Ireland’s Concern launches click-to-give-for-free site

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. Ireland’s Concern launches click-to-give-for-free site Concern has followed the trend in click-to-give-for-free Web sites with its Good Spider, launched in June 2000. Read Planet Web: Charity Hopes Good Spider Catches On By John McLaughlin at TheStandard.com. The article includes comments from UK Fundraising’s Howard Lake: “But Howard Lake, a Internet fundraising analyst in London, says the concept has been around since well before then. The U.S. model’s success, he says, was more a matter of the Hunger Site being in “the right place at the right time.”” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  12 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 24 September 2000 | News read more

Syracuse comeback falls short in 5-set loss to Duke after saving 3 match points

first_imgWhen Duke’s outside hitter Payton Schwantz tipped the ball over the net to win a point deep in the fifth set, Syracuse head coach Leonid Yelin didn’t see it that way. Furious with the referee’s judgment that it was a legal tip, and not an illegal fourth hit, Yelin threw the game ball behind him and demanded an explanation from the sideline referee.With the set tied at 15-all, Syracuse needed just two points to complete a two-set comeback. But the call went against Syracuse, instead setting up a match point that the Blue Devils converted. Duke (8-9, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) won the final two points of the match to defeat the Orange (4-7, 1-3). The match tipped on that one point, when SU celebrated as if they had they had won it, only to realize that the referee had given the point to Duke.“The reaction was that it wasn’t a block,” Yelin said on the controversial call. “It’s not a block. It was four touches.”Duke’s serve that started the point left Syracue’s backline scrambling, but senior libero Kendra Lukacs returned it on the third hit.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOne of Duke’s middle blockers connected with Lukacs’s hit, but it flew back toward the backline, as Duke raced to get the ball over in three hits. A fourth hit would have given Syracuse its second match point.When Schwartz tipped it over, the Orange stopped playing and celebrated. The referee explained that the initial hit by Duke’s Samantha Amos was not a hit, but a block that deflected back to Duke’s half. Having already using a challenge earlier in the fifth set to overturn an out call on a Polina Shemanova kill, Yelin had no other options.On the ensuing rally, Duke’s middle blockers Amos and Lizzie Fleming forced a double team on junior outside hitter Ella Saada. Saada, who led the Orange with 19 kills against Duke, tried to avoid the block by planting the ball on the left sideline. The ball bounced out of bounds, killing Syracuse’s chances of completing a 2-0 comeback.“I think we played much better today than Friday,” sophomore setter Elena Karakasi said on the loss. “It was very important that we came back after being down 2-0. Next time after we push more toward the end.”Even in a game where Syracuse was able to come back and limit its service and attacking errors, several return mistakes, attacking errors, and positional miscues plagued the Orange in the first two sets.Syracuse’s coaching staff experimented with formations early on, playing three at the back to return serves and moved usual freshman outside hitter Marina Markova to the middle to assist fellow freshman middle blocker Abby Casiano.The shifts in tactics didn’t work initially. Duke outside hitter Ade Owokoniran kept firing kills past Casiano and Markova. The Orange also failed to beat double and triple teams from Duke on their outside hitters. Duke took the opener 26-24.The second set saw Duke keep pounding the Orange’s middle blockers, providing the Blue Devils with a 6-0 start. Yelin quickly called a timeout. Shemanova came out of the timeout and delivered a kill that painted the right sideline.Markova’s play in the middle also improved coming out of the break. Markova combined with Karakasi to deliver a block that bounced off a Duke player to cut the deficit to 18-17. But several attacking errors from Shemanova, Saada, and junior Yuliia Yastrub caused Syracuse to drop the second set, 25-22.Yelin and his staff pulled his team off the floor and into a glass-enclosed conference room during the break. He told SU it had to stop living in the past and keep moving forward. He wanted the Orange to stop lamenting the mistakes that hurt them in those first two sets.“When you’re in the game you can’t think and worry about what has happened,” Yelin said. “What frustrated me the most was that people were almost in the past…the past was so dominant inside.”With the Orange up 15-12 in the third, Markova and Shemanova leaped into the air and rejected a Duke shot back into the Blue Devils’ half. When they landed, they both screamed and hugged each other.“We cheered her on a lot because she did a great job today,” Shemanova said on Markova’s performance in the middle.The Orange took the third set with a convincing 25-19 score line. The fourth set was more of the same. Saada smashed kills that found holes in Duke’s defense. Karakasi, who set her career high in assists with 43, helped avoid Duke’s double and triple teams.“I think Elena’s come a long way this year from last year,” assistant coach Derryk Williams said. “I think today she did a lot of really good things to put our hitters in really good spots to be successful.”Syracuse nearly pulled off the comeback, but not until SU saved three match points down 14-11. Shemonava and Markova killed off two match points, and an Orange block saved a third.Leading 15-14 after an attack error, the Orange couldn’t hold off a Duke attack to level the match again, and the Blue Devils took the lead for good on the controversial point that tipped the match against the Orange.“In the end we weren’t able to get what we needed, but at least we showed some fight and down 14-11 in the fifth [set] and coming back and tying it,” Williams said. “Once we get past that, there’s a lot of good things from today.” Comments Published on October 6, 2019 at 7:47 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

How will Ed Davis weigh affection for Lakers, hope for lucrative deal?

first_imgDavis expressed preference for joining a playoff team, which he believes the Lakers will become next season. And Davis sounded eager to make up for lost earnings after experiencing a five-year career that he called “up and down” and chalked up to “bad luck.”After Toronto selected Davis 13th overall in the 2010 draft, he developed enough to average a career-high 9.7 points in 24.5 minutes in his third season. But the Raptors then acquired Rudy Gay from Memphis in 2013 in a three-team trade that entailed Davis going to the Grizzlies. Former Memphis coach Lionel Hollins opposed the move.Even with Hollins’ departure after the 2012-13 season, Davis still only averaged five points and four rebounds in 15 minutes through two seasons amid a All-Star frontline in Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. “He’s similar to Marc and Zach in that he’s a low-post player. But yet he’s different because he’s more athletic and still an inside guy and doesn’t have a great range,” Memphis coach Dave Joerger said. “It wasn’t about Ed. It was more about what player plays that role for us.”So, Davis declined a multi-year extension worth $20 million during his last season with the Memphis Grizzlies two years ago. “I wanted to play. I didn’t know if the opportunity was going to be there with Memphis,” said Davis, mindful of the Grizzlies’ loaded frontcourt in Gasol and Randolph. “It wasn’t a great fit and didn’t feel right at the time. I didn’t feel comfortable taking the deal.”Instead, Davis signed with the Lakers last summer to a two-year deal worth $2 million with a player option his second year. What Davis lost in potential earnings, he made up for with his performances. He became the ninth player in Lakers history to grab at least 20 rebounds in a game. Davis ranked 10th in the NBA in total offensive rebounds (230). He became a consistent option on both pick-and-roll and hustle plays.Along the way, Davis enjoyed Kobe Bryant’s demanding leadership style.“He doesn’t want to be around a bunch of joking and playing around,” Davis said of Bryant. “He’s serious. He expects everyone to go hard. He doesn’t really like soft people or guys that shy away from contact. He doesn’t like guys with a soft mentality. He gets a bad rap for how tough he is on his teammates. But he just hates being around soft people.”After playing for four different coaches through his first five years in the NBA, Davis also respected Byron Scott’s stern approach. “I trust Coach Scott,” Davis said. “I know if I go back there, I’ll always have an opportunity to work hard. He’s always going to play fair.”Scott gave Davis those opportunities partly because he used his strengths on defense, pick-and-rolls and putbacks to minimize his weaknesses with free-throw shooting (48.7 percent) and a lacking mid-range jumper. Since then, Davis has relished Scott’s encouragement to spend his offseason improving his weaknesses. After changing his form, Davis believes he can average at least a 70-percent clip from the foul line. “Whenever I do something, I try to be consistent with it and be effective,” Davis said. “Just because I’m working on my jump shot this summer, I’m not going to come in next season and get up 100 threes in a season. But my jump shot is definitely something I’m working on. So I am going to take jump shots next year since I put the work in and I feel confident.”All of that left Davis expressing confidence he made the right decision in sacrificing short-term earnings to land a dependable role with the purple and gold. “I took the risk more because I knew what I could do,” Davis said. “I lost a lot of money last year with the paycut. But I’m not disappointed and I don’t regret not taking the deal in Memphis. Everything worked out. I’m definitely going to have some options this summer.”Will that option include the Lakers? Davis will soon find out in a few weeks as anxious days await. “That’s definitely where I want to be,” Davis said. “I just have to sit back and see what goes down.” The tone in his voice sounded relaxed as Lakers forward Ed Davis spoke into the phone. It marked a rare break in Davis’ busy schedule. He has spent every weekday in the past month both in the weight room and attempting 400-600 jumpers with a new release in hopes to improve his game. It also marked Davis having a rare moment of tranquility.Leading up to June 25, Davis will opt out of his $1.1 million player option in hopes for a more lucrative and long-term deal with the Lakers. But once free agency hits on July 1, uncertainty awaits on whether that plan will work. “I definitely want to be back,” Davis said in an interview with Los Angeles News Group. “With everything being equal, I’m 100 percent going back there. Hopefully that’s the case. But with free agency and all the stuff going on with the draft, you never know how things are going to go.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The 26-year-old Davis represented a rare bright spot in the Lakers’ 2014-15 season that ended with a 21-61 record, the team’s worst mark in franchise history. After Davis posted career-highs in scoring (8.3 points a game), field-goal percentage (60.1), rebounding (7.6), blocked shots (1.2) and assists (1.2) in his fifth season, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said, “We’d love to have Ed Davis on our team.”Yet, so many unpredictable variables have made the Lakers feel uncertain on how much effort they will put into ensuring that happens. Davis predicted the Lakers will use their No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft on June 25 on either Kentucky center Karl-Anthony Towns or Duke center Jahlil Okafor, which would erase Davis’ preference for a starting job. Although he downplayed the Lakers’ flooded frontcourt in Julius Randle, Jordan Hill, Tarik Black and Robert Sacre, Davis sounded mindful about the team’s determination to strike it big in free agency.“He’s helped himself enough to be in a position to do better than that,” Kupchak said of Davis’ current contract. “He’s also indicated he would love to continue to play here. But I don’t know what the market is going to be.”Davis declined to outline the terms of his preferred contract in length and dollar amount. But a league source familiar with his thinking said he will seek a two- or three-year deal worth $7-8 million a year, or a one-year deal worth $9-10 million. last_img read more