WASHINGTON, D.C.—Former army sergeant Glen Lehman lost his arm in Iraq. But he can still pick up small objects with fine motor control, thanks to a bionic appendage wired to his remaining nerves. “Just by believing I’m moving my phantom limb,” he said, “the arm is in tune with my thoughts.”Lehman showed off his new arm here yesterday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (which publishes ScienceNOW). His demonstration was part of a session on breaking down the barriers between mind and machine. In addition to creating better prosthetics for amputees, scientists talked about developing communication devices for locked-in patients and even creating virtual reality avatars that might someday allow people to transfer their entire consciousness into a machine.But first back to Lehman’s arm. Previous arm prosthetics have relied on the remaining muscles of the arm to guess at what the amputee wants to do, which panelist Todd Kuiken of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, described as a “Morse code game.” The technique his group is developing, by contrast, uses the arm’s nerves, which appear to remain intact even 10 years after an amputation. 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His group has previously had success allowing monkeys to control a robotic arm in this way; with training, the monkeys began to treat the arm as their own, even trying to groom it. This summer, Schwartz’s group will begin testing the technique in 20 human patients with spinal cord injuries. Schwartz also showed video of a high-performance, extraordinarily dexterous prosthetic arm developed at Johns Hopkins University, which he called “the best prosthetic in existence.” His group is about to begin trials in monkeys using this arm.Although prosthetics and other brain-powered devices have been around for some time, José del R. Millán of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland said that one difficulty is the amount of continuous concentration required to use them. His goal, he said, is to perfect brain-computer interfaces so that their control is as natural as writing or driving a car. A volunteer demonstrated an electrode cap with which he could drive a wheeled robot around the room. Millan listed a number of uses for this technology for bedridden and locked-in patients; joining their families virtually without leaving their beds, participating in research studies, and controlling their own wheelchairs.No matter how good a prosthetic or robot is, however, “the perception of self is at the core of neuroprosthetics,” Millan said. Olaf Blanke, also of Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, has made progress trying to understand what defines “self,” and how self-awareness can be transferred into a robot or avatar. His research recreates out-of-body experiences. By touching a volunteer on his real body while he viewed a virtual representation of himself on a computer, Blanke and colleagues were able to change the volunteer’s perception of where he was in space: the volunteer believed his consciousness had been transferred to the avatar. Intriguingly, the researchers flipped genders, giving a male volunteer a female avatar, but this didn’t seem to affect the outcome. The only aspect important for the transfer of consciousness, Blanke said, was that the avatar had a vaguely human shape.Integrating the consciousness transfer with real-time, thought-controlled prosthetics, the presenters said, could eventually restore autonomy to bed-bound or locked-in patients, providing them with a higher quality of life.Science will be hosting a live chat with Olaf Blanke and Jose del R. Millan at noon EST on Sunday, 20 February. See our complete coverage of the 2011 AAAS annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Virtually every aspect of India’s massive defeats Down Under has been dissected. In less than 48 hours, the Adelaide Test begins and there are no signs of VVS Laxman being ready to back off at this stage despite a string of failures.Back home, the Board of Control for Cricket in India maintains its usual silence. None of its office-bearers or selectors is having sleepless nights, though the same cannot be said about the discerning fan who still loves to wake up at odd hours to catch the live action.Sports View by S . Kannan.Mahendra Singh Dhoni will sit out of the Adelaide Test as he has been penalised by the ICC for a slow-over rate. And it’s even more chilling to note that the man who is now going to lead – Virender Sehwag – is perhaps in the middle of a huge crisis vis-a-vis his own batting.Some of the statistics which were brought to my notice have been nothing short of a revelation. Of the 274 cricketers to have played Tests for India, Dhoni happened to be the 251st.He made his debut in 2005-06, so that means 23 players have played for India after him. The most surprising aspect is how in the last six years, out of these only three have been middleorder batsmen – S Badrinath, Suresh Raina and Cheteshwar Pujara. Murali Vijay and Abhinav Mukund got brief stints as openers but the rest of those earning India caps were bowlers.Raina did not do too badly with a century on debut and six half tons, but in 15 Tests he averaged less than 30. Once the verdict was passed that Raina was suspect against the short- pitched stuff, he was out of the Test reckoning.advertisementAt a time when calls for the heads of Dravid and Laxman have reached a crescendo, it is clear the Indian board has just not worked on a succession plan. While the Indian cricket fan is passionate and can put his stars on a pedestal one day, the next day he can run them down mercilessly.Yet, AS far as the Board officials are concerned, it is not a matter of concern. To be sure, if one looks at the ODI side, from the time Greg Chappell was the coach of the Indian team, he had discussed a succession plan with the then chairman of the selection committee, Kiran More.However, as far as the Indian Test side is concerned, it is clear we kept persisting with the golden oldies and never thought of grooming batsmen, especially in the middle order. As it were, after Sourav Ganguly retired, the No. 6 slot has been shaky.We keep talking of how the Aussies have been unbeatable over the years, but if one goes back to the eighties when Dennis Lillee, Rodney Marsh and Greg Chappell retired, there was a crisis. However, Chappell came back as a selector and, with Bob Simpson, worked on building a team for the future.Similarly, in 2007, when Glenn McGrath, Justin Langer and Shane Warne retired, the Aussies faced a crisis. It worsened once Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden also called it a day. The Aussies lost the Ashes at home and took time to find their feet.So to say that the Aussies were always unbeatable is untrue. They also made mistakes and then learnt.Sadly in India, the fringe players are never given confidence. If it is captaincy, quite often we find that there has been no succession plan. If today it is Dhoni, tomorrow it could be Sehwag.But a closer look at the Indian Test team is quite scary. The ideal situation would have been to phase out Laxman and at the same time ensure there were a couple of batsmen who could fill in his boots.Obviously in the twilight of his career, we don’t expect Dravid to continue too for long and this will be his last tour to Australia. So can one imagine what goes through Mr Sachin Tendulkar’s head when he is going to be without his two senior colleagues.We keep talking of all the ills but nobody has worked on a succession plan. From the Indian board to the selectors and also the Indian captain and the coach, everyone should have put their heads together.Sadly, that has not been the case and planning has been done only on a series- to- series basis. There is already talk as to how in 2012 the biggest events ahead are the Indian Premier League and the ICC World T20 plus the Asia Cup.advertisementWe know that at home and on the lifeless wickets we can still win Tests, whatever be the opposition. It’s already too late that nothing has been done on grooming middle-order batsmen who can replace Laxman and Dravid.This is a bit like other sporting disciplines as well in India where we keep relying on the golden oldies. At 38-plus, Leander Paes happens to be a medal chance at the London Olympics and so does Mahesh Bhupathi, a year younger. In tennis, we know for sure the cupboard is bare.But in Indian cricket, there is no dearth of talent. The problem lies in the lack of planning and how those who at the helm have suffered from acute myopia. To borrow an ophthalmic term, a correction is needed. It’s just that we seem to have nobody with the email@example.com
