first_imgDONEGAL road works are being axed as Government cuts bite.The nationwide ban on new roads or road works on national primary routes and national secondary roads will hit the county particularly badly.Projects that were planned but are now suspended are: * N15 Ballybofey/Stranorlar bypass* N15 Bundoran to Sligo* N15 Lifford to Ballybofey/Stranorlar* N56 Dungloe to Glenties * N56 Mountcharles to Inver* N14 Lifford to LetterkennyDONEGAL ROADS AXED: THE LIST IN FULL was last modified: August 10th, 2011 by gregShare 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:ballybofeBallybofeybundorandonegal road works axedinverMOUNTCHARLESStranorlarlast_img read more

Forget MVP, Warriors’ Steph Curry will win scoring title, says NBA stats cruncher

first_imgI’ve always believed that an unhealthy preoccupation with sports-driven data, statistical minutiae and intense quantification was a sign of a stunted social life. And until a few years ago I had the Strat-O-Matic scoresheets to prove it.But ESPN’s Zach Lowe has me reconsidering my position. Host of the “Lowe Post” podcast Lowe bounced a few numbers off guest Kevin Arnovitz on Tuesday. If Lowe is on the ball, you … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img read more

South African canoeing shines in Germany

first_img4 August 2015South African canoeist and four-time K1 and K2 Dusi marathon winner Andy Birkett won a silver medal at the season-opening ICF Marathon World Cup at the Brandenburg an den Havel regatta in Germany on 2 August.Following a three-boat battle for first place between Birkett, Hungarian Adam Petro and Belgian Dries Corrijn, an unexpected wake from an official’s boat helped Petro gain the upper hand by a boat length over Birkett at the finish line. But the South African was unperturbed, saying after the race: “I am chuffed with the medal.”He added: “The pace was fast for the first hour-and-a-bit until we whittled it down to four paddlers. Soon it came down to the Hungarian, the Belgian and myself as we came into the last portage.“I had a good last portage, and I pulled the last small lap into the finish line with the Hungarian on my side wave, and got caught out in the end sprint by the Hungarian.“It was great racing, but more importantly it was awesome practice before the Worlds,” he added.His silver ends a good weekend in Germany for the South African team. Birkett also won the new short marathon sprint event on Saturday, while teammates Greg Louw finished fourth in the same race, and Olympic sprint medallist Bridgitte Hartley won the women’s race.Birkett won the national senior K1 marathon title in June and is a former under- 23 marathon world champion. He was happy with his time and placing in preparation for the Marathon World Champs in Gyor, Hungary in September, which will include several other major races in Europe.The reigning world champion is fellow South African Hank McGregor.This year is Birkett’s first participation in international competition and this first podium finish has been an inspiring start for the canoeist. However, he admitted to a bit of frustration during this first race, which he called “all a learning curve”.His next race is the Sella Descent in Spain next week.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

