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E-agriculture will increase youth involvement – Sport Director

first_imgThe introduction of technological advancements in Guyana’s agricultural sector will result in increased involvement of youths in the field.These sentiments were shared by the Director of Sport, Christopher Jones during Guyana’s second Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) robotics exhibition, where he noted that this and other sectors would be left behind unless Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is introduced.Jones related that many from the younger generations have a stereotypical view that agriculture entailed long hours in the sun. However, many countries have sourced drones and other devices to perform the work of tools in a shorter amount of time. According to him, if Guyana can produce such facilities, youths will be more inclined to join the field.“IT is here to stay and unless we start to develop our kids at a tender age, businesses in Guyana will be left behind. When young people hear about agriculture, there’s this mental picture that comes to mind that you see someone with a fork and under the blazing hot sun, but when you show them the new technologies in agriculture in which you can simply use your smartphones to fly a drone over your field or to irrigate or fertilise the fields, it becomes interesting,” he said.“It could be applied here in Guyana, because, as you know, we have land that we can plant but it’s to get the young people back into the agricultural fields,” the Director added.During an encounter with students of Region One (Barima-Waini), questions were posed on when would IT hubs be established to support this initiative.Jones reiterated that while this would aid in the advancement in the sector, a 24-hour electrical supply was needed, but residents only receive nine hours of electricity on a daily basis. However, when the first solar farm is completed, the youths will be gifted with IT hubs.“IT hubs are needed with consistent electricity. Places like Mabaruma for example which currently enjoys nine hours of electricity, soon to come on stream is the solar farm that is there in Mabaruma. Once that comes on stream, it will add additional hours of electricity to folks in Mabaruma, and thereafter IT hubs can be established for those children,” Jones stated.last_img read more

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Breaking: Donegal has a new €500,000 lotto winner!

first_imgDonegal has a new lotto winner.The latest €500,000 Euromillions winner was sold in Glenties.Well-known local shop the Paper Post confirmed they sold the winning ticket. The shop congratulated the winner but said they did not know who the lucky ticket holder is.Last night’s winner adds to a great run by Donegal players.Breaking: Donegal has a new €500,000 lotto winner! was last modified: April 29th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:euromillionsGlentieslottowinnerlast_img read more

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Even as he rewrites HSU’s record book, Ja’Quan Gardner has sights set on another GNAC title

first_imgArcata >> Drew Petersen, Humboldt State’s longtime strength and conditioning coach, can pinpoint the exact moment when he knows a big game from Ja’Quan Gardner is on the horizon.“When you see him dancing in pregame warmups,” Petersen said, “that’s when you know Ja’Quan is gonna do something.”Gardner has done more than just bust out some dance moves or play air guitar in the minutes before a Humboldt State football game gets started. He’s danced before games, then danced on opposing defenses …last_img read more

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Google Job Posting Appears to Confirm Mobile Payments Service

first_imgAs reported earlier this month, Google may be working on a mobile payments service which ties together a number of Google products, including its mobile operating system Android, the business listings on Google Places and Google’s recommendation service (plus local advertising program) called Hotpot, which just today arrived in app format on the iPhone.Now, according to a job posting here on Google’s corporate website, it appears the company is seeking an Account Manager with mobile commerce experience, particularly experience in Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, Point-of-Sale (POS) readers and systems, payment processing and more.Is this the Google Mobile payments service confirmed?Google Looking for Mobile Commerce Account ManagerFirst spotted by NFC-tracking site, NearFieldCommunicationsWorld.com, the job posting clearly describes a position where the Google employee will be “the engagement manager taking responsibility for the success of our largest partnerships in the Mobile Commerce space.”“You lead deployments, optimize implementations and integrations, drive new business opportunities, and manage the overall technical aspects to build strong, successful, long-term partnerships,” the description reads.And the applicant should have “at least 5 years of hands-on experience in Internet products and technologies, and knowledge of one or more of the following: NFC/RFID technologies, different chipset ISO specifications, integration with POS readers & systems and payment processing, technical implementation of merchant loyalty, coupon or incentive programs.“Well, that sounds a lot like a position for a mobile payments service, does it not?Google’s Mobile Payments Service In case you missed it, the plans for Google’s reported mobile payments service will involve NFC technology – the wireless communication standard that works by way of a small chip embedded into mobile phones or other devices, used for transmitting data across short distances. One example of its use would be mobile payments – you could wave your phone at a cash register to pay for your purchases.Google’s mobile operating system Android introduced NFC support into its latest version (2.3, code-named Gingerbread) and an NFC chip is built into the latest “Google experience” phone, the Nexus S.The company has also begun testing NFC-enabled window stickers for businesses using Hotpot. These stickers, currently being tested in a pilot program in Portland, Oregon, let a passerby wave an NFC phone at the sticker, which in turn takes them to a mobile Google Places Page for that business via their device’s Web browser.In addition, Google recently acquired a mobile payments company called Zetawire, which had applied for a patent involving mobile banking, advertising, identity management, credit card and mobile coupon transaction processing.Altogether, these initiatives have been adding up to a mobile commerce program in development, but a recent Bloomberg report confirmed it, according to unnamed sources.Full Job PostingHere’s the full job posting posted Google, as it appeared this morning:The role: Technical Account ManagerAs a Technical Account Manager, you are the engagement manager taking responsibility for the success of our largest partnerships in the Mobile Commerce space. You lead deployments, optimize implementations and integrations, drive new business opportunities, and manage the overall technical aspects to build strong, successful, long-term partnerships. If you are a creative thinker who thrives in a fast-paced, market-driven environment, Google’s Partner Solutions Organization wants to talk to you. You should be a self-motivated individual looking to drive solutions for an emerging business and solidify Google’s strategic partnerships and initiatives across a variety of partnerships that include merchants, issuers, point-of-sales (POS) solution providers, mobile OEMs, etc.Responsibilities:Identify, drive, and optimize the revenue flow from new business opportunities by leveraging Google technologies.Perform implementation reviews, evangelize new product features, and ensure the prompt and proper resolution of technical challenges.Improve product feature offerings by providing partner feedback to internal cross-functional teams including Product Management and Engineering.Guarantee the technical aspects of a partner’s integration (both new and ongoing) by providing necessary documentation and technical guidance.Requirements:BA/BS in a technical field preferred with a strong academic record (MBA a plus).At least 5 years of hands-on experience in Internet products and technologies, and knowledge of one or more of the following: NFC/RFID technologies, different chipset ISO specifications, integration with POS readers & systems and payment processing, technical implementation of merchant loyalty, coupon or incentive programs.Excellent project management skills and attention to detail.Ability to work well in a cross-functional team environment.Excellent written and oral business communication skills. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez Tags:#Google#mobile#news#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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A Passivhaus Multifamily in Maine Nears Completion

first_imgIt goes without saying that designing a 54,000-square-foot apartment building to meet certification requirements of the Passive House Institute U.S. isn’t something you do at the last minute. Except that’s more or less what happened after Gunnar Hubbard took Erin Cooperrider out to lunch.Hubbard is the sustainability practice leader for Thornton Tomasetti, a large engineering firm that has branched into sustainable building consulting and has an office in Portland, Maine. He’s also on the board of directors of Community Housing of Maine (CHOM), an affordable housing developer with projects all over the state. When the pair had lunch, Cooperrider, CHOM’s development director, happened to have a 48-unit project just about ready for construction in Brewer, Maine.The project was designed, but not to Passivhaus levels of performance. Permits were in place, low-income tax credits allocated. The construction budget was fixed. As in not an extra penny could be spent: the $7.3 million, less than $140 a square foot, would have to do.And then, Cooperrider told building professionals touring the project last week, “Gunnar challenged us to do something better.”CHOM had warmed up with a number of other energy-efficient designs, including a LEED-certified historic renovation across the river in Bangor. In its first year of operation, the 28-unit building for seniors was heated with $7,500 worth of fuel – less than $270 per unit in an area with an average of 7,600 heating degree days annually. More Passivhaus buildings possible in CHOM’s futureVillage Centre wasn’t cheap or easy to pull off, but Cooperrider thinks it offers possibilities for housing CHOM develops in the future.“It was a pretty long, intellectually challenging process,” she said. “And at the end of it, the estimator, who has quite a lot of experience, said, ‘OK, I’m convinced. Now that we’ve gone all the way through this I don’t know why we don’t do this with every project, because the quality of the building is so much better.’ So I think the answer is yes. We’re going to strive in every way we can to incorporate these Passivhaus principles into our projects.”Cooperrider looks forward to finding out how actual energy performance will compare to the extensive modeling designers did. The wildcard? Tenants.“A lot of this is formula-driven,” she said. “It leaves out the element of people living in the building. It can look perfect on paper, but you need to see how it works out in real life. So we’re really psyched about this next phase of gathering real operating data.” The Largest Passivhaus Building in the U.S.Multifamily Passivhaus Project Starts in OregonPassivhaus Apartment Complex Would be a GiantPassivhaus Townhouses Are Underway in Philadelphia Keeping subs on trackWright-Ryan stressed the importance of maintaining the integrity of the building’s air barrier to everyone who worked on the project. To help, planners developed a list of air-sealing and caulking details that would be necessary if the building had any hope of meeting the Passivhaus airtightness standard. After each item was a specific subcontractor who became responsible for making sure it happened. Very low air-leakage rates showed that their efforts paid off.Here are some other building details:Ventilation: All apartments are ventilated with shared energy-recovery ventilators – one roof-mounted ERV for every three apartments. The ducting between the ERV and the apartments runs vertically, so each ERV provides fresh air to a unit on the first, second and third floors. ERVs run continuously, pulling air from the kitchen and bathroom.Domestic hot water: Three 119-gallon gas-fired water heaters supply the 48 apartments.Heating and cooling: Baseboard electric for heat, air-source heat pumps for cooling only.Photovoltaic system: A 26-kW system consisting of 100 roof-mounted panels, each with a capacity of 261 watts, will supply an estimated 13% of the building’s electricity.Windows: Intus tripled-glazed. North, east, and south windows have an overall U-factor of 0.17 and a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.5. West-facing windows also have a U-factor of 0.17 but a SHGC of 0.25.Airtightness: The final blower door test measured 0.37 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 pascals.Air and vapor barriers: The outside of the plywood sheathing is sealed with Dow Corning DefendAir 200, a liquid-applied air barrier. Computer modeling suggested a potential problem with moisture accumulation inside walls, but a smart vapor barrier was out of reach financially. Instead, at the suggestion of PHIUS, builders used a layer of kraft paper with a perm rating of 1.1.The project is intended for working families whose incomes are between 50% and 60% of the median in the area. Renters will pay up to $705 for a one-bedroom, $847 for a two-bedroom, and as much as $897 for a three-bedroom unit. A mad dash to revise existing plansTaking existing plans for an energy-efficient, but nowhere near Passivhaus, building and whipping them into shape took the efforts of a lot of people and about three months worth of work, says Mike Pulaski, Thornton Tomasetti’s Portland office manager. In addition to a team at Thornton Tomasetti, there was the architect, CWS Architects, and the builder, Wright-Ryan. (Other examples of Wright-Ryan projects are highlighted in Sustainable Spec House in Coastal Maine and More Job Site Visits in Maine.)“Our typical process with our firm is using complex simulation tools,” Tomasetti’s Colin Schless told the several dozen builders touring the site. “We take the extra effort to make a high-performance building and move that to the front of the design process. Unfortunately, in this project that didn’t happen. The whole process was cart before the horse, but we were confident we could turn it into an opportunity.”After Cooperrider nibbled and won some extra time from CHOM’s board of directors, Tomasetti engineers began studying insulation and other enhanced building details that would be necessary to meet PHIUS certification requirements. CWS tinkered with wall assemblies and estimators at Wright-Ryan came up with costs for each option. PHIUS’s suggestion the Village Centre project might be considered under its new climate-based standard also helped.“We all dove pretty deeply into this process,” Pulaski said.By July 2014, Wright-Ryan delivered final cost estimates to Cooperrider. Adding insulation to the slab and exterior walls, beefing up the windows, and adding sun shades on the south and west elevations would be expensive, but once the HVAC system was downsized to account for building envelope upgrades, the total added cost was $243,277.The three-story building, with one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, would have double-stud exterior walls insulated with cellulose to R-40, a roof insulated with polyisocyanurate to R-57, and a slab on grade insulated with extruded polystyrene to R-20.All the extra design work and number-crunching could have pushed costs way up, but it didn’t work out that way. “We got paid for our service for the most part but obviously all the teams put in a lot extra effort to do this, as it was a first time,” Pulaski said, meaning the project was the first Passivhaus building for some if not all of the participants.CHOM kicked in by reducing its fee to keep the budget under its spending cap. “We went through the design exercise and the pricing exercise and then we had to go back to our board and say in order to build this building under this cost cap we’re going to have to essentially contribute the difference, the additional cost,” Cooperrider said by phone. “Our board felt this was an appropriate investment for a non-profit to make in the technology and the future of housing.” The project, she told the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association Pro Tour group, “was our ‘aha!’ moment.” Now the developer was ready for its first Passivhaus project, if the details could be ironed out. 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A Bad First Date

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Imagine you are on a first date. Your suitor has been badgering you for this date for a long time, and you’ve finally relented. Now, the person with whom you on this date sits down to dinner and begins to talk about themselves. Endlessly. I mean, seriously, it never ends.Your date tells you everything that you might ever want to know about them, and they tell you even more about things in which have absolutely no interest.You know this just an awful first date, isn’t it?Why then would you treat your initial meeting with your dream client this way? Why would you spend the majority of the time talking about you, your company, your product, and all the other things that make you so wonderful?A Better First DateDo you want to be better first date? Do you want to be immensely interesting and compelling to dream client? You can, but it’s more difficult than it sounds.The one thing that will make you most compelling and most interesting to your dream client is your ability to listen to them. That’s it. Listen.Listening is the ultimate act of caring. It tells your first date that they are, to you anyway, the most interesting thing in the whole world. Listening telegraphs your intentions. It demonstrates that you are going to discover what your date values, what’s important to them.When you talk about yourself, your company, and you’re offering you’re telling your dream client that as far as you’re concerned you are the most interesting thing in the world. Maybe you did hang the Moon and the Sun in the sky. But if you want your date to feel like you hung the Moon and Sun in the sky, you listen.Too much you, you’re boring. Very little you with a true interest in them, you’re fascinating.A few weeks ago, a client told me how much they enjoyed our conversation. We were together for over an hour. Maybe I spoke six complete sentences.last_img read more

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Illinois steel company announces 197M move to Indiana

first_imgGARY, Ind. — An Illinois steel company has finalized plans to move its operations to northwestern Indiana .The state of Indiana announced Wednesday that Alliance Steel plans to invest $19.7 million in Gary, about 25 miles (40 kilometres) from its plant in Bedford Park, Illinois. The company is beginning renovations in Gary in early 2019 and could be operational there by January 2020.Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says it’s “an exciting step forward” for northwestern Indiana.Alliance Steel’s CEO Andy Gross says the region is “making all the right moves to recreate a very promising industrial area.”The company currently has about 100 workers and employment in Gary could reach 130 by 2023.The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Alliance Steel more than $2.7 million in conditional tax credits. Gary offered additional incentives.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Balotelli absent in Vieiras first training session at Nice

