Footballer Javier Hernandez’s model girlfriend Sarah Kohan loves being naked

first_imgTottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as manager Javier Hernandez with new girlfriend Sarah Kohan In one of her blogs, Kohan, who now has 1.2 million followers on Instagram, posted a naked picture of herself eating sushi and captioned it: “…me during two of my favourite activities. 1) Being naked and 2) eating sushi.” Kohan has been writing travel blogs since December 2016. Her Instagram account has many pictures of her with wild animals like elephants, giraffes, zebras and even swimming in the ocean with whales. 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 MSSA: Harsh fires Campion into final West Ham striker Javier Hernandez’s new girlfriend Sarah Kohan, dons many hats — a law graduate, model and travel blogger. But of the many activities that she does, the one thing that she loves is being naked, reported British tabloid, The Sun. Hernandez, who hasn’t scored a Premier League goal since April, recently confirmed his relationship with Kohan. Hernandez’s girl has graduated from Notre Dame in law and has even completed courses at the prestigious Harvard and Columbia universities.Related News Miquel Blazquez Font to emerge as a competent sports journalist in the sporting worldlast_img read more

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Champions League: Not the game we dreamt of: Jurgen Klopp after draw

first_imgJuventus, Bayern Munich, PSG enter Last 16; Manchester City made to wait Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted an underwhelming 0-0 draw against old foes Bayern Munich on Tuesday was not what he “dreamed of”, but remained confident of progressing to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Sadio Mane wasted the best chance when the Senegalese forward fired wide during an open first 45 minutes, but a cagey second half left it all to be decided when the sides meet again in Munich on March 13.Related News However, without the talismanic presence of Virgil van Dijk through suspension and the injured Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren, Liverpool at least did not concede an away goal despite fielding a make-shift central defensive pairing of Brazilian midfielder Fabinho and Joel Matip. “It’s not the result or the game we dreamt of,” said Klopp. “It is not a game we will remember in 30 years. It’s the result we have and we will work with that. It was a clean sheet without the big man (Van Dijk). A lot of people wouldn’t have expected that. The defending was good. A lot of things were really good, I’m not over the moon but I’m completely OK with the game.” Bayern have a formidable home record in Europe, making them the favourites to advance in some pundits’ eyes. But a score draw in Munich in the second leg on March 13 would be enough to send Liverpool through to the quarters. That unfamiliarity in Liverpool’s defence showed in the early stages as the hosts started nervously at the back. Matip breathed a sigh of relief when he turned Serge Gnabry’s driven cross towards his own goal only for the ball to bounce to safety off Alisson Becker’s chest. However, the Brazilian goalkeeper played his side into trouble moments later to put pressure on Matip and when he was dispossessed by Robert Lewandowski, Kingsley Coman fired into the side-netting. Mohamed Salah headed wide at the back post from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s perfectly measured cross. 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 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s winner puts Liverpool on brink of knockouts Spain’s star striker David Villa set to retire next month after 19 yearslast_img read more

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MSSA Football: Striker Priyanka overcomes parental pressure to win

first_imgTottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as manager Priyanka Kanojia, 14, is a talented, upcoming footballer with excellent skills. She demonstrated this by scoring two brilliant goals that were the highlight of Sai Baba Road Municipal School’s (Parel) fluent 3-0 win over Jamnabai Narsee (Juhu) in a girls U-16 Division-II match of the MSSA inter-school football tournament at Cooperage yesterday. There is nothing that could prevent young Priyanka from doing what she enjoys most — playing the ‘Beautiful Game’. She has even gone to the extent of skipping school just to go and play competitive matches. Her mother Sunita was completely against Priyanka playing football and often in the past has reprimanded, scolded and even beaten her daughter for disobeying her. “My mother, who works at a readymade garments unit, believed that football was not meant for girls and tried her best to desist me from playing the sport. Whenever she found out that I had gone to play, I was in trouble. She would scream at me and hit me,” Priyanka told mid-day. Priyanka further mentioned that her father, Surinder, who is a washerman and works at the Dhobi Ghat at Mahalaxmi, also wanted her to stop football. “My dad asked to give up football as he wanted me to concentrate more on my studies. But, Rajesh uncle [dad’s brother-in-law] intervened and persuaded my parents to let me continue playing. He along with our coach Chavan Sir explained to my parents that sports and studies can go together. They told them that since I was equally good with my studies, there was no harm in me continuing to play football.” Earlier, Aditi Pandike scored the first goal from an assist from Sandhya Bind.Related News MSSA: Harsh fires Campion into final Miquel Blazquez Font to emerge as a competent sports journalist in the sporting world Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

