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Solskjaer keen for first ‘proper test’ against Tottenham

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer could not have hoped for a better start to his time as Manchester United’s caretaker boss, but admits that Sunday’s upcoming clash with Tottenham will be his first ‘proper test’.The Norwegian has hit the ground running at Old Trafford since replacing Jose Mourinho at the helm, taking in Premier League victories against Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Newcastle and seeing off Reading in the FA Cup.Sterner tests await the former super sub, however, with a trip to Wembley to face high-flying Spurs – who themselves recently recorded a resounding 7-0 win over Tranmere Rovers – representing Solskjaer’s first clash against top-six opposition. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Win or lose, the 45-year-old is looking forward to seeing what level his resurgent charges are really at.“Spurs at Wembley – that’s a proper test,” Solskjaer said after the Red Devils’ 2-0 win over Reading on Saturday.“We’re looking forward to that one because it’ll give me more of a reference as to where we are against the top boys.“We’re not happy talking about fourth, fifth or sixth – in a year or two the club needs to move on and move up the table.”Keen to play down a relatively kind fixture list at the beginning of his appointment, Solskjaer took time to highlight the difficulty in picking up points against any team in the top tier of English football.“They’re never easy games,” he added. “We’ve lost points before [in those fixtures], there are no easy games in the Premier League.“I thought it was a professional performance away against Newcastle – and today, it’s never easy when you make nine changes, but we still won all of them.”Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez combined well for United’s second goal against Reading but the latter pulled up with a hamstring issue 25 minutes from full time.Solskjaer, however, is hopeful that the Chilean will be available for selection in Sunday’s clash against Spurs.“I hope it’s not going to be too bad,” he said. “It’s the same hamstring he’s been having trouble with but we’ll see. Hopefully he’ll be okay for next weekend.“Everyone is considered. It’s down to what kind of tactics we use, who does well and who is fit. I know they are quality players.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Wenger: Arsenal are more united

first_imgArsenal ‘It feels like a different team’ – Wenger claims Arsenal are more united since Liverpool loss Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 08:42 1/10/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arsene Wenger Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal Arsène Wenger Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League The Gunners have come together after the transfer window shut, much to the delight of their manager Manager Arsene Wenger said Arsenal are more united since the transfer window closed at the start of September as the Londoners look to extend their unbeaten streak to four matches.It was a turbulent time for Arsenal before the transfer window shut following a 4-0 rout at Premier League rivals Liverpool amid uncertainty over Alexis Sanchez’s future.Brighton 11/1 to beat Arsenal Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Sanchez was tipped to join Manchester City but the Chilean star stayed at the Emirates Stadium, though Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs moved on.”It feels like a different team. You see the way we play football,” Wenger said ahead of Sunday’s hosting of Brighton and Hove Albion.”You need to have a united group to do that. The weight of the transfer market was much heavier than internationals.”I put [our improvement] down to the fact that we realised what we produced was not good enough. But that was a special day for us: it was just before the transfer window closed and just before an international break.”Overall we stayed united and responded on the pitch.”Arsenal are seventh in the standings, nine points adrift of City and Manchester United.last_img read more

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Nonprofit Spotlight: True Impact Ministries

first_imgCreating a Real Connection Meet True Impact Ministries One of the keys to their sponsorship program’s success is in TIM’s ability to create a lasting connection between their donors and volunteers and the children they’re supporting. From individual pictures and descriptions for every child on their sponsorship page, to their use of fun and approachable videos on social media, they work to create a true connection that makes a sponsorship more than just a donation. Network for Good works with so many amazing nonprofits and we want to introduce you to them and the great work they are doing! As part of our Recurring Giving Challenge we’re highlighting members of our leaderboard who are producing compelling, creative campaigns to recruit recurring donors and build a sustainable fundraising model for their organization. Today I want you to meet True Impact Ministries, a customer using recurring giving to sponsor children and the current holder of 4th place on our leaderboard. True Impact Ministries believes they have the ability to help ordinary people make an extraordinary impact on the lives of people in impoverished areas of the world. Since their humble beginnings in 2004, through the establishment as an independent nonprofit 3 years ago, they’ve proven this to be true. Their groups of volunteers have grown from just a handful to 35 volunteers planning their visit to Uganda this June! And as their mission grows, so too has their circle of supporters. Like so many nonprofit organizations, True Impact Ministries has changed and molded its mission to meet the needs of the communities it serves. Ten years ago, when True Impact’s founders Andy and Susie Stewart first began their work, they brought a small team of volunteers to Uganda to help build a modest school house. It was the beginning of an ever-expanding mission that now includes orphan homes, water structures, and medical care. In 2006 True Impact Ministries completed their second building project, an orphan home and rainwater collection system in Naama, Uganda. With this project they’d solved a problem by providing shelter, and created another by taking on the care of children in need. Building projects alone would not provide the schooling, medical care, food, and clothing these children needed to thrive. It was a problem they embraced by creating their first sponsorship program, a funding strategy that has helped them provide continual support for the children they serve. Sponsorship Model For more great videos and pictures head on over to Facebook to like True Impact Ministries and support the work they do!last_img read more

