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Jallikattu to be held at Avaniapuram on Feb 5

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first_imgMadurai, Jan 24 (PTI) Jallikattu would be held at Avaniapuram in the district on February 5 in which about 500 bulls would be used, officials said today. Local village committee officials said they had decided to hold the bull-taming sport on that day in which 300 sportsmen would also take part. The committee has decided to hold the sport from 8 AM to 3 PM, they said. Village Committee officials at Alanganallur and Palamedu had already announced that the bull-taming sport would be held at these places on February 1 and 2, respectively. Chief Minister O Panneerselvam could not launch the jallikattu event at Alanganallur as planned on Sunday due to locals protests.PTI SSN BNlast_img read more

SPORT-BAD-IND 2 LAST

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first_imgGregoria Mariska of Indonesia, meanwhile, dispatched Gregoria Mariska of Indonesia, meanwhile, dispatched Spains third seed Beatriz Corrales 21-9 21-11 to set up a semifinal match with Indonesian sixth seed Hanna Ramadini, who edged out Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli. In mixed doubles, seventh seeds B Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa eked out a 21-18 23-21 win over third seeds Singaporean Yong Kai Terry Hee and Wei Han Tan to set up a clash with top seeds Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen of Denmark, who defeated Malaysian combo of Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai 21-15 21-11 in another match. Second seeds Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy, who won the Brazil and Russia Open last year, beat eighth seeded Malaysian-Indian pair of Yogendran Khrishnan and Prajakta Sawant 21-16 21-19 and will face another Danish pair of Mathias Christiansen and Sara Thygesen, seeded fifth. In womens doubles, top seeds Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen are yet to play in the tournament as they received yet another walkover from Indian duo of Aparna Balan and Prajakta Sawant. Newly-formed pair of Sikki and Ashwini stunned second seeded Malaysian Mei Kuan Chow and Lee Meng Yean 21-14 21-18 to sail into the semis. Sanjana Santosh and Arathi Sara Sunil notched up a 12-21 21-12 21-9 win over fourth seeds Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram to also reach the semifinals. PTI ATK AH AHlast_img read more

Spanish football league plans to adopt video referees

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first_imgVideo referees are expected to be used in Spanish soccer by the 2018-19 season when they are fully approved by FIFA, La Liga president Javier Tebas has said.Tebas was speaking after Sunday’s 1-1 draw between Barcelona and Real Betis, a game in which champions Barca appeared to have been denied a clear goal.Video replays showed that after Betis’ Cristiano Piccini diverted Aleix Vidal’s pass towards goal the ball crossed the line by around a metre before defender Aissi Mandi slid in and scrambled the it away.”The tests are already underway. We have been working on video referees for the last eight months,” Tebas told El Pais.”We will be testing it from next season in La Liga,” he added.”If FIFA finally approve it, we will start using it from July 2018.”Football’s law-making body IFAB approved last March a two-year trial of the video assistant referee (VAR) system with access to replays to help match officials review key decisions.Unlike other top leagues in Europe, La Liga does not have goal-line technology available because it is considered too expensive to be put in place.Barcelona coach Luis Enrique believes the officials need assistance.”The referees need help, whether it’s with cameras or whatever, for decisions that favour us or go against us,” he said. “The technology can help us. I’ve already said that before.”Not everyone, however, is in favour of the technology.”I’m against video refereeing because it would break the essence of what soccer is,” Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo told Marca.advertisement”Referees make mistakes and get it right. There are times that those go in favour and others were they go against. I don’t see a problem with this.”last_img read more

Japan Olympic Committee chief questioned over Tokyo bid payment: Report

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first_imgTokyo prosecutors have questioned the president of the Japan Olympic Committee over controversial payments made to a Singaporean consulting firm during the bidding for the 2020 Summer Games, Kyodo News agency reported on Wednesday.The questioning of Tsunekazu Takeda, who led the successful bid, and several other people involved in the bidding, was voluntary and carried out at the request of the French authorities, Kyodo said.Takeda and the others denied doing anything illegal, the report said.The Tokyo prosecutors’ office and the JOC declined to comment on the report when contacted by Reuters.French prosecutors last year announced an investigation into more than $2 million of payments made by the bid committee to the consultancy, Black Tidings.Black Tidings is headed by Ian Tan Tong Hon, who is known to be friends with Papa Massata Diack, son of disgraced former international athletics chief Lamine Diack.Japanese officials repeatedly said the payments had been legitimate consultant’s fees, and a panel commissioned by the JOC said in September it had found that the payment was legitimate.Tokyo 2020 organisers have been grappling with a list of headaches including soaring costs and calls to change venues.The country club that will host the golf tournaments has come under fire for its policy of barring women from becoming full members, and a trade show group is calling on Tokyo to find a new location for the international media centre.last_img read more

