Messi earns Barca a draw at Mestalla

first_imgLionel Messi scored a brilliant equaliser as Barcelona’s winless run in LaLiga stretched to four matches following a 1-1 draw at Valencia.Ezequiel Garay capitalised on terrible marking to convert a corner in the second minute, but Valencia were unable to make the most of their early dominance at Mestalla on Sunday.Messi levelled midway through the first half with a wonderful strike from outside the penalty area, although Barca, who beat Tottenham 4-2 in the Champions League in midweek, could not find a winner. 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! Pressure on Ernesto Valverde will grow over the international break, after which Barca will travel to LaLiga’s surprise leaders Sevilla, who moved top with a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo.Valencia led in the second minute, Garay arriving at the back post to tap in after a Dani Parejo corner was inadvertently flicked on by Gerard Pique and Thomas Vermaelen.Michy Batshuayi and Geoffrey Kondogbia both came close to doubling Valencia’s lead as Marcelino’s men made a fine start, although Goncalo Guedes’ injury curbed their potency.Barca levelled in the 23rd minute, Messi drilling home from 25 yards after a one-two with Luis Suarez that involved a nutmeg on the helpless Kondogbia.Kevin Gameiro crashed a shot just wide in the 61st minute as Valencia continued to threaten, then Jose Gaya made a sensational challenge to deny Philippe Coutinho.Messi fired into the side netting and Suarez saw a brace of late penalty appeals rejected, and problems are mounting for Barca and Valverde after missing the chance to reclaim top spot.Another day, another golazo… LIONEL MESSI #ValenciaBarça— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) October 7, 2018What does it mean: Title race wide openBarcelona won their first four league games of 2018-19 and looked on track to defend their title, but a run of four matches without a victory – their longest such sequence since April 2016 – has tightened things up at the top of LaLiga. Luckily for Barca, Real Madrid have lost form at the same time, with Atletico Madrid bouncing back from a slow start to sit third. After eight rounds, just two points splits the top six in the league and, while Barca and Madrid will expect to pull away, the league has a refreshing look with Sevilla top.Messi magic spares Barca blushesBarca could have easily lost this game and, had Valencia been more clinical, they could have led by two or three in the opening 15 minutes. But Messi – who scored twice in the Wembley win last time out for Barca – hauled his team to a draw with a typically brilliant goal. He could not find a decisive goal this time, but Messi is keeping a stuttering Barca afloat.Batshuayi wasteful for hostsValencia have only won once in LaLiga this season and that can partly be chalked up to a failure to convert their chances. Batshuayi has scored once in the league after joining on loan from Chelsea and the striker could have had a hat-trick. The clinical forward who shone for Borussia Dortmund last term was absent.Key Opta stats: – Luis Suarez has now assisted more La Liga goals for Lionel Messi than any other player, surpassing Dani Alves (26).- Arthur Melo attempted 142 passes against Valencia (135 successfully), the most by a player in a LaLiga game this season. – Barcelona conceded their fastest La Liga goal (78 seconds) since December 2011 (Karim Benzema, 21 seconds). – Valencia have drawn more games than any other side in Europe’s big five leagues this season (six).  1 – Lionel Messi has scored more goals from outside the box than any other player in the top five European leagues in the last 10 seasons (57). Sniper.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 7, 2018What’s next?After the international break it’s a top-of-the-table clash for Barca as they head to Sevilla on October 20, with Valencia hosting struggling Leganes on the same day. read morelast_img read more

Croatia vs Spain: Aspas starts ahead of Morata

first_imgSpain suffered an unexpected setback in their goal of qualifying for the UEFA Nations League finals last month as they were stunned 3-2 at home by England.Luis Enrique’s side must overcome Croatia in Zagreb if they are to secure their place in the knockout rounds of the competition, but face opponents who will be hungry for victory.The World Cup finalists are out for revenge after being crushed 6-0 by La Roja in Elche back in September, while they face the prospect of relegation from the elite European teams ahead of their final two matches. 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! Game Croatia vs Spain Date Thursday, November 14 Time 7:45pm GMT / 2:45pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream N/A fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Sky Sports Premier League and streamed on Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Croatia squad Goalkeepers Kalinic, Livakovic, Letica Defenders Vida, Lovren, Vrsaljko, Pivaric, Jedvaj, Mitrovic, Milic, Caleta-Car Midfielders Modric, Rakitic, Kovacic, Badelj, Brozovic, Rog, Pasalic, Bradaric, Vlasic Forwards Perisic, Kramaric, Rebic, Pjaca, Brekalo Croatia starting XI: Kalinic; Jedvaj, Vida, Lovren, A. Milic; Brozovic, Rakitic; Rebic, Modric, Perisic; Kramaric Position Spain squad Goalkeepers De Gea, Arrizabalaga, Lopez Defenders Azpilicueta, Llorente, Inigo Martinez, Jonny, Ramos, Gaya, Jordi Alba, Hermoso Midfielders Busquets, Sergio Roberto, Raul, Suso, Rodri, Mendez, Asensio, Fornals, Isco, Ceballos Forwards Morata, Rodrigo, Iago Aspas Spain may not have any pressing selection concerns, but they have seen something of a changing of the guard in recent months with regards their squad. Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and David Silva are among the players who have retired. Although Jordi Alba has earned a recall, Diego Costa and the red-hot Paco Alcacer have been overlooked, with Alvaro Morata among Luis Enrique’s striking options. Meanwhile, a raft of inexperienced players, such as Villarreal’s Pablo Fornals, Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos and Celta’s Brais Mendez have been summoned.Spain starting XI: De Gea; Sergi Roberto, Ramos, Inigo Martinez, Alba; Busquets, Saul, Ceballos; Rodrigo, Isco; Aspas.Betting & Match Odds Spain are rated as 6/5 favourites by Bet365. Croatia are priced at 13/5, while a draw can be backed at 12/5.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more .Match Preview Sergio Ramos Spain 2018-19After coming within a whisker of becoming world champions in the summer, Croatia have arrived back down to earth with a firm bump. The Nations League has not been kind to them, with a 6-0 loss against Spain followed by a 0-0 draw at home against England, but it is not just in UEFA’s new competition in which they have struggled to find their best. They picked up a 1-1 friendly draw against a Cristiano Ronaldo-less Portugal in September, while their only win since Russia 2018 came against Jordan last month, achieved in an unconvincing manner thanks to goals from Domagoj Vida and Matej Mitrovic.Nevertheless, they know that if they win their two forthcoming fixtures, they will be propelled into the Nations League finals.Spain’s task is simpler. Victory in Zagreb would secure top spot in Group Four and would see them into the play-offs to win the competition.Luis Enrique’s beginning to life as national team boss has not been without controversy and again his squad selection has raised eyebrows. Paco Alcacer’s absence after explosive form for Dortmund is unusual, particularly as he has included the struggling Alvaro Morata, whose Chelsea team-mate Mikael Alonso is another who can feel aggrieved at not being part of the national set up.The ex-Roma and Barcelona coach, however, has largely been successful to date. Wins over England, Croatia and Wales justified his selections, but a 3-2 loss in the return match against the Three Lions in Seville last month has raised questions. Spain did rally well in that match but were cut open by their opponents’ pace on the break persistently in the first half.Failure to top the pool would cast a shadow over his start to life in the Spain dugout and would see the pressure raised on him exponentially ahead of the start of European qualifying proper next year.last_img read more

