AJ Baltes, Nov. 26

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We ran all day on Thanksgiving and part of the day Friday until the ground thawed out. Some guys ran all day Friday. We are trying out a draper head to finish the beans this year. It helped us get a lot more done.The later beans actually started yielding better. We had one field do about 60, which is up about 10 bushels over the really late planted stuff we had. The beans we took off were at 20% moisture. We got another 130 acres of beans off and we have 30 more acres of beans and a little over 200 more acres of corn to go. The more I drive around the more crops out I still see.We have taken corn off in January before and as long as it keeps standing we don’t worry about it. It looks like maybe the middle of the week we can run again and get the beans finished and maybe start on some corn and get the drying bins filled up again. All of our corn seems to be standing well so far but I have seen some corn going down.It seems like there is less corn still out around here. I think when it was muddy guys figured it was easier to get corn out than the beans. Hopefully we can get a couple of days that are good and frozen so we can get some more work done.A lot of the wheat is not out of the ground yet. I don’t know if we’ll get anything out of it or not. We’ll wait and see. Some of the fields that don’t have tile in them have water laying in them. The ground is completely saturated now I think.I don’t think it’s going to dry out so we just have to wait on frozen ground now. Tuesday through Thursday it is supposed to be cold.last_img read more

Urban Infill Sites Increasingly Favored For New Homes

first_imgSigns of a Smart-Growth TrendWASHINGTON, DC — In most U.S. metropolitan areas, an increasing percentage of new home construction is occurring in downtown neighborhoods, and a decreasing percentage in suburbs. The smart-growth trend is documented in a new US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report, “Residential Construction Trends in America’s Metropolitan Regions.”Seeking to clarify whether there is a trend favoring urban infill development over suburban development, EPA researchers examined residential building permits issued over the last 18 years in the 50 largest metropolitan areas of the U.S. They concluded, “In more than half of the largest metropolitan areas, urban core communities have dramatically increased their share of new residential building permits. … The increase has been particularly dramatic over the past 5 years. Data from 2007 show the trend continuing in the wake of the real estate market downturn.”In seven metropolitan regions — San Francisco; Miami; San Diego; Dallas; Chicago; Portland, Oregon; and Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Virginia — urban infill development now accounts for between one quarter and one half of new residential construction.According to the report, “Regions often cited as leaders in promoting growth management and redevelopment (Portland, Denver, Sacramento and Atlanta) are among the medium-sized cities where the shift inward has been most dramatic. … While these trends reveal a substantial shift in residential construction patterns, they also suggest that the change is not yet reshaping the face of urban America as a whole. A large share of new residential construction still takes place on previously undeveloped land at the urban fringe.”Some metropolitan areas show no signs of the trend. “In some regions there has been little change in the share of new construction taking place in central cities. In other regions, central cities have increased their relative share of building permits, but still account for a small overall share at the regional level. Although urban core neighborhoods have doubled or tripled their share of residential construction since the early 1990s, they still account for less than half of all new residential units in most regions.”The trend toward urban infill construction has held up even during the economic downturn. According to the EPA report, “The data suggest that the shift toward redevelopment continued in 2007 even as the real estate market weakened. Although the number of building permits in urban core areas slowed, the declines were more precipitous in outlying areas.”last_img read more

Slow Motion in Final Cut Pro X

first_imgIf you prefer to read, rather than watch, your tutorials then check out this rundown on using optical flow slow motion in FCPX by FinalCutWhiz.comSee the difference between optical flow and frame blending in action.  FCPXEffects.com has put together a quick comparison video to show just how smooth optical flow is at creating smooth slow motion in FCPX: Creating high quality slow motion videos in Final Cut Pro X is easier than ever.  In these tutorials discover how to use optical flow to giving your footage smooth slow motion in FCPX.Final Cut Pro X has a new option for adding slow motion to your video footage – optical flow.  Unlike slow motion in previous FCP versions, optical flow doesn’t duplicate frames or blend frames together.  Rather, it actually creates new frames between the existing frames in your shots.  The result is (in most cases) much smoother slow motion in FCPX with less stutter and shake.  It’s worth noting that you can experiment with your footage and also try the more traditional “frame blending” slow motion as well to see which looks best.Check out this very quick and informative video from OliviaTech on how to use optical flow in your Final Cut Pro X projects:last_img read more

