Affirmation Letter This fully personalized affirmation letter mails to new donors as soon as their first gift is received. It’s mailed first class. There is no gift ask or reply envelope. The single purpose of the letter is to affirm the new donor and welcome them to the community of “caring people working to end hunger in our country.”Official Gift Acknowledgment/Receipt Package The America’s Second Harvest official gift receipt package contains strong donor affirmation content that focuses on the core mission to fight hunger in America. The outer envelope carries this message as does every piece inside.Note how the gift receipt reinforces the core message “Official receipt to help end hunger in America.” Even the bounce-back coupon carries this vital message.Personal Guidebook As the final step in the new donor bonding effort, this package presents a positive solution to hunger in America. The package components include:A personal guidebook packed with the history, mission, and methods of America’s Second Harvest.A lift note from former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman.A communications preference card giving donors the opportunity to express their opinion about how they want to be communicated with, thereby giving them control and choice in their relationship with America’s Second Harvest.A gift response coupon. New donor acquisition is the life blood of your organization.In order to grow, and reap the benefit of increased revenue, you must acquire more new donors each year than you lose plus more to fuel growth. The most successful nonprofit organizations have ongoing acquisition programs that generate a steady stream of new donors.But, even the most successful acquisition programs can fail if the newly acquired donors do not continue their support beyond their first gift. That’s why new donor bonding efforts are so vitally important.This Merkle|Domain white paper shares how America’s Second Harvest dramatically improved the performance of their new donors and built incredibly strong donor loyalty. You can achieve the same results!Here are the key principles to follow as you welcome new donors to your organization.Immediately thank new donors for their first gift and affirm the excellent choice they made to support your work.New donors should receive sufficient information about your organization’s vision and accomplishments that they begin to gain a thorough understanding of how their gifts are being used.Work extremely hard to obtain a second gift from new donors as quickly as possible. New donors who give a second gift relatively soon after their first gift will continue their support at a rate two or more times greater than those who do not give again right away.The America’s Second Harvest New Donor Bonding/Welcome Program follows this timeline: $ First Gift Received $No Gift Ask Affirmation Letter mailed to new donorGift Acknowledgement/Receipt Package mailed to new donor, second gift opportunity included“How to End Hunger in America Guidebook” mailed to new donor, second gift opportunity includedThree Impacts That Helped Increase Donor Loyalty Source: Merkle Orange Papershttp://www.merkledomain.com/site/PageServer?pagename=orange_new_donorCopyright © 2007 Merkle Inc.All rights reserved
The Heifer ProjectCreative Online AppealsThe Heifer Project’s online gift catalog offers site visitors a fun, meaningful way to contribute. In fact, it’s creative and informative enough to warrant being a cornerstone of the whole site. An image of the “cover” of the gift catalog is the dominant feature on the home page, and every page on the Heifer Project’s site includes a graphic for the gift catalog with text that says “Donate through our gift catalog.” Plus, “Giving Programs” is the top item in the site’s navigation, linking to a page with information about gifts of stock, special challenges, and ideas for other ways to give. Periodically the Heifer Project includes on the home page a special note of thanks to their online donors. The organization is raising $2 million a year online.How It WorksThe main gift catalog page is friendly and inviting. A short introductory sentence explains that gifts (i.e., your donation) from this catalog help families around the world. You then select from a variety of animals to donate to a family – chicks, goats, sheep, bees. Each page offers more information about that particular animal and several quick, easy options for donating. Plus, when you make the donation in honor of a friend or relative, you can customize the electronic or print notification card. NOTE: A shopping cart model for donations usually doesn’t work- it confuses the donor – but this is a clear exception!