Report: Lazio 1 Juventus 2

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty with two minutes remaining as defending champions Juventus somehow avoided their first Serie A defeat of the season with a come-from-behind 2-1 win away to Lazio.Substitute Joao Cancelo’s first Juventus goal looked to have salvaged a fortunate point, but the visitors then went one better as he won a late penalty which was converted by Ronaldo, the forward’s 15th league goal of the campaign.Cancelo, having just come off the bench, had struck with 16 minutes left, cancelling out Emre Can’s earlier own goal as Juve moved to 21 games unbeaten in the top flight this season. 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! They go 11 points clear of Napoli – who drew with AC Milan on Saturday – at the top of the table, despite having been second best for much of Sunday’s match at Stadio Olimpico.0 – For the first time since Opta collects this data (2004/05) Juventus have not even attempted a shot in the first half of a Serie A game. Harmless.— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) January 27, 2019 Massimiliano Allegri’s men failed to register a single shot during a first half where they lost an emotional Leonardo Bonucci to injury, with Wojciech Szczesny making a superb save from Marco Parolo and Daniele Rugani clearing a Ciro Immobile effort off the line to somehow keep the match level.Can’s mistake just before the hour mark eventually gave Lazio the lead, with Juve never looking likely to respond until Cancelo’s impact from the bench.Lazio should have led when Wallace mistimed a free header, while Joaquin Correa – having earlier caused panic in the Juve defence with a fine solo run that caused Bonucci’s injury – forced a save from Szczesny.Szczesny was tested again by Luis Alberto, and had to be at full stretch to make a magnificent one-handed stop from Parolo’s 18-yard strike.Juve had two penalty claims for handball against Wallace turned down prior to losing Bonucci, who had limped through much of the half, before Immobile’s flicked finish saw Rugani forced into a crucial clearance, atoning for his own poor header.Luis Alberto fired just wide after the break, but he then contributed to an opener that had long been coming. His excellent 59th-minute corner towards a cluster of players around the six-yard box led to a stooping Can diverting it into his own net.It should have been game over when Immobile was played in by Correa, but the striker blazed over, and that glaring miss proved costly as Juve turned the tables.Federico Bernardeschi’s fine work down the left set up Paulo Dybala, whose shot was parried by Thomas Strakosha, but Cancelo found the bottom corner with the rebound.Lazio then fumed when Senad Lulic was adjudged to have tugged down Cancelo off the ball prior to a Bernardeschi cross, Ronaldo keeping his cool to send the match-winning spot-kick straight down the middle as Juve escaped with the points.FT: WHAT A TURNAROUND IN THE CAPITAL!!!!!!!! #LazioJuve #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) January 27, 2019 What does it mean? Juve, somehow, extend lead Lazio remain three points adrift of the top four, while Juve extend their lead at the top of the table, a sickening blow to Napoli, who looked like they were about to be offered a glimmer of hope in the Scudetto race as Allegri’s men struggled throughout.In 10 matches against teams in the top four this season, Lazio have now lost nine and drawn one. They proved they are more than capable of matching it with the big boys in this one, but paid the price for failing to build more of an advantage in an opening 70 minutes they completely dominated.Cancelo contribution crucial Cancelo only had 20 minutes to make an impression, but he made full use of his time on the pitch. He scored the equaliser and won the decisive penalty, sparking life into a Juve side that offered nothing going forward before he came on, despite having Ronaldo, Dybala and Douglas Costa in attacking areas. Bernardeschi, who also came off the bench, had a hand in both goals too.Can clueless for Juve The own goal was poor, with Can getting himself into an awkward position and misjudging his attempted clearance, but the former Liverpool midfielder also produced a disappointing all-round display as he continues to struggle to establish himself with the Italian champions.He was booked before the break for a petulant tug on Correa, and had another mistake that led to a Luis Alberto chance. Going forward, he failed to create an opportunity for his team-mates.Key Opta Facts:- The only other Serie A season, in the three points era, with at least 11 points of difference between first and second team after 21 matchdays was 2006-07.- Lazio have scored at home against Juventus in Serie A for the first time since January 2014.- Ronaldo is the first player in the three points era (1994-95) to score in eight Serie A away games in a row.- Juventus have gained the most points from losing positions in Serie A this season (13).What’s next? After a tough double-header against Napoli and Juve, another big game is up next for Lazio when they travel to Inter in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals on Thursday. Juve are away to Atalanta in the same competition a day earlier, prior to a home league game against Parma on Saturday. read morelast_img read more

