Fundraising Tips for Nonprofits Using Online Donations

first_imgOnline donations have made fundraising better in many ways. Electronic giving is much easier to track and record, and it can also be simpler to get in the first place. When a donor is moved to act by an email or social media message, all they have to do is click on the donate button and fill in the amount they wish to give.It’s instant and so much easier for them than finding a checkbook, writing a check, then searching for a stamp, etc. — and that’s if you’ve already provided a business return envelope that’s pre-addressed. Finding an envelope and writing an address doesn’t sound like much effort, but it really does cause donors to put off sending in charitable contributions. And procrastination often leads to missed donations simply because people forget or miss the end of a specific campaign. An email fundraising campaign removes all the paper-related hurdles.Include Email Campaigns in Your Nonprofit Fundraising PlansEmail allows you to ask for donations repeatedly without being offensive – if you do it right. Design your email campaign to include a series of emails that all tie together but that each says something different. Here’s an example of how a series might go.Day 1: Celebratory kickoff announcement with an enthusiastic ask and a link to your fundraising website.Day 3: Case study demonstrating how vital your cause is, along with specific information on how much you want to raise and how the money will be used — and remember every email is going to ask your readers to donate and prominently display your link for making online donations.Day 7: Update on how the fundraising is going, reiteration of the goal, and a success story with quotes from someone who has been helped by the kind of project you are doing.Day 10: Thank you note to all who have given so far, from an executive or celebrity spokesperson, reiterating the benefits of achieving your goal.Day 13: Last-chance notice informing people that the campaign is coming to a close, so if they haven’t made a donation, they must do so immediately.You may be able to do more depending on the length of your campaign. This gives you an idea of how to get the word out without being too redundant. Each email includes unique content and shares something different.Mirror Your Email Campaign in Social MediaDuring a campaign, post your social media content on a similar schedule with abbreviated versions of the same messages found in your emails. If you have stories to share that are too long to include in a social post, put them on your fundraising website and include a link to them in a post that directs readers there. And of course ask everyone to share your posts!In essence, you set up your fundraising website, design your campaign, and share your message through email and social media. Use pictures and tell stories, just like you would in a print campaign. That’s the gist of a successful plan, and it makes managing donations a simple process for both you and your donors.Network for Good has a blog with more free information on how to be successful at nonprofit fundraising. We also have specialists available to discuss how we can help you get the most out of your fundraising efforts, so contact us today or call 1-888-284-7978 x1.last_img read more

10 months agoFoden backing ex-Man City teammate Diaz for Real Madrid success

first_imgFoden backing ex-Man City teammate Diaz for Real Madrid successby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePhil Foden is backing former Manchester City teammate Brahim Diaz for success at Real Madrid.Diaz was presented to local media by Real Madrid on Monday.“I’m sad to see Brahim go but he wants opportunities, so good luck to him,” said Foden, who started and scored his first home senior goal in Sunday’s FA Cup thrashing of Rotherham.“He will do well, I know it. I grew up with him and know his qualities, so I know he’ll do well. Maybe one day I’ll face him in the Champions League.“But it shows the strength of the squad we have here, how good the players are – it is difficult to get in, but we all try our best.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ohio State Hosting No. 1 2021 Center Ryan Lithicum This Weekend

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p The 6-foot-4, 275-pound center is currently weighing offers from a dozen schools from the Big Ten, ACC, SEC, and AAC.The Buckeyes are already off to a decent start in their 2021 recruiting class, landing No. 2 overall prospect Jack Sawyer. They rank No. 3 in the country as of writing, per 247Sports.Ohio State’s other prospect in the class is four-star pro-style quarterback Kyle McCord.No doubt head coach Ryan Day would love to combine a potential star quarterback with a potential star center to hand him the ball.Will Lithicum become the next great Ohio State offensive lineman? We’ll see. A general view of Ohio State's stadium.COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 18: A general view of Ohio Stadium as more than 99,000 fans packed in to watch the annual Ohio State Spring Game on April 18, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)2021 center Ryan Lithicum is projected to be one of the top offensive linemen in his class. With offers coming from across the country, he’s making one of his first visits to one of the top schools on his list.As he announced via Twitter, Lithicum is set to make a visit to Ohio State this weekend. The Buckeyes were one of the first teams to make the Maryland-based center a scholarship offer.Lithicum is a four-star prospect and the No. 172 overall player in the country, per 247Sports. He is the No. 1 center in the country, and the No. 5 prospect from the state of Maryland.Columbus this weekend!!📍 pic.twitter.com/kGeOOfZjD0— Ryan linthicum (@RyanLinthicum2) May 15, 2019last_img read more

Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for November by province

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s national unemployment rate was 5.9 per cent in November. Here are the jobless rates last month by province (previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador 14.4 per cent (14.5)— Prince Edward Island 8.8 (10.3)— Nova Scotia 8.8 (8.7)— New Brunswick 8.3 (7.8)— Quebec 5.4 (6.1)— Ontario 5.5 (5.9)— Manitoba 5.4 (5.2)— Saskatchewan 6.0 (5.9)— Alberta 7.3 (7.8)— British Columbia 4.8 (4.9)last_img

RCMP need help identifying this man

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. Fort St John RCMP received a report of a stolen cell phoneOn June 19, 2019, at 10:16 am the incident occurred at Safeway located at 9123 100th St.The cell phone was turned into the service counter as lost. An unknown man attended the front counter and obtained the cell phone. The suspect is described as: 5’10 (178 cm) tall180 lbs (82kg)BaldCaucasianWearing a goateeThe Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident or can assist in locating this man, please contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100.Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca.last_img read more

Canada Pension Plan arm commits up to 1 billion to US energy

Canada Pension Plan arm commits up to $1 billion to U.S. energy partnership by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 28, 2017 9:02 am MDT Last Updated Jun 28, 2017 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board says it will commit up to $1 billion to a partnership with a Texas company which will buy oil and gas producing assets in the United States.CPPIB, which invests on behalf of the Canada Pension Plan, says its partner, Encino Energy, LLC, has pledged US$25 million to the partnership.It says the resulting company, dubbed Encino Acquisition Partners, will buy “large, high-quality assets” that have established production in mature basins throughout the lower 48 U.S. states.New technologies that have opened development of shale oil and gas formations have allowed the U.S. to boost oil production from four million barrels per day in 2008 to more than nine million bpd, while natural gas production has jumped from 64 million cubic feet per day to over 89 million cf/d, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.Avik Dey, head of natural resources for the CPPIB, says it partnered with Encino because of its operational experience and proven track record of acquiring U.S. assets.The private company was founded in 2011, according to its website, and is concentrated mainly on the Anadarko Basin of Texas and Oklahoma. read more

UN speaks out after latest violence claims more lives in Central African

The incidents, in Boali, which is 95 kilometres from the capital city of Bangui, are the latest violence to befall CAR, where the security and humanitarian situations have been deteriorating rapidly in recent months.The country witnessed a resumption of violence last December when the Séléka rebel coalition launched a series of attacks, culminating in March when President François Bozizé was forced to flee.A transitional government, headed by Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye, has been entrusted with restoring law and order and paving the way for democratic elections. But armed clashes in the north-east have increased since August, and the country is facing a dire humanitarian situation that affects virtually the entire population of 4.6 million.In a statement issued in Bangui, the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in CAR, (BINUCA) voiced its concern over the “increasingly violence environment and the related risks it entails.”The mission urged the transitional authorities to uphold their duty to protect the population. It also called on the authorities to bring to justice those responsible for all acts of violence, and encouraged religious and political leaders to play a constructive role in enhancing social cohesion in the country.BINUCA also reiterated the Security Council’s demand that Séléka elements and all other armed groups lay down their arms immediately and participate in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programmes. Last week, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson called on the international community to act immediately to halt the rapidly deteriorating situation in CAR, citing mounting human rights abuses, sexual violence and other “horrors.” “We face a profoundly important test of international solidarity and of our responsibility to protect. We cannot look away,” Jan Eliasson told the Security Council, as he proposed that a UN peacekeeping mission eventually replace the current African-led International Support Mission in the CAR (MISCA).“The CAR is becoming a breeding ground for extremists and armed groups in a region that is already suffering from conflict and instability,” he warned. “If this situation is left to fester, it may degenerate into a religious and ethnic conflict with longstanding consequences, a relentless civil war that could easily spill-over into neighbouring countries.” read more

Automotive Academy welcomes Further Education commitment

The Automotive Academy has welcomed today’s government White Paper on further education. The paper outlines a range of measures to improve the sector. The Academy has, however, warned that the proposals must be adopted quickly to allow employees to fully gain from the very best, and appropriate, training. The DfES White Paper, ‘Further Education: raising Skills, Improving Life Chances’ can be accessed at: http://www.dfes.gov.uk/furthereducationClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Dr Alan Begg, Automotive Academy chief executive, said, ‘We welcome this White Paper which proves the Secretary of State’s and Chancellor’s continuing commitment to training. We need to ensure that the further education field is delivering what industry needs, with trainers who are well qualified to deliver the training. The Automotive Academy is committed to making globally competitive training available through its network of accredited providers, and has invested heavily in upskilling trainers and assessors. We see this as critical in delivering the skills to improve the UK’s competitiveness and productivity.’ Today’s White Paper sets out:A new entitlement for free tuition for learners aged 19-25 studying for their first Level 3 (two ‘A’ Levels or equivalent); the qualifications that the automotive industry needs;New Adult Learning Grants to provide a weekly maintenance allowance for learners on low incomes studying for Level 2 or Level 3 qualifications;Trials of a new learner accounts programme at Level 3;Raising the quality of teaching and training by creating a Quality Improvement Strategy including mandatory CPD training for staff;Giving employers greater say in the provision of education and training, by expanding work-based training to meet employers’ needs;A new Learner Accounts programme for adults on technician, skilled trade and associate professional qualifications, subsidising the cost of courses. read more