24 Hours for Darfur is a grassroots video advocacy campaign dedicated to ending the conflict in Darfur and promoting peace and security for the people living there. The goal is to collect thousands of personal video appeals from people all over the world. All appeals will be displayed on our website and sent directly to participant’s political representatives. On September 16, 2007 they screened 24 hours of rolling footage at a rally in front of the UN headquarters and at smaller events at halls of power throughout the world – all connected through a real-time online broadcast.Check out the hundreds of videos submitted! There are videos from US Presidential candidate John Edwards, Author Samantha Power, Actress Mia Farrow, two former United Nations Deputy Secretaries-General, two former United States Deputy Secretaries of State, and private citizens from around the world. You can speak out against genocide by submitting a video appeal of your own. Use a webcam to record a video right in your web browser, or upload a video you’ve recorded offline.You can learn more about Darfur at the website’s education section.Also that they are asking people to spread the word on Facebook by embedding one of their videos in your profile!Source: http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/2007/07/24-hours-for-da.html
One of the best books I’ve ever read – and one I quote like crazy in my book – is Influence. I also love the Influence newsletter from the Arizona-based Influence team. Today’s edition asks the question, what do Mac users, Hillary Clinton and alcoholics have in common? Noah Goldstein, Ph. D., explains:First-time Mac users have switched from IBM-compatible personal computers, longstanding members of Alcoholics Anonymous have turned their lives around by abstaining from alcohol, and Hillary Clinton switched political affiliations from Republican to Democrat over thirty years ago. In a sense, all three are converts of one form or another. But what can a convert do for us when it’s important to persuade others to take our point of view, give us buy-in for our initiatives, or take a particular course of action?Social scientists John Levine and Ronald Valle conducted a study to find out. In their study, they had participants listen to a persuasive message in which the speaker was clearly an outspoken critic of alcohol use. Whereas some participants learned that the speaker had abstained from alcohol his whole life, others learned that the speaker was formally a heavy drinker who quit drinking two years prior. The results of the study revealed that participants were far more persuaded by the speaker who was formally a heavy drinker than the lifelong teetotaler. Although there are several reasons why convert communicators are more persuasive, perhaps the most powerful is that they are simply viewed as more experienced in the domain of their conversion. It’s this experience that leads audience members to view them as more of an expert authority on that topic.This research suggests that when trying to convince others that your position is the right one, you should look for people who have converted to your way of thinking. For example, within an organization, this might mean that when trying to get employees to willingly adopt a new software system, you should ask others who have already adopted it to pitch the idea to more stubborn employees. Similarly, when attempting to get prospective clients to switch to your product from another company’s, try to solicit testimonials from others who have made the same switch, and then convey these testimonials to your prospects.This is a great insight. People listen to converts. I think converts are not only credible to an audience, they are also especially passionate and eloquent spokespeople.So who are your converts? Could they speak for you? Any skeptical donors who have seen the light? Any beneficiaries who have done a 180? Find them, and give them a platform to talk about their conversion. People will listen.
Source: Lance Trebesch and Taylor Robinson from TicketPrinting.com Think your nonprofit organization has no need for a blog? You may want to think again. According to Technorati, more than 10,500 blogs were tagged charity, 4,000 blogs nonprofit and 2,300 blogs philanthropy in January of 2007 and these numbers are predicted to rapidly increase in the future. Below are ten reasons your nonprofit should participate in this movement and harness the power of the blog today.1. Search engine optimization – Keywords and website design are important to search engines when calculating a search result list. A focused, well-written blog on your website will contain several keywords which improve the site’s search ranking. Additionally, if the blog has useful content, other sites will want to link to it, improving your website’s level of importance. To keep search engines current with your blog, remember to ping them regularly using one of the many free tools such as pingomatic. For more information on search engine optimization, read my article “Make Your Nonprofit Website a ‘Hit’: A 30 Day Step-By-Step Guide to Better SEO,” or one of the many articles within Search Engine Land or Search Engine News.2. Expert in the Field – Nonprofit organizations have a wealth of information on their specific area of focus. This information is highly desired in online blogging communities. By posting regularly in blogs focused on similar issues, your organization will gain a reputation for being an expert. Bloggers want to read more postings by experts and will follow links to your organization’s website. According to the March 2007 Blog Readership Report, 67.3% of bloggers found information by following