Glassdoor Q2 Employment Confidence Survey: More Employees Willing to Make Concessions to K…

first_img33 Glassdoor Report: Do you expect pay or cost of living increase in the next 12 months?* 19 Don’t know 49 21 (Employed full/part-time)Northeast 47 West No * Based on a nationwide sample of 2,261 U.S. adults aged 18 years and older, of whom 1,278 are employed full time or part timeWhat if you lost your job tomorrow?  It’s happening to people every day and 39% of those currently employed, including those self employed, think it’s likely they could find a job matched to their experience and compensation in the next six months, while nearly one-third (31%) think it’s unlikely.  For those 55+, 41% say it’s unlikely. But what does this mean?Employees are consumers and expectations of employment factors (such as pay, job security, ability to get re-hired and employer outlook) can not only impact employee morale and motivation, but can also affect consumer behavior. (See our survey preview post on how layoffs impacted summer travel this year.)We’ve only been tracking these factors for a couple quarters and we’ll continue to monitor over time to see how economic recovery or further downturn could impact employee sentiment. It may become a leading indicator for consumer confidence. Midwest center_img 43 36 South 60 18 Yes 38 17 19 The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last week that the number of jobs lost in June was higher than expected with 470,000 job lost — 25,000 more than what was reportedly lost in May, pushing the national unemployment rate to nearly 10%.  According to the Glassdoor.com Q2 Employee Confidence Survey conducted by Harris Interactive, companies are cutting more than jobs as more than half (54%) of employees report their employers have made changes to the number of staff, organizational structure, compensation and benefits, or other perks over the past six months.It seems these actions are causing employees to come to terms with the new face of the economy and its impact on the workplace – and their livelihood. You can read our press release or see quarter-by-quarter details in our Q2 Employment Confidence Summary Sheet.In Q2, more employees are also willing to make various concessions in order to keep their jobs. The most noted concessions include:71% take on more projects and responsibility64% work more hours42% take a cut in salary or wages, up from 30% in the fourth quarter of 2008About one-third (32%) of employees say they expect a pay raise or cost of living increase in the next 12 months, while 50% do not.  This compares to Q408 when 40% of employees said they expected a pay increase while 40% did not. Interestingly, pay raise expectations are lowest among those living in the west (see chart below).last_img read more

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Tips To Get ‘In The Know’ In Your Career

first_imgWhen we communicate in our jobs or in interviews too many times we expect to be told what we need to know. We assume the person we are in communication with will take the time and effort to provide the appropriate information and maybe even announce the ‘epilogue’ of the end of the discussion. And of course we all realize this is not the case. Communication is two-way and if we don’t ask questions to help us get the information we really need it likely will not come our way.Here are two ways to correctly push for the ‘know’:The Behavioral Question: Interviewers use behavioral questioning all the time by asking for examples of work, actions and activities. They continue the line of questioning by asking for outcome data, specifically what were the results of the example shared. Now this line of questioning can be very helpful and as an employee seeking a promotion or a candidate seeking work you should prepare and practice for behavioral interview questions. Take the process one step further and prepare questions to ask the manager or prospective employer. For instance, if you seek a dynamic culture where career development is provided, ask the employer if the program is offered and follow up by asking for a specific example and outcome. If a promotion is possible and you want assurance your voice and work will be valued, ask for an example of how a previous worker was promoted how the manager put a successful development program in place,  what the outcome was and what you can do to advance in the organization.The Close Question:  In work or interview situations we find ourselves in negotiations where we have the opportunity to close the conversation or event, but we rarely take the time to push for the other side to tell us no. Frankly we are afraid of the response so we don’t ask. Example:”If I complete this project successfully this year will I receive my annual bonus?” Or, “based on the position description, my background and the two interviews I attended, am I the right candidate for the job? And if I am are you prepared to make me an offer?”These questions must be presented in ways that are not offensive and are in the best interest of the organization. So please do so with positive words, actions and a smile never hurts.Bottom line: we need to KNOW and won’t KNOW unless we asklast_img read more

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Goa gets green light to host FIFA U-17 World Cup

first_imgThe Local Organising Committee (LOC) along with a 13-member FIFA delegation on Saturday carried out an inspection to ascertain Goa’s readiness to host matches and training sessions at the football U-17 World Cup, to be hosted by India in 2017.The LOC and FIFA experts expressed their satisfaction with the work which has been put in at the venue, according to a release. Tournament director Javier Ceppi, who has overseen the progression of preparations at the venue, said: “Goa hosted the AFC U-16 Championship, which helped it get into very high infrastructure-compliance levels and gives us enough confidence to ratify it as a venue for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.””Now, it is the moment to start focusing on all operational aspects to ensure a flawless delivery of the event.”Also present on the occasion were Goa Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar, Sports Authority of Goa Executive Director V.M. Prabhudesai, AIFF Vice President Shrinivas Dempo, LOC Project Director Joy Bhattacharjya and FIFA Project Lead for U-17 World Cup India 2017 Tracy Lu.Describing the preparations at the venue, Lu said: “We last inspected the venue in February and I am delighted to see the progress on all fronts over the last six months.””The venue, in fact, has already been tested through the AFC U16 Championships and, from what the reports suggest, they did a great job. That adds credence to Goa and thus the venue certainly deserves to be a venue for India’s first FIFA World Cup.”Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar was ecstatic at the prospect of the state hosting its first ever World Cup.advertisementHe said: “Goa just hosted the AFC U16 tournament, where the four Asian qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup were decided. Needless to say, we are extremely proud to be given this opportunity to host the tournament… it will most certainly be the next feather in our cap.”The team also visited the training sites proposed for next year’s event — Tilak Maidan Stadium, Cana Benaulim Ground, Bambolin Stadium and Utorda Ground.Goa became the third venue to get the go-ahead from FIFA, after Kochi and Navi Mumbai, to host the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.The delegation will travel to New Delhi on Sunday to inspect the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium there.last_img read more

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‘Ndombele ready for France’

first_imgLyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has both the class and the talent required to slot straight unto France’s star-studded national squad, according to his club coach Bruno Genesio.The highly-rated 21-year-old has enjoyed an excellent start to the new season, starting all seven games for his club in Ligue 1 and helping them to a shock away Champions League victory at Premier League holders Manchester City.His performance in his side’s first European game of the campaign did little to dispel rumours of interest from Pep Guardiola’s team, while fellow English rivals Tottenham are also believed to have considered an approach during the previous transfer window. 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! Ndombele only extended his contract with Lyon in September, tying him up until 2023, and manager Genesio believes that the youth international deserves a call-up from Les Bleus sooner rather than later.“He has to go one last step in finishing, the only thing he needs to become a great player,” the 52-year-old told a news conference.“He lacks some concentration in the final third but he has the technical quality to do it. He should score between six and eight goals per season, considering his position.“Tanguy understands the demands of the highest level and gives himself the means to reach it. He has international quality, but it’s not up to me to decide if he will be selected.”Didier Deschamps will soon announce his France squad for games against Iceland and Germany in October, the second of which is a crunch UEFA Nations League fixture.The World Cup winners made just two changes on their return to action last month following their triumph in Russia, with goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Steve Mandanda both unavailable through injury.Their tie with Germany, in particular, will be a key fixture as Les Bleus look to build on their previous Nations League victory against Netherlands.Following their Ligue 1 game against Nantes on Saturday, Lyon return to Champions League action as they face Ukrainian Premier League holders Shakhtar Donetsk on October 2.last_img read more

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Puel angry over Holding handball

first_imgClaude Puel was left angry by the decision not to award Leicester City an early penalty in their 3-1 Premier League loss at Arsenal.Rob Holding handballed in the penalty area but referee Chris Kavanagh did not point to the spot despite appearing to have a clear view.Holding had already been booked for a bad foul on Kelechi Iheanacho and could have been dismissed over the incident, according to Puel. 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! Leicester went on to take the lead regardless thanks to Hector Bellerin’s own goal, but Mesut Ozil’s brilliant individual performance hauled the Gunners to a seventh straight Premier League win.Puel, though, was clear the Holding handball was a key moment in the game for his Foxes side.”I am angry about this decision because all the good work from my players was not helped,” Puel said to BBC Sport.”I thought it was a penalty, we saw this from the bench, all the people in the stadium saw this penalty and it was handball.”It is not possible to have another decision other than a penalty and also it was another yellow card and sending off.A tough one to take tonight. Safe travels to the #lcfc fans heading home.#ArsLei pic.twitter.com/kyXLfwYFDj— Leicester City (@LCFC) October 22, 2018″I didn’t speak to the referee afterwards because it is finished and we can’t come back with another decision.”But I regret this decision because all the people in the stadium saw this decision was wrong.”The penalty is an important thing but also afterwards we needed to score more and be more clinical.”last_img read more

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What’s on at Anfield? Matches, gigs, Rugby League & events

first_imgAnfield is one of the most iconic football grounds in the UK, not only the main base of Liverpool but also its fans – a stadium Kopites call home.For decades, Anfield has built a reputation for being one of the most best-supported stadiums in both the Premier League and Europe, with opposition teams struggling to do well when they visit L4.The stadium is known for its unique cultural mainstays such as the famed Kop End, the Shankly Gates and the Hillsborough Memorial in addition to having hosted some of the most memorable football matches in modern sporting history. 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! So ahead of Anfield’s cultural expansion into hosting music and other sporting events,  Goal brings you everything you need to know about what’s on and when.How to get to Anfield Stadium Getting to Anfield to watch a sporting event or attend a concert is a straightforward task, but may be a struggle for fans who aren’t local and supporters who are visiting from foreign shores.Taking the bus  to the ground is the easiest and most straightforward mode of transport from Liverpool city centre, which is also where Liverpool Lime Street station is located if you’re visiting from out of town and are arriving in the city by train.The 917 bus departs from St John’s Lane, opposite Lime Street Station starting from 3.5 hours before kickoff. From Liverpool City Centre, fans can also take the 26 from Liverpool ONE bus station, 17 from Queen Square Bus Station or the 917 from St John’s Lane, directly to the ground (around 30 mins).Taxis  from the city centre to Anfield usually cost between £7- £9, though you may want to depart town with good time to spare as the city usually fills up quite busily on matchday.If you’re a keen biker , fans can use the Cycle Hub – a FREE service that allows fans who cycle to the game to drop-off and park their bike safely and securely with an attendant. The Cycle Hub is situated in Stanley Park Car Park, a few minutes’ walk from the Anfield Road end of the Stadium.If you’re planning to travel using your own car , you will need to have reserved a pre-booked car parking pass to be guaranteed a parking space near the Stadium, where a resident parking scheme will be in operation.What was the Anfield redevelopment scheme? Anfield Main Stand 2018In April 2014, Liverpool revealed plans for a first phase of an expansion of the Main Stand which included adding a new third tier for seating, additional matchday facilities and enhanced corporate spaces. The new stand was going to add 8,500 seats for matchday and take the overall capacity of the stadium to 54,742. Work for the Main Stand expansion began in December 2014 with a view to be finished and operational for the start of the 2016-17 season, with the structure of the brand-new stand uniquely built around the main stand to enable the existing stand to continue to be used at full operational capacity throughout the season.Demolition of the stand took place in summer 2016 and was completed in time in September 9 2016 for the first home game of the season, where Liverpool won 4-1 against Leicester City.The second phase of Anfield’s redevelopment will be to rebuild the Anfield Road stand with design proposals still under consideration, with the club already having received initial outline planning permission in 2014 for the reconstruction.The initial goal is to increase the overall capacity by 4,825, giving Anfield a total capacity of 58,000 – however, it has since been reported that the club are looking to expand capacity even further to “above 60,000” , with Liverpool’s chief operating officer Andy Hughes stating: “one of our main objectives is to maximise capacity in this design”.Liverpool matches at Anfield Below is a list of the remaining Liverpool games which will take place at Anfield in the 2018-19 season.  Date Match Competition Nov 11, 2018 Liverpool vs Fulham Premier League Dec 2, 2018 Liverpool vs Everton Premier League Dec 11, 2018 Liverpool vs Napoli Champions League Dec 16, 2018 Liverpool vs Manchester United Premier League Dec 26, 2018 Liverpool vs Newcastle United Premier League Dec 29, 2018 Liverpool vs Arsenal Premier League Jan 19, 2019 Liverpool vs Crystal Palace Premier League Jan 30, 2019 Liverpool vs Leicester City Premier League Feb 9, 2019 Liverpool vs Bournemouth Premier League Feb 27, 2019 Liverpool vs Watford Premier League Mar 9, 2019 Liverpool vs Burnley Premier League Mar 30, 2019 Liverpool vs Tottenham Premier League April 13, 2019 Liverpool vs Chelsea Premier League April 27, 2019 Liverpool vs Huddersfield Town Premier League May 12, 2019 Liverpool vs Wolves Premier League You can find out information regarding tickets on the club’s official website by clicking here .Rugby games and other sports at Anfield Stadium Liverpool fans 2018International rugby league is set to return to Anfield in November 2018 when the stadium hosts England’s second Test against New Zealand.Anfield was already the host venue for the final of the Four Nations between Australia and the Kiwis in 2016 and this next Test is scheduled to take place for the afternoon of Saturday, November 4 and is preceded by a game between the two teams at Hull’s KCOM Stadium a week prior.The three match Test series will then be completed at Elland Road in Leeds, Sunday November 11.Following the expansion of the Main Stand at Anfield, the stadium has hosted a variety of non-Liverpool specific sporting events – and most recently welcomed Brazil and Croatia in an international friendly on June 3 as a warm-up fixture ahead of the World Cup.The likes of Roberto Firmino and Dejan Lovren had the chance to represent their nation on club turf, and similar sporting events of that size are expected to take place at Anfield across the coming years.Concerts & music gigs at Anfield StadiumAnfield had been granted planning permission to host concerts at the stadium starting from 2019, which will mark the first music event held at the venue in over 10 years.The stadium hosted a slew of gigs during Liverpool’s 2008 European Capital of Culture celebrations where the likes of The Zutons, Kaiser Chiefs and Paul McCartney all performed, and 2019 is set to introduce a new era at the venue where it will evolve from sporting stadium to major entertainment hub.Concerts at Anfield Stadium Date Artist / Event Tickets Jun 6, 2019 Take That Ticketmaster Jun 19, 2019 Bon Jovi (w/ Manic Street Preachers) Ticketmaster Jun 25, 2019 P!nk Ticketmaster As of next year, the city will have a two-year licence to hold 50,000 capacity events at Anfield – including music concerts, boxing matches and other stadium events.Among those just announced to play Anfield are British pop group Take That and American pop star P!nk. Bon Jovi is set to return to Liverpool for the first time in 33 years next summer too and Manic Street Preachers will support. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Karnataka MLA says will go to jail if ban on kambala is not lifted

