Hemsted named Livestock Man of the Year

first_imgThe California State Chamber of Commerce and the Grand National Rodeo Horse and Stock Show recently announced the selection of Jerry Hemsted as the 2016 Livestock Man of the year.Hemsted will accept the prestigious award at the Cow Palace in San Francisco on Saturday evening, Oct. 15.Hemsted was born into the cattle industry. He demonstrated his first love of the industry with the purchase of a heifer named “Domino Princess the 44th” at the age of 10 in Millville. He partnered with his dad …last_img read more

Drug ATM for South Africans

first_imgIn the same fashion people draw money from ATMs, South Africans will soon be able to get medicine from dispensing machines.The Department of Health made the announcement at the 21st International Aids Conference, which took place in Durban from 18-22 July.The pharmacy dispensing unit (PDU) is being piloted at Thembalethu Clinic in Johannesburg. It is a self-service machine where patients can obtain their medication.Easy to useAnyone interested in using the machine first needs to register. Just like a bank ATM, once registered, they receive a card. To get the medicine, they insert the card into the machine, enter a PIN and get what they need.“The machine,” said the department, “immediately dispenses the selected medication, eliminating the need for the patient to wait in queues.”However, the machine does not totally eliminate pharmacists. There is a trainedpharmacist available on the PDU via a built-in video conference functionality.Progress and challengesSpeaking at the conference, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi noted that South Africa was running the biggest HIV treatment programme in the world. In three decades, he said, the number of patients on treatment had increased from 400 000 to over 3.4 million.“However, the number of health care workers has not kept up with this increase, often leading to frustrated patients and lack of treatment adherence.“The biggest challenge with not adhering to treatment is that it poses a real risk of the emergence of drug-resistant HIV, in the same way drug-resistant TB came about,” he said. “It is thus imperative that we embrace all available measures to make it easy for people to continue with their treatment.”Source: Department of HealthWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Precision Planting launched three new products

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Precision Planting, LLC announced the launch of three new products.The new products launched include the 20|20 monitor, which provides an advanced agronomic picture, allowing farmers to optimize planting, harvest and application decisions with a smart, intuitive interface that visualizes performance and field conditions in real time. The 20|20 monitor powers the most agronomic-advanced systems on the market that control population, down force, liquid application, multi-hybrid planting and higher-speed planting, all while sensing the furrow. The 20|20 monitor also helps collect the most spatially accurate yield data available and provides information for setting the planter to maximize ear count. This allows farmers to not only have the accurate data to make those crucial decisions but also gives them the equipment and powerful automation to make decisions during each pass through the field.The new SeederForce is the first step toward bringing Precision Planting technology into the air-seeder market. Compatible with John Deere 60- and 90-Series Air Seeders, SeederForce is an automated downforce control system that initially measures the amount of weight present on the gauge wheels of the row unit and compares that to the target set by the farmer on the 20|20 display. SeederForce then automatically changes the hydraulic pressure present on the rockshaft cylinder to increase or decrease the row unit down force to maintain the target weight set by the operator, resulting in a more consistent seeding depth and more uniform emergence of the crop.For switching between hybrids when crossing into different zones, the new mSet allows for two hybrids to be planted in the field using a single meter with a dual compartment hopper and a seed selector. The seed selector fills the vSet meter with a small pool of the hybrid being planted, and when it’s time to plant the other hybrid, it fills the meter with the second hybrid from the other section of the hopper. Transitions happen quickly thanks to a seed pool level sensor that tells the seed selector when more seed is needed. mSet is compatible with both seed tubes as well as SpeedTube for maximizing acres per hour and gaining profitability from multi-hybrid planting.last_img read more

