40 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 28 April 2003 | News “Life insurance is a fact of life,” says Mark Freeman, chief executive of Charity Business. “But a lot of people are bothered by the amount that’s siphoned off in commission to brokers. With this new service everybody wins – discounted rates mean customers pay less for their insurance while their favourite charity receives money at no cost to themselves or anyone else.”Online affinity programmes have been available for many years. Amazon.com is one of the most popular, and was launched back in 1997. Participating charities and organisations can earn between 5 and 15% of each book sold via their Web site. Tagged with: Digital Trading AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis New online insurance service to help charities raise funds About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. An online insurance service could help charities secure for themselves the 20% commission usually paid to a broker.Claiming to be the first ‘insurance fundraiser’ of its kind, the scheme has been developed by charity specialist Charity Business in partnership with Aisa Direct, an Independent Financial Adviser regulated and authorised by the Financial Services Authority.The online service provides discounted quotes for individual life, critical illness and income protection cover from leading insurance providers. Because the service is online the need for a third party broker is minimised, which enables a proportion of the commission to be redirected to charities. Depending on the type of policy, charities could earn “from £50 to £1,000 each time.” Advertisement
The group hashed out their differences surrounding the situation and the team has apparently moved on.As I just stated on @nflnetwork: According to multiple sources, several veteran Browns players approached Baker Mayfield in the locker room after the young QB’s critical comments about RB Duke Johnson to register their displeasure, and they hashed out their differences.— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) June 13, 2019Mayfield’s comments about Johnson’s request were not, by any, means neutral. Related News Johnson has requested a trade from the Browns after the team picked up free agent running back Kareem Hunt this offseason.According to Johnson, the team put his name on the block and were searching for suitors to take the running back.He says he then requested a trade because he felt unwanted. Browns’ Baker Mayfield to Duke Johnson: ‘You can get out of the way or you can join us’ Baker Mayfield’s comments about Duke Johnson’s trade request apparently didn’t go over too well in the locker room.Several veteran Browns players approached Mayfield about his comments and expressed their displeasure with how he handled the situation, according to NFL Network. “It’s not awkward. It’s self-inflicted,” Mayfield told reporters. “I hope he does his job.”He continued: “If we have guys that want to be here, they’ll show that, they’ll voice that. Obviously, he’s going to handle his stuff how he wants, but you’re either on this train or you’re not, it’s moving. You can get out of the way or you can join us.’’
BALDWIN ADVANCES—Baldwin’s Taylor Wentzel drives upcourt against DaJai Beasley of Allderdice. Wentzel scored 12 points in Baldwin’s 57-45 win over Allderdice in the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs. “We couldn’t put the ball in the hoop like we know we could,” he said. “It was a real bad shooting night for us.”In their last games as Dragons, Lanise Saunders and Janay Bottoms led their team with 15 and 10 points, respectively, in the 57-45 defeat suffered to Baldwin on March 9 at Langley.The Highlanders had a trio of double-digit scorers to represent the WPIAL’s class AAAA, section 4 that has Mt. Lebanon who owns this year’s conference title and three on the State level.Baldwin (19-7) was the section’s runner up.“We came in confident that we had what it took to win against one of the best teams in the WPIAL,” Walcheskey said. “We fell just short.”Last, year, Allderdice lost to the Blue Devils in the first round of the State playoffs, 77-22. Walcheskey believes it’s these team’s lack of depth that causes them to be eliminated so early.“At any given time, these teams have 10 to 12 valid options to put on the floor,” Walcheskey said about WPIAL depth. “Our numbers are much fewer. Our girls get tired. And that definitely plays a major role in these games.”Chartiers Valley 64, Westinghouse 31The city’s AAA representative Westinghouse lost to Chartiers Valley 64-31 the PIAA playoffs, on March 10 at Peabody.Westinghouse (19-6) was led by sophomore guard Kayla Key’s 9 points, as the city’s AAA representative in the PIAA playoffs, March 10 at Peabody.Key had to step in for starting point guard Roishay Woods, who was injured in the city title game against Allderdice.“There were several attempts this week to get Roishay back for this game,” Westinghouse coach Phyllis Jones said.“It was determined that she had a deep bruise in the knee and was not going to be prepared to participate in the state game. But, Kayla stepped in and played a great game for us.”Led by Alexa Golden’s 14 points, Chartiers Valley (23-3) had two others that finished in double-figures.The Lady Bulldogs were missing the team’s leading rebounder, Brittany Jackson, who also went down to injury. Jones said she has averaged around 7 boards per contest.“This year, in addition to the injuries, the long turnaround between the city championship and the state first-round game played a major role in how we played,” Jones said.(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected]courier.com and on Twitter @malikvincent.) by Malik VincentThe City League girls champs Allderdice, along with the Westinghouse girls fell short in the PIAA state championship tourney last week.There wasn’t a fault in Allderdice’s senior girls’ leadership in their PIAA AAAA state playoff game.According to Coach Dave Walcheskey, they just couldn’t score to their potential.
