Not Just for Paris, but for the Future: How the Paris Agreement Will Keep Accelerating Climate Action

first_imgWhat Will Happen After 2020?After the 2018 assessment, the next moment for all countries to come back and assess implementation and collective progress will be in 2023, referred to in the Paris Agreement as the “Global Stocktake.” This Global Stocktake will then occur every five years and serve as the pivotal collective moment to assess implementation and progress towards achieving long-term Paris Agreement goals.The Global Stocktake has broad scope and purpose—assessing mitigation action as well as adaptation, means of implementation (including finance, technology transfer and development, and capacity building), and other support. Assessments will be based on equity and informed by the best available science, including the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports.All Parties will be required to prepare and communicate new NDCs for mitigation, informed by the Global Stocktake outcomes. These new contributions will represent a progression, and reflect each Party’s highest possible ambition, taking into consideration equity and different national circumstances.In 2028, the next Global Stocktake will occur, triggering another round of review for NDCs and progression in ambition. This review and revision process will continue every five years as a mechanism for strengthening ambition.What About Adaptation and Climate Finance?In addition to determining what the Global Stocktake will assess every five years, the Paris Agreement ensures a process for increasing adaptation action and the provision of climate finance.Parties are encouraged to communicate their adaptation priorities, needs and efforts in a periodically updated cycle similar the one used for mitigation. Countries will have flexibility on timing and methods for communicating this information, but will continue to do so as a component of their nationally determined contributions every five years.Developed countries are required, and other countries are encouraged, to communicate climate financing they have either provided or received every two years, and to indicate the levels of support they expect to provide or receive in the future.The world has now embarked on a historic transformation. The regular and ongoing process to review and increase ambition across all elements of the Paris Agreement is what will ensure this is a historic, dynamic and durable outcome capable of driving the needed level of climate action. The Paris Agreement is an historic turning point in the global climate change battle. There is broad consensus it contains the necessary ingredients to put the world on a path towards a zero-carbon, resilient, prosperous and fair future.However, to fully understand why the Paris Agreement is such an achievement, we must unpack one of its core ingredients, what has become known as the ambition mechanism or cycles of action. This mechanism lays out a process to continue strengthening action in a regular and timely way every five years, starting before 2020.This mechanism is what makes the Paris Agreement a dynamic and long-lasting accord that will be responsive to the science of climate change, shifts in technology and economic opportunities, and to growing public support for action.What Is an Ambition Mechanism?For the first time in the history of global climate policy, the Paris Agreement establishes an ongoing, regular process to increase action by all countries. To understand this ambition mechanism, it is necessary to break it down into its core components:Global Stocktake of implementation and collective progress every five years;Submission of updated nationally determined contributions (NDCs) from each country every five years informed by the Global Stocktake; andExpectation of progression and highest possible ambition for each successive contribution.This process of review and revision every five years provides the means through which the Paris Agreement’s goal—to keep temperature rise to well below 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) and pursue efforts to limit temperature increase to 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F)—can be achieved.When Does it Start?Timing is everything. We know—and countries have now agreed in the Paris outcome—that global emissions must peak as soon as possible and then decline even faster, and we must achieve net-zero emissions within the second half of this century.In 2018, Parties will reconvene to take stock of their collective efforts (referred to as a “facilitative dialogue”). This facilitative dialogue will review progress made towards the long-term Paris Agreement goal to peak emissions and achieve net-zero emissions.Based on the outcome of this facilitative dialogue, Parties will either submit new mitigation contributions (e.g. those whose current contributions contain a time frame up to 2025) or update their existing contributions (e.g. those whose current contributions contain a time frame up to 2030).In addition, Parties have to submit plans for long-term decarbonization by 2020.Click to enlarge.last_img read more

3 Steps to a Zero-Carbon Future

first_imgFinally, the global community needs to invest in innovation. Energy-sector public R&D is less than half of what it was in the late 1970s in real terms, and still often goes to fossil fuel exploration and production. Yet, the transformative potential of what can be achieved is staggering. BNEF, for instance, forecasts such a rapid expansion for electric vehicles along with changing patterns around car sharing or pooling over the coming years that there may be an ‘iPhone moment’ of innovative disruption.At its core, our efforts to secure a safe and sustainable growth path depend on coalitions of governments, investors, businesses and civil society working together to accelerate this transition: the opportunities are there, we just need to seize them. Second, we need to mobilise and align finances so that the right kinds of investments are made. This includes utilising public finance in ways that can leverage private finance. Multilateral development banks play a key role in this, including mitigating risk, providing concessional finance and bringing private capital to the table, especially in less developed economies. Again, there are promising signs of momentum towards low-carbon investment: as of October 2017, over 400 investors with US$25 trillion in assets under management joined the Investor Platform for Climate Actions. The Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund, the world’s largest at US$1 trillion, has divested from over 50 coal-related companies, in line with ethical guidelines it adopted in 2016. Over 100 businesses, including Unilever, Barclays and HSBC, have committed to implement the recommendations of the G20 commissioned Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure, translating into disclosing climate information as part of their mainstream financial statements. Countries are also aligning their policies with these efforts: France, for example, has mandatory corporate disclosure of climate information, which includes financial risks from climate impacts and carbon reporting across the supply chain. The Chinese central bank has proposed mandatory climate disclosure as part of a series of other reforms to help green its financial system.Other welcome signs of momentum include initiatives like Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G), a green growth engine that creates space for partnerships of businesses, national and city leaders, financiers and community advocates to join forces in the development and deployment of targeted opportunities that can accelerate the delivery of sustainable development. They are offering practical solutions, and they also carry an important message: not only is the transition to a low-carbon economy possible, but it can be good for business’ bottom line. This article originally appeared on the OECD Forum Network.The scale of the challenge ahead cannot be underestimated. Over the next 15 years, the world is likely to invest US$90 trillion in infrastructure, which is more than the entire current stock. The decisions made by each country, business or investor today will directly impact global climate and development goals. If done right, we can secure a growth path that will, by 2050, feed 9 billion people as well as providing clean electricity access to all and infrastructure services to the over 6 billion urban dwellers that keep cities running as engines of growth.The world has already started on the journey towards a zero-carbon, climate-resilient future – testifying to the landmark global agreements of 2015 and 2016 on climate action and sustainable development, strongly supported by actions by national, state and city governments as well as businesses, investors, and civil society [1]. And momentum is growing: In early September, I joined business leaders, policymakers and investors at the Business and Climate Summit in New Delhi where we discussed how low-carbon strategies can be good for business and good for development. But whether we shift to the right path in time to avoid the worst impacts of a changing climate depends on action on three fronts: clear and credible policy that can unlock capital at scale and unleash an era of low-carbon innovation.Photo by Amar Ikhlasul/Flickrcenter_img International co-operation will be critical as a lever to strengthen and more effectively distribute the flow of new ideas and technical capacity, mobilise and scale up finance and help overcome concerns about loss of competitiveness and increase the scale of markets. By working together, countries, businesses, cities and others can move faster and achieve greater gains.First, on the policy level, governments play a key role in delivering the right enabling conditions. For instance, collectively, they could signal decisively that high-carbon, highly polluting development comes at a significant cost. This could include, for example, the introduction of meaningful carbon prices and reform of fossil fuel subsidies which are estimated to have amounted to US$325 billion in 2015 alone.Today, more than 42 countries and 25 sub-national regions have, or are actively planning, a price on carbon; and an estimated 50 countries have started or accelerated fossil fuel subsidy reform. But the carbon prices and coverage of emissions are too low in almost all schemes. A new OECD report on Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth, shows how the use of carbon pricing and other efficient climate policies, together with structural reforms, can enhance both short-term and long-term growth. Ramping up efforts, such as those led by the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, will be key to progressing the May 2016 announcement of G7 leaders to eliminate inefficient fossil fuel subsidies by no later than 2025.last_img read more

