NBA free agency: How will the Warriors fare with a young roster?

first_imgSACRAMENTO – The day has mostly consisted of studying new scouting reports, new playbooks and new rules. Then, the Warriors young draft picks either pick up their phones, turn on their televisions or scour the web. Then, they learn they have a new teammate.“I have to follow it, knowing who’s going to be part of the team,” Warriors rookie Eric Paschall said in amusement. “You have to follow who’s on the team now. I think it’s a good group.”It might be a good group. But it is a dramatically …last_img read more

Ohio Pork Congress highlights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Pork Congress had the largest attendance in several years since it moved to its Columbus location.“We’ve been blessed to have good participation over the past several years and this is a record for the last 10 or 12 years,” said Rich Deaton, Ohio Pork Council president. “We had over 500 pre-registered and that is due to the event planning committee. It just goes to show that if we get the right program and right presenters here, people will come and benefit from what they have to share.”The event followed the Tri-State Sow Housing Conference held the previous day and the topic was a natural topic of conversation as the 2025 deadline for implementation of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board sow housing requirements draws closer.“One of the things that is on our minds here in Ohio is the magic number of 2025 when the sow housing changes have to be implemented. We have many exhibitors here that will help producers be able to retrofit their barns and make the transition to meet the Ohio Livestock Care Standard Requirements here in 2025. It is a big deal,” Deaton said. “We had good participation at the Sow Housing Conference. We heard from people who have already made the transition either with a new building or retrofitting an existing building. They shared some things that they learned and hearing about that hands-on experience really helps.”Another topic of discussion was the strong demand for pork.“One of the things I have been impressed with over the last year is that domestic consumption is up. It is getting close to 52 pounds consumed per person, that is getting close to a high for us,” Deaton said. “Bacon has always been popular, but it is more popular now than it has been. Bacon has been really hot but loins have dropped off. Loins used to be our leader but now ribs and bacon are the leaders. As we got that pig leaner, we also leaned up the bacon and made it a better, more appealing product than 20 years ago. We have to get used to the shifting consumer demands. My goal is to work to get the loins back up to where they were and keep the bacon where it is.”Ohio Pork Congress attendees also got a legislative update, a PRRS Mapping update, a report on global trends in protein consumption, a water quality update, and an overview of manure application research.For the past five years, Glen Arnold with Ohio State University Extension has conducted research on methods of sidedressing liquid manure. Initially, he used a tanker filled with liquid manure that was applied to young corn fields in several western Ohio counties. But the dragline and manure sidedress toolbar, compared to a tanker, weigh less and are faster and more efficient, Arnold pointed out. Also, the dragline and toolbar cause very few plants to be crushed to death. OSU research has found manure sidedressed fields produced 13 more bushels of corn per acre compared to fields where synthetic fertilizers were applied saving about $80 an acre, Arnold said.“There’s always a cost to the livestock farmer to apply manure to farm fields. By capturing more of the nitrogen in the manure, the farmer can reduce the need to purchase commercial fertilizer and make a bigger profit,” Arnold said.Attendees also heard a National Pork Board Update from Bill Even, CEO, National Pork Board, Des Moines, Iowa and an entertaining presentation from keynote speaker Rob Sharkey, a farmer and podcaster from Bradford, Illinois. Award winners, including the Industry Excellence Award winners the Surber family, were recognized as well. The Surber family was recognized with the Industry Excellence Award. Jess Campbell accepted the Friend of the Ohio Pork Industry award for Farm Credit Mid-America. Glen Arnold (right) was recognized with the Pork Industry Service Award for his work with manure in 2018. Frank Pizzo accepted an award for City Barbecue for Pork Promoter of the Year presented by Ty Higgins. Frank Pizzo accepted an award for City Barbecue for Pork Promoter of the Year Ben Pitstick, left, was recognized as the Swine Manager of the Year presented by OPC president Rich Deaton. Bill Even with NPPC provided a legislative update, Keynote Speaker Rob Sharkey, Bradford, Illinois covered “Talking About Tough Topics in a Meaningful Way”last_img read more

USDA numbers neutral on July 11

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileWhat will USDA give us today? How will they affect my bottom line?That is the gargantuan (adjective for the day) question farmers are asking. They continue to be in shock with the most surprising corn acres number provided with the June 28 Acres Report. This report had U.S. corn acres at 91.7 million acres while soybean acres were estimated at 80 million acres. What happened to prevent planted corn acres talked about for weeks ahead of that report? Corn acres were a huge bearish surprise, with December CBOT corn closing down 19 ½ cents at $4.31 ½ on the June 28 report day. Trader estimates ahead of the report estimated corn acres at 86-87 million acres. Soybean acres were a huge bullish surprise as the November CBOT soybeans closed at $9.23, up 10 ¾ cents that same day. Trader estimates had been 84 million acres.Corn acres unchanged, yield unchanged, ending stocks up but below trade estimates. Soybean acres unchanged, yield lower one bushel, ending stocks lower and below trade estimates. Shortly after report release corn down 2 cents, soybeans up 1 cent, wheat up 4 cents.Today numbers will not be a one hit wonder. All will be looking at acres. In addition, analysts will be considering U.S. exports, U.S. ending stocks, stocks to use ratios, and finally global production and ending stocks. Trading ranges could be brisk and most volatile.Prior to the report corn was down two cents, while soybeans and wheat were down one cent. Many had expected the corn numbers to be bearish with lower exports and higher ending stocks.Weather concerns are not going away with warm and dry seen into the weekend across the Midwest. A tropical storm has already brought nine inches of rain to parts of Louisiana this week. Its remnants may or may not reach into Kansas and Missouri where some of the driest conditions exist.It has been a hard spring for producers in Ohio and across the Midwest. Planting has not been fun at all with the many rain delays and late plantings for corn and soybeans. Producers wanted to forget the wet fall from last year. Unfortunately, it has carried into this year with even more stress and uncertainty. This week Ohio’s farmers are still planting the first crop soybeans in numerous locations. It is easy to see that corn and soybean development is 20-30 days behind normal. Throw in the words, “early frost” to bring on even more uncertainty for final corn and soybean yields.Today and the weeks which follow continue to be the battle of the decade. Demand bears point to U.S. export demand shrinking for corn, soybeans, and wheat. They have plenty of ammunition with huge corn supplies with South America, Brazil exporting more and more soybeans to China while the U.S. exports have fallen off the map, along with big wheat production from Russia which has benefitted from timely rains. Supply bulls continue to point to a record wet spring, the wettest in 125 years. Crop development for corn and soybeans is behind normal.In the eastern U.S. Corn Belt, Ohio’s old crop corn basis levels are at decades’ high numbers. Numerous Ohio locations are September plus 30 to 60 cents. Basis levels have increased weekly by nickels and even multiple dimes from mid-May forward in numerous Ohio locations, especially in western Ohio. Old corn has not moved as expected with producers holding onto corn for more money, especially if they have not been able to plant normal acres of corn. This delayed movement of old corn has contributed greatly to the basis levels currently seen. No producer wants to be left standing when the music stops. When the party is over, those dimes could be multiple dimes lower in just days.The meteorological term “ring of fire,” with the extreme heat seen in the Midwest this week has easily replaced “trains of rain,” which took place in May.Look for weather and yields to once again return to the forefront in price direction. This change could easily be within minutes of the noon Eastern Time report release.last_img read more

