Another look at 20 years of fertilizer recommendations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There are likely as many varied opinions on the validity and the accuracy of the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations as there are farms and soil types. No matter what that opinion may be from field to field, it is hard to deny that the document has had an incredible impact on crop production in Ohio.“The Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations for corn, soybeans, wheat, and alfalfa were first published in 1995,” said Steve Culman, assistant professor of soil fertility at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and state Extension specialist in soil fertility. “It was the culmination of 40 years of calibrated field studies. They calibrated fertilizer rates with agronomic response. The idea is that it is a self-contained document that looks at the three macronutrients in our agronomic crops. For phosphorus and potassium it looks at soil test levels and the probability of seeing a yield response. This is a precursor to the 4 Rs in many ways. There is also some discussion of some secondary macronutrients and micronutrients as well.”The information from the recommendations has undoubtedly saved millions of dollars in on-farm fertilizer expenditures, helped contribute to increased yields, and had tremendous environmental benefits, but Culman knows there is still plenty of room for improvement for the 20-year-old document.“Since then, many things have changed in agriculture. We grow crops very differently than we did 20 years ago. We grow soybeans differently and genetics are different,” he said. “This was before glyphosate resistance and there is a lot more no-till now which changes how nutrients are cycled in soils. With the backdrop of water quality issues in the state today there is a lot of justification in re-looking at this and a lot of interest in revising things a little. Certain soil types are going to require more or less fertility  — not two or three times more or less — but we are looking at this with an open mind. We are entertaining the possibility that these recommendations may have been too high or too low.”With funding from the Ohio Soybean Council and soybean checkoff, the massive undertaking really got started in 2014.“Checkoff funding is really important for these kinds of projects because federal dollars are not used for regional research like this,” Culman said. “Last year we started our first field season looking at phosphorus and potassium in soybeans and that is continuing this year. We are looking at nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in corn and wheat too.”The research will result in a new updated document and recommendations within a few years.“We need good information and our process needs to be transparent. Several years from now we will have 50 and 100 site years per crop and nutrient to look at. That is the goal,” he said. “We are trying to collect as much data as we can in the next few years and see what it means and extract as much information from that as possible. My timeline for an official revision would be in three to five years. It may be broken down by state and even region, so it may not be tri-state any more. I am in contact with the state specialists at Michigan State and Purdue to see what we are going to do moving forward.” The success of the project is largely dependent on the cooperation from farmers and private agribusinesses.“The original was done primarily on OSU research farms over 30 or 40 years. We do not have that luxury now. The success of this project is incredibly reliant on farmers buying into this and wanting to be part of the solution for better nutrient management,” Culman said. “We are branching out to work with not only Extension researchers, but also people in the industry like crop consultants, ag retailers, co-op agronomists, and CCAs. The devil is in all the details of coordinating that. There are a lot of moving parts to this.”This year the field trial numbers will be increasing as the research continues.“We have more than 20 growers putting trials out. Last year we had 10. The majority of the folks we are working with will be putting in trials this fall when the majority of fertilizer is applied, though there are a few sites going in this summer,” Culman said. “We have around 30 different OSU sites going in this year as well. We are working with a dozen or so private consultants and if others are interested in working with us, we are more than happy to add more. We are getting the wrinkles ironed out, but we have money in the budget to put out a lot of different sites. We are trying to scale up and make farmers aware that we are running fertilizer trials. We are appreciative of the growers who are working with us now and hope to get more. We are very flexible about the size of the plots.”To get relevant results, Culman is looking for adequate representation of the soil types in the state.