6 fascinating lessons for us from the campaign trail

first_imgI recently read a very interesting article from The New York Times about how social science and behavioral economics was used to get out the vote. The article, “Academic Dream Team Helped Obama’s Effort,” details how experts like Robert Cialdini (whom I covered just this past week), formed a consortium that provided research-based ideas on motivating people to take certain actions (especially voting). Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican or of any party, the advice the academics provided is very useful to all of us involved in the work of social change. We’re all in the business of compelling people to do things. So I wanted to pass on the most interesting tips.1. People favor candidates – and organizations! – that exhibit a combination of competence and warmth. You want to seem smart but also likable.2. When countering rumors (or myths), it’s a bad idea to repeat them. People may register a denial in the short term, but they only tend to remember the rumor or myth in the long term. Don’t deny or counter something – simply assert your competing notion.3. Use people’s sense of identity to influence behavior. In the election, volunteer canvassers said, “Mr. Jones, we know you’ve voted in the past,” to prompt future voting. We can do the same with volunteers or donors: “Mr. Jones, we know you’ve supported us in the past.” People want to stick to their past behaviors, so this can work well.4. Informal commitments help. Getting people to sign a card promising to vote increases likelihood to vote, for example. Pledging is also useful in fundraising!5. Tell people to make a plan. People are more likely to follow through on a promise if they have a plan, however simple. Ask people to specify when they’ll help you.6. Use social norms. When people were told others in their neighborhood planned to vote, it influenced them. Never forget the power of peer pressure – call out your supporters to inspire others to jump on board.For more fascinating tips on how this worked during the campaign, check out the article here.last_img read more

Resource Tool: Human Resources for Health

first_imgPosted on July 17, 2014November 2, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is part of our “Supporting the Human in Human Resources” blog series co-hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force and Jacaranda Health.To enrich the “Supporting the Human in Human Resources” blog series, a round-up of recent literature on the subject is here aggregated as a useful tool for public health practitioners. Let us know how these articles are helpful and about other human resource topics that interest you.Landmark articles:Systematic Review on Human Resources for Health Interventions to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes: Evidence from Developing CountriesHUMAN RESOURCES FOR HEALTH: foundation for Universal Health Coverage and the post-2015 development agendaHuman resources for maternal, newborn and child health: from measurement and planning to performance for improved health outcomesHuman resources for maternal health: multi-purpose or specialists?Recent Publications:Time to address gender discrimination and inequality in the health workforceFactors affecting motivation and retention of primary health care workers in three disparate regions in KenyaTask-shifting and prioritization: a situational analysis examining the role and experiences of community health workers in MalawiHRM and its effect on employee, organizational and financial outcomes in health care organizationsHope and despair: community health assistants’ experiences of working in a rural district in ZambiaReaching Mothers and Babies with Early Postnatal Home Visits: The Implementation Realities of Achieving High Coverage in Large-Scale ProgramsCommunity Health Workers in Low-, Middle-, and High-Income Countries: An Overview of Their History, Recent Evolution, and Current EffectivenessHome visits by community health workers to prevent neonatal deaths in developing countries: a systematic reviewExpansion in the private sector provision of institutional delivery services and horizontal equity: evidence from Nepal and BangladeshPerformance-based incentives to improve health status of mothers and newborns: what does the evidence show?Building capacity to develop an African teaching platform on health workforce development: a collaborative initiative of universities from four sub Saharan countriesRetention of female volunteer community health workers in Dhaka urban slums: a prospective cohort studyShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

3 Steps to Getting Corporate Sponsors for Your Event

first_imgFundraising events take a fair amount of money to produce, and it’s easy to spend more money on the event that it actually raises. There are a number of ways to keep this from happening (like setting a realistic budget and fundraising goal and having a data-backed plan to boost donations), but one of the most efficient ways to ensure your event is a net financial gain is through corporate sponsorships.So, how do you get corporate sponsors to support your event?Step 1: Identify prospects.To start, ask yourself: which companies should be targeted as sponsors? Ideally, you’d like sponsors that fit well with your mission, and whose target markets overlap the demographics of your guests. In other words, the people attending your event would also be likely to support your sponsors.Leverage your board’s personal networks and see if anyone has any connections that might be a good fit. Ask board members if they’d be willing to contact these companies directly, by signing the proposal letter and making a follow-up phone call after it’s been sent.Another method of finding potential sponsors is looking at your competitors. Which companies are sponsoring their events? Who are the competitors of those companies? It helps to check out event pages and websites to find out what kind of publicity your competitors are giving their sponsors.Step 2: Find out what matters to them.If you want to win over a sponsor, you need to speak their language. Formulate your approach with one question in mind: What’s in it for the sponsor?A corporate sponsor is looking for benefits like a new business, more customers, a halo effect with their customer base to encourage brand loyalty or visibility. When you approach prospective sponsors, listen more than you talk, and ask them about their goals and priorities. Then, show how it’s a big benefit to them to be in front of your audience.Chris Baylis at www.sponsorshipcollective.com has five great questions to ask potential sponsor:Who is your target audience?How do you normally engage in sponsorship?What does your target market value?What are your sales goals for the coming year?What would you consider to be the most important elements of a sponsorship proposal?While you’re communicating with various organizations, make sure you’re tracking your interactions. Use your donor management system to create an organization record for every company you approach. If you can’t easily track organizations in your current donor database, talk to us about switching to a system that gives you the option to make a company record.Step 3: Make them a winning offer.With all this background information, you’re ready to formulate a compelling proposal. First things first, your job is to sell the benefit to the sponsor. The cost of that benefit is your sponsorship package. Think of this way:Event Package + Promotional Package + Donation = Sponsorship PackageThat means you should lead with “Here’s what we can do for you – let’s make this win-win happen together,” not “Here’s our sponsorship package – please support us.” You need to demonstrate the value to them.So, how much should you actually charge your sponsors? A lot of it will depend on what you learn from your conversation with them. Also, get to know the market by looking at the competition. What do similar organizations in your region charge?Then, consider your own event. How many people will be attending your event? What kind of exposure can you offer for your sponsors? The answers to all of these questions can help you come up with a fair dollar amount.As you’re working to win over your sponsor, make sure you’re clear on what their role will be. It’s critical to establish clear parameters that are ethical and appropriate from the start.Once your sponsors have agreed to support you, follow-up with a contract – and create a plan to make you both successful. Involve the sponsor in planning and promotion so they feel like an integral part of your event – and so your event feels like part of their overall outreach strategy. The deeper the thought you put into the partnership, the deeper the partnership will be.Not only are corporate sponsors great partners for funding your event, but they lend your event more reach and recognition within your network. Knowing that a well-reputed business supports your cause gives your organization legitimacy in the eyes of a potential attendee or donor. Take advantage of this strategy for the long-term with your organization. Your sponsor’s for-profit savvy and business sense can be a powerful tool beyond your upcoming event.last_img read more

