5 Ways Pinterest Can Help Your Job Search

first_imgIf you haven’t yet discovered the addictive time-suck that is Pinterest, here’s the deal: It’s a web-based bulletin board where users pin beautiful, inspirational pictures.Most people use it to pin pictures of pretty clothes, interesting home decor, and drool-inducing food, but we’ve got another idea – use Pinterest for your job search.Here are five ideas of how to do just that:1. Find companies you want to work for.Companies large and small quickly figured out the value of Pinterest for their sales and marketing (see Zappos and Whole Foods). Those pin boards can help job seekers get a sense of the company’s culture, priorities, outreach strategies and overall tone.Are they buttoned-up or casual? What’s their main marketing focus? What language do they use to talk about themselves and their products? These insights can help you craft standout, tailored job applications that show you’ve done your homework and understand the company.2. Put your resume on Pinterest as a portfolio.We love an idea from Mashable suggesting Pinterest as a way to create a visual representation of your resume or professional experience.Create boards for your work experience, awards and accomplishments, degrees or classes, a portfolio of your work, and even your hobbies and interests. As long as you have or can find pictures demonstrating these things visually, you can create an eye-catching Pinterest portfolio to share with employers.3. Follow college career offices.Some college career folks are brilliantly using Pinterest to give expert job advice to college students and recent grads. Even if your school’s career office isn’t on Pinterest yet, you can follow any that are, like those at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Bucknell University. These offices have pin boards for professional dress, job search tips and career research.4. Follow career experts.Independent career experts are using Pinterest to help job seekers (or perhaps to make themselves feel better about being pin addicts).Sites like CareerBliss, The 405 Club, FlexJobs and of course, Brazen Careerist, offer career advice and inspiration, from touchy-feely quotes which (thank goodness you’re alone) bring a tear to your eye, to laughable cartoons to help get you over an appalling job interview.5. Use Pinterest to inspire yourself.If nothing else, Pinterest is an easy way to overload your senses with the things you love. And when you’re in the middle of a job search, or just trying to figure out what you might want to do in life, it’s easy to forget about what makes you happy.Create pin boards to make yourself smile giddily, laugh loudly and simply feel GOOD. Stare at your motivational eye candy for a few minutes before going to a job interview to put your mind in a happy, confident place.For your job search or career exploration, the more networking the better. Pinterest is another, albeit prettier, way to connect with people, learn about companies and their cultures, and pump yourself up for career success.And the best thing about Pinterest is you can’t do it wrong. As long as you’re inspiring yourself, and maybe some employers, you’re on the right track. – Originally posted on Aol Jobs by Brie Weilerlast_img read more

Manny Pacquiao beats Jessie Vargas to reclaim WBO welterweight title

first_imgFloyd Mayweather Jr. stopped by to see an old foe, and Manny Pacquiao tried his best to give him a show. (Latest Sports stories)With Mayweather watching intently from a ringside seat, Pacquiao dropped Jessie Vargas in the second round and bloodied his face Saturday night on his way to a lopsided decision that gave him a piece of the welterweight title once again.Pacquiao won on all three ringside scorecards – 118-109, 118-109 114-113 – to take the piece of the title Vargas won in his last fight. The AP scored it 119-109 for Pacquiao.”Not bad,” Mayweather said, giving Pacquiao a thumbs up after the fight.It was vintage Pacquiao at times, even though he couldn’t stop Vargas like he desperately wanted to. And with Mayweather at ringside it certainly will stir talk of a second fight between the boxers who went at it last year in the richest fight ever.That, of course, would depend on Mayweather coming out of retirement and Pacquiao being able to fight while still attending to his duties as a senator in the Philippines. Mayweather did not answer questions about a possible return to the ring shouted at him by writers at ringside.”I invited him to be here tonight,” Pacquiao said, saying “we’ll see” when asked if the two could meet again.Pacquiao pressed the fight from the opening bell, trying to score a knockdown. He looked as if he would when he caught Vargas with a straight left that put him on the canvas, but Vargas got up quick and fought the distance.advertisement”I feel I could do more but every round I tried to knock him out,” Pacquiao said.AP PhotoJust before the bell rang to start the fight, Pacquiao smiled and waved a fist at Mayweather. He clearly wanted to impress Mayweather, who won their first fight easily.NO KNOCKOUTS IN 7 YEARS BY PACQUIAOBut Pacquiao, who has not knocked out an opponent in seven years, wasn’t going to stop the younger Vargas in his hometown. Vargas had difficulty dealing with Pacquiao’s speed, but was more than willing to trade punches to try and lure him into a brawl.In the eighth round he succeeded at doing that, hitting Pacquiao with a big right and punching his gloves together as if to tell him to stand and fight. Pacquiao went right back after him and they traded punches before staring at each other when the bell sounded to end the round.”Fighting Manny Pacquiao is like playing a very fast game of chess,” Vargas said. “You have to be alert at all times, there are a lot of punches coming in. He was very fast and he was very sharp.”Vargas was cut over the right eye by an accidental clash of heads in the eighth, and blood trickled into his eye but it didn’t seem to be a factor.The taller Vargas landed some good right hands of his own, but they were infrequent and he rarely followed up on them. Still, they were enough to keep Pacquiao away at times and offset some of his advantage with speed.”I didn’t want to be careless,” Pacquiao said. “I was very careful to go inside because I know he will counter me.”PACQUIAO LANDS 147 PUNCHESPacquiao was credited with landing 147 of 409 punches to 104 of 562 for Vargas. Pacquiao also was given a 101-70 advantage in power punches.Mayweather took a ringside seat alongside his daughter to watch the man who helped make him untold millions when they fought in 2015. Mayweather won that fight, and Pacquiao’s performance was largely panned, though he claimed to have an injured shoulder.AP PhotoPacquiao, fighting in his 22nd title fight in a pro career that stretches back to 1995, trained at night in the Philippines in the weeks leading up to the fight so he could tend to his day job as a newly elected senator. With the senate out of session, he was back in a more familiar place, with a crowd of some 16,132 nearly filling the UNLV campus arena to watch him take on Vargas, who was in only his second title bout.Pacquiao, who earned a reported $100 million to fight Mayweather in the richest fight ever, was guaranteed $4 million plus a percentage of the revenue of the fight. Vargas got $2.8 million.Pacquiao improved to 59-6-2, while Vargas fell to 27-2.last_img read more

