18 Dec
2019

Soybean diseases the target of new university partnership

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Purdue Extension has joined six other universities from the Midwest and Ontario, Canada, in a partnership with the North Central Soybean Research Program to create a series of reference materials helping producers identify and manage a variety of soybean diseases.The Soybean Disease Management series will be updated regularly with the latest available information on diseases and management options, said Kiersten Wise, Purdue Extension plant pathologist.“We are entering the time of the season when symptoms of many soybean diseases begin to emerge,” she said. “With the wet conditions we had earlier in the year, we may see more soybean disease issues in 2015, and it is important that farmers know what is going on in their fields.”Wise said the project began in 2013 with the outbreak of Soybean Vein Necrosis Virus.“This was a new disease in many states and we realized that there was very little information available to provide to farmers about this disease,” she said. “This group compiled what was already known about the disease into a publication that we were able to make available to farmers to answer their questions about SVNV before the next growing season.”In 2014, stem canker and pod and stem blight were more prevalent in Midwestern soybean fields, and the group developed several publications to address those diseases.Experts from the participating institutions stay in regular contact and develop resources on different emerging diseases each year, Wise said. The group has also used recent research to update past publications on common diseases such as white mold and charcoal rot, and soybean seedling blights. All Extension plant pathologists in the North Central region review the publications prior to release.“These publications create awareness about soybean diseases, and are easily updated as we learn more about these diseases,” Wise said. “If farmers are aware of and able to accurately identify the diseases in their fields, then we can take steps to better manage those issues the next time the field is planted to soybeans.”Full-length publications currently available in the series are:* Stem Canker* Soybean Seedling Diseases* Pod and Stem Blight and Phomopsis Seed Decay* Soybean Vein Necrosis Virus* Charcoal Rot* White MoldScouting cards are available for common soybean seed diseases, soybean stem diseases and white mold in soybeans.The project is supported by soybean checkoff funds provided by of the North Central Soybean Research Program and the United Soybean Board.All materials can be downloaded through Purdue’s The Education Store at https://edustore.purdue.edu/ or on the North Central Soybean Research Program Soybean Research and Information Initiative website under the “new publications” tab at http://soybeanresearchinfo.com/.last_img read more

