Volleyball gets back on track at home, stops Red Raiders

first_img + posts Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics Colin Post Previous articleStudents react to Crowder on campusNext articleTCU Athletics Weekend Roundup Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Linkedin Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech printTCU Volleyball defeated Texas Tech in four sets Saturday. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSotoAfter dropping a nail-biter to No. 3 Texas on Wednesday, TCU volleyball recovered Saturday to defeat Texas Tech 3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 25-19), breaking the Red Raiders’ nine-match win streak.“One of our goals was to outwork them,” said head coach Jill Kramer. “I think our effort was great.”TCU struggled early on defense, allowing Texas Tech to have 15 kills in the first set.  Five of those were from outside hitter Emily Hill alone, who also posted a .625 hitting clip in the set.The Frogs were able to edge out the Red Raiders in the first set, 25-22. Despite the victory, Kramer knew that her team needed to put up a better effort if they were going to beat the Big 12-leading Red Raiders two more times.“I still think in the first set we didn’t come out as sharp as we would like and had a lot of miscues in the beginning,” she said. “We need to get a little bit better at that.”The sharper start Kramer was looking for wouldn’t come in the second set, as Texas Tech scored first and didn’t look back. The Frogs dropped the second set 25-22.A bright spot to the set was first-year middle blocker Katie Clark, who had six kills in the second set to go with a .857 hitting percentage.Clark would finish the match with a career-high 20 kills and .359 hitting clip.  This was her second-straight game to post career-high kills after reaching that mark with 17 Wednesday against Texas.“It’s been nice to see [Clark] start to really work into our offense and be a priority for us on the right side,” Kramer said. “You can see some of her high school volleyball pay off a lot when we have the opportunity to set her on the go.”TCU countered another slow start in the third set with an offensive outburst late in the set.  The Frogs had 18 kills in the set, seven of which came from first-year outside hitter Élan McCall.McCall would finish the match with 21 kills and 17 digs for her 16th straight game with double-digit kills. Saturday’s match also marked her tenth double-double of the season.Led by outside hitter Élan McCall (1), the TCU offense posted 62 kills against Texas Tech. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSotoThe Horned Frog volleyball team extended their lead by as much as six in the fourth set and controlled the entire way.Late in the set, after the Red Raiders had blocked four previous spike attempts, McCall found a hole in the defense put the Frogs up 21-17 and set the tone that TCU had set their sights on victory.The Frogs would end up winning the set 25-19.“I would just have to say that it gives us the confidence that we can outwork [other teams] if we try our hardest,” said Clark. “If we put our max effort out there, we can do whatever we want to do.”After two games at home, TCU will head on the road for two straight matches to play Baylor and Iowa State. First serve against Baylor is set for 6 p.m. on Oct. 10 in Waco, Texas. Twitter Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ ReddIt TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. Facebook Linkedin Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ TCU Volleyball defeated Texas Tech in four sets Saturday. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award ReddIt Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall Facebook Twitter TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/last_img read more

SA called on to rally behind job creation

first_img He said no “cosmetic change” in the country’s economy and current way of doing business would bring down the country’s unemployment rate of 25 percent. “No cosmetic change is going to ensure that nobody goes to bed in South Africa hungry. That must be an objective that all of us must share. “We can’t have lots of people sitting at the low end in terms of the skills that we are going to create and then say we are going to create high-end jobs.” The new plan, which was announced by Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel on Tuesday and would be mapped out over the next six months, sets the ambitious target of creating five million jobs by 2020. “No cosmetic change is going to address the skills question in South Africa, which is a serious constraint on economic growth,” Gordhan said. “It’s a serious constraint on what kind of jobs we can create and what kind of businesses and industries we can create in South Africa. Speaking to journalists before presenting his medium-term budget policy statement to Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Gordhan said the government’s new economic growth path called for a “radical shift” in the South African economy.center_img Gordhan said South Africa needed to build a plan which allowed entrepreneurs, workers and professionals to flourish. 27 October 2010 South Africans from all walks of life must ask themselves what they can do to help create jobs and address South Africa’s unemployment rate, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. “The growth path isn’t about how we create a few jobs in a few sectors,” Gordhan said. “It’s about saying, how do we take every sector of the South African economy and our society and ask the question, what does each one of us have to contribute in order for South Africa to move itself onto a completely new growth trajectory.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Behind the Scenes with a Geocaching.com Volunteer Reviewer

