Nonprofit Love: A Music Playlist to Inspire You

first_imgSometimes nonprofit fundraisers and marketers need to take a deep breath and then…rock out. Ok maybe not “rock out,” but listening to music can help spark creativity, help you relax, or pump you up. I reached out to some of my nonprofit friends on Twitter and asked them what they listen to at work to get them “in the zone.” You can see who contributed song ideas in this Storify. Nonprofit Pros! Share with me: what’s your fave song to get you in the “zone” at work?— Liz Ragland (@lizragland) July 28, 2015 The responses were varied: some prefer quiet background music, others want something a little more groovy or fast paced. Whatever your music tastes might be, I think you’ll enjoy the playlist we crafted just for you! Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Nonprofit Love playlist. Thanks to everyone who answered my call for suggestions!last_img read more

How to Make the Most of Your Year-End Donors

first_imgThis is what we all know:  December is huge for individual giving.In 2014, Network for Good saw thirty-one percent of the year’s online giving happened in December, and 12% of the year’s gifts came in during the last 3 days of the year. There’s still time to reap the rewards of this last-minute activity. With all of the time, effort, and money you put into your final fundraising campaigns, make sure your get the most out of your year-end donors with these tactics:Create a Great ExperienceEach aspect of your campaign—and especially your donation page—should reinforce a supporter’s decision to give while making it quick and easy for them to complete their donation. This means all of your materials should echo your key fundraising messages and incorporate your nonprofit’s branding. Each part of your campaign should be an continuation of the conversation you’re having with your potential donors across all of your outreach channels.Offer Suggested Donation AmountsDonors are looking for cues for how much to donate. While they may have a number in mind, they’re not really sure what level will make an impact. In addition to letting donors fill in their own donation amount, give donors a shortcut by offering suggested giving amounts that take the guesswork out of how much to donate.By presenting defined choices, supporters have context on what might be considered a “low” amount vs. a higher end contribution. This not only makes it easier for your donors, these suggestions can actually motivate donors to give more. Showcase Recurring Giving OptionsIn your fundraising appeals and on your online donation pages, always include the option to make a recurring gift. Well-positioned recurring gifts give supporters a way to give every month for the next year, instead of just one year-end donation. This is a win-win situation for everyone involved—donors can give more over time and you have a steady stream of dependable funds. Attach giving levels, special perks, and impact descriptions to monthly gift tiers to make recurring giving a more attractive option. If you don’t have a donation page that will help you increase your average gift size and encourage monthly giving, it’s time to make a change. Get a personal tour of Network for Good’s donation pages today.Enable and Encourage Social SharingMake it easy for your donors to share your message and raise money on your behalf by giving them tools to share your message via social media and peer-to-peer fundraising tools. Include social sharing buttons on your donation confirmation and thank you pages, in your thank you letters, and in follow-up emails. Provide copy and paste or pre-programmed messages to allow your donors to easily spread the word. Since enthusiastic supporters are often your best spokespeople, let their passion create a wave of donations by teaching them how to set up a fundraising campaign with a peer-to-peer fundraising page.Collect the Data You’ll Need in 2016As you reach out to donors this giving season, set yourself up for success by tracking and recording your results along the way: from email open rates to donation history. You’ll learn what’s working and what’s not, and you’ll pave the way for a strong retention strategy because you’ll know exactly how you should talk to each type of donor that comes in the door. Your best bet is to have an easy-to-use donor management system in place to collect this information in December, which will enable you to quickly analyze and act on that information in January. Don’t have a donor management system that makes your life easier? We can help. Schedule a personal tour today.Have a Solid Donor Stewardship PlanTurn first-time or casual givers into repeat donors by sending them a warm, timely thank you letter, and then keep them up to date on the impact of their donation. Stay in touch so that they feel like a true part of your community and can relive the helper’s high over and over again. When donors know their gift was appreciated and made a difference, they’ll be more likely to give again. Of course, these efforts will also help you keep your current loyal donors devoted for years to come.last_img read more

Solskjaer: Abuse makes Pogba stronger

first_imgManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says abuse makes Paul Pogba “stronger”, but has called for an end to the alarming rise of racist comments on social media.A World Cup winner on the books at Old Trafford has become the latest high-profile sporting figure to be subjected to insults from online trolls.Pogba was targeted after missing a penalty during United’s 1-1 Premier League draw away at Wolves. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Those at Old Trafford have rallied around him as a collective, with the club and a number of team-mates posting messages of support while condemning those responsible for another sorry episode.Solskjaer feels more needs to be done in order to combat the issue, but has no concerns when it comes to Pogba and his strength in the face of adversity.”Paul’s fine,” the Red Devils boss told reporters ahead of a meeting with Crystal Palace on Saturday.”Paul’s a strong character and it makes him stronger. When you speak to him, he’s fine and I just cannot believe we’re still sat here in 2019 talking about these instances.”Social media is a place where people – as Harry [Maguire] said – can hide behind fake identities, I don’t think it’s not down to me to change it but there are so many Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s on Twitter I know it’s not me! We’ve got to do something about it and the authorities have got to do something about the ones who spread this hate.”We need to protect individuals and protect people. When there are death threats and racism, they are serious incidents. Sometimes you get annoyed.”What can we do about it? Us as Man United, we’re not going to ban our players on social media, we have to spread the good word, because there is so much good we can use social media for but we have to stop those incidents.”United have moved to hold discussions with Twitter regarding their platform, while Solskjaer admits the issue of racism in sport and wider society has been discussed by those in his dressing room.The Norwegian added: “It’s natural for them, they’re a team, we talk about the team spirit, it’s natural for us as human beings and team-mates that we look after each other and you won’t see any of ours criticise [each other] on social media or in the media.”I’m sure you’re going to see that more often when we win we support each other, when we lose, we go through tough times with each other.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Lucas signs contract extension through 2024

