Bumgarner in top form in win over Colorado

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Madison Bumgarner had the look of a pitcher ready for a playoff push Tuesday night.Coming off a poor start against the Dodgers, Bumgarnner (4-7) gave up two earned runs in six innings with three walks and 11 strikeouts in a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park.Whatever scouts that were in attendance to help their teams prepare trade offers before the July 31 deadline got an eyeful, as … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img read more

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2015 Ohio State Fair Market Barrow Grand Champion

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Troy Elwer of Delphos was named the Grand Champion Jr. Market Barrow with his Champion Dark Crossbred Hog. Dale Minyo spoke to him right after the show.last_img

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June 27 meeting to focus on cover crops for prevented planting acres

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On June 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m at the Ohio Northern University, McIntosh Center, Ballroom (yes, the same big Room A, upstairs, used for the Conservation Tillage Conference) cover crop experts and suppliers in Ohio will be featured in a meeting focused on how to handle the many prevented planting acres in northwest Ohio.David Brandt (Walnut Creek Seeds), Dwight Clary (Clary Farms LLC), Cody Beacom (Bird Agronomics), and Alan Sundermeier, OSU Extension, Wood County will talk cover crops. Weed control is also critical in prevented planting situations and Jeff Stachler, OSU Extension Auglaize County, will speak on the topic. Brad Wingfield, Wingfield Crop Insurance Service, will cover the numerous crop insurance issues farmers will have to work through.Additional questions and discussion will be fielded by Bret Margraf, Seneca Conservation District, and Jan Layman, president of Ohio No-Till Council. The focus will be on cover crop options. What will be your next cash crop? Do you want to graze or harvest forage? USDA announced this can be done Sept. 1, whereas the previous rule is Nov. 1. When can (or should) you plant certain cover crop mixes? What Cover Crop seeds are available? (Prices for several will rise.) Can leftover soybean seed be used? (Probably not allowed to plant until July 15. Can you get a refund of tech fee?) How much can you afford? Other than for grazing/forage, you may hope to pay no more than $20 per acre. More details will be announced soon. This program has multiple sponsors and supporters including the Ohio No-Till Council, OSU Extension, SWCDs, USDA, and Ohio Farm Bureau. This program will be free.last_img read more

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Data Science Careers: From Fragmentation to Necessity

