Genetics Policy Expert to Rejoin Collins at NIH

first_imgNew National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins has recruited a former aide to be his chief of staff.Kathy Hudson now runs the Genetics & Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., which she founded in 2002 at Johns Hopkins University. The molecular biologist was Collins’s policy director for part of his tenure as head of the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH.Besides serving as the NIH chief’s top lieutenant, Hudson says she hopes to liaison with the Food and Drug Administration on overseeing genetic tests. Pushing for regulation of those tests was a large part of her center’s work, and she says, “I’m optimistic that we’re actually going to see some of those changes occur.” Although she’s filled out the paperwork, Hudson is still waiting for an official offer. The previous director, Elias Zerhouni, never filled the position.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Hudson is leaving the genetics center as its main funder, the Pew Charitable Trusts, winds down its support this fall. The center’s number of full-time staff members has shrunk since January from a dozen to around seven, says Joan Scott, now deputy director, who will succeed Hudson. The center’s focus will likely expand from policy to moving genetic tests into the clinic, Scott says.last_img read more

Who Will Win First Golden Goose Award?

first_img U.S. House of Represenatives Golden eggs. Representative Jim Cooper hopes a prize will boost appreciation for federally-funded research. For decades, the late Senator William Proxmire (D-WI) poked fun at government-funded studies that he considered a waste of taxpayers’ money by awarding them his Golden Fleece Award. The media loved the periodic prize, which lambasted—among many targets—a study of why prisoners wanted to get out of jail, funded by the Department of Justice, and a study of love, backed by the National Science Foundation. An alliance that includes members of Congress and science and university groups wants to turn Proxmire’s gimmick on its head. Today, they announced plans to award a new Golden Goose Award to research projects that might sound funny, but have produced serious health or economic benefits. “We’ve all seen reports that ridicule odd-sounding research projects as examples of government waste,” said Representative Jim Cooper (D-TN), who helped hatch the idea. “The Golden Goose Award does the opposite.” Cooper hopes it will help demonstrate that government support for science “is no laughing matter. I hope more of my colleagues will join us in supporting, not killing, the goose that lays the golden egg.” Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) The organizations sponsoring the Golden Goose Award—which include the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, publisher of ScienceInsider), the Association of American Universities, and the Progressive Policy Institute—hope to award it annually starting this fall. Nominations will be reviewed by an eight-member selection committee that includes Bruce Alberts, the editor-in-chief of Science, and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Burton Richter as well as university research officials. Members of Congress endorsing the prize include Cooper and representatives Charlie Dent (R-PA), Robert Dold (R-IL), Rush Holt (D-NJ), and Jason Altmire (D-PA). At a press conference today in the Rayburn House Office Building, AAAS CEO Alan Leshner said he hoped the prize would help remind people that even seemingly offbeat studies can produce unexpected results. When he was a working behavioral scientist, Leshner noted that his own mother “had a hard time understanding why I studied why rats ran in those little running wheels.” It turned out, he said, that such research helped reveal how mammals regulate body fat, a key health issue. Leshner said he hoped researchers would nominate other potentially misunderstood studies for the Golden Goose Award by sending an email to: info@goldengooseaward.org.last_img read more

Male mammoths fell into traps more than females, giving clues to family structure

first_img Male mammoths fell into traps more than females, giving clues to family structure When it came to mammoths, females had all the luck. Males were more likely to die in natural traps such as tar pits, ice lakes, mudflows, and bogs, according to a new study in Current Biology of DNA extracted from 98 fossilized woolly mammoths found across the Siberian landscape. Because the harsh environment destroys exposed fossils, most remains known to scientists were preserved in such traps (such as the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California, pictured above, which trapped Columbian mammoths—close relatives of their woolly cousins). Researchers were examining the genomes of these mammoths for a separate study into mammoth population genetics when they noticed that their dead remains skewed male: About 70% of those caught in natural traps carried a Y chromosome. Woolly mammoths are thought to have had family structures similar to modern elephants, where herds consist of females and young elephants, whereas adolescent and adult males disperse from the herd and roam in smaller bachelor groups or alone. Forced into unknown lands and lacking guidance from older, experienced elephants, male woolly mammoths were likelier to accidentally traipse into a trap and die, the authors conclude. Researchers of extinct mammals should be aware that fossil remains may be skewed toward a particular sex or age, and thus may not represent the whole population, they add.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) By Michael PriceNov. 2, 2017 , 12:20 PMcenter_img Kris Mercer/Alamy Stock Photo last_img read more

Irfan Pathan and Balaji will bowl till they drop: John Wright

first_imgRIGHT PLACEMENT: John Wright directs his teamJohn Wright who has coached the Indian team for over three years spoke to Senior Editor Sharda Ugra in Islamabad after the series win. Q. Take away history and politics. Was this India’s best performance since you took over as coach? A. We played,RIGHT PLACEMENT: John Wright directs his teamJohn Wright who has coached the Indian team for over three years spoke to Senior Editor Sharda Ugra in Islamabad after the series win.Q. Take away history and politics. Was this India’s best performance since you took over as coach? A. We played well under the pressure of the Pakistan-India mystique especially in the deciding games in both the series. But we have played some pretty good cricket before, like against Australia which is a big side.Q. Sourav Ganguly says India is the best team in the world after Australia. Do you agree? The ranking doesn’t say so. A. The rankings don’t make much sense to me. I don’t care if we are No.7 or 8.We got to the finals of the World Cup and the ICC Trophy – those are big events. I just wish we had won them. Then maybe we would have been ranked sixth! I think Australia are out there. To be No. 1, you have to get players who can produce consistently. It is when you win over a period that it counts. But Sourav is right. On our day we can beat anyone.Q. Was the fear of losing a factor you accounted for in Pakistan? A. No, I don’t think the fear of losing was a factor. What we as backup staff tried to do was to take the mystique out of the series. We thought if we could be organised and had simple targets, it would help us.Q. How did Irfan Pathan and L. Balaji improve at a rate faster than other bowlers recently? A. They are physically very fit, they work hard at their strengths and have great attitudes. They will bowl till they drop. Selection is about picking people like this.Q. How does the team keep its feet on the ground now? A. You are only as good as your last game. Our challenge is to keep winning consistently. As for keeping the feet on the ground, it is like that line: treat those two impostors, triumph and disaster, just the same.Q. Is this win, a ‘take that everyone’ to those who snipe at you? A. I don’t have that attitude, you never win with that approach. If I lost the job I would go home, sit on my porch and get over it. I work very hard, there are some personal sacrifices made by my children and myself because we are apart. But I have always thought it would be great if I, along with the players, could make Indians on the street feel proud of their team. Because I believe that a team that is united and fights… that seems to mean something in India.advertisementlast_img read more

