…Ready for It? Taylor Swift announces Reputation tour dates; tickets on sale Dec. 13

first_imgTaylor Swift‘s tour in support of her new album Reputation now has its first dates.According to Taylor’s website, the first round kicks off May 8 in Glendale, AZ, all of them stadium shows. Right now, she’s got the tour mapped out through October, and promises additional tour dates for the U.K., Ireland, Australia & New Zealand.Tickets for the trek go on sale December 13, which is also Taylor’s 28th birthday.  She’ll be using Taylor Swift Tix, powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fans, for the tour. The program aims to get tickets into the hands of fans, not scalpers or bots. Registration for Taylor Swift Tix ends November 28.If the Reputation tour is anywhere near as big as Taylor’s 2015 1989 world tour, it could gross between $250 to $300 million.Here are Taylor’s first Reputation tour dates:5/8 —  Glendale, AZ, University of Phoenix Stadium5/12 — Santa Clara, CA, Levi’s Stadium5/19 — Pasadena, CA, Rose Bowl5/22 — Seattle, WA, CenturyLink Field5/25 — Denver, CO, Sports Authority Field At Mile High6/2 — Chicago, I,L Soldier Field6/30 — Louisville, KY, Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium7/7 — Columbus, OH, Ohio Stadium7/10 — Washington, D.C., FedEx Field7/14 — Philadelphia, PA, Lincoln Financial Field7/17 — Cleveland, OH, First Energy Stadium7/21 — East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium7/28 — Foxborough, MA, Gillette Stadium8/4 — Toronto, ON, Rogers Centre8/7 — Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Field8/11 — Atlanta, GA, Mercedes-Benz Stadium8/14 — Tampa, FL, Raymond James Stadium8/18 — Miami, FL, Hard Rock Stadium8/25 — Nashville, TN, Nissan Stadium8/28 — Detroit, MI, Ford Field9/1 — Minneapolis, MN, U.S. Bank Stadium9/8 — Kansas City, MO, Arrowhead Stadium9/15 — Indianapolis, IN, Lucas Oil Stadium9/18 — St. Louis, MO, The Dome at America’s Center9/22 — New Orleans, LA,  Mercedes-Benz Superdome9/29 — Houston, TX, NRG Stadium10/6 — Arlington, TX, AT&T Stadiumlast_img read more

South Africa hands over climate baton

first_img27 November 2012 South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane officially handed over the UN climate change presidency as this year’s UN climate summit (COP 18) got under way in Doha, Qatar on Monday. Thousands of government representatives, international organizations and civil society members gathered in the Qatari capital as the United Nations Climate Change Conference kicked off with a call to build on and implement previously agreed decisions to curb global carbon emissions by the year 2020.The Durban Platform During last year’s COP 17 gathering in Durban, South Africa, 194 countries agreed on a package of decisions – known as the Durban Platform – which include the launch of a protocol or legal instrument that would apply to all members, a second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol, and the launch of the Green Climate Fund, which was created to help developing nations protect themselves from climate impacts and build their own sustainable futures. The Doha gathering, which brings together the 195 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, will seek to meet the objectives set forth in another climate change meeting, held in Bali, and plan the work of the Durban Platform. The incoming president of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18), Qatar’s Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, told the gathering that their work over the next 10 days would “draw on past success … We have to reach an agreement on the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, build on progress in Bali, and make progress on our agreement in Durban.” Under the Kyoto Protocol, 37 states – consisting of highly industrialized countries and countries undergoing the process of transition to a market economy – have legally binding emission limitation and reduction commitments. Government delegates at the conference will try to extend the Kyoto Protocol, which expires at the end of 2012.‘The door is closing fast’ Addressing the conference, UNFCCC secretary Christiana Figueres highlighted recent UN-led reports pointing to the urgency of keeping global average temperatures from rising beyond an internationally agreed level of two degrees Celsius, beyond which climate change could have serious impacts. Analysis published by the World Bank last week shows the world remains at risk of seeing a four degree Celsius rise in temperatures by the end of the century. In its recently-released 2011 Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, the UN World Meteorological Organization said greenhouse gas concentration reached a record high last year, while the Emissions Gap Report by the UN Environment Programme warns that the gap between what is needed in terms of emission reductions to stay below two degrees Celsius and what has so far been promised by countries is widening, not decreasing. Figueres said countries could still reverse these trends if they decided to act, since the knowledge, technology and policy options needed to curb emissions were already available to them. However, she stressed that time was running out. “Expert analysis consistently says that we do have the possibility to keep on track and that to act now is safer and much less costly than to delay,” she said. “In the last three years, policy and action towards a sustainable, clean energy future has been growing faster than ever. But the door is closing fast because the pace and scale of action is simply not yet enough. So Doha must deliver its part in the longer-term solution.”Durban decisions ‘must be honoured’ South Africa’s ambassador at large for climate change, Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko, said ministers had to instruct their negotiators to honour the Durban package of decisions to ensure that it was not reopened and unravelled. “It’s on the basis of the Durban outcome that we need to move forward in COP 18. Doha must be all about the implementation of the already agreed decisions.” Mxakato-Diseko said that although there were some outstanding issues, ministers would need to work together to decide how to deal with these outstanding issues. “We have, for example, created a number of key institutions to enhance provision of the means of implementation. We need to effectively operationalize these institutions and ensure that they can deliver on their mandates.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