first_imgVolunteer reviewers(German translation – Deutsch Übersetzung)Volunteer reviewers power Geocaching.com by reviewing and publishing each geocache. They. Work. Hard. As a geocacher you can now choose your own adventure from more than 1.2 million geocaches hidden around the world. Each geocache offers you a custom-made journey to explore your world, and each geocache has the fingerprints of  a volunteer reviewer on it. The volunteer review team is made up of more than 200 reviewers, from Canada to Japan and the United Kingdom to South Africa. These men and women published more than a 250,000 geocaches last year alone. Volunteer reviewers like Andy Kramer (stash-lab) review geocache listings submitted to Geocaching.com to promote the consistency and safety of the activity. Geocaching.com Volunteer Reviewers are first and foremost geocachers who were involved in their local geocaching communities long before becoming Volunteer Reviewers. We interviewed stash-lab, a German Volunteer Reviewer, to find out what the experience is like for those who hit the “publish” button on geocaches. stash-lab Volunteer ReviewerLatitude 47: How did you learn about geocaching? When did you start the activity? stash-lab: I was looking for a GPS device for car navigation. While browsing I found the Geocaching.com website. When I was a child I loved games like “Fox hunts” or “Hare and Hounds” [Paper Chase] with team tasks. When I realized what Geocaching is I was very excited and I knew that I found my new hobby! This was in September of 2004 but I needed some time until I got my GPS device and found my first geocache. Latitude 47: When did you become a Reviewer?stash-lab: I was asked in 2007 to become a reviewer. The truth of the matter is that I didn’t exactly know what to do as a reviewer and so I had to think a few days about this offer. But at last I felt it was time to support the game in an additional way. It was a good decision! 🙂Latitude 47: When people ask, how do you explain the role of a Volunteer Reviewer?stash-lab: There are many different ideas in the community about the role of a reviewer. But I only can explain my understanding of this role. Besides publishing caches there are three important things to do: understand the requests of cache owners, offer solutions, and be kind and helpful to the cache owners.Latitude 47: What do you hope people know about Volunteer Reviewers?stash-lab: Reviewers are humans, reviewers are individuals, reviewers are not infallible. The majority of geocachers are very respectful to volunteers. Thanks for that!Latitude 47: Did you ever encounter anything funny or unexpected in your role as a Reviewer?stash-lab: Yes, of course. I’d like to tell you two points. First: Sometimes there are reviewer notes like: “Please let me know when you will come to check the cache container. I’ll try to be there, too.” I like to travel a lot but unfortunately it’s not possible for me to visit every cache before I publish it.And second: When I was visiting the GeoWoodstock VIII last year I met so many reviewer colleagues and it was like being welcomed at a big family event. That was really awesome.Latitude 47: What advice do you have for geocachers who submit caches for review?stash-lab: Use the reviewer notes to submit relevant pieces of information. They help us to review the listing in a more timely manner. I like caches where the cache owners implement new ideas. So it is helpful for a reviewer to have some explanations about the concept. We don’t need to know the solutions for puzzle caches but it’s good to know, for example, that there is a way to get coordinates.Latitude 47: Anything else you would like to add?stash-lab: Geocaching has became a very important part in so many peoples lives. It is impressive how dynamically it has grown over just the last two years, especially in Germany. But geocaching is a very young activity and sometimes I think about what geocaching will be like in 5 or 10 years. I don’t know what kind of technology the future will bring. I am sure that the fun of playing this game will always remain because geocaching satisfies three important human needs: nature, playing and social relations. That’s great and I’m proud to be a part of that game.Additional Links:Cache Listing RequirementsReview Process: Hiding a GeocacheCache Ownership: A Long-Term RelationshipSee the Geocaching.com video about the Basics of Hiding a Geocache. Feeling inspired? See a video that reveals some of the secrets of Creative Geocaches.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThank a geocaching volunteer dayMay 21, 2019In “Volunteers”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – November 23, 2011November 23, 2011In “Community”The Seanachai: Keeper of the Old Lore, Reviewer of the New CachesMay 6, 2015In “Community”last_img read more

