Park eyes US Women’s Open, 20 years on from Pak

first_img\R Miami, May 30 (AFP) World number one Park In-bee will take a low-key approach to the women’s US Open tomorrow as she aims to cement the legacy of compatriot Pak Se-ri with her eighth major title. Twenty years ago, Pak blazed a trail for Korean golfers when she stormed to victory in the 1998 US Open, a spectacular triumph that encouraged many of her compatriots to take up the sport. “Back in ’98, I was really just a kid,” Park said Tuesday. “My dad was really a big fan of golf. He was watching golf and watching Se-ri play. I remember my dad getting really excited very early in the morning. “After that there was a big golf boom in Korea and a lot of the girls my age were starting to play golf. I was one of them.” In 1998, Pak was the sole South Korean golfer plying her trade on the LPGA Tour. There are now more than 50 Korean players on the LPGA, and last year Korean women picked up three of the five majors on offer. Unsurprisingly, world number one Park will start as the player to beat at Shoal Creek Gold and Country Club in Alabama. The 29-year-old Olympic champion, a US Open winner in 2008 and 2013, has prepared for this week’s challenge by playing in Korea. She warmed up for the Open with victory in the Doosan Match Play Championship on May 20. “Obviously, winning in front of a lot of fans in Korea was a big thing,” she said.advertisement “It was a match play, so I played seven rounds in five days. So that was very tough. I was proud of myself that I have done it in the match play.” Park believes she has benefited from a rest after that win, but remains mindful of a crowded field of contenders. The last 12 majors have been won by 12 different players, highlighting the depth of the women’s game and the LPGA Tour. “Coming into the major, there is a lot of notable players that haven’t won this year and they are looking to win,” Park said. “(On the LPGA Tour) You don’t see the same players every week up on the leaderboard. You see some kind of different levels of players, a variety of players on the leaderboard.” Park has travelled to the United States accompanied only by her husband. She said she had welcomed the opportunity to “do nothing” on a rare day off on Monday. “I kind of needed some time to rest and do nothing,” she said. “I don’t have to worry about anything and do anything.” One of the biggest challenges to Park’s hopes could come from Lexi Thompson. The world number three’s long game could give her a crucial edge this week on a course which has been drenched with rain. “I would say definitely it’s an advantage to be longer,” Thompson acknowledged. “The course is playing very long.” (AFP) AHAHlast_img read more

Can you beat previous National Spelling Bee winners? Take our test

first_img Share on Facebook Chiaroscourist Fracah Chiuahua … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.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 hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Psoeriasis Distinctly mediocor… mediocur… average Strommuhr Sacralegious Chiwawa Esquamulose Not bad, but nothing a few years perched over a dictionary wouldn’t solve Chiuawawah US education The thing about skin conditions is that they’re pretty hard to spell. Here’s another one, which Molly Dieveney won with in 1982 … Esquamuulos Cymortrichous Psoriasis If you’re going to be bad, it’s best to be really bad. Well done Share on Twitter Logorrhhea From 1965, this word is a common skin condition Share on Twitter Esquamulouse Esquamulos “A tendency to extreme wordiness”. Spell this zinger from the 1999 Spelling Bee 1942’s winner means profane or unholy … This is from the 2011 edition. Having wavy hair is spelled … Sacrilegious Distinctly mediocor… mediocur… average National Spelling Bee Challenge your friends Apoggiatura Ecszema US sports Chiarosccurist In 1967 this dog breed clinched the competition for Jennifer Reinke … Share on LinkedIn Anamika Veeramani won in 2010 after getting this one, a type of medical instrument … Excellent stuff. You know your Succedaneum from your Succedanneum Sacreligous Logorhea Cymotrichous If you’re going to be bad, it’s best to be really bad. Well done Fracas Share on Pinterest Stromuhr Stromour Share on WhatsApp Submit answers This word, derived from an ancient city in Greek Asia Minor won Kavya Shivashankar the prize in 2009 Laodiceaen Chihuahua Eczema Share via Email An octopus picking answers at random would have done better than you Share on Messenger Loggarhea And to wrap things up, a gimme from 2005. San Diego’s Anurag Kashyap knew how to spell this musical term … Loadicaean You got… Laodaecian A stupidly easy effort was the key back in 1930. How do you spell this word, meaning a noisy disturbance or quarrel? Chiaroscurist Excellent stuff. You know your Succedaneum from your Succedanneum Sacreligious Laodicean Distinctly mediocor… mediocur… average Excellent stuff. You know your Succedaneum from your Succedanneum Logorrhea Khaemotrichous Eczsema Share via Email Exema Apoggiattura Since you’re here… Strohmuhr Soriasis If you’re going to be bad, it’s best to be really bad. Well done Psoriaesis Caehmotrichous Support The Guardian Jody-Anne Maxwell from Jamaica was the first non-American winner, in 1998. Her word, a type of painter, was … Frackas Share on Facebook Phracar quizzes Perfect! Get your entry in for next year’s competition. Provided you’re a kid Not bad, but nothing a few years perched over a dictionary wouldn’t solve Topics Apogiaturra Appoggiatura Chiaeroscourist Reuse this content Go on, another skin one for you. This word from the 1962 edition means not scaly – or smooth skinnedlast_img read more

VAR controversy in Spurs-Rochdale

first_imgVideos VAR causes controversy again as Spurs host Rochdale in FA Cup Ronan Murphy 04:53 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Heung-Min Son Tottenham 28022018 Getty Videos Tottenham Hotspur v Rochdale Rochdale Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup The video assistant referee overturned two goals from Tottenham in their replay with the League One side at Wembley, sparking more outrage Tottenham Hotspur’s FA Cup replay with Rochdale was mired in controversy as VAR ruled out an early Spurs goal and overturned a penalty.Erik Lamela had the ball in the net early in the match, but saw his goal chalked off as referee Paul Tierney went to the video assistant who cited a foul from Fernando Llorente in the build-up.Interesting start!Erik Lamela thinks he’s given Spurs the early 1-0 lead but the goal is ruled out by VAR.— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) February 28, 2018VAR strikes againSpurs thought they had the lead, but Fernando Llorente was judged to have committed a foul.Robbie Savage was less than impressed— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 28, 2018Heung-Min Son put Spurs ahead after 24 minutes and had the chance to double the lead shortly after when VAR gave the hosts a penalty, but another controversial decision saw his stuttered spot kick deemed unlawful. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Son put the ball beyond Dale goalkeeper Josh Lillis, but stopped during the run-up, and with players encroaching into the area before the ball was kicked, Tierney overuled the goal once more.VAR strikes again.— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) February 28, 2018-Spurs goal disallowed.-Spurs penalty ruled out and Son booked,-Rochdale draw level.That escalated quickly…What a pass though!BT Sport 2 HD & 4K UHD— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 28, 2018Rochdale levelled the tie just three minutes later through Stephen Humphrys, but many fans and pundits felt that Spurs deserved to be three goals clear if it were not for VAR’s impact.If anything, Llorente was fouled. Hideous— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) February 28, 2018Rochdale’s MOTM so far.— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) February 28, 2018Ah so that’s what VAR stands for”Very awful really”— Deluded Brendan (@DeludedBrendan) February 28, 2018What a joke of a referee the VAR is an absolute joke it took 5 mins to sort the penalty decision out what a joke— Graham Roberts (@GrahamRoberts4) February 28, 2018VAR is a waste of time but Rochdale have been excellent so far. Spurs desperate for half time.— Danny Higginbotham (@Higginbotham05) February 28, 2018This is just the latest in a series of controversies surrounding VAR, which has been widely panned in England and elsewhere.Just this week, UEFA confirmed that it would not be used in the Champions League next season, with European football’s governing body deeming it unready for use.last_img read more

