first_imgEimhin Ó Diollúin from Cumann Liathróid Láimhe Micheál Breathnach, Indreabhán won the ‘Boys 17 and Under Title’ defeating another young Galway player, Jason O’Toole, Inis Mór at the final hurdle. The Irish National Wall Ball Competition was held in Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar this weekend. Galway were well represented in the three day event with many reaching semi-final and final stages. Three other members of Cumann Liathróid Láimhe Micheál Breathnach reached the Final stages finishing as runner up – Sadhbh Ní Fhlaithearta , girls 15 & under, Aine Ní Dhroighneáin Ladies Challenger and Mike Dillon, Mens C.center_img print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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first_imgA GLANCE at the table, and everything looks good for Tottenham.Seven wins out of nine represents the best start the club has ever had in the Premier League.10 Tottenham are struggling – and the riches of Man City roll into town nextVictory over Manchester City on Monday would see them leapfrog the champions and, potentially, go top of the table.Nobody would relish that more than Mauricio Pochettino, whose smiles when he greets Pep Guardiola before the game will mask his deeper thoughts about the Catalan’s managerial progress.Yet the mood of the Spurs fans, brought into yet more focus by the manner of Wednesday’s disastrous Champions League draw in Eindhoven, paints a very different picture.Yes, 21 points is pretty good. Better than that, in fact.10 Mauricio Pochettino reacts during the disappointing Champions League draw with PSV EindhovenCredit: Rex FeaturesBut none of them have been blinded to the reality – that Pochettino’s side have NOT played well all season.And when they walk out on Monday evening onto a Wembley surface scarred by the residue of the Anthony Joshua world title win and three weekends of back to back NFL action, the scene will be emblematic of the campaign to date.The venue itself is part of the issue.Not so much for the players. After all, the final game at White Hart Lane was in May 2017. Erik Lamela’s last match there was in October of 2016 (in the surprise 2-0 win over City) while Davinson Sanchez and Lucas Moura are among those who never played in N17.Michel Vorm urges Tottenham to be more ruthless ahead of Monday night’s clash against champions Manchester City10 Harry Kane (centre) is yet to hit top form this seasonCredit: ReutersYet the Spurs fans were first told they would be moving into their magnificent new 62,000-seater home in August. Then in September. And now, it seems, not before December, if at all this year.Wembley will be packed with a crowd in excess of those who could fit into the club’s new home.But the absence from Tottenham is taking its toll.It has added to a feeling of frustration, impermanence and stasis, even if not, yet, decline.After all, in four years of Pochettino, Spurs have become part of the Prem elite.They have finished above everyone at least twice, never lower than fifth. But always fallen just, agonisingly short.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino leaps to the defence of Hugo Lloris and says he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world 10 Wembley Stadium has become emblematic of Tottenham’s struggles this seasonCredit: Getty Images – GettyA summer in which the promised, expected renewal did not come – mainly because, against all internal anticipations, none of Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose or Mousa Dembele left – caused additional stirrings.Despite all that, the stark figures look decent.Even after back to back defeats by Watford and Liverpool, they rallied.Spurs have won their last four in the league, conceding just one goal, when Brighton scored in injury time at the Amex a month ago.Yet they have scuffed and scruffed their way over the line in all four, doing just enough to win games that, in truth, they would only expect to secure far more easily.Injuries have been part of that. The wins over Cardiff and West Ham were achieved without four of Spurs’ best five players.10 Pochettino is unconvinced that Pep Guardiola has really had to build something, given the resources he’s hadCredit: EPADele Alli could join Christian Eriksen and Dembele in returning on Monday, although Jan Vertonghen is still out for more than a month.And Harry Kane, despite his seven goals in all competitions, is still seeking the absolute top form that will be needed to inconvenience whichever of City’s central defenders Guardiola selects.Of course, it is a good thing to win when you are not playing well.But you cannot keep on doing it.Indeed, if you keep on playing poorly, it will eventually catch up with you.In Europe it already has. Despite dominating most facets in Milan and Eindhoven, they trawled just a single point from the two away games and now need a minor miracle to escape the group phase.Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola warns his players he will not tolerate any sulking from those that don’t make the first-choice line up 10 Man City are roaring along again and remain favourites for the titleCredit: EPAAnd there is nobody designed to make a team look second – or third! – best than Guardiola’s team of all the talents.Pochettino would love to put one over Guardiola, more than anyone else.The Argentine believes the very best coaches should have to prove their worth by building from a lower base, making players more than they feel they are.When he looks at what Guardiola inherited in all three of his jobs, and the financial advantage he had in Spain, Germany and now England, he is unconvinced that the Catalan has really had to work for his success.But Pochettino also acknowledges City are a sensational team, boosted further by the return of Kevin de Bruyne, set for his first Premier League start of the campaign.10 Pochettino would love to get one over Guardiola after poor showings last seasonCredit: AP:Associated PressLast season, the aggregate score of 7-2 in City’s favour was, if anything, an understatement of the gap between them. The difference of 23 points was equally telling.Many of the Spurs fans who trudge along Wembley Way on Monday will be doing so with a sense of foreboding.Not just for the night, but for the season.The mood is not black, at all. But it is grey. They really need something to lift them. Something special. Something like that performance at the Lane two years ago…..10 Dele Alli celebrates after his goal in a 2-0 Spurs win over Man City in October 2016Credit: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh*WHEN two teams have one win in 18 games between them, it suggests things might be grim.And for both Mark Hughes and Rafa Benitez, this weekend’s clash between Southampton and Newcastle represents a must-win match.Defeat at home to Brighton last week put more scrutiny on Rafa the gaffer, with the Toon anchored to the bottom of the table.Lose another, especially at the hands of Saints side whose lone victory came at Palace on September 1, and Mike Ashley may start to wonder if the law of diminishing returns – and the effect of another relegation on any future sale price – might make a change a consideration.10 Rafa Benitez’s winless Newcastle face a must-win against struggling SouthamptonCredit: AP:Associated Press10 Crystal Palace are again struggling at the start of the seasonCredit: ReutersMOST READ IN FOOTBALLBRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosFALL OF TROYDeeney calls Sky reporter ‘cheeky b******’ after he asks about retirementSHOTS FIREDDenis Irwin’s son trolls Liverpool fans with savage Steven Gerrard tweetPicturedC’MON THE LADSRamos’ becomes dad again as wife gives birth to FOURTH son Maximo AdrianoVideoROY MEANKeane says ‘that’s why they never win anything’ as Villa celebrate staying upPicturedHARRY’S HEROES Kane says goodbye to Tottenham team-mates Vertonghen and VormRED LETTER DAYKeane and Neville urge Man Utd to invest big after securing Champions League*CRYSTAL PALACE fans learned last season that few starts are so bad as to be fatal.It was not until their eighth game – the fourth under Roy Hodgson – that the Eagles started to fly, with that surprise 2-1 victory over Chelsea that kickstarted their campaign.But a fifth consecutive Selhurst Park game without a goal will start to raise anxiety levels.It is great to get the odd away result but home form is normally the key to survival.Arsenal will travel over the Thames in bullish mood.The Eagles, desperately, need to show they have some claws.last_img read more