first_imgAs the clamour for ban on jallikattu to be lifted increases, Karnataka too has joined the protest bandwagon demanding ban on kambala be revoked.Supporters of kambala which is a traditional sport played by people from coastal Karnataka have said that they are ready to go to jail to lift the ban on kambala.Many of the animal rights groups have compared kambala to jallikattu and that led to the Supreme Court banning both the bull-taming sports earlier.Also Read: After jallikattu, Mangaluru braces to protest against ban on buffalo racing event Kambala On January 28, a procession is expected to be held at 9:00 am, which will start from the Swaraj Maidan, Moodbidri and culminate at the Kadalakere Nisargadhama. More than 200 pairs of buffaloes are expected to be taken in a procession.”Kambala is our tulunadu culture, if GOI can give opportunity to jallikattu, this is a question of our tulunadu and we are very particular about kambala. It is my duty to support kambala. For the sake of public I am ready to go to jail,” said Abhaya Chandra Jain, MLA from Moodbidri.Film stars, politicians from all parties, locals and students will take part in the protest which is to seek a lift on the ban without going against the law.last_img read more

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India gets 2019 Combined World Cup for shooting

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 21 (PTI) India will be hosting the Combined World Cup for shooting in 2019, a qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which will further boost the countrys profile as a global shooting destination. The National Rifle Association of Indias (NRAI) bid was approved by the International Shooting Sport Federations Executive Board in its meeting held in New Delhi. Combined World Cup comprises all the three categories — shotgun, rifle and pistol –, and at stake in the 2019 edition will be a number of quota places for the Tokyo Games. The tournament will be one of the last few events heading into the quadrennial extravaganza in the Japanese capital. “Yes, India has been awarded the hosting rights of the 2019 Combined World Cup by the ISSF Executive Board. The decision to allot India the top tournament was unanimous,” a well-placed NRAI source said. ISSF delegates are in the city for the seasons first World Cup, to be held at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range from February 22 to March 4, and are holding its executive committee and administrative council meetings. NRAI President Raninder Singh had yesterday said they were looking at the upcoming World Cup as a stepping stone to prepare a strong bid for hosting a qualifying event for the Games. With the decision coming through smoothly, it can be assumed that the ISSF brass is impressed with the existing infrastructure at the range. In the upcoming tournament, a total of 50 countries will be represented by 452 athletes and among them will be reigning and former Olympic champions, world champions and continental champions lining up against Indias top guns. PTI AH PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Time is ripe for Indian hockey to show its potential: Oltmans

first_imgBengaluru, Mar 16 (PTI) Indian mens hockey team has caught international attention in the last few years by virtue of their performances and its time for the past masters of the game to show the world what they are capable of, said chief coach Roelant Oltmans. Oltmans assertion stemmed from Germany and Kalinga Lancers skipper Moritz Fuerstes recent statement after Hockey India League that India can be top three in world hockey soon. “I see it as a compliment that top sides in the world are seeing what India is doing,” said Oltmans about Fuerstes remark. “Maybe three-four years ago they werent even looking at India as a serious competitor. India is getting close to the top sides and now its up to us to show that we can do it,” the Dutchman said at the senior mens national camp underway Sports Authority of India (SAI), Southern Centre here. Having made a good start to the new Olympic cycle with mens Asian Champions Trophy and the prestigious Junior World Cup titles, Oltmans feels the process has been put in place to be the worlds best. Indias next assignment is the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in April, followed by the World League Semi-Final in June, mens Asia Cup in September and the World League Final in December. Oltmans focus now is on building a formidable team for next years World Cup. “I think in the previous Olympic cycle from 2014, we have made a lot of progress. No doubt our focus is on 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2018 mens World Cup but we have to get the confidence by doing well in all tournaments,” he said. With 11 new recruits from the Junior World Cup-winning squad in the 33-member core probables list, it is evident that Oltmans is looking at youngsters to be the fulcrum of Indian team. “Every country goes through a transitional phase. I know that Holland already has 12 players from their junior squad though they finished seventh in the Junior World Cup. It is important to invest in the potential of these younger players to make sure they continue to develop,” Oltmans said. More PTI SSC AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