Indian Premier League: Five most expensive players at this auction

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first_imgEnglish players were expected to be the top draws and the they did not disappoint. While Rising Pune Supergiants bagged England all-rounder Ben Stokes for a whopping Rs 14.50 crore, Tymal Mills was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 12 crore. (IPL 2017 AUCTION: KEY HIGHLIGHTS)As speculated, Stokes got the highest bid from this auction but nobody expected him to bag the amount he ended up getting from RPS after a host of franchises went aggressively for him. (How the teams stack up after the auction)Fast-bowlers, a type always sought after in the auction, stole the headlines this year as well. The top five picks were all fast bowlers and received hefty contracts. These are the five costliest players in this year’s auction:BEN STOKES – Rs 14.50 crore(Reuters image) He was the star-attraction in this year’s IPL auction and it was evident right from the beginning. He was priced at Rs 2 crore and was expected to go big and he did. So much so, that Mumbai Indians were holding the baton even before the auctioneer Richard Madley could name his base price. All eight franchises were after him and there was an aggressive battle between Mumbai Indians (MI), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Delhi Daredevils (DD). Later Sunrisers Hyderabad joined in but he was at last bagged by the RPS for a whopping fee of Rs 14.50 crore. He has now become the second costliest player in the history of the IPL auctions behind Yuvraj Singh, for whom the DD paid 16 crore in 2015. (Tymal Mills happy to be on the same side with Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers)advertisementStokes has been in brilliant form since last year and was one of the star players for the England team in their recent series in India. The Supergiants now have a potent weapon in their arsenal and will look to make amends for their disastrous maiden campaign last year.TYMAL MILLS – Rs 12 crore(Reuters image) Tymal Mills came into the spotlight after his superb display against India in the recently concluded T20I series. He bagged three wickets from three matches against India but his figures do not do justice to how well he bowled. A left-arm fast bowler with a brilliant slower is a gold in this format and he was one of the bowlers to look out for and the franchises didn’t disappoint the pundits who predicted it. (Stokes hits jackpot in historic Indian Premier League player bid)His base price was Rs 50 lakh and it shot right up as Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and MI locked horns to take it past seven crore. Later, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) joined in as well to take it past Rs 10 crore and was finally bagged by late comers RCB, who picked him for 12 crore and now will have his work cut out to replace Australia’s Mitchell Starc, who earlier parted ways with the franchise and pulled out of the IPL this season.TRENT BOULT – Rs 5 crore(IPL image) The New Zealand left-arm pacer was released by the Sunrisers Hyderabad after the meteoric rise of Mustafizur Rahman last season. Priced at Rs 1.50 crore, he was one of the premier fast bowlers available in the auction. With lack of depth in their bowling line-up, KKR went for him straight away and MI joined them soon and the price shot up. He was later snapped up by KKR for Rs 5 crore and is expected to lead the attack for the Kolkata-based franchise in the absence of West Indian talisman Andre Russell. (Happy for myself and Rashid Khan, says Mohammad Nabi after SRH bag Afghan players)KAGISO RABADA – Rs 5 crore(Reuters image) The South African’s rise has also been one of the highlights in recent history. Rabada has led the line for the Proteas quite ably in the absence of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. He has become a top fast bowler now and with a base price of Rs 1 crore, he was one of the top pacers in the auction along with Boult, Mills, was one to look out for. (Virat Kohli’s RCB snare exciting fast bowler Tymal Mills)KXIP opened the bidding for the right-arm pacer and DD soon joined in and after an aggressive round of bidding, he finally went to DD for Rs 5 crore. He is expected to lead the line for Delhi along with Mohammed Shami and Zaheer Khan. PAT CUMMINS – Rs 4.50 crore(IPL image) Again, a fast bowler, he was expected to go for a hefty fee as well. Right before him, Mills went for a huge fee of Rs 12 crore followed by Boult and Rabada for Rs 5 crore each. (Ben Stokes worth the risk for Pune Supergiants, feels coach Stepehen Fleming)advertisementCummins is fast, available throughout the season and has been in decent form. He was released by KKR but he kept his base price at Rs 2 crore. But, the lack of good pacers forced the hands of some of the franchises and he chased as well. Ultimately, he ended up with DD and will be one of the prime bowlers there with Rabada, Chris Morris and Shami.last_img read more

Happy Women’s Day: Google Doodle celebrates 13 inspiring women who took the road less travelled