first_imgLucas Moura has extended his Tottenham contract through to 2024, the Premier League club have announced.The Brazilian attacker inked a 12-month extension to his existing deal on the eve of the club’s Premier League season opener at home to Aston Villa.AdChoices广告Lucas joined Spurs from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2018 and the London outfit have seen fit to reward him with fresh terms following his starring role in the run to last season’s Champions League final. 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 An exceptional second-half hat-trick inspired a remarkable second-leg comeback against Ajax in the semi-finals as the 26-year-old finished an impressive European campaign with five goals from 12 appearances.Lucas delivered a strong 2018-19 campaign, as he also added 10 Premier League goals to help Spurs to a fourth-place finish and a spot in this season’s Champions League. Overall, the Brazilian has made 60 appearances in all competitions for Tottenham since joining the club, scoring 16 goals.”I am so happy here. I am so comfortable here. Everyone is amazing.” – @LucasMoura7 on signing a new deal. #THFC ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/QOqoD9FaVb — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 9, 2019 “I am so happy here. I feel very comfortable here. Everyone is amazing, the fans, the club and I am so thankful for everything that the club gave me,” Lucas told Tottenham’s official website. “Now I just need to give my best like I do always and show everyone that I love to play football and I want to bring a lot more for this club.”My objective is always to be better and make the fans happy. To play football you need to feel comfortable, you need to be free, to have nice team-mates and I have this here. I feel really like a family here.”My team-mates are fantastic since my first day here. I hope to stay here a long time.”Lucas also spoke about the upcoming season, which will bring big expectations for Spurs after the summer additions of Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon.”For this season I feel good things,” the Brazilian said. “I feel we are better now, we are stronger. I think we can get a trophy, we have the quality for this.”I am really excited to play because I feel that we will be happy this season.”last_img read more

Arsenal want Women’s Super League & cup double – Miedema

first_imgArsenal’s main goal this season is to win a cup, but they couldn’t be hungrier to retain their FA Women’s Super League title, says Vivianne Miedema.The striker scored 22 goals as the Gunners claimed their first league title for seven years last season, while also racking up 10 assists.She was named PFA Player of the Year as a result before also going on to reach the Women’s World Cup final with the Netherlands, becoming her nation’s all-time top scorer in the process to cap a fantastic year for her on a personal level. 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 But none of that success is going to Miedema’s head, with the 23-year-old focused on helping Arsenal build on their title win while also being under no illusions that it promises to be a difficult task.“Obviously it’s a big challenge but I’ve had this situation before,” she told Goal. “I did it at Bayern [Munich] and obviously we’ve felt that pressure at Holland, non-stop, when we play a European qualifier.“It’s something you probably need to get used to, but I think we’ve got a stronger squad than we did last year and a lot of confidence as well going into the season.“Our main focus will always be winning the league and I definitely think we’ve got the quality to do that. But it’s going to be harder.“For me, there’s only more hunger,” Miedema continued, rubbishing the idea that the squad will be less motivated after winning last year’s WSL. “I want to win the title again. I go to clubs because I want to win titles.“Like I said, I believe that our team is stronger than it was last year and I hope everyone stays fit. We’ve got more players we can use and that [means] we don’t just [have to] focus on the league.“Obviously, we want to win the league, but we also want to win a cup. That’s probably our main goal this season.”Arsenal face more competition this year, with an influx of great talent coming to England this summer and opponents strengthening.Manchester United and Tottenham, the Gunners’ north London rivals, also come into the league after being promoted from the FA Women’s Championship.“I think it’s going to be, especially for the bigger clubs who’ve got a lot of players going to the World Cup and coming back from it, it’s going to be a hard season,” Miedema said.“It’s managing players all season long, everyone comes back in a different state. Manchester City have lost a couple of players, Chelsea have not lost anyone and have got some players in… I’m really excited to see where it’s going to go next year.“I think it’s going to be a tough league.”Vivianne Miedema Arsenal 2019Arsenal’s title chances are boosted by a flurry of new signings, many of whom Miedema knows well.Manuela Zinsberger, Leonie Maier and Jill Roord all arrive from Bayern Munich, the former two having played with the striker there before she moved to London, while Roord and Miedema both play together for the Netherlands.Few are better placed than Arsenal’s No.11 to assess what impact they will have on the Gunners, then. “They’ve got experience,” she said. “I think Jill is a very creative midfielder that we kind of needed and the others girls are just really decent players. You know that they always turn up. When you need them, they’re always there.“That can only help us, especially with the amount of games we’re going to have, it’s good to have a bigger squad that can give 100 per cent every single game. That’s really going to help us compared to what we had last season.”Arsenal begin their WSL campaign on Sunday, August 8, taking on West Ham United at Meadow Park, with kick-off at 2:30pm UK time (9:30am ET).last_img read more

‘Man Utd aren’t far inferior to Liverpool’

first_imgManchester United are not “far inferior” to Liverpool, says Michael Owen, but there is a big rebuilding job to oversee at Old Trafford following an alarming period of “decline”.Former Red Devils striker Owen believes there is, and has been, enough quality on the books at the Theatre of Dreams to prevent such regression.It is the opinion of the ex-England striker that current coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the ability and potential at his disposal to rival much of that on offer to Jurgen Klopp at Anfield. 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 In the eyes of Owen, the main difference between those in Manchester and those on Merseyside is one of competent leadership, rather than personnel.He told ESPN: “I don’t necessarily think the players are all that bad [at United].“I think when you look at other teams, look at Liverpool for example, are Manchester United players far inferior to Liverpool’s? I don’t necessarily think so.“But do Liverpool’s players play with a greater understanding, a great cohesion, a lot of confidence? Then, yes.“I was talking to John Barnes the other day and he was saying the exact same thing. He doesn’t think there’s anything between the two squads.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester UnitedWhile seeing potential at Old Trafford, Owen admits that there are still serious issues to address in a period of instability which stretches back to the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.He added: “When you look at the players, Manchester United have got great players but managers don’t seem to be getting that tune out of them like the Pep Guardiola teams or like the Jurgen Klopp teams at the moment.“A lot of people will say when you have a manager that is there for that long then it’s very difficult for the next manager just to go and pick up the baton.“Not many people would have envisaged the extent, let’s say, of the decline since.“There’s been some trophies won along the way which has smoothed things over a little bit but in general, when you watch Manchester United now, it is a shadow of the previous teams of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign I guess, and it’s going to take some building.”Solskjaer is currently charged with that task, but he saw his side stumble over the line in 2018-19 and has only collected five points from United’s opening four games in the Premier League this season. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Varane: I always want Mbappe in my team

first_imgRafael Varane said that he would always like to see Kylian Mbappe as his team-mate amid rumours that the French striker could move to Real Madrid.The Paris Saint-Germain star was linked with a move all summer, having hinted at a potential transfer by discussing his desire for “a new project”.However, as the summer wore on, those rumours died down, with Mbappe committing to remaining with PSG. 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 forward’s France team-mate Varane admitted that Mbappe hasn’t asked him about any potential move but, if he does, he’ll steer him towards joining Real Madrid.”I always want Mbappe in my team,” Varane told El Transistor.”If he asks me one day, I will just say good things about Real Madrid.”Mbappe has been battling injuries at start the season, having missed all but five of PSG’s matches so far while also being withdrawn from France’s most recent squad for upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Iceland on Friday and against Turkey on Monday.Varane and Real Madrid, meanwhile, have struggled in the Champions League, although the club currently sits atop La Liga.Pressure always mounts following any sort of struggle at Real Madrid, but Varane says that he sees improvement when it comes to the group’s defensive issues.”We are very competitive and there is always a desire to keep winning. Maybe mental fatigue can happen like what happened last year,” he said.”Also, to play at Real Madrid there is always pressure to be hungry and play with the intention of winning.”He added: “Conceding goals is not just the fault of the defender, it is something that depends on the whole team.”In recent matches, it has been improved but it’s more than a problem of just relaxing, it’s a problem that tells us to maintain the level throughout the match.”Following the international break, Real Madrid are set to face Mallorca ahead of a crucial Champions League clash with Galatasaray.PSG, meanwhile, will face Club Brugge in their Champions League return following a Ligue 1 clash with Nice.last_img read more