Sergio Ramos announces wedding on TV show

first_imgSpanish football star Sergio Ramos used the perfect platform to announce his marriage with model girlfriend Pilar Rubio in Seville on June 15. He spoke on Rubio’s Spanish TV show El Hormiguero. Ramos, who left Sevilla to join Real Madrid in 2005, said: “We’ve decided to get married in Seville because we’ve been in Madrid for so long now, it means there will be less people[in Seville]. It’s a very special moment for us after being together for so long and forming such a fantastic family with three little ones, who fill our lives with passion. We felt it was the ideal moment and wanted our children to enjoy it because when they were younger, it’s not something they would understand so much.”Related News Meanwhile, Rubio said she’s excited about her big day. “I’m as excited about putting on my wedding dress as I am about what’s going to happen afterwards,” she said.  The couple, who began dating in 2012, have three sons – Sergio, four, Marcos, three, and Alejandro, born in March last year. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates Spain’s star striker David Villa set to retire next month after 19 years Luis Enrique returns as Spain coach after daughter’s death Spain great Iker Casillas: Wrong to award Ballon d’Or to Cristiano Ronaldolast_img read more

Double Dip In Employment Confidence; Q3 Survey Finds Increase In Layoffs And Pay Cuts

first_imgDespite the glimmer of hope from the National Bureau of Economic Research that the “recession ended”, it seems that employees are not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Glassdoor‘s quarterly Employment Confidence Survey was released today, and findings show that more Americans are concerned about the future of their jobs and hiring prospects than in the previous quartersAfter five consecutive quarters of declines, employee layoff concerns rose this past quarter to levels not seen since 2009. One in five employees (20 percent) are concerned that they could be laid off in the next six months. Employees are even more worried for their colleagues:  a third of employees are concerned their co-workers will lose their jobs in the next six months.With layoff concerns growing, it’s not too surprising to find that fewer are expecting a pay raise in the next 12 months (37 percent) than compared to last quarter (40 percent). Employees are also reporting the lowest level of optimism for their company’s outlook since Q2 2009. Slightly less than two in five (38 percent) employees and those who are self employed think their company’s outlook will get better in the next six months, down a whopping seven points from the last quarter.For job seekers employment prospects don’t seem to be getting any brighter.  Among those unemployed but looking, more than one-third (34 percent) say it is unlikely they will find a job in the next six months, up five points to the highest level since the height of the recession at the beginning of 2009. When employees were asked about the probability of being able to find another job that match their experience and compensation levels, 35 percent said they think it would be unlikely and 28 percent are uncertain.As Glassdoor career expert Rusty Rueff points out, “Until employees and unemployed job seekers see steady positive changes related to the job market and their bank accounts, it’s unlikely we’ll see stability in employment confidence.”To put a silver lining around this quarter’s news, the survey did show that fewer employees reported their organizations initiated or communicated plans to reduce or eliminate bonuses (15 percent) than last quarter (19 percent). Plus, there were fewer reported furloughs, unpaid leave, mandatory vacation (17 percent), cutbacks in perks (i.e. commuter subsidies) (16 percent), or job restructings (10 percent).Interested to read how the current state of employment is affecting people of varying ages, geographic locations, click here to read the full report.What do you think about claims that the recession has ended? Have you seen or felt improvements in your employment status?last_img read more

Klopp not nervous amid Premier League title fight

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted he was not a “nervous person” as his side continue their bid to win the Premier League title.Klopp’s men visit West Ham on Monday, a day after Manchester City host Arsenal with the possibility of closing the gap at the top to two points.A two-time Bundesliga winner with Borussia Dortmund, Klopp said he had no nerves as he called on his team to remain focused. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I am not a nervous person and so I was never nervous before we won the first title at Dortmund. That’s how it is,” he told UK newspapers.”Experience showed me that the way I did it in the past worked, so I didn’t change. The only thing I always knew is to do the right thing as often as possible, stay focused on your own way and don’t think about the other things around, and do it as much and as good as you can.”Then, if you are good enough, it will happen. If not, it will not happen. That is pretty easy. Our tool to sort the situation is football. That is the only thing we can do.”Klopp pointed to Liverpool’s run to last season’s Champions League final as proof they could deal with pressure.But with Liverpool having last won a league title in 1990, Klopp understands how desperate fans are to achieve domestic success.”Will there be nervous moments? Yes, for sure. But don’t make them bigger than they are because there were nervous situations last year, two years ago, three years ago,” he said.”The people here really, really want it and that’s how it is. They want it with all they have. I get that and we will try with all we have, but there are no guarantees.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Chelsea’s Antonio Conte blasts Manchester United’s ‘kicking tactics’

first_imgChelsea manager Antonio Conte took a swipe at Jose Mourinho’s tactics on Monday by accusing his Manchester United team of trying to kick tricky forward Eden Hazard out of their FA Cup quarter-final at Stamford Bridge. (I’m still Chelsea’s number one, says beaten Jose Mourinho)Hazard survived the onslaught and helped Chelsea run out 1-0 winners in a prickly game, with United reduced to 10 men in the 35th minute when Spaniard Ander Herrera received a second yellow card.”We came to play football… but for 25 minutes it was impossible for Eden Hazard to play, because he was kicked,” Conte told reporters.”It could be a tactic. I think everyone saw this… Sometimes when you play against a player with a good talent you try to intimidate this player,” the Italian added. “I think that the referee must protect this type of player.”Conte, whose Premier League leaders have been drawn to play London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-finals, praised Belgium forward Hazard’s patience.”It’s very difficult and very dangerous to receive a kick from the back… He has a strong character and he showed that today.”Conte, chided by his predecessor Mourinho for celebrating too wildly after the fourth goal of Chelsea’s 4-0 Premier League drubbing of United last October, said he controlled his emotions during Monday’s tie.But the pair had squared up on the touchline in the first half after a series of crunching tackles on Hazard and the fourth official had to stand between them. Referee Michael Oliver paused the game to tell the two manaagers to calm down.advertisementA fist pump rather than a traditional leap into the crowd by Conte followed N’Golo Kante’s 51st minute goal for Chelsea.”I controlled the emotion very well today. I didnt exalt our goal but its normal for managers to try to do our best to push our team,” the Italian said.The game had been billed as a showdown between Chelsea managers past and present but Conte, aiming for a league and cup double said: “The coach is not the most important thing.”The most important thing is what happens on the pitch. For me what happens on the outside is only circus.”last_img read more