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Putting The Lancet Maternal Health Series Into Action: Five Next Steps

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 2, 2016May 23, 2017By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, 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)Last week, experts in maternal health convened at the Wilson Center to mark the recent launch of The Lancet Maternal Health Series, discuss its implications and brainstorm how to translate findings into improvements for global maternal newborn health. The dialogue, What Next? Putting The Lancet Maternal Health Series Into Action, was part of the Maternal Health Task Force’s Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health Series in partnership with UNFPA and the Wilson Center. Panelists included authors of the series as well as leaders in maternal health policy, advocacy and practice.Lynn Freedman, event moderator and Director of the Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program (AMDD) and Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, opened the discussion by stating that the series proposes a vision of maternal health for the next era: Every woman, every newborn, everywhere has the right to good quality care. To achieve this imperative, the speakers called for the following five actions:Address diversity and divergence of maternal health.While global maternal deaths have decreased in the last quarter century, maternal deaths due to a wide range of indirect causes – ranging from asthma to obesity – have increased, which represents the growing diversity in maternal health. Furthermore, the burden of poor maternal health is far from equally distributed, which indicates increasing divergence. As Clara Calvert, Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, identified, as of 2013, the pooled maternal mortality ratio (MMR) for the 10 countries with the highest levels is 200 times greater than the ratio for the 10 countries with the lowest MMRs. To improve maternal health for every woman everywhere, we must address the range of underlying causes of maternal morbidity and mortality (diversity) as well as the disparities among and within populations (divergence).Reach vulnerable women in all contexts.One of the key takeaways from the series is the “too little, too late and too much, too soon” framework, which outlines two extremes in maternal health: ‘Too little, too late’ is absent, delayed or inadequate care often linked to insufficient resources such as staff, supplies, medicines or training; ‘Too much, too soon’ represents medicalization of pregnancy and childbirth that often results in unnecessary interventions. As Suellen Miller, Director of the Safe Motherhood Program and Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, explained, we often associate maternal health care that is ‘too little, too late’ with low-income settings, but women in all settings are susceptible to receiving inadequate care. As Suellen highlighted,“Vulnerable women exist in every country… What we found is that ‘too little, too late’ also exists in high-income countries, middle-income countries and anywhere there is diversity, vulnerable women or marginalized populations.”Similarly, while the practice of ‘too much, too soon’ is considered an issue in high-income areas, over-medicalization of childbirth is a growing problem in middle-income countries as well. In fact, the world’s highest cesarean rate is in the Dominican Republic (58.9%), followed by Brazil (56.7%) and Egypt (51.8%).Prioritize quality, equity, resilience, financing and local evidence.As Marge Koblinsky, Independent Consultant, Maternal and Child Health, explained, the global maternal health community must come together to respond to the series’ call to action. This means ensuring high quality maternity care, promoting equity through universal health coverage of maternal health services, strengthening health systems, guaranteeing sustainable financing related to maternal and perinatal health and increasing the accessibility and use of local data. As Laurel Hatt, Health Finance Lead at Abt Associates, emphasized, “We need to shift the paradigm and focus on how better quality actually promotes better efficiency; investing in poor quality is the biggest waste of money.”Engage more deeply at the local level.According to Kathleen Hill, Maternal Health Lead, Maternal Child Survival Program, “If we want a system that delivers the right care for every woman, every time, [we must prioritize] the performance of a local system.” While focusing on targets and metrics related to global maternal health is immensely important, we cannot neglect the local actors on the ground. We must work with providers at the district and community levels and develop strategies to improve adherence to evidence-based guidelines and measure progress in context-appropriate ways.Put women at the center of their own care.Improvements in maternal health begin with listening to the women who receive care. As Elena Ateva, Maternal and Newborn Health Policy and Advocacy Advisor at the White Ribbon Alliance advised, we must ask women how they experience care and what they would recommend for improvements. According to Elena, “When we do this, the most amazing thing happens – these women become their own advocates!” Elena relayed stories of women who faced challenges, including lack of privacy and accessibility, while delivering in health facilities in Uganda. As Elena stated, “The voices of women, families and communities must be the starting point, not the afterthought, when we prioritize efforts at the local or national level.”Missed the dialogue? View the webcastRead more from The Lancet Maternal Health Series on the MHTF blogAccess resources from The Lancet Maternal Health SeriesCheck out the social media discussion below and join the conversation using #MHDialogue and #MaternalHealthNow.Photo Credit: Lancet Series, courtesy of the Wilson Center Maternal Health InitiativeShare this:last_img read more

