first_imgJust some of the rubbish dumped at the back of the Gleann Rua estate in Letterkenny.These are the disgusting scenes after illegal dumpers off-loaded rubbish beside a Letterkenny housing estate.The mounds of household rubbish has been dumped at the rear of the Gleann Rua housing estate.Everything from mattresses to paint tins to wood is included in the mounds. Some of the illegal rubbish mounds up close.Locals have now called on the county council to examine the rubbish in a bid to find the culprits.The council have actively been engaged in cleaning hop many areas across the county.They recently told Donegal Daily that they will activate investigate illegal dumping and will clean up areas if informed by the public.A spokesman for locals outraged by the illegal dumping close to the Gleann Rua estate said the culprits could easily be found. “A little bit of investigation work would easily identify who is behind this illegal dumping.“There is all sorts of personal items which would indicate where exactly this rubbish came from.“These people should be tracked down and brought before the courts,” he said.RESIDENTS DEMAND ILLEGAL DUMPERS BE TRACKED DOWN BY COUNCIL was last modified: April 26th, 2015 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)last_img read more

49ers report card: ‘A’ for an amazing comeback over Cardinals

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Here is how the 49ers (9-1) rallied for a 36-26 win over the Arizona Cardinals (3-7-1) on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium:PASS OFFENSE: A-SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 17: San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws under pressure against Arizona Cardinals’ Cassius Marsh Sr. (54) in the fourth quarter at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (Nhat V. … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

How does a jet engine work?

first_imgAirbus IS PREDICTING STRONG Initial reservations Higher bypass engines of the 1960s and 70sIntroduced in the early 1960s, the bypass or turbofan engine not only supplied more power but was more economical. The shroud of cooler air surrounding the hot exhaust stream also muffled engine noise, eliminating the need for complex noise suppression devices.The ratio of cooler fan air to hot jet exhaust is called bypass ratio (BPR). Early turbofan engines had a relatively low BPR of 1.5:1, but wide-body aircraft in the early 1970s like the 747 changed that number significantly to 5:1.This trend has continued through the following decades with the Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 using even higher-bypass ratio engines of up to 100,000 lbs thrust. Bigger, better, fasterThe jet engine has come a long way from its infancy enabling lower fuel consumption, reduced noise and emissions, plus more power, efficiency and reliability today. Those early jet engineers would surely be impressed!Fuel consumption of the jet engine has declined by 49 per cent overall and per passenger by 82 per cent while reliability has soared to where the engine is now the most reliable system on a plane.center_img When jet engines first appeared in service in the early 1940s, aeronautical engineers were skeptical that these cantankerous new powerplants would ever propel a commercial aircraft.They produced little thrust, burned too much fuel, were painfully loud, and often caught fire or shed turbine blades. Those same engineers would be astonished at the power, reliability, fuel efficiency, and low noise and pollution levels of today’s massive turbofan engines. Jet engine basicsThe basic principal of the jet is that air, sucked into the engine at high speed is compressed by rows of small compressor blades, then mixed with fuel in a combustion chamber under extremely high pressure, jettisoned past turbine blades driving the compressor, and then finally exits the exhaust pipe producing forward thrust. Add a large fan at the beginning of this cycle, and you have the basic components of a modern turbine engine.Engineers soon discovered they could harness more power by installing larger turbines at the front or rear of the engine. As much as 5,000 lbs of additional thrust was produced, offering significant performance improvements.last_img read more

