Almost 20 years ago, Eve Ensler, an American, wrote an episodic play called ‘The Vagina Monologues’ at the ‘Off Broadway Westside Theater’, a play that has been successfully staged internationally.Two years after her play rose to fame, she launched a non-profit movement called the V-day with Willa Shalit in 1998. It has raised over US$100 million for groups working to end violence against women and girls through benefits from ‘The Vagina Monologues’.On April 7, 2015 at the Fuzion D’Afrique located in Sinkor, a girls’ organization known as ‘The Association for the Advancement of Liberian Girls (AALG) hosted its fourth annual Vagina Monologues under theme : “Leave My Vagina Alone”.“The real reason why we’re having these monologues is to spread awareness of what is really happening here with the young girls,” stated Salamartu Duncan, one of its organizers.“At our first Monologues, there were about seven people who showed up. The next year we had a few more people and by the third year we had a lot more.”According Vagina Monologues’ Liberia co-organizer Marjean Sherman, each event that has been held so far has earned proceeds that benefit the Liberian girls’ organization.”With (proceeds from) all of the Monologue events, we have been able to build two reading rooms and we want to build six more around the country,” added Marjean,“We also focus on education for the girls. We have a mentoring program through which women who attend the Monologues help to mentor girls from ages six and upwards on sexual awareness,” Marjean stated.#Justice For Hawa CampaignAccording to Salamartu, AALG feels that the Vagina Monologues will help alert women and girls about sexual violence, which she confirmed is rampant.“We know that each and every one of you can help us to stop the sexual violence against women. Ebola has taken over our news, but so has rape cases against girls all under the age of 13. Each was raped and murdered.“So, a group of ladies got together to start a campaign because we are trying to figure out what is happening with these cases and why are so many people raping young girls,” she said.Meanwhile, the Vagina Monologues featured presentations from several personalities including Lisa White, Stephanie Carey, Charlene Perry, Jessie Hamsun and a few others reading monologues that dealt with feminine experiences such as sex, love, rape, menstruation, FGM, masturbation, birth and the multiplicity of names for the vagina.“The word vagina makes people cringe when it is uttered,” acknowledged Salamartu.Special guests who attended the event included More Than Me’s CEO Katie Meyler, Break the Silence head Paul Newman and several other celebrities who say they are interested in knowing what is happening in Liberia.“Here’s a fact about Liberia: 80% of rape victims are under the age of 15, some as young as three years old – babies!” exclaimed Salamartu. “And usually they die when they are raped.“We have the strongest rape laws. If you’re accused of raping somebody, they grab you and put you in jail. But, ehn you know this is Liberia? You go to court and, yeah, yeah yeah…” she said, chiding the system.Paul Newman, who spoke for a new group called Break the Silence says he is in support of any group that wants to battle sexual violence against girls and women.Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassel in a recent statement said she believes that the battle against sexual violence can only be won if Liberian children are given sex education.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The corpse of a 23-year man was discovered suspended high up from a high-tension LEC (Liberia Electricity Corporation) pole in the early hours of yesterday in the slum community of Buzzy Quarter in Monrovia. The deceased, known as Kaleko Kollie, had climbed up there during the wee hours that morning to perform an illegal electricity connection for “a customer” and got electrocuted in the process. Kaleko’s death brought many onlookers to the scene, some expressing shock, yet sobered by the hard lesson learned, as they gathered under the light pole where the young man’s corpse hung. One of the onlookers described the death of the late Kollie as “unfortunate,” while a woman in the crowd of the onlookers recalled that Kollie’s electrocution brings to three the number of persons electrocuted in recent time. Two other onlookers, who claimed to be long time acquaintances of the deceased, said his death justifies the maxim: “99 days for rogue, one day for master.” The two, Prince Yarsiah (23) and Winston Koffa (26), told the Daily Observer that they had been advising Kollie up to around 1 a.m. yesterday to stop his trade of making illegal electric connections.According to Yarsiah and Koffa, their late friend entered the trade quite recently. “But we told him to leave the act because it was a dangerous venture as he was not a trained electrician.”They said until his death, Kollie had connected “customers” in the community for US$10 or US$20, and “because of the small, small amounts of money he was receiving, he became lured into the act, and lost his life in the process.” For young Kollie, this was his means to an income. And in spite of recurring reports of electrocutions from attempted illegal power connections across Monrovia, he climbed up the high-tension pole, apparently