4 Fundraising Ideas to Develop Your Fundraising Plan

first_img“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ― Antoine de Saint-ExupéryEmbarking on a new year—whether it’s a calendar or fiscal year (or both!)—is always an opportunity for a fresh start.  After all, that’s why resolutions are written at the start of a new year.  New year. New goals.  It’s the same with writing a development plan for your nonprofit, which you can think of as a business plan for fundraising. It helps you develop the discipline of looking at what you’ve done well and where you need to improve, setting your sights for the year ahead, and mapping out what you will do to reach your goals. Simply put, it translates your wishes to goals.Let’s pause for a moment to think about the 30,000-foot view. Fundraising is not just about raising money. The core of our work as fundraisers is as relationship architects between our organizations and the donors who currently or, we hope will eventually, support us. Our goal is to create two-way conversations that are not transactional or circular exchanges of asking and receiving money. We know this isn’t sustainable in the long-term. A development plan is more than just a set of lists, calendars, and activities.  It’s a strategic compilation of all the ways you can connect and communicate with your donors which, if done effectively, leads to increased revenue. It’s a competitive market out there. There are 1.8 million nonprofits in the US with about 75,000 new ones registering with the IRS each year. If you feel like the room is getting crowded, so do our donors. What makes the difference to them is if they feel valued by you and connected to your organization. If not, they’ll go somewhere else to give.So, your development plan should focus on four key areas:1. Balancing your portfolio:If your funding generally comes from one source more than others, it’s time to think about how to rebalance things. This might mean looking at how to welcome more individual donors instead of relying primarily on foundations and/or corporations. It could also mean thinking about others ways to build donor relationships besides the one major gala or one major direct mail appeal you do each year. Putting all your eggs in the proverbial basket is not sustainable.2. Setting the stage for major gifts:Every organization no matter how small can, and should, be raising major gifts. A successful major gifts program does not focus on high net-worth individuals with no connection to your organization. In fact, you probably already know who your major (current and potential) donors are. Your next major gift will likely come from one of these donors who has the capacity and who has been supporting you for a long time (and not at particularly high levels) and may also have been involved as a volunteer. Carving out a little time for more personal interactions with these donors will help you qualify those who can make larger gifts down the road.3. Creating greater donor engagement:It’s easy to become complacent and think that just because donors have chosen to invest in our cause, they will unconditionally support us and that when we ask again they will give. Nonprofits on average lose more than 60% of their donors each year because they haven’t figured out the right way to connect with their donors. Good donor engagement involves a regular calendar of touchpoints, updates, and communications that highlights stories of successes, progress, results, and even failures and challenges. Donors want to see, feel, and touch the impact their gifts are having. They want a donor relationship and an exceptional donor experience. You are most likely already doing it without defining these activities in that way: annual reports, newsletters, special webinars hosted by your key program leadership, holiday and birthday cards are all examples of ways to leverage communications to enhance your relationships with your donors.4. Laying the foundation for tomorrow:Without question, your limited bandwidth should be focused on donor retention because once you lose the donors who already opted to give to you, it’s hard to get them back. That said, it is still important to plant the seeds for the next pipeline of donors to your organization. The best potential new donor names are people who self-identify in some way or who are connected in some way to you. Perhaps it’s through a sign-up on your website, following you on social media, attendance at an event, or a visitor book if prospective donors can visit your facilities. This is also a way board members and other volunteers can play a key role in introducing your organization to their networks.  Every follower, volunteer, and the new name that crosses your doorway should be considered a potential investor in your work. Welcome them.For more thoughts on how to propel your nonprofit forward, download our free Fundraising Plan eGuide or hire Network for Good personal fundraising coach to Building Stronger Donor Engagement and Raising More Money, as we explore this topic in greater detail.last_img read more

Sarri ‘very happy’ with Juventus win – Martusciello

first_imgJuventus assistant Giovanni Martusciello said Maurizio Sarri was “very happy” with Saturday’s win over Parma after speaking to the absent head coach before, during and after the Serie A opener. Sarri was not in the dugout as eight-time reigning Serie A champions Juventus kicked off their title defence with a 1-0 victory at Parma thanks to Giorgio Chiellini. Martusciello took charge of the match as Sarri recovers from pneumonia – the former Chelsea boss also set to miss the clash against Napoli.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? After the match, Martusciello told reporters: “We spoke to Sarri many times in the morning. “Clearly for him it’s quite difficult to stay away from the team and therefore he wanted to know whatever was happening, the conditions of the lads, how they were living the beginning of the league. “And we also spoke to him before the game, during the break and at the end of the game. He was very happy for the result, but a bit angry as well because he is a perfectionist. “When something doesn’t go in the direction he wants, clearly he gets a bit angry. He was happy of what the lads did in the first half and above all he was super happy of how the team dealt with the moment of suffering in the game. “I mean that when Parma played more aggressively, and we were struggling physically, the team resisted among the difficulties and that’s not a trait of many teams.” Gonzalo Higuain started for Juve against Parma, with reported Paris Saint-Germain target Paulo Dybala named on the bench. Higuain – whose Juve future looked bleak following unsuccessful loan spells at AC Milan and Chelsea in 2018-19 – played 83 minutes, while Dybala was an unused substitute. “Let’s say that we made a clear consideration: to avoid putting players – in this context, first game against a very well organised team like Parma – to put players where they were used to playing, in their usual roles,” Martusciello said. “The choice about Higuain and Dybala goes in that direction. “He’s a player that is born as a central striker, and so we went in that direction. That doesn’t mean that in the future Dybala won’t be the central striker. Here we have to deal with many top players, we have to make choices and those choices are part of the coach’s job and we have to put 11 on the pitch. But today’s choice was only inspired by a ‘solidity of habits’.”last_img read more

‘Only in football do 50,000 people call the referee a f*cking w*nker’

first_imgBournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic revealed that he refuses to take his children to football games because of the vicious insults that are commonplace on match days. Begovic, 32, has spent the best part of the last decade in English football. Having made his name at Stoke City, the Bosnia international played understudy to Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea for two seasons before moving to Bournemouth in a bid for regular first-team football.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? But while he makes his living in the game, he admits that he finds it hard to enjoy football as a spectator. “At most sporting events, 50,000 people aren’t calling the referee a f*cking w*nker,” Begovic explained to The Athletic.“It’s such a unique thing [to football]. I watch all other sports and yeah, there’s plenty of heckling. In football, there are thousands of people coming together to call one person a name.“I find football atmospheres vile. I don’t take my kids to games. I don’t go to games myself unless I have a friend to watch or support but even then, I don’t sit with fans.“I have two kids. The language that people use, the abuse that people give; they went to one match and my daughter was asking questions like, ‘Daddy, why is this guy calling you names?’. They hear it when they get to an age, and I thought, ‘No. I’m not doing this anymore.”Another incident that shocked the goalkeeper was the attempted car-jacking suffered by friend and international team-mate, Arsenal defender Sead Kolosinac.Kolosinac and Mesut Ozil were accosted by armed aggressors in north London in July, but escaped injury.“It was shocking,” Begovic said of the assault. “You can’t even go in the street anymore. You drive your car and you’re looking behind your back. “I’ve spoken to Sead. They had to contact the police and security. They’ve had to have 24/7 surveillance. You shouldn’t have to do that.“I don’t know what the cure is (for abuse in general). It’s like one of those questions: ‘How do we cure cancer?’. I don’t know. Can we just change the culture in games, can we not abuse the referee?” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

