Transfers Fabinho urges Fekir to join him at Liverpool Dejan Kalinic 11:00 5/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Olympique Lyonnais Premier League Ligue 1 The new Reds signing hopes the France international attacker joins him at Anfield Liverpool signing Fabinho called on Lyon star Nabil Fekir to join him at the Premier League club.Fabinho’s switch to Anfield from Monaco was confirmed on Monday, the Brazil international signing a long-term contract after the clubs agreed to a deal worth €45 million (£39m/$52m) plus bonuses of up to another €5m.Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League runners-up are expected to be very active in the close-season, with Goal reporting Liverpool are stepping up their pursuit of Fekir. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now After facing Fekir in Ligue 1, Fabinho said he wanted the France international as a team-mate in the Premier League.Asked if he wanted Fekir to sign for Liverpool, Fabinho told RMC Sport: “Yes.”He is a very good player, of international level. In Ligue 1, it is not only this season that he has shown things.”It’s been a few years of him demonstrating his quality. If he comes, it will be good too.”Fabinho joined Liverpool after five seasons at Monaco, where he won the Ligue 1 title in 2016-17.After scoring in France’s 2-0 friendly win over the Republic of Ireland, Fekir said: “If Fabinho will be my future team-mate? I will discuss about my future after the World Cup, not before.”If I will sign somewhere before the World Cup? Honestly, I don’t know.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Good marketers understand the values of your audience, not your own, should shape how you communicate. So I want to call your attention to someone who is letting their audience shape their creative work, turning their web redesign into a conversation with constituents. American Rivers is truly moving audience feedback upstream as the organization rethinks americanrivers.org, nationalrivercleanup.org, and healthyrivers.org.First, check out their blog, which shows just how transparent and collaborative their redesign is. Also take a look at their Flickr contest, where they are asking river-lovers to upload their own photos.My Network for Good colleague Stacie Mann knows the clever guy behind this work and the blog, Chas Offutt, and asked him how goes the marketing conversation that he’s started. Here are his responses:1) Was there any pushback within organization about being so transparent? Nothing to date, but I’m not exactly sure how many people are aware of the blog. I’ve been rolling it out on an individual basis to generate feedback, greater review before I make a larger outward push. These small steps have worked out well as I’ve made a quite a few changes over the first 5 weeks that have greatly impacted the direction of my efforts. I’ve gotten some excellent feedback from co-workers, friends, and counterparts within the online advocacy community.2) What results are you seeing with blogging?Well, I’m seeing growth in traffic, comments, and general participation (Crazy Egg’s heat map is pretty cool, which, by the way, that idea came from a visitor). And, internally, I’m getting a lot of support from folks who appreciate being involved in the process. Last month, I held a Web 2.0 Introduction that went over really well. It would be great to have del.icio.us, Flickr, and RSS on our site, but what good would it be if the staff had no idea what it means and more importantly, how it can benefit their work. I feel the blog, as well as my work within the organization, should contain an education (i.e. testing) component – hence some of the “blog bling”. The success of our efforts online will not be because of me or my team, but the organization as a whole.3) What kinds of things surprised you? Good or bad… Aside from folks actually reading it, I’ve been a little surprised with the number of paths that I’ve been able to pursue as a result of this online dialogue – I seem to be referred to some cool new thing everyday (e.g. Vizu from Katya). I know I’m not the first to experience these online changes and one reason I wanted to do start this blog was to learn more about what’s happening in my field and reach out to those who have gone, going, or thinking about going through a website redesign. Down the road, I’d love to see everyone in the organization blogging (but not like PhilTube) about their work – that would be awesome.
Social proof is the powerful idea that if we think everyone else is acting in a certain way, we’re likely to act that way, too. People are conformists by nature, and we take cues about how to think and what to do from those around us. Social norms fuel entire industries. Would the fashion world be able to motivate us to buy a narrower tie or a longer skirt this year if we didn’t care what people think?At Network for Good, we’ve used the principle of social norms to increase donations through our web site. We state that more than 100,000 nonprofits have raised more than $800 million through our service to show how easy and safe it is to give through our system. Many charities have “cybergiving week” – that end-of-year spike in online giving. The psychological subtext is simple; everyone’s doing it, so you should too! Here are some ways you can generate social proof for your cause: Once you get some critical mass going, use fundraising tickers. Show how many people are giving, in real time. Count your community: Show how many people have taken action to create a sense of a growing community of like-minded people. Use testimonials: Quotes from people talking about why they support you are powerful. Other people are often your best messengers. In your call to action, choose wording that demonstrates that others are already participating, e.g. “join millions of other generous Americans” or “hundreds of other concerned members in your community”.,Social proof is the powerful idea that if we think everyone else is acting in a certain way, we’re likely to act that way, too. People are conformists by nature, and we take cues about how to think and what to do from those around us. Social norms fuel entire industries. Would the fashion world be able to motivate us to buy a narrower tie or a longer skirt this year if we didn’t care what people think?At Network for Good, we’ve tried using the principle of social norms to increase donations through our web site. We state that more than 325,000 people have given more than $112 million through our web site to show new users just how popular we are. In December 2006, when our traffic increases, we feature a real-time ticker of total donations so people can see just how many other people are taking action. In December 2006 and 2005, we partnered with Yahoo! on a “cybergiving week” to promote the idea that just as retail sales has black Friday, charities have “cybergiving week” – that end-of-year spike in online giving. The psychological subtext? Everyone’s doing it so you, should too! Fundraising thermometers and also send the message, “Other people are doing it, and you are part of something larger.”Here are some ways you can generate social proof:• Once you get some critical mass going, use fundraising tickers. Show how many people are giving, in real time.• Count your community: Show how many people have taken action to create a sense of a growing community of like-minded people.• Use testimonials: Quotes from people talking about why they support you are powerful. Other people are often your best messengers.• In calls to action, choose wording that demonstrates that others are already participating, e.g. “join millions of other generous Americans” or “hundreds of other concerned members in your community”
