By Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Nov 3 (PTI) Veteran sports administrator Anil Khanna today decided to withdraw his candidature as President of All India Tennis Association (AITA), saying an acrimonious relationship with the government will only hurt the game. Khanna was elected President for a second term (2012-16) at AITAs AGM in Indore on September 3 but he had refused the post, citing ambiguity on cooling off period as per the Sports Code. He though became AITA Life President. A tussle between AITA and the Sports Ministry is on since Khanna first became President in 2012 after serving two consecutive terms as Secretary General. The government says Khanna had not served a mandatory four-year cooling off period before being elected as President but AITA contends that he did not seek re-election as Secretary-General and there were no instructions that a person, who has served as Secretary-General cannot become President without serving cooling-off period. However, the ministry stuck to its stand and resultantly, the AITA was de-recognised recently. “I am going to recommend it to the AITA Executive Committee that I would not like to stay as President and I want it to go ahead with the election, as per constitution of AITA to get a new President,” Khanna, who is also ITF Vice President, told PTI. When reminded that he had taken a similar decision last year also but the AITA Executive Committee had not allowed him to quit, Khanna said he wont change his stance this time. “This time it is very specific. I want to withdraw my name. I will write to all 23 Associations, who have supported me, not to consider me. The Federation is unnecessarily getting a bad name. I have no sense of attachment,” Khanna, who is also IOA treasurer, said. “We dont want any acrimony with the government. I can always advise from outside if they need me. The Federation keeps on working even when the President or Secretary are not in country.” Asked if he has taken this decision under pressure, Khanna replied in the negative. “I am not under pressure from anyone but I feel it is important for AITA to work in complete cooperation with the government. Without the governments support and funds, its not possible. IOC says we should be independent but not independent of government. We have to be in sync with the government,” he said. Khanna, however, said the issue was not buried and he will continue to fight. “I have accepted it personally because of my responsibilities with ITF and ATF but I will take it up from IOA to ensure that no Federation is singled out it. “When we started only two people were working for DLTA and now 150 odd officials are there and we have made it financially independent. We conducted more than 800 tournaments last year without any government help.” The Sports Code requires a cooling off period of four years if an office-bearer seeks re-election after serving two consecutive terms. The Ministry has also de-recognised three other federations ? Archery, Judo and Gymnastic ? for the same reasons but did not push the IOA with the same rule. AITA Secretary General Hironmoy Chatterjee had said the government should not single out any one Federation and rules should be same for all, including IOA. PTI AT AH AHadvertisement
Bhopal, Nov 8 (PTI) Ahead of Shahdol Lok Sabha bypoll, Congress chief whip in Lok Sabha, Jyotiraditya Scindia tried his hands not only at roasting chapati and having meals with tribals, but also matched steps with them in their traditional dance while campaigning for party nominee Himadri Singh.Scindia and Congress Rajya Sabha member Vivek Tankha, are campaigning for the by-poll in the tribal seat since yesterday.”I enjoyed a lot interacting with them and I always do so whenever I get such an opportunity,” he told PTI from Madwahi village.The Congress leader spent the night at the residence of a tribal — Kusham Singh Gond — where he tried roasting a chapati and had dinner with the villagers like a commoner.Taking part in the traditional Shaila dance, he sported their traditional Mandar (Dholak) and tried his best to match steps with them in a formation.Earlier too, Scindia had food with poor people in his constituency Guna.The Congress leader, who is popularly known as “Maharaja” due to his royal lineage of the erstwhile Gwalior kingdom, is leaving no stone unturned these days to change this image by coming close to the common man in Madhya Pradesh.”Though the ruling BJP is making tall claims about development, the real situation is quite different at the ground level. People feel cheated on the issue of power, water, land lease and rampant corruption,” Scindia alleged.While Congress has fielded Himadri Singh, daughter of former Union Minister Dalbir Singh and ex-MP Rajesh Nandini Singh from Shahdol Lok Sabha seat, the BJP has nominated senior minister in Shivraj Singh Chouhans Cabinet and tribal leader Gyan Singh from the reserve seat.advertisementThe bypoll, which was necessitated due to death of BJP MP Dalpat Singh Paraste, is scheduled to take place on November 19. Counting of votes will be on November 22.BJPs Paraste had wrested the seat from Congresss Rajesh Nandini Singh by a margin of over 2.14 lakh votes in 2014.Gyan Singh, the BJP candidate for the bypoll, had won the seat twice in 1996 and 1998. BJP is vigorously campaigning in the constituency and is taking no chances given that it had failed to retain Ratlam-Jhabua Lok Sabha seat in the 2015 bypolls. PTI MAS DK NSD
Asian Games gold medallist Dingko Singh has taken many blows on his body during his career as an amateur boxer. But the former Indian pugilist is going through a phase, which is more painful and frustrating than what it was when he would take body blows in the ring.Dingko is in the Capital these days, running from pillar to post to get proper treatment and medication for the acute hepatitis, he has been suffering for close to a month now.With very limited medical facilities in Imphal, the former Manipur boxer was asked to go to Delhi for better treatment.He started his ordeal from the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS). But it turned out to be herculean task for Dingko, who has some of the most prestigious National Awards to his name.He failed to get himself registered at AIIMS and then tried his luck at Ganga Ram Hospital. They welcomed him with open arms and asked him to get admitted immediately. Dingko had to return from there with the hospital asking him to shell out Rs 6500 per day as fees.Finally, luck did smile on him and with the help of a few well-wishers, Dingko did manage to get himself registered at AIIMS and is staying at a small one-room house in Yusuf Sarai for which he is paying Rs 650 daily.Just when Dingko, employed with the Sports Authority of India (SAI), thought his ordeal has ended, came Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Masterstroke’.”I had brought cash from Manipur for my stay, medical and daily expenses in Delhi,” Dingko told India Today.advertisement”While chemists are accepting the higher denomination currency, there are places where I have to pay in cash. It’s very difficult to clear those bills. I have asked a few people to help me out but everyone is facing the same problem and also the ATMs and banks are closed,” added the 1998 Asian Games gold medallist, who has also received the Arjuna award and the Padma Shri for what he has done for the country in the field of sports.He has lost weight considerably and the once 80kg pugilist now weighs 60kg.For someone, who had floored some of the top international boxers during his heydays, it has turned out to be one of the most difficult phases of his life. And what is worse is that there is little help from the authorities for this former pugilist, who had inspired many to take up boxing in the country.
