New Delhi, Oct 25 (PTI) Flipkarts Chief Financial Officer Sanjay Baweja has put in his papers after a two-year stint, marking the latest top-level exit at the e-commerce major.”Flipkart CFO Sanjay Baweja has quit. The company has started searching for his replacement. Baweja will continue to work with company till December 31, 2016,” an industry source told PTI.When contacted, a Flipkart spokesperson confirmed the development.Baweja joined Flipkart from Tata Communications about two years back.Flipkarts head of commerce and advertising business Mukesh Bansal and Chief Business Officer Ankit Nagori resigned from the company in February this year.Nagori quit the firm to start a venture in the sports domain where Flipkarts Co-Founders Sachin and Binny Bansal are the first investors.Later in April, Flipkarts Chief Product Officer Punit Soni and Vice President and Head of Seller ecosystem Manish Maheshwari resigned from the company to join Web18.In July, Flipkart lost two more senior executives — Payment product head Lalit Sarna and product lead for marketplace division Sunil Gopinath. PTI PRS ABM
Bhat says parents have to help children understand theBhat says parents have to help children understand the health benefits of being physically active and encourage them to take up some sport and join classes such as music, painting and art so that the sedentary time is reduced.He feels lifestyle change and prevention is the main option to control childhood obesity.”It is important to educate parents to prevent their children from becoming overweight. If they opt for any treatment for their children, they should consider it with great caution and be fully involved in it,” he added.Mumbai-based Dr Altamash Shaikh, Consultant Endocrinologist, Diabetologist and Metabolic Physician, feels that parents should ensure that their children are healthy and physically fit.”Children are fed with lots of ghee, butter, pizza and aerated drinks etc. Such feeding practices should change,” he opined. “One should understand that a chubby baby is different from a fat child. Parents should feed healthy food to their children and ensure that they are physically active,” he said.”Good breakfast, play time, cutting down on junk food, candies and sweets, less screen time (including smart phones), adequate sleep, building a good relation and bond with food and exercise will definitely help in controlling the weight of the children,” informs Shaikh, adding, “it is time to act early and intervene early.”According to Shaikh, Asian-Indians are prone to insulin resistance from their early infancy.”Evidence from our country suggests rapid weight gain in childhood as well as adolescence is linked with a higher likelihood of diabetes and its risk factors in adulthood.”advertisementElaborating on the connection between obesity and diabetes, Shaikh says, “Obesity is the biggest precursor for most of major metabolic abnormalities. It causes increase in insulin levels (insulin resistance) with subclinical inflammation in the background.”In simple words, you may have darkening of neck, increase in weight, blood pressure, high cholesterol, adding up to high blood glucose levels (diabetes),” Shaikh said.As the World Health Organization (WHO) already has stated that obesity is an exploding nightmare, “we need to act now to prevent the disease and protect future generations”, he added.”India is witnessing an enormous amount of increase in childhood obesity. This will have serious health issues across the lifespan. In addition to diabetes, an obese child may also have low self-esteem, low self-confidence, poor peer acceptability, poor academic performance, thus affecting the overall future of the nation,” Shaikh explains. PTI SVS DK RT
Rafinha scored in Lionel Messi’s absence as Barcelona beat the Brazilian’s former club Inter 2-0 in the Champions League to move three points clear at the top of Group B.Messi was absent due to a fractured arm that will keep him out for three weeks but Rafinha justified being brought into the team by opening the scoring in the first half at Camp Nou on Wednesday.Luis Suarez sent in a brilliant cross and Rafinha slotted home against his old colleagues, with Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic in fine form before being beaten late on by Jordi Alba. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! After taking maximum points from three rounds Barca are on the brink of qualification but Inter can expect to join them as they have a five-point cushion from winless PSV and Tottenham.Today’s crowd; 86,290 fans and one Camp Nou#BarçaInter pic.twitter.com/nqR4CtC6HJ— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 24, 2018Clement Lenglet scored an own goal against former club Sevilla last time out but he almost found the net at the right end, his header brilliantly blocked by Handanovic’s legs.Rafinha, making his fifth appearance of the season, wasted a clear sight of goal but he beat Handanovic with his next chance in the 32nd minute.The right-wing cross from Suarez was begging to be tucked away and Rafinha, who spent time on loan at Inter last season, provided a simple first-time finish.Matteo Politano missed a great chance to equalise in the 52nd minute when found by Mauro Icardi’s cute backheel, but he blazed his shot over the crossbar.Suarez was proving a thorn in Inter’s side and, when he wriggled through on goal, Handanovic had to make a smart block to keep it 1-0, the goalkeeper then denying Lenglet again.Philippe Coutinho almost extended Barca’s lead but thudded a shot against the crossbar before Alba made certain of the points with a powerful finish after being sent through by Ivan Rakitic.And a watching Messi was able to relax in the Camp Nou stands, his team-mates getting the job done without him.