What dogs ‘see’ when they smell something

first_imgPetra Jahn What dogs ‘see’ when they smell something By Virginia MorellMar. 5, 2018 , 3:15 PMcenter_img A dog searching for a lost child is typically given an item of clothing to smell. But what does that scent “look” like? To find out, scientists tested 48 dogs, half of which had special police or rescue training. In a laboratory room, the scientists slid each dog’s favorite toy across the floor to a hiding place, while the dog waited in another room. One researcher then brought the dog to the testing room and pointed at the starting point of the odor trail and told the dog, “Look for it! Bring it!” In one trial, the dog found either its favored toy or—surprise!—a different item. Many of the surprised dogs continued searching for the toy used to lay the scent trail—an indication that they had a mental representation of what they expected to find, the scientists report today in the Journal of Comparative Psychology. Both family dogs and working dogs scored about the same on the tests, confirming previous studies showing that education doesn’t necessarily improve a dog’s performance. Previous studies have shown that horses have mental images of their owners and other horses—based on the sounds of their voices and whinnies. But scientists know little about how smell and cognition are linked in animals that rely heavily on smell—such as dogs, elephants, and rats. Now, we have a better idea at least for our pooches: They picture what they’re searching for.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(*)last_img read more

Pak army chief in Afghanistan to revive talks with Taliban

first_imgFrom Sajjad HussainIslamabad/Kabul, Dec 27 (PTI) Pakistans powerful army chief General Raheel Sharif today arrived in Kabul to hold talks with the Afghan leadership on security issues, including reviving stalled peace talks with the Taliban.Gen Sharif will meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other civil as well as military leaders during day-long trip.Army spokesman Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa said Gen Sharif had gone to Kabul “with all the sincerity and optimism for better border management and peace process in Afghanistan.”His visit takes place after Ghani visited Islamabad this month for Heart of Asia conference and met senior leaders, leading to thaw in tense bilateral ties.Afghanistan is apparently not happy with Pakistan due to violent attacks by the Taliban hiding across the border.Kabul wants Islamabad to exercise its influence on militants to shun violence and join the mainstream political system by accepting the constitution of the country.Gen Sharif last time visited Kabul with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in May and that led to first round of talks between Afghan government and Taliban in July.Sources said that already efforts are on way to arrange another meeting between militants and Afghan officials next month and this visit would be instrumental in this regard.Besides peace talks with the Taliban, Islamabad is pushing Kabul to take action against Pakistani militants allegedly hiding in Afghanistan and carrying out attacks. PTI SH ZHlast_img read more

AIFF asks panel members to meet de Matos

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 24 (PTI) Unfazed by the criticism of a member of the committee tasked to recommend a coach for the Indian U-17 team, All India Football Federation today asked all the members of the panel to meet Portuguese Luis Norton de Matos who has emerged as the “number one choice” for the job. AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said all the members of the advisory committee constituted to recommend Indian teams head coach for the U-17 World Cup to be held in six cities from October 6-28 has been told to meet de Matos who is expected to be in India on February 28. “All the advisory committee members have now been told to meet Luis Norton (when he is here in India),” Das told PTI today. Indian football legends Baichung Bhutia and I M Vijayan, another former India international Abhishek Yadav (also Chief Operating Officer of the U-17 team) and AIFF Technical Director Savio Madiera were among the members of the special committee to shortlist the coach. Other members are Das and Kishore Taid, Head of Operations and Strategy of the AIFF. De Matos, a former Portugal international and ex-coach of Benfica reserve side as well of Guinea-Bissau national team, has been declared by the AIFF as its “number one choice” from among the shortlisted candidates and he is expected to meet Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas and AIFF President Praful Patel on February 28 to chalk out his contract details. A member of the committee constituted by the AIFF to recommend the U-17 team coach has alleged that the federation has “bypassed” the panel in naming de Matos as the “number one choice”. The AIFF, however, defended its decision with Das saying that he (de Matos) was best suited for the job. “We have never recommended any coach as number one choice. AIFF has bypassed the committee constituted by the president to select the coach of India U-17 team,” a member of the committee had said. “There were more than 70 applications and we had pruned it down to eight and then to three-four candidates. We were to have a final meeting to select the coach. But this final meeting never happened and the AIFF on its own has now named one coach (de Matos) as their number one choice without consulting the committee. This is not right,” he added. Defending the AIFFs decision, Das said, “Its an advisory committee, not a selection committee. We identified 7-8 candidates and we were asked to do skype interviews. The interviews were done by me, Kishore and Abhishek. After the interviews, we identified Luis Norton de Matos as the most suitable candidate to come for the interview in India with Secretary Sports and the AIFF President.” Das said de Matos will come for an interview around February 28 but no selection of the coach has been made yet. “The kind of profile this person (de Matos) has, he is the best choice for us. We talked to Portugal national coach Fernando Santos and asked him about de Matos. Santos said he (de Matos) is not a good coach but a very good coach. We asked the Portugal FA and they also recommended him (de Matos) very strongly. We went to FIFA and its technical side gave the recommendation.” PTI PDS ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Mourinho closing in on Real Madrid interim role

