Conquerors stay unbeaten with 8-1 whipping of Kings

first_imgDefending champions Fruta Conquerors maintained their perfect record in the GFF Elite League with an 8-1 defeat of Victoria Kings Friday at the Georgetown Football Club [GFC] ground, Bourda. The clash was effectively a lop-sided encounter as the Tucville giants romped to a 3-0 halftime lead.The carnage would continue in the second stanza, as Fruta Conquerors tallied a further five goals.Rising star Nicholas MacArthur recorded a second half double in the 48th and 75th minute, with Quincy Adams, Solomon Austin, Ryan Hackett, Domini Garnett and Eon Alleyne registering goals in the sixth, 23rd, 31st, 90th and 90th+2 minute respectively. Adding to the score in the 51st minute was an own goal.For Victoria Kings, Alden Lawrence found the back of the net in the 63rd minute.The win sees Fruta Conquerors maintain their position atop the standings on 15 points while Victoria Kings drop to ninth position with a meagre two points. Meanwhile, second placed Western Tigers downed Buxton United 3-0.Veteran forward Anthony Abrams grabbed a double in the 14th and 73rd minute while Sylvester Yearwood added a conversion in the 37th minute.Western Tigers now has 14 points while Buxton United remains in eighth place on two points.  The tournament continues today at the Eve Leary ground with another doubleheader. At 18:30hrs, Ann’s Grove will oppose former champions the Guyana Defence Force [GDF], while the feature affair will pit home side Guyana Police Force [GPF] against Santos from 20:30hrs.last_img read more

Practicing together before tie made difference: Rohan Bopanna

first_imgRohan Bopanna, preferred over veteran Leander Paes, insisted that practicing together with N Sriram Balaji for a week made a huge “difference” as they sealed the Davis Cup tie for India with an easy win on Saturday.Bopanna and Balaji outclassed the Uzbek pair of Farrukh Dustov and Sanjar Fayziev in straight sets as India took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the tie.”For the last one week, we all have been practicing together. I think that makes a difference. It does not matter how many times the partners have played together in various tournaments but they need to be practising together before any event. Playing together always builds camaraderie,” Bopanna told reporters.Apparently Bopanna was referring to Paes reaching the Rio Olympics venue just a day before their doubles campaign was to start. Bopanna had also made it clear that his game was not compatible with Paes’ but AITA had still made them a team for the Olympics. They crashed out in the first round.Asked what tips he gave to Balaji, who made his India debut today, Bopanna said he advised the youngster to take the match “just as other normal match”.”It showed on the floor today. He was very relaxed. I was encouraging him every moment of the match. In any match, the nerves will be there,” he said.”Not only I encouraged Bala, but he also did the same when we won points for our country.”Balaji said the team kept him relaxed.”Thanks to Rohan and Mahesh. They did not make me feel that I am a debutant. They were encouraging and supporting me all the time. The pressure was on me. I knew what I should be focusing on and was doing just that (not on the negative talks about doubles’ selection). I played my game,” he said.advertisementHe also said that the team made sure that they would take advantage of the prevailing conditions including the altitude and the speedy court here.The omission of Paes for the first time from Davis Cup team in 27 years angered the veteran, who lashed out at Bhupathi for dropping him.Asked how confident was he about India’s performance in the world play-offs group tie, Bhupathi said anything is possible if players such serve big enough and also factors like home conditions and draw, play a big role in a tie’s outcome.last_img read more

Champions League: Marcelo admits to handball offence after Real Madrid reach final

first_imgReal Madrid’s Marcelo admitted that he escaped giving away a penalty during their 2-2 draw againt Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Champions League.Real Madrid made it to the Champions League final in Kiev with a 4-3 aggregate win over Bayern Munich as the second leg at the Bernabeu on Tuesday ended 2-2.During the first half of the match, Marcelo blocked a shot from Joshua Kimmich, it hit hand but the Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir gave a corner.Kimmich had given Bayern the lead but Karim Benzema soon cancelled the goal out and the Frenchman put Madrid 2-1 up just after the break following a clanger from keeper Sven Ulreich.Also read – Champions League: Real Madrid knock out Bayern Munich to reach record third straight finalThe goal meant Bayern had to score two more goals to knock Real out and they only managed one, from James Rodriguez.”It’s a handball, it hit me on the hand and I think it’s a penalty,” Marcelo told reporters. “If I say it didn’t hit me I’d be lying, but football is like that.”I don’t talk about referees, but it’s clear that sometimes they go in your favour and other times against you, but whatever happens, you have to play football.”Also read – Champions League: Zinedine Zidane hails Keylor Navas for heroic saves vs Bayern MunichBayern coach Jupp Heynckes was not asked about the incident in the post-game news conference and nor was Real manager Zinedine Zidane, though Bayern’s injured defender Jerome Boateng expressed his disbelief at the decision on social media.advertisementThe Bundesliga champions also had a penalty appeal waved away when their Polish striker Robert Lewandowski went down under a challenge from Real captain Sergio Ramos.BAYERN MISTAKESAs well as cashing in on Ulreich’s error, Real benefitted from some wayward shooting from Bayern and a handful of outstanding saves by their goalkeeper Keylor Navas.Also read – Champions League: Karim Benzema turns boos into standing ovation as Real reach finalBayern had also been wasteful in the 2-1 first-leg defeat by Real in the first leg at the Allianz Arena.”We are very disappointed because we made an outstanding game,” said Bayern coach Heynckes.”I told the boys just now that I have not seen Bayern play like tonight in the past few years. But at this high level you cannot make the mistakes we made in the first game and tonight after the break.”Then you don’t have to wonder why you are leaving the pitch as the defeated team. When you score twice against Real at the Bernabeu it means something. But Navas was outstanding.”Also read – Karim Benzema savours ‘perfect night’ after firing Real Madrid into Champions League finalBayern last won the Champions League in 2013 under Heynckes but they have fallen at the semi-final stage in four of the last five seasons, losing to Spanish opposition every time.”We played better than in Munich. Then we gifted a goal and in the end you cannot let that happen twice in a semi-final like this,” said Bayern forward Thomas Mueller.”It was a fantastic game, we invested everything in our performance but we did not do everything right, we lacked a bit of luck, especially in the box. Obviously we have to ask what we are doing wrong in these semi-finals.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

How To Keep In Touch On Game Day

first_imgTouch Football Australia will be reporting live on the game on the TFA Facebook and Twitter pages, so if you are unable to make the event, be sure to be visiting these pages regularly from 6.30pm tonight. Highlights of the three matches each day will be able to be viewed on the TFA YouTube channel shortly after each day’s games conclude, while match reports will also be able to be viewed on the TFA and event websites.Be sure to send in your messages of support on our Facebook and Twitter pages or you can email [email protected] and we’ll post them on the website. Good luck to the three Australian teams!There are plenty of ways to keep in touch with the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, which will be held at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Thursday, 26 April to Saturday, 28 April 2012, including in the following ways: Websites: Facebook – Twitter – (be sure to use the hashtag #transtasman2012 in your tweets) YouTube – read more

Reader question: How do I get people to open my emails?

first_imgI continue to work my way through the many great reader questions! Thanks for all of them.Today’s question: I’d like to create copy for the subject line for emails that will encourage people to open them. Amazing Results .. Update .. News .. doesn’t seem to work well, especially when trying to reach potential donors. The space is very limited so there’s no room for an explanation of what’s in the email. Any suggestions?Here are some ideas for better subject lines.1. TEST: Before you send out an email blast, test two different subject lines with a smaller subset of your list. Do this always,so you get smarter all the time. 2. PERSONALIZE: Use something personally relevant to the reader to grab attention.3. BE INTERESTING: Make your subject line oddly short, long or different. Above all, make it interesting. My friend Kivi Leroux Miller talks about bad subject lines being a wrapper (example: September Diabetes eNews) and good subject lines being the candy in the wrapper (example: 6 ways to manage your diabetes). Make it interesting, so people open the message in the first place.4. BE FRESH: Don’t say “update” or “news” each time. Focus on what’s actually new!5. BE BRIEF: Put key information right up front since subject lines get cut off. 6. INSTILL URGENCY: Make it clear why your email matters now — “three days left to give”7. BANISH SPAMINESS: Run it through a content-checker, avoid all caps and shun exclamation points.If I had to choose just one of these to convey, I would think it’s #3. My best advice for building a following is to create wonderful content and reflect it in the subject line. People open the emails they know will contain something of value. Provide that value. The rest will follow!For further advice, I recommend Copyblogger’s tips for better email. You can find that here.last_img read more

Why Matchy-Matchy Donor Communication Is Always in Style

first_imgCredit: Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection If a supporter donates on your website, does she see the same call to action when she visits your Facebook page? If your messaging doesn’t match, your potential donor may be confused and second-guess giving to your nonprofit. Help your fans keep giving with these four tips to consistent donor communication! 1. Keep your colors cohesive …When someone visits your virtual house—Twitter page, website, donation page, landing page, etc.—does he have one user-friendly experience, or does each “room” look like it has a different personality? Keep your colors and branding consistent across every single web site, social media outlet, and print document you share with others. If your email is purple but your landing page is yellow, your donor might feel lost and immediately leave your page.2. … Except for your Donate button!Is your donate button or call to action easy to find? If not, your button might be blending in. Your donate button shouldn’t clash, but it should be bright, bold, and easily noticeable. Try looking across the color wheel to find a good color; for example, if your page is mostly blue, use the opposite color (orange) for your button.3. Make your messaging match … 4. … Especially for your Donate button!center_img When you’re running a campaign, make sure the landing page for your donate button reflects that. For instance, if you’re asking supporters to give to your year-end campaign in your November emails, put that message on your donation page. You want supporters to think, “Great, I can’t wait to donate to their year-end campaign!” And not: “Is this how I donate for year-end???”Using uniform appeals across all of your emails, websites, and social media will help your supporters recognize your nonprofit and encourage them to donate. If you need help creating a branded donation page or need a new page for your next campaign, contact Network for Good for help. Does your email say, “Download a free brochure on AIDS prevention,” but your landing page reads: “Learn more about AIDS”? In this case, visitors could wonder, “What about my brochure?” To get your fans to take action, choose one message or story and use it everywhere: your home page, landing page, emails, and social media. Make it extremely clear what you want and what your visitor can expect to avoid any confusion.last_img read more

Free Webinar: Take Charge of Your Nonprofit’s Reputation

first_imgDo you know how supporters feel about your organization? What are people saying about your cause online? All too often organizations are so busy promoting their next campaign or event they fail to pay attention to managing their reputation. If you’re not actively monitoring and managing how your nonprofit’s brand is perceived, your fundraising and marketing efforts will suffer. This week, we have a must-see webinar for anyone working in the sector. Dr. Dionne Clemons, nonprofit communications expert, will join us for a free webinar all about understanding and managing your nonprofit’s reputation. She’ll show you how to create a plan for actively managing and safeguarding your brand. If you need some help planning for crisis communication, brand monitoring, public relations, or social campaigns, you will not want to miss this.Take Charge of Your Nonprofit’s ReputationTuesday, March 25, 2014 1pm ETRegister now.(If you can’t attend the live session, go ahead and register so you can get the recording and slides delivered shortly after the event.)last_img read more

Don’t Forget the Why

first_imgOn a recent family vacation, I loved seeing these stickers on trash cans along the boardwalk and on the beach. As part of Virginia Beach’s “Keep It Beachy Clean” campaign, messages like “Thanks for not littering! You just kept a pelican from making bad choices.” or “Thanks for not littering! You just made a whale want to come back next year.” added a bit of humor to a reminder of why the message mattered.It’s also a good reminder for all nonprofit marketers: when asking someone to do something—whether that’s making a donation, volunteering, or putting trash in its proper place—don’t forget to tie your ask to why it matters. Why should they care? Why will it make a difference? Connecting a simple anti-litter message to the easily identifiable wildlife that would benefit from that action kept the “why” top of mind for all beachgoers.How are you keeping the “why” front and center for your donors?last_img read more

How a Fundraising Plan Can Save You From Bad Ideas

first_imgLewis Carroll once said, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”This is definitely true for fundraising.Heather Yandow, founder of the Individual Donor Benchmarks Report, discovered through her research of small and mighty nonprofits that nonprofits are more successful when they have a written fundraising plan.Fundraising plans are your friend. They are especially helpful when well-meaning people suggest fundraising activities that aren’t practical or profitable. Here are a few of my favorites:“We should rent a billboard on the 595 Expressway because hundreds of thousands of cars drive by every day.” How many donations have you made to organizations whose billboards you fly by at 70 mph?“We should go to private schools and pass a can around so kids can donate.  We could easily raise $1,000 per month.”  Schools are trying to raise money themselves. I’m sure they’d love to give up their fundraising revenues to a competitor!  And here’s a gem… “We need to educate our college students on the importance of being monthly donors.  We could do a monthly giving campaign and ask every student to give $1 per month.”  Transaction costs would eat up a third of the gift, not to mention the staff time to prepare thank you letters, donor recognition, etc. We’d be LOSING money. Are you crazy?Fundraising plans have saved me from having to discuss not-so-great ideas suggested by well-intentioned people. My plan helps me respond diplomatically:“I appreciate you taking time to share your ideas, Mrs. Jones. They don’t fit into our fundraising plan for 2017. I’ll be sure to include them as ideas to consider next year.”Creating your plan can seem like an overwhelming task. But you will overcome this big hurdle once you decide what to include in your plan. Plans come in many forms, from a simple list of fundraising activities to detailed ideas of every event. During tomorrow’s Nonprofit911 webinar, Fundraising Planning 101, the plan I’ll show you isSimple to completeData drivenSMART goal orientedComprehensivePracticalYou’ll leave this webinar equipped to create your own fundraising plan with activities and strategies to increase, diversify, and sustain revenues for your organization. And by using your fundraising data you’ll see the fundraising activities that generate the highest return on investment (ROI) including staff time so you know where to invest your fundraising resources in the future. You’ll also learn how to persuade your board to “get on board” with fundraising and equip them for success.Fundraising planning is easy when you know how to do it!  Why struggle through it alone?  Join us for an hour and I will walk you through each step. Register for tomorrow’s webinar right now!last_img read more

Strategies for Reducing and Treating Maternal Mental Health Disorders

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Key lessons learned from the clinical services programmePrepare the environment to lay the foundation for changePrior to integrating a mental health service into maternity care settings, stakeholder engagement should adopt a participatory action approach and include relationship-building, mental health advocacy, mental health literacy and skills training for maternity staff. It is vital to address the mental wellbeing of staff themselves. Stakeholder relationships require on-going maintenance.Support for supportersA clinical service co-ordinator—who provides supervision, debriefing, and on-going support to counsellors—ensures the sustainability of quality mental health care provision.Early detection and referral In low-resource settings, a brief, valid and easy to use screening tool is required. This tool, currently in development and pilot testing, will hopefully increase the acceptability and feasibility for regular, non-specialist staff to take on screening. Routine integration of screening into history-taking procedures de-stigmatizes mental distress among providers and pregnant women. Carefully discussing referrals with clients optimizes service uptake.Adjust counselling to meet clients’ needsOn-site mental health services increase access for women who have scarce resources and face competing health, family and economic priorities.An appointment and follow-up system can improve service uptake, continuity of care and reductions in rates of women lost to follow-up. In particular, scheduling counselling sessions to dovetail with routine service appointments may improve utilisation.As few as two counselling sessions appear to have a positive impact on symptoms of depression, anxiety and resolution of presenting problems.Counsellors must be equipped to provide case management, track and follow-up with patients as well as liaise with other facility staff, external social and specialist resources.Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)M&E should be separated from clinical supervision of counsellors. M&E should be planned and standardized with the involvement of all staff involved in the service. Data should be analysed, translated and disseminated to stakeholders regularly. Troubleshooting should be a collaborative process.What now?The PMHP has developed, implemented and evaluated a mental health service model for integration in to resource constrained primary care settings. The model design is based on principles of change management, collaborative care and sustainability.[1] Rochat et al. 2011[2] Cooper et al. 1999Share this: Posted on September 24, 2015October 13, 2016By: Simone Honikman, Director/Senior Researcher, Perinatal Mental Health Project, University of Cape TownClick 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)This post is part of “Mental Health: The Missing Piece in Maternal Health,” a blog series co-hosted by the MHTF, the Mental Health Innovation Network at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Dr. Jane Fisher of Monash University.In South Africa, 47%[1] of pregnant women and 34%[2] of women after birth in low-income settings experience maternal depression. Despite the high prevalence, there is no state-provided programmatic response.Xolelwa, a PMPH client, in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africacenter_img Resolved to develop a meaningful response to this hidden crisis, a small group of midwives, volunteer counsellors and a medical doctor envisioned integrating mental health care for mothers at all points of entry in public sector services.In 2002, they designed and field-tested an on-site mental health care service integrated within the Liesbeeck Midwife Obstetric Unit at Mowbray Maternity Hospital. As demand and uptake of the mental health services increased, more volunteer counsellors were recruited into the service.In 2008, the Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP) was formally incorporated into the University of Cape Town. This relocation represented a formalization of PMHP operations and marked the beginning of the PMHP as a recognized, not‐for‐profit entity located within the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health (CPMH) Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health.The PMHP team provides comprehensive mental health services at three different sites. It also operates a training programme for health and social workers across South Africa to enhance skills and knowledge with the aim of building sustained capacity to provide mental health support, screening and appropriate referral for pregnant and postpartum women and girls experiencing psychological distress. An important part of the training is strategy development for self-care for clinicians providing services. Furthermore, the project promotes the scale up of services and informs global interventions through a research programme and advocacy programme.PMHP’s clinical services componentFrom 2002  to 2014, the PMHP has screened approximately 26,000 pregnant women, counselled more than 4000 mothers in distress and provided over 11,000 individual counselling sessions.Two of these clients have shared their experience with the program.“There are so many people every day getting pregnant, then getting depressed. They want to go to the counsellor, but there are no counsellors… I was lucky because I have my clinic in Mowbray,” said Xolelwa, from Khayelitsha, Cape Town, who received brief counselling through the PMHP. “When you are pregnant, you are alone. Everybody is talking like you did it to yourself. You don’t have anybody when you’re pregnant. Everybody turns their backs on you. Maybe if I didn’t meet my PMHP counsellor I wouldn’t be here. [Now] I am very proud to be a mom, even a working mom.”Another client, Carol, is from Hanover Park, Cape Town and received PMHP counselling sessions. “When the doctor told me that I was pregnant it felt like the end of the world to me… I felt I could explode because I was alone… Talking to someone I didn’t know, I don’t know how, but it felt much better. Talking to someone I didn’t know was actually a good thing because I knew no one will look at me.”PMHP service elements diagramlast_img read more