Main Letterkenny-Derry road re-opened following crash in Burt

first_imgA section of the main Letterkenny to Derry road closed between Newtoncunningham and Burt following a serious crash on Saturday. The accident, which happened near Burt graveyard, occurred shortly after 4pm.The road has since re-opened. Gardai were unable to comment on the incident.It is not known if anybody has been injured in the crash.Main Letterkenny-Derry road re-opened following crash in Burt was last modified: July 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Will Clark, asked about Giants managerial job: ‘It’s not off the radar’

first_imgDon’t take this the wrong way. Nobody is rushing Bruce Bochy toward the exit.But, like sand through an hourglass, his time as Giants manager is slowly slipping away. And if you know us, it’s only a matter of time before the names of prospective managerial candidates begin hitting the wall. In fact, here comes one now.On a far-ranging, fun and entertaining post published Monday on nbcsports.com, Amy Gutierrez put the question to one of the most popular Giants to ever wear the interlocking SF.“ …last_img

Much needed rain helps Ohio crops

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jon Miller, Fairfield CountyWe are about half done harvesting the wheat. The first 80 acres of wheat we did was extremely wet but we ran it anyway. It seems like that freeze in May maybe affected how it matured but didn’t really affect the yield. We had some a little above 30% moisture. Most of it ran between 25% and 30% in that field. Then we had that rain last week and got anywhere from two to three inches on about all of our fields. We started with wheat again then on Saturday and the moisture was still in the upper 20s. The lowest was about 18% yesterday.We got between a quarter- and a half-inch overnight. We may start mowing straw this afternoon and running wheat again later today. The second half should go faster and it looks like we have a good forecast this week.The first couple of wheat loads had decent test weight and quality. The yield was better than expected after that cold snap we had this spring and the bale count on the first 80 acres has been extremely high. It seems like the variety we are in now is about 10 bushels below the earlier wheat we harvested. I think overall the yield ought to be above average and if the quality stays it should be a decent year for wheat.We were losing yield on the corn before we got that rain. Even though we had two or three inches, it came so fast that a lot of it ran off. We’ll take anything we can get as dry as we were. On some of the lighter banks the corn was turning a whitish purple. It was curled tight before that rain came through.We were able to plant our first double-crop beans last week and the first 25 acres are already out of the ground. The calendar is still on our side, but if it hadn’t rained, planting double-crops would be questionable for some of our fields.So far weed control has been OK but we are finding a lot of little marestail coming up in the wheat. We are planting some Liberty beans for double-crops to help control the marestail after the wheat.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.last_img read more

Utica FFA visits Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Front Row, L-R: Abby Paxton, Amanda Annett. Back Row, L-R: Hadley Ramirez, Emily Hill, Amanda AnnettBy Abigail Paxton Utica FFA Reporter 2019-2020On September 25, some of the Utica FFA Chapter officers took a trip to the Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference or OLLC. The 5 officers that went were; Rachel Dickson(President), Emily Hill(Vice President), Amanda Annett(Treasurer), Hadley Ramirez-George(Secretary), and Abby Paxton(Reporter). The officers traveled to the Ohio State House for the Conference.Throughout the Conference, the officers  learned and did several actives on leadership during the day. During the first session, the officers learned about lobbyist and representatives. They learned what they are, what they do, and how anyone can do it. Then, they did an activity on the two topics. All the FFA members that went were divided into 22 groups, 11 were lobbyist trying to get a certain chosen topic changed by law and the other 11 were representatives, half of the groups were republican and half were democratic. The lobbyist would go around to the representative groups and try and get the law changed on their topic. Based on the representatives view in the folder, the groups would answer on what they would do to the law. Either they would choose to change it or keep it the same.After all the groups went around they reflected on the pros and challenges of the activity. The activity taught everybody respect, leadership, and showed that anyone can have an option and try to change it. After the first session was dismissed, the officers had a chance to explore the State house before the luncheon. The explored the Senate Chambers and learned new facts about the building. During the luncheon, many people representatives of Ohio FFA and the Ohio Senate spoke.  The team learned a lot from everything they did and had an amazing time!last_img read more

Green Building Priority #1 – Reduce Energy Use

first_imgEnergy consumption carries with it numerous environment impacts. Most importantly, burning fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, to oil) to heat homes or generate electricity emits the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, which is the leading cause of global climate change. Debate about whether climate change is real has long since ended in most scientific circles and is now relegated to the radical blogosphere and pseudo news outlets. The vast preponderance of evidence supports the contention that greenhouse gases being emitted into the atmosphere are trapping heat and warming the globe. Indeed, 2010 is on track to be the warmest year since global temperatures have been monitored.Beyond the concern of climate change, the extraction, refining, and transport of fossil fuels are responsible for many other impacts. The BP spill in the Gulf this year illustrated the risks associated with going to ever-greater depths to drill for oil. It is frightening to realize that however great the volume of oil released into the Gulf by that failed wellhead (4.9 million barrels), almost as much spills into the world’s oceans every year from oil tankers and wellhead leaks (4.7 million barrels).In Nigeria, which is the fifth largest exporter of oil to the United States, there are an average of 300 oil spills per year, most of them generating little if any attention. Indeed, parts of the Niger Delta have become veritable oil lagoons, devoid of life. As the world’s largest consumer of oil, we in the United States bear significant responsibility for this environmental damage.Here in North America, development of the Athabascan oil sands in Alberta, Canada, is not only devastating vast swaths of northern forest, but also dramatically increasing the “global warming intensity” of that oil consumption. In other words, due to the energy intensity of extraction and processing, a gallon of Athabascan oil has higher global warming potential than a gallon of oil that is pumped out of the ground. Canada is currently the largest exporter of oil to the U.S., and about one million gallons per day of that comes from the Athabascan oil sands.To feed our nation’s 600 coal-fired power plants, we’re removing mountaintops in West Virginia, wreaking environmental destruction on an untold scale in those areas. Our coal-fired power plants, with a peak capacity of about 335,00 megawatts (MW), generate 48.5% of all U.S. electricity — so when we reduce our consumption of electricity, we help to reduce the impacts associated with coal extraction and combustion.Along with carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion, there are direct air pollution emissions as well. We’ve cleaned up power plants a lot, but they are still a leading source of nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and particulates.Beyond environmental impacts of our energy consumption are the military costs of ensuring access to Middle Eastern oil, and the terrorism risks posed by our power generation and energy distribution systems. Oil and natural gas pipelines, refineries, power plants, and electricity distribution lines present significant vulnerability to terrorists who want to inflict economic damage to America. As I argued in an Environmental Building News editorial, I believe the Achilles heal of nuclear power isn’t accidental spills or even long-term waste storage, but rather the risk of terrorism.The bottom line is that conventional energy sources carry significant environmental burdens, hidden economic costs, and looming terrorism risks. Thus, I believe the number-one priority in green building is to reduce energy consumption.How we do that is the subject of this ongoing Energy Solutions blog. Opportunities range from building highly insulated homes, to installing more efficient fluorescent and LED lighting, operating our homes and appliances for maximum efficiency, conserving water (which saves energy), using renewable energy systems to reduce our need for conventional fuels and electricity, and driving our cars less.The great thing about using less energy is that you get paid for doing it. Most of the measures to reduce energy use pay for themselves–some very quickly. You get rewarded financially and you can feel good about doing the right thing for the environment.To summarize, here’s my top-10 list of green building priorities:#1. Reduce energy use#2. Reduce water use#3. Ensure a healthy indoor environment#4. Reduce the need for driving#5. Build smaller and optimize materials use#6. Ensure durability and reuse existing buildings#7. Protect and restore the site#8. Use green materials#9. Create resilient, climate-adapted buildings#10. Make it easy for homeowners to be green In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex contributes to the weekly blog BuildingGreen Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. You can sign up to receive notices of these blogs by e-mail–enter your e-mail address in the upper right corner of any blog page.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.last_img read more

