SIG E. CAPS = Depression

first_imgLast Friday, April 7th, was World Health Day 2017. The theme was “Depression: Let’s talk”. I quite liked this theme, it was direct, succinct and therapeutic: we really do need to talk about depression, and to depressed people.I spent two months rotating through psychiatry at the tail-end of my fourth year. Right off the bat, our first couple of classes revolved around depression. One of the issues that kept coming up was the stigma against depression and other mental illnesses. Unfortunately, since depression isn’t something as visible as, say, a bleeding head wound, it’s trivialized by many. Saying “Just cheer up” to someone with depression is really quite pointless. If we were given a choice in how we felt, won’t we all choose to be mind-numbingly happy all of the time?Life is full of ups and downs. Everyone has those times when they feel completely and absolutely miserable. But for some people, those downs last much longer. For people suffering from depression, those downs, those feelings, interfere with their everyday lives; interfere with their relationships; interfere with the way they treat the people around them; prevent them from enjoying things they normally would have.One thing one of the doctors teaching us kept emphasising to us was that in order to make a diagnosis of a mental disorder, there must be characteristic symptoms, those symptoms must last for at least a certain duration of time, and must cause impairment.We learnt a little mnemonic for remembering the symptoms of major depression, SIG E. CAPS – changes in Sleep patterns, loss of Interest in pleasurable activities, excessive Guilt, loss of Energy, poor Concentration, change in Appetite, Psychomotor activity (restlessness or slowness), and Suicidal ideation.Impairment refers to impaired functioning, like an impaired ability to function at work, an impaired ability to function socially. For most people, it causes them to isolate themselves, and their performance at work suffers.Everyone can suffer from depression – even children. But somehow, in Guyana, even though there have been several campaigns to alert people to its insidious and pernicious effects, we just dismiss its prevalence here.And one of the more serious aspects of a person being depressed is that they think of committing suicide, some plan out their suicide, and might even attempt to commit suicide.Here, at home in Guyana, we’re no strangers to suicide. In fact, we have the highest suicide rate in the world.Most of the patients I saw in the hospital were there after they had attempted suicide, or they were brought to the hospital by a concerned family member or co-worker. If someone you care about is suffering from depression, you should offer them emotional support: talk to them and listen to them; actually listen to what they’re saying. Try to remove your preconceived notions and judgement and actually listen to what the person in front of you is trying to say. And offer to help them get the profession help they need, because most people don’t go out on their own and seek the help they need.And why don’t they? Because we practise a culture that labels persons suffering from mental illnesses as ‘mad people’ and call a psychiatric hospital ‘Berbice Madhouse’. Who’d admit to having a problem, lest they be labelled ‘mad’? So, if you’re someone who likes making light of someone else’s mental illness, you need to check that bad attitude at the door.Be observant, be supportive. If you’ve noticed someone close to you having a change in their mood, talk to them. Sometimes it might be something, sometimes it might be nothing, but there at least needs to be a conversation.Depression: let’s talk.last_img read more

Kaya’s Bedic tortures former team; Ceres routs Air Force

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ceres’ win came a day after midfielder Kevin Ingreso announced he was immediately leaving the club after three seasons. Sources said the Filipino international is set to sign with Thai league powerhouse Buriram United.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu LATEST STORIES Jovin Bedic tormented his former team as Kaya-Iloilo overcame a gutsy challenge from Stallion Laguna, 2-0, while Ceres Negros nailed a breakthrough win on Wednesday in the Philippines Football League.Facing the club he played with for three seasons until 2016, Bedic converted a 28th minute penalty at Biñan Football Stadium before Jordan Mintah sealed maximum points with a second half strike for his fourth goal in two matches as Kaya maintained its two point lead at the top.ADVERTISEMENT “We needed to be 100 percent focused to get the three points,” Kaya coach Noel Marcaida said. “Stallion will always be tough to beat. But the players did just enough to take the win. It’s an important win because we know Stallion is one of the contenders for the title this season.”Over at Rizal Memorial Stadium, defending champion Ceres Negros gave Philippine Air Force a rude welcome to the league with a 5-0 thumping thanks to a hattrick from Bienve Marañon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMarañon scored his first goal via a free kick in the first half as the Airmen put plenty of players behind the ball to limit the Ceres attack.But the floodgates opened in the second half as Curt Dizon grabbed the second goal, before Marañon added two more later. Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBNcenter_img Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ramirez relents, accepts CDM post View commentslast_img read more

