Share via Shortlink TagsCoronavirushospitalityTravel Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink This winter, U.S. travelers may be flocking to warmer destinations with eased restrictions (Getty)As the winter sets in around them, U.S. travelers are seeking out warmer climates — and places with relaxed travel restrictions.While the volume of visitors this winter likely won’t come near the levels those destinations see in a typical year, business from American travelers could help boost weakened tourism sectors, according to the Wall Street Journal.Travel tracker Adara found the number of international flights booked by Americans in the week ending Oct. 24 was down 61 percent year-over-year. For the week ending Oct. 10, however, bookings were down 84 percent year-over-year.Domestic bookings are 50 percent higher than international bookings in November, but they’re just 18 percent higher for December, according to travel tech company Amadeus.Travelers say that relaxed restrictions are a major deciding factor for holiday-season trips. Warm-weather locales such as Puerto Rico, Aruba, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and the Virgin Islands are some of the most-booked destinations, according to Adara.Mexico is a hot destination as well. It’s home to seven of the top 10 international airports where Americans are traveling this holiday season, according to Airlines Reporting Co.Meanwhile, the domestic hospitality market continues to struggle as Covid-19 cases rise and states once again enact lockdowns. Some hotel operators are reaching a breaking point and must decide whether to sell, borrow money to stay afloat or repurpose properties.[WSJ] — Dennis Lynch
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Get healthy with this yummy ingredientWhether it’s being stuck in traffic, missing a deadline or having trouble getting the kids out of bed, the stress we experience comes in many different forms. Often, people think of stress as something you’re immediately aware of: your thoughts become crowded, your breath shortens or you can’t sleep.But there is a kind of stress most everyone experiences, and because there are no outward symptoms, few are aware of how it could be harming their health. It’s called oxidative stress, and it’s caused primarily by the lifestyles we lead. By not sleeping enough, not consuming enough antioxidants in your diet or just being around daily pollutants such as car exhaust, candles or cleaning products, you can be subject to oxidative stress.What makes oxidative stress especially dangerous is both a lack of awareness and the fact that research has found it leads to an increased risk of heart disease. How? Oxidative stress can affect LDL-cholesterol (commonly known as “bad cholesterol”) by transforming it into an even more damaging form: oxidized LDL.Essentially, what happens is oxidized stress “rusts” the LDL cholesterol that circulates in the blood. Just as rust can damage machinery, this rust can damage your heart. With someone suffering a heart attack or a stroke every 40 seconds in the United States, the need to educate people on how to defend against the damage caused by oxidized LDL is more important than ever.Unlocking the power of mushroomsFor more than 100 years, scientists have known that mushrooms contain a super antioxidant called ergothioneine that can help prevent cardiovascular damage. Ergothioneine is a natural part of the human defense system, and our bodies have a unique, genetically-coded protein designed to transport and deliver its antioxidant protection to high-stress areas where it is most needed, such as the walls or lining inside the arteries.Despite documented evidence of the beneficial role ergothioneine can help with your heart, it’s nearly impossible to get enough ergothioneine to directly impact your health through diet alone. No one has been able to unlock the potential of ergothioneine until now.A breakthrough supplementThanks to a scientific breakthrough by Mironova Labs, it is now possible to harness the power of this super antioxidant in a nutritional supplement. MironovaEGT+ is the first and only supplement to concentrate ergothioneine into an affordable, daily serving to help protect your heart from the damaging effects of oxidative stress.*With the availability of this supplement, the “Dust the Rust Off” campaign has been launched to raise awareness of the benefits of ergothioneine and showcase how it can be a major part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.mironova.com.Brandpointcontent.com
Slavia and Ludogorets play with a score of 3: 0 in the last match for both teams in the top six of the efbet League. Filip Krastev opened the scoring in the 12th minute after a great shot.The match is at Slavia Stadium in Ovcha Kupel and started exactly at 21.00. You can watch it live on NOVA SPORT. In Gong.bg we will follow the match live minute by minute.The main referee of the duel is Valentin Zhelezov.Slavia still has chances for Europe, but for this purpose they must succeed over Razgrad, and at the same time hope for a mistake by Levski in the match against Lokomotiv Plovdiv. Ludogorets will try to end the season without a loss and equal the record of CSKA.Anton UzunovSLAVIA – LUDOGORETS 2: 01: 0 Filip Krastev 12 ‘2: 0 Hristo Popadiin 29 ‘3: 0 Radi Kirilov 45 + 1Stadium: Slavia, SofiaReferee: Valentin ZhelezovSlavia: 32 Antonios Stergiakis, 4 Petar Patev, 23 Emil Viyachki, 38 Milen Gamakov, 83 Hristo Popadiin, 73 Ventsislav Bengyuzov, 10 Yanis Karabelov (k), 20 Filip Krastev, 71 Emil Stoev, 11 Radoslav Kirilov, 7 Kaloyan KrastevReserves: 1 Georgi Petkov, 35 Georgi Yomow, 18 Dimitar Stoyanov, 77 Georgi Valchev, 25 Ertan Tombak, 16 Konstantin Ivanov, 9 Tsvetelin ChunchukovHead coach: Zlatomir ZagorcicLudogorets: 33 Renan dos Santos, 3 Anton Nedyalkov, 4 Cicinho, 5 Georgi Terziev (k), 7 Dimo Bakalov, 8 Dan Beaton, 10 Jakub Schwierchok, 20 Serkan Ussein, 21 Dragosh Grigore, 25 Stefan Badji, 88 WandersonReserves: 68 Vladimir Rusanov, 6 Taleb Tauata, 50 Tsvetoslav Petrov, 51 Ilker Budinov, 52 Tihomir Dimitrov, 74 Hussein Kelovluev, 82 Ivan YordanovHead coach: Pavel Varba
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mouscron GM Allaerts confirms plans to re-sign Liverpool striker Awoniyiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMouscron general manager Paul Allaerts admits they’re eager to sign Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi.Awoniyi has struggled for playing time on loan at Gent this term, appearing 16 times but making just five starts. He has also failed to net in the Belgian Pro League.“We are very interested in Awoniyi,” Allaerts told Voetbal Krant.“The club need a striker and the player himself does not play too often at Gent.”Awoniyi spent last season with Mouscron and scored nine goals in 29 appearances.
GAINESVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 15: A view from the end-zone as the Tennessee Volunteers take on the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 15, 2007 in Gainesville, Florida. Florida defeated Tennessee 59-20. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Glen St. Mary (Fla.) Baker County H.S. defensive end CeCe Jefferson was one of the top players in Florida and top defensive ends in the 2015 class. He ranked as the seventh-rated prospect overall in 247Sports’ national Composite Rankings. When Jefferson committed to and signed with Florida in February, it was a major coup for new Gators’ head coach Jim McElwain and his staff. Keeping a player of his caliber home is crucial to UF’s success.Besides McElwain, there’s one other prominent Florida resident who is happy Jefferson is staying in-state to play for the Gators. Florida Governor Rick Scott sent a personalized letter to Jefferson at his school congratulating him on his success and for staying local.pic.twitter.com/8Hf8TVQ2po— CeCe Jefferson (@cecejeferson7) March 31, 2015Pretty cool. We’ll see if Scott sent these to any other players who signed with the Gators (or other in-state institutions) as well.
Instagram/next_gen_uniformsAs we learned when Nike rolled out new uniforms for the Florida State Seminoles a few months after Jameis Winston led the team to a national title in 2013-14, Seminole fans are very protective of their uniforms. And rightfully so. Florida State has one of the most iconic looks in all of college football. That legacy is only enhanced by the team’s recent run of success under head coach Jimbo Fisher over the last seven years.Florida State changed things up a bit for the Peach Bowl this season, going with an all-garnet look against Houston. Unfortunately for Seminole fans, the team lost that post-season game to the upstart Cougars 38-24. Fans may not love the game’s result, but the uniforms looked pretty cool, at least in our opinion.A new concept design by Next Gen Uniforms utilizes the garnet jerseys and pants, while adding some additional flair. This uniform throws in a black helmet, as well as black shoulder panels featuring the Seminole design. The gold and black really pops off of the garnet uniforms, and it is a look that is pretty distinctly Florida State, even if it isn’t the standard look for the program.We really like how this Florida State concept looks. Check it out here: How do you feel about this fan-made concept design, ‘Noles fans? Is this an upgrade over the all-garnet jerseys that Florida State broke out for last season’s Peach Bowl, or do you prefer the actual Nike jerseys that the team wore?
