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Arsenal players filmed inhaling nitrous oxide

first_imgEPL: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola picks on Liverpool’s Sadio Mane Jurgen Klopp to Liverpool fans: Don’t repeat senseless attack on Manchester City Arsenal said Friday they will “remind players of their responsibilities” after a video emerged that appears to show a number of stars inhaling nitrous oxide. Players including Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Matteo Guendouzi feature in the footage, which appears to come from CCTV footage and was published by the Sun newspaper on Friday. In a statement Arsenal said: “The players will be spoken to about this and reminded of their responsibilities as representatives of the club.” Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas or “hippy crack”, is freely available although it is technically illegal to sell it for recreational purposes. In the video, which reportedly comes from a London venue shortly before the start of the current season, other Gunners players including Henrikh Mkhitaryan can be seen rejecting the offer to use the gas. The footage is the latest to show top players being linked with nitrous oxide.Related News Red-hot battle on cards! Raheem Sterling was warned by his then club Liverpool after footage emerged of him using the substance in 2015. In the same year, Jack Grealish was warned by the then Aston Villa manager, Tim Sherwood, after pictures emerged of him appearing to inhale the gas, and Saido Berahino was reprimanded by West Brom for a similar incident in 2014. When an image was posted of then Tottenham player Kyle Walker in 2013, he apologised on Twitter, writing: “I won’t be doing this again and hope that no one else is influenced into putting their health at risk by my actions.” Arsenal, under new manager Unai Emery, are currently fifth in the Premier League table and are unbeaten in 20 consecutive matches in all competitions. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more


November 22, 2019 0

Paris Saint Germain soar, fans sore

first_img On Sunday, coach Thomas Tuchel told Canal+ he had “no news” on Neymar’s future and that he would have to “find solutions without” him. Edinson Cavani’s controversial VAR penalty in the 24th minute set PSG on their way at the Parc des Princes, after supporters had made their negative feelings towards the absent Neymar clear. A fine second-half display from Kylian Mbappe — with a goal and an assist for Angel Di Maria — showed Tuchel the obvious solution to Neymar’s impending exit, and gave the capital club a perfect start to their bid for a third straight French title and ninth in total. “We are not going to lie. We will see what happens with Neymar — but it’s not the same team,” said Mbappe. PSG fans display a banner which reads, “Neymar, get out” prior to their French league match against Nimes in Paris on Sunday. Pic /AFP PSG sit level with Lyon, who beat Monaco 3-0 on Friday, at the top of the fledgling table, and will be hoping to occupy that position for the rest of the season. Former Barcelona forward Neymar’s two years in the French capital since PSG made him the world’s most expensive player have been plagued by injuries and controversies. Home fans unfurled a banner before kick-off translating to “Neymar, get out”. Other banners slammed his recent comment that his fondest memory in football was inspiring Barcelona’s stunning 2017 Champions League comeback against PSG, while one called Neymar “heartless”. Neymar has been linked with a return to Barca or a move to their arch rivals Real Madrid. Tuchel handed Ligue 1 debuts to centre-back Abdou Diallo and midfielder Pablo Sarabia, who joined from Sevilla. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Paris: Paris Saint-Germain brushed off the ongoing Neymar transfer saga by kicking off their Ligue 1 title defence with a straightforward 3-0 victory over Nimes on Sunday. Neymar, 27, was left out of the squad the day after PSG sporting director Leonardo said talks about a possible sale of the Brazilian were “more advanced than before”.Related News Lionel Messi faces Cristiano Ronaldo, Van Dijk but no Neymar for Ballon d’Or Lionel Messi: Almost quit Barcelona over tax fraud case Neymar escapes with warning over altercation with fanlast_img read more


November 22, 2019 0

Overcoming Resume Time Gaps, Blemishes & Other Job Search Obstacles: Live Discussion W…

first_imgDoes your resume speak to what you can really achieve? Are you having trouble connecting with would-be employers? Or, feel like companies are giving off the impression “don’t bother applying here” because of your current unemployment status? Glassdoor career expert Liz Ryan is here to help.Join Liz for a live call on Wednesday, September 1 at 6:00 p.m. PDT/ 9:00 p.m. EDT.Liz will explain how to effectively tell your career story in your resume, and she’ll offer up five ways to address any gaps in employment. So whether you’re unemployed or simply looking, you’ll walk away with useful advice on how to effectively talk about your experience and background.To register for this one-hour “teleseminar,” click here. Spaces are limited so register early so you won’t miss the opportunity to get Liz’s advice and ask questions that can help you in your job search.Look forward to seeing (or hearing) you there!last_img read more


November 22, 2019 0

Three Myths Of Professional Networking; How To Mine Your Network For A Job

first_imgIt feels like you’re doing something wrong when work is hard to come by. Finding a job is supposed to be as easy as writing your resume, searching online for opportunities, sending in your resume, getting an interview, and then going to work. But if that doesn’t pan out, you’re supposed to be able to mine your network for opportunities. However there are often misperceptions and misunderstandings when it comes to professional networking and referrals. Below are three common myths I’ve come across:Myth: Any referral can helpNone of the myths about employment cover the fact that the economy makes a difference you can’t control. What I mean is that if your network doesn’t include access to growing companies and organizations, you are out of luck. For example, if you’re looking for a job in the auto industry, it’s going to be tough to find a job in Detroit no matter if you look for a job online or if you try looking for a job referral through your network.Myth: Getting a good referral just needs a cocktail partyYou need to create connections with people who have jobs or people who know them as a way of making your network work. But, shaking their hands, swapping business cards or meeting them at a networking event simply isn’t enough to make it play. A connection who doesn’t have all five of the following attributes can’t be helpful. A good person for a recommendation must:Know someone who has jobs and the authority to fill them;Be credible with that person;Be able to pledge her credibility on your ability to do the job;Know you well enough to bet her reputation on you; and,Believe that your behavior will reflect positively on her.That’s a tall order.Plus keep in mind that over the course of a lifetime, most people get to know a group of 300 or 400 people. Whether or not you can network for a job within that group depends entirely on how many people with jobs are a part of your circle or theirs. In many cases, there’s just nowhere to go. It’s a part of the class structure of our society that the people who have jobs are often not a part of the networks of people who need them.Myth: Your network knows who you are and what you doJobs come from relationships and recommendations. But, there’s a nuance to this reality that escapes most people. It’s not who you know. It’s who knows you and what they know about you that really matters. That means that you have to find ways to give your connections direct experience of you, your work ethic and skills.The best way to do that is an upfront exchange. Give your newly minted connections the chance to work with you. Tell them that you want them to know you as a worker. Offer them a no-risk 30-day free trial of your services.Here are three ways to get recognized:Find out where they volunteer their time and become a volunteer there;Offer to come work directly for them at no cost or as an independent contractor for the trial period; orPlace an ad on Craigslist to contract your services so that employers can find you.last_img read more


