Addition by subtraction

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Weaning time is an excellent time to evaluate your cow herd and decide which cows get to remain in your herd as productive females. If they are not being productive for you, they need to be replaced by heifer calves retained from within the herd or by purchased bred females.Cows and heifers leave operations for a variety of reasons. Ask a room full of cow-calf producers for the key reasons to cull a female from the herd and I would feel confident that the reasons would include any or all of the following factors.1. Age or bad teeth2. Pregnancy status (open or aborted)3. Temperament4. Other reproductive problems5. Economics (drought, herd reduction, market conditions)6. Producing poor calves7. Physical unsoundness8. Udder problem9. Bad eyes.While all of these factors are valid reasons for culling, I suspect that the first three factors listed who be the top reasons for culling in any given year.Beef producers are often disappointed when an animal has to be culled from the herd. While marketing these cull animals is commonly viewed as a loss, keep in mind that it is also a significant source of income for a herd. Surveys have shown that cull animals can contribute up to 20% to 25% of a herd’s gross income. Slaughter cow prices tend to be the highest and relatively steady from February to August with the lows coming in October through December. Recognize that a timely opportunity to market cull animals may be rapidly coming to a close. If you have adequate feed resources, marketing cull animals in early 2018 may be the best option.I encourage you to view a moderate level of annual level of culling as a potential positive for the herd. Besides a supplemental source of income for the herd, a few strategic subtractions from the herd can add to its overall quality.last_img read more

Will Idealism be Firefox’s Downfall?

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Last week, YouTube announced they will begin supporting the upcoming web standard HTML5 which allows videos to be viewed without an Adobe Flash plugin. Those who wanted to play around with the new HTML5-enabled website were directed to a separate experimental site called TestTube. However, noted the YouTube blog post, only Chrome, Safari, and IE users could give the new site a try. Firefox was notably absent from the list. Firefox’s development is directed by the Mozilla Foundation, an organization whose belief in open standards guides their choices about what formats they’ll support on the web. The problem with the new YouTube site is that it uses a video format called H.264, a patented codec that’s not royalty-free. To support a fee-based software like this goes against Mozilla’s core beliefs. But if they choose not to support it, then further down the road, they may soon find themselves losing market share to those that do.Pay to Play: H.264 and its $5 Million per Year FeeAccording to Mozilla’s vice president of engineering, Mike Shaver, this issue is more than a simple choice about picking the right technology for the job. It’s about principles. Supporting the H.264 video codec means paying licensing fees to an organization called MPEG-LA, a group that charges $5,000,000 annually for the codec’s use. But it’s not the cost to their organization that Mozilla is worried about – it’s the cost to the developers, distributors, and anyone who wants to create video content on the web. “If H.264 becomes an accepted part of the standardized web, those fees are a barrier to entry for developers of new browsers,” Shaver writes on his blog. “I want to make sure that there are no toll-booth barriers to entry for someone building a whole new browser, or bringing a browser to a whole new device or OS, or making and using tools for creating standard web content.”In other words, the decision to support or not support the codec isn’t just about technology, it’s about where the web is going and what it should be. And in Mozilla’s eyes, that means free, open, and available to anyone. But Will End Users Care?Unfortunately, Mozilla’s idealism won’t mean much to the end user who may soon discover that YouTube videos don’t work in their preferred browser. And once they learn that switching browsers solves the problem, the years they spent loyal to Firefox will be forgotten in the need to have functional video. Interestingly enough, one of the browsers where the H.264 encoded videos will work is Google Chrome, the up-and-coming browser that’s also the basis for Google’s new web-based operating system, Google Chrome OS, due out later this year. The new browser is already nearing a 5% market share as of December (according to Net Applications) – a notable chunk given Chrome’s lack of support for Mac and Linux-based machines until only last month. Ironically, it’s Google, typically fellow supporters of an open web, that is pushing the H.264 format’s adoption. Their choice to move forward with this codec on YouTube, a Google-owned property, has a major impact on the web as a whole.There’s Still HopeBut even though it looks as if Google’s choice is pushing the web towards this pricey format, Christopher Blizzard, Mozilla’s Open Source Evangelist, reveals there’s still hope. According to an article in The Guardian, Blizzard says that there’s a chance that H.264 will not be Google’s final choice in the matter. There’s good reason to believe that Google is purchasing On2, a technology whose capabilities exceed that of H.264, he says. If that occurs, Google will likely license it royalty-free. Whether or not Google does so remains to be seen, of course, but we hope that Google will remember their motto, “don’t be evil” when the time comes. Until then, Mozilla stands alone at a crossroads, sticking by their principles, supporting the open web…even if that choice one day leads to their downfall. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#Browsers#Features#NYT#web sarah perez 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Composer David Schwartz on Veep, The Good Place, and Arrested Development