The Question:Is a message board the best way to build a virtual community? How does a message board compare to the use of email lists or online chats? Which option is best for a small nonprofit? Like many NPOs, our organization is relatively low on budget and on manpower.The Answer:A quality message board offers several advantages over email lists or online chats for hosting a virtual community. As a space on the web, a message board has the potential to be tightly integrated into an existing web presence. Online content can be linked directly to relevant online discussions, creating a very easy transition from content to community. A message board allows for conversations to continue regardless of participant’s online status – a participant can log on to post a message, then log off and return at a later point to resume the conversation. An online chat requires that participants are logged on at the same time for conversation to occurA message board also serves as a resource archive, where past conversations are archived for searching and review by participants as needed – this is typically missing from chat software. A typical chat service does not archive conversations for searching by date, subject/keyword.A quality message board will provide integrated email list services, where participants who register can choose to have new messages posted to their email accounts on a regular basis. This listserv/message board integration helps to ease the transition of listserv only members to a web space by offering a familiar email list feature, as well as reinforces the visibility of message board conversations.A message board is not trivial to “nourish” and manage. Unlike typical email lists, past and present messages on a message board are readily viewable. This means that evidence of quality participation and a large group of participants is necessary to encourage more visitors to contribute. Success here requires a coordinated effort of staff to start and continue online discussions, manage participant questions and suggestions for improvements, and develop promotional strategies for driving traffic to the conversations.Typically, email lists are the easiest to get started, as they have fewer options than message boards or chat services.Some message boards resources to check out include this article at NPTalk and free message board services by ezboard and BoardHost.Source: http://www.techsoup.org/community/qod_answer.cfm?qotdid=230
According to the BoardSource governance survey, the average size of a board is 17 members, the median being 15. Organizations with larger budgets tend to have larger boards. It is always good to remember: Average figures only reflect the reality, not a recommended norm.In most states, the laws dictate the minimum size for nonprofit boards. Usually three is the minimum, but in some states only one or two board members are required. Equally, it is good to remember that laws regulate the minimal legal requirements, not what your optimal goal should be.When determining the size of your board, start by thinking about what your board needs to accomplish. Optimal board size may vary according to the stage in the board’s lifecycle, its mission, its fundraising necessities, and whether it is a national or a local board.ReferencesBoardSource, BoardSource Governance Index Survey 2004 (BoardSource 2004).Robert C. Andringa and Ted W. Engstrom, Nonprofit Board Answer Book (BoardSource 2001).
MySpace.com is the largest, most visited social networking website in the world. Over the last year thousands of nonprofit organizations have jumped onto MySpace hoping to tap into its tens of millions of users, yet many are struggling to successfully utilize the site. Change.org, which recently announced a partnership with Network for Good, launched in February 2007 and is increasingly becoming the social networking destination for activists, donors, and nonprofit organizations. These two sites, when successfully integrated into a comprehensive social networking strategy, can significantly increase your organization’s name recognition, website traffic, donor database, and e-newsletter subscriber mailing list.Heather Mansfield, creator of the Nonprofit Organizations MySpace and online community manager for Change.org, will discuss how you can successfully use both sites to increase your organization’s visibility on the Internet, recruit new donors and e-newsletter subscribers, and build online community around your organization’s mission and programs at little to no cost to your organization.Links for the January 23rd Presentation:MySpace:http://www.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=InternationalMaphttp://www.myspace.com/grassrootsinternationalhttp://www.myspace.com/thehumanesocietyhttp://www.myspace.com/gorillafundhttp://www.myspace.com/globalexchangehttp://www.myspace.com/coolcampaignhttp://www.myspace.com/nonprofitorganizationshttp://www.diosacommunications.com/myspacebestpractices.htmChange.org:A. TransFair USA:http://www.change.org/transfairusahttp://www.change.org/nonprofits/projec…https://www.change.org/giving_networ…B. The Advocacy Project:http://www.change.org/advocacyhttp://www.change.org/nonprofits/projects/index/54285C. NARAL Pro-Choice Americahttp://www.change.org/pro-choiceamericahttp://www.change.org/nonprofit_page/nonprofit_ev….D. Sign up:http://www.change.org/nonprofit_admin/signup/branded_previewhttp://www.change.org/bestpractices
I am an enormous fan of the wonderful book, Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. I even did an entire series here on the blog about it. The book is a must-read if you want to communicate – and motivate – better.And today I have big news – here at Network for Good, we asked author Dan Heath to donate his time to talk about the book and how nonprofits can be stickier. And being the generous person he is, he agreed. Don’t miss the incredible opportunity to hear from one of the greatest marketing minds around – for free!Make Your Ideas Stick:Register for our next Nonprofit 911 It’s hard to make an impact with your ideas. It’s hard to get people to pay attention, to listen. And even if they listen, how can you get them to care?It’s a tough problem, but Dan Heath has some answers. Dan is the co-author of the book Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. The book has been on the BusinessWeek bestseller list for 13 months and running, and it was named one of the Best Business Books of the year by both Amazon readers and editors. Join us on March 11 for a teleseminar that will transform the way you communicate. You’ll learn how to make your messages more memorable, using lessons from psychological research. You’ll learn about the common structure that underlies successful nonprofit campaigns, such as “Don’t Mess With Texas” and The Truth (anti-smoking) campaign.Dial in at 1 p.m. eastern on March 11. You’ll never communicate the same way again. Register for this (free!) upcoming Nonprofit 911 call scheduled for March 11 at 1 p.m. EST.
