Market like your mission depends on it

first_imgI work for an unusual nonprofit. When we fall short of our mission, it hits our personal pocketbooks. All staff get paid less if we raise less money than goal, help fewer nonprofits or fail to achieve both excellence and efficiency in our work. I love this about my job: At the end of the day, we’re all about results, right down to our compensation. The stakes are high, which brings out the best in people. It’s especially good on the marketing front: We have to deliver on real metrics, not just “raise awareness.”These days, we complain a lot about executive pay. But we don’t turn the scrutiny on our own sector when it comes to how we structure salaries. Maybe we should. Sure we don’t get the big bucks, but the quality of our work has life and death stakes. If your job is to fight diabetes, what if you earned less money if diabetes rates went up? If you are a fundraiser, what if you exceeded your goals? Shouldn’t there be an upside?When our livelihoods are on the line, we work harder, take risks and focus on what works (and doesn’t). I know we’re in it for the mission, not the money, but reward structures say a lot about our expectations. They send a powerful message. What do you reward at your organization? Is it consensus and effort? Or is it creativity and results? You get what you pay for, in my view.The marketing profession (of which I am a part) is rife with branding mumbo-jumbo, mushy metrics and vague ROI. There’s no better way to get serious about our work than to hold ourselves accountable for real results. What if you knew your next paycheck would be smaller if your e-news fell flat or people didn’t take action? How would you do things differently? If you’d change how you’d work, then maybe that change is worth making – for the mission if not the money.last_img read more

Three things that make a great video (get out the hanky)

first_imgCopyblogger posted this lovely video from Hope for Paws, an animal rescue organization. (Can’t see it? Go here.)The Copyblogger post points to why this is great storytelling:1. It’s remarkable: We get to go on a first-hand journey to save this dog – and the puppies. The iPhone trick is pretty nifty too. It’s the kind of thing you want to share because it’s different and surprising.2. It’s emotionally compelling: We identify with the mother dog’s plight, and the amazing way she is saved.3. There’s a clear call to action at the end.I agree on all three fronts. Through another lens, this is also good storytelling because there is a clear hero, something real at stake and a lesson/solution.The best part is it’s low budget. And it doesn’t matter. If anything, it adds to the authenticity.What could you film from the front lines of your work? And before you say you can’t do this because you don’t have a cause as cute as puppies or you must respect the anonymity of those you serve, get creative. If you’re a policy organization, go film the people who are the end beneficiaries of your work. If you can’t film people you help, go talk to frontline staff or volunteers about their lives and experience. Do what this video does best: Invite us into the innermost experience of your organization, and take us on the adventure it is.last_img read more

How to Get Your Board to Help with #GivingTuesday Fundraising

first_imgInterested in board fundraising techniques? Download our on-demand webinar with Pursuant’s Rachel Muir: 5 Ways Your Board Can Help with Year-End Fundraising.Who here has a board that loves to fundraise?If the thought of your board jumping to fundraise fills you with wistful “if only’s” and is neatly filed in your imagination next to unicorns and talking chipmunks, this post is for you.Believe it or not, your board wants to help with fundraising. They care about your mission, they care about your success, and they care enough to help make it happen.The real question is; how do you turn a hesitant board member into a fundraising superstar?First, address their fears. A lot of board members are hesitant to fundraise because they’re afraid. Three common fears are:They’re afraid they’ll sound stupid or do it wrong.They’re afraid to ask people for money.They’re afraid it’s going to take way too much time.Take time to listen to their concerns, and then give your board members an easy and personalized fundraising plan that removes both tactical and psychological barriers. You’ll transform fundraising-phobic board members into ambassadors who feel empowered, comfortable, and excited about fundraising.Next, give them some concrete tasks. There are a lot of fundraising “jobs” that would be perfect for your board members. Making gratitude calls, writing personal notes on your appeal letters, and thanking new donors are all appropriate activities for your board to perform.Your board can also play a pivotal role in rallying the community and spreading the word about your campaign through their networks.  To start, encourage your board members to be some of the first participants in your peer-to-peer fundraising campaign. (Quick tip: Offering prizes or awards for the highest achieving peer-to-peer page can create a spirit of friendly competition among board members and encourage active participation.)And finally, download our on-demand webinar with Pursuant’s Rachel Muir: 5 Ways Your Board Can Help with Year-End Fundraising.last_img read more