November 22, 2019 0

Five Ways To Use Twitter To Search For Jobs

first_imgThree career experts recently released The Twitter Job Search Guide, an information-packed, step-by-step guide to advancing your career and finding a new job by spending about 15 minutes a day with Twitter. The book’s authors, Susan Britton Whitcomb (@SusanWhitcomb), Chandlee Bryan (@chandlee), and Deb Dib (@CEOCoach), have all developed loyal followings on Twitter and have used the social media tool to build their own personal brands. In this guide, they offer 235 pages of strategies and advice to help you do the same.Here are five of their tips for leveraging the power of Twitter to find the job you want:Keep your goals in mind. You’re not using Twitter to chat with your buddies, although you may do that occasionally. If you’re going to accomplish something in 15 minutes a day, you need to be focused on communicating your individual brand and value to your target audience.  Build that audience deliberately. Want to work at a company like Accenture or Starbucks? Research the companies you’d like to work for, and follow their recruiters and hiring managers. In many cases, they’ll follow you back and shortly, you can have a captive audience for job-searching questions. You can also read and respond to their tweets to learn more about their needs and personalities and begin building relationships with them.Focus on relationships. It’s easy to get preoccupied with your own personal job search, but remember that Twitter, like any form of networking, is about building relationships. That means you should be giving back (by responding to others’ questions or providing useful resources) as often as you are asking for help or asking questions.Show what’s in it for them. The authors of The Twitter Job Search Guide recommend developing a branded value proposition, which “answers the employer’s question, ‘What’s in it for me?’ with a clear, concise message that expresses tangible benefits from your services.” For instance, how will you help the company make money? Do you bring the right chemistry to fit within the company’s culture?Learn to be brief. Twitter’s mandatory limit of 140 characters in each tweet can teach you to mince words and communicate great meaning with fewer of them. Whitcomb, Bryan and Dib even recommend transferring this skill to your printed (or emailed) resume. A “Twit-Fit” resume is made up of about 10 tweets, each tightly focused on what you bring to the table, the proof of your performance from past positions, and the specific skills, passion and process that make up your personal brand.Job-searching with Twitter really can work; the book includes numerous examples from people who have secured the jobs they wanted through relationships or inside information found on Twitter. So if you’re in the job market, keep tweeting (with a purpose)!last_img read more


