Tarpons Prepare for District Opener

first_imgBy LARRY GAGESpecial to the PRESSThe Port Isabel Tarpons football team took advantage of an extra week to heal up and prepare generally and, at long last, it’s time to start the district season.  The Tarpons will host the Progreso Red Ants this Friday night in the first district game for both teams and it will be Homecoming.“We worked hard last week and the kids had a good week of practice on our open week,” head P.I. football coach and athletic director said this week.  “We’ve got to correct some little things.  We do the little things correctly, we’ll be in good shape.”The head coach was asked about his team’s passing game and how it seemed to come alive against Brownsville St. Joseph’s.  “We’re throwing the ball better.  We’ve been working hard on that every day in practice.”Whatever time and effort was spent in practice on the passing game before the St. Jo’sgame obviously paid off, at least for that one night.  Against the Bloodhounds quarterback Omar Silva completed eight of seventeen passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns.In the 2014 regular season Tarpon passers threw for more than 12 yards in only four games, and averaged a mere 38 yards per contest.  In four games there was not a single pass completion.  About the only way to go from stats like that is up.In 2013, Isaiah Martinez completed 35 of 57 passes in the regular season for 625 yards and nine scores.The fact that Progreso has never beaten Port Isabel in 30 tries should be a warning flag to all Tarpon players and coaches.“In this district you’ve got to bring your “A” game every Friday,” Stumbaugh said Monday.  “Progreso, to me, is always dangerous because they play extremely hard.  Coach Salazar is doing a great job over there and he’s got those kids playing hard.  Our mindset better be on respecting what they can do.”“They’re running some kicks back and they’ve hit some long passes.  Defensively they’ve got an eight-man front and they just come and get you.”Through four non-district games Omar Silva is the team’s leading rusher with 288 yards gained on the ground and has scored three times.  Silva has done almost all the passing this season for P.I. and has thrown for 183 yards on 13 completions in 29 attempts.  Williams Romero has connected on six of 10 extra-point attempts and made two field goals in as many attempts for 12 total points.For the “Seawall Defense”, linebacker John Ray Martinez leads the team in tackles with 28 total stops, including five for loss, and recovered a fumble.  Defensive end Raul Villareal and defensive back Ricky Gonzalez each have 22 total tackles, and Villareal also has two quarterback sacks and two forced fumbles.  Defensive back Carlos Orduna leads with two interceptions.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share RelatedCancelled!By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS It was lightning more than rain that forced the cancellation of last Friday night’s non-district road football game between the Port Isabel Tarpons and the Hidalgo Pirates. Some games in the Lower Rio Grande Valley were played as scheduled but quite a few…September 18, 2015In “News”Tarpons Go Down, 54-40, at IDEA QuestBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Tarpons went on the road Tuesday night and lost a 54-40 decision to Edinburg IDEA Quest in a non-district basketball game. “We’re getting better,” first-year head coach Anthony Velarde told the Press Wednesday morning.  “We’re just not putting together a…December 6, 2015In “News”Tarpons on road again, to RGCBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS After opening the 2011 district season with a big win at home last Friday against Zapata, the Port Isabel Tarpons hit the road this week for the fourth time for a game with the Grulla Gators in Rio Grande City. The Tarpons have…October 13, 2011In “Sports”last_img read more

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Sabotase Sistem Sinyal, Ribuan Penumpang Chennai Metro Rail Limited Terbengkalai