You’ve decided that the benefits of emailing your newsletter to your supporters outweigh the costs and you are ready to make the transition from print to email. Here are seven tips to help you do it right:Don’t try the short-cuts. Sending a PDF of your print newsletter out as an attachment to an email list is NOT an email newsletter. Neither is sending a one-line email that says “Click here to read our newsletter on our website.” If you are going to use email to communicate regularly with your supporters, create a real e-newsletter, with real content in the email itself.Dissect your old print newsletter. Not everything that you included in your print newsletter will be right for your email newsletter. For example, if you had a large calendar of events in print, it’s best to highlight only a few events in an email newsletter with links to a full calendar on your website. Think about what belongs where online — not everything will work in an email.Consider a more personal tone. Email is a more personal form of communication than print. If you’ve been writing your newsletter articles in the third person (The Dog Lovers Association is seeking volunteers), now is the time to move to a more personal first person- second person style (If you’d like to volunteer to walk dogs, we want to hear from you).Decide on full text, teasers, or a combo. An email newsletter should be relatively short compared to a print newsletter. That means you have to make some decisions about the quantity and length of articles. Some organizations will include one full article in an email newsletter with headlines only for other articles on a website. Others will include teaser text, or longer blurbs, for all of the articles, requiring readers to click over to the website for the full version of each article. Either way is acceptable, but I think it’s best to be consistent from issue to issue.Prepare to spend lots of time on microtext. Working on the microtext like headings and captions is important in print, but it’s absolutely essential in email. Start working now on the kinds of subject lines, headlines, and subheads you’ll use in your email newsletter. A large portion of your mailing list will quickly skim and read only the microtext, so make it good.Use an email newsletter service. Don’t try to distribute an email newsletter out of your desktop email program. The problems with this approach are too numerous to mention. Instead, use an email marketing service provider. The benefits far exceed the minimal monthly costs.Add a sign-up box to your website. Ideally, this will appear in your site template so the sign-up box appears on every page of your website. At a minimum, put it on your homepage and about us or contact us pages. One of the benefits of using an email service provider is that your supporters can add themselves to your list automatically — but only if they can find the form on your website.About the Author: Kivi Leroux Miller provides training and personal coaching on all aspects of nonprofit marketing and communications to organizations big and small across the U.S. If you want to write newsletters and annual reports that your supporters will love or create websites and blogs that educate and inspire, visit www.NonprofitMarketingGuide.com, where you’ll find a free e-newsletter, articles, webinars, e-courses, and more.Source: http://www.nonprofitmarketingguide.com/blog/2008/03/17/moving-your-print-newsletter-to-email-7-tips/
Recently, I caught up with Jay Gary, author, futurist and now assistant professor at Regent University in their School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship. For years Gary has conducted “Future Proof Your Ministry” workshops. I was curious to what he had to say.1. What trends are you tracking now, which faith-based nonprofits need to deal with?I have been tracking the impact on non-profits of the retirement of 46 million college-educated baby boomers by 2025. Non-profit executives have been talking about our aging donor demographics for years. For some, entire ministries will retire as their donor base does. We have been slow to realize that these workforce changes will totally redefine non-profit work in America. The U.S. labor force may have doubled over the past 50 years with the addition of women, but it will only grow at one-third of previous rates over the next four decades.This means government social services and non-profits will be saddled with enormous burdens. Census figures show that by 2030 there will be only three working adults to support every elderly person in the U.S., compared to seven back in 1950. Baby-boomers on fixed incomes will drop from non-profit donor roles and at the same time demand more mental and health care services. America will face a retirement avalanche, leaving the workforce with serious labor shortages.There will be a dearth of skilled employees in tech, science and other innovation areas, which outsourcing will likely fill. The newer entrants to the workforce by 2020, particularly women and Hispanic Americans, will not have the discretionary time or income to support the non-profit community. If you couple this with Barna’s projection of 20 million revolutionaries stepping outside the church to embrace self-managed spiritualities, then America’s faith-based non-profits, who serve the needy and the marginalized, are in for some lean decades–unless we rethink our service paradigms.2. Wouldn’t the retiring Baby-boomers boost the non-profit volunteer labor force?Yes, absolutely, in the short-run. You have a twin-trend here. While corporate America will lose the experience of millions of Baby-boomers due to retirement, and turn to global outsourcing to find skilled workers; domestic non-profits who have their ships ready will pick up thousands of highly trained retirees, who can lead mentoring, training or service programs.In reality, however, few non-profits will have the managerial ability to absorb the volunteer labor of the retiring Baby-boomers. We may have depended on their donations, but we don’t have a clue on how to leverage this wave of human capital.As a result, by 2020, older Americans, even faith-based populations, will plunge head-long into a Leisure Age, marked by travel, entertainment, and health and lifestyle enhancement services. Apart from new models of empowerment, the wealth of the largest and most educated