Olympics 2020 set to break new record – gender equality

first_imgNEW YORK, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is on track for a new record – having an almost equal number of female and male athletes for the first time, the International Committee (IOC) announced yesterday. The percentage of female athletes competing at the Olympics in Japan in July is expected to rise to nearly 49% – from 34% in 1996, according to a statement from the IOC.The IOC said it is committed to reaching full gender parity for the 2024 Paris Olympics.“It has been more of a marathon than a sprint, but female Olympians are at last catching their male counterparts in the numbers game,” the IOC said in a statement. The announcement is part of the international sports organization’s greater push for women’s rights.This month the IOC announced that it will have full gender representation across all 206 teams and change its rules to allow one male and one female athlete to jointly carry their flag during the Opening Ceremony.It has also taken a leadership role in the U.N. Women’s Sports For Generation Equality Initiative, which aims to advance gender equality in and through sports. Women’s advocacy groups applauded the IOC move.“When it comes to equity and inclusion in sports, the world has come a long way, but we still have a long way to go,” the Women’s Sports Foundation, a nonprofit focused on female involvement in sports, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “The IOC’s announcement is warranted and encouraging; it signals great progress toward the ultimate goal of full equality in the Olympic Games, which continues to be a long journey.”But news of gender equality milestones were marred by growing concerns over whether the Tokyo Olympics will be cancelled as world health officials advise against large gatherings in order to contain the coronavirus. Japan has more than 1,000 cases of the virus, resulting in 16 deaths as of Tuesday. Globally there are more than 100,000 confirmed cases and 3,600 deaths.Olympic organizers dismissed speculation that the Tokyo Summer Games could be canceled at a briefing last week.However, the torch lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia, Greece, will be held without spectators after organizers on Monday introduced tighter measures to protect against the virus.last_img read more

Wins for Athenry and Killimordaly in Senior B Hurling Championship

first_imgNiall Canavan reports Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/ATHENRY+V+CARNMORE+FT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Meanwhile, Killimordaly beat Abbeyknockmoy by 2-19 to 0-16 in Duggan ParkTommy Devane ReportsAudio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/KILLIMORDALY+V+ABBEYKNOCKMOY+FT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The action continues this afternoon and this evening in the County Senior and Intermediate Hurling Championships. In the Senior B Hurling Championships Athenry were 2-18 to 0-11 winners over Carnmore in Turloughmore.last_img read more

Additional Closings Occuring at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

first_imgShare This!©Rikki NiblettSo, in my earlier article today, I mentioned how Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show was closing, as well as a few other things on the Streets of America. At the time, I was unaware of what would be removed, but according to the Orlando Sentinel, it’s actually quite a list of attractions that will no longer be available for Guests to experience beginning April 2.In addition to the stunt show, the Earful Tower, a staple and icon for the park, will be removed. (Though no official dates has been announced for the removal of the park’s landmark.)Other attractions that are closing on April 2 will be the Honey I Shrunk The Kids Movie Set Adventure (which needed to go, a minimum of 10 years ago) and the Monsters Inc. meet and greet. Also slated to close will be the Studios Catering Co., a counter service restaurant found in the back of the park.Again, as I mentioned before, I am sure that more news will be coming out here soon about other closures and removals as we move toward expansion of the park, so I’ll make sure to keep you posted!last_img read more

