With over 100 countries playing cricket around the world of differing economic, social and geographical backgrounds, it is a monumental achievement by the Barras to reach the top echelon in world cricket.Cricket PNG says this success justifies the investment that their organisation has put into their sport and the vision by their leaders to formulate a plan for success and to follow it through. They have attracted the right people in the likes of CEO Greg Campbell and Coach Joe Dawes who, with their expertise and passion for cricket, have delivered PNG to the world stage. Lee McDowell, General Manager of Cricket PNG, when asked how this was achieved, said: “It has been a team effort over a long period of time, both past and present board members, employees, sponsors and of course the CEO’s. It is all these people’s dedication and commitment that allows the coaching staff and players to focus on their job and have the best possible facilities and resources available to them to achieve their goals.“We must thank all of them, sponsors like BSP School Kriket, where many of these players started honing their cricket skills, Pacific Sports Partnership and Oil Search Foundation that help us run our community cricket programs that give the opportunity for villagers to be introduced to our sport while learning valuable life lessons. These kids can now be inspired by the Barras and start to formulate their own dreams.“Swire Shipping support our Talent Identification programs all over the country, looking for the next Barra or Lewa. This helps support all our hard working game development regional managers and their development officers in the provinces. The list is endless, but all are a part of this and will enjoy the ride over the next year as we make history playing our first World Cup game in October 2020.”(PNG Barramundis celebrating their spot in next year’s men’s World Cup – Picture: Cricket Australia)
0Shares0000Colombian executive and chairman of Atletico Nacional Juan Carlos de la Cuesta (R) holds The 2016 FIFA Fair Play Award next to former Spanish football player Carles Puyol during The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony, on January 9, 2017 in Zurich © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINIZURICH, Switzerland, Jan 10 – Atletico Nacional collected the Fair Play prize at Monday’s FIFA awards ceremony after the Colombian side requested Chapecoense receive the Copa Sudamericana title following a plane crash that decimated the Brazilian club.Chapecoense were flying to Medellin ahead of the first leg of the final when their plane crashed in the Colombian mountains on November 28, killing all but six of the 77 people on board. Nineteen players and 24 other club members perished as the accident tragically cut short their dream of playing in Chapecoense’s first major final.Atletico subsequently asked for their grieving opponents to be awarded the title, with South American football’s governing body granting the request a week later.Fans of both sides paid tribute to the victims as thousands, dressed in white and holding candles, piled into Atletico’s stadium for the originally planned kick-off to grieve together and mourn those lost.“It’s still a difficult time, it was a big final and the tragedy struck our opponents, it’s an indescribable moment, very hard to manage,” said Atletico president Juan Carlos de la Cuesta upon receiving the award from former Barcelona and Spain defender Carles Puyol in Zurich.“We’ve tried to manage this situation in the most dignified way possible.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ST. LOUIS – Jack Snow, a star wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams and a longtime team broadcaster, died Monday night, the club said. He was 62.Snow had been hospitalized on and off for the past two months with a staph infection. His family was with him when he died at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, said Duane Lewis, a team spokesman.