‘Pogba could use Madrid and Zidane’

first_imgMathias Pogba has declared that Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba could use Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane amid continued links to the La Liga giants.Paul Pogba reportedly remains a target for Madrid, who are keen to bring the United star to the Santiago Bernabeu before the European transfer window shuts on September 2.United are believed to want close to the world-record €222 million fee Paris Saint-Germain paid Barcelona for Neymar in 2017. 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 Mathias Pogba – Paul’s older brother who plays in the fourth tier of Spanish football – was asked about the French World Cup winner’s future. “I don’t know, I’m not inside the Bernabeu. In football you never know,” Mathias Pogba told AS. “He is very well, as always. No one expects me to say something bad about United. He is a professional and his present is there. “The future? It depends on the clubs: that Manchester wants to sell and that Madrid wants to buy. This is business.”Everyone knows that my brother could use Real Madrid and Zidane. Those who have to talk are Madrid and Manchester United.”I don’t know what to say…Zidane has always spoken well of my brother, it’s an honour.”  Paul Pogba, who arrived from Juventus in 2016, has tallied two assists in three matches for United this season.The 26-year-old set up two goals in United’s 4-0 rout of Chelsea in their Premier League opener, while he missed a penalty in a 1-1 draw at Wolves on August 19.United were then stunned 2-1 by Crystal Palace last weekend to be left with four points from three matches to start the season.In the aftermath of those poor results for the Red Devils, Pogba was subject to racial abuse and the World Cup winner recently took to social media to hit back . “My ancestors and my parents suffered for my generation to be free today, to work, to take the bus, to play football,” Pogba wrote on Twitter. “Racist insults are ignorance and can only make me stronger and motivate me to fight for the next generation.”last_img read more

‘Man Utd appeal obvious to Maddison & Co’

first_imgBrendan Rodgers has acknowledged the appeal of Manchester United and Liverpool, with James Maddison the latest Leicester player to be linked with a big-money transfer.Speculation over the summer suggested that the 22-year-old playmaker was attracting interest from afar.Maddison was billed as a useful addition for Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp looks to land another No.10, while those at Old Trafford are said to be readying an approach. 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 Leicester boss Rodgers concedes there is little he can do to curb the rumours or to prevent admiring glances from turning the heads of those on the books at the King Power Stadium.Having already lost England international defender Harry Maguire to United in a record-breaking £80 million ($100m) deal, the Foxes manager said: “I don’t worry. It’s natural in the game, it’s going to happen.“If you’re at one of the so-called top clubs, you’ll always look elsewhere for the best players, and when you’re a club like Leicester you’ll always be in danger of losing your top players. That’s football.“All we can do is create an environment here for them to develop and improve and then if something happens in the future that’s out of your control, then that’s the way it works.“I tend not to worry so much, I just focus on making them the best they can be and if they then move on, that’s how it works.“But when they’re here, they give their best, give everything to the supporters and the club, and we’ll see where it takes us.”Rodgers, who spent three years as Liverpool boss between 2012 and 2015, added on the lure of potential moves to Anfield or Old Trafford: “I’ve been fortunate that I’ve been at Liverpool where I understand the draw of that type of club.“Liverpool and Manchester United are two of the biggest clubs by far. There’s other great clubs, there’s big clubs, but those two, in terms of worldwide status, are above the other clubs. There are other great clubs that are trying to catch them up but those two, in my experience, are a level above.“So whenever a player gets an opportunity to go to a club like that, to experience that type of pressure, that expectation – and of course there’ll be a financial side to it as well, let’s be real – that as a package in a short career is maybe something that is too hard to turn down.“I understand it, I get it. What we’re building here is exciting in how we’re trying to progress and with the new training ground and everything else, however, for lots of players, that draw is still there and I understand it.”Maddison has continued to impress for Leicester this season, contributing one goal and two assists across six appearances, and was able to force his way back into the senior England squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.last_img read more

UEFA announce Champions League hosts, Europa Conference League

first_imgUEFA has announced the next three Champions League final venues, confirmed the name of a new European club competition – the Europa Conference League – and announced changes to the Nations League.Saint Petersburg’s Gazprom Arena, Munich’s Allianz Arena and London’s Wembley will be the Champions League final venues from 2021 to 2023.The governing body confirmed the allocation of the locations following a meeting in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana on Tuesday. 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 Changes to the UEFA #NationsLeague format were agreed today at a meeting of the #UEFAExCo in Ljubljana, Slovenia.The changes increase the number of competitive matches and reduce the number of international friendlies.More info   https://t.co/iDnZ9Hqs7W pic.twitter.com/YKmNlzl0LD — UEFA (@UEFA) September 24, 2019 The 2021 showpiece will be at Zenit’s 68,000-capacity Gazprom Arena, making it the second time Russia has hosted a Champions League final following the 2008 clash between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Germany will stage the 2022 climax at Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena, which holds 75,000 spectators, having hosted the final when Chelsea beat the Bavarian giants on penalties in 2012.Wembley is the location picked for the 2023 Champions League edition – the eighth time the venue will have staged European club football’s showpiece contest.Confirmed: London’s Wembley Stadium will be the host for the 2023 UEFA @ChampionsLeague final. #UEFAExCo #UCL pic.twitter.com/1EnFy4sEwF— UEFA (@UEFA) September 24, 2019The old Wembley hosted the finals of the European Cup in 1963, 1968, 1971, 1978 and 1992, before England’s national stadium was rebuilt and staged the Champions League’s conclusion in 2011 and 2013.UEFA also announced the 2021 Europa League final will be held in Spain and hosted at Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.The Europa Conference League will start in 2021, with matches played on Thursdays and kick-off times at 18:45 CET and 21:00 CET.The new early kick-off time is also set to be in place for some Champions League matches on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2021, replacing the current 18:55 CET kick-off.Meanwhile, from the 2020-21 season, the new Nations League structure will see 16 teams in Leagues A, B and C and seven teams in League D.Those Leagues will be decided by countries’ overall ranking after the 2018-19 competition, which was won by Portugal, with the draw taking place in Amsterdam on March 3, 2020.The format for the Nations League Finals, which sees the four group winners from League A meet in a knockout competition, will remain the same.last_img read more

