WordSesh 2: Adding Semantic Data to Your WordPress Site in 20 Minutes or Less

first_imgAt her presentation at WordSesh 2, Miriam Schwab of illuminea shared her knowledge and tips for adding semantic data to WordPress sites. Miriam explained:What semantic data isHow semantic data is usedHow it can benefit your siteAvailable tools for adding semantic dataHere are my notes from Miriam’s talk, including some of the backchannel conversation.What is Semantic DataSemantic data tells more about the meaning behind your contentConsider marking up a recipe with paragraph elements. The paragraphs give no indication of the meaning behind the content, they’re just a bunch of paragraph tags.Add sementic data to the content and every part of the recipe has been identified as a certain part of content related to recipes.Schema.org is the agreed-upon vocabulary recommended by the major search engines (Microsoft, Google, Yahoo) Three main types of data in schema.org: itemscope: new item, itemtype: type of item, itemprop: gives the item properties and values Available Tools for Adding Semantic DataVisit schema.org for details on how to add semantic data directly to your theme files.Free Schema Creator site from Raven. Note: it doesn’t cover all the schemas. Click through to view, fill out a form, and Schema Creator will generate the markup code for you. Copy and paste the markup into your website page.Thankfully, Raven created a Schema Creator plugin for WordPress. Once installed and activated, you’ll see it in your Dashboard > Settings. Note: disable the “Exclude default CSS for schema output” if you don’t want the plugin to style the added semantic data. New accessibility properties were added to http://t.co/iuKqw8unm4 this week http://t.co/OoHSemH2Lv #WordSesh— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) December 7, 2013 Thanks to everyone who joined me at #WordSesh to discuss adding semantic data to your sites!— Miriam Schwab (@miriamschwab) December 7, 2013Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…Related @miriamschwab @WordSesh Great talk! I had no idea there was that much symantic data.— ((( Amanda ))) (@megarush1024) December 7, 2013 Once the plugin is installed, if you display any page on your site, the Add Schema button displays next to the Add Media button. Select the button and you will be prompted to select a schema and use a form to enter the information for that schema.You can also use the Google Structured Data Markup Helper. It works well for HTML pages, but not so well for WordPress sites. A better choice for WordPress sites is Google Webmaster Tools. They offer Structured Data tool within Webmaster Tools. Once you tag the content, Google saves the information. You don’t have to make changes to your site. Google knows the content is a specific event, etc. Go to Search Appearance > Data Highlighter. Enter the URL of your website page. Choose info to highlight and add information.Social semantic data can be added with Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin. Use Google Structured Data Testing Tool to check the semantic data added to your pageHTML5 adds semantic data to your page. Rel, canonical, breadcrumb microdata, etc.Justin Tadlock’s Stargazer WordPress theme released last month with built-in schema.org microdata. Great starting point for building semantic, data -rich site.Schema helps with click-through rates. For particular searches, it’s possible your page may rank higher (recipes or person searches). Schema adds value to your site. Thank you @miriamschwab @noeltock and @joe_hoyle! #WordSesh— WordSesh (@WordSesh) December 7, 2013 @miriamschwab is killing it at #WordSesh “How to add semantic data (schema) to your WordPress website.” http://t.co/EudHCuIRhO— mercime (@mercime_one) December 7, 2013How Semantic Data is UsedAdding semantic data to your site makes it more user-friendly for different parsersAccording to Matt Cutts of Google, schema.org markup doesn’t guarantee high search rankings, but it can help in providing much richer search results. Which may encourage people to click through and learn more about your site.How Semantic Data Benefits Your SiteAdding semantic data to your page can improve accessibility Thank you @miriamschwab for your talk on adding semantic data to WordPress sites. Definitely watching your session again. #WordSesh— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) December 7, 2013 Last month, the Israeli government said every website has to meet Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) Level AA guidelinesIf your video is marked up with semantic data, your thumbnail video may appear next to search results (though there’s no guarantee it will show.)last_img read more