You Like Badges!? – “Foursquare Cops” Web Series [Episode 1]

first_img , @ subscribe to our YouTube page ? Has anyone ever stolen your Foursquare mayorship? Worse, have they done it… Foursquare Topics: , @ ” Detective John Hardy and Officer Frank Ashton. Tune in every Tuesday at 12:00pm EDT here on our blog, or kylejames HubSpot’s new comedy web series tells the adventures of ” WoodyTondorf and Richard DeAgazio. Starring: Foursquare Cops Originally published Apr 13, 2010 12:49:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 KylePaice Download the free webinar Guest Starring: @ @ , @ . How do you get started with YouTube, video podcasting, live streaming, or viral videos? Episode #1: “How Do You Like This Badge, B*TCH?” Webinar: How to Use Online Video for Inbound Marketing illegally natehinchey Producer and Director: @ repcor andypitre to learn how to use online video to grow your business with inbound marketing. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy A91 may launch in India soon with a 6.67-inch display

first_imgLast week, Samsung seemingly confirmed the Galaxy A91 via its official Hungarian website. The smartphone was initially speculated to launch next year as a successor to the Galaxy A90, which is yet to go official. But it turns out that the Galaxy A91 may be releasing this year and will be coming to India soon. According to a new tip, the Galaxy A91 will be coming to India, while the Galaxy A90 5G will launch in markets like China, Europe and Korea.Tipster Ishan Agarwal told DroidShout that the Galaxy A91 with model number SM-A915G will launch in India soon, although an exact date is still unknown at the moment. This report, however, should be taken with a pinch of salt since a separate report by GalaxyClub says that the A91 will launch in 2020 with Android 10. The smartphone will reportedly sport a 6.67-inch display and it’s unclear whether the company will use a notch, a hole punch or a notchless AMOLED display like the Galaxy A80.The Samsung Galaxy A91 will come in Black and White colours, according to the report. The base model is also said to come with a 128GB internal storage. As for the pricing, Agarwal says the Galaxy A91 will cost above Rs 30,000 to Rs 35,000, which is expected as the phone is rumoured to come with flagship-grade specs.According to the Samsung Hungary website listing, the Galaxy A91 will come with a 45W super fast charging support much like the Galaxy Note 10+. Of course, you will most likely need to purchase a 45W charger separately. It is unclear how different the Galaxy A91 will be from the Galaxy A90.Rumoured specs about the Galaxy A90 5G include a Snapdragon 855 chipset under the hood along with a 48MP triple camera setup. The Galaxy A91 may get the same chipset, but a 108MP triple camera setup instead as per leaks so far.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A91 with 45W fast charging, Galaxy A90 5G confirmedlast_img read more

Smriti Mandhana 2nd fastest Indian to score 2000 ODI runs

first_imgStar opener Smriti Mandhana became the 3rd fastest woman to score 2000 runs in ODI cricket when she hit a match-winning fifty against West Indies in Antigua on Wednesday.Smriti Mandhana needed just 51 innings to go past 2000 runs in ODI cricket. She thereby became only the 2nd fastest Indian after Shikhar Dhawan (48) to reach the milestone.Returning to the ODI squad after recovering from a toe injury that kept her on the sidelines during home series vs South Africa, Smriti Mandhana came up with a stroke-filled 74 off just 63 balls in India’s 6-wicket win over West Indies in the 3rd ODI.Smriti Mandhana smashed 9 boundaries and 3 sixes as India chased down 195 with ease and sealed a 3-match series 2-1 in Antigua.Smriti Mandhana, who has 2025 runs from 51 matches at an average of 43.08, has got to 2000 runs in ODI cricket faster than Virat Kohli (53), Sourav Ganguly (52), and Navjot Sidhu (52).Former Australia batter Belinda Clark holds the record for fastest to 2000 runs in women’s cricket – 45. Meg Lanning had reached the milestone in just 45 matches.In men’s cricket, retired South Africa batsman Hashim Amla holds the distinction of being the fastest to 2,000-ODI runs. He had achieved the landmark in 40 innings.On Wednesday, Mandhana dominated the West Indies bowling attack in what turned out to be a relatively easy run chase for India in the series decider.Jemimah Rodrigues hit 69 from 92 balls as India women stitched a 141-run opening stand. India lost Rodrigues and Mandhana in quick succession but Punam Raut and captain Mithali Raj chipped in with handy knocks to steer the team towards victory.advertisementEarlier in the day, India bowlers came up with a combined effort to restrict Wet Indies for 194. Jhulan Goswami and Poonam Yadav picked up 2 wickets each while the likes of Shika Pandey, Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma snared 1 each.Also Read | India vs Bangladesh: Rohit Sharma set to overtake Shahid Afridi in Rajkot T20Ilast_img read more

Ryan Simmons out for the Season with a Knee Injury

first_imgStarting linebacker Ryan Simmons announced on Tuesday night that he’s out for the rest of the 2015 season and done for his career as a Cowboy because of a torn MCL and PCL.Here’s a portion of what Simmons wrote on Instagram.Family, Friends, & Fans…. I recently tore my MCL & PCL which will require surgery and end my college football career. BUT GOD has a plan and I know without a doubt he will take care of me and my future.. I’m so thankful for all the opportunities I’ve been availed to while playing this game I love at this special university. Thank you for your support along the way. Prayers are more than welcomed on this road to recovery.That’s a big time bummer (obviously) for Simmons, and a bad loss for OSU. Chad Whitener will fill in adequately (as he did on Saturday) but you’re losing some serious depth on defense.Simmons had started #okstate‘s last 31 games (all of 2013, 2014, 2015). Had 203 career tackles. #okstate— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) October 7, 2015Simmons had one tackle in his final game as a Poke. 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.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Has Been Better Against the Pass, Still Has Room to Improve