Poetry May 15, 2015

first_imgEbola, go awayBy Lekpele NyamalonYour time is up!You’re a stranger, an enemyLeave this space and go awayYour venom has struckBringing down pillars, built for yearsTearing apart men and women of courageDigging beneath the depths of painBut, where is your strength?To rip to shreds the flesh?That even a spin can send to rest?Can you break the strength of united hearts?And bruise the will of a silent hero?No, no you’re just another thugRoaming aimlessly like an armed banditYou’re a loser a lone travelerLost in the tropical rainforestGet out of here and go away!Run back to where your comfort lies!And what is your name? Ebola?You don’t even have a nameYou’re remembered after some riverCuz, no one even cared about youLeave the corridors of foya marketAnd vanish from the slums of west point and watersideYou chose the wrong targetWhose courage is stronger than steel’s backAnd strength to blow away your venomLost in our resolve as a peopleShot in the leg by our patriotismYour mission has failed, go awayYour target was missed, go awayThose men you took are smiling from above, resting in peaceYou took them to a better place, go awayGo to the belly of tiny fruit batsAnd slam your face in shame, beating yourself with hate‘21days’ is your strength of timeAnd we live on foreverEbola, go away.Meditations on My Birthday MorningBy Charles G. Tiah-LAWIt took about five years to remake this manToo many of me burned in the smith’s hearthAnd the ego cut off in MIGHTY POTTER’s PALMMaking my strength to transform to inner mightThe first beatitude should we inherit Earth     For Christ himself on the mount to us had said  Though my craving is not for world’s wealthSo for Christ pleasures traded and call them deadTwenty Ninety Years I Live Till This May 6Through failures and gains, through loss to GODGrave sins of a self-ruled life full of mistakesBut His grace had me made it through it allWho cares when you hurt and blood gushes from withinDo they know how many nights of opened eyes you had?The crabbing me down, AND the stabs helped made meBad times don’t even matter when God hears our cry?Battles are not won if one has not gone to wars?A Life of persevering endurance gets championshipHow are we addressing it?  Through talk shows and callsAimed at unfeeling people detached from commoners’ hardships?I learned that there are marital challenges when one looks outsideI feel the government’s heart break struck by blows of hypocrisiesSome of these lessons crushed-Sirleaf may have just realizedTheming the Iron Heroine’s Tragedy as delayed response and leniencyHow do we address these three: Friendships, Hardships, and Enemyships?At 29 my life has written a 19 chaptered-story featuring these minor charactersThe raising action marked helpless sleeps and drowsy days. And a struck heart too.But Christ in us makes all the difference………….Scars of a tired nationBy Lekpele NyamalonWhat more can a country take?Stories of children that can’t live in peaceTreating each other like strangers from afarThe sons returning and the ones they metFighting for a space left by Mama1980-panic splashed upon the face of Africa’s oldest childBringing down the walls a century highBuilding another 100ft higherShaking to shreds young old mamaPromising her a lie to leave her aloneWhat a tired country she has becomeStanding alone on a continent she blossomedLeft alone by countries she led to IndependenceA troubled house is always lonelySuch a land she stands to beHer place in history forgotten by men of timeLeft to maggots and bugs to chewAnd spit into history’s shredderHer prints erased from the archives of Africa’s glossaryAnd left to wander- gathering crumbsCouldn’t her sons keep her diaryOf how generous a home she hadGiving a shelter for Africa’s neglected,Spewing hope into a lifeless continentDoomed by colonialism and whisked by fear?She went in shock and comatoseFor 14years her eyes couldn’t blink nor winkOnly ears of thunder and terrorWith a sigh of relief to live againHer candle is lit in a thunderstormThe scars of a tired nation are eating up againThe face of EBOLA shatters the dreamTo put together a wretched, lonely lifeCould this scar flip into a star?And shine forever?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Switzerland made to wait after Romania draw