#BarçaInter@Rafinha on song tonight pic.twitter.com/eZZqRTjMM1— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 24, 2018What does it mean? No Messi, no problem ahead of ClasicoIt would be inaccurate to say Barca did not miss Messi, with their attacking play lacking their usual fluency. But, as Ernesto Valverde said he hoped for in a pre-match news conference, others stepped up to address Messi’s absence, a good sign with El Clasico only four days away. Barca are almost certain to top Group B, but Inter are very likely to qualify alongside them.Suarez shines in Messi absenceSuarez stepped up to take extra responsibility with captain Messi watching on. The striker has not had the best start to the season, scoring only once in the last month, but he caused Inter problems with his relentless running, while the cross for Rafinha’s opener was a peach.Valero antics do not convinceThe game was mostly played in the right spirit with both teams clearly respectful of each other. But Borja Valero’s attempt to get Gerard Pique sent off was rightly ignored by referee Ovidiu Hategan. Pique caught Valero on the ear but the Inter midfielder crashed to the ground like he had been clobbered by Anthony Joshua. Key Opta Facts- Rafinha scored his first goal in the Champions League after 18 appearances.- Barcelona have won their first three games of a Champions League group round in each of the last three seasons.- Barca have won 21 of their 27 Champions League games without Lionel Messi since his debut in the competition (D2 L4).- Alba has been directly involved in more goals than any other defender in the Champions League this season (one goal and three assists).- Barcelona have won four of their seven Champions League matches against Inter (D2 L1), with the only defeat coming in the first leg of the semi-final in 2009-10 (1-3).- They have won 26 of their last 28 home Champions League games (D2) since losing 3-0 to Bayern Munich in May 2013, scoring 87 goals and conceding just 13 in those games. What’s next?Messi will still be out but it’s a huge game for Barca next as they host Real Madrid in the first Clasico of the season on Sunday. The following day sees Inter in Serie A action away to Lazio. As for the Champions League, the two sides meet in the return fixture at San Siro on November 6. read more
Wolves are to host table-toppers Liverpool in the first Premier League match of the weekend on Friday.The Reds come into this game one point clear of Manchester City at the summit of the league table and know that a win against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will keep them there for Christmas.But Wolves are on an impressive run of their own, having recovered from a slight blip to win their last three matches, and a victory on Friday would see them leapfrog Manchester United into sixth place. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Liverpool are still unbeaten in the league as we approach the halfway point of the season. Game Wolves vs Liverpool Date Friday, December 21 Time 8:00pm GMT / 3:00pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Premier League and streamed on Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Wolves players Goalkeepers Patricio, Ruddy, Norris Defenders Doherty, Bennett, Coady, Jonny, Hause, Boly, Vinagre, Iorfa, Ebanks-Landell Midfielders Neves, Gibbs-White, Saiss, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Giles, Watt, Pote Forwards Cavaleiro, Costa, Bonatini, Jimenez, Traore, Ashley-Seal Wolves have just the one injury concern heading into this match, with forward Diogo Jota unavailable due to a hamstring injury that he sustained in their win against Bournemouth last Saturday.Adama Traore is the two replacement for the former Atletico Madrid man, who had scored two goals in his last three appearances. Wolves starting XI: Patricio; Otto, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty; Saiss, Neves, Moutinho; Jimenez, Traore. Position Liverpool players Goalkeepers Alisson, Mignolet, Kelleher, Grabara Defenders Clyne, Lovren, Van Dijk, Moreno, Robertson Midfielders Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Keita, Jones, Lallana, Shaqiri, Camacho, Mane Forwards Firmino, Salah, Sturridge, Solanke, Origi Liverpool still have a number of injury issues in defence, with right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold unlikely to recover in time to feature.James Milner missed the Reds’ win over Manchester United with a muscle complaint but returns as a fullback. Joe Gomez and Joel Matip remain out.Liverpool starting XI: Alisson; Milner, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Shaqiri, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane; Firmino; Salah.Betting & Match Odds Wolves are priced at odds of winning 6/1 according to bet 365 , while a draw is available at 16/5. A win for Liverpool is priced at 11/20.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview This is the first of two games between these two sides in the coming weeks, with Liverpool also travelling to Molineux for their FA Cup third round tie in early January.Wolves’ recent run has seen them beat Chelsea, Newcastle and Bournemouth this month, but manager Nuno has admitted that Friday’s clash will be a ‘big challenge’ for his side against a team who have conceded just seven league goals from 17 matches this season.”I see it as a big challenge for us,” the Wolves boss said. “[We] always focus on what you want to do on the pitch, that’s what is important, don’t live on desire.”We treat all the opponents with the same careful detail and time because it’s important the way you prepare for competition.”We know how tough it is going to be, but at the same time we look forward to it because it’s going to be a very enjoyable game.”Reds boss Klopp has hailed the work Wolves are doing as ‘an outstanding project’ and claims to have watched a lot of them in the Championship last season.”That is an outstanding project. What they did last year in the Championship, I’m not sure that happened too often, the way they played.”Usually in the Championship you go up with this kind of old-school British football; it’s a tough league and it makes sense to do it.”I think the only two teams in the last few years who did it differently were Huddersfield and Wolves. It’s really unbelievable what they did.”Wolves are one of the few sides to have taken points off Manchester City this season and Klopp says their performance against the champions was ‘really impressive’.”I saw the City game. Of course City were better and were unlucky with the goal Wolves scored that day, it was handball,” he added.”But the way they defended as a team, coming from a football-playing side, was really impressive.