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first_imgGoogle’s international women’s day doodle celebrates women across globe, who have broken new ground in their respective fields.According to Google, “the slideshow Doodle features a little girl whose grandmother tells her the best bedtime story ever: the tale of her favorite historical heroine. The little girl then visits 13 remarkable women in her imagination, taking us along on a journey that spans centuries and circles the globe.”Although some of the women showcased in today’s Doodle aren’t household names, each made a mark in her own way. They pursued a range of professions and passions and hailed from an array of backgrounds and countries. In fact, all of these women have been featured in individual Doodles in the past, but often only in their countries of origin. So today, we’re taking the opportunity to share their stories with everyone.”The 13 women who have been showcased in the doodle through art are:Ida Wells (American journalist, suffragist, and civil rights activist)Lotfia El Nadi (Egypt’s first female pilot)Frida Kahlo (Mexican painter and activist)Lina Bo Bardi (Italian-born Brazilian architect) and Olga Skorokhodova (Soviet scientist and researcher in the field of deaf and blind communication)Miriam Makeba (South African singer and civil rights activist), Sally Ride (American astronaut and the first woman in space) and Halet ?ambel (Turkish archaeologist and the first Muslim woman to compete in the Olympics)Ada Lovelace (English mathematician, writer, and the world’s first computer programmer), Rukmini Devi (Indian dancer and choreographer credited with reviving Indian classical dance), Cecilia Grierson (Argentine physician, reformer, and the first woman in Argentina to receive a medical degree), Lee Tai-young (Korean lawyer and activist who was Korea’s first female lawyer and judge) and Suzanne Lenglen (French tennis champion who popularised the sport).advertisementThe 2017 UN theme for the day is ‘Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.’Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Toyota to launch new Touring Sport variant of the Innova Crysta in April

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first_imgJapanese carmaker Toyota is going to launch the Innova Crysta Touring Sport in India next month. This new variant is already on sale in the Indonesian market under the name of Venturer.The new variant will feature cosmetic upgrades to increase the appeal of Toyota’s highly popular MPV. It will have black plastic cladding on the front bumper, wheel arches and side skirts to give it a more rugged look. Chrome has also been splashed around graciously on the front grille and the ORVMs. The wheels are the same 16-inch alloys that are offered on the regular car but the one on the Touring Sport variant will be offered in black.Also Read:Toyota Corolla Altis facelift set for March 15 launchThe interiors of the car will be the same as the regular Innova Crysta other than the floor mats that are exclusively designed for the car. The car will be offered exclusively as a six-seater and the equipment levels will be the same as the current top-specced ZX variant.There will be no changes in the powertrain options and the Innova Crysta Touring Sport will be offered with the same engine and gearbox setups that are present on the regular Innova Crysta.Aldo Read: Hyundai Tucson vs Toyota Innova Crystalast_img read more

Head to Arunachal Pradesh to satisfy all your adventure-travel cravings

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SEE PIC: Allu Arjun celebrates son Allu Ayaan’s birthday in Goa

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first_imgAfter years of courtship, superstar Allu Arjun and wife Sneha Reddy entered the wedlock in 2011. The couple were blessed with a baby boy Allu Ayaan in 2014. As Ayaan turns 3 today, Allu Arjun celebrated his birthday in Goa.The actor took to Twitter to share an adorable picture with his Ayaan.Holiday in goa with my Baby Birthday Boy ! Muuaahhhhh! pic.twitter.com/ZVPtofQt5C- Allu Arjun (@alluarjun) April 3, 2017Last year, Allu Arjun and Sneha Reddy became parents for the second time. They welcomed baby girl Allu Arha.On the work front, Allu Arjun will be next seen in Duvvada Jagannadham, which is directed by Harish Shankar. Recently, the makers unveiled the teaser cut of the film, which received terrific response from the Telugu circuit. Sporting a brahmin look, Bunny’s new makeover created quite a stir on social media.The film is bankrolled by Dil Raju, who is collaborating with Allu Arjun after seven years. The film has Pooja Hegde playing the female lead and is slated to release later this year.Post DJ, Allu Arjun is teaming up with director Lingusamy for a Tamil-Telugu bilingual.ALSO READ |Happy Birthday Prabhudheva: 10 famous dance numbers of the birthday boy ALSO READ | Gauthami Nair and director Srinath Rajendran are married now ALSO READ |Baahubali 2 director SS Rajamouli: Prabhas believed in film from day onelast_img read more

World Health Day: Signs to identify depression in your loved ones

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first_imgDepression is an illness that creeps up on you without you even noticing that something’s different. It’s not like you wake up one day with no will to live; it’s a gradual process of one thing leading to another, to another, to another, and you getting so embroiled in sorting out each of them independently that you forget what the state of well-being feels like.But that’s depression in a nutshell, and at a mild degree. The peripheral repercussions of the mental illness are aplenty, and they become worse when the people you love and live with are not able to understand what’s going on inside of you, and sometimes end up making situations worse for you.So, if you don’t want to be the cause for your loved ones’ situation worsening, here are a few sure-shot signs you ought to watch out for in people you live with, as soon as you realise they’re not being themselves.1. Mood fluctuationsNoticed them being perfectly happy one moment and lose their cool like no tomorrow in a matter of seconds? Or caught them crying over little issues that don’t even deserve a second thought? These bursts of emotion are because of bottled-up emotions. So, instead of judging them or asking them to get a hold on themselves, calm them down subtly and talk to them, eventually, about what’s bothering them.2. Too much sleep or no sleepA depressed person either tries to sleep off his/her worries–and hence ends up sleeping a little too much–or just cannot sleep for even 6 hours a day because of everything that’s going on in their head.advertisement3. Loss of interestYou know what your loved ones love or hate–this could be anything to do with food or movies or sports or games, or pretty much any hobby. If you spot them not indulging in things/activities they’ve been fond of for all their life, it’s a sure-shot sign of them heading towards depression.4. Loss of appetite or overeating This could again swing in extremes. While some people might lose the will to eat, others might try to compensate for that sh*t feeling inside by indulging in their favourite foods on an everyday basis.5. Talking about death Sentences like “If nothing works out, I can always  kill myself” should not be taken lightly, even if they’re said in jest. When a person going through depression starts looking at suicide as an option, you should know it’s something serious.last_img read more

IPL 2017: Will Kolkata Knight Riders miss Chris Lynn for the entire season?

