2nd Test: Sri Lanka bowled out for 200 on Day 1

first_imgWest Indies left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican picked up four wickets in his maiden Test bowling spell as Sri Lanka was bowled out for 200 in its first innings on the opening day of the second Test on Thursday.In reply West Indies reached 17-1 when play stopped for bad light. Opener Shai Hope (4) was trapped lbw by seam bowler Dhammika Prasad.Kraigg Brathwaite and night watchman Devendra Bishoo were at the crease.Milinda Siriwardana top scored for Sri Lanka with 68, his maiden fifty in his second test innings. However, the rest of the top order failed against a spirited West Indies pace attack, giving Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews cause to regret his decision to bat first on a seam-friendly pitch at P.Sara Oval.Also read: T20 is cause for West Indies cricket’s decline – Garfield Sobers  Opener Kaushal Silva (0) was caught behind by Denesh Ramdin off Jerome Taylor’s bowling on just the fourth ball of the match. His opening partner Dimuth Karunaratne – lbw to Holder – and debutant Kusal Mendis – caught behind off Kemar Roach – were out for 13 runs each with the total on 34.Mathews was out minutes before lunch for 14, caught at slip by Braithwaite off captain Jason Holder as Sri Lanka was reduced to 59-4 at lunch.Siriwardana held the innings together somewhat with smaller partnerships. He faced 111 deliveries, hit six boundaries and two sixes.Rangana Herath, who was named vice-captain for the match, scored 26 not out. Warrican finished with 4-67 while Holder and Taylor picked up two wickets each.advertisementSri Lanka dropped regular vice-captain Lahiru Thirimanne because of poor form and gave a maiden test cap to Mendis. It also dropped off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal, who struggled for control in the first test, and replaced him with Dilruwan Perera.Warrican was called up by the West Indies in place of seam bowler Shannon Gabriel.Sri Lanka leads the two-match series 1-0 after winning the first test by an innings and six runs.last_img read more

Criticism of team, captain Smith just ‘bizarre’, says David Warner

first_imgAustralia vice-captain David Warner has found it “bizarre” that pundits and fans continue to criticise the team despite winning their last two Test matches after a run of five losses.Australia beat Pakistan by 39 runs in a thrilling finish in the first test in Brisbane last week.Misbah-ul-Haq’s side were dismissed for 450 on the final day at the Gabba, chasing a victory target of 490, having counter-attacked late on the fourth evening of the day-night test. (Steve Smith relieved after Australia’s great escape against Pakistan)They were within sight of the world’s largest successful run chase when Mitchell Starc ended a 71-run ninth wicket stand between Asad Shafiq and Yasir Shah that effectively ended the game.Critics, however, suggested that Australia captain Steve Smith was not ruthless enough when he failed to impose the follow on when Pakistan were skittled for 142 in their first innings, 287 runs short of Australia’s total.His cautious field settings on day five, with Pakistan still needing 108 runs for victory with only two wickets in hand, were queried by former captains Michael Clarke and Mark Taylor and slammed as “ridiculous” by ex-England skipper Michael Vaughan.”It’s bizarre people are mentioning things about the way he went about the game with his field placements, his bowling changes, the way he used Gazza (Nathan Lyon),” Warner told reporters ahead of the second test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. “At the end of the day we did win the game. There would be a lot more talk if we didn’t.” (Gabba Test: Steve Smith’s century guides Australia to 288/3 vs Pakistan)advertisementThe victory was the second for a revamped side after selectors swung the axe following a run of five successive test losses and Warner dismissed any notion the visitors’ fifth-day performance had given them the momentum heading into the test.”Pakistan played very well,” Warner said. “They backed themselves and played their shots. They got into a fantastic position to win the game. But we know that test match cricket comes down to that last day, that last hour … and that delivery from Starcy was right on the money.”But if they can take confidence out of losing I don’t know. We won the game.”Warner did not give any hints as to the make-up of the side, with suggestions that all-rounder Hilton Cartwright could come into the team for batsman Nic Maddinson.Cartwright could take some of the workload off the team’s pace trio of Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Jackson Bird bowled 113 overs in Pakistan’s second innings. (Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur plots demise of former team Australia)Warner, however, was not concerned with their workload.”All the monitoring and workload is left to the experts and you have to respect their decision, they’re analysing all the data,” Warner added.”If they think someone is going to break down then it’s up to them.”last_img read more

Liverpool’s Sadio Mané ruled out for up to six weeks after injuring hamstring

first_imgShare on Messenger Mané, who scored 13 Premier League goals last season despite missing the whole of January because of the Africa Cup of Nations and the final six weeks of the campaign with a knee injury, has three in four league matches. The injury to Liverpool’s most influential player has come at a particularly bad time with Adam Lallana still struggling to regain fitness after a thigh injury. Lallana has been sent to the Aspetar sports clinic in Qatar as he continues his rehabilitation and is likely to return in mid-November, along with Mané who will miss the two Champions League games against Maribor and trips to Tottenham and West Ham, as well the visit of Huddersfield Town. Liverpool will still hope to have Mané in contention for their key European date in Sevilla on 21 November before they host Chelsea four days later in the Premier League.Klopp’s side have struggled without Mané, since his move from Southampton, averaging 2.2 Premier League goals with him in the team, compared to 1.6 goals in his absence. Last season, their form fell away dramatically while Mané was at the Africa Cup of Nations, winning just one of their seven games, against League Two Plymouth in an FA Cup replay. Read more Liverpool will hope Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can begin to repay some of their £35m investment after Sadio Mané’s crushing injury blow. The England midfielder has endured a slow start to his Anfield career since his August move from Arsenal but following Mané’s hamstring injury – which will rule him out for around six weeks – he is likely to play a more significant role.Mané was injured on international duty with Senegal and his absence could not have come at a worse time for Jürgen Klopp with Manchester United visiting Anfield on Saturday. “The winger was substituted 89 minutes into Senegal’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over the Cape Verde Islands on Saturday,” a Liverpool statement read. “It has now been confirmed that he picked up an injury during that fixture that could keep him out of action for up to six weeks.” news Liverpool Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Topics The drugs don’t work: Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren takes risks with painkillers Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Snapshots of Gender and WASH Innovations in India

first_imgPosted on March 7, 2013June 21, 2017Click 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 following guest posts provide snapshots of the work of three recipients of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grants for work on innovative WASH and gender interventions in India.By Akhila Sivadas,Project Director, Center for Advocacy and Research, New Delhi: Rajasthani camp, a cluster of 600 households in South Delhi, is one of the 27 settlements where the Center for Advocacy and Research is facilitating the formation of Women’s’ Forums, which enable the community to collectively negotiate with the municipality for better sanitation services. Like all other settlements we have worked in, the women of Rajasthani Camp were frustrated with broken toilets, clogged drains, and garbage heaps in their community. The Women’s Forum launched a multi-pronged initiative this past fall. Armed with the community-specific disease data that emerged from a health conversation we convened, the Forum raised their concerns with a local leader who pressured authorities to fix the situation. Their persistence and determination has already paid off: toilet renovations are currently underway.By Sampath Kumor,Project Director, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust, The Self Help Groups of Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust provide potent platforms to discuss and disseminate the objectives of the WASH and gender project. Women from socially and economically marginalized groups have now found a forum to discuss subjects that have always been disapproved and stigmatized. For communities with little choice but to defecate in the open, the process of identification of the risk and vulnerability of the same (particularly for adolescent girls) is a step closer towards the aim. In addition, targeted Self Help Groups for young women are utilizing peer-to-peer discussions to address menstrual hygiene management. The march is on!By Kathleen O’Reilly, Texas A&M University: In our research on successful sanitation habits in rural West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh, we have learned that using a toilet is so commonplace for mothers with young children that they often do not recognize the advantages gained by having a toilet. Despite casual replies to questions about the convenience of a household toilet, observation of mothers’ daily routines reveals that they take advantage of the toilet’s proximity by leaving children unattended when they use it. We have found that the toilet has become so useful and so habitual that women are no longer conscious of the burden it would be to take children with them for open defecation.For more in the WASH and Women’s Health blog series coordinated by WASH advocates, click here, or visit WASH Advocates.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Setting Targets That Will Work