What the Tweetmeme Toyota Portal Looks Like Under the Hood

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Data Services#news#web Halstead’s company got a big boost from this deal, but Tweetmeme has been cash-flow positive for at least the last 3 months. “I think the more interesting fact,” he says, “is that I started this company for the sole purpose of doing this and companies are now only just starting to recognize the value in this kind of proposition. I think that shows how far social media has grown up. And that you have to stick at what you know is right – even if people ignore it to start with.”No word yet on when this system will be opened up to the public, but used in conjunction with other media types like Toyota has it sure seems like there’s a lot of potential here.Disclosure: FM Publishing, a partner in the Toyota project, is also RWW’s advertising network. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Auto manufacturer Toyota launched a new Twitter-based portal called Toyota Conversations tonight and the site is getting a whole lot of press. Most people are focused on how the site seems to contain more positive Tweets than the world at large, but there are a lot of negative links on the site as well.We got a look at the back-end infrastructure of the Tweetmeme portal system and have screenshots displayed below. These aren’t for the Toyota project in particular, but they are the same tools being put to use in a different campaign. We know you feed and data geeks fantasize about building the ultimate feed moderation system. Check out the one that Toyota put down no small sum to get to use. It’s a nice combination of heavy duty and easy to use, just like you’d expect for a big corporate customer like this. The best news? This system will be opened up to the public soon.No Cover Up HereBelow, an item page for a popular link shared about Toyota. Below is what appears to be the company’s direct response. Thus the name of the site, Conversations.Easy to Use Logic ChainsTweetmeme portal customers set up complex combinations of rules for which tweets to display using what company founder Nick Halstead calls “a mini-programming language – with a drag + drop interface for setting them up. Rules can be based on tweet, text from the story, title, meta data from the story, geo location data, twitter users who are tweeting…almost any data that is associated with twitter and the linked story that we spider as well. Each channel can have a number of chains – each chain can work separately – but be valued differently – i.e. have a confidence factor associated with it.”The Big Dashboard in the SkyThis is what Tweetmeme HQ looks at, standing on top of all the channels. The ten person team calls its big set of rules “the pickle matrix”. Every time someone Tweets a tweet with a new link in it, or a Retweet, that data is thrown against the pickle matrix. That’s the field “access count.” Then an optimized process of rules are matched. “The data isn’t the problem,” Halstead says, “it’s the number of rules we put against it. This is 1,000 times more powerful than Twitter’s Track or search because we can apply tens of thousands of rules to every Tweet we see.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Taken for Granted: The Effect of Traumatic Brain Injury on Sense of Identity and Family Relationships

first_imgmilitraryfamilimiliBy: David Lee Sexton, Jr.Pixabay [Brain Biology by Geralt , CC0]Not Just a Problem on the Football FieldAccording to Knock (2017), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) refers to an injury in which something impacts an individual’s head, which many may not inherently recognize as what is commonly known as a concussion. The difference in nomenclature between these two synonymous words may lead some to perceive a concussion as something far less serious than a TBI. However, Knock clarifies that a concussion is a TBI, and there are varying grades of TBI ranging from Grade One to Grade Three. Furthermore, 80% of TBI are considered Grade One, or mild, yet even a mild TBI can result in chronic problems. Interestingly, Knock points out that TBIs can manifest vastly different symptoms depending on the part of the brain which sustains the brunt of the impact.This phenomenon has been brought to public attention recently through the film, Concussion, which examines the discovery of the relationship between TBI and mental health problems in professional football players. However, athletes are not the only ones prone to a higher risk of sustaining TBI, as combat veterans are also at higher risk due to injuries, such as blast injuries that affect the brain through tearing of the axons at a microscopic level (Knock, 2017). These types of injuries are even more sinister, as they are often not detectable through common brain scanning measures, such as MRI (Knock, 2017).Loss of IdentityIn a brief anecdote, Knock (2017) demonstrates the insidiousness of TBI by relaying the story of one veteran’s struggle to accomplish something many of us take for granted: packing a lunch. After being caught in an IED, she suffered damage to her parietal lobe. This resulted in disturbances with her visual and spatial reasoning that made her unable to even select the right size container to hold a packed lunch. With the added struggle of completing tasks that were once effortless, it can be difficult to maintain a sense of self, which leaves one vulnerable to further struggles with chronic depression as new limitations are being discovered.Impact on FamiliesSome of the most profound limitations TBI can impose on an individual will be family-related. Depending on severity, TBI can change familial roles so drastically that one individual’s spouse may become a caregiver in an instant (Knock, 2017). In this case, feelings of loss and frustration will likely affect both individuals. Knock (2017) provides an example of how drastically family dynamic can change through the act of caring for children. After suffering a TBI, a parent may no longer be able to safely watch over his or her children, due to potential memory or attention problems. This not only represents an enormous loss for the parent suffering the TBI but may cause additional strain for his or her partner due to the new responsibility of caring for both children and spouse. Again, this brings to light the impact TBI can have on things that people often take for granted, and demonstrates the influence something like a “bump on the head” can have on a person’s life and well-being.Want to Learn More?To learn more about Traumatic Brain Injury and its effects on families, please take some time to watch the MFLN Family Development Team’s free, archived webinar presented by Heidi Knock, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Knock provides individual, marital, and group psychotherapy to Veterans and their families. She also treats individuals on the polytrauma unit and the inpatient rehabilitation unit who have a combination of complex mental and physical health issues, such as Traumatic Brain Injury, chronic pain, amputation, and posttraumatic stress disorder.Also, get social with us on Facebook and Twitter to learn about more great content, webinars, and free CEU opportunities in the future.ReferencesKnock, H. (2017). Gray Matters: Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury’s impact on families. MFLN Family Development. Retrieved from: https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/27283.This post was written by a member of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

8 Bit Color vs. 32 Bit Color in Video Color Grading

first_imgThe histogram is completely clipped. The blacks and whites are milky, and it just looks nasty. Now, this is an extreme example, but you get the point. 8 bit color has major limitations.Now I’m only going to do one thing. Change this:to this (option/alt – click):Look at the result. Way better, right? Switching to 32 bit color can have an impact on your render times, so keep that in mind when deciding if you really need it on or not. If you can do all of your color grading with one effect, or if you’re doing more gentle adjustment, 8 bit could be just fine. But if you’re relly doing a major push/pull or using several instances of color effects, 32 bit may be your best bet. Just to show you that this isn’t due to the fact that Colorista is a 3rd party plugin, here’s the same process with After Effects’ built-in Brightness and Contrast plugin. First, up the contrast: Notice how the histogram I applied below it starts to get little spaces between the lines. That’s because of the limitations of 8 bit color. Under normal circumstances it wouldn’t be a huge deal, since you don’t need that extra information if that’s your final look. But what happens if I apply another instance of Colorista and try to pull the image back to it’s original contrast? Now I’ll apply a color corrector (my favorite freebie – Colorista Free) and crunch the image by lowering the blacks and raising the whites: Bit depth has a major effect on color correction adjustments. Know the difference between 8 Bit and 32 Bit!The default bit depth for After Effects is 8 bit, which works fine for most projects and renders fast. You can also choose 16 or 32 bit (float). If you’re careful and intentional with your corrections, 8 bit will work fine, but with major adjustments and re-adjustments – or multiple layers/instances of color correction effects – you can start to see some nasty results.Here’s a starter image. I applied a levels effect so that you can see the histogram: Change to 32 bit mode: Lower the contrast: I can even adjust the second instance of Colorista to correct the image almost back to start, and I have all of the original color information to play with:last_img read more

Goa Governor acts on complaint against Minister

first_imgPanaji: Goa Governor Mridula Sinha asked the State’s Chief Secretary, Dharmendra Sharma, to take appropriate action on a complaint filed by activist lawyer Aires Rodrigues against an illegal bungalow built by Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar in Old Goa. This was confirmed to The Hindu by a Raj Bhavan spokesperson on Wednesday.On April 9, in a petition to the Archaeological Survey of India, Goa Circle, copied to the Governor and the Prime Minister, Mr. Rodrigues alleged that Mr. Madkaikar’s company, Nikitasha Realtors, had built a palatial bungalow in Old Goa, which violated the law by being within 300 metres from the Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO heritage monument. The bungalow’s compound wall was less than 50 metre from the protected monument.The ASI, in its reply on April 10, had informed Mr. Rodrigues that it does not have the magisterial powers either for removal of encroachment or for demolition of illegal structures and asked him to approach the local authorities for further action in the matter. The ASI also told him that it had asked the Old Goa Police to register an FIR against Mr. Madkaikar over the unauthorised compound wall, copying local authorities, including the North Goa Collector and the local panchayat, but no action was taken.Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Mr. Madkaikar said that his bungalow was legal in every way and he was willing to offer documents related to his newly constructed house to any authority for examination. “I have all the approvals, licences from the authorities,” he said. “If required I will present it before appropriate authority.”last_img read more

a month agoChelsea midfielder Barkley admits Lampard inspired him as a youngster

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Barkley admits Lampard inspired him as a youngsterby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Ross Barkley admits manager Frank Lampard inspired him as a youngster.Nobody else can say they have grown up watching Lampard on television, then played alongside him in an England shirt, and now continue to learn off him in his role as Chelsea boss.”As a young lad I would watch Match of the Day on a Sunday morning and then go off to my games for Everton,” he told chelseafc.com.”I’d see the likes of Rooney, Lampard, Gerrard banging the goals in every week. Lampard was one of my idols, because as a young midfielder I would see the goals he was scoring or creating every week and look up to him.”I played with the manager later on in his career with England and you could see how motivated he was. It was hard work all the time, running after training, non-stop movement to receive the ball, scoring goals. As a young player seeing that it affects you. You want to do the same things.”He’s taken that into his management. We work really hard and then on the right days we ease off and feel really good for the games.” last_img read more

Video: Bill O’Reilly Asked Urban Meyer If He’d Have Cut Jameis Winston Following The Crab Legs Incident

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer on Ohio State's sideline.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer made the rounds yesterday, appearing on The Dan Patrick Show, CBS, ESPN and Fox to promote his new book, titled “Above the Line.” Bill O’Reilly, host of The O’Reilly Factor, made sure to ask some interesting questions.O’Reilly, alluding to Meyer’s strict policies, asked the Buckeyes head man what he’d have done if Jameis Winston, who infamously stole crab legs from a Publix ahead of the 2014 season, had been on his team. He said he “would have had a hard time letting it go.”Of course, it’s always easy to say what you’d have done when you aren’t in the exact situation. That being said, Meyer probably runs a tighter ship now than he did in the past.last_img read more

Gov’t Implements 5-Year Plan to Tackle Non-Communicable Diseases

first_imgStory Highlights The Ministry of Health has implemented a five-year strategic plan aimed at tackling the prevalence of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Jamaica.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, said the plan will address the four major conditions causing death and illness among Jamaicans, namely cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic respiratory disease.He said the programme will also tackle the four major risk factors for NCDs, which are physical inactivity, unhealthy eating, harmful use of alcohol, and tobacco use.Dr. Ferguson, who was speaking at the launch of the Jamaica National Building Society’s (JNBS) Wellfest Family Fair 2013 on October 25, at the institution’s headquarters in St. Andrew, said the government will continue to place great emphasis on the reduction of NCDs in Jamaica, noting that the problem poses a threat to national development.NCDs such as diabetes, hypertension, heart conditions and cancer, account for some 36 million deaths each year globally, and are the leading cause of death and illness in Jamaica. Statistics show that in 2009, NCDs accounted for approximately 60 per cent of deaths among men and 75 per cent of deaths among women.“What is of great concern is that more and more people are developing these conditions at a much younger age, because of unhealthy lifestyle choices. As policy makers, we have to put strategies in place to combat the incidence of these debilitating illnesses to improve the health of our population,” he stated.Dr. Ferguson said a “whole society approach” is needed to tackle the problem, including Government, civil society and the private sector.“The aim of the Ministry is to build alliances with various groups to promote physical, mental, social and spiritual well being, which will enhance the quality of life of the Jamaican people by empowering individuals and communities to make good decisions for their health,” he remarked.He therefore welcomed the JNBS’ Wellfest Family Fair, noting that the event is in line with the objectives of the Ministry, as it recognises the critical importance of health in facilitating the general wellbeing of any society.“We welcome partnerships like these as the Government alone is unable to address all the health needs of the population,” he remarked.Executive, Business Development and Research, JNBS, Dr. Dana Morris Dixon, said it is critical that the organisation not only encourages its staff to emphasise wellness as a daily part of their lives, but that measures are put in place to facilitate this approach.She said that Wellfest 2013 is just one of the many initiatives geared at encouraging staff to develop good health practices and to make wellness a focal point in their lives and that of their families.The JN Group Wellfest 2013 will be held on Saturday, November 16 on the grounds of Jamaica College, Hope Road, St. Andrew, under the theme: ‘Your Health, Your Wealth…Lifetime Investments’.Those in attendance will benefit from health screenings and consultations, as well as the opportunity to dialogue with suppliers and service providers in the health and wellness sector.There will also be three seminars focusing on financial wellness; diabetes prevention and care; and the health risks of smoking. Dr. Ferguson said a “whole society approach” is needed to tackle the problem. The plan will address the four major conditions causing death and illness among Jamaicans. The programme will also tackle the four major risk factors for NCDs.last_img read more