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READERS FORUM FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016

first_imgREADERS FORUM FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?We are asking our readers to “like us” on Facebook and encourage friends and family to do so, as well? Our next IS IT TRUE will be posted on this coming Friday?If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] “Readers Poll”:Do you feel that Council was correct in voting to spend $17 million dollars to renovate North Main area?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Unlearning racial bias

first_img ‘Aversion racism’ addressed at Diversity Dialogue Yale professor examines unconscious biases by whites When it comes to bias-based hate, there are deep reasons U.S. appears to be slipping, analyst says Miao Qian, a postdoctoral research fellow with the Inequality in America Initiative, studies the development of implicit racial biases in children to understand better how and when unconscious prejudices and stereotypes form in the brain. Qian, who received a Ph.D. in developmental psychology and education from the University of Toronto, envisions a future in which children are able to “unlearn” unconscious bias through training and education starting early in their lives. The Gazette spoke to her about her life growing up in a racially homogenous society and the influence of her own experiences on her research.Q&AMiao QianGAZETTE: How did you become interested in racial bias?QIAN: I have two main research questions. The first one is when racial bias emerges in the first place, and the second is, if this bias exists in childhood, what are we going to do to reduce that bias? My path to these research questions is very unusual. I grew up in China, and although there are over 1 billion people and there is some diversity from a local point of view, in terms of racial diversity China is largely homogeneous. The very first time I saw a person of African origin was four years ago when I was earning my master’s degree in China. I made several friends who were from Cameroon, and they told me stories about how they were discriminated against in China. They would go buy fruit, and they were charged three or four times as much for the price, or people would also gesture at them in restaurants.Out of those experiences came a flood of passion and enthusiasm to study the topic of racial bias. As a graduate student in developmental psychology, I was very interested in how stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination come to us in the first place. Afterward, I did my Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, and Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, so my experience there as a minority also gave me a unique perspective about this topic. Even though Toronto is one of the most diverse cities, there is still discrimination and prejudice based on race and ethnicity, accent, and nationality, so it made me think more about how and when that happens. And, if that bias exists, how do we educate children and stop that before it becomes fully entrenched with age, societal pressure, and social media? Now, moving to the U.S., race is very hotly discussed. I’ve been working on this issue for about seven years now, and have become very passionate about this topic, about ending racial inequality. “In China, young children don’t even know about race because that’s not a very common concept that parents or teachers discuss with them. But even without any knowledge about race, they still have bias …” GAZETTE: Did you have to develop special tools for your work?QIAN: My work on implicit bias was inspired by Dr. Mahzarin Banaji, who is a psychology professor here. I’m currently working with her to develop a child-friendly version of the Implicit Bias Test, to measure the implicit association in kids’ minds about positivity and negativity with different races. I developed an app, and we are able to measure children’s associations between different races, and positive or negative attributes. For example, we could measure how quickly they associate black people with “good” or “bad” using words like friendly or nice, or words like mean or unfriendly. Based on my previous work, I know that Chinese kids as young as age 3 already show this implicit association. They tend to associate good things with their own race, and bad words with other races. I am working with Professor Banaji’s lab on developing and polishing this [app] method and developing an online measurement to see whether we can measure kids’ biases in the U.S. We want to see whether children here, as young as age 3, show implicit bias, and we also want to see how culture makes a difference in that finding, especially with some children’s own social networks being more diverse.GAZETTE: How do you plan to tackle the next part of your project: reducing bias among children?QIAN: There is a famous psychology phenomenon called the “other-race effect.” It means that children from a very young age remember and recognize their “own-race” faces more than “other-race” faces. They feel like other-race people look all the same and it’s hard to differentiate between them. I developed a child-friendly, app-like game based on a training method called individuation training, which is designed to focus children’s attention on individuals instead of just categorizing people as a race. I show a face to a child, and they have to remember the faces, so I match them with a number or a name. My research in China indicated that individuation training reduced Chinese children’s negative implicit biases against black people. Follow-up research in Canada further replicated this finding and directly pointed to the role of cross-race friendship in facilitating the training effects. The end goal is that we want to reduce bias in the long term, so we also have an idea for an online training so parents can guide their children through it when they are at home or in other settings.GAZETTE: What are some of the challenges you face when trying to measure these implicit attitudes?QIAN: White parents are often very concerned about talking about race with their children, partly because they feel like it’s not the time, that kids don’t understand the concept of race. But scientific evidence suggests that babies as young as 9 months old know the perceptual difference between different race groups. They don’t know that it’s “white people” or “black people,” but they know a group of people is different from them. It will never be too early to talk to kids about race, and it’s important to talk to kids from a young age about why we’re different and also why we have similarities. I focus on implicit associations, which are like cultural thumbprints in our mind that we carry. You might not know it’s there, but it shapes our decision-making and judgment about certain people and members of a group. Good people can have implicit bias, so it’s very important to admit that we do have implicit bias, and we have to put that on the table and try our best to avoid being trapped by our biases.This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity and length. ‘We are not looking as good as we did a few years ago’center_img Related ‘Incognito’ author uncovers biases GAZETTE: How do you adapt your research process to the different contexts and cultures in which you work?QIAN: In China, young children don’t even know about race because that’s not a very common concept that parents or teachers discuss with them. But even without any knowledge about race, they still have bias, so I was interested in how that happens in the first place. And when I moved to Toronto, and then to the U.S., I was very interested in how children’s personal experiences across race and cultural contexts, or their exposure to diversity in their community or school or neighborhood, would make a difference, in terms of whether having more contact or having friends from another ethnic background would reduce bias. We always talk about diversity, but whether diversity actually makes a difference in shaping our attitudes … we don’t know solid answers about those questions, especially in young children.GAZETTE: How do you measure bias in children?QIAN: There are many ways to understand racial attitudes. I could ask kids questions like: “Do you like Asian people?” and then “How much do you like them?” with a scale from one to five. Those are what we called explicit racial bias, based on self-reporting. There are other aspects of our minds that we are unaware of, or even if we know about them, we might not be willing to say it. Those are what psychologists called implicit racial bias. Measuring implicit biases is hard, especially for children. I work with 3- to 5-year-old children, and they sometimes lack the verbal ability to report their feelings. For example, some don’t know the words to express their likes and dislikes, as well as the reasons why. When children grow older, they can be concerned about their reputations and would not likely say their true feelings and want to be consistent with their parents or authority figures’ words instead of their own beliefs and thoughts. FAS Diversity Dialogues take people beyond the superficial last_img read more