Still on the Fence About #GivingTuesday?

first_imgTo do, or not to do, #GivingTuesday…With 12 weeks to go, you are hearing about #GivingTuesday everywhere. In the press, and perhaps on your team, there are advocates and skeptics.And we get it. Year-end is a critical time, and your team has a full plate. So is #GivingTuesday worth it?From where we sit, the answer is simple: Yes!We are unabashed supporters and believers in the #GivingTuesday movement. For most nonprofits the question should not be ‘if’, but ‘how’, to incorporate #GivingTuesday into your December giving season.How does #GivingTuesday work (for your organization)?The genesis of #GivingTuesday is pretty well known. It started with a simple idea – to be a counterpoint to the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. From a couple hundred nonprofits in 2012, #GivingTuesday is now an international day of giving around the globe.Think about #GivingTuesday as disaster fundraising in reverse (Tweet this). In a disaster, the tragedy brings people together to rally around those in need by supporting organizations that can make an impact.On #GivingTuesday, the movement rallies people around their desire to do good, to matter in their communities or their world. It’s not an obligation – it’s an opportunity to be part of something that’s big and meaningful and feels great.And just as disaster relief organizations recognize how important it is to raise funds when there is heightened public awareness, all nonprofits can capitalize on the awareness and excitement of #GivingTuesday.It’s all about the strategy, but there’s more than one approach.The big opportunity is to launch December on #GivingTuesday and carry the energy and excitement straight through to New Year’s. Think of it as a chance to throw a virtual giving-season kickoff party for your cause.The good news is that there is not just one “right” strategy.Your #GivingTuesday goals can be about more than dollars raised. Consider a goal focused on recurring givers, new donors, volunteers, in-kind gifts, or even social media followers.#GivingTuesday can be a chance to tell fresh stories, to attract new or younger supporters, to accelerate your social media presence or to diversify your fundraising channels. Beth Kanter shares some creative ideas about experimenting, measuring and learning in this video for #GivingTuesday Summer School.The lessons you take away from #GivingTuesday can impact all of December—and your fundraising into 2015.Ready? Let’s go!We’re here to help with free training, toolkits, expert advice, and of course, great software.Start by downloading our comprehensive Giving Days eBook. It is both a decision making and planning guide, and a week-by-week tactical outline sharing the steps your team can take each week between now and #GivingTuesday to launch a successful campaign.Then every Tuesday, we’ll bring you new resources to get ready for #GivingTuesday.And make sure your software is customized to delight and inspire your donors. We can help with two different fundraising platforms:• DonateNow – an easy-to-use customized online giving page to maximize donor conversion, plus baked-in expertise to help make you a better fundraiser• GiveCorps – a cutting-edge giving platform that offers donors a superior online giving experience, plus crowdfunding and peer-to-peer.Talk to a fundraising consultant today to get expert advice about the software that will best meet your needs.It’s time to plan for your best December ever!More #GivingTuesday resourcesWatch this video interview of Jamie McDonald for #GivingTuesday Summer School, highlighting tips and tactics for making #GivingTuesday work for your organizationAccess the archived presentation of our Top Tips for a Successful #GivingTuesdayRegister with #GivingTuesday NationalDownload These Free Fundraising Guides: Nonprofit Guide to Successful Giving DaysThe Nonprofit Crowdfunding CrazeStorytelling for NonprofitsMake this #GivingTuesday your best yet! Kick off your year-end fundraising with our tools, training and matching funds. It doesn’t matter if your organization has 2 staff members or 200, you can raise money on #GivingTuesday and we can help.Free #GivingTuesday resources are available to all nonprofits through Network for Good’s All TUEgether campaign. Network for Good customers can leverage matching funds for all donations made on December 1, 2015. Plus, customers have access to expert coaching, new donors, and exclusive resources to help plan a stellar #GivingTuesday campaign.Not a Network for Good customer yet? No problem. Sign up for a demo and find out how easy it is to raise money online. Get ready to have your best giving season ever.last_img read more

Call for Papers: Maternal Health is Women’s Health

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 29, 2012March 31, 2017By: Jocalyn Clark, Senior Magazine Editor, PLOS MedicineClick 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)We are delighted to announce the theme for year 2 of our Maternal Health Collection, a partnership between PLOS and the Maternal Health Task Force at Harvard School of Public Health.We invite papers (both research and commentary) on the theme of “maternal health is women’s health,” which recognizes the vital importance to the MNCH agenda of the health of women over the whole of their lives:While pregnancy is limited to women of reproductive age, maternal health is influenced by the health of women and girls before pregnancy, and it also influences women’s health broadly during and after the reproductive years. Inability to access quality health care and family planning resources, low educational attainment, low socioeconomic status, restrictive gender roles, poor nutrition, and a host of other social and biological factors combine to put girls and women at risk for not being able to attain and sustain the health status they deserve throughout their lives.Papers submitted by 1 April 2013 stand the best chance of being included in this Collection. Our call for papers is broad, but specific priorities for this year’s Collection are:Maternal health as part of sexual and reproductive health issues (e.g., family planning, gender-based violence, STIs)Maternal health and non-communicable diseases (e.g., cardiovascular disease, mental health)Maternal health and communicable diseases (e.g., malaria, HIV/AIDS)Implications of child and adolescent health for maternal healthConsequences of poor maternal health in later stages of women’s lives (e.g., prolapse and other chronic morbidities)More information can be found in our editorial and at the Maternal Health Collection page.Stay tuned for exciting news about the official Launch of our Year 1 Collection on “quality of maternal health care.”Share this:last_img read more

