5 Steps to Bring Users Back to Your App

first_img Are push notifications getting too pushy? Or are they the perfect ingredient to spice-up app engagement — when used sparingly?Related: Grow Your Business by Using Push Notifications EffectivelyAccording to a recent study by Blueshift, personalized mobile push notifications receive a 2,770 percent increase in engagement compared to generic push notifications. Users today demand more than mobile outreach: In the face of endless advertisements and alerts, they want information relevant to their personal situation, location and habits.That’s why, with big players such as Facebook getting deeper into the personalized push race, entrepreneurs are scrambling to figure out how to make users feel that personal connection and continue to engage with their apps. Successful launch days are just the first battle in the war to win repeat users, and too often, companies see their engagement flat-line about a month after release.Considering that each user has dozens — if not hundreds — of apps on his or her device, strategic notification campaigns can make the difference between long-term success and the fast lane to obscurity. The question is, what’s the best way to create such a campaign?Keep it personal to keep users engaged.Repeat users are at the core of any mobile product. They drive revenue and demonstrate value to investors. Even more importantly, frequent users usually turn into brand advocates, preaching an app’s benefits to friends and helping to build a far-reaching, long-lasting user base.When user engagement starts to flag, the following steps can bring them back to the table — offering customers the chance to rediscover why they downloaded the app in the first place:Understand the user process. Every company knows what its app does, but what does the typical user flow look like after the initial exploration is through? After people set up their accounts and spend some time navigating the software, how do they take advantage of the app to make their lives better? Considering that 23 percent of users abandon an app after a single use, understanding what the remaining 77 percent want from it on a regular basis is critical to continued success.Identify touchpoints. Where and when do users interact with the app or the device, and where are the best opportunities to remind them to engage? Shopping apps should have wish lists and credit card storage, which will create opportunities for reminders and sales. Social apps should notify users of friends’ activity. Games can offer bonuses, challenges and special events. Taking advantage of information that users volunteer is one of the easiest ways to understand what those users want and provide relevant notifications.Related: Push Notifications – Finally a Non-Annoying way to promote your appThink beyond the phone. Standard OS push notifications are important, but multiple avenues exist to reach users. Smartwatch notifications and emails can also play integral roles in reminding users to engage. Saturating users with notifications from all sides comes off as annoying, but with a delicate touch, multichannel reminders make a tremendous difference in retention numbers.Find the sweet spot of notification frequency. Like any marketing diet, push notifications require balance. Too few pushes and people forget the app, but when there are too many, they will disable or delete it. The number of acceptable notifications depends on the app, but users seem to respond best to weekly notifications rather than daily or monthly ones. An iterative approach often works best to achieve this balance, so many companies start small after their launch and slowly ramp up to keep users coming back.Keep notifications smart. A person with 500 friends on a social app probably doesn’t want a push notification every time someone else signs on. Notifications that adapt to individual user circumstances, such as recent activity or a lack thereof, are more effective at retaining interest without becoming overbearing. Companies that track better mobile metrics regarding user activity are more likely to provide smarter notifications and keep users coming back.Related: 3 Ways to Put More Nudge Into Your Push NotificationsSmartphone users do have short attention spans, but with the right reminders in the right place, they don’t have to stay gone forever. By spending more time understanding the user experience and providing relevant, timely notifications, companies can keep their apps relevant longer and bring back the users that might have otherwise stopped paying attention. December 2, 2016 Register Now » 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Hyundai Shows Off Wearable Robots to Help Paraplegics Elderly