Guardiola lauds ‘clinical’ Man City

first_imgManchester City Guardiola lauds ‘clinical’ Man City after brushing Arsenal aside again Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 07:24 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola Getty Images Manchester City Guardiola Arsenal v Manchester City Arsenal Premier League Arsène Wenger First-half goals from Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Leroy Sane pushed the Premier League leaders a step closer to the title Pep Guardiola praised Manchester City’s mental strength after they recorded a second successive 3-0 win over Arsenal in the space of five days.Having beaten the same opponents at the weekend to lift the Carabao Cup, City moved a step closer to clinching the Premier League title with a clinical performance at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Leroy Sane scored in the first half as the runaway leaders restored their 16-point cushion over nearest rivals Manchester United in the table. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Guardiola’s squad now need to win just five of their remaining 10 games to be crowned champions after what their manager described as an “amazing result” on the road.”Mentally we were strong. We were clinical. We scored three outstanding goals,” the Spaniard told BBC Sport.”After that it was not easy — the first 15 minutes of the second half we were poor. Still, it’s an amazing result for us.”We are out of the FA Cup and we have won the League Cup. Now it’s just two competitions, and you fight for one of them for 10 months. “These are the last steps to be champions; you keep going until the end. We have to win five games. We don’t think too much — now we play Chelsea. “Hopefully we have the desire to win, to be the best team in England. We forget that we are tired.”last_img read more

Raiola urges Napoli to move for Balotelli

first_imgTransfers Raiola urges Napoli to move for ‘bargain’ Balotelli Sacha Pisani 13:55 3/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Mario Balotelli Nice Monaco Getty Images Transfers Napoli Mario Balotelli Nice Ligue 1 Serie A The agent invited the Serie A leaders to target his soon-to-be free agent client, who has flourished with Nice in Ligue 1 Mario Balotelli would be “ideal” for Napoli and his agent Mino Raiola has urged the Serie A leaders to sign the Nice star.Maligned Italian forward Balotelli is set to leave Ligue 1 outfit Nice at the end of the season, with his contract due to expire.The 27-year-old has flourished in France, where he has enjoyed two strong campaigns, with 21 goals scored across all competitions this term after having struggled at Liverpool and AC Milan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Balotelli has been tipped by Raiola to return to the Serie A or the Premier League and the agent has invited the Italian leaders to target his client when he becomes available. “It’s obvious that whoever takes Mario on a free transfer will be getting a bargain,” Raiola told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli. “If I were Napoli I’d take him, he’s one of the best strikers around. [Maurizio] Sarri has had an enormous growth and he’d be ideal for the Naples environment.”Balotelli is explosive on the pitch, he’s made strides forward with his behaviour. Napoli would be fantastic for a player with his characteristics and his character.”There are players who are afraid to come to Naples, but clearly not him. They have to believe to take him, but it would be a bargain.”Mario wouldn’t suffer with the expectations from the fans, he’s already been at the biggest clubs in the world. The passion of the fans only does good for him, just like [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic.”Raiola also reiterated his desire for Italy international goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to leave AC Milan.Donnarumma signed a new four-year deal in July after the 19-year-old star appeared set to leave the San Siro.Raiola, who has endured a difficult relationship with Milan’s hierarchy, said Donnarumma must move on to a bigger club.”He’s not yet the best goalkeeper in the world,” Raiola added. “But he’ll become that if he makes the right choices in his career. He has to go to a top club next year, I’ve already said that. That’s my idea.”last_img read more

Uniform Predictions: Oklahoma State-Kansas State

first_imgWeek 5 of the uni predictions, and things are heating up a bit. Southwell and Carson haven’t missed over the last two weeks with K-State coming to town, and my early-season lead has evaporated like OSU’s passing game inside the 30.StandingsSouthwell came up with this unbelievable spreadsheet that is much better at keeping track of the standings than I am at doing it manually. I apparently forgot what the scoring system was to begin with so throw my idiocy out the window, and pay attention to his chart from now on. Here’s a look after four games.Screen Shot 2019-09-27 at 9.40.37 AM.pngHere are our predictions for this week.Kyle Porter (BBO — Ed Hardy helmet): OSU hasn’t worn this in quite a while — since 2013 against Kansas State at home according to Southwell’s chart — but it’s a great one. I don’t love the Ed Hardy helmet, but I can stomach it if they go BBO on us this weekend. OSU is 2-0 (wins against KU and K-State) in this combo.Carson Cunningham (WBW — chrome brand helmet): I wanted to go BBG, but Kansas State is going to have silver pants. They haven’t worn the brand so far this season (ed. note: they’ve actually worn it twice) so I’m going to go white helmet with the chromed-out brand with one stripe. Then black jersey and white pants. Simple but they haven’t worn it since V-Tech in the 2017 Camping World Bowl. They also wore it in 2015 against … Kansas State at home.Justin Southwell (WOO — brand helmet): It’s crazy that we’ve seen Phantom Pete on black, white, and now orange. The Are You Not Entertained Phantom Pete on carbon fiber has eluded us. This is unfortunate considering it would be amazing to see carbon fiber Phantom Pete/black/gray against Kansas State this weekend.I digress. OSU has worn a version of Pete against KSU every year since 2013. They haven’t worn orange jerseys against the Wildcats. Does this mean we won’t see an orange jersey until Homecoming this year? Does this mean we will see another Pete helmet for the third week in a row? I don’t believe so.I think we’ll see an updated version of what Oklahoma State wore against Kansas State the last time they wore orange against the Wildcats back in 2007: white (brand)/orange/orange. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Hello & Welcome to the MHTF Online