Barca made several offers for Lindelof in the summer – agent

first_imgVictor Lindelof’s agent says Barcelona tried to sign the defender from Manchester United after Matthijs de Ligt rejected them to join Juventus.The Catalan side were one of the leading contenders to sign De Ligt from Ajax before he made a €75 million (£68m/$84m) move to Italy in July.Barca were soon linked with Swedish centre-back Lindelof before the transfer window closed, but he ended up signing an extension earlier this month. 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 And the 25-year-old’s representative, Hasan Cetinkaya, says Barca made several attempts to convince United to sell, but the club refused to let one of their top players leave.”Lindelof was perhaps Man Utd’s best player last season, and there was a lot of interest from clubs that are even better [than United] at the moment,” he told Aftonbladet.”When Matthijs de Ligt chose Juventus, Victor was pronounced Barcelona’s first choice.”His way of playing, his DNA, is very close to Barcelona’s way of playing. He is one of the world’s best centre-backs with the ball at his feet, and Barcelona wanted him. That’s how it was. I can talk about that now.”They contacted Ed Woodward on numerous occasions with concrete offers. I had a meeting with their transfer manager, Matt Judge, to try to make a transition. But they just said: ‘There is no chance. Victor is one of our best players’.”It ended up being a new agreement instead, even though Victor actually had three years left. Usually, they do not make extensions with players who have so long left on the contract, but when there was an interest at this level they had no other option.”Cetinkaya says Lindelof has come a long way since the day they met in a Lisbon restaurant while the Sweden international was still in the Benfica youth system.”The day he signed the new contract was one of the finest moments I’ve had,” he said. “I’ve been with him from the day he was an academy player in Benfica, and I met him and Maja (Nilsson, Lindelof’s wife) at a very sunny little restaurant in Lisbon. “Back then he was a kid with a little potty salary that he barely managed, and Maja was a girl who had left her job and all her childhood friends just because she believed in love. Two young people with big dreams, but with the same uncertainty. “Victor wanted to become a world-class player, but worked with an agent who wanted to take him home to Allsvenskan. There was a clear agreement between Malmo and Benfica – only missing the player’s signature – but then I came in after flying five hours from Istanbul and declared that he would ditch both the agreement and his agent. “Within a few years, I guaranteed that he would play at world-class level – and everything has gone to plan. It is a completely indescribable journey. Now the future is secure for both him and his family. Now Ulrica Lindelof (player’s mother) can sit back and see what she made possible when she fought with four children as a single mother.”last_img read more

Travel with Moreca Leather Goods

first_img 7 of the Best Drink References in Music What’s So Great About the Icelandic Hot Dog? Let us introduce you to Moreca Leather Goods, a high-end company based in Ukraine that makes everything from satchels to lunch bags. The Ukrainian brand designs and sells products that combine a sleek, high-end aesthetic and an old-world handcrafted sensibility.Their products are simple and dominated by clean lines. The Bifold Noir, for instance, has a compartment for your cash, two credit card slots—that fit up to eight cards for all you high rollers—and two brass buttons to secure the wallet shut. But Moreca’s goods riff on the tradition of clean and simple design by adding unexpected twists. The Noir is asymmetrical, creating a cliffside effect when closed and a mountain silhouette when open. The teeter-totter effect of the criss-crossing card slot lines makes the wallet feel playful, taking what could be a run-of-the-mill product and making it visually appealing. All of Moreca’s products, in fact, are like geometric poetry.The premium black chrome tanned leather will only get better with age—developing a deep patina over time, making it the perfect gift for your future grandson. The high level of quality and craftsmanship spans their entire collection.Moreca also offers laptop pouches to protect your tech, fly pouches (which are perfect for travel—you’ll never again have to worry about losing your passport) and an everyday-use pouch, which could be the answer to organizing your messy attaché. The company, founded in 2009 and based in Kiev, is spearheaded by two brothers: Anton and Oleg Duma. Born to a family of aviators, no wonder the designs these brothers come up with seem like travel essentials.Another product that caught our eye? The lunch bag. A simple fold-over bag made from rich black leather. Now you can brown bag it every day in style.Check out the full collection here. Or, to see their couture line, check out Moreca Atelier. Gamay Noir Wine Is a Cult Classic That’s Here to Stay Editors’ Recommendations Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About A Quick and Easy Guide to Popular German Wine Varietalslast_img read more

Firmino on target as Brazil held by Senegal

first_imgBrazil were unable to mark Neymar’s 100th cap with a win as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Senegal in humid conditions in Singapore on Thursday.Neymar has scored four goals in his past five matches for Paris Saint-Germain but was unable to continue that form with the Selecao, failing to convert any of the chances that came his way.Brazil moved ahead early at the National Stadium through Roberto Firmino’s cool finish, but Sadio Mane won a penalty that Famara Diedhiou dispatched before the break. 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 Tite’s team struggled to work clear openings in the second half and are now winless in three games – their worst run since 2013.Brazil took a ninth-minute lead when Gabriel Jesus skipped inside of Racine Coly and slid a throughball into the box that Firmino dinked beyond Alfred Gomis.A loose touch from Dani Alves’ no-look pass enabled Salif Sane to deny Philippe Coutinho a shot at goal, while Mane sent a powerful drive straight at Ederson in Senegal’s first real opening.Mane remained lively and his driving run into the box off the right drew a foul from Marquinhos. Diedhiou slammed the resulting penalty into the bottom-left corner in first-half stoppage time.Brazil’s newest centurion Neymar was unable to finish off a pass from Firmino before half-time and Jesus felt he deserved a penalty when Gomis sent him to ground after he got a shot away in the 53rd minute.Momentos que ficam gravados para sempre na memória!@neymarjr vai completar 100 jogos com a Amarelinha amanhã. Parabéns, craque!Fotos: @lucasfigfoto / CBF pic.twitter.com/JtkT9Qu4nu— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) October 9, 2019Jesus was disappointed Kalidou Koulibaly was only cautioned for tugging him back as the last man, with Neymar sending the free-kick narrowly over.Tite brought on Everton and Richarlison in a bid to revitalise Brazil’s attack, while midfielder Matheus Henrique replaced Arthur for his senior debut.Much of the second-half in the energy-sapping conditions was played at a sluggish pace, but Mane went close to an 85th-minute winner when his 20-yard drive crashed against the post.Neymar had a shot deflected over – though no corner was given – and Richarlison fired wide as Brazil came up short with belated attempts to avoid a draw.What does it mean? Strife for TiteHaving come from behind to draw 2-2 with Colombia and lost 1-0 to Peru during the previous international break, Brazil’s failure to defeat Senegal will no doubt lead to an increase in the pressure on Tite.The Selecao are without a win since winning the Copa America in July and the coach will be desperate to turn things around as soon as possible.Mane impressesWhile his Liverpool team-mate Firmino opened the scoring, it was Mane who left a greater mark on the game. The Senegal attacker was a consistent threat either side of winning the penalty that got his team back on terms.Coly exposedAfter being beaten so easily by Jesus ahead of the opener, Coly struggled to get back on track. He was guilty of leaving spaces at the back and gave possession away five times.What’s next?Brazil will remain in Singapore and take on Nigeria on Sunday, while Senegal are in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying action next month. read morelast_img read more