first_imgMario Balotelli was absent from Patrick Vieira’s first official training session as the new head coach of OGC Nice as the side begun their pre-season training programmeThe Frenchman recently ended his two-and-a-half year stay with New York City FC in the MLS to replace new Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre at the Ligue 1 club.But one of the key challenges that Vieira will face in his first few months in charge of Nice will be sorting out the future of Balotelli, who is expected to leave this summer after resurrecting his playing career in France.Balotelli scored 26 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions last season and was recalled to the Italy squad by new head coach Roberto Mancini.The 27-year-old’s contract at Nice expired on June 30, but the French club can still reportedly claim €10m from whichever club he decides to join.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…Balotelli’s teammate and fellow forward Alassane Plea was also absent.“We were supposed to have all the players (available). Unfortunately, those two weren’t there,” Vieira said, according to the Daily Mail.“We’re trying to get to the bottom of it.”When asked about Balotelli, he added: “We were expecting him today. He wasn’t here and it wasn’t foreseen.”last_img read more

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Lea Michele Bebe Rexha To Serve As American Idol Duet Partners

first_imgNews Luis Fonsi, Sugarland and Cam also among those slated to perform with top 24 contestants on the popular singing competition TV show Renée FabianGRAMMYs Mar 2, 2018 – 5:01 pm Who knew when “American Idol” left the air in 2016 after 15 seasons it would be back for our viewing pleasure so soon? Now we’re just days away from the show’s reboot, and we’ve got some new intel on what viewers can expect from the singing competition we know and love.On March 2 “American Idol” announced the celebrity artists who will be joining the top 24 show contestants for a special evening of duets sometime in April. These include Banners, Aloe Blacc, Bishop Briggs, Cam, Colbie Caillat, Luis Fonsi, Andy Grammer, Lea Michele, Train’s Pat Monahan, Rachel Platten, Bebe Rexha, Sugarland, and Allen Stone.Previously announced judges for the series include Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, with Ryan Seacrest reprising his esteemed role as host.Will you be watching? The season premiere will air March 11 on ABC.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” Lea Michelle, Bebe Rexha Join “American Idol” lea-michele-bebe-rexha-serve-american-idol-duet-partners Lea Michele, Bebe Rexha To Serve As “American Idol” Duet Partners Facebook Twitter Email last_img read more

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Alphabets Verily is reportedly making shoes that track weight and falls

first_img Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 7 Photos Track your health and step up your game with these smart shoes (pictures) Apple reading • Alphabet’s Verily is reportedly making shoes that track weight and falls Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple Watch Series 4 $349 Wearable Tech Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) • See It Apple Tags $399 Walmart See It See it Share your voice Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) $413 News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? See It Verily is reportedly working on smart shoes. Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images Your shoes may very well be your next fitness and health tracker.Verily, Alphabet’s life sciences arm, has been reportedly working on smart shoes that can track your weight and movements and detect falls. As reported by CNBC, the Verily has been showing off a prototype pair to potential partners to co-develop the shoes.Sudden changes to a person’s weight can indicate health problems like congestive heart failure. Having a pair of shoes that can accurately track your weight could be a way to alert a person of a more serious condition as soon as it’s detected.The trend of wearables that can detect falls is nothing new. Last year, Apple launched its newest Apple Watch, which can detect when the wearer loses their balance. French company Helite makes protective jackets and vest for skiers, cyclists and motorcycle riders that inflate when a fall is detected. Helite also makes the Hip’Safe a belt for elderly people that inflates airbags to protect their hips in a fall.And Verily isn’t the only company working on beefing up shoes. Nike unveiled last month the Adapt BB, the latest iteration of its self-tying shoes. As if the Back to the Future-style tying wasn’t smart enough, Nike’s shoes pair up with your phone in order to collect data, make adjustments and even get software updates.It’s not known whether the smart shoes project is active or not. However, Verily isn’t the first company to pursue smart footwear. The French company E-vone announced a pair that can also track weight and detect the wearer taking a spill at CES in 2018. Verily did not immediately respond to a request to comment.First published Feb. 1, 2019 at 4:27 p.m. PT.Update Feb. 5, 2019 at 8:03 a.m. PT: Added more background information on smart shoes. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Best Buy See All 3 Google Apple Alphabet Inc. How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app $349 Comments Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinementslast_img read more

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