Ernie Els signs up for Nedbank Challenge

first_img12 November 2013 Ernie Els, the most successful golfer in the history of South Africa’s Nedbank Golf Challenge, has confirmed his place in this year’s field. It will be the four-time major winner’s record 17th appearance in the event. Prize money for the tournament, which takes place at the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City in North West province from 5 to 8 December, is US$6.5-million (R67.5-million). Els, always a huge draw card in his home country, had been scheduled to play in the Tiger Woods World Challenge, which takes place in the same week as the Nedbank Golf Challenge, but instead decided to return to a venue that has been a very successful hunting ground for him.Nedbank Golf Challenge record “The Big Easy” recorded wins in the Nedbank Golf Challenge in 1999, 2000 and 2002. He has also finished as runner-up four times and was third on two occasions. At the age of 44, Els has shown he is still able to compete with the best. Earlier this season he won the BMW International Open on the European Tour, going wire-to-wire after opening with a nine-under-par 63. Just last year, he captured The Open Championship for a second time. “We are delighted to have Ernie in the field,” Sun International tournament director Alastair Roper said in a statement on the weekend. “He is an institution in the Nedbank Golf Challenge and has been its most popular and successful player ever since his debut in 1992. “Ernie’s career has overlapped with some of the greatest milestones in the history of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, so it’s wonderful that he’s in the new 30-man field and part of this new era in the tournament.”New 30-man field The new format for “Africa’s Major” includes an increase in prize money, and the addition of official rankings points. The event is being co-sanctioned by the Sunshine and European Tours, with the winner walking away with $1.5-million (R15.6-million), while last place will be worth a cool $100 000 (R1.03-million). “It looks like a strong field this year and I’m really looking forward to coming back and playing such a special event. Also, this was in part a family decision – Liezl, Samantha and Ben are with me for a short while and it made a lot of sense to compete at Sun City,” Els wrote in a diary entry on his website. “Obviously this tournament holds some really wonderful memories for me and for my whole family. Golf-wise, the highlight was the period from 1999 to 2002, where I won the tournament three times and in the other year finished second in a playoff. “My combined aggregate score for those four years was 86-under par. That was a good little stretch right there! “That third win in 2002 was probably the most I enjoyed my golf all year and the final round 63 is still to this day one of the best rounds of my life. It was one of those beautiful golfing days where you see every shot crystal-clear in your mind’s eye, you’re relaxed, you have control of the golf ball and the hole looks twice its normal size. Trust me you don’t forget those rounds.” SAinfo reporter and Nedbank Golf Challengelast_img read more

Netflix to Distribute Original Programming?

first_imgTags:#Breaking#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img curt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Netflix is in “advanced talks” to distribute an original series starring Kevin Spacey, according to the Wall Street Journal.If Netflix pulls it off, they will be the first channel of distribution for the show. It will stream through their service. It will no doubt become yet another strain on traditional television. The series, produced by Media Rights Capital, is based on a British miniseries called “House of Cards,” that starred Ian Richardson as a Machievellian prime minister. Deadline Hollywood reported that Netflix could pay more than $100 million as part of a deal for 26 episodes, allegedly outbidding HBO and AMC. A two-season deal is somewhere between uncommon and unheard of (most series are given funding for a pilot first) and are no doubt part of the appeal for MRC. DH pointed out that the 14-year-old company, though a leader in streaming video rental, has competition. “(Netflix) has been feeling the heat from new competition, including Amazon.com, which last month announced it was entering the subscription streaming-media business, and Facebook, which last week announced a deal with Warner Bros. to experiment with streaming the studio’s The Dark Knight directly.”Netflix is said to be deep in conversation and negotiation with a number of different Hollywood production houses to act as first point of distribution for new series and movies. This deal may also prove to be another step in Netflix’s possible move toward a DVD-free future where all video is delivered online. last_img read more

Big Data, Apple Driving Industry’s Biggest Salaries

first_imgEnterprises may still not know exactly what value they expect to glean from Big Data, but that hasn’t stopped them from spending big money on Big Data skills like Hadoop and NoSQL. According to a 2013 Dice Tech Salary Survey, Hadoop and NoSQL skills, the two mainstays of Big Data projects, are worth more than any other technology skills, up to $115,062 on average, with Apple-related technologies like Omnigraffle and Objective-C not far behind. Buried in that salary data, however, are indicators that Big Data remains far too much of a Silicon Valley science project for now.The Big Money Is In DataAs I noted recently, enterprises are somewhat conflicted on how to make use of Big Data. When 56% of respondents struggle to know how to get value from their data yet are either deploying or planning to imminently deploy a Big Data project, we have a serious disconnect. What we don’t have, however, is any sort of hiring freeze on Big Data professionals, as the salary data suggests: 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Android#Big Data#Dice#Hadoop#HTML5#iOS#NoSQL#salary Related Posts Enterprises are clearly willing to pay a premium to find or retain good people to help make sense of their data.They’re also paying a premium for Apple-savvy developers. Both Omnigraffle and Objective-C show up in the top-10 highest paying job skills in Dice’s survey. This is even more interesting in light of Indeed.com’s analysis of the hottest job trends. In addition to two Big Data technologies making the list, five mobile skills (HTML5, iOS, Android, mobile app, jQuery) find themselves in the top-10, only one of which is explicitly Apple-related.HTML5 and Android match Apple in total jobs, and blow Apple away in terms of relative job listing growth:Yet it’s Apple-related development that pays the highest salaries. And by a wide margin, given that the average mobile developer makes around $80,000, compared to Objective-C-savvy developers, who bring home $105,000.Want More Money? Move To The ValleyIt remains to be seen, however, whether both Big Data and Apple iOS-related development will be worth as much once they go truly mainstream.After all, since 2003 the average U.S. tech salary has ballooned from $69,400 to $85,619 in 2013, including a big 5% jump in 2012. But if you want to collect an outsized paycheck (and pay an outsized mortgage), the Valley remains the land of promise. Boasting an average tech salary of $101,278, Silicon Valley is the only area with an average salary that tops $100,000, and this despite dropping 2.8% since 2012 while other metro areas like Boston (up 7% to $94,742) and Los Angeles (up 6% to $92,498) have grown strongly.As one executive told me recently, Hadoop still requires a lot of heavy lifting to make it useful. The skills necessary for working with it remain in short supply; hence, the salary premium. They’re also predominately based in Silicon Valley, as a Indeed.com geographical analysis shows. A huge percentage of Hadoop jobs are found in the Bay Area, with New York in a distant second and Seattle coming in a very, very distant third. The same is true of iOS jobs.The Future Is Not Yet Evenly DistributedWhile it’s great that Silicon Valley offers a Gold Rush for Big Data and Apple professionals, it’s also an indication that Big Data and mobile development haven’t truly gone mainstream. Not yet.Which is another way of saying that the future is very, very bright for both in terms of jobs, and particularly Big Data. Eventually Android and HTML5 are likely to dilute Apple’s outsized influence on mobile, bringing down either salary levels or job numbers or both. But for Big Data, there is no proprietary competition to displace it.In fact, given the open source nature of all the dominant Big Data technologies, we’re likely to see dramatic growth in Big Data jobs outside Silicon Valley as developers master the relevant technologies, nearly all of which are a download and O’Reilly book away from understanding them. A year ago Cloudera executive Mike Olson told a Churchill Club crowd that while Hadoop remains too complex for most enterprises, that’s changing quickly, particularly as its complexity gets buried in applications. We’re getting closer to his vision every day, with lots of Big Data jobs to follow.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Matt Asay Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

Shekhawati farmers withdraw agitation on loan waiver issue

first_imgThe farmers in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, largely comprising Sikar, Jhunjhunu and Churu districts, withdrew their 13-day-long agitation early on Thursday after the BJP government agreed to waive crop loans up to ₹ 50,000 and appointed a committee to study the procedure adopted in other States for its replication here.After the marathon talks with a group of Ministers till late on Wednesday night, CPI(M)-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) announced withdrawal of agitation and appealed to farmers to lift the blockades put up at scores of places on the highways. The sit-in being staged in several towns of the region will also be finished and roads vacated.AIKS president and Amra Ram, who led an 11-member farmers’ delegation in the negotiations, said the State government had agreed to most of the demands regarding procurement of crops at minimum support price and removal of restrictions on the sale of cattle. He appealed to farmers to clear the blockades and allow movement of vehicles.In addition to the crop loan waiver of ₹ 49,500 crore, the farmers were also demanding implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s report, free electricity for agriculture and increasing farmers’ pension from ₹ 500 to ₹ 5,000 per month.last_img read more

Pledge Your Support For Women In Sport

first_imgThey aim to have 100,000 people pledge their support for Women In Sport. Please follow this link to pledge your support now: http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/womens-health/women-in-sport/online-pledge/Become a fan of Women’s Health on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Womens-Health-Magazine-Australia/15083547539Follow Women’s Health on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/womenshealthaus  or use the hashtag #isupportwomeninsportlast_img