first_imgWhat do Veep, The Good Place, Arrested Development, and Northern Exposure all have in common? David Schwartz — one very savvy composer.There is a playful exuberance to composer David Schwartz‘s work. PremiumBeat sat down with the man behind Arrested Development, Veep, and the The Good Place to talk about edgy, smart comedy — and why it’s important to score what’s not on the screen.Rob Morrow/ Northern Exposure (CBS).PremiumBeat: It’s hard not to start with . You were nominated for a Grammy for the memorable theme song. You also scored every episode of its seven-season run. As the series progressed, how did your approach to the score evolve with the storytelling?David Schwartz: I learned so much scoring NoEX! The first year was all beginner’s mind . . . or ignorance! There’s a lot to be said for that approach. That said, I was determined to learn the craft and that’s something I am still striving for. One big thing I learned from Josh Brand (Northern Exposure creator) was to score what’s not on the screen. If the scene is already sad, can we add some mystery, or anxiety, or even levity with music.Arrested Development © Saeed Adyani/Netflix.PB: It seems like was just the beginning of your love affair with edgy comedy. You worked on , for example. There is an upbeat sweetness in the music that seems to counterbalance the crazy. What was your intention when approaching the musical voice of the show?DS: It might be a show business cliche — do one edgy smart comedy, get known for edgy smart comedies, get more edgy smart comedies. It seems to work out that way a lot. To be fair, I have done a few very dark dramas, including Deadwood and two series starring The Devil!VEEP (HBO).PB: Veep has a very recognizable musical style. You’ve recently taken the reins on the final season. How did you tackle coming on board with the established musical tone, and making it your own?DS: I love Veep, and we all felt the style worked well. I think it’s more like a writer who comes into the writer’s room and has to find a personal way to work, in an established style. That said, just by the fact that I am writing it . . . it’s going to reflect my musical self, as it would with any composer coming on.The Good Place.PB: Currently, you are scoring the upcoming fourth season of . With such well-drawn characters, is it collaborative with the writers and producers when developing their unique musical expression?DS: TGP is extremely collaborative. Mike Schur (creator) and our editors have a wonderful sense of music and score. The show is known for giant story leaps. For me, it’s about supporting those wild story arcs . . . while still keeping it in The Good Place‘s musical universe.David SchwartzPB: Just like writers staring at that blank page, have you ever begun a new project and had no inspiration? If so, what do you do to kickstart your creativity? And if it normally just flows out of you, what’s the process to get there?DS: It happens, though not that often. The constant deadlines of a television series do not allow for frequent writer’s block. When it does occur, I will go in one of two opposite directions. Sit at the piano (or whatever I am writing on) until something musical emerges or . . . take a break, go for a walk, etc. Traveling is often best for recharging. I found a Tahitian ukulele, while traveling that led to the main sound of Arrested Development.PB: Having accomplished so much, do you have any musical bucket-list-dreams?DS: There are so many. I love writing in all styles. I’d particularly like to compose a project that calls for a score of heartbreaking beauty. I’d also like to perform more — both as a bassist and as a composer.Cover image via Veep (HBO).Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Industry Insights: A Conversation with Actor and Director Melanie MayronIndustry Insights: Below the Line Women Speak OutIndustry Insights: The Blasting Company on Animation ScoringThe Editor of “Us” on Working with Jordan Peele and the Horror GenreIndustry Insights: Composing for Supergirl, Riverdale, and Nancy Drewlast_img read more

