Following an incident this weekend in which Ole Miss all-american Robert Nkemdiche fell out of a window and was transported to the hospital, the defensive end has now been formally charged with possession of marijuana following the aftermath of the incident.According to a report from the Atlanta Police Department, the authorities found “approximately seven rolled marijuana cigarettes” that were tied to him.The detailed incident said that Nkemdiche fell down approximately 15-feet from a fourth floor room onto a ledge below.Head coach Hugh Freeze is scheduled to address the media today, but has not detailed his upcoming status for the Sugar Bowl on January 1, in which the Rebels face Oklahoma State. “We are still learning about the matter, but obviously Robert’s well-being is our greatest concern,” Freeze said in a statement released Sunday afternoon.AdChoices广告 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Ah points per drive, my old friend. The best measure of the health of an offense or defense in college football. Did you get stops on defense? Did you score points on offense? That’s all that really matters, right?My usual spot for getting points per drive numbers, the great BCF Toys, has not posted PPD numbers so far this season so I took things into my own hands without OKC Dave’s help (which is usually not a great idea). I charted every drive that wasn’t a kneel down from the first three games to get some numbers for points per drive allowed and scored for Glenn Spencer’s defense and Mike Yurcich’s offense.Some notes:• The BCF Toys PPD throws out garbage time drives … I did not.• I counted defensive TDs which lowered the PPD on both sides (good for OSU defense, bad for OSU offense) … this seems like a fair way to do it. If you get or give up a bunch of pick-sixes, those should count positively for a defense and negatively for an offense.• I counted TDs worth seven and FGs worth three.• I did nothing with special teams so the fumbled punt return by Madre Harper in Week 1 does not show up anywhere. That’s not offense or defense. It’s actually a punt for the offense. Or that’s how I scored it.Here is a look at OSU’s numbers.Defense45 drives faced9 TDs allowed2 FGs allowed26 punts forced1 TD scored (Ramon!)PPD: 1.37PPD vs. FBS opponents: 2.06This 1.37 overall number would rank in the top 15 in the country based on last year’s numbers. Of course you also don’t get to play SE Louisiana once every three games. The FBS-only number would have ranked No. 61 in the country last year.Offense43 drives15 TDs5 FGs16 punts1 TD given up (Mason!)PPD: 2.63PPD vs. FBS opponents: 2.16The overall number would rank around No. 30 in the country based on last year’s numbers. The FBS-only number would have ranked No. 60. So you can see the offense and defense, at least against Power 5 opponents, have been quite similar (and very average) so far.If you want to even be competitive in Big 12 play, that offensive number needs to be north of 2.5. Last year OSU ranked No. 23 in points per drive (2.70) and No. 73 in points per drive on defense (2.24).This is a fairly small sample size, though, that will get more robust as the season wears on. I plan on updating it throughout the year. You can look at the raw data here. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Within the past seven days, two of the top 10 most impactful events onto Oklahoma State athletics happened.Last Wednesday, Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman broke news that Bob Stoops, University of Oklahoma coach of 18 years, was retiring – thus releasing OSU from Stoops’ suppression and giving legitimate life to the Bedlam rivalry.Then Tuesday, Mike Gundy, Cowboy coach of a dozen years, signed a contract for five more years at a rate of $4.2 million, which is set to increase $125,000 every year thereafter.Gundy, already a legend at OSU, is set to be immortalized as a demigod with this mega-contract. With half-believed stories every spring of Gundy’s potential departure, this contract seems as if it will have the utmost ramifications for the university.AdChoices广告But those are just two positive examples over the past decade. Here are eight more, and, yes, some are impactful in drastically negative ways:10. Dez BryantDez Bryant’s commitment to OSU and subsequent success in the NFL has given the university more and more publicity, good or bad, every Sunday.Dallas was the perfect team for him to go to if you’re an OSU regent or donor, at least now it is. Dez is the ultimate example. There is a reason Gundy rarely compares players to him but brings him up all the time.Dez is constantly used as a marketing technique in news conferences because players and especially coaches know he works. “Come here because you see the results in the Dallas Cowboys’ end zone every week,” works in recruiting.Although Bryant left Stillwater in 2010, sometimes it feels as if he roams the locker room on a daily basis.9. 2016 College World SeriesWhen J.R. Davis caught the final out of the Cowboys’ Super Regional against South Carolina, it meant OSU’s first trip to the CWS since the turn of the century.Although a new baseball stadium has not been announced to replace (long past expired) Allie P. Reynolds Stadium, getting to Omaha undoubtedly helped that cause, and coach Josh Holliday said so at his media day press conference.The CWS means more for marketing and branding. How many conversations have you had about the 2016 OSU baseball team?And recruiting.OSU has three of the top 100 high school prospects signed in its 2017 recruiting class, including No. 7 Ryan Vilade, according to Baseball Factory. Even if Vilade chooses to start his professional career, the CWS appearance helped Holliday establish a winning reputation in living rooms that will give top recruits some serious meat to chew on when considering their future.8. Commercial flightsThe $3 million investment in getting American Eagle planes to Stillwater twice daily was historic not only for international students or businessmen, but also big time recruits. And Mike Gundy knew that.“Now (recruits are) 10 minutes away from being on our campus,” Gundy said the day before the first flight took off.No, it’s not a 10-minute flight. It’s 32, and with security, taxiing and driving to and from the airport, it’s actually about a 3-hour ordeal. But we get you, Gundy, and he is absolutely right in theory. Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer saw the potential, too.Even for recruits living outside of the Dallas area, catching a flight to Stillwater for the second half of the trip from San Antonio was going to be huge, efficiently and aesthetically.“(Recruits are) not having to go on I-35 for 45 minutes and across Highway 51 for 15 minutes,” Spencer said.And though there isn’t any data to track this, the ease of commercial flights is undoubtedly bring in more “fringe” fans who otherwise wouldn’t spend the weekend on the road trying to get to the game.7. The Sports Illustrated ‘scandal’When you Google search “Sports Illustrated Dirty Game,” this page comes up as the top search hit, but when you click the links to any one of the five parts of the Thayer Evans series, you are redirected to an error page.Nevertheless, some of the impact remains as if 100 percent of it was accurate.There are still people out there who would put an asterisk next to the 2011 football season had the Cowboys won the national championship. Right, wrong, stupid or unfortunate, that is the reality. Sports Illustrated‘s report felt like a Mike Tyson shot to the gut. Except Tyson was on steroids, three weight classes heavier and unapologetic as hell.OSU did the right thing in being proactive in its investigation of the report and the university. It was a move that was praised by many media outlets and even used as a framework for how a university or organization should conduct itself. The NCAA even gave OSU a slap on the wrist.But, again, there are people out there who believe all of the content in Evans’ series was accurate. Even in 2017.6. Underwood’s only seasonThe jubilation Brad Underwood brought back to Gallagher-Iba Arena was as real as anyone could have asked for, which made March 20 even more difficult to get through.When you were around Underwood or even just watching a game at GIA with him on the sideline, it felt as if you were around a genuine miracle worker.He turned prairie to party.Tipoff. Even a student could arrive late and get a prime seat today. pic.twitter.com/Z4SqDHWglV— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) February 13, 2016 We can’t thank Cowboy fans enough for an amazing season. Attendance jumped 44% this year, and the Rowdy made a difference. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/GknF33yybE— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) March 5, 2017But when he left, that jubilation just felt like emptiness again, and when athletic director Mike Holder introduced Mike Boynton, an inexperienced 35-year-old, it felt more like a step back toward the 2015-16 season.5. Ford’s last seasonOnly 4,023 people showed up for OSU Senior Night in 2016.Travis Ford’s final season in Stillwater was beyond painful. Game after game, the few reporters left filled back into the interview room, waited for Ford and held their breath for someone to ask. Finally someone did and asked whether he thought that senior night would be his last game in Gallagher-Iba Arena.