Ranji Trophy final: Key highlights

first_imgHere are the highlights of the  Ranji Trophy final between Mumbai and Gujarat at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.17.26 IST: Gujarat 2/0 at stumps on Day 1, trail Mumbai (228) by 226 runs. Gohel 2*, Panchal 0*.16.53 IST: Gujarat bowl Mumbai out for 228 on Day 1. Shaw 71, Suryakumar 57, RP Singh 2/48, Gaja 2/46 16.30 IST: Mumbai 214/9 in 80 overs. Vijay D Gohil 0 (1), Abhishek Nayar 22 (74) 15.54 IST: Mumbai 200/6 in 72.1 overs. BS Sandhu 6* (34b), Abhishek Nayar 11* (53b)15.33 IST: Mumbai 179/6 in 60 overs. BS Sandhu 0 (3) Abhishek Nayar 1 (11)14.50 IST: Mumbai 179/6 at tea on Day 1 vs Gujarat. SD Lad 23*, Nayar 1*14.34 IST: OUT! Suryakumar Yadav 57 (133) ct HP Patel b CT Gaja. Mumbai 169/5 in 56.3 overs14.20 IST: Mumbai 155/4 in 50 overs. SD Lad 6 (32) Suryakumar Yadav 51 (111) 13.58 IST: Suryakumar Yadav strikes 50 off 107 balls, Mumbai 154/4 vs Gujarat13.22 IST: The onus is now on Suryakumar Yadav and Siddhesh Lad as Mumbai desperately look to stitch a partnership. They are 132/4 (41.1 overs)13.15 IST: OUT! Adita Tare falls to Hardik Patel for 4. Mumbai continue to lose key wickets after lunch.12.58 IST: OUT! Prithvi Shaw 71 (93) Run Out MC Juneja. Mumbai 106/3 in 34.3 overs12.50 IST: Mumbai 100/2 in 33.6 Overs 12.15 IST: Mumbai 97/2 at lunch on Day 1 vs Gujarat in Ranji Trophy final. Prithvi Shaw 70*, Surya Kumar Yadav 7*Here’s how Mumbai and Gujarat fared against each other in the #RanjiTrophy @paytm BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) January 10, 201711.58 IST: Mumbai 91/2 in 30 overs. Surya Kumar Yadav 3 (40), Prithvi Shaw 68 (84)11.20 IST: Mumbai 72/2 after 20 overs. Prithvi Shaw 50 (56), Surya Kumar Yadav 3 (9)11.11 IST: Prithvi Shaw slams 50 off 56 balls. Mumbai 72/2 vs Gujarat10.58 IST: OUT! Shreyas Iyer 14 (34) ct Parthiv Patel b CT Gaja. Mumbai 54/2 in 17.1 overs10.48 IST: Mumbai 51/1 in 16.3 Overs10.20 IST: Mumbai 33/1 after 10 overs. Prithvi Shaw 19 (26), Shreyas Iyer 10(13)advertisement10.03 IST: OUT! Akhil Herwadkar 4 (21) lbw RP Singh. Mumbai 13/1 in 6.3 overs9.25 IST: Here’s the playing XI of Gujarat.Gujarat – Playing XI #GUJvMUM #Final @paytm #RanjiTrophy BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) January 10, 20179.21 IST: Here’s the playing XI of Mumbai.Mumbai – Playing XI #GUJvMUM #Final @paytm #RanjiTrophy BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) January 10, 20179.15 IST: Toss – Gujarat captain Parthiv Patel won the toss and asked Mumbai to bat in Indore. Brief Preview: Defending champions Mumbai are eyeing their record-stretching 42nd Ranji Trophy title when they face Gujarat in the summit clash at the Holkar Cricket Stadium.Mumbai have won the premier domestic cricket competition 41 out of 45 appearances in the final. The last time they lost in the final was to Haryana in 1990-91. (Mumbai crush Tamil Nadu in Ranji Trophy semifinal)Mumbai are the overwhelming favourites for the trophy this time too as they have lost just twice in 61 matches against Gujarat, the last loss being in 1977-78. (Read Full Preview here)last_img read more

Demonetisation: What is its impact on school education in India?