Global food crisis addressed

first_imgStatistics released by the World Bank indicate that food prices have increased by a staggering 83%(Image: World Food Programme) Khanyi MagubaneWorld leaders, starting to feel the pressure from disgruntled poor people, are taking the global increase in food prices and its effects seriously.On 22 April the World Food Program (WFP) hosted a summit on the food crisis in London. Josette Sheeren, the WFP’s executive director, warned that a “silent tsunami” of hunger is sweeping the world’s most desperate nations. She noted that the price of rice has more than doubled in the past five weeks and that China and India are currently facing an increased demand for their produce.British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who co-hosted the talks with Sheeren, said the spiralling prices threaten to plunge millions back into poverty and reverse progress on alleviating poverty in the developing world. “Tackling hunger is a moral challenge to each of us and it is also a threat to the political and economic stability of nations,” Brown said.In New York, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has also voiced his concern over the increase in food prices, calling for both immediate and long-term measures to tackle the crisis. “We need not only short-term emergency measures to meet urgent critical needs and avert starvation in many regions across the world, but also a significant increase in long-term productivity in food grain production,” he said.French President Nicolas Sarkozy has suggested setting up global partnerships among financial institutions, governments and the private sector to tackle the main reasons behind rising food prices.Scale of the problemRecent statistics released by the World Bank indicate that food prices have increased by a staggering 83% increased by a staggering 83%The organisation says high food prices are threatening recent gains in overcoming poverty and malnutrition, and are likely to persist over the medium-term. “Poor people are suffering daily from the impact of high food prices, especially in urban areas and in low-income countries,” said World Bank Group president Robert Zoellick.According to a World Bank policy document entitled Rising Food Prices: Policy Options and World Bank Response, increases in global wheat prices reached 181% over the 36 months leading up to February 2008, and overall global food prices increased by 83%. Food crop prices are expected to remain high in 2008 and 2009.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is also concerned. Head of the IMF Dominique Strauss-Kahn recently told French radio that soaring world food prices could have dire consequences, such as toppling governments and even triggering wars. The IMF chief says the problem could also threaten democracies, even in countries where governments have done all they can to help the low-income earning population.South Africa searching for solutionsSouth Africa has not gone untouched by the food crisis. Trade union federation Cosatu recently held a march in Johannesburg to protest against soaring food prices. They called on government to find a lasting solution to the problem.The government and the agricultural industry have also been in discussions to find ways to curb food-price inflation, which in recent months has seen the price of basic foodstuffs increase by 14% in South Africa.Government spokesperson Themba Maseko says the government is developing a strategy to address this challenge. He said the government is confident that the competition authorities, who regulate food prices in different industries, will continue to be vigilant and take strong action to curb negative practices that had also contributed to higher food prices.A researcher from the Institute for Security Studies, David Zounmenou, recently told the Mail & Guardian newspaper that in African countries where unemployment rates are high and social delivery low, an increase in food prices will certainly continue pushing people over the edge. “High food prices can only add fuel to this [unrest] and can be exploited by the opposition or other interest groups to create instability.”Other areas of Africa where violence has flared due to high food prices include Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal.Useful linksUN food and agriculture organisationWorld Food ProgramWorld BankInternational Money FundDepartment of AgricultureDo you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Amazon Finds The Droids It’s Looking For

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting At Amazon’s scale, the business is all about efficiency. Amazon’s Web services allow it to manage almost every step of the online retail process, but the rubber hits the road in the fulfillment center. The only way for Amazon to move boxes as efficiently as bits – or close to it – is by supplementing its human workers with the busy choreography of warehouse droids.Photo: Joel Eden Photography/Kiva Systems Yesterday, Amazon announced its acquisition of Kiva Systems, Inc. for around $775 million in cash. Kiva makes warehouse robots. They’re sturdy, orange little droids shaped like a toaster on its side, and the various models can lift and carry 1,000 pounds or more. Kiva’s automatons and control software help warehouses streamline the management of their inventory.Amazon was already using the robots to keep its massive fulfillment centers organized, as were big-time customers including Crate & Barrel, Office Depot, Saks Fifth Avenue, Staples, Toys ‘R’ Us and Walgreens. They’re also used by Zappos.com and Diapers.com, other Amazon properties. It’s another big expenditure for Amazon as its profits sink, but there are major efficiencies to gain here.The Kiva robots can carry huge racks of warehouse inventory, so workers don’t have to walk miles a day shuffling things around. The people can stay in one place, taking care of the small and complex tasks like sorting, while the robots handle the large loads and the long distances.That’s a more efficient use of time and energy. But does that mean Amazon will need fewer people to run the fulfillment centers?An Amazon spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal that no jobs will be eliminated as a result of the deal. Amazon employes over 56,000 people, but it doesn’t disclose how many of those work in fulfillment centers. The warehouses also require thousands of temporary workers, especially during peak holiday periods. With 69 of these massive facilities largely run by hand, Amazon is surely looking to robots as a more efficient option.The acquisition is not just a way to cut costs. Each Kiva system costs millions of dollars, and Amazon will now be selling them to other companies.But the long-term significance of the deal is about Amazon streamlining its own systems. Amazon has been investing heavily in facilities, including 17 new fulfillment centers last year. It’s also taking losses on every Kindle Fire sold, planning to make it up in media sales over time. It has to take up some slack somewhere. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market jon mitchell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#Amazon#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Strategies Being Targeted To Boost Dairy and Livestock Production

