Pearce on Sturridge’s contract and Balotelli’s struggles

first_imgLiverpool Echo reporter James Pearce has told talkSPORT he expects Daniel Sturridge to sign his new deal at Liverpool in the coming days.The England striker, who has been injured for the majority of the season so far, is set to put pen to paper on a new five-year deal with the Reds after scoring 32 goals in 46 games for the club since his move from Chelsea.And Pearce also passed comment on the performance of Mario Balotelli in their 1-0 Champions League defeat to Basel.He believes the Italian striker is a world away from the player Brendan Rodgers believed he signed and feel his dire display against the Swiss side is one of the major reasons why the Reds struggled at St Jakob-Park.last_img read more

Memorial match for ‘Roycee’ raises over €4,000 for Irish Kidney Association

first_imgDUNLEWEY Celtic have presented the proceeds of a recent memorial match for Michéal ‘Roycee’ Roarty to the Irish Kidney Association House.Dunlewey held the match on August 4 at Glentornan Park.The game was in memory of Michéal, a player with the club who was one of four young men to lose their life in a horrific accident in west Donegal in January. The game raised funds for Irish Kidney Association House in Beaumont, Dublin as Michéal was a patient in the Renal Centre there a few years ago and his family selected this charity when approached about the game.The memorial match helped to raise €4,255.00 with the thanks of the local communities and beyond. Michéal ‘Roycee; RoartyThe club said: “We would like to thank everyone who donated and came out to support us on the day even though the weather was against us. “We would like to thank all the players that got involved and all the ladies that helped serve the food and all the sponsors that were kind enough to donate to us, Roarty’s Shop Dunlewey, An Chúirt Hotel, Donegal Bouncy Castles, Óstán Loch Altan, The Dunlewey Committee, Eamonn Coyle Memorials, Paul A Roarty Electrician and Ionad Cois Locha.” Memorial match for ‘Roycee’ raises over €4,000 for Irish Kidney Association was last modified: October 9th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DunleweyDunlewey CelticIrish Kidney AssociationMícheál RoartyRoyceelast_img read more

Fans call for boycott, react to Giants owner’s controversial donations

first_imgFans of the San Francisco Giants have taken to social media to voice their outrage over recent political donations made by one of the team’s owners, Charles B. Johnson.Charles Johnson, chairman of Franklin Templeton Investments, is also the principal owner of the San Francisco Giants.Civil rights activist Dr. Harry Edwards and Oakland-based attorney John Burris announced a “total boycott” of the Giants Sunday after election filings revealed that Johnson had donated the maximum $2,700 to the …last_img read more

It is up to every one of us to sell South Africa

first_img“If we are serious about marketing the country to the world, we must engage the brand ambassadors who are ordinary South Africans,” says Brand South Africa’s Wendy Tlou. (Image: Brand South Africa) • Brand South Africa infobrandsouthafrica.com PO Box 87168, Houghton, 2041 Tel: +27 11 483 0122 Fax: +27 11 483 0124 • National Development Plan: Utopian dream, practical blueprint • Forum focuses on active citizenship • A freedom timeline: 20 years of democracy • Mandela Day has improved South Africa’s generosity • Infographic: Vision 2030 and the National Development PlanWendy TlouBranding a nation is like branding a sugary beverage or a pop star (even those with questionable talents). The goal is the same: maximise brand value and remain relevant to your audience.Like any brand, nations change, values change and so should the message about the chosen or perceived brand identity.If we are serious about marketing South Africa, we must be clear about what our values are.Branding South Africa is critical to the future of the country for the trite reason of competitiveness and much-needed direct foreign investment.The process of brand development and leveraging the value the brand brings without engaging the diverse people of the country is a plan that is sure to fail.That we have not invested in the exercise of ingraining a common vision that will inform our overall brand as a nation may be seen as a sign that we are not serious enough about how we market South Africa to its own people and to the rest of the world.We are taking chances. In sustainable marketing, buying our own hype is not an option – our marketing ingredient has to be real, otherwise anything else will see us pay dearly in the long run.Branding a country or state, and branding a nation, are mutually exclusive tasks.A credible country can exist without a strong nation, but a country is stronger with the existence of a powerful national brand, an inclusive one at that.Central to a nation is a shared and common culture.A culture that is not limited to whether you are from the north or speak a particular language, but rather a culture of common understanding, one where we uphold the fundamental values that allow all the people of and in South Africa to be who they are, without anyone infringing on their rights.A culture that embodies the ideal that together we are stronger, but divided we are vulnerable.We must address the fact that South Africans are inherently polarised and are thus unable to effectively develop and own a common culture, due to our race and class differences.I suppose it is safer to talk about this after a hotly contested election. Perhaps we don’t trust one another to believe in the same ideals.The impact of partisan politics is perhaps the biggest contributor to lack of unity.Our overall disinterest in the national narrative makes it easy for us to be sold bogus ideas by entities who have only self-interest and profit-making at heart.We are so desperate that the smell of meat on a braai and the ephemeral excitement derived from sport has become our assumed identity, our brand as a nation.While we must celebrate how we embraced one another over the past 20 years during huge sporting events that we had the privilege to host, we do have to ask ourselves whether there was enough follow-through to maintain such a momentum.One would have hoped that there was no better time than the celebration of 20 years after democracy to rectify the error.Can we honestly say that we are underselling the story of our 20 years of achievement?The legacy and brand of Nelson Mandela, our progressive constitution, Table Mountain and hosting the World Cup, among others, are too limited tools in our arsenal to fulfil our mission of achieving solid leadership and dominance on the continent, remaining the gateway to the rest of Africa.They are too limited to ensure we are respected and unmatched – not only because of what we have done, but because of what we are focusing on and investing in for future generations.Being a breathtakingly beautiful country alone is not enough.Knowledge, innovation and excellence are fundamental to any brand.The Americans are arrogant in their pursuit of maintaining global dominance.They are unequivocal about being the standard.They are unrivalled in terms of education, innovation, sports and military capability.They say and believe that they lead because no one else will – and they back it up.Why are we unable to strive for the same on the continent and have the vision, political will and hard work to back it up?We may not be there right now, but a systematic and inspired effort to get there, an aggressive crafting of a new narrative around a collective move to fix our education system and making South Africa a safer and more secure country is just as sexy a story as that of the Big Five at Kruger and the wonderful wines in and around Stellenbosch.For this, decisive and uncompromising leadership from the top is required. We must identify key areas of focus that place us shoulders above other large economies that are a real threat to our economic prowess and leadership on the continent. These focus areas must guarantee returns and have an effect in a relatively short amount of time.The strategy of having several focus areas is ineffective, because South Africans are impatient.We want results now.The concept of planning decades ahead and working for tomorrow is not what we preach.The high levels of instant gratification in the private lives of South Africans are indicative of this challenge. This stifles our potential to create credible institutions, led by brilliant minds, to include in the brand value we offer the world. We want to know that there is imminent change that is not dependent on who will occupy the highest office in the land, but on the will of South Africans – and that it will serve their interests first and foremost. We need to attach equal importance to the development and encouragement of citizen loyalty and efforts to attract foreign investment.When South Africans are proud and committed to the development of the country, everyone will do their bit to ensure that those interested in investing do so with the kind of confidence that will encourage long-term investment in several sectors.Featuring locals in television adverts is cute, but it is not enough to make the project of marketing South Africa, to South Africans and abroad, exceptional.Properly integrate South Africans in the branding and marketing of their own country. Get more people to participate in keeping the cities and villages clean, not just for visitors, but also for themselves, so that they are also proud of their country.Brand Proudly South African must be given life from our products, content and – importantly – through the lives of ordinary South Africans.Let us be honest and clear about who we want in our country, what they bring and how they can help solidify Brand South Africa.When we are marketing South Africa, do we have in mind the Ivy League graduate looking to do exciting and innovative work in Africa, or the less skilled miners from Zimbabwe?The Ivy League graduate is just as valuable as the miner – however, their contribution to the development of the country is different.We expect that their economic activity will significantly benefit key industries, including tourism, which continues to perform positively in parts of the country.But without a stronger message about prioritising safety, security and reliable infrastructure, we will not be able to attract the calibre of visitors that our economy needs to grow at levels that we need.We must be unapologetic in the pursuit for quality individuals to make South Africa their professional and economic home. If not, we merely overburden ourselves by taking on more people to cater for.The pressure under which public facilities find themselves cannot be understated. If we are serious about marketing the country to the world, we must engage the brand ambassadors who are ordinary South Africans.Limiting our potential to aesthetics is problematic – we can create, we can think and we must tell the world this. We can charm and impress with more than just a three-minute video of pretty South Africa on YouTube.Tlou writes in her personal capacity. During the day she is the marketing and communications director for Brand South Africa.last_img read more

