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Indiana Leading the Way with State of the Art Phenotyping Center

first_img Indiana Leading the Way with State of the Art Phenotyping Center Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Leading the Way with State of the Art Phenotyping Center By Andy Eubank – Aug 30, 2016 SHARE Plaut and Novak on phenotyping centerThe Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center was lauded this week as a building in which new technologies from major advancements in plant agriculture will be realized through automated field phenotyping, the process of measuring and analyzing observable plant characteristics.Senior Associate Dean and Director of Research at Purdue, Karen Plaut explains drones roaming fields to acquire data is some of what is actually happening at the center.“We get the exact information of how those genes are expressing themselves. That’s what we call the phenotype. It’s the visible characteristics of that plant. What we do then is we get that data, we put that data together, and try to figure out what are the best plants for different environments. What traits are we not measuring now that are important and will make a big difference in yield for farmers.”She told HAT a number of key elements come together to make the building such an enhanced space for their research.“It is the space itself. There are areas where we need a modern facility to work in. In addition, much of this equipment is customized for our researchers, so it’s really state of the art. We developed it with flexibility so we can change out equipment as it develops. It’s also the technology, and one of the things this space does that we don’t do in that many other spaces is really allow us to build these multidisciplinary teams.”The former chief executive of the Indiana corn and soybean checkoff organizations that helped fund the new center, Chris Novak, is now the CEO of the National Corn Growers Association. He attended the dedication and told HAT Purdue and Indiana are now at the forefront of what needs to be a national push.“One of the reasons I wanted to be here today is at a national level we’re reaching out and we’re talking to soybean associations, and the cotton farmers, fruit and vegetable growers in California and Florida, because we know that there needs to be a federal phenotyping effort if we truly want to look at not just solving hunger but also as we develop plants that can help us with other nutritional issues like obesity.”Hear more from Novak and Plaut in the full HAT interviews:Karen PlautChris NovakJust steps away from the new center dedication, at the Beck Ag Center, the North American Plant Phenotyping Network was holding its inaugural convening event. Plaut said they anticipated 40 people would attend the meeting but registration was closed when they reached 170. Phenotyping was being discussed by representatives of 11 different countries, 34 companies, 30 academic institutions and 19 federal agencies. This network startup follows Europe and international networks already established and addressing plant phenotyping. Data collected at Purdue will be important to the North American network, and the dedication of the center was certainly an attraction for their very first meeting. SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleFarm Progress Show Opens With Rain and Lower PricesNext articleFew Changes in Indiana Farm Bureau Policy Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Poland to propose limits on foreign media soon, Kaczynski says

first_imgWhen asked if PiS would introduce reforms before the end of their term, party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski told Polish public radio on Sunday that he hopes the reforms will be carried out soon.”We will manage to do this much faster [than before the end of our term], at least on the legislative level, but this process’ success is tied to many changes that we have to bring about in our country as well as international relationships,” Kaczynski said.PiS has maintained that any new law would have to adhere to EU rules, which could hamper the party’s political aim to substantially reduce the influence of foreign-owned outlets, such as Discovery-owned broadcaster TVN.But, in the wake of last week’s presidential vote, where Duda won a second term in office, PiS has been emboldened in its criticism of the influence of foreign-owned media outlets in Poland.Kaczynski said any potential rules are still “being analyzed and there are discussions on the matter.”Many options were being considered, a PiS official told Reuters earlier this week, adding that the purchase of regional newspapers, many of which are German-owned, was among the ideas that had come up, Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza reported last week. Topics : Poland will seek to craft rules limiting the concentration of foreign-owned media outlets well before the ruling nationalists finish their term in power, Poland’s de facto leader said on Sunday, with parliamentary elections expected in 2023.Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has long said foreign-owned media outlets have meddled in Poland’s affairs and that Polish-owned media should have a stronger place.The accusation was leveled again in the recent presidential campaign, during which incumbent and PiS ally Andrzej Duda repeatedly accused foreign media or foreign-owned media of misinforming the public.last_img read more