How buyers can win at auctions

first_imgPrincipal Julie Johnston and Director of Sales Ben Johnston from Property Shop Cairns believe auctions can deliver wins for buyers. Picture: Justin Brierty. THE transparency of the auction process opens the door for buyers to be able to win big, writes Ben Johnston in our expert column this week. The benefits of a sale by auction to property sellers are numerous and regularly communicated.They generally include the potential for a premium sale price as a result of increased competition between buyers, and the fact that a greater level of control over the sale process is achieved. What is rarely discussed, however, are the benefits of the auction sale method to property buyers. While many buyers might instinctively be deterred by auctions for various reasons, there are important considerations which challenge this attitude.Perhaps the biggest complaint that buyers have when purchasing property with an asking price is when they are placed in competition with another buyer.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoThey are unable to know what price or terms the other offer is being made at, and so are unable to determine what they, themselves, need to offer in order to “win the bid”, so to speak. This is done to maintain fairness and unfortunately cannot be avoided in a standard private treaty sale process.However, an auction eliminates this issue. Smarter investments are made because properties are purchased at a fair market value and, in an open auction forum, all buyers know exactly what their offer needs to be in order to secure the property.Unmotivated sellers will also rarely auction their properties. Buyers can be sure that sellers will consider all offers made and that they are likely to be prepared to accept a fair market value offer for the property by a set date – no long drawn-out closed-room negotiations.Properties which are of appeal and worth purchasing are also worth competing for. – Ben Johnston is the sales director at Property Shop Cairns.last_img read more

