Bulldog Teams Battle Pirates

first_imgThe Freshman Boys Basketball team defeated Greensburg, 21-10 on Monday.Cumulative scoring by quarters:Batesville: 6 16 20 21Greensburg: 5 8 8 10The Bulldogs play Rushville at home on Saturday, Jan. 13th at 10am.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Sean Boyce.The 7th Grade Batesville Bulldogs Basketball team fell to Greensburg by a score of 36-15.  Scoring for Batesille were Lyle Oesterling with 9, Jackson Renck and Willy Sherwood with 2 each, and Carson Beal and Trent Roell both added a free throw.The 8th Grade Batesville Bulldogs fell to Greensburg by a score of 54 to 43.  Scoring for Batesille were Eli Pierson with 11, Travis Lecher, Cole Werner, and Ean Loichinger with 9 each, Ian Powers and Zach Wade each had 2, and Cooper Wilhelm rounded out the scoring with 1 free throw.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Ben Pierson.last_img read more

Class of 2012 does it better

first_imgBasic education minister Angie Motshekga announced an increase in the matric pass rate for 2012.(Image: Department of Basic Education)MEDIA CONTACTS • Steve MabuaDepartment of Basic Education+27 12 357 4026 / 4036 Source: SAnews.gov.zaSouth Africa’s matric pass rate has been announced – 73.9% of pupils made the grade, up 3.7% from the 70.2% who passed at the end of 2011.“Hearty congratulations to the matrics,” said basic education minister Angie Motshekga, announcing the results in Johannesburg on 2 January. She said significant measures had been taken to encourage the momentous improvement in the results.“To the learners who have excelled, the world is your oyster and this country needs you. To those who did not, there is room for improvement,” she said, reminding pupils of the various options that were available to them to help improve their results.“Do not lose heart,” encouraged Motshekga. “This is not the end of the world. We all learn from trial and error. Remember, if you are disappointed with your results, do not panic or think you must deal with it on your own.”The minister advised unhappy pupils to seek advice and support from their teachers or counselors from the basic education department. She said they could also contact CHILDLINE on their toll free number – 0800 055 555 – and from there be redirected to the appropriate regional office.Motshekga’s deputy Enver Surty echoed her words. “I’d like to congratulate the class of 2012 for their achievements… For those who didn’t make it, there surely is a second chance.”More information is available on the department’s website.The country’s top achievers were honoured at a special awards ceremony after the announcement. Out of the 27 pupils who were recognised, 15 came from Limpopo province. They all agreed that determination, focus and hard work were the reason for their success, and said that it’s never too early in the year to prepare for the final exams.Overall improvementIn 2012, 623 897 candidates sat for the National Senior Certificate exams compared to 496 090 in 2011. More than 7.8-million question papers were printed and sent to exam centres, while 7.4-million scripts were distributed to marking centres as part of the national exams.In 2012, 26.6% of Grade 12 pupils qualified for bachelor’s studies – this is an increase from 24.3% in 2011.There was also a significant improvement in the key subjects of mathematics (54%, up from 46.3% in 2011) and physical science (up to 61.3% from 53.4% in 2011).The pass rate for accounting was 65.6%; for geography it was 75.8%; for economics it was 72.8%;and for history it was 86%.Out of the nine provinces, Gauteng achieved the best pass rate – its 83.9% was up 2.8% from 2011’s 81.1%.The Western Cape achieved 82.8%, down from 82.9% in 2011, a decline of 0.1%, and the Free State achieved 81.1%, up from 75.7%, an improvement of 5.4%. This was the second largest improvement by a province after the Northern Cape.The North West achieved 79.5%, up from 77.8%, an improvement of 1.7%. The Northern Cape achieved 74.6%, up from 68.8% in 2011, representing the largest improvement by a province, of 5.9%. KwaZulu-Natal achieved 73.1%, an improvement from 68.1% in 2011, an increase of 5.0%.Limpopo achieved 66.9%, up from 63.9% of 2011, an improvement of 3.0%, while Mpumalanga achieved 70%, up from 64.8% and an improvement of 5.2%. The Eastern Cape achieved 61.6% in 2012 up from 58.1% in 2011, an increase of 3.5%.last_img read more

Three Types of Heat Pump Heat

first_imgAllison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. Since more people are using heat pumps these days, even in cold climates, let’s spell out the three different types of heat that conventional heat pumps provide.  Why not?  We’ve just recently covered the three main sources of home heating and then stepped back and looked another group of three sources of heat for high-performance homes (as enumerated by Skylar Swinford).  Now let’s zoom in a bit on heat pumps.1.  Pumped heatThis is the heat you get when the compressor runs.  The compressor is what drives the refrigerant through the phase-changing, heat-exchanging thermodynamic cycle that allows your heat pump to extract heat from the cold outdoor air and transfer it to your warm indoor air.  This is possible because the Second Law of Thermodynamics says heat flows from warmer to cooler objects…and the refrigeration cycle makes the outdoor coil colder than the outdoor air.This type of heat is abundantly available when it’s chilly but not real cold.  As the outdoor temperature drops, so does the amount of heat available in the outdoor air.  That in turn reduces the capacity of the heat pump.  As long as the outdoors isn’t at absolute zero —and it’s never absolute zero anywhere — there’s still heat available.  It just gets harder and harder to move it indoors.Eventually, the amount of compressor heat available drops below the amount of heat needed inside the home.  That’s when you need…2.  Supplementary heatAs stated above, the heating capacity of a heat pump drops as the outdoor temperature drops.  At the same time, the heating load of the house increases.  At some temperature, the capacity is just equal to the load, a temperature we call the balance point.  Below that, the load is bigger than the capacity and you need some type of supplementary heat.As the outdoor temperature drops, the heating load on a house increases and the heat pump capacity decreases.As I discussed in the three main sources of home heat article, the supplementary heat is typically provided by electric resistance heat (also called strip heat).  But it’s not the only choice.  You could pair a furnace with your heat pump and have what’s called a dual fuel system.  Or you could put a hydronic coil in the air handler, which is really nice way to provide your supplementary heat.3.  Emergency heatAnd then there’s that setting on your thermostat you may have noticed.  Maybe you’ve even been told to set your thermostat to it whenever it’s cold outside.A heat pump thermostat has an emergency heat mode in addition to the standard heat, cool, and off modes.Heat pump thermostats have a fourth mode (after heat, cool, and off) called emergency heat, which turns the compressor off and relies on the supplementary heat source for all of your heat.  If, as many do, your heat pump uses strip heat as your supplementary heat, then your heating bills will go up, possibly way up.  Don’t do that!Emergency heat is aptly named.  If your supplementary heat is provided by electric resistance, you should use that setting only when the heat pump is not working and you can’t get any pumped heat.Now you know all about heat from heat pumps.  Or at least the three types of heat provided by conventional heat pumps.  I guess I should say something about mini-split heat pumps, but I’ve got to go get some breakfast now so that’ll have to wait.last_img read more

