Cape Town’s new bus system

first_img2010 host city Cape Town is getting anadvanced integrated rapid transportsystem, just in time for the World Cup. The Green Point stadium construction site.The stadium precinct will link to the citycentre, airport and residential areas in thecity bowl.(Images: City of Cape Town)Janine ErasmusIn May 2008 the City of Cape Town unveiled plans for a world-class integrated rapid transport system. Now the first phase has received the green light and will be operational by March 2010, say city authorities. The entire four-phase project will be implemented over the next 10 to 12 years.An integrated rapid transport (IRT) system brings various modes of public transport together into a united effort, and takes priority over private transport.“In the context of our goal of infrastructure-led economic growth and job creation, this is possibly our single most important project,” said Cape Town mayor Helen Zille, recently voted the world’s top mayor for 2008 by the London-based World Mayor Project.“The 2010 Football World Cup is our chance to show the world what we are capable of as a city and as a nation,” commented Zille. “It is one of our best opportunities to market Cape Town as an investment and tourist destination. It is also an important opportunity to fast forward a few years in infrastructure investment, and create a lasting legacy for our citizens.”Cape Town’s IRT system will bring the city up to the required standard for the national Department of Transport’s 2010 host city transport operations plan, as well as the host city agreement signed with Fifa. These plans will make maximum use of existing transport resources, ensuring that security and emergency response strategies are in place, and catering to those with special needs.However, Cape Town citizens will benefit from the new system for many years to come. The initial Phase 1A is designed to demonstrate the system’s capabilities and garner maximum public support ahead of the expansion into the full Phase 1 plan. Each phase has been designed to be financially self-sustaining independent of any future development.Better bus serviceCape Town’s system largely involves an efficient and reliable bus service that will run in two parts – main or trunk routes and feeder routes. The trunk routes will feature dedicated bus lanes, in most cases in the middle of the road, for special 18m articulated vehicles. These vehicles will feature wide doors to allow many people to embark and disembark simultaneously into weatherproof stations, while fares will be collected beforehand using smart cards at station entrances.The emphasis is on easy access between the system and other transport options such as bicycles, taxis and walking, as well as convenience for children, the elderly and the disabled. In addition, vehicles will feature clean, low-noise technology and the whole system is designed as an environmental showcase for Cape Town.The feeder services will connect communities with trunk routes using use smaller 8m and 12m vehicles running on normal streets. Passengers will pay with smart cards as they board. These services are expected to run for longer hours than the city’s current public transport systems.Linking the city and communitiesThe R1.3-billion ($130-million) phase 1A will link Cape Town International Airport and the inner city with the Green Point stadium precinct, a requirement of Cape Town’s status as 2010 host city. Key destinations in the city include Central Station, the V&A Waterfront, Long Street, Sea Point, as well as Hout Bay. Nearby residential areas such as Tamboerskloof, Oranjezicht, Vredehoek and Gardens will be serviced by the feeder system.The inner city service will provide an affordable and convenient way of getting around, not just for the millions of tourists who are expected to pour into South Africa’s host cities during the weeks of the Fifa World Cup, but also for the many thousands of people who live and work in Cape Town’s city bowl.The airport link will provide rapid, high frequency services between the airport and the city centre, Green Point and Sea Point via the N2 freeway’s dedicated bus and minibus taxi lane, which went live on 1 August 2007. The bus lane is already proving to be a great success, getting city commuters to their destinations with a 20 minute saving over previous journey times.Phase 1A will also reach out to high-density residential areas and low-income communities up the west coast, including Bloubergstrand, Table View, Mamre, Atlantis, Doornbach and Du Noon. Many of these communities currently have no sustainable public transport option to boost employment and the new service is expected to breathe new life into the region as well as alleviate high levels of traffic congestion closer to Cape Town.The next three phases will cover the northern and southern suburbs and the Cape Flats communities of Mitchell’s Plain, Khayelitsha, Delft and Blue Downs, as well as the university town of Stellenbosch, located about 50km from the Cape Town city centre.Public participationIn order to ensure that public needs and concerns are met, the City is holding a series of information meetings during October and November 2008. The meetings will involve communities, people and businesses affected by the first phase.City authorities are also working to provide all existing bus and minibus owners the opportunity to participate in the Cape Town IRT system.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com. 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VC Series A Web Tech Deals in July