A League of Its Own: Vancouver Wildlife League has made many contributions in 90 years

first_img By Terry Otto, Columbian staff writer Published: January 2, 2019, 10:16pm GO Terry Otto Columbian staff writer What concerned Those citizens were what concerns outdoorsmen today. The club’s meeting minutes are full of discussions concerning salmon, big game, dams, fisheries and wildlife legislation, hunting and fishing access, and habitat restoration and protection.Well-known business leaders and noted citizens joined the club. Claude Snider, a local attorney, remained active in the league until the 1970s, gaining statewide attention and eventually being appointed to serve on the state game commission.Vancouver’s John Biggs was named Director of Game in 1951 and served in that capacity through 1970. John attended many club functions in his early days as a local game warden.Over the generations the club has put its muscle, and money, where its mouth is. Their efforts have resulted in many local things we take for granted today. The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. The club had invested 36 years in the shooting range, and as an investment it has served them well.The annual banquet has evolved from a game dinner, prepared by club members, to a traditional fund-raising banquet at a local eatery. During the depression people could attend the dinner for 50 cents.Through it all the club has held true to its principles, including a generous streak toward the community that has supported it.Chuck Cheshire is the current president of the league, and he has been a member for 35 years. English Pit Shooting RangeThe club searched for years for property to purchase for a clubhouse and a shooting range. While the clubhouse property never became a reality, the club did succeed in securing a shooting range.The club adopted the English Pit, which was an old mining pit in what is now northeast Vancouver. The club’s members dismantled an old commercial business building on 77th Court and moved the material to the pit to build proper shooting ranges. The excess building material was sold off to provide funds for the club.Two lanes were built and the pit was turned over to the Clark County Parks for operation and maintenance, while the club continued to make improvements.The parks closed the range in 1981, and the league took over operations. Fees charged to use the pit provided the club with revenues that is used for years. Eventually sold to a private citizen in 2005, the proceeds from the sale of the range provided the club with principal revenue that is still held by the club today. In 1934, Vancouver Wildlife League members promoted the passage of Initiative No. 77 which banned the use of fishwheels, traps and beach seines in the Columbia.The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge would likely not exist if not for the club’s efforts to establish it.Their volunteer efforts and activism kept the pheasant release program from being discontinued. The club still plants the birds today with member volunteers.Kids Fishing DayToday’s members follow the traditions of former generations. For instance, Gene Ritter of Vancouver joined the league in 1958, and is still active as the club’s historian and treasurer. He spent some time as the league’s president, too. His father and uncle were also active members. On April 24, 1929, 19 sportsmen from the Vancouver area gathered at the old Memory Hall to address common concerns involving issues of fishing, hunting, and wildlife conservation.Ninety years later, the club they started, the Vancouver Wildlife League, is still active and working on those same concerns today.The league may be the oldest continuously active outdoors club of its kind in the state.Those 19 original sportsmen understood that if fish and wildlife were not managed, and the habitats they counted on were not protected, than the traditions of hunting and fishing would eventually be lost right along with the game and the fish. Subscribe Today Julie Rouzee and Randy Dalton release pheasants at the Shillapoo Wildlife Area as volunteers with the Vancouver Wildlife League. The pheasant releases are one of many community-minded projects taken on by the league, which celebrates its 90th birthday this year. Photos by Terry Otto/The Columbian Photo Gallery A League of Its Own: Vancouver Wildlife League has made many contributions in 90 years Share: “We want to give back to the community,” said Cheshire. “We want to extend a helping hand. If someone is new to the area, and doesn’t know how or where to fish or hunt, we’ll help them.”“I love the club, that’s why I do it,” he added. “The club does so much good for the community.”Cheshire has been involved with many recent projects, including the new lighting at the Langsdorf boat launch site, and the shooting pavilion for people with disabilities at Vancouver Lake. He is currently heading an effort to create an archery range at the lake.With such a storied past, what does the future of the club look like?“I may be somewhat prejudiced, but I believe the Vancouver Wildlife League has a positive future”, said Ritter. “The club motto, conserve and protect, has been around for a long, long time.” “Any organization is only as good as the people who are actively involved,” writes Ritter in one of his many historical essays about the club. Given the good people that have been part of this endeavor from the start, its likely the club will be around for another 90 years. 2 Photos Share: Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Ritter was active in one of the groups early efforts to educate young people by offering a kids fishing day. The event was held at a site along Burnt Bridge Creek until 1970.“Two days before the 1970 kids fishing day we received a letter from the health department that stated the creek was polluted, and we should move the event,” said Ritter. “We had to cancel at the last minute. After that we did not do anything with kids fishing for a while.”Eventually Klineline Pond was the site of a new kids fishing day, and that event has grown exponentially. Now, with the ardent support of VWL volunteers, the program allows thousands of kids a chance to reel in their first fish, and learn about the rewards of sport fishing.The league continues to seek new, young members, and provides a youth pheasant hunt every year to offer youngsters the chance to learn about hunting and conservation. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. terry.otto@columbian.comlast_img read more