October 25, 2019: My Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News

first_imgMy answers to why accessible websites are so hard to build are: it’s not built in from the beginning of the process and team members aren’t aware/familiar with how to create accessible websites. What do you believe is the reason?Did you know cartoons are now incorporating accessibility best practices to be more inclusive? Scott Vinkle explains how Peppa Pig’s embedding audio descriptions in each of their episodes benefits all young children.WordPressThe second release candidate for WordPress 5.3 is now available for download and testing. As usual, you don’t want to test the release candidate on a production site.Join us at our November 21, 2019 West Metro Detroit WordPress meetup when Cliff Nowicki presents Bringing Over Adobe XD Assets into Divi. Not surprised to learn that GoDaddy will now offer an eCommerce tier for managed WordPress hosting to customers, partnering with WooCmmerce.Wondering what the upcoming WordPress 5.3 release will include? Two of the top features people are talking about are all the Gutenberg improvements as well as the new default theme: Twenty Twenty. A curated list of WordPress themes in the repository happened once before. It didn’t go well. It’s back for a second try, with a few changes. CSS and HTMLWhen HJ Chen created and styled a basic chat interface using Flexbox and box alignment properties, they discovered auto margins were a better alternative to justify-content for displaying margins. Read about box alignment and overflow to learn their solution. In their 25 Days of CSS Journey on CodePen, Tee Diang set a challenge to learn CSS animations in 20 of the 25 days. Instead, they spent the entire 25 days coding CSS animations. Discover what tools and process Diang used to teach themselves motion design with CSS in 25 days.With this week’s release of Firefox 70, you’ll find secure password generation, new options for styling underlines, inactive CSS rules indicator, and many more helpful features.Now this is a fun way to describe the difference between HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, using a house as an analogy. What I Found InterestingFrom stock images to icons to mockups, you’ll find all kinds of helpful free design resources in this collection from Web Designer Depot.Did you know October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in the United States? Here are seven tips to keep you safe when you’re online. My favorite tip? Use multi-factor authentication. Can you draw a perfect circle in this online game? Seems I can’t, but I came close with a 94.5% score. If you like what you’ve read today, share the post with your colleagues and friends.Want to make sure you don’t miss out on updates? Subscribe to get notified when new posts are published.Did I miss some resources you found this week? I’d love to see them! Post them in the comments below.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedOctober 18, 2019: My Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how UX design can close the gaps between people, find six things to check accessibility on every website, discover why you want to provide a viable experience, not an identical experience for different browsers, and more. If you’re new…In “Web design & development links”October 4, 2019: My Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll discover how to summarize qualitative user research, learn about a free 24-hour virtual inclusive design conference, discover how to create a masonry layout with flexbox, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting…In “Web design & development links”November 8, 2019: My Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to create online experiences that work well for older people, find a recap of the annual WordPress State of the Word, discover new underline CSS properties, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish…In “Web design & development links” Lessons learned from the California power cuts highlights how organizations can better prepare their websites to manage emergency situations. Make key information easy to navigate.When confronted by uncertainty, the first instinct of most people is to do a web search. In her UX101: Complete Guide to In-Person User Research, Sarah Kahn explains the what, why, when, and how of conducting user research and how to analyze results and report to stakeholders.AccessibilityCreating accessible digital products and services is the responsibility of everyone on the team, not only one person. Learn what designers, developers, content writers and others can offer in this role by role guide for digital teams by Perkins Access.If you’re looking for a job in the accessibility field, this post by Raghavendra Satish Peri offers a slew of resources and tips to help you find a job in digital accessibility. I agree with his tip for connecting with people in the community, either on Twitter or email lists.What alternatives to post-its can you offer?How do we make design more accessible? Not everyone can see and interact with a lot of post-it’s, in a room with a lot of people – “Too many of our methods exclude too many people. We need to change this.” @operanomad #a11yscotland— Fern Williams (@fern_rae) October 25, 2019 User ExperienceAre you planning to switch your career to user experience? Meghan Wenzel offers advice on how to learn more about the user experience field and connect with UX professionals. For longtime readers of this blog, you won’t be surprised I agree with their recommendation to attend local meetups. When Nielsen Norman Group recently researched users 65 years and older, they discovered three major changes in how they use technology compared to seniors they first researched nearly 20 years ago. Takeaway: understand who you’re designing for.center_img In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how organizations can better prepare their sites for emergency situations, discover what features will be in the upcoming WordPress 5.3 release, find out the differences between HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML posts I’ve read in the past week.Hope you find the resources helpful in your work or projects!Want more resources like these on a daily basis? Follow me @redcrew on Twitter.Tweet of the WeekMe, writing an email:I’m using an exclamation point so you know I’m friendly and excited! But now I’m using a period so that you know I’m not crazy. Here’s another sentence with a period as a buffer, proving my normalness. Thanks so much!— Grace Segers (@Grace_Segers) October 24, 2019last_img read more

