Nathan Ake has sparked talk of interest from Manchester United and Tottenham, but Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists no approaches have been made. The Dutch defender only joined the Cherries on a permanent basis ahead of the 2017-18 campaign, having impressed during a previous loan switch from Chelsea. The 23-year-old has been a Premier League ever-present for the south coast club and a model of consistency, earning him senior international recognition with Netherlands. 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! His exploits have also attracted interest from Old Trafford and north London, with reports of £40 million ($52m) bids doing the rounds ahead of the January transfer window. Bournemouth, though, have no intention of selling and have yet to be made aware that any formal offers will be received from top-flight rivals. Quizzed on the exit rumours surrounding Ake, Howe told reporters: “I think that’s a compliment to Nathan and how he’s played since he signed for us permanently. “He’s been a model of consistency. He picked up all the player awards that he did at the end of last season and he’s carried that form into this [season]. “With any type of speculation that you are linked with, the clubs he’s been mentioned with, it’s a good sign. However, that doesn’t mean we’re about to lose him. He’s a massive part of what we’re doing. “[There has been] nothing from our side, where it comes from I don’t know. It’s inevitable [to be linked] when the team is doing well people will naturally highlight our players, potential players who can go on and play at a higher level. “I look at it as a compliment to the team. It certainly won’t disrupt Nathan, knowing how level-headed he is. For him he’s such a good personality it won’t affect him in any way.” Jose Mourinho is expected to be in the market for defensive additions over the winter, if he remains in the United dugout. The Portuguese missed out on several targets over the summer and is eager to bolster his ranks. Spurs are also starting to plan for the future, with uncertainty continuing to surround Toby Alderweireld – who has been linked with United – as he remains reluctant to commit to a new contract.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has praised the bravery of Paul Pogba for taking a penalty during the Old Trafford side’s 2-1 Premier League win over Everton.The Red Devils had gone into the game under pressure to get the win after a poor start to the league campaign saw them fall off the pace of the top four, particularly after they were outplayed 1-0 by Juventus at home in the Champions League in midweek.Mourinho’s men got the result that they desired, though, with Pogba opening the scoring before Anthony Martial doubled their advantage in the second half. A late goal from Gylfi Sigurdsson set up a tense finish but United saw the game out. 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! Pogba, meanwhile, caught the headlines for the game’s first goal. He missed a penalty, for which he took an extravagant run up, but tucked home the rebound when the ball bounced kindly back to him off the arm of visiting goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.While some lined up to criticise the World Cup winner, who has now missed from the spot twice this season, having also failed against Burnley, and scored three times, Mourinho took to the defence of his player.“I don’t like Mickey Mouses: fragile, afraid to go, don’t take penalties – I don’t like that,” he said.“I like the desire to take it. I like players who want to take it.”The 25-year-old has not been a regular spot-kick taker during his career, having hit only three penalties at club level before this season. He scored his first for Juventus in 2015 but then missed for the Turin giants a month later.His only previous penalty with United was in the 2016-17 Europa League run, with a successful conversion in a 4-1 win at home against Fenerbahce in the group stage of the competition, which the Red Devils went on to win.He has, therefore, taken a total of eight penalties at club level, scoring five but missing three, giving him a conversion rate of only 62.5%.Meanwhile, he has played 13 times for United this season, scoring five times and creating four more.
On-loan Newcastle forward Salomon Rondon says he and his family are settled in the North East and has suggested that he’d be happy to make a permanent transfer to Rafael Benitez’s side.The 29-year-old, who joined the Magpies on a season-long loan deal from West Brom in August, scored his first two league goals for his new side in their 2-1 win over Bournemouth last weekend.That victory was Newcastle’s second in a row having not won a single league match beforehand this 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! Rondon has missed parts of the season with injury but is now fully fit and has claimed that he is very settled in the North East.”Ever since I arrived here it has been friendly,” the striker told the Newcastle Chronicle.”When I first signed some people recognised me around the city and they came over to say welcome.”They shook my hand and I asked them about the city.”I was settled here quickly.”The Venezuela forward has recently moved his family to the area, which could be a sign that he feels he will be at Newcastle beyond his loan deal.Rondon opted to leave West Brom following their relegation to the Championship.He’s scored 28 goals for the Baggies since his Premier League arrival in 2015, with his previous clubs including the likes of Zenit St. Petersburg, Rubin Kazan and Malaga.”I have played around the world but to be settled already is good,” Rondon continued.”I am settled and my family is settled, I now have to just keep on working.”Newcastle, who sit 14th in the Premier League, have a favourable run of fixtures ahead and will travel to Burnley for their next league fixture.Their victories over Watford and Bournemouth prior to the international break lifted them out of the relegation zone, having only registered three points before their win against the Hornets earlier this month.