first_imgPosted on January 21, 2014November 7, 2016By: Aparajita Gogoi, Executive Director, CEDPA India and National Coordinator, White Ribbon Alliance IndiaClick 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)As we approach the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, what does the future hold for international maternal mortality targets? The MHTF is pleased to be hosting a blog series on post-2015 maternal mortality goal setting. Over the next several weeks, we will be featuring responses and reactions to proposed targets from around the world. Please share your thoughts with us! A lot of global discussion and many high level meetings are taking place to end of preventable maternal deaths in the post 2015 world. We hear of an ambitious global target being set is to reduce maternal mortality ratios to less than 50 per 100,000 live births by 2035.The strategies that are being discussed to reach this goal are around preventing deaths by dealing with the direct medical causes of maternal deaths-like haemorrhage, pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, sepsis, unsafe abortion; and indirect causes like HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, anaemia, or non-communicable diseases.Additional strategies that are being talked about are: universal health services, providing financial incentives, including the private sector, and urbanisation.Working in a country which accounts for almost a quarter of global maternal deaths, I cannot but help wonder will setting targets help bring down maternal deaths in my country?Girls and women in my country are dying not just due to lack of skilled attendance or health services.  The reasons for this apathy for girls and women are very deep rooted, mired in traditional, almost misogynistic mindsets.  Girls are killed before they are born. In the last 3 decades, 12 million girls have been killed in our country before they were born.  In many parts of the country, sex ratio has dropped to fewer than 850 females per 1000 males. In a nation and people who do not protest the killing of unborn girls, how do you make them feel for women dying in childbirth? Will target setting for preventing of maternal deaths make any difference in the lives of girls and women in India?   India is ranked 132 out of 148 countries on Gender Inequality Index as per the 2013  Human Development Report. One in every 4 women faces violence, and a rape takes place every 22 minutes. Worse than the prevalence, is the widespread acceptance of gender based violence. Half of our adolescent girls (and 57% of adolescent boys) think it is justifiable for a man to beat his wife!We can be called a nation of child brides-with almost half of our girls are married before the age of 18. We know that girls who give birth before the age of 15 are 5 times more likely to die in childbirth. India has 113 million adolescent girls and almost half of all adolescent girls are married before the age of 18. Women between the ages 15-24 years account for 52% of the country’s fertility and contribute to 45% of the maternal mortality. Of the 56,000 maternal deaths in India each year, more than 25000 are young mothers. Whatever be the target set for the post 2015 world, we will never meet the same if we do not look at preventing these child marriages.One way of ensuring that we meet post 2015 maternal health targets is to prevent girls from becoming mothers,and to do so, we need to ensure that girls complete secondary schooling –which will make them six times less likely to marry early as compared to others who have little or no education. Girls who are out of school are 4 times likely to have a child before their 19th birthday. Getting girls to compete secondary education will not only lead to better reproductive outcomes like increasing contraceptive use by 4 times, but economists say that if 10% more  girls go to school, our country’s GDP will increase on average by 3%!!Setting targets is very important, but alongside targets, we need to focus on strategies that include a systematic approach, addressing different cornerstones that promote women’s empowerment, ensure that girls stay in school, delay marriage and pregnancy, ensure the availability and uptake of sexual and reproductive health information and services, and create greater economic opportunities and thus build girls’ and women’s agency.If you would like to submit a guest post for to our ongoing series exploring potential goals for maternal health in the post-MDG development agenda, please contact Andrea Goetschius: goetschi@hsph.harvard.eduShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Part 2: The Continuum of Care: Call the Midwife

