Water Out in Several JPL Buildings

first_imgHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIt Works Great If Weight Loss Is What You’re Looking For!HerbeautyHerbeauty 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment More Cool Stuff Water will not be available on a number of buildings inside Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory until Thursday afternoon, due to repairs currently being done on a water main.The buildings that will not have water are 168, 169, 170, 179, 186, 233, 249, 301 and T1721.Restoration of water service to these buildings is expected by Thursday afternoon. As a precaution, fire watch teams are patrolling the affected buildings.JPL said employees will be allowed into the buildings, although they may have to speak to their managers about telecommuting because of the expected inconvenience.Additionally, employees won’t be allowed to park under Building 301 while the repairs are ongoing.Employees are advised to check the JPL Space website or the Lab Information number, (800) 303-4575 or (818) 354-8601, for updated information. Community News Water Out in Several JPL Buildings From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, October 22, 2015 | 1:46 pm Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business Newscenter_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Top of the News last_img read more

Coast Guard rescues 66 people stranded on ice in Wisconsin

first_imgKirkikis/iStockBy HALEY YAMADA, ABC News(GREEN BAY, Wis.) — The U.S. Coast Guard worked with local and state agencies to rescue 66 fishermen who were stranded on three separate ice chunks that became detached from the shore Thursday in Door County, Wisconsin.The ice broke about a half mile off shore and created a 1,000-foot gap between ice chunks and rough water, first responders told Green Bay ABC affiliate WBAY-TV.Two helicopters from Air State Traverse City responded to the incident and were able to get everybody off the ice.The Door County Sheriff’s Office urged everyone to use caution on the ice as weather conditions changed with the snow and wind.The Ephraim Firefighters Association Chief Justin MacDonald shared a strong warning for others on Facebook Thursday.“No fish is worth getting injured, you also are placing every emergency responder in danger for your actions,” said MacDonald.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Dwayne Wade Scores Legal Victory with Custody of Nephew

first_img*Chalk up a legal victory for Dwayne Wade. Gossip Extra! reports the Miami Heat player officially gained custody of his 12-year-old nephew Dahveon Morris this week. Miami-Dade County records noted that Judge Barbara Areces granted Wade a petition for “concurrent custody by extended family”. Translation: the 32-year-old NBA all-star and his  wife Gabrielle Union, 41, will […]last_img

AEL Feeds ‘Quarantined’ Families

first_imgThe leadership of Christian-based Not-for-Profit, under the banner of the Association of Evangelicals of Liberia (AEL), on Tuesday provided several bags of rice and assorted anti-Ebola materials to suspected Ebola patients that are quarantined in their homes across Montserrado County.Officials of AEL, a network of Christian Churches in the country, provided bags of rice, buckets, soaps and disinfectants to the suspected Ebola patients beginning with those ‘quarantined’ at St. Francis Community, Block ‘A’ near the Black Geni on Somalia Drive, outside Monrovia.Earlier in his presentation remarks to two families quarantined, AEL general-secretary, Rev. Isaac S. Wheigar, said the donation was in continuation of the group’s contribution to the fight against Ebola.Previously, he said that the AEL had identified with several Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs),  where the organization’s leadership donated a number of items for fighting and or preventing the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Montserrado County.Members of AEL were pleased to identify with families affected by the deadly EVD across the county, where those quarantined outside Monrovia will be catered to at the same time.“We have taken interest in assisting people afflicted by the deadly virus in the country.   We have, therefore, decided to raise awareness of their plight  to our partners and also identify with them,” he said.St. Francis Block ‘A’ chairman, S. Kelvin Diahn, who received the donated items, lauded AEL for the gesture. He promised,  on behalf of other members of the affected communities, that all quarantined families will receive at least a portion of whatever the AEL had donated to the community. With a heavy heart, Mr. Diahn recalled how the St. Francis Block ‘A’ Community was badly hit during two successive outbreaks of by the Ebola virus, where over 12 persons from one of the quarantined families died. That affected family; Mr. Diahn explained, has been quarantined three times, adding, “Whenever the 21 days is about to expire, another death will occur, thereby prolonging the period beyond 21 days.”He pleaded with the AEL leadership to consider providing trauma counseling for quarantined individuals and survivors residing in the community to serve as life-saving measure for them.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