England’s Gareth Southgate questions need for winter break

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate has questioned whether the introduction of a winter break in the Premier League would improve the country’s fortunes in major tournaments.Southgate, who was handed a four-year contract last week having impressed the FA during four matches as interim manager, said any negative effects of England’s fixture-packed winter schedule were an “assumption”.The lack of a winter break during the season has often been considered one of several factors contributing to England’s international failures in recent years, with some Premier League managers claiming the gruelling festive period pushes players to their limits. (Also read: Gareth Southgate confirmed as England manager)”It’s an interesting debate. The idea of a winter break will be flagged at this point but I don’t ever remember this debate happening when I was playing in 1996 or 1998,” Southgate, who was appointed England manager on Thursday, was quoted as saying by British media.”When I look at the league, there are as many players from abroad playing here in our league, if not more, so they have the same problem and maybe we can over-egg that. It’s another thing that is an assumption, rather than what is the reality.”We can put hurdles in our way that maybe are not there. You then have to get the level of your training bang on at the end of a season and get the loading correct in order to peak for the right moments. That is the bit you can control.”Many of Europe’s major leagues, including the Bundesliga in Germany, Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A and France’s Ligue 1, include a mid-season break.advertisementEnglish football traditionally has a busy Christmas period when teams frequently play several matches in a short period, with just a few days rest between games.”If there are things that can happen on a wider scale around fixture planning and breaks, then fantastic and that sure could help,” Southgate added.”But I don’t want to get distracted by that. I have to plan within the boundaries we’ve got.”Southgate said he hoped to speak to Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, who has announced his intention to switch his international allegiance to Ivory Coast, after failing to break into England’s senior team.”I cannot assess that until I speak with him. I would like to speak to him before we make a decision and happy to make that happen,” Southgate said when asked whether he felt Zaha’s decision was final.”He has played very well this season.”last_img read more

Kanpur T20I: Eoin Morgan lauds his bowlers after England’s seven-wicket win over India

first_imgEngland defeated India by seven wickets in the first Twenty-20 International (T20I) cricket match at the Green Park stadium in Kanpur on Thursday. With this win, England now lead the three-match T20I series 1-0. (Scorecard)In reply to India’s 147/7, England openers Jason Roy (19) and Sam Billings (22) got off to a flying start as they slammed 36 runs in the first three overs of the innings. Joe Root (46) and skipper Eoin Morgan (51) then forged a 83-run partnership for the third wicket to help the visitors cruise to victory with 11 balls to spare. (1st T20I: Eoin Morgan, Joe Root power England to seven-wicket win over India)More than their batting, it was the collective efforts of the English bowlers which helped restrict India to a below-par score on a batting-friendly pitch at the Green Park Stadium. Off-spinner Moeen Ali was the pick of the bowlers as he took two wickets while Liam Plunkett, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills and Ben Stokes picked up a wicket each. (We deserve to enjoy these T20Is after successful season: Virat Kohli)Morgan applauded his bowlers for their ‘outstanding’ performance: “I thought our bowlers were outstanding tonight. Everybody executed the plans. Ali in particular showed great resolve on a wicket which wasn’t turning much and showed a lot of experience.” (Precise England outplayed us: Virat Kohli)He also praised Mills and Jordan who are considered to be England’s T20 specialists. “Also the two guys who have came into the squad, who weren’t involved in the ODIs, Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan put their hands up too. They executed beautifully and made it hard for the Indian batsmen on what was a small ground again,” said Morgan. (India vs England, 1st T20I: Key Highlights)advertisement”Great to get another result tonight. Whenever you’re chasing a low total, getting off to a flier is a huge positive. Releases the pressure on the guys coming in. Allows them to take more time and control the chase a bit more. Sam hasn’t played a great deal on this tour but has taken the two chances he’s had. There’s always competition for places which is great to see,” the 30-year-old signed off.The next match will be played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium in Nagpur on January 29.last_img read more

Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha back in India squad for one-off Test vs Bangladesh

first_imgOpener Abhinav Mukund was recalled to India’s Test squad for next week’s one-off match against Bangladesh, more than five years after playing his last match for the side.The 27-year-old left-hander played the last of his five Tests for India against England in 2011 and has been rewarded for scoring heavily in the domestic season.Regular wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha also returned to the 16-man squad after missing the last three Tests of the five-match series against England. Partiv Patel, who stepped in for Saha, was dropped.Batsman Ajinkya Rahane and all-rounders Jayant Yadav and Hardik Pandya also returned to the squad after suffering injuries during the series against England.Fast bowler Mohammed Shami, who missed the last two Tests against England with a leg injury, was not selected.The Feb. 9-13 Test in Hyderabad will be the first for Bangladesh in India, who are ranked number one in the world and have won their last five Test series under the leadership of Virat Kohli.India will then play four Tests against Australia starting at the end of next month.Squad: Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Abhinav Mukund, Hardik Pandyalast_img read more

Virat Kohli says he believes in leading from the front

first_imgA believer of the old adage that a captain is only as good as his team, Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Monday lauded his bowlers for their lion-hearted effort on a flat track against a spirited Bangladesh side. (Also read: Stats: Virat Kohli most successful Indian captain after the first 23 Tests)CLICK TO WATCH FULL VIDEOIndia defeated Bangladesh by 208 runs in the one-off Test which lasted five days, beating expectations of an early finish owing to the visitors’ minnow status. The win also took India’s unbeaten streak to 19 Tests. (Also read: Virat Kohli focussed on next target: ‘Our minds and hearts on Australia series’)Asked how much has he improved over the 19 Tests that he has captained, Kohli said: “Honestly it is the players that make you the captain that you become. To be very honest, anyone knows how to set fields in the ground, it’s just that you have to make sure that you take up the responsibility of keeping the energy of the team up.””I look to push myself, throw myself around in the field so that other guys know that they also have to push for a wicket.” (Also read: Virat Kohli called for a review even after third umpire said “NOT OUT”. And India won)”The bowlers know what they need to do but the fielders within the ring need to support the bowlers. I need to do that first, for the guys to show that energy. I have been able to maintain that and that has been a takeaway from the games that I have been captain so far. Lot of times, you know that there is only so much that you can do as a captain,” Kohli said in the post-match press conference.advertisementTalking about the performance of the fast bowlers, Kohli seemed satisfied.”Very good. Credit to our bowlers, they were able to get result on this kind of a track. Considering that the wicket was very good to bat on, it took a bit of patience for us to get wickets during Bangladesh first innings. I thought Umesh (Yadav), Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and Ishant Sharma were brilliant in the first innings but Umesh stood out,” he said.”In the second innings, all three bowled really well but Ishant stood out. I have said in the post-match that quality of our spinners allows our fast bowlers to attack because of the way spinners bowl and contain runs, the pacers can really attack as soon as it starts reverse swinging. (Also read: Virat Kohli breaks Virender Sehwag’s record for most Test runs in home season)”I thought today Ishant’s spell was really good, he bowled with pace and had to put in effort to take wickets at that stage and he took both the set batsmen out. That was really good for us,” he added.Talking about his 19-match unbeaten streak as a captain, Kohli said: “I don’t think it’s because of me. I mean everyone at the international level wants to do well. (Also read: Virat Kohli made 2016 a year to remember)”We are playing as a team and that’s been the difference in this team, if you see, you can say probably 2016, I scored a lot of runs but before that in 2015 as well, we won a lot of matches. I didn’t score many runs but the other guys stepped up and scored runs.”Ajinkya’s two tons in Delhi (vs South Africa) and second innings hundred in Sri Lanka, so there are quite a few instances, where all the members of the team have stepped up at some stage or the other. And that’s why we stand where we are and having that streak is not down to 2-3 people, it is a combined effort of all the guys.”India have had exponents of reverse swing like Zaheer Khan but never have they had four fast bowlers, including the injured Mohammed Shami, who can all reverse the ball consistently.”See Shami, Ishant and Umesh we all know that they have done it with the old ball, lot of times. I think with way Bhuvi has bowled all because of his fitness levels having increased, having more strength in body is being able to put more pace behind the ball which is key for reverse swing,” Kohli said.”The other three guys have naturally more pace than him but I think he has really stepped up his game with the old ball as well,” he added.Kohli said the variety of options is a positive for the team.advertisement”Again as I said that gives us a lot of options, you wouldn’t hesitate playing Bhuvi on any sort of wickets if he keeps bowling like that with reverse swinging ball as well. Credit goes to Bhuvi, he has been working on that aspect as well.”Shami, Umesh and Ishant have been outstanding with the old ball and provided us with crucial match-winning breakthroughs. It’s a great thing to have as a captain, with these players bowling well with new ball as well as old ball,” he said.Kohli hinted that the Pune Stadium wicket for the first Test against Australia may be low and slow in nature.”We will have to go and see what the Pune wicket is like. It is low and slow usually at this time of the year. That’s what I have faced in IPL. It’s been dry, low and slow. This was a really good batting wicket, didn’t offer anything to the bowlers in the first couple of innings of the Test match. We have to see how the Pune wicket is but this was a decent enough wicket,” he explained.Kohli seemed surprised that the wicket didn’t break till the fourth day.”If it started turning on day three, it would have been more like an Indian wicket but it went on well till the fourth day which was surprising,” he concluded.last_img read more

Chinese Super League matches to be telecast live in India

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 3 (PTI) The Chinese Super League 2017 season kicks off tomorrow and for the first time, the matches are being telecast live in India. In the first match Guanzhou R&F play against Tianjin Quanjiang at 1.00 pm. The match sees former Yugoslav great Dragan Stoikovitch in a managerial role, pitting his wits against 2006 Italian World Cup winning hero Fabio Cannavaro. Cannavaros team, Tianjin Quanjiang, start off as favourites away from home, thanks to the presence of international stars like Belgian Axel Witsel and Brazilian Pato. Both are bound to figure prominently in coach Cannavaros line-up in this season opener. The match will be telecast live on DSport — Discoverys new sports channel — available on DishTV channel 630, Videocon d2h channel 410 and Hathway channel 183 among others. In another match which will be telecast live on Sunday, the worlds highest paid footballer — Argentinian Carlos Tevez — will display his skills for the first time for the Shanghai team. Confronting him will be the Brazilian pair of Ramires and Tixeira, on the Jiangsu side. Shanghai Shenhua play against Jiangsu Suning on Sunday at 5.00 pm live on DSPORT. Thirteeen out of the leagues 16 teams are managed by foreign coaches, including 2002 World Cup winner Luiz Felipe Scolari, English Premier League winner Manuel Pellegrini, multiple German Bundesliga champion Felix Magath and former Chelsea, Porto and Zenit St. Petersburg manager Andre Villas-Boas. PTI PDS CMlast_img read more

Bengaluru Test: Cheteshwar Pujara confident India will put up a better show in second innings

first_imgIndia are confident they can end a string of batting collapses in their second innings and set Australia a competitive target to chase in the second Test, batsman Cheteshwar Pujara said on Sunday. (SCORECARD)”We will have a different game plan in the second innings and at the same time we are confident of doing well. We will put up a better show in the next innings,” Pujara said.The hosts were bundled out by Australia for 105 and 107 in their two innings in the series opener in Pune and scored 189 in their first essay after winning the toss and batting first in Bengaluru’s M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. (Also read: Bengaluru Test, Day 2: Matt Renshaw, Shaun Marsh fifties give Australia lead)The 333-run thrashing in Pune ended a 19-match unbeaten streak for the world’s top-ranked Test side, who have won their last six series and posted 600-plus totals in their last three innings before Pune.While left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe did the damage in the first Test with a match haul of 12 wickets, off-spinner Nathan Lyon picked up 8/50 in the first innings in Bengaluru. (Also read: Bengaluru Test: Australia content having batted entire day, says Matt Renshaw)”I think the most important think was we didn’t get a good partnership. When we had partnerships things were getting easy for us but we kept on losing wickets,” Pujara, India’s number three batsman, told reporters.”I think there is nothing wrong with the Indian batting line-up and we are known to play spinners well. Apart from the last three innings, we have been batting well.” (Also read: Sledge-fest dominates Day 2 as India-Australia battle heats up)advertisementTIGHT BOWLINGPujara said India were satisfied on Sunday with the efforts from their bowlers, who stopped Australia from scoring freely and gave away 197 runs in 90 overs on the second day.”We can see the run rate and they were not able to score many runs,” Pujara said.”In a way, it was a victory for us and we bowled tight lines. Lengths were very good from the fast bowlers. We bowled well and took six wickets but they didn’t score many runs.”‘WORKING ON DRS’India have been found wanting in their use of the referral system, often losing their allotted quota by unsuccessful challenges.On Sunday, they let off Shaun Marsh on 14 by not reviewing the umpire’s not-out verdict for a caught behind with replays showing the batsman had got a thin edge. Marsh went on to score 66.”We have been working on it. There was one incident where Shaun Marsh was out and we didn’t take the review,” Pujara said. “This was the time when they were already five down and if we had got another wicket it would have put some pressure on them.”last_img read more

Are You Ready to Launch a Capital Campaign? 3 Questions to Answer

first_imgI’ve been involved in capital campaigns for nearly my entire fundraising career and, quite frankly, I love them. I love preparing for them, sharing the excitement of new organizational dreams with current donors, and building interest and engagement with potential new ones.Research shows that I’m not alone. According to a recent report from the Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC) Fundraising Survey, the number of nonprofits conducting capital campaigns has increased by 34% since 2011. This growth signals to me that more and more nonprofits feel confident integrating campaigns into their fundraising strategies.Capital campaigns can be especially effective jumpstarting an organization’s new initiative or expanding its programmatic capacity. But many nonprofits look at campaigns as a cure-all to a whole host of issues. The reality is that campaigns are only as effective as the vision, capacity, and donor potential of the nonprofit.When done correctly, capital campaigns don’t just raise more money for an organization. This unique and powerful fundraising tool:Deepens current donors’ relationships.Identifies and establishes relationships with new donors.Increases greater levels of investment across all donor levels.Offers an opportunity for sustained support in the future.Simply put, capital campaigns can offer nonprofits the resources they need to achieve better results than ever before.But before you decide to launch a capital campaign of your own, it’s a good idea to assess your readiness in the following three areas:Vision:What’s the big, bold plan for your organization’s future that you want your capital campaign to fund? Your campaign case statement needs to answer that question. It should outline how this fundraising effort will make a difference and the impact you want to have.For example, if you intend to buy or build a new building, how will that physical space change how you operate? Maybe it will house your after-school program and enable you to welcome more students. Maybe your new building will allow you to offer more programs to meet your community’s evolving needs.Be clear in what you want, how it will help you, and how much it will cost. Then, test the case statement through a feasibility study with a core group of donors, stakeholders, and prospects. Their feedback will help you confirm whether or not the priorities you outlined will inspire donors.Remember: Feasibility studies are also an excellent cultivation activity because you are inviting important stakeholders to share their input. Remember the old adage “if you want money, ask for advice?”Capacity: Capital campaigns are hard work and require everyone in your organization to be involved. Are your CEO and Board engaged in fundraising for your organization now?  Will they own the leadership of this effort over the long haul of the campaign? Their support (or lack thereof) can make or break a campaign.Capital campaigns also require increased fundraising staffing. As you develop your campaign plans and budget, factor in how much additional staff time or members you will need and how much that will cost. A good rule of thumb is that capital campaign expenses generally amount to about 20% of a campaign goal (sometimes a little higher if this is a first-time campaign). Fifty percent of those expenses are usually spent on staff and campaign counsel. Build the campaign expenses into your overall campaign goal to ensure you have the capacity to be successful. Even if you are a small development shop, you will still need additional staff—even if only one or two extra people—to avoid burnout of existing team members.Remember: It will not help your long-term success of your campaign if you don’t have the full internal leadership and staffing capacity to manage it from start to finish.Donor Potential:Sample donor pyramid.Finally, use your donor management system to determine if you have the donor base to raise the gifts needed for success. If you usually raise $800,000 each year and you want to launch a $5 million campaign, you can only be successful if you have the major donor capacity among your current donor base or within reach both to support and lead this effort. A gift pyramid will spell out clearly the ratio of prospects to gifts you need to reach your goal. Other key ways to determine potential include:Identifying 3-5 prospective donors for each gift needed at the different levels.Analyzing giving trends of your donors.Conducting wealth screening of a select subset of your contributors.Engaging your Board and major donors in a peer review to broaden your net.Remember: As you begin fundraising, always start with your inner circle—board and current major donors. Their commitments will inspire other donors to join them.  As the saying goes, capital campaigns are a marathon, not a sprint. That’s why it is invaluable to evaluate and prepare your internal and external resources before you begin to ensure your success.Have you conducted a successful capital campaign? Let us know by reaching out to us on Twitter: @Network4Good @@BOReillyWHClast_img read more

9 Super Scary Nonprofit Website Mistakes

first_imgTake advantage of our accredited Personal Fundraising Coaches to get hands-on help with your year-end fundraising activities. Schedule a call to learn more today. Your website doesn’t feature your nonprofit’s latest news.Create (or maintain) a place on your organization’s to share your latest news and examples of your most recent content, such as interesting articles, upcoming events, and special projects. This type of content works well on a blog and you can also link to this content on social media and in your newsletter. Your website isn’t mobile-friendly.Take a moment to evaluate your website’s usability for mobile users. Open your website on a mobile device. Are your donation page and website easy to navigate on a tablet or phone? Your website doesn’t have social media links or a newsletter sign up.Social media is a key way to connect and communicate with supporters. Be sure that all those hours tweeting and blogging don’t go to waste: Provide links to your social media profiles and make it easy for supporters to see your content and share on their social media channel of choice.  If a new fan isn’t the social media type, an email newsletter is a great way to help them keep in touch. That’s why it’s important that your newsletter sign-up process is simple and seamless. Your website doesn’t feature endorsements and third-party reviews.Make sure your website includes ratings from GuideStar and Charity Navigator or a testimonial from a stakeholder. The effectiveness of your websites’ messages depends on the messenger. Let others help build your case and show that you are trustworthy. Your website doesn’t have a clear ask for donations.Don’t be afraid to ask for donations on your website. Isn’t that the whole point of fundraising? Supporters will appreciate that you’ve made it easy for them to donate, so make that button shine! Network for Good always recommends you make the button big, bold and above “the scroll”. Plus, a smarter donation page will help you get donors to give, give big, and give again.center_img Your website’s navigation doesn’t make sense.Your website should be organized according to the expectations of the people who come to your website. Instead of thinking how to present the information you want people to find, make it easy for your visitors to find the information they want. Your website’s content uses too many words to demonstrate your work.As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Pictures of people who benefitted from your services or volunteers in action can demonstrate your mission, illustrate the impact of your work, and complement your website’s text. Again, people’s attention spans are short. A compelling image will capture visitors’ attention and tell a story in a better way than multiple paragraphs of text. Your website lacks details about your nonprofit’s mission and vision.Why is your organization the nonprofit to support? What are you doing that’s different from others? Simply put, what makes your nonprofit stand out? It’s important that the answers to these questions are easy to find on your website! By spelling out your mission and vision, donors can easily understand what their donations will accomplish. Back by popular demand to help you get ready for #GivingTuesday and Year-End -enjoy!Boo! That’s your website scaring you into reality. And the reality is that people’s short attention spans mean your website needs to provide visitors with easy access to everything in just three clicks. It must grab visitors’ attention, provide information, and spur visitors to action.Here are nine super scary website mistakes you should address before the year-end giving season is here and donors are too frightened to use your website!  Don’t wait…these website mistakes can result in the biggest horror of all: missing out on donations in December!Your website doesn’t have contact information.Make sure it’s easy for website users (and potential donors) to find your organization’s phone number, email address, or contact form. Also, make sure staff members know how to handle donor inquiries.last_img read more

Keeping up with the Icardashians! The new star in Inter soap opera

first_imgAn unhappy player; a wife-slash-agent who has quickly alienated everyone at the club; and no shortage of friends, family and foes who are more than willing to twist the knife: Inter’s feud with Mauro Icardi has all the elements of the trashiest mid-morning soap opera and shows no sign of cooling down. It may feel exhausting, but observers have no choice but to try their best to keep up with the Icardashians.As the much-repeated trope goes, though, in crisis one can often find opportunity. And it is Icardi’s team-mate and compatriot, young striking prospect Lautaro Martinez, who has most to gain if the messy break-up between club and ex-captain proves irreconcilable.Icardi’s dispute is ostensibly at its root over a new contract with the club which he has represented with distinction and no little controversy for the last five and a half years, three of which as captain. Inter are understandably keen to tie down their star, who at 26 is already considered one of the world’s elite strikers. 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! But the Argentine’s camp, led by wife Wanda Nara, is equally insistent that Mauro be allowed to play the field. “Icardi’s renewal with Inter is a very long way off,” she said in recent comments to reporters. “We have not received a satisfactory offer. It is not logical for Mauro to renew on the same salary he receives now – we believe he is at a superior level.“We have a very good relationship with the two biggest clubs in Spain who are very interested in Mauro, as well as one in France and one in England.”It was the constant courting of other clubs, most notably Real Madrid – Icardi reportedly watched December’s Copa Libertadores final in the Bernabeu as a personal guest of president Florentino Perez – that finally snapped Inter’s brittle tempers. Icardi has been stripped of his captaincy and in response has gone into self-imposed exile, missing the Nerazzurri’s last three matches in Serie A and the Europa League.What has followed is an endless to-and-fro, of accusations, denials and counter-accusations. Reports that Icardi would only play again once his armband was returned have been trashed – “To keep saying this s**t is dangerous”, responded Wanda – while there seems no indication that the stand-off will come to an end.In the meantime everyone from Icardi’s sister, former Argentine Big Brother contestant Ivana to Wanda’s ex-husband and Icardi’s old team-mate Maxi Lopez has become embroiled in the mess. “The only one who doesn’t realise nobody can stand [Wanda] is my brother,” Ivana wrote at the start of 2019, while Mauro hit back by telling his sibling to “worry about using the time you waste on Twitter with bulls**t to get a job.” “Stop being so stupid and open your eyes,” Icardi replied to her brother in a furious social media exchange, before landing a final blow on Wanda, a “snake who is performing witchcraft.”Lopez, meanwhile, could not resist exercising his own Twitter-based schadenfreude. “So much nonsense from this supposed lady,” the striker fired on his account. “When you try to displace your problems, you start speaking nonsense to try to solve a problem that sooner or later has to arrive.”Amid all the bad blood, meanwhile, one person at least is making the most of his opportunity. Martinez, 21, arrived at San Siro in July after starring at Racing Club in his native Argentina, enjoying a stunning start to 2018 that left him inches away from breaking into Jorge Sampaoli’s ill-fated World Cup squad.The youngster knew that his first season would be one of adaptation, and so it has proved. While with seven goals so far this season he has at least done enough to dispel fears his time at Inter could pan out as badly as the hapless Gabriel Barbosa’s spell, there has been little doubt that Icardi (with whom he has struck up a rapid friendship) was No.1 in Luciano Spalletti’s plans.Lautaro has been used sparingly, mostly off the bench when Inter have needed goals fast in the final minutes of tense matches.Now, though, Mauro’s debacle has opened the door for him to star. Martinez netted from the spot last week to guide Inter to victory over Rapid Vienna in Austria and put in a tireless if ultimately fruitless display the following weekend as the Nerazzurri squeezed past Sampdoria. While he saw little of the ball in Thursday’s Europa League stroll, the Argentine keeps making the right noises and whatever happens with his countryman is strengthening his case for regular inclusion.He is far from the finished article, of course. Sampaoli famously suggested prior to the World Cup that Lautaro still lacked the pace to succeed at the top level, and while he has proven himself adept at breaking into the area and causing defenders grief the forward does seem lightweight at times, too quick to go down under legitimate contact rather than holding off his markers.Lautaro PSThe player himself also recognises the importance of Icardi to the Nerazzurri. [Tuesday] was his birthday, we said goodbye and congratulated him, he was happy to be with us,” he told Sky Sport Italia earlier in the week.”We will continue to support him, as his future will depend exclusively on his decision and who manages it: not by us team-mates.”For us he is a very important player. We hope to have him back soon.”There is no doubt though that he is developing in leaps and bounds in an Inter team that this season has not always guaranteed healthy supplies of quality possession for its strikers. He will need time and much more playing experience, but his very presence in the Inter ranks have already arguably strengthened the Nerazzurri’s hand as they play hardball with Icardi.This soap opera may still provide yet more twists and turns, but if Inter’s troublesome former captain does ultimately decide to walk away, the line of succession at San Siro is definitely in safe hands.last_img read more

