Posted on October 3, 2012August 15, 2016Click 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)On September 29th, The Lancet published a commentary, Women’s and children’s health: no time for complacency, by Richard Horton, Editor of The Lancet. The commentary describes discrepancies between research groups that estimate maternal and child mortality. Horton calls on these groups to work together to reach some level of consensus in order to help country leaders and program implementers to make important decisions. He also discusses big challenges with equity, accountability and monitoring of recent pledges for women’s and children’s health.When new figures for under-5 child mortality were released this month, the headline message was that aid works. Deaths among children younger than 5 years fell from an estimated 12 million in 1990 to 6·9 million in 2011. That remarkable achievement means that 14 000 fewer children now die each day than in 1990. There are many examples of success. In Niger, rates of under-5 mortality almost halved between 1998 and 2009. Rates of reduction of newborn mortality have also accelerated since the 1990s. These are truly impressive results, fully deserving of celebration. But not complacency.Read the full commentary here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 16, 2013February 2, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Next Monday, September 23, the MHTF will join the Wilson Center in launching a new report, Delivering Success: Scaling Up Solutions for Maternal Health, which draws on the experiences of the Advancing Policy Dialogue in Maternal Health series. The launch event will be held from 3:00-5:00 pm (EDT) at the Wilson Center, in Washington, DC, and will feature speakers from the MHTF and several of our partners and colleagues, including UNFPA and the Public Health Foundation of India.From the event announcement:Since 2009, the Wilson Center’s Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health series, one of the few forums dedicated to maternal health, has brought together experts, donors, and policymakers from around the world to leverage their collective knowledge and move forward on reducing pregnancy-related deaths and complications. As part of the 2012-2013 series, the Wilson Center and the Population Foundation of India convened a workshop on neglected maternal health issues which brought together participants in New Delhi with audiences at the Wilson Center and the Harvard School of Public Health. Join us as we launch Delivering Success: Scaling Up Solutions for Maternal Health, a new report which captures, analyzes, and synthesizes the strategies and recommendations that emerged from the series. Delivering Success consolidates key findings and ties them to discussions taking place in global forums.If you are interested in attending the event in person, visit the Wilson Center for more details, or RSVP here. To join the discussion on Twitter, use the hashtag #MHDialogue.Share this:
Posted on December 5, 2014December 3, 2015Click 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)Check out the following opportunities in Maternal HealthJobsResearch Fellow in Qualitative Methods for Impact Evaluation, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Deadline: Thursday, December, 18thResearch Fellow in Epidemiological Methods for Impact Evaluation, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Deadline: Thursday, December, 18thSenior Program Officer, Program Advocacy and Communications for Family Planning, Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationMonitoring and Evaluation Officer, PATH (based in South Africa)Communications Associate, Mobile Alliance for Maternal ActionProject Director for Fistula Care Plus, EngenderHealth ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Urban Health Conference ScholarshipSpecial Call for RMNCH Submissions for 12th International Conference on Urban Health, March 8-12, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Deadline: Friday, January 9th, 2015Scholarships are available for applicants from developing countries whose abstracts are accepted for presentationAreas of special interest include addressing disparities in access to maternal, newborn, and child health services, quality of services, and programs that target youth sexual and reproductive health behaviors to prevent unintended pregnancy. Abstracts that address reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health (RMNCH) in the urban environment, especially approaches that target poor women and women living in slums are encouraged.Questions? Contact Dr. Selmin Jahan, firstname.lastname@example.orgSubmit your abstract at www.icuh2015.orgShare this:
Posted on September 30, 2016November 18, 2016By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, 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)Delivery in a health facility is one of the indicators being used to measure progress in global maternal newborn health under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, research from numerous settings has illustrated that an increase in facility-based birth does not necessarily result in fewer maternal deaths or neonatal deaths. High quality of care is essential for improving health outcomes and ensuring that women continue to seek care throughout their current and future pregnancies. There is huge variation in quality of care and maternal mortality across facilities, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, but research in this area is scarce.In a recent study published in The Lancet Global Health, Kruk and colleagues used nationally representative health system surveys to examine the quality of maternal health care provided in facilities in Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda in relation to volume of deliveries and surgical capacity. Quality of care was evaluated using a set of indicators that measured the facility’s availability of 24-hour skilled staff, referral system, electricity, safe water, equipment for infection control, and ability to administer oxytocin, antibiotics and magnesium sulfate when necessary.The overall quality of care in the sample of 1,715 facilities was low. Nine out of ten facilities providing obstetric services in this region did not have the capacity to perform cesarean sections. The majority of primary facilities—facilities that did not offer cesarean sections—lacked the capacity to respond appropriately to common obstetric emergencies such as pre-eclampsia/eclampsia and postpartum hemorrhage by administering magnesium sulfate and oxytocin, respectively. Only 47% of primary facilities had skilled staff available at all times, 39% had referral capacity, 36% had safe water and a mere 11% had electricity. Although secondary facilities—facilities that offer cesarean sections—generally had better quality of care compared to primary care facilities, only 60% of secondary facilities had adequate safe water supply and 66% operated with electricity.Consistent with findings from high-income countries, higher delivery volume was associated with better quality of care in primary and secondary facilities in these sub-Saharan African countries. Primary facilities with fewer than 500 deliveries per year tended to have the poorest quality of care.The indicators used in this study reflect just a few of the most essential resources and practices necessary for providing high quality maternal health care. Basic infrastructure including electricity and safe water and medicines such as oxytocin and magnesium sulfate are essential elements of high quality care. This study also raises an important question: What steps can be taken to ensure that facilities provide quality care regardless of delivery volume?While increasing facility-based delivery may drive improvements in maternal and newborn health outcomes, what happens when a woman arrives at the facility is critical. A focus on understanding and improving the quality of maternal health care is crucial for reducing preventable maternal mortality and morbidity.