Integration and Equity in Fistula Care: Goals for GMNHC

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 17, 2015October 13, 2016By: Vandana Tripathi, Deputy Director, Fistula Care Plus, EngenderHealthClick 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 Global Maternal and Newborn Health Conference (GMNHC) is an exciting opportunity for all of us to share our experiences and interests across the three conference themes – integration, equity and quality of care. Considering the aims of the USAID-supported Fistula Care Plus Project, I especially hope that the conference will provide a forum for substantive progress in integration and equity.First, integration is urgent in the prevention and management of maternal morbidity. For women in rural, poor and hard to reach areas, it is imperative that the value of each encounter with health services is maximized. For women who have experienced prolonged/obstructed labor (P/OL) and delivered in a facility, the postpartum period is a crucial opportunity to prevent, screen for and treat multiple serious problems, including both obstetric fistula and sepsis. I hope that GMNHC allows those of us working separately on specific maternal morbidities to have the opportunity to come together to consider integrated packages of guidelines, job aids and other tools to help health providers deliver the best care possible to women who have experienced P/OL.Similarly, women in resource-poor settings are also vulnerable to severe quality of life impact from other morbidities associated with childbirth, such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP). While POP can be readily evaluated and treated in high-resource settings, in poorer settings women may live for many years with serious, untreated POP, with tremendous consequences for their health, wellbeing and social role. The GMNHC is a unique opportunity for providers and programmers to strategize about health service platforms that can address these morbidities comprehensively, making the most of precious and limited resources such as operating theaters and skilled surgeons.Such integration for comprehensive care is also an opportunity to promote equity in maternal health services. FC+ recently surveyed surgeons from health facilities where we support fistula repair about their interest in integrating fistula and POP services. Respondents identified important challenges in integration, including ensuring that women with fistula, who tend to be the most poor and vulnerable, are not “crowded out” in the delivery of integrated care. However, there was almost universal expression of interest in and capacity to integrate these services. As one surgeon from Nigeria eloquently observed, such integration will enable the provision of “total motherhood care [with] no more discrimination.”I will keep that surgeon’s vision of “total motherhood care” in mind at GMNHC. At the conference, I hope that colleagues from all corners of the maternal health community will think creatively about opportunities to increase integration and equity in services to prevent and treat maternal morbidities – whether through joint community outreach and mobilization, collaborative provider training or the actual co-location of clinical services.Photo: “Africa Partnerships Hamlin Fistula 5” © 2009 Lucy Perry/Hamlin Fistula Relief and Aid Fund Australia, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/Share this:last_img read more

From pregnancy to protection: advancing the intersection between antenatal care and immunization

first_imgPosted on January 18, 2019January 18, 2019By: Cyril Engmann, member of AMI’s Strategic Leadership Team and Program Lead for Maternal, Newborn, Child Health, and Nutrition at PATH; Jessica Fleming, Director of AMI and Maternal Immunization Delivery Lead for PATHClick 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) RSV maternal immunization, if successful, could empower women to protect themselves and their babies from a common cause of lower respiratory infection. PHOTO: PATH/Cuong Nguyen PhuEvery mother has the right see her baby survive and thrive, but infant health and survival has been slower to improve than for older age groups. Projections indicate that, of the estimated 60 million child deaths before age five between 2017 and 2030, the majority will be clustered in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia and will occur in the first year of life—mostly due to preventable causes[1]. Among these causes are diseases that strike fiercely in early infancy, including a widespread, but often under-recognized, cause of severe infant respiratory infections called respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Too often, threats like these go unchecked. But, what if moms could wield a powerful tool to stop these foes before they strike?This is possible for some diseases through maternal immunization (MI). By getting vaccinated in pregnancy, mothers can safeguard themselves and their infants in those first, most vulnerable months of life. It is used safely and effectively against tetanus, influenza, and pertussis, but delivery challenges and information gaps prevent MI from being widely available in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) beyond the success of tetanus prevention. The looming question is how LMICs can improve maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) by applying MI more broadly while also adding value—not burden—to antenatal care (ANC) and immunization programs.A maternal RSV vaccine, which is quickly advancing through clinical trials and could be available as early as 2021, is a natural opportunity for MNCH and immunization programs to come together like never before to answer this question. As a resource, a new RSV MI roadmap published by the Advancing Maternal Immunization (AMI) collaboration convened by PATH and the World Health Organization is now available. It is designed to help researchers, policymakers, funders, health practitioners, advocates, and others gauge when and where to direct their efforts for addressing obstacles inherent to MI introduction in LMICs.Navigating a way forward against a dangerous, largely unrecognized, disease A common and widespread infection, RSV occurs in almost every child by the age of two and leads to more than 30 million childhood infections worldwide every year.[2] In older children and adults, it’s mild,  can be easily confused with the common cold,  and often goes away on its own. However, for infants, early RSV infections combined with tiny airways can lead to deadly complications like lung infection (pneumonia) and inflamed airways (bronchiolitis) that make breathing difficult and potentially deadly. RSV is responsible for at least 1.4 million infant hospitalizations and 120,000 deaths among children under five every year, with nearly all deaths occurring in LMICs and mostly before six months of age. Options for RSV treatment are limited, and caring for infants sick with RSV, whether in the hospital or at home, puts further burden on family livelihoods.To combat this threat, the AMI RSV MI roadmap (based on a gap analysis published in early 2018) outlines the activities needed to fill critical information gaps for decision-making and move RSV MI from development to delivery in LMICs. The most urgent activities center on assessing RSV MI’s potential health impact and return on investment; supporting vaccine development and licensure; preparing for post-introduction monitoring; developing communications strategies to support awareness and uptake; and ensuring that countries are equipped to deliver the vaccine routinely, efficiently, and equitably once it is available. Linked to the former, perhaps the biggest emphasis overall is on the need to collaborate across maternal health services, particularly ANC and vaccine programs, to determine how delivery could work in different country and service delivery contexts, and even strengthen maternal health and vaccine services overall.Learning from the past to improve the futureBeyond preventing a dangerous respiratory infection for infants, figuring out how to efficiently, equitably, and reliably deliver RSV MI could strengthen overall healthcare provisions for moms and their infants and lay a foundation for delivering existing and future maternal vaccines (such as for Group B Streptococcus, which is currently in development). Benefits could include leveraging resources to improve ANC and immunization service delivery; encouraging pregnant women to attend more well-care visits; and protecting two populations often underserved in current immunization programs from diseases—pregnant women and young infants. Further, the same surveillance systems for tracking maternal vaccine performance could be leveraged to better monitor pregnancy and other MNCH outcomes.Despite these possibilities, the road ahead requires venturing into uncharted territory to address remaining questions and challenges. Current maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination efforts have paved part of the way by reaching pregnant women in LMICs through vaccination campaigns and supplementary immunization activities. We must learn from this experience as we explore what adaptions may be necessary to incorporate RSV and other maternal vaccines into routine healthcare.To give maternal RSV vaccine a chance to pave the way for broader MI, we need to act on the roadmap now to ensure that such a vaccine can be used to the greatest benefit once available. Check out the report to see how you can contribute to advancing the scientific, policy, economic, regulatory, communications, and programmatic activities needed to lay the foundation for RSV MI and other maternal vaccines to come. Working together, we can chart a new course to offer mothers and their babies a better shot at good health.[1] UNICEF. Progress for Every Child in the SDG Era. New York City: UNICEF; 2018. Available at https://www.unicef.org/publications/index_102731.html[2] Lancet. Global, regional, and national disease burden estimates of acute lower respiratory infections due to respiratory syncytial virus in young children in 2015: a systematic review and modelling study. 2017, Sep 2; 390 (10098):946-958.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Previews Saturday’s Oklahoma-Texas Game