generation in America will be consumed on itself.3. In the faith-sector there are so many changes taking place with new approaches being tried, how can you tell which ones are fads and which ones are trends?To use Jesus’ metaphor–fads are tares, while trends are wheat. You can’t immediately distinguish the two, unless you let them grow, and observe them. Only time series, or longitudinal data, can sort them out. Ideas such as the purpose driven church start off slow, gather momentum and spread quickly, but then reach maturity and level off.Every idea, every innovation has a past, a present and a future. You can track these patterns of change through forecasting. I recently hosted Graham Molitor, at Foresight 2007. Molitor’s 22-step model of change gives executives real clues on how to frame, advance and resolve issues affecting both church and society. See my blog entry on this.Of course, before a trend is named or identified, you only deal with weak signals, and it is hard to separate the signals from the noise. But after the event horizon, when a fad changes, transforms and gains staying power, you can track it as a trend, or a mature driving force.The purpose driven church appears to be part of a larger Baby-boomer drive for aspiration, meaning, focus, and service. It might be part of what Inglehart calls a shift to post materialism in the West. This shift, tracked quantitatively through the World Values Survey, shows that aging populations in Northern Europe and America are more focused on self-actualization than just survival. This is a positive trend, if the church can figure out how to see postmodern spirituality as an opportunity, rather than a threat.4. You talk about non-profits changing their service paradigms. Where do you see changes in media, like social media (web 2.0) taking communications in the future?Social networking has moved beyond just a youth phenomenon on Facebook to a core methodology for strategic alliances to gather, network and mobilize human capital. Recently I became active on a Shaping Tomorrow network of futurists. This has given me access to my professional peers in Europe in a way I could not have done three years ago. These new technologies will also create a 3-D virtual world where local activists can interact with each other and build bottom-up change initiatives.Advertising will also populate “Second Life” virtual worlds, and transform the customer to company dynamic. Instead of taking a trip to the Mall, your teenager will visit a GAP store in 3-D, interact with an avatar sales agent, and purchase goods. The same dynamic will be used to attend 3-D night clubs, jazz festivals, or art galleries. Six months ago the American Cancer Society held their first fundraiser in “Second Life.” This could have great implications for social interaction, spirituality, and religious behavior.Think of 3-D virtual worlds like Halo-3 computer gamers meeting Mother Teresa. Imagine Carlos in 2025, a Hispanic OD consultant in Los Angeles. He might forgo local congregational involvement, but participate regularly in holographic worship, populated by a youth bulge from south Asia. His volunteer service in a Google Earth replicated 3-D virtual world could be 20-hours a week through spiritual leadership and workforce training.5. How did you become a social forecaster?Very painfully. Back in the 1980s I was part of the century-end push to evangelize the world. By 1992, I realized that while the church could be called to action, it was failing to adapt and prepare its nets for the 21st century. I began to see beyond 2000, and work as a millennial consultant. I helped local communities use 1999 – 2001 to boost their triple bottom line, economy, ethics and environment. It gave me a new window on what it meant to be future-ready, and how faith, and special kairos seasons, could be used to galvanize change.I started hanging out with the World Future Society and then created ChristianFutures.com as a mentoring service for emerging leaders. I was a founding member of the Association of Professional Futurists.That led me to go back for my PhD with Regent University and launch their foresight emphasis. Now my job as a professor is to help mid-career professionals raise their game as futurists and strategists. I have up to 100 students each semester, spread out from MBA to Doctoral students. I teach them the practical skills I honed in horizon scanning, trend analysis, forecasting, and strategic change. I also help non-profit executives stand in the future and reinvent their ministries, by developing a future horizon 7 to 21 years out.About the author: Chris Forbes is a certified Guerrilla Marketing coach and founder of MinistryMarketingCoach.com. He speaks and writes on the subjects of ministry marketing, faith-based nonprofit marketing, social marketing, and Guerrilla Marketing for nonprofits.
On my way to my daughter’s school, every morning, I pass a house that has a creche in its front yard. It’s been there since early December. Baby Jesus has been lingering there for the entire winter and Spring, and at this rate he may be slumbering into the summer. He is covered with pollen these days.Every morning, my daughter takes note of his long, post-seasonal stay in the manger.“It’s STILL there!” she notes.Then she asks why.You could attribute all kinds of interesting reasons for this never-ending nativity scene. Maybe it’s a family that practices a particular kind of christianity. Maybe they like the way the creche looks amid the Spring flowers and overgrown grass. Maybe they have the Christmas spirit all year long.Or maybe they are just lazy. Maybe they still have their tree up inside too, because they haven’t summoned the energy to pack it up either. My fave marketer, Seth Godin, says you can be sure of two things about all people: they are lazy, and they are in a hurry.We marketers like to spend a lot of time analyzing why people do some things or don’t do some things. We think of religion, attitudes, mindsets. But we should also be thinking of lazy. And in a hurry. Maybe we’re just making it too darn hard for people to take action.Maybe if taking action was really easy, more people would do it.Never underestimate the importance of ease and convenience. Try vastly simplifying your call to action and the level of effort it requires. See what happens. You might get Christmas in April.