R28bn boost for Garden Route

first_imgThe Tsitsikamma national park on the Garden Route forms part of the largest continuous stretch of indigenous forest in South Africa. (Image: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Thys PretoriusDestiny Africa+27 44 805 7133 or +27 71 509 1040• Carol Dundas+27 11 444 0650 or +27 83 447 6648RELATED ARTICLES • Film body eyes Garden Route • Choo-Tjoe steams ahead • Garden Route’s new national park • South Africa’s tourist highlightsJanine ErasmusWestern Cape premier Helen Zille has unveiled a new multimillion-rand development on South Africa’s Garden Route which is expected to turn the region into a major global tourism and business hub.Known as the Destiny Africa ecosphere project, the US$3.7-billion (R28-billion) initiative will stand on 437 hectares just outside the town of George, located at the eastern end of the Western Cape province and in the centre of the Garden Route. The popular Garden Route spans roughly 200km of South Africa’s southern coast.George, the sixth-oldest town in South Africa, is known as the business centre of the region and is a sought-after conference and holiday destination. The town already has essential infrastructure in place, including an airport, but has tremendous potential for large-scale development.The Destiny Africa project will combine business, learning and leisure into a so-called smart city. Components include a top-class conference centre, a business park with an incubator, a university cluster and research centre, about 7 000 residential units, ecotourism and medical tourism facilities, retail opportunities and a waterfront. These interconnected facilities are known as an ecosphere.Destiny Africa is expected to contribute significantly to South Africa’s economy in the same way as California’s Silicon Valley, India’s information technology hub of Hyderabad, or Singapore. These regions have used the smart city concept to drive economic growth by attracting foreign investment as well as the world’s top specialists and entrepreneurs.Mice is niceDestiny Africa is a private venture steered by Destiny Africa Investment Holdings (DAIH), a company that was set up especially to drive the project.Construction could take up to 17 years and will result in at least 50 000 new jobs, both directly and indirectly. And this is a conservative estimate, said DAIH director Thys Pretorius, with the nearby communities of Thembalethu and Pacaltsdorp benefiting most of all.The project centres on the Mice concept – meetings, incentives, conferences and expositions – which forms the core of sustainable business tourism. This sector of the tourism industry is growing globally and South Africa is no exception. The country’s many attractions and top venues helped it to reach number 35 on the International Congress and Convention Association’s global ranking for 2007.However, said Pretorius, only 5% of South Africa’s annual $2.8-billion (R21-billion) Mice revenue comes from overseas. He said that Destiny Africa, with its multi-faceted offerings, would help to open up all the opportunities that are currently not exploited.Pretorius said that Destiny Africa aimed to become the continent’s most sought-after Mice destination. At the same time it would promote the Garden Route, most of which lies within the Cape Floral Kingdom, as a superior eco-tourism region.He also anticipated a reversal in the trend of skilled workers leaving the country, saying that the smart city would attract smart people and smart business.The first element to be built, according to DAIH, will be the conference and exhibition centre.Rich biodiversityFor its small area, the Garden Route is the most bio-diverse region in the world. It is said that only the rainforests hold more biodiversity, although they are spread over a much larger area.Government is currently in the process of establishing a new national park there to encompass notable features such as the current Wilderness and Tsitsikamma national parks, the fynbos of the Cape Floral Kingdom, marine and aquatic systems and the largest continuous stretch of indigenous forest in the country.George is a historically significant location, with features such as the 198-year-old Old Slave Tree, which is a national monument. This huge oak tree is so named because of the chain and lock embedded near the bottom of its trunk. It is not certain if the chain is linked to slavery, or was used merely to prevent things from being stolen.Originally a timber town, George was established in 1776 by the Dutch East India Company as an outpost. The town fell into the Swellendam magisterial district but was separated from it in 1806. In 1811 the town was officially proclaimed by then governor of the Cape, the Earl of Caledon, and named after George III, the reigning British monarch.George is twinned with Tacoma in Washington, US, and Fuzhou in China.last_img read more