first_imgIn our first blog, Esther is faced with two issues: a) accessing information (long queues at the clinic) and b) accessing commodities (pregnancy test). Now, she is 31 weeks pregnant and though she’s been to the clinic twice, she still doesn’t know exactly what to do when the big day comes. And what if something strange happens before then? Should she call the midwife? Someone else? And how will she get to the clinic? What if there’s an emergency?She could really use some of the innovative services that are available in other countries, such asWomen’s groups in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Malawi that discuss and find solutions to help improve maternal and child healthFather’s groups in Spain helping ensure that immigrants have access to servicesMaternity voucher schemes in IndiaMobile phones in Ghana that remind women of their appointments or their medication scheduleHealth promotion groups to encourage antenatal care uptake or address societal issues where the mother-in-law is the main decision-makerLow-cost, locally supported means of transportation such as ambulances, boats, cars, bikes or donkey carts in ZambiaEducation on nutrition and breastfeedingFree services such as China’s free postnatal care home serviceBut Esther also needs the health system to support her by providing quality services along the continuum of care throughout her pregnancy – from home to the clinic. To do this well, health care providers need to know Esther and understand her circumstances. They need to be able to provide the continuum of care as a team, integrating antenatal care with labour services and postnatal care, and providing that care as close as possible to Esther.The Manoshi project, for example, brought that level of care into the slum areas of Bangladesh. The project reduced the famous ”three delays” by providing solid health information on when referral might be necessary, keeping transportation means on stand-by, and dedicating staff to speed women through administrative requirements to facilitate access to emergency maternal and newborn care (EmONC) at the hospital.Midwife-led CareAn existing model of care that is gaining traction in countries like Esther’s is the midwife-led unit. Midwives are able to provide effective comprehensive care from pre-pregnancy through pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. Setting up a midwife-led unit with a waiting home and close to a hospital means that women can easily access midwifery services throughout pregnancy and childbirth and, if needed, can be seamlessly transferred to next level care or EmONC services. To provide true continuum of care the midwife must be able to call on an obstetrician and the hospital at any time and be part of an integrated team of health care providers, associates and lay health workers that reach from the community to the hospital and keeps the woman and newborn at the center of care.Setting up such collaborative teams of providers requires quality education of all groups and effective regulation that supports and promotes their collaboration and integration. Providers also need continuing professional development, clear career pathways, and a regulatory environment that allows the provision of appropriate skill mix at all levels of the system.In the midwife-led unit, Esther, as a new mum, would also obtain information on postnatal care along with her newborn’s care: exclusive breastfeeding, basic hygiene, infection control, cord care, etc. Because the midwife has taken care of Esther from beginning to end, she will be familiar with her circumstances at home and can ensure that effective follow-up care is provided in her community.When asked, women made clear what they need for a healthy pregnancy. First, women feel that information and education are essential to allow them to learn for themselves. Also, they need to know and understand the organisation of services and receive care that is respectful and given by staff who engender trust, personalized to meet their individual needs, and offered by care providers who are kind. Making midwife-led units available is an effective way to increase the capacity of the health system, cover the needs of the population, contain costs, and increase user satisfaction. Midwife-led care is more than a simple win-win.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:,In our first blog, Esther is faced with two issues: a) accessing information (long queues at the clinic) and b) accessing commodities (pregnancy test). Now, she is 31 weeks pregnant and though she’s been to the clinic twice, she still doesn’t know exactly what to do when the big day comes. And what if something strange happens before then? Should she call the midwife? Someone else? And how will she get to the clinic? What if there’s an emergency?She could really use some of the innovative services that are available in other countries, such asWomen’s groups in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Malawi that discuss and find solutions to help improve maternal and child healthFather’s groups in Spain helping ensure that immigrants have access to servicesMaternity voucher schemes in IndiaMobile phones in Ghana that remind women of their appointments or their medication scheduleHealth promotion groups to encourage antenatal care uptake or address societal issues where the mother-in-law is the main decision-makerLow-cost, locally supported means of transportation such as ambulances, boats, cars, bikes or donkey carts in ZambiaEducation on nutrition and breastfeedingFree services such as China’s free postnatal care home serviceBut Esther also needs the health system to support her by providing quality services along the continuum of care throughout her pregnancy – from home to the clinic. To do this well, health care providers need to know Esther and understand her circumstances. They need to be able to provide the continuum of care as a team, integrating antenatal care with labour services and postnatal care, and providing that care as close as possible to Esther.The Manoshi project, for example, brought that level of care into the slum areas of Bangladesh. The project reduced the famous ”three delays” by providing solid health information on when referral might be necessary, keeping transportation means on stand-by, and dedicating staff to speed women through administrative requirements to facilitate access to emergency maternal and newborn care (EmONC) at the hospital.Midwife-led CareAn existing model of care that is gaining traction in countries like Esther’s is the midwife-led unit. Midwives are able to provide effective comprehensive care from pre-pregnancy through pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. Setting up a midwife-led unit with a waiting home and close to a hospital means that women can easily access midwifery services throughout pregnancy and childbirth and, if needed, can be seamlessly transferred to next level care or EmONC services. To provide true continuum of care the midwife must be able to call on an obstetrician and the hospital at any time and be part of an integrated team of health care providers, associates and lay health workers that reach from the community to the hospital and keeps the woman and newborn at the center of care.Setting up such collaborative teams of providers requires quality education of all groups and effective regulation that supports and promotes their collaboration and integration. Providers also need continuing professional development, clear career pathways, and a regulatory environment that allows the provision of appropriate skill mix at all levels of the system.In the midwife-led unit, Esther, as a new mum, would also obtain information on postnatal care along with her newborn’s care: exclusive breastfeeding, basic hygiene, infection control, cord care, etc. Because the midwife has taken care of Esther from beginning to end, she will be familiar with her circumstances at home and can ensure that effective follow-up care is provided in her community.When asked, women made clear what they need for a healthy pregnancy. First, women feel that information and education are essential to allow them to learn for themselves. Also, they need to know and understand the organisation of services and receive care that is respectful and given by staff who engender trust, personalized to meet their individual needs, and offered by care providers who are kind. Making midwife-led units available is an effective way to increase the capacity of the health system, cover the needs of the population, contain costs, and increase user satisfaction. Midwife-led care is more than a simple win-win. Posted on September 8, 2014November 2, 2016By: Petra ten Hoope-Bender, Director of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, ICS Integrare; Sheetal Sharma, Research and Knowledge Management Associate, ICS IntegrareClick 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)This post is part of our “Continuum of Care” blog series hosted by the Maternal Health Task Forcelast_img read more

7 Marketing Tips Every Fundraiser Needs

first_imgEveryone deserves a little self-promotion. Whether you’re shy about tooting your own horn or have fully mastered the humble brag, embracing your inner marketing maven will take your fundraising to the next level.Our eGuide “7 Marketing Tips Every Fundraiser Needs” offers seven easy steps you can implement today to boost your marketing efforts—and your fundraising success. A well-organized, strategic marketing plan will do wonders for your donor engagement efforts. But where to begin? Well…“Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.”Frame Your MessageWhat do you want to communicate? Are you telling your organization’s story, promoting a special event, selling tickets to a performance, or launching a new initiative? How does what you want to say impact your audience? Look at your message from their perspective. Why should they care? With the inundation of information we’re all met with every day, how will you stand out?Follow these simple touchstones to create campaigns that are Connected, Rewarding, Actionable, and Memorable (CRAM), and your campaigns will “cram” their way through the clutter and catch your donors’ attention.Connect to things your audience cares about; such as making a difference, being part of a community, feeling good about themselves, feeling heard, etc.Reward people for taking action, both emotionally and tangibly. The most effective rewards are immediate, personal, credible, and reflective of your audience’s values.Action that is specific, easy to do, and measurably advances your mission offers an immediate sense of gratification. Keep your Call to Action specific, simple, and shareable.Memorable campaigns are unique, catchy, personal, tangible, desirable, and closely tied to your cause.Show your appreciation. When someone responds to your Call to Action, thank them for participating and encourage them to tell their friends about their support of your campaign or organization. Provide a link to share on Facebook, Twitter, and email.Know Your AudienceWho do you think would be interested? Compile a list of those closest to your organization—current donors, previous event attendees, newsletter subscribers, volunteers, board members. They’re your loyal audience, interested in everything you do. Next, look for people who support similar organizations, the communities directly affected by what you do, and even local officials and personalities who might be interested in supporting your program. They are your low-hanging fruit just waiting to be picked.Choose Your ApproachHow will you reach them? While some donors prefer to be contacted via direct mail, others respond to the immediacy of email. From social media to advertising to announcements through partner organizations, each channel calls for its own unique voice. Keep your message fresh by adjusting the tone and style to match your audience. And coordinate your outreach. Focus on the same overall message across channels to increase public awareness of your organization and your work.Popular means of getting your message across include:Your website (full site and mobile)Blogs and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and so on)Paid advertising (Facebook ads, Google AdWords, radio & TV, print or online banner ads)Unpaid placements (PSAs, cross-promotional exchanges with peer organizations, etc)Communications (newsletter, e-newsletter, direct mail)Printed materials (brochures, annual reports, postcards)Set Budget and TimelineCongratulations! You’ve brainstormed and dreamed up big, exciting marketing ideas. Now you’re ready to get your message out.Once you’ve determined the right mix of channels for your outreach, look at your total budget. How will you allocate funds for the best coverage of your message? Create a marketing budget and calendar that tracks when each piece will drop. Don’t forget to include who on your team will be responsible for managing and completing each item.Tracking SuccessHave clear goals in mind before you launch any campaign. Determine how you’re going to measure success for both marketing and fundraising. Whether your benchmark is a sold-out event, gaining new donors, meeting or surpassing your fundraising goal, or great word of mouth; a clear vision of what you’re trying to accomplish sets you up for a successful campaign.Using your donor management system, run reports on attendance, money raised, open and click-through rates for your emails, and communications sent. What did people respond to the most? What didn’t get their attention? Once your event or campaign is complete, review your data to determine what worked and what needs improvement. Revise your strategy moving forward until you find the perfect balance for your organization.Check out our “7 Marketing Tips Every Fundraiser Needs” eGuide to start (or refresh) your marketing journey today.last_img read more

