It’s Geek to me

first_imgOvi MapsNokia’s dealt a death-blow to most GPS systems by outing its all-free Ovi Maps. With voice navigation for 70 countries and maps of over 180 countries available, all you need is a Nokia phone loaded with Ovi Maps. The latest version ups the ante with pedestrian and car turn-by-turn directions, integration of ViaMichelin and Lonely Planet content, social networking and weather service. Yep, it sounds too good to be free. Find a compatible phone, and hit up the link for the full juice: DashNow, classifying this gadget is a bit of a task. It’s an alarm clock. It plays Youtube. You can Tweet as well. Triples as a smart picture frame. Serves news headlines. And plays internet radio. If only this were portable, it’d be competing with a certain ‘fruity’ device, but the Dash is simply a very talented alarm clock. Sitting by your hotel bedside, you can use over 1000 widgets that cater to a variety of needs and is cheaper than its HP counterpart (Dreamscreen). For US$ 200, you get a great Wifi-enabled and 7″ Capacitive Touchscreen. The latest on this at 300Post the drama which left the camera production unit shut, many mourners coaxed the company to revive the legendary Polaroid instant camera. The result of this valiant effort is this chubby feller: The Polaroid 300. Costing about US$ 90, it runs on a ten-a-pack film ammo that’ll cost you about US$ 10. The pics will go great for general artistic photography and other such gimmicky stunts, but should you be planning an instant-passport-photo business on the side, this might not be the right tool. Go forth and seek your camera at www.polaroid.comBookeen Opus Colour E-readerIt’s colourful, it’s small and it’s cute. And now for the real good news… It’s reasonably priced. Bookeen’s e-readers have been around for a while and the latest ‘edition’ sports many eye-catching hues (even though we couldn’t find a photograph). The e-Ink reader boasts an enhanced battery life (8,000 page flips!) and a faster interface. Also bundled with the e-reader are 150 e-books. At US$ 200 it’s a (colourful) steal. Letchable and buyable at www.bookeen.comWatch out for AigoOne’d almost expect a company called Aigo to be owned by the ex-Indian wicket keeper Kiran More, but Aigo’s one of China’s biggest brands and they’re outing a gorgeous tablet. Red, suave and power-packed, this one features the NVIDIA Tegra2 chipset, making for some great video rendering. Also added to the arsenal are a USB socket, a micro-SD card slot and an able HDMI output. The flavour of choice here is the latest Android 2.1 platform. The prices aren’t out yet, but keep an eye out for this at the Aigo website: read more

Zamboanga Valientes complete Chooks-to-Go 3×3 Cup roster

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:55Cops raid Manila office of Bayan, nab 3 activists for guns, explosive02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Chris Tiu walks away from basketball to fulfill commitment with family, business TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READcenter_img Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue “It’s an honor and pride for our city to join this league, especially for our fans in Zamboanga,” said team owner Junnie Navarro. “They are really looking forward to watch our homegrown players play in a big league.”The Valientes join the other 11 teams of the inaugural Fiba-sanctioned 3×3 league in the Philippines with Manila, Go for Gold-San Juan, Quezon-City Zark’s, Bacoor, Valenzuela, Marikina, Bulacan, Vigan, and Cebu all in the fold.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsNavarro said they plan to showcase the talents of Mindanoans in the nationwide basketball league and that’s the main reason why they joined in the first place.“We all start here, on a three-on-three format, and the reason we’re interested was because we are passionate about basketball,” added Navarro in Filipino. “Rhayyan Amsali showed that Zamboangeños can excel in this discipline.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Amsali is a highly-touted juniors player who’s part of the Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 team and has since transferred from National University to San Beda.Homegrown talents Das Esa, Jonathan Parreno, Grevani Rublico, Rino Berame, and Ferdinand Lusdoc are the first five players the team announced with the sixth yet to be named.Navarro also signed actress Empress Shruck for the opening ceremonies.He hoped that he can help his players become more exposed to a nationwide scope since his team already carry a certain drawing power in Zamboanga.“Our players can already sell out venues in Zamboanga and hopefully we could expose them more in this league,” said Navarro.ADVERTISEMENT MANILA, Philippines—And it’s finally a dozen.Zamboanga completed the 12-team lineup of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup that is set to begin on March 16 at SM Megamall Event Center.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgBangladesh: Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal run out (Munro) 3 Mohammad Mithun b McClenaghan 11 Sabbir Rahman c Santner b McCullum 12 Shakib Al Hasan c McCullum b Santner 2 Soumya Sarkar st Ronchi b Sodhi 6 Mahmudullah b Sodhi 5 Mushfiqur Rahim b Elliott 0 Shuvagata Hom not out 16 Mashrafe Mortaza lbw b Elliott 3 Mustafizur Rahman c Ronchi b Elliott 6 Al-Amin Hossain b Sodhi 0 Extras: (LB-5, W-1) 6 Total: (all out; 15.4 overs) 70 Fall of wickets 1-4, 2-29, 3-31, 4-38, 5-43, 6-44, 7-48, 8-59, 9-65. Bowling: Nathan McCullum 2-0-6-1, Corey Anderson 2-0-7-0, Mitchell Santner 3-0-16-1, Mitchell McClenaghan 1-0-3-1, Grant Elliott 4-0-12-3, Ish Sodhi 3.4-0-21-3. PTI CM CMlast_img read more

Apple expected to launch iPad Pro (2018), updated MacBook Air, release iOS 12.1 at today’s event

first_imgApple launched the 2018 iPhones in September aka the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR. If you thought, that was all Apple had in store for its fans, well, you were surely mistaken. Apple is all set to host a special hardware and software event today in Brooklyn, New York at 10am Eastern (7:30pm IST). At today’s event, Apple is expected to launch new iPad Pros, new MacBook — possibly an entry-level one, and also the successor to the MacBook Air. Apple is also said to release iOS 12.1 to compatible devices.Just like the iPhone event, Apple’s iPad and Mac event will also be livestreamed on Twitter. To watch the livestream, you can click on this link, like the tweet, after which Apple will update you when the live video starts. The Cupertino major will also inform you about all the key launches via a message on Twitter. However, if you’re not on Twitter, you can head to Apple’s own event page and watch the event live there on your macOS and iOS devices. The event will also be livestreamed on Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.iPad Pros expectedAt the event, Apple is expected to launch a pair of new iPad Pro which have been subjected to several leaks and rumours already. Compared to the previous generation iPads, the new iPad Pros are rumoured to come with a new design with slimmer bezels on the sides, no home button and more. One of the stars of today’s Apple event is said to the iPad which is expected to come bundled with Apple Pencil.advertisementAs rumours suggest, one of the key highlights of the upcoming iPad Pros will be the design. The new iPads will nowhere look close to the previous generation iPads. The new iPad Pros are said to sport an edge-to-edge screen which could be somewhat similar to the newest iPhones — the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR. Some rumours strongly suggest that Apple for the first time ditch the home button or Touch ID sensor for iPad Pros. The iPads will instead come with swiping gesture for navigation. Additionally, some rumours suggest that the new iPads will come with a Face ID sensor which will help users to unlock the device just by looking at the screen.Meanwhile, some reports also suggest that Apple will be ditching its proprietary Lighting port and bring USB Type C port to the new iPads. On the hardware, the new iPads are said to be powered by Apple’s newly announced A12 Bionic chipset which is also found inside the new iPhones, including the last generation iPhones.Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that one of the two iPads will be an 11-inch model, while the second one will come with a 12.9-inch screen.MacBook Air successor, Mac MiniApple is also expected to launch the successor to the MacBook Air at today’s event. Rumours suggest that the new MacBook will come with improved internals and also design and software. Some reports also claim that the updated MacBook Air will come with the same 13-inch screen as the existing model, but the resolution will differ, possibly will be better. Analyst Kuo believes that the new laptop from Apple will not be called “Air”. As of now, we don’t know what will Apple actually call the new MacBook.ALSO READ: iOS 12.1 to enable eSIM feature on iPhone XS, XS Max and XRSome rumours also suggest that Apple is expected to launch an affordable MacBook with a Retina display. This could be called MacBook Mini. Reports suggest that this will be the laptop for the Pro users to upgrade to.iOS 12.1Apple is expected to release the iOS 12.1 at today’s event. With the iOS 12.1, Apple is expected to bring features like Group FaceTime, new emojis, real-time depth control previews and dual SIM capability to the compatible devices.Airpower expectedSome reports also suggest that Apple could announce Airpower wireless charging mat at today’s event which was actually expected to go official at the iPhone event last month.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Hashim Amla second fastest behind Virat Kohli to score 8000 ODI runs