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Google CEO says Goodbye to Apple Board

first_imgIn what some are calling inevitable, Google CEO Eric Schmidt has stepped down as a member of the Apple board of directors as the two companies continue to compete directly in a few key areas, most directly on the mobile devices front.  In a statement, Apple CEO Steve Jobs notes that the decision was mutual as Schmidt was increasingly having to excuse himself from meetings due to the competitive nature of the topics being discussed.  This news also comes on the heels of an FCC investigation into Apple’s rejection of Google Voice as an application for the iPhone.Will this change within the Apple Board lead to more competition and better products and services for consumers? How will the competitive pressure impact employees?As of where we are today, the competition between the two is on a pretty even playing field, at least when it comes to employee satisfaction.   In terms of CEO approval rating, Jobs weighs in with a slightly higher approval rating (91%) than Schmidt (87%), although both of these ratings are nothing to sneeze at.  In terms of the company rating, Google’s score is a touch higher, at 4.0, than Apple’s 3.8.Google Reviews – Glassdoor ReviewApple Reviews – Glassdoor ReviewBottom line is that employees at both organizations are fairly satisfied working for these companies, but will the competition, specifically in the mobile market, begin to take effect on employee satisfaction sooner rather than later?  As we expect the marketplace to heat up, both Jobs and Schmidt can rest assure that their employees are happy…for now.last_img read more

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Didn’t Get The Job? Don’t Forget Who Is Interviewing You: Everyone

first_imgPractice the Golden Rule and you will do great. The CEO who observed how his candidate treated the waiter at lunch instinctively knew right then and there that something was wrong. When someone doesn’t practice the Golden Rule it is fairly obvious to others.  If you truly treat people as you would have them treat you, then that will alleviate any and all wrong or bad impressions. Pay lots of attention to Executive Assistants. I say this with some knowledge as I married the Executive Assistant to the Chairman of PepsiCo; executive assistants actually are the ones who run the company. They may not be the ones who make the final decision, but their opinion on people is very important.  Have an executive assistant put you on their black-ball list and you will be in a battle for your career.  Be sure and provide lots of respect, consideration and gratitude to those in the EA role. They work really hard and they get asked about their impressions of people all the time. Act like you already work for the company. If you already worked for the company you would be sure to be kind and respectful to everyone and you would go out of your way to build relationships.  If you start thinking that way now, then you will take the extra moment to find out something about the travel agent or the receptionist because you know you will be working with them again soon. Establish this mindset now. center_img As I read this past Sunday New York Times business section, I was reminded in the story by the CEO of Spreadshirt that when we are interviewing someone is always watching and that we need to always be aware of this.  In the article, she mentioned that she always asks the receptionists to weigh in their opinion about candidates because the receptionists observe a candidate’s behavior when they are not in the formal interview setting.  This reinforces the old adage that “you are who you are when no else is looking.”In conversation yesterday with a CEO, he was telling me the story of how he had gone to lunch with a prospective senior executive for his company and during the lunch the candidate ordered what he described as a “very complex salad order”.  He was not surprised that when the salad arrived it was not exactly what the candidate had ordered.  When the waiter offered to place a new order, the candidate just pushed the salad back to the waiter and said something rudely to the effect of, “never mind, I wasn’t hungry anyway.”  Despite the interview lunch, the senior executive was hired but didn’t work out. Later when the CEO reflected on the senior executive’s inflexibility, overly-demanding behavior, and rough communication skills, he remembered his interview lunch.Both interview examples are great reminders that in the interview process, every move we make is a moment of evaluation and we need to be cognizant of this if we want to be sure that we are putting forward the best overall impression.  A few of the people who are likely to be called on to provide their opinion could be: travel agents, car service drivers, receptionists, recruiting coordinators, executive assistants, etc.  Consider that anyone who is in the interview exposure chain is fair game to be called on for their impression and point of view.  Here are a few thoughts to make sure that your overall impression is being well-managed:Consider everyone as if they are the CEO. Don’t take for granted that he/she is an assistant in the recruiting department.  This person may well be the conduit to the most senior person in the hiring decision and how you treat this person, the timeliness and thoroughness of response to their inquiries, and the follow-through you show to them should be the same for them and others as it would be if you knew you were talking or responding to the CEO. last_img read more