How Donor Data Management Empowers Nonprofits

first_img“Segmenting our donors was the engine behind making our year-end campaigns more successful.After a year of using Network for Good, we beat our holiday giving goal by $12K!”– Melanie Burch, Middleburg Humane Foundation Director of DevelopmentMiddleburg Humane Foundation is a Virginia-based nonprofit founded in 1994 that provides a safe haven for abused, neglected, and at-risk animals on a 4.5-acre farm shelter. Specializing in rescuing and rehabilitating animals that come to the shelter from abusive situations, MHF offers much-needed medical care before placing animals with permanent or foster families. In addition to the shelter, MHF runs a grooming parlor, thrift shop, and multiple outreach programs ranging from assistance to education to intervention.For funding, MHF relies on private donors and sponsors to supplement their earned income. The need for better donor management became imperative when deciding to undertake a capital campaign for a new, state-of-the-art equine rehabilitation and animal rescue facility. MHF’s Director of Development, Melanie Burch, used Network for Good’s Donor Management System (DMS) to help her organize their myriad spreadsheets and handwritten notes.As a result, MHF saw a boost in donations and successful campaigns, as well as an improvement in the quality and frequency of their engagement with donors and volunteers. Not only were they able to see an individual’s overall activity with the organization, they were able to segment their data and target their communications to specific donors.Once Melanie and her staff imported their data into the Network for Good DMS, they were able to see exactly who was donating to MHF, what programs they were attracted to, or how else they were involved with the organization. With this organized, central hub of information at their fingertips, they can now approach a broader range of potential donors. In addition to seeing a fundraising boost, Network for Good’s software has helped Melanie and her staff quickly and easily pull reports, and create professional-looking campaign emails.As Melanie put it, “The ability to pull up someone’s name with all their donor data in front of me and see what they are opening and clicking on is a tremendous help.”Read our case study to learn about how switching to DMS led to MHF’s successful capital campaign—and how it can work for you or download our on-demand webinar “Obtain & Utilize Donor Data Effectively to Increase Giving” where we explored the topic of donor data in greater detail.last_img read more

Barcelona open Johan Cruyff Stadium

first_imgBarcelona officially opened the new Johan Cruyff Stadium, which will host games for Barca B and their women’s teams, with a fitting Under-19 friendly clash between the Spanish giants and Dutch power Ajax.  The new 6,000-seater stadium – located at the club’s training ground in the suburbs of the city – pays tribute to the legendary Cruyff, who played for the Blaugrana between 1973 and 1978 before coaching them between 1988 and 1996. Cruyff died in 2016 and is widely credited with laying the foundations for the unprecedented success the club has enjoyed over the past 15 years.   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? Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets were among the Barca stars in attendance at the opening, which saw the two clubs Cruyff is widely associated with facing off at the youth level.  Club captain Messi, along with Busquets, Pique and Sergi Roberto, stood in the centre circle prior to Tuesday’s match as Cruyff’s son, Jordi, took a ceremonial kickoff to officially open the stadium.  Cruyff’s wife Danny and his daughter Susila were also in attendance as the club paid tribute to one of their legendary figures and his family.  The match saw 16-year-old Naci Unuvar of Ajax bag a clinical brace as the visitors claimed a 2-0 win.  The opening followed on from Monday’s unveiling of a Cruyff statue outside Camp Nou, with the event also seeing members of Cruyff’s family in attendance.  Messi, Busquets and Pique watch on from the centre circle as Jordi Cruyff takes a ‘ceremonial’ kick off to open the stadium named after his father pic.twitter.com/kU5iXHBpTL — Samuel Marsden (@samuelmarsden) August 27, 2019 The stadium represents the first finished piece of the Espai Barca, a project aimed at transforming and integrating FC Barcelona facilities. The project will also see a redesign of Camp Nou, and the creation of a club campus, which will see the Spanish outfit remove architectural barriers and introduce measures to improve urban mobility around the stadium. The new stadium makes the former home ground of Barcelona B and the women’s team obsolete, with the ground the Miniestadi now sits on to be used as the home of the club’s new home for its indoor sports teams, which include basketball, handball, roller hockey and futsal.last_img read more

Liverpool have a taste for trophies – Oxlade-Chamberlain

first_imgAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Liverpool have a “taste of winning” and are determined to add to their Champions League crown now that they know “what’s required” to land major silverware.Jurgen Klopp ended a seven-year barren spell for the Reds in 2018-19 as he guided them to European glory.A UEFA Super Cup triumph has already been added to the roll of honour this season, having suffered a penalty shootout defeat to Manchester City in the Community Shield. 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 Liverpool still have Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Club World Cup quests to come, with Oxlade-Chamberlain determined to get his hands on more medals.The England international told the Reds’ official website: “We’ve had a taste of winning [a trophy] and we knew what it took to get there.”It was nowhere near easy. I think it’s going to get harder and harder.”We know what it’s going to take, there are going to be moments that test us and maybe new tests this year that we didn’t face last year.”We had to dig in, the boys dug in all last year through difficult moments, where you’re expected to win and still go out and win. We know there’s going to be tests and we know that’s what’s required.”Oxlade-Chamberlain, who made his return to action towards the end of last season following a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a serious knee injury, believes all of the pieces are coming together at Anfield for sustained success to be enjoyed.The 26-year-old midfielder added: “Mentally, this group of players is top drawer. The manager is one of the most mentally persistent managers out there, for sure, he keeps us going.”We know what the demands are on each other. And I think that has grown in the team, there are more and more leaders coming out of this side – not just Hendo, Millie, Virg. Everyone is starting to take responsibility for what they need to do on and off the ball.”It’s a team that’s really going in the right direction. But it’s early in the season; we’ve got to keep our feet on the ground, keep plugging away and keep churning out results.”Liverpool have taken maximum points from their two Premier League games in 2019-20 and will be looking to make it three wins from three when they play host to an Arsenal side on Saturday that has also been faultless so far. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

James wants winning Europa League debut to ease pressure on Man Utd

first_imgDaniel James is eager to mark his European debut for Manchester United with a win over AZ that could ease the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.United head to the Netherlands for Thursday’s match looking to make it two wins from two in the Europa League this season following a hard-fought 1-0 win over Astana on matchday one.Solskjaer’s men have won just two of their past eight games in all competitions, not including the penalty shoot-out success against League One Rochdale in the EFL Cup, and scrutiny on the manager is growing. 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 James missed the win over Astana, when Mason Greenwood scored the only goal, but is in line to make his first appearance in European competition at the Cars Jeans Stadion, the venue AZ have been using since the roof collapsed at AFAS Stadion in August.The Wales international thinks a positive result will stand United in good stead to reach the knockout phase and quieten some of their recent critics.”I’ve had my taste of the Premier League and now playing in Europe is always different,” he told MUTV.Right foot? Left foot?The birthday boy can do both @_MasonGreenwood #MUFC pic.twitter.com/b7FjGPj7Oa— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 1, 2019″Astana came to us and some people wrote them off before they played but they gave us a good game. I think you can never write these teams off. They wouldn’t be in the competition if they weren’t very good teams. Every game we play in Europe, we have got to be ready for it and prepare right.”It was important to get off to a good start and it is another one where we have to go and win as it just takes the pressure off us, really. That comes with people expecting us to go through in the group, so to get two early wins would be great.”As you see, when we score, we’re all together and, when we concede, we’re all together. It’s so important. We’ve got a great group here and the team spirit is a massive part of it.”ADO Den Haag’s ground, the venue for Thursday’s game, has an artificial pitch but James does not think playing on such a surface would be any excuse for a poor performance.”All the boys played on them growing up,” he said. “It’s going to be a different test, obviously, as playing abroad is always hard. It’s different to play in the Premier League but it’s one we’re looking forward to and are going to be ready for.”I think the surfaces [synthetic and grass] are similar really. It’s a bit harder than normal grass but the ball moves the same on it.”It’s something the boys know they can’t do anything about and it’s not something we’re going to let get into our heads.”last_img read more

