Ramesh and Seetharam say they plan on using social media as a tool for learning about emotions and language in future studies. By looking at hashtags, researchers were able to pick out a few popular topics. From discussing lock downs, to unemployment, to even the nationwide toilet paper shortage, researchers saw a wide range of emotions through it all. Using the hindsight of America’s conversations, researchers hope social media can be a tool to prepare physically and mentally for future crisis situations. “This is representative of what people are going through,” said Ramesh. “It gives us an idea of how America is feeling,” said Binghamton University Computer Science Assistant Professor Anand Seetharam. “Looking out for workers, supporting them, and then showing frustration, hope, positivity, things like that. The emotion behind all these tweets is coming out, and that is something we saw up close,” said Ramesh. (WBNG) — By analyzing millions of tweets on the popular social media platform, Twitter, researchers have been able to see what Americans are talking about during quarantine. “How people use words, how people convey emotions, why and when, and what leads people to say certain things, and what can be some solutions,” said Ramesh. Seetharam and his colleague, Arti Ramesh, have spent the past few weeks analyzing millions of tweets. They both say America has had a lot to talk about.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins have their man. Tua Tagovailoa has inked his first contract, making him the team’s future quarterback. The four-year deal is worth more than $30-million. His signing bonus is nearly $20-million with a fifth year option. Tua was the team’s top draft pick in last month’s NFL Draft. Nine the top 10 selling jerseys in the NFL shop right now belong to Tampa Bay and Miami signal callers. Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s number one aqua jersey is claiming the top spot, just ahead of his white jersey at number two. Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady’s jerseys fill in spots three-through-six and number ten. There is a wait to order Tua’s #1 jersey because it has yet to be approved by the NFL.Two of the top selling NFL jerseys are @Tua Tagovailoa’s No. 1 jersey for the @MiamiDolphins. @TomBrady’s new @Buccaneers jersey rounds out the top 3. pic.twitter.com/oBsiAXZfA1— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) May 7, 2020
Wisconsin athletics has had good fortunes against the best teams in the country over the years, most recently beating No. 1 Ohio State in football and basketball.The Wisconsin women’s volleyball team will look for a similar story Friday night as top-ranked Penn State comes to town.Last weekend, the Badgers opened up Big Ten play by defeating Northwestern on the road 3-1. The Badgers weekend ended with a split Saturday, as they fell to No. 20 Illinois 3-2. Down two sets to one, the Badgers mounted a huge comeback to force a decisive fifth set but lost the final set and the match. Despite the loss, senior middle blocker Mary Ording said a split last weekend isn’t necessarily a disappointment.“The Big Ten is always going to be good,” Ording said. “Yeah, we might’ve been able to beat them [Illinois], and come home with two. A split in the Big Ten is OK. We’ll take that. It’s the first weekend of the Big Ten.”The Badgers rank third in the conference in blocks per set at 2.77 and third in digs per set at 16.02. Wisconsin also ranks fourth in opponent hitting percentage at .158, fifth in hitting percentage at .264 and fifth in kills per set at 14.13.“Northwestern on the road was a big win,” Wisconsin coach Pete Waite said of last weekend. “At Illinois in the fourth [set], we were nearly down and out and we came back and battled back to the fifth. That’s what we have to learn, to be more consistent in our serve receive, tougher in our serving throughout the game and we will give some other teams fits when we do that.”Penn State comes to UW having won its last six matches, including victories over No. 3 Nebraska and Iowa last weekend. Penn State is one of only three Big Ten teams that are 2-0 after the first weekend of conference play. In all matches this season, the Nittany Lions lead the Big Ten in opponent hitting percentage at .132 and rank second in the conference in blocks per set at 2.93.Sophomore setter Micha Hancock averages 11.49 assists per set and also has a team-best 27 service aces on the season. Sophomore libero Dominique Gonzalez leads Penn State with 3.16 digs per set. Junior outside hitter Ariel Scott leads the team with 3.71 kills per set. Junior Katie Slay, a 6-foot-6 middle blocker, has recorded 2.45 kills per set while leading the team in hitting percentage at .457 and blocks per set at 1.40.“Penn State is a more mature team,” Waite said. “They were young and we were young last year. Last year they were a team that made more errors than they had in the past [because] they lost some great All-Americans that controlled the ball, so now their players are maturing more and doing similar things.”Penn State leads the all time series against Wisconsin 38-7, including a 15-6 mark in Madison. Penn State beat Wisconsin 3-0 in State College last season, but the Badgers returned the favor in a 3-2 upset of Penn State in Madison. Waite said last year’s victory over Penn State will help them against the Nittany Lions this year.“It’s a confidence thing,” Waite said. “You know you’ve done it. You walk on the court and go after it again. It doesn’t matter what a team’s ranking is. If anything, the target is on their back. It’s always easier chasing a team than being chased.”Badgers welcome No. 22 Buckeyes to Field House Ohio State comes in ranked 22nd in the country with a 10-4 overall record. However, the Buckeyes have lost three of their last five matches, all to ranked opponents. Ohio State is 1-1 in Big Ten play, beating Iowa in straight sets and then losing to No. 3 Nebraska 3-1.Senior outside hitter Mari Hole leads Ohio State with 3.94 kills per set. Senior middle blocker Mariah Booth leads the team in hitting percentage at .349 and also adds 2.19 kills per set. Senior setter Amanda Peterson averages 8.71 assists per set, while junior libero Davionna DiSalvatore leads the team with 3.58 digs per set. Thomas said it will be important for the Badgers to put the Nittany Lions game behind them, win or lose, to be prepared for Ohio State.“It’s something that every other team has to do,” Thomas said. “You play two teams in a weekend. You play one match, you sleep on it, you wake up and the next day is a new day and you have someone else you have to play and work hard for. No matter if we win or lose [Friday]; the next day is just as important as that first day.”Waite said the Big Ten home opener will be a factor for the weekend’s matches.“[The players] will be excited,” Waite said. “I don’t need to do any sort of pep talk, because when these teams come to town they know it’s go time, and they [need] to be ready to go. So, I think the environment creates that high-level of play right away.”
NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN OUTCOME 8In 2030, the terrible spatial legacy of apartheid has finally been broken. South Africans have humane and environmentally sustainable living and working conditions. Their homes have all the basic services they need and are closer to their workplaces, to which they travel in safe public transport.• Overview• Document downloads• Quality basic education• Health care for all• Safety & freedom from fear• Economy & employment• A skilled workforce• Economic infrastructure• Vibrant rural communities• Sustainable human settlements• Accountable local government• Natural environment• South Africa in the world• Efficient public service• Inclusive social protection• Nation building, social cohesion Human settlements – DownloadsFind out more about the National Development Plan.• National Development Plan – full text• National Development Plan – Chapter 8: Transforming human settlement and the national space economy• Medium-Term Strategic Framework 2014 to 2019 – Outcome 8: Sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life• Infographic: Transforming human settlement and the national space economyHuman settlements – The visionThe National Development Plan’s vision is that, in 2030, human settlements in South Africa have been transformed into equitable and efficient spaces with citizens living in close proximity to work with access to social facilities and necessary infrastructure.Apartheid spatial patterns have been broken, with significant advances made towards retrofitting existing settlements offering the majority of South Africans access to adequate housing and affordable services in better living environments. The homebuyers’ market is more equitable and functional.By 2030:• South Africa has a strong and efficient spatial planning system, well integrated across the spheres of government.• All informal settlements have been upgraded and are positioned on suitable, well-located land.• More people live closer to their places of work.• Public transport is of good quality.• There are more jobs in or close to dense, urban townships.Human settlements – The challengesApartheid planning consigned the majority of South Africans to places far away from work, where services could not be sustained, and where it was difficult to access the benefits of society and participate in the economy.A great deal of progress has been made since 1994, but South Africa is far from achieving the Reconstruction and Development Programme goals of “breaking down apartheid geography through land reform, more compact cities, decent public transport and the development of industries and services that use local resources and/or meet local needs”.Despite reforms to the planning system, colonial and apartheid legacies still structure space across different scales.Many people still live in poverty traps, including the former homelands, where less than 30% of adults are employed – compared to 55% in the cities). One in two households depends on social grants or remittances, compared with one in six in cities.Logistics and communication lines are long because of sheer scale, making infrastructure maintenance difficult and movement of goods and people costly.Over two decades into democracy, towns and cities remain fragmented, imposing high costs on households and the economy. The housing market’s enormous price cliffs act as barriers for most black South Africans to progress up the property ladder. New, subsidised settlements have created homes for nearly 4-million households, but are often too far from economic opportunities.Human settlements – Action requiredThere is an urgent need for an urban development strategy to make urban spaces liveable, equitable, sustained, resilient and efficient – able to support economic growth and social cohesion.The National Development Plan mandates a series of interconnected interventions required to address economic solutions, institutional reforms, change to land management systems and infrastructure investment.Apartheid spatial patterns must be broken, replaced with a more coherent and inclusive approach to development and urban planning. The fractured housing market requires significant reform.Specific action includes:• Reforms to the current planning system for improved coordination.