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Report: Inter 2 Cagliari 0

first_imgLautaro Martinez scored his first Serie A goal and Matteo Politano volleyed in a screamer as Inter battled to a 2-0 home win over Cagliari, although they survived more VAR drama.Argentina attacker Martinez netted a first-half header from a Dalbert cross to set Inter on their way to a fifth win in their last six games in all competitions.Inter, who named stars including Mauro Icardi, Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic on the bench, spent much of Saturday’s San Siro clash on the back foot but Politano’s late goal made sure of the points. 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! Cagliari, now winless in four Serie A games, could not find a way to break down Luciano Spalletti’s resurgent side with Daniele Dessena’s second-half strike rightly ruled out for handball.With Icardi on the bench, Martinez started up front and he made an early impact with the opening goal in the 12th minute, heading in a left-wing Dalbert cross.Samir Handanovic captained Inter in Icardi’s absence and the goalkeeper bravely dived at the feet of Leonardo Pavoletti as the striker tried to turn in a Paolo Farago cross, taking a knock to the head but continuing after receiving treatment.Antonio Candreva had a great chance to make sure of the points in the 62nd minute when he was sent through into the box by Politano, but the Inter winger fired straight at Alessio Cragno.Cagliari’s goalkeeper made another strong save to push away Politano’s long-range drive and the visitors seemingly levelled in the 72nd minute.But replays showed Dessena finished with his arm as he bundled a cross over the line, with Inter grateful for VAR again following the chaos at the end of last weekend’s 1-0 win at Sampdoria.And Inter wrapped up their third straight Serie A win in the 89th minute when Politano let fly with a sensational volley from just inside the box, a small deflection giving goalkeeper Cragno no chance.Born for the number #InterCagliari 1-0#ForzaInter  pic.twitter.com/NQ73vJ5sEA— Inter (@Inter_en) September 29, 2018What does it mean: Spalletti’s side back on trackInter started the season badly but the Nerazzurri are on an upward curve after a strong run of results. That they secured this win without some of their most important players, who were rested for the Champions League, was all the more impressive.Martinez proves credentialsLeaving Icardi out is always going to make headlines but Martinez showed he is an able deputy for his fellow Argentina attacker. Martinez looked sharp from the off and although Cragno perhaps should have saved his header, the power behind the effort was impressive.Wasteful Candreva luckyWith Perisic on the bench, Candreva was under pressure to deliver for his side but he was fortunate a poor effort in the second half did not cost Inter. Candreva should have buried a clear chance but lacked composure and shot at Cragno’s legs.Key Opta facts1 – Lautaro Martínez has scored with his first Serie A shot. Ready. #INTCAG— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) September 29, 2018- Prior to tonight the last time Inter won three Serie A games in a row was back in December 2017.- Inter have kept a clean sheet in a Serie A home game for the first time after five games with at least one goal conceded.- Cagliari have failed to score in the last three Serie A games: their longest run since October 2017.- Inter have scored three goals via a cross, the joint-most in Serie A this season.- Dalbert delivered his first assist in Serie A after 17 games played.- Inter have scored the most goals in the last 15 minutes of play in Serie A this season.What’s next?Cagliari host Bologna on Saturday, with Inter at SPAL the following day. But first the Nerazzurri head to PSV in the Champions League on Wednesday. read morelast_img read more

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‘Your granny’s a w***e!’ Henry embarrassing himself at Monaco

first_img“Your grandmother’s a whore!”There was no doubt about it: that was the insult that Monaco head coach Thierry Henry aimed towards Strasbourg wing-back Kenny Lala, caught clearly in Canal+’s pitchside microphones and transmitted to the world.The incident that sparked his outrage was an innocuous one, Lala wasting time as hundreds of other professionals all over Europe would do. Henry’s ire and frustration, though, came after only 43 minutes of a game in which his side trailed 2-1. 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! It was a moment that emphasised the pressure that the Arsenal and France legend is feeling at Stade Louis II, where his side find themselves entrenched in an unexpected relegation battle. Moreover, it is one they are losing.Reinforced by a handful of new signings and buoyed by a positive showing against Marseille six days earlier, Saturday was billed as the evening when Monaco would get their campaign back on track. Instead, it proved a rank humiliation as they were beaten 5-1 at home, where they have not won a single league match all season.Little wonder, then, Henry allowed his emotions to get the better of him. “It was a reaction, I regret it,” he admitted after the game. “I’m only human. There was a sequence of many things…”You don’t see everything that happens on the touchline. There was a moment when the fourth official told the referee four times that there was a foul but he was ignored. It’s tiring.” Thierry Henry GFXSince taking over in the principality, fortune has deserted the 41-year-old.Prior to his Saturday night outburst, he had seen experienced centre-back Naldo softly sent off after only seven minutes. Later, Rony Lopes saw strong penalty claims waved away, with Henry told that VAR was not functional at the moment of the incident. The score was 2-1 at that point and Monaco still had a fighting chance. And, of course, there have been the outrageous injury problems that have denied him the services of more than 10 players for the entire duration of his tenure so far.This was never likely to be a quick fix, yet the excuses are beginning to run out: even in such trying circumstances, the results should not be this poor.Nineteen matches in charge have yielded only four victories, three of which have been achieved by a 1-0 margin and two of which came against opponents from lower leagues.His chronic selection problems have eased marginally, with Lopes, Monaco’s best player throughout 2018, available again, and a handful of new acquisitions designed to reinvigorate the team. The whole campaign has been compromised by a shambolic summer transfer period but, in January, they have been willing to put their faith in Henry’s choices, most notably Cesc Fabregas, whose arrival from Chelsea is considered quite the coup for such a struggling side.However, after a promising debut in the 1-1 draw with Marseille, the World Cup winner was as culpable as any for the Strasbourg shambles, a game which fellow new boy Fode Ballo-Toure also started.A striker will arrive – most likely Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi – but a whole raft of players are set to depart, meaning a remarkable facelift at this point of the campaign.Thierry Henry Monaco Ligue 1Henry’s signings have also been driven by the fact he wishes his team to play with three centre-backs, yet on the occasions he has used the system, it has failed to function smoothly. “We tried it against Lyon but it didn’t work,” he admitted, considering a 3-0 loss before Christmas. “But we also tried it in Bruges and it had been better.”Better it might have been, but that is still a relative term. Monaco could – and perhaps should – have lost that fixture in Belgium, where they drew 1-1.Since then, it has proven no more fruitful than any other system the team has tried this season.To persist represents a risk for Henry, yet in basing his January transfers around the predication that this is the formation he will use, he has gone all in on it proving successful.He is acutely aware of the potential repercussions if things continue to go wrong and his room for manoeuvre has become as tight as the carpark that sits below that Stade Louis II pitch.Barely three months into the job, his dream return to Monaco has degenerated into a nightmare.If he can turn the situation around, he may just make a coach yet. If not, we could well see more embarrassing displays of foul-mouthed frustration.last_img read more

