has served to overshadow a vast improvement in Romelu Lukaku’s all-round game.On Sunday, the Belgian striker scored a crucial first goal and then superbly teed up the winner for Jesse Lingard as United came from behind to secure a vital 2-1 victory over his former club Chelsea at Old Trafford on the day that Pogba returned to the starting line-up to much pomp and circumstance.While there were many pertinent questions being asked of Lukaku’s top-level ability when he arrived in Jose Mourinho’s squad from Everton, the front man has gradually improved his all-round forward play to the point where he now provides a compelling presence in the channels and handles himself well with his back to goal. Far from his immobile, lifeless performance at Stamford Bridge earlier this season, this was a buccaneering showing from the big front man. 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 His first goal against top-eight opposition all season being the pinnacle of an excellent personal display as United collected a huge three points in the context of the Champions League race. And the Red Devils have every right to be thankful for Lukaku’s display given their horrible start which forced Mourinho to change to a 4-2-2-2 formation midway through the first half and culminated in Chelsea grabbing a 32nd-minute lead.The goal they conceded was entirely of their own making even if Chelsea deserve high praise for the electric nature of the counter-attack which saw them go one up from a United corner. Pogba failed to jump for a header against Victor Moses, then Scott McTominay gave up tracking Willian and allowed the Brazilian to roam free into the box where he collected Eden Hazard’s pass and fired a fierce shot beyond David de Gea.While both De Gea and Victor Lindelof, who decided against putting in a challenge on Hazard, will accept some degree of culpability, the damage had been done already by Pogba and McTominay’s errors.The important thing for Mourinho’s side at that point was to deliver a response, and they were able to get on level terms within seven minutes thanks to a wonderful move which saw Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial both involved with short, intricate passes before Lukaku took a perfect first touch and slid home clinically with his left foot.It was a move which bore little resemblance to United’s play for the large part of a sterile first half, but they were much the better side for the majority of the second.By the time they took the lead they were arguably deserving of the three points, while Lukaku had fairly entrenched himself at the top of the voting for the Man of the Match plaudits.Having forced a great save from Thibaut Courtois with a wonderful bicycle-kick shot, Lukaku then turned provider. McTominay slotted a ball into the channel, allowing the Belgian to get in front of Antonio Rudiger before heading goalwards and sending in an inch perfect cross for Lingard to head home.While their play was far from convincing at times, United had shown real character to dig themselves out of a hole. Led by their manager’s bold decision to switch his formation, the players eventually got a foothold in the game and made the most of their supremacy after the break. It was also no coincidence that Nemanja Matic’s best performance in months came on the afternoon United bested his former team-mates.Pogba, too, was released to cause Chelsea some problems when Mourinho changed his approach, but while the Frenchman drifted in and out of the game there was just no keeping Lukaku quiet. He might have scored 21 goals before today, but this felt like a real breakout afternoon for him. It is the least he deserves after such an improvement in standards over recent months. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Since it was founded in 2012, #GivingTuesday has exploded in popularity. In 2015, $116.7 million were donated in this one day. The next year, that number jumped to $168 million. 2017 is expected to be record-breaking as well.So, what can you do to make sure you get your piece of the giving day pie?Our research here at Network for Good shows that, rather than seeing #GivingTuesday as a single event, it pays to approach this day as the kick-off of a month-long year-end giving campaign. In fact, nonprofits who used #GivingTuesday to launch their year-end campaigns raised, on average, five times more overall during year-end.Not only that, but nonprofits using Donor Management raised more than those without it. It makes sense – having a donor management system lets you effectively harness your data to create better plans, quickly create targeted emails to specific subsets of donors, and easily store this information from year to year to build on your past success.If you’ve never participated before, now’s the time to start.
