Bob and Mike Bryan are retiring from Davis Cup play after 14 years representing the United States. (Latest Tennis stories)The 38-year-old twin brothers made the announcement on their Instagram account, saying that clinching the 2007 Davis Cup final was “one of the greatest highlights of our career.””We’ve been blessed to play for two amazing captains, Patrick McEnroe and Jim Courier, and we are extremely grateful for their leadership and trust.”We’d like to extend our dearest gratitude to our fellow teammates, USTA staff, our friends and family, and the passionate fans who have been there for us on this incredible journey.”The brothers are continuing at tour level and are through to the third round at the Australian Open, where they’ve won six of their record 16 Grand Slam doubles titles. They will play their next match on Monday.The Bryans have the most victories by any doubles team in U.S. Davis Cup history, going 24-5, including 4-0 in 2007 when the U.S. won the title. The Bryan brothers beat Nikolay Davydenko and Igor Andreev in the doubles to clinch the final against Russia.The twins, who were born in Camarillo, California, but are now based in Florida, also won the Olympic gold medal in London in 2012 and bronze at Beijing in 2008.Dave Haggerty, president of the International Tennis Federation, said the Bryans had shown “outstanding commitment, dedication and passion” for the Davis Cup.”The Bryan brothers have already received the ITF’s Commitment Award, which recognizes players who have shown long-standing dedication to the Davis Cup by playing in at least 20 home or away ties,” Haggerty said. “They symbolize what the Davis Cup is all about.”advertisementThey’re the only team in Open era history to hold all four Grand Slam men’s doubles titles at the same time.In mixed doubles, left-hander Bob has seven Grand Slam titles and right-hander Mike has four.
Korba, Feb 13 (PTI) At least 22 people were injured, nine of them grievously, after a vehicle carrying the groom rammed into his wedding procession in Chhattisgarh?s Janjgir-Champa district, police said today.The incident took place on Saturday night when relatives of the groom Milan Chandra, a resident of Churtela village, were proceeding for a wedding ritual, called ?chulmati?, on the Dabhra-Kharsia road under Dabhra police station area, Janjgir-Champa Additional Superintendent of Police Pankaj Chandra said.Dabhra is located around 75 kms away from Janjgir-Champa town, which itself is about 200 kms away from capital Raipur.Police said that the driver of the sports utility vehicle lost control, pressed the accelerator instead of the brake, and ploughed into a crowd of people who were part of the procession.The accident left at least 22 people, including women and children, injured, police said, adding that nine of them had been shifted to Raigarh district hospital in a serious condition.A case had been registered under relevant sections of the IPC and a search was on for the driver who fled the scene, he added. PTI COR TKP BNM RDS
Virat Kohli exuded confidence ahead of India’s departure for the tour of Ireland and England and said his men were looking forward to some difficult cricket.India had toured South Africa earlier in the year. After losing the first two Tests, they won the third Test on a tough Johannesburg pitch before crushing the Proteas 5-1 in the ODI series. India also won the T20I series 2-1.Team India skipper Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri addressed the media hours before their flight to Ireland and both men sounded confident of the team’s chances overseas. India play two T20Is in Ireland before travelling to England for three T20Is, three ODIs and five Tests.WATCH FULL VIDEOIndia do not have pleasant memories in England as far as Test cricket is concerned. In 2011, they lost 4-0 before going down 3-1 in 2014. However, Kohli said the South African tour has given his team the confidence to do well abroad.”After what happened in South Africa, we are actually looking forward to some tough cricket,” Kohli told the media in New Delhi on Friday.India have world’s best spinners, can win in England: Kumble”When we were playing the Test series in South Africa and lost the first two matches, people thought we were outplayed. Then we won the third Test and won the two series after that. Then they realised how well we played. We are looking forward to going to other countries and playing well. We are looking forward to playing difficult cricket,” Kohli said.advertisementKohli had a horrid time in England in 2014. He scored only 114 runs from five Tests and was all at sea against James Anderson and Stuart Broad. But he is now a completely different batsman and has since scored six double centuries including four in successive series.India to play over 200 international cricket matches from 2018 to 2023Immediately after the England tour four years ago, Kohli went to Australia and hammered four hundreds in four Tests. Against England at home, he smashed 655 runs from five Tests.On the tour of South Africa, Kohli hammered 871 runs across formats and was the leading run-scorer in the Test and ODI series.He was scheduled to play for Surrey to get used to English conditions before the Test series gets underway in August but the 29-year-old had to pull out after he sustained a neck injury during the IPL.It would be fair to say Kohli is not overtly worried about his chances against the swinging red leather this English summer.June 20, 2017: When Anil Kumble announced shock resignation as India coach”People have forgotten the Champions Trophy was also played in England. I was asked what I would when I landed there, and I said I wanted to walk around the streets with a cup of coffee. My thinking is very different.”If I think like how people are thinking on the outside, then it does not go well,” he said.Meanwhile, India coach Ravi Shastri said every series is a home series for India. His logic can sometimes be tricky to understand for the casual follower but he offered an explanation.”Every series is important. Every game is a home game for us. We do not play the opposition – we play the pitch. The 22-yards.. that is what we have to try and conquer. The boys know they will be rated if they can adapt to different conditions.”We are looking forward to playing in other countries.. I am not sure too many teams want to come to India,” he said.