first_imgSouth Africa opener Hashim Amla on Wednesday became the second fastest cricketer to complete 8000 runs in one-day international cricket in the ongoing World Cup 2019 match against New Zealand in Birmingham.Hashim Amla needed 24 runs before the start of the match to reach the landmark. He had the chance to become the joint-fastest to achieve the feat in South Africa’s last match against Afghanistan but he couldn’t do so as the Proteas were only chasing a paltry target of 126.Amla scored 41 not out in that game, which was his 175th innings for South Africa. Virat Kohli currently holds the record for the fastest to achieve the feat in 175 innings.Amla finally got to the landmark in the 12th over of the match against New Zealand. Amla is the fourth South African cricketer to complete 8000 runs in the format after Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers and Herschelle Gibbs. Amla was eventually dismissed for 55 by Mitchell Santner in the 28th over with South Africa’s score reading 111 for 3 in 27.4 overs.8000 ODI runs for Hashim AmlaHe is the second fastest to the landmark in terms of innings battedCan he go on and celebrate with a big one today?#CWC19 World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 19, 2019Amla is the fastest to complete 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 ODI runs. Amla had surpassed Kohli on the last three occasions when he entered the 5k, 6k and 7k clubs but missed out on his latest milestone.Kohli though, holds the record for being the fastest to 8000, 9000, 10000 and 11000 runs in the 50-over format. The Indian captain recently beat Sachin Tendulkar’s record when he entered the 11K club.advertisementDRINKS BREAK | GETTING RUNS, FASTThe Proteas very own @amlahash is in amongst some distinguished names in the game.#ProteaFire #CWC19 #NZvSA South Africa (@OfficialCSA) June 19, 2019Kohli needed 57 runs before the start of India’s high-profile World Cup 2019 match against Pakistan at Old Trafford on Sunday to join an elite list.Sachin Tendulkar had reached the 11,000-run mark in ODIs against England on January 28, 2002 in Kanpur. He had taken 276 innings and 284 ODIs to get there while Virat Kohli brought up his 11,000th ODI run in only his 222nd innings and 230th ODI.While Tendulkar reached the milestone 12 years and 41 days after his debut in 1989, Kohli needed a little less than 11 years.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win 12th French Open title

first_imgShare on Messenger Share on Twitter Read more Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win French Open men’s final – as it happened … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. 1:58 Support The Guardian In his previous 11 finals only a handful of players have detained him longer than Thiem: Mariano Puerta on Nadal’s winning debut as a teenager in 2005, Roger Federer three times and Novak Djokovic in his toughest final, seven years ago. But a string of dazzled contenders have fallen with embarrassing haste – most notably Federer, when Nadal took only an hour and 48 minutes in allowing him only four games in 2008.On Sunday, Court Philippe Chatrier was Nadal’s again, and for ever. There surely is a case to rename the stadium – or some part of Roland Garros – after the Spaniard when he retires. He owns the place metaphorically and spiritually already.“It is incredible. I am very, very happy,” Nadal said. “It is something very special. It is difficult to imagine winning so much in the same place, particularly here at Roland Garros. You cannot say it is a dream, because I never dreamed of such a thing.”Nadal confirmed later that long-term and recurring injuries eased just long enough for him to compete here. “I have had a very difficult year with a lot of physical problems. One month ago I didn’t even know I would be here. For me, the simple fact of having tried, having trained well in the last weeks to come back, is my biggest satisfaction.” Tennis Since you’re here… Rafael Nadal, hair thinning, legs slowing imperceptibly but genius intact, remains unbeatable on the clay of Roland Garros. Not even a spirited challenge by the world No 4, Dominic Thiem, could stop the 33-year-old Spaniard winning the French Open for a 12th time on Sunday, a feat unlikely to be matched in their lifetimes, if ever.For two sets the 25-year-old Austrian made a proper fight of it. But Nadal responded to the threat by tearing through the final two sets like the wind that has disrupted the schedule over the past few days to win 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 in three hours. match reports Ashleigh Barty offers stark contrast with Johanna Konta and eyes No 1 spot Nadal is the only player to win a dozen grand slam titles on the same court (Margaret Court won her 12 Australian Open titles at different venues), which also puts him four clear of Federer’s eight championships at Wimbledon and Novak Djokovic’s seven in Melbourne. Nadal moves to 18 majors, two behind Federer, three ahead of Djokovic.But Nadal says he is content with what he has achieved. “You cannot be thinking ‘one more’ all the time, otherwise you are never happy. You want more money, a bigger house, a new boat, an even prettier girlfriend! You cannot be happy like that – I don’t like the frustration. You have to thank life for all that it gives you.”For the foreseeable future the game’s four biggest prizes remain the property of the old guard. The Big Three of Nadal, Federer and Djokovic have shared 10 successive grand slam titles. The last player outside the exclusive club to disturb their hegemony was Stan Wawrinka, who defeated Djokovic to win the 2016 US Open.This was Nadal’s 950th win on the Tour, behind Federer on 1,207 victories, Jimmy Connors on 1,156 and Ivan Lendl on 1,096. It was his 260th match win in a slam tournament; only Federer (347) and Djokovic (270) have more. Two people have beaten him here: Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009 and Djokovic in the 2015 quarter-finals. Otherwise, 93 opponents have fallen to his power and guile.They are daunting numbers that Thiem simply did not want to think about when he stepped on to the historic court to face Nadal in the final for the second year running. Having outlasted Djokovic over two days during a match hit by rain and high winds, he did not show any appreciable signs of fatigue until the closing few games of the match, by which time the result was inevitable.“The beginning was unbelievably intense,” Thiem said. He got the first break point, outsmarting the king of Paris in a high-grade exchange in the fifth game – and he cashed in with a smash at the net. But, just as it looked as if the Spaniard had a fight on his hands, Thiem’s racket shook and they were back on level terms. French Open 2019center_img The story of Rafael Nadal’s dynasty at the French Open – video report Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Read more Nadal answered a drop shot with a better one of his own, grabbed two break points and, after forcing a tired forehand out of Thiem, served out the set.Nadal’s concentration dipped in the second as they battled on level terms to four-all, before Thiem won 12 points in a row on his way to levelling at a set apiece. It looked a very even contest at that point but Hurricane Rafa struck hard and fast, forehands whipped with venom from all parts. He allowed Thiem just a single point in the first nine minutes of the third set and the former champion Mats Wilander was moved to observe: “I don’t know if you can play tennis any better than this.”The fourth was much of the same, although Thiem’s doggedness was admirable. Desperation invaded his work at 1-4 down, however, and Nadal served out the match to 30, before descending to the clay, where he has never looked so at home.As Thiem succinctly put it: “He stepped on me.” Reuse this content French Open Topics Play Video Share on Pinterest Share via Email Rafael Nadallast_img read more

