The Donegal Grand Prix rolls towards the banks of the Foyle next week when the annual St Johnston/Carrigans 5K Road Race and Walk takes place on Tuesday evening 8th July with a start time of 7.30pm.This race was only added to the race circuit a few short years ago and already, it has been established as one of the favoured routes in the county.The race is also ideally located for Derry based athletes and clubs who have consistently been strong supporters of the event. When fast, flat courses are being trumpeted, there’s no better advertisement for such claims than this race on Tuesday evening. Starting in St. Johnston, the race weaves its way along the banks of the picturesque Foyle river towards Carrigans and follows a perfect 5K loop back to the race start/finish point.In February, a 5K along the same route attracted a huge field of over 350 runners and walkers, while a race held by the local Kildrum Tigers FC a few weeks ago also attracted big numbers.When initially started, this race (and others) was about bringing road running into the heart of the communities from which the Lifford club draws its loyal member base as well as giving locals the opportunity to participate close to home. This race is being organised yet again by the Lifford Athletic Club, which brings its own professionalism and expertise to race management and organisation.Lifford AC has been consistently striving for the best possible race experience for participants and yet again, there will be prizes for Seniors and Juniors as well as Masters categories for 35,40,45,50,55,60 for both men and women and spot prizes for all race participants. Chip timing will be an added feature yet again this year, along with First Aid, mid and post race water stations and post race refreshments. A fast course, the route has been Jones Counter measured and certified for accuracy as well as holding an Athletics Ireland permit.With the country enjoying a running boom at present and Fit 4 Life and Couch to 5K groups springing up everywhere, the numbers taking part next week are expected to swell even further.If you haven’t tried one before or just want to come along and walk, bring the children, etc, everyone is welcome. Participants are encouraged to pre enter on liffordac.com and arrive early on the race evening. Registration on the evening and number/chip collection will be at the St. Johnston/Carrigans Resource Centre from 6pm and will close at 7.15pm, the race starting at 7.30pm sharp.ALL ROADS LEAD TO ST JOHNSTON THIS TUESDAY FOR ANNUAL 5K was last modified: July 5th, 2014 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:5kdonegalSt JOhnston/Carrigans
Delta Air Lines has joined competitor American Airlines in deferring deliveries of widebody Airbus A350 jets but it still expects to be flying the fuel-efficient aircraft later this year.Delta announced it would defer 10 of its 25 A350-900 deliveries set for 2019-20 by two to three years with an option of “additional flexible delivery’’.The deferral is part of a deal which saw it place an expanded order for 30 additional conventional engine option Airbus A321-200 single-aisle aircraft.The Atlanta, Georgia-based airline announced its schedule for its first A350-900 aircraft remained in place and it expected to take five of the aircraft in 2107. It planned to operate the first A350 revenue flight in the fourth quarter, featuring its Delta One suite and Premium Select cabin. “These agreements better align our widebody and narrowbody order books with our fleet replacement needs,” said Delta chief operating officer Gil West.Delta currently operates 19 A321s and the additional planes will see it take 112 of the aircraft by 2021, primarily to replace older aircraft on US domestic routes.Its decision to defer the 10 A350s comes after American decided to delay delivery of its first A350-900 from spring this year to late 2018.American said deliveries would continue through to 2022, two years later than originally scheduled, with two A350s due in 2018 and five each in 2019 and 2020.The deferral would reduce capital expenditures in 2017 and 2018 and provide “capacity flexibility”, it said.Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy said the order for the additional A321ceos, powered by CFM56 engines and equipped with fuel-saving wing tip devices called sharklets, was a vote of confidence in the aircraft and demonstrated the aircraft’s operator, investor and passenger appeal.The manufacturer will deliver many of Delta’s A321s from its Us manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama.Airbus says the Mobile plant is expected to produce four aircraft per month by the end of this year with most going to US customers.
AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… We live in a “long tail” world. That means that mass-market products are no longer able to satisfy consumers who ask for tailor-made solutions. This trend has emerged from online retail, specifically Jeff Bezos’ idea of having a million different shops for a million different consumers. In essence, it all boils down to building the perfect recommendation engine. There are various methods to create such a tool, which we will discuss shortly, but all of them have a common denominator: big data.“Hey, you can have any color you want — as long as it’s black.” –Henry FordThe days of Henry Ford and “any color you want as long as it is black” are long gone. Other things that are going out of fashion fast are website filters and asking questions to narrow down options. Modern customers hope to get exactly what they dream about presented to them as soon as they open a website. On the home page slider, if possible.This trend is also evident in the home entertainment sector. Just imagine if you would have to sort through thousands of movies before finding the one you like. Not the most successful business model, isn’t, it? Yet, a movie recommendation engine, like the one powering Netflix and other similar streaming services, can take hints from what you have previously selected and suggest what you might want to watch next.How are “they” making a selection for you?There are three ways to build a great recommendation engine, each with a different approach to solve the same problem.Clustering recommendation engines.To understand the way clustering recommendation engines work, you should think about product packages or product layouts on the shelves. Clustering takes into consideration their functionality and recommends items that are complementary. For example, a clustering engine would show you a toothpaste if you have already added a toothbrush to your cart.These engines don’t consider your customers’ particular preferences or what other users have bought, so you could build an engine like this even without the help of big data, just using logic and common sense in addition to simple out-of-the-box tools. The only problem with building a recommendation engine in this manner is that it becomes almost unmanageable if you have hundreds or thousands of products.In these cases of many thousands of products, clustering them would be too effort-intensive, so an algorithm should come in handy. Big data can help by making the necessary associations automatically.Content-based recommendation engines.The next way to get an active recommendation engine is to start with what customers already like. Coming back to the Netflix example, if they have already watched two Lord of The Rings movies, most likely they would be interested in the third as well.Here, big data is more useful, as the algorithm gathers numerous data points and computes the relevance between them. For example, it looks at the movie genre, the actors, the director, the soundtrack and even filming locations. Next, it scans the database to find items which are similar to the information discovered. This type of recommendation engines takes into consideration a customer’s personal history of interacting with the service and makes truly contextual suggestions.Collaborative recommendation engines.What if you have just installed Netflix or are on the Amazon page for the first time? Your recommendation feed is not empty. In fact, you might see some good ideas right from the beginning. These are offered based on the preferences of existing users.Once you start using the platform and the algorithm learns more about you, the recommendations will get better because you are automatically assigned to a cluster with similar customers.The advantage of collaborative engines is that it can be used for predictions based on customers’ real-life preferences. The downside is that it works on the assumption that if similar users liked similar things in the past, they would continue to do the same in the future, which is a bit unrealistic.Steps to build a recommendation engine.Before you can select any of the previously discussed methods, you need data to feed the algorithm. Since any big data endeavor is a problem of ‘garbage in garbage out,’ you also need to make sure that the data you have is high-quality and genuine.The first step is to collect the right data. The challenge here is that the most useful information is implicit, coming from a user’s behavior. Although collecting data in online logs is straightforward, filtering just the right information is almost art. The difficulty here is to assign proper importance to each item. For example, in the case of a movie recommendation engine, is the genre or the main actor more critical? Depending on the viewer, answers might be very different.Next, you need to make sure you store the data in a way that allows you to access it fast and the algorithm to learn from it continuously. A NoSQL database offers the necessary flexibility and scalability for such projects which usually grow exponentially. Such a way of storage is possible by spreading the data over hundreds of distributed servers in the cloud.The advantage of a NoSQL database is that it offers the opportunity to store any data, including unstructured ones like comments, reviews, and opinions. Most of the times, these are far more valuable than ratings by numbers since you get an insight into more subtle preferences.To create a great recommendation engine, the most critical step is to analyze data and identify patterns. Some of the best-performing systems work in real time or almost in real time, refreshing every few seconds. The least performant but still usable solution is a batch analysis, which is mostly used in retail for looking at daily or weekly sales.Future trends.We can expect that recommendation engines will become so high performing that they will eliminate the need for search, entirely. The danger and downside of this approach is that each customer will live in a comfortable bubble, enjoying the same kind of content with little chance of discovering something beyond that. We are already witnessing this phenomenon happening on our social media feeds — much to our personal and collective danger — and we also see our very own bubbles happening in the automatically generated playlists on YouTube. Sophia Brooke Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Sophia Brooke is a Project Manager with over 10 years’ experience and a proven track record in project management and delivery for a variety of industry sectors: Retail, Software, Construction, Education and Financial services. Tags:#Big Data#big data recommendations#build a recommendation engine#content-based recommendations#marketing#Recommendation Engines#sales Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…
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BILL CALLAHANJULIA HOLTERTHUNDERCAT PERFUME GENIUS May 25, 2016Here are a few photos of some of the highlights of last Sundays performances during the FORM 2016 festival.[photos by Sue Kirsch]LNZNDRF PERFUME GENIUSThere are lots of media articles about this event that you can peruse in the Media section of our web-site.More to come.
SeaChange and TiVo have launched a joint solution targeting cable operators looking to launch advanced VOD services.The new Cardio solution comprises SeaChange’s interactive consumer electronics gateway software and servers that interface directly to TiVo’s user interface and set-top boxes including the Premiere, Premiere Q and Preview models. The solution supports platforms Cisco and Motorola.“Cardio improves upon a simple and hugely popular goal to give operators more choice in set-tops and subscriber experience while further leveraging their SeaChange video back office,” said Anthony Landamia, executive director, product management, SeaChange. “SeaChange and TiVo solved a fundamental challenge for operators who invested in VOD yet wanted to expand set-top options without disruption. Its capabilities will continue to evolve and support more devices and digital network vendors.”
Andrew GriffithSubscription video-on-demand services such as Netflix are not having “a big impact” on Sky’s growth, according to Sky CFO Andrew Griffith.Speaking to analysts after Sky released its Q1 figures, Griffith said that “the two services don’t go directly toe-to-toe” with each other. He said SVOD customers are generally either people who look to these services as a supplement to free-to-air and would not otherwise sign up for a pay TV service, or – “more commonly” – they take SVOD services “on top” of pay TV services such as Sky or Virgin Media.He said the situation of SVOD customers is little different from the situation in the past where Sky customers would also rent DVDs to supplement their viewing.Griffith said he saw little sign that OTT SVOD services in Europe were competing for first-window pay TV rights, as they did to some extent in the US. “They are trading a bit more on their original content,” he said, adding that the services lacked strength in movies in Europe and generally only carried movies on a non-exclusive basis.Griffith said that while there had always been competition for rights from “different sources”, Sky still “typically has all the first pay TV rights” in its different markets.Separately, Griffith highlighted a series of service launches and changes in Italy and Germany to drive subscription growth in those markets following first fiscal quarter results that revealed solid progress in both markets.Griffith that Sky would launch a new Sky Kids app in Italy along with a fully HD video-on-demand offering, and would revamp its user guide with a new home page.In Germany, Sky will take its Sky Sports News service free-to-air in addition to the planned launch of Sky 1 with flagship show Masterchef. Today also sees the launch of Sky’s UHD TV offering, with coverage of a football match between Dortmund and Hertha Berlin.Griffith said that Italy had produced a strong quarter, emerging as Sky’s “fastest growing market”, with 4% like-for-like revenue growth. He said that over half of Sky Italia customers had now connected their set-top boxes to the internet.Griffith also highlighted this week’s launch of enhanced mobile TV service Sky Go+ in Italy.