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first_imgMOST READ EDITORS’ PICK Senators to proceed with review of VFA Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Memphis Grizzlies’ Mike Conley. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley faces up to two months on the sidelines after suffering a fracture in his lower back, reports said Tuesday.Conley suffered the injury, described as a transverse process fracture, during the Grizzlies’ defeat to the Charlotte Hornets on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND View comments Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Reports said Conley would be re-evaluated before January 1 although the typical recovery time for the injury was put at six to eight weeks.The injury is a blow to Memphis, who is a respectable 11-7 this season with Conley averaging a career-best 19.2 points and 5.7 assists per game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliIt is the latest in a litany of injury problems to hit Conley, who has played all 82 regular-season games just once since entering the league in 2007.Last season he spent 26 games on the sidelines because of an injured left Achilles.center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: NBA: Grizzlies’ Conley out at least three weeksConley re-signed with the Grizzlies in July on what has been reported as the richest deal in NBA history, worth some $153 million (144 million euros) over six years.Conley joins another crucial Grizzlies player, Chandler Parsons on the sidelines. Parsons is battling a knee injury while longtime Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph has missed the last three games because of a family bereavement.ADVERTISEMENT Tiger Woods counts it a success that he’s playing golf again As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise PH among economies most vulnerable to virus We are young Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol townlast_img read more

