Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When the Ohio State Fair recently put out the list of exhibitors from every Sale of Champions since the first one in 1968, I really enjoyed taking a few moments to read through the list. Johnny Regula, auctioneer for the Sale, did too.“I have always felt the SOC is Ohio production agriculture’s chance to showcase our products — our boys and girls and our livestock. You take the list and look at the names of these exhibitors from the beginning and look now at what they are doing in agriculture, they are all leaders. That is what this program does,” Regula said. “You see these little dynasties. Here recently one of those might be the Banbury family. Going back you had the Westlake family do the same thing. In cattle you had the Shane family and in hogs you had the Islers and the Jacksons and then you had Rusty Coe. It is really hard to do that.”Randy Shane had the 1974 grand champion steer. Photo courtesy of the Ohio State Fair.Ohio State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler has really enjoyed getting to know some of these exhibitors through the years as well.“I’ll never forget the heart-to-hearts I’ve had with exhibitors and their families, and the lifelong friendships I’ve made,” Strickler said. “I remember my very first year as Agriculture Director in 1993 talking with the Banbury family about the excitement of being a part of this great fair.”The later-in-life success of former SOC exhibitors goes to show that the founding efforts of Gov. Jim Rhodes to start the first Sale of Champions in 1968 were a right- on-target investment in the future.“It is great to see how the kids showing livestock have evolved and gone on to succeed in other segments of the industry,” said Mike Bumgarner, CEO of United Producers, Inc., who had the grand champion steer at the 1975 Sale of Champions. “The show ring is just a small segment of the industry, but it is a big stepping-stone.”Buyers at the Sale continue to step up their bidding efforts, and the appeal of those hard working exhibitors keeps the buyers coming back.“It used to be that the buyers were after a certain animal — they wanted the hog or the steer. Now, much like the county fairs, it depends a lot on the individual and their family,” Regula said. “That is why certain animals bring what they do because of who the exhibitors are.”A big part of the livestock auction business is getting to know the exhibitors and their families, which is something Regula has really enjoyed through the years.“I have had relationships with a lot of these families for many years,” Regula said. “What is fun for me is that now some of the people I sold for are grandparents and I am selling for their grandkids — that makes it special.”The highlight of the 50th Sale of Champions will be the same as it was in the first Sale of Champions: the exhibitors.“In this day and age of fast moving things and social media, it is a blessing that we are still doing this 50 years later. The reason is still the same. In 1968, Gov. Rhodes wanted to help the boys and girls that won and provide them with some type of a scholarship and this was the best way to do it. He called auctioneer Merlin Woodruff and Merlin jumped on board and it has been going on ever since. Merlin’s relationship with the Governor was special. Gov. Rhodes was such a promoter that all Merlin had to do was sell them. He pretty much knew who was going to buy them before the Sale. That is not the case now,” Regula said. “Every year I walk into this Sale of Champions and I know who is going to play, but I don’t know who is going to buy and what the animals will bring. What you see happening is happening. It is real. And now we are seeing, more often, multiple buyers going together to buy animals where in the past it was just Bob Evans or just Wendy’s. I have no idea what it is going to bring. It is a real auction and it is very important to these boys and girls. It is no different than if you have an outstanding athlete. This is our way of providing scholarships for the best of the best.”Be sure to attend the the 50th Sale of Champions on Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Ohio State Fair.The 1980 grand champion pen of meat chickens was exhibited by Martha Stock of Canton and purchased by Bob Evans Farms, Inc. for $8,080. Photo courtesy of the Ohio State Fair.