first_imgSwitzerland will now face France in Lille on Sunday, still looking for the points to guarantee their place in the knockout round.France were playing Albania in Marseille later Wednesday.Stancu is fast becoming a penalty specialist at these championships, having also scored from the spot in the 2-1 defeat to France on Friday’s opening day.But it was Switzerland’s veteran captain Stephan Lichtsteiner who was to blame for the penalty after the Juventus man pulled the lively Alexandru Chipciu’s shirt and Russian referee Sergei Karasev pointed straight to the spot.The penalty came against the run of play because the Swiss had the overwhelming share of first-half possession but coach Vladimir Petkovic will be furious at their wastefulness in front of goal.The worst culprit was an unmarked Haris Seferovic who curled his shot wide in the first 15 minutes.Seferovic had another chance five minutes later but Romanian ‘keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu denied him.Fabian Schaer’s dippng shot was then pushed over by Tatarusanu and Blerim Dzemaili misplaced his header just before half-time.But the Swiss burst back into the game when Macedonian-born Mehmedi slammed home a loose ball from a corner in the 57th minute after the Romanian defence failed to clear.The Swiss began to get the upper hand after the goal, a wave of red shirts pinning back the Romanian yellow.Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri increasingly became a thorn in the Romanians’ side but he should have done better with two second-half free kicks.Shaqiri began to stretch the Romanian defence but the Swiss could ultimately not find a second goal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Admir Mehmedi scored the equaliser. PHOTO/GETTY.PARIS, France June 15 – Switzerland were frustated in their attempt to book a place in the knockout stage of Euro 2016 after a 1-1 draw on Wednesday against Group A rivals Romania in Paris.Bogdan Stancu’s penalty gave Romania the advantage at a sunny Parc des Princes and the Swiss spurned a host of chances to score before Admir Mehmedi slammed home to level just before the hour mark.last_img read more

Death mourned of ‘Phonsie’ Brown – who cycled to Dublin for boxing’s ‘night of mayhem’