first_imgWe’ve given Glenn Spencer’s defense its fair share of criticism this season. And they’ve earned it. They’ve shown a propensity to get beat deep, especially early in the season.After giving up 387 yards and four touchdowns in the air to Baylor, there were apparently some changes made on a fun plane ride back from Waco. Glenn Spencer would no longer be patrolling the sidelines and chest bumping Ramon Richards. He now sits next to Mike Yurcich in the booth for a better view of the offenseDuring the Cowboys’ current six-game winning streak, things have changed. The Cowboys have held teams below their passing average the last three games. See below.passingdThe Cowboys, which gave up a ton of big plays early in the year, are now tied for second in the conference in opponent’s long passing plays (10-plus yards). They haven’t finished better than No. 7 in the Big 12 in that stat for any of the last six seasons.The Cowboys are also currently No. 4 in the Big 12 in passing defense, allowing 252.8 per game. They also rank third in touchdown-to-interception ratio (against).tdintThis last week an overall scheme change saw the Cowboys in the 3-3-5 defense West Virginia is known for.Mike Gundy talked about the choice to swap defensive schemes.“I’m not a defensive guy and I don’t micromanage and I let people do their jobs,” said Gundy. “They felt like that was what’s best, Glenn and the staff and so I said, if that’s what you guys want and you’re comfortable with that we’ll do it, and I thought they were pretty dang good at it.”Things aren’t perfect on the defensive side of the ball. The Cowboys are currently No. 67 in opponent points per drive (2.29). That’s fourth in the Big 12 behind West Virginia (1.66), TCU (1.92) and Baylor (2.14). They need to turn more opponent TDs into FGs.The Cowboys finish the season against two high-powered offenses on the road. Both teams average 300-plus yards in the air and have dynamic playmakers. Though TCU has been up and down this year, they’ve shown the ability to put up points. They are 44th in the country in points per drive at 2.47 (OSU is at 2.91).Oklahoma has hit the 50-point mark four times this year and has their own Biletnikoff semifinalist in Dede Westbrook for Baker Mayfield to throw to. The Sooners are No. 5 in the nation in points per drive, averaging a daunting 3.45.At this time last year, OSU’s defense seemed to run out of gas. Hopefully, the increased depth we’ve heard so much about can make a difference this year. It will need to if the Cowboys want a shot at their second Big 12 title. 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.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Finishes With Top Three Big 12 Offense

first_imgThere were many (many!) things said about the Oklahoma State offense this season, but after 12 regular season games, it is still standing as one of the best in the Big 12. I put together the full regular season points per drive numbers (thanks, BCF Toys!), and I separated the Big 12 teams into tiers. Let’s look at offense first.Offensive PPDscreen-shot-2016-12-26-at-10-58-28-amOU stands alone. Obviously. They had the most dynamic for the most weeks of the season and played (by far) the hardest schedule. Impressive stuff there (though we’d have to get OKC Dave on the horn to see where it ranks all-time for Big 12 seasons). I wanted to group OSU and Texas Tech together in Tier 2, but I just couldn’t. OSU could have cracked the 3.0 mark with a good Bedlam, but it did not and Tech gets Tier 2 by itself. Then OSU. Then Baylor, WVU and Kansas State. Then TCU, Iowa State and Texas. Then sadness.Here’s a look at defense.Defensive PPDscreen-shot-2016-12-26-at-11-12-34-amTech, my gosh. Iowa State and Kansas were bad, but Tech was an abomination. OU and Baylor were pretty average if not below average (but at least we didn’t throw deep very much on OU since OSU is bad at that and OU defended it so well all year).Would have hated to try to beat one of the worst secondaries in the nation w/ literally the best QB in the country at throwing deep. #Bedlam https://t.co/6rsSVx4Xz3— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 22, 2016Oklahoma State and Texas are in the come next, and that matches up with the eye test for the most part. Texas was worse on defense than it should have been and Oklahoma State was about what we expected. Maybe mildly worse. Kansas State and TCU come next. No surprise there. West Virginia stands alone. Big surprise there.So there you go. We will look at this one more time after the bowl game, and I’ll have a small PPD preview for the Alamo Bowl (what OSU and CU do well). But OSU ranked in the third tier in the conference in each category which is solid. They were well-balanced for most of the year although I would like to see them jump into that Tier 2 on defense next year. I don’t expect OSU to ever have the best defense in the conference, but it can and should be in the Tier 2/3 range year in and year out. 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.last_img read more

Injured Wilshere misses out on Man City clash

first_imgPremier League Arsenal team news: Injured Wilshere misses out on Man City clash Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:04 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Jack Wilshere Arsenal Getty Images Premier League Arsenal Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City The midfielder is suffering from an ankle problem and will be absent on Thursday for the Gunners Jack Wilshere misses out for Arsenal as the Gunners seek Carabao Cup revenge on Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.Arsenal confirmed that the midfielder had suffered a “slight ankle knock” and will not take part in Thursday’s Premier League clash. Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey are therefore tasked with anchoring the middle of the park, with a trio made up of Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Danny Welbeck supporting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front.  Article continues below 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 The Gunners are otherwise near full strength, with Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi aiming to stop one of the league’s most potent attacks in the middle of defence at the Emirates. Gabriel Jesus, meanwhile, continues his encouraging return from injury with a place on the bench in Pep Guardiola’s 100th City game. The newly crowned Carabao Cup champions, who smashed Arsenal 3-0 on Sunday to win the trophy, will hope the likes of Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva offer repeats of the weekend’s heroics as they seek to tighten their grip on the Premier League summit.Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Ramsey, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Aubameyang.Substitutes: Ospina, Holding, Chambers, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Iwobi, Nketiah.Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Danilo, Gündogan, Silva, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Sané, Agüero.Substitutes: Bravo, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko, Yaya Touré, Foden, Gabriel Jesus. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

OSU Donning Orange-White-Black for Big 12 Opener at Texas

first_imgWhile 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. Oklahoma State put a new spin on a classic combo.For their first conference game of the year, the Cowboys will be donning an orange-white-black combination with an orange “Phantom Pete” helmet with black facemask, white jerseys and black pants.Grab your Posse. It’s time to ride.🔶 #GoPokes | #OKSTvsTEX ⚫️ pic.twitter.com/GELIxfyaGl— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) September 21, 2019I gotta say that I’m a fan of this look. The black facemask really completes it for me and it might be my fave Phantom Pete lid to date.The Cowboys haven’t gone O-W-B so far this year. They wore it against K-State in 2018 and in each of their last two trips to Austin in 2017 and 2015.For those of you keeping score, none of the guys predicted this specific helmet, but everyone called the O-W-B color scheme in this week’s prediction.last_img read more