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ESPN’s Score Predictions For Week 7’s Biggest Games

first_imgOklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts at Kansas.LAWRENCE, KANSAS – OCTOBER 05: Quarterback Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners watches from the sidelines during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Week 7 of the 2019 college football season should be a good one.The seventh weekend of the year features several big-time contests, including Oklahoma-Texas, LSU-Florida, Penn State-Iowa and Michigan State-Wisconsin, among others.The 2019 season has been lacking in high drama so far this year, but that should change on Saturday.Picks for the weekend’s top games are starting to roll in. ESPN college football guru Bill Connelly has unveiled his S&P predictions.Oklahoma 42, Texas 30 Current Heisman trophy favorite Jalen Hurts makes his debut at Oklahoma.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 1: Quarterback Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the Houston Cougars at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Cougars 49-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Penn State 28, Iowa 22 Penn State head football coach James Franklin.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 24: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions reacts after a touchdown against the Maryland Terrapins during the first half at Beaver Stadium on November 24, 2018 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)Notre Dame 34, USC 25 A closeup of Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly wearing a visor.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish takes the field with his team before the game against the Clemson Tigers during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Clemson 40, Florida State 19 Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence in Week 1.CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 29: Quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers warms up prior to the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Memorial Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Wisconsin 29, Michigan State 17 Jonathan Taylor rushes the ball against Miami in the Pinstripe Bowl.NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 27: Jonathan Taylor #23 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs with the ball in the first quarter of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against the Miami Hurricanes at Yankee Stadium on December 27, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)LSU 32, Florida 24 Joe Burrow throws the ball for the LSU Tigers.BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – SEPTEMBER 14: Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers throws the ball during a game against the Northwestern State Demons at Tiger Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)***[Related Article: ESPN Has 3 Top 25 Teams On “Upset Alert” This Saturday]You can view his full picks here.last_img read more

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ESPN Ranks College Football’s 10 Toughest Remaining Schedules

first_imgA view of the Michigan Wolverines student section during a football game.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: The student section looks on while the Michigan Wolverines play the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan is 5-2 on the season after Saturday’s loss to Penn State. Things aren’t going to get any easier for the Wolverines over the final few weeks of the season.Each week, ESPN updates its FPI rankings. One of the metrics the formula measures is remaining strength of schedule. Basically, it calculates who has the toughest road ahead of them.Right now, the FPI is saying Michigan’s final five games–vs. Notre Dame, at Maryland, vs. Michigan State, at Indiana and vs. Ohio State–are harder than any other team’s last five contests. The Wolverines are favored in three of those games, according to the FPI, and are underdogs against the Buckeyes and Fighting Irish.ESPN’s top 10 toughest remaining schedules list is as follows: MichiganMarylandGeorgiaWisconsinOregon StateBoston CollegeOklahomaCalLSUColoradoYou can see the Big Ten and Pac-12 both well-represented with three teams. The SEC has a pair of teams, while the ACC and Big 12 have one each.The full FPI can be seen here.last_img read more

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Juve open to arrivals amid links to Rakitic & Icardi

first_imgPavel Nedved has admitted that Juventus could be lured back into the transfer market, with the Serie A giants continuing to be linked with the likes of Ivan Rakitic and Mauro Icardi.The Bianconeri have already been busy this summer.Shrewd moves have been made to snap up Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot as free agents, while big money has been invested in Matthijs de Ligt. 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 With the midfield and defensive ranks bolstered, it has been suggested that more attacking options may be sought.Barcelona playmaker Rakitic is said to be on Juve’s radar, along with prolific Inter striker Icardi – who has been edged towards the exits at San Siro.It has even been suggested that Juve could enter the chase for Neymar as the Brazilian pushes for a move away from Paris Saint-Germain.Vice-chairman Nedved has stopped short of revealing the identity of those Juve have their eye on, but concedes that there could be more movement before the deadline passes in Italy.He told reporters: “[Sporting director] Fabio Paratici has had a great transfer window and if other opportunities arise we will seize them.“Juventus are historically built to win and we will try again this year. The team is responding well, we have two important players for each role and we feel strong.“Our confidence is formed because of our players. I believe that we have created one of the best teams in Europe, and with a coach that will have the necessary time to develop his game.”Maurizio Sarri Juventus 2019-20At present, Juve’s coach is out of action.Maurizio Sarri has been suffering with pneumonia and will not been seen in the dugout for a competitive fixture until after the international break.Nedved has, however, offered a positive update on the 60-year-old, saying: “I bring you greetings from Maurizio Sarri, who will return after the international break.“Important changes have been made but it’s not a moment of transition. Juve is made up of professionalism, work, and sacrifices and we want to win again this year.“Sarri is better. He is a hard worker and would like to stay on the pitch every day.“The absence of the coach on the bench can lead to difficulties, but we have already experienced a similar situation in the past.”While discussing those set to form part of Juve’s future, Nedved also moved to suggest that Gonzalo Higuain will be sticking around in Turin.The Argentine striker was phased out last season, taking in loan spells at AC Milan and Chelsea, but is a favoured option of Sarri having previously worked with the Bianconeri boss at Napoli and in England.“Higuain is one of the best strikers in the world,” said Nedved.“He knows Sarri well and has had a great pre-season, we are happy that he is with us.”last_img read more

