Austin Howell’s Final View

first_img In one of our stories written about him a few years back, What’s Keeping Austin Weird, the devoted climber explains, Carolyn Morrisroe happened to be hiking on the eastern rim of the Linville Gorge this past Sunday morning and decided to snap a few shots unaware of the weight they would carry. The photos were taken on Hawksbill, overlooking Table Rock and Shortoff Mountain. With a tragedy like this, it is easy for us to want to question the choices the victim made or become scared of some of the things we do outside. For Howell, climbing was a no brainer. It was never a question of “what if” or “should I?” It was a question of “how” and “when.” “They [the photos] illustrate nothing so much as what a beautiful morning it was when an apparently beloved climber lost his life,” Morrisroe says about her photos. Photo by: Carolyn Morrisroe The photos were taken between 11:20 and 11:40 a.m. The first emergency call for Howell came in at 11:46 a.m., reportedly.center_img The hiker found out later from news stories that her time looking toward Shortoff coincided with the time when Austin Howell was climbing and fell. Photo by Carolyn Morrisroe Free soloist Austin Howell died June 30th after falling more than 80 feet from Shortoff Mountain in Burke County. He was well loved and known as an impressively passionate and quirky climber. “When you find something that gives you that deep of a sense of peace, why would you let it go?” he says. “For most people, if they’ve really found something that’s meaningful in their lives, the choice…is going to be really obvious. The trick is admitting it.” -Austin Howell Morrisroe told us the Howell’s mother plans to put one of the photos of the beautiful view on her desk. The photos help bring some peace to family and friends of Howell to know that his final moments were spent doing what he loved in a beautiful place, on a gorgeous day.last_img read more

Additions and subtractions in your workforce

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I think it is out of paper, I said.The American Airlines employee looked confused.I was trying to check a bag. The new system requires you to tag your own bag, but the machine seemed to be out of the “sticker paper.” A receipt told me to talk to a gate agent.But the gate agent didn’t seem to want to help. He told me to go back and try again. So I did. Same result. He rolled his eyes once or twice. He was convinced that I didn’t want to use the self-service system, even though I tried to explain that I already had.Frustrated with me, he passed me off to a colleague. She figured out the problem. The machine was out of paper.  So she helped me tag my bag.So I was shaking my head in disbelief. It was going to be one of those days of air travel. continue reading »last_img read more

ORVC Volleyball Awards

first_imgThe ORVC Volleyball Awards.Varsity Team Champs:  Rising Sun and Switzerland County.JV Team Champs:  Milan and Switzerland County.Tri-Mental Attitude Awards:  Sarah Anderson Switzerland County, Erika Cox -Switzerland County, and Kayla Peetz-Molan.Co-Coaches Of The Year:  Lindsey Merica-Rising Sun and Kodi Thayer-Switzerland County.ORVC Volleyball Awardslast_img

No complaints from Cousins despite rough playoff debut

first_imgBut in his ninth NBA season, he’s 1-0 lifetime in the postseason after the Warriors’ 121-104 win over the Los Angeles … CLICK HERE if you’re having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — DeMarcus Cousins’ first career playoff game, a year after suffering a devastating Achilles tendon injury, was not the stuff of fairytales.Cousins shot 4 for 12, had six turnovers to go with nine points and nine rebounds and fouled out after 21 minutes on the floor.last_img read more

