Need help finding time to pull your plan together? Check out our upcoming webinar, Seven Steps to a Written Fundraising Plan, on Tuesday, February 28 at 1:00pm EST. Register now to save your spot!Here’s your new mantra for fundraising success: It’s not the plan, it’s the planning. That’s the amazing takeaway from the Individual Donor Benchmark Report. Nonprofits that take time to reflect on the past and set goals for the next year bring in a lot more funds than those without a fundraising plan—even if they don’t look at it very often when it’s done.But time! Who has enough of that, much less for something like “planning”? We get it. Take a deep breath and check out these quick and simple suggestions for finding both time and headspace to pull your plan together. Begin with one hour.Open your calendar right now. Look at the next two weeks. Find one hour that you can schedule and protect to sit down with your fundraising guide and start thinking, prioritizing, and writing.If you can, step out of the office and go somewhere quiet, like a coffee shop or a park bench with a nice view. Bring your laptop, but leave the day-to-day routine behind so you can focus during this one hour. We bet you’ll make an impressive amount of progress. Once you see how well that first hour goes, you might decide to make it a regular part of your schedule. That’s great, but for now, just start with an hour. Use your team.You don’t have to go it alone. Enlist your team. It could be people on staff who are involved in various aspects of fundraising and communications. At an all-volunteer organization, your team might be a handful of people on the board and key volunteers who are really thoughtful and strategic about fundraising. Think about who can bring lots of practical, on-the-ground knowledge and experience into your planning process. Just start.Creating a fundraising plan can feel daunting or overwhelming, particularly if you haven’t done it before, but the best advice is to just start. Grab a copy of The Super Simple Fundraising Plan Template and start answering the questions. And remember: No matter when you start, simply making a plan will have a big impact on your fundraising success.
Posted on October 22, 2015October 13, 2016By: Sandeep Bathala, Senior Program Associate, Maternal Health Initiative, Wilson CenterClick 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)Maternal mortality causes 56,000 deaths every year in India, accounting for 20 percent of maternal deaths around the world. Women who are born into the lower castes or are tribals – India’s indigenous groups – are especially likely to lack access to quality health care. Over 40 percent of these women also belong to the lowest wealth quintile.An investigation of 29 birth-related deaths in one hospital in the Barwani district of Madhya Pradesh revealed that 26 of the women were tribals, explained Poonam Muttreja, executive director of the Population Foundation of India, at a Wilson Center event.Abhishek Kumar of the India Health Action Trust and International Institute for Population Sciences said that scheduled tribes and castes make up 25 percent of India’s population and disparities within such a large social group should be expected. However, progress on improving antenatal care and medical assistance at delivery has been slowest for lower caste and tribal women, especially those living in the northern, central, and eastern regions of the country.Only the richest of the rich scheduled castes/tribes are benefiting from caste-based government programs, economic development, and expanding maternal and reproductive health care services, said Kumar. He suggested further investigation is needed into individual factors such as economic and educational status to determine why the most egregious disparities continue.More research is required to understand factors associated with the lack of access to health services between and among social groups in what will soon be the world’s most populous country.I have heard successful stories of scaling up quality and equitable maternal and newborn health programs across the world over the past few days. 1,000 of us from over 75 countries are poised to apply the lessons we learned to catalyze commitment and accelerate maternal and newborn health within the post-2015 development framework.I hope to learn more about how to reach the most vulnerable women and newborns before the next Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference. Effective approaches to improve equitable care must continue to be given priority. To hear about programs described at the conference that have increased adolescent’s access to quality care that is affordable and accessible; addressed supply side issues; provided incentives for providers and users; partnered with the private sector; or entailed innovative community-based solutions, check out Crowd 360 digital hub. This week has been so enlightening.Sandeep Bathala is reporting from 2015 Global Maternal and Newborn Health Conference in Mexico City for the Wilson Center, Maternal Health Task Force, and UN Population Fund.Photo: “Mother and child” ©2007 Mike Reys, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Morocco2% (1992)16% (2011) Dominican Republic20% (1991)56.4% (2013) 4. Iran: 47.9% (2009)4. Timor-Leste: 1.7% (2009) 10. Italy: 38.1% (2011)10. Gambia: 2.5% (2010) 1. Dominican Republic: 56.4% (2013)1. Niger: 1.4% (2012) Egypt4.6% (1992)51.8% (2014) Posted on January 25, 2017January 30, 