Your year-end campaigns are just about ready to go, but making the most of December is probably in the back of your mind all the time. Perhaps you’re asking yourself if there is anything else you can put into motion today that can move the needle at year end.Yes! Try a peer fundraising campaign.The Power of Peer-to-Peer FundraisingSocial, Personal, P2P or team fundraising are all names for the same concept: harnessing the power of your supporters and their networks to scale your impact.At their best, peer fundraising campaigns center around a passionate desire to make an impact on a problem or cause, and then “recruit” supporters based on a shared interest in the cause or in honor of the friendship with the original project sponsor.Once in a while, peer fundraising campaigns catch fire. That was the case this summer with the Ice Bucket challenge. It started when 29 year-old Pete Frates, stricken with ALS, sought to bring attention to the disease, and to inspire others to support research toward a cure. He challenged friends to dump ice on their heads, and Pete’s network sparked into action. His friends took the challenge and in weeks it was everywhere on social media. From June to August 2014, more than 3 million donors gave more than $100 million dollars to the ALS Association.Your superheroes – no cape required.Campaigns like the Ice Bucket challenge are the exception for sure, but their lessons are transferable to every peer fundraising initiative. They’re effective because supporters, who often reside in the background of your fundraising, move front and center, and become the heroes of the story. We want to root for their success. And when combined with a few key elements, peer fundraising leverages your team’s limited resources, spreads your story, and attracts new supporters. What does it take? Sponsors with genuine passion for your cause, plus…· A little creativity· An authentic need· A personal appeal· Social sharing Make it easy for peer fundraisersEmpower your supporters to get going, now. 1. Suggest a theme and goal for your supporters. Use your #GivingTuesday campaign to frame a peer-to-peer campaign that is appealing and easy to launch for your supporters. If you’re still lacking a focus for year-end, here is a post that can help you plan a great campaign. Then break your campaign into a target for your peer fundraisers in $500-$1000 range. 2. Make it fun! Encourage your peer fundraisers to focus on opportunity, not obligation, in their outreach to friends and family. Give them tools to keep the excitement high with regular email updates tracking the progress of the campaign.3. Focus on impact. Be sure that fundraisers and their supporters understand how their dollars will impact those you serve, specifically.4. Keep it short: a month or less. Use the excitement of #GivingTuesday to keep momentum high and the time commitment low for your peer fundraisers. A timeframe of about a month is just about right. Encourage your fundraisers to launch on November 1st, build excitement toward Thanksgiving and end on #GivingTuesday.Make P2P work for you: three paths to success.1. For small or leanly staffed organizations: Start where you are.The simplest way to start a peer fundraising campaign is to focus on the tools you already have. You have your inspiring mission, more than a few enthusiastic supporters (think staff, board, volunteers, clients), and services that need support. Define a campaign, enlist peer fundraisers, educate them on the basics above, and let them run with it. Then, optimize your online giving page with proven software, like Network for Good’s smarter donation pages. With Network for Good’s donation pages, your site will be branded, mobile-ready, and easy for your donors to navigate. You’ll convert more donors and can encourage larger and repeat gifts.Then simply provide your fundraisers with sample emails, or let them create their own, and drive people to your main online giving page. Ask them to acknowledge the fundraiser they’re supporting in your dedication field. This is not the most sophisticated method, but a functional, quick-to-launch approach.And organizations using a branded Network for Good donation page for #GivingTuesday will automatically receive matching funds for donations made on #GivingTuesday!2. For organizations with more staff capacity: take advantage of a peer-to-peer fundraising platform.Nonprofits can set up a campaign by creating a fundraising page on a peer-to-peer giving platform. With a full-featured peer fundraising tool, you can create a page with your colors and logo and enable your peer fundraisers to set up sub-pages for their individual campaigns. They’ll be able to set an individual goal, see their progress, donor scrolls, and where they stand relative to other fundraisers.You can create challenges and competitions among team members that add an extra fun element to the campaign. And you’ll see the overall results of everyone’s fundraising with clean, comprehensive reports. You can then manage the messaging, the updates, and progress of the campaign. This approach is a great way to give your staff greater control of the whole initiative while also making it easy for your fundraisers to get their pages set up and launched. 3. For larger organizations or those planning to use peer fundraising as an ongoing strategy: have your own P2P site.Some organizations are naturally suited to peer and project-based fundraising. These include animal support, disaster relief, schools, health care, disease, and many others. Organizations like these can equip themselves to host multiple peer fundraising and crowdfunding campaigns all year round with Network for Good’s social fundraising platform.
Got 2 minutes? Please tell us what you’re doing to strengthen donor relationships, and/or what’s in your way. Thanks!Honoring your donors—and prospects—is, hands-down, the most effective approach to building strong and lasting relationships with the folks whose help you need so very much.It’s no surprise that donor retention is an absolute priority (again) for 2015. Yet the specific how-tos of donor retention success remain elusive for many organizations. This should help…Here’s my recommended path to donor retention recommendation in 2015: Simply R-E-S-P-E-C-T your way to strong and long-lasting donor relationships. Respect donors’ wants, even when they aren’t what you want; for example, they don’t want to hear from your organization.Enlist your colleagues—fundraising and beyond—to segment donors as precisely as your time, expertise, budget, and tools allow to give every donor the most personalized outreach possible each and every time.Start up a donor advisory board of folks willing to share five to 10 minutes per month to help you boost your donors’ satisfaction level. You’ll get golden insights, and they’ll feel even more connected!Put together an all-organization donor listening team. Ask for help from your colleagues, and demonstrate the WIIFM (“What’s in it for me?”) with specific, tangible examples. Then train, support, and thank them.Execute a simple system to log, share, and analyze donor info and insights. Ensure that it’s accessible throughout your organization; otherwise, there’s not much value in it.Correct your course at a moment’s notice! Your agility in adjusting your fundraising approach to fit what’s vital right now to your donors and their recent interactions with your organization is a must.Take stock of what isn’t working with your donor retention program—both stats and anecdotes/feedback—and ask the donor advisory board how to do better!Follow these seven steps, and I guarantee you’ll jump-start your donor retention program. But don’t stop here. Dig even deeper via guidance from the most brilliant donor retention gurus I know, Roger Craver and Tom Ahern.What tops your donor retention to-do-list? And what’s getting in your way of making it happen? Please share your goals and challenges here. (It will only take two minutes!)Read Donor Love: Part TwoWith refreshing practicality, Nancy Schwartz rolls up her sleeves to help nonprofits develop and implement strategies to build strong relationships that inspire key supporters to action. She shares her deep nonprofit marketing insights—and passion—through consulting, speaking, and her popular blog and e-news at GettingAttention.org.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 21, 2013November 17, 2016By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week, The Lancet launched a series on the remarkable progress and remaining challenges for improving health in Bangladesh, focusing on what The Lancet’s Bangladesh study team calls the Bangladesh paradox: remarkable progress on health-in spite of persistent economic hardship. In a commentary that highlights the country’s commitment to gender equity, economist Amartya Sen argues, “It is important to understand how a country that was extremely poor a few decades ago, and is still very poor, can make such remarkable accomplishments particularly in the field of health, but also in social transformation in general.”Along with the remarkable health gains in Bangladesh, the series also highlights critical challenges. As The Lancet’s Pamela Das and Richard Horton write: “This is a story not only of unusual success, but also one that describes the frailties and challenges that lie ahead as the country charts a course towards universal health coverage.” Among the major issues that articles in the series tackle are the persistent challenges for improving health in the country’s growing urban slums. In one article, authors Kaosar Afsana and Syed Shaba Wahid of BRAC point out that in urban slums:Many women die in slums during pregnancy and childbirth. Mortality of children younger than 5 years in slums is almost double that in rural areas. Two-thirds of these deaths could be avoided if timely, appropriate services were available. Unfortunately, antenatal care, skilled birth attendance, and full childhood vaccine coverage are quite low in urban slums. Primary health-care clinics regularly held in slums are not open at convenient times for working women. Community mobilisation to improve health services hardly exists.For more on the series, tune in to The Lancet’s most recent podcast.Share this:
Posted on May 6, 2014June 12, 2017By: Donald Borenstein, Environmental Change and Security Program, Woodrow Wilson CenterClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post was originally posted on the New Security Beat, the blog of the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center. The post highlights an event focused on the connections between HIV status and stigma, respectful care, and maternal health, as part of the Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health series. A video of the event is available here.Despite the fact that with proper interventions, the likelihood of mother-to-child transmission of HIV is less than five percent, expectant mothers with HIV or AIDS often face intense stigma and marginalization from health care providers around the world. As a result, in some areas, the mortality rate for mothers with HIV is seven to eight times greater than the rate for non-infected women, said Dr. Isabella Danel of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.Leading researchers, clinicians, and advocates gathered at the Wilson Center on January 13 to discuss the need to re-evaluate maternal health priorities to create an enabling environment for women with HIV. “It’s not only elimination of new HIV infections in children, but it’s keeping the moms alive,” said Dr. Heather Watts, medical officer with the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.Systematic Failures and AbusesFor women living with HIV throughout the world, the threat of stigmatization upon disclosure of their diagnosis is dire. They are often perceived as promiscuous, blamed for other HIV diagnoses in the family, or threatened with outright hostility over the prospect of having children, said Janet Turan of the University of Alabama.Florence Anam of the International Community of Women Living With HIV/AIDS said these women, “especially from Africa where I come from, are constantly in fear of losing the status quo of their life – family, friends, relatives, but most importantly the support they get from their male partners or husbands.” According to a study conducted by Turan in Kenya, pregnant women who anticipate male partner stigma are more than twice as likely to refuse HIV testing than those who don’t.This stigma often results in domestic abuse, and partner abuse of women living with HIV is a global epidemic. Naina Khanna of the Positive Women’s Network noted that a 2013 survey of women living with HIV in the United States found 72 percent of respondents were survivors of intimate partner violence or domestic abuse. As a result, they often opt not to disclose their diagnoses and fail to receive the necessary care and counseling.In the developing world, when women do disclose, they face another set of barriers. Clinics are often prohibitively far to reach by foot and women living with HIV can be asked to make the trip several times. “Going to the hospital to get tested at an [antenatal care] clinic and be told you’re HIV positive means you have to go back and bring your partner, and then you have to come back with him or bring someone to the clinic and they have to be told you’re HIV positive,” said Anam. “So many women come to the clinic when they’re pregnant, but do not come back again.”And health care providers are often misinformed about the nature and treatment of HIV. “Many times, providers are operating under false assumptions about the risk of transmission, which is added to already existing discrimination and stigma,” said Tamil Kendall of the Harvard School of Public Health.After carrying out community-based surveys on reproductive rights violations in Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, Kendall noticed a clear trend of withheld care and abuse. Some survey participants recounted harrowing ordeals, ranging from complete denial of treatment to coerced or forced sterilization, including the story of one survey participant who was surgically sterilized without her consent while under anesthesia from another procedure. Such systemic failures and abuses seem to be the rule rather than the exception, said Kendall. “Under half of the women [surveyed] considered that they had received comprehensive reproductive health services, and in fact 41 percent said that they have been discriminated against by health care workers specifically when seeking reproductive services.”Another study, of care in Tanzanian public health facilities, found 77 percent of all women interviewed, regardless of HIV status, reported some form of abuse by clinicians in the process of delivering a child, according to Dr. Mary Mwanyika-Sando. “If 50 percent of women reported feeling some form of abandonment during an actual time where they were so vulnerable they needed a health care provider to help them as they are about to deliver their child,” she said, “where are we going with all this?”What Gets Measured Gets Done Dr. Hannah Sebitloane of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa believes a more focused research agenda could help. “Why is an HIV [-positive] pregnant woman in the area where HAART is now accessed…still more likely to die just because she has HIV?” she asked. That can’t easily be answered right now, and better quantifying the negative effects of not seeking care could tangibly show how social and medical stigmas are harming mothers.To this end, Kendall and Danel shared the results of a new study on anti-retroviral therapy (ART). It is crucial to document and evaluate ways to improve access and retention of care, they said, and available evidence shows improving access to ART for women living with HIV can make a significant impact in lowering mortality rates. “The longer women are on ART,” Danel said, “the risk goes down further.” On one hand, these are promising results, but overall, pregnant women are less likely than other adults to get the treatment, Kendall noted, meaning there’s a clear gap in distribution that is likely systematic and due to stigma.Combating Stigma Not An Easy TaskOvercoming the stigma that dissuades mothers living with HIV from seeking care is ultimately the goal, said the panelists.Personal accounts from people actually experiencing these stigmas can help tremendously, said Anam. “People living with HIV need to be involved in documenting qualitative research…it actually brings out the voices in what people, especially women, indicate as their challenges, and why exactly they do not access, or do not have the adequate medication, or do not get to the hospital in time.”Public support groups can also be effective. These groups allow mothers living with HIV to understand the needs of their child and themselves in a way that the impersonal nature of primary medical care often does not, Anam said. “You’re told, don’t breastfeed and nobody tells you why; check your medicines at this time and no one tells you why. But then moving this to a support group then breaks it down. This is what your medicine does, this is why you need to take it…The woman begins to understand it, and then begins to own it.”Kendall suggested a concerted effort to engage men, to prevent violence against women living with HIV and to reduce stigma caused by misinformation. Reaching men often proves difficult, however, as many don’t participate in maternity care, regardless of HIV/AIDS, she said. “We know less about how to engage men who are not already choosing to come to ante-natal clinics with their female partners in HIV testing and in support.”Ultimately, any effort to combat stigma needs to put the empowerment of mothers living with HIV first and foremost. As Anam points out, the effect of solidarity and group support is vital. “You walk out of that test room and you’re confused, and you don’t know what to do, and when you sit somewhere with that group of people and you realize you’re not alone – that in itself is huge. I don’t know how we can document that, but it’s huge.”Event Resources:Naina Khanna’s PresentationTamil Kendall and Isabella Danel’s PresentationTamil Kendall’s PresentationMary Mwanyika-Sando’s PresentationHannah Sebitloane’s PresentationJanet Turan and Laura Nyblade’s PresentationFriday Podcast With Tamil KendallPhoto GalleryVideoShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 10, 2014June 12, 2017By: Ana Langer, Director of the Maternal Health Task Force and Women and Health Initiative; Joy Riggs-Perla, Director, Saving Newborn Lives at Save the ChildrenClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is part of the Maternal and Newborn Integration Blog Series,which shares themes of and reactions to the “Integration of Maternal and Newborn Health: In Pursuit of Quality” technical meeting.“Students often ask me, how come a neonatologist is working on maternal health? To me the response is obvious. When I was a clinician, most of my interactions were with the mothers. I learned very soon that for the newborn to be healthy the woman needed to be healthy.”– Ana Langer, Maternal Health Task ForceWhen thinking about the term integration for maternal and newborn health care we need to keep our focus with the intended outcome. Our attention should be on providing equitable, high-quality care for both the mother and the newborn.At a hospital in Petrolina, Brazil, new mothers Elvira and Ana Cristina have been taught the importance of exclusive breastfeeding and how to practice Kangaroo Mother Care with their newborn premature babies. Photo: Genna Naccache/Save the Children“Integration of Maternal & Newborn Health Care”—the recent technical meeting hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) and Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives program (SNL)—provided the jumping off point for discussing what integration really means, the current knowledge base, promising approaches, and models and tools that exist to move this agenda forward. We believe that, with the global consensus on the importance of the continuum of care approach, we have a unique opportunity to decrease the gaps in care and find actionable and practical ways to foster integration where appropriate.There were two days of in-depth discussion by more than 50 participants who came from around the world to dive deep into analyzing the challenges of, and opportunities for, integration. This group represented academics, NGOs, governments, multilateral organizations and more from global and national organizations. Country perspectives from Ecuador, Nigeria, Nepal, Mozambique and many others were discussed by the presenters, panelists and audience and gave us a better sense of the power of context and localized solutions to gaps in care. We strongly believe that to bring about meaningful and equitable integration, it is essential to understand and take into consideration the epidemiological and health systems’ realities and specific social contexts of countries and communities.Meeting participants discuss the challenges to and opportunities for increased maternal and newborn health integration and service delivery at the local, national and global level. Photo: Ian P. Hurley/Save the ChildrenPerhaps the most critical component of the meeting was to develop a list of actions that the maternal and newborn health communities can take to ensure greater programmatic coherence and effectiveness. Among critical actions, participants saw team-based quality improvement processes, co-location of services, functional referral systems, and simplified and unified maternal and newborn health (MNH) data collection and use, as important steps that countries could take to more effectively deliver quality and equitable care for women and newborns. The group also called for donors and technical cooperation partners to support MNH integration-oriented implementation research to build convincing evidence for policymakers and to align their investments and technical support with national strategies, taking a country-centric approach. The final action item list included well over 60 steps. The just released final report delves deeper into what these are.The SNL program and the MHTF are committed to the pursuit of quality and equity in maternal and newborn care, and seek to increase collaboration in the delivery of integrated approaches of care. The rich and honest discussion that took place among those gathered in Boston is only a beginning. We hope you will join us in this ongoing effort to find ways to most effectively provide services to mothers and their families. In the end, we must keep the patients at the center and work to achieve better outcomes for them.This post originally appeared on the Healthy Newborn Network Blog.Share this:
Editor’s note: Need help with your board? Check out these free webinar recordings from of our recent Virtual Conference: Learn to Love Your Board.Break ups are awkward, painful, and uncomfortable. Whether it’s a professional partnership or a personal or romantic relationship, it’s never easy to part ways. This is also true when it comes to “breaking up” with your board members. Have you been in this position before? Are you in it right now? Maybe you’re thinking, “My board member is giving his or her time (and in most cases, money). I couldn’t possibly ask him/her to leave. I’m just so thankful he or she is involved.”Yes, your board members are volunteers, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t hold them to certain expectations. So, what do you do when you have a board member who isn’t performing up to their fullest potential? Here’s a roadmap to help you navigate this complex situation:First, consider what a board member thinks his or her job is. Does the board have a clear job descriptions? Did you have conversations with each board member about their specific roles and responsibilities? If not, consider re-setting expectations as your next step. Review the board’s job description with your governance committee. If it’s missing any mention of fundraising or giving as a duty, suggest language that clearly states the type of gift you would like each board member to commit as well as the fundraising activities you are asking them to do. Then, develop a system to track and hold them accountable for these obligations.At a recent AFP conference, one presenter shared a report card that her organization uses with its board. It is shared privately at each board meeting and gives a “grade” for each board member’s specific duties during the fiscal year. It’s a really great tool for motivating board members and increasing their accountability.If the job duties are clear, this is probably a matter of your board member over-promising and under delivering. That means, it’s time for some tough love. Take a deep breath, exhale, and go with me on this one.Set some time to meet one-on-one with the under-performing board member. If you’d like to bring your board chair, that’s fine. Start the conversation with a sincere thank you for his or her service. Acknowledge that you understand that board leadership is a significant commitment of time and resources, and you appreciate his or her willingness to be involved.Then, share the job description and walk through the key role you need the board to play in governing and leading your organization. Point out the specific area where the board member hasn’t been meeting expectations and ask him or her if there are things you as staff could do to make his/her job easier. This is the point where you just stop and listen. How does the board member react? What does he or she say regarding his or her performance?Use your best judgement and determine if things will change after this conversation. Do you envision this board member making this position a greater priority, or is he or she the type that just can’t fit this commitment in his or her life now?If you think things will change, agree with the board member on next steps. If it’s the latter, you may consider saying something like, “It sounds like you have a lot of demands on your time, and this role may not be the best fit for you now. We need to fullest commitment of each member to lead, govern, and advocate for our work, and we understand if you are unable to fit this into your other demands.” Then, you may offer other ways for him or her to still stay involved, like serving on a committee, or as an honorary member in some way.There’s no easy way around this conversation. But it’s an important one. I think you’ll find it will make it easier for a board member to step down gracefully.Click here to download the recordings from our recent Virtual Conference: Learn to Love Your Board.
David Silva took the pitch for his 400th appearance for Manchester City against Bournemouth on Sunday.The Spain international became the first player to reach a fourth century of games for the club in 34 years, when Paul Power reached the milestone in the last of his 11 years as a City player.Silva joined City from Valencia in 2010 and has played a key role in a successful era, winning four Premier League titles, four League Cups and the FA Cup twice. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream The 33-year-old is in the final year of his contract with City and has already said it will be his last with the club.Coach Pep Guardiola has trusted him with the captain’s armband, however, and he revealed his admiration for Silva ahead of the Premier League clash at Bournemouth.“I admire a lot what he has done,” he said.”What I admire the most is to play 400 games – almost 10 seasons here, doing what he has done, it is incredible.“Big congratulations from me. Every City fan supports him – it is a privilege for everyone, what he has done in this club.”And the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss admitted that he was surprised to Silva become such a success in the Premier League as he thought he would struggle to adapt.“The last season, he can help us play the way we want to play and try and make him happy,” he added.“He’s one of the most incredibly intelligent players at moving the space. Everybody takes time but he’s very good in small spaces – one of best I’ve ever known.“I thought he wouldn’t succeed in England. He is hugely competitive. In the bad moments, how he reacts is fantastic.“He’s a technical player – not box to box and my image of English football back in 2010, I admit I thought he was going to suffer.“I was happily wrong. That was my first impression. He played well from the beginning and he’s done it consistently ever since, for Roberto [Mancini], Manuel [Pellegrini] and me.“His qualities – surviving the Premier League is not easy for that length of time, but he did it. He should be so proud of what he’s done.“He has quality with the ball, but he has so much more than that. He’s a winner. Four Premier League, plus a lot of domestic prizes.“He’s the same generation as Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero and has helped this Club to be in a better position.“Moreover, he’s a nice guy who is our captain. The players chose him. I’m not involved. They had to choose a captain to represent the whole team – it was their decision.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Vincent Kompany has no doubts about the quality of former Manchester City team-mate John Stones and says the defender just needs to add consistency to his game.The England international lost his place to Kompany at the end of the last season as City put together a run of 14 straight wins to clinch the Premier League title by a single point.Stones, 25, then endured a tough summer when he made an individual error as England were beaten in the Nations League semi-finals by the Netherlands. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream But Kompany says the defender should concentrate on what he has already achieved and forget about his mistakes.“I’ve always said John is one of the most talented defenders, he’s got such a bright future,” the Anderlecht boss said as he returned to the Etihad Stadium for his City testimonial.“He’s already achieved a lot, let’s not forget that. He’s not a young defender anymore that hasn’t got any experience.“He’s a multiple Premier League-winning central defender that is growing and the one thing I wish for him is consistency – consistency of games and consistency of fitness – and then he will show the world how good he is.“By the end of it, if City can win a Champions League or something, all of a sudden he’ll mentioned in a completely different category.”Stones has missed City’s last three matches with a thigh strain but will be fit for Saturday’s trip to Norwich City.His return could not come at a better time after Aymeric Laporte was ruled out for around three months with a knee injury while the Champions League starts on Wednesday with a clash against Shakhtar Donetsk.And with Laporte set for such a long spell on the sidelines, it presents an opportunity for Stones to cement his place in the side, but Kompany insists he does not have anything to worry about.“Honestly I don’t think we should look at it in that way,” he said. “He just has to get himself on the pitch, be himself and he’ll be fine.“I’ve not seen signs of weakness I need to be worried about. He’s just a top class defender.“If now he gets to play games, things will sort themselves out, no doubt.”Kompany, was back at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night for a testimonial match to raise money for homeless charity Tackle4MCR.City boss Pep Guardiola decided not to replace his former captain in the summer, instead bringing in full-back Joao Cancelo and midfielder Rodri as his only new signings.Laporte’s injury at the back leaves City short of options, but Kompany said they only had four top centre-backs because of his persistent injury problems.“Three world-class centre backs is awesome by any standard,” he added. “In the past we had the luxury of four. I’ve not seen many teams have four top, top centre backs.“It wasn’t normal. It only happened because of circumstance. ‘OK, Vinny could break down, so we’ll bring in another one’.“You saw throughout the season that no matter which pairing played, it was always solid.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Sergio Romero saved Manchester United from an embarrassing exit in the EFL Cup as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side needed penalties to knock out third-tier Rochdale after a 1-1 draw.Mason Greenwood put United in front in the second half on Wednesday, the teenager scoring for the second week in a row after netting the winner against Astana in the Europa League.But the League One side stunned Old Trafford with an equaliser scored by 16-year-old Luke Matheson, who was set up by United academy product Ollie Rathbone. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career That sent the game to penalties and when Romero kept out Jimmy Keohane’s effort, Daniel James was able to convert United’s last kick and complete a 5-3 shoot-out victory.James nets our fifth and final penalty as #MUFC advance to the fourth round of the #CarabaoCup .— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 25, 2019 Paul Pogba, making his first appearance of the month after an ankle injury, wasted two early efforts then Robert Sanchez made a fine block to keep out Marcos Rojo’s header.The France midfielder was performing poorly, missing a six-yard sitter of a header from Greenwood’s cross before smashing a long-range strike well over the crossbar.Rochdale made it to the break after Jesse Lingard’s header flew narrowly over and they should have taken the lead in the 52nd minute when Rathbone did brilliantly to tee up Callum Camps, only for his mishit shot to be cleared off the line by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.With the tempo rising United soon went close twice at the other end through Greenwood, but he would not be denied in the 68th minute.Collecting a pass from Lingard on the right side of the box, Greenwood cut inside on to his left foot and rifled a low shot past Sanchez to bring Old Trafford to its feet.Rochdale incredibly drew level within eight minutes, though, as Rathbone’s high cross was turned home at the back post by teenager Matheson.Brian Barry-Murphy’s side could not complete one of the great cup upsets as Romero made the key save to put United through to the fourth round, where they will face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next month. What does it mean? Identity issues continue for Solskjaer United continue to struggle after losing away to West Ham at the weekend, with Solskjaer unable to inspire his side to produce the fast, attacking football he wants to bring to Old Trafford. His faith in youth is admirable, but some of the young players he is using look out of their depth. Rochdale were relatively untroubled at the back and can be hugely proud of their display.Matheson’s moment to remember Right-back Matheson was already enjoying a fine performance in the Rochdale defence and he will never forget his goal at Old Trafford. In truth, Rathbone’s cross was probably mishit, and the finish was perhaps a little scruffy, but Matheson’s desire to get into the box was justly rewarded.16 – Luke Matheson (16 years, 358 days) is the first 16-year-old to score in the League Cup since Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Southampton against Bournemouth in August 2010 (16y 360d). Dreamland. pic.twitter.com/0Ry5ChIKVP — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 25, 2019 Pogba shows lack of interest The mentality of Pogba has often been called into question and displays like this are why. Even from the casual way he walked out at Old Trafford he did not look in the mood and he arguably should have scored at least two first-half goals.He was not the only senior player to disappoint, with Lingard anonymous and Rojo bizarrely taking six shots at goal in the opening 45 minutes, despite playing at left-back. But Pogba’s failure to step up to take a penalty in the shoot-out was particularly notable.What’s next? United’s next game is also at home, with Unai Emery’s Arsenal heading to Old Trafford on Monday. Wycombe Wanderers visit Rochdale in League One this weekend. read more