SAN GABRIEL STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY, JAN. 7, 2017

first_img            NOTES: The winning owners are Schroeder Farms, LLC of Corona Del Mar, CA, Beverly Engelberg and Jan Steeper. JOCKEY QUOTES KENT DESORMEAUX, BLUE TONE, WINNER:  “He broke horribly today and I didn’t know if he had anything left at the half-mile pole. I absolutely nursed him to the quarter pole and he showed all the class that he has and held them at bay.“Not for nothing but he must be a mudder. He won’t step in a puddle on the road out to the racetrack in the mornings, but I walked him out onto the track today and he was paddling in it, like a child in the mud. He was like a little kid. He was enjoying himself.” BOB HESS, JR., TRAINER OF BLUE TONE, WINNER:  “It was apparent there wasn’t any pace in the race. The other day when he stumbled (out of the gate when finishing fourth in the Grade III Native Diver Handicap Nov. 27), we couldn’t have beaten the winner, but I thought we could’ve been second.  He’s a big lumbering horse and when he’s able to run like this, he’s a lot better.  We’ve got some money now, so we’re going to run next at Gulfstream in the Poseidon on Jan. 28. It’s $400,000 and we’re going to take a shot.” TRAINER QUOTESlast_img read more

Yeng Guiao sees silver lining in latest election loss: ‘I can focus more on basketball’

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Multi-titled head coach Yeng Guiao saw a silver lining in his loss in the recent 2019 midterm elections.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Guiao lost to re-electionist Carmelo Jon Lazatin in the congressional race for Pampanga’s first district representative, but he chose to look at the positive side of things.“It’s all part of the package, you can win or lose,” said Guiao in Fiipino after the Road Warriors’ 102-87 loss to TNT Wednesday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.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, logisticsREAD: Yeng Guiao to use NLEX’s early exit to prepare for elections “What’s important for me is I felt that I had something to offer, the stars just didn’t line up. Actually, my family’s happier now so that’s another way of looking at it.” “The more important thing now is to be able to put that loss behind you and look forward to the challenges ahead. It’s all part of our journeys in life.” Filoil: La Salle shoots down Arellano for third straight win Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano’s beef with ABS CBN? Unfair air time during 2016 campaign PLAY LIST 02:25Cayetano’s beef with ABS CBN? Unfair air time during 2016 campaign01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Guiao added that he could focus more on his coaching duties with NLEX and Gilas Pilipinas, which he led to the 2020 Fiba World Cup.The Road Warriors are still reeling from the absences of injured guard Kevin Alas and the suspended Kiefer Ravena who was found to have violated the standards of the World Anti-Doping Agency.READ: Vergel Meneses wins mayor, Dondon Hontiveros tops councilor race; Yeng Guiao loses congressional bidRavena, though, could practice with the team as early as June before he could play in the PBA in August.“I can focus more on basketball, not just NLEX but also with the Gilas preparations,” said Guiao who held the congressional seat in 2013. “Politics is always going to be there, it’s always there, so it’s always an option.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

10 months ago​Hasenhuttl insists Southampton will help Davis join Rangers

first_img​Hasenhuttl insists Southampton will help Davis join Rangersby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is understanding of Steven Davis’ desire to return to Rangers.According to Sky Sports News, Rangers and Saints are in talks over a transfer. Saints are okay with letting their club captain leave. The 34-year-old wants to make the move, and he has his manager’s blessing.”The fact is he has a half-year contract here until the summer so what we want to give him is the chance to make the next step, if it is a possibility we will help him to do so,” Hasenhuttl said to reporters.”He has done a lot for this club so hopefully we can find a win-win solution for both sides.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: 5-Star 2017 PG Trevon Duval Posterizes Defender At Under Armour All-America Camp

first_imgAll-American Trevon Duval dunks on a defender.YouTube/EliteMixtapesFive-star point guard Trevon Dural is a top 10 player in the 2017 class, and has the offer sheet to prove it. Kansas, Louisville, Syracuse, and numerous others are after the explosive guard out of St. Benedict’s Prep. At the Under Armour All-America Camp in Charlotte, Duval showed off his superior athleticism, with a monster dunk on a very unlucky defender. Lesson to all defenders: if Duval blows by his man and you’re late on rotating over to protect the rim, you may just want to let him have the two points.[Bleacher Report]last_img