first_imgRelated Posts Over the past decade — the concept of being a data scientist has become a “normal” occupation title. It is no longer an unusual way to phrase the job description in data analytics. Now this to the industry standard term for a swath of data careers.Data Science.Like any career going through a period of discovery and change, data science is both proving itself vital to emerging markets while also working through misconceptions of what the field entails. Considering its prominence in machine learning.Data scientists are also emerging in other tech fields. It’s an interesting career path to follow with more jobs under its umbrella term than might be immediately apparent. The basics and the misconceptionsAs a term — data science refers to what previously may have been known as advanced analytics, econometrics, statistics or machine learning. These jobs all contain a focus on the collection and analyzation of data. It’s easy to assume a job of this nature focuses on modeling and presenting data.A large portion of data science revolves around the collection of raw data — and employing algorithms to make the data more easily accessible to humans. It’s one of many small misconceptions of the field and for good reason. Industry professionals have described the field as an activity rather than a job title as it covers so many possible routes of employment and individual tasks. Generally speaking, those in the field work with teams of similar skill sets and interests.Each subset of the field has a different employment of methodologies. These areas of individual expertise are making each scientist very different from the next. Though some portions of the job descriptor may sound like a data analyst.The core of data science revolves around applying the scientific method to solving business problems with a heavier focus on mathematics and computing.Jobs in the data scientist field.A large number of job postings by potential employers show a preference for data scientists with experience in SQL, Python and Java. Expecting long hours of coding that requires a deep understanding of the math behind different formulae. Those with experience in the field have pointed out that there are no secret formulae that solve complex business issues. Instead the only methods to finding answers through stringent research and trial-and-error methodology.Rigorous activity in research.The upside to all of this rigorous activity? High salary and job satisfaction, according to Glassdoor’s ranked list of the top 50 jobs in America for 2018. These jobs are ranked by potential salary, job satisfaction and the number of open positions posted through the previous year. The data science field is a fast-growing field that shows almost ten times as many workers in the field as compared to five years ago. Education requirements can be stringent and the field is competitive to the point where having a Master of Data Science might be necessary to stand out amongst competition. A day in the life of a data scientistUnsurprisingly, no two experts in the field seem to have an identical itinerary when it comes to their daily tasks. Routines vary wildly and some report not having a daily routine at all. Some researchers instead follow the shifting needs of their workplace. It’s a field that supports both pre-planners and free spirits as long as they have an interest in problem-solving. Scientists who responded to the prompt seem to all report a strong focus on communication. Most are backing up the field’s focus on working with teams. Starting off the average workday with a meeting to either set weekly goals or follow up on how those goals are being met seems to be a common thread. At the same time, updating team leaders and senior management on the progress of these projects. In relatable terms seems equally important, meaning those who have trouble sharing ideas may struggle with certain aspects of the field. One responder noted he spends roughly eighty percent of his time cleaning data.This comment is suggesting those periods of communication can be blissfully brief and infrequent — if you find the right workplace. All of this could diversity could change depending on which field of data science interests you the most. The average day for a machine learning scientist will likely play out very differently than a workday for a data engineer.  However, these two fields often work in tandem on similar projects or within the same company. Looking into the future of the fieldIf you’re concerned for the future of data science positions — the good news is that the field has existed for some time. Often called and used under many names — even in most cities. This job title that barely existed as of 2011.Who would guess at it’s rise to such prominence and near-global use? The data science field is important enough that it is developing clear terminology and has proven itself important. Looking into the future of all technologies.Data used in this field is a difficult proposition. Focusing on how the field will continue to prove its merit and become more mainstream has been tackled before — and proves much simpler to hypothesize. Anthony Goldbloom of Kaggle shared how the O’Reilly’s Strata Conference in 2011 helped bring the field together. Goldbloom spoke in an effort to unify professionals across the industry in a way that proved the cross-compatibility of their skillsets. This at a time when the field was fragmented by non-standard terminology. There has been a movement to use the concept of applying the scientific method to analyzing data and making business decisions. This use of the same concept and verbiage has entered the corporate mainstream to the point where many Silicon Valley companies rely heavily on data science. Almost every major decision of a company is now being analyzed by a data scientist. Enter machine learning.Machine learning and data analytics have entered the business lexicon quickly and efficiently. This field is bringing businesses away from an era of Excel spreadsheets and idea-pitching meetings.  Predictive data models and experts solve problems are being solved before they even arise. As the field advances, reliance on this style of predictive problem solving can only increase — making for a stable field of employment for those with the right aptitudes. For those who enjoy breaking down problems through rigorous testing will find fulfillment in solving business problems.At the cutting edge of their field — data science is a tempting job title to consider chasing. It holds the promise of longevity with room for developing new skills and honing old ones. This field holds the edge of being able to share your solutions with those people and businesses who need them most. In short, it’s a problem-solver’s dream. Alisia Watson is a brand strategist at My Ultimate Success Tips and Open Sky News. Follow the Puck How Data Analytics Can Save Livescenter_img Alisia Watson AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T…last_img read more

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Jammu and Kashmir | When counting of the dead came to a halt

first_imgMubeena Akhtar, 22, a resident of Srinagar’s Jogi Lankar area, and the eldest of three siblings, is battling to sustain her family after her father, a government employee, passed away in the last week of July. Two months on, Ms. Akhtar is unable to obtain a death certificate necessary for claiming the monthly pension benefits.For the first time in the last three decades, the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has stopped counting the dead and newborns in the city due to the Internet shutdown, enforced after the August 5 decision to revoke J&K’s special status.The official record showed no deaths or births registered between August 5 and August 26. However, in the month of September, the department only managed to issue 467 temporary ‘under-process’ certificates to the needy.“We have been pleading with the BSNL to restore Internet on a humanitarian basis. Finally, the government, this Monday, managed to activate a private lease line for Internet service. Fourteen formal certificates have been issued on Tuesday,” SMC health officer Dr. Qazi Javaid told The Hindu.Prior to August 5, the SMC would issue, on an average, 1,500 death and birth certificates per month. These certificates are a must for school admissions, banks account closures and pension cases. The SMC contacted local banks, school authorities and other departments to entertain all under-process certificates for the time being, Dr. Javaid said.“We issued temporary certificates since it’s admission time in schools. We ensured that students are not deprived of the right to education,” he said.In the case of a destitute from Srinagar’s Ganai Doori area, Dr. Javaid said, the SMC delivered the death certificate at their doorstep “to avoid suffering on account of pension money”. “The non-availability of Internet dealt a blow to our system. We are back on track from this week,” he added.The Valley is facing Internet shutdown for 58 days now. The SMC officials said they have a huge task now. “We have to re-verify all under-process certificates to ensure no fudging has happened. We fear in many cases parents had resorted to mischief and their wards are going to suffer in school admissions once the re-verification process begins.”Meanwhile, a government spokesman said the Internet service had been halted to stop militants from launching any attacks and to defy any bid to stoke civilian unrest. He, however, did not commit on any timeline on restoration of the service.last_img read more