Sarri: Chelsea can’t rest Jorginho

first_imgMaurizio Sarri will avoid resting a tiring Jorginho because he believes Chelsea are not ready for the tactical change the midfielder’s absence would force.Italy international Jorginho has started all but one of the club’s Premier League fixtures to date and has featured 25 times in all competitions.Cesc Fabregas’ departure for Monaco has left Chelsea with no natural alternative at the base of midfield and Sarri admitted a heavy workload is beginning to affect his deep-lying playmaker. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Blues are chasing Zenit Saint Petersburg’s Leandro Paredes to provide Jorginho with relief but, for now, the 27-year-old will be asked to continue, with Sarri opposing a switch that might accommodate two holding midfielders.”We are not ready to change at the moment,” Sarri said.”I can change when we are at 100 per cent in what I want to see. If [using] a 4-3-3 we are at the top, we can try to change. But not at the moment.”It’s very difficult to say a percentage but, in England, it’s very difficult to arrive at the top because this one was the first week without three matches since August.”So, for the first time in the last four months, we had time to try to improve. So it’s not easy in this situation to improve a lot in such little time.”Jorginho has played with me for four seasons. It’s very difficult for him to improve more. He played very well for 20 matches, I think.”Now, maybe, in the last two matches he was a little bit tired. He moved the ball a little bit slowly than before. But I think that it’s normal.”You cannot stay at the top for 60 matches, so it’s normal to have a different period, a period when you are not so lucid as usual. But it’s not a big problem. Of course, it’s the reason I said we needed a replacement for Cesc.”Chelsea could secure at least one new arrival in the near future with Gonzalo Higuain, on loan at AC Milan from Juventus, believed to be on the cusp of swapping San Siro for Stamford Bridge.The striker flourished under Sarri at Napoli but the Blues boss distanced himself from being a factor in the success of transfer market moves, insisting his position does not rely on the effectiveness of new arrivals.”Not at all. I don’t think so. My job is on the pitch,” he said.”I don’t want to be involved because I want to spend my energy on something different, on the pitch. Otherwise, for me, it’s a problem. If I spend 50 per cent of my mental energy on something different, I am in trouble on the pitch.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Higuain dropped by Milan ahead of Chelsea move

first_imgGonzalo Higuain has been left out of Milan’s squad to face Genoa, with head coach Gennaro Gattuso effectively confirming the Argentina striker has decided he wants to join Chelsea.Higuain came off the bench during the second half of the Supercoppa Italiana defeat to Juventus last time out – a decision Gattuso attributed to the player suffering from a virus.He was not listed when Milan tweeted their 23-man travelling party for Monday’s match at Stadio Luigi Ferraris and, at a subsequent news conference, Gattuso questioned Higuain’s professionalism and insisted recent speculation had taken its toll with Milan managing two wins in their past eight outings. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I want to be honest with you all. We had a poor training session today due to all these rumours,” Gattuso said.”We spoke after the training session and I did not consider him [Higuain] ready for this game.”I accept his decision. Surely he could have done more and maybe we could have helped him fit in better.”Right now we have to work with professionalism and determination, all these rumours have not helped us lately and we have to look ahead.”I am more worried about how to transmit calmness to the players and how to field the best team. Tomorrow [Monday] we will be without four players and I am a bit worried. We have to put it aside and play with enthusiasm.#GenoaMilan squad-list: Suso is back and available for the away game at MarassiRientra @suso30oficial: è nei 23 convocati per la trasferta col Genoa— AC Milan (@acmilan) January 20, 2019Higuain joined Milan on an initial season-long loan deal in August, with Milan having the option to buy him outright for €36million.That part of the transfer was assumed to be a formality but an underwhelming return of six goals in 15 Serie A appearances – and one since the end of October – leave the 31-year-old bound for a reunion with his old Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri.Chelsea lie fourth in the Premier League, although Sarri lambasted his players in the aftermath of Saturday’s 2-0 London derby loss to Arsenal, accusing them of lacking motivation and a strong mentality.Eden Hazard cut a forlorn figure when selected once again as the Blues’ central attacker – a role Higuain is expected to step straight into with Sarri seemingly reluctant to start Olivier Giroud and having left Alvaro Morata out of his latest matchday squad. The Spain striker has been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid.During his final season under Sarri at Napoli in 2015-16, Higuain set a Serie A scoring record with 36 goals in 35 top-flight appearances.last_img read more

Are you ready to freelance?

first_imgWe want to hear from you: When’s the right time to go freelance?There are tons of valid reasons to make the leap from full-time to freelance.Maybe you are longing to open your own business, consult full-time, or pursue work that is more meaningful to you. Or you’re sick of working for a corporate overlord (or micromanaging boss) in a staid office environment, and want the freedom to set your own schedule and manage your own time.Maybe your “side-gig” or moonlighting work has become so lucrative and successful that you want to devote your time more fully. You’ve got plenty of current and prospective clients, and you feel driven to make a name for yourself in your field.Many make the leap to be able to spend more time with their children, shedding 9-5 confines to be more available to their families.As 53 million U.S. workers already know, freelancing can offer flexibility, independence, and the chance to earn more money and pursue more meaningful work.How did you know you were ready? What was the turning point that took you from full-time to freelance?last_img read more

