Network for Good is hosting a free webinar this Thursday, March 14 at 1 p.m. ET on neuromarketing – a topic definitely worth your time!The urge to help and give is hard-wired into the human brain. As a champion for a cause, it’s your task to tap into those recesses by appealing to that urge. The simplest things – images, words, gestures, even type fonts – can have a major effect on the potency of your message. Neuromarketing expert, Roger Dooley, has discovered some brain-science-based tweaks you can make to your print, web, and in-person outreach that will boost the effectiveness of your marketing efforts. Join Roger Dooley for this free event as he makes neuromarketing easy for nonprofits. Register here.
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ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on July 1, 2013May 19, 2017Click 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)An expected 10,000 delegates will soon gather in Cape Town, South Africa for the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA). The conference, with the theme of Now more than ever: targeting zero, will be held from December 7-11, 2013. The final day to submit an abstract for review is July 5th, 2013.About the conference:Reflecting the conference theme “Now More Than Ever: Targeting Zero” and UNAIDS “Getting to zero” mantra of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths, HIV prevention will be an important feature of this year’s ICASA plenary sessions.Starting at the very beginning of the HIV prevention spectrum, Dr Chewe Luo, Senior Advisor on HIV and AIDS at UNICEF, will present cutting edge strategies for the elimination of Mother-to-Child transmission (MTCT) in Africa. Shifting focus to youth Emmanuel Etim, the young and dynamic Project Co-ordinator of the African Union Youth Volunteer Corps, will in part address the road ahead for African youth to reach zero new HIV infections.Professor Christine Katlama, Head of the AIDS Unit, Department of Infectious Diseases at the renowned Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, will look at the long-term complications of living with HIV, including the impact that HIV drug resistance has on prevention efforts.UNFPA’s Senior Advisor on HIV, Ms. Bidia Deperthes, will provide the broadest overview of Africa’s current effective prevention programmes and tools…Read more here.Learn about the five conference tracks.Review the abstract submission guidelines.Take a look at the key conference dates.Stay tuned on Twitter at @icasaconference.Visit the general conference site.The Maternal Health Task Force is currently coordinating a blog series on maternal health, HIV, and AIDS. To view the series, click here.For additional information about maternal health, HIV, and AIDS, visit our topic page.If you are interested in sharing a guest blog post for our series on maternal health, HIV, and AIDS, please contact Kate Mitchell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Samantha Lattof (email@example.com).Share this:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 29, 2017January 2, 2018By: Amrit Banstola, Public Health Practitioner, NepalClick 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)In November 2017, the most recent Nepal Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) was published with national data from 2016. The 2016 NDHS is one of the most comprehensive demographic and public health reports released by the Nepalese Ministry of Health in the last five years. Below are some highlighted findings from the report that illustrate the current state of maternal health in Nepal, progress made so far and gaps to address moving forward.Maternal mortalityThe maternal mortality ratio (MMR) in Nepal decreased from 539 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births to 239 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births between 1996 and 2016. In 2016, roughly 12% of deaths among women of reproductive age were classified as maternal deaths.Antenatal careIn 2016, 84% of pregnant women had at least one antenatal care (ANC) contact with a skilled provider—defined as either a doctor, nurse or midwife/auxiliary nurse midwife—which was a 25% increase from 2011. The percentage of women who had four or more ANC visits increased steadily from 50% in 2011 to 69% in 2016.Although the report showed increases in skilled ANC utilization, only 49% of women received counselling on five critical components during ANC: use of a skilled birth attendant (SBA), facility-based delivery, information about danger signs during pregnancy, where to go in case of danger signs and the benefits of postnatal care. Utilization of ANC services was a significant predictor of place of delivery and SBA-assisted births.Women in the highest wealth quintile with a high education level and those residing in urban areas were much more likely to have four or more ANC contacts from a skilled provider compared to women of lower socioeconomic status and