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Zidane: Bale is no scapegoat at Real Madrid

first_imgZinedine Zidane has opposed Gareth Bale’s view of being made a scapegoat at Real Madrid while praising the winger’s “amazing” ability.Wales international Bale almost moved to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning during the transfer window after being told he was free to leave Madrid.Los Blancos boss Zidane made the decision following months of speculation over their seemingly fractured relationship but the Madrid board blocked his departure at the last minute. 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 Bale, while on international duty last week, claimed to have been “made more of a scapegoat than most” for the team’s shortcomings , a belief not shared by his head coach.”No, I think we’re all guilty if things go wrong or if things go right,” Zidane said.”It’s up to us, all of us, we’re all in the same boat. We want to change things when things don’t go right. We’re thinking as a team mentality.”Initially on the outer during the pre-season tour to the United States, Bale has since returned to the first-team fold.The 30-year-old started each of three club’s three La Liga games before the international break, scoring twice.”I’ve always said he’s got amazing quality, Gareth Bale,” Zidane said.”He’s a great player. What happened in the summer, everyone knew the situation. Now he’s here, I’m happy, he’s happy, everyone is happy, the fans as well.”Now we have to move forward.”Bale’s reinstatement to the starting XI has partly reduced the opportunities for Vinicius Junior, who has been restricted to one start and a pair of cameo appearances this term.Zidane, though, is adamant chances will come for the young forward.”I completely trust Vinicius, I can guarantee that,” the Frenchman said.”I’m his coach. I’ve got 23, 24 players to choose from but Vinicius is just 19, he’s playing for Real Madrid.”It’s like everything, things take time. He’s in a process to improve, like all players are. Perhaps at times he won’t play because someone else will come in.”Then you go and get your headlines, you say ‘he doesn’t want to pick Vinicius’ but that’s not the point. He will play.”last_img read more

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Boys basketball: Columbia River 48, Woodland 33

first_img The Columbian Columbia River ChieftainsWoodland Beavers Tags GO 2A Greater St. Helens League champion Chieftains held the Beavers scoreless in the fourth quarter after leading only 36-33 going into the final period.River’s Evan Dirksen scored a game-high 22 points.Tyler Flanagan’s nine points led Woodland in scoring.COLUMBIA RIVER 48, WOODLAND 33COLUMBIA RIVER — Nate Snook 6, Alex Miller 4, Matt Asplund 0, Evan Dirksen 22, Caden Dezort 6, Jack Armstrong 4, Marc Miranda 6. Totals 19 (7) 5-7 48.WOODLAND — Jack Wear 0, Kyle Groce 0, Jackson Finn 6, Isaiah Flanagan 4, Isaac Hall 8, Tyler Flanagan 9, Trace Logan 0, Trey Hanson 6. Totals 14 (3) 0-0 33.Columbia River 9 15 12 12–48Woodland 7 12 14 0–33JV — Columbia River won; C — Columbia River won Published: February 1, 2019, 9:48pm Share: Share: Receive latest stories and local news in your email: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Boys basketball: Columbia River 48, Woodland 33last_img read more

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Prep Highlights: Camas repeats as Titan Cup champion

first_img • Zach Collins, Washougal baseball, allowed one earned run on six hits and struck out 10 in a league win over Hockinson.• Carly Wentworth, Prairie softball, went 4 for 4 with 3 runs and 3 RBI in a league win over Fort Vancouver.• Kaily Christensen, Woodland softball, went 3 for 3 with 2 runs and an RBI in a league win over Washougal.• Alyssa Dewey, Ridgefield softball, shot a 5-over-40 at Orchard Hills to earn medialist honors in a three-way 2A GSHL meet at Orchard Hills. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: • Carter Sutton Union baseball, threw a complete-game shutout, allowing one hit and striking out 10 in a 7-0 shutout of Heritage.• Jocelyn O’Campo, Mountain View softball, went 2 for 4 with a 2-run home run and 3 RBI in a league win over Hudson’s Bay.• Luke Allen, Evergreen baseball, allowed four hits over 4.1 innings in the Plainsmen’s 5-3 league win over Kelso.• Riley McCarthy, Mountain View baseball, went 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI in a league win over Hudson’s Bay to remain unbeaten. Tags Published: April 22, 2019, 11:06pm Share: Prep Highlights: Camas repeats as Titan Cup champion Follow The Columbian on Instagram GO Share: Camas Papermakers Follow Camas’ girls golf team captured the Titan Cup, a Ryder Cup-style event, for the fourth consecutive year Monday at Tri-Mountain Golf Course in Ridgefield.The Papermakers bested league-rival Union, 3-0, in the championship of the 10th annual event, after needing a tiebreaker to down Mercer Island in the morning’s singles matches following a 3-3 tie. Mercer Island finished third of the four-team event, and Columbia River was fourth.Camas’ Emma Cox, Elizabeth Gillespie and Callie Wengler won both their matches. Cox’s day was highlighted by an eagle on the par-4 12th hole.“A great win and good experience going into districts,” Camas coach Bob Foster said.Stars of the day• Justin Vernon, Fort Vancouver softball, threw a five-hit complete game with six strikeouts to give the Trappers their first league win, 6-2 over Prairie. By Columbian staff By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