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. January 5, 2017 This story originally appeared on PCMag Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read Register Now » Hyundai didn’t roll any cool concept cars on stage at its CES press conference Wednesday. But it may have just one-upped those who did.The car maker brought on stage something the audience wasn’t at all expecting: a wearable robot it claims will let paraplegics walk again. It’s called H-MEX, which stands for Hyundai Medical Exoskeleton, and it looks like a high-tech back/leg brace combination device, plus forearm crutches.Hyundai Senior Engineer Dong Jin Hyun walked on stage wearing the device; check out the video below.Hyundai wearable robot for paraplegics pic.twitter.com/GaEiplQWuq— Angela Moscaritolo (@amoscaritolo) January 4, 2017 Hyun said the H-MEX is designed for people with lower spinal cord injuries, and will give them the ability to sit down, stand up, move, turn around and even walk up or down stairs. The device calculates a person’s walking pace, the length of their stride, and torso tilting angle to provide “individually tailored gait pattern adjustment,” Hyundai explained in a news release.Along with the H-MEX, Hyundai during its presser described two other wearable robots it has in the works: HUMA (which stands for Hyundai Universal Medical Assist) and H-WEX (Hyundai Waist Exoskeleton). The former was designed for people with “severely limited mobility,” like elderly individuals, while the latter provides upper body and hip support for manual laborers.In its press release, Hyundai said the HUMA device, which looks similar to the H-MEX but extends further up a person’s back, “provides assistive torque to help those with limited mobility … easily move their bodies.” It can support up to 40kg of a wearer’s weight and can run at up to 12km/h.Both H-MEX and HUMA are powered by removable and rechargeable battery packs and their frames are adjustable to accommodate people of all different sizes.H-WEX, meanwhile, is meant to prevent back injuries before they happen. It’s designed to assist workers who repetitively lift heavy objects by supporting and protecting the lower back and upper legs while ensuring optimal body positioning.There’s no word as to when these devices might be available but Hyun on stage said that Hyundai has the capability to produce these exoskeletons, which he hopes will one day “truly make a difference in human society.”last_img read more

Global DNS Service Market worth 600 million by 2025

first_imgDNS Service Market The global DNS Service market is predicted to reach 600 million  by 2025 and is projected to grow with a striking growth rate of 12% over the forecast period 2018-2025, divulges a latest research report presented by Big Market Research.  The DNS Service Market is continuously growing across the world over the coming years. The major driving factor of global DNS Service market are increasing awareness to safeguard the websites from various attacks, growing number of internet user and low cost associated with DNS service. In addition, rising E-business and increasing DNS communications in the association to progress the streamline management and performance among others.Request for a sample copy of this report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2866286?utm_source=SHASHI-HTNThe major restraining factor of global DNS service market are availability of free DNS providers and high installation cost. Domain Name System (DNS) it is way which the domain names of the internet are sited and are converted into internet protocol addresses. The process of DNS resolution involves converting a hostname into a computer-friendly IP address. Domain Name System (DNS) offers various benefit such as it can browse the internet worldwide, no need for memorizing IP addresses, security enhancement and DNS servers have fast internet connections. Moreover, this allow users to memorize URL address and also allows private servers made by home users to be freely available yet somewhat shielded from having their IP address publicly known.This report is a professional and comprehensive research of the global DNS Service industry based on the major regional market situations, key driving factors, major competitors, and size & scope of the market. Firstly, the report introduces the DNS Service market basics: definitions, classifications, applications and market overview; product specifications; manufacturing processes; cost structures, raw materials, and so on. The report also presents Porter’s Five Forces model, value chain analysis, and PEST analysis. Furthermore, the competitive scenario in different regions is outlined in the report to assist leading market players, new entrants, and stakeholders determine emerging economies.Global DNS Service Market: Regional Segment AnalysisNorth America– U.S., CanadaEurope– UK, Germany.Asia Pacific– China, India, JapanLatin America– Brazil, Mexico, Rest of the WorldThe report also presents detailed information about the major players as well as some minor players of the DNS Service sector.The Key Players mentioned in our report: AWS, Cloudflare, Google, Oracle, Verisign, Akamai Technologies, Cdnetworks, DNS Made Easy, IBM, Microsoft, Neustar, NsoneAvail the Discount on this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2866286?utm_source=SHASHI-HTNThe research reveals the performance of each player active in the industry. In addition, the report offers an overview of recent developments of each player in the market. All these insights provided in the report are valuable to anyone interested in investing in the DNS Service industry. These insights may help them in determining the strength of their competitors and take the required steps to gain a dominant position in the industry.Additionally, the research report delivers a complete analysis of the key segments of the DNS Service sector with the help of charts, graphs, and tables. An overview of each market segment such as type, application, and region are also provided in the report. Investors, stakeholders, product managers, marketing officials, and other professionals in search of detailed data on supply, demand, and future predictions would find the report beneficial.This research report is prepared based on an in-depth analysis of the market by expert analysts. The insights provided in the report would help stakeholders determine investment suitability and market players to take hold of opportunities for partnerships, collaborations, and agreements.Buy Now @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/checkout/sales/914?utm_source=SHASHI Table of ContentsChapter 1. Executive Summary1.1. Market Snapshot1.2. Key Trends1.3. Global & Segmental Market Estimates & Forecasts, 2015-2025 (USD Billion)1.3.1. DNS Service Market, by Type, 2015-2025 (USD Billion)1.3.2. DNS Service Market, by Vertical, 2015-2025 (USD Billion)1.3.3. DNS Service Market, by Region, 2015-2025 (USD Billion)1.4. Estimation Methodology1.5. Research AssumptionChapter 2. DNS Service Market Definition and Scope2.1. Objective of the Study2.2. Market Definition & Scope2.2.1. Industry Evolution2.2.2. Scope of the Study2.3. Years Considered for the Study2.4. Currency Conversion RatesChapter 3. DNS Service Market Dynamics3.1. See Saw Analysis3.1.1. Market Drivers3.1.2. Market Challenges3.1.3. Market OpportunitiesAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesCall answer Direct: +1-971-202-1575Call answer Toll-Free:+1-800-910-6452Email help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