Jeep Compass variants to become costlier by up to 80k from Jan

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 14 (PTI) Automaker FCA India today said it will increase prices of high end variants of its premium SUV Jeep Compass by up to Rs 80,000 from January.The company, however, would not hike price of entry level variant of the model.”Customers have appreciated the competitive price positioning of the Jeep Compass since launch. Effective January 1, 2018, prices will increase by 2-4 per cent, except for the entry level variant,” FCA India President and Managing Director Kevin Flynn said in a statement.However, the price of the entry level variant of the model will be maintained at Rs 15.16 lakh (ex-showroom), he added.Launched in July, the model comes in three trims – Sport, Longitude and Limited.Price of Longitude variant starts at Rs 17.13 lakh, while Limited variant is tagged between Rs 18.68 lakh and Rs 21.73 lakh (ex-showroom).FCA India said sales of the model have already crossed the 10,000 units milestone in just four months of launch in the country.The company has shipped 600 units, the first batch of the Ranjangaon-manufactured Jeep Compass to Japan and Australia in October. This year, the vehicle is already on sale in Japan.”We are indeed proud to cross the 10,000 sales milestone and we are confident to continue with this great momentum in the new year as well,” Flynn said. PTI MSS SBTlast_img read more

Geena Davis The Time Is Now For Media To Make The Future

first_imgGeena Davis has penned an article for UN Women about gender equality in media both on-screen and off-screen.“Less than a quarter of the on-screen global workforce is female — much lower than in the real world,” she wrote. “Women are far less likely to be a judge or doctor or in any other professional or leadership position, and women and girls are twice as likely as men and boys to appear in sexualized attire or nude.“These very enlightening and disturbingly bleak findings were part of the first-ever international study on the portrayal of women in films that my institute on Gender and Media commissioned from the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, and presented last year with the support of UN Women and the Rockefeller Foundation.“I have stressed how important it is for future generations to have more female characters. We know that girls feel less empowered the more TV they watch, while boy’s views become more sexist. There are important ethical questions concerning stereotypes or hypersexual images to young children. No one thinks it is a positive development that, as one recent study found, girls as young as six are seeing themselves through the male gaze.“There is also an economic argument — research shows that films with more women and girls make more money, and are less likely to fail.“In the time it takes to create a television show or to make a movie, we can change what the future looks like. In other words, we don’t have to wait for society to turn things around, we can create the future now, through what people see. Yes, there are woefully few women CEOs in the world, but lots of them can be women on screen. How long will it take to fix the problem of corporate boards being so unequal? Well, they can be half women tomorrow, in films and on TV.“Here’s a simple solution; cast more women in roles written for men. The time is now for media to make the future – where we have done away with gender bias – a reality today, on-screen.”Read the full article here.last_img read more