Kolkata, Dec 2 (PTI) An NGO-sponsored project to find matches for aged widows and widowers can bring cheers to the singletons who often fall victim to depression born out of loneliness.The novel programme “Senior Citizen Matrimony” was launched here at the Calcutta Sports Journalists Club on an experimental basis for one year yesterday.The programme would collect profiles of widowers and widows and bring them together to give them a better life, psychologist Dr Amitava Dey Sarkar, secretary of the NGO “Thikana Shimla”, told PTI.Sarkar said, “Loneliness leads to depression, sadness and many other things. If they get new companionship at this age, the quality of life is bound to improve. They will lead a better life.””We will run this programme till this day next year. We will see the response and how it goes,” he said.On day one, the programme has collected profiles of 11 men and 10 women.Among them is Swapna Ghosh, a 65-year-old retired hotel management professional, who lost her husband five years ago and since then she has been leading a lonely life at her Kasba apartment.Similarly, 80-year-old Devi Ghosh, who lives in an old age home, lost her husband Kanhu Ghosh, a music director, 13 years back after he suffered a heart attack.”He was very handsome and girls would swoon over him. Im still not able to cope with his loss and miss him terribly,” Devi recollects with a sad smile.”The attraction for opposite sex lasts till death, its natural after four years.”advertisementAsked if the bold concept would be acceptable in Indian society, he said: “Theres a social stigma especially for the widows. Their children may not accept this but its all about overcoming it. We will also do some counselling and see that they are not victimised.”Asked how she liked the idea, Swapna said, “The idea is novel but Im against marriage or a live-in relationship at this age. Maybe if I find a good friend who can give me company to a movie, life will become better.””Ill marry if I get Shah Rukh Khan,” Swpana joked. PTI TAP MD MM
Sergio Ramos claims the Real Madrid players will have no input in decisions regarding Julen Lopetegui’s future, with results set to determine the fate of the under-fire coach.Having only succeeded Zinedine Zidane over the summer, after being relieved of his duties with Spain, a dream job has quickly become a nightmare for the man at the Blancos helm.He arrived amid the usual pre-season wave of expectation at the Santiago Bernabeu, but has his side sat ninth in La Liga on the back of three successive defeats. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The most recent of those saw Madrid hammered 5-1 by arch-rivals Barcelona in a Clasico clash at Camp Nou dominated by the hat-trick heroics of Luis Suarez.Lopetegui has vowed to fight on and oversee a reversal in fortune, but that decision may be taken out of his hands.Madrid skipper Ramos claims to have no knowledge as to what calls will be made by the club’s board, telling reporters when quizzed on his manager: “We are with the coach to the death. But results determine a lot whether a coach stays.“It is not our decision. So we will stay to the side, let the hours pass and whatever happens will happen. It’s not about the players.”Casemiro has also spoken out in support of Lopetegui, with the Brazilian midfielder calling for more of the blame during a sorry slump to be piled onto the shoulders of underperforming players.Madrid find themselves at an important crossroads, though, just a few months into the 2018-19 campaign.They have endured wobbles before, with Zidane having been given the support he required during a memorable reign to land three successive Champions League crowns.Lopetegui believes he can build on those triumphs and deliver success of his own, but he now finds himself on borrowed time.Losing the talismanic presence of Cristiano Ronaldo was always going to hit Madrid and their new manager hard, but few could have predicted that they would find the going so tough.After taking nothing from their last three outings in La Liga, the Blancos are set to turn their attention to Copa del Rey matters on Wednesday when they take on third tier minnows Melilla.It remains to be seen whether Lopetegui will still be at the helm for that contest, with Madrid set to be back on home soil next weekend when they play host to Real Valladolid.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho doesn’t think Alexis Sanchez will seek to leave the club in January and has backed the forward to turn his form around.The Chile international was considered quite a coup for the Red Devils when he made a high-profile move from Arsenal last January.However, the Chile striker has struggled for consistency at Old Trafford, at times looking a shadow of the player who thrived during his four years at the Emirates Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The 29-year-old has started just five Premier League games this campaign, scoring just once as a substitute against Newcastle in October, and hasn’t completed 90 minutes for the club since the opening game of the season.He returned to the starting line-up for wins against Bournemouth and Juventus but was dropped back to the bench for the Manchester derby defeat last time out.To make things worse for Sanchez, he missed a penalty for Chile during their 3-2 friendly defeat to Costa Rica last week.Sanchez’s struggles in the north-west have inevitably led to speculation about his future. Reports have suggested he is unhappy at Old Trafford due to Mourinho’s playing style and a lack of friends within the club, with a possible move away in January mooted.Mourinho has been quick to play down such suggestions, insisting he has heard nothing to suggest the former Barcelona man is unhappy at the club.The United boss accepts there is room for improvement in his game, but is confident the forward is on the right track.”He has never told me that he wants to leave. He never told me that he’s not happy to stay,” Mourinho told reporters.”He is playing like the team. He is improving, like the team is improving, when he plays he is giving us his personality.”His desire is to play and to produce for the team and [he is] trying to adapt to the way we play and vice versa.”Can he do better? We all can do better. I can do better, he can do better, all the players can do better.”