“Didn’t cross my mind,” he said, which meant either it did and he wasn’t going to say so or that it truly didn’t but that he then knew it was.Ford’s last season put OSU men’s basketball in such a rut that Underwood’s season felt more like a marketing tactic rather than a basketball team at times. Players were asked whether they were going to leave, and students asked one another whether they were going to go to the games, even though Ford wouldn’t be.By most accounts, Ford was a good guy, which made it all so much more difficult, but the cut financially, mentally and emotionally felt so deep at times that you wondered how many years it would take to turn it all back around.4. Uniform renaissanceIn 2006, the Cowboys came out in drastically different uniforms for the first time since 1981. Yes, that was 11 years ago, but it cracked the surface for what was to come.Three years into the new design, a black uniform combo was added. A classic OSU look that played with the creative juices of what the Cowboys’ uniforms could be in the future.Then two years after that, 2011, OSU rolled out the double-lined shoulder design that had 64 possible combinations. Those unis were so clean, in a Bleacher Report best/worst review, they put “Best: Any Oklahoma State Uniform in 2011.”The Cowboys’ play that year was what got everyone’s attention, but even if they had won nine games, the notoriety, branding and positive impact on recruiting makes the uniform renaissance one of the great OSU happenings in the past decade.3. Stoops retiringBob Stoops’ unexpected retirement absolutely shattered the complexion of the Big 12, at least for the beginning of the 2017 season.With Lincoln Riley now in as Oklahoma coach, there is no clearcut conference favorite. Stoops’ retirement swings open the door for a mullet-dawning sheriff to step in and drop anchor. No, it hasn’t happened yet. Bedlam is still almost five months away, but if Gundy can win the first dance with Riley, it could potentially mean longevity at the top of the Big 12.But even if OSU loses that game, Stoops’ deuces literally gives a fresh look to a rivalry that has gone 14-4 in the Sooners’ favor in the past 18 seasons.It all just seems like the perfect storm for OSU to make its long-term claim atop the conference: Veteran roster, (committed) veteran coach, rejuvenated college town and a faltering conference field.2. Gundy’s ContractThis deal could potentially go down as the greatest signing in university history. Truly think about that.In ticket sales alone, the OSU football team brought in $17.8 million in 2016, according to OSU financial statements. With media rights, contributions and other operating revenue, the program made more than $47.7 million. After expenditures such as coaches salaries, bowl expenses and financial aid, football had a net profit of $28.3 million.It’s difficult to compare years straight up because of turnover, the growth of TV deals and the popularity of college football, but according to the 2004 report, the year before Gundy was hired, the football team only netted $8.2 million.Again, impossible to compare oranges to apples, but that is a 245 percent increase in net revenue since one man became coach.And when you throw in Stoops’ retirement, Baylor’s collapse, TCU’s step back and Texas’ inability to beat Kansas, getting Gundy to sign this summer was the ultimate step toward locking down a conference desperate for another national title contender.1. 2011-2012 football teamThe 12-1 Cowboys might have done more for the university than any other event in OSU history.Alabama made $18 million for beating LSU in the BCS National Championship Game. OSU raked in a million less for beating Stanford in the desert.More important, OSU was real.Just 10 years before that season, the Cowboys had just a bow on a glorious 4-7 season. They year before that, they went 3-8.There isn’t any way to purely quantify the impact that season had on OSU athletics, but it absolutely paved the way for Mason Rudolph, Tyron Johnson and Chuba Hubbard. Without that season and that Fiesta Bowl win, a sprinter in Canada probably wouldn’t have known too much about the land grant school in the middle of the U.S. prairie, and I don’t think it’s outrageous to say he likely wouldn’t have chosen to go to school there. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. 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United States No Sauerbrunn, no problem: Three thoughts on the USWNT’s win over Germany Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 11:15 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kent Horner United States SheBelieves Cup Germany United States v Germany Opinion The inexperienced duo of Abby Dahlkemper and Tierna Davidson got the job done in central defense as the U.S. opened the SheBelieves Cup with a 1-0 win When U.S. national team coach Jill Ellis pencils in her lineup for a given game, it’s become safe to say Becky Sauerbrunn is typically the first name on that sheet.The statistics back up that notion: Sauerbrunn started all 16 matches the U.S. played in 2017, captaining the squad on six occasions. But you don’t need numbers to understand Sauerbrunn’s influence in central defense as an organizational presence, builder out of the back and master of the last-ditch tackle. Simply put, she’s indispensable.Sauerbrunn is so ever-present, in fact, that it has proven difficult for younger center backs to break through. While Abby Dahlkemper burst onto the scene to establish herself as Sauerbrunn’s first-choice partner in the second half of 2017, the options past those two have looked perilously thin. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp So when Sauerbrunn was omitted from Ellis’ squad for the SheBelieves Cup with a foot injury, the opportunity to test some new blood against top opposition emerged as a silver lining. As the top-ranked U.S. side opened the round-robin tournament against No. 2 Germany on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio, Ellis handed 19-year-old Tierna Davidson the assignment of starting alongside Dahlkemper in central defense.If the Stanford defender carried any shred of intimidation, she did well to hide it in a 1-0 U.S. win. Davidson played with poise beyond her years, holding her own in the back while moving the ball efficiently and making timely interventions when called upon. She may only have two caps, but Davidson appears to have already passed Emily Sonnett as the third center back on Ellis’ depth chart.Dahlkemper, meanwhile, was impressive in her own right. The 24-year-old misplayed one defensive header in the early stages, setting up a Germany opportunity, but eventually settled into the match. She saved a sure goal with a well-read interception at the near post in the 25th minute, and generally showed she can be trusted to manage the back line without Sauerbrunn as world-class safety blanket.Sauerbrunn’s eventual return to the lineup will of course be embraced. But U.S. fans can take solace in seeing the inexperienced duo of Dahlkemper and Davidson shut down one of the world’s most lethal attacks.Here are two more thoughts from the Americans’ SheBelieves Cup opener:Rapinoe and Pugh shine out wideThings @mPinoe just did: THATThe #USWNT strikes first in its #SheBelievesCup 2018 opener! pic.twitter.com/x0YnuVMh93— U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) March 2, 2018The U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year in 2016, Tobin Heath earned just four caps in 2016 because of a back injury. Now the crafty playmaker is sidelined another 8 to 12 weeks after undergoing ankle surgery.While a fit and in-form Heath is one of the most dangerous players the game has to offer, the U.S. has gotten used to life without her services. Since last summer, that has typically meant seeing Megan Rapinoe on the left flank and Mallory Pugh on the right.After Pugh scored twice in a 5-1 win over Denmark in January to kick off 2018, it was Rapinoe who netted the lone goal Thursday. Connecting with a flick-on header from Alex Morgan, the 32-year-old slipped behind the Germany back line and buried the finish.The wingers caused problems for Germany throughout the night, as Pugh kept defenders guessing with her pace and control while Rapinoe offered her usual creative flair. Both players pressed with vigor as well, forcing the Germans into dangerous giveaways or careless long balls.So where does Heath fit in once she returns? It’s tough to see Ellis sitting Rapinoe or Pugh at this point, so perhaps Heath slots into central midfield or plays left back, like she did at times in the 2016 Olympics. Whatever happens, Ellis now finds herself with an enviable lineup quandary.Quiet night for LloydNow 35 years old and coming off a down year for club and country, Carli Lloyd is at a crossroads. She remains passionate about representing her country at the 2019 World Cup and 2020 Olympics, but it seems increasingly likely she’ll do so in a secondary role.Making her first start since Aug. 3, Lloyd went 65 minutes in attacking midfield Thursday before giving way to Morgan Brian. She showed flashes of brilliance, including a 54th-minute through ball to Alex Morgan that drew a foul on the edge of the box. But she couldn’t convert a couple chances that fell her way in what amounted to a quiet evening.With Julie Ertz locked in at the base of Ellis’ midfield trio, competition for the two advanced midfield spots is stiff. Samantha Mewis, an automatic starter in 2017, and Rose Lavelle missed on the SheBelieves Cup because of lingering injuries, and that still leaves Lindsey Horan, Savannah McCaskill, Allie Long and Brian to scrap with Lloyd for minutes.Don’t count out Lloyd for a starting spot. That said, she certainly has her work cut out.