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Azhar Ali doesn’t deserve to be captain: Moin Khan

first_imgFollowing Pakistan’s humiliating defeat in the five-match ODI series against Australia, former skipper Moin Khan has lashed out at Azhar Ali, saying the latter doesn’t deserve to be a captain.The 45-year-old stressed that Ali should have first cemented his spot in the squad rather than directly being made the captain.”Azhar was inducted in the team directly as captain and I have always opposed this decision. He should have first secured his place in the team and then he should have been made captain. He didn’t deserve to be captain,” the Express Tribune quoted Moin as saying of Ali. (Also read: Shahid Afridi plans to turn freelance cricketer)Moin also recommended that T20I captain Sarfraz Ahmed should be asked to lead the side in all the three formats.”Sarfraz has the potential to do well in all three formats as captain,” said Moin while echoing the words of another former captain, Shahid Afridi, who had claimed that Sarfraz is ready to lead the Pakistan in all three formats.Meanwhile, the former captain also said that he is ready to serve the country’s cricket in whatever way the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) deems fit.”I am always available to serve the national team and am ready to take any responsibility given to me by the PCB,” he added.Pakistan are currently sitting at the eighth position in the ICC ODI Rankings with 89 points – two behind Bangladesh and two ahead of the West Indies.Hosts England and the seven highest-ranked sides on the ICC ODI team rankings as on September 30, 2017, will qualify directly for the event, to be held from May 30 to July 15, 2019.advertisementlast_img read more

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IPL Auction: 351 players up for grabs on February 20

first_imgThe Indian Premier League auction is all set to take place on February 20 in Bengaluru after the process was cancelled out earlier this month due to administrative reasons.The players list has been cut down to 351 players from the original size of 799. It includes 122 capped internationals, out of which 24 of are Indians. The list had a total of 160 capped players from nine countries, excluding Pakistan, and 639 uncapped ones.All of the 24 Indian players other than in-form fast bowler Ishant Sharma have listed themselves at the base price of INR 30 lakh.Ishant, riding high on his fiery spell against Bangladesh on the last day of the one-off Test in Hyderabad is among the seven players who have opted for the maximum base price of INR 2 crore. Ishant’s match winning spell, where he picked up two important wickets of Sabbir Rahman and Mahmudullah will surely bring him more suitors especially in a market where there is always a crunch for Indian talent.He was earlier released by the Rising Pune Supergiants and now is one of the few top draw fast bowlers available in the auction for teams to strengthen. His former team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), who have just two fast bowlers in the likes of Umesh Yadav and young Ankit Rajpoot, could pick him up from the draw but after his spell yesterday, he is not going to come cheap.The other six players who have a price tag of INR 2 crore are England all-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes and the their ODI captain Eoin Morgan, Australia’s Pat Cummins and Mitchell Johnson, who were released by KKR and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) respectively and Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, whom the Delhi Daredevils (DD) allowed to leave.advertisementNormally, the Indian talents fetch high prices, take Pawan Negi (who is also up for auction) for example. He was picked up by Delhi in the last auction for a whopping INR 8.5 crore but he was a major disappointment and was released.ENGLISH PLAYERS TOP DRAWHowever, this time around all eyes are going to be on the English players. The likes of Stokes, Woakes and Morgan were in good form during the India tour and with them being available, franchises are expected to fancy them. Although, there are doubts about the full time availability of the likes of star all-rounders Stokes and Woakes, teams like KKR and RPS will be looking at them to balance the team. Especially KKR, who have been dealt with a huge blow after the ban on Andre Russel by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) due to doping allegations. Morgan, an experienced IPL player, who have played for KKR and current champions Sunrisers Hyederabad (SRH) before will also be one to look out for but expect all eyes to be on Stokes and Woakes.Other English players include Tymal Mills, Chris Jordan, wicketkeeper batsman Jonny Bairstow and flamboyant openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales. Mills, after his good show with the ball in the recently concluded three-match T20I series versus India could be another option for teams like SRH, KKR and RPS, who need good pacers.Other top bracket players, who have listed themselves at INR 1.5 crore include Bairstow, New Zealand pacer Trent Boult, Australia’s Brad Haddin and Nathan Lyon, South Africa’s Kyle Abbott and West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder, who again was released by KKR.The final list also contains six players from the Associate nations. It includes five Afghanistan players: captain Asghar Stanikzai, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad, Rashid Khan and Dawlat Zadran. Shahzad and Rashid have gone for the highest base prices among the five at INR 50 lakh. A single entry from UAE, batsman Chirag Suri, is the only other Associate player on the list.However, considering the fact that the franchises have to give away most of their players in the bigger auctions next year, teams are expected to be conservative in their approach and go for only what is needed to fill the gaps and complete the team built around a foundation that has been there for the past two years.last_img read more

