TODAY marks the final racemeet before Christmas, and with the 10-race programme offering a $5.4 million Pick-9 carryover, a payout in excess of $8 million looks a real possibility.Three trophy races will be run on the afternoon, including the annual renewal of the Sweet Ruckus Trophy over 1400 metres for native and imported two-year-olds, with a purse of $850,000.The other trophy races on the card are the round-five Stewards’ Cup for maiden two-year-old colts and geldings, and the Restricted Allowance II for the Titania Trophy over 1100 metres, which is confined to fillies and mares.The Philip Feanny-trained BUBBLING KITTEN, who impressed in the Dye Job Sprint, over 1200 metres, on December 12, renews rivalry with the runner-up and then-favourite, BLUE DIXIE, in a small field of six, and judging from the manner of her victory, she looks hard to oppose.Dye Job SprintBUBBLING KITTEN beat BLUE DIXIE by all of six and a half lengths in the Dye Job Sprint, covering the distance in the smart time of 1:13.1 under former champion jockey Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry, who again has the ride.With the tongue tie fitted for that race, the bay filly, by Blue Pepsi Lodge out of Shanna D, showed good speed to dispute the early lead with RALLY BABY and skittered away on entering the straight for a facile win, behind splits of 23.0 and 46.1.She is still extremely fit, and with the additional furlong no obstacle, should lead home Gary Subratie stable companions BLUE DIXIE and GOLDEN GLORY.Subratie indicated last Saturday that BLUE DIXIE had some minor issues for the Dye Job Sprint, but is expecting a better race today, and has called up outgoing champion jockey Dane Nelson to try and make a difference. BLUE DIXIE looks a safe exacta horse.I also like the well-advanced newcomer, SIR RAJA BABA (working well) to lead home EQUUS in the Stewards’ Cup, in which nine two-year-olds will run; fleet-footed FIRE ALARM ahead of COMMANDING AVIATOR in the Titania Trophy; MESSITHEGREAT to recoup losses in the sixth; CRUCIAL VALOR in the seventh; and PRINCESS SHEMIKA to stave off CHEERS in the eighth.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. farmers reacted to global markets in making a major shift by intending to plant more acres in corn this year than last, a situation that could add to abundant supplies and result in lower prices for producers, Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt says.Farmers indicated in a U.S. Department of Agriculture survey they would plant 6 percent more acres of corn this year — 93.6 million, the most since 2013 and the third highest since 1944 — because of a world surplus of wheat and reduced sorghum demand from China.Farmers expect to reduce their acreage of both wheat and sorghum and replace it with corn and cotton. Cotton acreage would increase by 11%.“The bottom line is that 93.6 million acres is too much corn acreage that with normal yields will cause further building of already-large corn inventories,” Hurt said. “Production would be expected to move above 14 billion bushels, with corn prices at harvest falling to the lower $3 per bushel.”The reduction in wheat acreage is related to low prices from the surplus of that crop and increased international competition. The lower demand for sorghum is the result of reduced use in Chinese feeding rations, causing sorghum prices to drop relative to corn.The shift is less apparent in the Corn Belt. Still, corn there could increase by 1.5 million acres. Somehow, Hurt said, farmers in the Corn Belt also are going to plant 840,000 more acres of soybeans, and more wheat acres as well. This made Hurt wonder whether farmers might have over-estimated their total acreage numbers.The Prospective Plantings report of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, released Thursday (March 31), is based on a nationwide survey of 83,000 farm operators. It was conducted in the first two weeks of March.The estimated corn planting area nationally is up 6% from last year’s 88 million acres. Soybean farmers nationally intended to plant 82.2 million acres, down less than 1% from 82.6 million from last year.Hurt said soybean stock supplies were about 40 million bushels lower than expected, indicating that more soybeans might have been used than expected or the size of the 2015 crop was over-estimated. In addition, soybean acreage nationally was 660,000 acres smaller than pre-report estimates. This means, Hurt said, that the 2016 crop would have U.S. average prices near $9 for the marketing year.“These reports together suggest that the market prices of corn and soybeans will now adjust to give producers reduced financial incentives to plant corn and increased price incentives to plant more soybeans, spring wheat and other spring-planted crops,” he said.Hurt noted that spring weather also will be important in determining how many acres get planted to each crop. The weather has tended to favor an early start to the planting season, which generally favors corn acreage.