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How to make a magnificent mini-impression

first_imgPeople decide very quickly whether something appeals to them – usually in a matter of seconds. If you work in communications, marketing or fundraising, it’s wise to remember to focus on that mini-impression formed in the first few instants of engagement.You can be sure the Super Bowl advertisers knew that – heck, they were spending $116,667 a second to make a good impression. They didn’t always do a good job, but there is a lot to learn from their successes and failures.In the Harvard Business Review blog this week, Ron Ashkenas shares reflections on the three things needed for the best possible mini-impression, drawing on lessons from the Super Bowl. He says to think about your favorite commercial and three things that might have made it great. Did it:1. Capture attention. Which part of that commercial stays with you? What technique did the advertiser use to draw you in? 2. Convey a clear message. Consider the key message for the target audience. What did the company try to convey, and how did the advertiser use that to connect with viewers? How did they frame the message to make this point? 3. Differentiate. Think about what distinguishes your advertiser from the rest. How did the company use the commercial to portray its unique brand? Now think about how this applies to your work. What attention-grabbing technique can you incorporate into your next important conversation? How can you ensure your audience walks away with your most critical takeaway? Are you making clear what sets you apart from others?Good advice. You don’t have to have an insanely large marketing budget to master the mini-impression – you just need to remember these basics. In fact, if you have a small budget, these tenets are even more critical. You want to leave a big impression right away, every time you get the chance.last_img read more

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How to Integrate Your Email Program with Your Website

first_imgYou have a website.You’re sending out email newsletters.But how well are these two tools working together?If you haven’t thought about how to integrate your website and email marketing, your nonprofit could be missing out on valuable opportunities to grow your audience, increase donations, and ultimately further your cause.Ready to see what you’ve been missing?The first thing you need to do is add an email sign-up form to your website.Think about all the people who search for your nonprofit and come across your website. Maybe they’ve heard about your organization from a friend, or maybe they’re looking for volunteer opportunities in their area.A great website will open the door for further connection by providing additional ways to stay in touch.Give your website visitors the opportunity to hear about upcoming events, fundraisers, or announcements by adding an email sign-up form to your website.That way, even if they’re not ready to commit and sign-up to volunteer or donate right away, they still have the chance to hear more from your organization.Tip: Make your mailing list inviting by telling new subscribers what they’ll receive even before they sign up. By setting clear expectations about what you’ll send and how often, you’ll ensure that everyone knows what they’re signing up for and they can look forward to receiving your messages.Here’s how Canadian nonprofit The Local Good promotes their mailing list right on their homepage (right»).In addition to your homepage, make sure your sign-up form is visible on each page of your website. You don’t want new visitors to have to hunt it down themselves.Next, encourage your subscribers to go back to your website.Think of your email and website as a two-way street. You want to encourage website visitors to sign up for your emails, but you also want your subscribers to go beyond their inbox and spend some time back on your site.Getting traffic back to your site is dependent on your email content and design. If your nonprofit uses newsletters to share recent blog posts, this is an easy way to link back to your site and increase readership. Include a few lines to attract the readers’ attention, then encourage them to continue reading on your website.Here’s an example from Constant Contact’s Hints and Tips newsletter («left).Here, we provided the blog post headline along with an image and a few lines of text. To read the whole post they would have to go our website, where they have access to even more posts on related topics.In addition to promoting content from your website, don’t forget to include your website URL in the footer of your email. If you’re using an email template, you can use this same footer in each email you send out to give people the option to visit your website or social media channels after reading your latest email. Remember that integrating your email marketing and website will work best if each of these tools is already working well on their own. Could your emails be more effective? Here are 5 questions you should ask yourself before hitting send on your next email.Is your website set up to persuade visitors to donate? Make sure you’re using these 5 proven ways to increase online donations.last_img read more

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Donor Experience: Converting New Donors to Recurring Donors

first_imgAs we mentioned in our recent post, “3 Reasons Why Nonprofits Should Focus on the Donor Experience,” one of the best ways to find out what a good donor experience looks like is to talk with your current, loyal donors. By listening to what matters to them and what makes them feel connected to your organization, you’ll gain specific insights that will help you craft an experience that’s effective at converting new donors to recurring donors. Plus, you’ll improve your relationships with your loyal donors!Some questions to ask include:What initially attracted them to your organization?What gives them the confidence to continue supporting your work?What gets them excited about a particular program?What do they like your organization to share with them?What aspects of your charitable programs would they like to see firsthand?What experiences have made the biggest impact on them?While the answers to these questions will give you important insights, there are several elements that are universal to every effective donor experience program. Here are the essentials you’ll want to work on yours.Express your gratitude frequently:No matter the size of the donation, everyone who gives to your organization should receive a sincere “thank you.” In this letter of appreciation, it’s a good idea to reiterate what their money will be used for. Use this opportunity to generate excitement about the program their gift will benefit. And don’t limit your appreciation to a one-time letter. By expressing your appreciation multiple times throughout the year, you’ll simultaneously remind the donor of your organization and the work you’re doing, which may result in another gift.Get creative with your thank you communication:To make an impact with your thank you letter, bring emotion into it. Get creative and use handwritten notes, photos of your team or project, or make individual phone calls. The more personalized the communication is, the more it will mean to the donor—and the more she or he will remember it.Keep donors informed about the programs they care about:Your donors are passionate about one (or a few) of your programs. These are the ones they give to regularly. Keep them updated on the progress of projects, launches of new initiatives, and the results that you’re seeing with the programs they care about. By keeping donors informed, you’ll make them feel like a part of the team (which they are). And you’ll also motivate them to continue giving to support the program.Make donors feel like true team members:Going beyond keeping them informed, there are other ways to make donors feel a part of your team. Send them photos of your team in action, host meet-and-greet events with leaders, program managers, and those who have benefited from your services. Provide donors with opportunities to see your work firsthand. When you show donors that you couldn’t do your work without them, they’ll feel like a vital part of your community.Share stories of success:Few things are more motivating than hearing a real story of how your organization has helped someone. Share success stories in thank you letters, on your website, in your newsletters, and on social media. Also showcase completed projects and any tangible results that can be seen, such as community projects. When donors put names and faces to the work that their money is going toward, they’re excited about being part of that success and seek to do more.Seek regular feedback from donors:We mentioned the importance of talking with donors at the beginning of this article, but we want to highlight it again. Getting feedback is helpful not only for providing you with insight, but it also makes donors feel valued. When you listen to a donor’s ideas, you’re validating that individual’s worth.Each of these elements will improve your donor experience by building strong relationships between your organization and your donors. As your relationships grow, your donors’ desire to further your organization’s work will also grow.Learn why the donor experience is vital to a successful organization and how to implement an effective donor experience program by downloading our white paper “A Better Donor Experience: Is it the Cornerstone of Donor Loyalty?”last_img read more

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Sterling confident Man City can take down Liverpool

first_imgManchester City attacker Raheem Sterling believes his team can claim an important win over Liverpool if they are at their best.Pep Guardiola’s side needs a victory at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday to close the gap to Premier League leaders Liverpool to four points.Despite two defeats in their past three games, Sterling is confident in City’s chances against his former club. 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! As quoted in the Daily Mirror, he said: “If we can play the way we know we can play, we can beat anyone.”It’s going to be a great game and we’re all looking forward to it.”City fell behind in the title race after suffering shock defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester City.However, they rebounded by beating Southampton 3-1 on Sunday and Sterling talked up the importance of that result.”It’s a massive step and just what we needed,” he said.”We had two poor games and we knew we needed to win to give ourselves a chance and we did just that. Our previous two results were difficult to take and I thought we bounced back brilliantly.”I think we owed it to ourselves and as a team to bring that level we know we can bring.”Sterling is having a stellar personal season at the Etihad, registering 10 goals and nine assists in all competitions so far this campaign.Last season was the England international’s most profitable in front of goal so far, with 23 strikes in all competitions and 17 assists. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Leganes vs Real Madrid team news: Isco returns to starting XI

first_imgHaving beaten Leganes 3-0 in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie, Real Madrid make the short trip to Estadio Municipal de Butarque with the expectation of completing the job on Wednesday.Despite that victory, it has been a rocky start to 2019 for Los Blancos, who got a league win under their belts at the weekend against Real Betis . They were made to work hard for that success, though, and with Champions League football next season anything but a formality  they will surely focus on the league.Leganes, meanwhile, are likely in the business of simply trying to save face; two goals in the last 25 minutes of the first leg have surely put this tie beyond them. Game Leganes vs Real Madrid Date Wednesday, January 16 Time 8.30pm GMT / 3.30pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live on beIN SPORTS and streamed on beIN SPORTS Connect. US TV channel Online stream beIN SPORTS beIN SPORTS Connect In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be broadcast. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Leganes players Goalkeepers Lunin, Cuellar, Serantes Defenders Siovas, Omeruo, Dos Santos, Tarin, Silva, Nyom, Juanfran Midfielders Perez, Vesga, Gumbau, Eraso Forwards Arnaiz, Merino, Ojeda, El Zhar, Rolan, Santos, En-Nesyri, Braithwaite Leganes starting XI: Cuellar; Juanfran, Bustinza, Omeruo, Siovas, Kravets; Eraso, Recio, Gerard Gumbau; Merino, Braithwaite Position Real Madrid players Goalkeepers Navas, Luca, Altube Defenders Carvajal, Varane, Marcelo, Nacho, Reguilon, Sanchez, Odriozola Midfielders Casemiro, Jaume, Ceballos, Valverde, Brahim, Isco Forwards Vazquez, Vinicius Jr, Cristo Real Madrid starting XI: Navas; Odriozola, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo; Valverde, Casemiro, Regulion; Vazquez, Vinicius, IscoBetting & Match Odds Real Madrid are priced by bet365 at odds of 21/20 to take the win, while a draw is available at 23/10. A win for Leganes is priced at 13/5.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more . 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! Match Preview Isco, Real MadridReal Madrid’s 3-0 win over Leganes last week has proven to be a vital result.Not only did it ease the pressure on interim head coach Santi Solari, which had built following a 2-0 home loss to Real Sociedad a few days earlier, but it was emphatic enough to allow for an off night in the second leg.After Sergio Ramos’ opener from the penalty spot just before the break, Madrid cut clear in the final quarter, with goals from Lucas Vazquez and Vinicius Junior going some way to sealing the team’s place in the next round.Madrid continued their momentum against Real Betis at the weekend, going to Seville and scoring a fine 2-1 win against opponents who seriously tested them.It was a hard night for the capital club, who lost Karim Benzema to a fractured wrist and have seen a raft of problems mount due to muscular complaints.These issues have only highlighted the ongoing absence of Isco, with the coach unhappy with his efforts in training. If he is not involved from the outset on Wednesday, it would surely be a killer blow to his hopes of remaining with the team.Leganes were semi-finalists in the Copa del Rey last season but find themselves all but out of the competition after last week’s loss.They bounced back with a vital 1-0 win over La Liga’s bottom side Huesca on Saturday, but with a relegation battle to fight, it would be understandable if they do not channel all their energy towards this encounter.last_img read more

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Horrifically Helpful Freelance Advice from Neil Gaiman

first_imgNeil Gaiman, master of horror and fantasy, author of Stardust, The Sandman __graphic novels, Coraline, and mountains of other geniusness, also considers himself a life-long freelancer.As Gaiman says in his Address to the University of the Arts class of 2012, “more and more of today’s work is freelance.” And he spends the rest of the inspirational (and humorous) speech talking about how he made it as a freelance artist — though his words apply to anyone who gigs for a living.I highly encourage you to watch the video. I’ve picked out some the highlights below.Neil Gaiman Addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012 from The University of the Arts (Phl) on Vimeo.1. It is never “only a dream”, John ConstantineMany people don’t think freelancing is realistic. In his speech, Gaiman says that, “The rules in what is possible and impossible were made by people who had not tested the bounds of the possible by going beyond them — and you can.”I think freelancers understand this intuitively — that’s why they started freelancing in the first place, and most of you did so “before it was cool.” There have probably been times when one of these rule-makers asks you, “is it even possible to make money doing that?”It is, thanks very much.2. Saying no to proper jobs“I said no to proper jobs that would have paid proper money,” Gaiman says, “because I knew that for me, they would have been walking away from the mountain.”At times when your gigs are low or you’re doubting yourself, it’s easy to look towards the cozy comforts of full-time employment with regret.And trust me, the more experience you get freelancing, the more valuable you’ll be, and job offers will come your way. But just remember Gaiman’s advice: “Nothing I did where the only reason for doing it was the money was ever worth it, except as bitter experience.”3. The secret brewGaiman gives us a simple formula for a successful freelancer: “The work is good, they’re easy to get along with, and they deliver the work on time. And you don’t even need all three. Two out of three is fine. People will tolerate how unpleasant you are if your work is good and you deliver it on time.”I talked with a freelancer a few weeks ago who told me that when he started working freelance for X company, that company was this close to never hiring a freelancer again.Why? No one was ever good at getting back to them in 24 hours. And repeatedly they just floated away halfway through the project.Don’t give freelancers a bad name! You don’t even need to be especially brilliant if you deliver work on time and are easy to get along with.4. “I learned to write by writing.”If only I remembered this more often, I would save myself a lot of time.Instead, I say, “I’ll do THAT [thing I’ve wanted to go into for a while] once I’ve done THIS [impossible prerequisite].” Is it any surprise to me that I haven’t gone into interaction design, for instance, when I say I’ll only get a job when I learn more about interaction design, and I’ll only learn more about it when I find the time?Let’s say you want to get a gig in X field. But that field seems to always require lots of experience in that field. Instead of not approaching a prospective client or answering an ad, get out there explaining all the experience related and around that field that you have. It’s called the 1 + 1 approach, where experience in healthcare plus experience filming interviews could land you a gig where you’re shooting wellness or fitness tips, even when you don’t have experience doing exactly that.Eventually, someone will listen.5. Fail for good​Gaiman once misspelled Caroline as Coraline. Talk about a useful mistake — that name became the title of one of his most successful novels, which then became a blockbuster movie.But it’s bigger than that. Who doesn’t have piles of failed pitches? An entire folder called “failed writing/design/art/code/video?” Gaiman reminds us that you can learn just as much from that as from the good stuff. We’ve heard it before, but it’s so hard to remember after you’ve made a mistake that you’re sure will be “the kind of embarrassing failure that people would gather together and discuss until the end of time.”Take it easy! You might get fired by a client. You might have that client tell their friend how terrible you are. But you’ll get more gigs. You’ll get more gigs and be better at it.There’s a point in the Sandman series when a 500-year-old character meets Dream (the main character) and says the following: “I’ve learned from my mistakes, but I’ve had more time to commit more mistakes.” Even if you lived forever, you wouldn’t stop making errors.We’re remembering you today, Neil Gaiman, for being a great writer of freakishly frightening stuff, a great freelancer, and you know, cooler than shades and a leather jacket.last_img read more

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Does social media matter for freelancers in 2014?

first_imgFirst there was the hype that social media would make freelancers into millionaire media mogul rockstars. Then there was the anti-hype that social media was a distraction-enabling time-waster that only allowed you to form meaningless, non-binding connections.Let’s pull out the B.S. meter and do some digging around.When and how does social media matter for your freelance business? What are some reasonable expectations we can have about the time we sink into our Facebook and Twitter pages, and what’s just hype?Fact: A big follower count makes you look important & desirable.The number of your connections was a measure of success hundreds of years ago, but now there’s a hard number everyone can see. Like it or not, people are more likely to follow popular people (popularity makes you more popular). And most importantly, clients look at that count and think, “Gee golly, they must be important!” and hence “…smarter, more capable, and worth more money!”A big follower count does open doors. It’s the kind of thing that makes you attractive to people who organize conferences looking for speakers. It’s the kind of thing that puts you in lists of important influencers in your industry.Hype: Once you reach a certain number of followers, you’ll have “made it.”Actually, it’s never going to be enough.When you first start out, that guy with 500 followers looks popular. Then you stuck around for a year, and suddenly you’ve got 500, and you’re thinking how lame you look next to that other freelancer who’s got 2,500. The pool of entrepreneurs you compare yourself to will just get wider and wider.This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try to get more followers. But it does mean that you have to make sure you’re not devaluing the followers you do have.Fact: Social media will get your name in front of new people.At best, social media gets your name in front of a new client. You follow Joe Toe at Big Corporation, and when they see your name in the pile of resumes on their desk, they sit up and pay attention to it.Yes, this does happen: you’re sharing useful, long form content (usually on a blog) or beautiful art or useful information that provides evidence of expertise, it gets into the feed of that one future client, they check out your website, and they contact you.This will happen more if you use Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn in a smart, time-effective way.Hype: A successful social media-er will land lots of new clients on social media.Your success on social media is only a supplement or introduction to the impression you make by a referral, your website, testimonials, and your portfolio. Alone, it will not bring you new clients.Realistically, of the 106 Likes your photo just got on Instagram, very few are a potential client for your photography business. Maybe one. Of the readers of the blog post you just tweeted out, no one may actually be in a place where they’re looking to hire a blog writer today.As a marketing channel, social media is imprecise, indirect, and slow. If you expect to invest a lot of time crafting perfect tweets and expect clients to beat down your door tomorrow, you’re going to be disappointed.The classic pitch workhorse — the direct email and phone call, or asking a someone you know to make a connection — is still the most energy-effective way to get immediate results.Fact: Social media helps you stay in touch with past clients & get repeat gigs.We often talk about the value of keeping in touch with past clients, and this is by far the easiest way to do that.You retweet their tweet. You send them a DM congratulating them on a new product launch, or because you follow them you and heard the news, you send them a direct email explaining how you think you can help the launch be a success. You comment on their brand’s Facebook wall.This is the kind of soft-touch contact that will keep you in good stead with your past clients. Just seeing your name at the right time can mean the difference between you getting a gig or them sending it to someone else.Hype: You need to have a unique “online brand” to be successful on social media.You don’t need to set out with a perfectly tuned plan about the image you want to project. You don’t even need to be very original. (In fact, I think originality is generally overrated.)Many freelancers start out by sharing what they like on social media. Over time, they’ll start sharing what they know: blog posts, personal opinions, tips for fellow freelancers.You’ll start having a “brand” when you start becoming useful; when you really care about providing value to your followers. Whether that’s through curating important industry news, or providing tips, or answering your followers’ questions, you need to give.Your “branding” will come when you slowly stop sharing the things that don’t actually matter to you. When you become more honest and open about your process. When you decide to share your expertise with others. It will be a series of conscious and unconscious refinements.Freelancers, what’s the biggest hype about social media? What are your plans for social in 2014?last_img read more