Posted on July 18, 2013August 15, 2016Click 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)Our colleagues at Pathfinder International have recently issued several new capacity building tools for global health practitioners. The tools, part of a collection called Straight to the Point Tools, include checklists and straight to the point guidelines for developing a work plan, budgeting, accounting, and identifying and prioritizing behavior change needs.About the Straight to the Point Tools collection:Taking into consideration implementers’ limited time and human and financial resources, the tools in Pathfinder’s Straight to the Point Series provide clear, concise guidance on a variety of issues related to organizational management and program design, implementation, and assessment. The Straight to the Point tools do not replace extensive, in-depth evaluations and guidance, but rather offer an easier, more direct way of improving programs and launching new activities.About the work planning tool:This tool leads an organization or group step-by-step through the process of creating a workplan—from setting goals and objectives, to choosing activities, to planning timing and assigning responsibility—and includes a workplan template.Access the work planning tool.About the budgeting tool:This Straight to the Point capacity building tool introduces the concept of budgeting to community-based organizations with limited resources and financial management experience, and leads them through the process of creating a simple budget.Access the budgeting tool.About the accounting tool:This Straight to the Point capacity building tool offers a brief introduction to a few essential accounting practices and provides a checklist to help organizations assess whether they are meeting these fundamental requirements.Access the accounting tool.About the behavior change communication tool:Organizations and groups can use this tool to guide a group activity with members of the community they work with in order to identify the major barriers to adopting a specific healthier behavior and to prioritize which barriers should be addressed first.Access the behavior change communication tool.Does your organization develop and publish tools for global maternal health practitioners, researchers, or policymakers? Let us know! We would love to share them on our blog and in our library. Contact Kate Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
BRISTOL, TN – SEPTEMBER 10: ESPN’s Desmond Howard and Rece Davis on set during College Gameday prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 10, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)On Wednesday night, the college football season rolled on as Appalachian State kept its undefeated season alive with a win over Louisiana. Appalachian State is just one of 16 undefeated programs left in college football.Unfortunately for the Mountaineers, they won’t be in the College Football Playoff race even if they finish the season without a blemish.While the Mountaineers are likely out of the race, many other programs are not. Before the rest of the weekend’s slate of games kick off, ESPN’s Desmond Howard revealed the four programs he’d like to see in the playoff – if the season ended today.In an episode of “As The Season Turns” Howard revealed the two match-ups he wants to see. Howard wants Georgia to face off against Ohio State – which would pit Justin Fields against his former team. He also wants Alabama to face off against Oklahoma – where, like Fields, Jalen Hurts would play against his former team.Check it out.Week 6 is in the rearview. Check out a new twist to “As The Season Turns” where #Hershey talks #Heisman, top teams (sorta) and a “ball of confusion” for @SMU_Football.@CollegeGameDay pic.twitter.com/UWJGiJo5i3— Desmond Howard (@DesmondHoward) October 10, 2019[Related Article: Urban Meyer Reveals His Latest College Football Playoff Prediction]Both match-ups would provide plenty of story-lines heading into the College Football Playoff. Ratings would also be off the charts to see four of the biggest programs in the country battle it out.Will these be the four teams in the playoff?
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Urban Meyer has quickly become one of college football’s most-popular analysts. Given his track-record of success with Ohio State, Florida and Utah, he knows what he’s talking about in regards to national championship contenders.After watching Oklahoma dismantle Texas in a 34-27 win on Saturday, Meyer thinks the Sooners have what it takes to win it all.“They were relentless today,” Meyer said on the Fox Sports post-game show after the game, per 247Sports. “They are a legitimate national title contender now. They’re a top four team. And not because of offense — you knew they had an offense — but because of that defense.”Meyer makes a good point. Oklahoma has had one of the best offenses in the nation for several years now. But the Sooners defense has been mediocre at best.Is this the most complete team Oklahoma has had in some time? We’re just getting started. #OUDNA🔗 https://t.co/WRnkCZPLMp pic.twitter.com/ErBrOjgVns— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) October 12, 2019Sooners fan can thank Lincoln Riley for making a much-needed change at defensive coordinator. Alex Grinch is leading the defense to new heights.“Coach Riley, they had to make a change, and they did,” Meyer said. “And they made a drastic change, they brought in Alex Grinch, a guy I know very well. A high energy guy, he expects a premium placed on effort and that’s what you saw.”Oklahoma will continue to be tested this season. But if the Sooners continue to play like they did on Saturday, they’ll be on their way back to the College Football Playoff.