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Crystal Palace have struck a deadline-day coup as the Eagles snapped up Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi on a loan deal until the end of the season.Out of favour at Stamford Bridge, Batshuayi enjoyed a successful spell at Borussia Dortmund at the start of 2018, scoring nine goals in 14 games for the Bundesliga club.A second temporary move at Valencia, however, failed to bear fruits, with Los Che cancelling the agreement ahead of time in January after just three goals in 23 matches. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na… pic.twitter.com/jGZCb61vV8— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) February 1, 2019The Belgium international had then been linked with a last-minute Tottenham switch, with the north London club reportedly open talks with their rivals.But it was another London club who eventually sealed a move as talks between Spurs and Chelsea foundered.🔵🔴🦅— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) February 1, 2019“This is a fantastic signing for Crystal Palace,” said Palace chairman Steve Parish.’Michy is a player we’ve long admired, and I’m delighted that we’ve finally managed to get him in a red and blue shirt. He will be a magnificent addition to our squad.”Palace, who currently sit 15th in the Premier League, are set to face Fulham on Saturday following a 1-1 draw with Southampton on Wednesday.The club is also still alive in the FA Cup after taking down Tottenham in the Fourth Round behind goals from Andros Townsend and Connor Wickham.
Harmanpreet Kaur’s maiden season in the Women’s Big Bash League is turning from good to great as the India’s T20 captain produced an all-round performance to help her team Sydney Thunders win by eight wickets against Melbourne Stars.After smashing an unbeaten 47 off 28 balls albeit in a losing cause on her WBBL debut, Harmanpreet grabbed 4-27 and then hit a quickfire unbeaten 30 off 21 balls to win the ‘Player of the Match’ award in her second appearance.Melbourne Stars won the toss and opted to bat but could score only 116 for 9 in 20 overs.Coming to bowl her gentle medium pacers as the fourth change bowler, Harmanpreet first removed Jess Cameron (36) in the 16th over and in the 18th removed Lily Bardsley (2) and Katie Mack (0) and then removed Danielle Hazelle (5) in the final over. It was her bowling at the death that did not let the Melbourne Stars coast to a big total.The target of 117 was achieved in 18.5 overs with Harmanpreet coming in at No.4 with 39 runs still needed off 39 balls. Harmanpreet scored 24 runs in boundaries off seven scoring strokes with three fours and two sixes in company of another Australia international and Sydney skipper Alex Blackwell (21 no).During the first game, none other than Aussie great Adam Gilchrist had tweeted about Harmanpreet.”Seriously impressed with @ImHarmanpreet in last nights #WBBL02 Classy, skillful. A wonderful addition to the tournament.”
Saul Niguez’s second-half strike gave Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win at home to Las Palmas on Saturday, their first victory in four games in all competitions.Saul lashed a loose ball into the top corner from outside the box to break the deadlock in the 59th minute and bring welcome relief to Atletico after a week in which they all but dropped out of the title race and lost goalkeeper Jan Oblak to injury.Saul came close to giving Atletico the lead in the first half but saw his driven shot clatter against the post, while down at the other end Las Palmas defender Mauricio Lemos let fly from some distance and struck the crossbar.Kevin Gameiro wasted a clear chance to strike before the break but tried in vain to pass to strike partner Antoine Griezmann and it was then up to Saul to score Atletico’s first goal in four games and their first in December.Diego Simeone’s side provisionally go fifth on 28 points, two above Real Sociedad, who visit Granada later on Saturday.Earlier, Villarreal ended a three-month spell without an away win in all competitions by coasting to a 3-1 victory at Sporting Gijon to tighten their grip on fourth spot. (Robert Lewandowski’s Bayern Munich goal ends perfect Atletico Madrid record)The visiting side went ahead in the 12th minute through Jonathan Dos Santos’s thumping drive and Nicola Sansone doubled the advantage in the 20th by stabbing in Alexandre Pato’s goalbound shot from close range.Sansone returned the favour for Pato in the second half by laying on the pass for the Brazilian to round off Villarreal’s first win on the road since they beat Malaga on Sept. 10.advertisementSporting got a late consolation goal through Carlos Carmona. (Ronaldo hat-trick fires Real Madrid to derby victory over Atletico Madrid)Villarreal are fourth on 29 points and are guaranteed to finish the year in the Champions League places.Champions Barcelona host Espanyol on Sunday hoping to eat into Real Madrid’s six-point lead at the top, with Zinedine Zidane’s side absent from league action this week due to playing in Sunday’s Club World Cup final against Kashima Antlers.
