Dialog Group strengthens group structure

first_imgDialog Group strengthens group structure AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 6 May 2008 | News Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies 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. The Dialog Group has strengthened its group structure and is giving more autonomy to its individual companies with management buy-in.Each company, including NTT Fundraising, Face2Face Fundraising, DialogueDirect Fundraising and Dialog Services will continue to provide ethical and affordable services to the not-for-profit sector. Managing directors have been invited to ‘buy-in’ to their companies, giving them more control of their individual organisations.The companies will continue to work closely together, to find the most innovative and cost-effective ways of working for their clients.Chairman of TDGI Andreas Leitner said: “The companies have all done a great job in 2007 and by giving the managers the possibility of a partnership in their organisations we hope to boost motivation and increase productivity and commitment.”The first company to operate under the new structure will be NTT – the telephone marketing arm . The company’s official title will change to Committed 2 Communications Ltd, but it will continue to trade as NTT Fundraising, giving seamless service to its clients.Managing director Dave Clark said: “NTT has seen rapid healthy growth in 2006 and 2007, and this move will give us an even stronger base from which to service the charitable partners we are working with.”last_img read more

Lack of offense dooms Wisconsin

first_imgJunior forward Jon Leuer tied for the team lead with 14 points against Illinois, but scored just three in the second half of the loss.[/media-credit]INDIANAPOLIS — The Wisconsin basketball team forced 17 turnovers, grabbed 11 offensive rebounds to Illinois’ two and showed poise coming back in the final minutes befitting their senior leadership.And none of it matters if you can’t hit shots.Wisconsin fell 58-54 at the hands of the Fighting Illini in Friday’s quarterfinal matchup almost solely because the Badgers failed to put the ball in the basket.Sounds like an oversimplified explanation? With statistics this appalling, it is not that hard to argue.UW missed 27-of-33 field goal attempts in the first half (18.2 percent shooting), hit merely 28.6 percent for the game, started the second half with a five-and-a-half minute scoreless stretch and only scored eight points in the second frame’s first 10 minutes.Making matters worse, the Badgers played virtually turnover free, only giving the ball away five times. They simply missed too many shots.“You know, we were getting some decent looks and they just weren’t falling,” UW junior Jon Leuer said. “But we had to work a little harder to finish inside. Obviously we missed some bunnies, but for the most part we were getting good shots. It was just a matter of us finishing.”While certainly not the only culprit, Trevon Hughes’ inability to finish in the lane may have been the most damaging.The senior guard finished the contest with a respectable 14 points, but shot only four-of-16 from the field and missed all six of his two-point attempts.Four times Hughes found the lane and four times the senior left the layup attempts short.“How many shots did he miss around the basket?” Ryan asked after the game. “A couple times he could have pump faked, could have been at the free-throw line for a few more… but he didn’t. I think he was expecting some contact. He didn’t get it.”Still, despite the Arctic cold shooting, UW had a chance to tie the game with 26 seconds left on the strength of a harassing defense and sheer will.So could the Badgers have pulled the game out even with grade-school shooting percentages?According to Ryan, absolutely — as long as they were given a little free help.“When you’re in a game like that where you’re not hitting shots, you need 20-plus free throws, and you need to turn the ball over anywhere between five and nine times,” Ryan said. “We lost by four, and you look at the two statistics that I just gave you, the five to nine we took care of. We didn’t get to the line enough (8-for-14).”Tisdale explodesD?j? freaking vu.As Wisconsin fell to Illinois in the two teams’ first matchup at the Kohl Center, the Illini exploited the matchup problem of a sweet shooting big man by finding 7-foot forward Mike Tisdale early and often for midrange jumpers.One month later, nothing had changed.The formula is a simple one. First team all-Big Ten guard Demetri McCamey starts with the ball at the wing and, using Tisdale for a pick, drives middle toward the lane. Tisdale pops out and waits for McCamey to draw the defense in far enough, before finding himself open for an 18-foot jumper.At the Kohl Center, Tisdale finished the game with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting. This time around it was 21 points on 8-for-10 from the floor.“We gave him too easy of looks and let him get comfortable. He just got on a roll, and he’s a good player,” Leuer said. “He knocked out some shots. Sometimes you’ve just got to tip your hat when a guy can do that.”last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Third and “ouch”

first_imgAntonio Brown expresses his frustration during Steelers Browns game in Cleveland. (Photo by Julio Torres )When I arrived in Cleveland Sunday morning I followed my normal script.  Branson Wright, my friend and colleague from the Cleveland Plain Dealer get together whether the game is in Pittsburgh or Cleveland to chat and break bread.   We always discuss the upcoming game in a brutally honest way.I asked him; “what’s your take on the game?”He glanced at me as we sat down at the table to eat breakfast.  “I just don’t know Aub, I have tried to get a feel for this one, but it could go either way.”Aubrey Bruce“Branson my friend; ” I said through a mouthful of Bratwurst, “this is going to be ugly.  If Pittsburgh loses by less than three touchdowns I will perform an act,” (which shall remain nameless here) “in front of the Plain Dealer the next time that Pittsburgh plays Cleveland in Cleveland.”That prediction was not based on the performance of the Steelers defense, that prognostication was based on the sophomoric past performances of the Steelers offense.Out of all of the NFL teams that competed last Sunday, only two teams, the Minnesota Vikings and the NY Giants scored less points than the Pittsburgh Steelers.  However, the Vikings have an excuse, a really big…..excuse.  Their best player, running back Adrian Peterson has been exiled from gridiron and so goes their offense.The Steelers have no such excuse to lean on.They have two top flight running backs, LeVeon Bell and LeGarette Blount to tote the rock, so what whining card is acceptable now?Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger misfired on at least 3 possible touchdown passes against the Cleveland Browns.  Do you still think that he is an “elite” quarterback?  Aren’t “yinz” tired of excuses?Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin did not overthrow several wide open receivers.  Steelers Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley did not make several “check down” decisions that  resulted in stoping the chains from moving for the Steelers.  A few of the Pittsburgh writers used to have a cruel nickname for former Steelers backup QB Charlie Batch.  The name was “check down Charlie.”If that secondary and unflattering name was appropriate to pin on Mr. Batch, would the nickname “check  up Ben” be fitting for Mr. Roethlisberger?  Why? Well because with all of the receivers that Roethlisberger missed in the Browns game as well as several games prior to that debacle, could he be overdue for a “check up” from the neighborhood optometrist?Roethlisberger had the nerve to say that he didn’t know. “I don’t know, we can all look at the film. Coaches will look at it. We tried to run it in the red zone and when we got down there we just couldn’t quite get it all the way in. We’ll look at it and figure out what the execution, figure out what it is.”There is nothing to figure out. Hit your receivers in stride and discontinue missing wide open receivers “Big” Ben.Do you guys’ and dolls’ remember Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo?  The same Tony Romo that everyone not only threw under a bus but under a fleet of 18 wheelers?   Well now teams opposing the Cowboys had better make sure there aren’t any phone booths in nearby areas because Romo seems to have morphed into, “Super Q” or in laymen’s terms, “a bad mama-jamma.”This guy has had back problems and all other sorts of issues but just keeps on rollin.  If any of Ben Roethlisberger’s wide receivers would have had more than one public sideline disagreement  with him as happened with Romo and his wide-outs the Pittsburgh receivers would have been put on the last train to “Mudville” eons ago and  “Casey” would not be waiting on the platform at that train station to meet the exiled individual to chauffer them to their prepaid condominium.The Cowboys ventured into Seattle to play the Seahawks,  After being down by 10 points, Dallas came back to stun the Seahawks, 30-23.Romo had this to say about the big win.  “I think our team now understands that we do a lot of things pretty well, and I think we have the ability to kind of impose yourself on other teams.”Where have we heard the about that philosophy before?  Oh from the “Emperor” the late great Steelers Head Coach Chuck Noll.  Noll once said; ““You can’t have enough tough people on your team.”  Coach Noll knew about imposing your will and having players with enough confidence and swagger to do just that. However, even as great a coach that Chuck Noll was he could not execute the game plan and play the game for the players.Well, “one thing for certain and two things for sure” as Henrietta Bruce my mother  used to say, I won’t have any acts to perform outside of the offices at the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  The penalty has been paid.  The Cleveland Browns have done enough.Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412.583.6741Follow him on Twitter @ultrascribelast_img read more