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15 Dec
2019

What’s It Like To Work For Tim Cook? A Former Apple Sales Exec Dishes

first_imgRelated Posts dan lyons Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Apple CEO Tim Cook booted out two top executives last week, and some observers were surpised to see that Cook, who seems like a soft-spoken, amiable Southerner, can also play rough. “Cook has shown a ruthless side,” Charles Arthur of the Guardian wrote. One person who wasn’t surprised by Cook’s toughness was David Sobotta, a former Apple sales executive who just published The Pomme Company, a memoir of his 20 years (1984-2004) at Apple. Sobotta didn’t report directly to Cook, but as director of Apple’s federal sales group he had a lot of contact with Apple’s current CEO, who joined Apple in 1998 to run operations and, later, was executive vice president of worldwide sales.Since 2005 Sobotta has written an Apple-centric blog called Applepeels. Last fall he wrote to Cook informing him that he also intended to write a book about Apple. Sobotta quickly received a letter from Apple’s legal department, one that left him “extremely upset” and ready to abandon the project, he says.If you’re a hard-core Apple fan it’s a good read, if only to get a little taste of what life is like inside Apple. (In a word: Tough.)Sobotta insists that he has no ax to grind even though he remembers Cook humiliating Sobotta’s team at a sales conference by putting up a slide with a picture of a toilet plunger as commentary on the group’s performance. I emailed Sobotta and asked what he thought about Cook getting rid of Scott Forstall, who ran iOS development, and John Brownell, who Cook had hired to run retail less than a year ago. Via email, Sobotta shared the following:Not A People Person“Well, for starters, Cook is not a people person,” Sobotta writes. “He certainly will not stand behind someone if the going gets rough. He is not that kind of guy. I sense no personal loyalty in him, and I suspect employees already understand that.“Tim will react to the numbers or his fear of being wrong quickly. Fear of being wrong is a managerial trait that runs strong and deep in Apple because of the way Steve ran the company. Even the appearance of being wrong when in the end you might be right is dreaded at Apple.“You don’t make mistakes at Apple and get a second chance. That often hinders decision-making and creates a lot of passive-aggressiveness between teams that should be cooperating.” A Poor Judge Of Character“I haven’t followed the saga of the new retail guy so he might have been a terrible hire, but that would also fit the Cook pattern. The people I saw him hire were not good ones. I don’t think he relates well to people. Based on some of the people he has stuck with, I think he is poor judge of character. “Apple never had a disciplined way of making decisions. It was always whoever got Steve’s ear that won. Certain people always had the inside track. Likely the way to win now at Apple is to blow in Tim’s ear.”Tim On Tech“Technology-wise, I think Tim Cook is a lightweight. I never felt passion for technology from Tim like I did from Steve and some of the great engineers.”A Manager, Not A Leader“I would expect that Tim is having a hard time herding the chickens. From what I saw of him, he was something of a loner. He is not a warm guy nor is he the type to go wandering the halls or Caffe Mac to find out what is happening. His preference is to tinker with spreadsheets and numbers. He is not a natural leader. He’s a manager.“From what I saw, Tim is the kind of guy who would just fire some folks rather than try to sort out what is working and what isn’t working. I never felt like he wanted to get down into the details unless they were numbers. I also think he can easily be swayed by someone who protects him from the messy parts of running a company.”The Painful Part“I use Mountain Lion and Windows 7 both every day.  Windows works better. It pains me to say that. I would rate Apple’s screwing around with the ‘Save As’ command [Apple removed ‘Save As’ from OS X Lion but restored it, sort of, in Mountain Lion] as one of the dumbest user-interface decisions in the history of computing. I’m not sure pulling DVD drives out of iMacs is much better.  Certainly the maps decision [in iOS 6] will haunt Apple for a long time.“It is going to get worse at Apple. It is not a sustainable business culture.”Apres Steve, Le Deluge?“There are three factors that I see, the first being the business culture within the company. While the company needs strong leadership after Steve Jobs, anyone at Apple will tell you that taking risks and showing leadership (rocking the boat, trying something new) are not encouraged. With an environment like that, strong leaders end up butting their heads against the wall, and either leave on their on accord or get asked to leave. The company has a strong ‘manage up’ culture so it is not unusual for Apple managers to not really have a clue what is happening in their customer base.“Second, Apple doesn’t develop its own talent. The company has a strong propensity to hire folks from outside the company. The new folks come in, spend a year figuring which end is up, and end being very frustrated. [The experience is] demoralizing to the people who now report to them and who already knew what their bosses just spent a year learning. It is a horrendous way to run a company.”What’s The Next Great Thing?“The third is that Apple is a `next great thing’ company, and that in and of itself is unsustainable. They haven’t found the next great thing after the iPad and iPhone, and their shares in both those areas are slipping. Of course they are ignoring traditional computers to a large extent.“I could add a fourth [factor] related to the third point, but it’s debatable. Always in the past when Apple screwed up or got too cocky, they could fall back on a core group of `prosumers’ who were dedicated to Apple’s products. I think Apple has lost or is in the process of losing those folks, but I have no way to measure that other than I know a fair number of folks like myself that are no longer Apple products evangelists.“I got a note from [a former Apple colleague] last night that it was time to replace his wife’s MacBook and he offered to get her whatever she wanted. She chose Lenovo.”David Sobotta’s book, The Pomme Company, is available in Kindle format from Amazon. Don’t hold your breath waiting for an Apple iBooks version.Top image courtesy of Reuters. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Apple#David Sobotta#iPad#iPhone#Mac#Tim Cook Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img
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12 Dec
2019