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The TreadRight Foundation Celebrates World Wildlife Day with New Partnership

first_imgPartnership expands the Wildlife Initiative’s protective reach to include big cat species from around the globe  DELRAY BEACH, Fla., March 2, 2018 – The TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, celebrates World Wildlife Day 2018 with the announcement of its newest Wildlife Initiative project partner: the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). WCS joins leading organizations the Wilderness Foundation – Africa and Wildlife SOS – India as current TreadRight Wildlife Initiative partners, all with the shared goal of helping to ensure the planet’s most at-risk wildlife populations are protected. Through the new partnership, TreadRight is helping to support WCS’s Big Cat Fund. For more than 50 years, WCS has been a leader in big cat conservation. WCS works to conserve all big cat species, with long-term programs in 55 landscapes in 28 countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America – the largest cat conservation footprint of any organization. With a well-established track record, long-standing partnerships, and more boots on the ground in more landscapes than any other organization working on global big cat conservation, WCS is striving to secure a future for these majestic animals. “It is with tremendous pride that we announce our Wildlife Initiative partnership with WCS,” remarks Brett Tollman, Chief Executive, TTC, and Founder, The TreadRight Foundation. “WCS’s well-earned reputation as a tireless defender of wildlife around the globeis nothing short of inspiring. Our family of TTC brands and The TreadRight Foundation are eager to help continue driving the incredible work of the WCS Big Cat Fund forward. We are thrilled to expand our Wildlife Initiative species portfolio to now include big cats in Africa, the Amazon, India and Southeast Asia, courtesy of this dynamic new sustainability partnership.” “WCS has been saving wildlife and wild places for more than 120 years,” said Dr. Elizabeth Bennett, WCS Vice President of Species Conservation. “Throughout our history, we have been dedicated to big cat conservation. We are grateful to The TreadRight Foundation for sharing our vision and supporting our work to save the iconic tigers of Asia, the lions of Africa, the jaguars of Latin America, and all other big cat species.” Around the world, big cats are among the most recognized and admired animals. As apex predators, they regulate the food chain and serve as key indicators of eco-system health. Yet all big cat species face a multitude of threats to their survival. Their IUCN Red List conservation statuses range from “near threatened” to “endangered,” with many populations falling fast. WCS is in a unique position to help—they work to conserve all seven species. In April 2016, WCS launched the WCS Big Cat Fund to bolster their conservation efforts for these magnificent and ecologically vital animals. Their goal is to recover and stabilize populations of tigers, lions, cheetahs, snow leopards, jaguars, leopards, and clouded leopards in important strongholds across their ranges. Today, WCS works to conserve big cat species in 28 countries and has developed comprehensive action plans with unique approaches in each site. These programs have demonstrated success over decades of sustained conservation. WCS understands the threats across big cat habitats and addresses them using rigorous science and conservation action. For more details, please visit TreadRight.org. Join TreadRight’s social media community on Facebook or Twitterand follow the conversation using the hashtag #LetsTreadRightlast_img read more

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Cancun and Orlando Reign Supreme Once Again as This Year’s Top Summer Travel Destinations

