Spencer/Columbus Rolls to 4-1 Start

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first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSPENCER – The Spencer/Columbus Catholic football team took another big step toward a WIAA postseason berth with a 60-14 pounding of Cadott in a Cloverbelt Conference matchup Friday night at Spencer High School.Mitch Susa rushed for 181 yards and four first-half touchdowns to lead the Rockets in the rout.Spencer/Columbus is now 4-1 overall and in the Cloverbelt Conference, and needs to win just one of its final three conference games to qualify for the WIAA playoffs. Cadott is now 1-4 overall and in the conference.Tyler Voda added 112 yards on the ground for Spencer/Columbus, which had 467 yards rushing and only threw the ball twice the entire game as it was gaining 12.6 yards per rush attempt.Freshman Hunter Luepke had 80 yards on just four carries, including a 59-yard touchdown run late, and Noah Zastrow returned an interception for a touchdown for the second straight week. Austin Post also returned an interception for a score for the Rockets.Spencer/Columbus will play Eau Claire Regis (4-1, 3-1 Cloverbelt) on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Beell Stadium in Marshfield at 1 p.m. for Columbus Catholic High School’s homecoming game.Rockets 60, Hornets 14Cadott 0 0 0 14 – 14Spencer/Columbus 24 16 14 6 – 60First QuarterSC – Mitch Susa 48 run (Susa run), 9:09.SC – Susa 30 run (Susa run), 5:42.SC – Susa 31 run (Calvin Lenz run), 2:54.Second QuarterSC – Susa 6 run (Lenz run), 8:03.SC – Lenz 12 run (Ryan Busse pass from Lenz), 4:02.Third QuarterSC – Noah Zastrow 79 interception return (Busse pass from Lenz), 11:46.SC – Austin Post interception return (Hunter Luepke kick), 4:02.Fourth QuarterC – Brett McChensey 7 run (pass failed), 11:03.SC – Luepke 59 run (kick failed), 8:34.C – Dominick Grimm 4 run (Brady Ryan pass from Grimm), 2:27.Team StatisticsFirst downs: Cadott 5; Spencer/Columbus 17.Rushing (att-yards): Cadott 26-93; Spencer/Columbus 37-467.Passing (comp-att-yards-int): Cadott 13-21-96-3; Spencer/Columbus 1-2-26-0.Penalties (no.-yards): Cadott 3-25; Spencer/Columbus 5-60.Fumbles (total-lost): Cadott 0-0; Spencer/Columbus 0-0.Individual StatisticsRushing: C, No. 21 (no name provided) 11-37, Brett McChensey 3-27, Shawn Sedlaeck 2-12, Dominick Grimm 5-11, Quinn Sikora 2-7, Matt Drilling 1-1, W. Henry 1-0, No. 2 (no name provided) 1-minus 2. SC, Mitch Susa 8-181, Tyler Voda 8-112, Hunter Luepke 4-80, Noah Zastrow 2-49, Hunter Hildebrandt 4-15, Calvin Lenz 5-13, No. 36 (no name provided) 5-11, Nate Nuemann 1-6.Passing: C, Grimm 7-8-77-1, Brady Ryan 6-13-19-2. SC, Lenz 1-2-26-0.Receiving: C, McChensey 6-23, Sedlaeck 4-40, No. 24 (no name provided) 1-20, Ezra Michael 1-15, Jake Holum 1-minus 2. SC, Matthias Goiin 1-26.Interceptions (defense): SC, Dan Wilke, Zastrow, Austin Post.Punting: C, Grimm 4-33.8. SC, none.Records: Cadott 1-4 overall and Cloverbelt East. Spencer/Columbus 4-1 overall and Cloverbelt East.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of read more

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SA tackles climate change

By on December 19, 2019

first_img7 June 2007The goverment is finalising a greenhouse gas inventory which will inform South Africa’s first ever long-term national climate policy.“This process will outline the range of ambitious but realistic scenarios of future climate action, notably long-term emissions scenarios and their cost implications,” Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk told the National Assembly in Cape Town this week.The policy is expected to be published in 2008/09.Delivering his department’s budget vote, Van Schalkwyk said the policy recognised the need for integrated government planning, which was currently being carried out through a body called the national climate change committee.He added that various national departments, provinces and cities were refining their plans in line with the national climate change strategy, which would eventually culminate in a national adaptation plan.According to Van Schalkwyk, nature-based tourism and wildlife were cited as key attractions by about 30% of South Africa’s international visitors.“With tourism contributing just over 8% to our GDP [gross domestic product], the economic impact of climate change on tourism could be very large indeed,” he said.“Globally, by mid-century, 20% to 30% of plant and animal species are likely to be at increased risk of extinction as a result of climate change.”The intergovernmental panel of climate change has also indicated that between 25% and 40% of animal species in national parks in sub-Saharan Africa would become threatened.“South African fynbos and the succulent Karoo ecosystem seem particularly vulnerable, and for a mean global temperature increase of between 2º and 3ºC during this century, we stand to lose between 50% and 65% of our unique fynbos,” Van Schalkwyk said.“In order to conserve our magnificent heritage and key environmental assets, and ensure that these are passed on intact to the children and grandchildren of our nation, and indeed the world, we have to recognise that our knowledge base is incomplete.”He added that his department would focus on enhancing research on the impacts of climate change on key environmental assets and biodiversity management on land and in oceans.This would in turn inform ecosystem planning, biodiversity management, the management of marine resources, park management and climate change adaptive plans.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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SA a proud nation: survey

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first_imgThe survey, conducted in November and December by the Centre for International and Comparative Politics at the University of Stellenbosch and market research company Markinor, involved 3 000 face-to-face interviews of people across the country, conducted in six of SA’s 11 official languages.The lead researcher for World Values Survey SA, Dr Hennie Kotze, attributed the results to the positive socio-economic trends South Africa had experienced over the last five years.The survey also found that South Africans’ confidence in state institutions had increased by 11% over the previous survey – although around 40% of respondents said the government was doing “very badly” when it came to handling crime.Political system, democracyThe survey also focused on the system governing the country. People were asked to rate the political system as it was under apartheid, the current political system, and the political system expected in the future on a 10-point scale, with 1 being “very bad” and 10 being “very good”. While black South Africans were the most positive about the current and future political systems, white, coloured and Indian South Africans were more positive than negative, with an average of more than 5 out of 10.The survey also showed that South Africans regard democracy as very important: on average, the survey respondents gave democracy a score of 8.7 out of 10 for importance. When asked to what extent South Africa was a democracy today, the respondents answered on average 7.4 out of reporterlast_img read more

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More Than 93 Million Received Golden Globe Tweets [GRAPHIC]

By on December 16, 2019

first_imgdave copeland Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Tags:#twitter#web center_img TweetReach is reporting that 93.7 million individual Twitter accounts received a message about the Golden Globe awards between 5 and 8 p.m. Sunday night, more than triple last year’s reach on the microblogging Web site.The reach makes it the biggest event ever analyzed by TweetReach, which measures the impact of Twitter in a wide range of news an entertainment events. Tina Fey’s photobombing of Amy Poehler during the presentation of the best actress award was one of the most tweeted moments of last night’s Golden Globes, and Zooey Deschanel’s tweet about her wardrobe was the most retweeted message related to the event.The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which presents the awards, and mhCarter Consulting partnered with TweetReach to analyze all tweets related to last night’s award show. Glee mentions were down from last year, and Ricky Gervais, in his third year as host, saw his influence on Twitter down from previous years.“Perhaps this is because he was so unexpectedly rude and hilarious last year, that there was no way to top it this year,” said TweetReach founder Jenn Deering Davis. “He was funny, but mostly meh.”TweetReach has put together the following infographic highlighting all of last night’s Golden Globe Twitter activity: The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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How Frontend Developers Can Help To Bridge The Gap Between Designers And Developers

By on December 15, 2019

first_img HomeWeb DesignHow Frontend Developers Can Help To Bridge The Gap Between Designers And Developers (Image credits: Mordillo find them) (Large preview)Still, you may be thinking:“What if there simply is no noticeable system of font sizes and spacings in the design?”Well, good point! Experience has shown me that it can help to start a conversation with the designer(s) by asking for clarification rather than radically starting to change things on your own and creating unwanted surprises for the designer(s) later.Learn Basic Typographic And Design RulesAs Oliver Reichenstein states in one of his articles, 95% of the information on the web is written language. Therefore, typography plays a vital role not only in web design but also in development. Understanding basic terms and concepts of typography can help you communicate more effectively with designers, and will also make you more versatile as a developer. I recommend reading Oliver’s article as he elaborates the importance of typography on the web and explains terms such as micro- and macro-typography.In the “Reference Guide For Typography In Mobile Web Design”, Suzanne Scacca thoroughly covers typography terminology such as typeface, font, size, weight, kerning, leading and tracking as well as the role of typography in modern web design.If you would like to further expand your typographical horizon, Matthew Butterick’s book “Butterick’s Practical Typography” might be worth reading. It also provides a summary of key rules of typography.One thing I found particularly useful in responsive web design is that one should aim for an average line length (characters per line) of 45 to 90 characters since shorter lines are more comfortable to read than longer lines. Comparing different line lengths (Large preview)Should Developers Design?There has been a lot of discussion whether designers should learn to code, and you may be asking yourself the same question the other way around. I believe that one can hardly excel in both disciplines, and that’s totally fine.Rachel Andrew nicely outlines in her article “Working Together: How Designers And Developers Can Communicate To Create Better Projects” that in order to collaborate more effectively, we all need to learn something of the language, skills, and priorities of our teammates so that we can create a shared language and overlapping areas of expertise.One way to become more knowledgable in the field of design is an online course known as “Design for Developers” that is offered by Sarah Drasner in which she talks about basic layout principles and color theory — two fundamental areas in web design. “The more you learn outside of your own discipline, is actually better for you […] as a developer.” — Sarah DrasnerThe Visual CenterBy collaborating with designers, I learned the difference between the mathematical and visual center. When we want to draw the reader’s attention to a certain element, our eye’s natural focal point lies just slightly above the mathematical center of the page.We can apply this concept, for example, to position modals or any kinds of overlays. This technique helps us to naturally get the user’s attention and makes the design appear more balanced: (Image credits: Can’t Unsee) (Large preview)This nostalgically reminds me of a game we used to play a long time ago called “Find it”. You had to find discrepancies by comparing two seemingly similar images in order to score points. (Large preview)We’re All In This TogetherIn fast-paced and not-so-agile agency environments with tight deadlines, developers are often asked to implement fully functional responsive frontends based on a mobile and desktop mockup. This inevitably forces the developer to take design decisions throughout the process. Questions such as, “At what width will we decrease the font size of headlines?” or “When should we switch our three-column layout to a single column?” may arise.Also, in the heat of the moment, it may happen that details like error states, notifications, loading states, modals or styles of 404 pages simply fall through the cracks. In such situations, it’s easy to start finger-pointing and blaming the people who should have thought about this earlier on. Ideally, developers shouldn’t ever be put in such a situation, but what if that’s the case?When I listened to Ueno’s founder and CEO, Haraldur Thorleifsson, speak at a conference in San Francisco in 2018, he presented two of their core values:“Nothing here is someone else’s problem.”“We pick up the trash we didn’t put down.”What if more developers proactively start mocking-up the above-mentioned missing parts as good as they can in the first place, and then refine together with the designer sitting next to them? Websites live in the browser, so why not utilize it to build and refine?While winging missing or forgotten parts might not always be ideal, I’ve learned in my past experiences that it has always helped us to move forward faster and eliminate errors on the fly — as a team.Of course, this does not mean that designers should be overruled in the process. It means that developers should try to respectfully meet designers halfway by showing initiative in problem-solving. Besides that, I as a developer was valued way more by the team simply for caring and taking on responsibility.Building Trust Between Designers And DevelopersHaving a trustful and positive relationship between the creative and tech team can strongly increase productivity and outcome of work. So what can we, as developers, do to increase trust between the two disciplines? Here are a few suggestions:Show an eye for details.Building things exactly as they were designed will show the designers that you care and put a big smile on their faces.Communicate with respect.We’re all human beings in a professional environment striving for the best possible outcome. Showing respect for each other’s discipline should be the basis for all communication.Check in early on and regularly.Involving developers from the start can help to eliminate errors early on. Through frequent communication, team members can develop a shared language and better understanding of each other’s positions.Make yourself available.Having at least an optional 30-minute window a day when designers can discuss ideas with developers can give designers a feeling of being supported. This also gives developers the opportunity to explain complex technical things in words that not-so-technical people can understand better.The Result: A Win-Win SituationHaving to spend less time in QA through effective communication and a proper handover of designs gives both the creative and dev team more time to focus on building actual things and less headaches. It ultimately creates a better atmosphere and builds trust between designers and developers. The voice of frontend developers that show interest and knowledge in some design-related fields will be heard more in design meetings.Proactively contributing to finding a compromise between designers and developers and problem-solving as a developer can give you a broader sense of ownership and involvement with the whole project. Even in today’s booming creative industry, it’s not easy to find developers who — besides their technical skillset — care about and have an eye for visual details. This can be your opportunity to help bridge the gap in your team.Related Resources“How To Choose The Right Prototyping Tool,” Javier Cuello“A Reference Guide For Typography In Mobile Web Design,” Suzanne Scacca“Butterick’s Practical Typograhy,” Matthew Butterick“Working Together: How Designers And Developers Can Communicate To Create Better Projects,” Rachel Andrew“Design For Developers,” Sarah Drasner, Frontend Masters“Web Design is 95% Typography,” Oliver Reichenstein“Can’t Unsee,” A browser quiz to train your sense of recognizing visual details. (dm, yk, il)From our sponsors: How Frontend Developers Can Help To Bridge The Gap Between Designers And Developers How Frontend Developers Can Help To Bridge The Gap Between Designers And Developers How Frontend Developers Can Help To Bridge The Gap Between Designers And Developers Stefan Kaltenegger 2019-05-14T12:30:59+02:00 2019-05-14T12:34:08+00:00Within the last nine years, almost every designer I used to work with expressed their frustration to me about them frequently having to spend days giving feedback to developers to correct spacings, font sizes, visual as well as layout aspects that had simply not been implemented correctly. This often lead to weakening the trust between designers and developers, and caused unmotivated designers along with a bad atmosphere among the two disciplines.A lot of times developers still seem to have the bad reputation of being overly technical and ignorant when it comes to being considerate about details the design team came up with. According to an article by Andy Budd, “[…] a lot of developers are in the same position about design — they just don’t realize it.” In reality though (as Paul Boag points out), “developers [need to] make design decisions all the time.”In this article, I’ll provide practical points of advice for frontend developers to avoid frustration and increase productivity when working with their creative counterpart.Looking Through The Eyes Of A DesignerLet’s for one moment imagine you were a designer and spent the last weeks — if not months — to work out a design for a website. You and your teammates went through multiple internal revisions as well as client presentations, and put a solid effort into fine-tuning visual details such as white space, font styles, and sizes. (In a responsive era — for multiple screen sizes, of course.) The designs have been approved by the client and were handed off to the developers. You feel relieved and happy.A few weeks later, you receive an email from your developer that says:“Staging site is set up. Here’s the link. Can you please QA?”In a thrill of anticipation, you open that staging link and after scrolling through some of the pages, you notice that the site looks a little off. Spacings are not even close to what your design suggested and you notice some kinks in the layout: wrong font faces and colors as well as incorrect interactions and hover states. Your excitement starts to slowly fade and turn into a feeling of frustration. You can’t help but ask yourself, “How could that have happened?”The Search For ReasonsMaybe there were just a lot of unfortunate misunderstandings in the communication between the designers and developers. Nevertheless, you continue asking yourself:What did the the handover of designs look like? Were there just some PDFs, Photoshop or Sketch files shared via e-mail with some comments, or was there an actual handover meeting in which various aspects such as a possible design system, typography, responsive behavior, interactions and animations were discussed?Did interactive or motion prototypes that help to visualize certain interactions exist?Was a list of important aspects with defined levels of priority created?How many conversations took place — with both designers and developers in the same room together?Since communication and handover are two very important key points, let’s take a closer look at each.Communication Is KeyDesigners and developers, please talk to each other. Talk a lot. The earlier on in the project and the more often, the better. If possible, review design work in progress together early in the project (and regularly) in order to constantly evaluate feasibility and get cross-disciplinary input. Designers and developers naturally both focus on different aspects of the same part and therefore see things from different angles and perspectives.Checking in early on lets developers become familiarized with the project so they can start researching and planning ahead on technical terms and bring in their ideas on how to possibly optimize features. Having frequent check-ins also brings the team together on a personal and social level, and you learn how to approach each other to communicate effectively.The Handover From Design To DevelopmentUnless an organization follows a truly agile workflow, an initial handover of design comps and assets (from the design team to the developers) will likely happen at some point in a project. This handover — if done thoroughly — can be a solid foundation of knowledge and agreements between both sides. Therefore, it is essential not to rush through it and plan some extra time.Ask a lot of questions and talk through every requirement, page, component, feature, interaction, animation, anything — and take notes. If things are unclear, ask for clarification. For example, when working with external or contract-based teams, both designers and developers can sign off the notes taken as a document of mutual agreement for future reference.Flat and static design comps are good for showing graphical and layout aspects of a website but obviously lack the proper representation of interactions and animations. Asking for prototypes or working demos of complex animations will create a clearer vision of what needs to be built for everyone involved.Nowadays, there’s is a wide range of prototyping tools available that designers can utilize to mockup flows and interactions in different levels of fidelity. Javier Cuello explains how to choose the right prototyping tool for your project in one of his comprehensive articles.Every project is unique, and so are its requirements. Due to these requirements, not all conceptualized features can always be built. Often the available time and resources to build something can be a limiting factor. Furthermore, constraints can come from technical requirements such as feasibility, accessibility, performance, usability and cross-browser support, economic requirements like budget and license fees or personal constraints like the skill level and availability of developers.So, what if these constraints cause conflicts between designers and developers?Finding Compromises And Building Shared KnowledgeIn order to successfully ship a project on time and meet all defined requirements, finding compromises between the two disciplines is mostly inevitable. Developers need to learn to speak to designers in non-technical terms when they explain reasons why things need changes or can’t be built in a specific situation.Instead of just saying, “Sorry, we can’t build this,” developers should try to give an explanation that is understandable for designers and — in the best case — prepare suggestions for an alternative solution that works within the known constraints. Backing your point with statistics, research, or articles, can help to emphasize your argument. Also, if timing is an issue, maybe the implementation of some time-consuming parts can be moved to a later phase of the project?Even though it is not always possible, having designers and developers sit next to each other can shorten feedback loops and make it easier to work out a compromised solution. Adapting and prototyping can be done directly through coding and optimizing with DevTools open.Show your fellow designers how to use DevTools in a browser so that they can alter basic information and preview small changes in their browser (e.g. paddings, margins, font sizes, class names) on the fly.If the project and team structure allow it, building and prototyping in the browser as soon as possible can give everyone involved a better understanding of the responsive behavior and can help eliminate bugs and errors in the early stage of the project.The longer designers and developers work together, the better designers will understand what is easier and what is more difficult for the developers to build. Over time, they can eventually refer to solutions that have worked for both sides in the past:“We’ve used that solution to find a compromise in Project A. Can we use it for this project as well?”This also helps developers get a better sense of what details the designers are very specific about and what visual aspects are important to them.Designers Expect The Frontend To Look (And Function) Like Their DesignThe Design File Vs. Browser ComparisonA helpful technique to prevent designers from frustration is to make a simple left-right comparison between the design file you got handed over and what your current state of development looks like. This might sound trivial, but as a developer, you have to take care of so many things that need to function under the hood that you might have missed some visual details. If you see some noticeable discrepancies, simply correct them.Think of it this way: Every detail in your implementation that looks exactly as it was designed saves both you and the designer valuable time and headaches, and encourages trust. Not everyone might have the same level of attention to detail, but in order to train your eye to notice visual differences, a quick round of Can’t Unsee might be a good help. How Frontend Developers Can Help To Bridge The Gap Between Designers And DevelopersYou are here: Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019 Posted on 14th May 2019Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+sharelast_img read more

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Trolling For God: 5 Things You Can Learn From Westboro’s Social-Media Playbook

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first_imgTags:#Facebook#God Hates The Media#Silicon Valley#social media#Social media strategy#Steve Drain#twitter#Westboro Baptist Church The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Say what you want about Westboro Baptist Church. The Topeka-based hate group is notorious for picketing military funerals with “God Hates Fags” signs. (It believes tolerance of homosexuality has caused God to tip the military scales against the U.S. and its soldiers).But it’s also crushing it on social media—which means it may have something to teach you.Take, for example, Tuesday’s “God Hates The Media” protest tour of Silicon Valley. Targeting nine tech companies—including several that make the social-media platforms it exploits—the reliably headline-grabbing church plans to brave nearly 70 miles of some of the worst traffic on God’s green earth. See also: The Westboro Baptist Church’s Silicon Valley Protest—An Illustrated GuideWill the hateful faithful make it to all nine purveyors of cybersodomy? They say yes, but it doesn’t really matter. For it is harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven than for the canny social media mavens at Westboro to blow a golden opportunity for self-promotion. The group even—as expected—capitalized on the recent death of a celebrity to ensure outraged media coverage.“We’re going to try and get to what we can, but quite frankly, at this point  the preaching’s been done,” Westboro elder Steve Drain told ReadWrite. “All these tech companies know we’re coming and have shared it with their audience, other companies have put out stories.”OK, fine. You don’t like the Westboro Baptist Church. Who does? But think about it: This church only has about 40 members. How many headlines in major news outlets has your parents’ church scored since 1998?So here lieth the five unholy commandments of social media self-promotion as divined by ReadWrite from Westboro’s Elder Drain.Let Them With Nothing To Tweet Cast The First StoneThe greatest enemy of any small political or religious movement is obscurity. Groups like Westboro are accused of cheap publicity stunts in order to gain attention. So?In an increasingly crowded media landscape, rising to prominence is a bigger challenge than ever. Are actions like Westboro’s Silicon Valley protest tour just ways for the group to get people like me to write stories about them? Sure. On the other hand, here you are reading about them, too.“We’re after as many eyes as many ears on this message as we possibly can, Drain says. “How the message lands on your heart is God’s prerogative. We’re just supposed to say the words in as many ways as possible and in as many venues as we possibly can to get you to listen.” Westboro distills the doctrine that all PR is good PR to its essence: All bad PR is good PR. Pending The End Times, Thou Shalt Use The Tools Of The IdolatersProtesting Twitter, Facebook and other companies responsible for the same social media networks used by Westboro to spread their message is opportunistic and, to the extent it matters, hypocritical. But that’s silly. Just as Sartre pointed out that it’s impossible for an avowed communist to live free of hypocrisy under capitalism pending the revolution, Westboro must live in society as it is today: decreasingly hostile to the LGBTQ community, awash in social media.“When we say ‘God hates Twitter,’ it’s because of Twitter’s agenda, not because of of the technological advances,” Drain says. “We’re not Amish. “What we’re saying is the way you use the platform is unrighteous. The way you use the platform is evil.”The lesson to you and me? Quit complaining, live off the land and use whatever tools are at hand to get your message out.Thou Shalt Not Fake It Until Thou Maketh It Many in Silicon Valley evangelize about products they may or may not believe in. Westboro’s disciples are fanatics. They believe in what they’re selling, and that makes a difference. “We’re performing obedience to God the Lord Jesus Christ who told us to love our neighbor as ourself,” says Drain. “Rather than willy-nilly Hallmark conception of what that means, God gave us a specific meaning there. In Leviticus 19:17-18, you’ll see the Bible definition that how you love your neighbor as yourself is that you warn them when their sins are taking them to Hell.”That works for Westboro because, to its believers, there’s no homophobia like real homophobia. It’s easier to sell what you really believe in.Be Not Like Apple Post-Steve Jobs; Be Bold, Innovative And Forward-LookingThe path of least resistance for a group like Westboro, steeped in Old Testament beliefs about gays and others they deem aberrant, would be to reject modernity.Instead, like radical Islamists in the Muslim world, Westborovians recognize that they need to meet their secular enemy in its den … and that means online. Everywhere online. On Sunday, for instance, Westboro members conducted a Reddit AMA. Along with multiple websites and affiliated Twitter accounts, Westboro is on Pinterest and Twitter. It doesn’t bother with YouTube channels. “We used to have a couple, but YouTube kept pulling them down,” Drain confirmed to ReadWrite. “There are a LOT of people who put our content up on YouTube, break, Vimeo, ebaumsworld, etc., as soon as we publish it on our websites.”Considerable time and resources go into planning new ways to present the Westboro message, Drain says. “A lot of people will spend their disposable income on jetskis or a trip to the south of France. We spend our money on those resources necessary to make good video productions or go on a trip to San Francisco.”Never stop innovating.Let Go And Let God After you’ve done your best—whether it’s trying to land a big client or fighting bumper-to-bumper Teslas from Mountain View to Palo Alto to get your brightly-colored sans-serif signs in front of the right media cameras—you have to have faith that things will work out in the End Times.“We believe in absolute predestination. All events are foreknown,” says Drain. “We’ve done everything to reach the audience.We’re just supposed to preach as many ways as we possibly can to get to you, whether it’s wearing a shirt or holding a sign or doing a Reddit AMA.”Lead image by Burstein! helen popkincenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Is outsourcing the question or the answer?

By on December 9, 2019

first_imgOnce upon a time, the answer to the question of what are the main benefits of outsourcing was cost savings based on labour arbitrage, but today that response would be superficial and incomplete.I believe the main benefits of outsourcing are access to scarce skills, expertise and the latest technology, cost reduction, turning capital expenditure into operating expenditure, and the opportunity to concentrate resources on core business objectives.If you think about outsourcing in this manner, you will not only start to realise areas within your IT organisation that would benefit from adopting it but also ways as a strategic leader you can add further value to your entire organisation by doing so.The first big error people make when considering outsourcing is looking to resolve a problem without first looking to so in-house – a problem remains a problem no matter where it sits.Sensible outsourcing providers will often sniff this out during the RFP or other stages of the bidding process but others may look to take it on, hoping they can fix the issue(s) as a calculated risk whilst trying to win the business (the fact a vendor accepts this huge risk should really start ringing alarm bells for you as you both know there’s an elephant in the room).Those that don’t take the business (and hopefully this is the majority) will likely make you consider going back and fixing the problem before retendering. Those who take it on will only delay the inevitable, leaving you not only with a larger problem downstream but also with the added bonus of a whole heap of complex contractual issues to sort out (which I imagine you will now discover were also not properly agreed or worded up front).Many take this approach and get their fingers burnt with outsourcing, vowing never to return.It’s a real shame, as outsourcing done in the right way is an extremely beneficial way to add to the value you provide to your organisation.The second biggest error people make when considering outsourcing is to engage with and select a vendor by having only had a few live sales meetings/conference calls with a cursory glance over provided case studies. Coupled without ever having visited their operating/service centres to see them in action in a live environment or meet their staff that will be working with your team in person.You wouldn’t do this if you were hiring permanent staff or running the project in-house, so why do this when exploring outsourcing? It makes no sense.This often occurs when a company decides to outsource a small project or a portion of it to see if outsourcing works for them in an operational sense.The vendor is often chosen just on labour arbitrage and due to this the work is often performed in Asia or Eastern Europe.The ‘project’ is often then left with the vendor with scant and seemingly erratic communication and only poured over in detail once the deliverable is returned with obvious errors.The end result is the project often has to be redone in-house, blowing the project budget, causing delays and delivering red faces all round.Outsourcing is again blamed as the enemy with the lack of communication and poor vendor selection/interaction issues being swept conveniently under the carpet.So, in reflection it may be outsourcing is not for you but you owe it to yourself and your organisation to try everything that can add value to what you deliver.Outsourcing executed properly can provide real value when opportunities are identified, structured, communicated and managed correctly, so what are you waiting for?last_img read more

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Scientists track Florida’s vanishing barrier reef

By on December 1, 2019

first_imgDiving to ailing coral, researchers test a tool for measuring how fast the reef is eroding. By Paul VoosenApr. 24, 2019 , 1:20 PM THE FLORIDA KEYS REEF TRACT—Earlier this month, outfitted in scuba gear and bobbing above lumpy brown coral 6 kilometers off Key Largo, Lauren Toth, a coral geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in St. Petersburg, Florida, set out to learn just how much time Florida’s coral reef has left.Around the world, warming oceans are killing coral. In Florida, Toth and others have found, heat-induced bleaching is just the latest in a millennialong series of insults, which have brought the reef ‘s growth to a standstill and left it vulnerable to erosion and rising seas. As a result, the barrier reef—the third longest in the world—is not simply dying. It appears to be vanishing.At stake is a 320-kilometer-long bulwark that protects the Keys from waves while providing habitat for fish and a lure for tourists. Recent measurements by Toth and her colleagues have confirmed that the coral is eroding, in some places by several millimeters per year. 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Some species, such as the fast-growing elkhorn coral with its distinctive wide branches, have nearly vanished. A host of others have died as a disease called stony coral tissue loss has marched down the Keys. “The last corals alive are getting hammered,” says Derek Manzello, an oceanographer at a Miami, Florida, lab of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.Yet Toth and her peers have shown that Florida’s corals haven’t been healthy for millennia. Core samples from the reef record that it stopped growing 3000 years ago. Florida’s reef lies near the northern temperature limit for corals, and Toth and her colleagues reported in a study last year that a cooling trend around that time likely made the waters more prone to cold snaps that would periodically kill off corals, leaving the reefs at a delicate tipping point.Now, although cold snaps still occur, global warming is bringing hotter summers, causing bleaching and mass die-offs. It is also raising sea level. Healthy corals readily cope with sea level rise, growing with the rising ocean. But Florida’s ailing reefs probably can’t keep pace. Anecdotes abound of patches of reef eroded flat to sand.Data, however, are rare, with one exception: In 1998, USGS scientists drilled rods into 12 dead coral colonies at one site here, hoping to gauge erosion. Recently, a USGS team led by Ilsa Kuffner and Toth revisited the rods and used the cement that holds the rods in place as a reference point. In work close to publication, they found that the dead corals are eroding by 5.5 millimeters a year—almost double the rate of global sea level rise—as they are chewed apart by parrotfish and other species.Toth is now trying to get a broader view by taking advantage of rods that Florida state scientists embedded at 46 sites up and down the Keys as reference points for an annual photographic survey. At many of these sites, the epoxy that cements each rod in place, once flush with the coral, is now sticking out because of erosion. To get more precise measurements, Toth and her co-workers developed a portable tool that can sit on top of the stakes.On this April morning, she and a colleague were testing the device, floating above boulder and mountainous star coral and massive starlet coral, with a fleeting sighting of one staghorn. Silvery chubs, red grouper, and snappers seemed to watch the scientists work. Each rod presented its own challenge. Some were covered with small fire corals, which the divers dislodged with taps of a hammer. Others had been coopted by sponges, or in one case had fused with the spine of a fanlike soft coral. When a coral might be damaged or a sponge squished, the scientists skipped measuring it.”The prototype works,” Toth said as she climbed back into the boat. In this case, the rods recorded little erosion—perhaps because the reef was already squat. “Once it’s flat, it probably doesn’t get targeted [by fish] anymore,” she said. This summer, the divers who conduct Florida’s photographic survey will use the USGS tool to measure about half the rods at each site, giving a more complete picture of the reef’s decline.For coral biologist Alina Szmant at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, Toth’s work confirms the reef is doomed, as the assaults overwhelm a fragile ecosystem. “I don’t want to give up, but you have to be honest with yourself,” she says.A patchwork of restoration efforts, largely from nonprofit groups, continues on the reef, often aiming to replace dead coral with heat-resistant transplants. Backers should temper their expectations, Toth says: “If these reefs haven’t been growing for 3000 years, it’s going to be really tough to get reefs like exist elsewhere in the Caribbean.”Toth still hopes some living coral can be saved. But she says biologists need to introduce not just corals that can resist heat or disease, but also species that can build structure, like staghorn or elkhorn. It’s also time, she adds, to think about saving the reef structure and the services it provides, even if its coral dies. “How do we keep from losing what was built over the last 8000 years?” she says. “Because we don’t have another 8000 years to rebuild it.” DOMINIQUE GALLERY/USGS Scientists track Florida’s vanishing barrier reeflast_img read more

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Struggling Hornets fire general manager amid 24-33 season

By on November 28, 2019

first_imgBeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Charlotte is 24-33 and on the verge of failing to reach the playoffs for the second straight season.Jordan’s college teammate Buzz Peterson was hired last year as the team’s assistant general manager is a potential replacement. Former Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak could be another candidate to join Peterson in the front office in some capacity.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 openingCho was hired as GM in 2011 and assumed day-to-day responsibilities of the basketball operations department in 2014.“I will always be grateful for my experience with the franchise,” Cho said. SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais FILE – In this April 13, 2017, file photo, Charlotte Hornets general manager Rich Cho speaks to the media during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C. The struggling Hornets have fired general manager Rich Cho. Team owner Michael Jordan announced the news in a release Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, saying “we’re deeply committed to our fans and to the city of Charlotte to provide a consistent winner on the court. The search will now begin for our next head of basketball operations who will help us achieve that goal.”(AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)The struggling Hornets have shaken up their front office, firing general manager Rich Cho on Tuesday.“Rich worked tirelessly on behalf of our team and instituted a number of management tools that have benefited our organization,” Hornets owner Michael Jordan said in a release. “We are deeply committed to our fans and to the city of Charlotte to provide a consistent winner on the court. The search will now begin for our next head of basketball operations who will help us achieve that goal.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe MOST READ PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Messi scores vs Chelsea at 9th attempt to give Barca CL drawcenter_img View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cho and the Hornets have struggled with building a consistent winner.He was responsible for drafting All-Star point guard Kemba Walker in 2011, but the team’s inability to get the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft after a 7-59 season proved to be a backbreaker. Instead of getting perennial All-Star center Anthony Davis, the Hornets settled for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the No. 2 pick, a significant dropoff in talent.Charlotte missed on second-round pick Jeffery Taylor from Sweden in 2012.They took Cody Zeller, now a backup center, fourth overall in 2013, Noah Vonleh ninth in 2014 and Frank Kaminsky ninth overall in 2015. Cho drafted Malik Monk in the first round last year, but he barely sees any action for Charlotte because of concerns about his defense.Cho traded this past offseason for center Dwight Howard, who has improved his play and had a decent season for the Hornets. However, the five-year contract given to Nic Batum last year has left the Hornets strapped under the salary cap.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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World Cup: The curious case of Ishant Sharma’s injury

By on November 27, 2019

first_imgBCCI, some members of the team management and national selectors are mighty miffed with Nitin Patel, Indian team’s physio, according to sources. Apparently, they are put out by the way Nitin handled Ishant’s injury case. Rumours are, that the committee is discussing if any necessary action needs to be taken against Ishant for trying to play, even with an injury.Ishant, who was in the squad for the recent Australian tour, did not play the third Test. When the selectors asked the physio on the day of World Cup team selection (Jan 6), Nitin Patel assured of Ishant’s recovery in time.However, Ishant did not play the fourth Test, as a result of prolonged injury. Despite that, he was picked for the ODI against Australia, but the team was washed out. He couldn’t bowl a single ball in the ODI, and before the next game, he continued to declare himself as injured. That’s when the cat was out of the bag, and as a result he was dropped from the India’s World Cup squad. Sources also confirmed, that the management was very unhappy with the manner the player’s injury woes were tried to be brushed under the carpet. This has put Nitin Patel under the scanner for handling the case of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, who on the other hand is clearly not 100 per cent fit.last_img read more

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