IPL ‘Nervous’ David Warner clubs 85 on IPL return to give Australian selectors a headache Since you’re here… Reuse this content news The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Cricket Jos Buttler The former Australia captain was dismissed for 20 by England’s Sam Curran on his IPL return and his wicket began a collapse of seven for 16 as the Royals, chasing 184, fell 14 runs short. Buttler had registered his sixth half-century for the Royals as they chased the Kings’ total. The 28-year-old had reached 69 off 43 balls when he was “mankaded” by Ashwin.With Buttler at the non-striker’s end and marginally out of his crease Ashwin, the Kings captain who had run in to bowl, stopped and whipped off the bails. It was a legal dismissal but one seen by many as going against the “spirit of the game”. Share on WhatsApp The incident was all the more contentious because Buttler was in his crease when Ashwin arrived, only for the bowler to pull out of his action and wait for Buttler to step forward. He was clearly furious as he walked back to the pavilion while players, pundits and viewers waded in on social media.The England one-day captain, Eoin Morgan, wrote on Twitter: “I can’t believe what I’m seeing!! IPL Terrible example to set for young kids coming through. In time I think Ashwin will regret that.” IndianPremierLeague (@IPL)Ashwin Mankads ButtlerWithin the rules of the game? Fair play? Would you have done it? You decide.Full video here 📹📹https://t.co/OFh1P4mB5W #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/kFuayImDo8March 25, 2019 … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Twenty20 Share via Email Topics “That is terrible,” said the England batsman Sam Billings, who added: “Well the fair play award isn’t going to Mohali this year…” The former England captain Michael Vaughan said Ashwin’s actions were unacceptable and called for a change in the laws of the game.Ashwin defended his actions after the match, telling Star Gold: “It was pretty instinctive. I actually didn’t even load. He left the crease, that’s it. That’s always been my take on it because that’s my half of the crease.”Before Buttler’s dismissal, the game was more notable for the return of Smith following his ban. He looked understandably rusty at the start of his innings but improved to reach 20 off 16 balls before being dismissed. Chris Gayle hit 79 from 47 balls for Kings before he was caught off the England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who took two for 48. Jos Buttler’s controversial dismissal overshadowed Kings XI Punjab’s 14-run victory over the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. The England batsman was run out backing up at the non-striker’s end by Ravichandran Ashwin after an impressive 69 during a match in Mohali that also marked the return of Steve Smith. Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Share on Facebook
Content syndication outlet NewsCred has teamed up with Getty Images to create a new site, The Power of Visual Storytelling. The online guide (and accompanying whitepaper) boils down the essentials of effective imagery into four principles:Be authentic. With stock images and Photoshop, it’s easy to be fake. Allow your readers to connect with the human side of your work by highlighting candid photos that show the reality of your work. Your images don’t have to be perfect, but they do have to stir emotion.Excite the senses. Don’t avoid the gritty details that bring a story to life. Generic or too-glossy photos remove the personality from your subject. Choose or create images that make your audience feel like they can almost hear, smell, and touch the world you’re inviting them into.Evoke a familiar archetype. Tap into what resonates with your audience by creating a persona to connect with their experiences or aspirations. Remember: powerful characters are a must for any great story.Be relevant. To really connect with your supporters, your images and stories need to reflect the things that are immediate and real to them. This means that your outreach must be current and culturally sensitive to make an impact. The Power of Visual Storytelling offers more insight on each of these components, complete with stats and examples. As you’re creating your next campaign, try incorporating all four elements to command attention and draw your audience even closer to your cause. Want more storytelling ideas? Download our free guide: Storytelling for Nonprofits.
Nonprofit storytelling is the basis of everything we do. It is how we know our personal and cultural histories, how we connect to the world around us, and how we understand each other. Story inspires, informs, and motivates us.A story that captures the imagination and motivates your audience to take action is the foundation of your success as a nonprofit leader.Nonprofits use storytelling on a daily basis.You may not even be aware of how much storytelling influences your work. Everything about your nonprofit is a story—your mission statement, your organizational history, program descriptions, solicitation appeals. You tell a story on every page of your website, in every thank you letter, grant application, or press release.Your story is what attracts people to you—and what keeps them coming back. Stories build interest, awareness, and empathy. They are the basic building blocks for reaching every goal you have. For more tips on telling your organization’s stories, download our Nonprofit Storytelling Mini-Guide.Use your nonprofits’ stories to:Make your case for change.Raise money and engage donors.Secure grants and sponsorship.Inspire advocates, donors, board, staff, and volunteers.Create an emotional connection to your work.Recruit community partners to build coalitions.Intrigue journalists.Reframe the conversation in times of crisis.Spread the word about successes.How to makes a good story greatStories evoke emotion, reveal conflict, inspire action, and offer resolution.The strongest stories are simultaneously entertaining and inspiring. They make you care about those involved and keep you wanting to know what happens next. Great stories expand the way you see the world and create compassion. The key to telling any story begins with a few questions:Who are you telling your story to?Why are you telling it?What do you want them to do?From your nonprofit’s history to community programs to profiles of members and beneficiaries, you have great stories at your fingertips. Put a human face on your facts and statistics, and get to the heart of the matter.Breaking Through Writer’s BlockNot sure how to start? You’re not alone. Everyone gets writer’s block. Don’t let it intimidate you. The best remedy is to simply put something down on paper. You can polish it later.In 2012, director and Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats shared 22 storytelling tips on Twitter, including the Pixar version of this universal story arc. Stuck on how to tell your story? Use this Mad Libs-style writing prompt to get you started.“Once Upon a Time” Writing PromptOnce upon a time there was ______________________. Every day, ______________________. One day ______________________. Because of that, ______________________. Because of that, ______________________. Until finally______________________.We’d love to hear from you. Share your story with us in the comments!And for more tips on telling your organization’s stories, download our Nonprofit Storytelling Mini-Guide.