first_imgPosted on April 1, 2009November 13, 2014Click 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)Welcome to the Maternal Health Task Force Online! This space will function as a primary means of communication with MHTF advisors, colleagues, and friends as well as a way for you to provide input into the Task Force and participate in its activities. I will regularly post updates on the work of the MHTF and other items of interest to the maternal health community to this space. We will also invite others to post from time to time.Please // widely. Participation in the MHTF is open to anyone who works in or is interested in the maternal health field or an allied field. Click here to register and be added to our database. Inquiries about the MHTF may also be submitted here.Please come back soon as we will shortly be posting job announcements for MHTF staff positions.Thank you for joining the MHTF as we all work to improve the lives of women and families.AnnAnn K. Blanc, Ph.DDirector, Maternal Health Task ForceShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Dalic warns Messi and Argentina: Croatia going for win

first_imgWorld Cup Messi the greatest but Croatia will play to beat Argentina, says Dalic Joe Wright 04:12 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) zlatko dalic - cropped Getty Images World Cup Argentina Lionel Messi Croatia Argentina v Croatia The 2014 World Cup finalists struggled against resolute Iceland on Saturday, and their next rivals are full of confidence ahead of Thursday’s match Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic thinks it would be useless not to aim for a win against Lionel Messi and Argentina in Thursday’s World Cup clash in Nizhny Novgorod.A 2-0 opening win over Nigeria has put Croatia at the top of Group D heading into the showdown with Jorge Sampaoli’s side, who were held to a 1-1 draw by tournament debutants Iceland.Messi came in for criticism after that match, in which he missed a second-half penalty, but Dalic nonetheless has no doubt the Barcelona star is the finest player in the world. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar However, he maintains his own players must be brave and go for all three points against Argentina, as he fears playing for a draw would be far too risky.”Messi is the best in the world and no single player can stop him,” he told a news conference.”Our game can stop him. We have to cut him off from passes. But Argentina are not just Messi. They have plenty of good players and we shouldn’t fall into this trap of focusing just on Messi.”We’re playing one of the best in the world, we have a great deal of respect for them but we also respect ourselves. It’s going to be a great challenge, but we have to believe in ourselves and show our true colours.11 – Lionel Messi attempted 11 shots for Argentina vs Iceland (the most he’s ever attempted in a World Cup game), but he still didn’t manage to score a goal. Frustration.#ARGISL #ARG #WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 16, 2018″It’s the easiest game for us because we have nothing to lose. It’s going to be a match that could go either way. The pressure on us is less because we’ve got three points in the bag but if we play for a draw, we won’t get it. If we play for a win, we might get a result.”Dalic then swiftly clarified that facing Argentina was only their “easiest” encounter because there is far less pressure on Croatia’s shoulders. “I didn’t say they’re the easiest opponent. I said this was the easiest game because we have nothing to lose,” he said.  “We’re playing one of the best and this is a challenge for us. This will be a fight between two great teams. I will tell our players to enjoy every minute because they’re playing Argentina and Messi.”Much of the build-up to the match has been dominated by the departure from the camp of Nikola Kalinic, who was sent home after saying he could not come on as a substitute against Nigeria due to a back problem. Dalic thinks it was an unfortunate incident but insists it is firmly behind the squad.”I’m very sorry this happened,” he said. “It’s passed, we’re not dwelling on it. It lasted for two or three hours. Life goes on.”last_img read more

Want to Improve Your Email Results? Ask These 5 Questions Before You Hit Send

first_imgDo you know how your nonprofit’s email stats compare to others in your field?Depending on your specific industry, the numbers could differ quite a bit.Every year, Constant Contact gathers and examines over 200 million emails from our customers to give you a better sense of how your results compare to others in your industry.Here are a few interesting stats from our October 2014 data:While nonprofits in the Arts and Education industries have open rates of about 25 percent, religious organizations have the highest open rate by industry at over 30 percent.And while religious organizations have a click-through rates of just over 7 percent, membership organizations come out on top with 9 percent click-through rate on average.Visit our Comparison by Industry Chart to see all the updated stats we have available.Once you have a better idea of how your nonprofit compares to others in your industry, you might be interested in how you can improve your own personal numbers.To help you get started, here are five questions to ask before hitting send on your next email:1.       What’s in it for my audience? If you want people to open your emails you have to provide readers with something valuable.Think about why your subscribers signed up for your emails. What are they hoping to get out of it? What expectations have you set? Are you providing them with all the information they need?Make sure you’re including useful content such as case studies of the work your nonprofit is doing. That gives your subscribers a clear picture of how their donations and support are being used. Your audience will feel closer to you because they’ll have a better understanding of the difference your nonprofit is making.2.       Is my subject line making a good first impression? Your subject line is one of the most important lines in your entire email. To capture readers’ attention, avoid using generic subject lines like December Newsletter. Instead think about what will inspire them to open your email. You might want to ask a question, include a deadline, or incorporate a list.One of the most important things you can do is keep your subject line short. Staying around 40 characters in the best way to ensure your complete subject line will be readable on all devices. Sometimes even a one word subject line can have a good impact.Here are a few examples:·         Last Chance: Register for our Holiday Event·         4 Big Ways You Can Get Involved·         Have You Done Your Part?For more inspiration, use these 12 subject line tweaks.3.       Can people recognize your emails?Especially around the holidays, many nonprofits send out emails with more red and green than usual. Creating holiday-themed messages can be a nice touch, but that doesn’t mean you should forget about your brand.Every email you send out should include your logo to reinforce your organization’s brand. You may want to look for opportunities to bring in your company colors, or add your mission statement to your email signature.These little additions add a level of familiarity and make each message a reflection of your values. You can create a customized email template to save yourself time and establish consistency.4.  Are you making it easy for people to take action?  In order for an email to be effective it has to be easy for readers to consume and clear what their next step should be.Be sure to preview it on a couple different devices before sending. As more and more people are opening emails on mobile devices, you want to make sure the text is big enough to be readable.You also want to make sure you have a clear call to action. One smart approach is to make sure you’re giving readers a way to take action near the top of your email. That way, they can see your call to action right away even if they don’t scroll through the entire email.5. Are you providing opportunity for further connection? Email is one of the best ways to connect with your audience because you’re reaching them in a place they likely go every day — their inbox. Still, don’t underestimate the importance of connecting with your audience in multiple places.Provide buttons to the social media channels you’re active on, as well as any blog or podcasts that you manage. The more opportunities your audience has to connect with you, the more likely you are to stay fresh in their minds.When your audience connects with you on social media, there are great opportunities for your organization to get in front of their audience when they interact with your content. Likes, retweets, or shares translate into valuable social media endorsements that will peak interest with a whole new audience.Ready to improve your email marketing results?Get started today: grab a sticky note and jot down what you want your audience to get out of your next email.Stick this reminder somewhere visible in your workspace and let it guide you through your next email.Be sure to check back with your reports after to see if there’s anyimprovement in your opens or click-through rate.last_img read more