first_img Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Ministry is targeting the implementation of several strategies intended to boost Jamaica’s livestock and dairy industries, to enable the country to become more self-sufficient in these areas. The Minister was speaking at the opening ceremony for the Youth in Agriculture Village at the 66th Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show at the Denbigh Showground in May Pen, Clarendon on August 4. Speaking at the company’s unveiling of new products designed to revolutionise the cattle industry, during the Denbigh show on Saturday, Mr. Shaw said Hi-Pro should be praised for “your consistent pursuit of excellence” aimed at boosting local agricultural productivity. Story Highlights Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Ministry is targeting the implementation of several strategies intended to boost Jamaica’s livestock and dairy industries, to enable the country to become more self-sufficient in these areas.He said the strategies aim, over time, to reduce imports and improve the country’s beef, goat meat (chevon) and milk production.“We are going to have to import embryos and we are going to have to find clean disease-free cattle to import calves into Jamaica, so that we can start to aggressively rebuild the beef industry and the dairy industry,” he said.Noting that this has been done with pigs and chickens, Mr. Shaw contended that “we can do it with beef and we can do it with dairy”.The Minister was speaking at the opening ceremony for the Youth in Agriculture Village at the 66th Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show at the Denbigh Showground in May Pen, Clarendon, on August 4.Noting that preserving Jamaica’s food security is a high priority for the Government, Mr. Shaw said focus on repositioning the country to become self-sufficient in crop and livestock production, is also intended to further reduce imports.He argued that it is “unacceptable” that Jamaica is importing as much as 85 per cent of the foods being consumed by locals and tourists, “when we have… so much (arable) land and technology that is available”.Hence the need, the Minister added, for the country to “have a plan” that effectively rectifies this scenario.Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw congratulated Hi-Pro Ace Supercentre for the outstanding work over the past 60 years that has contributed to the agricultural sector’s enhancement.Speaking at the company’s unveiling of new products designed to revolutionise the cattle industry during the Denbigh show on Saturday, Mr. Shaw said Hi-Pro should be praised for “your consistent pursuit of excellence” aimed at boosting local agricultural productivity.last_img read more

UPDATED Missing man located in Fort St John

first_imgUPDATE: According to Constable Chad Neustaeter with the Fort St. John RCMP, 29-year-old Brian Wied has been located safe and unharmed.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St John RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man who hasn’t been heard from in a year and might be in the Peace Region.According to RCMP Constable Chad Neustaeter, 29-year-old Brian Wied was declared missing earlier today. Cst. Neustater said that Wied’s mother has not spoken with him for a year and tried to message Brian over Facebook three days ago but has not received any response and believes him to be missing.Wied is thought to be in the Fort St John/Dawson Creek/Tumbler Ridge area of B.C.Wied is described as Caucasian, standing 6’3”/190 centimetres tall, weighing 200 lbs./91 kg, with brown eyes and brown hair. He has a tattoo of his surname in large letters on his forearm, and a tattoo of a Christian Cross on his shoulder and upper arm.Wied is not known to be in possession of a vehicle but does have a German Shepherd dog named Marley that is said to go everywhere with him.If you have any information about Brian Wied or his location, please contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100. If you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca. You do not have to give your name, address, or telephone number.last_img read more

Amnesty International Accuses Algerian Authorities of Silencing Election Critics

first_imgRabat- Amnesty International issued a media briefing on Monday accusing the Algerian authorities of silencing critics and curbing freedom of expression as the country prepares for the presidential election. Two days ahead of the Algerian presidential election that will take place on April 17th, NGO Amnesty International called on Algeria to “stop avoiding scrutiny of their human rights record” in the run-up to its fourth presidential election.The 77-year-old President Abdelaziz Boutaflika, who has spent over 15 years in power, seems to be the front-runner, despite his health problems which prevented him from chairing his campaign and the opposing voices that took to the streets as he announced his bid for his 4th term in power. Algerian authorities “regularly ban and forcibly disperse peaceful protests and have imposed severe restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly,” said Amnesty.AI said that Algerian civil society groups, human rights activists and journalists critical of the government “continue to face threats and harassment from the authorities”.Highlighting the journalists who were subject to harassment by the authorities for opposing Bouteflika’s bid for the fourth term, Amnesty cited the case of Aziza Mahmoudi, the wife of a journalist who was covering the Barakat movement demonstration in Algiers, who was assaulted at her home on March 27th. “Three plain-clothed individuals, believed to be members of the security forces, threatened her at gunpoint and said her husband must stop criticizing the authorities on Facebook, before scalding her with hot water, causing second-degree burns,” declared Amnesty.Private TV stations which criticized the authorities in their reporting have also been harassed, such as Al-Atlas TV, which was raided by the authorities last month after it had extensively covered protests and featured critics of the government.Algerian legislation currently “only allows for state-controlled national television channels, with authorities tolerating private channels and granting them temporary licenses that can be revoked at any time, without legal guarantees,” said the Amnesty briefing.Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Opinion Ousting of Chief Wahoo disappointing for Cleveland Indians fans

Cleveland Indians pitcher Chris Perez (54) throws the ball during a game against the Kansas City Royals Sept. 17 at Kauffman Stadium. Cleveland won, 5-3.Courtesy of MCTFor those of you who are Cleveland Indians fans, the following, while not unexpected, is becoming an unfortunate reality.Chief Wahoo might very well be on his way out of Cleveland forever.In recent years, the Indians organization has come under fire from the Native American population for its Chief Wahoo logo. Some say Chief Wahoo is racist and should be retired, never to be used again as a representation for the Cleveland ball club. While I understand the reasoning behind it, I am not for it.Growing up in the suburbs of Cleveland in the early to mid- 1990’s, my family and I were die-hard Indians fans. My father split season ticket packages with his co-workers so we could see former players Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome, Kenny Lofton and others dominate the American League Central and all the while, the team sported the Chief Wahoo logo.In recent years, the Indians have noticeably started to phase out Chief Wahoo and incorporate a more conservative block-C on their uniforms. As recent as 2011, the Indians demoted Chief Wahoo from their away ball caps and introduced a red block-C on the traditional navy blue cap.Chief Wahoo still appears on the home ball caps and on the sleeve of the game jerseys. However, now even the batting helmets, which had never donned anything but Chief Wahoo, are beginning to be overrun by the rather bland block-C.The Indians are not the only professional sports organization under fire for their controversial Native American representation.The Washington Redskins of the NFL have also been heavily scrutinized for their portrayal of their nationally-known Redskin logo, which shows a more realistic (compared to the cartoonish Chief Wahoo) maroon-faced Native American with feathers running down the back of his head.While I am sure we can all understand the uncomfortable position the Indians organization must be dealing with, I have to think that ultimately the organization would not want to disappoint their fans.If that is the case, we can hope Chief Wahoo will hang around a little longer. read more

