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Compelling Images for Nonprofits: When Babies and Puppies Aren’t in Your Mission

first_imgThe verdict is in: Donors love puppies and babies. But not every organization can use an image of a child or dog to tell their story. So what kind of images can you use if your mission isn’t related to a smiling child or a playful puppy? Here are some ideas to help you create or find compelling images for your nonprofit.Find InspirationLook to other organizations you admire and see how they are using images. Here are a few examples from our Network for Good partners: To recruit volunteers and supporters, the San Francisco-based St. Anthony Foundation used Facebook to showcase a collection of images featuring current volunteers, local famous faces and their clients posing with their dining room’s newly branded cafeteria trays. Your organization’s shared drive is one place where you can keep images. Photos stored on a shared drive are accessible to everyone in your office and, unlike a desktop computer, can be recovered if your organization’s system crashes.An external hard drive is another option for photo storage. External hard drives are portable, reliable, and are a good storage solution for organizations that don’t have a shared drive.If you chose to store images online, consider using a free tool such as Picasa, Flickr, or Dropbox.Sharing Your PhotosBefore you start publishing images online, sharing them with the media, or adding them to your annual report, be sure to have the following:Photographer’s name. (Don’t forget to give credit!)Caption to accompany the image. (Captions are read more often than blocks of copy.)Relevancy. Images need to enhance your story, not distract or confuse.Social media is a great place to share images that you’ve collected.Post an image on Facebook and ask your fans to contribute caption suggestions.Share images on Twitter with a specific call to action (and don’t forget an appropriate hashtag).If your staff members and volunteers have the ability to take pictures with their phones, encourage them to share on Instagram.Be sure to include images in as many communication pieces as possible. Compelling images create a deeper emotional impact than words alone. Include images on your website, newsletter, donor appeal letters, fundraising campaign pieces, brochures, annual report, Holiday greetings, and event invitations.RememberYou don’t have to have puppies and babies in your images to make them appealing to donors.Create an emotional impact with the images you chose.Collecting and capturing images should be part of your regular communications plan.Look for inspiration, don’t be afraid to get started, and continue to build up your nonprofit’s photo collection.When you capture the heart and soul of your mission, iPhone pictures on Instagram can be just as compelling as professional photograph. Google’s Picasa makes it easy to control a photo album’s privacy setting. Gardens for Health International’s website has beautiful images of their work. Most of their images are action shots with a high color contrast that always leave the viewer feeling positive.The St. Anthony Foundation has a great collection of photos from their Willing to Serve campaign (including some famous faces).The St. Bernard Project has wonderful stories and images accompanying their Faces of Katrina campaign.The Arts Council of New Orleans never misses an opportunity to take pictures at community events showcasing the arts in their area.Public radio station 90.7 KSER has a unique way of highlighting their staff members and behind-the-scenes moments with images on their Facebook page.Organize Your IdeasStart a Pinterest board and collect images you admire. When the time comes to work with a photographer, show them the images you’ve collected so that they understand the types of photos you are looking for. Sharing good examples helps set an expectation for the kind of images you want.Think about the work your organization does. How can you capture that in an image? Are there any upcoming events that would serve as good photo opportunities that can help tell your story? Would an on-site photo shoot or a series of pictures of your fieldwork do a good job of illustration your mission?Getting StartedWhen moving beyond inspiration to taking and choosing photos, don’t forget the basics:Use photos to help tell your story.Choose photos that grab the attention of the viewer.Use photos that create an emotional impact. (Human faces are the best.)If you can’t take your own images anytime soon, learn the right way to use stock images.Storing Your PhotosOnce you have a solid collection of photos that represent your work, what do you do with them? Here are suggestions for storing and managing photos.last_img read more

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Current Issue of the Lancet: A Focus on Progress Toward MDG 4 and 5

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 11, 2012June 21, 2017Click 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)In the comment section of the latest issue of the Lancet, several articles discuss current progress toward improving the health of women and children.The authors of Building a future for women and children offer interesting insight into the fourth report of Countdown (to be launched on June 13th, 2012):The 2012 report shows that substantial progress has been made since 1990. As of 2010, the number of maternal deaths has declined by almost half and the number of child deaths has declined by over a third. But this reduction is not enough, relative to what can be achieved. Progress in most Countdown countries still falls short of the rate of decline required to reach MDG 4 and MDG 5, unless progress is greatly accelerated in the next 3 years.Countdown focuses on tracking coverage of life-saving interventions. Here as well, progress has been mixed. A few countries, such as Bangladesh, have made consistent gains in coverage for several interventions across the continuum of care, and are on track to achieve both MDG 4 and MDG 5. In most countries, however, progress is patchy. High coverage levels for vaccines (over 80% on average across all Countdown countries) and rapid progress in distribution of insecticide-treated bednets show what is possible with substantial political commitment and financial resources. Progress is much slower for skilled attendance at birth and case-management interventions that require a strong health system…Read the full article here.The authors of Keeping promises for women and children discuss commitments made by a range of stakeholders, including donors, countries, multilateral agencies, the private sector, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), health-care professional associations, and academic and training institutions to improve the health of women and children:The report showed that major contributions have been leveraged from the 49 low-income, high-burden countries. 44 countries have made commitments with almost half making explicit pledges to increase government health spending, with an estimated value of US$10 billion specifically to benefit women’s and children’s health. NGOs have also made pledges that account for about 12% of the total financial commitments. In May, 2011, the financial commitments were worth more than US$43 billion. With additional commitments made in Sept, 2011, the total is now more than US$50 billion.4 This is a remarkable achievement. Furthermore, this figure includes only commitments expressed in financial terms, and therefore underestimates the total value. Defining how much is new and additional funding was beyond the remit of this report and will require a robust and clearly communicated analysis agreed by stakeholders.In addition to the financial pledges, there were policy and service commitments that were not quantified financially, but which are important in terms of financial investment and for health outcomes. Four-fifths of stakeholders made policy commitments, including removing user fees and promoting gender empowerment, whilst a similar number made commitments to strengthen service delivery, including support to increase the number of skilled birth attendants and midwives…Read the full article here.More from the Lancet comment section on the health of newborns and children:Towards ending preventable child deathsTackling pneumonia and diarrhoea: the deadliest diseases for the world’s poorest childrenGlobal child survival: beyond numbersPreterm birth: new data on a global health priorityShare this:last_img read more

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Holding the World Bank Accountable for Reproductive Health Commitments

first_imgPosted on April 18, 2014November 13, 2014Click 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)Princess Sarah Zeid, champion of the White Ribbon Alliance, is holding the World Bank accountable for reproductive health commitments. Her article on The Huffington Post earlier this week emphasized the importance of keeping maternal and newborn health on the post-2015 agenda:The evidence shows us that to maintain the progress made, it is essential that we continue what we have begun, whilst expanding our investments if we are to spread our impact.To ensure that development is truly sustainable and to avoid far worse — to prevent a backward slide — we must do more for more.She also noted that reproductive health and family planning are essential for maternal and newborn health targets post-2015:Access to family planning — to choices about contraception — improves both maternal and newborn survival by lengthening inter-pregnancy intervals. Spacing the birth of children by three years will decrease under-5 deaths by 25 percent.Read the full article and learn how to help here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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3 Smart Year-End Email Fundraising Strategies

first_imgEditor’s note: Want more email fundraising tips? Join us on Tuesday, September 26 at 1pm EDT for a 30-minute webinar, #NFGTips: Your Email Strategy for Year-End. Can’t make that time? Register anyway and we’ll send you the recording. Click here to save your spot!In my last article I discussed the importance of getting all your year-end ducks in a row.Today we’re going to take a quack at assuring your year-end email series gets opened and acted upon.A quack at it?Yes! Because I’m guessing you don’t have your ducks lined up to make this year’s email appeal worth all your effort.  What do I mean? I mean the majority of folk receiving your email will simply hit ‘delete.’ And that’s just not going to pay your bills.You need to get all your email duckies in a row. And I know exactly which three are missing.I’ve been in that duck pond. I know where your world-wide webbed feet are taking you.You’re painstakingly wordsmithing the appeal message… agonizing over just the right tag line… angsting over which photo is the most compelling… meticulously crafting your killer call to action… thoroughly assuring your donate button link is working… worrying about your colors and type face… and distressing about how you’ll measure your results. All essential things. But your email is still going to drown.Yup. Your poor little email is just a sitting duck for that delete button.Unless… you shift some of your energy to three simple, yet too often overlooked or back-burnered, things: The “From” line The “Subject” line List segmentationLet’s Start with the “From” LineThis is arguably the most important part of your email. According to a Constant Contact study, 64% of people open emails because of the organization it is from; compared with 47% of people opening emails because of what’s in the subject line. To avoid having your precious email wind up in the trash bin, you need to use the ‘Just Ducky! ’ Rule. And the ‘From’ line is at the heart of this rule. Let me explain.When folks see an email from you in their inbox you want them thinking “That’s just ducky!  An email from _____. She always has something interesting to say.”Whose emails do you open first? Chances are good that when you open your email box a majority of the messages are of little interest to you. You don’t know who they’re from, they look like junk, or they’re coming from someone who doesn’t interest you enough to compel you to open their message.  If you have time, maybe you will.  If you don’t, maybe you’ll hit “delete.”Who the email is from is often what motivates people to open it.  Your email should come from a person or brand your targeted reader knows, trusts and, ideally, likes.  Often this will be the E.D.  It could also be another beloved staff member or lay leader. Even when you have a trusted brand, you’ll likely get a better response from the person at the brand. People give to people, not institutions. If you’re not sure about this, it’s certainly something worth testing!Don’t duck out on this responsibility, please. Think about who the email is coming from before you begin to write.  Don’t leave it until the very end. Too often no one thinks about it; then the IT person or the administrative assistant is assigned to “launch” the email. Typically they do one of two things: (1) simply launch the email from a corporate account, or (2) innocently ask “Who’s it coming from?”The first is not so good, because it’s a thoughtless approach.  The second is not so good, because it’s an afterthought (and I’ve seen more than one occasion where the appeal was delayed because it took awhile to find a signatory or to create a new “from” email account that would work).Put a feather in your cap by planning ahead so that when your reader opens their inbox they exclaim: “Just Ducky!”Let’s Make your Subject Line a Real Firequacker!The subject line is the window into your message. 33% of email recipients open emails based on the subject line alone (Source: Convince and Convert).To be a great e-mallard you’ve got to give the reader a reason to open the email. Waddle you gonna do about this? You’re gonna make your subject line one or more of these things: urgent; intriguing; exciting; specific; useful; compelling; emotional, shocking or funny (even daffy). That’s what it takes to get folks flocking to you.Here are a few real examples:Four pounds, that’s what’s up This led to email about how a food bank client had gained weight after receiving nutritious food at an on-site pantry at her senior apartments.) Intriguing/FunnyAbandoned by budget cuts, they’re counting on usThis led to e-appeal to fund home care for seniors who were losing critical lifeline services due to budget cutbacks). Urgent/SpecificWhy the cheerleaders shaved their heads This led to a message from Indianapolis Colt’s coach Chuck Pagano, who was battling leukemia. Shocking.Get into your donor’s head as much as you can, and try to make it about the donor rather than your fundraising goals. For those who’ve given in the past, how about a simple: Did you forget you made this possible? This also has the subtle psychological benefit of reminding them they already did something. (Remember, one of Robert Cialdini’s 6 Principles of Influence is “commitment and consistency.”).  Compelling. Specific. Intriguing.Is it all over between us?This was suggested by grassroots fundraising guru Kim Klein. Emotional. Compelling.You have only a few seconds to capture attention. Subject lines with less than 50 characters have open rates 12.5% higher than those with 50 or more, and click-through rates are 75% higher. So generally plan to keep your subject line to 50 characters or fewer.For more inspirations, check out some holiday email subject lines here. If you happen to use MailChimp they have a  free tool to test the strength of your subject line. They also help you add emoji’s, and they suggest words that will negatively affect your open rates – You may be surprised – two of them are: ‘Help’ and ‘Reminder.’You can find a whole duck boat-load of ideas – many of which are as good as they’re quacked up to be — in 200 More Email Subject Lines from End of Year Fundraising. Just avoid those that could be coming from any nonprofit (e.g., “Just 48 hours left” is not great. “48 hours left to rescue drowning ducks” is better).But don’t mislead. That will make you a dead duck. Folks don’t mind being teased a little, but they don’t like being lied to. If folks open your email, but then see it’s not at all about what you promised, they’ll toss you right out.While we’re at it, consider your pre-header.  That’s an extra tool to convince your subscribers to quack open your email. What is it? It’s the snippet of text at the top of your email (or a link to the online version) that your subscribers see first, sometimes even before they open the email. Because even if you get your email open, studies show that 51% will delete your email within 2 seconds of opening it.  Aargh!Most email clients display the pre-header right after the subject line. This means if you’re using images, you absolutely must include an ALT description of the image for those folks (most) whose images are blocked. Talk to your IT folk if you don’t know what I’m talking about. And keep in mind the typical inbox preview pane will only show 30 to 40 characters (the typical mobile device shows around 15 characters). So make your lead-in count.Segmentation can Make or Break your Campaign.Imagine you’re an animal rescue agency. Half of your supporters love dogs; half love cats. Wouldn’t it make sense to devise tailored messages for each segment?The same holds true for folks who gave big gifts vs. small ones. And folks who gave for the first time vs. ongoing donors.You want to tweak your appeal slightly to show people you know them.You also want to customize your asks (and your donation landing pages) to match the language in your appeal.The more specific and targeted you can be, the better.Once you get these three things nailed – “From” and “Subject Line” plus List Segmentation – getting your email opened will be like water off a duck’s back.Hasn’t this been pun? Want more email fundraising tips? Join us on Tuesday, September 26 at 1pm EDT for a 30-minute webinar, #NFGTips: Your Email Strategy for Year-End. Can’t make that time? Register anyway and we’ll send you the recording. Click here to save your spot!last_img read more

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Stillbirths: Global Causes, Disparities and the Need for Better Reporting

first_imgPosted on January 12, 2018January 12, 2018By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick 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)An estimated 2.6 million stillbirths occur every year across the globe, but many of them are not counted, reviewed or reported. The Every Newborn Action Plan proposed a target for reducing global stillbirths during the Sustainable Development Goal period from 18.4 stillbirths per 1,000 births to 12 or fewer stillbirths per 1,000 births by 2030. However, inaccurate reporting and inconsistencies with definitions are key challenges for tracking progress and achieving this target.In a recent systematic review, Reinebrant and colleagues examined the reported causes of stillbirth globally, revealing substantial data gaps.What are the causes of stillbirth?The authors reviewed 85 reports—28 from low-income countries (LICs), 20 from middle-income countries (MICs) and 37 from high-income countries (HICs)—containing data on nearly 490,000 stillbirths.Based on a subset of 33 nationally representative reports classifying roughly 250,000 stillbirths, the most commonly reported cause across all settings was categorized as “unexplained,” and many were listed as “other unspecified condition.” Other leading reported causes included antepartum hemorrhage, infection and hypoxic peripartum death. The relative proportions of these causes varied across high-, middle- and low-income countries.Data discrepanciesClassification systems and definitions for stillbirth varied substantially among regions. For example, while most LICs used 28 weeks’ gestation as a parameter for stillbirth, the majority of HICs used 20-24 weeks. This discrepancy makes it difficult to compare stillbirth rates across countries.The authors added,“Many countries, particularly those where the majority of stillbirths occur, do not report any information about these deaths. Where there are reports, the quality is often poor. It is important to improve the investigation and reporting of stillbirth using a standardized system so that policymakers and health care workers can develop effective stillbirth prevention programs. All stillbirths should be investigated and reported in line with the World Health Organization standards.”Identifying specific areas for improvement and interventions to address the global burden of stillbirth requires reliable data. Accurate, consistent and comprehensive reporting of stillbirths is essential for reaching the stillbirth target under the SDGs and is a reflection of a strong health information system.—Explore The Lancet series on ending preventable stillbirths.Learn about the World Health Organization’s efforts to help countries improve data collection on stillbirths.Are you working on preventing stillbirth globally? We want to hear from you!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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PSG fined over offensive Neymar banner

first_imgParis Saint-Germain have been fined €2,000 after their fans aimed an offensive banner at Neymar during their Ligue 1 win over Nimes.Neymar, 27, was targeted by fans during the 3-0 victory at Parc des Princes on August 11 amid growing speculation he wants to leave PSG.One banner urged the Brazil forward to leave the Ligue 1 champions, while another expressed dissatisfaction with his behaviour. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks 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? Chants of “Son of a bitch” also rang out in the stands among home fans incensed at the failure of the player to commit his future to the club this summer..The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) Disciplinary Committee announced sanctions on Wednesday, handing PSG a fine.”Behaviour of the supporters of Paris Saint-Germain: use of pyrotechnic devices and deployment of an offensive banner,” part of a statement read.”€2,000 fine for Paris Saint-Germain.”Neymar is yet to play for PSG this season amid reports he will return to Barcelona or join LaLiga giants Real Madrid.The saga is seemingly no closer to ending despite the transfer window closing on September 2.Neymar has scored 51 goals in 58 games since joining PSG in a world-record €222 million move two years ago.But he is yet to appear in the 2019-20 campaign after suffering an injury during Brazil’s preparations for the Copa America in June, as PSG kicked off their Ligue 1 defence with mixed fortunes. That 3-0 defeat of Nimes was followed by a humbling reverse at the hands of Rennes, who upset the champions 2-1 on Sunday.last_img read more

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Oklahoma vs. West Virginia Game Time, Spread, Channel, Announcers

first_imgJalen Hurts rushes the ball during his debut at Oklahoma.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 1: Quarterback Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs in the backfield against the Houston Cougars at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Cougars 49-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Fresh off their win over Texas in the Red River Showdown last week, the Oklahoma Sooners return home to play the West Virginia Mountaineers.Oklahoma heads into this game at a perfect 6-0 and having beaten West Virginia in seven straight games. The Sooners are overwhelming favorites to win the Big 12 title and make the College Football Playoff. Quarterback Jalen Hurts is playing far better for Lincoln Riley than he ever did under Nick Saban at Alabama, and is now a Heisman Trophy front-runner.West Virginia has struggled in the first year under head coach Neal Brown. They’re 3-3 on the season and have allowed at least 38 points in each of their three losses.Last year the two teams scored over 110 points in an Oklahoma win, but the Sooners’ defense doesn’t look like it’ll be giving up a sum like that to the Mountaineers this year. Here are the details for the game:Game Time: 12:00 PM ETChannel: FOXSpread: Oklahoma -33Over/Under: 62.5Announcers: Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, Jenny Taft The game will also be a bit of a homecoming for Mountaineers quarterback Austin Kendall. A former Sooner, Kendall transferred to West Virginia after the team landed Hurts in the transfer portal. That move wasn’t without a fair amount of controversy though.Whether Kendall has the talent to lead West Virginia to an upset or not, he’ll be super-motivated for this one.last_img read more

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Jim Harbaugh, Michigan Getting Trashed For First Half Performance vs. Penn State

first_imgJim Harbaugh coaching against Illinois.CHAMPAIGN, IL – OCTOBER 12: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines is seen during the second half against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on October 12, 2019 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)It’s been a tough season for Jim Harbaugh and Michigan, despite the fact that the team has a 5-1 record. The team’s first half performance against Penn State isn’t making things any easier.Penn State, hosting its annual “White Out” game, has been dominant in every way thus far. The Nittany Lions raced out to a three-touchdown lead midway through the second quarter. Quarterback Sean Clifford has played incredibly well, finishing the half 9-of-16 for 115 yards and two touchdowns. He also added a touchdown on the ground.Michigan, meanwhile, struggled to move the ball most of the half. The Wolverines did mount one scoring drive, however, that was capped off by a 12-yard touchdown run by Zach Charbonnet.Per usual, Harbaugh and the Wolverines are getting roasted for their performance thus far. Let’s face it, Shea Patterson and a white out were never going to be a good combination.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) October 20, 2019Jim Harbaugh at Michigan is en route to being:1-10 vs Top 10 teams.1-7 on road vs a ranked team.0-8 as an underdog. and still 0-4 vs tOhio State— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) October 20, 2019Another predictable road dud for Jim Harbaugh. Time for a change folks.— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) October 20, 2019I’m not trying to pile on, but Jim Harbaugh, quirks and all, was rightly considered a really good coach when he arrived in Ann Arbor. What happened? Michigan looks completely lost.— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) October 20, 2019Quarterback Shea Patterson has struggled as well. He’s 12-of-22 for 122 yards with an interception at the break.Michigan’s loss this season came to Wisconsin a few weeks back. Another could end the Wolverines’ hopes at playing for a Big Ten title.The second half is about to get underway. The game is being broadcast on ABC.last_img read more

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‘Amazing’ Liverpool the benchmark – Emery

first_imgUnai Emery admits the gap that currently exists between Liverpool and Arsenal is a “big” one, but the Spaniard believes his side can show they are ready to start reducing it with a result at Anfield on Saturday. The Gunners travel to Merseyside having won their opening two games of the Premier League season for the first time in a decade, but they still sit behind Liverpool in the table. Jurgen Klopp’s side having also won both of their matches so far, but top the standings on goal difference, thanks largely to their convincing 4-1 success against Norwich on the opening weekend.  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 So, Arsenal have it all to do on Saturday, at a ground where they were beaten 5-1 last season and have conceded 12 goals in their last three appearances. Emery is aware of the challenge facing his side but has urged his players to show they are ready to start bridging the gap that currently exists between them, Liverpool and champions Manchester City.  Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!“We are in a good spirit and we have good preparation,” said Arsenal’s head coach. “We need more with some players getting fit to help us, but we are ready to get a good performance from the players. “I feel that we have improved, above all being competitive in the Premier League. We lost at the end [last season] but we also had some very good moments in the season and finished one or two points different from third and fourth in the table. “Right now, the distance between Manchester City, Liverpool and us continues to be big but we have the opportunity on Saturday, and this season, to reduce that distance.” Unai Emery Arsenal 2019-20Emery added: “Liverpool have a very strong style. Their mentality is very, very strong. They are adding titles and I think we are doing it our way to create a big mentality. “We also need time. I think they have an advantage on us in this way. But I really appreciate their work a lot. I think their performance is amazing, their spirit and quality also. They are a team that can feel strong. “I want to create our mentality, our style, and get stronger in our way little by little. And each match is a very big opportunity to show how we are now. “Saturday against them is a massive match, an amazing opportunity for us to do something important.” Arsenal’s 5-1 hammering at Anfield last season is still fresh in the mind of Emery. Despite taking an early lead through Ainsley Maitland-Niles, the Gunners found themselves 4-1 down at half-time – with Liverpool adding a fifth in the second half. It was a painful defeat for Arsenal, one that Emery hopes his players have learned from. He said: “We conceded two penalties which is not normal also we were winning 1-0 and we conceded two goals very quickly from mistakes. “I want us to not have those mistakes this year, but they are going to break and fight against us to provoke us into mistakes.” Reiss Nelson Arsenal 2019-20In each of Arsenal’s opening two games of the season, Emery has started with three academy products in Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock and Maitland-Niles. It could be that that only Maitland-Niles keeps his place at Anfield, with Nicolas Pepe and Granit Xhaka expected to come in – but Emery believes that the young players currently coming through at Arsenal are about to make a major mark on English football. “They are coming. They are coming in the near future to be very big players,” predicted Emery. “We need to achieve a big mentality, a big spirit, with some experienced players and some young players, because they are giving us a lot of energy, a lot of power in their wish to achieve and help us.” He added: “We really need the young players to share their energy and capacity and hunger and we need also the experienced players. We need both. Not only for Saturday but each match.  “For example, Reiss Nelson started against Burnley in the first 11. He struggled more than we wanted that match, but that is one experience for him. “I am speaking to him and saying: ‘Reiss you are very good one on one, but you also need tactically to improve in how to decide each action on the pitch technically.’ “This is one process for Reiss and Saturday in Liverpool is another step.”  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Combat Gent-Your Best Ammo for Under $200

first_img The Best Labor Day Deals on Outdoor Gear from REI, Backcountry, and More Best Labor Day Sales on Men’s Clothes, Shoes, Accessories, and More The Best Father and Son Matching Outfits The Best Graphic Tee Companies to Liven Up Your Wardrobe Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair Editors’ Recommendations Whether navigating office politico or upgrading a wardrobe on a tight budget a young professional’s career can be a battle on many fronts. We found the ammo to win the war on your wallet…at least in terms of your work wardrobe. Online retailer Combatant Gentlemen (Combat Gent for short) offers suits and other basics under $300 with tailored fits.When we saw that their company mission included both craft beer and men’s fashion it was clearly a match made in heaven. We hope it is for you too.Combat Gent offers suits starting at $160 with a pretty accurate tailoring feature on the site (We tried it out for you). They also offer basic shirts, ties and knits. When you buy a suit or shirt on their site you can actually see where they sourced the goods too. Combat Gent is definitely a go-to for professional basics. The site is even outfitting for weddings with suits and tuxes starting at that same $160 price point. So if you need to outfit your best men, it is worth a look.Learn more about Combatant Gentleman here.Already picked up some Combat Gent gear? Post on instagram and tag us @themanualstyle or @combatgentlast_img read more