Bayern Munich Franck Ribery suffers ligament damage

first_imgBayern Munich forward Franck Ribery has torn the lateral collateral ligament in his left knee and will be sidelined for several weeks, the Bundesliga champions said on Monday.The 34-year-old Frenchman, who was injured in Sunday’s 2-2 league draw at Hertha Berlin, will have his knee put in a splint for a few weeks while he starts the rehabilitation process.”We’re sorry Franck has injured himself,” Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on the club’s website ( “We all wish him a speedy and successful recovery.”last_img

Ousmane Dembele injures hamstring in first La Liga start for FC Barcelona

first_imgOusmane Dembele suffered a hamstring injury and was substituted in his first La Liga start for Barcelona during their clash with Getafe on Saturday, which the Catalan club won 2-1.The French winger was taken off in the 29th minute for Gerard Deulofeu, with the scoreline goalless at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.”Ousmane Dembele has a hamstring injury in his left leg, more tests are needed to find out the extent of the injury,” said Barcelona in a statement.Dembele, Barcelona’s record signing, had started against Juventus in the club’s 3-0 Champions League win on Tuesday.Reports in Spanish media suggested the 20-year-old would miss three weeks, which includes league fixtures against Eibar, Girona and Las Palmas, as well as a Champions League clash in Lisbon against Sporting.Dembele became Barcelona’s record signing in August when the Catalans paid Borussia Dortmund a fee which could reach 147 million euros ($175.53 million) with add-ons, after Neymar departed for Paris Saint-Germain.last_img read more

AICS asks for enhancement of sports budget

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 19 (PTI) All India Council of Sports (AICS) chief Vijay Kumar Malhotra has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to enhance the sports budget for 2018-19 while asking NSFs to draw a roadmap for athletes preparing for the upcoming Commonwealth Games, Asiad and 2020 Olympics.The AICS today held its 8th meeting under the under the chairmanship of Malhotra, a veteran politician and sports administrator.”Prof. Malhotra informed the house that he has requested the Honble Prime Minister to consider enhancement of sports budget for the year 2018-19. Prior to that he has requested Shri Arun Jaitley, Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs to consider enhancement of Sports Budget from present Rs. 1393.21 crore to Rs. 6,500.00 crore,” the AICS said in a release.The former Archery Association of India president said that he has received a positive response from the PMO.Regarding preparation for the CWG and Asian Games, it said in the release, “Prof. Malhotra reminded that in the last meeting also he had asked the National Sports Federations to prepare their roadmap for preparation of Indian contingent for Commonwealth Games and Asian Games as well as the Olympic Games 2020.”Malhotra also recommended proper medical care for sportspersons. PTI AH AHlast_img read more

Nidahas Trophy: Suresh Raina enthralls India teammates with his singing skills

first_imgSuresh Raina certainly knows how to entertain his fans and teammates whether on or off the field. Raina made a successful comeback to the national team with series-winning performances in the T20 International series in South Africa.Raina was named man-of-the-match in the in the third and final T20I against South Africa to fire India to a 2-1 victory in the three-match series last month.Raina is one of the seniors in the Indian team which is playing the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka but he has made sure to enthrall his teammates with his singing skills to keep them motivated.The likes of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, pace duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have been rested for the Nidahas Trophy. Kohli’s deputy Rohit Sharma is leading the side in his absence.Raina posted a video on his Instagram account singing, Yeh Sham Mastani from the 1970 Bollywood hit film Kati Patang.”‘Practice like you never won & perform like you never lost’ – clearly I have nothing to loose with my singing skills ??????! Fun times with my fun team!.”India will look to avenge their defeat against Sri Lanka when the two sides face-off again in the fourth T20I of the tri-series.advertisementThe tournament is currently evenly poised as all the three teams have won a game each from two outings but Sri Lanka are leading the table on net run rate ahead of India and Bangladesh.But a win on Monday would take India to the top, dislodging the Lankans.Opener Shikhar Dhawan is in imperious form with two back-to-back half-centuries in the tournament so far.After his 49-ball 90 in the opener against Sri Lanka, Dhawan made 55 off 43 deliveries to help India chase down Bangladesh’s below-par 140 total with consummate ease in the last game.After an indifferent Test series against the Proteas, Dhawan found his mojo back at the start of the limited overs leg in South Africa which can be ascertained from his sequence of scores in the last five T20 — 55, 90, 47, 24, 72.But Rohit’s form remains a cause of concern for India as he made 17,0, 11, 0 and 21 in the last five T20 matches.Among other Indian batsmen, Manish Pandey (37, 27) looked in good nick and along with comeback man Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik form the core of the team’s middle-order.On the bowling front, Jaydev Unaadkat needs to be more consistent. The left-ar pacer has picked up four wickets in two matches so far but leaked runs which is not expected while spearheading the attack.The young and inexperienced Indian bowlers have done a decent job so far with the likes of Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Vijay Shankar living up to their expectations.last_img read more