APKUpdater update brings support for Google Play updates

first_imgAPKUpdater update brings support for Google Play updates by Martin Brinkmann on June 18, 2017 in Google Android – 6 commentsThe latest version of the Android application update checker and installer APKUpdater, APKUpdater 1.5, brings support for Google Play update checking among other things.We reviewed APKUpdater when it was released to the public, and I suggest you check out the initial review for a general overview of the program’s functionality.Basically, what it enables is an option to check for updates using alternate sources. While most Android users install apps from Google Play probably, some apps are not available on Google’s main Android repository.This means that updates are not found automatically and/or installed, as Google Play has no information on those apps.APKUpdater uses third-party sources such as APK Mirror to check for updates, and provide options to install those with little effort.This is better, obviously, than having to monitor all apps installed on the device that came from non-Google Play sources.The new version APKUpdater 1.5 brings along with it three new features that all users of the program may make use of.Probably the most useful one from a user point of view is that APKUpdater may check for updates using Google Play.Google Play is just one of the available source databases for checking for updates. This is useful for two situations:You get update information from Google Play even if you don’t use the service.You may cross-check update information.Google Play is selected as one of the update sources automatically in the new version of the application. You can disable it under Settings if you want. There you may also enable other sources, namely APKPure and Uptodown, besudes APK Mirror.The second big feature addition lets you run searches on Google Play. You may download apps directly that are returned. Again, useful if you don’t use Google Play, but prefer to download and install applications from the Play Store instead of third-party sources.The search was hit and miss on the Android version I tested it on. I’m not sure if this comes down to the device that I used, or if it is a universal bug that needs addressing.Finally, APKUpdater makes use of an official APKMirror API for its functionality. This improves the app significantly, both in terms of how fast the updater is now, and also reliability wise.VerdictAPKUpdater 1.5 is a great update of the application that improves the app in several ways. It is faster now, more reliable, and integrates some Google Play store options as well in that version.Now You: Where do you download apps from?Summary12345 Author Rating4 based on 9 votes Software Name APKUpdaterOperating System AndroidSoftware Category AppsLanding Page https://github.com/rumboalla/apkupdater/ Advertisementlast_img read more