Community notebook: Two locals picked for USA Gymnastics talent search

first_img Ansboury receives pickleball instructor certificationClub Green Meadows director of tennis Nancy Ansboury can now add certified pickleball instructor to her resume.Ansboury recently completed the requirements to earn Professional Pickleball Registry’s Certification to teach pickleball.Ansboury’s daughter Sarah has designed the PPR’s curriculum and certification. Sarah Ansboury is a five-time USAPA National Champion, two-time U.S. Open Pickleball Champion.Sarah Ansboury is serving as PPR’s educational consultant and lead clinician for pickleball related activities. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Share: Follow Published: October 1, 2018, 10:33pm This weekend, Hadley Palmerton and Athena Lee have a shot to break into the big time.The Clark County gymnasts are among 105 10 year olds nationwide selected to the USA Gymnastics Talent Opportunity Program (TOPs), which aims to identify gymnasts with potential to develop into elite national-level competitors.Palmerton and Lee will compete Friday and Saturday in Indianapolis at the National TOPs Testing event.Of about 300 gymnasts ages 8-10 in Indianapolis, roughly one third will be selected to train with USA Gymnastics coaches in December. Follow The Columbian on Instagram Local gymnasts Athena Lee, left, and Hadley Palmerton were selected to compete in Indianapolis this month in the USA Gymnastics Talent Opportunity Program, which seeks to identify youths with the potential to become elite gymnasts. (Photo courtesy of Rebekah Ward-Palmerton) center_img GO By Columbian staff Palmerton trains at Northpointe Gymnastics in Vancouver while Lee trains at VEGA in Camas. Yet their coaches, Mark Lee at Northpointe and Shannon Michael at VEGA, often have the two practice together because of their close friendship.“In a sport that tends to foster competition over camaraderie, these two have remained best of friends,” said Rebekah Ward-Palmerton, Hadley’s mother. “They are one of each other’s biggest supporters, constantly encouraging each other during training as well as competitions.”Ward-Palmerton estimates the two gymnasts have spent up to 30 hours a week training for this weekend’s competition.To be selected for the national event, Palmerton and Lee were evaluated at state and regional meets, where they performed specific skill routines. Community notebook: Two locals picked for USA Gymnastics talent search Share: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

Girls basketball: Hockinson 67, Mountain View 37

first_img Hockinson HawksMountain View Thunder @360TMart Share: Jasmine Shigeno scored 17 points, Emma Dietel added 16 and the Hawks used a smothering defense to beat Mountain View 67-37 in both teams’ season opener.Behind its full-court press, Hockinson had 29 steals and allowed just 11 points in the first half.“I loved our energy,” Hawks coach Damon Roche said. “We had a little lull, but besides that the girls were fired up and stayed after it.”Leading 24-11 at halftime, the Hawks pulled away with 26 points in the third quarter. By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor Published: November 28, 2018, 11:03pm Share: (360) 735-4538 Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Tim Martinez Columbian Assistant Sports Editor GO By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Shigeno had five of her team’s eight 3-pointers. Lauren DeLargy led Mountain View with 10 points.HOCKINSON 67,MOUNTAIN VIEW 37MOUNTAIN VIEW (0-1) — Taylor Thao 1, Jocelyn Simpson 1, Dejah Wilson 5, Paytin Ballard 7, McKenna Stephens 0, Arielle Pinzone 1, Lauren DeLargy 10, Lauren Coop 6, Gillian Murphy 1, Jenna Carlson 5. Totals 11 (2) 13-29 37.HOCKINSON (1-0) — Brooklyn Byers 0, Emma Dietel 16, Mackie Kelly 10, Bailey Garner 2, Gracie Brammer 6, Adyson Dyer 2, Jasmine Shigeno 17, Meggie Kistler 9, Addie Chappelle 5, Lillie Mueller 0. Totals 26 (8) 7-9 67.Mtn.View 3 8 15 11— 37Hockinson 15 9 26 17—67 Girls basketball: Hockinson 67, Mountain View 37 Tags tim.martinez@columbian.comlast_img read more

Bowling Preview: Evergreen looks to reload for another roll at 3A state title

first_img Follow Evergreen Plainsmen This story is part of the Columbian’s High School Winter Sports 2018-19 special preview section, published on Dec. 16. Photo Share: Bowling Preview: Evergreen looks to reload for another roll at 3A state title At a recent match, Andersen bowled a strike, leading the senior to yell “Strike it! Strike it! Strike it!” to which her teammates respond: “That’s the way we like it.”However, on this occasion, Andersen didn’t like the volume of her teammates response. So she stopped and repeated herself.The second response was louder, earning an approving nod from Andersen.“We’ve got a lot of younger bowlers on our team who see Kerissa out there bowling 200s,” Evergreen coach Robin Bailey said. “And then they say ‘Hey, I want to be able to do that.’ ”Andersen won the 3A state individual title as sophomore. Last year, she placed seventh overall. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Published: December 27, 2018, 3:13pm Share: Follow The Columbian on Instagram Even with the new bowlers in the lineup, Evergreen remains one of the top 3A teams in a league deep with talent.Evergreen opened the non-league portion of its schedule 9-0. But Hudson’s Bay went 10-0, Fort Vancouver was 9-1 and Prairie was 7-1.“The 3A teams down here are really good,” Bailey said. “We’ll have to be ready for them.”Andersen feels that before the postseason arrives, Evergreen will once again be challenging for a district title.center_img But showing the depth of last year’s Evergreen team, she was the third-highest scoring bowler on her own team as Evergreen placed four bowlers in the top 8.O’Neil was Evergreen’s top bowler at state last year, placing fifth overall.“Last year, our 6-7-8 bowlers went with us to state,” Bailey said. “They just didn’t get a chance to bowl. But they’ve been looking around at other teams and seeing that they were good enough to bowl varsity on a lot of different teams in the area. This year, they’re getting their chance.”Teryn Stein and Karina Johnsen are two bowlers who are getting to show what they can do on varsity this season. They are joined by freshman Kailee Wilcox.“Teryn and Karina are two kids who spent the summer working on their game to get ready for varsity,” Bailey said. “And Kailee was a nice surprise. I had no idea we were getting another experienced bowler before she showed up at the start of the season.” “We’ve got a few weeks to get ready for district,” she said. “But I feel like by then, we are going to be really good again.”Bowlers to WatchKerissa Andersen, Evergreen: The 2016 3A state individual champion who placed seventh last season is averaging a county-best 184 with a high game of 242.Kailie Wilcox, Evergreen: Freshman helps Plainsmen reload, averaging 178 with a season-best 217.Halie Martin, Hudson’s Bay: After placing fourth at 3A state last season, Martin is averaging 179 with a high game of 236 and five 200-plus games this season.Anna Gatlin, Prairie: Gatlin has averaged 174 with a high game of 232.Morgan Bonebrake, Battle Ground: Bonebrake averages 167 with a high game of 191.Athena Mantalas, Skyview: Mantalas, who placed third at 4A district last year, is averaging 167 with a season best of 232. Buy this Photo Evergreen senior Kerissa Andersen, a state champion in 2016, is one of the top bowlers in Clark County. Files/The Columbian Plainsmen power is recharging.The Evergreen girls bowling team has enjoyed an incredible run of success over the past three seasons.It has included back-to-back Class 3A team state titles in 2017 and 2018, plus a runner-up finish at state as a 4A program in 2016.But Evergreen returns only two players who bowled in the state tournament last year.And whereas last season Evergreen would have a different top bowler in just about every match, this year the Plainsmen look to return state performers Kerissa Andersen and Dakota O’Neil.“It’s definitely been different this year,” Andersen said. “I think a lot of the girls are looking to me to provide leadership and energy. I’m an emotional player, so I don’t mind keeping the team fired up.” GO The Columbian Tags Kaylee Combs, Heritage: Combs placed fourth at 4A district last year and is averaging 166 with a season best fo 192.Jocelyn Sotelo, Skyview: Sotelo averages 163 with a season best of 225.Elissa St. Julian, Prairie: St. Julian averages 163 with a season best of 222.Teryn Turner, Battle Ground: Turner, who placed sixth at 4A district, averages 163 with a high of 204. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