5 Ways Sentiment Analysis is Ramping Up in 2009

first_img5. Twitter as ZeitgeistHow can we do a round-up of sentiment analysis tools without mentioning Twitter? Marshall Kirkpatrick wrote in March about the Twitter platform turning 3:“Twitter already ‘breaks news’ faster than traditional media outlets on a regular basis and monitoring the ebb and flow of conversation is helping media, marketers and academics put their finger on the pulse of a significant number of people.From the front page of Twitscoop.We’ve seen how breaking large numbers of Twitter followers into topical groups can help make the service much, much more useful. We expect to see services launched soon that will take the pulse of topical groups. Bubbling up hot topics early in the world of physicists on Twitter, real estate agents, stock traders, etc. is a powerful tactic that more than one company will cash in on. We’ll all benefit when that happens, too.”See also: 7 Top Twitter Topic TrackersTop image: .michael.newman. Tags:#Features#Trends#web See also: This Machine Eats Tweets: The System Behind @Comcast and Others2. Conversation Monitoring: Backtype As Marshall Kirkpatrick noted in a post from April, a whole class of technologies are emerging to help companies keep track of the conversations exploding online. For example, Backtype is an online tool that lets you search for and monitor keywords across the Web in an effort to put an end to ‘comment fragmentation.’ It’s also used under the hood at Radian6. richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 3. Mood Analysis: LiveJournal & MoodViewsIn his recent analysis Could Real Time Information Be An Unfair Advantage?, Marshall Kirkpatrick explored the connection between communication on social networks and real-world events. As an example, he pointed to a tool called MoodViews which can correlate mood messages on LiveJournal with world events. Some of the trends noted using this tool:Mass increase in the level of worriedness around major weather phenomena, such as hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005Excitedness around global media and culture events, such as the release of a new Harry Potter book on July 15, 2005Mass increase in the level of distress and sadness after terror attacks, as witnessed by the response to the London bombings on July 7, 2005.MoodViews updates every 10 minutes based on LiveJournal posts. As of writing, these moods were “hot”: irritated, stressed, thoughtful, cheerful, creative. Hope was big in November 2008. Image: omnicamSee also: Feel Good: Top 10 Mood Apps and Visualizers4. Semantic Search: Evri’s New Sentiment API Earlier this month semantic search engine Evri released a new sentiment web API that claims to understand how the web feels. As Sarah Perez wrote: while busy scouring the net for people, places, and things and determining the relationships between them, the search engine is now able to understand the feelings associated with these entities, too, be them positive or negative. Using the API, developers can build applications for things like market intelligence, market research, sports and entertainment, brand management, product reviews and more.The sentiment API does much more than most Twitter sentiment trackers – it allows you deeper insight into the “who’s,” and “what’s,” and “why’s” associated with the particular expression or feeling. The New York Times has an article today about sentiment analysis, a trend which has been accelerating on the back of the Real-time Web – and Twitter in particular. Sentiment analysis is no short-term hot trend. It will eventually become a key feature of search engines, which will integrate the aggregate sentiment of the crowd into search results.The NY Times article looked at 3 sentiment analysis tools: Scout Labs, The Financial Times’ Newssift, and Jodange. It also mentioned 3 Twitter apps: Tweetfeel, Twendz and Twitrratr. In our post we take a look at five other examples of how sentiment analysis is starting to ramp up on the Web. We invite you to add more examples in the comments.1. Social Media Monitoring and Analysis: SysomosSysomoslaunched its two flagship products in June: MAP (‘Media Analysis Platform’) and Heartbeat. As Frederic Lardinois wrote: both products are powerful (but costly) social media monitoring and analysis tools.MAP is a powerful and flexible analysis tool. It gives its users the ability to research any topic on blogs, social media sites, and in traditional news media reports. MAP can, for example, tell you that the largest number of Twitter users who wrote about the Palm Pre come from California and Great Britain. It can also quickly give you a history of when and how often a Wikipedia article was edited, or what the most popular forum posts and YouTube videos about the any given topic were in the last 30 days. Heartbeat provides a subset of MAPs features, with a focus on making it easy for companies to track social media metrics. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Net-Zero Energy on a Mass Scale