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Pro Kabaddi 2019 HIGHLIGHTS, Puneri Paltan vs Tamil Thalaivas in Pune: Pune 36-36 Tamil

first_imgAfter a good start to their home leg which saw them winning against Gujarat Fortunegiants, Puneri Paltan slipped to a big loss against Patna Pirates on Sunday. Returning raider Nitin Tomar failed to make a big impact in that match as he scored just six points from 12 raids. His Super 10 was instrumental in the team’s first home win and they will hope he can score big again when they face Tamil Thalaivas. Manjeet, the team’s leading raid point scorer, and Pankaj Mohite, scored 7 raid points each, while Amit Kumar came off the bench to put in a decent all-round performance, scoring three raid and two tackle points.However, the team’s defence was an area of concern as they managed only eight tackle points on the night as compared to the 18 they scored against Gujarat Fortunegiants. The performance of the defence will have to improve if they are to keep fighting for a Playoffs spot in their remaining games.Tamil Thalaivas’ dismal run continued in their previous match against Haryana Steelers, which they lost by 8 points. Rahul Chaudhari’s Super 10 headlined their performance but some crucial errors in defence cost them the match in the second period. Mohit Chhillar scored 4 of their 9 tackle points in the match while their leading defender of the season – Manjeet Chhillar – could manage only 2.However, V Ajith Kumar’s excellent form in recent matches and Kenyan Victor Obiero’s 5-point performance, including a Super Tackle, in their previous match are some positives the team can draw from. A lot will depend on the seniors like Chaudhari, Manjeet and Ran Singh if the team is to get the win they have been looking for though, and their performance could determine if Tamil Thalaivas are able to deny Puneri Paltan a second home victory.last_img read more

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Crocs, Rocks and Tropical Storms

first_imgMany of us have experienced adventure on our way to a Touch Football tournament…a flat tyre while taking that “shortcut” your mates suggested was a good idea…the after-effects of a dodgy chiko roll at a late night roadhouse…or having your luggage end up on the other side of the country. Next time you face a hurdle or two in getting to your next game, spare a thought for the Ramingining team that competed at the recent Northern Territory Touch Football Titles. For those that don’t know, Ramingining is about 530km east of Darwin in East Arnhem Land, and if you want to drive to the NT capital, the best you’ll do is seven or eight hours dodging potholes all the way to the city. Two teachers from the Ramingining School – Cam Adams and Joseph Smith – came up with the idea to get a team together from the Indigenous community, and prepare them to compete at the NT Titles.  The fact none of the boys had ever played the game before (except Cam, a former Barbarians, WA and Cook Islands representative player) did nothing to curb the enthusiasm that Cam and Joseph had for the task of competing. The plan eventually went before another teacher – Geoff Guymer – who helped draft a letter to the East Arnhem Shire and the office of Malindirri McCarthy (MP for Arnhem Land).  The Shire granted support, while Ms McCarthy contributed some of her own money to help the team.  The NT Touch budget also assisted, and from there, Cam, Joseph and the team never looked back. Ever had trouble getting players committed to training?  It wasn’t a problem with these boys, so long as they had a way to get there for the daily 4pm sessions. “Joseph and I literally had to drive around the community in our cars to pick up the boys for training”, said Cam. “A lot of people get used to having an oval to train on – you know – a flat surface, good grass cover.  For us, it was just an open space – the surface wasn’t level, and we had anthills, potholes and tree stumps to watch out for.” Training didn’t always go well, as Smith explains. “We had a public holiday the other week (in late April).  The shop was shut, so it meant most of the boys hadn’t had their usual sugar fix, so they were flat and didn’t have much energy for training.” No doubt plenty of coaches would love the commitment to attend training that this team shared.  Tribal law isn’t what it once was, but missing “ceremony”, which often meant a funeral with associated dance, is still very much an issue to the elders. “We were really impressed with the commitment of the boys to their training.  Missing ceremony in the old days meant a spear through the leg!  These days, the elders yell at them, but it’s punishment they were prepared to wear for the good of the team”, said Smith. Now think back to that “horror” trip you might have done to get to a Touch Football event, and spare a thought for the Ramingining boys, who at the start, had a pretty straight forward plan to take the bumpy road into Darwin for their first taste of Touch Football competition. “We got word about a week out that the road from Ramingining to Maningrida was impassable because of flooding, so it meant a change of plans – drive 40km, then a boat across a river – followed by a further 60km by road into Maningrida”, said Adams. “Joseph got his boat sorted – a small tinnie with a 30 horsepower motor on the back.  We loaded up all the boys & luggage, and had to move fast with a tropical storm coming in.  We hit a mud flat and had to lift the engine with everyone out to drag the boat to deeper water.  Getting wet wasn’t the problem – but we all know there are plenty of big crocs in the river!” The team eventually got across the river…and without anyone getting taken by one of the local crocodiles.  But with no car meeting them on the other side, and Smith having little luck using the local language to get help, it was looking like they might not get to their flight. Help eventually arrived, and for most of the boys, it was a nervous first flying experience.  They didn’t know much about taking to the air, but knew a plane had crashed in the Territory only a few weeks earlier. The Ramingining Men’s Open enjoyed fine dining at 30,000 feet – snacking on sandwiches and dipping biscuits in orange juice!!  And they touched down in Darwin at 6:10m….plenty of time for their first match at 6:50pm. Heading into that first game, only Cam Adams had been on a touch field before.  By the end of the weekend, the Ramingining boys had had a great time – the highlight a seven-all draw with Alice Springs. “The boys thought that was the grand final….in fact I think they still think they’ve won”, said Adams. Cam Adams was not only impressed with the commitment of the team to the game, but also how quickly the community had come to accept him since his move from Western Australia last year. “It usually takes a long time to get the trust of the community.  The fact as a new teacher I was trusted to get the boys onto this trip meant a lot to me”, said Adams. Kings of the NT Titles…Kings of Ramingining….at least for one weekend!  And they’re already planning to do it all again next year….with the help of a bigger boat.Story taken from the Northern Territory Website.last_img read more

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a month agoParents feel Chelsea’s academy players now have chance

first_imgParents feel Chelsea’s academy players now have chanceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea’s academy players feel there’s now a genuine path to the first team.The Daily Mail says parents, coaches and players share the sense of excitement, according to those who frequent the matches for the youth sides at the training ground in Cobham. “People suddenly feel like that if their son is good enough, he’s going to get a chance in the first team,” said one watcher. “Before it was just about going out on loan.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoINSIDER: Zidane never in doubt at Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Zidane never in doubt at Real Madridby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveZinedine Zidane remains safe at Real Madrid.Despite a poor start to the season, the coach’s position is not under threat.That’s according to French pundit Frederic Hermel, who was speaking on After Foot. Indeed, Hermel says the idea of parting with Zizou has not crossed the mind of Real president Florentino Perez.And rumours of Perez sounding out potential replacements are simply a “fabrication”. last_img read more

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23 days agoBarcelona striker Suarez: Beating Inter Milan very, very valuable

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona striker Suarez: Beating Inter Milan very, very valuableby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuis Suarez was delighted with Barcelona’s fight-back for their Champions League win over Inter Milan.Suarez struck twice in the 2-1 victory.”It’s a very valuable victory against a direct rival,” Suarez said afterwards.”We reacted, in some ways, to correct the errors of the first half. We knew that if we kept playing that way then we could lose.”We were patient, and this is important because we created chances.”Suarez credited Ernesto Valverde with Barcelona’s stronger second half performance and the alterations the coach made at half-time.”He told us to be more organised when pressing,” Suarez said about his boss’s half-time team talk.”That’s why we have a coach, to correct these mistakes.”It’s also a compliment to the opponent because they have very quick players and they took advantage of the space we left.” last_img read more

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