Inside Ford’s Silicon Valley Lab

first_imgThe vibe of Ford’s small outpost in the heart of Palo Alto is straight-up Silicon Valley start-up: empty cubes, diagrams scribbled on wall-sized whiteboards, and a lounge with multiple game stations. (I didn’t see a foosball table.) T.J. Giuli, the guy in charge, sports a ponytail and goatee – and holds a Ph.D. in computer science from nearby Stanford. His first hire, Dave Evans, also a Stanford-trained research engineer, is attired in T-shirt, shorts, flip-flops and shades flipped back on his head. They both espouse an unabashed open-source credo. None of this is surprising until you reflect that Giuli and Evans are not toiling on the next great social media site – but the next iteration of products made of glass and steel by an old-school manufacturing company founded 110 years ago.Giuli, research lab leader at Ford’s Silicon Valley Lab, wants Ford cars to become open-source crowd-enabled modular products. “We don’t judge our success on the ideas we come up with,” said Giuli. “But the ideas from people outside of Ford. If somebody comes up with an idea I never would have thought of, then it’s a success.”In fact, the core mission of Ford’s Palo Alto research lab is to enable innovators – even those with limited resources and technical chops – to see the automobile as a platform for creativity. Giuli points to a disembodied car dashboard and steering wheel, out of place in this office setting.“Let’s say you don’t like these steering wheel buttons. Maybe you could slap in a capacitive touch controller,” he said. “Using this platform, people would, by themselves, be able to design things.” The lab also maintains two vehicles in its parking lot for testing.In the next few months, Ford expects to release the beta version of its car app developer kit. There are already more than 1,000 developers waiting to be notified when it’s ready. At that point, this lab’s work will shift to supporting and growing a community of car hackers. “We’re interested in spurring the creation of an ecosystem,” Giuli said.Trading Grease For CodeFord’s OpenXC API runs on a combination of Arduino and Android platforms – technology chosen to make modding your car as easy as programming a smartphone. The system can potentially access the 1,000 or more data points, generated by sensors on Ford vehicles and served up via the 16-pin onboard diagnostics port (a standard feature of all cars since 1996). The Ford toolkit encourages development of software as well as add-on hardware.Evans, a mechanical engineer with expertise in rapid prototyping and digital manufacturing technology, comes naturally to the automotive industry. His father is Andy Evans, a profession race car driver, who drove for Ferrari in the 1990s in the World Sports Car series. “I have cars in my blood,” said Evans.“When you think back to the days of the 1960s Mustangs, you’d pop open the hood. If you knew what you’re doing, you could change all kinds of mechanical things,” said Evans. “But now, if you open up the hood of your car, what do you see? Plastic. It’s intimidating.” The answer: Ford wants to transform 20th century grease monkeys into 21st century DIY car geeks. Ford first announced its OpenXC platform a year ago at the TechCrunch Disrupt 2011 Hackathon. Since then, the Ford Silicon Valley Lab has vetted its process, sometimes working with partners, by evaluating a number of hacks:Using the rate and duration of windshield wiper activity, cars become roaming weather stations capable of reporting rain and other conditions on a microclimate level.Got an overbearing mother who insists on knowing when you arrive at a destination? With a hack, the car texts, “Oy vay, I’m here already.”Looking at steering wheel angle, accelerator pedal position, speeds, RPM, and GPS location, an app determines that you just completed a fun drive on a twisty road. It does a GPS trace and tweets the deets, including a link to a Google map.An obvious application is traffic detection, which is not such a big deal in U.S. where traffic reports are everyday radio fare, but could be huge in the developing world. If multiple drivers repeatedly slam their brakes on the same stretch of road, traffic planners could learn there’s a safety problem in the road design.From there, who knows what innovation could emerge from an online community of car hackers? Ford’s lab is not currently constrained by a need to commercialize any of the ideas but sees its work instead as research regarding the feasibility of a car-based open source strategy. Giuli will grow the lab’s staff from three employees currently, to about 10 to 15 people in the next three years.Ford might seem forward thinking in establishing such a lab, but Giuli doesn’t see it that way. He believes it’s more a matter of keeping up with where innovative geeks are already going. “Tons of people are already making car apps that work with OBD2 readers, or replacing the center stack with their own car computer. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… That’s happening today, and there’s nothing that anybody can do to stop it,” he said. “So, it’s a good idea for OEMs like Ford to make this really easy. Hopefully, we can benefit customers with a lot of awesome new features.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Internet of Things#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts bradley berman 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Elon Musk’s OpenAI bot dominates DoTA 2 professionals