—Read about the paper in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health news.Hear from Margaret Kruk in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health podcast: Is any care good care? Explore the new standards for improving quality of maternal and newborn health care from the World Health Organization.Check out the Obstetric Emergency Drills and Training Kit designed to help facilities in low-resource settings prevent and respond to obstetric emergencies.Learn about respectful maternity care, another key component of high quality maternal health care.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Manuel Lanzini has admitted to being in talks over a new contract at West Ham and is happy to commit his future to the club.The 26-year-old Argentine playmaker has entered the final year of his current deal with the Hammers.There is, however, the option for a two-year option to be taken up in that agreement. 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? West Ham would be expected to trigger that clause if forced to do so, but would prefer to thrash out fresh terms with an exciting creative talent.Lanzini has welcomed discussions, telling Sky Sports : “Yes, we are talking with the club about staying and, of course, I want to stay.“It is like my home. It is my fifth season now, I love the fans, the fans love me and the club is amazing.”Lanzini has no need to consider a move elsewhere as he is a key man for West Ham.He is also back in the Argentina squad after missing the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Copa America through injury.Those fitness struggles have been a source of frustration for all concerned, with Lanzini saying: “When I was injured, it was really hard, it was a bad time. It was before the World Cup, it was going to be my first World Cup and I wanted to play.“It was difficult, but I want to say thank you to my family, my girlfriend, my son and all the people that stayed with me.“It’s difficult because you can’t help the team. You see the team may have lost, drawn or play badly and you just want to help.“I spoke everyday with Manuel [Pellegrini] and he understands me and I understand him. I did a really good recovery and since I started to play again, I believe I have done really well.”The plan now is for Lanzini to add to his collection of international caps while chasing down European qualification with his club.He added on West Ham’s ambition: “We hope to stay near the top six and try to get into the Europa League, that is the most important thing for us.“We know that it is difficult because in the Premier League you never know, all the teams are very good.“We have signed very good players and spent a lot of money, but we need to work hard to achieve this.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 22: Trace McSorley #9 of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on in the first half during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on October 22, 2016 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)The referees working tonight’s Penn State-Iowa game are getting blasted for some horrendous calls. Former Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley is the latest to chime in on the bad officiating.He’s clearly displeased with the officials working the game. McSorley voiced his frustration regarding the refs on Twitter.Man they ROBBED @pat_fry5 of a touchdown!— Trace McSorley (@McSorley_IX) October 13, 2019The former PSU QB is referring to a video review which reversed a touchdown which was called on the field. Penn State tight end Patrick Freiermuth hauled in a pass and stretched out to reach the end-zone. The refs called it a touchdown on the field, but then decided to review the play.It was pretty clear in the replay that there wasn’t enough video evidence to overturn the call. Many argue there was enough video evidence to actually confirm it a touchdown.But the refs shockingly overturned the call on the field, costing Penn State a touchdown. The Nittany Lions had to settle for a field goal.This Penn State TD was overturned and Freiermuth was ruled down at the 1.@HawkeyeFootball took advantage and held them to 3: pic.twitter.com/bHcVGFHMTI— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 13, 2019Fortunately, they are currently up 10-6 over Iowa in the fourth quarter. But in a game so tightly contested, these types of mistakes by the officials can cost teams wins.Hopefully, that won’t be the case on Saturday night.You can catch the rest of the Penn State-Iowa game on ABC.
Michigan State’s Weston Bridges has entered the NCAA transfer portal, according to a source. He hasn’t played this season after converting from running back to receiver. First reported by @mlive.— Rainer Sabin (@RainerSabin) October 14, 2019Bridges is the fourth Spartan player to enter the portal this season, joining linebacker/defensive end Brandon Bouyer-Randle and running backs Connor Heyward and La’Darius Jefferson.A three-star recruit out of Akron (OH) Copley High School in the class of 2017, Bridges was hampered by a pair of ACL injuries. The first one occurred during his senior year of high school, and the second happened during the preseason before his freshman campaign at MSU.Michigan State is 4-3 on the season and 2-2 in Big Ten play. The Spartans have a bye this week and will host Penn State on October 26. EAST LANSING, MI – SEPTEMBER 29: General view of Spartan Stadium during a game between the Central Michigan Chippewas and Michigan State Spartans on September 29, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan State redshirt sophomore wide receiver Weston Bridges is entering the transfer portal, according to a new report.Bridges has not played in a game this season. He converted from running back to wide receiver in the offseason.As a redshirt freshman in 2018, Bridges appeared in six games at running back. He finished the season with 53 yards on 16 carries.Rainer Sabin of the Detroit Free Press first reported Bridges’ decision to enter the portal.
Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, Match 7: Prediction and probable playing XIsAfghanistan take on Sri Lanka in their second World Cup 2019 match at Cardiff Wales Stadium on Tuesday. With clouds expected to hang over the iconic stadium, both teams will be looking to make a few changes to their playing XIs.advertisement India Today Web Desk CardiffJune 4, 2019UPDATED: June 4, 2019 13:10 IST Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019, Match 7: Prediction and probable playing XIs (Reuters Photo)Sri Lanka were handed a 10-wicket thrashing in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 opener against New Zealand on June 1 in Cardiff. The former champions return to the venue in a bid to get their campaign back on track as they face Afghanistan on Tuesday.Sri Lanka have been a shadow of their former dominant selves in the recent past and it showed in their opening match. After being bowled out for 136, Sri Lanka let New Zealand gun down the total in less than 17 overs.Overcast conditions didn’t help the Asian side as most of their batsmen, barring Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera, failed with the bat. The bowling didn’t inspire confidence either as the Sri Lankan bowlers were taken to the cleaners by Martin Guptill and Colin Munro.On the other hand, Afghanistan were handed a 7-wicket defeat by Australia in their World Cup opener on June 1. Afghanistan huffed and puffed to post 207 but David Warner and Aaron Finch made sure Australia didn’t have any problems gunning down the total.Both teams will be looking for better batting performances when they meet in the crunch clash in Cardiff.Pitch conditionsWhile Cardiff has been a high-scoring venue in the recent past, overcast conditions, expected for Tuesday, will aid swing bowling. Captains winning the toss will look to bowl as rain interruptions are predicted for Tuesday’s tie.Match predictionIt is safe to say the World Cup 2019 tie between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka is expected to be a close affair. Unless Sri Lanka’s big guns in Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews step up, don’t be surprised if they are stunned by Gulbadin Naib’s men in Cardiff.advertisementPredicted playing XIs for Afghanistan vs Sri LankaSri Lanka will look to include Nuwan Pradeep into their playing XI after his surprise omission from the line-up in their first match. On the other hand, Afghanistan may also add an extra pacer in place of Mujeeb Ur Rahman who was expensive against Australia in Cardiff.Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib (capt), Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam , Hamid Hassan, Dawlat ZadranSri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith MalingaAlso Read | 2 centurions not enough: England set unwanted record in World Cup 2019 defeat vs PakistanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Teams will be wary of facing West Indies, says Steve WaughAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sri Lanka vs AfghanistanFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Lasith MalingaFollow Angelo MathewsFollow Rashid KhanFollow Mujeeb Ur RahmanFollow Cardiff
Massimiliano Allegri lauded the mentality of Cristiano Ronaldo, while the former Juventus head coach believes Inter can win the Scudetto. Ronaldo should be in the twilight of his career, but the 34-year-old has shown no signs of slowing down after joining Juve from La Liga giants Real Madrid in 2018-19. Allegri was in charge when Juve prised Ronaldo to Turin last season – the five-time Ballon d’Or winner scoring 21 Serie A goals and 28 in all competitions as the Italian champions claimed their eighth consecutive Scudetto. 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 Asked about Ronaldo – who netted four goals in Portugal’s 5-1 rout of Lithuania to become the highest scoring player in European Championship qualifying history – Allegri hailed the veteran superstar. “His strength is on a mental level,” said Allegri. “He is 34 years old, he has won championships, European titles and golden balls but he continues to give himself important stimuli that make the difference. “The technique is fundamental to stay at high levels for many years, but the difference is made by the head and the professionalism. If I prefer to coach Ronaldo or a young talent? Ronaldo, without a doubt.” Allegri worked with Ronaldo last season before the Italian coach and Juve parted ways following his fifth successive league title. Juve reportedly turned to Maurizio Sarri in pursuit of European glory after their Champions League quarter-final exit – the Old Lady managing two runners-up medals under Allegri in 2015 and 2017. Reflecting on his exit, Allegri said: “I have absolutely not regretted the choice made with Juventus, things must not be forced. After five years it was time to take a break, perhaps the president had understood it before me.” There is a touch of Juve at Inter this season, with former Bianconeri coach Antonio Conte joining chief executive Giuseppe Marotta in Milan. Allegri won four straight Serie A title under Marotta’s leadership before the 62-year-old moved to Inter in 2018 and the Nerazzurri are now one of the favourites to dethrone Juve. “At Juve I won both with him [Marotta] and without him,” Allegri added. “At Inter he built a strong team and with Conte he made a choice of weight on the bench. They can win the scudetto.”
