Fishing the North Coast: Pacific halibut closes — rockfish, tuna it is

first_imgOffshore options became a little scarcer this week with the closing of the Pacific halibut season. Without a salmon season, we’re down to rockfish and tuna along the North Coast. Unfortunately, both of these options require some pretty good ocean conditions, especially if you’re fishing out of Eureka, where the rockfish grounds are nearly 20 miles to the south. The ocean was decent a couple days this week, and a handful of the bigger boats motored their way to the Cape. But it wasn’t nearly …last_img read more

Yield monitor tips for harvest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Wet spring and persistent rain in many areas of Ohio have generated highly variable harvesting conditions for 2015 in both soybeans and corn. There are maturity, height, and expected yield differences within many fields that will bring about the importance of combine adjustments but also yield monitoring management, in particular calibration.The adoption of data services continues to increase across the United States and here in Ohio. At the heart of these data services is the utilization of yield maps to help understand end-of-year performance within fields but also to characterize in-field variability in order for these service providers to deliver prescriptions, recommendations, or other information back to the farmer.Since yield maps continue to be an important data layer to learn from and help drive changes or decisions at a field level, proper management of the yield monitor in 2015 will be key in order to generate accurate and reliable yield data. The expectation is that grain moisture and test weight, along with grain flow through the combine, will vary within passes and across the field. Therefore, the flow and moisture sensors on combines must be calibrated to these expected conditions in order to log accurate data. The following best practice guidelines provide pre-harvest and harvest yield monitor tips. Pre-harvest1. Turn on your display and back-up all prior yield monitor data. Save this data to a secure data storage device and properly label the file directory so you easily recognize what the back-up files signify within the directory.2. Ensure the display, DGPS receiver, and other components have all been updated to their most recent software versions. Contact your dealer or look online to determine the most recent versions released by manufacturers.3. Start-up combine and turn on display to check that the:• Display indicates everything is functioning correctly or properly connected.• GPS receiver is providing a position and has differential correction.Note: If purchasing a differential correction service, make sure your subscription runs through harvest.4. Check wiring for damage and that all connections are tight as you service the combine.5. Check the moisture sensor for debris build-up or damage plus clean the housing of any old grain. The fins on the moisture sensor must be absolutely clean and not bent.6. Check for damage or wear on the mass flow sensor (top of the clean grain elevator). This point is especially important on late model combines equipped with yield monitors as the wear on these plates influences mass flow measurements. Replace worn mass flow plates. For combines that use optical sensors for yield determination (mounted on the side of the clean grain elevator), make sure they are clean and not damaged. Calibration at harvest• If you have replaced any yield monitor components or the clean grain elevator, recalibration is required. Old calibration numbers will not work since changes in how grain impacts or interacts with sensors influence the readings and thereby yield calculations.If you purchase a new or used combine with an existing yield monitor installed, double check for proper installation and plan to re-calibrate. Grain carts equipped with scales can be used for calibrating yield monitors but consider:1) Make sure they are correctly weighing loads. Cross reference with scale tickets or weights from a certified scales.2) Stop on level ground for a few seconds to determine load weight. Calibrating over the low to high flow rates will be critical.You need to take the time to calibrate the mass flow or volumetric sensors over the full range. Though calibration, in particular at low flow rates, can take time it is a must to collect quality yield data. The ability of the yield monitor to collect accurate yield data from low to high flow conditions will dictate the quality of the resulting maps.Many older yield monitors may have 1- or 2-point calibration procedures. For these systems, you can have different calibration numbers for low, medium and high flows through the combines. Match the calibration number to the field conditions.For those yield monitors with multi-point calibration procedures, use the recommended four to six calibration loads. These loads will be captured over varying grain flows (low to high) by either changing ground speed or cut width as outlined in the operator manual. Rules of thumb on managing calibration numbers:1) Corn and soybeans require separate mass flow calibration.2) You need a different calibration for high moisture corn (more than 20%) versus lower moisture corn.3) You need a different calibration for “green” versus dry stem soybeans.4) Grain test weight can influence mass flow sensors so again, you might need to manage different calibration numbers as test weight differs by two or more values between fields.5) Double check calibration routinely for a crop and operating conditions.6) Remember to calibrate grain moisture sensor for each crop.7) Calibrate temperature sensor for those requiring this step.Finally, take good notes on field and operating conditions during harvest. These can be helpful when reviewing yield maps post-harvest and explaining reasons for possible yield results within fields. Notes and pictures can be important for on-farm research projects during post-harvest evaluation. Having good notes as well as proper calibration in 2015 will result in quality yield data that can be successfully used within analysis and learning.last_img read more

