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‘No way Klopp will be tempted by Real Madrid’

first_imgLiverpool ‘No way Klopp will be tempted by Real Madrid’ – Liverpool boss tipped to stay put Chris Burton 19:47 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jurgen Klopp Liverpool 2017-18 Getty Images Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Real Madrid Primera División Premier League The Reds boss has been mentioned as a possible successor to Zinedine Zidane, but Christian Purslow thinks he’ll remain at Anfield Jurgen Klopp is being backed to remain at Liverpool by former Reds director Christian Purslow, with him claiming there is “no way” the German will be tempted by Real Madrid .The German tactician is among those to have been  mooted as a possible successor to Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu following the shock resignation of a three-time Champions League winner.Klopp was on the receiving end of the last of those triumphs , with Liverpool suffering a 3-1 defeat in Kiev following an error-strewn display from goalkeeper Loris Karius. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The Reds had, however, performed admirably in reaching that stage and, with further additions already being made at Anfield , are looking to the future with optimism and excitement.Purslow believes that will be enough to keep Klopp in his current post, with Liverpool’s former managing director telling Sky Sports : “The key difference I think for the last five, 10, 15, 20 years, is the sheer amount of wealth in the Premier League means there’s no economic reason for those managers to move to Real Madrid.”It boils down to prestige, trophies and where they see the potential of their current situation.”There is no way I think Jurgen Klopp is going to be tempted to move given the season he’s just come off.”While confident that his former employers on Merseyside can retain the services of their highly-rated manager, Purslow fears Tottenham may face more of a struggle if Madrid decide to make a move for Mauricio Pochettino.He added: “I’m less certain about Pochettino. I saw his comments and he didn’t exactly dismiss it.”He’s got a long-term contract – well done Daniel Levy. It would cost Madrid a huge amount of money to sign Pochettino, to break that contract.”But I think if they offer Spurs £50 million and he wanted to go, stranger things have happened in football.”Pochettino has provided mixed messages when quizzed on his links to Madrid , with claims that he is happy in north London after penning fresh terms countered by admittance that anything can happen in the future. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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When it pays to be an un-hip marketer

first_imgAre you uncool and old school? I am, apparently – at least my teenage daughter tells me so.The good news is, sometimes it pays to be un-hip. Especially if you work in marketing. I was reminded of this by Dorie Clark’s recent piece in the Harvard Business Review Blog. As she notes, sometimes the pursuit of shiny new things leads us away from basic marketing principles that work best.She says, ask yourself:1. What is everyone else doing — and how can I do the opposite? Being trendy makes you less of a standout. If every other charity is sending out calendars to thank supporters, buck the trend and give donors personal calls, for example. If everyone is zigging, zag.2. What worked in the past that’s been abandoned — and why? Some old ideas should not come back. Like the below fashion statement which I first saw via Jeffrey Forster. But we often stop effective marketing programs because staff change, people find it dull or someone drops the ball. Take a tour of your past and brush the dust off what worked before. It might work well again.3. What circumstances have changed that might allow for new opportunities? Are there old ideas whose time has come?I’m with Dorie Clark. It’s not a bad thing to eschew the shiny and embrace the dusty. Especially if it’s marketing gold. But not if it’s double denim.last_img read more

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3 tips for being calmer and more creative

first_imgHBR has a nice post this week on quieting your mind – and recharging it. You can check out the whole article here, and I’ve posted a quick summary. Try one or all of these three practices:1. Mini-meditation: For 10 minutes on public transportation each morning, close your eyes and imagine a relaxing scene like a tree or waterfall. Try to focus only on that. If you drive to work, arrive 10 minutes early and do this in the parking lot. Says author Matthew May, “People who meditate show more gray matter in certain regions of the brain, show stronger connections between brain regions and show less age-related brain atrophy.” Sounds like a good reason to try this!2. Pulsing: Take breaks between stretches of 90 minutes of work. You just spent a lot of energy – now recharge for five minutes by doodling, listening to music or taking a brief stroll.3. Daydream walks: Find 20 minutes or so to let your mind wander. A lunchtime walk or morning jog are good times to try. Do not think about work but rather something you like to imagine, like a dream trip. You’re taking care of your creative brain – and the benefits will extend to all of your life.last_img read more

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Professional Development Opportunities in Global Health

