Messi ‘can leave’ at end of season but Barca calm, says Barcelona president

first_img“We want Messi to play for Barca through to 2021 and beyond. We are very calm.”Messi, Barca’s record goalscorer, is currently out injured with a calf injury, with the team struggling in his absence, managing to collect just four points from their opening three La Liga matches. Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Lionel Messicenter_img Madrid, Spain | AFP | Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Friday the Spanish giants are not worried about Lionel Messi’s future, despite the Argentinian star being able to leave the club at the end of the season.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner signed a new four-year deal with Barca in 2017, but Bartomeu says he is free to end his contract beforehand.“Leo Messi has a contract through to the 2020/21 season, but the player is able to leave Barca before the final season,” Bartomeu told Barcelona’s in-house television channel.“It’s the same case as with the final contracts that Xavi, (Carles) Puyol and (Andres) Iniesta had. They are players who deserve that liberty, and we shouldn’t worry, as they are very committed to Barca.last_img read more

Defiant Mourinho hails Man United

first_img0Shares0000Man United manager Jose Mourinho was delighted with the way his side ground out victory over Liverpool © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 10 – Jose Mourinho slammed criticism of Manchester United’s cautious approach in their 2-1 win over bitter rivals Liverpool on Saturday, while West Ham fans rebelled in ugly scenes during their 3-0 defeat against Burnley.Marcus Rashford scored twice in the first 25 minutes at Old Trafford as United held off a Liverpool fightback to move five points clear of their visitors in second place in the Premier League. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) United also closed to within 13 points of Manchester City, but barring a late-season collapse by the runaway league leaders, that gap looks unbridgeable.Liverpool were left to rue a slow start as Rashford twice finished impressively after Romelu Lukaku had outmuscled Dejan Lovren.Jurgen Klopp’s side dominated possession as United sat back for long periods and Eric Bailly’s 66th-minute own goal set up a tense finish.“If people don’t think we deserved it, I don’t care,” Mourinho said.“I am a bit tired, we have a match on Tuesday. I don’t care what people say. The boys are happy, I’m happy.”Just a second defeat in 21 Premier League games leaves Liverpool still third, but they could drop to fourth if Tottenham win at Bournemouth on Sunday.“Second half we had to continue chasing the game, then we scored the goal and should have been a penalty around Fellaini situation on Sadio,” Klopp lamented.last_img read more

PayPal Is Quietly Killing Off A Confusing Way To Pay In Stores

first_imgowen thomas Related Posts PayPal has stopped promoting its Payment Card to consumers and erased most references to it from its website, and may soon discontinue it.The card, a magnetic-stripe plastic card similar to credit and debit cards in appearance but linked to a PayPal account, will still be honored by merchants who accept it, according to a company spokesperson.“If a customer chooses to use a PayPal payment card, they can easily request one through the PayPal.com site, or contact customer service,” PayPal’s Chris Morse told us. That’s sort of true—but they’d have to know that the card exists, and click through five screens to find the setting in which they can request a card. (There’s no charge for the card, which takes 7-10 days to arrive by mail.)It’s not clear how much longer the card will remain available. Morse said that PayPal was focused on products which save consumers time and money. To us, it’s not clear how a plastic card fits that bill: It’s at most a convenience.The company is now clearly emphasizing its mobile app as the way to pay in stores.Plastic Or App?In this move, the company appears to be trading ubiquity for simplicity, slimming down its confusing array of payment products. In recent speeches, including our ReadWriteMix interview with PayPal president David Marcus in January, executives have emphasized PayPal’s mobile app as the primary way they hope consumers will use their PayPal account to pay for purchases in retail stores.PayPal first introduced the Payment Card in October 2011, and inked a deal with Discover Financial Services in 2012 to get it accepted in more stores. The company touted the plastic card as an option for payment at Home Depot stores. And it signed up partners like Global Payments to get the card accepted at more stores, emphasizing the idea that it would work with a familiar swipe.At Home Depot, an option to pay by entering in your phone number and a PIN proved more popular than the plastic PayPal Payment Card.Consumers didn’t seem to bite, though. Don Kingsborough, PayPal’s vice president of global retail, told me in 2012 that most consumers preferred to pay using their mobile-phone number and a PIN instead of the Payment Card.Since then, smartphone adoption has soared, and PayPal has emphasized uses like ordering ahead and picking up at a store instead of ringing up a shopping cart full of purchases in a checkout line.With PayPal deemphasizing the card, other players may bid for consumers looking to hold onto the convenience of swiping plastic. Google first cancelled plans for a plastic Google Wallet card last year, then revived it in November. There’s also Coin, a startup which offers a physical card linked to multiple credit- and debit-card accounts. It offers the additional security feature of deactivating and notifying users when they walk away from their card. Still, PayPal’s decision suggests that another plastic card may simply not offer enough benefits over the existing cards in consumers’ wallets.So Many Cards, So Little TimeThe Payment Card product also likely suffered from confusion with not one, not two, but three other plastic-card products PayPal offers its customers. There’s a PayPal Business Debit Card, primarily used by small-business owners to spend money in their PayPal accounts. And then there’s a PayPal Prepaid MasterCard, which is a conventional prepaid card which you can load from your PayPal account but which can’t tap your PayPal account directly for spending. And then there’s a PayPal Extras MasterCard, a conventional cobranded credit card issued by GE Capital which has little to do with PayPal besides the name.None of those cards, legacies of PayPal’s meandering product direction over the years, help PayPal communicate how you can spend with your PayPal account, linked to various bank-account and credit-card funding sources, in retail stores. In fact, they muddy the waters.If PayPal’s Marcus decides he wants to cut up more plastic cards, he has lots of scissoring to do. And he’s indicated a willingness to trim down PayPal’s product portfolio.See also: How PayPal’s App Update Could Reinvent The CompanyThe company has never said how many Payment Cards it issued to consumers. And while PayPal didn’t directly address why it stop promoting the card, the timing is understandable. For one thing, plastic cards are less trusted in the wake of last year’s Target hack, so whatever comfort consumers might have derived from a physical payment vehicle has likely dissipated. And PayPal would have to figure out how to upgrade the card to the new chip-and-PIN standard by next year, which likely would have required considerable engineering.PayPal still has multiple options for in-store payments, including Payment Code, a combination of a scannable code and a one-time-use four-digit number that PayPal customers can use at some retail locations. It’s reasonable to think that the company will push that in place of plastic. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Tags:#David Marcus#e-commerce#in-store payments#Mobile Payments#online payments#Payment Code#PayPal#PayPal Payment Card#retail The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