first_imgJose Mourinho looks set to be named Real Madrid’s interim boss as the sack looms for Santiago Solari.  Goal understands the former Manchester United manager is the favourite to take over following Sunday’s clash with Real Valladolid and is likely to be named manager through until the end of the season.  Real Madrid executives, headed by Florentino Perez and Jose Angel Sanchez, held a four-hour meeting on Thursday where they decided that Mourinho will be an option to be the club’s coach until the end of the season, with it also decided that Sunday’s match against Valladolid will be Solari’s final game in charge. 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! The call to sack Solari – who only replaced Julen Lopetegui in October – came in the aftermath of Madrid’s shocking Champions League defeat at the hands of Ajax on Tuesday evening, though they have spent the past 48 hours discussing whether to keep the Argentine in charge for the remainder of the campaign.The hiring of Mourinho will not be on a full-time basis however, with Madrid still hoping to convince Zinedine Zidane to return to the club’s bench for next season.  Madrid would like to bring Zidane back now, but the French manager is not convinced he is in a position to step back in immediately, hoping instead to be available at the end of June. Mourinho has been far more receptive to approaches from the Spanish giants, both in public and in private, making him the most likely option to take over for the closing run of the Liga season. They believe a change must be made to stop the bleeding following a week that saw the club knocked out of the Copa del Rey and the Champions League, along with losing a home Clasico to fall 12 points behind leaders Barcelona in La Liga.  Mourinho and Zidane were joined by Germany boss Joachim Low on the list of possible managers club executives discussed on Thursday as potential full-time replacements though, like Zidane, it is understood that Low would not be available until the end of June. With the change set to take place on Monday, the new manager will have just one week of training before facing Celta Vigo, though they would then have the benefit of an international break to try and find some answers for the club as they head into the final 10 matches of the season. Los Blancos currently sit third in the table, five points behind second-placed Atletico Madrid and six clear of fourth-placed Getafe.last_img read more

World’s Carbon Budget to Be Spent in Three Decades

first_imgSustained negative emissions past the exhaustion date could theoretically compensate for positive emissions, so this analysis is illustrative. ↩︎ See footnote 1 in data table. Assumes RCP 8.5 scenario. ↩︎ Box 1: The Impacts of a 2°C WorldRoughly 2.6 feet of sea level rise above 1980-99 by the end of the centuryAverage annual runoff decreasing 20-40 percent in the Danube, Mississippi, Amazon and Murray Darling river basinsAverage annual runoff increasing about 20 percent in the Nile and Ganges basinsForest fires almost doubling by 2050 in Amazonia with 1.5°C to 2°C above pre-industrial levelsThe risk of crossing thresholds in tipping points in the Earth system (e.g. West Antarctic ice sheet disintegration and Amazon dieback) increaseThe frequency of bleaching events exceeds ability of coral reefs to recover For example, many countries have already established 2020 emissions reduction goals without accounting for the overall carbon budget. This means emissions could rise until shortly before 2020 and then drop quickly. While the target would still be met, larger cumulative emissions would result than if emissions had steadily declined over the same period.Yet the new research does not mean decision-makers should give up on timetable-based emissions-reduction targets. For example, Meinshausen et al. showed the higher emissions are in 2020, the more challenging it will be to limit warming to 2°C. If emissions peak later, the rates of decline afterwards become quite steep.Hedging on Rapid Decarbonization Is No Safe BetBetting our carbon budget on a fast decline in emissions later will not only be costly, but may be technologically unfeasible given the inertia in our energy system (e.g. the number of years it takes to turn over a fleet of vehicles or retrofit a power plant). Later peak years could require unprecedented rates of decline.And even with strong international climate policies, more rapid decarbonization (the rate of decrease in emissions per unit of GDP) will require higher costs and major policy change. In order to avoid high rates of decarbonization, milestones along an emissions pathway (e.g. 2020, 2030, 2050 targets) can be very helpful, especially for the investment community. Milestones will also ensure that an unfair burden is not placed on the next generation.But perhaps most importantly, one can argue for an even smaller budget and additional emissions constraints because non-CO2 gases are not included in 1 trillion tonne C figure. For example, short-lived greenhouse gases, such as methane, are not included in – nor necessarily appropriate for4 – the 1 trillion tonne C budget approach because they play a secondary role in influencing long-term warming.However, when non-CO2 forcings are taken into account, the budget is reduced and that budget may depend on the scenario studied. For example, according to one scenario studied in the IPCC AR5 (RCP 2.6), when non-CO2 greenhouse gases are considered, the budget drops much lower to 790 PgC. This scenario would imply a leftover budget of only 275 PgC and an exhaustion of the budget in less than two decades if carbon dioxide emissions increase at a carbon-intensive rate.5 Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature, Nature, American Meteorological Society, Nature ↩︎ EDITOR’S NOTE 11/18/13: After this blog post was published, the IPCC updated its Summary for Policymakers. The figures in this blog post have been updated to reflect new information.The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) has delivered an overwhelming consensus that climate change impacts are accelerating, fueled by human-caused emissions. We may have just about 30 years left until the world’s carbon budget is spent if we want a likely chance of limiting warming to 2 degrees C. Breaching this limit would put the world at increased risk of forest fires, coral bleaching, higher sea level rise, and other dangerous impacts.When Will Our Carbon Budget Run Out?The international community has adopted a goal for global warming not to rise above 2°C compared to pre-industrial temperatures. Scientists have devoted considerable effort to understanding what magnitude of emissions reductions are necessary to limit warming to this level, as the world faces increasingly dangerous climate change impacts with every degree of warming (see Box 1).IPCC AR5 summarizes the scientific literature and estimates that cumulative carbon dioxide emissions related to human activities need to be limited to 1 trillion tonnes C (1000 PgC) since the beginning of the industrial revolution if we are to have a likely chance of limiting warming to 2°C. This is “our carbon budget” – the same concept as a checking account. When we’ve spent it all, there’s no more money (and the planet’s overdraft fees will be much more significant than a bank’s small charges for bounced checks).1 The report also states that as of 2011, we have emitted roughly 515 PgC since the industrial revolution, meaning we have already burned through about 52 percent of that carbon budget.Do the math, and the world only has 485 PgC left in the budget. This balance puts us on track to exhaust our remaining carbon budget before the end of 2045 under a carbon intensive trajectory.2For context, consider Earth’s increasing pace of emissions: While the first half of the entire global carbon budget was used up over 250 years, the second half of the budget would be used up in only about three decades if emissions continue unabated.This new finding has significant implications for how many more years we can continue to emit at a carbon-intensive rate. In this post, I’ll explain why the 1 trillion tonne figure and the three decade estimate matter.Why Is the IPCC Talking About Cumulative Emissions?To understand emissions reductions necessary to have a good chance of limiting warming to 2°C, the climate community has focused largely on emissions pathways – that is, when greenhouse gas emissions peak and the rate at which they must decline (e.g. peak sooner and then reduce less steeply versus peak later and then reduce more steeply).But given advances in coupled climate-carbon models, a growing number of scientific papers3 have shown temperature is closely related to the total amount of CO2 emissions released over a time period – cumulative emissions – rather than the timing of those emissions. Taken another way, from a climate perspective, the total area under the emissions trajectory matters more for peak warming than the shape of that curve.As emissions increase, a number of intervening processes occur which essentially cancel each other out, leading to the approximately linear relationship between warming and cumulative emissions. For example, as atmospheric concentrations of CO2 increase, every tonne of carbon dioxide has less of an effect on warming (the strongest absorption bands are already saturated). However, many carbon sinks (e.g. the ocean) become less effective at absorbing carbon dioxide at higher concentrations of dissolved CO2. These effects roughly balance each other out, leading to a direct relationship between the total amount of CO2 emitted over a given time period and warming.Should the Next Set of Commitments Under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Be Based on Cumulative Emissions?It is critically important for the international community to keep in mind the total carbon budget when designing the next set of emissions-reduction commitments. Otherwise, targets can be made for certain points in time (e.g. 2030) without planning to limit the overall amount of emissions that build up in the years in between. Short-lived GHGs may be better controlled with a separate approach. For more information see here and here ↩︎ See Table. Budget is exhausted in 2032 if RCP 8.5 CO2 growth rates are assumed. ↩︎last_img read more