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first_imgKolkata  Knight Riders’ fortunes rest on the broad shoulders  of Chris Lynn.Australian batsman Chris Lynn’s Indian Premier League campaign appears to be in doubt after he suffered yet another shoulder injury during the Kolkata Knight Riders’ four-wicket defeat to Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium last evening.Lynn sustained the injury when he dived forward in an effort to claim an outfield catch to dismiss England batsman Jos Buttler off a Chris Woakes delevery. Watch the Video The 27-year-old immediately grabbed his shoulder on impact before being attended to by Knight Riders’ physio Andrew Leipus.He left the ground clutching his left arm close to his body and was later seen with an ice pack strapped to his shoulder.Following the match, Lynn took to Twitter and wrote, “Dear Cricket Gods, did I do something wrong?,” adding further evidence to likelihood that he has dislocated his left shoulder.Dear Cricket Gods, did I do something wrong?- Chris Lynn (@lynny50) April 9, 2017He is currently the leading run scorer in this seasons of the IPL, with 125 runs  with a strike rate of 192.3 from just two innings so far and the orange cap rest pretty on top his head. This comes after a stellar edition of the Big Bash League for the Brisbane Heat. Chris Lynn’s season may come to an early end after he was forced off the field after an attempted catch.Kolkata Knight Riders’ fans will be hoping that the injury to Chris Lynn won’t keep the Australian out of action for long, as .advertisementIn KKR’s first game against the Lions from Gujarat, Chris Lynn blasted a unbeaten knock of 93 to win the match along with Gautam Gambhir. They recorded the Indian Premier League’s highest partnership ever of  184 runs, beating the previous best of 167 put together by Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan.  In the second game against Mumbai Indians,  he couldn’t capitalise on the start, getting stuck in front of the wicket off a Jasprit Bumrah  delivery for 32 runs. He will be hoping to come back and continue with his ‘Lynnsanity’.(With inputs from ANI)last_img read more

How to Use Crowdfunding for Your Nonprofit

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first_imgNonprofit crowdfunding is the greatest new thing to come along for charity fundraising in a long time. In a nutshell, it is fundraising online by telling your story, asking for donations, and having donors share your story with their networks of friends.In principle, it’s not unlike traditional fundraising. You get donations from as many people as possible to reach your project funding goal. What’s new is the way your donors can bring in more donors from among the people that they are connected to online.Online fundraising uses the basic principles of marketing and fundraising, but there are a few aspects to pay close attention to.Stories – You don’t need to fit your story into one column of a tri-fold brochure when you are fundraising online. Being online lets you have as many pages as you want, in full-color too. Marketing specialists will tell you stories are very important to help people understand and identify with your cause. Tell your story in full, in a way that engages the emotions of the reader.​​Video – It doesn’t take being a master wordsmith to tell a story with video. Your video should be professional but does not need to be an expensive production. Use it to share your story and show the kind of work you are doing. People believe what they see, especially if they see it on film.If you can’t film at an actual location you are talking about, you can include illustrations in the video instead of actual footage. Video also allows you to walk visitors through a chart, explaining each piece as you go, so you can give statistics in a way that is easy to grasp.Images – Since you are not restricted by printing costs, nonprofit crowdfunding online lets you use a lot of color pictures, and you should take advantage of that. Use pictures to help your audience understand the problem and to see how you will fix it. If you include a picture of a real person who benefits from your program, you make a much stronger case to donors.It is difficult to filter through all that we read online and to sort the valuable information from the overblown hype. If you describe conditions that you are working to improve, and share the personal story of someone you have helped, readers will be interested. Adding pictures that show just how serious conditions are makes the situation real to donors and lends credibility to your story.By incorporating these features of nonprofit crowdfunding into your campaigns, you can build a stronger case and maximize donations. Using the best crowdfunding software will tie it all together and make it easy for donors to make their charitable contributions.Network for Good has a blog with more free information on how to be successful at nonprofit fundraising. We also have specialists available to discuss how we can help you get the most out of your peer fundraising efforts, so contact us today or call 1-855-229-1694.last_img read more