The Real Threat to Your Goals and Ambitions

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now The real threat to you not producing the results you want are not external. They are not somewhere “out there on the horizon, looming, lurking, and threatening. You might believe that the risks to your results are your irrational competitor, the government or politics, changes in the general economy, global events, or black swans. While there is no reason not to be aware of what’s going on around you; that still leaves you responsible for doing something.All the risks to your goals are right here, right now, and internal.The real danger you face is that you don’t do what you need to do when you need to do it. The danger to reaching your goals is that you allow small things to take your time and attention away for the few, critical, big things you need to do. The real danger is not putting outsized effort into your real priorities.Knowing what you need to do and not doing it is a failure to execute, one of the most certain factors that will cause you to miss your goals. You are vulnerable not because of your competitor’s irrational pricing model, as much as you are your failure to execute your own strategy. For all intents and purposes, knowing what you need to do and not doing it is the same as not knowing.The way you fail to generate the outcomes you want is to avoid dealing with the constraints, believing that your strategy and your effort will be enough to reach your goal. Strategy is mostly made up of what you are not going to do, and what you are going to give up. Having what you want often requires that you have less of one thing to have more of something that is going to move you forward.Looking outside for threats instead of looking inside for obstacles is to spend time and energy on threats that are not going to do as much to harm to you as you are by not doing what you need to do. Awareness of external threats is enough. Turn your attention inwards and do the work you need to do to have what it is that you want.last_img read more

Kia signs up little known but ‘hungry’ players as part of ‘unconventional mentality’

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC After the Typhoon Part 2 PLAY LIST 05:18After the Typhoon Part 200:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ And the Picanto aren’t batting an eyelash over losing the chance to sign top overall selection Christian Standhardinger, after trading the pick to San Miguel in exchange for a pair of veterans in Ronald Tubid and JayR Reyes, as well as sophomore guard Rashawn McCarthy.They still ended up with a Christian in their team. Two, in fact: Chris de Chavez and Christian Geronimo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWithout any picks in the first two rounds, Kia settled for drafting the wide-bodied Arvie Bringas of FEU, de Chavez from Ateneo, and little-known Geronimo of PUP as it continued to stockpile on prospects who they feel are eager enough to show their worth and accept their unique approach wholeheartedly.“We’d like to give hungry young players a chance to prove themselves in our team,” said Lipa. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kia is doubling down on the players’ desire to win rather than sheer talent alone, a method unheard of in any league.“The idea that were trying to develop has been proven in the past with the NCC and Purefoods teams before, but it takes years and a lot of dedication on the part of the players and the coaching staff to make it work. As we’ve said, we’d like to pay our dues,” said Lipa. “It may not be the conventional type of basketball people are expecting, but look at it as our little contribution and give us a chance to do something different.”Lipa also vouched for another Christian — Chris Gavina, that is — as the longtime deputy will now be given the steering wheel to anchor the Picanto this upcoming season as their new head coach.“Coach Chris is familiar with our philosophy with how we want to play the game. Our system is more of a system where everybody should fit into a role, and we believe that have the necessary tools to teach them how to play competitive basketball in the pro level,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Chris de Chavez was picked in the third round by Kia in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTwo is better than one.That’s the “unconventional mentality” Kia is embracing as it embarks on a new beginning with team governor Bobby Rosales and team manager Joe Lipa leading the charge.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img 13 players show up as Gilas opens World Cup qualifiers buildup LATEST STORIES View comments Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