Gianluigi Donnarumma made a superb save as AC Milan had to settle for a 0-0 draw with Torino in Serie A, while Patrick Cutrone was left to rue a glorious opportunity missed late on.Gennaro Gattuso was able to welcome back Gonzalo Higuain from suspension for Sunday’s encounter at San Siro, but it was Donnarumma who took the limelight with a magnificent stop to deny Iago Falque in the fifth minute.VAR was used to rightly dismiss Milan penalty appeals on the stroke of half-time, with Donnarumma having earlier been on form again to deny Andrea Belotti. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Donnarumma’s efforts ultimately secured the point for Milan, although Cutrone’s miss from close-range in the closing stages cost them the maximum haul.Donnarumma fumbled Koffi Djidji’s crisp strike early on, but Milan had their goalkeeper to thank when he reached to his left to somehow tip Falque’s close-range header over.Belotti volleyed over as Torino continued to threaten, though the striker’s profligacy would have been punished had Salvatore Sirigu not been equal to Patrick Cutrone’s effort.Donnarumma’s reflexes were tested again when he got down to parry Belotti’s deflected strike wide, while Milan had appeals for a penalty turned down when the referee – with the assistance of VAR – decided that Nicolas Nkoulou had not handled from Higuain’s shot.Torino’s pressure continued after the restart – Armando Izzo heading off target before Hakan Calhanoglu struck wide at the other end.Substitute Samu Castillejo injected some much-needed pace into Milan’s attack, and their breakthrough finally came in the 87th minute, only for Cutrone to slice wide from six yards out as Gattuso’s side had to settle for a share of the spoils.100 – This game was the Gianluigi Donnarumma’s 100th Serie A successive match with 90 minutes played – the keeper has played each of the last 121 @acmilan games. Pillar. #MilanTorino— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) December 9, 2018 What does it mean? Milan edge closer to InterIt was a far from convincing display from Milan, but they are now just three points behind Inter, who lost 1-0 to Juventus on Friday, and Champions League qualification should now be the Rossoneri’s target approaching the halfway stage in the campaign.Torino remain sixth, while their wait for a first away win over Milan since 1985 rumbles on.Donnarumma on fine formGiven Donnarumma’s experience – he made his 120th Serie A appearance on Sunday – it is easy to forget that Milan’s goalkeeper is 19 years old. However, his wonderful early stop from Falque’s header could go down as one of the saves of the season, and the youngster pulled off another impressive save later in the first half.Cutrone fluffs his linesDespite Higuain coming back into the fold following his suspension, Cutrone kept his place.The youngster was starved of service throughout but, when a chance did fall to him late on, he spurned his opportunity, firing wide with just Sirigu to beat.Key Opta facts- AC Milan have drawn each of their last four Serie A games against Torino.- Torino are unbeaten in their last 10 away Serie A games (3W 7D) for the first time since 1976-77.- This was Gianluigi Donnarumma’s 100th successive Serie A match with 90 minutes played – the keeper has played each of the last 121 AC Milan games.- AC Milan kept only their second clean sheet of the current Serie A season.- Gonzalo Higuain, in the 75th minute, registered the only shot on target of the second half.What’s next?A trip to Greece to face Olympiacos in the Europa League is next up for Milan, while Torino will switch focus to their derby with city rivals Juventus. read more
Kylian Mbappe believes Paris Saint-Germain’s progress to the last 16 of the Champions League was inspired by some frank discussions within the team.A 4-1 win over Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday secured PSG’s place in the knockout phase as winners of Group C, with Liverpool second following their 1-0 victory over Napoli.Thomas Tuchel’s side appeared to be in some trouble when they won only one of their first four matches in the competition this season, but six points from their final two games was enough to send them through. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Mbappe, who scored PSG’s fourth in Belgrade after earlier goals from Edinson Cavani, Neymar and Marquinhos, suggested the squad have benefited from the exchange of a few home truths.He told RMC Sport: “We’re happy. We came to qualify. We responded to that. We’ll focus on the league and the domestic cups and resume the Champions League in February.”I don’t think the team’s improved; it’s more that we had a realisation. We started performing and did what was asked of us. We asked questions of ourselves as individuals and as a team.”You have to be able to speak frankly to each other. We did that and got our reward.”Mbappe set up Cavani and Neymar’s goals and was assisted by the Brazil star for his own strike, and he was keen to extol the qualities of his attacking team-mates.”I have the chance to play with two great players. When we play like tonight, it’s good for everyone,” he said.”They are players who have nothing to prove to anyone. Cavani is the leading goalscorer in the club’s history; Neymar is one of the best in the world.”We have to go forward and look at what is ahead. We’re looking at the last 16 and we’ll see what happens in the draw [next Monday].”Marquinhos, whose bullet header eased some tension among the visiting fans after Marko Gobeljic had got a goal back, praised Tuchel for guiding his players through a tough test.”The group has grown in maturity, experience… it was a difficult night at 2-1 and the group responded well,” said the centre-back. “The coach spoke to us at the right time, showed us things at the right time, especially on the level of our state of mind.”Ney, Edi, Kylian… they make effort for the team. When we put on his shirt, we have to want to win. With this team, this mentality, we can do very good things.”