2017By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Read Part 1 here.Trends over timeIn 1990, roughly one in 15 babies on the planet was born via cesarean section surgery. In 2014, one in five babies was born via cesarean. The rates have increased dramatically over the past few decades in most regions, with the fastest growth taking place in North Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean. There is substantial variation within regions, with certain countries experiencing more rapid increases than others. Highest National Cesarean RatesLowest National Cesarean Rates ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Romania7.2% (1992)36.3% (2011) 7. Colombia: 43.4% (2012)7. Nigeria: 2% (2013) Considering data and measurement limitations is important when interpreting trends. Currently, there is no standard, internationally-accepted classification system to measure and monitor cesarean rates, which presents challenges when attempting to make comparisons between locations or time periods. Despite this limitation, though, available data illustrate a clear upward trend in most parts of the world.Wide geographic variationThe highest cesarean rates are mostly found in middle-income countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia, while the lowest rates are found in sub-Saharan Africa. National cesarean section rates vary widely, ranging from less than 2% of births in Burkina Faso, Chad, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Niger and Timor-Leste—where many women do not have access to safe cesareans when they need them—to greater than 40% in Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Iran, Maldives, Mexico and Turkey. CountryPrevious Cesarean Rate (Year)Current Cesarean Rate (Year) 5. Turkey: 47.5% (2011)5. Burkina Faso: 1.9% (2010) There is also wide variation within countries depending on location. For example, in the United States, facility-level cesarean rates ranged from 7.1% to 69.9% in 2009. Similarly, cesarean rates in China ranged from 4% to 62.5% in 2014 across provinces.Read Part 3 here.Graphs and adapted tables from Betrán et al. The increasing trend in caesarean section rates: Global, regional and national estimates: 1990-2014. PLOS One 2016; 11 (2): e0148343.—Read a statement about the prevention of primary cesareans from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.Share this: 8. Maldives: 41.1% (2011)8. Guinea-Bissau: 2.3% (2010) China4.4% (1990)36.2% (2011) 3. Egypt: 51.8% (2014)3. Ethiopia: 1.5% (2011) 6. Mexico: 45.2% (2012)6. Madagascar: 1.9% (2013) Mexico12.4% (1987)45.2% (2012) Colombia16% (1990)43.4% (2012) Georgia3.8% (1990)36.7% (2012) Turkey8% (1993)47.5% (2011) 2. Brazil: 55.6% (2012)2. Chad: 1.5% (2010) 9. Uruguay: 39.9% (2012)9. Guinea: 2.4% (2012)
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 7: Head Coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches his team warm up before a game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Ohio Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Ohio State fans are accustomed to their Buckeyes playing on Saturday. Football schedules generally work out so that Friday night is for high school ball, Saturday is for college, and Sunday is for the NFL.Of course, television money has thrown a bit of a wrench into that standard schedule. That’s the case for Ohio State this week, with the Buckeyes heading to Evanston to face Northwestern in a rare Friday night game.It isn’t uncommon for Power Five teams to play on Fridays. The ACC, Big Ten, and Pac-12 have plenty of games on weeknights, but teams the level of Ohio State are usually not involved.The Buckeyes opened on a Thursday night at Indiana back in 2017. Obviously that doesn’t impact Friday Night Lights in Ohio, though. This will be the first Friday night regular season game for the Buckeyes since 1959, according to The Columbus Dispatch. The game may not be in Columbus, but the worry is that a number of fans will stay home to watch, driving down attendance and fan support at Ohio high school games. Naturally, those programs are not happy.Perrysburg High School athletic director Chuck Jaco spoke out about the issue with the The Blade in Toledo, as the game will run up against his program’s senior night.“When they announced it, I thought, ‘What? Ohio State can’t be playing on a Friday,’” Jaco recalled. “And then I looked at the schedule, and I thought, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me. That’s our last home game of the year.’“Darn them. High school football is sacred in Ohio. It always has been. I’m a die-hard Buckeye fan, and even if I wasn’t an AD, I wouldn’t get excited to watch the Buckeyes on a Friday night. Shame on the Big Ten for intruding on the Midwest. It’s going to impact us. It just doesn’t make sense. You don’t mess with Friday nights in Ohio.”He’s not alone. The Twitter account for the Ursuline Football program responded to the piece, calling for a boycott of the game.Please make a statement to Ohio State by NOT watching their Friday night game this week. Friday nights are for HS football. Let’s keep it that way. Support your local team. We play Boardman, and would love to have you in our stands, but that’s not the point. Support HS football. pic.twitter.com/8C2ZXc918i— Ursuline Football (@UrsulineIrishFB) October 17, 2019Obviously, this is out of Ohio State’s hands. Not every Big Ten team has the same issue with their home state programs, and the Buckeyes clearly didn’t try and pull a power move to prevent the league from scheduling the Buckeyes on Friday.Ryan Day has responded to the criticisms, which obviously put him in a tough position with the high school coaches with whom he has to build a relationship.