The Reload: Elite 2019 QB Target Calls OSU Visit ‘The Best’

first_imgChaney also has offers from Baylor, TCU, Wichita State and OSU. If you’re thinking the schools, geographically, are a little weird, it’s because Chaney recently played for Frisco Liberty in Texas before transferring to Findlay Prep in Nevada last July.Findlay Prep has been an NBA talent producing factory over the years, with Avery Bradley, Anthony Bennett, Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson claiming Findlay as their alma mater since its origination in 2006.Three teammates offered over the weekendTrinity Christian School prospect Joey Baker of Fayetteville, North Carolina, reported a scholarship offer from OSU this week. Baker is a top-25 national prospect in the 2019 recruiting class with close to 20 offers who is considered a North Carolina Tar Heels lean — although his in-state school has yet to pull the trigger on him yet. Baker is an uber-athletic combo forward who can score it and play around the rim.He’s averaging 16 points per game on the Under Armour Circuit and has emerged as his teams go-to scorer for Team Felton. Two of his other Team Felton teammates were also offered over the weekend.Mike Boynton has offered 2020 wing Silas Mason, 2019 guard Joey Baker and 2018 big man Immanuel Bates. All three @TeamFeltonBBall products.— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) May 8, 2017Immanuel Bates is a 6-foot-9 power forward with 15 offers from the likes of UConn, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Cincy and others. Silas Mason, meanwhile, is an up-and-coming 2020 prospect whose first Power 5 offer is from the Cowboys. Watson is a 6-foot-6 small forward who has the frame and the talent to be a legit Division I player, and it seems OSU is looking to get ahead of that train.Here’s a little scouting of Watson from Phenom Hoop Report, who hosted him for an event last April.“Marcus Watson for CP3 was the true heart and soul of this team. He always came through when his number was called on offense, and was a top tier defender at multiple positions. Blessed with great length and size, Watson could play as a big guard, ideal wing, or even as a stretch big in the right circumstances. Range was excellent extending out past the three-point line; showed great intelligence at all times, really a do-it-all type of player.” [Phenom Hoop Report]2018 big man Reggie Chaney offered scholarshipFindlay Prep big man Reggie Chaney is another hoops target to emerge this week on the radar of Mike Boynton and his staff. Chaney is a 6-foot-7 prospect—typically the size you see in a small forward, especially in the Big 12—but he’s classified as both a power forward and center at recruiting service websites. The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed on the latest news and rumors regarding Oklahoma State recruiting.Grant Gunnell calls OSU ‘best visit’The premier quarterback in the 2019 class, Grant Gunnell, has already garnered 25 offers from the likes of OSU, Texas A&M, Florida State, LSU and others. And to this point in his recruitment, his unofficial visit to Stillwater is the one that stands out to him thanks to the efforts of offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich.“They’re the first guys to jump on with me to be the first offer,” Gunnell told Scout of Oklahoma State. “That’s really special to be their first offer. Coach (Mike) Yurich is really awesome. That’s probably the most special visit I took. He put together a video of me in their offense with the same exact plays of me throughout the years. It was probably the best visit.”Gunnell is ranked nationally as the 54th best overall prospect in the 2019 class and the No. 2 ranked quarterback in the country, closing in on 5-star status. He says he’ll likely release a list of his top schools later this spring. Oklahoma State will be on the list but, as he broke down in the Scout story, he’s weighing options between landing with an air raid system or a pro-style system.“They both have their pros and cons,” he said of both systems. “I think it’s just that. You have to look at how the coach fits well with me and how I want to be coached, the head coach stability and stuff like that.”2019 SF Marcus Watson offered scholarshipA quick description for Watson in one word: under-recruited. (or is that two words?) Watson is a small forward from Clemmons, North Carolina. He holds offers from OSU, Iowa, LSU, Georgia and Mercer, despite being ranked as a top 100 prospect in the 2019 class.center_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Boone: Ranking My Top Five Uniform Combinations from 2016

first_imgBefore we begin the 2017 football season with new uniform combinations, what better time than the present to take a stroll down memory lane and reflect on the best uniform combinations from 2016?Like Cox and Barber have done before me, I’ve got my list ready to roll. And thanks to some assists from our Chief Uniform Officer and social media savant Justin Southwell (who told me any list was good so long as the orange-white-gray Kansas game combo was left off), I’m feeling confident in my top five list from the 2016 season.Let’s do it!5. Texas: Black (Marshal Badge)/Black/BlackAdChoices广告The reverse stormtrooper look slayed me when the Pokes rolled this one out for Texas. The black-black-black is killer (and I imagine it’s killer to wear in 80-plus degree weather), and it’s good on so many levels. The badge, the facemask, all of it.The chrome facemask (and the fact that it didn’t include the giant Pete) gave this one a slight edge over the true all-white stormtrooper look from the Baylor game.USATSI4. West Virginia: Black (Old School Brand)/Orange/WhiteThis wasn’t the most flashy combo — the matte black doesn’t exactly jump off the screen — but this was a solid top-to-bottom pairing with the bright orange top and classic white pants.Like Cox noted, the fact that they wore matching throwback socks to go with this get-up makes it 10x better. The socks perfectly complement the orange uni and make it pop. A solid homecoming combination if there were one!USATSI3. Central Michigan: Black (Pete)/Black/GrayI tried to work this one out for … obvious reasons. But I just couldn’t.I apologize to the traditionals who remind me gray is not a school color, but the gray pants were a perfectly subtle complement to the black helmet and black top. Throw in the chrome facemask with it all and it’s why it lands at No. 3 on my list.USATSI While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 2. Pittsburgh: White (Marshal Badge)/Orange/WhiteGive me the badge!The white-orange-white is an OSU classic I can’t resist, and with the white lid and marshall badge it puts it near the top of the list for me for last season. Matching socks would have probably put this one at the top for me like my dude Hayden Barber ranked it.  This is just such a clean look.USATSI1. Oklahoma: Black (Paisley Marshal Badge)/White/BlackThe paisley helmet with orange facemask for the Alamo Bowl didn’t do much for me, but the same helmet with black facemask crushed when OSU rocked it for Bedlam.The paisley badge-white-black combo didn’t produce the best on-field results, obviously, but this was hands-down the best top-to-bottom combo for 2016 in my opinion. It’s traditional with just enough flash to really jump off the field.Look at it!USATSIlast_img read more

