Howard, Sassman Named to NFCA Player of the Year Top 25

first_imgThe award will be cut down to 10 student-athletes on May 14, and the Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year will be announced on May 30. Sassman has saved her best season for last, leading Division II with 8 triples and ranking in the top five in the Gulf South Conference in total bases (95; 3rd), batting (.432), slugging (.720; 4th), on-base percentage (.527; 5th), hits (57; 5th), RBIs (43; 5th), and doubles (13; 5th). FULL WATCHLIST Sassman and Howard are two of three players from the GSC to make the list, joined by Shelby Booker from Alabama Huntsville. Additionally, UWF and Winona State are the only schools with multiple student-athletes on the watchlist. The senior currently ranks seventh in UWF history with a .370 career batting average, fourth with a .604 career slugging percentage, sixth with 44 career doubles, second with 24 career triples, and first with 31 times hit by pitch. Her 24 triples also lead all active Division II softball players, rank second among active players at any NCAA level, and are the most in GSC history. The Lake Butler, Florida, native is a three-time GSC Freshman of the Week and has reached base in 40 of 45 games played this season. In all, Howard leads UWF with 23 multi-hit games this year, and she has had multiple hits in five of her last nine games. Teala Howard has been electric in her first season with the Blue and Green, and she ranks in the top 20 in the country in hits (68; 10th), batting (.459; 17th), and stolen bases (37; 15th). LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association released its Top 25 Schutt Sports/NFCA Player and Pitcher of the Year Watchlist on Thursday, and senior Rhiannon Sassman and freshman Teala Howard each earned a spot on the list. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

WMC wins first game of the season in girls soccer, defeats Manistee

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A fun approach to science teaching