Make Your Messages Stick – With Made to Stick

first_imgSource: http://www.gettingattention.org/my_weblog/2007/01/make_your_messa.htmlAbout the AuthorNancy E. Schwartz helps nonprofits succeed through effective marketing and communications. As President of Nancy Schwartz & Company (http://www.nancyschwartz.com/), Nancy and her team provide marketing planning and implementation services to organizations as varied as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Center for Asian American Media, and Wake County (NC) Health Services.Subscribe to her free e-newsletter “Getting Attention”, (http://www.nancyschwartz.com/getting_attention.html) and read her blog at http://www.gettingattention.org/ for more insights, ideas and great tips on attracting the attention your organization deserves.NOTE: You’re welcome to “reprint” this article online as long as it remains complete and unaltered (including the copyright and “about the author” info at the end), and you send a copy of your reprint. When I read Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point, I quickly became a convert. I learned to watch for, and value, stickiness. But it was harder to understand how to make my nonprofit client’s ideas and messages stick.Now, brothers Chip and Dan Heath, fill in the blanks with their guide, Made to Stick. For the Heaths, stickiness is all about “ensuring your ideas are understood and remembered, and have a lasting impact – they change your audience’s opinions or behavior“.Dan, a consultant at Duke, and his brother Chip, a professor at Stanford Business School, found that messages of all kinds — from the infamous “organ theft ring” hoax and a coach’s lessons on sportsmanship to a product vision statement from Sony — draw their power from the same six principles of stickiness:Simple — Hone in on the essence of your subject, stripping out the extra. Think core and compact, like a proverb.Unexpected — Break a pattern or routine to get attention. Use unexpected stories, language, channels. Highlight a gap in knowledge. Create mystery with a teaser.Concrete — Abstraction is hard to digest, and to retain. Explain your idea or message in concrete terms to help people understand (with less room for interpretation) and remember.Credible — Help audiences believe. Cite authorities, details and statistics.Emotional — Make people care. Appeal to self-interest. Introduce audiences to others they can relate to, link your messages to what they already care about and their aspirations. The Times Neediest Cases Fund excels here, crafting compelling profiles supported by photos to generate a great deal of empathy, interest and donations among Times readers. I’ve been reading those profiles since I was a kid, and giving every year.Story(telling) — A story brings ideas to life, placing them in a lifelike framework we can relate to, and remember. The Neediest Cases Fund excels at telling powerful stories. Stories are frequently unexpected, concrete, emotional and credible. The best ones are simple enough to be remembered and re-told.Download Made to Stick for Social Enterprise for a printable guide on these six sticky elements: Beware the Curse of Knowledge.Our knowledge is often a barrier to clear messages, because we can’t imagine (and sometimes don’t try) the perspective of someone who doesn’t know it. The more we know about a subject, the less we’re able to shape it into a message that will stick, but the Heaths offer strategies for defeating the Curse of Knowledge and other roadblocks to sticky success.Made to Stick is the rare business book that’s well-written and absolutely entertaining. And Chip and Dan walk the walk, building their book on a foundation of compelling anecdotes and stories. Made to Stick is a must read for anyone striving to craft messages that are memorable and lasting.last_img read more

Make it Easy for Online Readers to Spread the Word

first_imgCalvin College’s release on its Sushi Theatre is a great example. Note the prompt to Share the Story, and the easy-to-use links to do so. Also, as higher ed marketing guru Bob Johnson points out, “the topic of the press release, ‘Sushi Theatre’ is included in the title tag for the page, making it more likely that a search engine ‘spyders’ will find and index it. The keyword in the title tag is then repeated in the major text heading (the headline in this case) on the page, and again early in the text itself.”Source: http://www.gettingattention.org/my_weblog/2007/03/make_it_easy_fo.htmlAbout the AuthorNancy E. Schwartz helps nonprofits succeed through effective marketing and communications. As President of Nancy Schwartz & Company (http://www.nancyschwartz.com/), Nancy and her team provide marketing planning and implementation services to organizations as varied as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Center for Asian American Media, and Wake County (NC) Health Services.Subscribe to her free e-newsletter “Getting Attention”, (http://www.nancyschwartz.com/getting_attention.html) and read her blog at http://www.gettingattention.org/ for more insights, ideas and great tips on attracting the attention your organization deserves.NOTE: You’re welcome to “reprint” this article online as long as it remains complete and unaltered (including the copyright and “about the author” info at the end), and you send a copy of your reprint. Nothing’s more powerful than having your audiences spread the word about your program, organization or new leadership. Such “viral marketing” is far more powerful than your organization telling its own story as friends tend to listen to friends, and believe what they say. To encourage viral marketing, make it as easy as possible for your audiences to spread the word. Here are two great ways to do so:1. Include a ‘forward to a friend’ link in your e-news and advocacy campaigns.2. Enable your audiences to spread the word more broadly, via social networking tools. Here’s how:Crafted to double as direct communications with your target audiences. They have to be engaging, succinct and formatted for easy digestion (lots of bullets, white space and short paragraphs).Integrate key tools to link to spokesperson bio and contact info, related resources and more. They’ll make a world of difference.Feature the single keyword for the release in the page title tag, the primary content heading (in your list of releases, or in your site) and the text at the top of the release (ideally in the first sentence of the first paragraph).One-click buttons to Share the Story (more engaging than Forward to a Friend):Add the site to reader’s bookmarks via DeliciousRate the site via DIGG.last_img read more

Involving Your Audience—Upstream!

first_imgGood marketers understand the values of your audience, not your own, should shape how you communicate.  So I want to call your attention to someone who is letting their audience shape their creative work, turning their web redesign into a conversation with constituents. American Rivers is truly moving audience feedback upstream as the organization rethinks americanrivers.org, nationalrivercleanup.org, and healthyrivers.org.First, check out their blog, which shows just how transparent and collaborative their redesign is.  Also take a look at their Flickr contest, where they are asking river-lovers to upload their own photos.My Network for Good colleague Stacie Mann  knows the clever guy behind this work and the blog, Chas Offutt, and asked him how goes the marketing conversation that he’s started.  Here are his responses:1) Was there any pushback within organization about being so transparent? Nothing to date, but I’m not exactly sure how many people are aware of the blog. I’ve been rolling it out on an individual basis to generate feedback, greater review before I make a larger outward push. These small steps have worked out well as I’ve made a quite a few changes over the first 5 weeks that have greatly impacted the direction of my efforts. I’ve gotten some excellent feedback from co-workers, friends, and counterparts within the online advocacy community.2) What results are you seeing with blogging?Well, I’m seeing growth in traffic, comments, and general participation (Crazy Egg’s heat map is pretty cool, which, by the way, that idea came from a visitor). And, internally, I’m getting a lot of support from folks who appreciate being involved in the process. Last month, I held a Web 2.0 Introduction that went over really well. It would be great to have del.icio.us, Flickr, and RSS on our site, but what good would it be if the staff had no idea what it means and more importantly, how it can benefit their work. I feel the blog, as well as my work within the organization, should contain an education (i.e. testing) component – hence some of the “blog bling”. The success of our efforts online will not be because of me or my team, but the organization as a whole.3) What kinds of things surprised you? Good or bad… Aside from folks actually reading it, I’ve been a little surprised with the number of paths that I’ve been able to pursue as a result of this online dialogue – I seem to be referred to some cool new thing everyday (e.g. Vizu from Katya). I know I’m not the first to experience these online changes and one reason I wanted to do start this blog was to learn more about what’s happening in my field and reach out to those who have gone, going, or thinking about going through a website redesign.  Down the road, I’d love to see everyone in the organization blogging (but not like PhilTube) about their work – that would be awesome.last_img read more

The Wired Fundraiser: A Study on Technology and Online Fundraising

first_imgNetwork for Good, which specializes in online fundraising for charities, has authored this White Paper to examine Wired Fundraisers and the effect they are having on the charitable sector. It’s important to highlight the emergence of Wired Fundraisers, because they have tremendous potential to contribute to the social good.In this paper, we will share three main findings from our work with Wired Fundraisers and then discuss implications for fundraisers of all kinds – from a mom who discovers she has MS to the head of development at a major aid agency.The hope is to do three things: help inspire yet more people to join the ranks of Wired Fundraisers; show charities how to support these remarkable individuals; and generate more donations for charities’ vital missions.Be sure to view the other Network for Good studies, listed in the related articles, as well as the 5 tips taken from this paper.Download the Wired Fundraiser >>last_img read more