Brand South Africa Plays its Part for further education

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 16 January 2014 – Brand South Africa will on Friday this week award bursaries to two students from the Lekoa Shandu Secondary School in Sharpeville to further their studies in marketing and communications at the North West University.The students are Thandeka Dlamini and Palesa Mphache and were amongst the Class of 2013 top performers at the school.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said, “Brand South Africa is delighted to play its part in supporting the further education of two students who have played their part to qualify for further education opportunities.  We congratulate them on their outstanding matric results and wish them well as they enter another phase of their lives – tertiary education.”“We look forward to their contribution to our country and its development once they have completed their studies.  We urge the Class of 2014 to remain committed to preparing for their final examinations at the end of the year so that they too can access further education and training opportunities,” concluded Mr Matola.Media are invited to attend as follows:Date   :      Friday, 17 January 2014Venue :      Lekoa – Shandu Secondary School, Sharpeville(See map and location documents attached or visit https://plus.google.com/108641582336982088390/about?gl=za&hl=en#108641582336982088390/about?gl=za&hl=en )Time  :      09h00 – 10h30RSVP   :    Fikile MakhobaEmail: FikileM@brandsouthafrica.comMobile: 082 404 4856Programme for Brand SA Bursary AwardProgramme Director: Mr K. I. MokoenaOpening prayerPastor M.J. RamotaleWelcomeMrs M.A. RasegoeleDistrict RepresentativeMr E.M. Sinxezi (IDSO)Former MatriculantMr Thabo MajakeIntroduction of guestsMs M.M MogotsiOffice of the PresidentBursary AwardsBrand SAAcknowledgement of bursariesMr M. LchokoVote of thanksMr NgaloNote to editorsAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.Follow Brand South Africa  @Brand_SA(https://twitter.com/Brand_SA)Tell us how you Play Your Parthttp://www.playyourpart.co.za/tellus-someone@PlayyourpartSA#DoBest  For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Fikile MakhobaEmail: FikileM@brandsouthafrica.comMobile: 071 155 9192Email: Fikilem@brandsouthafrica.com Endslast_img read more

Retail Crime in Los Angeles

first_img“Crime is up.” “How should I protect my employees and customers from increasing violence?” “More and more shoplifting incidents escalate into physical assaults.”Comments or questions of this nature have certainly increased in frequency within the retail environment in the past two years or so. Is it just retail though? Certainly not. I have encountered similar statements in my work with the banking, restaurant, and other industries. We may not get to the bottom of all of this until experts study the situation in retrospect. The one thing we can do now is better understand the nature of these new trends and how different areas of the country are affected. Most importantly, how are your stores affected? Let’s start with a nationwide perspective.The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) reported upward trends in violent crimes in the United States in 2015 and 2016, following many years of declining patterns. Property crimes, on the other hand, continued to decline at the nationwide level. A closer look at some of the regional statistics shows that these trends vary fairly significantly across the country. For instance, the District of Columbia was subject to an 8.6 percent increase in larceny-theft even though the FBI reported an overall decrease for the nation. While law enforcement trends began to emerge, media reports sounded the alarm about crime increases for many cities across the country. Some reports were supported by factual information, but many were somewhat sensationalized and often misleading. What does all this mean? Well, the results are mixed. It is not clear that we have reached a floor and that crime rates are heading back up nationwide. It is important to examine local and regional trends to determine exactly what is going on. It does seem clear, though, that the old, decades-long narrative of endlessly falling crime rates may need to be updated.- Sponsor – Fiction versus Fact: A Closer Look at DataIn addition to changing crime trends, new crime-reporting practices have emerged. Police departments began making more comprehensive crime statistics available to the public. Chicago, Baltimore, and Houston are just some examples of agencies that provide access to impressive data portals. They are shifting from displaying aggregate information for a city or a district to providing address-specific data. Incident date, time, precise crime designation, and even premises-type information are becoming increasingly available. Some of it can be accessed through online portals, while one must submit an official data request in other jurisdictions. It is important for the retail industry to take advantage of this information and conduct address-specific and retail-specific assessments. Each issue within this series will examine a different city, and the individual analyses will be customized to data available for that location. The goal is to provide you with information that will allow for informed benchmarking of crime at your stores against what your peers may be experiencing.Why Los Angeles?Los Angeles, the second-most populous city in the United States, has been the subject of many conversations among retailers, with many concerned about recent upward crime trends. Proposition 47, an initiative that reduced certain felonies to misdemeanors, is often mentioned in the context of these debates. It was passed in California in November 2014 and, according to many, resulted in unintended, negative consequences. This article looks at retail crime trends before and after the institution of Proposition 47, but there are a multitude of factors at play. We cannot make a definitive causal determination of Proposition 47’s impact.The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is one of the agencies that has made comprehensive, site-specific crime statistics available to the public, and that is another reason why that particular city in California was chosen to open this series of assessments. CAP Index’s analytics team obtained 2011–2017 LAPD crime data from an online portal. Premises-type information allowed crimes reported at retail locations, including department stores, gas stations, and liquor stores, to be subsetted from all other offenses. We cannot take responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of this information, but we found it to be valuable in this high-level assessment of retail crime trends.“The Unintended Consequences of California’s Proposition 47 on Retail Theft” PodcastBefore we get into the findings of the analysis, I would like to highlight an EyeOnLP podcast from the December 2017 edition of LPM Online, which provided some excellent observations regarding Proposition 47 and recent retail crime trends in Los Angeles.Aaron MorenoThe podcast featured Aaron Moreno, senior director of government relations for the California Grocers Association, and Bill Williams, retired captain with LAPD and also a founding member of the Los Angeles Area Organized Retail Crimes Association (LAAORCA). Also on the panel was Loren Naiman who retired in January 2017 from his last assignment in the Post Conviction Litigation and Discovery Division of the Office of the Los Angeles County District Attorney. Finally, Karl Langhorst, CPP, CFI, rounded out the panel of experts with his experience as a retail practitioner, former corporate director of loss prevention for the Kroger Co., and currently executive vice president of ALTO US.The panel started by describing the background of Proposition 47, which was intended to reduce crowding in California’s overwhelmed prisons and provide treatment rather than jail time to qualifying drug offenders. However, the experts quickly moved on to highlight some of the unintended consequences of the new measure that, according to them, contributed to concerning changes in criminal behavior. One of the initiative’s main effects is conversion of many nonviolent offenses, including shoplifting, from felonies to misdemeanors.Karl Langhost“Since the passage of Proposition 47 in California, many retailers have experienced a steady increase of both shoplifting and organized retail crime in their stores. This increase of incidents not only has impacted retailers’ profitability but also, more importantly, has created an influx of recidivist offenders that are more brazen and, in many cases, more hostile to store employees who are trying to deter their criminal activity,” said Langhorst.“Since 2014, we have seen a significant increase in both incidents and in the value of cases as it became known that no matter how many times you’re caught-so long as you stay under $950-you’ll get a citation to show up in court,” added Moreno.Bill WilliamsThe experts talked about the phenomenon of decriminalizing shoplifting with more and more offenders seeing this crime as low risk and high reward. Moreno compared the punishment for these newly established misdemeanor offenses to “a slap on the wrist.” Williams highlighted the fact that there’s even been a shift in shoplifting offender types, with gangs getting more and more engaged in retail theft because they realize that the penalty is now significantly lower.Loren NaimanFinally, Naiman provided his prosecutor’s perspective and stated, “Since Prop 47 was voted into law in 2014, more than 13,500 prisoners were released to the streets, and another 200,000 felony convictions were retroactively made misdemeanors. The real question is whether or not this is a net positive or an extreme negative for the community. And the bottom line is that there are clearly people who should be in jail and are now out.”A lot of very strong and concerning statements were made throughout the podcast, and they echo comments of many retailers with stores in the area. It is evident that all panelists share serious concerns about the potential negative effects of Proposition 47, including upward crime trends and changes in criminal behavior, as well as criminals’ perceptions of the penal system. Let’s shift to results of the LAPD crime analysis to see what is in the data.Shoplifting Trends in Los AngelesThe shoplifting category provided by LAPD is divided into two groups: shoplifting-grand theft ($950.01 and over) and shoplifting-petty theft ($950.00 and under). This breakdown corresponds to the misdemeanor dividing line adopted by Proposition 47 and should be helpful for putting the trends into the perspective of this controversial measure.As is clearly evident in the graphs, both grand theft and petty theft shoplifting have gone up at Los Angeles retail locations in the past few years. Both are relatively flat from 2011 to 2013, followed by large increases through 2016 when the numbers either leveled off or decreased. While both types of shoplifting have increased over the last few years, the magnitude of these changes differs for the two. Grand theft shoplifting went up by 64.3 percent in 2014 versus 2013 and then by another 54.5 percent in 2015 versus 2014. Petty theft, on the other hand, increased by 25.3 percent in 2014 and by 26.4 percent in 2015 when compared to the previous years. Clearly, grand theft increases were more substantial than those for petty theft.A similar assessment was conducted for individual retail segments included within the aggregate retail category. The vast majority of them show upward trends in both grand theft and petty theft shoplifting that follow patterns similar to those reported above. However, there are several categories that differ. For instance, while petty theft shows a drop in 2017 for the aggregate retail group, several retail segments, including cell phone stores, gas stations, liquor stores, and mini-mart locations, continue to show an increase in 2017. Gas stations, for example, reported 71.6 percent more petty thefts in 2017 when compared to 2016, and mini-mart stores show a 64.3 percent increase. Drug stores show a distinctive trend as well. Petty theft shoplifting for drug stores went up by 73.4 percent in 2012 and by 17.0 percent in 2014 but began a consistent downward trend over the course of the next three years.Clearly, there are different patterns for various retail subgroups. However, in aggregate, a marked upward trend in both petty theft and grand theft began in 2014. Did Proposition 47 have an impact? Is increased reporting involved? Did data collection and recording practices change over time? Did organized retail crime skyrocket in Los Angeles? Our study does not allow us to disentangle the causal relationships underlying these upward trends. However, the bottom line is that shoplifting is up for most retail segments. What about other retail crimes in Los Angeles?In order to provide a more well-rounded view of retail crime in Los Angeles, let’s take a look at trends for offenses other than shoplifting. Some of the comments made during the aforementioned podcast touched on the fact that retail criminals are getting more confrontational and violent.“And you’re starting to see more cases of these thieves becoming more brazen where now workers are in danger. We’ve had incidents here in California where we’ve had some workers assaulted. Last summer, there was a security officer who was killed trying to stop somebody from taking stuff from a store,” said Moreno.“During the past two years, we’ve seen officers shot and wounded and killed by veteran felons who were on the street in times when previously they would have been in custody,” added Naiman. In support of these assertions, you can see some large violent crime increases in the data. Whether this is all due to increased offending or whether it relates to changes in data collection or recording practices remains to be determined.Aggravated assault, other assault, and robbery all went up over the last couple of years. Retail robberies went from 919 in 2011 to 1,752 in 2017, which represents a 90.6 percent increase. Aggravated assaults show an even more extreme upward shift with a 143.8 percent increase from 2011 to 2017. Finally, all other assaults show a 75.8 percent increase. The exact nature of these increases needs to be investigated.Property crimes, on the other hand, show a bit of a mixed trend. Burglary counts fluctuate across the study period, although the last two years show a consistent increase. Fraud and forgery incidents went up significantly in 2015 followed by a downward trend over the next two years. Other retail thefts, meaning any theft incidents not included in the shoplifting categories, actually show a continuous decrease over the last six years. Vandalism is the one property-crime category that most closely mimics shoplifting and crimes-against-persons trends. Again, changes in data collection and recording practices may play a role in these changes.What Does All This Mean? Next Steps.While nationwide crime trends are more ambiguous, there’s a clearer picture for Los Angeles. Retail crime appears to be up, and regardless of the reasons behind this trend, it requires collaboration among retailers, law enforcement, and other experts to determine the best ways to address this issue. Recording and reporting practices, organized retail crime, and potentially increased offending in general may play some role in these concerning trends, but we cannot discount the potential impact of Proposition 47. Based on the persuasive comments made by experts on the “The Unintended Consequences of California’s Proposition 47 on Retail Theft” podcast, stakeholders should address some of the controversial aspects of the ballot initiative.In fact, recently a coalition of retailers, prosecutors, and law enforcement formed the California Public Safety Partnership program. The group is sponsoring a new ballot measure to modify Proposition 47 to correct the negative outcomes of the original initiative. As Moreno said, the only way to amend a ballot initiative in California is by way of another ballot initiative. The “Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2018” is currently collecting signatures for inclusion on the November 2018 ballot. One of the changes proposed is to charge a felony for theft of $250 or more after two previous misdemeanor thefts. The goal, among other things, is to make prosecuting these cases more effective and to take repeat offenders off the streets.Finally, a lot more can be done with the data used for this high-level assessment. Temporal and spatial analyses can be conducted to determine various “hot spots” across the city. Even more questions could be answered with information collected directly from retailers. While data used in this analysis could be considered a representative sample, some offenses may not get reported to LAPD. Therefore, this assessment could be telling only one side of the story. Bridging the gap between actual crime and reported crime is key to understanding the true magnitude of the issue and determining the optimal response to it.[SIDEBAR] Proposition 47Proposition 47, the ballot initiative passed by California voters on November 4, 2014, reduces certain drug possession felonies to misdemeanors. It also requires misdemeanor sentencing for petty theft, receiving stolen property, and forging/writing bad checks when the amount involved is $950 or less. (Source: cdcr.ca.gov/news)[SIDEBAR] FBI: Uniform Crime ReportingIn 2015, an estimated 1,197,704 violent crimes occurred nationwide, an increase of 3.9 percent from the 2014 estimate.In 2016, an estimated 1,248,185 violent crimes occurred nationwide, an increase of 4.1 percent from the 2015 estimate.Property CrimeIn 2015, there were an estimated 7,993,631 property crime offenses in the nation. Property crime offenses declined 2.6 percent in 2015 when compared with the 2014 estimate.In 2016, there were an estimated 7,919,035 property crime offenses in the nation. Property crime offenses declined 1.3 percent in 2016 when compared with the 2015 estimate.Source: https://ucr. i.gov Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

How We’ll Get Beyond the Emoticon

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Emoome also shows your dominant types over time. This can reveal shifts around major life events, which is powerful to look back on after the fact. Here’s a segment of Novak’s word type map from his presentation, “The Secret Lives of Words & Brains,” which he annotated to show what happened to him during this period: There’s a sarcasm font. It’s brilliant, actually. Reversed italics, slanted left instead of right, perfectly conveys the tone of sarcasm. But sarcasm is practically the default state of online communication. What about the rest of the spectrum of human emotions?The trouble is that a text-based medium strips our messages of the subtleties we use to interpret each other’s meaning in the real world. The subtexts of our words are audible and visible in person. When we’re talking online, we don’t have those clues. Two people can type the same words and mean completely different things. Hilarity ensues. We can’t yet rely on machines to compensate for this. Natural language processing is getting pretty good at identifying topics, interests, even demographics, but it’s helpless at interpretation. Semantic algorithms are made of grammar rules, but there are no rules for emotions.Brennan Novak, an actor and self-taught hacker, has built a Web app called Emoome to try to solve this problem with a different approach. “Language is so nebulous,” Novak says. “Symbols can be interpreted so vastly differently.” So Emoome asks users to feed it words and feelings, and it turns those into emotional maps they can use to understand themselves better. Eventually, Emoome will let us share, compare and understand each other’s emotional profiles.“Understanding collisions between people” is a lifelong project for Novak, online and offline. He says it’s just his style to navigate emotional conversations with a map in hand. People’s feelings can be rough seas, and Novak has found that good charts can defend against shipwrecks. “It’s a kind of therapy,” he says. “Emotional mapping for communication gives you a more tangible tool than the abstract gray matter of your brain.”Emoomeemo – a complex psychophysiological experience of an individual’s state of mind as interacting with biochemical (internal) and environmental (external) influencesome – as used in biology, refers to a totality of some sortThe first step in Emoome’s development is just for tracking the self. You quickly build up a meaningful history just by entering descriptions of your mood a few moments a day. Recording a feeling progresses in three screens. The first asks, “How do you feel right now?”, and you answer with one word. Next it asks, “What is one thing you did today?”, and you can enter a word or phrase. The final screen asks you to describe that one thing in three words.It only takes a few entries before you have a map of your emotional tendencies, which you can view on the desktop site. Novak arrived at six linguistic categories, which he developed in on-paper experiments testing the basic idea of Emoome with people: physical, action, descriptor, sensory, intellectual and emotional. Each type has a color, and the interface uses size to show the relative importance of the types.Each user gets an overall language type chart. Here’s mine: The app currently also logs location data for each entry, if you give it permission. You don’t have to enable location for each entry. Emoome doesn’t do anything with location yet, but that’s just one of many ways Novak plans to expand the scope of it.Eventually, Novak wants Emoome to incorporate relationships. Imagine two people having a text-based online conversation. Emoome can compare the emotional profiles of these two people, because of its emotional graph of the words they use, and give them cues as to the meaning and intent behind their words. Novak has successfully used tangible, external maps as guides for difficult conversations, and Emoome is a project to put that tool online.But before Novak opens Emoome beyond the individual, he’s building careful privacy rules. “I want it to stay as locked down and private as possible” before adding the comparative aspect, he says. But after determining how to handle these sensitive entries, he can use the data inside them to build useful emotional profiles for people. He wants to be able to connect them to social networks like Twitter and Facebook to add emotional richness to those profiles.He’d also like to make the data available to researchers. By then, Emoome will hopefully have such rich graphs of emotion that we will be able to build more understanding of emotions right into the software.Think About How You ThinkWe have no body language online. We’ve worked around this problem by using emoticons and other novel punctuation, and social networks have given us a few blunt gestures we can use tacitly. Those tricks refine the language of typing, but they don’t cross the Uncanny Valley into the more human-readable, in-person world.Some apps have started to collect emotional data, but so many of them are framed in a ceaselessly positive light. They ask users to share things they “like” or “love” and award hearts and gold stars to everything. When Novak first started tracking his emotional language, he found that “sad” was his most common word. But, he stresses, that’s not a bad thing. If we’re going to get better at communicating online, we have to start by reflecting honestly on ourselves.You can check out Emoome at emoo.me and on Twitter @projectemoome.Bonus material: Check out this old-school RWW story, Feel Good: Top 10 Mood Apps and Visualizers, from July 2007. Some of them still exist, more or less.Here’s Brennan Novak’s slideshow about the project, The Secret Lives of Words & Brains:The Secret Lives of Words & BrainsLead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts center_img Tags:#Social Web#web jon mitchell Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

7 marketing and promotion tactics to get your content discovered

first_imgIt’s no secret a well-executed content marketing campaign can deliver a solid return on investment.According to Demand Metric, content marketing generates three times more leads than most outbound marketing strategies at 62 percent less cost.As marketers pad their budgets with more money to invest in content marketing this year, one strategy that often gets overlooked is content promotion.According to a survey by the Content Marketing Institute, 55 percent of B2B marketers were not even sure what a successful content marketing campaign looked like!Content without promotion is like link building without links or creating a landing page without a call to action. That’s why promotion should take equal focus with creation.Let’s look at seven tried-and-true content promotion strategies that will drive traffic to your content and website.[Read the full article on Search Engine Land.]From our sponsors: 7 marketing and promotion tactics to get your content discovered Posted on 15th March 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital Marketing7 marketing and promotion tactics to get your content discovered 7 marketing and promotion tactics to get your content discoveredYou are here: Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

Pioli: ‘Milan can learn from this’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Stefano Pioli believes Milan can learn a great deal from their 2-2 draw with Lecce. “I saw positives, but we should’ve closed the game earlier.” The Coach saw his debut on the Rossoneri bench, and also his birthday, ruined by a stoppage-time Marco Calderoni screamer in this 2-2 draw. There was progress, as both Milan goals were from open play, as many as throughout Marco Giampaolo’s seven games in charge. “I struggled a little with players who I used to work with, Babacar and Calderoni,” Pioli told Sky Sport Italia. “It’s a pity, there were positives, but we wanted the win and didn’t get it because of our mistakes. I saw some good moves, quality and spirit, but if you leave the game open, you can have a nasty surprise at the end. “Milan players are well aware of their capabilities and the fact they are wearing a prestigious jersey. They will be able to judge their own performances and we’ll analyse them carefully, but in a way we paid for our generosity, as we ran after the ball and didn’t keep an eye on other players. I think we had deserved to win it. “Some of the positions we took were positive, others not so much. We tried to build from the back with a three-man defence, but that can change with a different opponent such as Roma next week. “After only a few days of training, I did see some of the ideas we had worked on and that bodes well for the future, even if there is a lot of work to be done. “I had hoped for a gift this evening for my birthday, but I saw some good things and I hope we can learn from these mistakes.” The equaliser for 2-2 was a ferocious Calderoni strike, but Pioli pointed to issues in the build-up. “We lacked a little collaboration on the final equaliser. Calderoni hit it well, but we had several opportunities to close that Lecce move earlier and if we had, we’d be here talking about a deserved victory. “In the Press conference yesterday, I was asked many questions about how I found the team. I tell you after this match, there are many positives. The big error was that a side like Milan has to kill games off. We could’ve even held on for 2-1 and kicked it out of play rather than misplace those passes. “This match will help us learn a great deal, for what we did and what we should’ve done. On the penalty, there were too many of us going after the ball and we left gaps. We weren’t set out well at all.” Rafael Leao started the match and was replaced by Krzysztof Piatek, but will we see them play together for Milan? “I think Leao and Piatek can play together when overall we are a more balanced team and I have a better idea of their characteristics. “I replaced Leao because the medic told me he had a slight muscular issue and we didn’t want to risk any further damage, while Paqueta also seemed tired.”last_img read more

16 days agoScotland coach Clarke snaps at Redknapp over Robertson claims

first_imgScotland coach Clarke snaps at Redknapp over Robertson claimsby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSteve Clarke has dismissed claims from former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp that Andrew Robertson is being hurt by Scotland’s lack of quality. Redknapp last night highlighted how the Scotland captain had struggled to impose his usual game during his country’s Euro 2020 qualifying defeats to Russia and Belgium in the last international break.Ahead of this week’s Group I games against Russia and San Marino, Scotland boss Clarke has snapped back at Redknapp.“If I go down the route of answering one pundit then I have to answer every single pundit who comes out with something that they’re paid to say,” said Clarke.”He’s a paid pundit, he’s got his opinion and Jamie also has a Liverpool connection so maybe he’s tried to protect Andy a little bit.”But Andy is a big boy. He doesn’t need protecting. Every time I name a squad Andy is the first to reply, ‘When is it gaffer? I’ll see you there!’.“So I’m not going to go down the route of talking about every pundit who has something bad to say about the national team.”The only way to stop them saying bad things is to start winning games. I don’t hide from that fact.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more