first_imgAllianz Global Assistance Reveals the Top 10 Domestic and International Summer Destinations for 2018  Richmond, Va., May 10, 2018 – With summer around the corner, Allianz Global Assistance, a leading travel insurance provider, analyzed U.S. travelers’ impending summer travel plans, and found that Cancun, Mexico continues to top the chart. Despite the U.S. State Department’s recent level 2 travel advisory to the area, which urges Americans to carefully consider their travel to the region, Cancun remains the top international destination for Americans. The survey also noted that San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital, is starting to regain its stride as a popular travel destination after last year’s Hurricane Maria, coming in at number eight on the list. Allianz Global Assistance reviewed customers’ trips planned from May 28, 2018 through September 3, 2018 for travel between five to eight days in length, to gather where Americans are looking to spend their summer vacations. This year’s results revealed that Americans looking to travel domestically are planning trips to Orlando (8.80 percent) and New York City (5.51 percent), followed in popularity by Las Vegas (5.36 percent), Los Angeles (4.02 percent), Honolulu (3.12 percent), Miami (3.10 percent), Seattle (3.04 percent), Boston (2.93 percent), Fort Lauderdale (2.92 percent) and San Francisco (2.62 percent). Apart from London and Paris, most international summer travel destinations are in the Caribbean or Mexico. Cancun, Mexico (15.72 percent) topped the list for the second year in a row, followed by Higüey, Dominican Republic (7.77 percent), Montego Bay, Jamaica (5.78 percent), Nassau, Bahamas (4.31 percent), San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico (4.28 percent), Aruba Island, Aruba (3.99 percent), London, England (3.52 percent), San Juan, Puerto Rico (2.87 percent), Paris, France (2.75 percent) and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (2.53 percent). “This year’s results yielded some interesting findings: New York is a newcomer to the list, revealing that travelers are not only interested in beach destinations this summer,” said Daniel Durazo, director of communications for Allianz Global Assistance USA. “And despite recent travel warnings and last year’s Hurricane Maria, Americans are still choosing to travel to Cancun and Puerto Rico. No matter where you are headed this season, travel insurance is an investment that can offer peace of mind and help protect your financial investment.” A video highlighting the findings is available to view here. Allianz Global Assistance offers travel insurance** through most major U.S. airlines, leading travel agents, online travel agencies, other travel suppliers and directly to consumers. For more information on Allianz Global Assistance and the policies offered for travelers, please visit: http://www.allianztravelinsurance.com. *Methodology: The data of U.S. travelers’ 2018 summer travel plans was gathered by analyzing the number of travelers that went through the online booking process of airfare and package paths for partners offering Allianz Global Assistance travel to generate itineraries for roundtrip flights departing from US airports during 5/28/2018 – 9/3/2018 for trips between 5-8 days in length. Top Domestic Summer Travel DestinationsRank2018 Domestic City% of Domestic Offers 2017 Domestic City% of Domestic Offers1Orlando8.80%Orlando8.64%2New York5.51%Las Vegas4.74%3Las Vegas5.36%Honolulu4.37%4Los Angeles4.02%Los Angeles3.65%5Honolulu3.12%Seattle3.37%6Miami3.10%San Francisco3.21%7Seattle3.04%Maui2.91%8Boston2.93%Boston2.90%9Fort Lauderdale2.92%Denver2.87%10San Francisco2.62%Fort Lauderdale2.57% Top International Summer Travel DestinationsRank2018 International City% of Int’l Offers2017 International City% of Int’l Offers 1Cancun, Mexico15.72%Cancun, Mexico16.91%2Higuey, Dominican Republic7.77%Punta Cana, Dominican Republic5.27%3Montego Bay, Jamaica5.78%San José del Cabo, Mexico4.63%4Nassau, Bahamas4.31%Montego Bay, Jamaica4.17%5San José del Cabo, Mexico4.28%San Juan, Puerto Rico3.94%6Aruba Island, Aruba3.99%Aruba Island, Aruba3.92%7London, United Kingdom3.52%London, United Kingdom3.61%8San Juan, Puerto Rico2.87%St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands3.36%9Paris, France2.75%Nassau, Bahamas3.16%10Providenciales, Turks and Caicos2.53%Paris, France2.58%    Allianz Global Assistance USAAllianz Global Assistance USA (AGA Service Company) is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company.  We provide insurance to 35 million customers annually and are best known for our Allianz Travel Insurance plans. In addition to travel insurance, Allianz Global Assistance USA offers tuition insurance, event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events and unique travel assistance services such as international medical assistance and concierge services. The company also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call center services and claims administration for property and casualty insurers and credit card companies. To learn more about Allianz Travel Insurance, please visit allianztravelinsurance.com or Like us on Facebook atFacebook.com/AllianzTravelInsuranceUS. **Terms, conditions, and exclusions apply to all plans. Plans are available only to U.S. residents. Not all plans are available in all jurisdictions. For a complete description of the coverage and benefit limits offered under your plan, carefully review your plan’s Letter of Confirmation/Declarations and Certificate of Insurance/Policy. Insurance coverage is underwritten by BCS Insurance Company (OH, Administrative Office: Oakbrook Terrace, IL), rated “A-” (Excellent) by A.M. Best Co., under BCS Form No. 52.201 series or 52.401 series, or Jefferson Insurance Company (NY, Administrative Office: Richmond, VA), rated “A+” (Superior) by A.M. Best Co., under Jefferson Form No. 101-C series or 101-P series, or Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and Affiliated Companies (One Nationwide Plaza, Columbus, OH 43215-2200), under Form Nos. SRTC 2000 and NSHTC 2500, each rated “A+” (Superior) by A.M. Best Co., depending on state of residence. Allianz Global Assistance and Allianz Travel Insurance are marks of AGA Service Company or its affiliates. AGA Service Company is the licensed producer and administrator of these plans and an affiliate of Jefferson Insurance Company. The insured shall not receive any special benefit or advantage due to the affiliation between AGA Service Company and Jefferson Insurance Company. 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La Colección Resorts by Fiesta Americana Offers Unique Wedding Packages Across All Four Brands

