AgTube: USDA Helps Veterans Find a Place in Agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest USDA is prioritizing support for military veterans who want to transition to jobs in agriculture. See how USDA Farm Service Agency programs assisted veterans in Chestertown, MD, and Fredericksburg, VA. To learn more about USDA programs for veterans and new farmers and ranchers, visit: https://www.usda.gov/veteranslast_img

Are Smartwatches For Real Or A Head Fake?

first_imgThe road to wearable watches has been long and bumpy, leading some to wonder whether this technology will ever be deployed.The Financial Times is reporting that Apple is “aggressively” hiring team members to work on the so-called iWatch.The company has begun hiring “aggressively” for the project in recent weeks, say people familiar with Apple’s plans for the wearable device, a move that shows it has stepped up development but which raises questions over the ability of its own engineers to develop wearable technology.Meanwhile, The Verge is reporting that Microsoft’s existing smartwatch team is being re-organized into the Microsoft Surface team.Sources familiar with Microsoft’s Surface plans have revealed to The Verge that the company is now prototyping devices directly under the Surface team as the firm moves its wrist-worn device closer to reality.This move is part of Microsoft’s larger reorganization, but it underlines the seriousness with which Microsoft is giving the prospect of a smartwatch project.Clearly, the two tech companies haven’t consulted with our esteemed leader, who has his own objections to the notion of wearable computers on wrists. But beyond the market drivers for wearable computers, the constant buildup and positioning does lead us to wonder if a true smartwatch is even possible.The surge towards wearable computing devices is capturing a lot of attention among the major tech companies, as no one seems to want to be the one to get caught without a decent wearable device. To date, Apple, Microsoft and Samsung seem to be taking the path towards watches, while Google experiments with the Glass device.See also Arm Race: Samsung To Build A Smartwatch TooWhat remains to be seen is whether any of these devices will actually get built. Sometimes the whole “arm race” to launch a smart wrist device has the feel of the end of another arms race, when U.S. President Ronald Reagan proposed the Strategic Defense Initiative in 1983.SDI, derisively known as “Star Wars,” would be strongly criticized in the Western media, but taken seriously by the Soviet Union as a viable challenge to the centerpiece Mutual Assured Destruction strategy of the Cold War. The USSR would spend billions to try to counter such a project which would supposedly contribute to the military overspending that would lead to the collapse of the USSR.History is unclear whether Reagan was simply bluffing the Soviets, but there is a strong case that he was. Similarly, there is a strong sense of history repeating itself when we see leaked plans for smart watches from companies like Apple. Is the iWatch really on its way, or is this all one big plan to distract other companies from making better progress in the tablet and smartphone sectors?Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Apple#Google#Microsoft#Samsung#smartwatch Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces brian proffittcenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