New online university to fight cancer

first_imgAfrica’s capacity to fight cancer is gettinga boost from the new Educare initiative driven by Roche and the IAEA. (Image: IAEA) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dana Sacchetti IAEA press officer+43 1 2600 26523 or +43 699 165 26523RELATED ARTICLES • SA scientist leads cancer fight • Rooibos yoghurt fights cancer • Vaccine hope for SA women • Top award for Rhodes scientistJanine ErasmusSwiss-based pharmaceutical firm Roche and the International Atomic Energy Agency have teamed up to launch the Education for Cancer in African Regions project, which is aimed at alleviating the shortage of cancer specialists on the continent.The five-year oncology initiative, known as Educare, is in the pilot stages in Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania and Ghana.Roche has a special interest in disease prevention and detection, as well as enhancing diagnosis and treatment options.It is particularly known for in-vitro diagnostics, diabetes management and cancer diagnostics. Other areas of specialty include virology, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, transplantation, and metabolic and central nervous system disorders.The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is most commonly associated with the peaceful use of nuclear power and non-proliferation of potentially dangerous nuclear technology. It is less known for its work with member states in fighting cancer.Focusing on the fields of radiology and nuclear medicine, the organisation has so far disbursed more than R1.7-billion (US$220-million) for cancer-related training and equipment.The IAEA’s Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (Pact), which has been operating for more than three decades, mainly helps developing nations provide better care for cancer patients.It does this by facilitating the supply of radiation treatment equipment and trained staff to operate it. In this mission the atomic agency works with a number of key health bodies, including the World Health Organisation.A report released in June by the Lyons-based International Agency for Research on Cancer reveals that more than half of new cancer cases and cancer deaths now occur in developing countries. This means that the IAEA’s work is literally a matter of life and death for thousands.The Pact project also helps developing nations assess their cancer treatment capabilities, researching and providing reports on issues such as the national cancer burden, cancer prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, and rehabilitation.Pact will oversee the Educare project, which will lead to the establishment of VUCCnet, the two components of which are the Virtual University for Cancer Control (VUCC) and a regional African cancer training and mentorship network.Online learningIt is estimated that Africa is suffering a shortage of over 800 000 healthcare professionals, many of them desperately needed in the field of cancer care and control, because the burden of infectious diseases tends to attract the bulk of trained staff. The critical lack of expertise is cited as one of the main obstacles to better general health on the continent.According to the World Health Organisation, 12.5% of all deaths are caused by cancer, more than HIV/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis combined. By 2020 there will be 15-million new cases annually, and developing nations will carry the greater burden, with 70% of this number.The regional training programme will initially focus on enhancing the prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment skills of health workers at existing cancer centres in the four pilot countries. It will also train administrative staff to manage their centres more efficiently. Trained healthcare workers will be encouraged to share their new knowledge with their colleagues.The goal is to boost the competency of staff to a level that will lead to the formation of linked national cancer centres of excellence in the four pilot countries, each one capable of servicing up to 5-million people.The VUCC will provide students with online access to high-quality training modules, as well as relevant information about the main types of cancer affecting sub-Saharan Africans – prostate, breast, head, neck, and cervical cancer, and related diseases such as Kaposi’s sarcoma, which is associated with HIV/Aids. The learning portal will also offer accreditation to candidates who complete their studies.“The creation of centres of excellence in Africa, backed by a virtual university, is a great concept,” said Dr Kennedy Lishimpi of the Cancer Diseases Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. “It will provide good resources for already practising oncologists and other cancer professionals. It will also help to train the core health workers that are urgently required in oncology units in Africa.”Countries such as South Africa and Egypt are to provide skilled oncologists to help with course development and mentoring.The VUCC also aims to staunch the flow of medical professionals off the continent through a three-pronged strategy – it will help to improve salaries and working conditions, boost radiotherapy facilities, and improve training and career options.Fighting breast cancerIn a related development, the Pact initiative has joined with the Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI) to fight the spread of breast cancer in the developing world. The project will make use of VUCCnet resources in achieving its objective and has rolled out in Ghana through a collaboration with NGO HopeXchange, organiser of the Ghana Breast Cancer Alliance.The virtual university will offer a special breast cancer curriculum, which will be extended to the other three countries once the Ghanaian pilot phase has ended.BHGI chair Benjamin Anderson expressed his pleasure at the new partnership: “By working together, we can effectively integrate overlapping programs to achieve our common goals of building capacity through stronger regional and national healthcare systems, beginning in Ghana.”http://www.hopexchangemedicalcenter.org/last_img read more