Womens Hockey Ohio State faces Bemidji State during senior weekend

Ohio State captain and senior Erin Langermeier (10) fights for the puck in the second series game against No. 7 Minnesota Duluth on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Credit: Shanti Lerner | Lantern ReporterThe Bemidji State women’s hockey team will try and spoil Ohio State’s senior weekend with an attempt of a season sweep of the Buckeyes Friday and Saturday in Columbus.Meanwhile, No. 9 Ohio State (17-11, 11-9 WCHA) will strive to send its seniors out with a win and protect home ice for the last time in the 2018-19 regular season against Bemidji State (10-16-2, 7-9-2 WCHA), which has gone 10-7-1 since gaining its first two wins against the Buckeyes on Nov. 9-10.“Their goaltending has stepped it up big time,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. Bemidji State redshirt sophomore goalie Lauren Bench might have the second lowest save percentage in the WCHA at .914, but her 29 saves against No. 1 Wisconsin on Feb. 1 allowed the Beavers to prevail in a 2-1 upset win.The Buckeyes know the feeling all too well, for they came into Bemidji, Minnesota, ranked No. 4 before dropping their November road series against Bemidji State, which entered the series winless in its first 10 games.“There’s no reason other than the fact that we weren’t ready,” Muzerall said. “Whether it was we undervalued them because of their record or we just came out to play pond hockey.”Six different Beavers scored against Ohio State in the series, with strikes coming from each of Bemidji State’s top three goal-scorers: sophomore forwards Clair DeGeorge and Paige Beebe and junior forward Jacqueline Kaasa.Ohio State senior forward Erin Langermeier said the Beavers will not be facing the same Buckeye team that took those 2-1 and 4-2 losses.“I think we took them a little lightly,” Langermeier said. “You want to respect them and I think we lacked that a little bit. We’re going to want revenge so bad.”The Buckeyes are coming off a road sweep of St. Cloud State that saw 4-0 and 5-0 Ohio State victories to stop its five-game losing streak.Muzerall said the wins were imperative for getting the Buckeyes back in position to make a late postseason run, for they currently sit outside the top eight NCAA tournament qualifying slots.“It built confidence that we can score, it built confidence that we can play defense and those were the two areas we were struggling in,” Muzerall said. “I think that’s going to give us momentum.”Ohio State senior forward Madison Field said the wins allowed freshman goalie Andrea Braendli to get back in rhythm after the Swiss Olympian had taken the bench amid tumultuous goaltender play during the Buckeyes’ skid.“I think she was kind of getting in her head a little bit,” Field said. “I think she needed those two shutouts to get out of it. It was really big for her to get those shutouts and get back on her feet with some confidence.”Not only did the shutouts and 50 combined saves win Braendli renewed confidence, they also earned her NCAA No. 2 Star of the Week and WCHA Rookie of the Week honors.Bemidji State sophomore defenseman Tina Kampa won an award of her own this week when she was named WCHA Defenseman of the Week after blocking 13 shots in the win against Wisconsin. Kampa is third in the WCHA with 62 blocks this season.Despite Bemidji State’s 2-9-2 season road record, Muzerall said her players need to believe the Beavers are a team to contend with, or else they will face a second sweep to the second-lowest scoring team in the league.“They’re always unpredictable and undervalued,” Muzerall said. “That makes them a little dangerous.”Ohio State’s senior weekend series against the Beavers begins at 6:07 p.m. on Friday at the Ohio State Ice Rink and will continue at 3:07 p.m. on Saturday. read more

Report Rashford to stay fight for Man Utd future

first_imgMarcus Rashford has reportedly decided to stay and fight for his Manchester United future, despite a lack of recent first-team footballThe young striker has made just one start in United’s opening four Premier League games and will now serve a three-match suspension following his red card in the 2-0 win over Burnley last time out.But Rashford gave United coach Jose Mourinho a timely reminder of what he is capable of by scoring both of England’s goals in their double-header with Spain and then Switzerland during the recent international break.The 20-year-old’s displays have led to suggestions that he should seek a move away from Old Trafford in order to gain more regular playing opportunities elsewhere and, ideally, in his favoured position.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Rashford is understood to favour playing either through the middle or as a number 10, although Mourinho often deploys him on the left wing at United.But the Daily Mirror claims Rashford is determined to prove himself at the Red Devils and will not contemplate a departure.Rashford has scored 32 goals and provided 17 assists in 126 appearances in all competitions for United since debuting in the 2015/16 season.last_img read more

Simeone insists end of MessiRonaldo fuel good for La Liga

first_imgAtletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone insists the end of the longtime tussle between two of football’s greatest superstars is a good thing for the Spanish league.The Argentine gaffer believes LaLiga has become a more interesting and competitive league now the emphasis has shifted from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s battle for silverware.Los Colcheneros squandered a glorious chance to temporarily go top on Saturday as Filipe Luis’ second-half header was cancelled out by Mario Gaspar’s deflected strike in a 1-1 draw at lowly Villarreal.“LaLiga is fantastic at the moment,” the Rojiblancos boss told a news conference, according to FourFourTwo.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“It’s chaotic, all the teams are competing and fighting for points. It’s much more competitive than when Ronaldo and Messi defined the championship.”“We are only thinking about ourselves. Today was a tough, intense game against a strong rival. We tried to play hard in the first half to counter [Villarreal’s] need for the win.”“In the second half, we understood that we could try to be more offensive in order to exploit the spaces they left.”“We scored a goal and then they equalised. In the end they could have scored the second and so could have we with Lemar’s chance.”last_img read more