first_imgRelated Posts We have been tracking Series A deals in Web technology since the market mayhem in October 2008, and since May we have been working with ChubbyBrain, which tracks this kind of data full-time. Early-stage funding is important for the whole economy, so we decided to report every month, not waiting for quarterly data. The executive summary for July: steady progress and a lot of deals in the Boston area. Read on for details.Healthy Month-to-Month TrendJuly clocked in at $93.5 million, ahead of June’s $77.1 million but behind May’s blistering $103.2 million.Here are the month-to-month growth numbers for seed and Series A deals in the Web and mobile space in the US:January: $30.3 millionFebruary: $45.5 millionMarch: $55.7 millionApril: $73.7 millionMay: $103.2 millionJune: $77.1 millionJuly: $93.5 millionSteady progress is not an exciting headline, but it is good news for the economy. To put it in perspective, this is double what we saw in that dismal first quarter.Regional ViewMassachusetts was pretty hot with 5 deals, totaling $20.53 million. As usual, California led the pack with 12 deals, but Massachusetts (with 5 deals for a slightly higher average investment amount) definitely held its own. New York weighed in with 2 deals for $13 million.Which Ventures Received Money?AboutUsActiFioAkiba TechnologiesAloqaApperianAppStoreHQBizmoreBlingNationBump TechnologiesCoTweetCross-Platform CorpDataxuEgnyteExtreme ReachFlyCastGround TruthGuestCentric SystemsGumGumHome-AccountIntent MediaLottayMixamoNEXAGENibi SoftwarePriceDripProject Fair BidSawbuck RealtyStyleCasterTuneInUnboundIDWhich VCs Wired Money?Co-investors are shown on a single line.2G AssociatesAH BeloAtlas Venture, Flybridge Capital PartnersBaseline Ventures, Founders Fund, First Round Capital, SV Angel, Maples Investments, Freestyle CapitalBlackBerry Partners Fund, GrandBanks CapitalCommon AngelsDan GilbertDFJ FrontierFoundation Capital, North Bridge Venture PartnersFounders Co-opGranite Global Ventures, Keynote VenturesGreylock Partners, North Bridge Venture PartnersGRP PartnersInovCapital, Turismo CapitalKleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Reid HoffmanLightspeed Venture Partners, Meck and Camp VenturesMatrix PartnersMayfield Fund, First Round Capital, Foundation CapitalPolaris Ventures, Maples InvestmentsRembrandt Venture Partners, Freedom Financial NetworkSilverton PartnersSteamboat Ventures, Voyager Capital, Seapoint VenturesTrue VenturesVillage Ventures, Greycroft Partners, Long River VenturesVistage InternationalVoyager CapitalWellington PartnersY Combinator A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#startups center_img bernard lunn Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

40% of New Mechanical Turkers’ Work Requests Are Now For Spamming – What a Lost Opportunity!

first_imgWhat if you were given incredible powers but had such a limited imagination that you only used them to pollute the internet with spam? That’s what’s happening to the powerful distributed labor marketplace of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, where requesters pay small sums of money for people around the world to perform small tasks that only a human can do. You can use Mechanical Turk to do incredible things – but it turns out that most people don’t. Many just use it to hire an army of spammers. A new study by NYU academics Professor Panos Ipeirotis, Dahn Tamir and Priya Kanth studied all the new Mechanical Turk requester accounts that have been created over the last two months and found that more than 40% of their requests were for the workers to commit acts of spam. The team used Mechanical Turk itself to evaluate the tasks submitted, but they had to take extra steps after their own requests for work came back filled with spammy, random input from workers who didn’t care. The whole situation is a tragic loss of opportunity – because there are some really fantastic things you can use this service for.The Good NewsWhat’s the screenshot at the top of this post? That’s the end result of a Mechanical Turk project I did a few months ago. I was blogging about a high-powered technology conference called Techonomy and in preparation for the event, I submitted all of the attendees’ names to Mechanical Turk. I asked the workers to find the Twitter username, web home page URL, US or International designation and gender for each person’s name. I had 3 people look at each name (for quality control) and paid 15 cents for each task.The people in the system processed hundreds of names in just a few hours for about $50, much faster than I could have done myself. Meanwhile, I was able to spend my time doing other things.Once they were done, I created all kinds of resources with the information they procured, including a Twitter list of the women attending the Techonomy conference. I then imported that Twitter list into the fabulous service Flipboard, which creates a personalized iPad magazine from the links shared by any list of Twitter users. Thus I now have a daily, dynamic, multi-touch personalized magazine on my iPad made up of the content shared by women who attended the Techonomy conference. That’s pretty awesome. Thanks, Mechanical Turk!The Bad NewsA whole lot of the work being done on Mechanical Turk is downright spammy. That’s a problem for me as a Mechanical Turk work requester because it creates an atmosphere of low quality work and indifference. It’s a problem for me as a web user because I have to deal with the spam – in my search results, in my blog comments and in my email.The NYU team used the following criteria to determine whether a task was spam:After studying 5842 task groups submitted by 1733 new users, the group drew the following conclusions:SEO: Asks me to give a fake rating, vote, review, comment, or “like” on Facebook, YouTube, DIGG, etc., or to create fake mail or website accounts.Fake accounts: Asks me to create an account on Twitter, Facebook, and then perform a likely spam action. Lead Gen: Asks me to go to a website and sign up for a trial, complete an offer, fill out a form requesting information, “test” a data-entry form, etc.Fake clicks: Asks me to go to a website and click on ads.Fake ads: Asks me to post an ad to Craigslist or other marketplace.Personal Info: Asks me for my real name, phone number, full mailing address or email.You can also use your intuition to classify the HIT Tags:#crowdsourcing#Data Services#web marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 40% of the HITs from new requesters are spam. 30% of the new requesters are clear spammers.The spam HITs have bigger value than the legitimate ones. That’s bad news, but it could be worse. We wrote about the proliferation of social media spam requests on Mechanical Turk two and a half years ago and though the types of spam have changed (hello, Facebook “Likes” and R.I.P. Delicious) it’s not clear that it’s gotten any worse. We do have a baseline now, so hopefully these same academics can study the marketplace again in a year and see whether things have grown more or less spammy. They say Amazon is indifferent to the reality of how much hired spam is coming out of Mechanical Turk – and that is in truth a bad thing, for all of us. The culture of work on the site could really be improved, and thus the end product would improve.It would be a terrible shame if Mechanical Turk was shut down – but it’s also tragic that this is how so many people are using it. Come on everybody, Mechanical Turk is made of people – let’s do more interesting things with it! Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

An Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img By now, photovoltaic (PV) panels are familiar to most Americans. You’ve seen them on your hand-held calculator, on top of illuminated highway signs, and maybe even on your neighbors’ roofs. With PV systems becoming more common, perhaps you’ve been dreaming of making some homemade electricity. The dream is achievable, as long as you own a sunny patch of lawn or an unshaded south-facing rooftop, and as long as you have a bank balance of several thousand dollars.A PV array is made up of rectangular modules (or panels) that measure between 2 and 5 feet on a side. The most common type of PV module has an aluminum frame and a glass cover protecting a collection polycrystalline PV cells. When exposed to light, each PV cell produces 0.5 volt DC — so if you add up the number of cells and divide by 2, you know the voltage of the module. The best performing commercially available PV cells are roughly 20% efficient at converting solar energy into electricity.Unlike polycrystalline PV cells, thin-film (amorphous) PV products are manufactured on a flexible sheet. These thin-film PV products have many applications; for example, they are used to make PV roof shingles and peel-and-stick membranes designed for use on metal roofing. Thin-film PV products have relatively low efficiencies — usually in the range of 10% to 12% — so they require almost twice the area required for a polycrystalline PV array with the same electrical output.Both polycrystalline and thin-film PV arrays produce DC power. This DC electricity can be used directly to charge a battery; in most homes, however, the solar electricity is sent to an inverter that converts the DC power to AC. The inverter’s AC output can then be used directly by the homeowners or fed into the power grid.Most grid-connected PV systems won’t provide any… last_img read more