Triumph India launches new Tiger 800, prices starting Rs 11.76 lakh: Here’s all you need to know

first_imgTriumph Motorcycles has finally taken the wraps off its latest motorcycle range in India, the Tiger 800. One of the most popular adventure tourers in the premium segment, Triumph has been working towards developing its presence in the Indian adventure motorcycling segment. Triumph sold over 800 motorcycles in India since its launch in 2014.The Tiger in the Triumph India range can be found in XR and XC variants. The XR is a more road-going adventure sports tourer, while the XC is more off-road focused. Triumph has upgraded the motorcycles’ styling and bundles in a lot of technology to it, newly refined ergonomics, and has tweaked the Triumph Triple engine for better refinement. The new Tiger 800 range also gets new colours to choose from, new badges, and new detailing as well.The Tiger 800 engine and gearbox have been tweaked for better ride refinement. The updates in the engine and gearbox include shorter first gear for better response and acceleration. The updated Tiger now gets a new counter-balancer, new primary gears, a new exhaust with a deeper note. Output figures, however, remain the same at 94bhp with peak torque rated at 79Nm.The 2018 XR gets a minor upgrade over its predecessor sibling in terms of equipment, and decent tweaks in the powertrain department. The XR does not get full-LED headlamps and also misses out on a coloured TFT display. The XR continues on with the digital-analogue instrumentation as before.The new updates, however, are major ones. The 2018 Tiger XR gets ride-by-wire technology, although there are no riding modes still. The engine gets minor tweaks brings in more refinement. The 2018 XR also gets improved gear ratios which refine the torque delivery across the rev range.advertisementThe 2018 XR also gets an option of heated grips. The 12V socket is still present, although Triumph has now added an additional USB port underneath. Also, the exhaust unit has been changed and is much lighter than before.The 2018 XRX gets four riding modes which are Rain, Road, Off-Road, and Sport. Notice there is an increase of one mode over the three ride modes which the current XRX has – Road, Off-Road, and Custom. The XRX also features a 5-inch TFT display with a five-way joystick on the left handlebar.The screen position is adjustable and can be angled to suit the rider accordingly for better visibility. Sadly, even here the XRX gives the all-LED headlamps a miss, although it does get DRLs across the headlamp. The XRX also gets cruise control, alongside revised switchgear on the left handlebar.At the end of the Tiger range is the XC line-up. The XCX is more off-road focused with equipment levels at par with the XRX with similar TFT displays, windscreen with added deflectors. The XCX gets similar powertrain upgrades to the XRX (engine, gearbox, and exhaust). However, the XCX gets a major addition over the current XCX which is a new off-road pro mode which automatically switches off traction control and rear ABS so as to give the rider better riding control and stability with zero electronics intervention. The XCX also misses out on full-LED headlamps, but gets DRLs, like the XRX.The Triumph Tiger 800 XR is priced at Rs 11.76 lakh, 800 XRX at Rs 13.13 lakh, and 800 XCX at Rs 13.76 lakh, ex-showroom.last_img read more

IPL 2018, KKR vs RCB: Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana script Kolkata win

first_imgNitish Rana put up a brilliant all-round show at Eden Gardens as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 4 wickets in their Indian Premier League opener on Sunday.Rana played a wonderful knock, scoring 34 runs off 25 balls. His knock was studded with two fours and two sixes. Earlier, he had struck two blows in just the one over he bowled, picking up the prized wickets of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers off successive deliveries.Apart from Rana, Sunil Narine scored a quickfire 50 off 19 deliveries in a scintillating opening innings that saw him become the only batsman in IPL to score two half-centuries in fewer than 20 deliveries. He also picked the important wicket of Brendon McCullum.New KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik then chipped in a with a steady hand and took the team over the line – he remained unbeaten on 35 as KKR got home with seven balls to spare. (IPL 2018: Shah Rukh Khan overshadows Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers at Eden Gardens)Among the RCB bowlers, Chris Woakes returned figures of 3/36 while Umesh Yadav picked 2/27.Earlier, de Villiers and McCullum scored 44 and 43 respectively while Mandeep Singh smashed an 18-ball 37 to help RCB post 176/7 in 20 overs against KKR.KKR took wickets at regular intervals but in the last over, Mandeep’s fireworks guided RCB to a fighting total at the packed Eden Gardens. As many as 16 runs were leaked in the final over by Karnataka pacer R. Vinay Kumar who had a forgettable comeback for KKR. Two wickets also fell in that over.advertisementKKR’s newly-appointed captain Karthik elected to field and his side got off to a bad start as Vinay Kumar (2/30) leaked 14 runs in the first over, McCullum flicking him down the leg side for a four in the very first ball.The visitors lost Quinton De Kock (4) early, the South African wicketkeeper-batsman trying to reverse sweep Piyush Chawla (1/31) and picking out Vinay Kumar at short third man.McCullum (27-ball 43) and Kohli then joined hands for a 45-run stand for the second wicket. He became only the second batsman in T20 history to breach the 9000-run mark and he breached the milestone when he reached eight.But just when the visitors were looking steady with McCullum looking in fine touch and Kohli at ease playing second fiddle, Sunil Narine (1/30) got rid of the dangerous Kiwi with a shortish offbreak that dislodged the stumps.In came De Villiers (23-ball 44) and took the bowlers to the cleaners in his trademark fashion. The 34-year-old smashed Kuldeep Yadav for two consecutive sixes in the 10th over and then hit Mitchell Johnson for a four and a six two overs later.De Villiers survived a Decision Review System in the 12th over when the umpire gave him caught behind but reviews showed the ball missing the bat. He was then on 23.De Villiers and Virat Kohli (31) stitched together a third wicket stand of 64 runs off just 36 balls.Rana then got the back of the duo in successive balls. De Villiers mistimed Rana and Mitchell Johnson took the catch between long on and deep mid wicket while Kohli fell to a brilliant yorker.Sarfraz Khan, who was retained by the franchise, managed just six runs with Johnson (1/30) taking his wicket while Mandeep and Chris Woakes (5) fell to Vinay in the last over.This match was also Kohli and Robin Uthappa’s 150th match in the IPL.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

CWG 2018: Kidambi Srikanth settles for Silver after tense final vs Lee Chong Wei

first_imgKidambi Srikanth settled for silver after losing to Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei in the men’s singles final at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on Sunday.Srikanth, who became the world No.1 on Thursday, had a brilliant week at Gold Coast but could not get over the line against the two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist.Srikanth, on Sunday, lost 21-19, 14-21, 14-21 to Chong Wei, failing to follow up his Team Gold with another yellow metal in the singles event.With Srikanth’s medal, India’s tally has reached a total of 65 medals (26 Gold, 19 Silver and 20 Bronze).CWG 2018 DAY 11 BLOGMEDALS TALLYSrikanth had earlier defeated Chong Wei in the crucial men’s singles final of India’s mixed team gold medal match against Malaysia, which India went on to win. Lee Chong Wei is now a three-time Commonwealth Games champion. (Photo: AP)In the overall head-to-head record, Srikanth now trails Chong Wei 1-5. Before the 2018 CWG, Srikanth and Chong Wei had last met in 2015 Sudirman Cup, where the Indian fell to the Malaysian legend in just two games.Srikanth’s strategy against Chong Wei was to keep the rallies short and find the lines with his strength being the smashes. On the other hand, Chong Wei strength lay in his exceptional court coverage.CWG 2018 FULL COVERAGESrikanth, who has repeatedly troubled his opponents with hard cross-court smashes in this CWG, was unable to execute the same to perfection against Chong Wei.Even though Srikanth edged out Chong Wei in the first game despite a slow start, Chong Wei upped his ante in the second game and began controlling his proceedings.advertisementWith Chong Wei returning a lot of shuttles, frustration began to creep in for Srikanth and he started making a lot of errors while trying to hit the lines.Chong Wei, who is known for his court coverage, kept relying on his staunch defence and looked for his moments to attack and when he got those opportunities, he punished the Indian.With Chong Wei coming at the net and Srikanth struggling to pick his attacking strokes, the Malaysian took the secons game.In the final game, the Malaysian win almost looked inevitable as Chong Wei harrowed Srikanth with his booming smashes and brilliant defence.Srikanth tried to keep the match alive for a long time but failed to break Chong Wei’s momentum and determination and settled for the Silver.Earlier in the day, Saina Nehwal won India a Gold in the women’s singles category while PV Sindhu claimed a silver after losing in the final.Sindhu and Saina had both won their respective semi-finals to set up a blockbuster all-Indian final in the women’s singles category and a gold and a silver medal was already assured for India.It was set to be a fierce battle for Gold and the match did not disappoint. With both Sindhu and Saina putting their all to get their hands on the yellow metal, the match was extremely exiting and Saina took the match 21-18, 23-21 in 58 minutes.Later in the day, the young pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will be competing in the men’s doubles gold medal match against England’s Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge.last_img read more

Why heart function is reduced at high altitude decoded

first_imgLondon, May 29 (PTI) Scientists have found why high altitudes reduces the amount of blood the heart pumps around the body with each beat. The research, published in The Journal of Physiology, will be important for people who live, travel and exercise at high altitudes, scientists said. Over the years, several theories have been proposed to explain the reduction in the amount of blood the heart can pump; this was even of interest to the scientists involved in the first summit of Mount Everest in the 1950’s. Researchers including those from the Cardiff Metropolitan University in the UK and University of British Columbia in Canada showed that at high altitudes (over 3000 metres), the lower amount of oxygen in the air leads to a decrease in the volume of blood circulating around the body, and an increase in blood pressure in the lungs. They found that both of these factors play a role in the reduction in the volume of blood the heart can pump with each beat, but importantly neither of these factors affects our ability to perform maximal exercise. This research is important because it improves our understanding of how the human body adapts to high altitude areas. This will help us make exploration and tourism of Earth’s mountainous regions safer, and may also help facilitate exercise performance in a wide range of sporting events that take place at high altitude.”Currently, a number of the research team are ready to depart for an expedition that will focus on high altitude natives who live and work in the industrial mines of the Andean mountains,” Michael Stembridge, the chief investigator on the project.advertisement “Unfortunately, a third of these individuals experience long-term ill health due to their residence at high altitude, a condition termed ‘Chronic Mountain Sickness’,” Stembridge said. “We hope to apply the findings of this work to help improve the health and well-being of these populations by furthering our understanding of the condition and exploring therapeutic targets,” he said. It is important to note that the sample size of this study was small and the effects of these mechanisms were only compared in individuals of European descent, researchers said. Furthermore, echocardiography was used to assess cardiac and pulmonary vascular function which is non-invasive and indirect. PTI MHN MHNMHNlast_img read more

BCCI power struggle: COA vetoes June 22nd SGM

first_imgThe Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) have vetoed a special meeting called by acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary on June 22nd as it’s been called without their prior approval.The COA issued a notice on Friday restraining all concerned in the BCCI from going ahead with the meet.”The approval of the committee of administrators has neither been sought nor provided in relation to the SGM to be held on June 22nd.”Till further instructions from the COA, it is directed that no BCCI employee/consultant/retainer/service provider shall prepare and/or circulateany papers in respect of the said SGM or in any way act further to or in aid of the notice,” read the COA diktat.Earlier on May 31st, the BCCI Secretary issued a SGM notice to all state units with a ten-point agenda, which included a number of financial decisions taken by COA to be reviewed. The agenda accessed by India Today reads as follows..Consider and decide on matters relating to players contracts and remunerations including remunerations to domestic players, match officials etc.Update on and to consider and decide on matters pertaining to commercial rights and sponsorships of the BCCI.To consider and to take decisions on matters pertaining to the ICC including but not limited to revenues and the Members Participation Agreement.Update on and to consider and decide on the matter relating to dispute raised by PCB in the ICC DRC.To consider and to decide on matters pertaining to Committees and Sub Committees of the BCCI, and other decisions of policy nature of the BCCI.To consider and decide on matters pertaining to appointments and Human Resources of the BCCI.To consider and decide on legal matters and on the matter of legal representation of the BCCI in various forums generally and in specific matters.To consider and to take decisions on all matters pertaining to the National Cricket Academy, its programs, and all matters pertaining to the proposed new National Cricket Academy Head Quarters.To consider and to take decisions on all matters of cricket operations including those relating to the Domestic Season (2018-19.)To consider and to take decisions on the T20 Tournaments hosted and organized by State Associations.There have been a number of occasions in the recent past when BCCI sub-committee meetings have been objected to by COA when called without their prior written approval. On March 15th, the COA had issued directions that all BCCI decisions require their consent.advertisementlast_img read more

Once a shepherd, Alireza Beiranvand is now Iran’s goalkeeper at the World Cup

first_imgHe has played two matches till now and has let in just one goal and that one goal also sneaked in because of the striker’s pure luck and he still has a chance to guide Iran to the Round of 16 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Alireza Beiranvand has been a solid figure for Iran at the back. Along with his hard-working defenders, he cuts a formidable figure under the sticks.On Wednesday, he conceded his first World Cup goal, against the mighty Spain, up against one of the best strikers in the business Diego Costa.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEHow did that goal happen though? It was a stroke of luck. Beiranvand was deceived because Costa’s strike got deflected, bounced back off the Spaniard and then went into the goal. Alireza Beiranvand kept a clean sheet against Morocco and pulled off some good saves versus Spain (Reuters Photo)Beiranvand’s determination to guard his goal perhaps comes from the staunch personality he has developed through the various struggles he has undergone to reach to the top of his country’s football.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEHaving been born in a nomadic family and being the eldest son, he was a shepherd back in time. It was in his free time that he used to play football and a local game named Dal Paran, which involved throwing stones to long distances.It was at the age of 12 that his family settled down and he began training at a local club. Though he started as a striker, an injury to the goalkeeper meant he took the place, made a brilliant save and sealed his place.advertisementHowever, it was then that his real troubles began.Iranian women watch football in Tehran stadium for first time since 1979His father disapproved of him taking up football as a professional career, even tore his clothes and gloves. It was then that Beiranvand decided to leave his home.Borrowing money from a relative, he decided to take a bus to Tehran. It was in that bus that he met a football coach, Hossein Feiz, who managed a local team. Feiz told him that he could train at the club in return for some money.In Russia, a plea to support Iranian women to enter stadiumsOf course, Beiranvand had no money, no place to sleep.For days he slept at the roads. One day he decided to sleep outside the club where he trained on trial every day.”I slept by the club’s door and when I got up in the morning I noticed the coins that people had dropped for me,” he told the Guardian. “They had thought I was a beggar! Well, I had a delicious breakfast for the first time in a long while.”Finally Feiz took him in and asked the captain of the club to help him. He slept at the captain’s place for two weeks before starting to work at another colleague’s father’s dressmaking factory so he could sleep there.Iran captain says World Cup not the right place to discuss women issuesDespite coming such a long way, there was far more road to cover.He next used to wash SUVs for money and soon, he met a Naft-e-Tehran coach and moved there. In the beginning, he slept at the club’s prayer room but soon he had to move out.From working at a pizza shop to working as a street cleaner, Beiranvand was soon finding it difficult to stay fit and was soon sacked by Naft for training with another team and getting injured.He then went to another club, Homa, but the manager there was reluctant to take him in.However, it was a few days that luck finally decided to smile at him.The Naft U-23 manager called him asking him to come back if he had not signed elsewhere. He joined back and the rest is history. Alireza Beiranvand is Iran’s first choice goalkeeper in this year’s FIFA World Cup (Reuters Photo)He is now Iran’s first-choice keeper, playing at the biggest stage in world football and holding his ground.On June 25, he will have perhaps one of the toughest job in the world — stopping Cristiano Ronaldo from finding the back of the net — when Iran will take on Portugal in their final group game.Like he has shown in the two matches till now though, he will be up for the challenge.last_img read more

Aaron Finch smashes T20I world record with 172 off 76 balls

first_imgAustralia captain Aaron Finch led from the front on Tuesday to propel his team to a 100-run victory against Zimbabwe while himself setting a new world record in the 3rd T20 international of the tri-series in Harare.Finch slammed 172 off just 76 balls to set the record for the highest individual score in T20 international cricket, bettering the previous best of 156 which he himself had set five years ago against England in Southampton.Australia posted 229 for 2 after being put into bat and then restricted Zimbabwe for 129 for 9 to qualify for the tri-series final with an unbelievable net run rate of +5.10.Finch’s swashbuckling knock at the top of the order included 16 boundaries and 10 sixes as he forged a 223-run partnership with D’Arcy Short for the opening wicket which is also a new world record.The previous best was the 171-run unbroken stand between New Zealand’s Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson against Pakistan in Hamilton more than two years ago.Australia’s bowlers then stepped up with Andrew Tye leading the tally with 3 wickets while Ashton Agar picked up two. Billy Stanlak, Jhye Richardson, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis also got a wicket each.”Yeah, it was nice to get a few in the middle, and break the record. Could’ve started better with the ball, so I thought we could’ve been more polished in the field.”I thought using the spinners was the right move on the surface. Short was good too, but we bowled well in the middle overs. This innings is right up there. They don’t happen very often, so very pleased with it,” man-of-the-match Finch said at the post-match presentation.advertisementEarlier, the 31-year-old fell just 3 runs short of equaling Chris Gayle’s record of the highest individual score in T20 cricket. Gayle had smashed 175 not out playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors India in the Indian Premier League five years ago.”I was captain of the opposition when Gayle got 175, so I remembered that record as well (smiles). The wicket is very good, so we have to bowl well too.”Finch, who recently got married and scored a match-winning 68 not out in the previous match against Pakistan, came into this series after having scored 161 runs in the five-match ODI series against England where he managed one hundred. He then top-scored in the lone T20I with 84 runs but in a losing cause.He had a disappointing run in the Indian Premier League this season with just 134 runs in 10 matches for Kings XI Punjab. But he hit form as soon as he joined the Australian limited-overs squad last month.Finch tore into the Zimbabwe bowling attack on Tuesday with all of the bowlers conceding over 9 runs per over except for Tendai Chisoro, who managed to give away just 19 runs from his four overs.Blessing Muzarabani was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts as he managed to dismiss Short and Finch in the final over of the innings.Australia, who crushed Pakistan in their first game on Monday, top the table with 4 points followed by Pakistan and Zimbabwe.last_img read more