In The Spotlight – Ben Moylan

first_imgIn the fifth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Men’s Open player, Ben Moylan, speaks about how he got involved in Touch Football and the biggest influences on his Touch Football career.   Name: Ben MoylanNickname: RangaAge: 21Affiliate: Penrith/Sydney MetsOccupation: GreenkeeperPosition: MiddleDebut for Australia: 2009 Youth Trans TasmanCareer highlights so far: 2009 Youth Trans Tasman, 2009 and 2010 Mixed Open Trans TasmanHow you got involved in Touch Football: I played in a school Touch tournament when I was 10 and Colm Maguire (a development officer at the time) thought I should go and play for an affiliate. He organised me to play at Penrith and have been there ever since.Favourite player: Chris BenfieldWhat does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: It means a lot to me. It is what I have always wanted to do in my chosen sport. I am also very honoured to be able to represent our country.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: My parents have influenced my career a lot not only financially but also morally. Without them I wouldn’t have been playing at all. Also my Penrith coach David Collins has also been there during my career and is always pushing me to do better on and off the field.Favourite sporting moment: Beating New Zealand in 2009 Mixed Open Trans Tasman in Wollongong in front of my family and friends.What do you know about Scotland: Don’t eat haggis.Any superstitions: I always put my left boot on before my right boot.Funniest Australian teammate: Nick Good or Anthony ZiadeFavourite quote: “a man that does his best has done enough”Any travel plans for after World Cup: Barcelona, London and Amsterdam.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup. With only 49 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

Creating Compelling Experiences of Persuasion

first_imgThis seminar examines ways – when creating experiences, events or media designed to get our message across and raise funds – in which we can avoid distraction of the audience while delivering our message. In addition, we will lay out certain methods that can be applied to all forms of communication of any scope for agencies of any size or mission.The discussion will explore practical applications of:• Exploration of Assumption• Circumventing Preconception• Comfortable Disorientation• Successive Revelation, and• Subliminal EngagementAbout Our SpeakerKile Ozier has built messaging experience for over 25 years across myriad contexts; from theme parks to academic institutions and non-profit agencies. In academia, he has created campaigns totaling over $3 billion for such institutions as Stanford University, Harvard Law School, Johns Hopkins University and more. Founder of one of the most respected AIDS funding organizations in the US, San Francisco’s Academy of Friends, Ozier has been cited for the quality and efficacy of the experiences he creates by a disparate spectrum of clients, from the United States Navy to the Themed Entertainment Association. He is also a great cook.last_img read more