first_img(The Hindu) Gangguan persinyalan pada hari Senin dan Selasa di Chennai, India terjadi karena aksi pemokogan oleh staf, ribuan penumpang Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) harus merasakan penderitaan. Pasalnya selain mogok, dua karyawan membuat sistem persinyalan otomatis tidak berfungsi dan mengakibatkan gangguan perjalanan kereta.Baca juga: Mesin Tiket Otomatis Tak Berfungsi, Penumpang Kereta di Chennai Harus AntreAkibat sabotase sistem persinyalan ini, membawa unsur ketakutan yang berbeda ke pikiran penumpang pada hari Selasa. Memang sabotase tak sampai sore saat masalah terlihat karena CMRL kemudian mengatakan gangguan dalam sistem sebagai alasan persinyalan otomatis rusak. “Dua dari staf non-eksekutif kami merusak sistem pensinyalan otomatis, yang menyebabkan kegagalan fungsi pada sore hari tanggal 29 April. CMRL menyampaikan permintaan maaf yang tulus kepada penumpang atas ketidaknyamanan yang ditimbulkan,” ujar pernyataan CMRL yang dikutip KabarPenumpang.com dari laman thehindu.com (1/5/2019).CMRL pada Selasa sore mengatakan layanan langsung dari Chennai Central ke bandara, yang dihentikan, telah dipulihkan.“Operasi kereta antar-koridor antara Pusat ke Bandara telah berhasil dipulihkan pada pukul 1.30 malam. hari ini (30 April). Semua layanan kereta Metro berjalan sesuai jadwal,” twit CMRL.Kemudian di hari itu, pihak kereta Metro Chennai mengajukan pengaduan ke kantor polisi Koyambedu dimana General manager bersama Satheesh Prabhu, mengatakan 18 anggota staf menyerang dan melecehkannya ketika dia mencegah mereka memasuki area terbatas Pusat Pengendalian Operasi dari mana seluruh operasi Kereta Api Chennai dapat dipantau.Mereka juga menyabotase peralatan pensinyalan, yang menyebabkan kegagalan operasi, menciptakan kepanikan dan ketidaknyamanan yang luar biasa bagi para penumpang.Banyak penumpang mengeluh bahwa mereka tidak dapat menggunakan layanan pada hari Selasa sampai mereka dipulihkan pada pukul 01.30 malam waktu setempat.Ramani Krishnan, seorang penduduk Vadpalani, mengatakan bahwa dia ketinggalan pesawat karena kereta ditunda dan harus membatalkan pertemuan karena kekacauan. Di akun Twitter, Suresh (@ji_Sriram) mengatakan CMRL seharusnya telah mengatur pengaturan perjalanan darurat dengan bus atau kendaraan lain, terutama pada rute bandara ke Central Chennai, untuk membantu para penumpang yang terdampar.Banyak warganet lain di Twitter menyuarakan keluhan mereka, termasuk mengungkapkan kemarahan atas tindakan sabotase, tetapi juga mengeluhkan kereta berjalan lambat dan frekuensi yang berkurang di Bandara Chennai ke bentangan Washermanpet, terutama bahkan setelah CMRL mengklaim telah memulihkan layanan.Baca juga: Chennai Mofussil, Terminal Bus Terbesar dengan Kapasitas 2.000 BusTak hanya itu banyak yang mengeluh bahwa kartu mereka tidak diterima, dan di beberapa stasiun, penumpang mengeluh bahwa tidak ada yang tersedia untuk mengeluarkan token perjalanan. Kemungkinan hal ini disebabkan oleh kekurangan staf di stasiun, karena CMRL mengklaim bahwa mereka menjalankan layanan pada hari Selasa dengan hanya staf outsourcing dan lima karyawan CMRL. Diketahui sebanyak 250 staf CMRL memboikot pekerjaan pada hari Selasa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedKetepatan Waktu Kereta India Mengalami Penurunan Akibat Faktor Keterlambatan07/09/2018In “Darat”Bus Kota di Chennai, Potret Buruk Transportasi di India29/05/2019In “Bus dalam kota”Untuk Pertama Kalinya Mumbaikars Merasakan Layanan Kereta Ekonomi AC27/12/2017In “Darat”last_img read more

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Chelsea have to settle for point at Everton

first_imgSee also:Everton v Chelsea player ratingsConte stands by team selection after Chelsea draw Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Chelsea had to settle for a point despite dominating the game at Goodison Park. In a one-sided first half, Everton defender Phil Jagielka produced goal-line clearances to deny Tiemoue Bakayoko and then Willian after Marcos Alonso had delivered a great cross from the left. As the visitors continued to press, Everton keeper Jordan Pickford kept out a shot from Pedro, who also dragged an effort wide of the target.The one-way traffic continued after the interval and Chelsea were again denied by a goal-line clearance, this time by Ashley Williams, who prevented Alonso scoring from the rebound after Pickford had saved Pedro’s low shot.And Williams had a lucky escape when he headed Victor Moses’ right-wing cross against his own bar.Having been under pressure for most of the game, Everton almost snatched a victory when the excellent Michael Keane headed over in injury time.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Moses (Zappacosta 80), Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Willian (Batshuayi 71), Hazard, Pedro (Fabregas 63). Subs not used: Caballero, Drinkwater, Cahill, Hudson-Odoi.center_img Embed from Getty ImagesEverton 0 Chelsea 0last_img read more

