Drug Smuggling Racket Between India UK US Russia Busted

first_imgThe Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) busted a smuggling racket of psychotropic drugs being carried from India to US, Russia and UK on Tuesday. Related Itemslast_img

Prolific Davis lifts Pelicans past Heat in OT

first_imgNew Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis celebrates after the Pelicans defeated the Miami Heat 124-123 in overtime in an NBA basketball game in New Orleans on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Veronica Dominach)NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis had 45 points, 17 rebounds, five blocked shots and five steals, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Miami Heat 124-123 in overtime Friday night for their fourth consecutive victory.Goran Dragic scored 30 points and Dwyane Wade hit two runners to give the Heat the lead twice in the last 36 seconds of overtime, but Davis responded to the first with a layup as he was fouled, and Jrue Holiday answered the second with a runner in the lane with 7 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Castro returns for Gilas Pilipinas vs Japan LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Read Next Neither team was able to build a double-digit lead during game which riveted a boisterous crowd with its fast pace and array of highlights on both ends of the floor. There were 13 ties and nine lead changes.New Orleans scored 37 fast-break points. Davis threw down seven dunks. He converted one alley-oop while being fouled and also turned a steal into a fast-break layup as he was fouled. And the All-Star wasn’t the only one blocking shots for New Orleans. Emeka Okafor, now in his second 10-day contract after being out of the league for four-plus seasons, had five blocks.After trailing much of the second half, the Pelicans appeared to be seizing control with a 10-0 run during which Holiday scored eight points, giving New Orleans a 104-99 lead with 2:51 to go.But the Heat rallied to tie it at 106 on Wade’s free throws.Davis hit a jumper with 23 seconds left and Wade missed on the other end, but a rebound contested by several players fell to Dragic in the paint, and he hit an uncontested layup to tie it again.ADVERTISEMENT Wade had one last shot for the win with Holiday defending him closely. It bounced off the rim to Josh Richardson, whose rushed put-back missed the basket as time expired in Miami’s third straight loss.Davis, who has scored no fewer than 38 points in a game during New Orleans’ winning streak – and 42 or more three times – raised both arms in triumph as he looked up at the jubilant crowd, and then exchanged high fives with fans along the court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHoliday finished with 29 points and nine assists, connecting with Davis on a couple of alley-oop dunks. Ian Clark scored a season-high 21 points and Nikola Mirotic capped his 10-point, nine-rebound performance with a crucial 3 in overtime.Hassan Whiteside had 19 points and 16 rebounds before fouling out in overtime when he hacked Davis on a put-back attempt. Davis hit both free throws to tie it at 117, and then gave New Orleans a brief lead with his fifth alley-oop dunk of the game on a fast-break lob from Holiday with 1:10 to go. Wade had 16 points, while Richardson and Tyler Johnson each scored 15 points. AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Pelicans had 14 seconds to set up a winning shot, but Davis’ drive was cut off along the baseline and his awkward layup attempted missed and the game went to overtime after Miami was unable to get a shot from an inbounds play with .8 seconds left.TIP-INSHeat: James Johnson had 12 points and blocked two shots. … Dragic had nine rebounds and eight assists. … Miami finished with a 70-62 advantage in points in the paint. … Heat players wore black patches reading MSD in white to honor the victims of the shooting last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Meanwhile, coaches wore Stoneman Douglas lapel pins with the school’s symbol, the head of an eagle. ”It’s an absolute honor for us to wear these,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. ”I know I speak for everybody in that locker room and everybody in the organization – we are so very inspired by the leadership and courage and absolute fearlessness of the kids and young men and women. … Such a tragic event, but we hear their voices, loud and clear, and we are behind them.”Pelicans: Davis hit a 3-pointer, giving him a career-best 41 3s in a single season. … Walter Lemon Jr., signed to a 10-day contract on Wednesday, saw his first action in the second quarter. In his first minute on the court, he was blocked twice by Richardson in rapid succession. Lemon got the rebound on the first block before Bam Adebayo grabbed the rebound on the second block.UP NEXTHeat: Host Memphis on Saturday night.Pelicans: Visit Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving View commentslast_img read more

LOOK: Phil Younghusband, Margaret Hall’s Pinoy-inspired prenup shoot

first_imgMOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ADVERTISEMENT View comments The photo shoot featured woven furniture, palm-tree leaves and local fabrics.“We are so thankful to @charissetinionp and @niceprintphoto for making our engagement shoot a memorable one. It was a beautiful experience. Lots of love and laughter and fun!” said Hall on Instagram.The two have been engaged since Dec. 29, 2017. The exact date of the wedding has not been shared as of this writing.  /raRELATED STORIES:Phil Younghusband engaged to Fil-Spanish GFLOOK: Dani Barretto, Xavi Panlilio charm in Antipolo prenup shoot Footballer Phil Younghusband and model Margaret Hall look stunning in their Pinoy-inspired prenup shoot.Nice Print Photo said the inspiration was to use native Filipino elements to include a touch of Filipino into the couple’s summer wedding in London.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View this post on Instagram Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With bigger field, NOFA tilt kicks off Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess The bride-to-be wore a white crochet cover-up on top of a maroon piece, while the groom-to-be sported a tan jacket and maroon pants.“I wanted a tan, the make up artist said they couldn’t do it so the stylist gave me one by putting this jacket on me,” wrote the footballer on his Instagram post. One of my many favourite pictures from our engagement shoot @magshall_ 😘❤️😍 I wanted a tan, the make up artist said they couldn’t do it so the stylist gave me one by putting this jacket on me 🧥😁 not bad! Need to bring this jacket to the beach 🏝 ☀️ 😂 Thank you to @niceprintphoto for the chance to do this 😊👍🏽 #love #happiness #engagement #wedding #fiance #fiancee #philippines #filipino #british #tan #photoshoot #jacket #fun #posing #lovelycolorA post shared by Phil Younghusband (@philyounghusband10) on May 19, 2019 at 4:26am PDTlast_img read more

CJ lays emphasis on need for mediation in disputes

first_imgChennai, Feb 27 (PTI) Chief Justice of Madras High Court, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul today emphasised the importance and need for mediation in various stages of disputes.Inaugurating a conference on Appropriate Dispute Resolution here, he narrated several personal success stories of effective dispute resolution while stressing the importance and need for mediation in various stages of disputes.Other panel members at the interaction, including Justice Satish K Agnihotri, SriramPanchu, senior Advocate Mediator, Shivaraman, President of Madras Management Association also laid emphasis on the need for alternative dispute resolution mechanisms with special thrust on mediation.Another discussion on Disputes Arising in Corporate Laws with a special emphasis on family business, saw panelists dwelling on what kind of disputes come to court and if all require legal analysis and whether contractual theory is sufficient.The conference was organised by the Foundation for Comprehensive Dispute Resolution. PTI COR APR PRM KKlast_img read more

Sushil Kumar-Narsingh Yadav selection bout for Olympic berth unlikely to happen

first_imgWill it be Narsingh Yadav or Sushil Kumar at the Rio Olympics? This seems to be the question everyone is asking after Yadav sealed a berth for the country in the 74kg weight category for the mega sporting spectacle following a bronze-medal finish at the World Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas last year.With the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) set to make the decision this month, speculation about a bout between Yadav and Sushil to decide who represents the country is doing the rounds. But if highly-placed sources in WFI are to be believed, there will be no separate trials for the double Olympic medallist.WFI not in favour of the boutIt has been learnt that a majority of the executive committee members are against the idea because it will spark a major controversy like the one in the lead-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. “If Sushil is allowed to take the trials, the WFI will have to allow such trials for wrestlers in all weight categories. Otherwise, players can go to court,” sources told Mail Today.Another reason bothering them is that Sushil has not participated in any event, national or international, since the 2014 Commonwealth Games. “It will also be unfair on Narsingh. He was picked ahead of Sushil after the 2008 and 2012 Olympic medallist pulled out due to a shoulder injury. Narsingh is a talented grappler and one must give chances to youngsters,” a source said.Bout will be unfair on ‘young’ Narsingh  Narsingh is 26 years old while Sushil, who has been sidelined with injury for a while, is 32. Some officials felt it will be unfair on Narsingh if he loses to Sushil in just one bout.advertisement”Fitness cannot be judged in just one bout and even though he is our best bet and most experienced wrestler, Sushil has had a long injury lay-off. Going by history, India has never held such trials to choose a participant earlier,” a WFI official said. However, a final decision will be taken next week during an executive committee meeting.”Wrestling in India is so competitive now that we have to be impartial in our decision making,” he said.Members divided in their opinionsSome executive members, though just a handful, felt that Sushil should be given a chance to fight Narsingh. “His case should be treated separately because he stands out from the rest,” said an executive committee member. “There’s a meeting on May 9 for Olympics. It will be decided then. The final decision will be taken by President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.”After shifting from 66kg weight category to 74kg, the two-time Olympic medallist has been plagued by injuries.In 2014, he bagged a gold at the Commonwealth Games. But he has been missing from action ever since. Due to a shoulder injury, he mised the 2015 World Championship.last_img read more

Cong expels 6 UP MLAs for cross voting in RS polls

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 14 (PTI) Congress today expelled six MLAs including one from Amethi who cross voted in the Rajya Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh against party candidate Kapil Sibal last week.The MLAs who have been expelled for six years are Sanjay Pratap Jayaswal (Basti district), Madhuri Verma (Bahraich), Vijay Dube (Kushinagar), Mohammed Muslim (Tiloi-Amethi), Dil Nawaz Khan (Bulandshahar) and Nawab Kasim Ali Khan (Rampur).AICC General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi announced the decision in presence of senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad who was the partys authorised representative in the RS elections in Uttar Pradesh last Saturday.Sibal edged past Preeti Mahapatra, put up by BJP in the cliffhanger and secured his Rajya Sabha berth with support from other parties.With only 25 first preference votes to his credit and his final tally adding up to 34, Sibal fared only marginally better than his MLC colleague Deepak Singh did in the UP legislative council polls on Friday.Azad, who is now AICC General Secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh, said while three of the six expelled MLAs voted in favour of the BJP, three others sided with BSP.Azad, who is the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, utilised the occasion to target the BJP alleging that the cross voting in Uttar Pradesh and the controversy in Haryana showed that the saffron party went all out to win the polls through “misuse of power”.Attacking BJP for putting up Mahapatra as an additional candidate when it had as many as 27 less votes, he said this was the first such example he was seeing in his long political career.advertisementTaking a jibe at the Prime Minister, he said while Narendra Modi talks of cooperative federalism on the one hand, the ruling party at the Centre uses money power and government influence to win RS elections through unfair means.Alleging the involvement of government of India in the “big conspiracy” in RS elections in Haryana, he said this portends danger for democracy. PTI SPG ZMNlast_img read more

AFC Cup: Mohun Bagan AC beat Sunil Chhetri-less Bengaluru FC

first_imgMohun Bagan produced a couple of late goals to defeat Bengaluru FC (BFC) 3-1 in an AFC Cup Group E tie at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium here on Wednesday.Jeje Lalpekhlua (9th minute) handed Mohun Bagan the early lead before Seminlen Doungel (52nd) pulled BFC level.However, Kean Lewis (74th) and Bikramjit Singh (80th) scored for Mohun Bagan in the late stages to ensure that the sparse home crowd went back happy.With both teams scheduled to meet in the final of the Federation Cup on Sunday, they preferred to rest their top players.Table toppers Maziya Sports and Recreation Club blanked bottom dwellers Dhaka Abahani 2-0 at home in the other Group E match on Wednesday to consolidate their position at the top of the heap.Mohamed Umair (59th) and Aleksandar Rakic (85th) scored for the Maldivian outfit at the National Stadium in Male.Maziya , who have won four of the five matches they have played so far, are currently on 12 points. They have already qualified for the next stage of the competition — the inter-zone play-off semi-finals.Bengaluru remain on nine points from five matches which include three wins and two losses. They needed to win on Wednesday as well as their last group game against Maziya on May 31 to have chance of taking pole position advancing to the next stage.However, the defeat to Mohun Bagan extinguished their chances as even if they beat Maziya, the reigning Maldives will go through on account of their superior goal difference.advertisementMohun Bagan, who had already crashed out of contention, are at the third spot with six points from five matches.last_img read more

Talking Horses: Mullins on Yorkhill, Douvan and his Cheltenham contenders

first_img The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Reuse this content Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. blogposts Read more Share via Email Quick guide Horse racing tips for Tuesday 27 February Thank you for your feedback. Horse racing tips Share on Pinterest To no one’s great surprise, the card at Catterick has failed to pass an inspection and the turf cards scheduled for Musselburgh and Market Rasen on Wednesday have also been abandoned. Chelmsford City, however, will race on the all-weather as planned, which means that with Lingfield also getting the go-ahead, racing will defy the Beast with a total of 13 races on Tuesday.Jorvik Dancer (4.15) is probably the pick of the prices in the sprint handicap at Chelmsford City. He completed a swift hat-trick in late December and early January but remains fairly weighted on the pick of his recent form and is a fair bet at around 11-4. Carolinae (3.30) should also go well at Lingfield, but with the Cheltenham Festival now imminent, punters may well spend some time instead looking at the ante-post markets. Willie Mullins, the leading trainer at the Festival in four of the last five seasons, opened his doors to the media on Monday, and here is a round-up of his comments on some of his leading contenders. Un De Sceaux (Ryanair Chase): “He’s done tremendously well all season. He’s the ultimate iron horse and he’s in great condition, though we’ve still plenty to work on before Cheltenham. Everything is going well with him.” Willie Mullins opens the stable door for Douvan v Altior at Cheltenham Since you’re here… Hide Lingfield 2.00 Ask The Guru 2.30 Walk In The Sun 3.00 Abe Lincoln 3.30 Caronlinae (nb) 4.00 Attain 4.30 Ravenhoe 5.00 Dukes MeadowCatterick 2.10 Pixiepot 2.40 Ilaya 3.10 Very First Time 3.40 Luckime 4.10 Chain Of Beacons 4.40 Chu Chu Percy   Chelmsford 2.15 I Was Only Joking 2.45 Babette 3.15 Tellovoi 3.45 Mambo Dancer 4.15 Jorvik Prince (nap) 4.45 Avocet – Tips by Greg Wood. Horse racing Douvan (Champion Chase): “He’s been doing everything right and has a few more bits of work to do this week. I’d imagine he’d go for the Champion Chase all being well, and so far, all is well. He had a problem in his hind end last year, and this year, it was his front. But he seems to be fine at the moment and everything is holding shape. I don’t think he needs to school. I don’t want to jump him, I don’t want to risk it.”Yorkhill (Champion Hurdle or Ryanair Chase): “He’s not a great work horse at home. He’s very lazy and on the racetrack he idles a little bit when he gets to the front. I’ve always thought maybe we should have a crack at a Champion Hurdle with him, but he would be a nice one to have along with Un De Sceaux in the Ryanair. We’ll leave a decision until much later but I’d say it’s probably 60-40 for the Champion Hurdle.”Djakadam (Gold Cup): “He’s been disappointing this year but this could be the most open Gold Cup he’s competed in. His form hasn’t been good enough on the track, he hasn’t fired like he has in other seasons.”Killultagh Vic (Gold Cup): “I thought he looked in a very good position jumping the last [in the Irish Gold Cup, where he fell]. He had the momentum going to the last and looked like he was going away. I’m hopeful he will have learned.”Total Recall (Gold Cup): “Our aim with him is the Grand National, but I thought we probably needed to go for the Gold Cup. He’s a relaxed horse, he jumps very economically, and I think that will suit him around Cheltenham.” Footpad (Arkle Trophy): “He has a beautiful method of jumping. He always had ability over hurdles but his method of jumping has catapulted him right to the top [over fences].” Talking Horses Show Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Topics Faugheen (Champion Hurdle): “It was great when he came out the first day [in the Morgiana Hurdle] and won, and he ran a grand race, way better than at Christmas anyhow, last time. But he’ll have to up his game to go and win at Cheltenham. He might not need to be as good as he once was, and I think he’s still competitive.” Melon (Champion Hurdle): “He didn’t face his hood when we tried him in it last time so we’ll take all the gear off at Cheltenham.”Rathvinden (RSA Chase/National Hunt Chase): “He could go any trip, and I think the four-miler [National Hunt Chase] could be the way that we’ll go.”Penhill (Stayers’ Hurdle): “All his work has been good. The aim all year was to get him to Cheltenham and Punchestown and if all goes well, he’ll saddle up and go there.” Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Was this helpful? Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

Grantseeking During A Recession

first_imgDownload the transcript, slides & MP3 audio recording below!Join our special guest Cindy Adams, CEO of GrantStation, as she offers the keys to successful grantseeking in tough economic times. What you can expect:Tips for developing successful grantseeking strategiesA live demonstration of GrantStation.comA live Q&A sessionParticipants will also learn how they can receive a free, one-year GrantStation membership (a $599 value).About our speakerCynthia Adams has been a fundraiser for over 35 years. Working directly for nonprofits and as a fundraising consultant, Cindy specializes in building bridges between funders and grantseekers. She strongly believes that successful grantseeking requires a thorough understanding of the funders and sound knowledge of the playing field. Her life’s work has been to level that playing field, creating an opportunity for all nonprofit organizations to access the wealth of grant opportunities across the United States. GrantStation was conceived from this basic philosophy.last_img read more

Why People Ignore Your Marketing and What to Do About It

first_imgAbout the author: Chris Forbes is a certified Guerrilla Marketing coach specializing in nonprofit marketing. Now co-authoring “Guerrilla Marketing for Nonprofits” with Jay Conrad Levinson & Frank Adkins soon to be published by Entrepreneur Press. Follow Chris on Twitter – @cforbesoklahoma People have a Physiological Ability to Ignore your Marketing, but there is something you can do about it, try a little Guerrilla marketing.The human brain has a coping mechanism that helps people filter out unwanted communication and if you are not careful, the brains of the people you want to reach with your marketing will automatically edit you out of your prospect’s minds before they even have a chance to think about responding to you.The Reticular Activating System (RAS) of the human brain manages the daily function of consciousness and filters out unwanted stimuli. This autonomic physiological ability is nature’s way of helping humans block out ambient noises and other distractions to aid in concentration.It’s a handy part of the brain too, there are a lot of sensory events going on all around you all the time. Imagine how crazy it would drive you if you actually heard every noise around you, or noticed everything you saw.The problem with this is your marketing message is mixed up in all the other noises that surround the people you want to reach and can easily get blocked by their automatic brain filters. Researchers say that people experience between 1,500-3,500 appeals for their attention every day. No wonder brains are filtering out marketing messages-there’s a mess of them!How do you break through the natural attention filtering of your target audience?Here are four Guerrilla marketing battle plans for breaking through and getting the attention of the supporters you want to reach:Be patient: It takes a prospect seeing your message nine times before they are ready to act on it. Before they see your message the first time, you probably showed it to them three times. Most marketers quit before their marketing has a chance to work. Keep plugging until you have showed them your message twenty-seven times and you’ll be cashing checks and not just writing them for advertising.Stop changing messages so much: Just because you are bored with your marketing doesn’t mean your supporters are. Chances are they haven’t even “seen” it yet. And if you have something that worked before, why on earth did you change it?Narrow your target: The more narrow your audience, the smaller the target and easier it is to repeat your message multiple times. The smaller the target, the bigger the bulls-eye.Stop talking about yourself: Most marketers send out “me marketing” marketing that says “Notice me” and “See how great my product is.” Your donors are looking out for themselves, they think “What’s in it for me?” People don’t filter out things that meet their needs. They don’t filter out “You marketing.” Make sure your marketing speaks to your supporters from their point of view, with their needs in mind.last_img read more

My Facebook fans love me, they love me not…

first_imgWhen I was in elementary school, we’d send notes to boys on behalf of our friends that had check boxes:_I like you_I like like you_I don’t like youI was reminded of this today when Facebook announced that instead of forcing people to “fan you,” people who like you but feel “fan” is too strong a word can “like” you.This spurred an interesting discussion on the Progressive Exchange, where the consensus seems to be this is good in that it lowers the barrier for attracting friends on Facebook for your cause – but also results in a less ardent following.So what’s a nonoprofit to do?I got an interesting email today from Shabbir Imber Safdar and Shayna Englin, who have just published an ebook about measuring Facebook’s impact on a nonprofit. They took a year’s worth of data from US Fund for UNICEF’s Facebook fan page and website, studied it, and used statistical methods to find connections between certain activity and success in clickthroughs and donations. “We found some amazing things about how posting frequency affects their clickthru and fan size, as well as some ways to optimize their work when there’s a high profile disaster that would yield them more donations,” says Shabbir.They make lots of good points, the first of which is: have a goal if you’re doing this. They also recommend measuring carefully against that goal. Amen to that. These two things are not done enough by nonprofits!Nonprofits need to answer a few simple questions to justify the time and expense they’reinvesting into maintaining a presence on Facebook:1. How effective is the work I do on Facebook in producing bottom line results for theorganization?2. What should I be doing differently on Facebook to improve my results?3. Should I take resources away from Facebook and devote them to something else?Unless you can answer these questions, Facebook will become yet another unproven checklisttask you must do without justification because “everybody else is there”.Their in-depth analysis of UNICEF on Facebook is fascinating:1. Clickthrough response spikes on Wednesdays and is most sluggish on weekends.2. Except in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, clickthrough rate drops off whenUNICEF-USA posts to their fan page more than 3 times per day.3. Clickthrough rates skyrocket during disasters, providing the best possible opportunity forfundraising. Though while the earthquake in Haiti had a tremendous impact on UNICEF-USA’sFacebook fan base, other major events (natural disasters in Indonesia and the Phillipines) did not,suggesting that unlike clickthrough and conversion, fan growth is more organic than episodic.Especially of interest regarding the recent news about “liking” on Facebook: “Likes” and video plays on posts don’t correlate strongly with clickthrough.So what does this all mean to your nonprofit?Go read the full report here. They have good suggestions for you! Read it if you’re worried those folks on Facebook don’t really like like you…last_img read more

A short film that can end with you

first_imgHow about a video that stars your organization? The four-minute film, A Declaration of Interdependence (shown below), features a montage of videos and graphics submitted by people from around the world talking about our connections to each other. Thanks to a program funded by the Bezos Family Foundation, you can submit your logo, website, and call to action, such as signing a petition, fundraising, or volunteer recruitment. It will be added to the end and voila – your own film.Declaration of Interdependence is the first film in new series of shorts directed by Tiffany Shlain with support from the foundation. Organizations that would like to create a customized video can visit Let It Ripple for more information. You can also email their 80 character call to action, organizational logo (with a transparent or black background) and URL to sawyer (at) moxieinstitute.orgThe film is directed bylast_img read more

5 fabulous video tips – and videos – from YouTubers

first_img5. Be yourself. Keep it short and simple and just explain why your cause or charity is totally awesome and how people can get involved. Check out this 2009 example: In 2007, YouTube stars, the Vlogbrothers aka Hank and John Green, started an initiative called Project for Awesome, calling for YouTube users across the world to “take over YouTube” by creating videos that promote their favorite charities and causes. Last year Project for Awesome generated 10 million video views, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, and was the #1 trending topic on twitter for 36 hours.I asked the YouTubers for some tips in honor of their 5th year anniversary of P4A . They shared these tips, with examples from years past, about how to make a great video for your favorite cause or organization:1. Be funny and catchy. Don’t be totally inappropriate with your humor and use a song! Check out this 2010 example promoting Malaria No More: 3. Illustrate the problem. Use images and statistics to tell a story and show that your cause is tackling an important issue: 2. Engage viewers. Involve your audience by asking for response videos, matching donations, and ‘likes’. For example, you could donate a dollar for every ‘like’ or view up to a certain amount. This YouTuber had viewers vote on how he should help a community in Bangladesh: 4. Get personal. Share your reason why a certain cause or charity is dear to your heart, like in this 2008 Project for Awesome video:last_img read more

When a group in need inspires – vs. discourages – giving

first_imgBlog reader Claudia recently passed on to me a study in the Journal of Consumer Research, which was reported in Science Daily. Before I get into the study, let me refresh your memory about a very important concept: the identifiable victim effect. The idea is, the larger the number of people in need, the less compelled donors are to help. This may not be rational but it sure is human. When humans hear about one identifiable victim, we care more than when we hear about millions. We tend to donate more when we feel we are helping an identified, single individual. (This is called the singularity effect.) So what happens when we talk about people in need as members of a group? For starters I can tell you it’s usually not as powerful as talking about one person – as long as the donor can relate to that person. But if you do talk about a group, it can be good or bad for fundraising.According to the study in the Journal of Consumer Research, Robert W. Smith (University of Michigan), David Faro (London Business School), and Katherine A. Burson (University of Michigan) found that groups of people in need who seem unified inspire funding more quickly. For example, donations to help poor children were higher when the children were described as members of the same family.But in contrast, groups that may not be viewed positively discouraged giving. For example: “A study asked consumers to make donations to benefit child prisoners with poor living conditions. Those who read about the child prisoners that seemed unified had more negative judgments and gave them less money than those who read about the non-unified but otherwise identical child prisoners.”So group membership is good when we are talking about a tightly knit, sympathetic set of people – e,g, a family – but not when we’re talking about shared negative traits clustered in a group – e.g., a gang.My take is that the best stories – and appeals – have one protagonist. But there may be times when you need to talk about a group – be it a community, a family or a refugee camp. When you do, make sure you choose the type of group wisely. Donors are paying attention more than you may realize.last_img read more

Check Out This Story

first_img How 2 Noma Alumni Brought Their Flavorful Spirits Line to the United States Editors’ Recommendations Save the Environment in Style: Taylor Stitch Makes New Apparel from Old Garments While working as a brand consultant for brands like TOMS, Kraft and Lincoln, Rachel Shechtman came up with a clever idea: Why not create a space where brands and consumers could come together? Shechtman viewed herself as a matchmaker of sorts, so she found a 2,000-square-foot spot on 10th Avenue and 19th Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. According to its website, “STORY is a retail concept that takes the point of view of a magazine, changes like a gallery and sells things like a store.”So, every four to eight weeks, STORY completely changes its DNA, from the store design and light fixtures all the way up to the fixtures and stock it carries. Its purpose is to tell a “story” for brands. The first brands included Color, Making Things and Made In America. So far, the events at STORY have included everything from a pasta-making class to a talk by a TED veteran. At the moment, it houses TOMS Roasting Company, a fusion of TOMS shoes and a cool neighborhood café. Purchase a cup and provide a week’s worth of clean water to a person who needs it.Some of the scheduled events include a talk by the New York Times best-selling author Adam Grant on May 19 and a 6-Word Story Slam on May 12. So, if you want to learn more about this STORY, head over there and check it out! We promise you’ll have a great time there while doing something that goes to a good cause — and maybe even an idea or two.For more information, visit thisisstory.com. A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care Professional Nomads Show Off How They Renovated an Airstream You Should Read Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard’s Guide to Life last_img read more

Infrastructural Projects in Falmouth and Ocho Rios

first_img Residents and other stakeholders of Falmouth, Trelawny; and Ocho Rios, St. Ann, stand to benefit significantly from several infrastructural developments being undertaken in those resort towns, which are at various stages of implementation or completion. Residents and other stakeholders of Falmouth, Trelawny; and Ocho Rios, St. Ann, stand to benefit significantly from several infrastructural developments being undertaken in those resort towns, which are at various stages of implementation or completion.Among these, according to Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, are construction of the $300-million Bend-Down Market in Falmouth, and the Fisherman’s Complex in Ocho Rios, which are slated to be officially opened in April.Mr. Holness provided details of the projects during his 2018/19 Budget Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (March 20).He said other developments in Falmouth include a new craft market being constructed to replace the ‘blue tarpaulin’ vendors arcade, slated for completion in July; renovation of Water Square in the town’s centre, and construction of the Hampden Wharf artisan village complex and new green space development for the Falmouth Port terminal, now under way; and expanded introduction of pedicab services in April, following a successful pilot.The Prime Minister said he is “particularly proud” of the work being spearheaded by the Government in the historic town to “develop an authentic product by including the people”.“The local people must benefit from tourism, but there must be order, seamlessness and security. I believe we are striking this sustainable equilibrium in the town,” he added.Other developments under way in Ocho Rios that Mr. Holness highlighted include the Reynolds Pier development, which entails waterside construction, inclusive of repairs to existing pipes, and the installation of new breasting dolphins (marine structures for berthing and mooring of sea vessels), which are slated for completion in April.Mr. Holness also disclosed that there is “serious and significant” investor interest in developing the Ocho Rios cruise-shipping pier, adding that “great things are in store” for the town. Among these, according to Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, are construction of the $300-million Bend-Down Market in Falmouth, and the Fisherman’s Complex in Ocho Rios, which are slated to be officially opened in April. Mr. Holness provided details of the projects during his 2018/19 Budget Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (March 20). Story Highlightslast_img read more

Real news delivered by real kids CBC launches Kids News

first_imgAdvertisement Catto added that CBC Kids News aims to “strengthen media literacy and empower kids to find the positive in daily news,” with content aimed at kids in the nine to 13 age range.Topics will range from news and sports to pop culture and the environment, approached in a “safe and age-appropriate manner.”Saara Chaudry beat out more than 700 other kids to nab the role as host and lead contributor of CBC Kids News.The 14-year-old actor from Toronto — who lent her voice in the critically acclaimed animated film The Breadwinner — described the website as “real news, delivered by real kids.”“Kids will be interested in a site like this because it provides kids with a reliable resource to go to, to understand what’s going on around them, be that locally or internationally, in an unbiased, understandable and relatable way,” she said. Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img CBC is banking on the phrase “out of the mouth of babes” being more than just a saying.The public broadcaster on Monday launched CBC Kids News, a digital-first platform delivering news for kids, by kids.“We are deepening our commitment to serve Canadian kids with engaging, informative and trustworthy content,” CBC’s general manager of programming Sally Catto said in a statement. 14-year-old actor was one of the few chosen candidates from over 700 applicants to contribute to CBC Kids News 3:11 Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 33.36 points to 15,871.78, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 89.51 points to 23,352.25. The S&P 500 index was down 13.20 points to 2,555.93 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 28.59 points to 6,569.84.The Canadian dollar was trading at 78.21 cents US, down from Tuesday’s average price of 78.95 cents US.The December crude contract was down 20 cents to US$52.27 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was down two cents to US$3.11 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $1.30 to US$1,277.00 an ounce and the December copper contract was down two cents to US$3.18 a pound. read more

Bank of Canada daily avg for the Cdn dollar 7794 cents US

The average value for the Canadian dollar on Thursday was 77.94 cents US, down 0.36 a cent from Wednesday.The U.S. dollar was at C$1.2831, up 0.60 of a centPound sterling was at C$1.6908, down 0.16 of a cent, and US$1.3177, down 0.75 of a cent.The Euro was at C$1.5009, down 0.64 of a cent.Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada.