City’s top girls’ post player Saunders commits to Gannon

first_imgON THE BOARDS—Lanise Saunders from Allderdice fights for a rebound against Westinghouse in City League action last season. (Courier Photo/William McBride/File) by Malik VincentIt’s not just her 6’2” frame that attracted programs wishing to sign Lanise Saunders to a full athletic scholarship. In fact, multiple sources have indicated that it’s just a plus.Cleve Wright, Saunders’ future college basketball coach at Division II Gannon University in Erie, certainly thinks so, as well. “The thing that made me want Lanise to be a part of this program the most was who she is,” Wright said. “People who have the type of heart that she has, make great teammates. And her size, intelligence, and knowledge of the game is certainly something we will be glad to have.”Saunders was a 2011 selection to the New Pittsburgh Courier All-City first team for her great junior campaign in which her Allderdice team was crowned league champs.To go along with what she brings to the court, Saunders has a 4.217 grade point average. That has attracted Division-I interest from Ivy League programs like Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania.“I just felt extremely comfortable with Gannon,” said Saunders, who signed a National Letter of Intent in November. “Yes, going to the Division I school would have been nice, but after visiting Erie and meeting their coaching staff and everyone, I know this was the right place for me.”The starting center for the City League girls basketball three-peat Dragons plans to major in electrical engineering in college. Her coach, Dave Walcheskey, believes that her smarts, hard work, and dedication is what makes her such a success.“A player of her caliber comes maybe once every 15 years or so,” he said. “She’s such a quiet leader and helps us in so many ways. She’s a very unselfish player. Her stats would be much higher, if she didn’t look out for her teammates so much. Her persistence to get better and how smart she is, really has made her into such a great player for us.”She attributes most of her success to a best friendship that she has with, who most people consider Allderdice’s best player, Janay Bottoms. The 5’4” point guard was honored as the Courier’s girls’ basketball player of the year this past June. She was pictured on the front cover— with superintendent of schools, Linda Lane— in the honorary luncheon’s special tabloid edition.“If it wasn’t for the never-ending support of Janay and her family, I’m not sure where I’d be,” Saunders said. “I wasn’t the best player starting out. I always had good size, but I was pretty uncoordinated there was so much I had to learn about the game. She would stay after practice with me and make sure I improved.”The dynamic duo has shared much success. But Saunders recalls one moment when her friend called her at the beginning of last season and made a bold prediction.“(Janay) called me and told me that we were going to go 16-0. She said we weren’t going to lose a single game,” she added. “We were going to be perfect and that we’d get another championship.”Lo and behold, the Dragons did exactly that and got past Westinghouse, a perennial power in the City, for the third time to claim the title. Saunders made it plain that she wants another one before it’s all said and done.“I think we have what it takes to get another one before I go to college,” Saunders mentioned. “We have some new talent coming in and I can’t wait to get them in and going. It should be a good year.”(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected]­pittsburghcourier.com or on [email protected])last_img read more

Sony Pictures Sports Network returns with the second leg of UEFA Champions League –…