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Amitabh Bachchan urges support for flood-hit Kashmir

first_imgOn behalf of the Indian film fraternity, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan Tuesday appealed to all citizens to contribute to the cause of rehabilitating the flood-ravaged Kashmir.Big B is the front-runner of the campaign “Hum Hain…Umeed-e-Kashmir”, an initiative of the entertainment industry, led by the Event and Entertainment Management Association (EEMA), the Film and Television Producers Guild and Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEE).Amitabh Bachchan shared his charitable effort on Twitter too”When we see (the kind of things that have happened in) Kashmir, Assam, Meghalaya or the Andhra Pradesh cyclone… when we see these things, I feel that as an Indian, whatever I am able to do for my nation, I must do,” the 72-year-old said here at a press conference.Calling himself a “small member” of the Indian film fraternity, the globally popular icon said that whenever the country has witnessed a disaster, “the nation’s film industry has, without hesitation, tried to help people, and share their sorrows”.”During 45 years of my career, I have seen many such times when some disaster has hit the country, and the film industry has stood united for the cause and contributed towards it. I dedicate myself for this cause. I will do as much as I can do for Kashmir,” he said.He added that he feels “immense sorrow” to see the post disaster photographs of the scenic land, which was once Bollywood’s favourite destination to shoot.T 1634 – Launched the HUM Hain Umeed e Kashmir .. charitable effort for the disaster in this paradise .. as also the floods in Assamadvertisement Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) October 14, 2014Film producer Mukesh Bhatt, president of Film and Television Producers Guild, too was present at the occasion, which was also graced by Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Sarbananda Sonowal.Bhatt said it’s like “payback time” for the film industry.”We feel emotionally committed to that land, and we must come together to help in its hour of darkness,” Bhatt said of Jammu and Kashmir, which was left devastated after floods hit the region in September.Hence, as part of the “Hum Hain…Umeed-e-Kashmir” campaign, a slew of celebrities from the film and music world will come together to perform for a charity concert, to be held at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium here Saturday. They will also appeal their fans and the public to donate generously for the cause.From Gulzar, Vishal Bhardwaj, Sharmila Tagore and Vidhu Vinod Chopra to Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar, Ranbir Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Sushant Singh Rajput and Parineeti Chopra — various known names are lending their support to the effort.Sonowal said that on his part, he has waived off the stadium rental for the event, which he will attend only after buying the tickets.All money generated through sale of tickets, donations and sponsorships, will be given to select charities for relief work.last_img read more

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Tas State Cup & Junior State Cup

first_imgThe State Cup will be played on Saturday, 21 November, while the Junior State Cup will be played on Sunday, 22 November 2009. As well as the two tournaments, Touch Football Tasmania will be holding a referee forum on Friday, 20 November. The evening will be hosted by National Referee Panel member Ian Matthew and one of Australia’s leading referees Adam Foley. The two will also be in attendance at the State Cup and Junior State Cup. The State Cup has been moved to accommodate selections for the Tasmanian teams which will compete at the 2010 National Touch League. Combined Northern teams will take on Southern Touch in Open Men’s, Women’s and Mixed, Men’s and Women’s 30’s and over, as well as Men’s and Women’s 18’s and under. Southern Touch will be looking for another clean sweep of the tournament, after winning every division at the last State Cup in Hobart in January 2009.The games commence at 9.00am on Saturday, with the final game of the day to be played at 4.20pm. The Junior State Cup will be held the next day, with the following divisions being contested in both Girls and Boys: 12 years and under, 14 years and under and 16 years and under. Games will commence at 9.00am.For more information, please visit the Touch Football Tasmania website:www.tastouch.com.aulast_img read more

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Obama email team reveals what worked – and didn’t – in election fundraising

first_imgM+R had a fascinating post* last week about political fundraising. It highlighted insights from the digital team who sent out fundraising emails for the Obama campaign. While political fundraising is its own animal, I do think many of these insights apply to all forms of fundraising. So whether you’re a political activist or a nonprofit fundraiser, or of the red or blue or purple persuasion, you will find this interesting.(The whole post is here. These are some highlights along with my commentary.)1. It’s hard to predict what will work – so testing matters. There were 18 very smart people on the email team alone, and they often predicted the wrong winners among versions of emails. And just when they figured out what worked, it stopped working. So they tested again. Keep testing!2. The best segmentation was based on what donors did – not how they voted or their demographics. Segmenting their message according to the ways people responded worked far better in yielding strong fundraising results than any other variable. What have people donated in the past? In response to which appeals? Segment accordingly.3. Length didn’t seem to matter a lot, until the end of the campaign, when shorter did better (reminds me of my advice to write very short appeals on December 31!). What did matter was the content and relevance of the message.4. For fundraising, setting a big goal for number of donations worked, but little, very local goals (we need six more donors in Washington, DC) did not. Those only worked for advocacy. Interesting. Something to test?And my favorite finding? The best appeals also had the highest unsubscribe rates. Like Mark Rovner always says, evoking passion means you get strong opinions on all sides. Bland is safe – and gets NO reaction.For more findings, check out the full post, “Surprises from Obama’s New Media Staff.”*Hat tip to Jono Smith of Event360 for sharing the post.last_img read more

