first_imgDS Environmental Services in conjunction with Intertrade Ireland have teamed up with Queen’s University Belfast in an effort to combat the hospitality industry’s increasing problems & costs with Fats, Oils and Greases that so often cause blockages in the nations drains & pipes.Tighter regulations controlling the management of grease trap waste has caused the disposal of the problematic substance to soar in cost, forcing further stress onto an industry already under pressure.The environmental company based in Letterkenny, Donegal “are developing this programme to help lower costs which we can pass onto our customers in Donegal and the Northwest as we understand how people are looking for value in these difficult times” says Denis Sherdian, owner of DS Environmental. To show how serious they are taking this project, DS Environmental Services ltd have recruited Chemical Engineer, Joe Wilson, to work closely with the QUESTOR Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, to investigate innovative new methods of processing grease trap waste in an environmentally friendly manner, while reducing the overall cost to the hospitality industry.DS Environmental Services continue striving towards improving the services on offer to their customers and for full details of their services check out or phone 074 9139522 DONEGAL ENVIRONMENTAL COMPANY TEAMS UP WITH QUEENS UNIVERSITY was last modified: May 30th, 2012 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:DS EnvironmentalQueens University Belfastlast_img read more

Chef cooks up a way out of trouble

first_imgKelvin Joel (far right) and his group of student chefs at the food garden at the Westbury Youth Center. (Image: Johannesburg Culinary and Pastry School) There is nothing like someone who has done wrong and then turns his life around and does something right to make sure future generations do not walk he path he walked.Such a person is Kelvin Joel, pastry chef, co-owner of the Johannesburg Culinary and Pastry School, and recipient of the South African Chefs Association’s 2010 Achievement Award.A youngster with no guidance, Joel got mixed up in drugs in his youth. But he is now making sure the youngsters in his home suburb of Westbury, in western Johannesburg, do not get enticed by the allure of selling drugs to escape poverty.“Everyone who lived there had challenges at home and school,” he said, “even the community itself. I got an opportunity to change my life.”Joel started his Chefs Project in 2013 to give these and other troubled youth an opportunity to change their lives through cooking, if they wanted to do so. “Basically, cheffing changed my life. There are youngsters out there who would also like to do it, but don’t have the opportunity. So we want to create the opportunity for them to excel.“We just try to guide them to make it easier for them to understand. In the fast-paced industry everyone just works to get their job done, and interns don’t get a chance to ask questions. Now they can see if they really want to be a chef, acquire a skill and then have something to sell.”Watch Joel at explain his childhood and the origins of the Johannesburg Culinary and Pastry School :Are you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Why The Brain Behind Hadoop Left Yahoo

first_imgEarlier this morning the Internet was buzzing with news first reported by The New York Times Bits blog: Doug Cutting was leaving Yahoo. In specific, he was leaving Yahoo for Cloudera, a small startup.Cutting was one of Yahoo’s best and brightest, especially in the area of search and software infrastructure. He got to work on the largest installation of his wildly successful software Hadoop, an open source solution for dealing with huge data sets. Both Yahoo and Cloudera use Hadoop, so the work is the same on the most basic level. Why would he leave to join a 20-person team at a young company?Blame Bing?The gut reaction of many, including Ashlee Vance in her his Bits post, was to speculate about the effect that the Microsoft-Yahoo search deal had. With Bing now in charge and Yahoo search gutted, was it the reason behind Cutting’s departure?In a phone conversation, Cloudera CEO Mike Olson staunchly denied any connection with the deal. He stated that the discussions with Yahoo about Cuttings move predated the search deal announcement. While Yahoo representatives were unavailable to confirm the claim, Yahoo will definitely continue to do much of the work with Hadoop that was Cutting’s job, even if Bing is now front-and-center. In other words, the deal doesn’t affect him that drastically. But if it wasn’t the Microsoft-Yahoo search deal that caused Cutting to depart, then what was it? The Question of ScaleBoth Yahoo and Cloudera use Hadoop for mission critical work. The latter built an entire business around it, and for Yahoo it’s become key to their operations. The difference is in scale. In his blog post explaining the move, Cutting specifically states that he joined Yahoo in order to get the resources needed to scale the system so it could process the full Web. Today, Yahoo uses what it claims is the largest implementation of Hadoop in the world, and a lot of work that goes into it revolves around the scaling problems that so many clusters bring. Cloudera, on the other hand, is a relatively young startup working with a greater variety of clients. “Going forward, Cloudera presents an opportunity to work with a wider range of Hadoop users,” Cutting said.A Proving Ground for HadoopWorking with Cloudera might mean working on a smaller scale, but it presents the opportunity just about every passionate developer wants: an exciting (and potentially profitable) proving ground for their work. And while Cutting lauded his peers at Yahoo, he’s moving on to work with ex-Google and Facebook engineers, some of the best minds in the business. That kind of proving ground is the appeal that a startup like Cloudera has for a developer like Cutting, and it’s what serial entrepreneurs get addicted to. Photo by Tim Bray, via Wikipedia Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#news IT + Project Management: A Love Affair steven wallingcenter_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Twitter Data & the Future of TweetDeck

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Data Services#Interviews#NYT#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market An Interview With TweetDeck Founder Iain DodsworthA small startup company called InfoChimps released for sale yesterday three very large sets of data extracted from 500 million Twitter messages. Included in the offering are the senders and recipients of 1 billion @ messages, Retweets and Favorites. We wrote in-depth about the release late last night. This morning we interviewed Iain Dodsworth, creator of the most popular Twitter client, TweetDeck, about the value he might find in that data and the direction he’s aiming to take TweetDeck in the future. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Dodsworth: Straight off the bat – an archive of tweets could form the basis of a profiler and that’s very interesting. Sentiment analysis (which I am ALL over) requires that kind of base corpus.RWW: InfoChimps isn’t releasing full text yet, but they would do a custom slice if you wanted it.Dodsworth: It’s the historical element that a large number of services are missing and where they will fall flat – analysis based on the last few hundreds tweets is almost pointless.RWW: I’m curious what “a profiler” might mean to you and what this data could help make possible in those terms.Dodsworth: For me a true profiler would be akin to the holy grail – we would analyse who a person converses with, who RTs them the most, essentially all interactions. Then we would track activity metrics (how many tweets sent, replies) and then we would analyse language patterns (usage of certain words) to ascertain how they express themselves and pinpoint sentiment. Off the top of my head this could lead to elements of intention prediction and I’m steering TweetDeck to have this kind of very very basic Artificial Intelligence at its heart.I’m currently researching intent predicition inside high frequency trading systems and it’s fascinating and could directly relate to TweetDeck and social media systems/services in general.[Dodsworth’s background is in developing for financial services, at places like Prudential Financial and PricewaterhouseCoopers.]RWW: What would intention prediction look like in this context? On twitter?Dodsworth: At its most basic if TweetDeck could predict what the user was probably about to require next, based on current activity, then it could start to collate that data in the background – cross twitter/facebook/linkedin data for example. I’m looking at it right now from a cross-service data gathering perspective where our servers do the gathering and hopefully get around the issues of API limits for example.This is based on future functionality we’re mapping out now which is a lot more complex than looking at someone’s profile or seeing how many RTs one of your tweets has.I’m thinking the scope is full social graph rather than just twitter/facebook.RWW: I guess I’m having a hard time imagining “what the user was probably about to require next, based on current activity, then TweetDeck could start to collate that data in the background – cross twitter/facebook/linkedin data for example” might look like. Like, if I’m looking at a person’s profile, I’d probably like to see their LinkedIn data?Dodsworth: Good example…or see how a certain person you’re tweeting with right now stacks up against “similar” people you’ve spoken to – a box could pop up mid-conversation and give you a tonne of metrics on this person. How full of [crap] are they? Are they a social media guru? Would you be wise to tell this person anything sensitive? Based on previous language patterns, is the person you’re tweeting with right now probably lying? A bit out there but possible in theory. marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts last_img read more

Hyderabad youth dies after rave party in Goa

first_imgA 24-year-old youth from Hyderabad, who had arrived with a friend last week, died due to suspected overdose after partying at a rave club in Anjuna, in North Goa on Sunday, the police said on Monday.Police identified the deceased as Shashank Sharma and said he was partying till Sunday afternoon. “The deceased is from Hyderabad. He felt uneasy after he left the club, following which he was referred to the Goa Medical College Hospital in Bambolim in North Goa, where he expired late on Sunday,” a police spokesperson said. Police sources said that before he died, Sharma told his friend that he had taken a tablet at the club after which he felt uneasy.last_img