“But that’s out of our hands, out of our control, and not much we can do about it,” Day added. “I try not to worry about that. When the schedule comes out, we’re going to go play wherever they tell us to play. I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about that, because it’s not really under my control or something that I can worry about.”Given the outcry, Ohio State might be wise to try and prevent this from happening again any time soon, but of course, then the program runs the risk of being branded as one that is trying to be bigger than the Big Ten conference as a whole. There’s certainly no easy winning with this issue.That’s not the only issue that this game faces. Because of the bumped back ALCS, Ohio State at Northwestern has been moved from FS1 to Big Ten Network.[The Blade]
Under-fire coach Zinedine Zidane insists he has no regrets about returning to Real Madrid and says he is not affected by speculation that Jose Mourinho could replace him.The Frenchman has struggled to rekindle the magic that saw him win three consecutive Champions League titles between 2016 and 2018 since replacing Santiago Solari in March.Los Blancos have won just two of their four La Liga games so far this season and slipped to a humbling 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday. 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 That defeat has led to fresh questions about his future, with the Madrid board rumoured to be considering swapping Zidane for former boss Mourinho.However, Zidane says he is unfazed by the speculation and remains focused on preparing his side to face Sevilla in La Liga on Sunday.”If I read the press, it says I’m gone,” he told a media conference. “I feel strong. I have learned to never back down and to keep working until the very last moment.”I’m not thinking about leaving. I’m only thinking of winning tomorrow. The difficulties that they speak of on the outside are something we can’t control.”I made the decision to come back because I liked the look of the new project. Now I am here, I will try. We have to be together to achieve our objectives.”Asked about speculation that Mourinho could replace him, Zidane added: “It doesn’t bother me to hear about Mourinho; it is what it is. Here, you lose one game and you have to change everything.”Sevilla are top of La Liga after three wins from their opening four games and Zidane says his players need to continue working hard if they are to return to winning ways.”We must give everything we can to win the game,” he said. “It’s a difficult stadium but it’s always going to be like that.”We have to keep working hard, prepare well for games and change things around. That’s football. We have a chance to change it round quickly. That’s what helps me get through.”We can’t talk about everything that goes on outside the club and respond to all the criticism.”
Arsenal’s captaincy ballot has been branded a “farce” by Paul Merson, with the former Gunners star considering it “pathetic” that a vote was required to see Granit Xhaka passed the armband.Unai Emery has favoured leadership groups across his coaching career to date and had implemented a similar system at Emirates Stadium.He has, however, decided that the role of skipper should be more prominent for 2019-20. 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 Switzerland international midfielder Xhaka topped a blind ballot in north London and will now be charged with the task of taking on added responsibility.Merson is baffled as to why such a process was required, with the former Gunners star suggesting that Emery should have made the call himself and plumped for “serial winner” David Luiz.“Why is Unai Emery asking his players to vote on who should be captain? It’s pathetic. Seriously. Make a decision!” Merson said in the Daily Star.“When you start worrying about what your players think, you’re in trouble. And why does he need five captains anyway?“Arsenal are one of the biggest clubs in the world but I don’t think he’s got a clue what his best team is.“Granit Xhaka started off captain but he’s not a foregone conclusion to start every week. So I’ll tell you someone who should be – David Luiz. And that’s why he should be captain.“Not as one of five either, but on his own. People look at his mistakes when they should be looking at what he’s won.“The guy is a serial winner. Yes, he’s either a nine out of 10 or a four out of 10 every week, but he never hides, whatever happens. I like that. That’s leading by example.“Why not make him captain? He always comes across well and he was always a good influence on the young players at Chelsea. He was a leader there.“It’s a big deal being captain of a big club. To have a ‘leadership group’ of five players just devalues it. It’s like you don’t trust anyone enough to do it on their own.“And asking players to vote is asking for trouble. What if they don’t take it seriously? It becomes a farce.“It wouldn’t happen in a Sunday league team. I’m surprised he doesn’t give the fans a vote as well!“Arsenal have had some legendary captains in the past, but it’s also a sign of how the game has changed that he’s chosen to do this.