links from other blogs. Technorati and BlogCatalog are good directories to find topically relevant blogs. Icerocket has also done an excellent job dissecting blogs and making them more search friendly.3. Credibility – It is more important today than ever before for nonprofit organizations to be trustworthy in the eyes of their contributors. One of the best ways to establish this relationship of trust is to make events and projects as visible as possible. By having weekly updates on projects and the projects’ successes, users will know exactly what difference their donations have made (or will make if they donate). Furthermore, project developments can be posted onto the blog keeping the organization’s efforts current (Have Fun Do Good Blog).4. Awareness – The beauty of the “blogosphere” is that almost all blogs are linked to one another. This creates a useful network of information that bloggers have access to. According to Vizu’s March 2007 Blog Readership Report, more than 30% of bloggers use blogs as a source for information. This means that with an estimated 57 million bloggers today (Technorati), more than 17 million of them are information-thirsty bloggers who desire the kind of content your nonprofit blog could provide. In addition, having a blog allows you to create your own media and bypass traditional media channels which are often expensive and limited in frequency.5. Negative Comments – People are talking and probably writing about your nonprofit already. Hopefully, the majority of what is said is positive, but almost inevitably there will be some negative commentary. A blog provides a median to field complaints or concerns and defend the decisions the organization has made. Be sure to keep the tone of the commentaries professional and respond promptly.6. Events – A regularly maintained blog will attract loyal readers who can easily be informed about upcoming events. To incentivize new subscribers, or to increase the loyalty of existing subscribers, consider having special promotions on the blog before events. It is important to note, however, that a blog should serve to work in conjunction with the traditional channels of marketing already in place, not to replace them.7. Annual Report – Many nonprofits are required to compile an annual or semiannual report. By working smarter and creating a blog, you will have most of the content for the report already completed before you even begin compiling it (Have Fun Do Good Blog). Furthermore, many supporters feel that blogs are more honest and accurate than formal annual reports, so the effort required to create the content will be more cost effective.8. Information – One of the most difficult aspects of any nonprofit is gaining an understanding of its supporters. A blog can help tap into this resource of information and more. Two major information-related benefits include:1. Allowing users to create – A blog encourages involvement in the organization. The AARP Issues Blog allows readers to create entries about what issues they feel are important and receive feedback from these entries.2. Provide information to supporters – If a picture can convey a thousand words, then a blog on your website will have a lot to say. So much of the success of a fundraising campaign (whether you like it or not) comes from its emotional appeal. By having a blog that contains pictures and stories, viewers will become more emotionally involved with the cause or service.9. Fundraising – By using charity badges on your blog, you can get your supporters to help with fundraising efforts. A charity badge can be set up quickly and allows people to share the small graphic image you create to make donations. ChipIn and Network for Good both have charity badges available for a small fee. There are countless examples of blogging communities that have worked together to raise money using charity badges.10. The “Heart” of the Organization – A blog gives you the unique opportunity to show the organization in a totally new light. While blogs are beneficial for marketing and fundraising purposes, their most important function should always be to convey interesting and compelling stories about the organization.
To say that communication is paramount for a community-based coalition is an understatement. The Nashville Peace and Justice Center (NPJC) depends on a weekly e-newsletter to keep their member organizations and individual members abreast of upcoming social justice programs and events throughout the Nashville area. Without their “E-Blast,” NPJC would not be able to reach so many constituents in a timely, informative way.The need for an affordable, reliable email system brought NPJC to Network for Good and their EmailNow service which provides 10,000 emails per month for a minimal fee.NPJC attributes their outreach success to EmailNow for a few reasons:It provides the means in which to promote much-needed correspondence in their organization.EmailNow provides a valuable interface for all of our member organizations to distribute news of their sponsored events to the larger community.The reach of the email campaign allows and encourages a large number of community members (3,400 individual members, plus the member organizations) to become more involved in social justice issues.According to the staff at NPJC, without EmailNow, “NPJC would have a very difficult time communicating the needs, resources and opportunities of our various community-based organizations to the city of Nashville and beyond.”Click here to learn more about Network for Good’s EmailNow service, or give us a call at 1.888.284.7978.Read more about the Nashville Peace and Justice Center on their website: http://www.nashvillepeacejustice.org/.