Recent Breakthroughs In Womens Tennis Have Yet To Stick

At six of the last 10 Grand Slam tournaments, a woman has reached her first major singles final. All six first-time finalists lost the match, four of them in straight sets while winning no more than six games. Five then lost their first match at the next tournament. None has reached another major final since. Four of them failed to reach the quarterfinals at the next major they played. Three have fallen out of the Top 10 in the rankings.Breakthrough performances have been followed by letdowns.The most promising of the six players is Simona Halep. She came the closest to winning her major final debut, taking 15 games off Maria Sharapova at the French Open in June. Halep followed that by reaching the semifinal at Wimbledon the next month. And she enters the U.S. Open — which began this week — ranked No. 2 in the world. Yet she doesn’t look likely to reach the final in Flushing, New York. She won just two matches at warm-up tournaments, and Halep dropped the first set to unranked Danielle Rose Collins (the U.S. college singles champ) before coming back to win her opening match Monday.“Every day we have to work to reach the top and to stay there, because it’s more difficult to stay there than to reach it,” Halep said at a news conference after her win.It’s a bit early to declare the most recent first-time finalist a letdown; Eugenie Bouchard hasn’t gotten a chance to play another major since reaching the Wimbledon final this summer. On Tuesday, she begins her U.S. Open against Olga Govortsova. Early returns for Bouchard aren’t good, though: She’s won just one match in three tournaments since getting routed by Petra Kvitova in the Wimbledon final.Like the current group of young contenders, Kvitova didn’t immediately back up her breakthrough performance. She won Wimbledon in 2011, at age 21, in her first major final. Then she lost three of her next five matches, including her first-round match at the U.S. Open. But she won two tournaments and the Fed Cup later that summer, and Wimbledon this summer. She has been a regular in the Top 10 since reaching her first major final.Victoria Azarenka followed shortly after Kvitova and was more consistently successful. She reached her first major final at the Australian Open in 2012, at age 22, and won it — routing Maria Sharapova, as Kvitova had done the previous summer at Wimbledon. Then Azarenka won the next two tournaments she played and held the No. 1 ranking for much of the next year, including during her successful defense of her Australian Open title the next year.It’s natural that an athlete who is playing her first major final against a player who has been there before would be an underdog. And it’d be unfair to expect the player to repeat her performance at the next major, rather than regressing a bit to the mean. Plus, the women who have broken through recently are young and have time to return to the sport’s most prominent matches.Among the six most recent first-time major finalists, Sara Errani was the oldest at the time of her breakthrough. She had just turned 25 when she reached the 2012 French Open final, relatively young in the aging sport of tennis. Four of the others were younger than 24 when they reached their first Grand Slam final. But only Bouchard was younger at her first breakthrough than Kvitova and Azarenka were. read more

Behind Pino Clippers take game two

On an overcast afternoon at Huntington Park, the Columbus Clippers were able to win their second-straight game over the Syracuse Chiefs on Sunday, 6-3.Following a 13-2 win on Saturday night, the Columbus offense came out firing on all cylinders early in Sunday’s contest.After Columbus starting pitcher Yohan Pino made quick work of the Chiefs’ top order, the Clippers’ offense picked up where it left off Saturday night plating two quick runs in the first inning and three more in the second.Despite a Michael Brantley groundout to start the bottom of the first, RBI singles from Shelley Duncan and Brian Buscher resulted in an early 2-0 Clippers lead.In the top of the second, Pino struggled to find the command he started the game with, but a strong throw to home plate from left fielder Brantley after a Chief’s double curbed the Chiefs’ offensive push at one run.In the home half of the second, the Chiefs’ Collin Balester once again had trouble finding the strike zone and after two walks, Jason Donald made him pay with a two out, two RBI triples that pushed the Clippers lead to 4-1.“We took advantage of the guy falling behind in counts,” Donald said. “Once he started falling behind in counts he gave us some good pitches and we started driving them.”Catcher Carlos Santana got in on the second inning fun as well, doubling off the wall in right center to score Donald before Duncan’s fly out to left ended the offensive surge at 5-1.Pino responded to the offensive help received from his teammates, shaking off his second-inning struggles and settling in on the mound.Over six innings of work, Pino held the chiefs to three runs on seven hits to push his undefeated record this season to 4-0.“He did a good job of not backing down and going after hitters,” Donald said. “He did a great job today just pounding the zone and continuing to throw strikes.”After adding an insurance run on a Jose Constanza RBI blooper to centerfield in the sixth, Pino was pulled in favor of reliever Frank Hermann, who continued Columbus’ strong performance from the mound.Pitching two innings of no-hit baseball in the seventh and eighth, Hermann gave way to closer Jess Todd in the ninth, who sealed the victory for the Clippers with his second save of the year.Clippers Manager Mike Sarbaugh said overall he was pleased with his team’s performance.“We scored some runs to separate ourselves for the lead and we were able to hold it,” Sarbaugh said. “The bullpen, especially Frank Hermann, threw the ball well today.”The Clippers will return to Huntington Park on Monday with a chance to lock up the series win in the third game of their four-game stand with the Chiefs.“I think our goal going in is always to try and win a series, but we just have to take it one game at a time,” Sarbaugh said. “Each day is a new day and we just have to go out and play hard and hope good things happen.”With Sunday’s win Columbus now sits three games ahead of the Toledo Mud Hens for the International League’s Western Division at 16-9. read more