education and those living in rural areas.Place of delivery and skilled birth attendanceAmong the notable findings in this year’s report was the rise in facility-based delivery and the use of SBAs. Between 2011 and 2016, there was a 22% increase in both the proportion of institutional deliveries (from 35% to 57%) and births assisted by SBAs (from 36% to 58%). Doctors assisted 31% of total deliveries, and nurses and midwives/auxiliary nurse midwives assisted 27%. While the percentage of deliveries attended by traditional birth attendants decreased from 11% in 2011 to 5% in 2016, the home birth rate remained high at 41%. Many women in Nepal still deliver with no one present or with an untrained friend or relative.There were large socioeconomic disparities in this area as well. While 90% of women in the highest wealth quintile delivered in a health facility, the same was true for only 34% of women in the lowest quintile. 89% of the wealthiest women delivered with an SBA, but only 34% of the poorest women did so. Similarly, the percentage of births attended by SBAs was 85% among women who had secondary or higher education and 38% among women without a formal education. Rates of facility-based delivery and the use of SBAs also varied among different provinces.Postnatal careThe percentage of women who received a postnatal care (PNC) assessment within two days following delivery rose from 45% in 2011 to 57% in 2016. 81% of women who delivered in a health facility and 13% of women who delivered elsewhere received PNC within two days of delivery. However, there were significant socioeconomic disparities in PNC utilization: 81% of women in the highest wealth quintile had an early PNC visit compared to only 37% among women in the lowest wealth quintile.The way forwardOverall, Nepal has made substantial progress in improving maternal health care access and utilization. However, disparities remain according to women’s socioeconomic status, education level and place of residence. Additionally, efforts are needed to improve the quality of maternal health care to end preventable maternal deaths.Nepal has committed to doing its part to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 3.1 of reducing the global MMR to less than 70 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births by 2030. To achieve this ambitious target, Nepal will need to reduce its MMR by at least 7.5% annually addressing severe inequities in maternal health access, utilization and quality.—Learn more about maternal mortality under the SDGs.Explore data on maternal and newborn health care coverage in countries across the globe on the Countdown to 2030 website.Are you interested in writing for the Maternal Health Task Force blog? Check out our guest post guidelines.Share this:
Real Madrid have allowed Japanese sensation Takefusa Kubo to link up with Real Mallorca on a season-long loan.The 18-year-old returned to Spanish football over the summer amid much fanfare.He is considered to be a hot prospect for the future, having previously spent time within the famed La Masia academy system at Barcelona. 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? Sanctions imposed on the Catalan giants forced him to head home in 2015, but he is now back in Europe.Real have high hopes for him, but are aware of their non-European Union player quota and need to find competitive minutes for the youngster.A loan spell is considered the best learning experience at this stage.Mallorca are happy to open their doors and will be hoping to buy into Kubo’s precocious talents over the course of the 2019-20 campaign.A statement released on the club’s official website read: “CD Mallorca and Real Madrid CF have reached an agreement for the transfer of Takefusa Kubo until June 30, 2020.“The new Mallorca player is one of the great promises of world football and stands out for his great quality with the ball at his feet. “Kubo speaks Spanish perfectly after passing through the system of FC Barcelona and at 18 he is an international with Japan. “Kubo will train with his new teammates tomorrow [Friday].”Mallorca are back in La Liga this season after securing promotion through the second tier play-offs in 2018-19.Madrid will be keeping a close eye on his development, with Zinedine Zidane having previously spoken of the need to show patience with a player still learning his trade.The Blancos boss said over the summer after easing Kubo into the Real fold and seeing him shine in friendly outings: “There are many players who have come on pre-season with us from the youth system.“Kubo has joined us recently and he is a player for the future, but we will talk about what is best with him and it could be good that he trains with us and plays for the Castilla, we will see.“He is still very young and we must be patient with his development.”Rather than keep him within the Castilla youth ranks, the decision has been made to let Kubo find senior football away from Santiago Bernabeu.