The CDC’s Second Life: A Best Practice for Social Networking

first_imgThere’s nothing very unusual about two red-headed women chatting in the headquarters of a Federal agency…unless one of the women is actually a man, and the headquarters actually exists on a server somewhere in Linden Lab. That man is John Anderton, who is responsible for bringing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) into Second Life. I met John’s avatar, Hygeia Philo, when I happened to see an announcement of a CDC Health Fair listed in New World Notes and decided to find out more about what the CDC is up to in Second Life.John first started exploring Second Life last March, and by July he had convinced the powers-that-be at the CDC to let him establish an agency outpost there, which he built with his own virtual hands. John seems to be the CDC’s go-to guy for their health communications “Special Forces” missions, having been detailed to work on public health crises like the CDC’s response to the anthrax scares, the flu vaccine shortage and setting up new communications offices in various parts of the agency. He currently (at least until next week) is working in the Office of the CDC Director with the charge of exploring how social media can be used to promote public health, and he plans to continue to serve as the CDC’s virtual face in Second Life.When we met, John graciously agreed to do an interview, which we conducted by e-mail, phone and in Second Life.Can you tell me about the Center at the CDC where you work, and what your role is there?I am presently on detail to the Office of the CDC Director, Office of Enterprise Communications. I am the lead for Project Fulcrum; an initiative to advance public health using new media, to recruit new persons into public health careers, and to reinvigorate old public health brands that have fallen by the wayside. Before this assignment, I have served for the last five years as Associate Director for Communications Science in the Center at CDC that deals with HIV, STDs and TB (called NCHSTP, for short). In that role, I was charged with lead responsibility for managing campaigns, media, special projects, contracts, issues management, exhibits, and clearance of communications products and materials for the Center. I have worked at CDC in a variety of communications positions, in several areas. I have a PhD in Health Promotion and Behavior, and a Masters degree in Public Administration.How widespread within the CDC is knowledge and interest in internet-based applications like Second Life and other social media?CDC is always looking into better ways to understand its audiences and the public, and to communicate its messages in timely, credible, and relevant ways. An internal blog was started recently, and podcasts began last month for outside audiences. The internal news website is in its second year of daily publication, and it featured a story about CDC in Second Life a few weeks ago, so I think the knowledge of what we are doing internally is growing. I have presented on it a dozen times to various internal constituencies to build inertia around expanding our presence in world. I started looking into Second Life (SL) last March, when only 175,000 persons were in-world, as a way to advance the CDC mission using this new medium, for this specialized audience. We acquired our avatar formally in July, and introduced the space in August. The SL presence has been continuously evolving since that time.How did you personally become involved as a CDC representative within Second Life? Are there others who are doing work in-world from your Center or other divisions of the CDC?I began exploring YouTube as a means of disseminating CDC health content, and ran across a machinima presentation on Second Life, in March, 2006. Intrigued, I wrote a white paper to make the case to management for CDC to enter SL, and was authorized to explore and begin involvement. I created an avatar with purpose; Hygeia was the Greek muse of health, and the last name of Philo means ‘lover of,’ thus a CDC av with the metaphoric moniker of Hygeia Philo (lover of health) seemed perfectly appropriate. I waited until July 13 (CDC’s 60th anniversary) for her to formally enter Second Life for the reason that birthdays are rites of passage (drivers license, voting, etc.) and her birthday into the new world, as CDC celebrated maturity in the real world, also seemed appropriate. Everyone I meet has been congenial and both surprised and pleased to see CDC in the SL space. I have been working in SL on a daily basis, part time, for almost 8 months now. As far as others at CDC – the National Center for Environmental Health is exploring how to educate about toxic waste in SL, and the Strategic National Stockpile is exploring training issues in SL. The Injury Center is also thinking about how to get involved, too.I love the thinking behind Hygeia’s name. If it’s not too personal a question, how does it feel to be a man in real life but use a female avatar?I think of working with the CDC space and Hygeia Philo like hosting a trade show booth with a colleague. I am there to represent CDC in the best way possible, professionally and personally. The Juwangsan address [the location in Second Life] and the avatar in SL are both parts of that image. The gender discrepancy between myself and my role in SL doesn’t bother me, and I don’t get much grief at CDC either, as I tend to thoroughly explain why the avatar was chosen before explaining my role. I don’t see Hygeia Philo as an alternate John Anderton, rather I see her more as the face of the Agency that I am working with to disseminate health information. More of a partner than a puppet, and I do not hide my true identity when asked, interviewed by the press, or during discussions. When I attended the Second Life Community Conference in San Francisco this past August, the distinction between myself and Hygeia caused a little amusement for a few people, but no apparent consternation.Please tell me about how the CDC’s presence in Second Life came about. How much resistance did you encounter from others at the CDC to the idea of building a virtual office?I met with Randy Moss, at the American Cancer Society to learn about how the ACS was raising money with the in world Relay for Life, and then attended the Second Life Community Conference in San Francisco to continue studying how people were playing, interacting, transacting, and studying the possibilities of SL. Both contact experiences were transformative; I came to see this as neither a fad nor a game, but as a social movement and a glimpse into the future of social interaction, learning, and even being. The blended reality aspect of real and virtual worlds is fascinating to me. I wanted to build a space that could both educate and foster/enable dialogue. I routinely change up what is offered, based on interactions with residents who stop by, or whom I meet when I am exploring. The transience of the space is also marvelous; one can change on a dime, if something new presents itself. The day the E. coli scare occurred, I posted a “Real Life Health Alert” in the space for persons to learn about what was going on, and what to do about it. To those who saw it, it was very favorably commented upon; as a bridge builder between real life health threats and virtual education opportunities.Everyone at CDC has been saying “Go go go!” there is not internal resistance; rather a chorus of support that is also a little agitated that I cannot go even faster! In world, after an interview with the Metaverse Messenger [a Second Life-focused newspaper downloaded by almost 50,000 people each month], the Editor responded favorably to my request to publish health info in her pub, so I have contributed a weekly column to this news outlet for the last 5 weeks. That has been great too, as a learning tool about virtual media, and the intersection with real world media.I found out about the CDC in Second Life during a “health fair” you were offering there. How often do you do those, and are there any other virtual activities in which the CDC is involved? You came on the first day of the first CDC health fair. Events drive interest among SL residents, and I had marveled at how concerts and fashion shows rivaled presentations by the Lindens [the staff of Linden Labs] as both entertainment and information dissemination opportunities. Rather than a big press conference (which we will do later, when we expand), I decided to go the highly localized route of a community health fair. In the real world this is a nice, local platform to display health information, to educate on specific issues while building community and establishing credibility of source. I was delighted at the attendance, and content of discussions. It was surprising to me to be at the top of the list in Rik’s Picks, in New World Notes, and kind of exciting to receive coverage from the Second Life News Network on the Fair. I’m not sure if that is due to the novelty of the event, an interest in what CDC is doing, or some other factor, but the interest has been wonderful. CDC is ramping up a variety of offerings, and will require us to expand and complicate the space a bit, but I don’t have a timetable for these upcoming developments.The CDC’s National Center for Health Marketing’s director Jay Bernhardt is one of the first I know of in a Federal health agency to write a blog. While it is not updated very often, I think it is still a significant milestone and an indicator of the CDC’s desire to use the latest tools to communicate with its audience. Are there any other examples of how the CDC is using newer internet/social media or other tools (e.g., mobile phones) to reach its audiences beyond just offering a static website?I would suggest that you contact Jay with that question – I’m not in a place to be able to answer that effectively.What has been the response of SL residents to the CDC’s outreach in-world?Almost without exception, I have been warmly greeted by old and new SL residents. People are kind of amazed that CDC would treat it seriously, and that we are not there for profit. I hope that CDC can continue to grow and evolve in the SL space, as it grows and changes itself. With such rapid development, it forces us to stay on our toes!Are there specific health issues that you tend to focus on that are more prevalent among Second Life residents because of their demographics and behavioral risk factors?I would like to gradually introduce the topic of sexual health into the space, as a way to promote discussion about the links between what one says and does in Second Life, and then one’s actions in real life. Liaisons in real life, foreshadowed and even pre-enacted though virtual spaces have led to documented disease transmission, and discussion about this seems generally absent from SL. On the demographic side, there are all kinds of opportunities to introduce topics relevant to persons in their 30s about screenings, health and emergency preparedness, childhood milestones, and other topics. On the behavioral side, there is also plenty of room for talk about good eating, active lifestyles, eye strain, and other health topics relevant to persons who spend significant amounts of time sedentary in front of a monitor. The possibilities are hard to count, there are so many.How do you see Second Life fitting into an organization’s overall social marketing strategy?Second Life joins the list of audiences, interests, and channels that link the American public with their public health infrastructure. Given that half of residents are international, it also broadens and deepens the CDC communications portfolio into addressing wider audience needs and concerns. I suppose that it is a tactic, and not a strategy in itself, but one that suggests that attention to new media requires constant vigilance, and willingness to experiment. If SL fails, for some reason, the movement of persons into online congregate social settings will probably continue to expand, and understanding how to reach these audiences will continue to be important.For people at other agencies or organizations who may be considering establishing a presence in Second Life, what advice would you offer? Do it. Now. In my career at CDC, which spans a short 15 years, four new technologies have emerged and merged with mainstream communications. My first business card had my name, title, address and phone number on it. Then came a fax machine number, then an email address, a website, and most recently, a metaverse designation and avatar. These are all ways that I can receive contact from the world and matriculate therein. They have gone from slow, to fast, to real time. One must be in all of these modes to communicate effectively with the audiences with whom we participate, and to understand the places they inhabit. Galileo reminded us that one sees farther if one stands on the shoulders of giants. There are plenty of giants out there to partner with, in this new medium, and most of them are friendly. Also, and importantly, establish excellent relationships with the IT department; with all of the updates coming from Linden, internal firewalls, network up and downtime, and corporate/governmental IT security issues will cause frequent calls for assistance.Have you hooked up with any groups of nonprofits that are working on how best to integrate their causes into SL like No, other than the American Cancer Society and some exchanges with the New Media folks, I have not begun to run with the big dogs. I am still studying how to best interact with persons, groups, and constituencies to best participate in this wondrous landscape. I hope to continue to learn, evolve and adapt to the space in fruitful ways, and if it goes really well, to lead trends.Is there anything else you’d like to add that we haven’t touched on yet? Second Life is part of one’s first life; not separate from it. Even the immersionists have to sleep, eat, and interact with the Real World. If one can merge good health practices in real life with the fun and play of Second Life, then physical and psychological realms can be enlightened and good habits enacted, to personal benefit. If this happens collectively, then public benefits are achieved, and public health becomes a reality, in virtual and actual ways. Thanks for the chance to talk about these issues.Thank you to John for providing such an insightful and compelling glimpse into the process he has gone through to keep the CDC in the position of leading trends among Federal agencies. I hope that when other organizations and agencies see that even the CDC, with all its bureaucracy and generally slow uptake of new technology, is taking Second Life and other social media seriously, that they should too. I predict that the CDC’s entry into SL will open the floodgates for other people working on health and social issues.If you are in Second Life and would like to visit the CDC’s virtual offices, you can click here to teleport directly. If you are not already in Second Life, you can first download the software and get a free account.Source: read more