Promoting Development, Protecting Environment

first_imgFor example, in the 1980’s the World Bank saw aquaculture as a great opportunity for economic development in Latin American and Southeast Asia. With the Bank’s support, Thailand’s government cleared the mangroves surrounding fishing communities and replaced them with shrimp aquaculture farms. By 2007, Thailand was exporting seven times more frozen shrimp than 20 years before. While it was a very beneficial strategy for a select group of shrimp farmers, no one considered the less obvious services previously provided by the mangroves—coastal protection during high tides, storms and hurricanes, and spawning grounds for fish that supported the livelihoods of local communities. As a result, the development of aquaculture farms left local communities vulnerable to increased storm damage, depleted offshore fisheries, water pollution and mosquito infestations.Q: Don’t MDBs already consider ecosystems services through safeguards?In the past, cost benefit analysis and safeguards such as impact assessment have not usually incorporated the full range of ecosystem services and how changes to ecosystem services in turn affect those people dependent on those services. The shrimp aquaculture example also illustrates how a development strategy can inadvertently create distributional effects when important ecosystem services are overlooked. The shrimp farm benefits primarily accrued to the few shrimp farmers and to those in export markets such as the U.S. and Europe who enjoyed “cheap” shrimp. In contrast, poor coastal communities who depended on the former mangroves for spawning grounds and for storm protection lost out. By systematically looking at the full range of ecosystem services that their strategies depend upon and impact, development planners can minimize and better manage ecosystem services trade-offs and increase the chances of development outcomes that are both sustainable and equitable.Comparing the Economic and Social Value of Mangroves and Shrimp Farms The World Bank and other Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) are revising their environmental strategies for development planning. As they do so, they can and should integrate nature’s ecosystem services into their planning and decisions, says a new WRI report.Janet Ranganathan, Vice President of Science and Research at the World Resources Institute and lead author of Banking on Natures Assets explains how economic development and a healthy environment can co-exist.Q: What are ecosystem services?Ecosystem services are the benefits that nature provides to people. Food, freshwater, timber and cotton for clothes are some of the most familiar services. But there are other types of services that we often take for granted, for example the ability of forests to sequester carbon and mitigate climate change and the way in which wetlands filter and purify water. We all depend on ecosystem services for our well-being, and nature’s health increasingly depends on humanity. Every development or investment decision made around the world both depends on and has an impact on nature somewhere, or somehow. Over the past century, our relationship with nature has been increasingly destructive — degrading two thirds of ecosystem services worldwide. Our report, Banking on Nature’s Assets, explains that it doesn’t have to be that way.Q: How can focusing on ecosystem services strengthen development?Development and ecosystem services are intertwined. We can’t really deal with one without dealing with the other. However, the current mindset of society is to put economic development and nature in separate boxes, separate government agencies and separate academic disciplines. We think that protecting the environment is an impediment to development. We think it’s a cost. But when we consider the environment in terms of ecosystem services, that mindset can change. We can instead see and value the environment as a series of assets or benefits that development in fact depends upon.By treating ecosystems as assets that generate benefits, development agencies can help developing countries grow economically while sustaining the environment and the livelihoods of those people who depend on ecosystems.Q: How do development agencies currently treat ecosystem services?Traditionally, development agencies and development planners focus on single ecosystem services, particularly those that can be marketed, such as freshwater, timber, crops and fish. They overlook ecosystem services that regulate important natural processes such as climate, disease, erosion, water flows, and pollination, as well as protection from natural hazards.Shrimp Farms in Thailand. Photo credit: flickr/Ben Harris-Roxa The current mindset of society is to put economic development and nature in separate boxes, separate government agencies and separate academic disciplines. Q: How can Banking on Nature’s Assets help MDB’s?Banking on Nature’s Assets identifies entry points for mainstreaming ecosystem services into MDB’s core operations. These range from country assistance strategies and environmental analysis to sector work and development policy loans. The report also presents a range of tools and policy options that MDBs can use to help country partners sustain their precious capital. It concludes with recommendations for scaling up the use of an ecosystem service approach in MDB’s core operations.Q: What tools can development planners use to make trade-offs among multiple ecosystem services?These tools and policies are becoming available. For example, a comprehensive list of ecosystem services is the most basic tool in moving from an approach that focuses on a single service to one that focuses on the trade-offs among multiple services. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment used a list and a refined version is available on WRI’s website. Other tools provide frameworks to prioritize services for attention and to assess the condition and trends of those selected for attention. Mapping and valuing ecosystem services are also important tools. WRI has worked with Uganda to produce maps that overlay geo-referenced information on population and household expenses with spatial data on ecosystem services. It can now flag areas to introduce strategies that benefit both wetlands and the people depending on the services these wetlands provide. Uganda has used valuation in helping make decisions. For example, a study of the Nakivubo wetland showed that conversion of wetlands was driving up the costs of providing fresh water to 2 million residents in Kampala, Uganda. As a result, decision makers decided not to drain it for housing and industry but to make it part of the city’s greenbelt.Q: What about policies that sustain ecosystem services?Banking on Nature’s Assets explains how to determine the most critical ecosystem services in a particular location and then select the most effective policies for sustaining them depending on a country’s capacity and existing laws and policies. MDBs are already playing an important role in introducing some policies such as payments of ecosystems services. In the future, they can help countries develop policies that transform the ways in which landowners manage their land. Instead of income only from a single service like providing timber, for example, policies can encourage landowners to earn income from ecotourism, producing Forest Stewardship Council-certified timber, sequestering carbon to protect the climate, or maintaining a wetland’s filtration and flood prevention capacity.last_img read more