Unai Emery admits the gap that currently exists between Liverpool and Arsenal is a “big” one, but the Spaniard believes his side can show they are ready to start reducing it with a result at Anfield on Saturday. The Gunners travel to Merseyside having won their opening two games of the Premier League season for the first time in a decade, but they still sit behind Liverpool in the table. Jurgen Klopp’s side having also won both of their matches so far, but top the standings on goal difference, thanks largely to their convincing 4-1 success against Norwich on the opening weekend. 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? So, Arsenal have it all to do on Saturday, at a ground where they were beaten 5-1 last season and have conceded 12 goals in their last three appearances. Emery is aware of the challenge facing his side but has urged his players to show they are ready to start bridging the gap that currently exists between them, Liverpool and champions Manchester City. Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!“We are in a good spirit and we have good preparation,” said Arsenal’s head coach. “We need more with some players getting fit to help us, but we are ready to get a good performance from the players. “I feel that we have improved, above all being competitive in the Premier League. We lost at the end [last season] but we also had some very good moments in the season and finished one or two points different from third and fourth in the table. “Right now, the distance between Manchester City, Liverpool and us continues to be big but we have the opportunity on Saturday, and this season, to reduce that distance.” Emery added: “Liverpool have a very strong style. Their mentality is very, very strong. They are adding titles and I think we are doing it our way to create a big mentality. “We also need time. I think they have an advantage on us in this way. But I really appreciate their work a lot. I think their performance is amazing, their spirit and quality also. They are a team that can feel strong. “I want to create our mentality, our style, and get stronger in our way little by little. And each match is a very big opportunity to show how we are now. “Saturday against them is a massive match, an amazing opportunity for us to do something important.” Arsenal’s 5-1 hammering at Anfield last season is still fresh in the mind of Emery. Despite taking an early lead through Ainsley Maitland-Niles, the Gunners found themselves 4-1 down at half-time – with Liverpool adding a fifth in the second half. It was a painful defeat for Arsenal, one that Emery hopes his players have learned from. He said: “We conceded two penalties which is not normal also we were winning 1-0 and we conceded two goals very quickly from mistakes. “I want us to not have those mistakes this year, but they are going to break and fight against us to provoke us into mistakes.” In each of Arsenal’s opening two games of the season, Emery has started with three academy products in Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock and Maitland-Niles. It could be that that only Maitland-Niles keeps his place at Anfield, with Nicolas Pepe and Granit Xhaka expected to come in – but Emery believes that the young players currently coming through at Arsenal are about to make a major mark on English football. “They are coming. They are coming in the near future to be very big players,” predicted Emery. “We need to achieve a big mentality, a big spirit, with some experienced players and some young players, because they are giving us a lot of energy, a lot of power in their wish to achieve and help us.” He added: “We really need the young players to share their energy and capacity and hunger and we need also the experienced players. We need both. Not only for Saturday but each match. “For example, Reiss Nelson started against Burnley in the first 11. He struggled more than we wanted that match, but that is one experience for him. “I am speaking to him and saying: ‘Reiss you are very good one on one, but you also need tactically to improve in how to decide each action on the pitch technically.’ “This is one process for Reiss and Saturday in Liverpool is another step.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Ruud Gullit is happy to see young players finally get a chance at Chelsea, saying the club has let “too many good players” leave in the past.The Premier League side have had a shaky start to the season under new coach Frank Lampard, picking up five points from their first four league games of the campaign.The Blues suffered a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United on the opening day and were held to draws by Leicester and Sheffield United either side of a win over Norwich. 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 The two-window transfer ban imposed on the club prevented them from adding to their options ahead of the campaign, forcing Lampard to call on young players like Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount to replenish the squad.Gullit feels the new faith in youth is a big turnaround for the club that saw players like Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah leave because of a lack of first-team opportunities, only to become stars elsewhere.“I’m glad the young players finally get the chance,” Gullit, who is currently working as a host on football show Streetkings in Jail, told Goal.