Taylor Townsend, of the U.S, returns the ball to Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Friday, May 30, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent)PARIS (AP) — Chicago teenager Taylor Townsend made quite a splash on the red clay at the French Open, and she enjoyed it so much she’s ready for next year.She says the crowds were supportive and she “had a great time playing in front of them.”Townsend was speaking Friday after a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.The 18-year-old from Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood says she realized she likes “playing in front of a lot of people” on the big stage.Townsend reached the third round at Roland Garros, quite an accomplishment in her Grand Slam debut.She also earned some new fans with her aggressive play, including Andy Murray.The Wimbledon champion said Townsend is “a really nice player to watch” and “hits the ball great.” Taylor Townsend, of the U.S, reacts as she plays Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Friday, May 30, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent)For all the problems facing Townsend on Wednesday, she always had her notebook to offer comfort and counsel.So along the way to beating 20th-seeded Alize Cornet of France 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to reach the third round, the 205th-ranked Townsend sat at changeovers and read what she’d written during practices. Those jottings were useful when Townsend was losing five games in a row to blow a 4-1 lead in the second set, or letting most of a 5-1 edge slip away in the third, or dealing with the wildly partisan crowd.“They just kind of get me back into a state of mind … (of) keeping things simple,” she said. “I mean, I have been doing it for so long, it’s kind of a habit now, so if I don’t read it, it’s weird. … But it also helps me, especially in situations like today.”Townsend wouldn’t offer specifics on what she writes in her notebook, saying with a smile: “I can’t give you my secrets.”Townsend, who says she’s working toward a high school degree, earned a wild card from the U.S. Tennis Association based on her results during a series of lower-level tournaments this spring. Now she’s the youngest U.S. woman in the third round at Roland Garros since 2003.“These are the moments, these are the things, that any young professional athlete is working for,” said the bubbly Townsend.She celebrated on court with a dance that’s popular in her home state of Georgia, then chuckled through her news conference, including when informed that Wimbledon champion Andy Murray tweeted about her.It just so happens that Townsend lasted longer at this French Open than the Williams sisters, who own a combined 24 Grand Slam titles but both lost earlier Wednesday.Townsend didn’t even realize Serena Williams, the defending champion, had been defeated 6-2, 6-2 by Garbine Muguruza of Spain. Asked at her news conference about that result, Townsend looked genuinely stunned, putting her left palm to her check and saying: “Serena lost? She did? Oh. Oops. Whoa. … I thought she won. I saw (the score), 2 and 2. I was like, ‘Oh, that was fast.’ Wow.”Townsend won the girls singles and doubles titles at the 2012 Australian Open and became the first American since 1982 to hold the year-end No. 1 junior ranking.“She’s an unpredictable player. She can play some amazing shots. I think that … she was a bit scared to finish the match,” said Cornet, 24, whose best Grand Slam result was getting to the fourth round at the 2009 Australian Open.“She has huge potential,” Cornet said. “I will keep a close eye on her.”___Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich
SAN JOSE — Evander Kane is fast, physical and just entering the prime of his career.Pete DeBoer raves about him, he produces almost every night and the Sharks see him as a cornerstone piece for years to come. With so much to like, it’s hard to understand why Kane, 27, will be suiting up for the Sharks at SAP Center Thursday instead of the Buffalo Sabres? Why isn’t he a centerpiece in the team’s rebuild?The easy narrative is that the Sabres unloaded Kane because he’s a problem child and who …
The eyes say: KD is the hammer and the anvil for the Warriors at this point. Called upon to play all but 4 minutes in this contest because of … Fast Break blogger Vignesh Venkataraman, aka Viggy, will be sizing up the Warriors and Rockets after every game. Here’s the post-Game 1 breakdown:The Hot List1. Kevin DurantPrevious rank: 2The numbers say: A game-high 29 points on 9-22 shooting. KD also chipped in 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, and 2 blocks in a whopping 44 minutes.