Philippe Coutinho scored his first goal from open play to help Bayern Munich clinch a 3-2 win at Paderborn as they knocked RB Leipzig off the top of the Bundesliga.Bayern took advantage of Leipzig’s 3-0 home defeat to Schalke on Saturday to leapfrog their rivals and go a point clear at the top. Serge Gnabry opened the scoring for Bayern with an angled finish at the back post before Coutinho tapped home from close range just after half-time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Goals from Kai Proger and Jamilu Collins gave Paderborn hope, but Robert Lewandowski’s strike that sandwiched those efforts ultimately proved decisive.Unstoppable #LewanGOALski #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/afyyXD4m9R— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) September 28, 2019Bayern had won 6-0 on their last two visits to Paderborn – in the Germany Cup in February 2018 and in the Bundesliga in February 2015.Their dominance from kick-off suggested another thrashing was in the offing but Paderborn produced a spirited effort.Poland striker Lewandowski missed a sitter early on when he got on the end of Gnabry’s low cross but guided the ball wide when faced with an open goal.Gnabry’s finishing was decidedly more clinical shortly afterwards, though, as he gave Bayern a 1-0 lead.Brazil playmaker Coutinho’s superb ball over the top picked out Gnabry and the winger caressed a low shot into the net from a tight angle.The same pair combined early in the second half to strengthen Bayern’s grip on the game, with Gnabry’s low cross turned into the empty net by Coutinho.It was the on-loan Barcelona man’s second goal for Bayern, having scored from the penalty spot in a 4-0 win over Cologne last weekend.Paderborn refused to through in the towel and Proger gave the home fans hope when he chipped the ball in the air and struck an angled volley past Manuel Neuer.Lewandowski made up for his earlier miss with a dinked finish over Jannik Huth after he sprung the Paderborn defence.Collins made the visitors sweat for the final six minutes when he scored with a spectacular long-range effort before Coutinho blazed a glorious chance over.What does it mean? Bayern warm up for SpursVictory for Nico Kovac’s side sent them top and despite Paderborn’s second-half efforts it was not too taxing a game ahead of their European commitments next week. Even though they only won by one goal Bayern went through the gears when required against the Bundesliga new boys.The trip to Tottenham will present a much sterner test for Kovac’s side but they have much more in the tank than they showed here.Composed Coutinho looks at homeBarcelona might have been a struggle but the switch to Bayern has so far proven blissful for Coutinho. The Brazilian has quickly found his feet and pulled the strings from midfield against Paderborn. A goal and an assist was the least he deserved with his late miss the only blot on his copybook.Horrible day for HuthThe last time Paderborn were thrashed by Bayern their goalkeeper was Michael Ratajczak, who is now the club’s third choice shot-stopper. He let in six and will no doubt put an arm around Jannik Huth after he shipped three goals on a miserable afternoon for the Paderborn number one.Key Opta Facts- Bayern have won each of their five competitive meetings with Paderborn, by a combined total of 24-3.- For the first time in his professional career, Lewandowski has scored in eight competitive matches in a row.- Lewandowski set a new Bundesliga record: He is the first player with 10 goals after six matchdays.- Coutinho was involved in two goals today (goal and assist). He had a hand in 7 of Bayern’s 18 shots in total.- Gnabry was involved in two goals (goal and assist) for the first time in a Bundesliga game since April 2019. He had the most shots of all players in the game (6).What’s next?Bayern head to Spurs for a Champions League Group B clash on Tuesday. Kovac’s side then face Hoffenheim at the Allianz Arena in the Bundesliga on Saturday with Paderborn hosting Mainz on the same day. read more
Written By: Geoff Millar – Ultimate All Inclusive Vacations Last month we looked at the Sandals Resorts located in Jamaica. This month we will look at the other Sandals Resorts located in the Bahamas and Eastern Caribbean. To remind everyone Sandals Resorts are Couples only resorts and they also own Beaches, their Family Resort chain, as well as Pineapple, their entry level resorts. We will start with the Sandals Resorts located in the Bahamas. There are two of them, one in Nassau, The Sandals Royal Bahamian and one located in the Exuzma Islands, Sandals Emerald Bay. SANDALS ROYAL BAHAMIAN Sandals Royal Bahamian is located just outside of the town of Nassau in the Cable Beach area of the island. It sits on a very nice calm beach and even has its own private island. It is one of the few All Inclusive Resorts in the Bahamas, and the only couples only All Inclusive resort, as well as the top rated All Inclusive resort on the island. This resort is made up of 3 different sections, The Balmoral Tower, the Windsor Tower, and the Royal Village. The Balmoral Tower, the Windsor Tower, and the Royal Village each have their own pools but anyone staying in any category can use all the pools. There are 4 main pools as well as the swim-up room pools, one of those main pools is located on the private island. All sections have been renovated but the Royal Village and the Balmoral Tower are the oldest and the Windsor Tower is the newest. All 3 sections carry the Butler level, the Club or Concierge level and the entry level, the Luxury Level. The two towers are the closest accommodations to the beach and the Royal Village has more of a villa feel spread out within a luxurious garden. Each villa holds either 2 or 4 rooms depending on the category. The only thing I did not care for is that the Royal Village Section sits at the back of the resort and is closest to the main road. It does have its own pool, but the pool is smaller than the two Tower areas. The resort is well laid out and not overly large. The beach is nice but is on the smaller side. You do have the private island with its own pool, swim-up Bar, restaurant and 2 beaches. You catch the boat shuttle to the private island from the pier at the main resort area. The shuttle runs all day and into the night since the island restaurant is one of the A La Carte dinner choices. The island can be closed for a couple of reasons, if the water is too rough for the shuttle boat or if there is a private function taking place on the island. Other than that, it is a great place to relax. There is a beach on the ocean facing side of the island but, the water tends to be a little rougher on that side. As far as dining, I have to say that the meals I had at this resort were some of the best I have ever had at a Sandals Resort. The French Restaurant was outstanding. With 10 choices for dining there is, of course, the buffet, the French Restaurant, Italian, Mediterranean, Pan Caribbean, Teppanyaki Oriental, Beachside Café serving your favorite sandwiches, salads, and grilled items, and the always favorite the British Pub serving great British pub food, a Pizzeria, Gordons on the pier with steak and seafood white glove service, and on the private island a Bahamian Seafood restaurant. As far as things to do on the resort there is a bounty of watersports, Scuba diving included for certified divers, $100 per person for the resort course, snorkeling, sailing, kayaks, water trikes, paddle boarding, wind