St Clair leaves Chelsea after rejecting new deal

first_imgTransfers Chelsea starlet St Clair leaves for Venezia after rejecting new deal Chris Burton 20:32 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harvey St Clair Chelsea Getty Transfers Chelsea Venezia Serie A Premier League The 19-year-old midfielder has opted against penning fresh terms at Stamford Bridge and will instead look to continue his development in Italy Chelsea have seen highly-rated midfielder Harvey St Clair opt against signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge and instead complete a move to Venezia.The 19-year-old had been on the Blues’ books since joining their U8 team, progressing through the ranks to make his bow for the U18s at just 15 years of age.He was highly regarded in west London, but he has opted to continue his development elsewhere. 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 St Clair told the Scottish FA’s official website: “I’m really pleased that everything’s settled because it’s been on my mind for months.“I’ll go out to Italy on July 7 to start pre-season preparations and I’m looking forward to it already, but it was a really difficult decision to leave Chelsea and one I didn’t take lightly.“It’s been a very hard decision for me and my family. I first trained with Chelsea when I was six years old so I’ve been associated with the club for a long time now. They’ve done so much to help me over that period of time.“They’re a great club with an unbelievable academy. I just feel like it’s the right decision for me at this point in my career.“I really want to be playing regular first-team football if I can and with the depth of talent Chelsea have available to them then I just didn’t see that happening in the short term.“That’s absolutely not a criticism of them – just a fact of life. It’s the level that they’re at.“Venezia are really ambitious and looking to go places and, like I said, my focus is to be playing first-team football. It’s something I feel I need at this age.”With his current contract set to expire at the end of June, Chelsea had been hoping to put fresh terms in place for a man who made 17 appearances for their U23 side last season.He netted three goals and provided three assists in those outings, but was reluctant to commit to an extended stay.Welcome Harvey St Clair! 🙌🏻🦁👉🏻 https://t.co/panB6rrEYP pic.twitter.com/VmVWUWCcv0— Venezia FC (@VeneziaFC_IT) June 16, 2018Instead, St Clair has taken the decision to link up with an outfit currently turning out in Serie B.Having completed a medical with Venezia, a youngster who won the FA Youth Cup and U18 Premier League with Chelsea has signed a four-year deal.He will now be hoping to build on a productive summer which has already delivered productive outings at the 2018 Toulon Tournament.St Clair formed part of the Scotland side which reached the semi-finals of that competition before losing 3-1 to eventual winners England.Those efforts were reported to have attracted interest from the likes of Watford and Zenit St Petersburg, but they have been left empty-handed.The talented teenager feels that a permanent switch, rather than the loans Chelsea are partial to, will better serve his efforts to fulfil his undoubted potential in the years to come.last_img read more

Ritchie ‘the type of player’ wanted by Stoke

first_imgTransfers Newcastle’s Ritchie ‘the type of player’ Stoke are looking to sign in summer transfer window Lewis Oldham Last updated 1 year ago 22:34 6/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Matt Ritchie Newcastle United Manchester United Premier League Getty Transfers Stoke City Middlesbrough Newcastle United AFC Bournemouth Premier League The Scotland international is reportedly a target for three clubs and could be allowed to leave St James’ Park Newcastle United midfielder Matt Ritchie is the level of player Stoke City are hoping to sign this summer, according to new manager Gary Rowett.Ritchie was one of Newcastle’s most consistent performers following their return to the Premier League, making 35 top-flight appearances, scoring three goals and assisting another five.He moved to St James’ Park in 2016 for a reported fee of £12 million and his former club Bournemouth, along with Championship sides Stoke and Middlesbrough, are reportedly targeting the Scotland international. 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 Following Stoke’s relegation from the Premier League, Rowett has acknowledged that Ritchie is the type of player they are looking to sign in their bid for promotion next season.“We’ve got a very varied target list out there and I’ve always said the same, when you’re linked with players they are not always true… but often some of them are,” Rowett told the Stoke Sentinel.“We want the level of player we are being linked with. That’s the type and the level of player we are trying to bring into the club. A lot of those players will be different styles, they won’t all be the type of player.“But there are players we think can come in and make a difference. We are working very hard.“Tony (Scholes) and Mark (Cartwright) are working very hard to try to get some of the targets we have all agreed upon and, ultimately, it’s like anything: I want them tomorrow and they want the best deals! We then work together to try to find the middle ground.”Ritchie has been a key player for Newcastle in his two years in the north east, but manager Rafa Benitez is aware that he may have to sell one or two of his players to generate funds for who he wants to sign in the summer transfer window.Stoke, meanwhile, have already signed Benik Afobe and Oghenekaro Etebo, with the latter gaining plenty of admirers following his impressive performances in the group stage of the World Cup for Nigeria.And another of Ritchie’s reported suitors Middlesbrough, who are managed by former Stoke boss Tony Pulis, have splashed out to shore up their back-line, by spending a combined £10 million to bring in Aden Flint and Paddy McNair from Bristol City and Sunderland respectively.last_img read more

Ronaldo to Juventus laughed off by Moggi

first_imgTransfers Ronaldo to Juventus? Moggi laughs off talk of move for Real Madrid superstar Chris Burton 19:10 7/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Iran World Cup 250618 Getty Transfers Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo Primera División Real Madrid Chelsea Serie A Premier League A former managing director of the Serie A giants believes those in Turin have more pressing concerns than landing the Portuguese forward Talk of Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid to complete a lucrative switch to Serie A champions Juventus has been laughed off by Luciano Moggi.With the Portuguese superstar having hinted that his future could lie away from the Santiago Bernabeu, transfer talk has built steadily since the 2018 Champions League final.Various landing spots have been mooted for Ronaldo, with Juve considered to be in the mix alongside former club Manchester United and big-spending French outfit Paris Saint-Germain. 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 Moggi, once a managing director of the Turin giants, is, however, of the opinion that the money being discussed for a five-time Ballon d’Or winner would be better invested elsewhere.He told Sportitalia of the Ronaldo rumours: “It makes me laugh.“Juve’s problem is not Ronaldo, it’s putting together the defence and the midfield.“For me they would be wrong to get Cristiano with a €30 million salary.“Everyone should remember that I had a deal to buy him as a kid, Ronaldo, but [Marcelo] Salas said no, so it didn’t happen.”Alessandro Moggi revealed in October 2017 that Juve had an agreement with Sporting for Ronaldo while he was still a teenager, but Salas’ reluctance to move to Portugal scuppered the deal.It may be that they get their man at the second time of asking, but it would take considerable funds and effort to lure him away from Madrid.Maurizio Sarri NapoliElsewhere, Moggi is also an interested observer of the long-running saga which has seen Maurizio Sarri relieved of his managerial duties at Napoli amid intense links to Chelsea.No deal has been done as yet for a man who remains tied to a contract in Naples, but it may be that a remarkable trade agreement is completed as Aurelio De Laurentiis seeks to get the best possible deal for his side.Moggi added on the Napoli chairman and his discussions with a Premier League suitor: “Sarri has not signed with Chelsea yet. You all know his release clause expired on the 31st of May and Napoli can ask for as much money as they want now.“I have the feeling that we will see for the first time a swap deal between a player and a manager.“De Laurentiis is very smart and he will try to make the most of this situation. I think he will ask Chelsea to sell one player in exchange for Sarri.”last_img read more