Unai Emery defended Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka, praising his commitment against Manchester United in Monday’s Premier League draw.Xhaka, who Emery has confirmed as club captain, was strongly criticised on social media following United’s opening goal at Old Trafford, where Arsenal held the Red Devils to a 1-1 draw.The Switzerland midfielder appeared to duck out of the way of Scott McTominay’s rasping 20-yard drive, although some replays indicated the ball took a small deflection to divert it away from his head. 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 Arsenal head coach Emery, though, gave Xhaka his full backing after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s seventh Premier League goal of the season earned the Gunners a point.”He worked with a big commitment,” Emery told a news conference after Arsenal moved back into the table’s top four.”He ran back, maybe the first run back in this action. I didn’t see that action [the apparent duck].”I watched when he was running back and really he did perfect with that run.” With Alexandre Lacazette again ruled out by injury, teenager Bukayo Saka took his chance to shine by setting up Aubameyang for an that was equaliser initially disallowed for offside, then given by VAR.”He is working and improving, being mature and playing matches,” Emery, who left Mesut Ozil out of his squad, said of the 18-year-old.”With his work it’s natural. He’s improving, he’s helping us now as an important player.”We are going to go with him with calm and patience but also if he deserves to take minutes to have that confidence to help us, it’s fantastic for us.” Arsenal came from behind for the second Premier League game in a row after a 3-2 home defeat of Aston Villa last time out and Emery hailed his team’s fitness levels.”Football is changing. Physically it’s very important. Every team physically is very strong,” Emery added.”You need to play with quality, you need to play with quality of course and be able to use the space on the pitch for 90 minutes.”Every player in each team is very, very fit. We both have very quality players. We need to improve our mental work, tactically to achieve the best performance.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
David Luiz’s first Arsenal goal secured a 1-0 win over Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium and lifted the Gunners to third in the Premier League.The Brazilian defender’s ninth-minute header settled a low-key contest on Sunday as Unai Emery’s men extended their undefeated streak to eight games in all competitions.Callum Wilson failed to track the centre-back for the winner and later squandered a rare, clear-cut opening for an equaliser. 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 There were otherwise precious few opportunities for either side, the Cherries slumping to a seventh defeat in nine instances of this fixture.Bournemouth had conceded five times in each of their three previous Premier League trips to London and fell behind early on this occasion.David Luiz darted clear of striker Wilson and glanced a header inside the far upright from Nicolas Pepe’s corner.#TFW you score your first Arsenal goal… and all your mates are buzzing for you #ARSBOU pic.twitter.com/G86MSlkJ4C— Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 6, 2019Pepe next went close with a curling effort and had penalty appeals rejected when Diego Rico took a mixture of ball and man in the 23rd minute.Wilson should have brought Bournemouth level five minutes after the interval but, after bursting onto Dominic Solanke’s pass and gliding past Bernd Leno, the England striker pulled the ball across the face with the goal at his mercy.Arsenal started to live dangerously and needed goalkeeper Leno to tip behind a deflected Jack Stacey cross just prior to the hour.But the lapse in concentration was fleeting and, having failed to take advantage, Eddie Howe’s side could ultimately have few complaints about a third league defeat of the season.What does it mean? Gunners in good spiritsThere was little glamour about the manner of Arsenal’s victory but head coach Emery will not mind much as his team enter the international break in a strong position.They have responded well domestically since losing at Liverpool in August and are placed well in the Europa League.11 – 11 of David Luiz’s 12 Premier League goals have been scored in London, with 10 of those coming in home games for both Arsenal and Chelsea (one at Fulham, one at Liverpool). Capitalist. #ARSBOU pic.twitter.com/wdVjVKnHsP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 6, 2019Chambers putting up a fight for right-back berthHector Bellerin might be fit again but he will not be assured of a starting place if Calum Chambers continues his form.Nominally a centre-back, the versatile defender did his job on the right side of a back four as he kept Bournemouth’s dangerous wingers under wraps and offered enough thrust going forward.Wilson fall short of usual standardCherries striker Wilson travelled to the capital with a fine record of three goals in four Premier League appearances against Arsenal but will not want this match to live long in the memory.The rumoured Manchester United target lost David Luiz for the opener and, amid an off-colour performance, passed up Bournemouth’s best opportunity for an equaliser.What’s next?Arsenal have a fortnight to prepare for their next Premier League fixture, a trip to Sheffield United on October 21.Bournemouth’s first match back after the international break is at home to Norwich City two days earlier. read more
Seattle, WA, January 8, 2018 – Windstar Cruises, the upscale cruise line, is starting 2018 with a recent collection of prestigious accolades and numerous award wins. Windstar was voted Most Romantic Cruise Line and Best Tall Ship (Wind Surf) in Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 19thAnnual Readers’ Choice Awards, in addition to earning Best Cruise Partnership in the magazine’s newly announced Editor-in-Chief Awards; was best for romance in the Cruise Critic 2017 Editors’ Picks Awards; scored a top spot in the Best Small Ships category in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards, as well as was named to the magazine’s prestigious Gold List for 2018; was lauded for its active itineraries and sports marinas in the TOWN & COUNTRYCruise Awards; was a top selection in the 2017 Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards for Cruise Line Under 1,000 Berths and the Pacific cruising category; earned the Silver Award for Best Cruise Line/Small Ship in Recommend magazine’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards; and