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There were risks in publishing a book with the word “closing” in the title. The word “closing” comes with some baggage. The idea makes some people think of the high pressure, hard sell tactics of days gone by. It reminds some people of the poor salespeople who clumsily tried to close them when they were buying something, not recognizing that they were selling to a professional salesperson.So far, everyone who has read and reviewed the book has found the book to be extraordinarily useful, except one reviewer on Amazon that set the book down and didn’t read it. But a few people have expressed their skepticism to me over email and through the contact page here, wanting to be reassured as to why they should buy the book.Let me resolve any concerns you may have about The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales.You believe it is a rehash list of closes like those in every other book with closing in the title. There are no closing techniques from old books on sales in this book. Not one. None of the commitments that are covered in this book have cute or funny names, like the doorknob close (whatever that is). None of them have the name of a dead Founding Father, nor are they tie downs or other forms of manipulation. Instead, there are 10 commitments that you must help your client make, and some ideas about why and how to have those conversations.You believe that closing means that you have to somehow compromise your integrity. Nothing could be further from the truth. You should never have to use force, coercion, manipulation, or tactics like tie-downs to gain a commitment from your client. There is no reason to do anything that subtracts from trust. You will not find anything in this book that would require you to compromise your character or integrity. That would be at extreme odds with what I believe and what is in the book.You are not sure it is consultative in its approach. This book is exactly that. It’s a guide to being consultative and helping your client make real change. The 10 commitments, like exploring change, collaborating on solutions, and building consensus are part of what makes one consultative. The approach is one in which you will actually become even more consultative.It sounds a bit old school. I know. I agree. The word “closing” does sound old school. I liked “commitment-gaining” better, but we were afraid people wouldn’t know exactly what that meant. We also suspected that some sales managers and sales leaders who want deals to close would be attracted to the title, as some surely have been. This book is 100 percent new school, and you will find nothing in this book that matches any old school book on closing. It’s a book for the 21st Century, not the 20th.You don’t how it will benefit you personally. You know how you wish your dream client would take the next step with you, moving forward in the process and deepening the relationship and your ability to serve them? You know how sometimes they refuse to do some of the things they need to do, causing both of you challenges in moving forward? You know how you sometimes wish you knew how to handle those conversations in a way that helped both of you deal with the tricky conversations? This book is exactly that.If you pick up the book at Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble, email me your receipt so I can send you the workbook to help you make it immediately actionable.
Ateneo took down University of Santo Tomas in straight sets, 25-21, 25-17, 25-18, to earn the top seed in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference men’s division Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Blue Eagles continued their win streak and improved to 3-0 while the Growling Tigers slipped to 2-1.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Marck Espejo led Ateneo with 17 points while Ishmael Rivera added 10.Joshua Umandal had 10 points to lead the Tigers who struggled in the offensive converting just 27 of its 93 spike attempts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIn the second game, Far Eastern University bounced back after losing the third set and dropped De La Salle, 25-23, 25-19, 23-25, 25-18, to take its second win.The Tamaraws are now at 2-1 to tie UST at the second spot while La Salle dropped to 1-2. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Better competition key to Kai Sotto’s improvement, says Uichico Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Mark Detablan had 17 points to lead FEU while getting ample support from three of his teammates.Redijohn Paler and Richardo Solis had 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the Tamaraws while substitute Jude Garcia added 11.Arjay Onia had a game-high 19 points to lead the Green Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo
Hello and Welcome to the Live Coverage of match No. 52 between the Delhi Daredevils and the Rising Pune Supergiant at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. (POINTS TABLE | LIVE SCORECARD)What a finish! Delhi held their nerve to emerge victorious by a slender margin. Despite losing the openers cheaply, Pune were doing well in the chase with Smith and Tiwary playing fluently. Although the skipper departed, the latter motored along with the aggressive Stokes hitting well. However, the visitors lost the Englishman and then veteran Dhoni quickly as the tide turned. With 25 needed off the final over, Tiwary smoked two biggies off the first two deliveries to liven things but eventually couldn’t finish it off.23.44 IST: DELHI WIN BY 7 RUNS! Fuller around middle, Tiwary looks to slog across the line but fails to connect as the stumps are destroyed. After the two big hits in the first two balls, great comeback from Cummins as he held his nerve well.23.43 IST: Four Leg byes! Yorker on off stump, Tiwary fails to dig it out and it goes off the pads past the stumps and keeper. The ball races to the third man fence. Delhi won’t mind it as a biggie was needed for Pune.Match 52. 19.2: P Cummins to M Tiwary, 6 runs, 156/6 https://t.co/NWJ8Xi3oeP #DDvRPS- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 12, 2017Match 52. 19.1: P Cummins to M Tiwary, 6 runs, 150/6 https://t.co/NWJ8Xi3oeP #DDvRPS- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 12, 201723.33 IST: WICKET! GOT HIM! Delhi are wresting control of the game as we head to the finish. Christian premeditates the paddle scoop but is hit on the pads it just goes past the diving keeper down the leg side. Strong lbw appeal and it is given by the umpire. That looked plumb to the naked eye. Another important thing is that if the decision wasn’t given, it would have been four leg byes.advertisement23.30 IST: WICKET! DHONI DEPARTS! What a wicket this is for Delhi! Length ball around off, Dhoni fails to get bat on it and the ball lobs up off the pads towards short fine leg. Dhoni is a bit slow to take off and is ball watching as Shami fires a throw at the bowler’s end. By the time, MS realizes that he is in trouble, he is late as the direct hit catches him just short. Replays confirm it and Dhoni has to walk back. How often do you see him getting run out? Delhi on top at the moment. 