A Few Good Examples of Widgets

first_imgThere are a group of widgets designed to spark conversation or interactivity on your site or blog. These include voice messages, IM widgets, audience polls and others. Audience poll widgets seem to be more widely in use by nonprofits. Some good polling widgets include Vidzu and PollDaddy.You can do a general reader survey, such as the nonprofit tech blogYou can connect it to content in a post such as the Bamboo ProjectOr you can connect to the key goals of your blog, say, Save GuimarisThere are many widgets that allow you take content from one site or location on the Web and easily republish it elsewhere. The best examples are the widgets or badges provided by well-established services such as Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and others. If you are already using one of those services and want to integrate content onto your blog or website, check on their website first. They might not be calling it a widget. Some refer to them as “badges.” Simply look in the “help” section of your favorite social site.Fundraising is the life’s blood of nonprofits and is another area of active experimentation using strategies called “personal fundraising.” Think citizen donor, citizen philanthropist. Widgets, charity badges, blog fundraising plugins allow your supporters to become messengers for your cause. The shift is now from the organization raising money to the supporters taking on that role/responsibility. The widget just helps people track their commitment and shows progress being made.Sucessfully using widgets to realize outcomes is a matter of experimentation and learning. Above all, the widget needs to be connected with your blog’s or website’s content, readers’ interests, or to amplify conversation. The best way to get started is to pick a few widgets, install them, and track them over a period of a month or so. Figure out if your strategy is bringing in new traffic, generating more comments/activity on your blog, or making visitors take action. If not, don’t be afraid to ditch it.Source: read more

Nonprofits — first in social media?!