Jose Mourinho believes that Pogba is not to be entirely blamed for United’s dismal performance following his sacking in DecemberAdvertisementFormer Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho, known for his controversial comments once came on the limelight this time blaming the entire the club organization for their failure. Manchester United finished sixth in the Premier League and missed out on a Champions League spot.Jose Mourinho believes that Pogba is not to be entirely blamed for United’s dismal performance following his sacking in December“The problems are there, you can say that these are the players, the organisation, the ambition, I only say that I cannot say yes when you ask if Paul was the only one responsible,” Mourinho was quoted by French website L’Equipe.Mourinho also claimed that time has given the right judgment as United were lackadaisical after Ole Gunner Solksjaer’s honeymoon period ended.“I said nine or 10 months ago that after winning eight championships, finishing second with United may have been my greatest achievement. Now people understand. I do not always do my analysis publicly on Manchester United. I do not want to talk about it and I have the feeling that I do not need to speak, that time gives explanations. About United I want to say only two things: One is that time has spoken. Two is that the problems are still there.” Advertisement
Audi, the German luxury car maker, has introduced the A5 Brat Pack in India with the launch of the A5 Sportback, the Audi A5 Cabriolet and the Audi S5 Sportback. The powerful and flowing silhouettes of the three offerings make the trio truly aesthetic with abundant space inside. Beneath their skin, notably impressive traits include a newly developed suspension, high-performance drives, innovative infotainment solutions, Audi Virtual Cockit and Audi Smartphone Interface.While the A5 Sportback has been priced at Rs 54,02,000, the S5 Sportback has been priced at Rs 70,60,000 and the A5 Cabriolet can be had for Rs 67,51,000.With the A5 Sportback, Audi has filled in the vacuum between the A4 and A6 in the model line up.The S5 Sportback, the most expensive of the lot, comes with a turbocharged V6 petrol engine.Here’s a glance at what all the three cars come packed with:Engines and drivetrainAudi A5 Sportback2.0 litre TDI engine churns out 140 kW (190 hp) of power0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 7.9 secondsSeven-Speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission Audi S5 Sportback3.0 litre TFSIq engine churns out 260 kW (354 hp) of powerV6 turbo engine, 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.7 secondsEight-Speed tiptronic, quattro all-wheel drive is standardAudi A5 Cabriolet2.0 litre TDIq engine churns out 140 kW (190 hp) of power0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 7.8 secondsSeven-Speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission,Quattro all-wheel drive is standard ExteriorAthletic design and outstanding aeroacousticsWave-pattern shoulder line imparts emotional eleganceFlatter and wider three-dimensionally modeledSingleframe grilleLED headlights with ‘4 Eye design’LED rear lights with dynamic indicatorsPronounced bulges over the wheel arches underscore the sporty DNAPanoramic sunroof in the Audi A5 Sportback and Audi S5 SportbackNew one-touch opening function opens soft top fully automatic in 15 seconds or close it in 18 seconds – even while driving up to 50 km/h (A5 Cabriolet)Acoustic Hood (A5 Cabriolet)45.72 cms (R18) Cast Aluminium alloy wheels, 5 spoke design Interior Horizontal architecture of the instrument panel creates a sense of spaciousnessOptional ambient lighting with 3 Colors and 30 combinations480 liters (17.0 cu ft) of luggage capacityLeather steering wheel in 3-spoke design with multifunction plus and gear shift paddles ComfortFront seats, electrically adjustableDriver Side memory function on the Audi S5Seat Upholstery in Leather/Leatherette on the Audi A5Seat Upholstery in Alcantara on the Audi S54 Way Lumbar SupportAuto-release function3-Zone deluxe automatic air conditioningInterior mirrors with automatic anti-glare actionExterior mirrors, electrically adjustable, heated, folded, automatic dimmingLuggage compartment lid, electrically opening and closing (Audi A5 & S5)InfotainmentAudi’s MMI Navigation plus with MMI TouchAudi Virtual Cockpit as standard, high-resolution TFT monitor 31.2 cms (12.3 inches)10 GB of flash storage, 21.08 cms (8.3 inch) monitor with a resolution of 1,024 x 480 pixelsOptional Audi Smartphone Interface Optional Bang & Olufsen Sound System with innovative 3D sound SafetyFull-size 6 airbags (on A5 Sportback)Full Size 4 Airbags on (A5 Cabriolet)Full Size 8 Airbags on (Audi S5)ABS, EBD & Traction ControlCruise ControlParking Aid Plus with Rear View CameraTire pressure monitoring displayISOFIX child seat mountingAnti-theft wheel boltsPerformanceQuattro with self-locking center differential (On Audi A5 Cabriolet & Audi S5)Audi Drive SelectNew Electromechanical Power SteeringNewly developed S sport suspension (Audi S5)Optional Sports Differential (Audi S5)advertisementThe A5 Sportback and the A5 Cabriolet get the same 2-litre engine, mated to a 7-speed Tiptronic gearbox, that belts out 188bhp of power and 400Nm of torque taking the Sportback from 0-100kmph in just 7.9 seconds wiht a top speed of 235kmph. At the same time, the A5 Cabriolet goes from 0-100kmph in 7.08 seconds with a top sped of 235 kmph. The one-second difference between the two cars is due to the Cabriolet’s Quattro all-wheel-drive, which the Sportback does not have.What the Sportback does get is the only petrol engine in the range – a 3-litre turbo-charged V6 that works efficiently to produce 349 bhp of power with 500 Nm of torque at its peak.The S5 Sportback, wth its Quattro all-wheel-drive is the fastest of the lot going from 0-100kmph in 4.7 seconds with a top speed of 250kmph.
Japan lost a nerve-wracking, thrill-a-minute round of 16 match at FIFA World Cup 2018 to Belgiium in Rostov-on-Don, and the skies above Mumbai wept in agony.Well, not really, of course. That last bit was based on Anand Mahindra’s rather poetic take on the Round of 16 game, which the Samurai Blue looked set to win comfortably — until the 69th minute.”Sport is noble, sport is uplifting. Yes and yes. But sport can be cruel too, I have to admit. Today, Mumbai skies are grey and pouring with rain, and I feel they are weeping for Japan,” the Mahindra Group chairman tweeted.The game was 0-0 at halftime. Then, Japan scored twice.Genki Haraguchi finished clinically just minutes into the second half. Just moments later, Takashi Inui launched a veritable torpedo into Thibaut Courtois’s net. Would Belgium’s star-studded squad, seen as potential champions, go the Germany way?Also read – Heavy rain and bridge collapse a double whammy for Mumbaikars Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois stretching — in vain — to stop Japan’s second goal. (Photo: Reuters)Not so. Two headers — the first looping and sublime, the second textbook and point-blank — brought Belgium back to level pegging.And then, with just seconds of stoppage time left, Nacer Chadli tapped the ball into Eiji Kawashima’s goal. Blue was the colour of heartbreak, but ecstasy converged in a huddle of red.READ | Belgium coach on Japan’s heartbreak: ‘That’s what happens in the World Cup’ Nacer Chadli scoring the winning goal. (Photo: Reuters) Belgium’s Vincent Kompany, Axel Witsel and Thomas Meunier celebrating after the match, just feet away from Japan’s Gen Shoji and Yuya Osako. (Photo: Reuters)”To all my Japanese friends: I stand and applaud you and your magnificent team today,” Anand Mahindra wrote.advertisementSport is noble, Sport is uplifting. Yes & yes. But Sport can be cruel too, I have to admit. Today,Mumbai skies are grey and pouring with rain & I feel they are weeping for Japan. To all my Japanese friends:I stand & applaud you & your magnificent team today.. pic.twitter.com/Ogp31Hl325anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) July 3, 2018They were magnificent after the game, too. Citing a news report, the Congress lawmaker Shashi Tharoor wrote: “Despite losing to Belgium, the Japanese team cleaned their dressing-room and left a thank-you note to their Russian hosts.”Even their disconsolate fans cleaned up the stadium. What a remarkable people the Japanese are!”Respect! #Japan team leave #WorldCup dressing room spotless with ‘thank you’ note in Russian despite devastating loss to Belgium. Total class. They really deserved to win! pic.twitter.com/MDzcYAUQASArsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) July 3, 2018As for Belgium, they can’t celebrate for too long. The mighty Brazilians await them in the next round.