first_imgElon Musk’s OpenAI previewed the power of its own artificial intelligence at Valve’s yearly DoTA 2 tournament. The AI agent dominated several DoTA 2 professionals in 1 vs 1, showing the early capabilities of AI inside the MOBA.For those that don’t follow DoTA 2, it is multiplayer online battle arena, primarily played in a 5 vs 5 format. The aim for each team is to destroy towers to reach the opposing team’s base.See Also: Chinese government wants country to be AI leader by 2030OpenAI spent two weeks training the bot inside the game, constantly running through simulations against itself. It amassed “lifetimes” of gameplay, learning intricate tactics to beat its opponent. The bot learned how to creep block, zone, and bait, considered key skills for DoTA 2 players, which surprised most of the professionals.At the International, DoTA 2 pro Danylo “Dendi” Ishutin was defeated twice by the bot.OpenAI first ever to defeat world’s best players in competitive eSports. Vastly more complex than traditional board games like chess & Go.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 12, 2017It should be noted that the 1 vs 1 was extremely limited compared to a normal game of DoTA 2. Bottle, runes, neutrals, raindrops, shrines, and soul rings were not allowed, limiting the scope of the game.That said, OpenAI is looking to have a full bot team for the International next year, which may compete with some of the teams that make it to the tournament.It is not the first AI agent to show proficiency in video games. DeepMind, owned by Google, has perfected Atari Breakout, beat the number one player in Go, and is working on an agent to compete in Blizzard’s Starcraft 2.Musk, the founder of OpenAI, has said that AI is an existential threat to humanity, and last week on Twitter he called it “vastly more risky than North Korea”. He asked governments to actively regulate the sector, to the annoyance of some AI experts and Mark Zuckerberg. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage David Curry A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#DoTA2#Elon Musk#Machine Learning#MOBA#OpenAI#Valve#video games center_img China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Related Posts AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Themlast_img read more

The First Immutable Truth of Business

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Your business is about serving your clients. It is about making a difference for those clients. That is what a business does, and everything else needs to be aligned around this one idea. Things like “shareholder value” are a distraction.This is an immutable truth of business:The people who know the most about clients are the people who actually serve those clients. They know the most about clients because they spend time with them, they deal with them directly, and they are on the front lines when it comes to the challenges presented by serving those clients. No one knows more.Unless a leader is in front of clients often enough to have that same experience, they think of clients in the abstract.Unless marketing spends time with clients, clients are a collection of demographic and psychographic surveys and research.Your clients aren’t names on a billing or profit report.It doesn’t matter what your title is, and it doesn’t matter how much research you perform, unless you spend time with your clients, you don’t know anything about them, collectively or individually.No one ever says, “We have a major problem with a client. Let’s see if we can get help from the shareholders. They have a lot riding on this.”If you want to know how to produce better results for your clients, go and spend time with them. If you want to understand how you can create greater value for the people and companies you serve, go and listen to them. If you want to know how challenging it is to serve those client, go and spend time with the people who are actually doing the work and trying to live your value proposition.Clients aren’t an abstraction. If you want to improve your performance, go and feel what it is like to deal with the concrete reality of serving your clients.last_img read more

Durham says Bolts ‘didn’t play like ourselves’ in upset loss to Elite

first_imgElite topple No. 1 Bolts in thriller, force decider for semis spot Read Next “A little bit [tired], but not as much as like not doing what we’re needed to do on the defensive end. We left a lot of wide-open shots, and that team is filled with shooters and if you do that they’re gonna knock it down.”Durham nearly won it for Meralco after giving his team a 91-90 lead with 15.8 seconds left before Allein Maliksi put Blackwater ahead for good on a mid-range jumper six seconds later.“Like I said, as a team collectively, we played pretty bad on defense and for myself, I gotta be more aggressive on offense. I gotta do more. I’ll pick it up on Thursday and hopefully, come out with the win,” said Durham.Durham collected 18 points, 21 rebounds and seven assists, but he was still outplayed by Henry Walker, who put up 30 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter, 18 rebounds and six assists to lead Blackwater.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Import Allen Durham said the Bolts didn’t play defense the way they had been defending in the elimination round where they wound up at the helm in a tight race for the top spot.And Meralco’s poor defense resulted to a stunning loss to No. 8 Blackwater, which took a 92-91 win on a game-winner to setup a do-or-die game for a semifinals slot on Thursday.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“We’re out of it just the whole game. We’re doing a lot of dumb stuff on defense. We just weren’t playing like ourselves,” said the reigning Best Import.The Bolts played in their second game in three days, but Durham said it’s no excuse to play as badly as they did defensively. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentscenter_img MOST READ 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 Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Meralco was the No. 1 team coming into the playoffs but played nothing like it, at least on the defensive end on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad last_img read more

The Latest Canada gets access to exdiplomat in China

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Latest on talks between the U.S. and Canada (all times local):11:47 a.m.Canada’s ambassador to China has received consular access to detained ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig four days after he was arrested in China.Canada’s Global Affairs Department says Ambassador John McCallum met with Kovrig in Beijing on Friday.The department says they are continuing to press for access to another Canadian, entrepreneur Michael Spavor, who was also detained in China on Monday. The two were arrested in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive on behalf of the United States.Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of telecommunications giant Huawei, on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States. The U.S. wants her extradited to face charges that she and her company misled banks about the company’s business dealings in Iran. A Canadian judge released Meng on bail Tuesday.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis were meeting their Canadian counterparts on Friday for discussions expected to be dominated by the arrests.__11:04 a.m.The U.S. and Canada are holding high-stakes talks amid an escalating dispute with China that threatens to further complicate ties between the North American neighbours.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis were meeting their Canadian counterparts on Friday for discussions expected to be dominated by Canada’s arrest of a Chinese tech executive at Washington’s request. China has detained two Canadians in apparent retaliation.The case has set off a three-way diplomatic furor in which Canada is stuck in the middle.Canada arrested the chief financial officer of telecoms giant Huawei (WAH’-way) on Dec. 1. The U.S. wants her extradited on charges she and her company violated sanctions on Iran. But a Canadian judge released her on bail Tuesday.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Meeting with PM wont stop BCs opposition to pipeline Horgan

first_imgHe said Notley and the prime minister should at least consider building more oil refineries in Canada.Horgan, who has often suggested building more refineries, said he will raise the issue in Sunday’s meeting.“If they have disposable billions, I would suggest a better course of action would be investing in refining capacity so that we Canadians can benefit from the jobs and we Canadians can benefit from this natural resource rather than sending it in raw form to another jurisdiction,” he said.By Dirk MeissnerTHE CANADIAN PRESS Trudeau summoned Horgan and Notley for the meeting over the escalating dispute. The prime minister is attending the Summit of the Americas in Peru, but will return to Canada for the meeting before heading to Europe on a trade mission.Kinder Morgan, the pipeline’s operator, turned up the heat last week announcing it is stopping essential spending on the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain expansion because of opposition and delays in B.C. The company established a May 31 deadline for action.“I’m happy to hear what the prime minister and perhaps Rachel Notley has to say,” Horgan said. “I don’t feel there’s any need for sabre-rattling or provocation, nor for threats.”Notley said her New Democrat government is preparing to introduce legislation that could reduce the flow of oil to B.C., which is likely to cause gas prices to spike in the Vancouver area, where motorists are already paying more than $1.50 per litre.On Thursday in Edmonton, Notley didn’t appear to soften her stand ahead of the meeting.“There is one and only one solution, and that solution is that the pipeline gets built without delay.” Trudeau was in Vancouver and Victoria last week where he was met by protests, but reiterated the federal government approved the pipeline project in November 2016 and will ensure it is built. The federal cabinet held an emergency meeting this week and has since voiced its support for the project.Horgan said B.C. intends to pursue court action that involves seeking a constitutional reference case to determine who has the jurisdiction to permit the pipeline to cross B.C.“We are in court following the rule of law. We’re developing a question with respect to jurisdiction that will be referred to a court in short order and as far as I’m concerned we are issuing (project) permits as requested by the proponent.”Green Party leader Andrew Weaver said the federal and Alberta governments are missing an opportunity to bring Canada’s economy into the 21st century by supporting the expansion project.center_img VICTORIA, B.C. — A defiant British Columbia Premier John Horgan said he won’t back down from his government’s opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline project when he meets Sunday with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.Horgan said Thursday he will go to Ottawa to hear what the prime minister and Alberta premier have to say, but if they expect him to drop B.C.’s court actions or its advocacy for protection from oil spills, they are mistaken.“I will defend to the end the rights of B.C. to stand up and defend our coast,” Horgan said during an outdoor news conference near a legislature flower garden. “This is a serious issue for British Columbians and I’ll do my level best to make sure the premier of Alberta and the prime minister understand that.”last_img read more

NLC in Fort St John hosting National Aboriginal Day celebrations tomorrow

first_imgThe day’s events will conclude with a talent show, which is open to all residents, and a ceremonial tea dance.Desjarlais said that the day’s events are open to all residents, with admission free of charge. Anyone wanting to register for the Talent Show can do so before 6:00 p.m. at the event. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Lights College in Fort St. John is going to be the host venue for an entire day of festivities in celebration of National Aboriginal Day on Thursday, June 21st.NLC’s Aboriginal Relations and Services Coordinator Lorisha Desjarlais said that Thursday’s event is being put on in collaboration with School District #60, the Treaty 8 Tribal Association, the Northeast Native Advancing Society, and the Nenan Dane zaa Deh Zona Family Services Society. She said that this is the second straight year the group of organizations is collaborating on hosting an event to celebrate National Aboriginal Day, allowing the groups to host one big event instead of a number of smaller ones.Desjarlais said that the day’s festivities will start at 12:00 p.m. with a free lunch before the Opening Ceremonies at 1:00. The afternoon’s activities will include performances by the N’we Jinan Blueberry youth singers and School District #60’s Pow-wow dancers before activities form 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.last_img read more