Sudafrikas Ganzjahresstrande

first_imgSudafrika ruhmt sich, einige der besten Strande der Welt zu haben. Von der unberuhrten Kuste des Kap Vidal in KwaZulu Natal zur beruhmten Wild Coast am Ostkap, von den Pinguinkolonien vom Boulders Strand zum sonnendurchfluteten Camps Bay am Westkap… was Strande betrifft, haben wir die Nase vorn – ohne Frage.Unsere Strande sind viel mehr als eine Oase fur Sonnenanbeter und Surfer. Es gibt so viel zu sehen und zu tun entlang unserer malerischen Kustenlinie, einschließlich einer ganzen Reihe wunderbarer mehrtagiger Kustenwanderungen. Hier ist eine kurze Übersicht uber einige der besten Strande in Sudafrika.OstkapKwaZulu-NatalWestkap: Cape PeninsulaWestkap: Garden RouteOSTKAPDas Ostkap ist Heimat einiger ausgezeichneter Strande. Der Elizabeth Hafen und East London sind heiße Surfgebiete, und die Wild Coast ist fur ihre zerkluftete Landschaften, tosenden Meere und ausnehmend schonen Strande beruhmt.Port St John’s, Wild CoastPort St John’s ist ein reizendes und urwuchsiges Stuck tropischer Kustenlinie. Eine ziemlich unerschlossene Stelle, an der man großartig schwimmen und wunderbar in den Wassern der Kustenlagune faulenzen kann.Port ElizabethPort Elizabeth’s harmlose Strande, geschutzt von den sanften Kurven der Algoa Bucht, bieten sicheres Schwimmen und Surfen. Kings Beach ist sehr beliebt und Humewood Beach ist haufiger Gewinner der Blue Flag. Es gibt auch einen nahe gelegenen Schlangenpark und im Oceanarium spielende Delphine.East LondonDie gemutliche Stadt East London hat eine bluhende Strandkultur, mit Sanddunen, felsigen Vorsprungen und Meerblick. Am Orient Beach kann man gut Schwimmen, und die schwarzen Felsen vom Eastern Beach eignen sich vorzuglich fur Fotos und Ausfluge. Sie konnen aber auch lange Spaziergange entlang dem Nahoon Beach oder Gonubie Beach machen.KWAZULU-NATALDie KwaZulu Kustenlinie hat das ganze Jahr großartiges Wetter und wunderbare – wenn auch gelegentlich uberbelegte – Strande sowohl an den sudlichen wie auch nordlichen Kusten. Und dazwischen stellt die ganze Stadt Durban tatsachlich nur ein Lebenserhaltungssystem fur ihre Strande dar!Kap Vidal, iSimangaliso Wetland ParkDer Strand am Kap Vidal muss einfach einer der Besten des Landes sein mit seinen langen Strecken voll schneeweißem Sand. Dies ist ein guter Ort fur einen trage Spaziergang und einem abkuhlenden Bad im Meer. Besucher konnen die vielen Felstumpel entlang des Strandes erkunden und im Oktober Buckelwale sichten.Umhlanga RocksNordlich von Durban werden die Strande von Umhlanga wahrend der sudafrikanischen Schulferien lebendig, sie bieten einem Fest fur die ganze Familie. Es gibt Schwimmen im Meer, Surfen, Boogie Boarding, Felstumpel und warme Gezeitenbecken. Die Stadt Umhlanga bietet jeglichen Komfort fur all diejenigen, die nicht ganz darauf verzichten wollen.South Beach, DurbanSudstrand ist ein mehrfacher Gewinner der Blue Flag, ein bei Einheimischen und Touristen gleichermaßen beliebter ursprunglicher Ort. Ein Stuck von Durban’s weltberuhmter goldenen Meile ist South Beach, ideal fur Schwimmen und Surfen, da er durch das große Steilufer gegen die starken Westwinde geschutzt ist. Und es gibt noch eine Menge mehr zu tun: entlang der Strandseite verkaufen Strandhandler Zulu Perlenarbeiten, Korbe, Holzarbeiten und Basteleien und Rickscha Fahrer uben ihr Gewerbe aus. Und am Ende der goldenen Meile, die sich uber 15 ha erstklassigen Strand zieht, liegt uShaka Marine World, Afrikas großter Meeresvergnugungspark.Margate, South CoastMargate ist die Spaß-Hauptstadt