35 needed from 15 balls now.With 3 overs to go, we need to score 38 runs. A spot in the play-offs are a great bribe in this moment!#RangWahiJungNayi #DDvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 12, 201723.21 IST: WICKET! STOKES DEPARTS! Just the kind of respite Delhi needed and it’s Shami who has provided it. Nothing great about the ball, a full toss that Stokes wanted to clobber over long off by using his feet. Didn’t get the desired distance and Anderson took the catch just near the ropes. Is this the opening Delhi were looking for? 44 needed from 26 balls. RPS 125/4 (15.4 overs) vs DD 168/8A horrible mix up but in the end, both the batsmen are back in their crease! PHEW! #RangWahiJungNayi #DDvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 12, 201723.14 IST: DROPPED! More fielding woes for Delhi. Nair has put down a dolly at cover. Slower ball dragged wider outside off, Tiwary is foxed by the off cutter and miscues the lofted stroke high on the off side. Karun was never in control of the catch and ends up fluffing the chance. Single taken.23.07 IST: SIX! KABOOM! This was on the cards. Samuels with part-time darts and Stokes wasn’t going to let the West Indian settle. Wades into a fuller ball and smashes it cleanly over long on for a maximum.23.07 IST: DROPPED! Almost a wicket again after the break for Delhi. Flatter and outside off, Tiwary slaps it to deep mid-wicket where Samson races forward and puts in a dive but couldn’t hold on to the chance. Tough one but the hosts needed that to stick. Single taken and the 100 is up for Pune.23.04 IST: Time out taken. The wicket of Smith just after the previous break has stalled things a bit but Pune are still comfortable. The required run rate is now touched 10 and Delhi will hope to push it further up, possibly with a wicket or so.Match 52. 12.3: P Cummins to B Stokes, 4 runs, 97/3 https://t.co/NWJ8Xi3oeP #DDvRPS- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 12, 2017Match 52. 11.6: A Mishra to B Stokes, 4 runs, 92/3 https://t.co/NWJ8Xi3oeP #DDvRPSadvertisement- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 12, 201722.52 IST: FOUR! Just wide! Fuller and angling on the stumps, Tiwary gets across and hits it just wide of the mid on fielder for a boundary.10 overs are gone and #RPS 78/3.#DDTweets#DDvRPS#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 12, 201722.48 IST: FOUR! Edged! Flatter down the leg side, Smith looks to clip it but gets hit on his pads. The ball runs down to third man fence off the outer edge.22.47 IST: WICKET! Big wicket that for the home side! Nadeem bowls it flat and on the stumps, Smith looks to pull it through but is beaten and hit on his pads. The players appeal and the umpire rules it in favor of the bowler. Smith is absolutely livid as he walks off the pitch. He just missed a straight ball, which he shouldn’t have. Nadeem enjoyed that wicket for sure. A timely wicket for him, just after the break. RPS 74/3 (9.1 overs) vs DD 168/822.40 IST: SIX! Over the ropes! Mishra bowls it outside off, Tiwary slinks down the wicket and clobbers it over the long on for a maximum. That was coming!Another glamorous shot. 4? more runs for @tiwarymanoj ! ???#RangWahiJungNayi #DDvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 12, 201722.29 IST: Shami to Tiwary, FOUR! Just a gentle push and guides it to the ropes. RPS 53/2 in 6 overs vs DD. 22.28 IST: Shami to Tiwary, FOUR! Beautiful strike! RPS 48/2 in 5.4 overs vs DD.22.24 IST: Zaheer to Smith, another good fielding effort by Iyer and he saves a couple of runs for his team. RPS 41/2 in 5 overs vs DD.Cut & taken behind the wickets! Tripathi departs! RPS now 36/2. #RangWahiJungNayi #DDvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 12, 201722.20 IST, Zaheer to Tripathi, OUT! Tripathi walks! Zaheer slants a good length ball outside off, Rahul looks to force it through the off side but gets an outside edge through to the keeper. The players appeal but not so well. The batsman is walking and Zaheer gets another wicket. He has taken two wickets already. Needless shot from Rahul actually. RPS 36/2 in 4.1 overs vs DD.4?6???????4?IT’S RAINING BOUNDARIES!! Another 4? #RangWahiJungNayi #DDvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 12, 201722.18 IST: Nadeem to Smith, SIX, FOUR! Smith is completely on the attack, dispatched the new bowler comfortably. RPS 36/1 in 4 overs vs DD.22.18 IST: Nadeem to Smith, FOUR! Good adjustment! Arm ball outside off, Smith comes down the track, looks to have been beaten but unfurls a scorching cut shot through covers for a boundary. RPS 26/1 in 3.3 overs vs DD.#ShreyasIyer showcases some excellent fielding.Simply outstanding!#DDTweets#DDvRPS#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 12, 201722.14 IST: Zaheer to Smith, Unbelievable fielding by Shreyas Iyer and the brilliant fielding tonight continues. RPS 22/1 in 3 overs vs DD.22.08 IST: Shami to Smith, FOUR! No need to run for those! Fuller outside off, Smith stands tall and punches it on the up through covers for a majestic boundary. RPS 18/1 in 2 overs vs DD.Not the best start but 10 runs come from the end of the first over. #RangWahiJungNayi #DDvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 12, 201722.05 IST: Zaheer to Tripathi, FOUR! CREAMED! Fullish ball on the pads, Tripathi gets across and nails the drive wide of the mid on fielder. The good thing about this shot was that he tried to play with a straight bat. Stroke of a man in form. RPS 10/1 in 1 over vs DD.advertisement22.03 IST: Zaheer to Smith, FOUR! SPANKED! Top shot! Back of a length outside off, Smith sits on the back foot and crunches it square of the wicket to find the fence. Timed it really well and picked the gap perfectly. And the captain gets going. RPS 5/1 in 0.3 overs vs DD.Bowled!Captain #ZaheerKhan gets Rahane on the very first ball.#DDTweets#DDvRPS#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 12, 201722.00 IST: Zaheer to Rahane, OUT! WHAT A START FOR DELHI! Rahane has to go for a duck. This is a beautiful delivery from Zaheer to start. Fuller length on off stump, tails in a touch to sneak between bat and pad to disturb the timber. Rahane’s poor season continues and Pune have been rocked early in this chase. And Zaheer gets his 100th IPL wicket. RPS 0/1 in 0.1 over vs DD.21.59 IST: Rahul Tripathi and Ajinkya are out in the middle to open for Pune. Zaheer Khan is going to start Delhi’s bowling attack.#IPL VIDEO: The timing. The stretch. The catch. @msdhoni Classic #DDvRPS https://t.co/DeREImcwcy- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 12, 2017.