was named the #1 Boutique Cruise Line in the world by the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. The company was also acknowledged within the travel industry as Cruise Specialty Partner of the Year by the travel agency collaboration Ensemble Travel Group. “We are honored to be chosen as a reader’s and editor’s favorite several times over, particularly in categories such as ‘best small ships’ and ‘romance’ that represent quintessential components of our business,” stated Windstar President John Delaney. “We pride ourselves on creating personal experiences in intimate, unique settings, for each of our guests. We are equally gratified by recognition from our valued travel agent partners who provide consumers with an extraordinary level of expertise and added benefits to all travelers that are looking for a cruise vacation that stands out and is different than most. This is what sets Windstar apart and makes us 180 degrees from ordinary.” Condé Nast Traveler – Best Small Ships (fewer than 500 guests) + 2018 Gold List Selection Each year, Condé Nast Traveler readers rank the best cruise lines in the world, announced in the November issue. In 2017, Windstar ranked #3 in the Readers’ Choice Awards Small Ships category, with fewer than 500 guests. (In recent years, Windstar has held various positions in the top five spots of this category.) Editors noted that in 2017, rankings for all cruise lines were higher across the board, indicating broad customer satisfaction. This category is particularly meaningful for the small and sophisticated cruise line, whose personal and intimate setting stands at the heart of the Windstar experience, distinguishing them from the competition. “180 Degrees from Ordinary,” Windstar Cruises takes a casually elegant approach to truly upscale small ship cruising. Additionally, Windstar was selected to the magazine’s 2018 Gold List, published in the January issue. Editors suggested traveling from Tokyo to northern Japan before crossing the Pacific and sailing past Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park on Windstar Cruises’ Star Legend as a unique “out there” escape. Windstar has been named to the Gold List for the past six years. Cruise Critic – Best for Romance In the Cruise Critic 2017 Editors’ Picks Awards, chosen by the site’s team of international editors and announced in December, Windstar scored big for couples and honeymooners. Saying “the line’s sailing ships are perfect for wind-in-your-hair, sunset moments, while its yachts offer oversized suites and luxurious touches,” editors were impressed that all six Windstar ships can sneak into small harbors, providing access to uncrowded destinations and out-of-the-way locales to explore with a loved one. Porthole Cruise Magazine – Most Romantic Cruise Line and Best Tall Ship + Best Cruise PartnershipWindstar mimics the feeling of sailing on a private yacht, so it’s not surprising the line was chosen as the Most Romantic Cruise Line by Porthole’s Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Additionally, Windstar’s 310-guest flagship Wind Surf was selected as the Best Tall Ship. Wind Surf’s regal design draws admiring glances as she glides majestically into port. “The romance of cruising under sail is one thing that differentiates Windstar Cruises from other lines, so it comes as no surprise that our readers continually vote Windstar as not only the most romantic cruise line but also as best tall ship,” said Bill Panoff, publisher and editor-in-chief of Porthole Cruise Magazine. “For savvy travelers, I always recommend trying this unique sailing experience.” Winners of Porthole’s Annual Readers’ Choice Awards were determined by the magazine’s readers and online fans who completed ballots and voted on 55 cruise-related categories, ranging from the best ships to the best itineraries. Additionally, Windstar was included in the magazine’s 2018 Editor-in-Chief Awards, given to those that “left amazing impressions in terms of service, quality, and memorable moments.” Windstar was recognized for Best Cruise Partnership: Windstar Cruises and James Beard Foundation, honoring the fact that Windstar has partnered with the foundation to celebrate food- and wine-themed cruises and offer signature recipes nightly on dining room menus. Recommend – Silver Award for Best Cruise Line/Small ShipWindstar recently received the Silver Award for Best Cruise Line/Small Ship in Recommend magazine’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards, highlighted in the December issue. Readers were given the opportunity to name the best in the business from individual hotel and tour operators to companies that do the best to support travel professionals. The magazine helps travel agents sell travel by providing them with in-depth destination information. TOWN & COUNTRY – Best Active Itineraries + Best Sports Marinas Editors and writers at TOWN & COUNTRY magazine collectively selected the best luxury cruise lines in the world for their T&C Cruise Awards in the December issue. With their hand-picked selection of the top ships at sea, Windstar is thrilled to be included in two categories: Best Active Itineraries and Best Sports Marinas. Saying “these ships have devised entire trips to make you move,” Windstar’s Costa Rica & Panama Canal cruises were specifically recognized for being both active and unexpected, with experiences like hiking in the rain forest, sport fishing, and river rafting on offer. Declaring “these (ships) have the best toys and the most ways to get you on the water,” ALL of Windstar’s six-ship fleet was recognized for high-quality and diverse watersports equipment and the ability to use them more often than other cruise lines due to Windstar’s small size and access to smaller (and less restrictive) ports. Travel Weekly – Readers’ Choice Award Finalist for Cruise Line Under 1,000 Berths + Pacific The 15th Annual Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards took place in December, with Windstar recognized as a finalist for Cruise Line Under 1,000 Berths and for the Pacific cruising category (in recognition of its year-round offerings in Tahiti). Finalists were nominated by Travel Weekly readers who have first-hand knowledge and a deep understanding of the destinations and businesses that serve their clients. To be a finalist means Windstar’s product is significantly above industry standards, says Arnie Weissmann, editor in chief. USA Today – 10Best Readers’ Choice Award for #1 Boutique Cruise Line Windstar was named the #1 Boutique Cruise Line in the world by the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for the second year in a row in late December. Twenty boutique