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No reason why we can’t win overseas, says Anil Kumble

first_imgIndia’s chief coach Anil Kumble on Tuesday said the riveting series win over Australia has proved that the current side is good enough to extend its home dominance to foreign shores as well.India chased down a victory target of 106 with ease on the fourth day to beat Australia by eight wickets in the fourth and final Test and reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. (Virat Kohli blasts detractors: If someone pokes us, we won’t back down)”It’s fantastic. We spoke about it that we will take one series at a time, one match at a time, one session at a time. To come back from 1-0 down, when you could see there were tired bodies around, it was brilliant,” Kumble said.”After Virat’s injury the team stood up. Ajinkya Rahane led the team brilliantly after losing the toss. Then chasing 300 was a brilliant effort and yesterday the bowlers were brilliant. (If anyone pokes us, we won’t back down: Virat Kohli) “The fast bowlers throughout the season have bowled brilliantly. They bowled quick and the mind games done on the pitch that changed the way we approached the game,” he said.”With this kind of line-up, with the lower-order contributions, I don’t see any reason why we can’t start winning abroad,” he added.Watch: Biggest takeaways from India vs Australia Test seriesAsked about the positives his side can take from the hectic Test season, Kumble said: “The positives have been adapting to conditions. We have had almost 25 players starting from West Indies. All 25 have stood up in different conditions. (Virat Kohli ecstatic after series triumph)advertisement”Even the new home venues, we didn’t know how those pitches would behave. Everybody has put his hands up. The one area we need to improve is catching, that is something we have to look into.” (Virat Kohli has ensured India will never back down: Michael Clarke to India Today) Praising all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, Kumble said: “Ravindra Jadeja was brilliant through the season. Ravichandran Ashwin of course we know what he is capable of but Jaddu has always been in the shadows. But he has now come out of it and to be the No.1 spinner is brilliant.”The team did a wonderful job with stellar performances. Congratulations on the series win & becoming no.1 in tests! #IndvAus @BCCI pic.twitter.com/wSduh10jJm- Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) March 28, 2017last_img read more

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How to compete with me-too organizations

first_imgI recently received an email from a reader of this blog asking for some help on the nonprofit marketing front. She runs a pet shelter. She’s troubled by another, less effective and less scrupulous shelter in her community that engages in me-too marketing. Every time she has an event or kicks off a campaign, the competing organization does the same. What to do?I can attest to the fact this is incredibly annoying and often confounding. It certainly has happened to me at Network for Good – competition imitating what we do and even trying to confuse our customers.But here’s the thing about competition. You don’t win against it by focusing on it.You win by doing a better job focusing on the only thing that matters: those you want to reach. Namely, your constituents, your prospects, your donors, your shelter dogs. You win by maintaining a relentless focus on them. On serving them. On cultivating them. On amazing them. And on thanking them. When you maintain that focus, you excel, you innovate and you stay ahead.You win a race not by looking over your shoulder but by focusing on the finish line.last_img read more

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The long slog and the slow motion miracle

first_imgA friend sent me this great quote from a Gail Collins piece in the NY Times on women gaining the right to vote – which was preceded by a 70-year slog.“We always need to remember that behind almost every great moment in history, there are heroic people doing really boring and frustrating things for a prolonged period of time.”Our work is sometimes boring and often frustrating, but it’s leading somewhere eventually — a slow motion miracles played out over a very long time.last_img

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Guest Post: What’s your organization’s role in the wake of a man-made disaster?