A tribal from Kalchini in West Bengal inspires girls from her community to play football, funding the process with proceeds from her tea shack.Bhabani Munda, a tribal from the village of Kalchini, founded and coaches a football team of 11 tribal teenage girls, Dooars XI, financed by her small shack,A tribal from Kalchini in West Bengal inspires girls from her community to play football, funding the process with proceeds from her tea shack.Bhabani Munda, a tribal from the village of Kalchini, founded and coaches a football team of 11 tribal teenage girls, Dooars XI, financed by her small shack that sells tea and snacks.Dooars XI has played at the state level, and apart from winning prizes, also functions as a platform to save tribal girls who suffer repression at various levels. Bhabani’s battle against the odds-and her love for the sport-began the day she picked up her elder brother’s football instead of her clay doll, at the age of seven.Photo: Subir Halder Quite often, she didn’t have either a football or boots for her practice sessions, which would begin at dawn. A melon would take the place of the ball; and if her limbs swelled up because she played barefoot, she would massage them with hot oil through the night. Driven out of her home for wearing shorts and taking part in a marathon, Bhabani travelled extensively in the tea gardens, finding and coaching girls who wanted to play. She would sometimes train them in the gardens themselves, the idea being that dodging the small tree trunks would help the girls learn dribble better.On August 15, 2010, she unfurled the flag of Dooars XI at her dream club-Jubilee Club. Offers of a coaching position have come her way from both Australia and Italy, but she doesn’t want to leave her girls. Leaving them, she says, would mean the end of their aspirations to become socially liberated and economically independent.advertisement
Little known Australian spinner Steve O’Keefe picked his career-best figures of 6/35, including three in an over, as India collapsed to 105 all out in the first Test against Australia in Pune. (Scorecard)Responding to Australia’s first innings 260, India had recovered to 94/3 before a poor shot by Lokesh Rahul triggered a dramatic collapse. O’Keefe, after pocketing Rahul, went on to remove Ajinkya Rahane and Wriddhiman Saha in the next four deliveries. (Stats: India’s worst collapse ever in Test history)O’Keefe also snared the wickets of Jayant Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav as India lost their last seven wickets for 11 runs in less than eight overs. (Tables turned: Australian spinners make India batsmen dance to their tunes)India began confidently against the 32-year-old left-arm spinner, taking 19 runs off five overs in his first spell and 11 runs off four overs in his second. However, it was his third spell, 4.1 – 1 – 5 – 6, which rocked the world’s most dominating batting line-up. (Virat Kohli out for duck for the first time in Tests in India)Steve O’Keefe today Overs Mdns Runs Wkts 1st spell 5 0 19 0 2nd spell 4 1 11 0 3rd spell 4.1 1 5 6O’Keefe’s 6 for 5 now features among the best bowling spells by any bowler against India. Take a look: Best bowling spells against India: Figures Balls Bowler For Venue Season 8/6 ~95 Lance Gibbs WI Bridgetown 1961-62 6/5 25 Steve O’Keefe Aus Pune 2016-17 6/7 27 Michael Clarke Aus Mumbai WS 2004-05 5/0 16 Stuart Broad Eng Nottingham 2011 5/3 25 Imran Khan Pak Karachi 1982-83 5/3 22 Dale Steyn SA Nagpur 2009-10Note: The above figures are not necessarily completed bowling spells. Also any subset of listed spells have been ignored (for example, Gibbs had taken 7 for 5 on the way to 8 for 6, which has not been considered).advertisementStats by Rajneesh Gupta.
An excerpt from Diane Aviv’s keynote at Independent Sector:This election season has ignited, for many, a newfound interest in the well-being of our polity. As millions of people enter the public square for the first time or return after a long absence, heeding a loud national call for hope and unity, our organizations should be there to embrace them—to help convert their fresh ideas into real-world change, to help transform their enthusiasm into bold new action.If we stand, as I believe we do, at a moment of profound rethinking about the American social compact, then the values of mutual concern and shared responsibility that unite us must be central to the discussion. We must use our voice — the organized expression of what we collectively call the independent sector, a voice founded on the values and aspirations that are embedded in the work we do.–When we address matters of public policy, we tend to do so from our respective corners of expertise. We may have something to say about health or child welfare, about the arts or education or urban planning. We haven’t, though, had a common message about the fundamental rules and principles that would keep the economy strong, provide for urgent needs, and make sure the bills are paid. It is time we found our voice not only on the issues directly related to our missions, but on the issues that will determine whether we or our neighbors have the means to discharge our missions at all.–The surest way for us to grow stronger—for civil society to rise to the mounting challenges that the current moment presents us—is to ensure that we are not charting our future in isolation. The purpose of a new social compact—beginning now, in the extraordinary weeks and months we are living through—will be to weave a new, more durable, more responsible web of interlocking obligations among all the sectors of society and then with our partners in all corners of the globe. We are well equipped to participate vigorously in serving that purpose. What’s more, we need to participate, for the sake of our missions, and of all the things we hope to achieve.
