Institute announces results of October’s ‘Innovation Zone’

first_img Howard Lake | 5 February 2007 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Institute announces results of October’s ‘Innovation Zone’ The Institute of Fundraising has announced the results of its second quarterly ‘Innovation Zone’ in which an independent panel assess new and innovative fundraising services or products.At the latest Innovation Zone, which took place on 16 October 2006, the panel assessed Long-form Direct Response TV (DRTV) presented by MC&C, and MoveforGood.com presented by Move for Good.Long-form DRTV is a 15-minute long direct response infomercial shown back-to-back in a 30-minute slot on a UK multi-channel television station at the time and on the channel chosen by the charity, with 82 channels to choose from. Repeated exposure is designed to build empathy in viewers “and results in conversion rates of 80-90% vs 30% from short-form DRTV”. Advertisementcenter_img Tagged with: Digital 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. Move for Good is based on the premise that, when donors move, they often fail to notify charities they support, resulting in lost contact for the charity and ultimately, lost donations. Home moving also sees a large amount of money being spent in a short period of time, which at the moment, charities do not tap into. Move for Good finds donors an estate agency that will sell their home and passes the donor’s details to the agency.The panel of Organisational members of the Instititute gave each product a rating on the scale of 1-5, (1*-low, 5*****-high).Long-form Direct Response TV (DRTV):Practical application ** Innovation ****Fundraising Potential ***Move for Good:Practical application ****Innovation ***Fundraising Potential ***Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, explained why the Innovation Zone had been established: “Charities are often contacted by suppliers and agencies trying to sell them a new fundraising idea, which they don’t have time to investigate. That is where the Innovation Zone comes in. As well as encouraging new ideas, Innovation Zone acts as a filter.”The findings of the Innovation Zone Panel have been published in a full report, available exclusively to Organisational members of the Institute of Fundraising. A summary report is also available for other interested parties via the Institute’s website.The panel will re-convene in on 28 February 2007 to assess new products and services. The closing date for applications is 19 February.last_img read more

IMCA, RaceSaver announce $6,500 Sprint Car national point fund

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – IMCA and RaceSaver have announced a $6,500 point fund, to be paid to top 10 drivers in national Sprint Car point standings this season. The national champion earns $1,000, with $900 for second, $800 for third, $700 for fourth and $600 for fifth. Sixth through 10th place drivers each earn $500. “National point fund shares are in addition to local track and series point funds, as well as a gener­ous number of contingency awards,” noted IMCA President Brett Root. “We continue to get inquiries about sanctioning. I believe our combined efforts will lead to the largest unified Sprint Car group in the United States.” Returning to the IMCA RaceSaver fold this season are the prestigious Virginia Sprint Series, Sprint Series of Texas and Sprint Series of Minnesota, as well as weekly venues Eagle Raceway in Nebraska, Kennedale Speedway Park and Mountain Creek Speedway in Texas, Arlington Race­way in Minnesota and the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway.The Western RaceSaver Sprint Series in California, Southern United Sprint Series and Louisiana Bayou Sprinters are already on board for 2015, as are estab­lished weekly programs at Huset’s Speedway and I-90 Speedway in South Dakota and Bloomington Speedway in Indiana, as well as newly-sanc­tioned Red River Speedway and Super Bowl Speedway in Texas.Other tracks and series that have expressed an interest in IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars are lo­cated in Colorado, Nebraska, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. A grandfather clause will allow newly-sanctioned tracks and series to determine their own race schedules; those schedules will have to be completed by Sept. 27 for bonus points to be applied toward national standings. “The economics of RaceSaver and our rich history of sanctioning Sprint Cars winged racing make for an awesome combination,” Root said. “The expanded partnership between Virginia-based RaceSaver will offer Sprint Car drivers across the country the opportunity to compete under the same set of rules.”Eagle Motorsports of Lincoln, Neb., returns as the division title sponsor. In addition to point fund money and contingency awards, drivers purchasing competitor’s licenses become eligible for ex­cess medical insurance coverage.“Being part of a national organization has benefits aside from money and insurance. RaceSaver founder French Grimes has developed one of the most cost-effective and innovative engine and rule packages in Sprint Car racing and it fits well with the philosophy IMCA brings into its centen­nial season,” emphasized Root. Grimes will continue to oversee all aspects of RaceSaver that pertain to rules, record keeping, cylinder heads, tires, engine certification hard cards, engine sealing and tech inspection and offi­cials. Specific rule information is available by calling Grimes at 540 923-4541. IMCA will provide administration for the division.last_img read more

The best is yet to come! – Lady Jags coach

first_imgDr Ivan Joseph lauds Guyana’s exceptional showing at CONCACAF U-20 Women’s ChampionshipBy Rawle ToneyGUYANA’S National U-20 Women’s team exited the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, following their 3-0 defeat to Haiti, in the tournament’s quarterfinals stage. It was the first time in the country’s history that a Youth team from Guyana reached the knockout stage of any major tournament on the international scenes.However, despite their historical achievement, Dr Ivan Joseph said he was more impressed with the level of commitment, determination and discipline shown by the Guyanese women.“Going into the game (against Haiti), I would be lying to say that our team was a little nervous. This team has just been rolling through this tournament,” Joseph said in his post-match comments.“Haiti was physical, they were fast, they were technical; They were tactically sound, well organised and disciplined. We were outmatched,” Joseph related, adding that he was more impressed, however, with the level of play by the Lady Jags.“They fought with heart. They fought to the end, they were committed and they worked hard. So I’m (very) proud of the effort and how they portrayed themselves in this tournament.“If you look at Haiti, you can see what the investment of their Government and the Federation can do…they have a full time staff and for us to even be on the same field as they is a testament to how well this team (Guyana) played,” the Canada-based coach stated.The defeat to Haiti was Guyana’s second at the tournament, following their 3-0 loss to Mexico in the competition’s group stage.Haiti encountered the contest of the tournament’s most prolific goal-scoring team, finding the net 34 times in four outings. Along with the USA, they’re the only team to not concede a goal.last_img read more

Update: What’s legal to apply to the LL-GT27 soybean?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mark Loux, Ohio State University Extension weed control specialistWe recently ran an article that covered the legality of POST glyphosate and glufosinate applications to the LL-GT27 soybean, which is resistant to both herbicides. The issue at that time was the legality of applying a mix of both herbicides, based on questions we had received. Cutting to the quick, our conclusion was that because it was legal to apply the mixture since both herbicides could legally be applied and labels did not prohibit mixing. We were naïve apparently, because that article caused the issue over whether it was actually legal to apply glyphosate to the LL-GT27 soybean to be raised.Since then, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the companies who are the involved registrants have been working to come to a solution that clarifies this issue and keeps us all moving forward toward a resolution. The issue here seems to be this — wording on most glyphosate labels specifies application is allowed to “Roundup Ready” and “Roundup Ready 2 Yield” soybeans, and since the LL-GT27 soybean is not designated as such, those glyphosate products could not legally be applied. After a month of deliberation, the U.S. EPA issued some guidance:“Users of pesticide products containing glyphosate should refer to the pesticide product labels of herbicide products containing glyphosate for the specific registered uses on pesticide-resistant crops such as soybeans with glyphosate-resistant trait(s). Regardless of the herbicide product name (brand name), if the label of the glyphosate product states it is for over-the-top (post-emergent) use on glyphosate-resistant soybeans, and it is not otherwise restricted by other label statements/directions for use, it can be used on any soybean that has a glyphosate-resistant trait. However, if the label of the glyphosate product states it is for use on crops such as soybeans, with specific glyphosate-resistant traits by name, then the glyphosate product can only be used on those crop(s) with those traits specifically identified on the label. Ultimately, growers and commercial applicators must comply with the entirety of the pesticide label. Please let us know if you have any questions.”Questions? Yes. Here’s what it comes down to:The important part of the glyphosate label here is the use-specific directions, or the section within the larger “Roundup Ready” part of the label that deals with soybeans.If the soybean section of the glyphosate product label does not mention specific genetics by trade name, but just the wording “glyphosate-resistant” or “glyphosate-tolerant,” then it is legal to apply that product to the LL-GT27 soybean.If the soybean section of the label restricts use to certain genetics by trade name — “Roundup Ready,” “Roundup Ready 2 Yield,” etc., then it would not be legal to apply to the LL-GT27 soybean.If the wording on the label is along the lines of “for use on soybeans with the Roundup Ready gene,” or similar wording with other specific genetics, it would not be legal to apply to the LL-GT27 soybean.Our not exhaustive search through glyphosate product labels indicates that most, if not all, do not contain any wording about “glyphosate tolerance” in the soybean section, and indicate use is specifically on “Roundup Ready” or “Roundup Ready 2 Yield” or “Soybeans with the Roundup Ready gene.” This includes Roundup PowerMAX, Durango DMA, Abundit Edge, Credit Extreme, and Cornerstone to name a few. Manufacturer reps with a glyphosate product label that varies from this are free to contact us so we know.The inability to use glyphosate on the LL-GT27 soybean affects primarily growers who bought it for the genetics or other traits and not the LibertyLink trait, who might have planned to use only glyphosate POST. Most of the utility of this soybean on problem broadleaf weeds comes from the LibertyLink trait though (and it’s definitely legal to apply glufosinate POST). There’s plenty of generic clethodim around to help out with grass. We assume label language will adapt over time to take care of the glyphosate issue. We’re not even sure this issue would have come up if we hadn’t tried to clarify the tank-mix legality and stepped right in it. There appeared to be some confusion in the field about this though, with different stories being told, and better to just clear it all up way in advance of the season. Stay tuned for the next chapter.last_img read more

Now You Can Ask Google Search To Compare, Filter And Play

first_imgselena larson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Filters, meanwhile, aim to simplify the process of scanning through topics that are frequently searched on the Web. Search for “impressionist artists,” for instance, and Google Search will return a card-based rogues gallery of artists that its search experience associated with Impressionism. That result, though, will now also feature a dropdown filter menu that, in this case, would let you select various other styles—Cubist, Renaissance, Realist and so forth.The company also improved music search so users can explore artists and play songs directly through Search.App Updates A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Updates to the Android Google Search application allow better “conversation,” or voice search. Google will understand when you ask a variety of questions surrounding the same topic, and not only provides links to answers but also provides voice feedback.In a demo, Google director of product management Tamar Yehoshua did a voice search for pictures of the Eiffel Tower, then followed up with requests such as “How tall is it?” and “When was it built?” to demonstrate Google’s ability to understand that “it” still referred to the Eiffel Tower.Upcoming changes to Google’s mobile search apps will introduce what the company calls a “more unified design” that’s “optimized for touch,” and which will introduce the card-based layout from Google Now to search.Google also promised an update to its iOS application that will let Google Now push reminder notifications to iGadgets the same way it does now on Android. “So if you tell your Nexus 7, ‘OK Google. Remind me to buy olive oil at Safeway,’ when you walk into the store with your iPhone, you’ll get a reminder,” the company noted in its blog post. Under The HoodThe engine driving most of these new features is “Hummingbird,” Google’s latest iteration of its search-indexing algorithm. “Hummingbird makes results even more useful and relevant,” said Amit Singhal, Google’s SVP of search. “And it affects 90 percent of our searches worldwide.”The update, released last month, is the biggest is the biggest revamp of Google’s search infrastructure since Caffeine, released in 2010. As a lead-in to its 15th anniversary tomorrow, Google announced changes to its search platform that expand its “knowledge graph”—that is, its ability to answer your questions directly instead of simply presenting you with links to additional sources.The changes also aim to allow more natural “conversations” that will make it easier to refine searches, and simpler search through musical artists and songs. Google also updated its iOS and Android search apps, promising additional changes in the near future.Filter and CompareGoogle’s Knowledge Graph has been improved to provide better answers to more complex questions that don’t have a simple answer. For starters, it will automatically provide a side-by-side comparison when presented with searches such as “butter vs. olive oil,” producing an outline in card form that lines up whichever features Google deems most relevant—in this case, calorie and cholesterol counts.Comparisons can apparently sometimes return less-than-intuitive results. Over at SearchEngineLand, Matt McGee found that comparing Seattle’s Space Needle to the Empire State Building yielded images, the date each opened and the buildings’ respective architects and styles—but not their height. Tags:#Google#search 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Gmail Calculator: This Tool Measures and Visualizes Your Gmail Statistics

first_imgAverage response time.Only seven percent of companies respond within five minutes of a form submission, and research suggests that between 35 and 50 percent of sales go to the first-responding vendor. Do your sales professionals respond within five minutes of receiving a new lead? This tool calculates your average response times so you can find out if your sales leads and customers are getting timely communication from you and your team. Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Sender and recipient information.You’ll also learn who’s sending you the most emails—and to whom you’re sending the most emails. You might find out that one of your clients is disproportionately needy, and taking up too much of your time. There’s a member of your team to whom you never seem to have conversations. Why? Any of these habits can be changed with a proactive approach. Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Emails sent and received by time of day.You might have an intuitive sense for how many emails you send and receive throughout a typical day, but the actual number may surprise you. Once you figure out just how many emails are occupying your time, and what times during the day you see peak workload, you can work to cut back by writing more concisely, delegating tasks, or reducing distractions like app notifications. Emails sent and received by day of the week.Similarly, it’s likely that each day of the week has a different traffic pattern; for example, you might send twice as many emails on Monday as you do Friday, or you might get a spike of incoming emails around noon each day. This information can help you rebalance your work schedule, and find the best time to focus on heads-down work (instead of getting distracted with incoming messages). A Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas These stats aren’t just presented to you in a bland, numerical format, either; instead, they’re displayed in intuitive, interactive charts and graphs. At a glance, you can see which days are busiest for you, how long your average threads are, or whether the time you spend writing each email is decreasing.If you’re a manager, you should know you can also use EmailAnalytics to track your team’s email habits. That way, you can work with each of your team members to communicate more efficiently and spend more time on the work that matters most.Is a Gmail Calculator Right for You?Just about anyone can make use of EmailAnalytics, but it’s an especially useful Gmail calculator tool for people who spend most of their day sending and receiving emails, such as customer service teams and sales teams. Considering the number of emails sent per day is growing every year, a Gmail calculator tool is only going to become more relevant in the future.If you think you could benefit from learning more about your email habits, it’s essential to get started as soon as possible. The sooner you begin collecting data on your Gmail activity, the more information you’ll have to work with long-term; you’ll be able to see the changes in your productivity as you incorporate new strategies, and come up with more relevant ideas for reshaping your approach to communication.Instead of making assumptions about your productivity or assuming that your email habits are already polished, use a Gmail calculator such as EmailAnalytics to look at the data and see what they have to say about your email productivity.center_img CEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from… Related Posts Uber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacy Thread-related statistics.EmailAnalytics can also teach you about the patterns in your email threads, including who typically starts them, how many messages they include, and how long they typically “live.” Threads can be pain points when trying to improve your productivity since their constant notifications tend to be distracting. You probably spend more time sending, receiving, writing, and reading emails than you think. According to one study, the average worker sends up to 122 emails every day.Little habits and problem areas can quickly rack up against you; for example, imagine it takes you a minute longer to draft an email than typical for your company.After 122 emails a day and five days a week, that seemingly innocuous extra minute per email can add up to 10 hours of extra work every week. In business, it’s unlikely that you’re wasting a full 10 hours per week on email, but the problem isn’t necessarily the specific number of hours you’re spending; instead, it’s the lack of visibility into the question that matters.Gmail doesn’t offer any built-in measurement tools to help you understand your email habits or productivity, and without that knowledge, you’re stuck repeating the same mistakes and reinforcing the same bad habits as you attempt to improve your productivity. And, what if you lose some valuable information that you need in an email or a file?Thankfully, there’s a new Gmail calculator tool designed to help you calculate the time you spend on Gmail, and it’s revolutionizing how people consume their workday by enabling Gmail and G Suite users to visualize their email activity.EmailAnalytics: The Gmail CalculatorEmailAnalytics is a Gmail calculator tool designed to help you learn and improve your email habits, and if you put it to good use, you could feasibly save hours every week. After linking your Gmail or G Suite account, you’ll instantly gain access to interesting visualized metrics about your email activity, including: 4 Ways You Can Make Your Workplace an Engine of…last_img read more

Lata Mangeshkar show to raise funds for stadium complex in Madhya Pradesh draws flak

first_imgTo millions of her fans, Lata Mangeshkar is synonymous with melodic harmony. But in her own birthplace last fortnight, a public performance by her was at the centre of an acrid verbal crossfire.The superstar’s performance in Indore on December 4 was to collect money for a Rs 1 crore indoor,To millions of her fans, Lata Mangeshkar is synonymous with melodic harmony. But in her own birthplace last fortnight, a public performance by her was at the centre of an acrid verbal crossfire.The superstar’s performance in Indore on December 4 was to collect money for a Rs 1 crore indoor stadium-cum-sports complex which is under construction in this, the largest city of Madhya Pradesh. The stadium, which will be the third largest in the country, is the pet project of press baron Abhay Chhajlani, chairman of the Indore Table Tennis Trust (ITTT), at whose invitation the melody queen sang. But instead of the bouquets such occasions normally bring, Chhajlani found himself at the receiving end of a volley of brickbats. His critics argued that he was misusing his clout as one of the proprietors of the state’s largest selling newspaper Nai Duniya (print run: 1.48 lakh), not only to get his way with the Government, but also to build himself up in the public eye.The volatile local MLA, Suresh Seth, a former cabinet minister, who spearheaded the attack, says: “I have nothing personal against Lata Mangeshkar or anybody else. But this table tennis trust is a one-man show headed by Chhajlani. Why should they be trusted with public money?” Seth (inset) and Chhajlani showing Mangeshkar around: Public money at stakeSeth adds that government machinery was involved in a big way and that the show was exempted from entertainment tax. Therefore, he says, the state Government should claim the box-office collections.The silver-haired Seth, who incidentally is also editor of the daily Indore Samachar, first tried to stall the show by sending a telegram to the singer in Bombay. When that did not work, he organised demonstrations in Indore which led to his arrest along with some of his supporters.advertisementChhajlani, who is vice-president of the Table Tennis Federation of India, has attracted both criticism and admiration for his dedication to the project, which even while still incomplete, is impressive. Rectangular in shape, it will seat more than 6,000 and has a playing arena of 14,000 sq ft – to be used for basketball, badminton and volleyball, apart from Chhajlani’s favourite sport, table tennis.The 50-year-old Chhajlani says: “The idea first emerged in 1974 when the responsibility for holding the Table Tennis Nationals fell on Indore. I was then president of the Madhya Pradesh Table Tennis Association (MPTTA). But for lack of space, we had to organise it in the godown of the local mill. We realised that if Indore was to become a sports centre, we had to have an indoor stadium where tournaments could be held. That is how it all started.”Impressive Record: Chhajlani points to his record to prove his success in the promotion of table tennis during his eight-year tenure as president of MPTTA beginning 1974. Says he: “Between then and now, the number of players registered with the association has risen from merely 300 to 2,000. In the state championships, more than 400 players participated. When I took over, in various team events, Madhya Pradesh used to rank between sixteenth and twenty-second in the country. Today our teams figure from the second position to the tenth. Isn’t that a marked improvement?”Even his bitterest critics cannot deny that the improvement of table tennis in the state has been remarkable. But what they do question is the use of his influence to gather funds. So far, out of the estimated cost of Rs 1 crore, about Rs 60 lakh have gone into the construction.Of this, Rs 3 lakh came from the Centre, Rs 16.25 lakh from the state Government, Rs 15 lakh as loan from a cooperative bank in Indore and about Rs 25 lakh from public donations in the city.Says one critic, also a sports official: “There is not a single instance in the entire country where the Government has assisted a non-government body to such a large extent in the construction of a stadium.”Acrimonious Dispute: Seth also alleges that in some cases, government officials have misused their authority to pressurise potential donors. He says: “I would like to see if Abhay Chhajlani could raise the finances if he was not owner of the paper.”Seth has long harboured a resentment against Nai Duniya for the power it wields in state politics. He also evidently believes that a major reason he lost his berth in the Cabinet a couple of years ago is that he fell foul of Nai Duniya.Chhajlani calmly brushes aside all allegations: “The ITTT is a public trust whose accounts are duly audited. If the Government is ever dissatisfied with its working, it can always be taken over. Yes, I am the driving force but there are four prominent citizens on the trust too and their approval is required.” Meanwhile, Nai Duniya often features both Chhajlani and the stadium.advertisementChhajlani hopes that once the stadium is complete, it will inspire other sports organisations to build infrastructure in their own spheres. But unfortunately the ambitious project has become the focus of jealousy and resentment among officials of other sports who, off the record, accuse the Government of partiality to a single sport. The stadium has, even before its inauguration, become the centre of a slanging match.last_img read more