The Secret Sauce of Donor Retention: Gratitude + Great Communication

first_imgStarting Number of DonorsRetention RateDonors Remaining After One YearDonors Remaining After Two YearsDonors Remaining After Three YearsTotal Donations, with an Average Gift of $500 1,00027%2707219$9,500 1,00015%150223$1,500 1,00050%500250125$62,500center_img If your organization is like most nonprofits, you concentrate your fundraising efforts on donor acquisition. That’s understandable! Donors are your organization’s lifeblood, and they need to be inspired each year to support your good work.The dirty little secret of development is that only 27% of donors in a given year will give again the next year. So, 73% of your hard-won donors love you one year and leave you the next.What does that equate to in real numbers? Here’s the eye-popping reality if you’re a development pro: A retention rate at the national average of 27% means only 19 of 1,000 donors will remain after three years. Donor acquisition is expensive! The cost to acquire a donor is five to six times the cost to retain an existing supporter. Increases in donor retention are powerful. In the table above, you can see that a 1.8x increase in retention, from 27% to 50%, results in a 6.6x increase in donors and donations!Give love to get love.There is a way to keep more donors engaged with your organization: Genuine gratitude combined with great communication.The first step is to make the commitment to communicate with donors regularly and meaningfully. Author and researcher Penelope Burk recommends as many as 12 touches per year when stewarding donors.Mix your methods and messages. Make thank you calls. Write personal notes. Share a client’s story. Extend invitations to events and client activities.Make it about the donor, not you. Genuine gratitude is not a stock “thank you for your donation” message. It is authentic and conveys the three Ms:You matter—your donation accomplished something tangible.You made a difference in someone’s life.Your gift was meaningful, no matter how big or small.Whenever possible, include visuals or a video. This video from ARC effectively brings to life the impact made possible through donors’ generosity.Need help with your thank you letters?Download our email template to help you get started.last_img read more

Rich Details for Record-Breaking Results (Case Study)

first_img“When the new antenna went live, you’d swear that Dizzy Gillespie was playing right next to you.” I can easily visualize this scene—and hear it. Can you? Convey much more with fewer words: Specific words and images can clarify a message much faster than a long-form narrative explanation of the core point. Compare this with the way another station introduced its new antenna: Authentic: The right details give a story a much greater presence, a feeling of real truth. Instead, pepper your fundraising messages with rich, memorable details to make them: Blah, blah, blah. Beware the curse of knowledge. This writer has been cursed, forgetting that the people she wants to engage aren’t exposed to the specifics at the memorable gut level like she is. As a result, she (like so many nonprofit writers) writes in broad, vague strokes—or dull minutiae—that are forgotten in a flash. Transport the reader: Like a good movie or compelling novel, where you get completely absorbed in the story, rich details can draw your audiences into getting lost in your message. As a result, readers are far more likely to remember it, act, and spread the word. In fact, this appeal excerpt from WBGO (New York City’s premier jazz radio station) made the listening-enriching value of the station’s new antenna crystal clear—by showing, not telling. Unique: Getting specific is often the fastest way to make content rise above the average. The details distinguish your message from those that would otherwise sound similar. Shout out and shine! Replacing the equipment and moving it to the higher elevation immediately improved the strength of the signal, says Tyron, increasing the broadcast penetration within the licensed area (approximately a 35-mile radius from Claremont); improving the signal reach for areas like Covina, El Monte, San Bernardino, and Riverside; diminishing interference with the signal; and resulting in fewer drops of the signal. Image: Roland Godefroy How do you use rich detail to show (not tell), bringing your prospects and supporters into your organization’s story? Please share your experiences in the comments.last_img read more

Look at That Beautiful Map – How Can We Use That Technology to Improve Maternal and Newborn Survival?

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 24, 2015October 13, 2016By: Allisyn Moran, Senior Maternal Health Advisor, USAIDClick 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)Last month in Mexico City at the Global Maternal and Newborn Health Conference, we discussed a variety of important topics for improving maternal and newborn health. The main themes of the conference were quality, integration, and equity – all essential elements for attaining ambitious global targets outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals. One cross-cutting theme raised over and over again in the plenaries and technical sessions was the role of measurement.Measurement is crucial to track progress toward global targets and goals, whether working in a health facility, reviewing data as a district manager, or consolidating and reviewing data at the regional or national level. One panel on data visualization was especially interesting.The panel described different ways to use data visualization or mapping to show data, ease its interpretation and facilitate decision-making.  With new technology, data visualization is becoming easier and easier.At the facility level, DHIS 2 has a mapping capacity that allows district managers to look at key indicators and how they change over time. More complex maps can use mapping software to display facility locations and the types of services, commodities and human resources available at those facilities. At sub-national or national levels, health data can be combined with geographic data to show facility locations in relation to the population (or where births are expected). Using modeling, we can put together travel time maps to visually display access to facilities for different populations. These maps can be used to facilitate discussions with stakeholders on where new facilities should be built or where current facilities could be improved to decrease travel time.Other maps can be developed to display maternal and newborn health outcomes at the sub-district or district level, to see where performance is good and where improvement is needed.  Maps can even display mortality rates and ratios at facility, district, sub-national and national levels.  All you need is to combine data from various sources (population data, household surveys, health facility surveys, routine monitoring data, geographic information on landcover, road networks, geocoded facility locations, and others).A recent publication on state of the art mapping for maternal and newborn health outlines current assumptions and guidelines for creating these maps. There is also an informal network of MNH mapping experts, and we encourage you to join. Please email Mira Thompson at the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) if you would like to join the network ( is a powerful tool with great potential to be a game-changer in improving maternal and newborn survival.Share this:last_img read more