The Mets, who already leaned heavily on their pitchers — only the Yankees and Athletics got a higher share of their total WAR from pitchers in 2016 — are in line to become even more pitcher-reliant this offseason, as several of their fielders enter the free-agent market. Sure, ageless wonder Bartolo Colón has departed for the Atlanta Braves, but New York’s biggest free-agent questions were always going to involve position players.One of those questions was answered Monday, when Neil Walker accepted the Mets’ qualifying offer, saving New York the headache of trying to fill a hole at the keystone. But they still have to account for the possible loss of outfielder Yoenis Céspedes, who’s projected for 3.0 WAR in 2017. Given the gap in the lineup that losing his bat would leave, there’s a case to be made that the Mets should just pony up whatever it takes to re-sign Céspedes. But “whatever it takes” will probably amount to quite a bit of money in this year’s weak free-agent class, and there are other, cheaper options available: Dexter Fowler (2.3), Carlos Gómez (2.1) and Ian Desmond (1.5) stand out. Look for the Mets to go that way.Speaking of Gómez and Desmond, they’re part of what could be a mass exodus from Texas, as they join first baseman Mitch Moreland (0.8), designated hitter Carlos Beltrán (0.4), and starting pitchers Derek Holland (1.8) and Colby Lewis (1.1) in free agency. Sorting it all out is going to be a tough winter assignment for Rangers GM Jon Daniels.Signing Mike Napoli (0.9) for another Texas tour of duty or going slightly up-market for Edwin Encarnación (2.3) would go a long way toward replacing Moreland and Beltran (both of whom could, of course, come back), and it’s not unreasonable to expect either Desmond or Gómez, both of whom can play center field, to return. The bigger problem is in the rotation, where Holland and Lewis had contributed nearly 30 percent of Texas’s rotational WAR since 2010. The Rangers don’t have any obvious internal options to step into those spots, and the free-agent market looks thin aside from Rich Hill (2.9), who’ll probably get better options elsewhere. A trade may be in the offing.North of the border, the Blue Jays have just over nine wins coming off their roster, headlined by the aforementioned Encarnación, plus longtime star José Bautista (2.9), and the recently departed — also to Atlanta! — R.A. Dickey (2.0), among others. Some of Dickey’s production can be replaced with relative ease, but signing Kendrys Morales (0.9) and Cuban superstar Lourdes Gurriel Jr.4Who wasn’t projected by Fangraphs. significantly lowered the odds that either Encarnación or Bautista will return to the Blue Jays next year. Of the two, Bautista is the most likely to come back — at 36, he doesn’t have much upside left, he had a down season last year, and he is clearly comfortable in Toronto. No matter what happens, this offseason has already done much to reshape the Jays’ talented roster.Finally, the Los Angeles Dodgers have a league-high 12.5 projected wins rolling off their roster, mainly in Justin Turner (3.7), Rich Hill (2.9), Josh Reddick (2.1), and Kenley Jansen (1.5). Jansen, a lights-out reliever, will probably get the most press this offseason, but L.A.’s shake-ups in the field — which have already included trading away Howie Kendrick and Carlos Ruiz — will be the most interesting to watch.The Dodgers seem likely to retain at least one of their four big free agents, but they probably won’t keep all four. That’ll mean some tough choices: L.A. can probably survive Reddick leaving, but there aren’t many enticing options available if Turner ends up packing his bags. A trade with the Tampa Bay Rays for Evan Longoria has been bandied about by the Twitter cognoscenti, but that’ll cost L.A. a haul in terms of both prospects and dollars, if the Rays’ past dealmaking habits — and complicated relationship with the current Dodgers’ front office — is any indication. The Dodgers have enough smarts, money and talent to contend for years to come; they’ll need all three to get this offseason right.There are limits to thinking about the offseason purely in terms of projected free-agent WAR, to be sure. For one thing, projection systems — even the very best — have flaws. For another, teams often have a better sense of their own departing free agents’ skill sets — and likelihood of performance decline — than anyone else, inside or outside the industry, so they may be basing their free-agency decisions on information that projection systems don’t have. And, more broadly, trying to evaluate whole offseasons through the lens of free agency alone misses the extreme impact that trades — and normal player development and growth — will have on the state of the league in 2017. But knowing how the projections treat every club’s outgoing free agents can give us a better sense of how the offseason will play out for each team, whether they spent 2016 at the top of the heap or staring up from the basement. In Major League Baseball, just about the only thing harder than getting to the top is staying there. In that respect, this year is no different than any other. Each of the four teams projected to lose the most production in free agency this winter — the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Texas Rangers and the New York Mets — were playoff teams in 2016, and each of them must now move with speed and smarts to shore up their position among baseball’s elite.To some extent, it makes sense for top free-agent talent to be clustered in top teams: While the average turnover rate for MLB rosters is somewhere around 30 percent, playoff teams tend to have — big shocker here — better players than non-playoff teams, so 30 percent of a playoff team’s roster1Even if turnover is distributed unevenly among players with different amounts of service time, as this Ben Lindbergh piece suggests it generally is. is likely to be a more capable bunch than 30 percent of, say, the Atlanta Braves’ roster.2Bartolo Colon’s recent arrival notwithstanding.Still, by combining a list of major-league free agents compiled by Spotrac with Fangraphs’ Steamer projections for each player’s wins above replacement next year,3We downloaded Fangraphs’ list of players and their projected WAR on November 12, 2016. Numbers are accurate as of that date. Some players may not appear in Fangraphs’ data set, and we excluded the 24 free agents who have not played in the big leagues in the last two years and therefore were not projected by Fangraphs’ system. it’s possible to get a rough sense of which teams will have their work cut out for them on the free-agency front. These numbers were calculated going into free agency, so they don’t reflect the first few signings of the offseason. They do, however, accurately reflect the wide range of challenges teams faced at the outset of the main period of the offseason.
Ohio State junior swimmer Lindsey Clary competes at the Big Ten championships in February, 2016. Credit: OSU AthleticsThe US Olympic Team Swimming Trials began on Sunday with hundreds of competitors attempting to earn a spot and represent team USA in Rio de Janeiro later this summer.Among those athletes were 34 members of the Ohio State men’s and women’s swimming teams looking to trade in their Scarlet and Gray suits for Red, White and Blue.Junior Lindsey Clary placed eighth in the women’s individual medley with a time of 4:42.04 and was the lone Buckeye to advance to an event final. There she took seventh place with a time of 4:42.81. The top two in each event make the Olympic team. On the second day of the trials, Clary was back at again, this time in the women’s 400 meter freestyle. She did not advance and finished 25th with a time of 4:14.04On the first day, senior Chris DePietro competed in the 400 meter individual medley. He finished 70th with a time of 4:31.81.Junior Joey Long competed in the 400 m freestyle and finished with a 3.58.89 time, 54th in the event.The Buckeyes had four representatives in the Men’s 100 meter breaststroke. Recent graduate D.J. MacDonald finished the highest of the four Buckeyes in 24th place with a time of 1:01.67. Junior Jack Barone finished 41st with a time of 1:02.58. Sophomore Frannie Brogan swam with a time of 1:03.50, good for 77th place in this trial. Junior Michael Eaton was the last of the Buckeyes with a time of 1:04.92, finishing 126th.The other female competitor for the Buckeyes, junior Katie Antal, competed in the 100 meter breaststroke. She finished in 100th place.In the first of the male trial rounds of Monday, senior Joshua Fleagle finished in 38th place with a time of 1:50.34.Five Buckeyes competed in the 100 meter breaststroke. Junior Thomas Trace finished the highest in 61st place with a time of 56.56. Next up for the Scarlet and Gray was sophomore Brad Shannon who came in 78th place with a time of 56.81. Senior Matt McHugh finished with a time of 57.38, 126th place. Junior Mark Belanger finished 131st after racing with a time of 57.49 seconds. Senior Andrew Appleby was disqualified.The Olympic Trials will continue until Sunday, July 3rd.
Jim Tressel broke the rules and is entering arguably the most embarrassing and potentially damaging chapter of his career. Many are questioning their previously unflinching support of the man known as the Senator. His players are not among them. “(Tressel) has all of our support,” former linebacker Ross Homan said after Ohio State’s Pro Day workout Friday. “I think every player — past, current, present … would take two bullets for that man and everything that he’s done for us.” In an interview with ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” Christopher Cicero, a Columbus lawyer, said he sent e-mails to Tressel mentioning that Terrelle Pryor and DeVier Posey had connections to Eddie Rife, the owner of Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor in Columbus, who is under a federal drug trafficking investigation. Tressel and Cicero exchanged eight e-mails about the players’ involvement with Rife from April 2 through June 6, 2010. Cicero, a former OSU linebacker and letterman during the 1983 season, did not respond to multiple requests for comment. OSU athletic director Gene Smith declined to comment following the Buckeyes’ 68-61 win against Michigan on Saturday. Pryor and Posey, along with Dan Herron, Mike Adams, Solomon Thomas and Jordan Whiting, were suspended for the start of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia to, and receiving improper benefits from, Rife. Former defensive lineman Dexter Larimore said the team firmly supports Tressel. “Honestly, I think the more I talk to guys in here, they’re kind of locking arms and saying, ‘Coach Tressel is our guy,’” Larimore said. “He’s definitely still my guy, that’s for sure.” On Tuesday, OSU released the e-mail conversation between Cicero and Tressel. OSU representatives on Friday declined to confirm the names of the football players Cicero mentioned. University spokesman Jim Lynch said OSU is required by law to censor information that is specific to individual students. “The Federal Education Rights & Privacy Act requires us to redact any information that can lead to the identity of students, especially a student’s name,” Lynch said in an e-mail to The Lantern. “As caretaker of these documents, we still cannot reveal the student names in the document.” Athletic department spokeswoman Shelly Poe also declined to confirm ESPN’s report, saying in an e-mail to The Lantern, “We will not have any more comments until the NCAA makes its ruling.” OSU’s investigation of the matter resulted in Tressel being suspended for the first two games of 2011 for failing to report the possible infraction to the university after Cicero brought it to his attention. Tressel was fined $250,000 to cover the costs of OSU’s self-investigation. “It’s disappointing that Ohio State’s in that light again,” former wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher said. “Anytime we’re in the media over something bad happening, everybody’s affected that’s involved in the program, everybody in Columbus. But everyone’s accepting their punishments; everyone’s saying the right things and moving on from here.”