This map shows the legal land status within the boundary of Sungai Asam village, and helped Hairul pinpoint many inaccuracies with the official government maps.In the map above, which shows the legal land status within the boundary of Sungai Asam village, Hairul found many inaccuracies with the official sub-district government map. Communities can submit digital maps like these to the government along with a request to revise the sub-district map.3. GIS Mapping helps us better understand problems.GIS mapping software allows users to combine many types of spatial information to better understand community land conflicts.In many of the public consultations that Hairul conducts, for example, he finds that communities are sometimes not aware of existing concessions or even the legal classification of their land. Hairul created a digital map of the legal classifications in Sungai Asam village so that villagers can clearly see the legal status of their land and use this information to enforce proper land use.Hairul created the map below to show where the District Government’s rice estate, (blue) overlaps with existing company concessions (red) in Sungai Bemban Village, Kubu Raya District, and West Kalimantan. He overlaid this information on a map of the legal classification of the land to help pinpoint the source of potential land conflicts. Hairul aims to use this map to advocate for better spatial planning practices in the regional government. This map shows the overlapping borders of government’s land banks for future rice paddy fields and existing company concessions in Sungai Bemban Village, Kubu District.4. GIS Mapping allows for easy sharing of data.Digital maps are easy to share online with the media, governments, and the general public when good data management and sharing practices are in place. For example, ArcGIS Online provides an easy way for users to create and share online interactive maps without needing GIS skills or software.As Hairul’s example shows, the spike in available data and the spread of GIS technology can empower people working at the local level to improve land rights and forest protection in their own communities. WRI’s GIS trainings are part of a larger movement, too: Indonesia’s largest NGO for local communities, the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), is working to compile digitized maps of customary lands throughout Indonesia.We hope to continue providing trainings and technical support to local NGOs like Jari Borneo Barat, to spread GIS skills and empower communities throughout Indonesia. As for Hairul, he plans to work with more villages to create digital maps that they can use to influence local spatial planning policies. We are excited to hear about his progress and will continue to check in with him over the coming months.View this blog post in Bahasa, here. Indonesia has one of the world’s highest rates of deforestation, as well as millions of people dependent on forests for their livelihoods. Many live in traditional (adat) communities, which until recently lacked legal rights to the lands they have used and protected for generations.Last year’s Constitutional Court ruling could effectively return the management of “customary”—or historically held—forests back to adat communities. But in a place where maps are often hand-drawn or open to various interpretations, it’s been difficult to define customary lands on official maps.For Hairul Sani, the Research and Database Officer for Jari Borneo Barat Indonesia, an NGO that supports community land rights in Indonesia’s West Kalimantan region, the ability to create digital maps has transformed his efforts to help communities advocate for their land rights. West Kalimantan suffers from one of the highest rates of deforestation in Indonesia, much of it coming from palm oil expansion.We met Hairul in September, when WRI conducted the first of a series of Geographic Information System (GIS) workshops for more than 30 civil society organizations throughout Indonesia. GIS maps are one of the clearest and most accurate ways to share geographic data, and provide much more information and analysis than typical paper maps. For local communities, it can be an invaluable tool to stake out traditional boundaries and resolve land conflicts with government and developers.As a result of the training, Hairul can now produce GIS maps that show conflicting land uses, redefine village boundaries, and pinpoint potential law violations. “The biggest difference before and after joining WRI’s GIS training”, Hairul explained, “is that now I can facilitate a far more effective public consultation with communities, as well as doing advocacy to government using maps.” Left-to-right: Esa, Tiko, Rachmat, Hairul, and Iriana, field technicians from Indonesian NGOs who support forest dependent communities across the archipelago learn how to use GIS analysis to leverage their work during WRI’s GIS trainings. Photo credit: WRI, September 2013But it’s not just Hairul’s organization who can benefit from GIS mapping. While conducting the trainings in Indonesia, we saw four clear benefits of GIS mapping:1. GIS mapping levels the playing field for local communities. This map shows the boundaries of all villages in Sungai Kakap sub-district.During the training, participants learned to digitize the data behind their customary land boundaries to produce a digital map. Displaying this information as a map is easier to understand than a list of GPS points, and looks more authoritative than a hand-drawn map. The communities can then use these maps in negotiations over land conflicts.Hairul created this village boundary map (above) with communities throughout Sungai Kakap sub-district and by collecting GPS coordinates in the field. He then digitized the points to create this map, giving him a professional-looking baseline from which to work.2. Local people can use GIS mapping to improve the accuracy of government maps.Maps in Indonesia are often made by government agencies or research organizations that may be far removed from the realities on the ground. When people at the local level can produce their own data and GIS analysis, their results can help uncover discrepancies with maps and data produced by the government.Community mapping efforts often result in hand-drawn maps that show the location of important landmarks, traditional land uses, and village boundaries. Digitizing these maps using GIS software improves the accuracy of hand-drawn map features by linking them to a geographic coordinate system. This data can then be combined with other data layers such as company concessions or legal land classifications to produce powerful analysis that can potentially help resolve land conflicts.