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Donors are the drivers

first_imgLearn and plan. Donors are the drivers. These are two important reminders that Larry C. Johnson shares in his new book The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising. While these maxims might seem obvious, Larry explores them in a way that will change how you think about asking for donations this holiday season.At the heart of every donor’s decision to make a gift is the desire to actualize their personal values.As you plan your year-end campaign, don’t forget to keep the emphasis on your donor. It’s important to provide a clear tie from the impact of your work to your donors who make it all happen. When organizations ask for donations using their own values, it’s mistakenly assumed that those values are universal. Listen to what’s important to your donors, then position your organization’s fundraising efforts so that you serve your donor’s needs while also raising money for the cause that you both value.Donors want to be engaged, not enticed.Have you ever tried to entice donors to give? When you approach supporters by selling them on the value of the services that your nonprofit offers, your interaction may seem more like a transaction. If you want your donors to feel involved, ask how your organization is meeting donors’ dreams and fulfilling their desires. Has your donor always dreamed of ending childhood hunger? Let him know how his donation will work to achieve that goal. Has your supporter had a lifelong interest in the region where you operate? Tell her about how your work affects the local community. Discover what inspires and motivates your donors, appeal to that, and invite them to be involved.Larry will join us next Tuesday to share more from his book and answer your questions on sustainable fundraising. You’ll learn how you can apply the eightrules to raise more money for your organization. Join our free webinar on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 from 1 pm to 2 pm EST. Register now to reserve your spot. (Can’t attend the live session? Go ahead and register so you receive the presentation and recording via email.)last_img read more

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Do you have a plan for me?

first_imgAs fundraisers, we often want to know why and how our supporters plan to donate in any given year. As donors, we usually want to know the same thing from the organizations we support. If I give to your organization, what can I expect? Do you have a plan for me if I am a new supporter? A lapsed donor? A major donor? A peer-to-peer giver? A recurring donor? If you don’t have a plan for me, how do you expect to develop a relationship with me as a donor? We often talk about segmenting lists and personalizing communications, but when it comes to your various donor and supporter types, do you have a holistic plan for identifying, nurturing, and retaining each unique tier of support? While you may have the best intentions, without a clearly articulated plan, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to successfully execute tactics that will help you create a well-rounded, long-term fundraising approach for each type of donor (or potential donor).For best results, your comprehensive fundraising strategy should include: a list of key segments for your organizationhow your organization defines each segmentthe historical and projected fundraising results from each groupthe specific tactics and messages that will help you build relationships with each type of donor You should also understand how each segment interacts with the rest of your donor pool and which triggers move someone from one tier to the next (in either direction). If you don’t have this data, start by talking with your most loyal donors to find out what has them giving year after year.Need some help thinking about this? Download the archived presentation of our free webinar with Sea Change Strategies’ fundraising experts Alia McKee and Mark Rovner. Listen to the recording f to learn from these two fundraising gurus, get an inside look at The Missing Middle report, and get your mid-level donor questions answered.last_img read more

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You can do it! Goal setting for #GivingTuesday