Posted on June 21, 2016July 28, 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)By Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, Population Foundation of India, and Nejla Liias, President and Founder, Global Health VisionsWith the 2015 launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health, and the Global Financing Facility (GFF), the world is poised to improve the survival, health, and wellbeing of women, children, and adolescents. In particular, making progress in India is crucial because it bears so much of the world’s burden of mortality and morbidity. In 2015, India accounted for an estimated 15% (45,000) of all maternal deaths (303,000) worldwide. Indeed, India’s own reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCH+A) strategic approach, launched in 2013, directs states to address the major causes of mortality and issues of access to care across the full continuum of care, with a special focus on reaching the most vulnerable.Global and national goals, plans, and strategies are just the first step, however. The accountability mechanisms put in place to ensure that budgets, programs, and policies are implemented effectively and benefit the target communities are equally important. India can learn valuable lessons from examples of accountability mechanisms led by or involving civil society, several of which were outlined in the recently released report, Engendering Accountability: Upholding Commitments to Maternal and Newborn Health.Learning From Community Action for HealthCommunity Action for Health (CAH), for example, is one program with social accountability practices that could be applied to the RMNCAH field. It is a key strategy of the National Health Mission (NHM), a flagship program of the Government of India, which places people at the center of the process of ensuring that the health needs and rights of the community are being fulfilled. It allows them to actively and regularly monitor the progress of the NHM interventions in their areas. It also results in communities participating and strengthening health services.CAH processes are organized at primary and community health centers, and at the village, block, district, and state levels. In most states, a state-level civil society organization (CSO) manages community-based monitoring and planning processes with district and block level CSOs and the state health department. Now operating in 205 districts across 19 states, CAH has the potential to make a huge impact.The process involves the following steps:Create community awareness on health entitlements and the roles and responsibilities of service providers.Train and mentor Village Health, Nutrition and Sanitation, and Patient Welfare Committees (Rogi Kalyan Samitis) to undertake community monitoring of health services.Form and train planning and monitoring committees at the state, district, and block levels to discuss and take action on issues and gaps that emerge from the community monitoring process.Collect data using tools such as report cards and expenditure reviews.Compile and analyze data using a scoring system categorized into good, average, and poor services.Share results of the community monitoring process with stakeholders at the facility, block, and district levels.Develop solutions to problems that incorporate local input and planning.Organize public dialogues to provide a forum for engagement of the community with health providers to share key findings and discuss proposed solutions.Take corrective action by engaging with officials on plans to address key issues and concerns.Use media as an ally to enhance pressure on stakeholders and keep them accountable.Four Key Lessons in AccountabilityThe RMNCAH community can learn the following from the CAH model:When civil society and government work together, health service delivery improves. CAH is a unique government-led mechanism that seeks to improve service delivery by engaging with civil society and community structures created under the NHM. The process is guided by the Advisory Group on Community Action (AGCA) Committee constituted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and for which the Population Foundation of India hosts the secretariat. Partnership between government and civil society allows for dialogue and understanding between citizens, health care providers, and government officials. There is still work to be done. Political will and the capacity to implement accountability mechanisms among both civil society and government vary tremendously throughout the country. Thus, more resources and support are needed to continue strengthening skills and commitment. This is a common challenge across many accountability efforts in India. The NHM is now developing an institutionalized mechanism for grievance redressal, as a weak or absent mechanism for timely and effective redressal has a negative effect on trust and participation of communities in the processes. Additionally, limited engagement with elected representatives to advocate for corrective action and planning on issues and gaps emerging from the CAH – especially at the state and national level – poses a challenge to scale up.Efforts like CAH can provide a unique value-add to the RMNCAH accountability landscape. It is not the only high-impact accountability initiative in India involving or led by civil society (see the Engendering Accountability India Case Study for others), but it is an exemplary one. And at this critical juncture – as India and the world embark on a new era of focus on women, children, and adolescents under the SDGs, Global Strategy, and the Global Financing Facility – we strongly encourage those involved to keep the critical role that civil society plays in accountability top-of-mind and to draw on lessons learned from successful approaches like CAH. Applying accountability strategies ensures that resources are spent wisely and impact the lives of those they aim to benefit.—For more details on CAH, please visit www.nrhmcommunityaction.org. Watch the documentary film about the work of CAH here. The acronym RMNCH+A was specifically developed by the Government of India as part of its 2013 strategy, and is thus referred to as such here. However, throughout the remainder of this post, the more commonly-used RMNCAH acronym will be utilized.Share this: Bring the “public” into the public health system. CAH engages citizens and civil society to improve health care delivery and connects community voices and data to action. The AGCA also regularly participates in the Common Review Mission, which provides critical inputs and suggestions on the effectiveness of the NHM implementation at the grassroots level. Accountability works. An external evaluation of the CAH pilot phase that was undertaken across 36 districts and 9 states between 2007 and 2009 observed that the process: (a) empowered the community (especially marginalized groups) to engage with the health department; (b) strengthened service delivery and facilitated communities in availing health entitlements with improved range, access, and quality of services during health outreach sessions and in the public health facilities; (c) enabled local-level planning and corrective action; and (d) enhanced accountability among the service providers, seen in the increased availability of staff in health facilities, timely and adequate distribution of drugs, and a decrease in demands for informal payments. Since then, the CAH processes have been simplified and adapted to the state and local contexts to enable easier adoption and scale up. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Posted on February 1, 2017February 1, 2017By: 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)The Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) and PLOS ONE are delighted to announce that the submission deadline for the fifth annual MHTF-PLOS Collection, “Non-Communicable Diseases and Maternal Health Around the Globe,” has been extended to 1 April 2017. Papers submitted to this collection must present and discuss primary quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods research in maternal health with the following focus:– Investigation of the role of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and social determinants in the shifting epidemiology of maternal health– Assessment of NCD risk factors and implications for reproductive or maternal health– Application of the life course approach to assessing maternal health in the context of NCDs– Implementation and evaluation of interventions designed to reduce the burden of NCDs with a particular focus on women of reproductive age– Community-based research identifying local perceptions of links between NCDs and maternal health using rigorous qualitative methods– Analysis of disparities in maternal health among populations with high NCD burdenPlease read the full call for papers on the PLOS website for more information.Contact us with any inquiries about the MHTF-PLOS Collection.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
#Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt on his game plan for this week: There’s a high school team in Arkansas that does an onside kick for every kickoff and never punts. If we could do that and never give Alabama the football this week, that would be a great game plan.— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) October 14, 2019Jeremy Pruitt at the podium, recapping the win over Mississippi State and looking ahead to Saturday’s trip to Tuscaloosa https://t.co/ykbWaWSDVX— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) October 14, 2019Give Pruitt credit for being brutally honest here. Even if his team actually did use this game plan, they’d be hard-pressed to pull of this upset.Tennessee and Alabama will kick off at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday from Bryant-Denny Stadium.ESPN will broadcast the action in primetime. NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 24: Head coach Jeremy Pruitt of the Tennessee Volunteers coaches during the first half of a game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)Jeremy Pruitt’s Tennessee team is coming off a much-needed win over Mississippi State. For their victory, they’ll experience the reward of playing the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide this weekend.This longstanding series has not been much of rivalry of late. Tennessee last beat Alabama in 2006. Of the Crimson Tide’s 12 consecutive victories, 10 have come by double-digits.To make things even tougher for the Vols, Saturday’s game is in Tuscaloosa. Pruitt knows his team is behind the proverbial 8-ball this weekend.During his weekly press conference, Pruitt joked that his strategy for the game will mirror the one utilized by Little Rock (Ark.) Pulaski Academy, a high school team that does not punt and kicks onside every time.
Wayne Rooney is leaving MLS, and D.C. United is hoping to make his final season in the league a successful one. As if the club hadn’t made that obvious enough with the moves made ahead of the league’s transfer deadline, general manager Dave Kasper has now come right out and said it. With United having landed forwards Ola Kamara and Emmanuel Boateng and added midfielder Felipe, three MLS veterans, over the course of the last week, Kasper says it’s time to focus in on the closing run of the season and a potential tilt at the MLS Cup title. 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 “This being Wayne’s last year, we want to finish strong and make a deep run,” Kasper said to MLSsoccer.com. “Wayne knows what lies with his future, his teammates know what lies with the future and the group collectively can say ‘Listen, we’re now in the final stretch, we know who we are, what we have, especially with the new additions. Let’s get to work and let’s compete for a trophy this year.'” Rooney’s move back to England at the end of the season caught many people off guard, but he’s not the only transfer target in United’s ranks. Midfielder Luciano Acosta has been linked with a move away from MLS in recent windows, with PSG having come close to his signature last winter before the deal fell through. The 25-year-old’s contract runs out at the end of the season, and Kasper says the club is prepared to listen to offers for their star playmaker. “I think there’s flexibility with that,” Kasper said via phone. “If he does move in the European window, or any league that has a window that extends beyond ours in Major League Soccer, we will be prepared for it. If he stays, we’ll have him as an option to make a deep run in the playoffs.” Making the playoffs will be the first job for United. The club currently sits fifth in the Eastern Conference with the top seven teams earning a playoff place. The capital club is just four points clear of eighth-place Toronto and has been struggling through a poor run of form, picking up just one win in its last seven outings.
Travel Agency Air Ticket Sales Soar 4% to $8 Billion in July 2019 vs. 2018ARC Finds More Than 3% Increase in Both International and Domestic TripsARLINGTON, Va. – August 15, 2019 – Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) announced today that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold in July 2019 by U.S.-based travel agencies increased 4% to $8 billion compared to $7.7 billion in July 2018.* The average U.S. round-trip ticket price was $498, a 3% increase from July 2018. The total number of passenger trips settled by ARC for U.S. travel agencies increased 3.5% to 25,058,697 compared to 24,202,549 in July 2018. U.S. domestic trips increased 3.2% while international passenger trips grew 4.1%. Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD)** sales in July 2019 totaled $6.9 million, a 7.3% increase compared to the same period in 2018. EMD transaction volume increased 2% in July 2019 compared to July 2018. More detailed information is available on ARC’s website. About ARC: An industry leader in air travel distribution and intelligence, ARC provides channel-agnostic tools and insights to help the global travel community connect grow and thrive. ARC enables the diverse retailing strategies of its customers by providing flexible settlement solutions, innovative technology and access to the world’s most comprehensive air transaction dataset. In 2018, ARC settled $94.8 billion in transactions between airlines and travel agencies, representing more than 295 million passenger trips. For more information, please visit arccorp.com.