“With players like Mo Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, there have been too many good players leaving the club because they got the feeling their time would never come through at Chelsea.”The former Chelsea and Netherlands star is happy with Chelsea’s start to the campaign despite their inconsistency, as he believes club icon Lampard was the ideal choice to replace Maurizio Sarri in the close-season.”Obviously the results aren’t great, but for me it’s most important that they show a clear philosophy with some good football,” he added. “I’m so glad the youth finally gets the chance, even though it mostly happened because of the transfer ban.”Now we should be patient. The players have the talent and with Lampard they have their ideal coach. He is a young manager, knows the club and already experienced everything they are feeling right now.”It’s a good squad and I’m positively surprised about their level. They haven’t won many games yet, but that’s not important right now. It’s about young players discovering themselves and showing their capabilities to the crowd.”Look at Ajax. See what they have done with a young team last season in the Champions League. It’s not a bad thing to have young players, as long as they are good enough and Chelsea has a great academy.”I like the way they play football with Lampard. Now we should be patient and wait until they start winning matches. That’s a learning process.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Jose Mourinho believes the experience he helped Frank Lampard to pick up as a player will serve the new Chelsea boss well as he looks to write another positive chapter in his Stamford Bridge career.A familiar face returned to west London over the summer as the Blues sent out a managerial SOS call.Maurizio Sarri took the decision to head back to Italy at Juventus after just one season in England, while a two-window transfer ban was imposed by FIFA. 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 Whoever took the reins was always going to face a tough task, but Lampard jumped at the chance to head back to the scene of his greatest achievements as a player.He had just one season of coaching under his belt at Derby, with questions asked of whether he was ready to step up into an elite Premier League post.Lampard has made a steady start to life in the Chelsea dugout, recovering well from a slow start to the season, and is being tipped to be a success story for the Blues once again.Mourinho, who helped to make the club the force they are today, believes a man who was so important to him in his playing days has all of the tools to be a big hit off the field.The former Chelsea boss, who took in two spells at Stamford Bridge, told Sky Sports: “One thing is the player, another thing is the manager.”The player, I don’t think any Chelsea fan will disagree with me if I say is one of the top five most important players of Chelsea history, and probably some will say not top five, maybe top three.”Another thing is his managerial career, one year of experience in Derby where he showed good qualities and now he has Chelsea in his hands.”He plays for big things. He plays Champions League, he played a European Super Cup, he had already big matches in his hands, and he has to grow up with the level of experiences, which I believe he can because he has huge experience.”I cannot separate from the fact that football has been always in his life. He was born son of a player, he grew up [nephew] of a football manager, he became a player, he became a top player… I think he has all the conditions to succeed.”Lampard will lead his Chelsea side back into action on Saturday when they take in a trip to Wolves. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Mason Greenwood is going to be “a proper Manchester United player for a long time”, says Michael Owen, with the 17-year-old being tipped to earn a senior England call-up once he gets regular game time.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken the brave decision to ease the highly-rated youngster into the first-team fold at Old Trafford this season.Minutes were awarded to Greenwood in 2018-19, with a debut made against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, but the Red Devils are looking for him to play a more prominent role in the current campaign. 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 Solskjaer agreed to part with Romelu Lukaku over the summer, while also sending Alexis Sanchez to Inter on loan, with the intention being that academy graduates would step up to fill the void.Greenwood has set about doing just that, with a match-winning goal recorded on his latest outing in a Europa League clash with Astana.Much is now expected of the teenager, with former United striker Owen telling BT Sport: “He’ll have a part to play in the Premier League, no question.“His goal record at youth level is phenomenal. In my mind he’s going to be a proper Manchester United player for a long, long time.”Ex-United midfielder Owen Hargreaves added: “Stay fit, stay healthy, and the sky is the absolute limit for him.“He can be anything he wants, top scorer in the Premier League one day. I’m excited to see he’s able to decide a Europa League game at 17.“For a young player to have that composure in the box, he’s going to be a top player.”Greenwood has already earned international recognition with the England Under-21 side and is expected to take a step up with the Three Lions once fully established in the United set-up.Owen said: “He’s doing this on a weekly basis, playing with these players. He’s desperate now to start with the big boys. They will feed him even better balls, and he’ll quickly prove he’s good enough to play in the first team already.“It’s all a mental thing now. He’s good enough. He’ll think a bit differently to a lot of the players because he’s probably been carrying the youth team.“As soon as he starts playing regularly for Manchester United he’ll be in the England squad.”While Greenwood is being backed to flourish at Old Trafford, Owen fears for those stuck on the fringes of the fold.The likes of Fred and Marcos Rojo are offering little to suggest that they can play important roles for the Red Devils.“They’re just squad players,” Owen said. “It’s going to take two or three injuries for these types of players to get in the first team. “Fred, probably the closest. They’re not going to play in any of the meaningful games, put it that way. “You sink or swim. You either have to get yourself up to that level or you’re going to be sat as a squad player.”