Provide related page links for more information. Where appropriate, include links to your programs and giving pages, customer service or technical support, your newsletter sign-up page, and/or your FAQ page. Example: “To learn more about industry news and trends, sign up for our monthly newsletter.” Additional tipsUse images only if they add editorial value. A photo of your staff or your office may add warmth and personality, as well as help customers locate your business. But clip art of a telephone or a mailbox adds no value. One of the hardest-working but most underrated pages of any nonprofit website is the “Contact Us” page. It hangs in the background, behind more glamorous pages, ready to offer the most basic but essential of information about an organizationWhat makes an effective Contact Us pageIt should answer two key questions: How people can contact your nonprofit and why they should want to contact your nonprofit. Here are some key tips on how to address those questions. What information to include Many organizations wonder how much contact information they should share. For example, is a land-line phone number enough or should you include a cellphone number? What about publishing the street address of your home office? Here are specifics.Always list a physical address or (snail) mailing address. Often suggest they’re reachable only online-that is, they have an email address and that’s all you need to know. Even if you don’t have an office where supporters or constituents can visit you directly, there are likely service providers, vendors, and others who should know your physical location. By listing a phone and physical address, you also appear more legitimate as a real organization.Beyond that, many people prefer support local organizations and look online for causes in their region. The opportunity to secure local supporters who can attend events, volunteer and drop off donations makes it worthwhile. List at least one email address that is checked regularly. Yes, you may get spam. But email communication is an expectation, and is a convenient way for supporters to reach your organization after hours. Your email address should be clickable so that users can instantly open the link in their own email programs to send you a message. Creating an email link is similar to creating a URL link; simply replace “http://www.anycause.org” with “mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.” Use an embedded email submission form if necessary. Website email forms can be ponderous, particularly if one simply needs to ask a question. But a form may be necessary if your organization needs information for taking assistance requests, or collects subscriber information for newsletters or white papers.Include a photo of your organization’s location and/or directions. These are much less important if you don’t have a physical office or a reason for constituents to visit. Even so, directions are worthwhile if service providers and vendors are likely to need them. If your organization depends on getting people to visit (such as for regular events, donation drop-off, etc.), you may want to consider a separate “Directions” page. A picture of your signage may help some people find you more easily. Link to your blog or social media profiles. “Contact Us” means being reachable through all channels. If you write a blog related to your cause, or have a LinkedIn or Facebook page that you’d like to expose to customers and prospects, include links to them. This adapted article is reprinted with permission from Microsoft Office Live Small Business and the E-WRITE Bulletin. List events you attend or promote. If you are active in events in your community, and would like to meet supporters and constituents through them, list information and links about the upcoming events along with your role. This is a smart way to market your organization and mission. The downside: Your Contact Us page will require more frequent upkeep. Guide people on why they should contact you, without a lot of verbiageOffer simple instructions on using your contact information. Example: “Please call us or email us to arrange a, or visit our warehouse to .” Another: “Call us for a free consultation.” List all appropriate phone numbers. At the very least, list your main line and a fax number. Consider including any alternate numbers (such as for departments), and a cellphone number if you feel comfortable doing so. Also, mention where and how someone can leave a voicemail message for you after hours. Not listing a phone number at all suggests you’re understaffed or not customer friendly. Make it easy to find and skim. List your Contact Us page prominently in your site navigation, and include it in your email communication.
Causes on Facebook is a tool that lets you easily fundraise and recruit supporters for your nonprofit on the popular social network Facebook. On this call Randall spoke about how Causes can supplement your fundraising and organizing efforts, how to join and navigate Facebook, and how to use Causes to build an online network of supporters. He covered the basics of joining Facebook and using the Causes tool, and then looked at specific cause campaigns started by actual nonprofits using Causes in order to help you get started.Facebook is a social network used by its members for a host of basic social activities, like communicating, sharing photos and keeping in touch with friends. One of its advantages is that an individual’s real-life social network-such as at a business, city, or school-is brought together in one online location. Causes takes advantage of this by giving Facebook members the tools to initiate and grow a campaign or “cause” by leveraging their own social network. Information can spread over time through your own network, your friends’ networks, their friends’ networks, etc. Thus with Causes you can build a long-term online community for your nonprofit that develops as your organization does.About Randall Winston: Randall is currently the Director of Nonprofit Relations for Causes as part of Project Agape. He earned a B.A. in government from Harvard. Before joining Causes, he spent two years in Beijing working for the urban development and architecture firm, SOHO China. He also co-founded an investment advisory firm, and worked as a consultant with Goldman Sachs.
