ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 11, 2012March 14, 2018Click 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)Mother’s Day 2012 provides a good occasion to celebrate accomplishments in the field over the past year. The Maternal Health Task Force shares ten exciting developments.The State of the World’s Midwives report provided the first comprehensive analysis of midwifery services in countries where the needs are greatest.The MHTF & PLoS launched an open-access collection on quality of maternal health care.UNICEF & UNFPA launched the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities, to increase access to maternal, child, and newborn health commodities.Joyce Banda, an advocate for women’s health & rights, became Malawi’s first female president.The White Ribbon Alliance, along with many partners, developed the Respectful Maternity Care Charter: The Universal Rights of Childbearing Women.Direct Relief International, Fistula Foundation, & UNFPA partnered to develop the first-ever Global Fistula Map, outlining the global landscape of the issue.The first-ever estimates of preterm birth rates by country were published in a new report, Born Too Soon: A Global Action Report on Preterm Birth.Save the Children’s 13th State of the World’s Mothers report focused on nutrition during the period from pregnancy through the child’s 2nd birthday, the first 1,000 daysThe World Health Organization added Misoprostol to the List of Essential Medicines, a critical step toward preventing post-partum hemorrhage.Melinda Gates announced plans to help raise $4 billion to dramatically increase access to family planning around the world by 2020.Please add to the list in the comments!Share this:
Posted on August 24, 2016August 24, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Join the Ariadne Labs team for Implementing Checklists for Quality Improvement: Best Practices Along the Implementation Pathway – “Engage”, the second webinar in their interactive webinar series dedicated to sharing lessons learned in checklist implementation for quality improvement.Ariadne Labs has developed tools including checklists for childbirth, surgery, and serious illness that have resulted in measurable improvements in patient care, and are now being adopted by private sector partners, governmental organizations, and health systems worldwide. The first webinar held in June 2016 presented the Safe Childbirth Checklist and Implementation Pathway and featured Dr. Leonard Kabongo, an obstetrician and quality improvement champion from Gobabis, Namibia.The second webinar in this series will explore the first step of the Implementation Pathway, ‘Engage’, and lessons learned in effectively preparing to implement. This webinar will also feature Dr. Rosemary Ogu’s experience implementing the Safe Childbirth Checklist in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.This webinar will share best practices in:Ensuring buy-in and identifying relevant stakeholdersEstablishing an implementation teamAdapting the ChecklistDate: August 26, 2016 from 10-11am (EDT)Access the webinar—Missed the first webinar in the series?Read our summary post: Lessons Learned from Implementing the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist.Watch the first webinar.Download the slideshow.Join the BetterBirth Community.Learn more about the launch of the checklist and the Safe Childbirth Checklist Case Study in Namibia. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: For more information on Safe Childbirth Checklist implementation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.Download the Safe Childbirth Checklist and Implementation Guide in English, French or Spanish here.Share this:
Posted on October 25, 2017October 25, 2017By: Catharine H. Taylor, Vice President, Health Programs Group, Management Sciences for Health; Dai Hozumi, Senior Director, Health Technologies, Management Sciences for Health; JoAnn Paradis, Strategic Communications Advisor, Management Sciences for 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)Advances in health technologies have reshaped the lives of communities, families and individuals, undoubtedly contributing to better health outcomes around the world. For the most vulnerable populations, technology may significantly improve access to preventive, diagnostic and treatment services and help increase demand for greater quality care. Yet, despite their potential, new technologies can also add new challenges, risking potential gains in quality, safety or cost. Particularly in settings where health systems are weak, the introduction of technological interventions requires thoughtful execution.Take the case of ultrasound technology. Used during routine antenatal visits, ultrasound scans have the potential to change the scenario for many pregnant women who face complications. If combined with proper skills, knowledge and quality-assurance, this technology could help identify high risk pregnancies and establish an accurate gestational age in order to improve obstetric care. Many low- and middle-income countries are seeing a rapid introduction of this technology into their health systems, accelerated by a dramatic rise in demand that has been driven in part by medical staff, local advertising, falling prices and a greater availability and range of ultrasound devices.Yet ultrasounds are not proven to lead to better outcomes for women and newborns in low-income countries, and without the proper focus on their introduction and use, we risk the efficiency and effectiveness of health systems and expose women and newborns to unnecessary technological interventions. That’s why, just last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued recommendations on antenatal care endorsing one scan in early pregnancy in low-income countries alongside guidance for staff training and proper use of this technology.The realities on the groundWe recently visited a health center in the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda’s capital city, which had just introduced an ultrasound machine for antenatal care. Like many others, the doctor at this health center was looking to take advantage of this imaging technology to provide better care to his patients. Despite the guidelines calling for only one ultrasound scan in early pregnancy, a woman we met proudly shared with us four photographs she obtained through repeated scans, even though there were no abnormalities or issues identified throughout her pregnancy. We’ve encountered instances like these in several countries, bringing into question essential governance aspects including the right policies, oversight and mechanisms for evidence-based decision-making, and highlighting potential ethical issues around the use of this technology. Was the doctor equipped with the right skills or understanding behind the proper use of ultrasound? Were there additional unnecessary costs and burdens for the woman and her family, who may have been lulled into a false sense of security that repeated scans would ensure a better outcome for mother and baby?Given the WHO recommendation and the ubiquity of ultrasound devices, the real question becomes: How do we ensure health systems are robust enough to effectively and safely take advantage of this technology?There appear to be major gaps in policies, planning and oversight to support the introduction of ultrasound technology, especially outside the more specialized hospital setting. At Management Sciences for Health we support governments in their efforts to build strong adaptive systems that meet the needs of the populations they serve. The case of antenatal ultrasound highlights three specific issues:Adequate procurement and a strong supply chain: Our experiences in helping governments improve procurement and supply chain management highlight critical issues that affect how technology takes root and delivers on its potential. Ultrasound technology has advanced to allow for different types of imaging and functionalities, ranging in price from USD $2,000 to $15,000. Determining which one meets the specific needs of a local health system requires thoughtful procurement policies and effective distribution and placement. In addition to regular supplies such as jelly, paper towels, printers, etc., the processes and costs required to maintain the accuracy and sensitivity of the ultrasound equipment, including servicing malfunctioning machines, must be carefully considered within health systems – and these are influenced by the machine specifications. Of course, power supply requirements are also important considerations for health centers that frequently experience electricity outages and voltage fluctuations.A well-functioning referral mechanism: Because the effectiveness of this intervention relies on the ability of screened women to seek care depending on the screening results, it is also essential for a functional referral system to be in place. Health workers and sonographers must be able to support informed decision-making, and women with high risk pregnancies must be able to reach the referral hospital – one which must be equipped to handle the level of care that screening indicates, including emergency obstetric and newborn care. The value of the ultrasound screening is diminished when this is not in place, or when women are unable to cover the additional costs of transportation and hospital care and treatment. As illustrated in a study published recently on the implementation of ultrasound technologies in the Democratic Republic of Congo, these challenges represent enormous barriers for the most vulnerable populations.Strong governance for health: As a screening tool, the ultrasound depends on a process or a decision-making algorithm that allows health workers to adequately act on the information gathered. Nurses and midwives – the cadres who might typically perform this intervention at health centers – must have the policies, consistent training and ongoing supervision to use the technology, analyze the results and take appropriate actions. These elements, and a sound system of quality assurance and data management, will protect the health of women and newborns and prevent health workers from misdiagnosing patients.Above all, to realize the power of technology in any setting, but most importantly in low-resource countries, we must understand their specific circumstances, and support governments to establish appropriate policies, good governance and ethical standards as a foundation for appropriate use of technology. This requires structural changes within the health system and partnership with businesses involved in the manufacturing and selling of ultrasound devices. Only then can we ensure that ultrasound technology – or any technology – delivers on its promise.This post originally appeared on Next Billion Health Care as “The Complex Truth of Health Tech: Why Greater Ultrasound Availability Doesn’t Always Benefit Patients.”Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
[Related Article: ESPN Predicts Every Game Left On Iowa’s Schedule]“Love it or leave it!”Ricky Stanzi is our Honorary Captain | https://t.co/BATGBnk9C0#Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/TTb9kcIcj3— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) October 10, 2019 The crowning achievement of Ricky Stanzi’s college career was his 2009 campaign. That year, Iowa went 11-2 overall and finished ranked No. 7 after beating Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl. It was their highest ranked finish since 1960 and only their second 11-win season ever.Stanzi finished his college football career third in passing yards and touchdowns in Hawkeyes history.After his senior season, Stanzi was drafted in the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. However, he never threw a pass in five NFL seasons.He briefly revived his football career in 2017 with the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders, but was released in 2018. MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: Quarterback Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes leads his team onto the field against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)The Iowa Hawkeyes host the Penn State Nittany Lions in a crucial Big Ten showdown this weekend. To mark the occasion, Iowa has invited a special VIP to serve as the honorary captain.On Thursday, the Iowa football program announced that former starting quarterback Ricky Stanzi had been named honorary captain for the game. He was Iowa’s starter from 2008 to 2010 and set numerous milestones during his time with the Hawkeyes.Stanzi went 26-9 as a starter and was the first quarterback in Iowa history to win three bowl games as a starter.Incidentally, three of his 26 wins came against the Nittany Lions.
Chicharito flashed the lopsided, toothy grin known to millions and held up the shirt. As he smiled, dozens of executives across North America must have sighed.Javier Hernandez is right where he wants to be, and that is with Sevilla. Not in MLS. Not in Mexico. In Spain.Mexico’s all-time leading scorer moved to the Liga club from West Ham in a move announced on Monday, giving Julen Lopetegui’s team an attacking option it sorely lacked and getting the striker out of a West Ham system that never seemed to suit his skills. 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 “I have no doubts, only positive thoughts,” he said at an introductory news conference. “I was speaking about it with my agent, about how it is a great opportunity. I know the responsibility that is required and I am excited.””I am here to work hard and show the best version of myself on both a professional and personal level. I expect nothing less of myself, and neither do they,” he added later.As his friends and El Tri teammates move back to Liga MX (Miguel Layun), the Middle East (Hector Moreno) or MLS (Carlos Vela), Chicharito’s desire to press on in Europe’s top leagues is rare and remarkable.It is even more remarkable when considering the fact that not only has he taken a pay cut from his Premier League wages, according to Sevilla sporting director Monchi, but also has turned down the potential riches he could make were he to join a team in Major League Soccer or return to his native country and play in Liga MX.”I’ve never seen a player cut his wages the way he has done in order to come here. That’s a sign,” Monchi said at Monday’s news conference. “He has made an important financial sacrifice to come here, and when I think about that I realize it can only be down to his true desire to play for Sevilla. I think he is among the best strikers in the world. Javier has goals, has quality, he’s fast and he’s a good finisher.”He’s also one of the most marketable players in the Americas. Bayer Leverkusen saw the bump when the 31-year-old spent two seasons there, becoming one of the most popular Bundesliga clubs in Mexico and the United States and gaining thousands of new followers across various social media accounts thanks to the popularity of the “Little Pea.”The combination of skill and selling-power has made Chicharito the dream of many an MLS front office executive.Like a Raul Ruidiaz in Seattle, a Brian Fernandez in Portland or a Josef Martinez in Atlanta, he is a player who could plug right into an attack and make it better. Unlike those players, he’s a name the casual fan – and even the casual non-fan – knows and would likely consider buying a ticket or copping a shirt.He’s been linked with Orlando City and the Chicago Fire, but few MLS owners wouldn’t splash the cash if Chicharito were on offer.”I saw something on social media saying that Chicharito would cost $3 million a year. Guess what. If Chicharito was $3 million a year, FC Dallas is ready and prepared. I can just tell you that,” FC Dallas president and owner Dan Hunt told Goal in August. “The reality is, when I broke it out for somebody, it was – with the transfer (fee) – about a $60 million deal. You’ve got to think about that from a business standpoint.”Hunt is hardly the only MLS owner doing back-of-the-envelope calculations about how much it would’ve cost to bring in the forward. He’s not even the only MLS owner in his own state who would love to splash cash on a move.“Chicharito would be pretty special,” Austin FC owner Anthony Precourt told the Austin Soccer Podcast when asked about getting a big star for the 2021 MLS expansion team. “We’ll certainly be active in trying to recruit him for many years to come.” But with this move to Sevilla, you have to wonder if Chicharito ever plans to join MLS. If he plays out his three-year deal with Sevilla, that would take him through the 2021-22 season. While the awkward timing of the Qatar tournament may come into play, it’s possible Chicharito sees it as his final bow.Or maybe he’s trying to set up a final six months with Chivas. Like MLS teams, the Guadalajara side also has been mentioned often as a potential landing spot for Chicharito’s long-awaited North American return. Perhaps Chicharito has set it up so he’ll play one last short tournament before going out a Guadalajara hero, joining El Tri for the World Cup and then hanging up the boots for good.Then again, Chicharito is hardly a player or a human who has it all that calculated. In his vlogs and social media posts, he has cast himself as a thoughtful but impulsive person who is far more concerned about loving life than scoring goals.Yet, it’s clear there’s still the same drive that took him to Manchester United in the first place and that has seen him bounce back from a handful of dips during his European career. Even in what may have been the low point, a tumultuous stint with Real Madrid, he scored important goals on the grandest of stages. The ambition to do so again is still there, which has to thrill not only Mexico fans but also Mexico manager Tata Martino.With this transfer, Chicharito has showed once again that his family and his own personal happiness mean more to him than fortune or fame. It’s a laudable decision, though one sure to diminish the personal happiness of the dozens of executives in North America who were hoping to see his smile as he held up their team’s jersey on deadline day.
Unai Emery has defended VAR after it ruled in his side’s favour in their draw with Manchester United on Monday night.The Spaniard saw his side come from behind to salvage a point against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, with VAR instrumental in awarding the goal for the Gunners.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s equaliser at Old Trafford was initially ruled out for offside, with VAR then correctly giving the goal after replays showed that United’s Harry Maguire was playing the striker onside. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The vital intervention from VAR helped Arsenal come back from Scott McTominay’s first-half opener, with the Gabon forward lifting the ball over David de Gea to score his seventh league goal in as many games this season.And for Arsenal manager Unai Emery, VAR was correct in allowing the goal to stand.”For me it’s very clear. It’s VAR – it says if something is good or not good and that action is clear,” Emery told beIN Sports.”The referee had to wait and finish the action and then raise the flag after. Then check the VAR. This is the first adaptation for the referees and for us.”I said at the beginning when the Premier League decided to work with VAR that it’s positive. It’s going to be fair for both teams after we’ve adapted and when we know when to use it. “In Europe they use it more than here, more action, but the action here was very clear tonight.”VAR was also called upon just minutes before Arsenal’s opener as a Jesse Lingard cross appeared to hit Sead Kolasinac on the arm, but the home side’s appeals were waved away by referee Kevin Friend, with VAR then confirming the referee’s decision not to award a penalty.The result leaves United tenth in the table after seven games, three points behind Arsenal in fourth, with Aubameyang’s goal his 14th in his last 14 league starts.After latching onto a through ball from 18-year-old Bukayo Saka, Aubameyang cleverly lifted the ball over the onrushing De Gea, with his celebrations then cut short after noticing the raised flag from the assistant referee, much to the annoyance of the forward. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
David Moyes admits Wayne Rooney wanted out of Manchester United when he arrived at the club, but Manchester City was never an option for the England captain.A summer of change in 2013 saw Sir Alex Ferguson slip into retirement at Old Trafford.United turned to another Scot for inspiration, with Moyes appointed on a long-term contract after proving his worth at Everton. 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 He would prove to be a serious flop, with there too many challenges for him to take on as successor to the iconic figure.One of those involved talismanic striker Rooney, with a man who would go on to become the Red Devils’ all-time leading goalscorer among those looking for a change of scenery.Moyes told beIN Sports: “Wayne was looking to get away when I joined Manchester United, and I was aware of that when I joined the club, that he was looking to change club.“But actually this time I really wanted him, I really wanted him to stay.“I thought the chance to work with Wayne again, I thought it would help me, and he certainly did, he was really good.”Moyes had helped to launch Rooney’s career during his time at Goodison Park, with a 16-year-old thrust onto a senior stage.He added on the saga he inherited at Old Trafford: “Yeah I do [know where Rooney wanted to go], aye, and I did at that time.“But I have to say I learnt a lesson a little bit from the owners of Manchester United at that time.“I think Wayne eventually put a transfer request in and the owners of Manchester United turned round and said ‘you don’t think we listen to transfer requests, we had far better players, many players who have put in transfer requests, we tell them when we want them to leave Manchester United’.”Moyes insists City, who were an emerging force at the time, were not the destination Rooney had his eye on, saying: “No he wasn’t going to cross the city.“So there you go, that’s a clue. Yes [it was a Premier League club].”It has already been revealed by Moyes himself that Chelsea were the team Rooney was keen on linking up with.He told the Sunday Times back in April 2015: “Chelsea were close to taking him.“Jose Mourinho was interested but we wouldn’t do any business. I had to fight to make sure he stayed – and was at the heart, again, of what Manchester United were going to be moving forward.”Rooney finally left United in 2017, as he returned to Everton, and is currently on the books at MLS outfit D.C. United.
Thibaut Courtois has been left out of Real Madrid’s squad to face Granada, just a few hours after the club denied he has an anxiety problem.The Belgian goalkeeper was substituted at half-time in Madrid’s Champions League draw with Club Brugge in midweek, with head coach Zinedine Zidane saying the player “wasn’t well and couldn’t continue.”It was subsequently claimed in media reports that the former Chelsea man was affected by anxiety, but a club statement denied this on Friday, instead revealing he is suffering from gastroenteritis. 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 “In relation to certain information about our player, Thibaut Courtois, Real Madrid want to state the following,” said the statement.“Our player has never been diagnosed with anxiety and that information is absolutely false.“Courtois has been diagnosed and treated for gastroenteritis with dehydration and electrolyte imbalance, which made it impossible for him to finish Tuesday’s game against Brugge.“The player is responding well to the treatment.”As such, Courtois was not named in the Madrid squad to face La Liga surprise package Granada when Zidane announced his 19-man squad later the same day.Alphonse Areola, who replaced Courtois against Brugge, will be joined by Castilla goalkeepers Javier Belman and Diego Altube in the group.Lucas Vazquez and Vinicius Junior both featured in the European clash but were left out of this selection, with James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale and Rodrygo Goes returning.Zidane had already confirmed Madrid were considering starting Eder Militao at left-back due to a number of defensive injuries, with Marcelo, Ferland Mendy and Nacho all out. Alvaro Odriozola is another option.Real sit top of La Liga with opponents Granada in second. City rivals Atletico are just a point behind, and Barcelona just two points adrift despite their uncertain start.Barca now have Lionel Messi back in their side, so Real will need to be at the top of their game from here on in if they are to keep their place at the top of the pile.No team have convinced in the league so far, but Zidane’s side have the chance to make a statement this weekend, even without their first-choice goalkeeper.
AmaMagna to Feature Open-Water Sports Platform, Multiple Dining Options, Larger Staterooms and Eco-Friendly Engine Calabasas, CA – (May. 12, 2017) – AmaWaterways today announced plans for AmaMagna, its biggest ship ever to be launched in 2019. AmaMagna represents a new concept specifically designed to elevate the modern luxury market. Twice the width of traditional European river ships, the latest AmaWaterways innovation welcomes only 194 guests and affords luxurious living spaces, multiple dining options including an al fresco glass-enclosed restaurant, more onboard activities and enhanced evening entertainment. The ship will debut a quieter and more fuel-efficient engine and – a first for river cruising – open-water sports platform, complete with zodiac boats, canoes and recreational equipment. Construction for the new vessel, destined to sail Danube itineraries, began March 6, 2017. “As the luxury river cruise market continues to grow, we want to carry on as the leader in industry innovation. While this new double-width concept has been on the table for some time, we believe, given the unique demand that exists, that now is the perfect moment to introduce this style of ship,” said Rudi Schreiner, president and co-owner of AmaWaterways. “AmaMagna will provide guests with generous personal space, the freedom of multiple dining choices and exceptional stateroom comfort. Combining this with our award-winning cuisine, noteworthy shore excursions and remarkable onboard service, we feel this ship is a game-changer.” In total, AmaMagna will feature 97 staterooms – the majority of which will be over 300 square feet, some of the largest in river cruising. Additional amenities include a large heated sundeck swimming pool with whirlpool and sky bar, a spacious spa area with new treatments, a fitness room large enough for small group classes and generous common areas designed to accommodate a variety of onboard events. “We’ve expanded the options for our guests by incorporating exceptional epicurean adventures, and new wellness offerings. Our guests deserve the very best and we are always thinking about new opportunities that will give them the vacation of a lifetime,” said Schreiner. “Now is the perfect time for us to introduce a new concept of luxurious European river cruising.” For more information or to book an AmaWaterways river cruise, contact a travel professional, visit www.AmaWaterways.com or call (800) 626-0126. Follow AmaWaterways on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmaWaterways, Instagram @AmaWaterways and Twitter @AmaWaterways.
Free Air on all 2018 and 2019 Departures if Booked by Aug. 31, 2018 Boston, July 2018 – Last year, Scenic unveiled a new Egypt and Jordan portfolio of tours and cruise/tours, making use of the recently refurbished Sanctuary Sun Boat III. Strong sales for the original 2018 and 2019 departures has the company extending the 2019 offerings with new dates in Sept, Oct. and Nov. 2019. Scenic is also offering guests free air or $1,000 price savings if they book any of the September 2018 through November 2019 departures by August 31, 2018. Whether wandering among the 4,500-year-old pyramids and taking in the evening laser light show, or relaxing on the sun deck of the Sanctuary Sun Boat III, guests on Scenic’s 11-day Treasures of Egypt will go home with a deep understanding and appreciation of one of the world’s oldest cultures. The intimate, luxury boutique ship (18 cabins) conveys guests along the historic Nile, sailing between Luxor and Aswan, while on land, the use of five-star hotels offer stunning views, easy access to local markets and a feeling of a home away from home. Highlights include the Great Pyramids and Sphynx, the World Heritage-listed temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, the antiquities in the Luxor Museum, numerous market visits and city tours, and watching the sunset during a private dinner at The Terrace in Aswan, where Dame Agatha Christie once settled for hours, intently penning chapters of her celebrated Death on the Nile. Fares start at $5,395 per person, double. The 10-day Kingdom of Jordan Unveiled takes guest son a land-based, deep exploration of Jordan, where the earliest evidence of habitation goes back 200,000 years. Rich in history and multiple cultures, the country offers guests more than can be done in any single trip. But Scenic is pulling out the stops to make sure the top sites are visited: Two nights in Amman and a reenactment of the Roman chariot races; the World-Heritage city of Petra, where guests enjoy a private visit to the Royal Automobile Museum; following in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia in the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum; and float (or cruise) in the hypersaline waters of the Red Sea. Fares start at $4,495. For guests who just want more – Scenic offers a combination of both trips – naming it The Essence of Egypt and Jordan. The 20-day adventure will leave guests with enough stories, memories and photographs to fill volumes. Fares begin at $9,495. Scenic’s choice of Sanctuary Sun Boat III fits in well with their focus on luxury and top service. Allowing up to 36 guests to enjoy an experience modeled on the opulent era of the roaring 20s, the intimate boutique ship offers spacious cabins with oversized picture windows and all the amenities found in high-end hotels. A swim in the Sun Deck pool can be followed by a relaxing snooze in one of the tented lounge chairs and then a top-notch dining experience in the ship’s Copper Tray restaurant. Two four-day vacation extensions are also offered. In Dubai, guests take in the famous Burj al Arab, Al Fahidi Fort and the Dubai Museum as well as wander through the world-famous gold and spice souks, enjoy the 124-story high view from the world’s tallest tower and kick up some sand on a desert dune safari. For guests wishing to add a biblical focus to their Scenic vacation, four days in Israel includes visits to the Mount and Monastery of Temptation, the tomb at the foot of Mount Olive regarded as the burial place of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and, after exploring the Old City of Jerusalem, the Wailing (Western) Wall. Scenic’s signature all-inclusive luxury means that absolutely everything is included: unlimited complimentary beverages, full-size private suites, all meals on board and most ashore, all gratuities, transfers, hotel accommodations, expert local guides, and all Scenic Freechoice activities and Scenic Enrich special events. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 30-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations; two award-winning river cruise lines – Scenic and Emerald Waterways; and, in August, the world’s first Discovery Yacht – Scenic Eclipse. Emerald Waterways’ seven Star Ships offer deluxe cruises in Europe, and the Mekong, while Scenic’s 15 Space Ships offer truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in the same destinations as well as the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures and reservations can be obtained via travel agents, or from Scenic: in the US: www.scenicusa.com; phone 844-788-7987; or email: email@example.com. Brochures can also be downloaded directly from the website.