Zinedine Zidane feels Real Madrid did enough to pick up victory against Atletico Madrid in Saturday’s El Derbi stalemate.Madrid created the best chance of the game at Wanda Metropolitano, with Jan Oblak producing a fine save to keep out Karim Benzema’s header 15 minutes from time in the goalless draw.The point was enough to take Zidane’s men back above surprise package Granada into top spot in LaLiga, but the Frenchman wanted more from the match. 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 “We deserved much more, but what I have to do is congratulate the players since we have been supportive again and we kept a clean sheet,” he said at his post-match news conference.”It’s not just intensity, but what’s important is our strength. We saw a strong Madrid because we didn’t concede a chance. We lacked in creativity but we’re happy with what we did.”Eden Hazard had another quiet match, the Belgium international failing to register a single shot before being replaced by James Rodriguez in the 77th minute.Zidane admits Hazard, who joined from Chelsea in June for a fee that could reach €168 million, still has some way to go before reaching the levels he hit at his former club. “He lacks little things. We have to stick with him. He’s done a good job, but we haven’t had many chances,” he added.”We have to highlight everyone’s work. We’d like him to score because it’ll release him, but there are no problems, we’re sure it’ll come.”Zidane echoed the views of skipper Sergio Ramos, who had mixed feelings after keeping a third league clean sheet in a row.”These games against Atletico are very physical,” Ramos told Movistar at full-time.”It’s one of the most difficult stadiums we have to visit throughout the season and it’s important to keep a clean sheet. “But in attack it’s hard to create chances because they don’t leave much space. This point doesn’t mean a lot because we wanted three.”The defensive side of the game is something we’ve been working on. Everything adds up and I think we’re enjoying a good spell.”Madrid return to action on Tuesday with a home match against Club Brugge in the Champions League, before hosting Granada in LaLiga next Saturday.
In the set-up of your FIFA 20 Ultimate team, it’s important to make sure your players look stylish.The new game has heaps of beautiful, bold and bizarre kits to choose for your team.Goal looks at which FIFA 20 jerseys look the best… 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 20. Paris Saint-Germain (home) 19. Leyton Orient (home) 18. Monaco (away) 17. Leicester City (away) 16. Forest Green Rovers (home) 15. Club Atlas (home) 14. Paris Saint-Germain (away) 13. Rangers (home) 12. FC Porto (third) 11. Real Madrid (away) 10. Bayern Munich (third) 9. Marseille (away) 8. Valencia (away) 7. Liverpool (third) 6. Kaizer Chiefs (home) 5. Barcelona (third) 4. Stevenage (away) 3. Arsenal (away) 2. Roma (away) 1. RB Leipzig (third)
Declan Rice has dismissed speculation he could leave West Ham for Manchester United as “all talk until something happens”.As reported by Goal, England international Rice has emerged as a summer target for the Red Devils as the Old Trafford outfit begin to make plans regardless of whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will remain in charge.Rice has broken into the England team on the back of his mature Premier League performances at the London Stadium. 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 West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini said in March the club could be forced to cash in on the 20-year-old if the price was right.And United have emerged as his likeliest destination despite reports linking Rice with Manchester City and Chelsea, the latter of whom he spent time with as a youngster before joining West Ham.But the midfielder is unconcerned about rumours over his future, having committed to the Hammers by agreeing a long-term deal.”I signed a five-year contract with West Ham last year, which will keep me at the club till I’m 24,” Rice told the Daily Mail.”And for me this is the best place to be right now. I am playing for a manager who has given me my chance and played me week in, week out.”I’m improving every week and although I see all this speculation, I don’t really think about it too much.”It’s all talk until something happens – and nothing has – so I’m just focused on West Ham, doing my best and making the fans happy.”Rice will next be in action on Monday when England take on Bulgaria in Sofia as they look to seal qualification for Euro 2020.Gareth Southgate’s side missed out on securing their spot at this summer’s tournament on Friday as they suffered a shock defeat to the Czech Republic, with Rice among those singled out for a poor performance.But the Three Lions can put that right before the international break is over should they win in Bulgaria and Kosovo lose to Montenegro, with the semi-finals and final of the continental-wide competition set to played on home soil at Wembley Stadium in July.