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I’ve been in the house doing billing this morning because it is ugly out and I didn’t want to be outside. We have gotten 2.4 inches since yesterday morning. We have had close to 5 inches here since the middle of last week. That will keep us out of the fields for a little bit.We have 50 acres of beans after hay to cut, 50 acres of custom beans and double-crops yet to cut. We have around 350 acres of corn yet to go. We have plenty to do. In a regular year we can be done in early November but in years like this we hope to be done by Thanksgiving.There are still a lot of corn and beans out around here and that puts a damper on any sort of fall tillage or fertilizer application. We got through most of our April-planted corn and now we’re into the late May-planted corn and it was not as bad as I thought it might have been. Then we got back to some more April corn and it was some of the best corn we’ve ever had on that farm. The yields have been all over the board but our average now is around 180 bushels and I’m not too upset with that in a year like this. We still have some good ground yet to go too.I want to do some investigating in the beans. We had some neighbors who had problems with white mold. We planted some really early varieties to get wheat out and then it rained and we couldn’t get to that ground until in May and that doesn’t always pan out well.The wheat this fall is on a lot of good tiled ground we have. It is doing well and looks beautiful. The rain stopping would definitely not be bad thing. Overall wheat looks really good around here. I hope some of the later wheat can get roots established before winter.We’re praying for the guys out west who are having all of the issues with the wind. With five inches of rain it will be hard to get back into the fields any time soon for us. It would take three or four days in July heat to dry up this much rain. Now we have this cold, wet weather. Some of the corn is starting to go down a little bit too. If it’s not one thing it is the other, but you have to take the good with the bad.
Nissan-Renault wants self-driving car owners to have some control of the vehicle, at least in the interim, while regulations and infrastructure evolve to fit the new transport landscape.That was the message at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas, where the Franco-Japanese Corporation showcased its latest self-driving system to the public.See Also: nuTonomy comes home for self-driving car tests in BostonLike most operators, Nissan is building a system that uses artificial intelligence to make decisions on the road and learn from past experiences. The Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM) system being developed by the company is derived from NASA tech.At CES 2017, Nissan invited tech, e-commerce, ride-hailing, and social “partners” to join the company in building the self-driving system of the future. It did not mention any specific partnerships it has in the tech world.“We invite others to join us, as well, from tech partners to e-commerce companies, ride-hailing and car-sharing platforms, and social entrepreneurs who can help us to test and develop new vehicles and services, and make sure everyone has access to the latest technologies and services that bring value to their lives,” said Renault-Nissan Chairman and CEO, Carlos Ghosn.Keeping focus close to homeUnlike most automakers, Nissan is focused on Japan and plans to start tests of potential commercial vehicles in designated zones this year, in collaboration with internet firm DeNA. Ghosn hopes that by 2020, those tests will cover a large amount of Tokyo’s metropolitan area.It will also push its ProPilot system onto the next version of the Nissan Leaf, allowing the system to change lanes on the freeway. The company did not say if this would arrive on international versions of the Leaf.Nissan is behind some automakers in the self-driving race, but the focus on Japan may allow them to carve out a market where others are focused on the U.S. and Europe. The company did not say when it plans to have self-driving cars, or a ride-sharing app, available in Japan for consumers. Tags:#Autonomous car#CES2017#driverless#Nissan#ProPilot#Renault#Self-Driving Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… David Curry For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…