Mediaplanet recently interviewed Network for Good CEO, Bill Strathmann, for a supplement in USA Today. The series, Empowering Nonprofits, included a piece titled “Experts on How Technology Is Changing the Future of Fundraising,” featuring five leaders using technology to level the fundraising playing field for small nonprofits. You can read the full feature here but we wanted to share some of Bill’s answers directly with you.How has technology changed fundraising?Technology has leveled the fundraising playing field for small nonprofits who make up the vast majority of the sector…more than a million of them. To reach donors, direct mail was unaffordable, to fundraise online ecommerce was inaccessible, and to spread awareness social media was incomprehensible. Now, small nonprofits can manage donors with advanced technology that doesn’t require an advanced technology degree. Even companies like Facebook and Google have incorporated fundraising technology that empowers any consumer to fundraise for any charity…instantly. The small nonprofit has arrived.Where do you see nonprofit technology in the next 5-10 years?In the U.S., 75% of giving comes from individuals. That will continue, but the Gen X and Millennial generations will soon replace Boomers as the primary fundraising source, as Millennials (now already 22-38 years old) enter their income-generating years and as the $30T great wealth transfer begins. That means fundraising will be all about digital engagement and will follow the changes in consumer engagement we are already seeing today…the expectation, at your finger tips, for easy experiences, transparency, real-time communication, and tangible results/impact that can be celebrated virally. As a result, donor-nonprofit relationships will also shift to more “subscription” model programs and fewer “one-off” experiences…if nonprofits get it right.What is your best advice for a nonprofit looking to upscale their fundraising impact?Change your perspective. Netflix, Amazon, and Apple have changed consumer behavior to expect instant, curated, and relevant content that can be accessed anywhere at any time. For nonprofits those are tough expectations to match unless they shift their perspective such that nonprofits reframe the donor-nonprofit relationship from treating donors like ATM machines to serving donors with stories and content that provides compelling evidence of impact and rewards donors emotionally for their financial contribution. Donors are consumers and will pay and stay…as long as they continue to see and feel value from their contribution.What are some of the most important functions of technology for nonprofits?Data management is the most all-encompassing and important function of technology for nonprofits, especially now with cloud-based solutions that make accessibility unlimited, visualization understandable, storage costs nominal, and using it easy. The two functions that are runner-ups are marketing and communications automation and payments. Nonprofits need to be able to reach their people, tell their stories, and share their impact. And when it comes to payments, nonprofits do not have cash registers…and checks are going the way of the Dodo.What is the biggest advantage of technology for the nonprofit sector?I can’t choose one. I’ll name three. Efficiency. Reach. Data.Read more on The Nonprofit Blog
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 14, 2015October 13, 2016By: Julianne Weis, Maternal Health ConsultantClick 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)Sustainable Development Goal 10, to reduce inequality within and among countries, stands out as one of the most pressing and challenging obstacles of our generation. Since the Alma Ata Declaration was signed in 1978, countries have struggled to provide primary health care in an equitable manner. Communities in poverty are consistently excluded from national and global health programming, and we cannot discuss an improvement in maternal and child health without dealing squarely with the problem of inequity.Dr. Ulla Larsson in Ethiopia saw this problem head-on when she led a mobile maternal and child health clinic in Addis Ababa. The clinic focused on low-income communities and provided vaccinations for children, basic ante-natal consultation and health education programming in the form of lectures on adequate sanitation and nutrition practices. As part of the public health programming, the organization handed out free powdered milk supplies from UNICEF to mothers to supplement their children’s diets. The mobile clinic was well attended, until the powdered milk supplies ran out. Suddenly, mothers stopped coming to the lectures.Why did women stop attending a health clinic when they no longer received milk supplements? The answer is simple: poverty. Dr. Larsson lamented that the educational mission of her mobile clinic failed, but how were her patients expected to appropriate the lessons of the health curriculum without a change in their means or livelihood? Women could not afford to give their children more nutritious food, especially without the handout of milk. So there was little purpose in attending a lecture on improving child nutrition when they had no means to do so.The story of Dr. Larsson’s clinic is actually very old: the clinic operated in Addis in the late 1960s, but the impact of poverty on maternal health choices has remained a persistent problem. Too often, RMNCH programming, especially information and sensitization campaigns, neglect the impact of livelihood constraints on women’s health seeking behaviors.Dr. Asfaw Desta, a 50-year veteran of public health education and policy planning in Ethiopia, has learned this lesson time and again in his decades of experience in public service. He explained to me that as public health educators, while “we tell people to use soap to wash and be cleaner, and nutritional advice to eat better, they used to say: ‘We know that, give us the means and we can provide ourselves with the soap and nutritional foods you’re talking about.’ The means. It was very challenging to hear people say that. When you tell them about what to do – they know what to do, but they don’t have the means.”Moving forward into the next phase of post-MDG programming, we must learn from the past, and avoid the repeated mistakes of expecting health policies to operate the same across different economic classes. The promotion of equity through poverty reduction (SDG #1) is paramount in the fight for improved maternal health. Further, if we are going to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030 (SDG #3.1), there is a need to target programming to the poorest women who are traditionally excluded from health services. At the upcoming Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference, discussions must focus on the poorest women, and their unique financial and non-financial barriers to accessing maternal health services. We cannot expect mothers to radically improve their health and nutrition status without providing them the means to do so.Photo: “Ethiopia 3” © 2012 Swathi Sridharan/ICRISAT, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/Share this:
Raheem Sterling recorded a career first as his hot streak in front of goal continued in Manchester City’s meeting with Tottenham.The England international has taken his game to new heights over recent years, with consistency added which was frustratingly lacking before.Blues boss Pep Guardiola has made quite an impact on the 24-year-old, with end product eked out of a player who could be hit and miss. 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 Composure in the final third is the most notable addition to Sterling’s arsenal, with the right decision now taken on a regular basis.He is reaping the benefits, with the Three Lions star showing himself to be prolific. Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!Sterling broke the 20-goal mark for the first time in 2017-18, before setting a new personal best last season as he found the target 25 times across all competitions.He ended the season in style, as City completed an historic domestic treble, and has picked up where he left off in the new campaign.A hat-trick in a 5-0 mauling of West Ham on the opening weekend set the tone, with another effort added to his tally against Spurs.Sterling has now netted in four successive games for the first time, with opponents unable to contain the threat he poses.4 – Raheem Sterling has scored in four consecutive club appearances in all competitions for the first time in his professional career, netting seven goals in those four games. Fantastic. pic.twitter.com/7hxYJC7dEU— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 17, 2019There were just 20 minutes on the clock when he breached the Tottenham backline.He has made a habit of drifting in at the far post to be in the right place at the right time.That was the case once again against Spurs, with Kevin De Bruyne spotting his clever run.There was still much to do when the ball arrived at Sterling, but he guided a cushioned header back across Hugo Lloris and into the bottom corner.City’s advantage was to last less than three minutes, with Erik Lamela restoring parity after being given far too much space on the edge of the box.Pep Guardiola’s reigning Premier League champions are rarely rattled for long, though, and hit back themselves before half-time.The predatory Sergio Aguero added to his club-record collection of goals as he guided home a low cross from De Bruyne. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Mauro Icardi has been given the No. 7 shirt for Inter this season as it grows increasingly likely he will stay at the club.The Argentina international saw his No. 9 jersey given to new signing Romelu Lukaku as talks over a transfer away from San Siro continued.Lukaku recently completed an €80 million (£74m/$90m) move away from Manchester United, having fallen out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 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 Icardi too has been linked with a move away from the club since earlier this year, having been omitted from the squad during the season’s final few months.However, with an exit beginning to look unlikely, the striker has been given a new squad number for the 2019-20 Serie A season, which starts this weekend.Icardi was told to look for a new club by chief executive Giuseppe Marotta in July and was excluded from the club’s pre-season tour of Asia.Un nuevo año juntas pic.twitter.com/G28O6mQ2TO — wan (@wandaicardi27) August 23, 2019 The 26-year-old, who was stripped of the club captaincy last season, was tipped to move to Juventus in a part-exchange deal involving Paulo Dybala, but no such agreement has been reached.Most recently, he was linked with Ligue 1 side Monaco, only for wife and agent Wanda Nara to rule out such a transfer.Nara seemed to hint at Icardi staying at Inter with a tweet on Friday showing her photographed with other wives and girlfriends of Nerazzurri players, captioned ‘another year together’.Icardi originally joined Inter Sampdoria in 2013, and has been awarded the Capocannoniere, given to Serie A’s highest scorer, twice since joining the club.In total, Icardi has scored 124 goals across 219 appearances for Inter, with 17 goals coming in 37 appearances last season.His best campaign, however, came in 2017-18 when he scored 29 goals in Serie A.Inter finished fourth in Serie A last season, finishing just ahead of rivals AC Milan to seal the fourth and final Champions League position.With new manager Antonio Conte stepping in, Inter begin their Serie A season at home to Lecce on Monday before visiting Cagliari in their second match of the domestic campaign.
Legendary striker Samuel Eto’o has backed Romelu Lukaku to be a hit with Inter.The Belgium international forward, who was a team-mate of Eto’o’s with Everton during the 2014-15 campaign, moved to the Serie A side from Manchester United for €80 million (£71m/$87m) in the summer.His Old Trafford exit was followed by a chorus of criticism that suggested he had been a flop with the Red Devils, with whom he scored 28 Premier League goals in 66 outings. 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 The 26-year-old has hit the ground running in Italy, though, netting three times in his first six Serie A games to get back to the one-goal-in-two ratio that distinguished him in previous spells at Anderlecht, West Bromwich Albion and the Toffees.“I like Lukaku on and off the pitch,” Eto’o told Gazzetta dello Sport. “There are footballers who feel like stars and others who are like normal people – he’s in the second group. And you’ll see how many goals he’ll score. We were together at Everton. He was very young but very intelligent and has said important things about racism.”Racism is an issue close to Eto’o’s heart and it wounded him to see Inter’s Curva Nord defend Cagliari supporters after they targeted Lukaku for such abuse in a recent fixture.The 38-year-old, who had spells with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter, Chelsea, Sampdoria and many more during a long and distinguished playing career, believes that there should be a general strike in response to the issue.“Getting off the field is the right answer,” he said. “Football moves a lot of money but most of the players who generate it are black. If one day, all over the world, with the help of their white colleagues, they decided not to play, that’s it: it would change a lot.“FIFA president Gianni Infantino said something very important on the night of the FIFA Best awards: ‘No more talking: doing.’ The head of world football said that. “We need rules in football, too, tough rules.“In future, I’d like to be remembered not as a footballer, but as a guy who brought something to football. And who helped in the fight against racism.”
Travel planning can be frustrating. Traditional, printed guidebooks feel almost “vintage” at this point. They require time-consuming research and leave you feeling overwhelmed with too much information and too little guidance. On the other hand, fully guided tours are too regimented and offer little independence for travelers looking to explore on their own. Noken is a new service that promises to split the difference with simple, custom itineraries hyper-personalized to your brand of travel.According to Noken, the key is in the brand’s Travel Blueprints. These bespoke guides account for each travelers’ budget and timeline in order to book their experiences, accommodations, and in-country transportation. The goal is to provide a well-rounded, culturally immersive trip that includes a destination’s most iconic sights and off-the-beaten-path experiences. Because they’ve done all the research, Noken’s itineraries show you only the things you’re most interested in while providing the flexibility to go off-script once you’re in-country.Travelers start by browsing Noken’s country guides for inspiration, then plug in their travel dates and interests. The service builds a custom itinerary that optimizes daily routes and key activities while promising plenty of free time for independent exploration. Once travelers confirm the details, Noken delivers the completed itinerary including everything but the flights (curiously, this is the only thing Noken does not handle). The itinerary features an hour-by-hour breakdown, GPS coordinates, inter-experience routes, and proprietary descriptions of each sight. Travelers can also chat directly with the Noken team, who can offer personalized trip assistance.The real costs of a package trip are often a sort of “black box” where you have no idea how much you’re paying for each part of the package. Noken offers more transparency with an itemized, e-commerce-style breakdown that reveals the cost for each part of your journey. In the end, travelers pay no additional overhead for the travel portion of their journey. Instead, Noken earns commissions from their travel partners and charges a nominal $5 daily fee (per person) for access to the Experience Team during each trip.The service is currently only available in Iceland, Japan, and Portugal. However, it just launched in October 2018 and already has the financial backing to expand to dozens of additional destinations in the coming months. The Noken mobile app is available free for Android and iOS and works offline to save on data roaming. Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Editors’ Recommendations The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Desert Wing’s Sharp Angles Bring Drama to the Desert
Paris Saint-Germain’s Ander Herrera has admitted that nobody in the Manchester United squad expected to win in Paris during last season’s Champions League, the Red Devils having travelled to France following a 2-0 loss at Old Trafford.United emerged victorious over two legs, however, defying all odds to pick up a 3-1 win at Parc des Princes to seal progression to the quarter-final stage through away goals.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were ultimately defeated 4-0 by Barcelona over two legs in the quarter-finals, but Herrera, who signed for PSG in the summer transfer window, revealed that no one in the United dressing room had expected them to get that far. 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 “Nobody amongst the Manchester United players thought we’d win in Paris,” the Spain international told Canal+.“In football you cannot lose concentration even for two minutes otherwise you pay for it. This defeat was not normal for PSG.”Herrera has found playing time in Paris at a premium since making the switch, with competition in Thomas Tuchel’s midfield strong following a summer of recruitment. The 30-year-old, however, understands that rotation is a big part of today’s games and, as such, is not frustrated.“I believe in Karma, I believe that everything you give, you get back,” he said. “So if I play in the starting XI, I give everything, if I play 10 minutes I give everything, if I play five minutes I give everything and if I play two minutes I give everything. And in any position.”The big topic over the summer was whether Neymar would leave the club and return to Spain with either former club Barcelona or Real Madrid. During that time, the media had portrayed the Brazilian’s situation as a mess due to his future being up in the air, but Herrera had only good things to say about his new team-mate – even commenting on this chances of winning the Ballon d’Or.“The English media presented Neymar’s situation like it was hell,” he said. “He is not happy, he does not speak to French players. And I arrived here and I saw a happy player, who was laughing with everyone including the French players. “I wondered to myself what the media was talking about. He is very happy on a day-to-day basis. He is a player who could win the Ballon D’Or, I would go 5km for him if you have to. I would run everywhere for him.”
Pelaez’s targets include Alonso, GonzalezRicardo Pelaez starts as Chivas’ sporting director in 2020 but already is making plans for how he’ll change the Guadalajara club.First off, he’s looking at former Monterrey and Pachuca manager Diego Alonso as manager, according to TV Azteca . He’s also hoping to upgrade in goal, considering a move for Necaxa goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez, according to TUDN. There will be competition for the goalkeeper, though. Last week, various reports indicated Rayados manager Antonio Mohamed wanted the on-loan shot-stopper back in Monterrey. 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 Mexican ownership group out on Newcastle after meetingA pair of Mexican businessmen met Newcastle owner Mike Ashley last week in London about purchasing the Premier League club but left unimpressed, according to The Athletic . Alejandro Irarragorri, of Grupo Orlegi which owns Santos Laguna and Atlas, reportedly was interested in purchasing the Magpies this summer. He also was in London this month to speak at the annual Leaders conference, but it is unclear if Ashley met with Irarragorri and his partners or a different group.European teams set for November talks with Macias campJose Juan Macias’ camp is set to meet with representatives of several European teams in November including Real Betis, according to Sevilla sports newspaper Estadio Deportivo . The Leon was observed by scouts from FC Koln during Mexico’s friendly against Trinidad and Tobago at the start of the month, according to Marca Claro , with Eintracht Frankfurt, Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and big clubs in Portugal also mentioned as potential destinations.Estadio reports Betis’ crosstown rival Sevilla also is in the mix to sign the 20-year-old who has three goals for Mexico in three matches.America, Cruz Azul fighting for Chilean starTwo of Liga MX’s grandes, America and Cruz Azul, are looking to sign Chilean forward Ignacio Jeraldino from Aduax Italiano, according to TUDN . Pachuca, which shares ownership with a Chilean club, though not the one where “Jeraldios” plays, is also interested but the Liga MX clubs will have to fend off interest from teams in Spain and Italy.Castellanos’ future may be in MexicoNew York City’s Argentine attacker Valentin Castellanos is on the radar of several Liga MX clubs, according to The Athletic . After scoring 11 goals for NYCFC in the regular season, “Taty” is set to play in Juarez and Pachuca with the Argentina Under-22 team against Mexico’s side also preparing for the Olympics. An inclusion on the roster for Tokyo would further boost his stock, but even without it the 21-year-old has captured the attention of club directors in Mexico.Cordova getting looks from abroad America midfielder Sebastian Cordova is drawing attention from a number of European teams including Benfica, according to A Bola . However, if Benfica is going to make Cordova the first Mexican to play at the club since Raul Jimenez, it is said it will have to fight off interest from Sevilla and Manchester United. Cordova has three goals in 11 league matches this season and impressed in Mexico’s non-FIFA friendly win against Trinidad and Tobago earlier this month.Salcedo on Marseille’s listOlympique Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas is looking for defensive help this winter and may have personally contacted Tigres center back Carlos Salcedo, according to various reports . With OM’s defense hurting, the 26-year-old Mexico international may be an attractive option giving his proven European success with Eintracht Frankfurt and Fiorentina and his versatility in playing center back or either fullback slot. Salcedo’s Tigres teammate Andre-Pierre Gignac is an OM legend.Antuna set for Man City extensionMexico national team winger Uriel Antuna is set to sign an extension keeping him with Manchester City until 2022, according to Fox Deportes . Currently on loan with the LA Galaxy, the 22-year-old scored four goals at the Gold Cup this summer and has six goals and four assists in 30 matches for the Galaxy this season. Guardado set for MLS move in 2020Mexico midfielder Andres Guardado will move to Major League Soccer in 2020, according to TUDN .While various MLS teams are interested, according to the report, it’s the Chicago Fire who would have the first right of refusal. Talks already are underway with Real Betis.Peralta considering retirementChivas forward Oribe Peralta is considering ending his career after the Apertura, according to Record . The former America and Santos Laguna player is one of the most successful Mexican forwards in the last decade but with his last start coming on Aug. 28 and no goals to his name this season, the 35-year-old is considering hanging up his boots.Gullit seeking Liga MX returnCarlos “Gullit” Pena is in talks with Monarcas de Morelia about coming back to Liga MX, according to MedioTiempo . Pena has terminated his relationship with Polish second division side GKS Tychy, a team for which he signed but never played. Now the 29-year-old midfielder, who has struggled with alcoholism in the past, wants to return to his home country. Pena was a member of Miguel Herrera’s 2014 World Cup squad.
10 Tips From a Former Trauma Nurse for Travelers to Follow When Consuming Alcohol Overseas Allianz Global Assistance Urges Travelers to Stay Safe and Be Vigilant After Reports of Tainted Alcohol Richmond, VA, August 21, 2017 – Mexican authorities have seized more than 10,000 gallons of tainted alcohol and opened an investigation into an illicit manufacturer who had been supplying numerous resorts, nightclubs and restaurants. In light of these findings, Allianz Global Assistance shares reminders of important alcohol consumption safeguards while traveling overseas. “Whether staying at an all-inclusive resort, or an Airbnb within the city, staying alert and being prepared when traveling is vital,” said Kimberly Seay, RN, director of assistance at Allianz Global Assistance USA, and a former ER/Trauma nurse. Seay recommends the following 10 tips for travelers to follow when consuming alcohol on vacation: Drink in moderation/limit alcohol usageInsist on watching your drink being madeIf you are suspicious of the color, then trust your instincts and – do not drink itBottled or can beer does appear to be a safer optionInsists that the beer is opened in your presenceBuy your own alcohol at “duty free” and only drink what you brought, even if you are required to pay a “cork fee”Never, ever leave your drink unattendedBe observant and aware of your surroundingsIf you do feel ill seek attention, don’t delayCall your travel insurance provider if you need help finding medical care, or if you are admitted to a hospital While destinations cannot guarantee that tourists will remain 100 percent safe on their vacation due to unforeseen situations that can occur, it’s important that travelers remain vigilant, and take the necessary precautions before and during their trip. “The best and easiest way for travelers to take precaution when abroad is to invest in travel insurance,” said Daniel Durazo, director of communications at Allianz Global Assistance USA. “Having travel insurance with sufficient medical coverage guarantees travelers won’t have to pay out-of-pocket for international care if they need medical treatment. The right travel insurance provider will also be there 24/7 to answer questions and help with problems. Our Allianz TravelSmart app provides helpful tools, including a database of approved healthcare facilities overseas, local emergency numbers, one touch dialing to reach your provider in an emergency, and more.” Allianz Global Assistance offers travel insurance* through most major U.S. airlines, leading travel agents, online travel agencies, other travel suppliers and directly to consumers. For more information on Allianz Global Assistance and the policies offered for travelers, please visit:www.allianztravelinsurance.com. Allianz Global Assistance USAAllianz Global Assistance USA (AGA Service Company) is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company. We provide insurance to over 25 million customers annually and are best known for our Allianz Travel Insurance plans. In addition to travel insurance, Allianz Global Assistance USA offers tuition insurance, event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events and unique travel assistance services such as international medical assistance and concierge services. The company also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call center services and claims administration for property and casualty insurers and credit card companies. To learn more about Allianz Travel Insurance, please visit allianztravelinsurance.com or Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/AllianzTravelInsuranceUS.
