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Alaffia’s Prairie Rose Hyde to Keynote INSPIRE—Women’s Business Conference

first_imgFacebook87Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston EDC Center for Business & InnovationThe Washington Center for Women in Business created the third annual INSPIRE Women’s Business Conference for forward-looking women business owners and business leaders in our community.Photo courtesy: Thurston EDCThe 7-hour, one-day conference has a theme of innovation & inspiration. The conference will kick off with an inspiring breakfast keynote address by Amy Leneker of Compass Consulting, followed by morning breakout sessions.Prairie Rose Hyde, co-founder of Alaffia and vice president of the Alaffia Foundation, will give the lunchtime keynote address. There is one-afternoon breakout session and the day ends with a Happy Hour Networking Mixer.Event coordinators do have a few exhibitor tables left and some sponsorship opportunities available. Last year over 120 women attended the conference and event organizers expect this year to attract even more. If your target market is women business leaders, don’t miss this event!WHO: Washington Center for Women in BusinessWHAT: INSPIRE – Women’s Business ConferenceWHEN: Friday, May 10, 2019, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.WHERE: Thurston EDC Center for Business & Innovation/SPSCC Lacey Campus, 4220 6th Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503TICKETS: $65 per person which includes breakfast and lunch.FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit http://wcwb.org/inspire/ or call WCWB Program Manager Traci Hansen at (360) 464-6050 or email thansen@thurstonedc.comAbout the Washington Center for Women in BusinessThe Washington Center for Women in Business (WCWB) is a program of the Thurston EDC’s Center for Business & Innovation (CB&I), whose mission is to empower entrepreneurs to succeed in business by providing coaching, training, and technical assistance on a wide variety of topics. The WCWB differs from other programs of the CB&I because our Business Coaches are dedicated to helping the whole Womanpreneur see her goals realized. The WCWB is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.last_img read more

SAI ensuring athletes receive equipment to train despite nationwide Covid-19 lockdown

first_imgImage Courtesy: SAI/ShutterstockAdvertisement klqNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vscccxhf7Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebmoq9k( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) zn35Would you ever consider trying this?😱q053Can your students do this? 🌚79Roller skating! Powered by Firework Even though all sporting activities have faced cancellation or postponement, sportspersons and athletes are never on leave from their training, even in present times when they have to train in their homes. Now, Sports Authority of India (SAI) has taken a new initiative to assist the athletes in their personal drills, and has decided to provide necessary training equipment and dietary supplements right in their home, as going to a training centre right now is out of question.Advertisement Image Courtesy: SAI/ShutterstockWhile a number of athletes are now staying in SAI training centres, such as Mirabai Chanu,  Neeraj Chopra and even the Indian men and women hockey teams, many are isolated in their homes, without being able to continue their training. The initiative will ensure that the athletes remain in their peak performance even when India faces the challenge against the novel Coronavirus pandemic.The initiative was taken as a joint decision by the SAI and Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) Secretariat, who have ensured that the athletes can continue training in their homes even after lock down in lifted, as there can still be a high risk of COVID-19 contamination afterwards.Advertisement More than a hundred athletes, including TOPS athletes and those who are probable competitors for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics next year, and are currently locked in their homes, have been planned to receive the equipment, as confirmed by SAI.“A total of 107 athletes (including para-athletes) were mapped for their requirements towards their training at home. The equipment requirements of all the athletes were collected and mapped according to SAI regional centres,” SAI revealed in a statement to The Times of India.Advertisement “Around 43 requests were received from the athletes, half of which have been fulfilled with the help of SAI regional centres, state governments and NGOs,” the statement added.Till now, the athletes who are confirmed to have received the equipment are-Wrestling: Bajrang Punia (Training mats and dietary supplements), Sunil Kumar (Dietary supplements)Shooting: Saurabh Chaudhary, Manu Bhaker, Divyansh Panwar, Yashaswni Deswal (Air pellets, templates, paper targets), Sanjeev Rajput (Gym bicycle and online consultant nutritionist)Boxing: Lovlina Borgohain, Simranjeet Kaur, Ashish Kumar (Dumbbells, weights, barbell rods)Para-athletics: Jayanti Behra (Exercise bikes)Equipment for more athletes are on their way, as  Indian sport shooter Abhishek Verma said that he is expecting his training kit to be at his doorstep after 3rd May, when the current lock down is scheduled to be lifted.“TOPS called to ask if I need anything related to exercise or shooting. I have given them my requirement of electronic target and SCATT (simulation shooting software). They said they will try to provide that as soon as the lockdown is lifted,” the 2019 ISSF World Cup gold medallist told The Times of India.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Delhi police rushes to aid of Indian Kho Kho captain Nasreen who is financially struggling during Covid-19 lockdownSports India Exclusive: Siddarth Malakar: Physiotherapist to Pro Panja Champion! Advertisementlast_img read more

Throw-Away Plastics a Big Problem, Says Baykeeper Study

first_imgAt least 165 million pieces of non-biodegradable plastic float at any given time in the 250-square-mile New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary, which includes Raritan Bay and associated waters, according to a recently released study.The study, done by the Keyport-based New York-New Jersey Baykeeper, says this breaks down to an estimated 256,322 particles per square kilometer – or a square with sides of about 3,280 feet – throughout the estuary.Locally, the study shows 96,402 particles per square kilometer in Raritan Bay off Keyport, 149,016 at Perth Amboy and 380,947 just at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, based on samplings at those sites.“The big takeaway, we have a big issue on our hands,” said report author Sandra Meola, the Baykeeper’s communications and outreach associate. “And we need a big solution. The solution is to stop the use of single-use, throw-away plastic products.”The study indicated plastics found were in these categories: plastic foam such as in take-out coffee cups, 38 percent; fragments of unidentified hard plastic, 31 percent; filmy plastic such as plastic bags or plastic wrap, 18 percent; pellets such as microbeads found in personal care products, 7 percent; and fishing line or clothing fibers, 6 percent.About 85 percent of the materials were microplastics, or particles smaller than 5 millimeters.Basically, the estuary runs from Raritan Bay in the south to the Tappan Zee Bridge in the north, then west to east from Perth Amboy to Sandy Hook. It also includes Sandy Hook Bay, Hudson River, East River and Arthur Kill.Sandra Meola, the report author, demonstrates a “manta trawl net,” its name derived from its metal scoop resembling a manta ray’s fins, used to collect plastics in the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary.Sandra MeolaThe study was released Feb. 9, but was based on sampling done from last March to August at 18 sites.The sampling spots were near storm water and sewage pipes, Meola said.“We figured a lot of the plastic is coming from them, especially microbeads,” Meola said.A boat pulled a “manta trawl net,” its name derived from its metal scoop resembling a manta ray’s fins. Items were collected in a net, rinsed off, then analyzed.“The reason we did this, I was appalled there were plastics in toothpaste and facial scrubs,” said Meola, referring to the microbeads used as abrasives in these products.In December, President Barack Obama signed into law the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, co-sponsored by local Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. The law, which bans the manufacturing and sale of microbeads in cosmetics and healthcare products, begins taking effect in July 2017 and reaches its full effect in July 2019.The microbeads law will put only a “small” dent in the problem, Meola said.“Microbeads is only one type of plastic,” Meola said. “I think the next thing to tackle is the foam. We need to move forward and get rid of other nasty things we don’t need.”Prior to this study, there had been no solid data compiled for this region, Meola said.“We are beginning to see evidence of just how prevalent plastic pollution is in our waters,” said Dave Conover, education director at Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and a partner in the Baykeeper study. “Plastic trash and debris, along with microplastics, are contaminating fish, birds, mammals, even plankton.“By gathering more data, we can get a clearer picture of the sources of this pollution and create effective strategies to reduce it. We have a responsibility to get plastics out of our waters.”Beth Ravit, co-director of Rutgers University’s Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability, also is working with the Baykeeper to study the impact of microplastics in the Raritan and Passaic Rivers.Clean Ocean Action, based at Sandy Hook, is working on a microplastics study in Atlantic Ocean water and beach sand along the New Jersey coast.last_img read more

Twenty Eight Local Artisans Under One Roof

first_imgBy Jay Cook|BELFORD – A Belford business is hoping to capture the Jersey Shore spirit by shining sunlight on its creative talent.Junction Boutique, located in the heart of the Belford Junction section of Middletown, is a one-stop shop destination displaying the wares of local artists.“There’s so much local talent and it’s our neighbors – it’s the community,” said owner Chris Slater.Previously located in an 800 square foot building beside Gem’s Bagels and Deli, Junction Boutique celebrated their grand reopening last Saturday at their new, 1500 square foot location at 79 Leonardville Rd.In the two years it’s been open, the roster of talent has grown from eight to 28 career crafters. They specialize in homemade bracelets, paintings, crafts and body care productsIt’s located in a bustling section of Middletown known as Campbell’s Junction – a busy crossroads between Routes 35 and 36 that is home to businesses like the longtime Sabato’s butcher shop, the new Belford Brewery, the Swagger barber shop, acclaimed Belford Bistro, Good Shepherd Book & Gift Shop and Chiafullo’s and Valentino’s.The Junction Boutique’s growing popularity led to the search for a new home base, said Slater.“All the artisans were asking for more space, and we had people asking us to join, and we couldn’t take anybody else on,” she said. “So we came here. It had to be in the Junction.”The crafters pay for booth space in the building, which ranges between $75 and $300 a month. Some take turns shop-keeping by spending one day a week tending the register and helping prospective buyers.Jeanine Riegler was one of the first to have a space in the original Junction Boutique. Her business – That’s How I Knot – specializes in what she describes as “original handmade macramé jewelry.”Riegler started out selling bracelets on the beach during the summertime. Now, she has turned that interest into a business venture, and occupies one of the largest spaces in Junction Boutique.Leonardo resident Kris Whittles is co-owner of the soap shop Wood Box Soap at Belford Junction Boutique.With prices ranging from $10 single-charm bracelets to elaborate $35 pieces with multi-colored stones, That’s How I Knot is also cultivating its brand on social media. She finds there are good benefits to having a fixed business space.“With a brick and mortar place to send people, I think it’s more professional,” Riegler said. “I think people love that they’re able to come in to see it and touch it.”Along the back wall of Junction Boutique, there is a refreshing fragrance in the air. Two Leonardo moms have built their business out of a necessity.Kris Whittles and Camille Miele, who are co-owners of the soap shop Wood Box Soap, both have family who deal with eczema. They often discussed how they could not find a remedy on the market.Using goat milk products, which they buy in bulk from Whole Foods, the company has crafted 22 different soaps named after local landmarks and areas, along with lines of body butters, lotions and bath bombs.Their most popular body soap is a coffee style, which uses coffee provided to them by Jersey Shore Coffee Roasters, a Leonardo-based coffee shop. Currently, that soap is on backorder.“We’re just keeping it local, and the fact that we’re supporting other businesses in Monmouth County is tremendous,” Whittles said. “I’ve lived in Middletown my whole life, and this is the first business of this kind.”Whittles also says the positive effects from goat milk are endless, which she claims has over 50 different vitamins and minerals that have anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits. Wood Box Soap also does not use any commercial preservatives, such as formaldehyde or parabens.The soap-making process is time consuming. It takes about six weeks for the necessary oils to solidify into soap. Each batch also yields roughly 36 pieces, which are individually boxed by Whittles and Miele. Each bar costs $7.Although Whittles says Wood Box Soap has had offers to move up the commercial food chain, she wants to keep the company its current size.“I don’t want to be in a big box store,” she said. “We want to be in a local Jersey setting, and that’s good for me.”On that same back wall, on the opposite side of the store, resides a local business that occupies its own niche in the Junction Boutique market.Kathleen Edinger of Belford is jumpstarting her tea blend business with a spot at the Junction Boutique, which showcases 28 artisans.“Chris is so cognizant of the fact that we’re all in it together,” said Kathleen Edinger, founder and owner of TeaScapes, a tea company based out of Belford. “It’s not her place, it’s our place.”Edinger, who has a background in physical therapy, moved into Junction Boutique in August of last year. Working with a wholesale tea distributer in Kentucky, she is watching her business grow each day.Currently, TeaScapes offers eight teas, six of which are signature blends that she, along with her family, have helped create. Each container of tea sells for $15.With awareness gained from space at Junction Boutique, Edinger now has the opportunity to soon move her operation into a full-time space, located just a town over.“I found that Atlantic Highlands will fit the bill for me because it is a ferry town that is right there,” she said. “We have the boating community in the summer, and I’m right on the street of First Avenue.”For shop owner Slater, Junction Boutique stems from a love for personalizing gifts. With that continued theme in mind, she sees no reason why the business won’t flourish in the future.“It can continue to grow with the different mediums,” she said. “You can focus on all the local talent and keep bringing new things in – there’s always a twist to it.”Junction Boutique artisans will participate in the Made in Monmouth exhibition April 8 at OceanFirst Bank Center at Monmouth University. On hand to offer congratulations on the new location was Freeholder Tom Arnone, who is the liaison to the county Division of Economic Development, and Middletown Township Mayor Gerald Scharfenberger, who both came to help cut the ceremonial ribbon.last_img read more

Main Street Diner — The Place in Nelson to watch World Cup action

first_imgThe place to be for World Cup Soccer excitement, for those people in Nelson not able to make it to Brazil, is the Main Street Diner on Baker Street.Nick Diamond of Main Street has two large televisions on the patio for patrons viewing while having a bite to eat.”We are publishing the day’s feature menu and game viewing schedule on our facebook site. “We’ve also built a feature menu for each set of games based on a team that’s playing. ie. France playing – French menu. Brazil playing, Brazilian cuisine etc…”Main Street Diner is open in town for the 9 a.m. games and will show a (condensed) replay of the morning game at 11 a.m. replay every day before the 1 p.m. game.The tournament is in the knockout stages with the final set for Sunday, July 13. Time TBA.last_img read more

Flying Physics

first_img(Visited 47 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 In the world of flying animals, stories of remarkable physical engineering come to light.Flight mass: The bigger the animal, the harder the liftoff. That’s what Elizabeth Martin-Silverstone says in The Conversation: the biggest pterosaurs—the largest flying animals in history—pulled a feat that baffles engineers. “We’d expect an animal the size of a large pterosaur to be too big to fly.” Look at the graphic of an Arambourgiania pterosaur standing as tall as a giraffe to see why; nobody would expect a giraffe to launch itself into the air. How did the big pterosaurs do it? Their whole bodies were designed for flight: thin membranes, hollow bones, and “a highly specialised respiratory system, similar to that of birds, with air sacs in addition to their lungs,” even though they are not related to birds by any evolutionary scheme. They even had air sacs in their necks, trunk and wings.Scientists used to believe the large pterosaurs leaped off cliffs to get airborne, but now they think they were able to launch themselves from a standing position, even though new estimates show them heavier than previously thought. This only adds to the puzzle. Martin-Silverstone, who makes CT scans of pterosaur bones to create 3-D models, ends her article:Palaeontologists still have many questions about giant pterosaur flight. We don’t fully understand how they took off or what kind of flyers they were once in the air. Did they flap or soar? How long could they fly for? How did they land? In fact, some people still believe these giraffe-sized animals were too heavy to fly at all. But then what did they do with their wings? These are all questions that new techniques and fossil finds are starting to answer.Flight light: National Geographic posted an article about fireflies, including two video clips. Reporter Liz Langley focuses on the sexual attraction of the lights rather than their design, which she attributes to blind evolution: “The firefly gene that codes for luciferase is very similar to a common fatty acid-making gene,” she relates from her expert Sara Lewis, author of a book on fireflies. “It’s likely a duplicate of that gene acquired a mutation that caused it to produce a tiny bit of light in a distant firefly ancestor.” Similarity, however, does not prove ancestry, as the pterosaur entry above shows. What Lewis and Langley omit to describe is the highly-organized structure of the light organs in fireflies, which are arranged in magnificent ranks (see Oxford Journal illustrations) that generate light while protecting the insect from damaging oxygen radicals. Langley does point out, however, that the luciferase gene has opened up new light in medical research, allowing scientists to monitor cellular processes by making them light up.Flight wings: Does migration make butterfly wings larger? Science Daily reports a new study on Monarch butterflies that asked whether migrating Monarchs have larger wings than sedentary Monarchs. The answer appears to be yes. Earlier work didn’t correct for Bergmann’s Rule, a biological principle that says equatorial animals tend to be smaller than those at higher latitudes. Correcting for Bergmann’s Rule still showed the migrators to be larger. Why? “It seems that the long-distance journey acts to weed out smaller monarchs each year, leaving only the biggest ones, which then go on to reproduce,” the article says. “In monarch populations that are sedentary, this selection does not happen.” The selection answer doesn’t explain how Monarchs got their wings in the first place. If it did, why does wing size stop where it does? Why doesn’t selection create wings as large as pterosaur wings? It also doesn’t explain the smaller Bogong moth that also undertakes long-distance migration (Evolution News & Views). Besides, there’s more than size involved in wing dynamics. Consider the shapes of jet wings compared to stunt biplane wings. Monarch wings are not much different in shape than those of other species, yet they succeed in flying much longer distances.Rumble bees: We end with a quote from PhysOrg: “Look up the word ‘bumble,’ and the definition may read something like ‘To move or act in a confused, awkward or clumsy manner.’ But the bumble bee, a member of the genus Bombus, is anything but clumsy. In fact, the insects are expert aviators, alighting with precision inside flowers and vigorously shaking pollen loose from their stamens.”“Expert aviators.” Whether as small as a fruit fly or as large as a giraffe-height pterosaur, flying animals show mastery of physics. Is it credible to think evolution hit on powered flight four times? (insects, bats, birds and pterosaurs). Watch Flight: The Genius of Birds, the beautiful documentary on flight from Illustra Media. It explains why powered flight requires seeing a distant goal, and arranging multiple independent systems for the purpose of overcoming gravity. Specialized lungs, muscles, bones, digestive systems, excretory systems, circulatory systems, reproductive systems, nervous systems, instincts and everything else have to contribute to the goal, simultaneously and effectively. To think that could happen even once by blind processes is folly. Four times? Folly to the 4th power! Aviation expertise showcases intelligent design, in the smallest firefly to the largest pterosaur, and in everything between. Give honor to whom honor is due.last_img read more