New training track designed to help advisors build their cruise knowledge and selling skills IRVING, TX (September 14, 2019)–In keeping with its mission to provide best-in-class training opportunities to its members, Nexion Travel Group is introducing a new training track: NEXstart Cruise. Designed for travel advisors who plan to center their business around cruise sales, NEXstart Cruise is an online program that offers destination and selling information exclusive to cruising. “Over the years, we have noticed an increased interest in travel advisors selling cruise travel,” said Jackie Friedman, CTC, CTIE, President of Nexion Travel Group. “NEXstart Cruise is the result of our members wanting education that is highly tailored to this specific topic. It is designed to narrow down focus while at the same time giving users a broad range of skills and knowledge to build their cruise business.” NEXstart Cruise consists of 11 lessons, all designed to be taken online, with a series of virtual guest lectures to complement the lessons. The modules focus on popular cruise destinations, international travel regulations and requirements, sales skills and travel insurance. All NEXstart Cruise participants are eligible to take part in a monthly group coaching session for one year following completion of the program and have access to exclusive webinars from Nexion Travel Group’s cruise partners, as well as industry experts. In support of the program, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) will give NEXstart Cruise participants four CLIA classes. NEXstart Cruise will officially launch at Cruise World in November 2019. “We are excited to offer this customized training track,” Friedman continued. “Cruising’s wide variety of ships and destinations make it perfect for specialization. It is an incredibly exciting area of travel and we are looking forward to helping Nexion Travel Group members who wish to specialize in this lucrative and growing travel segment.” All travel professionals interested in learning how to succeed as a professional business owner, backed by Nexion Travel Group’s many great benefits, are encouraged to call 800-747-6813 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ### Nexion Travel Group Nexion®Travel Group is a fully accredited host agency, offering membership to independent travel professionals since 1995. As part of Travel Leaders Group, Nexion Travel Group provides ticketing, operations and fulfillment support to independent travel professionals coupled with best-in-class tools, technology, marketing, education and support. Nexion Travel Group is the complete host agency for multi-agent agencies, corporate agencies, experienced agents and those new to the industry. Travelers also have access to The Travel Collection by Travel Leaders Group, a selection of travel offers and discounts available at no additional cost to holders of select American Express® cards. For more information visit www.TheTravelCollection.com.
5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make Star Wars/FacebookForget Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby — there’s only one holiday this weekend that we’re concerned with, and that’s Saturday, May 4th. Excuse us — May the Fourth. The unofficially official Star Wars holiday is a time of pure nerd-dom. It falls on the weekend this year, so you have every excuse to binge your favorite movies in the series, load up on some snacks, and sip on Star Wars-themed drinks.Wait, you don’t have any recipes ready? Then let us oblige you with our house-made Star Wars cocktail recipes. You should recognize the classic inspiration for most of these somewhat unique concoctions.Mo-GreedoWho shot first? The ruthless bounty hunter only appeared in one movie scene, but that scene gave us the super-catchy Cantina band song, which will now be stuck in your head. To honor Greedo’s lovely green skin, we altered a mojito to be more, well, green.2 parts rum1 part lime juice1 part Creme de Menthe (instead of fresh mint)2 tsp sugarSoda water to topMethod: Muddle sugar and lime together in a Collins glass. Add ice, followed by rum and Creme de Menthe. Top with soda water and stir to incorporate. Garnish with a lime slice and mint. Shoot first.Tatooine SunriseDisneyIt’s like a Tequila Sunrise, but with twice the fun. And by twice the fun, we mean twice the suns.1 part tequila2 parts orange2 maraschino cherries to garnishGrenadine syrup to tasteMethod: Pour the tequila and orange juice into a chilled glass. Slowly add grenadine syrup (we recommend starting with a spoonful) until it pools at the bottom of the glass; continue adding syrup to your desired level of sweetness. Garnish with two maraschino cherries (get it?).Darth CollinsStar Wars/FacebookA Tom Collins is a tall, refreshing gin and lemon drink. Due to its crush-ability, the cocktail has inspired several spin-offs: John Collins (whiskey), Juan Collins (tequila), Ron Collins (rum), and so on. Meet their evil cousin that turned to the Dark Side, Darth Collins.1 part vodka1 part lemon juice1 tsp simple syrupSoda water to topStraw to make Darth Vader noises withAT-AT KneesThe classic bee’s knees cocktail is presumably named for its cool mixture of gin, lemon, and honey. The All Terrain Armored Transport, on the other hand, is a slow-moving Imperial vehicle whose weak point is the knees. Although they can withstand a lot of blaster fire, they’re notoriously clumsy, kind of how you will be once you drink a few. Why? Because we doubled the amount of gin for the AT-AT — so nice that they abbreviated it twice.1.5 part gin1 part lemon juice1 part honeyMethod: Add ingredient to a shaker with ice. Shake, then strain into a chilled coupe glass. Don’t trip over your own feet.Dark Side N’ StormyDisneyWhen you’re sitting around plotting the demise of the Jedi Council, the Rebel Alliance, the Galactic Republic, or the New Republic (depending on which timeline you’re in), you need a few rum drinks to kick back.1 part dark rum3 parts extra gingery ginger beerFresh limeMethod: Pour the rum and ginger beer into a glass over ice. If desired, squeeze a wedge of fresh lime into the drink, then garnish. Try not to kill any younglings.Qui-Gon Jinn and TonicStar Wars/FacebookWe like to imagine that, before he met his demise at the burning end of a two-ended lightsaber, Qui-Gon was the kind of guy who enjoyed a gin and tonic (or six). He does return as a spirit (read: Force Ghost), after all.1 part gin2 parts tonic water (or 1 part — we won’t judge)Lime to garnishMethod: Pour the gin and tonic into a glass over ice. If desired, squeeze a bit of lime into the drink before garnishing. Warning: May cause belief in midichlorians.Hot TauntaunWhen it’s cold as Hoth outside, curl up inside the digestive track of a hot tauntaun. Or curl up inside with cup of Hot Tauntaun. Your choice.1 part whiskey2 parts hot water2 tsp sugar (preferably dark, like Demerara)2 tsp lemon juiceCinnamon stick and lemon slice to garnishMethod: Add whiskey, hot water, sugar, and lemon to a mug. Stop there, or stir with a cinnamon stick