Create a Fundraising Plan: Getting Ready

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first_img“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” —Benjamin FranklinI’m what you’d call “a planner.” Before I take a trip—even if it’s a place I know—I research the latest restaurants, places of interest, stores, theater shows, and museum exhibits. I make reservations well in advance. I sketch out a general itinerary to make sure I maximize my time. I have emergency contact information and multiple contingency plans. It took one crazy cab ride late at night on what should have been a transit through (not throughout) Naples to teach me to have alternative backup plans. Having a full sense of my options, needs, and resources well in advance puts me at ease and makes my trips much more enjoyable. For more about setting goals and calculating expenses, download a copy of the eGuide How to Create a Fundraising Plan. You’ll also have access to free Excel templates to help you map out your plan. The same principles apply when you are planning your fundraising for a new fiscal year. You need to know where you want to go, internal and external factors that may help or hinder the success of that plan, and the steps to take to reach the finish line. The new eGuide I co-authored with Network for Good, How to Create a Fundraising Plan, is a step-by step overview of how to create a plan that’s realistic. It will also help you build a sustainable fundraising model from which you can grow in future years. The key to crafting a plan is the prep work you do before you begin to map out your course. I call it the “Getting Ready” stage.The first and most important step is determining how much you will need to raise this year. When your organization begins its budgeting process for the next fiscal year, your senior staff (executive director, board, development director, senior leaders) can discuss anticipated overall expenses (be sure to include both programmatic and administrative costs!) and how much funding is needed to support your operations. This is essential. You want everyone on the same page when it comes to expenses so that you avoid unrealistic fundraising expectations and goals.Equally important to these planning discussions is ensuring everyone understands the fundraising trends you’ve experienced in your current and previous fiscal years. These can be one-off events, bequests, or other anomalies that may not be sustainable or guaranteed future sources of funding. Sit down with appropriate staff members and discuss anticipated income. Understanding what’s expected through committed and potential sources will help you better calculate your fundraising goal.After you have determined your projected expenses and income, you can then calculate your “left to raise” goal for the year. This is the gap between what you have identified as income from various sources that you know you can count on and your overall organizational budget for the fiscal year. The “new money” you need to raise is the missing part of the equation.If you can, think about adding up to 10% over that goal to start growing a financial cushion for your organization. When you start to write the plan, you’ll develop a fuller pipeline of prospects and anticipated solicitations. If you don’t think you will have the donors and asks needed to reach your budget, now’s the time to discuss this with senior staff so there are no surprises later in the fiscal year. It might mean you adjust the fundraising goal by scaling back new initiatives or programming. It could also be a call to action to engage your board and other volunteers to fundraise in new ways.Once you have a good handle on your financial needs and potential, take a look at revenue and expenses from your current fiscal year and the past few years to spot patterns in your donors’ behavior as well as overall industry and economic trends. This helps you identify where you should make course corrections in the future. For example, are there noticeable trends in giving to your issue area? How has donor confidence been generally? How has donor confidence been toward your organization? How did your fundraising revenue break down, and what were your fundraising expenses for each donor type? What motivates your donors? Do they tend to give through events or to restricted programs? Learn and grow from what you know.Don’t worry about spending too much time finding the exact answers to the broader industry analysis questions. It’s most important to understand your donors’ giving patterns and the external factors that can affect your organization’s fundraising (for example, remember the stock market plummet of 2008 and the many years it took to restore donor confidence?). Once you’ve assessed all of your data, you’re ready to start building your plan. In my next blog post, we’ll review how to use this information to set your course for the next year.last_img read more

4 Ways to Get More Out of Your Fundraising Events

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first_imgFundraising events are a nonprofit mainstay, but they typically take a lot of time, money, and effort to produce. Since even the most basic events can run into the tens of thousands of dollars, it’s important to squeeze every opportunity out of these big investments. All too often, though, many nonprofits see the event itself as the finish line, missing critical opportunities for more connection, insight, and inspiration (hint: all things that will lead you to more loyal donors and increased giving).To get more out of your next fundraising event, keep these four points in mind.1. Use all available online channels to promote and manage your event.Take your invitations, communication, and marketing online as much as possible to save money and reap the benefits of social media. Empower your supporters to boost your fundraising total by giving them tools to spread your message to their networks. On top of the additional tickets you sell, you’ll see fabulous word of mouth exposure for your cause. Use an online fundraising event tool to sell and manage your event tickets, collect additional donations and allow non-attendees to donate. Consider launching a peer fundraising campaign tied to your event to give your board members and table leaders another way to raise even more money for your mission. (Bonus: Network for Good’s event pages and peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns are mobile-optimized for your success!)2. Understand the unique opportunity of a captivated audience.In-person events are an amazing opportunity to make face-to-face contact with the donors that help make your mission happen. Listen for feedback and consider setting up a booth to gather testimonials from your most passionate supporters. Don’t forget to provide plenty of ways for event attendees to become even more involved with your work, such as signing up for volunteer projects, joining your email list and newsletter, and giving on site with easy-to-use mobile donation options.3. Make your event part of a larger campaign.Instead of thinking of your event as a time-bound, in-person fête, make sure it connects to your other fundraising and advocacy campaigns. Tie your event’s marketing to your larger development strategy. Use the event as a springboard to develop more robust partnerships with sponsors and to create deeper relationships with your loyal donors. Show event attendees how their involvement supports your year-round programs or more specific goals.4. Focus on the follow up.Create a cultivation plan to turn event attendees into ongoing donors. Tag and track these supporters in your donor management system so you can communicate with them specifically, welcome new supporters to your mission, and update them on their ongoing impact. With simple segmentation, you can also create more relevant appeals when it comes time to invite your event fans to give again. Plus, by reporting on event attendees, you’ll have a clearer picture of the lifetime value of these donors and the overall impact of your events.By maximizing the fundraising opportunities before, during, and after your event, you’ll ensure the money and time you put in are well worth the investment. Ready to get more from your gala, luncheon, golf tournament, or other fundraising event? See how Network for Good’s easy-to-use fundraising software can help.last_img read more