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first_imgBy Hub City Times staffMARSHFIELD – The Marshfield High School gymnastics team set a new school record at its home quadrangular meet against Arcadia, Tomah, & Westby, on Jan. 24 at Marshfield High School.The Tigers scored a total of 138.450 to break their own record and take first, with Arcadia following at 109.7 for second.Gracie Holland took first in all around competition, by placing first in uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise and third in vaulting. Emma Haugen followed in second place, with a first in vaulting and second place finishes in uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exerciselast_img read more

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first_imgThe email portion of your online fundraising plan should contain two main points:Getting organizedRemembering that content is (still/again) kingWork these initiatives into the part of your online fundraising plan dedicated to email marketing:Planning Tips:Plan, plan, plan… Develop an email messaging program for communicating regularly with donors and prospects. Think about e-newsletters, action alerts and/or event alerts. Make your newsletters worth reading!Build your list. Don’t buy a list–learn how to build one yourself. Aside from newsletter sign-ups, give prospects reasons to join your list–give them useful information (think value!), consider offering an incentive like a raffle for a gift certificate, and be sure to snag sign-ups at your events.Strategize and set goals. Determine what you hope to gain and what you’re shooting for with your email communications. Do you want to increase the size of your supporter pool? Do you want to increase your subscribers by a certain amount? Do you have a current email plan that you’d like to improve? Set some metrics for yourself (clickthough rate, etc.).Ask for direction. How often should you email your list? What types of messages do your donors want to hear? Ask them! Conduct a survey. Call a few top donors. Make communications a topic during your next volunteer meeting.Content and Campaign Tips:Get creative. Think about targeted messages for people who have expressed interests in certain subjects. Consider the roles of your various supporters (donors, volunteers, prospects) and what you want to communicate to/with them.Avoid gloom and doom. People like to feel hopeful, not helpless. Allow your messaging to cater to this tendency: Include attainable goals (“Every $30 donation gives a dog its shots!” “We’re already 80 percent of the way to our goal!”). People are not ATMs, and they’re involved with your organization for a number of personal reasons–sadness and hopelessness not among them.Mix it up. When considering your email strategy for the months ahead, think outside the fundraising-appeal box. And, when you are using email as a fundraising tool, keep your messages varied.…Test, test, test. You’re not a mind-reader. (No, I can’t prove it, but I can assume not.) With that in mind, test your email communications. Send one version of your newsletter to half of your subscribers and a different format to the other half. Which would have better clickthrough results? If you plop down a pair of fresh eyes in front of the versions, which one does your friend think is more readable?last_img read more

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first_imgToday is an exciting time in business for both nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies. Social causes are getting a great deal of media attention as consumers are demanding companies take an interest in the welfare of society. More and more research is showing that consumers want to purchase from companies that care about their causes. Meanwhile, companies are regularly looking for unique ways to reach new markets and become more profitable.Nonprofit organizations can provide a way for companies to meet this need while furthering their own missions. Consumers’ heightened interest in social causes has provided an opportunity for collaboration between nonprofits and for-profits, helping companies expand markets and reach more consumers while supporting nonprofit organizations and their causes.Mikel Smith Koon, President of Mosaik Strategies, LLC, has worked with companies and nonprofit organizations for years guiding them toward effective, mutually beneficial collaborations. Download the transcript(s) and supporting documents to learn more about her discussion on these topic areas:Principles of successful nonprofit/for-profit collaborationsHow to apply these principles to your organization and make them work for youSpecific tactics including matching grants, focusing on companies within the community, community involvement, employee support, etc.last_img read more