Beth is an internationally recognized thought leader in digital strategy, wellbeing in the workplace, and training. With over 35 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, Beth has facilitated trainings for thousands of social change activists and nonprofits on every continent in the world. Beth is an in-demand keynote speaker named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company and one of the BusinessWeek’s,“Voices of Innovation for Social Media,” Beth was Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation 2009-2013 and author of the award winning Networked Nonprofit Books and The Happy Healthy Nonprofit. We sat down with Beth to learn more about her impact in the nonprofit world!Can you start by introducing yourself? Tell us about your background and how you got involved with nonprofits?I’ve been working in the nonprofit sector for my whole career, over 35 years. I’ve been lucky to follow my passion and interests and find work that matches. In 1990, I was hired at the New York Foundation for the Arts to be a trainer for the online network of arts organizations/artists and had a front row seat to the creation of the nonprofit tech field. While I work primarily as a trainer/teacher/facilitator, my career has been one of learning the new online technologies and teaching them to nonprofits for mission driven-work.What message do you share when you talk about the nonprofits you are involved with?When I am doing a training or facilitating organizational retreats related to the content of my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout, my key message is: Taking care of yourself and cultivating a culture of wellbeing helps you become resilient in the face of stress. Shifting your attitude about wellbeing as being something central to your work versus something you do “on the side,” and cultivating better work/life balance – will help you sustain the important work your nonprofit does. Passion is resource that can only be renewed and sustained by incorporating breaks, rest, and reflection.What drives you to be involved with the nonprofits you support and volunteer with?I am and have been a board members of a number organizations over the past 20 years. I volunteer my time to organizations that are aligned with my personal and professional interests. For many years, I was on the board of the Sharing Foundation, an organization that helps take care of Cambodian children. The reason was very personal: my children were adopted from Cambodia and I wanted to give back. I did a lot of online fundraising, including the 2006-2007 Yahoo for Good Contest sponsored by Network for Good. I am also on the board of NTEN, The Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network. I’ve been involved with NTEN, attending the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) for many years. Who do you look up to in the nonprofit world and why?I can’t pick just one person. Amy Sample Ward who is the CEO of NTEN. Because I sit on her board, I can see her organizational and sector leadership skills in action all the time. Through Amy’s leadership, NTEN is very committed to equity — not just staff and programs, but also the board. It is integrated into our governance approach as well as the fabric of the organization and NTEN community. The other person I admire is Mark Horvath of Invisible People (@HardlyNormal on Twitter) for his dedication to making sure homeless people have a voice. Both of these people have been named on the 50 Most Influential Nonprofit Leaders – and it is very clear why. What’s one piece of advice you would share with a fellow nonprofit leader?We are all passionate people in this sector and work very hard, sometimes really long hours and weeks. And while many of us say that we love our work and it doesn’t feel like work, if you don’t take breaks and take out time for yourself, you won’t be able to sustain it and eventually will face burnout. You can avoid that by living a professional and personal life that sparks joy, hope, and full of love. I know that sounds little bit like being a hippy (and I am in San Francisco), but you don’t want to have regrets when you are older. Read more on The Nonprofit Blog
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 18, 2016January 6, 2017By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In 2015, 5.8 million children around the world died before their fifth birthday. An estimated two million of those deaths were stillbirths and 2.6 million were neonatal deaths. Globally, the leading cause of under-five mortality in 2015 was preterm birth, which is often preventable with timely, high quality care. Pregnancy, childbirth and the immediate postpartum period are critical periods, not just for mothers, but for children as well.Recognizing the connections between a mother’s health and that of her baby is essential, not only for addressing maternal and infant mortality and morbidity, but also for contextualizing children’s health. What happens to an infant in the womb, during delivery and throughout the postnatal period can have lasting effects on his or her health. Infants who are born preterm, for example, are at greater risk of developing neurological disorders, intestinal problems, asthma, infections and other complications later in life. Studies in Ethiopia, Tanzania and elsewhere have illustrated the devastating effects of maternal deaths on the health and wellbeing of their children.To mark Universal Children’s Day, here is the Maternal Health Task Force’s list of top ten key papers and reports related to the integration of maternal, newborn and child health:1. The global strategy for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health (2016-2030)Every Woman Every Child | 20152. Continuum of care for maternal, newborn, and child health: From slogan to service deliveryThe Lancet | October 20073. A price too high to bear: The costs of maternal mortality to families and communitiesFamily Care International, International Center for Research on Women, KEMRI/CDC Research and Public Health Collaboration | 20134. Integrating health interventions for women, newborn babies, and children: A framework for actionThe Lancet | September 20085. Barriers and enablers to integrating maternal and child health services to antenatal care in low and middle income countriesBJOG | March 20166. Consequences of maternal mortality on infant and child survival: A 25-year longitudinal analysis in Butajira Ethiopia (1987-2011)Reproductive Health | May 20157. Global, regional, national, and selected subnational levels of stillbirths, neonatal, infant, and under-5 mortality, 1980–2015: A systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015The Lancet | October 20168. Every newborn: An action plan to end preventable deathsEvery Woman Every Child | June 20149. The WHO application of ICD-10 to deaths during the perinatal period: ICD-PMWorld Health Organization | 201610. Essential interventions, commodities and guidelines for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child healthThe Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health | 2011—Learn more about preterm birth and maternal and newborn health integration.Explore resources from the “Integration of Maternal and Newborn Health Care” technical meeting hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) and Saving Newborn Lives.Check out the MHTF blog series focused on the continuum of care.Share this:
Monaco CEO Oleg Petrov has warned striker Radamel Falcao that his desired move to Galatasaray may not come to fruition. Falcao has made no secret of his desire to join Galatasaray, with his agent Ahmet Bulut saying earlier this month that he is working on a deal to get his client a move to the Turkish side.Monaco barely avoided relegation from Ligue 1 last season, finishing 17th, and the Colombian striker is looking to play Champions League football this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? But, at a news conference on Wednesday, the club chief said that the 33-year-old would still have to respect a contract that runs through the end of this season.”Falcao is a great professional,” Petrov said. “He has ambitions obviously, he wants to play the Champions League and we understand him, but we want him to stay at the club, he has a contract and he has to respect it.”Despite Monaco’s poor 2018-19 campaign, Falcao still managed to net 15 times in Ligue 1 last season, good for joint-fifth in the league’s top scorer rankings.Earlier this month, the former Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and Man Utd striker indicated that he was considering a future away from Monaco. “I am studying the offers I have been offered. These are good opportunities for my career,” the Colombian said.”I have to think about my family.” Perhaps in preperation for Falcao’s exit, Monaco completed the signing of striker Wissam Ben Yedder from Sevilla last week, paying the France international’s €40 million (£37.1m/$44.7m) release clause.With Falcao out of the line-up, Ben Yedder was rushed into the squad on Saturday as Monaco fell 3-0 to newly promoted Metz. The defeat continued a poor start for Leonardo Jardim’s side, who sit bottom of Ligue 1 with two 3-0 defeats in as many games. Petrov, though, did not want to blame his manager for his side’s dismal start to the new campaign. “We are aware that the start of the season is not up to the ambitions of AS Monaco but I do not think it should be laid on Leonardo Jardim,” he added.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Linebacker Kenneth Murray #9 of the Oklahoma Sooners speaks to the media after the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma-Kansas has become one of the strangest rivalries in college football. Whenever these two teams meet, there’s some type of off-the-field antics that goes on. Saturday was no different.Before the game, Oklahoma star linebacker Kenneth Murray interrupted Kansas’ pregame warmups. Murray proceeded to run directly through a line of players before bumping into one in the process. The two involved in the contact had a few choice words for each after the incident.The Sooners proceeded to dominate Kansas in a 45-20 win. Most players would let the victory do the talking. But after the game, Murray had more to say, this time taunting Kansas via social media.“Talk stupid, get ya head popped…” #HeNeedSomeMilk pic.twitter.com/Lna1iDZbWv— Kenneth Murray (@Kmurrayy_9) October 5, 2019 Harsh. Murray clearly doesn’t like the Jayhawks.This isn’t the first time Oklahoma and Kansas players have gone at it. A few years ago, Kansas players refused to shake hands with Oklahoma players. OU QB Baker Mayfield was later seen making an inappropriate gesture towards Kansas players. He also got into it with Jayhawks fans.There’s just something about these two teams getting together. And it doesn’t typically end well.The Sooners made the best statement they could with a dominant win. But Murray wanted to add a little more insult to injury.Oklahoma is now 5-0 heading into a major game versus Texas next Saturday.
Barcelona youth coach Victor Valdes has revealed he had to help Anssumane Fati buy new boots after discovering just how poor the teenager’s pair were.Fati, 16, made headlines on Sunday night after becoming the youngest Barca debutant since 1941 when he was brought on in a 5-2 win over Real Betis.Valdes has overseen attacker’s development closely over the past month and discussed how his biggest role could well have been his investigation into Fati’s boots at a tournament in Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “I told him to bring me his boots and they were a complete disaster, they were causing him pain,” Valdes said at a press conference on Monday.”Nobody had thought it could be the boots, but I did. We went to buy some new ones.”Boasting new boots, Fati has quickly worked his way into Ernesto Valverde’s first-team and found himself substituted into the action on Sunday.With both Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez out injured, opportunity presented itself for the teenager and Valdes clearly believes it’s just the start for Fati. “He’s strong, quick and self-confident,” he said.”You have to give this kind of talent freedom so that he flows. I’m so happy for him, he called me this morning and it made me very excited.”I’m thankful to Valverde for giving him some minutes. His performance didn’t surprise me.”He represents hard work. He has the soul of an elite player and he’s a predator in the box.”Barcelona coach Valverde was also left impressed by Fati’s performance and admits he’s been surprised by the 16-year-old’s quality. “He has a lot of self-confidence, goes to space, faces one on one,” Valverde said. “He is the youngest player I’ve ever made debut, but as with veterans, we look at performance, he can give us good performance and that’s why I gave him a debut.”Ansu has surprised us because of his qualities, we will see what happens in the future.”