and garnish with a lemon slice for flair.Admiral Sazer-AckbarStar Wars/FacebookIt’s a trap! This sazerac, that is. The basic recipe includes an absinthe wash, which provides a sneaky kick, as well as whiskey or cognac, Peychaud’s Bitters, and sugar. We’ve made it even more trap-like by adding absinthe in addition to a rinse.5 parts rye whiskey (1 part = 0.25 oz, in this instance)2 parts absinthe3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters1 sugar cubeA few drops waterLemon peel Method: Rinse a pre-chilled Old Fashioned glass with 1 part absinthe, then add crushed ice and set it aside. Stir bitters, sugar, and water together. Add rye whiskey and ice and stir. Discard the ice and absinthe from Old Fashioned glass and strain the whiskey into the glass. Garnish with a lemon peel. Yell your catchphrase.Finn FizzDisneyFinn is a versatile guy. The former First Order stormtrooper turned Resistance fighter has wielded a lightsaber, flown a stolen TIE fighter, and helped save the day. After all of that, we imagine we would enjoy a personal rendition of the refreshing gin fizz.1 part vodka.5 part lemon juice.5 part blue curaçao (it’s still citrusy, but blue in honor of his one lightsaber duel)1 tsp simple syrupSoda water to topMethod: Mix vodka, lemon, blue curaçao, and simple syrup into a tall glass. Top with soda water.Corpse ReviverIf you’ve watched the first trailer for Star Wars Episode: The Rise of Skywalker, you probably noticed an ominous chuckle at the end that sounded suspiciously like Darth Sidious, aka Palpatine. But wait, isn’t he dead? We’re pretty sure Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker offed him at the end of Return of the Jedi. Either way, Palpatine (or his ghost) has probably been sipping on a Corpse Reviver No. 1 since then.2 parts brandy1 part apple brandy1 part vermouthMethod: Shake well and serve in a cocktail glass. Garnish with revenge. Laugh as you drink. Shoot lightning out of your fingers. 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This compact kegerator holds up to five gallons of your favorite craft brew and flows out of a single tap. Measuring 18” wide, this little beauty shouldn’t take up too much space in your kitchen and is sure to liven up your next celebration. LG Electronics OLED55E8PUA 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TVNo techified bachelor pad would be complete without an ultra-thin, ultra-smart TV. There are dozens of fantastic options floating around the Internet these days, but, for our money, there’s no better pick than this 55” model from OLED. The “ThinQ” as it’s called has Google Assistant built in, so you can control all your smart home devices via the TV remote. Other perks include 4K Cinema HDR, LG OLED display, Dolby Atmos audio, and Pixel Level Dimming for an extra crisp picture. $599 from June $750 from Amazon Moving into your first bachelor pad or looking to upgrade the one in which you currently live? 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That’s why we’ve thrown the Roomba i7+ on this list, a device designed to do just that. The latest version of the original robot vacuum is not only Wi-Fi connected but is also able to dispose of its own dirt and debris. Simply tell it where you want it to clean and let the Roomba take care of the rest! Brilliant Smart Home ControlOnce your home is loaded down with tech, you’ll need a handy way to control it all, so we suggest getting your hands on a Smart Switch. Featuring an easy-to-read face with icons for lights, music, climate, locks, and Alexa/Google Home, this baby allows you to dim what you need to dim and amp up what you need to amp up all in one convenient wall-mounted hub. SoBro Coffee Table The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel If you’re on the prowl for a totally unique piece of functional home tech, look no further than the Sobro coffee table. Not only is this bad boy great for propping up your feet after a long day, but it’s also built with a cooler drawer for brews, ports for wireless charging, bluetooth speakers, motion-sensor lighting, and much more. Plus, it’s Alex and Google Home compatible, so you’ll be able to sync it up with your entire smart home system. $125 from Walmart Ring Door View CamOne of the coolest gadgets on the market right now is the Door View Cam from Ring, which replaces your old front door peephole with an HD camera. Once it’s all set up, you’ll receive a ping on your phone whenever anyone presses the built-in doorbell or knocks on the door. You can then interact with them face-to-face via the camera built into the device. Sleek, compact, and security-focused, this is a must-have for any high-tech pad. Toto USA Aimes Washlet S500eDidn’t think we’d leave out the bathroom, did you? 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A United Nations Environment Program study estimates that by the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. There are many factors that have contributed to the demise of ocean life, however, some of the most impactful come from using single-use plastics. Thankfully, many apparel and lifestyle brands that support the oceans have reconfigured their efforts to manufacturing products that are more environmentally conscious and donating profits to organizations devoted to save the oceans.Counter/Getty ImagesPlastic waste has long been considered one of the most pressing issues when it comes to saving our oceans. Not only does it diminish the beauty of Earth’s most cherished resource, plastic waste, along with pollution and destructive fishing practices, take a major toll on our marine ecosystems as well as our very own health.We’ve touched on some brands that help save the oceans before, but this time around we’re going to focus on specifics, especially because the amount of plastic waste stemming from the fashion world is monumental. With that being said, here are some of the brands that support the oceans by engaging in eco-friendly manufacturing practices and philanthropic partnerships.Parley for the OceanAdidasParley for the Ocean might be one of the more recognizable brands that support the oceans, considering they’ve worked on custom recycled plastic Ultraboost shoes with Adidas and recycled plastic credit cards with American Express, to name a few. Nonetheless, it’s one of the frontrunners in the fight to save our oceans by convincing major brands to change the way they manufacture products as well as to create projects to help address the issue on the front lines. Shop Now Shop Now Shop Now Editors’ Recommendations Norton PointNorton Point/FacebookNorton Point knows exactly what you need for a voyage to the sea, and its impact is felt in more ways than one. The Los Angeles-based eyewear architects transform recycled ocean plastic into performance eyewear and boardshorts that provide ideal functionality and style. With every pair of glasses purchased, Norton Point is committed to removing 1 pound of plastic from the ocean. Alex MonroeAlex MonroeBritish jeweler Alex Monroe not only makes ocean-inspired pieces to help gather attention to the issue, with every piece sold from its Oceans collection until August 31, 2019, this lapidary maker pledges to donate 10 euros to Friends of the Earth to help fund the organization’s conservation efforts and ocean cleanup. OuterknownOuterknownOuterknown makes sustainable menswear that is both comfortable and stylish. Its Econyl collection is relevant because it features pieces made with a unique nylon material spun from recycled fishing nets. From swim trunks and shorts to jackets and accessories, the Outerknown Econyl collection is assisting in the great ocean battle. If you’re interested, Outerknown focuses on more than just ocean conservation, too. The Best Wireless Charging Pads and Stands, No Strings Attached How to Support the Teachers in Your Life Sand Cloud TowelsSand CloudSandcloud towels make sure your trip to the beach is one you’ve paid for. What we mean by this is that Sandcloud no only makes big, lightweight, and beach-ready towels, it donates a portion of its towel profits to five different non-profit conservation efforts to ensure that the ocean you love to look upon stays looking sharp. Sloppy TunasSloppy TunasSloppy Tunas believes everyone has the power to help save the planet. It plays its part by participating in ocean clean-ups, as well as crafting bright and stylish board shorts made from 100% recycled ocean plastic. EverlaneEverlaneEverlane has always been a step ahead of other companies when it comes to putting sustainable business practices and ethics in front of capitalistic gain. The company has established a new goal: to completely eliminate the use of first-generation plastic in its supply chains, offices, and stores by 2021. Instead, it’s going to start using recycled plastics to help combat the worsening plastic pollution in the ocean. 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts VisslaVissla is like Sand Cloud in the sense that it’s another brand that gives you self-satisfaction before you head to the shores. Vissla crafts its odor-resistant, fast-drying board shorts out of its coveted Cocotex fiber, yarn made from upcycled coconut husks, and a recycled polyester textile made from recycled water bottles. That way you can help save and enjoy the beach all at the same time. Show Now BureoBureoWith its NetPlus program, Bureo takes old fishing nets gathered by partners in South America, and repurposes them, in collaborations, as quality goods, such as sunglasses made with Costa, Carver skateboards, as well as other ventures with Patagonia. We all have a role to play in the fight to conserve our oceans, and buying from brands that support the oceans is an easy, feel-good way of lending a helping hand. 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Shop Now The Best Men’s Quilted Jackets Stitched for Every Occasion Happy 75th birthday to Smokey Bear! While his cake will not have candles, American heritage outerwear company Filson is making sure there are plenty of party favors to celebrate. Filson launched a limited 16-piece capsule spanning shirts, boxers, mugs, and more as a playful way to honor Smokey and help outdoorists dress with a message.“So much of the world of Filson is immersed in the great outdoors. It was a natural fit for us to invite [Smokey] into our brand. His message was one that we felt deeply given our close history with the United States Forest Service. He’s influenced generations and has endured decades. He evokes a sense of nostalgia. Smokey is a beloved American folk hero who instills a sense of pride and care for our wild places,” Filson chief creative officer, Alex Carleton, tells The Manual.FilsonEach piece rocks the classic black bear profile in different iterations used by the Forest Service over the last 75 years. In a word, the color pallet for Filson’s capsule is woodsy. Dark Mushroom, Service Green, Olive Gray, and Faded Black bring Smokey’s forest home to the forefront, making the pieces feel less like a farce and more like every-day wear.The aesthetic is paired-down and subtle, but anyone can recognize Smokey’s face and be reminded of his slogan: Only You Can Prevent Wildfires. It’s basically a meditation for those who love camping and the great outdoors. Today, the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign is the longest-running public service advertising campaign in U.S. history. Smokey’s furry face also holds protected status by U.S. federal law.FilsonSmokey’s milestone 75th birthday and the archival graphics used in Filson’s collection got us wondering how this bear became the poster child for wildfire prevention. It’s a crazy story that begins with wartime advertising …Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese submarines surfaced on the coast of California exploding an oil field near Los Padres National Forest. There was an overarching fear of more attacks, paired with anxiety that these shells could ignite raging wildfires.The Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention (CFFP) program was born in 1941 to inspire Americans to take ownership in the prevention of fires, with the first slogans being more political than recreational: “Forest Fires Aid the Enemy,” and “Our Carelessness, Their Secret Weapon.”FilsonThe following year, a seemingly unrelated cultural phenomenon took place: Walt Disney released the film Bambi. Forests and their animal creatures were endeared by the American public and Disney loaned the film’s characters to the CFFP program for a new poster. After a year, the CFFP had to come up with their own animal star.Smokey the Bear appeared on his first Forest Service poster in 1944, putting out a campfire with a pail of water. Artist Albert Staehle depicted Smokey in a pair of blue jeans and a ranger’s hat.A real black bear rescued in 1950 became the living, breathing embodiment of Smokey Bear, and come 1965 Smokey Bear received so much fan mail that a unique zip code was designated for him: 20252. The U.S. President is the only other person to have a private zip code. So yeah, he’s sort of a big deal.Filson’s Smokey Bear collection pays homage to the different faces and sayings of Smokey direct from the archives and officially licensed: that means no bootleg or knock-off graphics.Across the 16 pieces are blankets, short sleeve t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, pins, a Nalgene water bottle, knit beanie, cap, patch, hoodie, and mug.FilsonIt’s fitting that Filson would be trusted to design a Smokey capsule, seeing as their reputation for quality outdoor wear stretches back to the 1800s, covering outdoor homesteaders and fortune hunters during the gold rush.But Filson’s Smokey capsule (which has been around since 2016) also goes deeper than plain merch, pairing with a massive “Protectors of the Forest” informational campaign that shares stories from badass wildland stewards like firefighters, rappel crews, pioneers, and Native American fire crews, plus details from the most cutting edge wildland fire research, how to become a wildland firefighter, and ways to donate.We feel good about that. Sporting a Filson Smokey shirt not only celebrates Smokey, but advocates for continued work and personal responsibility to prevent wildfires. The U.S. Department of Interior says about 90% of wildland fires are caused by people (versus 10% from lightning or lava), so it’s still a rampant issue.Dress with a message and don’t let your campfire go unattended. You can purchase items from the collection below. 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go The Big List of Brands with Lifetime Warranties: Buy It Once, Have It Forever Editors’ Recommendations How to Enjoy Your Campfires Responsibly 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know