Davis Cup holders Argentina relegated from world group after Kazakhstan loss

first_imgDavis Cup holders Argentina were relegated from the world group after 15 years among the tennis elite when they lost 3-2 to Kazakhstan in Astana on Sunday.Mikhail Kukushkin beat U.S. Open quarter-finalist Diego Schwartzman 6-4 6-4 7-6(2) to give the home team an unassailable 3-1 lead and promotion in their playoff tie a year after their relegation.Dmitry Popko did not turn out for the dead rubber against Guido Pella.Argentina became the third team to be relegated the year after winning the crown, following in the footsteps of France in 1997 and Sweden in 1999.”Schwartzman did everything he could to switch the momentum, he fought really hard but in the big moments Mikhail played unbelievable tennis. He’s the hero of this tie,” Kazakh captain Dias Doskarayev told the tournament website (www.daviscup.com).The Argentines, who won their first title 10 months ago, were without leading players Juan Martin del Potro and Federico Delbonis, who both opted not to play having helped their country to win the 2016 final against Croatia in Zagreb.They will play in the Group One Americas zone next year.”We’ve got to let some time pass and think what each one of us could have done better… those of us who came here and those who didn’t,” said world number 28 Schwartzman.”We’ll have good chances of getting back into the world group,” he was quoted as saying by the Argentine daily La Nacion.last_img read more

Wolfsburg earn comeback draw at Allianz vs Bayern Munich to snap losing run

first_imgBayern Munich let a two-goal lead slip at home in the Bundesliga and were held by struggling Wolfsburg to 2-2 on Friday.First-half goals from Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben counted for little as Bayern dropped points for the second time in six games following a lackluster performance.New Wolfsburg coach Martin Schmidt celebrated as if his side won. Schmidt, who replaced the sacked Andries Jonker on Monday, has claimed two points from his two games in charge, but his side showed marked improvement from his predecessor’s.”He tried to bring life back into us as a team, and you saw that,” goal-scorer Daniel Didavi said.Schmidt handed a Bundesliga debut to 18-year-old defender Gian-Luca Itter, who had the formidable task of stopping Robben.Wolfsburg worked hard, winning challenges, closing down space, and Bayern made a sluggish start.The breakthrough came after half an hour when referee Christian Dingert pointed to the penalty spot when Lewandowski went down under light contact from Marcel Tisserand. Lewandowski duly sent Koen Casteels the wrong way to score.Robben made it 2-0 before the break with the aid of a deflection from Rafinha.Maximilian Arnold pulled one back 10 minutes into the second half with a free kick that reserve ‘keeper Sven Ulreich flapped at with one hand instead of catching.”Ulle was more annoyed than anyone. But such a mistake won’t knock him back,” Bayern defender Mats Hummels said of the goalkeeper, playing in place of the injured Manuel Neuer.”Unfortunately we let Wolfsburg back in the game. At 2-1 we wanted and had chances. But we weren’t coordinated.”advertisementRobben fired wide when he had only the goalkeeper to beat, and Bayern was to rue the miss when Paul Verhaegh crossed for Didavi to score with a glancing header in off the far post with seven minutes remaining.last_img read more

1st Test: Dean Elgar 199, Hashim Amla 137 put South Africa on top vs Bangladesh

first_imgDean Elgar fell one run short of a double-century as South Africa declared on 496-3 and led Bangladesh by 369 runs at stumps on Day 2 of the first Test on Friday.Elgar holed out to midwicket on 199 with an attempted hook shot, denying him the milestone, but it didn’t affect South Africa’s strong position at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.Bangladesh were 127-3 in their first innings. Captain Mushfiqur Rahim (44) was the vital wicket for South Africa in the final session, dropped twice by Elgar before Aiden Markram held a catch at short leg off spinner Keshav Maharaj.Both those drops came off Maharaj before he finally got Mushfiqur.South Africa had made early breakthroughs to get both Bangladesh openers out, and Mominul Haque (28 not out) and Tamim Iqbal (22 not out) took Bangladesh to the close. Tamim, showing a steely nerve, skipped down the track and hit the last ball of the day from Maharaj over long-on for a big six.The attacking 67-run partnership between Mushfiqur and Mominul gave Bangladesh some hope that it can get close to South Africa’s score on a batting-friendly surface.Hashim Amla’s 27th Test century sits him joint second among South Africa’s Test century makers, only behind the great Jacques Kallis #SAvBAN pic.twitter.com/YYr5ATuiAy- ICC (@ICC) September 29, 2017Elgar’s career-best score was the anchor for South Africa to pile on the runs after being given the opportunity to bat first on the placid pitch.Bangladesh was regretting that decision to bowl first as Elgar made a big century, Hashim Amla added 137, and opener Markram made 97 on debut on the first day. Elgar and Amla put on 215 for the second wicket, following on from the 196-run opening stand by Elgar and Markram.advertisementCaptain Faf du Plessis was 26 not out and Temba Bavuma 31 not out when South Africa decided at the tea break that they had enough runs to put Bangladesh in. Du Plessis and Bavuma’s unbroken partnership was worth 51.Bangladesh did manage two wickets in the day’s second session, their first success since Markram was run out just before tea on the first day.Shafiul Islam had 1-74 and Mustafizur Rahman 1-98 for Bangladesh..@deanelgar on personal accolades. #ProteaFire #SAvBAN pic.twitter.com/tF9MJsPD1c- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) September 29, 2017Amla fell straight after lunch, caught at backward point. His 27th Test century took him past West Indies’ Garry Sobers on the all-time list and level with Graeme Smith for the second-most hundreds by a South African. Jacques Kallis, the leading South African, has 45 Test centuries.Elgar hit 15 fours and three sixes and is the top run-scorer in Test cricket this year following his ninth career ton and fourth of 2017.He fell agonizingly short of 200, though, trying to play a hook off Rahman and lobbing a catch to Mominul at midwicket.South Africa and Bangladesh will play two Tests, with the series Ottis Gibson’s first in charge of South Africa.Dean on dropped catches and slip fielding. #SAvBAN #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/TylfgXGdnF- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) September 29, 2017last_img read more

Australian Open: American Madison Keys cruises into quarter-finals

first_imgMadison Keys blew French eighth seed Caroline Garcia off the court 6-3 6-2 in a 68-minute display of power tennis to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the second time on Monday.The 22-year-old, the sole surviving American in the women’s draw, gave up her first service game but rallied impressively to set up a last eight date with 2016 champion Angelique Kerber or Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei..@Madison_Keys vs Caroline Garcia-9 aces-32 winners-5/8 bp won-3/5 bp saved-4/4 net points-78% 1st serve won-44% 2nd serve won-21 unforced errors-3 double faults-av. serve 168 km/h#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/dD5PKXEcyi— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 22, 2018The 17th seed sent down six aces and 20 winners in the opening set on Rod Laver Arena and maintained the onslaught to win the first four games of the second.Keys, a losing finalist at the U.S. Open last year and a semi-finallist in Melbourne in 2015, wobbled a bit with the finishing line in sight but secured victory with a sublime crosscourt forehand winner.”It made me realise how much I love it… I’m really happy to be back here and not home in a cast.”@Madison_Keys just sent a statement on the way to a second #AusOpen QF! pic.twitter.com/5VtM4DsleJ— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 22, 2018last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 14 (PTI) Following are PTIs top/expected sports stories at 17:30 hrs:STORIES IN THE PIPELINE:*Report of Asian Games test event in Jakarta. *Report of Vijay Hazare matches at various venues. *ISL match between Delhi Dynamos and NorthEast United in Guwahati. STORIES ON WIRE: SPO-IND-ROHIT Three low scores is not bad form, says Ton-up RohitBy Chetan NarulaPort Elizabeth, Feb 14 (PTI) India vice-captain Rohit Sharma is glad that his return to form coincided with his teams maiden ODI series triumph on South African soil but insisted that he wasnt unsettled by the preceding low scores either. SPO-IND-GIBSON We got a good hiding from India: SA coachBy Chetan NarulaPort Elizabeth, Feb 14 (PTI) A disappointed South Africa coach Ottis Gibson says he has no excuses to offer for the “hiding” his depleted side has taken from a rampaging India, leaving him with a lot to think about going forward. SPO-IND-KOHLI There could be few changes but were going for 5-1: KohliPort Elizabeth, Feb 14 (PTI) Indian captain Virat Kohli says his team might test its bench strength in the sixth and final ODI against South Africa on Friday but asserted that intensity wont be lacking despite the matchs dead-rubber status. SPO-IND-ROHIT-SERIES Its our biggest overseas ODI triumph, Rohit on SA winPort Elizabeth, Feb 14 (PTI) India vice-captain Rohit Sharma feels the team has achieved its biggest overseas ODI triumph by getting the better of South Africa in the ongoing rubber. SPO-RABADA-FINE Rabada fined for “aggressive gestures” at DhawanadvertisementDubai, Feb 14 (PTI) South African pacer Kagiso Rabada was today fined 15 per cent of his match fee and handed a demerit point for making “aggressive gestures” at Shikhar Dhawan following the Indian openers dismissal in the fifth ODI at Port Elizabeth. SPO-HOCK-WOM Focus on speed and agility at Indian womens team campNew Delhi, Feb 14 (PTI) Hockey India today announced a 34-member squad for the womens national camp beginning Friday as chief coach Harendra Singh emphasised on the need for speed and agility ahead of a busy year. SPO-AFC-BENGALURU Lucky to have won after awful last 20 minutes: RocaMale, Feb 14 (PTI) Bengaluru FC head coach Albert Roca said his team was lucky to emerge 3-2 winner after an “awful last 20 minutes” in the first leg fixture of AFC Cup against Maldivian side TC Sports Club here. SPO-ISL-CHENNAIYIN FC Goa looking for a double against Chennainyin FCMargao, Feb 14 (PTI) FC Goa would look to draw inspiration for their first-leg performance and notch up a win when they meet Chennaiyin FC in their crucial Indian Super League match here tomorrow. PTI ATlast_img read more

Frozen by convention

first_imgLong a staple of crime fiction, detectives with dark pasts are now ubiquitous on streaming television, too. Think Broadchurch, Top of the Lake, Jessica Jones or Hinterland. But too much convention without ingenuity makes a disaster out of Netflix’s The Frozen Dead-a French drama available in both subtitled and dubbed,Long a staple of crime fiction, detectives with dark pasts are now ubiquitous on streaming television, too. Think Broadchurch, Top of the Lake, Jessica Jones or Hinterland. But too much convention without ingenuity makes a disaster out of Netflix’s The Frozen Dead-a French drama available in both subtitled and dubbed versions.Sporting a perpetually bleeding nose, Martin Servaz is predictably drawn back to St Martin- a town that holds memories of his sins and failings-to face his old nemesis. Also predictably, said nemesis, an old friend named Julian Hirtmann who has been convicted of several teen murders, seems to have been cribbed from the pages of The Silence of the Lambs.Click here to EnlargeHe is remarkable, manipulative, and always composed even as the people around him are losing their minds. Incarcerated in a psychiatric ward, he manipulates everyone around him, even some outside his prison, in stale imitation of Hannibal Lecter (and a host of other better copies). Servaz and his colleague, Irene Ziegler, scramble to save each victim while Hirtmann orchestrates each gruesome murder effortlessly. The past comes back to haunt everyone involved in the Hirtmann case and some are walking to their own deaths.It’s technically proficient-with excellent cinematography and an icy setting that’s perfect for a psychological thriller (as Stanley Kubrick showed in The Shining). But apart from the by-the-numbers trip through the genre’s most overused conventions, the series lacks nuance. The show introduces subjects like single fatherhood, a homosexual detective leading the case (Irene Ziegler) and paedophilia, but doesn’t explore these complex topics in any depth.advertisementThe characters fall flat and the story trudges on without either real drama or real thrill. Like all Netflix’s foreign fare, it’s advisable to choose the subtitled version, even if it means digging out your spectacles.In the dubbed version, off-screen actors intone lines while the lips of those on screen remain firmly closed, and the actor dubbing Servaz into English is as mechanical and uninspiring as the plot.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ to launch on Feb 25: Camera features, specs, everything else we know so far

first_imgSamsung is set to launch the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ on February 25 at an “Unpacked” event that the company will host in Barcelona right ahead of MWC 2018. Ahead of the official launch, we have come across several rumours and speculations about the two devices which suggest that both the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be upgraded versions of last year’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ in almost all aspects including the design, camera, software, and hardware. There is no official word about when Samsung will bring the two devices to the Indian market, but chances are it could be sometime around March this year.It’s just a couple of days to go for Samsung to announce its 2018’s flagship devices. Ahead of the official announcement, we have come across several leaked renders of the Galaxy S9 duo, and have also heard a lot about the specifications that the devices may come packed with. Going by these rumours and renders, both the flagship phones by Samsung are expected to come in several colour options including — Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, Coral Blue and Lilac Purple. In addition, the Galaxy S9 series are expected to be the first phones to come with Qualcomm’s most powerful processor – the Snapdragon 845, if only Xiaomi doesn’t unveil its rumoured Mi Mix 2s, or HMD Global, its Nokia 9 which are also said to come with the same hardware setup earlier.Let’s take a quick look at the features, specifications that we can expect the devices to come equipped with:advertisementDisplay and designThe Galaxy S9 and S9+ may not have a lot of changes on the design front in comparison to its predecessors. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, that were launched only last year were lauded for being a pair of very attractive-looking smartphones. Both the devices came with near bezel-less displays with slim bezels on the top and bottom along with curved edges, and exactly the same is expected from the upcoming S9 duo, however, we expect a few tweaks here and there.As far as the past rumours are concerned, Samsung is planning to cut down the bezels even further on the Galaxy S9 series and is said to keep the 18:5:9 aspect ratio, much like its predecessors. The base model – Galaxy S9 – is expected to come with a screen size of 5.8-inch with super AMOLED display. The Galaxy S9+ will be one massive device and is tipped to come with a 6.2 inch AMOLED display. On top of the screens will be an added layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 which will protect the handsets from scratches. Both the smartphones are expected to feature glass on both the front and back with a metal frame in between.The rear panel of the Galaxy S9 series may not see major changes apart from a slight change with regards to the placement of the fingerprint sensor. According to past renders, Samsung may move the fingerprint sensor below the camera module for easy reachability, which wasn’t the case with the S8 series. To recall, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ had the sensor placed next to the camera which many felt was hard to reach and caused accidental smudges on the camera lens. The devices are also expected to come with IP68 certification for dust and water resistance.CameraThe camera department of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ is expected to see significant changes in comparison to the Galaxy S8 series. Samsung announced the Unpacked date with the tagline “The Camera. Reimagined” hinting that the Galaxy S9 series will come with some serious camera specifications.ALSO READ: Here’s why Samsung unexpectedly stopped Android Oreo rollout for Galaxy S8, S8+As far as the past rumours are concerned, the Galaxy S9 will come with a single camera at the back, while the Plus variant may come with dual cameras at the rear. For Galaxy S9, the smartphone is tipped to come with a 12-megapixel sensor on the back along with variable aperture between f/1.5 and f/2.4 and super slow motion video recording, while on the front, the handset is tipped to come with an 8-megapixel sensor with f/1.6 lens and features like Auto HDR.On the other hand, the Galaxy S9+ is expected to sport a dual camera setup on the back like we have seen in Galaxy Note 8. The Plus variant is rumoured to come with dual 12-megapixel sensors with additional features like — phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, and LED flash. The S9+ may feature a version of ISOCELL Dual for better optical zoom, low-light shooting and depth sensing for bokeh shots. Another report suggests that Samsung may use a Sony IMX345 sensor on the back for both Galaxy S9 and S9+.advertisementOther specificationsPast reports suggest that the two flagships may come with a technology called Intelligent Scan which is a biometric feature that uses facial recognition and iris scanning to unlock the phone even in dark or harsh light. Both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are tipped to house stereo speakers tuned by AKG and run Android 8.0 Oreo. The flagships will be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor paired with 4GB of RAM for the Galaxy S9 and 6GB of RAM for the Galaxy S9+. However, Samsung may not bring the Snapdragon model of the flagships to the Indian market, instead launch the Exynos 9810 variant, which will definitely be cheaper. In addition, a newly leaked promo video suggests that we can see Galaxy S9 series come with iPhone X-like 3D Animojis.Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ possible priceFor now, nothing has been rumoured regarding the pricing of the upcoming Samsung flagships. However, the phones are expected to be priced roughly similar to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. We can expect to see Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ priced around $720, which is roughly around Rs 45,790, and $840, approx Rs 53,400 respectively. However, we can expect the pricing go up a little higher when they hit the Indian market, just as the S8 series. The Galaxy S8 was launched in India at a price tag of Rs 57,900 while the Galaxy S8+ was priced at Rs 64,900.Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ India launchWe know that Samsung will be launching the two flagships of the year on Feb 25 at an Unpacked event. Samsung has usually been very quick to launch its flagships in India after unveiling them internationally and the same may happen with S9 series as well. Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy S9 and S9+ in March. According to past rumours, the Galaxy S9, S9+ will be available for pre-orders starting February 26 globally and will start shipping on March 16. We can expect them to arrive around the same time in India as well.last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton hopeful of signing new contract with Mercedes soon

first_imgFormula One champion Lewis Hamilton is hopeful of signing a new long-term deal with Mercedes before the start of the 2018 season. The new season gets underway in Australia in March.Mercedes launched their 2018 car — W09 — at a damp and cold Silverstone circuit and Hamilton, whose current contract expires at the end of the year, said both the parties were not in any rush.”Hopefully we’ll have something done before the beginning of the season, before the start of the first race,” the 33-year-old Briton told reporters.”But again, we’re just in no rush. There’s no reason to rush anything, there’s no panic.”I’m not feeling under any pressure of any other drivers being there and (team boss) Toto (Wolff) and Mercedes have no reason to feel that I’m talking to anybody else,” the four-time champion added.Wolff told reporters separately that he had spoken to Hamilton regularly by phone and through messaging and hoped to have the deal done within “a few weeks” and “the sooner the better”.”He (Hamilton) has been with the team six years so we are talking about extending that to a very long time with the same driver in the same team,” said the Austrian.The season starts in Australia on March 25.Hamilton has been conducting his own negotiations with the team and said last November, after winning his fourth championship in Mexico, that he expected the talks to be straightforward.He explained on Thursday that he had not been away over the winter and preferred to discuss the detail in person. But he said there was no doubt about his commitment and that of the team.advertisement”In the whole six years that I’ve been here, I’ve not spoken to another team once,” he said.”I know the team have been contacted by other drivers in the past, and probably still do today, and that’s inevitable. But we always made it clear at the beginning if that I was to engage and look at my options, I would inform them.”I’ve not needed to,” he added.Hamilton has won three of his titles with Mercedes, missing out narrowly to now-retired teammate Nico Rosberg in 2016.He is now the most successful British driver of all time and favourite to become only the third five times champion after seven-time title holder Michael Schumacher and the late Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more