first_imgThe following post is by Kate Olsen, who handles our disaster giving programs at Network for Good among many other projects.It’s April 20th and you’ve just learned that due to an explosion on an offshore oil rig, crude oil is leaking freely into the Gulf of Mexico. You don’t yet know that in the coming months over 3 million barrels of will flow into the Gulf causing the largest oil spill in U.S. history, but you do know that a serious environmental disaster is unfolding. The media is holding a major corporation – BP – responsible for cleanup and reparations. But you know that it will take more than just BP’s response to rebuild businesses, reclaim livelihoods, reestablish wildlife and restore the environment. It will take a network of dedicated nonprofits, concerned citizens, government intervention – and BP’s commitment – to restore the Gulf Coast to is former state.The question is, should your nonprofit respond? And if so, how?Since the oil spill was a manmade disaster and BP is being held accountable, the role for nonprofits has not been clear. When natural disasters like the Haiti Earthquake or Hurricane Katrina strike, there is a strong call to action to get emergency supplies on the ground and provide assistance to those affected. And nonprofits know whether their expertise, programs and staff are needed. Not so with the oil spill where the immediate priority was for BP to cap the well and then figure out how to compensate those affected. Framing your organization’s call to action in the wake of a man-made disaster requires understanding your resources, expertise and audience. After observing how several nonprofits are making a difference for oil spill cleanup, we’ve developed a set of questions to help your organization decide if, when and how to respond when these types of catastrophes emerge:•Does your organization work in communities affected by the disaster?If the disaster is affecting your constituents, there is a clear mandate to help. If your mission and program focus is not directly related to the disaster at hand, your role may be more indirect, but you can still contribute by telling your supporters how they can help or supporting other organizations who are more directly involved (PR on your blog, loaning staff, in-kind gifts of resources, sending volunteers or other ways). Helping other organizations that may be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the immediate need is not only the neighborly thing to do, but it also strengthens the nonprofit sector and builds good will for when your organization is on the front lines.To illustrate, EarthShare, an organization that manages workplace giving campaigns for environmental charities, is serving as an information and volunteer opportunity clearinghouse during the oil spill cleanup effort. It offers several volunteer opportunities from member charities, posts easy ways for citizens to speak up for safer, cleaner energy and provides resources for people to stay up-to-date with oil spill developments. This is a great example of a nonprofit highlighting the work of a set of organizations involved in the response.• Does your organization have staff, programs, tools or expertise relevant to the disaster response?If you can contribute resources that other organizations can’t, be they nonprofit, government or for-profit, then you are particularly well-suited to take a strong role in the response effort. You know your mission and program focus better than anyone, so don’t hesitate to speak up if your expertise needs to be heard.For example, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, an environmental health and justice nonprofit, in conjunction with students at Tulane University, established an oil spill crisis map that displays the disaster’s impact on the environment, wildlife, health, livelihoods and other factors. The organization’s unique understanding of the environment and technical expertise resulted in a very useful tool to monitor the disaster.•Is your supporter base looking to your organization for guidance on ways to help?Even if your mission and program focus is not directly related to the current disaster, your community may see you as a resource. If you are overwhelmed by supporters asking for you to help them get involved, you can serve a curatorial role to provide relevant information about the disaster and concrete ways to help. Or you can band together with other like-minded organizations – other nonprofits, media partners or companies – and organize events, volunteer opportunities and other programs that mobilize your supporters and other citizen philanthropists to help. Sometimes, it takes a collective effort to make a lasting impact. That is the opinion of CitizenGulf— a collaborative initiative among Andy Sternberg, Citizen Effect, el-studio.com, Live Your Talk, Sloane Berrent, Social Media Club, Taylor Davidson and Zoetica— which is calling for a National Day of Action on August 25th. In alignment with the week of the fifth anniversary of Katrina, CitizenGulf’s National Day of Action will benefit Catholic Charities of New Orleans to help fishing families find a new, more sustainable future by providing an educational program for their children. To attend a local CitizenGulf benefit event near you, visit here.last_img read more

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Stories from Mary Part II: Better diversity among your donors

first_imgThis weekend, I’m sharing stories from Mary Holmes of the Cumberland Community Foundation. She often sends me wonderful emails in response to my posts, recounting her experiences as a fundraiser. Yesterday, I shared a story illustrating three key basics of fundraising; today I stories about diversity among donors.Mary says…“Many nonprofits report struggling to connect with their diverse communities or rural neighbors. (Katya notes: Mary’s foundation has wonderful supporters from the African American community and rural communities.) A favorite story was about a retired educator of modest means who was cultivated by our long time board member Mildred (also a retired educator and plays piano at the same church). She created a designated endowment to support music programs at her church in memory of her husband. She was worried about reaching fund minimum but took the leap. The next week her brother-in-law matched her gift. The fund minimum was soon met… Another story: Ten years ago the local farm bureau started talking about having a scholarship for children of farmers and fundraising started. One of the farmers and farm bureau board members sadly lost his youngest sister to a car accident about five years ago. He was introduced to CCF when his sisters started a scholarship in memory of their sister. (The sisters were referred to the community foundation by a friend who had a fund.) He gave to that fund, experienced our stewardship, and saw it grow over the years. One of the sisters began to volunteer on our scholarship selection committee (selecting other scholarships) and most of the family attends our annual scholarship awards presentation. So his confidence in our scholarship system grew. He invited me to present to the farm bureau board about 18 months ago and again last week. I left with a $100,000 and two signed scholarship memorial endowment fund agreements (in memory of their founders).”Mary’s work truly illustrates why it’s so important to reach out to the full community in your fundraising efforts. That means having a diverse board, creating an environment where all people can have a hand in shaping programs, and celebrating and spreading stories of success. I find her stories a great example of how this is done well.It’s a huge loss not to do so. I’m recalling some data I shared earlier this summer about ethnicity and who is most likely to spread the word about a cause. Diversity among donors truly matters!last_img read more