In one of my earlier posts, I suggested that it’s best to focus fundraising efforts on strengthening relationships with an organization’s current supporters. New research shows that getting new donors:is expensive. Acquisition costs can be anywhere from $.25-$1.50 to raise $1;has a very low ROI of $1.00;does not guarantee more than one gift. Only 23% of first-time donors ever give a second gift.While I still believe focusing on your current donors offers the best return on investment, it’s also important not to put all of your fundraising eggs in that basket. Why? Because donors are not eternal. They move. They tighten their giving budgets. They change their philanthropic priorities. You want as many people as possible to share your successes and be inspired by opportunities for investment. This is why it’s important to think about how to build your pipeline of future supporters.I wish I could hand you a list of your next big donors. What I can offer you is an approach that focuses on two key elements:WhoHowLet’s start with the who.Your Inner CircleThe first place to look for new donors is your inner circles of volunteers and supporters. These individuals already believe in you, and they want to see you succeed. Their personal networks are an invaluable source for finding new donors.Organize one-on-one meetings with these supporters where you can brainstorm potential donors. If individuals are hesitant to share a list of names, ask them to host a small reception or dinner where attendees can learn more about the organization. Let them drive the level of initial interaction you have with their friends and peers. Ask them how involved they want to remain in the process. This approach reinforces that you respect their willingness to open their relationships to you.Followers and Peer-to Peer FundraisersFrom e-newsletter subscribers to Twitter followers, potential donors often “raise their hand” to show their interest in your work. Ensure that these subscribers and followers are included in your fundraising outreach.If your organization uses peer-to-peer fundraising, look at your fundraising volunteers. You want to invite these people to stay involved in your mission, and you may be able to determine who has potential for greater giving.Event AttendeesI don’t think I’ve encountered an organization that doesn’t have some sort of annual fundraising event. Chances are, people that attend those events are either one-time donors or limit their annual support to that particular fundraiser. And, believe me, I understand the challenge to “convert” event attendees into sustaining donors. This is where post-event communication is critical. Keep all event invitees and attendees on your mailing lists and don’t hesitate to ask them for a gift at some other point during the year.Want to grow your middle to major donor pipeline? Draw up a short list of attendees and even invitees who didn’t attend your fundraiser and try to schedule meetings with them. You can find out what drives their interest in your organization and more important, what would inspire them to show more financial support.Another model I find effective is holding one or two cultivation events to introduce your audience to your work. These can be tailored to lapsed donors, nondonors who are in your database, or specific donors list created by your Board and other volunteers. These events can bring your work to life and highlight how the concrete ways their support can make a difference.Like-Minded DonorsFinally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t state the obvious source of rented lists and comparisons with donor lists of peer organizations. These individuals are the least connected to your organization and just because they may support another organization with a similar mission doesn’t mean they’ll support you. I only suggest this option as a last resort.Now, the how.Donors are the lifeblood of every organization. So, when you are looking for new donors, how do you position your case for support? The answer is showing people how their gift can make a difference in your work.It’s also integral to find out the best medium for sharing that information. For older donors, printed materials may be best. Young donors prefer social media outreach and electronic communication. Whatever the mode, focus on using sharing information that will bring them closer to your work.Did you know that on average many organizations are losing almost 60% of their donors each year? Talk about depressing!Do you remember that Seinfeld episode when Jerry made a car rental reservation which the rental company couldn’t seem to keep? When told they had run out of cars, Jerry said: “You know how to take the reservation, you just don’t know how to hold the reservation and that’s really the most important part of the reservation, the holding. Anybody can just take them.”It’s the same things with new donors. The key to your getting new donors isn’t just getting them. It’s retaining them. The first gift is an opportunity for celebrating, relationship building, and stewardship that can make that gift one of many.
Check out our free on-demand webinar on the simple steps you can take now to stop losing donors at your small nonprofit. Download now: 7 Secrets to Wildly Better Donor RetentionTo sort out how you can retain more donors, you need to understand why they stop giving in the first place.So, why do donors leave?While there are many reasons donors stop giving, but the most likely reason is one that’s easily avoided. It can all be traced back to one big mistake: the way they were treated by the charity. Remember: donors give through your organization to create an impact in their communities that they can’t make happen on their own. They want to make a difference, and when they’re not acknowledged or updated on the difference they’ve made, it’s challenging, if not impossible, to make them feel like giving again is a good idea.How does this happen?They didn’t receive the level of communication that would have led them to give a second gift.They weren’t appropriately acknowledged.They weren’t updated on the impact of their gift.They don’t understand how their individual contribution creates results.They weren’t properly solicited.Do any of these sound familiar? If you’ve made any of these mistakes with your donors, you’re not alone. Instead of beating yourself up about it, make it a priority to take some simple steps to turn the situation around.Assess Your Donor Retention SituationFirst things first, take a look and see where you are with your donor retention rates and the number of active vs. lapsed donors you have. Calculate your donor retention rate by examining the previous year’s worth of donors (this could be your calendar or fiscal year) and comparing them to the most recent year’s donors (important: this needs to be from the same pool of donors so you’re comparing apples to apples). A simple example formula:(Those who gave in 2014 who also gave in 2015/Those who gave in 2014) x 100 = Your donor retention rate (expressed as a percentage)Once you know where you stand, you can decide what to do and track your progress to ensure you’re moving in the right direction!Review Your Donor Stewardship ProcessAudit your donor communications from the first contact throughout the lifespan of your donors. Then, compare that to a timeline of your donor churn rate. These are the critical moments at which you need to prepare compelling, proactive outreach. If you already send communications in advance of these time periods, it’s probably time for an overhaul of your targeting and message.Need to improve donor retention at your small nonprofit? (Who doesn’t, right?) Download our free webinar, 7 Secrets to Wildly Better Donor Retention. I’ll help you take some immediate actions that will keep your donors. Watch it now.