NFG Staff Profile: David Feinstein

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first_imgAs a People & Operations Coordinator – you guessed it … David is passionate about working with everyone in the Network for Good family. He works hard to make sure office operations run smoothly and supports with recruitment efforts to continue to add more Do Gooders to the team. David loves anything that has to do with sports and is even on a street-hockey team!“Nonprofits always put the needs of others first.”Q&A with David Feinstein, People & Operations CoordinatorWhat do you do at Network for Good?At Network for Good, I work in the People & Operations department, and help keep office operations running smooth on a daily basis. I also support HR/Recruitment efforts to ensure that we’re keeping up with the needs of our growing company, and I get to work with people, which is something I’ve always enjoyed doing!What is your experience with nonprofit organizations outside of Network for Good?I’ve been involved with non-profits since I was in high school. The organization that I’m most closely associated with is “A Wider Circle”, who happens to be a client of Network for Good. I started volunteering there when I was younger, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the time that I’ve spent there over the years.What attracts you to nonprofits? Nonprofits always put the needs of others first. It’s an amazing quality, and it’s something that I’m definitely drawn to. I want everyone to get the opportunities they deserve, and nonprofits work to achieve that goal. If I have the chance to help them in anyway, it’s a no-brainer!What do you enjoy most about your work? I love the tangible impact that I have on the NFG team. Everyone is kind, smart and hard-working, and I enjoy playing my part in keeping our team happy! From planning fun events and company outings, to helping recruit/support great employees and ensuring they have everything they need to “Do Good”, I definitely enjoy my role at NFG!What do you enjoy doing outside work?I love anything having to do with sports! No matter the time of year, you can often catch me watching a game, or even playing (I’m on a street-hockey team). I also love going to movies, taking my family’s dalmatian (Bucco) for long walks, and on most weekends during the summer, I can be found hanging out at my family’s beach house in Rehoboth Beach, DE!Lightning RoundDream vacation? Spending a couple months road-tripping across the United States…coast-to-coast!Most recent book read? A Death in Live Oak by James GrippandoLast movie seen in movie theater? RocketmanTheme song? “Back in the High Life Again” by Steve WinwoodAll time favorite athlete? Roberto ClementeFavorite food? Bacon Cheeseburger with friesFavorite hobby? Spending time at the beach with family, friends and dog!Read more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

‘Kante call left Sarri open to Chelsea criticism’

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first_imgMaurizio Sarri left himself open to criticism by tweaking N’Golo Kante’s role at Chelsea, says Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, but questioning of the Italian in his debut campaign remains “unfair”.The 2018-19 campaign started positively enough for the new man at the Stamford Bridge helm, with an 18-game unbeaten run taken in on the back of a Community Shield defeat.‘Sarriball’ earned plenty of plaudits, with a coach cutting his teeth in English football considered to have implemented a winning formula. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The mood has changed somewhat in west London over recent weeks, with inconsistency having set in.Questions have been asked of Sarri’s methods, with his decision to move World Cup winner Kante from a holding midfield post still puzzling many.Former Blues striker Hasselbaink forms part of that group, with the Dutchman telling Sky Sports: “I think the criticism is a little unfair towards him, he had a really good start to the season.“He has put Kante in a different position because he sees that position in a different way and that is where it [the criticism] started.“Whatever you say, Kante is the best defensive midfield player at winning the ball back, so that has raised eyebrows.“He believes in his way. He believes in playing football in a certain way and that is dominating the ball in possession. That is how he believes Chelsea is eventually going to win titles and cups.“You need to give him the time, it’s only six or seven months that he’s been in the building, so you need to give him the time and you need to give him the trust.”Chelsea celebrate vs HuddersfieldWhile calling for patience when it comes to Sarri’s footballing philosophy, Hasselbaink concedes that a Chelsea side which followed up a 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth with a 5-0 mauling of Huddersfield needs to find a way of being less hit and miss.He added: “At the moment they are really inconsistent and they need to get that consistency of winning games again.“They are going through a bad spell and nobody would have thought they would have lost against Bournemouth in that way. It’s a difficult moment for Chelsea when they are playing away and still having that style of play.“They are making chances but they are not scoring the goals and hopefully that can change now with [Gonzalo] Higuain. Can they now go to the next level? That is the question.”Chelsea have moved back into the Premier League’s top four and have a Carabao Cup final outing, an FA Cup fifth-round clash with Manchester United and a Europa League last-32 encounter with Malmo to look forward to.Their focus at present, though, is locked on a trip to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday which will see them trying to put a dent in Manchester City’s bid for back-to-back title triumphs. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