1 Amazing Ship, 2 Magical Months, 5 Tall Masts, 11 Timeless Countries, 42 Intriguing Ports, 51 Incredible Days, 201 Attentive Crew, 153 Delicious Meals and Just 310 Adventurous Travelers Seattle, WA, March 12, 2018 — Cruise guests on Windstar’s 51-day Grand Mediterranean adventure will embark the 310-passenger MSY Wind Surf on July 7, 2019, in Europe’s Westernmost port of Lisbon, Portugal, prepared for an epic adventure visiting the best ports in central Europe sailing across the culturally-rich Mediterranean, one of the world’s most beautiful seas. An equal match, the majestic Wind Surf is the world’s largest sailing ship at 14,745 gross tons, 617 feet in length with 26,881 square feet of crisp new sails soaring 220 feet skyward. The ship will traverse the vast inland ocean during the cruise high-season on a comprehensive Mediterranean voyage. The cruise will call at popular ports and hidden harbors in Portugal, Spain, Gibraltar, Malta and Italy, sailing to the farther reaches of Croatia, Montenegro, Greece and Turkey, and then doubling back for more cultural immersion and travel delights in Monaco and France before landing in Barcelona on August 27, 2018; all told, eight weeks of once-in-a-lifetime discovery spanning nearly 9,500 nautical miles. “We believe that no one goes further to get our guests closer to the destinations where we sail. An incredible cruise like our 51-day Grand Mediterranean cruise on a sailing ship is exactly what people who love to travel live for,” said Windstar President John Delaney. “Our beautiful Wind Surf is recognized around the world, guests will be totally immersed in the region sailing on her for two months, with more than 40 ports of call to share authentic experiences and adventures with loved ones while laughing with locals. Not one day will be like the next, and that is the magic of cruising with Windstar — we’re 180 degrees from ordinary, no matter where we sail. This Grand Mediterranean journey represents the best of the best chock-full of culture, cuisine, and camaraderie.” Travelers aboard Wind Surf will be immersed in the romance of travel by sea and sail, cruising into major cosmopolitan cities such as Rome and Athens, and gliding into impossibly quaint harbors to mirror the towering town spires of coastal gems like Sanary-sur-Mer, France and Rovinj, Croatia. Windstar’s curated collection of shore excursions provides cruisers with hundreds of choices that span the spectrum from docent-led tours to Picasso’s Museum in Málaga to ocean kayaking in Palma de Mallorca or pesto-making lessons in Portofino. The ship’s Captain will introduce present-day explorers to Windstar’s unique Open Bridge, sharing nautical charts and marine weather reports, a novel concept, only for those on cruise ships of a certain size and stature. While the ship’s innovative Water Sports Platform gives new meaning to a view from the water; when anchored cruisers can dive into the Mediterranean to play with complimentary water toys, stand-up paddle boards and water skis. The 51-day sailing is a marquis cruise; part of Windstar’s popular Star Collectors Voyages that combine shorter sailings and includes a FREE Laundry Package for each stateroom and suite throughout the cruise, a real benefit on a long sailing. The two month Grand Mediterranean cruise on Wind Surf encompasses six cruise itineraries varying from seven to ten days in length that are linked together to create this blockbuster journey across the Mediterranean. Kicking off with the 8-day Spanish Symphony from Lisbon to Barcelona, regional styles and influences of culture and flavors overlap as Andalusian tastes transform into Riviera glamour followed by Italian chic, serene Greece and colorful Turkey. Key regions visited on the impressive tour of the Mediterranean include the French and Italian Rivieras, the islands of Spain, and the islands and coastal ports of the Adriatic and Aegean Seas. The ten countries visited over the course of the summer’s ultimate itinerary include Portugal, the British Territory of Gibraltar, France, Monaco, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Malta, Greece and Turkey. The mix of 42 ports is evenly distributed based on country size and offers a thoughtful balance of large port cities that have it all and small towns brimming with personality.In 2019, the Wind Surf will offer a total of 44 cruises visiting European ports from April through November including the epic Grand Mediterranean voyage, all itineraries are now open for reservations. To learn more about the 51-day Grand Mediterranean Star Collector Voyage, Windstar’s partnership as the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation, and authentic small ship cruising with Windstar, contact a travel professional or Windstar Cruises by phone at 877-958-7718, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.windstarcruises.com. About Windstar CruisesWindstar Cruises operates a six-ship fleet of small sailing and all-suite ships visiting approximately 270 ports annually sailing throughout Europe, the Caribbean, Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, Asia, Alaska, Canada and New England, and cruising year-round in Tahiti. Windstar’s fleet is the market leader in small ship cruising with a total of 1,242 passenger berths calling on off-the-beaten-path and popular ports in over 60 countries. The boutique cruise line carries fewer than 310 passengers on its small ships and takes travelers on cruises that are 180 degrees from ordinary. They are known for their immersive and authentic experiences, unique, port-intensive itineraries, exceptional award-winning service, and innovative culinary program as the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation. Windstar Cruises is a part of Xanterra Travel Collection, an award-winning, globally diversified travel company offering once in a lifetime experiences in some of the most beautiful and iconic places on earth.
