The true size of Africa

first_imgA detail from Kai Krause’s True Size of Africa map. See this map for full details.By Anne Taylor13 September 2013Every day, I learn something new from the Internet. Today, it was the true size of Africa.Although I live on the continent, I am one of the millions who don’t understand just how big it really is. (I obviously never paid attention in Geography class.) This extraordinary map by graphic artist Kai Krause helps give us some idea. Drawn in 2010, the map shows the outlines of other countries fitted into the outline of Africa.Krause says the map is “a small contribution in the fight against rampant Immappancy” – most of us don’t realise that maps distort in one way or another. Our view of the world has been set by the very familiar Mercator projection map – but while this is useful for maritime travel, it distorts shapes and areas of large land masses – like Africa.Here Krause resizes countries and continents according to their actual land size in square kilometres. The US, India and China can all fit within the borders of Africa. In fact, they fit in with space to spare for another few countries…See Kai Krause’s full graphic and noteslast_img read more

Hiring Discrimination Isn’t Getting Better

first_imgAccording to a new study there has been little to no progress in reducing racial hiring discrimination since 1989. Researchers from Northwestern University, Harvard, and the Institute for Social Research in Norway looked studies on resume and interview discrimination in the past 28 years, looking for trends in the data. And boy did they find one – little to no progress. Hard data on hiring discrimination is incredibly important because it’s too common for organizations, and even HR departments, to dismiss the issue based on the feeling that they’re working hard to reduce hiring discrimination. This sort of meta-analysis provides context for in-house or industry programs to reduce hiring discrimination, but even more importantly, it shows that hiring discrimination is systemic and endemic – it’s everywhere. On average, white applicants receive 36% more callbacks than equally qualified African Americans (95% confidence interval of 25–47% more), based on random-effects meta-analysis of data since 1989, representing a substantial degree of direct discrimination. White applicants receive on average 24% more callbacks than Latinos (95% confidence interval of 15–33% more). If you’re curious about their methodology (yes, they did account for differences in methodologies over time) or want to learn more about their results, you can find their full report here.center_img Originally published on Workology blog. The researchers analyzed studies on resume discrimination – where resumes with randomized ethnic names are submitted – and interview discrimination – where candidates with identical credentials but different demographic backgrounds go for in person interviews – and found that what was true in 1989 is still true today: white candidates get more callbacks and get further in the hiring process. They say thatlast_img read more

Was Fatal Police Shooting Justified? [Viral Video]

first_imgHere is an update to a story we brought to you in yesterday’s LPM Insider:  The split-second decision by Orlando, Florida, police officers to open fire at the speeding driver of a late-model van in the parking lot of Colonial Plaza Monday afternoon was justified, former Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary said. Orlando Police Chief John Mina said the officers were in the area of Colonial Plaza Shopping Center on Monday when a loss prevention associate at Marshall’s, who notified them of a crime in progress, flagged them down. Mina said the suspects were trying to get away when the officers fired at the vehicle. The driver was struck by police gunfire and continued to drive away, leaving the shopping center, and was found dead near Langford Park soon after the shooting. “People need to realize a 6,000-pound vehicle is a weapon,” Beary said. “You had two officers who were in immediate danger.” Beary, a News 6 criminal consultant, reviewed the cellphone video captured of the shooting at the Orlando shopping center. Video obtained from a News 6 viewer, shows two Orlando police officers flanked on the driver and passenger side of a gray van. In the video, when the suspect, 32-year-old Juan Alberto Silva, who is seated behind the wheel, hits the gas pedal and speeds off, both officers opened fire. Silva was the getaway driver teamed with two women — Jocelyn Villot, 32, and Brittany Chandler, 26– who were spotted stealing baby clothes from Marshall’s store in Colonial Plaza, according to police.While replaying the video, Beary spotted a third officer, who he said could have possibly been a female supervisor, running away from the path of the speeding van. “I think this plays in favor of the officer on the passenger side,” Beary said. “Because he is protecting the third officer as well.” A spokesperson for the Orlando Police Department could not confirm whether a third officer was in front of the van. The officer on the driver’s side appeared to be negotiating with the suspect behind the wheel, which Beary says shows he was trying to deescalate the situation. In the span of one second, the video shows the driver hit the gas pedal and the officer open fire. The Orlando police officer on the passenger side fired additional shots as the van raced through the parking lot not far from the Florida Mall. Both officers, identified as Master Police Officer Anthony Wongshue and Officer Juan Abreu, are on paid leave. Wonghsue has been with the department since 2002 and is currently assigned to the North Patrol Division.  Abreu has been with the department since 2017 and is currently assigned to the Field Training Unit.  [Source: ClickOrlando] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Freemium Beats Premium in Revenue Earned, Says Flurry

first_imgTags:#Android#apps#iPhone#mobile#Trends The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Mobile analytics firm Flurry is out with a new report that examines the revenue generation capabilities of free-to-play (aka “freemium”) games versus paid ones. The conclusion was somewhat surprising: freemium games actually make more money. As of June, freemium games accounted for 65% of the revenue generated while premium games accounted for just 35%.But this hasn’t always been the case.To arrive at its conclusions, Flurry compared the revenue generated by pricing model among the top 100 grossing games out of the 90,000 + apps the company tracks on its service, during both January and June 2011.“Premium” simply means the game download costs money, explains Flurry, while “freemium” games are free-to-play, but the user can purchase items in the games, like virtual currency and virtual goods. What’s most surprising is that the shift to freemium as the biggest revenue generator has happened so fast. In fact, the two models have practically flip-flopped positions during the first six months of 2011. In January, for example, freemium games only accounted for 39% of the total revenue earned and premium games were at 61%. Now it’s 65% freemium versus 35% premium.Flurry says this should remind developers that the distribution models for video games have shifted – success is no longer measured by units sold, it’s about engagement, and then how many “compelling spending opportunities” you can provide players.The company also noted that the number of people who spend money in a free game ranges from 0.5% to 6%, depending on the game’s quality and its core mechanics. This shows that a small minority of a game’s most engaged players are worth more than a larger group of people who are willing to pay 99 cents for the download. sarah perezlast_img read more