Effective Antenatal Interventions to Prevent Maternal and Newborn Mortality

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 6, 2016March 23, 2017By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Compared to intrapartum care, antenatal care (ANC) has been largely neglected as an opportunity for intervention despite its potential to greatly impact the health of mothers and newborns. For many women around the world, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, ANC is their first adult contact with the formal health care system. ANC coverage has expanded over the last fifteen years: the proportion of women in developing countries receiving at least one ANC visit increased from 64% in 1990 to 83% in 2014. While this increase in utilization is a step in the right direction, content and quality of ANC are equally important factors.A recent study published as part of the MHTF-PLOS Collection, “Neglected Populations: Decreasing Inequalities & Improving Measurement in Maternal Health,” reviews the current state of evidence on a number of antenatal interventions designed to reduce adverse maternal and newborn health outcomes. The authors analyze 21 types of interventions that fall into three categories: nutrition, infection and obstetrical/other. Key findings from the review and areas needing further research are summarized below.NutritionImmediate and exclusive breastfeeding: There have been a number of interventions aimed at educating and supporting women to initiate breastfeeding and adopt optimal breastfeeding behaviors. Improving breastfeeding practices can help to reduce neonatal mortality, especially in low-resource settings.Antenatal iron supplementation and anemia screening/treatment: Universal antenatal iron supplementation is safe and effective for combating maternal iron deficiency and anemia. There is limited evidence suggesting a possible impact on maternal mortality and morbidity, low birth weight and infant mortality, but further investigation is needed to examine these outcomes.Multi-micronutrient supplementation: While a number of trials have found an association between multi-micronutrient supplementation and reduced risk of low birth weight, some evidence suggests a possible increased risk of neonatal death in some settings. There is no evidence illustrating an association with reduced risk of stillbirth.Calcium supplementation: Available evidence suggests an association between calcium supplementation and reduced risk of maternal death from pre-eclampsia/eclampsia among women with low calcium intake. Some research has also demonstrated that calcium supplementation contributed to a modest reduction in preterm birth risk, and one large trial found a reduction in risk of all-cause neonatal mortality.Antenatal vitamin A supplementation: There is mixed evidence on the relationship between antenatal vitamin A supplementation and maternal mortality, and there is no evidence that it is associated with reduced infant mortality, stillbirth, preterm birth or increased birthweight. However, despite the questionable benefit, ensuring adequate vitamin A intake is important. Available evidence supports the current recommendation to screen for maternal night blindness during pregnancy, a potential consequence of vitamin A deficiency during pregnancy.Advance distribution of vitamin A for administration to the newborn: Results from randomized controlled trials suggest that vitamin A supplementation for newborns may reduce the risk of infant mortality, but only in settings with significant maternal vitamin A deficiency.Iodized salt use: Available evidence does not illustrate a significant association between salt iodization and maternal and newborn mortality, stillbirth, prematurity or intrauterine growth restriction. However, adequate intake of iodized salt may help to prevent long-term cognitive disability.Balanced protein-energy supplementation: Studies have been conducted in diverse settings, many with relatively small sample sizes, which limits the interpretation of results. However, available evidence suggests that balanced protein-energy supplementation can reduce the risk of low birth weight, particularly among women with poor nutrition status.InfectionDeworming: While studies in non-pregnant populations with anemia have illustrated a benefit of deworming, there is no clear evidence that it prevents maternal and newborn mortality, stillbirth, prematurity or intrauterine growth restriction. Further evidence is needed to determine if deworming offers benefits to pregnant women and newborns.Intermittent presumptive treatment of malaria and use of insecticide-treated nets: Evidence suggests that both of these interventions during pregnancy can dramatically reduce the risk of low birth weight. Malaria accounts for approximately 10% of maternal deaths in high-risk areas, but there is no direct evidence that the two interventions reduce the risk of maternal mortality. Weak evidence suggests a potential reduction in risk of newborn mortality, but further research is necessary. These two interventions should be implemented in areas with endemic malaria to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes.Tetanus toxoid: Vaccination for tetanus toxoid in pregnant women almost always results in protection for the newborn and substantially reduces the risk of neonatal mortality caused by tetanus.Advance distribution of chlorhexidine for application to the umbilical cord stump: Applying chlorohexidine to the umbilical cord stump is associated with substantial reduction in risk of neonatal death, often due to sepsis. An intervention giving chlorohexidine to pregnant women for application after home delivery is currently being implemented in Nepal.Syphilis screening and treatment: Though evidence is limited, studies have demonstrated that timely screening and treatment of syphilis can substantially reduce syphilis-related stillbirths and neonatal deaths.HIV screening/prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT): Transmission of HIV from mothers to babies is generally preventable through the use of combined antiretroviral therapy regimens. In order to maximize benefit, women must be screened and treated during pregnancy when receiving antenatal care.Obstetrical and otherAdvance distribution of misoprostol for use immediately after childbirth for preventing postpartum hemorrhage: Use of oxytocin is currently the gold standard for preventing postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). However, in settings where this option is not feasible, misoprostol can serve as an effective alternative. Available evidence suggests that use of misoprostol can prevent three out of four cases of PPH that would have otherwise been treated with oxytocin. Some observational studies have demonstrated that advance distribution of misoprostol by community health workers can be an effective strategy to safely prevent PPH.Pre-eclampsia screening and treatment: Timely detection and treatment for pre-eclampsia can prevent a substantial number of maternal and newborn deaths related to pre-eclampsia/eclampsia. In order to maximize benefit, adequate infrastructure and functional referral systems for women with pre-eclampsia/eclampsia are crucial.Clean delivery practices: The benefit of clean delivery practices is difficult to measure given the diversity of conditions and other contributing factors. However, available evidence suggests that interventions such as use of clean birth kits can improve maternal and newborn health outcomes in certain settings.Thermal care: Measuring the effect of individual thermal care practices is difficult given that these practices are often done collectively. Thermal care practices can reduce the risk of newborn death from hypothermia. The effect size is probably substantial, but the evidence is inconclusive as to the proportion of newborn deaths that can be averted with good thermal care practices.Birth preparedness ad complication readiness: A number of interventions under the “birth preparedness” umbrella have been designed and tested, many of which involve educating women about danger signs during pregnancy or labor. Some of these interventions have increased health service utilization, but not necessary emergency health care services. Certain interventions, particularly when birth preparedness is one component of a larger package, have been associated with a reduction in maternal mortality.Tobacco and alcohol use: Some counseling and health education interventions have been associated with a modest reduction in smoking among pregnant women. There is not sufficient evidence demonstrating the success of interventions aimed at reducing alcohol consumption among pregnant women, though some psychological and educational interventions have been successful in some non-pregnant populations.Family planning: Birth spacing is an important contributing factor to maternal and newborn health outcomes. Prenatal counseling has been associated with increased postpartum family planning usage in many settings around the globe.As this review illustrates, a number of effective interventions exist for preventing adverse maternal and newborn health outcomes. However, the implementation of these interventions often requires resources such as skilled staff, medicines and equipment, physical infrastructure and financial means. Improving maternal and newborn health outcomes in low-resource settings requires a variety of strategies for implementing evidence-based practices.—Read more about the importance of antenatal care.Watch a video of lead author Stephen Hodgins discuss this paper in a panel discussion to mark the launch of the MHTF-PLOS Collection, “Neglected Populations: Decreasing Inequalities & Improving Measurement in Maternal Health.”Learn more about the MHTF’s collaboration with PLOS.Share this:last_img read more