Manchester United Rashford and Lingard working towards ‘secret’ targets at Man Utd Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 04:34 22/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Manchester United Premier League Marcus Rashford Jose Mourinho has made it clear that he will be rotating his attacking unit this season, but two proven performers are still hoping to make their mark Jesse Lingard says he and Marcus Rashford have set “secret” targets as they seek to aid Manchester United’s quest for more silverware.The Red Devils have enjoyed a productive start to the 2017-18 campaign, with Jose Mourinho boasting an enviable collection of attacking talent.Rashford 11/8 to score v Saints Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The depth of the Old Trafford squad means that patience will be required by star turns at times, with the likes of Lingard, Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata competing for limited places.Each is expecting to get plenty of opportunities, though, allowing them to chase down individual goals while contributing to the collective cause.”I think I’d like more goals and assists coming into play this year,” Lingard told United Review.”Marcus and I have set little targets for ourselves. In each game, we set them ourselves, but that’s our little secret and we have our own ambitions as well. Hopefully we can achieve them.”Lingard has been a reliable option for United since making a long-awaited breakthrough into the senior fold – picking up a useful habit of scoring in games at Wembley.Rashford, meanwhile, continues to be tipped for the very top and is expected to have plenty of potential still to unlock at the age of 19.Lingard is confident that his England international colleague will be a force to be reckoned with again this season, with a man in the running for the prestigious Golden Boy award having already netted five times this term.“When he is running at you, any defender is going to be put on the back foot,” Lingard told MUTV.”If he continues to do that throughout the season, he’ll be a force this season.”If he plays down the middle, he is bound to score goals.”He’s got the pace to beat players and he has got the composure in front of goal as well.”While impressed with Rashford’s showings this season, Lingard will be hoping that his time to shine arrives soon.Mourinho has restricted him to just 51 minutes of Premier League football so far, with only two of his seven appearances in all competitions coming as a starter. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Fundraising events are a nonprofit mainstay, but they typically take a lot of time, money, and effort to produce. Since even the most basic events can run into the tens of thousands of dollars, it’s important to squeeze every opportunity out of these big investments. All too often, though, many nonprofits see the event itself as the finish line, missing critical opportunities for more connection, insight, and inspiration (hint: all things that will lead you to more loyal donors and increased giving).To get more out of your next fundraising event, keep these four points in mind.1. Use all available online channels to promote and manage your event.Take your invitations, communication, and marketing online as much as possible to save money and reap the benefits of social media. Empower your supporters to boost your fundraising total by giving them tools to spread your message to their networks. On top of the additional tickets you sell, you’ll see fabulous word of mouth exposure for your cause. Use an online fundraising event tool to sell and manage your event tickets, collect additional donations and allow non-attendees to donate. Consider launching a peer fundraising campaign tied to your event to give your board members and table leaders another way to raise even more money for your mission. (Bonus: Network for Good’s event pages and peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns are mobile-optimized for your success!)2. Understand the unique opportunity of a captivated audience.In-person events are an amazing opportunity to make face-to-face contact with the donors that help make your mission happen. Listen for feedback and consider setting up a booth to gather testimonials from your most passionate supporters. Don’t forget to provide plenty of ways for event attendees to become even more involved with your work, such as signing up for volunteer projects, joining your email list and newsletter, and giving on site with easy-to-use mobile donation options.3. Make your event part of a larger campaign.Instead of thinking of your event as a time-bound, in-person fête, make sure it connects to your other fundraising and advocacy campaigns. Tie your event’s marketing to your larger development strategy. Use the event as a springboard to develop more robust partnerships with sponsors and to create deeper relationships with your loyal donors. Show event attendees how their involvement supports your year-round programs or more specific goals.4. Focus on the follow up.Create a cultivation plan to turn event attendees into ongoing donors. Tag and track these supporters in your donor management system so you can communicate with them specifically, welcome new supporters to your mission, and update them on their ongoing impact. With simple segmentation, you can also create more relevant appeals when it comes time to invite your event fans to give again. Plus, by reporting on event attendees, you’ll have a clearer picture of the lifetime value of these donors and the overall impact of your events.By maximizing the fundraising opportunities before, during, and after your event, you’ll ensure the money and time you put in are well worth the investment. Ready to get more from your gala, luncheon, golf tournament, or other fundraising event? See how Network for Good’s easy-to-use fundraising software can help.
I had the opportunity to talk with Christine Morrissey, sanctuary manager at Harvest Home Sanctuary. Christine has spearheaded some incredibly successful online fundraising via Facebook and other channels, so I wanted to extract some of her superstar expertise to share with you. Read on, then get to work with her many great, doable ideas.Nancy: That image of Estella, the guinea pig, in a wheelchair must have generated more contacts than you ever expected. I just can’t get that image out of my mind. Could you share this story?Christine: Our smallest animal resident, Estella, has quite a story of hope and second chances. That’s exactly what we focus on in our communications and fundraising, which is very different from most sanctuaries that shine a spotlight on the dark world of animals. We try to incorporate the positive—and there’s so much of it—and keep it fun and lighthearted while keeping it real.Estella, who is more than a year old, is the tiniest resident at Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, and she needed a wheelchair. A small child squeezed Estella so hard that her back broke, and she no longer has use of her lower body. But she has the will to move around like any guinea pig.We organized a fundraiser via Facebook to construct a custom wheelchair for Estella. The chair is designed as an exercise mechanism to increase her enrichment and activity level.Nancy: How did Estella get to Harvest Home?Christine: Here’s Estella’s rescue story: She and her guinea pig beau, Pip, were dumped at an animal shelter in Calaveras County, California, in spring 2015, after being found abandoned by a nearby rural road.After they were at the shelter for a month, a shelter volunteer reached out to Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary to see if we could rescue the pair. Upon arrival at our sanctuary, Estella was examined by our veterinarian and given the much-needed pain relief she deserved. Today, Estella is enjoying life to the fullest, especially with her new wheels on the way. We are happy to report she is happily married to little Pip.We are so inspired by her resiliency. When we shared a photo of Estella in her new wheelchair on Facebook, her story went viral through social media and dozens of media outlets around the globe, including People.com, NBC’s Today, ABC News, and the Daily Mail.With Estella’s story circling the globe, many donors have signed up to sponsor her via our Network for Good donation page.Nancy: Tell me about Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary and your role there.Christine: Harvest Home is a farm animal rescue, rehabilitation, and humane education center in California’s San Joaquin Valley. We save and advocate for animals in need and house more than 200 rescued animals.Nancy: How do you use visual storytelling, like Estella’s story, on Facebook and beyond to boost your fundraising?Christine: Visual storytelling is central to our fundraising via social media and other online channels. With the aid of photos and videos, we easily connect with our supporters’ innate admiration for and fascination with animals.Our supporters are passionate about helping animals in a meaningful way. They want to support our lifesaving work and make a difference in individual animals’ lives. Our monthly animal sponsorships—our take on monthly giving—are a popular avenue of giving in an individualized way.Nancy: With so much to do and so little time, how do you identify your fundraising priorities? You mentioned that you are the one-person communications department and that communications is just one of your areas of responsibility as sanctuary manager.Christine: Our fundraising is built on the “Three Rs”— Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Relief—of our work. Many of the animals under our care are special-needs individuals. Veterinary care and nutrition lead our expenses, which range from $10,000 to $15,000 per month.Nancy: What works best for Harvest Home on Facebook? What’s your current approach?Christine: Spotlighting and individualizing our animals at the sanctuary through Facebook is incredibly popular among our network of followers. People love to hear about how the animals are rescued and how each of their lives are transformed after they arrived at the sanctuary. The “before and after” dynamic of our rescue work is incredibly compelling.Nancy: What other fundraising channels and tools do you use, and how do you integrate them with Facebook?Christine: Network for Good is our mothership—we count on its reliability and professional approach. We also incorporate other tools that provide different avenues to online giving, including Global Giving and Amazon Smile. Our goal is to make giving easy and accessible to an ever-growing online audience. We focus our campaigns and communications on the same powerful approach to visual storytelling.Nancy: What are your plans to strengthen your Twitter and Instagram presences?Christine: Our simple motto, “We love helping animals, and we know you do too,” is a relatable message that anyone can connect to. Like our marketing on Facebook, we want people to see what we do in real time and see how special each of the animals at our sanctuary is.We want to be a social media “destination” for people interested in learning about compassion and advocacy for animals. Active, ongoing marketing that is tailor-fitted to Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat will allow us to grow this year and beyond.Nancy: How do you expect those channels to work together with Facebook, email, direct mail, etc.?Christine: Since our media operates in a 24-hour news cycle, we aim to mirror this dynamic with our messaging and appeals for support. Each channel has its own value. We want to meet our people wherever they are, online and off, with a message of compassion and action for animals.Nancy: Do you have a photographer on contract? If not, how do you capture so many terrific shots?Christine: We have never contracted with a professional photographer. Many of the featured photos online are simply iPhone photos or donated images from volunteers who visit.In addition, photography is a personal passion. To combine my love for photography and animal advocacy is wonderful. Photography has such a transformative power to create change in our work and beyond.Nancy: What’s the most important advice you can share with fundraisers considering launching their first campaign?Christine: Fundraising is a valued force that serves as a catalyst for creating change in so many exciting ways. Always have fun with it. Never limit your creativity. Just like Estella the guinea pig.My recommendation? Follow Harvest Home on Facebook and Twitter to keep learning from Christine’s passionate, powerful approach. I bet it’ll work wonders for your organization as much as it works for Harvest Home. Thanks, Christine!