Mou: Man Utd medics said Herrera was 100% fit!

first_imgManchester United ‘They told me he was 100 per cent’ – Mourinho questions medical staff after Herrera injury Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 07:54 22/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) mourinho-cropped Getty Images Manchester United UEFA Champions League Sevilla v Manchester United Sevilla The Spain international was an early casualty against Sevilla, and his boss was annoyed having apparently been given guarantees over his fitness Jose Mourinho openly questioned the conclusions of his medical staff after midfielder Ander Herrera was forced off with a “bad injury” despite apparently being deemed “100 per cent ready”.Herrera had missed several weeks of action ahead of Wednesday’s 0-0 draw at Sevilla with a muscular problem, before being thrown straight into the action at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.The Spain international lasted just 17 minutes before appearing to suffer a recurrence of the issue and Mourinho was quick to point the finger at his medical team for saying Herrera was match fit. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “I think it is a bad injury,” said the United boss. “He had a small injury that stopped him for the last couple of matches, but the medical team said he was 100 per cent ready for the last Saturday. We didn’t play him to give him more work and protection, but it looks like he wasn’t fully fit.”The medical department gave him fully fit on Saturday. He trained Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and he looked fit.”The way he was playing during the time on the pitch he showed that intensity that is only possible when fit, when you feel fit.”He was pressing a lot, pressing really high. We started game by not giving one inch to [Ever] Banega, pressing really high and Ander was one of them, Scott [McTominay] the other, and you only do that when you feel good.”Then there was the back-heel and that causes a contraction in the muscular area where he had the previous problem and now we have to prove that he was not 100 per cent fit.”Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella was upbeat at full-time, praising the character and performance of his side, though he was left ruing their wasteful finishing.”We had 10 shots on target and 10 corners in the first half,” he said. “We were superior on the pitch, but football is like this.”Not conceding at this stage is crucial. Now we need to score at Old Trafford and I am confident we will.@VMontella: “It has been an incredible night that could have been even better” #UCL #ThisIsSevilla— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) February 21, 2018″I am proud because the team has shown both quality and character. We had to win, and because of this, we are disappointed for the fans that have been incredible tonight.”It has been a great night that could have been even better, but it’s all to play for now.”last_img read more

Neymar proud of PSG despite CL exit

first_imgPSG v Real Madrid Neymar proud of PSG despite Champions League exit Sacha Pisani 12:26 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Edinson Cavani Kylian Mbappe PSG Real Madrid Champions League PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU PSG v Real Madrid Neymar Real Madrid PSG UEFA Champions League Recovering from surgery on his fractured foot, the Brazilian watched his side lose to Los Blancos but was upbeat after the match Neymar praised the efforts of Paris Saint-Germain as the injured star watched the French giants bow out of the Champions League against Real Madrid.Recovering from surgery on his fractured foot, Neymar was helpless as a 10-man PSG lost 2-1 at home to the reigning champions in the return leg of their last-16 tie on Tuesday.Marco Verratti was sent off in the second half at the Parc des Princes, where PSG crashed to a 5-2 aggregate defeat. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The loss brought about a wave of negative response from PSG players, with  Julian Draxler “angry” at home the game was managed . Defender  Marquinhos also showed his frustration, claiming that PSG “can’t win this competition right now” and that the side will have to “be more mature and have more experience” to contend in Europe’s top competition. Despite those comments and PSG’s exit, Neymar took to Twitter to tell his team-mates how proud he was of their effort.”I am sad for defeat, much sadder for not being in the field helping my companions!!” he wrote. “What makes me proud is to see everyone’s effort. Congratulations my guys, ALLEZ PARIS.”Estou triste pela derrota, muito mais triste por não estar em campo ajudando meus companheiros!! O que me deixa orgulhoso é ver o esforço de todos. Parabéns mon gars, ALLEZ PARIS — Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) March 6, 2018 Ligue 1 leaders PSG are back in action on Saturday, when Unai Emery’s men host Metz.last_img read more

Stoger: I didn’t sleep very well after BVB’s EL loss

first_imgBorussia Dortmund Stoger demands response after Europa League nightmare Rob Lancaster 03:42 10/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PeterStoger-cropped Getty Images Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund v Eintracht Frankfurt Eintracht Frankfurt Bundesliga The Dortmund boss didn’t sleep well after the home loss to Red Bull Salzburg but now must refocus his team against Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend Peter Stoger admitted Borussia Dortmund’s nightmare display against Red Bull Salzburg left him struggling to sleep.The Bundesliga club slipped to a 2-1 home defeat in the first leg of their last-16 Europa League tie on Thursday, leaving them with a mountain to climb when they travel to Austria for the return fixture next week.Valon Berisha scored twice for the visitors and while Andre Schurrle bundled in a goal to halve the deficit, Dortmund slipped to their first defeat in 2018. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp With little time to reflect before facing Eintracht Frankfurt in domestic action, Stoger revealed he had sought the opinions of his staff to try and work out why Dortmund performed so badly.”I didn’t sleep very well, and not for that long either,” he told the media.”It doesn’t happen all the time, but sometimes you’re reviewing the matches immediately. You’re talking with some guys about the impressions you got from the match.”Clearly there isn’t very much time until the next game, so you want to hear their point of view. Alternatively, you have a short and uncomfortable night.”Frankfurt – who sit in fourth place in the table – fought back from 2-0 down to draw with Peter Bosz’s Dortmund last October.Stoger knows the visitors to Signal Iduna Park will make their presence felt and warned his players to be prepared for a physical battle.”The team has to show a lot of character,” he added.”Eintracht are a team who play physically, they are aggressive, well organised and combative.”Normally we are strong creatively, using our speed on offence. That will still be necessary, but it won’t be enough. We have to fight in the duels and take our chances.”There was some good news for Dortmund in the aftermath of the Red Bull Salzburg defeat though, with the club announcing Marco Reus has signed a new long-term contract.last_img read more

MamaYe Campaign Aims to Mobilize Public for Maternal Survival in Africa

first_imgPosted on February 21, 2013March 21, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick 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)Today, Evidence for Action launched MamaYe, a campaign that uses digital and mobile phone technology alongside community involvement in Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Tanzania. Along with MamaYe’s innovative use of technology and outreach, it also seeks to make evidence accessible to experts and members of the public alike as it seeks to link evidence, accountability and advocacy in new ways. From MamaYe’s website:From understanding complex evidence, to finding the nearest blood bank; from the latest clinical guidelines, to tracking budgets or stockouts, MamaYe puts information in the hands of those with the will to make change. Riding Africa’s telecommunications revolution, MamaYe connects you to others with the same ambition. MamaYe is a campaign for all of us, by all of us, to ensure Africa’s mothers and babies survive pregnancy and childbirth. Together we are MamYe!To join the campaign or learn more, visit MamaYe on Facebook or Twitter,  or read about the launch on Evidence for Action’s blog.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

UNFPA Estimates 200,000 Pregnant Women Affected by Typhoon Haiyan

first_imgShare this: Posted on November 12, 2013February 2, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick 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)UNFPA reported yesterday that in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, 200,000 pregnant women now face an uncertain future, as health services struggle to provide even the most basic services, with many facilities destroyed and remaining facilities facing overcrowding, understaffing and severe shortages of the essential supplies, such as antibiotics, that are needed to protect women and their newborns from complications during and after delivery.From UNFPA:The breakdown of health services puts them in a precarious position. In Tacloban City, village health centres were totally destroyed and the one hospital that is still functioning is overcrowded. There are too few health personnel, as many health workers were impacted by the typhoon.UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is mobilizing resources to respond to the devastation caused by the typhoon. It is putting in place reproductive health interventions to ensure that pregnant women and mothers who have just given birth will have access to prenatal and post natal care. UNFPA is currently procuring equipment to address urgent reproductive health care needs, including maternal health, for two million people. Because approximately 40% of women in the Philippines deliver at home, clean delivery kits are being provided to partners and midwives. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Recent and Upcoming Events

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on July 31, 2014May 19, 2017By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Convening as a maternal health community is key to improving awareness, knowledge, and our momentum to ensure health for women and their families. Three events from this week and next offer great opportunities for learning and collaboration. Thank you to the Wilson Center and MAMA for hosting such wonderful events! See details for each event below.Coming up this Mobile Health Monday:Early Considerations in M&E for MNCH Mobile Messaging ProgramsJoin the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) at their event, Early Considerations in M&E for MNCH Mobile Messaging Programs this Monday, August 4th at 10am EDT. Join in to hear from Nicolette Naidoo and Atik Ahsan, M&E specialists from MAMA’s country program teams in South Africa and Bangladesh.Also in this session, Josie Mangxaba will discuss MAMA resources for designing M&E systems for mobile health technologies for maternal health. In addition, Radha Rajan, from Johns Hopkins University’s Global mHealth Initiative, will discuss various ways to conduct formative research to guide programmatic decisions early in mobile messaging implementation.This event will be a great way to gain practical knowledge and skills for developing M&E systems and frameworks for mobile messaging projects. The event is free, but please RSVP.This Weeks Happenings at The Wilson CenterThis week The Wilson Center has generated great discussion surrounding maternal health. Check out the resources below.Nutrition and the Continuum of Care: Pre-Conception to the Post-Natal PeriodOn Monday, July 28th experts convened to discuss the importance of nutrition through the life course to ensure optimal maternal and newborn health outcomes. Tune in to hear experts from Harvard Medical School, MCHIP, UNFPA, WFP, The Wilson Center, and ChildFund International discuss iron, zinc, and iodine deficiencies, malnutrition, and if current strategies are sufficient to ensure proper nutrition. Click the link above to watch a recording of the event.Underage: Addressing Reproductive Health and HIV in Married AdolescentsIn the developing world, there are 70 million girls under the age of 18 who are married. On Wednesday, July 30, experts gathered in Washington, DC at The Wilson Center to discuss current research and programming with married adolescent girls in the developing world. Representatives from USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS, International Center for Research on Women, CARE, and Pathfinder International discussed their work from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, West Africa, and other low-resource settings. Click the link above to watch a recording of the event.Share this:last_img read more

Checklist Your Way to End the Fiscal Year Strong

first_imgFather’s Day is upon us this weekend. As we celebrate dad, I’ve been thinking about advice our fathers pass on to us throughout our lives. How fathers have a way of making us feel prepared, informed, and safe. Something about dad also makes me think of lists and the gratifying feeling of checking things off.For a nonprofit organization, the equivalent of that safe feeling comes with knowing you’re on track to meet your financial goals. It means being able to pay your bills and provide for your community. With the end of the fiscal year approaching on June 30 for many nonprofits, now is a good time to take some advice from dad—get in gear, make a list, and start checking things off.Download our End of Fiscal Year To-Do List for detailed steps on how to get your fundraising activities and development budget in order before July.Six Steps to End Your Fiscal Year in the ClearReview your fundraising plan to see if you’re on target.Launch one last fundraising campaign to raise funds before June 30.Review major donor pledges, and your notes from major donor meetings and conversations.Review pledges and board giving commitments.Invest any remaining funds before the end of the fiscal year.Thank your donors.Looking to make one final push before June 30? Use your donor management system to run one of these easy-to-execute campaigns.3 Last-Minute Fundraising Campaign IdeasOnline GivingYou don’t have time to wait for the post office. Skip that direct mail campaign and launch a fiscal year-end email appeal. Connect to your branded online giving page for immediate results. Write a compelling story featuring someone your organization has helped. Pull a segmented list of donors to target, and tailor your appeal to each segment for greater personalization. Link directly to your branded donation page that reflects the same message featured in your appeal.Peer-to-PeerThe power of social media combined with the ease of online giving has contributed to the rise in popularity of peer-to-peer fundraising in recent years. Leverage your network of loyal donors, supporters, staff, and board, and empower them to fundraise on your behalf.  Choose 5-10 supporters to serve as peer fundraisers. Provide them with everything they need for emails and social media posts. Actively engage them during the campaign, and celebrate their successes.Lapsed DonorsReach out to donors who haven’t given a gift in the past 12 months. Use your donor management system to create a list of these donors, and look into their giving history. Specifically reaching out to lapsed donors with an appeal message that relates to their past giving history can reignite their interest in your organization.The best way to successfully end your fiscal year is to plan for it. Whether you’re ahead of schedule or feeling a little behind, our End of Fiscal Year To-Do List can put your mind at ease. Just like dad would.last_img read more

Rooney hits back at the Sun for ‘mystery woman’ claims

first_imgWayne Rooney has hit back at the Sun after the newspaper published photographs of him getting into a lift in a hotel in Vancouver with a ‘mystery woman’, implying he was cheating on his wife.The D.C. United player Tweeted his outrage at the publication of the story in the Sun on Sunday, releasing a statement on Wednesday saying the story is simply not true.The Sun also published a number of stories discussing Rooney’s marriage on the back of the original front page story. Article continues below 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? Rooney was pictured standing outside a lift with a woman at 5:30am after a team night out, but has denied that anything happened between them, other than that she was just asking for his autograph.The 33-year-old also claimed that he had been followed by a freelance photographer without his knowledge or permission.In a statement on Twitter, Rooney said: “The Sun this week ran a front page story making it look like I took a girl back to my team hotel. “They know that it’s not true and that I did not. They are using mine and my family’s name to sell papers.“Nothing happened between me and any girl on that night in Vancouver. I did not enter the lift alone with the girl pictured in the hotel foyer. “The girl pictured in the club was simply one of many who innocently asked for autographs and pictures.”Rooney argued that the photos were edited to create a sensational story that is ‘completely untrue’.The statement ended with the former England captain saying: “The whole story was a smear against me. It is damaging to my family and not something I am prepared to put up with.”The story claimed that Rooney and his team-mates visited two nightclubs in the Canadian city after their 1-0 loss to Vancouver earlier this month, before spending time in a jacuzzi at a friend’s house and then heading back to his room at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.The former Manchester United forward moved to MLS side DC United from Everton last summer, and will join Championship club Derby in a player-coach role in January.last_img read more

Paul Finebaum Identifies Alabama’s Biggest Weakness Right Now

first_imgAn extreme closeup of ESPN's Paul Finebaum.ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Alabama has certainly earned its No. 1 ranking this season. The Crimson Tide are 5-0, outscoring their opponents by a combined score of 259-74. Opponents haven’t even come close to knocking off the best team in the nation.The Tide have one of the most explosive offenses in the country. A combination of Tua Tagovailoa, Najee Harris and Jerry Jeudy will do that for you.But for the first time in many seasons, Alabama has a weakness. The defense isn’t as elite as fans have grown accustomed to seeing.SEC Network’s Paul Finebaum addressed the Crimson Tide’s defense on Thursday morning: “This is not a vintage Nick Saban defense and quite frankly, this is not even a good Alabama defense,” Finebaum said, via “They’ve been pedestrian so far…the defense has lost some of its best players including Dylan Moses, their captain, and has not looked good.”[Related Article: ESPN Computer Updates SEC Champion Prediction After Week 6]He’s not wrong. The Crimson Tide lost their defensive leader to injury. It’s had a drastic effect on the team’s defensive front-seven.But Texas A&M doesn’t have the explosive offense like Alabama has. The Aggies are tied for 46th in scoring offense in all of college football.Despite looking mediocre on paper, Finebaum thinks Texas A&M will move the ball on Alabama’s struggling defense.“I think they [Alabama] could be gashed a little bit in College Station this weekend.”Alabama-Texas A&M kicks off on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.last_img read more

De Bruyne sets Euro 2020 qualifier record for assists

first_imgKevin De Bruyne continued his strong early-season form by becoming the first player to tally three assists in a single game of Euro 2020 qualification.The Belgium star achieved the feat in Monday’s game against Scotland at Hampden Park, and he got his side on their way inside of 10 minutes.De Bruyne found Romelu Lukaku in the ninth minute, and the Inter striker cooly slotted home to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.  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 Though Lukaku is still just 26, it was the 49th international goal for a player who is already his country’s all-time leading scorer.De Bruyne grabbed his second assist in the 24th minute with a quality cross that found the head of Thomas Vermaelen. For Vermaelen, it was just his second international goal, and it came nine years after he scored his first.De Bruyne would help Belgium put the game away just eight minutes later as his corner was headed home by Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld.3 – Kevin De Bruyne is the first player to assist three goals in the same game of the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying. Exhibition.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 9, 2019De Bruyne wasn’t done there, however, as the Manchester City star rounded off his night with a superb goal of his own in the 82nd minute.Belgium would go on to win the match 4-0, continuing the country’s perfect start to qualification. Roberto Martinez’s side have now won all six of their qualifying matches thus far. Meanwhile, Scotland have now won just one of their last 14 games against Belgium (W1 D2 L11), with the last win coming in October 1987 in a Euro 1988 qualifier.De Bruyne has particularly enjoyed playing against Scotland in his career, as the midfielder has been directly involved in seven goals in just four games versus the Scots (two goals, five assists).Monday continued a strong start to the new season for De Bruyne, who suffered through an injury-plagued 2018-19 campaign for club and country.The 28-year-old managed just two goals and two assists in 19 Premier League appearances last term, though City did manage to retain their title as league champions.But De Bruyne appears back to his best in 2019-20, having already recorded one goal and five assists in City’s first four Premier League matches this season.Overall, De Bruyne has tallied eight assists in his last six appearances in all competitions.De Bruyne will return to action with Man City this weekend, when the defending Premier League champions take on Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon.last_img read more

