Bolt’s record will stay in the books – Ozil

first_imgThe World Championships in Beijing are starting in a couple of weeks. What is your favourite track and field event? “The sprints fascinate me the most, not just the event itself, but also the stars lining up at the start line.” So what is your 100m PB? “The last time I ran a timed 100m was probably back at school,” he laughs. “In training we normally focus on 40m sprints, but now that you mention it, I’d be intrigued to see how fast I could run a 100m these days.” Well, there’s only one way to find out. We’re more than happy to arrange a race. Who is your favourite track and field athlete? “I have to admit I haven’t got a favourite athlete as such, but it always makes me happy to see an athlete like Robert Harting winning awards such as Athlete of the Year in Germany. It shows how popular the sport is.” What do you think of Usain Bolt’s 100m 9.58 world record? “The time will always be synonymous with his name unless he manages to go even faster, of course. To me that is what every sports person’s goal should be: to have their performance remembered. “I believe his 9.58 will stand in the record books for quite a while until at some point in the very distant future that one-in-a-million guy will come along and beat it.” How important is running in your physical preparation? “Running obviously plays a vital part in my daily training routine more so in pre-season than during the season. It improves your stamina, you can recover quicker between two sprints, and you’re less likely to suffer from injury. “We have a lot of technically equally strong clubs in the Premier League, so it’s always beneficial to have that extra bit of horsepower in the final minutes to rely on.”last_img read more

Soybean stand evaluation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As soybeans are emerging it is important to take some time to evaluate the stands.“Most are reporting good stands,” said Laura Lindsey, with OSU Extension. “Keep in mind that soybean stands may look a little uneven especially in areas of Ohio that are dry. If there are gaps where soybeans have not yet emerged, dig around in the area where there are no plants. If the seed is healthy and germinated, but just not broken through, with moisture, the soybeans should continue to emerge.”To get a handle on the stand, Lindsey recommends the following method: count the number of plants in 69 feet 8 inches of row for 7.5 inch-row spacing, 34 feet 10 inches for 15-inch row spacing, or 17 feet 5 inches of row for 30-inch row spacing. These counts represent 1/1000th of an acre (i.e., 120 plants in 69 feet 8 inches of row in 7.5-inch row spacing = 120,000 plants per acre).In areas where stands are less than ideal, there could be a number of different disease problems that could be to blame. OSU Extension plant pathologist Anne Dorrance has been hearing about some emergence problems due to diseases.“The most common symptom is spotty areas around the field with large skips or limited emergence,” Dorrance said. “Take a garden trowel and dig up a few places and try to find the seed that was placed there.”Here is a review from Dorrance of the seedling disease issues that are common most years in Ohio.1. The Watermolds, Pythium and Phytophthora, are very common on poorly drained, high clay soils. These pathogens love wet soil conditions. The few places in the state where saturated soil conditions have occurred are the very typical areas for these problems. Look for any shade of brown or tan on the seedling root or hypocotyl — the area right behind the deep green cotyledon.2. Rhizoctonia is another foe of seedlings. Fluctuating conditions, dry to wet can sometimes favor this pathogen. This is a brick corky red color, close to a brick house color, on the lower stem and the roots that can range from light brown to dark brown in color.3. Fusarium graminearum or other Fusarium spp. — Fusarium tends to be bright pinkish-red and fluffy. We have found this most often in fields with a high level of corn residue.There are other pests that will feed on the seeds and seedlings.  Seed corn maggot is one potential problems and slug damage is another. In these cases, missing plants or plants with holes in leaves or cotyledons will appear differently than the sunken, rotting tissue of diseases.last_img read more

IBM Is Turning Watson Into A “Supercharged” Siri

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile#web Related Posts christina ortizcenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … IBM is working to turn its Jeopardy-winning supercomputer into the newest mobile device personal assistant. Dubbed “Watson 2.0,” the system would be a voice-activated “supercharged” version of Siri, at least that’s how Bernie Meyerson, VP of Innovation at IBM, described it to Bloomberg this week. We all know Watson is super smart – there are almost a dozen racks of IBM servers in New York that can back up that claim – but is he helpful? Adding the ability to sense and assess real-world input like image recognition, location data and voice recognition are a few of the tools needed to make Watson into something more than a the system more user friendly. To begin with, IBM will have to include some of its existing technologies, like image interpretation, into the system. It might also have to license voice recognition technology from a company like Nuance, much like Apple did with Siri. Despite the obvious similarities it doesn’t seem like IBM has plans to take down Siri; it wants to attract a different kind of user base: the corporate world, more specifically, finance and healthcare. Last year, IBM teamed up with Nuance to research the possibility of  using Watson’s brains and Nuance’s voice recognition technology to create a smart, fast personal assistant and fact-finding machine for doctors and nurses. In order to do that, Watson had to “learn” everything there is to know about a multitude of different medical topics. Last September, Watson began studying oncology through a partnership with health insurer, WellPoint. Researchers “taught” Watson in a backwards kind of way, feeding it answers to questions they had developed.  When a question is posed, Watson uses information it has already learned, then accesses millions of books and websites at 66 million pages a second, and then answers. The more it analyzes and is told which answers are right, the more accurate it becomes. Watson will not only tell you the answer, it’ll show you why it’s is right. This is promising, but it’s already been a year and Watson isn’t projected to be an oncology expert until 2013. Another problem is that Watson is too smart for a device’s battery life. Watson uses the power equivalent of 6,000 desktop computers. That makes it too energy consuming to be a viable smart phone application. Meyerson says that the mobile version they are working on uses less power, saying, “The power it takes to make Watson work is dropping down like a stone.” Addressing that issue could turn Watson into a leaner assistant to be used on any device. For now, “Watson 2.0” is still in testing phases, but it’s on its way to moving from a server stack to something you can hold in your hands.   The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

In Kashmir, Rakshaks are a cop’s best friend

first_imgThe contrast couldn’t be more incongruous. Affectionately referred to as ‘Rani’ and ‘Basanti’, there is nothing feminine about the the bullet-proof Rakshaks — specially designed vehicles by Mahindra Defence Systems for crowd control — that the Jammu and Kashmir police increasingly view as saviours amid a rising graph of protests this month.To express their gratitude to the vehicles that keep them safe amid a barrage of stones, grenades and other projectiles, many senior officers have posted pictures of the dented and battered vehicles on the social media after the demonstrations against the rape of a three-year-old girl in Bandipora earlier this month. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Ganderbal, Fayaz Ahmad Lone wrote: “One can understand the quantum of stone pelting we face.” SSP, Shopian, Shailendra Kumar Mishra, administering the most volatile district in south Kashmir, tweeted a picture of his battered but undeterred Rakshak. “Our trophy. It takes stones, bricks, petrol bombs, grenades, live fire, pipes, fruit carts, rods, and what not. The Rakshak vehicle is a true companion of the J&K Police,” he said. Sub-Divisional Police Officer Amran Farooq is among the officers who survived an attack of stone-throwing, thanks to the vehicle’s armoured plating by Plasan Sasa, a variety of steel fabricated in Israel. “It was during the post-Burhan Wani protests in 2016 that my Rakshak was stuck on an interior stretch in Anantnag, with stones raining from all sides. It was evening, the front lamps were damaged. The vehicle took stones for over two hours before we negotiated the huge logs and boulders blocking the road. It stood steady all this while,” he told The Hindu. Introduced in 2008 with just 100 vehicles, the Rakshak was improved after the 2016 street protests. The company claims the vehicle has withstood 41 live fire tests and a grenade explosion underneath it. The J&K police further modified the vehicle to meet local challenges — the head lamps were covered with wire mesh and the five firing ports and small bullet-roof windows were cushioned with fizz bottles and mesh “to recoil the stones thrown”. A fleet of around 50 such vehicles was inducted in 2017 to control situation in south Kashmir. And the department has requisitioned for more. Former Director General of Police (DGP) K. Rajendra said the vehicle has emerged as the life line for the State police in its fight against militants and stone throwers. “Any delay in procurement of such essential equipment will severely dent operational capacity of the J&K Police,” he said.last_img read more

Wangs rises to the occasion, stuns CEU

first_imgMichael Juico. PBA IMAGESWangs Basketball showed its character late and pulled off the thrilling 88-87 come-from-behind victory over Centro Escolar University Tuesday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Down 10, 82-72, the Couriers pounced on the Scorpions in the final 2:41 of the game and went on a 16-5 finishing kick, capped off by a pair of free throws from Jason Riley to shove Wangs up, 88-87, with 22.9 ticks remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Rod Ebondo and Mark Cruz had a pair of chances to help CEU recover down the stretch, but they muffed both of their chances late as the Scorpions suffered the humiliating meltdown in their conference-opener.“The boys are just thirsty for a win. They followed our gameplan and it was really our defense which made the difference,” said a triumphant coach Pablo Lucas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingMichael Juico unloaded 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, on top of eight rebounds, and two assists, while Tim Habelito got a near double-double of 12 markers and nine boards.Christian De Chavez also chimed in 11 for Wangs. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ CEU squandered its 15-point lead, 48-33, in the third quarter and spoiled Ebondo’s dominant showing, where he tallied 27 points, 20 rebounds, and four blocks.JK Casiño also added 17 markers and four assists in the losing effort for the Scorpions.The Scores:WANGS 88 – Juico 26, Habelito 12, De Chavez 11, Amboludto 8, Asuncion 7, Riley 5, Herndon 4, Montemayor 4, Sorela 4, King 3, Arambulo 2, Importante 2.CEU 87 – Ebondo 27, Casiño 17, Cruz 12, Uri 8, Manlangit 7, Aquino 6, Intic 4, Wamar 4, Arim 2, Baconcon 0, Guinitaran 0, Jeruta 0, Saber 0.ADVERTISEMENT Quarters: 12-14, 33-42, 57-60, 88-87.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Gilas set to face China in 2017 Fiba Asia Cup group stage Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARlast_img read more