first_imgThe goal is to lower carbon emissionsFor the time being, Transition Zero is focused on what’s called “social housing,” which, according to an article in The Washington Post, is similar to public housing in this country. In Europe, public housing is financed by government, but it serves middle-class families as well as low-income tenants.Transition Zero puts homeowners in more comfortable, energy-efficient dwellings without forcing them to pay higher rent. But the broader goal, according to a document detailing efforts to expand the effort to France and the U.K., is reduced carbon emissions in the European Union.“The point of departure of this proposal is focusing on ‘to create what is needed’ instead of focusing on ‘to do what is possible,’” the proposal says. “The implication of a CO2 reduction target of 80% by 2050 is that the European building stock needs to be (nearly) energy neutral by mid-century.”Because buildings are usually refurbished no more often than once every 30 years, these deep energy retrofits must begin very soon, the proposal continues. To that end, Energiesprong is seeking €10 million to widen the program to include 100,000 homes in both the UK and France.It’s going to take a few things to make the effort successful, Energiesprong says, including lower retrofit pricing so that savings in energy are sure to offset construction costs; delivery times measured in days rather than weeks; and upfront capital from financiers who can be confident their investments won’t go belly up.Under normal circumstances, the cost of deep energy retrofits is “substantially” more than projected energy savings, Energiesprong says. “Therefore, we need an intensive innovation process in the construction sector focused on cost reduction, intervention time reduction, and energy performance guarantees,” the statement continues. “This means house owners need to collectively ask for a different type of offering from builders.”Energiesprong says that choosing the right housing stock is essential to getting these programs off the ground: a sufficient number of similar units, a minimum of planning rule issues, and an existing need for maintenance. “Once a builder has developed a refurbishment proposition for one of these houses,” the proposal says, “it can be sold to many, meaning the innovation investment can be spread out over many houses.”There are now projects all over the country, and once the kinks have been worked out, it will be easier to adopt it in the private housing market, the group says. How do they do it?In the U.S., a deep energy retrofit would take months. In the Netherlands, Energiesprong wants the work done in about a week, with homeowners able to stay put through most of the process. The target cost is €40,000 per house (about $50,700).The web site (at least the portion of it in English) doesn’t explain very many of the technical details of the process. For example, we are not given the R-values and airtightness of the wall and roof assemblies before and after the work, or what upgrades to the mechanical systems would be typical. Details on the capacity of the installed photovoltaic (PV) systems are missing.But the website does explain generally how it’s done. Window and door frames and the “roof cover” (roofing) are all removed as a first step. Then, brackets are added to existing walls and holes are bored through the wall for ventilation equipment. Prefabricated panels, which include insulation and exterior cladding, are delivered and craned into place. Finally, windows, roof panels, and new mechanical equipment are added. Projects also typically include a new kitchen and bathroom.A video posted to the Energiespring website shows panels being lowered by crane into place on the outside walls of a house and workers bolting them to new brackets. Locals with big grins offer a few comments.In his email, van Erck filled in some of the blanks. The retrofitted houses are all-electric, powered by a 6-kW PV system. There is no mechanical air conditioning, but houses have balanced ventilation systems. Hot water is provided by a heat pump.The heat pump, inverter, hot water storage, and ventilation system are housed separately, rather than installed in the house, van Erck said. Wiring and ducts are contained in the prefabricated wall panels.And how to explain the astonishing speed with which the retrofits are carried out? “Everything is prefabricated,” van Erck said in his email. “So installation does not take long.” The work is carried out by crews of three to five people.The system relies on production-line economies of scale and speed, but because houses are not a completely uniform product, design and fabrication has to be flexible. The key, Energiesprong says, is to use “a 3-D scanning technique that allows to make a quick (and cheap) scan of all the relevant dimensions of a house with great precision.” The dimensions are used to generate technical drawings that guide production in the factory. Energy retrofits offer big savingsAccording to Energiesprong, the houses completed in the Transition Zero (or E=0 as it’s called) program, conventional energy consumption should fall by 15,000 kWh per house per year. About two-thirds of that comes through energy conservation, and the rest from on-site generation.Depending on the house type, homeowners usually pay between €120 and €180 ($150 to $225) per month on energy prior to the retrofits.Overall, the investment will be very large. By the time all 111,000 houses in the Netherlands have been retrofitted, spending will have reached €6 billion, van Erck said by email.In an interview, at Energy Post Energiesprong manager Jasper van den Munckhof said the starting point was what the country spends on household energy every year, about €13 billion. If that money went toward servicing a 30-year loan instead of energy, there would be €225 billion to invest in upgrading the country’s housing stock. “This is substantial money,” he said, “€30,000 to €40,000 per house to make it energy-neutral.”Ultimately, he said, the aim of the initiative is “that people live in better houses, are not dependent on energy anymore and have power over their own energy. Energy became so politicized… Who do you know who drives a 1970s car? In housing stock, it goes a lot slower but you need to get them to the 21st century also.” The program is still ramping upProject Manager Ron van Erck said by email that he wasn’t certain how many houses had been retrofitted to date. But Transition Zero would retrofit about 400 houses this year, he added, and a few thousand next year as the program hits its stride.The initiative started in 2010 with €40 million in seed money, van Erck said. “In the Netherlands, government wanted a coherent program rather than separate small initiatives to bring solutions of energy efficiency to the housing market,” he said. “The government gave us enough leeway to bring this to market.” A project called Transition Zero is retrofitting 111,000 public housing units in the Netherlands for net-zero energy performance, with homeowners swapping their heating and power bills for loan payments that cover the cost of the work.In the end, it will cost these families no more to live in the newly refurbished, net-zero houses than it did when they were paying for heating, lights, and hot water. “The refurbishments are financed [by] the energy cost savings,” says the project’s website.Retrofits should take less than ten days, ideally a week, and they come with a 30-year performance warranty from the builder.As the four-year-old initiative gathers steam, program managers have proposed launching similar efforts in both France and the United Kingdom.Transition Zero is the work of a not-for-profit development group called Energiesprong (meaning Energy Leap), which brokered deals between public housing associations and builders. The effort is ground-breaking in a number of ways. Not only do tenants see rents remain stable after major upgrades to their homes, but builders who design and install prefabricated building components work on the projects without government subsidies.Unless you understand Dutch, or don’t mind using web-based translation software, getting some details about Transition Zero project will be somewhat complicated by a language barrier. Some web pages are in English, but others are not. Still, there’s more than enough available to learn how Transition Zero works.last_img read more

VIDEO Watch Concert with WHS Strings Chorus Soundscape 8th Grade Chorus

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington High School’s Strings, Chorus and Soundscape Acapella group, along with the 8th grade Chorus, held its Winter Concert on Thursday, December 6, 2018 in the Wilmington High School Auditorium.Wilmington Community Television was on hand to cover the concert. Watch it below:—Video Player error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch 2019 Wilmington Spring Chorus FestivalIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch Concert with 7th & 8th Grade Strings & Chorus, WHS Chorus & SoundscapeIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch 2018 Wilmington Spring Choral ConcertIn “Videos”last_img read more

Flipkart Snapdeal Amazon surpassed top 10 offline retailers in gross sales last

first_imgThe top three players in India’s e-commerce sector recorded higher gross merchandise value (GMV) last year, compared to that of the top 10 offline retailers, according to global brokerage firm Morgan Stanley.The combined GMV of Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon stood at $13.8 billion (about Rs 94,400 crore) in 2015, while that of the top 10 offline retailers was $12.6 billion (nearly Rs 86,200 crore).A 50 percent rise in investments in domestic e-commerce companies by venture capitals and private equity firms last year, as against the investment made in 2014, was “probably” responsible for the huge growth in GMV posted by those companies, Morgan Stanley said in a report sent to The Economic Times.”We now increase our 2020 estimate (of India’s ecommerce market) from $102 billion to $119 billion,” Morgan Stanley Research said. “This takes our estimate of the total Indian Internet market size from $137 billion to $159 billion (now including online food aggregation business).”The firm said higher Internet penetration, a growth in the number of online shoppers and a rise in per capita income levels will play a key role in boosting the e-commerce market.Currently, Indian has the second largest Internet population in the world, it said.”We expect Internet penetration to increase from 32% in 2015 to 59% in 2020, translating to a near-doubling of the Internet user base,” the US bank said.The brokerage expects the number of online shoppers in India to grow to 320 million by 2020 from 50 million in 2015.”Per capita incomes are likely to double by 2025 and this should drive higher aspirations of the Indian consumer,” the report said.The top three online retailers had a combined market share of 85 percent in the Indian e-commerce market last year, with Flipkart having a share of 45 percent, following by Snapdeal and Amazon India with 26 percent and 12 percent respectively.last_img read more

Airport fiasco DEOs report to EC validates Abhisheks claim

first_imgKolkata: A report submitted to the Election Commission by the District Magistrate of North 24-Parganas in connection with the detention of Rujira Banerjee, wife of Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee at Kolkata Airport, says that there is no mention of any gold in the seizure list by the Customs.The report has validated Abhishek Banerjee’s claim who had categorically stated during a press conference on Sunday that his wife had not been carrying any gold when she was intercepted by Customs officials inside Kolkata Airport on the night of March 15. He had also challenged the Customs officials to produce CCTV footages, if they had any, to prove that his wife was carrying gold. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataFollowing the incident, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state sought a report on the entire incident from the District Magistrate of North 24-Parganas Antara Acharya, who is also the District Election Officer (DEO). After being instructed by the commission, the DEO on Tuesday submitted the report to the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) on Tuesday, which apparently validates Banerjee’s claim. The incident had triggered a political slugfest in the state ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Banerjee had expressed strong objection after many news portals and some national news channels reported the incident without verifying the authenticity of the allegations. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe commission had also received several complaints in this regard from various political parties. Banerjee’s lawyer had filed a complaint with the CEO’s office against BJP’s MP from Asansol Babul Supriyo, for making false statements regarding the issue, on his Twitter handle. The fake news related to the incident was also mentioned in the complaint by his lawyer. A senior official of the CEO’s office has confirmed that the report has been received. After going through the report, the CEO’s office will finally send it to the Election Commission of India (ECI) in Delhi. The CEO’s office will act according to the instructions of the ECI in this regard. It has been learnt that the DEO has submitted the report on the basis of inputs provided by Bidhannagar Police. The CEO’s office has no jurisdiction to intervene in the Customs related matter and hence it is up to the ECI to take up the matter with the Central agencies if it feels so. “We have received a factual report from the DEO of North 24-Parganas on the matter. We are looking into it,” a senior election official from the CEO’s office said.last_img read more