On-Demand Webinars:2. Five Easy Steps to a Stronger Year-End Campaign1. Seven Secrets to Wildly Better Donor Retention Over 11% of all annual giving occurs during the last three days of the year—which is next week.Are you ready?If you’re not feeling quite in the giving season spirit yet, don’t worry.There’s still time to take advantage of the year’s biggest fundraising opportunity.Whether you’ve had your campaign planned for months, or you need to throw something together at the last minute, we’re here to help.Here’s a rundown of Network for Good’s top 10 free year-end fundraising resources:Articles:10. December Fundraising Dos and Don’ts9. Eight Ways to Make the Most of Your Year-End Fundraising Campaign8. Four Donor Communication Mistakes to Avoid in Year-End Giving Plans7. How to Create Year-End Content Your Supporters Will Share Guides and Templates:6. How to Write Amazing Year-End Fundraising Appeals5. Last Minute Tips for Year-End Success4. The Ultimate December Fundraising Checklist3. Year-End Appeals for Procrastinators
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta apologised to the club’s fans after Manchester City’s 6-0 win at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.City’s demolition of the Blues was their heaviest defeat in 28 years and made it four away losses in a row in all competitions for Maurizio Sarri’s side.Sergio Aguero hit a hat-trick, Raheem Sterling scored twice and Ilkay Gundogan was also on target as City ran riot to reclaim top spot from Liverpool. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Chelsea slipped to sixth place on goal difference and are a point behind Manchester United in fourth as the race for Champions League qualification continues.The Blues have now lost three straight Premier League away games by an aggregate 12-0 scoreline and defender Azpilicueta acknowledged they were far from good enough.”It is one of the worst nights in my career. It is difficult to explain what happened,” he told Sky Sports .”The first five or six minutes went well but that is not enough. It is very frustrating and disappointing. We are conceding a lot of goals and we cannot accept that.”When you lose 6-0 we have to accept we didn’t play well and made errors. We knew it would be tough.”When we won at Stamford Bridge [ a 2-0 victory in December ] it was because we played well and were together. Today was not the case.”All I can do is apologise to the fans because it is not acceptable.”The win puts Chelsea boss Sarri under mounting pressure at Stamford Bridge after he admitted last week that he struggles to motivate some of his players in west London.Sarri has enjoyed success in cup competitions since arriving from Napoli last summer, and has some crucial games coming up in the Europa League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup respectively. Chelsea face Malmo next time out on Thursday before a clash with Manchester United in the FA Cup, and play City again in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium on January 24.The Italian will be hoping he can turn the Blues’ form around in those outings, especially with their next scheduled Premier League outing coming against third-placed Tottenham at the end of the month.
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Hardik Pandya played a brilliant all-round game as India beat Australia by 26 runs by DLS methord in the rain-hampered first ODI between India and Australia at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk on Sunday.Pandya scored a brutal 83 off 66 balls, which included three straight sixes off Adam Zampa and then picked two crucial wickets of Steve Smith and Travis Head in the second innings to become the ‘Man of the Match’.Pandya joked after the match that a couple of fielding successes would have completed the day.”It was a good day for me. Couple of catches would have helped. It feels pretty good,” Pandya said in the post-match presentation ceremony.The Mumbai Indians all-rounder said that he hasn’t really changed over time and may be people have only started seeing him differently.”I don’t think anything has changed. I’m the same Hardik, perhaps a bit calmer than last year. Maybe people’s thinking has changed. I just wanted to play my game,” Pandya expressed.Photo Credit: AP Pandya shared that he and MS Dhoni knew what Adam Zampa was going to bowl to them and they had planned to target him.”I knew what he (Zampa) was going to bowl. We were planning and eventually I targeted one over. I liked it and eventually it helped,” Pandya revealed.Pandya thanked his coach and said that “a wonderful bunch of people around me” help him perform better.”As a cricketer, it is important to have the right form. I am glad I am doing well in the batting department and bowling department. I have a wonderful bunch of people around me. I’d like to thank my coach.”advertisementEarlier in the match, Pandya (83) and Dhoni (79) forged an 118-run sixth wicket stand to help India recover from a precarious 87/5 after India skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat.”The situation where we were, it feels good. They were on top and the pressure was there, so it was important to give myself some time. Came off pretty well,” Pandya said during the mid-innings break.The 23-year-old Pandya meted out special treatment to Adam Zampa, taking the young leg-spinner to the cleaners on three consecutive occasions to get to his third ODI fifty off 48 balls before falling to the same bowler, later in the innings.”I was trying to hit out before the Zampa over as well. Generally my plan is hitting straight – I don’t care if long-off is there or long-on is there. If I connect well, I know I will clear the boundary,” Pandya added.This was the Baroda all-rounder’s career-best ODI score, surpassing the 76, which he belted against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy final in England, earlier this year.Dhoni, at the other end, provided stability with a patient 75-ball 50 but more importantly carried on after the loss of Pandya to forge another healthy 72-run seventh wicket stand with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (32 not out).”It was important for me to make a partnership with MSD. I mean, I have learnt a lot from him, still learning. We were speaking how we needs to change things up. It is a pleasure to play with him.”When we were batting, we were thinking of 230, so we’ll take this,” Pandya concluded.