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3 Ways to Encourage Monthly Donors & Givings

first_imgWant to enable your donors to give more and stop consistently asking them for money? Working to convert annual donors into monthly donors is one of the smartest things you can do as a fundraiser. Imagine thanking people every month instead of hitting them up for a donation. (Sounds pretty great, right?) Plus, you could benefit from a dependable stream of contributions.The good news is you can easily set the stage to make donors more likely to commit to a monthly gift! Here’s how:1. Make It Easy for Monthly Donors:Many donors prefer to give online because it’s easy and convenient. Giving a recurring gift through your online donation form should also be easy for your donor—they select their donation amount and can automatically give throughout the year without coming back to make a new donation.Wherever you ask for donations on your website, try asking for a monthly contribution, instead of just a one-time gift. When a donor is deciding on a donation amount, ask, “Would you like to make this a monthly gift?” (Need an online donation processing service that offers recurring gifts? Find out more about Network for Good’s branded fundraising pages.)2. Frame Your Ask:When you ask donors for money, how are you phrasing the question? Instead of asking supporters to give just at year-end, recommend that they sign up to give every month next year. This is clearly a win for them because it’s convenient and it’s not one big hit to their pocketbooks at the end of the year. … And it’s also a win for you!  A steady stream support can lead to better budgeting and more help for other year-round. Bonus: In some cases, a donor may give more in total than they would as a onetime gift since it’s easier to spread it out over time.3. Offer an Appealing Package:Describe the good that you do in a way that relates to a monthly gift and shows a tangible tie to the idea of giving every month.  The Liz Logelin Foundation encourages donors to give “$7 on the 7th” to help widows and widowers with young families. With this campaign, the foundation help donors realize it’s possible to create a big impact for a small amount each month.Consider giving your recurring donors a special status. Give monthly donors a special name and recognize them in a unique way on your site. You can reserve special perks for these loyal supporters, such as a sneak peek to your newsletter, first dibs on event tickets, or invitations to an open house.All donors are important to nonprofits, but an increase in recurring, monthly gifts is a reliable blessing that many organizations would be thrilled to have.To do:Ensure your donation form allows for a monthly gift.Audit your appeals: make sure you ask donors to consider giving a monthly contribution.Think of creative ways to illustrate a monthly gift’s impact.Reward monthly donors with special recognition or perks.last_img read more

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Infographic: Bridging the Donor Generation Gap

first_imgBridging the donor generation gap is a struggle every nonprofit faces. One of the constants of nonprofit work is the need to cultivate the next generation of donors and activists. At the same time, you don’t want to ignore donors who have been loyal, longtime supporters. Successfully engaging multiple generations ensures the future of your organization.Why the Donor Generation Gap MattersOne of the largest wealth transfers in history is beginning to take place. Over the next 30 to 40 years, an estimated $30 trillion in financial and nonfinancial assets will pass between generations in North America alone. As Baby Boomers and the Mature Generation prepare to pass their wealth to their children and grandchildren, more than money is being taken into consideration.Benefits of cross-generation donor engagement:Involving Gen X and Millennial donors today ensures the future of your organization.Cultivating Mature and Boomer donors (who represent the majority of today’s giving) provides stability for your organization.Diversity of opinions and perspectives keeps your organization relevant.New ideas and approaches energize your base.Institutional/historical knowledge blends with modern, tech-savvy know-how to keep your message fresh.last_img read more

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Solskjaer: Man Utd ready for PSG & Liverpool

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer is confident Manchester United are equipped to deal with a challenging February schedule.The Red Devils are yet to lose since Solskjaer was named caretaker boss following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December, winning eight and drawing one of his nine games in charge.United’s strong run is sure to be put to the test in the coming month, with Premier League fixtures against Leicester City and Fulham preceding the Champions League last-16 first-leg tie against Paris Saint-Germain. 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! That fixture is followed by an FA Cup fifth-round clash at Chelsea before a blockbuster encounter with fierce rivals Liverpool on February 24.But Solskjaer is sure United are up for the challenge.”It’s [the squad] very equipped, we’ve had now six weeks together, found out what strengths and weaknesses we’ve got,” he said.”We’ve risen to most of the challenges, maybe the setback of the Burnley goals we conceded will make us move to the next level because we’ve given ourselves a chance now to get into the top four earlier than we thought.”We start with this game against Leicester, Fulham away as well and then the three big ones with PSG, Liverpool and Chelsea.”Then you think that’s done and it’s Crystal Palace away. It’s a tough month but we’re ready, I’ve got a big squad, it’s only Marcos Rojo now who’s out for a period.”United head to the King Power Stadium on the back of a comeback 2-2 draw against Burnley on Tuesday, the first time they have dropped points under Solskjaer.The Foxes earned a fine 1-1 draw at leaders Liverpool and have also beaten Chelsea and Manchester City this season, and Solskjaer is aware of the difficulty Claude Puel’s side pose.”I watched Leicester’s game Wednesday night,” Solskjaer added. “They’re a team full of energy and pace.”Obviously they defend well, they drop back and defend so it’s hard to break them down and they’ve got the pace up front with Jamie Vardy, James Maddison, Demarai Gray, Marc Albrighton. So, it’s going to be a tough challenge but we like challenges.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Personal Branding Tips for Freelancers

