Holcomb recognizes public safety communications workers

first_imgIndianapolis, In. – Public Safety Telecommunications Week originated in California in 1981 and was nationally recognized by an act of the United States Congress in 1991.  In Indiana, Public Safety Telecommunications Week has been recognized statewide since 1999, most commonly by a proclamation from Indiana’s Governor.Public Safety Telecommunications Week reminds all Hoosiers that the first step in receiving help is the initial call to 911 and hearing the voice of a local city, county, or state public safety dispatcher.  These are the men and women that collect the initial information to pass along to law enforcement officers in the field.  Often times they are able to give immediate lifesaving directions to the caller during medical emergencies or can be the calming voice to reassure the victim of a violent crime that help is on the way.  And the service of a telecommunications operator extends well beyond taking calls from citizens as they are the lifeline to the police officer, deputy sheriff or state trooper out on patrol.In short, the telecommunications operator is the two-way lifeline link taking calls for service.  Whether the call comes by phone from the public, or over a radio from a law enforcement professional, telecommunication operators are one of the most important and under-recognized components of public safety.Attached with this Indiana State Police Go. Delivery news release is a PDF copy of the proclamation issued by Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb recognizing April 8 – 14, 2018 as Public Safety Telecommunications Week.last_img read more

Crystal Kirk

first_imgCrystal Kirk, 38 of Aurora passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg.  Crystal was born Wednesday, March 11, 1981 in Dearborn County, the daughter of Paul and Patty (Taylor) Kirk.  Crystal was a factory worker, enjoyed playing bingo, loved to work and loved being with family.Crystal is survived by mother Patty Caseltine of Aurora; son Shane Holland of Aurora; sisters: Michelle (Chris) Hugentobler of Aurora, Lisa (Ethan) Wheelden of Delaware, and Julie Sizemore of Harrison, OH; brother Steven Sizemore of Harrison, OH; step-father Tom Caseltine of Aurora; step-mother Vivian Kirk of Bright; step-daughter Cassie Coley of Virginia Beach; grandmother Virginia (Taylor) Emery of Moores Hill; 4 nephews; 1 great nephew; 1 great niece; many cousins, aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her father Paul Kirk, papaw Jack Emery and Gaylen Holland.A service celebrating her life will be held 12 PM Monday, May 6 at Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home in Moores Hill with Pastor Tommy Beatley officiating.  Family and friends may gather to share and remember her 10 AM – 12 PM Monday, May 6 also at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given in honor of Crystal to the family.  Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 16717 Manchester Street, P.O. Box 156, Moores Hill, IN 47032, (812) 744-3280.  You may go to www.sibbettmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

The Latest: Mental health experts now assisting US athletes

first_imgThe Latest: Mental health experts now assisting US athletes Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang was among 20 people arrested in Kenya for locking themselves in a bar and drinking alcohol in breach of a curfew imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Police say the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist was among those detained at a police station in Iten, one of Kenya’s famous high-altitude towns where distance runners train. They were in breach of a 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. The group included a local politician.Kipsang, who is also a police officer, was provisionally suspended this year from track and field and charged with doping offenses that include tampering with doping samples. He has also won the New York, London and Berlin marathons.Twelve athletes were arrested in Iten earlier this week for breaching Kenyan government regulations on social gatherings during the COVID-19 crisis. The runners were arrested for training in a group, which has been banned in Kenya. Training camps have been shut down and athletes must train alone.___ The WNBA, which was set to begin its 24th season, is the longest running professional women’s sports league.___The Premier League has pushed back its restart date and says play will not resume at the beginning of May.The league had given a return date of April 30 amid the coronavirus outbreak but now says the season “will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.”It says there remained a “combined objective” for all remaining domestic league and cup matches to be played to maintain the integrity of each competition. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee says the experts are leading discussions about mental health and wellness for athletes and staff in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Those same experts will also be on hand at the Tokyo Games, which have been postponed a year.The USOPC also disclosed the 13 members of a new external mental health task force created to support American athletes and coaches. It includes Olympians, doctors and the head of The Speedy Foundation, a mental-health organization named after the late Jeret “Speedy” Peterson, an Olympic silver medalist in aerials. That group is working with an internal group at the USOC being led by chief medical officer Jonathan Finnoff. ___The world heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev on June 20 has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The move comes after an influx of suspected coronavirus cases put existing facilities in the city of Dortmund under strain.The center will open on Saturday.___The Tour de Suisse has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, removing one of the few cycling events left on the calendar before the Tour de France is due to start.The nine-day Swiss race was scheduled to run from June 6-14 and is designed to give riders a chance to prepare for the three-week Tour de France. The French race is still scheduled to start on June 27. The league also says it has consulted players over a pay deduction or deferral of 30%.It also voted to advance funds of 125 million pounds ($150 million) to clubs in the English Football League and fifth-tier National League.___German soccer club Borussia Dortmund is converting part of its stadium into a treatment center amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Bundesliga club says a space inside Germany’s largest soccer stadium has been made available for medical staff to examine people with virus symptoms. World Triathlon president Marisol Casado says “the suspension of all activities doesn’t mean at all that we stop working” on finding alternative dates.___The WNBA has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league was set to open training camps on April 26 and the regular season was to begin on May 15. The WNBA will still hold a “virtual” draft on April 17.Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement. “While the league continues to use this time to conduct scenario-planning regarding new start dates and innovative formats, our guiding principle will continue to be the health and safety of the players, fans and employees.” RUSADA deputy CEO Margarita Pakhnotskaya tells The Associated Press that her agency is looking for possible exemptions to instructions from President Vladimir Putin for all Russians except those working in essential sectors to stay home through April 30.Pakhnotskaya says in a text message that she “will check on Monday the possibility to receive special permission” from government bodies for staff to collect samples from athletes. There will be no testing this month if that isn’t granted.Testing has been suspended since March 27 under a previous round of measures.Isolation measures around the world have led to a sharp drop in anti-doping tests. That’s led to warnings that some athletes could take advantage of the situation. The World Anti-Doping Agency says it is trying to track gaps in testing.___ April 3, 2020 Colombian rider Egan Bernal won in Switzerland last year ahead of his first Tour de France title.Organizers in Switzerland say its “the first time since the Second World War that the traditional event will not take place.”They say “the risk of additional strain on the Swiss health system due to possible crashes during racing is high.”___The Russian anti-doping agency is preparing to freeze all testing until May to comply with new government measures shutting down work deemed non-essential. The fight was scheduled to take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London and will be Joshua’s first defense of his IBF, WBA, WBO belts since he regained them from Andy Ruiz Jr.Joshua’s promoter, Matchroom Boxing, says a new date for the fight is being worked on.___More than a dozen U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes received reassurance this week when Toyota North America announced it would extend their endorsement contracts through the rescheduled Tokyo Games in 2021.The auto company and major Olympic sponsor has 17 U.S. athletes under contract. They include swimmer David Boudia, gymnast Laurie Hernandez, Paralympian Oksana Masters and sprinter Michael Norman. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Mental health experts who were supposed to be available to help American athletes at the Tokyo Olympics are being asked to start working now. Associated Press The status of endorsement contracts is a major concern to athletes because most signed deals that were set to expire after this year’s scheduled Olympics. They have been rescheduled for 2021 and that has forced corporations to reset and rethink the structure of their deals.Visa is another major sponsor and has also told its global roster of nearly 100 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls that it will extend sponsorships through 2021.___World Triathlon has extended its suspension of all events from the end of April to the end of June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The latest events to be called off include the Yokohama leg of the world series, three African Cups, three American events, four Asian Cups, one event in Oceania and eight in Europe.last_img read more

LADIES GAA: U-14 CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW

first_imgU14s Section A Round 2:Group 1Group 2Fanad GaelsSt EunansGlenfinTermonAodh RuadhArdaraCarndonaghMcCumhaillsN. MhuireMoville 25th JulyFanad Gaels v Aodh RuadhSt Eunans v ArdaraGlenfin v N. MhuireTermon v Moville Carndonagh FreeMcCumhaills Free1st AugustN. Mhuire v Fanad GaelsMoville v St EunansCarndonagh v GlenfinMcCumhaills v TermonAodh Ruadh FreeArdara Free8th AugustN. Mhuire v CarndonaghMoville v McCumhaillsAodh Ruadh v GlenfinArdara v TermonFanad Gaels FreeSt Eunans Free 15th AugustCarndonagh v Fanad GaelsMcCumhaills v St EunansAodh Ruadh v N. MhuireArdara v MovilleGlenfin FreeTermon Free22nd AugustFanad Gaels v GlenfinSt Eunans v TermonCarndonagh v Aodh RuadhMcCumhaills v ArdaraN. Mhuire Free Moville FreeThe top 2 teams from each group will qualify for semi final.Semi Finals: Winner of Group 1 v Runner Up of Group 2 Winner of Group 2 v Runner Up of Group 1Home Team pays ref €30 on day of match.Winning Team Phone/Text Results to Fixtures Siobhan Coyle on 0872759766Section BRound 2:Group 1Group 2St NaulsN.Conaill, GlentiesBundoranBuncranaGaoth DobhairDungloeConvoyMilfordUrrisSt. MichaelsLiffordGlenswilly25th JulySt Nauls v Gaoth DobhairN.Conaill v DungloeBundoran v UrrisBuncrana v St. MichaelsLifford v ConvoyGlenswilly v Milford1st AugustUrris v St NaulsSt. Michaels v N.ConaillLifford v Gaoth DobhairGlenswilly v DungloeConvoy v BundoranMilford v Buncrana8th AugustSt Nauls v LiffordN.Conaill v GlenswillyUrris v ConvoySt. Michaels v MilfordGaoth Dobhair v BundoranDungloe v Buncrana15th AugustConvoy v St NaulsMilford v N.ConaillBundoran v LiffordBuncrana v GlenswillyGaoth Dobhair v Urris Dungloe v St. Michaels22nd AugustSt Nauls v BundoranN.Conaill v BuncranaConvoy v Gaoth DobhairMilford v DungloeLifford v UrrisGlenswilly v St. MichaelsThe top 2 teams from each group will qualify for semi final.Semi Finals: Winner of Group 1 v Runner Up of Group 2 Winner of Group 2 v Runner Up of Group 1Home Team pays ref €30 on day of match. Winning Team Phone/Text Results to Fixtures Siobhan Coyle on 0872759766Section CRound 2:Group 1Group 2Robert EmmetsRed HughsL/Kenny GaelsFour MastersCloughaneelyKilcarMuffN. ColumbaKillybegsMalin25th JulyRobert Emmets v CloughaneelyRed Hughs v KilcarL/Kenny Gaels v KillybegsFour Masters v MalinMuff Free N. Columba Free1st AugustKillybegs v Robert EmmetsMalin v Red HughsMuff v L/Kenny GaelsN. Columba v Four MastersCloughaneely FreeKilcar Free8th AugustKillybegs v MuffMalin v N. ColumbaCloughaneely v L/Kenny GaelsKilcar v Four MastersRobert Emmets FreeRed Hughs Free15th AugustMuff v Robert EmmetsN. Columba v Red HughsCloughaneely v KillybegsKilcar v MalinL/Kenny Gaels FreeFour Masters Free22nd AugustRobert Emmets v L/Kenny GaelsRed Hughs v Four MastersMuff v CloughaneelyN. Columba v KilcarKillybegs FreeMalin FreeThe top 2 teams from each group will qualify for semi final. Semi Finals: Winner of Group 1 v Runner Up of Group 2 Winner of Group 2 v Runner Up of Group 1Home Team pays ref €30 on day of match.Winning Team Phone/Text Results to Fixtures Siobhan Coyle on 0872759766LADIES GAA: U-14 CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW was last modified: July 23rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LADIES GAA: U-14 CHAMPIONSHIP DRAWlast_img read more

Chase Center’s new food choices for Warriors games, concerts

first_imgSan Francisco’s Chase Center, which will open in September for concerts and soon after for the Warriors’ return to the city, on Tuesday announced new restaurants joining the center and a head of culinary operations.Bay Area-based Tin Pot Creamery and La Corneta Taqueria will be part of what’s called the “Taste Makers” lineup, center officials said.Tin Pot was founded by a former Facebook pastry chef, Becky Sunseri, who turned her lifelong passion for ice cream into a business. She’s known for …last_img read more

Local heroines in the spotlight

first_imgTo mark Women’s Month this August the Department of Arts and Culture will host a women writers’ symposium, pay tribute to female anti-apartheid icons and unveil the design for the Sarah Bartmann Centre of Remembrance in the Eastern Cape. (Image: Nosimilo Ramela) In celebration of Women’s Month in South Africa, the Department of Arts and Culture has launched a number of initiatives to honour female icons who’ve helped shape a more democratic society.Women’s Month is always held in August, with a public holiday on the ninth, to pay tribute to the more than 20 000 South African women who marched to the Union Buildings on that date in 1956 to protest against unjust pass laws, which enforced racial segregation.This peaceful demonstration was led by apartheid activists Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophie de Bruyn, and put women at the forefront of the political struggle.“Through their actions, they helped to lay the foundations for the building of a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic country,” said Minister of Arts and Culture Lulu Xingwana.She was speaking at her department’s Women’s Month launch at The Rosebank Hotel, Johannesburg, on 3 August 2010.Women have always played a central role in the socio-economic development of society, but their roles have often been overlooked, the minister said.“The programmes we are launching are to declare that women also made a contribution.”Graves become heritage sitesThe department and the South African Heritage Resources Agency will declare the graves of Joseph, Ngoyi and fellow freedom fighter Charlotte Maxeke national heritage sites on 20 August. “This is part of the national legacy projects which honour the forgotten and unsung heroines of the liberation struggle,” said Xingwana.The ceremony will take place in Soweto, where Joseph and Ngoyi are buried. “The programme will include a church service, speeches and the unveiling of site plaques,” the minister added.Dulcie September Memorial LectureA day before this ceremony on 19 August, the department, in partnership with the University of the Western Cape, will host a memorial lecture in the name of another anti-apartheid icon, Dulcie September, who was assassinated in 1988 while in exile in France.“Through this lecture the government acknowledges her contribution towards the liberation of the people of South Africa,” said Xingwana.The lecture will be delivered by award-winning British writer and editor Margaret Busby, with guest speakers Dr John Daniel – a researcher from the Human Sciences Research Council – and South African ambassador to the US, Barbra Masekela.Xingwana said this lecture was a symbol of her department’s commitment to women: “We constantly see lectures recognising male heroes and rarely do we have lectures about women.”Women writers unite“We will host a women writers’ symposium under the theme Women’s words, African worlds, renewing a dialogue between African women writers and women of African descent,” Xingwana said at the launch.The gathering will take place from 25 to 26 August at two Johannesburg venues: the Windybrow Theatre and Museum Africa. It will focus on fiction and non-fiction writing, journalism and the formation of an African Women Writers’ Network.Invited writers who will participate in the symposium include Tsitsi Dangarembga of Zimbabwe, Lola Shoneyin of Nigeria, Shailja Patel of Kenya and Lauretta Ngcobo, Miriam Tlali and Elinor Sisulu from South Africa.Sarah Bartmann rememberedTo reaffirm the often marginalised history, heritage and culture of the indigenous Khoi and San Bushmen of South Africa, the department will unveil the design for the Sarah Bartmann Centre of Remembrance, on the 22 August in Hankey, in the Eastern Cape province.Bartmann was a Khoi slave who was lured to London in 1810 and put on show as a “scientific curiosity”, owing to her physical features that were perceived by Europeans as “freakish”.She was later moved to Paris, where she was exhibited by an animal trainer in severely degrading displays intended for public amusement.She died in France in December 1815 and her remains were exhibited in a museum there until 1974.Years later, then president of South Africa Nelson Mandela requested that her remains be returned. This was done, and on 9 August 2002 Bartmann was buried in Hankey, the town of her birth.SA women shine at Shanghai expoThe country is currently taking part in the six-month-long Shanghai World Exhibition, for which the Department of Arts and Culture developed a programme to showcase the talents of South African women artists and performers.Each country participating in the Shanghai Exhibition is allocated a national day – and South Africa has chosen 9 August. “As part of celebrating our national day we will hoist the South African flag,” said Xingwana.Prominent South African female musicians, including Debra Fraser, Loveline Madumo, Sibongile Khumalo and Thandiswa Mazwai, will perform at the event.Beyond Women’s MonthAll programmes launched will be sustained beyond the month of August to help empower and inspire women, Xingwana said, adding that “freedom is not complete until women are free from all forms of abuse, poverty, and deprivation”.last_img read more

Clinton fund invests in Africa’s girls

first_imgThere are 24-million African girls who will be denied an education. The Girls Charge initiative aims to lower that number. (Image: We – The solution) Sulaiman PhilipOver the next five years, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Mastercard Foundation and the Brookings Institution will collaborate with more than 30 companies, civil society organisations and governments to improve learning and leadership opportunities for African girls.The $600-million Girls Charge – Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls – fund will subsidise improvements in primary and secondary school facilities, as well as the quality of the education received through better teacher training and the provision of educational resources. It is hoped those who benefit will become grassroots activists and role models for the girls who follow.Progress has been made in Africa over the last two decades; the number of children attending primary school has increased and the difference in numbers of girls and boys in school has shrunk. However, a large number of those girls either drop out or do not get the opportunity of a secondary education.Watch Hillary Clinton discuss the Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls, or Charge, fund at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in September:These issues are starkly brought up in the Dadaab refugee complex in northeastern Kenya. It is the largest in the world, and holds half-a-million Somali refugees who fled the civil war in their home country. Originally designed in the early 1990s to hold 90 000 migrants for a short time, 20 years later it has spawned satellite camps and is home to 500 000 people.Despite the hard-scrabble existence in Dadaab, a community has been created. There are small businesses and places of worship. People marry, have children and raise families. Unfortunately, however, the people of Dadaab have continued to practice a disturbing convention: denying female children an education. There are 180 000 children attending schools in the camp, just 38% of all the school-aged children. Only a third of girls between the ages of five and 13 go to school; for girls between 14 and 18 that number drops to 1 in 20.Resident Hawa Ahmed is raising six children on her own, four boys and two girls. Her sons are allowed to attend school while her daughters are consigned to cleaning and cooking. Learning how to care for a family is all the education her daughters require, she believes. Using a saying common to the refugees in Dadaab she chillingly she explained to researchers: “Gabar ama gunti rageed ama god hakaga jirto (a girl should either be married or in the grave).”In Ethiopia, Fatimah Bamum has to drop out of primary school because her father refuses to buy pencils and paper, despite the academic promise she shows. When the school year ends, so will her interest in maths and Amharic, Ethiopia’s official language. The only girl in her class and one of only three in the school, she is also facing the onset of puberty in a school with no water, bathrooms or privacy. In Africa, 24 million girls are robbed of an education because schools lack toilets and water.Simple hygiene, threats to their safety and the poor quality of education and opportunities in the most marginalised communities in Africa will be addressed by the fund. Once these challenges have been met, partners like Care and the Mastercard Foundation will work with the girls to help them acquire transferable skills. Those who show exceptional academic ability will be given university scholarships.It is not simply about ensuring that girls get the same access to education as boys; countries that invest in gender equality in education experience greater economic growth. Good quality education makes it possible to create robust, open societies. Every additional year of schooling increases economic growth by 2%. Women have been identified as the key to economic growth in Africa. Today they are small scale entrepreneurs but a continent of educated women will create leaders who will have fewer children and will be able to take better care of them. Two-thirds of Africa’s 153-million illiterate adults are women. (Image: Unesco)Partners like the Malala Fund and Echidna Giving will train, mentor and fund leaders in education with the idea that they will give back to their communities. They are especially committed to increasing the number and quality of female teachers.As more children go to school the need for teachers has grown as well. In 2012, Unesco reported that Africa would need to train a million more teachers by 2015, a 63% increase on numbers at the time, when there were just 3.1 million teachers on the continent and just 30% of those were women. In Dadaab this is already happening. Refugees who have completed secondary school are being trained as teachers. Women make up just 17% of the first group of teacher trainees but as more girls finish school and the pool of women increases, it is hoped they will make up at least 40% of future groups.One of the first group, a teacher born in the camp, believes that it gives them the opportunity to take skills back into Somalia to help rebuild the country; and if that does not come to pass, they will be able to change the camp from a place of no hope to one remade. As they said: “This programme will give us the capability and the knowledge we need to become better teachers and improve our students’ — and our own — lives.”Hillary Clinton in conversation with Graça Machel:last_img read more

Take action and help each other

first_imgParticipants distributed 100 000 litres of water to the community of Borolelo, who are experiencing a severe drought.During Human Rights Month this year, two of the country’s rights are being challenged: the right to access to water and our equality.These very challenges were addressed at Brand South Africa’s Human Rights Month open dialogue in Swartruggens, North West province. Held on Saturday, 12 March, discussions looked at the culture of human rights in South Africa. The underlying theme among all speakers was to take action and help fellow citizens.Discussions took place before participants distributed 100 000 litres of water to the community of Borolelo, who are experiencing a severe drought. Operation Hydrate’s Yaseen Theba said all South Africans should stop criticising each other, the environment and the government for challenges we faced. Instead, we needed to take action to curb these problems.Social advocate Yusuf Abramjee emphasized the need to help each other: “This is exactly what the Play Your Part initiative is about – active citizenry, South Africans using their skills, time and resources to help each other. As citizens we need to see what we can do to tackle some of South Africa’s issues.”Operation Hydrate’s Yaseen Theba said all South Africans should stop criticising each other, the environment and the government for challenges we faced. Instead, we needed to take action to curb these problems.RIDDING SOUTH AFRICA OF RACISMWith President Jacob Zuma declaring 21 March a national day against racism, the issue of racism was brought to the fore in Swartruggens. Speakers stressed the need to unite and build the country.Those who were at the dialogue took the pledge of the Anti-Racism Network South Africa (Arnsa) to eradicate racism. Arnsa is an initiative of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and 80 other organisations. It is leading many of the events taking place during Anti-Racism Week, which runs from 14 to 21 March, ending on Human Rights Day.Project director of Civics Academy, Lerato Motaung, said society needed to build a country the youth would be proud to inherit. “To do so, we need to change the narrative. At present there is a focus on problems and problem-solving. This needs to shift to a discourse of building.”While discussing the Constitution, Tshegofatso Ramokopeloa, the supervising attorney at North West University’s Community Law Centre, said South Africans needed to practice ubuntu within themselves. “Negativity starts and ends with us, as individuals… We need to use our skills, talents, time and resources to help each other – being selfish takes us away from democracy.”last_img read more

Seesaw App Could Bring “Wisdom Of The Crowd” To Moral Dilemmas

first_imgMy first Seesaw question addressed whether or not I should crowdsource my moral decision making. (How meta is that?) Not surprisingly, strangers on the app overwhelmingly think I should. But my query also exposes flaws in Seesaw’s ability to serve as a true moral compass. For one, as everyone knows, it’s far easier to tell someone else what to do than it is to make actually make a decision yourself. I have no reason to think people didn’t answer my question seriously, but they could have just found it funny. As for Steve’s groundhog problem, a yes-or-no question can’t possibly get at all the nuances of the situation.Then there’s the follow up issue. Steve has no particular incentive to actually follow through on the crowd’s suggestion. It’d be an interesting addition if Seesaw could let users notify the crowd what they actually decided to do. Obviously, Seesaw is more focused on its ability to gather friends around simple decisions centered on clothing, accessory purchases or food, and the app is a solid decision-making tool for these relatively trivial situations.Crowdsourcing moral decisions, on the other hand, is uncharted territory. Seesaw is inadvertently emerging as a leader in this space. At the very least, when it comes to letting a crowd make decisions for you, Seesaw is a better choice than turning yourself into a publicly owned company.    Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts The University of San Francisco launched a clever advertising campaign last year that stated, “There’s no ‘Moral Compass’ app.” Turns out that’s not exactly true.I’m not even talking about the apps MoralCompass or Moral Compass: The former is a rudimentary flow chart and the latter is more of a daily delivery of famous quotes and self-help mantras. The real moral compass for your smartphone is Seesaw, an app that lets you crowdsource decision making. It launched back in February and Seesaw Decisions Corp. announced its first major update Thursday morning. Seesaw’s strength lies in helping users with basic queries aided by photos: Which hat should you buy, or what should you eat for lunch? The update loosens the chains weighing down Seesaw’s sign-up process (you now can sign up using social media instead of your phone number), and as Seesaw’s user base grows its crowdsourced decision-making assistance is beginning to expand into tricky questions about right and wrong.Case in point: on Thursday morning one Seesaw user explained his groundhog problem and asked whether he should release the offending varmints or “make them vanish from the earth.” The crowd answered early on by voting for ‘eliminate for good’  (emphasized with a picture of a rifle), but eventually shifted towards ‘catch and release’ by 22-18. Groundhogs may be annoying, but killing is not the answer – at least that’s what Seesaw users say. Spanning Preference To Morality The original purpose of Seesaw was not to let you ask thousands of strangers whether should, say, put your dog to sleep or break up with your significant other. Its intended function was to help users get affirmation and organize advice based on the opinion and who supplied it. “Often times I’ll ask my friends for feedback, and I’ll already know the answer. You’re just looking for moral support and encouragement. You need that reinforcement to do it,” explains Aaron Gotwalt, Seesaw’s founder. If you’re really trying to make a tough decision, you want input from the people whose opinions you value. “There are the people that are important to you, and then there’s everyone else,” Gotwalt says. The new update lets you both sign up and log in through social media accounts like Facebook. (Because Facebook and Twitter don’t let Seesaw access the API that would let the app send invites, getting your friends to start using it is still handled via SMS.) Seesaw is working on letting you split votes by social network so that you could compare what your Facebook friends think you should do against advice from other circles.Can An App Provide A Moral Compass?For me, Seesaw becomes truly fascinating when moral issues come into play. Not only did Steve the potential groundhog exterminator get a lesson in animal ethics, he got valuable insight into what others might do in his shoes.  Tags:#crowdsourcing#mobile apps Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology nick stattlast_img read more