Tear It Down and Virtual Guantanamo: Two Examples of Virtual Advocacy

first_imgTwo virtual representations of Guantanamo Bay prison have been launched, one with the specific goal of encouraging the U.S. government to close the real prison and the other to encourage public discourse.   Both projects are engaging examples of virtual advocacy, with one creating a virtual representation of the detention center in the virtual world Second Life and the other, a flash-based web site that has a video game quality to it.Tearitdown.org, from by Amnesty International USA, is billed as an online movement to tear down the prison at Guantánamo Bay. Visitors to Web site can eliminate one pixel from a photo of Guantánamo by signing a pledge protesting the U.S. government’s detention center. This project is part of AIUSA’s America I Believe In campaign that seeks to restore America’s leadership on human rights and end abuses in the war on terror. All 500,000 petitions will be delivered in person to the president, encouraging the U.S. government to close the real prison.The site departs from the typical online advocacy tactic of getting people to sign a online petition with some compelling messaging and forwarding it via email to friends.  After you sign the petition, the online pledge rips a pixel from a photograph depicting hooded and handcuffed prisoners at the detention site.   The pixel is replaced with your name and is left behind.  Indeed, after I signed the petition,a pointer to the pixel with name on it.  I saw there mesmerized watching the animation and reading the other names of the petition signers (not all 47,000 of them, though) and was offered a badge to put on my social networking profile or blog.The Web site includes case studies, other actions and information about upcoming protest concerts happening around the country in the next six months.USC Institute for Media Literacy and the Seton Hall School of Law launched a “Virtual Guantanamo” to focus on public policy issues surrounding the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center.  The first discussion held about various political, legal and ethical questions surrounding the detention center focused on constitutional questions relevant to Guantanamo. The mixed-reality discussion took place in real life at Seton Hall and in the virtual world, Second Life.  Blogger Rik Riel writes about his harrowing experience as a virtual prisoner there.Source: http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/2007/09/tear-it-down-an.htmllast_img read more

The No-Neck View of the World: Network for Good Heeds its Own Advice

first_imgHave you ever noticed how very young kids’ drawings usually don’t feature a person’s neck? Have you wondered why?My theory is that if you’re two or three years old and your perspective is pretty low to the ground, you don’t see people’s necks when you look up. You see a head sitting on arms.I can’t think of a better analogy for marketing. Marketing mandates that we look at the world through the eyes of our audience and communicate from that perspective. It can be hard to tear ourselves away from the comfort of our long-necked world view, but we must.Believe me; I know how difficult it is firsthand. I forgot the very marketing principles I tout all the time. The brilliant folks out at ASU (namely a brilliant person by the name of Gregory Neidert) pointed out that I had been violating all my own marketing principles on Network for Good’s web site. Where was the audience perspective? Wouldn’t people who come to the site want it to know if it was safe or reliable? Wouldn’t they want to know if other people trusted the site? And why wasn’t the “search for your favorite charity”-the reason most people come to our site-the most prominent thing on the page? Well, because I forgot to do as I say.Here is the way our site was, and how it is now. Since we started working completely from the audience perspective, conversion is up 30%. If you haven’t read it, get this book from those ASU folks.last_img read more

Using Social Networking Tools: Best Practices from SaveGuimaras

first_imgI interviewed Tuesday Gutierrez from SaveGuimaras over at blogher.   What I didn’t include was the in-depth conversation we had about how she has explored and used social networking tools. SaveGuimaras is a group of individuals who are dedicated to raising awareness on the recent oil-spill tragedy in Guimaras, Philippines.  Because the international community and media have failed to respond to this environmental disaster, they are bringing the campaign to the Social Web.  Their goal is to mobilize grassroots participation by using online networking tools and their blog.If you check out their blog, you will notice that the group has a presence on myspace, friendster, YouTube, and few other communities. Tuesday shared some of her learnings with me about using these tools.  She has been the most successful when the tool matched her audience and outcomes.  And, she had to go through a bit of experimentation to learn that!1.  How have social networking tools helped spread the word about  your cause?   Friendster is a very popular social network in the Philippines.  Almost  everyone I know has a Friendster account and its very easy to find people, influential or otherwise in Friendster. When I opened a saveguimaras account, in less than two weeks, we had 200 people who signed up. What´s good about Friendster is that everytime a “member” of your group posts a new entry on your blog, you receive it on your email/ and you see it right away on your Friendster page. This led me to stumble upon Roy Alberto/Joseph Alberto who was a co-founder of 1 fish entertainment who was promoting a rock gig for Guimaras and that was how our relationship started.MySpace hasn´t taken off like Friendster because the Filipinos I am targeting there are based in the US. To invite people in Myspace is also painstakingly difficult unlike Friendster that you just click a button and invite.  Myspace avoids spamming so the members usually blocks people from adding them directly unless you know them personally or their email. So what I have been doing is sending out mails one by one!YouTube is also good in finding videos about Guimaras. Its pure luck too.  Project sunrise, the provincial government led organization (supported by Canadian Urban institute) happened to post their videos and I was given permission to post them in the blog. The IFCP (Independent Filmmakers Coop) in the Philippines just had their Guimaras Short Film project which was shown on television and some moviehouses in Manila. Unfortunately, there were some short films that were censored by the Movie Television Board (which I want to say is one of the most conservative board of censors in the world! and is really stifling Pinoy creativity) and some directors uploaded some movies on Guimaras (some will upload more videos soon.) YouTube would have been more helpful for my cause if people in the Philippines have home videocameras and if they have a fast broadbandwidth.  Unfortunately, the journalists on the field are still using pen and paper technology which explains why there are not a lot of videos about Guimaras.  Because regional flights are more expensive,  people from Manila who are supposed to be more technologically equipped do not come to Guimaras to shoot videos/photos which also explains why there is a lack of photos uploaded in Guimaras at Flickr.  I rely on photos sent to me by the filmmakers and some journalists on the field.Mobile technology is more popular in the Philippines and we are looking  into how we could use this platform. The only difficulty I find here is that SaveGuimaras is not a non-profit org and is simply running as a webblog therefore, mobile networks might not trust us enough to collaborate with us.Care2.com has been helpful  in a way that other social networks have not been.  Although it is difficult to find people or connect with care2.com members, what’s good about their system is that you can send out letters to ten members each and for me its much better to send out ten letters once than sending out letters one by one. And yes, I’ve painstakingly sent out letters to care2.members ten at a time.I’m only discoveriing about Flickr. Personally I think Flickr is useful if you are two or three in a group but if you’re only one person like me running a blog for a social cause, you need something faster.2.  How has your blog connected you with people to help with your cause?  Through this blog we´ve met so many wonderful people who all have the passion and the drive to help the victims of Guimaras.  Some have their  own projects already in place before they´ve contacted us  but we´ve also managed to link people with  the same agenda and get them to collaborate with each other. Some organizations have also written expressing their willingness to collaborate with SaveGuimaras and its partners.For example, Chromatic Experiment, a Filipino band contacted us thru our blog. They are willing to play for free for future rock gigs planned by the team of Joseph, Sazi and Laura (There are more people involved behind this team, but for the sake of brevity we will only mention these three).   3.  This is the bonus question and please do not take offense.  I’ve noticed  that a lot of folks from Phillipines are really into social networking   apps  and lots of wonderful communities in places like  YouTube, Flickr, etc.  Why do you think that is?Filipinos are very warm people and like to belong always in a group. Thats why these social networks are working for us. Add to this the fact that Filipinos are the no. 1 labor export of the country and there is a diaspora phenomena happening with us so we really need these networks to make us keep in touch with our families. We hate being alone and despise isolation which usually happens when youre living outside the country. A lot of Filipinos wouldn’t want to leave if only the government is doing its job but the future of the Philippines is very bleak.BTW, we are the  no. 1 text messaging capital aside from the fact that sending out text messages is always cheaper than making an actual call.Source: http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/2006/11/meet_tuesday_fr.htmllast_img read more