November 22, 2019 0

Insider outsider

first_imgOn November 5, the Samajwadi Party (SP) celebrates its 25th birthday. It will be, in keeping with large family occasions, a tense affair, rife with resentment, mutual suspicion, sidelong glances and much fevered whispering. Amar Singh will feel right at home. The ‘outsider’ blamed for exacerbating the rift between father,On November 5, the Samajwadi Party (SP) celebrates its 25th birthday. It will be, in keeping with large family occasions, a tense affair, rife with resentment, mutual suspicion, sidelong glances and much fevered whispering. Amar Singh will feel right at home. The ‘outsider’ blamed for exacerbating the rift between father and son, uncle and nephew, Singh has made an extraordinary return to mainstream politics. Nominated to the Rajya Sabha by Mulayam Singh Yadav in May, an announcement that shocked other SP leaders who, after six years without Singh around, might have been forgiven for thinking they’d seen the last of his brand of relentless politicking. In September he was made the party’s national general secretary. And, now, with the Uttar Pradesh state elections just months away, the party stands on the brink, before campaigning has even got underway, of ensuring its own defeat. Even Singh must be surprised at the speed with which it has all unravelled.Once known for being the perpetual house guest of the rich and the famous, the great and the good, Singh sat on a sofa in his own expansive farmhouse on the outskirts of Delhi on October 11 and considered the years he has spent in the eye of the whirligig. He was once the pivot, the fulcrum around which, it sometimes appeared, the worlds of politics, business and the movies revolved. He knew it. And he made sure you knew it too. It was a different Singh on the sofa. Physically wrecked, having lost his kidneys and part of his intestine, he claimed he was exhausted of the media attention and the vertiginous social ambition that characterised his life in the spotlight. It is hard not to be sceptical.advertisementThrust by Mulayam into the breach as a loyal soldier in what has become open, internecine war, Singh’s wish for a quiet life has not been granted. Akhilesh Yadav, the UP chief minister, and Mulayam’s son, is considered by most to be the obvious successor to his father. His principal opposition is Shivpal Yadav, reportedly Mulayam’s favourite brother, the SP’s state president, and leader of what might be termed the party’s old guard. Singh is the most prominent, most recognisable member of that old guard. On October 23, Akhilesh sacked his 61-year-old uncle, Shivpal, for the second time, stripping him of various portfolios, including the public works and revenue departments. Three other ministers were sacked. An MLA present at the meeting in which the decisions were made said, anonymously, that Akhilesh claimed that anyone with “ties to Amar Singh” could not also be part of the government.Azam Khan, the veteran MLA and UP cabinet minister, had restrained himself to a snarled “sordid” when asked about Singh’s nomination to the upper house. As the split widened, he told reporters that only one “outsider is to blame” for the party’s fissures. Khan has not been able to forgive Singh for bringing the former BJP leader and UP chief minister Kalyan Singh into the SP in 2009; Kalyan Singh was, of course, chief minister when the Babri Masjid was razed. Another MLA, the SP’s Maharashtra president Abu Azmi, also blamed “only one man”. “Amar Singh hatao,” he said, “Samajwadi Party bachao.” Ram Gopal Yadav, a cousin of Mulayam and Shivpal, has been strongly supportive of Akhilesh, writing a letter addressed to party members that claimed those who opposed the chief minister had “minted crores and misused power”. Mulayam responded to Shivpal’s sacking by expelling Ram Gopal, one of SP’s 19 Rajya Sabha MPs, from the party for six years on the peculiar, unsubstantiated charge of “colluding with the BJP”. Amar Singh, meanwhile, has chosen to keep his counsel. Happy to talk for hours, just a week before the crisis came to a head, repeated calls since have gone unanswered and text messages unreturned. “A rat who looks like a mouse,” is how one party insider, who wished to stay anonymous, summed up Singh’s cunning and the deceptive danger he represents. Ram Gopal Yadav is more direct-“you’re surrounded,” he wrote to Mulayam after his expulsion, “by demonic forces.”Supporting cast: Amar Singh with then CM Mulayam after he won the 2003 no-confidence vote. (Photo: Maneesh Agnihotri)”I am super saturated,” Singh says, of his return to front line politics just months before the closely fought UP assembly elections, “and there is no ambition left.” His satisfaction these days comes not from palace intrigue, from the scheming of courtiers, but from hard-won knowledge of what is important in life. He launches into a story about tribal girls he is raising in Udaipur, a project he is working on alongside Sandip Verma, or Baroness Verma, a Conservative member of the House of Lords, before digressing into the failures of those who have conspired to keep him down, rounding into a peroration about his business success and the power and security of being able to provide financially for your family, and concluding with a couplet.”Sahaj hai seedhi rah pe chalna (it is easy to walk on a straight path),” he begins. And you realise you are being given the full Amar Singh treatment-how in the space of a single anecdote he can be sincere, wise, self-serving, disingenuous, charming, and corny. How he can drop names to remind you how extravagantly well-connected he is; how he can claim humility and lack of ambition and revel at the same time in defying his enemies and doubters; how he continues to be fuelled by the sort of pride and amour propre that enables him to hang an enormous oil painting of himself in the faux rococo lobby of his mansion; and how, as he continues to recite his couplet-“dekh ke uljhan bach ke nikalna/koi ye chahe maane na maane/ bahut hai mushkil gir ke sambhalna (tackling a problem, picking yourself up after a fall is very difficult, whether or not you believe it)”-committed he is to his shtick.advertisementHowever hard he tries, you cannot allow yourself to be disarmed by Amar Singh. To begin to believe the line he is selling. Why, if in his six-year exile, cast out of the SP, unceremoniously ‘unfriended’ by Amitabh Bachchan and Anil Ambani, and even briefly imprisoned, Amar Singh rediscovered “the value of family”, has he chosen again the life he now disavows as so much frippery?The simple answer is that Amar Singh wants to play in the game, not sit on the bench. For all his talk of repairing his relationship with his daughters, whose milestones, first word, first step and so on, passed him by while he posed for pictures with the Bachchans, Singh only faded from the scene in 2009 because he was, in his own words, “tainted”. The SP had expelled him and his ally, the actress Jaya Prada, and in 2011 he had sunk to his lowest ebb, arrested in the so-called cash-for-votes scandal, in which Singh was alleged to have participated in the bribing of MPs to save the UPA government after a no-confidence motion triggered by the UPA’s left front allies withdrawing support from the government because they disagreed with the Indo-US nuclear deal. Singh’s involvement, though he was cleared by the courts, was widely considered strange because no one could work out what he had to gain.But this is to misunderstand Singh. A gain for him is to be in a position where people come to him for help, whatever the issue and however little it affects him. Politics, to Singh, is personal, in that it is about relationships, not ideology. It’s a point that both his detractors and supporters use to make entirely different arguments. For his supporters, Singh is a deal-maker, an essential backroom figure in contemporary Indian politics. He knows how to work his contacts to get things done. His friends also say he is “loyal to a fault” as long as he is on your side, that he makes for sparkling conversation, and is always willing to give people a sympathetic ear. Singh himself maintains that his greatest strength is that he gives of himself entirely, holds nothing back.advertisementIt’s doubtful, though, that Mulayam brought Singh back in from the cold because he is a good listener. Sudha Pai, a political studies professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, argues that the upcoming UP election is “so hard fought, that Mulayam feels insecure. Winnability has become very important and even if Amar Singh has this image of being corrupt, he is also known as an excellent negotiator, with friends in every party.” The election mathematics is complicated, but, as Pai points out, “eastern UP is essential to SP’s prospects, which is why, despite Akhilesh Yadav’s objections, Mukhtar Ansari is being welcomed into the party”. Amar Singh’s political