first_imgOftentimes, especially in the freelance world, we try to maintain a work / life balance by keeping who we are out of what we do for a living. Finding a way to thrive in the overlap between personal and professional is what it means to have a personal brand, and it’s essential for living what you love, staying happy…and getting hired.Having a personal brand is understanding and embracing that business is personal. When you are capturing, shaping, and sharing who you are with your client it deepens the relationship and the trust – leaving you with positive client experiences and a total dream job. A personal brand is the packaged and definitive you – both the surface-y things, like your personal style, and the deeper stuff, too.**Here are 5 tips for cultivating your personal brand both online and off: ****1. Be memorable. **Part of what makes me memorable to my clients is having a head full of blonde dreadlocks and having a distinct and unapologetic personal style. But it has even more to do with my attitude, point-of-view, and gifts of knowledge. A personal brand is far more about what you do than what you look like. A personal brand is what makes you memorable while networking, but it’s also what gets you hired. So ask yourself, what is going to stand out about you at first impression? It doesn’t have to be surface-only, but you’ve got to start with a spark before you can turn it into a sustaining flame.**2. Tell a story. **Your personal brand is what you want others to know, do, and feel. Your stories add up. They set the tone and intention of what you’re sharing with others. What are the behind-the-scenes stories of your business and your life that you love sharing? Why are you telling them? Do you want to make people laugh, to gasp, or to reassure them? Or do you want to tell helpful, how-to stories and share some of your own tips and secrets to success?**3. Be personal. **Recognize that business is personal. Yes, it pays the bills, but at the same time you’ve made it your purpose to help another human being with your talent and skills. If you can strip your preconceived notions of what you and your client are supposed to look and talk and act like you can really start to get to the core of who you are. You’ll start to get cozy in that work / life overlap. If you aren’t a corporation, stop acting like one. If your clients have a more casual style, maybe it’s okay for you to be more casual, too. Over time a personal brand can actually attract dream customers that end up being – well, a lot like you.4. Be likeable. This tip will take you far, and is the follow-up to “be personal.” It sounds like a no-brainer, but being likeable isn’t just about being nice. It’s about ditching industry jargon, writing (and speaking) the way you really talk, being honest about what you can and cannot do, and being a bit more transparent about your creative process and why you make the decisions you do.**5. Become your own number one client. **One of the best ways to bring who you are into what you do is with passion projects. A passion project is something you work on out of true, artistic desire. It’s a project you work on for your own creative fulfillment – it may have nothing to do with your specific craft or industry and it’s certainly not something you are creating specifically to sell, though that’s not to say it couldn’t be part of your portfolio or potentially become a product you could one day sell.**Editor’s Note: **Kathleen Shannon is a branding and business visioning consultant for creative entrepreneurs as a co-founder of Braid Creative. She is a nationally award winning art director turned free spirited champion for business-minded creatives. Her “don’t-just-dream-it-do-it” style pervades everything from her work to her life, home, food and adventures at her personal blog Jeremy & Kathleen, which has been featured on Glamour blog, A Practical Wedding, Making It Lovely, A Cup of Jo and We Like We Love. She’ll follow a whim from painting larger-than-life stripes in her living room hallway, to trekking the foothills of Mount Everest – just to have a good story to tell.last_img read more

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Ben Franklin: Best Freelancer Ever?

first_imgWhen you imagine the ultimate freelance success, do you see fame and fortune? A big network? Adoring followers? The Presidency of Pennsylvania?Well, all these things are possible for freelancers who master their craft. (Except maybe the President part.) But it turns out that fame & fortune are fleeting, and the most “advanced” kind of freelancers recognize that giving back and supporting their communities, and mentoring others are the way to build a truly fulfilled freelance life. We here at Freelancers Union call that kind of freelancer a “360 Freelancer,” because they’ve come full circle in their lives.That’s why we believe Ben Franklin is a 360 Freelancer — a role model (mostly) for how freelancers should work, live, and create.Constantly curious. Franklin was constantly pushing the boundaries of what was possible. He invented the lightning rod and bifocal glasses and “discovered” the Gulf Stream, the principle of lightning, and cooling by evaporation. His interests were countless — he wasn’t just an inventor, or a freelance journalist, or just a statesman, but filled his days with whatever intrigued him. This endless curiosity is the mark of an all-star freelancer: someone who keeps learning, keeps pushing, keeps asking questions….Slightly crazy, but in a good way. In 1768, he developed a phonetic alphabet in A Scheme for a new Alphabet and a Reformed Mode of Spelling, which “discarded six letters Franklin regarded as redundant (c, j, q, w, x, and y), and substituted six new letters for sounds he felt lacked letters of their own.” I think those letters are useless too, especially when you have to write the word “why” or “croquette.” Unfortunately, the alphabet didn’t catch on.Oh, and then there was the time he (probably) went out in a lightning storm with a long metal rod.He gave back. Franklin’s inventions were altruistic. He wanted his scientific works to be used for improving human life; in his autobiography he wrote, “… as we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours; and this we should do freely and generously.”He understood the power of bringing people together. Franklin was part of dozens of organizations — including the one that drafted the Declaration of Independence, of course. He founded the first volunteer firefighting company in America, Union Fire Company. (You know we love a good union.) He also founded the American Philosophical Society, understanding that all Americans benefited when scientists came together to discuss new discoveries and theories.”Yes, we must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately,” Franklin said. I think Franklin would have appreciated New Mutualism.Learn more about the 360 Freelancer here and take our quiz here to find out if you’ve reached freelance self-actualization!last_img read more

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