2A GSHL football: Hockinson 54, Ridgefield 13

first_img HOCKINSON 54, RIDGEFIELD 14Hockinson 7 33 7 7–54Ridgefield 0 0 0 14–14First QuarterH — Makaio Juarez 45 run (Nick Charles kick)Second QuarterH — Sawyer Racanelli 10 pass from Levi Crum (Charles Kick)H — Racanelli 16 pass from Crum (kick failed)H — Aidan Mallory 45 run (run no good)H — Peyton Brammer 40 pass from Crum (Charles Kick)H — Racanelli 44 pass from Crum (Charles Kick)Third QuarterH — Wyatt Jones 7 pass from Crum (Charles Kick)Fourth QuarterR — Hunter Abrams 7 run (Matthew Torres kick)H — Aiden Bonife 39 pass from Chase Rouse (Charles kick)R — Abrams 38 run (Torres kick)INDIVIDUAL STATISTICSRUSHING — Hockinson 20-137 Ridgefield 30 – 81Hockinson Mallory 1-45, Niehaus 2-35, Juice Jones 5 -29, Jake Talarico1-17, Crum 4-10, Cody Wheeler 4-5, Rouse 1 – (-2), Jones 1- (-2). Ridgefield: Abrams 26-99, Brock Harrison 1- (-2) Tanner Roberts 2 (-8), Torres 1 (-8)PASSING – Hockinson: Crum 12-18-202-5-0, Rouse 4-6-95-1-1 Ridgefield: Roberts 1-4-17RECEIVING – Hockinson: Rancanelli 5-113, Brammer 2-56, Aiden Bonife 1-39, Niehaus 1-34, Jeremiah Faulstick 1-25, Garrett Gundy 2-16, Aidan Mallory 1-10, Jones 1-7, Nicholas Frichti 1-7, Domingos 1(-10) Ridgefield: Malachi Lee 1-17 GO Tags Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Levi Crum threw five touchdown passes, three of them to Sawyer Racanelli, as the state’s top-ranked 2A team finished the regular season with a rout.Crum threw for 202 yards, also throwing touchdowns to Peyton Brammer and Wyatt Jones. Aidan Mallory lead the Hawks (8-0, 6-0) with 45 rushing yards and a touchdown.Makaio Niehaus opened the scoring with a 45-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.Hockinson’s defense held the Spudders (3-5, 1-5) to just one completion, 17 passing yards, 81 yards rushing.Hunter Abrams rushed for 99 yards and both of Ridgefield’s touchdowns, each in the fourth quarter. Hockinson HawksRidgefield Spudders Published: October 27, 2018, 12:25am center_img By Kerry McGarry, for The Columbian By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Share: 2A GSHL football: Hockinson 54, Ridgefield 13 Share:last_img read more

Paul Gauguin Cruises Offers a Two-Week Sale on Select 2018 and 2019 Voyages

first_imgBELLEVUE, WASH. – April 30, 2018 – Paul Gauguin Cruises (www.pgcruises.com), operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/sPaul Gauguin, announces a Two-Week Sale on select 2018 and 2019 Tahiti, French Polynesia, and South Pacific voyages. Paul Gauguin Cruises is offering savings of up to $3,200* per person off select luxury voyages aboard The Gauguin when booked between April 30 and May 12, 2018. Roundtrip airfare between Los Angeles and Papeete, Tahiti, is also included. On board, guests will enjoy the highest standards of luxury, quality, and all-inclusive value sailing to South Pacific destinations that are the cruise line’s specialty. Qualifying voyages are: Tahiti & the Society Islands (7 nights):September 29, 2018 – now from only $5,695 $4,695 per personNovember 10, 2018 – now from only $5,595 $4,595 per personDecember 15, 2018 – now from only $4,345 $3,995 per personJanuary 5, 19, 2019 – now from only $4,945 $4,145 per personFebruary 9, 2019 – now from only $5,645 $4,645 per person Society Islands & Tahiti Iti (7 nights):June 30, 2018 – now from only $5,845 $4,795 per personOctober 6, 2018 – now from only $5,695 $4,695 per personNovember 3, 2018 – now from only $5,595 $4,595 per person Society Islands & Tuamotus (10 nights):November 28, 2018 – now from only $5,845 $4,845 per person On The Gauguin, nearly 70% of suites and staterooms offer balconies. Dining experiences include L’Etoile, which showcases an array of culinary creations expertly prepared each evening. The ship’s other two dining venues, La Veranda and Le Grill, serve breakfast and lunch. At night, signature dishes designed by French celebrity chef Jean-Pierre Vigato are offered in La Veranda, and Polynesian specialties are served poolside at Le Grill. Les Gauguines and Les Gauguins—a troupe of Tahitian entertainers—provide enriching experiences of the destinations throughout each voyage. The Gauguin features expert lecturers on each voyage and special guests on select sailings conducting presentations on topics ranging from the history of the South Pacific to conservation, culture, marine life, and the wonders of coral reefs. A luxurious spa, fitness center, watersports marina, and expansive outdoor decks with chaise lounges and a pool are also available aboard The Gauguin. One of the highlights of each sailing is exclusive access to Motu Mahana, the cruise line’s private islet off the coast of Taha’a where guests can enjoy sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, Polynesian activities, a full-service bar, a floating lagoon bar, and a delicious barbecue. In Bora Bora, guests can enjoy complimentary access to a private, white-sand beach with beach volleyball, sunbathing, snorkeling, paddleboarding, and refreshments. For more information or reservations, contact a professional travel agent, call 1-800-848-6172, or visit www.pgcruises.com. *All fares are in US dollars, per person, based on double occupancy, and reflect promotional savings, are for new bookings only, are subject to availability, and must be booked by May 12, 2018. Offer may be combined with applicable 3rd guest in stateroom offer but may not be combined with other offers. Port, security, and handling charges of $139-$195 per person are additional. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Call for details. For full terms and conditions, visit www.pgcruises.com.last_img read more

Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel De Allende Now Open

first_imgMost Anticipated Resort in Mexico’s Favorite Colonial City Welcomed First Guests on November 1st  Mexico City, MX (November 8, 2018) – La Colección Resorts by Fiesta Americana, Posadas’ prestigious collection of distinctive resorts located in Mexico’s most desired destinations, announces the official opening of Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende, it’s first Live Aqua property in the award-winning destination and the 5th for the brand in Mexico. This highly anticipated hotel, the largest in the city, introduces urban modernity and elements of the brand’s signature concept of awakening the senses to one of Mexico’s most popular and historic cities. The tone is set upon arrival when guests approach the hacienda-style building, draped in green vines and bougainvillea, via cobblestone street. An enormous bronze sculpture, the Cabeza Vainilla created by local Mexican artist Javier Marin, sits next to a small fountain, welcoming everyone in the courtyard before they enter through massive double wooden doors. Once inside, guests will first be enticed by the scent of freshly baked bread as they walk passed the charming bakery into the discreet lobby area. These sensory elements exemplify the experience at this unique resort – impressions made to tantalize sight, scent, touch, hearing and taste. “The resort’s cutting-edge architecture and design set in one of the most colorful, colonial Mexican cities meld perfectly to offers guests a memorable vacation experience. We are excited to introduce the Live Aqua concept to this important Mexican destination that has lured not only travelers, but expats from all over the world,” explained Enrique Calderon, COO of Posadas, the leading hospitality company in Mexico. The resort was developed by award-winning AoMa Estudio, based in Mexico City, that took inspiration from San Miguel de Allende by bringing in both small and large details from the city’s culture and colonial architecture such as plazas, gardens and patios, as well as is vast array of textures and shapes. “We know that guests will have an unforgettable experience not because of one particular feature of this resort, but for the ensemble of all the pieces together that will undoubtedly deliver surprises,” said Jihei Aoki founder of AoMA Estudio. AccommodationsThe stroll to the guestrooms is magical journey that takes guests passed impressive stone walls through charming patios and flower-filled gardens, with views of the mountains and blue skies above.  Boasting sleek and modern interiors, Live Aqua Urban Resort’s 153 handsomely appointed guestrooms, including seven suites, offer guests comfortable and spacious stays with spectacular views of the city. The design melds textures and earth tones of light wood floors, exposed brick ceilings, wooden headboards, handcrafted iron lighting, and more. Other details capture guests’ attention such as framed photography by local artists and a working vintage record player. Luxurious amenities that speak to the senses can also be found, such as personalized pillow selections and aromatherapy kits. Each room features deluxe glass-enclosed bathrooms, allowing for continuous views, that meld old and new including traditional Mexican tiles and freestanding bathtubs, as well as showers. Dining Live Aqua Urban Resorts offers guests and locals alike two dining venues to choose from. Celebrity Mexican Chef Eduardo Palazuelos introduces Zibu, a fine-dining venue that offers patrons a modern take on Mexican cuisine. Also available is the Asia Bistrot, a 100% cutting-edge culinary experience with a pan-Asian culinary experience. Another must-try is the resorts’ charming bakery offering freshly made treats daily. Leisure Amenities & Wellness The resort offers guests numerous amenities including an outdoor pool and jacuzzi, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a beauty parlor. Opening in Spring 2019 is the hotel’s Feel Urban Spa, which will feature 10 treatment rooms, a private pool, sauna and steam rooms. Here, guests can unwind with full-body treatments and facials that combine aromatherapy, calming colors and soothing flavors for a full sensory experience. Destination Weddings & Meetings San Miguel de Allende is a popular locale for a destination wedding and events, and now Live Aqua Urban Resort offers an expansive new option to host them. The property encompasses a stunning ballroom that has the capacity to accommodate up to 1,000 guests, and can be divided into five sections. There is also a beautiful, covered outdoor terrace that overlooks a river, ideal for pre-function occasions. Certified meeting and wedding planners are on hand to assist with any occasion. SettingLive Aqua Urban Resort is in the heart of the city, located in the Historic Quarter adjacent to the Obraje Reservoir, offering spectacular views. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2008, San Miguel de Allende has long reigned as a traveler favorite thanks to its beautiful historic center, colonial architecture, year-round spring-like climate, colorful cultural celebrations, renowned gastronomy and romantic setting. Boasting a mystical ambiance, San Miguel de Allende invite visitors to enjoy the spectacular natural setting and sunsets, while taking in age-old traditions and the vibrant Mexican culture.  The city is located in the Bajio region of Mexico, in the state of Guanajuato, and is accessible from several U.S. gateways with direct flights to Leon or via Mexico City.  Opening rates for Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende begin at $350USD/night and reservations can be made visiting the property’s website.  About PosadasPosadas is the largest and most important Mexican hotel operator in the country, with 170 hotels and over 26,500 rooms located in beach and city destinations throughout the country, thanks to the positioning of its brands Live Aqua, Grand Fiesta Americana, Fiesta Americana, The Explorean, Fiesta Inn, GAMMA, and one. Posadas is a Mexican company with great international recognition. Posadas also owns Fiesta Rewards, the most important loyalty program in Mexico, as well as its long-term vacation clubs: Live Aqua Residence Club, Fiesta Americana Vacation Club, Re-set, an exclusive discount plan for national and international hotels, and Kívac, a prepaid travel plan. Posadas has been listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV) since 1992. For more information, visit: www.posadas.com  About La Colección Resorts by Fiesta Americana La Colección Resorts by Fiesta Americana is comprised of 13 distinctive resorts located in Mexico’s most desired beach destinations. The resort collection encompasses the brands Live Aqua Resorts, Grand Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts, Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts and The Explorean by Fiesta Americana. Showcasing the best of Mexico including its rich culture and warm hospitality, guests are privy to unrivalled accommodations, amenities and entertainment that ensure a superior, world-class vacation experience. The resorts within La Colección include: Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun All Inclusive Adults Only, Live Aqua Boutique Resort Playa del Carmen, Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive Adults Only, Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun, Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive Golf & Spa, Fiesta Americana Cozumel All Inclusive, Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive, Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive & Spa, Fiesta Americana Cancun Villas, Fiesta Americana Acapulco Villas, The Explorean Cozumel and The Explorean Kohunlich. For further information, please visit: www.lacoleccionresorts.com/  About FibraHotelFibraHotel is the first and largest Mexican Lodging REIT, or FIBRA, created primarily to acquire, develop and operate hotels. We are the largest hotel owner in Mexico and intend to generate attractive risk-weighted returns to our CBFI holders through the ownership, expansion and efficient operation of a high-quality, multi-branded and geographically diversified portfolio of hotels throughout Mexico operated by diverse, well-regarded hotel management companies. For more information visit: www.fibrahotel.com  About AoMa Estudio AoMa, Aoki-Martens Estudio, is an architecture and design studio that develops urban and resort spaces, interiors, and furniture projects. It is built by a solid team of architects and designers complemented by an extensive network of highly specialized consultants. AoMa begins by analyzing each case to propose useful and adequate architecture solutions that are executed with highly technical quality in order to enhance expressiveness and emotional contact with space and light within the framework of state-of-the-art architecture. In 2012, Constanze Martens and Jihei Aoki founded AoMa, where they offer architecture products of international stature based on both the continuous feedback of the firm’s customers, and the commitment to high quality that prevails throughout the works of the studio over time. The studio bases its proposals on the deep understanding of the dynamic needs of the hospitality industry and the business opportunity to grow based on design. In 5 years AoMa has grown to become an office of more than 50 specialized members, over 70 projects, it has received various awards, and has been featured in relevant architecture publications. For more information visit: www.aoma.mxlast_img read more

Transas ECDIS Training Course Approved by Swedish …

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom After successful formal and on-site Transportstyrelsen audits, Transas ECDIS training course was certified successfully and will be re-audited according to the regular Transportstyrelsen audit cycle. ECDIS Training offered by Transas Marine follows the IMO Model Course 1.27 fully compliant to the STCW 2010, which is compulsory for training from 1st of January 2012. This allows Transas to issue STCW 2010 compliant ECDIS training certificates.Sweden is the second flag state to approve Transas Marine’s generic ECDIS Training after the approval by BSH (Germany) in 2011. These trainings are accepted by all other IMO member states due to a standing agreement.The Transportstyrelsen and BSH certification is recognition of Transas Marine as a high-level ECDIS training provider according to the latest regulations.Shipping companies can already apply for the course via Transas training calendar.Transas Marine has the biggest ECDIS background in the maritime industry. With the first ECDIS in the world to receive BSH type-approval in 1999, today Transas introduces the most comprehensive ECDIS solutions to the market. Transas Marine runs certified IMO Model Course 1.27 in its premises and through its Global ECDIS Training Network GET-Net around the world. My location Print  Close Transas, March 6, 2014last_img read more

