Men’s Tennis Hosts Nebraska On Wednesday

first_imgThe Bulldogs are coming off a consolation title at the San Diego Spring Break Tournament, defeating Harvard 4-2 on March 18 and hold a 11-8 record. Calum MacGeoch led the team last week with a 5-1 combined record enroute to being named this week’s MVC Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week. The Bulldogs will close out the month with a trip to Denver to take on the Denver Pioneers on March 31 and the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos on April 1.   DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s tennis team hosts Nebraska on Wednesday at 6 p.m. before closing out the week with a trip to No. 18 Cornell on Saturday at 1 p.m. Nebraska opened the season by losing its first seven matches but since then have won four of its last five matches. In the Huskers’ last time out they topped Wichita State, 5-2, on March 18.center_img No. 18 Cornell is 14-2 and holds a perfect 6-0 home record. The Big Red have won six of their last seven matches and are coming off a huge 4-3 win at then-ranked seventh Oklahoma. Cornell’s strength is in the middle of its line with the No. 3 and No. 4 spots going a combined 23-1 this season. Colin Sinclair is a perfect 11-0 and has gone 8-0 in the No. 3 spot to lead the middle of the lineup.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

NFL owner: Hang safety rules, players paid big money to incur high-risk behavior

first_imgShow of hands: Who is enjoying the NFL’s new player-safety rules?Hello? Anyone? I know you’re out there — I can hear you cracking your knuckles.Truth: No one likes the new rules of engagement, designed to reduce collisions on kickoffs, on helmet-to-helmet contact and on hits to the quarterback. Not the fans, though the fans don’t have much of a stake in player safety beyond the gladiator-on-gladiator mayhem that goes so well with pizza rolls and chip and dip. The players don’t seem to like …last_img read more

68 000 volunteer applications for 2010

first_img2 September 2009A total of 67 999 people from 170 countries have applied to become volunteers for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, with an average of 1 600 applications being received each day between 20 July and 31 August.2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) CEO Danny Jordaan said the programme proved to be hugely popular: “We are honoured by the incredible response we have received from around the world,” he said.Strong foreign responseAccording to the LOC, there was a strong response from outside of South Africa, with Nigerians showing great interest with the highest number of applications (750) from outside of the host country.The United States followed with 554 applications, while Brazil was close behind with 489. Zimbabweans registered 449 applications, while Italy managed an impressive 414.Other African countries that responded were Cameroon with 375, the Democratic Republic of Congo with 109, and Lesotho with 106.Local applicationsLocally, with two World Cup stadiums, Johannesburg came in with the most applications, receiving a total of 16 280 applications for Soccer City and Ellis Park.Pretoria received 8 496 applications, followed by the Nelson Mandela Bay with 7 365, Cape Town with 5 998, and Nelspruit in Mpumalanga province and Rustenburg in North West province coming close behind with 5 781 and 5 558 applications respectively.eThekwini/Durban received 5 148 volunteer applications, followed by Polokwane in Limpopo province with 5 503, and Mangaung/Bloemfontein in Free State province with 4 371 applications.Administrative supportThe LOC said that most volunteers had applied to provide administrative support for the tournament, as well as hospitality and ushering services, fan park services, and information technology and telecommunications.In order to assist with hearing-impaired spectators, 83 volunteer hopefuls have applied to work in sign language support.The next step is for the applications to be screened, with the interview process beginning in December. Overseas volunteers will be interviewed by teleconference, while host city interviews will be conducted simultaneously at venues in each city.Once the final selections have been made, the volunteers will then be trained in their respective fields before the World Cup kicks off.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Innovative theatre for young minds

first_img15 June 2012 The African Research and Educational Puppetry Programme Trust, or arepp:Theatre for Life, is adding some spark to life skills education in South African schools, using humour and music in its interactive performances to demystify taboo subjects and enabling young people to make informed lifestyle choices. There is a great sense of orderliness ahead of arepp’s performance at the Rhodesfield Technical High School on Johannesburg’s West Rand. The familiar sound of the school bell signals the end of each lesson, prompting pupils to walk briskly along the corridors to their next class, and in the reception area there is serious talk of reports, averages, tests and results. But as soon as the play starts, the school hall – with a group of about 300 grade eight pupils neatly seated in rows on the floor – explodes with laughter, whistling and cheering. Even the teachers who are supervising the noisy group of teenagers can’t help but smile. The performance that follows will undoubtedly be the highlight of every pupil’s day. Targeted at grades eight to 12 pupils, the focus of the Look Before You Leap play series is on choices, problem solving and self-image. It explores how ideas of gender and sexuality affect perceptions of self and society. Arepp’s approach to educational theatre is all about making learning fun and, through the different characters, help pupils make an emotional connection with the content of the play. The award-winning educational theatre group takes learning out of the classroom onto the stage, and there is nothing high-brow about these performances. Instead of sidestepping the serious issues affecting young people in South Africa, arepp’s candid approach and innovative use of theatre highlights difficult social and personal issues such as sexuality, relationships, pregnancy, substance use, HIV/Aids, physical and emotional abuse and gender equality.Learning can be fun Brigid Schutz, director at arepp, says the structure and character development of the plays help pupils to identify closely with the situations portrayed. Unlike traditional theatre, the audience are not passive observers, as the play mirrors their personal experiences on stage. One of the actors, Ruan Zed, says that theatre is a powerful medium that helps people to see issues from a different perspective. “Theatre puts your own life story on stage,” he says. This particular play, Look Before You Leap: Oh Yeah! deals with issues that all high school pupils can relate to – peer pressure and temptation, not fitting in and being different. It also examines the uncertainty of early relationships, being true to one’s identity and self-esteem. “The characters in the play go through an emotional process and because it becomes a personal experience for the pupils, they can identify and connect with it,” Schutz explains.Making life orientation relevant The productions, which run for an hour – the first half is the play, which is then followed by a 30-minute problem-solving discussion with the audience – are specifically designed to be performed as a life orientation (LO) lesson within the school’s daily schedule. LO is a compulsory subject in South African schools for all grades. This new area of learning replaced subjects such as career guidance, physical training and religious education. The point of LO is to enable pupils to make wise choices, understand healthy living, get career direction, learn study skills and become aware of environmental, community and society issues. Although it covers non-academic skills needed in life, Rhodesfield’s LO teacher Elliot Faku says there is a perception in schools that LO is not as important as the more academic subjects like maths or science. “The subject is highly relevant as it deals with what life is like after school,” he says. He is a great supporter of using theatre as a learning tool. “It further entrenches the concepts that the pupils learn in class,” Faku says. “Even though the kids see it as a break from their normal school routine, they are still learning.”Problem-solving through discussion After each performance pupils have an opportunity to ask questions, talk about the issues raised in the play, contextualise the content and debate the decisions made by the characters. The discussion time is important because it encourages open communication. “It shows the pupils that their opinions are valued,” Schutz says. Most of them are not scared to ask difficult questions that they might not usually want to discuss with other adults such as their parents or teachers. Throughout the discussion, the group is encouraged to offer answers themselves, which builds confidence and problem-solving skills. Zed notes that in all the discussion sessions they’ve noticed that the questions and opinions of the pupils are closely related to their own lives. By sharing their understanding of the issues, pupils become more confident to talk about them in the classroom, on the playground and at home. “Arepp doesn’t give right or wrong answers,” he says. “What we want to do is develop resilient youth who can deal with any challenge and know what they stand for,” Zed says.Reaching as many kids as possible Arepp’s life skills and self-efficacy development programmes reach all age groups in schools with four series of shows: Look Before you Leap, aimed at groups between 13 and 22; About Us for 10 to 13 year olds; No Monkey Business and the Monkey Tales series for the groups between six and nine and three and five respectively. “There is a need to do more of this type of theatre in South Africa,” Schutz says. “There are many theatre education initiatives that start up, but keeping it going is difficult because it is very costly.” The organisation relies entirely on external funding to continue its work. Currently it receives support from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, the STARS Foundation and a foreign donor agency in the Netherlands. Established in 1987, arepp reaches about 120 000 pupils between the ages of five and 18 in 350 schools each year. Feedback from teachers last year showed an increase of 81% in the audience’s knowledge, skills, ability and confidence to deal with issues directly affecting them. The reported percentage of physical and sexual abuse cases in those schools halved from the previous year, to just under 4%, and reported pregnancies declined from 9% to less than 1%. Reported suicides decreased and overall, 80% of audiences indicated changes in their feelings of worth, competency and control with regard to the issues presented in the plays. “This shows that our performances are helping to make a difference,” says Schutz. Last year the company was selected from 976 applicants from 60 countries to receive the 2011 STARS Foundation Impact award in education. The foundation offers awards to charities in the Africa-Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions working with children in the areas of health, education and protection. The award is allowing arepp to fund additional theatre projects and perform about 200 more presentations, which will benefit 30 000 additional pupils. Schutz describes the award as an important accolade as it validates the organisation’s work and recognises arepp’s contribution of 25 years to the promotion of human rights in South Africa. “It highlights the vital importance of assisting young people and children to understand, engage with, and contextualise the notions and practical applications of their rights,” she says. Edited version of photograph by Andrew Aitchison, reproduced with kind permission. 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Perdue Talks Trade at Classic

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jerry HagstromDTN Political CorrespondentORLANDO, Fla. (DTN) — Comparing President Donald Trump’s expected meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping to conclude a new trade agreement to Trump’s recent meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said here Friday that a Trump-XI meeting could end “successfully or very detrimentally” for American agriculture.Trump walked away from his meeting with Kim in Vietnam because he decided the terms were not good enough, and the president “won’t sign an agreement that can’t be enforced,” Perdue told reporters after a speech at Commodity Classic, the gathering of more than 4,000 corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers and their families here.Perdue said he believes the agreement with China could double or triple exports for a wide range of U.S. products, including soybeans, rice, beef, ethanol and tree nuts. But he added that Trump wants China to agree to non-tariff items that will make big purchases possible.Perdue did not get into specifics Friday, but in the past, U.S. officials have said that improvements in China’s biotech approval process is a priority, but with agreements on intellectual property and technology transfer that affect all U.S. industry.A meeting between Trump and Xi has not yet been announced, although there are widespread rumors it will take place at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Florida in March.Perdue also said he hopes that an agreement with China is “imminent,” but he also told reporters that farmers may have to plant their crops while the negotiations continue.Farmers will have to make their decisions “based on market signals,” Perdue said, noting that they have always had to make decisions while dealing with uncertainty, and this year those uncertainties may include the relationship with China.Greeting a crowd that is beset with low commodity prices, incomes that have fallen and questions from bankers as spring planting approaches, Perdue opened his speech by acknowledging that “farming is tough” and that farmers are “burning through” capital they built up during the 2008-to-2013 period when commodity prices were high.Perdue also alluded to farmers’ reputation for complaining even when times are good, as he noted that when he was governor of Georgia, a farmer said he used to “whine,” but unfortunately the whine had come true.Perdue quickly added that he did not want to make light of the situation.Perdue acknowledged that some of those producers burning through capital are young farmers and said that his message to them is that their fathers and grandfathers had gone through tough times as well. He noted that USDA has direct and guaranteed loans that may be of help to them. The good years had attracted the children of farmers back to the farm, Perdue said, and if they can hang on, “I am bullish on agriculture.”Perdue also declared that the Environmental Protection Agency will issue a rule by June 1 for gas stations for year-round sale of E15, a type of gasoline that contains more ethanol than the E10 that is usually sold. Current rules do not allow its sale in the summer.Perdue acknowledged that he had misspoken when he said earlier in the week that the rule would not be ready by June 1. Andrew Wheeler, then the acting EPA administrator, told him after the shutdown the agency couldn’t get it done by the summer driving season, but with his confirmation pending, EPA found a way, Perdue said. Wheeler got confirmed this week.Jerry Hagstrom can be reached at jhagstrom@njdc.comFollow him on Twitter @hagstromreport(CC/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Erzähle die Geschichte Deiner Geocaching-Reise

first_imgVergiss nicht, Deine Geocaches online zu loggen.Ein Geocache besteht nicht nur aus einem Ort und einer Dose. Mit jedem Fund – oder Nichtfund – ist immer auch eine Geschichte verbunden. Diese Geschichten sind die Logeinträge, die Geocacher auf der Seite des Geocaches hinterlassen. Es gibt zahlreiche Gründe, aus denen Du bei den von Dir angegangenen Geocaches hochwertige Logs hinterlassen solltest, aber für den Anfang findest Du hier schon mal ein paar:Geocache-Owner lesen gern neue Logs. Sie helfen ihnen auch dabei festzustellen, wie es um ihren Geocache bestellt ist.Andere Geocacher suchen gern in früheren Logs nach Tipps und weiteren Informationen.DNF-Logs teilen anderen Geocachern mit, dass der Geocache möglicherweise doch etwas komplizierter als erwartet ist oder eine Wartung benötigt.Also zeige der Geocaching-Gemeinschaft, was es heißt, einen tollen Logeintrag zu verfassen: Teile auf der Geocaching-Seite auf Facebook den besten Logeintrag, den Du jemals gelesen (oder geschrieben) hast. SharePrint Related5 Tipps für die Planung Deines nächsten Urlaubs mit GeocachingMay 22, 2015In “Deutsch”Vier Tipps zum Verstecken von QualitätsgeocachesFebruary 19, 2019In “Deutsch”Die Evolution der GeocachesNovember 19, 2019In “Deutsch” Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

B2B Customer Experience, 13 Actions Bringing Better Results

first_imgTechnology is always making headway in the business world, entrepreneurs and many business veterans have been incorporating the innovational ways to transcend their rivals.            They say if Content is the king, Customer experience is the queen.  Customer experience purely depends on how you make your customers feel during the interactions. The way you sort your priorities and your business representation needs to excel.Compared to B2C, B2B is more demanding in terms of productivity and thus needs special attention for the providers. And why not, a B2B buyer offers you orders in big volumes. Remember the efforts you put on for insisting a B2C customer to purchase one item. This time, the desired effort magnitude is a thousand times higher.This article illustrates everything you need to know about how you can improve the B2B customer experience with your e-commerce endeavours. But before delving deep, let’s have: A sneak-peak at why customer experience matters in B2BThe B2B decision-makers every time have a vendor selected in mind even before a purchasing group is formed. As a result, the stakeholders offer a fat chance to let a new party in. And, that is the only space you are provided in the process.B2B offers very little room to allow aberrations. You can’t just play around when your prospects are that reserved with their choices. It turns really important to strike the right note in the limited time frame. Above all, their existing vendors have set a threshold with the services and retention offers. Your strategies need to whipsaw the existing filters to initiate the possibilities.Now, here is a pie-chart that explains the ill-effect of serving bad. According to Groove, 82% of customers let go of a company due to bad customer experience in the past.From the sales point of view, the ratio is alarmingly high and needs to be addressed right.The same source also claims that the customers are willing to pay extra, in exchange for a better CX. The clients are ready to spend around 140% more than usual, based upon their past user experience with the company. That being said, a B2B owner can expect their clients to come round again with more revenue. The only condition is if they develop a more Customer-centric approach.Proven Steps To Improve B2B customer experienceB2B business owners can dramatically enhance customer experience and achieve the bottom line gains by utilizing buyers’ familiarity with some common B2C site functions. Above all, they need to make sure that they are saving the clients’ precious time and pitching their best in the nutshell.Being said that, we have jotted down the most tried-and-tested ways that can level up the way customers perceive your business.An interactive ChatBot optimizes the chances of conversionA famous quote says “The first impression is the last impression.” That’s why Chatbots find themselves useful on most websites these days. Keeping the prospects engaged is one way of making the interaction more riveting. Attending the customer can actually take them down the lead funnel quicker. Compared to Email Marketing and cold call attempts, Chatbots are rather dynamic and can fetch their details with much ease.Modern-age Chatbots can make the rate negotiations on your behalf, even when you are off the system. Concise Content that defines your purposeThe businesses are well aware of the market and prefer to research before entering into any deal. While they are in touch with you, they are alongside considering other vendors to get the best product at the best price, they have already explored your websites deep and the surveys that relate to you.You can take this as an advantage; strengthen your contents, let them speak of your motto well aloud, let them define your endeavours and objectives with clarity. All this be done in a well-directed manner.User case studies bridge the gap effectivelyCase studies have played a crucial role in bridging the gap between a customer and the business. It needs a good grip on the buyer’s persona and a clear understanding of your product. The B2B owner can take help of their existing clients, who play the lead character in the plot. Case study portrays main character’s problem and the solution offered by the product.In most cases, the customers find themselves on the character’s shoes thus offering the much-needed connection.With Product Personalisation, customers can have a better choiceWhat if the customer liked the design of your product, but not the colour? What if he denied just because he disfavored the text? There are tools that can save you from losing the ground.Product Personalization allows your customers to have products of their choice. They can select the design and variant on their own. It is now a part of the major State of the art eCommerce websites. With several variants of the same product, the customer has better chances of getting converted.B2B owners can find such applications across all the major e-commerce platforms. Image SourceWith personalized recommendations, make them feel more valuedKeeping in mind that the other side of the B2B model is a procurer, the content needs to be highly personalized for specific customers. Features like product recommendations and customised best-seller lists can give B2B companies the chance to grow personal relations with the buyers.The Sellers can pitch Upselling and Cross-selling strategies to enhance the possibility of closing the deal.Influencing the C-Level decision makerA chain of multiple decision-making layers is one of the major factors that differentiate B2C from B2B. At an average, 6.8 people are involved while making a B2B purchase. The Champion stakeholder among the decision makers plays the lead role. Friendly referrals or impressing the champion can effectively break the obstacles.C-Level decision makers seek concise and focussed interactions. Time is a big constraint at these sessions. The best part- they favour a lasting relationship.Adding a lead score on customer’s growing interestAttaining a lead is not the end of the journey. A lead, if nurtured well can get you bulk orders. Adding lead score for every advancement by the customer can help you classify their status and the chances of them being converted. Most B2B owners pitch further knowledge of services with the rising lead score. Image SourceThe picture above is an example that represents the way, the lead score is offered at every step.Managing Abandoned Cart to remind them of the purchaseB2B prioritises a lot of segments, thus wrapping up for the deal can often take time. On average, more than 60% of the purchases are cancelled during the checkout. It is thus necessary to manage the cart abandonment with utmost priority.Most B2B owners pitch discounts within 15-30 minutes of cart abandonment. As per Salecycle, 28% of the carts are rescued in the process.Data Analytics attracts BuyersThe B2B customer is a marketer, and data is their native language. How easy would it be for the buyer if you lt them keep a track of their orders on the website?With Data Analytics being integrated into the b2b website, the Buyer can view order histories and other related information. These user-specific graphs are highly personalized and offer a special treatment to your buyers. Here is an example of the same: Handshake for B2B.Detailed Data Sheets with important points making the top of the listData Sheet is a must in the store. You need to describe your product for sure. More than that, are you prioritizing the descriptives?For instance, if your business is selling PCs in bulks to organizations, you are expected to put up the screen size and CPU specifications more than the mouse and keyboard.You must understand, figure out and present the data that is crucial to your sellers, which can be represented in datasheetsMoreover, you need to keep the description brief, yet detailed. An article here will help you with the same.Standard Certification and Easy Return policy for the productsB2B relies on trustworthiness. With standard certifications by your name, you can easily replace the existing vendors in the list.With your landing page showcasing the awards and the certificates, your branding is already a few levels up.Easy Return plays a key role in offering high-end customer experience. The option to return, reassures them for the quality of service offered and thus steering them to the next stage of the lead funnel. Here is one example of the same where the business owner is a SaaS provider and offers B2B services:The B2B owner presents the certifications they received on the landing page while they take charge of the product quality as wellA precise search engine saves time and trustA customer at B2C often scrolls for random products and is quite unpredictable with the choices. However, a customer at B2B is more focussed and understands his niche products better. Your Internal search engine should offer the customer highly refined searches with lesser possible inputs. The best-known eCommerce sites keep a track of the searches and repeat purchases in the past to make things more precise for specific buyers.B2B Progressive Web Apps to empower your mobile presenceMobile phones have certainly helped to boost B2B and B2C models at large. The involvement of a regular mobile phone in the business endeavour is credited to Progressive Web apps or PWA.The new-age application model combines the features offered by modern browsers along with the benefits of mobile experience. The parties can thus engage in a continuous loop on and off the systems.Final Thoughts On B2B Customer ExperienceIn a survey of about 10,000 US-based consumers, Tempkin Group once found that around 86 per cent of the users who received a great customer experience were more likely to resume. There are several more stats that advocate the importance of Customer Experience in recent times, across all the known business models. B2B is a highly focussed arena where the customer is specific to its needs. The Seller thus needs to come up with better efforts to channelise a highly delivering business. Above all, it is the way you approach and retain your customers, that matters the most. The demand for B2B services and competition are at an all-time high; differentiate yourself from the crowd and earn the right to ask for the place. Tags:#B2B#customer experience#Ecommerce business ideas Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry With This One Question, You’ll Never Need an Ic… Kunal Khullar Related Posts Kunal has 10+ years of experience in software services, development, and team management with diverse offshore software consulting firms in India and abroad. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not…last_img read more