Thunderbird 5230 is out

first_imgThunderbird 52.3.0 is out by Martin Brinkmann on August 17, 2017 in Email – 13 commentsMozilla Messaging released Thunderbird 52.3.0 on August 16, 2017 to the release channel and all supported operating systems.The new version of the popular email client is a bug fix release; means, it fixes issues in the client but does not introduce new features to it or make changes to existing ones. Also, no security updates in the release.Thunderbird’s automatic update feature may not pick up the update right now. You can check for new updates with a click on Help > About Thunderbird.If the new version is not picked up, you may download and install it manually instead. Head over to the official Thunderbird download page and select the version that you are using from the list of supported languages and operating systems.Thunderbird 52.3.0The new version of Thunderbird fixes the following issues in the email client:Unwanted inline images shown in rogue SPAM messagesDeleting message from the POP3 server not working when maildir storage was usedMessage disposition flag (replied / forwarded) lost when reply or forwarded message was stored as draft and draft was sent laterInline images not scaled to fit when printingSelected text from another message sometimes included in a replyNo authorisation prompt displayed when inserting image into email body although image URL requires authenticationLarge attachments taking a long time to open under some circumstancesMost of the issues that Thunderbird 52.3.0 fixes impact only a small number of systems the email client is installed on.Thunderbird 52.3.0 has two known issues that are listed in the release notes. The first affects users who select Send To > Mail recipients on Windows. This does not work anymore. A solution is provided; Mozilla Messaging asks users to install the Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 redistributable runtime library, or the Universal C Runtime for Windows Server to fix the issue.The second issue causes multiple requests for the master password when Gmail OAuth2 is enabled.These issues probably don’t affect to many users of the email program either. Still, for those affected by at least one of the fixed bugs, it is a welcome update.Since Thunderbird 52.3.0 does not fix any security issues, there is no rush to install the update unless you are affected by one of the issues that were fixed in the release.Now You: Thunderbird, or another program? Which software do you use for email?   SummaryArticle NameThunderbird 52.3.0 is outDescriptionMozilla Messaging released Thunderbird 52.3.0 on August 16, 2017 to the release channel and all supported operating systems.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Googles Assignments Tool Helps Teachers Detect Student Plagiarism

first_img Ads by Amazon Bestseller Ads by Amazon Search Wow facts 2Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийadvertisementThis not only helps teachers to detect plagiarism and lessen their time in grading, but it can also help students to uphold academic integrity by giving them a chance to make sure that they did not commit any unintended plagiarism in the works that they will submit.Google AssignmentsApart from the originality checker, Google’s Assignments tool also has other features to help educators. With it, they can easily create assignments and send them to students, as well as organize their work by class, date, and even students. It also allows them simplify their grading process and easily leave feedback on their students’ works using the comment bank which stores their most frequently used feedbacks. What’s more, Google assures the privacy and security of using these tools.“We never assume ownership of your data – that belongs to you and your students. Our responsibility is to keep it more secure. And because Assignments was built for education, it meets rigorous compliance standards,” said Google, noting the privacy laws that they are strictly upholding including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.According to Google, using these tools don’t just help educators, but they also prepare the students for the workforce as they will also be using the Google tools that even big companies use. TAG Google, teachers, Plagiarism AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY All Close Google Assignments lets teachers create and copy assignments for students with ease. According to Google, the tool lets teachers prepare the students for the workforce by utilizing tools that companies also choose.   ( Google ) Google for Education is unveiling a new feature that can help both teachers and students turn in original reports. One of the things educators can do with the tool “Assignments” is check their students’ work for plagiarism in just one search.Plagiarism CheckerThere is no denying that students nowadays have incredible access to information like never before. While this is convenient for both students and educators, it also makes it harder to detect potentially plagiarized work, whether or not it is intentional.Now, Google has unveiled a plagiarism checker available on Assignments and Classroom that can help teachers detect plagiarized work in just a single search by cross-referencing it with hundreds of billions of web pages and tens of millions of books. The reports then point out ineffective paraphrasing, unmentioned citations, and even unintended plagiarism due to being too similar to another source. ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.last_img read more

2017 Was the Year the Robots Really Truly Arrived

first_imgThe world seemed different this year, yes? Like something strange has been walking and rolling among us? Like we’re now sharing the planet with a new species of our own creation?Well, we are, because 2017 was the year that the robots really, truly arrived. They escaped the factory floor and started conquering big cities to deliver Mediterranean food. Self-driving cars swarmed the streets. And even bipedal robots—finally capable of not immediately falling on their faces—strolled out of the lab and into the real world. The machines are here, and it’s an exhilarating time indeed. Like, now Atlas the humanoid robot can do backflips. Backflips.[embedded content]“2017 has been an amazing year for robotics,” says roboticist Sebastian Thrun, a pioneer of the self-driving car. “Why 2017? Why did it take us so long?”Well, it was a confluence of factors, namely the cheapening of sophisticated hardware combined with better brains. “In the past, in robotics we had not-so-smart software with hardware that would break all the time, and that’s not a good product,” Thrun says. “It’s only recently that both computers have become smart enough and that robot hardware has become reliable enough that the very first products start to emerge.”Perhaps the biggest leap in hardware has been sensor technology. To build a robot you don’t have to babysit, you need it to sense its environment, and to sense its environment it needs a range of sensors. Not just with cameras, but with lasers that build a 3-D map of the robot’s surroundings. These kinds of components have gotten both far more powerful and far cheaper.“I kind of talk about this finally being the golden age of robotics, and that means that for the first time in the last 12 months or so you see robots really becoming prolific,” says Ben Wolff, CEO of Sarcos Robotics, which makes the most bonkers robot arms you’ve ever seen. “And I think it’s because we’re finally at that crossover point, where the cost has come down of components while the capability of the components has increased sufficiently.”Like, come down big time. One sensor cost Sarcos a quarter of a million dollars in 2010. Today, it’s $8,000—that’d be 3 percent of the cost just seven years ago. Other components like actuators—the motors in the joints of something like a robot arm—are also falling steadily in cost. Today, an actuator that once cost $3,500 is closer to $1,500. And it’s actuators, perhaps more than any other component, that promise to take robotics to the next level in the very near future.Loaded with cheaper, supercharged sensors, robots are finally capable of tackling the uncertainty of the human world. Whether humans actually want that is another question. Take delivery robots, for instance. In San Francisco’s chaotic Mission neighborhood this year, a robot called Marble began picking up food and delivering it straight to customers’ doors.Yet it’s not navigating the relatively structured streets—with lanes and stop signs and such—but sidewalks. That means it has to dodge pedestrians and buskers and discarded furniture, then still be able to cross the street and deal with cars. It ain’t perfect, which is why a human handler follows the robot to remote-control it when it gets in trouble (when WIRED got a demo in April, it nearly ran down a dog). That safeguard wasn’t enough for the SF Board of Supervisors, which earlier this month voted to severely restrict the operation of the machines. Matt SimonWhat Is a Robot? Matt SimonThis Robot Tractor Is Ready to Disrupt Construction More robotscenter_img Matt SimonInside SynTouch, the Mad Lab Giving Robots the Power to Feel Regulations aside, robotics are only set to encroach further on human spaces. “In the past we had robots that were novelty,” says Wolff. “We certainly had robots that could do repetitive tasks bolted to the floor for years and years. But what’s changed is we’re now talking about robots that are mobile in nature.”Much of that has to do with the robots’ bigger brains. It takes a whole lot of processing power for a robot to eyeball a person and navigate around them, while at the same keeping on its trajectory and avoiding other humans. Luckily, better chips mean all of these calculations can now happen aboard the machine, as opposed to giant computers doing the processing in the cloud. Specifically, the smartphone revolution has helped shrink down processors while making them burlier and cheaper and more energy-efficient. Perfect for little robots like Kuri.So where do we go from here? And I do mean we. Our human brains tend to anthropomorphize anything that remotely seems like an intelligent agent, so it’s tempting to form bonds with the machines, especially when they’re “cute” and “lovable.” I mean, back in August it happened to me: I told a robot I loved it just to get its attention. Those human-robot relationships are primed for ethical upsets. Imagine a child forming a bond with a highly intelligent doll. At some point, the manufacturer might exploit that relationship by having the doll ask the kid if they want an over-the-air update that’d make the robot even more fun—for the low, low price of $49.99.It’s early, I know—I just got through saying the robots have arrived. But as someone who’s experienced the surprising psychological draw of robots, I want to make this clear: The robot-human relationship is bizarre and fraught with potential misadventures. Better to think of this now than have a doll suddenly bilking you out of money.last_img read more

Google makes it easier for cheap phones and smart devices to

first_imgEncryption is an important part of the whole securing-your-data package, but it’s easy to underestimate the amount of complexity it adds to any service or device. One part of that is the amount of processing encryption takes — an amount that could be impractical on small or low-end devices. Google wants to change that with a highly efficient new method called Adiantum.Here’s the problem. While encryption is in a way just transforming one block of data reversibly into another, that process is actually pretty complicated. Math needs to be done, data read and written and reread and rewritten and confirmed and hashed.For a text message that’s not so hard. But if you have to do the same thing as you store or retrieve megabyte after megabyte of data, for instance with images or video, that extra computation adds up quick.Lots of modern smartphones and other gadgets are equipped with a special chip that performs some of the most common encryption algorithms and processes (namely AES), just like we have GPUs to handle graphics calculations in games and such.But what about older phones, or cheaper ones, or tiny smart home gadgets that don’t have room for that kind of thing on their boards? Just like they can’t run the latest games, they might not be able to efficiently run the latest cryptographic processes. They can still encrypt things, of course, but it might take too long for certain apps to work, or drain the battery.Google, clearly interested in keeping cheap phones competitive, is tackling this problem by creating a special encryption method just for low-power phones. They call it Adiantum, and it will be optionally part of Android distributions going forward.The technical details are all here, but the gist is this. Instead of using AES it relies on a cipher called ChaCha. This cipher method is highly optimized for basic binary operations, which any processor can execute quickly, though of course it will be outstripped by specialized hardware and drivers. It’s well documented and already in use lots of places — this isn’t some no-name bargain bin code. As they show, it performs way better on earlier chipsets like the Cortex A7.The Adiantum process doesn’t increase or decrease the size of the payload (for instance by padding it or by appending some header or footer data), meaning the same number of bytes come in as go out. That’s nice when you’re a file system and don’t want to have to set aside too many special blocks for encryption metadata and the like.Naturally new encryption techniques are viewed with some skepticism by security professionals, for whom the greatest pleasure in life is to prove one is compromised or unreliable. Adiantum’s engineers say they have “high confidence in its security,” with the assumption (currently reasonable) that its component “primitives” ChaCha and AES are themselves secure. We’ll soon see!In the meantime don’t expect any instant gains, but future low-power devices may offer better security without having to use more expensive components — you won’t have to do a thing, either.Oh, and in case you were wondering:Adiantum is named after the genus of the maidenhair fern, which in the Victorian language of flowers (floriography) represents sincerity and discretion.last_img read more

Students forced to write I am a lesbian as punishment at Indian

first_imgSappho speaks outBut a leading LGBTI organization has condemned the bizarre punishment. Sappho for Equality – The Activist Forum For Lesbian, Bisexual Woman and Transman Rights plans to investigate the incident.‘What happened with those girls is abhorrent,’ Sappho for Equality’s cofounder, Malobika, told the Indian Express.‘Not only were they singled out on the basis of a few complaints, which could very well have been pranks, I don’t understand what purpose did the whole exercise serve? Are students in co-ed schools asked to write a confession about their heterosexuality when they are seen spending time together?’Previous students of the school told local media the school disapproved of ‘intense friendships between girls’ and the school’s atmosphere was ‘oppressive’.It is not the first time an Indian school has punished female students after suspecting they were lesbian.Last year a university student was asked to move out of the student dorms for showing ‘homosexual tendencies’. And a nursing school in southern India does not allow female students to lock their dorm rooms to prevent lesbian sex.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Ten students at a school in India were each forced to write a ‘confession’ letter admitting they were a lesbian. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The Kamala Girls’ School in south Kolkata in West India has come under fire the unusual practice.On 8 March the girls were hauled into the acting headmistresses’ office after other students accused them of indulging in ‘such behaviour’.‘We called those students and they admitted it. Considering the sensitive nature of the issue, I asked them to admit it in writing. I have got written admissions from all 10 students, acting headmistress Sikha Sarkar told IANS.Another teacher at the school said the punishment had been blown out of proportion. The official made the comment anonymously after the students’ angry parents stormed into the Sarkar’s office.‘It was a simple act of disciplining the students. They were being naughty in class so they were called into the office of the headmistress and were made to sign a confession,’ the unnamed school offical told The Indian Express.‘The parents were called to sort out the matter and have a discussion but they overreacted saying their girls were forced to sign it… We have given back the signed letters to the parents.’center_img School students in India. | Photo: File image GAYSTARNEWS- LGBTI students demand UK Government make ‘gay cure’ therapy illegalLGBT Witch-hunt: North Carolina no longer welcomes transgender travelers and residentsLesbian couple told they can now attend Alabama school prom togetherRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/students-forced-write-i-lesbian-punishment-indian-school/last_img read more