first_img* Following the death of St Johnston man Alphonsus ‘Phonsie’ Brown earlier today, we produce this article, first written in 2012, which charts the night he cycled to Dublin to support Derry boxer Billy ‘Spider’ Kelly in a European title fightIT WAS a night of mayhem and confusion at Donnybrook Garage and, although it’s more than fifty years ago the sad and frightening memories still remain with old-time boxing fans.Picture: Alphonsus ‘Phonsie’ Brown (right) with Billy ‘Spider’ Kelly in 2011.  On May 27, 1955, Donnybrook Garage hosted its first European title fight. Derry boxing legend Billy ‘Spider’ Kelly was the holder of the British and Empire crowns. In the unlikely surroundings at Donnybrook, he faced one of the greatest fighters France ever produced – Ray Famechon. The Frenchman took a hotly disputed points decision.Referee Barend Bergstroem, the sole arbiter, decided that Famechon had done enough to retain the title.  He awarded six rounds to the defending champion, an unfair three-round total to Kelly, with six rounds even. The unwelcome result was the signal for a storm of booing that lasted ten minutes. Bedlam broke out. The referee was thumped by an irate fan, who climbed through the ropes and past the security men.Reporters took cover under the ring, promoter Jack Solomons had a bucket of water tossed around him, the referee received a punch on the jaw while fuming fans surrounded legendary US boxing writer Nat Fleischer, editor of The Ring Magazine seeking his opinion.He sided with the fans but later revealed he had actually awarded the fight by a narrow margin to the Frenchman. Discretion was the best part of valour and he was not going to risk life and limb with those seething Kelly supporters.Among the thousands of Kelly supporters in the Dublin venue that night were St Johnston man Phonsie Brown and his cousin Jackie.  The pair cycled all the way from Donegal to the capital.“I couldn’t box eggs but ‘Spider’ liked to cycle out to Carrigans from Derry to train in a local shed and I used to go and visit him as he trained,” Phonsie recalled.“I would also cycle as he ran to keep him company as cycling was that bit easier than running.”That shed at Drumnashear is today the side of the Donegal Meat Processors premises. In those days, bus depots were among the few buildings large enough for a huge crowd as venues and halls were uncommon.The late Alphonsus ‘Phonsie’ Brown was an ardent supporter of Kildrum Tigers. He is pictured here cheering the Tigers on the day they won the Donegal League in May 2018. Picture by Joe BolandPhonsie remembered: “We left Carrigans in the middle of the night and the journey took us about eleven hours. There was little or no traffic on the roads in those days and even fewer sign posts.“We had lamps on the bikes – I borrowed my bike – and we travelled through the night. “We stayed with a friend in Dublin over night after the fight before cycling home the following day. It was then back to work – gathering spuds – the following morning.”While Phonsie remembers little about the actual fight he did recall that it was widely felt that Kelly had been ‘robbed’ of the title.He said: “There are plenty of people cycling today but not too many of them are on bikes like we had back then. I remember that the free wheel gave up on my bike and I had to use what they called a fixed wheel and lift my feet off the pedals when we were going down hill.”Kelly, who passed away in 2010, came from a renowned boxing family. His father Jim Spider Kelly won the British featherweight title against Benny Caplan at the King’s Hall in November 1938 losing it eight months later when the ref stopped the bout in the 12th and Johnny Cusick became champion.Born on April 21st, 1932, Kelly’s ring record of 84 bouts featured 56 wins (15 knockouts), 24 defeats and four draws. But the highlight of his career was in securing a special place in British boxing history, when following in his father Jimmy’s footsteps by winning the British and Empire Featherweight titles. The Kelly’s became the first father-son combination to achieve this special status.In 2012, Phonsie Brown was invited to present the inaugural Billy ‘Spider’ Kelly Memorial Trophy at the Donegal Boxing Board’s annual awards night at the Halfway House in Burnfoot – and it was presented to Austeja Auciute of Finn Valley ACAlphonsus ‘Phonsie’ Brown, of 324 Ard Baithin, St Johnston, was predeceased in 2013 by his wife Noelle. He is the beloved father of Dermot, Gertrude, Anthony, Jacqueline, Breege, Bernadette, Paula, Jason and Shane. He is survived by a wide family circle.His funeral Mass takes place at St Baithin’s Church, St Johnston, on Sunday morning at 11am, with burial in the adjoining cemetery. Death mourned of ‘Phonsie’ Brown – who cycled to Dublin for boxing’s ‘night of mayhem’ was last modified: November 15th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Billy ‘Spider’ Kellykildrum tigersPhonsie BrownSt Johnstonlast_img read more

Torres names former Liverpool team-mate as best player he has played with

first_img boost Torres became Atletico Madrid captain aged just 19 Torres and Gerrard established a formidable partnership on the pitch Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has named Steven Gerrard as the best player he has played with after he announced his plans to retire in August.The Spanish forward, who has been playing in Japan for Sagan Tosu since leaving Atletico Madrid last year, held a press conference in Tokyo to explain his decision to retire from the game after an 18-year career. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ New job Torres left Liverpool for Chelsea in 2011 punished The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Getty REVEALED “Also there will be my friend David Villa, with who I probably share the best moments in Spanish football history.“So to say goodbye to football next to two very good friends – we share too many memories together – will be something great.“I tried to find an iconic moment to play my final game and I think that is the perfect timing.Torres also spoke of his next steps and his desire to connect with Atletico Madrid in the future. Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea JIBE TROPHY 3 Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder LATEST “I don’t know if it will be coaching or managing. I will study both things.“I’m sure it will be something related to football because it’s been my life and it’s where I think I can offer more things.”Speaking of his hometown club, Torres added: “Atletico Madrid is my life, so probably we will connect some way in the future but not immediately.“I will not be back to just be a face… if I go back it will be for big things, to take the club to the next level.“That needs time. I don’t have the experience, the knowledge of managing, I need time to prepare myself for the biggest challenge.”Torres scored 81 goals across four seasons with Liverpool and won the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup with Chelsea. The 35-year-old said he wanted to leave football with a ‘clear conscience’ and before he felt he could not carry on mentally or physically in the game he loves.“I have a high demand for myself,” he said.“I’ve always wanted to be honest and to perform at the level I think I should and I think the time I will not be able to perform at the level I ask for myself is not far away and I don’t want to arrive at the time that I am going on the pitch and I’m not enjoying it.“I want to put an end before that happens. Knowing my body and listening to my body, I think especially mentally that time is not far away and I want to finish my career in a good way before that happens.”Asked who had made the biggest impression during his career, the Spaniard, who played at Anfield between 2007-2011, did not hesitate to name his former captain. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January deals Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa “I always say the best player I played with is Steven Gerrard. I found he was the player who completed my game. I think my level got into a different dimension when I was on the pitch with him.“It was an amazing three-and-a-half years playing alongside Steven and I would love to go back to those days – even for one minute.”Torres revealed he will play his last game on August 23 against Vissel Kobe, saying playing against friends Andres Iniesta and David Villa seemed a fitting end.“To say goodbye to football next to my dear friend Iniesta is something I could never imagine, and Japan is going to make it possible. 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Austin MacPhee rejects Pune City to stay at Hearts

first_imgHearts assistant manager Austin MacPhee has decided to remain with the club and reject an offer to take charge of an Indian club.Pune City had offered McPhee the chance to become a manager in his own right, having been impressed by the Scot when was in India doing work for FIFA.Hearts allowed the coach to hold discussions with the Indian Super League side but, after discussions with Craig Levein and Ann Budge at Tynecastle he decided to remain in his current role.“It was an interesting offer from the Indian Super League side and one I thought very seriously about,” MacPhee told Hearts’ official website. “However, at this moment in time it is probably not the right opportunity for me and I am delighted to be continuing my work at Hearts.“There is a lot to feel positive about as we head into the new season and I’m very much looking forward to the campaign ahead.”last_img read more

Transclick: Mobile Translation For Borderless Business

first_imgTags:#mobile#web Transclick is a mobile enterprise application thattranslates text in email, SMS and IM. The software has been around for a while (seethis CNNMoney.com article from March 2005), but is now starting to make waves as abusiness productivity tool. RIM Blackberry just announced Transclick as the winner of itsBlackBerryDeveloper Productivity Tools Challenge and they were a runner-upin the Skype Developer Contest recently.Business Use CasesFor the Blackberry version of Transclick, the translation tool that can be applied toany outgoing email or SMS message from the BlackBerry device and caters to 15 languages. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Transclick is obviously handy for translating emails and SMS on the fly. Possible usecases are: you work for a multinational company and have frequent communication acrossborders; or you are a member of a startup that outsources work to other countries (verycommon in the web industry now). Market positioning They claim to have 150 dictionaries in English to/from 16 languages – which CEO Robert Levintold me “makes our translation of SMS, email and IM more accurate than text translated onBabelfish, which is not integrated seamlessly with SMS, email and IM.” In terms of theirbusiness model, Levin told me it is subscriptions ($3 to $15 per month per user) andlicensing ($150,000 to $500,000 for a server farm) – “including 32 language directions,load balancing on a carrier grade system and access to 150 vertical market dictionariesfor higher accuracy.”Customization and Web app integrationTransclick is also able to be customized so that it translates technical or businessterms. In fact they have patents around thistechnology. Levin told me via email:“We have a patent for adding customized dictionaries that are context-sensitive andproduce superior translation to free translation services online. There is a lot ofdemand for this: free translation services already translate 300 million texts with 3billion words per month and Transclick is uniquely positioned with a patent, seasonedmanagement and major partners (RIM, Skype, Qualcomm and several large carriers) toexecute on a for-profit business model. We are getting traction now with large wirelesscarriers who want to share revenue with us as they globalize their collaborationservices.”One example of Transclick integrating with a Web app is its use as a Skype add-on, asdescribed a few months ago on the eBayDevelopers Program blog:“It’s an app that plugs into Skype Chat and provides real time translation between adozen different languages. There’s also a glossary function that lets you look up lesscommon technical terms–useful for getting into deep discussions about your eBaycategory, or your specific area of technology. A Skype Voice plug-in is not availableyet, but the patents are in place, and it’s only a matter of time.”Robert Levin told me they have had over 6,000 downloads from the Skype Extras Galleryand they’re in the process of certifying their application to place it on the Skypetoolbar. As for other partnerships, apart from the obvious carriers business, they’renegotiating with Sony to enter into a Strategic Alliance and they have deals with Yahooenterprise IM and Googletalk.Voice-to-voice coming?As noted in a Forbes article from a year ago, Transclick does not currently handle voice-to-voicetranslation. However the problem is being worked on, as Robert Levin told Forbes lastyear:“But Levin says the first systems, developed for “dirty travel survival,” like usingthe cell phone to give cab drivers directions in Chinese, will be ready within two years.Levin is currently working on voice-to-text translations that will allow tourists tospeak a question into their cell phones. Translated Chinese text will then appear on thecell screen for another person to read. True speech-to-speech translation, albeit withlimited vocabulary, will be ready by the end of the decade.”SummaryIn summary, this is the kind of technology that I love to cover on Read/WriteWeb –truly innovative and trying to solve a large real-world problem. Transclick also has acool developers program and a range of subscription products. It’s aninternational company, with a team of 14 developers in Bulgaria at Transclick Labs andsales teams across the world (their US sales team is based in Chicago).Transclick is a company to watch out for and I’m interested in seeing how close theyget to doing voice-to-voice translations. That would be a huge breakthrough, for whoeversolves it first! richard macmanus Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Cartoon: Who Knew From Beavers

first_img(click to enlarge)SHI Cloud CLOUDVILLE Cartoon by Dave Blazek is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at blog.shicloud.com. We continue our series of cartoons from Cloudville, that mythical but somewhat familiar place where the laws of IT don’t quite seem to apply. Like our first cartoon from our friends at New Jersey-based SHI Labs, they have this interesting take on the situation if a server fails and you don’t necessarily know about it. I didn’t know that beavers could be a valid threat vector. Tags:#cloud#Virtualization Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… david strom Related Posts last_img read more