New Seasonal Nonstop Route Connects Orlando to Buenos Aires

first_imgFrom Dec. 9, 2019 – March 20, 2020, Aerolineas Argentinas will operate a thrice weekly nonstop route from Orlando International Airport to Buenos Aires’ Ministro Pistarini International Airport  Buenos Aires, Argentina – July 17, 2019 – In June, Aerolineas Argentinas announced a seasonal direct flight from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to Buenos Aires’ Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE). Starting Dec 9, 2019, the new and only nonstop route will connect Central Florida with the Argentine capital thrice weekly with flights operating on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays through March 21, 2020. “The seasonal direct flight from Orlando to Buenos Aires will make our city just one stop away to Florida travelers and will benefit those in a number of other cities – including Tampa, St. Pete and Sarasota. Buenos Aires is an open and diverse city with vibrant and world-class cultural offerings,” said Gonzalo Robredo, President of the Buenos Aires City Tourism Board. “The increasing connectivity represents the Argentine capital’s prosperous tourism industry, which welcomed over 253,000 North American tourists last year.” The new route arrives just as tourism is on an upswing, with more American tourists than ever visiting Buenos Aires. Data suggests that in 2018, U.S. travelers chose Buenos Aires for reasons that mixed business and leisure with a majority opting to stay in the city’s hotels. Additionally, U.S. travelers get a better value for their dollar by taking advantage of the current exchange rate as well as the waived 21 percent VAT charged by hotels for foreigners. In fact, last year the city saw a 9 percent increase in American travelers booking 4 and 5 star accommodations. Buenos Aires stands out for being a unique blend of European elegance and Latin American passion. Famous as the birthplace of tango, the city is also home to world-class opera, theater and art, well-preserved European-style architecture, and an emerging culinary scene. Argentina’s bustling metropolis has the best cultural, gastronomic and entertainment offerings in the entire region, from street art and cultural manifestations, to classic theaters and museums. Its 48 neighborhoods offer unmissable cultural and culinary attractions, while its extensive parks, squares and riverside nature reserves make it a healthy, sustainable, and environmentally friendly city. For more information, visit travel.buenosaires.gob.ar.  About the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires Argentina’s capital and most populous city, Buenos Aires, is located on the western shore of the Río de la Plata estuary, on South America’s southeastern coast. The city is neither part of Buenos Aires Province nor the provincial capital; rather, it is an autonomous district. Buenos Aires is a top tourist destination that offers a unique blend of European elegance and Latin American passion. Famous as the birthplace of tango, the city is also home to world-class opera, theater and art, well-preserved European-style architecture, native traditions, and to restaurants that overflow with wines from Mendoza province and cuts of beef fresh from the Pampas. Ranked by The Economist as 2017’s best Latin American city to live in, Buenos Aires is made up of small, highly individualized neighborhoods, each with its own characteristic colors and forms. The destination attracts and satisfies vacationers of all tastes and budgets with its wide range of accommodations including luxury hotels, chic boutique hotels, and international brands. For more information on tourism, visit: travel.buenosaires.gob.ar or follow Buenos Aires’ Facebook page or Instagram.last_img read more