The ideal sandy holiday vacation with an exquisite variety of celebrations awaits guests in Los Cabos LOS CABOS, Mexico (November 20, 2018) – Solmar Hotels & Resorts, a collection of seven all-suite properties located in Los Cabos, invites guests to switch up the snow for sand and celebrate the holidays oceanside this year. In addition to the unparalleled paradisiac views and exceptional service that can be found at all of the resorts, Solmar’s vibrant lineup of festivities will have guests rejoicing in the holiday spirit. Among the variety of activities at each property includes fun traditional Mexican celebrations and gourmet holiday menus, all that can be enjoyed in Baja’s ideal winter climate that assures an unforgettable holiday vacation. “This is Solmar Hotels & Resorts’ most magical time of the year.” said Ricardo Orozco, VP of Solmar Hotels & Resorts. “Our unmatched dedication to our guests is even more evident during this special time of year, as our celebrations are thoughtfully crafted to create a warm and jolly atmosphere for those that join us for the holidays.” This Christmas Eve at Don Luis at Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa,guests will be immersed into Mexico’s traditional pastorela, a celebration that reenacts Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. Guests will also be able to join in with Mexican Christmas carols, piñatas, and much more. Another delectable option is the impressive Christmas Day brunch at Brigantine at Playa Grande Resort & Spa. As part of Solmar’s menu of special surprises, children will wonder at Santa Claus’ surprise arrival during the brunch, bringing sweet presents and lots of holiday cheer. From 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., guests at Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas Resort Golf & Spa can unite for Christmas dinner at Anica, the newcomer’s signature restaurant, alongside a variety of mouthwatering traditional holiday dishes. Celebrating the last hours of 2018 will be an easy choice, as New Year’s Eve plans at the Solmar properties will feature a special festive menu at their signature restaurants on site, as well as an exhilarating welcome to the New Year. For example, guests at Don Luis at Grand Solmar at Land’s End Resort can revel at the extensive selection of gourmet fare to pick from, like freshly caught Red Snapper ajillo style. Additionally, guests at Solmar Resort, Playa Grande Resort & Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa have the privilege to attend the exquisite New Year’s Eve beach party at Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa. At this bustling event, guests can count down to 2019 just steps away from the Pacific Ocean on the shore. The grandiose celebration will bring together guests for a dazzling night with an open bar, a burlesque show and other terrific surprises. After the spectacular New Year’s countdown, graced with a champagne toast and a stunning fireworks display, DJ Staci Nichols will be headlining the unforgettable New Year’s celebration. Celebrating the first day of 2019 will be a blast at La Roca’s New Year’s Brunch, where guests will enjoy serene views of Los Cabos whilst at Land’s End highest vantage point. Here, guests will rejoice to new beginnings with live music, an extensive display of international cuisine, and unlimited mimosas. Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas will also be hosting a New Year’s Day celebration at Anica, where an extensive arrangement of gourmet meals, including eight main courses, will provide the sweetest welcome to the new year. Solmar Hotels & Resorts’ festivities agenda is dedicated to make Los Cabos feel like home for those visiting during the holidays. Also, an alternative holiday vacation has never been easier to book with Solmar’s Black Friday Sale, featuring rates up to 60% off. From November 19-30, guests will be able to take advantage of this discount and travel any time before December 26th, 2019. For more information and reservations, visit www.solmar.com. To book the Black Friday Sale, visit https://promotions.solmar.com/blackfriday/. About Solmar Hotels & ResortsSince 1974, Solmar Hotels & Resorts has been welcoming guests to its collection of seven all-suite resorts located in Baja California Sur’s most desired beach destinations. Within the award-winning portfolio is Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa, Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas Resort Golf & Spa, Grand Solmar The Residences at Rancho San Lucas, Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa, The Ridge at Playa Grande, Solmar Resort and Quinta del Sol by Solmar. Offering the quintessential, authentic Baja Mexico experience, Solmar Hotels & Resorts prides itself on providing high caliber service standards and warm hospitality. For more information about Solmar Hotels & Resorts, visit www.solmar.com, Instagram @SolmarResorts and Facebook page