first_imgTop-of-the-line service, unparalleled scenic views and 10 different resorts to choose from place La Colección Resorts at the top of the list for couples seeking the best destination wedding venues   Mexico City, Mexico (July 24, 2018) – As one of the most sought-after locations for destination weddings, Mexico is the classic romantic setting for couples looking to tie the knot in a foreign location. La Colección Resorts by Fiesta Americana’s unique sites and experiences in Mexico’s most desired beach destinations are sure to surpass every couples wedding expectations. With four brands – Live Aqua, Grand Fiesta Americana, Fiesta Americana and The Explorean – each unique in wedding venues and accommodations, and four wedding packages, couples can rely on La Colección Resorts to make their dream wedding a reality. “At La Colección Resorts couples have the opportunity to bring their dream wedding to life – whether they are seeking an intimate event with their closest family and friends or a large wedding experience with up to 100 guests,” said Rafael Lizarraga, chief commercial officer of Posadas. “Our four wedding packages allow couples to tailor their special day to their specific needs and our personalized service and expertise in event planning help us to serve as the ideal partner to help them create an experience they will never forget.” La Colección Resorts’ four different wedding packages are available at almost every resort. All include wedding services such as a wedding cake, a symbolic ceremony performed by a non-denominational minister, decorated alters or gazebos, bouquets and boutonnieres for wedding couples, and complimentary breakfast in bed the morning after the ceremony.For the couple seeking a private wedding experience for just the two of them, the Serenata Package is complimentary with a two-night booking in a Top Suite and includes a private dinner under the stars, a reflexology massage, and wine tasting with a sommelier.The Beso Package is designed for intimate weddings with up to 20 guests, with the complimentary option of 10 rooms for 5 nights or 1 master suite for 7 nights upon booking and includes a reservation at one of the resort’s restaurant during operation hours for up to 20 people.The Abrazo Package is for your average-sized wedding ceremony for up to 30 guests that includes a private reception with an international open bar for up to 3 hours and a 3-course seated meal with live entertainment from a couple’s choice of a guitarist or saxophonist.The Corazón Package is for the ultimate big wedding experience with two options of up to 50 or 100 guests and includes a newlywed private cabana overlooking the beach or the pool and a complimentary two-night certificate for couples to return to the special place where they tied the knot on their first anniversary. In addition to the wedding packages, each resort provides a talented “romance expert” with a team of skilled wedding planners onsite to assist on all the details for the couple’s special day. These wedding packages are offered under La Colección Resorts’ four distinct brands that each appeal to a different target and offer experiences that differ from the other: Live Aqua ResortsWith resorts in Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Live Aqua strays from the traditional wedding experience and are ideal for couples seeking a tight-knit, modern and upscale, adults-only wedding atmosphere. Couples and wedding guests can indulge in a one-of-a-kind sensory experience where they will be captivated by original oil blends of aromatherapy, moved by the tunes of the resident DJ, and struck by some of the most breathtaking horizons. A wedding reception at Live Aqua resorts will keep couples and guests on their feet all night long and make for a celebration they will never forget. Grand Fiesta AmericanaWith locations in Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and Cancun, Grand Fiesta Americana Resorts delivers a luxurious, upscale experience to set the stage for an extraordinary celebration. When it comes to bringing a couple’s dream wedding to life, the choices are endless, with venues that range from verdant gardens and turquoise waters to enchanting terraces that overlook some of the most picturesque views Mexico has to offer. Couples and their guests will be blown away by world-class fine dining, exceptional personalized service, and Grand Fiesta Americana’s luxurious aura. Fiesta AmericanaKnown to offer one of the best family-friendly atmospheres, Fiesta Americana Resorts provide the perfect setting for couples who want to celebrate with large families at an approachable price point. With five-star beachfront resorts, couples have the flexibility to choose between a white sand beach celebration or an elegant enclosed space, lavishly decorated by a professional team. All wedding guests — from the groom’s grandparents to the bride’s toddler nieces — will enjoy a taste of Mexico’s enchanting traditions, culture and warm hospitality, elegant accommodations and a la carte dining. The ExploreanFor those seeking a small and off the beaten path wedding experience, The Explorean Resorts are one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive, active adventure resorts where couples and their guests can wake up in a gorgeous bungalow in Kohunlich or in an elegant room in Cozumel and enjoy guided excursions to natural and man-made wonders in the Maya region, or relax by the pool taking in the sights and sounds of the wild before the big day. With an inviting natural environment, guests will feel a connection with nature via the stunning, lush green tropical forest that serves as a picture-perfect backdrop for an event couples will remember as the best day of their lives. From attractive wedding packages to unique venues and celebrations conveniently available at a wide-selection of resorts, La Colección Resorts offerings rank among the top destination wedding locations within Mexico’s most famous beach destinations. For more information go to www.lacoleccionresorts.com and check each resort’s offer under the weddings section.  About La Colección Resorts by Fiesta AmericanaLa Colección Resorts by Fiesta Americana is comprised of 12 distinctive resorts located in Mexico’s most desired beach destinations. The resort collection encompasses the brands Live Aqua Resorts, Grand Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts, Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts and The Explorean by Fiesta Americana. Showcasing the best of Mexico including its rich culture and warm hospitality, guests are privy to unrivaled accommodations, amenities and entertainment that ensure a superior, world-class vacation experience. The resorts within La Colección include: Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun All Inclusive Adults Only, Live Aqua Boutique Resort Playa del Carmen, Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive Adults Only, Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun, Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive Golf & Spa, Fiesta Americana Cozumel All Inclusive, Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive, Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive & Spa, Fiesta Americana Villas Cancun, Fiesta Americana Villas Acapulco, The Explorean Cozumel and The Explorean Kohunlich. For further information, please visit: www.lacoleccionresorts.com/last_img read more