Mauricio Pochettino has no concerns over Christian Eriksen’s form and commitment ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League trip to Leicester City.Eriksen was linked with a move away from Spurs during the close season and his contract is set to expire at the end of the current campaign.The Denmark playmaker was benched for Tottenham’s first two home games of the Premier League season amid such uncertainty over his future, although he returned to the starting line-up to open the scoring in the 2-2 north London derby draw against Arsenal. 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 Eriksen still appeared to be operating some way short of his brilliant best as Pochettino’s side continued a mixed start to the campaign – giving away a two-goal lead, as they did versus Arsenal, to draw their Champions League opener 2-2 at Olympiacos.”No, I am happy with the performance,” Pochettino told a pre-match news conference on Thursday, in response to a question over Eriksen’s recent output.”Maybe Olympiacos wasn’t his best game, like the team. The collective performance wasn’t the best from us.”I am happy with the commitment of Christian. He ran a lot and was very committed with the team. I am not concerned about him.”Harry Kane expressed frustration at Spurs’ latest failure to hold on to a lead after the Olympiacos match.”That’s the hard part to get your head around because we’re not young any more, we’re not inexperienced,” Kane told reporters.”We’ve played in big games for club and country. I can see why the manager is frustrated because he’s been here for six years now and we’re still making similar mistakes to the ones we were in his first year.”We’ve got to find a way to get around it, improve and get better.” However, Kane insisted Spurs’ problem is not one of mentality, and Pochettino agreed, choosing to focus upon the recent achievements of his team as he called for them to make further improvements.”We need to improve in this type of situation – leading against Arsenal, leading 2-0 against Olympiakos,” Pochettino said.”We are not talking about quality, we are talking to be in this type of situation to manage it better.”Look, a few months ago we played the final of the Champions League, we were not talking about mentality because we played the final. We got a lot of praise because we played the final.”Where Pochettino appeared more frustrated in the immediate aftermath of the Olympiacos game was with an accusation that his players failed to “respect the plan”, something he expanded upon before chasing back-to-back league wins for the first time this season. “We were talking at half-time that our positional game, the plan was different and that is why we changed after 20 minutes, we decided to play with Lucas [Moura] close to Harry Kane as a striker, with Christian on the right and Dele [Alli] on the left,” he said.”We all agree, for different reasons, we didn’t play in the way we planned to play, but this happens. It happens at Tottenham, it happens at different teams and the most important is to realise and to fix the problem.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Niko Kovac cautioned his Bayern Munich players against losing focus following their brilliant 7-2 hammering of Tottenham in the Champions League.The German champions delivered a performance to be savoured in London as they humiliated last season’s finalists.Plaudits have been heaped upon them but Kovac’s men must now narrow their gaze on the task of beating struggling Hoffenheim at Allianz Arena on Saturday. 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 Bayern moved top of the Bundesliga with a rather unconvincing 3-2 victory over bottom-placed Paderborn last weekend and the head coach is keen to retain that spot heading into the international break.”We need to keep our concentration,” Kovac said at his pre-match news conference.”We played the Champions League finalists on Tuesday. We had problems for 25 or 30 minutes then we dominated. We can’t dominate for 90 minutes.”It was a great game from us but we need to put in the same performance against Hoffenheim as we did against Tottenham.”We want to remain objective, humble and continue to work.”Serge Gnabry was the star of the show against Spurs, with the former Arsenal winger becoming the second German to hit four goals in a Champions League game.Robert Lewandowski grabbed a brace in the rout and Joshua Kimmich scored the other.”He’s feeling great, as you can imagine,” Kovac said of Gnabry.”He’s got a slightly different training programme than most of his team-mates today. Goals aside, I was more pleased with how hard he worked tracking back in the second half.”The Bayern boss added: “We’ve got a good group of players that are growing closer together.”The players are absorbing more and more what we want to see from them. I’ve been noticing this for a while now. But we haven’t achieved anything yet.”One person who will hope Bayern do lose focus is Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann, who urged his team-mates not to be afraid of the German champions because ‘everyone’s sh*t stinks the same’.“We know that we can hurt Bayern if we’re brave,” the 29-year-old said. “We must not be intimidated – not by the spectators, not by [Robert] Lewandowski or anything else. “Put simply, everyone’s sh*t stinks the same.”