Still Fighting the Same Battles, 20 Years Later

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in When I began working at the Journal of Light Construction in 1999, I was assigned to edit the magazine’s Q&A column. At all of my various jobs since then, I’ve been called on to help answer questions submitted by residential designers and builders.Over the last twenty years, I’ve been asked the same three questions again and again:No matter how many times my colleagues and I try to wrestle with these issues, the questions persist. I feel a little like Phil Connors in the movie Groundhog Day.  If I was effective at my job, you might think that these questions might taper off in frequency — but they don’t. These stubborn questions return again and again, and experts’ efforts to answer them are ineffective.So why are these questions so thorny? As I began to ponder these issues, I wondered:After mulling these issues, I realized that I don’t have any simple answers. But it’s worth untangling a few threads to figure out what’s going on.These problems elicit a variety of reactions from builders, including some shoulder shrugs. But these aren’t trivial problems. Imperfect knowledge can result in expensive mistakes — and these are not victimless mistakes. Every month of the year, GBA hears from homeowners facing $20,000 and $30,000 repairs for avoidable problems.The residential construction industry inexplicably accepts a high rate of defects — defects that include damp basements, moldy insulation, persistent ice dams, and grossly oversized HVAC equipment. Our industry needs to start seeing these defects as unacceptable. The auto industry would never accept this level of defects.Right now, the residential construction industry is failing to consistently build good houses. We need a paradigm shift.Let’s look at these three questions, one at a time.Poorly insulated cathedral ceilings… center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

Valencia beats Barcelona 2-1 to win the Copa del Rey

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Like at Liverpool, defensive lapses doomed Barcelona to a 2-0 deficit by halftime.Other than getting a lift from defender Gerard Pique, Barcelona was inspired again by Messi, who tried to almost singlehandedly win the game for them in the second half. The club’s all-time greatest scorer hit the woodwork before scoring in the 73rd minute when he put in a rebound of a save by Valencia goalkeeper Jaume Doménech. But his best effort to force added time was an off-target header with five minutes remaining.Valencia’s eighth Copa del Rey title and first since 2008 capped the celebrations of its 100th anniversary since its founding. After a poor start to the season, it came on strong and set a club record with 17 matches in a row without a loss en route to reaching fourth place in the league to clinch a Champions League berth. It also made the Europa League semifinals.“I am so happy. I have been with the club for eight years and have been through some tough moments. This club deserves more moments like this,” said a tearful Dani Parejo, who helped Valencia dictate the match until he was substituted for a right leg injury.With Luis Suárez and Ousmane Dembele injured, Valverde aligned Sergi Roberto, who normally plays at right back, next to Messi and an uninspired Coutinho.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war FRENCH OPEN 2019: A look at younger, less-famous challengers DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles05:25Convicted mayor links Bilibid doctor to corruption02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES The result was a toothless team that relied on Messi to generate almost all of its attack.Valencia needed more than four minutes before it could complete consecutive passes, but its first attack was inches away from producing a goal if not for the timely intervention of Pique, who rushed back to clear Rodrigo Moreno’s shot from the line.There was no stopping Kevin Gameiro’s shot from just inside the edge of the area in the 21st when Gabriel Paulista sent a long ball to José Gayá breaking unmarked down the left flank. Gayá found Gameiro, who used one touch to dodge the tackle of Jordi Alba before firing home.With Barcelona in disarray, Rodrigo made it 2-0 in the 33rd when Parejo broke Barcelona’s pressure, and launched Carlos Soler, who sprinted past Alba and sent a pin-point cross right to the head of Rodrigo.Barcelona improved after Valverde sent on midfielder Arturo Vidal and forward Malcom for the second half for Nelson Semedo and Arthur, who have recently returned from injury.Messi hit the far post in the 56th, then scored when Doménech did well to parry a header by Clement Lenglet from a corner by Malcom. The ball fell to Messi to finish off his 51st goal of the season.“Anytime you win a league title, you have to call it a good year,” Pique said. ”(But) we finish the season with a bittersweet sensation.“We are FC Barcelona and have the obligation to win all competitions. We have to congratulate Valencia and look to start next season even stronger.” Valencia players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Copa del Rey soccer match final between Valencia CF and FC Barcelona at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville, Spain, Saturday. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti)SEVILLE, Spain — There was no lifting of a winner’s trophy this time for Lionel Messi.The Barcelona star had to settle on receiving the runner-up plate from Spanish King Felipe VI after Valencia beat his side 2-1 in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too The defeat ruined Barcelona’s chance to earn a second consecutive domestic double and an unprecedented fifth Copa del Rey in a row.More importantly for coach Ernesto Valverde and players in question such as Philippe Coutinho, who again did little to help Messi in attack, the loss puts a disappointing finish to a season that just weeks ago was lined up for the treble.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We weren’t able to meet the expectations that we created,” Valverde said. “A month ago we were celebrating the league title. Fifteen days ago we were thinking we had a chance at a treble. And we came up short in the decisive moments in both the Champions League and the Copa del Rey.”Barcelona’s first defeat in the Copa since losing the 2014 final came two weeks after it suffered a stunning 4-0 turnaround at Liverpool in the Champions League semifinals, squandering in remarkable fashion a 3-0 first-leg win. MOST READ View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Free webinar: Mastering the in-person ask

first_imgIf the thought of asking for a donation in person makes you sweat, Network for Good’s next free webinar is for you.Tune in Tuesday, April 16 at 1 p.m. Eastern to hear fundraising expert Jay Frost give nonprofits the insider scoop on garnering support via one of the most powerful methods — the in-person ask.Join us and learn answers to the following: How to ask for donations in a way that is comfortable for youHow to identify your unique asking strengths and best use themWhy asking for gifts doesn’t have to be so scary!Register here.last_img read more

Facebook Ads – Are They Right For Your Nonprofit?

first_img1. What is my goal?Without a goal, your ad campaign will mean nothing and you will be simply throwing money away (and trust me, Facebook doesn’t mind taking it). A reasonable goal could be an increase in email signups from your website. When you create your ad, this will be called the “advertising objective” – it’s what you want people to do when they encounter your ad. Cody suggests (and I agree) that you pick a goal much more in depth than simple clicks to your website. Do you want to measure “website conversions”, which means that when people visit your website, they take an action and “convert”?A successful “conversion” could be signing up for your email newsletter, subscribing to your blog, or making an online donation. 3. Can I afford it? Much has been written recently about the changes in Facebook’s algorithm and its pay-to-play philosophy.Many nonprofits who spent years or months building up an engaged online community on the biggest social network are now seeing a dramatic decline in the number of fans they are able to reach with each post.If this sounds familiar, you may be wondering if Facebook Ads will help your nonprofit reach more fans and get more bang for your Facebook buck.At the recent Social Media for Nonprofits Conference in Boston, Cody Damon of Media Cause provided some insightful advice on whether or not a nonprofit should jump into the Facebook Ads ocean.Before you sit down and purchase a Facebook Ad for your nonprofit, ask yourself these three vital questions:center_img 2. Can I measure it?Whatever the objective, make sure that you can measure it. Just saying “raising awareness for my nonprofit” may not be enough, unless you have specific benchmarks in place to measure your progress.You need to know what success looks like. What will happen if your Facebook Ad is successful? What will have changed? Clients frequently ask me about the price of Facebook Ads. Unlike traditional newspaper ads or billboards, there is no set price for a Facebook Ad.You can set your daily budget, or “lifetime” budget, and you will need to choose a CPM (cost per thousand impressions) or CPC (cost per click bid). You only pay for the impressions or clicks that your ad receives, and if they are targeted well, this can be very effective.If this all seems like Greek to you, you are probably not ready to run a Facebook Ad without outside help. Facebook has a great help center on their website, and there are many firms and consultants who can help you set it up and run it.General best practices for your Facebook Ad:It must be eye-catching and well-written. Do not use your logo and call it “Come to our website!”It must have a photo. For all ads, the best size image to upload is 1200×627 pixels,The photo cannot contain more than 20% text.If it directs to an outside website, it should direct to a specific landing page, rather than just the main home page of your website.For more on using Facebook Ads to build your online community and engage with your fans, read these great posts by Jon Loomer, John Haydon, Nancy Schwartz and David Serfaty.Julia Campbell works with nonprofits to help them raise money online, conquer social media, and become content experts. Her blog on nonprofit marketing is at www.jcsocialmarketing.comlast_img read more