The Mexico national team returns to competitive play next month with its debut in the Concacaf Nations League, traveling to Bermuda for an October 11 match against the Gombey Warriors.El Tri manager Tata Martino looked set to use a young team in the Concacaf Nations League, convening domestic-based mini-camps filled with players looking for their Mexico national team debuts. Yet, after a 4-0 thrashing against Argentina in September, Martino said his plan all along hadn’t been to use only young player but to utilize players who he was yet to see much of up close and in person.”I want to make something clear. I also talked to the players about It as well in the tactical chat,” Martino said after the loss to Argentina. “It’s not that I don’t want to have players who play abroad. The idea is not to have the majority of them who played in the Gold Cup. We understand we have to spend more time with the players who weren’t there those 40 days and in this context we’ll look at local player and foreign-based players as well.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career That means players like Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Hirving Lozano, Jesus “Tecatito” Corona and Hector Herrera all could be in the mix. While it still would be a surprise to see those players on the field together in Hamilton, Bermuda, it’s not a crazy thought that some or all of them will be part of this camp.What will the blend of players look like for Martino? Here’s our best guess for how the manager may try to mix those foreign-based stars with up-and-comers in Liga MX. Also, we’ve limited our projection to 23 players, though it seems likely Martino will call in a larger group and leave some players off his matchday squad.GoalkeepersHugo Gonzalez (Necaxa), Sebastian Jurado (Veracruz), Raul Gudino (Chivas) In our very first position bank, we come to the first head-scratcher. With Guillermo Ochoa as the No. 1, even experienced goalkeepers like Jonathan Orozco have received few opportunities from Martino with the America shot-stopper dominating the minutes played. So will Orozco get a look or will Martino bypass an over-30 player like the Santos Laguna goalkeeper and go straight into the next generation?That’s our guess, though we’ve also included Hugo Gonzalez as a veteran presence instead of Atlas’ Jose Hernandez, who has taken part in the mini-camps, and Tijuana’s Gibran Lajud. Gonzalez has limited national team experience but is yet to play under Martino. With Gonzalez still on the right side of 30, he may be in the picture for opportunities in this competition even though he was part of the Gold Cup squad.Gudino already has been in with the national team, and Jurado has stood out in bleak circumstances at Veracruz, where he’s yet to play in a victory.DefendersMiguel Layun (Monterrey), Carlos Salcedo (Tigres), Nestor Araujo (Celta de Vigo), Jorge Sanchez (America), Cesar Montes (Monterrey), Luis Romo (Queretaro), Gerardo Arteaga (Santos Laguna), Jesus Angulo (Atlas), Adrian Mora (Toluca), Francisco Venegas (Tigres)After serious health concerns kept Miguel Layun out of the Gold Cup, it would be no surprise to see him as the leader and captain of a young team. While El Tri historically has been thin at the fullback position, something Martino no doubt agrees with as we see his continued reliance on Jesus Gallardo as his left back, playing more minutes than any other player in 2019, there’s hope on the horizon. Jorge Sanchez showed his quality against the United States, and up-and-comers like Gerardo Arteaga and Jesus Angulo have been in Martino’s mini-camps along with several other players who are outside backs. Our projection was originally extremely thin in the middle, so much I wondered if Martino would be tempted to bring Hector Moreno in from Qatar not only to lend veteran experience but also simply to play against Panama. While Moreno did participate in the Gold Cup, he missed the entire group stage with an injury. Instead, Martino said Oct. 1 that he’ll call in Nestor Araujo and Carlos Salcedo for a second chance after a shambolic showing against Argentina.Midfielders Erick Aguirre (Pachuca), Marco Fabian (Philadelphia Union), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey), Jesus Angulo (Necaxa), Orbelin Pineda (Cruz Azul), Jairo Torres (Atlas), Ivan Rodriguez (Leon)Erick Aguirre is a versatile player who has been in several of Martino’s mini-camps, and like Jonathan Gonzalez already has made his debut for the senior national team. Jesus Angulo, meanwhile, has had a nice start to the season with a surprising Necaxa side. He has four goals, including a double against Monterrey earlier this month.Marco Fabian and Orbelin Pineda both were on the Gold Cup roster, but Fabian left with an injury before the tournament started and Pineda saw just 25 minutes of action – and those came in the latter portion of a 7-0 smashing of Cuba in the group stage. Ivan Rodriguez also is in the same boat, with the Leon midfielder a surprise inclusion on the summer squad who later missed out because of injury.It’s also possible Omar Govea, who is having a nice campaign in Belgium, pops up for Mexico for the first time since Martino took over.Forwards Hirving Lozano (Napoli), Jesus Corona (Porto), Jose Juan Macias (Leon), Jesus Godinez (Leon), Alexis Vega (Chivas)This is where I’m projecting Martino brings in his heavy hitters. You don’t make the clarification Martino made this month about bringing in players from abroad if you aren’t going to call in at least a couple guys based outside Mexico. Yet, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez may be a player who would prefer to bed in with his new club. I think Martino would like to work more with his wingers. Clearly Lozano and Corona have talent. They’re the most frightening wide players in all of Concacaf. But after the Argentina game, Martino said you could tell they were forwards rather than midfielders, so maybe he wants to see the defensive side of their game polished up. With Corona well-established at his club team and Lozano already looking to have his role defined with Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli, plus both players set to play a part in the next few World Cup cycles thanks to their youth, maybe Martino wants them in the squad.Put those two either side of JJ Macias, who is red-hot in Liga MX with six goals in 10 matches, and the debutant would be in a good position to score. Jesus Godinez, who like Macias has been involved in the mini-camps, is another player who could deputize as a center forward with Raul Jimenez resting up with Wolves and Chicharito at Sevilla.Martino has been pulled in a number of times by the charms Alexis Vega. What the allure is there, it’s hard to say. Alan Pulido perhaps could sneak his way in over his Guadalajara teammate, but, at seven years his junior, Vega looks like a better bet.