Boys basketball: Union 72, Battle Ground 67

first_img Share: Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Tags Boys basketball: Union 72, Battle Ground 67 Tanner Toolson scored 19 points as the host Titans held on for a 4A Greater St. Helens League win and remained undefeated.Union (18-0, 6-0) led 52-38 after three quarters. But Battle Ground (8-6, 2-3) rallied behind 6-foot-9 post Kaden Perry, who scored 11 of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter.The Tigers pulled within 69-67 on a long 3-pointer by Vincent McCormic, who had 14 points.Union sealed the victory with two free throws by Ethan Smith, which gave Union a 71-67 lead with 13 seconds to play. Share: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.center_img Published: January 22, 2019, 7:46pm The Columbian GO Battle Ground TigersUnion Titans Toolson also had seven rebounds and five steals for Union, which is No. 1 in the state’s 4A RPI rankings.UNION 72, BATTLE GROUND 67BATTLE GROUND — KeAndre Hunter-Holliday 9, Vincent McCormic 14, Colin Barton 2, Nathan Millspaugh 7, Brendan Beall 9, Kaden Perry 22, Lukas Karlsson 0, David Reed 4. Totals 25 (5) 12-17 67.UNION — Brad Lackey 13, Houston Combs 11, Ariya Briscoe 0, Josh Reznick 2, Tanner Toolson 19, Alishawuan Taylor 6, Ethan Smith 13, Mason Hill 0, Ty McCullum 4, Curtis Youngren 4. Totals 26 (10) 10-19 72.Bat.Ground 15 13 10 29–67Union 20 12 20 18–72JV — Union 84-42.last_img read more

Boys basketball: King’s Way Christian 72, Forks 45

first_img Published: February 12, 2019, 9:28pm Share: Share: Receive latest stories and local news in your email: It was also King’s Way coach Daven Harmeling’s 100th career win.King’s Way will play La Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday at W.F. West High School for the district title. In the regular season the teams split two very close games.KING’S WAY CHRISTIAN 72, FORKS 45KING’S WAY CHRISTIAN — Khalfani Cason 11, Kobi Cason 6, Gage Koenders 9, Kefentse Cason 10, Mason Packer 0, Bryce Dodge 2, Seth Woody 0, Justin Frahm 6, Brady Metz 15, Bailey Meek 0, Bryson Metz 13. Totals 19 (10) 4-6 72.FORKS — Seth Johnson 13, Joey Reaume 2, Brandon Baar 2, Trey Baysinger 14, Tony Flores 6, Cort Prose 5, Iziah Morton 3. Totals 15 (2) 9-10 45.King’s Way 26 13 18 15–72Forks 6 13 17 9–45 Boys basketball: King’s Way Christian 72, Forks 45 The Columbiancenter_img King’s Way Christian Knights Tags The Knights earned a berth to the 1A state regionals with the win over Forks at Hoquiam that advanced them to the 1A district title game for a fourth consecutive year.King’s Way (15-7) jumped out to a 26-6 lead after the first quarter and did not look back.Brady Metz led the Knights in scoring with 15 points to go with six rebounds. Bryson Metz had 13 points and nine assists.Khalfani Cason had 11 points, seven rebounds and three steals, Kefentse Cason had 10 points, and Kobi Cason had eight rebounds, six points and four steals. GO By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

Non-league football: Columbia-White Salmon 29, Goldendale 6

first_img @360TMart Tim Martinez Columbian Assistant Sports Editor tim.martinez@columbian.com Receive latest stories and local news in your email: GO Non-league football: Columbia-White Salmon 29, Goldendale 6 Austin Charters rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns and passed for another 82 as Columbia-White Salmon opened its season with a non-league win at Goldendale.Charters completed 7 of 11 passes as the Bruins totaled 363 yards of offense.Bowen Durkee rushed for 68 yards and led the Bruins on defense with four tackles and an interception.COLUMBIA-WHITE SALMON 29, GOLDENDALE 6Scoring summary not available.INDIVIDUAL STATISTICSRUSHING — Columbia: Austin Charters 12-144, Bowen Durkee 11-68, Alarick Blankenship 9-37, Cody Colloton 6-21, Ryan Howard 1-16, Angel Sanchez 1-(-5).PASSING — Columbia: Charters 7-11-2-82.RECEIVING — Eli Nielsen 2-31, Angel Sanchez 2-25, Zavier Smith 2-8, Cody Colloston 1-18. White Salmon Bruins center_img By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor Published: September 7, 2019, 10:49am By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Tags Share: (360) 735-4538 Share:last_img read more

Carnival Cruise Line To Develop New Bahamian Cruise Destination On Grand Bahama Island

first_imgOfficials from Carnival Cruise Line and the Bahamian government signed an agreement today during a special signing ceremony in Freeport, Grand Bahama, for the construction of a new cruise port facility to be funded and operated by Carnival Cruise Line on Grand Bahama Island. The as-yet-unnamed planned port will be the largest purpose-built cruise facility ever constructed in The Bahamas and will take inspiration from the beauty of the Bahamian people and their islands. Features will include a one-mile stretch of beach, food, beverage and shopping outlets, a wide array of water-based amenities and other recreational facilities. The port will also feature a pier capable of accommodating two of Carnival’s largest cruise ships simultaneously and is expected to eventually host up to 1 million guests annually. The multimillion-dollar project will provide a significant economic benefit for the country of The Bahamas, including many employment and economic opportunities throughout the development, construction and ongoing operation once completed. “Carnival Cruise Line is the leader in year-round cruising to The Bahamas and this new development will not only provide a truly extraordinary and one-of-a-kind destination experience for our guests but it will further solidify our partnership with the people of The Bahamas,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “In 2017, along with Carnival’s sister lines, Carnival Corporation will bring close to 3 million guests to The Bahamas via calls to Nassau, Freeport, Grand Bahama, Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays, the latter two of which were developed and are operated by Carnival Corporation brands Holland America Line and Princess Cruises.  Collectively, we represent the single largest cruise company investor in The Bahamas,” Duffy added. During the signing ceremony, Carnival Corporation President and CEO Arnold Donald said, “When Ted Arison, the founder of Carnival and the modern day cruise industry, embarked on his first cruise, it was to The Bahamas. From that day until now, The Bahamas continues to be one of the most strategic and important destinations for our company.” Donald continued, “Signing this agreement today is especially meaningful to me, as we strive to further contribute to the prosperity of the people of The Bahamas through providing experiences that continue to exceed our guests’ expectations.” Prime Minister the Right Honourable Perry G. Christie stated, “The Government of The Bahamas has had a long and close association with Carnival which has been of great economic benefit to both parties.” He continued, “This new cruise port initiative in East Grand Bahama will deliver a cruise port in the traditional sense, but more than that, its shore project will create a new ‘destination’ with a distinctive flavour and characteristics that offer the broadest Bahamian entrepreneurial and employment opportunities, representing another phase in the development of Grand Bahama as a viable tourist centre.” The project is subject to a detailed public discussion process, environmental studies and permitting.last_img read more