first_imgCash was the root cause of many problems and demonetisation coupled with the push for digital payments is a step in the right direction to eradicate this menace by increasing financial transparency and competition among schools.Education by definition is a charitable work in India; and thus not for profit. It means if an institute has surplus income, then it is expected to re-plough the surplus to further its agenda and services.However, do our educational institutes, especially schools, really stick to the letter and spirit of “Not For Profit” tag? Not really.Schools do not stick to ‘Not For Profit’ tagsThe answer is pretty obvious when we look at the ownership, income streams and major costs heads of schools. In India, 25 per cent of schools are privately held catering to almost 40 per cent (~ 100 million) enrolled student base.  Now, the interesting aspect is that very little percentage of these private schools are owned by organised chains, while majority of these schools are either directly or indirectly owned or have the patronage of local influence via a managing Trust.And it makes sense for such ownership structures in our schools. Opening a school requires one to go through a maze of regulations, obtain licenses and approvals. Coupled with scarcity of appropriate land and high land cost, the deterrence is further increased because of high capex. Add to it the higher upfront operational cost- salaries for teaching and support staff- schools bear in initial few years.Thus, it is no rocket science to infer that it requires someone well connected and with deep pockets to make things happen. And that profile matches that of a typical politician.advertisementMost collections are in cashOn the revenue side, schools have four major sources of income, admission or capitation fee, regular fees including tuition, transportation and academic fees, ancillary fees for clothing or events or sports and revenue from other sources such as renting or brand sponsorship etc. Except regular fees most of the other collections are in cash and mostly not against a receipt. Even for regular fees, collections are mostly in cash and receipts issued only on demand. This leaves enough space for innovative bookkeeping.With such dynamics, schools manage their income to the bare minimum by showing lesser revenues and higher costs on books, thus generating a lot of black income in cash that is extracted out of the system and paid in cash to the promoters.With the demonetisation, this arrangement has been shaken up for good. Government has made digital payments mandatory for CBSE schools and increasingly parents are getting digital savvy and choosing the convenience of online payments.This would leave little room for schools to under report their revenue from fee and ancillary income.On the expenses side too, the staff would push management to settle via digital payments as they would want to avoid excess cash in higher denominations thanks to their recent experiences.This situation would create higher profits for schools leading to a few possible scenarios:Although the income would still be non taxable, the higher disclosed income would by definition mean schools would have to reinvest bigger share back to Schools or risk getting under government scrutiny. So be it enhancing facilities, improving quality standards, hiring better teachers etc, schools have to do much and all this may lead to increase in quality of educationGovernment will have un-doctored financials to assess and push schools to rigorously implement Right To Education. Currently, schools push back displaying their lack of financial capacitiesCompetition would increase for incumbents, as newer schools would want to attract parents by giving them convenience of online payments and better engagement. So incumbent schools would be forced to adapt to the new digital normalTax net may increase for government, as many teachers and staff members of schools would voluntarily disclose their incomes once their payments are made digitally. Currently, most of them are paid in cashCapitation fees and other frivolous charges that schools charge may see a southward movement as parents will now have the digital footprints of these payments and can use this as a legal tool against the schoolsMajority of parents will benefit from the convenience of digital payments. However, few who are directing their black cash would find it hard to justify premium fee for their childrenVendors who offer value added product/services to schools will see a surge in demand. Payment to vendors will move from cash to digital thus forcing more vendors to come under the tax netGovernment may see surge in ST payment and compliance by various vendors serving the schoolsMost of the temporary staff, those who get pushed over after a short service or are never made permanent, will have a proof of their employment and income. This may help them in securing better jobs as well as build their credit worthinessGovernment may eventually consider making K12 education “For Profit” It was time that this juliflora of our Education system was weeded out and ground being re-ploughed for cultivating fair and for profit education infrastructure that meets the aspirations of Digital India.advertisement -Authored by Ashish Chaturvedi, Founder, uFony Services Private LimitedRead: UP Board Exam 2017 to begin from March 16 Read: R. Madhvan and Telugu actor cum politician Pawan Kalyan to speak at Harvard University Click here for more education related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Two electrocuted to death in Azamgarh

first_imgAzamgarh (UP), Jan 25 (PTI) A teacher and a student died after they came in contact with a high tension wire in Sagdi tehsil here, police said today.The duo belonged to Vikram Chauhan Memorial College in Jahanaganj had come here to take part in a sports and cultural festival organised at a degree college in Jiyanpur Bazar when the mishap took place last night while they were taking a stroll, they said.The victims were identified as Rina Chauhan (32) and Archana Chauhan (18), police said, adding the bodies have been sent for post mortem. PTI COR SAB ASVlast_img read more

Mo Farah bows out of indoors with European record

first_imgMo Farah ended his indoor career with a new European record, winning the 5,000 metres at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday in a time of 13 minutes 10.60 seconds.Farah, Britain’s four-times Olympic champion, plans to focus on road racing after the outdoor world championships in London in August when he will say his final farewell to the track.The 33-year-old was helped to break the indoor mark at the Birmingham Indoor Arena in what became a two-way duel with Kenyan Albert Rop, who stretched him over the final two laps.It was a fitting way for Britain’s most successful long-distance runner to end his indoor career – and a marked improvement on his only other appearance this season, when he came seventh in a cross-country event in Edinburgh last month.”I knew from Edinburgh I needed to do some work,” he told the BBC. “I had to go away and leave my family behind to do more training. It has paid off. Hard work pays off.”Farah shaved over half a second off the European record – and more than 10 off the previous British best – after pacemaker Adam Clarke had taken the 11-man field through a fast opening to the race.Urging the crowd to raise the noise levels, Farah exuded his trademark calmness as he tucked in behind Rop for the final stages.He hit the front with two laps to go before extending his lead, much to the joy of the large crowd.Farah did not realise he had broken the record but paid tribute to the support he has received during his stellar career, in which he has won the Olympic 5,000 and 10,000-metres double twice.advertisement”The crowds have been so good for me over the years. I will miss it,” he said. “I can’t quite believe it’s my last race.”last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar and Viv Richards bond over cricket and music

first_imgWhat happens when two cricket legends meet? Talk about the sport they played and ruled, albeit in different eras, for over two decades each? Well, not exactly.West Indies legend Viv Richards caught up with Sachin Tendulkar at the Master Blaster’s residence in Mumbai and the two bonded over music it seems.Or atleast that is what Tendulkar suggested when he uploaded a picture of himself with Richards and captioned it – “Testing out each other’s musical skills. Always special to meet my batting hero.”Tendulkar is currently busy with the Indian Premier League these days as he is a part of the Mumbai Indians team management. Richards was in Mumbai for a couple of days before heading off to Goa to attend the Goafest 2017 starting on Thursday, where he is a guest speaker.Tendulkar recently made his singing debut with a track dedicated to the country’s greatest cricketing stars, who have glorified the sport.In the song, which was released on the sixth anniversary of India’s World Cup win in 2011 on April 2, Tendulkar mentioned every single player he played his six World Cups with.Titled ‘Sachin’s Cricketwali Beat’, the song is composed by Shamir Tandon. It features Tendulkar and singer Sonu Nigam’s vocals.The song is part of the promotion for Tendulkar’s recently launched digital platform ‘100MB’.last_img read more

