MEDFORD, Ore. — Lightning shocked a fast-food worker emptying the dishwasher in Southern Oregon over the weekend, as a storm knocked out power to thousands of Rogue Valley customers. The Mail Tribune newspaper reported a half inch of rain fell in about 20 minutes southwest Medford. Firefighters say the McDonald’s employee in Central Point was conscious Sunday and was sent to the hospital for observation. They say lightning apparently hit a pipe on the roof. Editor’s Note:Read“When Lightning Strikes” to brush up on how to treat patients who have been struck by lightning.
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Maduro made it clear on state-run TV Sunday that he wanted to strip opposition legislators of their constitutional immunity from prosecution and jail one of them, even taking to calling one of them “little Hitler.” Overnight, a candidate for the assembly, Jose Felix Pinada, was killed by a group of people who burst into his residence and opened fire. It was unclear who was behind his death.Venezuela’s political opposition holds a majority in the country’s legislature, and they have fought back against Maduro’s rule. The constituent assembly is seen by the opposition as his way to circumvent the democratically elected body.The Trump administration has tried to bolster the opposition as it seeks to challenge Maduro’s government and prevent it from spiraling further into violence.Vice President Mike Pence spoke with opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez about the crisis on Friday and demanded the “full and unconditional release of all political prisoners in Venezuela.” After more than three years in prison, Lopez was released earlier this month and is now under house arrest.On July 26, the Treasury Department imposed sanctions on 13 current and former Venezuelan officials in a bid to deter the president from holding the ANC vote.Key Maduro allies were sanctioned, such as President of the National Electoral Council Tibisay Lucena Ramirez, Venezuela’s Ombudsman Tarek William Halabi, Commander General of the National Guard Sergio Marcano, and head of the Presidential Commission for the National Constituent Assembly Elias Jose Milano.That round of sanctions came after the opposition held a symbolic referendum on July 16 in which more than 7 million people voted against holding a constituent assembly vote, the AP reported.The Venezuelan government reported that more than 8 million Venezuelans voted in the ANC elections Sunday, but independent monitors disputed that figure.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro just one day after his government held elections for a constituent assembly that would rewrite the country’s constitution.Monday’s decision by the Treasury freezes all of Maduro’s assets that “are subject to U.S. jurisdiction” and prohibits all “U.S. persons” from doing business with him. He is the latest official in his government to be sanctioned by the Trump administration.Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin blasted Maduro as a “dictator” and said that his “illegitimate” election proved that the leader “disregards the will of the Venezuelan people.”“By sanctioning Maduro, the United States makes clear our opposition to the policies of his regime and our support for the people of Venezuela who seek to return their country to a full and prosperous democracy,” said Mnuchin.Mnuchin also warned that “anyone who participated in this illegitimate ANC” could be exposed to future U.S. sanctions for their role in “undermining” Venezuelan democracy.The sanctions came as the Maduro government held elections for the National Constituent Assembly, or ANC, on Sunday. The election allowed voters to choose representatives who would rewrite the constitution and, critics say, consolidate power in Maduro’s hands.The vote Sunday followed four months of political upheaval, with more than a 120 people killed since April. The U.S. government has developed a contentious relationship with Maduro over the past months.Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, called the constituent assembly election “a sham” and “another step towards dictatorship” on Sunday and warned the U.S. wouldn’t “accept an [illegitimate] govt” on Twitter. Maduro’s sham election is another step toward dictatorship. We won’t accept an illegit govt. The Venezuelan ppl & democracy will prevail.— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) July 30, 2017 Related
AB de Villiers has made it a habit of being spectacular in whatever he does on a cricket field. The talismanic South African’s gravity-defying catch in Thursday’s Indian Premier League match against Sunrisers Hyderabad has everyone talking about it.The Sunrisers Hyderabad’s chase was into its eighth over when their English opener Alex Hales launched spinner Moeen Ali into the sky at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium for what looked like his fourth six.Patrolling the deep mid-wicket boundary, de Villiers, however, believed and proved otherwise.Known for his superb athleticism, the South Africa leapt high and instinctively stretched out his right hand to pluck the ball swirling away from him.And his job was not done yet.When he landed, the Royal Challengers Bangalore fielder also had to ensure