first_imgNow create your own giving pyramid and think it through. If it feels ambitious but achievable, then it is a great place to start with a first year goal. If it seems too easy to achieve, boost the dollar amount. Too much of a stretch? Dial back.Leverage with matching fundsOne of the most powerful tools on #GivingTuesday is matching funds. Consider identifying a lead donor for your #GivingTuesday campaign who is willing to donate marketing fuel to your campaign engine, with matching funds.Even a small amount of matching fund dollars can provide significant benefit to a campaign. If you can raise as little as 5% – 10% of your total fundraising goal in matching funds, there are simple but effective ways to use this to amplify your campaign. These are a few ways to deploy the dollars effectively: · Match a % of dollar raised up to the amount of matching funds you have. So if you have $5,000 against a $50,000 goal, match $1 for every $10 raised until you reach your goal.· Match the first gifts every hour up to an hourly amount. So, if you have $10,000 in matching funds, match the first $1,000 each hour for the busiest ten hours of the day.· Match only gifts up to a certain amount. If one of your goals is number of donors, rather than just dollars, cap your matching funds at $100 or another amount that reflects your likely average gift.· Match gifts that further other objectives, like donors that set up recurring gifts. In this instance, consider doing a bonus match for a monthly donation, since these are an organization’s most engaged supporters over time. Your goal will be one of the most visible anchors of your #GivingTuesday campaign, so make it a motivator. It should be big and meaningful enough to get people excited to work hard. If it’s too attainable, it will feel like just another day at the office, and it will be hard to motivate your team.Everything you do for the next eight weeks depends on motivation and focus; set that goal today, and start planning your giving party on December 2nd! Party on!If you’re a fundraiser, you’re seeing news about #GivingTuesday everywhere.And the buzz is for good reason – #GivingTuesday is not only the launch of the giving season, but has become an international celebration of generosity. And your donors, prospects, staff and volunteers are likely to be hearing a lot about the big day – from you or someone. So, it’s time to solidify your #GivingTuesday plans.GivingTuesday, when done well, can have all the excitement and engagement of a great party, while building awareness and donations for your cause. It can also carry good feelings forward through the December giving season to boost your overall year-end fundraising efforts.What will make it a great day?Like a great party, the secrets to #GivingTuesday success combine great planning with a little magic. And like a party theme, your campaign goal is the part of the plan from which everything else stems. If you ran a #GivingTuesday campaign last year, you have a benchmark against which to think about 2014. If you’re in your first year, setting goals will be an educated best guess. Achieving your first year goal is where the (Planning + Luck) = Success equation comes in. Dollars are likely to be one of the key elements you measure, but it doesn’t need to be your only goal. These are a few goals to consider instead of, or in addition to, funds raised:· Number of donors· Number of new donors· Number of volunteers/hours (if you are including an activity)· Number of recurring donors· % Participation among key groups – like staffBuild a pyramidEven if you don’t have prior experience with #GivingTuesday, you can do some predictive planning around logical paths to your goals. Giving pyramids are a simple way to add a quantitative element to planning your dollar goal. They let you sanity check your goal by putting it on paper, rather than just guessing.How do you build a giving pyramid? Let’s take one example: Your nonprofit would like to raise $50,000 on #GivingTuesday. If you’re a small nonprofit, just eliminate zeroes from this example.Here is one illustration of how to predict a path to success with a giving pyramid:· $50,000 Goal· 8,500 donors in data file· 255 Donors if you achieve 3% participation (and you’ll definitely attract new donors too, so this should be a safe bet)So how might this set up in a giving pyramid? last_img read more

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How to Optimize Your Giving Experience

first_imgAre you being honest about what the experience is?Let’s all agree on this:  the giving experience is much more than a donation form. In fact, it’s even more than the moment when you make the ask.Your nonprofit’s giving experience begins at awareness and continues through acknowledgement. Each part of this experience should connect and build on the pieces that come before (and after) it. This consistency reinforces your message and keeps prospective donors in the moment of giving. Your appeals, newsletters, website, online donation page, social media, thank yous, and everything else in your campaign should all have the same compelling story, call to action, and impact statements that help donors clearly understand the impact their gift will have.Step into your donors’ shoes and walk through the entire campaign to ensure that the journey they see is the one you intend them to experience. (It just so happens that Network for Good has a free guide that will help you audit your giving experience. Download your copy now.) Are you putting enough emphasis on the follow through?Getting a supporter to give to your campaign is important, but the stewardship plan to thank, retain, and grow these donors is critical. For each campaign and each core segment, have a clear plan for following up with these donors in a way that connects your communication to the reasons they gave in the first place. As we covered in the first question, this is still part of your donor’s journey and paying attention to retention help you get more from the investment you make in your fundraising campaigns. Do you understand what your data is telling you?It’s very difficult to get smarter about your campaigns if you’re not sure what’s working. And it’s almost impossible to do that if you’re not collecting and tracking the right data. (And no, a spreadsheet no longer counts.) And when you’re not getting smarter, you’re wasting time, money, and your donor’s attention.Make sure your donation and campaign data is flowing into an easy-to-use donor management system that will allow you to quickly track and report on your results. You’ll see who’s giving (and who’s not), understand which outreach works best with each segment, and be better equipped to form the right strategies to meet your goals. (Check out this archived free webinar to learn how to use your donor data to increase your fundraising results this year. You’ll also get a sneak peek at Network for Good’s new donor management software, which is going to make your life a whole lot easier. I promise.)center_img Your communications plan should focus on engaging and inspiring your supporters, but when it comes to making the ask, are the odds in your favor? Here are three questions that will help you optimize your organization’s giving experience.last_img read more

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