1 of 7 Skylab Architecture Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat There are social spaces scattered throughout the upper floors as well, like a multi-level, built-in lounge area upholstered in soft gray fabric and loaded with comfy pillows. The kitchen has a massive marble island that can seat up to six, allowing for a group experience when preparing meals. The main seating area features a reconfigurable leather sectional around an oversized, wood-burning fireplace. All of the rooms have double-height walls of glass and were carefully laid out to take full advantage of the impressive landscape. Thanks to the multi-level layout of the home, Skylab found opportunities to create several patios and decks off of the communal spaces. The largest deck off of the kitchen features its own outdoor kitchen and bar, a dining table, and a triangular fire pit with a built-in triangular sofa around it. Off of the living area is a smaller patio with glass rails that provide unobstructed views out to Snowmass Mountain. This patio acts as the protective overhang for the hot tub patio below, which is accessed from a hallway that connects to the private spaces including bedrooms and bathrooms. Most architects today strive to create a connection between their designs and nature, but few pull it off the way Skylab has in Owl Creek Residence.For a decidedly less huge, though no less awesome cabin away from home, check out Lost Whiskey Concrete Cabin. This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness Skylab Architecture Skylab Architecture Skylab Architecture Outside, the home makes a strong statement with its massive, two-story entryway. A combination of materials was used to reflect the beauty of the natural surroundings. Weathered steel is the color of the land, stacked stone columns represent the banks of the eponymous Owl Creek, and the surrounding aspen trees are mimicked in the dark wood framing the doorway. These warm materials are balanced by the home’s exposed, black steel structural frame which is punctuated by triangular pieces of glazing, allowing light to flood the interior.Stepping inside of Owl Creek Residence is like arriving at a luxury mountain resort lodge. Because the home is a year-round vacation retreat for several families, the communal areas were kept spacious and welcoming for large groups. With the belief that a well-designed home can strengthen relationships, Skylab designed Owl Creek Residence to allow for interaction between the families. Of course, everyone needs alone time now and then, so the team also provided them private areas on the ground floor for when they need a few quiet moments to themselves. Skylab Architecture This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway Skylab Architecture Previous Skylab Architecture Skylab ArchitectureColorado has no shortage of stunning mountain retreats. The Rocky Mountains offer some of the best ski towns in the world. While places like Vail, Breckenridge, and Telluride get all of the attention, those in-the-know head to Snowmass, just 20 minutes outside of Aspen. Offering amazing vistas, easy access to a plethora of outdoor activities, and the quiet solitude you just can’t find in a tourist-packed resort town, it’s an ideal spot for an adventurous getaway. All of this made Snowmass the perfect location for Owl Creek Residence, a 4,200-square-foot, multi-family vacation retreat.Situated on a hill overlooking Snowmass Mountain, Owl Creek Residence was created with a strong driving principle of connecting people with each other and with their surrounding natural environment. Designed by Skylab Architecture, Owl Creek Residence is a combination of nature, innovative architecture, and a bit of math that results in a mountain-like structure rising from the land.Everywhere you look in Owl Creek Residence you see triangles. It’s a clever nod to the rising peaks that can be seen from the hill on which the house was built. Even the home itself is triangular, a shape which allowed the team at Skylab to maximize views to the lush valley and rocky mountains beyond. Because of the challenging slope of the build site, the structure was anchored into the land. This, combined with a pitched roof to accommodate snow and rain runoff, makes Owl Creek Residence appear to jut out of the land like a mountain of steel and glass. This Little House in Washington Has Big Personality Desert Wing’s Sharp Angles Bring Drama to the Desert Editors’ Recommendations Next
Perhaps never in the history of modern civilization has a weekend been so anticipated, and at the same time so dreaded, as the weekend that is now upon us. On Saturday, April 14, HBO’s breathtaking, groundbreaking fantasy series, Game of Thrones, begins its final season.If you’re depressed about this, you’re in good company. However, we’ve just learned about a great way to assuage your feelings. Online hotel booking hub Hotels.com is offering a special deal tailor-made for Game of Thrones superfans like you: a tidy discount for rooms where the likes of Arya Stark, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, and others have stayed.Further ReadingWhat to Drink When You’re Watching the Final Season of Game of ThronesFire or Ice? MeUndies Releases Game of Thrones-Inspired Dragon Print UnderwearWhisky Is Coming: All Men Must Try This Game of Thrones Scotch 1 of 3 Courtesy Hotels.com Previous Throughout its eight-season span, Game of Thrones was filmed in some truly spectacular locations around the world, most often in Croatia and Ireland, where the brooding natural landscapes provided a perfect stage for epic battles, intense close-ups, and jaw-dropping plot pivots. Now until April 21, you can use the code IRONTHRONE to book hotels at some of these locations for a sweet 8% discount.At the risk of being corny, one of the best things about Game of Thrones was the opportunity it provided for making friends. Gathering around the TV with fellow GoT nerds, a few good beers, and a whole lot of opinions might be what we miss most. Why not send the tradition out with a bang? Gather a few of your closest “Thronees,” book a suite, order some room service, and spend a weekend hashing out how the series changed your lives.This promotion only lasts until April 21, so get on it while you can. After all, winter is coming. As in, the winter of our discontent. As in, a lifetime of no more new GoT episodes. (At least until the spinoffs