Grandpa finally figured out how to upload a photo: Jimmy Neesham mocks Brendon McCullum

first_img Next Grandpa finally figured out how to upload a photo: Jimmy Neesham mocks Brendon McCullumJimmy Neesham, who is an avid social media user, on Tuesday, mocked his former captain Brendon McCullum after the latter tried to compare the all-rounder to an alpaca.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 10, 2019UPDATED: September 10, 2019 17:47 IST Neesham (l) started his New Zealand career under Brendon McCullum (r) (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSJimmy Neesham emerged as one of the heroes of the World Cup 2019 finalA Twitter user recently posted that Chris Hemsworth could play Neesham’s character in a movie on the World CupBrendon McCullum tried to take a mickey out of Neesham by comparing his face to that of an alpacaNew Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham is no ordinary cricketer. He almost pulled his team over the finish line during that fateful World Cup 2019 final on July 14, 2019. While performing with both bat and ball for the Black Caps has been Neesham’s forte, the cricketer is quite well known for his hilarious and witty social media posts. And this time he has mocked his former captain and New Zealand legend Brendon McCullum.After a user posted on Twitter that Avengers star Chris Hemsworth would be most suitable to play the role of Neesham if a movie is ever made on the New Zealand team’s 2019 World Cup campaign, Neesham felt delighted and replied by saying: ‘Yep, hell of a way to put someone in a good mood’.Yep, hell of a way to put someone in a good mood Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) September 9, 2019Brendon McCullum seems to have noticed this and posted a picture of an alpaca along with that of Neesham saying that he personally preferred the South American animal to play Neesham’s character instead.Prefer this personally McCullum (@Bazmccullum) September 10, 2019Neesham, who is never short on humour himself, mocked his former skipper’s age by posting a photo of the latter in which he can be seen using his phone. Neesham captioned the picture: ‘Good to see grandpa finally figured out how to upload a photo’.Good to see grandpa finally figured out how to upload a photo Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) September 10, 2019It took about a month for New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham to get over the disappointment of losing the World Cup 2019 final to England at Lord’s. Neesham who played all but one of the 6 deliveries of that thrilling Super Over, was left crestfallen at the end of the game which was decided on a higher boundary count after the 2 teams ended with scores leveled even after the tie-breaker.Neesham recently said that he hasn’t watched the highlights of that fateful final yet but when he somehow stumbled upon a re-run package on TV, it was hard to watch, terming it “the worst thing I’ve ever watched”.Also Read | Worst thing I’ve ever watched: Jimmy Neesham after watching World Cup 2019 final highlightsAlso Read | Jimmy Neesham trolled after comparing Rory Burns and Virat Kohli’s Ashes careersFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwarilast_img read more

Rashford at a loss over how to stop racist abuse

first_imgEngland and Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford is at a loss in the battle to stop racist abuse, convinced “nothing changes” regardless of how many players speak out.Rashford is one of several high-profile players across Europe to be subjected to abuse over the last month, with the forward targeted on social media after missing a penalty against Crystal Palace.United team-mate Paul Pogba was the victim of similar abuse after he also failed to convert a spot-kick five days earlier, while monkey chants could be heard when Romelu Lukaku – who left Old Trafford for Inter in pre-season – scored from the spot against Cagliari on Sunday. 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 Rashford recognised the importance to speak out about such matters, but the 21-year-old feels helpless, convinced people will continue to be disrespectful as long as they are protected by anonymity and urged those in power do more to clamp down on offenders.”It is disappointing. It seems to me that things are going backwards rather than forwards,” Rashford told reporters on Friday ahead of England’s match against Bulgaria.Manchester United has zero tolerance of any form of racism or discrimination. #allredallequal — Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 20, 2019 “All around the world people are standing together and that is all we can do. We have to rely on the campaigns to deal with this. Our voice only has so much power.”Social media is a big problem. For me, it is too easy to do what you like on the internet. Anyone can go on and write what we want.”It is easy to figure it out. There are hundreds of thousands who use my profile and they can write what they want [in reply to tweets]. There are a lot of things that need to change.”I’ve never been a big fan of social media. I try and stay away from it, but it’s important for me to say my part. There’s been other people too, Romelu, Jadon [Sancho] did a good speech the other day.”I have always said, the more we speak about it, it doesn’t have an impact. There are examples where people have spoken out and nothing has really changed.Manchester United is a family. @paulpogba is a huge part of that family. You attack him you attack us all… @ManUtd — Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) August 20, 2019 “To see it spike in the last couple of months is unbelievable. We want to nip it in the bud.”It was mentioned to Rashford that Twitter plans to monitor the accounts of 50 leading black players in an attempt to tackle racism, but the United youth product is adamant it will make no difference.”That doesn’t change anything,” he continued. “What I said before, the number of accounts out there is ridiculous.”The way to control it is for everyone in the world who use these platforms only have one account. They use dummy accounts, so their identity is never seen.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Report: Hellas Verona 0-1 AC Milan