LGBTI people need to know Brexit will put our rights at risk

first_imgI commissioned the report – Brexit: LGBTI Impact Assessment – without knowing all the facts myself.But it seemed clear to me that nobody in the UK Government was thinking about LGBTI people in this process. And, while GSN has never published a formal report of this nature before, someone needed to look out for our community.Now I have read what the experts say, I can see that we lose so much as LGBTI people.Why should LGBTI people care about Brexit?The UK Government’s current view is that they can jettison the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights – the highest standard of protection for LGBTI people currently available in international law – as superfluous. That certainly indicates trouble may lie ahead.If you think that your sexuality or gender identity has little to do with what you stand to lose in the Brexit process, this report may alarm you. It sets out that LGBT rights have been driven forward by our EU membership and are underwritten by it. And it argues that LGBT people are even more likely than others to use rights granted by the EU.The UK Government has stated we will not lose LGBT rights on the day we exit the EU. That is likely true, although this report shows we will lose benefits. Moreover, Europe will no longer drive the agenda on sexuality and gender identity rights in the UK, as it has  for two decades.Even more seriously, we will lose the EU’s guarantees on the rights we have. LGBT Britons have frequently relied on those guarantees and there is no UK constitution to replace them.LGBT people in this country remember the spectre of Section 28. We know therefore, that an unfriendly future government can enshrine homophobia or transphobia in law.Our UK community is also well connected to LGBTIs in other parts of the world. As such, we have witnessed many examples of politicians reversing their rights with devastating consequences. GAYSTARNEWS- This is how Brexit could hurt you as an LGBTI person in the UKWill Brexit mean no LGBT rights protections? You can still decideThis is why a gay MP is calling for another referendum on BrexitRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lgbti-people-need-to-know-brexit-will-put-our-rights-at-risk/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Should we be crying over our lost rights as the UK prepares for Brexit? | Photo: Gustavo Ferlizicenter_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Brexit will leave UK LGBTI citizens worryingly vulnerable, says a new report from leading human rights lawyers we publish today. Britain has advanced in its overall attitudes to LGBTI people. But many of the senior UK politicians backing Brexit have openly homophobic and transphobic records. Trusting the future of the rights we have worked so hard to achieve to their goodwill seems to me to be reckless.What can we do about it?Immediately after the June 2016 Brexit vote, we saw that attitudes can rapidly change on the streets. In July, August and September of that year, hate crimes against LGBTI people rose 147%, measured against the same period in 2015.As a community we can pretend this danger isn’t looming. Or we can do what we have always done – take responsibility personally and collectively for the protection and promotion of our rights.I believe we are well-motivated to act. A straw poll carried out by Gay Star News just before the 2016 Brexit vote indicated that 77% of our readers wished to remain. More generally, polling since the referendum has seen a slow, but consistent, shift to scepticism about Brexit.Brexiteers have argued that pro-EU voices in the UK should silently accept the course they are now plotting for us. But it is an exercise in democracy to openly argue for the future we wish to see.I am deeply indebted to the report’s authors for taking on my commission pro-bono and for providing their unparalleled expertise on this subject. I hope their words will be read with care, and their warnings heeded, before it is too late.Read more about Brexit: The LGBT Impact AssessmentYou can download, read and share the full report here:You can also read our summary of the report, and what you can do about it, here.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more