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Mbappe sends PSG message with star showing

first_imgKylian Mbappe took just 30 minutes to show Paris Saint-Germain what they’ve been missing in his absence. The 20-year-old scored a hat-trick and claimed an assist after coming on in the 62nd minute of PSG’s 5-0 Champions League win against Club Brugge. Having only just overcome a thigh injury, Mbappe has been eased back into Thomas Tuchel’s side with the attacker desperate to make his mark on Tuesday.  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 “I wanted to start, I thought I would start. The coach chose, I had to accept,” Mbappe told RMC Sport 1. “I wanted to go back and show that it’s hard to do without me even if the others played very well. I want to fight to keep my place and help the team to the maximum.”Football is a passion. I love playing football, it’s been two months since I could play a football game.”Mbappe has already missed six games this season through injury with his latest fitness set-back now firmly behind him. “It was very painful, I was lucky to come back,” he said. “The embarrassment is gone, I thank the medical staff, the doc, the physios. They have understood my situation. It’s over, everything is behind me.”The Frenchman’s three goals against Brugge has seen him become the youngest player to score 15 times in the Champions League.Having also scored and assisted in a seven-minute appearance against Nice on the weekend, Mbappe looks on track for another big season having only missed out on the Golden Shoe last season by three goals. PSG captain Thiago Silva was happy to see his young teammate bounce back so quickly and believes his team played well across the pitch against their Belgian opponents. “Mbappe had a very good start, it was important for him because he was coming back from injury, but he is still there, we saw a very big Kylian Mbappe,” Silva said.”Brugge defended well, they were strong, it was difficult to find spaces, I am very happy because when there are moments of difficulty, you can lose your head but that was not the case.”Our performance was solid defensively, we were very intelligent.”last_img read more

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Brad Butterworth hired as King’s Way Christian next AD

first_img Brad Butterworth has a passion of sports.As evidence of that, Butterworth played a stint of the 2017-18 season for the Portland Bible College men’s basketball team … at age 39.“Brad’s a bulldog,” said Daven Harmeling, principal at King’s Way Christian Middle School and high school varsity boys basketball coach. “You’re not going to find someone who will outwork him.”Butterworth will bring that passion and a wealth of experience to his next endeavor, as the athletic director at King’s Way Christian Schools.Butterworth will replace Ted Buck in that role when Buck retires in June after a nearly three decade career as a high school coach and administrator. “Part of what drew me to this position was embracing the legacy that Ted Buck has built at King’s Way and carrying it on,” Butterworth said.Butterworth has worked the past four years as regional director for Shoot 360, a Vancouver-based national basketball training franchise.Prior to that, he was the boys basketball coach at Dana Hills High School in Dana Point, Calif., and he coached and was associate athletic director at Capistrano Valley Christian School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. He’s also worked with college programs like Air Force and Florida State as well as serving as assistant coach at Colorado College and Portland Bible.“But something has been chewing at me to get back into high school athletics,” Butterworth said. “So when I heard rumblings that Ted Buck might be retiring, it felt like a good fit. Working with King’s Way through Shoot 360, we’ve always had a great relationship.” GO Brad Butterworth hired as King’s Way Christian next AD He’ll replace retiring Ted Buck in June Share: Harmeling said King’s Way received more than 80 applications for the opening before turning to Butterworth, who Harmeling said has the vision necessary to be a good administrator and the ability to put that vision into action.“Brad has a track record of excellence,” Harmeling said. “Any event that he’s ever been part of has always been first rate. He has a passion for athletics and he understands how athletics are really just a vehicle for kids to become successful in life.”Butterworth has been living in Indiana since last fall where he’s been expanding Shoot 360. He plans to return to Clark County by the end of next month. (360) 735-4538 Buy this Photo Brad Butterworth, 39, of Camas, is pictured at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Wednesday December 20, 2017. Brad became the oldest player in college basketball this year when he made the roster at Portland Bible College. (Ariane Kunze/The Columbian) Receive latest stories and local news in your email: By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor Published: April 11, 2019, 8:31am Tim Martinez Columbian Assistant Sports Editor By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. @360TMart Share: tim.martinez@columbian.comlast_img read more

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15 Years at the Top: Cruise Planners Continues Legacy as the No.1 Travel Franchise