‘Nicer’ Ryanair propelled to the top

first_imgSix Boeing 737s will transfer to Malta Air. Photo: Ryanair. Nobody in Europe could miss the news release sent out by Ryanair last week. “Ryanair, Europe’s favorite airline, today (August 25) welcomed confirmation from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) that it remains the world’s favorite airline after IATA’s latest World Airline Transport Statistics showed Ryanair once again carried more international customers than any other airline,” it said.The low-fare carrier last year became the first airline in the world to carry more than 100 million international customers in one year. This is significantly more than longer established airlines such as Air France, British Airways and SAS, which just celebrated its 70th anniversary, or Qantas in Australia.Ryanair was set up the Ryan family in 1985. Its first route was a daily service on a 15-seater Embraer Bandeirante turboprop aircraft, operating from Waterford in the southeast of Ireland to London Gatwick. Ryanair’s first cabin crew recruits had to be less than 5ft 2ins tall in order to be able to operate in the tiny cabin of the aircraft.  It carried just 5,000 passengers that year.In 1986,  Ryanair obtained permission from the regulatory authorities in Ireland to challenge the British Airways and Aer Lingus’ high fare duopoly on the Dublin to London Luton airport. Services were launched with two 46-seater turboprop BAE748 aircraft.With two routes in operation, Ryanair carried 82,000 passengers in its first full year in operation. It acquired its first jet aircraft by leasing three BAC1-11 aircraft from the Romanian state airline, Tarom. The aircraft arrived on a full wet lease, with Tarom providing all the pilots and engineers to enable Ryanair to operate the aircraft.With the arrival of these jet aircraft, Ryanair increased its network with 15 scheduled routes from Dublin to Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff, and opens up new routes from Luton to Cork, Shannon, Galway, Waterford and Knock in the West of Ireland.By 1990, Ryanair carried 745,000 passengers but financially the airline did not perform well.  After three years of rapid growth in aircraft, routes and intense price competition with Aer Lingus and British Airways, Ryanair had accumulated large losses and was forced to go through a substantial restructuring.The Ryan family recapitalized the airline, appointed new management including current chief executive Michael O’Leary and decided to copy the Southwest Airlines low fares model, while at the same time take advantage of the liberalization of intra-European Union (EU) aviation.The DNA of the re-launched Ryanair was low fares, a single aircraft type, quick aircraft turnaround times at airports and a rigorous de-bundling approach to ancillary services – in other words, all extras had to be paid for, including checked-in luggage, printing of boarding passes at the airport, drinks and meals.In the past few years, Ryanair has softened its hard-line, often consumer unfriendly behavior and embarked on what it calls “Always Getting Better” (AGB) customer improvement program.Under this AGB initiative, Ryanair now has a generous – often more generous than so called full service carriers cabin bag allowance – offering  two free carry-on bags of which one up to 10kg and reduced penalties for failing to print out boarding passes.It introduced allocated seating and started flying into primary hubs such as Rome Fiumicino and Brussels, moving away from “secondary” airports. It also introduced new uniforms and is rolling out new aircraft interiors featuring slimline seats, more leg room, coat hooks, LED lighting and less of the bright yellow branding.The strategy of being “nice” is paying off, big time. Dublin-based Ryanair is now Europe’s largest airline in passenger numbers operating more than 350 Boeing 737-800s on more than 1,800 daily flights from 84 bases, connecting over 200 destinations in 33 countries. It has a further 315 Boeing 737s on order.The Irish low-fare carrier also leads IATA’s top five of airlines carrying the most passengers on international routes. Four of the five airlines in this league table are European, while three of the five airlines in the IATA top five of system-wide passengers (domestic and international) are from the U.S. IATA each year compiles the World Air Transport Statistics (WATS), the yearbook of the airline industry’s performance.The 60th edition was released recently. It reveals that world’s airlines carried 3.6 billion passengers on scheduled services in 2015 —the equivalent of 48% of the Earth’s population.Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region once again carried the largest number of passengers.  The regional ranking (based on total passengers carried on scheduled services by airlines registered in that region) is:1. Asia-Pacific 34% market share (1.2 billion passengers, an increase of 10% compared to the region’s passengers in 2014)2. Europe 26.2% market share (935.5 million passengers, up 6.7% over 2014)3. North America 24.8% market share (883.2 million, up 5.2% over 2014)4. Latin America 7.5% market share (267.6 million, up 4.7%)5. Middle East 5.3% market share (188.2 million, an increase of 8.1%)6. Africa 2.2% market share (79.5 million, up 1.8% over 2014).The top five airlines ranked by total scheduled passengers carried (domestic and international) were:1. American Airlines including operations of US Airways: 146.5 million2. Southwest Airlines: 144.6 million3. Delta Air Lines: 138.8 million4. China Southern Airline: 109.3 million5. Ryanair: 101.4 millionThe top five airlines ranked by total scheduled passengers carried on international routes were:1: Ryanair: 101.4 million2. EasyJet: 62.6 million3. Emirates: 51.03 million4. Lufthansa: 46.9 million5. British Airways: 36.9 millionlast_img read more

How Best Buy is Using The Semantic Web

first_imgrichard macmanus It’s All Semantics: Open Data, Linked Data & The Semantic WebThe State of Linked Data in 2010Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2009ReadWriteWeb Interview With Tim Berners-LeeSemantic Web Patterns: A Guide to Semantic Technologies Yesterday we wrote about the increasing usage of Semantic Web technologies by large commercial companies like Facebook, Google and Best Buy. The Semantic Web is a Web of added meaning, which ultimately enables smarter and more personalized web apps to be built. In this post we explore how a leading U.S. retailer, Best Buy, is using a Semantic Web markup language called RDFa to add semantics to its webpages. This is not just an academic exercise for Best Buy. As we will see, semantic technology has already led to increased traffic and better service to its customers. We spoke to Jay Myers, Lead Web Development Engineer at BestBuy.com, to find out how. ReadWriteWeb’s Guide to The Semantic Web: Tags:#conferences#e-commerce#NYT#Semantic Web#SemTech 2010#Structured Data#web Myers remarked that “there isn’t a noticeable difference” to the users of Best Buy’s website, however all of the RDFa data is very visible to humans via search engine results and its store locator tool. The RDFa data is “also great for machines,” said Myers, which has resulted in “a definite up tick in the amount of search traffic to these pages.” At last week’s SemTech conference, Myers said that it had resulted in a 30% increase in search traffic. He noted that Best Buy hadn’t expected to see an SEO benefit, but it’s been a boon to them since the company is “very reliant on search engines” for product discovery and store locations. With Jay Myers at the development wheel, Best Buy’s web presence will continue to be enhanced by the Semantic Web. RDFa can ultimately create rich relationships between products, which will in turn “create a deeper visibility to additional products” when a customer is shopping.That seems like a distinct competitive advantage for Best Buy. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Myers told us that the primary goal of using semantic technologies was to increase the visibility of its products and services. And with data such as store name,address,store hours andGEO data being marked up using RDFa, search engines are now able to identify each of those data components more easily and put them into context.A quick refresher on the terminology: just as the lingua franca of the Web is HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), RDF (Resource Description Framework) is commonly thought of as the primary language of the Semantic Web. RDFa is a kind of ‘lite’ version of RDF, which adds metadata to HTML (or XHTML) webpages.The process of adding RDFa to Best Buy’s webpages began two years ago, when the company began to look for ways to get more visibility to its stores on the Web. “At that time,” said Myers, “it was difficult for users to find basic store information like store location and hours.” To solve this dilemma, Best Buy gave each store its own blog. Best Buy employees entered information into the blogs every day, using online forms that output RDFa. Myers told us that the use of RDFa makes “human input from our store employees more visible on the Web.” Best Buy is using Good Relations, a Semantic Web vocabulary for e-commerce that describes product, price, and company data. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Survival Games

first_imgView comments Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Maybe it’s in the way NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio has his wards thinking nowadays.“I told [the players] to make a name for themselves,” he said, when asked about the team’s spectacular showing in a 109-83 rout of TNT that knocked the KaTropa out of contention for a twice-to-beat playoff privilege.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThen, unearthing his battle cry when he coached a severely underdog University of Santo Tomas squad to an improbable UAAP title in 2006, Jarencio added; “‘Yung ‘pride, puso, palaban,’ doon na lalabas ‘yan (The pride, heart and fighting spirit will eventually come out).”NorthPort’s victory over TNT, indeed, caught Compton’s attention. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event MOST READ LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Batangas, Zamboanga advance to semis Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hasslescenter_img Sean Anthony (with the ball) has been very steady for NorthPort all conference long. —RICHARD A. REYESAlaska coach Alex Compton thinks NorthPort is “pretty darned good” and that the Batang Pier’s record is a poor reflection of their true worth.“[T]heir record is so deceiving,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Google Philippines names new country director Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants “We’ve been here at the bottom. We’re just trying to get to playing right,” Compton added.Meralco is also looking at fanning its flickering playoff plans to life against a Barangay Ginebra squad at 7 p.m.But the Bolts need a lot of things to go their way to stay alive.The Gin Kings (6-3) have little at stake in the game as they are already in the playoffs—but out of the race for the playoff bonus.Meanwhile, with the league to celebrate its 44th anniversary on April 9, prices of tickets for the whole of next month will be slashed by 44 percent in select sections of the venues.Forty-four prizes will be raffled off, and the first 44 government employees who can show their IDs will be given free admission to the venues every game day for the whole month.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I don’t know if you watched [their game against TNT] but they’re pretty darned good,” he said.But that’s not the reason Compton is wary of Jarencio’s boys when they clash in a survival battle at 4:30 p.m.“I was at their game with Phoenix, their game with Meralco,” Compton said, noting the Batang Pier’s narrow losses earlier in the conference.Compton saw how NorthPort could have easily won both save for key breaks that went against it. Had the Batang Pier gotten those breaks to go their way, Compton would have been facing a 6-4 squad.And Alaska (4-6), which is coming off a 114-96 beating at the hands of San Miguel last Sunday,  won’t treat NorthPort as a fellow sub-.500 squad as it shoots for a victory that could nudge the Aces into seventh place—good enough for a spot in the quarterfinal round.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd join Spurs interest for Bournemouth striker Josh King

first_imgMan Utd join Spurs interest for Bournemouth striker Josh Kingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth striker Josh King is a target for Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The Sun says he is a massive fan of fellow Norwegian King, 26, who he worked with as a youngster at Old Trafford.Solskjaer was coaching the United reserves when the striker was coming up through the ranks, before establishing himself as a top Premier League player on the South Coast.King is rated at £25million, but Cherries boss Eddie Howe will be desperate to keep hold of him.Spurs are also keen on a player who netted 16 times in his first Premier League campaign with the Cherries, then struck nine times last term and five so far this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more