iPad Dominates Third Quarter Tablet Shipments, Almost 90% of Market

first_imgRelated Posts IDC predicts the popularity of these devices will continue to accelerate, not surprising, as the fourth quarter figures will include what’s already reported to have been a blockbuster holiday season for Apple and Amazon. IDC says the tablet market is expected to finish 2010 with nearly 17 million units sold and predicts that almost 45 million will ship in 2011 and almost 71 million in 2012. Growth in the coming year will be fueled by new Android-based tablets, according to IDC, which sees an increasing demand in both consumer and commercial settings.IDC also predicts strong year-end figures for e-readers and continued growth in the coming year. IDC forecasts 14.7 million e-readers to ship in 2011 and 16.6 million in 2012, a growth curve that seems nowhere near as steep as that for tablets. The worldwide media tablet market grew by 45% in the third quarter of 2010, reports the International Data Corporation (IDC), crediting Apple’s iPad as the main driving force behind the growing demand.According to figures released today, vendors shipped 4.8 million units globally in the third quarter of 2010, compared to 3.3 million units in the second quarter, with Apple’s iPad representing 87.4% of tablets shipped.iPad Dominates Tablets, Kindle Dominates E-ReadersThe report finds the popularity of tablets was accompanied with increased adoption of e-readers as well, with a 40% growth over the second quarter; 2.7 million e-readers were shipped in the third quarter, with the U.S. comprising almost 75% of the world e-reader market. And although its dominance isn’t nearly as striking as Apple’s over the world of tablets, Amazon’s Kindle rules e-readers with a nearly 42% share of the market. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Amazon#Apple#NYT#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Jive Founder Backs New-School Engagement Platform

first_imgBrad 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. Founding Jive Software CEO Dave Hersh defined the enterprise community and collaboration category from 2001 up to the company’s 2011 IPO.  Since then, the space has changed dramatically as businesses have realized the importance of building engaging, valuable communities of professionals and supporters.So it may come as a surprise to learn Hersh recently acquired Mobilize Networks, an engagement platform for membership-based organizations whose customers include The United Nations, Prezi, Docker, Maker Faire and some 1,000 others.With this acquisition, Hersh has assumed CEO duties at Mobilize while partnering closely with founders Sharon Savariego and Arthur Vainer.  What did he discover about Mobilize, and can he teach an old category new tricks?  We sat down with him to find out why this space is still interesting to him, eight years after he left Jive.RW:      Most entrepreneurs are so fixated on the future, they never take a second look at a product or category.  Enterprise community software certainly made its impact a few years back … but why are you going back into it now, with Mobilize?Hersh:  Mobilize meets a specific, acute need:  it allows membership-based organizations to build and manage modern professional networks. The technology their members use in their consumer lives is vastly better than the antiquated ways in which organizations are attempting to engage them.  As a result, organizations are falling behind, and members are tuning out.  But Mobilize changes that:  it’s the first modern, purpose-built solution to amplify engagement and fuel member retention and growth.  It’s a solution, not another general use platform, so it meets the unique workflow and engagement needs of member-driven communities.RW:      How does a typical organization communicate with its members?Hersh:  Email and general-use platforms mostly.  You’ve probably experienced it yourself as an alumnus or association member.Many use one-size-fits-all solutions like community platforms or Google Groups, which weren’t created for their needs and have an antiquated user experience. It’s hard to find the content and people you need or stay connected to the group.Typically, organizations will roll out tools in succession to see if anything sticks.  But they rarely gain traction, which costs them credibility and leaves members feeling less seen, heard and valued than ever.RW:      What kinds of organizations are we talking about?Hersh:  These are purpose-led organizations like trade associations, nonprofits and professional networks for corporations.  This is not about customer support – it’s about engaging with and mobilizing networks of professionals and supporters behind a shared purpose.In 2018, people care deeply about these topics and organizations – they just need a better way to plug into them and feel a sense of belonging.RW:      There are many competing solutions … what makes Mobilize unique?Hersh:  Actually, there’s nothing else like Mobilize for this use case.  Mobilize was created by, with and for community managers in membership-based organizations.It’s the first member engagement platform to combine a community social space, outreach tools, member directory and CRM in a purpose-built solution that amplifies engagement to fuel retention and growth.We’ve seen engagement increase by 2X-3X when organizations switch from these generic platforms to Mobilize, and aim to get that to over 10X over the next year with an aggressive roadmap and team of experts to assist our clients.RW:      Who created the platform?Hersh:  Mobilize was launched in 2014 by Sharon Savariego and Arthur Vainer, two amazing, passionate people whose vision and commitment got us to where we are today.I’m really happy that Sharon will stay on as Chief Product Officer and Arthur is assuming the role of Chief Technology Officer and wouldn’t do this without them.  It’s a great team.RW:      What’s Mobilize’s secret sauce?Hersh:  It’s a combination of features that enable specific workflows for community managers, and a modern interface with a strong consumer sensibility to ensure members stay active.For example, Mobilize has an accessible-everywhere interface across the web, mobile and email. So it’s not “one more tool” but a simple approach that goes to where the user likes to work.  These features allow community managers to focus on growth, not wrestling with tech and trying to convince people to use it.RW:      What’s next for Mobilize?Hersh:  We will add more engagement features and analytics to help our customers, and enterprise functionality for large-scale communities. But most importantly, we want to prioritize the people over the technology.Technology should serve connection and belonging. Beyond just a guiding philosophy, this translates into specific actions like adding team of consulting experts focused on driving outcomes for customers. It’s one of the main reasons I got back to this category, and I’m very excited to help these amazing organizations again. 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State looks at disaster management model

first_imgThe State government is looking to put in place a ₹140-crore disaster risk management tool with the help of the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to reduce the damage caused by floods, as recently witnessed in parts of western Maharashtra. The USTDA, an independent American think tank, has assessed the losses from floods in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) to $2 billion (₹14,350 crore) within an area of 4,355 sq km in over a decade. Between 2005 and 2015, the USTDA had said in a preliminary report submitted to the government in August, that over 3,000 people have died in floods in the MMR while near 1,50,000 fell sick after flooding.The government has agreed to the preliminary report, which assesses the losses, and points to the lack of flood management in the region as a cause of concern. According to the report, vulnerable disaster-prone areas are not being identified, new infrastructure projects are not taken up with hazard levels in mind, among other loopholes in the system. The report recommends that the government implement a flood management and vulnerability risk framework through an integrated technology platform. A senior official of the State Relief and Rehabilitation Department said, “They (USTDA) are suggesting the platform collect and disseminate data, be applicable during and post disaster support while also devising a disaster vulnerability risk index.” A similar tool was designed earlier in Brazil and Thailand, on GIS-based flood maps and zoning for early warning and forecasts. The system has been implemented in the Thailand Chao Phraya River Basin where flood management was improved in 1,60,000 sq. km. A real-time decision support system provides short and medium-term flood forecasting, reducing the damaging impact of floods, officials said.The government has assessed the damage from the recent floods in Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara to add up to ₹6,813 crore, and has asked the Centre for assistance to pay compensation to the victims. The floods also invited criticism from experts who had questioned the government’s handling of the crisis and providing relief on time.A vulnerability index as part of the tool could include a measurement framework with key indicators and reliability assessment to respond to data quality issues. The index will comprise three key components: assessment of vulnerable zones, monitoring of flood impact and the undertaking of continuous assessment, said a senior official.last_img read more

Huge EVM snags on poll day Naidu to CEC

first_imgNew Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday met Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora here and submitted a memorandum alleging that a large number of EVMs malfunctioned during polling in the state on Thursday and inadequate security led to incidents of violence. Questioning the transfer of several officials ahead of voting, he alleged that the poll body “failed to live up to the spirit of constitutional duty” during elections in Andhra Pradesh which was “dangerous for the future of democracy in the country”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsDuring the election in the state on April 11, voting was delayed by two to six hours at many polling stations as a large number of EVMs malfunctioned, forcing many voters to return home, the TDP chief claimed. The chief electoral officer of the state himself had trouble casting his vote because the EVMs were not working, he alleged. The TDP requested the poll body to countermand polls at 618 polling stations where voting could not start even many hours after the scheduled commencement time. “Inadequate security arrangement at polling booths emboldened criminal elements that resulted in many law and order incidents, costing one man his life. Many polling stations were manned by just a home guard or a volunteer,” he claimed. Claiming that EVMs were not foolproof and there was a possibility of tampering, the TDP chief demanded that the EC should ensure counting of VVPAT slips in at least 50% of the polling stations so as to infuse confidence among the voters. “This will preserve the sanctity of the electoral process”.last_img read more

We are ashamed says Sri Lanka Muslim Minister

first_imgColombo: A leading Sri Lankan Muslim political leader on Monday called for introspection within the community after a local Muslim group was blamed for the suicide bombings that killed 290 people on Easter Sunday. Rauff Hakeem, a Minister and a leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, said that being a Muslim Minister in the Cabinet he believed that the Muslim community and its leaders should introspect. “We are ashamed and outraged. We have tried to address issues within the community,” media reports quoted him as saying. The government on Monday blamed the National Thowheed Jamath for the serial attacks targeting three luxury hotels and three churches besides two other locations.last_img read more

Crocodile tears dirty politics PM Maya clash over Alwar gang rape

first_imgKushinagar/Deoria/Lucknow: A full-scale war of words broke out on Sunday between Narendra Modi and Mayawati over the Alwar gang rape incident with the prime minister accusing the BSP supremo of “shedding crocodile tears”, a charge trashed by her as his “dirty politics”.Addressing election rallies in Kushinagar and Deoria in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Modi mounted a scathing attack on the BSP supremo and dared her to withdraw support to the Congress government in Rajasthan if she was really serious about the incident. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghHours after his remark, Mayawati charged the prime minister with doing “dirty politics” over the gang rape of a Dalit girl in Alwar and demanded his resignation for incidents of Dalit atrocities in the past. “In the wake of this (Alwar) incident, Modi is doing dirty politics. The BSP will for sure take an appropriate political decision in the absence of stringent and proper legal action in the case,” Mayawati said in a press note responding to the prime minister’s challenge to her to withdraw support to the Congress government in Rajasthan. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe Congress government in Rajasthan has been accused by both the prime minister and the BSP supremo of brushing the case aside for political gains. After Modi’s barb, Mayawati retorted with a list of incidents on which she said the prime minister should take moral responsibility and resign from his post. “The BSP will take a required political decision soon, but why is PM Modi not taking moral responsibility for the incidents in the past, such as Una flogging incident, Rohit Vemulla case or other cases pertaining to Dalit atrocities? Why is he not resigning?” the BSP press note issued in Lucknow said. On April 26, the gang rape victim was travelling with her husband on a motorcycle when the accused stopped them and took them to an isolated place off the road. They allegedly beat the husband and raped her in front of him, threatening them of dire consequences. Her husband claimed that he had approached Rajasthan police on April 26 after the incident, but an FIR was filed on May 2. He had alleged that the police did not take action saying that they were busy with elections. Addressing election meetings in Kushinagar and Deoria in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Modi said, “Please do not shed crocodile tears. If you are serious, why don’t you withdraw support to the Congress government in Rajasthan.” BSP has given support to the Congress government in the state. Expressing concern over the gang rape of the Dalit woman, Mayawati had on Saturday alleged that the Congress government in Rajasthan did not let the matter come to anyone’s notice by “terrorising” the victim’s family until the completion of the polling process there. “Under these circumstances, the victim and her family will not be able to get proper justice. The BSP appeals to the Supreme Court to take notice for ensuring prompt justice and strict punishment to the accused,” she had said. Hitting out at the BSP chief, Modi said, “Even the Congress government wanted to suppress the incident involving a Dalit woman as the party thought ‘hua toh hua’ (So what, it happened).” His reference was to Congress leader Sam Pitroda’s “hua toh hua” remark about the in 1984 anti-Sikh riots, which raised a political storm over the weekend. Continuing his tirade at the opposition, the prime minister said, “The biggest example of how the ‘mahamilawat’ (highly adulterated) SP-BSP-Congress alliance actually works is Rajasthan.” “When the (Lucknow) guest house incident happened, the entire country was pained. What is the reason that you are not feeling pain now. If you are so honest about the dignity of the daughters, then you should immediately write a letter to the Rajasthan Governor and withdraw your support to the Congress government,” he said. “A Dalit daughter is gang-raped and there is a government of the Congress and ‘naamdaar’ (dynast). And the Rajasthan government is not a dispensation which enjoys full majority. It is working with the support of BSP. It is busy in hushing up the matter,” Modi said.last_img read more