Third-seeded Stephen Shirley won the men’s Class Two title while Scott Jones lifted the Class Three crown in two early finals at the Jamaica National (JN) Open Tennis Championships at the Liguanea Club yesterday. Shirley stopped long-time rival, the top-seeded Leighton Burton 6-2, 2-6, 6-1. It was Shirley’s first win over his “main rival” in the last five meetings between the Class Two veterans. For his win, Shirley copped a prize from Singer and took home a shiny trophy. “I feel very good to win. Burton is a very tough competitor and the number one seed, and it’s always good to beat the number one,” he told The Sunday Gleaner after his win. His rival, Burton, said: “This is the biggest rivalry in Class Two. We have met five times in the finals and it is his (Stephen Shirley) first win,” he joked. Jones, the number one seed, rallied to beat number two seed, Jermaine Case 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in another exciting affair. His prizes were also a trophy and Singer gift. Jones entered the match with a slipped disc, but was determined to win, so he took pain killers. He had been out of the sport for eight months. It was Jones’ fourth consecutive Class Three final, but his first win. “I am very happy for this win and looking forward to taking Class Two home in the coming year,” he said.
1 Switzerland star Breel Embolo in action On Thursday afternoon, more Manchester United transfer reports came out, this time linking them with a move for Breel Embolo.The Swiss youngster, 19, is highly-rated having impressed with Basel and will be representing his nation at Euro 2016.Tottenham had been interested in the player but now it’s the Red Devils being connected to the forward in his homeland.So how are fans reacting to the latest speculation? See what Manchester United supporters had to say on Twitter below…
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Location Check-ins Location has been a big trend this year and it affected the shopping sector too (indeed, some would say that the future of location apps is shopping). A good example was American Express and Federated Media announcing in August a free iPhone app, called Social Currency, built on the Foursquare platform. [disclosure: Federated Media sells advertising for ReadWriteWeb]The app lets users track things they want to buy, upload photos of purchases, and comment on what their friends do – all the while pushing the updates to Twitter and Foursquare.Facebook Shopping This year Facebook has made huge bounds forward as a business and it has touched many sectors: including shopping. In June, Amazon added connectivity to Facebook in order to provide product suggestions based on likes and favorites pulled from your social graph.By connecting your account, you allow Amazon to scrape the interests and favorites of your friends. You can then view suggested gift ideas based on this data.Amazon also will populate lists of items that are popular among all of your friends, as well as suggestions based on your own interests. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Groupon isn’t the only game in town for daily deals – we mentioned some of its competitors in September.Real-Time Social ShoppingIn June, Amazon bought online auction phenomenon Woot. At the time our own Marshall Kirkpatrick called the deal “a marriage of light- and heavy-weight supply chains,” but also noted that Woot is bringing real-time social shopping to Amazon.Woot’s core service is to offer one highly discounted item for sale each day, until either time or inventory runs out. The items are of variable quality, but are often just good enough to buy. richard macmanus Tags:#2010 in Review#e-commerce#Features#NYT#web#Year in Review Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts In 2010, we’ve seen the rise of so-called “social shopping” services. They rely heavily on technologies such as social networking, crowdsourcing and smart phone scanners. Here we present five of the main social shopping developments of 2010. This kicks off a series of posts that will be published over November and December, looking back on the biggest web technology trends of the year.The Web has of course always had an impact on shopping, from the dot.com flame and burns (Boo.com anyone?) to e-commerce success stories like Amazon.com and eBay. So what’s new in 2010?ReadWriteWeb’s 2010 In Review:Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2010Top 10 RSS and Syndication Technologies of 2010Best BigCo of 2010: FacebookTop Trends of 2010: App StoresMost Promising Company For 2011: SimpleGeoTop Trends of 2010: Internet TVTop 10 Startups of 2010Top Trends of 2010: PrivacyDaily Deals One of the biggest success stories of 2010 has been daily deals provider Groupon. In October we interviewed Groupon CTO Ken Pelletier to find out why Groupon has been growing so fast. He told us that Groupon’s growth has had “a really strong word of mouth element” to it.Why has social software caught on with shopping? Pelletier explained that “people like to share a deal with friends for a variety of reasons. Maybe to help them save money, or maybe they want to plan to do something together. Or for a lot of social reasons.” Groupon receives a “high level of social sharing”, he said, and the service gets a lot of activity on Twitter and Facebook. Bar Code Scanning Another trend to ramp up in 2010 was scanning barcodes using your smartphone. While technically this isn’t “social shopping,” it’s an enabler of much better information for consumers – which is inevitably shared to the wider Web. There are a variety of mobile apps that enable bar code scanning and eBay bought one of them in June: Red Laser. Amazon also got into the barcode scanning game in 2010, with Amazon Mobile. Red Laser was one of the first iPhone applications to become popular with barcode scanning early adopters. The app allows customers to use their phone to scan barcodes of products on store shelves, in order to receive price comparisons from a database of merchants.Barcode scanning is a rapidly growing market. According to data from industry leader ScanLife, the use of barcode scanners is up 700% in 2010. Other products in this market include Best Buy-funded Tecca and Google’s image recognition service Google Goggles.So overall, 2010 has been a busy year for social technologies in the retail sector. Tell us some of your favorite moments this year in social shopping, or the apps you’ve come to rely on to help with your shopping.With thanks to the coverage and analysis of Sarah Perez, Marshall Kirkpatrick, Adrienne Jeffries and Chris Cameron.
Gasoline- or propane-powered generatorsWe have considered a small portable or stationary propane generator. But such generators are obnoxiously loud for occupants and neighbors alike, require a fuel storage tank, have to be tested monthly, require periodic maintenance, and get pricey for larger capacities.That all seems an excessive one-time cost, plus a monthly chore we don’t need. Pipes might freezeEven if a loss of power seldom happens, what’s the impact if it does? There can be a substantial effect if it occurs in winter. Unless you heat with a wood stove, you need electricity to run the electrical motors on an oil- or gas-fired boiler, or the fan on a hot air system, or even the impeller on a pellet stove. So it could be a bone-chillin’ stay in the house while you await electrical power to be restored.More critical is preventing water pipes in the house from freezing. When warmer temperatures return, a burst water pipe can cause enormous damage to furnishings and even the structure of the house, particularly if it occurs in a concealed wall. That is a special concern for us as we will likely become “snowbirds” traveling to warmer climates during the deep throes of winter.Fortunately, a frozen pipe in Edgewaterhaus is a very unlikely event, thanks to the robust building envelope of a Passivhaus building. We’ve heard one Passihaus owner in upstate Massachusetts say he left for a week in winter when temperatures dropped below freezing most of the time, but the home’s interior stayed in the high 50s, according to the data-logger he installed to monitor building performance.We have no critical business or medical electrical usage needs. So our risk is really a lifestyle impact, and potential food loss in the summer. That suggests a no- or low-cost electrical backup approach. Power outages are rareNeighbors tell us that it is rare to lose power for more than a few hours. Most such situations are due to trees falling on power lines during storms. Users can notify Central Maine Power of a power failure by email or phone. CMP has recently implemented a slick web-based electrical power outage map. You can zoom to multiple levels of details, from the total area of service down to local street level, with summary information on the number of affected customers. That’s reassuring. RELATED ARTICLES Using a PV array in a power outageWhat are our choices for low-cost backup systems?We toured a nearby home with a roof-mounted photovoltaic system and a sophisticated – read expensive – series of deep-cycle batteries along with controllers to keep the batteries fully charged and a means to safely disconnect the house from the grid when you resort to battery power. We will have a photovoltaic system, but I don’t like the high cost of such a backup system, nor the idea of storing and maintaining batteries in the house. You’d also have to hope for sunny days during the outage to replenish the batteries. BLOGS BY ROGER NORMAND Looking Through Windows — Part 7Designing Superinsulated WallsCutting Down Trees and Milling LumberA Visit to the Local SawmillSeeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 1Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 2Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 3Can We Get More and Pay Less To Keep About The Same? Though there have been few brief power interruptions in this area, there is always a risk of widespread and extended power loss due winter ice storms. Many Maine communities have been without electrical power for days going on weeks when this occurs. Planning for Backup Power in an All-Electric HouseGas Lines Point to a Need for ResilienceHow to Live Comfortably Off the Grid Do Grid-Tied Photovoltaic Systems Really Have an Advantage? Should we include a backup electrical power supply for Edgewaterhaus, since it will be an all-electric home? If so, we should include provisions for a backup electrical source as part of the overall plan, whether we decide to implement it now or later.Backup power is like insurance: if you don’t collect a benefit while the insurance policy is in effect, all of your insurance payments were a complete waste of money. Conversely, if you collect a substantial benefit, you can pat yourself on the back for having made such a prescient investment.There are two questions to consider in deciding whether to buy a backup electrical power capability: What is the likelihood that we lose power, whether for a matter of hours or days? And what is the impact in terms of financial loss or lifestyle accommodations? Your Prius can provide emergency electricitySo I was intrigued with an innovative approach I saw while attending the Building Energy 2012 symposium in Boston in March. Converdant makes a “plug-out” kit that allows a Toyota Prius to serve as a home backup electrical generator! What an interesting concept.Why buy a separate generator when we could temporarily tap into our 2010 Prius’s efficient electrical generator, sophisticated electronic management system, battery reservoir, and ultra-quiet operation when the engine is running to recharge the batteries? No separate monthly testing required; system testing occurs each time you drive the car. No need for a separate propane storage tank; the Prius includes an 11-gallon gasoline tank easily refilled at any service station. The Converdant plug-out cost: $800 for a 2-kW kit, $1,300 for a 3-kW kit, and $1,800 for a 4-kW kit, plus an estimated $100 to install an electrical connection on the Prius, and a means to connect to the circuit(s) you want to energize.I can only think of a few downsides and one concern. The downsides: you must manually connect the Prius to the Converdant device each time you need backup electrical power; you must either park the Prius outside, or channel the exhaust fumes outside the garage. There is no instant-on switching capability as some dedicated backup generators provide. There will be periods without electrical power. That’s not a big deal for us.The concern regards the effect on the Toyota warranty. Toyota warrants the Prius hybrid system for 96 months or 100,000 miles. Would including an aftermarket product like the Converdant plug-out device void the Toyota warranty? No, according to the FAQ page on the Converdant website, which state that the Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act would require Toyota to prove that the Converdant device caused the hybrid system failure. I wonder whether there has been a real life test of this situation. Specifying a panel with a transfer switchFor now, we will hedge our bet. For less than an additional $100 above the cost of a typical electrical panel, we will specify a generator-ready electrical panel with an integrated transfer switch: the bus on the upper portion of the panel powers only grid energized circuits; the bus on the lower level powers circuits either from the grid or a standby generator.Under normal conditions, all circuits are powered via the grid. But manually throw the transfer switch in the middle of the panel, and all upper circuits are cut off and all lower circuits are powered via the backup generator.Using the Prius as a backup electrical generator sounds very interesting. We also plan to include a circuit to the garage to allow recharging a future plug-in hybrid or all-electric vehicle. [Editor’s note: Roger and Lynn Normand are building a [no-glossary]Passivhaus[/no-glossary] in Maine. This is the 19th article in a series that will follow their project from planning through construction.] The first article in this series was Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus Project. Roger Normand’s construction blog is called EdgewaterHaus.