@msdhoni #IPL MUST WATCH VIDEO: @msdhoni in action – in a FLASH #DDvRPS https://t.co/Fp7MkgWtc3- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 12, 2017That is a commendable effort by Pune to keep Delhi in check. They began brilliantly taking two big wickets of Sanju Samson and Shreyas Iyer. The pair of Rishabh Pant and Karun Nair brought them back with a 74-run stand before Pant threw it away. The hosts kept losing wickets post that as Karun Nair scored his first fifty of the Indian T20 League 2017. A few hits to the fence towards the end ensured that they have a total in excess of 160.21.44 IST: And Delhi end the innings at 168/8 in 20 overs vs RPS. Decent score but the Delhi bowlers will have a tough job at hand.WHAT IS HAPPENING!? @benstokes38 is a beast in the field! He made that look effortless! BOW DOWN! ??? DD 166/8 #RangWahiJungNayi #DDvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 12, 201721.42 IST: Unadkat to Shami, OUT! STOKES YOU CHAMPION! Is there anything this man cannot do? He has not only saved a maximum but also taken the catch. Brilliant reflexes! It seemed like a cracking pull shot from Shami as the ball towards deep mid-wicket. Stokes initially took the catch with a good leap but decided to leap as the momentum was taking him across. He lobs it back in and races back inside the ropes to take the catch. The third umpire wants to check if it’s a fair catch and replays confirm it is. Freaky effort from the Englishman! DD 166/8 in 19.5 overs vs RPS.21.41 IST: Unadkat to Shami, DROPPED! Sundar puts down a skier, quite similar to the chance that Unadkat took last over. Slower ball and Shami miscues the big hit that clears the keeper. Sundar from short third man races across but cannot take the chance after almost getting close. Brace taken. DD 166/7 in 19.4 overs vs RPS.AND TAKEN!!!!?????? @JUnadkat with the Catch Of The Match undoubtedly! @benstokes38 The Big Ben Strikes 2! #Stokes #RangWahiJungNayi #DDvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 12, 201721.36 IST: Stokes to Nair, OUT! SCREAMER FROM UNADKAT! Excellent stuff from the young pacemen as this was never an easy catch. Karun went for the big heave across the line but miscues it high over the keeper’s head. Jaydev from short third man calls for it and sprints to his left. It seemed like he wouldn’t be able to take it but eventually managed to hold on with a desperate dive. Great work to get rid of the well-set Nair who played a fine knock. DD 163/7 in 19 overs vs RPS.A damaging over, this one. 19 runs off it. DD now 160/6. #RangWahiJungNayi #DDvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 12, 201721.32 IST: Unadkat to Nair, FOUR! Superb shot! Shortish around middle, Karun makes room and flat-bats it towards the wide long on fence for a boundary. Smith at long on had no chance of getting to it as the placement was brilliant. Perfect end to a good over for Delhi. DD 160/6 in 18 overs vs RPS.21.31 IST: Unadkat to Mishra, DROPPED! It wasn’t an easy catch but after having done the hard part, he should have taken it. Slower ball outside off, Mishra premeditates the paddle scoop but it’s a slower ball and forces a miscue to short fine leg. Zampa dives to his left but doesn’t hold on to the chance. The ball is parried to the deep as the batsmen get a single.21.30 IST: Unadkat to Mishra, SIX! TONKED! What a smash from Mishra! Short of a length outside off, Mishra makes room and has a forehand slap that clears long off comfortably. What a strike! Handy runs these for Delhi as they seek momentum at the death.Four!#KarunNair plays that with pure class.#DDTweets#DDvRPS#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 12, 201721.28 IST: Unadkat to Nair, FOUR! CRACKING SHOT! Short and wide outside off, Karun uses the pace to flay it through point. Opened the bat face late to pick the game and Tripathi in the deep had no chance of cutting it off. If Delhi are to put a bigger score, it has to be through Karun Nair. DD 146/6 in 17.2 overs vs RPS.What a retort from @benstokes38 143kmph Yorker to knock the stumps out. What a player he has been for @RPSupergiants #DDvRPS- Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) May 12, 2017OUTTT!!!!! ??????Revenge Of The #StokesYorker and pace and there goes Cummins! #RangWahiJungNayi #DDvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 12, 201721.25 IST: Stokes to Cummins, OUT! BOWLED ‘EM! What a response from Stokes! Fires in a brilliant yorker at 143 kph, Cummins is done for pace as he is late to bring his bat down in time. The leg stump goes for a walk as the furniture has been destroyed. Brilliant ball! DD 140/6 in 16.5 overs vs RPS.21.24 IST: Stokes to Cummins, SIX! Delhi finally get that big strike. SLAMMED! This man can hit the long ball for sure. The length is short and Cummins nails the pull over deep mid-wicket for a flat maximum. This was hit with tremendous power by the Australian. DD 140/5 in 16.4 overs vs RPS.21.21 IST: Stokes to Cummins, CUMMINS SURVIVES! Slower ball outside off, steered through backward point. They go for the risky second run as Unadkat fires a throw at the keeper’s end. Dhoni isn’t near the stumps and tries deflecting the throw onto the stumps but misses. Had that hit, Cummins was a goner by a yard at least despite trying a dive.We don’t have any words left to express #MSDhoni ‘s legendary work behind the stumps.??? Help us #Supergiants! ??? #RangWahiJungNayi #DDvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 12, 201721.17 IST: Sundar to Anderson, STUMPED! Brilliant work by Dhoni yet again! Such a class behind the stumps. DD 124/5 in 15.2 overs vs RPS.21.14 IST: Pune have comeback really very well. Delhi have been able to score only 18 runs in the past 3 overs. They need to start firing with just 5 overs left. DD 123/4 in 15 overs vs RPS.21.11 IST: Appeal for run-out against Corey Anderson but he’s safe. Well inside the crease.WHAT A CATCH!??? 101 dismissals for #MSDhoni This is what @danchristian54 ‘s short balls intended.??? Samuels departs! #RangWahiJungNayi #DDvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 12, 201721.06 IST: Christian to Samuels, OUT! Samuels edges the ball and Dhoni makes an excellent catch behind. DD 117/4 in 14 overs vs RPS. And it’s Strategic Time-out! 21.04 IST: Christian to Samuels, FOUR! Tripathi shows great commitment in the deep but the ball trickles to the ropes. Length ball outside off, Samuels makes room and cuts it fiercely through backward point. It was struck well but Tripathi put in terrific sliding stop near the ropes to initially stop the ball but the momentum sees his right hand palm it further as it rolls towards the ropes. DD 115/3 in 13.3 overs vs RPS.21.02 IST: Another excellent over by Zampa, just 4 runs off it! DD 109/3 in 13 overs vs RPS.Back to back big ones for @MarlonSamuels7 #DD 105/3#DDTweets #DDvRPS #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 12, 201720.59 IST: Thakur to Samuels, SIX! CLOBBERED! Nothing streaky about this shot. Thakur