• Develop a strategy for densification of cities and resource allocation to promote better located housing and settlements.• Substantial investment to ensure safe, reliable and affordable public transport.• Introduce spatial development framework and norms, including improving the balance between location of jobs and people.• Conduct a comprehensive review of the grant and subsidy regime for housing with a view to ensure diversity in product and finance options that would allow for more household choice and greater spatial mix and flexibility. This should include a focused strategy on the housing gap market, involving banks, subsidies and employer housing schemes.• National spatial restructuring fund, integrating currently defused funding.• Establish a national observatory for spatial data and analysis.• Provide incentives for citizen activity for local planning and development of spatial compacts.• Introduce mechanisms that would make land markets work more effectively for the poor and support rural and urban livelihoods.Human settlements – Key medium-term goals for 2019South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following sub-outcomes achieve sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life.• Adequate housing and improved quality living environments• A functionally equitable residential property market• Enhanced institutional capability for effective coordination of spatial investment decisionsHuman settlements – Key medium-term targets for 2019South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following targets to achieve sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life.GRAPHIC: MARY ALEXANDERResearched, edited and compiled by Mary AlexanderUpdated December 2015
2 July 2014President Jacob Zuma was on Tuesday presented with 4 850 books of condolences for Nelson Mandela, sent by South African embassies around the world and government offices around the country – and the books, along with thousands of message cards, are still coming in.South African missions abroad, and government offices at home, opened condolence books for people to pay their respects to Mandela following his passing away in Johannesburg on 5 December.Zuma paged through some of the books on Tuesday as Mandela Month got under way in South Africa, where July is dedicated to national humanitarian service in honour of the great man.Mandela’s birthday, 18 July, has been designated by the United Nations as International Mandela Day, when people around the world are urged to dedicate at least 67 minutes of their time to doing work in service of humanity.“I wish to thank all the people of South Africa and also the people of the world for taking their time to sign condolence books and to pay tribute to our beloved world icon, Tata Madiba, and to comfort his family,” Zuma said in a statement.“Let us make this a month of reflection and of building a caring society … in memory of Madiba and all heroes and heroines of our struggle for liberation. Let us work together to build the South Africa that Madiba dreamed about and worked for.”‘You made us who we are today’The Presidency shared the following selection of messages from the condolence books:“Our father may be gone but the ‘Madiba magic’ still lives on in our hearts.” (Mavis Sebothoma, Gauteng province)“A true leader who fought for liberty. The nation will forever love and cherish you.” (Sne, KwaZulu-Natal)“To our beloved Father of the Nation you made us for who we are today. You made us proud and taught us to stand for ourselves. Without you the world is nothing. Thank you Tata for being our hero. May your soul rest in peace.” (Molebogeng Setlhare, North West)“A man of great tenacity and unimaginable wisdom. Your spirit shall live on.” (Thembi Mlotha, Free State)“You were great Tata, siyohlala sikukhumbula ngelotsanvo ne mehluko lowentile etimphilweni letfu baba. Love you.” (Maria Mashele, Mpumalanga)“Rus vrose Madiba, jy het baie beteken vir ons land!! RIP.” (Mathane R.L., Western Cape)“Tata wethu indlela ubusenzela ngayo nempatho ubusiphathe ngayo, asiyi kuyilibala nakwiminyaka ezayo sakuhlala siyigcinilie. Hamba kahle Mthomkhulu akakho oyakufananawe.” (Zoliswa Mboya, Eastern Cape)“Robala ka khutso senatla. O e lwetse tokologo, re batho ka wena Nelson Mandela. Diphetogo e bile tse dintsi ka wena. Robala ka khutso tate.” (Onnica Modiba, Limpopo)SAinfo reporter
NEW DELHI: Sumitra Mahajan, the outgoing Lok Sabha Speaker, is the latest BJP veteran to declare that she will not contest the national election starting next week. Making her resentment clear in a letter released by her office, the senior parliamentarian from Madhya Pradesh said she had “freed her party” from a difficult choice.While announcing candidates for Madhya Pradesh, the BJP had held off on naming anyone for Indore, which had left its long-time representative Sumitra Mahajan in uncertainty for weeks. “There were speculations, and so I decided to end them and free the party to make its choice. I will not contest the Lok Sabha elections,” she said. Mahajan, however, maintained that she would continue to work for the party and campaign for it. “The party (BJP) had not been able to name a candidate (from Indore Lok Sabha seat) for so many days, and there were speculations if someone over 75 years of age will be fielded. So I decided to end all this,” she said. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah had in an interview to The Week magazine on Thursday stated that it was his party’s decision not to give Lok Sabha poll tickets to those above 75 years of age, leading to veteran leaders like L K Advani and Murali Manohar Joshi being unceremoniously dropped. Though he had not named Mahajan, the outgoing Lok Sabha speaker also falls in the same age bracket. Mahajan was first elected to the Lok Sabha from Indore in 1989 and has won all the seven consecutive elections. She was a minister of state in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, holding portfolios of human resources development, telecom and petroleum between 1999 and 2004. When the BJP swept to power again in 2014, she was named the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Mahajan also issued a short press statement questioning why the party has not been able to name a candidate till now. “Possibly the party is hesitating to take a decision. I had discussed this issue with senior party leaders and left it to them to take an appropriate decision,” she said, adding, “It seems they still have some doubts in their mind. So I declare that I do not wish to contest the Lok Sabha elections.” The party, she said, can now make its decision without any hesitation. Stating that she had received immense love and support from people of Indore, she hoped the BJP would quickly make up its mind for its candidate from Indore and end this uncertainty.
Milan: Cristiano Ronaldo said he was “1,000 percent committed to staying” with Juventus next season as he claimed his first Serie A title and Juventus their eighth in a row on Saturday. Massimiliano Allegri’s side had needed just one more point for a 35th Scudetto and their latest title triumph helped ease some of the pain of their shock Champions League exit at the Juventus Stadium to Ajax on Tuesday. And a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Fiorentina was enough to give them a 20-point lead on nearest rivals Napoli with five games to play. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSerbian defender Nikola Milenkovic put Fiorentina ahead after less than six minutes. But Alex Sandro’s diving header on 37 minutes and an own goal from Fiorentina defender German Pezzella after a Ronaldo cross in the 53rd minute sealed another title to ease their European disappointment. “It was a great season and I adapted well. We won the Scudetto and the Italian Super Cup, which is not easy to achieve,” said Ronaldo. “It didn’t go well in the Champions League but next year it will be better. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”I’m staying at Juve, 1,000 percent.” It was the 34-year-old’s sixth domestic league title, having won three with Manchester United and two with Real Madrid. The Portuguese star now has 28 trophies in total, including the Euro 2016 title with Portugal. Bolstered by five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo, Juventus dominated the domestic league with the best attack and defence. He has scored 19 goals and had six decisive crosses, and is in the running for the top scorer award along with Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella, who has 22 goals and AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek on 21. Juventus have lost only two matches, against Genoa and SPAL, with 28 wins and three draws. Their eight straight title sees them overtake French club Lyon for the record of consecutive victories in the top five European leagues. Juventus also equalled the record for the earliest the Italian title has been won, with five games to spare, achieved by Torino in 1948, Fiorentina in 1956 and Inter Milan in 2007. Juventus succeeded despite having been hit hard by injuries with defender Giorgio Chiellini out along with Sami Khedira, Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa. Ronaldo threatened early, but defender Milenkovic gave Fiorentina hope of a first win in eight trips to the Allianz Stadium. Giovanni Simeone had the ball in the back of the net on 25 minutes but the goal was ruled offside, before Sandro got his head to Miralem Pjanic’s corner to pull the teams level before the break. Ronaldo pushed forward after the break, crossing for Federico Bernardeschi, but Pezzella clumsily turned into his own net. Allegri brought on teenage star Moise Kean in place of Bernardeschi on 74 minutes, but the 19-year-old could not add to his six goals in his previous six appearances. Meanwhile, Juventus remain on track to match the record 102 points achieved under Antonio Conte in 2014.