Why Elle’s Profile Of Google’s “Security Princess” Made Me Roll My Eyes

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Google#Parisa Tabriz#security#women in tech IT + Project Management: A Love Affair lauren orsini Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… I wish I had been able to read about women in tech in fashion magazines when I was a teenager. Maybe then I would have decided to become a woman in tech, too.That was my first thought on reading Elle Magazine’s profile of Parisa Tabriz, “Meet Google’s Security Princess.” Tabriz, a white hat hacker who predicts how criminals will try to break into Google’s data centers, is no stranger to technology and business publications. But for her to appear in a woman’s magazine is a novelty.To its credit, Elle’s profile of Tabriz is lengthy, nuanced and portrays her as an intelligent and capable security engineer. But parts of it also made me cringe. To see what I mean, join me for a close reading.The Woman For The JobCongratulations, Elle writer Clare Malone! You’ve scored an interview with a top Google security official. So why not make sure your readers know all about her hair, clothes and (lack of) makeup?Sure, I get that clothes are a quick way to describe a profile subject to an audience. And there’s certainly nothing wrong with a woman who rocks her own personal style. But Tabriz’s all-black wardrobe and the fact that she eschews makeup suggest that appearance is not a very important part of her personality. There’s more than one way to practice femininity, after all. I also get that Elle has an audience to cater to, one that cares a great deal about fashion. But when the same magazine did an interview with actor, tech investor and Steve Jobs portrayer Ashton Kutcher last year, it only briefly mentioned what he was wearing (“faded jeans and a gray T-shirt”) and that he used to model professionally.Moving on. “I didn’t touch computers up until college,” Tabriz tells her interviewer, demolishing the notion that women aren’t qualified for technical positions since they didn’t start early enough.Of course, the last guy to say “women haven’t been hacking for the last ten years” by way of explaining why he didn’t fund their startups, Paul Graham of Y Combinator, had to say he’d been misquoted and make a very big show of it. Tabriz doesn’t perceive gender as a negative for her, though she thinks she “may be a little more pushy than the [female] stereotype.” So much of this profile focuses on Tabriz’s unique characteristics: her skill at math and science, her competitive nature, her driven curiosity about her compromised college website that her to determine the hacker’s modus operandi. And that’s what’s important. Of course Tabriz isn’t the “female stereotype.” No woman on Earth is. But to separate her in such a way to imply that she’s “not like the other girls” makes it seem like Tabriz didn’t succeed because of her motivation or skill, but because she’s somehow better at being a woman. Also, FYI:”Security Princess” is a self-appointed job title! If you knew me, you might consider it ironic, or self-deprecating, but it’s not sexist 🙂— Security Princess (@laparisa) July 15, 2014Getting TechnicalEasily the best snippets of this profile are the sections in which Malone describes the nitty gritty of Tabriz’s work as a white hat hacker for a lay audience.Of course, some women in technology might find it a little condescending to read Malone likening black-hat hackers to thugs who swipe expensive handbags: “not only do they swipe the Birkin, but they rifle through the crocodile-skin datebook to find new victims.” But let’s give the magazine the benefit of the doubt here, given its very specific audience. Tabriz herself supplies quotes that make the highly technical nature of her work extremely approachable to a non-techie audience. For instance, she describes steganography, the craft of writing coded messages that are hidden in plain sight, by its very low-tech history: A Greek emperor would shave a slave’s head, tattoo a message on it, let his hair grow back, and then say, “Go over to that other emperor.”Further allusions to Tabriz’s skill at “think[ing] like a criminal,” make it clear what Tabriz does every day—even if you only know about hackers from the movies. Let’s Talk About GenderStill, you can easily write a profile of a man in tech without discussing how his gender affected his career, either as a stand-in for a personality trait or as a hurdle to overcome. A high-profile woman in tech? Not so much. Malone aptly notes that when it comes to a woman in a male dominated field, to not discuss gender in the workplace would be to miss out on half the story. In Tabriz’s role at Google, gender is a daily consideration.“If you have ambitions to create technology for the whole world, you need to represent the whole world, and the whole world is not just white men,” she told Malone.Gender issues at Google, of course, have been grist for discussion for a while. Former Google vice president Sheryl Sandberg noted in her book, Lean In, that male Google engineers nominated themselves for promotions far more frequently than women. Likewise, in the Elle article Tabriz mentions that the young women she mentors at Google sometimes have trouble asserting themselves. The impetus is on women to make their own opportunities, and if they fail, they’re not leaning in far enough. One way to help women in tech? Make them more visible, just like this profile does. (Though they might stand out even more without all the overt nods to gender.) Then maybe a young woman flipping through her fashion magazine, like I used to do, will discover a tough, capable role model taking a career path she’d never considered.Lead image used with permission from Parisa Tabriz last_img read more