A Sense of Place with Every Boutique Connection

first_imgAbercrombie & Kent Develops New Immersive Journeys across Europe for 2019  DOWNERS GROVE, IL – September 4, 2018…. A common thread found in the most unforgettable travel adventures are authentic intimate experiences. Connections Boutique Group Journeys reflect Abercrombie & Kent’s commitment to curating immersive experiences to provide guests with a vibrant sense of place. “This boutique style of travel has resonated with travel advisors and guests alike, which led us to expand the portfolio for 2019 with intriguing new itineraries in Greece, Finland — our first winter program in Europe — and a new river cruise on the Rhine,” explains Abercrombie & Kent President Keith Baron. Combining the best of A&K expertise and style with authentic experiences and intimate boutique hotels, Connections Boutique Group Journeys offer an immersive dive into captivating locales. Exclusive and engaging local interactions reveal the distinctive culture of each destination. Take a lesson in the lively sport of dogsledding from an expert instructor, then try your hand as musher with your own dog team. Join a welcoming Greek family in their home where you’ll learn to prepare regional dishes and then feast on them together, family-style. Visit the flower auction at Aalsmeer, for a first-hand look at the operations behind how more than 20 million flowers make it to market. Designed by A&K’s local experts, these new journeys offer immersive travel at its finest: NEW for 2019 – Greece: Athens & the AegeanDiscover treasured wonders of the ancient world, and meet locals keeping traditions alive in farming, handicrafts and business. Learn the secrets of Greek cuisine at a private in-home cooking class. Pay an exclusive visit to an organic cosmetics producer to learn about traditional Greek beauty products. Stroll through the Minoan Bronze Age settlement of Akrotiri (reputed to be Atlantis), admiring its frescoes. Includes a private yacht cruise around the southern coast of Santorini. 10 days from $6,495 NEW for 2019 – Northern Lights of LaplandVenture to the northernmost part of Europe for winter adventures including a cruise on an icebreaker with the chance to swim in a specially-designed floatation suit. Overnight in an ice hotel, and try your hand at ice fishing and sculpting snow. Cross the Arctic Circle and spend two nights sleeping under a glass dome for the best opportunity to see the Northern Lights. Includes active options such as snowmobiling, snowshoeing and dog sledding. Nine days from $8,395 A&K’s European River Cruise Journeys provide the same boutique ambiance as the Connections land journeys. These expertly curated itineraries explore the finest rivers in Europe — and deliver the most inclusive, small-group river cruise experience available. All off-ship sightseeing and dining is included and exclusive to A&K. Best of all, every cruise offers a complete itinerary, with stays in smaller, boutique hotels in major cities, along with enriching, guided visits to must-see destinations. NEW for 2019 – Switzerland & the RhineCruise the Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel on this all-new journey. View Holland’s vibrant blooms at the world’s largest flower auction; take in the majesty of the Alps from the top of Mount Pilatus; and sample local cheese in Edam, beer in Cologne, wine in Rüdesheim and Strasbourg, and chocolate in Zurich, as well as five exclusive meals on shore. At the Douwes Fine Art gallery, learn how old paintings are restored. Stay in boutique hotels in Amsterdam and Zurich, with premium cabins aboard ‘Amadeus Silver II’ or ‘Amadeus Silver III’ with open-air French or walk-out balconies. 11 days from $8,495 With intimate groups of no more than 24 guests, A&K’s Connections Boutique Journeys are led from start to finish by a Resident Tour Director®, who has lived for decades, if not their entire life, in the destination. This makes an important difference in providing intimate access to places and experiences not available to larger groups. Accommodations are carefully selected for their local character. Preference is given to smaller properties – often less than 100 rooms – that are locally or family-owned, and reflect the distinctive character of the destination through their history or style. Memorable hotels like the Metropol Hotel in Moscow, which once served as the headquarters of the Bolshevik party, and Polonia Palace Hotel, the only hotel in Warsaw to survive World War II, have colorful histories that make them destinations in their own right, as does the family-run Markree Castle, built in 1802 in Western Ireland, now a luxury hotel with only 30 guest rooms. Each journey features authentic experiences that fully immerse guests in the energy – and flavor – of local life. These Boutique Connections range from exploring a Nuremberg art bunker that sheltered paintings from destruction in World War II; a private tour and lunch at Badminton House, the private country estate of the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort; or learning the art of Puglian cuisine during a pasta-making demonstration with an expert chef. Experience the world beyond the guidebook with Abercrombie & Kent’s 2019 Connections Boutique Group Journeys. Call 800.554.7094 to speak with an A&K Travel Consultant, go to https://www.abercrombiekent.com/small-group-journeys/connections-boutique-group-journeys, or contact your travel professional to learn more.  About Abercrombie & Kent https://www.abercrombiekent.com/Abercrombie & Kent pioneered luxury adventure travel with our first African safaris in 1962, and today our award-winning travel services extend around the globe to more than one hundred countries on all seven continents. A&K’s custom itineraries and small-group journeys offer one-of-a-kind inspiring experiences, while our more than 55 on-site offices ensure invitation-only access to the people and places that make every destination unique. Join the world of A&K by following us onFacebook, Twitter: @AKTravel_USA and Instagram: aktravel_usa.last_img read more