5 Risks Facing Young Children in Military Families

first_imgA new research brief was recently published by Child Trends, a non-profit research center focused on the well-being of children and youth, summarizing findings from recent research on the risks to young children as a result of changes and challenges inherent in today’s military family life.The following information from Child Trends’ monthly e-newsletter highlights five reasons that we need to be paying special attention to children under age 6. [Reprinted with permission.]Five Risks Facing Young Children in Our Military FamiliesMore than two million children in the U.S. have had a parent deploy to Afghanistan or Iraq. When a parent goes to war – and often for years afterward – families are deeply affected. Young children are especially vulnerable, because they’re physically and emotionally dependent on adults, and because their brain development can be disrupted by high levels of stress. When young children experience high levels of stress and trauma, the effects can continue well after their parents’ military service ends, when their families may have less access to needed supports.In Home Front Alert: The Risks Facing Young Children in Military Families, Child Trends examined the special circumstances characterizing the lives of children under age six in military families. From that research, we offer five reasons why young children in military families might be at risk:Deployment is stressful, even for the non-deployedParents who stay behind may experience depression, anxiety, and loss of financial and social support when their spouse or partner deploys. Getting and maintaining child care and health care (particularly mental health care) may be newly challenging. How well young children do under the circumstances of deployment can depend on how successfully the non-deployed parent (or other caregiver) copes with these burdens.Young children sometimes blame themselvesYoung children have little ability to comprehend the facts surrounding their deployed parent’s absence. They may feel responsible for causing the losses they experience, and develop emotional or behavioral problems. Children’s reactions are greatly influenced by their age: preschoolers may become more “clingy” or otherwise regress in their behavior, and may openly express their fears; toddlers may become more withdrawn or sad, or have more tantrums or sleep problems; babies may become listless or irritable, or stop eating. Among older children with a deployed parent, emotional or behavioral problems, anxiety symptoms, and academic difficulties may occur.Cumulative stress can put children at riskExcessive stress changes brain processes that regulate emotion and behavior, and can have other damaging health effects. The quality of relationships, particularly a young child’s attachment to his or her parents, can either buffer or magnify these negative effects. When stress on the non-deployed parent reaches overload, good parenting can suffer. Children are at greater risk for abuse or neglect when a parent is deployed. Longer deployments and multiple tours may be especially hard on families.The end of deployment can bring new challengesIt can take time for a returning parent to reintegrate into family life. Young children may need time to get reacquainted with a parent who, in some cases, they don’t remember. When returning military members have suffered significant injuries – physical or psychological – young children can react with fear and anxiety. Parental roles and styles of coping and survival adopted during the period of deployment need to be renegotiated. There is an increased risk for domestic violence under these circumstances. About one in six service members returning from deployment in Afghanistan or Iraq returns home with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, and other serious mental disorders. This adds to the risks faced by their children and families.The composition of the armed forces has changed, and the system is straining to meet its needsThe composition of America’s armed forces has changed in many ways – more mothers, more single parents, more National Guard and Reserves members. Mothers with minor children now make up about one in six members of the active-duty military. Children in dual-military families (about six percent of the total) can have their home lives completely overturned when the second parent is deployed; temporary caregivers, such as grandparents, may be poorly prepared for these new responsibilities. While the military has a child care system that has been the envy of the civilian world, the system currently strains to meet the need. With increased numbers of parents in the Guard or Reserves (now nearly half of the total force), many families don’t have the supports, formal and informal, that come with living on base. Promising approaches for addressing the needs of today’s military-connected families include home visiting models and better access to mental health services, including cognitive-behavioral therapy for preschoolers affected by trauma. Additionally, school personnel and other service providers would benefit from a deeper understanding of the challenges and strengths associated with military family life. Contributors: David Murphey7/2013, Publication #2013-34Child Trends 5 (monthly e-newsletter) is supported by the The Irving B. Harris Foundation.©2013 Child Trends. May be reprinted with citation.____________________________________________________________For more information:Child Trends Special Report videoResearch brief (8 pages)____________________________________________________________Posted by Kathy Reschke, Child Care Leader at Military Families Learning Network.last_img read more