first_img Kirk Herbstreit previewed this upcoming showdown between Oklahoma and Texas on his podcast.Herbstreit is concerned that Texas won’t be able to stop Oklahoma’s offense. He believes the team’s secondary is going to struggle due to their lack of depth.From 247Sports:“I don’t think (the Texas secondary is up for the challenge against Oklahoma’s offense),” Herbstreit said. “I don’t think they are. They’ve struggled and they’ve had so many injuries, and we’ll have to see. as the week progresses, how healthy they are and whether or not they’re able to get some people back.”To be fair, Herbstreit also stated that Oklahoma will have trouble keeping Texas out of the end zone.It’s highly likely that the Sooners and Longhorns get into a shootout this weekend.Who do you think will win this game? [Related Article:University Of Oklahoma Taunts Texas Before Saturday’s Game] Oklahoma and Texas play in the Big 12 championship gameARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 01: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns throws against the Oklahoma Sooners in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The biggest game this weekend in college football has to be this year’s Red River Showdown between the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns.Oklahoma is coming off another dominant victory this season, meanwhile Texas needed a strong fourth quarter to defeat West Virginia on the road.This is the second test for the Longhorns this season. Earlier in the year, Tom Herman’s squad battled the LSU Tigers in a tough non-conference matchup.Although the early edge is with the Sooners, the Longhorns have an offense capable of keeping pace with Lincoln Riley’s group. Sam Ehlinger is in the midst of another incredible season at quarterback.last_img read more

Our Favorite Motorcycle Gear to Keep Us Safe When Riding

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know 12 Best Travel Backpacks to Take With You on the Road Saint/FacebookSaint/FacebookAn old adage of motorcycling states: “It’s not a matter of if you’ll hit the pavement, rather it’s a matter of when.” Most would assume it’s an old wives’ tale, spun to elicit fear in those considering taking up motorcycling. The problem? That adage is true.It’s the waiting, however, that can really do damage, as riders can go years before they have an accident. These gaps between what feels like complete safety and hitting skull to pavement has the tendency to lull even seasoned riders into a false sense of security and relax their riding gear commitment from Master Chief to “Sup brah! Like my board shorts and BMW S1000RR?”For myself, it took nearly 12 years before I had an accident. During that time, I had instances of stupidity. I wore T-shirts, a pair of ratty Chuck Tayilors, and regular jeans on occasion. Luckily, on the day I went down, I had my helmet, gloves, jacket, and boots. They took the brunt of the hit. I walked away relatively unscathed. But the quarter-inch deep gashes along my helmet and the state of my jacket were both sobering.My experience, however, isn’t meant to instill fear in any would-be riders. It’s more to illustrate that having the right gear — and using the right gear — is tantamount to your wide-open dreams of cruising along the Pacific Coast Highway at sunrise or  heading out for a weekend cruise around your city. To better prepare you, here’s some of our favorite motorcycle gear to keep you safe as can be when out and about.Shoei X-Fourteen – $732I’ve entrusted my noggin to many helmet companies throughout my riding experience, but when I went down, I was wearing my old Shoei. It was almost 10 years old, slightly smelled, the padding had worn down slightly, and the visor had the habit of sometimes getting stuck, an issue that arose after a long session in so very disgusting mud and muck.Old as it was, it still saved my life. That’s why, after I healed, I grabbed another Shoei, specifically the brand’s top-of-the-line X-Fourteen. Four years on, it’s my favorite helmet I have. It’s quiet, provides excellent visibility, looks great, and, most importantly, is one of the safest helmets on the market.See ItSaint Unbreakable Sherling Jacket – $500Unbreakable is in the name and it’s just that: unbreakable. The jacket material is Saint’s proprietary fabric. Now in its sixth generation, this textile is 16-times stronger than steel, according to the company.  It’s armored in key impact zones — shoulders, elbows, back — and can stand up to nearly anything you throw at it.Yet, unlike the flashy MotoGP-inspired leathers you see on most riders on a Sunday afternoon, Saint’s jacket is meant to be both a well-made jacket ready for any occasion and armor when things go rubber-side up. The sherling collar is removable, but to us, it’s part of Saint’s charm.See ItAlpinestars Oscar Robinson Leather Gloves – $90There are few names that transcend motorcycle culture as, nine-times-out-of-10, it is a very exclusive club. Alpinestars is the tenth instance. The brand is known outside the sect of two wheels and for good reason: the company makes some of the best equipment and clothes on the planet.What many have not heard of is Alpinestars’ Oscar collection. Recently debuted, this lineup gear is Alpinestars’ way of heading upscale without sacrificing safety. Fit with EVA foam padding along the palm, and reinforced plating on the knuckles, the Robinson leather are some of the best around.See ItAlpinestars Oscar Charlie Denim Pants – $260I’m sticking with Alpinestars pants because they remain, in my opinion, the industry standard. I’ve owned a pair of Alpinestars jeans since I started riding. They’re comfortable, reinforced with armor and heavy denim materials, and still look like jeans when walking down the street.You’ll find CE-Certified armor on the knees as well as reinforcement on your posterior in case you slide across the pavement. I’ve done it — it isn’t fun — and you’ll be thankful that Alpinestars was thinking of your butt.See ItRokker Company Urban Racer – $444When I wrote about the most stylish motorcycle boots, I included Rokker’s Urban Racers in the list. I stand by that pick and reiterate it here. The Swiss company is best-known for its denim, but the Urban Racers prove that the company can also make a boot that will look good and keep your ankle and foot safe.The boot is waterproof, but breathable, and features a shock-absorbent insole and heavy-duty rubber outsole to keep its contents  safe if things don’t go the right way when travelling down the highway or through a canyon road. They are the perfect piece to finish off your everyday riding gear.See ItStay safe out there. The Best Rums for Mixing to Turn Any Night Into Island Night How to Pack a Dopp Kit (aka Toiletry Bag) for When You Won’t be Sleeping at Home The Best Men’s Work Pants for Getting Down to Businesslast_img read more

Spain boss Moreno hails record-breaking Ramos

first_imgSergio Ramos was hailed as an “incredible” servant to Spain by coach Robert Moreno after becoming the most-capped player in the team’s history.Ramos made his 168th international appearance in a 1-1 Euro 2020 qualifier away to Norway on Saturday, edging ahead of his former Real Madrid and international team-mate Iker Casillas.The defender has won two European Championship titles and a World Cup with Spain and has indicated he wants to play at next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, while he previously set reaching 200 caps as a target. 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 While the Olympics starts less than two weeks after Euro 2020 ends, complicating Ramos’ potential schedule for next year, Moreno praised the Spain skipper for his continued desire.”Ramos’ record is incredible,” Moreno told a news conference. “And he still wants to compete, win titles.”I want to congratulate him publicly and hopefully he can give us joy for much longer.”Among the celebrations for Ramos there was disappointment for Spain at Ullevaal Stadion, though, as Joshua King’s second-half stoppage-time penalty prevented La Roja from sealing a spot at the finals with three games still to play.Bournemouth striker King struck from the spot after Kepa Arrizabalaga’s clumsy challenge on Omar Elabdellaoui saw referee Michael Oliver point to the spot.”I’m left with a bad feeling because when you concede an equaliser at the end it is not good,” Moreno added. “We tried to have the ball and control, and in the last minutes we had to kill the game.”I liked the attitude of the team, but not the first half. In the second half we have tightened up more, we generated opportunities to score the second goal … but in the end the control has been lost.”Spain will have another chance to secure qualification when they travel to play Sweden on Tuesday.Moreno said: “We are going to try to win in Sweden, and we are going to try to score 28 points [in the group campaign] since we will not be able to get 30. Norway have been very strong, and played with the ambition of a team that still has options [to qualify].”They go crazy when there is a team that has nothing to lose, and that’s what happened to Norway.”Spain’s line-up to face Norway included players from 11 different clubs, with Moreno accepting it might be beneficial were clubs such as La Liga giants Barcelona or Real Madrid providing more talent to his squad.”We have many players from many teams,” he added. “I would love to have seven players from the same team, who will play together every week … but that is not the case.”It is a statistic that I did not know, but it means we have many good players in many good teams.”last_img read more

Alexis facing up to three months out

first_imgAlexis Sanchez could be sidelined for up to three months if his ankle injury requires surgery, Chile boss Reinaldo Rueda has said of the Inter loanee.The 30-year-old forward suffered an unfortunate knock while on international duty when he broke down during the second half of a 0-0 friendly draw with Colombia on Saturday.The Chile Football Federation revealed after that contest that Sanchez had suffered “dislocated tendons”. 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 The South American, who is on loan at Inter from Manchester United, is now waiting to discover the full extent of his ailment.Rueda told reporters when asked for an update on Sanchez’s condition: “He could end up under the knife.”Inter, his club, will decide. We could lose him for two or three months. It’s a shame because he had started playing again with Inter and scored two goals, while also playing in the Champions League.”He was happy and super motivated. Now we have to wait for these decisive hours. We will see what happens.”Alexis Sanchez InterSanchez has endured a wretched run of luck in recent times.A move from Arsenal to Manchester United in January 2018 was supposed to see him embrace a new challenge and take his game to ever greater heights.He has, however, struggled throughout his spell at Old Trafford and that led to the Red Devils sanctioning a season-long switch to San Siro over the summer, with Sanchez presented with another clean slate.Things started positively enough in Italy, but a first goal for Inter was followed by a red card during a Serie A clash with Sampdoria.Sanchez had seen his debut for the Nerazzurri delayed by fitness issues brought with him from Manchester.He has now suffered another setback in his bid to rediscover peak form for club and country.Sanchez will be a big miss for Inter boss Antonio Conte if he is to be ruled out until into 2020.Inter are looking to battle with Juventus for domestic glory this season, with the reigning champions currently holding a slender one-point lead at the summit.Sanchez will want to return to the fold as quickly as possible and aid that quest, but is still waiting to discover just how long he is going to be ruled out of action for.last_img read more

