first_imgStruggling opening batsman Martin Guptill is among five players to be dropped from the New Zealand team for the two-Test home series against Pakistan beginning at Christchurch next week.Guptill was among the batsmen who under-performed on the recent tour to India, where it was white-washed in a three-Test series. He had scores of 21, 0, 13, 24, 72 and 29 – a total of 159 runs at an average of 26 – in Tests that were won by India by 197, 178 and 321 runs.Spinners Ish Sodhi and Jeetan Patel, fast bowler Doug Bracewell and wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi were also omitted from the 13-man squad named on Thursday.In their place, Auckland batsmen Jeet Raval and Colin de Grandhomme are in line to make Test debuts in the first Test at Christchurch’s Lincoln Oval on November 17, while allrounder Todd Astle has been recalled to the Test squad for the first time since 2012.Raval will likely open the batting in Guptill’s absence, while Astle provides a spin bowling option in the absence of allrounder Mitchell Santner who will miss the two Test matches with a broken wrist.Astle played his only Test against Sri Lanka in 2012 but also appeared in two Twenty20 internationals against Pakistan last year.”Todd’s been incredibly consistent at the domestic level, having been one of the top four wicket-takers in the Plunket Shield (domestic first class competition) for the past threes seasons,” selector Gavin Larsen said.”His bowling has continued to improve and he’s also shown impressive form with the bat, so Todd provides a similar skill set to Mitchell Santner in his absence.”advertisementDe Grandhomme, who also provides all-round cover, has played one one-day international and four Twenty20 matches for New Zealand but has yet to play a Test.”Since Colin returned from injury last season, he’s made a number of key contributions with bat and ball,” Larsen said. “He’s made an impressive start to the current Plunket Shield season and he provides us with another strong allrounder option.””There were a number of tough calls and when naming a squad of 13 it’s a challenge to make sure we get the balance right. Jeet (Raval) has been in the picture for a while now and he benefited from spending time in the environment during the tour of Africa.”The second Test begins at Hamilton on November 25.Squad: Kane Williamson (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Jimmy Neesham, Jeet Raval, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling.last_img read more

first_imgThere is surprisingly a change in script with the visiting team England dominating the opening Test against India in Rajkot. There was no result with the match ending in a draw but England would definitely go into the next Test in Vizag with their tail up. (Scorecard)The toss played a crucial role on a flat deck and three centuries from Joe Root, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes helped England to the score of 537 after opting to bat. India in reply did well with Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara slamming centuries before the hosts were all out for 488, leaving a deficit of 49 runs.In England’s second innings, Alastair Cook (130) and debutant Haseeb Hameed (82) turned out to be the stars by putting up an opening partnership of 180 runs. The visitors immediately declared the moment Cook got out, giving India a target of 310 with little more than two sessions to bat.There was help for the bowlers on a day five pitch with odd balls getting sharp turn and bounce, but nothing vicious. India somehow got themselves into a tangle by losing quick wickets and giving England a glimmer of hope. At the end, a dogged Virat Kohli with an unbeaten 49 helped India (172/6) play out a draw. (Exclusive: Why’s Virat Kohli such a class act? Sourav Ganguly explains)India could have managed to forge a result or dominated the match, had they done a few things right on the field. Let’s have a look at the points where Kohli-led team could have done better.advertisementSLOPPY FIELDINGThe first hour into the morning session of day one and two dropped catches, crucial ones, of Cook and debutant Haseeb Hameed, allowed England to make a decent start. Cook was grassed by Ajinkya Rahane at gully off the third ball of the day from Umesh Yadav and then Hammed was dropped by Vijay at first slip. (Need to move on an play well in Vizag: Kohli)The virus of dropping catches infected wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha too as he dropped two regulation catches and letting Stokes off the hook, who scored a brillinat century. If not for those dropped catches, the story could have been different for India.POOR SHOT SELECTIONOn a flat track, a batsman could blame himself for getting out playing a bad shot and Rahane did the same in both the innings. The manner of his dismissals in both the essays were identical, bowled by spinners playing the cut shot. In the first innings, the Mumbai batsman got castled for 13 going for the cut off Zafar Ansari. Then in the second innings, Rahane got played on for 1 trying the same cut shot off Moeen. (Kohli India’s best in fourth innings battles)This has been a problem for Rahane in the past, when at times he had looked clueless playing spin and perishing playing a bad shot.  KOHLI’S HIT-WICKETKohli was looking good in the first innings until he got out in a bizarre fashion on 40. The Indian captain’s back leg hit the stumps and dislodged a bail while trying to pull a delivery from leg-spinner Adil Rashid. Kohli stood at the wicket in disbelief before trudging off with his team at 361/6. He also became India’s second batsman after Nayan Mongia to get out hit-wicket in both Tests and ODIs.Just to think of it, if that rare dismissal would not have happened, Kohli had every chance to get a big hundred and giving India the advantage.  INDIAN SPINNERS’ INABILITY TO STRIKEIndia would have expected a better show from its three spinners but unfortunately they lacked that skill to pick up wickets on flat tracks. For any bowler, it is always a challenge to bowl on belters and the great bowlers in cricket’s history have been those who have thrived in every conditions. (Ashwin’s worst bowling figures let England dominate Rajkot Test)Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra shared nine wickets between them with none going wicketless but more was expected from them. On the other hand, the English spinners looked more potent, especially Rashid and Moeen more so because they exploited the cracks well and were not afraid to toss the ball up.last_img read more

first_imgBorussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre insisted the Bundesliga title race was still wide open after his side overcame Bayern Munich 3-2 in a thrilling Der Klassiker.Marco Reus twice cancelled out goals from Robert Lewandowski at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday before Paco Alcacer scored a 73rd-minute winner for Dortmund.While Dortmund are still only four points clear at the top – with Borussia Monchengladbach second – they pushed seven ahead of Bayern. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But Favre refused to rule out Bayern and said the Bundesliga title race was still well and truly alive.”We’re on top of the table in the Bundesliga and Gladbach are second,” he told a news conference.”Who is number three again? Bayern. It’s very close.”There is [RB] Leipzig, Gladbach and of course Bayern Munich, [especially] when they play like they did [against Dortmund].”The 61-year-old would be wise not to write of the Bavarians just yet, but history is certainly with Dortmund .  8 Wins 0 Defeats +21 Goal Difference of the Table — Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) November 10, 2018 Bayern have never won the title after trailing by such a distance at this point in the season, heightening pressure on Kovac after a poor start to the season. In stark contrast, Dortmund are on pace to have a record-breaking season. Only two Bundesliga sides have ever picked up more points through 11 matches than Dortmund’s 27, and BVB are unbeaten through 11 matches for just the second time.The only other time the side went unbeaten through 11 games, however, Bayern Munich won the crown, with Dortmund finishing 17 points back in third. The first clash between Bayern and Dortmund that year came in the 12th match of the season, with Bayern taking a 2-1 win. Bayern will have plenty of time to close the gap on Dortmund before they meet again, with the second Der Klassiker of the season slated for mid-April. Niko Kovac’s side also have a friendly schedule in front of them, with bottom three clubs on tap in two of their next three league games. Both clubs will return to Bundesliga action following the international break.last_img read more

first_imgJuan Quintero claims he has emerged as a possible target for Manchester City, with his agent having met with the Premier League champions.The Colombia international playmaker spent 2018 on loan at River Plate from Porto.Over the course of the calendar year, he put in a number of eye-catching performances. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The 25-year-old scored one and assisted two others for his country at the World Cup finals in Russia, with that campaign ended by a penalty shootout defeat to England in the last 16.He then went on to shine in the Copa Libertadores final, with his extra-time effort settling a keenly fought two-legged clash with arch-rivals Boca Juniors.A spell in Argentina has helped to revive the South American’s career, which had stalled after slipping out of favour at Porto.His renaissance has thrust him onto the transfer radar of a number of clubs, with City seemingly among his many admirers.Quintero told Radio Continental: “My agent has had a meeting with Manchester City, which makes me very proud.”Juan Quintero River Plate Copa LibertadoresDespite attracting interest from England, the highly rated midfielder has suggested that it will take a special offer to lure him into a move.He added: “If I’m to return to Europe it has to be for the benefit of all, not just a financial thing.Quintero would prefer to remain at River if given the choice, with the club aware of his feelings on the back of a memorable campaign which took them to the Club World Cup.He said: “I’m a River Plate fan and I want to stay here, and the president knows that.”With that stance being made clear to all concerned, Quintero has also moved to distance himself from reports suggesting that he could be another high-profile addition to the ranks in Asia.“Going to China would be important on an economic level, but this does not come to mind,” he said.Quintero is under contract at Porto until 2021, so anybody hoping to secure his services on a permanent basis will need to part with a sizeable fee in order to get a deal done.last_img read more

first_imgKarun Nair second Indian after Sehwag to hammer triple hundredKarun Nair became the second Indian batsman after Virender Sehwag to score a triple hundred in Test cricket.Gabba Test: Shafiq heroics in vain, Pakistan fall short of historic chase by 39 runs vs AustraliaAsad Shafiq marshalled the Pakistan tail-enders in pursuit of the improbable target of 490, scoring 137 from 207 balls before he got out and giving Australia a narrow 39-run win.Team unity is the secret to our success, says Atletico de Kolkata’s Arnab MondalAtletico de Kolkata defender Arnab Mondal said that they are a wonderfully knit team and that’s the main secret behind their second ISL triumph.Evergreen Zlatan Ibrahimovic likens himself to fine red wineZlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, has scored 11 goals for Manchester United from 16 appearances in the Premier League.Messi dazzles Espanyol with derby exhibitionLionel Messi proved his ability to excite has no foreseeable expiry date by producing a virtuoso display as Barcelona thrashed Espanyol 4-1 in a local derby.last_img read more

first_imgUnion Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said the Congress is in panic over overwhelming support by the people to Prime Minister’s demonetisation move. Therefore, it is trying to create confusion, he said.Speaking to mediapersons, Naidu said:1. Why don’t they (Congress leaders) muster courage and openly say that there is no black money in the country?2. When Congress says there is not much black money, it means there is not much corruption in country. Is this the stand of Congress?3. On the issue of black money haunting Congress, Naidu said it is time for them to introspect. Congress ruled the country for most of the 69 years after independence.4. Rahul Gandhi’s mind and body language today clearly indicated that there is no black money left in the country. Everyone knows the close link between black money and corruption.5. The people are supporting the move of the PM. Congress is in panic after seeing all this. Hence, they are spreading confusion.6. The Congress vice president is feeling rattled because no one is taking him seriously.7. Only some political parties have got completely shaken by the demonetisation move.8. What is the explanation by Congress on their foundation day? You have not done anything to curb black money. You have no respect for the Supreme Court order.9. Demonetisation is only the beginning. We will not rest till we take the last step to curb black money.10. On Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Chautala being appointed as life presidents of Indian Olympic Association, Naidu said what happened was really disgraceful. I don’t know what happened to their wisdom.advertisement11. The Centre has no role in the development. The Sports Ministry has issued a notice on this.12. Congress created Kalmadi but is questioning the BJP-ruled Centre now. First you explain why did you create these people?Also read: Lalu sits on dharna to protest against demonetisation, Nitish and Congress distance themselveslast_img read more

first_imgThe informal meeting in Bengaluru involving former BCCI presidents Anurag Thakur and N Srinivasan along with office bearers from the other 22 state associations seems to have come to a dead end. (Complete Lodha Panel recommendations)A total of 24 BCCI units, who are either done with their BCCI career or forced to go into compulsory cooling off, had gathered on Saturday to discuss their future course of action following the Supreme Court’s latest order in which board president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke were asked to vacate their posts due to their inability to implement the Lodha Committee reforms in totality. (Tamil Nadu Cricket Association refuses to let BCCI use Chepauk stadium for U-19 series)But the meeting itself didn’t seem to have any effect on the Lodha Committee neither did it succeed in paving a way forward for the sacked or ineligible officials. (Lodha committee not giving us time for last two months: Anurag Thakur)”No less than 21 state associations have written to the Lodha committee that they will adopt the reforms as mandated by the Supreme Court. What the ineligible officials do in their personal capacity, the Lodha committee is not bothered,” the committee sources told  India Today. (Disqualify BCCI office-bearers, Lodha panel tells Supreme Court)Apart from Srinivasan and Thakur, former secretary Ajay Shirke, sacked by Apex Court along with joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary also attended the meeting. IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla was another prominent member. Mumbai Cricket Association was represented by PV Shetty. (BCCI setting dangerous precedent with its defiance of Supreme Court)advertisementWATCH FULL VIDEO”21 state units have already written to BCCI that they are adopting Lodha Committee reforms. So if 24 individuals, who are no longer qualified officials meet anywhere in India, no one should be bothered. They are individuals who went on their own capacity. These officials who went stand disqualified as per SC verdict,” PTI quoted. (10 times Supreme Court showed BCCI who is boss)Putting aside their differences, Thakur and Srinivasan, who had taken potshots at each other not so long ago exchanged opinions on way forward in light of the Apex Court verdict.”Yes, it was an informal meeting. Thakur and Srinivasan were very cordial with each other. Obviously the current situation was discussed. Srinivasan asked if we are all together in it or not. Even Thakur understands, he needs Srinivasan by his side now. Out of 24, at least 18 are still Srinivasan loyalists,” a state association official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.Asked if there was any discussion of state associations preventing the new set of observers from hosting matches at cricket stadiums, he said: “That’s absurd. Nothing of that sort has been discussed. At least it won’t happen in my association,” said the official from one of the eastern state units.Was there any discussions on forming parallel body, he kept cards close to his chest.”Today’s meeting was about checking unity and we will again have a meeting in two weeks time. Let the January 19 pass and we can take it on from there. As of now, nothing concrete has been discussed. There is a Supreme Court verdict and we can’t do anything about it now,” he added.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni’s final match as an India captain drew a large crowd at the Barbourne stadium in Mumbai today. Thousands gathered to witness Dhoni lead an Indian team for the final time as they face England in the first warm-up match. (Vintage Dhoni, Yuvraj shine as India A plunder 304/4 in first warm-up vs England)India A posted 304/4 in 50 overs after being put into bat by England captain Eoin Morgan. Star batsmen Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh and Dhoni struck half-centuries and got some crucial runs under their belt ahead of the limited-overs series which starts from January 15. (Good to see huge turnout for warm-up game, it shows their love for me: MS Dhoni)Ambati Rayudu top-scored for the home side with an unbeaten hundred off 97 balls but the crowd was growing impatient as he stayed on at the crease till the 42nd over, thus delaying Dhoni’s arrival even though Yuvraj was going strong at the other end. (Dhoni steps down as captain of India’s ODI and T20I teams)Dhoni finally came out to bat when Rayudu retired not out on 100 and the crowd went absolutely berserk. ‘Dhoni, Dhoni’ chants welcomed the captain to the crease and he did not disappoint his fans as he smashed 68 runs in 40 balls to power India A to a challenging total. (History will remember MS Dhoni as the greatest ODI captain ever)It was during his innings that one particular fan could not contain his excitement by just watching Dhoni bat. He wanted to get up close to his hero and somehow managed to break security cordon and made a dash towards Dhoni. The fan touched his feet and shook Dhoni’s hands before being overpowered by the ground staff who then escorted him off the field. (Kohli named India’s limited-overs captain, Yuvraj Singh returns)advertisementDhawan (63) and Yuvraj (56) also made useful contributions today and spent a lot of time in the middle which is ideal for their preparations before the ODI series kicks off in Pune.India and England will play a series of three ODIs and three T20Is with Virat Kohli leading the Men in Blue for the first time. Dhoni, who stepped down from limited-overs captaincy, will be concentrating more on his batting and wicketkeeping now that the burden of leading the side is no longer on his shoulders.last_img read more

first_imgBangladesh cricketer Arafat Sunny was arrested today for allegedly sending indecent pictures to a female friend on Facebook messenger.Sunny was arrested after a case was filed with the Mohammadpur Police Station under the Information and Communication Technology Act.Officer-in-charge (OC) of the Mohammadpur Police Station, Jamaluddin Mir said: “Sunny was arrested from Amin Bazar around 9 am on Sunday. The cricketer’s friend filed the case with the police station last week.””She complained that Sunny had been sending her indecent pictures on Facebook messenger for some time. He has been arrested on the basis of these allegations,” he added. (ICC clears bowling action of Bangladesh’s Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny)Sub-inspector Yahiya, the investigation officer of the case, said: “Sunny will be sent to the court within a short period of time.” (ICC World T20: Taskin Ahmed, Arafat Sunny reported for suspect action)Meanwhile, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is yet to comment on the issue.When contacted, BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury told India Today’s Dhaka correspondent that they were looking into the matter.The board’s media committee chief, Jalal Yunus, said: “we are still trying to find out the details.”last_img read more

first_imgARIESYou shine with confidence and self-esteem. You muster resources and forces to achieve targets. Be realistic; don’t set yourself up for disappointment by having great expectations. Visitors are likely to surprise you. You meditate and enjoy inner silence. Lucky number 17. Colour blue.TAURUSYou are able to resolve a deadlock and deal with an important issue with calm authority today. You are generous to loved ones but impatient of opposition. A woman close to you is demanding and quick to take offense without good cause, keep a distance. Lucky number 14. Colour red.GEMINIYou are reflected perfectly in relationships in which you experience fulfillment. Some important plans get underway. You are loving and generous with an ease that is seldom seen. You are productive and creative at work and happy in personal situations. Lucky number 1. Colour pink.CANCERStay centered within, as you tend to over indulge in food, drink, work or anything else today. Emotional over reactions in relationships can cause temporary havoc in your life, be aware! You are likely to let go of restricting situations and relationships. Lucky number 7. Colour silver.LEONine golden Cups full of happiness and light greet you with love and fulfillment in relationships. You regain health and vigour to indulge in sport and busy schedules. You are fortunate with deals and gain in transactions. Enjoy this day of contentment. Lucky number 9. Colour pink.VIRGOGood fortune in business changes the quality of your life and brings some ease. Family and friends gather around to share memorable times. Gentle and sensitive attitudes in the family are welcome after a time of stormy conflicts. Women play significant roles. Lucky number 3. Colour pink.advertisementLIBRAYou are vulnerable today and need to make changes constantly. Legalities at work or traditions and traditional people at home may block you. Go around blocks rather than encounter them to avoid unnecessary conflicts. Don’t forget to relax and celebrate. Lucky number 8. Colour blue.SCORPIOYou draw The Ace of Wands that takes you through a powerful experience and transforms you. Unexpected events and reactions should be taken in your stride. Don’t be afraid to encounter people at home or situations at work to gain clarity and understanding. Lucky number 1. Colour orange.SAGITTARIUSCut away from the past, to take up opportunities and develop relationships. Do not worry about what others have to say. Personal connections and romantic involvements may be difficult, but they will have their satisfying moments. Make snap decisions.  Lucky number 20. Colour rust.CAPRICORNYou are brilliant with new ideas but beware of supporting diverse and conflicting opinions or you slay as fast as you create. You work well with young minds and inspire others with ideas. Resolve personal issues with your heart rather than your head. Lucky number 17. Colour white.AQUARIUSYou make important decisions regarding business and relationships. A trip is on the cards! You are much in demand as you are light and playful like the bubbles in the champagne. You feel expansive after a long period of being heavy and serious. Lucky number 6. Colour pastels.PISCESDon’t set yourself up with big plans or you could feel let down. Live one moment at a time with complete attention to extract the juice out of life and whatever it brings. Be ready to change schedules. Don’t indulge your moods or you get negative. Lucky number 5. Colour saffron.last_img read more

first_imgThere were a total of 1,929 ADRVs (1,901 from athletes There were a total of 1,929 ADRVs (1,901 from athletes and 28 from athlete support personnel) out of which 1,649 are analytical findings and 280 from evidence-based intelligence non-analytical findings. Out of 1649 are Analytical ADRVs, 1304 cases (79 per cent) were of male and 345 female (21 per cent); 390 (24 per cent) were from out-of-competition tests and 1259 in-competition (76 per cent); 1644 urine and five blood. The dope offenders belong to 80 sports/disciplines and 121 nationalities. Among sports disciplines worldwide, bodybuilding overtook athletics in contributing the highest number of dope cheats with 270 such cases. Athletics is second at 242, followed by weightlifting (239), cycling (200), powerlifting (110), football (108), rugby union (80), boxing (66), wrestling (57) and basketball (39). Just like the increase in the number of Indian dope offenders, the worldwide figure also showed an upward trend and the WADA said it was in line with the anti-doping movements increased focus on investigations, intelligence gathering and whistleblowing. “The 2015 ADRVs Report makes for particularly interesting reading in combination with WADAs 2015 Testing Figures Report that was published last November,” said WADA President Sir Craig Reedie. “What is particularly striking about this 2015 ADRVs Report is: we are beginning to see the first signs of the impact of the revised Code, in particular a significant increase in intelligence-based anti-doping rule violations, an area of greater focus for the Agency as we strengthen our investigations and intelligence-gathering capacity. “Whilst testing remains vital to detecting doping, recent events have shown that investigative work is becoming even more important as we look to protect clean athletes rights worldwide,” Reedie said. PTI PDS SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgI wanted to share information on several free training teleconferences coming up at Network for Good – anyone is welcome!Nonprofit 911 Free Training Call:Generate Impact! Through StoriesDecember 4, 1 p.m. EST “Even if you have reams of evidence on your side, remember: numbers numb, jargon jars, and nobody ever marched on Washington because of a pie chart. If you want to connect with your audience, tell them a story.” – Andy Goodman, communications guruDuring difficult economic times, raising funds and sharing your message become even trickier tasks. So how do you break through the clutter? How can you connect with supporters and still make an impact? What’s the best way to frame your communications so that your message is powerful and compelling?Tell a story.During this call, participants can expect practical tips in the following areas:What constitutes a real newsworthy storyWhy storytelling is effectiveHow to turn your organization’s topical issue into a storyHow to find good stories About Our SpeakerSusan Barnett is a former network news journalist turned nonprofit communications consultant.Nonprofit 911 Free Training Call:A Procrastinator’s Guide to Year-End FundraisingDecember 9, 1 p.m. ESTThe last weeks of the year are far and away the biggest and most important for online charitable giving. In fact, Network for Good processes 40% of online donations for nonprofits like yours in December. In addition, almost 70% of adults plan to donate the same amount online as they did in the 2007 holiday season. So the rest of 2008 is very important. With some quick tweaks to your website, as well as your marketing and communications efforts, you can ensure that you are ready and able to take advantage of the season. To help you get started right away, Mark Rovner from Sea Change Strategies will discuss 10 critical action steps for raising more money this holiday season.If you’re a procrastinator and are only just revving up your holiday fundraising, this is a seminar you do not want to miss!Now for the cool tidbit: Remember when I blogged about Mark Horvath, the formerly homeless blogger who vlogs about the homeless? Now he’s become a homelessness issue blogger at Congratulations Mark!Here’s Mark’s interview with Willy.Willy from invisible people on Vimeo.last_img read more

first_imgToday is Network for Good’s official Be Your Donor Day. Today is the day all nonprofits should review their digital fundraising channels through their donors’ eyes. Of course, while every day should be Be Your Donor Day at your organization, we want to encourage all fundraisers to devote some time today to experiencing their outreach and donation process from their donor’s perspective. A third of all online giving will happen in December—now is the time to make sure your donors will have an easy giving experience that inspires and delights them. Don’t let your hard work of creating a great year-end fundraising plan go to waste! Make it your mission to find and fix any problems that may trip up your donors before the busiest giving days of the year. So, what can you do to celebrate Be Your Donor Day? Here are some suggestions:— Visit our Be Your Donor Day headquarters for donor-centric fundraising resources, including a Be Your Donor checklist and year-end fundraising guide.— Pledge to set aside time to view your entire fundraising and donation process from your donor’s perspective.— Put on your “donor hat” and make a donation, submit a contact form on your website, and call your main phone line. What happens? Is the process what you’d expect? Is it easy?— Ask a friend or family member (someone not overly familiar with your organization) to help you test your website and donation page.— Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #BeYourDonor.We asked a few of our friends in the nonprofit space to share their suggestions for Be Your Donor Day. Read on and check out their amazing tips:Kivi Leroux Miller wants you to rethink your newsletter strategy. Make it a valuable resource for your donors.Social Media for Nonprofits co-founder Darian Rodriguez Heyman recommends you follow the Burrito Principle when timing your social media posts. Post important updates when your donors and supporters are most likely checking their feeds.Mark Rovner and Alia McKee of Sea Change Strategies encourage fundraisers to consider the appreciation you show your donors. Would your organization pass the Bulls-Eye Test?Joanne Fritz suggests you view your website from the donor perspective. In addition to having a nice, clean layout with a prominent DonateNow button, your website should also strive to answer your donor’s most important questions.Form connections and get to know your donors, supporters and prospects, says Nancy Schwartz. Do donors feel connected to you and your organization?Big Duck’s Farra Trompeter shared this gem from last year’s Be Your Donor Day: make sure your donors love you! Here are 11 ways donors show you they care about your organization. Take the pledge to Be Your Donor and make your emails, donation page, website, and social media more donor friendly!I’d love to hear your ideas — share how you plan to “Be Your Donor” in the comments below.last_img read more

first_imgThe power of your email list is no laughing matter.As a nonprofit, communicating with members, volunteers, and donors is essential for making your mission possible. And reaching your audience through email means you’re sending to a place most people go every day – their inbox.It’s no secret that growing your email list is an essential part of sending effective email campaigns. But if the thought of list building doesn’t exactly have you grinning from ear to ear, you’re not alone.To make growing your list more fun, let’s see what lessons we can use from successful comedians: 1. Practice your delivery and perseverance Good comedians know that – no matter how funny their material is – if the delivery is weak the joke will fall flat. They also realize that even if the delivery is spot on, not everyone will think the joke is funny.When asking someone to join your mailing list, make sure your delivery is strong. Tell them what kind of information you will send and explain to them why their support is important to you.Practice how you ask people in person and try out different approaches, like asking on your social channels and website, as well.Don’t get discouraged when someone says no. Not everyone is going to want to join your list, but there are plenty of people who will. Quality contacts that will open your emails are more valuable than a large list of people who aren’t engaged.2. Pay attention to timing From dramatic pauses to rapid-fire rants, comedians recognize that timing can make or break a joke. Are you paying attention to when you’re asking someone to sign up?Events are a great time to gain contacts. People at your events are already interested in you, so take advantage of that by making sure they stay connected with you through email as well. Having a simple paper sign-up sheet is at your event is a good standby. You should also consider using QR codes on your flyers and posters so people can scan-to-join from their phones.Even before the event takes place you can proactively get email addresses by asking for emails on your event registration page.Don’t miss out on sign-ups through your social channels either! People engaging with you on social media are already showing interest in you; encourage them to connect with you further by adding sign-up forms to your social pages as well as your website.3. Think fast on your feet Being able to improvise and make speedy adjustments is a coveted skill for comedians. If the material they prepared isn’t going as well as anticipated, the best comedians are able to switch gears and try something different.Nimble nonprofits also have to make adjustments in their strategy to be effective. Think about it: how well are you accommodating people on their mobile phones? Make sure your site is mobile friendly and that people can complete your sign-up form from mobile devices.Constant Contact even has a text-to-join tool that allows people to join lists automatically just by sending a text.4. Feed off of your audience It’s important to know your audience. One trick comedians often use is to slightly alter the same material by making references that are relevant to specific audiences. Stand-up comedy, for example, often starts with the comic poking fun at the location or venue where the show is taking place – that way everyone in the room feels included.Think about your audience, their interests, and what mindset they’re in when you’re reaching out to them. Putting yourself in their shoes can help you come up with some creative and effective ways to convince them to join your list.Say you have a large following on Instagram and Pinterest, but you’re not sure how to persuade these people to join your list. Consider what the followers of these two networks are interested in – it won’t take long to realize these networks appeal to people who are very visually inclined.With that in mind, get your audience’s attention by snapping a picture of one of your most well designed visually appealing emails and providing sign-up information in the photo caption. By tailoring your approach to different audiences, you’ll increase the chances of your success.5. Understand the importance of a punchline It’s safe to say the punchline is the most important part of a good joke. Of course the setup is crucial, but it’s the punchline that normally gets the biggest laughs.If you want to get your audience to act on your request, you need to deliver a punchline that can’t be ignored. Make your request simple and clear, but also impossible to overlook. Try sharing a breathtaking image, staggering statistic or outstanding blog post and following up with a call to action telling people to sign up for more information.If you share something powerful with your audience, they’re much more likely to act on your request.I bet you didn’t know growing your email list could be quite so entertaining. Hopefully these will come in handy as you continue to work on building your list and strengthening relationships for your nonprofit. Keep practicing, be aware of timing and your audience, and don’t be afraid to try something new and powerful.Have any advice we didn’t cover? Tell us all about it in the comments below!Author’s Bio: Miranda Paquet: Content Developer @ConstantContact. I believe in the really big impact of small businesses and nonprofits. I’m constantly inspired by our amazing customers and can’t get enough of their success stories! You can find me on Twitter: @mirandapaquetlast_img read more

first_imgKevin-Prince Boateng described his move to Barcelona as a “dream” after the midfielder’s shock loan switch was confirmed on Monday.Boateng, 31, j oined the La Liga giants on loan from Serie A side Sassuolo for the rest of the season, with an €8 million (£7m/$9m) purchase option included.Barca will pay a €2m loan fee for Boateng to feature for them the remainder of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The former AC Milan and Tottenham midfielder said it was a dream to get an opportunity to play for Barca.”I’m very happy. It’s a big honour to be here and have the possibility to play for this great club,” Boateng told Barca TV.”For every kid who starts to play football I think it is a dream to play for a club like Barcelona, so for every player and especially for me it’s a big dream come true.”Boateng only arrived at Sassuolo from Eintracht Frankfurt in July last year, making 15 appearances for the club.Boateng has been included in Barcelona’s squad for Wednesday’s Copa del Rey trip to Sevilla, and could be set to make his debut.last_img read more

first_imgHaving lost top spot in midweek, Liverpool will be hoping normal service is resumed at Anfield this weekend.Bournemouth are the visitors on Saturday, with the Reds able to leapfrog Manchester City, who play Chelsea 24 hours later.Jurgen Klopp’s men were comfortable winners when the sides met at the Vitality Stadium in December, Mohamed Salah scoring a hat-trick in a 4-0 win. In fact, Liverpool have scored 11 times without reply in their last three meetings with the Cherries. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But having shipped points against Leicester City and West Ham, Klopp will know his side require a big response, and three points, this time around.Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s game…Liverpool Injuries Liverpool have concerns over midfield duo Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum, both of whom missed the draw at West Ham on Monday.Henderson has a muscle issue, while Wijnaldum has been nursing a sore knee. Both were able to train on Thursday, as was Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has been absent with a knee injury.Dejan Lovren is likely to miss out due to a hamstring problem.Joe Gomez, Rhian Brewster and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all sidelined.Georginio Wijnaldum Liverpool 2018-19Liverpool Suspensions Liverpool do not have any suspended players for this game.Liverpool Likely Line-UpHenderson, Wijnaldum and Alexander-Arnold all trained at Melwood on Thursday, giving all three a chance of returning to the side.Alexander-Arnold would replace James Milner at right back, while Henderson and/or Wijnaldum could come into midfield, at the expense of Adam Lallana and Naby Keita.Xherdan Shaqiri, too, will push for a start having been benched at West Ham. He could come in on the right, though Klopp may prefer to use Keita from the left and Mane the right, or opt for a more robust midfield three.Possible Liverpool team v BournemouthBournemouth team news Bournemouth will not be able to select Nathaniel Clyne, who is on loan from Liverpool and therefore ineligible to face his parent club.Simon Francis and Lewis Cook are out for the season with cruciate ligament injuries, while David Brooks injured his ankle in the recent win over Chelsea and will miss the next three weeks. Callum Wilson, their top scorer, will also miss out due to a knee problem.Dominic Solanke, sold by Liverpool last month, could face his former club.Dom Solanke Liverpool 2018TV Channel & Kick-Off Time The fixture will kick-off at 3pm and will NOT be broadcast live in the UK. Highlights can be found on Match of the Day, BBC One at 10.30pm.In the United States, the game can be watched live on television on NBC Sports, kick-off 10m ET. Best Opta Match Facts This will be the 15th meeting between Liverpool and Bournemouth in all competitions, with the Reds losing only once in the process (W10 D3). Bournemouth’s only previous victory against Liverpool in their history came in the Premier League in December 2016, winning 4-3 at the Vitality Stadium. Liverpool have won five and drawn one of their six home matches against Bournemouth in all competitions, keeping three clean sheets. Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 33 Premier League home games, winning 23 and drawing 10. They drew their last league game at Anfield, but haven’t failed to win two in a row there since December 2017 (3). Despite opening the scoring in their last two Premier League games, Liverpool have ended up drawing them both. They’ve never scored first and failed to win in three consecutive games in the competition before. Bournemouth have lost each of their last seven away Premier League games, conceding at least two goals each time. The last team to lose eight in a row on the road were Crystal Palace (8 in November 2017), while the last to do so while conceding at least twice were Portsmouth in February 2006. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has scored five goals in three Premier League appearances against Bournemouth, including netting a hat-trick in the reverse fixture this season. Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has had a hand in six goals in six Premier League starts against Bournemouth (3 goals, 3 assists). Liverpool’s Sadio Mane has scored in each of his last three appearances in the Premier League – he’s never scored in four consecutive matches within the same season in the competition before. Bournemouth’s Josh King has scored three goals in his last three Premier League games, as many as he had in his previous 14 in the competition. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgVeteran goalkeeper Nick Rimando has announced he will retire at the end of the 2019 Major League Soccer season.The 39-year-old, who will turn 40 in June, is set to start the season as Real Salt Lake’s No.1.It is a position he has held for well over a decade, after arriving at RSL in 2007, becoming MLS’ all-time win leader in the process. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And now Rimando has said no matter what, his 20th season, all in MLS, will be his final one.“My 20th season will be my last,” Rimando wrote in a statement published to Twitter. “It’s time for me to step away and start my next adventure.“This game has given me so much that it’s hard to put into words what this announcement means to me as I reflect on all the people and that have helped me reach this point.“I’m truly grateful for how long I’ve played. Thank you to my family, my kids, Jett and Benny, my rock Randi, friends, teammates, coaches, staff, fans, UCLA, US Soccer, Nike, Major League Soccer, Miami Fusion, D.C. United and Real Salt Lake.“As always, I look forward to competing and giving all I can to the club and RSL’s supporters, let’s make this final go around the most memorable.”Thank you for everything. ❤️— Nick Rimando (@NickRimando) March 1, 2019A draft pick of the Miami Fusion out of UCLA in 2000, Rimando started 47 games for the team over two years before it was contracted. Taken by D.C. United in the allocation draft in 2002, he would win the MLS Cup with the team in 2004, starting four games in that season’s MLS playoffs.But it was at RSL where Rimando would become a club icon, arriving in 2007 and forming a core trio of the team alongside Kyle Beckerman and Javier Morales.RSL would make the playoffs for seven straight seasons and win the 2009 MLS Cup, emerging triumphant in both the conference final and MLS Cup through penalty shootouts. Rimando made three saves in each shootout to lead his team to the trophy.Rimando’s career has seen him rack up over 200 wins – the most in MLS history, along with the clean sheets, minutes played, saves, and games started.The veteran has also been a long-time member of the United States’ national team, though his position as third-choice goalkeeper saw him receive only 22 caps for the USMNT.Rimando becomes the second big former USMNT goalkeeper to announce he will hang up his gloves at the end of the season, following Tim Howard, who will finish out his distinguished career with the Colorado Rapids.Rimando and RSL will begin the season on the road in Houston to face the Dynamo on Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgVijay Mallya’s off track troubles has not impacted Force India in anyway and he continues to be as involved as ever in the running of the Formula One team despite his forced absence from the paddock, said deputy team principal Robert Fernley.”Well communication is never a problem in these times.During the race weekend, we talk everyday on the phone. Other times we live 10 minutes away from each other. So no problem there as well,” Fernley told PTI on the sidelines of the Singapore Grand Prix.Mallya cannot attend races outside the UK with his passport being revoked last year and India seeking his extradition.In his absence, Fernley and COO Otmar Szafnauer are running the show on the ground.Mallya, on his part, has created a virtual pit wall at his home in the UK to communicate with the team during the race weekends. He, spending all his time in England, has led to him spending a lot more time at the Force India factory in Silverstone.”There is no decision that is taken without Vijay’s consent. Okay, he cannot travel but he remains as involved as ever in the functioning of the team,” said Fernley.Force India have been punching above their weight consistently and last year finished an unprecedented fourth in the team standings, ahead of Williams, McLaren and Renault.This year, they are currently sitting comfortably in the fourth spot.”It is a total team effort. It is never a one-man show.Everyone in the team has been assigned a job and they are performing it rather well,” he said.advertisementIt can be argued that there is very little Indian about the team other than the name and troubled co-owners Mallya and Subrata Roy.Speculation is rife that after the radical change to pink livery, the team’s name will also be changed ahead of the next season.”We changed the car colour because of the sponsors (BWT).And the talk of the name change is all speculation. Nothing has been confirmed,” he said.Force India, who have been on the podium five times in their history, are yet to step on to it this season despite doing a decent job so far.”Podiums and points are always our targets and we have been trying for it all this while. It might just come in the remaining races of the season,” said Fernley.last_img read more

first_imgLewis Hamilton once again made the difference for Mercedes as the Briton celebrated his 70th career Formula One pole in Malaysia on Saturday.The championship leader had been sixth on Friday and only fifth in Saturday’s final practice but he put in the lap that mattered after engine problems sidelined Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel.”This again was a Lewis lap,” said Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda.”It’s very difficult to identify what is the car (rather than the driver) but we know that when Lewis puts the throttle down, he really does it well. So I think it’s more the driver here than the car, to be honest.”Hamilton, 28 points clear of Vettel with six races remaining, has now been on pole for four years in a row in Malaysia and five times in total – equalling Michael Schumacher’s record at the circuit.But champions Mercedes have looked off the pace this weekend while Ferrari, whose drivers collided at the start in Singapore two weeks ago, have been quick with Vettel favoured for pole before his car’s problem.The German will now start at the back of the field.”It was a blistering lap and he put it all together but we are left with some confusion,” Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff told Sky Sports television.Although Hamilton pipped Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen to pole, his Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas will start only fifth on the grid.The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen, celebrating his 20th birthday, and Australian Daniel Ricciardo were third and fourth.advertisementRicciardo won last year in Malaysia from that same starting slot after Hamilton’s engine expired while he was leading the race.”We didn’t put the tyres in the right window the whole weekend and then when the temperatures dropped and cloud cover started to come over the circuit, the car was very quick. So we need some answers,” Wolff said.”On paper the Ferrari is the fastest car, followed by the Red Bull and then us.”But then we have the quali result so we just have to wait and see what happens,” added the Austrian.last_img read more