Womens swimming Lindsey Clary takes home Big Ten title in 400 IM

The Buckeyes had four top-10 finishers in the 400-yard individual medley, while no other school had more than one. In addition to Clary’s triumph, junior Meg Bailey and freshman Kathrin Demler finished in the top five with times of 4:08.35 and 4:09.75 respectively, and freshman Molly Kowal finished 10th with a time of 4:12.64. The success of these four made this the strongest event for the Buckeyes so far this weekend. Clary won the event with a time of 4:04.09, dropping two seconds off her time in the preliminaries to seal the championship. Ohio State then-junior swimmer Lindsey Clary competes at the Big Ten championships in February, 2016. Credit: OSU AthleticsSenior Lindsey Clary captured a Big Ten championship title in the 400-yard individual medley for the second consecutive year and her third individual Big Ten title of her career. Junior Liz Li had another stellar turnout on Friday after taking home a Big Ten title the previous day. Li placed second overall in the 100-yard butterfly with a time 50.90, breaking her own OSU record. Li also contributed to another OSU record Friday, alongside teammates sophomore Maria Coy, junior Macie McNichols and junior Cheyenne Meek. The foursome combined for a new OSU record of 1:27.99 in the 200-yard freestyle relay, earning the Buckeyes a second-place finish, as well as an automatic bid to the NCAA championships. The final day of competition continues tomorrow with preliminaries beginning at 11 a.m. and finals kicking off at 6:30 p.m., again. Fans will be able to watch the 1,650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, platform diving, and 400-yard freestyle relay. The Buckeyes remained in fifth place through Friday’s competition — behind Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin respectively. read more

Two serving soldiers helped smuggle illegal immigrants to UK from Calais

The Calais Jungle camp pictured in October 2016 Migrants wait on the roadside along the ring road leading to the port of Calais in July 2017 Migrants wait on the roadside along the ring road leading to the port of Calais in July 2017Credit:DENIS CHARLET/AFP When asked to open the boot he replied: “OK, I’m going to have to own up to this. There’s two people in the back.”An Iraqi and a Syrian man, both in their 20s, were found in the boot of his German-registered Hyundai hire car, hiding under the soldier’s combat kit. The trial continues. Two British Army soldiers were involved in a plot to smuggle illegal immigrants from the Calais Jungle camp into the UK, a court has heard.Lance Corporal Kyle Harris and Lance Corporal David Plumstead were both serving in the 1st Battalion Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment based in Paderborn, Germany, when they were involved in the scam during a two-month period, it is claimed.The initial agreement was to smuggle “one every Friday” for £5,000 each during trips back to England from their barracks, Maidstone Crown Court heard.It later increased to two at a time, with the immigrants collected from a McDonald’s near the encampment in Calais and then driven through the Channel Tunnel.The scam came to an end in May 2016 when an “anxious and nervous” Harris was stopped by Border Force officers at Coquelles.He told them he was a serving soldier, produced his army identification card and said he was on his way to spend two days with his mother in Epsom. However, not all of the trips were successful. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. An attempt on April 29 was aborted after contact could not be made with an unknown intermediary who was helping with the migrant “collections”.On that occasion, Harris was joined in the car on his journey back to the UK by Plumstead, 24, who continues to serve in Paderborn.Plumstead told police he had travelled with Harris twice from Germany to the UK and that he had dropped him off in his hometown of Portsmouth.He said that on this occasion, it was Harris’s idea to stop at McDonald’s to use the lavatory and get some food.Plumstead said Harris had been using his mobile phone on the journey from their barracks in Germany, but denied calling or texting anyone on his behalf.Mr Hornsby told the jury: “Plumstead’s involvement in this conspiracy is a very minor one and did not involve the bringing of an illegal migrant into the UK.”But in getting into the car and going to pick up a migrant he must have been an active participant with Kyle Harris on this particular trip.”If that’s correct than he played a minor but nonetheless significant part of this conspiracy.”Plumstead and Ahmed both deny conspiracy to assist in the unlawful immigration to a member state. The Calais Jungle camp pictured in October 2016Credit:David Rose Harris, 29,  said he was to be paid £10,500 by an “unknown male” and hand the stowaways over in Solihull.He admitted people-smuggling earlier this year, blaming alcohol, drug and gambling problems.Walton Hornsby, prosecuting, said a subsequent Home Office investigation revealed that the incident was not a “one-off”, claiming that he was involved in six such organised trips between March and May 2016.He was even said to have boasted at the barracks about his involvement in the plot, allegedly orchestrated by Kurdish car wash owner Zinden Ahmed, 36, from Middlesbrough, who is described as the “central figure” and is also on trial.”He met up with Zinden Ahmed by arrangement at various venues within the UK,” Mr Hornsby told the jury.“Money was handed over, normally £2,500 in advance and £2,500 when the migrant was handed over.”In return, Harris brought over the illegal immigrant from Calais. He was directed to a McDonald’s in Calais, met the immigrant and put them, either one or two, into the back of his car, through immigration, onto a train into the tunnel and thereafter on to various venues in the UK where they were collected.”Three were successfully brought in, including Ahmed’s brother. The other two are unknown individuals.” read more