surfing, and for an extra cost you can try Snuba, a cross between snorkeling and scuba diving. It allows you to go down to 20ft and you don’t have to be certified. As far as land sports they have, tennis, basketball, beach volleyball, lawn chess, pool tables, a fitness center with one of the best views, and the famous 29,000 sq ft Red Lane Spa. If you want to go off the resort you can catch the bus right outside the resort and the cost to go to downtown Nassau is 50 cents. From there you can go to the world famous straw market or take the water taxi to Paradise Island. home of the Atlantis resort and casino. The Bahamas have some of the clearest blue waters you will see anywhere. This resort would be great for the active traveler, Honeymooner, Weddings and is a popular spot for those 3 and 4 night getaways from the East Coast. Sandals always prides it self with their great wedding dept for those fantastic destination weddings. Remember that U.S. citizens need a passport to go to the Bahamas. I only say this because we do get a lot of calls that, because of the distance from Florida, potential clients don’t think they need a passport to travel to the Bahamas. SANDALS EMERALD BAY Our next stop is going to be the Sandals Emerald Bay in the Exuma Islands of the Bahamas. It is located on one of the smaller islands, so it is limited on what clients have to do on the island, most of the activities center around the water. Sandals Emerald Bay does have a fantastic championship golf course on the island. The water surrounding the island is a beautiful color that most of us have never seen before. It is made up of so many different shades of blue that it is a spectacular sight to see. The beaches are made up of pure white powdered sand set against the blues of the ocean. The resort sits on 500 acres with a mile long beach. This is a resort for golfers and those that want to relax. This resort used to be the Four Seasons resort. The only issue with this resort is the flights to get there. They are limited. This resort used to be all Butler, but they now have 3 classes of rooms of which 2 are butler, the love nest which are all 1 bedroom villas, the Butler level rooms, and the 3rd is Club level or concierge rooms. AS far as dining there are 11 choices at the Sandals Emerald Bay. There is Italian, Seafood, French, British Pub called the Drunken Duck serving the best Fish & Chips, Shepherds Pie as well as other British Pub food, the Buffet, a Pizzeria, A Parisian style Patisserie serving a variety of coffees, pastries, and crepes, Caribbean, called the Jerk Shack, specializing in Jamaican Jerk, Indian, a Sushi Bar, and Japanese Teppanyaki. Sandals does like to offer a large variety of dining choices. I have noticed that other resorts are starting to offer a few less dining choices but increasing the quality of the food they serve. As I said most of the activities at this resort are focused on the water. There is also a great championship golf course at the resort with fantastic water views. As far as water sports you have, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, kayaks, Wind Surfing, Sailing, Aqua trikes, and Paddle Boards. Clients also have to do the world famous swim with the pigs offsite tour. All offsite tours are at an extra cost. There is also excellent fishing, and the James Bond Tour an unforgettable tour of some of the sites used in the James Bond movies. As far as land sport there is of course, Golfing, Tennis, Beach Volleyball, Bocce ball, the famous Red Lane Spa, a Fitness center, a wide variety of evening entertainment and activities, and Sandals fantastic wedding service. This resort is great for golfers, Honeymooners, Weddings, and those that want to get away from it all and just relax. SANDALS GRANDE ANTIGUA Our last stop this month in the Eastern Caribbean is going to be the island of Antigua. Here Sandals has 1 resort that is actually 2 resorts. It is officially called Sandals Grande Antigua and is made up of two very different sides, the Caribbean Grove and the Mediterranean Village. The Caribbean Grove is the original Sandals Grande Antigua and the Mediterranean Village is the newer Villa and all Suite side of the resort, more of a high-rise resort. The Caribbean Grove is made up of two sections, the Caribbean Grove and the Bluff sections, both are just referred to as the Caribbean Grove. Antigua is known for its 365 beaches, one for each day, and the Dickenson Bay Beach, where the Sandals Resort sits, is, by many peoples account, the best beach on Antigua. Sandals Antigua wins the most romantic resort in the Caribbean award almost every year. The accommodations range from, luxury rooms, Rondovals, up to 1 bedroom villas. In the Caribbean Grove, the original resort, the room categories are, Luxury Rooms, Club or Concierge Rooms, Butler Suites and the Butler Rondovals, small villa type suites with their own private pool. All these accommodations sit in a beautiful garden setting on the main beach and in the same area as the majority of the restaurants and public areas. In the Mediterranean Village the accommodations are, Club or Concierge Level Suites, Butler Penthouse Suites, and what Sandals calls Love Nest Butler 1 bedroom villas. Notice there are no luxury room categories in the Mediterranean Village, it is an all suite and higher part of the property. Every category except the Villas are contained in a high-rise tower setting. The Towers sits behind the pool offering spectacular views of the grounds and the ocean just past the pool. One thing I caution here is when booking this, make sure the client understands which part of the resort they will be on. We have had clients call us confused because they got multiple quotes and the quotes had a very wide range of prices and they did not understand that some quotes were for the lower priced Caribbean Grove and some quotes were for the higher priced Mediterranean Village. For dining there are 11 choices, International fare, Italian, Caribbean, Seafood, British Pub Fare, Teppanyaki style Japanese, Southwest Tex-Mex, Sushi, Hamburger and Sandwich restaurant, Pizzeria, and Parisian-style Patisserie serving coffees, pastries, and crepes. The Italian, the Pizzeria, the Café De Paris, and the British Pub restaurants are located on the Mediterranean Village side of the resort. All the others are located on the Caribbean Grove side of the resort. When it comes to activities there are a number of them, they are made up of the standard Sandals activities. For water sports there is, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Sailing, Paddle Boarding, Wind surfing, Kayaks, Water Trikes, 6 pools, as well as just lounging on the beach. As far as land sports they have, Tennis, Beach Volleyball, Bocce Ball, Fitness Center, and Pool Tables, as well as the fantastic Red Lane Spa. There is also a full schedule of entertainment and daily and nightly activities. You can also go off the resort and try to visit every one of the 365 beaches on the island. Don’t forget Sandals great Wedding Dept for that unforgettable Destination Wedding. This resort is first and foremost known as a romantic resort but is also great for those beach lovers and those that just want to relax. The hardest part of this vacation will be just getting here. Remember, in the Caribbean, the smaller the island, the less and less frequent the airlift is. Until next month when we will finish the Sandals Resorts located the Southern and Western Caribbean, stay safe and good selling.