The Debate around Recording Interviews

first_imgAs most of you know, we have been actively recording our interviews since we opened our doors as Wicklander-Zulawski in 1982. While we use the recorded interviews to illustrate the techniques in our training sessions, we also use them as a means to monitor and measure our investigators. If a supervisor is simply evaluating interviewer performance based on the subject’s written statement and whether or not the case was successfully closed with an admission and written statement, she may be missing crucial information on the process.Recording interviews provides outstanding feedback to the interviewer that can’t be replicated by simply sitting in and observing the conversation. Undoubtedly, the supervisor will miss any number of potential critiques because he is listening in real time. The other problem with this mentoring and evaluation strategy is it requires the evaluator to be present at the time of the interview. Being present may be cost prohibitive or time sensitive because of other commitments.The recording provides an accurate reflection of what happened, when it happened, and how things were said that could never be replicated by an in-person evaluator. Review of the recording can provide significantly more relevant critiques to the new interviewer since he can actually see his behavior and hear his own words and the effect that they are having on the subject. There’s also an opportunity to evaluate behavioral clues that may have been present or verbal statements that could have led the interview in an entirely different direction. We find in our after-action evaluations of WZ interviewers that we can be particularly successful in identifying difficulties or strengths in the conversation.- Sponsor – Many of the participants in WZ‘s Elite Training Days agreed that their organizations’ legal teams are reluctant to use recordings, feeling that an investigator’s testimony is sufficient to defend the company against litigation. It is our feeling that times are changing, and there will be an expectation of a recording that will satisfy what actually occurred during the conversation between the investigator and subject.We are seeing a significant change in policing across the country, first with the advent of dash cams in squad cars and more recently with body cams worn by officers. The quality of these videos and perspective is often limited, leaving open to interpretation what was actually happening at the time of the incident. But without question, the preliminary response from police departments using cameras has been a significant reduction in citizen complaints.One of the most widely reported studies of the use of body cams was conducted by the city of Rialto, CA, which reported use-of-force incidents reduced by 59 percent and citizen complaints by 87.5 percent. Other departments have seen similar reductions in use-of-force and citizen complaints since the use of body cams was instituted. It is likely that the body cams significantly alter the police-public encounters since both are consciously aware the conversation is being recorded. This should translate into significant savings on litigation costs and expenses associated with these types of use-of-force or complaint incidents.Clearly, the officers are aware they are being closely monitored and are thus focused on adhering to their training in handling field incidents. Recording interviews also seems to encourage interviewers to stick closely to the training model chosen for their conversation in a more formal interview setting in the station. The use of the recordings holds the officers accountable to the community in both the formal interview setting at the station and infield encounters.In a recent expert-witness engagement, the plaintiff’s attorney broached the question of recording interviews. During our testimony relating to recordings, we focused on the differences between an established interviewing room in a law enforcement facility and those who would have to record in a remote location or store facility that was not set up for recordings. In response to these questions, we noted that there were cost considerations a company must evaluate in providing its investigators with recording equipment, as well as maintaining and storing it, preserving the recordings, and reviewing the recordings, to name but a few.In the business world, there is always going to be a close examination of the return on investment before any capital expenditures are made. Because of the random nature of recording in the field, there would also be issues relating to recordings that were incomplete because of equipment problems, audio that was garbled due to microphone malfunctions or background noise, and potentially the space available to remotely store the recording. This does not even mention the possibility of human error compromising the operation of the equipment, which may come into play as well.The debate continues…Check out the full article, “To Record or Not to Record,” which was published in LP Magazine in 2016. This excerpt was updated January 30, 2018. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Why Facebook Ads Are Like Pop Art

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Take this “Get Out of Debt with Siegel” ad on a dirty packed train car. You see it on the Chicago Red Line, a train that traverses almost the entire city – from the north side to the far south, passing steel buildings and open lots and fast cars. This train pauses for less than one-minute intervals to open its doors, swallowing in a new stampede of directionless people. It chugs on to the next stop, pausing only in an emergency. What better space to experience a late-night infomercial?Another writer described the experience of logging onto Facebook as entering Grand Central Station. It’s a space that’s ripe for advertisements. She felt deluged by friends, and has since defriended down to a lean number of 250, keeping mostly closer friends and family members. Doing this makes Facebook feel more like a neighborhood get-together and less of a visit to one of the busiest train stations in the United States. Facebook ads appear in what feels like a busy train station, perhaps. Facebook is still “feeling its way around the ad business.” Yet it did happen to sell more than $3 billion worth of ads last year. It’s probably because such ads operate on the simple idea of liking something. It’s something that Andy Warhol knew quite well.Facebook and The Laws of Pop Art“Anything you can post on a page, you can turn into an ad,” says Facebook. The content becomes easier to see as more users keep liking it. Advertisers receive the same sort of instant gratification as the ready and willing Facebook users. Everyone likes, everyone wins – at least, in a superficial sense. We become advertisements of ourselves, looking into a virtual mirror. Facebook’s ad strategy reminds me a lot of the concept behind pop art. In 1963, Andy Warhol said that one day everyone would be world-famous for 15 minutes. Reality TV and viral YouTube videos have made that happen, stretching those 15 minutes to perhaps 15 intense hours on the Internet. On Facebook, that idea becomes a reality even moreso because time is not linear, and fame happens within smaller sub-niches – so 25 people might be having their 15 minutes of fame at the exact same time. The social media celebrity is different than more traditional ideas of pop culture celebritydom that one witnesses at the Grammys, for example. Today everyone will be famous to 15 people, for 15 minutes. It’s the experience of pop art concepts on Facebook. Or maybe it’s Facebook pop art. Let’s examine.Here’s the Warhol version of pop art: Facebook is about liking things. And so is pop art. The two should really get to know each other. The experience of logging onto Facebook is like no other – it is like feeling one’s way through a black hole of non-linear time and space, plunging through other peoples’ memories and ideas. “Let’s do the time warp” doesn’t really explain what the Facebook experience feels like. “And the ad business still isn’t sure what to make of Facebook,” writes AllThingsD. “Grand new marketing paradigm, or a collection of 800 million people who don’t seem very interested in clicking on ads?”Are people clicking on Facebook ads? Such advertisements on Facebook sometimes feel more like those strange banner ads on public transportation than the more alluring targeted advertisements. I’m talking about ads on the train, the ones that you gaze at when you’re dead tired and just want to zone out, but you can’t. Those ads are there, staring back at you. Or maybe Facebook ads are more like pop art, culled from the banal, the commercial, memory and the everyday. They want you to like them, like, a lot. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook’s Pop Art Ad Strategy: You Will Like ThisWarhol produced Campbell’s Soup Cans in 1962. He took an everyday consumer culture object and silkscreened its image onto a canvas. Pop art was born.Facebook doesn’t take ads and make them into art – but an artist could easily do that, calling it Facebook Pop Art. That artist could take a Facebook ad, paint it onto canvas and display it in a gallery. Too easy? Are you ready to like it? This could work. Except advertising on Facebook doesn’t make complete sense.ReadWriteWeb’s Dave Copeland reports that the 845 million Facebook users that the company claimed in its IPO filing may not actually be quite accurate. Not surprisingly, 6% of those accounts may be fakes and another 5% may just folks who have downloaded the Facebook mobile app, which runs in the background (and might be collecting data from your text messages). Does advertising on Facebook make any sense at all? Or, rather, do pop art concepts make sense? Yes of course – if you want people to like you/it/the product, that is. And like they will. And here, you are the product, completing the cycle of personalized advertising. All you have to like is yourself.“The only number an advertiser cares about is the number of prospective customers it can reach — and what it takes to get them to buy whatever it is the advertiser is selling,” Marty Levine, executive vice president of product development at Prosyna Inc., told ReadWriteWeb.Being an “active user” on Facebook – and other networks, for that matter – is kind of like being a passive consumer, roaming about on Facebook with no real purpose. It is like strolling the streets taking photos with the Instagram app, and uploading them with no prior thought or consideration. It is strolling along, uploading things you like to Facebook, where social media pop culture lives. The actual soup cans, sans Warholianism: Facebook becomes a magazine. You put yourself on the cover of a magazine and then people like you. Or they just catch glimpses of you on Facebook. Either way, you’ve made the magazine, you’re in the public eye. Pop art is about liking things. Facebook advertisements are about liking things. And the more users like an idea, a status update or an image, the more advertisers know about them. In this pop art Facebook landscape, however, what does a like actually mean? It might be little more than a clever, passive verb. It is easy to digest, it is light and it hardly means a thing. It is something that you like.If you have ideas for the Facebook version of a pop art ad might look like, leave a comment below.Images via Wikimedia Commons and INeedToStopSoon.com. Tags:#advertising#Facebook#web Related Posts The Facebook ad version of pop art? Insert your idea here. Just make sure it’s commercial enough to stick. alicia eler A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

IPL spot-fixing scam: Preserving cricket’s purity will be priority, says Justice RM Lodha

first_imgFormer Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha will lead a three-member panel to decide on the quantum of punishment to be handed out to Gurunath Meiyappan, Raj Kundra, CSK and RR.Former Chief Justice of India, Rajendra Mal Lodha has his task cut out as chairman of the Supreme Court appointed committee that will decide on quantum of punishment to be imposed on Gurunath Meiyappan, Raj Kundra and the two IPL teams under scanner.Besides, the panel will also examine and make suitable recommendations to the BCCI Rules, Memorandum of Association and regulations to deal with various contentious issues listed in the judgment including how to avoid conflict of interest situations.The decision of the panel will be eagerly awaited by cricket lovers across the country. Justice Lodha, on his part, said the panel will do everything possible to bring in “transparency and accountability” in cricket administration. He also said the panel will go by the directives of the court aimed at preserving the “purity of the game.”Besides Lodha, the panel also comprises of retired Supreme Court judges justice Ashok Bhan and R.V. Raveendran.”Cricket needs to be saved and we will ensure that the fans are not disappointed. We will do our best to bring in transparency and accountability,” Justice Lodha told MAIL TODAY.The fate of N. Srinivasan’s son-in- law and Chennai Super Kings Team Principal Meiyappan as also Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra – found guilty of betting and having links with bookies by the Supreme Court – hinges on him.advertisementVirtually spelling the endgame for the two top IPL teams, a bench of Justices T.S. Thakur and M.I. Kalifullah said the franchises should also face punishment for the acts committed by its team officials.While the punishment for the officials can range between warning to suspension for a lifetime depending upon the nature and the gravity of the offence committed, the franchises could even be scrapped.”The judgment has been given by the highest court of the land and we will go by the several sweeping directions aimed at preserving the purity of the game,” Lodha said.The panel headed by him will also examine the role of IPL COO Sundar Raman with the help of investigating team earlier constituted by the court under IPS officer B.B. Mishra. The panel has been given six months to submit a report to the Supreme Court.The court had scrapped an amendment to the Rule 6.2.4 of the BCCI which allowed administrators (like Srinivasan) to own a team saying “it is the true villain in the situation at hand”.”An amendment which perpetuates such a conflict of interest cannot be countenanced and shall have to be struck down,” said the court.”Justice Lodha as the chairman of the new panel to prescribe punishment is a good choice. He will consider all aspects and weigh all options being a true lover of the game,” said justice Mukul Mudgal when his opinion was sought about him.The court had noted that it doesn’t want to give BCCI the power to impose the punishment as it won’t be “appropriate.”It handed the responsibility on the panel saying it would make the entire process “objective and transparent.” “One of the issues that would fall for determination in the light of these findings would be whether we should impose a suitable punishment ourselves or leave it to the BCCI to do the needful. Having given our anxious consideration to that aspect we are of the view that neither of these two courses would be appropriate,” the bench said on Thursday.last_img read more