10 houses torched in Manipur village

first_imgFollowing a land dispute between two tribes, over ten houses were torched in a pre-dawn raid on Tuesday at Makhan Khunou village in Senapati district of Manipur. A bridge, about 3 km away from Kohima, the capital of Nagaland, was also torched. Official reports said the land dispute was the root cause of the incident. “It is unfortunate… Preliminary reports suggest a misunderstanding stemming from land disputes,” said Chief Minister N. Biren, who holds the Home portfolio. “Cabinet Minister Thaissi has rushed to the affected area. I am waiting for a report from the Minister. A platoon of India Reserve Battalion has been sent to maintain law and order,” he said. Top police and civil officials and elected representatives of the district have gone to the troubled area. There is an old foot road between Maram and Makhan villages and this seems to be the bone of contention. Police said the intruders poured inflammable liquid on some houses at 3.30 a.m. on Tuesday. A tribal woman was reportedly injured and is said to be out of danger.Protesting members of the Makhan People’s Organisation blocked traffic along the National Highway 2 that connects Manipur and Nagaland with Assam and other northeastern States. The organisation warned that the government should arrest the culprits within 24 hours, failing which an indefinite strike along the NH 2 would be launched.All districts in Manipur are put on red alert to prevent any untoward incident.last_img read more

Real Madrid beats PSG 2-1 to reach Champions League quarters

first_imgGoogle honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus The Champions League’s all-time leading scorer was given far too much space and leapt triumphantly to beat Areola with a downward header in the 51st minute. He had netted twice in the first leg.Ronaldo is hitting top form at a crucial time and has scored in nine Champions League games in a row, matching Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record.This was a huge test for a PSG side desperate to prove it belongs among Europe’s elite, especially after spectacularly failing last year — becoming the first team eliminated after winning the first leg 4-0. Barcelona won the return 6-1.“Maybe tonight they weren’t so good, but it’s also because we played very well,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “Obviously it became harder for them when we scored the second goal.”In the night’s other match, five-time champion Liverpool eased into the last eight, drawing 0-0 at home to two-time winner Porto after winning the away leg 5-0.The atmosphere was electric at Parc des Princes in Paris, with thick smoke engulfing the stadium a pre-match pyrotechnics were set off. PSG’s exuberant fans were asked to “stop letting off flares” over the stadium loud speaker just after the interval.This was all part of a concerted effort to motivate the players. The club’s communications department had released a video, urging fans to rally behind the team seemingly as a matter of urgency for the city itself. Neymar also posted a video on Twitter, with the words “Vous allez le Faire” (You will do it).Banners around the ground encouraged the team and some fans had already taken matters into their own hands. Late into the night before the game, a small group of PSG Ultras let off bangers, chanted “Paris” and banged a drum outside the Real Madrid team hotel.But all this bluster seemed more like bluff.After a fairly even first half, Ronaldo headed wide early in the second half — a warning sign. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, left, makes an attempt to shot the ball as PSG’s Thiago Silva tries to stop him during the round of 16, 2nd leg Champions League soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris, Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)PARIS— Paris Saint-Germain’s dream of joining Europe’s elite with a Champions League trophy will have to wait another season, as Real Madrid delivered a brutal reality check by cruising through to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 win on Tuesday night.Cristiano Ronaldo’s powerful header — his 12th goal of the competition — and a deflected effort from midfielder Casemiro either side of a close-range finish from PSG’s Edinson Cavani sent Madrid through 5-2 on aggregate.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police 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 9 years later, Liverpool back in Champions League quarters Moments later he headed home Vazquez’s pinpoint cross from the left after a quick break down the left from the impressive Marco Asensio, astutely selected ahead of Gareth Bale by Zidane.“Tactically we played the right way, we believe in what we’re doing,” Zidane said. “We closed them down high up the pitch.”Madrid could have had further goals breaking forward on counterattacks, with Asensio and Ronaldo hitting the post. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Peaking at the right time, Madrid can be confident of challenging for a third straight title and 13th overall.PSG still has not reached the semifinals since its lone appearance in 1995. PSG’s ambitious club motto of “Dream Bigger” should perhaps now be revised. On this evidence, and last season’s humiliation at the hands of Barcelona, PSG remains a club more hopeful than convincing. Despite huge investment from cash-rich Qatari owners QSI since 2011, PSG has not been past the quarterfinals in that time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We needed our heads and our hearts today. But we didn’t have both, we didn’t play as well as Real Madrid,” dejected PSG coach Unai Emery said. “Madrid deserved to go through. I think they controlled 60 percent of the game and we didn’t do enough with the 40 percent we had. Losing to Real Madrid itself isn’t a disappointment, but being knocked out in the last 16 is.”Trailing 3-1 from the first leg, PSG’s fragile defense crumbled and its attack offered little threat without the injured Neymar. The biggest bang from this PSG side was from the fireworks constantly let off by a section of fans behind one goal.center_img Read Next Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Cavani’s goal gave PSG some hope with 20 minutes left. But with midfielder Marco Verratti already sent off, scoring two more to force extra time was beyond a lackluster PSG side.Instead, midfielder Casemiro’s deflected shot looped past stranded goalkeeper Alphonse Areola in the 80th. He was gifted the ball after midfielder Adrien Rabiot dealt poorly with Lucas Vazquez’s cross.To compound a miserable night for PSG fans, who so badly want to believe this side can conquer Europe, Verratti showed terrible composure to in getting sent off midway through the second half. He got a second yellow card, having protested vehemently with referee Felix Brych after not getting a free kick.“Our fans got behind us, I apologize to them,” Rabiot said. “We tried but we couldn’t do it.”Ronaldo had already done his usual damage.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico View commentslast_img read more

College students develop solar powered e-rickshaw for city roads

first_imgMeet, Vikram Pratap Singh, a student at Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology (NSIT) who has co-founded a solar e- rickshaw, that is much better than the existing battery running e-rickshaw in the city.Singh along with Taranpreet Singh, recently presented a protoptype for an electric bicycle at a college fest and from there they got the idea of developing this kind of transport mode for the commuters.While speaking to an Indian Express reporter, Vikram Pratap Singh said, “I was at a college fest with my professor presenting a model of an electric bicycle when it occurred to me that Delhi as a city was in dire need of a clean energy automobile to help ease its pollution woes. Speaking with rickshaw drivers in the city, my idea grew more certain. But it was after long conversations with e-rick drivers in the city that gave me the idea to make a solar powered e-rickshaw for Delhi.”Technical details of the e-rickshaw:This solar powered e-rickshaw relies on renewable energyIt has nine solar panels fitted at different angles where it allows for maximum amount of sunlightAlso, the rickshaw produces almost 360 watt powerIt consists of four lead acid batteries with both batteries and solar panelsThis solar e-rickshaw gives 50 per cent more mileage than a normal e-rickshawMoreover, the cost of this solar e-rickshaw will be around Rs. 1.2 lacs “We spoke to e-rick drivers and realised the biggest issue being faced by them is constantly having to go back home to recharge their rickshaws. The solar panels in the rickshaw not only charge the rickshaw as the driver is driving, but also provide 50 per cent more mileage than a normal e-rick,” said Taranpreet Singh, the co-founder.advertisementNot only this, the duo have won many other awards at various college fests.Further, speaking about the technology of this e-rickshaw, Vikram Pratap Singh said, “Many have created solar ricks, but our technology is not just affordable, but also efficient. We have already patented it, but our dream remains to create an automobile that runs exclusively on solar energy and reaches an energy efficiency of at least 25-30 per cent.” “The Delhi government has announced so many measures from vacuum cleaning the roads to the odd even policy. But we believe vehicles driven by renewable energy can really be a game changer in the city,” Vikram Pratap Singh added.Read: DU admissions First cut-off 2016: Here is how Twitteratti reacted Click here for more education related news.last_img read more

Srikanth breaks Denmarks heart; Saina, Prannoy bow out

first_imgBy Amit Kumar DasOdense, Oct 20 (PTI) Kidambi Srikanth knocked out local hero and World champion Viktor Axelsen in mens singles quarterfinals but Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy crashed out with straight game losses in the Denmark Open Super Series Premier, here today.Srikanth, who had suffered losses against Axelsen in the last three encounters, showed tremendous resilience and mental fortitude to oust the reigning World No. 1 14-21 22-20 21-7 in a match that last 56 minutes at the Odense Sports Park here.”This win is a confidence booster for me. I had lost to him at India Open, World Championship and Japan Open and really wanted to win. I took lot of time to get adjusted to the court but I was more patient and curbed my errors. He tried few things in the third game which didn?t materialize,” Srikanth told PTI.Earlier, Saina Nehwal, still exhausted from last nights late match, suffered a 10-21 13-21 loss to Japan?s World no 5 Akane Yamaguchi in women?s singles.”I didn?t get enough time to rest. Ive never slept at 3. I was sluggish. But I should say Yamaguchi played really well. I have to prepare more to play back to back tough matches. Anyways cant do much about it. Next is French Open,” Saina told PTI.Prannoy, meanwhile, succumbed to a series of unforced errors, losing 13-21 18-21 to World No. 2 Korean Son Wan Ho in mens singles.”I committed too many errors. He hardly won points. I knew I have to be patient with him but I couldnt. It was one of those days when nothing goes right,” he said.advertisementThere was a lot of expectation from Axelsen, who was playing at his home. Egged by a vocal crowd, the local hero did make a rampaging start as he zoomed to a 6-1 lead early on and managed to earn a 11-6 advantage at the interval.Srikanth grabbed six points on the trot but committed too many unforced errors. Axelsen showed ample display of his atheism as he returned twice from awkward positions to return the shuttle and eventually held seven game points, which he converted after Srikanth?s smash went wide.The second game started on an even-knell before Srikanth led 5-3 when Axelsen misjudged a shot at the baseline and found the net next. The Indian dominated the parallel game and reached 10-7 with Axelsen faltering with a net dribble.However, Axelsen produced two powerful smashes which Srikanth failed to negotiate to lead 11-10. The Indian made two good judgements at the baseline and helped by his rivals net error held a 15-14 lead which soon evaporated.Axelsen again grabbed a two point lead at 18-16 when Srikanth pushed the shuttle long. The Dane went to 19-17 with a net exchange. However, Srikanth managed to grab a 20-19 lead with a smash. A precise on the line smash by Srikanth and a net error by Axelsen finally took the match to decider.In the third game, Axelsen surged to 3-1 lead before Srikanth erased the deficit with a jump smash and led 5-3 when his rival went wide and found the net. The Dane continued to commit unforced errors and one such wide return earned Srikanth a healthy 11-4 lead.After the break, Axelsen simply couldnt keep the shuttle on the court and eventually handed the match to the Indian with two net errors.In another men?s singles match, Prannoy and Son Wan split the initial 10 points but then the Indian succumbed to a series of unforced errors as the Korean lead 11-5 at the interval.His struggle with errors continued after the break as Son Wan moved to a 16-9 lead. Prannoy reached doubles figures when his rival sent the shuttle long and followed it up with a net error. However, the Korean eventually reached the game point when a diving Prannoy failed to retrieve a shot. He then sealed the game when the Indian hit the net next.In the second game, Prannoy worked hard to build a 8-5 lead, following a series of rallies where the pace changed too frequently as each looked to outdo the other. The Indian extended it to 10-8 before unleashing a body smash to enter the break with three point lead.However, Son Wan quickly leveled par with three quick points and took the lead with a measured return at his rivals forecourt. Prannoy bounced back at 16-16 before taking a 18-16 lead to let out a cry to pump himself up.advertisementBut he blew it with an error in return to serve and then Son Wan took the lead when Prannoy went wide. With the Indians return going to net again, Son Wan had two match points and he sealed the issue when Prannoy went wide again.In women?s singles, Saina clearly looked tired and sluggish and the result was her movement was not up to the mark and she committed too many errors to allow Yamaguchi open up a 11-6. The Indian could hardly do anything after the break as the Japanese walked away with the opening game.In the second game, Saina tried to pump herself up and had managed to move to 3-3 early on but Yamaguchi put the shuttle in difficult positions which the Indian found difficult to retrieve as the Japanese lead 7-4.Saina managed to turn the tables at 8-7 but Yamaguchi held the slender one point advantage at the break when the Indian hit long. After the break, Yamaguchi stayed a step ahead of the Indian and continued to accumulate points with her better court coverage and stroke play and seal it without much ado in the end. PTI ATK MRJlast_img read more

Umar Akmal declared dead on social media. But wait, Pakistan cricketer is alive

first_imgUmar Akmal has had to deal with some tough times over the last few months since his pubic outburst against Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur but he could not have been prepared for what lay in store for him on social media.The 27-year-old batsman, once Pakistan’s biggest hope in the international stage, was declared dead on social media. Just so his well-wishers and fans had no lingering doubts, he also added a video for good measure. (‘Suresh Raina abused me’, Umar Akmal once complained to MS Dhoni. What happened next?)Back in August, Umar had dug a bit of hole for himself after a fiery press conference where he targeted Arthur after being denied use of facilities at the National Cricket Academy.pic.twitter.com/rmhfTOjE4N- Umar Akmal (@Umar96Akmal) November 28, 2017″I had gone to England for rehabilitation of my knee injury,” Akmal had said on August 16. “After I recovered, I went to the NCA to start working on my fitness and training. But the coaching staff doesn’t want to work with me at all.”When I asked why all those international coaches didn’t want to work with me, they responded that they wanted to prioritise working with players who had central contracts. I said that I too am an international Pakistan cricketer, and if my fitness is lacking – and I admit that along the way my fitness has been found wanting – they should help me.”However, Umar, had later regretted his words.The stylish batsman last played Test cricket for Pakistan back in 2011 and has not featured in international cricket since January 2017.advertisementlast_img read more

Rangers too Much for Rival Devils 5-2

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Despite their trade deadline-depleted lineup, the Rangers got off to a fast start and dominated the Devils.Ryan Strome had two goals, Chris Kreider and Jimmy Vesey each had a goal and an assist, and New York beat New Jersey 5-2 on Saturday.Both teams sat key players with the league’s trade deadline two days away.“We all knew this day was a possibility,” Rangers coach David Quinn said. “It doesn’t make it less emotional.”The Rangers sat forwards Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes as well as defenseman Adam McQuaid.“These guys have been here awhile. Obviously Adam has been here a little less, but he’s made a big impact in that locker room,” Quinn said.“Zucc’s been here for a long time and so has Hayesy, their personalities can really take over a locker room, so not only do we lose what they give us on the ice, you’re also talking about a locker room presence and guys who are highly respected and highly liked, not only by the players, but the coaches. Tough day. Couldn’t be prouder of our guys.”New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider stops the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/ Bill Kostroun)Zuccarello was later traded to Dallas for a conditional second-round draft pick this year, and a conditional third-round pick in 2020.Brady Skjei also scored. Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich each had two assists and Alexandar Georgiev made 19 saves for the Rangers.“Obviously a ton of emotions on a day like this, tough time of year,” Kreider said. “Proud how the guys battled. Didn’t let it affect our start.”Andy Greene and Kenny Agostino scored and Cory Schneider had 29 saves for the Devils.The Devils were in a similar situation to the Rangers. They traded defenseman Ben Lovejoy to Dallas for defenseman Connor Carrick and a third-round pick earlier in the day and also kept out forward Marcus Johansson.“We have guys playing roles they’re not used to playing,” coach John Hynes said. “You get a guy like Lovejoy who’s out. We’ve got continue with those guys. You’ve got guys learning on the job, playing different roles.”Trailing 3-0 in the third period, the Devils scored when Agostino got his third of the season at 2:20. He took advantage of a turnover in the Rangers’ zone to score his first goal with the Devils.The Rangers answered as defenseman Skjei sent a one-timer past Schneider for his fourth of the season. The score withstood a video review for goalie interference.“To finally put one in, it felt really good. It was a good play by Mika and Kreids in front of the net and I just had to put it on net,” Skjei said.The Devils rallied again as Greene took a pass from Kyle Palmieri and wristed it past Georgiev for his fourth of the season at 12:59.Strome added an empty-netter in the final minute for his second of the game to clinch the win.New York Rangers center Ryan Strome (16) celebrates his goal against New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) as Devils defenseman Eric Gryba (2) and Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) look on during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/ Bill Kostroun)Early on, the Rangers dominated the matchup between the area rivals and playoff also-rans in the Eastern Conference. They opened the scoring with two goals early in the first period.Vesey scored his 14th of the season off a scramble in front of the net at 4:48 just as a Devils penalty expired. A few minutes later and with a Devils power play about to end, Vladislav Namestnikov drew a tripping penalty on Drew Stafford to give the Rangers another man advantage. And they took advantage.With the power play nearly over, Kreider sent a no-look pass to Strome, who scored his ninth of the season. Buchnevich assisted on both of the goals.The Rangers kept up the pressure and made it 3-0. Kreider scored on another scramble in front of the Devils’ net for his 25th of the season. The Rangers outshot the Devils 15-4 in the period.“I think we’ve got to have more pushback, I don’t think we had a lot of physicality,” Hynes said. “I think we got outcompeted, I think we got manhandled on the puck.”NOTES: Vesey’s goal ended Schneider’s shutout streak at more than 85 minutes. … Saturday’s trade gives the Devils nine picks in the 2019 draft, including five in the first three rounds. … Kreider has scored at least 25 goals in a season for the second time in his NHL career. His career high is 28 in the 2016-17 season. … Zibanejad has reached 60 points in a season for the first time in his NHL career. … The Rangers tied a single-period season-high with three goals in the first period.UP NEXT:Devils: host the Canadiens on Monday.Rangers: face the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals in D.C. on Sunday afternoon.___By SIMMI BUTTAR, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ross Taylor looks to outshine Kane Williamson in possibly his last World Cup

first_imgNew Zealand batsman Ross Taylor enters his fourth, and almost certainly last, World Cup in the form of his life, raising the prospect he might even outshine Kane Williamson in England and Wales.The good news for New Zealand fans is that the former captain and his most recent successor in the role will be playing on the same team. They will be expected to provide a formidable three-four combination in the batting lineup.Both have been in superb form since the Black Caps reached the final of last World Cup but Taylor has overshadowed his 28-year-old skipper and risen to the top three in the International Cricket Council rankings.The 35-year-old has scored 2,892 ODI runs over those four years, placing him sixth in the list of most prolific batsmen headed by India captain Virat Kohli (4,306).Taylor, however, has played fewer games than everyone else above him and his average of 68.85 compares unfavourably with only Kohli’s 78.29. It is also significantly better than the seventh-placed Williamson’s 47.01.It is no coincidence that Taylor’s batting has improved markedly since he underwent surgery in late 2016 to remove a pterygium a benign growth that was affecting the vision in his left eye.In the 17 matches from the last World Cup until his operation he scored 692 runs at 62.90. Since the procedure, he has scored 2,200 runs at 70.96 in 42 games.A change in technique he is less fidgety and squarer on at the crease while his backlift has straightened has also helped and he has been knocking off a number of personal batting milestones.advertisementHe became the first New Zealand player to score 20 one-day centuries when he hit 137 against Sri Lanka in Nelson in January.The following month, he surpassed Stephen Fleming as New Zealand’s leading one-day run scorer when he flicked a single off Bangladesh’s Mehidy Hassan in Dunedin to move to 8,008 runs, a total which he has now extended to 8,026.Since the start of the year he has scored 593 runs and only been dismissed in single figures once in his 11 ODI innings a run of form he credits to the work he has put in off the field.Being a World Cup year, I have had a big focus on my one-day game, Taylor told the Middlesex website ahead of the start of a short-term contract for the English county last month.I am happy with the way things have gone. I’m not trying to put too much pressure on myself. It’s about just playing the situation.Also Read | Every captain would lose a left leg to reach World Cup 2019 final: Eoin MorganAlso Read | It’s just another game you need to win: Kohli on India vs Pakistan tie in World Cup 2019Also Seelast_img read more

Network for Good DonateNow by the Numbers

first_imgDid you know that people gave more than $7 billion online to charity last year? With Network for Good’s DonateNow service, we can help your nonprofit get your share. DonateNow is an online donation processing service for nonprofits to accept credit card gifts on the web. And with a low monthly fee of only $49.95, online fundraising is now affordable for even the smallest organization.What You Get for $49.95/month1. Money for your mission!Our customers raise an average of $29 for every $1 they pay for our services. That’s great ROI. We wish we got that in the stock market!2. A Rolls-Royce donor experience for the price of a Kia!Our services cost a fraction of the priciest, most feature-rich options out there, yet they include nearly all the same options. Now that’s a deal. And remember, cheaper services generate far less in donations because they don’t reflect your brand. Another brand’s shopping cart lacks the warm-fuzzy feeling donors should get from supporting you!We give you:YOUR BRAND FRONT AND CENTER – A giving page that looks EXACTLY like your website that you get to customize in all kinds of waysMONTHLY GIFTS – Recurring giving options for steady fiscal support to youHAPPY DONORS – Cool features for donors like donating in honor of someone or designating their gift for a specific purpose – plus you can provide thank you gifts for generous donors.CUSTOM RECEIPTS – Customized receipts that will make your supporters smileINSTANT GRATIFICATION – Instant notification when your organization gets a donationALL THE NUMBERS – Great donation tracking reports3. What IRS auditors want!If you want to keep it legal in accepting online donations, you need to file registrations for receiving donations. At present, more than forty states require nonprofits to be registered! Nonprofits that solicit donations in a given state may be required to register as a charity in that state. Network for Good is a registered charity in all requiring states! (That being said, we do recommend that you also seek professional advice for your unique situation in complying with applicable laws governing charitable appeals in the respective states.)4. Control that’s fun to exercise!We want you to call the shots. With our services, YOU choose the look and feel of your giving page. YOU decide what donation amounts to request. YOU choose the language in your thank-you receipts. We think you know your donors best, so we give you the creative control – and we make it easy for you to exercise that control. Our tools are extremely simple to use – no technology expertise required.5. A marketing and customer service A-team!Along with our services, you get marketing/fundraising tips and training that are so good, it’s like having your own agency! Our nationally renowned marketing, sales and customer service team members and guest trainers – along with our online Learning Center – ensure you’ll get the dollars flowing on DonateNow. And if you’re ever stuck on a thing, a nonprofit expert at Network for Good is just a phone call or email away. We’re here to make you a smashing success.Ready to get started? Contact Us to learn more about DonateNowlast_img read more

New report: Green is in, but trust in green claims is tenuous

first_imgBBMG’s second annual Conscious Consumer Report is out. The national study on purchasing behavior and social values is available here. Below are highlights from the report, provided by BBMG. They sound about right to me – there is a lot of skepticism about all marketing claims these days. And this is further proof that Wal-Mart has done quite a job turning around national opinion thanks to some high-profile moves to be more socially responsible.Consumers Like Green, but Are Skeptical of Corporate Claims. Nearly one in four U.S. consumers (23%) say they have “no way of knowing” if a product is green or actually does what it claims, signaling a lack of confidence in green marketing and revealing a widespread “green trust gap.” But consumers’ lack of trust does not mean lack of interest. The BBMG report finds that 77 percent of Americans agree that they “can make a positive difference by purchasing products from socially or environmentally responsible companies,” and they are actively seeking information to verify green claims. Consumers are most likely to turn to consumer reports (29%), certification seals or labels on products (28%) and the list of ingredients on products (27%) to determine if a product is green and does what it claims. Consumers are least likely to look to statements on product packaging (11%) and company advertising (5%), signaling deep skepticism of company-driven marketing. Interest in Green Holds Despite Tough Economy. Nearly seven in ten Americans agree (67%) that “even in tough economic times, it is important to purchase products with social and environmental benefits,” and half (51%) say they are “willing to pay more” for them.Price and Performance Still Paramount, But Green Gains Ground. Price (66% very important) and quality (64%) top consumers’ list of most important product attributes, followed by good for your health (55%) and made in the USA (49%). But green benefits have increased in importance since last year – including energy efficiency (47% very important in 2008, 41% in 2007), locally grown or made nearby (32% in 2008, 26% in 2007), all natural (31% in 2008, 24% in 2007), made from recycled materials (29% in 2008, 22% in 2007) and USDA organic (22% in 2008, 17% in 2007).Wal-Mart Tops List of Most and Least Socially Responsible Companies. When asked unaided which companies come to mind as the most socially or environmentally responsible companies, 7 percent of Americans named Wal-Mart, followed by Johnson & Johnson (6%), Procter & Gamble (4%), GE (4%) and Whole Foods (3%). Wal-Mart also topped the list of the least responsible companies (9%), along with Exxon Mobile (9%), GM (3%) and Ford (3%), Shell (2%) and McDonald’s (2%). Interestingly, 41% of Americans could not name a single company that they consider the most socially and environmentally responsible.Consumers Reward, Punish and Influence Based on Corporate Practices. Seven in ten consumers (71%) agree that they “avoid purchasing from companies whose practices they disagree with”; and approximately half tell others to shop (55%) or drop (48%) products based on a company’s social and environmental practices.last_img read more

How to convince your skeptical boss that social media has merit

first_imgskepticism by cbcastor via flickrI am asked almost weekly how to convince nonbelievers in an organization give social networking efforts a try. So I thought I’d answer that question here and as an upcoming guest post on Beth Kanter’s blog, since she’s likely given you many good ideas of how to use social media – and you’ve likely run into internal roadblocks on the road to Web 2.0.1. Change the subject: If you’re having a debate over the value of social media, you’re having the wrong discussion. The discussion should be about your organization’s goals – with web 2.0 being the means, not the end (see #2).2. Make it about what your boss already wants: Don’t position your web 2.0 idea as a social media initiative; frame it as your initiative to support your boss’s goals, in your boss’s language.3. Make it about the audience: A good way to depersonalize the web 2.0 debate is to make it about your target audience’s preferences rather than a philosophical tug of war between you and said boss.4. Sign your boss up to listen: Set up Google Alerts and TweetBeep for your boss, so she or he can see that there are already many discussions about your organization going on online. Once this apparent, two things are likely to happen. First, it will become clear that your organization no longer controls your message online – so worrying about social media causing a lack of control is not worth fearing. That day is already here. Second, it will be hard not to want to join those conversations online – which is what web 2.0 engagement is all about.5. Set some ground rules: Set a social media policy for your organization, so it’s clear how to respond to what you’re hearing – and what types of initiatives have internal support.6. Start clear and small: If you’re going to start an initiative, make it a small one with clear goals so you know how to measure success.7. Report, report, report: Share every little bit of progress and give your boss credit for it!Last – a word of caution. Don’t think you have all the answers. This isn’t a crusade, it’s a learning experience for everyone. You boss’s recalcitrance may be well founded. Make sure there IS a good case for your initiative and if it does fail, share and learn from what went wrong. There is no shame in gaining knowledge from mistakes – for you, or your boss.last_img read more

The ups and downs of transparency – read these posts

first_imgHere are some posts you should be reading. Transparency is a hot topic – the new black, really – so what does this mean? How much is the right amount? For whom? What are the ups and downs of demand for tranparency, which is here to stay.Read:Lucy Bernholz on transparency’s ups and downs.Allison Fine’s reflections on tranparency (be sure to read Lessig’s comment)David Roodman’s thoughts on Kiva in recent weeks amid this tranparency debatelast_img

Working with the Private Sector to Address Health Challenges

first_imgPosted on March 23, 2011June 20, 2017By: Emily Puckart, Senior Program Assistant, MHTFClick 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)Presenters at the recent Woodrow Wilson International Center Policy Dialogue highlighted a number of viewpoints and experiences in the nonprofit and private sector working to address a variety of health challenges. The presentations and discussions among attendees lead me to the question: How can we best leverage private partnerships to the benefit of women and children facing undernutrition? Unfortunately, while the answer to this question remains difficult to discern, there are emerging case studies which demonstrate how nonprofits can successfully partner with private companies to address some health problems.As I highlighted during a previous blog post, addressing undernutrition in women and children is most successful through a multi-sector approach. Since the underlying causes of undernutrition are varied, the remedies to address the problem must also cross programmatic sectors.One more potential partner in a multi-sector approach to undernutrition may be the private sector. Nonprofits can potentially leverage the research and development capacity of private companies, as well as their expertise in profit driven markets when working to address health problems faced by women and children.Laura McLaughlin, an environmental engineer at Cascade Designs, Inc. discussed the important lessons they have gleaned through their work with PATH on the Smart Electroclorinator. She highlighted the fact that private companies need to design products specifically for the end user in order to successfully sell their product. Products designed and produced by private companies to address health problems faced by women and children should also include them in their design process. Nonprofit organizations, which already work closely with end users in the field, can be unique partners in ensuring the needs of women are addressed by private companies. In this type of partnership, private companies can carefully tailor a product to a specific market, while women and children benefit from a product designed specifically for their needs.Including the private sector is not without challenges. Hugh Chang, the Director of Special Initiatives at PATH noted that private companies do need to make reasonable profits. Certainly this must change the relationship with non-profits, who if they have committed themselves to working with the private sector, must also learn to concern themselves with business models and profit margins if the partnership is to be successful. The drive for profits must also influence the relationship between women and private companies, since women and children become not only a focus of a health intervention, but also a source of profits.Despite the challenges in working with private partnerships, if these partnerships are sustained in the long-term, private partnerships could potentially have valuable expertise to offer women and children throughout the world, and the private sector may become a valuable partner in working to end undernutrition.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Ashoka Changemakers: More Health

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 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 Young Champions of Maternal Health were selected via an Ashoka Changemakers competition. Ashoka is teaming up with Boehringer Ingelheim for another competition that seeks innovation solutions to promote individual and community health. The deadline for submissions is next week.The Welcome Letter explains the various types of innovations that are eligible for the $10,000 prize:Eligible initiatives may target a wide variety of populations throughout the world and include (but are not limited to) those that:Increase access to quality health services and treatment: Innovations may incorporate strategies such as addressing cultural and financial barriers, lack of transportation, decentralized medical resources, and gaps in education and knowledge. Solutions may include initiatives for disease prevention and diagnosis, developing healthy lifestyles, or advocacy and awareness programs relevant to any life stage.Empower individuals, families, and communities to address local health issues: Innovations may engage and inform individuals, families, and communities, and allow them to directly participate in the management of their own health. These span a range of solutions from communal patient care initiatives to programs that nurture a culture of health within communities.Target vulnerable and underserved populations: Entries may include those that address conflict and/or post-crisis environments, poverty and development as related to health, mental health, or rural health.The potential to accelerate progress in the field of health is enormous. Help individuals, families, and communities achieve good health by submitting or nominating a solution today.For more information on the competition and to learn how to submit an idea, visit the Changemakers site.Share this:last_img read more

Don’t be a fool: it’s not about you

first_imgNow here’s a home page for you. Be sure to click on it for the full effect.What to say?First off, I have to credit Webpagesthatsuck.com for tipping me off to this splash page, which won the dubious honor of one of the worst nonprofit websites of the year.Second, I hope it made you laugh. It is the month of April Fool’s Day, after all.Third, this is no joke. It’s a microcosm of what’s wrong in nonprofit marketing. While this tacky look-at-me website and its flaming torches takes self-adulation to an extreme, it’s an apt representation of where we go wrong in online outreach. Too many of us are too focused on trumpeting our organizations and too forgetful of everyone else – the people we help and the donors who make that help possible. They deserve center stage, not our logo. We need to exit center stage and let the spotlight shine where it belongs: on other people.Bonus tip: skip the torches.last_img read more

Before and after: A website goes from good to great

first_imgWe’ve got a great story posted at Network for Good.Ken Hayes of Give2Give Hope has graciously allowed us to use Give2Give Hope’s site as an example of before and after. Thanks to the organization for the inspiration!give2givehope.org Before:I gave feedback on this site:Things I loved: * Photos of children* Donate button above the fold (meaning, you don’t have to scroll to see it)* Email signup above the fold* Tangible results are highlighted* Social sharing links top right, where they belong* Address is easy to find* Navigation is easy to understand and donor-centric Here were the things I cited to improve:* Make the home page a little less busy to avoid the paradox of choice* The site had a carousel of constantly changing photos that made it hard to really stare at and connect with one – I’d stick with one child, who you change on page refresh* The photo to the left with “sponsor and child” and the photos to the right on the carousel competed with each other and confused the visitor.* I wasn’t crazy about the childlike font — hard to read and not inspiring of trust.* Reduce the number of reading options.* Drastically shorten the text in the center of the page. Remember, people skim, not read, online.Here is the revised site – which is stellar:Beautiful work!In addition, I admire Give2Give Hope’s use of email signatures. Ken’s email signature reads as follows. It’s extremely well done:In 2009, on my first trip out of the country, I came face-to-face with poverty and suffering unlike anything I had experienced before… I held a child in my arms who had gone days without a full belly, who never owned a pair of shoes, who drank water filled with parasites, who didn’t even have a bed to sleep on. My heart was broken. God gave me a job to do that day, and with the help of many generous people along the way, Give2GiveHope is working to feed children both physically and spiritually and making a life-long impact on an entire community. Help Give2GiveHope provide hope for a better tomorrow by supporting us prayerfully and financially. Sponsor a child today for $30/month or visit our website at www.give2givehope.org for more information on how you can get involved. Great job!last_img read more

Two great (free) ways to advance your cause

first_imgToday, I want to pass on two really fun resources for your mission.1. My hero Tiffany Shlain has created an amazing new two-minute film with free customized versions for nonprofits all over the world. Over the course of six months, she asked people from all over the world to send videos of themselves feeling their heartbeat and thinking about what it means. This is the film that unfolded…. and she’ll make a version for your cause.Here is ALL you have to do: check it out. This is an incredible opportunity she sent me to share with you.One of the goals of Tiffany’s Let it Ripple is not only to provide free media for inspiring organizations, but also to show how their work is interdependent. She’d love for you to join the 100 plus organizations that are using these films gratis.Here is one of Tiffany’s TED talks as a bonus.2. If you’re in the Washington DC, area, I want to share a coupon for a big discount on this $150 Cause Placement conference. It focus on embedding cause-related messaging and marketing into movies, television, celebrity activation, publishing, music and gaming. It’s for blog readers, and if you enter KATYACOMP, your registration is free. But I only have 10 of those, so if those run out, try the coupon KATYA and you get $100 off. Enjoy!last_img read more

7 days agoLiverpool boss Klopp warns Solskjaer: No club willing to wait for success

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp warns Solskjaer: No club willing to wait for successby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has ducked questions about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position at Manchester United.The Reds go to United on Sunday.A Norwegian journalist asked Klopp if he had advice for Solskjaer. He replied: “I have no clue about his position really. It’s not important what you are writing, really. It’s more important what the board are telling him. I don’t have an opinion.”I want every manager to have as much time in the world but no club is willing to wait for success. “After my 29 games there was not 100 per cent agreement I was the perfect manager for Liverpool.”Klopp added: “We like to use atmosphere in our stadium it is incredibly helpful. Old Trafford is not too bad either. They said it – we are the perfect opponent. “I don’t think there are too many teams who want to play against us at the moment – it looks like Man United are the only one!”How much do I enjoy these type of occasions? A lot! It’s the salt in the soup. “Would love to prepare this game with a full week. But now we have an international break – same for both teams. “The players from the international duty they all came back healthy which is very important. So we have three or four days with the full squad to prepare which is a little bit comfortable at least. I love it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Advocates unite in BC to share international best practices on Indigenous language

first_imgSimon CharlandAPTN NewsIndigenous language advocates and speakers from around the world gathered at the 2019 International Conference on Indigenous Languages in Victoria, B.C., this week.“It was really important to bring our language champions from across British Columbia, Canada, and around the globe to celebrate and to hold each other up,” said Tracy Herbert of the First People Culture Council, which organized the event.“We also wanted an opportunity to share our gifts with each other, because there is some amazing work in language revitalization going on. And often when we get together this can really spark innovation that we can take home to our communities.”More than 1,000 delegates attended from over 20 countries.The conference heard 40 per cent of an estimated 6,700 languages spoken across the globe are in danger of being lost.But Lorna Williams of the University of Victoria said in Canada Indigenous youth are taking an interest in learning their languages.“It’s people everywhere who are feeling uplifted by their language, and who are willing to do something about keeping their languages alive,” she said.In its 2019 budget, the federal government announced $334 million in funding over five years under Bill C-91, the Indigenous Languages Act that was passed into law just last week. But it hasn’t yet decided how the money will be spent.The new law legislates some protections and supports for Indigenous languages – many of which are at risk of being lost – but has been criticized for not going far enough.Inuit have asked for Inuktut to be made an official language in Nunavut, and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has called for all Indigenous languages to be afforded the same legal status and protections as English and French.“Gatherings like this conference are important for sharing best practices – listen and learn from each other,” said Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde. “Your efforts to ensure that our Indigenous languages remain living languages matters immensely.”Williams said Canadians have a role to play, too, in Indigenous languages revitalization.“Each Canadian should be learning and knowing the language that their forebears came to, and where they now exist. And that’s what I urge every Canadian to do,” she said.scharland@aptn.calast_img read more

Morocco’s Ifrane to Host Popular Snow Festival

first_imgTaroudant – The Moroccan resort city of Ifrane will host from February 28 to March2, 2014 the 2nd annual Ifrane Snow Festival, according to the Moroccan daily Le Matin.   The Association “Tourtite” for the promotion of cultural, artistic, sports, and touristism activities and the preservation of the heritage of mountain towns will organize the event in collaboration with the Province of Ifrane which aims to promote the tourism potential of the city.Known as “Little Switzerland,” the Moroccan town of Ifrane will organize the “snow princess” contest to crown “Miss Snow Ifrane 2014,” to highlight the Amazigh region’s diverse culture. This year’s program includes a children’s village complete with a playground and various children’s entertainment activities, an exhibition of local products by various local cooperatives, and medical ? mobile centers? for the benefit of people in rural areas.The event will also feature activities to increase awareness of environmental issues and instill the principles of environmental protection in the minds of the local population and tourists to maintain the city’s ranking as the second cleanest city  in the world.Zineb Azira, a litle girl, was crowned Miss Snow of Ifrane at the first  Ifrane snow festival held in early February, 2013.  The event attracted thousands of visitors, both from Morocco and abroad.Perched on the heights of the Middle Atlas Mountain range in Morocco, the town of Ifrane is a cool resort for Moroccan families and tourist during summer, and a popular winter destination for ski-lovers in winter.Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributedlast_img read more