What’s Missing from Your Small Nonprofit’s Fundraising Plan

first_imgThe secret to better campaign results, more engaged donors, and board buy-in is a thoughtful and clear fundraising plan. While we all know we need a plan, sometimes it’s not always easy to make time to create a realistic plan and in many cases, we may not have the information we need to make the right strategic decisions. If you’re like most small nonprofits, it’s likely that your plan is missing a critical element—clean, accurate fundraising data.Your Fundraising Plan Must Be Based on Accurate Fundraising DataHaving the right data on your campaign performance, funding sources, donor history, and giving patterns will allow you to make smarter decisions on how to spend your time and resources going forward. Why is this so important?You’ll know what’s working, and what’s not.Sounds obvious, right? But most nonprofits are surprised when they see their aggregated fundraising results and campaign data. As trends emerge, you can make better decisions on what to do more of…and what to stop doing in the coming year. You can double down on the tactics and messages that work best for your supporters.You can identify donor segments and create strategies for them.Once you understand who your new, major, recurring, lapsed, and event donors are, you can develop tailored outreach to best reach and convert them. (Just getting started with donor segmentation? We have a simple planning template that will help you maximize your communications.)You’ll have more credibility with your board.You can feel more confident presenting your plan to your board when you have the data to back it up vs. relying on a hunch or opinions. Having a data-backed plan will also help you answer questions and fend off “creative tinkering” from well-meaning board members.You’ll know what you need to spend to meet your fundraising goals.Armed with the data about your past fundraising results and donor opportunities, you can project how much you’ll need to spend (and which resources to allocate) to make the plan happen.Need some help getting a better fundraising plan in place and figuring out how to collect, compile, and understand the data you need? Check out this upcoming webinar to learn simple steps for quickly creating a solid plan that will allow you to reach your small nonprofit’s funding goals this year.Register for this webinar now and learn How to Create Your 12-Month Fundraising Plan!last_img read more

What did you Learn in your First Year of Freelancing

first_img@freelancersu It only seems impossible until you do it— vinceconaway (@vinceconaway) January 27, 2014 @freelancersu your parents think you’re nuts and your friends think youre brilliant— Sean Daly (@seaneveryday) January 27, 2014 @freelancersu Ask for the sale! Ask for the referral! Ask for the reference! You have not because you ask not.— thatsoftwareguy (@thatsoftwareguy) January 27, 2014 @freelancersu I should have saved more money.— Christopher Meyers (@cjmemay) January 27, 2014 We all begin our freelance journey in different ways. Some of us were born knowing that we didn’t deal well with bosses, others were forced into it due to the recession, while many effortlessly managed to turn their side gig into a sustainable freelance career. However you got here, we can all agree on one universal freelance truth: The first year of freelance life can be rough.But it’s important that we grow from our experiences, analyze that time in our lives, and take those invaluable lessons on to the next chapter of our freelance lives. That’s how we evolve – and how we ultimately become self-actualized freelancers.Yesterday, we asked our Twitter community a simple question: What did you learn in your first year of freelancing?The responses we received were more impassioned, insightful, and funnier than we could have imagined! WCBS radio even mentioned a few of them during their daily broadcast! Here are a few of our favorites:@freelancersu That freelancing will bring old friends out of the woodwork, wondering what you do, how you do it, and how THEY can do it.— Susan Allen (@SupSvcMI) January 27, 2014 @freelancersu It took longer than a year to learn this but: Make good use of slow times, because thankfully they will end.— Fred Sandsmark (@FredSandsmark) January 27, 2014 @freelancersu Your friends think you have a trust fund.— Marjorie McAtee (@marjoriemcatee) January 27, 2014 @freelancersu Being tenacious, honest, and willing to work your tail off will get you to amazing places.— Kali Hawlk (@CSMillennial) January 27, 2014 @freelancersu If you always exceed expectations & your clients are happy, the phone will ring again. If you get a quiet day – enjoy it!— Rolf Mortenson (@rolfsf) January 27, 2014**Freelancers, what did you learn in your first year of freelancing? **last_img read more

This is my union

first_imgEvery generation grows up in the shadow of their parents’ revolutions. Sometimes it seems like everything has been done before and all the challenges have been overcome.But the word “revolution” really means to cycle, to turn in a circle again. There’s always something worth working for.First it was safer work conditions. Then it was better wages. Now, as independent workers grow to more than a third of the workforce, it’s not a revolution against anyone — it’s a revolution where isolated, independent individuals use their collective power to build better businesses and better lives in this new economy. This is our movement. This is our union.Join Freelancers Union or share the movement with your network.As a group, we can see trends early on about the challenges all freelancers face — and address them quickly. As a group, we’re a constituency with the power to move markets.But what does that solidarity look like in action? It’s supporting other small businesses. It’s building political constituency. It’s creating new social safety nets, like insurance and 401(k)s. It’s building change within your community and making conscious decisions for the good of everyone. And it all starts here.My union is inventive. My union is tenacious. My union is free.My union is stronger with you.Join us and share this on Facebook or Twitter.last_img read more

Is perfectionism holding you back?

first_imgAre you the type of freelancer that prizes order and perfection above all else?Setting high standards for yourself can be a good thing. Chances are you are putting significant pressure on yourself to succeed. You might be working relentlessly, setting stratospherically high goals, or pursuing perfection to prove that you can cut it.But perfectionism taken to the extreme can hinder creativity, breed psychological distress and depression, and prevent you from achieving goals for fear of failure. It can can be seriously destructive: a recent paper in Review of General Psychology argues that it can lead to crippling anxiety or depression, and may even be an overlooked risk factor for suicide.If you feel driven to do excellent work, great! But flagellating yourself for not living up to sky-high ideals is not the best way to go. If you feel that your pursuit of perfection is holding you back or causing you undue stress and unhappiness, here are some helpful tips to cope:1. Set manageable goalsSetting unrealistically high goals can be problematic. Not meeting your own unreasonable expectations could cause you to beat yourself up…and we don’t want that! Instead of setting one majorly ambitious goal, break it up into incremental, manageable actions you can take to reach your objective. Whether you tackle these tasks daily, weekly, or monthly, this approach can help you feel more in control, and appease your inner taskmaster!2. Let some things goCreativity and innovation require risk-taking, relinquishing control, and being comfortable with the unknown — traits that you might not find in a rigid perfectionist. If you are a writer or artist, you may find that seeking perfection can be a major hindrance. If you are brutally critical of your own work, and compare yourself to others, you could shut down your own creative process, or be tempted to give up altogether!3. Redefine your definition of failureFear of making a mistake, or being a “failure” creates an inhospitable environment for creativity or growth. Some psychologists suggest that anxiety over making mistakes may ultimately hold perfectionists back from ever achieving success. Instead of having a rigid definition of failure, view mistakes as information that you can learn from. Concentrate on what you learned, and what you might do differently in the future. You might even try to experiment by taking a risk, or doing something new where the margin for error or “failure” is high, and learning to be ok with it!4. Don’t compare yourselfYes, it is hard to do. Especially when your friends and colleagues broadcast their successes or life milestones on social media! However, other people aren’t you, and it can be extremely counterproductive and pointless to measure your achievements or shortcomings against everyone else. Instead, focus on what you want to do, and how you are going to make that happen. (see #1!)5. Reach out to othersIf you are feeling overwhelmed by your own exacting standards, reach out to friends, family, or other freelancers in the same boat. Don’t keep secrets about your perceived mistakes or failures – talk to others for help, mentorship or just to vent.6. Stay open to feedbackPerfectionism often leads people to hide their mistakes instead of receiving crucial feedback. According to an article by Hara Estroff Marano in Psychology Today, the practice of concealing mistakes causes people to avoid situations in which they are mistake-prone. Sometimes it is easier for perfectionists to quit an endeavor instead of receiving criticism that could ultimately help them improve. So instead of taking a match to your manuscript after your editor made some tweaks, try and learn from others’ feedback!7. Challenge that negative inner voiceA negative, nagging internal monologue is none too useful or pleasant, but can be very persuasive. Listening too closely to this bogus inner voice can shut down your creativity, and even influence you to give up altogether. Instead, try to challenge this insidious voice! Replace self-criticisms with more positive, rational statements about yourself and your abilities. Check out this helpful Psychology Today article for more extensive tips.Are you a perfectionist? Has this helped you or harmed you in your personal and freelance life?last_img read more

5 ways to process failure and emerge undaunted

first_imgAt the beginning of 2015, I was invited to raise money and awareness for communities I’m passionate about – those who are homeless, folks with mental illness, good people struggling to make ends meet who need quality health care, and students, lots of students. Perfect fit.I’ve worked at incredible organizations both in Kansas City and NYC, but this one, well, it was and is special. I met staff members doing life-saving work on small budgets, chaplains who reminded me why tending to the spiritual life is essential for health, and when I would walk around this nonprofit the beautiful diversity of KC was all in one place.In other words, I entered this job with an incredible commitment to the mission and desire to help this organization thrive.And then? At the end of my three month probation period, I was fired.Now I can’t share details for obvious reasons. But I can share how I felt: Misunderstood. Betrayed. Angry. Confused. Shocked. Sad. Incredibly sad.In my personal life grief has been riding shotgun with me since 2011. Being fired was just another experience of the ground underneath me giving way. Yet another loss. In a sense it was another life of possibility that left me too soon. And I didn’t know what to do. What could I do?Well, as with most transformational experiences, the answer is not in the doing but rather in the being.Here are five things that helped me. They continue to be essential in maintaining where I am today – loving my life – even if it is less financially predictable than the one I had before.I hope they help you too.1. Take some time off.No, I didn’t have the money to do this. I’m a single mom without much of a net, but I needed some time to process the experience. I needed to own what was mine in the firing and let go of the vast majority of it that wasn’t. Doing that takes time. You can’t rush it.2. Call in your troopsYour troops are people who support you with honesty. Reach out to the colleagues who worked with you for years. Talk to previous supervisors you respect. You know the ones who know you and know the quality of your work. Let them be a mirror and reflect back to you who you really are when it’s hard for you to see it. Their experience of you and vision for you can be an anchor during this time.3. ReflectAfter giving yourself some breathing room, do some honest reflection. Abrupt experiences like this are a gift in that they have the potential to wake us up (Not to say I didn’t take a lot of naps during those first weeks. I did.). But in that liminal space of being betwixt and between, it’s a good time to ask questions and be open to unexpected answers.4. Embrace a more wholehearted identityAs a culture, we support a process of being fired or laid off that is dehumanizing. One week you are being heralded for all the great skills you bring to bear, and then suddenly you can feel a target on your back. It may not have shifted that quickly for you, but sometimes it does.So during the process, try to remember you are more than a job. Go look at photos of you at a time when you felt the most alive – those times when you were open to life and life seemed open to you. Remember what that felt like. Feel it.Is there one small thing you could do to bring that feeling into the present moment? Write a poem, run a 5K, visit a museum, play in a toy store, take a long walk, finger paint, watch a movie that makes you cry from laughing, go sky diving, etc. If so, do it. Now.5. Let go of old narrativesAs a Catholic school kid for 12 years, I was encouraged to discern my vocation. I was told I had a calling, special gifts I had been given to share with the world.I just turned 47 and am finally letting go of the idea that who I am called to be may not be how I make the money that pays for me to live on this earth. My values need to be in alignment, but they are not necessarily one and the same. I’m not going to lie and I’m a bit embarrassed to admit this fact, but here I am living in middle age with the vocational construct of an eight year old girl. This has been the most liberating part of both being fired and then allowing that experience to inform my next steps.Looking back one year, I am so grateful for the path that has unfolded. I launched my consulting business, started teaching social media and email marketing to all kinds of amazing people, and I feel for the first time in my life like I am really doing what I love.Guess what? Had I not been fired a year ago? I wouldn’t be here right now.I know it’s hard. Trust me. I know. You aren’t alone. Hang in there. I hold all of you who are on this path with me in my heart.One final suggestion, get a mantra you can repeat to yourself whenever you need to remember to slow down, breathe and remember who you are.Here is mine, feel free to use it.All shall be well.All shall be well.All manner of things shall be well.— Julian of Norwich, 14th century Christian mysticThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.last_img read more