cruise lines were nominated by a panel of experts, which included a combination of editors from USA Today and 10Best.com, cruise journalists, and top cruise industry media sources. In addition to being named the Best Boutique Cruise Line again, Windstar also placed in the top five as a Best Cruise Line for Millennials, a new category this year, and in the top ten as a Best Cruise Ship for Dining (the 212-passenger, all-suite Star Pride specifically), Best Ocean Cruise Line, and Best Adventure Cruise Line. Ensemble Travel Group – 2017 Cruise Specialty Partner of the YearLastly, Ensemble Travel Group awarded Windstar with the 2017 Cruise Specialty Partner of the Year at their annual Circle of Excellence Gala in Dallas in October. The award reflected input from members across the United States and Canada. Ensemble, a member-owned and run organization of top-tier independent travel agencies, designs unique consumer vacation programs. Members based their selections on three key performance areas: quality of customer service (timeliness and accuracy of communications and documentation, ease of the booking process, and overall problem solving); level of agency support (local sales rep, co-op funds, group support, marketing guidance, product training, and commitment to agency sales channel); and client satisfaction (product delivery, fulfillment of client expectations, and repeat bookings). For additional information on private yacht-style cruising with Windstar, contact a travel professional or Windstar Cruises by phone at 877-958-7718, or visit www.windstarcruises.com.About Windstar Cruises Windstar Cruises operates a six-ship fleet of small sailing and all-suite ships visiting approximately 270 ports in 2018 sailing throughout Europe, the Caribbean, Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, Asia, Alaska, Canada and New England, and cruising year-round in Tahiti. Windstar’s fleet is the market leader in small ship cruising with a total of 1,242 passenger berths calling on off-the-beaten-path and popular ports in over 60 countries. The boutique cruise line carries fewer than 310 passengers on its small ships and takes travelers on cruises that are 180 degrees from ordinary. They are known for their immersive and authentic experiences, unique, port-intensive itineraries, exceptional award-winning service, and innovative culinary program as the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation. Windstar Cruises is a part of Xanterra Parks & Resorts®, known for “Legendary Hospitality with a Softer Footprint.” Follow the Windstar Yachts: Facebook / Twitter / Google+ / YouTube / Pinterest / LinkedIn / Instagram / Blog
NEW YORK, NY, September 27,2018 — Sven Lindblad, CEO & President of Lindblad Expeditions, unveiled the world’s most advanced polar expedition ship– the 126-guest National Geographic Endurance – at a live video conference today. He was joined by key members of the line’s ship building and expedition team including Trey Byus, Chief Expedition Officer (CXO); Nikolaos Doulis, Senior VP of Marine Builds, and Captain Leif Skog, VP of Nautical. The panel of experts discussed the ship’s innovative design and development, unveiled interior renderings, and the inaugural Arctic itineraries following her early 2020 delivery. The first new polar build in the line’s history, the ship was named to honor legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton, and embodies every innovation and concept Lindblad has developed in over 50+ years of pioneering expedition travel. Fully stabilized with the highest ice class (PC5 Category A) of any purpose-built passenger vessel, National Geographic Endurance will provide unprecedented access to polar environments, opening up previously unexplored opportunities areas as well as allowing Lindblad to explore familiar geographies for longer. in polar environments. The most striking feature of National Geographic Endurance is her distinctive profile, resulting from the patented X-Bow®. Introduced by Lindblad’s Norwegian shipbuilder, Ulstein, this unique design affords the smoothest, most comfortable ride imaginable, in all sea behavior, which results in greater fuel efficiency and fewer emissions for reduced environmental impact. The X-Bow also significantly increases the joy of observing wildlife, enabling optimal forward and straight down-the-sides viewing—no leaning out over the deck rail required. The unobstructed downward sight lines, plus multiple walk-out areas from the Bridge, and Observation Lounge, and glass rails on the top deck create superb conditions for viewing and photography. Sleek and powerful on the outside, National Geographic Endurance is quiet luxe in the best Scandinavian design tradition on the inside. Conceived by Partnership Design in Hamburg, the streamlined modernism of her welcoming Reception, distinctive style of her elevators and staircase, and pampering comfort of her public and private spaces, have been designed for guest ease. With a total of six guest decks, the ship has over 10,000 square feet of glass keeping guests constantly connected to the view. National Geographic Endurance’s luxuriously appointed interiors are superlative from a design and hospitality perspective – and uphold Lindblad traditions: making community (the Lounge) and insight (the ‘Circle of Truth’ podium) the center of expedition life. Fire and ice are twin themes throughout the ship, in the color schemes and the feelings engendered by her spaces—from the ‘chill’ cool of the Ice Lounge, the expedition community hub for Recap, talks, presentations and sociability with a B&H Photo Gear Locker for trying new tech; to the conversation-kindling warmth around the fireplace of The Den on the Observation Deck. Discover spa treatments and therapies at The Sanctuary. Stunning twin infinity Jacuzzis, saunas with million-dollar views, and a glass-walled yoga studio will transform the polar experience. Elegantly imagined, with a sense of limitless space effortlessly incorporated into the design, the 13 extra large balcony suites – each named for a famous polar explorer – impart a feeling of serenity. Warm creams, oatmeal and coral, soft textures, round corners, art that invites the eye to linger and Lindblad’s signature feather duvets, plus a walk-in closet and roomy stone-clad baths make each suite a haven. Full-height windows and furnished balconies bring the scenery in. And in the 56 standard cabins, azure accents meet polar vistas at the windows for a feeling of expansive yet cozy space. Of the 56 standard cabins, 40 feature a balcony (including the 12 solo cabins). All of the 69 total cabins feature a sofa or reading chair, as well as the new “Command Center” with a National Geographic Atlas, barometer, analog clock, digital tablet with daily programming & a generous array of USB and universal electrical ports for cameras and devices, plus a retractable lighted vanity mirror. Dining aboard National Geographic Endurance will be a far cry from what Shackleton experienced. Restaurant Two Seven Zeroº surrounds superb dining with stellar views. C. Green’s, named for Shackelton’s cook, offers an early riser breakfast, fresh salads and lighter fare, plus custom grilled selections at lunch and dinner. The Chef’s Table is an innovative approach to private dining. Over the course of each voyage, all guests aboard will be hosted by our Chef. Intimate and interactive, each dinner features ‘polar theater’ in the form of regionally inspired, sustainable, and inventive food. In addition, daily high tea, hors d’oeuvres at Recap, and BBQs in the heated outdoor Winter Garden round out the new level of dining. The ship will feature a suite of Lindblad’s signature tools for exploration: fleet of Zodiacs, kayaks, snowshoes, cross-country skis, an ROV, hydrophones, video microscope, underwater video technology, a hyper-efficient Zodiac loading for ‘getting out there’ more swiftly and safely – plus more expedition enhancements to be announced soon. In 2020 National Geographic Endurance embarks on a series of eight inaugural Arctic itineraries, to explore areas both familiar and brand new, presenting unprecedented opportunities to explore further. She will travel where few have gone, see what few have seen and experience what few can, venturing earlier and penetrate farther into the most adventurous regions. That’s what National Geographic Endurance is designed to do. A few highlights:Svalbard in Spring: Polar Bears, Arctic Light and Epic Ice – Voyage deep into Svalbard, the way few have. A true Arctic refuge – covered in snow, surrounded by sea ice, where polar bears freed from their winter sleep stalk seals on the ice. Be stunned by the astonishing lights as the spring sun mounts higher in the Arctic sky each day.Northeast Passage: An Unforgettable Voyage from Norway to Alaska – National Geographic Endurance roams free at the top of the world on this pioneering expedition, on one of the most untrammeled, adventurous routes in the High Arctic – including Franz Josef Land, Severnaya Zemlya, the barely explored Siberian coast, and Wrangel Island.East Greenland: Wild Shores of the High Arctic – As fiercely guarded as any kingdom, Greenland’s eastern coast is flanked by thousands of bergs calved from the massive ice sheet. It’s where we will enter the largest national park in the world – Northeast Greenland National Park – to find polar bears, seals, walrus; crevasse-laced glaciers; mountains made from some of the oldest rock art, and coastal villages where descendants of the greatest hunters and survivors our species has even know dwell. For reservations or additional information on Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic voyages to some of the most beautiful and fascinating places on Earth, visit www.expeditions.com, call 1-800-EXPEDITION (1-800-397-3348) or contact your travel advisor.
Editors’ Recommendations How to Shave With a Straight Razor The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now A Guide to Bodywork: Massage, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, and More How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide Before hearing hipster foodies ask for “Amla” in their smoothies, here’s your chance to be the first to know about the superfood, Amalaki, and why you should start taking it ahead of the cool-curve (especially during cold and flu season).What Is Amalaki?Sold as a powder, Amalaki (ah-mel-ah-key), is another word for the Indian Gooseberry or Amla fruit, which looks like grapes and grow on a tree in Southeast Asia. Commonly used in Ayurveda — a holistic medical practice focused on physical and emotional balance dating back to 800 BCE — Amalaki is a superfood that packs heaps of nutrients in a small dose. That’s why it’s called a superfood; it’s often hard to find and always very nutritious.Amla, or Indian gooseberry. Anand Purohit/Getty Images“Amalaki has been used for centuries to heal and support the immune system,” says Dr. Saman Faramarzi, naturopathic doctor and founder of SAFA Life & Wellness in Los Angeles. When Amalaki comes up in conversations with clients, it’s often praised for its sheer nutrient content, giving users 30-percent of daily Vitamin C intake in one teaspoon.Bare Organics.There’s also iron, fiber, and no sugar; that is, none when you source a raw USDA Organic Amalaki. Faramarzi recommends Bare Organics, whose Amalaki Powder is also gluten-free, vegan, and non-GMO. “It has to be USDA Organic,” Faramarzi says, “If it’s full of pesticides, it can do more damage to your body than if you weren’t eating Amalaki in the first place.”A little boost of Vitamin C is just the beginning when it comes to the actual benefits of taking Amalaki, especially for men in their 20s and up. We’re talking better skin, weight management, antioxidant promotion, and digestive health improvements.Do You Drink? Take Amalaki.“When guys are going out and drinking, that is affecting your gut lining and killing off good bacteria. Amalaki helps support the inner lining of your gut. If I could tell a patient to take only two supplements, it would be Amalaki and a good probiotic,” Faramarzi says.In everyday life, that little gut and immunity boost means clearing your outer skin as well, having more energy, getting sick less, healing wounds faster, and possibly shedding a few pounds.“When a man is always on the go, working and stressing a lot, not able to eat the most perfect diet, he’s not getting all the nutrients he needs,” Faramarzi says.Consider adding Amalaki powder to your smoothie.Here’s a quick way to test whether you should consider adding Amalaki:You wake up tired and exhausted.You’re getting sick all the time (i.e. an office-mate sneezes and you’re sick the next day).It takes a long time to heal wounds.When you get sick, it lasts longer than seven days.“When my patients come to me sick, I don’t think of antibiotics. I think of getting their immune system stronger,” Faramarzi says. “The flu is getting harder to beat and it’s going on for longer periods because our immune systems are not functioning well. The first thing that goes when your body is stressed is vitamins. Stress eats away at all your nutrients because your body is working harder.”The Best Way to Take AmalakiOk, you’re convinced. But how do you eat Amalaki?Add a recommended scoop to apple juice, warm water for tea, or yogurt. It’s a bit sour and tart, like cherries, so smoothies and sweetened juice are the easiest ways to sip it. Since Amalaki is hyper acidic, consuming too much could cause gastrointestinal discomfort or upset your stomach, and if that happens with the recommended dose, try a lower amount and go from there.The best news is that even being a superfood, Amalaki, unlike açai, doesn’t cost an exorbitant about. Bare Organics’ charges $20 for a 57-serving jar. Company representatives say it’s already a top seller, meaning it won’t be long until those hipsters hear about it, grow stronger, and take over the world. 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts
This week, the PGA hits the links at the historic Augusta National Golf Club for the first of four major tournaments this year, but plenty of other golfers will get their season started this month as well, so Natural Light is celebrating by giving away free beer in their new Natty Birdie Sweepstakes.A lot of beer brands are talking about low calories, but at 95 calories, few are able to go lower than Natural Light. The brand is celebrating by taking a shot at fellow light beer Miller Lite, which clocks in a full calorie above Natural Light, by emphasizing that the lowest score wins in gold. With that difference in mind, the beer brand will give away a full year’s supply of beer each time a golfer shoots a birdie during Sunday’s final round of the Master’s.Natty Light’s calorie count is a birdie compare to Miller Lite. Natural LightTo win, aspiring winners need to tweet #BirdieLight and #Sweepstakes on Sunday. Each time a golfer shoots one-under on a hole at Augusta, Natural Light will select a participant to wi a full year of beer. Last year’s tournament featured plenty of golfers reaching well below par. The top four golfers all shot 10-under or better, including Patrick Reed’s 15-under to win the tournament. Reed only shot one-under during the final round, but third-place finisher Jordan Spieth shot eight-under on Sunday, so there’s a good deal of promise for those hoping to win a full year of Natty Light. Along with their giveaway plans, Natural Light will also display the “Official Light Beer Leaderboard” around Augusta during the weekend’s tournament. For those who decide tweeting for free beer isn’t really their thing, Natural Light is also running a competition to pay off $1 million in college loans. And Natty Light isn’t the only beer brand to offer up a year’s supply of beer in 2019. Earlier this year, Goose Island Beer Company offered the reward up to any fan who could nail a 43-yard field goal, the same distance missed by Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey during the NFL playoffs. No participant won that prize — partially because they rescinded the gift in favor of NFL tickets, airfare, and hotel rooms, but also because no one kicked the field goal. Out west, Denver’s Wynkoop also offered up the prize for Beer Drinker of the Year. Last year, Busch partnered with the National Forest Foundation for a scavenger hunt with a year of free beer on the line.What we’re trying to say is that if you want a ton of beer, keep your eyes open because sooner rather than later, it’ll be your time to shine (and all you might have to do is tweet something). What’s So Great About the Icelandic Hot Dog? Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene Editors’ Recommendations The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing The McMenamins Effect: How 2 Brothers Helped Start Beervana Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About
Goway is tempting travellers with new offers on a range of its finest luxury accommodations. As experts in custom travel packages, Goway provides a range of vacation ideas around the globe to cater to luxury travellers. “We don’t assume all luxury clients want the same thing. Not everyone on a ‘luxury vacation’ is seeking 5-star resorts with butler service, or first class airfare, or fully escorted tours,” says Bronwyn Hodge, Goway’s Islands General Manager. “What we are seeing and hearing is that affluent holidaymakers today want authentic experiences, often including a bit of adventure, tailor-made itineraries, and transformational journeys.” For instance, these clients may opt for a boutique heritage hotel that oozes with character or is very unique to the area. Goway’s Stays of Distinction are handpicked properties chosen not just because they embody a deluxe standard, but because of extra qualities that characterize them as ‘special.’ Stays of Distinction include Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley a special Australian homestead stay within a private wilderness reserve; or the Luna Hotel Baglioni, a historic hotel in the heart of Venice that was once a magnificent Venetian palace. Goway’s 14-day Best of Belmond Brazil and Peru is a great choice for this type of luxury traveler. This itinerary includes classic stops such as colourful Rio de Janeiro and Peru’s famous Machu Picchu, while staying entirely in beautiful Belmond Properties. This vacation features a walking tour of Cusco by night, free time on Copacabana beach, and a visit to one of Peru’s local communities. The hotels are luxurious, yet completely charming: Belmond Das Cataratas Hotel, a Portuguese-colonial residence, is the only hotel located within Brazil’s Iguassu National Park. Meanwhile Belmond Hotel Monasterio in Cusco is a former monastery and national monument dating back to 1592. Goway currently has an exclusive promotion which includes savings of $800 US / $1120 CA per couple on bookings made by April 15, 2017. For those seeking authentic local experiences with some adventure, Goway’s Bangkok and River Kwai Wellness Retreat fits the bill. It includes a street-food walking tour, a day exploring by bicycle and an overnight stay on the River Kwai. For a limited time, clients can save $200 US / $300 CA per couple. In Africa, Goway’s Best of Namibia Circuit Flying Safari takes visitors ‘to the air’ over 7 days. Globetrotters can experience the breathtaking colours of Namibia’s desert sands, along with its unique wildlife, traveling by light aircraft transfers and sleeping in a stunning wilderness reserve, a Victorian style hotel, and a Tented Camp. For a special occasion, such as a honeymoon or anniversary, Goway’s Paris and Maldives combines two of the most romantic places on Earth: Paris, the most beloved city on the planet, followed by tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives. This Maldives component of this custom package can be upgraded to include Overwater Bungalow accommodation. This 2-week trip is on sale until March 31, 2017 with a saving of $500 US/ $700 CA per couple.