Eight Limerick water supplies hit by drought

first_imgDESPITE recent heavy rainfall, Irish Water says that the number of schemes in drought around the country has increased from 35 to 38 and the ones in potential drought has grown from 52 to 58 since the start of the Water Conservation Order on June 8.In Limerick, there are now eight supplies in drought and one in potential drought.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up They are Abbeyfeale, Fedamore, Foileen (Cappamore), Croom (Croom Bypass and Skagh Well), Oola, Kilfinnane, Kilcolman (Rathkeale) and Cooga Spring (Doon).The need for the Water Conservation Order was due to the exceptionally dry spring which has seen big drops in both surface and ground water levels throughout the country.Ian O’Mahony of Irish Water told The Limerick Post that short periods of heavy rainfall, such as those experienced last week and earlier this week, are not sufficient to return raw water sources to normal levels.“A minimum accumulation of 100mm rainfall and a return to normal precipitation levels thereafter would be needed to offset the impact of the unseasonal lack of rainfall since March,” he explained.“We are keeping the situation under continuous review and are liaising closely with other key agencies such as Met Éireann, the OPW, the EPA, amongst others and if the situation improves we will consider lifting the Water Conservation Order. However any change is unlikely in the short term.“Irish Water would like to thank the public for their cooperation and the efforts they have made to conserve water in their homes and gardens over the last week and to appeal to them to continue supporting us in safeguarding water for essential uses,” Mr O’Mahony added.More details at https://www.water.ie/support/drought-support/ Linkedin WhatsApp Print Facebook Previous articleTop Fianna Fáil councillor will reject Green coalition dealNext articleLimerick Post Show | Kilkee prepares for Summer Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.iecenter_img Email NewsEnvironmentEight Limerick water supplies hit by droughtBy Staff Reporter – June 26, 2020 542 Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Expectations shape reality, but doggone it, this wasn’t what we were expecting!

first_imgLast year, we lost Stormy, our sweet 11-year-old lab, to cancer. So my husband Mike and I started talking about getting a companion for Jack, our 10-year-old labradoodle. We had even thrown around some cute names for our new addition like Alesh, Stella, Jameson, Henry, Ireland. We agreed that the new addition would be: Medium-sized, three to five years old, potty-trained, and well-behaved.Then, we just waited for those expectations to be met. They were great expectations, to be sure, just like we experience every day in the business world. But, were they too great?Looking for opportunity in the right placesSince I volunteer at an animal shelter, I had been keeping my eyes open for the right dog. I arrived for my shift on a pretty spring Saturday afternoon and as soon as our eyes met, I knew she was the one! Turns out, an Animal Control Officer (ACO) found this lovely dog the day before. Her nails were painted bright red, she had a pretty pink collar on, but she had the saddest eyes I’ve ever seen. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Indikator poll shows dip in trust, high health focus for govt’s COVID-19 response

first_imgA recent survey by Jakarta-based public opinion pollster Politik Indonesia shows that the economic impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic have caused a declining trend in public trust.Indikator executive director Burhanuddin Muhtadi said that the “significant” waning of public trust in government could be a result of the economic impacts of the health crisis, which had prompted regional administrations to enforce months of quarantine, social distancing and restrictions on economic activities.”When I conducted the regression analysis, I found that the worsening economic condition greatly impacted the public trust in democratic institutions,” Burhanuddin told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.Regression analysis basically examines the cause-and-effect relationship between a dependent variable and a set of independent variable; it is called “regression” because the method uses historical data.The survey, conducted between May 16 and 18, involved 1,200 respondents across Indonesia regarding their level of trust in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, the House of Representatives (DPR), the Regional Representatives Council (DPD), the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), the Indonesian Military (TNI), the National Police and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).Compared to Indikator’s previous survey in February, the latest survey shows a dip in public trust. However, the survey’s respondents generally trusted the government, with at least 60 percent checking “strongly trust” or “somewhat trust” in their responses.Read also: Indonesia records spike in COVID-19 cases as govt eases restrictionsThe President’s approval rating remained relatively high at 82.8 percent, dropping by 9.4 percentage points from 92.2 percent in the February survey.The May survey also showed growing dissatisfaction in the government’s COVID-19 response and democracy in general, but not Jokowi.The May survey showed that trust in the DPR declined 14.5 percentage points from 74.6 percent in February to 60.1 percent. Trust in the DPD fared a little better, declining 11.1 percentage points from 74.6 percent to 63.5 percent in May, while trust in the MPR dipped 7 percentage points from 79.1 percent to 72.1 percent.Among law and security institutions, the KPK recorded the lowest level of trust, declining 6.6 percentage points from 81.3 percent to 74.7 percent, followed by the National Police recording a decline of 6.2 percentage points from 85.6 percent to 79.4 percent.The TNI recorded the highest level of trust but saw the largest decline, dipping 9.9 percentage points from 95.4 percent to 85.5 percent.Meanwhile, 74.1 percent of respondents indicated trust in the judiciary, which was not covered in the February survey.Regarding the economic variable, 81 percent of respondents perceived the economic condition in May as “bad”, the worst response recorded since 2004. Indikator’s 2015 survey was the second worst, with 47.9 percent rating the economy as “bad”.Indonesia’s economy grew 2.97 percent in the first quarter of 2020, the lowest since 2001, as household spending and investment growth slowed in response to the outbreak.Read also: COVID-19: Jokowi urges ministry to reach out to poor families amid uneven aid distributionThe World Bank recently revised its growth projection to zero percent for Indonesia if it implemented the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) for two months amid the severe global economic slowdown and falling commodity prices. It also projected economic shrinkage of 3.5 percent in the worst-case scenario of the PSBB lasting four months.In response to the economic impacts of the health crisis, the government has proceeded with its plan for gradually transitioning to its “new normal” phase in June. The plan involves easing the PSBB and cautiously reopening the economy with strict health protocols in certain regions, including the nation’s capital and COVID-19 epicenter of Jakarta.”The government responded with the ‘new normal’ measure because the economy would be devastated if the strict PSBB measures were to continue. On the other hand, the middle class is urging to continue [with] the PSBB because the previous attempts had [not] succeeded in mitigating the [outbreak],” said Burhanuddin.The May survey showed that 60.7 percent of respondents believed that the government should prioritize public health in its COVID-19 response, whereas 33.9 percent said the government should prioritize the economy.”We should find a solution. If the economy is hit severely, democracy will also be damaged as well. However, the government should not rush to implement the new normal by sacrificing public health,” Burhanuddin said.As of Thursday, Indonesia reported 979 new cases to bring the cumulative total to 35,295 confirmed cases, with 12,636 recovered and 2,000 deaths.Topics :last_img read more

LIVE: Uganda vs Congo Brazzaville at Mandela Stadium

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Standings  P W D L F A PtsEgypt              1   1    0  0 2 1  3Ghana            1   0    1  0 0 0  1Uganda          1   0   1   0 0 0  1Congo             1   0   0  1 1 2   0LIVE FEED#MujjeTulumbe Tweets LIVE: CRANES LIKELY LINE-UP: 1 Robert Odongkara (GK), 12 Denis Iguma, 2 Joseph Ochaya, 4 Murushid Jjuuko, 5 Isaac Isinde, 6 Tony Mawejje, 8 Khalid Aucho, 13 Moses Oloya, 10 William Luwagga Kizito, 17 Farouk Miya, 11 Geoffrey Massa (C).Group ESaturdayUganda v Congo Brazzaville 4pmSundayEgypt v Ghana 7pmUganda Cranes, already off to a great start to their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign, face a nervy 9o minutes against Congo Brazzaville today without their first choice goalkeeper Denis Onyango.Other than Onyango, Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic is expected to maintain the squad that stunned Ghana by holding them 0-0 away in their opening match last month.last_img read more

Parliament tees off to support the world of golf

first_img England Golf has welcomed the creation of an All-Party Parliamentary Group to support the game of golf. All-Party Groups comprise Members of both Houses of Parliament and all political parties who support specific interests.  The Golf Group’s first meeting will be held on Tuesday 19 January 2016 in the Houses of Parliament. Rod Findlay, England Golf’s Director of Strategy and Governance, said: “England Golf welcomes the establishment of the All-Party Golf Group. Golf is the fifth largest sport in the country by participation and makes a huge sporting, social and economic contribution. We look forward to working with the Officers and Members of the Group to give golf a greater presence in Parliament and with Government”. As well as Lords and MPs, the Group welcomes non-Parliamentarians as Associate Members, and invites organisations, clubs, and individuals to join the Group and attend meetings and provide their thoughts on various issues and any regulation that impacts on the sport. To coincide with the launch of the Group, the website www.parliamentary.golf has been created and anyone interested in becoming an Associate Member can join by visiting the relevant page or can sign up to the Group’s news announcements.  The Group has also created the twitter account @ParliamentGolf. The Group’s Chairman is Lincoln’s MP Karl McCartney who said: “I am delighted to be a part of this new Group.  Golf is a sport enjoyed by everyone, and many of them are my constituents, but there is more that can be done to ensure the opportunities to play are there and barriers to being involved are removed.  I am very much looking forward to welcoming Members of all parties into the Group and holding our first meeting in the New Year.” Stephen Gethins, MP for North East Fife – home of The R&A – is Vice-Chairman of the Group.  He welcomed the creation of the Group as a vehicle for economic development as well as sport participation.  He said “Golf is incredibly important to the economy in North East Fife and elsewhere. It is also a fantastic way for people to be active, keep fit and play competitive and recreational sport.  We have a great professional game in the United Kingdom, and it is important that we recognise the local benefits major tournaments can bring and ensure that those benefits are passed on to all in the game.” 18 Dec 2015 Parliament tees off to support the world of golf last_img read more


first_imgD’AMATO SENDS OUT TWO IN EDDIE D. STAKESPhil D’Amato, in pursuit of his third consecutive training title having won Santa Anita’s Summer Meet and the recent Del Mar crown, has entered Hunt and Toowindytohaulrox in Friday’s opening day headliner, the Grade III, $100,000 Eddie D. Stakes which will be run in two divisions for three-year-olds and up at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.“Hunt’s doing really well,” D’Amato said of the four-year-old Irish-bred gelding owned by Michael House. “We’ve been pointing to this race for a couple months, he’s four for five down the hill and he’ll be ready to go.“Toowindy, he likes this down the hill configuration also. He comes from way out of it, so if there’s a lot of speed in there, he’ll have a good shot. He’s also doing well.”The Eddie D. is named for one of the game’s greatest riders, Hall of Fame member Eddie Delahoussaye, who will be on hand to present a trophy to the winning connections.“I don’t know him that well,” D’Amato said of the ever-popular Cajun, who turned 65 last Wednesday, “but I watched him for a long time growing up and he was one of my favorite riders. I don’t think anybody could rally like he did.“He’d cut the turn coming into the stretch, angle out and nail them all. I’ve seen that move so many times. Receiving the winning trophy from him would be special.” CHROME, BEHOLDER HOLD AUDIENCE ON SATURDAYCHANDELIER’S ZAPPERKAT NO SURPRISE TO BALTASD’AMATO: WINNING THE EDDIE D. WOULD BE SPECIALSONGBIRD AND NYQUIST ARE DUE HOME TOMORROW RACING ROYALTY CHROME, BEHOLDER AT SANTA ANITA OCT. 1            King California Chrome and queen Beholder, two members of racing’s reigning royalty, will descend from their lofty pedestals Saturday to greet their adoring audiences, California Chrome performing in the Awesome Again Stakes and Beholder the Zenyatta Stakes, in which she will seek an unprecedented fourth victory.            California Chrome eyes his sixth straight win in the Awesome Again. The 2014 Horse of the Year arrived Sunday from his Los Alamitos headquarters and is rarin’ to go for the Awesome Again when entries for the mile and a one eighth race are taken tomorrow.“He galloped this morning; he’s a beast,” said Alan Sherman, son of and assistant to trainer Art Sherman. “He’s ready to roll. A small field doesn’t matter to me. Just a clean, safe trip and I’ll be happy.”Beholder, winner of 13 of 14 races at Santa Anita and 17 of 24 overall, galloped a mile and 5/8 Tuesday morning after which trainer Richard Mandella declared all systems go for the Zenyatta, which the six-year-old mare won in 2013, 2014 and again last year.For fillies and mares three and up, the Zenyatta will be decided at 1 1/16 miles and is expected to attract 2015 Eclipse Award winner as outstanding three-year-old filly Stellar Wind, who upset Beholder in the Grade I Clement L. Hirsch at Del Mar July 30.The Awesome Again and the Zenyatta are two of five Grade I, “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup Challenge events on the second day of Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet.Santa Anita hosts the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for an unprecedented ninth time on Nov. 4 and 5.Should Beholder win the Zenyatta, she would become the first four-time winner of the race and if she went on to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 4, she would be the first horse to win three Breeders’ Cup races on dirt.The Awesome Again is named for the winner of Canada’s premier three-year-old race, the Queen’s Plate, which Awesome Again captured in 1997 in addition to the Jim Dandy.Frank Stronach, Founder and Honorary Chairman of The Stronach Group and multiple Eclipse Award-winning owner/breeder, saw his homebred Awesome Again go undefeated in six starts at age four, capping his sensational career by winning the 1998 Breeders’ Cup Classic.Supplementing the headline events will be the FrontRunner Stakes for two-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles; the Chandelier Stakes for two-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles; and the Rodeo Drive Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 ¼ miles on Santa Anita’s renovated turf course.Victory gives the winning horse in each race a fees paid berth to its respective Breeders’ Cup event.Next Saturday, Oct. 8, the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship for three year olds and up at six furlongs will serve as a springboard to the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 5.Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet starts this Friday, Sept. 30 and concludes on Sunday, Nov. 6. First post time opening day is 1 p.m. First post Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2, will be 12:30 p.m. ZAPPERKAT TRAINING WELL FOR CHANDELIER STAKESZapperkat may have surprised some folks when she won her debut by 5 ¼ lengths at 12-1, but not her trainer.“No,” said Richard Baltas, who conditions the two-year-old daughter of 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper for J K Racing LLC and Bruce Chandler. “She was always training very well. We thought a lot of her from the start.”Zapperkat won Aug. 20 at first asking going six furlongs from the rail in a field of nine at Del Mar under Norberto Arroyo Jr., who retains the mount for Saturday’s Chandelier Stakes.“We were worried about the rail that day,” Baltas said, “but a lot of horses went to the front. We sat behind and she rated behind the speed, closed like a nice horse and galloped out real strong.”Zapperkat was sold for $27,000 at last year’s September Keeneland sale, but Baltas and his connections ultimately made the original purchaser an offer he couldn’t refuse.“The horse went through the ring at $27,000,” Baltas said. “Ten minutes later, we offered the guy $45,000 and we had a deal.” FINISH LINES: Undefeated superstar filly Songbird, dazzling as ever in winning the Grade I, $1 million Cotillion at Parx Saturday for her 11th straight triumph, was due back at her Santa Anita base Wednesday to prepare for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita Nov. 4. “She was more relaxed and sat off the pace,” said Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, who trains the three-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro for Rick Porter. “She seems to be getting better and doesn’t have to have the lead. She showed everybody that.” Immediate plans for Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist were undecided after his sixth-place finish in the Pennsylvania Derby at Parx, also Saturday. Leandro Mora of Team O’Neill said Nyquist would return to California Wednesday and that the son of Uncle Mo came out of the race in good shape. “Doug (O’Neill) and Paul (Reddam) will meet next week to discuss what’s next for Nyquist,” Mora said . . . Travers winner Arrogate, one of five horses Bob Baffert has nominated to the Awesome Again, worked four furlongs Tuesday in 48.20 breezing under Rafael Bejarano. Baffert also sent Chandelier nominee Noted And Quoted five furlongs in a bullet 59.40 . . . Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to long-time agent of the stars Vince DeGregory, 84, who underwent back surgery this morning at USC Hospital . . . Agent Brandon O’Bryan has taken the book of jockey Jose Verenzuela . . . Santa Anita offers attractive and appealing guaranteed exotic wagering pools during the Autumn Meet, notably: $300,000 Late Pick 4 on opening day; $750,000 Late Pick 4 and $100,000 Pick 6 this Saturday, Oct. 1; $500,000 Late Pick 4 and $100,000 Pick Six Sunday. Oct. 2; $300,000 Late Pick 4 Thursdays, Fridays and Monday, Oct. 10 following opening weekend; and $500,000 Late Pick 4 and $100,000 Pick 6 Saturdays and Sundays following opening weekend . . . ShowVivor, Santa Anita’s popular free handicapping contest, returns opening day and continues through the Autumn Meet, with $2,500 to the winner. Visit santaanita.com for details.last_img read more

We cannot take Leicester lightly – boss

first_imgInterim boss Roberto Di Matteo says Chelsea cannot afford to take Leicester City lightly in this weekend’s FA Cup clash.Chelsea were taken to a replay by Birmingham in the previous round and Di Matteo insists another encounter with Championship opposition will provide his players with a real test.He said: “We’ve got the players to focus on Leicester. We’ve seen how difficult our path has been so far – with Birmingham we had a replay.“The players are aware that we need to perform to a very high level to go through again. In the FA Cup you have always got to expect the unexpected.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

A skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path

first_imgNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN OUTCOME 5In 2030, higher education and vocational training in South Africa produces highly skilled graduates, ready to meet both the present and future needs of economy and society.   •  Overview•  Document downloads•  Quality basic education•  Health care for all•  Safety & freedom from fear•  Economy & employment•  A skilled workforce•  Economic infrastructure•  Vibrant rural communities•  Sustainable human settlements•  Accountable local government•  Natural environment•  South Africa in the world•  Efficient public service•  Inclusive social protection•  Nation building, social cohesion  A skilled workforce – DownloadsFind out more about the National Development Plan.• National Development Plan – full text• National Development Plan – Chapter 9: Improving education, training and innovation• Medium-Term Strategic Framework 2014 to 2019 – Outcome 5: A skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path• New Growth Path: National Skills Accord• Infographic: Improving education, training and innovationA skilled workforce – The visionThe National Development Plan’s vision is that, in 2030, South Africa’s education, training and innovation system caters for different needs and produces highly skilled individuals. Graduates of universities and technical and vocational colleges have the skills and knowledge to meet both the present and future needs of economy and society.Innovation introduces new products to the market and ensures goods and services are produced more efficiently. Research and development is significantly expanded. Collaboration across the South African education system and with internationally accredited institutions leads to higher levels of innovation.The different parts of the education system work together, allowing learners to take different pathways to high-quality learning opportunities. There are clear linkages between schools, further education and training colleges, universities of technology, universities and other education providers. There are also clear linkages between education and training and the world of work.Lifelong learning and continuous professional development build the capabilities of both citizens and society.By 2030:• The college system has been expanded with a focus on improving quality. Better quality will build confidence in the college sector and attract more learners. The recommended participation rate of 25% would accommodate about 1.25-million enrolments.• Provide 1-million learning opportunities through Community Education and Training Centres.• Improve the throughput rate to 80% by 2030.• Produce 30 000 artisans per year.• Increase enrolment at universities by at least 70% by 2030 so that enrolments increase to 1.62-million from 950 000 in 2010.• Increase the number of students eligible to study towards maths- and science-based degrees to 450 000 by 2030.• Increase the percentage of PhD-qualified staff in the higher education sector from the current 34% to over 75% by 2030.• Produce more than 100 doctoral graduates per million per year by 2030 – an increase from 1420 in 2010 to well over 5 000 a year.• Expand science, technology and innovation outputs by increasing research and development spending by government and through encouraging industry to do so.A skilled workforce – The challengesCurrent participation in post-school education and training is limited, insufficient for the skills needs of the economy and society. It is also skewed towards university education, which few students that can attend. Three times as many students enter universities as enrol in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges. This is not sustainable if South Africa’s skills needs are to be met.About 1-million young people leave school every year, many without completing matric. Half leave school with only a Grade 11 qualification. But only a small number of those leaving school enrol in TVET colleges or have any post-school education.The university sector is not an alternative for these students, and those who do make it to universities face challenges forcing them to drop out.Few of those who do get post-school education are properly prepared for the workplace, often because of the poor quality of their training.The poor quality of the public schools system has transferred the problem to an ill-equipped university system that is failing to cope with the increased number of students and demands for academic support. The net effect is a system that is not able to produce the number and quality of graduates needed by the economy.A skilled workforce – Action requiredThe TVET system has to grow substantially to be responsive to changing labour-market and individual needs, and yet be flexible enough to address skills imbalances and shortages. This requires a responsive properly planned and effective technical and vocational education and training system.The priority should first be to stabilise the system, while providing clarity about its vision and role in the post-school education and training system. This should be supported by the availability of qualified lecturers, a suitable legal framework, strong partnerships with industry and social partners.Specific action includes:• Support the development of specialised programmes in universities focusing on training college lecturers and provide funding for universities to conduct research on the vocational education sector.• Build the capacity of FET and TVET colleges to become preferred institutions for vocational education and training. Learners should be able to choose the vocational pathway before completing Grade 12. Expand the geographical spread of vocational training institutions.• Build a strong relationship between the college sector and industry. Setas – Sector Education and Training Authorities – have a crucial role in building relationships between education institutions and employers.A skilled workforce – Key medium-term goals for 2019South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following sub-outcomes to achieve a skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path.• A credible institutional mechanism for labour market and skills planning• Increase access and success in programmes leading to intermediate and high level learning• Increase access to high-level occupationally directed programmes in needed areas• Increase access to occupationally-directed programmes in needed areas and thereby expand the availability of intermediate level skills with a special focus on artisan skillsA skilled workforce – Key medium-term targets for 2019South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following targets to achieve a skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path.GRAPHIC: MARY ALEXANDERResearched, edited and compiled by Mary AlexanderUpdated December 2015last_img read more

SoundHound: A Music App That Could Change Mobile Search

first_imgLarry Marcus is one investor with the ability to turn good core technology into consumer success. Five years ago he helped change the mathematical algorithm of the Music Genome Project into music sensation Pandora. Today, Marcus’ work with Melodis’ Sound2Sound Search Science is already celebrating market success with music identifying application SoundHound. ReadWriteWeb caught up with Marcus to hear about his latest project. At first glance, Melodis’ SoundHound is a Shazam Encore competitor with faster search functionality. Both services are among the top paid iPhone applications, both cost $5 dollars and both allow users to find songs, scan lyrics and read artist bios. Nevertheless, in addition to allowing users to identify songs from ambient background music, sung lyrics, spoken word and text-based search, SoundHound also lets you listen to music through your own iTunes library or Pandora account. With SoundHound you can capture FM radio, identify a song and create a Pandora internet radio station within seconds. And while each of these features are impressive, what we’re really excited about is SoundHound’s plans for the future. Tags:#NYT#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dana oshiro The Underlying TechnologyExplains Marcus, “Most sound recognition technology converts speech to text in order to identify similarities. Sound2Sound (SoundHound’s core technology) converts text and speech to phonic representations and cross references those. ”The same underlying sound recognition technology that powers SoundHound also makes Melodis’ Voice Dialer application possible. What’s more, Marcus suggests that the technology can have even broader applications. “Music is just one way we’re bringing this core technology to a mass market. It’s a passion project that brings joy to users, but we can expand even further. To start, we believe that the best user interface ever is search.” Meanwhile, Shazam’s core technology is no longer its own. The company sold its search assets to BMI more than 4 years ago to track audio files and enforce royalties for rights owners. While both Shazam and Melodis’ SoundHound remain some of the App Store’s most downloaded products, Shazam’s product expansion is limited by BMI’s control. Marcus believes that SoundHound may just be the tip of the iceberg for Melodis. From bird call recognition, to driver assistance, to voice-activated emergency response, Sound2Sound can expand as far as its engineers can carry it. Given the attention to voice recognition in yesterday’s Bing iPhone application release and the fact that mobile search has become increasingly competitive, we may find Sound2Sound integrated in some unlikely places. To check out SoundHound, download it here.last_img read more

Aussies rule the pool as SA join the party too

first_imgThe swimming quartet of Virdhawal Khade, Anshul Kothari, Arjun Jayaprakash and Aaron D’Souza made history on Monday by becoming the first Indian men’s team to qualify for the 4x100m relay final at the Commonwealth Games.But the team failed to improve on its performance in the final and finished in sixth- place while the Australian swimmers stamped their authority to grab three of the five gold medals at stake.The Indian quartet clocked 3.27.14 seconds in the 4x100m final, which was won by the Australian team with a Commonwealth Games record.Khade, who will shoulder the burden of a majority of India’s hopes, said he was satisfied with the performance but pointed out that he did not exert himself entirely. ” It was good to be become the first Indian team to qualify for the finals and we qualified sixth which is reasonably well,” said the Kolhapur swimmer after the final.”I didn’t give my 100 per cent because our aim was to qualify and we did that,” he added.A reasonable decision considering Khade will be in action again on Tuesday in the 50m butterfly and will compete in four other categories in the following days.But the Olympian expects to come up with better performances in the 100m freestyle and the 100m butterfly which he believes would be his best opportunities for glory.”I am feeling better although I have five more events left in the competition. I will do all that I can but I believe the 100m butterfly and the 100m freestyle are the two events in which I can do better.” Most of the other Indians in the fray found the going really tough against a star- studded field. Badrinath Melkote (27.26 sec) and Subha Chittranjan ( 30.00 sec) managed to reach the semi- finals of the men’s 50m backstroke and the women’s 50m butterfly respectively, but lacked the experience and the expertise to push ahead.advertisementAustralian Olympic champion Kylie Palmer started the flurry of medals as she eclipsed both the Games record and her personal best to tough home in 1.57.50 sec in the 200m freestyle to grab the first gold medal for her team.Palmer finished ahead of Wales’ Jazz Carlin ( 1.58.29 sec) and England’s Rebecca Adlington whose late surge helped her clock in at 1.58.47 sec.In the men’s 400m freestyle, it turned out to be a thrilling finish with Australian Ryan Napolean just falling short of the pole position as Canadian Ryan Cochrane’s late charge saw him move ahead – a lead he maintained to finish first with a timing of 3.48.48 sec.Napolean ( 3.48.59 sec), who was slapped with a three- month ban for testing positive for a banned substance earlier this year, had to remain content with a secondplace finish ahead of Scotland’s Darry Carry ( 3.50.06sec).Alicia Couts brought home the second gold for Australia in the record time of 2.09.7 sec in the women’s 200m individual medley.Emily Seebohm, 18, of Australia grabbed the silver medal while Canadian Julia Wilkinson ( 2.12.09sec) came in third.South African Chad Guy Detrand Le Clos made the most of the absence of Australian Nick D’Arcy, who failed to qualify for the 200m butterfly final, and broke the Games record clocking in at 1.56.48sec to win the gold, while Englishman Michael Rock ( 1.57.15sec) and Canadian Stefan Hirniak ( 1.57.26sec) followed him in the second and third place respectively. In the 4x100m final for men’s relay, Australia clinched the gold, while England came in second.last_img read more