first_imgForget corporate savvy – here’s a case of nonprofit savvy.According to a new study cited by massnonprofits, we nonprofits are cutting edge when it comes to social media:Charitable organizations are outpacing the business world in their use of social media, according to a study recently completed by The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s Center for Marketing Research. According to the study, “America’s largest charities are turning to the Internet in an effort to increase awareness of their missions and to help connect with their constituencies. While these organizations are known for their nonprofit status and their fundraising campaigns, they demonstrate an acute awareness of the importance of Web 2.0 strategies in meeting their objectives.”Wow, who knew?Want to get started in social media? Here are two good places to start:Network for Good’s new resource on the topicExpert Beth Kanter, who is the go-to guru on the topicHat tip to Erik at Orion for this story.last_img read more

Change the Way You Look at Fundraising

first_imgDon’t stop there—how about getting rid of your mission statements, especially when it relates to spouting them off or having potential supporters read them? Mission statements are often lengthy, boring, and altogether worthless. Again, define what your actual message is, what you want people to understand, and what you want them to do. Are you “dedicated to ending malnutrition in the hungry and teaching sustainable agriculture,” or do you want to “end hunger!” Often times simple language can pack a big punch.*This article was adapted by Jake Emen from Tom Suddes’ webinar presentation “33 Ideas that Change the Fundraising Game.” It was originally published on December 18, 2008 and has been updated. That income is of course necessary though, so just ask. You always need to be asking, it won’t happen by itself. Awareness doesn’t equal action. There’s no harm in asking, so ask away! Simple tweaks in the way you think and what you say can affect how people look at your cause or your organization:There are only three reasons for a nonprofit organization to exist. Those are to save lives, transform lives, and change lives. It’s all tied to helping other people. It’s what you are doing everyday, and it is driving your existence. Think about which is the most important to you, and communicate that to your supporters. Take it one step further. Share a story when you present the opportunity. Everybody has a great story. A story of how your organization was founded or the people you help or the people that help you. Those stories inspire other people to take action as well. That impact that you are making is what drives your income, not the other way around. Your income should not and does not drive your impact. The size and scope of your impact determines the size and scope of your income. If you can effectively relate your impact to people in the community, your income will increase, thereby allowing you to have a greater impact, and so on.center_img Focus on relationships, not transactions. If the only time you speak to the people who help you is when you want money from them, you don’t have a real relationship with them. Most people stop giving to a charity not because of financial concerns but because of the way they were treated. Remember that you are in the relationship business, and your supporters deserve to be treated well. Think about what you call yourself. Define what cause you’re supporting and what your vission is—this is the real message you’re trying to spread. Don’t just tell people you’re a nonprofit, tell people that you’re “for-impact,” and make yourself immediately sound positive. But just don’t ask for money. Present people with the opportunity to help. Describe to them in human terms what they can do to help and show them how.last_img read more

Elevate your email newsletter from snoring to soaring

first_imgSleeping Cat, on Flickr by ZamarioAs I write, here at Network for Good, I’m listening to a great Nonprofit 911 call. No worries if you aren’t listening too – you can view the summary here. And I’m sharing here the summary by our guest speaker Kivi Leroux Miller of I know Kivi personally and think she has terrific advice, which you can check out on her site. I’d also like to unabashedly advertise her work — she does a lot of wonderful webinars and e-trainings which are well worth the modest investment. Ten tips by Kivi:1. Know your audience, ask what they want, and deliver it.Even though your newsletter readers may be incredibly generous individuals, it’s helpful to think of them as very self-centered, selfish people when they are reading your email newsletter. Here’s why: if the content isn’t immediately relevant and valuable to them as individual human beings, they’ll delete it in an instant. We know what’s in it for you, but what’s in it for them?As you write your newsletter articles, keep asking yourself these questions: How will this article make our readers feel? How will it make their lives easier or better? Does this article show our readers how important they are to us?2. Send frequently – if you have good content.How often should you send your email newsletter? In general, I recommend no more than once a week and no less than every six weeks. You want people to remember you and look forward to receiving your newsletter, but you don’t want to drive them crazy either. Your email schedule should be determined by how often you have great content to send.If you are providing on-target, valuable information each and every time (or darn close), your readers won’t feel bugged by frequent mailings. If you don’t have enough content for a newsletter every two months, you either don’t know your readers or aren’t thinking creatively about ways to talk about your work. See 15 Places to Find Article Ideas for Your Nonprofit Newsletter on my blog.Here’s a sweeping generalization: most nonprofits send e-newsletters too infrequently. If you aren’t sure whether to step up your publishing schedule or not, I’d say go for it. If your unsubscribe rate goes up, ask why people are leaving your list and if frequency is the problem, back off.3. Make it personal.People give to and support nonprofits for highly subjective reasons. Your supporters get something deeply personal out of their affiliation with your organization as a donor, volunteer, or advocate. So why would your response back to these passionate people be institutional, monolithic, and completely objective?Break out of the “The 501(c)(3) speaks to the masses” mode and make it more personal. I’m not suggesting that you turn your newsletter into a vehicle for personal rambling or try to elevate your executive director to cult status. But you should consider ways to make your newsletter sound as though it is written by one staff person speaking directly to one supporter. Do articles talk about the staff, donors, or volunteers involved in the work? Do the articles have bylines? Are the articles written in a conversational style, even if they aren’t bylined? Have you included some headshots or other people photos? If someone hits “reply” to the newsletter, will a real person see it and respond, or will the reader get an auto-reply about that email address not being checked?4. Make the next step as easy as possible.Once your supporters read your newsletter, what’s next? Do you have a call to action? Do you want them donate, volunteer, register, tell a friend, learn more, write a email, make a call or what? Include specific calls to action and links that make following through as simple as possible. Make it, as Katya Andresen says, a “filmable moment.” Could you film your supporters following through on your call to action? If it is clear and simple enough, your supporters should be able to easily visualize themselves and others doing it.5. Put an unmistakable name in the “From” field.For most nonprofits, this will be your organization’s name or a well-known campaign or initiative. Don’t use a staff person’s name unless at least 80% of the people on your mailing list will recognize it. If you decide to use a person’s name (it is more personal after all – see #3 above), I recommend including your acronym or other identifier after the name. This should not change from issue to issue; you want to build up reader recognition.6. Use a specific, benefit-laden “Subject” line.The busier your supporters are, the more likely they are to look at your email subject line and nothing else before deciding whether to read it or delete it. Pack your subject lines with details about what’s inside, emphasizing the benefits to the reader of taking a few extra seconds to see what’s in the body of the message. That’s a tall order for 50-60 characters, which is the rule of thumb for subject line length. Do your best and track which newsletters have the best open rates to see which subject lines seem to appeal most to your readers.Your subject line should change with every edition. Don’t waste space with dates, edition numbers, sender info, etc. The only exception would be if you have a very short, memorable, and meaningful newsletter title. You can put the title first, often in brackets like this: [E-News Title] Subject Line Specific to This Email’s Content. See Best Practices in Writing Email Subject Lines (MailChimp).7. Design a simple, clean newsletter that’s mostly text.People expect to read email, which means they are looking for words. They don’t expect the same visual stimulation that they do when they visit a web page. It’s much more important to say something timely, interesting, or valuable than it is to produce a newsletter that’s visually stunning. At the same time, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use a stylish design and photos. Just make sure that the text gets top billing and wraps cleanly around any graphic elements, especially since those items will appear as big red Xs to a big chunk of your readers. And don’t worry about needing serious design or HTML skills to produce an email newsletter. All of the major email newsletter service providers offer many templates to pick from.8. Write and design for the preview pane.Most people don’t actually open each email message. Instead, they use the preview pane to view them. That means you’ve got a fairly small space in which to impress your reader enough to make them either scroll through your email or open it fully.Images near the top of your newsletter can hog that important space or waste it entirely if images are turned off in the email program. For example, if you want to use an image as your newsletter header, keep it “short” – say under 100 pixels high – so that it doesn’t fill up the whole preview pane. Be sure that you have plenty of compelling text near the top of the newsletter so that even if images are turned off, the reader still sees some interesting text. Also be sure to include ALT tags with all images. See Images in Email and Email Newsletters: Dos and Don’ts and Writing Great ALT Tags for Your E-Newsletters on my blog.Never send an all-image email newsletter. You’ve seen those emails where the entire preview pane is filled with a big red-X box. They are trying to send you a pretty email by including all the text in a graphic. The problem is that many email programs don’t show images by default. Therefore, you see nothing but the box. I automatically delete emails like this.9. Appeal to skimmers: Use lots of headlines, subheadings, and short chunks of text.People scan and skim email before they read it. Short paragraphs and sentences are easier to skim. Descriptive headlines and subheads with active verbs and vivid nouns will grab your supporters’ attention and nudge them into actually reading the text. See Copyblogger’s How to Write Magnetic Headlines series for tons of examples. I also teach a webinar several times a year on online writing dos and don’ts, focusing specifically on how to make your online writing skimmable. Check the webinar schedule.10. Use an email newsletter service.If you have more than 20 people on your mailing list and you want that list to grow, you need to use an email newsletter service provider or ESP. Many online client database/fundraising service providers include email marketing in their packages. You can also use companies that specialize in email marketing, like EmailNow. These providers can automate many functions that you shouldn’t be wasting time on, including managing subscribes, unsubscribes, and bounces. They also help you comply with the CAN-SPAM law; strongly encourage you to use best-practice, double opt-in procedures; give you the code for an email newsletter sign-up box for your website; and offer great tracking tools that are nearly impossible for you to implement on your own. The cost of using an email newsletter service is minimal and the benefits are huge.While these tips are solid advice that will work in most cases, what’s most important is what works for you and your supporters. Test what you do and make adjustments accordingly.THANKS KIVI for donating your time and expertise!last_img read more

More Buddha, Less BS

first_imgLast Friday, Mark Rovner and I presented at the Nonprofit Technology Conference on the 7 Things Everyone Wants and how to tap into these human and spiritual needs to do a better job marketing and communicating.If you missed it, Britt Bravo has a nice summary here.last_img

Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops: An Interview with Amy Eisenstein

first_imgPursuing major gifts: it’s one of those things we know we should do, but for some organizations it may seem too overwhelming—or even impossible. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way. Amy Eisenstein of Tri Point Fundraising has demystified major gift programs for small and medium-sized organizations. I asked Amy to share a little bit about her latest book, Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops.What prompted you to write Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops?Amy: I wrote Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops because it seems to me that most nonprofits are too reliant on the “hamster wheel” of fundraising—grant writing, event planning, and bulk mail. But given that as few as the top ten percent of donors give up to ninety percent of an organization’s gifts, I know that most small nonprofit organizations would raise significantly more money if they invested time and resources in raising major gifts from individual supporters. One of my main goals is to help all nonprofits raise more money so they can change and save more lives—this book will help small and medium-sized organizations that haven’t yet started soliciting major gifts to do just that.What is the biggest hurdle for small nonprofits who are trying to implement a successful major gifts program?Amy: There are actually two large hurdles: time and knowledge. Given that professional fundraising training is a relatively new thing, most fundraising professionals working today (particularly in small shops) have never been taught how to ask for four, five, or higher-figure gifts. Major Gifts Fundraising for Small Shops tackles both issues with an easy to follow, step-by-step approach that teaches everything readers need to know.How do major gifts fit in with other kinds of fundraising an organization may be pursuing? Is there a magic formula for determining how much time/effort you spend on each funding stream?Amy: Unfortunately, there’s no magic formula. It would be wonderful to have one, wouldn’t it? However, it is well known that major gifts (and planned giving) are the least expensive types of fundraising (events are typically the most expensive). In the book, I recommend that readers commit five hours per week to raising major gifts, which leaves them thirty-five hours or more for their other efforts. As their major gifts program becomes successful and fruitful, they will naturally want to spend more time in this arena. Success is a great incentive!Do you have some examples of small orgs who have a great major gifts program in place? Amy: Many organizations that participated in the Major Gifts Challenge on my blog (which was the foundation for this book) are starting to have increasing success with major gifts. I’ve heard back from readers whose organizations are receiving their first $10,000 gifts and from others that are asking for and receiving major gifts on a more regular basis.In the book, you talk about building deeper relationships with major gifts prospects. How does this approach differ (if at all) from cultivating other types of donors?Amy: We all know that fundraising is about creating and building relationships. Cultivating major donors is the same thing, but at a much deeper, more meaningful level. Most organizations build those relationships with lower-level donors by inviting them to a large event and/or sending them newsletters. With major gift donors, the cultivation process is all about in-person, one-on-one meetings—and more overall personalized approach.Amy has a special offer for those of you who buy the book online today. Check out the details and keep us posted on how your major gift efforts are going at your organization.Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE, is an author, speaker, coach and fundraising consultant who’s dedicated to making nonprofit development simple for you and your board. In addition to Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops, she’s also the author of 50 A$ks in 50 Weeks and Raising More with Less.last_img read more

New Opportunities in Maternal Newborn Health

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 30, 2017November 30, 2017By: Staff, Maternal Health Task ForceClick 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)Interested in a position in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child or adolescent health? Every month, the Maternal Health Task Force rounds up job and internship postings from around the globe.AfricaCommunity Health Systems Technical Advisor: Management Sciences for Health (MSH); Cotonou, BeninMaternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Technical Advisor: MSH; Cotonou, BeninMonitoring and Evaluation Director: Jhpiego; MadagascarMonitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer: Jhpiego; KenyaProject Manager – Study of quality care for the prevention and management of postpartum hemorrhage: KMET; Kisumu, KenyaAsiaDeputy Director, Family Health: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; New Delhi, IndiaGlobalInternational Program in Public Health Leadership: The University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy, the Center for Creative Leadership and the Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationNorth AmericaDirector of International Research: Guttmacher Institute; New York, NYFielding Assistants: Guttmacher Institute; New York, NYGlobal Family Planning Fellow – Humanitarian Crises: CARE; Washington, D.C.Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II: US Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health (GH); Washington, D.C. and globalMaternal Fetal Medicine Physicians: Mercy Clinic; St. Louis, MOMaternal Fetal Medicine Specialist: St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center; Boston, MAProgram Administrator, Global Women’s Health: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG); Washington, D.C.Registered Nurse – Maternal Child Health: Scripps Health; San Diego, CAResearch Data Manager – Performance Monitoring and Accountability (PMA2020): Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Baltimore, MDSenior Consultant, Investigations Branch, Office of Audit and Investigation Services: UNFPA; New York, NYTechnical Advisor – Knowledge Management & Communications: CARE; Atlanta, GAUNFPA Leadership Pool Initiative: UNFPA; New York, NYWeb Editor: UNFPA; New York, NY—Is your organization hiring? Please contact us if you have maternal health job or internship opportunities that you would like included in our next job roundup.Share this:last_img read more