Even after demolishing Australia in the first two one day internationals of the five-match series, India cricket was seen sweating it out in the practice session in Indore on Saturday.Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is in top form at the moment, joined the likes of Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel at the nets and rolled over his arms for some spin bowling.Packed with an incisive bowling attack, a confident India would look to pile on the misery for a struggling Australia and seal the five-match series when they clash in the third ODI on Sunday.Look who has joined Indias Spin Attack – @msdhoni pic.twitter.com/JFMatmP0WP- BCCI (@BCCI) 23 September 2017It was no small task for Virat Kohli and his men to defend a modest 252 on the Eden Garden wicket, which despite being a two-paced track favoured the batsmen.The hosts have their bowling combination working superbly for them. The swing master Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have made the Australian top-order look ordinary while the wrist spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal has made the visitors dance to their tunes.Batting Bowling Trademark Smile ??? #TeamIndia #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/Bjp1TxRAoi- BCCI (@BCCI) 23 September 2017Australia’s plight could easily be gauged from the fact that eight of their batsmen could not touch double-digit scores in Chennai, while only four of them could score more than 10 runs in Kolkata.India have surely taken a giant step for yet another series win, but the team has allowed the Australian to create a few openings that could have proved detrimental if there were not some rescue acts.advertisementThere is no glory in practice, but without practice, there is no glory – #TeamIndia #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/ARG5rA7Txr- BCCI (@BCCI) 23 September 2017If the top order floundered in the series-opener, the middle order squirmed in Kolkata, where the bowlers won the match for the hosts.Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey have not made any contribution in the team’s cause so far and to keep their places they have to do something worthwhile. (Pandey, Jadhav quality players: Rahane)The selectors have named the squad only for the first three ODIs so it’s time that Pandey, who had a decent run during India A’s tour of South Africa, and Jadhav come up with something special.(With PTI inputs)
With the ICC Champion’s Trophy nearing its end, it’s that time of the year when cricket fever soars higher than result and college entrance anxieties. The first Twenty20 match in cricket was played on this day in 2003. The T20 format is one of the three formats of cricket that are currently recognised by the International Cricket Council (ICC).In the T20 format of cricket, each team has one innings with a maximum of 20 overs. A typical Twenty20 games gets over in around three hours.While the whole world is going gaga over the ICC Champions Trophy, we bring you 15 amazing facts about T20 cricket — from its history to some breakthrough records, here’s all you’d ever have wanted to know about the World T20 Cricket!Why was the T20 cricket format started?The cricket loving audience was decreasing and there was a need to pull in a younger audience in order to make sure there was adequate sponsorship. Twenty20 was started in an effort to make cricket more exciting and accessible to those who were put off by the lengthy game in its original format. The marketing manager of ECB, Stuart Robertson, was the first to propose a 20-over innings to the chairmen of the county in 2001.Where and how did T20 cricket start? The T20 format for cricket was originally introduced in 2003 by theEngland and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for an inter-county cricketcompetition in England and Wales.The first official T20 matches were played between the English counties On June 13, 2003.advertisementThe first T20 International match took place on August 5, 2004 between the women’s teams on England and New Zealand which teh latter won by nine runs. The first T20 international match between men’s teams was played on February 17, 2005 when Australia defeated New Zealand by 44 runs at Eden Park in Auckland, with Australian captain Ricky Ponting finishing at 98 not-out.India in World Twenty20 2016:India began its journey in the ICC World Twenty20 on March 15, 2016. Under the 2016 World T20 format, as many as 58 tournaments consisting of 35 men’s matches and 23 women’s matches were played across eight venues.Here are some amazing facts and breakthrough records from the men’s Twenty20 Internationals:Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.