decides to go fuller and the West Indian clears his front leg to dismantle this over long on for consecutive maximums. This man can be a threat when in the mood. Brilliant end to a good over for Delhi. DD 105/3 in 12 overs vs RPS.20.58 IST: Thakur to Samuels, SIX! TOP EDGE BUT SAMUELS SURVIVES! Short ball and he goes for the pull but isn’t in control at all. Gets a top edge that just about clears Unadkat at deep backward square leg for a biggie. First boundary for Delhi after 18 deliveries.20.54 IST: Pune have come back really well in the last 2 overs. DD 89/3 in 11 overs vs RPS.An incredible comeback by Sundar in his 2nd over!?? Just 2 runs off it. DD now 85/3 in 10 overs. #RangWahiJungNayi #DDvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 12, 201720.50 IST: Brilliant over from Sundar, only 2 runs off it. Pune have been able to slow down Delhi with Pant’s wicket. DD 85/3 in 10 overs vs RPS.AND ZAMPA IT IS!?????? @zamps63 with the big wicket of PANT! Dan with the catch at long on! DD now 83/4 #RangWahiJungNayi #DDvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 12, 201720.46 IST: Zampa to Pant, OUT! And Zampa gets his revenge. Finds the fielder! Fuller outside off, Pant looks to go big again but this time he hits it straight to Daniel Christian at wide long on. He was placed for exactly that shot and Pant found him to perfection. A start wasted really. DD 83/3 in 9 overs vs RPS.20.44 IST: Zampa to Pant, SIX! Massive! Pant smashes Zampa’s googly out of the park. Tonked! Lands it on the stumps, Pant picks it and clubs it over mid-wicket for a maximum. DD 83/2 in 8.3 overs vs RPS.Powerful!#RishabhPant strikes it down the leg side for four runs.#DDTweets#DDvRPS#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 12, 201720.42 IST: Zampa to Pant, FOUR! In the gap! Shorter on the stumps, Pant picks it up and pulls it hard through mid-wicket for a boundary. This is a good start post the break. DD 77/2 in 8.1 overs vs RPS.20.42 IST: We’re back from the time-out and Adam Zampa will continue the bowling attack from one end.20.39 IST: It’s Strategic Time-out! Delhi are well placed at 73/2 in 8 overs vs RPS. Good display of intent and attack from Karun Nair and Rishabh Pant.20.38 IST: Christian to Nair, FOUR! Into the space yet again! DD 71/2 in 7.5 overs vs RPS.After 7 overs, DD 63/2.The next over or two are key to break the partnership. #RangWahiJungNayi #DDvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 12, 201720.34 IST: Zampa to Nair, FOUR! The boundaries keep flowing! Shorter outside off, Nair goes back and cuts it past point for a boundary. This is a superb stand for Delhi. DD 63/2 in 7 overs vs RPS.After 6 overs, DD 54/2. #RangWahiJungNayi #DDvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 12, 201720.31 IST: Despite early blows, Karun Nair and Rishabh Pant held Delhi together and they have put up a good powerplay score. DD 54/2 in 6 overs vs RPS.20.30 IST: Thakur to Pant, FOUR! Poor ball! On the pads again by Thakur, Pant clips it wide of the short fine leg fielder for a boundary.20.28 IST: Thakur to Pant, FOUR, FOUR! Rishabh Pant is showing his intent as well. Early dismissals don’t seem to have deterred this young batting unit. DD 46/2 in 5.2 overs vs RPS.Another boundary from #KarunNair to end the over.#DD 40/2 after 5 overs.#DDTweets #DDvRPS #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 12, 201720.25 IST: Stokes to Nair, FOUR! Nair is in his zone today! Brilliant stuff from him! Unlucky, Zampa! Fuller on middle and leg, Nair looks to go over the leg side but gets it off the inner half over mid-wicket. Adam Zampa gives it chase from mid-wicket, looks to pull it back just near the ropes but ends up taking them over the ropes. Delhi are getting the boundaries in now. Excellent over this for Delhi. DD 40/2 in 5 overs vs RPS.20.24 IST: Stokes to Nair, FOUR! Nair is well aware of the field placements by Smith. Dispatched! Shorter in length, Nair makes room for himself, gets under it and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary. DD 36/2 in 4.5 overs vs RPS.20.22 IST: Stokes to Nair, FOUR! Nair is looking strong, welcomes Stokes the Sundar way! Nicely played! Back of a length outside off, Nair opens the face of the bat and gets it between backward point and short third man for a boundary.An expensive over, 15 runs off it. DD 26/2. Let’s restrict their PP score!#RangWahiJungNayi #DDvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 12, 201720.20 IST: Sundar to Pant, SIX! Flat, maximum! Shorter around off, Pant sits back and just thumps it hard and flat over mid-wicket for a maximum. Big over for Delhi, 15 runs from it. DD 26/2 in 4 overs vs RPS.20.19 IST: Sundar to Nair, FOUR! Looks like Nair has decided to target Sundar. Good use of the gaps! Fuller outside off, Nair gets under it and clubs it over wide long on for a boundary. DD 19/2 in 3.3 overs vs RPS.The first boundary comes from #KarunNair’s bat.#DDTweets#DDvRPS#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 12, 201720.18 IST: Sundar to Nair, FOUR! Karun Nair welcomes Washington Sundar with a boundary. Good batting! Floats it outside off, Nair gets across and sweeps it over backward square leg for a boundary. Smart shot, that. Nice way to put pressure on the bowler rightaway. DD 15/2 in 3.1 overs vs RPS.20.17 IST: Another tidy over from Unadkat. He’s on a roll. DD 11/2 in 3 overs vs RPS.20.15 IST: MS Dhoni has picked 100 wickets now.The legend #MSDhoni with his 100th dismissal ???Just a powerhouse behind the stumps! ??? @msdhoni #RangWahiJungNayi #DDvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 12, 2017We know what that sound means! OUTTT!!! Once again it’s @JUnadkat! Iyer caught behind by #msdhoni 9/2 ?????? #RangWahiJungNayi #DDvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 12, 201720.13 IST: Unadkat to Iyer, OUT! Slants it on a good length, Iyer looks to throw his bat at it but gets an outside edge. The ball carries nicely to the keeper who takes the catch easily. That is another big wicket for the visitors. Unadkat is all smiles. DD 9/2 in 2.1 overs vs RPS.20.11 IST: Thakur to Iyer. Good length on the stumps, Iyer clips it through mid-wicket. Rahane dives to his left from the deep and dives to stop the ball. It threatens to touch the ropes but Rahane gets up and recovers in time to pull it back in. The third umpire is referred to check if the stop was clean. Replays show it was clean and hence only three runs taken. DD 9/1 in 2 overs vs RPS.20.08 IST: Unadkat begins from where he ended in the last game.Just 3 runs & a wicket from the 1st over! Shardul with the ball for the 2nd over. He has taken 6 wickets this #IPL #RangWahiJungNayi #DDvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 12, 2017Last ball of the first over and #SanjuSamson gets run out!#DD 3/1.#DDTweets #DDvRPS #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 12, 201720.04 IST: Unadkat to Karun, Samson run-out! Karun Nair calls for a single when there was none and Samson bears the brunt of a direct-hit by Ben Stokes. DD 3/1 in 1 over vs RPS.19.58 IST: Sanju Samson and Karun Nair have walked to the middle to open the innings for Delhi. Jaydev Unadkat will begin Pune’s bowling attack as has been the case this whole season..@zamps63 was our highest wicket taker during the last season of the #IPL Cheer him on today #Supergiants ???#RangWahiJungNayi #DDvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 12, 201719.50 IST: Adam Zampa is back for Pune.Our Playing XI ??One leggie replaces the other! Welcome back @zamps63! ???#RangWahiJungNayi #DDvRPS pic.twitter.com/obvd8fINIX- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 12, 2017Our #DilliBoys are set for tonight.Are you ready?#DDTweets#DDvRPS#DilDilliHai pic.twitter.com/Ps4v1aQxJC- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 12, 201719.35 IST: Zaheer Khan won the toss and Delhi elect to bat first.Zaheer said that the team will look to put up a good score and he hoped that the wicket would assist spinners.”We will bat first. Looks like a good wicket, want to put some runs on the board. An extra spinner might be handy, so Carlos (Brathwaite) is out and Nadeem comes in.”Zaheer said that they want to finish the tournament on a high.”A win is a win, that’s more important, try and get as high in the table as possible. 14 points is a real possibility and we want to finish on a high.”On the other hand, Steve Smith said they have only one change.”Since Imran Tahir has gone back home, we have got another leg spinner in Adam Zampa.”Smith said the wicket looks dry to him and he would have chosen to bat first as well.”We are looking to be positive, not putting any pressure on ourselves. Looks like a dry wicket, I would have batted first as well, but I ain’t great in reading the wicket.”19.34 IST: Here are playing XI of both the teams.Rising Pune Supergiant: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith(c), Ben Stokes, MS Dhoni(w), Daniel Christian, Manoj Tiwary, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Adam ZampaDelhi Daredevils: Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant(w), Shreyas Iyer, Marlon Samuels, Corey Anderson, Shahbaz Nadeem, Pat Cummins, Mohammed Shami, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan(c)19.24 IST: While Delhi Daredevils are playing for pride, Pune will have the play-offs in mind.#IPL Take a look at the Points Table ahead of Match 52 pic.twitter.com/mnbPbBZA5Z- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 12, 201719.04 IST: Both Delhi Daredevils and Rising Pune Supergiant will be high on confidence coming from good wins against Gujarat Lions and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively.Brief Preview:Rising Pune Supergiant will aim to secure a play-off spot while Delhi Daredevils will only have pride to play for when they meet in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Friday.Sitting at the third spot with eight wins and four losses, Pune are currently on 16 points. They will like to continue their form and will be eager to bag two crucial points from this tie which will put them at the joint top spot with Mumbai Indians and guarantee them a berth in the knock-out stage.Delhi, on the other hand, are languishing at the bottom of the IPL standings and are already out of contention for the play-offs as they only managed to have five wins in 12 league matches so far.Delhi have once again been hugely inconsistent this season. Their bowling line-up, on paper at least, is one of the strongest in the IPL but has failed to step up to the occasion.The batting has also been inconsistent as their top and middle-order batsmen failed to click in unison.Looking to salvaging some pride, the Zaheer Khan-led side, however, can take some positives ahead of the match as they defeated Gujarat Lions by two wickets in a thriller contest on Wednesday.Chasing a mammoth 196, Delhi lost half their side for 105 runs before Shreyas Iyer (96) and Australian Pat Cummins’ cameo (24 off 13 balls) guided the visitors to the win.Pune, meanwhile, will aim to carry on their winning momentum.Young opening batsman Rahul Tripathi, who performed consistently throughout the tournament, has emerged as the find of the tournament for the Pune side.The visitors will be hoping for another good performance from the Maharashtra right-hander along side skipper Steve Smith, Manoj Tiwary, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ben Stokes.Pune’s main concern will be the form of the other opener Ajinkya Rahane, who has failed to compliment the hard-hitting Tripathi at the top.The bowlers are also in good form. Jaidev Unadkat, who returned with figures of 5/30 from his four overs, including the hat-trick in the final over against Sunrisers Hyderabad, will also boost the bowling line-up.
This is the question recently posed* by Slate’s Seth Stevenson in reference to the case of Karen Klein, the bullied bus monitor in upstate New York. Students called her horrible names and brought her to tears. When video of her torment was posted online, a groundswell of appalled people donated more than $700,000 to a spontaneous campaign on IndieGoGo. (Klein accepted the money, retired and put $100,000 of the sum toward an anti-bullying cause she created.)As Stevenson notes, campaigns to help suffering individuals crop up online everyday – including for people in life and death situations – but they rarely spark the scale of reaction to Karen Klein. What was it about this particular situation that prompted a response from 32,000 donors?Stevenson asked Stephen Reicher, a psychology professor at Scotland’s University of St Andrews, and Reicher cited the following factors – which should be familiar to those of us who enjoy reading about behavioral economics!1. A tangible cause: As Reicher told Stevenson, “To say lots of people are suffering is an abstract concept. To see this one woman suffering, and be able to help her, is more concrete.” This is the identifiable victim or singularity effect I’ve often cited on this blog.2. Archetypal elements: Reicher talked about how the video causes us to flash back to our own childhoods on the school bus, which is powerful. It also inverts roles – the children are bullying the adult, which seemed to evoke strong emotions. This reminds me of the Story Wars idea — that basic universal themes unite audiences around causes.3. Online dynamics: The network effects of the Internet encourage piling on – and can guide our actions. We see this in fundraising all the time – collective action begets more collective action. We join the crowd.Bottom line? What we know works, worked in a big way because of Karen Klein’s story. Remember that, above all, is always the root of every movement. There is someone who stood for something – or meant something to us – and everything grows from that.*Hat tip to Clam Lorenz for sending me this article!
Posted on April 3, 2014November 7, 2016By: Julia Dae Rubin, Zanzibar Program Manager, D-TREE InternationalClick 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)Could you provide an overview of D-TREE’s projects?D-TREE enables community and facility health workers to deliver high quality health care in low and middle income countries by developing protocols for health workers, designing and testing software for delivering protocols on mobile devices and implementing use of these clinical protocols. Within maternal health, D-TREE’s projects focus on linking the facility and the community for a continuum of care through pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, childbirth, infancy and beyond. We implement decision-support antenatal and postpartum care applications, including PMTCT.Other than the technology, what are key factors that can affect the success of an mHealth initiative?Aside from the technology, other important factors include:Sound maternal health guidelines and protocols: Without sound protocols based on global best practices and government guidelines, the technology itself is uselessnon-mHealth interventions that are critical to the success of the program: For example, for our project in Zanzibar we supply emergency maternal transportActive participants: Technology can help facilitate and guide action, but the action must ultimately be taken by participants—often community or facility health workers—who in turn need guidance and supervisionMulti-level partnerships: D-TREE works closely not only with our NGO partners, but with multiple levels of the Ministry of Health in Zanzibar and mainland Tanzania, who play an important role in implementation and scale upHow do your mHealth offerings leverage existing resources available to communities for maternal health?For our community initiatives, we always utilize existing community agents who may be traditional birth attendants, community health workers, or some other informal cadre of community agent. In Zanzibar, we also leverage existing and dormant transport systems. Currently in Zanzibar, emergency transportation services are in existence but are inconsistent, expensive and often unreliable. We utilize existing emergency transport systems where possible (e.g., ambulances), but also have supported the creation of a community-based referral system made up of local vehicle owners (cars, boats, buses) within each area that are available transport women to a facility when needed at a fair price.Are there limitations to the extent to which mHealth can be used to improve maternal health?There are still barriers to quality care that mHealth interventions may fail to address. Despite D-TREE driving up standards of care within facilities and communities using mHealth decision-support applications, the reality is some people do not reach care in time or do reach it and receive sub-par care. In emergency circumstances such as Emergency Obstetric Care people may act quickly and on their instincts instead of using a tool.Women may not seek care because it might still be considered culturally a “last resort”, and may instead go to Traditional Birth Attendants. Despite our integrating a decision-maker consent form into the registration process, husbands might still prohibit their wives from going to the facility until it is too late because of fear of hidden costs or exposure to male health workers. D-TREE is working tirelessly to encourage male involvement, though it’s clear that changing deeply engrained cultural birthing practices cannot always be overcome with mHealth.Do you have an opinion on the role mHealth can play to improve maternal health? What do you see as the biggest advantages of mHealth? The limitations? If you are interested in submitting a blog post for our ongoing guest blog series on mHealth for Maternal Health, please email MHTF Research Assistant Yogeeta Manglani at email@example.com.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Your fundraising event’s success depends on the quantity (and quality) of guests who RSVP (and actually show up). In political campaigns, the “flake rate” tracks the number of volunteers who say they’ll canvas, phone bank, or attend a rally, but don’t show up. Every nonprofit experiences this phenomenon. A high volume of RSVPs can help counter this “flake rate” and boost your attendance numbers.Try these five ideas to get more RSVPs for your next fundraising event!1) Designate hosts to invite 10 of their friends.Ask board members or longtime donors to serve as hosts for your event. Hosts should invite their friends and colleagues to the event, so they can learn about your organization (and hopefully become new donors). Track relationships in your donor management system to see who in your database has invited the most guests.2) Send paper and email invitations.Some donors are constantly checking their email, while others may never glance at their overflowing inbox. To accommodate various types of attendees, send traditional and digital invitations.3) Make it easy to RSVP.The easier it is to RSVP the more likely people are to let you know if they’re coming. Use social media and email blasts to keep guests excited about your upcoming event (and encourage more people to say yes). Share updates on behind-the-scenes planning and special guests. Be sure to remind them of the date a few days before!4) Send a special invitation to recurring donors.Make your donors feel like superheroes. To make your most loyal donors feel super special, treat them to a handwritten invitation or a phone call from a board member.5) Follow up with past attendees who have yet to RSVP.Review the guest list from last year’s event two or three weeks before your RSVP deadline. How many are planning to return this year? Follow up with them personally. If they can’t make it, ask them to make a gift to help host the event and fund your programs.Ready to host events that your donors will be talking about all year? Find out how. Download The Ultimate Guide to Nonprofit Fundraising Events today!Read more on The Nonprofit Blog
Pablo Picasso famously said one must “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” Mastering the fundamentals of any field provides the foundation of success and creativity. You have to know how something works in order to go further and try something new. But where to begin? How do you learn what questions to ask when you don’t know what you don’t know?Every great leader, artist, athlete, philosopher, and yes, fundraiser has struggled with that same question. As complex as the topic may be, the answer is always the same…begin at the beginning. Begin by mastering the fundamentals—the ABCs—of your chosen field.Most of us don’t remember learning to read or write. But those fundamentals have become so ingrained in us that we no longer need to think about them. They are muscle memory. Because we mastered those fundamentals, we have gone on to read great novels (and maybe even write a few stories of our own).Great fundraisers have a talent for matching an organization’s needs with a donor’s wants. They seem to offer donors the very thing they’ve been looking for all along. They are, as Picasso would say, an artist.But they don’t have any magical powers or a greater understanding of the world. They took the time to learn the rules; to learn the ABCs of fundraising. Their comfort with the fundamentals allowed them to achieve new levels of success. And you can, too.Whether you’ve been fundraising for years and are training a new staff member, or you’re just getting started with your first fundraising job, it never hurts to have a handy guide to refer to for those common (and not-so-common) fundraising terms.Do you know your ABCs?We’ll give you a preview. Here are a few of the definitions you’ll find in The ABCs of Fundraising. Which ones do you already know? Which are new to you?#GivingTuesday: A global day of giving that falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and harnesses the power of social media, peer fundraising, and community. Many nonprofits launch their year-end fundraising campaigns on #GivingTuesday.Householding: A method of linking and managing the database profiles/records of multiple people in one household (or company) to track individual giving history, interests, volunteer activity, and more.Upgrade: The process of increasing a donor’s contribution level, achieved through relationship-building, cultivation, and stewardship. Can be a result of a donor making a larger one-time gift, becoming a recurring donor, or giving additional gifts throughout the year.Wealth Screening: The process of researching and analyzing an individual donor’s or prospect’s giving capacity. Factors to consider include donations to other organizations, real estate ownership, stock holdings in public companies, and business affiliations.Want more? Take a break and test your knowledge of these essential fundraising terms. Download The ABCs of Fundraising today.