der KwaZulu-Natal Hibiscus Coast, die in den Sommerferien Unmengen hauptsachlich junger Menschen anzieht. Der Hauptstrand ist KwaZulu Natals anderer regelmaßiger Gewinner der Blue Flag und die Stadt selbst bietet Restaurants, Lokale, Dorfladen und eine einheimische Kunstgemeinde.WESTKAP: CAPE PENINSULAIn Kapstadt finden die die Schickeria am besten bei Clifton; die trage-sowieso-keine-Mode Fraktion am Sandy Bay, unserem inoffiziellen Nacktbadestrand; und die Wanderer am Long Beach. Boulders bietet das beste Schwimmen – und Pinguine leisten dabei Gesellschaft.Camps BayCamps Bay Beach ist Westkap’s Antwort auf St. Tropez. Es ist bei den Schonen der Welt beliebt und bietet spektakulare Sicht auf den Lion’s Head und die zwolf Apostel. Sonnenuntergange sind am Camps Bay ein echtes Vergnugen und wenn Sie genug von Sand und Brandung haben, nehmen einen Schlaftrunk in einem der nahe gelegenen Restaurants und Bars zu sich.CliftonClifton auf der Atlantikkuste ist bei internationalen Filmcrews und Modenzeitschriften als die perfekte Strandlocation bekannt. Gewaltige Granitfelsblocke teilen Clifton in vier sandige Strande. Dies ist die Millionarszeile am Kap; der Strand ist bekannt fur internationale Models und Filmstars – und die Einheimischen lieben ihn auch.BloubergstrandDer Bloubergstrand bietet spektakulare Sicht auf Kapstadts Tafelberg und Robben Island, wo Nelson Mandela uber 20 Jahre lang gefangen gehalten wurde. Es gibt großartige Restaurants im Freien in der Nahe, wo man einen Imbiss oder ein ausgedehntes faules Mittagessen zu sich nehmen kann.Boulders BeachBoulders Beach, Teil des Tafelberg Nationalparks, ist eine Oase fur Jackass Pinguine. Das gerine Eintrittsgeld fur Besucher deckt den Unterhalt des Schutzgebietes ab. Außer den Pinguinen sorgen die riesigen Granitfelsblocke am Strand und im Wasser fur eine spektakulare Landschaft, und man kann hier fantastisch Schwimmen.HermanusDie verschlafene Stadt von Hermanus ist als der am besten landgestutzte Walbeobachtungsstandort der Welt, von der aus man die Fruhjahrswanderung der Sudkaper sehen kann. Jedes Jahr halt die Stadt ein Walfest ab, um die Wanderung zu ehren. Grotto Beach in Hermanus hat die Blue Flag fur eine Reihe von Jahren fur seine ursprunglichen Bedingungen und ausgezeichneten Einrichtungen gewonnen.MuizenbergAn der Kuste des Indischen Ozeans sind Muizenbergs Wasser warmer als die anderer atlantischer Meeresstrande der Kap Halbinsel, und machen es zu einem Lieblingsplatz fur Schwimmer und zu einem großartigen Familienstrand. Muizenberg weist wunderbare Sonnenuntergange auf und ist die ideale Stelle fur ein entspanntes Strandpicknick. In den nahe gelegenen Restaurants bekommt man frisch gefangene Meeresfruchte.WESTKAP: GARDEN ROUTEDie Westkap Garden Route ist bekannt fur ihre naturliche landschaftlich reizvolle Schonheit mit uppigen Waldern und spektakularen Stranden.NoetzieDirekt außerhalb von Knysna finden Sie die kleine Stadt Noetzie, die fur ihre drei romantischen Schlosser am Strand beruhmt ist. Nicht weit davon entfernt sind die ursprunglichen Sande von Buffels Bay bestimmt einen Besuch wert.Plettenberg BayDie Plettenberg Bucht ist einer von Sudafrikas bevorzugten Urlaubsspielwiesen. Es ist das zuhause zwei unglaublicher Strande, Robberg und Lookout. Am Robberg Strand kann man die Wale beobachten und am Lookout Strand hat man eine bemerkenswerte Aussicht auf die Outeniqua Berge – und spektakulare Sonnenuntergange uber dem Meer.SAinfo reporter, mit Material von South African Tourismlast_img read more