first_imgDr Mirriam Tawana believes that all children should know about South Africa’s valuable fossil collection. Zandile Ndaba says Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves have a valuable role to educate children about fossils and the origins of humankind in a fun, interactive way.(Images: Cathy Findley Public Relations)MEDIA CONTACTS• Nicolle Kairuz Cathy Findley PR+27 11 463 6372RELATED ARTICLES• No bedbugs for early humans • Fossils tell the mammal story• Maropeng top evotourism destination • Maropeng sets green standard Wilma den HartighTwo women from Wits University’s Institute for Human Evolution are inspiring a new generation of scientists in South Africa by reaching out to pupils who have not had much exposure to career opportunities in the discipline.Through the medium of story-telling, Dr Mirriam Tawana, a palaeoanthropologist and Zandile Ndaba, a fossil excavator, are bringing the world of paleoscience to life, sharing their career highlights, experiences and life stories to inspire children to be curious about science, and proud of South Africa’s fossil heritage.Tawana is part of a new group of progressive academics who believe that it is up to scientists to promote the discipline. South Africa has experienced a shortage of scientists and graduates in the field of science and technology for years.Tawana’s interest is in palaeoanthropology, a branch of palaeontology that studies the evolution of humans.“I think it’s terrible that I only first learned about palaeoanthropology when I was already in university,” she says, adding that she finds the field exciting and fun.When she enrolled at Wits University with the intent to study medicine, Tawana didn’t know that a short course in palaeontology, taught by Dr Lucinda Backwell, would grab her attention.Born in the same area where the Taung Child, a fossilised skull of a juvenile Australopithecus africanus, was discovered in 1924 by quarrymen excavating lime in Taung, a small town in the North West province.“I was instantly hooked,” she says, and immediately made arrangements to change courses.Reaching out to schoolsTawana’s experience as a student got her thinking about the predicament of many children in under- resourced schools across the country.“It is heart-breaking when I ask a child what a fossil is and they don’t know,” she says. “This motivates me to participate in outreach initiatives at schools.”All children should know about South Africa’s valuable fossil collection, says Tawana, who explains that it is one of the richest in the world, containing almost complete hominid skeletons.Tawana and Ndaba recently took their enthusiasm for palaeontology and fossils to the St Ansgar’s school in the Cradle of Humankind district.Every year the Maropeng cultural centre partners with the Cradle of Humankind Management Authority to give pupils from schools in the area an opportunity to visit the Sterkfontein Caves, the discovery site of two other world-famous fossil finds, Mrs Ples and Little Foot.The partnership came about three years ago after the authority identified a number of local schools that did not have the financial means to visit Maropeng.“What I want young boys and girls to know is that careers in palaeontology are suitable for anyone,” Tawana says.Exposing children to fossilsNdaba says Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves have a valuable role to educate children about fossils and the origins of humankind in a fun, interactive way.“How can children become interested in something they have never seen?”Dealing with mistaken beliefs about fossils and palaeontology can be a major challenge for a young person thinking about following a career in this field, says Ndaba.“When I used to return from the fossil site, my father would tell me to wash because I had been working with dead people. It took me a long time to get him to understand what it was that I was doing,” she recalls.Career highlightsFor Tawana, participating in excavations is always a highlight. “Every time I go to a site I experience a mixture of anxiety and suspense,” she says. “You never know what you are going to find.”One of Ndaba’s most memorable experiences is excavations of the Malapa site at the Cradle. Here significant parts of a skeleton, believed to be an entirely new species of hominid named Australopithecus sediba, were discovered in 2009.“While I was busy digging, I found a pelvis, one of the parts of Sediba,” she recalls. “I thought I found nothing, but I learnt that this was a very important find.” The pelvis is used to determine how ancient humans walked.“The atmosphere on site is crazy when you make a find,” says Ndaba. “There is a lot of activity with pictures being taken and filming.”Leaders in palaeontologyThe two scientists attribute their interest in palaeoanthropology to leaders in the field, such as Dr Lucinda Backwell and Prof Lee Berger.“Lee has been like a father,” Ndaba says. “He wants us all to succeed!”Tawana says Prof Phillip Tobias, who died earlier this year, also made a significant impact on her career.She recalls spending a weekend with Tobias in Taung on an outreach programme. “He was surrounded by kids, and he made time for them,” she says. “It was such an honour to know him and work with someone of his calibre. He was such a motivator.”We are fortunate to have many more people like him in this field, such as Berger and a Backwell, Tawana added.More science graduates needed in SAThere are growing concerns among various stakeholders such as the government and the academic and research fields that South Africa is not producing enough graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.According to the Paleontological Society of Southern Africa, there is a chronic shortage of qualified palaeontologists in the country, and a need to expand the industry’s limited skills base.This is why promoting this area of study is so important.A human capital development report by the National Research Foundation suggests that areas such as palaeontology, palaeoanthropology and archaeology offer special research, tourism and educational opportunities in South Africa.Tawana hopes that some of their stories will leave a lasting impression on the pupils of St Ansgar’s.“By the show of hands it was clear that few of them had intended to pursue a career in science,” she says. “Hopefully our stories and passion for the field convinced them that a career in the field can be interesting and fun.”last_img read more

Amazon beta testing Influencer Program aimed exclusively at social media bigwigs

first_img HomeDigital MarketingAmazon beta testing Influencer Program aimed exclusively at social media bigwigs Amazon beta testing Influencer Program aimed exclusively at social media bigwigsYou are here: Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Amazon is beta-testing an invite-only Influencer Program that will give social media influencers an vanity URL to make commissions on sales of products they want to promote.Reported last week on TechCrunch, the program is similar to Amazon’s affiliate program in that the influencers — like affiliates — will earn a commission on products purchased via links attached to their Amazon URL. But, unlike the Amazon Affiliate program, which is open to anyone who wants to join, the Amazon Influencer Program is invite-only for social media influencers Amazon deems worthy of inclusion.From the Amazon’s Influencer Program details page:The Amazon Influencer Program is exclusively designed for social media influencers with large followings and a high frequency of posts with shoppable content. An intuitive vanity URL makes it easy for customers to find, browse and buy the products introduced to them through social media influencers. The program allows influencers to earn fees for purchases they drive through their social media platforms.To be considered for the program, Amazon says applications will be evaluated on things like the number of followers an influencer has on various social platforms, their engagement on posts, the quality of their content and level of relevancy for“There is no set cut-off and influencers across all tiers and categories are represented in the program,” says Amazon.The TechCrunch report included comments from Liane Mullin, the president and COO of the YouTube channel “What’sUpMoms,” who is already part of Amazon’s Influencer Program.“We are constantly asked by our community for product recommendations and about the products used in our videos,” says Mullins in the TechCrunch report, “Now that we have our own Amazon store [it] makes it much easier to have a curated collection all in one spot.”To submit applications, social media influencers must follow directions listed on the Amazon Influencer Program page. According to Amazon, only influencers with large followings who meet the program’s qualifications will receive an invite — and that, because of the volume of submissions, anyone who applies will only be contacted if they are invited to join the program.From our sponsors: Amazon beta testing Influencer Program aimed exclusively at social media bigwigs Posted on 4th April 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+sharelast_img read more

We Are Just Getting Started: 1,000 Smashing Members

first_img 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 (cm, sw, il)With so much happening on the web, what should we really pay attention to? At SmashingConf New York 2018 we’ll explore everything from PWAs, font loading best practices, web performance and eCommerce UX optimization, to refactoring CSS, design workflows and convincing your clients. With Sarah Drasner, Dan Mall, Sara Soueidan, Jason Grigsby, and many other speakers. Oct 23–24. Check the speakers → Each group of students had their own project to work on at The New Digital School. (Image source: Tiago Pedras) (Large preview) During Berlin Design Campus, we visited a number of offices in Berlin. One of them was Mozilla’s office, with a hands-on workshop by Amin al Hazwani. (Image source) (Large preview)You never get to visit or see how designers in those respected companies work, and what their processes look like. So happy and honored to be a part of this little initiative, and looking forward to more adventures in the future. Again, made possible through contributions of wonderful Smashing Members.New SmashingConf ExperienceWith a few more resources available to us, we were able to focus on exploring new formats for Smashing Conferences. Being inspired by our Italian friends from the NoSlidesConf, we tested a brand new format in Toronto earlier this year: interactive live sessions in which speakers were not allowed to use slides (be it Powerpoint, Keynote or Reveal.js). Instead, we encouraged speakers to show how they work, how they design and build, what their setup looks like, and give audience insights into how they think as they make progress in their work. Verena Vertonghen Verena’s journey in the development world started 6 years ago. She studied Multimedia Technology with a specialisation in Web&UX in Antwerp. We Are Just Getting Started: 1,000 Smashing MembersYou are here: HomeWeb DesignWe Are Just Getting Started: 1,000 Smashing Members “I’m a designer that codes front-end. What a combo, right? I also believe that merging design and technology can solve even the most difficult problems in this world. The Smashing community keeps me inspired and informed day in and day out.I catch up on SmashingMag every morning because it is one of the few online magazines in this industry who puts a lot of emphasis on good quality, relevant, and practical content.”It might sound like an overstatement, but these people have already made a difference. They’ve helped us initiate projects that we wouldn’t be able to support otherwise. Now, don’t get me wrong: with dwindling ad revenues facing us, of course our aim was to earn enough with the help of the Membership to keep the magazine independent and self-funded. But that’s just one side of the story. Our aim was also to support design education and new voices in the industry; reward great people doing great work; foster open, diverse, inclusive and accessible initiatives. Last but not least, we wanted to help community events and projects, and the people behind them.Did we achieve any of these goals with the money we’ve earned? I’m glad you asked.So How Much Money Did We Earn? Total: $33,128Initially, we were hoping to provide a larger financial support for new design/tech education initiatives and open-source projects, but with limited resources we had to be more realistic and pragmatic. We reached 1,013 Smashing Members in 257 days, with 30 supporters, 562 members, and 421 smashers. That makes a current total of $6,689 gross per month for August 2019.Since the launch of the Membership, Smashing Members contributed a total of $33,128 net over the course of 10 months (including current month):MonthNet revenueTotal$33,128November 2017$1,104December 2017$1,530January 2018$2,130February 2018$2,181March 2018$2,748April 2018$4,015May 2018$4,440June 2018$4,750July 2018$4,990August 2018$5,240It goes without saying that these kind contributions massively helped us cover monthly costs, from maintenance to honorarium for authors, in particular:Honorarium for authors contributing articles and chapters for Smashing Magazine, our eBooks and printed books,Honorarium for reviewers, editors, proofreaders, illustrator Ricardo Gimenes and front-end developer Ilya Pukhalski,Honorarium for all webinar speakers,All design education initiatives and community support is enabled by Smashing Membership,All money was reinvested in the Magazine and Membership projects.From day one, we kept things fully transparent; we’ve been sharing monthly reports on how much money we’ve earned and how we spent it. So here’s what happened since the launch of Membership last year.Smashing TV: 24 Live SessionsEach month, we are proud to host 2 curated webinars for Smashing Members. We’ve teamed up with active members of the community to run 1:1 interactive sessions with Smashing Members. Overall, we ran 24 Smashing TV webinars on front-end, UX, ethics, performance, accessibility and design workflow. With Marcy Sutton, Val Head, Dan Rose, Ada Rose Cannon, Martin Splitt, Michael Riethmueller, Sara Soueidan, dina Amin, Rachel Andrew and Dan Mall, among others.The goal of every session is to be highly practical and provide actionable insights and learnings — be it in front-end or in user experience. Everyone can also suggest topics for upcoming webinars in the Membership Slack channel, and we’ll invite speakers to cover the topic. Of course, live recordings of these sessions are available as well, and are later released publicly for free for everybody.Smashing TV: “Smashing Big Bang Redesign” with Vitaly FriedmanDesign/Tech Courses And TrainingsThese days there is always something to do, learn, or wrap your head around these days, and because all of us tend to get lost in small details, video tutorials and courses can be quite helpful. There are of course huge video course platforms which are wonderful, but there are also many fantastic one-man-show-teachers out there in the community who produce courses and tutorials for everybody to learn from.That’s why we’ve teamed up with some of these teachers to provide community discounts for training and video courses. For example, for a “Debugging” course run by Remy Sharp, or “DevTools Web Performance Course” by Umar Hansa, or “CSS Layouts Course” by Rachel Andrew or “React/ES6” courses by Wes Bos — with many more courses coming up over the next months.Supporting Community InitiativesIt’s not easy to maintain and grow a community, and we are proud to help community initiatives around the world to connect like-minded designers and developers.Here are the projects we’ve supported so far:Prjctr Design School (Kiev, Ukraine),MinskCSS/MinskJS (Minsk, Belarus),UX Salon (Tel-Aviv, Israel),WebdeLDN (London, UK),Osijek Digital Design Academy (Osijek, Croatia),New Digital School (Porto, Portugal),Ladies that UX Berlin (Berlin, Germany),UX Day (Amsterdam, Netherlands),ExConf Bratislava (Bratislava, Slovakia),Kyiv ReactJS Meetup (Kyiv, Ukraine),Ladies That UX Amsterdam (Amsterdam, Netherlands),PiterCSS (Moscow, Russia),DesignX (Toronto, Canada),Local communities in Kairo, Egypt.If you are running a meet-up or a community in your city, we’d be happy to support you as well. Just drop us a line and tell us a bit about your community, and we’ll make it happen!Smashing Book 6: New Frontiers In Web DesignIt took us a while, but we are almost there. The brand new Smashing Book 6 is coming out early September, with contributions by Laura Elizabeth, Marcy Sutton, Rachel Andrew, Mike Riethmuller, Harry Roberts, Lyza Gardner, Yoav Weiss, Adrian Zumbrunnen, Greg Nudelman, Ada Rose Cannon, and yours truly.It explores common pain points and solutions from real-world projects: be it accessibility in times of single-page apps, performance loading patterns, making design systems work in real-life, AR/VR, responsive art-direction, building an advanced service worker and designing for next-gen interfaces. A book packed with practical advice for designers and developers alike, designed and illustrated by Chiara Aliotta. Students presented their projects and shared their results with the group. (Image source: Tiago Pedras) (Large preview)For two years in a row now, I was honored to be able to explore the current state of front-end, interface design, and responsive art-direction with students from all over the world. In February this year, I headed to Porto to spend a week with students from India, Malaysia, Portugal, France and USA for an entire week. Each group of students was working on their own project, ranging from interactive VR storytelling to (hello, Miguel and Sarthak!) to Olympics leaderboards (and hello to you, Prashant and Marissa!).It might not sound like a big deal, but it was so rewarding to see the sparkle in the eyes of the students as they were working on their projects. Being able to provide an experience that hopefully many students will remember was a huge privilege and a remarkable moment in the entire experience. And it was all possible thanks to the contributions of our Smashing Members. I couldn’t be more proud of this effort.Berlin Design CampusLate June is usually quite slow, with most projects slowly fading into sleep mode. Well, it was quite the opposite for us. For June, we teamed up with Prjctr Design School (Kyiv, Ukraine) to run Berlin Design Campus — a week-long trip to Berlin to explore digital design agencies and studios with students from Ukraine. It was our first initiative to improve design education by setting up a project of our own.We visited the offices of Mozilla (thanks, Emanuela and Amin!), SinnerSchrader (thanks, Martin!), EdenSpiekermann (thanks, Daniel!), Hort (thanks, Eike!), Fjord (thanks, Simon and Jake!), Contentful (thanks, Ben!), Matteo Cevucci (previously EdenSpiekermann, Thoughtworks) with hands-on workshops in those companies throughout the week. From our sponsors: We Are Just Getting Started: 1,000 Smashing Members Arthur Leonov Arthur is a product designer that also codes front-end. He is a firm believer that merging design and technology can solve even the most difficult problems.center_img “I remember checking SmashingMag regularly as far back as middle school and have always loved the quality and steady quantity of content. I know I can trust the quality of writing on Smashing (especially considering there’s so much content and noise from other places to sift through nowadays)!I’m also a cat person, for sure. I’ve found the available resources to be really useful (eBook library and book discounts), and I can’t wait for the printed magazine to come out. That’s the other thing about Smashing; even though the medium in which I express my work as a web dev is primarily digital, Smashing still recognizes the value of well-produced and attractive physical media. I love getting the physical books for that reason.Oh, another thing. I used to freelance more back in middle school until I got my full-time position recently. When I found Smashing for the first time, I really loved how it really ‘got’ me and my job. There was coding, but also design (Photoshop, UX, etc.) and freelance articles specifically. It all felt very well balanced. I think that helped me develop my dev skills and the other auxiliary talents in a way that led to my holistic view of dev nowadays, too. We Are Just Getting Started: 1,000 Smashing Members We Are Just Getting Started: 1,000 Smashing Members Vitaly Friedman 2018-08-03T13:50:31+02:00 2018-08-03T11:54:40+00:00We’ve all been there: bringing a new product to the market is a tough nut to crack. It requires patience, commitment, and a bit of healthy stubbornness. That’s the exact attitude we started off with when we launched our shiny new Smashing Membership last October — a friendly and respectful community that keeps this website alive, along with books, webinars, discounts, networking, and a seasoned selection of fancy cats.Thanks to the generous support of Smashing Members, we’re incredibly honored to have crossed the 1,000 members mark today. This is a very important day for us, and frankly, it’s quite flattering to see 1,000 people actively supporting our little site and sharing our goals. In fact, with Membership, sometimes it feels like walking around a small town in which everyone knows each other and their friends, and so we know many members by name, and we’ve also met some of them at Smashing Conferences. It’s a wonderful family that shares similar values and wants to get better at their work. But it’s also a family that wants to bring along a shift in the industry.The People Behind The ScenesWhen looking at obscure avatars and nicknames appearing in remote corners of the web, it’s easy to forget that there are actually real people behind them. That’s why it was important for us that the Membership experience is focused around real names and real faces of the community members — both on the new Smashing Magazine website and in our Membership Slack channel. It’s the people who shape the community and make it feel like home, and so Membership should become a humane product, with approachable and friendly authors, contributors and attendees.We reached out to a few members to ask them why out of all the wonderful resources on the web, they chose to support the red, cat-friendly, and quirky Smashing Magazine, and what they found useful or remarkably painful during their Membership so far.Allen Brady Allen is based in Knoxville, TN. He is passionate about building great experiences on the web for companies and their audiences. Currently he is learning to make the web more accessible with great HTML, CSS and inclusive design. We couldn’t be more proud to team up with Prjctr Design School from Kiev, Ukraine who are trying change the education landscape in Kiev, Ukraine, and London. Visuals were designed by the Prjctr team as well. (Image source) (Large preview)We visited both design agencies and larger consultancy firms, spoke with local freelancers, artists and entrepreneurs. We’ve set up informal evening meetings in which students could ask questions, and we organized visits to offices so students could see how other professionals work. It was a fascinating week with practical insights you would never get otherwise; a look behind the scenes in actual real-life projects with early prototypes that failed and hands-on exercises to work on. Smashing Book 6 is coming. Shipping of the book will start late September, but you can already start reading the first chapters if you order your copy today. (Large preview)The book is being finished as we speak, but we’ve been slowly releasing chapters, so Members can actually start reading the book already before its official release. All new books and eBooks — as well as upcoming Smashing Print magazine (currently in the works) — is made available for Members free of charge. But that goes without saying, doesn’t it?Smashing Diversity ProgramThere is a huge amount of discrimination out there, and not everybody is getting a fair chance even though they deserve one. That’s why we’ve launched a Smashing Diversity program, providing conference and workshop tickets for students, non-profits, and people who might not be able to afford a conference ticket or attend a workshop. We also make sure that our conference volunteers can attend the sessions they’d love to see.Beyond that, please ping us if there is a way we can help you become a better speaker. To support and encourage new voices in the industry, I’ll be heading to Paris for Mozilla’s Tech Speaker program to provide mentorship, training, and opportunities to up-and-coming speakers from all over the world.Support New Wave Of Digital EducationTiego Pedras and Sara Ramos run the New Digital School, a new design education initiative in Porto, Portugal. In fact, they spoke about their project at SmashingConf Freiburg last year. Their goal is to provide students with better front-end and design education to be ready for real-life world. Emily Serven Emily is a recent college graduate and new member of the workforce. In her spare time, she like practicing photography, listening to foreign music, and occasionally playing Overwatch. “Now I’m a front-end developer who also picks up some design challenges from time to time. I love creating all sorts of things and going on walks with my dogs. Because Smashing Magazine has been an invaluable learning resource for me throughout my studies and my career. I decided on membership to support the continuation of all the great work that Smashing Magazine already offers. But also because you get even more goodies when you do.Some of the things I really like about it are the eBooks, previews to articles, webinars and the Slack channel that gives me the opportunity to connect with people that have a similar profile. The user experience is overall really great, and SmashingMag cat mascot gives a very playful and personal vibe!” “I wanted to support Smashing Magazine as soon as they launched their membership program because not only have they been an excellent resource over the years with all the fantastic articles, books and conferences, but also because they’re so great at amplifying the voices in this industry, which is really important. I know that with my membership I’m getting a diverse range of perspectives that’s really helped shape me into a better developer.The best part about this membership is the community. There’s a fantastic Slack group where you can talk about your projects, ask for help or just chat about whatever. The webinars have also been great. My favorite part is that we get to chat with the hosts and each other during the live recording. Involving the community in everything they can seems to be a theme with Smashing Magazine. It sets them apart from other resources out there and I love it.” Posted on 3rd August 2018Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share One of those unforgettable moments. When Gemma O’Brien brought her entire studio to SmashingConf Toronto, a conference where speakers weren’t allowed to use slides. We’ll be rolling out this format at all Smashing events in 2019. (Image credit: Marc Thiele) (Large preview)Instead of speaking in front of a podium, we set up a coffee shop-alike setting with speakers sitting at the desk and literally walking the audience through their thought process. It was a quite special event. Some speakers felt challenged and excited about the new format, and attendees appreciated the fact that every session was unique and pushed the speakers outside their comfort zones. That’s why we’ll be rolling out this format for SmashingConf 2019, along with lightning talks, design nights, and a book exchange board. It goes without saying: all Smashing Members are getting a heavy discount on all Smashing Conferences.Giving Back To The CommunityOf course, Smashing Magazine has always been free, but with Rachel Andrew joining us on board last year, we now have a strong and keen Editor-in-Chief focusing on getting the best articles out there every single day. Since then, we’ve published 87 articles — all thoroughly reviewed and edited by the Smashing Editorial team. We refocus back on the heart of it all — yours truly Smashing Magazine.We are committed to make the content we get out there accessible to as many people as possible. That goes for our eBooks as well. That’s why we also publicly released “Inclusive Design Patterns” eBook by Heydon Pickering (PDF, ePUB, Amazon Kindle), a wonderful book on inclusive design patterns — for free. Why? Because accessibility matters.We Are Just Getting Started1,000 is a first major milestone for us. Not many people know it, but the entire Smashing team is actually quite small, with just 13 of us floating from one project to another. Frankly, we might be a bit slow at times, but we are trying our best to bring along a positive change to our industry.We need less craziness and narrow-mindedness around us, and we need more respect, care, and constructive help. That’s the goal we are aiming to provide with the Smashing Membership, with our next projects, and with your help. There might be something in it for you, too. We are in it for a long game. We are, after all, just getting started.Huge thank you to Cosima Mielke for helping with preparations of this article, and Scott Whitehead for his kind support and work on the Smashing Membership. You are truly smashing!last_img read more

Barcelona president is a joke: Neymar hits back at Maria Bartomeu on Instagram

first_imgNeymar has called Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu a “joke” as the continued war of words between the two turns uglier by the day.In a record-shattering transfer, Neymar changed allegiance from Barcelona to French club Paris Saint-Germain in the recently concluded Transfer window. PSG paid Neymar’s 222m Euros release clause, which angered most of the Catalan faithful.Bartomeu, in an interview to Catalan newspapers Mundo Deportivo and Sport, claiming that Barcelona would be better off without Neymar the present season.With Barcelona’s transfer activity being heavily criticised, much of that blame has come on Bartomeu, with the signing of French teen sensation Ousmane Dembele, for an initial 105m Euros fee from Borussia Dortmund partly masking the questionable move of Brazilian Paulinho for 40m Euros from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.Reuters Photo”The trident was very good but it had its consequences,” Bartomeu told Sport.”It is an opportunity to return to the collective football in the middle of the field, which traditionally was Barca’s strength.”It is an opportunity, with a new coach, a new project. We need to stop being pessimistic!”Bartomeu also criticised Neymar and his father and agent Neymar Sr’s exit strategy. He has been quaoted as saying, “We made the mistake of trusting Neymar & his dad too much.”On an Instagram post bearing Bartomeu’s quote about him and his father, Neymar replied, “This president is a joke”.Things can a far more worse turn for Bartomeu as a vote of no confidence motion has been launched by former Barcelona presidential candidate Agusti Benedito, which can oust Bartomeu if the motion receives enough support in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Santa Cruz Health Centre to be upgraded

first_imgMinister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says that the Santa Cruz Health Centre is to benefit from extensive upgrading to transform the facility into a centre of excellence. Making the disclosure during a recent tour of the facility, the Minister informed that the project, estimated to cost $100 million, will be done in stages. Work on the initial phase, expected to cost $25 million, is to get underway soon, with the critical areas to be addressed. “Taking it to its final stages will require an additional $75 million. The intention is that, that figure will be rolled in over the next two years, so that we will be able, at the end of that time, to have a first class/first world primary centre that is in keeping with excellence and in keeping with the Government’s priority for the renewal of primary health care,” Dr. Ferguson said. He said that the thrust to upgrade health centres across the country is to ensure that they can offer first-class service to citizens, relieving the burden on the hospitals, so that they can devote more time and effort on specialized health needs. “Part of the strategy of renewal speaks to not just the emphasis on primary health care, but on the relationship between primary health and secondary care, and tertiary care. We want to be in a position to be able to do a seamless referral from primary to secondary,” he stated. “What we want, is to create at the community level… an opportunity for patients and clients to recognize that there is a real choice in attending a health centre, that will allow our hospitals to do the more complicated procedures,” he added. Dr. Ferguson reported that over the last three years, a number of health centres have been repaired under an ongoing $300 million project, and in the Southern Region, where Santa Cruz is located, over $40 million have been spent on facilities. He said that the Black River Clinic will be receiving attention, with $500,000 to be spent on kitchen repairs.last_img read more

Yes The Carolina Panthers Can Still Make The Playoffs

FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions currently give the Carolina Panthers a less than 1 percent chance of making the playoffs. In the video above, Reuben Fischer-Baum walks us through the unlikely scenario that would allow the 6-8 Panthers to squeak into the playoffs as an NFC wild-card team. Share on Facebook