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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Announces Efforts to Reduce Single-Use Plastics

first_imgPlastic straws eliminated across all 26 ships in the Company’s fleetCompany’s island destinations, Great Stirrup Cay and Harvest Caye, to eliminate plastic straws by August 2018Over 50 million plastic straws expected to be eliminated each year across fleet                    MIAMI, Florida – July 30, 2018 – Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (Norwegian) (NYSE: NCLH), a leading global cruise company which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, announced the important next step in its efforts to reduce its environmental impact by eliminating single-use plastic straws across its fleet of 26 ships and two island destinations, Great Stirrup Cay and Harvest Caye. The Company anticipates that it will eliminate over 50 million plastic straws each year across its fleet with these changes. As a member of Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas Alliance®, the Company is actively working towards solutions that will mitigate plastic waste entering the ocean.  The transition away from single-use plastics across the Company’s fleet and island destinations builds upon the Company’s environmental efforts already underway to increase sustainable sourcing, minimize waste to landfills, invest in emerging technologies and reduce CO2emissions. “Eliminating single-use plastic straws across our global fleet and island destinations builds on our global environmental program ‘Sail & Sustain’ and further reduces our environmental footprint,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.  “As a member of the Trash Free Seas Alliance®, we are committed to doing our part to protect the world’s oceans for future generations to enjoy.” “We commend Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings for this important step to reduce single-use plastics,” said Janis Searles Jones, chief executive officer of Ocean Conservancy. “Plastic straws are just a fraction of the plastic in the ocean, but they are always among the top ten items collected during Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Cleanup and can be deadly to ocean wildlife, which is why we have long urged our supporters to skip the straw when they can.” Founded in 2012, the Trash Free Seas Alliance® brings together thought leaders from industry, conservation and academia to create a forum for pragmatic, real-world collaboration focused on the measurable reduction of ocean trash. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ global environmental program, ‘Sail & Sustain’, reflects the Company’s mission of providing truly exceptional cruise vacation experiences for all of its guests while minimizing its impact on the environment.  To learn more about Norwegian’s commitment to environmental stewardship, visit the company’s website at http://www.nclhltd.com/Stewardship.  About Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:NCLH) is a leading global cruise company which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands. With a combined fleet of 26 ships with approximately 54,400 berths, these brands offer itineraries to more than 450 destinations worldwide. The Company will introduce eight additional ships through 2027. About Ocean ConservancyOcean Conservancy is working to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. Together with our partners, we create science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it. For more information, visit oceanconservancy.org, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements in this release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this release, including, without limitation, those regarding our business strategy, financial position, results of operations, plans, prospects and objectives of management for future operations (including expected fleet additions, development plans, environmental sustainability objectives and objectives relating to our activities), are forward-looking statements. Many, but not all, of these statements can be found by looking for words like “expect,” “anticipate,” “goal,” “project,” “plan,” “believe,” “seek,” “will,” “may,” “forecast,” “estimate,” “intend,” “future,” and similar words. Forward-looking statements do not guarantee future performance and may involve risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from the future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied in those forward-looking statements. Examples of these risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to the impact of: adverse events impacting the security of travel, such as terrorist acts, armed conflict and threats thereof, acts of piracy, and other international events; adverse incidents involving cruise ships; adverse general economic and related factors, such as fluctuating or increasing levels of unemployment, underemployment and the volatility of fuel prices, declines in the securities and real estate markets, and perceptions of these conditions that decrease the level of disposable income of consumers or consumer confidence; the spread of epidemics and viral outbreaks; our expansion into and investments in new markets;  the risks and increased costs associated with operating internationally; breaches in data security or other disturbances to our information technology and other networks; changes in fuel prices and/or other cruise operating costs; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; overcapacity in key markets or globally; the unavailability of attractive port destinations; our indebtedness and restrictions in the agreements governing our indebtedness that limit our flexibility in operating our business; the significant portion of our assets pledged as collateral under our existing debt agreements and the ability of our creditors to accelerate the repayment of our indebtedness; volatility and disruptions in the global credit and financial markets, which may adversely affect our ability to borrow and could increase our counterparty credit risks, including those under our credit facilities, derivatives, contingent obligations, insurance contracts and new ship progress payment guarantees; our inability to recruit or retain qualified personnel or the loss of key personnel; delays in our shipbuilding program and ship repairs, maintenance and refurbishments; our reliance on third parties to provide hotel management services to certain ships and certain other services; future increases in the price of, or major changes or reduction in, commercial airline services; amendments to our collective bargaining agreements for crew members and other employee relation issues; our inability to obtain adequate insurance coverage; future changes relating to how external distribution channels sell and market our cruises; pending or threatened litigation, investigations and enforcement actions; our ability to keep pace with developments in technology; seasonal variations in passenger fare rates and occupancy levels at different times of the year; changes involving the tax and environmental regulatory regimes in which we operate; and other factors set forth under “Risk Factors” in our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The above examples are not exhaustive and new risks emerge from time to time. Such forward-looking statements are based on our current beliefs, assumptions, expectations, estimates and projections regarding our present and future business strategies and the environment in which we expect to operate in the future. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made. We expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in our expectations with regard thereto or any change of events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement was based, except as required by law.last_img read more

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