New Delhi, Jan 15 (PTI) Sports Minister Vijay Goel today inaugurated the Khelo India National-level competitions for various sports for Under-14 and Under-17 children. The Delhi leg of the competitions, organised by Sports Aunthority of India, will include swimming, cycling and wrestling. The Minister also presented medals to the winners of the swimming events in different categories. Also present on the occasion were Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas, ace swimmers Khazan Singh and Bhanu Sachdeva, Meenakshi Pahuja and hundreds of school children from across the country. Approximately 1000 participants from more than 25 states and union territories are taking part in the competitions. Goel said that Khelo India competitions are being conducted not only to promote sports at grass-root level but also to help create sports infrastructure in the country. He said it will provide a platform to the budding talents to compete at national level. Talent identification would also be done in the process for grooming them to achieve excellence at international level. He said a national portal for Sports Talent Search will be launched this month by the Sports Ministry. While swimming and cycling events were conducted today both for boys and girls Under-14 and Under-17 categories, wrestling competitions (freestyle) for cadet group 14 years to 16 years both boys and girls would be held for two days on January 20 and 21 at SAI Indira Gandhi Sports Complex here. Khelo India national level competitions will be conducted in different disciplines in January and Febuary this year. Kabbadi, kho kho and wushu would be held in Nellore; weightlifting, boxing and table tennis in Guwahati; athletics hand ball and hockey in Gandhi Nagar; taekwondo, volleyball and football in Chennai; badminton, gymnastics, basketball and lawn tennis in Hyderabad and archery and Judo in Jaipur. PTI SSC ATadvertisement
Bhopal, Jan 23 (PTI) Amid recent controversy over caste-based reservation, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced a number of sops for the students of SC/ST communities including setting up of special coaching centres to ensure their admission in national institutes.”State government will establish special coaching centres for SC (Scheduled Caste) and ST (Scheduled Tribe) students to ensure their admission in educational institutions of national repute. These centres will provide free of cost coaching to such students,” Chouhan announced here today.The Chief Minister was inaugurating state level leadership camp of the talented students belonging to SC/ST communities.Chouhan reiterated that the state government would deposit fee of SC/ST students on their selection in the IITs, IIMs, national law colleges, medical institutes or any other educational institute of national repute.He announced launch of Mukhyamantri Vidushi Yojana under which 50 girls of SC/ST communities would be selected from class sixth and the state government would bear education expenses these girls up to their higher studies.Chief Minister said that his government would develop the infrastructure and provide equipment of international level for sports training centres set up for SC/ST students after identifying games of their interests.He told the gathering of SC/ST students that Bharat Darshan (India Tour) would be organised from next financial year for the students selected for the state level leadership camp.While informing about the state governments decision, Chouhan said SC/ST students securing more than 75 per cent marks in class twelfth are being given a laptop. Similarly, those getting admission in colleges would be provided a smart phone, he added.advertisementDuring the programme, Chouhan honoured the talented students of SC/ST communities.The state level leadership camp for the talented students of SC/ST communities is organised every year by state government. PTI ADU MAS RMT BAS
By Chandraboli Mitra Monaco, Feb 15 (PTI) Sprint king Usain Bolt pipped the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and LeBron James to win the Sportsman of the Year trophy for the record-equalling fourth time while gymnast Simone Biles clinched the top honour in the womens category at the Laureus World Awards here. They are the little and large of sport ? while Bolt stands 1.95 metres, Biles measures just 1.45 metres ? but they were both giants at the Rio Olympics and enjoyed an ecstatic welcome as they received their statuettes here, the birthplace of the first ever Laureus awards 17 years ago. Bolt, who won this award in 2009, 2010 and 2013, walked away with the ?Oscar of Sports? for the fourth time, joining tennis legends Roger Federer and Serena Williams, and surfer Kelly Slater as four-time Laureus award winner. Bolt received his award from legendary Michael Johnson, who urged him not to break other people?s records.To which Bolt responded by saying, “I am sorry to have broken your record.” “Thanks for the wonderful award. Laureus is one of the biggest awards for me. This is my 4th award and to be equalling it with someone like Roger Federer is great. I am in great company. It is special,” he added. Olympic gymnastics champion Biles notched up the ?Sportswoman of the Year? trophy, courtesy her brilliant show at the Rio Games, where she finished with four golds and a bronze. “Wow! I am speechless, it?s an honour to receive this award from Prince Albert and Nadia Comaneci who I looked up to for so many years. This award isn?t only for me but also for all the other nominees in my category. We went through everything to be where we are, we have achieved so much, so thank you so much,” said Biles. The most decorated Olympian of all-time, Michael Phelps bagged the ?Comeback of the Year? award after returning to the swimming pool and scooping five more gold medals. After the 2012 Olympics, Phelps retired from swimming but came out of the retirement and subsequently at the Rio Games last year, he bagged as many as five gold medals and a silver. “Looking back at my career today, I can say that Rio was my greatest race,” said Phelps. More PTI CM AT ATadvertisement
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni blasted a century as Jharkhand defeated Chhattisgarh by 78 runs in a Group D match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Sunday.Riding on Dhoni’s 107-ball 129, Jharkhand posted 243/9, and then skittled out Chhattisgarh for 165 in 38.4 overs at the Eden Gardens to pick up their first four points from the tourney.Jharkhand had gone down to Karnataka by five runs in their tournament opener on Saturday. (Dhoni’s century lights up Eden Gardens)Dhoni walked in with Jharkhand tottering at 43/4 in the 14th over, and saw two more wickets fall within a short while.At 57/6, Jharkhand seemed to be staring down the barrel, but Shahbaz Nadim teamed up with Dhoni in the middle to put on 151 runs for the seventh wicket and take their team past the 200-run mark.Nadeem (53; 90b, 4×4, 1×6) went back in the 48th over, but Dhoni struck some characteristic sledge hammer blows in the remaining deliveries and was out on only the last ball of the innings. His knock included 10 fours and six sixes.For Chhattisgarh, right arm medium pacer Kant Singh (4/33) was the most successful bowler.In reply, Chattisgarh never really got going, as none of their batsmen managed to put up a substantial score. Only three of the batsmen went into the 20s and the highest partnership was that of 32 between skipper Mohammed Kaif (23) and Amandeep Khare (22) for the third wicket.Kant (24) was the top scorer, while pacer Varun Aaron (3/26) and left arm spinner Nadeem (3/36) were the chief wreckers for Jharkhand.Meanwhile, defending champions Gujarat defeated Goa by 78 runs in a Group A match in Chennai.advertisementSet a target of 278 runs, Goa were all out for 199 with Gujarat off-spinner Rujul Bhat returning figures of 5/38.Snehal Kauthankar (64) and Amogh Desai (61) shone with the bat for Goa.Earlier, Gujarat rode on half-centuries from skipper Parthiv Patel (80) and Priyank Panchal (57) to post a total of 277/9.Pacer Rituraj Singh was the most successful among the