6 Tips for Filming Outdoors

first_imgWant more content on film techniques? Then check out these articles from PremiumBeat.7 Iconic Cinematography TechniquesProper Green Screen Tips and TechniquesFilmmaking Tip – Shooting Night Exteriors on a BudgetDid these tips help you at all? Will you use any of them when you go into your next outdoor shoot? Have any other tips to add? Let us know in the comments below. 2. Use the sun as a backlight.You can utilize the sun to backlight your character and give them that highly sought after edge light. Just wait for the sun to lower toward the horizon and hit record. This type of shot is really popular in wedding videos, but can also be seen quite a bit in Hollywood films.In fact, there is a great shot in the feature film The Tree of Life where cinematographer Emmanuel Lubeski utilizes the setting sun to backlight the characters in order to get that nice edge light. The video is courtesy of MovieClips. 4. Invest in filters.Before you head outside to film anything, you’ll want to make sure that you purchase neutral density filters for your lenses. An ND Filter can make a huge difference in getting a shot and not getting a shot in the brightness of day. If you’re not sure what a ND Filter does, fret not. We can explain that for you.Image from Luke PamerWhen filming outside, the brightness of the sun can completely overpower your shot. By applying an ND Filter to your lens you can adjust your ISO, f/stop, and shutter speed to near normal levels in order to get the shot you want. It will also help you to be able to capture that shallow depth of field you often see in feature films and television.If you want to see the effects of a ND Filter first hand, and the difference it can make to depth of field, then check out this great video from Jared Polin from FroKnowsPhoto. Filming outdoors can be frustrating! Use these tips to set yourself up for success next time you’re working outside.Top image from Joshua EarleYou’d think that filming outdoors would be a pretty simple thing to pull off. However, all of the same concerns you have on a controlled set will pop up when you’re working outdoors, and chief among those concerns is lighting. And, as we should all know by now — visual storytelling is all about lighting.So, if there’s enough light around without needing to rig any of your own lights, it should be pretty simple, just pick camera up and start filming right?!…Wrong! – Chris WeaverA good filmmaker knows exactly how to use light to enhance their image and elicit a mood. But you just can’t move the light around outdoors like you can on a soundstage. No, you have to get creative with your shots and really pay attention to the sun and its placement in the sky and use it effectively. Here are some tips that I try to keep in mind when filming outdoors.1. Make use of the sun during the middle of the day.Now, I’m not saying avoid the middle of the day all together, but rather that you pick your spots. The sun during the middle of the day casts down some really unspectacular shadows for subjects, but there are other ways to utilize it. In fact, I’ve shot during the middle of an overcast day much like the image below and it’s great, because the cloud cover acts as a filter for the sunlight and diffuses the harsh light. I’ve also utilized the midday sun to capture great b-roll for a film that needed light leaks through the branches of a tree.Image from Mikael Kritenson.You can also get really fantastic silhouette shots during the middle of the day if you set things up correctly. The image below is from photographer Peter West Carey who uses the cover of a walkway to frame and provide contrast for the monk who walks just in the distance. For film you could take it a step further and have your subject stand just on the threshold of the walkway, under the shadows, and make their silhouette pop.Image from Peter West CareyThe middle of the day can also be used to great extent in timelapse video. For instance, you can see several shots from this short film by Rustad Media where the middle of the day sun helps to create some really great imagery. 5. Make use of flags and reflectors.When filming outdoors, your subjects or actors may not get a nice balance of light across their face. If the sun is angled to one side and the character has a sharp off camera key, you might find a heavy dark shadow on the other side. You can balance this out by using a collapsible reflector.Image Courtesy of Margot PandoneOr perhaps you’re filming and the sun light is causing you to have unwanted flares or light leaks. If this happens, you can utilize a matte box or sunshade. But then again, you may want to have those flares or leaks. If thats the case, use flags and camera angles to get the desired effect.6. Lenses matter. Pick the right ones!When filming outside, the surrounding environment is much more wide open than when shooting inside. Be sure to take advantage of focal length. You can do this easily by using prime lenses, particularly wide-angle lenses such as a 21mm or 28mm. Theses are my favorites when needing to get an establishing shot, as they really can convey a sense of immense space.Then, if you need to get close to an actor or subject, you can switch from a wide to a shorter focal length with a 50mm or 85mm and really play around with the depth of field — which always makes your footage look more cinematic.An example of this can be seen in the music video by Kommak for Boerd’s song, Wavelength. FOR REFERENCEFilming Without Lights – Film Camera CourseThree Tips For Shooting Video Outdoors – Izzy VideoTake it Outside 6 Tips for Outdoor Filming – Sprout VideoSunrise and Sunset – Live Science 3. Know when sunrise and sunset happen.In order to get shots like the one above you’ll want to know exactly when sunrise and sunset will occur. Luckily there is an app that can help you find out when “Magic Hour” is going to take place at your current location. Developed by Elfinda Apps, Magic Hour gives you a breakdown of the time and duration of the golden hour. I have personally used this app and can say that it works quite well. It’s been incredibly beneficial to me on several occasions, and its golden hour alert feature is great.Here’s a great Golden Hour video from filmmaker Matt Triplow entitled Golden Hour Surf from Above.last_img read more

British Open: Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri memorable debut

first_imgIndian golfer Anirban Lahiri enjoyed a memorable debut at The Open Championship with a bogey-free 68 to lie four shots behind leader Adam Scott of Australia after the first round.The 25-year-old credited a hot putter for his superb start at Royal Lytham and St Annes on Thursday, holing several long efforts to keep the bogeys off his card in the year’s third Major. Lahiri, a two-time Asian Tour winner, got off to a flying start with a five-foot birdie and then rattled in a 25-footer on the 13th hole.”It’s a dream start for a first Open. Bogey free round with a 68, I’ll take that any day. I was really nervous out there on the first tee. But I hit probably the best shot of the day to five feet and made the putt,” said Lahiri, who ended the day in tied 14th place.”Every time I hit it into a bad position, my putter helped me out. It saved me a lot of shots as I holed at least three or four shots outside of 20 feet. That’s what you need on a course like this to keep your round together. It’s not easy to make a whole bunch of birdies. On the back nine, I hit it good. I could have made one or two more but I’ll take it.”With a late tee time, Lahiri spent his morning watching the early action and learned a few tricks which he said helped him put together a solid start.”My caddie told me to watch some of the Open and get a feel of how things are reacting. It can help you save some shots if you find some players repeating a pattern on a certain hole. It helped me out today,” said Lahiri, who won the SAIL-SBI Open earlier this year.”I saw Tiger hit some inspiring chips. He hit a great chip on the fifth hole and I had a similar shot on the third and I imagined it and hit a great chip as well.”With his father in the small gallery following his group, Lahiri struggled off the tee on the front nine and hit only one fairway. He scrambled superbly but knows he must be sharper off the tee in the second round to keep his magical run going.advertisementlast_img read more

