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The heartbroken mother of missing four-year-old Cleo Smith says it is getting more difficult as the days go by to cope without her beloved daughter.

Key points:

  • Cleo Smith has been missing since October 16
  • Local parents say they’re now more careful about letting their children play on the streets
  • Shire of Carnarvon President Eddie Smith says the local community is “shaken”

“Every day is getting harder without my shining bright light,” Ellie Smith posted on Instagram.

“Today she’s missed Halloween with her family  — her cousins, aunties uncles nannas and pop but most of all her parents and baby sister.

“She needs us and we need her.”

It has been 16 days since the preschooler disappeared from her family’s tent at the remote Blowholes campsite, north of Carnarvon in Western Australia’s Gascoyne region, in the early hours of October 16.

Police are continuing their inquiries both at the campsite and in the town of Carnarvon and have investigated over 200 reported sightings of Cleo, none of which turned out to be the missing child.

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However, there has been no significant update.

A drone photo of houses next to a lake in Carnarvon.

With a population of around 5,000, Carnavon is 900 kilometres north of Perth.(ABC News: Phil Hemingway)

Reiterating her call for public help to find Cleo, Ms Smith said her daughter “is loved, she is happy … I just want her to come home.”

“I need my baby girl home, please I beg you!” she wrote.

“If you have ANYONE acting suspicious PLEASE CALL, if you’ve seen her, CALL”

“If you have any important information CALL!”

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Carnarvon locals shaken

Carnarvon mother Chloe Reeves said Cleo’s mysterious disappearance had changed the town she has always considered a safe place.

“My kids are around Cleo’s age and I don’t let them go out of my sight now since the disappearance,” Ms Reeves said.

“[The] town’s not going to be the same for a long time.”

According to locals, Carnarvon is the kind of country community where everyone seems to know each other.

A photo of Chloe Reeves and children.

Carnarvon mother Chloe Reeves says her children are asking every day about the search.(ABC News: Evelyn Manfield)

The disappearance of one of their own has had a huge impact on people and for some, their sense of safety.

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Streets quieter as search continues

Ms Reeves said in town there were usually kids running around, but in the weeks since Cleo had been missing, the streets were much quieter.

Like many other people across Western Australia and the rest of the country, Ms Reeves said her young kids were wondering every day if Cleo was alright.

A little girl wearing a backpack smiles at the camera.

The search for missing four-year-old Cleo Smith is in its third week.(Facebook: Ellie Smith)

“I just hope her family find her alive and well,” she said.

That mix of concern and hope for the young girl who has now been missing for 17 days seemed to be shared right across a town awash with posters and bumper stickers related to the search.

A mid-shot portrait of Eddie Smith wearing a blue shirt.

Shire president Eddie Smith says Carnavon is “shaken” by Cleo’s disappearance.(ABC News: Evelyn Manfield)

Shire of Carnarvon President Eddie Smith said the feeling of anxiousness and concern had not eased since the news of Cleo’s disappearance was first heard.

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“[It has] definitely shaken the community, absolutely, and that’s across the whole community. It really has,” Mr Smith said.

Despite engaging 100 police officers in the investigation and offering a $1 million reward, police still have no suspects or any traces of Cleo’s missing sleeping bag.

‘Horrible thing’ in Carnarvon’s plaground

A Carnarvon resident of 25 years, Jenny Walsh agreed Cleo’s case had shocked and saddened locals who often venture 50 minutes north to the Blowholes.

A photo of Jenny Walsh wearing sunglasses with trees in the background.

Ms Walsh says she’s noticed a change in the attitudes of Carnavon locals.(ABC News: Evelyn Manfield)

She said every morning she hoped she would wake up to a resolution in the case.

“Suddenly this horrible thing’s happened and it does change people’s attitudes,” Ms Walsh said.

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The campsite where Cleo and her family slept the night she vanished is considered Carnarvon’s playground, where locals go fishing and snorkelling.

A close-up of a bumper sticker that says 'missing child' with a photo of Cleo Smith.