The Secret of “Me Marketing” vs. “You Marketing”

first_imgAbout the author: Chris Forbes is a certified Guerrilla Marketing coach and founder of MinistryMarketingCoach.com. He speaks and writes on the subjects of ministry marketing, faith-based nonprofit marketing, social marketing, and Guerrilla Marketing for nonprofits. Many organizations put together their marketing materials with the worst approach for getting attention from the people they want to reach. They send their messages out with what Jay Conrad Levinson calls “You Marketing.”You marketing: is the kind of communication that centers on the organization. When I pick up your brochure as a prospect, I am learning about you. You are talking about you. You are telling your side of the story.Me Marketing: Most people are tuned into what matters to them. They tune in to the messages that speak to their needs from their perspective. If I pick up your brochure and it is talking about “me” I am far more interested. This approach, forces you to find the benefits and life-application of what you are offering to people.That reminds me of an illustration I read in the Outreach Church Communication’s Strategic Outreach Guide by Ed Stetzer and Eric Ramsey, imagine a restaurant that spoke only of their features in “you marketing”. They would talk about their staff, their great kitchen, their use of the latest cooking techniques. Who cares?Now, imagine that same restaurant with “me marketing.” They would talk about fresh ingredients, the options I have for what kind of food I want, the variety, the atmosphere of the restaurant for meetings and special occasions like my anniversary. They would make the price right for me, the food to my taste, the presentation pleasant to me.Now go back and look at your website or brochures. Do you tell about your mission, your great staff, your awards, your programs? Is it all about you-you, you, you? How can you change the copy to reflect more “me marketing?”last_img read more

Preach to the choir – then get them singing your tune outside church

first_imgFaithful reader and commenter Luke Renner had a great new year post I’d like to share.I really agree with it, and the message is right. I’d sum it up this way: preach to the choir (the people who care about what you do in some way OR have some personal connection to a person who does care). Then ask the choir to leave the church and go do personal performances wherever they go.Don’t try to convert the people who will never ever care. It will never ever work.Here are excerpts from Luke’s post:1 – Most of the people who support us right now are FRIENDS AND FAMILY.2 – For the most part, friends and family generally support WHO WE ARE more than WHAT WE’RE DOING. That doesn’t mean that friends and family disagree with what we are doing. It’s just that they know us as people first and foremost… and can find a way to support us on the merits of that relationship, even if they may not understand or agree with our choice of “mission.”3 – Most of our “new friends” who do support us ALREADY AGREED WITH OUR VISION before they met us. In other words, we did not change their mind or convince them of anything… we simply found them.There are countless people who already think like we do! In our case, these people might include: educators, filmmakers, technology companies, software developers, civil rights groups, etc.These groups of people already believe (strongly) in the merits of:– Education– Mass media as an instructional tool– The use of technology for human advancementIn other words… I DON’T HAVE TO CONVINCE THEM OF ANYTHING!!! These fine people are already sitting around somewhere, in total (or partial) agreement with what we are doing… they just don’t know we exist yet.Without a doubt, these groups are prone toward lending a helping hand.The job cannot be to convince people to believe in something. The job must be to find others who already hold the same values we do and invite them to join us.In other words, I have been working too hard at the wrong job!last_img read more

Grantseeking During A Recession

first_imgDownload the transcript, slides & MP3 audio recording below!Join our special guest Cindy Adams, CEO of GrantStation, as she offers the keys to successful grantseeking in tough economic times. What you can expect:Tips for developing successful grantseeking strategiesA live demonstration of GrantStation.comA live Q&A sessionParticipants will also learn how they can receive a free, one-year GrantStation membership (a $599 value).About our speakerCynthia Adams has been a fundraiser for over 35 years. Working directly for nonprofits and as a fundraising consultant, Cindy specializes in building bridges between funders and grantseekers. She strongly believes that successful grantseeking requires a thorough understanding of the funders and sound knowledge of the playing field. Her life’s work has been to level that playing field, creating an opportunity for all nonprofit organizations to access the wealth of grant opportunities across the United States. GrantStation was conceived from this basic philosophy.last_img read more

The Ups and Downs of Online Giving in a Down Economy

first_imgIn December of 2008, we published an article showing that online giving had grown significantly between the fall of 2007 and the fall of 2008.1 We decided to take one more look at these trends—the election is over, the economic crisis has deepened and end-of-year fundraising data is available.As before, we looked at online giving for five nonprofit clients, including Easter Seals, Habitat for Humanity International, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oxfam America, and The Wilderness Society. For all five clients, we looked at their online ‘white mail’ – unsolicited gifts via the organization’s main donate page – for September, December and their end-of-year fundraising email marketing.The data below represents the average changes in giving, year over year, for the five organizations.Our analysis showed:The number of online ‘white mail’ gifts was up by roughly 20% each month of the year as compared to the same month in the previous year. Every one of our study participants saw an increase in the number of ‘white mail’ gifts made online in December of 2008.The average gift size for online ‘white mail’ has plummeted, with an average gift in December of 2008 nearly 20% less than the average gift in December of 2007.The increase in the number of gifts offset the decline in average gift size, which meant that the nonprofits in our study only saw a 4% increase in overall online giving via white mail when comparing December of 2008 to 2007.When we looked at the December email fundraising, however, the increase in the total number of donors was much larger, and the average gift size did not decline as steeply, leading to an increase in the total amount raised via email by the participating nonprofits.How can nonprofits best adapt to these changes in results? We have a few suggestions:1) Maximize average gift size where possible. There are a number of ways to help strengthen the average gift size, including:Present gift options from high to low (see an example at www.oxfamamerica.org/donate).Consider offering a premium with higher dollar gifts to encourage donors to make larger gifts.Use giving history to make sure you are asking previous donors for an amount that is equal to or greater than previous gifts. You don’t want to ask your $100 donor to give $35 when they renew their membership!2) Maximize email fundraising returns. There are two major ways we would suggest maximizing your email fundraising returns, in addition to improving the average gift size:Focus your emails on urgent deadlines. We’re seeing that fundraising emails that focus on deadlines that are only 1-2 days away significantly outperform other emails.Grow your email list. Email fundraising is partly just a function of who you email, and the larger your list, the more money you will raise (as long as you focus on high quality recruits). Given tight budgets, think about sources that might not cost as much as paid advertising, such as cross-promotions with like-minded nonprofits, marketing your email list via a Google grant or more aggressively collecting email addresses from other channels.3) Leave no stone unturned. In the past, online fundraising has grown almost effortlessly for some organizations. With online giving slowing down, however, it may be time to try some tactics that don’t produce huge results, but can boost returns during a campaign, or slowly over the course of a year. When running an online fundraising campaign, don’t just send out a series of three email messages. Use every tool at your disposal – start with these, then think of others:Promote the campaign on your website’s home pagePost about it on your organizational blog.Put a ‘P.S.’ in your advocacy alerts linking to the fundraising campaign.Run an e-newsletter article.Promote it to your Facebook causeSet up a post-advocacy ‘landing page’ that takes petition signers directly to the campaign donation page.Produce a compelling online video and host it on your donation page.Have a ‘lightbox,’ splash page or other homepage takeover coded and ready to go in case of a media moment or emergency.Each of these promotions may produce only a fraction of the returns of a standalone email, but they can help you boost overall results.And most importantly, don’t give up!We’d like to thank the five nonprofits who generously shared their data for this study: Easter Seals, Habitat for Humanity International, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oxfam America, and The Wilderness Society.ABOUT M+R STRATEGIC SERVICESM+R is dedicated to helping our clients advance their missions in order to bring about positive change. We do this by helping organizations and campaigns we believe in develop smart and effective strategies, hone their messages, mobilize their members, build grassroots support, raise money, and communicate effectively with the media, the public and decision-makers, both online and offline. www.mrss.comlast_img read more

Nonprofit Home Page Tips

first_imgSource: Gayle C. Thorsen, Best Practices Nonprofit Web Site Design ebook Can you communicate in a few seconds what you do and why it’s important?Your nonprofit home page is a crucial introduction to your organization. Within a few seconds, a first-time user should understand the purpose and usefulness of your site. Your home page should show how your nonprofit website can meet the user’s needs; highlight your richest, most current content; and demonstrate your positive impact on society.Your home page (and all other pages) should load very quickly. Don’t use an introductory “splash” page or flash animation.Your mission statement and the word “welcome” should not be on your home page.Strive for simplicity and clarity in design. Your home page should be attractive and engaging, but uncluttered.Put your logo at the top of the home page and on every page on your site. It should always be linked to your home page.A one-sentence tagline on your home page should explain what you do and how you differ from others doing the same.An About Us link should be clearly available for users who want to know more about you.There should be a compelling, local photograph (not a stock shot) that echoes your tagline on your home page. The photo should have alt text and a message-rich caption.Contents are hierarchically arranged to match an F eye-movement pattern. Jakob Nielsen shows how readers tend to scan Web sites by moving left to right across the top of the page, then left to right slightly below the top of the page, then vertically top to bottom on the left side of the page-in a pattern resembling an F. Think about that pattern when placing your most important content.Links on your home page should quickly show readers what actions they can take on the site. Make it easy for them to find the answers to their questions.Share examples of your most interesting, recent site content. There should be a place to glimpse your latest news.There should be a place where people can sign up for your email newsletter. It’s critical to also include a large, colorful donate button.Make strategic use of keywords to make your home page more attractive to search engines.Let users know about your social media presences without distracting them with too many badges and widgets.If you offer an intranet, make sign-in easy to find and easy to use (no more than one click).Offer a site search option with a search box that’s 27 characters wide on every page.Put essential contact information on every page.last_img read more