My Network for Good colleague Caryn Stein recently wrote this post. It has my all-time favorite headline. For that reason alone, it merits sharing. Enjoy. And thanks, Caryn.In a recent episode of TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” (oh yes, we went there), Honey Boo Boo* (real name: Alana) decides the family should create a lemonade stand to raise money for an upcoming beauty pageant. You might be surprised, but this popular pageant princess can actually teach nonprofits a few things about fundraising – no lemons required.Have Personality. Whatever else you might say about Honey Boo Boo, the girl has personality. Let your nonprofit’s unique quality shine through on your website, in your social media outreach and in your fundraising appeals. (Need ideas? Try these 7 Ways to Show Your Nonprofit’s Personality)Be Bold and Colorful. What color did Honey Boo Boo choose for her lemonade stand poster? Neon pink, of course! Follow suit and make your DonateNow buttons big, bold and colorful to stand out and make it easy for your supporters to donate. (Make your DonateNow button more effective with these tips.)Put Good Stuff in It. Honey Boo Boo’s lemonade recipe calls for at least five pounds (!) of sugar in each batch. Yikes. While we’re not advocating a sugar overdose, don’t forget to pay attention to your special recipe when communicating with your donors. (Make your outreach stand out with these 6 Foolproof Tips for Great Nonprofit Content.)Don’t Be Afraid to Make the Ask. Honey Boo Boo’s not shy about asking for what she wants (understatement), and you shouldn’t be either! As we head toward year-end fundraising season, practice making clear and direct calls for your supporters to make a donation. (Learn the Art of the Online Ask.)Be Grateful. At fifty cents a glass, it may take a while for Honey Boo Boo to save up for her next pageant dress, but she knows that giving an enthusiastic thank you to each patron is good business sense. It’s a simple thing, but it matters to your supporters. (Read why thanking donors is so critical – and learn how to do it properly.)*Don’t know Honey Boo Boo? Wikipedia can help.
Staff Pick Awards: Recurring Giving Challenge Winners: During the challenge we saw our nonprofit customers jump in feet first to new campaigns, ask for feedback about their work, and find success in expanding their base of recurring donors. All of that hard work has paid off big time, not only in new recurring donors providing steady support, but also their share of $20,000 in bonus rewards from the Network for Good Generosity Fund. Join us in celebrating our Recurring Giving Challenge winners. Don’t hesitate to do a happy dance and shout “wow” with us. Most New Monthly Donors in the Challenge Period: On the Bubble (a special award for an organization we saw on the verge of getting on the board throughout the challenge): Sankara Eye Foundation — $1,000 Under the Wire (most new recurring donors in the last week of the challenge): Alameda County Community Food Bank — $1,000 1st Place: VETPAW — $3,0002nd Place: Campus Pride — $2,0003rd Place: The Firecracker Foundation – $1,0004th Place: American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Foundation — $5005th Place: Felines & Canines — $500 Best Use of a Dedicated Page: Cascade Pacific Council Boy Scouts of America — $1,000 Largest Percent Increase in Monthly Donors: Most Engaged with Network for Good: Windcall Institute — $1,000 Wow! That’s the general sentiment around here at Network for Good at the conclusion of the Recurring Giving Challenge. We officially ended the challenge last Thursday and while we’ve crunched the numbers and updated the leaderboards we’ve let out a never-ending chorus of wows and today we’re so excited to share the results with you. Most Creative Campaign: Fort Bend Family Promise’s Coffee Club — $1,000 Rookie of the Year Award: Friends of Refugees — $1,000 1st Place: Wildlife SOS — $3,0002nd Place: VETPAW — $2,0003rd Place: Equal Justice Initiative – $1,0004th Place: True Impact Ministries — $5005th Place: Homes for Our Troops — $500 Keep your eye on the blog for updates from these organizations. We’ll be asking them to share their secrets for success and passing their insights along to you.