Black vows to sort out Alapag-Nabong issue

first_imgMOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LATEST STORIES Alapag opted to stay mum on the exchange as he excused himself out of the venue together with his pregnant wife LJ Moreno.Black knows that he needs the two to make amends quickly as the Bolts seek to go up 2-0 against the Hotshots on Tuesday at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Pingris: Hotshots ‘gave up’ in Game 1 loss to Bolts View comments The incident almost overshadowed Meralco’s 72-66 comeback win over Star to open their 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series Sunday at Alonte Sports Arena here, where the Bolts fought back from 17-points down early and rallied from a 12 point hole early in the fourth.Eyewitnesses said Alapag and Nabong had a disagreement on the bench while Meralco was making a furious run in the final three minutes of the game. Alapag was pointing something out to Nabong late in the game, but the bruiser didn’t take one of the veteran guard’s points kindly as the two had to be separated by the Bolts staff.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlapag would later on join the team’s huddles as Black mapped out his game-winning plays, while Nabong refused to participate and stayed on the far end of the bench.The Fil-Am center rushed to the locker room after the game and was the first one out of Meralco’s dugout.center_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBIÑAN — Meralco coach Norman Black offered little to shed light on the spat between assistant coach Jimmy Alapag and Bolts center Kelly Nabong, but promised he would get to the bottom of the issue and sort things out on Monday.“I really don’t know the whole story, but I’ll sort it out tomorrow (Monday) and I’ll take care of it. Believe me,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:37PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Kiefer Ravena proud of brother Thirdy: ‘Hardwork, sacrifice get you to where you want to be’

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss With Ravena’s inclusion, Thirdy and his older brother Kiefer also became the first brothers to suit up for Gilas.Kiefer couldn’t be any prouder of Thirdy but he also reminded everyone that nothing is a guarantee and that everything is earned.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Roger Federer to play Madrid Open after 2-year absence Proud of @ThirdyRavenaaa 🙏🏽 but being the 1st brothers to be called up by #GilasPilipinas 💪🏽💯 hardwork and a lot of sacrifices gets you to where you wanna be. 💪🏽🙏🏽— Kiefer Ravena (@kieferravena) February 20, 2019 PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war The 25-year-old Kiefer would’ve been part of the national team had he not been suspended by Fiba although, it’s hard to tell if he and Thirdy would’ve both made the lineup had that been the case.The future, however, could eventually lead to the prolific Ravena brothers being Gilas teammates and national team mainstays.The 22-year-old Thirdy is set to make his Gilas debut on Friday, 12 a.m. (Manila time) against Qatar in a must-win game.ADVERTISEMENT Thirdy Ravena officially became the first collegiate player to make Gilas Pilipinas’ roster on Tuesday after being named in the team’s final 12-man lineup against Qatar in the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Top 10 Most Egregious SEO Mistakes

first_img SEO Originally published Mar 13, 2008 11:08:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 As an Internet Marketing Advisor at HubSpot, I get to talk to all of the people who are interested in learning more about our inbound marketing system and who want to do internet marketing more effectively.Some of them know that they want our help; know what they need to do and they have a pretty good idea of how to do it. They just need some guidance and the right tools and systems in place.Most people, though, still have a lot to learn. Search Engine Optimization, although only a piece of what we help people do, seems to be the most common challenge that causes people to initially seek our help. It’s also the thing that people seem most confused about, as well as the thing that people make the most mistakes doing, whether they have a SEO consultant involved or not.The name of the game for search engine optimization is extremely simple. Once you’re up and running with the right tools and systems, all you need to do is….Publish new GREAT content on new pages on your website REGULARLY.People get so confused about SEO. They are usually just wrapped up in all of the details.But, if you want to do SEO correctly, there’s one thing that you will spend the majority of your time doing: writing great content.We’re talking 90% of the time you spend doing SEO should be spent writing about you, your industry, your business, your products, your services and the problems you solve for your clients. All stuff that should be second nature to you.Yeah. You need to learn a few other things.But, if you can write, you can do SEO. The rest can be taught. And the rest should not distract you from writing.Unless… you fall victim to one of these mistakes.Top 10 Most Egregious SEO MistakesDavid Letterman Style, here it is:#10. You’re optimizing your website around really common (probably really popular) keywords that you’ll never be able to rank for. In the last week, I’ve had two people tell me they wanted to optimize their site around “leadership”. I said, good luck competing with Wikipedia and About.com.#9. Everyone of your title tags has the same keyword phrase in it. And it’s your company name. The title tag on a page is probably the most important on-page SEO factor to consider when creating new pages. You probably already rank well for a search on your company name, so you can safely leave that out and still get that traffic. So, make sure you pick appropriate keyword phrases for each page that are phrases that someone is going to type into a search engine in order to find a product or service like yours.#8. Dynamic URLs without your keywords in it. You bought a fancy shopping cart or content management system (CMS) that uses dynamic urls with all kinds of random numbers and random letters in the url. Your URLs should be readable by humans because search engines read words like humans too. The words in your URLs is another very important signal to search engines what that page is about. So, get yourself a CMS that allows you to control your urls or get yourself a URL rewriter. Include your keywords in your URLs.#7. You used images as headings. Headings are usually the big bold letters right above the content at the top of a page usually below your navigation. See “HubSpot Inbound Internet Marketing Blog”. That’s a heading. If these are “words built with images” (designers do this to control the font of the text), search engines aren’t reading them. These should be text. Pick a web safe font that’s close to what you want. Go with that.#6. Number 6 is equally egregious, but a little less common nowadays unless your website is circa 1997… If your navigation is built using image buttons instead of text, you’re giving search engine one less signal about what that page is about. See #7 for a fix: Use text.#5. All of the above. I’ve seen it happen. I’ve seen sites with all of the above mistakes. Really. Honest.#4. Doing SEO after the website is designed and built. For some reason, people think SEO should start afterwards. I’ve been racking my brain for an analogy, but it’s really pretty simple: Do you go on a trip before you pack? Do you launch a business before writing some sort of business plan? Do you visit to a friend’s new house without printing out driving directions?SEO done right allows you to determine what content to write in order to get traffic from search engines. And you shouldn’t design a site before you know what content will be on it. I’m not saying that you should change your business model or product name based on what keywords will be easiest to rank for, but you should consider it. I guarantee you that your competitors or smart internet marketers are doing this homework. Why not claim the search traffic for your business? It only takes a little bit of planning.Plus, if you go to a designer or web developer that isn’t an expert at SEO (Most aren’t – even though they say they are), they may not implement a system that allows you to publish new pages and optimize your site around your keywords without paying them $100/hour to make the changes and additions for you. Someone that knows SEO will launch your website in a system that allows you to easily do SEO on a continous basis.Which brings us to…#3. Our design firm “DID” SEO for us. This one is probably the most common. There is no such thing as “BEING DONE” with SEO. It’s an ongoing thing. Just the other night, I logged into HubSpot’s Keyword Grader tool and found 2 new keywords that we should target. We rank not-quite-on-the-first-page for both of them and both of them could deliver several hundred visitors/month once we get to the first page. That’s hundreds more visitors we could attract to our site – with a bit of effort. And we already rank for “internet marketing”, “internet marketing software” and a bunch of other great phrases that are relevant to our business. Doing SEO once is like doing prospecting once. If your salesperson said “I called prospects last month” as a reason for not calling any new prospects this month, what would you say to them right before you fired them?#2. You built your website entirely in flash. You might as well put an invisible shield up between you and the search engines because they don’t see you.#1. And the number one most egregious mistake. Drumroll, please… Your site is built entirely in flash, you’re a web design firm, and you advertise that you do SEO. I’ve run into two of these people recently. I won’t link to them even though they deserve to be called out.That about covers it. I hope this was a fun way for you to learn HOW TO DO SEO and not just HOW NOT TO DO SEO. I recently wrote a more detailed post on my blog about how to continuously identify new keywords for your content creation and link building efforts which details the few things that you need to know besides content creation to do SEO effectively. It should dispel any misconception that SEO is some mysterious science not comprehensible by mere business mortals. Have you seen other egregious SEO mistakes that should be included in the Top 100 List?  Leave a comment below and share with the community.Free eBook: Introduction to Search Engine Optimization Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlackcenter_img It’s about time your business started taking advantage of SEO to increase organic traffic.Download this free ebook to learn how to successfully optimize your website and content to get found online. Topics:last_img read more

Inbound Marketing at a Maasai Village in Kenya

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Jun 17, 2008 10:38:00 AM, updated October 01 2019 Don’t advertise. All the safari guides know that there are a number of native villages that will accept outside guests, but you will not find any advertisements to tour the villages or any promotion of it as an activity. The only way we knew about it is that we have friends who have gone on safari before and the sent us pictures of their visit to a village and told us about it. If you think about it, advertising would probably have a negative effect on “business” since the village might feel a lot less “authentic” if there were pamphlets about it at the concierge desk including a $2 off coupon.Encourage user participation. Right from the first few minutes of our visit, the Maasai were asking us to join them in a number of activities, including dancing the “welcome dance” like in the photo above with me in the white t-shirt. (Yes, there is actually video of me dancing with the Maasai. No, you will not get to see it.)  Encouraging feedback, comments and interactions with your users or customers is an important part of inbound marketing because the company no longer controls or owns the market – the customers are in charge now, and you really want to give them a voice and listen to it.Generate lots of content. One fundamental principle of inbound marketing is that companies should act more like publishers, because publishing lots of content relevant to your market creates a magnetic effect of drawing more people toward your content and your company website. The Maasai have embraced this concept. Though they do not create much content themselves – they embrace user generated content because they were always encouraging us to take more and more photos.  Literally, every three stpes in the village, they asked us to take more and more photos.  The marketing benefit of this is that the more photos people take the more likely there will be good an interesting photos that people will share on photo sharing sites like Flickr, continuing to spread the word about visiting a Maasai village.Gather customer feedback. Our guide asked us twice during the visit if we were enjoying ourselves and what they could do differently. At the end he specifically asked a couple questions about certain parts of the visit and if a couple of the other villagers had been helpful or not.  If you are an inbound marketing guru, you know that only if you have a remarkable product will others spread your message for you.  Our guide was very interested in making sure we had a remarkable experience and were more likely to tell others.Ask for recommendations. Finally, if you have a remarkable product, there is something you can do to encourage your customers to spread your message even more.  Ask them.  After we had given some feedback to our guide and said our visit was enjoyable, he asked us to tell our friends to come to Kenya and visit a Maasai village during their trip.Note: I know that it is highly unlikely that someone from a Maasai village in Amboseli, Kenya is reading blog articles and books from places like HubSpot, David Meerman Scott and Seth Godin and then devising an inbound marketing strategy based on that information.  The likely scenario is that all of this just evolved.  However, it is still interesting to me the way that it evolved, and that their strategy embraces inbound marketing so much.What do you think?  Have you seen other interesting and unexpected examples of inbound marketing? Topics:center_img I recently returned from a safari in Kenya (it was a great trip and I recommend it to everyone).  On one of the days, we visited a village of Maasai, which are a semi-nomadic indigenous people.  I wasn’t expecting to pick up any interesting marketing tidbits that day, but on the drive back to where we were staying, I realized that maybe there were some relevant inbound marketing takeaways… Inbound Marketinglast_img read more