3 rules on how to use VR data analytics for your product

first_imgYou’ve heard about it in the office, read about it in the New York Times, and maybe even demoed it in the NYC Samsung store — virtual reality is here and is capturing the curiosity of consumers and transforming the way businesses operate.Marketers, gamers, teachers, entrepreneurs, producers, you name it — everyone wants a piece of the shiny new industry. Why now?See also: What brands need to know about AR and VRVR has been around for decades and yet, according to Google, search volume about the topic has increased by 400 percent in the past year alone. Vast technological improvements have recently equipped the industry with the proper tools to show consumers the power of immersive media to transform our world.While the concept of virtual reality has been around since the ’60s, the actual benefits of extracting and analyzing data from VR experiences have just been gifted to the world in a big red bow. Let’s unwrap it and see if it fits.#1: There is no industry without analyticsEconomic standards do not exist until industries create them; this is not accomplished until data is used for what it does best — provide answers. Whether it’s Google Analytics data for the web or Nielsen statistics for television, every company must be able to draw accurate analyses from their data.Play counts don’t cut it in 2017. What knowledge do you gain from page views and click counts? Does a click prove actual viewability? And does a view prove engagement? Of course not. View, share, and click metrics don’t incorporate human visual perception. Thus, by not taking actual consumer actions into account, there’s no real value stemming from the data.In contrast, effective virtual reality analytics provide you with statistics of the trends and outliers that you weren’t aware of but should be; when creating and revising your content. VR analytics provide real value in understanding your audience’s preferences and behavior. Once a deep understanding is achieved, the opportunities are endless. Refine your target market, strategy, reach or whatever it may be, because knowing your audience’s varying tastes provides answers to the questions you didn’t even know you had.#2: Attention is the currency of the 21st centuryData is the new gold standard. The New York Times stated in 2007 that people saw an average of 5,000 ads per day; imagine how many ads we see as media evolves. We live in a world full of distractions, so it’s increasingly rare to have someone’s complete attention.Virtual reality provides the opportunity for an experience totally void of distraction, letting the user naturally engage with the experience. Use the world’s newfound enthusiasm and curiosity for VR to your advantage. Make use of the time consumers spend in this intimate world wisely by logging what users are looking at as actionable business intelligence.Virtual reality users generate data regardless of whether or not you take action — it’s a matter of collecting and sorting the data. For the first time, the combination of the user’s physical behavior and their physical interaction from the VR headset actively tells you what people are engaging with — you just have to listen.#3: Make sure there’s a “what” behind the “wow”We’ve all seen it — the smiles, the laughs, the screams, the squelches — but not all VR experiences are the same. Let’s put it this way: if we go see a comedy, we aren’t laughing at the same jokes or even if we are, we aren’t necessarily laughing for the same reasons. So why does VR elicit the reactions that it does?Understanding the semantics helps us solve the equation — it’s simple algebra. We have the solution, now let’s solve for the variable — what gets users to that “wow” moment. The “wow” is the optimal outcome of the VR experience, while the “what” is the user’s participation or contemplation.When Kevin Durant was considering leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors, the Warriors co-owner, Peter Guber, wanted Durant to feel what it was like to be a Warrior. Since Durant was still playing for the Thunder and couldn’t publicly announce his possible move to the Warriors, he couldn’t go to Oakland to see the locker room or have a feel for the court and the team.Or could he? An enthusiast of both basketball and virtual reality, Guber made a custom VR experience to show KD what it would really be like to be a Golden State Warrior. While actually sitting on a couch in the Hamptons, Durant was virtually walking around the Oracle Arena with fellow Warriors Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and other future teammates. He felt the team’s camaraderie inside the Warrior’s huddle, he saw the spirit of the players as they ran out to court on game night, he heard the crowd go wild at tip off; he got a true taste of what it would be like to be a Golden State Warrior.But which of those feelings overwhelmed him to the point of wanting to be a part of their team? Wouldn’t it be valuable for the Warriors to know exactly what Durant was watching when he agreed to sign with them? On a macro level, imagine if we could have this information for even a quarter of the players in the NBA. We’d know what these players care most about and what truly drives them to be a dedicated athlete — is it the team’s culture, the fame, the love of the game, or the victories that keep the players on the court? For Durant, we can only speculate.As we all now know, the user experience is key. Understanding the sensory value of a user’s experience is essential in order to replicate it. What is making your user smile or say, “wow, this is so cool” when they’re locked in your story in virtual reality? Knowing what led to the smile, or any emotion, is essential in optimizing the way users get to the “wow!” moment.So let’s recap. It’s important to remember that:There is no industry without analytics: for VR to become a viable industry, we need data and we need to make data-driven decisions.Attention is currency: with our ever multi-tasking society, learning how and on what users spend their time tells us what is most important to them.There is a “what” behind the “wow:” knowing what specifically is driving the reactions of people experiencing VR will drive the industry to new heights and ultimately monetize a guideless industry.Look out for part two as we dive deeper into the world of virtual reality analytics and most importantly how this industry will be monetized.This article is part of our Virtual Reality series. You can download a high-resolution version of the landscape featuring 431 companies here. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#AR#Augmented Reality#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#Samsung#top#virtual reality#VR Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…center_img Related Posts Follow the Puck Clara Moskowitzlast_img read more

AI Based Conversational Interfaces Will Become a Substitute for Web Forms

first_imgAccording to Cisco, there would be 50 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020. If Cisco prediction is true, we will have an IoT revolution in a couple of years and we see shades of that already. Smart home, smart cities, and smart devices are no longer buzzwords; they have become a phenomenon which is reshaping our lives. A challenge that is hindering its wider adoption is the lack of support for visual interfaces. Lack of support means that developers will have to create a separate interface for IoT devices. The separate interface for IoT devices is where conversational interfaces can come into play. With voice-based interfaces, we can easily incorporate these devices into our environment. Buttery Smooth User Experience With conversational AI based interfaces, your users won’t have to learn how to use the interface first as is the case with traditional web forms. All your users have to do is to either speak or write, and the speaking AI interface-bot will respond back. Simply put, this speaking process minimizes the steep learning curve we use to associate with traditional web form — thus improving the user experience significantly. The users can achieve the desired results without much effort. Whether you want to use standalone applications or services or want to integrate a voice-based interface with a unified platform, you can easily do that thanks to cross-platform support. Cross-platform support means that you can use voice-based interfaces for a wide range of applications as well. The platform support streamlines the process by ensuring all your apps and services are compatible and works perfectly with voice-based interfaces. You don’t have to download separate applications to make it work. All you have to do is to connect the services you use with a chat interface, speak out commands, and you are good to go. Zubair Hassan Zubair Hassan Thanks to the advancement in voice technology, now users can personalize everything from the accent, tone, gender, and even the pace of speech. This personalized speaking pattern usage allows businesses to create a deeper personal connection with their user. By truly personalizing the experience, users start to think of devices as their close friend instead of a machine. With users demanding personalized experiences — you have no choice but to ditch the traditional web forms and jump on the voice-based interface bandwagon. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Realistic Feel Evolution of Design Zubair Hassan is a digital marketing expert . He loves to work for companies who need his skills in the marketing domain to market their product and make a mark for itself. He can offer you tools and strategies so that you can get in touch with your customers and able to communicate with them through all the popular social media platforms of your choice. Please contact him for further details as how he can assist you in your digital aspirations… How do you communicate with your friends and family? You convey your message via spoken words. Voice-based user interfaces take the same formula and makes it more interesting. By attaching a voice with technology, it makes the whole process more natural and realistic and less artificial. On the contrary, you cannot achieve the same feat with visual interfaces. Many businesses are switching from visual interfaces to voice-based interfaces to keep the interaction more realistic. The changing trend is here to stay and will continue at a faster pace in years to come. Most newer web design companies, such as Miami, delivers a realistic feel by harnessing the power of voice-based interfaces. User and Technology are Ready AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Voice-based interfaces have brought about a revolution in design. Conversational interfaces have changed the way we use to design products. Previously, interfaces were designed to support physical input and visual output. Now, UX designers have to design interfaces and experiences that support voice-based input.Having criteria based on the input will force companies to focus on aspects that have never been explored by UX designers. Such issues as creating anticipatory designs, giving voice-based suggestions by analyzing the context and prioritizing data, will all have to be addressed in the IoT playbook. Specialty issues will have to be addressed and will take the design industry in a new direction and will change everything.By taking advantage of the context of voice-based suggestions, UX designers will have to make it easy for users to understand what voice-based interaction systems can do for them. Similarly, UX designers will use context to create user flow for their anticipatory designs. Give your users the convenience to ask questions with voice-based interfaces instead of forcing them to fill out lengthy web forms. It seems that voice-based interfaces will replace everything — not just the traditional web forms. The good news for voice-based user interfaces is that both the users and technology is ready. This means that we won’t have to wait long to see these interfaces go mainstream. With more than 33% of global population having access to smart-phones and voice-based devices that supports voice-based interactions, we are not far away from seeing conversational interfaces take control. Users are already accustomed to interacting with chatbots on the website as more and more business use chatbot to deliver quick and satisfactory responses to user queries. We will see more new devices and applications that will accelerate the adoption of voice-based interfaces in the future. Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Personalized Experience The pace at which the web design industry has evolved and is continuing to evolve is mind-boggling. From static web pages laden with text to dynamic websites with all the bells and whistles attached to them, we have certainly come a long way. Introduction of new technologies leads to new web design trends. Some of these trends are here to stay while others evaporate into thin air. We will see how AI based conversational interfaces will become a substitute for web forms.One web design trend that has taken the web design industry by storm is the development of conversational interfaces. With more people using their voices to interact than using their fingers and voice-based gadgets going mainstream — it seems that AI-based conversational interfaces have a bright future.The conversational interface is all set to replace the web forms because it has many advantages over web forms that make the AI a better alternative.An AI interface helps you build trust and improves engagement while delivering more convenient and superior user experience. This type of consumer usage crosses platform integration, and the ability to adjust questions according to user needs puts it miles ahead of traditional web forms. Her is how conversational interfaces will replace web forms. Tags:#AI web design Related Posts Cross-Platform Support IoT Device Interactionslast_img read more