Buggin Out Why Eating Insects Isnt As Weird As It Sounds

first_img If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Editors’ Recommendations You know that urban legend that says each of us accidentally swallows eight spiders a year? Yeah, that’s not accurate. At all. In fact, the number of spiders inadvertently ingested annually is more like zero.But how would you feel about intentionally chowing down on a few dozen crickets, a handful of termites, or hundreds of ants the next time you felt a bit peckish? Entomophagy, or the human practice of eating insects, is already common in myriad countries around the globe, and the practice is gaining momentum — if not popularity, per se — in the United States.Putting aside the ick factor, there are a number of good reasons to eat bugs. But before we get to those, a cautionary note: not all insects make a good meal. Most brightly colored or hairy insects are to be avoided, and a general rule, if an insect can hurt you — by stinging, biting, and/or spreading a disease — you shouldn’t eat it, sweet as the irony (and vengeance) might be were you to feast on thousands of mosquitoes. (In the meantime, you could just wear this clothing to lessen the annoyance they cause you.)John D. Buffington/Getty ImagesEdible Insects Are Rich in NutrientsMany insects are rich in protein and lower in fat than beef, pork, or other traditional meats. Many bugs are also packed with calcium, iron, and zinc, and they are lower in carbohydrates than most protein sources. Add in some healthy minerals and a good dose of fiber, and you have to admit that bugs are a great food source, nutritionally speaking.Insect Consumption Is Eco-FriendlyGrazing animals take up about 60 percent of the world’s agricultural land and are huge emitters of methane, a greenhouse gas. In growing a cow, pig, or sheep into a viable source of protein, we waste a vast quantity of potential calories in the feed these animals consume. On top of that, land used for grazers can’t be used for other foods or left as forest producing more oxygen and reducing atmospheric CO2 levels. Simply put, raising livestock is bad for the planet (if you don’t believe us, there are plenty of documentaries about it). Insects, on the other hand, require little space and few resources to quickly spawn multiple generations of nutrient-rich food, and they don’t emit appreciable greenhouse gasses, either. 1. Edible winged ants on a fish fillet at a fine dining restaurant in Hong Kong. 2. Corn tortilla with worms and guacamole in Mexico City. Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images (left); Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images (right)You Won’t Feel Bad About Killing a BugEven the kindest soul among us has probably squashed a bug or two in his or her day and probably didn’t lose much sleep over it. While natural in the grand scheme of things, human consumption of meat is still difficult to reconcile for many omnivores; cows and chickens can actually be pretty cute, after all. But roaches or mealworms? Not so much. It’s also safe to assume that cricket won’t process pain at the time of its death nor will his widow pace the railed roofwalk atop the home she once shared with Jiminy waiting in vain for the day he chirps his way home.You’re Already Eating Insects, AnywayThink about it: What’s a staple part of a free range chicken’s diet? Bugs. So when you eat eggs or a chicken sandwich, you’re eating repurposed insects. What do you bait the hook with when you fish? Grazing cows consume huge quantities of crickets, grasshoppers, aphids, and more. And while you don’t eat eight spiders a year, you surely accidentally swallow gnats, ants, and other small bugs all the time. And you’re OK, aren’t you? Yes, you are. You and the approximately 2 billion people worldwide who already use bugs as a dietary staple.Honey and almond cake with roasted male bees in Berlin. Sean Gallup/Getty ImagesNot Quite Ready to Sink Your Teeth In?If you’re sold on the ecological and nutritional benefits of insects as food but you’re just not ready to start scarfing bugs yourself, how would you feel about your dog enjoying tasty, healthy, bug-based treats? Several companies have already moved into the insect-based pet treat sector, and they just might be the perfect bridge between you and the bugs, because we guarantee Fido is going to scarf them down with nary a thought. When you are ready, you can start with cricket bars. Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary Kicking It With Timber Joey of the Portland Timbers Soccer Team The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato last_img read more

October 2019 Issue – Travel Professional NEWS

first_imgClick Here to View the October 2019 Issue   In This Issue: Interview: How the Scenic Eclipse May Change Cruising An Interview By: Andy Ogg,…,Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (October 20, 2019) – The first full day of the 2019 Cruises Inc.®, CruiseOne® and Dream Vacations National Conference aboard Royal Caribbean…,Written By: Mary Pat Sullivan, Content Director – Travel Weekly Events     Professional development is critical to growth and success for any business. Anyone…,Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) announced today the company has reached an agreement with the board of Elegant Hotels Group plc (LON: EHG; “Elegant”) on the…,Fares for nearly 200 all-inclusive luxury sailings will increase with the company’s Book Now Savings deadline   MIAMI, October 17, 2019 – Travelers still have…,FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V. (NASDAQ: PLYA) (the “Company”) today announced that it plans to release its…,Now open to the general public, Silversea’s new summer 2021 & winter 2021/22 voyages incorporate an unparalleled variety of experiences, plus 28 maiden calls.   (Monaco…,As part of Mexico’s largest hotel company, the collection’s extensive roster of resorts offers exclusive experiences for all ages to enjoy.   Mexico City, Mexico (October…,Miami, FL – (October 17, 2019) – Whet Travel, the leader in independent music cruise experiences, today announced a special limited-time offer providing one free…,More than 700 of the world’s top golf tour operators votes, the majority choosing Palace Resorts’ flagship property as the best in its category.  …,Written By: Cris De Souza, Vice President, Sales & Marketing – Nexion Travel Group     Building a successful travel business requires increasing revenues and…last_img read more

The Legal Ins and Outs of Drinking While Flying

first_img Will This Nootropic from HVMN Get You Into Ketosis Faster? Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App From noise-canceling headphones to Xanax, air travelers look for any modicum of comfort to make the flying experience tolerable. But, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) continues to do its part to keep mid-flight enjoyment to a minimum. They take a hard line on flying with weed. They also don’t like travelers flying with too much liquid, including everything from soup to shampoo to sangria. But, what about packing and, more importantly, consuming your own booze? The legal ins and outs of drinking while flying are surprisingly straightforward.Everyone knows the TSA is damn strict on liquid allowances: Each passenger is allowed only one resealable, quart-sized bag of 3.4-ounce (or less) bottles. That’s it. What many people don’t know, however, is the list of allowable liquids is surprisingly generous. Almost any gel, spray, paste, cream, roll-on deodorant, or liquid is fine. “Liquid” includes any beverage less than or equal to 70% alcohol by volume. In short, the TSA has no problem with you replacing all the liquid toiletries in your carry-on with mini booze bottles (It helps that those bottles are typically 1.7 ounces).Caiaimage/Agnieszka Olek/Getty ImagesThere’s a catch, of course. Packing that booze is one thing; being allowed to consume it mid-flight is another. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has jurisdiction over the latter. Sadly, for anyone who enjoys mixing their own gin and tonic at 30,000 feet, they’re unequivocal in their stance on the matter: “FAA regulations prohibit passengers from drinking alcohol on board the aircraft unless it is served by the air carrier.”Eagle-eyed readers might notice the loophole in the above statement, however. JetBlue did, which is why the airline discreetly offers its passengers BYOB service on domestic flights. The regulations state that passengers can only drink alcohol “served by the air carrier.” That means passengers can technically request that a flight attendant open their own bottle of booze and pour it for them. JetBlue’s official alcohol guidelines state, “You may bring wine, champagne or beer on a flight for consumption during the flight if it is in an unopened container. If you’d like to drink the alcohol you carry on, you may give it to one of our Inflight crewmembers, and they will be happy to serve it to you.”It all boils down to safety. The crew of every flight can better manage the aircraft if they knew what and how much alcohol their passengers are consuming en route. So, if you must fix your own mid-flight cocktails, try to maintain your composure. If you get out of hand and wind up duct taped to your seat or arrested when you land, don’t say we didn’t warn you.If you’re the sort of gentleman who routinely dumps half their clothing mid-trip to make room for bottles of exotic bourbon, check out our primer on how to pack booze in your luggage. Editors’ Recommendations Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie last_img read more