“We are working at getting a good representation of the variability that is out there in the state. There are sites on research farms and small plot work on private land. It is a mix of small and large plots but it is all replicated to get sound data,” Culman said. “We are especially interested in low testing soils. If you are just renting new ground where the fertility has been neglected — those sites are hard to come by. The research is really looking at low testing N, P and K fields. There are a lot of well-managed, productive fields already. We are looking for as diverse of a sample as we can get.“For a field plot, we look at a pre-season soil sample, then mid-season tissue test, yield, and nutrient content in the grain for an elemental analysis. You scale the test strips to the size of your equipment. The farmer can pick the nutrients they want to look at. So for soybeans and phosphorus, for example, where they use a spinner spreader, they would have a strip of phosphorus and an unfertilized strip. That will be replicated three times. Then we do a mid-season tissue sample at flowering and then look at yields and get some of the grain for analysis. A lot of the farmers want to do it themselves and we can work with them to do it as well.”The participants get to see all of the results for their plots and receive an honorarium for their participation and cooperation.“It is a commitment of time, but we are flexible and it is not a large time commitment. All the data is anonymous and all the data from the individual’s farm will be given to them. We are just trying to see what is out there,” he said. “It does cost a little bit of time but we hopefully pay for that. And really, the only way you are going to know what is happening with your fertility is if you conduct a trial.  In terms of smart economics, this can really help with one of the main things you are spending money on. You don’t want too much fertilizer out there but we don’t want too little either.”The individual results will be combined for the eventual recommendations.“We envision the next generation of recommendations to include digital media like apps or software to generate fertility recommendations based on your soil test values. We see this as a more fluid document that can be revised as we learn more. An electronic resource is more conducive to those kinds of changes,” Culman said. “The data will be published and available so farmers can have it to make their own decisions. Keeping this process open and transparent will help dispel some myths about nutrient management.”With the incredible focus on nutrient management and water quality issues in Ohio in recent years, the reassessment of fertility recommendations takes on even broader implications than 20 years ago, particularly for phosphorus.“We can either be proactive about this or sit on our hands and let this be regulated. Most people I have talked to are reserving judgment about whether the current phosphorus recommendations are too high or too low,” Culman said. “We know there are problem areas out there and that there are all kinds of approaches. This is primarily a document focused on rate, but maybe rate is not the most important part of improving water quality. We don’t know that yet.”In the end, no fertility recommendation is going to be perfect for every field every year, but Culman thinks that significant improvements can be made that will lead to improved nutrient management on farms in the future.“There are some people who say the Tri-State is too high, some say it is too low and some that think it is right on. We want to get growers the best possible information to manage their farms and give them the confidence that our information is reliable. That is what we want to do,” he said. “We want to keep folks that are selling fertilizer honest in terms of their recommendations. You need current information to make the best decisions and we are just hoping to make this a transparent process and provide the best possible recommendations. And, better nutrient management is ultimately going to reduce runoff and provide more nutrient use efficiency and better profitability.  There will never be 100% certainty, but we are hoping to get a lot better information to help growers make decisions.”For more information, contact Culman at culman.2@osu.edu or (330) 263-3787. For much more on the soybean checkoff, visit the Soybean Rewards web page at http://www.soyohio.org/council/for-ohio-farmers/soybean-rewards/. Also, see the related video at ocj.com by searching for keywords “Culman fertility.”last_img read more