Goa bowlers with figures of 3/61.In Group B, Himachal Pradesh thrashed last year’s runners-up Delhi by 185 runs in Bhubaneshwar.Asked to bat first, Himachal rode on a century by Prashant Chopra and a half-century by Paras Dogra to post 339/8 in their allotted 50 overs.Chopra plundered 159 runs from 140 balls, hitting 24 boundaries and three sixes along the way.Dogra scored 77 off 65 deliveries and added 205 runs along with Chopra to set Himachal on their way to a formidable total.Off-spinner Dheeraj Kumar then clinched a five-wicket haul as Delhi were skittled out for 154 runs in 37 overs.Dheeraj notched up figures of 5/24 while pacer Pankaj Jaiswal bagged three wickets.In other matches on Sunday, Assam defeated Punjab by three wickets,Brief scores:Group A:Gujarat: 277/9 in 50 overs (Parthiv Patel 80, Priyank Panchal 57; Rituraj Singh 3/61) vs Goa: 199 in 45.5 overs (Snehal Kauthankar 64, Amogh Desai 61; Rujul Bhatt 5/38).Group B:Himachal Pradesh: 339/8 in 50 overs (Prashant Chopra 159, Paras Dogra 77) vs Delhi: 154 in 37 overs (Sarthak Ranjan 37; Dheeraj Kumar 5/24, Pankaj Jaiswal 3/24)Group D:Jharkhand 243/9 in 50 overs (Mahendra Singh Dhoni 129, Shahbaz Nadeem 53; Kant Singh 4/33) vs Chattishgarh 165 in 38.4 overs (Kant Singh 24; Varun Aaron 3/26, Shahbaz Nadeem 3/36).
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is confident the Premier League club will be doing “interesting” business during the next transfer window while acknowledging that he may not get all his first-choice targets.United have been linked by the British media with a host of big-name players, including Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann and Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko. (Also Read: Mata joins Smalling and Jones on United injured list)”I’m sure, at the end of the summer, probably we won’t have exactly my first options, because it’s difficult to succeed in every attempt,” Mourinho told reporters. “But I’m sure we’re going to do something interesting. (Also Read: Juergen Klopp wary of rushing Jordan Henderson back from injury)”Something to improve our team for next season. I’m not a silly manager to say I give the names and you have to give me the players – not at all.”I give the names, I give the options, I give the second options in case the first options are not possible, but I give all the information based on my analysis, my experience and projections for the future.” (Also Read: Leicester City still not safe from relegation, says Craig Shakespeare )United, who are fifth in the table and host eighth-placed West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday, face a challenging month with nine games including the Manchester derby and a home match against runaway league leaders Chelsea.
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You just hit send.Starting at just $29.95/month, EmailNow is an affordable and reliable email messaging service for nonprofits today. And most importantly, EmailNow is not like the other various programs designed to help you manage your customer and member email communications. What sets us apart? Here are four reasons: You’ll see how your audience members responded and use that knowledge to create more effective campaigns. You won’t know if anyone is reading your emails. Outlook and other desktop email applications don’t come with tracking tools to show you how many people opened and clicked your campaigns. How can you tell if your messaging is effective? How do you know if people are reading your information or just “filing” it in an email folder or the trash?Send Email the Right WaySo what’s the right way to send HTML email newsletters? Consider EmailNow, an email marketing service designed just for nonprofits.EmailNow (powered by Emma) was built by email marketing experts to do the tough stuff for you. It allows you to send beautiful email appeals without having to become a designer, a software engineer or someone who knows HTML or CAN SPAM laws. The secret? We built in all the expertise you need right into EmailNow and then priced it right. We’re a nonprofit that understands that’s what other nonprofits need. Here’s how EmailNow makes managing your email campaigns a snap: You may get blacklisted. If you send too many emails from your own computer, your internet service provider (ISP) may think you’re a spammer and will most likely block you. The effectiveness: We focus a lot of time and attention to make sure we’re getting the highest rate of delivery possible. And that puts our nonprofit clients in the best position possible to stay connected with their supporters and turn those supporters into volunteers and donors. You’ll easily organize and manage your subscribers while you grow your audience the right way. How do you send emails to supporters and others who want to hear from you? An email marketing tool built with nonprofits in mind?Gmail (Google Mail)Microsoft Outlook?Carrier pigeons?If you answered anything but the first in that list, we’re here to sound the “bad idea” alarm. (We won’t get into why carrier pigeons are a poor decision… Let’s just say their delivery time isn’t up to snuff and clean-up is a nightmare.)Let’s talk about Outlook, Gmail, etc.Many nonprofit organizations get started with email marketing by sending out e-newsletters via Outlook, Gmail or one of their many cousins. But beware; there are rules, caveats, landmines and poison darts-ok, so we have a bit of a flair for the dramatic-awaiting the nonprofit using these email clients for email outreach.While these are fine solutions for 1-to-1 email, they weren’t designed for sending email newsletters or fundraising appeals to groups of people. Here are six reasons why using Outlook (or something similar) for a nonprofit’s email marketing is a recipe for disaster: Send emails to thousands of recipients, and you’ll get all the bouncebacks and autoreplies from them. So much for free time! Will you be able to manually process them? Hard bounces (i.e. bad/incorrect addresses) should be removed from your list immediately, or your email address will be blacklisted by ISPs. Soft bounces (i.e. server timeout, full mailbox, etc.) should be retried a couple more times before removing them. The relationship: We understand your email marketing needs because we are a nonprofit, and whether you’re just getting started or you have a question about a campaign or its results along the way, we stay involved to make sure you’re getting the most out of EmailNow. You’ll easily create stylish campaigns and let EmailNow’s engine and relationships help you get great results. The price: EmailNow is designed with small to mid-sized nonprofits in mind, so we’ve priced it that way, too. With affordable setup and monthly pricing, EmailNow is just as affordable as it is easy, particularly when you factor in the extensive features and unlimited customer support.We’d Love to Tell You MoreEmail us at email@example.com or give us a call at 888.284.7978. One of our online fundraising specialists is waiting to introduce you to the easy and affordable world of email marketing with Network for Good’s EmailNow powered by Emma. Learn more about EmailNow. The ease-of-use: Our intuitive interface makes even the most sophisticated email-marketing features easy for anyone to use, saving you time and effort and allowing you to let non-technical staff members help you manage your lists, content and account. And if you are using Network for Good’s DonateNow, you can see the fundraising results from your email campaigns right in your donation reports. Say hello to your recipients spam, junk or bulk mail folder. If you send attachments with your email, you are increasing the likelihood of your email being marked as spam. In addition, if you put your email list in the TO: or CC: field, that’s a recipe for chaos. Not only do people not like their email address shared with others, all it takes is for one subscriber to click “reply-to-all” then you’ve got communication pandemonium. Think the BCC field is the answer? Sorry to disappoint, but chances are your email will end up in the recipient’s spam, junk or bulk mail folder.