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 2, 2015August 10, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Maternal Health Task Force works to build a strong maternal health community. That strength starts with you! Here are a few opportunities that you may find helpful in your career.Global Public Health Course, 10 weeks starting March 2nd, 2015: This course, developed by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) a member institution of the SDSN, will focus on various aspects of public health from infectious diseases to NCDs, from health systems to big data, all while placing health as central to the broader framework of sustainable development. The course comprises of video lectures posted every week, reading material, quizzes and an interactive discussion forum, which an be completed at the student’s convenience. Faculty of the course include Prof. K. Srinath Reddy (President, PHFI), Dr. Richard Cash (PHFI/Harvard School of Public Health), Prof. Vinod Paul (All India Institute of Medical Sciences), Mr. Rob Yates (Chatham House), and others.  Further details about the course, including the course structure, requirements and syllabus can be found on the website. For any questions regarding the course, please email the course team at gphmooc@phfi.org.Because Tomorrow Needs Her, March 4th, 2015,  7:30 pm EST: A special webcast marking the launch of a multimedia campaign highlighting the efforts of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to provide accessible, high-quality health care to women and girls around the world. Because Tomorrow Needs Her is a collection of first-hand accounts from MSF aid workers — midwives, OBGYNs, physicians, nurses, and counselors — who have treated women and girls in a host of different countries and contexts over the past two decades. To find out more, visit the event page and the website or follow us at #TomorrowNeedsHer.Putting Mothers and Babies First: Benefits Across a Lifetime, Webcast: Last week, experts gathered to discuss the important intersections between women’s and newborn health and what integrating these two fields looks like practically. Panelists included Ana Langer with the MHTF, Joy Riggs-Perla with Saving Newborn Lives, Alicia Yamin with the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and Kirsten Gagnaire with Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action. In case you missed the live webcast, read a summary and watch the video at The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.Share this:last_img read more

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Recognizing Child Marriage as a Maternal and Women’s Health Issue

first_imgPosted on April 10, 2017September 15, 2017By: Yvette Efevbera, Doctoral Candidate, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Fatimatah* was forced into marriage by her family at the age of 16. She described not wanting to marry: “I told him, ‘No, I do not love you, and I do not want that this is my husband. For now, I am going to pursue my studies, and even if I am going to marry, it is not with you. I do not love you.’”But she was already three years older than the age at which her sister was married, and her family said she had no choice. Fatimatah ran away from home, hid at neighbors’ houses and tried to finish her schooling, but was eventually forced to return home, where her family had already celebrated the traditional marriage.Married life for Fatimatah was physically and emotionally painful. Her husband was poor, and she was forced to find ways to earn money for her own livelihood; she still has scars on her head from carrying buckets of water and candies to sell over four miles a day. Her husband regularly beat her and threw objects at her, causing chronic back pain, headaches and sinus infections. Fatimatah suffered from three miscarriages that went untreated and is now told she cannot have children. She described her ailing physical health and overall wellbeing as consequences of her marriage.Unfortunately, Fatimatah’s story is not hers alone. Globally, one in nine girls marries before age 15, and about one in three marries before age 18. The majority of these child marriages occur in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. In Guinea, a West African country recently devastated by the Ebola epidemic, more than 50% of girls marry early, despite that the legal minimum age of consent for marriage in Guinea is 18 years old.As Fatimatah’s case illustrates, early marriage puts young girls at risk of developing numerous negative maternal and reproductive health outcomes including early pregnancy, reduced contraceptive use and poor birth spacing. Studies have also found poorer maternal health-seeking behaviors among child brides, such as fewer antenatal visits and lower odds of deliveries with skilled birth attendants.Women who marry early may also have lower decision-making power and autonomy in the household, another pathway through which early marriage affects health. Like Fatimatah, young brides may be at increased risk of experiencing domestic violence. One study found that women who married before the age of 18 in India were almost twice as likely to have reported ever experiencing intimate partner violence in their married lives than those who married as adults. In addition to physical consequences, these interactions directly led to stress and depression, as described by Fatimatah, ultimately affecting socioemotional wellbeing.Risk factors for early marriage, as well as poorer maternal health outcomes, may be linked to education and poverty. In the African context, early marriage has accounted for up to 28% of school dropouts in some countries. Girls with primary education or no education are more likely to marry early compared to girls with secondary education, and secondary school attainment has been documented to be disrupted by the marriage, as illustrated by Fatimatah’s case. When girls are not able to complete higher levels of education, their opportunities to find employment and earn income are reduced. Lower income and education may affect maternal knowledge, behavior and accessibility to resources. Moreover, a mother’s education not only affects her own health, but also that of her children. Recent evidence from across sub-Saharan Africa illustrates that through reduced wealth and education, early marriage negatively affects early childhood development, creating an intergenerational cycle.When asked to share any positive experiences from her marriage, Fatimatah responded, “Yes, there were positive things: suffering. The suffering that I suffered there. It is that which gave me the courage to become what I would be tomorrow, or what I am today.”In some ways, her story might be considered a success. Her parents, fearing for her life, removed her from her marital home after five years. Her knack for entrepreneurship and her perseverance to study enabled her to make enough money to complete secondary school, national exams and eventually university. She was also able to start her own small organization and is now in a role that allows her to guide and council other young women.So what we can learn from Fatimatah’s experience? Child marriage cannot be viewed or treated exclusively as a human rights issue. The public health community must also address it from the perspective of maternal and women’s health.*Name changed to protect the identity of the participant. **Fatimatah’s interview is part of a larger qualitative study on child marriage, health and wellbeing in Guinea led by Yvette Efevbera. Most sincere thank you to Fatimatah for sharing her experiences, to numerous Guinean friends and colleagues who supported and encouraged this research and to Dr. Paul Farmer, Prof. Jacqueline Bhabha and Dr. Günther Fink for academic advising.—Access resources related to global adolescent sexual and reproductive health.Learn more about child marriage from UNFPA, UNICEF and the World Health Organization.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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How to do FIFA 20 celebrations on Xbox One & PS4