The Brazilian reject who could pile misery on Madrid

first_imgNo other nation can match Brazil for the sheer volume of football players exported across the world. A Football Observatory report in May 2017 stated that the South American giant boasted no less than 1,202 players outside of its borders, almost double the number provided by nearest competitors France and Argentina.Many, of course, are household names, among the very elite in Europe’s top five leagues. But the vast majority can only dream of the success enjoyed by the likes of Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and other stars.From Hong Kong and Indonesia in the Far East to the lower leagues of the United States football pyramid, Brazilian talents are truly a global phenomenon. And one of that unsung legion now has the chance to announce himself on the biggest stage after masterminding a truly shocking Club World Cup upset. 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? Al Ain’s 24-year-old trickster Caio took a tired, distracted River Plate defence to pieces on Tuesday, scoring his side’s second in a 2-2 draw with a brilliant strike, and converting his penalty for good measure as the United Arab Emirates side downed the Argentines in a shoot-out to prevail in their Club World Cup semi-final.The feat is even more impressive considering it was Al Ain’s third game in just six days, having disposed of Wellington and Esperance de Tunis in order to make the last four.Now a daunting final against none other than Real Madrid, winner of the last two Club World Cups, looms on Saturday. But Caio, who has taken a long and winding path to stardom, will surely enjoy every minute, no matter the result.Caio nets his first goal of the #ClubWC 👌 pic.twitter.com/dYkwjeloQq — #ClubWC 🏆 (@FIFAcom) 18 de diciembre de 2018 A skillful winger who knows the way to goal, Caio shared the dream of millions of his compatriots: to make it big in the beautiful game. He began life in Sao Paulo’s youth system, but was cruelly cut at the tender age of 15.“They said from the start that I was not big enough to be a player. They made up a reason to get rid of me. I know deep inside that it was a great experience and I learned a lot there,” Caio told ESPN of that early setback. When fellow Paulista sides Santos and Palmeiras also declined his services, the teenager was ready to give up altogether.His fortunes changed, however, when he heard of a trial held alongside a touring Japanese high school. “I touched the ball twice and they picked me up,” he recalled, and a new chapter of his life beckoned. Caio moved to Kimitsu’s Chiba Kokusai High School, taking on an unfamiliar language and culture at the tender age of 17 before J.League heavyweights Kashima Antlers swooped for his signature when he graduated.Only the unique Japanese cuisine seemed to pose a problem.“You’ve seen those raw fish sitting there or those other things that look like they are going to start moving,” he laughed to ESPN . “I only used to eat rice with ketchup or mayonnaise. That came to the rescue when I didn’t have food I liked, then I learned to eat it.”Caio quickly became a favourite in Kashima, making 100 appearances over his two and a half seasons and scoring a respectable 27 goals for the Japanese club. His talents saw him named the J.League’s Rookie of the Year in 2014, while the following year he netted in the final as Kashima lifted the J.League Cup.Caio Lucas Fernandes Al Ain UAE Arabian Gulf LeagueAl Ain were also paying close attention, and paid out €3 million to bring him to Abu Dhabi midway through 2016 with Kashima on the way to the league title.He has since engorged his own medal case with two more trophy wins in the Middle East and has improved his goalscoring ability, netting at a rate of nearly a goal every two games despite generally playing wide on the left to supply the bullets for Sweden and ex-Hamburg striker Marcus Berg. Once more, he has also proved that the prospect of fitting in to a new culture does not faze him in the slightest.“I have dressed up as a sheikh for photos because I am trying to enjoy the culture and interact with fans,” he explained. “But it is a different kind of sheikh because since I am married and I came with my wife – there will not be any harems here!”A strong showing in Saturday’s final, however, may well see the suitors lining up at Caio’s door. At just 24 and with a wealth of talent behind his back, the kid who was too small for Sao Paulo has grown up a lot on the other side of the world, and he might just give Real Madrid food for thought in the Club World Cup decider.last_img read more

When the Ax-Man Cometh: What to cut out of your budget

first_imgJeff Brooks is not only one of my favorite bloggers and fundraising experts, he’s my personal hero for giving his time today to speak on our Network for Good Nonprofit 911 call on the topic of where to cut if you’ve got to cut your budget. He is still talking (this is live blogging, folks) and I’m happy to say he is wise, helpful, insightful and provocative, my favorite combination in a speaker. You can see his slides here and access the MP3 file at this same link in another day or so.Here are some gems from his talk:1.) DO NOT CUT net-positive donor cultivation programs. To be wise enough to keep those programs, though, you have to know which are NET positive (not gross positive). How much did you NET from your gala (as opposed to raise)? Figure out net present value of a donor: what money do you expect in projected lifetime giving from that donor (take their first gift and multiply by ten), then subtract the cost of acquisition and the ongoing cultivation cost. Measuring net present value can tell you where you’re spending too much and where you can spend more to get more. 2.) KEEP ACQUIRING DONORS. Cutting donor acquisition is the quick path to long-term pain. Donors are worth more every year (he suggested two times the second year and exponential growth from there, for example) so if you get far fewer donors this year, you’re going to feel bad pain next year and far worse pain the following year.3.) CUT WHAT’S UNCLEAR. If you’ve got less money to spend, don’t spend it on things that have unmeasurable or questionable impact. In hard times, stick to things that have demonstrable impact, not things like your warm fuzzy brand awareness effort. Direct response fundraising is a better investment now than general “branding” campaigns. PR and media relations are a relative bargain – positive impact for very few dollars – but non-response advertising (with no measurable response vehicle) is not. Kill the “we exist and we’re really cool” ads if you’re short on dough. Leave that to people who can do it on a scale where it’s effective – like Coca-Cola.I completely agree with the last point. And it’s going to make some people nuts. Really nuts. I like how Jeff put it —What would you rather do with your limited budget:• Move 100 people 10% of the way toward giving?• Move 10 people 100% of the way toward giving?He added a positive note that I’d also like to second: In hard times, innovation doesn’t happen because people are afraid of risk. New ideas often don’t work out, but you can’t let these times cut off innovation or let fear rule you. Be wise, but also be bold.last_img read more