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 15, 2010July 14, 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)Yesterday, the Columbia Journalism Review published a thoughtful analysis of how the media is covering the new global maternal mortality estimates published in the Lancet on Monday. The piece provides a general overview of “who is saying what”–and also criticizes several of the major media outlets’ coverage of the story, calling it “simple, narrowly focused reporting.”“…A slew of news articles this week have focused on two recent reports about the number of women who die during pregnancy or in childbirth around the world every year.The reports don’t exactly agree, and with public health experts and heads of state meeting at the United Nations this week to discuss maternal and child health issues, it is no surprise that some squabbling over the data has emerged. Unfortunately, reporters have not provided much detail or clarity about either the squabbling or the data…”Read the full analysis here.What do you think about how the media is covering this story?Share this:
World Cup Uruguay ‘put the brakes on’ as Tabarez calms ‘world champion’ talk Harry West Last updated 1 year ago 04:15 6/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty World Cup Uruguay Russia Uruguay v Russia Powerade La Celeste won Group A without conceding a goal but their manager will not be getting carried away when it comes to their chances of going all the way Oscar Tabarez was quick to shrug off suggestions Uruguay played like World Cup contenders in their 3-0 defeat of Russia on Monday.Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani were both on target in Samara, either side of Denis Cheryshev’s own goal and a red card for the hosts’ Igor Smolnikov.The win means Uruguay advance to the last 16 as winners of Group A, setting up a meeting with Portugal in Sochi on Saturday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar After scraping 1-0 victories over Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Uruguay were far more impressive against Russia but the experienced Tabarez knows now is not the time to get carried away.Asked if his side “played like world champions”, the 71-year-old replied: “Let me put the brakes on. We are satisfied with what the team did, we’ve already said this in previous press conferences.”We said we wanted to improve and after qualifying this was a great opportunity against an opponent which has been doing their homework very well. We put ourselves to the test and got the result you all saw.”Russia did not push us around, we prevented them from doing that but we also put them in their corner, at least in the first half.”I think we could have won by even more goals and I also have to say we lack experience so we didn’t manage to score on certain counter-attacks and there were some mistakes in execution.”This just means we need to improve and very quickly because any match in the round of 16 will be extremely difficult.”Tabarez was glad to see his two main strikers on the scoresheet, but emphasised the importance of other players chipping in on that front.”It’s important for strikers to score goals,” he said. “When they feel comfortable is when they score goals, it’s not a matter of being selfish it’s quite simply because strikers contribute a lot to the team.”And in this World Cup, apart from the two you mentioned, behind those are others that have scored, like Maxi Gomez for example, we know as we improve our game we will offer opportunities to all our players to use their finishing skill.”These players will be able to contribute for sure so I think that it’s very important that both Cavani and Luis scored.”
Manchester United midfielder Fred will not leave Old Trafford and is determined to fight for his future following the sacking of manager Jose Mourinho, according to his agent, Gilberto Silva.United reportedly spent £52 million (€57m/$65m) to lure Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk in June but the Brazil international found playing time limited under former boss Mourinho.Fred has only made eight Premier League appearances – six as a starter – and 12 in all competitions since joining United, leading to his omission from the Brazil squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? But despite his troubles, Gilberto Silva says the 25-year-old has no plans to seek a transfer away from Manchester as caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to revive their fortunes.”The fact that he is not playing makes him anxious, but what I say to him is that he must keep working hard on a daily basis, he should be patient because the club is going through a delicate moment,” the former Arsenal midfielder told The Telegraph.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: #MUFC caretaker manager Watch the rest of Ole’s interview in our official app — download now for free: https://t.co/XN0xvwDZOO pic.twitter.com/egHH9dORpu— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 20, 2018″Many things have happened to him in six months. A new lifestyle, a different league and a historic club with the grandeur of United that are going under a lot of pressure. Perhaps this pressure impacts on him as well. In spite all of that, he sees everything as a learning process.”But there is no chance of him leaving United. He has a five-year contract. It is not because the first six months were not good enough that he is willing to leave – or even after one year. Obviously when you don’t play too much it is worrying because you want to show your quality.”Although from the outside view it seems there is tension regarding him not playing that much, his work on a daily basis has been good.”United are sixth and 19 points adrift of Premier League leaders Liverpool ahead of Saturday’s trip to Cardiff City. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Resource made available in part due to the support of the Surdna Foundation Visit your organization’s website; read the last email you sent to your enewsletter list; and, think about that Facebook page you started. Now use these five principles as a checklist to ensure that you’re getting the most effective bang for your online budget and applying your offline-fundraising skills to your online initiatives:People like to give to people-not organizations or statistics. No doubt about it: Many of the causes we support have staggering statistics behind them: how many people do not have clean water to drink, how many local residents will go to bed hungry today, etc. While these numbers may be powerful, they are not necessarily relatable. Tell a story instead of or in addition to those elevator-pitch stats. Highlight one person affected by the situation you’re working on. Show how one person (potential donor) can affect someone or something real (constituent, animal, volunteer, etc.).People need to be asked to give. We all know how difficult it is to “make the ask” for a donation. It’s awkward. You don’t know whether the person will say yes or not. But, that doesn’t make the ask any less necessary! Be sure to include a definite call to action in your communications and Web copy. The process should be easy and clear to follow through with — if you’re appealing for donations for your new campaign, ask for donations! Lovely messaging is only as effective as its end results.Fundraisers need to be coaxed. One beautiful thing about the Internet is the presence of champions to do the fundraising for you. That doesn’t mean your Facebook fans are telling everyone they meet about your organization just out of the goodness of their hearts. Rather, you need to empower them and compel them to champion your cause. Maybe you’re supplying regular facts or tidbits to spread or sending an advocacy alert. The best way to get action is to make that action easy. (See our tips about “freebies” for your online champions here.)Fundraisers will perform better if part of a fundraising team. This principle does not necessarily apply to all nonprofits, but it’s certainly something to consider even if you’re not in a position where walk-athons, bike-athons, et cetera-athons are a good fit. People are more likely to take action and encourage others to take action if they feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves.Fundraisers need to be recognized and feel valued. When someone volunteers at your event or mails a donation, you (hopefully) thank that person. Make sure you’re treating your digital supporters with the same respect and gratitude: Just because a donor clicked or button or asked a friend via Twitter for support doesn’t mean any less effort or support than if he or she stamped an envelope with a check enclosed.How did your online resources stack up against this checklist? Are you noticing any holes or spots where you’ve gotten off the “you, you, you” path and turned it to “me, me, me (the organization)”? Use these tips to shape your next marketing messages and see how the response and results change.
Posted on February 28, 2011June 20, 2017By: Sara Al-Lamki, Young Champion of Maternal 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)This blog post was contributed by Sara Al-Lamki, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.January has been a busy month. With my project in full swing, it’s hard to believe just 5 months ago I had packed up my life after an intense Master’s course and barely any time to come up for air, and up and moved to a new country, city, culture. If I hadn’t heard an inspiring talk by Dr. Wendy Graham during the Global Maternal Health Conference in August, before our Young Champions placements, where she ended by telling us to learn to ‘fail better’ after every challenging experience, the whole journey would have seemed impossible.Unfortunately, no one could’ve predicted that my placement with YRS would come at a very complicated time in the organization. With problems and challenges of their own, and ones I was powerless to understand let alone contribute to. Still, the eagerness and kindness of my colleagues meant I was never without work, and they were sure to keep involving me in every aspect of the program, making sure there were lessons learned every step of the way. It took over month for Dr. Sari and I to hash out the best project that would benefit the organization at this time, and also benefit me with my interest in maternal health and antenatal care within a predominantly reproductive health centre. The arrival to this did not come easy. Once we figured that my background in research could greatly serve the clinic, it took another month for me to figure out how to develop an effective questionnaire and to make sure that when translating it, the same aims were clear, and the intended information being extracted. They also had to be thorough enough to be able to draw solid conclusions about the maternal health and pregnancy status of these women, but short enough to get a large number of women willing to participate.It all worked out for the best of, course—as do most failures like winding journeys that end in spectacular beauty. I am well into conducting the interviews, with over half the sample already obtained. The interest it has sparked has been astonishing, with women coming to the clinic volunteering to participate. Through it, my language skills have drastically improved and I have met the most inspiring and courageous women through whom I am learning a side of Indonesian women I wouldn’t otherwise have had the opportunity to see. The word of YRS is also spreading to women who may have not heard of it yet, or have not visited, as my interviewers reach the far and wide expanses of the market during hours that the clinic is not operating and, if nothing else, that is a personal achievement. I am eager to draw conclusions from this study, learn what the patterns are and help incorporate this into YRS’s educational and (possibly) health services.I’m very much learning as I go along and things are far from running smoothly, but the challenges are exciting and manageable, especially now that I am settled into life in Bali and my project is up and running and I’m discovering my stride. Learning from my fellow Young Champions also gives me strength. I could not have found a better group of people to share this experience with, even if it’s virtual, and having an amazing conference call with them recently just reminded me how much potential is in the world, and how worth it the journey is. They have also offered they’re very own personal advice whenever I have needed it, and when I was at a loss in those first weeks, Julianne Parker gave me very productive ideas that made everything more manageable.I can look at my journey with a little perspective, and when similar ‘bumps’ occur, I can fail better.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Be sure to check out part one of this two-part series on messaging. 3 Steps to a Team of Powerful MessengersTraining your staff, leadership, clients partners and supporters is a high-impact, low-investment marketing strategy for every nonprofit, but one that’s frequently overlooked. It’s the ultimate low-hanging fruit for nonprofits like yours.Take these three steps to launch your team of messengers:Step One: Build Buy-In and Ask for HelpEnsure that your message platform is clear and relevant. You may have been using these messages for a few years, or they could be new.If you’ve done it right, you’ve sourced the insights of your colleagues and leadership in developing these messages. Along the way, you’ve nurtured their understanding of and buy-in to the process.Secure leadership buy-in by sharing the value of an all-org message team (and what happens without one).Position the message team as a program, not a one-off; as a way of doing business, not a Band-Aid. If you or your bosses see training as one-time or finite, results will be equally limited (but that may be how you need to start). Be aware that this strategy is likely to be perceived as a significant cultural shift—and it is, since it tears down formal or unspoken silos with your organization—and the complete transition may take some time.Open the conversation by sharing your vision, and then emphasize these immediate benefits and longer-term gains:Benefit: Greater accuracy and consistency of messages conveyed in conversations and communications across audiences and programs.Gain: Clearer, quicker connections with more of your target audiences.Gain: Increased likelihood of motivating the actions you need.Benefit: Improved understanding of goals and priorities across the organization.Benefit: Enhanced ability to harvest and share relevant information and feedback with the right colleagues across the organization—on programs, audience preferences and values, and more.Gain: Stronger programs and processes via acquisition of broader and deeper audience insights and cross-department collaboration.Benefit: A more highly skilled group of staff and board members.Gain: Greater employee and board satisfaction.Gently introduce the concept to your colleagues.It’s always best to start dripping out an idea like this in casual hallway or drop-in conversations (or the virtual equivalent). You’ll learn what resonates with your colleagues and what doesn’t, and you can fine-tune before rolling out the program more broadly.Recruit your message team. Email your colleagues to:Ask for their help (attention, time, and effort) in strengthening conversations and communications.Outline their potential impact as organizational messengers.Calm their qualms by sharing your realistic expectations about how much extra time and effort this will take. Note: In most cases, your colleagues are already having the conversations; becoming a skilled messenger will help them do so more confidently, quickly, and effectively.Build interest (WIIFM—what’s in it for me?—or how becoming an effective messenger will help them) and confidence (with a brief overview of how you’ll help them prepare via training, practice, and feedback).Include the message platform along with some context on why and when the messages were developed, how they connect with each target audience, and how they differentiate your nonprofit from organizations competing for attention and action.Also, share a brief one-page summary of your overall marketing strategy that shows at a glance how messaging fits in. It’s hard to be an effective messenger without an understanding of the larger framework.Post these docs in your organization’s online workspace for ongoing reference.Step Two: Build Messenger Skills Lead skill building for your message team. Invite your message team to join you for an in-person messenger training focused on training, practice, and feedback.Begin with a review of the message platform—its purpose and value, and when and how you developed it. Next, inspire your messengers with specific examples of how their new skills will help them (for example, next time you’re at a conference and are asked what you do, here’s what you’ll say and how it’ll make a difference). Provide concrete models of how this approach is working in colleague organizations (tap into your peers in colleague organizations here).Then, train your messengers in speaking (when and how to deliver each type of message), from the unchanging tagline to the elevator pitch that’s customized to the interests of the conversational partner.Ask your messengers to listen hard—that’s the first step to being an effective messenger—and to share what they hear with the right colleagues throughout your organization.Role-playing in pairs is a proven technique for increasing comfort level and effectiveness. Practice makes almost perfect here. Ask a pair or two to roll it out in front of the larger group to get your messengers listening and to generate useful feedback.Note: If your team is geographically dispersed, hold a video training session. This approach works best when facilitation responsibilities are distributed among participants at the various locations rather than coming from a single location.Create a turnkey message toolkit that your team can reference, including:Message platform.One-page organizational fundraising and marketing strategy.Message cheat sheet—email to messengers’ smartphones, or index cards for non-smartphone-users—with the message platform and when, how, and why to use each element.Messenger hotline and online FAQs for ongoing questions and guidance.Monthly email outreach sharing success stories and tips to keep your message team focused and confident.Style guide featuring standards of how to present your organization’s messages and graphics.Step Three: Thank, Share Successes, and Provide Ongoing SupportNourish the ongoing message focus within your organization. This includes thanking your messengers for their focus, effort, and achievements and showing how their work has made a difference for the organization. This trifold recognition approach works well:Trumpet successes with specifics in one-to-one and all-team communications.Recognize star messengers.Recognize the entire team in an annual celebration.Keep the message team going and growing with ongoing communications. Continue training on at least an annual basis. There’s turnover to consider, and a regular refresher course powers focus and skills.I urge you to get your all-org message team off the ground now to gain the immediate benefits and longer-term gains outlined above. They far exceed the time and effort you’ll invest—great ROI guaranteed.Let me know how it goes!How do you guide your colleagues to be more effective messengers? Please share your strategies here.
Posted on April 20, 2017January 2, 2018By: FCI Program, Management Sciences for 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)On 15 March 2017, Management Sciences for Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Women Deliver, Novo Nordisk and the NCD Alliance hosted a panel discussion during the Commission on the Status of Women to call for the integration of the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) into the reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health continuum of care. The following post summarizes the key messages from the side event and offers recommendations for further action.Women are essential to a vibrant, healthy economy. Women are producers, caretakers and consumers–and when they are oppressed and devalued, the economy stalls. Women’s full participation in the workforce is contingent on their ability to realize their fundamental human rights, including the right to health.“We must empower women and girls with information, health services and outreach,” said Amy Boldosser-Boesch, Senior Director of the FCI Program of MSH. “Empowerment of women is crucial to achieving improved outcomes for all.”About 18 million women die every year from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes and cervical cancer, and many of these women come from lower and middle-income countries. Although largely preventable and treatable, non-communicable diseases are on the rise, and adolescents are increasingly at risk. According to the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescent’s Health (2016-2030), 70% of NCD-related adult deaths are linked to risk factors that begin during adolescence. To prevent premature adult death from NCDs, Sustainable Development Goal 3.4 calls for the reduction of “non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and the [promotion of] mental health and wellbeing,” while the Global Strategy recommends integrating NCDs prevention and treatment with women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health care.“We need to break down traditional silos to address the NCD burden,” said Karen Ellemann, Minister for Equal Opportunities and interim Minister for Health of Denmark. “An integrated approach supported by innovative financing and partnerships can help fortify investments.”Even in countries with relatively promising maternal, newborn and child health indicators, inequities in health coverage can exacerbate the impact of NCDs. In Sri Lanka, isolated tea plantation communities experience high rates of cervical cancer, mental health problems and substance abuse, according to Sarah Soyosa, Women Deliver Young Leader and Sexual and Reproductive Health Coordinator for Asia Doctors of the World. Young people lack access to mental health counseling as well as sexual and reproductive health services. And young women often feel uncomfortable getting tested or treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or human papillomavirus (HPV), which can lead to cervical cancer.Dr. Bulbul Sood, Country Director of Jhpiego in India, leads a project in partnership with Novo Nordisk to implement gestational diabetes guidelines in antenatal services in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The project’s baseline survey revealed that only 50% of 170 facilities were testing blood sugar levels–and most of these tests were done randomly. Gestational diabetes is easily treatable; almost 90% of all women diagnosed with gestational diabetes can manage their condition with lifestyle modifications and nutrition, and only 1% of women need insulin. Yet, if gestational diabetes remains undiagnosed, women might have pregnancy or childbirth complications or develop Type 2 diabetes, and babies might experience health challenges as well.“If I can just promote one thing, it would be universal screening for gestational diabetes for all women,” Dr. Sood said. “Then we can prevent needless deaths of many women and babies.”RecommendationsThe panelists offered lessons from their projects and recommendations to civil society organizations. Priya Kanayson, Advocacy Officer from the NCD Alliance, framed these recommendations as the four “A”s of action:Advocacy: Make the case to governments for integration of NCDs prevention and treatment at all levels in a language they can understand. Advocate for simple interventions (gestational diabetes test and HPV vaccine) that work.Awareness: Work with women and girls to educate their communities on NCDs prevention, informing them of risk factors and recommending nutritious foods, physical activities and preventive care such as vaccines. Engage religious leaders, government ministries, health care providers, adolescents and youth and media on NCD issues, including mental health. Use mobile phone applications to reach young people.Access: Train health care providers to offer judgment-free and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health information and services. Work with schools and youth programs to provide comprehensive sexuality education to adolescents and youth. Mobilize community health volunteers to encourage young women to get tested for STIs and HPV. Provide regular screenings for high blood pressure, diabetes in pregnancy and cervical cancer. Offer access to high-quality, affordable and respectful treatment and care for NCDs, such as high blood sugar treatments during routine antenatal visits.Accountability: Establish partnerships with the private sector to move from policy to actual implementation. Communicate! Share updates on progress for NCD integration; seek and incorporate feedback. Engage grassroots advocates and health workers, as they best understand the problems women face in their communities.“Women and girls carry more than babies–or water,” said Katja Iversen, President and CEO of Women Deliver. “They carry families. They carry businesses. They carry potential. And investing in their health, rights, and wellbeing creates a positive ripple effect that can lift up communities, and even entire countries.”To learn more about integrating NCDs into the RMNCAH continuum of care:Universal Health Coverage and Non-Communicable Diseases: A Mutually Reinforcing AgendaGestational Diabetes: A Risk Factor for Maternal Death in Tigray, EthiopiaThis post originally appeared on Rights & Realities.—Stay tuned for updates on the MHTF-PLOS Collection, “Non-Communicable Diseases and Maternal Health Around the Globe.”Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:,“We must empower women and girls with information, health services and outreach,” said Amy Boldosser-Boesch, Senior Director of the FCI Program of MSH. “Empowerment of women is crucial to achieving improved outcomes for all.”About 18 million women die every year from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes and cervical cancer, and many of these women come from lower and middle-income countries. Although largely preventable and treatable, non-communicable diseases are on the rise, and adolescents are increasingly at risk. According to the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescent’s Health (2016-2030), 70% of NCD-related adult deaths are linked to risk factors that begin during adolescence. To prevent premature adult death from NCDs, Sustainable Development Goal 3.4 calls for the reduction of “non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and the [promotion of] mental health and wellbeing,” while the Global Strategy recommends integrating NCDs prevention and treatment with women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health care.“We need to break down traditional silos to address the NCD burden,” said Karen Ellemann, Minister for Equal Opportunities and interim Minister for Health of Denmark. “An integrated approach supported by innovative financing and partnerships can help fortify investments.”Even in countries with relatively promising maternal, newborn and child health indicators, inequities in health coverage can exacerbate the impact of NCDs. In Sri Lanka, isolated tea plantation communities experience high rates of cervical cancer, mental health problems and substance abuse, according to Sarah Soyosa, Women Deliver Young Leader and Sexual and Reproductive Health Coordinator for Asia Doctors of the World. Young people lack access to mental health counseling as well as sexual and reproductive health services. And young women often feel uncomfortable getting tested or treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or human papillomavirus (HPV), which can lead to cervical cancer.Dr. Bulbul Sood, Country Director of Jhpiego in India, leads a project in partnership with Novo Nordisk to implement gestational diabetes guidelines in antenatal services in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The project’s baseline survey revealed that only 50% of 170 facilities were testing blood sugar levels–and most of these tests were done randomly. Gestational diabetes is easily treatable; almost 90% of all women diagnosed with gestational diabetes can manage their condition with lifestyle modifications and nutrition, and only 1% of women need insulin. Yet, if gestational diabetes remains undiagnosed, women might have pregnancy or childbirth complications or develop Type 2 diabetes, and babies might experience health challenges as well.“If I can just promote one thing, it would be universal screening for gestational diabetes for all women,” Dr. Sood said. “Then we can prevent needless deaths of many women and babies.”RecommendationsThe panelists offered lessons from their projects and recommendations to civil society organizations. Priya Kanayson, Advocacy Officer from the NCD Alliance, framed these recommendations as the four “A”s of action:Advocacy: Make the case to governments for integration of NCDs prevention and treatment at all levels in a language they can understand. Advocate for simple interventions (gestational diabetes test and HPV vaccine) that work.Awareness: Work with women and girls to educate their communities on NCDs prevention, informing them of risk factors and recommending nutritious foods, physical activities and preventive care such as vaccines. Engage religious leaders, government ministries, health care providers, adolescents and youth and media on NCD issues, including mental health. Use mobile phone applications to reach young people.Access: Train health care providers to offer judgment-free and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health information and services. Work with schools and youth programs to provide comprehensive sexuality education to adolescents and youth. Mobilize community health volunteers to encourage young women to get tested for STIs and HPV. Provide regular screenings for high blood pressure, diabetes in pregnancy and cervical cancer. Offer access to high-quality, affordable and respectful treatment and care for NCDs, such as high blood sugar treatments during routine antenatal visits.Accountability: Establish partnerships with the private sector to move from policy to actual implementation. Communicate! Share updates on progress for NCD integration; seek and incorporate feedback. Engage grassroots advocates and health workers, as they best understand the problems women face in their communities.“Women and girls carry more than babies–or water,” said Katja Iversen, President and CEO of Women Deliver. “They carry families. They carry businesses. They carry potential. And investing in their health, rights, and wellbeing creates a positive ripple effect that can lift up communities, and even entire countries.”To learn more about integrating NCDs into the RMNCAH continuum of care:Universal Health Coverage and Non-Communicable Diseases: A Mutually Reinforcing AgendaGestational Diabetes: A Risk Factor for Maternal Death in Tigray, EthiopiaThis post originally appeared on Rights & Realities.—Stay tuned for updates on the MHTF-PLOS Collection, “Non-Communicable Diseases and Maternal Health Around the Globe.”
Tottenham forward Harry Kane has said the referee in the North London derby against Arsenal may have thought he was searching for a penalty after an incident late in Sunday’s 2-2 draw .Kane went down in the penalty box in injury time under a tackle from Sokratis Papastathopoulos, but his claims for a spot-kick were waved away by referee Martin Atkinson, a decision upheld by the subsequent VAR review.Kane had scored Spurs’ second goal from 12 yards, putting them 2-0 up, after a rash challenge on Son Heung-min by Granit Xhaka. Christian Eriksen opened the scoring after a defensive calamity by the Gunners. 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? Alexander Lacazette pulled one back before half-time and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalised in the second period for Arsenal.Kane thought the foul by Sokratis may have been given in another part of the pitch, but didn’t say it was a clear-cut penalty.”The defender made a tired tackle. On halfway I think I’d get that foul,” Kane told Sky Sports after the final whistle.“Ref probably thinks I’m looking for it. It is 50-50, I could get it in some games.”Spurs now have two points from their last three Premier League games, with Sunday’s draw coming off the back of a shock loss to Newcastle last weekend. They had drawn 2-2 with Manchester City before the game with the Magpies.The England captain said he was disappointed to leave the Emirates Stadium with only one point, but blamed his team’s lack of a killer instinct for the setback.”I’m a little disappointed,” he went on.”When you go 2-0 up you expect to win whoever you are playing. The goal before half-time changed the momentum.”Second half it was two teams going for the win. They were on top at times but we still had chances. All in all it is a point and we need to accept it.”If a few final balls would have been better, we would have created more. It is a shame we couldn’t kill it off. But it is the Premier League and if you don’t kill teams off they come back at you.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
ESPNWeek 7 of the 2019 college football season finally brought some drama. The No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs, thought to be a College Football Playoff contender, fell at home to unranked South Carolina in an absolute stunner. As you’d imagine, the Bulldogs will likely fall in the polls this week.In the biggest matchup of the week, No. 5 LSU outlasted No. 7 Florida at home, 42-28. The Tigers are starting to look like a real national title threat.Elsewhere, Notre Dame got a late touchdown to stave off USC, Penn State won a slugfest against Iowa and Oklahoma put on a great defensive display to upend Texas.Let’s take a look at what we think the AP Poll Top 25 will look like on Sunday afternoon:AlabamaClemsonOhio StateLSUOklahomaWisconsinNotre DameFloridaPenn StateGeorgiaAuburnOregonBoise State (plays Hawaii tonight)UtahMichiganArizona StateTexasSMUBaylorCincinnatiIowaMinnesotaMissouriWashington (plays Arizona tonight)TulaneCollege football fans – do we have it right?
Gabriel Jesus is capable of matching the goal return of Sergio Aguero at Manchester City, says Shaun Goater, with the Blues “blessed” to have two prolific strikers on their books.Two South American stars are the men Pep Guardiola turns to for inspiration in the final third.Plenty has been provided by proven international performers from Brazil and Argentina. 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 Aguero has remained the go-to man for City, with the club’s all-time leading scorer showing no sign of slowing down at 31 years of age.Jesus is eight years younger than his iconic team-mate and one for the future as much as the present, but has also shown that he can be a leading man for a team chasing down more major honours.City legend Goater is expecting big things from the 22-year-old in 2019-20, telling the club’s official website: “I think that Gabriel will have a huge part to play this season.“He won the Copa America with Brazil, scoring some vital goals and since the start of the season, he has looked really sharp and at it.“Gabriel has scored some vital goals for Brazil and for City and I think there’s a belief not only in himself but with the supporters and also with Pep.“I think there was a period last season where he maybe lost a bit of belief for a number of games, but that belief has come back in him.“I really think we could see him playing a huge part and I think he will really be pushing Sergio this season when it comes to goals.“That will be what Pep is looking for – for the guys to be pushing each other and I think we’ll get that this season. “Gab handled all that pressure in Brazil. If we put a neutral hat on, what’s more pressure than playing for England? You’d probably say Brazil.“So, his confidence is right up there. He has started great and I think he’ll just carry on from there.”Goater added on Jesus, who has recorded 46 goals in 102 appearances for City: “Gabriel wants to prove a point, and as a striker knowing what the challenges are and competing against Sergio, he knows the standards and I’m sure he will be able to deliver.“There will be a lot of games this season so it’s important for the guys that when they play, they know they have to score as those are the standards they have set themselves and what’s required for the team“I think we have got two absolute quality strikers. We have a Brazilian striker that leads for Brazil and an Argentine striker that is Argentina’s spearhead.“We are blessed to have these quality players and to have the best manager in charge of them.“These two players play for two of the biggest countries in the world and handle that pressure.“They will see each other in training and know each other’s qualities and the reality is they are both going to push each other and that’s great for them and the team.“That just drives up the standards and with the two of them I think we are in for a heck of a season.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Editors’ Recommendations World-Class Runner Caryn Lubetsky Didn’t Run Her First Marathon Until She Was 40 If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Best American Liqueur Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and we’re sure several of you want to do something amazing for that special someone in your life. Why not impress your partner with dinner? It’s intimate, it’s personal, and it might just get you lucky. We spoke to a few experts on how to select the perfect wine, how to take the hassle out of shopping for a homemade dinner, and what to do for the morning after.Picking the Perfect Wine“A successful Valentine’s Day dinner is all about setting the mood. You want your wine to add to the setting you’ve put so much work into creating. If you are going romantic with rose petals, candlelight, and chocolate, why not pick a wine that matches the mood? To me, this setting calls for a red with sweet floral notes, gobs of fruit, and soft silky texture like a California Zinfandel. These kinds of wines tend to have some warmth to them that help push the evening along. For whites, I’d look towards light and aromatic whites with a touch of sweetness like an off-dry Riesling. Think pretty wines that keep your kisser clean and fresh.If you want a no-brainer assortment of wines to match your Valentine’s Day plans, I’d go with a curated wine pack. Let the experts choose the wine for you and send it right to your door — this Valentine’s Day, Club W is even adding a bouquet of roses that will show up fresh to give to your date.”– Brian Smith, Chief Wine Officer, Club WOnline Delivery Farmers Market Good Eggs Offers Pre-Packaged Bundles“If you want a classic steakhouse meal without the steep prices, we’d recommend the Surf and Turf Dinner for Two. This dinner kit — complete with locally sourced sirloin steak and shrimp — is sure to be a winner with your sweetheart. We like to serve it with a side of bacon mac n’ cheese, but feel free to get creative with your sides! At just under $50, this dinner kit makes for a special meal without breaking the bank.”– Max Kanter, Marketing Manager at Good EggsFor the Morning After“Morning after doughnuts are best made when you’re pretty sure about there being a morning after. This is not a first date or second date move, but I guess the consolation is if there isn’t a morning after, you get to eat a bunch of doughnuts!For the doughnuts, I love serving them piled high on a cake platter. It makes them look a bit dressed up and purposeful.I feel like doughnuts are a great post-valentines day treat because you can make them as sweet as you like, and they’re fantastic with coffee. After all of that candy, having something like doughnuts and coffee help cut through all of the sugar.”– Claire Thomas, Chef andAuthor of The Kitchy Kitchen. The 5 Best Margarita Mixes to Stock Up On Right Now On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip
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Frank Lampard won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, a Champions League and the Europa League during an illustrious playing career.He wasn’t out of football long following his retirement from playing and quickly secured a top job with Derby County, taking them to the Championship play-offs in 2019.Lampard is also a children’s author, a television pundit and all-round bon vivant. But how much is Chelsea’s all-time top goalscorer worth? Goal takes a look. 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 What is Frank Lampard’s net worth? How much does Frank Lampard earn? What endorsement deals does Frank Lampard have? How many social media followers does Frank Lampard have? What charity work does Frank Lampard do?What is Frank Lampard’s net worth? Lampard’s net worth is just shy of $100 million (£79m) according to reports, with the website Celebrity Net Worth estimating that he is worth roughly $90 million (£71m).Lampard’s playing career spanned two decades and he earned a considerable sum of money across spells with West Ham, Chelsea and Manchester City.With a number of lucrative contracts worth multiple millions per year, not to mention rewarding endorsement deals with a variety of global corporations, it is no surprise to see such high numbers associated with the former England midfielder.How much does Frank Lampard earn? Lampard is reported to be earning £5 million ($6m) a year for his job as Chelsea boss.He broke into the Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid athletes in 2015, during the final stages of his career as he wound things down at Manchester City and Major League Soccer side New York City.At that point, he was said to have been earning $19.7 million (£15.5m) between his salary and commercial sponsorship deals. However, unsurprisingly, he dropped off the list in 2016 after hanging up his boots.Prior to that, in 2008, Chelsea made him the highest-paid player in the Premier League when they handed him a contract worth £39.2 million ($50m) over five years, which worked out at around £140,000 a week.As well as earning money through football, Lampard has also worked as a pundit, appearing on ITV, BT Sport and BBC coverage of various games.What endorsement deals does Frank Lampard have? While Lampard was one of Chelsea’s key players during their golden years of the 2000s and he represented England over 100 times, his commercial brand wasn’t particularly strong.In comparison to other English stars such as David Beckham and Wayne Rooney, Lampard’s earning through endorsement deals fell short.However, he still earned plenty through agreements with adidas and Pepsi, with Forbes stating that the sponsorships were worth around $4 million.How many social media followers does Frank Lampard have?Lampard uses social media periodically and has a total of 6 million followers spread across his Facebook and Instagram pages.As well as the odd behind-the-scenes photo from the training pitch, the former midfielder also uses the platforms to give fans a glimpse into his personal life.Photos of his wife Christine and their children are among the images Lampard shares, as well as moments from his forays into punditry.Furthermore, he uses social media to promote his range of children’s books – Frankie’s Magic Football.What charity work does Frank Lampard do? Lampard has devoted a lot of time over the course of his career to helping out charities, either through donations or raising awareness.He has worked closely with a number of cancer awareness and research groups, including Clic Sargent, which focuses on childhood cancer issues.Lampard is also involved in a number of Chelsea-related charity endeavours, gifting items for auction, and supports the humanitarian organisation ‘Small Steps Project’ with donations of football boots. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Kieffer Moore’s first goal for Wales was not enough for Ryan Giggs’ men as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Slovakia in Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifier.Wales took the lead at Stadion Antona Malatinskeho through Moore’s maiden goal 25 minutes into his first competitive start for the senior side.But they were denied a third successive victory by Juraj Kucka’s goal early in the second half as Slovakia, who had Norbert Gyomber sent off late on, fought back strongly for a point. 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 The point leaves the visitors fourth in Group E and three points behind Slovakia, although they have a game in hand on each of the sides above them.Wales were 1-0 winners when these sides met in Cardiff seven months ago and they took a deserved lead in Trnava.Less than a minute after Gareth Bale’s looping header struck the angle of post and crossbar, Moore got on the end of Daniel James’ cross from the left to head into the bottom-left corner.Robert Mak squandered a good opportunity to level before half-time when firing straight at Wayne Hennessey from a promising position, but Slovakia were on level terms eight minutes into the second half. Connor Roberts’ headed clearance fell nicely for Kucka, who rifled a volley past Hennessey from the edge of the 18-yard box.Hennessey was called into action to keep out Albert Rusnak’s low drive as Slovakia searched for a winner, but Kucka was shown a second yellow for clattering into Moore two minutes from time to end their hopes of finding one.1 – Kieffer Moore has scored his first ever goal for Wales, in what is just his second appearance for the Dragons. Opener. #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/GxaxM0JBBF— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 10, 2019What does it mean? Wales’ qualifying hopes still in the balanceWales may be down in fourth place in Group E after this draw, but a point is far from disastrous.The Dragons’ qualifying hopes are still ultimately in their own hands if they can win their remaining three matches. Giggs’ gamble pays offWales boss Giggs made a huge call in selecting Tom Lockyer and Moore for their full competitive debuts in defence and attack respectively.Both players justified their selection, particularly in the case of Wigan Athletic striker Moore as he marked the occasion with an impressive headed goal. Davies sloppy in possessionBen Davies has endured a torrid time of things at club level with Tottenham this season and he was far from his best against Slovakia.Recalled from the 2-1 win over Azerbaijan, the left-back lost possession 16 times – only James, tasked with taking players on, did so more often in a Wales shirt. Key Opta stats- Wales lost 5-1 in their first meeting with Slovakia in October 2006 but have gone unbeaten against them in their four matches since (W3 D1).- Slovakia have won just one of their last five European qualifiers on home soil: a 2-0 victory against Hungary in March. They have drawn two and lost two.- Wales have taken seven points from their opening five qualifiers for Euro 2020 (W2 D1 L2) – their lowest points tally at this stage of a European Championship qualifying campaign since the doomed effort to reach Euro 2012 when they took just three points from their first five games.- Kieffer Moore netted his first goal for Wales. It was also his first goal in any competition since netting for Barnsley against Bristol Rovers in League One in May. Moore left Barnsley to join Wigan in August. What’s next?Wales welcome Group E leaders Croatia to Cardiff on Sunday. Slovakia face Paraguay in a friendly the same day and resume qualifying action on November 16 with a trip to Croatia. read more