Off off the presses from the Foundation Center:The recent economic crisis caused the nation’s more than 75,000 grantmaking foundations to cut their 2009 giving by an estimated 8.4 percent-by far the largest decline ever tracked by the Foundation Center. Grant dollars fell from $46.8 billion to $42.9 billion. Yet according to Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates (2010 Edition), released today by the Foundation Center, this cutback totaled less than half the 17 percent loss in foundation assets recorded in the prior year. Several factors helped to moderate the overall decline in 2009 foundation giving. Principal among them were the decision of a significant number of funders to reduce their operating expenses and/or draw upon their endowments to shore up their giving during the crisis; increased giving by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other grantmakers; continuing gifts and bequests from donors into new and existing foundations; and the practice of asset-averaging by some foundations, which reduces the impact on giving of year-to-year fluctuations in asset values.Other key estimates for 2009 include:• Independent and family foundations — which represent close to nine out of 10 foundations — reduced their giving 8.9 percent to $30.8 billion in 2009.• Corporate foundation giving decreased 3.3 percent to $4.4 billion in 2009.• Community foundation giving declined 9.6 percent to $4.1 billion in 2009, exceeding decreases by independent and corporate foundations.Findings from the Foundation Center’s annual “Foundation Giving Forecast Survey” suggest that 2010 foundation giving will remain flat — a less pessimistic outlook than respondents anticipated a year ago. Should the economic rebound not derail, foundation giving may show positive, though modest, growth in 2011.About the Foundation Giving SurveyGiving projections for 2009 through 2011 reported in Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates are based on responses to the Foundation Center’s 2010 “Foundation Giving Forecast Survey” from 1,248 large and mid-size foundations across the country, combined with year-end economic indicators. Final giving figures for 2009 will be available in early 2011. Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates also presents findings based on actual 2008 giving and assets tracked by the Foundation Center for the more than 75,000 independent, corporate, community, and grantmaking operating foundations in the United States.More here.
Today and tomorrow here on the blog, I’m going to highlight a couple of fascinating psychological studies and take a stab at applying them to the work of nonprofit marketing. Both were featured in Roger Dooley’s wonderful Neuromarketing blog.First up is a study that shows that asking people about their intentions to do something increases the probability they will take action later.According to Roger Dooley:Researchers Jonathan Levav and Gavin Fitzsimons ran a series of experiments involving behavior prediction of activities like flossing, reading, and eating healthier foods. In each case, the subjects were more likely to engage in the behavior if they predicted they would do so. In addition, the researchers found that being able to visualize the behavior bolstered the effect. There’s actually a large body of research on this topic. Other investigators have found that a statement of intent to purchase a car increases the probability of such a purchase in the ensuing months. One set of experiments performed by Chris Janiszewski and Elise Chandon showed that merely asking people about their intentions (dubbed “mere measurement” by social scientists) caused an increase in behaviors which were considered positive or pleasurable by the subjects and related the effects to “response fluency.” Perhaps the most relevant work for Neuromarketing readers is a paper published by Pierre Chandon, Vicki Morwitz, and Werner Reinartz, which found, measuring intentions increases the likelihood of repeat purchase incidence and shortens the time until the first repeat purchase.So what’s a nonprofit marketer or fundraiser to do?1. If you’re trying to get people to take action, ask for people to make a commitment to the action ahead of time. It’s easier for people to agree to do something down the road than to take action now — and when the time for action comes, they’ll be more likely to follow through with your request. Think about applying this to your programs, calls for volunteers or fundraising appeals.2. If possible, get people to say yes to a future action in public. This further increases the likelihood they will comply with your request later. Pledges and petitions are great tools to try.To paraphrase Roger – and apply this to nonprofits – here’s the bottom line: Instead of telling people make a change or give you support, ask them first whether they are willing. If they say yes, they will be well primed for taking action later.
One of my favorite quotes about writing is by Thomas Mann, who said: “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” For me, being a writer involves a certain way of thinking – a very hard kind of thinking that mandates suspension of self-doubt, demands constant practice and requires fantastically absurd amounts of discipline. It’s a lifelong slog with small bursts of inspiration. I love it, I hate it and I can’t stop doing it. I bring this up because I suspect you can relate. The art of expressing our cause well is like being a real writer, which means we might as well face the fact that our task is more difficult than it is for other people. A great message is simple, clear and vivid. It takes enormous effort to get our thoughts to such a point of clarity that they can be stripped down to something elegant. and powerful.That is far more work than blah-blah — the easy slapping down of a slew of words that are muddy, complex, boring or bland. Do your cause justice with fresh, snappy language that can be grasped in an instant and remembered for days. You won’t completely hit the mark (no one is perfect), but in striving for the harder goal, you will be an infinitely more effective communicator. Make your writing more difficult than it is for other people, and your message will be better than most anyone else’s.As for blah, blah, here is Dan Roam on the topic. Dan makes complex ideas incredibly simple with small pictures (I truly envy his talent). Here is his very visual take on simple, clear and vivid messages – and the perils of blah-blah. Enjoy. (His new book, which I’m reading now, is called Blah Blah Blah: What to Do When Words Don’t Work.