first_imgAdvertisement 29eNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsimatrWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E50bz6( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2f00pcWould you ever consider trying this?😱ytaaCan your students do this? 🌚39Roller skating! Powered by Firework ~ The matches will be telecast live and exclusive on SONY TEN 1 & SONY TEN 2 channels in India from March 11, 2020~Advertisement The first leg of UEFA Champions League – Round of 16 witnessed thrilling clashes between the 16 teams, vying to mark their places in the quarter finals of this prestigious tournament. The clubs will yet again battle on the field as a part of home and away format, trying their best to keep the aggregate score in their favor. Let’s take a look at the first round of high-octane clashes scheduled for the second leg of Round of 16.Advertisement Paris Saint-Germain vs Borussia Dortmund – PSG are under pressure to perform after losing 2-1 to Borussia Dortmund in Germany but they do possess the talent to turn this Champions League tie around. The French aristocrats looked dangerous for long periods of the second half at Westfalenstadion and were rewarded with a goal from Neymar but Erling Braut Haaland, who is on a sensational goal scoring spree, took his UEFA Champions League tally for the season to ten with two strikes to stun the traveling Paris fans. The 19-year-old became the first teenager to score 10 goals in a Champions League season, having previously netted eight times for RB Salzburg in six Group E games. With England winger Jadon Sancho and 17-year-old Giovanni Reyna also impressing up front in the opening encounter, Dortmund have a youthful and vibrant forward line playing without fear but the French side are usually much stronger on home turf and the likes of Neymar and Mbappe will look to tear down the Dortmund defence with their immense pace and skills.Watch Paris Saint-Germain vs Borussia Dortmund Live and Exclusive on SONY TEN 1 and SONY TEN 1 HD on 12th February 2020 at 1.30 am (IST) Advertisement Liverpool F.C. vs Atletico Madrid– Liverpool welcome Atlético Madrid in their UEFA Champions League round of 16 decider and will look to pull off another famous comeback after losing 1-0 away to Atletico Madrid at a raucous Wanda Metropolitano. Diego Simeone’s men put in a display of trademark resilience once Saúl Ñíguez had given them a fourth-minute lead in the first leg, but still fresh in the memory is the manner in which the Reds incredibly overturned a 3-0 first-leg deficit against Barcelona in last season’s semi-finals at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp will hope to rekindle the spirit of that amazing night and will look to start on the front foot from the outset in this return fixture. Atlético holds an advantage, but it’s a tenuous advantage with only a draw needed to qualify. Liverpool on the other hand, must break Diego Simeone’s stalwart defense to keep hope alive of winning the European trophy in successive seasons. Watch Liverpool F.C. vs Atletico Madrid Live and Exclusive on SONY TEN 2 and SONY TEN 2 HD on 12th March 2020 at 1.30 am (IST) RB Leipzig vs Tottenham Hotspur F.C. – If there’s a blueprint for how an underdog team can successfully open a two-legged advantage against a quality club, RB Leipzig showcased it to perfection in the first leg against Spurs in North London. Going into the second leg, RB Leipzig looks to be holding all the aces against an injury-hit Tottenham as they welcome the English team to Germany. Even though the German side looked a lot sharper than Spurs in the first leg, Leipzig are far from convincing on their home ground, losing 2-0 to Lyon at this venue and only drawing 2-2 with Benfica in the group stages. Tottenham have a mountain to climb without injured front men Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, but the form of the home team on their home ground will give them a few moments in the game to get a grip on the tie and qualify for the quarter-finals.Watch RB Leipzig vs Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Live and Exclusive on SONY TEN 2 and SONY TEN 2 HD on 11th March 2020 at 1.30 am (IST)UEFA Champions League is among India’s most loved football tournaments and has gained increasing popularity in the last few years. Indian fans can catch the best footballing action in the world only on Sony Pictures Sports Network this season with premier international properties like Serie A, UEFA Europa League, FA Cup, UEFA EURO 2020 and many more. Watch the Round of 16- Leg 2 of UEFA Champions League live and exclusive from 11th March 2020 only on Sony Pictures Sports Network DateTimeMatchBroadcast Destination11/03/2001:30RB Leipzig vs TottenhamSony Ten 2 SD & HD11/03/2001:30Valencia vs AtalantaSony Ten 1 SD & HD12/03/2001:30PSG vs DortmundSony Ten 1 SD & HD12/03/2001:30Liverpool vs Atletico MadridSony Ten 2 SD & HD Advertisementlast_img read more

ANGER AS RECRUITMENT FOR SENIOR DIETICIAN POST YET TO START

first_imgPearse Doherty TDDeputy Pearse Doherty has reacted angrily to confirmation from the HSE that formal approval to commence recruitment to fill a Senior Dietician Post in Donegal has not yet been granted, despite the position having been sanctioned as part of the HSE Service Plan for 2016.The confirmation comes following a Dáil Question tabled by Deputy Doherty in which he called on the Minister for Health to give a timeframe for when he expected that the position would be filled.The HSE has now confirmed that the formal notification needed to begin recruiting for the vacancy has not yet been given, meaning that the recruitment process has not yet got underway. Deputy Doherty said “A total of 36 posts were sanctioned under the HSE’s Service Plan for 2016 as part of the implementation of the Government’s Diabetes Cycle of Care Programme which began late last year.“These posts included community based diabetes nurse specialists, podiatrists and dieticians, and Donegal was to receive one of these Senior Dietician posts as part of these plans.“However, following months of patients having seen little or no progress in relation to this post being filled, I immediately raised the issue with the Health Minister and I demanded that he give a timeframe for when he expected that this position would be successfully recruited.“I have now received confirmation from the HSE that despite the fact that 18 Dieticians had been approved by the HSE across the state in order to support the Diabetes Cycle of Care Initiative, the formal notification from the Primary Care Division which is required to commence recruitment has still not be administered. “This means that even though the Programme to improve services for Type 2 Diabetes sufferers commenced in October last year, this positions, which has been identified as being required in order to implement the service here in Donegal, has yet to be filled.“In essence, not only is the post still vacant, but the formal notification needed to begin recruitment has not even been given yet.“Diabetes patient advocacy groups are naturally extremely concerned that this post hasn’t been filled, particularly here in Donegal where groups estimate that there are over 8,000 people living with diabetes, and they claim that many patients are not receiving sufficient care at present.“Patients have informed me that GPs delivering the Cycle of Care programme in Donegal are also extremely frustrated because they are unable to refer high risk patients to more specialised services, because there is no Dietician in place to treat referrals within the County.“At a time when there has been a significant increase in the prevalence of diabetes across this state, particularly Type 2 Diabetes, it is simply not good enough that treatment and symptom management is being left solely in the hands of primary practitioners. “In the coming days, I will once again be demanding answers from the Minister and an explanation as to why a Senior Dietician has yet to be recruited to serve Diabetes patients here in Donegal who clearly deserve better than what they are currently receiving in order to meet their long term care requirements.”ANGER AS RECRUITMENT FOR SENIOR DIETICIAN POST YET TO START was last modified: June 28th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:Deputy Pearse DohertyDIETICIANdonegallast_img read more

Tata Consultancy expands in SA

first_img31 October 2007Global information technology (IT) services provider and outsourcing company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has in partnership with an empowerment partner launched a local subsidiary, TCS South Africa, to strengthen and expand its operations in the country.“We see South Africa as a key strategic market for TCS and also as a gateway to southern and central Africa,” TCS chief executive and managing director Subramaniam Ramadorai said in a statement last week.“Through our own subsidiary, we will be well-placed to contribute to the economic growth of the country and its businesses by bringing in global best practices and world-class technology solutions.”TCS is part of the US$29-billion Tata Group, which already has extensive operations in South Africa through subsidiaries like Tata Motors, Tata Steel and VSNL, which is the largest single shareholder in South Africa’s second landline operator, Neotel.Ramadorai said the new model would help the company make a greater contribution to the South African economy by investing in the skills of its IT professionals by providing world-class training, and also bringing global best practices to help increase the competitiveness of South African businesses.Opening a subsidiary is also in line with TCS’s global strategy to have a direct presence in the countries in which it operates.The statement adds that TCS South Africa will have equity participation from local black economic empowerment groups to ensure a high level of social governance and localisation of services and skills.“To help its customers in South Africa, TCS has already created a near-shore delivery capability in Johannesburg, from where we are providing support services for our financial services products implemented in South Africa,” TCS chief operating officer N Chandrasekaran said.“The South African operations will emerge as a hub to serve customers in the southern and central parts of Africa.”TCS already does business in South Africa, with the government as well as with leading companies in the banking and financial services, manufacturing, energy, telecommunications and retail sectors.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_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

4 Tips for Subject Lines That Work

first_imgBefore: Take the Farm Friends SurveyAfter: Farm Friends Asks: What’s Your Fantasy Meal? Subject lines are more important than you might think. On average, at least 100 emails flood your constituents’ inboxes every single day. That’s a lot of digital noise to shout over, which is why your email subject lines need as much TLC as the content inside. Here’s a simple, four-step makeover to help transform your subject lines from ho-hum to “Oh, wow!” 1. State the ObviousDon’t dance around the point of your email. Talk straight to your recipients about what they’ll find inside. You can be creative and pique curiosity, but for best results, make sure you answer the question, “What’s this email about?” If you make readers think too hard, they may just opt to delete without reading and move on to their next message. For newsletters, highlight the key piece of content you’re sending—a subject line like “Fall 2013 Newsletter” is easy to gloss over in a busy inbox.Before: All the news that’s fit to emailAfter: The Top 10 Women in Science 4. Keep It ShortMake every word count. After you’ve written your subject line, go back and delete words or phrases that don’t add value. Ideally, stick with around 50 characters or less. Some studies have found that the 28- to 39-character range is the sweet spot for maximum open rates.Before: Final reminder to make reservations to attend the Strutting Dog Gala on October 15, 2013!After: Strutting Dog Gala: Last day to RSVP! 3. Avoid the Spam TrapWhy bother with killer content if your subject line gets it caught in the spam filter? Keep your message front and center by avoiding things like cute symbols and special characters—spam filter magnets that attract the wrong kind of attention. Subject lines containing the words help, RE, or FWD are often interpreted as scams.Before: ♥♥♥You will LOVE these PREMIUM GIFTS for your donation!!!♥♥♥After: Cool donor gifts from Heart Healthy Houston! 2. Stand Out from the Crowd In a sea of emails, it helps to be a little different. Add a touch of visual interest with brackets, quotes, a smidge (just a smidge) of all caps, or an exclamation point (just one!). Personalize your subject line with the recipient’s city or state, which typically generate higher open rates than first or last names. Instead of telling people what’s inside, try asking a question that piques their curiosity.Before: SafeSurf loves its volunteersAfter: SafeSurf LOVES its volunteers! Before: Hot dog! Get down and boogie with your beagle!After: Join Long Island Pet Rescue’s Fall Frolic Before: RE: Help a veteran find a homeAfter Homes for Heroes Fall Fundraiser wants you! Revamping your subject lines with these simple tips can make a big difference in your email open rates. You might even see a boost in constituent engagement and giving!Don’t forget:Your email subject lines can show how much you respect your constituents’ busy schedules by telling them exactly what they’ll find inside.It’s okay to add a little visual interest to your subject line, just don’t overdo it and catch the eye of the spam filter instead.Short and sweet is best when it comes to subject lines. Always try to keep them under 50 characters. Before: Books for Kids is Coming to your neighborhoodAfter: Books for Kids is Coming to Newport!last_img read more

5 rules for thanking donors

first_imgHere at Network for Good we experienced a busy giving season right up to the final hours of 2013. This is good news for nonprofits, as we saw a 16% increase in dollars donated compared to the year-end fundraising season of 2012. After all of that activity, it can be tempting to take it easy for a few weeks now that January is here. Of course, the reality is that your work with donors is just beginning. Now is your opportunity to begin turning year-end donors into your long-term partners in good. To do so, you need a solid plan to welcome these donors, keep them informed, and build relationships with them throughout the year. The first step is to keep the magic alive with a well-planned donor gratitude strategy. Here are some things to keep in mind:Thank your donors as soon as possible. Ideally, your online donors have already received an automatic thank you and receipt, and offline donors are receiving their thank yous in the mail shortly. Thanking donors promptly is not just common courtesy, it’s positive reinforcement of their decision to support and trust your organization.A receipt is not a thank you. Yes, you must make sure your donors get donation receipts that include information on tax deductibility. That said, if the most interesting line your response to a donor’s gift is “No goods or services were received by the donor as a result of this gift,” you’re doing it wrong. (See also: IRS rules on acknowledging contributions.)One thank you is not enough. You’ve acknowledged all of your year-end donations with a proper thank you. You’re done, right? Not so fast. One great thank you is a good start, but don’t forgo regularly thanking donors to keep them up to date on the impact of their gifts. Don’t leave donors wondering, “Whatever happened to that person/animal/cause in need?”Don’t forget other donation sources. Acknowledge every donation your organization receives, whether they come from your direct mail campaign, your online donation page, or from third-party sources such as employee giving programs, peer-to-peer fundraisers, or online giving portals. Understand all of your donation sources and tailor your notes of appreciation, where necessary. New donors coming in from a peer-to-peer campaign, for example, may need a more formal introduction to your organization than donors you’ve directly solicited.Make sure your thank you is sincere and memorable. You may have a template for your donor thank yous, but if your thank you feels like a form letter, it needs more work. Express authentic gratitude for your donors’ generosity and put them in the middle of the work you do. Use photos, quotes, and even video to help bring these stories to life for your supporters. Give donors a thank you so amazing that they can’t wait to show it off to their friends and family. Need some help with your thank you letters? Here are a few resources from our learning center: How to Treat Your Donor Like Your SuperheroKey Qualities for Amazing Thank You Letters3 Things Your Donor Thank You Should Do6 Keys to Donor RetentionAre you sending an amazing thank you this year? Have you received one? Share your examples in the comments and we’ll feature the best ones in an upcoming post!last_img read more