base, such as it is, also relies heavily on Azamgarh and eastern UP.Singh was born in Aligarh on January 27, 1956. His father, he says, ran a small family business making locks. When Singh was just six years old, the family moved to the Burrabazar area of Kolkata. His relatively humble origins are important to Singh. Part of his self-mythology is that he is spurred on by doubters, motivated by hate as much as love. His first doubter, he says, was his father, who thought his son was getting above himself by thinking of admission into “a nice college like St Xavier’s or Presidency”. From an early age, Singh says, his “memory was sharp”, and while he had no particular academic interest in chemistry, he achieved a distinction “just by mugging”. Offered a place to study Chemistry (Honours) at St Xavier’s, he told the priests he wanted to read English Literature. It’s an early example of Singh’s fondness for upsetting expectations, of not hewing to the path others imagine for him. St Xavier’s also gave him a view of the ‘good life’ and a chip on his shoulder about not being able to afford it. “In those days,” he says, “Calcutta was the place: Firpo’s, Trincas, Blue Fox, Flurys, Sky Room, Mocambo, Waldorf. I used to pass all these hot spots to go to St Xavier’s. I was probably the only person in my class who didn’t have his own personal vehicle. Most of the boys were from high middle-class families. I still remember taking the No. 20 tram from Prabhat Cinema and No. 9 bus from Ram Mandir to reach Park Street and the Park Circus crossing and from there I used to walk. And there was no female attention from the Loreto girls because I had no money to spend.”No wonder Singh exulted in the attention he received from actresses later in his life, took unabashed pleasure in extravagant parties and sophisticated holidays with the beautiful people. At St Xavier’s, he met Subrata Mukherjee, then a Congress student leader, and Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, who went on the become the state party president. Singh became close to both men, but soon realised he had no future in West Bengal politics. “Temperamentally, culturally,” he says, “I am still a Bengali. I speak Bengali better than any Bengali. But there was a streak of non-acceptance, of petty, factional, parochial politics.” Singh became part of a North Indian association in the city and through it met Vir Bahadur Singh, the Congress leader and former UP chief minister, and Madhavrao Scindia. Amar Singh shared with the former a Rajput background and origins in Azamgarh district, “so we spoke the same language and had the same food habits and it was because of Vir Bahadur Singh that I met many UP leaders including Mulayam Singhji.” He also became close to Chandra Shekhar, prime minister, of course, for several months between 1990 and 1991. “If you nurture an ambition to get into politics,” one of Singh’s contacts had told him, “go back to North India.”Scindia provided Singh with his first opportunities to run campaigns and award tickets to local assembly candidates in Madhya Pradesh. Singh himself was in line for a ticket in Bhind, bordering UP, where he hoped his proximity to Mulayam Singh Yadav would help. “At the last moment,” Singh says, “Arjun Singh, who had a very bitter feud with Madhavraoji, got me replaced with Udayan Sharma, the journalist.” Singh had already ordered a jeep and started his campaign. He has since never come close to seeking elected office, except for a quixotic attempt in 2014 when he stood as the candidate for Fatehpur Sikri on a Rashtriya Lok Dal ticket that he knew was a lost cause in the year of Modi.Back in Bhind, he shrugged off his disappointment and used the resources he had already marshalled to help get the Congress candidate in Morena elected, impressing Scindia with his skill and dedication. “But,” Singh says, “in politics enemies are enemies and friends are jealous,” and he had started making powerful enemies. “I am not,” Singh says, “a typical careerist, who will swallow humiliation, will tolerate something unjustifiable just for petty gains.” Under the prime ministership of P.V. Narasimha Rao, Scindia was briefly Union minister for civil aviation. Singh, ever able to make himself useful, quickly became, in his own telling, close to Rao and was appointed to the board of Indian Airlines. When Scindia left Congress in 1996, Singh says, he felt “morally free to do the same”. His growing friendship with Mulayam led to a celebrated political partnership, Singh emerging as something of a Cardinal Richelieu figure, flourishing and growing increasingly powerful so long as he retained Mulayam’s confidence.Already, Singh had begun to leverage his political savvy to cultivate business contacts, particularly Shyam Bhartia, who, Singh says, “was my introduction to the elite.” Bhartia invited Singh to stay for long periods in his Delhi house and Singh later served on the board of the Hindustan Times, owned by Bhartia’s wife, Shobhana, daughter of K.K. Birla. “I got married,” Singh says, “from the Bhartias’ house.” From 1996 till he was expelled from the Samajwadi Party in 2010, Singh acted like the most influential man in India, or certainly the most connected. In conversation, he will humblebrag constantly. About how he never thought his and Mulayam’s “casual suggestion” to L.K. Advani to make Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam the president would be adopted, for instance. Or about how he introduced Chandra Shekhar to Amitabh Bachchan, the former prime minister having been a student in thrall to Bachchan’s father. It was the introduction that essentially rescued a bankrupt Bachchan, as he once said and Singh never tires of repeating, from having to drive taxis on the streets of Mumbai.Singh, an unfashionable middle-class boy, became a Gatsbyesque figure, famous for his dazzling parties and his mysterious wealth, the source of which is apparently industry and investment acumen. And, like Gatsby, he had no friends when he needed them. He became, with his connections to the likes of Sahara, the poster boy of crony capitalism, of favours exchanged, and dodgy deals. That his name has come up even in this fraught US election-Singh handed Hillary Clinton a cheque for anywhere between $1 million and $5 million, depending on who you talk to, as a donation to the Clinton foundation that Donald Trump, among others, has said was effectively a bribe to encourage the passing of the Indo-US nuclear deal-gives you an idea of the range of access Singh enjoyed. Even in December, last year, with Singh no longer part of SP, he spoke to Sushma Swaraj to ensure the actor Orlando Bloom could make it to an event in UP after he was sent home from Delhi airport over a problem with his visa. Pictures appeared in all the papers of Bloom at the Taj Mahal with Singh dressed in an orange sports coat, a hand placed familiarly on the celebrity’s thigh.Perhaps the return of such an irrepressible character to national life was inevitable. Singh has made much of his bond with Mulayam, unbroken even by expulsion from the SP. “How could I not come back when Mulayam said I may not be in his party but I was in his dil,” Singh says, “when an old friend says ‘I miss you’.” Singh makes no apologies for saying he is a “Mulayamwadi”, his allegiance given to the man rather than the party. It is also his way of emphasising that Mulayam is in charge, that Akhilesh’s cleaner, performance-driven vision of the party is subject to his father’s support. The changes Akhilesh wants, Sudha Pai says, “might be seen by the old guard to be too radical, divorced from more fundamental calculations about vote banks and how to win elections.” Singh is at pains to say that “Mulayam is not a retired politician”. His references to Akhilesh tend to be patronising, on the one hand pledging that they are all “sevaks” of Akhilesh and on the other emphasising his lack of experience. “He has a clean, good face,” Singh says, as if a face is all Akhilesh is, a front for the SP’s real power brokers.As the UP election approaches, Mulayam has gone back to what he knows, politics as an extended negotiation, as a series of imperfect compromises and deals made in backrooms. Singh is an expert at that game and there is little doubt he adds to the gaiety of the nation, but perhaps his party and the nation have moved on, eager for less opacity and more accountability. “All Amar Singh’s sins are forgiven,” Mulayam has said, as the party he built tears itself apart. There is talk of a grand alliance, with Mulayam, Shivpal, and no doubt Amar Singh, working the phones, trying desperately to salvage the party. The conflict between Mulayam and Akhilesh is Oedipal; while Akhilesh and Shivpal appear to be acting out Hamlet; but Amar Singh is a character out of the Mahabharata, a Shakuni who sits in his comically gilded farmhouse watching as the flame he ignited burns everything in its path.last_img read more