MS Dhoni on Wednesday afternoon had a long discussion with India’s chairman of selectors MSK Prasad in Nagpur on the sidelines of the Ranji trophy semi-finals. Later in the evening, India’s most successful captain resigned as India’s limited overs skipper. MSK Prasad, in an exclusive interview with India Today, without going into specific details of his interaction says quitting captaincy was entirely Dhoni’s call. (MS Dhoni steps down as India’s limited-overs captain)What will come as a big show of confidence, Prasad feels given his fitness levels there is no reason why he cannot play the 2019 World Cup as a player. Excerpts? Q. MSK, how do you look back at Dhoni’s almost decade-long reign as India’s limited overs skipper? (History will remember Dhoni as the greatest ODI captain ever)A. Personally it was an emotional moment for him, for us and all the cricket lovers. From a professional point of view, his timing is absolutely perfect. Just like his batting and keeping. He is always clear in his thought process. That’s fine. He felt it is time to move on and let us respect his decision. (Dhoni made the right decision by stepping down as limited-overs captain: Ganguly to India Today)WATCH THE FULL VIDEO HEREQ. We gather you had a long chat with him in the afternoon and later in the evening he resigned. Were you giving him a sense of your plans for the one-day team in the foreseeable future and his role? Or was it entirely his decision?advertisementA. As far as quitting captaincy goes it is entirely his decision. Purely his decision. (Dhoni good enough to continue as a player till 2019 World Cup: Kapil Dev)Q. He wants to continue as a player. How do you see that panning out? Him playing under a leader he has led all his life?A. He is a leader by nature. A natural leader. Whether he is captain or not leadership qualities are in-built in him. If he is going to be a leader or not he will continue to contribute and he will still add value to Virat’s captaincy. He will pass on his experience and legacy to Virat. Just the way all our legendary cricketers saw Mahi growing from an aggressive cricketer to a different role and how he has emerged into a good captain, probably MS will also see Virat emerge into an excellent captain in all three formats of the game. (MS Dhoni’s highs and lows as limited overs captain)Q. MS started off as a free flowing attacking batsman. Later he found more layers to his batting. Now without the captainship responsibility, do you he can reinvent himself. Start playing more freely?A. I don’t really feel because of captaincy he has curbed down his instincts. He had responsibility so he was acting according to the roles given to him. It’s up to MS and Virat to discuss what sort of game he has to display. We know he is a natural hitter so we will see how it goes. It’s premature to talk on this. Over a period of time we will know about it. (Dhoni steps down as India captain: Tendulkar, Sushant Singh Rajput lead tributes)Q. How do you see this decision working for Virat? He has been ready for a while now given the results he has to show in Test cricket. Now with these multiple responsibilities..A. We have seen Virat in the last eighteen months to two years how he has shaped up into a fantastic captain. From a person the he is, slowly settling into that role so he will probably replicate the same in the shorter formats and more importantly with the support and experience he will get from Mahi I think he will emerge into a great captain. (‘Dhoni wants to play the 2019 World Cup’)Q. Looks like he wants to play the 2019 World Cup. Do you see that happening?A. Why not? Why not! If he is fit and fine, why not! He is still a champion wicket keeper batsman.
Hello and welcome to our Live Coverage of the Day 4 of the Ranji Trophy final between Mumbai and Gujarat at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. Stay tuned as we bring you all the latest update.17:50 IST: Stumps, Day 4: Gujarat 47/0 in 13.2 overs, need 265 runs to win on Day 5, P K Panchal 34, S B Gohel 817.30 IST: Gohil and Panchal lead the list of most runs in Ranji 2016-17Gujarat’s Samit Gohil and Panchal lead the list of most runs by opening pair in @paytm #RanjiTrophy 2016-17 pic.twitter.com/VYqgdfFgYs BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) January 13, 201717.25 IST: Gujarat 40/0 in 10 overs, need 272 runs to win, P K Panchal 28(37) S B Gohil 7(23) 16.31 IST: Mumbai 411/10 in 137.1 overs, set Gujarat a target of 312 runs. (Nayar 91, Iyer 82, Gaja 6/121)16.30 IST: OUT! Abhishek Nayar 91(146) lbw R P Singh, Mumbai 411/10 in 137.1 overs.16.21 IST: Mumbai 400/9 in 135.5 overs15.59 IST: C T Gaja claims 6 wickets (35.5-10-102-6), Mumbai 370/915.58 IST: OUT! Vishal Dabholkar 12(59) ct S B Gohil b C T Gaja, Mumbai 370/9 in 130.5 overs15.50 IST: Abhishek Nayar hits 50 runs in 113 balls. Mumbai 368/8, lead Gujarat by 268 runs15.15 IST: Mumbai 361/8 at tea, lead Gujarat (328) by 261 runs. Dabholkar 9*, Nayar 45*14.40 IST: Mumbai 345/8, lead by 245 runs in 120 overs. Vishal Dabholkar 8(28) Abhishek Nayar 30(81)13.54 IST: CT Gaja 5 wickets (29.1-9-84-5). Mumbai 326/8, lead Gujarat by 226 runs 13.53 IST: OUT! Shardul 1(6) ct Karan P Patel (Sub) b C T Gaja. Mumbai 326/8 in 110.1 overs13.51 IST: Mumbai 326/7, lead by 226 runs in 110 overs. Abhishek Nayar 19(50), Shardul 1(5)13.43 IST: OUT! B S Sandhu 20 (42) ct M C Juneja b C T Gaja. Mumbai 323/7 in 108.1 overs 13.05 IST: Mumbai 301/6, lead by 201 runs in 100 overs. BS Sandhu 4 (5), Abhishek Nayar 12 (31)advertisement13.00 IST: AP Tare 69 (114) lbw HP Patel. Mumbai 297/6 in 99.1 overs12.10 IST: Mumbai 228 & 294/5 at lunch on Day 4, lead Gujarat (328) by 194 runs. Tare 68*, Nayar 10*, Gaja 3/83, RP Singh 1/6911.10 IST: AP Tare 50 runs in 82 balls (10×4, 0x6). Mumbai 256/410.35 IST: OUT! Surya Kumar Yadav 49 (215) ct Parthiv Patel b RB Kalaria. Mumbai 238/4 in 80.2 overs10.30 IST: Mumbai 238/3 in 80 overs, lead Gujarat by 138 runs, AP Tare 38 (64), Suryakumar Yadav 49 (213)9.40 IST: Mumbai 212/3 in 70 overs, lead Gujarat by 112 runs. Suryakumar Yadav 45 (187), AP Tare 17 (30)Brief Day 3 Report: Middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer made a fine half-century to keep multiple-time champions Mumbai in the hunt after the title holders conceded the first innings lead to Gujarat in the summit clash of the Ranji Trophy on Thursday.Iyer made 82 off 137 deliveries with the help of nine boundaries and two sixes as Mumbai reached 208/3 in their second innings to take a handy lead of 108 runs at stumps on day three of the five-day encounter.Besides Iyer, young Prithvi Shaw, who made 71 in the first innings, smashed a quickfire 44 off 35 balls upfront.Shaw and Akhil Herwadkar (16) got Mumbai off to a quick start in the second essay with 54-run opening stand before medium pacer Chintan Gaja (3/54) picked up both the Mumbai batsmen in quick succession. (READ FULL REPORT)
After making a statement in Pune where they beat England by three wickets in the first ODI, the new captain Virat Kohli and his team arrived in Cuttack on Wednesday for the second game of the three-match series.The team was welcomed in a traditional way amidst loud cheer from fans in the city. The video shared by BCCI on twitter shows the team being honoured with traditional shawls.Traditional welcome for #TeamIndia in Cuttack #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/X1JD3VAuKw BCCI (@BCCI) January 18, 2017Kohli could not have had a better start to his ODI captaincy in India’s thrilling 351-run chase as he and Kedar Jadhav slammed centuries to script a sensational victory after being reduced to 63/4.While Kohli slammed his 27th ODI ton, it was local boy Jadhav’s second hundred that helped India win what looked like a losing battle inside the first 15 overs.This was after Yuvraj Singh, who made his comeback, and former captain MS Dhoni failed to impress as they got dismissed for 15 and 6 respectively.India now lead the three-match series 1-0. Kohli had earlier led India to a 4-0 victory against England in the five-match Test series.The second ODI will be played on Thursday, January 19, at 1.30 pm. India will aim for a series-sealing victory with England looking to stay alive ahead of the final ODI in Kolkata on Sunday.
New Delhi, Jan 23 (PTI) Several caveats were today filed in the Supreme Court seeking prior hearing if pleas challenging the new Bill passed by Tamil Nadu assembly allowing bull-taming sport Jallikattu in the state, come up for consideration.Nearly 70 caveats were filed by several individuals and organisations from various districts of the states in the top court.The caveats were filed a day after O Panneerselvam-led AIADMK government moved the apex court seeking a prior hearing before any order is proposed to be passed in the matter.The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment), Act, 2017 piloted by the Chief Minister was today adopted unanimously by a voice vote after a brief debate. The Bill would now be sent for approval to the President.Advocate Prabhu Rama Subramanian, who filed several caveats on behalf of various individuals in the court today, said the apex court registry has cleared around 16 of caveats.He said that several pro-Jallikattu groups and people have been approaching the lawyers in this regard.Yesterday anticipating challenge to its ordinance, the state government had filed the caveat through its counsel Yogesh Kanna.Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao had yesterday approved the Jallikattu ordinance, with Chief Minister O Panneerselvam announcing that the bull taming sport will be held at Alaganallur in Madurai and other parts of the state.The Supreme Court had on Friday agreed not to pass a judgement for a week on the Jallikattu issue after taking into account the Centres submission that they were in talks with Tamil Nadu to find a way out in the matter.advertisementAttorney General Mukul Rohatgi had then mentioned the matter before a bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and R Banumati that people of Tamil Nadu were “passionate” about Jallikattu and the Centre and the state were trying to resolve the issue. PTI MNL ABA SJK ARC
Prime witnesses to one of the biggest controversies that rocked cricket during the second Test between India and Australia during the 2007-08 series, Sourav Ganguly and Michael Clarke on Tuesday made no bones while speaking about the ‘Monkeygate’ scandal with the latter going to say that Andrew Symonds should not have blown the issue out of proportion.The furore had begun with some questionable umpiring decisions and later blew up into a racism controversy between Harbhajan Singh and Symonds which threatened to negatively affect relations between the two countries. (David Warner can learn how to play spin from Sourav Ganguly: Michael Clarke to India Today)Australian batsman Symonds was at the centre of it all, but the drama started much earlier, when he was questionably given not out thrice during his first innings score of 162.Australia went on to win the Test by 122 runs, but the incident did not die down and is now considered one of the biggest face-offs since the bodyline days.”I can guarantee you, the ‘Monkeygate’ chapter will not have its true picture in the book,” Ganguly said talking about Clarke’s autobiography “My Story” which he launched here on Tuesday. (Michael Clarke, MS Dhoni meet as India-Australia series heats up)”Because only a ‘Sardarji’ will know what Harbhajan tried to say. You can call it ‘Monkeygate’, you can call it ‘Hanumangate’ and whatever gate you want. I was standing next to Harbhajan Singh and I know exactly what he meant,” Ganguly, who said.”Nonetheless, that incident was a bit more than ‘Monkeygate’. The next morning, everyone was angry and there were calls going on in the board. It was a wonderful series. Beating Australia in Perth… India-Australia is always enthralling,” Ganguly, who scored a 67 and 51 in the two innings of that Test played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, said. (India vs Australia: David Warner will to continue to attack Ravichandran Ashwin)advertisementOn that Clarke compared the recent DRS controversy involving Australian skipper Steve Smith and how it was amicably solved to the ‘Monkeygate’ chapter, stressing that Symonds went into overdrive with his reactions.”I was very close to Andrew (Symonds) at the time. I asked him if he was racially vilified. It wasn’t about being racially abused for Andrew but a lot of other things.”Now it’s not the right time to discuss those things. But I didn’t think he (Symonds) should have continued with that (incident). It should have ended right there,” Clarke said. (David Warner backs Pat Cummins to lead Australian attack)”What’s happening here with the Steve Smith incident here. It’s been handled in the right way. And the BCCI have handled it pretty well. Now we head to Ranchi and we know we are going to have a very good Test match.”India and Australia are locked 1-1 in the four-match series. The third Test starts in Ranchi from Thursday.Talking about the same Sydney Test, Clarke admitted to walking back to the pavilion after an Anil Kumble delivery struck his gloves and went to first slip.”There was also a decision (in the same Test) when Anil bowled and the ball hit my glove and I was out. But I did not walk,” he said.”I did not want to go. I did not want to fail. I believe the umpire has a job to give me out. I made plenty of mistakes in my career but I have played in the right spirit. Over a long period of time, I can hold my head high.”
Virat Kohli has been ruled out of the fourth and final Test against Australia because of a shoulder injury he sustained in Ranchi. Ajinkya Rahane will lead India in Kohli’s absence in the series-decider. (Also read: Virat Kohli shouldn’t play if he’s not fit: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)The series is currently level at 1-1 after Australia won in Pune and India won in Bengaluru. The third Test in Ranchi ended in a draw after a five-day battle.Kohli had injured his shoulder during Australia’s first innings and did not take the field till he walked in to bat on day 3 at his usual number four spot.There had been some speculation over Kohli’s fitness in the lead-up to the final Test of a packed domestic season for India. The 28-year-old did not train with the team on Thursday and only batted in the sidelines on Friday. (Also read: Mohammed Shami, Shreyas Iyer included in Indian team for Dharamsala Test)Addressing the media, Kohli had said he would not play if he did not pass the fitness test: “I am not different from anyone else. There’s no special treatment for anyone. I will take the field only if I am 100 per cent fit. The rules apply for everyone and they are the same for everyone.”This is undoubtedly a huge blow for India, who have been stunned with Australia’s resilience. The hosts had decimated New Zealand, blanked England and beat Bangladesh before running into a well-prepared unit from down under.advertisementKohli’s form had also been a major concern for India right through the series. He managed only 46 runs in five innings after a sensational run where he became only the first man to slam double hundreds in four successive series.Also Watch:
Creating an editorial calendar is an effective way to keep your organization’s newsletter, website, blog, and social media content fresh and current. Should you go with paper or something more high tech? Use whatever works best for you and your team: a wall calendar, Excel spreadsheet, Google Calendar, or even dedicated project management software. While it can contain loads of info, an editorial calendar at its most basic organizes the what, when, and who of your media outreach. Here’s a quick primer on how to create an editorial calendar that’ll keep your team on track and your online presence fresh. Facebook: Gina K, 10am.Volunteer of the Week: Ellen Jones Facebook:Gina K., 10am.Link to new YouTube video YouTube:Joe T., EOD.Ribbon cutting and tour of new kennels and dog run. Homepage:Joe T., 10am.Update events sidebar, volunteer opportunities First: Answer What, When, and Who?Create a broad outline of your organization’s content needs. This process includes answering “what, when, and who?” WHAT types of media do you publish? Make a list of the different ways your nonprofit communicates with constituents. The options are endless, but here are a few ideas: Website: Message from the executive director, volunteer opportunities, upcoming events. Blog: Posts about recent events, fundraising campaigns, awards your nonprofit received, success stories, current issues affecting your cause. Email: Newsletters, campaign updates, event invitations. Facebook: Polls, success stories, links to blog posts or videos, contests, photos from the field, “volunteer of the week” profiles. Twitter: Links to blog posts, event announcements, requests for volunteers. YouTube: Videos from events, fieldwork, success stories. WHEN is the deadline? Look at your “what” list and decide how often to update each item. Maybe you’ll revamp your homepage content once a month, publish a new blog post every Monday, send an email newsletter on the 15th of each month, post to Facebook every weekday morning, and so on. WHO is the writer? Decide who on your team is responsible for creating and delivering each of the various pieces. Also, be sure to assign a team member or two to social media duties so someone is always available to interact with fans. Facebook:Gina K., 10am.Friday Fan Giveaway: Mug Fundraising Takeaways Your editorial calendar can be as simple or complex as you like, but it should at least answer the questions what, when, and who. Organizing all the elements of your media outreach into one editorial calendar helps you keep content fresh and up to date. Readers will respond by coming back more often to see what’s new at your nonprofit. Review your old editorial calendars to make sure you aren’t repeating content or that you’ve updated readers when necessary. They’re also useful for tracking which content was most successful. Friday This is, of course, a very basic editorial calendar, but it’s an easy place to begin. Yours could include more or fewer items, more or less detail, checkboxes to indicate approvals or stages of production, and so on. Expect your calendar to evolve as your needs change. Next: Fill in the Blanks Now that you have the basic framework of your nonprofit’s content needs, you can start filling your calendar with detailed information about each item, such as the specific topic of a blog post or Facebook update. A typical week might look something like this: Big-Picture Benefits Save your old calendars! Editorial calendars are great for more than just planning ahead. Over time, you’ll find them useful for reviewing what topics you’ve covered and when. This can help you avoid duplicating content or remind you to update your constituents on, say, a past event, contest, or campaign. You might also include data on published content like page views or click-through rates to see which pieces were most effective. When it comes right down to it, an editorial calendar is just a super-organized to-do list that encourages engagement as your supporters keep coming back to your online channels to find out what’s new and exciting at your nonprofit. Thursday Wednesday Blog:Ann S., noon.Beagle Boogie gala recap (link on Twitter) Tuesday Facebook:Gina K., 10am.Pic from dog adoption fair Facebook:Gina K., 10am.Meet the Staff: Joe T. Monday Website:Mary M., EOD.Monthly message from executive director Email NL (biweekly):Ann S., 10am.Dog adoption, Beagle Bingo event, request for supplies, link to donation page (post pdf on FB, link on Twitter)
2. Change Up: Participating in #GivingTuesday for the first time plus, beefing up our online and monthly giving options.Goal: I (the Executive Director) introduced these changes to my board. I became aware of #GivingTuesday last year at the last moment, so investigated and proposed to our board that we make an effort this year to use this to kick off our December campaign this year.I also hoped to motivate other charities in the area to participate in #GivingTuesday, so we’d all get more attention. Results to Date: I’m still trying to persuade other local charities to participate in #GivingTuesday with us but have not been able to get them to understand the significance. We have decided to lead by example and hope they join us next year.TBD on the campaign itself.Source: Bob Stephenson, Executive Director The Literacy Coalition 3. Change Up: Personalizing our year-end content (and segmenting our list accordingly)We’ll feature the story of one of our beneficiaries in the same state as the donor or prospect receiving the direct mail letter, to strengthen the connection between that donor/prospect and our impact.Goal: We have read that relevancy/segmentation will increase the number and dollar value of gifts. NOTE from Nancy: Personalization/segmentation is powerful when you can connect with what’s top of mind for your prospect or donor. If you can discuss state specific challenges likely to be known of and/or experienced by your prospects and your featured beneficiary, that’s golden!Results to Date: Drops the first week of December!Source: Emily Behan, Development Coordinator Community SolutionsWhat are YOU changing in this year’s year-end campaign? Please share your new approach with us!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. This post is the first in our new How Did You Handle…? Series—specific how-tos based on YOUR experiences.Please watch for our requests to share your wins, challenges and recommendations. YOU are the best trainers there are!Year-End fundraising tops most organizations’ “must do, every year” list, but it’s challenging both to figure out how to do it differently but better and to get approval for a fresh approach for a campaign that’s so vital.But case studies from colleague organizations commonly work as a calming balm for anxious decision-makers afraid to deviate from the norm (even when that norm isn’t working so well). Here’s what some of your peers are trying this year, with early results where available:1. Change Up: Revising campaign tone and content—to be more direct, frank and engaging. For example, we’re showing results of donor generosity (rather than talking about them) and sharing organizational changes in progress as a result of grant guidelines. Goal: We’re hoping to open up an active conversation with donors and prospects by inviting them into our organization! Our goal is to have these folks contact us with questions or suggestions. Results to Date: Many donors have already contacted me to share appreciation for the more friendly and inclusive messaging. Several of them requested permission to share content from our year-end newsletter in their own communities (thus increasing our reach). Others got in touch to share ideas or offer their assistance to tackle some of our organization’s concerns. That’s exactly the kind of response we’re looking for—stronger, closer relationships! Source: Todd McPherson, Inter-Faith Community Services
4. Keep your message crystal clearAs a busy nonprofit, you have no shortage of things going on. Many nonprofits like to use newsletters to update their contacts about all their upcoming events and initiatives. To really stand out, consider focusing your email on one single theme.Cut your email down to a single-column template format, and make sure your contact will not have to scroll down through the email to get to the main point.Your theme should be easily apparent within seconds of a donor opening your email. Whether you choose to focus on the power of recurring donations, or highlight a specific case study to give a tangible example of how contributions are being used, make sure all your text, photos, videos, and links are working together to tell the same story.5. Be humanTake a look at the last few emails you’ve sent out. How many of them included pictures of people? People will be more invested in making a difference in the lives of others, rather than organizations. Never miss a chance to remind your donors that their support is helping other people.In the image below, Pajama Program, does a great job of appealing to their donors’ emotions through photos and texts. By reminding readers of their own childhood memories, they’re inspiring donors to feel a connection to the children pictured at the bottom on the email. The inbox is no place for half-hearted appeals. Smart nonprofits know that a well-designed email campaign has the power to drive donations and make a real difference to their cause.It’s your responsibility to persuade donors to take action. This starts with grabbing their attention and making a powerful impression.Here are 5 steps to standing out in your donors’ inbox:1. Start strongYour subject line is your first impression on your reader. Choose your words carefully, as you only have about 50 characters to work with before your subject line will be cut off for some readers, especially those reading their email on a mobile device. If you find yourself stuck, check out your own inbox and see which kind of subject lines elicit a response from you.Maybe you’ll choose to call out a deadline right in the subject line to motivate readers. Or maybe you want to pique your donors’ curiosity by asking a question.Check out these 10 Ideas to Improve Your Nonprofit’s Email Open Rate for examples of subject lines that worked well for other nonprofits.2. Be recognizablePeople will be more likely to open your email when they recognize its coming from you!Choose a “from name” and “from email address” that your customers will easily recognize. When appropriate, include your organization’s name in your email subject line.3. Show, don’t tellDo you want your donors to contribute out of a feeling of obligation or inspiration? If you want your email to stand out, don’t lecture your readers about the importance of your cause, make them feel invested enough to take action.Be donor-centric. Show them their impact through videos, images, and case studies. But also be clear about all the work that still needs to be done.Here’s how Reel Works shows their impact in the New Year email: Become the main attraction of your donors’ inbox.With the power of these 5 steps, your email will be standing out in the inbox, and more importantly, inspiring your donors to give their support.Of course, one of the most important things you can do is get to know your specific audience. Keep an eye on which emails are performing the best, and refine your strategy to reflect what your donors respond to best.