Editors’ Recommendations Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beer 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Why Mental Health Matters (and Why It’s Time to Change Our Perspective) The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now Traditional yoga and meditation are about quieting one’s mind to transcend the flood of subconscious thoughts we humans experience on a second-to-second basis. However, some people want an altogether different form of catharsis. Some are looking to expel their negative energy like a catastrophic, deep-sea submarine implosion (there’s a reason rage rooms are now a thing). For those anger-management-class candidates, there is Rage Yoga.Patrik Giardino/Getty ImagesWhile ordinary yoga classes consist of lilting pan flute music, woo-woo, Deepak Chopra-flavored chanting, and deep contemplation, Rage Yoga encourages an “anti-Zen” atmosphere complete with beer and cursing. Lindsay Istace, the founder of Rage Yoga, says the practice involves “stretching, positional exercises, and bad humor, with the goal of attaining good health and to become zen as f*ck. More than just a practice, Rage Yoga is an attitude.”Sure, it requires the same Lululemon stretch pants and is based on traditional Vinyasa yoga. However, the main difference is in finding catharsis over transcendence. Certified Rage Yoga instructor (we swear that’s a thing) Ashley Duzich told CBS DFS in an interview, “Some people need to release and let go. We are all angry about something, and we all have been holding onto an ‘F’-bomb for a little bit too long.” In her twice-monthly Rage Yoga classes at Houston’s Brash Brewing Company, Duzich even promises “beer breaks during the class. It’s definitely not for everybody, and that’s totally OK … I also don’t recommend bringing your children.” Yelling, cursing, and a general venting of student’s anger is strongly encouraged.Because things are always bigger and a little bit, er, different in Texas, it’s no surprise that Houston is the home of what could become an anti-yoga trend. Brash Brewing Company, in particular, seems a fitting ground zero for the countermovement. The company’s Facebook page (under the handle “alesatanhouston”) eschews any semblance of political correctness in favor of two digital middle fingers up. The tasting notes for their forthcoming Nice Things Double IPA, for example, describe it as “delightful as a motherfucker;” their staff is partial to wearing “POLITE AS FUCK” T-shirts; they espouse a healthy love of smoking ungodly amounts of weed.Rage Yoga is officially available in just three North American locations including the aforementioned Brash Brewery in Houston, plus Calgary and Edmonton, Canada. Not the group yoga type? Nothing’s stopping you from holing up in the privacy of your garage with a 40 of Schlitz and Rammstein on full blast while violently screaming your way through Downward Dog. Namaste, bitch. The Best Podcasts to Listen to On Your Commute
A Quick and Easy Guide to Popular German Wine Varietals An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist Editors’ Recommendations Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region Where to Drink White Wine in the Willamette Valley In the pantheon of wine and wine-based beverages, it’s safe to say that if you’re reading this you’re a sangria superstar. You’re a Cabernet king and a Muscadine maven (or, at the very least, you know how to talk like you are). But, now that you’ve experienced those wines, it’s time to move on to something new: port.Though port is a complex and versatile beverage, it, unfortunately (and undeservedly) is typically relegated to either one of two pigeon holes: fireside sipping in a Churchill biopic or as a dessert drink after holiday meals when you’re quietly waiting for your relatives to leave. Both cases often require a cigar in hand to complete the picture. And there’s a simple reason for this: People do what they know, and what port is known for being consumed during stuffy, semi-formal occasions often presented through a Victorian lens.Renate SolhaugWe’re not saying that a Churchill biopic or post-dinner digestif aren’t excellent times to consume port, because they definitely are. We just think poor, misunderstood port deserves attention outside of parlor-time at the end of a long cold Dickensian night.So, in order to give port the respect and attention it deserves as one of the most storied beverages in the wine and spirits world, we put together a quick and dirty guide to all things port.What Is Port Wine?Port is a fortified wine, which essentially means that it’s a careful blend of wine and spirit (in this case, brandy). The blending achieves two things: It makes the drink stronger (better for customers) and it makes the drink more shelf-stable (better for producers). Historically, though, the blending was done to achieve the simplest way to export wine cheaply and safely over long distances.Because of the rich, syrupy liquid that results from the process of adding spirits to wine, however, port is located on a far corner of the wine world’s diagram along with other strong wines like Madeira, sherry, marsala, and vermouth. It can be used more or less in the same ways as those spirits: consumed straight, mixed in cocktails or punches, or as an ingredient in cooking when a recipe calls for a lot of flavor and a little de-glazing.CatLane/Getty ImagesStyles of PortThere are four main styles of port. They are:WhiteA bright and fruity unaged white grape fortified wine. There are some older ones that can be consumed on their own, but most of the white port on the market today is best in