philanthropy (noun): the love of humankindHappy National Philanthropy Day! Every year on November 15, this international event, coordinated by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), shares the love and impact each of us can create in our communities. It’s also a fantastic reason to take a moment to honor those who do so much for your nonprofit’s mission—before holiday prep and year-end fundraising get into full-swing.When most people hear the word “philanthropist,” they might not envision themselves in that group, thinking their contribution is too small to merit the distinction. But true-blue philanthropists can be found at all giving levels, every age, and any ability. If you care enough to give—whether it’s dollars, talent, or time—you’re a philanthropist.Philanthropists are all around us, and it’s actually pretty easy to become one. Sometimes we just need a little inspiration or guidance.That’s the spirit behind National Philanthropy Day: to celebrate those who make a tangible difference and to engage others in the process. The day shows us what’s been achieved so far, while reassuring us that even though there’s much yet to do, we can all find a place in that work.If National Philanthropy Day (NPD) is new to you, here’s a little background, along with a few last-minute ways your organization can take part.How It All BeganDouglas Freeman, a lawyer from Orange Country, California, first envisioned National Philanthropy Day in 1981 while giving a speech thanking major donors of the Walker Art Museum in Minneapolis. “I looked out over that audience and I realized we owe these people a debt of gratitude,” Freeman said in an interview with the Orange County Register. He sketched out the idea and got to work organizing and lobbying for a national proclamation.In 1986, Freeman’s hard work paid off when President Ronald Reagan officially proclaimed November 15 National Philanthropy Day, sparking annual celebrations across North America. The AFP reports that the day has since been officially recognized by numerous state, provincial, and local governments. Canada permanently recognized National Philanthropy Day in 2012. In fact, more than 25,000 Canadians participate every year, setting a high bar for honoring and engaging in effective philanthropy.Join the PartyMany nonprofits host formal ceremonies on National Philanthropy Day to honor exceptional donors, volunteers, corporations, and others engaged in giving back. Some also organize a day of service, inviting community members to come together for hands-on giving, like building wheelchair ramps for needy seniors or serving meals at a food bank.Of course, that level of celebration takes time and planning, but it’s never too late for your nonprofit to celebrate National Philanthropy Day. Here are three easy ways to raise a virtual glass to the extraordinary philanthropists in your circle.Social MediaThroughout the day, make a series of posts highlighting dedicated volunteers, donors, or board members. In each post, share a story about that person’s impact or dedication, along with a photo or video. Maybe this is a top fundraiser, or it could be someone who shows up week after week for work parties or phone banks.EmailUse your donor database to identify recurring donors. Make a quick video with your organization’s staff thanking them for their ongoing support and send it in personalized emails to that segment of your list. (You could then post the video on your social channels for wider sharing.)IRLWe all have those truly amazing supporters of our nonprofits. Dig into your donor management system again to identify, say, your top three donors or your oldest donors over time. Maybe there’s a person or business that went above and beyond this year to support your mission. Send those folks a fun surprise, like a colorful fall bouquet or a pizza party delivered to their office, along with a thank you card signed by your entire team.Mark next year’s calendar for National Philanthropy Day, November 15, and make the event part of your annual planning. Check out the official NPD page for more information and visit NPDLove to read about some of this year’s inspiring honorees.
Lokomotiv Moscow have announced the signing of Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario from Inter on an initial season-long loan deal – as the Serie A club clears the decks for the likely arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Manchester United.The Russian Premier League side have the option to buy the 26-year-old at the end of the campaign, who has departed the San Siro with reports suggesting Chilean star Sanchez will seal his loan move to the Italian club from the Red Devils imminently.Joao Mario joined Inter from Portuguese side Sporting ahead of the 2016-17 season and made 32 appearances across all competitions in his debut season. 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? He fell out of favour in the early months of the following campaign and was loaned out to Premier League side West Ham in January 2018, where he made 14 appearances.The Portugal international, who was part of his nation’s 2016 European Championship, made 22 appearances for Inter last season and was not selected for the club’s matchday squad for their Serie A opener against Lecce on Monday.”I’m very happy to join Lokomotiv,” he told the club’s official website. “I know this is a big club. The team has a lot of experienced players.”I asked [Manuel] Fernandes and Eder about the team when we played for the Portuguese national team. I spoke to Eder before this transfer. He told me Lokomotiv is a good team with a wonderful atmosphere.”Playing in the Champions League is also an important factor.”Joao Mario could make his debut on Saturday when Lokomotiv host Rostov at the RZD Arena as they bid to keep themselves among four other teams – Krasnodar, Spartak Moscow, Rostov and Zenit – on equal points at the top of the Russian Premier League.Lokomotiv will feature in the Champions League group stage for the first time since 2003-04 after receiving direct qualification following their second-placed finish in the league last season.In the last Champions League appearance, the Russians finished second in the group – ahead of Inter – to qualify for the round of 16, where they were bundled out by eventual finalist Monaco on away goals.
1. Ohio State, 71 percent LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 28: Quarterback Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)2. Alabama, 68 percent ATLANTA, GEORGIA – AUGUST 31: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to facing the Duke Blue Devils at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)3. Clemson, 66 percent CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 28: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers looks to the sideline during the first half of their game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)4. Oklahoma, 46 percent NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 1: Quarterback Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the Houston Cougars at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Cougars 49-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)***Ohio State is now the most likely team to reach the playoff, according to the Allstate Playoff Predictor.The Buckeyes also have moved into the No. 2 spot in FPI’s rankings — behind Alabama but ahead of Clemson. pic.twitter.com/jzpbKNIYjS— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) September 29, 2019Who do you see end up making this year’s College Football Playoff? BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – SEPTEMBER 14: Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes scrambles in the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)ESPN’s computer has a new College Football Playoff prediction following Week 5 of the 2019 regular season.The College Football Playoff Predictor has a new favorite – Ohio State – following the Buckeyes’ dominant win at Nebraska on Saturday night.The Buckeyes now have a 71 percent chance of making the College Football Playoff, according to ESPN’s model.Here are the new four favorites.
