Lunar New Year at Folkmoot

first_imgJoin Folkmoot for a Friendship Dinner celebrating the Lunar New Year on Friday, February 8, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Folkmoot Friendship Center, located in the Historic Hazelwood School at 112 Virginia Avenue in Waynesville.Lunar New Year, commemorated in China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Mongolia and Tibet, is observed February 5 – February 19, 2019 at the turn of the lunisolar calendar, a calendar based on both the moon phase and the time of the solar year. It is known as “Spring Festival” in modern China. 2019 is the “Year of the Pig” and is predicted to bring health, wealth and happiness to those who avoid conflicts and excessive gambling. Some spiritual pundits suggest that the Year of the Earth Pig is also a great time to love bacon.Folkmoot’s Lunar New Year Dinner is hosted by Chinese language students and their teachers. Guests at this celebration will learn about the various cultures of Asia and enjoy a music and dance performance and traditional Chinese foods including dumplings, bam bam chicken, garlic broccoli and Yangzhou style fried rice. Participants will have an opportunity for Chinese paper cutting, calligraphy, origami and language lessons.Limited seating is available. Please purchase Lunar New Year tickets in advance by calling 828.452.2997 or purchasing electronically, at Parking is available in the back of the Folkmoot building for year-round events.Folkmoot’s year-round programming initiatives have been made possible by the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and the Cherokee Preservation Foundation.Folkmoot is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating many cultures in one community.last_img read more

Jetpack 4.8: Fatal Error with Older Versions of PHP and Workarounds

first_imgUpdate April 5, 2017 late afternoon: the Jetpack 4.8.1 version has been released to fix issues with the 4.8 version After this week’s release of Jetpack 4.8, several WordPress users reported issues with fatal error messages and losing access to their website after upgrading.Jetpack support was quickly able to identify the issue and offer temporary solutions while work begins on a fix. What is Causing the Site to Break?According to the support post, changes were made to the Sitemaps feature in Jetpack 4.8 which caused compatibily issues in older versions of PHP, specifically versions prior to PHP 5.3.If your site is running PHP 5.2 or 5.3 and you previously enabled the Sitemaps module in Jetpack, your site will break.The Jetpack development team is aware of the problem and expects to get it fixed in a new update that will be released soon.WorkaroundsUntil the new update is released, here are three workaround options for you:Contact your web host. Ask if your site can be updated to use a more recent version of PHP. The current recommended version is PHP 7.Delete the Jetpack plugin. (If you’re not able to access your WordPress dashboard, use FTP or cPanel to delete the Jetpack folder on the server. The Jetpack folder is located in wp-content/plugins/)You can install the previous Jetpack 4.7.1 version (zipfile).Deactivate the Sitemaps module. You’ll need to install the Force Deactivate Jetpack Sitemap Module plugin (follow instructions inside the file).Follow Up and Jetpack 4.8.1 UpdateThe Jetpack 4.8.1 version fixes bugs in the 4.8 version, which included issues with:Incompatibility with PHP 5.3 and 5.2Incompatibility with WP Rocket and Sitemaps moduleFailed updates due to limited resources on sites, not being able to process large zip files or process files If your Jetpack 4.8 update failed, you’ll want to delete (using FTP or cPanel) your jetpack folder in wp-content/plugins and reinstall Jetpack manually. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedJetpack 3.4.1: Unable to Log In Issues, Protect Module, and WorkaroundSince last month’s release of Jetpack 3.4.1, several WordPress users have been posting in the support forum about fatal error messages and loss of administrative login access after upgrading. Even after deleting Jetpack and reinstalling it, users continued to see fatal error messages and were unable to log in: Connecting…In “WordPress”Jetpack 3.4.1 Fixes Error Messages and Problems with Avada ThemeAfter Jetpack 3.4 was released yesterday, WordPress users started reporting issues with the update: fatal error messages and problems with the Avada theme. The Jetpack team responded quickly to users and released the 3.4.1 version to fix the problems. Jetpack 3.4.1 is available for download or you can select the…In “WordPress”Slimpack WordPress Plugin Security VulnerabilitySlimpack, a popular WordPress plugin that duplicates many of the Jetpack plugin modules, has a security vulnerability. The vulnerability exploits the sharing function to mass email with links using Baidu. At this time (June 2017), there is no fix for the vulnerability. The Slimpack plugin has been removed from the…In “WordPress”last_img read more