Google Releases CloudCourse, an Open Source Learning Platform

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google made a number of announcements in the past week that are of interest to educators: opening Google Wave to the public and extending Google Voice accounts to students. But one announcement that didn’t receive much press was its release of CloudCourse, the new internal learning platform.Built on Google’s App Engine, CloudCourse is a course-scheduling tool, fully integrated with Google Calendar. CloudCourse also features approval processes, wait list management, as well as room and user profile information and can be further customized to sync the data with other internal systems.Google hopes that by releasing this under an open-source license that it can “help developers who want to port or build enterprise applications on App Engine.” According to Irwin Boutoul, a software engineer at Google, “We actually didn’t design this system with universities in mind – we designed it as a course scheduling tool for enterprises. Nevertheless, CloudCourse can certainly help school administrators, who most likely don’t have the time or resources to worry about hardware hosting and dealing with traffic bursts like the ones that occur during class enrollment periods. We’d love to see universities pick up this platform and code additional features on top of it to make it more relevant to the higher education ecosystem. “While course management is part of what makes a learning tool appealing, CloudCourse does not yet contain all the functionality that would make it an alternative to the other learning management systems available But as Katie Christo, an instructional technologist at the American International School in Chennai, India says – echoing the frustrations that many teachers have with these alternatives – “I would love something from Google. Moodle is still very basic, Blackboard is worse. It’d be nice to have something that is free, cleanly designed, and integrated with other solid programs.”And as the source code is open, and as more and more schools explore and embrace Google’s Apps for Education, CloudCourse may become another part of the ed-tech arsenal. Related Posts audrey watterscenter_img Tags:#Google#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

No more games on South Korean TV: Streaming services replacing TVs in sports broadcasts

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? KBS, MBC and SBS recorded a combined 40 percent viewership when South Korea beat Germany during the Russian World Cup, according to Neilsen, which said about 8 million people watched the game through the broadcasters.Meanwhile, Afreeca TV, which bought broadcasting rights from the territorial broadcasters, said the number of subscribers reached an all-time high during the World Cup season, with an average of 7.2 million people having logged onto the streaming service.“The growth of Afreeca TV last year stems from having broadcasted the World Cup,” Shinhan investment said in a 2018 report. Afreeca TV’s third-quarter operating profit and revenue in 2018 were roughly 7.4 billion won and 32.4 billion won, respectively, down about 21 percent and 12 percent from the previous quarter.Only selected streamers are allowed to live broadcast sports games purchased by Afreeca TV. The streamers are banned from using clips of games that Afreeca TV has not purchased from content providers. Editing original content — such as advertisements embedded in a live broadcast — is restricted as well.Challenges for streamersDespite the rapid surge in popularity, challenges remain for online streaming services to become live broadcasting platforms, particularly in terms of whether they are capable enough to deliver content to global audiences without a hitch.During the Russia World Cup, YouTube suffered an embarrassing outage during England’s semifinal clash with Croatia, an incident that showed even the world’s largest video-sharing platform could not livestream smoothly.When Russia competed against Saudi Arabia at the World Cup’s opening match, Gamst’s streaming service on Afreeca TV crashed for half an hour. This reportedly occurred when some 170,000 viewers flocked to see his broadcast.“While online streaming services have become a popular form of live sports broadcasts, people still think traditional broadcasters deliver better content with better quality,” said Kim Jo-han of Gom & Co.In the absence of a traditional broadcaster during the Asian Cup, and with streaming companies seeking to present themselves as reliable alternatives, internet companies and telecom giants have also joined the fray with their own streaming services. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion But with sports events becoming less lucrative investments for Korea’s broadcasting giants, their latest absence in Asia’s biggest soccer competition suggests a changing trend in the way people prefer to watch sports, industry watchers say.Kim Jo-han, a media industry expert at Gom & Co., attributed broadcasters’ shrinking enthusiasm for live broadcasts to changes in Korea’s viewership preferences: People prefer edited online footage over sitting down for an entire live broadcast.“Spending more than two hours in front of a TV is an awfully long time for young viewers,” said Kim. “Instead of watching the whole game on terrestrial broadcasters, they want to enjoy it with more entertaining content, or just pick up the highlights on internet portals.”With fewer people watching sports via traditional broadcasters, media companies would be more reluctant to spend a hefty sum on sport games.Watching Gamst, for example, one feels like he or she is looking at a stand-up comedy rather than a sports forecast, as he wears ridiculous outfits, trades inside jokes with his die-hard fans and squabbles with random visitors. Using expletives is common as well.ADVERTISEMENT Buoyed by its huge success in previous World Cup games, Afreeca TV offers live broadcasts of almost every match to subscribers. Along with Gamst, professional commentators and former soccer players were also recruited to broadcast the match.Korea’s biggest internet giant, Naver, came up with its own live broadcasts based on customized content. The internal portal company allows users to select matches to watch more easily by classifying them based on countries, players and dates.Live broadcasts are also available at streaming platforms run by the country’s three major telecommunication companies. SK Telecoms, KT and LG Uplus are providing livestreaming of Asian Cup games via over-the-top video services.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Korea HeraldSEOUL — When South Korea secured a narrow 1-0 victory over Kyrgyzstan at the Asian Cup Games in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday, Korean soccer fans did not rely on traditional broadcasters to watch the match.In fact, there were no live broadcasts from the country’s three media giants — KBS, MBC and SBS. Only JTBC, a cable network owned by a local media group, broadcasted Korea’s second match at the Asian Cup.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READcenter_img Scottie Thompson says Pia Wurtzbach’s presence fueled Ginebra’s win over TNT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening As more viewers have begun to shift from traditional broadcasters to streaming services for live sports around the world, the scene of people gluing their eyes to TV screens is becoming a thing of the past in South Korea as well.Kwon Jong-hyuck, a 35-year-old longtime soccer fan who works at an IT company in Seoul, said he watched Saturday’s match through the country’s most popular online streaming service, Afreeca TV.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Neutral voices from professional broadcasters are not what I want,” said Kwon, who enjoyed the game broadcasted by popular Afreeca TV streamer Gamst. “I want to feel like I’m at a bar with my friends. Internet streaming services give me such pleasure.”Territorial broadcasters have often paid skyrocketing prices to win the right to air the World Cup or the Olympics –sometimes exclusively — priding in their abilities to deliver heated moments without a hitch. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH 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 Instant communication with viewers is one of the most significant features that set online streaming services apart from traditional broadcasters’ homogenous content designed for unknown masses.“I’m trying to make our viewers feel like they are watching the games with close uncles,” Gamst, one of the most popular sports streamers on Afreeca TV, said in an interview with a local newspaper last week. “I’m glad I have created my own way of broadcasting.”Easier access through mobile devices is also one of the advantages.Such efforts to establish their own community have led to massive popularity, with Gamst becoming the most popular streamer on Afreeca TV. His broadcast of the 2018 Russian World Cup attracted the largest number of viewers, with 350,000 people watching the game between South Korea and Mexico.Terrestrial TVs, threatenedWith live sports broadcasting having boosted the growth of conventional broadcasters worldwide in the early 1990s, Korea’s media giants have also devoted much of their resources to delivering popular sports games.Major sports events have been a battleground for larger viewership among broadcasters, equipped with massive infrastructure and finances to broadcast international sport events, such as the Olympics and the World Cup.The competition has often resulted in hefty prices for the right to broadcast the sport events. For example, KBS, MBC and SBS reportedly paid about 120 billion won ($172 million) to FIFA to broadcast its 2018 Russia World Cup.“Sport is considered to be a crown jewel of live broadcasting,” research firm Nielsen said in a report in 2017. “We are forced to watch in a fixed time period and stick with it until the end. … Sport is high-value content because it can attract views and make them stay.”Money and infrastructure are still significant barriers for local streaming services, which cannot afford to purchase exclusive broadcasting rights. But hyper-fast internet speeds and technological breakthroughs have brought changes. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

Former NFL RB Brian Westbrook To Officially Retire With

The Philadelphia Eagles announced on Tuesday that former running back Brian Westbrook will retire as a member of the team.Westbrook will hold a Wednesday morning press conference and will officially be honored at Lincoln Field prior to a game with the Washington Redskins on Dec. 23.Westbrook made sure to thank Philly fans via Twitter after the team announced the news.“Thank you everyone!” he wrote. “It was a great pleasure to be an Eagle for 8 years. I truly appreciate all of the support! Love you guys.”The versatile Villanova product becomes the third former Eagle this summer to retire with the organization, joining teammates Brian Dawkins and Tra Thomas.In eight years with the Birds, Westbrook rushed for5,995 yards and 37 touchdowns while adding 3,790 receiving yards and another 29 scores. He was a key part of the 2004-05 team that won the NFC Championship before falling to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX.The Eagles’ third-round pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, Westbrook enjoyed his best season in 2007, rushing for a career-high 1,333 yards and seven touchdowns on 278 carries.He never eclipsed the 1,000-yard plateau again as injuries slowed him down, leading the Eagles to eventually release him on March 5, 2010.However, his place in city lore remains firm.“I will always remember Brian for the electrifying, game-changing plays he made during his great career in Philadelphia,” Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said in a release. “He was one of those players you knew could score from anywhere on the field and one of the most exciting players I have ever watched. He was a great runner, receiver and returner and was certainly a fan favorite.”Westbrook was selected to two Pro Bowls (2004 and 2007) and was named First-team All-Pro in 2007.He last played in the NFL in 2010 with the San Francisco 49ers. read more

SDSU Athletics unveils 250 million stadium portion of SDSU West proposal

first_img Updated: 3:30 PM , November 30, 2017 SDSU Athletics unveils $250 million stadium portion of SDSU West proposal Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — One day after San Diego State University detailed its plan to expand into Mission Valley, the Aztecs athletic department Thursday unveiled a proposed design for the $250 million stadium portion of the project.The $3 billion campus expansion onto San Diego County Credit Union Stadium property encompasses 1.6 million square feet of classroom and research buildings, a river park and open space, 4,500 housing units, retail shops, a pair of hotels and a multi-use 35,000-seat stadium for college football and other sports, according to SDSU.The 35,000-seat Aztec Stadium is included in the first phase of development and would take two years to build, JMI Realty CEO John Kratzer said. It would be funded by bonds that would be paid off with future revenues from the facility.Renderings and a computer-animated video showed a two-level stadium topped by a canopy. The building would be closed at the lower level of one end and open at the other. A wide ground-level concourse would include 18 “garden room” areas of different styles that would be open for public use when there are no events, athletic director John David Wicker said.He said the facility would be more that just a home for Aztec football.”It’s a stadium that will create the opportunity to host professional soccer, whether that be international friendlies, national team matches or a San Diego-based professional team, as well as the Aztec men’s and women’s soccer programs,” Wicker said.”A stadium that will have the ability to host concerts, other professional sporting events, NCAA championships, tractor pulls — you name it, we’ll host it,” he said. “Our goal is to build a stadium that will host events that reach every San Diegan.”Premium amenities will be spread throughout the venue, he said.One of the garden room areas will be dedicated to students who attend games, with food and beverages geared more toward their tastes and priced to meet their budget, according to Wicker.”Our goal is to create a great experience for our students, and we realize that just providing some seats does not meet that need,” he said. “We’ll work with our student leaders on campus to build out an area that they can truly call their own.”A group of students who dubbed themselves “The Show” fueled the sometimes raucous atmosphere for men’s basketball games at Viejas Arena, beginning around 15 years ago, prompting Aztecs fans to dream of replacing cavernous Qualcomm Stadium with a more intimate facility for football where a similar environment could be created.The Mission Valley site became available when the Chargers announced their move to Los Angeles. City officials hope to close the money-losing SDCCU Stadium at the end of the 2018 college football season, but SDSU has been discussing a lease extension to buy time for construction of a replacement.Petco Park could also be made available for the Aztecs in the interim, but the Padres have balked at offering more than one season. Some modifications to the ballpark would have to be made to accommodate football contests.Arrangements would most likely be necessary because SDSU still has to gain rights to the property. A group called Friends of SDSU said Tuesday that it is on track to gain enough signatures to qualify an initiative for the ballot, likely in the November general election.”San Diego State University has proposed a world-class, multi-use stadium that is designed to be a focal point of our community and meet the needs the University and all San Diegans,” the Friends group said in a statement.”As a critical component of the university’s Mission Valley expansion, the new stadium will provide a permanent home for SDSU football and create the potential for year-round, revenue-generating professional sports and entertainment offerings,” the statement says. “This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for San Diego can only be realized by the SDSU West initiative.”However, the measure would likely have to compete with the SoccerCity initiative, which successfully went through the signature collection process earlier this year.”We wholeheartedly support SDSU and its athletic program, and have worked hard on a partnership to provide for SDSU’s stadium needs,” said SoccerCity Project Manager Nick Stone.”It’s truly unfortunate that SDSU officials have decided to use public money to fully fund a $250 million stadium, when the cost could be split 50-50 with us, using private funding,” Stone said. “This is a waste of taxpayer money, and if the SDSU West initiative were to prevail, San Diego will not be granted a Major League Soccer expansion team.”SoccerCity proponents have applied for an MLS franchise, with a decision expected sometime next year.The development could also be slowed because Kratzer said it will go through a full environmental review process.Gordon Carrier of the design firm Carrier Johnson + Culture said the proposed stadium would be on the northwest corner of the property. It would be expandable, if necessary, and could host soccer or other sports, he said.The facility would be bordered by a park for tailgating, two hotels and retail establishments, according to Carrier.Scott Radecic, founder with the stadium design firm Populous, said the stadium was designed to reflect the San Diego lifestyle and fit in with the rest of the expanded campus area. Posted: November 30, 2017last_img read more