Today is Network for Good’s official Be Your Donor Day. Today is the day all nonprofits should review their digital fundraising channels through their donors’ eyes. Of course, while every day should be Be Your Donor Day at your organization, we want to encourage all fundraisers to devote some time today to experiencing their outreach and donation process from their donor’s perspective. A third of all online giving will happen in December—now is the time to make sure your donors will have an easy giving experience that inspires and delights them. Don’t let your hard work of creating a great year-end fundraising plan go to waste! Make it your mission to find and fix any problems that may trip up your donors before the busiest giving days of the year. So, what can you do to celebrate Be Your Donor Day? Here are some suggestions:— Visit our Be Your Donor Day headquarters for donor-centric fundraising resources, including a Be Your Donor checklist and year-end fundraising guide.— Pledge to set aside time to view your entire fundraising and donation process from your donor’s perspective.— Put on your “donor hat” and make a donation, submit a contact form on your website, and call your main phone line. What happens? Is the process what you’d expect? Is it easy?— Ask a friend or family member (someone not overly familiar with your organization) to help you test your website and donation page.— Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #BeYourDonor.We asked a few of our friends in the nonprofit space to share their suggestions for Be Your Donor Day. Read on and check out their amazing tips:Kivi Leroux Miller wants you to rethink your newsletter strategy. Make it a valuable resource for your donors.Social Media for Nonprofits co-founder Darian Rodriguez Heyman recommends you follow the Burrito Principle when timing your social media posts. Post important updates when your donors and supporters are most likely checking their feeds.Mark Rovner and Alia McKee of Sea Change Strategies encourage fundraisers to consider the appreciation you show your donors. Would your organization pass the Bulls-Eye Test?Joanne Fritz suggests you view your website from the donor perspective. In addition to having a nice, clean layout with a prominent DonateNow button, your website should also strive to answer your donor’s most important questions.Form connections and get to know your donors, supporters and prospects, says Nancy Schwartz. Do donors feel connected to you and your organization?Big Duck’s Farra Trompeter shared this gem from last year’s Be Your Donor Day: make sure your donors love you! Here are 11 ways donors show you they care about your organization. Take the pledge to Be Your Donor and make your emails, donation page, website, and social media more donor friendly!I’d love to hear your ideas — share how you plan to “Be Your Donor” in the comments below.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:  Are men ready to use thermal male contraception? Acceptability in two French populations: New fathers and new providers Male Contraceptive Development: Update on Novel Hormonal and Nonhormonal Methods Modeling the impact of novel male contraceptive methods on reductions in unintended pregnancies in Nigeria, South Africa, and the United States Potential impact of hormonal male contraception: cross-cultural implications for development of novel preparations Update on male hormonal contraception Beyond the Condom: Frontiers in Male Contraception RISUG: An instravasal injectable male contraceptive https://www.parsemus.org/projects/vasalgel/ Why We Still Don’t Have Birth Control Drugs for Men Stealthing: What You Need to Knowhttps://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03452111 Efficacy and Safety of an Injectable Combination Hormonal Contraceptive for Men https://arstechnica.com/features/2018/02/more-than-half-a-century-later-wheres-the-male-pill/ Dundee University researchers start work on male pill Male contraception: Another holy grail https://www.packard.org/grants-and-investments/grants-database/parsemus-foundation/ Reproductive Motivation and Family-Size Preferences among Nigerian Men ‘Rape-Adjacent’: Imagining Legal Responses to Nonconsensual Condom RemovalShare this: Posted on October 18, 2019October 18, 2019By: Emily Gerson, Click 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)Disclaimer: While we recognize that not all people with male sex organs identify as men, we will be using the terms “men/male” to refer to people with penises and “women/female” to refer to people with uteri. We apologize for the cis- and heteronormativity that this promotes.Although it is impossible to become pregnant without contribution from a man, the contraception industry has virtually ignored their role in procreation, leaving their options stagnant in condom use, vasectomies, and the withdrawal method. Men who have female partners are frequently involved in conversations regarding birth control, but a man educating himself and encouraging his partner’s usage is wildly different from actual willingness to subject himself to the arduous administration methods and unpredictable side effects that come to be expected with contraceptives.Research has demonstrated that men are not opposed to using contraception if it means safer sex and a shared burden between partners. Male contraception could revolutionize family planning; combining it with female contraception could relieve worry from partners where a woman uses the pill, or similar contraceptives with high user error rates. Still, a lack of knowledge and research holds back progress, and attitudes towards male contraception vary based on location and contraceptive. For instance, 44% of men in Hong Kong expressed willingness to try a male pill compared to 83% of white men in Cape Town, and 32% of men in Edinburgh expressed willingness to try an injectable compared with 62% of white men in Cape Town.This is not to say that research has not been done on this regard. In fact, international research into the idea of male contraception began in the 1970s, and there are numerous male contraception options in very early stages of development, with several drawing more attention than others.So, what are some of the products being tested? From injectables to thermal underwear, methods with varying amounts of hormones (as well as non-hormonal methods) have demonstrated effectiveness, with the drawbacks mainly being unpleasant side effects and demanding means of execution.Hormonal methods Male hormonal contraceptives work by suppressing gonadotropins (hormones which stimulate the activity of the gonads) release from the pituitary, inducing the suppression of spermatogenesis (the development of mature sperm cells). Thousands of healthy men have enrolled in clinical trials of male hormonal contraceptives with a nearly universal return of steroid production and spermatogenesis function once the contraceptives are stopped.Large, international studies have demonstrated testosterone’s efficiency in suppressing sperm concentrations, while further research has found that testosterone alone is not as efficient as testosterone plus a progestin, both in the rate and extent of suppression of spermatogenesis.Testosterone clears quickly from the system when taken orally, and multiple doses per day is impractical, thus rendering the implementation of a male pill improbable. Hormonal injections are among the most widely researched male contraceptive options, and have been found to be extremely effective, with sperm function returning to normal after discontinuation. In a trial evaluating a testosterone injectable, 61% of the 44 participants who completed the 1-year exposure period rated the injectable as excellent or good and 79% indicated that they would use it if it were available.The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Contraceptive Research And Development Program (CONRAD) analyzed testosterone undecanoate (TU) and norethisterone enanthate (NETE) in a large efficacy study, however after mild to moderate mood changes were noted in some of the participants, an external safety review committee recommended stopping further injections before the planned end of the study. The most common mood change, found in 16.9% of participants, was categorized as “emotional disorder,” with 63 participants ranking the disorder as “mild,” two ranking it as “moderate” and zero as “severe.” The next most common mood change was mood swings, found in 4.7% of participants, with 16 participants ranking the mood swings as “mild,” three ranking them as “moderate” and zero as “severe.”  Although the side effects seem tame when quantified like this, one participant is thought to have taken their own life and another attempted to do so during the trial. WHO and CONRAD will not be moving forward in clinical trials, as there is no more funding available to retest another formulation.Other methods of delivery are also being tested. Nestorone, a transdermal testosterone gel, showed effective suppression of gonadotropins when used for 20 days. With no injections necessary, the gel would be widely accepted, and an encouraging trial showed that most failure was due to inconsistent or nonuse of products, not failure of product’s effectiveness. Nestorone is currently in Phase 2 clinical trials.Non-hormonal methods Perhaps the most recognizable non-hormonal method is RISUG, an injectable form of long acting reversible contraception (LARC) that began development in India in the early 1980s. RISUG has been in clinical trials for decades, with Phase 1 and Phase 2 published in 1993 and 1997, and Phase 3 in 2003. The longest duration of the RISUG bearer was over 13 years.Intellectual property rights to RISUG were acquired by NGO Parsemus Foundation in 2010. Parsemus used the RISUG technology to create Vasalgel, which claims to have a different polymer and formulation than RISUG. Parsemus has performed preclinical studies in rabbits and monkeys, and intends to begin trials in humans in 2020, although human trial start dates had previously been projected for 2018 and 2019. According to the Parsemus website, “The procedure is similar to a no-scalpel vasectomy, except a gel is injected into the vas deferens (the tube the sperm swim through), rather than cutting the vas (as is done in vasectomy). If a man wishes to restore flow of sperm, whether after months or years, the polymer would be dissolved and flushed out.” However, until drug companies choose to allocate funds to and put priority on testing Vasalgel, progress will be extremely difficult.Another fascinating non-hormonal option is thermal contraception. This is based on the notion that in human males, testicular temperature is 2-5 degrees Celsius lower than core body temperature, so when testicular temperature is increased, sperm output is reduced. Specific thermal underwear lifts testes closer to the body and warms them by 2 degrees Celsius. A French study found that males enjoyed that the underwear was natural and non-invasive but expressed concern over the need to wear it continuously.So, what’s stopping progress?Researchers have been playing around with the idea of male contraception for decades, but a lack of urgency surrounds the issue. Regardless of ample enthusiasm for the idea, the fact remains that pursuing male contraceptives like the ones described above would involve significant effort on the part of both male volunteers and the male-led pharmaceutical industry. Myriad hormonal and non-hormonal methods have been studied at least partially, but these studies receive little funding and almost no media attention, and abandonment and incompletion are rampant. Public access to male contraception requires completed and successful clinical trials, which in turn require significant funds and far more participants. Pharmaceutical companies have expressed little interest in male contraception, presumably because the complex drug would not become profitable for many years.Clinical trials that managed to amass the funding and subjects have been cut short due to side effects, such as mood swings, that are frequently associated with female hormonal contraception methods that millions use every day. Should men have to deal with the same side effects women do for the sake of family planning? Well, the flaws in female contraception, despite their use as an argument for leniency in male contraception development, also detract from funding towards male birth control, as better, more effective female contraception is also a public health goal. Sure, women endure severe adverse effects in the name of family planning, but they also have far more at stake, leaving them more likely to deem the side effects worth the risk.Organizations that fund contraception research and promotion are unlikely to divert all of their focus away from women’s health and onto men’s when there is still so much work to be done in achieving access to the family planning options already on the market. Yet, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation have both directed funds towards male contraception research. It’s important to note, though, that female contraception and its role in empowering women from low resource areas continues to be of higher priority.Further, male contraception would not eliminate, or even necessarily reduce, the need for female contraception. Even in a hypothetical near future where male birth control is cheap, safe, and accessible, for men to become the sole bearer of contraceptive responsibility the hypothetical future would also need to be one where women can trust the intentions of all men that they are sexually intimate with. Unfortunately, the latter concept proves to be elusive. It is impossible to tell if a potential partner has a long acting reversible contraceptive (LARC), like Vasalgel, and a pill would be easy to lie about having taken. With their bodies, finances, and futures on the line, women might not trust that men are telling the truth. With the prevalence of “stealthing,” the act of secretly removing the condom without the knowledge of the partner, this is not an unfounded fear. Research has shown that men generally desire larger families than women do, and in many cultures women are left out of reproductive decisions. “Stealthing” is rooted in the patriarchal notion that man’s pleasure and his “right” to extend his bloodline justify violating a woman’s bodily autonomy. Covert male contraception could make the abusive behavior even easier. Men are not the only perpetrators of reproductive manipulation, however. Male contraception would grant agency to men who fear being coerced into fatherhood by a deceptive partner. They would not have to carry the child, but fatherhood is itself far too heavy of a responsibility to risk if one is not fully prepared.Though male birth control would not replace its female counterpart, significant interest has been gauged due to the anticipated benefits. While male contraception is unlikely to be publicly available any time soon, it is not yet a lost cause. Nestorone transdermal gel’s clinical trial is estimated to complete by 2021, and Parsemus is currently accepting donations to fund its research. Very recently, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation allotted a grant of about $900,000 (£716,670) to Dundee University in Scotland for research into a male pill. The progress may be slow, but the science is there, and it is promising.
Inter striker Mauro Icardi has joined Paris Saint-Germain on a loan for the duration of the 2019-20 season.The loan reportedly includes an option for PSG to buy the 26-year-old Icardi for €65 million (£59m/$71m). This season, PSG reportedly will pay Icardi €8m, with a €2m bonus should they activate the purchase option in the deal. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? If PSG do not activate the purchase option, Icardi would return to Inter on wages of €5m per season. Inter have also announced Icardi has signed a one-year extension on his contract, so if he does not join PSG permanently his deal with Inter will run through 2022. The Argentine’s future with Inter has been in doubt since February 2019, when he was stripped of his club captaincy amid reports of contentious contract negotiations between himself, his wife and agent Wanda Nara, and Inter.Icardi would not return until two months later, and though he finished out the season in the squad, he was not part of new Inter head coach Antonio Conte’s plans for the 2019-20 campaign.Inter were vocal about moving Icardi on, with links to Juventus, including a possible swap of Paulo Dybala mooted, while Napoli, Monaco and Atletico Madrid were also mentioned as possible landing spots in recent months.However, he will instead join PSG, where the Ligue 1 champions have been beset by an injury crisis ahead of the start of Champions League play.Star forward Kylian Mbappe suffered a hamstring injury in a late August match against Toulouse and was ruled out for at least four weeks.Striker Edinson Cavani was injured in the same match, having injured his right adductor in the victory.Former Stoke City striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting replaced Cavani, with the 30-year-old having netted three times for PSG in his two appearances since.However, with a September 18 showdown with Real Madrid in the Champions League awaiting the Ligue 1 champions, PSG have elected to bring in another proven option in attack.While PSG have suffered injuries in the early part of the campaign, they are set to welcome back star forward Neymar, who will stay at the club after Barcelona failed to agree a move for the Brazil star.Neymar has yet to feature for PSG this season, as uncertainty in his transfer situation have kept him out of the squad the past two matches.
Ross Barkley says he is Chelsea’s designated penalty taker and insists he will take the next one the club are awarded despite his 87th-minute miss against Valencia on Tuesday.Willian, Jorginho and Tammy Abraham were all in discussion with Barkley after the referee checked with VAR to give a penalty for a handball by Daniel Wass late on in the defeat to the Spanish side.Rodrigo’s 74th-minute goal proved the difference at Stamford Bridge and England midfielder Barkley has insisted he will take another one despite blazing his spot-kick over the bar. 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 “When I’m on the pitch, I’ll take the penalty,” he told reporters. “Obviously I didn’t execute it right but everybody misses penalties. I didn’t score the goal but I felt confident. If there was another penalty in the game, I would have been confident to take it.”You can miss penalties. It’s not the end of the world. We’ve got five more games in the group stage that we’re aiming to win but this didn’t go our way.”Barkley has taken five other penalties during his time at Chelsea across penalty-shootouts and during matches.However, Jorginho is the only Blues player to score from the spot in a competitive match this season after netting in the Super Cup final against Liverpool, with Barkley on the bench.Willian and Abraham have also taken high-profile penalties in the past and Barkley has no hard feelings over the reaction of his team-mates before he stepped up.”We’ve got a lot of good penalty-takers in the squad and on a sheet in the changing rooms it says I’m on penalties if I’m on the pitch,” he added.”Otherwise, it’s Jorginho. But as with all players, sometimes you feel confident to take them on but we can all miss one.”They are confident to take the penalties as well but I practice them every day. I don’t miss them in training and in pre-season I scored penalties. I’ve missed penalties before when I was at Everton and it is one of those things. I’m gutted that I missed but these things happen.”It [the conversations with his team-mates before the penalty] was more like ‘good luck with the penalty’ type of thing. They were encouraging me and would have been willing to take the penalty as well but I felt confident. It was a disappointing night all round. Our first game in the group stage, our first game at home as well, it was disappointing.”Missing a penalty is not the end of the world for me. It is a disappointing result not coming away with the three points and disappointing for me not executing the penalty right. I felt confident that I would have but for me, it is to focus on the next game and to get three points at the weekend.”Chelsea will now turn their focus to a game against Liverpool on Sunday, with the Reds also suffering defeat in the Champions League as they lost 2-0 to Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo.
Liverpool will be searching for a strong response in the Champions League when they host Austrian champions Salzburg at Anfield on Wednesday.The Reds got their title defence to a disappointing start, losing away to Napoli in their Group E opener.Wednesday evening’s game against Salzburg will be the first European game at Anfield since Liverpool’s famous 4-0 semi-final win against Barcelona, and Jurgen Klopp and his team will be hopeful that the home advantage will be on their side as they look to take points off of the visitors. 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 Salzburg, meanwhile, got their European campaign to a strong start after demolishing Genk 6-2, leaving Liverpool currently bottom of Group E. Game Liverpool vs Salzburg Date Wednesday, October 2 Time 8pm BST / 3pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) . New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Univision NOW / Galavision fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the UK, the match will be shown on BT Sport 3 and can be streamed via BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 3 BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Liverpool squad Goalkeepers Adrian, Kelleher, Lonergan Defenders Van Dijk, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Gomez Midfielders Henderson, Milner, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain Forwards Salah, Firmino, Mane, Brewster Alisson still remains on the sidelines after picking up a calf injury in the opening day win over Norwich. The Brazil international is set to return to full training this week, but he will not be ready to feature against Salzburg.”Training is going really well but it was a serious injury and we don’t want to take a chance,” said Klopp on Alisson on Tuesday. “Tomorrow night, no chance and then we have to see for Leicester. [Manchester] United game, probably 100 per cent.”Nathaniel Clyne has been on an extended injury layoff with a knee issue, while both Joel Matip and Xherdan Shaqiri are out of the squad.Liverpool starting XI: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane Position Salzburg squad Goalkeepers Stankovic, Kohn, Coronel, Walke Defenders Vallci, Onguene, Ramalho, Ulmer, Farkas, Pongracic, Wober, Kristensen Midfielders Ashimeru, Szoboszlai, Junuzovic, Minamino, Okugawa Forwards Koita, Hwang, Prevljak, Daka, Haaland Star striker Erling Braut Haaland is on the bench due to illness, though coach Jesse Marsch stated that he was in contention.”Erling is healthy and ready for tomorrow,” he said.”The only decision for us is whether he is ready to start or to bring him off the bench.”Salzburg will be boosted by the likes of Marin Pongracic and Hee-Chan Hwang who returned from an injury layoff during the victory over Austria Vienna over the weekend.Antoine Bernede is unavailable for selection due to a broken shinbone picked up last week, while goalkeeper Alexander Walke has not featured this season due to a broken metatarsal.Salzburg starting XI: Stankovic; Kristensen, Onguene, Wober, Ulmer; Szoboszlai, Junuzovic, Mwepu, Minamino; Hwang, DakaBetting & Match Odds Liverpool are priced to win 3/10 with bet365 . A draw is available at 5/1 while a Salzburg victory is priced at 15/2 .Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Though Liverpool have managed to reach the UCL final twice in two years, their European away form has been far from perfect – and their defeat in Naples marked a fourth successive away group-stage loss. They lost all three of their 2018-19 away group stage games against Paris Saint-Germain, Red Star Belgrade, and Napoli.It is at home where the Reds are at their strongest, however, maintaining a 100% record at Anfield in the 2018-19 season and only managing to secure qualification to the last 16 on the final day of the group stage (in which they hosted Napoli and won 1-0).Despite their abysmal away record in Europe, Liverpool are among the favourites to win the Champions League this season, having brought home their sixth title in June after defeating Tottenham in the final.Klopp’s side currently top the Premier League and are five points clear of Manchester City, with the two once again considered the two sole front-runners in the race for the title.The Reds narrowly missed out on winning the double last year after losing out on the league by one solitary point, but they could very well challenge for both honours this season.Liverpool might feel that the 2-0 loss to Napoli was not an accurate reflection of the game, but they still need to win against Salzburg should they want to top Group E.Salzburg are familiar opponents to Sadio Mane and Naby Keita, who played for the side from 2012 to 2014 and 2014 to 2016 respectively. The Austrian champions will be far from an easy challenge, also currently topping the Austrian Bundesliga by five points.Klopp will be meeting his match attacking-wise, with Salzburg possessing a frighteningly devastating attacking team of their own. They have scored 45 goals in in their last 10 games, with their scorelines ranging from 7-2, 5-2 and 6-0.Teenage sensation Haaland has been the standout player , netting 17 times in 10 games for the club so far this season, as well as scoring a hat-trick in the victory over Genk.”I respect all other teams. We heard the other score had been 6-2, that is quite some score,” Klopp told reporters in his pre-match press conference.”I watched the match and it became more relative there is not such a massive difference. Salzburg scored four goals on breaks. If Salzburg can be assured of one thing it is that we respect them.”The pressure on us would be greater if we had nine points. We need to win a home match anyway and the pressure is greater.”We don’t have a lot of leeway. We can’t wait for scoring points. We need to get points tomorrow. Tomorrow night Salzburg will have to feel we are Liverpool and that they are in Liverpool and this is Anfield.”These are additional factors. I am only talking but we need to prove this is true.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Chelsea will travel to Lille to play their second game of the Champions League group stage on Wednesday evening, with both sides having opened their European campaigns with defeat.The Blues fell to a 1-0 loss at home to Valencia while Lille were defeated 3-0 in Group H by last season’s UCL semi-finalists Ajax.The West Londoners will be boosted by their weekend Premier League win over Brighton, which saw Frank Lampard earn his first home victory as Chelsea manager. 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 Game Lille vs Chelsea Date Wednesday, October 2 Time 8pm BST / 3pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream TUDNxtra fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the UK, the match will be shown on BT Sport 2 and can be streamed via BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Lille squad Goalkeepers Maignan, Cesar Defenders Celik, Fonte, Gabriel, Bradaric, Soumaoro, Pied, Djalo, Mandava Midfielders Sanches, Andre, Soumare, Bamba, Araujo, Yazici, Xeka, Maia, Ouattara Forwards Ikone, Osimhen, Leo, Remy Lille starting XI: Maignan; Celik, Fonte, Gabriel, Mandava; Andre, Soumare; Araujo, Ikone, Bamba; Osimhen Position Chelsea squad Goalkeepers Arrizabalaga, Caballero, Cumming Defenders Alonso, Christensen, Azpiliueta, James, Zouma, Tomori, Guehi Midfielders Jorginho, Barkley, Pulisic, Kenedy, Kovacic, Mount, McEachran, Gilmour Forwards Pedro, Giroud, Willian, Abraham, Batshuayi Chelsea starting XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Alonso; James, Jorginho, Kante; Willian, Abraham, Mount.Betting & Match Odds Lille are favoured at 13/5 to win with Bet365 . Chelsea are priced at 21/20 to secure a victory, while a draw is 5/2 .Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview With both Chelsea and Lille losing their opening Champions League group stage matches, they will be facing pressure to pick up points at the Stade Pierre Mauroy.The Blues must win the game if they want to be in good contention to finish first in Group H, currently topped by Valencia and Ajax on three points each.Lampard and Co. will be buoyed after registering their first clean sheet of the season against Brighton on Saturday, but the former Chelsea midfielder will feel that he needs better results from his side to ensure that they go far in the European competition.Chelsea have had an average start to the Premier League season, currently sitting in seventh place and already tasting defeat to the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool.They have found difficulty in trying to keeping clean sheets in this current campaign, though problems also lie at the opposite end of the pitch – with Chelsea having registered 24 shots on target against Brighton but only scoring two goals .The Blues boss has been praised for having faith in his young players in a squad full of promising talent, though are still arguably struggling to fill the Eden Hazard-shaped hole in the side despite standout performances from Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount.As for Lille, the Ligue 1 side faced similar problems when they sold Nicolas Pepe to Arsenal earlier in the summer, but find themselves in fourth place in the table.They are just four points adrift of Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain after taking five points from games against Rennes, Strasbourg and Nice.Victor Osimhen has been impressive for Lille with his six goals and two assists from eight league games, though the 3-0 defeat at Ajax will perhaps still be weighing on Christophe Galtier’s mind.Kante remains a doubt for Chelsea despite starting – and scoring – in the Premier League game against Liverpool.”We have to be honest, I thought Valencia wasn’t the worst game for us,” Lampard told reporters on Tuesday.”We played okay and should have got a result. It was a harsh lesson in switching off for a second and losing a match at this level.”I think that idea ramps up even more when you travel in the Champions League and play away from home at stadiums like this against top European teams. Lille have a lot of threats to us, particularly in attacking areas where they have a lot of speed and quality.”But as we sit here now with no points from the first game, it’s a game we have to be very ready for to try and pick up something. The players will be very aware of that.”We can hopefully bring the confidence of the last two results we’ve had, two really solid wins, into tomorrow night. We have to trust that if we play at our best then we’ll get the result we want.”
Marcus Rashford needs to decide “what he wants to be”, says Manchester United legend Andy Cole, with the 21-year-old told 13-goal returns are not enough for a central striker.The Old Trafford academy graduate has hit that mark in the last two seasons.He has generally been operating from the flanks, with Jose Mourinho preferring to use him in a wide role rather than one down the middle. 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 Rashford has never shied away from the fact that he considers a traditional No.9 role to be his best, but he is yet to convince everyone.Cole admits more will be required from the England international if he goes down that route, with a decision needing to be made by everyone at United on how best to use a home-grown talent.The 1999 Treble winner told The Sun: “He doesn’t really enjoy it with his back to goal and he wants to pick it up and run at the defender.“He is a super talent but he has to decide now what he wants to be. Does he want to be a goalscorer or does he want to play off the left or right? “He’s 21 so I’d like to believe he knows what his strongest position is.“But if you are going to play as a centre forward for Manchester United, you have got to be looking to get yourself 20 goals.“His best return in a season so far is 13 and if that is your best return, and you are the main striker, you are going to have to get yourself a few more.”Questions have been asked of United’s decision to part with Romelu Lukaku over the simmer, with a £75 million ($93m) sale to Inter leaving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer short on proven firepower.Cole also believes that the Red Devils are lacking in the middle of the park, with a Roy Keane-esque leader required to drag the club through some testing times.The former frontman added: “Roy gave everything on the pitch and was a very vocal individual.“In the modern game, you won’t see a vocal individual getting stuck into one of his team-mates.“But you could say that at Manchester United, we are lacking a little bit of that.“You need someone who is prepared to grab the game by the scruff of the neck, let a few people know what time it is.“You have always got to try and draw the best out of your team-mates. All of them need to step it up – for each other as team-mates, as well as the management.“Ole needs time to play the way he wants to play and get it back to what Manchester United is really about.“United have changed manager quite a few times and everyone has their own plan on how they want to play, so it will take a little bit of time.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Artem Dzyuba struck twice and Magomed Ozdoev scored a stunner as Russia wrapped up a deserved 4-0 win over Scotland in Group I of Euro 2020 qualifying.All four goals came in the second half as the hosts threw off the shackles of a frustrating opening 45 minutes, Dzyuba opening the scoring with a volley just before the hour. Ozdoev rifled home the pick of the bunch three minutes later and Dzyuba took his tally for the campaign to eight before Aleksandr Golovin compounded Scotland’s misery in Moscow. 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 result puts Russia on the brink of qualification, while Steve Clarke’s Scotland have the significant consolation of knowing they are already assured of a play-off spot courtesy of their Nations League exploits. Clarke made six changes from the 4-0 loss to Belgium, handing debuts to John Fleck and Michael Devlin, but Russia controlled proceedings from the outset.FULL TIME | Russia 4 – 0 ScotlandIt is all over in Moscow. Goals for Dzyuba, Ozdoev and Golovin give the home side win. pic.twitter.com/GV3MPhSNAM— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) October 10, 2019Despite that, they struggled for clear-cut openings before the break, Fedor Kudryashov firing off target when well placed at the back post to underline their lack of a cutting edge.Stanislav Cherchesov’s side, who won the reverse fixture 2-1, continued to press forward and Aleksey Ionov saw a strike blocked by Charlie Mulgrew, with goalkeeper David Marshall remaining untested in the opening 30 minutes.He was relieved to see Golovin’s curling free-kick dip narrowly over the crossbar as Russia’s frustration grew further in a scoreless first half.Dzyuba eventually broke the deadlock when he connected with Golovin’s corner and Ozdoev lit up the contest with an unstoppable drive from outside the box.There was further punishment to come for Scotland, who have now shipped 13 goals across four consecutive losses, with Dzyuba poking into the net amid some questionable defending.Golovin added further gloss with a coolly taken side-footed effort to cap a fine performance from Russia. What does it mean? Russia on the brink, Scotland eye alternative routeRussia are eight points ahead of third-placed Cyprus with three games remaining, making their qualification all but certain. On this display, they will fancy their chances of getting the job done in Nicosia at the weekend.For Scotland, the remaining trio of group matches represent an opportunity to build some form heading into the play-offs.Danger man Dzyuba at the doubleCherchesov’s side were on top throughout a one-sided contest but the breakthrough seemed like it may never come.That was until talisman Dzyuba stepped up and got his side off the mark, breaking down Scotland’s resolve and leaving them vulnerable to the quick one-two punch that followed. He added a third, doubling his own tally, for good measure and is in contention to be the top scorer in qualifying.Woeful outing for sorry ScotlandThis was a chastening outing for Scotland, who can in truth point to very few positives, if any.That they have a play-off spot in the bag should not excuse the apparent lack of attacking conviction on display in the Russian capital.Key Opta facts- Russia remain unbeaten against Scotland (P4 W2 D2 L0), with all four matches coming in Euro qualifiers, winning each of the last two.- Scotland have lost four consecutive matches in all competitions for the first time since 2004, under Berti Vogts.- Russia have won 10 of their last 11 qualifying matches, losing only against Belgium back in March.- Only Israel’s Eran Zahavi (10) has scored more goals in EURO 2020 qualifying so far than Artem Dzyuba (8).- Aleksandr Golovin has been directly involved in three goals (1 goal, 2 assists) in a game for Russia for the first time since their World Cup 2018 opener against Saudi Arabia in June 2018 (1 goal, 2 assists).What’s next?Scotland host group whipping boys San Marino on Sunday, while Russia head to Cyprus on the same day. read more
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Paul Pogba and David de Gea will miss Manchester United’s match against Liverpool on Sunday through injury.De Gea limped off during Spain’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Sweden on Tuesday with an abductor problem. Pogba, meanwhile, has missed five of United’s past matches due to an ankle injury. The France international missed out on international duty in the recently completed window, heading to Dubai to work on his recovery. 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 However, the clash against Jurgen Klopp’s unblemished Liverpool side will come too soon for both players as United look to recover from a difficult start to the season.”David needs a scan,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports of his Spanish goalkeeper. “I think he’ll be out. It certainly looked like it anyway judging on last night so it’s just one of those things.In De Gea’s place, Sergio Romero will make his first Premier League appearance of the season having previously played in the Carabao Cup and Europa League. Pogba, meanwhile, returned from his ankle injury against Arsenal on September 30, but that appearance was perhaps too soon as he missed out on United’s next Premier League game against Newcastle as well as France’s two matches during the international break. “Paul had an injury, he came back, he worked really hard. He came back and played a couple of games, maybe played through the pain barrier,” Solskjaer said.”He had a scan after the Arsenal game and maybe needed a few weeks’ rest in a boot so hopefully he won’t be too long, but he won’t make this game, no.”The two injuries are a blow for Solskjaer’s side, who sit 12th in the Premier League, 15 points behind leaders Liverpool, who have won all eight of their league matches thus far.United may be able to call on Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, though, who are all pushing to return from injuries. “I can’t tell you 100 per cent [who] is going to be fit as something might happen,” Solskjaer said.”But hopefully Aaron and Anthony will last the training this week and be available for selection. If it’s for half a game or 30 minutes I don’t know but let’s see where they’re at.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – August 22, 2017 – Avoya Travel®, the travel industry’s most innovative brand, shares how two successful Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network™ formed a creative solution to a question that travel professionals who have been in the industry for years are now starting to ask – how should I setup a plan to retire in a way that is best for me and my business? While more and more new travel professionals are joining the industry every day – for the Avoya Network, growth is up over 200% in 2017 – there are many independent travel agency owners who have been working hard for years and are starting to think about retirement. In fact, a recent report by Hot Travel Jobs showed that plans to retire have increased for both corporate and leisure travel agents. Carol Howell and Diedre and John Bloom’s solution for their retirement planning was to merge their Independent Agencies by forming an LLC with an agreement to protect each other’s commissions and clients. With Avoya’s support, they formed Bloom and Howell LLC and are now more successful than ever before, producing over $3 million in 2016. For Howell and the Blooms, their plan has already enabled John to enter retirement and just book his existing return clients, while Diedre and Carol are still actively claiming Avoya Live Leads™ and continuing to build their business. Their plan protects Howell’s and the Blooms’ assets and books of business should either Howell or the Blooms not be able to continue working. Howell would finish their existing client bookings and give that commission to the Blooms’ estate, and the Blooms would do the same for Howell. Their plan to transfer the business to the remaining partner has been made much easier now that they are partners in the same LLC. “Our plan provides peace of mind that our livelihood is protected and it is a logical path to our retirement. It has been seamless for our customers and hasn’t affected much of our day-to-day operations,” said Howell. “We like that we can still take our own Avoya Live Leads, give our clients the personalized service they expect from us, and take our own vacations. Avoya’s support has helped make it all possible, and with their Live Leads, reputation, and amazing technology we are able to run a successful business together.” Howell and the Blooms also sorted out all the remaining details such as E&O insurance and bank accounts. They simplified, and saved money at the same time, by keeping only one insurance policy and one business bank account. Even though Howell’s business is based in Michigan, and the Blooms’ is based in Washington, by using Avoya’s exclusive Agent Power™ technology they are all easily able to manage their bookings, share the work load, and support each other when needed, just as if they were in the same office. Since Agent Power’s built-in commission tracking automatically accounts for their commissions, Howell and the Blooms can easily keep track of all their income and make sure it ends up quickly into their own personal bank account every week. “Our initial plan was to control the distribution of our commissions and our book of business should something happen to us. The partnership we’ve formed works because it’s based in friendship, respect, and trust of one another,” said John Bloom. “It also works for our clients because we know how to sell each other’s specialties and share the same service values.” Howell and the Blooms met and became friends through Avoya. They started out backing up each other’s businesses through Avoya’s My Colleague System™ when one took vacation or was out of the office. Throughout the years, they bonded over their like-minded philosophy of running an Independent Agency in the Avoya Network and their long careers in travel. The Blooms have been a husband and wife agent duo since the mid-1990s. They moved from brick-and-mortar to home-based after 9/11, affiliated their Independent Agency with the Avoya Network in 2008, and have thrived ever since as million dollar top producers specializing in tours and river cruises. Howell also joined the Avoya Network in 2008 after three decades in travel – from working a travel agency desk at Robinson’s to handling entertainment travel for Hollywood’s elite and blockbuster productions like “Sex in the City” and “We Were Soldiers”. Specializing in river cruises, Carol has been continuously honored as one of Avoya’s Best of the Best Independent Agencies for her $1 million-plus in sales each year. “Any agent or agency that looks at combining their businesses of course needs to work out all of the details, but it can be done,” advises Diedre Bloom. “Our partnership works because we trust each other and we have Avoya’s Live Leads, support, and technology helping make it all possible.” About Avoya Travel:Avoya Travel is a family-owned company with a longstanding reputation for being one of the world’s most innovative marketing and travel technology companies. As an American Express Travel Representative for more than 30 years, and one of their largest sellers of cruises and tours, Avoya is deeply committed to Integrity and Professionalism™, service, and value in every aspect of planning cruises and vacations. Through an elite network of independently owned and operated travel agencies, Avoya provides exclusive discounts, amenities, and first-class customer service to travelers worldwide. Cruise lines and travel partners recognize this, as Avoya has received numerous accolades, including being repeatedly named Travel Partner of the Year by Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruises, American Express, Oceania Cruises, and more. Today, Avoya is headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, with support offices throughout the United States. Travel agency owners, travel professionals, and others interested in owning and operating their own travel business should contact Avoya Travel at 800-521-2597 or visit www.JoinAvoya.com. Travelers interested in booking their next vacation with Avoya Travel, should call 800-357-2261 or visitwww.AvoyaTravel.com.
You Need One (Or More) of the Best Men’s Henley Shirts in Your Wardrobe $25 from Black+Blum $11 from Uncommon Goods Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Sandwich Wrap Uncommon Goods Beeswax Reusable Sandwich Wrap – $11We tried a lot of cute modular sandwich containers and had to ask ourselves, do the best sandwiches really come in a uniform 3-inch-by-3-inch square shape? Not the kind we prefer, that’s for sure. That’s why, for our money, the best way to sustainably transport our lunchtime mainstay is the beeswax wrap. Made of organic cotton and coated in a mix of food-grade wax, coconut oil, and other natural preservatives, these cloths are sturdy-yet-pliable, breathable-yet-protective, and built to optimally protect your sandwich from getting mashed, soggy, or contaminated. They also pull double-duty as lid replacements for your leftover containers. Our pick is this one from Uncommon Goods, which comes with a handy attached elastic that keeps the whole thing together. $25 from Amazon Straw Klean Kanteen 5-Piece Straw Set – $10Environmental activists have been campaigning against plastic straws for years—we’ve had ample time to research the alternatives. And yet, when asked to make a selection, we were hard pressed to find an option we could really get behind. Bamboo seems like a natural choice, but it disintegrates quickly, requires hand-washing, and threatens to lodge splinters in your lips. Stainless steel is durable and dishwasher-safe, but not ideal if your beverage of choice happens to be warm. Glass is upscale, but it just feels like asking for a problem, especially if you’re carrying it to and from work. We found our perfect match with these picks from Kleen Kanteen, which offer the durability of stainless steel with a removable silicone sleeve that protects your lips from getting burned. They’re all dishwasher-safe and come with a handy straw brush to ensure that your morning smoothie doesn’t leave gunk that will mar the flavor of your after-work cocktail. Water Bottle Black+Blum Eau Good – $25Another oversaturated market, another embarrassment of options. From classic stainless steel to the ultra-insulated mugs to hefty hydration tanks made to withstand thirty-foot drops off a cliff, there are more water bottles on heaven and earth than we have thought of in our dreams. And then we stumbled across this water bottle from Black + Blum, and the decision became easy. We’ll admit to being instantly smitten with its hourglass shape and natural cork stopper, but what really sealed the deal for us was the charcoal filter stick included in the bottle. This feature is a godsend for anyone who has suffered from the taste of metallic tap water, or (shudder) a refrigerator water dispenser that hasn’t been cleaned or changed out in years. Just drop the charcoal stick into your bottle, fill with water, wait an hour, and you’ve got freshly filtered H2O at your disposal. The Black + Blum bottle comes in thick glass, but also offers a BPA-free plastic option for the butterfingered among us. Flatware To-Go Ware Repeat Utensil Set – $13-plusWe present for your consideration a classic of the genre. Made by the same folks who brought you the Chico bag, Repeat’s flatware is made of strong but lightweight bamboo that is both heat- and stain-resistant, so it doesn’t impart or absorb flavors. The kit thoughtfully includes a set of chopsticks and comes in a tough pouch made of recycled plastic outfitted with a carabiner, so it’s extra easy to keep track of. The utensils are bigger and sturdier than your average takeout plastic ware; while the fork tines and knife blade aren’t exactly sharp, they are tough enough to stand up to assertive use—you can easily spear and slice by exerting a little extra force. $54 from Vaya The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men Lunch Bag Lifewit 9L Double Decker Lunch Bag – $20The double insulated compartment lets you store foods of different temperatures on different levels. You can also fit up to eight 12-oz cans of…soda…in the bottom compartment if you’re Friday pre-gaming in the office parking lot. $35 from Frank Green $10 from Klean Kanteen $25 from Amazon Meal Container Vaya Tyffyn Lunch Box – $38-plusFrom the outset, we were attracted to the tiffin, a stackable meal transportation kit traditionally used in India. Each stainless steel layer latches above the next, creating radiant heat that helps keep the food warm and makes the whole kit easy to carry. The one problem we encountered was insulation…or rather, the lack thereof. Hot food only stayed hot for so long, and if it was too hot, it burned our fingers. (First world problems, we know.) So imagine our delight when we found the Vaya Tyffyn, a leak-proof tiffin-style container made of copper-coated stainless steel for optimal heat maintenance. Better still, the Tyffyn’s VacuTherm insulated sleeve maintains food temperature for up to 6 hours, and the slim profile makes it easy to slip into a backpack. BPA-free, leak-resistant, and fitted with pressurized latches, the Tyffyn is the ideal grown-up lunchbox. $9 from Amazon $60 from macys.com Editors’ Recommendations If you’ve already mastered the art of making your own lunch, have all the gear you need to stave off environmental destruction, but want to go a step further and start meal prepping, check out the best options for meal prep containers on the market. These days, you don’t have to be a raving environmentalist to see the advantage in sustainable alternatives to disposable products. From no-straw policies at major coffee chains to municipal plastic bag taxes to full-scale plastic waste bans, the writing on the wall is pretty damn clear. The ecosystem has been telling us for a while now that it can’t take much more waste and we’re finally starting to listen.If you’re ready to be a good citizen of the planet by making the transition to a more sustainable way of living, it’s understandable to feel overwhelmed. Where do you start?A good place is with your lunch.Vaya Life/FacebookTake a second to think about how much plastic attends your average takeout lunch. Even grabbing an all-organic meal from the Whole Foods hot bar means a load of landfill fodder — cardboard containers, plastic clamshells, glass bottles, disposable cutlery, etc. Feeling guilty yet? You should.Trading it all in for sustainable, non-disposable lunchware is an easy way to not only lighten your carbon footprint but class things up a little. There’s just something a little more mature about consuming your midday meal from real dishes and flatware. Plus, it’s a handy reminder to do the things that contribute to your overall well-being, e.g., making and bringing your own meals from home, or drinking your recommended daily 64 ounces of water. Basically, sustainable lunchware is a shortcut to adulting. Who knew?Best of all, this nondisposable lunch ware works just as well for takeaway meals. Yes, you may garner some curious looks when you march into your local deli and load up your sustainable meal container from the hot bar. But these days, that curiosity is more likely to translate as admiring interest. After all, everybody loves a guy who makes a visible effort to do his part.Ready to take your lunch to the next level? We’ve combed through the growing panoply of options for non-disposable, sustainable lunchware, and separated the merely cute and clever from the practical and highly functional. The following list is our careful curation of the best sustainable lunchware options out there.Reusable and Sustainable Lunch GearThermal Mug Frank Green Stainless Steel Reusable Cup – $35The first non-disposable item to be popularly adopted by the masses, the thermal mug is an oversaturated market, with every conceivable size, design, material, and feature you can imagine. So imagine our surprise when along comes a cute little Australian number to make us do a double-take. With its cylindrical shape, stainless steel interior and colorful array of finishes, the Frank Green mug offers minimalist style and high functionality. We especially appreciate the removable basket on top that looks after tea drinkers with equal care as coffee drinkers. Best of all is the spout lock; just press the middle button in the top of the mug, and you’ve got an airtight seal that prevents spills even on the jankiest subway car. $13 from To-Go Ware Reusable Bags Stasher Reusable Silicone Bags – $8-plusCan we all be honest for once about plastic baggies? They’re about as disappointing as they are ubiquitous. We all use them, and yet we all consistently find our sandwiches smashed or our trail mix leaking through a hole. About the most they protect your food from is dust. Enter the Stasher bag, a food-grade silicone sleeve that is infinitely reusable, completely non-toxic, dishwasher friendly, and…are you ready for this? You’re not, but here goes anyway: you can reheat your food inside it. Microwave your leftover pasta, reheat last night’s enchiladas in the oven, even sous-vide a piece of salmon–the Stasher bag can take it all. We also happen to love that, as a Certified B Corporation, Stasher gives 1 percent of profits back to organizations that work to keep plastic out of the oceans (and out of our lives). $54 from Stasher $12 from Amazon Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah!
The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze $35 from William Roam Editors’ Recommendations The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go Getting ready for a packed season of weekend excursions and business trips, but don’t want to sacrifice your personal hygiene regime while on the road? Then you may want to consider investing in a ready-made kit filled to the brim with hair and skincare products, like the new Steam Travel Set from William Roam. William Roam is an American-made brand focused on crafting high-quality travel essentials for hoteliers and gents on the go. While folks can buy individual toiletries from the website (including shower gels, moisturizers, shampoos, lotions, and everything in between), the company also boasts a range of travel sets that mix-n-match products for a more streamlined user experience.One such set is the aforementioned Steam Travel Set, which features 15 different products from the William Roam line. While this number might seem like a lot, it’s pretty evenly split between fun-sized toiletries (like aloe soap, body lotion, shaving cream, toothpaste, bath salts, shampoo, and conditioner) and practical must-haves (shower cap, mending kit, shoe mitten, cotton swabs, shave kit, and toothbrush). Long story short: No matter the journey, the Steam set aims to have you covered. In fact, one of our editors took the kit to Europe last week to see how it would fair and found it to be more than enough for a week’s trip. Though the collection is indeed diverse, the toiletry items do share one defining characteristic — they all feature Meadowfoam oil sourced directly from the Willamette Valley in Oregon (The Manual’s home state). The oil is well-known for its skin-softening and antioxidant properties and has been shown to lock-in moisture for all-day comfort. In addition to these exfoliating benefits, the substance also has a warm fragrance that’s cozy without being too pungent. But where oh where to store these fantastic ointments, tinctures, and balms? Luckily, William Roam has you covered. All the products come packaged in a personal ditty bag, which features a nylon lining and satin zipper pull. Plop the kit on your hotel bathroom counter and let your new self-care routine spill forth! The STEAM set currently retails for $35. For more on the collection, check it out at William Roam! For more dopp kit action, check out The Manual’s favorites here. How to Pack a Dopp Kit (aka Toiletry Bag) for When You Won’t be Sleeping at Home
Occidental at Xcaret Destination has hosted an array of large-scale conventions and conferences that incorporate the resort’s magnificent natural and cultural environments MIAMI (August 1, 2019) – Occidental at Xcaret Destination, located in the heart of the Riviera Maya, has been recognized by the “Oscars of Tourism” — the prestigious World Travel Awards — during an awards gala that took place recently in La Paz, Bolivia. Occidental at Xcaret Destination’s vast offerings — including 11 restaurants, 10 bars, seven swimming pools and a private bay — combined with its commitment to providing the best quality and service for guests, has made the resort WTA’s “Leading Conference Hotel of Mexico and Central America.” The 24-hour, all-inclusive resort offers 765 rooms and suites as well as 13,350 sq. ft. of meeting space surrounded by lush gardens and natural rivers. The resort is also adjacent to Xcaret eco-archaeological park, with over 40 cultural attractions and exhibitions. “We are thrilled to be recognized as the top conference hotel in Mexico and Central America in this year’s World Travel Awards,” said María José Alfaro, Director of Sales & Marketing at Occidental at Xcaret Destination. “This is a great honor, and we look forward to welcoming more groups into 2020 and beyond.” In recent years, Occidental at Xcaret Destination has served as host to an array of group events including the Bayer Pharmaceuticals Sales Convention – which was attended by more than 600 participants, the Conference of Ibero-American Audiovisual Industry, the Schwarzkopf Professional México product event and more. In addition to providing excellent meeting spaces with state-of-the-art technology, the resort team has capabilities to execute a variety of unique cultural offerings such as Mayan-themed welcome parties and ancient drumming rituals in front of one of the on-property Mayan ruins. About The World Travel Awards The World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. The globally recognized brand awards prizes in over 100 categories of the world tourism sector that include hotels, airlines, travel agencies and car rental companies, among others. The brand’sinternational board of judges is made up of more than 200,000 professionals responsible for selecting finalists and winners. 2019 marks the World Travel Awards 26th anniversary as a globally recognized brand that establishes the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence. For more information on the World Travel Awards, visit www.worldtravelawards.com. About Barceló Hotel Group Barceló Hotel Group is the 2nd largest hotel chain in Spain and the 29th largest in the world. The hotel group’s portfolio currently boasts 251 urban and leisure hotels ranked between 4 and 5-stars with 55,670 rooms throughout 22 countries and marketed under four brands: Royal Hideaway Luxury Hotels & Resorts, Barceló Hotels & Resorts, Occidental Hotels & Resorts and Allegro Hotels. For more information or reservations, visit www.barcelo.com.