Anant Jhingran Related Posts Tags:#AI Machine Learning#APIs#auto-home#Connected Devices#IoT A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Anant Jhingran serves as CTO and leads the product strategy & development at Apigee. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Application programming interfaces (APIs) are the mechanisms that connect data, services, and apps to create modern digital experiences. If a consumer browses through some products on a retailer’s app, API calls are what seamlessly pull together the details. If a homeowner pays a utility bill online—another few API calls go to work behind the scenes to complete the transaction. If that homeowner then charts directions using a mapping service or orders a car through a ridesharing service, still more API calls are involved. A large portion of API traffic can currently be attributed to some kind of human action and follows a request-response model.What this means is that a person does something that triggers an API call in the first place. API traffic driven by machines instead of humans, in contrast, follows different, programmatic patterns and, to date, has often involved malicious activities, such as bots or attempts to breach security. On Google Cloud’s Apigee team, however, we’ve observed that the API world is experiencing a shift, with benign programmatic API calls generated by algorithms or machine intelligence taking on more prominent roles in digital ecosystems and experiences. This shift is driven by several trends that open new dimensions for how enterprises leverage APIs and expand existing ones.The rise of voice applications.Though adoption estimates for voice technologies vary, it’s clear that tens of millions of people in the U.S. alone regularly use smart speakers and voice-controlled digital assistants. It’s also clear that today’s users are adopting voice much faster than past users adopted disruptive technologies such as television or the Internet. With applications expanding rapidly into new areas such as healthcare and new use cases emerging in the enterprise, voice technologies are poised to grow far beyond their origins on smartphones and smart speakers. There are now even applications that let users raise a toilet seat using only their voice!Voice technologies are complicated and potentially expensive to develop, which is one reason that so many companies have made their natural language processing technologies available to others via APIs. If a voice assistant hears a user say, “Pay my utility bill,” the assistant needs to understand the unstated nuances of the instruction: “Pay my utility bill from PG&E for the current month using my stored credit card.” This sort of task relies heavily on machine learning, with the user’s simple request into the voice system resulting in potentially hundreds of API calls across the backend, all driven by machine intelligence figuring things out. As more use cases integrate voice, the underlying machine learning technologies—and the APIs that make those technologies leverageable—will continue to grow in prominence. The expansion of IoT and home automation.At the recent CES conference, enthusiasm for the Internet of Things (IoT) continued to grow, with connected, communicating devices filling booth after booth and keynote after keynote across Las Vegas. Many analysts estimate there are already more connected devices in use than people on the planet—and the deluge of sensing, communicating, intelligent devices is not stopping. IoT devices integrate with each other and with voice assistants through APIs — and through recipes from organizations such as IFTTT. With hundreds of thousands of different types of devices, bespoke integrations just do not work. Though APIs cannot solve all challenges associated with more profound business logic, they can simplify the mixing and matching, making it easier for all the devices and services to interact with one another. APIs take artificial intelligence mainstream.Artificial intelligence (AI) is arguably most useful when it can be leveraged into applications. However, as alluded in the above point about developing voice technologies, not every team or enterprise has the capability to do AI from scratch. Consequently, we expect to see API-driven AI in which one team, or one business builds an excellent model in some domain, and other firms or teams leverage that work through APIs. These teams or businesses may then develop their own AI models, which, in turn, another team might leverage. We already see examples of this, such as Google’s AutoML for image and text analysis.Bot attacks continue to rise.Though most of the previous trends involve machine-triggered APIs being used for beneficial or neutral purposes, bot attacks and similar malign uses cases are still growing too. Attackers continue to use botnets to take down sites and apps with distributed denial of service campaigns. Crypto-miners have begun leveraging API vulnerabilities to take over container orchestration platforms and steal enterprises’ compute power. Other bad actors are using bots to steal credentials. We anticipate APIs will continue to bear much of the burden of nefarious machine-driven traffic. The traffic could potentially saturate backends unless the right security is built into the APIs. Indeed, in the December 2017 report “How to Build an Effective API Security Strategy,” Gartner analysts Mark O’Neill, Dionisio Zumerle, and Jeremy D’Hoinne predict that “[b]y 2022, API abuses will be the most-frequent attack vector resulting in data breaches for enterprise web applications.” The rise of machine-driven API traffic among bad actors is precipitating a rise in machine-driven API traffic from enterprises working to ward off attackers. Organizations need robust security protections at the API level that include not only standards such as authentication and encryption but also smart algorithms and machine learning that can recognize bad actors and take steps to stop them. Embrace the machines.We should acknowledge and embrace the fact that “robots” are our new partners in the API world. Machine-driven API calls will likely help us to interact with devices and services in new ways, inject dumb devices with new use cases and intelligence.These actions by humans, calling to and from APIs will make AI accessible to more organizations and developers, and spot crooks that would have otherwise evaded human detection. The path forward will include pitfalls and obstacles, but with smarter machines and smarter humans working together, the future is bright.