10 Steps To Re-infusing Passion Into Your Organization

first_imgCelebrate outside-the-box thinking. Organize brainstorming meetings. Encourage employees to think outside the box to come up with unconventional solutions to problems or opportunities. Sometimes it’s best to eliminate authority figures from these meetings to allow a free flow of thoughts and a process that gives birth to fresh ideas.Have fun. Everyone knows what this means and what it looks like. In our company it’s practical jokes; it’s strange sounds on the intercom; it’s games and competitions; it’s going out to eat together or just sitting around shooting the breeze. You can see fun when you see laughter and the celebration of work.Publish your vision and mission. Do employees actually know what your vision and mission is? If not, it’s either because you don’t have them or you haven’t published them. Get them out there. Talk about them. Explain how you came up with them. Remember, THIS is why you are together.Create and publish your list of values. You have a set of values that you run the organization by. If it is not written down, then it’s informal. Write down the list. Include a focus on the people served, your donors, and fun. Publish it. Talk about it. Ask employees to hold you and others accountable to live by it.Bring a person your organization regularly serves into your environment. There is nothing like looking into the eyes of one of the people that has been helped by your organization. Bring them in, if possible, and sit them right down in the middle of the sacred halls. Have them interrupt the process of running the organization. Place them in a place (meeting) where everyone needs to focus on the real thing that is going on here. Talk to them about their journey. What was their life like before your organization helped them? How is it now? How do they feel? Get in touch with all of these. Don’t be afraid of it. Embrace it.Keep talking always about people served and donors. We mentioned it several times, but it is worth mentioning again. Remember, everything you do is about the people you serve and your donors. It is important to keep that focus.Get away from your desk and regularly talk to others about how excited you are about the people you serve and your donors. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the work and be stuck to your desk all day or in meetings. Plan to be absent from your desk. Put it on your calendar. Get out of your office and be with your staff for no reason but just to talk. Spread your joy. Share a story of how a person the organization helped really touched you. Talk about a donor and how encouraged you are about their help.Get emotional about things. This isn’t just about plans, charts, grids, logic and the mind. It is about people. Allow your heart to be broken by the tragedies of life. Celebrate the victories. Get excited. Jump up and down. Be human. When your employees sense that you do have blood running through those veins; that you can cry and laugh; that you are real when they sense that, you will be on your way to getting passion back into the workplace.These are just some of the ideas we have on getting passion back into the workplace. Share your ideas with us. We’d like to hear them. And if you give us permission, we’d like to publish them. Talk back.Source: Merkle Orange Papershttp://www.merkledomain.com/site/PageServer?pagename=orange_passionCopyright © 2007 Merkle Inc.All rights reserved Take steps to fall back in love with donors. They are the true stakeholders in your organization. The board isn’t. The president isn’t. Even you aren’t. It is the donor who truly owns the charity. Why not start behaving that way? Here are some things you can do to remind yourself (and everyone else) that, after the person who is helped by your charity, the next most important person is the donor:Regularly (once a week) read donor letters to employees or pass excerpts along via e-mail. Focus especially on donor letters that express gratitude for being able to serve.Have a donor come in and address employees in a company or department meeting. Ask them why they are involved and why they stay involved.Encourage employees to call or visit with donors to talk about their motivations for being involved. You come to work lifeless. Everyone around you has that look in their eyes: a glaze that signals boredom, purposelessness, fatalism.“What am I doing here?” you ask. Good question. What are you doing? If you are a leader or manager and you see this zombie-like state among your organization’s employees, there is something you can and should do about it.What are the key indicators that an organization has lost its passion, and how do you counteract it?Key Signs That Your Organization Lacks PassionThe leader is really not excited about what the organization does. In fact, many employees aren’t either. They are there more for the paycheck than the cause.There is no clear mission or purpose.No one talks or cares about who ultimately benefits from what the organization does.Managers and leaders are more focused on process than they are on doing good work.There is no overarching vision for the organization.There is a noticeable absence of flexibility. Everything is very regimented and very predictable. Outside-the-box thinking is discouraged.There is a lack of culture and personality; fun is not promoted.There is a lot of turf protection and lack of cooperation between individuals and departments.10 Steps To Re-infusing Passion Into Your OrganizationTake steps to fall back in love with those who are helped by your organization. Who are they? How is your organization helping to change their lives? How can you help more? Here are some ways to inspire the people in your organization to move the focus from themselves back to the people you are organized to serve:Once a week, share a story with your staff about a dilemma faced by a person served by your organization. This will most likely be a dilemma that has not yet been resolved. The purpose of this exercise is to keep employees focused on why your organization exists.Once a week, share a success story about someone who has been helped by your organization. This will cement in your employees’ minds that what you are doing is really working.In your monthly company meeting, have an employee speak about the vision and mission of your organization and what it means on a personal level to him or her. This will remind your employees that what you are doing is important.Do everything possible to give the people helped by your organization prominence. Hang pictures of them in the halls. Talk about them. Ask, “How does my job serve the people we are helping?” Remember, it is about them. Nothing else matters very much.last_img read more