November 21, 2019 0

BlackBerry DTEK50, DTEK60: Full specs, top features, India price and everything you need to know

first_imgBlackBerry launched the DTEK50 and DTEK60 Android-based smartphones in the Indian market on Monday. BlackBerry, which isn’t manufacturing smartphones any more, has used Alcatel’s (TCL) reference design for the DTEK50 and the DTEK60. Basically, the latter has manufactured these phones for BlackBerry. Here’s a closer look.Specifications:Processor: While the DTEK50 is powered by a humble Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor (octa-core clocked at 1.5GHz) clubbed with Adreno 405 GPU, the DTEK60 is powered by a flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor (quad-core clocked at 2.15GHz) clubbed with Adreno 530 GPU.RAM: The DTEK50 has 3GB RAM, while the DTEK60 comes with 4 gigs of RAM.Internal storage: While the DTEK50 comes with 16GB of internal memory, the DTEK60 comes with 32GB of internal memory. Both the phones support expandable storage of up to 2TB via microSD card slot.Display: While the DTEK50 comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p screen, the DTEK60 comes with a 5.5-inch QHD scratch and smudge resistant display.Camera: The DTEK50 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash alongside an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with LED flash. The DTEK60 meanwhile has a 21-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash alongside an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.Software and connectivity: Both the phones run Android 6.0 Marshmallow clubbed with key BlackBerry notables that we saw previously in the Priv. BlackBerry is pitching the DTEK50 and the DTEK60 as the most secure Android smartphones in the world, and claims that these phones will be receiving latest security patches as soon as Google pushes them out.advertisementBoth the phones are single SIM and support 4G LTE. The DTEK60 additionally comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a USB Type-C for connectivity.Battery: While the DTEK50 is backed by a 2,610mAh battery, the DTEK60 has a 3,000mAh battery inside. Both the phones support Quick Charge (2.0 and 3.0 respectively).Special features:–The DTEK50 is being pitched by the company as a value for money offering. As such, the phone comes with an all-plastic body with a rugged (textured) finish. The phone is as basic as it gets and comes sans a fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C. The DTEK60 meanwhile is BlackBerry’s flagship offering with top-tier specs and premium pricing. The DTEK60 boasts of an all glass and metal design and a front that boasts of curved 2.5D glass.–For BlackBerry, however, specifications are least important. The DTEK50 and the DTEK60 instead focus more on the software part and the security aspect that has been long associated with BlackBerry phones. Both the phones have “device security built in from the start,” according to the company. These phones have a Secure Bootloader which prevents hacking, claims BlackBerry.–BlackBerry nuggets like BlackBerry Hub and Productivity Tab come built into the phones.–The DTEK50 and DTEK60 belong to the first wave of BlackBerry smartphones that are being manufactured by third-party OEMs after the company announced its exit from manufacturing. The DTEK50 and the DTEK60 are simply rebranded Alcatel Idol 4 and Idol 4S.–BlackBerry has teamed up with Optiemus Infracom Limited to sell its smartphones in India.Price: The DTEK50 and the DTEK60 have been priced at Rs 21,990 and Rs 46,990 respectively.Also Read: BlackBerry launches DTEK50, DTEK60 Android phones in India, price starts at Rs 21,990last_img read more


November 21, 2019 0

Played some good cricket at stages, says Alastair Cook

first_imgDespite going down to India by 246 runs in the second Test in Vizag, England skipper Alastair Cook on Monday hailed his side, saying they played well in patches.Chasing a mammoth 405 in the fourth innings, the visitors succumbed to the Indian spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin (3/52), Ravindra Jadeja (2/35) and debutant Jayant Yadav (3/30) who shared eight wickets amongst them. (Vizag Test: Kohli, Ashwin help India annihilate England)Pacer Mohammed Shami bowled equally well to take two wickets.Cook, who top-scored with 54 runs in the visitors’ second essay, said his team showed a lot of character before going down.”It wasn’t a great moment to fight so hard, so it was disappointing to get out at the end. Think we saw the first day was easiest to bat, then you can see it became harder. It was a good toss to win, no doubt,” he said after the match. (India unbeaten at home in 16 Tests since 2012)”From losing those five wickets on day two – you have to score first-innings runs – but from that moment we showed a lot of character and fight.”With the hosts India 1-0 up in the five-match Test series, Cook said England need to win the next two games to stay in the hunt.”We made India work very hard. We played some good cricket at stages in these first two games. We need to win a couple of games to get ourselves back in the series,” the southpaw said.The teams will now head northward to Mohali to play the third Test from November 26 to 30.advertisementlast_img read more


November 21, 2019 0

India to face Pakistan in Hockey World League Semi-Final next year

first_imgIndia will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in a match of the Hockey World League Semi-Final in London on June 18 next year. The HWL Semi-Final, a qualifying event for the 2018 World Cup, will be held from June 15 to 25 and will feature 10 of the worlds best mens hockey teams.The match will be held exactly two weeks after the cricket teams from both the nations would have fought an intense battle in one of the biggest games of the ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston on June 4.Six teams have already been confirmed for the HWL Semi-Final, including hosts England, Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallists Argentina, reigning European champions Netherlands, Asian champions India, Korea and Pakistan.The International Hockey Federation (FIH), while announcing the schedule of the tournament in London today, said that another four teams will qualify from the Hockey World League Round 2 events taking place between January and April 2017.All the matches will be played at Lee Valley’s Hockey and Tennis Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.With 11 Olympic titles between them, the India-Pakistan game will indeed be the biggest crowd puller of the tournament.India recently beat Pakistan to clinch the Asian Champions Trophy title.last_img read more


November 20, 2019 0

Report: PSV 1 Barcelona 2

first_imgLionel Messi’s twin moments of inspiration helped Barcelona overcame a shaky hour to win 2-1 at PSV and sew up top spot in Group B.Comfortable 4-0 victors in the reverse encounter, Ernesto Valverde’s men enjoyed no such dominance in Eindhoven as they came under heavy scrutiny for long periods.The visitors had the woodwork to thank for denying PSV a lead on three occasions, before captain Messi took charge in the second half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He broke the deadlock with a sublime piece of penalty area composure and then delivered the set-piece from which Gerard Pique ensured a late Luke de Jong header would be nothing more than a consolation.PSV’s bright start could well have come with early reward through Gaston Pereiro.The winger forced Marc-Andre ter Stegen into a flying save from a free-kick, stroked a shot on to the right post and then, from De Jong’s knock-down, spooned over from close range.Arturo Vidal was twice denied by goal-line blocks before Barca survived another fright, Denzel Dumfries hitting the upright following De Jong’s header against the crossbar.3 – PSV are the first team to hit the woodwork three times in a Champions League game v Barcelona since Atlético de Madrid in April 2014 (also 3). Denied.— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) November 28, 2018 Ter Stegen remained under scrutiny after the interval and yet, in the 61st minute, Barca were ahead.Ousmane Dembele slipped a pass into Messi’s path and the star man did the rest, weaving around multiple markers before rifling past an unsuspecting Jeroen Zoet.And it was the skipper who also created what proved the winner 20 minutes from time as he deceived PSV’s wall by whipping a free-kick onto Pique’s boot for an instinctive first-time finish.There was time left for Netherlands striker De Jong to nod home Angelino’s cross in the 82nd minute, but Barca held on to three points despite squandering a clean sheet.What does it mean? Messi’s magic suitable for all occasions Barca needed a spark and, as he so often does, Messi provided it. That the Argentine’s wizardry was enough to make up for a sluggish team performance serves as an ominous warning to fellow Champions League contenders.10 – Lionel Messi has netted 10 goals against Dutch opponents in five Champions League games (6 v Ajax, 4 v PSV). Habit.— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) November 28, 2018 Dembele a handful France international Dembele carried the confidence gained from his weekend goal into a promising performance at Philips Stadion, regularly threatening on the counter and teeing up Messi to open the scoring.Shaky Rakitic emblematic of Barca battles Fortunate that a loose pass out of defence went unpunished in the first half, Ivan Rakitic summed up Barca’s anxiety. He was often panicky in possession and wasted a good chance to double the advantage after Messi’s opener.Key Opta facts:- Lionel Messi has scored 15+ goals for Barcelona in each of the last 13 seasons in all competitions.- Barcelona’s Gerard Piqué is the defender with the third-most goals scored in Champions League history (13) – only Iván Helguera (15) and Roberto Carlos (16) have more than him.- Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen made eight saves against PSV, more than in any other game this season in all competitions.- Barcelona faced 23 shots against PSV, more than they’ve faced in any other game this season in all competitions.- PSV are the first team to hit the woodwork three times in a competitive game v Barcelona since Atletico Madrid in April 2014 (also three), both in the Champions League.- Ousmane Dembele has been involved in five goals in his last six games for Barcelona in all competitions (two goals and three assists).- PSV are winless in their last 13 Champions League games (D5 L8), the longest such run of any Dutch side in the competition.- Barcelona have lost just one of their last 27 Champions League group stage games (1-3 vs Man City in November 2016), and are unbeaten in their last 12 (W10 D3).What’s next? The LaLiga champions host Villarreal on Sunday as PSV visit Feyenoord. Both clubs wrap up their Champions League group stage commitments in December, Barca entertaining Tottenham and the Dutch side venturing to Inter. read morelast_img read more