CN Rail network beginning to recover in March from weak winter says

first_imgMONTREAL – Canadian National Railway Co. is beginning to recover from a turbulent end to 2017 and deep winter freeze that curtailed its service, the railroad’s interim CEO said Wednesday.Jean-Jacques Ruest told an investor conference Wednesday that February was among the worst months in the company’s history as volume decreased and costs rose.But train speeds have picked up and the railway is moving more freight which will help customer service and satisfaction, he said.“So all these things are saying that the month of March is slightly better,” he told the J.P. Morgan Aviation, Transportation & Industrials Conference in New York.“It will not be enough to cover the month of January and February. But we’re heading in that direction.”The Montreal-based railway hasn’t changed its guidance for the year because Ruest says there is still time to catch up.The company has apologized for failing to keep grain shipments moving reliably by rail, and said it’s mobilizing more train cars and workers to clear the backlog.CN Rail announced Wednesday that it plans to manage congestion in Western Canada by temporarily restricting the flow of rail cars to gain fluidity and speed, particularly between Edmonton and Winnipeg.That includes controlling the flow of empty rail cars into Western Canada, managing flow for frac sand orders to avoid further congestion and returning empty propane cars from short-term staging locations.Ruest said extreme winter weather starting in December isn’t alone to blame.He said CN Rail entered the challenging winter season a spent force after experiencing 14 per cent revenue ton mile growth in the first nine months of 2017.“We entered the fourth quarter without really any gasoline left in the tank. So the last two months of the year we were sort of flat. And we’ve been flat since then.”Ruest said he expects the transportation sector, including trucking, will face capacity pressure from increased volume growth.CN Rail is spending an extra $500 million this year, half of which will be used to upgrade its network and increase transit times between Chicago and the Canadian west coast.The work to add more sidings and double tracks in spots will start in April and be completed by November.It has ordered new locomotives and will have an extra 130 leased units within weeks.It is also hiring 2,000 workers, including hundreds of conductors.Ruest said that by the fourth quarter, CN should be back to where it was 12 to 18 months ago.Ruest was appointed earlier this month to take over from Luc Jobin, who was dismissed after about two years as CEO.The 23-year veteran CN Rail executive said the company’s board plans to take its time conducting a global search from within the rail industry and manufacturing world to lead the country’s largest railway.“The search will be very wide and the board is not putting themselves on any clock,” he told analysts.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:CNR)last_img read more

Ridehailing subscriptions Are they worth it

first_imgNEW YORK — The start of a new year often coincides with a surge in monthly memberships to gyms.Ride-hailing services are hoping customers will think along the same lines about their transportation needs. Uber and Lyft recently launched subscription plans promising savings for those trips to the gym, to work or around town.The ride-hailing companies stand to gain by increasing customer loyalty in a competitive market and securing more predictable revenue at a time when both are heading into an initial public offering.But you should figure out if the numbers add up before committing to one ride provider.“I think both these things should come with the caveat, ‘buyer beware,’” said Keith Millhouse, a transportation consultant and principal at Millhouse Strategies.Millhouse called Uber’s subscription a “complete mystery,” and he said getting value out of Lyft’s plan was possible, but complicated. Others were more optimistic.“If (riders) know they’re going to be travelling enough or more than enough to take advantage of it, then by all means it’s an opportunity for them to save money,” said Steven Polzin, program director for mobility policy research at the Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida. “If you’re on the margins, or you’re an infrequent user, then you might not want to.”WHAT DO YOU GET WITH LYFT’S PLAN?Lyft’s All-Access Plan, available nationwide, costs $299 and allows you to take 30 trips valued at up to $15 over 30 days. If a ride goes over $15, you pay the difference. After the first 30 trips, you get 5 per cent off any additional rides.WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM LYFT’S PLAN?Riders who take very frequent trips in the $10-$15 range hit the sweet spot. Without the plan, 30 trips at $15 each would cost $450, so the plan could theoretically save you about $150. At $10 each, you would break even. But if your trips often cost less than $10, you may end up paying more for those trips than you would have without the pass.Another consideration is how many days you need transportation to work. Most full-time jobs include more than 20 work days per month, which means more than 40 trips.A 30-ride plan may appeal to those who occasionally work from home because the alternative — a monthly public transportation pass — often assumes five days of commuting per week so riders may be paying for trips they don’t take.“As more and more people have started telecommuting, all of a sudden those price points (for public transit passes) aren’t necessarily as attractive,” Polzin said.WHAT DO YOU GET WITH UBER’S PASS?Uber rolled out a subscription program called “Ride Pass” in five U.S. cities: Los Angeles, Miami, Denver, Austin and Orlando. It costs $14.99 in all of those cities except Los Angeles, where it costs $24.99. Uber says the monthly fee gives riders discounts up to 15 per cent on all rides and protection from surge pricing, which is higher pricing triggered by peaks in demand during rush hour, special events or bad weather.WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM UBER’S PASS?Uber has been hearing from riders that they want more consistent prices. For example, some customers find that their ride to work is cheaper than their ride home, so having the pass can protect riders from an unforeseen spike, an Uber spokesman said.The surge protection pricing could prove valuable if you frequently take Uber rides during peak times or at popular locations, say if you’re a bartender who works at a trendy night club that has a crush of demand for rides as partiers head home.“With surge protection, that could be a good deal,” Polzin said. “If you knew you were travelling in places and times where there’s surge pricing, you could save real money real fast.”WHAT ARE THE DOWNSIDES TO SUBSCRIPTIONS?With Uber’s pass, you don’t get to see the price of your desired routes until you pay the fee, and some reviewers on Reddit and Twitter said they got the pass and then paid what they considered to be higher rates for rides.Uber says that should not be happening, and if it is, riders should write to customer support. The company is using the pilot to collect feedback from riders before rolling it out in more cities.Other Uber riders complained that the discounts amounted to pennies on short rides and $1 on a ride worth $60.“Savings are, on average, 15 per cent to 20 per cent, but can vary depending on how busy it is,” said Michael Amodeo, spokesman for Uber, in an email. “For example, savings will typically be higher during commuting hours or nights and weekends when more people are opening up (and using) our app.”For Lyft’s plan, there’s a specific set of riders who would benefit, but if riders don’t use all of their 30 trips in 30 days, they lose them.“Like most of these platforms, they are a bigger benefit to companies when consumers don’t fully take advantage of them,” said Mike Ramsey, senior research director, automotive and smart mobility, at Gartner. “It’s like a gym membership — the gym would be unbearable if everyone used it. Nonetheless, some people take great advantage of very low cost subscriptions.”“In many cases, however, the economic advantage just doesn’t pencil out,” Ramsey said.Cathy Bussewitz, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Third quarter fiscal update shows Alberta spending more but saving more

first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. — New numbers show Alberta’s economy continues to dig itself out of the deep hole caused by crashing oil prices as Premier Rachel Notley’s government both spends and saves more.Finance Minister Joe Ceci says the province is on track for a $9.1-billion deficit when the budget year ends March 31. That’s $1.4 billion lower than the deficit expected when Ceci tabled this year’s budget last spring.Ceci notes forecasts also point to an economic rebound as production goes up and unemployment falls. The house resumes sitting March 8. Ceci is to bring in the 2018-19 budget later in the spring. “Nearly 90,000 full-time jobs were created over the last year and Alberta’s GDP growth led the country at 4.5 percent in 2017,” Ceci said in a statement Wednesday after releasing the third-quarter update to the 2017-18 budget. “We will continue to work hard to ensure this recovery reaches all Albertans.”The province is expected to take in an extra $1.9 billion this year on $46.9 billion in revenue – mainly due to higher than expected oil revenue and returns on investments. Spending is also rising to $55.9 billion – about $1 billion more than projected at budget – to cover increases in services for children, people with disabilities, and for employment and income supports.The debt is going to hit almost $42 billion this year. Debt payments will be $1.4 billion. Alberta will bring in $883 million from crude oil royalties, almost double what it had expected, although revenue from bitumen royalties will be $2.4 billion – about $188 million less than projected.Oil revenues were hampered this year by the price discount Alberta’s blended bitumen sells at compared with the benchmark North American West Texas Intermediate price. The discount is tied mainly to pipeline bottlenecks that drive up the price of getting Alberta’s heavy oil to U.S. refineries and ports.The NDP has been running high deficits throughout its term in government. The government says slashing budgets and jobs would only worsen the situation and kill an economic recovery.The province has been saving money by negotiating contracts with zero pay increases for teachers and nurses and other health professionals,. It has also axed redundant agencies and committees and consolidated other programs and services.Alberta has been hit with multiple credit downgrades, however, which have increased the cost of borrowing. Ceci has promised to present a more detailed plan to get the budget back in balance by 2023.last_img read more