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Blurry Phone Cam Shot of Trek’s Speed Concept Aero Skewers

first_imgIt’s about time someone addressed the horrible problem of drag associated with wheel skewers.  This slow-inducing problem has been the bane of Cancellara wannabes everywhere, and finally Trek has brought this unspoken aero terror to light.From Trek team liason Ben comes this just-blurry-enough-as-to-be-annoyingly-vague phone cam shot of the new Trek Speed Concepts aero skewer.  Sure, it still sticks out from the dropout, but the lever folds back behind the dropout and mirrors the lines of the chainstay, giving those annoying air molecules a clean exit into the spinning vortex of wheel churn.  I wonder if they’ve got dimples.Since the pros swap bikes rather than change a tire/wheel during the time trials, I wonder why they don’t just use low profile bolts to secure the wheel and forego the skewer altogether?last_img read more

BLM to cut more roles as profits continue to fall

first_imgInsurance litigation firm BLM has entered into a consultation that could result in nearly 30 roles being cut, just weeks after 50 back office staff also lost their jobs.The firm is moving the processing of bulk motor cases away from Southampton to Manchester and Liverpool. As part of the process, 19 lawyers and 10 business support staff will lose their jobs.Mike Brown, senior partner at BLM, said: ‘With government reforms affecting the volume motor space, we propose to consolidate our motor centres, with the volume work in Southampton being transferred to Liverpool and Manchester.‘This is about preparing for what lies ahead and adapting our business model to make sure we’re fit for the future – both for our people and our customers. Regrettably this proposal, post-consultation, could affect the positions of 29 colleagues in the firm.’It is BLM’s second round of redundancies this year. The firm cut 50 roles among its support and secretarial staff at the start of August following an earlier consultation.The news coincides with BLM’s latest financial results. Figures show a healthy rise in profit per equity partner, though profits and revenue have fallen for the third year in a row.PEP increased by 20% from £192,000 to £232,000. However, net profit slipped 12% from £14.8m to £13m and revenue also took a slight hit, down to £106.7m from £107.7m (0.9%).Although partner profits are up this year they are still not as high as the £265,000 posted in 2014/15.last_img read more

Family dispute leads to charges against Chatham woman

first_imgA 33-year-old Chatham woman was arrested Wednesday morning in connection to a family dispute.Police said the accused entered into a probation order Aug. 26 with several conditions, including she not communicate with a specific family member or visit her home in Chatham.The accused allegedly went to that family member’s home Wednesday morning, and police were called after she refused to leave, police said.The woman was arrested and charged with two counts of failing to comply with her probation order. She was released with an Oct. 15 court date.Impaired driving chargeA 68-year-old Chatham man landed in trouble with the law after Chatham-Kent police received a tip about a possible impaired driver on St. Clair Street in Chatham.The tip was received just after 7 p.m. Wednesday, prompting an officer to pull the vehicle over on Glenwood Drive near McNaughton Avenue.The officer believed the man was driving while under the influence of alcohol. The suspect was arrested and transported to police headquarters for breath tests.The accused was charged with impaired driving and released with an Oct. 23 court date.Tools stolenChatham-Kent police are investigating a theft at a Baldoon Road home in Chatham on Wednesday.Police said an unlocked garden shed was entered some time between midnight and 7 a.m., resulting in the theft of a Black & Decker electric leaf blower, a grey Makita skill saw and various hand gardening tools with a total estimated value of $300.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Adrian Roy at [email protected] or 519-436-6600 ext. 8107335.Anonymous calls can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).Speeding near schoolFour motorist will pay the price for not obeying the 40 km/h speed limit in a community safe zone.The Chatham-Kent police traffic unit conducted speed enforcement in the community safety zone on Murray Street near Holy Family Catholic school in Wallaceburg on Wednesday.Police said four motorists were charged with speeding through this safety zone area.Police remind motorists to slow down and be alert as children are walking to and from school.“Let’s all do our part in keeping kids safe this school year,” police said.last_img read more

SA ready for Rea Vaya

first_imgThis Rea Vaya station in Johannesburg will start operating at the end of August. Commuters will now have affordable, safe transportation in and around the city. School children will also benefit immensely from the BRT system as it will cover a number of stops around the city. (Images: Rea Vaya)Khanyi MagubaneSouth Africa’s transport system is set for a major boost when phase one of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system comes into effect on 30 August in Johannesburg, Africa’s leading economic hub.Named Rea Vaya – meaning “we are going” in township slang – the project will start operating at 23 of its 27 stations across greater Johannesburg.About 3.5-million trips are made in the City daily. Of these, 47% are made by public transport including minibus taxis, trains and busses.The system, however, has not been upgraded or improved over the years, resulting in public transport becoming increasingly unreliable and unsafe to use.But, according to Head of Transport in the City of Johannesburg, councillor Rehana Moosajee, the current state of transportation in the City, and the country as a whole, will soon be a thing of the past.“Johannesburg’s commuters will have a first taste of their own world-class public transport system.“We must never forget that BRT is … for the elderly and school children to travel safely, for mothers that need to reach their children speedily and for people with disabilities to have access.”Phase one A, will consist of a main route, known as the trunk route, which will run from the Regina Mundi station in Soweto to Ellis Park East in Johannesburg’s central business district.Supported by four complementary routes, the 143 busses included in the roll out plan will make stops at several key places in the City including University of Johannesburg’s Doornfontein campus, the fashion district, the City’s cultural hub Newtown, the City library and the Johannesburg art gallery.At a media briefing on the progress made on BRT, Moosajee revealed some facts and figures of phase one A of the project;25.5km of dedicated lanes have been constructed, which will serve an estimated 69 000 passengers on a daily basis.3 300 jobs were created during the building phase of Rea Vaya.It’s expected to generate R158-million (US$20-million) in its first year of operation and will use a smart card system, which passengers can reload at approved vendors’ kiosks.One of the attractive features of BRT is its affordability. Bus fares will range between R8 ($1) for a full trip using both the trunk and complementary routes, and R3 (39 cents) for the complementary routs running within the city.Buses will arrive at stations every three minutes during peak hour and every 10 minutes during off peak hours.SA transport new lookThe BRT system is part of the South African government’s plan to overhaul the public transport system in the country, ahead of the upcoming 2010 Fifa World Cup and beyond.BRT has been designed on similar types of public transport models developed in Columbia, France, Australia, Equador and Brazil.In the countries where the system has been tried and tested, BRT benefits cited have been its efficiency and reliability, its friendliness to people living with disabilities and the elderly, as well as its decreased energy consumption and vehicle emissions.Cape Town, Pretoria and Port Elizabeth will also be rolling the BRT system concurrently, and in Cape Town, the system is expected to be operational in March 2010.Roping in the taxi industryOne of the biggest challenges in rolling out the BRT system has been the resistance from the minibus taxi industry, currently Johannesburg’s majority means of transport.The taxi industry’s concerns have been the anticipated major job losses and collapse of the industry when the new BRT system is implemented.  The industry is also concerned with how the new system would fall in line with the government’s taxi recapitalisation programme, which is already underway.The taxi recapitalisation programme, approved in 1999, was set up to reduce the number of old vehicles on the road, as well as introducing a new non-cash based system.Government partnered with the industry to remove old, unroadworthy taxis by offering operators a “scrapping allowance” to replace ageing and unsafe minibus taxis with newer models.According to a survey conducted in 2000, there were approximately 126 000 taxi vehicles in South Africa.Most of the vehicles were at least 10 years old and no longer fit for road use as public transport.Government had planned to spend R7.7-billion ($56-billion) over seven years to finalise the system.In the wake of confusion over the future of the taxi industry, on 24 March, Johannesburg was brought to a standstill when taxi drivers staged a major protest against the new BRT system.Taxis blockaded major highways around the City, causing traffic standstills on various key roads to and from the City.In the wake of the unprecedented move by the taxis, President Jacob Zuma pleaded with the council that Rea Vaya should be put on hold, to give the new administration a chance to acquaint themselves better with the project and the grievances of the taxi industry.Fortunately, significant progress has been made with the industry, represented by the National Taxi Association, Top Six and the Greater Johannesburg Regional Taxi Council.After a steering committee was set up, both the City of Johannesburg and the steering committee have been able to reach some agreements with regards to the future of the taxi industry in Johannesburg. Local taxi operators have now been offered a stake in the new bus operating company as well as a stake in the station management companies.Some taxi drivers will be employed as bus drivers, as well as station managers.Those previously in the taxi industry will also have the opportunity to invest and own companies linked to the BRT system.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: [email protected] articlesCape Town’s new bus systemNew infrastructure for the 2010 Fifa World CupFirst glimpse of the GautrainUseful linksRea Vaya City of Johannesburg Scrap Taxilast_img read more