Report: Leganes 0-1 Atletico

first_imgVitolo spared Atletico Madrid’s blushes as Diego Simeone’s side claimed a slender 1-0 triumph at Leganes to make it two wins from as many games this season.Atletico looked to be in danger of dropping their first points of the season on Sunday, having beaten Getafe in their season opener, but substitute Vitolo finished coolly 19 minutes from time to seal the victory.Alvaro Morata was one of few players to look even remotely threatening in the first half, with proceedings not offering much excitement until the second half, which saw a flurry of action early on. 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? Both sides struck the frame of the goal and Joao Felix wasted a glorious opportunity, but the €120million signing made amends by setting Vitolo up for the winner.94′ [ 0-1 ] FT at Butarque!Atleti earn a hard-fought win to make it out of in @LaLigaEN!Good job, lads!#LeganésAtleti#AúpaAtleti— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) August 25, 2019Atletico shaded a generally drab first period, with Morata the only player to go close.He first shot wide from Koke’s low cross in the third minute and half an hour later latched on to Kieran Trippier’s lofted ball only to be thwarted by the approaching Juan Soriano as he attempted to prod an effort over the goalkeeper.The second half began in much livelier fashion – Joao Felix spurning a glorious chance in the 50th minute when needlessly attempting a scissor-kick from 12 yards with the goal gaping.Leganes went even closer soon after when Jonathan Silva’s free-kick struck the crossbar, before Koke nudged a Morata cross onto the post.Atletico eventually wrapped up the win in the 71st minute, as Joao Felix drove in from the right, picked out Vitolo in the box and the forward swept home confidently with his left foot. What does it mean? Simeone’s tactical alteration does not backfireSimeone opted to deploy a back three, a change from the usual four-man defence. While it might have seemed a strange decision given they were expected to win anyway, it certainly did not hinder Atletico.After all, the free-kick aside, Leganes rarely threatened. Given Atletico’s numerous centre-back options this season, we may well see more of that back three.Vitolo a driving forceIntroduced for Mario Hermoso after an hour, Vitolo had a fine impact off the bench. The winger has had a difficult time since joining from Sevilla, but he looked more like his old self on Sunday, getting into scoring positions and worrying the defence with some driving runs.Omeruo invites pressureWhile Dimitrios Siovas mostly looked solid at the back for Leganes, Kenneth Omeruo was anything but. The Nigerian centre-back made several mistakes that put his team on the back foot and he often appeared shaky.Key Opta Facts- Atletico won a LaLiga away game at Butarque for the first time after failing to do so in their previous three matches (D3).- Leganes have not scored in their last five LaLiga matches at Butarque, their worst run at home in the top flight.- Morata made eight recoveries against Leganes, his best tally in a LaLiga game.- Jan Oblak has kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the top five European leagues in 2019 (14).What’s next?Atletico return to the Wanda Metropolitano next Sunday to host Eibar. Leganes go to Real Betis a day prior. read morelast_img read more

‘It’s a penalty’ – Kane flummoxed by VAR call vs Newcastle

first_imgHarry Kane has questioned the use of VAR in Tottenham’s defeat to Newcastle, revealing referee Mike Dean said he had not seen the incident properly when deciding not to award a penalty against Jamaal Lascelles.Spurs were trailing 1-0 at home in the closing stages when Kane ran onto a ball in the box and Lascelles fell across him, appearing to bring him down.Dean waved away Kane’s appeal and that decision stood after a review by the Video Assistant Referee, with referees group PGMOL explaining there was “not enough evidence to overturn the original call”. 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? Kane, though, believes this was precisely the kind of incident where he should have benefited from VAR.“It’s there to help the referee on the pitch,” he said. “Mike Dean said that he just didn’t know, he couldn’t see, so that’s where the VAR is there to help him out.“If he had said ‘no penalty’ and the VAR was a 50-50, then you can agree. But I don’t know what his conversation was with them upstairs, if he said he didn’t see it or not.“I’ve watched it back and find it hard to understand how it hasn’t been given. It’s just like if a goalkeeper comes out, uses his arms and trips you up – it’s a penalty. I kind of tripped over his arm and then his body fell into me.“Whether it was deliberate or not, from my point of view it’s hard to take. But I said last week [after the Manchester City game] that with VAR sometimes you are going to get the rub of the green, sometimes not.“The offsides are definite because there is a kind of guarantee. The 50-50 ones are always hard. It’s never going to take away that speculation because, like this one, it’s always a matter of opinion.”While Kane feels he was a victim of injustice that potentially cost his side a point, he has also been honest about Spurs’ own failings.“I don’t think we did enough in the final third to win the game,” he said. “We didn’t quite have the answers in their box and the final third to get that breakthrough. The decision is the decision but overall we could have done better as a team and it’s just a hard loss to take.“I think we have to learn that teams who come here and get an early goal, they’re going to defend and make it tough. We need to have the answers to that.“Winning the first game [against Aston Villa] was great and getting a point at Manchester City is not a bad result. But this is where we needed to step up if we want to be up there come the end of the season. These are the games at home that you have to win.“I said after the first weekend of the season, when Liverpool won on the Friday and then Manchester City won early on the Saturday, that they set the standard with their results. I said we had to keep up with them and make sure we win, especially at home.“It’s disappointing that we haven’t done that in only our second home game. It just means we’re going to have to pick up points in the big games, the tough games, and try to improve on what we did against Newcastle.”Tottenham certainly have a big game next as they visit Arsenal on Sunday.“You never want to go into an international break having lost or drawn, and of course a north London derby is as big as it gets,” said Kane.“If we win that it makes the first four games a bit brighter. But it’s not going to be an easy game so we have to make sure we’re prepared and ready for that one.“As you’re seeing from Liverpool and City so far there’s no letting up from them. I said before the start of the season that a team that can put a good run together, get momentum, maybe win for two or three months on the bounce without dropping any points, that’s what it’s going to take [to challenge the top two]. It’s a disappointing start but there’s a long way to go.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Emery defends Xhaka despite ‘very disappointing’ penalty

first_imgUnai Emery insists Granit Xhaka played well for Arsenal against Tottenham even though he conceded a “very disappointing” penalty during the first half of Sunday’s 2-2 derby draw.The Switzerland midfielder lunged into a challenge on Son Heung-min and got nowhere near the ball, allowing Harry Kane to double the lead from the spot following Christian Eriksen’s opener.Xhaka was heavily criticised over the incident, even though Arsenal rallied in impressive style to fight back for a point through goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. 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? Emery, though, says there were more positive than negative aspects to the 26-year-old’s performance.”In 90 minutes, I am very proud of his work,” said the former Valencia and Paris Saint-Germain boss. “Some mistakes we can have and I want to use [them] to progress and improve. There are more positive things collectively, individually and also with Xhaka for me.”The penalty is really one action that is very disappointing. He worked very well. He played very well. If we won the match, maybe we’d speak about the mistakes less.”19 – Harry Kane’s penalty was the 19th scored in games between Arsenal and Spurs in the Premier League; the most in a single fixture in the competition’s history. Spotlight. — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 1, 2019 Emery felt the Gunners deserved at least a share of the spoils for their second-half performance and was proud of the atmosphere created by the home fans as they chased a late winner.”Obviously, after 2-0, we can be very proud of our response and the atmosphere we created and how our supporters pushed us after our goal to get the second goal and have chances to score the third,” he said.”The result… we deserved more. Their movement, [in] the second half, we controlled better than the first. Tactically, the first goal is one mistake but because we played that action more with heart than head.”We had two players trying to win the ball with Harry Kane – we needed one to cover. The second half, we did that work perfectly.”With our supporters, we created a very good atmosphere. The game was amazing for football but, for us, it’s not enough.”Really, I am very proud of our work, our players, our supporters.”Arsenal are two points above Spurs in the Premier League table, having taken two wins, one draw and a defeat from their opening four matches of the season. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Photos: The Best Signs At ESPN’s Week 6 College GameDay

first_imgA Florida Gators cheerleader performing during a football game.GAINESVILLE, FL – NOVEMBER 07: A Florida Gators cheerleader is tossed in the air during the second half of the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)ESPN’s College GameDay is airing live from Gainesville, Fla. this morning ahead of this afternoon’s heated SEC matchup between No. 10 Florida and No. 7 Auburn.Gators fans have shown up in droves at GameDay this morning.The sign collection for today’s show is impressive, too.Here are some of the best signs from the Week 6 show: Mama knows best 🤣— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 5, 2019It’s a little hot for vests in The Swamp 😅— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 5, 2019GameDay >— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 5, 2019How many of these are true? 🤔— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 5, 2019Sweet home Alabama?— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 5, 2019“I was going to write something SAVAGE but my mom is watching” #GameDaySigns— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) October 5, 2019ESPN’s College GameDay airs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. E.T.Florida and Auburn are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T.The game will be on CBS.last_img read more

Zouma reveals ‘battle in the shadows’ led to Chelsea return

first_imgChelsea defender Kurt Zouma has revealed the fight he went through “in the shadows” to secure a return to the first team at Stamford Bridge.The France international tore his cruciate ligament against Manchester United in February 2016 and has been on the fringes in west London ever since.He spent the last two seasons on loan at Stoke City and Everton respectively, and despite interest from the Toffees in a permanent transfer this summer, Frank Lampard chose to keep him at the club. 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 An injury to Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz’s deadline-day move to Arsenal has opened the door for Zouma to start alongside Andreas Christensen at the heart of the Blues’ defence for each of their opening three matches of the campaign.And the 24-year-old is keen to make up for lost time after becoming the forgotten man under the likes of Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri.”It has been a very, very long journey,” Zouma he said. “I don’t want to talk about that now because that is the past, but I fought very hard.”People don’t know, people don’t see but I was in the shadows, working hard to get back because I had a very, very bad injury.”I was off for one year but people forget that and don’t see. But for me, I always believed in myself. My family was always there behind me, supporting me and now I am back here, I am very happy to play here. I just want to keep going.”I came here and wanted to play. I am in a big club and everyone here wants to play. The competition is very hard and you can see in the squad, there are a lot of talented players so when you train, you have to do it right.”You always have to look over your shoulder. The squad is very talented and the competition can only make us better. Today I play, tomorrow maybe not but I want to play every game. Everyone that is on the pitch wants to stay on the pitch, and we have to work hard for that.”That’s what I am trying to do and that’s what I am working hard for. I am here. Everything is done now. I have to do my job here and I am happy to be here.”I just want to work hard and play. That’s what I’m trying to do and the most important thing is the team. We need to start winning games.”Kurt Zouma Frank Lampard ChelseaZouma has come under scrutiny in the opening weeks of the campaign after his foul on Marcus Rashford led to the penalty which opened the scoring for Manchester United in their 4-0 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford on the first weekend of the season.But he insists that he already put that error of judgement behind him as he eyes a long run in the team under Lampard”Myself, I knew I made mistakes in the first game but it won’t be perfect every game. You have to learn from games. I am still learning.”After a game like this, you just have to refocus, keep the concentration high and then I think I did right after that by keeping myself ready and prepared. We don’t get the wins but me, I give it my all on the pitch. That’s what I’m here for.”The Blues are still waiting for first win under Lampard after losing the UEFA Super Cup on penalties to Liverpool before their 1-1 draw with Leicester City on SundayThey head to newly-promoted Norwich City on Saturday looking to end that run without a victory, and Zouma believes that there is plenty more to come for the Blues under their legendary midfielder-turned-coach.”He wants us to press very high and keep the intensity high. Unfortunately we didn’t do it today [against Leicester] but in the previous game, we did it well I think.”We just need to score more goals. The work rate has to be high all the time for 90 minutes.”That’s what we are trying to do and that’s what we have to do next week to win. We were tired. We tried to press but we didn’t have the legs so maybe we have to stay back more, control the game a bit more, try to keep the ball a bit better.”But these are the things we learn. We will learn throughout the season. There is a long way to go and we are not worried.”We are Chelsea. We are a big club. We wanted to win today. Unfortunately, we couldn’t and next week has to be a win of course. Every game has to be a win.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

‘Referees need to protect James’ – Giggs weighs in on ‘dive’ vs Wolves

first_imgWales manager Ryan Giggs has sprung to the defence of Manchester Unied winger Daniel James after the 21-year-old was accused of diving during his side’s draw with Wolves.James was booked for simulation following a challenge from Joao Moutinho and subsequently booed every time he touched the ball at Molineux on Monday night.Giggs, however, believes the youngster needs protection from referees as he makes the step up to the Premier League. 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 “You’ve seen he gets kicked a lot,” Giggs said after naming James in his 26-man squad for next month’s crunch Euro 2020 qualifier against Azerbaijan in Cardiff. “Sometimes when you anticipate it, it can look like a dive,” explained Giggs. “The speed he’s going at… it can look worse, but I’m not worried about that.”He gets a lot of stick and referees need to protect him.”I think when you are a front player or a wide player you are going to get kicked, and Dan does get kicked a lot.”I think it’s a tough job for referees but when you try and anticipate it, it can look worse than it is.”Monday night’s Premier League draw at Wolves was James’ first start for United following his £15 million ($18m) summer move from Swansea City.Despite the criticism for alleged simulation, Giggs has impressed with the youngster’s progress, stating:  “I watched a lot of the pre-season games and he did well as he usually plays on the left.”It gives me a different option as well if he’s playing his club football on the right. If I want to do that I can.”Meanwhile, Sky Sports pundit and former United full-back Gary Neville has praised the youngster for his impact at Old Trafford.”If he gets one-on-one it is obscene the pace he’s got,” Neville said. “He makes six, seven, eight yards in the space of 25 yards. “The big challenge for him is how does he cope when teams are playing deep, when there are five spread across the back.”last_img read more