Smiling Dos Santos thanks fans following horrific injury

first_imgMexico star Giovani dos Santos has thanked fans for their support, and vowed to come back stronger, after suffering a horrific injury playing for Club America in a Liga MX game.The former Barcelona and Tottenham player only signed for America in July, ending a four-year spell in MLS with the LA Galaxy. His last two seasons in Los Angeles had been plagued by injury, and the club had voided his contract in March.He was working himself back to fitness, playing for the first time in his home country, and had scored one goal in his first five appearances for America. 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 Dos Santos started in Saturday night’s ‘El Clasico National’ against Chivas Guadalajara but his involvement was ended before half-time after a dangerous tackle by Chivas defender Antonio Bresino left the 30-year-old with a grisly injury.Bresino was sent off and America went on to win 4-1, with Chivas ending up with nine men.Dos Santos was upbeat after surgery, sharing a picture of himself smiling in his hospital bed.“Thank you all for your messages and prayers!” Dos Santos tweeted.“Everything went very well Thank God! I will come back soon and stronger.”Gracias a todos por sus mensajes y oraciones! Salió todo muy bien Gracias a Dios!! Volveré pronto y mas fuerte 🙏🏾— Giovani Dos Santos (@OficialGio) September 29, 2019The forward will have been buoyed by the news his injury was not as serious as first thought.Club America initially thought that their star man would be shown to have broken his knee when he was sent for scans.However the medical images showed no such damage, though the wound will still rule Dos Santos out for around six weeks.“After submitting Giovani dos Santos to a first medical evaluation,” the club said in a tweet, “the player shows a wound in the quadriceps of the right thigh.“A bone lesion is ruled out. He is undergoing surgery and a recovery time of six weeks is estimated.”Head coach Miguel Herrera conceded Dos Santos’ horrid gash affected his team-mates after half-time but was happy they could shrug it off to emerge comfortable winners.“We did a very good first half, for 10 minutes of the second half we were a little distracted by Gio. However, we resumed and we were better,” he said at a press conference.last_img read more

Loge Co. Renovates Roadside Motels for Adventurous, Outdoor-Loving Travelers

first_img Garret Van Swearingen Previous Garret Van Swearingen Garret Van Swearingen The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Garret Van SwearingenGarret Van SwearingenIn some ways, the idea of the classic, all-American road trip is dying. Many of the country’s bizarre roadside attractions and classic motels of the mid-20th century have been to left to wither and fade. However, one Seattle-based company is breathing new life into forgotten inns and ramshackle lodges throughout the Pacific Northwest. In the process, they’re providing active travelers with one-of-a-kind, sport-centric lodging in the country’s most amazing outdoor destinations.Loge Co.’s ethos is simple: purchase relinquished properties and repurpose them into basic overnight lodging for outdoor enthusiasts. The result is a clever business model that provides outdoor lovers with affordable lodging in some of the country’s most beautiful destinations where finding proper accommodations can prove difficult. Every Loge (pronounced “lodge”) outpost is uniquely designed with a laser focus on the amenities that matter most to active travelers. At Washington’s Loge on the Sands in Westport (pictured above) and Oregon’s Loge Bend (pictured below), for example, guests have access to grab-and-go cafes with specialty espresso drinks, outdoor kitchens, pools, saunas, and hot tubs. Rooms are smartly equipped with outdoor sports-related conveniences like ski/snowboard racks and boot dryers. In a way, these are hostels for travelers who hate hosteling.The company works with local partners in every destination to provide outfitting for every manner of outdoor sport, from surfing to biking to hiking and beyond. Some offer tuning areas for bike and ski equipment; some provide access to exterior bouldering rocks; and others rent surfboards, stand-up paddleboards, and wetsuits. Each location also boasts a calendar of exclusive events, including live concerts, demo and retail centers from evo, and an onsite micropub from 10 Barrel Brewing. Diana Pulido Garret Van Swearingen Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat We Are Unicorns Garret Van Swearingen There’s a do-good, feel-good angle to Loge’s business model as well. The company is committed to giving 1 percent of its total revenue to organizations that support public land conservation. At a time when the federal government is working diligently to undermine our national parks, it’s an important gesture.Loge already has three locations in Washington state and one in Oregon. Nightly rates vary by location, but are surprisingly reasonable. At Bend, Oregon, for example, prices range from USD $45 for a community-style hostel room to USD $115 for a private ensuite.center_img 1 of 4 Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra Garret Van Swearingen Next 1 of 5 Editors’ Recommendations Escape to the Pacific Northwest at Hoh Rainforest Caravan Cabins World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Garret Van Swearingen Previous Next last_img read more

Hudson-Odoi targeting more goals after return to fitness

first_imgChelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi is hopeful of adding more goals to his game following his belated start to the new season.The 18-year-old scored twice for England Under-21s in their 5-1 win over Austria on Tuesday, volleying in the opener from Max Aarons’ cross before adding a second just before half-time following a mazy dribble from within his own half.Those strikes took Hudson-Odoi’s record to four goals and four assists across senior and youth football since returning to action in September following a five-month layoff after he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon. 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 And the England international is hopeful that he can maintain that record going forward as he looks to lock down a regular spot in Frank Lampard’s team and earn his place back in the senior Three Lions squad.”I definitely think I can improve,” Hudson-Odoi said at Stadium-mk. “I am not a perfect player. No one is a perfect player, I think that every day when I go onto a pitch, I want to try my best, work hard and keep improving.”I say to myself, keep going, keep working hard and hopefully more opportunities will come. I am delighted to get the goals. It is goals that I always try to get as well as assists – any contributions to the team.”I am happy with the finishes and I will hopefully build on it and get many more. I have scored many solo runs, maybe not exactly like that, but I am delighted to get a goal like that.”Hopefully many more like that will come and I will get opportunities to score. I will hopefully go back to Saturday with Chelsea and get another three points.”Hudson-Odoi is looking to make it back-to-back starts as he returns to west London for the visit of Newcastle to Stamford Bridge having been named in Lampard’s line-up for the 4-1 win over Southampton ahead of the international break.That match at St. Mary’s was the culmination of months of rehabilitation following surgery in Spain to repair his damaged Achilles tendon, and he insists he is now back to full fitness having missed out on having a pre-season.”I thought to myself as soon as I come back that I just need to get up to speed and get my fitness back,” he added. “I think once that happens gradually my dribbling and everything will come back to what it was. Now I am feeling a bit more confident of getting on the ball and doing my stuff.Callum Hudson-Odoi England quote GFX“As the games go on I will get fitter, get more opportunities to dribble at players and I already feel better now. I wouldn’t say it is my pre-season, I think it is back to normal. I think when I was training, it was like my pre-season getting back to fitness.”Now, I am back in the mix, training and playing. Now everything is back to normal so I need to keep working hard and hopefully get fitter.”England manager Gareth Southgate will have been watching Hudson-Odoi’s display with intrigue as Euro 2020 approaches having handed the youngster his international debut in March.Hudson-Odoi’s first start for his country, however, was marred after he targeted with racist abuse by home fans in Montenegro.The Three Lions were again victims of similar chants during Monday’s 6-0 win over Bulgaria, with the match stopped twice by officials amid suggestions that England may choose to walk off the pitch.And Hudson-Odoi is proud of how his compatriots reacted to monkey chants and Nazi salutes, saying: “Gareth is the manager; we always have to stick by him. He makes the decision, of course. As players, we speak to the manager and captain to ask them what’s right and what’s wrong.Callum Hudson-Odoi England quote GFX“If the manager says we stay on the pitch, we stay on the pitch, try to cope with it as players and we make the decision all as a team. If we think it is right and we can focus and carry on playing, then we do that.”If not and the manager says something different, then we do what the manager says. It is all up to the manager and the captain. It is a captain decision but also a team decision. So we all have a say in what’s happening.”It is disgusting to hear or see players getting discriminated against. It is not right. I say to myself, whenever that happens you have got to stick together as a team, which the boys did.”I am really proud to see the boys stick together. In those situations where they say they would walk off the pitch it is right because no player should be treated differently. We are all equal. It is an equal game so we have all got to stay strong.”Stay the same and the boys dealt with it well. Hopefully, everything will be sorted properly by UEFA. Everything that happened was obviously not right but we have to stick together as a team and move on from it.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Boys basketball: Stevenson 78, Columbia-White Salmon 56

first_img The Columbian Share: Share: Tags Published: January 18, 2019, 9:59pm Boys basketball: Stevenson 78, Columbia-White Salmon 56 GO Stevenson BulldogsWhite Salmon Bruins Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Isaac Hoidal scored 23 points and Jono Blackledge added 17 as the Bulldogs got contributions from throughout the roster for a Trico League win.STEVENSON 78, COLUMBIA-WHITE SALMON 56STEVENSON — Brady Hall 2, Jesse Miller 7, Jono Blackledge 17, Lincoln Krog 4, Preston Lowery 2, Charles Hobbs 0, Alec VanPelt 8, Connor Blair 4, Isaac Hoidal 23, Willy Lanz 5, Nolan Boucher 2, Bennett Wright 2. Totals 28 (9) 13-19 78.COLUMBIA-WHITE SALMON — Chandlor Bucklin 3, Austin Charters 13, Gregory Haner 2, Hunter Harmon 5, Trenton Howard 6, Stanley Hylton 2, Oscar Kirkwood 6, Jacob Lockman 14, Zackary Pettit 0, Isaac Wang 6. Totals 21 (4) 10-18 56.Stevenson 20 16 28 14–78CWS 7 18 18 13–56JV — Stevenson won. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

American Cruise Lines’ Names Newest Ship “ American Constitution”

first_imgGUILFORD, CT – March 29, 2017 – American Cruise Lines has announced the name of its latest vessel, American Constitution, now under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, MD. The name was inspired by the USS Constitution, the United States Navy’s oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat and named by President George Washington. This new ship will be delivered in 2018 and is the sister ship to the American Constellation which begins sailing this May. The American Constitution is a coastal vessel with full active wing stabilization. With the capacity for approximately 175 guests, the new ship will cater to passengers looking for the sophisticated and intimate experience of a modern smaller ship. As with the other American Cruise Lines ships, American Constitution will have large well-appointed staterooms with private balconies, as well as a variety of spacious lounges. “With the addition of the American Constitution, we will continue to raise the bar for small ship cruising in the United States” said Tim Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines. “We are committed to continue building new ships which will meet today’s guest expectations for comfort, spacious staterooms, and modern amenities.” The two sister ships will elevate the standard for small ships on both coasts of the United States, cruising on the East Coast this year, and expanding to the Pacific Northwest and Alaska in 2018. Details on the 2018 schedule will be announced soon. Reservations for the inaugural season aboard American Constitution can be made by visiting  About American Cruise Lines American Cruise Lines, the largest U.S. cruise company, is committed to continuous growth through an innovative ship building program that elevates the standard of cruising in America. The line is the leader in the US with more than 35 itineraries ranging from 4 to 21-nights in length, which visit the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, New England, the Southeast and the Mississippi River. The line has been continuously recognized for its new ships and for providing superb service to guests and travel agents before, during, and after a cruise. To learn more about American Cruise Lines, visit or call 800-814- 6880. Find us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at read more

Playa Hotels & Resorts Recognized at the Travvy Awards

first_imgFT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V. (NASDAQ:PLYA) (“Playa”) was honored during the annual Travvy Awards this evening at Gotham Hall in New York City. The awards, presented by TravAlliance Media, recognize the highest standards of excellence in the travel industry and honor travel companies, products, agencies and destinations for their yearly achievements. Playa Hotels & Resorts received top accolades, with Hyatt Ziva Cancun being named as the Best Individual Resort Overall for the second year in a row.  In total, Playa Hotels & Resorts was recognized with seven top awards, including three Gold and four Silver. “Being so recognized at the Travvy’s is truly an honor. These awards are the result of the hard work and dedication of our employees who deliver an elevated and memorable guest experience. Being acknowledged with these awards is a testament to our commitment to more than meet guest expectations and deliver a vacation that our guests recommend to others time and again. We look forward to continuing to set the standard within the all-inclusive sector,” said Kevin Froemming, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Playa Hotels & Resorts. Playa Hotels & Resorts 2017 Travvy Awards include:Best Individual Resort Overall – Hyatt Ziva Cancun – Gold Best All-Inclusive Resort, Destination Weddings – Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall – Gold Best Destination Wedding Hotel/Resort | Mexico – Hyatt Ziva Cancun – Gold Best All-Inclusive Adult/Couples Resort | Mexico – Hyatt Zilara Cancun – Silver Best All-Inclusive Adult/Couples Resort | Caribbean/Bahamas – Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall – Silver Best Destination Wedding Hotel/Resort | Caribbean/Bahamas – Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall – Silver Best All-Inclusive Resort, Honeymoons – The Royal Playa del Carmen – Silver For more information on Playa Hotels & Resorts or to download images, visit our press room at or contact your preferred travel agent.  About Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V. Playa Hotels & Resorts is a leading owner, operator and developer of all-inclusive resorts in prime beachfront locations in popular vacation destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean. Playa owns a portfolio consisting of 13 resorts (6,130 rooms) located in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. Playa owns and manages Hyatt Zilara Cancun, Hyatt Ziva Cancun, Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica, Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta and Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, as well as three resorts under Playa’s brands, THE Royal and Panama Jack Resorts. The Company also operates the Sanctuary Cap Cana, in the Dominican Republic, and owns five resorts in Mexico and the Dominican Republic that are managed by a third party.last_img read more

Millennial Travelers Are Most Likely to Engage in Social Deception

first_imgAllianz Global Assistance Study Reveals Millennial Travelers Are More Than Twice As Likely As Gen X’ers, and Seven Times More Likely Than Boomers, to Engage in “Social Media Deception”  Richmond, Va., July 10, 2018 – More than one third (36 percent) of Millennials (ages 18-34) have aimed to deceive their followers by posting social media vacation images that make trips look better than they are, according to the 10th annual 2018 Vacation Confidence Index*, released by Allianz Global Assistance. The study found that 15 percent of Gen X’ers (ages 35 – 54) and five percent of Baby Boomers (ages 55+) have done the same. Of those who confessed to this social media deception, 65 percent do so in an attempt to make others envious, while 51 percent use it as an opportunity to compete with others who do the same. Of all respondents, guilty of social media deception or not, men are slightly more likely than women to post vacation photos on social media to make friends/family jealous (men: 28 percent and women: 16 percent) and compete with others (men: 22 percent and women: eight percent). Millennials may be known for their attachment to technology while sleeping, working and traveling, but the new report sheds light on how and why they use social media to document and inspire their wanderlust. Millennials are more likely than any other age group to document their travel on social media, but the reasons for doing so vary: 63 percent post about their vacations on social media to look back on the trip with rose-colored glasses; 58 percent to share photos in which they look best; 52 percent to post photos in which their surroundings look best; 37 percent to make friends/family jealous; and 27 percent to compete with others who post pictures of their own vacations. Gen X’ers and Baby Boomers are not immune to the lure of social media in order to: look back on a trip (Gen X’ers: 46 percent and Baby Boomers: 23 percent); share photos in which they look best (Gen X’ers: 45 percent and Baby Boomers: 20 percent) and in which their surroundings look best (Gen X’ers: 44 percent and Baby Boomers: 15 percent); provoke jealousy (Gen X’ers: 20 percent and Baby Boomers: nine percent) and compete with others (Gen X’ers: 14 percent and Baby Boomers: three percent). Ironically, those who have used social media in a deceptive manner are more likely to trust social media posts from users, brands and media. Of the respondents who posted on social media to make their vacation look better than reality, 87 percent trust posts from people they personally know; 69 percent trust those from brands; 69 percent trust media organizations/news outlets and 60 percent trust social users they do not know personally, including celebrities and social media influencers. Of all respondents, whether or not they’ve engaged in social media deception, 86 percent trust the accuracy of social media posts from people they know personally; 55 percent from brands; 46 percent from media organizations/news outlets and 31 percent from users they do not know. With the role social media plays in the lives of Millennials, more than half (51 percent) feel that social media posts influence their own travel planning choices. Three in ten Americans of all age groups admit their travel planning choices are somewhat or very influenced by social media posts. Despite the prevalence of social media influencers working with destinations and brands, these respondents are still most influenced by posts of friends and family (63 percent), over posts from media and news organizations (11 percent), users they do not know personally (nine percent) or brands (eight percent). Half (49 percent) of Americans say Facebook is the social media platform that most inspires them to travel, followed by Instagram (35 percent), Pinterest (19 percent), Twitter (13 percent) and Snapchat (13 percent). More than a third (34 percent) say that social media platforms do not inspire them to travel. Women are more likely to be inspired by Pinterest (25 percent of woman compared to 12 percent of men) and men by Twitter (20 percent of men compared to seven percent of women). “Social media changes the way we live, work, play and of course, travel. As millennials continue to lead trends, it will be interesting to see if social deception becomes a more common and even acceptable activity when portraying vacations to friends, family and followers,” says Dan Durazo, director of communications, Allianz Global Assistance USA. “Whether you plan to make your vacation look better than it was or not, the right travel insurance policy can protect you from the unexpected things that may go wrong – and your social media followers will never need to know that the trip wasn’t as perfect as it looked on Instagram.” SOCIAL MEDIA DECEPTIONHave you ever posted images to your social media account(s) to make your vacations look better than they actually are in reality?MaleFemaleMillennials (18-34)Gen X’ers(35 – 54)Baby Boomers (55+)Yes, more than once14%11%26%10%3%Yes, but just once7%4%10%5%2%No, never63%74%59%73%72%I don’t use social media accounts16%11%5%11%23%I try to make friends and family back home envious by posting pictures of my vacation on social mediaStrongly/Somewhat Agree28%16%37%20%9%Strongly/Somewhat Disagree72%84%63%80%91%I try to compete with others who post pics of their vacations on social media by posting my own, better photosStrongly/Somewhat Agree22%8%27%14%3%Strongly/Somewhat Disagree78%92%73%86% 97% I post pics of my vacation on social media so that I can look back on my trip with rose-colored glasses once I’m homeStrongly/Somewhat Agree46%43%63%46%23%Strongly/Somewhat Disagree54%57%37%54%77%I take lots of pictures of myself on vacation and only post the shots where I look bestStrongly/Somewhat Agree42%41%58%45%20%Strongly/Somewhat Disagree58%59%42%55%80%I take lots of pictures of myself on vacation and only post the shots where my surroundings look bestStrongly/Somewhat Agree40%34%52%44%15%Strongly/Somewhat Disagree60%66%48%56%85% A video highlighting the findings is available here. The full infographic is available here. Allianz Global Assistance offers travel insurance** through most major U.S. airlines, leading travel agents, online travel agencies, other travel suppliers and directly to consumers. For more information on Allianz Global Assistance and the policies offered for travelers, please visit:*Methodology: These are findings of an Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Allianz Global Assistance. For this survey, a sample of 1,005 Americans from the Ipsos I-Say panel was interviewed from May 2 – 5, 2018. The precision of online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the results are accurate to within +/- 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what the results would have been had all American adults been polled. Quota sampling and weighting were employed in order to balance demographics and ensure that the sample’s composition reflects that of the actual U.S. population, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Credibility intervals are wider among subsets of the population.  Allianz Global Assistance USAAllianz Global Assistance USA (AGA Service Company) is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company.  We provide insurance to 35 million customers annually and are best known for our Allianz Travel Insurance plans. In addition to travel insurance, Allianz Global Assistance USA offers tuition insurance, event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events and unique travel assistance services such as international medical assistance and concierge services. The company also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call center services and claims administration for property and casualty insurers and credit card companies. To learn more about Allianz Travel Insurance, please visit or Like us on Facebook **Terms, conditions, and exclusions apply to all plans. Plans are available only to U.S. residents. Not all plans are available in all jurisdictions. For a complete description of the coverage and benefit limits offered under your plan, carefully review your plan’s Letter of Confirmation/Declarations and Certificate of Insurance/Policy. Insurance coverage is underwritten by BCS Insurance Company (OH, Administrative Office: Oakbrook Terrace, IL), rated “A-” (Excellent) by A.M. Best Co., under BCS Form No. 52.201 series or 52.401 series, or Jefferson Insurance Company (NY, Administrative Office: Richmond, VA), rated “A+” (Superior) by A.M. Best Co., under Jefferson Form No. 101-C series or 101-P series, or Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and Affiliated Companies (One Nationwide Plaza, Columbus, OH 43215-2200), under Form Nos. SRTC 2000 and NSHTC 2500, each rated “A+” (Superior) by A.M. Best Co., depending on state of residence. Allianz Global Assistance and Allianz Travel Insurance are marks of AGA Service Company or its affiliates. AGA Service Company is the licensed producer and administrator of these plans and an affiliate of Jefferson Insurance Company. The insured shall not receive any special benefit or advantage due to the affiliation between AGA Service Company and Jefferson Insurance Company. Non-insurance benefits/products are provided and serviced by AGA Service Company.last_img read more

Unexpected Destinations Offer Rewarding Family Experiences

first_imgAbercrombie & Kent Introduces New Luxury Family Journeys to Egypt and the Galápagos Islands  DOWNERS GROVE, IL – December 18, 2018… As travel horizons expand, families are increasingly interested in introducing children to new places, but unsure of how best to do it. And the more exotic or remote the destination, the more overwhelming the planning process may seem. Abercrombie & Kent’s Luxury Family Journeys are designed to reveal the world’s most rewarding destinations on all seven continents, including new itineraries that explore Egypt and the Galápagos Islands. Expertly crafted to reveal the essence of a destination, each journey is led by a Resident Tour Director® who travels with the group from beginning to end, offering insight that only comes from being a local themselves. Interactive activities bring the destination to life, including a hands-on lesson in how to bake Egyptian-style bread and the chance to snorkel among sea lions or ride in a glass-bottom boat for a glimpse into life beneath the waves in the Galápagos. Each journey is designed to captivate curious minds, positively impress young hearts and foster a lifelong love for travel. NEW for 2019 – Family Egypt & the NileExplore a pyramid from the inside out and go on a treasure hunt in the labyrinthine Khan el- Khalili Bazaar. Sail on a four-night Nile river cruise aboard award-winning, newly renovated Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV’ with a Children’s Activity Coordinator who arranges fun, hands-on activities for younger guests. Ride Like a Local on camel back and sail in a traditional felucca. Learn local handicrafts, including the art of henna painting and pottery making. 10 days from $5,495, children 17 and under save $500 (originally $7,495; save $2,000 per person on select dates) NEW for 2019 – Family GalapagosCruise for four nights in the Galápagos Islands aboard ‘La Pinta,’ a stylish expedition vessel. Observe giant tortoises, land iguanas and blue-footed boobies up close, in their natural habitats. Activities include kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking, as well as twice-daily shore excursions with a certified naturalist guide. A glass bottom boat reveals the underwater world to those who prefer to stay dry. Enjoy child-friendly wildlife photography, scavenger hunts, Spanish lessons and art-making. Play a friendly game of soccer with local children in Quito; ride an aerial gondola to a lookout that offers incredible views of the city; and stand on the spot where the position of the Equator was established. 8 days from $7,995 per person, children 17 and under save $500 Every A&K Luxury Family Journey is limited to no more than 24 guests and features the kinds of luxuries families never knew they needed. New for 2019 is a chance to enjoyBreakfast in Bed, with two opportunities for a leisurely start to your family’s day withcontinental breakfast served in the comfort of your hotel room. Families appreciateTraveller’s Valet, complimentary laundry service at the midpoint of each journey. Private arrival and departure transfers are included, as well as gratuities, except for the Resident Tour Director, which is at guest discretion. Parents value the convenience of A&K’s Travelling Bell Boy® service to transfer luggage from one hotel room to the next. Safety You Can TrustA&K’s network of more than 55 local offices provide peace of mind, along with 24/7 support should anything unexpected occur. A&K has resources at the ready, whether it’s a misplaced passport, lost glasses or a need for medical attention. For complete peace of mind on your next family holiday, join an Abercrombie & Kent Luxury Small Group Journey. Go to , call 800 554 7094 to speak with a travel consultant or contact your travel professional.  About Abercrombie & Kent & Kent pioneered luxury adventure travel with our first African safaris in 1962, and today our award-winning travel services extend around the globe to more than one hundred countries on all seven continents. A&K’s custom itineraries and small-group journeys offer one-of-a-kind inspiring experiences, while our more than 55 on-site offices ensure invitation-only access to the people and places that make every destination unique. Join the world of A&K by following us on Facebook, Twitter: @AKTravel_USA and Instagram: aktravel_usa.last_img read more