“The family would like to thank everyone for their support during this time,” the Rams said in a statement.Snow, the father of Gold Glove first baseman J.T. Snow, was an analyst on the Rams’ radio broadcasts even before the team moved to St. Louis 10 years ago. He was last in the booth Nov. 20 during a home loss to Arizona.Snow had been with the Rams virtually since being drafted out of Notre Dame in 1965. He spent 11 years as a player with the team when it was in Los Angeles, retiring in 1975.He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1967 and still ranks among the team leaders in several receiving categories.In addition to his broadcast duties, Snow helped out during practice, voluntarily, mostly with receivers.“I remember my first year, obviously I’m a free-agent nobody and one of the last guys in the receiver line, and he was always paying particular attention to me, making sure my details were right and giving me positive feedback,” receiver Dane Looker said recently.“A guy like Jack Snow – you’re going to miss him.”Staph bacteria are a common cause of skin infections. Healthy people might carry the bacteria on their skin and in their noses. Still, the germ can cause serious surgical wound infections, bloodstream infections and pneumonia.Lewis did not know how Snow got the infection, most common among those who live in close proximity to others. That can include sports teams. In fact, the Rams had an outbreak of the infections in 2003.Five members of the team developed drug-resistant infections after sustaining turf burns, and two or three members of the San Francisco 49ers developed infections after playing the Rams early that season. The outbreak was the subject of an article last year in the New England Journal of Medicine. The players were not identified.Snow is survived by three children, Michelle, J.T. and Stephanie.Funeral arrangements were not immediately announced. Vick arrested on firearms charges RICHMOND, Va. – Former Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick, booted from the team last week for his behavior on and off the field, was charged Monday with pulling a gun on three teenagers during an altercation in a restaurant parking lot.Vick surrendered at the Suffolk magistrate’s office after three warrants were issued for his arrest Sunday, Magistrate Lisa Noel said.The 21-year-old Vick was charged with three misdemeanor counts of brandishing a firearm, and was released on $10,000 bond.Police said the parents of a 17-year-old boy reported that Vick pointed a weapon at their son and two others during an altercation at a McDonald’s in Suffolk, a southeastern Virginia city where Vick’s mother lives, Sunday night.If convicted of all three counts, Vick could be sentenced to up to three years in jail and a $7,500 fine, police spokeswoman Lt. Debbie George said in a statement.On Friday, Virginia Tech kicked Vick off the team, citing the cumulative effects of numerous legal problems and his unsportsmanlike conduct in the Gator Bowl, where he was caught on tape stomping on the left calf of Louisville All-American Elvis Dumervil.Vick is the younger brother of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. Cubs trade Patterson to Orioles CHICAGO – Outfielder Corey Patterson, once projected as the Chicago Cubs’ star of the future, was traded to the Baltimore Orioles on Monday for a pair of minor leaguers: shortstop Nate Spears and left-hander Carlos Perez.The 26-year-old Patterson hit .252 with 70 homers in parts of six major league seasons with the Cubs, appearing in 589 games. He was the Cubs’ first-round pick and third player taken overall in the 1998 amateur draft.Patterson tore a knee ligament midway through 2003 during a breakout season, when he batted .298 with 13 homers.He started 111 games in center field for the Cubs last year, struggling with .215 average and just 13 homers in 126 games. The Cubs demoted him to Triple-A Iowa to work on his batting stroke, and he played 24 games in the minors before returning. Wrestler shot and killed BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – Gunmen shot and killed a former Kyrgyzstan international wrestler seeking to head the ex-Soviet republic’s National Olympic Committee, police said Monday.The killing of Raatbek Sanatbayev, a Greco-Roman wrestler and one of the most successful Kyrgyz athletes, is the latest in a series of high-profile murders in the Central Asian nation in recent months.The 44-year-old Sanatbayev was shot in the head late Sunday as he and brother Orunbek were getting out of a car in the capital city, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. Orunbek Sanatbayev was not injured, the ministry said. Goodrich gets more prison time DALLAS – Former Dallas Cowboys defensive back Dwayne Goodrich was sentenced Monday to five more years in prison for three counts of failure to stop and render aid in the 2003 hit-and-run deaths of two good Samaritans.Goodrich is serving a 7Ω-year sentence for criminally negligent homicide after hitting two men as they were pulling another man from a burning car alongside a busy Dallas interstate. Witnesses said Goodrich was driving faster than 100 mph.He’ll serve three five-year terms concurrently after his current sentence. Notable SOCCER: Defender Christie Rampone is returning to the U.S. women’s soccer team for the first time since having a baby in September. Rampone was among 20 players picked Monday for the Four Nations tournament in China that starts Jan. 18. She had a baby girl, Rylie, on Sept. 29. BASEBALL: Free agent outfielder Todd Hollandsworth agreed Monday to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians.Hollandsworth hit .254 with five homers and 35 RBIs in 107 games last season for the Chicago Cubs. The 32-year-old was traded to Atlanta on Aug. 29 for two minor league pitchers. From wire reports AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson
BURBANK – A Bob Hope Airport finance committee gave the preliminary OK on Monday for a proposed $107.2 million budget – 36 percent more than last year – that includes nearly $70 million for facility upgrades and runway improvements. The proposed budget for fiscal year 2006-2007, which begins July 1, includes nearly $12 million in reserves, which officials expect to use to help offset costs of making overdue upgrades. Last year’s budget was $78.9 million. “We’re playing some catch-up to bring this facility up to date as much as we can,” airport spokesman Victor Gill said. “We’re trying to take a facility with physical limitations and modernize it as best we can.” The budget was discussed at a meeting of the Airport’s Finance and Administration Committee. Nearly $42 million is expected to go toward building, communications, equipment and security upgrades. The budget also includes $9 million to repave the airport’s two runways, a project expected to start within a month. Work will be done at night and won’t affect flights, Gill said. In July, work crews are expected to start a $6.4 million project to move a parking lot to free up space for a taxiway for general aviation and cargo planes. Now, when some planes land they have to make a U-turn on the runway to return to their parking area, slowing the airport’s overall operations, Gill said. An additional $13 million will go toward repaving a parking lot, building and moving a roadway, and creating a valet-parking facility. Nearly $14 million will go toward noise mitigation, a jump of 24 percent over last year. Some $10 million of that is slated to help insulate 200 homes underneath the flight path. Officials also plan to spend $1.2 million to upgrade monitors that pick up jet noise at 17 stations around the airport. Burbank Mayor Todd Campbell, who had not seen the airport’s budget as of Monday afternoon, was pleased to hear that more money could go toward noise mitigation. “I think that with the growth of the airport … there is an obligation (to make sure) that mitigation also increases to reflect those additional impacts,” he said. email@example.com (818) 546-3306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe panel voted 3-0 to recommend the spending plan to the full nine-member Airport Authority, which is expected to vote on it this month or next. The budget comes as record numbers of passengers are flying into Bob Hope. Last year, the figure hit an all-time high of 5.5 million, surpassing the 4.9 million in 1995 and 2004. The increase is fueled by new arrivals from Delta Airlines and JetBlue flights. The jump has led to a parking crunch, a problem officials are scrambling to fix. They are proposing $13 million for improvements to the airport’s parking lot. But no additional spaces are in the budget because the airport is bound by a development agreement signed last year with the city of Burbank that limits the number of spaces it can develop, Gill said.
1 Southend United have terminated Nile Ranger’s contract Nile Ranger’s contract with Southend United has been terminated due to “reoccurring disciplinary issues”, the League One club has announced.Ranger, the former Newcastle and Blackpool striker, joined the Essex outfit in 2016 and scored 10 goals in 49 appearances.“Following a meeting yesterday with Nile Ranger, the club has today terminated the player’s contract in accordance with the terms of the agreement,” a statement from Southend read.“This decision was taken following reoccurring disciplinary issues, including timekeeping, which undermine both the unity of the group and the management.“In many ways it is regrettable having worked closely with Nile over the past 18 months. However, the interests of the club are paramount and the board will never allow those objectives to be undermined.”Ranger, 26, was released from prison in August after serving 10 weeks of an eight-month sentence for online bank fraud.He scored two goals in 21 matches for the Shrimpers this season. His last appearance was on New Year’s Day as a second-half substitute in Southend’s 2-0 defeat at AFC Wimbledon.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… dave copeland Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A pair of studies out this week confirm what the anecdotal evidence and rampant speculation we’ve been collecting for the month already suggested: The introduction of Timeline for brands has actually decreased fan engagement with companies on Facebook.Both studies seem to add more evidence to the case we have been building for most of the past month: Ultimately, Facebook users interact with brands on their own newsfeed and rarely, if ever, visit a company’s timeline. And that’s good news for Facebook which, ahead of its IPO, would much rather have companies resort to paying for ads than use free brand pages.Facebook is in the quiet period ahead of its IPO and is declining comment on the business side of its operation.EdgeRank Checker looked at 3,500 brand pages and found that all — whether or not they switched over to Timeline or not — lost traffic during the month of March. All brands were automatically switched to Timeline on Friday, but many started switching over just after the new feature was announced February 29th.“Brand managers can rest assured that they are not experiencing significant losses when switching to timeline. Nearly all engagement takes place on the news feed, not on the page itself,” EdgeRank said. “Regardless of how Facebook changes the appearance of a page, this should rarely have a significant impact on engagement. This also suggests that brand managers must continue to focus on optimizing engagement within the news feed as usual.”HubSpot has a more anecdotal take on the drop off of traffic, noting that content scheduled to publish automatically to Facebook in March, after the company switched to Timeline, posted a 234% decrease in user engagement. Content posted manually, however, had about the same level of pre-Timeline engagement.“The results of our study do not indicate whether Timeline itself was the direct cause of the decrease in engagement,” Anum Hussain cautions in a post on HubSpot’s blog. “However, the sharp decline occurred simultaneously with the drop, raising the potential of the two being correlated.”Both studies note slightly less of a drop-off for brands that have switched over to Timeline, but both also go on to note that this may be attributed to the media attention brand timelines received last month. There’s no way of determining if that better performance is sustainable.We were one of the first to report on how to pimp your company’s brand page, but beyond that, the money you spend on professional designs for timeline may be better spent on targeted Facebook ads, which are poised to be the only surefire way to bolster brand recognition on the world’s biggest social network. Tags:#advertising#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
By Karl GruberSep. 20, 2017 , 8:00 AM When scientists discovered that the Zika virus can survive in semen for up to 6 months, people exposed to the disease—especially those hoping to have children—were horrified. It’s now known that the virus can be sexually transmitted up to 41 days. Now, a new meta-analysis has found that 26 other viruses can also live in human semen and go on to infect the bloodstream. Those include the viruses that cause Ebola, HIV, hepatitis B, and herpes. After reviewing more than 3800 scientific publications, the authors also found evidence that at least 11 viruses can live in the testes, including those that cause influenza, dengue, and severe acute respiratory syndrome. These viruses could potentially be found in semen, too, the authors say. Though not all 27 viruses are capable of person-to-person transmission, they can have other serious consequences, like reducing fertility or increasing the risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted disease. Some of these viruses can even cause mutations in the DNA of sperm, which could then fertilize an egg and pass along the virus-induced mutations to future generations. The findings, published last week in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal, suggest that more viruses can live in semen than previously thought. But the authors warn that far more research is needed to understand how and whether the viruses can be sexually transmitted and exactly which viruses remain viable in semen, for how long, and at what concentrations. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) Human semen can host up to 27 different viruses
By Sid PerkinsOct. 22, 2019 , 5:35 PM Machu Picchu was hit by strong earthquakes during construction Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Pascua The Incan citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru is known for its marvelous stonework. But several structures at the site suffered through at least two earthquakes as they were being built, a new study suggests. Those temblors not only damaged walls, but also triggered a sudden change in construction techniques.The study—an archaeological survey of three of Machu Picchu’s most significant temples—reveals more than 140 examples of damage. These include large blocks of stone that have shifted or whose corners have been chipped. Some of this damage can be attributed to slumping rocks or soil beneath the temples. But the movement of many damaged blocks, including substantial gaps between some formerly interlocking blocks of stone, was likely driven by seismic shaking from at least two major quakes, the team concludes. That’s because the type of damage seen on the corners of blocks embedded in the stone walls only occurs as they rhythmically clatter against each other during an earthquake, researchers report this month in the Journal of Seismology.The quakes that rattled Machu Picchu likely occurred between 1438 and 1491 C.E., the period when the main parts of the city were developed and well before Europeans arrived in the area. A lack of written records or oral tradition make it difficult to narrow that window of time. Regardless of when those quakes occurred, construction thereafter shifted to a cheaper and easier scheme of merely stacking smaller blocks of rock (upper layer of stones, above right), not carving them so that they interlocked.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The Andes are no stranger to strong quakes. Besides a major subduction zone offshore, which can spawn megaquakes with magnitudes of 8 or greater, there are active faults inland as well as some that lie directly beneath Machu Picchu itself.
The ”360 Modena Ferrari”, which once occupied pride of place in batting icon Sachin Tendulkar’s fleet of premium cars, is now a prized possession of a city businessman.The car was snapped up by Surat-based builder Jayesh B. Shah for about Rs 1.5 crore earlier this month.Desai, Chairman of Raj Hans group, said he purchased the car a fortnight ago. “I have bought the 360 Modena Ferrari car directly from Sachin Tendulkar with all legal documents,” Desai said, but declined to reveal the price.”It was my dream to drive a Ferrari and now my dream has come true,” Desai, who has a passion for driving luxury cars, said.The Ferrari, which was presented to Tendulkar by racing legend Michael Schumacher, will be the first racing car in his fleet of luxury vehicles, Desai said, adding that his latest acquisition was a prized possession as it was owned by the batting great.”Kindly ask me only about the car and nothing about Sachin,” he said when asked if he and Tendulkar were friends or had known each other.The Ferrari had got mired in a controversy in 2003 after it was reported that Tendulkar had requested for a customs duty waiver despite getting it as a gift and not winning it as a prize in a tournament.In August 2003, the finance ministry had exempted Tendulkar from paying around Rs 1.13 crore towards import duty for the vehicle, valued at Rs 75 lakh.The car was gifted to him by FIAT, which manufactures the premium Ferrari cars and endorsed by Tendulkar, after the Indian batting legend equalled Don Bradman’s tally of 29 Test centuries.advertisementFerrari’s Formula One driver Schumacher presented the car on behalf of the company to Tendulkar when the two met in 2002 at Silverstone, England.Tendulkar has taken a break from cricket after playing in IPL and is away on a vacation in England with family.- With inputs from PTIFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
Want to start the off on the right foot with your donors? Take the time to show your gratitude and to differentiate yourself in a way that advances your mission and deepens your relationships with donors. Remember: having a memorable thank you is the first step in retaining more donors.Photo Source: Big Stock PhotoTry these three ways to wow your donors with your next thank you letter.Show the impact.Don’t lead with, “Thank you for your gift of $25 on December 5.” Lead with something that captures the true story of the impact. Lead with the success they are helping to achieve. That’s what the donor wants. They don’t want to know that you deposited $25 in your bank account on December 5. They want to know you are spending that $25 to make a difference in the world.Open the door.Share with your donors the other ways they can be involved with your cause. Invite them to an open house or participate in other programs. Educate them on what they can do in their own life to help your cause and if you have volunteer opportunities, let them know how to join in. Think of the different ways people can learn more about your organization and get even more involved in making a difference.Set expectations.Let donors know when they will hear from you again. If you add them to your mailing list, make sure you have an interesting and inspiring newsletter. Don’t just start slamming people with a bunch of boring information and ask them for money all the time. Create a newsletter that that continues to engage people’s spirit and report back on the results they helped make possible. Plan ongoing updates that will let donors know about all the great stuff that they’re making possible. Editor’s note: This article was adapted from the webinar presentation “Why They Leave and How to Get Them Back” with Kivi Leroux Miller and Katya Andresen. It was originally published on December 27, 2012 and has been updated.