Pirates break loose, beat Athletics 5-0

first_imgPirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (47) delivers during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at PNC Park, July 10. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) by Will GravesAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) – Nothing lasts forever, not even the Oakland Athletics’ mastery over the Pittsburgh Pirates.Tommy Milone struggled following a lengthy rain delay and the A’s fell to Pittsburgh 5-0 on Wednesday night, the first time in franchise history Oakland has lost to the Pirates.The A’s came in 11-0 all-time against the Pirates since interleague play began in 1997, a streak finally snapped on a night Oakland had no answer for Pittsburgh’s Francisco Liriano.The veteran left-hander scattered four hits over seven innings following a nearly three-hour rain delay, momentarily cooling off one of the hottest teams in baseball.“Both teams have to go through (the delay),” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “I think Liriano had a little more to do with that. We’ve seen good before, but his slider was tough to pick up today.”Liriano (9-3) struck out six and walked one while trimming his ERA to 2.00 as the Pirates snapped a four-game losing streak. Pedro Alvarez went 2 for 4 and drove in two runs for Pittsburgh. Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and Jose Tabata also had two hits each for the Pirates.Milone (8-8) was coming off a season-high 8 1-3 innings in a win over Kansas City last week, but couldn’t get out of the third inning this time. He allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out two in his shortest outing of the season.“They were doing a good job of putting the ball in play and falling,” Milone said. “And even though they weren’t hit very hard, you always give yourself a chance when you put the ball in play and that’s what they were doing.”Marte doubled leading off the third, and Tabata followed with an RBI double. McCutchen drove Tabata home with a single, and Alvarez followed two batters later with a single to center that scored McCutchen.That was enough for Milone, who needed 80 pitches to get through 2 2-3 innings. He was replaced by Pat Neshek, who made his first appearance since June 29.The rust showed.The Pirates began the night hitting an NL-worst .226 with runners in scoring position but went 5 for 9 on Wednesday after Russell Martin and Alvarez hit consecutive RBI singles in the fourth.The margin, however, allowed the A’s to get a glimpse at the future. Former first-round pick Sonny Gray made his major league debut barely 24 hours after being called up from Triple-A Sacramento. The right-handed pitcher looked ready, striking out three and allowing one hit in two innings of work.“I didn’t know if I’d be nervous or not, but I wasn’t nervous at all,” Gray said. “I can remember back in spring training kind of getting nervous, so nervous I didn’t even know how to throw the ball to the catcher. But tonight, I don’t know what it was but I was more relaxed than I’d been pitching in Sacramento.”The A’s aren’t sure how long Gray will stick around during his first stint in the majors, but he impressed Melvin with his poise and his stuff.“I thought he was really good,” Melvin said. “You can have some nerves and sometimes that shows up in command — but he was on it right away.”So was Liriano.The veteran left-hander began the season on the disabled list while recovering from a broken right (non-throwing) arm and didn’t make his debut until May 11. In less than a month he has resurrected his career and surpassed All-Star teammate Jeff Locke for the team lead in victories with his fourth straight win.Liriano tossed Pittsburgh’s only complete game of the season in a 6-2 victory over the Cubs last Friday then backed it up with seven sharp innings against the AL West-leading A’s. Mixing speeds artfully, the 29-year-old Liriano allowed only two runners to reach third base.This marked the 24th time in 25 games a Pittsburgh starter has allowed three earned runs or fewer. The 13th shutout of the season dropped the Pirates’ team ERA to 3.09, easily the best in baseball.NOTES: The Pirates begin a three-game series on Friday at home against the New York Mets. Charlie Morton (1-2, 3.38 ERA) starts for the Pirates against Jeremy Hefner (4-6, 3.39). … Oakland ends the first half of the season at home against the Boston Red Sox. Jarrod Parker (6-6, 4.04) starts for the A’s.last_img read more

UAE journalists on South Africa tour

first_img12 March 2012There is more to South Africa than Nelson Mandela, as a group of journalists visiting from the Middle East as guests of Brand South Africa are finding out.The latest Brand South Africa media tour sees a group of journalists from the Middle Eastern region visiting the country.The aim of these media tours is to expose the international press to South Africa’s business environment, as well as its regulatory and policy systems, and to boost positive press coverage abroad.This is especially important in nations where Brand South Africa has no country manager.United Arab EmiratesWith reporting from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) appearing in publications across the Gulf and well into India, the media there will gain a greater overall understanding of how South African business works and how it has developed.The tour will emphasise South Africa’s progress in the sectors of energy, finance and mining; give journalists a glimpse into the country’s diversity of arts, culture and heritage; and inform them of South Africa’s well-established Muslim community and the way in which they are accommodated, including specialised Islamic business practices.The media tour follows a state visit by President Jacob Zuma to the UAE in November 2011. It is hoped that this strategy will help to facilitate business partnerships and investment with entities and those from the UAE and other Gulf states.At a dinner to welcome the group to South Africa, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said that South Africa has a lot to offer, and there is great potential for business between the country and the UAE.SA ‘a serious player globally’“South Africa is at the centre of major shifts in the globe,” Matola said. “The country is a serious and relevant socio economic and political player globally.”Agro processing, energy, skills and technology have been identified as some of the major sectors where South Africa and UAE could form partnerships.“We believe there is more scope for investment and to work together,” said Matola.“I am looking for a reason to visit South Africa that is more than Nelson Mandela,” said Syrian journalist Bahaa Al awam, reporting for Sharjah-based Al Khaleej, the UAE’s top Arabic daily and one that is read by influential people such as government officials and decision-makers in business.He explained that his first thought about South Africa was of its former president and Nobel Peace laureate, now 93 years old and long retired from public life.‘I realised that Mandela was not fighting alone’“Then I did some more reading about your history, politics, economy and languages,” said Al awam, “and I realised that Nelson Mandela was not fighting alone for freedom, but that there were many people in the revolution.”He said that he didn’t know this until just before his trip, but was now keen to know more about the various reasons people visit South Africa.The country’s strong points for leisure tourists are its magnificent wildlife, spectacular landscapes, fascinating heritage, general friendliness of its citizens, and proven ability to host major international events such as the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the COP 17 climate change summit, and many others.Gulf News reporter Mahmood Sabri said he worked with a number of South Africans who primed him for his tour to the country.“They all raved about South Africa and made me really look forward to coming here.”For the group of five, it was their first visit to South Africa and each of them showed a keen interest in the country and its history, and said they were excited to be here.A quick tour of historyHowever, the tour started off on a very Mandela-centric note, with a visit to Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia north of Johannesburg. This heritage site was previously an African National Congress hideout and the place where Mandela, posing as a gardener, eluded the authorities until a raid in 1963 and subsequent arrests led to the infamous Rivonia TreasonTrial.Afterwards the journalists headed for Soweto and the historic Mandela House, where they were treated to a brief summary of Mandela’s life after he arrived in Johannesburg in the 1940s.They were guided around the little house, built in 1945, where Mandela and his family lived amid unrest and fear in the township. Mandela went underground in 1961 but the rest of the family stayed on until they too were sent away.After Mandela’s release the family moved back into number 8115 Vilakazi Street, Orlando West.Historic suburb of FordsburgThe historic suburb of Fordsburg was next on the itinerary. This area of downtown Johannesburg was originally set up for workers on the nearby gold mines but eventually came to house Johannesburg’s Indian and Muslim communities, as well as coloured, Chinese and Jewish people. This gave the suburb the multicultural sparkle for which it’s known today.One of Fordsburg’s well-known spots is the Delhi Palace, where up-and-coming lawyers Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo ate in the 1950s. The Fordsburg community fell victim to the forced removals in the 1970s, when many Indian families were transferred to Lenasia, about 30km away.The journalists rounded off their first day’s sightseeing with a visit to the Constitutional Court, where the doors are never locked and the public may freely enter the courtroom, even while it’s in session.Standing around the ever-burning flame of democracy, the group learned more about the history of the site. For much of its life it was a military outpost and prison, known as the Old Fort prison complex, a notorious institution where political prisoners and common criminals, both men and women, were held under the harshest of conditions.It became the site of the Constitutional Court in the 1990s, and today the site is as much a historical monument as it is a vital part of South Africa’s legislative system. The Constitution, which turns 15 in 2012, is viewed as South Africa’s supreme law.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Statement: State Security says no immediate threat to US interests in South Africa

first_imgSouth Africa’s Ministry of State Security assures that there is no threat to U.S. facilities or interests in South Africa after law enforcement agencies investigated warnings of a possible attack by “extremists”. This comes after the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Pretoria alerted its citizens on Tuesday, 8 September, of such an attack on South African soil.The Ministry of State Security has noted media reports relating to the statement issued by the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa relating to security concerns.We confirm that there has been an interaction between ourselves and the U.S. authorities on this matter. At this stage we can confirm that after verification of same by our law enforcement agencies, there appears to be no immediate threat or danger. We will however continue to monitor the situation, working with everyone including the U.S. authorities.We also wish to reassure the public that government will continue its efforts to ensure the safety of all citizens and residents.We reiterate our resolve to work with members of the international community in creating a safer and secure world and to ensure that South Africa remains a safe destination for anyone who wishes to travel here.last_img read more

Fajardo’s chances for BPC plum slim but still a solid pick for MVP

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games Lions tab playoff bonus Nevertheless, the Cebuano behemoth, who tried to carry the Beermen with equally imposing numbers of 19 points, 22 rebounds five blocks and two assists Wednesday, is still a force to reckon with in the season-ending awards.Already with three MVP awards tucked under his belt, Fajardo is currently leading this season’s race with 38.4 SPs, ahead of teammate Alex Cabagnot (33.5) and Globalport’s Terrence Romeo (32).Former MVP Arwind Santos is fourth (31.5) and Talk N Text’s Jason Castro fifth (31.1).The 6-foot-11 Fajardo holds the distinction of winning three straight MVP plums.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH SPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the Beermen’s sorry loss to the Gin Kings—which also ended the Beermen’s season and their Grand Slam hopes along with it—is expected to hurt his chances of winning the BPC race.The race will include numbers punched in by players in the semifinal round. Read Next Fajardo, an unstoppable force never before seen in the league, was leading the statistical race for the Governors’ Cup BPC trophy at the end of the elimination round.He accumulated 37.9 SPs after averaging 18.5 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and two blocks to lead Meralco’s Chris Newsome (33.27) and Barangay Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter (33.09).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch run BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar dunks over San Miguel’s Junemar Fajardo and Arwind Santos. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonJune Mar Fajardo, who was a one-man juggernaut in San Miguel Beer’s duel against Barangay Ginebra, may have seen his chances of winning a second PBA Best Player of the Conference award this season slip away.But he sure has a solid claim for this year’s Most Valuable Player plum.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

Gilas confident of chances vs Japan, Taiwan

first_imgKris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games Reyes keeps door open for injured Romeo “I think we have a very good chance against Japan, I think we have a very good chance against Taiwan,” Reyes said during Gilas’ sendoff at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Pasig.But that’s not taking Gilas’ rivals lightly. In fact, Reyes cited several concerns that Gilas will have to deal with.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The main difficulty in Japan is going to be the weather, it’s going to be cold and they have the advantage of familiarity and crowd support. So those are the things that we’re going to contend with,” Reyes said.“Secondly, if we decide to put Andray in the lineup, we would essentially have five practices with us before the match. Those are the negatives of the situation.”center_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Gilas Pilipinas pool. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Smart SportsNational team coach Chot Reyes is confident about Gilas Pilipinas’ chances heading into its Fiba World Cup qualifying matches against Japan and Chinese Taipei later this month.The Philippines, which is aiming to book a return trip to the World Cup after its historic stint three years ago in Spain, faces Japan on Nov. 24 in Tokyo before hosting Taipei three days later at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Naturalized big man Andray Blatche has yet to join Gilas, though, the former NBA veteran is expected to arrive in Manila late Saturday night.“The difference is that Chinese Taipei has been together for a much, much, much longer time than this team has. They have played with Quincy David since 2012 so that’s five years already and counting so they are very familiar,” Reyes said.“Same thing with Japan, Ira Brown is a resident import in the Japanese league.”Gilas leaves for Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_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

How to Build Relationships and Achieve Fundraising Success in a Web 2.0 World

first_imgPresented October 10, 2008 at the The Technology in the Arts Conference in Pittsburgh. Download the slides [PDF] below.Social networking tools like Facebook, MySpace and blogs were the hot topic of the past year. So are they worth your time?  How can you fundraise successfully with Web 2.0?  Does using the Internet mean getting rid of your offline marketing tactics?Establishing your organization’s brand and presence on the Web, with opportunities for potential donors to learn, blog, question and connect, leads to community-building and, ultimately, long-term giving. Join Jono Smith, director of marketing at Network for Good, to learn how to build affinity for your organization and use your Web presence to turn Web visitors into Web donors.Session attendees will leave with:Practical tips for how (and why) to dive into online fundraisingAn understanding of the new “Web 2.0? model of online communicationsHow and why community-building works for fundraising, and how you can empower your supporters to become champions for your causeWhy Web 2.0 makes community-building easier for youSession Leader:Jono Smith is responsible for marketing Network for Good’s online fundraising services to nonprofit organizations.  Network for Good is a nonprofit organization that helps other nonprofits raise money and reach supporters online.  Network for Good has processed more than $200 million in donations for 30,000 nonprofits since its 2001 founding by AOL, Cisco and Yahoo!.  Prior to joining Network for Good, Jono spent eight years at SunGard Higher Education, where he was responsible for managing the company’s marketing efforts in Europe and the Middle East.  Jono also held marketing and sales positions at SCT and Campus Pipeline, before their acquisitions by SunGard.  Prior to this, Jono served in the Clinton Administration as Special Assistant to the Director of White House Communications.  Jono holds an undergraduate degree in English from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.  In his personal time, Jono has raised over $10,000 for AIDS vaccine research.last_img read more

Katya’s websites of the week: toilets and trips

first_imgI’m starting a new feature in 2009 – website(s) of the week. This week’s have nothing to do with marketing – they have to do with urination and travel! Because I want to make your life easier not just as a marketer but also as a fellow human being. In the future, I promise to sometimes feature content relevant to marketing.This week’s winners:Check out MizPee to find the nearest clean toilet to where you are now. Ratings available – measured by little toilet paper roll icons. (I read about this in today’s Wall Street Journal.) I’ve always been too intimidated to rate anything at Zagat’s but this I could do.Check out TripIt for your next journey. When you get all your confirmations from airlines, hotels, etc., just hit forward to their email address and they assemble a nifty little itinerary for you! They’ll even tell you the weather! I learned about it from TechCrunch, natch.last_img read more

Write for Fundraising123!

first_imgNetwork for Good welcomes submissions of bylined contributions from guest authors. If you are interested in joining our more than 100 contributors on a one-time or regular basis, here are some guidelines:Articles should be original material that hasn’t been published previously. Include your byline, a brief bio (no more than 25 words) and links to other writing or presentation samples (if available). We do not publish author photos.Articles should offer readers clear tips, ideas advice or take-aways about online fundraising and/or marketing. Bullet points are good. Short and pithy is good.Submissions may be edited for style, clarity or length.Copyright is retained by the writer. although we prefer work that is licensed under a Creative Commons license. With a Creative Commons license, you keep your copyright but allow people to copy and distribute your work provided they give you credit — and only on the conditions you specify.We do not pay guest contributors for articles.Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we regret that we are unable to publish all works submitted.If interested in pitching an article idea, please contact us at [email protected]last_img read more