U.S. DoD needs “immediate action” to win the AI war

first_imgThe Department of Defense (DOD) Science Board has released a broad study on autonomy, recommending “immediate action” to counter enemy artificial intelligence.In the study, the science board found that commercial and academic AI is moving at a faster speed than military operations. It warned that if this continued, the U.S. military may face the same threats from adversaries that used cyber warfare to extract information from the Pentagon and other high value military targets, but on a much grander scale.See Also: BAE Systems debuts wearable charging tactical vest“For years, it has been clear that certain countries could, and most likely would, develop the technology to use cyber and electronic warfare against U.S. forces,” said the study’s authors. “Yet most of the U.S. effort focused on developing offensive cyber capabilities without commensurate attention to hardening U.S. systems against attacks from others.”“Unfortunately, in both domains, that neglect has resulted in DoD spending large sums of money today to ‘patch’ systems against potential attacks.”It advised the DOD to gather intelligence on other nation’s AI developments, especially China and Russia. Once it has found sufficient data, teams at the DOD should develop “counter-autonomy” solutions and ways to overwhelm the system, says the science board.DoD late out of the blocks with adversariesThe DOD should also invest resources into developing learning AI systems that can be deployed onto the battlefield. These systems could recognize weaknesses in the enemy’s defense or strategy, though self-thinking systems are far away from becoming reality.China and Russia are both supposedly developing AI systems to deploy on the battlefield. China has even boasted about AI robots and autonomous tanks, which could be deployed in the next few years.According to the report, China has an advantage in the AI battle, since it does not have the same worries that a truly self-thinking system could cause catastrophic damage if it goes rogue. That could be a massive disadvantage, if the U.S. or any other nation is able to create programs to attack the AI and manipulate it.DARPA, the research and development wing of the DOD, has ran a few autonomous tests in the past decade. It could be influential in finding engineers and startups to shore up the U.S. AI deficiencies. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#DoD#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#military#Pentagon#robots#top Follow the Puck David Currylast_img read more

Alisson ready for injury return as Liverpool visit Manchester United

first_img Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott banned by FA over video mocking Harry Kane Reuse this content Read more Share on Pinterest The Premier League leaders have been without their influential keeper since the opening game of the season but, nine weeks after damaging a calf muscle against Norwich, the 27-year-old is expected to reclaim his place at Old Trafford.Alisson has undergone an intensive and individually tailored training programme over the past week without repercussions. The Brazil international, named Uefa’s goalkeeper of 2018-19 during this injury lay-off, is fit to replace Adrián, who has proven an impressive deputy for Jürgen Klopp’s side and boasts a 100% record in the Premier League as a Liverpool player.Mohamed Salah, who sustained an ankle injury against Leicester before the international break, is also expected to be fit for Sunday. Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Manchester United Share on Messenger Topics Premier League news Share on LinkedIn Liverpool will have Alisson available for the visit to Manchester United on Sunday after their first-choice goalkeeper stepped up his recovery from injury during the international break. Liverpool Share via Email Share on Facebooklast_img read more

6 recovery tips that elite touch players use

first_imgSimple post-workout habits that’ll help you come back stronger in your next workout, thanks to Karley Banks, assistant coach for the Men’s 20s team at the 2018 Youth World Cup1. Make sure you post-hydrate. It’s not just about hydrating during exercise. If you’ve exercised in the heat and sweated a lot, you may benefit from consuming electrolytes, not just water. The best bet is a low-calorie drink that contains electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium.2. Warm down. An active rather than static recovery is best – a light jog including replicating a few game movements at a very reduced level. Then go through major muscle group stretching exercises for a simple and fast way to help your muscles recover.3. Get on the roller therapy train. Self-massaging with foam rollers, bands and balls helps reduce muscle soreness and allows tissues and muscles to repair, regenerate and recover. Of course if you can have one, a full body massage can also aid recovery.4. Try water therapy. After a particularly hard session is when ice baths, pool sessions or contrast water therapy (alternating hot and cold showers) can benefit to help you recover faster, reduce muscle soreness and prevent injury.5. Eat right. Post-workout, you must refuel your body with high-quality protein and complex carbohydrates to recover, repair tissue, get stronger and be ready for your next session. Popular options: wholegrain toast with hummus; yoghurt with muesli; a protein shake and banana.6. Wear compression garments afterwards. Even if you didn’t wear compression gear during the workout, wearing them after can reduce muscle swelling and fatigue.last_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini: Enough chances for at least Watford point

first_imgWest Ham boss Pellegrini: Enough chances for at least Watford pointby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini felt they created enough chances to earn something from defeat to Watford.Gerard Deulofeu sealed a 2-0 Watford victory after Troy Deeney had scored a first half penalty.“I think we deserved a little bit more, at least to draw the game, as we had too many options,” Pellegrini observed. “We played most of the game one goal behind and it is always more difficult for the team to play under pressure and it’s easier for Watford [once they are in front].“They are a very good team and they played a good game and when you are winning 1-0 you have more time to prepare the actions in the last third. We hit the post twice and had two or three clear options to draw this game.“Maybe we felt the pressure losing 1-0 at the beginning of the game, but there are so many things in football that can happen and be why you don’t score. In the last game [at Fulham] we had two chances and we scored two but today we couldn’t score one.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Absolutely Torches NCAA, Rival Conferences In Sports Illustrated Interview

first_imgJim Harbaugh winces as he looks on from the sideline.BLOOMINGTON, IN – OCTOBER 14: Jim Harbaugh the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines watches the action during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Jim HarbaughYouTube/Jim HarbaughWe knew that Jim Harbaugh would respond to the recent NCAA vote to ban satellite camps. That was a certainty. Even with the Michigan head coach’s history of lashing out, we wouldn’t have predicted just how hard Harbaugh swung back in response. In an interview with Sports Illustrated‘s Michael Rosenberg, Harbaugh slams the NCAA, and even the term “student-athlete” in light of the vote.As Harbaugh tells SI : “The incompetence of the NCAA has reared its ugly head yet again.” …Harbaugh says the ruling was “knee-jerk … like somebody was shaving in the morning, cut themselves when they were shaving and said, ‘Let’s just ban satellite camps.’“I mean, what’s it based on? A survey? There wasn’t a lot of discussion or study. What are the facts? What are the perils and merits of making that decision? It just seemed lacking in that regard.”Satellite camps are no new concept, but Harbaugh put a special emphasis on them after taking over at Michigan, with a specific target on the Southeast, home of many ACC and SEC power programs.“During the NCAA basketball tournament we discuss the term ‘student-athlete’ ad nauseam in promoting our governing institution and our member institutions. Then, when we have an opportunity to truly promote the ‘student-athlete’ with a concept shared by educators and football men from all backgrounds, our leadership goes into hiding.“I suggest we drop the term ‘student-athlete’ for consistency.”Harbaugh wasn’t afraid to take targeted swipes at rival coaches either, specifically Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze who recently defended the decision.“It seems to be outrage by the SEC and ACC,” Harbaugh says. “They power-brokered that out … the image that comes to my mind is guys in a back room smoking cigars, doing what they perceive is best for them. It certainly isn’t the best thing for the youngsters. It’s not the best thing for the student-athletes.”Harbaugh saw Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze say, “I’m away from my family enough, and I just did not want to go,” and it did not sit well with him.Says Harbaugh: “You’ve got a guy sitting in a big house, making $5 million a year, saying he does not want to sacrifice his time. That is not a kindred spirit to me. What most of these coaches are saying is they don’t want to work harder.” While some may assume Harbaugh is the coach affected most, he’s done a great job at Michigan so far, and that program rarely needs help on the recruiting trail. He’ll get his players. This really hurts small schools that aren’t in talent-rich areas this most, and players who aren’t in position to receive the exposure that those in places like Florida, Georgia, and Texas receive. We’ll see if Harbaugh’s complaints hold real weight, or if they will just fall on deaf ears.[Campus Rush]last_img read more

Video: Watch Nick Saban Get Heated About Satellite Camps, Need For CFB Commissioner

first_imgNick Saban gets heated at the podium.Alabama head coach Nick Saban got a little heated during somewhat of a rant about satellite football camps and the need for a college football commissioner. Simply against the idea of satellite football camps, and with little belief in the positive narrative surrounding them, Saban let loose Tuesday afternoon in front of the media at the SEC Spring Meetings. As usual, AL.com was on the scene and posted the video to YouTube. AL.com did a terrific job describing the scene as Saban went off, and you can watch their video in its entirety here.last_img read more