Alex Morgan will miss the rest of the Orlando Pride’s National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season after suffering a patella stress reaction in her right knee.The 30-year-old picked up the injury while playing for the U.S. Women’s national team during their triumphant summer, but it has flared up during the back end of the Pride’s domestic campaign.Morgan spoke of her rollercoaster season, which included a World Cup victory for her nation in France, and she promised to return next season after beginning her rehabilitation. 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 “This year has had the highest of highs but along with that comes challenges and sometimes even falling short of my goals I set for myself in 2019,” Morgan wrote on Instagram.”I’m disappointed I won’t be able to compete with the Pride for the remainder of 2019 due to a knee injury I’ve been managing since the World Cup, and that I can’t be there to help my teammates and my club have more success.”Thank you fans, friends, teammates, and teams for all your support. I have already started physical therapy in LA and am eager to get back on the field doing what I love.”Morgan will miss the Pride’s final three matches against Sky Blue FC, Washington Spirit and Seattle Reign, with her team unable to qualify for the postseason as they are rooted to the bottom of the league table – two points adrift of Sky Blue in eighth.Pride GM Erik Ustruck admitted his disappointment at losing Morgan, but insisted the extra time for her rehabilitation will ultimately in her best interests.”It’s obviously difficult to lose a player of Alex’s caliber due to injury,” Ustruck said in a statement.”However, after consulting with the Club’s medical team at Orlando Health and U.S. Soccer, we felt it was in the best interest of Alex’s long-term health to shut her down for the season to focus on the rehabilitation process and take the appropriate time to recover from the lingering knee injury.”Morgan’s six goals during the World Cup saw her share the tournament’s Silver Boot award with teammate Megan Rapinoe and England’s Ellen While.Five of her strikes came in a stunning performance as the U.S. destroyed Thailand 13-0 in the group stage.
Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout Fall calls for something a little bit different, something a bit tougher and more versatile on the footwear front. Fall calls for high-tops. Specifically, it calls for sneakers that blend comfort and classic looks with durability and an added flair to take on chilly, rainy autumn weather. These days, high-top sneakers can also be worn like your favorite dress shoes or chukka boots – it’s all about getting the right pair for you. Hopefully, you’ll find yours from our favorites below.Converse Chuck Taylor 70 High-Top – $85For a mere $85, you’re getting a stylish high-top sneaker from Converse, a brand that pioneered and perfected the silhouette. The Chuck 70 features thicker rubber and OrthoLite cushioning to recraft and reimagine a timeless style for today’s modern man. So, what’s our take on that? The Chuck 70 should be worn with slim grey denim, a henley, and a chambray shirt to your next concert.See ItClae Gregory Mid in Latte Leather – $150Blending sporty and refined is no small task, and the West Coast-based style purveyors at Clae have outdone themselves with the handsome Gregory Mid. A perfect pick when you want to trade in your Chelsea boots for something casual but polished at the office. Try it with slim dark denim, a white Oxford, and a navy cotton blazer.See ItToms Trvl Lite High Sneakers – $85Can high-top sneakers be stylish? Sure thing. Can they be sustainable? They absolutely can. Toms merges both, as one would expect, with a high-top take on its Trvl Lite line. We’re talking a lightweight pair of neutral sneakers that provide plenty of clean, classic styling potential.See ItSeaVees Mariners Boots – $178Known for crafting more laid-back styles, SeaVees takes on inclement fall weather with its rugged and ready Mariners Boots. The perfect crossover between a pair of high-top sneakers and your toughest winter boots, the Ventile duck construction on these bad boys makes ‘em ready for everything from a rainy fall tailgate to a chilly weekend hike.See ItGreats Royale High in Nero – $199Merging the sort of construction and materials more typically found in fine dress shoes has proven an effective and supremely stylish strategy for Greats over the years. The Royale High is no different. We suggest you try these out with a charcoal herringbone suit and a chambray dress shirt for office style that gives off a slightly devil-may-care vibe.See It Madewell Men’s Fall Collection Has All Your New Favorites Editors’ Recommendations The Best Men’s Chukka Boots for 2019 How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall
Steve Bruce has backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to “turn it around” at Manchester United following Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle United.Matty Longstaff scored the only goal of the game to inflict a third defeat on Solskjaer’s men in their last six Premier League matches, leaving them 12th in the table.The Red Devils are winless in their last eight away league matches – their longest such run since September 1989 – and have won only three of their 11 games in all competitions this season excluding the penalty shoot-out defeat of Rochdale in the Carabao Cup. 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 United were without a number of key men at St James’ Park, including Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelof, Jesse Lingard and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and former United defender Bruce is expecting Solskjaer to get the club back on track once they return to fitness.”They’ve got horrific injury problems and until they get them all back, the Premier League can be unforgiving,” he said at his post-match news conference. “They’ve got a lot of injury problems but I’m sure Ole will turn it around.”I can understand – I’ve seen the difference in my team when two or three players have got back fit.”While more questions will be asked of Solskjaer’s suitability for the United job following his side’s latest abject performance, Sunday’s victory relieves some of the growing pressure on opposite number Bruce.Bruce registered his first win over United as a manager at the 23rd attempt and felt the victory was a perfect response to those who this week questioned his tactical nous.17 – Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed permanently on March 28th, Manchester United have won just 17 points in 16 @premierleague matches (W4 D5 L7), the fourth-worst tally among the 17 ever-present teams in that time. Wheel. pic.twitter.com/cbd1OYGNv6— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 6, 2019″I don’t think you can manage 400 games in the Premier League, 550 in the Championship, play 980 times and not be a little bit organised,” he said. “So, people say if you’re not good enough, that’s fine. But to be critical of tactics, this that and the other, is always the thing that bares with me more than anything.”Bruce handed Longstaff his Premier League debut and the young midfielder responded with the winning strike 18 minutes from time.”It’s quite fantastic to see, isn’t it? A local kid, playing alongside his brother – and what a goal,” Bruce said. “To score on your debut like that against Man United – come on, it’s quite fantastic for the kid. “It’s quite ironic – Matty has beaten them in his first game and I’ve been going 20-odd years! I’m delighted for everybody concerned and the response is the great thing.