first_imgJanuary 11th, 2018 – Many people wait until retirement to travel the world, but smart business people are investing in the No.1 travel franchise to own, Cruise Planners®, and traveling as part of their career. For 15 years, Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, has ranked as the best travel franchise to own on Entrepreneur’s Annual Franchise 500 list.  “Being the best in travel franchising for 15 consecutive years isn’t just an honor, it’s a legacy, especially as we approach our 25th year of connecting people with a passion for travel and their dream careers,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and founder of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. “Cruise Planners consistently blurs the boundary between franchisor and family and the meaningful relationships we have between our Home Office Team, franchisees, their clients and our partners – combined, of course, with the industry’s most innovative technology and marketing – is the secret to how we continue to sizzle.” 2017 was marked by many advances for the company, including a suite of technology all designed to provide highly efficient and targeted insight for franchise owners to market to and work with their clients. With all technology and marketing developments, Cruise Planners innovates with the franchisee in mine, providing high-tech solutions to strengthen the connection between travel agents and their clients. The most recent innovations include: Alexa Skills—The first-ever Artificial Intelligence for a travel franchise company was introduced by Cruise Planners and includes two voice-activated skills using Artificial Intelligence. One skill acts as a virtual personal assistant for Cruise Planners agents and the other is a hands-free way for customers to connect with their travel agent as they plan and countdown to their vacations.CP Maxx™—Cruise Planners’ next-generation booking and customer relationship management system for faster, streamlined results that “Maxximizes” business, efficiencies and profitsCP Insights™—Highly-efficient and targeted insight for franchise owners to market and work with their clients to provide relevant marketing and customized travel offers.CP View™—Tool that curates data across the Cruise Planners network to anticipate client buying habits and target the right clients, leading to increased sales, brand credibility and stronger relationships. “Even as the travel industry has gone through changes over the past two decades and even as people questioned the relevancy of travel agents, Cruise Planners has consistently remained a top franchise opportunity,” Fee said. “Franchise owners can feel confident when choosing Cruise Planners as we aren’t just the best today, we were the best yesterday and we won’t stop innovating to ensure we continue to be the best for decades to come.”  About Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel RepresentativeCruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, is the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry. Cruise Planners operates a network of more than 1,800 franchise owners who independently book vacation and travel experiences for their clients. The Florida-based Home Office Team positions a nation-wide network of franchise owners for success by providing innovative marketing, booking and technology tools, as well as professional development and hands-on training with the industry’s top executives. The company continues to be lauded and has been named the No.1 travel franchise byEntrepreneur magazine for 15 consecutive years. Cruise Planners was recently featured in Entrepreneur as one of the top 30 franchise innovators in technology, has been consistently named as one of the Top Women-Owned Businesses by theSouth Florida Business Journal, is on the Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, has been ranked as the #1 travel franchise by Franchise Business Review for 6 years in a row, and was recognized as one of the Top Workplaces by the Sun Sentinel since it started ranking companies. Headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla. since 1994, Cruise Planners has achieved top producer status with every major cruise line and land vendors including Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Viking Cruises, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Travel Impressions and Sandals and Beaches Resorts. Accolades include numerous Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly and Travvy Awards from travAlliance media, American Express Travel Representative Excellence Award for 13 consecutive years (2004-2016). Cruise Planners is one of the Top 50 franchises for Veterans according to GI magazine, the Top Franchise Brand for Veterans according toFranchise Business Review, has been named one of the Top 25 franchises for African-Americans by Black Enterprise magazine and is a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. Visit our website,www.cruiseplanners.com, for the full list of awards and honors or for more information. Stay in Touch: Media can stay up-to-date with Cruise Planners by visiting our media room, following us on Twitter @Cruisitude or on Facebook. For additional information or to make reservations, vacationers should locate a travel advisor near them. For those interested in becoming a franchise owner, please visit the Cruise Planners franchise website.last_img read more

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Focus on Quality November 14

first_imgStory Highlights The day’s celebration is very significant to Jamaica, because it helps to promote the value of quality standard. The theme: ‘Making Collaboration Count’ was designed to reflect recent trends in public, private and non-profit sectors. The National Certification Body of Jamaica (NCBJ) will join the rest of the world in observing World Quality Day (WQD) on Thursday, November 14, under the theme: ‘Making Collaboration Count’.Spearheaded by the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI), an overseas body with responsibility for ensuring quality among all sectors, the day’s observance seeks to heighten the awareness of the important contribution that quality makes towards an organization’s growth.Highlighting the theme, Chairman of the Advisory Board at NCBJ, Dr. Neville Swaby, said that it was designed to reflect recent trends in public, private and non-profit sectors, all of which point towards increased collaboration.“From shared services in government entities to joint ventures between charities and banks, the senior business and organizational leaders are increasingly utilizing each other’s skills and resources to deliver projects in a more effective and cost-efficient manner. In a time when organizations need to achieve more with less, this is absolutely vital,” he emphasised.Dr. Swaby pointed out that organizations can only achieve their goals if the processes that underpin collaboration, are built on strong quality management principles.“Successful collaborative working depends on shared goals, robust and rigorous systems, processes and procedures being in place, and open to scrutiny throughout. In other words, collaboration will only count if quality is at its heart,” he stressed.In the meantime, Manager at NCBJ, Jacqueline Scott-Brown, said that the day’s celebration is very significant to Jamaica, because it helps to promote the value of quality standard, and management systems certification.She explained that quality in its broadest sense, is a degree of excellence, and the extent to which a product or service is fit for its intended purpose.Mrs. Scott-Brown added that quality is achieved through a chain of processes, each of which has to be under control, and subject to continual improvement.“The chain starts with top management expressing a firm commitment to quality, then establishing customer needs and expectations;  building products and services so as to reproduce faithfully, the design; verifying before delivery that products and services possess the features required; preventing the supply of products and services with features which make customers dissatisfied; finding less expensive solutions to customer needs; discovering and providing what will delight customers; and most importantly, honouring commitments,” she said.World Quality Day is a United Nations (UN) day which forms part of the activities to mark World Quality Week (November 11 to 15), and has been observed internationally, since 1990.The NCBJ was established in April 2007 and is accredited by ANSI ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) to provide easy access to management systems certification by local organisations.ANAB assesses and accredits certification bodies that demonstrate competence to audit and certify organizations conforming to management system standards.For more information, persons can contact the NCBJ at 619-1131, 632-4275 or email ncbj@bsj.org.jm. The day’s observance seeks to heighten the awareness of the important contribution that quality makes towards an organization’s growth.last_img read more