South African rugby photographer honoured in NZ

first_imgRay Maota This picture of the first test betweenSouth Africa and New Zealand in 1970won Wessel Oosthuizen the SA SportsPicture of the Year at that time. Oosthuizen released his career chroniclingcoffee-table book, Portrait of Rugby,in 2010.(Images: SA Sport Picture Agency)MEDIA CONTACTS• Wessel OosthuizenSA Sports Picture Agency+27 83 443 7111RELATED ARTICLES• SA shines at Precision Flying Champs• Afrika takes top sevens accolade• Rugby sewing initiative kicks off • Rugby World Cup: back the BoksSouth African veteran sports photographer Wessel Oosthuizen has been honoured at an exhibition in New Zealand, where his image was rated second out of 120 submissions.Oosthuizen’s photo was part of the Union: The Heart of Rugby exhibition at Auckland City Hall, which took place during the recent Rugby World Cup. The display was viewed by more than 6 000 people.A coffee table book of the same name will be published in November 2011.Oosthuizen’s image, which shows an off-duty Western Cape police officer playing rugby and ready to make a line-out throw, was rated by exhibition viewers as the second most iconic shot that captures the essence of the sport.This image is one of six that were published in Oosthuizen’s book, Portrait of Rugby, in 2010.Oosthuizen said: “It is a great honour for me and the picture was published on the back page of the New Zealand Herald this week together with Ross Land’s winning picture of Richie McCaw, of the All Blacks, bleeding after a game against the Springboks.”Included in the exhibition were audio-visual interviews from outstanding World Cup players over the years like John Kirwan, Nick Farr-Jones, Joel Stransky, Martin Johnson and Philippe Sella.Kelsen Butler of Sports Inc said at the time of the event: “Union: The Heart of Rugby is a unique exhibition. The Auckland Town Hall is one of the city’s most iconic and historic buildings and is an ideal venue to showcase a world-class event to a large number of people.”Butler added that the two most photographed players featured in the exhibition were former New Zealand player Jonah Lomu and Sebastien Chabal of France.For New Zealanders onlyDuring the exhibition New Zealanders were invited to submit images from amateur rugby settings, which were entered into a competition.The images had to show one of the characteristic rugby values: heroism, pride, glory, passion, teamwork, courage and friendship.There were two categories: “College” for high school pupils and tertiary education students, and “Open” for all other amateur photographers.Laura Leach won the College category for an image of muddied youngsters playing rugby, while Wayne Dowd took the Open section for his image of two youngsters walking hand-in-hand after a match.Hall of FameOosthuizen was inducted as a member of the South African Sport and Arts Hall of Fame in 2009 and has over 50 years of experience as a sports photographer.He has covered a variety of sporting codes, including football, rugby, golf, gymnastics, boxing and tennis.He was named the SA Hockey Photographer of the Year in 2005 and 2010, and the Sasol Springbok Photographer of the Year in 2007 and 2008.In 1970 he took the SA Sports Picture of the Year, which showed Frik du Preez and the All Blacks’ Chris Laidlaw in action during the first test between South Africa and New Zealand of that same year.Oosthuizen said about the photo: “I had captured two other dramatic pictures in the same game. People seem to have forgotten about it.”Although he has covered most types of sport, rugby is his first love.It is believed that his only rival as a rugby photographer is New Zealand’s Peter Bush.A portrait of rugbyOosthuizen’s photographic career is well documented in the limited-edition Portrait of Rugby, an A3 landscape-size book of which only 1 000 copies were printed.Oosthuizen said: “When I page through the book I am still astounded that I have actually been to all those venues: from Twickenham in London to Westpac Stadium in Wellington, from Beervlei Dam in the Karoo to Stewart Island, the southern-most rugby field in the world, below New Zealand’s South Island.“I have worked with the best rugby photographers in the world and the last chapter, ‘Friends and Colleagues’ was dedicated to them and to our friendship. They are kindly allowing me to use some of their greatest pictures.”The book, a collector’s item, is priced at R4 500 (US$ 576).last_img read more

Ag Leader launches InCommand displays and AgFiniti mobile as next generation precision ag products

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ag Leader Technology, a leader in precision farming hardware and software solutions, announces the newest product in its popular precision farming display line up. The InCommand family, comprising of the InCommand 1200 and InCommand 800, brings a host of valuable features and the ability for growers to easily take their precision maps and data with them on their iPad, new with the AgFiniti Mobile app.The InCommand display improves real-time decision-making with features such as enhanced mapping with row-by-row detail and split screen view which will allow growers to identify machine control issues easier and sooner. Paired with AgFiniti Mobile, growers can seamlessly take their maps with them on their iPad at the end of the day, allowing for quick and convenient decision making on the go.Additionally, the InCommand displays feature an integrated lightbar, tablet-like user interface consisting of an app filled homescreen and pan, pinch, swipe gestures, similar to the mobile devices growers are using today. The reliable and dedicated InCommand displays will continue to provide all the same machine guidance and implement control functionality users have come to expect from Ag Leader.“The InCommand displays build on our proven platform of efficient machine and implement control to include features designed to make critical decisions inside and outside of the cab,” said Al Myers, Ag Leader Technology President. “With AgFiniti Mobile, growers can sync their iPad with the InCommand display for viewing their maps and data on the go.”The new InCommand displays are available to order through Ag Leader dealers. AgFiniti Mobile is a free download from the Apple App store, available in early December.For more information visit read more

Pressjack’s Digital Magazine Thinks Beyond the App

first_imgPublishers are looking to get in on the magazine-layout aggregation app game, swimming in the waters currently inhabited by tablet apps like Flipboard, Zite, and Pressjack, a publishing tool created by former publishers, is looking to create the same look and feel of those applications in your browser.The idea is simple – take RSS and social feeds and turn them in to a branded, slick user interface. Pressjack is an attempt to make it easy and intuitive to publish on the Web with existing tools and, for once, not let the Silicon Valley startups eat their lunch.According to The Next Web, Pressjack is aimed squarely at publishers. We downloaded a free trial of the app and it looks like it is a simple tool that brings in RSS feeds and repackages them. It is still in early beta and the trial application is a little buggy but it looks like the ability to turn a feed into a branded, browser-based magazine is a straightforward process.The outcome, in theory, should be a Flipboard-like experience. This is both forward thinking and backward thinking. Pressjack was created by Trinity Innovations, a company founded by former publishers in 2004.“As ex-publishers, we understanding that publishers already had the skills in-house, all they needed was a software solution that automated the conversion of content into a digital magazine format,” the company says on its site.”The publishing industry, with a few exceptions like the New York Times, has been miles behind in the thought race to create new and interesting ways to consume content on the Web. Yet, Pressjack is not exactly unique nor is it the only way to create browser-based magazines. InMag has offered the same type of functionality for a while and Good Noows makes an decent-looking browser aggregation interface.The hope for something like Pressjack is that it does not become a static interface in the browser. People are still having nightmares of the late 1990s and early 2000s when a lot of publishers tried to put their content on the Web via a PDF magazine that was essentially a scanned version of the print product. Tools like RSS and Twitter feeds change how content can be curated and presented.Trinity Innovations’ vision is an interesting one. Instead of a going to a news site and navigating through the classic browser interface, the Web could be comprised of more attractive online magazines that are sleeker, more intuitive and easier to sell ads against. Where does Pressjack aim to take content? Into the future or back 10 years? dan rowinski Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Publishing Services#web last_img read more

Why AI and Viztech hold the key to a safer internet

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Online media companies are chasing their tails when it comes to policing terrorist material, and other dangerous and offensive content. But there is artificial intelligence-based technology out there that can spot it before it goes live, says David Fulton, CEO of WeSee.Leading figures in both government and academia have been focused on a common cause in recent months – how best to solve the growing problem of online terrorist content. However, the jury’s out on whether the big digital media players, like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, are up to the job, despite being under growing pressure from pending legislation. The good news it looks like a powerful new image-recognition technology based on deep learning and neural networks could provide a solution.In the same week in June that German lawmakers passed a bill forcing major internet companies to banish “evidently illegal” content within 24 hours or face fines up to $57 million, a conference took place in Harvard University entitled: Harmful Speech Online: At the Intersection of Algorithms and Human Behaviour. It discussed how best to constrain harmful online content, and was co-hosted by the Harvard-based Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), a London-based think tank. The opening address stated that extremism in online spaces can have an enormous impact on public opinion, inclusiveness and politics. It also cited the enormous gap  –  in terms of resourcing, activism, and even basic research  –  between the problems of harmful speech online and the available solutions to control it.Automated DetectionJust a few weeks later in September, the heads of state of the UK, France and Italy met with internet companies at the UN General Assembly in New York to discuss the issue. In a speech ahead of the meeting, UK Prime Minister Theresa May threatened the internet giants with huge fines if they could not come up with a way to detect and remove terrorist content within two hours. This time span is significant as within two hours two-thirds of the propaganda is shared – so you could question whether two hours is actually too long.In response, Google and YouTube have announced they are increasing their use of technology to help automatically identify videos. Meanwhile the problem continues and is only going to get worse. A recent article in the Telegraph revealed that, according to official figures, 54,000 different websites containing advice on bomb making, and committing attacks using trucks and knives, were posted online by supporters of the so-called Islamic State group between August last year and May this year. What’s more, Cisco has forecast that by 2020 there will be 65 trillion images and six trillion videos uploaded to the web, which will result in over 80% of all internet traffic being image or video-based in less than three years’ time. That’s a lot of content to monitor for extremist and other inappropriate material, but the latest advances in artificial intelligence (AI) could hold the key to unlocking this conundrum.Emerging Field of ViztechPioneers in the new field of Viztech have developed a highly effective adult and violence video filter. It uses AI to identify terrorist and other harmful digital content automatically – and not within two hours of being published, but before it actually goes live. It can spot inappropriate digital content, such as an ISIS flag or face of a known hate-preacher. Viztech can also detect and categorize video, as well as still images, quickly and efficiently, processing information just like the human brain, but up to 1,000 times faster, so not just mimicking human behavior but performing far better.  Driven by deep learning and neural networks, it’s similar to the technology behind the iPhone X’s facial recognition system, but much more sophisticated. Rather than being reactionary, it’s predictive, filtering, identifying and categorising video content before it even appears online. In Viztech lies the solution to curbing online terrorist material and its unfortunate effects, which is something governments, academics and, of course, digital media businesses are all desperate to do. Ultimately it holds the key to a safer internet for everyone.David Fulton is CEO of WeSee. David Fulton How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T…center_img Related Posts Tags:#adult content#AI#featured#Google#terrorism#top#video#video filter#viztech#YouTube AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storagelast_img read more