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Nidahas Trophy: Rubel Hossain ‘feeling terrible’ after conceding 22 runs to Dinesh Karthik

first_imgA crestfallen Bangladesh pacer Rubel Hossain, who leaked 22 runs in the 19th over to help India claw back chasing 167 and win the final of the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 International (T20I) tri-series, wants to be forgiven by fans.”I am feeling terrible after the defeat. I never thought I would be the reason for Bangladesh’s defeat. We were so close to winning in the final but because of me, we lost. I want to apologize to the fans and ask for forgiveness,” Rubel was quoted as saying by Bangladesh’s leading newspaper Prothom Alo.Nidahas Trophy: Virat Kohli doffs his hat to Dinesh Karthik after Colombo heroicsWicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Karthik (29 runs off eight balls) played a brilliant cameo towards the end, hitting a six off the last ball to win the final for India, who chased down Bangladesh’s 166/8.Have learned how to finish chases from MS Dhoni, says Dinesh KarthikKarthik came into bat with scoreboard reading 133/5 at the end of 18 overs. He announced his arrival at the crease by smoking two sixes and a four off first three balls from Rubel. In the next three deliveries, Karthik accumulated six runs which left India needing 12 off the last over.Dinesh Karthik exclusive: Tried to remain as calm as possible before that last ballThe drama further unfolded when India needed five runs in the last ball. Kathik slammed a flat six over extra cover off Soumya Sarkar to clinch the issue.Nidahas Trophy: Sunil Gavaskar’s ‘Naagin’ dance during commentary stint upsets Bangladeshi fansadvertisementThe Bangladesh captain, in the post match press conference, backed Rubel.”To be honest he did not miss much of the plan when he bowled. I don’t know if there are many batsmen who can come and hit a six off the first ball, the next for a four and then again a six,” Karthik was quoted as saying by The Daily Star.(Source: IANS)last_img read more

Hockeyroos into World Cup quarter-finals after draw with New Zealand

first_img Support The Guardian Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Hockey news The result and Belgium’s 6-3 defeat of Japan ensured the Hockeyroos finished top of Group D – after a win and two draws – to move directly into the last eight.“We’re really happy. It would’ve been nice to come out with a win but a draw was enough,” veteran Hockeyroos defender Jodie Kenny said.“We were really happy with that effort tonight so well done to our girls.”New Zealand took the lead when Merry swooped on a loose ball to convert into the backboard after Hockeyroos goalkeeper Rachael Lynch had slid in to block Kelsey Smith’s chance.Australia didn’t have to wait long to equalise when Stephanie Kershaw released Edwina Bone on the right flank and her cutback found Smith, who slid her shot under the on-rushing Black Sticks keeper Sally Rutherford.Both teams had chances to win the match in an even contest but ultimately the points were shared at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.Belgium pipped New Zealand for second spot with both sides moving on to the playoffs.A win for the Black Caps would set up a Trans-Tasman quarter-final while the Belgians will meet Spain with the victor facing Germany in the next round.Australia’s quarter-final will be played on Thursday at 5.15am (AEST). Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn The Hockeyroos secured a place in the Women’s World Cup quarter-finals after a 1-1 draw with New Zealand. Australia captain Emily Smith – celebrating her 26th birthday – scored the equaliser on 18 minutes.Olivia Merry put the Black Sticks ahead five minutes earlier. Australia sport Share on Facebook Reuse this content Share via Email Since you’re here… India’s Rani Rampal: ‘My parents refused to let me play hockey because I was a girl’ Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on Messengerlast_img read more

It’s time to get your social strategy in order

first_imgIf you’re still not sure what your organization should be doing with social media, it would be a good idea to figure it out soon. As social media use continues to grow, this channel is becoming even more important to online donors as a way to connect with causes and find news and information.Here are some social media fun facts: Free WebinarWant some help with your nonprofit’s social media strategy? Nonprofit communication expert Farra Trompeter of Big Duck will join us on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 1pm EDT for a free Network for Good webinar. Farra is a seasoned fundraising and nonprofit marketing professional who has helped hundreds of nonprofits create amazing campaigns and communicate more effectively via social channels. This is a perfect opportunity to learn from one of the best. Registration is free and I hope you can join us. (Note: If you can’t attend the live stream, we’ll send you the presentation so you can review it on demand.)Develop Your Social Media StrategyTuesday, October 22nd, 2013 1 pm EDT 27% of online time is now spent on social networking. Source: Experian Tweet this stat.47% of those 45 and younger in the U.S. say social media is more valuable than search for discovering news. Source: Reuters Tweet this stat.Thanks to recent algorithm changes, Google now uses many social factors as top criteria for ranking search results. Source: Searchmetrics Tweet this fact.Twitter’s fastest growing age demographic is 55 to 64 year olds. Source: Global Web Index Tweet this stat.last_img read more

Summertime Shifts: Keep Connecting Through Fireflies, Fireworks, and Family Vacations

first_imgSummer is just different. Even though schooldays ended eons ago for most of us, our focus, attitudes, and readiness to act change as the weather warms.Over the years, I’ve heard from many of you that you feel the same, as do your supporters and prospects. And you’ve asked me how to connect in the context of sizzling summer distractions. This Book Could Change Your Life: Great Summer Reads for Fundraisers Here are three ways to up your summer communications game: Craft your asks to be short, sweet, and personal, like this creative appeal from Food for the Poor, suggests fundraiser Pamela Grow. Nothing is more important than crafting content that’s relevant to your readers. But it’s challenging when they’re distracted by the delights of ice cream, the beach, and after-dinner badminton. What summertime shifts do you make in your fundraising campaigns and communications? Please share in the comments section! Whatever summertime shifts you consider, it’s ideal to base them on what you know about your people, anecdotally and/or via data on last summer’s responses. If possible, measure before and after each shift, and make only one change at a time so you know what does or doesn’t work. Send less frequently. No Friday sends. More Summer Stuffcenter_img Make your content more fun, light, active, and short attention span friendly, advises Kivi Leroux Miller from Nonprofit Marketing Guide. Be aware that you’re communicating to people who are on or just back from vacation, says John Haydon. That could mean sending an email twice (with a fresh subject line the second time), with round two going to those who didn’t open the first, and extending a campaign period into early fall. If you know your people are on email less and Facebook more, follow them where they are. This applies whatever the season. Here’s more summertime shift guidance from some of the best fundraisers and communicators I know: Reboot with These 6 Summer Camp Strategies Shift your topic, tone, and/or language to make it seasonally relevant and fun. Change timing and/or frequency. A quick poll of nonprofit communicators found this to be the most common summertime shift. With refreshing practicality, Nancy Schwartz rolls up her sleeves to help nonprofits develop and implement strategies to build strong relationships that inspire key supporters to action. She shares her deep nonprofit marketing insights—and passion—through consulting, speaking, and her popular blog and e-news at GettingAttention.org.last_img read more

Human Rights Day: Addressing Gender-Based Violence in Maternal Care

first_imgPosted on December 10, 2014June 12, 2017By: Nevia Pavletic, Implementation Science Intern, TRAction ProjectClick 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)This post is in commemoration of Human Rights Day and the importance of the last 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, which started off with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Disrespect and abuse in maternity care is an institutionalized form of gender violence. In addition, please find a round-up of recent news addressing human rights violations and gender violence at the end of this post.The fact that nearly one in three women globally has experienced intimate partner violence, a form of gender-based violence (GBV), is widely known. But can you easily name a situation where GBV occurs in the healthcare system?GBV is a worldwide problem that occurs in many contexts and in many forms including sexual violence, physical and verbal abuse, and cultural practices that harm women. The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence campaign, which launched on November 25th, puts this serious issue under the international spotlight.Current discourses on GBV, though they acknowledge that GBV occurs in many different contexts, rarely address GBV in health care settings. Disrespect and abuse during childbirth not only echoes other forms of GBV, but also contributes to women’s underutilization of skilled delivery services, which can negatively impact women’s health. Promoting respectful and dignified maternal health care is central to upholding human rights and improving the provision of women’s healthcare. Incorporating discussions on respectful maternal care into the global GBV dialogue is necessary for making this important issue a global priority.Around the world, women experience a range of disrespectful and abusive behavior at the hands of the health system: including, physical abuse, disregard for privacy, and unfair requests for payment. Research from TRAction-funded projects on respectful maternal care reveals that this disrespect and abuse—as with other forms of GBV—is an extension of existing structural inequalities. For example, these disrespectful, abusive behaviors are often a byproduct of stressful working conditions, as (often female) healthcare workers are overworked in a health system that is frequently understaffed and strained for resources. The TRAction-funded STAHA project in Tanzania has implemented interventions to help healthcare workers cope with stress, and the Heshima Project in Kenya has adopted a model of disrespect and abuse that takes into account the individual, structural, and policy levels, suggesting that effective interventions to decrease disrespect and abuse must be systemic.Recently, TRAction’s implementing partners at Columbia University published a commentary in Lancet’s Midwifery Series, in which they emphasize that disrespect and abuse does not occur only at the hands of healthcare providers, but also by the health system itself. In other words, the existence of disrespect and abuse is a symptom of a “health system in crisis.” While it is imperative that we consider women’s perspectives and experiences, tackling GBV in all its forms will require us to go beyond individual-level interventions to address the structural contexts and power inequalities that enable GBV and disrespect and abuse during childbirth to occur in the first place.Gender equality is clearly key to international efforts to achieve sustainable development goals and situating respectful maternity care within the broader global dialogue on GBV will help us in these efforts.This post originally appeared on the USAID TRAction Blog.News Round-up for Human Rights DayKenyan women with HIV sue over sterilisationWhy Sterilization Is The Most Popular Form Of Family PlanningIndian sterilisation patient: ‘I was slapped and told to calm down’Indian women die after state-run mass sterilisation campaign goes wrongWoman dies at second India sterilisation campShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Group Antenatal Care in Rwanda: A Master Trainer’s Perspective

first_imgPosted on May 25, 2018August 1, 2018By: Tiffany Lundeen, University of California, San Francisco, East Africa Preterm Birth Initiative; Yvonne Delphine Nsaba Uwera, University of California, San Francisco, East Africa Preterm Birth InitiativeClick 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)In 2017, the East Africa Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi-EA) in Rwanda—a partnership among the University of California, San Francisco, the University of Rwanda, the Ministry of Health and the Rwanda Biomedical Center—launched the largest cluster randomized controlled trial ever conducted on group antenatal care. Results are expected in 2019.In group antenatal care, women attend their pregnancy visits at a health facility at regular intervals with the same group of about 10 pregnant peers. The antenatal care provider, usually a nurse or midwife, performs brief but thorough exams behind a privacy screen while the women socialize and help one another check their vital signs. Then, the provider facilitates an hour-long discussion of important pregnancy education topics. Research suggests this model, which offers education and support as well as recommended clinical care, has the potential to improve perinatal outcomes in some populations. For example, African-American women who participate in group antenatal care in the United States demonstrate a significantly reduced risk of preterm birth. Among pregnant adolescents, group care participation has been associated with a decrease in depressive symptoms and increases in breastfeeding and uptake of long-acting reversible contraception in the postnatal period. Other studies of the effects of group antenatal care report improvements in blood sugar control among pregnant women with diabetes, smoking cessation and decreases in rapid repeat pregnancy. The Rwanda-specific group care model includes an individual first antenatal visit, three subsequent group antenatal visits and one group postnatal visit about six weeks after delivery.In the following interview, Tiffany Lundeen, a midwife on the Preterm Birth Initiative-Rwanda team based at the University of California, San Francisco who led the group care model development process, speaks with Yvonne Delphine Nsaba Uwera, a Rwandan midwife who serves as a master trainer of group care facilitators, about her observations of group care.T: How did you get involved with group antenatal care in Rwanda?Y: I was involved with the technical working group that designed the model for Rwanda. Then I went to San Francisco with other midwives for training to become a master trainer. Soon after, our group of six Rwandan master trainers transferred the knowledge of group care to nurses, midwives and community health workers who began providing group care at 18 health centers. Then I began making supportive field visits to observe and mentor the facilitators as they implemented group antenatal and postnatal care.T: Through this process, how have your ideas about group antenatal care evolved?Y: When I saw how group care was working in the United States, I wanted to try it in Rwanda. But my question was: Will it work with our culture? We are so private. Are women going to open up and speak and talk to each other and say the truth?  I discovered that even women in the remote villages of Rwanda love the group model and are so comfortable to talk to and advise each other. As a facilitator, you are just there to guide them to give the right information.T: When you visit the health centers, what do you hear the women saying about group antenatal care?Y: At the first visit, they are shy, but soon they are like sisters. They often ask why the next appointment can’t be sooner: “Why can’t you put it next month so we can meet again and discuss?” Women love it because it helps them to open up, express themselves and support each other. In one group I observed, the women donated clothes to a group member in need. Another member proposed that the group put in some money every month in case one of them had financial issues after the baby is born. And they made plans to bring food to members who didn’t have family nearby.T: Do you think women will attend more antenatal care visits because they are enrolled in a group?Y: Based on seeing women really loving being in group care and asking to come earlier than their next appointment—or women not enrolled asking to join a group – I feel women will come more often because they are feeling really supported by each other. Also, they have fun in the group. They forget [their problems] when they are with the others.T: Do you think group care providers are able to provide higher quality clinical care than in the traditional antenatal care model?Y: Yes. In the traditional model, providers see more than 20 women individually per day, and so they have to check the women quickly. But with the group, 8-12 women can get all the valuable information at the same time and then there is still time to examine each woman.T: After the trial is complete in 2019, what do you hope for the future of group care in Rwanda?Y: I wish it could be implemented in all the health centers for the benefit of women in Rwanda.T: What do you think the challenges are to scaling the model in Rwanda?Y: The challenge will be having enough health care providers, especially in rural areas, and then training them in group care.T: Is there anything else that you want readers to know about your experience with group care?Y: Yes, I keep insisting on attention to maternal mental health. Group care helps women feel more confident and comfortable expressing themselves. It empowers women to speak up and talk about their problems and seek help. The group is like a village of women that empowers them during a very vulnerable time, both mentally and physically.To learn more about PTBi-EA’s group antenatal care trial, view our video.Photo credit: Women discussing nutrition at a group antenatal care session in Kigali, Rwanda © 2016 Nicholas Berger, Pinecone Pictures—Learn more about group antenatal care>>Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Wisconsin Football Sends A Message To State Of Michigan After Win

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p The Upper Peninsula is connected to Wisconsin, and not Michigan, so you can see where this joke stems from.Wisconsin 61, Central Michigan 0Wisconsin 35, Michigan 14Wisconsin 38, Michigan State 0Send us the deed, @UpperPeninsula— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) October 12, 2019I’m not sure how the Youpees are going to take this declaration. The Twitter account has mostly been focused on fall foliage today, not the happenings on the gridiron.Also, whatever is going on here…This better not be one of my bays, I raised them better than that. https://t.co/BXf5kf78rx— The Upper Peninsula (@UpperPeninsula) October 7, 2019Wisconsin gets Illinois next week, which shouldn’t be a huge challenge, though the Illini had a huge comeback and gave Michigan a scare today, before the Wolverines pulled away. That may say more about the Wolverines than the Illini though.After that, the Badgers have a date with Ohio State, in what is really looking like a Big Ten title game preview.Wisconsin is a pretty consistent team, and tend to find themselves in the mix in the Big Ten, but this year’s team actually looks like it might contend for the College Football playoff. A closeup of Paul Chryst during a Wisconsin Badgers football game.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 13: Head coach Paul Chryst of the Wisconsin Badgers look on during warmups prior to playing the Michigan Wolverines on October 13, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The good news for Wisconsin: the Badgers blanked Michigan State today, 38-0. The bad? They’re probably done with games against teams from Michigan for the year.Games against teams from the Great Lake State have gone very well for the Badgers in 2019. Undefeated Wisconsin is 3-0 in those games, winning by a combined 134-14.Michigan did all of its damage in the second half, with the game largely in hand. The other two teams failed to score altogether.After today’s win over the Spartans, Wisconsin is looking to take its supremacy over the state to the next level. The Badgers football Twitter account declared that it wants the deed to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the piece of land jutting into the great lakes.last_img read more

Danny Kanell Releases His Top 8 Following Week 7

first_imgDanny Kanell, a consistent troll of Miami football, speaks on FS1.FS1Week 7 of the college football season is done but not at all forgotten after the seismic shift the games created. Between Georgia’s first loss, the Red River Showdown and the LSU-Florida game, there may be a lot of movement in the rankings this week.This morning college football analyst Danny Kanell released his weekly Top 8 teams heading into next week.Clemson and Alabama thrashed their opponents to earn the first-and-second-place spots, respectively. Ohio State came in at third despite not playing this week, while Oklahoma and LSU were ranked fourth and fifth after dispatching No. 11 Texas and No. 5 Florida respectively.Unsurprisingly, Georgia didn’t make the cut after losing at home to unranked South Carolina. Here is Danny Kanell’s Top 8 after Week 7:8. Oregon7. Penn State6. Wisconsin5. LSU4. Oklahoma3. Ohio State2. Alabama1. ClemsonAfter week 7 of 2019….the #DKtop81. Clemson2. Bama3. Ohio St4. Oklahoma5. LSU6. Wisconsin7. Penn State8. Oregon— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) October 13, 2019Kanell’s list has a strong Big Ten flavor with Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State all making the list.Either Wisconsin or Penn State can give the Buckeyes a run for their money when they play in the regular season later this year.Kanell also decided to show the Pac-12 some respect as well, with Oregon making the cut after a 45-3 win over Colorado.Did Danny Kanell get his Top 8 right?last_img read more

Troy Dye Trolls Washington With “W Down” After Oregon’s Win

first_img Troy Dye is a dawg for this 😅 pic.twitter.com/oqfFA4Ald2— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) October 19, 2019This isn’t the first time an Oregon player has flashed the “W down” when playing Washington. In last year’s Oregon-Washington thriller, receiver Dillon Mitchell trolled the Huskies in the same way after scoring a touchdown. The Ducks went on to win in overtime.Is this a new tradition Oregon players will start to use more frequently? It’s pretty similar to Oklahoma’s “horns down” trolling of Texas, a trolling hand gesture which has taken the college football world by storm.Oregon’s “W down” won’t garner as much attention as “horns down” used by Oklahoma. But it adds a spicy new element to an already heated Pac-12 rivalry. Troy Dye celebrates Oregon's win over Washington.SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – OCTOBER 19: Troy Dye #35 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates after defeating the Washington Huskies 35-31 during their game at Husky Stadium on October 19, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)Oregon-Washington is one of the West Coast’s best college football rivalries. For the past two seasons, the rivalry game has gone down to the wire.The Ducks were down 28-14 early in the 3rd quarter of today’s game. But Oregon’s offense managed to score 21 points over the last two quarters, escaping Seattle with a 35-31 win.After the game, Oregon LB Troy Dye spoke with ESPN’s Holly Rowe. At the end of the interview, Dye trolled Washington with a “W down”, mocking Washington fans “W” hand gesture they use during games.Check out his epic trolling in the video below.last_img read more

Mount’s goal just his first ‘big moment’ – Lampard

first_imgChelsea manager Frank Lampard said that Mason Mount’s opening goal for Chelsea is just the first big moment for the midfielder.Mount opened the scoring for Chelsea on Sunday against Leicester, sliding home past Kasper Schmeichel after stealing the ball from Wilfred Ndidi on the edge of the Foxes box.However, Ndidi atoned for his error by equalising with a towering header from a corner in the second half, with the Blues hanging on for the draw.  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 Lampard coached the 20-year-old Mount last year with Derby County and backed him to keep improving as he gets more game-time in the Premier League.”The epitome of his talent is the goal,” Lampard, Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer, said after the match. “Great off the ball and energy to close people down and then the quality to finish it.“In those opening periods he could have almost scored two more goals. He will get better and better as he’s 20 years of age. That’s the first of some big moments for Mason going forward.“I’m delighted for him on that level and I know he will be slightly disappointed as he would have wanted that goal to be a part of a win. He will get better.”Mount is one of several youngsters getting their chance under Lampard.Fellow 20-year-old Christian Pulisic came in for his first Premier League start against Leicester, with Tammy Abraham, 21, coming off the bench.While the Blues’ transfer ban has played a role in the youngsters getting minutes on the pitch, Lampard believes they are key to the club’s future and said the players, the staff and the fans must remain patient as they make their way.“If there were frustrations in the crowd, there were frustrations in the team and on the bench,” he added.“We’re working in one way here and we want to do well. We know that in the circumstances that there are some tough elements this year.“We couldn’t bring players in, I couldn’t as a new manager bring any players to help push the way I’m thinking, we lost Eden (Hazard) and he was so pivotal to this club.“I think everyone’s understanding of that and we will be patient, but I don’t want to use that as the huge factor.“We can do better than we did for 60 minutes today and we will do for sure. We need to look at how we played in the first half hour and replicate that because that was all of the team really at it. We need to sustain that.”last_img read more

‘Man Utd need another five players’

first_imgManchester United need “another four or five players”, says Ryan Giggs, with further big spending required in order for the Reds Devils to become competitive once more.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was given funds during the summer window, having made no additions to his squad as an interim coach in January.Harry Maguire was made the most expensive defender in world football as he was lured away from Leicester for £80 million ($100m), while Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were also acquired. 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 new boys have made a positive impact, but struggles for consistency as a collective have ensured that United remain a work in progress.Club legend Giggs believes more proven performers are needed, telling The Sun: “They need another four or five players.“He [Solskjaer] has bought in three players but he probably needs seven or eight.“But you can’t do that over one transfer window, so you have to be patient because it will be slow.“The culture has changed and what he is trying to do was much needed. He needs time.”Ryan Giggs Wales 2018-19Giggs is currently watching on from afar as his former club seek a spark in 2019-20.It has been suggested that United may struggle to force their way into the Premier League’s top four this season, with fears raised regarding their top-six chances and European qualification.There may come a point at some stage in the future that the Red Devils turn to Giggs for inspiration.He has previously spent time working as an assistant to Louis van Gaal, but is now filling a top job of his own with the Wales national side.Giggs is almost halfway through his four-year contract and is not ruling out a move into club management when the time comes to take on a new challenge.He is, however, aware of the pressure and expectation which now accompanies every coaching post in the modern era – particularly those at leading sides such as United.The 45-year-old added: “It’s difficult and it’s going to get even more difficult because of the pressure you are under from owners, fans, the media.“But you know what you are getting yourself into.”Giggs will be keeping a close eye on United, with James part of his latest Wales squad, when they take in a final fixture before the next international break away at Newcastle on Sunday.last_img read more

‘A wonderful story’ – Klopp on Lallana’s goal against Man Utd

first_imgJurgen Klopp has welcomed the “wonderful story” of Adam Lallana returning to prominence at Liverpool, with an injury-ravaged star making a telling contribution against Manchester United.The 31-year-old midfielder has suffered a succession of fitness problems during his time at Anfield, keeping him on the sidelines for longer than he would have liked.Lallana is, however, fully fit in 2019-20 and has taken in six appearances so far this season. 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 Having only made 31 in total across the last two campaigns, the hope is that a player with an expiring contract can continue to make an impact.He did just that when stepping off the bench at Old Trafford on Sunday, with a priceless goal preserving Liverpool’s unbeaten record and keeping them six points clear at the top of the Premier League table.Reds boss Klopp told the club’s official website of having Lallana available on a regular basis: “A wonderful story. A wonderful, wonderful, wonderful story.”This weekend we had a long talk in general about our situation, and he is completely relaxed and fine and knows how difficult it is at the moment to come into the team.”But he just trains well and he deserved that; it was 25-30 minutes and he had a proper impact. Then scoring a goal… wow! That was really, really nice.”Then the heart rate went up a bit because VAR was involved – but he said he knew it would not be offside, so that was all fine. A wonderful story. A wonderful, wonderful story.”It would have been a better story if somebody would have scored a second one, but now we have to take that.”Lallana will be hoping that there are many more entries in his wonderful story to come.Liverpool, in the ongoing defence of their European crown, will be back in Champions League action on Wednesday when they take on Genk.Klopp’s men are then set to take in back-to-back meetings with north London heavyweights, with a Premier League home date against Tottenham followed by a Carabao Cup fourth-round visit from Arsenal. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Rams beat Saints in OT for trip to Super Bowl

first_imgRams beat Saints in OT for trip to Super Bowl Zuerlein makes 57-yard field goal for the win Share: The Superdome, which had been in uproar all afternoon, suddenly turned eerily silent. It was the first home playoff loss for the Saints with Brees and coach Sean Payton, who and been 6-0 in those games since their pairing began in 2006.This one really hurt.If the pass interference penalty had been called, the Saints could’ve run most of the time off the clock to set up a winning field goal from chip-shot range. A replay was shown over and over on the Superdome’s giant video boards, prompting some fans to toss trash on the field.“Being that it happened right there in front of the person who would be the one to make the call, and everyone in the stands saw it, everyone watching at home on TV saw it, that makes it even more difficult to take,” Brees said. “Because of this, I’m sure there will be a lot of talk about reviewing penalties, perhaps game-changing penalties.”The Rams (15-3) and their 32-year-old coach, Sean McVay, capped a remarkable rise since moving back to Los Angeles three years ago. The team will be appearing in its first Super Bowl since the 2001 season, when the “Greatest Show on Turf” was still in St. Louis. NEW ORLEANS — A big comeback. A blown call. And, finally, a booming kick that sent the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl.After rallying from an early 13-0 deficit, the Rams stunned the New Orleans Saints with Greg Zuerlein’s 57-yard field goal in overtime for a 26-23 victory in the NFC championship game Sunday — an outcome that might not have been possible without an egregious mistake by the officials in the closing minutes of regulation.Los Angeles cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman committed a blatant interference penalty with a helmet-to-helmet hit on Tommylee Lewis well before the pass arrived inside the 5, forcing the Saints to settle for Wil Lutz’s 31-yard field goal that made it 23-20 with 1:41 left in regulation.“Came to the sideline, looked at the football gods and was like, ‘Thank you,’” Robey-Coleman said. “I got away with one tonight.” Follow Payton said he talked to the NFL office after the game and was told that Robey-Coleman should have been flagged.“Not only was it interference, it was helmet to helmet,” the coach said. “I don’t know if there was ever a more obvious pass interference.”The Saints were on the verge of blowing out the Rams, scoring on their first three possessions and taking advantage of an interception when Todd Gurley let a pass slip through his hands.Then a fake punt early in the second quarter gave Los Angeles its initial first down of the game. Sparked by that gutsy call, the Rams finally came to life offensively and drove into position for the first of four field goals by Zuerlein. Los Angeles Rams players celebrate after overtime of the NFL football NFC championship game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Photo Gallery Share: By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP National Writer Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Published: January 20, 2019, 4:47pm Gurley made it 13-10 at halftime on a 6-yard touchdown run just before the intermission.New Orleans restored its double-digit lead on Brees’ 2-yard scoring pass to third-string quarterback Taysom Hill, the first TD catch of the super sub’s career. Goff countered with a 1-yard touchdown toss to Tyler Higbee, setting up a wild fourth quarter.Zuerlein tied the score at 20-all with a 24-yard field goal after McVay passed on a shot at the go-ahead touchdown with fourth-and-goal from inside the 1. A delay of game while lining up for the kick scuttled any thoughts of leaving the offense on the field.BREES’ FUTUREThe 40-year-old Brees made it clear he’s got no plans to retire.“I plan on being here next year and making another run at it,” said Brees, who was denied a shot at adding to the Super Bowl title he won during the 2009 season. Follow The Columbian on Instagram After the no-call, Jared Goff had enough time to lead the Rams down the field for Zuerlein’s tying field goal, a 48-yarder with 15 seconds remaining.New Orleans won the coin toss and got the ball first in overtime. But, with Dante Fowler Jr. in his face and striking his arm, Drew Brees fluttered up a pass that was picked off by John Johnson III, who was able to hang on to the interception while stumbling backward. Johnson hopped up and celebrated by doing the “Choppa Style” dance popularized by New Orleans rapper Choppa, whose namesake song had become a Saints’ rallying cry and was even performed during the halftime show.The Rams weren’t able to do much offensively, but it didn’t matter. Zuerlein booted through the winning field goal from just inside midfield with plenty of room to spare. The NFL said it the longest game-winning kick in playoff history.“It’s unbelievable, man. I can’t put it into words,” said Goff, who at 24 became the youngest quarterback to win an NFC title. “The defense played the way they did to force it to overtime. The defense gets a pick and Greg makes a 57-yarder to win it. That was good from about 70. Unbelievable.” GO He hopes another gut-wrenching loss in the playoffs will spur the team to even greater heights.“Last year really brought us together as a team and strengthened us,” Brees said. “I hope this will too.”INJURY REPORTThe Saints lost tight end Josh Hill to a concussion in the first quarter.Hill was injured after hauling in a 24-yard pass from Brees. While making the tackle, Los Angeles Rams linebacker Cory Littleton delivered a forearm to Hill’s head.No penalty was called, but Hill staggered off the field to be evaluated by the medical staff. Just before halftime, the Saints announced he was done for the game.The loss of Hill led to a much bigger role in the offense for Garrett Griffin, who spent most of the season on the practice squad. He caught a 5-yard pass for his first career touchdown. 3 Photos The team hasn’t won an NFL title in Los Angeles since 1951, well before the Super Bowl era. The team moved to St. Louis in 1995, only to return to Southern California two decades later.“Shoot, I don’t even know what day it is,” McVay said. “All I know is we’re NFC champs, baby!”It was another bitter end for the Saints, who lost the previous season in the divisional round on the “Minnesota Miracle” — the Vikings’ long touchdown pass on the final play of the game.This time, New Orleans (14-4) couldn’t hang on to the lead or overcome that officiating mistake. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

Happy International Women’s Day

first_img#internationalwomensday I wanted to take a second to wish all of you wonderful, strong, free, powerful, intelligent and AMAZING women out there a happy International Women’s Day! We are lucky to have four wonderful women in our organization that I, personally, am exceptionally grateful for. These women are not only crucial to our business but continue to be amazing influences in our business and personal lives. Thank you for all you do and for continuing to be amazing. Thank you to Joanie Ogg, my mother, Angela Ogg, my beautiful wife, Peyton, my amazing and free spirited daughter and Angel, who handles much of our creative work for the Travel Professional NEWS eMagazine. Without these women, our company could simply not be what it is so a big Cheers to you on your day!last_img read more

Hilton to Welcome Guests to Naples for First Time with the Britannique Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton

first_imgIconic 19th century hotel will maintain its historic charm and re-open in the second half of 2019 as part of Curio Collection by Hilton  September 11, 2018 NAPLES, Italy and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton (NYSE: HLT) has signed a franchise agreement with Palazzo Caracciolo S.P.A. to open its first hotel in the Southern Italian city of Naples. The Britannique Hotel, located along the distinguished Corso Vittorio Emanuele, will join Curio Collection by Hilton, a global portfolio of more than 50 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts handpicked for their unique character. “We are excited to welcome The Britannique Hotel to Curio Collection by Hilton, as we make our debut in Naples in 2020,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio Collection by Hilton. “The signing of The Britannique Hotel highlights our commitment to expanding our collection in key destinations around the globe and providing unexpected and authentic experiences to guests, like enjoying unrivalled views over the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius while dining at the refreshed rooftop restaurant and bar.” The hotel will be known as The Britannique Naples, Curio Collection by Hilton and will undergo a €25M restoration before welcoming its first guests in the second half of 2019. The restoration will re-establish the property, which first opened in 1870, as a one-of-a-kind destination within the city and revive its glory days as a symbol of 19th century charm. Once the restoration is complete, the hotel will boast 72 guest rooms and a refreshed rooftop restaurant and bar with unrivalled views over the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. “Naples is the gateway to Southern Italy and other timeless tourist destinations, including Pompeii, Sorrento and the pristine Amalfi Coast,” said Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, EMEA, Hilton. “Tourist arrivals to the city increased by more than 17 percent last year, so the timing could not be better for Hilton to establish a presence here[1]. The Britannique Hotel joins more than 30 Curio Collection properties trading or under development in EMEA, and offers a stylish home for our debut in the city.” “We are undertaking a significant restoration programme at The Britannique Naples, so it is important to us that the hotel begins its new life in association with a renowned international brand,” said Costanzo Jannotti Pecci, Palazzo Caracciolo S.P.A. “Curio Collection by Hilton is a natural fit for us as it provides a global commercial reach for the property whilst enabling us to maintain a distinctly local design and feel – important factors in preserving one of Naples’ most famous hotels.” The Britannique Hotel will be part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi and the Hilton Honors mobile app. This latest property adds to the Curio Collection’s growing global portfolio. Properties in its Italian portfolio include Grand Hotel Villa Torretta Milan Sesto, La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena and Aleph Rome Hotel. For more information on Curio Collection by Hilton, please visit newsroom.hilton.com/curio. [1] Banca d’Italia data presented by the International Centre for Studies on Tourism Economics  About Curio Collection by Hilton Curio Collection by Hilton is an upper upscale, global portfolio of more than 50 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts handpicked for their unique character. Curio Collection properties appeal to travelers seeking unexpected and authentic experiences, and the benefits of Hilton’s award-winning guest loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Read the latest brand and property stories at newsroom.hilton.com/curio; discover Curio Collection destinations through the eyes of locals with 48-hour itineraries at citiesbycurio.com; and connect with Curio Collection on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Abeno Harukas In Osaka Visit The Kintetsu Foreign Customers Salon

first_imgThe neighborhood around the JR Tennoji Station in Osaka, known as Abeno/Tennoji, was a place where tourists could experience the true atmosphere of working-class Osaka. However, after Abeno Harukas, Japan’s tallest skyscraper, was erected in the area, the vibe totally changed, and that common-denominator appeal has made way for a modern shopping spot. With hotels and museums, including the Harukas 300 observatory inside Abeno Harukas, the area has become a recommended stop for any visitor to Osaka, Japanese or international.In April 2015, the Foreign Customer’s Salon opened, with services designed to cater to international visitors. The Foreign Customer’s Salon is split into the “Service Salon” and the “Experience Salon,” and offers international tourists ways to have a more comfortable trip in Osaka.Get Sales Tax Exemptions and Have Goods Delivered at The Service SalonAt the Service Salon, you can undergo the process for getting sales tax exemptions, store your bags, and have purchases delivered to your hotel (Osaka Marriott Hotel/Tennoji Hotel/Sheraton Hotel Osaka) so that you can enjoy a stress-free shopping experience in Abeno Harukas. The Salon also offers regional tour information, so stop by if you’re not sure where to go in Osaka. The staff members speak English, Chinese and Korean so you don’t have to worry about not speaking Japanese either.Enjoy Traditional Japanese Culture at the Experience SalonThe Experience Salon is an venue for various Japanese cultural events. Previous events have included tea tastings and sweets tastings. There are future plans for other events that convey other interesting things about Japan, such as Tanabata decorating and traditional handicrafts. Check the Abeno Harukas Kintetsu calendar (Japanese) to learn about the ongoing events.Souvenirs for Sale at the Kokumin Drug StoreThe Kokumin drug store opened on the same floor at around the same time. Naturally it has all the standard items stocked, such as medicine and cosmetics, as well as appliances and souvenirs, so you can get all your shopping done here.Popular Hello Kitty goods include cell phone straps and towels. Kokumin also sells Japanese products like chopsticks and fans.We recommend these traditional items if you want something truly Japanese!The array of green tea-flavored sweets, along with a variety of rare products, will be of great interest to tourists. The Foreign Customer’s Salon was created to accommodate the increase in international visitors to Abeno Harukas as a new sightseeing spot. While Osaka has plenty of famous tourist areas like Namba and Umeda, why not go see what Abeno has to offer?InformationAbeno Harukas Kintetsu Foreign Customer’s SalonAddress: Osaka, Osaka, Abeno, Abenosuji, Abeno Harukas Kintetsu Wing-kan 3.5FHours: 10:00-20:30 (some floors inside the department store may have different closing hours, so confirm beforehand)Other Languages: English, Chinese, KoreanAccess: Tennoji Subway Station (Tanimachi, Midosuji Lines), JR Tennoji Station, Osaka Abenobashi Station (Kintetsu Minami Osaka Line), Tennojiekimae Station (Hankai Uemachi Line)Phone: 06-6624-1111Homepage: Abeno Harukas Kintetsulast_img read more

【SNAPSHOT】Lolita Vol2 Pop Version

first_imgThis is the second Lolita fashion snap. The first one introduced wonderful lolitas, and now I will show fantasy-world of pop Lolitas! They’ll make you fun and forget the hardness of this humid summer.Pop and Pink Lolita StyleThe big cute ribbon catches our eyes; her name is Iris. There are many unique motifs and pop abet prints on her dress. The white and black border socks add the enjoyable essence to her coordinate!She also decorated her fingers.There is a big heart-motif ring on her finger. The pair of white cuffs that goes with the blouse is a must in summer season.Starry Summer LolitaCathy was born in Germany and met Lolita fashion at the first time in England. Her navy heart apron dress is easy to move active, but kawaii of course! Her hair is like that of a doll… …too cute and it even makes us jealous!The head bow has big pretty stars.It gives more brightness to her coordinate!Even in summer, many Lolita girls dream of being surrounded by kawaii things!I hope you would enjoy your summer Lolita fashion style referring to these Lolita girls I introduced.■Special ThanksIris: FacebookCathy: Facebook YouTubelast_img read more

AND HOSTEL AKIHABARA – HighTech Lodging With The Internet Of Things

first_img&AND HOSTEL – Experience the Internet of Things Picture courtesy of &AND HOSTEL Smart speakers are recently introduced devices to the Akihabara and Kanda locations. A smart speaker is a speaker with built-in artificial assistant functions and will assist you in voice or action in response to your instructions or questions.&AND HOSTEL smart speakers utilize Google Home. Activate Google Home by saying, “OK, Google”. You can also access &AND HOSTEL contents by saying “connect me to &AND HOSTEL.”The two main &AND HOSTEL functions are as depicted below.* Smart speakers provide support in English and Japanese. 1. Create a Comfortable Environment with your Command Picture courtesy of &AND HOSTELEven the hallways use IoT technology. In cooperation with myThings, an application by the Yahoo! Japan Corporation, the lighting in the corridors is designed to change depending on the weather. The hallway will be white on sunny days and blue on rainy days.Cultural Exchange in the Lounge with Guest and Staff Members Picture courtesy of &AND HOSTELBefore you go to sleep, be sure to say “good night” to the smart speaker. Upon doing so, the curtains will automatically close, the lights will dim, and you will experience a pleasant aromatic fragrance. This is perfect if you are feeling tired from your travels.Aside from the “good night” function, there are six other ways to use the smart speaker: “good morning,” “relax,” “concentration,” “theater,” and “going out.” When you say these commands, seven IoT devices (lighting, aroma, music, curtains, air purifier, air conditioner, and television) will adjust the room to make a suitable environment in accordance to each respective mode.2. Find Out Information in Real TimeA sensor placed in the lounge will react to the amount of other guests gathered there and will inform you of the state of the lounge. Be sure to head over if people are gathering there.You can also find out if the shower room is crowded, so you can avoid the inconvenience of getting ready only to find the showers to be full.Everything can be Operated by Smartphone Kotobukiya Akihabara Store: Amazing Items From Model Kits To Figurines Picture courtesy of &AND HOSTELThe room that we previously introduced, where you can experience the IoT space for yourself, is the IoT Double Room (starting from 9000 yen, plus tax). The Standard Double Room is arranged in the same way as the IoT room but is without the IoT devices, and starts from 8000 yen plus tax.If you want to stay at the hostel at a lower price, be sure to choose the Smart Dormitory (3600 yen and up, plus tax). You’ll be able to use Wi-Fi and will be provided with a private curtain, so you’ll have a completely relaxing space in a semi-private room.IoT Technology in Weather-Changing Hallways Picture courtesy of &AND HOSTELAt &AND HOSTEL, you will be given a special smartphone when you check in. With this single device, you can control the appliances in your room, including the lock, lighting, television, and air conditioning, through an application installed on the smartphone.It is typical to use several separate remote controls for each appliance, but it was very convenient to be able to do it all with just one device. Try experimenting using the smartphone along with the smart speaker function.Experience &AND HOSTEL AKIHABARA!Choose Between Two Lodging Styles: Dormitory and Private Rooms Picture courtesy of &AND HOSTELGuests who tried the IoT space themselves were amazed by the smart speakers and special smartphones.&AND HOSTEL is a place that allows its guests encounter a futuristic space, as well as have once-in-a-lifetime encounters between guests and staff. The hostel will be expanding to over ten locations in the future.If there is a &AND HOSTEL in the area you’ll be traveling to, definitely try staying there! Don Quijote Akihabara: Japanese Souvenirs For Great Prices Picture courtesy of &AND HOSTELThe lounge is a place where guests can communicate with each other at &AND HOSTEL AKIHABARA. With the aim of making your stay memorable, the lounge tries to be actively promote interactions between staff and guests and between fellow guests themselves.As a result, there are guests who are reluctant to leave when they check-out. If you buy your food or drink from outside the hostel, definitely try coming out to the lounge to dine. An unexpected encounter may be waiting for you!&AND HOSTEL AKIHABARA Reservations and AccessReservationsReservations to stay at &AND HOSTEL, including the Akihabara location, can be made through Booking.com.Location Read also Picture courtesy of &AND HOSTELSend a photo from a digital camera automatically to your smartphone. Record television programs even when you are outside. Turn the air conditioner before you get back to your room. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network that connects objects to the internet, making our lives more convenient.What kind of experience would you have with the IoT?&AND HOSTEL is a smart hostel brand utilizing cutting edge IoT devices. The hostel operates by having guests experience IoT-made devices themselves, making it a pleasant and memorable stay.Locations are found in Fukuoka, Asakusa, and Ueno along with locations opened in 2018 in Akihabara and Kanda This article features the Akihabara branch where we stay at the ever evolving &AND HOSTEL.Match Your Space to Your Mood with Smart Speakers &AND HOSTEL AKIHABARA View InformationlodgingMade in cooperation with &AND HOSTEL Otaku Culture And Electronics: 10 Amazing Shops In Akihabara! &AND HOSTEL AKIHABARA is located a five minute walk from the Tokyo Metro Line at Akihabara Station. Exit the Showa-dori Gate at JR Akihabara Station, cross the pedestrian crossing, and continue left of the pharmacy. &AND HOSTEL’s distinctive & mark will come into view.Make Your Trip More Exciting at &AND HOSTEL Buddha In The Heart of The City: Five Great Tokyo Templeslast_img read more

Character Cars Galore At Takada Honcho Itasha Festival In Niigata

first_imgAre you familiar with the Japanese otaku term, ‘itasha’?Itasha is a term referring to cars that are decorated with designs of characters from anime and games. Due to the ”almost painful to see” visual effect they create, they are called itasha (itai=painful + sha=car). The itasha is now a major part of the otaku culture and there are many events are held nationwide where itasha owners and itasha fans gather.This time we would like to feature a major itasha event, The Takada Honcho Itasha Festival. Marking their fifth year in 2016, during this time, unique itashas gather together from all over Japan and are displayed in Joetsu city, Niigata.In 2016, 38 cars were entered in this event, making it a record for the festival. The event was a great success and, aside from itashas, there were live concerts held by local idols along with cosplay gatherings.In this article, we would like to show you what the itasha festival was like along with some of the anime characters that were featured on the cars.The Itashas Displayed at the Event!1. Love Live!This is a Toyota Voxy where the left side is decorated with the character Maki Nishikino from the TV anime, ”Love Live!”.The back of the car has all nine of the main characters.”Love Live!” is a fictional high school girl anime group and a popular Japanese anime series. It was popular among a wide age range of fans from kids to older anime otaku.2. Macross FThis is a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution with the two main characters, Sheryl Nome (left) and Ranka Lee (right) from the TV anime ”Macross Frontier”.”Macross F” is a popular science fiction Japanese robot anime. For fans of this series, this car is irresistible.3. GUMI (Vocaloid)On this Toyota Sera, there is the Vocaloid (*1) character, GUMI designed on. One of the most popular Vocaloid characters is Miku Hatsune, but GUMI is just as popular.*1 Vocaloid: A computer program made by YAMAHA used to make songs using human voices.The bright green and yellow colors are very vibrant and eye catching among the many itashas.4. Lily (Vocaloid)Next is another popular Vocaloid character, Lily, designed onto a Nissan ELGRAND.5. Miku Hatsune and Rin Kagamine (Vocaloid)Lastly, we cannot miss the cute blue haired pig-tailed idol, Miku Hatsune along with the blonde Vocaloid character, Rin Kagamine designed on the Toyota Alphard.In the back seat area, there was a Playstation 3, and a monitor and controllers set where you can enjoy playing music games featuring Miku Hatsune.Music was blasting from the car as steam rose in sync with the music. With the amazing performance, fans that stopped by began to dance along with the music. We were able to understand the popularity of Miku Hatsune right away seeing this itasha.This is the owner of this car who goes by Mikuphard.Cosplayers Dressed as Anime and Vocaloid CharactersAt the itasha festival, we encountered some cosplayers who dressed up as anime and Vocaloid characters. This is a cosplayer dressed as Snow Miku, who is the snow fairy version of Miku Hatsune.Next to this itasha is a cosplayer dressed as Honoka Kosaka, who is the main character of the anime, ”Love Live!”.Local Foods and Idol ConcertsOn the day of the event, the shopping district opens up for foot traffic and many pop-up shops are available. You can sit and enjoy meals at the tables or on the sidewalk. At the Former Daiyon bank Takada branch in the shopping district, you can enjoy a live concert held by local idols for only 500 yen.Miku Hatsune Live Stage at NightAfter spending the day looking at itashas and tasting local delicacies, there was a free outdoor stage featuring a ‘concert’ by Miku Hatsune.Itasha festivals are held nationwide, but whether you are an itasha enthusiast or not, the Takada Honcho Itasha Festival can be enjoyed in many ways. There is a paid parking lot near the event area, but it is recommended to take the train due to crowds that attend. Why not take this opportunity to visit Joetsu city in Niigata?InformationTakada Honcho Itasha FestivalAddress: Niigata, Joetsu city, Honcho 3-2-18Hours: Itasha display from 10:30 – 18:30 / Miku Hatsune live concert from 18:30Languages: JapaneseNearest Station: JR Takada Station in Joetsu city, NiigataAccess: 1 hour 50 minutes from Tokyo to Joetsu Myoko on the Hokuriku shinkansen. Transfer to the Haneuma line on the Echigo Tokimeki train and go on a 10-minute ride to Takada station. Walk 5 minutes to the event area.Price: Free entry (500 yen for the idol live concert)Telephone number: +81-025-522-1829Website: Takada Honcho Itasha Festival (Japanese)last_img read more

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