Women tennis players work just as hard, sacrifice as much as men: Andy Murray

first_imgBritain’s world number three Andy Murray has stressed the importance of gender equality in tennis, saying the work ethic required to succeed is the same for both men and women.Murray, who is seen as the voice of women’s equality within the game for his previous views on various issues, was coached by former Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo for two years from 2014.The Scot, who won seven titles and reached two Australian Open finals with Mauresmo, said he had a better understanding of the struggles women face in the game because of the partnership.”People often underestimate the amount of work that it takes to become a top tennis player,” Murray said in comments published by BBC Magazine. “And that work ethic is the same whether you are a man or a woman.”There are hours spent in the gym, on court, in physio, travelling, analysing matches and opponents, talking with your team, managing your body, and of course, making plenty of sacrifices,” added the three-time grand slam champion.”Anyone who has spent any time with any of the top women will know they make those same sacrifices and are as determined and committed to winning as any of the top men on the tour.”Murray said he worked with Mauresmo because she was the right person to coach him and not because of her gender but discovered she wasn’t treated the same as men in similar jobs.”Since then, I have been asked about women’s equality and I would find it hard to look any of the top female tennis players in the eye if I did not speak my mind,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

Second ODI between England and West Indies rained off at Trent Bridge

first_imgThe second one-day international between England and West Indies at Trent Bridge was abandoned because of heavy rain on Thursday.Only 2.2 overs were possible after West Indies won the toss and elected to field first.England reached 21 without loss when the rain arrived.England lead the series 1-0 after a seven-wicket victory at Old Trafford on Tuesday.At Old Trafford, an unbeaten century from Jonny Bairstow had helped England stroll to the victory over West Indies in the opening match on Tuesday.With England set a modest target of 205 in a match reduced to 42 overs per side because of a weather-delayed start, the outcome was never in doubt, and the main question was if Bairstow had time to reach three figures for the first time in ODIs having made three Test centuries.West Indies’ defeat means they will have to go through the qualifying progress for the 2019 World Cup.last_img read more

Bayern Munich sack coach Carlo Ancelotti after PSG loss

first_imgGerman champions Bayern Munich sacked coach Carlo Ancelotti on Thursday, a day after they suffered a crushing 3-0 defeat to Paris St Germain in the Champions League.The club issued a statement on Thursday saying performances this season had failed to live up to expectations with CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge pinpointing Wednesday’s defeat in Paris as evidence of the team’s struggles.Bayern, who have won the last five consecutive Bundesliga titles, are currently in third place in the Bundesliga, three points off leaders Borussia Dortmund.They threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against VfL Wolfsburg last week, however, having also suffered a surprise defeat at Hoffenheim earlier this month.Italian Ancelotti joined last season, succeeding Pep Guardiola, and enjoyed immediate success, winning the Bundesliga title in his debut campaign.His side, however, were less successful in Europe and were eliminated in the quarter-finals of 2016/17 Champions League by eventual winners Real Madrid.Frenchman Willy Sagnol, Ancelotti’s assistant who joined this season, will be taking over on an interim basis and will be in charge on Sunday against Hertha Berlin, Bayern said.”The performances of the team since the season start did not correspond to the expectations,” said Rummenigge.”The Paris match showed clearly there needed to be consequences. (Sports director) Hasan Salihamidzic and myself informed Carlo today of our decision in an honest and serious discussion…”Carlo is a friend of mine and will remain so but we had to take a professional decision for Bayern Munich. I now expect from the team a positive development and absolute passion so that we reach our goals.”advertisementThe 58-year-old Ancelotti, who has also coached Real Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan and Chelsea among others, has been criticised for a number of his decisions this season, including frequently keeping forward Thomas Mueller on the bench.He also left Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, his two most experienced wingers, on the bench at the start against PSG in a tactical decision that swiftly backfired.PSG took the lead after two minutes through Dani Alves and added further goals from Edinson Cavani and Neymar.last_img read more

Japanese GP: Suzuka opens up a fresh view for Lewis Hamilton

first_imgLewis Hamilton completed his collection of a pole position at every current Formula One circuit with a record lap at Suzuka on Saturday.The Formula One world championship leader had never before secured the top slot at the circuit, taking his only previous Japanese pole at Fuji with McLaren in 2007, but he can now look forward to a new sensation.”I’ve never really had this view here,” the 32-year-old said on the starting grid after qualifying.”It’s incredible for me…10 years or whatever it is, my first pole position here.”Tenth time lucky, so I’m grateful for that,” added Hamilton, his sums only slightly out. Fuji also hosted the 2008 Japanese round.The Mercedes driver rectified the omission with a lap of one minute 27.319 seconds, 1.6 quicker than the previous best ever qualifying time set by Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher in 2006.On the front row last year alongside now-retired team mate Nico Rosberg, the Briton will finally have that completely unimpeded view down to the circuit’s fast, sweeping first corner.Suzuka has already been an eye-opening experience this year for Formula One drivers who are relishing hurling their faster, wider cars with fatter tyres around the circuit’s high speed sweeps and quick changes of direction.”This track has always been one of the greatest, if not the greatest, circuits,” said Hamilton, whose lap on Saturday was over three seconds quicker than last year’s pole.”And with this car it’s just mind blowing.”For Hamilton, who leads Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel by 34 points in the overall standings with five races to go, Saturday also provided some relief after Mercedes struggled for speed at the last two races.advertisementIt will also have given him confidence he can extend his advantage over Vettel, the third-fastest car in qualifying but promoted after Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas took a penalty.It certainly made an impression on Rosberg, who is at Suzuka this weekend as a TV pundit and beat Hamilton to victory and the title last year.”He’s just one of the best of all time, in qualifying at least,” said the German. “His pure speed is just immense.last_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden and Angel Gomes star in England’s Chile hammering