FramingIf you are creating a fast-paced edit, you absolutely must consider what the audience is seeing during each shot. For instance, if the subject of the shot is on the bottom right side of the frame, it’s probably a bad idea to quickly cut to somebody else at the top left corner of the frame. If you do decide (or simply don’t have enough footage) to include this cut, make sure you give the audience enough time to comprehend what they’re seeing before cutting away. An excellent example of crucial framing in a rapidly cut scene comes from 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Rapid-cut edits have their place in certain projects. Here are a few things to consider before undertaking one of your own.Top image via Shutterstock.One of the most difficult aspects of editing and video production is knowing exactly how your edit will look when it’s all said and done. Creating engaging content is sometimes left up to the editor, who must make the right cuts while guiding the audience through the experience. Here are a few ways you can create a fast-paced, entertaining video while keeping your audience’s attention. Match ColorsThis might seem obvious, but consider cutting from dark rooms to light rooms and the amount of time our eyes need to adjust accordingly. As with framing, the audience needs enough time to recognize the change in scenery and understand what’s happening before you can cut to the next shot. You must also consider the colors and exposure of contrasting shots.Cut to the BeatIf your goal is to maintain a fast, fun pace, it’s important to note that cutting to the beat of a song is an excellent way to maintain rhythm and style. Many of the biggest vloggers and creators on YouTube employ this technique at some point due to its absolute ability to entertain while maintaining the illusion of professionalism. PremiumBeat offers songs broken down into Beats Per Minute, and they come in 15-, 30-, and 60- second versions.Match MovementOne technique that might not seem as obvious is to match objects’ movements between cuts by moving in the same direction. As you can see in the example above, liquid flowing from one side of the screen to the other and cutting to a similar action — whether it’s people drinking or rain falling — will help the video flow more smoothly. This might be difficult if you don’t have the right footage, but if you need to cut to a three-second clip of a resembling motion or shot, check out Shutterstock’s footage library.Match Camera MovementMatching action has been an editing staple for decades; however, it’s also worth noting that matching camera movements is an excellent way to achieve a consistent, sweeping feeling throughout your video. This similarity in movement will help the audience register the image if you’re cutting quickly.Know any other helpful editing tips for quick cuts? Let us know in the comments.
Alaska finally put an end to its longstanding woes with a 90-79 win over San Miguel Beer in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday night at AUF Gym in Pampanga.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Bridgeman scored only two points on 1-of-4 shooting from the field with six turnovers in 21 minutes.And while Alaska ended its struggles, San Miguel is just dealing with its own after dropping its second straight game. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The Aces snapped their franchise-worst losing skid at 14 games and chalked up their first victory in the season-ending conference after a 0-7 start.Buck Henton delivered 36 points and 15 rebounds while Calvin Abueva added 13 points and nine rebounds for Alaska, which looked like the formidable team it was once before its downward spiral.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 shutoutIt was the Aces’ first taste of victory since April.Arwind Santos had 29 points and nine rebounds as he carried much of the load for the Beermen, who drew a disappointing outing from new import Terik Bridgeman. MOST READ Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LeBron puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans, vows to come back View comments
Barry BearakHere’s a story behind a story. There’s a reason why Barry Bearak, co-bureau chief of The New York Times in Delhi and this year’s Pulitzer prize winner for international reporting, sports a beard.Says a close friend and colleague in Delhi: “He grew a beard to visit an Afghan prison,Barry BearakHere’s a story behind a story. There’s a reason why Barry Bearak, co-bureau chief of The New York Times in Delhi and this year’s Pulitzer prize winner for international reporting, sports a beard.Says a close friend and colleague in Delhi: “He grew a beard to visit an Afghan prison for a story during the Taliban regime. He liked it so much, he kept it.”The $7,500 award announced last week came Bearak’s way for his “deeply affecting and illuminating coverage of daily life in war-torn Afghanistan”.In Delhi since 1998, the Illinois-bred Bearak, 53, shares the job with his wife Celia Dugger, the other co-bureau chief.Bearak, who has left his notepad behind at his Prithviraj Road home in Delhi, is at the moment collecting reams of praise in New York.
OSU senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger (12) enters the court to take on Michigan State on Oct. 24 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-2. Credit: Taylor Cameron / Lantern photographerAfter defeating Michigan and Michigan State over the weekend, members of the No. 20 Ohio State women’s volleyball team had a brighter outlook than earlier in the season.“We’re starting to believe in ourselves,” senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger said. “We are stepping on the court believing we can take any team and hang with any team.”Against the Wolverines (10-10, 5-5) on Saturday, the Buckeyes (16-6, 7-3) completed a clean sweep (25-21, 25-21, 25-19), a first against a Big Ten opponent at home this season.The Buckeyes were led in kills by Sekinger and freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer who each had 12. Senior setter Taylor Sherwin led all players with 37 assists and added nine digs. Sophomore libero Valeria León led the team in digs with 11.Wolverine freshman defensive specialist Caroline Knop led all players in kills with 13 and junior defensive specialist Lindsey Lerg led all players in digs with 13. Senior setter Lexi Dannemiller, a native of West Chester, Ohio, led the Wolverines in assists with 35.OSU junior middle blocker Andrea Kacsits got her first start of the season since she injured a finger on her right hand before the first match of the season against Oregon. She had two kills, a dig and a service ace.With the win against the Wolverines, the Buckeyes topped their six Big Ten wins from a season ago and have their best record after 10 conference games since the 2005-06 season when the Buckeyes also started Big Ten play at 7-3 through 10 conference games.Against the Spartans (12-9, 5-5) on Friday, the Buckeyes were challenged as they played in their eighth five-set match of the season, but prevailed to stay undefeated at home (25-20, 14-25, 25-20, 14-25, 15-6).Junior Elizabeth Campbell led all players in kills with 16 and added 11 digs, followed by Schirmer who had 14 kills. León led all players in digs with 23 and Sherwin led all players in assists with 40.Spartan freshman setter and Big Ten Freshman of the Week Rachel Minarick almost had a triple-double as she provided the Spartans with 34 assists, 10 digs and nine kills. Senior libero Kori Moster, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, led her team in digs with 22.The Buckeyes’ win against Michigan State is their first since Oct. 20, 2012, when they defeated the Spartans, 3-1, in East Lansing, Mich.Coach Geoff Carlston said he was glad he saw the number of error’s go down against the Wolverines, as the Buckeyes had 33 attacking error’s against the Spartans, causing them to have a .077 attacking percentage for the game.“We took the win (against Michigan State) and we ran,” Carlston said. “They’re very different teams and very different situations…we played a lot better. We played a lot cleaner (against Michigan) than we did last night.”The Buckeyes’ next opponent is No. 7 Penn State (20-3, 8-2), whom they’re scheduled to play twice this week.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play the Nittany Lions in State College, Pa., on Tuesday at 7 p.m., before returning to St. John Arena on Friday for another 7 p.m. match start.
Citation: New type of light interaction with atoms allows for manipulating cloud shape (2017, October 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-10-interaction-atoms-cloud.html More information: Noam Matzliah et al. Observation of Optomechanical Strain in a Cold Atomic Cloud, Physical Review Letters (2017). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.163201 Up until now, scientists have used two main techniques to manipulate atoms with light. The first involves firing a laser at a single atom to change its momentum. The other has been to cause an atom to “feel” an electric field force associated with a beam of light. Now, researchers have developed a third technique—one that involves firing a laser at an atom cloud.The experiments involved creating a spherical cloud consisting of nothing but millions of cold rubidium-87 atoms. The researchers then fired a pulse of infrared light at the cloud (the frequency was described as “far detuned” from rubidium-87 transitions) and found the cloud responded by behaving similarly to a lens, deflecting the light and causing the cloud to become longer and thinner—the light beam essentially squished the sphere into a new shape. The researchers note that the parameters of the beam they fired at the cloud had been idealized to reduce the force between the light’s electric field and the individual rubidium atoms. The researchers suggest the change in cloud shape resulted from the collective effect of the laser acting on all of the atoms in the cloud—conservation of momentum caused the atoms to respond to a force pushing against them in a direction opposite the deflection. The team has invented a term to describe the overall effect: electrostriction. They note that they ran their experiments on booth Bose-Einstein condensates and clouds at higher temperatures.Because it is a global optical force, the researchers note, it could be easily modified to allow for easy tuning of interactions with lasers—an improvement over the current cumbersome method. They suggest their technique might prove useful in future cold atom experiments because it allows inducing interparticle interactions that can be easily turned. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A team of researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel has found a new way to manipulate atoms using light. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, the team describes the new technique and possible uses for it. Credit: Physical Review Letters (2017). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.163201 Proposed method to cause an atom to emit the same light as another atom Journal information: Physical Review Letters © 2017 Phys.org Explore further
Kolkata: The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) on Thursday announced the schedule of Madhyamik Examination 2020. The examination will start from February 18 and end on February 27. The WBBSE usually announces the schedule of the examination for the next year while publishing the results for the examination. But this year, WBBSE president Kalyanmoy Ganguly had said that the schedule of 2020 examination would be announced later. A notification announcing the examination schedule was released on the website of the Madhyamik Board. The dates for Physical Education, Social Service and Work Education will be announced later.