CO Zagreb wins Istria Handball Cup

← Previous Story Alpla Hard wins Austrian Super Cup! Next Story → FTC wins strong “Szabella Cup” – EHF CL winner at the bottom! Croatian champion C.O Zagreb wins 4. Istria Handball Cup in Novigrad on the Adriatic coast. In three days, VELUX EHF CL 2011/2012 TOP 8 team celebrated all three wins over China NT 37:18, Macedonian Metalurg 30:22 and Slovenian Gorenje 30:29. Second place has won RK Gorenje, third was Metalurg… C.O ZagrebChina handballIstriaRK GorenjeRK MetalurgZagreb handball read more

Open thread What are your best moneysaving tips

first_imgDO YOU COLLECT pennies in a shatter-proof jar? Use the bike more instead of the car or bus?Now that January has come around and we’ve all checked (with one eye peeping out through a stretched hand) our bank balances, it’s time to make up for the Christmas splurges.‘Dry January’ has become a word spoken around these offices over the past five days. How about you?With less money in our pockets, we were wondering how people intend to save money?Let us know in the comments section below and we’ll compile an article next week based on your responses and advice.last_img read more

Top comments of the week

first_imgMy sister hid her first pregnancy from my Da cos she wasn’t married at the time. She finally told him and he was fine about it. “So when’s the baby due?” he asked“Wednesday”All worked out in the end 🙂 My son is only 14 months so as of yet hasn’t done anything embarrassing in a supemarket. Me on the other hand … yeah. Last week I was walking around Tesco picking up some bread and milk, full of the joys of summer, when I noticed other shoppers smiling and nodding at me. God, I must look great today, sez I, delighted with myself. Only to look down seconds later and realise that the strap had snapped on my dress, meaning the front had fallen down, exposing my right boob to the world. There I was bouncing all over the place, totally oblivious.I don’t think anything my baby could ever do could top that. Using children as a weapon against the other parent is an issue that doesn’t really get as much exposure as it should, and it’s something where it’s hard to imagine any parent could do to their child – and it happens all the time.Thanks to a rather biased judge, my ex only has to allow me one week PER YEAR of visitation with my son, and is very careful not to exceed such a generous allowance. When he was 11 he was due for his first visit to Canada, for which I informed her that he required a typed permission letter to enter the country. I even wrote it myself and asked her to print it. He turned up at YVR with a handwritten scribble with an address and phone number on it, was detained by immigration on arrival until we could convince them that he had his mother’s permission to be here. He wasn’t too shaken by the experience, thankfully, but an 11 year old shouldn’t be taken away by uniformed men with guns because his mother felt like playing games.This has not let up over the last five years, and a parent who will subject their child to hurt and unpleasantness merely to upset a former partner (who have barely spoken in ten years, mind) is no parent at all, as far as I’m concerned. EVERY SATURDAY MORNING we take a look at all the best comments left on the site by our readers over the past seven days.This week there was a lot of talk about pregnancy, Penneys and Luis Suarez.So here are the standout comments from the week that was.The 5 most popular comments this week1. RonanM got 2,713 green thumbs and kicked off a debate with a comment after the stabbing incident in Germany.  Well done to the person who hit him with a car.2. A tribute by ElaineM to the 13-year-old boy who drowned last weekend received 2,347 thumbs up. What a selfless and brave young man, his poor family, condolences to them and may he RIP3. We’re still talking about the British reaction to Gaelic Games. This one is from Mairead Nolan, and got 2,312 green thumbs. My American sister in law asked if hurling was legal…4. Norman Hunter had to this say about the Primark tag being found with a hidden message in the UK – and got 1,973 thumbs up. If you can buy a dress for £10/€10 including shipping store overheads, people are then surprised that the workers are exploited? Really? Case of selective reality.5. This instant reaction the Luis Suarez bite earned IrishGravyTrain 1,768 thumbs of the green kind. WTF is wrong with him. How hard is it to not bite somebody. LolThe top 5 articles which received the most comments this week1. Poll: For how long would you ban Luis Suarez? (264 comments)2. Poll: Did you cheer when Luis Suarez scored