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How to Grow Your Freelance Career—by Getting Rid of Your Clients

first_imgThis 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.Rookies to the world of freelance may think otherwise, but growing your business by simply adding more and more clients is not the way to go.At first it may seem like a great idea. But eventually, you’ll realize that signing up for energy-draining and money-pinching contracts is merely a waste of time.It’s not really the contract that is to blame. Let’s face it: The client is the money pincher, soul-crusher, and ego-buster.I know what it feels like being a hungry freelance blogger. You’re willing to accept almost any and every offer you receive.In such a competitive field with an ever-growing number of workers, who would be willing to offer you work for a more than decent pay, right?Wrong. What’s missing in the numbers is the ever-increasing number of clients in the field as well.According to Benrmatthews, freelance consultant and digital expert, “Twice as many freelancers have seen an increase in demand in the past year as have seen a decrease – 32% experienced an increase versus 15% who have seen a decrease”In other words, the playing field is wide and we freelancers have options: yes or no.Embrace the “No”:You might be taking extra work because you want more money, but let’s face it… if you take more workload than you can manage, you will not be able to do it well.It is necessary to have realistic expectations when you are accepting work. Remember, you’ve got enough on your plate already with your day job, housework, bills and other such obligations.Trying to do too much will deteriorate the quality of work you have to offer.It’s not always a matter of how much you can or can’t manage: Sometimes, the client, the work, or the amount they are willing to pay is simply not worth your time and efforts.Again, you need to clarify your expectations before you say yes to such an assignment.There’s is nothing wrong with saying “no” to your clients.But one problem remains. How do you know whether the next assignment is a dud or a do?Some signs you’re signing up for a dud contract:It becomes hard to differentiate between what you should or shouldn’t pursue when you’re new.However with experience—and some instinct—you’re bound to figure it out.Here are a few signs that you’re dealing with career-draining client.1. The client doesn’t respect you or your workThe relationship should be unlike the traditional one-way relationship you may have seen in rigid office-based environment.Since freelancing offers far more flexibility and freedom to “choose” who you work for, there’s no reason for you to view your client as a dreadful boss you fear, but can’t get rid of (or else he’ll get rid of you).What is even more important is that your client should respect and appreciate the work you offer – otherwise there is no reason to go on with the relationship.Join the Union (it’s free!)Become a member2. The work just isn’t youThe work you signed up for may be a fairly decent job, but it could be something you’re just not cut out to do.For example, as a marketer and a creative, I can’t imagine what it would be like to sign up for a job that required “bookkeeping.”Accounts is certainly not my favorite field and if I were ever given the task to keep accounts, my boredom from doing such a job would reach unbearable levels by the end of the day 2.When money becomes the main motivator, we tend to take on gigs that just aren’t quite right for us – but it’s a trap!Remember, you want to fill your portfolio with work that is on your list of “interests” or “experience”, not work you signed up for just to earn money.3. You’re not being paid enoughIf you’re a freelancer, remember this motto: never sell yourself short!It’s easy to undervalue your work and accept the “lowest possible rate” when you’re bidding, but that only negatively impacts your work, reputation, quality of life, and career.Know what you’re worth and stick to it!How to Weed ‘Em Out:So, how do we weed out those suckers without offending their “highness”?It’s much simpler than you may think.Sometimes, we’re stuck with long-term clients and long-term contracts to which we have already agreed.In such cases it’s better to tactfully do away with the client. One way is to raise your prices owing to “market changes” and to such an amount that forces them to search for services elsewhere.You may also cut down a service or two and tell them how the terms of agreement have to change (if possible).Another way is to inform them of “other commitments” that prevent you from working for other clients (legally)—and of course, this doesn’t have to be true.On a final note, try to be as professional and ethical as possible when you eliminate your clients.Give notice of your decision well before you actually so that they have enough time to make alternative arrangements.They may be tyrannical soul-suckers, but with your reputation on the line, it’s best to be humane.Edward Warner is a professional freelance copywriter and blogger. He provides essay writing service in UK. He writes ad copy for many local ads in UK.last_img read more

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‘You are an inspiration for the nation’: Sachin Tendulkar salutes PV Sindhu