first_imgFIFA 20 is set for release later this month , with an exciting array of new features, playing modes and additions – such as controlled tackling and composed finishing.But one of the biggest talking points is the addition of several new celebrations that will also, with this iteration of the game including some fresh moves. The celebrations were first unveiled in EA Sports’ official gameplay trailer released earlier in the summer . 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? Dele Alli’s famous viral challenge is one of the new additions, as is Mohamed Salah’s yoga pose and Roberto Firmino’s ‘eye patch’ celebration against Paris Saint-Germain. Samuel Umtiti’s 2018 World Cup semi-final strut and Antoine Griezmann’s ‘air guitar’ move makes an appearance, as does Richarlison’s ‘pigeon dance’.Goal has rounded up the new FIFA 20 celebrations below and how you can use them on both Playstation and XBox as well as PC Gamepad. Celebration Playstation XBox / PC Gamepad Swagger Hold R1 + Double Tap ▢ Hold RB + Double Tap B Knee slide Hold R1 Flick R ⇦⇦ Hold RB Flick R ⇦⇦ Eye patch Hold R2 Press R (R3) Hold RT Press R (R3) Pigeon Hold R1 Press R (R3) Hold RB Press R (R3) Challenge (Dele Alli celebration) Hold L2 Double Tap ▢ Hold LT Double Tap X V Run towards camera Run towards camera I can’t hear you Hold L2 Hold R ⇨ Hold LT Hold R ⇨ Scissors Hold L1 Press ▢ Hold L1 Press X Yoga (Mo Salah celebration) Press X (Signature) Press A (Signature) Nailbiter Hold R2 Hold R ⇧ Hold RT Hold R ⇧ Speed walk Hold R1 Flick R ⇨⇨ Hold RB Hold Flick ⇨⇨ Head slap Run towards camera & signature Run towards camera & signature Pigeon Hold R1 Press R (R3) Hold RB Press R (R3) Guitar dance Hold R1 Flick R ⇧⇧ Hold RB Flick R ⇧⇧ Power slide Hold L1 Spin R around Hold LB Spin R around Spinning frog Hold L2 Spin R around Hold LT Spin R around If you’re interested in figuring out how to do the viral Alli challenge yourself in real life, you can read our in-depth how-to guide here (be careful – it’s not as easy as it looks).last_img read more

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Valverde denies dropping Rakitic over transfer speculation

first_imgAn irritated Ernesto Valverde denied he is leaving Ivan Rakitic out of his Barcelona team due to uncertainty about the midfielder’s future.Rakitic was an unused substitute on Saturday as La Liga champions Barca were held to a 2-2 draw away to newly-promoted Osasuna .The Croatia international has only played 44 minutes this season, as a substitute in the 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao, amid persistent talk he has been offered to Paris Saint-Germain as part of a proposed deal to bring Neymar back to Camp Nou . 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 Barca head coach Valverde, though, insisted his team selections are purely tactical.”What do you want me to say?” Valverde told reporters when asked about Rakitic.”Last year he was playing and Nelson [Semedo] was on the bench. The other day he played well and we stuck with the same team, with Sergi Roberto in midfield. We have a lot to choose from.”It’s a great question, but it could be about anyone. The market does not influence my decisions at all. If I think he’ll come in handy for a game, I’ll play him. I choose depending on the game.”Barca went behind just seven minutes in thanks to Roberto Torres’ strike, but 16-year-old Ansu Fati and Arthur put the visitors 2-1 up in the second half.However, Torres’ 81st-minute penalty following a Gerard Pique handball secured a draw for Osasuna at El Sadar to leave Barca with just four points from their first three games of the season, their lowest such return since 2008-09.”We were not good in the first half but we were good in the second half, we had them pinned back,” Valverde said.”When we got in front, we had the chance to extend our lead, but there was an absurd moment, a penalty, and it’s a shame because we had the game there to be won and we should have killed it off.”It’s about imposing ourselves on the opposition. The opponents always press us because it’s one of the games of the year for them. You have to know how to control that.”Valverde was delighted with the impact of Fati, who became Barca’s youngest La Liga goalscorer when he buried a header from Carles Perez’s cross just six minutes after his introduction.”He’s a forward who takes on the opposition, and he’s a good finisher, as he showed with the goal,” Valverde said.”We thought we lacked a spark when we brought him on.”He’s a young player, but there are a lot of good things about them: dribbling, confidence, forcing the opposition back. He came on when we were losing, at a tough ground, and he responded well.”last_img read more

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Southgate commits to England amid Spurs speculation

first_imgGareth Southgate has declared he intends to see out his current contract leading the England national team in light of recent speculation linking him to Tottenham. Reports over the past week have suggested Southgate has become a target to take over at Spurs if Mauricio Pochettino moves on.In the wake of Tottenham’s recent poor form, that speculation was likely set to increase, but Southgate has quickly looked to set the record straight as he committed to the Three Lions.  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 “You go to bed Saturday night and you wake up Sunday morning and the agenda’s set,” Southgate said. “Look, I’ve said in the summer, I’m not somebody that needs to hedge my bets and needs to play cleverly and say, ‘I’ll keep this door open, that door open’.”I’m the England manager and it’s a massive privilege to do the job. There’s a lot of work to do here with the team.”We think the team can continue to improve, and until I’m told otherwise, 2022 is my contract, and that’s it.”England will continue their bid to qualify for Euro 2020 with upcoming games against Czech Republic and Bulgaria with Southgate’s side currently top of Group A and with a game in hand. Meanwhile, Tottenham’s horror week continued on Saturday as they lost 3-0 to Brighton after being hammered 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Despite those results, Pochettino stressed he’s not concerned about his job and won’t be changing his football philosophy anytime soon. “No, I am not worried, what worries me is life, not football,” Pochettino said.”I don’t want you to take it the wrong way, what scares me is life, not football. Football is to be strong and be brave and take decisions and to show your face when things are not good.”That is what we are going to do, face the negative things and try to work hard to change this dynamic. In my position I need to accept all the criticism. The same when you praise me or the team.”I’m going to accept it in the same way and it’s not going to change my vision, from you or the pundit because you’re criticising me or describing a situation differently to what you expect.”last_img read more

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Klopp reveals how Dortmund asked him to return

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Borussia Dortmund CEO Joachim Watzke tried to lure him back to Germany in the summer of 2018.The Bundesliga giants were in the market for a new coach after seeing Peter Bosz and Peter Stoger fail to convince in the 2017-18 campaign.Watzke decided to reach out to Klopp despite being fully aware that he was tied to a long-term contract at Anfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The approach came as something of a surprise to a man who had previously enjoyed seven memorable years with Dortmund – a spell which included two title triumphs.In a new biography about Watzke called ‘Real Love: A life with BVB’, Klopp says of a call he took in May 2018: “At some point my phone rang while I was on the plane and Aki was on it: ‘Jurgen, you have to come back’. I laughed, I thought he was kidding.“’Are you stupid, have you been drinking? How do you get that idea, I have a few more years in Liverpool’.“I do not know how serious he was at that moment, but I realised that he wanted me to be more willing to respond.”Jurgen Klopp Liverpool 2019-20Watzke admits that he always expected Klopp to knock back his advances, with a coach who would go on to claim Champions League glory with Liverpool in 2018-19 tied to a deal with the Reds through to 2022.“I knew that Jurgen would say no and that he would fulfil his contract in Liverpool,” Watzke said. “But if you want to go in a new direction, and we had to hit a new path at BVB at that point, then I had to at least ask Jurgen if it was a possibility.“I did not expect it at all, but I would never have forgiven myself had I not at least asked him at that moment.”While Klopp politely declined at that point in time, no door has been closed to Dortmund.There is still plenty for the 52-year-old to achieve in England, as he sets his sights on a Premier League crown, but he has hinted at walking away when his current deal comes to a close.If his services were then required by Dortmund at some stage, an emotional return to Signal Iduna Park could be made.“As a rescuer at a time of need, if the club really needs my help, why should I not do it?” Klopp said.“It’s very nice that I even have the opportunity. But I do not think it’s very likely to happen.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Boys basketball: Mark Morris 61, Hockinson 37

first_img Hockinson Hawks Rarey Sommer had 18 points and Reece Gibb added 17 for the Monarchs.Dakota Sounders had 15 to pace the Hawks.MARK MORRIS 61, HOCKINSON 37HOCKINSON — Micah Paulsen 5, Dakota Sounders 15, Carson Yinger 5, Sawyer Racanelli 5, Levi Crum 4, Caleb Newman 1, Jeremiah Faulstick 2. Totals 10 (4) 13-21 37MARK MORRIS — Dawson Fritz 6, Brayden Harris 5, Cole Busch 0, Reece Gibb 17, Rome Hendrickson 0, Jack Shipley 2, Thomas Sprague 13, Rarey Sommer 18. Totals 27 (4) 3-4 61.Hockinson 9 7 12 9–37M. Morris 13 13 15 20–61 The Columbian Tags Share: GO Published: December 20, 2018, 11:04pm Boys basketball: Mark Morris 61, Hockinson 37 By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Share: Receive latest stories and local news in your email:last_img read more

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So You Think Your Drinking Water is Clean Think Again

first_img The Mitte Water Filter is (Almost) Ready to Provide the Best Damn Water Ever 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made We’re not about to drink directly from a backcountry stream without a legit water purifier. What do you think we are? Dummies? Increasingly, we need to adopt this same ‘duh’ mindset to our tap water, which likely contains dangerous chemicals, bacteria, heavy metals, and microplastics— which are super-fine pieces of plastic we ingest daily that are threatening our health in a major way.Yup, microplastics are even in 90 percent of bottled water.Two years ago, when a state of emergency was issued in Flint, Michigan, the reality that our drinking water could have anything from Coliform bacteria to lead in it struck an alarming chord. But tap water looks so clean… and my fridge has a filter in it… and aren’t there massive water treatment facilities dedicated to stripping contaminants and parasites before water gets to our glasses?The reality is that most of us have no idea what chemicals are actually in our water, and how we can realistically go about making the water we do have as safe as possible to consume.The Manual sat down with the Managing Director and Head of Brand at LifeStraw, Alison Hill and Tara Lundy— two brilliant leaders in the filtration category who set the record straight on chemicals, the growing emergency of contaminated tap water, and how we can drink the cleanest, healthiest H2O possible.So, how bad is our water in the USA?LifeStraw knows bad water. Their filtration solutions and technology have been designed to deal with the world’s absolute worst water sources in Africa and the backcountry.“We saw that these issues were impacting US households,” Hill says. “After the Flint water crisis, researchers started looking at what was in our water and in recent years found that between 9-45 million Americans get their drinking water from a source that is in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act.”That means everything from microplastics to Chromium-6 (the ‘Erin Brockovich’ chemical), Chromium-3, lead, bacteria, parasites, and other heavy metals are hiding in plain sight. Mmm… refreshing?“There are a number of contaminants infecting people’s tap water, and a lot of cases,” adds Lundy. Go ahead and Google “boil advisory” and you’ll find a rash of news articles from around the country relating to communities’ drinking water being contaminated with pathogens (i.e. bacteria and viruses that cause disease). “[These] advisories may last for days or weeks, and it’s increasingly a problem as we see more hurricanes and natural disasters,” Lundy says.How does water get infected?Microplastics, heavy metals, and bacteria can enter our drinking water a number of ways. While microplastics leech from the jackets we throw in the laundry into groundwater sources, agricultural runoff drains pesticides into that same source, and heavy metals and other contaminants leach from the actual water systems in houses and municipalities. This was partially the case in Flint, where miles upon miles of iron, copper, and lead pipes had been corroded.America’s overarching water infrastructure is rife with challenges that will likely result in increased emergencies and water safety issues in the coming years, says expert water correspondent Codi Kozacek.Is our water making us sick?“Parasites lead to gastrointestinal problems, lead has an impact on childhood development, and early data suggests exposure to levels of chromium leads to different kinds of cancers and neurological disorders,” says Lundy. “Exposure to any one of thousands of contaminants can lead to one of thousands of problems, but we don’t know everything yet.”The true health impact of contaminated water is still under scrutiny, but what we can say for a fact is that an issue like microplastics being pervasive across all our water sources is so alarming (our contamination rate is freaking 94 percent) the World Health Organization launched an emergency initiative task force to look at the impact, says Lundy and Hill.Guess we’ll be drinking sparkling tequila water in the meantime.How do we get contaminants out, like, today? … and is my dinky filter doing anything?Water treatment facilities are set up to address large contaminants, “and they do it with chlorine,” says Hill. Lundy chimes in that this is the main way municipalities improve their water, and in some areas, you can fill a glass of water from the tap and it will smell like a pool.Odds are, the water filter you’re using at home is primarily working to remove chlorine. “A lot of refrigerators have built-in filters, so they’re better than the tap, but these baseline filtration products are concerned with improving taste and they do that by removing chlorine,” says Hill.Removing bad bacteria and heavy metals take more muscle. Unfortunately, much of the filtration category has been busy innovating their water pitcher designs and colorways instead of looking at core technology upgrades. For that reason, LifeStraw decided to release their own in-home water purifier this spring. (and it’s aesthetically amazing as well as efficient.)LifeStraw’s in-home purifier will include their hollow fiber membrane that uses microscopic pores to trap contaminants so only water can pass through. Even if you never change the filter (we’ll get to that bad habit in a hot second), bacteria will never be allowed through, the flow rate will just get very low.So, what in-home filter do I use?Since water quality testing is extremely difficult given its cost and scarcity (LifeStraw found only 3 external labs globally that test for microplastics, for instance), save your money on “dissolved solids” water tests and invest in a comprehensive home filter.Research the product you’re going to use and check that the company has been certified and tested against a set of standards related to health impact (not just taste). For instance, LifeStraw’s home purifier performs to NSF standards.Pick a filter with “substantial claims,” Hill says. LifeStraw’s market research found that while 80-percent of households have a filter, only 30-percent believe it works. Market sales data proved filters with smaller claims had less repurchase filter sales, meaning the more you respect what nasty gunk your filter is getting out, the more you’ll replace on time.That being said… replace the damn filter every 2 months or 150 liters (unless the product recommends sooner).Buy a bundle pack of replacement filters to have on-hand.Shop Lifestraw Products How to Make a Whiskey Sour How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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5 of the Most Expensive Rums on the Planet

first_imgWhen you think of rum, what comes to mind first? Bloodthirsty pirates? A Coca-Cola-based drink you slurped back on spring break? Or maybe you think of a refined, complex spirit deserving of slow slips and careful consideration? If the latter, then you, sir or madam, must be a true connoisseur of exquisite rum, the kind of rum for which you would expect to pay, say $50,000 per bottle, no? Too much? How about just $2,600, then?You can get a fine bottle of rum for about $50 and a truly great bottle for a little under $100. But to dabble in the best rums on the planet — or at least the most expensive — you’re going to need to add a zero or two. Or three. Maybe overly expensive rum was the reason pirates stole things instead of paying for them? Or maybe they were just kind of jerks.New Grove Double Cask Moscatel Finish Rum – $95You might not think of the island of Mauritius when you think of great rum regions (though you may think of the dodo, the famously not-so-bright and very much extinct flightless bird once native to the land), but this tiny republic, situated in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar, produces some world-class liquor. New Grove has been producing rum since 1838, and they offer more than a dozen spirits, including affordable spiced rums, unique liqueurs made with rum and ingredients like honey, vanilla, or coffee, and their line of pricier, rarer rums like the Double Cask Moscatel Finish Rum, which is partially aged in wine barrels.Zafra 30-Year-Old Rum – $200The Zafra rum distillery takes its name from the Spanish word for the process of harvesting sugar cane, the zafra. This rum is produced in Panama and then aged for three decades in bourbon barrels, taking on a deep, rich hue and notes of vanilla, fruit, and oak from the wood. It is sumptuous on its own, but the distillers from Zafra fully encourage its use in cocktails as well, including the Classic Daiquiri and the Mojito. And if $200 is more than you want to spend on a 30-year-old rum, how about $52 on Zafra’s other rum, which is only aged for 21 years?Black Tot British Royal Naval Rum – $850The name of this deep, dark, rum comes from a dark day indeed: on July 31, 1970, the British Royal Navy officially ended the daily rum ration issued to its sailors. The date came to be called Black Tot Day. This spirit was produced in homage to the rum the sailors used to get to help brace them for the hard work called for by life at sea, though the seaman’s wages probably wouldn’t have covered more than a dram or two. Bold notes of dark berries, dark chocolate, oak, and coffee pervade the aroma and palate of this pricey but superb spirit.Trois Rivières Millésime 1980 en Carafe Baccarat – $2,620This rum was distilled in Martinique in 1980 and has been aged for almost four decades since, making perfect use of the island’s terroir, including rich volcanic soil and plenty of sun and rain. The liquor releases a powerful bouquet of ripe fruit, caramel, and coffee, with a flavor adding in pepper and a faint anise taste in the long, gentle finish. Bottles are priced in pounds (one sells for £2,000) so the price in U.S. dollars will fluctuate with the exchange rate. If you don’t want to spend about $2,620 but you still want a great rum from Martinique, try a bottle of Trois Rivières Rhum Ambré (Gold Rum), which has many of the same notes but costs just $45.Goslings Auld Trophy Rum – $10,000It might be hard to find a bottle of this limited-edition rum today, and you’ll likely pay more than the $10,000 asking price, too. But as it was made from the last of this legacy distillery’s oldest rum barrels, you’ll be buying a true taste of history. Auld Trophy Rum was produced in 2017 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the America’s Cup sailing race given the event’s taking place in the waters around Bermuda, home of the distillery. If 10 grand (or more) is a few dollars too many, try their more affordable Black Rum, or a bottle of Goslings Ginger Beer. Getting to Know Rhum Agricole, Rum’s Grassy Sibling Dictador 2 Masters Takes Luxury Rum to a New Level 9 Cocktails Recipes to Mix Up for National Rum Day Editors’ Recommendations The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America The Best Rums for Mixing to Turn Any Night Into Island Night last_img read more

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7 of the Best Hard Ciders to Try Right Now

first_imgThe U.S. is pressing fiercely toward 1,000 cider houses from sea to shining sea. It’s an impressive stat that confirms the industry as much, much more than just a trend. In this, the golden age of drinking, we no longer have to slug down sweet hard ciders made from overly processed ingredients and other additives. Instead, we are treated to the styles and personality one normally associates with the wine or beer realms. Unlike wine and beer, cider is a little less limited by geography. There are good apples growing just about everywhere, meaning a glut of good cider for the masses, made fresh and with a collective cider-making IQ that continues to rise. If you’re still on the fence about the stuff, there’s hardly been a better time to explore. Here are some of our favorites:Bauman’s Clyde’s DryBauman’s predates Prohibition by a long shot. The Willamette Valley farm was established in 1895 and began fermenting apples in barrels shortly thereafter. Today, it’s led by fourth-generation farmer and cider maker Christine Walter. Clyde’s Dry may be the label’s best cider. It’s layered like a good glass of wine, made from more than a dozen apple varieties, and boasts a rich tannic structure. For those still wary of the cider movement, give this one a try. It’s as well-built as any of your favorite IPAs or Chardonnays. Swift Cider Pineapple HopInfused ciders don’t always work but this one is a shining example of how to pull it off. Like a hazy IPA, it’s tropical and balanced, with a slight bitterness afforded by a light hop bill. Swift operates out of Portland, turning out a strong cast of natural ciders. What’s best about this option is the pineapple flavor, which comes through cleanly and genuinely. Outside of the obvious margarita or Corona, it’s hard to imagine a better beverage to accompany fish tacos. Shacksbury Arlo CiderVermont producer Shacksbury makes Old World cider in the New World. The Arlo calls Basque cider country its muse, showing a beautiful balance between dryness and tartness. It’s the result of a partnership that extends across the pond, involving European apple varieties fermented in chestnut barrels in Spain. The resulting juice is shipped stateside where it’s blended with some local New England fruit. In the end, it’s one of the better options out there, in terms of what’s canned and bottled. Mayador Natural CiderCider has a rich tradition in the Basque country of Spain, where it’s affectionately dubbed “sidra.” The Mayador Natural is a great example of the legacy, a rustic offering with plenty of punchy acid, herbaceous notes, and extremely bright apple flavors. It’s a little funky and does well with similarly funky cheeses. Farnum Hill FarmhouseThis New Hampshire outfit turns out some delicious adult apple juice. The Farmhouse is wonderfully raw, with clean green apple flavors and decent structure. It’s a good intro to the farmhouse style in that it’s not overly funky or yeasty, but you can still detect a bit of each. Enjoy this one on a warm afternoon with some salty snacks. Finnriver Oak and AppleWashington is the Apple State, so it damn well oughta make some good cider. Finnriver is among the state’s best producers, located in agriculturally fertile Chimacum in the Olympic Peninsula. The Oak and Apple is a fine cider and more than stands up to its own oak regimen. The brightness of the apples is counteracted by a woodsy, whiskey-like backbone. Made from Yakima Valley apples, this cider shows brightness, a bit of sweet vanilla, and some subtle spice notes. It’s semi-dry but far from sweet. E.Z. Orchards Willamette Valley CiderE.Z. Orchards crafts cider out of Salem, Oregon’s capital city. The brand began about a century ago as an orchard operation. Today, they’re known for growing outstanding heirloom apple varieties and turning out excellent ciders. The Willamette Valley is a gorgeous honey hue, with pie fruit flavors and warm, baking spice elements. It’s a bit hard to get your hands on given limited production and distribution, but well worth the effort. Bundle Up Right Now With the Best Sweaters for Men The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure A Good Waxed Jacket Is the Best Jacket to Wear This Season 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Editors’ Recommendations 9 Cocktails Recipes to Mix Up for National Rum Day last_img read more