Darjeeling tea crop drops 89% in June

first_imgIs Darjeeling stir killing tea and tourism?  Production has also dropped by 10.1 % in Assam, the Tea Board said. The state which accounts for half the Indian tea production of around 1200 million kgs, was affected by floods. Two other tea-producing regions of West Bengal, Dooars and Terai in the sub-Himalayan region, reported increased production in June.South India also reported rise in output in two of its three tea-producing states. Overall, Indian tea crop was 2.8 % lower in June with a crop of 143 million kgs. Small growers contributed 68.2 million kgs of the output denoting a rising share. Darjeeling tea crop has dropped 89.5 % in June, following total work stoppage at the gardens on account of the turmoil sparked by the Gorkha Jana Mukti (GJM) agitation over demanding statehood.Figures just released by the Tea Board of India, estimated the Darjeeling tea crop to be only around 0.14 million kgs in June 2017 against the 1.3 million kgs crop of June 2016.The trouble, which started with announcements of making Bengali compulsory in all West Bengal schools, snowballed into a major crisis following the clampdown by the state government on leaders and offices of GJM. The total shutdown began on June 15. The crop loss has almost washed away the premium second flush tea crop and there may soon be no Darjeeling tea offerings at the tea auctions in Calcutta.Also Readlast_img read more

Punjab CM sees Pak. hand in blast

first_imgA day after the grenade attack on a religious congregation at village Adliwal near Amritsar killed three persons, Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh said the device used was similar to the HG-84 grenade recovered from a terror module busted by the police last month. Capt. Singh said initial investigations indicate that the grenade used was similar to the ones being manufactured by the Pakistan Army ordnance factory. ‘Not religious discord’He ruled out that the attack was a result of discord between the Sant Nirankari Mission and traditional Sikhs.Capt. Singh was in Adliwal village to take stock of the situation. He said the grenade indicated a high probability of the involvement of inimical forces from across the border.A senior Home Ministry official said in Delhi that consultations were on with the State government to hand over the case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).“As of now, no links of the attack to the Zakir Musa group has emerged. An NIA team visited the spot and various agencies are working on it,” the Home Ministry official told The Hindu. Last week, the Punjab police had been put on high alert following intelligence regarding movement of Zakir Musa, the chief of the J&K-based terror outfit Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, near Amritsar.Capt. Singh said the attack seemed to carry Pakistan’s signature. “Prima facie, this appears to be an act of terror by separatist forces, organised with the involvement of ISI-backed Khalistani or Kashmiri terrorist groups,” said Capt. Singh, adding that his government was aggressively pursuing all angles of investigation.₹50 lakh for information“The culprits will soon be arrested. The State government has announced ₹50 lakh as reward for any information leading to the arrest of the assailants,” he said, adding that the NIA was also helping in the investigations.In reply to a question, he said, “The attack cannot be equated with the Nirankari conflict in 1978, as that was a religious matter and the Adliwal incident was purely a case of terrorism. Violence between the Sant Nirankari Mission and traditional Sikhs on 13th April 1978 in Amritsar left 13 dead, and sparked the subsequent wave of terrorism in the State. Sunday’s incident had no religious overtones, as per initial investigations.”Inspector General of Police, border range (Amritsar), S.P.S Parmar told The Hindu that the police had unearthed certain leads and they were being investigated. “As of now the assailants have not been identified or arrested,” he said. Punjab Governor V.P. Singh Badnore has asked the Chandigarh police to be on high alert and ensure complete security to the people at religious places, especially Nirankari missions in and around the Union Territory.last_img read more

Intense lobbying in BJD for Rajya Sabha ticket

first_imgIntense lobbying is on in the ruling Biju Janata Dal in Odisha for ticket to contest three vacant Rajya Sabha seats from the State.With the BJD likely to win all three, given its strength of 112 in the 147-member Assembly, aspirants are thronging Naveen Nivas, residence of Chief Minister and party president Naveen Patnaik to press their case. The Election Commission last week announced July 5 as the byelection date. The BJD candidates are likely to file their papers on June 25, the last date for doing so, party officials said on condition of anonymity. The seats fell vacant after Achyuta Samanta, Soumya Ranjan Patnaik and Pratap Keshari Deb resigned following their victories in the the recent Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. While Mr. Samanta was elected to the Lok Sabha from Kandhamal, Mr. Patnaik and Mr. Deb were elected to the Assembly from Khandapada and Aul, respectively.The possible choices of the party include Prasanna Kumar Patasani, former Bhubaneswar MP, and Ramesh Chandra Chyau Patnaik, former Berhampur MLA. Both were assured Rajya Sabha berths by the party president when they were denied ticket for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.Chances hurtParty officials, however, said that Mr. Patasani’s chances may have been hurt by the fact that the BJD’s nominee for the Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha seat, former Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik, lost the election. Mr. Chyau Patnaik may be chosen since the party’s nominee for the Berhampur Assembly seat, Bikram Kumar Panda, won.The aspirants for the Rajya Sabha seats include prominent leaders who lost in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections and those who could not be given ticket to contest those elections. Besides, there is a strong possibility of the party choosing at least one woman for the Rajya Sabha. The BJD has only one woman Rajya Sabha member at present. With the BJD having given 33% of the Lok Sabha ticket to women candidates, several women leaders are hoping for the best if the party decides to adopt the same formula for the Upper House.last_img read more

Doesn’t matter how it’s done, Brownlee just wants to win title for Ginebra

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Fans couldn’t help but fantasize Brownlee serving as the hero once more in Game 7 to complete the Gin Kings’ quest for back-to-back titles.But no matter how Ginebra gets it down, all the 29-year-old wants is to lift the trophy at the end of the night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The perfect moment would just be winning the championship. Of course, it would be nice to win it in spectacular fashion, but right now, that moment is just winning the championship. That’s what I’m focused on – just trying to bring home the trophy and defend the crown,” he said.However, for Brownlee to replicate that feat, Ginebra needs to get its act straight following a disappointing Game 6 showing which saw it fall to Meralco, 91-98 on Wednesday. Justin Brownlee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE —Even with Ginebra failing to close out the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals in six games, Justin Brownlee couldn’t help but feel excited over what comes next.“Man, you got to love it as a basketball player. This is the thing you grow up and you dream of,” he said of the winner-take-all Game 7 on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “(The Bolts) just came out more aggressive than us, I think. They initiated physicality, they were the first ones to loose balls, rebounds, they just came out with a great energy and we didn’t. And I think that — from the start the game to set the tone, I think that was the biggest part of the game,” he said.Brownlee, though, has his full confidence that the Gin Kings will be more than ready to protect their throne come Friday, in what is shaping up to be another capacity crowd at Philippine Arena.“I think we’re going to be prepared,” he said. “We’re going to come out with great energy and aggression, and we will be ready to defend the crown.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP MOST READ Pumaren sets the tone for the Warriors with ‘swaggy’ get up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

76ers will move on from crushing Game 7 loss with Brown

first_imgJoel Embiid walked off in tears, his girlfriend cradling the face of the crestfallen 7-footer.Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and JJ Redick are headed into free agency, a max contract likely looming for Butler.Brown’s return was the most crucial decision facing ownership, as Harris for the first time put public pressure on Brown to at least reach the East final. And at an impromptu press conference before the start of the playoffs, Harris refused to say if Brown would return and offered only a lukewarm endorsement of his performance.“What he’s done for this organization is nothing short of remarkable,” Redick said Monday. “I would just say this in general, for any NBA team, when you think about a coach, and potentially replacing that coach, you have to consider what coaches are available. I don’t feel it necessary to defend Brett to anyone. I think his work speaks for itself.”Like Redick, Brown’s players have never shied away from expressing their admiration and confidence in Brown. Brown never cracked at the pressure or sniped at the media as he became the public face of the franchise through the early years of the Process. He outlasted general managers Sam Hinkie and Bryan Colangelo and turned the team into conference contenders even as expected cornerstones Markelle Fultz, Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel and others flamed out. Only six NBA coaches have longer active tenures with one team than Brown does in Philadelphia.ADVERTISEMENT “I haven’t thought about it too much,” Butler said Monday. “I’ve got to sit down and really talk to my team.”Harris, a trade deadline pickup from the Clippers, can also command a max deal from the Sixers. The Sixers are already on the hook for the $121 million left on Embiid’s deal and Simmons is a year out for earning a max-level extension. The Sixers have to solve some tricky financial questions if they’re willing to pay all their stars, while still leaving room to sign needed reserves as they chase their first NBA championship since 1983.SIZING UP SIMMONSDefenses sagged on Simmons daring him to shoot because the speedy All-Star can’t do much outside the paint. Simmons is 0 for 17 from 3-point range in two seasons and the ability to expand his game is needed as much as a healthy Embiid.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brown could have his most talented team yet.But first, the agony of a postseason lingered for one more day at the Sixers complex.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Sixers — who rebuilt their roster with two blockbuster trades — were knocked out of the Eastern Conference semifinal for the second straight season.Kawhi Leonard sank the first Game 7-ending buzzer-beater in NBA history and Toronto struck its biggest dagger in the sports heart of Philadelphia since Joe Carter went deep for the Blue Jays in Game 6 of the 1993 World Series. 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(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA— Brett Brown survived a 10-win season to steer the Philadelphia 76ers toward the top of the Eastern Conference. He’ll get another chance to try and finish the championship chase.The 76ers called a 9 a.m. press conference Tuesday at their complex in Camden, New Jersey, with owner Josh Harris and general manager Elton Brand where they’ll discuss their plans for the offseason, and how Brown fits in for the future. ESPN reported Monday night Brown will return as coach next season.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “If there’s someone to blame, put it all on me,” Embiid said.But the Sixers struck it big when Embiid became a franchise player and No. 1 pick Ben Simmons turned into an All-Star. Both have major flaws in health (Embiid) and shooting (Simmons) that will stunt the franchise’s growth until they are resolved. Sure, the Sixers could pluck two-time national champion Jay Wright from Villanova much like the Cavaliers hired John Beilein, but the coach might not matter if Embiid can’t consistently stay on the court.Brown, though, has taken heat for a lot of the team’s failures late in close games. Yes, Leonard’s four-bouncer through the rim was the defining play, but a pair of late shot-clock violations and rushed shots as it ticked down made the Sixers appear disorganized in the final minutes.There are plenty of other questions in a crucial offseason.NEED FOR EMBIIDEmbiid has all summer to dry his tears and soothe his upset tummy.The Sixers will only go as far as their franchise center takes them, period. They were willing to wait two years for him to sit out with injuries because they knew the tantalizing talent ahead. But he has yet to play more than 64 games a season, one reason why the Sixers played Game 7 on the road instead of home. He missed a playoff game against Brooklyn with a bad left knee and had multiple digestive issues that made his starting status unknown for other games. Embiid needs to become a 70-game player who never sniffs the injury report in the postseason for the Sixers to win it all.“I feel like I let everybody down by not playing or by sitting out,” Embiid said.FREE AGENTSButler, acquired from Minnesota in November, is sure to ask for the max contract of nearly $190 million over five years. The Sixers would be wise to give it to him. Brown repeated through the playoffs that Butler was “the adult in gym” and other teams with cash to spend will be hot for the four-time All Star. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toolast_img read more

TIPIT — A unique outlier in AR space

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Communications, Consumer, Industry I’ve just been introduced to TIPIT, which is a unique outlier in Augmented Reality (AR) space (where no one can hear you scream).There’s a lot of talk about different realities at the moment, but we are still just dipping our toes in the AR waters, metaphorically speaking (see also A brave new world of virtual, augmented, hybrid, hyper, and diminished realities).I firmly believe that, in the not-too-distant future, AR will permeate almost every aspect of our lives. At the moment, however, a lot of people are still trying to wrap their brains around all of the possibilities.The real fun will begin when we can meld artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning, and AR together. As always, a major driving force will be entertainment and social media. For example, I know a lot of people who really enjoy using simple image-editing apps on their smartphones or tablet computers to modify photographs and upload them to Facebook.Well, suppose you could do something like this — but better — to live video? Take a look at this YouTube video, for example, in which the app is automatically detecting the two humans, separating them from the background, effectively replacing the background with a “green screen,” and then substituting new background images.All of this is performed by TIPIT, which is a cross-platform engine that delivers computer vision and AR technologies to messaging platforms, developers, social platforms, and brands that are looking to deliver captivating user experiences.The real trick is to be able to detect, identify, and separate different objects (like humans, cats, dogs, and cars) from the background. Using TIPIT, it’s also possible to identify and extract faces from backgrounds, including hair and facial hair. This automatic green screen technology is based on neural network and deep learning techniques. Once you’ve identified and separated the objects of interest, the world is your lobster (or crustacean of your choice).TIPIT’s built-in effects designer allows developers to produce their own AR effects and effortlessly create thousands of AR graphics without having to write a single line of code.I don’t think it’s going too far to say that the possibilities are endless. Suppose I were to visit an AR hairdresser’s, for example. Instead of peering into a mirror, I could be looking at my image presented on a high-resolution display. Using a TIPIT-enabled app, the hairdresser could show me what I would look like with different hairstyles, beards, moustaches, and so forth.Similarly, suppose my wife (Gina the Gorgeous) needed a new ensemble for a social occasion and — believe me — she rarely turns down the opportunity to go shopping for clothes. In this case, rather than spending hours trying on different outfits (while yours truly stands around twiddling his thumbs), Gina could simply stand in front of a human-size display while the various costumes garments were superimposed over her bodacious body.In fact, early technological incarnations of these concepts have been around for some time now, but they were horrendously expensive and less than reliable. Tools like TIPIT are going to change the balance and tip-it over the edge (did you see what I just did there?).And, once again, the examples I mentioned above are just the tip of the iceberg. All sorts of ideas are popping into my head and rattling around my noggin as I pen these words. What about you? What types of applications can you envisage for this technology? (I bet when we all look back in say 10 years’ time, we’ll be shaking our heads saying “Well, I never saw that one coming!” ) Continue Reading Previous Switch interfacesNext Voice interfaces of the future: Tech that’s turning Sci-Fi into realitycenter_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Sustainable Travel in Jordan: Visit the Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative

first_imgPreserve cultures, impact women’s lives on Insight Vacations journey to Israel and Jordan While tourism to Israel has increased dramatically, travelers can positively change the communities they visit through ecotourism. According to recent statistics, Israel surpassed 1 million tourists from North America and 4 million globally in 2018, breaking all previous records. This enormous amount of foot traffic opens an opportunity for guests to make travel matter, such as immersing themselves into humanitarian experiences with Insight Vacations. In partnership with the not-for-profit TreadRight Foundation, Insight Vacations highlights the power of impactful tourism on local communities they visit across the globe.While embarking on Insight’s Israel and Jordan trip, guests have the incredible opportunity to visitthe Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative to experience firsthand the preservation of local heritage in Jordan. The Iraq Al Amir Women’s Cooperative aims to make the women in the area financially independent and to raise their standard of living by increasing their income and preserving their culture. The Cooperative has employed more than 150 women since it opened its doors in 2003. A grant from the TreadRight Foundation helps the organization have the necessary materials on hand, complete a build-out of their gift shop, provide merchandising expertise, and allow the group to expand their food services–which creates more income opportunities for the cooperative’s members. As with all Insight journeys, throughout these trips guests stay in elegant hotels in central locations,dine at distinctive local restaurants, with all the logistical details are taken care of by an expertly trained Travel Director. Along the way, guests will see some of Jordan’s most spectacular sights, such as the earliest surviving map of the Holy land in Madaba, the hidden ‘rose-red’ city of Petra, the majestic desert of Wadi Rum, the ancient ruins of Shobak Castle and the most beautifully preserved Greco-Roman city of Jerash. During you visit to the city of Amman, you’ll spend time with the Iraq al Amir women and truly feel welcomed into the cooperative by experimenting in pottery making, cooking together and sharing meals. There’s an art to communicating despite little common language – and the women at Iraq al Amir are masters of it. You’ll also see the fantastic work the Women’s Association are doing to provide training and work opportunities on a variety of handicrafts for women in the region. Like many of Treadright Foundation’s sustainability projects, the Iraq al Amir women’s cooperation is an example of the good that tourism can do. Insight Vacations is a firm believer in the ability of travel to bring a greater connection between people and their cultures. Guests who visit the Iraq al Amir centre – which is run entirely by women – will have an experience filled with warmth, hospitality and welcome.“As an organization and with the support of the TTC family of brands, we are working to make travel matter. The Iraq al-Amir Women’s Cooperative is a perfect example of the kind of initiative that can harness the power of travel and tourism and use it to make real, sustainable positive changes in people’s lives,” says Shannon Guihan, Program Director for the TreadRight Foundation. “It’s a privilege for guests to feel so warmly welcomed at the cooperative and to hear the women’s incredible and powerful stories of lives transformed for the better through Iraq al-Amir.” Click below to watch full video of Insight Vacations journey to Iraq al Amirlast_img read more