Pulse Markets Hurt by FDA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — When the co-owner of a Minnesota pet food manufacturer got a brief chance to speak to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Minnesota members of Congress at a farm show earlier this month, she told them the Food and Drug Administration is damaging both pet-food companies and pulse crop farmers.“The FDA has just put a knife in the back of the pulse industry,” said Sarah Barrett, whose family operates Barrett Petfood Innovations in Brainerd, Minnesota. The company manufactures about 65 million pounds of pet food annually and mostly uses peas, chickpea (garbanzo) beans and other pulses.Pulse crop farmers are coping with trade and tariffs like other farmers, but pulse crop producers and some pet food companies are also losing business because FDA is arguing it’s possible pulse crops in dog food are causing at least some dogs to have enlarged heart problems.FDA has been looking for more than a year into dogs with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), which is effectively an enlarged heart disease. In late June, FDA issued a warning to consumers and released a detailed report of 560 cases of DCM in goods from last December through April, and the dog foods associated with those cases. FDA noted a high volume of cases in dogs that weren’t typically genetically disposed to DCM, including golden retrievers and retriever mixes. FDA then highlighted 16 dog-food brands associated with most of the cases reported to the agency. The overwhelming volume of cases involved pet foods containing peas, lentils, chickpeas, beans and potatoes. Most of these pet foods are considered “grain free” in that they do not contain corn, soy, wheat, rice or barley.FDA stated they were continuing to investigate and working with veterinarians and the pet food industry.People in the pulse crop industry, though, say FDA has overstepped its bounds in drawing a direct link to specific pet food ingredients in a sample size of 560 cases of enlarged hearts out of a dog population of roughly 77 million.Barrett’s company blends pet food formulas for other pet food producers. She noted tens of millions of dogs right now are eating grain-free diets. Pet food overall uses between 10% and 20% of U.S. peas, lentils and chickpeas. The volume has grown over the years as more pet food brands have developed higher-end “grain free” pet food varieties that lean more heavily on pulse crops. That market has taken off in recent years.From 2007 to 2017, the growth of grain-free pet foods soared from about 15% of the market to 44%, a 2018 New York Times article cited. The growth of those feedstuffs sparked more concerns about the food, and levels of taurine, an amino acid dogs need for healthy hearts, though enlarged hearts are often related to other diseases as well.“There are more dogs diagnosed every day with cancer and we’re not associating that to any sort of food,” Barrett said.Pulses, though, have been in pet food formulations going back more than 30 years, said Tim McGreevy, CEO of the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council. We’ve been feeding pulse crops to pets for a long time and feeding them well,” McGreevy said. “What’s been disappointing about these announcements is they have highlighted the ingredients and put that front and center in their announcement, specifically peas, lentils and other legume seeds, as well as potatoes. We feel this a very unfair characterization.”The bulk of pulse crops going into pet food are dried peas, but the volume of lentils and chickpeas going into higher-end pet foods has been growing as well. The pet food market now accounts for about 10% of pulse crop sales, and has steadily increased over time. “It’s been a growing market for us really for about the past 10 years,” McGreevy said. “The pet food market has been a significant opportunity for our crops. We haven’t lost it yet, but certainly if we can’t get this straightened out, it’s going to have an impact on pulse-crop producers if we can’t turn this around.”The announcements state FDA hasn’t drawn any conclusion on what is causing this DCM. The headline in June notes a “potential link between certain diets” and DCM. Still, the agency called out the pulses, other legumes and potatoes. “In the consumer’s mind, it looks like pulses are the problem, but in fact, they don’t know the cause and the cause is very complex,” McGreevy said.Eastern Montana farmer Chris Westergard, president of the Northern Pulse Growers Association, said he has spoken with most processors in Montana and North Dakota, the two largest states for most pulse crops. Westergard said processors are attributing a decline in sales to the FDA’s actions.“They (processors) all said the slowdown is directly related to that issue and that obviously affects the prices we get on the farm,” Westergard said. “They are not trending up, I can tell you that. It’s kind of an odd deal that FDA is doing this. It’s a pretty good chunk of our market that is starting to disappear, so hopefully something changes.”Barrett also pointed out Canada gets roughly half its dog food from U.S. suppliers. Yet, regulators in Canada and the European Union, another large market, are not taking actions similar to FDA so far.“The U.S. supplies Canada, I think, with about half of its dog foods, and those are the exact same formulas being fed in the U.S., no different,” Barrett said. “This magically isn’t a problem anywhere else in the world.”INDIAN TARIFFSWhile pulse crop farmers and the pet-food industry battle FDA, pulse crops have seen India put a 33% tariff on all imported lentils; a 50% tariff on all imported peas; and a 66% tariff on chickpeas. In addition, India added another 10% tariff on U.S. pulse crops because of steel and aluminum tariffs the Trump administration placed on Indian metals. India was the top market for U.S. pulse crops.“We’ve basically been shut out of the market because we have an additional tariff on top of the original tariffs,” McGreevy said.Green pea prices are running $8.33 to $8.75 per cwt, depending on variety and location. Lentils are running $12 to $13 per cwt in Montana and North Dakota, down more than half since 2017. Chickpea producers had a bumper crop in 2018 that brought down prices dramatically but are selling at a range from $13 to $20 per cwt.In July, one of the Northern Plains larger pulse crop processors, JM Grain Inc., filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. AgWeek cited the company’s sales had fallen from an average of $13 million down to roughly $3.5 million. The company cited tariffs from India, China and the European Union as “effectively shutting down those markets.”FAKE MEAT PULSESA positive for pulse crops right now is coming somewhat from the new rage of plant-based proteins such as Beyond Meat products. While some of these meat alternatives rely heavily on soy, others use pea concentrates and fava beans. At a pulse crop industry meeting this week in Montreal, Canada, one slide posted on social media showed a 500% increase in product launches containing pulse crops over the past decade.McGreevy said product innovation is beginning to take off in pulse crops and other dry beans.“We’re ending up in just all kinds of food stuffs,” he said.” The product innovations that are happening with pulse crops right now are just phenomenal. There is a movement happening not just in the United States but around the world towards more plant-based options in the diet and blends of plant-based foods and animal proteins.”FDA’s statement on dog foods and DCM released in June: https://www.fda.gov/…Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(SK/BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The Future of Business Proposals

first_imgAdam HempenstallCEO and Founder of Better Proposals Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Love them or loathe them, business proposals are one of the integral parts of winning new clients.No matter how advanced our sales tools get, it is still necessary to pitch your idea in the shape of a proposal before the client gives you the green light.Unfortunately, they are also one of the most tedious aspects to winning new clients, as they require significant time and dedication to get right.So, what does the future have in store for proposals?Will they die out and make room for a new, more advanced way to close deals in the B2B sector? Having seen quite a few proposals in a wide range of industries, here’s my take on what the future holds for business proposals and how they will change.Automation is king.The reason why so many sales professionals have a dislike for proposals (to put it mildly) is that they are so time-consuming. In order to win a deal, you’d have to take hours upon hours to write a proposal from scratch, wasting precious time and resources. Who’s got time to write when there’s leads to close?The proposals of the future will be fully automated and done using proposal software such as Better Proposals. Instead of manually writing out your proposals, you will be able to edit a few key elements, with the software taking care of other elements, such as the cover, design, payment system etc. Not only will this make writing a whole lot easier and shorter, it will also add a ton of useful features (which we’ll discuss in a minute).The copy will matter more than ever.As we’ve seen time and time again, the words you use in your proposals make a significant difference in whether they get signed or not. From our own research, simply calling your pricing section “investment” instead of “pricing” has an amazing effect on conversions. Imagine what else you can by just making a few good choices with your wording.The proposal of the future will be like an extension of a great landing page or video sales letter. The copy will be carefully written to increase conversions, having in mind the reader who has the power to make a decision and sign. Those companies that aim to understand their clients and speak their language in the proposal copy will have far better chances of having their proposals signed.The good news is – you won’t have to take a $5,000 copywriting course to get the copy right. Instead, focus on the meeting with the client before you send out a proposal. Find out the client’s pain points and aim to speak their language – literally.Write the words that the client is using and you will see immediate increases in the number of signed proposals. In other words, bland, generic proposals belong in the past. Hyper-personalized, automated proposals will be the new standard.Print is dead.If you send out a proposal to someone and they print it out to discuss it, that’s surely a good thing, right? In fact, it’s the exact opposite. As we’ve found analyzing over 180,000 signed proposals, if your proposal is printed, it is 78% less likely to get signed.To get around this, future business proposals should be less printer-friendly. In other words, stay away from PDFs or any other document formats that make it easy to print out a proposal. Why is print so detrimental conversions? One theory is that once printed out, a proposal is on the table with several stakeholders, which decreases its chances of being signed.Proposals are moving to the cloud.If you can’t create proposals in PDFs or similar formats to be printed out, what can you really do? Use a cloud platform, of course. This will make it easier for clients to navigate proposals, along with a couple more extras.By putting your proposal in the cloud, you will be able to track how much of the proposal was read, how long the client spent reading it etc. You can also get notified immediately when they sign and pay and much more. Say goodbye to email and embrace the cloud – it brings immense advantages.Unresponsive proposals will die out.It’s no secret that mobile is taking over as the primary platform in B2C (for internet use and shopping, for example), but it’s also slowly making an entrance in the world of B2B.As our research has shown, the third of all proposals are opened on mobile devices, with the percentage slowly growing every year. If your proposals don’t look good on every device (or can’t be opened on mobile), don’t expect too many conversions.While clients can open the proposal on some other device, all good websites and apps are optimized for mobile nowadays. We don’t have any data on how much unresponsive proposals hurt your conversions, but one thing is for certain. If clients can’t properly view your proposals, they will spend less time reading them.The fastest proposals will win.If your client is shopping around, they’re probably considering someone else’s offer besides yours. If you can’t beat the competition with a better offer (or a better proposal), you can get the upper hand with speed.As we’ve seen several years in a row now, proposals that get sent out more quickly have higher conversion rates. You may think of it as an act of desperation, but the sooner you send out a proposal after a meeting with a client, the higher the chances of it being signed.What’s more, proposals that are sent out quickly also get paid sooner. If you send the proposal within the first 24 hours of meeting the client, it should get signed within 6 days.Live chat for the win.You’ve probably witnessed the explosion of chatbots and live chat solutions on websites in the past two or so years. Whether B2B or B2C, every website nowadays seems to have a chat option set up. The reason is simple – visitors and clients are used to it. So why not leverage this for proposals as well?The proposal of the future will have a chat feature integrated directly into it. As the client is reading, someone from the company will be there in real time to answer their questions. There’s tech to make this happen already, the only issue is your team’s availability.Standalone proposal software belongs in the past.If you want to create a proposal quickly, you will use some sort of proposal software. However, on its own, apps that create proposals are very limited in their use. The proposal of the future will be created through an app that links to your CRM, project management app, team communication app and more.By directly importing your clients’ most important data from your CRM, you will be able to save hours on writing. Simply import data instead of manually typing everything out. Additionally, you will be able to keep everyone updated as the proposal will become a key part of your CRM and the sales team can see the deal progressing through the CRM.ConclusionThe business proposal of the future will be vastly different from what we’re used to seeing today. Instead of a tedious process that takes hours, in the future we will create and send proposals through software integrated with a CRM, optimized for mobile and equipped with live chat.In short, proposals will become an integral part of the sales process, instead of being an afterthought that makes sales professionals Related Posts AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Tags:#business proposal#growth#marketing#proposal writing#proposals#sales The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Adam Hempenstall is the CEO and Founder of Better Proposals, simple proposal software for creating beautiful, high-impact proposals in minutes. Having helped his customers at Better Proposals win $120,000,000+ in one year only, he has launched the first Proposal Writing University where he shares business proposal best practices. last_img read more

Stephens tells best friend Keys: ‘I wish it could have been a draw’

first_imgEvacuated Miami Dolphins arrive in LA for extended stay Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Stephens only returned to the tour at Wimbledon after missing 11 months having undergone left foot surgery.Her world ranking slid to 957 before semi-final runs at US Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati.“I had surgery on January 23 and if someone had told me then that I would be the US Open champion, I would have said that would be impossible,” said Stephens.“My journey to get here, I wouldn’t change it for the world.“I should retire now — I’m  never going to be able top this.”ADVERTISEMENT Stephens also praised her mother for her support.“When I was a child she took me to a tennis coach who said that I would be lucky to be a division two player.“But here I am. So parents never give up on your kids.”Keys too had fought injury battles in recent months, undergoing a second left wrist surgery after the French Open before winning a July title at Stanford.“I didn’t play my best tennis today and I’m disappointed in that but Sloane was very supportive and if there’s someone I have to lose to today I’m glad it’s her. Sloane is truly one of my favorite people,” said Keys.“If you told me two months ago I’d be holding a US Open finalist’s trophy I’d have been really happy and proud of myself.”“It has been a very interesting year.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Sloane Stephens (L) of the US embraces compatriot Madison Keys after winning during their 2017 US Open Women’s Singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 9, 2017.Sloane Stephens, sidelined for 11 months by a left foot injury until returning in July, captured her first Grand Slam title by routing fellow American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in Saturday’s US Open final. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADUS Open champion Sloane Stephens said she wished her US Open final triumph over close friend Madison Keys could have been a draw rather than the rout it turned out to be.Stephens, the world number 83, raced to a 6-3, 6-0 victory over her 15th seeded American compatriot in just over an hour.ADVERTISEMENT Both women embraced at the net before sitting next to each other courtside as they waited for the post-match ceremony to start.“Maddy is one of my best friends, if not my best friend on tour and I told her I would not have wanted to play anybody else,” said the 24-year-old.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“It’s a special moment. I said to her that I wished it could have been a draw.“If the situation was the other way around, Maddy would have said the same thing. It’s incredible. It’s what true friendship is all about.” NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View commentslast_img read more