New Delhi, Feb 2 (PTI) Uttarakhands Anu Kumar and Haryanas Pooja stole the limelight as they grabbed their second gold medals in the athletics events of the inaugural Khelo India School Games (KISG) here today.Nisar Ahmad of Delhi emerged as the fastest runner despite running an all-out 100m twice in a span of 20 minutes on Day 3 of competition.Nisar, who had to postpone his training trip to Jamaica in order to compete at the Khelo India School Games, was so focussed that he did not hear the recall whistle following a false start and he went all out in 10.77 seconds.The race was pushed to 20 minutes later to allow the athletes time to recover.When the final was re-scheduled Karan Hegiste of Karnataka, expected to provide Nisar a tough contest, was disqualified because of another false start.The race finally got underway and Nisar sprinted to glory in 10.76 seconds with another Karnataka athlete V A Shashikanth second in 10.90s and Haryanas Govind Kumar third in 10.95s.Nisar received the gold medal from Sports Minister and Olympic silver medallist Rajyavardhan Rathore.”I want to use this scholarship to explode the myth that Indians cannot run below 10 seconds. I had to delay my trip to Jamaica and it affected my training and will now leave tomorrow. But I am comfortable and I am happy I was able to compete and win. The first time I was so focussed that I did not hear the recall whistle,” Nisar said.”I was expecting a challenge from Karan Hegiste, but he was unfortunately disqualified for a false start. He is also very good.”advertisementMeanwhile, Anu became the first boys individual double gold medallist as he added the 800m gold to the 1500m he won on the first day.He also clocked a personal best of 1:52.08, bettering his previous best of 1:53.59 by more than one and a half seconds. The previous best was set while winning a silver medal at the World School Games in France.Another athlete to complete a golden double was Pooja of Haryana, who added the discus gold medal to the shot put she won earlier. Pooja had a best of 41.01m.Tamil Nadus Ajenci Susan won the silver with a best throw of 40.43m while Uttar Pradeshs Nikita Verma bagged the bronze with 39.27m.In 3,000m race, Gujarats Makwana Vishal won the gold in 8:48.79, while Sandeep Kumar (Uttar Pradesh) bagged the silver in 8:49.52. The bronze went to Siddharth Phor of Uttarakhand in 8:53.53.Two other impressive winners included Odishas Punga Soren, who ran a brilliant Heat of 14.24 in the morning only to better it in the afternoon for her 110m hurdles gold with 14.12 seconds.Rubina Yadav of Haryana was an impressive winner in the girls high jump event, clearing an impressive 1.76m to push the fancied Kerala girl Gayathry who failed to clear 1.70m and finished with the silver.Maharashtras Tai Bamhane (girls 800m), Avantika Narale of Maharashtra (girls 100m), Delhis Shahnawaz Khan (boys high jump), Madhya Pradeshs Ikram Ali Khan (boys discus throw), Seema (girls 300m) and Keralas Aparna Roy (100m hurdles) were the other winners. PTI PDS PDS
Runaway leaders Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley on Saturday in the Premier League.Manchester City paid the price for missed chances with Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s 82nd minute equaliser earning the hosts a share of the points.City had dominated possession throughout most of the game, which they strolled through for large spells, but after taking the lead with a beautiful strike from Brazilian Danilo in the 22nd minute, they failed to press home their advantage.Raheem Sterling produced one of the misses of the season – somehow putting the ball wide just one metre out from the empty goal and Burnley made the most of that let-off.City extended their lead to 16 points over second-placed rivals Manchester United, who were hosting Huddesfield Town later on Saturday. City now have 69 points from 26 games.City manager Pep Guardiola, without the injured David Silva, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus, named only six substitutes including club record signing Aymeric Laporte, signed for a club record 57 million pounds ($80.48 million) last week.In an attacking line-up, Burnley boss Sean Dyche gave winger Aaron Lennon his first start since joining from Everton.City went ahead when a short corner was worked to Danilo and, enjoying plenty of space, the Brazilian unleashed an unstoppable drive from outside the area.CITY QUALITYThe Clarets were struggling to create openings but when Jack Cork looped the ball into the area, it fell to defender Ben Mee whose volley forced a good save from Ederson.Former City youth team player Mee had another half-chance minutes later but his header from a corner flashed just wide.advertisementCity showcased their quality in the 39th minute with a flowing move from the back, ending with a powerful drive from Kevin De Bruyne which keeper Nick Pope did well to keep out.After the break, there was almost a repeat of the opening goal when City again found Danilo from a corner but this time the full back’s shot was tipped over by Pope.Somehow Burnley were still in the game and they came close to levelling when a fine Lennon strike was pushed against the woodwork by Ederson.That brought the game to life and City pushed forward with increased urgency and should have doubled their lead when Kyle Walker played the ball across the face of goal and somehow Sterling put it wide from point-blank range.City were made to pay when Burnley substitute Matt Lowton floated in a cross from the right and Gudmundsson met it on the half-volley to fire home and give the hosts one of the more memorable results of a season that has defied expectations.(Courtesy: Reuters)