9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best American Liqueur The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene Aside from the ubiquitous (and often dreaded) pumpkin spice latte, there’s perhaps no beverage more closely associated with the fall season than apple cider. The combination of autumn fruit flavor, appealing spice notes, and comforting warmth makes cider an ideal drink to bring to a football game in a Thermos or to sip from a mug in front of a roaring fire … especially if you add some spirits to the mix. In the interest of helping you craft the most well-balanced and satisfying spiked apple ciders possible, we asked nine bartenders to offer their best liquor recommendations for this purpose.Buffalo Trace BourbonThe slight sweetness and rich wood notes of bourbon whiskey pair harmoniously with the tartness of a good apple cider, and lead bartender Jennifer Ramin-Azad of Honey Salt in Vancouver, British Columbia particularly favors the classic version made by Buffalo Trace. “Buffalo Trace is one of my favorite spirits because of its strong caramel and nutmeg notes, which go great in a warm apple cider! The bourbon itself is quite subtle, so it adds the perfect amount of kick without the cider becoming overly boozy in flavor. What’s more, it’s reasonably priced, making it perfect for this holiday season!” Ramin-Azad explains.Rittenhouse RyeAnother whiskey well-suited to cider, American rye adds a welcome dose of complexity to this cool-weather treat. Lead bartender Blade Moore of Crossroads Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri explains why Rittenhouse Rye should be your cider spirit of choice: “Rye generally lends itself well to cider because of its subtle spice and soft fruit finish. Rittenhouse, specifically, is the best to pair with apple ciders. As a result of the 100 proof, it’s bold enough to cut through a sweet cider [while also] bringing in additional fruit and caramel notes to complement the fall classic.”The Glenlivet 14-Year Cognac Cask Selection Single Malt Scotch WhiskyScotch whisky’s bold, peat-forward flavor profile sometimes overwhelms other cocktail ingredients, but when it comes to apple cider, the nuance and the umami present in Scotch provides a pleasant balance to the cider’s sweetness and tang. New York City mixologist Jane Danger of Pernod Ricard opts for The Glenlivet 14-Year Cognac Cask Selection when making hot apple cider, telling us that this single malt Scotch is “my mulled apple cider go-to. It began as a limited edition called “Captain’s Reserve.” This Scotch is aged in ex-bourbon, sherry, and Cognac casks. It’s got something for every aged-spirit imbiber.”Sailor Jerry’s Spiced RumWhiskey may be a popular liquor to add to apple cider, but it’s far from your only option. Many fans of this beverage also enjoy a slug of flavorful spiced rum in their cider, and COO and beverage director Patrick Kish of Florence’s Lowcountry Kitchen in Charleston, South Carolina gives a particular shout-out to Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum. “Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum is the perfect spirit to add to apple cider to create an ultra-seasonal cocktail. It’s bold and smooth with notes of vanilla and cinnamon that enhance the fall-like, comforting flavors of apple cider even further,” says Kish.St. George Pear BrandyBrandy frequently makes an appearance in mulled cocktails, and hot apple cider and apple brandy appear together on beverage lists on a regular basis. But if you’re up for some fall-fruit variety, try swapping in a pear brandy, like California-made St. George Pear Brandy. Beverage manager Angela Ryskiewicz of 6th & La Brea in Los Angeles claims that “I love adding St. George Pear Brandy to fall cocktails. And it is so good in a cider! The brandy uses organic Bartlett pears, and the combination of the crisp pear flavor with apple cider and served warm with a cinnamon stick gives you all the fall feels.”Altos Reposado TequilaTequila? In apple cider? Might sound like a recipe for a truly tragic hangover … but, in actuality, an oak-aged reposado tequila like the one made by Altos brings earthy flavor elements that play nicely with the brightness of apple cider. “In a conversation that’s no doubt dominated by whiskeys and rums, tequila is my go-to [spirit for cider]. Altos Reposado is aged to the upper limit of reposado tequila, so it brings a bit more of that oak and allspice flavor to the table, which goes well with a nice cider. It makes for a great take on a fall margarita,” advises owner/operator Christopher Bidmead of Bar Methods in Brooklyn, New York. Madeira For a wine-based alternative to brandy-spiked cider, try adding Madeira wine to your warm apple beverage. This Portuguese dessert wine offers luxurious, fruit-forward notes and a rich sweetness. To really make the flavor characteristics of the Madeira pop in your cider, try this tip from beverage manager Melissa Reigle of Byblos in Miami Beach, Florida: “If you want something rich and comforting [in your cider], Madeira is the way to go. Splash Lillet Blanc in your Madeira cider for a delightful complexity of flavor.”Amaro AvernaItalian amari, herbal liqueurs known for their digestive properties, are experiencing a popularity resurgence on cocktail lists these days, and beverage director Cody Henson of The Alida Hotel in Savannah, Georgia thinks that the amaro made by the Averna brand is highly conducive to spiked apple cider. “I really like spiking cider with amaro, especially Averna. It’s kind of sweet, but it’s also bitter, [which] balances with the cider. A delicious amaro adds a lot of depth and flavor, but it’s also lower in alcohol, in case you’re not trying to party hard on an autumn evening. Bonus points if you’re mixing an amaro in with some dry, French cider,” Henson tells us. Krogstad AquavitFor a cold-weather apple cocktail that veers away from the spiked-cider norms, try using aquavit, a classic Scandinavian herbal liqueur, as your cider spirit. According to owner/head bartender Sean Ulmstead of Kingfisher in Durham, North Carolina, “Apple cider naturally lends itself to barrel-aged spirits that have vanilla and spice and woodsy notes, such as dark rum, bourbon, and rye whiskey. But if you wanted to try something unusual, I think aquavit could be really nice [in apple cider]. It’s a Nordic spirit distilled with caraway and star anise. That would make for a lighter cocktail that also brings along spices that are familiar to apples. I like Krogstad, which is made in Portland, Oregon.” 8 Best Rums for Piña Coladas 9 Best Tequilas (and 3 Mezcals) for Palomas, According to Bartenderslast_img read more