Ind vs WI 3rd Test: WI debutant Edwards hits ton, India eye win

first_imgDebutant Kirk Edwards showed tremendous composure to score a century before Harbhajan Singh’s turner helped India reduce West Indies to 224 for six at stumps on the penultimate day of third and final Test match being played here. Score | PhotosStarting the day with a deficit of 143 runs after India finished their first essay at 347, the West Indies ended the day with a lead of 81 runs but they only have four wickets remaining going into the final day after Harbhajan removed Edwards (110) and Marlon Samuels (0) in the same over.With Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni opting for the second new ball, Praveen Kumar removed the dangerous Carlton Baugh (10) in the last over of the day to get his second scalp.It was the 161-run third wicket partnership between Edwards and Shivanarine Chanderpaul (73 batting) that made the Caribbean batting look a lot better than what it appeared till now.The debutant didn’t take any undue risk during his innings although he played a few pull shots whenever it was pitched short. He faced 195 balls hitting nine boundaries and a pulled six off part-time leggie Mukund.Edwards should consider himself lucky that he was able to reach the three-figure mark as he set out for a single pushing the ball to mid-off.As Edwards was sent back by Chanderpaul, Harbhajan’s throw deflected off his boots and resultant overthrow helped him become 13th West Indian batsman to score century on debut.However it was Harbhajan who finally broke the partnership that lasted 56.1 overs when Edwards trying to cut edged it to Dhoni. After a couple if deliveries, Marlon Samuels was adjudged leg before by umpire Kettleborough when the delivery looked like missing off.advertisementFrom a comfortable 201 for three, the Windies slumped to 201 for five in no time. Baugh’s dismissal in the final over was also a blow for the home team as it now depends on Chanderpaul to delay the inevitable unless the Weather Gods play spoilsport.Edwards admirably filled in the big shoes of experienced Ramnaresh Sarwan, dropped for this Test, as took it upon himself to resurrect the innings when the home team were reeling at 40 for three.The debutant showed admirable focus and a tight technique, without ever missing out on possibility of runs.He walked in to bat with scoreboard reading 8 for one, after opener Kieran Powell was out, and soon he found two more batsmen being back in the hut as Indians looked to make short work of the hosts.Opener Adrian Barath (6) was caught at fourth slip off Praveen while Darren Bravo (14) was holed out at mid-off as West Indies raised spectre of yet another miserable batting display.The visitors though hadn’t reckoned with Edwards, wrongly adjudged caught in the first innings. The doggedness and resolve of Chanderpaul was another aspect that made life difficult for the visitors.The duo batted a wee bit slowly during the initial overs but once the visitors flagged, they began hitting out of trouble.The Indians after a point of time seemed having resigned themselves to the second new ball much before it was due as the pitch eased out.Edwards appeared very good with his cover drives and pulls and scored at will in the final session.He was the dominant of the two partners and raised his half century from 87 balls with five fours while Chanderpaul was still in his 20s.Chanderpaul had a lucky break on 25, when the total was 116 for 3, with Rahul Dravid dropping him at first slip off Harbhajan in the final over before tea.The final session showed little change in pattern but for final 30 minutes as West Indies first wiped out the deficit and then went for a handy lead.Chanderpaul, who dabbed, pushed and nudged for his runs, finally freed his arms and first straight drove Praveen Kumar and then on-drove Harbhajan for boundaries.Edwards enjoyed a ‘life’ when a Harbhajan delivery hit the back of his bat and went to slips where Dravid was taken aback by the chance and let it go.Earlier, West Indian speedster Fidel Edwards picked up yet another five-wicket haul but India still built a lead of 143 runs over the hosts.The day began 15 minutes late due to early showers and there was another brief interruption of 15 minutes but it still was an action-packed morning. Edwards picked up 5 for 103 in a courageous effort of 28-odd overs in searing heat. This is his second successive five-wicket haul and he now has 18 wickets from the series.The procession of batsmen began from the second ball of the morning itself when Harbhajan Singh misconnected a pull off Fidel Edwards and wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh strolled across on the onside for the simplest of chances.advertisementThe other overnight batsman, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (74) and new man Praveen Kumar (23) then batted aggressively to add 31 runs from 47 balls for the eighth wicket.Praveen was the more aggressive of the two, as he picked up two boundaries in one Edwards over, a thrust down the midwicket fence and a Chinese cut past his stumps, before he lashed a six off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.Dhoni himself drove a shot over mid-off fielder as runs came at a fast clip. A brief rain interruption though disrupted the run-making pattern as Dhoni pulled an Edwards delivery into the hands of deep square leg fielder after resumption.The skipper batted for 133 balls and hit four fours in the process.Praveen’s entertaining knock ended when he swished at a delivery from Bishoo and gave a catch to the point fielder.Edwards then accounted for Ishant Sharma to bring a lid over the Indian innings.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Where Is the Digital Edition Market Heading

