first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES “A spade’s a spade, I guess,” he added. “I just don’t have that much feeling about it now since I’m focusing on the next season already.”If the numbers are any indication, Perkins is a lock to win the Rookie of the Year (ROY) plum.He currently leads the crop with an average of 23.2 statistical points (SP). Perkins’ closest pursuer and La Salle teammate, Jeron Teng of Alaska, a teammate in college, normed 18.7 SPs in 45 games—nine more than the Filipino-American’s total outings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“That’s of the last season. Rookie of the Year is already in the past. I’m looking forward now,” Perkins said.But don’t get the Fuelmaster workhorse wrong. Perkins would want to take home the award when the Leo Awards gets going during the league’s 44th season opening on Jan. 13. View comments Tough SMB just gets tougher Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “I have like a notebook where I write things that I want to attract,” he said. “That was in there—being Rookie of the Year.”“But then again, there are a series of events that happened that brought this [circumstance]—like Christian [Standhardinger coming in late], Kiefer [Ravena getting suspended halfway through the season], and even Jeron [getting] stabbed.”Ravena, the second overall pick, was an overwhelming favorite to win the award.Perkins, though, explained that his perspective is from being written off.“Even before, people wouldn’t believe in me too much. But I believe in myself and the people I’m surrounded [with],” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Phoenix forward Jason Perkins is the presumptive top rookie of Season 43 of the Philippine Basketball Association. But he prefers not to harp about it.“I don’t really have too many feelings about it right now,” Perkins told the Inquirer. “I just want to get back to practice with these guys.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseA stealthy hunter slowly creeps through an evergreen forest, scanning the surroundings for his prey. A cold November wind whips through the pines, sending a shiver through the hunter’s body. Undaunted he presses on, silent as snow.Through the cover of some fir branches the hunter stops, keen eyes focused on his quarry — a buck deer warily watching from his spot nestled up beneath the green boughs of the winter landscape. A flash of the bow and the deer slumps. A flick of the knife and the hunter’s task is fulfilled with another successful hunt on the DiVencenzo Family Tree Farm.The tradition started when an upset too-young-to-deer-hunt four-year-old couldn’t go deer hunting with his dad. To amend the situation, the boy’s grandmother instead took him to pick out a Christmas tree and hunt for a stuffed toy deer hidden in the tree field using a toy bow and plastic hunting knife. The result is a harvest of fond memories generated from an amazing string of hunting success stories for the young hunter for both Christmas trees and the toy deer.“If you want a tree you go to Home Depot. If you want a family experience, you go to a tree farm,” said Al DiVencenzo. “You come here for that experience. We don’t sell trees, we sell the tradition and the family values and the opportunity to come out as a family to get a tree.”DiVencenzo grew up on a Lorain County dairy farm. His father died in 1971 and the family had to sell off parts of the farm to pay taxes and make ends meet. By 1983, DiVencenzo was left with a narrowChristmas trees have been a suitable crop for DiVencenzo’s 16-acre strip of land.16-acre strip of land running from the road to the woods in back. He worked full time as a special needs teacher and wanted to get back into agriculture on his land.“The equipment was getting too big to farm it. We needed an alternative crop,” he said. “Ohio State University Extension had a course locally to help us get started growing Christmas trees. They outlined the economics and the literature. At the time, there were quite a few good people in OSU Extension doing tree research and it appeared to be a nice alternative crop, so we planted some Scotch pine and white pine.”Production of DiVencenzo’s alternative crop had a bigger learning curve than anticipated, but after years of trial and error, the farm has established some successful techniques for tree production.“We plant trees in April either with a tree planter or inter-planted by hand with a 36-millimeter auger on the end of a cordless drill to make holes. We plant until early May,” he said. “We have heavy clay and plant on a ridge. We have a three-point implement that can go through sod and make a ridge and then we plant on those ridges. We shear with Beneke pruner starting in late May with the tops of the trees in pines and work through the fir later in the summer. Weed control is a constant with mowing out there. I try to use some herbicide in the rows. I walk the trees to look for insects and will spray targeted areas. I don’t plant a single species of trees in a block — I mix them up so I don’t lose awhole block from an insect. It takes more time to do that, though. And, nobody in those first OSU Extension classes talked much about deer damage. We have a lot of deer damage.”DiVencenzo also had to figure out how to deal with one of the most daunting initial challenges of growing Christmas trees: the economic gap between planting and harvest.