Oregon extends March run with 72-54 win over Wisconsin

first_imgOregon extends March run with 72-54 win over Wisconsin Ducks to face UC Irvine in second round By JOSH DUBOW, Associated Press Subscribe Today GO SAN JOSE, Calif. — Oregon was stumbling toward the end of a disappointing season until a strong turnaround led the Ducks to the Pac-12 title and an NCAA Tournament bid.Oregon is not looking to slow down any time soon.Payton Pritchard scored 19 points, Kenny Wooten protected the rim with four blocks and 12th-seeded Oregon extended its surprising March run by beating No. 5 seed Wisconsin 72-54 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.“It showed everybody today, it wasn’t a fluke,” Pritchard said. “We’re here to play. We’re here to win it.”The Ducks (24-12) won four games in four days last week just to make the NCAAs then followed it with an impressive victory over a higher-seeded opponent. Oregon advanced to play No. 13 seed UC Irvine (31-5) on Sunday in the second round of the South Region. WISCONSIN (23-11) — Happ 5-10 2-4 12, Reuvers 3-10 1-2 9, Iverson 5-8 1-1 12, Trice 3-12 0-0 8, Davison 0-8 4-4 4, Thomas 1-1 0-0 2, Ford 1-3 0-0 2, McGrory 1-1 0-0 3, Pritzl 0-3 0-0 0, K.King 1-4 0-2 2. Totals 20-60 8-13 54.Halftime—25-25. 3-Point Goals—Oregon 7-15 (L.King 3-3, White 2-4, Pritchard 2-6, Amin 0-1, Bailey 0-1), Wisconsin 6-30 (Reuvers 2-4, Trice 2-10, Iverson 1-1, McGrory 1-1, Ford 0-2, K.King 0-2, Pritzl 0-3, Davison 0-7). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Oregon 31 (Wooten 6), Wisconsin 32 (Happ 8). Assists—Oregon 12 (Pritchard 8), Wisconsin 9 (Trice 5). Total Fouls—Oregon 14, Wisconsin 15. A—14,331 (18,549). Wisconsin: Happ returned for his senior season in part to get the Badgers back to the tournament after their 19-year streak ended with a losing record last year. He delivered all season, averaging 17.5 points, 10.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game to help Wisconsin finish fourth in the Big Ten. But he ended his career on a down note. He was held to 12 points, eight rebounds, zero assists and five turnovers.“There were extra bodies around me all the time,” he said. “So they were trying to force me to take it out and have other guys make plays.”SECOND HALF SURGEThe Ducks shot 70.8 percent from the floor in the second half and made five of their six tries from 3-point range. On the defensive end, they held Wisconsin to 30.6 percent shooting and just 4 of 19 from 3-point range.UP NEXTOregon advances to play the Anteaters for a spot in the Sweet Sixteen.OREGON 72, WISCONSIN 54OREGON (24-12) — White 5-7 2-2 14, Okoro 2-2 0-0 4, Wooten 4-5 1-2 9, L.King 6-10 2-2 17, Pritchard 8-18 1-1 19, Norris 0-0 0-0 0, Richardson 2-2 3-4 7, Amin 0-4 0-0 0, Bailey 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 28-51 9-11 72. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. 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. Oregon guard Payton Pritchard (3) drives between Wisconsin guard D’Mitrik Trice, left, and forward Ethan Happ (22) during the first half of a first-round game in the NCAA men’Äôs college basketball tournament Friday, March 22, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Photo Gallery 2 Photos The Badgers tried to cut into that deficit but King made a 3-pointer and two free throws to build the lead to 10 points with less than five minutes to play. Wooten then put the exclamation point on the victory with two blocks on one trip before Pritchard’s layup made it 59-47 and the rout was on.Wisconsin coach Greg Gard lamented a poor seven-minute stretch for the Badgers but was proud of his squad for making the tournament a year after the Badgers missed the field.“It doesn’t tarnish. It stings for a while, but it doesn’t tarnish what this group accomplished to get to this point,” Gard said.BIG PICTUREOregon: The Ducks were expected to be here after being ranked 14th in the preseason and picked first in the Pac-12. But a season-ending injury to star freshman Bol Bol early in the season helped derail the season. The Ducks lost at home to Texas Southern, had an epic collapse against UCLA and then lost three straight in February before this current run. Louis King added 17 points, Paul White scored all 14 points of his points in the second half and Wooten had nine points, six rebounds and the tone-setting blocks to give the Ducks their ninth straight win.“To see them come like this and have so much fun, that’s why we coach, just to see guys get together and have fun and play their tails off,” coach Dana Altman said. “That’s what they’re doing right now.”Ethan Happ and Khalil Iverson each scored 14 points to lead the Badgers (23-11).The game was tied early in the second half when the Ducks used their athleticism to take over. Wooten scored on back-to-back dunks and White followed with a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to make it 42-35.White then blocked a shot by Happ on one end and converted on an impressive alley-oop slap from Pritchard on the other to make it 46-37 with 12:31 to play. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Share: Share: Published: March 22, 2019, 4:48pm last_img read more

Non-league football: Hockinson 48, Toppenish 7

first_img Share: Hockinson Hawks Published: September 6, 2019, 11:58pm Non-league football: Hockinson 48, Toppenish 7 Hockinson’s offense was slow in the first quarter but full speed the rest of the game..Senior quarterback Levi Crum threw for 243 yards and four touchdowns. Peyton Brammer caught touchdown passes of 49 and 20 yards, part of his 135 yards on five catches.Daniel Thompson added a 45-yard touchdown catch.Toppenish was able to control and suppress Hockinson’s offense in the first quarter, getting two interceptions and not allowing a score.HOCKINSON 48, YELM 7Toppenish 7 0 0 0–7Hockinson 0 21 13 14–48First quarterT — Manuel Felan 32 pass from Isaac Perez (Anthony Ozuna kick)Second quarterH — Cody Wheeler 4 run (Troy Visnius kick)H — Peyton Brammer 20 pass from Levi Crum (Visnius kick)H — Crum 3 run (Visnius kick)Third quarterH — Daniel Thompson 45 pass from Crum (Visnius kick)H — Makaio Juarez 24 pass from Crum (kick failed)Fourth quarterH — Brammer 49 pass from Crum (Visnius kick)H — Andrew Domingos 3 run (John Charles kick)Individual StatisticsRUSHING — Toppenish: Isaias Ramirez 13-66, Jesus Jimenez 10-23, Isaac Perez 12-47, Erik Rodriguez 1-(-20), Anthony Ozuna 3-3. Hockinson: Daniel Thompson 5-40, Levi Crum 5-35, Cody Wheeler 3-24, Makaio Juarez 2-15, Andrew Domingos 3-8, Liam Mallory 3-8, Adam Nute 1-5, Hale Prior 1-11. PASSING — Toppenish: Isaac Perez 14-22-1-179. Hockinson: Levi Crum 12-18-2-243, Liam Mallory 0-1-0-0.RECEIVING — Toppenish: Manuel Felan 7-110, Matt Ramirez 5-53, Jason Grant 2-16 Hockinson: Peyton Brammer 5-135, Makaio Juarez 3-38, Jeremiah Faulstick 1-12, Daniel Thompson 1-45, Liam Mallory 1-8, Cody Wheeler 1-5 GOcenter_img Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Tags By Anthony Heaton, for The Columbian Share: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