The Ultimate Las Vegas Bachelor Party Guide for GrownUps

first_img 1 of 8 The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Editors’ Recommendations If you’re looking to get all of the guys into one room but don’t have a lot of cash to drop on a suite, Bally’s is one of your best bets on the Strip. We stayed in one of the property’s recently renovated Jubilee Premium Suites, which has a massive living area that includes a half bathroom in addition to the master bath. When you book, make sure to ask for a connecting Executive King, and suddenly you have a huge two-bedroom / three bathroom suite that can comfortably sleep six, if you request a couple of rollaway beds. What Bally’s lacks in solid restaurant and entertainment options, it more than makes up for in price and location, so definitely look into it when you’re planning your Vegas bachelor festivities. Las Vegas is one giant adult playground with some of the best dining and entertainment options in the entire world, which makes it one of the best places in the United States for a bachelor party. But because there is so much to do in Sin City, it’s easy to go too fast and too hard right out of the gate, which will make the second half of your trip less than enjoyable. If you’re going to throw a bachelor party in Vegas the right way, you have to pace yourself. This means forgoing day drinking if you’re planning a big night, and keeping your evening plans on the tamer side if you’re hitting one of Vegas’ infamous pool parties in the afternoon. Remember to pack plenty of sunscreen, stay hydrated, and set aside time each day to rest and recharge for the next activity. Follow these simple steps — plus our below recommendations on what to do, see, and eat — and you’ll have the best Vegas bachelor party possible.Stock Up on SuppliesDispensaries have been selling recreational marijuana in Vegas for two years, so the companies operating in this space have had time to establish themselves and create some really cool shopping experiences. Planet 13 is an absolute must on the Vegas dispensary circuit. Whether you’re looking for flower, concentrates, or edibles, a dedicated employee will work with you on personalized recommendations to help you navigate the store’s huge selection. While Planet 13 is simply a dispensary at the moment, they are about to open a coffee shop, pizzeria, and customer-facing production facility in the near future.The Apothecary ShoppeFor a more intimate yet just as awesome experience, The Apothecary Shoppe is known for making their own delicious baked goods, concentrates, topical treatments, and more. There’s even an attached cafe where you can grab sandwiches, pastries, and coffee if you feel the munchies coming on. The Apothecary Shoppe is open 24 hours and is located close to the Strip, so you can get your fix anytime.Fulfill Your Need for SpeedDrive any direction away from the Strip for 20 minutes, and you’ll find desert as far as the eye can see. All that open space calls for an adventure, and Exotics Racing is one of the most thrilling ways to get one. This Las Vegas racetrack is home to the world’s largest supercar driving experience where you can get behind the wheel of more than 50 exotic cars, whether it’s a Lamborghini Huracan or a McLaren 720. Each driver is assigned a dedicated instructor who rides in the front seat, guides you through tight curves, and tells you when to put the pedal to the metal. A camera on the dash records the entire experience, which you can purchase at the end of the ride. You can also ride along with a professional racer in a 707 horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat for a high-speed drifting experience. If more than a couple of you choose to drive, spring for the VIP experience, which comes with a private room that’s stocked with snacks and refreshments.Max Schwartz/The ManualSee Some ShowsYou can’t go to Vegas without seeing a show because some of the best entertainers in the world are performing on the city’s many stages. Absinthe is a must-see if you’re craving a unique experience. Located inside Spiegelworld’s circus tent at Caesars Palace, Absinthe is a mix of raunchy comedy, burlesque, and circus acts that are inspired by 19t- century European cabarets. There’s really no bad seat in the house here, but beware that folks in the front row might get heckled by the host and splashed with water during one of the performances.Absinthe Amanda Gabriele/The ManualIf magic is your thing, check out Criss Angel MINDFREAK at Planet Hollywood. The show is a technological marvel that features more surface area of video than any other production in the world, which means you’re in for some insane visual effects during MINDFREAK’s wild 90 minutes. During any given performance, you’ll see a variety of Angel’s 75 signature illusions, ranging from levitation and disappearance to transforming handkerchiefs into flying white doves. While you can likely credit many of the tricks to outstanding technology, Angel has a great onstage persona which makes the entire show a ridiculously good time.Get to the ClubEven if you’re not a club person, Vegas is the place to experience one if you’re feeling curious. Hakkasan Nightclub is the best in town and features world-class DJs and acts like Tiesto, Zedd, Lil John, and Crankdat. They recently installed an insane LED ceiling grid that moves in mind-bending ways, and the light show itself is one of the most mesmerizing things you’ll witness on your trip. If you’re really into the EDM scene, you’ll probably be fine with general admission. But we think Hakkasan is a much better experience when enjoyed at a reserved table so you can really get the VIP treatment.Hakkasan Night Club Yoder ProductionsIt wouldn’t be a bachelor party without a strip club, and Spearmint Rhino is one of your best bets near the strip. For $625, the bachelor party package is a great deal, as it comes with two bottles of booze, VIP transportation, and a table for you and nine friends. There’s also a great single bottle package if you’re rolling with a smaller group of guys.Party in the PoolAnother quintessential Vegas experience is a pool party, and luckily there are a ton to choose from depending on the vibe you want. While some pools are more like day clubs that feature DJs with household names, we much prefer a lively yet laid-back experience. Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace is one of our absolute favorite places in the city. Stunning Roman architecture and beautiful greenery surround seven glorious pools that will keep you cool in the hot Vegas sun. They all offer a slightly different experience, whether your group is in the mood to relax and recharge or play swim-up table games. But for the ultimate pool experience, book a cabana at Venus Pool, which is currently experiencing a takeover from Cove Beach Dubai. Each cabana is equipped with lounge chairs, a misting fan, plenty of refreshments, a fruit tray, and a dedicated host to help with your every need. The music here is fantastic and ranges from salsa on Fridays to 90s hip hop on Saturdays. But the best part is Venus Pool’s fabulous shisha menu, which you can enjoy from your perch in the pool.Explore Old VegasThe Strip is awesome, but you have to head downtown to Fremont Street if you want to get a taste of what old Vegas was like. The casinos are smaller, darker, and dingier, and the street performers are more in your face. It’s also where you’re going to find some of the best people watching in the city. We suggest taking a stroll through the famous Golden Nugget, then walking over to El Cortez Hotel and Casino, which boasts some of the best gambling odds in old Vegas. And make sure to look up because a network of LEDs that cover Fremont Street put on a free light show every hour starting at 6 p.m.Fremont Street Amanda Gabriele/The ManualEat Like a KingLas Vegas has become a culinary destination in its own right as world-class chefs have flocked there to open outposts of their restaurants and new concepts specific to the city. The Cosmopolitan is one of our favorite places to eat — you’ll likely find yourself grabbing a bite there every day. First on your agenda should be Estiatorio Milos, a Greek import from Montreal that has the best lunch deal in town. For $29, you can feast on three courses of delicious Mediterranean fare like Shetland Island Organic Salmon Tartare, Greek salad with the creamiest feta, grilled dorade royale, and chicken souvlaki. We recommend shelling out the $10 supplementary fee for the Mediterranean grilled octopus, which is served with fava bean puree and is one of the best dishes we had in Vegas.Estiatorio Milos Amanda Gabriele/The ManualIf you’re looking for a more casual dining experience, The Cosmopolitan’s Block 16 Urban Food Hall brings favorite dishes from some of America’s best eating cities to the hotel and casino. Expect to find Portland, Oregon favorites, like Chef Andy Ricker’s Thai sensation Pok Pok Wing and Chef Rick Gencarelli’s delicious sandwich spot, Lardo. If you’re looking for some spice in your life, Nashville, Tennessee hot chicken joint Hattie B’s has a heat level to satisfy every craving. When it comes time to kick that hangover, hit up New Orleans favorite District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew. for a biscuit breakfast sandwich, topped with miso praline bacon and a sunny-side-up egg, that will change your life. You also have to stop by NYC’s beloved Ghost Donkey for expertly made tequila and mezcal cocktails, delicious nachos piled high with things like wild mushrooms and truffles, and the best staff and vibes in all of Vegas.Verti CucinaDon’t make a trip to Sin City without eating at Vetri Cucina, a Philadelphia Italian restaurant helmed by the James Beard Award-winning chef Marc Vetri. Perched on the 56th floor of Palms Casino Resort, you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the Strip and Red Rocks Canyon while you dine on the beautiful cuisine of Italy. The Thinly Shaved Porchetta and Foie Gras Pastrami were standout starters, while the pillowy Swiss Chard Gnocchi was one of the best dishes we’ve ever eaten. If you’re looking for more standout pastas, the Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe and Saffron Fusilli with lobster, tomatoes, and Pernod are both excellent. Finish the meal with a Whole Roasted Bass with potatoes and artichokes for the table, and of course some rounds of Fernet to wash it all down.If a traditional English pub feed is what you crave, check out Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Caesars Palace. The move here is the menu of pub classics, like butter chicken curry, steak & ale pie, and the beautifully tender and flaky fish & chips. The burger here is also outstanding, served on a brioche bun with English cheddar, bacon, lettuce, and tomato. Order a Caesar salad for the table and make sure your friends like sharing.Choose Accommodating AccommodationsWhere you stay in Las Vegas will set the tone for your trip, so be sure to choose wisely, depending on the vibe you want to procure. You probably remember that infamous Real World suite from Palms Casino Resort, which you can still book, confessional and all. But today’s Palms is very different from the Palms you saw on TV in 2002. The property has undergone extensive renovations and now features some of the most gorgeous and comfy rooms in the city. Depending on how many guys you have along for the ride, you can book a couple of Fantasy Tower Queen rooms, or spring for one of the insanely cool Sky Villas or Theme Suites that feature things like private pools, two-lane bowling alleys, and basketball courts outfitted with Murphy beds, big enough to sleep 10. Table games and slots await, as do high-limit rooms for those willing to bet it all. You won’t have to leave to get an amazing meal, with restaurants like Scotch 80 Prime steakhouse, Vetri Cucina, Chef Michael Simon’s Mabel’s BBQ, and 24-hour diner Lucky Penny all on-site. You can get your cocktail fix at piano bar Mr. Coco, or have a drink underneath the massive Damien Hirst shark piece at lobby bar Unknown. 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Saudi Arabia Threatens to Expel NonMuslims Who Disrespect Ramadan

Casablanca- On the eve Ramadan, Saudi Arabia issued made an announcement targeting non-Muslims’ public activities during this holy month..According to Al Arabiya, Saudi authorities threatened to expel non-Muslim foreigners who would “drink, eat, or smoke publically” during the Holy Month.Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry released a statement in which it urged non-Muslims “to respect the feelings of Muslims by refraining from eating, drinking, or smoking in public places, streets and at work.” In the same statement, the Ministry made it clear that whoever “violates [these rules]…will face the necessary measures, including terminating work contracts and being deported,” according to the same source.The Ministry added that “they [non-Muslims] are not excused for being non-Muslim,” and that “labor contracts stipulate respect for Muslim rites.”Around 8 million expatriates—from all parts of the world—live and work in Saudi Arabia. Muslims fast from dawn until sunset during Ramadan, which lasts between 29 and 30 days. Fasting, one of the five pillars of Islam, does not only consist of abstaining from food and drinking, but also from all customary pleasures and indulgences, in order to become more pious and charitable.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

Marvin Ryder on Telus purchase of Mobilicity

Mobilicity says it has agreed to be purchased by Telus for $350 million.Telus has twice tried to buy the struggling Mobilicity, but both times the deal was rejected by Industry Canada. This time, however, Mobilicity says it believes the deal will satisfy the federal agency’s criteria and will not affect competition in the Canadian wireless sector.The company also says the “vast majority” of its 165,000 active subscribers would be able to seamlessly migrate onto Telus’ network after the transition.Marvin Ryder of McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business gives his expertise on the proposed acquisition. read more