A member of the Ohio State men’s tennis team is single and looking – for a new doubles partner, that is. Blaz Rola, a junior from Slovenia, wants to continue the streak of success he had last season into this year. The Buckeyes (8-1) entered the 2013 season coming off a record-setting 2012 campaign, when then-sophomore Rola and his then-senior doubles partner Chase Buchanan became the first tandem in collegiate men’s tennis history to capture three major national championship titles in a single season. The then-No. 1-seeded duo finished their season with a 36-4 overall record and a perfect 14-0 run in three major tournament victories – D’Novo/ITA All-American Championships, USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships and NCAA Championships. “(Blaz and Chase) were two guys who put a lot into their tennis game, and two guys who have a deep appreciation for OSU athletics. It was great to see those guys accomplish (tournament wins),” said coach Ty Tucker. Rola said the pair’s accomplishments stemmed from complementing one another’s games well. “I was more of a baseline game guy, staying in the back, and (Chase) was more with the quick hands on the net with the volleys. Our returns worked so well in doubles, and that’s what made us a great team,” Rola said. After the celebrations had died down and the trophies were placed in glass cases, the partners had to face a certain reality – Buchanan was graduating, and Rola was staying behind. Rola said that Buchanan, who graduated as one of OSU’s most decorated athletes ever, has gone on to join the United States Tennis Association professional national team in Florida. Buchanan did not provide comment despite multiple attempts to reach him. The OSU men’s tennis team has since been faced with the task of finding a new partner for Rola in the wake of the All-American talent it had in Buchanan. “To replace Chase is going to be really, really hard – almost impossible. I don’t think I can find someone that I had such a great chemistry with,” Rola said. “But I’m 100 percent sure that I can find, out of the (11) players we have, a partner that I have chemistry with.” Tucker said the team ensures its consistent play by learning a universal formation that translates to flexibility in pairing for doubles game. “We play the same doubles formation on all three courts. You’re going to lose people in college tennis to injury, and you’re going to lose people to graduation, so everyone has to be on the same page,” Tucker said. “We’ve been fortunate enough in doubles to win some points because all three courts play the same system and everyone is taught the same way.” Even as the team draws close to the middle of its season, Rola said he’s not yet found the new partner for him. “Changing partners for me at least is not such a big deal … I’ve played with (redshirt sophomore) Kevin (Metka) a couple matches, I’ve played with (redshirt sophomore) Hunter (Callahan) a couple practice sets, I’ve played with (senior) Connor Smith a couple practice sets. With everyone I’ve played with, it’s just been great … (But) I don’t have a specific partner,” Rola said. Smith, one of Rola’s doubles partners this year, said he has enjoyed helping the team out in doubles play so far. “(Chase’s) shoes are huge shoes to fill … so I’m not really trying to fill any shoes. I’m just doing my best to help out the team and get a point,” Smith said. Smith said the team aims to repeat its doubles win at the NCAA tournament this year. “(To win) is our whole goal. We go (to) a tournament to try and win it and bring something back for our season,” Smith said. Rola could not repeat his coveted three-peat from last year because he spent the fall playing tournaments in Europe. As the season continues, Tucker said he is willing to continue experimenting up until tournament time to find the right player combinations. “You’ve got to make sure that all three doubles spots have the best chance to win, and sometimes you have to split people up,” he said. The Buckeyes are set to continue tournament play on Friday at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Seattle, Wash.