Maternal health indicators in Timor-Leste20102016 Percentage of deliveries in a health facility22%49% Percentage of women reporting postnatal check-up within two days3%35% Percentage of urban vs. rural women receiving four or more ANC visits63% vs. 53%87% vs. 72% Percentage of deliveries by a skilled birth attendant30%57% Percentage of women receiving four or more ANC visits55%77% Drivers of progressIn 2010, poor maternal health in Timor-Leste was compounded by high fertility rates, inadequate birth spacing, early onset of childbearing and low contraceptive use and knowledge. These issues were further exacerbated by poor access to health services—particularly antenatal care. Inefficiencies in the health system included a poorly distributed and depleted workforce, a lack of essential medicines and geographical barriers in health service delivery. Conservative cultural and religious beliefs in the devoutly Catholic country also contributed to a slower pace of change, particularly with respect to family planning.The Ministry of Health in Timor-Leste has since worked diligently to encourage institutional delivery, guaranteeing free health care for all and improving access to health care at referral hospitals, community health centers and, in particular, at rural health posts. The government has actively promoted policies to enhance community engagement, raise awareness of maternal health issues, improve maternal nutrition and streamline family planning services. A recent United Nations study announced Timor-Leste as the world’s ‘most improved’ in the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) index.The government has also effectively engaged with key partners from the World Health Organization, United Nations Population Fund and UNICEF to develop innovative maternal health strategies. Improving the clinical skills of health workers is an active priority, in addition to ensuring that primary health care facilities are well-equipped to provide high quality maternal health care.Timor-Leste should celebrate its progress in maternal health over the last decade-and-a-half, serving as an inspiring model for other low-income, post-conflict countries to follow. A substantial amount of work remains for Timor-Leste to achieve the maternal mortality targets under the Sustainable Development Goals, but with sustained effort, the country will remain on its path to success.—Learn more about maternal mortality under the SDGs.Interested in writing for the Maternal Health Task Force blog? Check out our guest post guidelines.Share this: Percentage of women receiving at least one antenatal care (ANC) visit86%84% Posted on January 26, 2018January 26, 2018By: Valerie Wordley, University of ManchesterClick 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)Timor-Leste has a history fraught with political instability and war. After overcoming Portuguese colonization, it gained independence from Indonesia and was declared a new nation in 2002. In 2006, further violence and uprising in the country led to military and humanitarian assistance from overseas. The war destroyed much of the country’s health infrastructure, systems and services, and poverty levels increased dramatically.Maternal health then and nowThe latest Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) for Timor-Leste published in 2017 gives reason for optimism. As a post-conflict state, the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) in Timor-Leste was one of the highest in the world in 2005 at 506 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 2005. The MMR among adolescents ages 15-19 was even higher at 1,037 deaths per 100,000 live births. In 2010, the MMR decreased to 317 deaths per 100,000 live births, and by 2015, the MMR was even lower at 215 deaths per 100,000 live births.Timor-Leste also achieved remarkable progress across several other maternal health indicators between 2010 and 2016 including skilled birth attendance, postnatal care utilization and facility-based delivery. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
The reasoning behind Washington being left off the depth chart is unclear, though we could learn something soon.Frost is set to speak with the media at 2 p.m. C.T.Dedrick Mills is listed as the team’s starter at running back. He seems to be ready for the opportunity.“I’m just ready to carry the ball, that’s all.”Beautiful simplicity from Dedrick Mills:”I’m just ready to carry the ball, that’s all.”Particularly fitting in context of Maurice Washington’s absence from depth chart.— Steven M. Sipple (@HuskerExtraSip) October 21, 2019Nebraska and Indiana are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. on Saturday.The game will be on BTN. LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 14: Running back Maurice Washington #28 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers runs in the first half against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Memorial Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska could be without star running back Maurice Washington in Saturday’s game against Indiana. The standout tailback is not on the latest depth chart.Washington, who has been suspended twice this season, was left off this week’s depth chart, released on Monday afternoon.The running back sat out of the first half of the season opener and missed the second half of the Northwestern game.“It was my decision to hold him out,” Frost said of the Northwestern game. “We hold our players to a certain standard, and we want to help them to live up to that standard. We held him out the first half. How did he respond? We’ll see how well he responds this week. We want him to come back and play well and come back and prepare well and get ready to play them, and if he does, this will all be water underneath the bridge. We need him to respond just like the rest of the team.”
In January 2015, Wilfried Bony joined Manchester City from Swansea City after scoring the most goals of any Premier League player in the previous calendar year.The Ivory Coast striker was flying high and would soon also win the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, where he was named in the team of the tournament.Joining City for an initial fee of €27 million (£25m/$30m), Bony became the joint-most expensive African footballer of all time. At 26, it seemed that he had the world at his feet. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream But fast forward four years and Bony is now desperately searching for a new club, having been most recently training with League Two side Newport County. While he won’t be signing for the fourth-tier team, the fact that he was even there highlights just how far he’s fallen. Bony’s career very nearly started in England, with the forward having had a trial with Liverpool in 2007. “I was there for two weeks in 2007 when Rafa Benitez was the manager,” Bony revealed five years ago.“They wanted to see what sort of a player I was and it was amazing as a young guy to get the chance to use facilities like that and to see a stadium like that.”No contract offer was forthcoming, though, and Bony instead took his first steps on his path to becoming a professional footballer in the Czech Republic with Sparta Prague, where he impressed sufficiently to earn a move to Eredivisie outfit Vitesse in 2010.After three seasons in Netherlands, Swansea would come calling after Bony struck a stunning 37 goals across the 2012-13 season. Swansea paid a then club-record fee of £12m ($15m) to sign Bony and were immediately rewarded when he scored two goals on his debut in a Europa League qualifier. The Ivorian would also score on his Premier League debut, against Manchester United, and end the season with 25 goals in all competitions. Bony’s 20 Premier League goals in 2014 were the most of any player in the English top flight and his fine form resulted in a move to Manchester City. “He is very difficult to mark because he is so strong,” then City boss Manuel Pellegrini said after Bony’s arrival at the Etihad. “He is an intelligent footballer who has skill and power.“His goals record has been excellent since he came to England. He adapted very quickly to the game here and I think he will settle in at City quickly.”However, Bony failed to hit the ground running, netting just twice in his first 12 appearances, and his hopes of forcing his way into the starting line-up were severely hindered by contracting malaria during a trip to Africa. Without a strong pre-season behind him, the forward was always playing catch-up in 2015-16 and he scored just eight goals from 34 appearances.Consequently, the arrival of Pep Guardiola as City’s new manager effectively spelt the end of Bony’s time in Manchester.A loan move to Stoke would follow but he failed to convince and soon found himself frozen out of the squad by Mark Hughes, not long after turning down a move to China.”When you hear everything is fine and you don’t play, it’s crazy,” Bony told BBC’s World Football . “It is more than difficult. This is something that I want to know why – the coach told me I’m training very well and my attitude is very good. It doesn’t make sense. It’s painful.”Swansea would then arrange a reunion with their former star in August 2017, paying less than half of what they had sold him for two years prior. While quickly scoring two league goals and even captaining the side, injury and poor form combined to see him struggle as Swansea were relegated at the end of the season.After a handful of appearances in the Championship, Bony moved to Qatari side Al-Arabi on loan in January 2019 and while he managed only seven appearances, he did, at least, score five goals. Still, after returning to Wales in May, he was released by Swansea and, after not being allowed to continue training with the club, turned to League Two side Newport as a way to keep fit. “I said why not – let me go there. It’s one hour from Swansea so I started training with them,” Bony told BBC Sport Wales . “I am enjoying it. It’s a young team with young lads. I talk to them about my experience. I wanted to get fitter and it’s good to be around the players.”I know it’s not the same level but it doesn’t matter. You just need to be around the team, moving with the team and getting a bit of fitness.”While Rodney Parade is a long way from the lofty heights of the Etihad, Bony is determined to pick himself back up with a move to Italy or Turkey now on the cards . Still just 30, it’s not too late for Bony to rise again.
Bayern Munich could look to sign on-loan Inter winger Ivan Perisic on a permanent deal, according to president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.The 30-year-old Croatia international was brought in late in the summer transfer window, after Bayern’s pursuit of Manchester City’s Leroy Sane fell through.Previously of Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg, Perisic has settled quickly into life back in the Bundesliga, with two goals in his first four appearances for Bayern. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “We brought him in to play, and when he has played he has done well,” Rummenigge said at the Festival of Sport in Trento, Italy.“He has scored a few goals. [Kingsley] Coman and [Serge] Gnabry are exploding, but Ivan is always good.“I won’t rule [signing him permanently] out, he has had a good start to the season. We have an agreement with Inter to talk about it later, and we will also evaluate it with the player.”Perisic was signed in part due to the summer exits of legendary wide duo Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, with manager Niko Kovac undertaking a significant rejuvenation project at the Allianz.While the Dutchman Robben retired after his exit, 36-year-old Ribery moved to Serie A with Vincenzo Montella’s Fiorentina.He has been an immediate hit in Florence, and recently starred with a goal in a 3-1 win over AC Milan. After a terrible run of 24 games without a win stretching back to last season, things are looking up for Fiorentina, who have now won three league games in a row.“Montella made a smart move,” Rummenigge said. “Fiorentina have played with two strikers and given Ribery licence to attack without forcing him to defend, so he can concentrate more on attacking.“Against Milan he scored a masterpiece of a goal. He was always very good, it wasn’t by chance that he played for 12 years at Bayern and won everything.“It surprised us a little that he went to Italy with Fiorentina because everyone expected him to go to Saudi Arabia or China, but he made a footballing decision and I’m glad he’s doing so well at Fiorentina.”On the subject of Serie A, Rummenigge also had praise for new Inter boss Antonio Conte, predicting that the former Chelsea boss could win the Italian title.“I have been watching, their start has been good, apart from the match against Juventus. He can win the Scudetto,” he said.“Conte is doing a good job. It is important they have a quality and trustworthy technician like him, and against Barcelona I saw a good game where Inter deserved to score another goal. Barca were lucky to win. Inter are a newly rebuilt team, it takes a little patience.”
Pep Guardiola labelled Liverpool “unstoppable” but still thinks his Manchester City team can be a factor in the race for the Premier League title.A defeat to Wolves before the international break has left City eight points behind the Anfield club with an even bigger gap to overcome than the seven-point deficit they fought through last year to pip Jurgen Klopp’s men to the championship.Liverpool have not lost this year and are one victory away from equaling City’s record 18-game winning streak, a run ended by this weekend’s opponent Crystal Palace. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Guardiola acknowledged the Reds’ dominance but thinks it’s too early in proceedings to award them the title.“I don’t believe in that kind of thing, every season is different,” he told the media ahead of Saturday’s game with the Eagles.“In sport the only way to do well is to stay in the present. I’m not setting any points targets or objectives at this stage.“In April and May you can do that but what we are facing is an opponent who are unstoppable right now. Liverpool are champions of Europe and haven’t lost once in eight games.“We’ll just have to try and do what we can, we have 50 games left in all competitions. I’m not concerned about being the guy who thinks he’s going to win every Premier League for the rest of his life.“Of course, I still want to win, and I still believe we are contenders, but there is a long way to go and all sorts of dynamics, momentums and injuries still to happen. If we don’t win I will say congratulations to the team that does.“What Liverpool are doing is fantastic but Chelsea and Arsenal are also getting better. The level is rising all the time.”If City are to overhaul Liverpool the festive period is sure to be vital, but the Spaniard is furious that his team must play twice in 48 hours during that run.“The broadcasters are the bosses, it is not about us,” he said.“We have lots of meetings with people but nothing changes. The system does not protect the players.“All I can do between the two games (Wolves away on December 27 and Sheffield United at home on December 29) is to tell my players to get inside the fridge.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
PATH (Professional Association of Travel Hosts) Announces Hurricane Relief Donation San Jose, CA September 28. 2017 – PATH announced today a donation of $5000.00 dollars to support the work being carried out by The ID (Island Destinations) Travel Group Foundation to assist in the recovery from Hurricane Irma and Maria. “Thousands of families in the islands have been displaced or impacted by Hurricane Irma and we are grateful to be able to provide financial support to aid in emergency relief services,” said Anita Pagliasso, President of PATH. “Our hearts are with the people of the islands who have been severely impacted and truly hope this will show our support.” “The situations are dire and with the additional hurricane catastrophes that have impacted these destinations, the need for assistance has intensified greatly. The ID Travel Group is delighted to match this generous donation of $5,000 from the members of PATH, and are so grateful for the outpouring of support from the travel community. The funds will immediately go to St. Barths, Anguilla, and the B.V.I in the form of generators, tarps and solar lanterns. These specific essentials continue to be assessed daily by the Foundation and every dollar makes a difference!” replied Mr. Maurice Bonham-Carter, President & CEO, ID Travel Group ( https://www.idtravelfoundation.org/) PATH Member Host Agencies can be found at http://www.path4hosts.com/index.php/host-agency-members-of-p-a-t-h/
Name change reflects company’s expansion and anticipated future growth IRVING, TX (September 24, 2018) –Nexion, the leading host agency for travel professionals, has announced a rebranding that includes a name change to Nexion Travel Group. The new name reflects the Irving, Texas-based company’s continued expansion as well as more clearly positions it as a leading travel industry organization. Along with London, Ontario-based Nexion Canada and an expansion into Mexico currently underway, the combined entity now forms Nexion Travel Group. “Nexion Travel Group continues to grow, and our new name is a better reflection of our expanding organization which has a broad presence across much of North America,” said Jackie Friedman, CTC, CTIE, President of Nexion. “Reframing our brand identity will help to better tell our story and more effectively serve the organization going forward. At the same time, we are retaining the Nexion name which has come to be associated with exceptional service and quality across the travel industry,” Friedman added. Nexion Travel Group offers a wide variety of programs, resources and tools for member agencies, including:Industry-leading educational eventsTop-tier commissionsAward-winning marketing programsBooking tools and a choice of GDSBack-office support, including accounting and invoicingLead generation programs As part of the rebranding, Nexion Travel Group will be introducing a new logo and brand standards illustrative of the company’s growth, reputation and vibrancy. All travel professionals interested in learning how to succeed as a professional business owner, backed by Nexion Travel Group’s many great benefits, are encouraged to call 800-747-6813 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Nexion Travel GroupNexion®Travel Group is a fully accredited host agency, offering membership to independent travel professionals since 1995. As part of Travel Leaders Group, Nexion Travel Group provides ticketing, operations and fulfillment support to independent travel professionals coupled with best-in-class tools, technology, marketing, education and support. Nexion Travel Group is the complete host agency for multi-agent agencies, corporate agencies, experienced agents and those new to the industry. 2018: Year of the Travel AgentTravel Leaders Group has named 2018 Year of the Travel Agent.Over the last decade, the travel agency industry has flourished through technology, the growth of travel options and personalized service. Travel Leaders Group represents approximately 52,000 travel agents with unmatched expertise in 135,000 destinations and 53,000 areas of interest. Travelers and suppliers have rediscovered the value a professional travel advisor delivers to the travel experience. Travel agents help to move people around the world, and keep our economy growing.