Innovation agency board appointed

first_img10 July 2009 The board of South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency, a new public body to stimulate the development of technology-based products and services in the country, has been appointed. Announcing the members of the board in Johannesburg this week, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said the agency would use South Africa’s science and technology base to develop new industries, create sustainable jobs, and help move the country from a commodity-based to a knowledge-based economy. The agency will eventually incorporate the existing Innovation Fund, Biotechnology Regional Innovation Centres (BRICs), and Tshumisano Trust, a Department of Science and Technology agency that provides support for Technology Stations based at the country’s universities of technology. It will also build on capacity that exists in the department’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy implementation unit, and Advanced Minerals Initiative. Dr Ramphele Mamphele, former vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town and former managing director of the World Bank, will be the agency’s chairperson. Board members include Peotona chairperson Cheryl Carolus; SA Veterinary Council member Dr Steven Cornelius; Cape Biotechnology Trust board chairperson Prof Susan Harrison; SA Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology president Nhlanhla Msomi; and legal expert Alan Lax. Other members include CKS investments Unisys Africa director Dr Patrick Ngwenya; South Africa Bioproducts chairperson Ross Norton; Altech CEO Craig Venter; and Helen Brow, senior project manager at the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Sector Education Training Authority. R720-million has been allocated to the Technology Innovation Agency for 2009/2010. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Nigerian project wins top award

first_imgCows to Kilowatts takes abattoir wasteand converts it into a low-cost renewableenergy source. (Image: stock.xchng) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Joseph AdeleganGlobal Network for Environment and Economic Development Research+234 80 6284 3428RELATED ARTICLES • SA to produce more solar energy • Africa’s carbon trading potential • A power plant in your home • Rallying aroud cleaner energyJanine ErasmusAn innovative Nigerian project that processes abattoir water and converts the collected organic waste into fertiliser and methane, has won the 2009 Intel Environment prize at the annual Tech Awards in the US.The Tech Awards, held this year in San Jose, California, in November, honoured creativity and inventiveness across a range of fields, including the environment, education, science, health and more.The project, titled Cows to Kilowatts, was founded by civil engineer Dr Joseph Adelgan. In developing countries especially, abattoir waste is a major source of water pollution and greenhouse gas production. Through the processing of organic waste, the project helps mitigate one of the biggest threats to the future of the planet, as well as promote the use and benefits of renewable energy.Adelgan is the founder of the Global Network for Environment and Economic Development Research (Gneeder), an NGO that that works in poor urban communities to improve quality of life, reduce air pollution and create cheap sources of domestic energy.The organisation is currently working on another power-generating project for impoverished West Africans, using cassava factory waste.Projects are based in Nigeria and Ghana at the moment, but there are plans to roll them out in other sub-Saharan countries.Keeping water cleanIn Nigeria regulation of abattoir waste is lax, and there are few facilities for water treatment. In Ibadan, the country’s second biggest city, waste from the Bodija Municipal Abattoir used to run out into open drains. These are connected to surface water sources, which resulted in severe contamination of groundwater with pathogens such as salmonella, Escherichia coli, and the deadly Rift Valley fever virus.The waste water from this abattoir has an extremely high biochemical oxygen demand, which is an indicator of organic pollution. Communities living in the area had no choice but to use the contaminated water, so the situation was desperate.“People were drinking from shallow wells,” said Adelgan in an interview, “and people in the neighbourhood were getting sick. They didn’t understand why they were getting sick.”Cows to Kilowatts started off as a collaborative project between Gneeder, the Centre for Youth, Family and the Law, and the Sustainable Ibadan project. The initial goal was merely to treat the abattoir waste in an effluent plant, rendering it less harmful to communities and the environment and preventing groundwater pollution.However, the team soon came across a related problem – the decomposing organic waste that was releasing carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere. Both are greenhouse gases, but methane is 23 times more lethal in bringing about climate change than carbon dioxide.A new strategy using biogas technology was introduced. Applicable on both large and small scales, the process uses reactors to digest organic waste and convert it into low-cost energy.The three founding organisations joined up with scientists at the Biogas Technology Research Centre at Thailand’s King Mongkut University of Technology Thonburi, and with funding from the UN Development Programme in Nigeria, they designed and built a pilot biogas plant in Ibadan. This uses an anaerobic fixed film digester to break down the waste. The resulting sludge is turned into high-quality organic fertiliser, and methane and carbon dioxide are collected before they can dissipate into the atmosphere and cause harm.The plant supplies around 5 400 cylinders of biogas per month, which is used for cooking, electricity generation, and to power vehicles – at just 25% of the cost of liquefied natural gas. Furthermore, the organic fertiliser is sold to farmers at a fraction of the cost of chemical fertiliser.Poor families often have to rely on kerosene, paraffin and wood for heating, cooking and light, which pollute the air in the home. By using biogas they not only improve their living conditions, but also help curb deforestation, as the demand for wood drops.Honouring innovationEstablished in 2001, the Tech Awards came about as a result of the State of the Future report, a publication of the Millennium Project of the American Council of the United Nations University. The report stated that acknowledgement of innovation through awards is a valuable tool for stimulating scientific and technological breakthroughs to improve people’s quality of life.The Tech Awards programme pays tribute to technology that enables people to live a better life. It honours 15 enterprising projects in five categories: health, education, equality, the environment, and economic development. There are three winners in each category, and the top five laureates walk away with US$50 000 (R378 717) each.Laureates are then inducted into the Tech Awards Network, which provides opportunities for learning, networking and collaboration.last_img read more

Celebrating Tourism Month in Qatar

first_imgSouth Africa is one of the world’s top tourism destinations owing to its diverse offering, world class infrastructure and positive global reputation. The country’s unique offering is that it boasts a range of exciting experiences including active outdoor adventure, wildlife safari, city lifestyle, scenic outdoors, cultural and heritage sites and beaches. This contributes to the global attractiveness of the tourism sector which creates important opportunities for economic growth and job creation in the country.As part of the Tourism Month 2019 awareness programmes, on 19 September 2019, Brand South Africa joined the South African Embassy in Qatar, South African Tourism and Qatar Airways at the South African Tourism Trade Workshop in Doha, Qatar, to unpack ways in which the Qatar tourism trade can contribute to the growth, development and continued success of the South African tourism sector.Speaking at the workshop, South African Ambassador to Qatar, His Excellency Faizel Moosa said “Tourism is one of the key drivers of the economy and it can increase the gross domestic product significantly.”“Tourism is a big contributor to South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product. Every tourist that visits South Africa, sustains twelve jobs” added Sadiq Dindar, Manager: Middle East and Turkey, South African Tourism.          The success of the tourism sector depends on the positioning of the Nation Brand as a globally competitive destination that is welcoming and culturally diverse. One of the ways that the country can ensure this, is by enhancing the ease of access for international partners seeking to visit South Africa. In light of this, in August 2019, South Africa announced that Qatar passport holders were visa exempted and could stay in the country for up to 30 days. Likewise, Qatar relaxed its immigration laws and South Africa became one of 80 visa free countries. This facilitation of easier travel will enhance cooperation and trade between South Africa and Qatar.In conclusion, Jimmy Ranamane, Programme Manager: Global Markets at Brand South Africa said “Connecting with global markets and diversifying the country’s global collaborations creates opportunities to showcase the country to a wider range of strategic potential investors and tourists.”last_img read more

The Future Of How Businesses Connect With Customers

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair What’s the biggest software business nobody seems to talk about?The numbers suggest it’s customer-relationship management, the suite of software tools businesses use to track sales prospects, customers, and marketing campaigns.And the vast majority of businesses aren’t using sophisticated software from Salesforce, Oracle, or Microsoft. They’re stuck using email, contact managers, spreadsheets—maybe even paper and pencil.Software For The 99%It’s not that no one’s buying CRM software. Far from it. In June, Gartner upped its 2017 market forecast for customer-relationship management, or CRM, to $37 billion, up sharply from $21 billion this year. That would make CRM software the biggest corporate software market, larger even than enterprise resource planning (ERP).Gartner’s optimism is warranted. The way businesses connect to customers is changing at warp speed. The added dimensions of social media and big data offer rich data hooks to any customer database.More importantly, the market is underpenetrated. IDC estimates that there are some 1.1 billion mobile workers globally, or 35% of the workforce, which implies a global workforce of 3.4 billion (PDF). Yet according to SugarCRM, one of many vendors making CRM tools, only 15 million people use any type of software designed to manage those relationships. That amounts to a workforce penetration of just 0.5%.And there are more than 225 million global businesses, according to the venerable Dun & Bradstreet database. Virtually all of them have customers—otherwise they wouldn’t have much of a business.Yet Salesforce.com, widely considered a CRM leader, has an installed base of just 100,000 customers, according to Gartner Group. While that figure includes some of the world’s largest corporations, it represents less than 0.004% of D&B’s global commercial database. By the most optimistic numbers, less than 1% of the global workforce uses CRM tools.Why We Haven’t Automated Our Customer RelationshipsOne explanation for low use is that implementing a CRM system is a major challenge, particularly for smaller organizations that don’t have dedicated IT team. Fact is, most CRM software is difficult to use, especially in the areas of system integration and reporting.Forrester notes that about half of 556 large organizations it surveyed (PDF) have implemented a CRM solution for marketing, sales, or customer-service applications. An additional 23% plan to use a CRM solution within the next 12 to 24 months.That means that even among large enterprises, the very market most CRM vendors target, the glass is half empty. ReadWrite summarized the failings of the CRM industry succinctly: In the span of 10 years, $75 billion was spent on CRM software, according to Gartner. But during that period, customer satisfaction rose just 3-5%.Fast-moving market trends, however, may help reshape the CRM landscape. Forrester identifies three phenomena that are reinvigorating CRM:Mobile—The U.S. has the highest percentage of mobile workers in its workforce, with 72% of the U.S. workforce being mobile as of 2008. Yet Forrester found that “despite the growing maturity of mobile CRM solutions, business and IT leaders remained perplexed by the complexities of the different mobile options and architectures.”Cloud—It should be no surprise that given the large influx of smartphone and tablet users, many of whom adhere to the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend, cloud data syncing has become essential.Social media—The influx of social-media-generated customer intelligence has resulted in a never-ending river of data, leading many organizations to show a growing interest in social media integration and big-data applications.How are next-wave CRM tools tackling this potential opportunity? I looked at three relatively new contenders: Base CRM, Contactually, and Intuit’s QuickBase. Each is trying to solve the complexity challenge in its own way.Base CRMBase CRM, which debuted as PipeJump, introduced an iPhone and Android app in January 2012, and relaunched its Web-based solution in late June. The company has received a total of $7.9 million in venture-capital funding.A Base CRM enterprise solution starts at $15/mo., which includes no Base branding, unlimited deals and third-party integrations, like Dropbox and Mailchimp, plus 2GB storage. For $45/mo. per user, you also get sales goals and forecasting, plus task automation and 5GB of storage.As Base CRM CEO Uzi Shmilovici tells me, the company is aware that CRM systems’ lack of adoption is due to the fact that users face an “intense effort” to maintain their contact lists, so the company wants to reduce input by automating the process as much as possible. To enable that effort, Base has 90 employees today, with 71 focused on product development. Shmilovici says the company’s development efforts have resulted in many positive reviews and top rankings in Google and Apple’s app stores.Base CRM certainly appears to have taken the lead in ease of use. The program boasts a number of nicely integrated features, including web calling, e-mail synchronization, plus sales pipeline and funnel analysis.Another welcome feature is a Chrome extension that grabs LinkedIn contact information and adds it to your contact list.ContactuallyA different approach to easing contact entry comes from Contactually, a Web-based CRM application. It simplifies contact categorization by turning the chore into a quasi-entertaining “bucket game.”The program syncs with your IMAP email account, a nice feature that helps users build a contact list dynamically without having to import an address book (although it does that too). Another benefit of email syncing is that Contactually can “nag” you to recontact people you’ve been in touch with in the past.Contactually also will find duplicate contacts that use different email addresses, allowing you to quickly merge them. But the best new feature may well be “Introductions,” which makes introducing two people in your network quick and easy. In this day and age of high-octane networking, that’s a big time-saver.A Contactually Small Business account costs $40/mo. per user. Unfortunately, the Introductions feature is not available on the lower cost $20/mo. Premium plan.Intuit QuickBaseWhile Base CRM and Contactually take a dynamic interface approach, Intuit’s QuickBase goes in the opposite direction with a more traditional spreadsheet-like grid layout in every module of the application. QuickBase includes all the usual components, contact management, project management and sales management.The design is pretty straightforward but its four top navigation menus can look quite intimidating at first. QuickBase also lacks special social-media features, dedicated import filters, and MailChimp integration. While there’s no email synchronization, you can at least send emails from QuickBase, but that’s a pretty basic function.Unfortunately, QuickBase has a high cost of entry with pricing starting at $299/mo. for up to 10 users. QuickBase’s conservative user interface is likely to appeal to people familiar with Salesforce.com, as the design metaphor is quite similar.The Next Big OpportunityThere is no question that CRM tools are getting more adept at social networking while improving ease of use across all platforms. Yet I would still like to see a tighter integration, particularly with LinkedIn. Nimble, for example, lets users send messages directly to social media followers. Given the massive opportunity of equipping millions of businesses with tools they need to better service customers, easier-to-use CRM applications will proliferate and that’s a relationship any business or customer should welcome with open arms.Photo by Shutter stock Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img michael tchong Tags:#Base CRM#Contactually#CRM#customer information#customer-relationship management#data#intuit#Intuit QuickBase#Nimble#QuickBase Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Arvind and Aditi win national titles

first_imgHis languid style gives one the impression that Arvind Bhat doesn’t take things seriously. Often he has lost from winning positions.But on Monday, there was no doubting the veteran’s commitment as he quelled the challenge of Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Periapalli Kashyap 21- 13, 21- 17 to regain the national title at the Gymnasium Stadium here.In the process, the 31-year-old Bangalore shuttler laid his hands on the title he last won in his home city in 2008.In the women’s singles, the dream run of qualifier Arundhati Pantwane came to an end when she lost the final to defending champion Aditi Mutatkar.Kashyap would like to forget this match quickly.Not only did he lose a chance to clinch his maiden national title, but earned the dubious distinction of earning a yellow card for delaying tactics. Umpire Rakesh Shekhar pulled him up for wasting time between points.It was Bhat’s tactics which frustrated the Hyderabadi.Kashyap, who thrives playing the attacking game, found himself being denied the chance to smash. And to top it all, Bhat’s defence was impeccable as he returned Kashyap’s hits with ease.”I was quite confident of winning today. I think I played the perfect game against Kashyap.He likes to smash and I decided that I would deny him the chance to do that. I also ensured that I dominated the net – something which frustrated him,” said Arvind.In the opening game, it was Kashyap who took the early lead. Using his leaping smashes to telling effect, he jumped to a 5- 0 lead. But if the spectators thought that the Hyderabadi was going to run away with the title, they were in for surprise for Bhat, egged on by his mentors Prakash Padukone and Vimal Kumar, ensured that he taught the youngster a lesson or two.advertisementNot only did he claw his way back to 6- all, once he led 10- 8 he never relinquished his control winning the opener 21- 13.The second game saw a rejuvenated Kashyap try to fight his way back. He tried to upset Bhat’s rhythm by slowing down the pace of the game. But the seasoned campaigner that he is, Bhat was quick to re- assert his supremacy.Smashing hard and keeping the shuttle tight at the net, he was quick to close all the escape routes for Kashyap. He clinched the match with a good smash down the line which brooked no response.Arundhati heartbrokenIn the women’s singles final against Aditi, Arundhati seemed on course to become the first qualifier to win the women’s crown when she took a commanding 8- 2 lead in the decider.It was at this stage that the match changed course.The proceedings were brought to a halt to welcome the arrival of Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. The ensuing 10- minute break completely broke Arundhati’s concentration and she was never the same player once the game resumed.Aditi, realising that her opponent was not able to concentrate, was content to keep the shuttle in play and Arundhati made all the mistakes.Aditi retained her title when Arundhati netted a drop shot.last_img read more