first_imgThere was a time when page flipping digital editions were all the rage. I remember getting my first look at one of these content carriers while I was in my graduate studies at the University of Colorado.  It felt cool and comfortable. I loved that animations and video were built in to make the content come to life. Furthermore, the UI was intuitive because it spoke to something I already understood, turning a page.Today, page flipping technology still has relevance and many of our clients here at Nxtbook Media continue to use it to drive their brands and content forward. Additionally, we’ve been able to enhance our page turning platform to a customization level that makes it suitable for many types of content. Through enhancements from our design team and custom development solutions, we now work on catalogs, journals, education materials, publications, and marketing collateral, among other pieces. Here you will find an example of our page turning solution for a nationally recognized construction company. The platform, as you see, helps to tell a directed brand story that is difficult to replicate through a website.In regards to the readership for curated platforms, Pew Research Center recently completed a study which demonstrates trends for one form of page-based digital content, e-books. As you can see in the graph below, expansion of the market has been robust over the past five years.Furthermore, German media research giant Gfk just recently published a study showing a 27% increase in digital edition magazine readership from 2015 to 2016, with similar gains expected from 2016 to 2017 once the numbers are in. On top of this, Nikolay Malyarov, Chief Content Officer for Press Reader, stated in a recent article through FIPP that digital editions are still a very relevant part of a diverse, robust strategy for many publishers.  In fact, he goes on to state the following as the top monetization strategy in his article:“Know your audience to grow your audience through smart data. Digital editions are not dead.  Many readers still enjoy them, expect them as part of every publishers’ content offering, and are willing to pay for them.”Many of our clients who simply post links to their digital edition on social media channels see sizeable bumps in their readership. We have seen it truly doesn’t take much from an advertising perspective, as an audience simply needs to be met where they are and at the right time with a digital edition.  Interestingly, Malyarov goes on to mention in the FIPP article,  “The lack of marketing of digital editions is also not helping publishers grow digital revenues.” On our side, we have seen content creators simply put their digital edition on a website and hope for the best, similar to putting a magazine on a print newsstand.  In our crowded digital content market, this won’t work unless the developer of content has a strong brand that is constantly drawing large audiences to their website.   All this said, the stats still point to solid growth in the electronic curated content market and a strong opportunity for monetization and engagement through simple advertising.I know overall I am painting a rosy picture for the industry.  Honestly,  I would be remiss to not mention that the buzz has dulled a bit in regards to page-turning digital editions. Buzz, we have found, tends primarily to follow monetization of a content platform. We can put the blame on what seems to be a “laissez-faire” approach to marketing, but that may not be the full picture. We know page-flipping technology has become “old hat” to some content creators, as well as some audiences. Websites have continued to evolve and carried with them the latest of design and custom development innovations, such as parallax scrolling, full-screen video, ad serving and impressive interactivity. Page flip technology will always be limited design and functionality wise by what many consider its greatest strength, page turning.Furthermore, as the Pew Research study demonstrates, curated electronic content consumption growth over the past five years has primarily been through mobile devices. Most page flip technologies present a somewhat stodgy pinch-to-zoom smartphone experience. Responsive websites have helped content creators to publish an easy to read experience across all devices.Still, at the heart of it, we see the stats and hear the desire for a deep storytelling, curated experience from current and potential clients.  With this in mind, as well as the aforementioned concerns, we’ve stepped into the realm of responsive digital editions. This type of curated content has the flexibility, in regards to design and all-device functionality, of a website while still holding the curation of a page flipping digital edition. You can see an example of it here. Of course, these enhancements in design and functionality have not only been attractive to content creators but also readers. On average we’ve seen growth of 25% in unique readership when a client has transitioned from our page-flipping digital edition solution to this new platform. Through our talks with past clients, trade show attendees, potential clients, and current clients we have seen a good bit of the buzz return with this new platform.Of course, no content platform is without its holes, but the data seems to speak to great opportunity in digital editions because readers continue to value the platform. Additionally, the statistics coming from a transition to responsive digital editions show there is a possibility of more expansive growth than we are currently seeing in the market.Sponsored by Nxtbook Media: Nxtbook Media focuses on giving publishers and content marketers the tools they need to deeply engage with their audiences through innovative digital publishing solutions. Feel free to read more about their one of a kind responsive solution at www.nxtbookmedia.com/pageraft.last_img read more

House Leaders Bank on GOP Support for ShortTerm CR

first_imgWith the prospect of a bipartisan deal to extend legal protection to “Dreamers” fading quickly, House leaders are counting on strong backing from the Republican Conference to pass a continuing resolution (CR) needed to avert a government shutdown at midnight Friday. On Tuesday, House Republicans introduced a stopgap measure running through Feb. 16 with a number of add-ons designed to attract support from members of both parties. At press time, though, it was not clear whether leaders could advance the bill relying only on Republican votes, reported the Washington Post. The CR would extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years and delay by two years the implementation of two unpopular taxes included in the Affordable Care Act, one on medical devices and one on high-cost “Cadillac” employer-sponsored health insurance plans.The House plans to take up the measure, which would be the fourth CR Congress has passed to keep the government funded in fiscal 2018, on Thursday. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