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first_imgGive donors options. Think big. Online donors are as diverse as offline donors-they want to set up recurring gifts, planned giving, stock donations and otherwise. In addition to your online donation form, be sure to include surrounding text about the variety of ways to give. Be sure to include contact information! Just do it. Frame your appeal in such a way that it answers donors’ immediate questions: Why me, why now, what for and who says? How do you do that? Learn the tactics.Keep this in mind: You have a variety of online channels (your website, email communications and champions on social media) to ask for donations, and you have the know-how to make your organization and a donor’s potential real. Go make it happen! Connect to content. Saying “donate now” is not a compelling solicitation. (But, ah, if only it were that easy…) You need to make a tangible appeal to your potential donors. Include an image. On a webpage about your organization’s homeless shelter, make your button say something relevant: “Feed five people with a $50 donation now! Any and all support makes a difference in the lives of these families. Show your potential donor him/herself. Sending out an email solicitation? Include a testimonial of one of your constituents or of another donor. People want to see themselves. Hold up that mirror, and show them, “Hey! You can help Susie and others like her by supporting local research…” or, “Hey! You can make a difference just as Donnie Donor did!” Check out another example of a good fundraising appeal. When you sit down to view your nonprofit organization’s website, you should be able to locate the donate button in one to two seconds. One Mississippi… Two Mississippi… Time’s up! That’s it. It should be that easy.So why aren’t more nonprofit websites designed that way?As we in the nonprofit world know, getting over the awkwardness of making “the ask” is a trial in itself. But, we also know that to fulfill our missions, good wishes and kind hearts don’t keep the lights on or the soup flowing. We need to be proactive about asking for support. We can’t hesitate to ask for gifts or involvement on our websites. We need to understand how to ask for donations.Here are a few tips for making the all-important “ask”: Make your donate button BIG. If you’ve been readings Tips for awhile now, this first point isn’t news, but it’s still of paramount importance. Make your button BIG, BOLD and ABOVE-THE-FOLD. Check out examples from Clowns Without Borders and Blue Frontier. Ask for more than money. What’s a precious commodity that doesn’t include a dollar sign? A person’s time — it can be priceless. Give all the facts and opportunities for volunteerism. Show how organized your program is and what an impact it will make on the volunteer and the project they’re doing.last_img read more

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first_imgAt one of Network for Good’s recent Nonprofit 911 calls, Alia McKee of Sea Change Strategies and I were asked, how do you convert one-time donors to habitual givers. Thanks Alia for helping me answer this one!Here’s what we said:•Make sure your donation form asks what type of gift the donor wants to make (“Do you want to give us a monthly gift?”). Whenever you’re asking for money, ask for the monthly pledge, not just a one-time gift.•Revisit the language you’re using in your appeals. Frame your ask in such a way that it’s a win-win situation—monthly donations for you, convenience and budgeting for your donors.•Package the appeal in an exciting way. For example, some organizations have an ambassador program or a sponsor-a-child every month program. Put a face on that sustainable gift. This way you’re creating some tangible tie to the idea of giving every month.•Don’t be afraid to ask for a monthly gift of support after someone completes a one-time transaction. It can be ingrained as a nice thank-you message: “Thank you so much for making a one-time gift. This is how you can put your support to work for us each and every month. Would you consider becoming a monthly supporter?” We’ve seen great success in converting first-time online donors into monthly donors by doing that within the first three days of them making their first online gift.last_img read more

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first_imgSuppose you’re creating an organization for women with alopecia areata — the autoimmune skin disease which stops the normal growth of hair on the scalp, brows, lashes and body. You want to convey that you are about community, support and fun. You want to make women with this condition feel empowered. And you want them to be absolutely COMPELLED to join you.Typical nonprofit approach?Call it the Alopecia Areata Association.A brilliant approach?Call it Bald Girls Do Lunch.Congratulations Bald Girls Do Lunch on amazing marketing.PS Full disclosure: I learned about this group when they signed up for Network for Good fundraising services. I work at Network for Good. When I saw their name, I just had to know who they are. But this post isn’t about business, in fact they don’t know I blogged this:) Yet.last_img read more

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