50 Resources for Getting the Most Out of Google Analytics

first_imgFor BeginnersThe following list of links will help you get started with Google Analytics from setup to understanding what data is being presented by Google Analytics.How to Use Google Analytics for Beginners – Mahalo’s how-to guide for beginners.A beginner’s guide to Google Analytics, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 – A series of detailed posts walking you through Google Analytics from setup to understanding what data is being presented.Getting to Know Your Google Analytics Dashboard – The title says it all! This is a brief post with one goal: to introduce you to the Google Analytics dashboard.Google Analytics for Beginners: How to Make the Most of Your Traffic Reports – This guide doesn’t cover setup, but it does a great job of helping you to better understand the data being presented.Google Analytics Video Tutorial 1: Setup – A video presentation that walks you through Google Analytics setup.Google Analytics Video Tutorial 2: Essential Stats – A video presentation that introduces you to some of the most important data being presented in Google Analytics.Tips & TricksIf you’re already fairly familiar with Google Analytics and you’re ready to dig deeper and learn more about how to make use of the information that is available to you with Google Analytics, this list of tips & tricks is for you.Google Analytics Tips for SEO – This posts looks at how to use some of Googles new features for Search Engine Optimization.8 Useful Google Analytics Tips – This is a great list of tips for someone who has been using Google Analytics and is ready to take it to the next level and/or overcome some of its shortcomings.Web Analytics Demystified – While this post isn’t about Google Analytics specifically, it is a great primer on understanding how to use the data presented by Google Analytics and it uses examples and screenshots from Google Analytics for many of the descriptions.You Cut Quite a Profile – A guest post on the Google Analytics Blog about how to set up multiple profiles in order to filter down certain segments of your data.5 tips for using Google Analytics – A quick set of tips for getting more out of Google Analytics.3 Quick Tips to Tag and Track with Google Analytics – A great post on how to segment, track, and tag site visitors.Google Analytics Tagging Demystified – A how-to post on the use of tagging in Google Analytics.5 tips for getting the most out of Google Analytics – Another quick set of tips for getting more out Google Analytics.Get the most out of your Google Analytics – This post gives you an overall idea of what Google Analytics can tell you by asking some simple questions and showing you how Google Analytics can help you answer them.Getting More out of Google Analytics Goals – A post on the importance of setting up goals in Google Analytics and how to do it.Goal Setting Example with Google Analytics – Another post on setting goals in Google Analytics.Getting the most out of Search Log Analysis and Google Analytics – A post that explains what “Search analytics”, search log analysis and clickstream analysis are and why they are so important.How to analyze results in Google Analytics – As the title suggest this post looks at how to analyze the data that Google Analytics provides.Top Tips for Using Google Analytics – Another quick set of tips for getting more out of Google Analytics.Google Analytics Tutorials: All Together – A list of several video tutorials that include some of the more advanced features of Google Analytics.Google Analytics Tip: Learn How They Found That 1 Page – This post will tell you how to find out how visitors found a single page on your site, which can be useful for figuring out why traffic on your site may have spiked on a certain day, for example.Install Google Analytics Site Search In 5 Steps – This post shows you how to set up the Site Search feature in Google Analytics, which will allow you to analyze your internal search phrases as opposed to those from search engines.Google Analytics Site Search: Working with the Data – A follow up to the above post that explains the data from your internal site searches.Google Analytics Videos on YouTube – A list of official Google Analytics videos that are on YouTube from the Google Analytics Blog.Advanced Use of Google Analytics and the new interface – A great post about some of the more advanced uses of Google Analytics.Google Analytics Tutorial Part 2 – A follow up to the above post that answers questions posed to the author.Tracking social networks with Google Analytics using filters – This post shows you how to set up a filter that will allow you to look at visits from various social networks.The Huge Collection of Google Analytics Tips – A long list of Google Analytics tips and tricks.Advanced Google Analytics: Conversion Goals (Part One) – This is the first in a series of posts about advanced uses of Google Analytics. This post covers how to setup and define goals.Advanced Google Analytics: Conversion Goals (Part Two) – This second post shows you how to set up funnels in Google Analytics.Advanced Google Analytics: Conversion Goals (Part Three) – This third post explains how to track “things that don’t have a distinct page view associated with them.”Plugins, Hacks & AdditionsWant to learn how to get even more out of and extend Google Analytics by extending it with third party plugins, additions and hacks? This list of links is for you.The Ultimate Google Analytics Plugins, Hacks and Tips Collection – A long list of links and descriptions regarding ways you can get more out of Google Analytics.Using MooTools to Instruct Google Analytics to Track Outbound Links – Shows you how to use MooTools to track clicks on links to other sites from your site.Use jQuery with Google Analytics to Track Clicks on Outgoing Links From Your Site – Shows you how to use jQuery to track clicks on links to other sites from your site.4 Tools to Get More from your Google Analytics – A list of 4 scripts that can be used to enhance Google Analytics using the GreaseMonkey Firefox extension.How to track downloads in Google Analytics automatically – A post on how to track links to documents and outbound links.Google Analytics on iPhone – Shows you how to get your Google Analytics data to display on your iPhone using an web-based application in development by a German developer named Sergej Mueller.7 Google Analytics Plug Ins & Reports You Probably Didn’t Know About – Links to scripts, plugins and reports gleaned from a Google event that the author attended.Google Analytics for WordPress – A plugin for adding Google Analytics to your WordPress blog.New & Advanced FeaturesIn October 2008 Google started to release enterprise-class features to Google Analytics. Some of these features include Advanced Segmentation, Custom Reports and Motion Charts. In November 2008 Google also announced a simplified solution for tracking Flash content. The links below will introduce you to these features and show you how you can use them.More Enterprise-Class Features Added To Google Analytics – A post from the Google Analytics Blog that introduces the enterprise-class features that were added to Google Analytics in October 2008.Google Analytics Releases Advanced Segmentation: Now Be A Ninja! – A very detailed post on how to use the new Advanced Segmentation features in Google Analytics.Google Analytics Advanced Segmentation: The Allegory of the Cave – Describes the new Advanced Segmentation features through Socrates The Allegory of the Cave.A deeper look at Advanced Segmentation – Another detailed post about the new Advanced Segmentation features directly from the Google Analytics Blog.The new features are now available in your account! Let’s take a deeper look, starting with Motion Charts – The Google Analytics Blog takes a detailed look at the new Motion Charts feature in Google Analytics.Motion Charts in Google Analytics – A video presentation demonstrating the new Motion Charts feature.Google Analytics Benchmarking: Tutorial, and Things that Make You Go Hmmmmm… – A humorous, yet very useful post on how to set up and use Google Analytics Benchmarking feature.Make a date with data in Google Analytics – While not yet fully implemented, Google has integrated Google AdSense data into Google Analytics and this post from the Google AdSense Blog describes this new feature.Google AdSense Reports to Appear in Google Analytics – A series of screenshots showing Google AdSense data that has been integrated into Google Analytics. This was posted when there was still some speculation around Google releasing this feature, but the screenshots show you what this new feature looks like.Want to track Adobe Flash? Now you can! – Here is the announcement from the Google Analytics Blog regarding the simplified solution for tracking Flash content that they released in November 2008.Source: KISSMetrics Blog,Google Analytics is a very useful free tool for tracking site statistics. For most users, however, it never becomes more than just a pretty interface with intersting graphs. The resources below will help anyone, from the beginner to those who have been using Google Analytics for some time, learn how to get the most