the momentum did not take him across the rope, which would have ruined a moment of breathtaking fielding brilliance.He landed ahead of the rope and kicked the ball in celebration as Virat Kohli looked on in awe.However, de Villiers’s wife Danielle was not surprised by the way “Superman” pulled off a blinder at the boundary ropes.She posted a story on her Instagram account with a caption, “Not gonna lie, I’ve known this all along #mysuperman.” Hales, who was dropped twice, once controversially by Tim Southee and once by by captain Kohli at mid-on, had to depart this time for a 24-ball 37 thanks to a superhuman effort from AB.De Villiers was having one hell of a match on Thursday as RCB look to stay alive in the play-offs race. Earlier, De Villiers, who came out to bat at No. 3 on Thursday, hit the ground running from the word go with the bat. The South African hit his 27th IPL fifty to entertain the Chinnaswamy crowd.advertisementHe took on the bowlers and attacked everyone, who was thrown at him. His attacking innings allowed Virat Kohli to settle in but unfortunately the captain couldn’t carry on. But, that was not going to stop the South African in RCB’s penultimate league game of IPL 2018. De Villiers continued his attacking style of play and hit his 50 off 32 balls, with a boundary off Siddharth Kaul in the 12th over.The 34-year-old was joined by Moeen Ali, who after his initial struggles, started finding the middle of the bat with ease. Ali also brough up his maiden IPL fifty in the 13th over of Basil Thampi with a boundary through covers. But, that was not it. There was more to come. After the Englishman reached his fifty, he also joined in the bandwagon and started hammering the bowlers. But, his fireworks were constantly being overshadowed by ABD. His display of power and timing gave RCB hope that they can go past the 250-run mark at one point but he fell for a 39-ball 69 before falling to Rashid Khan in the 15th over. Thus, ended the exciting 107-run stand for the third wicket.He hit 12 fours and one six in his 39-ball innings.
Continuing on the Thanksgiving theme of gratitude, here’s a wonderful thanks to donors from the Humane Society. (Hat tip to Alia McKee for sending it to me!)This is a great model to follow! Click on the image below or go here for the full experience.
I 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.
HyperlinksWhat should I hyperlink to?In addition to keywords, you’ll also want to include three to five hyperlinks in your press release. Good places to link to include your home page or about page, related websites, a landing page for a contest or event, and your social media pages.Where should I put them?Spread out your hyperlinks throughout your press release with no more than one per paragraph. Watch out for using too many hyperlinks! Otherwise, search engines may flag your release, making it less likely to appear in search engine results.Can I hyperlink my keywords?Unfortunately, hyperlinking keywords won’t earn you extra points because hyperlinks and keywords do the same thing-they encourage your press release to move up the list of search results. By hyperlinking a set of keywords, you’re creating a redundancy that could actually lower your search engine ranking.To learn more about PR tactics for your nonprofit, access the archived presentation of Nonprofit 911: Free PR Help for Your Nonprofit. KeywordsWhat are they?Keywords are the most relevant single words or phrases that are commonly searched for in top search engines. Outside of the headline or subheadline, the use of keywords is the most important aspect of your press release, so spend time on it to make sure your press release gets the attention you desire.Why are they important? The tough thing about modern press releases is that they must be written to appeal not just to people-but also to search engines. If a search engine doesn’t notice it, then a human won’t find it, and if it doesn’t appeal to a human, then no one will read it. The first step in making your press release search engine friendly is to use appropriate keywords.How can I choose mine?Google Adwords is a useful free tool for helping you choose keywords. You can search for the keyword that will be the most effective for you and see those that are competing with it. For example, if you search for a keyword and only three articles come up, your keyword might be too narrow. But if 500,000 appear, you might need to make your keyword more specific. Avoid generic terms such as “nonprofit organization,” because on any given day, 600 press releases might go out from nonprofit organizations. Great keywords can also involve your cause and location.How do I use them? Find two or three keyword phrases that apply to your press release and use those a few times throughout. A good rule of thumb is to put the first keyword in your headline, put your second in the subheadline, and alternate them throughout the body of your press release. Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of affecting a website’s visibility to search engines, but how can you actually make your press release appear first in search results? Jessica Pajak and Tyler Ragghianti of PR NewsChannel share some tips on how to use keywords and hyperlinks to elevate your press releases.
Need help with your final appeals of the year? There’s still time to register for our free webinar happening today.Here’s what I’ll cover in this session:— How many messages you need to send these last few weeks of the year— What you must include in your appeals to inspire giving— When to send your appeals for maximum impact— Examples of great appeals for you to copy— Plus, we’ll leave plenty of time for your questionsBonus: If you register for the webinar, you’ll not only get the recording and slides from the session, we’ll send you a free copy of our year-end appeal template to help you craft your final appeals. (Or, you can use it to check the messages you already have scheduled.)I hope to see you there!Free Webinar: Create Amazing Last-Minute Fundraising AppealsTODAY: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1pm ESTRegister Now(Can’t attend the live session? Register anyway and we’ll send the recording of the presentation, slides, and free appeal template straight to your inbox!)
You can visit Giving USA for a free summary, or to purchase the full data set and reports.How do these stats line up with your own fundraising results? Chime in below and let us know how you use reports like Giving USA and what other data you’d like to see . The latest Giving USA report was released today, showing that total U.S. charitable giving increased for the fourth consecutive year in 2013. Overall giving grew 4.4% last year to an estimated $335.17 billion, with donations from individuals driving much of the growth that sees giving inching closer to pre-recession levels. Some highlights: Giving by individuals increased by 4.2%, while corporate giving declined by 1.9%.Individual giving made up 72% of total contributions in 2013.Donations to faith-based organizations were the biggest chunk of overall giving (31%) when segmented by organization type, although gifts to this segment were flat compared to 2012.
Can Peer to Peer Fundraising Work for Your Nonprofit? All nonprofits need money to operate and fulfill their missions. If you are one of the vast majority of nonprofit groups that rely on donations from many sources, either alone or in conjunction with larger grants and charitable donations, then crowdfunding for non profit organizations may be a very valuable tool for you.Peer to peer is a popular form of crowdfunding for non profit organizations, and in its simplest form, you have participated in it if you have ever asked your donors to “spread the word” to their friends and family. That’s really what this form of nonprofit fundraising is all about—asking your supporters to engage their personal networks with your campaign, and specifically, to give money.Peer to Peer is VersatileThere are several different ways to run peer to peer fundraising, and an unlimited number of ways to be creative about it. Like the more well-known crowdfunding projects, peer to peer can be set up to raise funds for a particular project with a definite end date. An example of this might be raising $20,000 by March 31st to build an additional kennel at an animal shelter. There is a target date and a set amount. You can easily share graphics that show how much progress has been made toward the specific goal, and reiterate the deadline to create a sense of urgency.The Personal AppealA more personal approach can be taken in peer to peer fundraising, in which you reach out to your base of supporters and engage them with the current fundraising effort, whether it is a distinct project or an annual fund drive. You then ask them to serve as your ambassadors and to set their own goals to raise money from their personal networks. In this case, you need to supply them with information, images and brief statements that are easily shared by social media, etc. Your supporters are launching from their existing relationships, and each of the people they enlist can come up with their own ideas for how to best present the cause to their own connections.Peer to peer success depends on your network of supporters, but also on how well you support them. Be sure to provide everything they need to succeed!Network for Good has a blog with more free information on how to be successful at nonprofit fundraising. We also have specialists available to discuss how we can help you get the most out of your peer fundraising efforts, so contact us today or call 1-888-284-7978