Posted on August 11, 2014August 10, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Jamaican Midwife Victoria MelhadoThis post is part of our “Supporting the Human in Human Resources” blog series co-hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force and Jacaranda Health.Katja Iversen is the CEO of Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization that brings together diverse voices and interests to share solutions and drive progress in maternal and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Women Deliver builds capacity and forges partnerships – together creating networks, messages and action that spark political commitment and investment in the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women.Victoria Melhado is a Jamaican advocate, midwife, and one of Women Deliver’s Young Leaders. Victoria is an active member of several committees, including the Nurses Association of Jamaica, and is the youngest winner of the prestigious National Nurse of the Year award. Ms. Melhado is also a member of the National Youth Month Planning Committee and is the author of ‘Be Inspired!’, a book of inspirational poems.Katja: We know that there is a global shortage of health workers. The WHO estimates that by 2035, the world will be short 12.9 million health workers. What made you first become interested in being a midwife? Victoria: The thought of being able to facilitate another human being coming into the world has always been fascinating. I am by nature a very caring individual, so nursing was a natural career choice, although journalism and law were my first interests. I believe I was intrigued by crying babies and screaming women, from an early age. I enjoyed hearing stories of the village midwife, planting the baby’s ‘navel string’ (umbilical cord) at the root of a tree that would grow as the child grew, and helping people in need of help.Right after completing nursing school, I was given the opportunity to choose between working at Kingston’s largest general or maternity hospital. I quickly seized the opportunity to work at the maternity hospital because I was born there and I thought it was a welcomed coincidence to be able to give service to the institution that had facilitated my existence. Secondly, it was mandatory to pursue midwifery training at this hospital given its specialty and this was not an opportunity at many other institutions.Katja: Is there anything in your career development training that you would change to make it easier for midwives, nurses, and other health workers to join the workforce?Victoria: Yes! I would definitely change the cost or affordability of health care related courses because so many individuals genuinely want to pursue a career in nursing and midwifery, but are unable to do so due to insufficient funding. I would also re-implement the system where individuals are granted scholarships to pursue training and are then committed to the workforce for a couple years after.Katja: What can policy makers do to help facilitate a career path for midwives and other health workers?Victoria: Well, I certainly believe that midwifery is a basic lifesaving skill and just like learning first aid; it should be mandated that every health care worker pursue midwifery training. Individuals could also be targeted at the high school or secondary level to consider becoming a midwife post-graduation.Katja: We know that health workers provide a variety of lifesaving services and information – from vaccines to information about contraception. We also know that health workers and midwifes can have the greatest impact when they can treat patients before and after pregnancy – not just during childbirth. For example, although postpartum family planning is a key lifesaving intervention, women who have just given birth are among those with the greatest unmet need for family planning. What do you think explains this gap? Victoria: Working in the largest maternity/obstetric health care institution gives me first-hand experience with several of these women, many of whom are teenagers. I believe one of the greatest contributing factors to the unmet need for family planning is the lack of choices and diversity of family planning methods. For example, most women are offered hormonal methods (pills or injectables), but some have undesirable side effects, such as ‘break-through’ bleeding. Only a few females, based on select criteria, can access implants, due to an island-wide shortage of the method. It is also an extremely costly method to access privately. Some females resist an intra-uterine contraceptive device (IUCD) because it can predispose them to frequent and severe pelvic infections and barrier methods, such as condoms or diaphragms, are rather expensive.Teenagers still experience stigma at some institutions when they try to access family planning; therefore, the attitude of the health care provider may be a deterrent to those seeking contraception.Katja: But we can overcome these gaps if we work together. What are you doing in your home country of Jamaica to make sure that girls and women have access to the information and services they need throughout the course of their life?Victoria: Increasing access is an individual as well as collective health team and institution-based effort. On a personal level, I provide and advocate for more diverse family planning methods to be provided. I also offer family planning services in a respectful, non-judgmental, and non-discriminatory manner to the women and teenagers I encounter and I advocate for all health care providers to do the same.I am also always trying to spearhead or be a part of national advocacy campaigns that empower females and challenge our government to respect and protect women’s reproductive rights. Some issues are ‘rocky’ territory, or rather controversial, so progress has to be pursued progressively, instead of trying to change people’s perceptions, cultural and religious beliefs, and the health care system overnight. Change and advocacy has to be done in a prudent and culturally sensitive way to maintain individual equilibrium and prevent system anarchy.Learn more about Women Deliver’s investment in midwifery, including our 2010 Midwifery Symposium, which convened over 200 midwives and others with midwifery skills, leading UN agencies, civil society, policymakers, and donors. The symposium focused on strengthening midwifery education and quality of midwifery services globally, while building a consensus to make a fundamental push for investments in midwifery services, as a way to reach MDGs 4, 5, and 6. Relevant Links:The State of the World’s Midwifery 2014: A Universal Pathway – A Woman’s Right to Health, published by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) together with the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners.The Lancet series on Midwifery; the most critical, wide-reaching examination of midwifery ever conducted.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Everyone deserves a little self-promotion. Whether you’re shy about tooting your own horn or have fully mastered the humble brag, embracing your inner marketing maven will take your fundraising to the next level.Our eGuide “7 Marketing Tips Every Fundraiser Needs” offers seven easy steps you can implement today to boost your marketing efforts—and your fundraising success. A well-organized, strategic marketing plan will do wonders for your donor engagement efforts. But where to begin? Well…“Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.”Frame Your MessageWhat do you want to communicate? Are you telling your organization’s story, promoting a special event, selling tickets to a performance, or launching a new initiative? How does what you want to say impact your audience? Look at your message from their perspective. Why should they care? With the inundation of information we’re all met with every day, how will you stand out?Follow these simple touchstones to create campaigns that are Connected, Rewarding, Actionable, and Memorable (CRAM), and your campaigns will “cram” their way through the clutter and catch your donors’ attention.Connect to things your audience cares about; such as making a difference, being part of a community, feeling good about themselves, feeling heard, etc.Reward people for taking action, both emotionally and tangibly. The most effective rewards are immediate, personal, credible, and reflective of your audience’s values.Action that is specific, easy to do, and measurably advances your mission offers an immediate sense of gratification. Keep your Call to Action specific, simple, and shareable.Memorable campaigns are unique, catchy, personal, tangible, desirable, and closely tied to your cause.Show your appreciation. When someone responds to your Call to Action, thank them for participating and encourage them to tell their friends about their support of your campaign or organization. Provide a link to share on Facebook, Twitter, and email.Know Your AudienceWho do you think would be interested? Compile a list of those closest to your organization—current donors, previous event attendees, newsletter subscribers, volunteers, board members. They’re your loyal audience, interested in everything you do. Next, look for people who support similar organizations, the communities directly affected by what you do, and even local officials and personalities who might be interested in supporting your program. They are your low-hanging fruit just waiting to be picked.Choose Your ApproachHow will you reach them? While some donors prefer to be contacted via direct mail, others respond to the immediacy of email. From social media to advertising to announcements through partner organizations, each channel calls for its own unique voice. Keep your message fresh by adjusting the tone and style to match your audience. And coordinate your outreach. Focus on the same overall message across channels to increase public awareness of your organization and your work.Popular means of getting your message across include:Your website (full site and mobile)Blogs and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and so on)Paid advertising (Facebook ads, Google AdWords, radio & TV, print or online banner ads)Unpaid placements (PSAs, cross-promotional exchanges with peer organizations, etc)Communications (newsletter, e-newsletter, direct mail)Printed materials (brochures, annual reports, postcards)Set Budget and TimelineCongratulations! You’ve brainstormed and dreamed up big, exciting marketing ideas. Now you’re ready to get your message out.Once you’ve determined the right mix of channels for your outreach, look at your total budget. How will you allocate funds for the best coverage of your message? Create a marketing budget and calendar that tracks when each piece will drop. Don’t forget to include who on your team will be responsible for managing and completing each item.Tracking SuccessHave clear goals in mind before you launch any campaign. Determine how you’re going to measure success for both marketing and fundraising. Whether your benchmark is a sold-out event, gaining new donors, meeting or surpassing your fundraising goal, or great word of mouth; a clear vision of what you’re trying to accomplish sets you up for a successful campaign.Using your donor management system, run reports on attendance, money raised, open and click-through rates for your emails, and communications sent. What did people respond to the most? What didn’t get their attention? Once your event or campaign is complete, review your data to determine what worked and what needs improvement. Revise your strategy moving forward until you find the perfect balance for your organization.Check out our “7 Marketing Tips Every Fundraiser Needs” eGuide to start (or refresh) your marketing journey today.
Network for Good is pleased to bring you the only event you’ll need to jumpstart your year-end! This day-long virtual conference will unpack everything you need to thrive during the giving season. Join our totally free virtual conference where nonprofit thought leaders and trendsetters will cover everything you need to crush year-end. Register here!Here’s a little preview of what you’ll learn on October 30th: In Building Donor Loyalty: What Do We Know From Research, you’ll tackle the question of donor retention head-on. Drawing from the latest research (that you absolutely need to know), speaker Dr. Adrian Sargeant will teach you to predict donor behavior. You’ll also learn how top fundraisers apply this research and how to replicate their tactics in your own organization. Worried your donation asks are being swallowed by the void? In How Fundraising Can Cut Through the Clutter at Year-End, Brady Josephson will teach you how to get your donors’ attention during the busiest time of the year. Backed by data from over 1,600 online fundraising experiments and years of research, these techniques are sure to set your organization apart from the crowd. If you’re intimidated by Facebook, you could be leaving fundraising dollars on the table! Jennifer Ybarra will walk you step-by-step through Facebook’s fundraising tools and how to apply them to your year-end efforts in How to Amplify Your Fundraising Efforts Using Facebook. Have questions about GivingTuesday? Come learn from the expert! Jamie McDonald of GivingTuesday will present 7 Years of GivingTuesday: Changing Giving Cultures Around the World, and Lessons for your Organization. This session will be a breath of fresh air for stretched-too-thin fundraising teams! Master trainer Beth Kanter brings you Your Fundraising Team: Creating a Culture of Resilience Throughout Year-End to help lighten the load. This session will provide practical tips for activating a culture of resilience and wellbeing that can guard against burnout and missed goals. In Last-Minute Touches: Preparing Your Website for Year-End Fundraising with speaker Rachel Clemens, you’ll find out whether your website is holding you back from reaching your year-end goals. This session will explore how to get your nonprofit website in tip-top shape for end-of-year fundraising. Don’t miss out – register now to join us on October 30th!
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 19, 2017January 20, 2017By: Claudia Morrissey Conlon, U.S. Government Lead, Saving Mothers, Giving Life; Senior Maternal and Newborn Health Advisor, USAIDClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)For maternal and child health advocates, witnessing the declines in maternal and newborn mortality over the past 25 years—especially the accelerated reductions during the last decade—has been encouraging. However, the reality that these largely preventable deaths continue to occur primarily in low-resource settings should heighten our resolve to end this egregious global public health inequity.As we work to meet the Sustainable Development Goals and achieve equity in care, the global health community realizes the need to increase efforts to ensure access to quality maternity services. Expanding access means improving care wherever women seek it, whether from a physician in an urban government hospital or from an independent midwife operating her own clinic in a rural village. It also necessitates addressing the structural and process-related aspects of quality, including the woman’s experience of care.We can draw some valuable lessons on quality care from our experience over the past three years with Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL). This public-private partnership has produced impressive improvements in maternal health in sub-Saharan Africa by addressing all three of the delays to receiving quality care: seeking appropriate care; accessing care in a timely manner; and receiving high quality, woman-centered care.The 2016 Annual Report, based on 2015 data, highlights results from SMGL’s comprehensive systems approach:In Zambia, the maternal mortality ratio in health facilities decreased by 55% in the original six SMGL learning districts.In Uganda, the maternal mortality ratio declined by 44% in both facilities and communities in the four original learning districts.Both countries are currently on track to meet SMGL’s ambitious goal of halving the maternal mortality ratio in the target districts by 2017.These successes are the result of strategic investments that have not only increased the facility delivery rate in both countries, but have also improved the care a woman receives while giving birth at that facility. One critical step is to routinely measure quality. SMGL measures the cesarean section rate trends, the number of women tested for HIV and newborns receiving HIV prevention medication, the status of the case fatality rate, among other indicators.The results indicate that the quality of care that facilities are providing now is much better than before the start of the SMGL partnership. Both the local and national governments in Uganda and Zambia are proud of what has been accomplished so far and, as SMGL transitions to full country ownership, they have committed to sustaining this improved level of quality, scaling up the SMGL model to new districts.While the early years of SMGL produced dramatic improvements in maternal health outcomes, comparable changes in newborn health have remained elusive. The teams on the ground are intensifying quality improvement efforts to strengthen healthcare providers’ ability to care for underweight and unhealthy newborns. There is now greater emphasis on training and mentoring related to caring for sick newborns to ensure all providers are equipped to save newborn lives. For example, home visiting programs are expanding to reach more women and newborns during the critical first three days of life. We are starting to see results from these efforts in Zambia where the perinatal mortality rate has decreased by 44%.The SMGL partnership formally ends in Uganda and Zambia in December 2017. During this final year, there will be a robust evaluation to measure timely availability of quality services as well as other important indicators including changes in behavior; care-seeking; provider and client satisfaction; health system readiness and performance; and, of course, health outcomes. In Nigeria, SMGL is initiating operations in Cross River State, a region with disproportionately high rates of maternal mortality.The efforts of our many partners—the U.S. Government, the Governments of Nigeria, Norway, Uganda and Zambia, Merck for Mothers, Every Mother Counts, Project C.U.R.E. and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists—will be crucial to our continued success.Over the next 15 months, ensuring and sustaining high quality care will be our top priority.—Check out other posts in the MHTF’s Quality of Maternal Health Care blog series.Learn more about the issues surrounding quality of maternal health care.Share this:
zoomllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Predicting the recovery in asset prices involves many factors, and the current strength of spot market returns, or term hire rates are only a part of the story, VesselsValue said.“Value investors still have plenty of opportunities to acquire prime aged assets at a significant discount to their expected future market value.”According to VesselsValue, tankers offer the most promising investment overall, as most large crude tankers still have significant upside remaining based on an analysis of expected market trends over the next several years. However, opportunities abound in other vessel classes as well.Ton mile demand for the Handysize bulkers remains on a gradual upwards slope. Additionally, the removal of a significant number of older ships has preserved the value of prime age and fuel-efficient vessels in the Panamax container segment.The LR1 Tankers segment has seen a tough market environment over the past several years due to the large growth in vessel supply, while Aframaxes have suffered from changes in trade patterns, but remain the workhorses of the crude tanker fleet, and the average age of the fleet on the water remains high.“Vessel specific forecasts give a much better view of the expected asset value performance, but the trend in five year old asset values is a good starting point when looking for discounted vessels,” VesselsValue concluded.
Ohio State football recruit Bryce Haynes stepped into a role that landed him what could be a four year starting job with the Buckeyes. Haynes is a long snapper — he’s the guy who lines up in the center position for punts and field goals and snaps the ball. Haynes, who attends Pinecrest Academy in Cumming, Ga., is the first incoming freshman in OSU football history to be offered a scholarship for long snapping. But for most of his career, long snapping was just something he did, not his main focus. “I started at receiver as a sophomore and started at receiver and defensive end both junior and senior year,” Haynes said. “I was just a back-up (long snapper) my freshman and sophomore years, so I hadn’t really gotten into it or really practiced that much.” During his junior season, Haynes beat out a senior for the starting long snapping job on punts, but not for field goals. Instead, he focused on playing defensive end and wide receiver. That all changed after his junior season. “I knew I definitely wanted to go somewhere to play football in college, but I realized it would kind of be a long shot to play receiver or defensive end at a bigger school or one of the schools I wanted to go to,” Haynes said. “I was already pretty good at (long snapping), and I didn’t have any teaching or anything, so I figured I’d try it out.” Haynes started working on long snapping and in December following his junior year, he attended a special-teams camp in Georgia led by the country’s premier long snapping instructor, Chris Rubio. “That’s how I really learned the great technique,” Haynes said. “It took a lot of effort, but once I learned what I was doing wrong, I got better a lot faster.” Haynes continued during the summer months when he attended between six and eight different special-teams camps — he was named “best long snapper” at each camp. After a camp in California, Rubio declared Haynes the best long snapper in the country. Rubio later said on his website: “This kid has it all. … Flat out the best in the country. In the top five I have had coming out of high school in the past decade.” Colleges took notice as Haynes received offers from North Carolina, Arkansas, Utah State, Michigan State, Harvard, Notre Dame and OSU. Because of his Catholic background, many people pegged Notre Dame as the front-runner, but on Jan. 28, Haynes verbally committed to OSU and said he doesn’t regret his decision. “I love the football community at Ohio State,” Haynes said. “I never even imagined that I would go to Ohio State originally starting out.” Because of the departure of senior long snapper Jake McQuaide, Haynes said he expects to play as a freshman. McQuaide made sure the coaches took a look at Haynes, said Kevin Noon, managing editor of BuckeyeGrove.com. Even with all his accolades, not all Buckeye fans were keen on giving a valuable scholarship to a player whose position can normally be filled by a walk-on. Noon doesn’t agree. “Bryce is a once-in-a-decade type of talent,” Noon said. “I think that Bryce Haynes has an excellent opportunity to walk into the long snapping duties as a freshman. You are locking a guy down for four years instead of having to develop someone.” For a long snapper, Noon said, every play is important. “All it takes is one bad snap to ruin your season,” he said. “One bad snap and you’re out of it.” Correction: May 24, 2011 An earlier version of this story stated Haynes attends Pinecrest Academy in Cummings, Ga. It is Cumming, Ga.
Ohio State announced Ryan Day, along with Greg Schiano, will become the first million-dollar assistant coaches in Ohio State football history on Feb. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe Ohio State football program broke its silence Friday with acting head coach Ryan Day sending out a letter sharing fall practice updates. As the university investigates head coach Urban Meyer, who was placed on paid administrative leave on Aug. 1, Ohio State suspended all interviews with players and coaches on Aug. 2 “until further notice.” Day provided updates on each of the nine position groups while the Buckeyes near their Sept. 1 game against Oregon State. Here are some important takeaways. At quarterback, Day acknowledged that Ohio State has collectively “zero collegiate starts” in the position room and said both redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins and redshirt freshman Tate Martell have been taking the majority of the reps in practice. Day also said freshman Matthew Baldwin, who is recovering from an ACL injury, will not be 100 percent for another few weeks. At wide receiver, Day said interim position coach Brian Hartline has “embraced” his role in leading a veteran room. He also called the tight end room “deeper and has a chance to be stronger than last year.” On the offensive line, Day said redshirt senior Brady Taylor, redshirt freshman Josh Myers and junior Michael Jordan have each been taking snaps at center, adding the line as a whole has raised its competition in the battle for starting spots. He also said the development of fifth-year senior guard Malcolm Pridgeon has been a “bright spot” during fall camp. Day called Ohio State’s depth at the defensive line position the strongest on the team. Day said sophomore Baron Browning and junior Justin Hilliard are battling for the starting middle linebacker position while sophomore Tuf Borland recovers from an Achilles injury. Led by Taver Johnson, the cornerbacks coach who Day says “is really enjoying being a Buckeye coach again,” the interim head coach said junior Damon Arnette and junior Kendall Sheffield “are poised to continue the tradition of great Buckeye CB play.” Day also mentioned sophomore Jeffrey Okudah who is “coming along well” after being sidelined with an injury in spring practice. Under first-year safeties coach Alex Grinch, Day said sophomore Isaiah Pryor, sophomore Jahsen Wint, sophomore Brendon White and sophomore Amir Riep are in the mix for the second starting safety job alongside junior Jordan Fuller. Day said fall camp ends on Saturday with a scrimmage and practice and preparation for the regular season will begin Tuesday when classes begin.
James Milner has praised fellow Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum after scoring in the club’s 2-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur on SaturdayThe Reds faced a daunting challenge from Spurs at Wembley as they looked to maintain their 100% start to the new Premier League season.And it was Wijnaldum who rose to the occasion by netting his first away Premier League goal with a header.Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino doubled Liverpool’s lead before Erik Lamela’s consolation goal in stoppage time for Spurs.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Milner told the club website: “He’s [Wijnaldum] a goalscorer, he’s shown that before and he’s pretty good with his head so it was nice for him to score and that’s what we need as well.“Obviously we had a lot of goals from the front boys [last season] and I’m sure we will again this year, but it’s important that we try to take as much pressure off them as we can and contribute with goals all over the field.”Liverpool will face Paris Saint-Germain later this evening in their opening game of the 2018/19 Champions League campaign.