Story Links NCAA Midwest Regional – Ames, IowaDrake Individual Men’s Results10 kilometers – 194 runners44. Maximilian Fridrich, 30:06.067. Kyle Brandt, 30:25.087. Kyle Cass, 30:37.4101. Matt Cozine, 30:54.7154. Chris Kaminski, 34:54.8188. Joe Romain, 33:40.0194. Alec Bognar, 35:49.2 The men’s team turned in a 16th place performance in the 28-team field behind Maximilian Fridrich’s (Salzburg, Austria) 44th place finish among 194 runners. The reigning Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year raced with the lead pack and was in the top 10 through the first three kilometers before falling off the initial pace. However, he did not drop any further in holding his position through the final five kilometers of the 10-kilometer to race to finish in 30:06.0. Illinois’ Jonathan Davis was the top finisher with a time of 29:06.2. AMES, Iowa – The Drake University cross country teams closed the 2017 campaign Friday morning at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship in Ames, Iowa. Women’s Results (PDF) Following Friday’s NCAA Midwest Regional Championship, Drake’s cross country student-athletes will briefly recuperate from the rigors of the season to prepare for the upcoming indoor track and field schedule. The Bulldogs open up the indoor season Jan. 12-13, 2018, at the Graduate Classic in Lincoln, Neb. The Bulldogs turned in strong individual performances but did not hit the necessary team or individual marks to advance to the NCAA Championship, ending a solid first season for the program under first-year director of track & field and cross country Mark Carroll. Drake Individual Women’s Results6 kilometers – 225 runners98. Bailee Cofer, 21:44.3164. Morgan Garcia, 22:26.3175. Olivia Rogers, 22:35.0184. Rachel Selva, 22:47.9192. Elizabeth Aho, 22:57.5204. Meghan Kearney, 23:20.6207. Millie Bretl, 23:25.21 Print Friendly Version Men’s Results (PDF) Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) led the women’s team in her final cross country race as a Bulldog. She came in 98th in the 225-runner field with a time of 21:44.3 on the 6-kilometer course. Her performance capped a senior season in which she was the Bulldogs’ top finisher in all six races. As a team, Drake’s women finished 31st out of 33 team with a very young lineup that featured only two upperclassmen.
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest March is a huge month for USDA reports. Today’s March 8 monthly Supply and Demand Report expectations suggest corn exports could increase even more. Last month USDA pegged U.S. corn exports at 2.050 billion bushels, an increase of 125 million bushels. Conversely, private estimates suggest U.S. exports could drop even more in the months ahead. USDA estimated soybean exports in February at 2.10 billion bushels, down 60 million bushels from the previous month. That decline pushed soybean ending stocks to 530 million bushels, a jump of 60 million bushels. Yet, report day in February failed to push soybean significantly lower compared to previous years when soybean ending stocks had that much of an increase. Instead, dry weather concerns in Argentina were the feature that day, overshadowing the bearish news. A decades old analogy suggests that when bearish news does not produce bearish price results, the news event is no longer relevant.March 29 will be another day of significant USDA reports. That day USDA will release the annual Planting Intentions Report. Corn acres will likely decrease from 2017 while soybean acres should see a small increase. The quarterly grain stocks report will also be reported that day.Weather dominated the market news for much of February, continuing that trend into March. Unlike past years when the weather concerns were primarily in just one region, this year it comes at us from two arenas. First, the U.S. Plains have been dry for months. Late February weekly crop ratings reported further declines in winter wheat conditions, helping to push wheat prices higher.Second, Argentina experienced February temperatures in the 80s and 90s with rainfall sorely lacking. Some rated Argentina as having the driest February in decades. While Argentina continues to a major soybean producer, its production is half of what is produced in Brazil. So why all the jitters and attention? Argentina is clearly the world’s largest exporter of soymeal as it accounts for nearly half of the world’s soymeal exports. Soybean storage in Argentina is vastly different than that of the US. Argentina stores the vast majority of its soybean production in storage bags, similar to those used fo corn silage. Soybean quality can be lacking as Argentina’s producers often have nearly two years of production stored on the farm.Argentina soybean production estimates are currently all over the board. Last month USDA estimated their soybean production at 54 million tons. Private estimates are near 44 million tons while others suggest it could even fall below 40 million tons. USDA had the Argentina corn production last month at 39 million tons. Private estimates suggest the number could drop to 33.5 million tons. Dry weather in Brazil delayed their normal acreage of corn. Those acres were pushed to later season plantings, often resulting in lowered production. The corn production declines in Argentina and Brazil will result in the U.S. being the world’s dominant corn exporter for two to three months longer than had been expected last fall. Those declines played a significant role in U.S. corn exports increasing.Producers finally had some encouraging news last month as corn jumped 12 cents in February, soybeans rose 48 cents, while wheat gained 30 cents. Grains appear to be breaking out of their months’ long decline and sideways action dating back to last summer. Corn demand is on the increase partly due to more corn being fed to livestock. Soybeans have risen due mainly to drought in Argentina. Wheat increases stem from the dry US Plains as well as the colder than normal winter in Russia and Europe. Shipping delays from the Black Sea have also been a factor.President Trump suggests the US place tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. Concerns abound that retaliation will soon take place, derailing the U.S. economy, and sending it into a tailspin. U.S. agriculture could easily be caught in the crossfire. Confusion and uncertainty will reduce participation in markets. Grain prices could easily slip further, adding to the U.S. farm income decline seen since 2012.
Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#apps#How To#mobile Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Michael Yuan of the medical-focused mobile company Ringful Health has submitted over 30 applications to multiple mobile application stores. It’s what made him qualified to give a speech at this week’s SXSW conference in Austin, Texas on the topic. His panel, “Tips on Getting Your Approved on App Stores,” wasn’t so much of a step-by-step guide for navigating the submission process, but more like a collection of things developers would want to know about the major application marketplaces. It probably wasn’t the best title, considering the content presented, but the information itself was helpful to developers looking to learn a few more details about the different app stores out there.Due to time constraints, Yuan’s talk only focused on three mobile app store ecosystems: iTunes, Android (both the official Market and third-party efforts) and BlackBerry App World.Yuan began by explaining why it’s important for mobile app developers to submit apps to an app store in the first place. App stores provide a wide reach, he explained, and offer easy one-click purchasing for customers, which can potentially lead to recurring billing scenarios. He then went through several of the top mobile app stores and the tips he picked up along the way:BlackBerryYuan wasn’t too pleased with his previous BlackBerry App World experiences because the registration fee only covers 10 submissions. Afterwards, you pay per update once that limit is exceeded. This seems to discourage updating apps, Yuan noted. Your best bet is not to count on releasing several incremental updates in this store.One nice feature for developers submitting apps to BlackBerry AppWorld is that you can select the devices on which your apps will run. While obviously this is due to fragmentation issues in the BlackBerry ecosystem, at least they don’t pretend that fragmentation doesn’t exist, Yuan said.The wait time in BlackBerry’s app store is long – several weeks at least.Developers should be prepared to give written statements whenever the slightest problem about third-party trademark issues arise.iTunesThe wait time for getting your app approved at iTunes is 1-4 weeks, and the initial submission process goes much slower than future updates.Generally, app updates are approved in just a few days.However, if you submit too many updates in a short period of time, the approval process will slow down. Yuan did not specify what counts as “too many updates,” however.Despite media reports hyping Apple censorship issues, getting a rejection from Apple is good news, said Yuan. Not hearing back is much worse. Apple’s rejection letter will at least explain what things need to be fixed within your application.Be sure to read the interface guidelines from Apple, as it is very strict about these sorts of issues. For example, Apple will reject your app if your list item does not remove its highlight after the finger lifts off, said Yuan.Apple will reject your app if there are obvious bugs.Never use unpublished API methods.Rate your app 12+ if you use UIWebView to load Internet pages at all.Your app should contain no offensive content during “normal” use3rd-Party Android Stores (GetJar, Handango, Carrier, etc.)Yuan recommends that you talk with the business development people at the store if you can as they can often help you implement alternate revenue models or offer you promotional opportunities.The on-deck Verizon VCast store has complex sign up, submission and approval process, Yuan warned.Official Android MarketThe Android Market provides a computerized validation of the binary and then immediate publication of that binary, says Yuan.Unfortunately, unlike BlackBerry’s store, you cannot pick and choose which devices your app is targeting. Instead, device visibility depends on OS version and API extension.Users can try apps before they buy them.Google can remote kill apps or wipe them from devices.The tips here may be useful for developers now considering developing a second or third app for another store, but SXSW sessions are often just too short for there to be much detail. It would have been nice to hear more about real-world examples involving rejections, issues and fixes from Yuan. But SXSW is not really the venue for those sorts of in-depth discussions…except for those that occur in the hallways, that is. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces
This article takes a look at the digital side of the film world, the importance of film grain, and the evolution of getting that “cinematic” look.Film grain has a very different texture and appearance than digital noise. Film grain is the result of washing away the silver halide particulates that film uses to capture light, varying in size and geometry, depending on exposure, color, and the kind of film. It’s color-neutral. Noise, on the other hand, comes across as digital pixel clusters. It’s the result of the camera’s electronics boosting the incoming light signal from the sensor, and it can contain unwanted artifacts and patterns.Film grain hearkens back to the Golden Age of celluloid and is reminiscent of the classic movies shot on film. Digital noise can often feel like an error in the digital signal.Modern cinema cameras produce a very sharp image. Some consider it too clean — almost clinical. Film grain feels like the delicate hiss of a vinyl record. It adds atmosphere and helps unify the image.Ever since digital cameras became the standard for cinema, with the ARRI Alexa, cinematographers have been looking for ways to add convincing grain to get the feel of film.Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (via Warner Bros).Perlin NoiseThe first method Hollywood explored was to simply add Perlin noise — as some plugins still do. This gives a uniform grain pattern across the entire image. With real celluloid, the density of the grain varies from the lighter parts to the darker parts of the image, and it varies depending on the color channel that’s creating it. Perlin noise feels like a layer on top of the image rather than a part of it.LiveGrainThe second major method was to scan real film, then overlay the scan on the digital image. This produced a better pattern, but it was still a separate element, and it didn’t integrate with the information underneath.Suny Behar was disappointed with both of these methods, thus developed the technology known as “LiveGrain.” LiveGrain uses scans from several different film stocks at different density and color values, encodes them in a visually lossless proprietary codec, then analyzes each frame of the digital project, mapping the respective grain particulates to appropriate levels of brightness and color in each frame.Michael Fassbender in Assassin’s Creed (via Twentieth Century Fox).LiveGrain vs. FilmThe final effect gives the impression of organic, living celluloid baked right into the image, with all the wonderful benefits of film. It smoothes the color and skin of the actors, producing a more forgiving, less-brittle image. It’s become an industry standard to better integrate CGI into live-action plates, allowing 3D (and other elements) to composite more believably into recorded footage.LiveGrain also helps “sell” prosthetics and other makeup effects, hiding the lines and transitions — unifying the image.LiveGrain is currently available for use in dailies and all the way through final color at many LiveGrain-certified post-production facilities worldwide. The reason for this is that the system, comprised of both software and hardware, has pretty hefty hardware requirements in order to run natively in real time (SAN Read speeds, multiple GPUs, etc.).LiveGrain is an alternative to possibly shooting on film. As such, the price is competitive compared to film origination. If your project never intended to shoot on film, the cost may be more than you’d initially budgeted for. Since you license LiveGrain on a project basis (very much like Dolby when you want a Dolby Digital License), you can reach out to LiveGrain directly to get a quote.While it’s currently out of reach for most smaller independent projects, there’s every indication that the technology will soon become more accessible, and directors at every level will be able to enjoy the celluloid aesthetic.Cover image via True Blood (HBO).Looking for more cinematography tips and tricks? Check these out.Recreating Roger Deakins’ ‘Cove Light’Get Ready to Film with the Sony A7 III Using These SettingsExploring the Emotion and Beauty Behind Uplighting3 Unusual Camera Angles to Liven up Your Dialogue ScenesTips for Getting the Smoothest, Most Reliable Handheld Footage
VVS Laxman and Suresh Raina rescued India from an early slump but the visitors were still bowled out for 201 by West Indies in their first innings on the opening day of the second Test here. Score | PhotosIn reply, West Indies were 30 for three at stumps, trailing India by 171 runs at the Kensington Oval here on Tuesday.Ramnaresh Sarwan was batting on 10, while night watchman Devendra Bishoo had just joined him at the crease before the end of day’s proceeding here.Earlier, India were left struggling at 38 for four, courtesy pacer Ravi Rampaul’s three-wicket haul in the pre-lunch session but Laxman and Raina added 117 runs for the fifth wicket to bring the visitors back into the game.Laxman dropped the anchor initially and along with Raina started dominating the bowlers in the afternoon session but West Indies bounced back after tea with Fidel Edwards and Devendra Bishoo taking three wickets each.If Rampaul (3 for 38) was incisive in the first session, Edwards (3 for 56) and Bishoo (3 for 46) were lethal in the final session as India lost their final five wickets for just 34 runs.India did manage to get colour back on their cheeks with three strikes of their own — openers Adrian Barath (3) and Lendl Simmons (2) departed with only five runs on board and left-hander Darren Bravo (9) left with just a delivery remaining for the day’s play.All three Indian seamers — Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar and Abhimanyu Mithun — picked up a wicket each as West Indies ended the day on 30 for 3.advertisementNothing went right for India as the visitors, for the third straight time in the series, made a score of 200 or thereabout which conveyed as much about the frailty of India’s batting as it did about the potency of the home attack.Opener Abhinav Mukund (1) was out to a rising delivery from Rampaul in the second over of the morning which the opener could only lob into the hands of the gully fielder.It followed a run-barren session for the visitors and only thing happening was the fall of wickets.The first Test hero Rahul Dravid (5) was surprised by a Darren Sammy delivery which rose from a length and hard as the batsman tried, it still took the top of his blade to go to second slip.Opener Murali Vijay (11) tried hard to take roots in the middle but his tendency to waft his bat on the legside cost him his wicket. His bat followed a legside delivery of Rampaul and edged a catch to wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh.It was Rampaul’s first over of his second spell and he made it a twin strike when an unsure Virat Kohli (0) could only send a ball off the edge of his bat to slips. Rampaul had an awesome figure of 8-5-4-3 in the pre-lunch session.So slow and painful was India’s progress that the opening session yielded only 44 runs and as many as four wickets were lost.India looked a transformed side in the post-lunch session as they added an unfinished 103 runs for the fifth wicket.Both batsmen hit half centuries and looked good for many more as they put the host attack to sword with brilliant counter-attacking batting.But West Indies were fortunate to get a breakthrough in the final session when umpire Asad Rauf ruled Raina out at forward short leg off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo after the ball had ricocheted off the batsman’s pads.A distraught Raina yelled out in anguish and then dropped his bat before dejectedly walking back to the pavilion. Raina batted for 137 minutes and hit seven fours from 105 balls for his 53 runs.Raina’s departure gave the hosts the breakthrough they had so desperately wanted and the Indian innings subsided quickly from then on.Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni failed for the third time in the series when he holed Edwards out to mid-on fielder.Harbhajan Singh (5) awkwardly defended at an Edwards bouncer and presented forward short leg with a chance.The biggest blow to India was delivered by Bishoo who drew Laxman to punch one which rose and spun sharper than the batsman had bargained for.Laxman’s gutsy innings of 85 took him 253 minutes and he hit 12 fours from the 146 balls he faced.The tail subsided without any fight and presented West Indies with their best day of the series so far.However, India pulled things back during the West Indies, taking three host wickets cheaply.Barath fell to a catch in the slips off impressive Ishant Sharma, while his partner Praveen Kumar got the other opener Lendl Simmons to a catch to wicketkeeper. Mithun then got into the act and dismissed Bravo in his second over.advertisement- With inputs from PTI
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors have won plenty of games on the postseason stage without their biggest stars.This time, Kevin Durant went down, and Klay Thompson and company found a way when the Warriors desperately needed it.Thompson scored 27 points, including a key layup with 4.1 seconds left, and Golden State overcame Durant’s calf injury to beat the Houston Rockets 104-99 on Wednesday night for a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.“Honestly it was a little deflating for a second,” Stephen Curry said, “and then we rallied.”Durant was scheduled for an MRI exam Thursday after he strained his right calf late in the third quarter. His status for Friday’s Game 6 had yet to be determined, but didn’t seem promising.“We’ll have to claw our way to one more win,” Curry said.Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry celebratesduring the second half of Game 5 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Durant limped to the locker room after landing awkwardly following a baseline jumper. The two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP finished with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists.“They’ve been here so many times, have been through these battles for the last five years,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “They’ve got a lot of guts. They just pulled together and got it done. There’s no speech necessary. They knew what they had to do.”James Harden scored 31 points for the Rockets, who will try to stave off elimination back home in Houston.“It is a do-or-die but I feel good about it,” coach Mike D’Antoni said.But the Rockets wasted an opportunity in Game 5. After Durant departed, a couple more Golden State stars helped the Warriors close it out.Draymond Green received his fourth technical of the postseason with 3:39 left, and then knocked down a 3-pointer on the other end. Thompson followed Green’s 3 with one of his own to make it 97-89 with 2:33 remaining.“Two very key sequences in that game, two key shots for us,” Green said.Curry struggled with his shot yet again and finished with 25 points on 9-for-23 shooting. He went 3 of 11 from long range.Curry hit a 3 with 5:09 to play that made it 89-85. He didn’t even score his first points of the night until a 3 4:22 before halftime.Golden State nearly gave it away with an awful third quarter, when the Warriors managed just 15 points and committed six turnovers. The game was tied at 72 going into the final 12 minutes.Harden’s 3 with 3:07 left in the third trimmed Golden State’s lead to 66-62, and then Iman Shumpert made it a one-point game with a 3.Houston Rockets’ James Harden, second from left, drives the ball against Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson, left, Kevon Looney, and Kevin Durant, right fribtm during the first half of Game 5 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Eric Gordon’s layup with 40.6 seconds remaining gave the Rockets their first lead since the early minutes.Green had eight points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in another spectacular effort on both ends. He supplied the energy for Golden State after two losses at Houston evened the series.The Warriors led by as many as 20 but missed open looks and even layups, clanking shots off the front rim and allowing the tough-minded Rockets to stay close.Then, they heeded Kerr’s simple message: “Poise and awareness and poise and patience applies to all of life and not just offense,” the coach said beforehand.The Warriors pulled it off without Durant, whose 35.4 playoff scoring average was best in the NBA coming into the game.“That looked like it was way worse than a calf strain,” Green said. “I think we did a great job of fighting through that.”Harden shot 10 for 16 and dished out eight assists. The reigning MVP injured his eyes during the first quarter of Game 2 last Tuesday on a hit by Green as they fought for a rebound. Harden’s left eye was still red leading into Game 5.The Warriors’ win guarantees their loyal fans in the East Bay at least one more home game at Oracle Arena before the team moves to new Chase Center in San Francisco for next season.“Tough loss. We had opportunities,” Houston’s Chris Paul said. “Rebounding, we actually was right there in the rebounds. We’ve got to be better, offensively, defensively, especially myself, turnovers. We didn’t get stops when we needed to.”CRASHING THE BOARDSThe Warriors led the rebounding battle 27-18 after the first half, grabbing eight on the offensive glass, and finished with a 42-39 advantage.Houston’s PJ Tucker, who had 22 rebounds the previous two games, grabbed 10 more to go with 13 points.The Rockets outrebounded the Warriors 55-35 in their Game 3 win, and then 50-43 on Monday in Game 4 — getting 20 from Clint Capela in the two victories. Capela had 14 on Wednesday.Golden State held an edge on the boards in both Games 1 and 2.TIP-INSRockets: Eric Gordon started 0 for 8 before hitting a 3 with 7:45 left in the third. … F Danuel House sat out again after missing the previous two games with an inflamed right big toe.Warriors: Green’s eight assists in the first were one off team record for a playoff quarter. Tim Hardaway once had nine in 1991. … Reserve G Shaun Livingston played after he had been questionable with a sore left hip. … Injured C DeMarcus Cousins, who could return at some point this postseason from a torn left quadriceps muscle, did some rehab agility work on the court.By: Janie McCauley, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
The Government, through the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, previously announced that it would establish three special-education diagnostic centres at the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in St. James; Church Teachers’ College in Manchester and CASE in Portland. Story Highlights The National Education Trust Limited (NET), a Government of Jamaica company that is limited by guarantee and is a registered charitable organisation, will be responsible for the establishment of the centres. The Government is to engage a consultant to assess and prepare a preliminary design for the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) Special Education Diagnostic Centre in Portland during the 2018/2019 fiscal year. The Government is to engage a consultant to assess and prepare a preliminary design for the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) Special Education Diagnostic Centre in Portland during the 2018/2019 fiscal year.Details of the $5-million project are outlined in the 2018/2019 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The Government, through the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, previously announced that it would establish three special-education diagnostic centres at the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in St. James; Church Teachers’ College in Manchester and CASE in Portland.Establishment of the three special-education diagnostic centres forms part of an overall project worth $385,500,000.The National Education Trust Limited (NET), a Government of Jamaica company that is limited by guarantee and is a registered charitable organisation, will be responsible for the establishment of the centres.Based on the 2018/2019 Estimates, in addition to being responsible for the establishment of the special-education diagnostic centres, NET will be responsible for implementation of the Education Transformation Programme, the Solar Systems Project in schools, renovating and creating infant schools across the island, and a Sanitary Block Project for the installation of improved sewerage systems in 97 primary schools.