7 tax-saving opportunities knocking now

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first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.It’s the midpoint of the year, and for savvy business owners this means tax and financial planning are on the priority list. If you’re thinking that you’re good to go until 2016 because you completed your tax return on time, it’s time to reconsider.The mid-point of the year is exactly when freelancers and owners of LLCs, S Corps, C Corps, and other business entities should be taking advantage of the tax savings opportunities that are only available now.While it’s tempting to put planning off until closer to the end of the year, or to wait until next tax season to see how things shake out, this reactive approach can cost you money.So don’t put off mid-year planning, instead, put aside some time and say “yes” to these potential tax savings:1. Make estimated tax payments more accurateNow that we’ve hit the midway point in the year, reviewing your year-to-date and forecasted profit in light of your estimated taxes you is a smart move that can save you money—which you can reinvest back in your business.Assessing your estimated tax payments to avoid underpayment penalties or overpayments is important to do now because it gives you time to adjust your final two estimated tax payments for 2015 as needed.2. Evaluate your business entitySometimes the way you start a business from a tax perspective, is not the best way to continue as your business evolves.For example, if your business is not incorporated (or you’re thinking of starting a new business), you may want to consider incorporating it or forming an LLC to shelter you from some financial risk and possibly save money on taxes.Or, if your business has grown and you’ve added employees or even a partner, you may want to consider a different entity to optimize your tax situation—before the end of the year creeps up on you.Consulting a CPA who is well-versed in helping small businesses select the correct entity is a wise move to make at mid-year.3. For S Corp owners: review your salary and distribution amountsIf your business is structured and taxed as an S Corporation, review your salary and distribution payments to make sure they are correct and balanced.S Corp owners may have errors in what the company pays them as salary vs. distribution. This may cost you in higher taxes or an increased audit risk.To avoid both, consult a CPA who can help you make any necessary changes.Join the Union (it’s free!)Become a member4. Plan equipment purchasesMost businesses need equipment on an ongoing basis, from specialized machinery to computers, software, office furniture, vehicles, and other tangible goods.If you have plans to purchase and put into use any of these goods during the current year you can deduct the full cost from your 2015 taxes, up to $25,000, with a “total equipment purchased for the year” threshold of $200,000.Take some time now to plan your business equipment needs and make a plan to purchase them leading up to the end of the year.5. Looking at your finances mid-year means you still have time to meet your goalsHand in hand with mid-year business planning is taking a closer look at any potential tax savings in your personal finances. Consider if:There any life-changing events occurring soon such as marriage, the birth of a child, retirement, or a career change.Your income or expenses will substantially increase or decrease in the coming months.You are on track with your savings goals.You are comfortable with your debt load.How your investment portfolio is doing.These are all areas to review at mid-year to ensure you can reach your goals and not end up with costly surprises once it is too late to take corrective action.6. Plan for retirementIf you haven’t done so already, set up a retirement plan or reassess your contributions. Contributing to an IRA, Keogh, simplified employee pension (SEP), or other retirement plan is an essential way to secure your future retirement and reduce your taxable income.The specific rules, contribution limits, and deadlines vary by plan. Enlist the help of a CPA to determine the best retirement option based on your situation.7. Take charge of your recordkeepingKeeping accurate and comprehensive accounting and expense records is not only good business practice, it can also ensure you have adequate documentation to claim deductions and provide proof to the IRS if you are ever audited. Plus, good accounting also reduces the time you spend looking for information come year-end.If you haven’t been keeping track of your business expenses, get caught up now—and if you find the process of day-to-day accounting too much to handle, consider outsourcing it to an accounting professional familiar with freelancers and small businesses.Don’t delay! Take advantage of the mid-year tax planning window now.As long as tax and financial planning is an ongoing process, you avoid pitfalls that can cost you time and money.A mid-year financial review can open up significant opportunities for tax savings and provide you with peace of mind, knowing that you’re on track to end the year in a better position and be in great shape next tax season, too.Feeling motivated? Get a headstart on tax season with our Ultimate tax guide for freelancers!Jonathan Medows is a New York City based CPA who specializes in taxes and business issues for consultants across the country. His website, www.cpaforfreelancers.com, has a resource section with how-to articles and information for freelancers.last_img read more