2018 Crystal Conference & Awards Highlights the Value of Travel Agents

first_imgFebruary 14th, 2018 – The unknown often keeps travelers from venturing out into the world. With the right knowledge, skills and connections, a travel agent can bridge this gap, and curate experiences that their clients might not have ever imagined. That is the Value of You — the travel agent — and our theme for the 2018 Crystal Conference and Awards, held January 27th – February 1st. As we set sail from Fort Lauderdale, agents had the opportunity to snap their photo with Vicki Freed, Royal Caribbean’s International Senior Vice President of Sales, Trade Support and Service, and Rick Zimmerman, KHM Travel Group’s President. During our welcome reception, our Director of Agent Development and Engagement Marie Smith set the stage for the event. She introduced the Value of You theme, the KHM Travel team members and suppliers on board, and what to expect during the week ahead. The supplier sessions and trade show the following day gave agents the opportunity to build their knowledge of travel products, and more importantly, establish rapport with our Business Development Managers. Later that evening at the welcome cocktail reception at the ship’s Solarium, each supplier chose the winners of the trade show’s door prizes, which ranged from lavish gift bags to complimentary cruises and resort stays! For the first time at the Crystal Conference, suppliers could schedule one-on-one appointments with agents during their free time on board. This allowed agents to further take advantage of having so much travel industry expertise at their fingertips throughout the week. One-on-one sessions and roundtable discussions with KHM Travel staff also gave agents the opportunity to develop their unique value. One-on-one topics included marketing, social media, and business analysis. The roundtable discussions were more conversational, allowing agents to share best practices and tips with each other about bookings, sales, destination weddings, and qualifying clients. The next morning, the Independence of the Seas docked in Puerto Costa Maya. The Royal Caribbean crew pulled off quite a feat in organizing and executing our group photo on the helipad, especially in the rain! Puerto Costa Maya presented a number of opportunities for adventure, relaxation and just exploring Mexico’s culture. It’s a popular area for scuba and snorkel, and a gateway to nearby Mayan ruins. And with 70,000 square feet of shopping area brimming with artisan crafts, and local delicacies, it’s completely possible to spend an entire day without losing sight of the ship! In Cozumel, the second port-of-call, agents could embark on resort site inspections, or take advantage of the many nearby attractions like Chankanaab National Park,or the bustling Playa del Carmen. The Crystal Awards ceremony was held Wednesday afternoon back in the majestic Alhambra Theater, and kicked off with a fun twist: a special performance from the ship’s cast of Grease. We were fortunate enough to have several representatives from industry organizations join us for the Crystal Conference, and each one was given a few minutes to introduce themselves at the awards ceremony. Patty Noonan, discussed the range of educational opportunities and access to industry minds that The Travel Institute offers. Ann Chamberlin from the American Society of Travel Agents shared some of the organization’s advocacy efforts, and also invited our agents to join her at the ASTA Global Convention in DC. Agents also heard from Charles Sylvia, VP of Membership + Trade Relationship for Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). He emphasized the importance of travel agents in the cruise industry, and to the benefits available to KHM Travel Agents, based on our premier agency membership with CLIA. Another vital source of value for a travel agent is their host agency. In a “Value of Us” panel, our Executive Team members shared the motivation behind the resources, tools, and programs we develop for our agents. Rick summed up our team’s true value, which is our genuine passion for helping our agents succeed. “There’s a creativity, along with care and compassion, that I don’t think you can find anywhere else,” Rick added. KHM Travel Group staff and suppliers recognized our top-performing agents of 2017 in style. Congratulations again to all of our agents on an outstanding year! See who took home a Crystal Award for 2017 in our announcement post here. During the ceremony, we also revealed big news via a video from John Chernesky, Vice President of North America Sales for Princess Cruises. He was excited to announce that our 2019 Crystal Conference and Awards would be held February 9-14 on the Ruby Princess out of Los Angeles! Special thanks to our hosts, Royal Caribbean, for making this an unforgettable week for KHM Travel Agents and staff. We’d like to thank all of our agents and supplier partners who were in attendance Check out our collection of Flickr albums, and our professional photographer’s site to download and order prints from this memorable event.  You can also head over to our Facebook page to see more of our live posts from the Crystal Conference. You could even be at next year’s Crystal Conference and Awards! Request more information about becoming a travel agent from home with KHM Travel Group by visiting www.khmtravel.com or by calling 1-888-611-1220. last_img read more

Welcome to the New VAX. The Future is Now.