South Africa celebrates sporting victory

first_img17 November 2014 The Boks beat England by 31-28 at Twickenham in London on Saturday, 15 November. (Image: SARU)It was a weekend of wins for South Africa’s finest in Durban, London and Perth where Bafana Bafana, the Springboks and the Proteas all claimed victory.Starting with a crucial game for Bafana Bafana against Sudan at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday afternoon, new captain Dean Furman revelled in “one of the proudest moments” of his life by leading the team to qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.Shakes Mashaba’s side beat Sudan 2-1, with goals in each half from Thulani Serero and Tokelo Rantie placing Bafana Bafana in the top spot in Group A. In winning a spot in Equatorial Guinea, the team paid tribute to their late captain, Senzo Meyiwa, who was shot dead on 26 October. A moment of silence was held by the 30 000-plus crowd before kickoff.“We dedicate that win to Senzo,” said Furman, who was only named captain of the squad on Friday night. “He was in our minds the whole week. It was an incredibly emotional week. The spirit in the camp has been high and I was lucky enough to be selected the captain by the coach, but I can tell you now there’s many leaders out there on the pitch. For me it was probably the biggest honour and one of the proudest moments in not just my career, but my life, to lead my country,” Furman added.The Doncaster Rovers midfielder is based in England.Before his death, Meyiwa, who was also Orlando Pirates’s goalkeeper, took the country to the brink of qualification with clean sheets in the four group matches in which he had played.With 11 points, Bafana Bafana cannot be caught by either second-placed Nigeria or Congo. Their final qualifier is against Nigeria in Uyo.Just as Bafana’s game ended, the Boks took on England at Twickenham in London, where they have not lost to the hosts since 2006. And Saturday’s game was another win at 31-28, taking the Boks’ unbeaten lead over England to 12 games. It was a welcome showing following their humiliation by Ireland in their last match.And then, on Sunday at the Waca in Perth, the Proteas made a sound comeback with a three-wicket victory in the second one-day international (ODI) against Australia, following Friday’s loss in their first ODI against the hosts. They thrashed Australia by three wickets with more than 22 overs to spare. Paceman Morne Morkel crushed the Australians, who were all out for just 154.The third ODI will be played in Canberra on Wednesday.A fine sporting weekend was wrapped up in Joburg on Sunday, where Namibia’s Till Drobisch saw off a strong field to secure his Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge maiden victory in the men’s race. Marianne Vos of the Netherlands, uncontested as the greatest cyclist of her generation, won the women’s race. The annual race had a tougher new route that toured the history of the City of Gold, and over 30 000 riders, a record number of entries for the race.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

10 Semantic Apps to Watch

first_imgNow that we know what Semantic Apps are, let’s take a look at some of the current leading (or promising) products…FreebaseFreebase aims to “open up the silos of data and the connections between them”, according to founder Danny Hillis at the Web 2.0 Summit. Freebase is a database that has all kinds of data in it and an API. Because it’s an open database, anyone can enter new data in Freebase. An example page in the Freebase db looks pretty similar to a Wikipedia page. When you enter new data, the app can make suggestions about content. The topics in Freebase are organized by type, and you can connect pages with links, semantic tagging. So in summary, Freebase is all about shared data and what you can do with it.PowersetPowerset (see our coverage here and here) is a natural language search engine. The system relies on semantic technologies that have only become available in the last few years. It can make “semantic connections”, which helps make the semantic database. The idea is that meaning and knowledge gets extracted automatically from Powerset. The product isn’t yet public, but it has been riding a wave of publicity over 2007. Related Posts One of the highlights of October’s Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco was the emergence of ‘Semantic Apps’ as a force. Note that we’re not necessarily talking about the Semantic Web, which is the Tim Berners-Lee W3C led initiative that touts technologies like RDF, OWL and other standards for metadata. Semantic Apps may use those technologies, but not necessarily. This was a point made by the founder of one of the Semantic Apps listed below, Danny Hillis of Freebase (who is as much a tech legend as Berners-Lee).The purpose of this post is to highlight 10 Semantic Apps. We’re not touting this as a ‘Top 10’, because there is no way to rank these apps at this point – many are still non-public apps, e.g. in private beta. It reflects the nascent status of this sector, even though people like Hillis and Spivack have been working on their apps for years now.What is a Semantic App?Firstly let’s define “Semantic App”. A key element is that the apps below all try to determine the meaning of text and other data, and then create connections for users. Another of the founders mentioned below, Nova Spivack of Twine, noted at the Summit that data portability and connectibility are keys to these new semantic apps – i.e. using the Web as platform. In September Alex Iskold wrote a great primer on this topic, called Top-Down: A New Approach to the Semantic Web. In that post, Alex Iskold explained that there are two main approaches to Semantic Apps:1) Bottom Up – involves embeddingsemantical annotations (meta-data) right into the data. 2) Top down –relies on analyzing existing information; the ultimatetop-down solution would be a fully blown natural language processor, which is able tounderstand text like people do. Tags:#Semantic Web#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting ClearForest is one of the companies in the top-downcamp. We profiled the product in December ’06 and at that point ClearForest was applying its core natural languageprocessing technology to facilitate next generation semantic applications. In April 2007 the company was acquired by Reuters. The company has both a Web Service and a Firefox extension that leverages an APIto deliver the end-user application. The Firefox extension is called Gnosis and it enables you to “identify the people, companies, organizations, geographies and products on the page you are viewing.” With one click from the menu, a webpage you view via Gnosis is filled with various types of annotations. For example it recognizes Companies, Countries, Industry Terms, Organizations, People, Products and Technologies. Each word that Gnosis recognizes, gets colored according to the category. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The person-centric perspective of a queryRich set of attributes that characterize people (geography, birthday, occupation,etc.)Usage of tags as links or relationships between peopleSelf-correcting mechanism via user feedback loopAs a vertical engine, Spock knows important attributes that people have: name, gender, age, occupation and location just to name a few. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Spock is its usage of tags – all frequent phrases that Spock extracts via its crawler become tags; and also users can add tags. So Spock leverages a combination of automated tags and people power for tagging.ConclusionWhat have we missed? 😉 Please use the comments to list other Semantic Apps you know of. It’s an exciting sector right now, because Semantic Web and Web 2.0 technologies alike are being used to create new semantic applications. One gets the feeling we’re only at the beginning of this trend. Also, ClearForest’s Semantic Web Service offers a SOAP interface for analyzing text, documents and web pages.SpockSpock is a people search engine that got a lot of buzz when it launched. Alex Iskold went so far as to call it “one of the bestvertical semantic search engines built so far.” According to Alex there are four things that makes theirapproach special: TwineTwine claims to be the first mainstream Semantic Web app, although it is still in private beta. See our in-depth review. Twine automatically learns about you and your interests as you populate it with content – a “Semantic Graph”. When you put in new data, Twine picks out and tags certain content with semantic tags – e.g. the name of a person. An important point is that Twine creates new semantic and rich data. But it’s not all user-generated. They’ve also done machine learning against Wikipedia to ‘learn’ about new concepts. And they will eventually tie into services like Freebase. At the Web 2.0 Summit, founder Nova Spivack compared Twine to Google, saying it is a “bottom-up, user generated crawl of the Web”.AdaptiveBlueAdaptiveBlue are makers of the Firefox plugin, BlueOrganizer. They also recently launched a new version of their SmartLinks product, which allows web site publishers to add semantically charged links to their site. SmartLinks are browser ‘in-page overlays’ (similar to popups) that add additional contextual information to certain types of links, including links to books, movies, music, stocks, and wine. AdaptiveBlue supports a large list of top web sites, automatically recognizing and augmenting links to those properties.SmartLinks works by understanding specific types of information (in this case links) and wrapping them with additional data. SmartLinks takes unstructured information and turns it into structured information by understanding a basic item on the web and adding semantics to it.[Disclosure: AdaptiveBlue founder and CEO Alex Iskold is a regular RWW writer]HakiaHakia is one of the more promising Alt Search Enginesaround, with a focus on naturallanguage processing methods to try and deliver ‘meaningful’ search results. Hakia attempts toanalyze the concept of a search query, in particular by doing sentenceanalysis. Most other major search engines, including Google, analyze keywords.The company told us in a March interview that the future of search engines will go beyond keywordanalysis – search engines will talk back to you and in effect become your searchassistant. One point worth noting here is that, currently, Hakia has limited post-editing/human interaction for the editing of hakia Galleries, but the rest of the engine is 100% computer powered.Hakia has two main technologies:1) QDEX Infrastructure (which stands for Query Detection and Extraction) – this does the heavy lifting of analyzing search queries at a sentence level.2) SemanticRank Algorithm – this is essentially the science they use, made up of ontological semantics that relate concepts to each other.TalisTalis is a 40-year old UK software company which has created a semantic web application platform. They are a bit different from the other 9 companies profiled here, as Talis has released a platform and not a single product. The Talis platform is kind of a mix between Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web, in that it enables developers to create apps that allow for sharing, remixing and re-using data. Talis believes that Open Data is a crucial component of the Web, yet there is also a need to license data in order to ensure its openness. Talis has developed its own content license, called the Talis Community License, and recently they funded some legal work around the Open Data Commons License.According to Dr Paul Miller, Technology Evangelist at Talis, the company’s platform emphasizes “the importance of context, role, intention and attention in meaningfully tracking behaviour across the web.” To find out more about Talis, check out their regular podcasts – the most recent one features Kaila Colbin (an occassional AltSearchEngines correspondent) and Branton Kenton-Dau of VortexDNA.UPDATE: Marshall Kirkpatrick published an interview with Dr Miller the day after this post. Check it out here.TrueKnowledge Venture funded UK semantic search engine TrueKnowledge unveiled a demo of its private beta earlier this month. It reminded Marshall Kirkpatrick of the still-unlaunched Powerset, but it’s also reminiscent of the very real “smart answers”. TrueKnowledge combines natural language analysis, an internal knowledge base and external databases to offer immediate answers to various questions. Instead of just pointing you to web pages where the search engine believes it can find your answer, it will offer you an explicit answer and explain the reasoning patch by which that answer was arrived at. There’s also an interesting looking API at the center of the product. “Direct answers to humans and machine questions” is the company’s tagline.Founder William Tunstall-Pedoe said he’s been working on the software for the past 10 years, really putting time into it since coming into initial funding in early 2005.TripItTripit is an app that manages your travel planning. Emre Sokullu reviewed it when it presented at TechCrunch40 in September. With TripIt, you forward incoming bookings to [email protected] and the system manages the rest.Their patent pending “itinerator” technology is a baby step in the semantic web – itextracts useful infomation from these mails and makes a well structured andorganized presentation of your travel plan. It pulls out information from Wikipedia for the places that you visit. It usesmicroformats – the iCal format, which is well integrated into GCalendar andother calendar software.The company claimed at TC40 that “instead of dealing with 20 pages of planning, you just print out 3pages and everything is done for you”. Their future plans include a recommendation engine which will tell you where togo and who to meet.Clear Forest Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanuslast_img read more

Google ushers in the Age of Conversational Ads with the launch of AdLingo

first_imgMarketers now have a new generally-available ad type for their campaigns: conversational ads.That’s the result of Google’s launch on Tuesday of its new AdLingo conversational marketing platform, which provides a display ad-like framework into which conversational ads can be placed.Concurrent with the AdLingo announcement, Google said it was working with three providers of conversational ads: ad/marketing intelligence firm Valassis Digital, conversational commerce provider LivePerson, and chatbot provider Take.A display ad performing like a messaging app. AdLingo provides the first generally available format for conversational ads outside of messaging apps. “Google provides the ad,” Valassis VP of Strategy Mike Balducci told me, “and we serve the chat.” In essence, he said, Google has built a display ad that performs like a messaging app.Some history. Previous efforts have included ads on Facebook Messenger and other messaging apps, and IBM’s Watson Ads, which launched in 2016 only on the IBM-owned and the Weather Channel app and which have recently been made available for any publisher. IBM’s ads, of course, may offer a deeper and more convincing interaction because it is conversation powered by Watson, the Jeopardy-winning supercomputer.Balducci noted that his company has been providing conversational ads since 2016, mostly on Messenger, using the Microsoft Bot Framework and the natural language processor.He added that the responses in Valassis’ AdLingo ads, such as a campaign for Kia, have mostly been canned, with the ad seeking limited info instead of conducting a wide-ranging conversation.The Kia ads, for instance, question the user about currently owned cars in order to estimate a trade-in value, and offer access to inventory for nearby dealers.Delivery and cost basis. AdLingo ads are served programmatically through Google’s ad network, and, like most display ads, the cost is impression-based CPM. But the real value to marketers is the user interaction, which could last minutes and for which there is no additional charge.Why it matters to marketers. While Balducci said he didn’t have any stats yet as to whether conversational ads work better than regular ones, one clear advantage is that marketers can now present conversational ads outside the walls of messaging apps, notably Facebook Messenger, and, until recently, IBM’s Weather properties.The interaction data received by the brand is essentially the same as has been available through, say, Messenger. But, Balducci added, his initial estimates indicate that the cost of engagement for conversational ads through Google’s AdLingo is lower than on Messenger.This story first appeared on MarTech Today. For more on marketing technology, The post Google ushers in the Age of Conversational Ads with the launch of AdLingo appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Google ushers in the Age of Conversational Ads with the launch of AdLingo HomeDigital MarketingGoogle ushers in the Age of Conversational Ads with the launch of AdLingo Google ushers in the Age of Conversational Ads with the launch of AdLingoYou are here: Posted on 18th October 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

LeEco to drop $3 billion on self-driving car plant

first_imgRelated Posts Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… David Curry For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#autonomous cars#China#electric cars#LeEco#LeSee#Self-Driving center_img IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… LeEco announced last week a $3 billion industrial park that it plans to build in Huzhou City, Zhejiang to rival Tesla’s Gigafactory.The complex, which will be built in two parts, will manufacture the LeSee electric car, car batteries and electric motors, and serve as an R&D center for self-driving and other emerging automotive tech.See Also: Faraday Future to test autonomous cars in MichiganThe first phase of construction is set to begin late this year or early next year. It will cover an area of 4,300 acres and should be able to produce 200,000 cars annually. LeEco didn’t give a date when the second phase would start, but said it should reach 400,000 cars when finished.Its an ambitious project, especially considering LeEco apparently doesn’t have a license to produce electric cars in China. The company has applied for a license, but so far has not received confirmation.LeEco is undeterred, saying that the license isn’t a major deal.It was looking for a partner to build the LeSee, possibly Beijing Auto or Guangzhou Auto, but decided to build its own industrial park instead. The factory could save LeEco money on production, though investors worry with the $2 billion purchase of Vizio, the Beijing-based firm is spreading itself too thin.Where are all of LeEco’s investments?Some also wonder where LeEco is getting the funds to pay for all of these huge investments. The Information and Bloomberg both reported some fishy borrowing and spending by CEO Jia Yueting, hinting at a lack of corporate oversight on leader decisions and finances.LeEco has a large stake in Faraday Future, the autonomous car company that has shown up to CES 2015 and 2016 and is working with Aston Martin to build an electric car, so if it doesn’t get a license to build in China, it still has some connection to the automotive market.People have questioned LeEco before for its extremely aggressive push into new markets. The Le 1 and Le Max both were underpriced and high performance smartphones, but both sold well and the company reported a small profit in the months following.A car costs quite a bit more than a smartphone to manufacture however, and this will be a real test to see if LeEco can play by the Chinese regulators rules, keep its finances in check, and sell a fully functional, high performance electric car. 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

How To Keep In Touch On Game Day

first_imgTouch Football Australia will be reporting live on the game on the TFA Facebook and Twitter pages, so if you are unable to make the event, be sure to be visiting these pages regularly from 6.30pm tonight. Highlights of the three matches each day will be able to be viewed on the TFA YouTube channel shortly after each day’s games conclude, while match reports will also be able to be viewed on the TFA and event websites.Be sure to send in your messages of support on our Facebook and Twitter pages or you can email [email protected] and we’ll post them on the website. Good luck to the three Australian teams!There are plenty of ways to keep in touch with the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, which will be held at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Thursday, 26 April to Saturday, 28 April 2012, including in the following ways: Websites: Facebook – Twitter – (be sure to use the hashtag #transtasman2012 in your tweets) YouTube – read more

Reader question: How do I get a corporate grant?

first_imgToday, I’m answering another reader question:What are your suggestions for approaching corporations about giving to our non-profit? The ones with grants have specific request methods. Others give to charities, but it often seems sort of a random process, such as who has the ear of the president this week. What’s the best way to handle this?Here are four quick thoughts for Judy. For more thoughts, read what Wal-Mart and other companies had to say on this topic here.1. Know the company – do they have a formal grant process with clear objectives for social good or is it more ad hoc? Do your homework on the corporation and frame your issue according to what you learn about the company’s top philanthropic and business agendas. What can you find out about the individual you are approaching? How does your cause speak to what the company or individual cares about?2. Get to the heart of your cause and why it matters to people. It’s important to reach the heart not just the mind. Tell stories and use examples of the difference the company could make – just don’t forget to tie that message back to #1!3. Talk about how the cause drives business interests in addition to social good. Is your cause a way for the company to draw a distinction from competitors, a way to build employee engagement or a means to boost the brand in your community?4. Start small if you’re hitting a wall. Propose a simple, small grant for a pilot project. That will be easier to get approved – and once you show the impact, you can use that success to ask for more.last_img read more

Where to Find NFG at NTC

first_imgWe’re really excited to have this year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference right in our back yard here in Washington, DC. If you’ll be in town for the conference, please make sure you stop by and say hi. We’d love to see you!Here are all the ways you can get in touch with Network for Good while you’re at NTC:NTC Science Fair: Visit us at booth #235 to meet our team, take a picture in our photo booth, pick up some NFG swag, and learn about how to make the most of Network for Good’s online fundraising tools. Don’t forget, the Science Fair is open to the public. So even if you’re not registered for the conference, come by to say hello!Breakout Sessions: Join our Director of Content Strategy, Caryn Stein, for two breakout sessions on Friday, March 14, 201410:30 am: The Amazing Data Show: How Donors Are Giving and How Nonprofits Are Investing in Our Growing Digital Landscape3:30 pm: The Power of Technology and the Millennial GenerationProgressive Party: Come meet the whole Network for Good team and help us celebrate processing $1billion in donations! We’ll be providing food, drinks, and tons of fun on Friday, March 14, 2014 from 9-11pm ET in downtown DC.We hope to see you at one (or all!) of these events next week.last_img read more