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Major League Beers 9 Beers Brewed For Baseball Season

first_img The Best Fresh Hop Beers to Celebrate the Hop Harvest The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene Editors’ Recommendations Few things go together like beer and baseball and several Major League Baseball teams are capitalizing on the natural combination. By now, most teams in professional baseball have caught on that craft beer is big business and offer excellent selections at specialty kiosks and in some cases throughout the entire stadium. Others have strayed from Budweiser and Miller as their beer sponsors and gone with craft companies instead. The teams we’ve listed, though, have gone the extra mile and established beers with local breweries. Kansas City Royals + Boulevard BrewingBoulevard Brewing is a Midwest staple, and providing a beer in partnership with hometown Kansas City Royals is a natural fit. The brewery releases ¡Vamos!, a Mexican-style lager, throughout the Royals regional viewing area, as well as in Kauffman Stadium. The crisp beer is an ideal beverage for long summer days in Kansas City.Houston Astros + Karbach Brewing Co.Karbach Brewing Co./FacebookLooking to deepen the connection with fans, the Houston Astros organization and Karbach Brewing sought to make a beer you could drink with dad at a baseball game. The two organizations came up with Crawford Bock, a nod to the popularity of other bock beers in Texas, like Shiner Bock. A portion of the price of every Crawford Bock also heads to the Astros Foundation, whether at a game, in a bar, or when taking it from a store. The 4.5-percent alcohol by volume, malt-forward beer is great for tipping back at Minute Maid Park or anywhere under the hot Texas sun.New York Yankees + Blue Point BrewingBlue Point Brewing‘s use of New Zealand hop Motueka in the NY Pinstripe Pilsner gives the balanced, light beer a bit of lime characteristic. Pinstripe Pilsner will be available at New York Yankees games all season at the Bleachers Bar in Yankee Stadium. Joining ERA and Crawford Bock, Pinstripe Pilsner is one of three MLB beers brewed by breweries in the craft portfolio of AB-InBev, a natural evolution in the beer and baseball experience for the makers of Budweiser.San Francisco Giants + Anchor Brewing Co.The pioneer of the craft brewing industry has done plenty, so why not jump into the baseball beer game? Anchor brewed up a specialty Mexican-style lager named Los Gigantes in 2017.  They didn’t stop at one special beer, as Anchor also releases a special edition San Francisco Giants-branded 12-pack of the iconic Anchor Steam. The beers are available in Northern California. Anchor has also brewed Strength in Numbers with the Golden State Warriors.Tampa Rays + Green Bench BrewingTampa Bay Rays/FacebookTampa’s Green Bench Brewing has made several beers for the Tampa Rays, including the Two Seam Blonde Ale, first made in 2016. A nod to the two-seam fastball that some pitchers throw in the game, the blonde ale likely won’t take hair off the chin like its namesake. Also available at Tropicana Field is Green Bench’s Four Seam Lager.Colorado Rockies + SandLot BreweryThelastcanadian/WikimediaThe Rockies have been in the craft game a long time, largely because built into Coors Field is The SandLot Brewery, an incredible, award-winning brewery operated by Coors and the location where the venerable craft gateway beer Blue Moon got its start. Sure, it’s not a specific beer brewed for a baseball team, but it’s hard to beat a brewery in the ballpark! Also, it’s only open during the baseball season.Atlanta Braves + Terrapin Brewing ATL Brew LabTerrapin Beer Co./FacebookThe Rockies do have some competition with Terrapin Brewing’s small brewpub in the Atlanta Braves‘ SunTrust Park, which opened in 2017. The five-barrel brewhouse offers plenty of experimentation power for Terrapin and the taproom is open year-round. Like SandLot, Terrapin has connections to MillerCoors.  They might be on to something with this brewery-in-the-ballpark thing.Boston Red Sox + Boston Beer CompanySamuel Adams/FacebookThe reigning World Series champion Boston Red Sox aren’t to be left behind. After finally having Boston Beer Co., makers of Samuel Adams Boston Lager, join as the beer sponsor last year, the brewery whipped up a special celebratory double New England IPA following the Fall Classic win. Damage Done is a big, flavorful IPA aged on vanilla beans with guava, mango and lactose.Washington Nationals + Devil’s Backbone BrewingBack for the third year, Earned Run Ale, or ERA (a nice touch), will celebrate the U.S. capital’s team, the Washington Nationals — now without star player Bryce Harper, who made his way to Philadelphia. Primed for the diamond, the session pale ale is made with Amarillo and Citra hops. It’s not the only beer with a professional sports team in Washington made by Devil’s Backbone, either. The brewery released #ATTR with the NFL’s Washington Redskins last fall. It’s available in 16-ounce cans and on draft in Nationals Park and the Washington, D.C. area. Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) 11 of the Best Low-Calorie Craft Beers for Watching Your Beer Bellylast_img read more

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