out of this great tool. Google Analytics is a very useful free tool for tracking site statistics. For most users, however, it never becomes more than just a pretty interface with intersting graphs. The resources below will help anyone, from the beginner to those who have been using Google Analytics for some time, learn how to get the most out of this great tool. For BeginnersThe following list of links will help you get started with Google Analytics from setup to understanding what data is being presented by Google Analytics.How to Use Google Analytics for Beginners – Mahalo’s how-to guide for beginners.A beginner’s guide to Google Analytics, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 – A series of detailed posts walking you through Google Analytics from setup to understanding what data is being presented.Getting to Know Your Google Analytics Dashboard – The title says it all! This is a brief post with one goal: to introduce you to the Google Analytics dashboard.Google Analytics for Beginners: How to Make the Most of Your Traffic Reports – This guide doesn’t cover setup, but it does a great job of helping you to better understand the data being presented.Google Analytics Video Tutorial 1: Setup – A video presentation that walks you through Google Analytics setup.Google Analytics Video Tutorial 2: Essential Stats – A video presentation that introduces you to some of the most important data being presented in Google Analytics.Tips & TricksIf you’re already fairly familiar with Google Analytics and you’re ready to dig deeper and learn more about how to make use of the information that is available to you with Google Analytics, this list of tips & tricks is for you.Google Analytics Tips for SEO – This posts looks at how to use some of Googles new features for Search Engine Optimization.8 Useful Google Analytics Tips – This is a great list of tips for someone who has been using Google Analytics and is ready to take it to the next level and/or overcome some of its shortcomings.Web Analytics Demystified – While this post isn’t about Google Analytics specifically, it is a great primer on understanding how to use the data presented by Google Analytics and it uses examples and screenshots from Google Analytics for many of the descriptions.You Cut Quite a Profile – A guest post on the Google Analytics Blog about how to set up multiple profiles in order to filter down certain segments of your data.5 tips for using Google Analytics – A quick set of tips for getting more out of Google Analytics.3 Quick Tips to Tag and Track with Google Analytics – A great post on how to segment, track, and tag site visitors.Google Analytics Tagging Demystified – A how-to post on the use of tagging in Google Analytics.5 tips for getting the most out of Google Analytics – Another quick set of tips for getting more out Google Analytics.Get the most out of your Google Analytics – This post gives you an overall idea of what Google Analytics can tell you by asking some simple questions and showing you how Google Analytics can help you answer them.Getting More out of Google Analytics Goals – A post on the importance of setting up goals in Google Analytics and how to do it.Goal Setting Example with Google Analytics – Another post on setting goals in Google Analytics.Getting the most out of Search Log Analysis and Google Analytics – A post that explains what “Search analytics”, search log analysis and clickstream analysis are and why they are so important.How to analyze results in Google Analytics – As the title suggest this post looks at how to analyze the data that Google Analytics provides.Top Tips for Using Google Analytics – Another quick set of tips for getting more out of Google Analytics.Google Analytics Tutorials: All Together – A list of several video tutorials that include some of the more advanced features of Google Analytics.Google Analytics Tip: Learn How They Found That 1 Page – This post will tell you how to find out how visitors found a single page on your site, which can be useful for figuring out why traffic on your site may have spiked on a certain day, for example.Install Google Analytics Site Search In 5 Steps – This post shows you how to set up the Site Search feature in Google Analytics, which will allow you to analyze your internal search phrases as opposed to those from search engines.Google Analytics Site Search: Working with the Data – A follow up to the above post that explains the data from your internal site searches.Google Analytics Videos on YouTube – A list of official Google Analytics videos that are on YouTube from the Google Analytics Blog.Advanced Use of Google Analytics and the new interface – A great post about some of the more advanced uses of Google Analytics.Google Analytics Tutorial Part 2 – A follow up to the above post that answers questions posed to the author.Tracking social networks with Google Analytics using filters – This post shows you how to set up a filter that will allow you to look at visits from various social networks.The Huge Collection of Google Analytics Tips – A long list of Google Analytics tips and tricks.Advanced Google Analytics: Conversion Goals (Part One) – This is the first in a series of posts about advanced uses of Google Analytics. This post covers how to setup and define goals.Advanced Google Analytics: Conversion Goals (Part Two) – This second post shows you how to set up funnels in Google Analytics.Advanced Google Analytics: Conversion Goals (Part Three) – This third post explains how to track “things that don’t have a distinct page view associated with them.”Plugins, Hacks & AdditionsWant to learn how to get even more out of and extend Google Analytics by extending it with third party plugins, additions and hacks? This list of links is for you.The Ultimate Google Analytics Plugins, Hacks and Tips Collection – A long list of links and descriptions regarding ways you can get more out of Google Analytics.Using MooTools to Instruct Google Analytics to Track Outbound Links – Shows you how to use MooTools to track clicks on links to other sites from your site.Use jQuery with Google Analytics to Track Clicks on Outgoing Links From Your Site – Shows you how to use jQuery to track clicks on links to other sites from your site.4 Tools to Get More from your Google Analytics – A list of 4 scripts that can be used to enhance Google Analytics using the GreaseMonkey Firefox extension.How to track downloads in Google Analytics automatically – A post on how to track links to documents and outbound links.Google Analytics on iPhone – Shows you how to get your Google Analytics data to display on your iPhone using an web-based application in development by a German developer named Sergej Mueller.7 Google Analytics Plug Ins & Reports You Probably Didn’t Know About – Links to scripts, plugins and reports gleaned from a Google event that the author attended.Google Analytics for WordPress – A plugin for adding Google Analytics to your WordPress blog.New & Advanced FeaturesIn October 2008 Google started to release enterprise-class features to Google Analytics. Some of these features include Advanced Segmentation, Custom Reports and Motion Charts. In November 2008 Google also announced a simplified solution for tracking Flash content. The links below will introduce you to these features and show you how you can use them.More Enterprise-Class Features Added To Google Analytics – A post from the Google Analytics Blog that introduces the enterprise-class features that were added to Google Analytics in October 2008.Google Analytics Releases Advanced Segmentation: Now Be A Ninja! – A very detailed post on how to use the new Advanced Segmentation features in Google Analytics.Google Analytics Advanced Segmentation: The Allegory of the Cave – Describes the new Advanced Segmentation features through Socrates The Allegory of the Cave.A deeper look at Advanced Segmentation – Another detailed post about the new Advanced Segmentation features directly from the Google Analytics Blog.The new features are now available in your account! Let’s take a deeper look, starting with Motion Charts – The Google Analytics Blog takes a detailed look at the new Motion Charts feature in Google Analytics.Motion Charts in Google Analytics – A video presentation demonstrating the new Motion Charts feature.Google Analytics Benchmarking: Tutorial, and Things that Make You Go Hmmmmm… – A humorous, yet very useful post on how to set up and use Google Analytics Benchmarking feature.Make a date with data in Google Analytics – While not yet fully implemented, Google has integrated Google AdSense data into Google Analytics and this post from the Google AdSense Blog describes this new feature.Google AdSense Reports to Appear in Google Analytics – A series of screenshots showing Google AdSense data that has been integrated into Google Analytics. This was posted when there was still some speculation around Google releasing this feature, but the screenshots show you what this new feature looks like.Want to track Adobe Flash? Now you can! – Here is the announcement from the Google Analytics Blog regarding the simplified solution for tracking Flash content that they released in November 2008.Source: KISSMetrics Bloglast_img read more

