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first_imgThe Charge d’Affairs at United States Embassy, Sheila Paskman, has urged Liberian women to rise to the occasion and challenge their male counterparts by winning more top positions, especially elective positions, in 2017 general and presidential elections.“I want to urge Liberian women to take bold steps and participate in the upcoming 2017 elections to secure seats in the legislature,” she said. Madam Paskman also mentioned that with Liberia having Africa’s first female President, there are fewer women in top positions in government, especially appointed positions, and encouraged women to fight for more seats in government.She made the statement recently at a program marking Mercy Corps’ Ebola Community Action Platform (ECAP2) 3rd Lessons Learned Conference, held at a resort in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.The participation of women in government remains key because women are peacemakers and can contribute immensely to Liberia’s economy, said Paskman.“You need to also participate in the registration process and ensure that you are not only contesting but also involved into all related processes. You need to encourage other women in your community. Liberian women’s participation in these elections remains cardinal to their empowerment and development,” she said.Women should make politicians listen to them because that’s the only way their potentials can be realized Paskman advised.“It’s very serious because women must participate in the election process by encouraging women in villages, towns, communities and every part of the country to register in order to have more women heading major seats in the government,” she said.She pointed out that women play a major role in every society, especially when it comes to making decisions and also help other women to achieve their goals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img Rain over them? Snow is forecast for Chicago and Indianapolis today, and the high temperature may not climb much higher than single digits in either city. There’s no chance of that in Miami, but forecasters say there’s perhaps a 50 percent chance of rain falling on the Super Bowl – something that’s never happened before. The field at Dolphin Stadium can easily withstand a shower; a drainage system under the turf can process up to 3inches of rain per hour. “The last game, we played in snow, sleet, rain. That’s Chicago Bears weather,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. Plain old rain won’t bother his team, he said. Despite an injured ankle, cornerback Nick Harper participated in the Indianapolis Colts’ final walk-through practice Saturday in Miami, and the team is hopeful he’ll be ready for the Super Bowl. Harper’s status will be decided around game time today, Colts coach Tony Dungy said, adding that the cornerback “feels very confident that he’s going to be able to go.” “It was encouraging for him to at least take part in the walk-through,” Dungy said. The Colts also expect defensive end Robert Mathis to play against the Chicago Bears, even though Mathis was held out of practice. Mathis left the workout on Friday because of back spasms. center_img Indianapolis’ Dungy said his team packed longer cleats and rain gear, just in case. “We take pride in being able to go on the road,” Dungy said. “Whatever the weather is, I don’t think it will really be a major factor.” Favre doesn’t mean more green to go around: With quarterback Brett Favre committed to another season in Green Bay and the Packers’ salary cap situation in good shape, it must be time to go out and sign free-agent playmakers to make one last playoff charge. Not quite. Packers general manager Ted Thompson isn’t about to abandon his build-through-the-draft philosophy and mortgage the team’s long-term prospects by signing high-priced free agents. “That’s the funny thing about free agency: Sometimes it’s the almighty dollar sign that has the most influence,” Thompson said. “I think each free agent decides where he wants to go for his own reasons, but I think Brett Favre is a good teammate to have, and I’m sure there are people around this league who think that.” Cowboys eyeing two coaching candidates: Soon, Jerry Jones promises, he will have a new head coach for the Dallas Cowboys. First, however, Jones said he would like to speak with two more candidates after today’s Super BowlXLI, although he did not divulge who they are. It’s believed the Cowboys will talk with Chicago defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, and Indianapolis assistant head coach Jim Caldwell could also be a possibility. “I have a leaning, but I’m going to be open-minded,” Jones said. Former Cowboys offensive coordinator Norv Turner is viewed as the frontrunner for the job and sat two rows behind Jones at Saturday’s Pro Football Hall of Fame news conference. Turner is one of eight candidates to have met with Jones since Bill Parcells announced his resignation Jan. 22. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img Daniel Sturridge – The England striker has been dogged with fitness issues and been unable to contribute hugely to the Reds’ cause this season. But, nevertheless, West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic remains keen on signing the forward as he attempts to overhaul his team. He’s freely admitted his interest in the player and believes the transfer is definitely a possibility. The Premier League season isn’t even over yet and already transfer rumours and reports are becoming a daily occurrence.Liverpool are still in the hunt for a Champions League spot and, if they qualify, they will want to bolster their squad with more quality players.Defenders, midfielders and strikers have all been linked with moves to Anfield in the past few days, and talkSPORT have gathered the best stories about the Reds.You can see all the latest transfer rumours and reports involving Liverpool by clicking the right arrow, above… Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich) – Click the right arrow above to find out the latest Liverpool transfer news… – Liverpool are increasingly being linked with a move for the fleet-footed Brazilian flyer and in recent days the speculation has been fuelled by reports of the player liking a tweet, discussing him teaming up with compatriots Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino. One of his friends, though, seems to believe a move is unlikely, insisting in the German media he was happy in Munich. Isco (Real Madrid) – Another man who could be at the centre of speculation this summer is the Spanish playmaker. Not only do the Reds and Tottenham both want to add him to their squads, while there have also been reports he could pen a new deal at the Bernabeu. It’s also been suggested his father, and representative, Paco Alarcon met with the Reds, Man City, and Juventus officials over possible moves. Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) – Jurgen Klopp saw ex-Saints star Dejan Lovren sign a new deal this, but might find it hard to get Van Dijk to put pen to paper at Anfield. The German has an interest in the Dutch defender but it is becoming increasingly likely either Manchester City or Chelsea will win the race to land him. 4 4 4 4last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsAuthorities don’t know whether any of the assailants were students from Knight High. “Staff and security and school deputies are attempting to identify participants that go to our school,” trustee Al Beattie said. Sheriff’s officials said they have noticed racial tensions since school started between Latino and African-American students. They said because so many students walk to and from school, trouble has occurred when students insult each other and get in shoving matches on their way home from school. Ford said it was hard to say whether the attack was prompted by gang or race. “There is a gang element to it,” Ford said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Additional sheriff’s deputies patrolled around Knight High School on Thursday, a day after two Knight students were attacked by 15 to 20 young men as they walked home from school, deputies said. The two students, who are Latino, were hit and kicked by the assailants, who were African-American and ranged in age from about 15 to 22, deputies said. “They asked if they belonged to a certain gang. When the Hispanics said no, they started hitting them with their fists and feet,” sheriff’s Lt. Don Ford said. “Some motorist passed by and stopped. That stopped the attack and the suspects ran off.” Thursday’s attack occurred about 2:45 p.m. near 65th Street East and Avenue R-8, about a half-mile from the school. The two students suffered minor injuries, Ford said. last_img read more

first_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions no dice shining Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ The vouchers are valid for a year from the official opening date, meaning there is no rush to book a tour, but the offer has not gone down well with Tottenham supporters.“It feels like, once again, Tottenham Hotspur fans are being treated as customers rather than supporters, which can only do more damage to the relationship between us and the club,” a Tottenham fan told talkSPORT.com.“Our patience has been tried too much this season and this will put further strain on our feelings towards the board, who are clearly just trying to get more money out of the fans at Christmas. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move MONEY Tottenham supporters were sent the above email Recently leaked pictures show just how much work is still left to be done inside the stadium, though a familiarisation event will take place on December 16, with 6,000 fans invited into the ground to explore the two podium areas, the South Stand, and the new Spurs Shop.However, Tottenham have risked fan fury by making gift vouchers for a stadium tour available to purchase, despite the ground not being ready until the new year.An email sent to supporters offers gift vouchers for £30 – discounted to £27 for pensioners and students and £15 for children. huge blow Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED “The atmosphere has clearly been worsening at Wembley and it could potentially spill over into the new ground.”There was a hint of positivity for supporters, however, apropos the new stadium.Live stream footage, available on new-stadium.tottenhamhotspur.com/interact/, has previously shown the inside of the ground, including the pitch and stands.However, the stream from inside the stadium is longer available as of December 5, suggesting work is all but complete on the aforementioned areas. Latest Football News REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 2 Timelapse footage of Tottenham’s stadium on December 4 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury RANKED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REPLY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Tottenham have offered fans the opportunity to buy tickets for a tour of their new stadium despite the ground not even being open.The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium still has no official completion date, with the north London club set to play their remaining matches in 2018 at Wembley. ADVICE BEST OF last_img read more

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho has joined Bayern Munich on loan from Barcelona with an option to buy.The forward has not been able to settle in LaLiga following his £142million transfer from Liverpool in January 2018. New job Getty – Contributor latest deals Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Thiago in action during pre-season against Arsenal AttackRobert Lewandowski will be the centre forward for Bayern and it is a case of who will be supporting him.The players most likely to start are Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry but Perisic could well be used to give them vital rest.All three are capable of player on the left, right or centre while Thomas Muller will also be fighting for a starting place. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ In a similar situation, Benjamin Pavard was signed from Stuttgart for £31.5m and can play both at centre-back and right-back.A back four of Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Sule, Hernandez and Pavard could be used by manager Niko Kovac.MidfieldThere are plenty of options to choose from for Kovac with Javi Martinez, Alphonso Davies, Thiago, and Corentin Tolisso all fighting for a place in the midfield.Currently, Bayern are leaning to a 4-1-4-1 so Thiago is the obvious choices to be the regular starter and fulcrum for the team and there are both youthful and experienced options available around him.Coutinho, especially in game where they will be going all-out in attack, could well find himself playing in a central role. Coutinho is reportedly headed to BayernCoutinho was linked with a loan move to several Premier League clubs but a move could not be finalised before the window closed on August 8.The Brazil international has fallen down the pecking order at the Nou Camp with the signing of Antoine Griezmann and they have made no secret of their desire to re-sign Neymar.Bayern have been tasked with finding their replacements for Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery after both left the club in the summer.The Bundesliga club have been targeting Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi and Man City winger Leroy Sane. OFF GoalkeeperManuel Neuer has struggled with injury problems over the last two seasons but do not expect him to be replaced any time soon.The 33-year-old is still one of the best goalkeepers in the world.DefenceMats Hummels was sold to Borussia Dortmund this summer and significant investment was made to replace him.Lucas Hernandez was made one of the most expensive defenders in the world when he was signed for £72m from Atletico Madrid and can play at both left-back and centre-back. Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ BIG PRESENTS UP TOP center_img 4 4 4 Will Bayern look like this with their new signings? Buildlineup.com on target Getty Images – Getty Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers 4 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Lucas Hernandez joined Bayern Munich for £72million Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman LATEST FAREWELL Both are currently out injured and will not be joining them in the short term. They are likely to still be long-term Bayern targets and that has been reflected in the signings they have made.Coutinho will also join Ivan Perisic who was loaned in from Inter Milan.Their team will have a significantly different look to it this season as they bought defenders Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard for £72m and £31.5m, respectively.Here at talkSPORT.com, we have taken a look at how Bayern could line-up this season. Getty – Contributor last_img read more

first_imgHibernian manager Alan Stubbs insisted that his side are “back on track,” despite missing out on a place in the Scottish Cup semi-finals.The Easter Road side had seen their Championship title challenge crumble with losses against Morton, Dumbarton and Queen of the South.However, they held off some late pressure to stop the rot ahead of next Sunday’s Scottish League Cup final against Ross County at Hampden.James Keatings had given Stubbs’ side the lead in the quarter-final tie, only for Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo to equalise for Inverness, securing a replay for the Highland club. “He felt problems on one side and now it’s the other. We cleared up the left and he felt the right.“We’ll need to see how it is over the next day or so and try and get him back as soon as possible.” “We’re back on track,” said head coach Stubbs, who felt his team shaded the game. “Simple as that. A week’s a long time in football.“I’ve heard criticism. It’s nice that my players have responded. We’ve had a bad week but when you’ve got quality you don’t have lots of bad weeks.”Hibs may have to go into the cup final without Dylan McGeouch, who broke down injured in the first half.“It’s frustrating for us because he’s an important player for us,” Stubbs said.last_img read more

first_imgScotland knew they would probably never get as good an opportunity to beat France than the one which presented itself on Sunday afternoon, and so it proved.It had been ten long years since Sean Lamont’s try-double helped Frank Hadden’s team to a narrow win in February 2006, and despite some close calls in recent years, there was quiet confidence that Vern Cotter’s men could finally end the wait this time around.Important victoryVern Cotter’s men won relatively comfortable in the end, but the margin of victory really could have been a lot closer had the French landed their early kicks at goal. Maxime Machenaud eventually took over the kicking duties from the hapless Francois Trinh-Duc, but even the influential Racing 92 scrum-half could not claw back the lead that Laidlaw’s men had accumulated. Despite going behind after only four minutes to a well-worked try from hooker Guilhem Guirado, Scotland retained their game plan and composure and struck back with two penalties from Laidlaw and then extended their lead after a fine try from man of the match Stuart Hogg after some excellent play from John Hardie and Peter Horne, who had replaced Finn Russell at stand-off after only a few minutes.Scotland’s Duncan Taylor with the try. SNS The capacity crowd at Murrayfield could scarcely believe what happened shortly after when, instead of opting to clear their lines from a penalty in their own 22, centre Duncan Taylor tapped to himself and ran nearly half the length of the field to touch down in the corner. Although Laidlaw missed the conversion, the crowd sensed that this was to be Scotland’s afternoon.France hit back through centre Gael Fickou however, and the deficit was reduced to a mere six points at the interval.Stuart Hogg was voted man of the match against France. SNS Two Scotland tries in a Six Nations match at Murrayfield are a rarity, but the third try of the afternoon is the one that will be remembered for years to come by all who witnessed it. Referee Glen Jackson had awarded the home side a penalty which was duly kicked to the corner, and the Scots began their first assault of the second half on the French line. Richie Gray went close before the ball was spun wide as fullback Hogg jumped up and effortlessly flicked the ball behind him to find winger Tim Visser who raced over in the corner. The home crowd roared and the French were stunned.No more errorsAgainst champions England last month Scotland made multiple errors and lost. At Murrayfield they made only three throughout the entire match, and it goes to show that if you cut out the basic mistakes at international level, opportunities come and Vern Cotter’s side certainly took theirs today in what was surely one of the best games of the tournament.France did rally towards the end and probably should have had a third of their own, but Sebastien Bezy’s pass to Fickou was ruled to be forward and Scotland cleared their lines and held on for their first win over France in a decade and their first back-to-back wins since 2013.Cotter relievedThe victory was also Vern Cotter’s first home win in the tournament and the reserved Kiwi let a wry smile creep onto his face after the final whistle.He said: “That was a tough game. We lost our play-maker, Finn Russell, early but kept our shape and built well from an early lead.“Our set-piece was good and they showed character. They are good ingredients if you want to get somewhere in the game,” he continued, looking ahead to next Saturday’s clash with an Irish side in transition.Greig Laidlaw salutes the fans. SNS Captain Laidlaw was also a relieved man at full time, and paid tribute to the long-suffering home supporters with his appraisal of events at full time.“This was the reason we pull on the jersey”, the scrum-half said. “It wasn’t about individuals and we were as one with the crowd here at Murrayfield,” he continued.Turning point for ScotlandSunday’s win felt like a turning point in Scottish rugby. Yes, there had been historic wins over the likes of England in France in the last ten years, but they felt more like one-offs and were often followed up by a deflating loss to Italy or Ireland. The importance of this win over a physically imposing French side has confirmed what many of us have believed for some time now; that all it would take would be a single victory to set this young and exciting team on their way.The likes of Jonny Gray, Alex Dunbar, WP Nel, Josh Strauss and Tommy Seymour had not experienced a home Six Nations win before Sunday, but these are to be the key players that will help take Scotland towards the next World Cup in Japan in 2019 and now have momentum and confidence on their side.Destination DublinNext weekend’s trip to Dublin should not hold any fear for this side and despite Ireland’s emphatic 50-point victory over a poor Italy side on Saturday.Joe Schmidt’s side is a team in transition, missing talismen like Paul O’Connell who retired after the world cup, and Peter O’Mahoney, among others.A third win next Saturday night at the Aviva Stadium would not only mark the first time in a decade that Scotland has won three Six Nations matches, but would finally confirm that this is indeed a Scotland team that can achieve something special in the coming years.More to comeA summer tour of ever-improving Japan awaits Cotter’s team before winnable autumn clashes with Australia, Argentina and Georgia.Suddenly, what looked like being yet another season of doom and gloom for Scottish rugby, now holds so much promise.last_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Semantic Web#Social Web#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… corvida 1 Today SezWho a universal profile, content discovery, and a sophisticated reputation engine provider, has announced its acquisition of Tejit, a provider of semantic intelligence solutions. The acquisition enables SezWho to provide more precise contextual reputation scores for contributors based on topics of conversation. ReadWriteWeb gives you an in-depth look into SezWho’s latest acquisition and how SezWho measures up to the competition.Sezwho, Tejit, and SemanticsTejit CEO Indus Khaitan began developing Tejit in 2007 as a personal project when he became frustrated reading duplicate content from the 1000+ blogs he had bookmarked. Since then, Tejit has expanded its analysis capabilities across millions of blogs. Tejit’s semantic-analysis engine uses Natural Language Processing (NLP) and semantic matching technology to identify topics, sentiments and entities present in web content. A Flawed TraditionAccording to SezWho CEO, Jitendra Gupta,The traditional method of content discovery based on the similarity of content is not adequate for connecting conversation across social sites in a meaningful way. A new level of context-sensitive, semantic discovery is required to reflect all the layers of users’ participation across the social web, and to track their contributions in a way that is universally relevant both within and across communities.There’s no doubt that the traditional rating system for comments has its flaws. In a post titled “Disqus Clout: Fail!“, Phil Glockner of Scribkin points out one of the biggest flaws of comment rating systems using Disqus as an example. In the comments section, Louis Gray sums up the problem nicely:I would expect it rewards those who comment most frequently, and wouldn’t be so much a subjective view.More Than Just A Rating SystemInstead of replacing your comment system, SezWho aims to augment the conversations. Keeping the aforementioned flaw in mind, SezWho considers two important factors that: distributed conversations and the people behind them. SezWho provides a meta network information around participants and context. The context has information from various platforms to allow data and content to reside within the community. The service captures valuable information about the history and expertise of individual contributors. Community ratings are only a portion of the cumulative rankings for an overall score.SezWho provided us with a comparison chart to better demonstrate the differences between what SezWho offers versus competitors Disqus and Intense Debate, which we’ve previously reviewed. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Adding Noise or Resolving Issues?With all that SezWho adds, it can be argued that some of it will amount to more noise for users. While, we’ve previously used SezWho here on ReadWriteWeb to enhance our community, some of our writers are using the less complicated Disqus platform on their personal blogs. We wonder if the amount of blog coverage has also affected SezWho’s userbase compared to Disqus, which has seen tremendous coverage since its launch. With SezWho, other important issues are being tackled beyond their enhanced reputation system such as keeping track of conversations over a plethora of platforms and enabling a more sophisticated way to discover relevant content. SezWho aims to enhance communities rather than replace them,but can they filter the noise that’s add everyday? A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

first_img The team at Buffer shares what worked and what didn’t work for them when they switched to asynchronous meetings. (Image credit)Going Beyond…Leo Babauta shares a tip on how to stop overthinking by cutting through indecision. We will never have the certainty we’d like to have in our lives so it’s quite good to have a strategy for dealing with uncertainty. As I’m struggling with this a lot, I found the article helpful.The ethical practices that can serve as a code of conduct for data sensemaking professionals are built upon a single fundamental principle. It is the same principle that medical doctors swear as an oath before becoming licensed: Do no harm. Here’s “Ethical Data Sensemaking.”Paul Hayes shares his experience from trying to live plastic-free for a month and why it’s hard to stick to it. It’s surprising how shopping habits need to be changed and why you need to spend your money in a totally different way and cannot rely on online stores anymore.Oil powers the cars we drive and the flights we take, it heats many of our homes and offices. It is in the things we use every day and it plays an integral role across industries and economies. Yet it has become very clear that the relentless burning of fossil fuels cannot continue unabated. Can the world be less reliant on oil?Uber and Lyft admit that they’re making traffic congestion worse in cities. Next time you use any of those new taxi apps, try to remind yourself that you’re making the situation worse for many people in the city.Thank you for reading. If you like what I write, please consider supporting the Web Development Reading List.—Anselm (cm)From our sponsors: Monthly Web Development Update 8/2019: Strong Teams And Ethical Data Sensemaking HomeWeb DesignMonthly Web Development Update 8/2019: Strong Teams And Ethical Data Sensemaking Monthly Web Development Update 8/2019: Strong Teams And Ethical Data SensemakingYou are here: Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th 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 16th August 2019Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share No more custom lazy-loading code or a separate JavaScript library needed: Chrome 76 comes with native lazy loading built in. (Image credit)AccessibilityThe best algorithms available today still struggle to recognize black faces equally good as white ones. Which again shows how important it is to have diverse teams and care about inclusiveness.SecurityHere’s a technical analysis of the Capital One hack. A good read for anyone who uses Cloud providers like AWS for their systems because it all comes down to configuring accounts correctly to prevent hackers from gaining access due to a misconfigured cloud service user role.PrivacySafari introduced its Intelligent Tracking Prevention technology a while ago. Now there’s an official Safari ITP policy documentation that explains how it works, what will be blocked and what not.SmashingMag launched a print and eBook magazine all about ethics and privacy. It contains great pieces on designing for addiction, how to improve ethics step by step, and quieting disquiet. A magazine worth reading.Work & Life“For a long time I believed that a strong team is made of stars — extraordinary world-class individuals who can generate and execute ideas at a level no one else can. These days, I feel that a strong team is the one that feels more like a close family than a constellation of stars. A family where everybody has a sense of predictability, trust and respect for each other. A family which deeply embodies the values the company carries and reflects these values throughout their work. But also a family where everybody feels genuinely valued, happy and ignited to create,” said Vitaly Friedman in an update thought recently and I couldn’t agree more.How do you justify a job in a company that has a significant influence on our world and our everyday lives and that not necessarily with the best intentions? Meredith Whittaker wrote up her story of starting at Google, having an amazing time there, and now leaving the company because she couldn’t justify it anymore that Google is using her work and technology to get involved in fossil energy business, healthcare, governance, and transportation business — and not always with the focus on improving everyone’s lives or making our environment a better place to live in but simply for profit.Synchronous meetings are a problem in nearly every company. They take a lot of time from a lot of people and disrupt any schedule or focused work. So here’s how Buffer switched to asynchronous meetings, including great tips and insights into why many tools out there don’t work well.Actionable advice is what we usually look for when reading an article. However, it’s not always possible or the best option to write actionable advice and certainly not always a good idea to follow actionable advice blindly. That’s because most of the time actionable advice also is opinionated, tailored, customized advice that doesn’t necessarily fit your purpose. Sharing experiences instead of actionable advice fosters creativity so everyone can find their own solution, their own advice.Sam Clulow’s “Our Planet, Our Problem” is a great piece of writing that reminds us of who we are and what’s important for us and how we can live in a city and switch to a better, more thoughtful and natural life.Climate change is a topic all around the world now and it seems that many people are concerned about it and want to take action. But then, last month we had the busiest air travel day ever in history. Airplanes are accountable for one of the biggest parts of climate active emissions, so it’s key to reduce air travel as much as possible from today on. Coincidentally, this was also the hottest week measured in Europe ever. We as individuals need to finally cut down on flights, regardless of how tempting that next $50-holiday-flight to a nice destination might be, regardless of if it’s an important business meeting. What do we have video conferencing solutions for? Why do people claim to work remotely if they then fly around the world dozens of times in their life? There are so many nice destinations nearby, reachable by train or, if needed, by car. Monthly Web Development Update 8/2019: Strong Teams And Ethical Data Sensemaking Monthly Web Development Update 8/2019: Strong Teams And Ethical Data Sensemaking Anselm Hannemann 2019-08-16T13:51:00+02:00 2019-08-16T12:35:43+00:00What’s more powerful than a star who knows everything? Well, a team not made of stars but of people who love what they do, stand behind their company’s vision and can work together, support each other. Like a galaxy made of stars — where not every star shines and also doesn’t need to. Everyone has their place, their own strength, their own weakness. Teams don’t consist only of stars, they consist of people, and the most important thing is that the work and life culture is great. So don’t do a moonshot if you’re hiring someone but try to look for someone who fits into your team and encourages, supports your team’s values and members.In terms of your own life, take some time today to take a deep breath and recall what happened this week. Go through it day by day and appreciate the actions, the negative ones as well as the positive ones. Accept that negative things happen in our lives as well, otherwise we wouldn’t be able to feel good either. It’s a helpful exercise to balance your life, to have a way of invalidating the feeling of “I did nothing this week” or “I was quite unproductive.” It makes you understand why you might not have worked as much as you’re used to — but it feels fine because there’s a reason for it.NewsThree weeks ago we officially exhausted the Earth’s natural resources for the year — with four months left in 2019. Earth Overshoot Day is a good indicator of where we’re currently at in the fight against climate change and it’s a great initiative by people who try to give helpful advice on how we can move that date so one day in the (hopefully) near future we’ll reach overshoot day not before the end of the year or even in a new year.Chrome 76 brings the prefers-color-scheme media query (e.g. for dark mode support) and multiple simplifications for PWA installation.UI/UXThere are times to use toggle switches and times not to. When designers misuse them, it leads to confused and frustrated users. Knowing when to use them requires an understanding of the different types of toggle states and options.Font Awesome introduced Duotone Icons. An amazing set that is worth taking a look at.JavaScriptBen Frain explores the possibility of building a Progressive Web Application (PWA) without a framework. A quite interesting article series that shows the difference between relying on frameworks by default and building things from scratch.Web PerformanceSome experiments sound silly but in reality, they’re not: Chris Ashton used the web for a day on a 50MB budget. In Zimbabwe, for example, where 1 GB costs an average of $75.20, ranging from $12.50 to $138.46, 50MB is incredibly expensive. So reducing your app bundle size, image size, and website cost are directly related to how happy your users are when they browse your site or use your service. If it costs them $3.76 (50MB) to access your new sports shoe teaser page, it’s unlikely that they will buy or recommend it.BBC’s Toby Cox shares how they ditched iframes in favor of ShadowDOM to improve their site performance significantly. This is a good piece explaining the advantages and drawbacks of iframes and why adopting ShadowDOM takes time and still feels uncomfortable for most of us.Craig Mod shares why people prefer to choose (and pay for) fast software. People are grateful for it and are easily annoyed if the app takes too much time to start or shows a laggy user interface.Harry Roberts explains the details of the “time to first byte” metric and why it matters.CSSYes, prefers-reduced-motion isn’t super new anymore but still heavily underused on the web. Here’s how to apply it to your web application to serve a user’s request for reduced motion.HTML & SVGWith Chrome 76 we get the loading attribute which allows for native lazy loading of images just with HTML. It’s great to have a handy article that explains how to use, debug, and test it on your website today.last_img read more