U-17 World Cup 2017 – The key clashes in Guwahati

first_imgU17 World Cup U-17 World Cup 2017 – The key clashes in Guwahati Shivayan Roy Last updated 2 years ago 22:56 19/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Indira Gandhi Athletic Int Stadium U17 World Cup Mexico U17 Chile U17 France U17 Japan U17 Counting down towards the FIFA U-17 World Cup, Goal provides you with a guide to the key clashes that are to be held at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium The Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, with a capacity of 30,000 spectators, is situated in Guwahati, the capital of the state of Assam. The venue is set to play host to the teams of Group E. Group E comprises Asian giants Japan, European heavyweights France, South American side Honduras and Under-17 World Cup debutants New Caledonia. The French have tasted success previously in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup going all the way to lift it back in 2001 in Trinidad and Tobago. They booked their spot in this edition’s tournament by beating Hungary in a FIFA Under-17 World Cup play-off on May 16, 2017. Japan, on the other hand, have qualified an impressive seven times but are yet to make an imprint in the FIFA Under-17 world Cup having progressed no further than the quarter-final stage on a couple of occasions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Since 2007, Honduras has managed to regularly qualify and play their part in the mega-event. In 2013 they even managed a quarter-final finish. As mentioned earlier the New Caledonia side will be making their first appearance at the FIFA U17 World Cup this year. They qualified by finishing as runners-up in the 2017 OFC U-17 Championship where they ultimately thrashed 7-0 by New Zealand in the finale.The venue will also host an important Group F game between Mexico and Chile. The key matches to look out for at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium are: jpnvfrancehondurasvnewcaledoniamexicovchilelast_img read more

New Jobs and Internships in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

first_imgShare this: North AmericaCoordinator, Every Women Every Child (EWEC) Secretariat: UNFPA; New York, NY (Closing Date: June 7, 2019)Program Specialist, Early Childhood-West Virginia: Save the Children; Morgantown, WVSenior Manager, Research: Save the Children; Seattle, WAManager, Research: Save the Children; Seattle, WADeputy Project Director, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Consortium: CARE; Atlanta, GASenior Program Officer, Drug Discovery, Reproductive Biology, Global Health & Development: Gates Foundation; Seattle, WASenior Program Officer, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health: Columbia University; New York, NYSenior Data Analyst: Women’s Health and Family Planning Association of Texas; Austin, TXWomen and Infant Health Program Manager: Wyoming Department of Health; Cheyenne, WYDirector, Health Equity: Planned Parenthood; New York, NYSenior Director, Public Health Outcomes Improvement: Planned Parenthood; New York, NYResearch Associate in Global Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Boston, MAPostdoctoral Fellow – Global Maternal and Child Health: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Boston, MAProgram Manager, HaSET: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Boston, MAAssociate Director, Reproductive Rights Research: State Innovation Exchange (SIX); remote or Denver, COProgram Manager, Family Planning: Boston Medical Center; Boston, MAProgram Director, Family Planning: Boston Medical Center; Boston, MACentral AmericaRegional Monitoring And Evaluation Adviser: UNFPA; Panama City, Panama (Closing Date: June 7, 2019)—Is your organization hiring? Please contact us if you have maternal health job or internship opportunities that you would like included in our next job roundup. Posted on May 24, 2019By: Staff, Maternal Health Task ForceClick 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)Interested in a position in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child or adolescent health? Every month, the Maternal Health Task Force rounds up job and internship postings from around the globe.AfricaTeam Leader, Community Engagement: Jhpiego; ZambiaMonitoring, Evaluation and Learning Director: Jhpiego; AfghanistanDeputy Chief of Party (DCOP), Breakthrough ACTION – West Africa: Save the Children; Ouagadougou, Burkina FasoInternational Consultant-Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child and Adolescent Health: WHO; SeychellesTechnical Officer (Maternal & Child Health), NPO: WHO; Ouagadougou, Burkina FasoRoster – Reproductive, Maternal , New Born and Child Health Consultant: WHO; Brazzaville, CongoNPO (Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn Child & Adolescent Health); WHO; Conakry, GuineaRegional Director, Africa: International Planned Parenthood Federation; Nairobi, Kenya (Closing Date: June 18, 2019)AsiaProgramme Specialist, UN Coordination, Majuro, Republic of Marshall Islands, Pacific Sub Regional Office, NOC: UNFPA; Majuro, Republic of Marshall Islands (Closing Date: June 7, 2019)Research Program Officer, Global Health & Development, India Country Office: Gates Foundation; New Delhi, IndiaProgram Officer, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Discovery & Tools, Global Health: Gates Foundation; Seattle, WAPostdoctoral Fellow in Health, South Asia: J-PAL; Indiacenter_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