the winner against England? (193 comments)3. Protesters have been camped outside a Labour TD’s house for the last five days (188 comments)4. Luis Suarez banned ‘from any football activity’ for four months (182 comments)5. Did Luis Suarez bite yet another footballer? (178 comments)Some of the best comments left on the site this weekShane McHugh was on the flight that had to make an emergency landing after the plane lost power last weekend. He shared his experience.I was one of the two skydivers on the plane yesterday afternoon, we were diving in aid of two childrens charities, Aoibheanns Pink Tie and the Laura Lynn childrens hospice. It was my first time doing a skydive, and my friend who was also in the plane, it was her first time ever being in a plane. Only for the sheer skill and calm thinking of the pilot I really believe all five of us would have been seriously injured or killed, the plane lost power shortly after take off at approx 3-400 feet, he barely managed to glide the plane over the roofs of houses and trees into the field where we violently but ultimately safely landed. We all escaped with just cuts, bruises and whiplash. Thumbs up to the pilot again, well done to him! I hope to give the dive another shot again before the year is out, no point writing something off because of one bad experience?Last weekend, TheJournal.ie highlighted some of the issues surrounding domestic violence – how men and women are victims. Tim Stephen Hendy also touched on another related issue.center_img While paramedic had another story to share:I work as a paramedic and we were sent on a call for a 15 year old female. When we arrived we were met by her patients who said she had severe abdo pain. When we examined her, I asked could you be pregnant, the patients bit the head off me, when the daughter spoke up said she was. After the shock we delivered a beautiful baby girl. I was luck enough to meet the family months later. Glad to say all was well, but they were still coming to terms with it but were proud grandparent..Meanwhile, Jolene Molloy shares her recent experience of childbirth.Just had my baby on Friday in Rotunda . They are severely overstretched. You just need to walk around the place for five minutes to see that. The antenatal appointments frightened me so much all I could keep thinking if I have to sit on the floor for those will there be a bed for me give birth in . The dedication of the staff is keeping things goingHave you ever tasted goodie? We had never even heard of it but Tess K explained after a piece about Irish delicacies.Is there anybody here from Munster, because I’m pretty sure it was a Munster thing (although I could be wrong), who ate ‘goodie’ in like the 80s and 90s? It was a staple of my diet growing up. White bread torn up and mixed with tea, a few teaspoons of sugar, a knob of kerrygold and a dash of milk in a bowl. #memorylaneSpeaking of Irish treats – we also asked you this week if you should drink hot beverages on a hot day. Here’s a lovely Irish Dad story from whippiegirl1:My father used to be an ultra marathon runner who would train and compete sometimes in ridiculously hot temperatures. He always reached for a cup of tea after a run.He used to tell us that the body uses up energy to regulate cold drinks back up to body temperature. We used to think he was completely crazy but I have great memories of the sweat pouring down his face while he drank his warm tea!This ad made us cry. And it also started a good discussion about the phrase ‘run like a girl’. Aang said:Never thought about it until I had 2 daughters. Now that expression used as an insult really annoys me. Was in the library and my 8yr old refused to get a book unless the hero was female and most of the main characters were female and the book was not about sleepovers or fairies. We left empty handed! Book suggestions anyone?Some of the replies suggested A Might Girl, Matilda, Little Women, The Secret Garden and Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy.At the start of the week, DailyEdge.ie asked for your embarrassing children-in-supermarket stories. We can feel the heat from Karen Mulreid‘s red face all the way over here. This week, we found out that hiding pregnancies is not a “thing of the past”. Scrap Croke Park1 told us: And Anna_Montana gave us our weekly dose of karma.I saw a guy pretending to pick up his dogs sinful business, he didn’t. He then stepped in it himself. The lols were had.Finally, one from Noel Ryan, apropos of nothing.Does Eamon Dunphy have worms or wha?Spot any good comments? Send them through to us by email at sinead@thejournal.ie.last_img read more

Review Mario Kart 7 for 3DS

first_imgNine months in the Nintendo 3DS is finally hitting its stride. Super Mario 3D Land was an excellent — and much needed — release for Nintendo’s handheld, and the first-party hits keep coming with the release of Mario Kart 7. These are exactly the sort of games the 3DS needs to be successful and they should ensure at least an OK holiday season for Nintendo, even if they should have launched much closer to the 3DS’ launch.Mario Kart 7 does not deviate much from the standard formula at all. It’s Mario Kart, as we’ve all come to know and love/hate with a few new features, a few small tweaks, and 3D. If you don’t like the previous titles, thanks to the common complaints that people have been logging for years now — like the ridiculous blue shell, horrendous rubber-banding, insanely quick jumps from 1st to 8th place (and back again), and rehashing of old tracks — then you won’t be a fan of MK7. This games brings all that stuff back with a few new maps and the most subtle of gameplay tweaks.As for notable new features, Mario Kart 7 has kart customization (body, wheels, and glider), unlockables (characters, kart parts, and tracks) based on the number of coins you collect, and more connected play features than previous games. There are a few new power-ups and race tracks from such familiar places as Wuhu Island and Donkey Kong Country Returns‘ jungles, but don’t expect a fire flower power-up to make this feel like an entirely new game.Some good news is that the game looks great and handles very well. They may have taken their time with the release, but Nintendo made sure to handle this game properly. There are some jaggies in the graphics, and it lacks the polish of Super Mario Land 3D, but the game is still one of the best the handheld has to offer and it does a good job of showing off what the 3DS can do at this stage. As with other first-party titles, the 3D was less prone to giving me eyestrain than other games on the 3DS, but I still didn’t find it compelling.One of the coolest parts of the game is the first-person mode with tilt steering. I found it hard to be competitive in this mode unless I was playing in the easier classes (50cc or 100cc) and you can’t use the 3D when you are moving the 3DS around, but it was still a fun change of pace.Nintendo has gotten very good at leaving players with the feeling of wanting more. Even though I wasn’t overly thrilled with Mario Kart 7 — I feel like Mario Kart Wii scratched this itch for me — I still found myself wanting to play it just to unlock the next character (which seems to make no difference to gameplay) or to get the next new set of tires (which makes a noticeable difference). Combined with the 3DS’ perfect handling of pick-up-and-play gaming, I found myself enjoying my race time, but ultimately MK7 is a rehash of the previous games in the series with the game features that I would imagine attract younger and more casual gamers but that I often find to be frustrating.If Nintendo was to calm down the rubber banding and blue shell attacks I could see the increased depth of MK7 drawing me in more, but in its current state it is — for better or worse — just more Mario Kart.Mario Kart 7 – super glider 001Mario Kart 7 – super glider 001Mario Kart 7 – parasolMario Kart 7 – glider optionMario Kart 7 – gliderMario Kart 7 – first personMario Kart 7 – driftMario Kart 7 – bowserMario Kart 7 – bee carOur review copy was provided by Nintendo.last_img read more

Lukaku Shaw can become the best

first_imgRomelu Lukaku believes fellow Manchester United player Luke Shaw has the qualities to become one of the finest left-backs in the world.Shaw endured a difficult spell when he joined United from Southampton for £27m as an 18-year-old due to injury problems and fitness issues.However, teammate Lukaku feels he is arguably one of United’s best performers this season.He told Sky Sports: “Throughout the summer we kept in touch and I remember when he was in New York he was sending me videos of him running on the treadmill.“I was in Russia for the World Cup and I got these videos and I saw someone who was going to come back and be good.“He scored in the first game of the season against Leicester City and he has never looked back.“Luke Shaw has been the best player of the season for me. He has been brilliant since the start.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.The Belgian forward is confident the former Saints defender can take his game to the next level.Where does Luke Shaw rank amongst the world’s best left-backs?https://t.co/Jl494MuqFo— Goal News (@GoalNews) February 25, 2019“He has always had the potential of being one of the best left-backs in the world, from the time when I used to play against him when he was at Southampton to now.“He has had his injuries but he’s playing regularly now and I am really happy for him. I hope he is going to keep on delivering.“You cannot look at Luke as a prospect now, at his age he is a top player and is consistent. What more do you want from him?”last_img read more

Air Force Considering 18 National Guard Sites to Host F35A Squadrons

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Air Force has identified 18 sites it will consider in its search for two Air National Guard bases to host F-35A Lightning II squadrons, officials said Wednesday.The two Guard installations are scheduled to receive their first aircraft in the summer of 2022. Air Combat Command and the Air National Guard will conduct site surveys at each candidate location in an effort to narrow the list to four sites, spokesman Capt. Mark Graff told the Wisconsin State Journal. At that point, the service will conduct environmental impact analyses before making a final decision.“The basing criteria are mission (including weather, airspace and training range availability), capacity (hangar, runway, ramp space and facilities considerations), environmental requirements and cost factors,” Graff said.Currently, three active-duty bases and one Air National Guard base have been chosen to host the fifth-generation fighter aircraft.The airfields under consideration in the current selection round are:Atlantic City Airport, N.J.;Barnes Airport, Mass.;Boise Air Terminal, Idaho;Buckley AFB, Colo.;Duluth Airport, Minn.;Fresno Yosemite Airport, Calif.;Fort Wayne Airport, Ind.;Jacksonville Airport, Fla.;Joe Foss Field, S.D.;Joint Base Andrews-Naval Air Facility, Washington, D.C.;McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C.;Montgomery Regional Airport, Ala.;Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, La.;Portland Airport, Ore.;Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich.;Toledo Express Airport, Ohio;Truax Field, Wis.; andTulsa Airport, Okla.The Air Force first announced it would select candidate bases for two Air National Guard squadrons in April.last_img read more

Ranbir Kapoor gets tearyeyed as he asks Mahesh Bhatt for Alia Bhatts

first_imgRanbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Mahesh BhattTwitterRanbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt have been dating for a year now. And as Rishi Kapoor will soon be coming back to India after completing his treatment in the US, speculations about their marriage have yet again sparked in the industry. And if the latest reports are to be believed, Ranbir has officially asked for Alia’s hand from her parents.According to Mumbai Mirror, Ranbir recently met up with Alia’s father Mahesh Bhatt and asked his permission to marry his daughter. It is being said that the moment was very emotional and tear-jerking for everyone present during the meet.However, there has been no official confirmation about the alleged meeting of Ranbir with the Bhatt family. If the reports turn out to be true, Ranbir and Alia are likely to tie the knot in 2020.Ranbir and Alia are currently in a steady relationship and have been spending a lot of time together. Be it on film sets or during their vacation, the couple looks inseparable from each other and their PDA on social media often makes people envious of their relationship.Alia has become the favourite person of the Kapoor family who never fail to surprise her with extravagant gifts as a token of love.Earlier, it was reported that Neetu Kapoor was urging Ranbir and Alia to move in together and had also suggested the idea to look out for a plush apartment in the city.Going by the rumours, we may soon hear the wedding bells ringing in the Kapoor and the Bhatt family.last_img read more

New SpiderMan cartoon Agent Carter headed to Disney XD

first_img The New ‘DuckTales’ Might Have the Best Cast EverYokai Watch: The Movie hits US theaters October 15 Stay on target While the Marvel cinematic universe is killing it for the most part, the cartoons on Disney XD have been running with relative consistency, even if they haven’t been connected to the other media properties. However, recent news may show a shift in that strategy.Disney XD announced at New York Comic Con that a new Spider-Man cartoon series is set to debut next year. Marvel’s Spider-Man will reboot the character’s story, putting him back to high school as he learns how to be a superhero. It’ll replace Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man on the network, which is ending after four seasons this January.Marvel’s Spider-Man will mark the third Spider-Man cartoon since 2008 when the MCU began. We had the short-lived but fantastic Spectacular Spider-Man, which was a more insular Spider-Man story and Ultimate Spider-Man, which evolved to connect with other aspects of the Marvel comic books.Additionally, Marvel officials said that Hayley Atwell–known to most as Agent Peggy Carter from the MCU–will be returning to voice the character in Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars.This series was originally titled Avengers Assemble before it was renamed in season three to Avengers: Ultron Revolution. Secret Wars will be the show’s fourth season, set to debut next year.It’s unclear how large her role is, but it’s reported that Peggy will be teaming up with Iron Man and Captain America to stop Kang the Conquerer, so we know we’ll be getting at least one episode.The Disney cartoons have been a great way to introduce characters from the comics and to reintroduce characters from other areas of the multiverse, even if the cartoons themselves waver in quality (looking at you Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man). We’ve gotten the first on-screen appearances of Ms. Marvel, Jane Foster’s Thor, and Miles Morales, for example.These moves in the coming year mark a strategy shift for Marvel cartoons. The Ultimate Spider-Man was an attempt to connect the comics storyline with the cartoons, for example.The new Spider-Man cartoon, however, coincides with the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, which will arrive in theaters July 7, 2017. Peggy also appearing in the cartoon could be the network trying to connect more with the films, rather than the comics.last_img read more

VIDEO Odell Beckham Jr struggles to reach the locker room after leg

first_imgThat sound you just heard was every Giants fan in New York collectively gasping at the sight of Odell Beckham falling to the ground on his way to the locker room after taking a low hit to the leg in tonight’s preseason game against the Browns.According to the Giants, Beckham suffered an ankle sprain. If his plant foot would have got stuck on the hit, he likely would have been severe. Time to put him in bubble wrap until the season starts.Odell Beckham Jr. suffers a serious injury due to a legal, but let’s face it, dirty hit. #FantasyFootball #Giants pic.twitter.com/wli9L8J4T4— Jurado (@JuradoNYC) August 22, 2017 Advertisement ???ODELL BECKHAM JR. DOWN. CANCEL THE SEASON. I REPEAT, CANCEL THE SEASON ???????????????????? pic.twitter.com/UbT9ESGTqV— Lester, The Writer (@TheLesterLee) August 22, 2017last_img read more

Stephen Hawking a Physicist Transcending Space and Time Dies at 76

first_imgHawking became as much a cultural icon as a scientific one. For a time police suspected his second wife and one-time nurse of abusing him; the events became the basis of an episode of Law and Order: Criminal Intent. He played himself on The Simpsons and was depicted on Family Guy and South Park. Eddie Redmayne played Hawking in a biopic. Even beyond his own work, Hawking propelled technology forward: Intel worked with him to develop a novel speech synthesizer. In recent years he looked away from the depths of the universe and into humanity’s future, joining the technologist Elon Musk in warning against the dangers of intelligent computers. “Unless we learn how to prepare for, and avoid, the potential risks, AI could be the worst event in the history of our civilization,” Hawking reportedly said at a talk last year. “It brings dangers, like powerful autonomous weapons, or new ways for the few to oppress the many. It could bring great disruption to our economy.” In an interview with WIRED UK, he said: “Someone will design AI that replicates itself. This will be a new form of life that will outperform humans.”In 2016 he said that he thought humanity only had about 1,000 years left, thanks to AI, climate change, and other (avoidable) disasters. Last year he reduced that horizon exponentially—100 years left, he warned, unless we changed our ways.Hawking was taking an unusual step away from cosmology, and it was easy, perhaps, to dismiss that fear—why would someone who’d help define what a singularity actually was warn people against the pseudo-singularity of Silicon Valley? Maybe Hawking will be as wrong on this one as he was about conservation of information in black holes. But Hawking always did see into realms no one else could—until he described them to the rest of us.Hawking’s Influence For arguably the most famous physicist on Earth, Stephen Hawking—who died Wednesday in Cambridge at 76 years old—was wrong a lot. He thought, for a while, that black holes destroyed information, which physics says is a no-no. He thought Cygnus X-1, an emitter of X-rays over 6,000 light years away, wouldn’t turn out to be a black hole. (It did.) He thought no one would ever find the Higgs boson, the particle indirectly responsible for the existence of mass in the universe. (Researchers at CERN found it in 2012.)But Hawking was right a lot, too. He and the physicist Roger Penrose described singularities, mind-bending physical concepts where relativity and quantum mechanics collapse inward on each other—as at the heart of a black hole. It’s the sort of place that no human will ever see first-hand; the event horizon of a black hole smears matter across time and space like cosmic paste. But Hawking’s mind was singular enough to see it, or at least imagine it.His calculations helped show that as the young universe expanded and grew through inflation, fluctuations at the quantum scale—the smallest possible gradation of matter—became the galaxies we see around us. No human will ever visit another galaxy, and the quantum realm barely waves at us in our technology, but Hawking envisioned them both. And he calculated that black holes could sometimes explode, an image that would vex even the best visual effects wizard.More than that, he could explain it to the rest of us. Hawking was the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at Cambridge until his retirement in 2009, the same position held by Isaac Newton, Charles Babbage, and Paul Dirac. But he was also a pre-eminent popularizer of some of the most brain-twisting concepts science has to offer. His 1988 book A Brief History of Time has sold more than 10 million copies. His image—in an electric wheelchair and speaking via a synthesizer because of complications of the degenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, delivering nerdy zingers on TV shows like The Big Bang Theory and Star Trek: The Next Generation—defined “scientist” for the latter half of the 20th century perhaps as much as Albert Einstein’s mad hair and German accent did in the first half.Possibly that’s because in addition to being brilliant, Hawking was funny. Or at least sly. He was a difficult student by his own account. Diagnosed with ALS in 1963 at the age of 21, he thought he’d have only two more years to live. When the disease didn’t progress that fast, Hawking is reported to have said, “I found, to my surprise, that I was enjoying life in the present more than before. I began to make progress with my research.” With his mobility limited by the use of a wheelchair, he sped in it, dangerously. He proved time travel didn’t exist by throwing a party for time travelers, but not sending out invitations until the party was over. No one came. People learned about the things he got wrong because he’d bet other scientists—his skepticism that Cygnus X-1 was a black hole meant he owed Kip Thorne of Caltech a subscription to Penthouse. (In fact, as the terms of that bet hint, rumors of mistreatment of women dogged him.)center_img In 2014, WIRED UK interviewed Hawking after a lecture, talking about the ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions he always asked himself. Today, you can use that speech software for free.last_img read more