Real Madrid suffered their first LaLiga defeat of the season as Lago Junior’s early strike earned Real Mallorca a shock 1-0 victory at Son Moix.With Barcelona having leapfrogged Zinedine Zidane’s side to lead the way in LaLiga earlier on Saturday, Madrid needed a victory to move back to the top of the pile.But Mallorca had other ideas and Lago stunned Madrid seven minutes by sending what was the home side’s only shot on target in the entire match into the bottom-right corner. 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 Karim Benzema hit the crossbar before substitute Rodrygo Goes squandered a presentable chance and Madrid’s hopes of a comeback were all but over when Alvaro Odriozola saw red in the 74th minute, with Mallorca holding firm to claim their first win over Los Blancos since 2009.Madrid looked to have quickly settled into their rhythm but were behind when Lago skipped inside Odriozola and curled a superb finish beyond Thibaut Courtois.9 – Thibaut Courtois has conceded from nine of the last 14 shots on target he has faced for Real Madrid in all competitions. Vulnerable. pic.twitter.com/hxyCOQJUNx— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 19, 2019Ante Budimir thought he doubled Mallorca’s tally seven minutes later when he was set up by Lago, only for his fine strike to be disallowed for offside.Benzema was inches away from restoring parity before the half-hour mark – his close-range half-volley bouncing back off the woodwork.Vinicius Junior burst through Mallorca’s ranks early in the second half and teed up Benzema, but the Frenchman sent his strike at Manolo Reina.Rodrygo replaced Isco in the 66th minute and should have done better when he was fed by Benzema, his touch getting away from him and the opening evaporated.But as the Madrid pressure was building, Odriozola received a second yellow card for a reckless lunge on Iddrisu Baba to round off a frustrating night for the visitors. What does it mean? Barca back on topReigning LaLiga champions Barca cruised to a 3-0 victory over Eibar to put the pressure back onto Madrid.Los Blancos failed to respond and now sit second, a point above this season’s surprise package Granada and one behind Barca. The rivals were scheduled to meet in El Clasico next Saturday, but perhaps the postponement due to political tensions in Catalonia has worked in Madrid’s favour.Lago runs Madrid raggedMallorca’s winger scored 11 goals in the Segunda Division last term but had not replicated that form this season prior to Saturday’s encounter.But he came good against the biggest opponents of all as, boosted by his goal, he was a constant tormentor of Madrid’s defence. Jovic fails to take his chanceLuka Jovic has often been given short shrift by Zidane this term but, handed the opportunity to impress from the start, he struggled to make an impact, even when Mallorca’s defending became more hap-hazard after the interval.Key Opta Facts0 – Against Mallorca, Luka Jovic failed to register a single shot and a single touch in the oppositte box. Disconnection. pic.twitter.com/tEjYLLTPz4— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 19, 2019- This was Vicente Moreno’s 100th match in charge of Mallorca. He was won 47 per cent of his games.- Courtois has conceded from nine of the last 14 shots on target he has faced for Madrid in all competitions.- Lago is the first Ivorian player to score against Madrid in LaLiga since Arouna Kone for Levante in February 2012.- Jovic failed to attempt one shot on goal or have a single touch in the opposition box.What’s next?Madrid will aim to bounce back against Galatasaray in the Champions League on Tuesday, while Mallorca’s next outing is against lowly Leganes in LaLiga. read more
Leading River Cruise Line Closes Out Successful Year with Top Rankings from Cruise Critic, Travel Weekly, Porthole Magazine and More CALABASAS, CA – (December 18, 2018) – AmaWaterways is celebrating a banner year, wrapping up 2018 with multiple prestigious editorial awards. Today, Travel Weekly announced its 2018 Readers Choice Awards, in which AmaKristina took Best River Cruise Ship. In addition to being named Best for Active Cruisers in Cruise Critic’s Editor’s Pick Awards, AmaCerto was awarded Best River Ship by Porthole Magazine’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. AmaWaterways also received Recommend’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best Overall River Cruise; Prevue Meetings + Incentive’s 2018 Visionary Award for Best Wellness at Sea Experience/Program; and was named by Thrillist as theBest River Cruise. “On behalf of the entire AmaWaterways family, we are incredibly humbled to have received these very valued editorial programs, and we are thankful to those who were part of the selection process,” said Kristin Karst executive vice president and co-owner of AmaWaterways. “Each honor bestowed upon us is a testament to the dedication of our team, and we can’t wait to continue the success in 2019.” The recent honors received by AmaWaterways add to an impressive list of those announced earlier this year. In addition to those mentioned previously, AmaWaterways received the title of Best River Cruise by AFAR. AmaWaterways’AmaKristina (pictured left) also received the coveted No.1 ranking in the Berlitz:River Cruising in Europe & the USA Travel Guide, well-regarded as the leading authority for cruises and cruise ships. AmaWaterways’ ships secured five additional placements on the top ten list. “All of us at AmaWaterways are honored to have received these awards,” said Rudi Schreiner, president and co-owner of AmaWaterways. “We continually strive to stay on top of industry trends and offer unforgettable experiences for our guests. 2018 has been a solid year of growth and with a record three new ships launching next year, we’re looking forward to topping that growth in 2019.” A family-owned company, AmaWaterways has earned a reputation for transforming the river cruise industry by introducing innovative ship design, wellness activities, creating authentic and experiential shore excursions and providing award-winning food, wine and service. In 2019, the company will introduce three new ships – the most in one year — including the much-anticipated AmaMagna at twice the width of traditional river cruise ships. Additionally, the line will introduce AmaMora, sister ship to AmaLea and AmaKristina, which will sail the Rhine river. AmaDouro, sister to AmaVida on the Douro River. For more information or to book an AmaWaterways river cruise, contact your travel advisor, visit AmaWaterways.com or call (800) 626-0126. Follow AmaWaterways on Facebook at facebook.com/AmaWaterways, Instagram @AmaWaterways and Twitter @AmaWaterways. About AmaWaterwaysA family-owned company celebrating 16 years on the river, AmaWaterways offers unforgettable river cruises with 23 ships in 2019 sailing Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhone, Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian Waterways and Douro Rivers, Southeast Asia’s Mekong and Africa’s Chobe River. The company is renowned for its innovative stateroom design featuring unique “twin balconies”; its wide choice of included shore excursions featuring biking and hiking options for the active traveler; and its award-winning dining—including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant as well as complimentary fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. Modern, spacious and tastefully decorated, each ship features onboard amenities such as hair and massage salons and a fitness room, and many have heated outdoor swimming pools with swim-up bars. AmaWaterways leads the river cruise industry in innovation including the 2019 launch of AmaMagna, a new dimension in luxury river cruising at twice the width of traditional river ships, plus a variety of themed sailings and brand relationships, offering group or chartered sailings geared towards active travelers and families. With the highest-rated ships in Europe according to the third edition of Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe & the USA, AmaWaterways has received countless honors and accolades including Town & Country River Cruise Awards as “Best Overall,” “Best for Food,” “Best for Onboard Activities” and “Best for On-Shore Activities” and 2018 AFAR Reader’s Choice Awards “Best River Cruise Line.