A bumper sticker advertises the search for Cleo Smith.(ABC News: Evelyn Manfield)

“[It] was really a camping area for Carnarvon people, it wasn’t really a tourist area,” Ms Walsh said.

Mr Smith said the Blowholes had always been a place where children would wander off with their friends and return to camp when they were hungry.

But now he was not sure if that sense of safety would disappear.

Given the remoteness of the campsite, there has not been much CCTV footage available, making leads more difficult for police.

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Despite this, Mr Smith was not sure if more CCTV in the area would necessarily help in the future.

Blowholes a changed place

On the weekend, travellers Anna and Robert Caffrey were some of the few people staying at the Blowholes.

They said Cleo’s case had given the campsite a dark feeling.

A photo of Anna and Robert Caffrey sitting outside their caravan.

Anna and Robert Caffrey say the Blowholes campsite now has a “dark feeling”.(ABC News: Evelyn Manfield)

Since the campsite reopened after being a closed-off crime scene, it has remained quiet.

Police officers, including drone operators, have continued to revisit the campsite to assist with the major investigation to find Cleo.

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Looking to up your skills for a job change or career advancement in the second half of the year?

This will help – today, LinkedIn has published its listing of the 20 most popular LinkedIn Learning courses over the first half of 2022. In addition to this, LinkedIn’s also making each of these courses free to access till the end of the month – so now may well be the best time to jump in and brush up on the latest, rising skills in your industry.

As per LinkedIn:

As the Great Reshuffle slows and the job market cools, professionals are getting more serious about skill building. The pandemic accelerated change across industries, and as a result, skills to do a job today have changed even compared to a few years ago. Professionals are responding by learning new skills to future-proof their careers and meet the moment.” 

LinkedIn says that over seven million people have undertaken these 20 courses this year, covering everything from improved communication, project management, coding, strategic thinking and more.

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Here are the top 20 LinkedIn Learning courses right now, which you can access via the relevant links:

  1. Goal Setting: Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) with Jessie Withers
  2. Excel Essential Training (Office 365/Microsoft 365) with Dennis Taylor
  3. Interpersonal Communication with Dorie Clark
  4. Cultivating a Growth Mindset with Gemma Leigh Roberts
  5. Project Management Foundations with Bonnie Biafore
  6. Using Questions to Foster Critical Thinking and Curiosity with Joshua Miller
  7. Essentials of Team Collaboration with Dana Brownlee
  8. Unconscious Bias with Stacey Gordon
  9. Learning Python with Joe Marini
  10. Communicating with Confidence with Jeff Ansell
  11.  Speaking Confidently and Effectively with Pete Mockaitis
  12. Learning the OWASP Top 10 with Caroline Wong
  13. Power BI Essential Training with Gini von Courter
  14. Strategic Thinking with Dorie Clark
  15. SQL Essential Training with Bill Weinman
  16. Developing Your Emotional Intelligence with Gemma Leigh Roberts
  17. Communication Foundations with Brenda Bailey-Hughes and Tatiana Kolovou
  18. Agile Foundations with Doug Rose
  19. Digital Marketing Foundations with Brad Batesole
  20. Critical Thinking with Mike Figliuolo
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If you’ve been thinking about upskilling, now may be the time – or maybe it’s just worth taking some of the programming courses, for example, so that you have a better understanding of how to communicate between departments on projects.

Or you could take an Agile course. If, you know, you don’t trust your own management ability.

The courses are available for free till August 31st via the above links.

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Instagram has added a few more social features to the platform, with Reels Replies being rolled out. Along with the Replies, anew feature is being tested that shows when two users are active together in the same chat.

Reels has been performing much better than perhaps even Instagram ever anticipated. The TikTok-inspired new video format (which officially claims to have absolutely no relation to the former) had some trouble really finding its footing initially. However, Reels has grown massively and while it may not be a source of the most direct competition to TikTok, it is indeed a worthy alternative.

Reels has grown to the point that it has a massive creator program attached to it, and the video format has even been migrated to Facebook with the goal of generating further user interest there. Naturally, with such a successful virtual goldmine on its hands, Instagram has been hard at work developing new features and interface updates for Reels, integrating it more and more seamlessly into the rest of the social media platform. Features such as Reels Replies are a major part of such attempts at integration.

Reels Visual Replies are essentially just what they sound like: A Reel that is being used to reply to someone. It’s a feature that’s been seen frequently across TikTok as well. Reel Replies essentially take a user’s comments, and reply to them in video format. The comment will then show up within the Reel itself as a text-box, taking up some amount of space, and showing both the user who issued said comment along with the text. The text-box is apparently adjustable, with users having the ability to move it around and change its size depending on where it obstructs one’s Reel the least.

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Overall, it’s a fun addition to the Reels format, even if the credit should be going to TikTok first. At any rate, it’s an example of Instagram really utilizing Reels’ social media capabilities, outside of just serving it up as a form of entertainment.

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Speaking of social media capabilities, a new feature might help alleviate one of the most common frustrations encountered across all such platforms. Isn’t it annoying when you see that a friend’s online, but isn’t replying to your chat? Sure, they’ve probably just put their phone down to run a quick errand, but there’s no way for you to know, right? Well, there sort of is now! Instagram is beta testing a new feature via which if both users are active within a chat, the platform will display that accordingly. It’s a work-around, sure, and one that’s currently being tested for usefulness, but it’s still a very nice, and even fresh, addition to the social media game.

Now, the active status will only appear when you are both active at the same time.#Instagram #instgramnewfeature@MattNavarra @instagram @alex193a pic.twitter.com/2chGZP9hr4

— Yash Joshi  (@MeYashjoshi) December 10, 2021

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5 apps for scheduling Instagram posts on iPhone and Android

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Alright, we get it. You’re an Instagram Nostradamus.

You know exactly what you want to post and when you’re gonna want to post it. Maybe there’s a meme or comment you want to make that you know will be totally relevant for a future moment or event. Or it could be that you’re an influencer and you want to make sure you keep a steady stream of content coming, so you want to schedule posts for times when you know you won’t be active (or won’t have internet access).

You’ll be happy to know there are apps that are specialized for just such situations. So listen up, InstaNostradamuses…Instagrostra…Instadam…Insta…uh…you guys (we’ll workshop it. No we won’t. We’ll probably just abandon that effort completely. You’re welcome) — these are the Instagram-post-scheduling apps for you.

While all of the iPhone apps below are free to download, they all have some in-app purchases.

1. Planoly

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We’ll start with “official partner” of Instagram, itself, Planoly — an Instaplanner that uses a grid to let you plan, schedule, and publish posts (as well as Reels) on Instagram. The app also lets you see post metrics and analytics so you can make sure your post didn’t flop.

Planoly is available for iOS on the Apple App Store and the Google Play store for Android.

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2. Buffer

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Buffer is another Instagram post scheduler that helps you plan your posts and analyze feedback once they’re published. Use a calendar view to drag and drop posts into days/time slots for easy scheduling.

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Buffer is available for iOS on the Apple App Store and the Google Play store for Android.

3. Preview

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Preview offers typical post-scheduling tools and analytics along with a few helpful extras. Get caption ideas, recommendations for hashtags, and more.

Preview is available for iOS on the Apple App Store and the Google Play store for Android.

4. Content Office

Content OfficeCredit: content office / app store

An Instagram post scheduler with a visual boost, Content Office allows users to plan and schedule Instagram posts while learning “marketing and visual guides to grow your brand on Instagram.” Like aesthetics and using visuals to create cohesive themes? Maybe this is the Instaplanner for you.

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Content Office is available for iOS on the Apple App Store.

5. Plann

PlannCredit: plann / apple store

You’ll never guess what “Plann” lets you do…

Aside from scheduling posts, get content ideas and recommendations, as well as strategy tips to ensure you’re maximizing your Instagram engagement. Ever wonder when the best time to post something is? Plann can offer you some help with that.

Plann is available for iOS on the Apple App Store and the Google Play store for Android.

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