The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain Editors’ Recommendations The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Sleeping well is one of the most vital parts of living healthy. You might not think it, but catching some shut-eye in comfortable sheets and bedding can make all the difference. Whether it’s thermo-regulating sheets, different thread-count sheets, satin sheets, or linen sheets, there’s probably a discounted set out there that’s perfect for you. And the best part is, you don’t even have to leave your bed to shop all the best Presidents’ Day sales on sheets and bedding.The Manual may earn commission on products purchased through our links, which supports the work we do for our readers.Presidents’ Day is Monday, February 18, and for a lot of people, that means an extended three-day weekend. These holiday weekends are usually one of the best times to treat yourself to luxury bedding deals. Leesa Sleep, Brooklinen, Under Armour, and Sleep Number are offering savings on their best-selling sheets. To help you navigate these online savings, we’ve rounded up the best mattress sales this weekend.Leesa SleepFor Presidents’ Day, Leesa is offering 20 percent off their wrinkle-free sateen sheet sets and 20 percent off the same sheet set with a matching duvet cover. All of the sheet sets come in a 500-thread count.About the brand: The online mattress startup is known for its mattress-in-a-box brand, but they also make great sheets and pillows. This sheet set comes in six different sizes with one flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two standard pillowcases.Details:Free shippingFree returns75-night risk-free trialShop Leesa SleepBrooklinenBrooklinen is offering 15 percent off sitewide on orders over $150 during their Presidents’ Day. Hurry, because this sale only lasts until Monday, February 18.About the brand: New York-based manufacturer Brooklinen has one of the best luxury linen sheets around. The four-year-old company may be new to the business, but it’s been successfully building quality sheets and customer trust. The company uses linen, which is made from flax, woven to feel more breathability for super soft bedding. Brooklinen sheets will keep you warm and cozy in the winter but also help keep you cool in the summer when the temperature rises.Details:Free, speedy delivery right to your doorFree return policy 365 days after purchaseLifetime warranty on rips, pill, or frayShop BrooklinenUnder ArmourUnder Armour’s website is offering 25 percent discounts, saving you up to $87 on bedding. Each pack comes with a top sheet, fitted sheet, and two pillowcases with hidden zipper enclosures, giving you a full bed set minus the comforter. This Presidents’ Day sale ends February 19.About the brand: As an athletic sports brand, Under Armor knows that the best way to help your muscles recover is to simply get a good night’s sleep. The Baltimore-based company has rolled out new sleep technology to enhance your recovery even more while you sleep. Under Armour Recovery Sheets feature a unique fabric design that can speed your body’s post-workout healing process.Details:Free two-day shippingFree returnsShop Under ArmourSleep NumberFrom now until February 24, you can enjoy 30 percent off True Temp sheets from Sleep Number.About the brand: The startup is known for its smart adjustable beds, but they also make some pretty great sheets. These sheets have technology that helps maintain your ideal microclimate so you sleep comfortably all night long. They are also designed to fit your mattress securely by moving with you while retaining its shape. All of the sheets also come with labels to help make your life easier when making the bed.Details:Free shipping30-night free returnTwo-year limited warrantyAvailable in white, slate, dune, pacific blue, and aquaShop Sleep NumberLooking for more ways to upgrade your sleep? We’ve found mattresses for side-sleepers, pillows for stomach-sleepers, and the best mattresses according to experts. Wake Up Rested With the Best Down Pillows of 2019 How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep
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