… Results.This, according to a study written up in the Chronicle of Philanthropy yesterday. The Cygnus Donor Survey found in a survey of 15,000 donors that just crying need won’t do it in 2012. Fundraisers need to “do something wonderful” that will carry a message to donors that the charity is fulfilling its mission, says the study’s author, Penelope Burk.I always look at surveys of donors with a dose of skepticism. What people say they feel and do with respect to giving doesn’t necessarily reflect their true actions. But these results ring true to me. It’s not enough to say times are tough and you need money:Middle-age donors are demanding results from nonprofits in exchange for their gifts, the study found. They want to be offered a clear idea of where the money is going, and they want to know that the charity is the best of all organizations working on that mission. Donors under age 35, while also concerned about results, are interested in building a community of like-minded givers: They want to get their friends and family to support a cause they believe in. They are also more apt to give to new causes.The bottom line: The same thing I always say on this blog. Saying you need money is not fundraising. Fundraising recognizes that giving is a person, emotion and social act. Tell people about the exact change they can effect — and how they can rally support for it. That’s fundraising.Among the other findings:-Donors hate being asked for money over and over. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stop asking. But be sure you’re thanking – and reporting on impact – at least twice as much.-Young donors say they plan to give more this year. But you need to reach them digitally. “They often don’t read fundraising mailings—because they’re the least likely of all adults to get mail. They also don’t get many telemarketing calls, because they use their cellphones rather than landline phones.”-The number one source for checking out a charity? The charity’s website. This backs up the Money for Good research. Make sure your website is fantastic. It’s the single most important thing you do online.-People plan their giving – but still give impulsively when something moves them. That could mean you!-Recurring giving gets dissed in the study, but I disagree. The study said recurring givers are less likely to become major donors. But is that because of the nature of recurring giving or because charities don’t do a good job heaping praise and reports on impact to those donors? I’m a recurring giver to a great charity – but I don’t get thanked every month.The full study is here.––
(Snow-themed smartphone case from Zazzle)I’m in chilly Minneapolis for the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC). On the theme of technology, I wanted to share this new overview of mobile from Business Insider. (Available here.) Take a look – it’s a useful set of data that underlines the importance of your organization ensuing that people can read your emails and donate to your cause on their smartphones.I spent the past year working with the Network for Good team on mobile, and this type of data prompted us to create a special mobile donation flow for our nonprofits on our DonateNow service. I’ll be talking about that process – and my overall thoughts on mobile – with PayPal here at the NTC on Friday. I’m also be co-presenting on behavioral economics with Allan Burstyn on Thursday, as well as co-hosting the The 5th Annual Marketing and Fundraising Meet and Greet later that same day with Kivi Leroux Miller, Farra Trompeter, and Nancy Schwartz. You can also find me at the Science Fair, which I’ll be kicking off Thursday afternoon. If you’re here in snowy Minnesota, come say hi.If you’re not here, no fear. I’ll share the highlights here on the blog. You can enjoy the updates from your (hopefully) warmer home base.
What kind of experience do you provide your donors? You’d be surprised how many donors say they want to hear from organizations they care about more often. Or that the information being shared isn’t relevant to them. Or that they feel like a number, not an individual.Our virtual conference, The Donor Love Revolution: Building a Donor-Centric Nonprofit takes a deep dive into the donor experience. Register today to join us as experts in the field share their secrets and advice for better donor engagement.In this special online event, Beth Brodovsky (President, Iris Creative Group), Lisa Clark (Founder, Raising With Lisa Clark), Loree Lipstein (Founder and Principal, Thread Strategies), and Tracy Shaw (Principal, Thread Strategies) discuss their work with small nonprofits, how to create personal relationships with digital tools, and trends they’re seeing in nonprofit fundraising and marketing. We caught up with these four fabulous speakers recently for a roundtable discussion. We hope you enjoy it!Nonprofit ExperienceWhat attracts you to working with nonprofits?Beth Brodovsky: I worked for a research and publishing nonprofit before starting Iris Creative. After launching my company, I realized that I was happiest working with people who really appreciated what I contributed to their work. We did an examination of our clients and discovered the ones we loved (and who loved us) were the schools, associations, hospitals, etc. What they all had in common was the need to get people to show up, stick around, and give back. The opportunity to make a difference in the work of people who are making a difference in the world is what makes my job delightful.Lisa Clark: My parents instilled in me the value of getting involved and giving back. Growing up, my family was the recipient of a nonprofit’s services. Years later, to support that same organization, my parents regularly attended the annual dinner/dance fundraiser, which included a silent and live auction. My dad also participated in the annual golf tournament. As an adult, I got heavily involved in fundraising for my children’s elementary school. I chaired their annual fundraisers and golf tournament. I never realized that all my volunteering would lead to paid positions in fundraising. I loved the work so much I would have done it for free, but here I am doing it as a career!Loree Lipstein: There are so many ways individuals can make a difference in the world, and even more importantly, in their communities. You can volunteer, be a donor, do a favor for someone, or dedicate your career to working to improve lives. I gravitated to being on the “front lines” by working in organizations that are delivering services and/or working for change.Tracy Shaw: I felt that same pull. Each Thread team member has worked directly for a number of different nonprofits. We know first-hand how helpful additional support can be to achieving growth goals. In my role as a consultant, I love supporting people doing the work I once did as a nonprofit staffer.Digital Donor RelationsHow can nonprofits personalize relationships in the digital age?Lisa Clark: A fundraising event is the best way to move volunteers and donors from the computer and digital world to face-to-face interaction. Use your digital presence to promote the event before, during, and even after. In addition to your email and hardcopy invitations, take steps to personalize the interaction by making phone calls to invite your donor base. I also make sure to include a “Programs and Services” element when designing the