John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next MOST READ “I don’t understand the rule,” said Nikola Vucevic, who had 24 points and 12 rebounds for Orlando. “Pretty much any home team, if you’re up one and still got 1 second (on the clock), as soon as somebody throws it, just run the clock, and if somebody touches it, it’s a jump ball. It doesn’t make any sense. I think they’ve got to look into that. That’s frustrating when things out of your hands hurt you. But at the same time, that’s not why we lost the game.”Aaron Gordon scored 28 points and made a driving, go-ahead layup with 5 seconds to play for the Magic, who trailed 106-97 before scoring 10 straight points. Lopez then drew a foul while backing into the low post with 0.6 seconds left, and he coolly made both free throws.“I knew I was going to hit them,” Lopez said. “It was bizarre. I guess we had the game-winning jump ball.”Lonzo Ball had 16 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Lakers, who broke open a tie game with an 11-0 run midway through the fourth quarter, capped by Lopez’s thunderous dunk with 6:09 to play. But the Magic stormed back and trimmed LA’s lead to 106-105 when Jonathon Simmons made one of two free throws with 33 seconds left.Isaiah Thomas added 13 points and nine assists off the bench for the Lakers, who thrived despite the absence of leading scorer Brandon Ingram for the third straight game due to a strained groin.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games View comments “It’s obvious we’ve got a young group, and we didn’t execute down the stretch,” Thomas said. “I still don’t even know how it ended. I don’t even know what the call was. That (stinks) for the Magic. I’m glad we won.”TIP-INSMagic: Before the game, Orlando waived guard Rashad Vaughn. His sore knee would have prevented him from playing out the rest of his second 10-day contract, so the Magic made the move. … Evan Fournier scored 11 points before being sidelined during the second half by a sprained left knee.Lakers: They wore their powder-blue Minneapolis Lakers throwback uniforms. … Ingram won’t return until Sunday against Cleveland at the earliest. … The 7-foot Lopez somehow didn’t get a rebound in 35 minutes of play. “Fun fact,” he said with a sardonic grimace.ROOKIE ROLLKyle Kuzma had 20 points and 10 rebounds in one of his best games of 2018. The University of Utah product had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds for the first time since Dec. 22 at Golden State. He appeared to hit the rookie wall in January.THE BIG PAYBACKWhile recording their 10th win in their last 11 home games, the Lakers avenged an embarrassing loss in Orlando on Jan. 31. The Magic routed the Lakers 127-105 at Amway Center, even without Gordon in the lineup. That embarrassment partly sparked the Lakers on their current run of strong form, with nine wins in 14 games since that defeat.UP NEXTMagic: At Sacramento Kings on Friday night for the third stop on a five-game road trip.Lakers: At Denver Nuggets on Friday night. Lopez scored 27 points and hit two free throws with 0.6 seconds to play, and the Lakers blew a nine-point lead in the final 90 seconds before rallying back to beat Orlando 108-107 on Wednesday night.The game ended with a curious sequence of events. When the Magic inbounded the ball at midcourt after Lopez’s free throws, the clock started before anyone had touched the long pass. But because the mistake was technically a clock malfunction, the officials said the teams must have a jump ball at center court instead of replaying the possession, effectively preventing the Magic from getting a final chance to win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Just common sense would tell me in that situation, if the clock started early, just redo the possession,” Orlando coach Frank Vogel said. “They felt otherwise.”The weird ending ruined an otherwise thrilling finish between the Magic, who have lost nine of 11, and the surging Lakers, who have won six of seven. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton and Orlando Magic head coach Frank Vogel, hidden in a crowd of Magic players, waiting for a ruling on the final play of the game in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Wednesday, March 7, 2018. The Lakers won, 108-107. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)LOS ANGELES — After the Los Angeles Lakers surged to a big late lead, the Orlando Magic erased it all and even went in front with 5 seconds left. 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Southampton midfielder Lemina fed-up at Galatasarayby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder Mario Lemina is fed-up at Galatasaray.Lemina is on a season-long loan in Turkey, though is frustrated with his situation.The midfielder is unhappy with the lack of action he’s seen, says Fotospor, and is considering his options.Lemina is now weighing up ending his loan in January.At St Mary’s, there’s little chance of a place being created for the player’s return. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoom Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has teamed up with Fujitsu Laboratories, and Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology to verify the accuracy of technology to estimate vessel performance at sea by applying Fujitsu’s artificial intelligence (AI) technology, FUJITSU Human Centric AI Zinrai.This project is a part of MOL’s initiative to assess the effectiveness of AI technology and aims to reduce fuel consumption and vessels’ environmental impact.The actual voyage data provided by MOL included information such as speed, fuel consumption, main engine rpm, wind direction, wind speed, recorded from October 12, 2015 to December 13, 2015.Results of verificationCould estimate vessel speed with about a 1.4% allowance, and fuel consumption with an allowance of about 0.8%, based on the above-mentioned method.The following graphs show time-series results of actual measured values of vessel speed and estimated values. Verification confirmed that actual measured values and estimated values are almost the same.
Billericay Town Football Club’s owner Glenn Tamplin is one of the most eccentric owners in the English football lower tier leaguesThis has been a crazy week for National League South team Billericay Town F.C. after the club hired manager Steve Watt, only to fire him a few hours later.According to The Telegraph, eccentric owner, Glenn Tamplin added Watt to the team’s WhatsApp group, only to remove him later.“I’ve had to sack him because he was slagging us off last year,” Tamplin wrote on the group.“One minute we were all saying how much we were looking forward to working with the guy, the next he was gone,” one of the players said.“I’ve never seen anything like it. Apparently, when he was in charge of Margate last season he had a few digs at Glenn and it’s all come out. Hopefully, something gets sorted soon.”The team’s manager position is vacant after Harry Wheeler was sacked last month.Billericay Town F.C. was founded in 1880 and is the second most successful club in FA Vase history, winning the competition on three occasions.Thank you Harry for everything you done for us I’ll say it again on here as I have in person I’m sorry for the way it ended, Good luck in the future ? https://t.co/JJq1EXS5sb— Glenn Tamplin (@glenntamplin) September 11, 2018
AST was unable to locate the vehicle described leaving the scene of the incident until the following day on May 7. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers responded to a property located near mile 16 of the Kenai Spur Highway, in Nikiski, for a report of individuals stealing items, on May 6. According to the online Trooper dispatch, Talbott was arrested on charges of Theft 2nd degree, Criminal Trespass 1st degree, and a Probation Violation. Upon location of the suspect vehicle contact was made with Kobie Tylor Talbott, age 24 of Kasilof. Talbott was transported and remanded at Wildwood pretrial and is being held without bail.
Custom publisher and marketing communications firm the TDA Group has been acquired by South Asia publisher CyberMedia. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Los Altos, California-based the TDA Group, which serves the global IT industry, provides marketing consulting, content development and graphics design services. CyberMedia publishes 15 titles in the IT, telecommunications, consumer electronics, and biotechnology industries, and produces events, Web sites and television.According to CyberMedia chairman Pradeep Gupta, the purchase of the TDA Group is a move toward growing the company’s content-based services business.Media investment bankers DeSilva + Phillips represented the TDA Group in the deal.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR When it comes to protecting military airfields from encroachment, community involvement is key, Navy Capt. Erik Spitzer, commander of Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, said last week at a workshop hosted by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center at Joint Base San Antonio. “If you don’t have a team dedicated to community outreach, you’re already behind,” he said. “They need to be attending community meetings and functions, because these meetings are where future developments are discussed and by simply being there, future encroachment problems can be averted.”The workshop provided a forum for air installations compatible use zones representatives from across DOD to discuss ways to sustain the operational capabilities of installations, reports Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Public Affairs.Air Force photo by Malcolm McClendon
Al Qaeda terrorists [Representational Image]ReutersAl-Qaeda has strong ties with Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Haqqani Network, according to a new UN report. It also said that the deteriorating health of leader Aiman Muhammed al-Zawahiri has raised an alarm on the issue of succession. “Al-Qaeda remains resilient, although the health and longevity of its leader, Aiman Muhammed Rabi al-Zawahiri, and how the succession will work are in doubt,” said the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team report. It was submitted to the UN Security Council Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee. The report also said that the terror group considers Afghanistan as a “safe haven” and deeply relies on the strong relations with the Taliban. “Under Taliban patronage, Al-Qaeda is keen to strengthen its presence in Badakhshan Province, in particular in the Shighnan area bordering Tajikistan, as well as in Barmal, in Paktika Province”, the report said. According to a previous report on LeT and Islamic State working with Pakistani intelligence agency in Afghanistan, officials have claimed that the terrorist group’s presence in the region has risen over the years. “LeT’s presence in Afghanistan has been observed to be steadily on the rise. According to recent inputs, Hafiz Saeed’s son Talha Saeed is taking more interest in operational affairs in Afghanistan,” an intelligence official told Hindustan Times. ISIL and the Al-QaidaThe report also compared Al-Qaeda’s influence with the emerging presence of another terrorist group, Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL).The ISIL, who gained recognition for carrying out the Sri Lankan Sunday terror attack, was reported to strengthen its network in remote provinces using “a logical extension of the dispersed, delegated leadership approach.” Islamic State released a video of the terror squad responsible for the Easter Sunday massacre.”Better established affiliates are taking on elements of responsibility for lesser ones, channelling funds and assisting with propaganda. Over time, this may have the effect of regionalising the agendas of these networks,” it added.On the other hand, Al-Qaeda has a successfully established network through its engagement in local issues and politics. It noted that the largest concentration of active foreign terrorists in Idli and Afghanistan were largely aligned with the Al-Qaida. However, it is noted that the group has some issues in the Syrian city, Idlib. While the report says that the Al-Qaeda’s allies are stronger than their ISIL counterparts in Idlib, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen, Somalia and a majority of West Africa, it said that ISIL is a much greater threat to global security.In terms of finances, media profile, current combat experience and terrorist expertise, the UN report noted that ISIL remains much stronger than Al-Qaeda.