first_imgKrzysztof Piatek scored his first Serie A goal of the season to help 10-man AC Milan secure back-to-back victories in a 1-0 win over Hellas Verona, who also had a man sent off in a tempestuous clash at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi.Rossoneri boss Marco Giampaolo restored Piatek to the starting line-up after dropping him from his previous teamsheet and he tucked away a second-half penalty to ensure the visitors claimed all three points from a bruising encounter.Verona had Mariusz Stepinski sent off after 21 minutes for a dangerous challenge but the newly promoted side matched Milan for long periods and caused Giampaolo’s defence plenty of problems. 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 Milan are improving as the season progresses and, after failing to register a shot on goal in their 1-0 defeat at Udinese on the opening day, they created ample opportunities to score here as Suso took up his role as creator in chief.But the chance that mattered most was Piatek’s spot-kick, and the 24-year-old, who scored nine league goals last season, opened his account for 2019-20 before Davide Calabria was dismissed in second-half stoppage-time.It’s over! @pjona9official’s first of the season earns us the three points!Piątek si sblocca, vittoria rossonera al Bentegodi! #VeronaMilan 0-1 #ForzaMilan— AC Milan (@acmilan) September 15, 2019Milan were on the back foot early on as Gianluigi Donnarumma made a double-save, parrying Marco Faraoni’s cross away from goal before claiming Mattia Zaccagni’s overhead kick in both hands.Verona were on top when Stepinski caught Mateo Musacchio on the ear with a high challenge that earned him a straight red card following a VAR review.But the 10 men continued to press and Valerio Verre fired over the crossbar in spectacular style when he controlled a long pass and volleyed with exceptional control.Substitute Ante Rebic should have broken the deadlock 10 minutes into the second half but he mistimed his shot and Suso’s weighted cross went to waste.Davide Calabria thundered a volley onto the post from 30 yards as Milan heaped pressure on their hosts, who hit the post themselves through Verre before a handball in the box by Verona defender Koray Gunter presented Piatek with a chance from the penalty spot that he lashed into the bottom corner of the net.Piatek had the ball in the net again when Marco Silvestri spilled Hakan Calhanoglu’s shot and he slid in to poke it over the line, but after a VAR review the referee judged a foul had been committed.There was more late drama as Calabria caught Matteo Pessina with his arm as the substitute headed towards the box. The Milan full-back was sent for an early shower but Verona’s Miguel Veloso and Darko Lazovic missed chances to grab a late, late equaliser.What does it mean? Giampaolo’s men improvingTwo wins from their first three outings of the season is a reasonable start for Milan, who are starting to gel in attack and are cutting out mistakes at the back.Suso so importantMilan function best when Suso is on form and he was their attacking lynchpin here, dictating play and constantly probing at a resolute Verona defence.Paqueta hooked after quiet halfLucas Paqueta was ineffective in attack in the first half and Milan improved substantially after he was replaced by Rebic.What’s next?The Milan derby is next up for Giampaolo’s men as they aim to be the first side to take points from Inter this season, while Verona take on champions Juventus in Turin. read morelast_img read more

Chicharito debuts with Sevilla, Lozano starts to lead Mexican in Europe

first_imgAfter a disappointing 4-0 loss to Argentina last week, Mexico national team players headed back to their clubs for a quick turnaround and experienced mixed results.There were some debuts from players who made moves during the summer window but there also were players who stayed on the bench even as El Tri fans watched, hoping they’d come in. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez fell into the former category. After completing a move to Sevilla late in the window, Mexico’s all-time leading scorer came on as a substitute for Julen Lopetegui’s Sevilla side. He played 20 minutes in a 1-0 victory that left Sevilla at the top of the La Liga table after the weekend. 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 There was also a first start for Hirving Lozano, who made his Napoli debut against Juventus before the international break but was called upon to go from the opening whistle by Carlo Ancelotti. Lozano had a solid match, helping to set up the first goal with his pass out wide to right back Giovanni Di Lorenzo. His cross found Dries Mertens for the opening goal in a 2-0 victory over Sampdoria. Lozano and Napoli take on Liverpool in the first Champions League group match of the season Tuesday.But there was less action this week for Andres Guardado and Diego Lainez. Guardado, who missed Mexico’s second match of the FIFA date to attend the birth of his child, wasn’t in the Real Betis squad. Lainez made the bench but didn’t see any time in the Verdiblancos’ 1-1 draw with Getafe.Hector Herrera also stayed rooted to the bench, with four games now gone since the start of the season for Atletico Madrid and the midfielder still looking for his La Liga debut. Atleti stumbled to a 2-0 defeat against Real Sociedad.After a rough showing with the national team, Nestor Araujo started on the bench for Celta de Vigo but was pressed back into duty when he came on in the 15th minute as a replacement for a player who was sent off. Celta lost another player later in the first half and fell 2-0 to Granada.It didn’t go much better for Raul Jimenez. Not only did the Wolves forward have his scoring streak snapped at four straight club matches with a goal but he could do little as Wolves were thumped 5-2 by Chelsea. Jimenez exited the match in the 70th minute, with the Wolverhampton club taking on Sporting Braga on Thursday in Europa League play.Jesus “Tecatito” Corona returned to the El Tri picture with starts in both the win over the United States and the loss to Argentina during the FIFA dates, and he was in the Porto starting XI as well this weekend. He set up a late winner for Ivan Marcano as Porto escaped with a 3-2 win over Portimonense. The Dragons begin Europa League group play against Young Boys this week.last_img read more

‘Otamendi and Stones will cost Man City the title’

first_imgManchester City’s centre-back partnership of Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones will cost the club the Premier League title, according to Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher.Both Otamendi and Stones struggled during Man City’s shock 3-2 defeat at Norwich on Saturday, a result that leaves Pep Guardiola’s side five points behind league leaders Liverpool.Guardiola can do little change to his side though as the duo are his only fit senior centre-backs following the summer departure of Vincent Kompany and serious injury suffered by Aymeric Laporte. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Former Liverpool defender Carragher was scathing of Otamendi’s performance in particular while he feels Stones’ long-term future at Etihad Stadium could also be in question.“He (Otamendi) dives in, he has done it all his career,” Carragher told Sky Sports Monday Night Football”He will never change and that’s why he’s not good enough to play for Manchester City. I have never believed it from day one and nothing I have seen in the last four or five years has changed my mind.”John Stones, in some ways, over the next three or four months, is almost fighting for his Manchester City career in that, if it doesn’t go well for him they are going to buy someone.”At this moment, I don’t think Guardiola wants to put those two on the pitch together but he has got no option because he has not gone big in the summer.”Neville also thinks that Guardiola doesn’t rate the Otamendi-Stones partnership and his inability to bring a replacement in until at least January could cost City dear in the final shake-up.”Guardiola gave up on this partnership 18 months ago when Laporte came to the club,” Neville said.”Otamendi always gets caught out as a centre-back and quickens up the opposition in attack. He’s so not a Pep Guardiola type centre-back, they’re usually composed but he’s rash.”Sir Alex Ferguson at times during his Manchester United career would see a game too far with players and say, ‘That’s it, you’re done’. Manchester City’s 4-3 defeat at Liverpool in 2018 was the game when Guardiola decided that Stones and Otamendi couldn’t play together.”Laporte’s injury, Kompany leaving and not replacing him is a big problem for Manchester City. Stones and Otamendi have played 25 games under Guardiola in the Premier League.”They’ve conceded more goals than any other partnership, conceded more goals per game, the clean sheets are down, the three-plus goals conceded is well up and then there’s the big one, lower win percentage.”That will cost Manchester City the Premier League title. If these two play together at their current rate of performance they won’t win the league.”Neville and Carragher both agree that Guardiola will look for a solution to City’s defensive flaws but disagree over what exactly the Spaniard will do.”He has always surprised us, he has always shocked us, he has always done what would be unexpected,” added Neville. “Pep Guardiola doesn’t accept what he has, he always tries to come up with new systems.”I can see that Pep Guardiola is not just going to sit back over the next three months. Already in the back of his mind he will be thinking that he needs a plan B here that can give them domination of the ball and defensive stability.”He won’t do this because Pep Guardiola will never do what we expect, but he has played a back five before.”I know the boy Joao Cancelo pretty well, I had him at Valencia. He can play right wing-back perfectly and Oleksandr Zinchenko is suited to wing-back. Walker has played in a back three for England and Otamendi has two people to cuddle him.”That is a potential option, but at the moment I think he is thinking of a plan B.”Carragher disagreed, adding: “I don’t think he will do that. I don’t think he is a three at the back man with wing-backs. He does it the Dutch way, 3-4-3 with a diamond.”But I think somebody you have got to look at is Fernandinho coming into the equation and going back to centre-back. I think that is something that he will look at.”You don’t want to go away from that 4-3-3 because it is a machine. I don’t think they should rip that up. I think the solution for now is to go to Fernandinho.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Who are the new Ones to Watch in FIFA 20?