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side with the Oregon Zoo

first_imgWhat new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion about what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming.For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, the round-table — food and drink editor Sam Slaughter and the apotheosis of a host Greg Nibler — are joined by Travis Koons, Animal Curator, and Leland Brown, Non-lead Hunting Education Coordinator for the Oregon Zoo, to talk about the real life of working in a zoo. (Hint: It’s not about chasing down rogue penguins.) Did you read Zoobooks as a kid and want to work in a zoo? Do you have an equally awesome job that we should know about? Let us know! If you ever have a question or comment for The Manual podcast folks, give us a shout at podcast@themanual.com — we’re always around! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and keep an eye out for podcast polls so you can join the discussion.Further ReadingYou Can Seek Wild Sharks in the Bahamas in the Name of ConservationMeet the 2019 Dockers Challengers Whose Creative Ideas Help Clean Up Litter and Conserve WaterYou Can Adopt a Puffin this Summer with Reyka Vodka (Seriously) 1 of 2 For many, the image of a khaki-clad zookeeper feeding animals and going on television shows may be the only idea of a zookeeper they have. This is, in fact, not what the role involves at all. During this episode, the crew learns not only about how one becomes a zookeeper, but all of the work that goes into the day-to-day operations at a zoo. Moreover, Brown discusses his position and the critical role conservation education plays in zoo life (especially as it pertains to non-lead hunting and the delicate spider’s web that comes from teaching about hunting at a zoo).We learned a lot during this episode, and we think you will, too. If you’ve ever been to a zoo and never thought about everything that goes on behind the scenes, then this episode is for you. The Manual Podcast Throwbacks: Revisiting our 50th Episode and Portland, Oregon An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wells center_img Editors’ Recommendations Learning About Finger Wrestling, Mountain Cheese, and More Fun from Germany 1. Leland Brown, lead outreach coordinator at the Oregon 2. Bird curator Travis Koons at the Oregon Zoo Next Michael Durham/Oregon Zoo Previous last_img read more

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Patrick Mahomes Loves of Ketchup and Now Gets Paid for That Love

first_imgPatrick Mahomes used to get made fun of for his love of ketchup. Now, last year’s National Football League MVP is making the most of his obsession with the condiment in an endorsement deal with Hunt’s. Once teased for that love, Mahomes is now free to eat as much ketchup as he wants.“I would get ketchup at a steak house and get embarrassed,” Mahomes said [Editor’s note: while we don’t endorse that, he’s the NFL MVP, so we’ll let it slide this one time]. “As I got older, it doesn’t even matter anymore. My mom said something about how much I love ketchup and now it’s blown up.” With his love of ketchup in mind, it might not be a coincidence he plays for teams in red; both his college team, Texas Tech, and his NFL team, the Kansas City Chiefs, have red as their primary color.Mahomes, the Chiefs quarterback, had a breakout season in 2018, throwing for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns in his first season as a starter. Now, he’s building a strong endorsement portfolio, including a brand of his favorite food: ketchup. The deal was announced back in December and as Mahomes prepares for his next season, he’s sure to be eating plenty of ketchup.Vgajic/Getty ImagesWhile Heinz is the more well-known and, likely, loved brand of ketchup, Mahomes found a home with Hunt’s because of its people and their mission. With the partnership, he’s now the face of the brand’s “Best Ever” product. “They’re all about being the best and striving to be the best,” he said. “I knew it’d be a great brand to be a part of and now the Best Ever is my go-to.” Mahomes didn’t have many endorsement deals prior to his breakout MVP season, but his efforts last year sure seem to have paid off, as they’ve come in a flurry now that his value has surged. His deals include Adidas, Bose, Oakley, Essentia, Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs, and more. The Chiefs have a record of signing unique sponsorships. His teammate, tight end Travis Kelce, signed a deal last season with his brother, Philadelphia Eagle Jason Kelce, to endorse Old Spice’s beard care line.Now his main focus is not letting those endorsements get in the way of his play on the field. It’s the same reason he held out for so long to sign deals. “I wanted to make sure people knew football was first,” he said. “After having the great year, I was able to pick and choose the deals that work best with my brand and these brands know football is first.” It might be hard to live up to his MVP season, one in which the team also went to the AFC Championship game only to lose to the eventual Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, but he’s preparing the same way he always has.“I’m trying to just keep working on the fundamentals,” he says. “Last year, I made a lot of off-script plays and you want to keep doing that, but I’m always going to keep working on footwork and throwing mechanics, I do that each and every day.” The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Now How to Shave With a Straight Razor A Brief History of Bubble Tea and the Best Flavors to Try 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Editors’ Recommendations The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers last_img read more

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