event program so that every attendee walks away from the event knowing the exact impact the organization has on the world. Otherwise, the fundraising event is just a party.Tracy Shaw: Stewardship is so important. There is no short cut to building a genuine relationship, and no matter how digital our culture gets it will always be relationships that drive fundraising. However, using technology and smart digital tools can help us be more organized and efficient in how we build and manage relationships, therefore allowing each fundraiser to do more as an individual staff member.Loree Lipstein: A strong donor management system allows you to schedule multiple stewardship points for a donor without needing to carry the details around in your head. Not only does that mean there is less of a chance a relationship will drop off, but it also means that one person can use the same system and process to personalize similar interactions with a larger number of donors. Digital communication also speeds up these processes. Of course, even with the best system, interactions still need to be personal and genuine.Beth Brodovsky: That’s so true. In my work in marketing, I think personal means real. Doing something trendy that isn’t right for you never works. If we all followed best practices every email would go out at 10 a.m. on Tuesday! I tried to be a blogger and build a community through writing, but I’m a talker. I obsess over every word when I’m writing. That’s no way to attract a tribe. So, five years ago I started a podcast. It fed my curiosity while creating something free and accessible to nonprofits who may never have the budget for outside help. I’ve learned so much and met so many people through the show. My audience feels they know me because they have listened to my voice for years. And I’ve learned so much about them. Through the show, speaking at conferences, and really looking at who is responding to my work, we’re better able to create content that is perfect for them.Nonprofit TrendsWhat trends are you seeing in the nonprofit sector in 2019?Tracy Shaw: It’s not a new trend, but I believe stewardship will be even more important in 2019 as the predicted recession looms ahead. It might not happen this year, but soon our economy is due for a recession. And when that happens, it will be strong stewardship that keeps donors loyal to their favorite organizations despite the need to dial back on spending. The donors that were well-stewarded over time will be the ones who will continue giving.Loree Lipstein: Right. But waiting until we’re already in the recession to begin stewardship will be too late. That’s why it’s important to get a solid stewardship plan and process in place now.Lisa Clark: Social media is definitely trending. While face to face communication is my favorite way to connect with donors, you can’t ignore that social media needs to be part of your communications strategy. I recommend nonprofits pick a platform or two, such as Facebook or Instagram or Twitter, and master it. Be consistent in your efforts to secure a social media fan base. Schedule out daily posts and go LIVE on Facebook every week. Create a system to move folks from your social sites to your donor database. Page likes and followers are great, but you must convert them into contacts with emails so you can begin to build a relationship with them. If Facebook ever shuts down, you’ll lose all your followers. You need to collect emails.Beth Brodovsky: I’ve noticed an interesting trend of nonprofits asking more about marketing automation and what role it should play in their communications. Chatbots, tracking pixels, and responsive advertising are becoming more prevalent in the for profit sector, and I predict that will influence the nonprofit sector as well. Organizations now have to evaluate the balance of time savings to quality experience. It’s easy to dismiss the whole idea as too expensive, too complicated, or too impersonal, but that would be shortsighted. There are email systems, for example, that can be programmed to stop sending sales emails once a person has registered and automatically switch to reminders to attend an event. Automation, when used well, can make people feel more known than with standard “push” marketing tactics. It can help with the stewarding Tracy and Loree were talking about. It’s worth keeping an open mind and focusing on what problems you have that tech could solve. You don’t need to go full AI to gain some benefit from what’s out there.Words of WisdomMany of the nonprofits we work with have very small staffs or are one-person shops. What is the main advice you’d give them to help create a donor-centric experience?Lisa Clark: Reach out to local community organizations such as Rotary and Kiwanis and request a spot on their calendar to start building awareness about your organization. Attend local government meetings to mix and mingle if it’s applicable to the work you’re doing. Form a small board. Download Network for Good’s masterclass webinar on How to Create a Pipeline of New Donors from Low Cost Events. Don’t be afraid to organize a small fundraiser. You have to start somewhere. And grow your presence on social medial. There are close to two billion users on Facebook. Tap into that audience. It’s free and easy.Beth Brodovsky: Know your audience. Find ways to actively listen. This can mean surveys, phone calls and focus groups, but it also means simply paying attention. What do your donors sign up for over and over? What feels easy? We often spend so much time trying to get people to do what we want that we don’t see how we can facilitate a great experience for them. It doesn’t take any money or time to notice what your donors really love and respond well to versus what feels like you are pushing a boulder uphill.Loree Lipstein: Thread Strategies specializes in small fundraising shops. We know small teams have a lot to juggle, however, when strategic and organized, even a team of one can create a strong donor-centric experience. There are two key ingredients to being successful with a small team: strategy and operations.Tracy Shaw: Set a specific strategy that lays out what tactics you’ll use throughout the year to reach goals and build year over year. This will ensure you’re using best practices and making the most of your capacity, no matter how small a team you are. For example, laying out the points of solicitation for the year allows the opportunity to identify key segments you’re talking to and then consistently speak to those segments across all appeals. This provides an opportunity for donors to feel the messages they receive are personal despite being part of group communication. On the operations side, you need strong tools, systems, and processes to support your strategy and stay organized and efficient with the small amount of time one person can devote. A strong donor management system is key to managing a high volume of donors in ways that still feel very personal to the donor.Loree Lipstein: The good news is, neither of these are hard! They require that a nonprofit carve out time for strategy amidst hectic execution, but dedicating time to strategy will help lower the hectic feeling in the future!For an even deeper dive with these talented advisors, register for The Donor Love Revolution: Building a Donor-Centric Nonprofit virtual conference today.Read more on The Nonprofit Blog