Hakia Takes On Google With Semantic Technologies

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus Related Posts Tags:#search#web Throughout the interview, I noticed the word “semantic” wasbeing used a lot – but their interpretation seemed to be different to that of TimBerners-Lee, whose notion of a Semantic Web is generally what Web people thinkabout when uttering the ‘S’ word. Riza confirmed that their concept of semantictechnology is indeed different. He said that Tim Berners-Lee is banking oncertain standards being accepted by web authors and writers – which Riza said is“such a big assumption to start this technology”. He said that itforces people to be linguists, which is not a common skill.Furthermore, Riza told me that Berners-Lee’s Semantic Web is about“imposing a structure that assumes people will obey [and] follow”. Hesaid that the “entire Semantic Web concept relies on utilizing semantictagging, or labeling, which requires people to know it.” Hakia, he said,doesn’t depend on such structures. Hakia is all about analyzing the normallanguage of people – so a web author “doesn’t need to mess withthat”.CompetitorsApart from Google and the other big ‘indexing’ search engines, Hakia iscompeting against other semantic search engines like Powerset andhybrids like Wikia. Perhaps also Freebase – although Riza thinks the latter may be “old semanticweb” (but he says there’s not enough information about it to say for sure).ConclusionHakia plans to launch its version 1.0 (i.e. get out of beta) by the end of2007. As of now my assessment is the same as Alex’s was in December – it’s avery promising, but as yet largely unproven, technology. I also suspect that Google is much more advanced in search technology thanMountain View is letting on. Weknow that Google’s scale is a huge advantage, but their experiments with thingslike personalization and structured data (Google Base) show me that Google isalso well aware of the need to implement next-generation search technologies.Also, as Riza noted during the interview, who knows what Google is doing behindclosed doors. Will semantic technologies and ‘sentence analysis’ be the next wave ofsearch? It seems very plausible. So with a bit more development, Hakia couldwell become compelling to a mass market. Therefore how and when Google respondsto Hakia will be something to watch carefully. How is Hakia different from Ask.com?Hakia most reminds me of Ask.com, which uses more a natural language approachthan the other big search engines (‘ask’ a question, get an answer) – and alsoAsk.com uses human editing too, as with Hakia. [I interviewedAsk.com back in November]. So I asked Riza and Melek what isthe difference between Hakia and Ask.com?Riza told me that Ask.com is an indexing search engine and it has no semanticanalysis. Going one step below, he says to look at the basis of their results.Ask.com bolds keywords (i.e. it works at a keywords level), whereas Riza saidthat Hakia understands the sentence. He also said that Ask.com categories arenot meaning-based – they are “canned or prefixed”. Hakia, he said,understands the semantic relationships.Hakia vs GoogleI next referred Riza and Melek to Read/WriteWeb’sinterview with Matt Cutts of Google, in which Matt told me that Google isessentially already using semantic technologies, because the sheer amount ofdata that Google has “really does help us understand the meanings of wordsand synonyms”. Riza’s view on that is that Google works with popularityalgorithms and so it can “never have enough statistical material to handlethe Long Tail”. He says a search engine has to understand the language, inorder to properly serve the Long Tail.Moreover, Hakia’s view is that the vastness of data that Google has doesn’tsolve the semantic problem – Riza and Melek think there needs to be that semanticconnection present.Their bigger claim though is that the big search companies are still thinkingwithin an indexing framework (personalization etc). Hakia thinks thatindexing has plateaued and that semantic technologies will take over for the nextgeneration of search. They say that semantic technologies allow you to analyzecontent, which they think is ‘outside the box’ of what the big search companiesare doing. Riza admitted that it was possible Google was investigating semantictechnologies, behind closed doors. Nevertheless, he was adamant that the futureis understanding info, not merely finding it – which he said is a verydifficult problem to solve, but it’s Hakia’s mission.Semantic web and Tim Berners-Leecenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Thisweek I spoke to Hakia founder and CEO Dr. Riza C. Berkan and COO MelekPulatkonak. Hakia is one of the more promising Alt Search Enginesaround, with a focus on naturallanguage processing methods to try and deliver ‘meaningful’ search results.Alex Iskold profiledHakia for R/WW at the beginning of December and he concluded, after a numberof search experiments, that Hakia was intriguing – but it was not a level to competewith Google yet. It is important to note that Hakia is a relatively earlybeta product and is still in development. But given the speed of Internet time,3.5 months is probably a good time to check back and see how Hakia isprogressing…What is Hakia?Riza and Melekfirstly told me what makes Hakia different from Google. Hakia attempts toanalyze the concept of a search query, in particular by doing sentenceanalysis. Most other major search engines, including Google, analyze keywords.Riza and Melek told me that the future of search engines will go beyond keywordanalysis – search engines will talk back to you and in effect become your searchassistant. One point worth noting here is that, currently, Hakia still has some humanpost-editing going on – so it isn’t 100% computer powered at this point.Hakia has two main technologies:1) QDEX Infrastructure (which stands for Query Detection andExtraction)  – this does the heavy lifting of analyzing search queries at asentence level.2) SemanticRank Algorithm – this is essentially the science they use, made upof ontological semantics that relate concepts to each other.If you’re interested in the tech aspects, also check out hakia-Lab– which features their latest technology R&D. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

What Apple’s Chomp Acquisition Means For the Future of the App Store

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Apple#mobile#news#web Whenever somebody we know gets their first iPhone, it seems the first question out of their mouths is always the same. “What apps should I get?” It’s seldom anything about how the phone’s user interface works or how to do certain day-to-day tasks. That much tends to be obvious once even the least tech-savvy person gets their hands on an iOS device. When it comes to finding applications, however, things are not always as straight forward. The iTunes App Store makes it easy to find the most popular apps or break them all down into general categories. If you’ve been using the device for awhile, the Genius recommendations can help, but even they can be of limited value. The selection has expanded so much over the last few years that app discovery has become a little cumbersome. Apple knows this. To help build out a better system for app discovery, they just acquired a company called Chomp, Techcrunch reported today. Chomp is, quite simply, a search engine for mobile applications. It spans both the iTunes App Store and Android Market and offers more sophisticated and contextually relevant results for search queries. As the company explains on its website, “Chomp’s proprietary algorithm learns the functions and topics of apps, so you can search based on what apps do, not just what they’re called.”The company first grabbed attention in the mobile space by landing significant funding from well-known angel investors and venture capital firms. It counts among its advisors tech scene hotshots like Kevin Rose and Ashton Kutcher.The Chomp acquistion is reportedly intended to help Apple completely overhaul the way apps are searched for and discovered in the App Store, according to Techcrunch. With Chomp’s technology integrated, searches for iOS Apps will return more useful results and recommendations could be aided by additional data points, such as social cues and other aggregate user behavior data.In the end, Apple’s selection of more than 500,000 mobile and tablet apps will be easier to sift through and developers should have an easier time getting exposure for their work. Chomp also has a Google-style text ad platform in beta, although it’s not clear if that will play a role in Apple’s integration. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img john paul titlow Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts last_img read more

Massachusetts Releases Draft Guidance on International TCJA Provisions

first_imgMassachusetts released draft guidance on its treatment of selected international provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The guidance applies to:– corporate excise taxpayers; and– personal income taxpayers.It explains how taxpayers should treat and report:– IRC Sec. 965 repatriation income;– IRC Sec. 951A global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI);– the IRC Sec. 245A participation exemption deduction for foreign-source dividends; and– the IRC Sec. 250 deduction from foreign-derived intangible income (FDII) and GILTI.Repatriation IncomeIRC Sec 965 requires a one-time inclusion of certain untaxed foreign earnings and profits in a taxpayer’s Subpart F income. It also allows a deduction for part of the earnings that reduces the tax rate on this income.A taxpayer can elect to pay tax on the income in installments over 8 years. An S corporation shareholder can elect to defer the tax liability until the tax year in which a triggering event occurs.GILTIIRC Sec. 951A requires U.S. shareholders of any controlled foreign corporation to include its share of the CFC’s GILTI in gross income. The GILTI inclusion applies to tax years beginning after 2017.FDII and GILTI DeductionIRC Sec. 250 allows a corporation with GILTI and FDII to deduct part of that income on its federal return. The deduction reduces the rate of U.S. tax on GILTI and FDII.Participation Exemption DeductionThe TCJA established a participation exemption system for the taxation of foreign income. It replaces a system that taxed earnings from a foreign corporation only after it distributed the income to US shareholders. IRC Sec 245A provides a 100% deduction for dividends received from certain foreign corporations.Massachusetts TreatmentTaxpayers computing Massachusetts excise or income tax liability must include:– IRC Sec 965 repatriation income; and– IRC Sec. 951A GILTI.Massachusetts does not allow the:– IRC Sec 965 deduction for excise or income taxpayers;– IRC Sec. 250 FDII or GILTI deduction for excise taxpayers; or– IRC Sec. 245A participation exemption deduction for excise taxpayers.Massachusetts treats the repatriation income and GILTI as dividend income. So, excise taxpayers can claim a dividends received deduction for 95% of that income if they meet stock ownership requirements.A corporation must exclude repatriation income or GILTI from the sales factor of its apportionment formula. A financial institution must also exclude this income from the receipts factor of its apportionment formula. The apportionment guidance on repatriation income for financial institutions represents a change in previous guidance. This resulted from changes later enacted by supplemental budget legislation (TAXDAY, 2018/10/26, S.8).Massachusetts taxpayers cannot elect to pay tax liability on repatriation income in installments. An S corporation shareholder also cannot defer Massachusetts tax liability on that income.Working Draft TIR 19-XX: Massachusetts Implications of Selected International Provisions of the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Massachusetts Department of Revenue, January 16, 2019Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Anil Kumble urges flexibility while selecting bowlers on tour

first_imgFormer captain Anil Kumble had said that the mindset of the Indian cricket team management must change and there has to be a more flexible approach in selecting the bowlers in the playing XI on overseas tours.The performance of the Indian bowlers in the recent four-Test series in Australia, which they lost 0-2, came for severe criticism, and Kumble felt “some portion of the criticism is justified”.”We have the quality of bowlers, it’s just trying to see who can adjust to the Test format and then choosing your best four bowlers who you think can pick up 20 wickets, that’s also been an issue,” Kumble told ESPNcricinfo in an interview.Kumble said that there has to be flexibility in selecting XIs when on tour as it can’t work on the theory of three seamers and one spinner every time.”We have gone into this theory of three seamers and one spinner the moment we sit on an aircraft which travels more than seven hours – that’s the mindset…If your 20 wickets are going to come with two spinners and two fast bowlers, so be it. If it comes with three spinners and one fast bowler so be it,” India’s highest wicket-taker in Test and ODI cricket, pointed out.Citing the example of the Adelaide Test, where on a track known to favour the batsmen and assist spinners from halfway through the Test, India went in with a single spinner in Karn Sharma.”So who got wickets for Australia then? If you look at the top two bowlers, it was one spinner and one fast bowler,” said Kumble.advertisementAustralian offspinner Nathan Lyon was the series’ top wicket-taker with 23 wickets. Kumble said that excess of limited-over cricket, both ODIs and Twenty20s, have led to the Indian bowlers “not being that disciplined in their approach to bowling when it comes to Tests”.”You are constantly thinking of pre-empting a batsman because you think he will play this shot – that’s what you do in one-day cricket. You are always guessing and trying to out-guess the batsman. In Test cricket you need to bowl line and length – it is that simple – and keep repeating the same thing. That will only come with playing more of this format, and that will only come with what kind of an approach (you have) prior to heading off (on tour).”It’s the simple thing that needs to be considered. Test cricket is all about building pressure and how you can sustain it, the longer you can sustain the pressure, the more successful you can be,” explained Kumble.The former legspinner said the Indian bowlers should “not look over their shoulder”.”You can’t be looking over your shoulder and ask which ball should I bowl, what field should I set? At the end of the day you know what balls to bowl and what fields to set, you have to be your own captain, you can’t be saying ‘Okay, set the field and tell me where to bowl and I will bowl’. That’s not how we play cricket. You have to be your own leader.”Stating that the BCCI and team management need to “monitor its 20 best bowlers”, Kumble said, “It is just a matter of managing the top 20 bowlers and trying to follow them during the course of their season, whether they are playing Ranji Trophy or IPL or Test cricket. At home they seem fine, they are pretty used to the conditions, but generally overseas you need to be stronger.”Kumble said the Indian bowling attack for Test cricket overseas can be built by studying which of the bowlers have the capacity to be stronger when playing the longer format in away games.”Not physically stronger, but bowling-wise stronger. People tend to mis-interpret, strength by saying I need to spend time in the gym. That’s not strength. You need to sustain yourself for longer when on tour. How long can you bowl? How effective you are in your last spell, whether you are a spinner or a fast bowler. That’s what matters in the end,” he explained.last_img read more

Diane Harkey on the race for the 49th congressional district

first_img KUSI Newsroom, November 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Diane Harkey, on the race for the 49th congressional district 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – KUSI’s Dan Plante ran into Diane Harkey, candidate for 2018 California’s 49th congressional district at the US Grant Hotel. Posted: November 6, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitterlast_img read more