Are Membership Dues Tax Deductible?

first_imgSome nonprofits say yes, some say no. What does the IRS say? Question: “Are membership dues tax deductible?”“I am under the impression that the IRS doesn’t consider paid memberships in museums, zoos, art galleries, botanical gardens, YMCAs, scouts, and the like to be charitable contributions. However, in doing some benchmarking, I find that several large organizations promote their individual memberships as all or partially tax deductible. Can you clarify this? I’d call the IRS, but I figure I’d get three different and conflicting answers.”Barry A. McEwen, CFRE, Development OfficerRutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont, OhioAnswer:The difference in the amount that the member may deduct as a charitable contribution exists because some charities provide goods and services in exchange for dues. The charitable deduction for these payments depends on the benefits given in return for the dues.When a member receives benefits in return for dues, the general rule is that the dues are not deductible. However, there are exceptions to this rule.The IRS allows charities to disregard some membership benefits for purposes of calculating the donor’s charitable contribution. You may disregard benefits if you offer them for $75 or less per year and if members can exercise those benefits frequently. Examples of these benefits include free or discounted admission to the organization’s facilities or events, including parking, and discounts on purchases of goods and services, including goods or services offered by retailers working with the organization. When benefits consist of admission to events open only to members of the organization, the organization’s cost per person must be within the limit of low-cost articles ($7.60, adjusted yearly for inflation) for the benefit to be disregarded.In addition to this exception for small membership payments, the IRS provides criteria for determining when larger membership payments may be considered charitable contributions. Organizations such as museums and philharmonics frequently offer memberships for an amount that is out of proportion to any benefits received. Revenue Ruling 68-432 provides that “there may be instances where an organization may offer a type of membership for an amount substantially exceeding the value of any benefits or privileges offered. Whenever the discrepancy between the size of the membership contribution and the potential monetary benefit is so great as to make it reasonably clear that the payment is of a dual character, the Internal Revenue Service will give due consideration to the possible separation on a uniform basis of that portion of the total payment that may properly be treated as a charitable contribution under section 170 of the Code.”Raise more money with fundraising smarter donation pages, peer-to-peer campaigns, and donor management software.The ruling concludes that the payment of membership dues to a charitable organization is deductible as a charitable contribution to the extent such payment exceeds the monetary value of the benefits and privileges available by reason of such payment. For example, if there are several classes of memberships available, and each class of membership receives the same benefits, the additional cost of the more expensive membership should qualify as a charitable contribution.In summary, charities are subject to a variety of disclosure requirements depending on the value of the goods and services provided to the donor. If the dues are under $75, there may be a safe harbor to fit your needs. For larger membership payments, the organization may be able to safeguard the member’s charitable contribution deduction by clearly disclosing the value of the benefits associated with each class or type of membership.Source: Society for Nonprofit Organizations Nonprofit Worldlast_img read more

Online fundraising growing, but slower; Donors giving but less

first_imgPhoto by Thomas Hawk on FlickrThere’s lot of juicy data in a new study just released by M+R Strategic Services and the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN). The eNonprofit Benchmarks Study* (get it here) measures the effectiveness of nonprofit internet fundraising and activism programs for last year. We like it here at Network for Good, because it shows why the Internet is important to what all nonprofits do.The headline: people are still giving online (up 26% from 2007 to 2008 by their count), but they are giving less.This is very much in line with what we’re seeing here at Network for Good, where we’re seeing more donors and more donations, but lower average gift sizes.Here are the key findings I found most interesting:-Online fundraising was up by 26%.-Monthly gifts account for 9% of online gifts – steady from 2007. We can do better than this, folks! The average size of a monthly gift was $21.-Email fundraising and advocacy response rates held steady this year, compared to declines in previous years.-The average online gift size was $71, down $15 from the previous year. This decline was most pronounced in the fourth quarter of 2008.-Email lists continue to grow, though more slowly every year: growth was at 17 percent in 2008, down from 19 percent in 2007 and 21 percent in 2006.-Fundraising emails sent to previous donors received response rates more than three times as high as those sent to non-donors.-Message volume remained steady between 2007 and 2008. The average subscriber on a study participant’s list received about 3.5 messages per month in both years, despite marked increases in volume in the fall of 2008, presumably due to the election.-In the months preceding the election, message volume increased dramatically, but email open rates, click-through rates, and response rates did not suffer as a result.-Email lists continue to grow, though more slowly every year: growth was at 17 percent in 2008, down from 19 percent in 2007 and 21 percent in 2006.-19 percent of email addresses “went bad” annually, due to bouncing or unsubscribes – the same as in 2007.-For most organizations, almost one-third of all online actions are taken by the most active subscribers – just seven percent of the list.-Alerts sent to previous action-takers on a given issue received response rates three times higher than those sent to the full file.-Email click-through rates fell in all issue sectors. Advocacy emails have higher click-throughs that e-nes and fundraising appeals.[*The 2009 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study analyzes data from 2008 and evaluates the changing landscape of nonprofit email programs, fundraising and advocacy. The data came from 32 major nonprofits working on environmental, legal/civil rights, health and international aid issues.]last_img read more

Richard Horton on Stillbirths

first_imgPosted on April 28, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Earlier this month, The Lancet published a series on stillbirths to shed light on a health issue that is often ignored. Many of the causes of stillbirth also can lead to poor maternal outcomes, and many of the solutions and interventions to address stillbirth and maternal health are the same. Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet discusses the Stillbirth Series in this video.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img

In Their Own Words: The Young Champions of Maternal Health

first_imgPosted on September 28, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Written by: AshokaWe are excited to announce the latest edition of Stories of Change, an electronic book series that tells the stories of changemakers from across Ashoka’s community. This fourth volume, called In Their Own Words: The Young Champions of Maternal Health, features voices from the next generation of ideas for maternal health describing their greatest successes and challenges during nine-month placements with Ashoka Fellow mentors.Here are just a few examples of their inspirational stories:“I was in front of the group [of pregnant adolescents] holding a closed shoe-box, explaining to the participants: ‘Think of the most important person in your lives. A person who deserves all your care, whom you truly love and know most intimately…’ As they sat thinking, I told them they would then meet this person face-to-face, inside this very shoebox! I had each girl come up to the front of the room and open the box, seeing a mirror inside. Shock registered on their faces as they realized that it was they themselves who deserve all care and love imaginable! They had worthy motivations and dreams that must be respected!”—Julianne P. Weis“On the last day in Ghana, a few Young Champions and I visited Elmina Castle at the Cape coast of Ghana — a place where slaves used to be captured and kept before being shipped off to different parts of the world like America. Who knew how many emotions this place would expose for a young African woman who herself has lived during at apartheid?/ Being at Elmina was emotional yet I realized that during our time in the 21st century there are still forms of inequalities that happen in our midst. The death of women and children is a human rights issue.”—Hellen Kotlolo“In a former life as a finance guy, I let my inner nerd trade in the bucket of Legos for an Excel model with complicated formulas and every costing function you can imagine holding it together. This month has required me to dust off lots of my old private sector skills. Funny thing is that applying these skills to extend healthcare to people in need is much more exciting than making anonymous shareholders richer.”—Seth CochranRead more to understand how this cross-cultural team of budding social entrepreneurs is transforming the field of maternal health:Download the high-quality PDFCan’t see the document? View it hereStories of Change is Ashoka’s electronic book series. Through these publications, we share the stories of changemaking innovators in the Ashoka community: Fellows, Youth Venturers, staff, and partners. People who are producing system change solutions for social problems, inspiring innovation and creating an Everyone a Changemaker™ world. You can read our other volumes here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more