cocktails. (You can read more about Porto Tónicos, the current most popular way to drink white port, here.)RubyThe most common style of port, it’s vibrant red and equally vibrant in flavor. Generally, they’re aged in steel or concrete tanks so they don’t take a lot of flavor from wood or oxidization. They can be used in cocktails and are great in punch recipes. Reserve Port is a particular subcategory of Ruby.TawnyTawny ports are aged in oak barrels and mellow in flavor and color over time. They’re great neat as a dessert wine or as a casual beverage early on in the night. They’re typically aged about five years.Vintage and Late Bottle VintageVintage ports are made entirely of grapes from a single vintage. The main difference between vintage and LBV is that the former is more expensive, coming from a year that is a Declared Vintage, which are years when the wine industry collectively agrees that they have had an exceptional harvest. LBV may not have notoriety, but it’s often significantly cheaper (and sometimes just as good) as regular Vintage port.How to Drink PortVintage, LBV, and tawny ports belong in your hand, in a glass, on their own. With few exceptions, there isn’t a lot of reason to mix these beverages, though you will occasionally find tawny used in some cocktail recipes in place of vermouth (which we enjoy thoroughly).We mentioned using ruby port in punch recipes, but one of our favorite drinks is the white port and tonic. It’s a simple half and half mixed drink, to taste (we like a little more tonic in ours). It’s good for day-drinking and surprisingly well balanced for warm or cold weather. A few drops of citrus bitters can spice it up, but, honestly, the traditional lemon, lime, or mint garnish is all you need.Best Port Wines to TryWhite: Fonseca Siroco Extra Dry White Port – $20One of the most popular white ports in the States, Fonseca Siroco Extra Dry is inexpensive to have on hand for those easy-drinking afternoon mixed beverages.Ruby: Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve – $20We like Graham’s Six Grape because it’s great to sip but can also double as a tasty floater on sour cocktails.Tawny: Taylor Fladgate 20 Year Old Tawny – $50The 20-year-old tawny from Taylor Fladgate is a great benchmark for the tawny world, and its nutty, vanilla heavy character makes it a great first experience for anyone who wants to switch from whiskey, for instance.Vintage and Late Bottle Vintage: Dow’s LBV Vintage 2011 – $25An affordable but complex LBV that demonstrates port versatility no matter how you try and use it. If you’re only buying one bottle of port, consider starting with this one from Dow’s.Article originally published by Clay Whittaker on December 17, 2017. Last updated on February 19, 2019. Gamay Noir Wine Is a Cult Classic That’s Here to Stay
The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets It is March 2019 and amazing things are happening. It was reported that a second man was cured of AIDS. Space tourism is increasingly becoming a thing. Flying cars are being considered during the tire design process. All great things, all working on advancing society in a great and wonderful way.And then you turn around and realize that a product called Mayomust is now a thing that exists. Not just Mayomust, but also Mayocue. We’ll give you the necessary the three seconds needed to figure out what concoctions are now being sold by Heinz.Yes, after the viral success of Mayochup, mayonnaise and ketchup (there were over 680,000 votes in favor of bringing the product to shelves), ketchup giant Heinz doubled down on the blended game and introduced a barbecue sauce blend and a mustard blend to the masses. We’ve come so far as a society — so far — and yet we’re still somehow at a point where people find the need to have their condiments pre-blended.In a statement, Heinz director of marketing Nicole Kulwicki praised the new flavors, saying, “Sauce lovers nationwide have been mixing different condiments to create flavor combinations that will take their favorite foods to the next level for years. First with Mayochup sauce and now with Mayocue and Mayomust sauces, we’re taking out the guesswork to give our fans the perfect condiment blends from the start!”The guesswork. Of adding equal parts mayonnaise and another condiment together. Of course.Each blend will come in a 16.5-ounce bottle and will retail for around $3.50. Both Mayomust and Mayocue are expected to hit shelves in stores and online later in March.While Heinz is at it, we’ve decided to take the guesswork out of coming up with other condiments that don’t need to be blended with mayonnaise but probably will be due to what will most likely be the success of these condabominations. We have a strong feeling that any and all of the following will show up (just like those Oreo flavors no on in particular wanted) in 2020 and beyond:Mayosa (mayo + salsa)Mayoyaki (mayo + teriyaki)Mayoguac (mayo + guacamole)Mayomole (mayo + mole)Mayoyo (mayo + more mayo)Really, we’d be happy if they just brought purple ketchup back. Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beer Which Lobster Roll Style Reigns Supreme: Connecticut or Maine? What’s So Great About the Icelandic Hot Dog? Editors’ Recommendations 10 Reasons Why Yuzu Should Be Your New Favorite Cocktail Ingredient