14 Reasons Donor Management Will Save You This Year

first_imgStill tracking your donors through five different versions of Excel spreadsheets, endless email chains, and Post-It notes? Let’s be real:  you need a better way to manage your individual donors.A donor management system will save you time and will help you be a smarter fundraiser. Not sure how this works? Here are the top 14 ways a donor management system will help you this year:Raise more money by targeting donors. Smart donor management allows you to easily create dynamic lists and develop targeted campaigns to donors based on giving history, average gift amount, and more.Eliminate repetitive, manual, and time-consuming tasks by automating standard processes and workflows. Free up your staff to focus on building relationships instead of administrative tasks.Track campaign results in real time. Spend less time (and money) on tracking results from your campaigns and more time planning your next one.Remove the need to sift through multiple spreadsheets and applications to find donor data. Once you move to a donor management system, it’s all in one place and accessible online so you can look up information anywhere.Know how you are progressing towards your December goals. Online fundraising data flows into your donor database to automatically update charts and reports giving you a clearer picture of how close you are to achieving your fundraising goals.Understand your donors and their behaviors. Storing detailed information like donation, volunteer, event attendance, demographics, and participation information will help you better understand what you donors want from your organization (and what they don’t want).Share information between staff and volunteers. A donor database will help you avoid confusion and have everyone operating off the same information. No more searching through an inbox to find the latest version, it’s all stored in one place and updated in real time.Check donor information on the go. Take your filing cabinet with you by having mobile access to view and enter notes right after you make a donor visit.Retain your year-end donors and build stronger relationships. A great donor management system will send automatic thank you emails for donations and reminder emails for pledges that are yet to be fulfilled.Get the most from all your tools with seamless integration. Connect email marketing, donation forms, and peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns so every bit of data is stored in one place.Keep donor relationships strong even when staff turnover happens. Notes are stored in a donor record so when a new staff member starts, all communication history is at their fingertips.Allow staff and volunteers to see only what they need to see. Control access to constituent information by setting permissions to records and data fields.Track incoming funds and pledges. View progress in a dashboard format that is board meeting ready.Remove the need for IT resources to hold your hand every step of the way. A good donor management system should be easy to set up and maintain by development staff. You shouldn’t have to wait on IT support to do your job.With the right donor management, smarter fundraising tools, and a solid campaign plan, you’ll be all set to raise more this year—and for years to come.last_img read more

How to Make the Most of Your Year-End Donors

first_imgThis is what we all know:  December is huge for individual giving.In 2014, Network for Good saw thirty-one percent of the year’s online giving happened in December, and 12% of the year’s gifts came in during the last 3 days of the year. There’s still time to reap the rewards of this last-minute activity. With all of the time, effort, and money you put into your final fundraising campaigns, make sure your get the most out of your year-end donors with these tactics:Create a Great ExperienceEach aspect of your campaign—and especially your donation page—should reinforce a supporter’s decision to give while making it quick and easy for them to complete their donation. This means all of your materials should echo your key fundraising messages and incorporate your nonprofit’s branding. Each part of your campaign should be an continuation of the conversation you’re having with your potential donors across all of your outreach channels.Offer Suggested Donation AmountsDonors are looking for cues for how much to donate. While they may have a number in mind, they’re not really sure what level will make an impact. In addition to letting donors fill in their own donation amount, give donors a shortcut by offering suggested giving amounts that take the guesswork out of how much to donate.By presenting defined choices, supporters have context on what might be considered a “low” amount vs. a higher end contribution. This not only makes it easier for your donors, these suggestions can actually motivate donors to give more. Showcase Recurring Giving OptionsIn your fundraising appeals and on your online donation pages, always include the option to make a recurring gift. Well-positioned recurring gifts give supporters a way to give every month for the next year, instead of just one year-end donation. This is a win-win situation for everyone involved—donors can give more over time and you have a steady stream of dependable funds. Attach giving levels, special perks, and impact descriptions to monthly gift tiers to make recurring giving a more attractive option. If you don’t have a donation page that will help you increase your average gift size and encourage monthly giving, it’s time to make a change. Get a personal tour of Network for Good’s donation pages today.Enable and Encourage Social SharingMake it easy for your donors to share your message and raise money on your behalf by giving them tools to share your message via social media and peer-to-peer fundraising tools. Include social sharing buttons on your donation confirmation and thank you pages, in your thank you letters, and in follow-up emails. Provide copy and paste or pre-programmed messages to allow your donors to easily spread the word. Since enthusiastic supporters are often your best spokespeople, let their passion create a wave of donations by teaching them how to set up a fundraising campaign with a peer-to-peer fundraising page.Collect the Data You’ll Need in 2016As you reach out to donors this giving season, set yourself up for success by tracking and recording your results along the way: from email open rates to donation history. You’ll learn what’s working and what’s not, and you’ll pave the way for a strong retention strategy because you’ll know exactly how you should talk to each type of donor that comes in the door. Your best bet is to have an easy-to-use donor management system in place to collect this information in December, which will enable you to quickly analyze and act on that information in January. Don’t have a donor management system that makes your life easier? We can help. Schedule a personal tour today.Have a Solid Donor Stewardship PlanTurn first-time or casual givers into repeat donors by sending them a warm, timely thank you letter, and then keep them up to date on the impact of their donation. Stay in touch so that they feel like a true part of your community and can relive the helper’s high over and over again. When donors know their gift was appreciated and made a difference, they’ll be more likely to give again. Of course, these efforts will also help you keep your current loyal donors devoted for years to come.last_img read more