Sri Lanka set to begin packed India Tour from November 16

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first_imgSri Lanka will be playing three Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is over a period of 37 days on their tour to India.The first Test is likely to begin in Kolkata on November 16.The other two Tests will be played in Nagpur and Delhi before the limited-overs leg of the tour kicks off in Dharamsala with the first ODI to be played on December 10.The remaining two ODIs will be played in Mohali and Visakhapatnam. The two sides will then lock horn in the three T20Is which are slated to be held in Cuttack, Indore and Mumbai.The official tour itinerary is, however, still yet to be announced by the BCCI.ESPNcricinfo has verified the schedule with most of the hosting centres.”We were initially supposed to host Sri Lanka in December and Odisha [Cuttack] were supposed to host the New Zealand game in November,” Kerala Cricket Association secretary Jayesh George said.”But, there is a festival in Odisha in November, so we are now hosting the New Zealand game instead,” he added.India would be high on confidence when they face Sri Lanka in their den, considering they defeated their Asian neighbours 9-0 across all three formats on their away tour in July-August.India v Sri Lanka fixtures:1st Test: November 16-20, Kolkata2nd Test: November 24-28, Nagpur3rd Test: December 2-6, Delhi1st ODI: December 10, Dharamsala2nd ODI: December 13, Mohali3rd ODI December 17, Visakhapatnam1st T20I: December 20, Cuttack2nd T20I: December 22, Indore3rd T20I: December 24, Mumbaiadvertisementlast_img read more

Top Cong leadership on bail, says Modi in poll-bound Himachal

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first_img(Eds: Incorporating related series, HP CMs reax)Bilaspur (HP), Oct 3 (PTI) Targeting the Congress leadership on corruption, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today alleged that the party was unable to replace graft accused Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh as the top brass itself was on “bail”, an apparent reference to Sonia and Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case.Kicking off the BJPs campaign for the Assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh due later this year, he said it was now for the people to decide whether they should bring the Congress back to power in the state.”The entire family of the chief minister is facing corruption charges and is on bail. When I asked some Congress leaders why the chief minister is not being replaced, they replied how could the party act against him when the AICC president and the yuvraj are on bail,” Modi said at a BJP rally here.Sonia and Rahul Gandhi are on bail in the National Herald case. Modi has often referred to Rahul as yuvraj which means prince.Virbhadra Singh and his wife, son and daughter are facing disproportionate assets case and money laundering charges.Sharply reacting to the prime ministers remarks, Singh said it was unfortunate that a new era of “political vendetta” had begun in the country.Talking to reporters here, the chief minister alleged that Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was responsible for the “baseless cases” against him.Asserting that no case of corruption has surfaced after the NDA government came to power at the Centre, Modi said that till 2014, newspapers were full of reports about scams, be it Coalgate or 2G scam, and asked the people of the state to “throw out the government on bail”.advertisementHe also said the state chapter of the BJP will fulfill the dreamsof the people if voted power and provide a clean and efficient government.Modi told the rally that his government delivered on the promise made to the ex-servicemen on One Rank, One Pension scheme and it was an indication of the Centres commitment to the Indian Army.He said nearly Rs 8,500 crore have been distributed under the scheme that had been stuck for nearly 40 years.Referring to the surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) in September last year, he said the operation conducted by the Indian Army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir increased the pride of every youth.The prime minister said the NDA government believes in development and at present 13 major projects involving an investment of Rs 15,000 crore are under implementation to accelerate economic activity and generate employment in Himachal Pradesh, he said.Polls for the 68-member Himachal Assembly are scheduled later this year.Modi earlier laid the foundation of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Kothipura in Bilaspur and IIIT in Haroli in Una and dedicated a steel processing plant at Kandrori in Kangra district online from the Water Sports Complex on the banks of Gobind Sagar Dam. PTI PCL DV ADS SC SClast_img read more

Lewis Hamilton wins Japanese GP to move a step closer to F1 title

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first_imgChampionship leader Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, taking a major step toward winning his fourth Formula One title.The Mercedes driver crossed the finish line 1.2 seconds ahead of Malaysia GP winner Max Verstappen to claim his eighth F1 victory of the season and third at the Suzuka circuit. Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo was third.Hamilton moved 59 points clear of title rival Sebastian Vettel with four races left. Vettel was forced to retire on the third lap when his Ferrari lost power.GET IN THERE LEWIS!!!! @LewisHamilton WINS in Japan! #JapaneseGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/D7LPlwTCqp- Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 8, 2017With Vettel gone, it quickly became a showdown between Hamilton and Max Verstappen. Hamilton built a comfortable four-second lead before his first pit stop on the 23rd lap.Nearly… ??? @ValtteriBottas just misses out on a spot on the podium! It’s P4 for our #FastFinn #JapaneseGP pic.twitter.com/FUy270nSRL- Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 8, 2017Verstappen pulled close over the final two laps but wasn’t able to close the gap.Not bad kid… not bad at all… ??#JapaneseGP ???? #F1 pic.twitter.com/ZyHWDmXDIr- Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 8, 2017CHAMPAGNEEEEEE!!! #JapaneseGP ???? #F1 pic.twitter.com/foeiaTW0pp- Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 8, 2017last_img read more