first_imgPV Sindhu had her “sweet revenge” over Nozomi Okuhara on Sunday when she beat the Japanese in another three-game thriller of the women’s singles final at the Korea Open.Sindhu took an hour and 23 minutes to avenge her World Championships loss and won 22-20, 11-21, 21-18 to become the first Indian to win the Korea Super Series.Just a few weeks ago, Okuhara had outlasted the Indian 21-19, 20-22, 22-20 in an hour and 50 minutes at the World Championships in Glasgow in the second-longest women’s singles match in history.The Korea Open final was a re-run of that epic battle with the only difference being the name of the champion.Twitter saluted the spirit of Sindhu to get over the close loss at World Championships and beat the same opponent in another long game just a few weeks later.Legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan took to Twitter to express his excitement over Sindhu’s win and described his ecstasy over the “sweet revenge.”T 2550 – YEEEEEAAAHHHHHH !! SHE HAS DONE IT !! PV SINDHU WINS THE SUPER SERIES, IN KOREA .. 1ST INDIAN TO DO SO .. SWEET REVENGE !! ???????????? pic.twitter.com/032W8vxdJX- Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) September 17, 2017Sindhu played three-game matches in the quarter-final, semi-final and final of the Korea Open and athletes like Sachin Tendulkar and Vijender Singh saluted her athleticism and spirit.PV Sindhu played 3 intense 3-game matches from the quarterfinals and emerged victorious every time. This girl is a terrific athlete!- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) September 17, 2017You tried, you failed, you believed & in the end you are an inspiration for the nation! A victory like none other. Congrats, @Pvsindhu1! ?? pic.twitter.com/OA2j0FnDwaadvertisement- sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 17, 2017She Believed She Could,So She Did. Congrats @Pvsindhu1 First Indian To Win #KoreaOpen India Is Proud Of You ??#PVSindhu #Okuhara pic.twitter.com/VCMZOqP6vw- Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) September 17, 2017Loses to Marin in Rio final, wins next match against herLoses to Okuhara in Worlds final, wins next match against herOne @Pvsindhu1 ??- Vaibhav Manocha (@BeingMinchu) September 17, 2017Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Sindhu upon winning the title and expressed his pride over her accomplishments.Congratulations to @Pvsindhu1 on emerging victorious in the Korea Open Super Series. India is immensely proud of her accomplishment: PM- PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 17, 2017The winning point! #Sindhu wins the Korea Super Series title! ?? #Congratulations @Pvsindhu1 #OGQ is proud of you. pic.twitter.com/URDIkuYnH8- OGQ (@OGQ_India) September 17, 20173rd Superseries title for PV Sindhu and 5th Superseries victory for India in 2017She beats Nozomi Okuhara 22-20, 11-21, 21-18! #KoreaSS pic.twitter.com/Ix7SSHpt3B- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) September 17, 2017Wonderful. Another step up the ladder for @Pvsindhu1. One of our finest sports stories. Following her will be fun- Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 17, 2017People also highlighted how Sindhu and Okuhara is turning out to be a great women’s singles rivalry and everytime the two meet, they give relentless badminton to the spectators.the last five games across three matches between these two have been 22-20, 19-21, 22-20 20-22 & 22-20. madness. #KoreaSS- Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) September 17, 2017What a win!! VICTORY IS SWEET. Congrats @Pvsindhu1!! Sindhu vs Okuhara is turning into an iconic rivalry @OGQ_India #KoreanSS- Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) September 17, 2017At 22 Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is a legend. What a player ! Congratulations on this stunning finals win.Most breathtaking badminton @Pvsindhu1 pic.twitter.com/qIrwaMbk37- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 17, 2017Congratulations @Pvsindhu1 on winning #KoreaOpen2017 by beating world champion Okuhara in a thrilling encounter. Salute to your resilience.- Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) September 17, 2017What a brilliant game by @PVSindhu1! Congrats on winning #KoreaSS! India is proud of you! May the victories never stop coming!- Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) September 17, 2017last_img read more

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FIFA U-17 World Cup: Facilities improve after disastrous Day 1 at New Delhi

first_imgAfter numerous complaints and almost a riot like situation due to water scarcity during the first FIFA U-17 World Cup match between India and USA on October 6 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, facilities have seen a vast improvement on Day 2 at the stadium.The U-17 World Cup kicked off in New Delhi in a horrendous manner after lack of water left the students and spectators, who has turned up to support the Indian national team, high and dry.The word of a disorganised match had surely reached the ears of the organisers and they have taken the necessary steps to fix the issues for the India-Colombia clash.Photo Credit: India Today Water, which was the main problem on the first day, was readily available and there was no hassle over it among the spectators who had come to support the home team in an all-important game against Colombia.On Day 1, people had serious issues with lack of water and other necessities as FIFA’s list of banned items prohibited the spectators from carrying water bottles inside the stadium. While outside water bottles not being allowed inside was not a surprise, the fact that adequate measures were not taken to provide a basic necessity was what triggered the backlash.last_img read more

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Champions League: Barcelona draw 0-0 at Juventus to seal top spot in group

first_imgWithout Lionel Messi for almost an hour, Barcelona managed to get the draw it needed to reach the Champions League match knockout stages. It was drab 0-0 draw at Juventus, though, despite Paulo Dybala’s efforts to spark it into life for the home side.Messi was rested for the first half before coming on for Gerard Deulofeu in the 56th minute. He went close with a couple of free kicks but Barcelona barely troubled Gianluigi Buffon.The point was enough for Barcelona to secure top spot in Group D. Juventus remained second in the group but is only a point above Sporting Lisbon, which beat Olympiakos 3-1.Juventus, which reached the final in two of the last three seasons, visits Olympiakos in the last round, while Sporting travels to Barcelona.”Leaving Messi out was difficult but he has played a lot this season and has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders too,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde. “Today we saw a long and tough contest so we thought a rest would do him good.”We knew the game could open up in the second half, so I wanted to both let him rest and have an option to shake things up.”Ivan Rakitic went closest for Barcelona, with a first-half free kick that went past a number of players before hitting the right post.Dybala almost scored in stoppage-time for Juventus but Marc-Andre Ter Stegen palmed his effort around the post.”We had our chances, what a pity for that ball at the end,” Dybala said. “Now we have to be good and win the match against Olympiakos and not wait to see what Barcelona do,” against Sporting.advertisementJuventus had beaten Barcelona 3-0 in Turin in last season’s quarterfinals on its way to the final. But the Bianconeri had lost at Barcelona by the same scoreline earlier this campaign.”We played against a very good team and it was not an easy game to win,” Dybala said. “In comparison to last year, they defended much better and it wasn’t easy to get into the area.”Dybala has long been compared to Messi – his international teammate at Argentina.Dybala was at the heart of most of Juve’s good moves and he also almost scored at the end of the first half when he took the ball round a couple of defenders before unleashing a shot which flashed over the bar.Apart from brief moments like that, the match was short on quality, despite featuring two such prestigious sides.There were plenty of mistakes, notably from Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, who slipped in the middle of the area on one occasion and also lost the ball in a good position.The Argentine also fired an opportunity over the bar, while both lineups were guilty of some sloppy passing.last_img read more

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