November 20, 2019 0

Hazard: I’ve always liked Real Madrid!

first_imgEden Hazard insists Zinedine Zidane’s departure from Real Madrid has not affected his admiration of the club and claims he will dictate any decisions on his future.The Belgian winger has long been linked with a move to Santiago Bernabeu and his contract at Chelsea expires in 2020.Zidane left the Spanish giants at the end of last season and was replaced by Julen Lopetegui, whose reign lasted only until October. Former youth team manager Santiago Solari is now in charge of Real and Hazard insists the managerial change has not put him off. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The 27-year-old told RMC, as quoted by Get French Football News: “I have always liked Real Madrid as a club, with or without Zidane. At the end of this year I have 1 year left on my Chelsea contract. We will see, it’ll be up to me to make the decision.”Eden Hazard on RMC: “I have always liked Real Madrid as a club, with or without Zidane. At the end of this year I have 1 year left on my Chelsea contract. We will see, it’ll be up to me to make the decision.”— Get French Football News (@GFFN) December 10, 2018Hazard received plaudits after starring in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Manchester City on Saturday. Despite impressing in a more central role in that game, the forward said City are still the best team in the league.The result brought Chelsea within seven points of the champions, although they still sit fourth – two points behind Tottenham and eight back from table-toppers Liverpool.Hazard has been frequently linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge and is tipped to fill Cristiano Ronaldo’s shoes in Madrid. The winger has not shied away from the speculation, saying two months ago that it has been his dream to play for the Blancos since he was a child.After a poor run at the start of the campaign saw Lopetegui lose his job, Madrid have struggled to recover under Solari and now sit fourth in La Liga. They travel to CSKA Moscow next for their final Champions League group game on Wednesday.Chelsea meanwhile head to Hungarian side Vidi in the Europa League on Thursday before facing Brighton next weekend in the Premier League.last_img read more


November 20, 2019 0

Spread awarness about digi-payments on youth day: UGC to

first_imgvarsitiesNew Delhi, Jan 10 (PTI) The UGC has asked universities and colleges to involve youth to create awareness about digital payments on the occasion of the National Youth Day which is celebrated on January 12 every year.In a letter to vice chancellors of all central universities, UGC Secretary Jaspal S Sandhu referred to a HRD Ministry letter forwarding a Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports communication in this regard.Sandhu said the Youth and Sports Ministry has suggested that all the youth organisations should act in synchronised manner to mobilise people to carry out a chosen activity all over the country on the National Youth Day.As part of the commemoration the day, each youth who is conversant with digital payments should educate at least ten persons in this regard, the UGC letter said.It also suggested that each youth who is not conversant with this transaction method must learn at least one mode of digital payments on January 12.Each youth organisation should organise training programmes across the country to the best of their ability on digital payments. PTI ADS AARlast_img read more


November 19, 2019 0

DMK backs bandh call given by Tamil outfits for Jallikattu

first_imgPuducherry, Jan 19 (PTI) The Puducherry unit of DMK today extended support to the bandh call given by various Tamil outfits seeking restoration of jallikattu and to ban PETA.The bandh called by the outfits will be observed here for 12 hours from 6 AM tomorrow.In a release here, the DMK Puducherry unit convener R Siva announced that his party backed the call for bandh as Tamils rights and traditional sport should suffer no hiccups.Various organisations and political parties including Janata Dal (United) and the CPI have expressed their support to the bandh.The ruling Congress has already announced its decision to back the bandh call for restoration of jallikattu (bull taming sport).President of the Traders Federation of Puducherry M Sivashankaran in a release here said that the merchants and traders would down the shutters tomorrow to show their solidarity with pro-jallikattu agitators. PTI COR ROHlast_img read more


November 19, 2019 0

Two drug traffickers killed, 330 kg drugs seized in China

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Feb 1 (PTI) Two drug traffickers have been killed in a shootout with police and 330 kg of drugs has been seized from them in southwest Chinas Yunnan province during the lunar new year holiday, police said.The two resisted arrest and exchanged fire with police in Longchuan County of Dehong Prefecture early Saturday morning while entering China from Myanmar, driving two sport utility vehicles, the prefectures public security bureau said in a press release said yesterday.They also threw grenades at police officers.One suspect was shot dead at the site and the other was injured and died a day later in hospital, state-run Xinhua news agency reported today.Two policemen sustained minor injuries.A total of 330 kg of heroin, meth and opium and one handgun and 10 bullets were seized in the police operation. PTI KJVKJ ABH KJlast_img read more