“We kept putting money in the ground but were not seeing any income for several years. So we started selling wreathes made from greens from some of the deer damaged trees on the farm. Then I started going to neighbors seeing if I could get greenery to make wreaths and the wreath business started to take off. You only use the very end of the branches so you go through a lot of trees. We ended up going to the UP of Michigan and bringing back boughs to make all of the wreaths,” he said. “We sell around 250 wreaths a year here, mostly traditional round. Now we get our greenery from a place in Cleveland and we still use greenery from scrap trees here and make up to 48-inch wreaths.“And, Mitchell Wire Products in Minnesota makes these Block O wire wreath frames for us. I sent them a diagram one year and they sent me a prototype. You have to order them in January when they can get set up for it. We ship the finished wreaths to places like South Dakota, Washington, D.C. and, oh my goodness, even Michigan. We call them displaced Ohioans. Sales of the Block O wreaths really depend on a certain football game at the end of the season.”The farm also has had to evolve with customers demand.“My customers in the old neighborhoods in Cleveland want narrow and tall trees and I shear for that out in the fields. The customer determines what it is I grow and sell,” he said. “And they want the tree earlier. Now we open the weekend before Thanksgiving and we will be busier that weekend than on Dec. 17.”While there were (and continue to be) challenges with tree production, marketing offered an even greater challenge initially for the operation.These wooden coins have become collectors’ items for some farm customers.“I grew up knowing how to grow things, but this is more than growing a Christmas tree, this is about marketing and working with people,” DiVencenzo said. “I enjoy this time of year the most. The trees provide us the opportunity to provide something for families. It is intense work. When you are shearing in July, it is hot, tough work. This is the time we see the rewards and get to work with customers year after year. It is why we do this. I really enjoy that. It is the people side that is most enjoyable, but sometimes this marketing stuff can be overwhelming.”For DiVencenzo, the marketing on the farm really benefitted by learning from others through the Ohio Christmas Tree Association (OCTA).“In 1983 I didn’t know a thing about advertising. I didn’t even know you had to put a sign out at the end of the road to show people how to get to the farm. That is the value of being a part of an organization — learning those kinds of ideas,” said DiVencenzo, who is now OCTA president. “Our association is great about sharing ideas.”One of those ideas led to the very popular “Scholarship Forest” on the farm.“We are still on just the 16 acres. That is limiting what I can sell. I am only selling maybe 400 trees out of the field each year but more people kept coming to the farm. That led to the Scholarship Forest around 10 years ago. It was an idea from another Christmas tree grower,” DiVencenzo said. “I had started bringing in pre-cut Frasier firs to supplement sales in the field. But what was the incentive for people to buy those pre-cut trees? Well, one of the local schools was looking to do fundraising and so we started giving some of the proceeds of those pre-cut trees to charity. Now three local schools and the Grafton Public Library get some of the proceeds. If you buy a tree from the Scholarship Forest, the tags on those trees have a hole punched in them. When the customers pay, they get to choose the charity and that charity gets $10 for every tag we get. All those charities do all of the advertising and promotion of the fundraiser and the tree farm. They send flyers home from school and advertise the farm in town. The Scholarship Forest volume grows every year. By doing that, we are giving a good chunk of money back to the community and I don’t have to advertise. It works. Now it is pushing 500 trees a year — more than I am selling from the field.”In addition, DiVencenzo promotes his farm with wooden coins he hands out every year, another idea he got from a fellow Christmas tree farmer.“In 2003 we started with the wooden coins. It used to be that if you went to a bar you’d get your second drink with a wooden nickel. We use them to hand out to people so they can remember our farm. We get 1,500 of them every year with the farm name, the year and our contact information and if you walk up to me I’ll greet you with a wooden nickel,” he said. “People get these, take them home and throw them in their junk drawer and then pull them out the following year and bring them back and I give them one for the next year. Now we have people collecting them. Some people even drill a hole in them and hang them on their Christmas tree. I don’t know why, but they do.”In the last couple of years, OCTA has taken an additional step in marketing by participating in the national checkoff program and working with the Christmas Tree Promotion Board.“The checkoff has been a positive boost. The ads from the Promotion Board have been beneficial and they have gotten people talking about real trees. I can’t afford to make those types of videos and promotional materials and we can use them to help market our farm,” DiVencenzo said. “From the Ohio point of view, working with the Promotion Board has been very beneficial. People here can see the value of their 15 cents a tree that they are providing. Advertising is extremely important.”OCTA is working to meet the needs of the wide range of Christmas tree farmers in the state.“Like most of agriculture, we are an organization where we have an aging population that needs help with some of the new technology and promotional opportunities. At the same time, we are constantly looking for new and younger people to get into the business and we are seeing two or four new growers at every meeting,” DiVencenzo said. “We need to establish the next generation and we must promote information about how to get started in the business a well. We have a mentoring program in the organization to help with that. Ohio is also a net importer of trees. We grow 5 million and we sell 8 million and those extras are coming in from other states like Michigan and North Carolina. We have room to grow and are holding strong in our membership.”last_img read more

first_imgThe use of mobile applications to enhance business processes across a wide variety of industries is no more news. Many companies and business organizations are steadily integrating app development strategies to improve engagement, enhance efficiency, and boost various work processes across a wide range of industries. But, businesses can safely and efficiently adopt artificial intelligence.Now that many enterprises have begun shifting their attention to mobile app development, there is a need for every forward-thinking mobile app development company to consider changing from its traditional ways of developing applications to adopting new innovative development strategies. Artificial intelligence is one technology that has been receiving increasing interest in recent years.It is quite challenging to get along with any technology without first familiarizing yourself with its concepts.When it comes to developing apps with artificial intelligence, any pragmatic mobile app development company should be able to understand the various processes involved. This post is designed to enable entrepreneurs and small business owners to know how best they can safely and efficiently adopt artificial intelligence via app development.Understand the Concepts of Modern AIAny technology will need to be understood and become familiar to your business, and same applies to artificial intelligence (AI). There is a need for any mobile app development company or app developer looking to build intelligent enterprise apps to take the time to become familiar with the various abilities of the technology. Businesses looking to delve into the AI space must first understand the profitability of such technology and be willing to go into partnership with relevant organizations.Getting online in search of credible information about AI technology is an excellent way to start.The main aim of doing this is to acquire a rich knowledge of AI and its constituents, such as predictive analytics and machine learning and how they can be applied within your organization. Several organizations provide a wide array of resources and information online to which people can quickly get themselves acquainted with the basic concepts of AI.Explore Different IdeasThere are so many resourceful products that any mobile app development company can build through AI integration. But this can only be possible when problems solvable by AI are identified. Using solvability as a guide is why it is imperative for app developers to take the time to explore different ideas, even while focusing based on AI app development.Businesses need to seek out ways by which AI capabilities can be added to their existing products and services.The best way AI can play a meaningful role in an organization is by identifying problems that this technology can solve. Ultimately, there should be specific use cases in which AI integration would provide an added value while solving business problems. Interestingly, there is rarely any mobile app development company that wouldn’t benefit from AI adoption. Whether it is for machine learning, image recognition, or natural language processing, the role of AI in app development cannot be underestimated.Assess Its Potential ValueOnce various possible AI implementations have been identified, prioritizing concrete value is the next important thing to consider. Value can be done by assessing the potential financial and business value of the tech’s implementations. There is no need to embark on an adventure that has no business value as it will only amount to a goose chase. To this end, it is imperatively essential for any mobile app development company focusing on adopting rich AI features to ensure that the company’s initiatives are directly tied to the business value.Understanding what the financial value is for the company can go a long way to help developers prioritize effectively based on near-term visibility. Visibility can be best achieved by looking at the dimensions of feasibility and potentiality.Get ready to Integrate DataIn case you do not know, Artificial Intelligence is all about data. Enterprises looking to take this route must be organizationally and technologically prepared to start building apps and integrating them with AI capabilities. Integrating an app with AI-enabled capabilities is why it is essential to set goals while ensuring to work with professional AI consultants. These are the people that will help to ensure that clean data is integrated into the process.Several legacy systems are designed with multiple data silos in which internal corporate data is kept.To this end, there is a need to work as a team or collaborate with an experienced mobile app development company which can be very helpful, particularly when it comes to creating high-quality data for ML. The best way to develop accurate and rich data is by sorting out inconsistencies from the various data sets that would be integrated into the development process.Don’t Overlook StorageNo developer or app development company can effectively adopt AI solutions without considering the storage requirements for the task.All aspects of storage make it essential for app developers and other development agencies to ensure that they consider implementation.AI systems require substantial data volumes to enable the development of accurate models. Unfortunately, these computing objectives cannot be effectively achieved without including storage as part of the AI plan. In AI there will always be the need for fast, optimized storage solutions right from the onset of the system design.ConclusionWhile artificial intelligence is recommended for virtually all enterprises across a wide range of industries, it is, however, imperative that they take the time to analyze its potential and how the technology will help to boost business value before going down this road. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Ricky Brown Tags:#AI#artificial intellgence#business Ricky Brown is an energetic content strategist and marketer at App Development Companies, the platform that helps you to find best IT Partner for your app, web and software requirements across the globe. AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Themlast_img read more

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh police have arrested three persons in connection with the attack on the Congress MLA from Raebareli, Aditi Singh.Ms. Singh was attacked in May while she was on her way to participate in a no-confidence motion against zilla panchayat head Awadesh Singh. Other panchayat members were also part of the convoy when unidentified persons attacked it.Ms. Singh had received injuries after her car overturned in the incident. Rebel MLC Mr. Awadesh is the brother of Dinesh Singh, a Congress MLC who rebelled and contested the Lok Sabha election from Raebareli against Sonia Gandhi on a BJP ticket in 2019. He, however, lost.The three accused who were arrested were identified as Awadesh Kumar, Rohit Singh and Jitendra Singh by the U.P. Special Task Force.Carrying a bounty each of ₹25,000, the three were arrested near Ambedkar Park in Lucknow, the STF said.last_img read more

first_imgIndian boxer Sumit Sangwan knocked out of the London Olympics after he narrowly lost his 81 kg bout to Brazilian Yamaguchi Falcao Florentino by 15-14 in Men’s Light Heavy category.The 19-year-old lost the opening two rounds 4-5 but came back strongly to win the final round 6-5. He, however, finished 1 less than his rival.Sangwan’s loss, however, upset the Indian fans as well as Sports Minister Ajay Maken, who were appalled by the fact that he was declared the loser despite playing better and landing more punches on his opponent.Maken and several boxing experts challenged the referee’s decision. In fact, the minister confirmed that India has lodged a protest to the match result.”Sumit Sangwan Bout; Officially the protest is lodged. Let us hope for justice,” Maken posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.”Asking COM Brig Raja to lodge official protest against Sangwan decision. Sent an official with requisite $500 to formally lodge it,” he had posted earlier.The Indian chef-de-mission lodged an official protest, which as per rule, could be done within 30 minutes of the fight result. According to the minister, India was initially not protesting because the boxer did not have the requisite money, which was later provided by Maken.Sources said that in all likelihood the bout would be played again. Even the commentators were surprised at the result as they openly criticised the judgement.Earlier, Sangwan’s loss came as a disappointment after the highs of Vijender Singh and Jai Bhagwan.Reacting to Sangwan’s loss,  Maken had initially tweeted: “Young SUMIT fought well. Looses by a whisker to seeded Brazilian in 81kg Boxing!”advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgDr Ramesh Pokhriyal, Union HRD Minister, ‘Nishank’, said recently that educational hubs in the forefront of scientific and technological innovations had a key role to play in the creation of ‘New India’ envisioned by PM Modi.Delivering the valedictory address at the 13th edition of ‘Aaruush’, Dr Pokhriyal said that “JaIAnusandhan (Hail Innovation), a call given by PM was a progression from the previous slogans of ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’ and ‘Jai Vigyan’ coined by his predecessors Lal Bahadur Shastri and Atal Behari Vajpayee. Also Read – The Puja carnivalDr T R Paarivendhar, SRM Founder Chancellor and MOP, Lok Sabha said, “Aarush is a project where student involvement is seen, this is a venue where students display their talent. He said this event is a major one, SRMIST has achievements to their credit like this, one of them is the satellite designed by them. It is still in orbit.” Punning on the meaning of Aaruush as the first rays of the sun and Utsav as a festival, the minister said the fest was living up to the vision of late Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, who had inaugurated the Aaruush Fest in 2007. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this Navratra”Abdul Kalam has been my inspiration and it is because of him that I released a collection of poetry. I think that we should all follow his words ‘We should dream with our eyes wide open.'” Later, he awarded prizes to students from different institutions who had competed in the technical exposition and opened a state-of-the-art Rs 120 crore new building, Sir C V Raman Research Park, in the campus. Students from 16 IITs and NITs participated in the techno-fest. SRMIST President Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan said, “Students are propelling the fest in a great way and I wish it will become an international event soon. This is an event that is done by the students, of the students and for the students”.last_img read more