Liverpool have spent a massive amount this year but they have no plans to match Neymar’s €222m price tag, says Jurgen KloppThe Brazilian superstar completed a shock world-record €222m transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain last summer in order to aid the French side’s hopes of landing a first Champions League crown.Meanwhile, Liverpool have spent a combined total of £163.98m on the likes of Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and goalkeeper Alisson this summer.The Reds were determined to bolster their squad in order to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title this season.But, unlike PSG, Klopp insists that Liverpool still have some control over their finances and won’t recklessly lavish out on any potential star recruits.“No chance, no chance, no chance,” replied the Liverpool boss, when asked of the club owners sanctioning a Neymar-like fee (via ESPN).“We are not owned by a state like it’s the case at two big clubs. We have our limits.”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.On whether owners Fenway Sports Group would fulfil his every transfer wish, Klopp said: “No. We have a conservative leadership.”He added: “It feels like €100m back then is €500m today. When Neymar joined PSG for €222m, I shook myself.“Back then I had an opinion, but an incredible lot has happened since. In 2017, Neymar joined Paris, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele joined Barcelona for a lot of money, and Kylian Mbappe [joined] Paris.“This opened the whole thing, the money’s on the market. Now, if Liverpool wants a player, the other clubs want a bit of the cake too. That’s the story.“And you must also keep in mind that players like Mo Salah, Sadio Mane or Robert Firmino, players we bought for €30m to €40m, have a different value on the transfer market these days. That’s part of the business.”Liverpool signed Virgil van Dijk for over £70m in January to make him the world’s most expensive defender, while Alisson briefly held the mantle of the most expensive goalkeeper before Chelsea signed Kepa Arrizabalaga for £71m.
Former Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has revealed his delight at his lack of game time in his final season as a player for the club.The ex-gunners captain retired from professional football at the end of the 2017-18 season and was glad to have only featured in a handful of games after revealing he struggled mentally.Mertesacker, part of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning squad, retired at the end of the 2017-18 season.The 33-year-old told the Victoria Derbyshire show he felt “great” ending his 15-year professional career.“Especially in my last year, I felt something and felt the pressure and it was very awkward sometimes,” he said, according to BBC.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I was happy about not necessarily playing, just training was enough for me.”The former centre-half was speaking about his mental health at the launch of a project to help traumatised child refugees at a camp in Jordan through football.Mertesacker won 104 caps for his country made 221 appearances for Arsenal in seven seasons at the club.Mertesacker made his international debut for Germany in October 2004, aged 20, and featured at three World Cup finals between 2006 and 2014.However, he featured just 12 times last term and had since become the club’s new academy manager after calling time on his football career.
Liverpool have played a total of 841 minutes of Premier League football at Anfield since they last conceded a goal.Michail Antonio’s strike for the Hammers during a 4-1 Reds victory in February was the last time Jürgen Klopp’s men were breached at home in the top flight.That run has stretched to an impressive nine consecutive clean sheets, the most recent secured against Manchester City thanks to Riyad Mahrez that fired over.One defender has started every game in that streak: Virgil van Dijk shared his thoughts with LFC.TV.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It’s credit to everyone,” the No.4 told Premier League Productions. “Anfield is obviously a very difficult place to come for every team.“As defenders – and everyone in the team – we try to keep a clean sheet because we know if we do that we have a big chance to win the game.“We always get opportunities, we’ll always be dangerous in front of goal and we’ll always create chances. So we know if we keep a clean sheet we have a big chance to win.”