Editors’ Recommendations The Best Wheated Bourbon Alternatives to Pappy Rabbit Hole Rebrands and Launches New Whiskey If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey It’s hard to find many faults with the quality of whiskey being made at the old guard Kentucky distilleries. Jim Beam, Wild Turkey, Heaven Hill, Four Roses, and others have millions of barrels aging in rickhouses around the Bardstown area. They have been distilling for decades, some even dating back to the last century, so they generally know a thing or two about making bourbon. The craft distilling movement around the country has exploded in recent years, but the quality and quantity of whiskey usually pales in comparison with the big boys (with some notable exceptions, of course).Kentucky has seen its share of upstart distilleries as well, many of which seem to be funded way beyond your typical craft distillery. They are both taking cues from established operations and doing things their own way – sourcing whiskey, contract distilling for other brands, making gin and vodka while their whiskey ages, finishing whiskey in various barrel types, and releasing whiskey in increments starting around the two-year mark. Ultimately, they are dealing with a thirsty world that is eager for new products and willing to pay a lot for something they haven’t tried before. It remains to be seen how many will survive and how many will fold, but in the meantime our whiskey options are plentiful. Here are five new-school distilleries of note in Kentucky.Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co.The history of Peerless dates back to the 1880s, but the real story begins in 2014 when Corky and Carson Taylor, descendants of one of the originators of the brand, began construction on a new Downtown Louisville distillery. They filled their first barrels in 2015, and dumped their first batch of rye whiskey just two years later. The whiskey was expensive (about $125 for a bottle) and young, but showed great promise and prompted many to wonder what a few more years of aging would do. In 2018, a three-year-old version was released, and the distillery launched a new four-year-old bourbon just a few months ago (the first batch sold out very fast). All of the whiskey is bottled at barrel proof and non-chill filtered, and the distillery uses a sweet mash instead of a sour mash (basically meaning a new batch of yeast is used for each distillation). Good things seem to be in store as Peerless continues to release older whiskeys.Bardstown Bourbon CompanyBardstown Bourbon Company doesn’t look or act like many other distilleries in Bardstown, the epicenter of Kentucky bourbon. The distillery’s design is modern and expansive, and upon entry you’ll find Bottle & Bond Kitchen and Bar, a restaurant that serves creative food and drinks that are scarce in the area. The distillery itself is hard at work both making its own whiskey and contract distilling for other brands, including High West, Jefferson’s, Belle Meade, and James E. Pepper. While BBC may not be putting MGP out of business any time soon, it is certainly attracting whiskey brands that have been longtime customers of the Indiana distillery. So far, BBC’s own whiskey releases have mostly been made using sourced whiskey, although some of its in-house-distilled younger liquid is making its way into bottles now. The recent Fusion Series #1 combined sourced 11-year-old Kentucky bourbon with two-year-old whiskey from BBC from two different mash bills. And the initial Collaborative Series expression was a nine-year-old Tennessee bourbon finished for 19 months in Phifer Pavitt Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.New Riff DistillingAll of the whiskey coming out of New Riff Distilling, located in Newport, KY just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, is bottled in bond. This means that it’s bottled at 100 proof, it’s at least four years old, and it’s from one distillery and one distilling season. In the case of New Riff, it also happens to be non-chill filtered. This goes for the rye, the bourbon, and all the single-barrel releases, the last of which have proven to be very popular among whiskey fans. New Riff’s whiskey tastes properly aged, without the unfinished, woody “craft” notes that infiltrate the liquid from so many new distilleries. If you’re in the mood for a clear spirit, try the Kentucky Wild Gin, which includes Kentucky’s state flower goldenrod as a botanical (there’s also a barrel-aged version).Rabbit HoleRabbit Hole recently made big news when French conglomerate Pernod Ricard acquired it. The distillery has only been making whiskey since last year so it has not actually released any of its own whiskey yet, making this move surprising to some. But the sourced bourbon and rye that it has released is good, if a bit on the young side. The bourbon has a four grain mash bill that is fairly unusual — 70% corn, 10% malted wheat, 10% honey malted barley, and 10% malted barley. The rye is a 95% rye that does not come from MGP, the usual source for that mash bill. There’s also a wheated bourbon that was finished in sherry casks and a London dry gin finished in rye barrels. It will be a few years before we get to taste any whiskey produced at Downtown Louisville distillery. In the meantime, look for a brand-new release out in September called Heigold, a high-rye bourbon (25% rye) aged for less than four years. This new whiskey, which was in the works well before the Pernod deal, will be a permanent addition to the core range.Castle & KeyCastle & Key is located on hallowed Kentucky bourbon grounds, the former site of Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr.’s former distillery known as Old Taylor. The new distillery is currently releasing vodka and gin while it ages its whiskey, which has yet to be bottled. Some samples of the young rye and bourbon were made available at a press event last year, and the whiskey showed promise, which is always a good sign at that early stage. Still, the distillery must be commended for not putting out a two-year-old whiskey just to get something out on the market, regardless of whether it’s ready or not. Master distiller Marianne Eaves left the distillery this past spring, and it’s not clear if someone has taken over for her as of yet. But we are looking forward to tasting the whiskey when it’s ready. All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall