West Indies are entertaining in limited-overs format, says MS Dhoni

first_imgIndia may have hammered West Indies in the Test series but MS Dhoni rates them as an extraordinary and entertaining side when they play limited-overs cricket.”I would say in limited overs format, the West Indies are extraordinary. They have the right balance, they are entertaining as well. It will be very interesting (the two match series). It is an early morning start here but it won’t make much of a difference,” Dhoni said. (T20 champions West Indies step into familiar territory with India as underdogs )Moreover, Dhoni will be working with India’s new head coach Anil Kumble for the first time and he too is looking forward to it, having also played with him in the past.”I learnt a lot from Anil bhai, especially in Tests though I have also played with him in ODIs. The way he used to bowl to a batsman, how accurate he was, his consistency was amazing. “Also, how clear he was in his thinking and gameplan. All of that will help him as a coach. Modern day cricket is all about adjusting and that is something that Anil bhai did very well. Apart from that, he is a straightforward guy. The last couple of days with him has been interesting. The more time I spend with him, I get to know him even more as a coach,” Dhoni added.BOWLED OVER BY FACILITIESLike Kumble, Dhoni is also impressed with the facilities at the US and said the country is a “special” market for cricket and there is no reason why the game can’t be successful here.advertisement”As far as the facility is concerned, it is as good as you would get anywhere in the world. Yes, the stadium is not that big, though when it comes to the playing area it is a perfect ground,” said Dhoni ahead of first of two T20 Internationals between India and the West Indies at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium.”Also, what we have to see is that it is a new venture for cricket. Looking at everything, it is a perfect staging ground. Few of other international teams have already played here, also not to forget that some of the T20 leagues have happened. The infrastructure looks good. Overall it is a big occasion. Stepping into the USA for the first time as the Indian cricket team. (India aim to retain second spot in rankings in historic series against West Indies)”As far as effort is concerned, I always felt the USA was big market, a lot of sub-continent people stay here, not only Indians. I feel it is a good start. The timings (broadcast) are also good. It feels good to be here. Earlier people living in US used to travel to the the West Indies to support us but now they have the opportunity to catch the action here itself,” Dhoni added.ON FITNESSWhen asked about his fitness, Dhoni said by playing in two formats of the game gives him ample time to prepare and staying fit.”During this (break) time, fitness is quite easy to maintain. The reason is you have ample time to prepare. What becomes a slight issue is the cricketing aspect. There was a lot of rain back home in India so most of the schedule was indoor with a bit of bowling machine to go with it. There was not much outdoor activity. Anyway feels good to be back. Also, this year we won’t be playing a lot of limited overs cricket so this gives us an opportunity to make the most of two days we have,” said the wicket-keeper batsman.”There is a time for everything. When you start playing, you want to play as much as you can irrespective of the location. That way it is difficult to maintain fitness and workload. But when you get a break, you can follow a proper schedule. It gives you ample time. I have put emphasis on my fitness to prolong my career,” Dhoni also said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Marlins Beat Up The Yanks, 12-2

first_imgMIAMI — Nathan Eovaldi pitched so poorly he got booed on the road.Pouncing on their former teammate, the Miami Marlins scored a franchise record eight first-inning runs June 16 and beat the New York Yankees 12-2 to complete a two-game sweep.Disgruntled Yankees fans were plentiful at Marlins Park, and Eovaldi heard a chorus of jeers as he trudged to the dugout, gone from the game before the first inning ended.“I was just keeping a whole lot of balls up in the zone,” Eovaldi said. “I was looking forward to this start, and I felt good getting ready today. It’s very frustrating.”Giancarlo Stanton hit a three-run homer in the fifth, his 24th, which leads the majors. “You’ve got to keep throwing punches,” Stanton said.The Marlins totaled nine hits in the first, including seven in a row after lead-off batter Dee Gordon grounded out. Marcell Ozuna hit a 99-mph fastball for a bases-loaded single to drive in the first two runs, and Adeiny Hechavarria hit a two-run triple. Derek Dietrich had the first and last hits in the inning, including an RBI triple that ended Eovaldi’s night.“They hit some balls hard,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “He was finding the middle, and his split was up, and that’s bad combination.”Eovaldi (5-2) was charged with all eight runs in two-thirds of an inning, the shortest start of his career. His ERA rose from 4.13 to 5.12, and he fell to 6-15 at Marlins Park. The Marlins’ batting average against Eovaldi in the inning was .818.“That was great,” Stanton said. “I don’t think I’ve done that — eight runs in the first.” He hadn’t. The Marlins’ previous record for runs in a first inning was seven, done five times.Alex Rodriguez, back in his hometown for two nights, did not play and remained five hits shy of 3,000.Stanton’s opposite-field homer off the upper-deck facade came against Chris Martin to make the score 11-0.“The game was out of hand already, but it put the icing on the cake,” Stanton said. He has nine homers and 18 RBIs this month.Gordon, who leads the majors in hits, went 3-for-5 and scored twice. The Marlins totaled 16 hits.“A great offensive approach throughout the game,” Manager Dan Jennings said. “It’s a lot of fun when you’re able to put together something like that.”David Phelps (4-3) allowed two runs in seven innings. He and Eovaldi swapped teams when they were part of a five-player trade in December.Miami’s run total was a season high. New York gave up a double-figure total for the third time in the past 11 games.The Marlins went 5-1 on their homestand, outscoring opponents 30-9. The Yankees went 1-4 on their trip and were outscored 37-15.“We have not pitched well. We haven’t swung the bats,” Girardi said. “Hopefully going home will be good medicine for us.”The Yankees were playing in Miami for the first time since 2009. The teams now go to New York for a two-game series beginning June 17.(STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Argiris Pedoulakis stays in Panathinaikos

first_imgPanathinaikos officially announced the extension of the contract with Argiris Pedoulakis. The Greens put the trust in the Greek coach who remains at the helm of the team.Despite the very advanced talks with Pini Gherson, Panathinaikos decided to give its support to Argiris Pedoulakis after his meeting today with Dimitris Giannakopoulos. In a press release that included just 14 words, the Greens confirmed that Greek coach Argiris Pedoulakis’ contract was extended and the deal with Gherson will not be completed.Pedoulakis tried to turn things around in the Greens, after the firing of coach Djordjevic, he started the Greek league finals with a break, however he couldn’t save the season of Panathinaikos. Still he activated the Greek players of the roster, namely Nikos Pappas, Vasilis Charalampopoulos and Giannis Papagiannis, he changed the image of the team and gave a fight against Olympiacos.“Now that Dimitris Diamantidis has left, the next season wont only be a turn of the page, but a new book”, said Argiris Pedoulakis in the team’s official website after the announcement of his extension. “Along with the fans and the Giannakopoulos family, he has been one of the three pillars of Panathinaikos”.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Srinagar not the place to play football right now: Minerva boss responds to Real Kashmir

first_imgMinerva Punjab owner Ranjit Bajaj has hit back at All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Real Kashmir FC saying football cannot be played in Srinagar in the current scenario, just four days after the Pulwama terror attack. Bajaj has stood his ground ever since the terror attack saying that his team will not travel to Srinagar without security assurances.On Monday, Real Kashmir FC were supposed to host Minerva Punjab for an I-League match in Srinagar but Minerva Punjab did not turn up for the match and the hosts posted photographs and video saying Srinagar was normal.A day after the Pulwama terror attack, Minerva asked AIFF to postpone the game or move it to a neutral venue. AIFF, however, decided against their appeal and said their match commissioner and local security had given them a go-ahead for the match. Minerva then asked for written security assurance from Indian Army or the Government of India or the Home Ministry and upon not receiving the same, they decided not to travel. Minerva also mentioned in their club statement that their foreign players have been advised by their embassies not to travel to Srinagar.”How can I force my @minervapunjabfc Foreign players who have been given travel advisories by their embassies not to travel to J&K? And today there was a 12-hour encounter at the same place! Srinagar is not the place to play football right now AIFF @ILeagueOfficial,” Bajaj said on Twitter.How can I force my @minervapunjabfc Foreign players who have been given travel advisories by their embassies not to travel to J&K ? And today there was a 12 hour encounter at the same place! Srinagar is not the place to play football right now AIFF @ILeagueOfficialadvertisementRanjit Bajaj (@THE_RanjitBajaj) February 18, 2019He reiterated that Minerva were willing to play at any neutral and safe venue but they were not to travel to Srinagar under the current circumstances.”We @minervapunjabfc are willing to play at a safe environment not at a place where 42 jawans were martyred and today the mastermind responsible for the dastardly attack has been killed at the same place ?@ILeagueOfficial @realkashmirfc.”Anytime / Any venue [other than Srinagar] we @minervapunjabfc are willing to play @realkashmirfc can’t force my players to go to a place which is like a war zone right now – encounter lasted 12 hours where the #PulwamaTerrorAttack happened and ended a few hours ago – AIFF ??” Bajaj questioned.We @minervapunjabfc are willing to play at a safe environment not at a place where 42 jawans were martyred and today the mastermind responsible for the dastardly attack has been killed at the same place ?@ILeagueOfficial @realkashmirfcRanjit Bajaj (@THE_RanjitBajaj) February 18, 2019Anytime / Any venue ( other than Srinagar ) we @minervapunjabfc are willing to play @realkashmirfc can’t force my players to go to a place which is like a war zone right now – encounter lasted 12 hours where the #PulwamaTerrorAttack happened and ended a few hours ago – AIFF ??Ranjit Bajaj (@THE_RanjitBajaj) February 18, 2019He further gave facts about the encounter of the Pulwama terror attack mastermind on Monday and stated exactly what his foreign players told him.”‘Why should one fear for the safety of your life while playing football?’ This is what my foreign players said to me ! Their embassies are telling them not to travel and they were right -@ILeagueOfficial @minervapunjabfc today again there was a deadly encounter hour from airport,” Bajaj stated.Why should one fear for the safety of your life while playing football ? This is what my foreign players said to me ! Their embassies are telling them not to travel and they were right -@ILeagueOfficial @minervapunjabfc today again there was a deadly encounter hour from airportRanjit Bajaj (@THE_RanjitBajaj) February 18, 2019I have to answer to the parents of all my team members @minervapunjabfc and I can’t take responsibility for their lives as I don’t think it’s safe to travel their ! @ILeagueOfficial @realkashmirfc with even today encounters going on one hour from Srinagar airport Ranjit Bajaj (@THE_RanjitBajaj) February 18, 2019Minerva had said in their club statement on Sunday that they will take the legal route if three points are given to Real Kashmir for their no-show in Srinagar on Monday. There has been no official confirmation as yet.Even East Bengal are contemplating moving court if AIFF do not change the date or venue of their February 28 match against Real Kashmir in Srinagar.last_img read more

Yuvraj Singh set for Global T20 Canada stint, becomes Toronto Nationals marquee player

first_imgFormer India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh is all set to play for Toronto Nationals in the 2nd edition of six-team Global T20 Canada to be held in Brampton from July 15. The World Cup-winning all-rounder was picked by Toronto Nationals as its marquee player in Thursday’s player draft.”For all #YuvrajSingh fans! ??#TorontoNationals get @YUVSTRONG12 for #GT2019,” Toronto Nationals said on social media.Yuvraj had announced retirement in June in a bid to ply his trade in franchise-based T20 leagues across the globe. Notably, the all-rounder had written to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) seeking permission to play in overseas T20 tournaments.”He wrote to the board yesterday. I don’t see an issue in him getting the nod to play in overseas leagues now that he has retired from international cricket and IPL,” a BCCI source had told the PTI.Yuvraj had said that he wanted to play some “fun cricket” in the near future when he announced his retirement. “I want to play T20 cricket. At this age I can manage to play some kind of fun cricket. I want to go and enjoy my life.”Yuvraj will be joined by some big names from world cricket, including New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, Andre Russell, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Faf du Plessis among others.Yuvraj will share the dressing room with India pacer Manpreet Gony, Brendon McCullum and Kieron Pollard at Toronto Nationals.Global T20 Canada 2019 squads Toronto NationalsYuvraj Singh, Brendon McCullum, Kieron Pollard, Trent Boult, Heinrick Klaasen, Manpreet Gony, Chris Green, Sandeep Lamichhane, Callum MacLeod, Chirag Suri, Ghulam Shabbir, Jasdeep Singh, Jeremy Gordon, Ravinderpal Singh, Salman Nazar, Mark Montford, Rodrigo ThomasadvertisementBrampton Wolves Darren Sammy, Shakib Al Hasan, Colin Munro, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Lendl Simmons, Andre Fletcher, Babar Hayat, George Munsey, Rohan Mustafa, Zahoor Khan, Timil Patel, Nitish Kumar, Abrash Khan, Armaan Kapoor, Faisal Jamkhandi, Nawab SinghWinnipeg HawksChris Lynn, JP Duminy, Dwayne (DJ) Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Umar Akmal, Rayad Emrit, Najibullah Zadran, Paul van Meekeren, Sompal Kami, Rameez Shahzad, Shaiman Anwar, Sunny Sohal, Hamza Tariq, Kaleem Sana-ur-Rehim, Umair Ghani, Romesh Eranga, Varun SehdevMontreal TigersGeorge Bailey, Thisara Perera, Sunil Narine, Fawad Ahmad, Isuru Udana, Niroshan Dickwella, Keemo Paul, Muhammed Naveed, Kyle Coetzer, Matthew Cross, Nizakat Khan, Steven Taylor, Dillon Heylinger, Nikhil Dutta, Bhupinder Singh, Arslan Khan, Yax PatelEdmonton RoyalsKane Williamson, Faf du Plessis, Ben Cutting, Shadab Khan, Muhammad Nawaz, Sherfane Rutherford, James Neesham, Safyaan Sharif, Anshuman Rath, Richie Berrington, Ehsan Nawaz, Kyle Fitzroy Phill, Davy Jacobs, Navneet Dhaliwal, Satsimranjit Dhinsa, Akash Gill, Shahzad AhmadzaiVancouver KnightsChris Gayle, Andre Russell, Shoaib Malik, Tim Southee, Rassie van der Dussen, Chadwick Walton, Daniel Sams, Hayden Walsh Jr, JJ Smit, Tobias Visee, Michael Rippon, Ali Khan, Saad Zafar, Rizwan Cheema, Rayaan Pathan, Harsh Thaker, Matthew Nandu.Also See:last_img read more

Baylor Receiver Suspended for Beating Dog Will Return Against OSU

first_imgBaylor is adding one of their top offensive weapons back into the fold this weekend after serving a three-game suspension.Ish Zamora, who was listed as a starter on the depth chart going into the season, served the suspension after a snapchat video surfaced of him beating his dog.The 6-foot-4 redshirt sophomore played in every game last year and racked up 132 and 2 touchdowns on 9 receptions, and also saw time on the kick return team.Zamora is a big, physical receiver at 6-4 who reportedly runs a 4.47 40-yard dash and 39 inch vertical. He’ll be one of many weapons Glenn Spencer will have to try and slow on Saturday as the Pokes travel to Waco.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Pledge Your Support For Women In Sport

first_imgThey aim to have 100,000 people pledge their support for Women In Sport. Please follow this link to pledge your support now: http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/womens-health/women-in-sport/online-pledge/Become a fan of Women’s Health on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Womens-Health-Magazine-Australia/15083547539Follow Women’s Health on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/womenshealthaus  or use the hashtag #isupportwomeninsportlast_img

It pays to be personal

first_imgInside Influence Report, one of my favorite newsletters from the great gang at ASU, reminds us once again why it pays to be personal. Here’s the story, from Noah Goldstein:I have a friend who is a medical doctor. Nicest guy in the world. Will do, and has done, anything for anybody. So I was totally perplexed — and as a social psychologist, very interested — when I learned he was having difficulty finding someone to cover his shift on the weekend of my wedding. I asked him if he had ever volunteered to take his colleagues’ shifts, and he replied that indeed he had. Considering all he had done in the past to help them, and all that we know about the power of the norm of reciprocation, it was puzzling that he could not get a single person to volunteer to help him out during his time of need. By the time he had answered my next question, however, the solution to the mystery was clear. When I inquired how he went about asking for help, he said that he had sent out an e-mail. And it wasn’t just any of type of e-mail — it was a mass e-mail, in which all of the recipients could see all the other recipients. The problem with this strategy is that it creates what is called diffusion of responsibility. By sending out the mass e-mail in a way that made visible the large number of coworkers being asked, no one single individual felt personally responsible for helping. Instead, each recipient likely assumed that someone else on that list would agree to help. In a classic demonstration of diffusion of responsibility, social psychologists John Darley and Bibb Latané staged a situation in which a student seemed to be having an epileptic seizure during a study. When a single bystander was present, that person helped approximately 85% of the time. But when five bystanders were present — all of whom were located in separate rooms, so no one could be certain if the victim was receiving help — only 31% of the bystanders helped. Fortunately for this friend, Noah Goldstein knew what to do. He told the doctor to send personal emails asking individual people specifically. It worked. The doctor attended the wedding.The more your “asks” appear to be made from you, personally and directly, to an individual, the more likely people will support you. So segment your audience. Show you know them. Speak to them like individuals. Try some one-on-one contact with your biggest supporters. Mass, impersonal, Dear Friend emails just won’t do the same job. Just ask the doctor.last_img read more

Must read: the changing US consumer

first_imgThere is a great piece in Advertising Age online today from Peter Francese, founder of American Demographics magazine (registration required to view the article). He writes about the changing face of consumers. Like me, they’re getting more wrinkly and set in their ways by the day.Here are a couple of the highlights (warning: sweeping generalizations ahead), along with thoughts on the implications for us. You can read the full article here (with registration).OLDER: A full 80% of the growth in US households in the next five years will be from those headed by people over age 55. Yep, that’s right — EIGHTY PERCENT. The average age of the US household is already only six months shy of 50. The first boomers hit 65 in less than three years. So what does that mean? The older set (65+), says Francese, tend to be risk adverse and inflexible in their attitudes. That means clever marketers will play to this world view with messaging about guarantees, safety and experience. Warranties, corporate history and testimonials work. So, nonprofit marketers, emphasize your organization’s storied history and great performance with these folks. Don’t be too cute or flashy. Meanwhile, the second fastest growing segment is folks 25-34 – a group that is increasingly diverse ethnically. The bigggest spending, best paid group — those 35 to 54 – is shrinking. Groan.ALL OVER THE PLACE, IN EVERY SENSE OF THE EXPRESSION: As you read this, I suspect you’re having the reaction that I did – sheesh, how are you supposed to reach such different groups? It gets even more challenging when you consider geographic segments. The West is getting younger and more multicultural while the Northeast is getting older and whiter. (I told you there would be generalizations – this is demographics, after all.) The answer? Segmentation of course. You’re going to need different positioning for different audiences — AND different message delivery vehicles. The latter is actually good news – it’s easier to target your message when not everyone is getting your messages the same way and when people are clustered into certain locations. There are people who live online and on their phones, and there are folks who stick to the newspaper. You need to look not only at the age of your audiences, but also where and how they live so you know the best way to reach them. Fancy marketers call this ethnographic research. Throw that into your next convo to look extra smart.last_img read more

Innovation That Works

first_imgPosted on September 16, 2011August 15, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)At the MHTF, we support a lot of innovative projects, from mobile clinics in Nairobi to mobile applications. However, the most important aspect of innovation and new technologies are not how cool they sound or how easily they can be sold to investors or funders. What matters for innovation in the maternal health field is that its works and improves the lives of mothers, which is why our projects include evaluative aspects. Appropriate technology is technology that works.A conference in London recently brought together “engineers, health workers, donors and charities to look at devices specifically designed for the developing world.”The Guardian‘s Poverty Matters blog notes these successful innovations, including:a nipple shield for breastfeeding HIV-positive mothers, which can block transmission of the virus to their babies; an eRanger ambulance – a motorbike sidecar stretcher that can handle rough terrain far better than a four-wheeled ambulance and is much cheaper; and a stethoscope that can attach to a mobile phone, allowing doctors to monitor hard-to-reach patients remotely.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Engaging Faith-Based Organizations in the Response to Maternal Mortality

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 15, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative in coordination with the Maternal Health Task Force and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) invite you to a discussion of:Engaging Faith-Based Organizations in the Response to Maternal MortalityWednesday, November 16, 2011, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC5th Floor Conference RoomPlease RSVP to globalhealth@wilsoncenter.org with your name and affiliation.featuringNabeela Ali, Chief of Party, PAIMANJamila Al Sharie, Community Mobilizer, Pathfinder InternationalElidon Bardhi, Bangladesh Country Director, ADRAMallam Kabir Adbullahi, Team Leader, NUHRHIKatherine Marshall, Executive Director, World Faiths Development DialogueFaith-based organizations (FBOs) are often at the frontline of healthcare in developing countries and have networks in the most remote regions. Their close links to communities provide them with an opportunity to promote behavior change and address other cultural factors contributing to maternal mortality rates such as early marriage and family planning. Working in collaboration with FBOs and other stakeholders is critical to promoting demand for maternal and reproductive health services; however, limited knowledge about faith-based maternal healthcare exists.The discussion will highlight successes and challenges in the field and will highlight the lessons and knowledge gaps identified during a Wilson Center workshop in Washington DC with 30 experts from the faith-based and maternal health communities.Share this:last_img read more

Money for Good Interview 1: Secrets to connecting with supporters over time

first_imgToday, I’m sharing the first part of an interview I did with the folks behind the Money for Good study and nonprofit guidebook. You can find the full interview cross-posted today at GuideStar. I’ll post the second half of the interview here on the blog tomorrow.Here’s the Q&A.Q: Katya, thank you so much for your insights! As you know, in our guidebook, More Money for More Good, we discuss what information donors want, and how nonprofits can communicate that effectively. But in addition, we also recognize the importance of connecting with donors. Ultimately, information and messaging won’t get you far in the world of philanthropy if you can’t create a personal association. What techniques do you see nonprofits taking to build bonds with donors? Which organizations connect the best, and what are their strategies? A: I am overjoyed you asked this question, because nonprofits too often fail to build bonds with donors. I’ll give you a statistic to show just how poor a job we’re doing: The average nonprofit loses about 60% of the donors it had the previous year. The good news is that it’s not that hard to turn things around. Building bonds with donors is a matter of treating them as more than ATMs. We need to remember they are partners in our mission, and we should reflect that stance in how we connect with them. This means we are doing all we can to immerse them in our collective.We simply need to spend as much time keeping donors as we do acquiring donors. That means we need a retention plan, not just a fundraising plan. It should include a goal (which I hope is better than keeping only 40% of our donors!), how we are going to profusely thank donors, how we are going to report back to donors on their impact in an inspiring way, how we will recognize donors for their support, and how we will regularly review and improve the donor experience over time.This doesn’t need to be fancy. Yes, there are organizations like the oft-cited charity: water that is the Rolls Royce of donor connection, with maps and video of the wells you helped build in Africa. But there are also groups like A Wider Circle right here in the Washington, DC area that succeed in connecting via heartfelt email updates from the executive director. Q: Loyalty is certainly critical in the sector. Do you see different techniques for fostering long-term relationships with donors? A: I think it’s the same thing. The principles of good relationships are universal! They even extend beyond donors to your significant other. In fact, that’s a great way to think about how well you are connecting with donors. Are you treating them like you would a treasured partner? Think ample communication, respect, commitment and positive reinforcement – those are the grounds for loyalty and a long and happy shared history.Q: I find that many nonprofits have a single, generic appeal that they send to all of their (potential) supporters, because it is simple and inexpensive. What do you think about these appeals? A: I do not believe that this is a cost-effective means of messaging! Spray and pray messaging (the method of hitting everyone with identical, mass communication and hoping it works on someone) is a waste of resources. You won’t prove relevant, and you won’t get a good response. It might seem cheaper, but it’s not cheap if you get abysmal results. Taking an extra few minutes to segment your donors and speak to them more personally will reap huge rewards. Donors are motivated to give for different reasons. They like different programs. They are moved by different stories. If you are a one-person development team, you can still do this on a modest scale. Group people by the appeals they supported and reference those causes in your next outreach. When you’re talking to major donors one on one, listen more than you talk – people will provide a lot of insights into why they support your organization!It’s especially affordable and easy to customize online outreach. Add a sentence to your next email that reflects you know the donor attended your gala vs. participated in a volunteer day. Use an email service provider so you can track which emails people open and where they clicked. It’s a great window into their motivations. Group donors by their responses and tailor future outreach accordingly.Stay tuned for Part 2 of the interview tomorrow, when I’ll discuss the three ways nonprofits should illustrate impact – and how to follow up with donors.last_img read more

Sanjay Dutt made me feel comfortable in Torbaaz Humayoon Shams Khan

first_imgMumbai: Actor Humayoon Shams Khan who will be seen in ‘Torbaaz’, has said that a newcomer doesn’t feel like he is working with a Bollywood mega star when he works with Sanjay Dutt in a film, as he comforts his co-actors. Humayoon was interacting with the media on Tuesday in Mumbai. ‘Torbaaz’ is about child suicide bombers in Afghanistan, who have been trained to believe that killing the enemy is a virtue and begets glory in the afterlife. Talking about his first Bollywood film, Humayoon said, “In ‘Torbaaz’, I am playing role of a major of the Afghan army. We have completed shooting of the film and now, it’s in post-production stage. We haven’t decided release date of the film but it will release around end of this year. There is Sanjay Dutt, Nargis Fakhri and Rahul Dev in the film.” Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography Sharing his experience working with Sanjay Dutt in Torbaaz, Humayoon said, “It was an amazing and exciting experience for me working in this film because it’s my first in Bollywood film industry. I feel sharing screen space with Sanjay Dutt was really mind-blowing experience because he made me comfortable while working with him. When you work with him, you don’t feel like you are working with mega star on a film set.” Talking about his other upcoming projects, Humayoon Shams Khan said, “I have done so many films back in Afganistan. I have just finished first schedule of a film titled ‘Once Upon A Time In Afghanistan’. Recently, I hosted Big Boss show in Afghanistan. I have also featured in Canadian films and am also in talks for my first Hollywood film and most likely, we will start shooting of that film at the end of this year.” ‘Torbaaz’ is an upcoming Bollywood action thriller film directed by Girish Malik. The film is presented by Waves Cinemas Ponty Chadha in association with Raju Chadha and is produced by Chadha, Rahul Mittra, Malik and Puneet Singh.last_img read more

Joanna Lumleys Garden Bridge Gets New Oxygen

first_imgThe UK government has approved a new bridge over the Thames – The Garden Bridge, designed for pedestrians, not cars. Along with the government’s £30 million contribution towards it, this is the latest achievement in turning actor Joanna Lumley’s dream of a green bridge over the Thames into a reality.Lumley originally suggested the bridge following the death of Princess Diana 16 years ago, however a fountain memorial was chosen instead. But when Transport for London invited proposals for a pedestrian bridge in 2012, life was breathed back into her idea.Lumley’s inspiration came from her days as a child living in Kuala Lumpur. “My sister and I got up very early the first morning and the gardens were surrounded with extremely thick white clouds,” she told London Evening Standard. “There were roses, cabbages, runner beans with great scarlet flowers, tangles of onions, tall things growing – an island of tropical plants floating in the air. I was seven and it had the most enormous impact of anything in my childhood.”Still fundraising for the £150-million structure that will link Covent Garden and the South Bank, “a wonderful stretch where nobody walks,” she hopes Garden Bridge will make the northern embankment a more vibrant area. Lumley says construction should begin in 2015, finish in 2017 and the bridge should open in spring 2018.Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

LIVE TONIGHT CASTING DIRECTOR STEVEN MANN ON THAT CHANNEL

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter What are you doing tonight?  Tune in or come out and join the party!  #SupportCdnTalent(if you cannot see the link above – CLICK HERE Advertisement Casting Director Steven Mann is going to be LIVE tonight at 7:30pm!  Be sure to tune in!He will be joining CHOCLAIR and D’anise Marie to discuss Casting and all things Hip-Hop.After, everyone will be going to a secret location, and will continue to broadcast live. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Quebec premier apologizes to First Nations Inuit for discrimination

first_imgQuebec Premier Francois Legault apologizes to First Nation and Inuit peoples in the province’s National Assembly on Wednesday.APTN News Quebec Premier Francois Legault has followed one of the calls to action in the Viens report and apologized to First Nations and Inuit peoples for long-standing discrimination in their dealings with the province.Legault made the formal public apology today at a sitting of the provincial legislature and said the government is ready to act on recommendations contained in the report issued this week.The apology was the first of 142 calls to action laid out by the Viens commissioner Jacques Viens, which concluded that the province’s Indigenous communities suffered systemic discrimination.Legault called the findings in the report devastating and pledged that the Quebec government will work with Indigenous leaders to implement the recommendations.The Quebec government has convened a meeting of First Nations and Inuit leaders on Oct. 17 to discuss further action.The apology came as many Indigenous chiefs and leaders looked on from the visitors’ gallery of the national assembly’s legislative chamber.“I offer Quebec’s First Nations and Inuit members the most sincere apology from all of Quebec,” Legault said. “The state of Quebec has failed in its duty to you, and it asks you today for forgiveness.”But on Monday, the day the report was released, the head of the Assembly of First Nations in Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) said it was “too weak,” and didn’t go far enough in recommending the changes needed.Fast forward to Wednesday and the apology, Ghislain Picard said in a statement that while the AFNQL recognizes the gesture of reconciliation, “First Nations are looking towards the future while worrying that [Quebec] does not understand the urgency of taking immediate action to correct the current situation.”“[Legault] may attempt to make amends for the past, but I especially wish that he would do so for today, when the Government of Quebec, on this very day, stood before the court and continued to affirm that [the province] has never recognized the right to self-determination of Fist Nations, and that it refuses to recognize that First Nations police services are essential services,” Picard explained.For two and a half years, Viens led the inquiry that was charged with looking into the relationship between Indigenous peoples in Quebec and some of the province’s public services.The inquiry was called after a number of First Nations women in Val d’Or, a mining city 525 kilometres northwest of Montreal, complained about physical and sexual abuse by members of the province’s police force, the Sûreté du Québec.The 520 page report contains 142 calls to action. Not just for police, but for other public services such as health, justice and social services.The recommendations include more money for housing, implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and making services more friendly for non-French speaking Indigenous people.Viens says the calls to action are meant to combat what he describes as systemic racism in the province.“In a developed society like ours, this finding is unacceptable,” he said.Picard said the report confirms what First Nations people have been saying for a long time.He welcomed the report but worries about accountability around its recommendations.news@aptn.ca@aptnnews-with files from Lindsay Richardson, Tom Fennario and The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The Latest: Corbyn sets out Brexit demands in letter to May

BRUSSELS — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):9:20 a.m.The leader of Britain’s main opposition Labour Party has written to Prime Minister Theresa May, spelling out what he wants in exchange for backing the government’s Brexit plan.In the letter, Jeremy Corbyn again demanded permanent British membership in a customs union, which May has repeatedly ruled out.Corbyn told the prime minister she won’t win his backing solely by winning concessions from the European Union on the contentious Irish border issue.The Labour leader said he is seeking “alignment with the union customs code, a common external tariff and an agreement on commercial policy that includes a U.K. say on future EU trade deals.”Corbyn’s position is disappointing some Labour Party legislators who had hoped he would back calls for a second referendum on the Brexit process.___8:25 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May is travelling to Brussels in a new attempt to reopen talks with the European Union on the Brexit divorce agreement and will meet with European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.With the planned departure date of March 29 closing in, May is expected to be stonewalled by the EU officials when it comes to reopening the legal withdrawal agreement which was already endorsed in November before the U.K. Parliament overwhelmingly rejected it.With the gap between both sides already yawning, Tusk acerbated the frosty climate on Wednesday by wondering aloud what “special place in hell” might be reserved for those who had no idea of how to deliver Brexit.The Associated Press read more

UN documentary forum shines a spotlight on global fight against hunger

8 April 2011Filmmakers, activists, journalists, aid workers, policy-makers and United Nations staff are gathering in New York this weekend for a two-day documentary forum aimed at raising public awareness about the fight against hunger worldwide. The third annual “Envision: Addressing Global Issues Through Documentaries” forum, which kicks off tonight, comprises film screenings and panel discussions centred on the themes of combating hunger and poverty, one of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that world leaders have pledged to try to achieve by 2015.Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, said the choice of poverty and hunger for this year’s event was particularly timely given the approaching target date for the MDGs.“We must redouble our efforts to bring the crisis facing so much of the world’s population into the public eye,” Mr. Akasaka said. “Documentarians, who present complex issues to filmgoers in ways that engage the heart and mind alike, are crucial allies in that effort.”The former United States senator and presidential candidate George McGovern, who has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) since 2001, told the UN News Centre that there was “no excuse” for the estimated 1 billion people worldwide going hungry each day.“We need to get our priorities straight. We know how to produce enough food, we know how to distribute enough food, and we know how to teach others how to produce enough food,” he said.Mr. McGovern – who described hunger as the most urgent global problem today – said it was important to remember that defeating hunger was “not a dream. This is something we can do. It’s something that the people of this planet can do.”He said filmmakers, television producers and other artists had an important role in bringing the issue of hunger, as well as other key global issues, to the public spotlight.“A picture can sometimes speak louder than words… Television is such a powerful medium, and there are some very powerful documentaries out there.”Co-organized by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) and the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the Envision forum will be screening three films with distinctive subjects.In The Sound of Mumbai: A Musical, filmmaker Sarah McCarthy follows a group of children in an Indian slum who gain the opportunity to perform the movie classic The Sound of Music with the help of an orchestra.Phil Grabsky’s film, The Boy Mir: Ten Years in Afghanistan, charts the journey of a charismatic boy from the age of eight to the cusp of adulthood at 18, while Lucy Walker’s Waste Land – which was nominated for an Oscar – follows the artist Vik Muniz to the world’s largest garbage dump in Brazil. read more

Ontario businesses call on province to curb rising electricity prices

TORONTO — The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is calling on the provincial government to take steps to curb rising electricity prices.The organization representing the province’s businesses is issuing a report saying hydro costs are one of the most pressing challenges for Ontario’s economy.The report says industrial electricity prices have risen 16 per cent since 2013 and are slated to climb 13 per cent higher over the next five years.The ministry of energy says Ontario’s industrial electricity rates are competitive with jurisdictions across North America and the government has introduced several programs to help businesses reduce electricity costs.Chamber president and CEO Allan O’Dette says there’s no easy way to bring prices under control, but believes one key step is for the Liberal government to be more transparent about how costs are calculated.He says more disclosure about peak and off-peak times could help all consumers keep their hydro expenses under control.O’Dette also says the government should reverse its decision to remove a debt retirement charge from residential bills starting next year, adding it’s unfair to leave businesses shouldering the burden of discharging debt.“Year over year, the cost of electricity continues to rise,” O’Dette said in a telephone interview. “Has the sky fallen? No it hasn’t…I think what we’re saying here is the majority of our members are raising electricity prices as a major, major concern.”A spokesman for the ministry of energy touted various programs that he said are “directly assisting businesses in maximizing the cost-saving benefits of conservation.”Behind the two attempts to privatize Hydro One: This time, there’s a lot less dramaScotiabank and RBC selected to lead Ontario’s Hydro One market debut, biggest IPO in 16 years“While we seek to reduce costs through conservation initiatives and prudent system planning, (Premier) Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Liberals have also implemented a wide range of programs to reduce the cost of electricity for businesses,” Dan Moulton wrote in a statement.The report, compiled by seeking input from local chambers of commerce over the past year, lists several recommendations the government could adopt to keep prices in check.O’Dette said the thorny policy issues involved made it difficult to reach a consensus, but the two primary suggestions were widely agreed upon.Transparency, O’Dette said, is the most glaring oversight in the government’s current approach to managing the province’s electricity. Business and consumers, he said, are left in the dark as to the complex rules that dictate how a hydro bill is calculated and are therefore unable to change their usage patterns to keep the total down.He also cited the pending partial sale of Hydro One, a move opposition parties are decrying as a surefire way to send electricity costs through the roof.The government has announced plans to sell 60 per cent of the giant utility that also serves as a local electricity distributor for 1.3 million customers. The Liberals hope the sale will raise $9 billion, $5 billion of which is earmarked for hydro debt.O’Dette, however, said the facts on the prospective deal are so scanty that the chamber couldn’t even factor it into its report.We really don’t know too much about the Hydro One sale“The reality is we really don’t know too much about the Hydro One sale,” he said. “What we’re calling on is a little bit more transparency around that.”The report’s other key recommendation focuses on the debt retirement charge, a fee averaging $5.60 a month that has been in place since 2002 to defray the costs of old nuclear plants.The government has announced that the charge will come off residential bills starting Jan. 1, 2016, while businesses will continue to pay the fee.O’Dette said the move places an unfair burden on the province’s economy and urged the Liberals to leave the charge in place for all hydro users until the debt is paid down. The ministry of energy said it would not be following the chamber’s recommendation on the debt retirement charge.“The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is recommending that hardworking Ontario families and seniors pay higher electricity bills, and this is not something our government will do,” Moulton wrote.The report argues that reduced hydro prices are necessary to keep businesses competitive, saying several pending government initiatives will join forces to create a tough economic climate in the province.The chamber cites an increase to minimum wage, an Ontario Retirement Pension Plan in the works, and a review of the Labour Relations Act as potential drags on the province’s businesses. read more