Retails sales boosted by hot weather

first_imgRetail sales in the UK jumped by 1.1% in July from the previous month, boosted by hot weather.The rise, reported by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), meant sales were up 3% compared with last year – the fastest annual rise since January 2011.The ONS figures are based on a survey of 5,000 retailers around the UK.Within the food sector, the quantity bought in July 2013 increased by 2.1% compared with July 2012. This was the highest increase since April 2011.last_img

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Soldier and police woman crowned 2013 Milo Marathon Champions

first_imgAn army officer Alhaji Mohammed Kassim beat his Kenyan rival and defending champion Alex Kimeli while Elizabeth Bortsor, 22, a police officer, successfully defended her title in style.Men’s raceAfter placing second in 2010 and 2011, Alhaji Mohammed Kassim displayed a spirited performance at the 27th edition of the Accra Milo Marathon, to make Ghana proud, as he wrestled the title from his closest rival from Kenya, Alex Kimeli.Mohammed, 29, ran alongside eight elite runners including Alex Kimeli and Akakiya Atampiro, who were second and third respectively. He ran with seven other main contenders at a furious pace immediately the race judge signalled them to action. The elite bunch of runners successfully completed the grueling 42km distance from Nungua Barrier to Dansoman round about (suburbs in Accra).“It took a lot of training and determination, to beat the Kenyan, I was just waiting for the right time to change into my 5th gear” said Mohammed, who is also a soldier with the Ghana Air force.The army officer alternated between the 8th and 7th position for most part of the race, whilst the defending champion Alex Kimeli stayed comfortable in the lead. Most of the spectators and pundits who watched Alex in action last year did not anticipate any change in the status quo, as they watched and cheered. “He’ll win again, these Kenyans they are long distance champions” said one of the spectators, in response to a question about his expectation of the final outcome.Mohammed moved into the 7th position at Cede House, at ‘Novotel’ he placed 6th, at High Street he was 4th, just before ‘Tudu’, Mohammed gained grounds on the champion. At Korle-Bu, Alex‘s lead was under siege as Mohammed and Atampiro chased on. At Dansoman First Light, about 3km to finish line, the two time runner up (2010,2011) had his ‘eureka moment’ after overtaking Alex, as he sped to his first win, with a time of 1:27:11 seconds.“I was in pain, very serious pain when he (Mohammed) passed me, because of my foot wear”, said Alex Kimeli, after the race. When asked why he decided to use a faulty foot wear for such an important race, “I gave my main foot wear to a friend to compete abroad”, he said.last_img read more

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Undefeated: Eureka High girls soccer claims NCS D-I championship, finishes season 19-0

first_imgGrace Plessinger found the back of the net from 25-yards out to give the Loggers an early 1-0 advantage and the Eureka High girls soccer team captured a North Coast Section Division-I championship with a 4-1 win over visiting Arcata, Saturday night at Albee Stadium.“This championship has been four years in the making,” Eureka head coach Andy Salatnay said. “Its a strong finish to the season and it’s all because of the remarkable effort from our girls.”Eureka (19-0) beat Arcata (14-8-1) twice …last_img read more

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Flagellar Swimmers Attain Mechanical Nirvana

first_imgThose little germs that scientists love, E. coli – you know, the ones with the flagella that intelligent-design folk get all excited about – well, they move through the water pretty efficiently with those high-tech outboard motors of theirs.  Some Pennsylvania physicists reporting in PNAS1 measured the “swimming efficiency of bacterium Escherichia coli” and concluded, “The propulsive efficiency, defined as the ratio of the propulsive power output to the rotary power input provided by the motors, is found to be ~ 2%, which is consistent with the efficiency predicted theoretically for a rigid helical coil.”  An engineer can’t get much more efficient than that, in other words, even in theory.  Later in the paper, they summarized, “The measured [epsilon: i.e., propulsive efficiency] is close to the maximum efficiency for the given size of the cell body and the shape of the flagellar bundle.”    That efficiency rating is the overall measurement for the package.  Many bacteria have multiple flagella, however, and ascertaining the individual contributions of each component, and the subtle hydrodynamic interactions between them, is a difficult task.  They did, however, assess the length of the flagellum as a factor in the optimal performance, and concluded that “flagella are as long as required to maximize its propulsive efficiency.”2    They measured the swimming efficiency by capturing single bacteria in “optical tweezers” and putting them into a measured rate of flow.  The work was edited by Howard Berg of Harvard, a pioneer of flagellum research (see his 1999 article on Physics Today).1Chattopadhyay, Moldovan, Yeung and Wu, “Swimming efficiency of bacterium Escherichia coli,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0602043103, published online before print September 5, 2006.2For a dazzling animation showing how the flagellum tip is constructed, see the video link from our 11/02/2005 entry.  Fast-forward to 18:20.  How does it know when to stop growing?  There must be feedback from the growing tip to the control mechanism in the cell body.Man-made outboard motors are stubby-shaped, loud, polluting, inefficient monstrosities that generate huge wakes.  Since the bacteria have already mastered propulsive efficiency, maybe this will inspire some boat builder to do a little biomimetics.  We should see if flagellar construction scales up to human proportions and maintains the efficiency rating.  If so, lakefront property owners would love them for it.    Too bad we can’t ask the little critters how they came up with this technology.  It wouldn’t help anyway, probably.  All they would say is, “Dunno; we’re just the customer.”(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Startup Priorities: Is Design More Important Than Engineering?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… We are all told to never judge a book by its cover, but let’s face it, when we find ourselves at an ugly website, we automatically make assumptions about the quality of the services that site provides. A topic we have begun to cover more often, and one that we strongly believe in, is the importance of design for startups. In the last several weeks we’ve provided tips and best practices for sign-up buttons and registration processes, as well as an inside look into at Boxee’s user experience overhaul.According to Silicon Valley angel investor Dave McClure, design needs to be one of the top priorities for Internet startups, not an afterthought. These days, as McClure explains in a recent BusinessWeek.com article, the technical expertise it takes to engineer a basic back-end framework is at a much more accessible level than it was in years past, which means payroll dollars can be better spent on masterful designers.“It’s actually pretty easy to write a Web-friendly app or Web site these days,” writes McClure. “But it’s still incredibly difficult to create visually appealing interfaces and, beyond that, to design them in ways that are compelling and engaging, drive calls to action, and are measurably adept at getting more customers to use your products.”While coding languages can be learned through study and practice, having an eye for design is more of an innate talent. This isn’t to say that there aren’t people out there who are code masters and were probably born to practice their craft, or that solid engineering isn’t critical to the success of a startup, but design is a more artistic and creative talent that you either have or you don’t.More importantly, the design of your product is what your users will interact with directly on a day-to-day basis. Opinions will be formed, rightly or wrongly, within seconds of laying eyes on your site and before they even have a chance to put your code to use. So before you go hiring a crack team of code monkeys, make sure to reserve some roster slots for design all-stars.Photo by Flickr user zaphodsotherhead. chris cameron Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Must Have Travel Apps: Tested On A Real Trip

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Android#apps#international#iOS 6 What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement On a trip to San Francisco last week, I invited technology to bring me to my knees. Choosing to surrender my formerly sharp analog city instincts for the purposes of an experiment, I mapped even the simplest of routes on my smartphone, dialed nary a hotel front desk and never once so much as lifted a hand to hail a cab the good ol’ fashioned way. That’s not to say that I needed any of the myriad apps that alternately had me walking the toward my destination and walking into traffic at any given time, but I was curious if relying wholly on my mobile devices would actually make my life easier or just add a layer of electronic hassle.Here’s how my starter pack of travel apps stacked up – from the essential to the ones that made me want to sacrifice my phone to the third rail. 1. Getting Around Made Addictively Easy: UberAs a former Manhattanite and all-around urban power-walker, I don’t take cabs often. But in San Francisco, my constant frustration with the public transportation system drove me to it once or twice – and everyone kept telling me I had to try Uber. “You’ll feel like a gangster,” they said. “You have to order the black car just to see how it feels.” So I did. Not only did it subtract every irritating thing that annoys me about getting a cab to begin with (Vying against fellow city-goers! Arguing about using a credit card! Awkward tipping!) but I felt like a mafia wife. Amazing.2. #Epicfail: Apple Maps In iOS 6At the moment, I use both an iPhone 4S and a Nexus 4, so I thought I’d put Apple’s new Maps to the test. I rarely defend Apple’s software choices, but recently I’d even reassured a few friends that iOS 6 maps wasn’t that bad. Well, I’d like to formally apologize to anyone who listened to me – Maps in iOS 6 is godforsakenly bad. In San Francisco – the technology capitol of the United States – most of the time the app didn’t even properly display the Montgomery, Powell, and Civic Center BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) stations in the middle of downtown. Instead, it always showed the Van Ness Muni (local San Francisco mass transit) station… and the Apple Store, of course. Want bus directions? Forget about it. Enjoy the redirect to a third-party app. I imagine Apple execs have quite a few Uber bills showing up on those expense reports.3. A Lifesaver With Limited Options: Hotel TonightIn a weird turn of events that involved geophysicists taking over SoMA, I had to basically had to hotel-hop for my four nights in San Francisco. After last-minute-ish Airbnb propositions consummately failed me, I turned to Hotel Tonight, which yes, books same-day hotels at deep discounts. I’m a comparison shopping junkie, so Hotel Tonight’s simple, sleek interface and small batch of curated bookings was perfect. The app refreshes with new listings at noon (it sends alterts!), and was perfect for all of my last minute “I’m not sleeping in my rental car” needs. 4. The Essentialest Essential Travel App: YelpYelp has been one of my top three essential apps since… forever. It’s almost a nervoud tic at this point – I can’t actually cross the threshold of any kind of establishment without Yelping it, even in my own city. With reliable user ratings, a robust map view and awesome filters, Yelp will never do you wrong.5. Serendipitous But Superfluous: Field Trip for AndroidI’ve been playing around with this one a bit, and it’s pretty neat if you’re not in a hurry. The app, built by Niantic Labs within Google, is a handy little virtual tour guide that surfaces cool stuff nearby with contextual info. You can teach it what you’re interested in and set up geo-triggered alerts for your stroll through a city. In my case I enabled the Architecture and Historic Places categories and disabled all of the deals and shopping stuff. It’s far from essential, but it’s a neat way to learn cool facts that will come up later on Jeopardy – and it ties into Ingress, Google’s crazy new Augmented Reality game.6. The Best Maps App, Still: Google Maps For AndroidAh, sweet, native Google Maps. The app has always been superior on its home turf, and with Jelly Bean and Google Now it’s better than ever. It’s got it all, turn-by-turn directions, support for public transportation (and biking routes!) and starring locations (akin to dropping a pin) is my favorite way to see where I’ve been and where I’m going.7. Reality Gamification With Occasional Social Utility: FoursquareCall me paranoid, but I don’t open Foursquare unless I’m out of town – it just creeps me out. Since most of my travel is to tech events, Foursquare is suddenly transformed from stalker-bait to a bustling real-life mini-game that helps me find friends – and cut the signal-to-noise ratio when there are multiple events going on and you can’t tell which is the cool one and which is the decoy event for losers. Don’t be fooled- there’s always a decoy event.I may have almost walked into traffic more than a few times while triangulating my position when I wasn’t particularly lost, but I did learn a few things. Whipping out a smartphone can be disruptive, but with smart notifications, dead-simple interfaces and cooler data, the best apps are getting even better at seamlessly weaving themselves into our worlds. Just look both ways before you cross the street.Other handy apps that I didn’t end up using on this trip: Kayak, Airbnb, Lyft, TripAdvisor.San Francisco City Center image courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img taylor hatmaker Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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LOOK: The best volleyball players of UAAP Season 81 feted

first_imgTwo-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Your MVP, @Rondina011 #UAAPSeason81 | @BLozadaINQ pic.twitter.com/pbrzcz69Oj— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) May 15, 2019FEATURED 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, logistics Rondina accepted the MVP and 2nd Best Outside Hitter after leading the Golden Tigresses to a second-best 10-4 record in the eliminations and their first championship appearance since 2011. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP The top players of #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/9W3BbmEKoD— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) May 15, 2019Here are the rest of the winners in the women’s division:Roselyn Doria, 1st Best Middle BlockerMaddie Madayag, 2nd Best Middle BlockerbLai Bendong, Best SetterKat Tolentino, Best Opposite HitterPrincess Robles, Best ServerIn the men’s side of things, Bryan Bagunas was a triple winner taking home the MVP, 2nd Best Outside Hitter, and Best Server.Here are the men’s division awardees:Jude Garcia, 2nd Best Outside HitterJohn Paul Bugaoan, 1st Best Middle BlockerChumason Celestine Njigha, 2nd Best Middle BlockerLawrence Magadia, Best SetterJames Natividad, Best Opposite HitterManuel Sumaguid, Best LiberoAngelo Almendras, Rookie of the Year Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments MOST READ Awardees of UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas’ star duo of Cherry Rondina and Eya Laure officially accepted their individual awards in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: UST pride: Cherry Rondina is UAAP Season 81 MVP, Eya Laure is top RookieADVERTISEMENT Sherpa climber scales Mount Everest for record 23rd timecenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Sisi thanks everyone who helped her throughout #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/C6dKFwN9FR— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) May 15, 2019Laure was named the Rookie of the Year and 1st Best Outside Hitter.The awarding took place before Game 2 of the best-of-three showdown between the Tigresses and Ateneo.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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A cult figure, Paul Sherwen brought cycling to the world

first_img Australian cycling mourns death of much-loved commentator Paul Sherwen Paul Sherwen, cycling broadcaster and former rider, dies aged 62 Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Cycling Read more While the two-wheeled sport has been immensely popular in its European heartland for over a century, in-roads into Australia, the United States and other new frontiers had been slow. But from Sherwen’s first race call until his passing on Sunday aged 62, the commentator has been inextricably linked with the global rise of cycling and its pinnacle event: the Tour de France.Alongside commentary partner Phil Liggett, Sherwen’s dulcet tones have been a long-term companion for cycling fans each July. The duo made their first joint commentary appearance in 1986 while Sherwen was still riding professionally, before he joined Britain’s Channel 4 full-time in 1989. Sherwen and Liggett became the collective voice of the station’s initial forays into cycling, and only two years later the pair’s Tour de France broadcast graced Australian screens via state channel SBS.Their on-air chemistry, racing insight and soliloquies to scenic French chateaus have helped SBS’s coverage of the Tour become a staple of Australian television. With each stage lasting five or six hours, fans in Australia and elsewhere became intimately familiar with Sherwen and Liggett.The duo’s infectious enthusiasm and light humour – together with the Tour de France’s stunning scenic backdrop – have consistently drawn millions of viewers with little interest in cycling itself. For some, hearing Sherwen’s commentary was the first step in a lifelong obsession with the sport.For others the interest remained passive, but they would nevertheless watch cycling for three weeks every year. That a very large class of non-cyclists know the difference between the peloton and a gruppetto, between the maillot jaune and the maillot vert, is largely attributable to Sherwen.The commentator also helped develop domestic cycling in Australia, becoming a permanent fixture at the Tour Down Under – Australia’s first event on the World Tour calendar, now entering its 21st year. Just last week he posted on Twitter that his trip was booked to Adelaide for January 2019. Personable and generous with his time, Sherwen mentored many in the cycling media to develop the next generation of commentators and journalists.When Tour de France organisers decided to expedite generational change last year and replace Sherwen and Liggett with Australian pair Robbie McEwen and Matthew Keenan, a vocal public backlash showed the depth of affection for the duo.Ironically, their removal was also a testament to Sherwen and Liggett’s success developing global understanding of the sport; changing to McEwen and Keenan was seen in part as a move towards more technical commentary for informed cycling fans. Sherwen demonstrated his typical grace in stepping away quietly from centre stage, and providing ample support to his successors. Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Read more Tour de France Australia sport features Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… The Sherwen-Liggett double act also grew a cult following in the United States, providing the soundtrack as Lance Armstrong took the sport mainstream in the early 2000s. While the Texan rider became a pariah following doping revelations, the scandal barely dented Americans’ love of the Tour de France and those two softly-accented British voices that brought it into their homes. Armstrong took to Twitter to offer his condolences, describing Sherwen as “a class act and a great friend.”Even when the world feed swapped commentators, American broadcaster NBC persisted with Sherwen and Liggett. The former’s last call of the race he loved was Geraint Thomas’s unexpected yellow jersey victory in July.When not travelling, Sherwen lived in Kampala, Uganda, and was a vocal supporter of African cycling. He supported South African-registered Team Dimension Data, the first African team in the World Tour, and cheered on Daryl Impey when he became the first African to wear the Tour de France yellow jersey in 2013.Sherwen was also passionate about grass roots cycling, working with charity Bicycles for Humanity to improve access to bicycles across the continent. His absence will be noticeable at the first UCI Road World Championships to take place in Africa, slated for 2025.Sherwen was highly-regarded among the press pack that descends on France annually for the biggest cycling race on the planet. He was known for jovially and repeatedly asking colleagues: “Enjoying the Tour?” Thanks to Sherwen, millions more cycling fans enjoy it every year. Share via Email Support The Guardian Topics Reuse this content During his cycling career, Paul Sherwen liked the hard stuff. Riding for French team La Redoute in the 1980s, the Englishman gained a reputation for his willingness to suffer on grueling climbs. One of his most-memorable performances at the Tour de France, a race he rode seven times and later commentated for three decades, was a six-hour solo breakaway.It was no surprise, then, that Sherwen relished another kind of challenge upon picking up the microphone in the late 1980s: teaching the world to love cycling as much as he did.last_img read more

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