PSG president Al Khelaifi Neymar staying 2000

first_imgSince the shocking elimination of Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16 phase of the Champions League, there have been many rumours, linking Neymar with a Real Madrid move.However, PSG president Al Khelaifi recently declared there is no way the Brazilian star could depart from the club for any possible reason as he is still in contract.“Neymar? It’s simple. Someone is spreading this gossip, but he has a contract with us. He wants to stay here, he is positive about that. He is 2000% staying here,” Al Khelaifi said, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…Some have even gone as far as claiming Neymar could possibly seek Barcelona comeback as he is well known for his silverware thirst and might not settle down in a club that is unsure of its capabilities of winning a European trophy.Neymar sustained a foot injury in the second leg of the Real Madrid clash in the Champions League and had to undergo a surgery. However, he has now recovered and will be able to take part in the World Cup in Russia.last_img read more

Neymar Im 80 percent

first_imgNeymar has revealed that he feels at “80 per cent” after scoring for Brazil on his comeback from his three-month spell on the sidelinesThe Paris Saint-Germain forward has been struggling with the foot injury since a game against local rivals Marseille on February 25.After doing his rehabilitation in Brazil, Neymar returned to PSG for their final matches of the season but was unable to recover sufficiently to take part and gain some much needed minutes on the pitch.However, the 26-year-old made a promising return from injury with Neymar scoring a superb goal for Brazil that involved him beating a trio of defenders before finding the back of the net.But the Brazilian was remaining cautious after Brazil’s 2-0 win against Croatia on Sunday.“It’s been three months since the injury,” said Neymar, as stated on AS.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“To be back to do what I love the most, which is to play football, and even score a goal… I’m very happy.“But I still have some fear, a certain fear, but little by little, with each training session, I’m letting myself go.“Let’s see what the week’s training will be like. Little by little I’m getting better. I’m happy for today.“I still feel a little uncomfortable, but it’s normal because I’ve stayed a long time without stepping on the pitch.“I’m 80 per cent.”Sunday’s goal at Anfield was Neymar’s 54th strike for Brazil in his 83 appearances at international level.last_img read more

Diogo Dalot completes Manchester United medical

first_imgDiogo Dalot has completed his medical at Manchester United ahead of his proposed move from Porto, according to Sky Sports.A move clearly showing how close the club are to sealing a transfer for Porto right-back after a whirlwind transfer pursuit.The 19-year-old, who plays as a right or left-back couldn’t make the final weeks of Porto’s title-winning season as a result of a knee injury but is said to have become fit for the start of pre-season training on July 15. Since United have been made aware of Dalot’s medical reports, the player will undergo a typical examination when the time comes in no time.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Manchester United, for now, are the only club in the UK to have a medical suite fitted out with MRI and CT scanners such that everything beginning from the final negotiations to medical itself will be done at Carrington when the player and his entourage arrive.Dalot first appeared with the first team in competitive games in 2017, starting in a 6–0 away win over Lusitano G.C. for the season’s Taça de Portugal. He also first played in the Primeira Liga on last February, coming on as a 75th-minute substitute in a 5–0 home routing of Rio Ave FC.last_img read more