Case Study: The Red Cross

first_imgNo American nonprofit has been more in the news over the past few months (Circa September 11th, 2001) than the American Red Cross. The controversy over September 11th fundraising may have deflected some attention to what was a stunning success in ePhilanthropy. We sat down with Phil Zepeda, the Red Cross’s manager for online giving, and explored ways in which online fundraising has changed for the organization, the challenges it faces going forward, and some of the lessons it’s learned — lessons that other nonprofits can apply to their Internet efforts.Internet-Fundraising.com: It has been a difficult and challenging time for the Red Cross over the last few months, to say the least — how has online fundraising fared?Phil Zepeda: Our success was really unprecedented. In February 2001, after India and El Salvador earthquakes that happened days apart, we had raised a record $2.5 million online in two and one-half weeks. That, for its time, was amazing. Since September 11, 2001, our Web initiatives have raised more than $67 million online (with Web partners like Amazon, AOL and Yahoo!). Our database of online supporters, which began in 1996, went from 30,000 names to more than 700,000 names in four months. Again, an unprecedented feat for us.IF: Has the Red Cross adjusted its message to online donors? What are the considerations online in terms of donor cultivation and the transparency of philanthropy?Zepeda: Our most recent campaign has been to thank our online donors for their generosity, sharing a message from a family directly affected by the disaster in New York and helped by the Red Cross. This campaign did not include any fundraising “ask”; our goal was donor appreciation and gratitude. The online fundraising world has changed and there is a new “world order.” I think that as we look to send out future campaigns we’ll see a shift in our online messaging that will tell donors the direct impact of their donations and provide follow up that their donations did, in fact, make a difference.IF: As the leading nonprofit online fundraiser in the world, do you believe that Sept. 11 has unlocked the door to ePhilanthropy in general, or was it more of a one-time phenomenon?Zepeda: It’s hard to say, but I know that the next major event that shocks the online community will provide insights to that. So many people gave money to organizations after September 11. Since they made these sometimes overly generous donations and made them in a time of a declining economy, donors to any agency may not be able to give as much as they gave for the September 11 events, even if they are much worse.IF: In your opinion, does online giving bring in a new group of donors to nonprofits, or does it merely replace direct marketing fundraising in a new medium?Zepeda: It’s a mixture of both. I think savvy organizations may try to move their direct marketing supporters to an online environment over time. At the same time, there are people who want to maintain their relationships with a nonprofit solely off-line. So many of our donors were first time donors. And we offer them options to different support channels: our national headquarters, disaster relief funds, or the local chapter. Red Cross NHQ may feel more comfortable maintaining an online relationship with them while a local Chapter gets the face time. It’s all a matter of approach.IF: Given your experience, what advice would you have for smaller nonprofits just getting involved in online fundraising?Zepeda: Examine online potential. Know that even this early on, the competition is fierce. So examine all online channels for reach. Look at the value of your brand and what it can bring.IF: What trends do you see in ePhilanthropy in the coming year?Zepeda: I think you’ll see more online newsletters, annual reports, information bulletins, breaking news-formatted e-mails than ever before. It may be difficult for the end user to cut through the noise. Spamming has really just begun.You’ll see much more accountability online – organizations showing how contributions made a difference. Donors have now come to expect that and may hold you liable if you don’t tell them outright. My advice is to serve it up: avoid biting the hand that feeds you. Copyright: Internet-Fundraising.comSource: www.techsoup.orglast_img read more

6 Things to Remember When Planning a Fundraising Event

first_imgEvents are a development function. A fundraising event is meant to raise money, not to raise friends. In order to have a successful event you need to view it as a valid development function, used in conjunction with all your other development efforts. Remember the rule of one. You can only have one top priority. You need to be specific about what your number one priority is and what goals go along with that. Different members of your organization may have different goals in mind for the same event. Hash out internally what individual problem you are addressing. You can have secondary or auxiliary goals as well, but only one main focus. Set the goal first. As in, before you set the budget. You should never work on your budget or try to figure out the event details until you have a goal. A budget is just a recipe for how to spend your money. Figure out what you are trying to accomplish before you attempt to figure out any budget. Metrics affect outcomes.  Metrics are how you measure your goal and there can be several metrics for any kind of stated goal. For example if you are raising money you can measure total dollars raised, average donation per attendee or rate of return. Although, for fundraising events, the best metric to use is net dollars raised. How you choose to express your goal and how you plan on measuring that goal will impact many of the decisions you make. Events are transitory, missions are permanent. Everything you do should be about advancing your mission, events are just a mile marker along the way. That doesn’t mean to hastily throw together a shoddy event; because people will remember that and it will reflect poorly upon you. However, remember the event is never the goal; it is not what your organization is about. The event needs to be used to help your organization realize its larger vision. Events are a means to an end. You don’t do events for their sake; events are done to further the mission of your organization. Realize that the event you are planning is a tool, a vehicle to take you from a goal to a result. The event is not an end in and of itself; unless of course your mission is to feed people yummy dinners and dress people up in their Sunday best. Once you’ve decided on your fundraising event strategy, make sure you have the right tools to make the process easier. Network for Good’s Event Ticketing and Registration software makes ticketing and registration easy, plus help you raise more money.last_img read more