November 19, 2019 0

More whistleblowers are talking to WADA, says WADA President Craig Reedie

first_imgSeveral whistleblowers have approached the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) through a new programme set up after revelations of rampant state-sponsored doping in Russia, WADA President Craig Reedie said on Wednesday.WADA this month launched its “Speak Up” secure digital platform for athletes and others to report anti-doping violations.”We already have a number of whistleblowers speaking to us, so I am told,” said Reedie, speaking at the SportsPro Live conference. He had no details about which sports or countries might be involved.”The investigations people do not tell the president of the organisation what they are doing. And that’s exactly the way it should be. That has to be confidential.”Asked whether the world might be facing another big scandal, after Russian track and field athletes were banned from last year’s Rio Olympics, Reedie said he did not know but hoped not.WADA recommended that the entire Russian team be excluded from Rio after an independent report by Richard McLaren, published just before those Games, accused the country of widespread state-sponsored doping.The IOC rejected a proposed blanket ban and instead let international sports federations decide which athletes should be eligible to compete.Russia has said it hopes to have the suspension of its anti-doping body RUSADA lifted in November, but Reedie said that could not be relied upon.He said a decision on Russian athletes’ participation at next year’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea needed to be made as early as possible and they could expect an aggressive programme of targeted testing in the run-up.advertisement”I certainly want (Russia) to be compliant as quickly as possible. Not having the biggest country in the world compliant poses problems for sport that sport is finding very, very difficult to handle,” he said.”What I think is important going into Pyeongchang is that whatever else happens, there is a very rigorous pre-Games testing exercise,” he added.”I think the pre-Games testing programme, which is easier to do for a winter Games than a summer Games because youve got fewer sports, will almost certainly be extensive and authoritative.”The chances of Russian athletes competing at this year’s world athletics championships in London in August remain slim.”I think it would be difficult for the IAAF to remove the suspension of Russian athletics while the Russian anti-doping agency is non-compliant,” Reedie said.”My guess is that it would be a struggle to have them compliant in time to allow the IAAF to change their view.”last_img read more


November 19, 2019 0

Tata Housing to build Indias biggest gymnastic centre

first_imgMumbai, Apr 6 (PTI) Tata Housing, one of the largest real estate developers in India and subsidiary of Tata Sons, today announced plans to build the countrys biggest international standard gymnastics centre in neighbouring Thane in partnership with the the Thane Municipal Corporation.”The 1.2 lakh-square foot centre will be developed in a public-private partnership model with the Thane Municipal Corporation at one of the most premium location, Pokhran Road No. 2 in Thane,” the company said in a media release.The multi-storey facility is to include an arena to accommodate all six disciplines of gymnastics, two team rooms with separate areas for players and coaches, a physiotherapy room, a music room, VIP rooms, a jury room, an administration area, a gymnasium, and a yoga room.It would also be designed to host 300 viewers, complete with parking space, the release added.Brotin Banerjee, MD and CEO, Tata Housing, said, “We are honoured to associate with the Thane Municipal Corporation to develop India?s largest gymnastics centre. The centre will be designed to international specifications and will provide access to world class training facilities and equipment.””We are committed to supporting the state and the nation in its efforts to nurture world class gymnasts and we believe this facility, built exclusively for gymnasts, is a step in that direction,” he added.Pooja Surve, an international gymnast-turned-coach and a recipient of the states Shiv Chhatrapati Award, said these types of facilities would encourage youngsters to take up the Olympic sport.”This facility, including flooring and equipment, will be designed as per international standards and serve all six disciplines of gymnastics. Moreover, it will exclusively focus on the sport of gymnastics, allowing young and seasoned players to train in an uninterrupted and safe environment,” Pooja said.advertisement”I believe facilities of this kind will encourage younger players to pursue the sport and be trained up to Olympic standards,” she added. PTI SSR NRB RYSlast_img read more


November 19, 2019 0

4 ways to create a culture of giving at your nonprofit

first_imgby Kate Olsen, VP of Strategic Projects at Network for Good @Kate4Good The following post is a summary of Adam Grant’s presentation on his book Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success at the Conference on Volunteering and Service.In Give and Take, Adam Grant’s premise is that there is more to the secret of success than hard work, talent and luck – especially as the world continues to become more hyper-connected. What’s missing is generosity. Givers excel in a collaborative work environment, but can burn out easily if they don’t see the impact of their contributions or don’t learn how to set boundaries. This is especially true for people in helping professions such as nonprofit leadership, cause marketing and social responsibility.Here are Adam’s 4 tips for creating a cultures of successful givers at your organization.1. Get the right people on the bus (a nod to Jim Collins)Weed out the takers and encourage matches to take their cues from the givers. Rewarding giver behavior and helping matchers see the value in reciprocity with a net positive benefit will nudge your culture towards a collaborative, generous workplace.2. Reduce costsThink about the power of 5-minute favors. You don’t have to be Mother Theresa or Gandhi to call yourself a giver. Giver mentality is more about finding efficient ways to make low-cost gestures with high value to the receiver. You’ve heard of micro-volunteering? Think of it as micro-favors. If someone asks you for help and you know you are the best equipped to help and the act will only take you 5 minutes, say yes. Always. If you are not the best equipped to respond, point the person in a new direction to find the help they need.3. Show impactSome givers burn out others are energized by doing favors – why? Givers burn out when they can’t see the value of their impact. Think of ways to have authentic messengers demonstrate the value your staff creates every day. A message from the CEO is nice, but givers are more motivated by a thank you from a program beneficiary or an employee who gave in a personally meaningful way. Showing impact in a tangible way relates to the concept of the ‘identifiable victim’ or ‘singularity effect’ – people are more compassionate when they can relate to one person’s story.4. Encourage help-seekingA whopping 75-90% of helping starts with a request, yet people hesitate to ask for help – especially givers. Givers don’t want to be a burden and often confuse taking and receiving. We need to create work cultures that reward asking for help and make it ok for people to take it. Also, givers to ask for help so other people (namely matchers) have the opportunity to give and so givers know who can benefit from their help and how in the future.Here’s an example of how help-seeking improves results. Appletree Answers, a call center solutions provider, was experiencing 98% staff turnover each year. That’s a huge HR hiring burden to replace your staff every year. The company started internal employee wish program where employees could ask for help fulfilling their dreams and other employees could offer assistance to making those wishes come true. As a result of creating this culture of giving and receiving, staff turnover dropped to 33%.Your organization can create its own Reciprocity Ring. Here’s how.· Invite employees to join the program.· Have everyone participating make a request.· Everyone in the program then tries to help make those requests happen.· Everyone is both a giver and a receiver, so there is no stigma about asking for help.· Everyone gets better understanding of the resources in their network for future giving and receiving.last_img read more


November 19, 2019 0

The Quick and Dirty Guide to A/B Testing Your Donation Page

first_imgNow is the time to start thinking about testing your pages, if you’re not in the habit of doing so already. If you can work in a few tests in the next few months, you’ll be in prime shape to greet an onslaught of donors come December. What do you plan to test? Let me know what you’re testing in the comments and share your results!Want more tips on improving your donation pages? Grab a copy of the Ultimate Donation Page Guide! Your landing pages are important, and your donation pages are no exception. Do you ever wish you could know which messages, suggested donation amounts, or photos are the best at inspiring your donors to give?Enter A/B testing.Although testing might seem a little scary if you’ve not done it, there are simple tests you can perform to ensure you’re getting the most out of your online donation pages. Basic A/B testing helps you decide which images, calls to action, and suggested donation amounts perform best Basic A/B testing helps you decide which images, calls to action, and suggested donation amounts perform best by comparing the effectiveness of two versions of your donation page.Here’s how it works: a randomly selected half of your audience is served one form (the control), and the other half gets another form (the test). The test version has just one variable changed: the layout, image, copy, or headings.Over time, monitor which donation page has the higher completion rate, calculated as follows: number of donations divided by the number of people who landed on your page.Not so scary after all, right? Here’s a simple step-by-step guide from my friend (and super-smart fundraising pro) Alia McKee of Sea Change Strategies:Set up a control donation page.Decide which variable you want to test (see “What to Test” below).Set up a second donation page with that variable changed.Make both pages live and drive traffic to both forms. (You can split your email list and include a different page in each email.)Track completion rates across both pages, calculated by the number of donations divided by the number of people who landed on the form.Monitor your results (depending on the traffic to your pages, your test may need to run for a longer period of time).Check your results with a statistical significance calculator like this one.*The winner of this test becomes your control.Now, start the process all over again to get even smarter. Test another variable against your new control to learn what elements improve your conversion rate and lead to more donations.* What’s a statistically significant result? This just means that you can rest assured that your results did not occur purely by chance.When to TestThe best time to test is when you think you’ll get a significant amount of traffic to your donation page. These moments might include:A specific email campaign.In December, when a majority of online giving occurs.A high-profile event or during media attentionHigher traffic volumes mean you’ll have a better chance that you will get statistically significant results. If you have low traffic volume, you must test for a longer period of time to get significant results.What to TestSo, what should you test? Here are a few ideas that typically yield useful insights:Photos: Does a puppy beat a kitten?Layout: Does a one-column form beat a two-column form?Testimonials: Does a testimonial from another donor increase completion rates?Donation amounts: Does a lower suggested donation amount increase completion rates?Copy: Does shorter intro copy beat longer intro copy?Premiums: Will offering a thank you gift increase completions?What Not to TestOn the flip side, there are a few things that aren’t worth the effort. Here are a few tests you can avoid:More than one variable at a time: you won’t know which element made the difference.Elements that are outside your nonprofit’s branding: this different experience will likely cause donors to be confused, affecting your completion rates.Images that are too similar: it’s unlikely this will have significant results, and therefore not worth your time.Copy that is too similar in tone and length: your donors likely won’t notice the nuance.How to Read Your ResultsAfter a period of time, run your results through the significance calculator. If you have statistically significant results, you can name the winner and move on to another test.If you don’t have a statistically significant winner, keep the test live for few more weeks to collect more data.If you still don’t have a statistically significant winner (and this sometimes happens), try testing a different variable.last_img read more


November 19, 2019 0

12 Steps to Better Donor Stewardship

first_imgSo you want to steward your donors? Well, spring is the perfect time to do it. The weather’s getting nicer and so are people’s moods. Giving makes people happy—and happy people give more.Since a primary goal of stewardship is to create lifelong donors and generate more funding through deeper relationships, you’ll want to use your resources wisely. We know you want to steward every donor. That’s both admirable and a great goal. Take it one step at a time. Set your program up for success by breaking down your donor segments. You may start with stewarding new donors so they become regular donors. Then phase in stewarding different levels, since each segment will require a different approach.The good news is, because of today’s digital communications tools and technological advances, stewarding the modern donor is easier than ever. Use this 12-step checklist to identify which donors to target; plan out your approach and integrated messaging; and create a mission-driven, donor-centric stewardship program.12 Donor Stewardship StepsIdentify the types of donors or levels of gifts that you’ll build your program around.Brainstorm the communications and experiences each donor type should receive.Get feedback from donors on what they value and what resonates with them.Cull your list and prioritize ideas.Create a written plan detailing what you decided.Build a timeline that outlines when each communication and experience for each donor type or gift level should occur.Decide who in your organization will be responsible for each task.Ensure each team member is allocated the tools and time to give their tasks the attention they deserve.Think more about quality than quantity of communications.Always be connecting with your mission.Keep your focus on stewardship, not solicitation.Take advantage of technology.Want to know more about stewarding your donors this spring? Download our How to Create a Donor Stewardship Program to Boost Retention guide and start brainstorming with your team.Read more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more


November 19, 2019 0

Smalling: Solskjaer stay is a no-brainer

first_imgChris Smalling admits that confidence at Manchester United “dipped” under Jose Mourinho and believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a “no-brainer” to stay on as boss after delivering a reversal in fortune.The Red Devils endured a testing start to the 2018-19 campaign on the back of a frustrating summer transfer window, with reports of internal rifts and unhappy star men providing an unfortunate backdrop to disappointing performances on the field.Matters came to a head after a humbling 3-1 defeat at arch-rivals Liverpool, with a forgettable performance at Anfield spelling the end for Mourinho as he was relieved of his duties and replaced by interim coach Solskjaer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Norwegian oversaw an immediate upturn in form, going 11 games unbeaten at the start of his reign before being brought back down to earth in a Champions League last-16 encounter with Paris Saint-Germain.Smalling believes a member of United’s 1999 Treble-winning squad should now be appointed on a permanent basis, telling The Times of goings on at Old Trafford: “Considering how we are playing since Ole’s been in, it would be a no-brainer if he was given the job [long-term].“We’d definitely be happy. But we just need to play our games.“Ole said one of the main reasons he was able to come back was because of his connection to the club.“He’s seen it through everything. I definitely see what we had with Sir Alex [Ferguson] through Ole.“He came in with, really, the one target of bringing belief back into players.“We were going through a tough patch [under Mourinho]. Confidence had dipped.“He wanted to put an arm round some players, and just go, ‘You’re good players, there’s a reason Manchester United bought you, I’m backing you, go and flourish’.”That approach has delivered rich rewards, with the likes of Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford delivering the consistency expected of them after being freed of the shackles of a former manager.United have forced their way into the Premier League’s top four on the back of an almost faultless sequence of results, with Champions League qualification in their hands with 12 games to go.They do have work to do in order to keep their European dreams alive, but Solskjaer has boldly declared that “mountains are there to be climbed” as the Red Devils prepare to enter a potentially decisive run of games against Chelsea, Liverpool, Crystal Palace, Southampton, PSG and Arsenal and Manchester City. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


November 19, 2019 0