“It’s quicker, more technical. But there aren’t as many leaders any more. When you look at the Invincibles, there were leaders everywhere in that team. Patrick Vieiria, Emanuel Petit, Sol Campbell. Big characters.”Arsenal’s first outing since holding a captaincy poll will take them to Old Trafford, with Emery’s men set to take in a meeting with old adversaries Manchester United on Monday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Tottenham might have left the old White Hart Lane behind, but Spurs fans have taken their favourite terrace songs with them.An entertaining style of play has helped the north London club reclaim its status as one of the most feared sides in England in recent years, and supporters have not stopped making noise throughout that journey.Goal have put together a compilation of Tottenham’s most popular songs to get you in the mood for your next trip to see the Whites. 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 can also read about Manchester United chants , Liverpool chants , Man City chants , Chelsea chants, Arsenal chants and Everton chants . Glory glory, Tottenham Hotspur The Spurs go marching in Come on you Spurs! We love you Tottenham We’re the Park Lane Tottenham He’s one of our own We’ve got Alli Victor Wanyama He’s one of our own Super Jan Vertonghen I love Eric DierGlory glory, Tottenham Hotspur Glory glory Tottenham Hotspur,Glory glory Tottenham Hotspur,Glory glory Tottenham Hotspur,And the Spurs go marching on. Tottenham are the greatest team the world has ever seen,Tottenham are the greatest team the world has ever seen,Tottenham are the greatest team the world has ever seen,And the Spurs go marching on. The pride of North of London we’re the kings of White Hart Lane,The pride of North of London we’re the kings of White Hart Lane,The pride of North of London we’re the kings of White Hart Lane,And the Spurs go marching on. Loyal Spurs supporters and they come to every game,Loyal Spurs supporters and they come to every game,Loyal Spurs supporters and they come to every game,To watch the Spurs go marching on. The Spurs go marching in Oh when the Spurs, go marching in,Oh when the Spurs, go marching in,I wanna be in that number,Oh when the Spurs go marching in. Come on you Spurs! Come on you Spurs!Come on you Spurs!Come on you Spurs! We love you Tottenham We love you Tottenham, we doWe love you Tottenham, we doWe love you Tottenham, we doOh Tottenham we love you… We’re the Park Lane Tottenham We’re the Park Lane,We’re the Park Lane,We’re the Park Lane Tottenham. We’re the Shelf Side,We’re the Shelf Side,We’re the Shelf Side Tottenham… He’s one of our own He’s one of our own,He’s one of our own,Harry Kane, he’s one of our own. We’ve got AlliWe’ve got Alli,Dele Alli,I just don’t think you understand,He only cost £5 mil,He’s better than Ozil,We’ve got Dele Alli. Victor Wanyama Victor Wanyama,Victor Wanyama,Victor Wanyama,Oh Victor Wanyama, He ate Spaghetti and thought it was nice,Du du du duu… Super Jan Vertonghen Super, super JanSuper, super Jan,Super, super Jan, Super Jan Vertonghen .I love Eric Dier I love Eric Dier,Eric Dier loves me,I love Eric Dier,Eric Dier loves me,All together now… Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Luxury line becomes the first river company to open its reservations nearly three years in advance Book Now Savings guarantee the lowest fares with up to $2,000 per suite on select sailings MIAMI, November 1, 2018 – Crystal River Cruises, the World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line, announced the complete deployment for its award-winning fleet in 2021 giving travelers nearly three years in advance to plan luxury vacations along Europe’s rivers. The line’s five luxury river ships – Crystal Mozart and the four identical sister ships Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler, and Crystal Ravel – will sail the Danube, Rhine, Main and Moselle rivers on itineraries of seven to 16 days. With 45 unique ports of call, dozens of which are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites, every voyage features at least one overnight stay, many with double and even triple overnights, allowing guests to further immerse themselves in the ports’ charm and history, or venture to nearby towns for broader experiences. “We have seen such great demand and increasing desire by luxury travelers to secure their ideal European vacations earlier than ever and we are pleased to make our complete offerings for 2019, 2020 and now 2021 available for booking,” said Walter Littlejohn, Crystal River Cruises’ vice president and managing director. “Not only does this advance ability to plan help ensure that our guests enjoy their Crystal River Experience precisely the way they wish, but our Book Now Savings adds more incentive to book early, guaranteeing the best fares for guests who plan ahead. “In 2021, more than 180 Crystal River Cruises’ departures invite the most discerning travelers to experience the nuances of true luxury on Europe’s rivers – a standard unmatched by any other line. UNESCO-recognized Old Towns in Bamberg and Brugge, epicenters of art and music in Vienna and Salzburg and dramatic landscapes like the Wachau Valley and Middle Rhine Valley add historic and natural flavor to itineraries that also feature contemporary hubs like Düsseldorf and Basel,” Littlejohn added. The “Eastern Danube Discoveries” voyage will debut on Crystal Mozart offering deeper exploration of Hungary as well as Serbia and Croatia. Other itineraries highlight the seasonal delights of riverside destinations, like springtime “Tulips & Windmills” sailings that explore the flower-laden fields of the Netherlands and Belgium; and winter sailings that focus on the dazzling spectacles of the region’s famed Christmas markets. Crystal will also sail the river less traveled, with “Enchanting Moselle” voyages through the scenic Moselle Valley. Seemingly timeless medieval towns mix beautifully on Crystal River Cruises with modern hubs of culture and commerce. Guests can explore Germany’s oldest town of Trier, Beethoven’s birthplace in Bonn, the famed windmills of Amsterdam, Dusseldorf’s vibrant art and culinary scene and the stunning musical heritage of Vienna. On every voyage, the Crystal River Collection of more than 200 inclusive, curated experiences ashore will enhance the journey for guests with an abundance of options that cater to varied interests. Complementary Signature Events, optional more elaborate excursions and exclusive dining experiences are also on offer.Now available for booking, Crystal River Cruises’ 2021 itineraries include:Rhine & Moselle River cruises: Crystal Bach and Crystal Debussy“Legendary Rhine,” 7 nights, Basel to AmsterdamFeaturing overnights in Koblenz and Amsterdam; calling in Cologne, Rüdesheim and Mannheim, Germany; and Strasbourg, France. “Romantic Rhine,” 7 nights, Amsterdam to BaselFeaturing overnights in Koblenz and Amsterdam; calling in Cologne, Rüdesheim and Mannheim, Germany; and Strasbourg, France, and cruising through Boppard and Lorelei, Germany. “Tulips and Windmills,” 7 nights, Amsterdam RoundtripBeginning and ending with overnight stays in Amsterdam; calling in Kinderdijk, Hoorn, Rotterdam and Middleburg, Netherlands; and Ghent and Antwerp, Belgium. “Enchanting Moselle,” 10 nights, Amsterdam RoundtripFeaturing overnight stays in Amsterdam, Netherlands and Trier, Germany; calling in Dusseldorf, Koblenz, Bernkastel, Cochem and Bonn, Germany; and Arnhem, Netherlands. “Rhine Christmas Markets,” 10 nights, Amsterdam to Basel/Basel to AmsterdamBeginning and ending with overnights in Basel and Amsterdam (double overnight), as well as overnights in Koblenz, Germany; calling in Rüdesheim, Speyer, Breisach, Cologne and Strasbourg, France. Danube River cruises: Crystal Mozart, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel“Eastern Danube Discoveries,” 11 nights, Vienna RoundtripBeginning and ending with overnights in Vienna; also calling in Esztergom, Budapest, Visegrad, Mohács and Kalocsa, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; Vukovar, Croatia; Belgrade and Novi Sad, Serbia and cruising through Iron Gate Gorge. “Delightful Danube,” 7 nights, Budapest to Regensburg/Regensburg to BudapestFeaturing overnights in Budapest, Regensburg and Vienna; calling in Dürnstein and Melk, Austria; and Passau, Germany, as well as cruising the Wachau Valley. “Danube Serenade,” 7 nights, Vienna to Budapest/Budapest to ViennaFeaturing overnights in Vienna and Budapest; calling in Dürnstein, Melk, Linz and Krems, Austria; and Bratislava, Slovakia, and cruising the Wachau Valley. “Treasures of the Danube,” 10 nights, Vienna RoundtripBeginning and ending with overnights in Vienna and also overnighting in Budapest and Passau; calling in Bratislava, Slovakia; Dürnstein, Melk and Linz, Austria; and cruising the Wachau Valley. “Christmas Wonders of the Danube,” 7 nights, Budapest to Passau/Passau to BudapestFeaturing overnights in Vienna and Budapest; calling in Bratislava, Slovakia; Krems, Melk and Linz, Austria and cruising the Wachau Valley. Ultimate Journeys – Danube, Rhine & Main Rivers combined “Grand Europe,” 16 nights, Budapest to Amsterdam/Amsterdam to BudapestOvernighting in Budapest, Vienna, Amsterdam, Regensburg (westbound only) and Rüdesheim (eastbound only); calling in Bratislava, Slovakia; Dürnstein and Melk, Austria; and Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Rüdesheim, Bamberg, Cologne, Miltenberg and Würzburg, Germany, as well as Koblenz, Germany and the Rhine Gorge on the westbound route; and cruising the middle Rhine Valley. Holiday CruisesDecember 22 – Crystal Ravel Holiday Cruise, 11 nights, Budapest to Regensburg with New Year’s Eve in RegensburgBeginning and ending with double overnights in Budapest and Regensburg (including New Year’s Eve), respectively, including New Year’s Eve, and also overnighting in Vienna; calling in Passau, Germany; Krems, Melk and Linz, Austria; and Bratislava, Slovakia. December 22 – Crystal Bach Holiday Cruise, 11 nights, Basel to Amsterdam with New Year’s Eve in AmsterdamBeginning with three nights in Basel (including Christmas Eve and day), ending with a double overnight in Amsterdam (including New Year’s Eve) and also overnighting in Breisach; calling in Strasbourg, France; Mannheim, Worms, Rüdesheim, Koblenz and Dusseldorf, Germany; Arnhem and Lelystad, Netherlands. December 23 – Crystal Mahler Holiday Cruise, 10 nights, Regensburg to Budapest with New Year’s Eve in ViennaBeginning with an overnight in Regensburg and ending with a double overnight in Vienna (including New Year’s Eve) and also overnighting in Linz and Budapest; calling in Melk, Austria; Passau, Germany; Esztergom, Hungary; and Bratislava, Slovakia. Crystal’s new-build river vessels are the river cruising industry’s first and only all-balcony, all-suite, all-butler vessels in Europe, with every category of accommodation positioned above the water line. All suites feature Panoramic Balcony-Windows™ and walk-in closets and dual vanity in the bathrooms are featured in most categories. Sister-ship Crystal Mozart is Europe’s most spacious river ship, at twice the width of any other, and offers an unrivalled number of social spaces, restaurants and the largest spa on the rivers. All of Crystal’s river ships feature private butler service in every room category, king-sized beds, ETRO amenities, robes and slippers, and wall-mounted flat-screen HD TVs. Additional enticing features include farm-to-table cuisine in multiple, open-seating eateries: the elegant Waterside Restaurant, namesake Bistro cafés and the exclusive Vintage Room; and the Palm Court for entertainment, enrichment presentations and sweeping views of the countryside. Crystal’s attention to detail reaches ashore, as guests are transported on the days’ adventures in luxury motor coaches equipped with complimentary water and Wi-Fi for added convenience and comfort. Fares for Crystal River Cruises’ 2021 voyages start at $2,399 per person. Book Now Savings are up to $2,000 per suite on select voyages through November 30, 2018. Crystal also recently unveiled the complete deployment for 2020, which features new itineraries and special programming, including the decennial Oberammergau Passion Play. About Crystal The world-renowned Crystal Experience – featuring global journeys with Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, Crystal AirCruises and Crystal Luxury Air – continues to be the distinctive choice of the world’s most discerning travelers. The readers of Travel + Leisure voted Crystal River Cruises the “World’s Best River Cruise Line” in 2017. 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Editors’ Recommendations Previous Next How long has it been since you last got your recommended dose of nature bathing and convivial happy-hour conversation around the campfire?Probably too long.Snow Peak can help. The Japanese outdoor gear manufacturer has been running an annual campout, mingling staff and customers, in Japan since 1995. Last year saw the first annual United States Snow Peak Way in Stevenson, Washington. Campers set up their tents in Beacon Rock State Park campground and experienced the latest Snow Peak products, workshops, and campfire chats with Snow Peak staff and special guests. Snow Peak Way returns for 2019 on May 31 to June 2, again at Beacon Rock State Park.What Is Snow Peak Way?Over the two nights in the park, campers can choose from a variety of activities. And lounging around the campground waiting for happy hour is a perfectly valid itinerary.For more active options, get a great view of the entire area on the Hamilton Mountain or Beacon Rock hikes. Or see some of the biggest waterfalls in the Columbia Gorge on a waterfall tour. For something more creative, design a tent flag with old Snow Peak tent material or try your hand at the centuries-old tradition of shibori tie-dye. Workshops and new Snow Peak product demonstrations will fill in the gaps: learn new recipes for the trail from Dirty Gourmet, forage for new natural perfume ingredients with Juniper Ridge, try your hand at the fine art of fly casting with Fly Fishers Place, or start each day with some morning yoga in the fields.What do you get by going?Two-night camping staySPW USA Edition Mini Sierra CupSnow Peak Titanium 450 MugOatmeal bar and coffee each day for breakfastOpen barAccess to the camp field, workshops, demo area, and official activitiesTickets start at $50 for the 2019 edition and go on sale March 15, 2019. Rent a Snow Peak tent, sleeping bag, or camp chair, or bring your own. You will be asked to bring your own dishes but there is a Snow Peak cook and wash station available.A Brief Snow Peak HistoryThe name Snow Peak was inspired by Mount Tanigawa where founder Yukia Yamai challenged himself physically and mentally as a young man. Beautiful but deadly, Tanigawa is only 6,500 feet tall but has killed four times as many climbers as Everest.During the 1940s and ’50s, Yamai would take his European climbing equipment and ideas to the experienced metal craftsmen of the Tsubame Sanjo region to make improvements. Yamai never stopped tweaking the designs for their pitons, hobnails, and hammers; literally anything that was metal. In 1958 he founded Yamai Shoten which later became Snow Peak.Since 1980, Yamai’s son, Tohru Yamai, has expanded the elegant, metal outdoor gear manufacturer to the global company we know today with a full lineup of camping gear and apparel, and a soft spot for titanium. How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall 1 of 2 The Best Car Camping Gear for Any Season The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know 12 Best Travel Backpacks to Take With You on the Road
Evenprime MoisturizerAnother winner for simple packaging, Evenprime is also part of a simple cleansing and moisturizing duo. The product is made in South Korea, famous for its high-quality, effective skin care collections, and is designed with simple ingredients, making it gentler than many drugstore brands. Editors’ Recommendations Other Great Face Moisturizers Mayron’s Goods + Supply Face Milk 1952 SeriesOK, let’s be honest, we were originally attracted to the clean, minimalist packaging, but we stuck around for the lightweight “milk,” featuring argan oil that includes essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, and excludes parabens. We also love that Mayron’s is a father/daughter business, produced by David Mayron, a former bigwig at Smith, Kline & French Laboratories, and Melanie Mayron, who some of you may remember for winning an Emmy for her role on the late 1980s show Thirtysomething. $36 from Nordstrom Port Products Balancing Daily MoisturizerAnother family business, brother-and-sister Matt and Madison Ruggieri originally curated skincare site The Motley in 2010, but then realized that they were missing some essential products. Port Products was launched to fill in the gaps, releasing a simple face wash, shaving cream, and moisturizer combo. Focusing on natural ingredients and botanicals, this daily moisturizer is fast-absorbing, immediately soothing irritation and leaving skin looking healthy. It also fights excess oil production, controls shine, and contains an anti-aging complex to ward off wrinkles and skin damage. Finally, this moisturizer features ginger root to fight blemishes. $32 from Amazon Kiehl’s Facial Fuel SPF 20Kiehl’s is a perennial favorite with a reputation for straightforward, no-nonsense skincare. The brand’s classic Facial Fuel moisturizer goes high-octane with the addition of SPF 20 for further protection. It is also infused with vitamins C and E, chestnut extract, and soy, leaving skin feeling refueled, re-energized, and revitalized. Keep Your Face Fresh and Protected Using the Best Face Moisturizers with SPF $34 from Nordstrom How to Shave With a Straight Razor $20 from Mayron’s Goods + Supply Moisturize to decrease the signs of aging. Moisturize to keep your skin from getting too oily or too dry. Moisturize to reduce the appearance of blemishes. Moisturize — with the right product — to protect the face’s more delicate skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Moisturize after shaving, which tends to dry skin.We can’t emphasize enough that, as part of a good cleansing and shaving regimen, moisturizing is one of the most important things a guy can do for his face … and probably one of the most overlooked. Don’t skip it! We know walking the aisles of any drug or department store (don’t even try googling the topic), can be overwhelming, so here’s a little guidance that lists some of our favorites to keep that face looking youthful and vibrant. Best Face Moisturizer for Men Lab Series Day Rescue Defense Lotion SPF 35We like Lab Series’ moisturizer first for its light weight — it goes on easy and doesn’t feel like you’re smearing on a thick layer of goo. Second, it has a built-in SPF of 35 to filter those UVA and UVB rays, meaning you don’t have to think about putting on sunblock again (unless, of course, you’re out in the elements all day, then, please reapply). Third, it’s high-tech, using Lab Series’s Hydra-Endure Technology, which helps skin absorb and retain vital hydration and even helps protect it from pollution. In fact, we love Lab Series Day Rescue so much, we chose it as the best face moisturizer in The Manual’s Grooming Awards 2019. 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits $35 from Kiehl’s The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About
Guest experts enhance small-ship adventure cruises Seattle, WA, August 13, 2019 — UnCruise Adventures, a small-ship adventure cruise line, announces theme cruisesfor the 2020 sailing season. Six ships offer themed departures on a variety of topics including birding, photography, wine and culinary, kids and families, and insider departures. Theme cruises provide added value and unequaled access to industry experts at no extra cost. Four birding cruises, three photography cruises, seven wine and culinary cruises, two family departures, and ten Insiders cruises comprise the theme schedule. Theme cruises will be offered in Alaska, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama, and the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Each themed cruise welcomes curious guests and novices while providing rich, hands-on guidance for those interested in deeper learning. Hosts are passionate about their field and are eager to share their wisdom through experiential learning on and off the ship. Themed departures aim to enhance the pursuit of discovery and learning woven throughout every UnCruise. Select Alaska departures will host destination Insiders with an advanced knowledge of the area, its culture and its natural history. New for 2020, Insiders will also be on board for two-week sailings from Juneau to Seattle, providing interpretation and acumen through Alaska’s Inside Passage and the San Juan Islands. As part of the Insiders series, UnCruise CEO Dan Blanchard and Loyalty Manager Naomi Sture will also host a special “UnCruise Insiders” departure in Alaska celebrating the vibrant community of returning guests. Family-focused departures allow for dedicated kid-friendly activities and family fun in the outdoor playgrounds of Southeast Alaska and Mexico. On board the Wilderness Discoverer and Safari Endeavour, UnCruise youth-adventurist guide Erin Kirkland will lead the fun, inspiring young passengers with outdoor activities, games and interpretation. “Guest experts add to the experience of cruising by small ship,” said UnCruise Adventures CEO Dan Blanchard. “It’s an extra opportunity to learn even more about the places we’re exploring and interact with hand-picked experts who are deeply connected to that area or topic.” UnCruise Adventures’ fleet of boutique yachts and small ships carry 22-90 guests on adventure cruises in remote and scenic parts of the world. All adventure activities and shore excursions are included. Find more information on theme cruises online. To book or to request additional information, contact your travel agent or UnCruise Adventures at 888-862-8881 or sales@UnCruise.com.
Mohamed MasaauThere are worse ways to spend your days than living on a luxury yacht. Getting paid to live on a luxury yacht certainly isn’t one of them. Uber-luxe shopping site HushHush just announced that it’s in search of one very motivated Yacht Tester. The best part: No experience necessary.The Yacht Tester gig is exactly what it sounds like. One lucky self-employed applicant will be chosen to travel the world and spend a full week on each yacht that needs reviewing. The perks are obvious: living on some of the world’s most extravagant boats in exotic destinations. That includes eating, drinking, showering, and sleeping for a full week on each boat.However, HushHush makes clear that this is no free luxury vacation. The company is the self-described “world’s leading luxury shopping marketplace and VIP concierge service.” Think of it as Amazon for one-percenters. The goal of this position is to ensure that each boat is up to the site’s rigorous standards. They’re expecting their tester to verify that every last thing on board — bed frames, door knobs, showerheads, faucets, electrical outlets — is in impeccable order. The Yacht Tester is required to submit detailed reports and reviews of their findings for each boat knowing that HushHush’s clientele expects nothing less than the best.HushHush is now accepting applications and looking to hire ASAP. The brand is quick to point out that applicants need no previous sailing or hardcore boating experience, although that will clearly give them a leg up. They’re mainly interested in hard-working, flexible workers who are at least 21 years old, have a passport, and can travel extensively on short notice. The successful applicant will earn £1,000 (approximately USD $1,300) per yacht at the completion of each week. With the potential to review 50 yachts per year, that boils down to an annual salary of more than $60,000. You’ll need to bring your own sailor suit though.If you can’t commit to dropping everything for a year to travel the world (we can relate), but still want to play luxury yachtsman, Boatsetter lets you live out your one-percenter fantasies with hourly and daily yacht rentals. Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Editors’ Recommendations The 200-Horsepower Vanquish Vanqraft VQ16 Is a Boat-Sized Jet Ski The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica on Sabbatical A Pop-Up Hotel Is Coming to the North Pole in 2020
The Ultimate Brewery Tour of Austin, Texas 1 of 2 Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) Previous St. Peter’s BreweryWell, folks, the time has come. The final episode of the nine-part Star Wars Skywalker saga — Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — is set to be released on December 20, 2019, marking the end of the film franchise’s storied 42-year run. In lieu of this sad yet ultimately inevitable news, we are going to start seeing plenty of companies hop on the trend train to show their appreciation. On tap first we have craft brews inspired by the Death Star’s very own space soldiers for the likes of beer geeks and warsies everywhere: The Original Stormtrooper beer.What better way to end the ancient conflict between the Jedi and the Sith than to celebrate with a drink? Besides, every knowledgeable Star Wars fan knows beer was consumed by many throughout the Galaxy.This isn’t the first time a Star Wars beer has been crafted, but it is the first line brewed by “an elite garrison of hop shock troops” stationed at St. Peter’s Brewery in Suffolk, England. The Original Stormtrooper beer collection features two action-ready, full-body brews that are a force to be reckoned with: Galactic Pale Ale and Lightspeed Pilsner.St. Peter’s BreweryThe Original Stormtrooper beer is not your average beer and film collaboration. Its inspiration stems from the epochal armor created by Shepperton Design Studio’s Andrew Ainsworth, seen in Star Wars: A New Hope. St. Peter’s Brewery also crafts its beer with some of the highest quality water out there. Drawn from the brewhouses own bore-hole, St. Peter’s delivers just the right amount of balanced minerals to ensure both a successful brew and excellent taste.Our favorite aspect of this collaboration, though, has to be the sensational promotion photos showing Stormtroopers brewing the beer themselves. Editors’ Recommendations St. Peter’s Brewery St. Peter’s Brewery Next America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene Both brews are easy drinkers, topping out at just 4.2% alcohol by volume. The Galactic Pale Ale gives off a golden color, boasting semi-hoppy notes that are followed with bright punches of grapefruit, pine, and herbs. For the classic lager enthusiast, the silky Lightspeed Pilsner is a refreshing brew that utilizes imported Australian Galaxy and American Millenium hops to get its rich stone fruit and citrus aromatics.Each variety is available in eight-packs of bottles on Firebox for just $32 (if you’re looking for the most affordable and efficient method). And, if you wish to pick up some other merchandise from the collab, head on over to the Original Stormtrooper beer website for a selection of posters, pint glasses, and more. (Note: the beer cannot be shipped to the U.S. for now.) 11 of the Best Low-Calorie Craft Beers for Watching Your Beer Belly Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene