Microsoft Works to be Offered as Free, Ad-Supported Desktop Suite – No Browser Version?

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web#Web Office richard macmanuscenter_img A few reports are circulating that Microsoft will offer a free, ad supported version of Microsoft Works, its ‘lite’ office suite, within the next few months. However the kicker is that it won’t be a browser-based offering – as the rumor was back in September 2006. The free version of Microsoft Works will be a desktop app; and Microsoft will go back to its tried and true tactic of pre-installing it on PCs – it’s not known yet which PC makers will be involved. Adverts will run within the programs, including the flagship word processing and spreadsheet apps. The BBC reports that the service will debut with Version 9.0 of Works, which is due to launch by the end of the year. BBC says that “the ad-supported version will have a store of adverts it will show to people while they put together documents or spreadsheets. The store of ads would be refreshed every time that computer goes online.”This is just a “trial” that will run until mid-2008. The object is for Microsoft to find out if it can generate enough cash to support such a service. The usual retail price of Works in the US is $39.99, so to be frank this isn’t much of a risk for cash-heavy Microsoft to take.On privacy concerns, ArsTechnica notes that Microsoft won’t use contextual analysis to place ads, quoting a Microsoft statement that “appropriate ad placement will be based on general Works users demographics.”Our TakeIt’s a little disappointing that Microsoft is not releasing Works as a browser-based suite. OK, Microsoft’s strength is in desktop apps and they want to leverage their Windows stronghold (i.e. tap into PC makers yet again). But making Works available as a free ad-supported desktop suite? It seems like a half-baked solution to the Web Office threat facing Microsoft Office. Google Apps is improving all the time, although as yet it has a fair way to go to compete with Microsoft Office (the premium office suite, not Works). I use a combination of Google Apps, Zoho and ThinkFree these days to do all my docs and spreadsheets, partly because I am currently using a Mac and for some reason Parallels (which I run Vista on in my Mac) goes very slow for me.Admittedly there are a number of niggly little things that online word processing and spreadsheets don’t do as well as Microsoft Office. Even so, the fact that I can do word processing and more in the browser on any PC – and share documents and spreadsheets with my workmates and others – that’s the reason I use Web Office products. Microsoft Works as a desktop suite mostly misses out on those benefits.The reality is that Web Office suites aren’t quite there yet in terms of functionality to compete with Microsoft Office. But they are quickly catching up – and Microsoft doesn’t seem willing to offer any of its office products as a browser-based app. That strategy of sticking with the desktop may well win out in the end, based on Microsoft’s huge market share in office software, but it seems like they’re missing an opportunity to head off Google at the pass here. It’s like the America’s Cup, where two yachts enter a tacking duel and both go in separate directions. Who will come out on top? It depends on vagaries like wind shifts and other weather factors. In other words, the environment. But usually the safe tactic is for the leader to cover the other boat, by tacking the same way as them. I would’ve expected Microsoft to do that too – to at least match Google in browser-based office software.The ever-changing office environment will play a big part in office software over the next few years – which way will the winds blow? Will Microsoft regret letting Google go off in a new direction with Office software, without covering them?Image: cruadinx 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Slacker vs. Rdio vs. MOG: Which Streaming Music Service is Worth Your $10/Month?