Hockinson’s Sawyer Racanelli commits to UW

first_img Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Share: 4 Photos Hockinson’s Sawyer Racanelli commits to UW Junior 3-star recruit becomes first in-state commit for Huskies’ class of 2020 Share: Sawyer Racanelli has had a number of special moments throughout a memorable high school football career for Hockinson. Friday, he wrote his next chapter announcing his verbal commitment to the University of Washington. Racanelli, a junior receiver who’s led Hockinson to consecutive Class 2A state titles, is considered one of the state’s top players. He’s ranked as a three-star recruit by the national recruiting website 247sports.com. Racanelli becomes UW’s first in-state recruit for the class of 2020 and fourth overall, according to 247sports.com’s national recruiting editor Brandon Huffman. Racanelli took to social media to announce the news Friday, giving thanks to God, his parents, Sundee and Josh, also the Hawks’ offensive coordinator, and praising coaches and teammates for “pushing me to be the best I can be.” He also dedicated the commitment posting late maternal grandfather, Roger Seekins, who died in 2017.“This one’s for you, Gramps.” Racanelli wrote.Growing up in Southwest Washington, Racanelli told The Columbian on Friday afternoon he was never focused on just one college football program, but quickly became a fan of the Huskies. Visits to Husky Stadium and family ties to the coaching staff members under ex-head coach Steve Sarkisian, Racanelli said, made UW what he called a “dream school.”“Once I started realizing what football was,” he said, “that’s when I was drawn toward UW.”The Racanellis also have ties to current head coach Chris Peterson. Josh Racanelli played quarterback at Portland State when Peterson was the school’s quarterbacks coach from 1993-94. (360) 735-4521 Tags @MegWochnickcenter_img By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Hockinson Hawks GO “We know who he is,” Sawyer Racanelli said, “and what he’s about.”At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, Racanelli said UW recruited him to play receiver. The junior is closing in on the state’s all-time leader for career receiving yards held by Prosser’s Cody Bruns (5,177 yards) from 2004-’07. Last fall, Racanelli had 101 catches for more than 1,700 yards and 35 total touchdowns in 13 games to help Hockinson win its second straight title, a 42-37 win over Lynden at the Tacoma Dome. In that game, he set a state title-game record five rushing touchdowns. He also ranks fourth all-time for single-season receiving yards. Racanelli had official scholarship offers from Oregon State, UCLA, Boise State, Cal, Utah State, Michigan, Arizona, and Washington State before choosing the Huskies. He took an official visit to UCLA last weekend, and plans to take an official visit to UW later this year, he said. Meg Wochnick Columbian staff writer Hockinson’s Sawyer Racanelli (11) narrowly misses a catch during Friday night’s game in Hockinson, Wash., on Sept. 28, 2018. (Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian) Photo Gallery By Meg Wochnick, Columbian staff writer Published: May 17, 2019, 11:43am meg.wochnick@columbian.comlast_img read more

OutOfTheOrdinary October Six Senses Fiji Launches a Brand New Offer for Bookings

first_imgMALOLO ISLAND, Fiji – September 2, 2019 – Six Senses Fiji is thrilled to reward guests with a sparkling new offer.  Guests will dine for free in paradise when they stay for three nights or more in 2019, with a complimentary half board meal plan that includes breakfast and dinner for every day of their stay. Ensuring there’s something for everyone Six Senses Fiji are accommodating for the long stayers as well as the long weekenders, with further deals for guests staying four nights or more.  Those looking to linger a little longer will receive one complimentary night when paying for four, or two complimentary nights when paying for five with the complimentary half board meal plan thrown in for good measure also.  These two excellent deals extend on into 2020 meaning the perfect excuse for a new year vacation. Whether it’s a mini break or a well-deserved, extended getaway that guests are after, Six Senses Fiji promises to reward everyone with dining to remember, as well as an extra day or two to lounge by the pool and explore the beautiful surrounds of Malolo island. To book these fabulous offers or find out more information, guests can reach out to the team on reservations-fiji@sixsenses.com or visit www.sixsenses.com/en/resorts/fiji.  About Six Senses FijiLocated on the idyllic Malolo Island, with sandy beach and turquoise lagoon, Six Senses Fiji comprises 24 pool villas with private decks and modern comforts; all complemented by ever-smiling Fijian hosts. For families and groups, two- to five-bedroom residences come with pool, kitchen, dining room and generous living spaces, offering wonderful panoramas and easy access to the resort’s facilities. Dining options highlight local ingredients, while a Six Senses Spa offers a layered approach to wellness. The resort also hosts Fiji’s largest off-grid solar power system. Activities include a wide range of experiences such as snorkeling, scuba diving and surfing.  About Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas manages 18 hotels and resorts and 30 spas in 21 countries under the brand names Six Senses, Evason and Six Senses Spas, and has signed a further 19 properties into the development pipeline. Six Senses is part of the IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) family. Six Senses Hotels and Resorts: a leadership commitment to community, sustainability, emotional hospitality, wellness and design, infused with a touch of quirkiness. Whether an exquisite island resort, mountain retreat or urban hotel, the vision remains the same: to reawaken people’s senses so they feel the purpose behind their travels and ultimately reconnect with themselves, others and the world around them.  Six Senses Spas: a wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation and beauty treatments administered under the guidance of expert therapists in all resorts as well as at 14 additional standalone spas. The high-tech and high-touch approach guides guests on their personal path to well-being, taking them as deep as they want to go. Six Senses Residences: indulgent living as nature intended, providing all the unique amenities of a resort life community, while retaining the intimacy and personal touches of a beautifully-appointed private villa or apartment. Each is an appreciating long-term investment to be cherished for generations to come with immediate benefits including fine dining, pioneering wellness programming and exclusive status at other resorts worldwide.  Evason: sharing the Six Senses philosophy of uncompromised social and environmental responsibility. Its two unique resorts provide a strong value focus, while offering a vast array of personal guest experiences that the whole family will love. For more information, visit www.sixsenses.com.last_img read more

Escape in Style With the Best Ultralight Travel Trailers of 2019

first_img The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain Hiker Trailer Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Previous The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Timberleaf Next Previous Previous 1 of 4 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Taxa Outdoors Timberleaf How to Shave With a Straight Razor Next 1 of 2 1 of 3 Previous Safari Condo At roughly 2,600 pounds, the Airstream Basecamp barely qualifies as a “light” travel trailer. No matter, because it’s still easily towable by most midsize SUVs. It’s designed to live up to its namesake: as a “basecamp” for your wide-open-space adventures. It boasts all the features today’s outdoorsmen expect in a modern camping experience, including a workable kitchen, a bathroom with a shower and toilet, and a sizable cargo area for hauling your essential gear. The sleek, taut aluminum exterior is beautiful and unmistakably Airstream. Unfortunately, with the name-brand cache comes a sky-high price tag (plus any additional options). Here’s our full review.Bonus: Clever, off-road-centric design features — including an aggressive departure angle and large tires and wheels — allow you to get far, far off the beaten path.Pricing: Starts at $36,400Timberleaf Teardrop TrailerFor the Minimalist Trekker 1 of 3 The Happier Camper/Facebook Next Next The aptly named Hiker Trailer company has one goal: create serious, affordable, off-road-capable travel trailers. Like most teardrop trailers, every model is purely utilitarian and features only the most essential amenities, all packed into the smallest space possible. Basic models offer little more than a durable, barebones aluminum shell that’s intended to be buyer-customized. Deluxe models feature legit off-road-worthy upgrades like beastly 33-inch tires, 3,500-pound axles, and 2-by-3-inch steel off-road frames. Their lightest model weighs just 640 pounds, meaning it’s (almost) towable by anything stronger than a bicycle.Bonus: Hiker Trailer offers so many custom options you can truly build the camper for your budget.Pricing: Starts at $2,890 for the basic 4-by-8-foot modelAirstream BasecampFor the Modern Gear Hauler Teardrop trailers are great for efficiency and portability, but, by design, they’re thin on amenities. The Alto R Series by Safari Condo aims to remedy that problem. While towing, it features a traditional, streamlined teardrop trailer design that the company claims reduces drag by up to 75%. Once at your campsite, however, an electric switch raises the Alufiber (an aluminum/fiberglass composite) roof to reveal a spacious, full-featured interior with panoramic windows. It manages to pack a surprising number of amenities into a tiny space. A king-sized bed, two-burner cooktop, mini-fridge, fixed-flush toilet, and shower are all standard.Bonus: The kitchen, beds, storage, and toilet are all still usable even with the roof lowered.Pricing: Starts at around $29,000Article originally published August 10, 2016. Last updated to include more trailer options and the latest pricing info. The teardrop travel trailer market has exploded in recent years, thanks to their being towable by just about any vehicle (in some cases even a motorcycle). The Timberleaf is minimal and functional with just the right amount of charm. The company’s woodworking skills are evident in the beautiful craftsmanship throughout. Inside, the cabin features a massive skylight, making for perfect stargazing, and ample shelving guarantees plenty of space for your camping essentials. Round back, the hatch reveals a beautifully designed birch galley with a cooktop and pull-out drawer.Bonus: An optional custom-built cooler provides ice retention for days and leather grab handles add a dash of sophistication to your campfire cooking escapades.Pricing: Starts at $19,750 for the Classic Teardrop’s base packageSafari Condo Alto R SeriesFor the Outdoor Transformer Taxa Outdoors Hiker Trailer The Happier Camper/Facebook Next Previous Hiker Trailer Next 1 of 3 Timberleaf Editors’ Recommendations The pint-sized Happier Camper HC1 offers an ingenious solution for travelers looking to take only the most essential elements of home along for the ride. While the retro-modern shell oozes vintage cool, it’s what’s on the inside that’ll interest most road trippers. The clever Adaptiv interior features Lego-esque cubes that are infinitely configurable to suit almost any traveler’s style. The sleeping space, kitchen, and work areas can all be repurposed to however large or small you need them to be. It’s the closest thing to a mobile Swiss Army knife we’ve seen on the travel trailer market.Bonus: The company offers rentals for anyone looking to try before they buy.Pricing: Starts at $24,950Taxa Outdoors Cricket Planning a road trip? Here’s everything you might need to plot a cross-country journey, a family vacation, or a solo trek.Airstream was once the only game in town for sleek, well-built travel trailers, and buyers paid handsomely for the “privilege” of owning one.However, in the last few years, a number of manufacturers have jumped into the game to offer niche solutions for every type of traveler: weekender, hardcore explorer, gear hauler, road tripper, etc. Here are the best ultra-light travel trailers on the market today, no matter what kind of adventure you have planned.Happier Camper HC1For the Retro-Cool Rambler Miles Branman/The Manual Timberleaf Miles Branman/The Manual Safari Condo Previous Taxa Outdoors For the Jack of All TradesTaxaOutdoors’ Cricket is arguably the most love-it-or-hate-it design of any travel trailer on the market. The asymmetrical shell may seem strange, but there’s a method to the company’s madness. Every interior space offers only as much space as is necessary and, even by RV standards, the company crams a boatload of intelligent storage solutions into a tiny package. Perhaps the best part is its diminutive size (15 feet long by 6 feet, 11 inches tall) and weight (just 1,732 pounds unloaded), ensuring it can easily be towed by most four-cylinder vehicles.Bonus: A panoramic, 32-inch by 20-inch rear window ensures the cabin is awash in natural light.Pricing: Starts at around $33,317.Hiker TrailerFor the Off-Road Adventurer 1 of 5 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make The Happier Camper/Facebook Miles Branman/The Manual last_img read more

Uball Is the New Portable Basketball Hoop That Lets You Play Ball

first_img Pickpocket Prevention: Don’t Become a Mark While Traveling The Best Wireless Charging Pads and Stands, No Strings Attached Editors’ Recommendations Basketball is one of the best sports for pick-up games. You can just grab a ball and shoot some hoops with friends or even strangers. The one piece of equipment that you can’t carry with you, however, is the hoop — until now, that is, thanks to the innovative new Uball portable basketball hoop. This project, which has been in development for over a year, just went live on Kickstarter. If you back it now, you can score a Uball kit for as much as $100 off.It’s hard to imagine carrying a full-sized basketball rim, backboard, and pole on your back. The Uball makes basketball portable by scaling everything down a bit, including the balls themselves. The pole stands at 8.5 feet tall when fully extended, and can be shortened in 3-inch increments down to 5.5 feet to allow anyone, even kids, to play. The pole’s base screws securely into the ground (like a beach umbrella, but is sturdy enough to withstand dunking) and the rim and backboard are both reinforced with steel for long-lasting durability. The Uball kit — pole included — breaks down for carry via the backboard’s shoulder straps. The whole set weighing in at around 30 pounds.Learn MoreYou can use your Uball setup to play the traditional basketball game that we all know and love, of course, but the minds behind this innovative project have also created their own new games around the Uball hoop. A couple of these basketball variants incorporate rules from other games like hockey or lacrosse, while others simply allow for smaller groups to play so you can ball no matter how many people are present.Uball portable basketball hoop is live on Kickstarter with some Early Bird specials that let early backers grab a set for a nice discount: The first Early Bird tier starts at $149 and gets you a Uball hoop (including the rim, backboard, and pole) along with two basketballs, saving you $100 off of its launch price. Note that, as with other Kickstarter crowdfunding projects, these Early Bird offers are limited to a certain number of people before they’re gone. The Uball hoops are expected to ship in May 2020.Back This Project NowWe always encourage caution when participating in a crowdfunding venture. There are potential risks, including lack of funding and fulfillment. Our brother site, Digital Trends, has some neat tips on the matter. The Best Men’s Quilted Jackets Stitched for Every Occasion Score an RV Rental for $1 Per Day With Secret Repositioning Deals The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider last_img read more