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Windstar Cruises President John Delaney to Join First San Juan Sailing of the Season in Show of Support Small Ship Cruise Line Pivots to New Ports and Value-Driven Itineraries to Encourage Tourism Seattle, WA, November 10, 2017 — Resurrecting tourism after a natural disaster isn’t easy. There’s the perception that everything is destroyed or closed, with the second wave of damage then hitting in economic form when tourists are hesitant to return. Windstar CruisesPresident John Delaney wants to fight that negative narrative after the recent storms by revealing, in person, that San Juan and the Caribbean are open for business. As a show of support, Delaney will be sailing on Windstar’s first cruise departing from San Juan this season on November 25. “Although areas of the Caribbean are still rebuilding after the recent hurricanes, so much of the Caribbean is open and welcoming visitors to their wondrous islands,” Delaney said. “Travelers should not be concerned about beginning or ending a cruise in San Juan, where the cruise terminal has been operational for weeks, along with the airport. I’ll be personally making the trip, arriving the day before my cruise to enjoy time in Old San Juan, giving updates on my Twitter account, and sharing first-person stories on Windstar’s Facebook page.” To encourage guests back to the tropics, Windstar is offering a special Caribbean Is Open Cruise Package with significant savings, a $200 shipboard credit, and free onboard Wi-Fi, with rates starting at $1,499 per person. Part of helping is just showing up. With smaller yacht-like vessels (some of which still boast sails), Windstar can avoid overcrowded waterfronts and bring the much-needed vacationer to smaller islands and more intimate ports of call, contributing to the greater economy of the region. For example, Windstar just announced it will call at Anse Mitan in Martinique and Deshaies in Guadeloupe. While many ships will chart a course towards familiar harbors in the Western Atlantic and Western Caribbean, Windstar is going in the other direction to smaller, rarely visited jewels of the Caribbean islands. “Windstar can offer experiences and destinations others logistically can’t,” said Delaney. “We also do things many travelers think are long gone, like our open bridge policy, private beach barbecue experiences, and a water sports platform to jump right into the blue waters the Apollo astronauts swooned over from space. Not everyone has to chart the same course. Caribbean-bound vacationers should check out the new Star Collector Voyages in the Caribbean, which are cruises 14 days long that also include complimentary daily laundry. Additionally, Windstar added its popular Jewels of the Windward Islands itinerary to its 2017/18 Caribbean sailings, with the journey being a “fan favorite” of past Windstar guests. The cruise sails to the rugged natural beauty of St. Lucia and little-known isles that are off the tourist radar, like Bequia in the Grenadines. Bet most people have not been there before. For more information on cruising with Windstar in the Caribbean, 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 and British Columbia, Canada and New England, and cruising year-round in Tahiti and the South Pacific. The boutique cruise line is the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation, and the small ships are known for offering an intimate private yacht-style experience, exceptional culinary experiences, immersive itineraries, and exclusive access to the world’s best ports and small harbors. Windstar Cruises is a part of Xanterra Parks & Resorts®, known for “Legendary Hospitality with a Softer Footprint.” Xanterra’s entities also include lodges, restaurants, tours and activities in national and state parks, as well as resorts, railway and tour companies. More information: at WindstarCruises.com. Sail along with Windstar online: Facebook / Twitter / Google+ / YouTube / Pinterest / LinkedIn / Instagram / Blog
Editors’ Recommendations The Best Vodka Mixers for Stocking Your Home Bar The Best Rums for Mixing to Turn Any Night Into Island Night 9 Cocktails Recipes to Mix Up for National Rum Day 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider By now, you’ve probably heard of (or at least seen a bottle of) Sailor Jerry Rum. The spiced rum, named for one of the most, if not the most, influential tattoo artists in the United States, Norman Collins, has been a staple at bars across the world since its inception 19 years ago. It has been mixed into just about everything, surpassing the million-case mark for sales, and currently sits as the second-best-selling spiced rum in the world. Now, the brand is pushing for even more by adding to their product line with a new flavor, Savage Apple.Coming in at 35% alcohol by volume, the new spirit takes the sweet and spicy taste of traditional Sailor Jerry that we all immediately recognize and adds more cinnamon and fresh green apple notes to the mix, creating a bold yet fresh-tasting flavored rum.“Savage Apple is an amazing addition to the Sailor Jerry story. This is the first new product we’ve ever released, and it is a fantastic liquid; one we know our fans will enjoy for its quality and bold nature,” said Anthony Bohlinger, Sailor Jerry Brand Ambassador.The release is meant to reflect the ideology of Collins, who made a name for himself tattooing sailors during World War II, but with a more playful flair. (If you don’t know the story of Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins, check it out here.)Like the original Sailor Jerry rum, Savage Apple will feature Collins’ artwork, specifically a re-creation of his tiger flash design, this time holding an apple in its teeth.While it can be consumed on its own (and chilled), we suggest trying it in a cocktail like a mule – the snap of the ginger beer will liven up the apple flavors and make everything pop. Not feeling a mule? Why not try something a little different and do a rum and tonic? You might be surprised how much you like it. If you need some tonic suggestions, check out this list for the best of the best.Currently only available in Florida and New York, Sailor Jerry Savage Apple will roll out nationwide this fall. It retails for around $16.
$410 from Moosejaw Sleeping bags are an important piece of gear for the outdoors. It’s your last refuge when the sun goes down. Paired with a good sleeping pad and pillow, a sleeping bag will provide your beauty rest and help you be ready for the next day’s beating — ahem — festivities on the trail.Here are the best sleeping bags for camping and backpacking that you can trust to send you off to dreamland. We’ve included tips for purchasing the best for you just below our suggestions, including definitions of common terms and the advantages of down and synthetic fill.Best Sleeping BagsMarmot Phase 20 Sleeping BagAt the same temperature rating, down feather insulation is lighter than synthetic. A good 20-degree-Fahrenheit-rated sleeping bag can last decades and keep you warm through any season. The Marmot Phase 20 uses high-loft 850 fill down covered with the water-resistant Down Defender coating. Continuous compartments, or baffles, go from the top of the bag to the bottom, letting you move down to the top on cooler nights. A small stash pocket inside near the top holds headlamps so you can keep an eye on the wildlife outside your tent. It weighs just 1.5 pounds. $459 from Marmot It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt Montbell Down Hugger 800 Half Length #3 Sleeping BagSleeping bags are a large part the weight of a pack but you’ll freeze without one. How do we make it lighter? Cut it in half. The Montbell Down Hugger 800 Half Length #3 has insulation up to your chest. From there up, it’s just an ultralight nylon shell. So you don’t actually freeze, you can wear a puffy jacket as the top half of the sleeping bag. The Spiral Stretch construction in the bottom half (and in the Full Length #3 Down Hugger bag) stretches when you move, but pulls the down insulation close to your body after. The less space around you to heat up, the better. The 30-degree bag weighs 14.7 ounces. A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking Nemo Kayu 30 Sleeping BagWarm days can be a blessing on the trail but hot nights in a warm bag are a recipe for counting condensation drops on the top of your tent. The Nemo Kayu is a lightweight, 800-fill-power down bag that can release heat without opening the bag. Thermo Gills on top release heat without letting drafts in. The hood and footboy are waterproof so if you do run into that tent condensation it won’t get the down wet. The Kayu 30 weighs in at 0.93 pounds. NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts Therm-a-Rest Hyperion 20 Sleeping BagUsing the highest loft down available, Therm-a-Rest packs 20 degrees of warmth into 1.25 pounds with the Hyperion 20. The down is coated with a Nikwax Hydrophobic treatment so it resists moisture longer and dries faster. About 70% of the down is in the