zoom The base case figure for projected uptake of how many ships will have exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS), or scrubbers, installed by 2020 may not be happening because current orders are slow.The base case figure for projected uptake of scrubbers in the official availability study presented to the International Maritime Organization in 2016 “may be too optimistic,” the study’s lead author, Jasper Faber of CE Delft, told a forum hosted by IBIA during London International Shipping Week (LISW).Faber added that the prediction was based in part on the anticipated “excellent” economic argument for installing abatement technology to allow continued operations on high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) in 2020, when HSFO demand and its value relative to crude is set to drop sharply.Only around 400 ships have been fitted with or placed orders for the technology to date, well shy of the CE Delft base case in the official availability study for the IMO, which predicted that 3,800 ships would be ready to comply with sulphur regulations by using scrubbers in 2020, burning some 36 million tonnes of HSFO accounting for 11% of total global marine fuel demand.Faber said “we may still see” something closer to the lower level of EGCS uptake predicted in the model, which pegs the number of ships using the technology in 2020 at 1,200 which would burn 14 million tonnes of fuel accounting for 4% of total marine fuel demand.Asked what might be different if CE Delft was to do the 2020 availability assessment for the IMO today, Faber said both the EGCS uptake figure and the projected uptake of LNG as a marine fuel by 2020 “were probably on the high side.”However, this would not change the study’s overall conclusion that there will be sufficient refinery capacity to meet global demand for low sulphur fuels in 2020. Unexpectedly high or low investment in EGCSs and LNG ships would have to coincide with much higher transport demand than currently predicted to change that conclusion.The CE Delft study’s base case for LNG is that it will account for 3.22% of the global marine fuel market in 2020. Industry consultant and current IBIA chairman Robin Meech of Marine and Energy Consulting Limited (MECL) predicts that figure will be closer to 1% in 2020.Meech told the IBIA forum that MECL’s model currently estimates there are 400 ships with EGCS scrubbing some 4 million tonnes of fuel annually, predicting this figure could rise to 10 million tonnes by 2020 based on 1,350 ships having installed abatement technology by then. MECL predicts the scrubbed volume will then rise ten-fold by 2030 to just over 100 million tonnes.“The predictions for uptake of alternatives to low sulphur fuels by 2020 is important for all stakeholders, but in particular for refiners and bunker suppliers that need to assess how much demand there will be for low sulphur fuels and HSFO to plan their market strategies effectively,” IBIA said.The base case in the CE Delft study for 2020 assumes that some 13% of petroleum fuels will have a sulphur content of 0.10% or less, and that these will be mostly distillates, while 76% of petroleum fuels will have a sulphur content of between 0.10% – 0.50% which will consist of various blends.Overall, the study concluded that global shortages are “improbable” although regional oversupply and shortages are likely, however they cancel each other out on a global level. Such regional supply and demand can be balanced by transport of products and changes in bunkering patterns as demand grows in areas where good availability allows for more competitive pricing, Faber said.
zoom Hamburg-based supplier of LNG Nauticor has extended its LNG supply network for ships within the North Sea region by including the Port of Rotterdam. The company has been awarded the contract for a bunker operation in Rotterdam for the first time.The first bunker operation by Nauticor in the port saw the containership Wes Amelie receive the chilled fuel. In 2017, Wes Amelie became the world’s first boxship retrofitted to LNG.In total, the vessel received six truck loads, which is equal to 120 tons of LNG, during the bunker operation that took place on February 20, 2018. As informed, Nauticor is currently in charge of organizing LNG supply for Wes Amelie, which is chartered to Unifeeder A/S and operates as a feeder vessel between Rotterdam and ports in the Baltic Sea region, throughout Germany, and to the Dutch Port of Moerdijk.„We are continuously working on optimizing the LNG supply for ships and feel well-prepared for more bunker operations at this location. Another important milestone for the development of the LNG supply infrastructure in North & Baltic Seas will be our new LNG bunker vessel, which will be put into operation before the end of this year,“ Sonja Neßhöver, Director of the LNG Portfolio of Nauticor, commented.During its first bunker operation in the Port of Rotterdam, Nauticor set a new record for the speed of a bunker operation with an unloading rate of up to 40 tons of LNG per hour. To achieve this, the Nauticor team used its bunkering technique where two LNG trucks are unloaded simultaneously.