first_imgFrom the Web, you can favorite other MOG users’ playlists or build your own and these then become available on your mobile. But in the mobile app itself (iPhone and Android only), you can only favorite a track or artist. You can’t add a given track to a playlist on the fly, as you can on Slacker.Meanwhile, on Rdio, the emphasis is more on social discovery of music through friends rather than through “editors” or strangers with similar interests. In a “recent activity” section on the mobile app’s dashboard, you can see your friends’ activity on Rdio, including music they’ve added or who they’re following. This is a decidedly hit-or-miss experience for discovery of new tunes, however, unless all your friends like almost exactly the same music you do (which is never the case, we’ve found).Rdio also features a “heavy rotation” section so you can see what’s popular on the service overall, but this is more limited a snapshot than what MOG and Slacker offer. There are not multiple charts, by genre or otherwise.On Rdio’s iPhone app, a recommended music section has been added, offering a somewhat iTunes-esque “genius-like” list of suggestions based on the songs you’ve already played. Unfortunately, this same feature has not yet made it to all other mobile platforms yet. (Rdio is available on iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7 and BlackBerry.)However, Rdio users can save tracks to their “collection” (an online music collection built using the songs already in your iTunes media library), and they can add tunes to playlists from the mobile app. That means MOG is the only one of the three without playlist management from mobile. For what it’s worth, Rdio’s app is also one of the better designed streaming music mobile applications available today.Catalogs! Who Has Your Tunes?Slacker touts a catalog of over 8 million tracks, and Rdiosays it has 8.5 million tracks. MOG, however, has recently bumped up its catalog to offer 11 million songs, making it the largest of the three we’re examining today. (For comparison’s sake, iTunes now offers 13 million songs, Napster has 10 million songs, Rhapsody, 10 million, Grooveshark, 6 million, Spotify, 13 million.) All three streaming services say they offer songs from the major labels, however, so these shortcomings will only affect users with more indie or esoteric tastes. Much of MOG’s indie selection comes from major indies (Beggars Group, Dischord Records, Matador, Thrill Jockey, Merge Records, Domino, Warp Records) and major indie aggregators (ADA, Redeye, RED, IODAlliance, INgrooves, Virtual Label Group, Finetunes, IRIS, CDBaby – self-released artists, and Tunecore – self-released artists).**Yes, those names only mean something to you if you’re really into indie music. Though MOG’s app isn’t the best in terms of its design, or even features (due to its lack of playlist management on mobile), the ability to stream the most songs may be its top selling point.So what’s Slacker’s main attraction then? It doesn’t have MOG’s catalog or Rdio’s deep social sharing integrations, but it does offer a lot of “top 50” stations – which is great for those who want to explore music based on popularity, instead of those who already know what they’re after.Depending on your mobile platform of choice, and the features that you value most – social, design, catalog or discovery – one of these three can easily fulfill your needs. If not, there are the others we mentioned above, plus iTunes of course…and torrents, we suppose, if you’re naughty. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App sarah perez 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… With Slacker, the new Premium service offers over 8 million tracks from the four major labels and thousands of indies. You can search, play and replay specific songs or entire albums. And you can create playlists both online and on your mobile. Currently, Slacker has apps for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android and BlackBerry phones. Offline playback is supported on these devices, too.Users can also access the 150+ pre-programmed Slacker Radio stations based on musical genre, and can view and play the top 50 most popular songs for that genre’s station.While listening to music, users can favorite tracks for easy retrieval later. And like the Plus offering, this service is available ad-free, and with unlimited song-skipping. It even offers the ability to view song lyrics.Slacker notes on the subscriptions page of its website that with 8 million tracks, Slacker has 6 times more songs available than its top competitor. That’s a fair comparison, given that Pandora’s catalog only includes 800,000 unique songs. While not all of Slacker’s 8 million tracks are available on demand – that’s up to the labels’ discretion – all those that are available on demand on competing services would be available on Slacker, too.Although Slacker does trump Pandora’s catalog hands-down, the service’s real competitors are not other “radio” applications, but on-demand subscription services like Rdio and MOG.Here, the competition is a bit tougher.How Music Discovery & Management ComparesWith MOG, for example, you have access to features similar to Slacker – favorite tracks on demand, top charts, playlists and more. But while Slacker breaks down the charts into “top 50’s” by genre, MOG offers “Top 50” charts for all music being played on its service, available by song, artist or album. (This is on its mobile app, to be clear).The serendipitous discovery on MOG comes instead from a curated “Editor’s Picks” playlist and “Featured Playlists” from other MOG users. There are also featured “Radio Picks” if you prefer the radio format over the on-demand format.center_img Related Posts Slacker Radio, an Internet radio service similar to streaming music giant Pandora, has just introduced a new tier to its subscription service: a $9.99 per month Premium version which offers music on-demand. Previously, as the name implies, Slacker Radio was more focused on a radio-like experience, where you listen to a station built around your favorite artist, just like in Pandora. For example, type in “Lady Gaga” and you’ll be presented with her hottest tracks, as well as those from “related” artists.To ditch the advertisements and skip songs you don’t like, a $3.99/month subscription (Slacker Radio Plus) was made available. And today, Slacker has launched another option: a $9.99/month Premium Radio subscription for playing the songs, albums or artists you want to hear on demand. This is similar to a number of other services out there today, including two of our favorites, MOG and Rdio.Which one is right for you?Yes, We Know: There Are Other Streaming Music ServicesMOG and Rdio are only two of the cloud-based streaming music subscription services available today, so this isn’t meant to be a comprehensive review. Others, like Napster, Grooveshark, Spotify, Rhapsody, Microsoft’s Zune and others are also available, with similar pricing.But MOG, Rdio and Slacker are, let’s be honest, some of the newer, and cooler* services** these days (for U.S. users***), each offering unique features, from social sharing of playlists to free cloud storage for your own tracks and more.*Cool, as you know is an entirely subjective word. Did we mention this was a blog? **We think Grooveshark is pretty cool too, but is still facing questions about its legality. The company maintains there’s nothing illegal about its service, but in truth, it’s operating in a gray area of the law and has since been pulled from iTunes because of that. Spotify may be the coolest of the bunch, but is not available commercially in the U.S. market. Napster and Rhapsody are nice too, but are old brands doing new things, as opposed to new startups doing new things. That doesn’t make their services unworthy of consideration, but they are not being reviewed in this article. ***Yes, this review is U.S.-centric, sorry overseas readers! What is Slacker Premium Offering? Tags:#music#Op-Ed#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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Healthcare Use Cases for Blockchain: 5 Key Factors for Success

first_img“For more Health and Life Sciences related information, you can read more of my articles on IT Peer Network, or visit me on LinkedIn.” Many health and life sciences organizations are now bought into the concept of blockchain and are currently researching suitable use cases to implement this technology. Below I share five key characteristics I am seeing in successful blockchain implementations of use cases.1. It’s About the Network, Not a DatabaseBlockchain is a type of B2B middleware. It is not a replacement for a database within a given organization. It is relatively quick to come up with a blockchain use case. It takes longer to come up with a business network around that use case. That is why near-term opportunities with blockchain center around existing B2B networks, for example, clearinghouses, or drug supply chains, etc. Longer term, new and revolutionary use cases for blockchain will emerge, with new types of participants and networks, but these will take longer to establish. Existing B2B networks may have an intermediary. Rather than disintermediate the intermediary what is more likely to occur is for blockchain to change the role of the intermediary from a potential bottleneck of transactions and single point of failure to more of an enablement, facilitator, and support role.2. Clear Definition of Use CasesAn essential ingredient for success with blockchain is a clear definition of use cases, participants in the B2B network, and value props to all stakeholders. In contrast, an approach of “let’s put all the data on blockchain and figure out later how to use it” is likely to fail for many reasons, including a lack of business buy-in, privacy and security concerns, regulatory/data protection law/compliance requirements, and potential performance and scalability challenges for large datasets. A lot of the value props asserted for blockchain tend to be idealistic. Businesses need to have real business value props and ROI in order to incentivize and motivate their participation in sourcing and consuming transactions to/from a blockchain. These incentives, motivations, and ROI are already established and well quantified in existing B2B networks which is again why existing B2B networks are better near-term opportunities for blockchain. Regardless, business teams need to be engaged early in blockchain initiatives.3. Throughput and ScalabilityBlockchains typically have throughput in the hundreds, or thousands, of transactions per second range, depending on particulars of their implementation, including in particular the consensus algorithm. When analyzing potential use cases for blockchain, do a “back of the envelope” estimate of peak and sustained transaction throughput for your use case and see if your use case estimated throughput is in the right order of magnitude range for blockchain. For example, if you require millions of transactions per second then blockchain may not be the best option. Sometimes techniques such as queuing transactions, expressing urgent and high priority transactions through the queue, and batching transactions into blocks can be used to increase throughput. Sometimes, as in the case of batching, this can trade-off latency for higher throughput.4. Minimal But Sufficient DataData put on the blockchain “B2B middleware” between organizations in a B2B network goes outside of the perimeter of your healthcare organization and is exposed to new risks to its confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Data on blockchains may also encounter new regulatory or data protection law compliance requirements depending on the type of data put on the blockchain and locations of the blockchain network nodes, or endpoints where the decentralized ledgers and data live. Large data types e.g. large images, genomes, etc could have a considerable impact on the performance of your blockchain and therefore are generally best left off-chain, referenced by pointers and hashcodes (of the off-chain data to protect integrity) placed on the blockchain. These concerns can have major impacts on the use cases and data on the blockchain and therefore can’t be dealt with as a “band-aid” after the blockchain is implemented. Privacy, security, and compliance teams need to be engaged early in blockchain initiatives. See my earlier blog Healthcare Blockchain: What Goes On Chain Stays on Chain for more on this subject.5. Stable DataBlocks in blockchain are immutable. That means that once a block is written it (including the data within it) stays as is for the life of that blockchain. It cannot be changed or deleted. This is one of the foundational characteristics of blockchain. It protects the integrity of the data on the blockchain and is a key characteristic of blockchain that helps build trust in a blockchain network. If your use case involves data that changes frequently or may need to be deleted, then consider whether blockchain is the right solution for the use case. “Amendments” can be done to data on a blockchain by adding a new block to the blockchain with amended data that effectively supersedes the original. Similarly, “deleting” a block can be done by adding a new block to the blockchain that marks an earlier block as “deleted”. However, in both of these cases, the old blocks continue to live as-is earlier in the blockchain.Regardless, a use case that involves data that changes or needs to be deleted frequently is going to be a very chatty blockchain and this can have performance, throughput, and scalability ramifications. If you are subject to “patients right to be forgotten” type data protection laws and requirements, this may compel you to put some specific types of data off-chain including PII (personally identifiable information) so that in the event that a patient on the blockchain needs to be forgotten, the PII off-chain can be deleted and the opaque, unique identifier, or pointers to the “forgotten” patients PII that remain on-chain (and cannot be changed) is effectively de-identified and anonymized.What kinds of challenges and best practices are you seeing for picking and developing use cases for blockchain in healthcare?last_img read more

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Minnesota United 2018 season preview

first_imgMLS Minnesota United 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 01:40 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Christian Ramirez Minnesota United MLS 03172017 Ron Chenoy MLS Minnesota United FC Following a rough debut season, the Loons will look for improvement in their sophomore MLS campaign It could have been worse. That seems to be the general sentiment surrounding Minnesota United’s expansion season of 2017. The Loons looked to be on their way to a historically awful campaign in the early going, but managed to turn things around enough to achieve, well, just a bad season. The honeymoon period has ended in Minnesota, though, and the Loons will be expected to improve in 2018, particularly given the extraordinary success of their expansion brethren Atlanta United.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Heading into the 2018 season Minnesota has changed very little on its roster, though, so new players will need to be brought in or existing players will have to improve to avoid a repeat of 2017. How did Minnesota perform in 2017?Miguel Almiron Vadim Demidov Atlanta United Minnesota United2017 finish: Ninth place in the Western Conference (10-18-6), missed the playoffs.The Loons conceded a remarkable 24 goals in their first seven games, leading to fears they could set a whole slew of unwanted records in their expansion season. Adrian Heath’s side did manage to turn things around with some lineup and roster adjustments as the season went on, but it was still far from a strong opening campaign.Minnesota’s key offseason lossesJohan Venegas, Minnesota UnitedMinnesota lost few significant pieces from its 2017 roster, with Johan Venegas being the biggest contributor to depart. The Costa Rica international joined Saprissa on loan after scoring two goals and adding five assists in a so-so 2017 season. Aside from Venegas, no Loons player with more than seven starts in 2017 has left the team. A few of the sporadic contributors departing include Jermaine Taylor, Ismaila Jome, Joseph Greenspan, Justin Davis and Kevin Venegas, all of whom saw their options declined. Minnesota’s key offseason additionsMatt LampsonJust like the previous section, this is an area lacking in significant names. MLS veteran Tyrone Mears will add defensive depth and midfielder Harrison Heath, the coach’s son, could be given a chance to impress after making just seven appearances in three MLS seasons so far. Frantz Pangop, an attacking midfielder, and defender Bertrand Owundi Eko’o, arrive from Cameroon as relative unknowns.Luiz Fernando arrives on loan from Fluminense, and the 22-year-old defensive midfielder should compete for minutes.Perhaps the most significant addition so far is goalkeeper Matt Lampson, who arrived via a trade from Chicago and should push Bobby Shuttleworth for the starting position.Full Minnesota roster entering 2018 seasonAbu Danladi Minnesota United MLSGoalkeepers: Alex Kapp, Matt Lampson, Bobby ShuttleworthDefenders: Michael Boxall, Marc Burch, Francisco Calvo, Vadim Demidov, Brent Kallman, Carter Manley, Tyrone Mears, Wyatt Omsberg, Bertrand Owundi Eko’o, Jerome ThiessonMidfielders: Ibson, Sam Cronin, Ethan Finlay, Xavier Gomez, Harrison Heath, Miguel Ibarra, Jose Leiton, Collin Martin, Kevin Molino, Sam Nicholson, Frantz Pangop, Rasmus Schuller, Collen WarnerForwards: Abu Danladi, Mason Toye, Christian RamirezMinnesota’s projected starting lineupMinnesota United projected XILampson and Shuttleworth appear to be evenly matched in the competition for the No. 1 goalkeeping spot, and both should have a chance to stake a claim for the starting position. The Loons’ back line struggled mightily last season, but Boxall established himself as the preferred partner for Calvo in the center of defense following his midseason arrival. Rookie Omsberg and new signing Owundi Eko’o could also push for minutes at center back. Nicholson and Finlay will begin the season as starters out wide, but Ibarra and Ibson should also be in the mix for playing time. Ibson could also move into the center should Adrian Heath opt for a more attacking option instead of the central midfield pairing of Warner and Cronin. New signing Luiz Fernando should also push Warner and Cronin for playing time. Ramirez is the undisputed top striker option, but Danladi’s promising rookie season means he’ll get plenty of looks in 2018, either playing alongside Ramirez in a two-striker system or as the top attacking option off the bench. Minnesota’s national TV coverageChristian Ramirez MLS Minnesota United 03122017Seattle Sounders vs. Minnesota United – Sunday, April 22, at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNSporting Kansas City vs. Minnesota United – Sunday, June 3, at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1last_img read more

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Report: Celtic 2 Rangers 3

first_imgRangers 2 Celtic 3: Edouard the hero as Rodgers reigns again at Ibrox Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 22:03 11/3/2018 Scott Brown_cropped Ian MacNicol/Getty Images Despite leading twice in the first half, Rangers saw their six-game winning run ended by their Old Firm rivals on Sunday. Substitute Odsonne Edouard scored the winner as Celtic overcame the dismissal of Jozo Simunovic to beat Rangers 3-2 in a pulsating Old Firm derby.Brendan Rodgers’ side twice pegged back their rivals in a see-saw opening half before Simunovic was shown a straight red card for elbowing Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos.However, despite being down to 10 men, Edouard curled home with his right foot in the 69th minute to secure Celtic a fourth straight league triumph at Ibrox and extend their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership table to nine points. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp It did not take long for the third meeting of the season to catch fire, Windass capitalising on an error by Dedryck Boyata to give the home side the lead inside three minutes with a firm shot that flashed beyond debutant goalkeeper Scott Bain.3′ GOOOOAAAALLLL!!! @WindassJnr gives #RangersFC the lead! 1-0 pic.twitter.com/BM02gwyXXJ— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) March 11, 2018Celtic responded quickly, though, as Tom Rogic’s glorious curling finish levelled the game with just 12 minutes on the clock.Rangers were dealt a blow with the loss of David Bates – the defender injured while challenging scorer Rogic – but edged back ahead when Daniel Candeias’ first-time strike found the net via a deflection off Kieran Tierney.However, Celtic hit back again, Scott Brown’s sumptuous pass allowing Moussa Dembele to lob the advancing Wes Foderingham in stoppage timeSimunovic’s dismissal in the 57th minute appeared to give Rangers the advantage, yet it was the visitors who scored the all-important fifth goal thanks to an inspired change.Just two minutes after replacing James Forrest, Edouard – who is on loan from Paris Saint-Germain – collected Dembele’s pass before cutting in from the left to bend a shot beyond Foderingham’s desperate dive.Morelos had a glorious late chance to rescue a point but could only hit the post from point-blank range, meaning Rangers’ six-match winning run in all competitions came to an end at the hands of their fierce rivals.GLASGOW IS GREEN.Derby win for 10-men Celtic! #RANCEL pic.twitter.com/xzJ9d0IyZY— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) March 11, 2018 read morelast_img read more

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YouTube redux: recycle or you’re lazy

first_imgUPDATE 11/14Wise Scott of Catalyst has such a good comment I’m elevating it to a PS to my post:If a Great Environmental Ad Plays in the Forest and No One is There to Hear It…. Does it Really Matter? This is a great ad – but like many non-profits if there is no marketing strategy you have wasted valuable time and resources. While YouTube may seem like a phenomenon – it is not! People that have networking skills and list building skills thrive. And those that do not– do not! I cannot emphasize this enough. Simply putting out an ad on YouTube does not drive traffic to the ad. Organizations need to drive traffic to the ad themselves– and people need to start forwarding the link to their friends in order to generate buzz. I know this seems like obvious stuff– but shockingly few organizations spend money in marketing these campaigns or generating buzz about their new ad. Organizations need to do more to get young voters engaged in their cause than simply put up an ad on YouTube. I got some heated reaction to my last YouTube post, so I am ready for some more! Reader of this blog, Kelley has shared her new spot for 18-34-year-old YouTube viewers to encourage recycling. I really like it, because it’s entertaining (and you gotta be on YouTube). And it provides a reward for taking action. That’s my mantra – you have to give people an immediate, relevant, personal reward for taking the action you ask. This spot tells us we get the benefit of not looking like a lazy fool. I think it works — do you? Make Free Online Polls No! I’m ambivalent Yes! Do you like this spot?last_img read more

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Volunteer of the month: Nigel Fenton

first_imgPictured above: Nigel Fenton, left, pictured with Touch Football ACT’s Mitchell Kent Nigel Fenton has been involved in the Touch Football community as a player, coach, referee and, most notably, a referee coach. Nigel is a referee coordinator at Deakin Touch, acting as a mentor within the referee community.Nigel continues to make a positive impact by assisting with referee development, running referee courses and recruiting referees at competition nights and events.Nigel’s long-term commitment to the game and sharing of his time and expertise continues to make a positive impact on the Touch Football community.last_img read more

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Transfer latest: Chelsea reject £50m Barca bid for Willian

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Chelsea reject £50 million Barcelona bid for Willian Goal Last updated 1 year ago 22:36 6/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Willian Chelsea Getty Images Transfers Premier League Ligue 1 Serie A Bundesliga Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Chelsea reject £50m Barcelona bid for WillianBarcelona have failed with a £50 million (€56m/$65m) bid for Chelsea attacker Willian, claims the Daily Mail.The Blues are not looking to sell the Brazil international, with Barcelona having made an approach in their search for reinforcements following the departure of Andres Iniesta.Manchester United are also interested in Willian and the player’s former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would be willing to outbid the Liga champions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Chiellini and Barzagli extend with JuveCentre-back duo Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli have extended their contracts with Juventus, the Serie A side confirmed on Friday.Chiellini is tied to the club until 2020, while Barzagli’s new deal expires in 2019.Read the the story in full on Goal!Fellaini signs new Man Utd dealManchester United have announced that Marouane Fellaini has signed a new deal that ties him to the club until 2020, putting an end to speculation over the Belgium international’s future.The 30-year-old looked set to leave Old Trafford as a free agent, with reported interest in his services from Serie A giants AC Milan, but he has now committed to another two years with the Red Devils.Read the story in full on Goal!Southampton sign Elyounoussi from BaselMohamed Elyounoussi has joined Premier League side Southampton from Swiss outfit Basel.The 23-year-old Norway international arrives as Mark Hughes’ second signing of the transfer window, following the capture of Stuart Armstrong from Celtic, and has penned a five-year deal at St Mary’s.Castro swaps Dortmund for StuttgartGonzalo Castro has left Borussia Dortmund to sign for Bundesliga rivals Stuttgart.The 31-year-old has penned a three-year deal with his new club, while striker Daniel Ginczek has left Die Schwaben for Wolfsburg on a four-year deal.Read the story in full on Goal!Man Utd lead race for BonucciManchester United are leading the race for AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci, with Manchester City and Chelsea also interested, according to Corriere dello Sport .The former Juventus centre-back is apparently on Jose Mourinho’s transfer wishlist, while Pep Guardiola is also an admirer of the Italy international.Chelsea, who are set to appoint Maurizio Sarri as their new boss, could also come into contention, although Milan are reluctant to allow the 31-year-old to leave.Man Utd quote ‘silly prices’ to Spurs for MartialManchester United are taking a hard line in negotiations with Tottenham over Anthony Martial, reports the Manchester Evening News . According to the report, Spurs have been quoted “silly prices” for the 22-year-old, whose agent said he wants to leave Old Trafford earlier this month .In a related story, United have been rebuffed in their efforts to land Toby Alderweireld from Spurs, with both transfer sagas set to rumble on. Cillessen wants to leave BarcelonaJasper Cillessen wants to leave Barcelona this summer and the club are prepared to let the goalkeeper go, reports Sport . Netherlands international Cillessen has proved to be a reliable back-up to Marc-Andre ter Stegen over the past two years, but is now looking to move on in search of regular playing time.He has a €60 million (£53m/$70m) release clause in his contract, but Barca are expected to listen to offers in the region of €30m (£27m/$35m), with Chelsea and Liverpool among the clubs who could be interested depending upon their own goalkeeping situations.Barcelona to push for De JongBarcelona will speed up their plan to sign Frenkie de Jong from Ajax by making a move for him this summer, according to  Mundo Deportivo . The Catalan side were holding off until the summer of 2019 before making an approach for the midfielder, but the 21-year-old wants to leave Ajax now and is ready to go straight to Camp Nou.Chelsea closing in on Golovin signingChelsea are closing in on signing Russia star Aleksandr Golovin, Goal understands. Juventus have attempted to land the CSKA midfielder, but the Blues are more willing to get closer to the Russian side’s €30m (£27m/$35m) asking price.Check out the full story on Goal! Wilshere nears Fenerbahce moveArsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is set to sign for Turkish power Fenerbahce, according to DHA . Earlier this month, Wilshere confirmed he would be leaving the Gunners as a free agent when his contract expired at the end of June. Despite interest from the Premier League and Italy, the 26-year-old has reportedly come to terms with the Turkish side, and has been house hunting in Istanbul. Sessegnon and Cairney to stay at FulhamFulham stars Ryan Sessegnon and Tom Cairney are both set to extend their contracts at Craven Cottage, reports  The Times . Both players were vital in helping Fulham achieve promotion to the Premier League last season, and had interest from plenty of Premier League clubs. Sessegnon, 18, was the Championship Player of the Year last season, and has been targeted by Manchester United, Tottenham and PSG among others. Chelsea & Tottenham chase MaregaChelsea and Tottenham are just two of the teams looking to sign Porto striker Moussa Marega, claims Zero Zero . The 27-year-old Mali international scored 23 goals for Porto last season, helping the club to win the Portuguese league title.Everton, West Ham and Schalke are also interested in Marega, who has a €40 million (£35m/$46m) release clause. Everton line up TierneyEverton are eyeing Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney as a long-term replacement for Leighton Baines, according to the Mirror .The 21-year-old Scotland international has attracted interest from Manchester United and Tottenham, but the Toffees will attempt to lure him to Goodison Park with a big-money offer. Merino set for €12m Sociedad moveNewcastle United midfielder Mikel Merino is set to complete a €12 million (£11m/$14m) move to Real Sociedad, Goal understands.The 22-year-old midfielder has agreed a five-year deal with the Basque side and will now wait for the two teams to come to terms on a transfer fee. ​Merino made 24 Premier League appearances in his debut season with the Magpies after joining from Borussia Dortmund. Check out the full story on Goal! Carvajal would welcome Neymar at MadridReal Madrid full-back Dani Carvajal says he would welcome Neymar at the Santiago Bernabeu should the PSG star make the move.The Brazilian has been rumoured to be unhappy with the French side, and a shock switch to Barcelona’s greatest rivals has been mooted. Check out the full story on Goal! Halilovic to make Milan switchHamburg midfielder Alen Halilovic is in Italy for a medical ahead of a move to AC Milan, according to  Sky Italia. The 22-year-old Croatia international spent all of last season on loan in Spain with Las Palmas.Halilovic signed with Barcelona in 2014, but failed to make an impact at Camp Nou after he made his senior Croatia debut as a 16-year-old in 2013. Wolves interested in £18m Juve starletWolves have entered negotiations to sign Juventus striker Andrea Favilli, claims Sky Italia. Favilli, 21, is considered one of Italy’s best forward prospects and has represented his country at Under-21 level. Juventus are open to selling Favilli, who they value at £18 million (€20m/$24m). Hyndman to join Wigan on loanBournemouth will let midfielder Emerson Hyndman join Wigan on a six-month loan to begin next season, according to The Sun. The 22-year-old has found playing time hard to come by with the Cherries, who nevertheless still have big hopes for the American. Hyndman impressed in a half-season loan at Rangers in 2016-17, and Bournemouth hope he will do the same with the Championship side next season. Rooney completes D.C. United moveWayne Rooney has completed his long-awaited move from Everton to MLS side D.C. United. The 32-year-old’s return to Goodison Park lasted just one season after Rooney made himself a legendary figure during his time at Manchester United. Check  out the full story on Goal! 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The great donor exodus – and what to do about it

first_imgThis is a really important guest post. If you are in the business of fundraising in any way, it’s recommended reading. Please also share it, because our sector needs to see this data and act accordingly. Thanks to the author, Jay Love, for putting this together in such a compelling way. Jay is the former CEO of eTapestry. He is currently CEO of Bloomerang and SVP of Avectra while serving on numerous local and national nonprofit boards. He’s very smart about this topic. By Jay LoveEver since the Urban Institute and the Association of Fundraising Professionals created the Fundraising Effectiveness Project a few years ago, I have been tracking the results religiously. They provide a near real-time scorecard on what is driving the bulk of charitable giving in our country. The headline of the results is this: Repeat donors matter most. But we are terrible at keeping them. The good news is we could double the fundraising results of most nonprofits by doing a better job keeping our donors. Just imagine what impact such an increase could have on virtually all charity missions!What’s wrongHere’s my team at Bloomerang’s visual analysis of just how badly we’re doing – and why I’m an advocate for doing better. What jumps out at you here is the comparison of the commercial sector customer retention average result of 94% versus the charity sector donor retention result of 41%. That is a drastic difference by any means of comparison. I do not believe the donor retention percentage will ever be the same as those derived from customers paying for a service they use daily, and in most cases where they spent decent sums of money implementing. However, as the bottom right corner block of information states, there are nonprofits who achieve a rate of 70% or higher. Every organization should establish a goal for what their donor retention should be. Unfortunately, many organizations are not aware of their current rate or if they know it do not share it with either their staff or board. What to do about itTo fix this problem at your nonprofit, you need to start with your own data. Track the various retention rates below, comparing those rates with the ones I share here. As the old adage goes, what is measured is what improves. Some key retention rates to track are:1. First Year Donor Retention Rate by Dollars2. First Year Donor Retention Rate by Number of Donors3. Repeat Donor Retention Rate by Dollars4. Repeat Donor Retention Rate by Number of Donors5. Overall Donor Retention Rate by Dollars6. Overall Donor Retention Rate by Number of DonorsCoupled with the above, are the added measures of tracking “upgrades” and “downgrades”. Together these metrics provide solid data to use for establishing individual key objectives and goals. Next, read the recommendations of Professor Adrian Sargeant. His website will give you an MBA in Donor Retention principles and practices here. My hope is each of you reading this post garners an insight or a concept that allows you to improve your organization’s retention levels enough to truly double the lifetime value of your donor database.last_img read more

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Three Easy Ways to Illustrate Your Impact

first_imgOne of the most powerful things nonprofits can do is to make the impact of gifts more visible to supporters. If you don’t, you are likely to lose your donors and volunteers — as well as the chance to build morale and excitement among your staff.Here’s how to show how donations are used by illustrating impact:1. Provide clear and simple information on how money will be used. The more tangible, the better. For example: “Buy this backpack and our company donates $1 for school supplies for kids who can’t afford them.” Research shows that specificity boosts giving and purchasing. Vague statements don’t work as well — and they fuel skepticism among consumers.2. Show, don’t just tell.  It’s not enough to talk about the problem you’re addressing — you need to make clear you have a compelling solution that is making positive change. That means you need to show your impact vividly. Tell stories, use images and draw on the power of video to bring to life the difference being made every day.3. Choose your messengers wisely. The best way to prove you have a positive impact is to get someone else to say it. Endorsements, ratings, seals of approval and testimonials are great ways to build trust with consumers.last_img read more

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