top of the bag for the highest loft. Removable SynergyLink straps connect to your sleeping pad, so you don’t find yourself in a heap in the bottom of your backpacking tent. The Hyperion is also available in a 30-degree version. What to Know Before You Buy a Sleeping BagCommon Terms ExplainedLoft: Loft refers to the puffiness of the insulation. Puffier means higher loft. Higher loft means more warmth. An example of low loft would be 550 fill power; 900 fill power is a high loft.Denier: Sometimes abbreviated as D, denier is the thickness of a fabric. A common sleeping bag fabric would be 20-denier fabric which is fairly lightweight; 10 denier is very lightweight.Mummy cut: Mummy-shaped bags are cut tight to your body to eliminate extra air space.Baffle: These are the compartments of insulation around the bag. Sometimes you can move insulation from top to bottom while staying in a baffle.Draft tube: This blocks drafts from coming in the zipper.Draft collar: This keeps heat from escaping from the head opening.Temperature RatingTemperature ratings on sleeping bags can be a bit deceiving. Most list the lower limit temperature rating. For example, the 20 in the Therm-a-Rest Hyperion 20 refers to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature is the lowest limit at which a man or warm sleeper can be comfortable and it typically used on men’s sleeping bags. The comfort rating is the temperature a woman or cold sleeper would feel comfortable in. Below the lower limit temperature rating, you’re at risk for hypothermia. Don’t go there.Sierra DesignsFill: Synthetic v. DownSleeping bags have either synthetic or down fill. Synthetic is less expensive and doesn’t lose loft when it’s wet. Less loft means less warmth. Down is lighter and more compressible so it will take up less space in your pack, however its susceptible to moisture, leading to less loft. Water-resistant down is available now, which helps but doesn’t completely get rid of the issue. Be mindful of the trade-off between lower prices and warmer ratings versus packability.Water ResistanceCondensation can form in your tent and touching it could get the insulation wet. Waterproof or water-resistant parts of a sleeping bag prevent this. Some down fill is treated with a water-resistant coating so it doesn’t lose loft as fast and dry quickly.QuiltsWe just talked about sleeping bags but many manufacturers are launching backcountry quilts. They are lightweight blankets with down or synthetic insulation and no zippers. You can wrap them around you or just drape them on top. They often save considerable weight in your pack by not having a bottom.What’s Best for You?In the end, what’s best for you depends on your situation. If the trip might be very wet or humid, a synthetic bag might be a wise choice. If it’s going to be warm or weight is a critical consideration, then try down. As always, test your gear before you leave so you don’t end up shivering your hood toggles off. $219 from Montbell Mountain Hardwear Lamina Eco AF 15 Sleeping BagDown feathers make the lightest, most packable insulation we use today in sleeping bags. However, moisture weighs down the feathers resulting in less loft and less warmth. Water-resistant coatings help with the issue but it’s still a concern. Synthetic insulation, like the kind found in the Lamina ECO AF from Mountain Hardwear, doesn’t have that problem. The ThermalQ insulation doesn’t lose loft when wet so you don’t have to worry about moisture conditions or that unplanned swim in the river. The Lamina ECO AF is pushing the limits of sustainable construction with sleeping bags. Most of the materials are completely recycled — the insulation is 70% recycled. Even the 20-denier nylon ripstop shell is left white with no dye for less water use. The toggle on the hood cinch is recycled ocean plastic. It’s not just eco-friendly, it’s Eco AF. Editors’ Recommendations $340 from REI What is Toner, Why Should You Use it, and What are the Best Toners for Men? $140 from Amazon $470 from Amazon $260 from Backcountry.com $400 from Moosejaw Sierra Designs Synthesis 20 Sleeping BagSierra Designs has made a name for themselves by making solid gear with solid prices. The Synthesis 20 bag comes in at only $130, a fraction of the cost of many other bags. It weighs a touch more, but if you only need a bag for a few trips or can’t afford to spend $400 on a bag, the Synthesis is a prime choice. Even though it doesn’t have the price of the other bags, it still packs features like a draft collar around the neck, a self-sealing foot vent for warmer nights, and soft nylon taffeta against the skin on the inside. Take care of it and this bag will last you decades.
Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene A Brief History of Bubble Tea and the Best Flavors to Try Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About Like Merlot, The Price is Right, and the Rainforest Cafe, the Tervis Tumbler is both your grandmother’s favorite thing and a company still very much at it. You’ve seen the thick plastic vessels before. Like Tupperware for the extra clumsy, Tervis brought security and insulation to the masses. The cups, especially, function like glassware and koozies all in one, with temperature control managed by a layer of air between two walls.Tervis/FacebookAnybody who has spent time in the South knows the appeal. It’s 90 degrees with 90% humidity and all you want, for God’s sake, is for your glass of water or iced tea or chilled red wine to stay that way. As an added bonus, it would be nice to easily move around with said vessel, as you’re probably going to need to shower or jump in a river multiple times just to stay sane. The Tervis Tumbler is your trusty companion. Oddly enough, the original technology was created in Detroit just after World War II. But perhaps that’s less strange when you consider the dual purpose of the double-wall insulation: to keep cool things cool for longer and keep warm things warmer for longer. A hot cup of coffee in the Motor City on a January morning is going to fare all the better in a Tervis. The name is a simple portmanteau of the two founders’ surnames, Frank Cotter and G. Howlett Davis.A big reason for the shift from state novelty to national product was a deal in the mid-1990s. Tervis teamed up with college sports in the first of many athletic licensing arrangements.The Tervis Tumbler Company came about later, landing in Osprey, Florida (about 10 miles south of Sarasota) in the late 1960s. Here, the vessel became what it is today — the cup of so many Gulf and Atlantic coast states, so often customized with a homespun decal set between the two layers of plastic. Landlocked residents may have their “World’s Greatest Parent” mugs, but shorebirds and SEC tailgaters have their Tervis Tumblers decked out with their initials or a hand-stitched mugshot of their favorite animal. A big reason for the shift from state novelty to national product was a deal in the mid-1990s. Tervis teamed up with college sports in the first of many athletic licensing arrangements. Suddenly, enjoying a frosty (or hot) beverage emblazoned with the mascot of your alma mater became very easy. Enter deals with the rest of ‘em, from major league sports to Bed Bath & Beyond to Marvel. In this, the plastic-conscious era of evil straws and unfortunate whales eating their weight in the stuff, Tervis has had to evolve to some degree. It has promoted reusable campaigns and partnered with various advocacy groups. The sizable company of some 900 employees could probably be doing even more but it’s a start, and it’s at least talking about the issue.Tervis pushes the reusability factor, claiming that the estimated 150,000 million tumblers it has produced since Y2K have prevented well over a billion water bottles from entering the planet as waste. That’s quite an assumption but also another conversation altogether. We’re here, for now, to talk about the simple wonders of seemingly unbreakable cups that practically enjoy being dropped; the ability to retain ice for way beyond what’s imaginable, even during a heatwave; and the fun of showing up to a barbecue with this bad boy in your custody.Want your very own Tervis tumbler? Check out their website and pick one up today. Getting to Know Rhum Agricole, Rum’s Grassy Sibling Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market Editors’ Recommendations