show up. Those are inevitable, right? Right?)The four hotels available for this limited-time discount include:Villa OrsulaDubrovnik, Croatia The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected Courtesy Hotels.com Next Editors’ Recommendations Courtesy Hotels.com Steps away from the UNESCO Old City — this landmark hotel is one of the most lavish on the Adriatic. Views of downtown Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian coastline will take your breath away almost as fully as season four’s fight across the courtyard of Castle Black.Europa HotelBelfast, Ireland Courtesy Hotels.com Courtesy Hotels.com 1 of 3 1 of 3 The glorious seaside setting of this intimate property is only matched by its legendary five-star concierge service. The villa’s lavender-scented orange grove is the perfect place to sunbathe your sorrows away. If you’re more the type to indulge your lugubriousness, perch yourself at one of the arched wooden windows overlooking the forested island of Lokrum and just imagine you’re gazing at Westeros.Hotel ExcelsiorDubrovnik, Croatia Next Previous Courtesy Hotels.com Courtesy Hotels.com Courtesy Hotels.com The Complete Guide for Learning How to Mow a Lawn Next How to Play Pool Like You Know What You’re Doing Courtesy Hotels.com Next 1 of 3 Housed in the building where the Titanic’s designers once worked (before nobody hired them ever again), the Titanic Hotel is a feast for the eyes. Ogle its vaulting architecture, explore its collection of artwork and artifacts from the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, kick back in its glamorously appointed rooms — after a few days, the end of GoT won’t seem so bad. It’s also around the corner from Titanic Studios where, we’re told, a number of GoT scenes were filmed. Courtesy Hotels.com Courtesy Hotels.com Stay Free on This Private Swedish Island to Work on Your Magnum Opus How Does a Vasectomy Work: Your No-Frills Guide to Getting Snipped Located in the bustling center of the UK’s friendliest city, featuring one of the city’s busiest bars as well as a piano lounge, the four-star Europa Hotel is as popular for business travelers as it is with vacationers. With its timeless elegance, uncompromising service, and a revolving door of celebrities and powerbrokers hoping to remain anonymous, it’s the perfect place to be distracted from your grief.Titanic HotelBelfast, Ireland Previous Previous Courtesy Hotels.com
wernerfield architects + design Previous wernerfield architects + design The materials chosen were meant to be a reflection of the home’s surroundings. Weathered steel cladding the color of the tree trunks, sand-colored board-formed concrete, and a teak wood front door create a warm and welcoming facade. At the back of the home, several different outdoor spots were created through clever landscaping solutions. A sunken outdoor living room accessed by grass-covered steps is protected from view by a stone wall with a built-in floating fireplace. On another side of the home, a bocce ball court looks to the water and is lit by string lights hung from teak posts.While the front facade of the home is concrete, metal, and wood to provide visual privacy, the back of the home facing the lake is all glass. This not only allows for incredible views of the water, but it also creates an open feel throughout the space. Cedar Creek Residence is divided into a main home, a guest pavilion, and a storage barn. Public spaces, like the living room, are glass on two sides to creating a connection to the outdoor seating area as well as the lake at the back of the property.wernerfield architects + designThroughout the interior of the home, the mid-century modern architecture is balanced by trendy finishes. The kitchen is all stainless steel, accented by a wood-top breakfast bar. Mid-century modern-style bar stools compliment the ultra-contemporary metal cabinetry. This blending of old and new continues into the family room, which is open to the kitchen. The live-edge dining table is surrounded by mid-century-inspired green chairs. The streamlined sofas (with trendy skull throw pillows) face a massive board-formed concrete fireplace. The concrete and teak wood of the exterior facade continues inside as well. In one bedroom, the materials form the wall and headboard. In a bathroom, they are used as flooring, the ceiling, and a vanity. It all creates a sense of continuity and unifies the timeless architecture with the stylish interior finishes. Inside and out, Cedar Creek Residence is a one-of-a-kind retreat that showcases what can happen when timeless design and cutting edge style are skillfully blended by a team of talented experts.And speaking of Texas, ever wanted to know how to eat your way across Texas barbecue country? Wonder no more. wernerfield architects + design Next wernerfield architects + design wernerfield architects + design Desert Wing’s Sharp Angles Bring Drama to the Desert wernerfield architects + design wernerfield architects + design This Little House in Washington Has Big Personality Editors’ Recommendations How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner When a dream team of skilled architects, visionary landscapers, and accomplished interior designers comes together, the results are truly impressive. Timeless yet trendy, high-style yet comfortable, a feeling of openness yet plenty of privacy — it’s a balancing act many cannot achieve. But putting all of this into one incredible lakeside retreat was a breeze for architectural firm Wernerfield when they collaborated with landscapers Hocker Design Group and design studio Emily Summers Design Associates. The result is Cedar Creek Residence, a seriously stylish pad overlooking Cedar Creek Lake in Trinidad, Texas.Sprawling out over 4,690-square-feet on a shady 7-acre property, the home captures the classic mid-century modern ideal of creating a strong connection with nature. The carefully landscaped exterior provides plenty of opportunities for the owners to enjoy the outdoors, while the home itself has walls of glass that slide back to create open-air rooms.Outside, Cedar Creek Residence has a timeless form. The low, flat roofline creates a visual contrast from the tall old-growth pine trees that surround the home. The layout of the structure weaves itself between the trees, which allowed many to be preserved and provide shade for the outdoor spaces on those oppressively hot Texas summer days. 1 of 6