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Under-18s: Defeats for Chelsea and QPR, Fulham draw

first_imgChelsea’s Under-18s lost 5-4 at Norwich on Saturday after being 3-1 up at half-time.Martell Taylor-Crossdale scored twice for the visitors and Charlie Brown also found the net, but it was not enough for the young Blues.England Under-19 striker Taylor-Crossdale put them ahead after being set up by Conor Gallagher.After Norwich equalised, an own goal restored Chelsea’s lead and Taylor-Crossdale doubled their advantage after being found by Reece James’ cross.But the Canaries hit back in the second half, scoring four times before Brown pulled a goal back late on.Meanwhile, QPR’s Under-18s were thrashed 6-0 by Leeds United and Fulham’s drew 2-2 at Swansea City.See also:Clarke-Salter plays as Blues youngsters beat SpursChelsea Under-23s v Tottenham: three stand-out performersFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Meet the soybean aphid on steroids

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Soybean growers should be on the lookout for a super-pest that is getting ever-so-close to Ohio. Andy Michael, associate professor of Entomology at The Ohio State University, gives some details on the Kudzu Bug, which is already causing havoc in southern U.S. states and is heading north. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.last_img

Cressleaf groundsel in wheat and hay

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It’s definitely a big year for cressleaf groundsel (Senecio glabellus), that yellow-flowered weed that can be seen about everywhere right now. While it is most often found in no-till corn and soybean fields that have not yet been treated with burndown herbicides, there seems to be an above-average number of wheat and hayfields and pastures with substantial populations.Cressleaf groundsel can be identified by its hollow and grooved stem with a purplish color, and yellow sunflower-type flowers. It is a winter annual that emerges in late summer into fall, and can infest late-summer seedings of forages and hay, and fall seedings of wheat. It can be controlled with herbicides in most crops, ideally in the fall or early spring when plants are small and most susceptible to herbicides.At this time of the year, plants are flowering and going to seed, thus ending their life cycle. Applying herbicides to hay fields at this time probably won’t do much to reduce the risk of toxicity to animals (and it’s too late to apply any herbicides to wheat). Plants that have flowered are more difficult to control, and will still be there even if killed by herbicides. Major management goals at this time are mowing infestations soon enough to prevent seed production, and deciding what the risk of toxicity in hay or straw is based on the level of infestation. Cressleaf groundsel should not be present in hay fields following the first cutting. However, it is advisable to scout fields in late fall for the presence of newly emerged plants, and treat with herbicides if necessary.Cressleaf groundsel is poisonous to cattle, horses, goats, sheep, and humans due to the presence of pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs). Symptoms include weight loss, unthriftiness, poor hair coat, anorexia, behavioral changes, sunscald, aimless walking, diarrhea, jaundice, liver damage, and possibly death. All parts of the plant are toxic. Drying or ensiling the plants during the hay or straw making process does not reduce the toxicity of cressleaf groundsel. Historically, no confirmed cases of poisoning by S. glabellus have been reported by the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, although liver lesions suggestive of PA poisoning have been observed on rare occasions. Although the presence of the occasional plant in a hay or wheat field is probably not cause for concern, producers are advised to avoid harvesting areas of the field that have high concentrations of the plants. Or bale and discard hay or straw from those areas of the field, if this is more desirable than leaving the plant residue in the field.This is not a new problem, and we have a fact sheet available on cressleaf groundsel at the OSU Weed Management website – http://u.osu.edu/osuweeds. Hover over “weeds,” and then click on “other” to get to it.last_img read more

Hog farmers host chef competition at Annual Taste of Elegance

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Chef Aaron Braun, Meadowlark Restaurant, took top honors at the Ohio Pork Council’s Taste of Elegance Chef Competition and Legislative Reception, earning the coveted Chef Par Excellence award. Braun was also awarded the People’s Choice award for the second consecutive year.Chef Broc Baltes, Mercy Health, was named Superior Chef, while Chef Tom Tiner, AVI Foodsystems, was selected as Premier Chef.This year, each of the three chefs prepared an appetizer and entrée featuring pork. Judging the event were Connie Surber, past OPC Board Member and longtime supporter of Ohio’s pork industry; Chef Todd McDunn, Resident Director of Food Services, Scotts Miracle-Gro Campus and five-time Taste of Elegance winner; and Greg Lestini, Attorney, Bricker and Eckler.A signature tradition of Taste of Elegance, guests received white gloves and a bone-in pork chop to begin the evening. After sampling assorted flavors of bacon, cheeses and appetizers, they were invited to taste samples from each of the chefs’ menus. Additionally, a selection of Ohio wines was offered by the Ohio Grape Industries while the Ohio Farm Bureau’s Cover Crop Beer was also served.The evening provides a unique opportunity for Ohio farmers to mingle with chefs who have prepared the fruit of their efforts — pork — in unique and exciting ways. Although many farmers have spent their lives raising pigs, few have had the opportunity to dine on what may be considered culinary delicacies.Pork chops, as well as the pork used by each of the chefs, were donated by J.H. Routh Packing Company in Sandusky, Ohio. Event sponsors included the Ohio Pork Council, Farm Credit Mid-America, J.H. Routh Packing Company, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio Grape Industries, Ohio Soybean Council, PIC and United Producers, Inc.last_img read more

Trump Signs Japan Deal

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — A large contingent of agricultural lobbyists joined President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday to sign a partial trade deal with Japan.The agreement will lower or eliminate tariffs into Japan’s markets for about $7 billion in agricultural products.Several farm leaders joined the president at a White House press conference on Monday. The farm leaders stood stoically behind the president as he largely took questions about Syria, Ukraine and impeachment.The trade deal puts U.S. agricultural exports to Japan largely on par with countries that joined the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CP-TPP) in 2017.American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall attended the signing and the press conference. Duvall said the agreement means lower tariffs on U.S. farm and ranch exports with the prospect of even lower tariffs to come.“We hope the momentum from this win carries through to the negotiations with China this week and sets the stage for similar bilateral agreements with other countries involved with the CP-TPP,” Duvall said. “We appreciate this administration’s efforts to improve trade opportunities for farmers.”Trump had signed the deal Sept. 25 in New York with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The agreement is set to begin on Jan. 1, 2020, but Japan’s Diet, its bicameral legislature, still must approve the agreement before it is implemented.Under the agreement, more than 90% of U.S. agricultural products and food exported to Japan will be either duty free or have lower tariff barriers. The U.S. exports about $14 billion in agricultural and food products to Japan, of which about $5.2 billion are already duty free, according to the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office. Under the deal, Japan will reduce or eliminate tariffs on another $7.2 billion in agricultural or food products.Fresh and frozen beef and pork will see lower tariffs as well. Japan will have some “safeguards” in place to avoid surges of imports of beef, pork and certain other products.Japan would provide lower tariffs on about 240,000 metric tons of beef, or about 90% of what the U.S. exports to Japan. U.S. beef producers were seeking to lower the tariff from 38.5% down to 9% to match competitors.Products that will see immediate removal of all trade duties include almonds, blueberries, broccoli, cranberries, grain sorghum, sweet corn, walnuts and other products.U.S. wheat leaders cited the deal would put them on par with export competitors such as Canada and Australia. Japan also has agreed to specific quotas of U.S. wheat imports. The U.S. accounts for roughly 50% of all wheat imported by Japan each year, valued at more than $600 million. That also accounts for more than 10% of U.S. wheat exports.“The Trump administration and negotiators for both countries clearly understood what was at stake for U.S. wheat farmers and made sure to have our backs in this agreement,” said U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) President Vince Peterson, who attended the event at the White House.At the signing ceremony, Trump was asked about negotiations with China. Another round of talks is expected to begin this week. Trump said he was confident they can reach a deal.“I think they’re coming to make a deal,” he said. “It’s got to be a fair deal.”Asked if he would accept a partial trade deal with China, Trump said, “My inclination is to get a big deal.”Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Facial recognition tech makes it official: There is no privacy anymore

first_imgAnother kind of crime detection?The use cases of facial recognition tech seem subject only to the imagination. Today we’ve seen the use of a French education provider utilizing the tech to determine if students are paying attention during remote learning. Recently six machines were recently installed in Beijing at Temple of Heaven Park to police the toilet paper.  The tourist attraction is reportedly frequented by visitors who take large amounts of toilet paper home and the subsequently the machines scan visitors’ faces before dispensing a fixed length strip of paper.Kuharenko commented:“Given the population of China, monitoring the use of toilet paper can actually lead to significant savings. Jokes aside, this example presents the commoditization of technology and for this exact reason — testing the concepts of facial recognition applications in non-standard scenarios — we created our cloud solution.”While the increasing use of facial recognition in crime prevention and detection in public spaces is controversial, its’ good arguably outweighs the lack of privacy. Yet facial recognition tech for marketing and retail purposes is less compelling, especially as we don’t know how advanced the AI could get in the future. As Sarhan comments:“This is not a criticism of technology…. Rather, this is an opportunity to have a discussion about how we protect and preserve our freedom to remain untracked and anonymous when on public property.” Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Security vs. privacy vs. personalized realityThe crux of the issue seems to be how to balance the different use cases and of facial recognition tech and their potential consequences. People overwhelmingly want the option to consent to the use of the tech (even though cameras are widespread in most public places), including restaurants and shopping malls.  Kuharenko commented when asked about the issue of increased public surveillance (including in Moscow where over 150,000 CCTV cameras have been installed:” We prefer to talk about the implementation of a total system of video surveillance and face recognition from the point of view that it will help the police to find a terrorist faster and more efficiently, identify a maniac and prevent a crime. The problem of total surveillance is not a matter of introducing technologies, but the issue of control over their use, the powers of law enforcement bodies and their control over society.” Tags:#AI#CCTV cameras#connected billboard#Facial Recognition#featured#marketing#privacy#security#top Cate Lawrence Related Posts center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Recent weeks have brought controversy over electronic billboards in restaurants and shopping precincts that utilize advanced facial recognition techniques to not only provide personalized advertisements but also measure and record the consumer and their response, ostensibly to enable retailers to provide more targeted marketing and services.In Oslo, the restaurant Peppe’s Pizza had its usage of such billboards exposed due to a crashed digital advertisement that revealed the coding behind its facial recognition system. The billboard includes a camera and facial recognition software that can register gender, whether the watcher is young or an adult, facial expression, whether they wear glasses. and duration of time spent at the billboard.See also: Workplace wearables raise new privacy concerns for employees and employersIn response, Dublin-based designer Youssef Sarhan did a little digging in his home time of Dublin and also discovered similar billboards in operation. His thoughts doubt reflect those of many:“Your attention (and the meta-data associated with it) is being relayed to advertisers without your permission or awareness, and there is no way to opt–out. This is the crux of the problem. There’s no transparency, there is no obvious notice, and there’s no way to opt–out. This is an erosion of our privacy. I feel this is unacceptable.”In wanting to gain insight into the thinking behind the use of AI and facial recognition software in marketing, I spoke to Artem Kuharenko, founder of facial recognition company,  NTechLab. They developed a facial recognition algorithm based on neural networks which won Washington University’s Megaface facial recognition challenge in November 2015, beating 90 other teams including Google’s Facenet.It was later used to power FindFace, allowing anyone to snap a photo with their smartphone, upload it to the service and find that person’s social media account in less than a second. It helps Twitter users to protect their identities, find long-lost friends and relatives, and identify new potential connections. FindFace can also search the largest social network of Eastern Europe, VK, where it has already been used to solve cold cases and identify criminals.They’ve recently announced that their technology can now detect emotions, age, and gender. They believe this will have “big implications for our projects in retail and security, including allowing  CCTV cameras to detect potential criminals and fugitives by marking them as suspicious if they express emotions like fear, hatred, or nervousness.”I asked Kuharenko his thoughts about the use of electronic billboards embedded with facial recognition tech. He commented:” I think that there is nothing wrong with the fact that the business is trying to better understand the perception of its marketing message to customers. They study the demand and the business has been doing this for the whole history of mankind. Right now, using information from beacons and WiFi routers they aggregate huge amounts of information about you: where you live, buzz, what places you visit. By analyzing your online profile large aggregators collect all the information about your preferences and hobbies. Thus, the analysis of the emotional-demographic profile is the norm for the modern world.”I was interested thus in learning about how much control a startup (or any business) would have over the use cases of their tech. Kuharenko explained to me that their facial recognition services were already being used in some shopping malls to monitor the emotions of people entering and leaving the mall. He further stated:“Our mission is to make the world a safer and a more comfortable place. Our product strategy and all projects implemented using our technology are aimed at achieving this purpose. Any technology can be used for both harm and good. We believe that the positive effect of global implementation will exceed the number of controversial cases by millions of times. It is strange to expect that in the era of private space flights, virtual augmented reality and the digital economy, the information transparency of a person will remain at the level of 50 years ago. People need to rebuild their minds and rethink the notion of privacy.” Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more