first_imgAs the football season gets into full swing across Europe, the release of FIFA 20 brings with it the chance to invest in Ultimate Team and pick up players set for big campaigns.From Antoine Griezmann to Nicolas Pepe, a number of stars have swapped clubs over the summer and look set to go to the next level as a result. These players loom as Ultimate Team gold and are among a select 23 that have been allocated Ones to Watch cards in FIFA 20.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career How do Ones to Watch players work?A key aspect of these cards that sets them apart is the fact they are dynamic, with their stats always improving as their real-life counterpart performs on the pitch. Unlike Team of the Week cards, which only offer slightly improved stats after a particular performance, Ones to Watch see their card upgrade every time the player stands out. This means if a player has a consistent season, their Ones to Watch card can improve dramatically over time and ultimately have far greater stats than both a player’s standard card and Team of the Week versions. Ones to Watch players never have their stats downgraded either, ensuring their value is never likely to drop too much.Ones to Watch are only available via packs for a limited time following FIFA 20’s launch on September 27 and select ones should be able to be picked up later on via Squad Building Challenges (SBCs).Unsurprisingly, popular Ones to Watch are also often sold on the market for a large number of coins.  Which Ones to Watch players are in FIFA 20?EA Sports has revealed all 23 players given Ones to Watch cards in FIFA 20 ahead of its release on September 27. Eden Hazard’s card is a standout with a starting overall rating of 91 and stats of 94 dribbling and 91 pace. Rounding out the top three are Antoine Griezmann, 89, and Philippe Coutinho, 87. Other notable inclusions include Atletico Madrid attacker Joao Felix, Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong and Inter striker Romelu Lukaku.  Player Position Rating Eden Hazard LW 91 Antoine Griezmann CF 89 Philippe Coutinho LW 87 Frenkie de Jong CM 86 Mauro Icardi ST 85 Romelu Lukaku ST 85 Rodri CDM 85 Matthijs de Ligt CB 85 Lucas Hernandez CB 84 Julian Brandt CAM 84 Luka Jovic ST 83 Nicolas Pepe RM 83 Pablo Sarabia CAM 83 Sebastien Haller ST 83 Wissam Ben Yedder ST 83 Harry Maguire CB 82 Thorgan Hazard RM 82 Hirving Lozano RW 82 Joao Felix CF 80 Nicolo Barella CM 80 Aaron Wan-Bissaka RB 79 Christian Pulisic LW 79 Joelinton ST 78last_img read more

Van Dijk shrugs off Liverpool criticisms: We can’t always be perfect

first_imgVirgil van Dijk laughed off Liverpool’s Champions League scare against Salzburg insisting “we can’t always play the perfect game”.The Reds were given an almighty fright against the Austrian champions at Anfield on Wednesday night, tossing away a three-goal lead before Mohamed Salah’s strike secured a narrow 4-3 victory in their Group E clash.With Napoli drawing at Genk in the other group game, Liverpool have assumed a solid position and look strong favourites to progress to the knockout stages.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Jurgen Klopp’s side will, however, need to defend better than they did against Salzburg, who exposed alarming frailties during a 20-minute spell either side of half-time.Van Dijk and Joe Gomez, in particular, were left exposed with Liverpool’s midfield offering little or no protection in that period, although the Dutchman was able to smile about the night’s events afterwards.“We did it for the fans!” laughed Van Dijk.“No, we could have done better. It was a game of two halves, maybe? First half we played so well, we were so comfortable at 3-0 but then we conceded a goal and they started believing. We knew before the game that they would never give up anyway, and they kept going, they had a lot of pace and pressing – a bit like how we play. “But we should have done better, especially the first 20 minutes of the second half, all of us. That’s why we conceded the goals. “But it’s maybe a good thing. We know we still have to improve, but we will.”Van Dijk railed at the suggestion Liverpool had been “all over the place” at times, and said there will be no panic among the players despite an unusually weak defensive performance.“I don’t think all over the place is the right choice of words!” he said. “But when we played football, we tried to break through them and if the last pass got intercepted, then they were very direct.“When we have the ball, we are a little open. I think the problem was when we lost the ball, there was a lot of space for them to counter, and with the pace they have and the runners they have, that can be dangerous.“Of course everyone wants to panic and stress and maybe look for all the negatives, but we shouldn’t! “I’m not even looking at the negatives. We know we can do better, but we are human beings and we can’t always play the perfect game. We have to grind it out. We have the three points and that’s the most important thing.“It’s good that we have played against them, we know what we can expect when we go over there. It will be tough there. We can analyse this, and we know we can do better.”Liverpool are next in action on Saturday when they welcome in-form Leicester to Anfield in the Premier League. It promises to be another test for the league leaders, who have won three of their last four games by a single-goal margin.Does that, Van Dijk was asked, indicate that teams are raising their game against the European champions?“Well so far we are doing pretty well this season!” he responded. “We shouldn’t forget that after one night where we were a bit disorganised. “There’s no reason for panic at all, we just need to relax, have a look at what can be better. There is plenty. We will analyse it, and we have another tough game against Leicester on Saturday. “But we have to be confident and keep doing what we do.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more