Modi govt mulls extra cess on petrol and diesel vehicles in a

first_imgBuyers of petrol and diesel vehicles may have to pay an extra green cess as the government is planning to tweak its electric and hybrid vehicles promotion strategy.The government plans to revamp the Fame-India (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric and Hybrid Vehicle) scheme to shift the focus away from subsidies, according to reports.The scheme under which the government has disbursed Rs 305 crore to about 2.6 lakh vehicles is set to end on March 31, 2019. The government launched it on April 1, 2015, initially for two years. It extended the scheme four times, each time by six months, after the initial period ended on March 31, 2017.The scheme has so far helped save 3.75-crore litres of fuel preventing the release of 9.37-crore kg of greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.Though the government earlier indicated it would launch Fame-2 once the current period of extension end on March 31, 2019, it is yet to release the details. Instead, it has been pushing the production of lithium-ion batteries that are necessary for electric vehicles.The new approach will be to use the funds raised from the green cess to provide infrastructural incentives to producers of electric and hybrid vehicles, news reports say. The calculation is that increasing cost of owning petroleum-fuelled vehicles will encourage prospective owners to look at electric and hybrid options.This will help the authorities reduce the direct subsidy on electric and hybrid vehicles, including two and three-wheelers, under the Fame scheme.”Instead of increasing the finance department’s burden of providing subsidies to electric vehicle buyers through a timeless scheme of incentives, the government is actively considering putting a green tax on all petrol and diesel cars,” MoneyControl website reported quoting a source.The subsidies that the government pays range from Rs 7,500 on low-power electric scooters to Rs 61 lakh on hybrid buses and nearly Rs 1 crore on fully electric buses.The sales of electric vehicles have begun to pick up only from mid-2017. Automakers have been reluctant to launch bigger cars and SUV powered by an electric motor because of the high initial cost that might deter buyers.”An additional Rs2,000 or Rs2,500 on a car or Rs300 on a two-wheeler will not put any significant burden on the buyers, but will generate a huge corpus for the government,” the source said.last_img read more

4th Mitsubishi Electric Cup biggest nationallevel automation competition concludes

first_imgMitsubishi electric cupMitsubishiAfter organizing Mitsubishi Electric Cup (ME Cup) for three successful years, Mitsubishi Electric, a leading electric & electronic equipment company, concluded its fourth edition of ME Cup on Saturday,16 th February 2019. Incepted in 2016, ME Cup, an annual event of Mitsubishi Electric India, has emerged as the biggest National-level Automation Competition in India that challenges many collegiate engineering teams to design, build and present factory-automated, innovative working models.The journey of 4 th Mitsubishi Electric Cup kick-started in July 2018, witnessing several project submissions and teams working on their innovative project models. All the participating teams were backed by Mitsubishi Electric India’s technical support team and were provided with the essential Mitsubishi Electric Factory Automation products such as Programable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Human Machine Interface (HMIs), Servo Motors, Variable Frequency Drives etc., to name a few.The two-day competition saw some of the best innovative project displays built by the participating teams focusing on the theme ‘Digital Industry through Smart Imagination’. These models were based on Smart Solutions for purposes like building automations, industrial manufacturing processes, among others.Team ”SPARK ” from D.K.T.E. Society’s Textile & Engineering Institute , ICHALKARANJI became the winners of the 4 th Mitsubishi Electric Cup, receiving Rs. 1,00,000 and Winner Trophy; “CON-SOL- E-3.0”team from Institute of Technology, NIRMA University, Ahmedabad bagged the second position, receiving Rs. 75,000 and Runner up Trophy; and ”TEAM EMINENCE” from MKSSS’S CUMMINS College of Engineering for Woman, Pune ranked third in the competition with prize money of Rs 50,000 and Trophy; also they have received the Most Popular Team award. An appreciation prize of Rs 10,000 along with certificates was given to the selected 15 teams. All the participating teams were also given certificates of participation from Mitsubishi Electric India.The competition primarily comprised three parts – System Design and Presentation, Basic Knowledge, and Good Behavior; System Design and Presentation requires participating teams to focus on the theme of Digital Industry through Smart Imagination independently design and produce a complete set of devices / models by using Mitsubishi Electric Factory Automation products, the control system shall be built based on the e-F@ctory concept. The Basic Knowledge test involves questions on Programable Logic Controllers, Inverters, Human Machine Interface, Servo Motors and Factory Automation Network, aiming to examine students’ understanding of Mitsubishi Electric products and factory automation technologies.Under “Good Behavior”, participating teams are required to mandatorily comply with the discipline and arrangements of the Organizing Committee, with an eye on the words and deeds, organized in a friendly and civilized manner.”Congratulations to the winners of 4 th edition of Mitsubishi Electric Cup. I congratulate all the participating teams for putting up such a great learning event. We are obliged to witness such young talent showcasing their innovative creations. Mitsubishi Electric is giving a platform to students to work as a team, create innovations and excel in the field of Factory Automation which ultimately contributes to the National Mission of Skill Development. To boost the motivation, Mitsubishi Electric will sponsor visit to its Headquarters in Japan for Gold Cup Winners. The students will have an opportunity to witness the world-class manufacturing facilities at Mitsubishi Electric’s Factory Automation Factory in Nagoya, Japan. Further, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all participants and supportive members from institutes, organizations, companies and CII for their support and for making this event successful. We are hopeful that our initiative will help young minds to innovate in their future endeavours as well”, said Mr. Katsunori Ushiku, Managing Director, Mitsubishi Electric India Pvt. Ltd.Dr. Amit Bhalla, Vice President, Manav Rachna Educational Institutions said, “We are honoured to be chosen to organize the fourth edition of Mitsubishi Electric Cup. The working models showcased at the competition were a clear sign of emerging innovation in India and reflect the growth potential of our nation’s budding engineers. Manav Rachna has a robust research, innovation and an entrepreneurial ecosystem with many international accolades in the sphere of technological innovations. Competitions such as these broaden the spectrum of students. I congratulate Mitsubishi Electric for its unmatched role in developing and honing the skills of young engineers.”.last_img read more

Jeffrey Epsteins Criminal Case Closed Af

first_img Scott Heins by NPR News Colin Dwyer 8.29.19 4:30pm Less than three weeks after Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide in prison, a federal judge has formally closed the sex trafficking case against the wealthy financier. On Thursday, Judge Richard Berman of the Southern District of New York approved a request filed by prosecutors to dismiss the charges.”Because Jeffrey Epstein, the defendant, died while this case was pending, and therefore before a final judgment was issued, the Indictment must be dismissed under rule of abatement,” Berman wrote, referring to the rule under which, if a defendant dies midway through a case, their indictment is wiped clean.The decision brings an unsatisfying end to a criminal case that captured the attention of the country — but it does not close the door on future legal matters involving his estate or his associates. Several of Epstein’s accusers have filed major lawsuits against his estate since he was discovered unresponsive in his cell earlier this month, and federal authorities have repeatedly vowed to pursue the co-conspirators who supported his alleged operation.Prosecutors and accusers say that from at least the early 2000s, Epstein and his network of friends recruited girls as young as 14 years old, misled them, and forced them to have sex with him and other prominent men. Though suspicions long lingered around the financier, he eluded attempts to get him to stand trial — including in 2008, when he accepted a lenient plea deal that meant only about a year in jail for the sex crime he admitted.The deal was so lenient, in fact, that after its details surfaced, the controversy led to the resignation of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who negotiated the agreement back when he was a U.S. attorney in Florida.This time around, Epstein’s accusers at least got the opportunity to tell their stories in an unusual hearing on Tuesday. At that hearing, more than a dozen women came forward to tell stories of how Epstein tricked, coerced and sexually assaulted them, often when they were still underage.”Jeffrey Epstein ruined me. His recruiter ruined me,” said one accuser, who signed her statement “Jane Doe” and released it through her attorney, Lisa Bloom. “The far reaching consequences of that day [that I was recruited] ruined my family’s lives.”Another accuser, Teala Davies, succinctly summed up the hearing for reporters outside the Manhattan courthouse afterward: “All I’m going to say is today was a day of power and strength.”It was also a day of disappointment. Many of the women in the courtroom expressed just how devastated they were to receive the news that he had taken his own life and once more avoided trial.But it’s not over. At the hearing Tuesday, prosecutors vowed that the dismissal of charges “in no way lessens the government’s resolve to stand up for the victims in this case.” The next day, the FBI released a new call for his alleged victims to contact the agency with their stories.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Jeffrey Epstein’s Criminal Case Closed After His Death… last_img read more