Zdenek Ondrasek came off the bench on his international debut to earn the Czech Republic a 2-1 win at home to England, denying the Three Lions qualification for Euro 2020.Harry Kane’s fifth-minute penalty – the England captain’s 27th international goal – put Gareth Southgate’s side in front early on Friday, yet the hosts hit back within five minutes.Centre-back Jakub Brabec profited on slack set-piece marking to level the scores and, as the game appeared to be drifting towards a draw, the Czech Republic struck again. 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 With five minutes to go, Lukas Masopust raided down the right and pulled a low cross back for striker Ondrasek, who confidently beat Jordan Pickford to snatch all three points.20 – Harry Kane has scored 20 @England goals in games when starting as captain – in the history of the England national team, only Vivian Woodward has scored more goals when starting as captain (23 goals between 1908 and 1911). Leader. pic.twitter.com/Lug5NVwh8y— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 11, 2019Kane missed from the spot against Kosovo last month but he converted a fifth-minute penalty in Prague.Raheem Sterling’s darting run down the left was ended by Masopust’s clumsy trip and Kane fired the resulting spot-kick down the middle, though the hosts soon drew level.A corner found Brabec at the back post with Declan Rice having slipped and the defender bundled home his first international goal, beating Danny Rose on the line.Goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik was quickly off his line to prevent Sterling rounding him in the 57th minute, then Jordan Pickford was called into action to acrobatically deny Masopust.Alex Kral forced another good save from Pickford in the closing stages but England did not heed the warning, Ondrasek slamming home with his first shot in international football. What does it mean? Southgate’s men made to waitA perfect record in the group put England on the brink of qualification going into the game, but they have work to do after a poor defensive performance at Eden Arena.With four wins from their past five qualifiers, the Czech Republic are in good shape to finish in the top two, having moved level on points with England, though next month’s visit of third-placed Kosovo still looks likely to be a key game.England had not lost either a World Cup or European Championship qualifier since 2009, an impressive run of 43 matches, but they could not argue with a deserved defeat.Masopust makes amendsIt was a bad start to the game for Masopust after he gave away a cheap penalty, but thereafter he put in an energetic performance to cover his defence.Masopust made five tackles and recorded two interceptions, forced a fine save from Pickford, then provided the assist for the winner.Sancho struggles for chancesSelected in England’s front three in place of Manchester United’s out of form Marcus Rashford, this was a disappointing performance from Jadon Sancho. The teenager found it hard to get involved for the Three Lions, who were on the back foot for much of the contest.10 – England faced 10 shots in the first-half against Czech Republic – only the second time in their last 78 matches they’ve faced 10+ shots in the first-half (also 10 v Spain in October 2018). Peppered. pic.twitter.com/V5oAwE2p6R— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 11, 2019Key Opta facts- The Czech Republic had 17 shots, the most England have faced in a qualifying match since March 2013 (Montenegro had 19 in a World Cup qualifier).- This was England’s first defeat in a European Championship qualifier since losing 3-2 at Wembley against Croatia in November 2007.- Harry Kane has scored 20 goals in 21 matches for England when starting as captain – the only player with more is Vivian Woodward (23 goals between 1908 and 1911).- Excluding shoot-outs, no player has scored more penalties for England than Kane (9 – level with Frank Lampard).- Gareth Southgate (W21 D9 L8) has lost as many games as England manager in 38 matches as Roy Hodgson lost in 56 (W33 D15 L8).What’s next?England will look to bounce back when they go away to Bulgaria on Monday, the same day Jaroslav Silhavy’s side host Northern Ireland in a friendly. read more
zoom Japanese LPG company Astomos Energy held a naming ceremony for its newest very large gas carrier which will be able to sail through the expanded Panama Canal, according to Platts.The 47,300-ton ship, named VLGC Sumire Gas, was built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries.The ship will enter a time-charter upon delivery.Featuring a capacity of 82,200 cum, the vessel is Astomos Energy’s third VLGC equipped to transit the expanded canal which is scheduled to start operations in June, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) informed.The inauguration of the long-awaited expansion project is to be held on June 26.Based on the latest update from the ACP, the canal has reached 97 percent completion.World Maritime News Staff