first_imgAttacking midfielder Jadon Sancho lived up to his billing as a potential star with a brace and an assist as England outclassed 10-man Chile 4-0 in a FIFA U-17 World Cup Group F opener at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan on Sunday.For England, Callum Hudson-Odoi (5th), Sancho (51st, 60th) and Angel Gomes (81st) got on the scoresheet to start their campaign with a bang.For 77 minutes, Sancho was a sight to behold taking on defenders at will with his guiles. The Borussia Dortmund player, who is expected to leave England at the end of the group stage for his club commitments, was hacked down by defenders many times before Crystal Palace’s Nya Kirby replaced him.It took England five minutes to take the lead. At the heart of the move was Sancho who combined brilliantly with Hudson-Odoi near the box with the latter slotting the ball at the far post with ease.The almost-packed amphitheater basked in the early euphoria as Chelsea’s Hudson-Odoi fell down while celebrating his goal with teammates.Since the early strike, England enjoyed a lion’s share of possession with Sancho drawing the biggest cheers exhibiting sublime skills and electric pace both on and off the ball.FIFA PHOTOIn the 19th minute, the Young Lions came tantalisingly close to doubling the margin but Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster spurned from handshaking distance off a George McEachran lifted pass.Brewster got a couple of chances more in the first half but Chile’s highy-rated goalkeeper Julio Borquez was at hand to smother the ball from his feet at the first instance while he shot wide in the second attempt.advertisementIn between those attempts, Chile had their first chance on goal when Maximiliano Guerrero’s ambitious long-ranger fizzed over the crossbar and minutes later Ignacio Mesias’ header from a corner whistled over.At half-time, England led 1-0 enjoying 71 percent possession.For all his industry in the first essay, Sancho reaped the rewards in the second period. First, Brewster cut in from the right inside channel to set up Sancho with a low cross which keeper Borquez failed to intercept and Sancho prodded home.Besides Sancho, Brewster was brilliant on the night and it was his skipping run past three defenders that set up the third goal. Sancho, unmarked on the left side, coolly finished.Matters were made worse for Chile when keeper Borquez was sent off in the 79th minute for a tackle on Brewster just outside the area. Substitute Gomes curled in a sumptous free kick from the resultant free kick.last_img read more

Indian football will take 20-30 years to be on world map, says Ian Hume

first_imgPraising the Indian team for their recent performances, Kerala Blasters striker Iain Hume said on Friday that they have done really well, but will still need 20-30 years to make their mark in international football like other teams.The former Canada international said that when he compares India with his own country in footballing terms, India still have a lot to do.”India did really well in the FIFA rankings. Its good to see them in the top 100. But still there are lot of things left to make their mark at the international platform,” Hume told the media here.”There are some quality players in India but it will take another 20-30 years to make their mark,” he added.Hume also said that the Indian Super League (ISL) has done a lot to increase the popularity and the standard of the game in India.”The players whom I played in the first season have improved drastically. The stadiums have now improved, the audiences have changed and it shows that ISL has achieved its targets,” he said.The ISL will have a different format in the upcoming 2017-18 season and will also feature two new teams.Hume, who has been synonymous with the ISL, said previously it was a tournament and now it is a league.Hume also said that he doesn’t see a longer league being a hindrance in attracting top names to it.”More teams and a longer league mean that the league will become more and more established,” Hume said.advertisementlast_img read more

Jonny Bairstow allegedly ‘headbutted’ Australia’s Cameron Bancroft ahead of The Ashes

first_imgThe England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is reportedly investigating a shocking report which states that wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow allegedly “headbutted” Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft during a night out in Perth earlier this month.According to The Independent, the incident occurred between Bairstow and Bancroft outside The Avenue Hotel in Perth, when England were playing a warm-up match against Western Australia Cricket XI at the start of this month.It is claimed that the incident went no further, and that police were not involved in the matter.However, it is quite interesting to note that both Bancroft and Bairstow were involved in repeated on-the-field verbal exchanges on day four of the first Ashes Test.”At close of play in Brisbane today, we were made aware of allegations of an incident in Perth four weeks ago,” the ECB statement read.”There has been no report of any incident from the venue, security or police and there was no injury reported. “Following an initial conversation with Jonny Bairstow tonight we understand the context and will follow up with England players and management after the Brisbane Test.”Earlier in October, former England vice-captain Ben Stokes was withdrawn from the Ashes squad by the ECB in the wake of a pending investigation into an incident which led to Stokes getting arrested in Bristol on suspicion of causing bodily harm.The 26-year-old Durham all-rounder was released without charge but remains under police investigation.English cricketer Alex Hales was also with Stokes at that time.Meanwhile, the Australian team has seized complete control of the first Ashes Test.advertisementChasing 170 in the fourth innings, after their fast bowling ripped through England in the morning session; the Australian openers looked quite at ease on the penultimate day.David Warner (60*) and Bancroft (51*) put Australia on course to wrap up their long-accustomed victory in Brisbane.On Day 5, Australia require another 56 runs with 10 wickets remaining.last_img read more