How Aubameyang-inspired FIFA world champion rose to the top

first_imgNew FIFA world champion Mohammed ‘MoAuba’ Harkous fell in love with the game as most young boys do – while playing against his brother.  “The old times were playing with my brother when I was seven or eight, I always played a lot and it was so much fun for me to play FIFA,” MoAuba told Goal .But from those early days of a simple sibling rivalry confined to the couch, MoAuba’s affection for the EA videogame has taken him to the world stage, where the German was recently crowned the 2019 FIFA eWorld Cup winner . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? While MoAuba was an underdog heading into the tournament, he knocked off multiple top seeds en route to the final where he then beat last year’s winner Mosaad ‘MSdossary’ Aldossary.After claiming a 1-1 draw in his less preferred Xbox leg, MoAuba won 2-1 in the reverse PlayStation tie to seal a massive upset. “In the moment I thought I was dreaming because I didn’t expect it,” he said.”It was funny because I didn’t expect to make the final so I didn’t practice on Xbox, I play maybe one game a year on Xbox so it was not easy to do – the controller is as big as my hand!”This tournament was perfect for me. I did well and I’m really happy.”I think I needed that win. I’ve won five championships in Germany but internationally I was always close and now I have the confidence to hopefully win more tournaments.”WOOORLD CHAMPIIIIOOON!!! 🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/C6DZNyItIq — Mo (@MoAuba) August 4, 2019 With FIFA 20 set to be released later next month, the eWorld Cup comes at a difficult time for pro gamers like MoAuba, who are already shifting their attention to the new entry. Barely playing FIFA 19 in the build-up to the tournament, the German is adamant practice only prepares you so much for such a big event.”The FIFA eWorld Cup is special because it’s coming towards the end of a FIFA so I didn’t practice a lot before I played – maybe four games in one week, so like one hour,” he said. “For the World Cup you have to play your game because it’s not easy, you’re under so much pressure and everyone is nervous.”You need to be relaxed and it’s not important to practice a lot – it’s important to perform in that moment.” Performing on the big stage is something that comes naturally to MoAuba, who cherished playing the tournament in front of thousands of fans at London’s The O2. “I always enjoy it when there’s such a big crowd or viewership,” MoAuba said.”I always play better than when I play alone at home. When 50 million viewers are online you want to show what you can do – score good goals and play good passes.”Once sporting hair that resembled Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, MoAuba was given his nickname by former team-mates and has stood by it despite a receding hair line. “I played as a striker and I had the same hair as Aubameyang so my team-mates always called my Aubameyang. Now I’ve lost my hair like an old man,” he said.Mohammed 'MoAuba' Harkous FIFA eWorld Cup winnerAs part of being crowned the best FIFA player in the world, MoAuba pocketed €225,000 (£205,000/$250,000) in prize money and earned a ticket to FIFA’s The Best awards next month, which was created following the organisation’s split from the Ballon d’Or award a couple of years ago.Having controlled football’s biggest names on the TV screen for over a decade, the young German gamer is excited by the prospect of meeting them in the flesh. “I think if I meet Messi, Ronaldo, Mbappe it will be special because your friends are watching and saying ‘wow, he got a photo with him!’” MoAuba said. “It’s crazy if I get to meet them and I will enjoy it.”In real life I think Messi is the best ever because he’s a complete player.”MoAuba FIFAReady to turn his attention to FIFA 20, which releases globally on September 24 , MoAuba admits adapting to each new entry can be nerve-wracking.The slightest gameplay tweak is capable of unsettling some, but the new FIFA champion is confident his skills will translate to the next edition.”I’m nervous and excited about how the next game is but I think I’m one of the best players to adapt always because I can play fast or slow,” MoAuba said.”I know how to deal with it and I think I don’t have to worry about the game.”But each year you need a bit of luck that the game suits you. Like this year the game was perfect for me because it was quite balanced.”Having already got his hands on FIFA 20, MoAuba believes it will require some patience but with the addition of Volta, says it strikes a good balance. “It’s a bit slower and less fast than the old game. You have to be more tactical,” he said. “Volta looks like a fun game for casuals so you have a good balance.”last_img read more

‘Rooney wanted to fight Rio & is keen on boxing match’

first_imgManchester United legend Wayne Rooney would be keen on figuring in a charity boxing match, claims Eddie Hearn, but feuding former Newcastle team-mates Alan Shearer and Michael Owen are not expected to step into a ring.Ex-England captain Rooney, who is currently on the books of MLS side D.C. United, is known to be a big boxing fan.He was famously knocked out by Phil Bardsley during a sparring session in his kitchen back in 2015, leading to an iconic celebration the next time he found the target at Old Trafford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Hearn has suggested that the 33-year-old could lace up some gloves for real at some stage, with the Matchroom supremo saying he would be happy to put a charity bout in place.Anthony Joshua’s promoter, who is already working on a fight between YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul in November, told talkSPORT when asked if other celebrities want to get involved in his business: “Yeah, loads. But more like people like Wayne Rooney.“I’ve got a podcast, he was on there recently, he loves it. He’s been boxing in amateur clubs.“Wayne would love to do a charity fight. All these guys, they love boxing.”Alan Shearer Michael OwenWhile hinting that Rooney could step through the ropes at some stage in the future, Hearn is not expecting Shearer and Owen – who have become embroiled in a war of words on social media – to trade physical blows.He added: “The sad thing is, from a numbers game, and I’m obviously not going to do this fight, but can you imagine how big Alan Shearer vs Michael Owen would be?“Unfortunately there’s a little bit of a mismatch in size.“But I was watching that unfold on Twitter and I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was glued to it…“The only way I’d do a fight like that is if there was a huge amount of money for charity.“I said that to Wayne Rooney before, he was joking about fighting Rio [Ferdinand] before when Rio was getting into his boxing.“That’s an opportunity, a Sport Relief event or something like that, to make big money for charity.”last_img read more

Danny Kanell Releases His New Top 8

first_img ClemsonAlabamaOhio StateOklahomaLSUGeorgiaFloridaWisconsinThe week 6 #DKtop81. Clemson 2. Bama 3. Ohio State 4. Oklahoma 5. LSU6. Georgia7. Florida 8. Wisconsin— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) October 6, 2019Kanell has said that he will keep Clemson at No. 1 until they lose. The Tigers are the reigning national champions.Alabama, Ohio State, LSU, Georgia and Oklahoma, among others, have all looked better so far this season, though. Danny Kanell, a consistent troll of Miami football, speaks on FS1.FS1Danny Kanell has released his new top eight poll following Week 6 of the 2019 college football season and, as always, it’s a bit controversial.The college football analyst continues to have Clemson at No. 1 overall. The Tigers have looked like anything but the No. 1 overall team in the country through six weeks.Alas, Kanell still has Clemson at No. 1 overall.Here’s his new top eight:last_img read more

Video Surfaces Of LSU Fans Epically Trolling Florida After Win

first_imgLSU fans cheering.GLENDALE, ARIZONA – JANUARY 01: LSU Tigers fans cheer before the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl between LSU and Central Florida at State Farm Stadium on January 01, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)One of the biggest winners of this past weekend of college football was LSU, which knocked off No. 5 Florida in a fierce showdown at Tiger Stadium. The game capped off a week of smack-talk from fans and players alike, but the Tigers fans decided to have the final word while leaving the stadiumWhile making their way down the ramp to leave Tiger Stadium, hundreds of LSU fans decided to start trolling Florida.Using the signature Gator chomp clap to assist them, the fans started chanting “It sucks, to be, a Florida Gator!”It sucks to be a Florida Gator 🤪#LSU pic.twitter.com/bCZkAylVJG— brevin (@BrevWilliams) October 13, 2019Florida and LSU exchanged leads throughout the game, scoring a total of 10 touchdowns between them. But the Tigers finally took control of the game late in the third quarter.LSU scored the final three touchdowns of the game to win, 42-28.Quarterback Joe Burrow had yet another Heisman-caliber performance, going 21-of-24 for 293 yards and three touchdowns with another 43 yards on the ground.Burrow’s 25 touchdowns through six games are already third-most in a single-season in school history. He needs just three more to tie LSU legends Matt Mauck and JaMarcus Russell.The LSU Tigers have a lot to be excited about, but the biggest games are still to come. Their annual games against Auburn and Alabama will be bigger than they’ve ever been.last_img read more

Ajinkya Rahane to lead Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals as Steve Smith returns to Australia

first_imgAjinkya Rahane to lead Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals as Steve Smith returns to AustraliaAjinkya Rahane was reinstated as the Rajasthan Royals skipper after Steve Smith left to be part of Australia’s pre-World Cup camp.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 3, 2019UPDATED: May 3, 2019 18:45 IST IPL 2019: Ajinkya Rahane will be leading the Rajasthan Royals after Steve Smith left for Australia’s 2019 ICC World Cup camp. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAjinkya Rahane is back as the Rajasthan Royals captainRahane will lead the side after Steve Smith left for AustraliaRahane will be the captain RR’s last game vs Delhi Capitals on SaturdayAjinkya Rahane will be leading the Rajasthan Royals after Steve Smith left for Australia’s 2019 ICC World Cup camp. Rahane will be leading the side in their last IPL 2019 match against Delhi Capitals on Saturday.Rajasthan had started the 2019 Indian Premier League campaign under the leadership of Rahane but the captaincy was handed over to Smith just minutes before RR’s crucial clash against Mumbai Indians back on April 20 at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur. Up until that game, Rajasthan had registered just two wins from 8 games.After the change in captaincy, Rajasthan saw a change in fortunes too as they won four games on the bounce and Smith’s last game in charge was washed out against Royal Challengers Bangalore.Steve Smith, who had missed the IPL in 2018 due to his ball-tampering ban, returned to the Royals this season and scored 319 runs in 12 matches at an average of 39.87 which also included three half-centuries.Rahane too has been in terrific form with the bat since, scoring a total of 391 runs from 13 games, including a century against Delhi Capitals on April 22.”Rahane, someone who embodies all the qualities you’d expect from a Rajasthan Royals player, took the reins for our first few games, allowing Smith to settle in. We did not have a great start to the season, but our skipper was in good form, scoring a sublime 70 against SRH and providing a strong start during a successful chase against MI in Mumbai,” Rajasthan Royals said on their website.”Keeping Ajinkya’s role as a successful opener for the team in mind and to release him of captaincy pressures, Smith was made captain before our home game against MI. The two continued to take leadership calls, and Rahane continued to score runs, including a majestic hundred against Delhi Capitals. The team got back to winning ways too.advertisement”Now that Smith has returned to Australia, Rahane is the man in charge, as we look to beat Delhi Capitals in our final game of the league stage and hope to advance into the Playoffs. The leadership at Rajasthan Royals has always been in safe hands,” the official statement from Rajasthan Royals added.”Jinks has always been a great guiding force for the team. We have requested Ajinkya to take on the captaincy of the team; as a true Royal he has shown great courage and character in graciously accepting the responsibility, which accompanies this role, whilst it would have been easier for him to take a back seat and focus solely on his batting. A true team man and a true Royal, we are extremely fortunate to have characters like him playing this sport and even prouder he is part of the Rajasthan Royals franchise,” Zubin Bharucha, Head of Cricket at Rajasthan Royals told the RR website.”He has consistently been part of the leadership team taking key decisions and we have full trust in him taking us to victory tomorrow,” Bharucha added.Also Read | Thank you Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith bids goodbye to IPL 2019Also Read | IPL 2019: Steve Smith takes over Rajasthan Royals captaincy from Ajinkya RahaneAlso Read | Steve Smith on replacing Ajinkya Rahane as RR captain: Owners felt need for changeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Ajinkya RahaneFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow IPL 2019Follow Steve Smithlast_img read more

‘I don’t think Pep will let him go’ – Gerrard denies Rangers interest in Foden

first_imgSteven Gerrard says Rangers have no interest in a loan deal for Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden and doubts Pep Guardiola would let him leave anyway.Foden is seen as one of England’s brightest young talents having made his debut for the Premier League champions as a 17-year-old in 2017.However, he has struggled to break into City’s star-studded line-up on a regular basis since. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream The England Under-21 international made 13 Premier League appearances in 2018-19, managing just three starts.His only senior action this season came as an 89th-minute substitute against Liverpool in the Community Shield and a further 10 minutes off the bench in the Premier League against West Ham.That sparked rumours City could let the 19-year-old leave on loan in order to gain first-team experience.Reports in the media over the weekend suggested Italian side Roma had seen a loan offer rejected while Rangers were also rumoured to be considering a move, but Gerrard was emphatic in his response to those reports.“I don’t think Pep Guardiola is going to let him go anywhere,” said the Rangers boss. When asked whether Rangers were in for Foden, he replied “No.”With the Scottish transfer deadline closing on Monday evening, Gerrard revealed that a number of players could be moved out on loan.He also doubted the chances of any new faces coming into Ibrox, but would not rule anything out.“There could be a few outs,” added Gerrard. “We are trying really hard to help and support the players who want to go out on loan and play football. So there could be one or two outgoings.“In terms of incomings I’d be very surprised but while the window is open who knows.”Rangers suffered their first defeat of the season on Sunday when rivals Celtic came away with a 2-0 victory in the Old Firm game at Ibrox.Odsonne Edouard opened the scoring for Neil Lennon’s side in the first half with Jonny Hayes sealing the points in the stoppage time.The result leaves Rangers in second place in the Scottish Premiership, three points behind champions Celtic.last_img read more

Kompany: I could have left Man City much sooner

first_imgVincent Kompany admits that he could have left Manchester City much sooner, but the loyal Belgian snubbed all advances from afar to become a legend with the Blues.An exit from the Etihad Stadium was made by the iconic figure over the summer.After 11 years in English football, Kompany took the decision to head back to his homeland and take on a player-coach role at Anderlecht. 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 He walked away as a four-time Premier League title winner, while claiming an historic domestic treble in his final campaign, but admits that he could have cut short his spell when at the peak of his powers.The 33-year-old defender, who is preparing for a star-studded testimonial at City, told Sky Sports: “I could have ended up at another club, and out of four league titles you could have maybe turned it into eight, depending on which club you go to, and how successful it is.“It’s a competitive club, City. It’s not like you can sit down for a year and wait around for what happens.“Every transfer window, every six months, you are competing with the rest of the world. Anyone better in the world, they have the responsibility to get to improve the team, and so nobody gives you the gift of staying at City for 11 years, you have to earn it for 11 years.“Doing this, while being impeded by your body, my mother would have been proud of me.”Vincent Kompany Manchester City 2018-19Kompany played a leading role in helping City to become the superpower they are today, with his services having been acquired from Hamburg prior to the arrival of Sheikh Mansour’s billions.He is rightly proud of all that he achieved, with the club left in a much better shape than when he arrived.“I know I played a role in shaping the culture of the club, and probably the future of the club, and that means a lot,” added Kompany.“There aren’t many clubs where you can do it like this. It was a special journey.“The owners came in, and they were owners who give you time to build, the perfect type of owners for the club. So many come in and say they’re going to pile money in, be successful, but never achieve it.“That ownership group came in and said they were going to build a plan and vision, and can anyone doubt they did that?“Not everything was bad when I arrived, we had to change some of the players to become a winning team, but it was a great club with a fantastic history, and I think that’s the thing I tried to keep sharing.”Among the more memorable experiences that Kompany took in during his time with City are Sergio Aguero’s dramatic title winner in 2012 and his own stunning effort against Leicester which helped to seal another crown in 2019.Kompany added: “Typical City fashion would have been to lose the game [against QPR] and blow it. That’s what typical City meant in those days. Now typical City is defined by the Kun Aguero moment, you don’t give up, you come back and win games.“Was my goal against Leicester more important? His goal was more important! Mine, well, looked better, which I never thought I’d have on him!“But his was crucial. He did do his best to wait until that time, because he had the worst 93 minutes of his career, and I would have had a word to say about this after the game if he didn’t score, but that’s the beauty of his job! One second can always turn it around.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Guardiola ‘pretty sure’ Arteta will succeed him at Man City

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said he is ‘pretty sure’ that current assistant Mikel Arteta will succeed him in the future. After his playing career ended in 2016 Arteta immediately became a part of Guardiola’s staff at the Etihad, where he’s developed a reputation as one of the top up-and-coming young coaches in the game. Arteta nearly became Arsenal’s new manager in the summer of 2018, only for the club to make a late U-turn and appoint Unai Emery instead to take over from Arsene Wenger. 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 But the Spaniard’s chance to manage a club appears likely to come sooner rather than later, and Guardiola believes that Arteta could be the man to take over for him when he eventually leaves City.”I’m pretty sure [he’ll succeed me]. He will have success,” Guardiola said of Arteta.”Sooner or later it’s going to happen (Arteta becoming a manager). He’s a young, young manager. He has experience already, handling big players and big teams.”He’s got an incredible work ethic. He has a special talent to analyse what happens and to find solutions.”We talk a lot about what he believes and how he feels.”He was a holding-midfielder too and I think he reads the situations.”The best [midfielders] play thinking about what the team needs in every single moment. He was a master of that. When he was able to see what was needed on the pitch, when you’re off the pitch it’s easier.”Arteta, 37, played 12 seasons in the Premier League with Everton and Arsenal, and also represented PSG, Rangers and Real Sociedad in a career that spanned 16 seasons. Guardiola has praised Arteta’s character, saying that he understands how to command a dressing room.”He’s a guy who’s so happy when we win but also suffers a lot when we don’t.”He’s an incredible person, an incredible human being, with incredible values about the dressing room and what it means to be together.”He’s already an incredible, incredible manager. He will have incredible success in the future.”Guardiola is in his fourth season as City’s manager, having won the Premier League in each of the past two seasons. The 48-year-old has also managed Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and did not stay longer than four seasons at either of his two previous jobs.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Klopp would ‘think about’ Germany job

first_imgJurgen Klopp remains fully committed to Liverpool, but concedes that an offer to coach the German national side is something he would “think about” if ever approached.For now, Germany continue to work with Joachim Low at the helm and he boasts plenty of coaching credit in the bank from a World Cup triumph in 2014 while he currently has his sights set on Euro 2020.There will, however, come a day when a change in the dugout is made and a high-profile position comes up for grabs. 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 Klopp, given his success in his homeland with Borussia Dortmund and during a spell at Liverpool, would undoubtedly come into the reckoning.The 52-year-old admits the opportunity to guide his country is something that could appeal, even if he has no desire to head in that direction at present.He is tied to a contract at Anfield until 2022 and has no desire to break that or speculate on his future filling a role that somebody else occupies.Klopp told Magenta TV when quizzed on whether he could see himself managing Germany: “I really cannot say. I do not know if I would like to.”Now, as of today, I do not feel like it. Stand up now, I’m totally happy with what I do and that’s important in the whole story.”I also could not say one hundred per cent if I was the right one [to replace Low].”If the question ever arises, I would think about it – but not now.”Jurgen Klopp Liverpool 2019-20It has been revealed that Klopp has already turned down the opportunity to head back to his homeland once before.He has said that Dortmund CEO Joachim Watzke contacted him in May 2018 about returning to his former club.Those advances were knocked back, with Klopp focused on his commitments on Merseyside.He continues to carry out his duties to the best of his ability, while also looking to keep as much information in-house as possible.Klopp is not a fan of social media, saying when asked why he has no presence there: “I’m over 50. I do not use social media channels, but when politicians start talking about social media all the time…“At least I can think before I speak, they have already typed. “I just cannot believe that it would work for me. And furthermore, I do not have a message.“If I want to tell people something, there’s a WhatsApp group for that. There are all the people in there who I want to say something to. Otherwise, I have no message for other people. I’m also not interested in other people’s lives. I’m interested in people I know.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Boys basketball: Seton Catholic 62, La Salle (Ore.) 58

first_img The Columbian Isaiah Parker became the first Seton Catholic player to score 1,000 career points as the Cougars beat a team ranked No. 10 in Oregon’s Class 5A.Parker scored 13 points to lead a balance scoring attack in the non-league game. Gabe Anderson also scored 13 for Seton (8-2).The Cougars outscored La Salle 27-14 in the third quarter to take a 51-38 lead. But the Falcons (8-4) rallied, taking a 52-51 lead midway through the fourth quarter.But Seton finished strong and hit several free throws in the final minutes.“We were able to get back to what we were doing in the third quarter,” Seton coach Kris Small said. Tags GO Share: Share: SETON CATHOLIC 62, LA SALLE (Ore.) 58LA SALLE, Ore. (8-4) — Ian Simmons 3, Isaac Kersey-Bronec, Kendric Taylor 0, Nic Boyd 7, Jace Norton 25, Liam Crowley 1, Rudy Massaad, Jake Owens 0, Alex Boyd 8, Rudy Assaad 8, Justin North 8. Totals 19 (6) 11-19 00.SETON CATHOLIC (8-2) — Taj Muhammad 2, Isaiah Parker 13, Kellen Ball 6, Luke Pitzer 1, Hayden Miller 0, Malik Williams 7, Gabe Anderson 13, Delano Morgan 8, Xavian Rushing 2, Andrew Olson 6, Zach Cowger, Griffin Young 4. Totals 21 (6) 14-19 00.La Salle 11 13 14 20–58Seton 13 11 27 11–62JV — La Salle woncenter_img Boys basketball: Seton Catholic 62, La Salle (Ore.) 58 Published: December 27, 2018, 9:58pm Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Seton Catholic Cougars By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

Windstar Launches New Star Collector Voyages

first_imgBack-to-Back Extended Cruises Include Free Daily Laundry   Seattle, WA, June 26, 2017 — Small ship cruise line Windstar Cruises has launched a fresh series of back-to-back cruises, where longer and more in-depth voyages from 14 to 34 days feature few repeated ports in the new Star Collector Voyages. In addition to the elegance of an extended trip with the luxury of unpacking only once, guests also get to take advantage of traveling light for these epic journeys, as all Star Collector Voyages include free daily laundry service. Star Collector Voyages combine some of Windstar’s most popular itineraries for a longer exploration of the region and feature overnights in port (like Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands and Hong Kong, for example), allowing guests to make the absolute most of their trip. “With dozens of sailings to choose from, and more to be announced for Europe 2018, we are thrilled to now offer an extensive collection of longer voyages designed for the person who wants to sail longer, get closer, and discover the world of Windstar 180 degrees from ordinary,” said Windstar President John Delaney. Guests can cruise through multiple regions and even cross the Atlantic on unforgettable journeys that cover numerous parts of the world on one of eight Star Collector Voyages:    Arabia & Ancient Spice Routes – Athens to Singapore – 34 Days: Embark from Athens on an odyssey of contrasts and retrace some of the oldest known sea routes in the world, experiencing the cuisine, culture, and landmarks of Egypt, Jordan, Oman, UAE, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Malaysia. The Grandeur of Southeast Asia – Singapore to Bangkok (or reverse) – 28 Days: Set sail on a journey of memorable contrasts to sample elegant cuisines and explore breathtaking UNESCO settings in Malaysia, Brunei, China, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines. (There are two sail dates on this itinerary.) Sailing Among Dragons: China & Japan – Singapore to Beijing (Tianjin) – 28 Days: Wander through ancient temples and cosmopolitan cities in this diverging adventure of old and new in Vietnam, China, and Japan. The Best of China, Korea & Japan – Hong Kong to Tokyo (Yokohama) – 28 Days: An ideal choice for adventurous travelers seeking an array of excursion options, this journey from China to South Korea and Japan grants access to more than 17 exceptional UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Crossing to the Caribbean Saints – Lisbon to Philipsburg (St. Maarten) – 21 Days: Rekindle the romance of a classic ocean voyage with this transatlantic cruise from Lisbon, Portugal to tropical Bridgetown, Barbados. Once in the Caribbean, set a course among the southern island havens and highlights, with stops at some of the best beaches in the world, ending in St. Maarten. Classic Caribbean Havens & Harbors – Philipsburg (St. Maarten) to Colón (Panama) – 14 Days: Cruise the southernmost and warmest waters of the Caribbean, stopping off in sun-drenched Aruba and exploring the untouched natural splendors in Colombia and Panama. Caribbean Beaches & Costa Rican Cloudforests – Bridgetown (Barbados) to Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica) – 14 Days: With time in the Southern Caribbean Islands, the charming remote white beaches and quaint village markets then give way to tropical jungles, the Panama Canal, and the Pacific Ocean, ending in Costa Rica. Caribbean Explorations – Philipsburg to Philipsburg (St. Maarten) – 14 Days: Skip the usual Caribbean cruise stops and discover the small harbors, overlooked havens, and most remote secrets among the Leeward Islands, with the lesser-known charms of Barbuda, Soper’s Hole in Tortola, Gustavia in St. Barthélemy, St. Lucia’s Pigeon Island, and much more. (There are 14 sail dates on this itinerary.) Watch for Star Collectors voyages to be featured in Windstar’s upcoming Fourth of July One Week Sale, as well as “7 for 7” limited-time promotions. For additional information on private yacht-style cruising with Windstar, contact a travel professional or Windstar Cruises by phone at 877-958-7718, or visit www.windstarcruises.com.Follow the Windstar Yachts:Facebook / Twitter / Google+ / YouTube / Pinterest / LinkedIn / Instagram / Blog  Windstar Cruises operates a six-ship fleet of small sailing and all-suite ships visiting 170 ports throughout Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, the Panama Canal, sailing year-round in Tahiti and the South Pacific, and adding newly-announced Alaska, Canada, New England, Asia and Arabia. The boutique cruise ships are known for an intimate private yacht-style experience, unique itineraries and exclusive access to the world’s best small ports and hidden harbors. Windstar’s fleet is the market leader in boutique small ship cruising with a total of 1,242 passenger berths. All ships in the fleet have recently undergone multi-million dollar transformations to embody casually elegant yacht travel. The all-suite Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride serve 212 guests in all-suite accommodations; while sailing ships Wind Spirit and Wind Star sail with up to 148 guests, and Wind Surf serves 310 guests. The small ships cruise to quaint and popular ports in nearly 60 nations worldwide. Windstar Cruises is a part of Xanterra Parks & Resorts®, known for “Legendary Hospitality with a Softer Footprint.” Xanterra’s entities also include lodges, restaurants, tours and activities in national and state parks, as well as resorts, railway and tour companies. More information: www.windstarcruises.com.last_img read more