confident in his pair of gloves, a flashlight, pliers and some idea of what to do. Little did he know, this time he would not return. A wailing woman remarked, “They say a leaf that is sweet in a billy-goat’s mouth can runs its stomach.”Emmanuel Kollie, father of the deceased, and an in-service teacher at the Teachers’ College, University of Liberia (UL), tearfully said:“It is hard to say, because a child who cannot hear can feel. I was studying late last night when he took pliers and said he was going to connect a customer. I advised him on many occasions, but he did not hear me until this morning we saw his lifeless body near the high tension LEC pole.”He said the late Kollie was one of four brothers. He leaves to mourn his girl friend, Martha Tamba, his two year old son, and a host of relatives.Meanwhile, it was around 2:30 p.m. yesterday when the LEC authority sent some linesmen who released the body from the pole and turned it over to the family.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Row over slippers…found guilty of torching sister, injuring nieceBrian Haywood has been sentenced to serve 21 years in prison for killing his own sister and for injuring his niece, almost four years after the November 21, 2013 incident that occurred at Sophia, Greater Georgetown.He pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter, and the sentence was handed down by Justice James Bovell-Drakes at the High Court in Georgetown on Thursday.Reports are that on that fateful day of November 21, 2013, Haywood accusedDeceased: Samantha SchwartzSamantha Schwartz, his sibling, of stealing a pair of slippers from his shop. He then threw on his sister a flammable substance, said to be gasoline, and used his cigarette lighter to set the mother of four alight.His niece Stephanie Felix, who was present during the time Haywood had attacked his sister, was also injured in the ordeal. Moments before he had lit Schwartz on fire, she had pleaded: “Uncle Bryan, don’t do that!”He had fled the scene, but was captured by Police.Schwartz, a Corentyne, East Berbice and Sophia, Greater Georgetown resident, was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), where she had remained a patient for several days before succumbing on December 7 of that year.At one point during Thursday’s court proceedings, when Justice Bovell-Drakes was recapping the facts of the case prior to handing down sentence, Haywood blurted out: “Objection there, sir!” This angered the judge, who disallowed the admitted killer’s attempt at a tirade.Earlier Thursday, a doctor testified that Haywood was medically fit to be sentenced. Police had observed Haywood confessing to the crime whilst in custody: “She thief me slippers, that’s why I do she that!” he had said.The judge started the sentence at 65 years, and made subtractions of 44 years for mitigating factors, which took into account his guilty plea and time spent on remand.Haywood directed remarks at the judge after his sentence was imposed, but his statements were unclear. He was originally indicted for the murder of Schwartz and for inflicting grievous bodily harm on his niece Stephanie.Haywood was represented by attorney Mark Conway, while the State was represented by Prosecutors Mandell Moore and Orinthia Schmidt.
0Shares0000Pep Guardiola is on the verge of adding another league title to those he won in Spain and Germany © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 15 – Pep Guardiola will be on the golf course as Manchester City wait for news of the Manchester United match that could see them crowned champions on Sunday.Guardiola’s side are within touching distance of the Premier League title after Saturday’s 3-1 win at Tottenham. The leaders are 16 points clear of second-placed United and a defeat for Jose Mourinho’s men against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday would see City take the trophy.But Albion are bottom of the table and few give them a chance of upsetting United.So City boss Guardiola won’t be watching the match on television.Instead, he plans a round of golf with his son Marius.“I have a golf game with my son. The only score I want to know is bogey or birdy,” Guardiola said.“We will see. Football is unpredictable. Normally United beats West Brom.”City could also take the title if United beat West Brom and then lose to Bournemouth in midweek.If United — who denied Guardiola’s team the title by beating them last weekend — win both games, City can still clinch it with a victory against Swansea next weekend.“We didn’t take our first chance, so hopefully we can take the second chance to celebrate with our fans next week,” Guardiola said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
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GARDAI are hunting castle rustlers who stole prized Charolais Heifers from a farm outside Letterkenny.Seven of the animals – each worth around €1,000 – were nicked earlier this week, gardai have confirmed.They were taken from the townland of Drumaraghy along the dual carriageway outside the town. Farmer Billy McDaid said the were stolen some time between teatime on Thursday and 3pm on Friday and has offered a cash reward for information leading to their recovery.THIEVES NICK CATTLE FROM DONEGAL FARM was last modified: September 17th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:letterkenny news
11 March 2008South Africans at home and abroad can now easily use the internet to listen to and even record their favourite local radio stations, thanks to a free, small and easy-to-use programme, “AmaRadio”, that was created by local developer Gary James.Based in Somerset West near Cape Town, James, the owner of a software company called StrategyOnline, last year developed an audio engine, which his company sells to other software developers.The idea for a small, easy-to-use programme through which one can listen to online radio feeds came about as a result of his wife wanting to listen to a Sydney, Australia based radio station over the internet, as well as his aversion to proprietary media players.ConvenientJames points out that while AmaRadio is only about four megabytes in size, players such as Windows Media Player and iTunes weigh in at over 40 and 50 megabytes respectively.With James’ audio engine being capable of playing streaming feeds, he decided to develop a homemade player through which one could listen to online radio stations and various other audio streams over the internet.“Then last week, I wrote an article for my clients explaining how I built this little programme for my wife, using my company’s audio engine,” James told SAinfo this week. “That article sparked the idea to build AmaRadio for South African radio stations.”Over the past weekend, James released a new version of the player, which allows the user to record streaming feeds straight to their hard drives in MP3 format.“In the near future I’ll be adding the ability to schedule recording, so at the start of the week you’ll be able to tell it to record 5FM on Tuesday, from 6pm until 7pm for example,” he explained. “That way, users will be able to listen to their favourite shows when it’s convenient for them.”FreewareJames said his plan was for AmaRadio to always be free software, even though his company could not afford to spend a huge amount of time on a project that did not generate income.Income would be generated from advertisers, radio stations and corporates, rather than from the users themselves.“I suppose there is always the possibility of keeping the free version, and then releasing a paid-for version that has extra features, [such as] the ability to synch directly with an iPod, more advanced scheduling capabilities and more options for how it records stations,” he added.Six hours’ workHe said that he built the first version of AmaRadio last week, in the space of about six hours. With the majority of South African computer users using various Microsoft operating systems, AmaRadio currently works only on various Windows platforms“If there is enough interest, we will look into building versions to support Mac and Linux, though this could be in several months’ time,” James said.Over the past three days, he said the product had received plenty of attention, mainly through several South African blog and technology enthusiast sites, and over 200 people had already downloaded the small piece of software.“I announced AmaRadio on my blog, and within 24 hours had received numerous e-mails from users who loved the product,” James said. “Not bad considering it was released three days ago, and we haven’t done any advertising!”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting We’re always on the lookout for upcoming Web tech events from around world. Know of something taking place that should appear here? Let us know in the comments below or contact us.You can import individual events in the Events Guide into Google Calendar using the link beside each entry, or download the entire thing as an iCal file (which is importable into Google Calendar, Outlook, Windows Live Calendar, etc.) or even view it as a world map.19 – 23 July 2010: Portland, OregonOSCON 2010 If the first years of OSCON were about opening the minds of big business to the philosophy of open source, are the years ahead about opening the minds of the open source community to the possibilities of its future? As open source becomes fully integrated into the corporate environment, OSCON helps to define, maintain, and extend the identity of what it means to be open source.OSCON focuses on the substance of technology, not the shadow, filtering the information that most merits attention and preparing participants for curves and challenges in the coming year and beyond. OSCON is the place to be inspired and challenged, renew bonds to community, make new connections, and find ways to give back to the open source movement. OSCON has also become one of the most important places to make open source related announcements, and to unveil projects and products. For more information, visit http://www.oscon.com/oscon201031 July 2010: San Francisco, CaliforniaTomorrow’s Web San Francisco Tomorrow’s Web aims to bring young people together to learn from each other and provide unique real life networking opportunities. Each conference has a strong lineup of keynote speakers, as well as expert panels and workshops.Tomorrow’s Web San Francisco is being held at Kicklabs, 250 Brannan Street, San Francisco. Kicklabs is San Francisco’s home to the best and the brightest startups in the business; a perfect venue to hold the first US Tomorrow’s Web Conference. Key speakers at Tomorrow’s Web 2010 San Francisco include Abby Laporte (Abby’s Road), Daniel Brusilovsky (Teens in Tech), Brian Wong (Follow Formation) and Chris Leydon (TinyGrab).Tickets for attendance for both Tomorrow’s Web 2010 San Francisco and London, are now available for purchase and booking.7 August 2010: LondonTomorrow’s Web London Tomorrow’s Web aims to bring young people together to learn from each other and provide unique real life networking opportunities. Each conference has a strong lineup of keynote speakers, as well as expert panels and workshops.Tomorrow’s Web London will take place on August 7th 2010 and is being held at the Park Crescent Conference Centre, 229 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PN. Park Crescent Conference Centre is located right in the heart of London’s buzzing tech scene, overlooking the magnificent Regents Park; an easily accessible venue. Key speakers at Tomorrow’s Web 2010 London include Christian Owens (Branchr), James Gill (GoSquared), Josh Buckley (MiniMonsters) and Jonathan Grubin (MiniG Media Ltd).Tickets for attendance for both Tomorrow’s Web 2010 San Francisco and London, are now available for purchase and booking.24 August 2010: New York CityFundingPost Summer Venture and Angel EventFundingPost has hosted 165-plus sold-out venture events in 19 cities over the past 9 years. At our next NY event, the panel of investors will focus on Early-Stage Venture Investing: How to meet investors, pitch them, and what it really takes to get them to write you a check!We will be discussing trends in Early-Stage Investing, hot sectors, sectors that these Angels and VCs look at, things that are most important to them when they are considering an Investment, the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention, additional advice for entrepreneurs, and, of course, the best ways to reach these and other Investors. There will be plenty of time for networking with the Investor panelists, both before the panel & after the panel at the Cocktail Party! Register here.31 August 2010: Sydney, AustraliaReal World Mobile AIMIA and VentureOne are delighted to announce the Real World Mobile event to be held in Sydney on Tuesday 31st August. And on Day Two, we present a series of case studies – extended in length and coverage. Key topics will be covered with the emphasis on how mobile transforms: location and commerce; social networking; TV/video and games; customer experience – real world voice of the consumer; advertising and marketing including search & measurement; apps and augmented realityIncluded in the program is a live panel of consumers, facilitated by Oliver Weidlich, Mobile Experience. Don’t miss the opportunity to question them: What is their experience of their mobile/s – how do they interact with content, apps, advertising and brands on mobile? What do they like and dislike? What are the real issues they have? What will they respond to in the future? Register here.13 – 14 September 2010: Sydney, AustraliaOpen Source Software Pacific-Asia ConferenceOSSPAC is focused on helping enterprises of all sizes – businesses and government – learn how open source software can be used to reduce costs and increase efficiency in a scalable, reliable, and cost-effective way. Even though it provides plenty of technical sessions, the main audience for OSSPAC is IT managers, project leads, and executive management who are looking at leveraging open source in their organizations. We’re offering over 30 sessions on topics ranging from Cloud Computing to the Economics of Open Source. For more information, please visit www.osspac.com. Engage customers across emerging channels. Learn how empowered employees can better serve customers using social, cloud, mobile, and video technologies.Innovate by harnessing the power of collaboration. See how leading organizations are using organizational models, tool sets, and new skills to accelerate innovation with collaboration platforms and tools like social networks.Accelerate your strategy while balancing risk and return. Learn to optimize processes and tools like enterprise content management, eDiscovery, search, and intranet portals to mitigate risks and maximize information discovery, use, and re-use.Register here.18 October 2010: Washington D.C.Digital East 2010DE10 will feature over 50 leading industry speakers addressing best practices on topics including Social Media, Online Advertising, E-commerce, Cloud Computing, Web Analytics, Search, Email and more. When registering, use the code RWW50m for 20% off. Related Posts Blake Chandlee, VP & Commercial Director, EMEA, FacebookNicki Kenyon, Vice President, Digital Marketing APMEA, MasterCardReynold D’Silva, Global Brand Marketing Manager, UnileverPooja Arora, Brand Manager, P>homas Crampton, Asia-Pacific Director, 360 Digital Influence, Ogilvy Public Relations WorldwideLito S. German, Marketing Director, BMW Group AsiaRanjeet-Shandu Singh, Digital Project Manager, Ogilvy One SingaporeDerek Yeo, Head of Marketing, Tiger Airways29 – 30 September 2010: New York CityLocation-Based Marketing SummitLocation-Based Marketing Summit is the leading event for Fortune 1000 companies seeking to maximize marketing, commerce and business strategies using location-based services. Attendees receive focused, practical and valuable industry insight that can be immediately utilized in developing a location-based strategy. We give you an inside look at the location based marketing activities of major brands. Hear from companies who’ve made the journey and learn from their experiments and activities. Location-Based Marketing Summit helps you cut through the hype and separate buzz from success. Speakers include VaynerMedia, New Jersey Nets, Tasti D-lite, Deep Focus, Adweek, Where.com, Yelp, SimpleGeo, Geodelic, and more. Use our special ReadWriteWeb promo code RWWVIP to save an extra $100 off registration. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… How do you measure the maturity and the effectiveness of the security and risk management practice and build a road map for the future?How do you build a data security architecture to protect information no matter who has it and where it rests?How can you apply enterprise risk management disciplines to information security?How do you embed security throughout the network, not just on the perimeter?Register here.22 – 23 September 2010: SingaporeSocial Media World Forum AsiaSocial Media World Forum Asia is back for 2010. The event will be taking place at the larger venue – The Suntec Conference Centre – before the F1 Singapore night race. Two days of interactive and engaging conference featuring leading key figure keynotes, brand case studies, topical Q&A and debates, exhibition hall, workshops and networking. Speakers include: Transform delivery organizations. See how organizations apply Lean and Agile to rethink how they align with and deliver against current and anticipated business strategies and demands.Drive innovation. Learn how to improve delivery flow and drive software innovation to bring greater business differentiation and higher customer and constituent satisfaction.Thrive in a dynamic business and technology world. Identify new practices and technologies that organizations use to design, deliver, and measure breakthrough and sustainable business value.Business Process professionals will learn to:Drive business process management into the organization. See how organizations embrace business process management (BPM) to deliver sustainable business value.Empower employees to make change. Learn what skills, disciplines, and technologies organizations utilize to accelerate innovation and change.Differentiate customer and constituent service experiences. Discover how organizations put the customer first to design and deliver breakthrough customer service and support processes.Register here.7 – 8 October 2010:Washington, D.C.Content & Collaboration Forum 2010 Today, the people in your organization have unprecedented expectations for driving better, faster business outcomes using content and collaboration technologies. Harnessing the trends that underlie those expectations in order to drive real business outcomes — like revenue growth, reduced operating expense, and improved return on assets — requires IT to assume a new leadership position. On top of building engaging Web experiences to drive revenue and reduce service costs, Content & Collaboration (CC) Professionals must optimize portal, search, collaboration, and eDiscovery strategies that enhance employee productivity while mitigating risks. CC professionals require a new set of skills to address the culture, process, and technology changes amid this groundswell of business technology expectations. To capitalize on these changes, CC professionals at the Content & Collaboration Forum 2010 will learn to: 16 – 17 September 2010: BostonSecurity Forum Forum 2010 As the global economy recovers in 2010, Security & Risk professionals must continue to balance tactical and technical responsibilities with the long-term strategic objectives of the business. To achieve this goal, you must aspire to transform your security organization from a reactive silo of technical security expertise to a proactive information risk management team. You must also adopt the same objectives and measures of success as the business. This year’s Security Forum Forum 2010 will focus on: 1) evaluating the maturity and effectiveness of the security organization; 2) laying out a road map for architectural optimization and innovation; and 3) ensuring that the right skills, incentives, and metrics are in place for the long-term success of the security program. Key questions that this forum will answer: ReadWrite Sponsors High-level Panel Sessions on important topics encompassing China’s Entrepreneurial EcosystemThe Morning Market, giving firms the opportunity to showcase their businessesOver 20 unique entrepreneurship workshopsGala Dinner and Award Ceremony for the CE Entrepreneurship Ecosystem AwardsOver 45 investor presentations and one-on-one meetings with VC’s, PE’s and Angel InvestorsFor further information, visit www.chinamegaforum.com.28 – 29 October 2010: ChicagoConsumer Forum 2010 More than 10 years ago, just a few industries scrambled to cope with new Web-based, consumer-empowering tools like comparison shopping engines and direct banks. Now it’s Twitter, YouTube, and foursquare. These tools have put more power in the hands of individuals than ever before. Whether you are running an online-only firm or one business unit of a global firm, Forrester’s Consumer Forum 2010 will provide specific answers to the critical issues of consumer change and empowerment that are confronting all consumer-facing companies today. The time to unleash your employees and transform your company is now, and this event will showcase ideas, best practices, and case studies to help you do it. As an exciting addition to this year’s Consumer Forum, we’ll be featuring content and ideas from Forrester’s new book, Empowered: Unleash Your Employees, Energize Your Customers, and Transform Your Business, by Josh Bernoff and Ted Schadler, slated for release just weeks before the event. Key questions this forum will answer: 25 – 27 October 2010: Beijing, ChinaThe China Mega-Forum for Entrepreneurship & Innovation China Entrepreneurs presents The China Mega-Forum for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Gathering more than 1000 professionals over the course of three days, this forum will place attendees at the heart of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in China. Joined by more than 400 elite high growth ventures, 200 prominent investment firms, and 60 premier-level speakers, attendees will be immersed into a full schedule of high-level content and unparalleled networking. Highlights include: 5 October 2010: New York CityFinovateFallFinovateFall will return to Manhattan on Tuesday, October 5 to showcase dozens of the biggest and most innovative new ideas in financial and banking technology from established leaders and hot young companies. The Fall event is the original and largest Finovate and features a single day packed with our special blend of short, fast-paced onstage demos (no slides are allowed) and intimate networking time with top executives from the innovative demoing companies.FinovateFall is a unique chance to see the future of finance and banking before your competition and find the edge you need in today’s market. Early bird registration rates are available.7 – 8 October 2010: Washington, D.C.Business Process And Application Delivery Forum 2010 As an Application Development & Delivery or Business Process professional, your efforts not only serve the business but also empower your business to succeed despite rapid change. But every day brings faster-changing business dynamics. Business Process And Application Delivery Forum 2010 will arm you with the knowledge, insight, and practices you need to meet demanding expectations from your CEOs, COOs, CxOs, agency heads, and directors and deliver the kind of breakthrough and sustainable business value you know your organization must achieve. Application Development & Delivery professionals will learn to: Tags:#Events Guide#web How has the rise of empowered consumers changed customer relationships with B2C firms?What kinds of leaders do you need at your firm that can help unleash employees to solve customer problems?Which firms have best tapped into the creativity of employees to serve empowered consumers?How are consumers using their mobile devices for product research and decisions?What is the role of social media in engaging customers across channels?What impact will pervasive video and connectivity have on customers?What new opportunities exist for firms to connect with empowered consumers?How do firms create metrics and incentives that measure and promote employee empowerment?What new organizational models best empower employees to serve customers?Register here.2 November: LondonMobile Cloud Computing World ForumMobile Cloud Computing World Forum will provide a full perspective of mobile cloud computing and SaaS from business value through integration and implementation and to the emergent trends in the industry. Get the scoop on the latest products, meet with clients and drum up new business with valuable leads. Meet some of the best known mobile cloud computing and SaaS professionals in person and exchange your experiences.Show Highlights include:1 day conference and exhibition on Enterprise Mobile Cloud Computing and Enterprise AppsHear from leading case studies on how they have integrated mobile into their working practicesLearn from the key players offering Mobile products and servicesBenefit from our pre-show online meeting plannerNetwork in our combined exhibition and catering areaEvening networking party for all attendeesTo book now or for more information visit www.mobilecloudcomputingforum.com.17-18 November 2010: Lausanne & Geneva, SwitzerlandCloud and ICT 2.0 Summit The European Tech Tour Association is launching its newest vertical event with its inaugural Cloud & ICT 2.0 Summit, the Catalyst of the Cloud Computing Industry in Europe. Its focus is on celebrating entrepreneurship and innovation in Europe and on raising global awareness for the top 25+ European start-up companies in the cloud computing field that are making their mark in the industry.The Cloud ICT & 2.0 Summit is interested in European Cloud Computing companies with the potential to become global leaders in their market. The deadline for company applications is September 3, 2010. Register here now.29 – 30 March 2011: LondonSocial Media World Forum EuropeSocial Media World Forum Europe: Two days of interactive & engaging conference featuring leading key figure keynotes, brand case studies, topical Q&A and debates, exhibition hall, workshops and networking.Social Media World Forum Europe is continuing to evolve and deliver an event which is second to none, ensuring our audience receive the maximum potential from attending our shows. New for 2011 we have introduced interactive panel discussions, live streamed debate sessions, collaborative learning, break-out group discussions, open Q&A portions in every session, open workshops, with group discussions and interactive zones within the exhibition hall. We have introduced the Online Marketing Toolbox Workshops, educating in all elements of the online marketing mix, such as SEO, Paid Search, Affiliate, Mobile & Apps. The perfect toolbox to complete your online marketing strategy.Download this entire events calendar in iCal format. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Tags:#twitter#web Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification audrey watters The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos TweetDeck admits that the new feature has polarized its userbase, and the latest update to its app does allow you to turn off the feature entirely. It also plans to change the layout of these posts, as well as give you more control over what is and what isn’t posted via Deck.ly.The introduction of Deck.ly isn’t simply about helping users Tweet longer. TweetDeck, which was recently acquired by Ubermedia, also notes that part of the motivation behind the Deck.ly experiment was to find a way to generate revenue from “TweetDeck-specific ad-targeting on the deck.ly landing pages.” Indeed those 1,350,000 longer Deck.ly tweets have generated 1.5 million page views.What are your thoughts on Deck.ly? Love it or hate it? Earlier this month, Twitter client TweetDeck introduced Deck.ly, a new feature that enables users to send long messages to Twitter, bypassing the 140-character limit that is the signature of the micro-blogging service.The response from users has been mixed, to say the least. Some users are glad to be able to tweet without restriction on length, but many are frowning upon the service’s violation of that sacred 140 character limit. TweetDeck has just announced that in the few weeks that the feature has been available, that it has had over 1.35 million Deck.ly’s created. Despite some user protests, TweetDeck says that “The rationale for creating the Deck.ly service was primarily to fulfil our most user-requested feature and I take the high usage of the service as an indication we’re listening and responding well.”
Indoor air quality (IAQ) researchers have established that little bitty invisible pieces of stuff that float around in the air are bad for human health. Of course, being scientists, they don’t call it little bitty invisible pieces of stuff. They call it particulate matter (PM) or particulates. And it turns out that the really small pieces — the stuff that’s 2.5 micrometers (0.0000025 m, or 2.5 µm) or smaller, abbreviated PM2.5 — is worse than the bigger stuff because it can penetrate deeper into the lungs and more easily find its way into your blood than the bigger particulates. The chart I included in my last article shows that PM2.5 is probably the worst indoor air pollutant overall. And how do you deal with it? One of the primary methods is to filter it out of the indoor air. In most homes, the only place where filtering of the air occurs is in the heating and air conditioning system. But if you think you’re covered just because you have a forced-air HVAC system which has a filter, let me give you a few reasons why that filter — the filter that you so dutifully change — may not be helping your IAQ. (You do change your filter, don’t you?)RELATED ARTICLESAll About Indoor Air QualityThe Hazards of Cooking With GasRanking Indoor Air PollutantsAll About Air Purifiers 1. No filter It’s true. If you don’t have a filter, you’re not gonna get much filtration. And yeah, it really happens. Sometimes someone removes the filter because it’s in a difficult spot to reach, like a crawlspace. Sometimes they take it out and forget to put it back in. Sometimes… well, who knows! All kinds of things happen. But if you don’t have a filter, not only are you not improving your indoor air quality, you’re also getting your ductwork, blower, air conditioner coil, furnace heat exchanger, and everything else in there dirty. There’s no filter in this crawl space system. Even worse, the filter slot is open to the crawlspace. I took the photo above in a nasty, damp crawlspace in Atlanta. Notice that filter slot near the middle of the photo. Not only is the cover missing, but so was the filter. I took the picture on a hot, muggy day in August. Imagine all the nasty stuff getting sucked in there and sent into the house. 2. Filter bypass Take a look at that photo at the top of this article. That’s some serious bypass. They put a nice, deep media filter in that’s capable of filtering out a lot of nasty stuff in the air. But they installed it incorrectly so quite a bit of air going through the system was passing right by — instead of through— the filter. A bypass means you’re not cleaning the air nearly as well as you should. Bypass in an open-return HVAC system. It doesn’t take a fancy filter to get bypass, though. Here’s one with a standard 1-inch fiberglass filter that was jammed into the slot incorrectly. 3. Not enough runtime This one may blow your mind. Filters can clean the air only when there’s air going through them. When the system is off, no filtering happens. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may be thinking, “Aha! Yet another reason not to install an oversized heating and air conditioning system.” The problem there is that when you put in a smaller HVAC system, you also cut down the air flow, and the filtration volume is the product of those two quantities: Filtration volume = Air flow × Runtime You can double the runtime by cutting the system size in half, but at the same time you’re cutting the air flow in half, so the filtration volume stays the same. One way that some IAQ advocates tell people to get more runtime is to put the fan in the “On” position instead of in “Auto.” Weeeeeell, that’s a nice idea, and it will work in some places… at the cost of higher energy bills. But in a humid climate during cooling season, you could be making your indoor air quality worse by raising the humidity. I know. I measured it in my home a few years ago. The best thing to do here is size your system properly, don’t put the fan in the “On” position, and get as much filtering as you can with your system. If you have an efficient blower motor and are in a dry climate or running your system with a dry coil, using the fan “On” setting can help. But the best thing to do is focus on minimizing the stuff in your indoor air that needs to be filtered to begin with by doing source control, air sealing, and mechanical ventilation, both local and whole-house. If that still doesn’t do it for you, it may be time to add a standalone fan with a filter that will run more and get you a higher filtration volume. 4. Not enough flow Now you know flow and runtime go together. This other way to get low filtration volume is a common problem for a couple of reasons. First, many return ducts and filters are sized too small. That increases the pressure in the system, which reduces air flow. Second — and I know this doesn’t apply to you — some people don’t change their filters often enough. Again, the result is high pressure and low air flow. High static pressure reduces air flow. The system in the photo above had both problems. The pressure drop across the dirty filter and coil in this system was a super high 0.9 inches of water column (i.w.c.). With a clean filter, it was still a too-high 0.6 i.w.c. (Read more about this home.) That pressure drop is about ten times too high. 5. Low-efficiency (MERV) filter You can install a standard 1-inch fiberglass filter. It’s not going to do much for your IAQ, though, because it’s basically designed to keep dog hair, dead spiders, and lost socks from getting into the air handler. The standard rating system for filters is Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV. That 1-inch filter is about a MERV 2. The higher the number, the more stuff you filter out. Here’s a chart I saw in a presentation at the North American Passive House Conference in Boston last month. It was put together by my friend John Semmelhack of Think Little in Virginia from data he found in various places. Table of filter effectiveness by MERV rating (courtesy of John Semmelhack) As you can see, you’ve got to step up your filter game to at least MERV-10 to get even half of the PM2.5. But you really need to be at MERV-13 because you want to remove more than 90% of those particular little bitty invisible pieces of stuff. But there’s a caveat here: Many (most?) systems with high-MERV filters decrease the air flow because of poor design. My next three articles will explore this issue in depth and show you how to do it right. 6. Not filtering outdoor air for mechanical ventilation Some ventilation systems are designed to use the heating and cooling ducts to distribute outdoor air, too. With the central-fan-integrated-supply type of mechanical ventilation, a duct from the outdoors is connected to the return side of the duct system. Occasionally, a designer or installer doesn’t pay attention and connects that outdoor air duct to the return side downstream of the filter. Oops! When that happens, as it did below in this house with a filter grille, you’re putting unfiltered outdoor air straight into your ducts, where it can make the ducts, blower, and heating and AC components dirty as well as sending more particulate matter into your indoor air. By the way, I haven’t said this yet, but the biggest source of PM2.5 in most homes is outdoor air. (If you smoke indoors or burn candles or incense regularly, those would be bigger.) So make sure you filter that outdoor air before introducing into your home. 7. Filter in the wrong place I have to think this one is anomalous but with the strange stuff I’ve seen in the wild, who knows? The photo below was sent to me by my friend Jamie Clark in Kentucky. The air moves through that system vertically. There’s nothing coming in from the right side… over there where the filter is attached. So that filter does nothing because air doesn’t move through it. This filter is not in the air flow path. Filtration can be an important part of good indoor air quality. Unfortunately, there are some significant obstacles to overcome if you want it clean up your air. Professor Jeffrey Siegel has been studying the effectiveness of filtration in real homes and has found that the average home in their study has a filtration effectiveness of about 20%. How’s your filter doing? Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.