Capture Photos Of Airplane Flights By The Senrigawa River Osaka

first_imgIn airplane enthusiast circles, some people say that they prefer watching airplanes to actually flying on them.This time, we introduce a place that is perfect for airplane enthusiasts –  a picturesque spot for airplane photos that can be accessed without having to go to the airport. This spot is the riverbed by the Senrigawa River near Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport). Famous with airplane lovers, crowds of enthusiasts descend on this place day after day.This article will introduce what makes airplane watching from the Senrigawa riverbed so appealing.The Ideal Spot To Get Takeoff and Landing PhotosThe fastest way to understand the riverbed’s popularity is to look at this photo.That’s right. From the riverbed, you can witness airplanes passing so close to the ground that the blasts of wind left in their wake knock the hats right off watchers’ heads.From directly below, the entire airplane can’t be captured in just one shot. That’s why we recommend taking pictures from many different angles to avoid taking cut-off photos.Feel The Boom In Your BonesAs the riverbed is so close to the airport, a particular thrill is the chance to physically feel the bursts of sound from the airplanes. At the instant that an airplane’s engines hit full power, the roar will shake the very air around you. You will feel the sound not just with your ears, but with your whole body.The sight of an plane lazily rolling down a runway, then suddenly picking up speed and blasting into the sky, is definitely something you have to witness for yourself.A Mecca For Airplane Fans Of All Ages And GendersThere are men, women and children at the riverbed, taking photos of the takeoofs and landings. All sorts of enthusiasts gather here, with people who can perfectly recall takeoff and landing times, people who are experts about specially designed limited-edition airplanes, and still others who essentially know everything there is to know about planes.If you want to connect with other airplane enthusiasts and exchange information that only fans would know about, this is the place to go.How To Get To The RiverbedNext, let’s check how to get to the riverbed by the Senrigawa River.The closest station is Sone Station, on the Hankyu Railway Takarazuka Line.From Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport), get on the airport monorail and get off at Hotarugaike Station, then transfer to the Hankyu Railway. Sone Station is three stops from Hotarugaike Station. Be aware that express trains do not stop at Sone Station.The riverbed is a kilometer and a half away, so the walk takes about 20 minutes on foot.There are many narrow streets leading away from Sone Station, so there is no single route to the riverbed. If you use your phone to confirm your orientation, it will be very difficult to actually get lost. Any map will display Itami Airport, so if you just aim for the river next to it, you will come to the riverbed.Points To RememberFinally we’d like to mention a few things to remember when you visit the riverbed.1. Go To The Restroom And Buy Food And Drinks BeforehandThere are no convenience stores or restrooms in the immediate area, so if you need to, take care of everything at the convenience store in front of Sone Station.2. Have Something To Protect Yourself From Sunlight Or ColdThere is no shade in the area, so be sure to bring anti-UV protection in the summer and something to warm yourself up in the winter. Also, there are no parking lots in the area, so going by train will be much more convenient.3. Try Not To Impede Other People’s Airplane WatchingSome people at the riverbed aren’t airplane enthusiasts, but are just there to look at the planes. Be considerate of others. Avoid throwing away trash or cigarettes in the area, and don’t block the pathways with tripods.Let’s aim to create a space where everyone can enjoy watching the planes. Have a great and fulfilling time at the riverbed!Recommended articlesOsaka PrefectureOsaka From Above: Umeda Sky Building’s Floating Garden ObservatoryRide the Tempozan Ferris Wheel For a Sky-High View of OsakaHow to Reach the Umeda Sky Building from Osaka StationCheck Out These Unique Snacks! 5 Recommended Osaka SouvenirsInformationThe Riverbed At The Senrigawa RiverAddress: Osaka, Toyonaka City, Haradanaka 2-Chome, Senrigawa RiverClosest station: Sone Station (曽根駅) on the Hankyu RailwayAccess: 20 minutes’ walk from Sone Stationlast_img read more

Handson Fun The Skytree Town® Campus Chiba Institute Of Technology

first_imgSkytree Town® Campus is an attraction facility managed by the Chiba Institute of Technology, located on the eighth floor of the shopping complex Tokyo Skytree Town®. Visitors can enjoy here experiencing cutting-edge technology.The floor is separated into AREA I and AREA II, each area displaying unique technology. Today we’ll be introducing some attractions from each area.AREA I: Japanese Robot TechnologyThe first thing you’ll see upon reaching the eighth floor is AREA I. This area introduces Japanese robot technology to visitors. Step one foot inside the dimly-lit room and you will find various displays and attractions.1. ROBOT EYEIn order for a robot to act like a human, it must first be able to recognize the world as we do.A finder using the technology of the robot eye can be found at the entrance of AREA I. With its precise recognition accuracy and processing capability, the robot eye automatically counts the number of visitors. This is made possible with a sensor that retrieves 3D information about its surroundings.2. RESCUE ROBOTThis rescue robot has been investigating and gathering information in places where humans cannot safely enter since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011.3. ROBOTIC SHADOW There are many interesting things to see within AREA II, but we were most excited by the SOLAR SYSTEM GRAND TOUR.Here visitors can learn facts about the solar system using a 120-inch touchscreen.You could say it’s a digital encyclopedia with a touch screen. We enjoyed a function that let us see how the planets are lined up on a specific date.It might be fun to check out how the planets were lined up on the day you were born. I myself took a commemorative photo.What do you think about this place? We weren’t able to introduce all of the displays and attractions in this article, so we recommend stopping by yourself. You’ll find it won’t hurt your wallet either, as admission is free.Enjoying some cutting-edge technology after visiting the Skytree sounds good, doesn’t it?InformationSkytree Town® Campus, Chiba Institute Of TechnologyAddress: Tokyo, Sumida, Oshiage 1-1-2 Tokyo Skytree Town® Soramachi 8FHours: 10:30-18:00Closed: IrregularMenus/Pamphlets in Other Languages: English PamphletsNearest Station: Oshiage Station, Tokyo Metro Hanzomon, Keisei Oshiage, Toei Asakusa linesAdmission: FreePhone Number: +81-3-6658-5888Website: Skytree Town® Campus, Chiba Institute Of Technology This display called “ROBOTIC SHADOW” (*1) stands out within AREA I. Images on a giant screen react to the visitors’ movements.You will be able to experience sensor technology used to recognize the movements of people. You’ll enjoy watching various items attaching to you on the screen, or flying towards you and falling apart on impact.When we visited, some children were trying to dodge flying objects by jumping or getting down on their stomachs. Maybe we’ll see attractions like these at arcades in the future?*1 This display is available only on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. On weekdays, visitors can enjoy operating robots on the screen with an iPad (“GIGANTIC ROBOT SCREEN”).AREA II: Planetary Exploration Research TechnologyAcross from AREA I is AREA II. Here, a mysterious machine jumps into view.This is the transforming robot Valkyrie VF-25F from the Japanese sci-fi robot anime Macross Frontier. This life-size display will make you feel as if you have entered the anime world itself.This is a visual game where you can kick around planets using images projected onto the walls and floor. This attraction uses AR (augmented reality) technology.The planets you kick around will fly toward other planets, and bump into them or even explode.4. MOON WALKERImages of the moon’s surface taken by Japanese lunar probe “Kaguya” are projected on the walls and floor. You’ll feel as if you’re on the moon when standing on the display.5. SOLAR SYSTEM GRAND TOURlast_img read more