first_imgWritten By: John Ische, President & CEO – Trisept Solutions  Nearly twenty years ago at Trisept Solutions, Bill La Macchia, Sr. and I envisioned how we could bring travel agents into the internet age. We wanted to modernize agents and the industry by creating a web-based travel agent booking technology to make agents more efficient, profitable and effective. That was the genesis of VAX VacationAccess. When VAX first launched, it was purely a place for travel agents to make reservations for their customers. We launched the product exclusively for you, our valued travel agents, and as many of you remember, VAX made an immediate and lasting impact on how travel agents booked vacations and ran their business. I look back on those days fondly, remembering how we felt that we were really creating something special for agents and bringing the future to them. We knew we had something exciting on our hands with VAX, but also knew that it was just the beginning of a reinvention of how travel agents engage with customers and compete in the travel industry. For me personally, it was also the beginning of a career-long obsession of helping travel agents evolve in an ever-changing world. We quickly learned that VAX could be so much more than a booking solution for the industry’s leading travel agents and that we had so much more we could deliver. So we began to add more training content to help keep you up-to-date on the leisure travel industry and more tools to help you engage your customers. Throughout the last 17 years, we’ve continued to listen to your ongoing recommendations and feedback. After all, we created VAX exclusively for you, and it is through listening and responding to your feedback that we have been able to maintain our position as the industry’s leading travel technology. Over the years we have made many enhancements to VAX, each meant to support agents and their ability to increase efficiency and market impact. We still have the industry’s best booking engine and we keep making it better. The redesign of our booking engine last November gave it a new, modern look and some amazing functionality enhancements. It’s wonderful to see the success you have had with our redesigned booking engine and the efficiencies it’s created for you. That brings us to today. Now, with a renewed energy nearly 20 years after Bill and I created the initial vision for VAX, we are recreating how agents use VAX each and every day. We are excited to announce that VAX is receiving a long-anticipated redesign and is being repositioned as The Travel Agent Marketplace. We’re taking the industry’s leading leisure travel marketplace to a whole new level. You have probably already noticed that we tweaked the look and feel, updated the navigation and organized the content more intuitively. But that’s only the beginning. In today’s business environment, we are only as good as the information that we have available at our fingertips. You keep telling us that you want more industry content and that you want it to be easy to access. You want to learn more about best business practices for agents, industry trends, destination updates and technology news. You want executive thought leadership and supplier insights. The redesign of VAX we launched on February 7 is designed to do just that – to provide the content you need to thrive as a travel agent. We are excited to introduce you to The Compass, our new resource for travel industry content created exclusively for travel agents. Quite simply put, The Compass provides daily content, editorials and information exclusively for agents to help you grow your business. The Compass is your new “true north,” offering a unique perspective you won’t find anywhere else in the industry. Every week, you can expect fresh content like insights written by industry leaders, tips from innovators on improving your business, travel inspiration for your clients and so much more. The Compass will also continue to evolve and grow over time to include additional unique content, different than anything else that exists in the market today, and to create an even deeper connection between you and your customers. We are creating a home base for leisure travel agents and we couldn’t be more proud to give you access to a powerful booking engine, industry-leading suppliers and exclusive industry content all in one place. This evolution doesn’t stop here. You may remember some time ago when we called VAX “the travel agent’s best friend.” Our position on that has not changed. And just like a best friend, we’re going to keep listening to you and supporting you. We’re going to continue to invest in VAX to ensure the technology you’re using day in and day out is the best it can be. We are going to continue to invest in best-in-class content, bringing you industry news and tips from innovators and game changers. And most importantly as we look to the future, we are going to continue to invest in leisure travel agents, in the travel agency model and in each and every one of you. Just like those early days when we were launching VAX, today I can’t help but feel that same feeling that we are really creating something special for each of you. The best part for me is that with all of the future enhancements that we have planned for VAX I feel as though we are just getting started. There is so much more for the future of VAX. In the coming months, look for vacation rentals, guided tours and cruise content on VAX. This feels like just the beginning of our voyage together, and to me that is very exciting. Click Here to Engage with the All New VAXlast_img read more

AmaWaterways Reveals New Renderings of Revolutionary Ship – AmaMagna

first_imgAmaMagna features Contemporary Elegance, Ultra-Spacious Suites, Multiple Dining Venues, Expansive Wellness Studio and Water Sports Platform   CALABASAS, CA – (May 16, 2018) – AmaWaterways today released new renderings of its revolutionary ship – AmaMagna – including details on the ship’s public spaces, accommodations, multiple dining venues and expansive wellness studio.  Debuting in May 2019, AmaMagna will be in a class of its own, offering guests the highest level of luxury and generous personal space of any ship on the rivers. The images released showcase the ship’s Main Restaurant, which features a spacious layout with floor-to-ceiling windows offering guests magnificent views of the grand cities and quaint towns that line the legendary Danube’s riverbanks, as well as a first look at the innovative Water Sports Platform at the rear of the ship. Although AmaMagna is nearly double the width of traditional river cruise ships, she welcomes only 20 percent more guests, allowing generous personal space with more than half of the 98 staterooms designated as suites measuring between 355 and 710 sq. ft.  (pictured right). All staterooms and suites are appointed with stylish décor and natural wood accents. The suites feature full outside balconies, open seating areas and luxurious bathrooms, complete with double sinks and walk-in showers. Six Grand Suites (474 sq. ft.) and an Owner’s Suite (710 sq. ft.) provide even more amenities with separate seating areas and sizable bathrooms complete with spa-like bathtubs. “As the luxury river cruise market evolves, we plan to continue paving the way as an innovative industry leader. While this new concept has been in the works for us for some time, we believe that now is the perfect moment to introduce this very special ship,” said Rudi Schreiner, president and co-owner of AmaWaterways. “With more personal space, the freedom of multiple dining venues and exceptional accommodations, AmaMagna has been designed for those seeking a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on river cruising as well as ocean cruisers accustomed to the luxury of more.” AmaMagna offers four unique dining venues. In addition to the Main Restaurant (pictured right) and The Chef’s Table Restaurant, guests can also choose to dine in the Al Fresco Restaurant or Jimmy’s Wine Bar Restaurant (named in honor of the late Jimmy Murphy, one of AmaWaterways’ original co-founders). “My father truly enjoyed sharing a glass of wine with friends; in fact, a favorite photo in my office shows Rudi, Kristin, my father and me together at a winery, all with joyous smiles on our faces,” said Gary Murphy, vice-president sales. “Selecting “Jimmy’s” as the official name of the new wine bar restaurant, brought a great deal of joy to the entire Murphy family, but particularly to my mother who said, ‘your father would be very happy with that; he loved those ships, and now he has his own spot on a very special one’.” The ship will also provide enhanced entertainment offerings and onboard amenities including the expansive Zen Wellness Studio, complete with large exercise area offering group classes focused on stretching, cardio and core strengthening led by a professionally trained Wellness Host;  a juice bar and two massage rooms, along with manicure, pedicure and hair services;  a sun deck with a large heated pool, relaxing whirlpool and pop-up sky bar, as well as a Water Sports Platform at the rear of the ship (pictured left), where complimentary tours will be offered on the intimate Sundowner vessel. Exclusive to AmaMagna, guests may take advantage of the new Concierge Golf Program, providing the opportunity to experience four top-level golf courses in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany while enjoying the magic of river cruising.AmaMagna’s itineraries include Romantic Danube, Melodies of the Danube andChristmas Markets on the Danube.  For more information, please visit www.AmaWaterways.com. Follow AmaWaterways on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmaWaterways and Twitter @AmaWaterways. About AmaWaterwaysA family-owned company celebrating 16 years on the river, AmaWaterways offers unforgettable river cruises with 23 ships that sail Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhone, Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian Waterways and Douro Rivers, Southeast Asia’s Mekong and Africa’s Chobe River. The company is renowned for its innovative stateroom design featuring unique “twin balconies”; its wide choice of included shore excursions featuring biking and hiking options for the active traveler; and its award-winning dining—including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant as well as complimentary fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. Modern, spacious and tastefully decorated, each ship features onboard amenities such as hair and massage services and a fitness room, and many have heated outdoor swimming pools with swim-up bars. AmaWaterways leads the river cruise industry with a variety of themed sailings and brand relationships, offering group or chartered sailings geared towards active travelers and families. With the highest-rated ships in Europe according to the 2016 edition of Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe, AmaWaterways has received countless honors and accolades including Town & Country River Cruise Awards as “Best Overall,” “Best for Food,” “Best for Onboard Activities” and “Best for On-Shore Activities” and 2017 AFAR and Recommend magazines’ Reader’s Choice Awards for “Best River Cruise Line.”last_img read more