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12 Dec
2019

Action Hits Toolkit: 70+ Free Action Compositing Elements

first_imgDownload the Action Hits Toolkit: 70+ Action Compositing ElementsClick the button below to download the Action Hits Toolkit. In the download, you’ll find everything you need to get started. These elements are free to use in any personal or commercial projects. By downloading, you agree not to resell or redistribute these free assets.(This is a relatively large download, so settle in.)DOWNLOAD ACTION HITS TOOLKIT: 70+ ACTION COMPOSITING ELEMENTSHow to Use The Action Hits Toolkit of 70+ Action Compositing ElementsWe created this pack of 70+ action compositing elements with experimentation in mind. There are many different ways you can use these elements, from compositing your action scenes to adding some really nice texture and excitement to motion graphics.Almost all of these elements will find their best use in Adobe After Effects; however, they will work in any major nonlinear editing software.We shot these elements against a black background; this way all you need is the appropriate blending mode to include them in your own project. The best blending modes to use will be “Add,” “Linear Dodge” (add), or “Screen.” However, you may be able to get interesting results using other blend modes. Again, experiment!My personal favorite part of this pack is the “Magic Sci/Fi toolkit.” This aspect of the Action Hits Toolkit is purely for experimentation and creating cool effects and looks that you might have never thought of before.With some spark circles inspired by Doctor Strange, interesting orbs created with a lens ball, and some colorful magical spark/spell hits, you can mix these elements to create fantasy effects, sci-fi effects, or anything in between.100% Practical EffectsWe shot these elements and effects practically in 4K in our studio using quite a few different techniques and methods.Stay tuned for behind-the-scenes content about how we created these elements.BONUS: More FREE Action ElementsNeed more free elements?Our friends at RocketStock released a pack of 25 completely free action compositing elements with Action Pack Lite. This includes full-blown explosions, fire, smoke, dust, and more. Between these two packs, you can have a completely free action elements library with anything you could want.Enjoy!Still not enough freebies? Check these out.SPACE KIT: Download 40+ Free Space Textures and Elements21 Free Motion Graphics Templates for Adobe Premiere Pro17 Free Anamorphic Lens Flares for Your Videos and Motion Graphics With over 70 action compositing elements for your videos and motion graphics, the Action Hits Toolkit has everything you need for your next action sequence.With the Action Hits Toolkit — a pack of more than 70 dirt hits, spark hits, muzzle flashes, fantasy hits, and much more — you can finally craft that elaborate action scene you’ve been dreaming about. Perfect for VFX compositing and for adding excitement to your motion graphic design, this pack has a little bit of everything to help you bring some explosive power to your work.The Action Hits Toolkit Includes the following:13 dirt/dust hits.17 spark hits and falling spark elements.2 smoke hits.5 fantasy/sci-fi hits.3 muzzle flashes.31 miscellaneous elements for creating your own effects (magic hits, orbs, spark circles, energy fields, etc.).last_img read more

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3 Dec
2019

Rahul Gandhi meets NHAI officials over acquisition for widening NH-56

first_imgDemanding fair compensation to farmers and traders affected by the expansion works of a highway passing through Amethi, his Lok Sabha constituency, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday called upon officials of the National Highways Authority of India here.Mr. Gandhi reached the regional office of the NHAI, joining a delegation of farmers and traders, and submitted a memorandum in their support.The matter relates to the widening of NH-56 that passes through Kathaura gram sabha on the Lucknow-Sultanpur road in Amethi’s Jagdishpur area. The villagers allege that officials acquired farm land without paying adequate compensation and that their shops and houses were being demolished for the construction of a by-lane for parking vehicles on either side of the highway.Officials said that some shops needed to be demolished for the construction of a bus-lane.With senior leaders Raj Babbar and Jitin Prasada in tow, Mr. Gandhi discussed the issue with NHAI officials here in the presence of farmers and traders who had come from Amethi.Talking to media, Mr. Gandhi hit out at the BJP government accusing it of not following proper procedure in acquiring land. He asked the officials to re-evaluate the compensation to be given to the affected people.Rajeev Agarwal, NHAI regional director, said Mr. Gandhi requested the authority to shift the location of the bus lane so that the project was not hampered, while shops could also be saved from demolition.Mr. Agarwal said the authorities would look into the “technical feasibility” of Mr. Gandhi’s demands and respond within a few days.“We will see if it is technically feasible or not. Then we will inform him officially through our headquarters. We need to inspect the site with the consultants and examine various points first,” Mr. Agarwal told The Hindu.Mr. Gandhi raising voice for farmers and traders comes close on the heels of a dharna held in Ambedkar Nagar by Mr. Babbar, UP Congress president, under the party’s ‘Hakh Maango Abhiyaan.’Mr. Babbar staged an overnight dharna on Sunday protesting the local authorities’ alleged forceful demolition of houses of villagers, acquiring land without permission and not paying proper compensation to the affected.Mr. Babbar called off the dharna on Monday after officials agreed to fulfill his demands.last_img read more

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