Jose Mourninho has been warned that Manchester United are not capable of “doing the defensive jobs they have done on Liverpool in the past”.The Red Devils have, under their Portuguese boss, often favoured a pragmatic approach when taking in trips to their fiercest Premier League rivals.Accusations of ‘parking the bus’ have become commonplace, with Mourinho considered to adopt a defensive mentality when pursuing precious points on the road. 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! United are, however, enduring struggles at the back this season – with 26 goals conceded in 16 top-flight outings to date – and Jan Molby doubts they can contain Liverpool’s fearsome attacking unit if they head to Anfield in containment mode again on Sunday.The Reds legend told the Liverpool Echo: “I don’t know if Manchester United are capable of doing the defensive jobs they have done on Liverpool in the past“The longer it goes without them producing those heroic performances, the more I doubt they are capable.“I know they got a couple of draws with Arsenal and Chelsea, but Liverpool are another level.“I’m not convinced that Mourinho can produce a tactical masterclass to get himself a result. I think Liverpool will have too much for them.“They are too inconsistent. The defeat in Valencia, I know it was a fringe team, won’t do them any good. I’d be amazed if we didn’t have too much quality for them.“The level of quality you expect from Manchester United is not there. They have some average players and some good players who aren’t performing at the level expected of them.“I think what Mourinho wants to do is go with a defensive tactic and hope that the bit of pace he has causes problems. But you need good enough defenders to invite Liverpool onto you, and I’m not convinced.“But you are playing Manchester United. That’s why you can never be sure, because we know ourselves that big clubs can find results that nobody else can.”Mohamed Salah is likely to pose Mourinho the biggest headache as he prepares for a trip to Merseyside, with the Egypt international having rediscovered his spark of late.After a relatively slow start to the season by his standards, the current holder of the Premier League Golden Boot has recorded a hat-trick against Bournemouth and a vital Champions League match-winner versus Napoli in his last two outings. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Australia will begin their quest to win a second consecutive Asian Cup with an opening match against Jordan on January 6 at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al-Ain.Both sides will be expected to progress to the knockout stage from Group B, with four of the six third place teams going through also, and nabbing three early points will be a brilliant start. Each team has won twice against the other in their four World Cup qualification matches since Australia moved to the AFC – with the home side triumphing on each occasion. 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! Game Australia vs Jordan Date Sunday, January 6 AEDT Time 10.00pm AEDT / 3.00pm LOCAL TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In Australia, the match can be watched live on Fox Sports through the Foxtel platform. There is no free-to-air broadcaster.You can stream the game through either the Foxtel Go, Play, Kayo and the My Football Live – just bear in mind those services are subscription based. AUS TV channel Online stream Fox Sports Foxtel GO/Play/Kayo/My Football Live Squads & Team News Position Australia players Goalkeepers Ryan, Vukovic, Langerak Defenders Sainsbury, Behich, Gersbach, Jurman, Milligan, Risdon, Degenek, Grant Midfielders Luongo, Jeggo, Amini, Irvine, Mabil, Rogic Forwards Leckie, Giannou, Nabbout, Maclaren, Kruse, Ikonomidis The Socceroos will be missing arguably their best player Aaron Mooy through injury for the duration of the Asian Cup, while star winger Mathew Leckie has been selected but is likely to be absent until the latter stages of the tournament.Martin Boyle was also a late withdrawal in the days leading up to the matchAn opening match against an unpredictable Jordan will see Graham Arnold select his best available line-up, but it’s far from clear who will start in midfield and attack.Massimo Luongo is a lock to start in central midfield and it’s likely Jackson Irvine will step into the vacant position alongside because of Mooy’s absenceTom Rogic will start in the attacking midfield role, but any two of Robbie Kruse, Awer Mabil, Andrew Nabbout and Chris Ikonomidis could play on the flanks.Nabbout is likely to start as the central striker after impressing in the 5-0 victory over Oman.Socceroos predicted XI: Ryan (GK); Behich, Milligan (C), Sainsbury, Risdon; Luongo, Irvine; Kruse, Rogic, Ikonomidis; Nabbout. Position Jordan players Goalkeepers Amer Shafi, Moataz Yaseen, Ahmed Abdel-Sattar Defenders Tareq Khattab, Yazan Abu Arab, Mohammed Al-Basha, Anas Bani Yaseen, Bara’ Marei, Feras Shelbaieh, Salem Al-Ajalin Midfielders Baha’ Abdel-Rahman, Saeed Murjan, Saleh Rateb, Yousef Al-Rawashdeh, Ahmad Ersan, Yazan Thalji, Yaseen Al-Bakhit, Musa Al-Taamari, Obaida Al-Samarneh, Khalil Bani Attiah, Ahmed Samir Forwards Baha’ Faisal, Odai Khadr Jordan’s most high-profile player is Musa Al-Taamari, who plys his trade for Cyprus club APOEL Nicosia, and he will be the nation’s fulcrum in the midfield. Veterans Amer Shafi. Anas Ban Yaseen and Yaseen Al-Bakhit should feature heavily being experienced members of the Chivalrous. The Jordanians have surprising left out striker Hamza Al-Dardour, who scored a hat-trick during the last Asian Cup and has 27 goals from his 55 caps. They will be led by Belgian coach Vital Borkelmans, who served as an assistant for his own country from 2012-16. In 2018, the Middle Eastern side recorded some impressive results including a win against Denmark and a narrow one-goal defeat to World Cup finalist Croatia. Betting & Match Odds Australia are strong favourites heading into this match with a Socceroos win valued at $1.22, a draw at $6.00 and an Jordan victory at $13.While three points for the Socceroos seems likely according to the bookies, the green and gold have never beaten Jordan in the Middle East.A single goal win for Australia looks to be solid value at $3.10.All odds courtesy of Bet365 and correct at the time of publishing. Match Preview While the signs all point to a comfortable Australian result, Jordan have terrific record against the green and gold in the Middle East and cannot be underestimated.The Socceroos have thumped the Chivalrous 4-0 and 5-1 in Australia during two separate World Cup qualification campaigns, but lost the return matches in Jordan 2-1 and 2-0 respectively.They will be coached by Graham Arnold, who will appear at his second Asian Cup after leading the green and gold to the quarter-finals in 2007.It’s his second stint in charge having recently taken over from Dutch manager Bert van Marwijk, who led the Socceroos to the recent World Cup in Russia.Defending champions Australia are among the tournament favourites but a lack of quality goalscorers in their squad threatens to be an issue, with talisman Tim Cahill now retired.The team’s only out-and-out striker Jamie Maclaren has never scored for his nation and only has one goal this season – scored back in August.But the green and gold have been impressive in their two recent Middle East-based matches, thumping Kuwait 4-0 and thrashing Oman 5-0.Australia, Jordan and Syria will be favourites to progress from Group B, but with only four of the six third place teams qualifying for the knockouts, there is no room for complacency in these early matches.
Romelu Lukaku showed his psychic abilities by predicting that Manchester United team-mate Alexis Sanchez would score against Arsenal in Friday’s FA Cup showdown.Sanchez broke the deadlock in a 3-1 win over his former club, with Lukaku having played a key role in the Chilean’s goal.And the Belgium international insisted he saw it coming, revealing that he told Alexis to make the run that led to his opener when the pair were talking in training. 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! “I told him in training, ‘Listen, you’re going to score’,” the former Chelsea striker told MUTV.”I said to him I’d give him the ball as long as he ran inside if I couldn’t shoot. I said to him, ‘Just run in and I’ll find you’. “I think you could see when I got the ball I was looking for him and he made the right run and the finish for him was incredible.About last night… #MUFC pic.twitter.com/X8r2ybAnqR— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 26, 2019″We knew they would leave space for me and Alexis with the full-backs pushing on, so it would end up being three v three or three v two and we had a lot of moments when we could have countered better, especially in the second half.”I think we could have scored two or three more goals to be honest, but 3-1 at Arsenal is very good.”The result saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer extend his remarkable run at the helm to eight consecutive victories and Lukaku urged his team-mates to maintain those high standards.”We feel great but it’s the same in training,” he said.”We play a lot of games in a lot of competitions and every time you come into the games you know the situations and you have to keep on maintaining the pressure on the other team and keep on delivering the quality, that’s what it’s about, and on the counter-attack we’re really dangerous.”We’re growing steadily and winning games, which is the most important thing.”Next up for United is the visit of Burnley in the Premier League on Tuesday, with Arsenal hosting Cardiff City in their next fixture.
Barcelona have confirmed that Toulouse youngster Jean-Clair Todibo will join the club immediately after bringing forward a transfer previously agreed for the end of the current season.Todibo, 19, was out of contract at the Ligue 1 side in June 2019, and had already struck terms with Barca to move on a free transfer when his current deal expires.But after negotiations between the two clubs, the Catalans have now revealed that he will be presented as a new signing in the current windowafter paying a small fee to Toulouse. 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! Todibo will be presented as a Barca player on Friday and will wear the No. 6 jersey vacated by Denis Suarez when the midfielder moved on loan to Arsenal.Así es @jctodibo, el nuevo jugador del Barça ⚡🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/LQo9Tdjpoc— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) January 31, 2019″FC Barcelona and Toulouse FC have come to an agreement over the French player Jean-Clair Todibo, with whom the Blaugrana had agreed a transfer from July 1 2019,” the club signalled in a statement.”The agreement signed includes the immediate arrival of the French player, who will sign a contract with the club for the next four and a half seasons, until the end of the 2022-23 campaign.”The French player will wear the number six. A shirt which players like Guillermo Amor, Xavi Hernandez, Dani Alves and Denis Suarez, the last to use it, have worn.”Todibo is the second defensive signing of the current window for Barcelona, who also recruited Valencia’s Jeison Murillo on a loan deal.Born in Cayenne, French Guyana, the player came up through the ranks of the Toulouse youth system after moving to the team in 2016.This season he established himself in the heart of the Toulouse defence, but strained relations at the club with his refusal to sign a new contract.The teenager made 10 starts in Ligue 1 for his club prior to being frozen out of the first team in November, scoring one goal.
@freelancersu Pot Licker and Window Peeper! Both jobs I would happily take as a freelancer— Britt Chester (@AwfullyBrittish) December 6, 2013Clearly shenanigans were afoot. Next year, we hope that you will resolve to be more serious and stuffy like your former corporate overlords.‘Til next year,Corporate Management @freelancersu I do kind of miss watching management drunkenly embarrass themselves in the middle of the day, but not enough to go back.— Nic (@DMCarper) December 6, 2013 INTERNAL MEMOTO: Attendees of Unoffice Holiday PartyFROM: Corporate ManagementDATE: 12/10/2013RE: Party BehaviorTsk tsk, freelancers. Tsk tsk.We were quite appalled at the extraordinary behavior at last night’s unholiday party, when “freelancers” gathered to meet other bosses over drinks.Revelry off the clock? Laughing at the poor unfortunate souls who have to attend “real” office holiday parties?We will have you know that sucking up to mean bosses, engaging in awkward holiday banter and fending off a slightly-past-tipsy sales team build character and are things one should never miss when going “independent.” Instead you swapped freelance stories and the lessons you learned in 2013 and appeared to be having a perfectly relaxed and enjoyable time. For shame!Just take a look at this behavior:Far too much fun was had by all. It has also been brought to our attention that you had a virtual unoffice holiday party as well:My team of elves @freelancersu would manage my social media, post silly links & stalk the homes of clients for direct billing #UnofficeParty— castro illustrates (@castro_zombie) December 6, 2013
Fitting a freelance career around a full-time job is challenging, but when you’re just starting out it’s also your safest financial bet. Because your time will be precious – it pays to become an efficiency expert.Here are 3 tips for optimizing your time while pulling through the launch stage:Wake Up EarlySet an intention each day by rising early and working on your business. The morning offer you uninterrupted hours and by making a practice of working on your business first thing each day, you psyche yourself into treating it as a priority. This will come in handy in the evenings when you’re debating between putting in more time or unwinding with Netflix.Stop Saying ‘Yes’ To EverythingIt can be easy to persuade yourself to say yes to every meeting and catch-up. You’re only as good as your network, right?But during the launch stage, it’s very important to be selective with your time. Only take those meetings and “quick coffees” with people who bolster your motivation, rather than drain it.Create Systems That Streamline Your WorkI wish I knew about all the tools and hacks I use now when I got started.One of the tools that I have been using since day one is Freshbooks. It’s a bookkeeping tool with invoice management.Another tool that has helped me is Boomerang by Gmail. I’ve since been going back and forth between Streak and Sidekick as my Gmail plugins. Both of these tools are CRM systems that integrate directly into Gmail and allow you to schedule your emails in advance.Another great tool for optimizing your productivity is Crate + Buffer. Crate gives recommendations surrounding the types of content you should share online and Buffer allows you to optimize the time in which your content gets shared for clicks and engagement on social media.Now I want to hear from you…If you’re planning to start a freelance business but haven’t made the leap:What’s slowing you down? What’s stopping you from making the jump?I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.Interested in learning how to make your first 100k as a freelancer? Be sure to check out my latest guide – 100 tips for making your first $100k.Ross Simmonds is the founder of Foundation Marketing, GetCrate.co and he writes at RossSimmonds.com. He’s worked with Fortune 500 brands and startups on content marketing.
Mumbai, Sep 15 (PTI) Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today launched the Maharashtra Mission 1 Million initiative under which over 10 lakh students across the state will play football.Fadnavis, for a brief while, kicked the ball around at the Bombay Gymkhana with the “dabbawalas” of the megapolis on the occasion in the presence of State Sports minister, Vinod Tawde.Students from various schools, including visually challenged ones, played football as small showers failed to dampen their spirit.Fadnavis said, “The FIFA U17 World Cup is happening for the first time in the country and Maharashtra. To support it, it was decided by Tawde to start Mission 1 Million, under which 10 lakh students will play football, and it has started today. The entire Maharashtra has become Pro football.”FIFA U17 World Cup is set to kick off next month.According to Fadnavis, the Mission will not only create football players and lovers of the game, but will also help in overall development of the state.Under the initiative, the state government aims to ensure that children come out in open spaces and play, Tawde had recently told reporters. PTI NRB SSR ARS SDM