SELECTMEN NEWS Big Issues To Be Discussed At Meeting On Monday December 10

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets this Monday, December 10, 2018 at Town Hall (Room 9). An Executive Session begins at 6:30pm. The public portion of the meeting begins at 7pm.There are some noteworthy items on the agenda, including:DPW Director Michael Woods, Town Engineer Paul Alunni and Planning Director Valerie Gingrich will discuss the Woburn Street/Lowell Street intersection.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide an update on the North Wilmington MBTA Commuter Rail Station.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide an update on the Butters Row Bridge Replacement.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide the results of the recent Annual Town Meeting Survey.Town Manager Jeff Hull will share good news about a recent award won by the Yentile Farm Recreational Facility.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide an update on the FY2020 budget process.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide an update on Russell Disposal’s performance bond.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide an update on placing AEDs at all town parks.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide an update on the Fire Department’s fire pumper situation.Town Manager Jeff Hull will announce the appointment of Laura T. deWahl to the Wilmington Conservation Commission.Selectmen will consider the approvals of various licenses for town businesses.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV-G — Channel 22 on Comcast and Channel 38 on Verizon.  The meeting will also be streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends to report on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting — over the next two weeks. Wilmington Apple sometimes live-tweets the meeting HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Senior Center, Palmer Park, WHS Gym Floor At September 9 MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Childhood Cancer Study, Olin, Cook Ave., Recreation Dept. Update On Agenda For Tonight’s MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

OBITUARY James Thayer Hastings 84

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — James Thayer Hastings “Jim”, age 84, of Peabody, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on August 5, 2019, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease.Jim was born in Somerville, MA on August 15, 1934; he was the dear son of the late James L. and Helen Hastings. Jim was raised and educated in Somerville and Nashua, NH and was a graduate of Nashua High School. Jim went on to further his education at the University of New Hampshire where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Dairy Husbandry.Jim attended OCS in Newport, RI and in December of 1956 he was commissioned with rank of Ensign to active duty at Pearl Harbor, HI where he served for three years and was later promoted to Lt and became Aide to Admiral Buchanan at the Newport Naval Base in Newport, Rhode Island. Jim served the country for six years during the Vietnam Era and was released from active duty in February of 1962.On July 13, 1956, Jim married his sweetheart Virginia “Ginny” Eames; the couple lived in Pearl Harbor and Barber’s Point, HI, and Newport, RI, for several years before moving to Wilmington in 1962 where they raised four wonderful children; he was very proud of his family.After leaving the Service, Jim joined Buttricks Ice Cream in Arlington, MA where he managed the Ice Cream and Sandwich shops in the Boston/Arlington District. Jim became salesman for Sexton Foods, located in Canton, MA, and he finished his business career as a materials buyer at Charles River Laboratory in Wilmington. Upon retirement, Jim enjoyed many years of part-time work at Miller Landscaping.Outside of his professional career, Jim had many other interests. He was a member of the Greater Lowell Softball Umpire Association for 38 years, from 1975 to 2012. In addition to time spent on the field as an umpire, Jim donated much of his time working tournaments and running the food concessions on behalf of the Association, and he served as treasurer for many years. Jim was also an avid cyclist and regularly participated in the NH Seacoast Bike Trek, an annual charitable event for the American Lung Association. Jim also led many family bike trips, including trips to Nova Scotia, White Mountains, Cape Cod, and Martha’s Vineyard.Jim led his life by example and always made himself available to help others; for 53 years he was a member of the Masonic Friendship Lodge in Wilmington where he was always involved in helping others throughout the community in their time of need. He also was very active in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as the American Lung Association New Hampshire Chapter and raised countless dollars throughout the years at various fundraisers.Jim enjoyed spending time with his family; they loved to travel, to share holidays and special occasions, and to just “hang out” in his back yard “sports complex” that included a swimming pool, shuffle board, horse shoes, volleyball, croquet, bocce, badminton, basketball, and even a 9-hole mini-golf course that he personally designed and built. Jim especially looked forward to watching his children and grandchildren grow into the wonderful young adults that they have become.Jim will be remembered as a kind, energetic, and generous man who always went out of his way to help others in need; he had a wonderful sense of humor and will be forever missed by all who knew and loved him. Jim was the beloved husband of Virginia (Eames) Hastings, devoted father of Lynne Maxwell & husband Bob of North Attleboro, Gary Hastings & wife Heidi of North Reading, Leigh Bull & husband Keith of Wilmington, and the late Laurie O’Grady. Loving “Bampy” of Kim Proulx & husband Josh, Courtney Burke & husband Bill, Ryan Maxwell & wife Renee, Nathan Maxwell & fiancé Courtney Abate, Kyle Hastings, Jackson Hastings, Allie Hastings, and great-granddaughter Lexi Proulx. Devoted father-in-law of Kevin O’Grady & wife Lori and their daughter Shannon of Wilmington. Cherished son of the late James L. and Helen (Thayer) Hastings, dear brother of Betty Delisle and Barbara Carey both of New Hampshire. Jim is also survived by many nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather for a Memorial Service at the Brooksby Village Chapel, 300 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody on Friday, August 23rd at 1:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Mass Chapter, 70 Walnut St., Suite 301, Wellesley, MA 02481 or to the American Lung Association Chapter of your choice.Arrangements are under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.James Thayer Hastings(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Steven W. 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Antisurveillance clothes foil cameras by making you look like a car

first_img Share your voice Enlarge ImageDesigner Kate Rose in a dress that features excerpts from the Fourth Amendement.  Kate Rose A new clothing line lets you camouflage yourself as a car to mess with surveillance cameras. The garments in the Adversarial Fashion collection are covered with license plate images that trigger automated license plate readers, or ALPRs, to inject junk data into systems used to monitor and track civilians. ALPRs — which are typically mounted on street poles, streetlights, highway overpasses and mobile trailers — use networked surveillance cameras and image recognition to track license plate numbers, along with location, date and time. Hacker and fashion designer Kate Rose showed off her inaugural line at the DefCon cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas over the weekend. It was inspired by a conversation with a friend who works at the Electronic Frontier Foundation about the “low specificity” or inaccuracy of a lot of plate readers on police cars. The Adversarial Fashion garments, she said, highlight the need to make computer-controlled surveillance less invasive and harder to use without human oversight. “A person walking along the sidewalk or in a crosswalk is often close enough, as the readers take in a pretty large visual field, and have … problems with specificity.” The line is conceptual, she said, “but I worked pretty hard to make sure that it can work on the street in daylight.” The collection includes shirts, hoodies, jackets, dresses and skirts covered in modified license plate images and other circuitry patterns. Some of the garb features wording from the Fourth Amendment in bold yellow letters written over separate license plates made to look like the kind you see on vintage California cars: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”  The garments range in price from $25 (about £21, AU$37) for a crop top to $50 (about £41, AU$74) for a unisex bomber jacket. When picking a size, you’ll need to consider not only fit, but maximum readability. jacketEnlarge Image Adversarial Fashion “For the pattern to have a maximum effect, it’s ideal for the fabric to hang straight so that the text is not excessively warped,” all product descriptions read. “For this reason, you may want to consider sizing up if you intend for it to read in to ALPRs effectively.”   Rose, who’s organized civic hackathons across the US, isn’t the first designer to come up with wearables meant to flip off surveillance cameras. Artist Leo Selvaggio created a 3D-printed rubber mask aimed at foiling surveillance cameras by making everyone look like the same person — him. It started as an Indiegogo campaign and now sells for $200 (about £165, AU$296). And artist Adam Harvey created a hoodie and burqa designed to ward off the eyes of drones. They’re made with a metalized fabric meant to thwart thermal imaging, and they work by reflecting heat and masking the person underneath from the thermal eye of a drone. The Adversarial Fashion website also includes DIY resources such as APIs and image-editing tools for those interested in designing their own anti-surveillance fashion. Rose says there’s never been a better time to design such garb. “I can prototype single pieces in a way I couldn’t afford to even a few years ago,” she says, “and have designs made to order, reducing the price and improving the accessibility of an experimental design.” 13 Commentscenter_img Tags Culture Security Roadshowlast_img read more

RBIs Reference Rate for Dollar Today

first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday fixed the reference rate for the US dollar at 50.5733 rupees and the euro 66.4959 rupees.The corresponding rates of dollar and euro for the previous day (March 6, 2012) were 50.0265 rupees and 66.0203 rupees respectively.Based on the reference rate for the US dollar and middle rates of the cross-currency quotes, the exchange rates of British pound as against the rupee is 79.5670 as against 79.3170 on the previous day (March 6, 2012) and that of Japanese yen is 62.63 as against 61.39 the previous day.last_img

Sensex nosedives 600 points Here are 3 reasons behind the heaviest fall

first_imgBombay Stock ExchangeINDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesDisappointment over the Budget proposals and muted global markets led the Sensex to log the heaviest fall in seven months on Monday. Both the key equity indices — Sensex and Nifty — fell over 2 per cent. The shares of Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj Finance, ONGC, State Bank of India and Larsen and Toubro saw a major dip. The 30-scrip Sensex closed 792.82 points or 2.01 per cent lower at 38,720.57 and the broader Nifty50 declined by 252.55 points or 2.14 per cent to 11,558.60. The Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai on Feb 29, 2016 (representational image).IANSAmong the Nifty50 benchmarks, Nifty PSU Bank saw the maximum fall of about five per cent, whereas Nifty Bank, Nifty Auto, Nifty Fin Service and Nifty Realty indexes were trading red with a fall of two per cent.The global market saw the S&P BSE MidCap trading at around 14450 levels with a deep cut of 266 points whereas the S&P BSE SmallCap was trading at 13,803 levels with a nose dip of 338 points.Here are the reasons behind the sudden market downfall:Post-Budget Trauma Red Budget by Nirmala SitharamanThe proposals by the Modi government in the Budget 2019 have annoyed the investors. The increase in the minimum public shareholding of listed companies from 25 per cent to 35 per cent has created a revolt within the companies and direct investors. Other proposals like taxation of 20 per cent on buybacks have raised concerns about the repurchasing value of the stake of major companies. As per an Economic Times report, the proposal of the income tax hike on high net worth individuals will affect 2,000 global funds.US jobs dataThe US saw the ugliest slowdown in their job hiring in May, as per a Reuters report. The sudden slowdown has resulted in dashing the hopes of rate cuts by the US Fed. The largest employers could only employ about 2,24,000 people last month.The rupee and crude oil competitionThe US job data pulled down the oil markets, the value of rupee and other market currencies against the US dollar. The value of rupee to dollar fell by 21 paise to 68.63.last_img read more

Kapil Sharma Show Will Navjot Singh Sidhu return post his resignation as

first_imgKapil Sharma and Navjot Singh SidhuTwitterNavjot Singh Sidhu, on Sunday, tweeted a hand-written letter which said, “I hereby resign as Minister from the Punjab Cabinet.” He also tweeted that he will be sending his resignation to the Chief Minister of Punjab. And within no time, his fans started congratulating him for his ‘comeback’ on The Kapil Sharma Show.Sidhu was asked to leave the comedy show after facing massive outrage on social media over his comment on the Pulwama attack. Earlier, Kapil Sharma had opened up about Sidhu’s return to The Kapil Sharma Show saying after the elections, Sidhu’s return is inevitable.Sidhu was one of the most essential part of The Kapil Sharma Show and his chemistry with Kapil Sharma and spontaneous banter with celebrity guests were not just entertaining for the viewers but highly engaging as well.After Sidhu’s sudden ouster, Archana Puran Singh had replaced him on the show but many people felt that she was miserably failing as the co-host. Many were of the opinion that Archana had nothing new to offer to the viewers apart from her uncontrollable laughter on the show.From Sidhu’s shero-shayari to his genuine laughter to his bonding with Kapil Sharma to his anecdotes, Archana has not been able to match up to the precedent set by Sidhu as the co-host on The Kapil Sharma Show. In fact, there hasn’t been a single episode where Kapil had missed pulling Archana’s leg over Sidhu’s return on the show.And while Archana has always maintained that she will never leave her seat even for Sidhu, it remains to be seen if the makers of the show would consider bringing Sidhu back on the show as the co-host.Hope you will come to #KapilSharmashow or cricket commentary again..In Modi period its too hard to live as a opposition.#Sidhu #NavjotSinghSidhu pic.twitter.com/rVlq9m8UtL— Soumya Swarup Das (@imbobby07) July 14, 2019Congratulations sir. Welcome back to @KapilSharmaK9 show.#Sidhu is back ! https://t.co/xKIil9owcn — Shankh Shukla (@ShankhShukla) July 14, 2019last_img read more