OH-PIGS wraps up the first year

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Summer Show Circuit exhibitors were recognized at the Ohio State Fair.The Ohio Summer Show Circuit, a new youth program of the Ohio Pork Council, worked to provide the best atmosphere for competitive swine shows during the first year in 2015. It is, by purpose, a competitive program that promotes the advancement of Ohio’s show pig industry through providing consistency and continuity to a show circuit, tools to increase exhibitor knowledge and education, and opportunities for personal development in youth swine exhibitors.The program launched on May 16 in Washington Court House at the first show in a series of seven weekends. OH-PIGS sanctioned shows took place at multiple locations throughout the state, as part of the circuit that ran through the end of June. Here are some of the results from the show series. Top 5 overall market hogsOverall Champion High Points Market Hog – Eli Keplinger, York barrowReserve Overall High Points Market Hog – Lauralee Lenhart, xbred market gilt3rd Overall High Points Market Hog – Corey Jodrey, xbred market gilt4th Overall High Points Market Hog – Miranda Lauchard, xbred barrow5th Overall High Points Market Hog – Lauralee Lenhart, xbred barrow Top 5 overall breeding giltsOverall Champion High Points Breeding Gilt – Lauralee Lenhart, xbred breeding giltReserve Overall High Points Breeding Gilt – Maya McCoy, York gilt3rd Overall High Points Breeding Gilt – Lea Kimley, York gilt4th Overall High Points Breeding Gilt – Maya McCoy, Duroc gilt5th Overall High Points Breeding Gilt – Zander Ivey, York gilt Top 5 overall breeding exhibitorsOverall High Points Breeding Exhibitor – Maya McCoyReserve Overall High Points Breeding Exhibitor – Lauralee Lenhart3rd Overall High Points Breeding Exhibitor – Zander Ivey4th Overall High Points Breeding Exhibitor – Cale Hall5th Overall High Points Breeding Exhibitor – Gus Mitchem5th Overall High Points Breeding Exhibitor – Chloe Studebaker Top 5 overall market exhibitorsOverall High Points Market Exhibitor – Lauralee LenhartReserve Overall High Points Market Exhibitor – Miranda Lauchard3rd Overall High Points Market Exhibitor – Jack Wing4th Overall High Points Market Exhibitor – Keyairra Helton5th Overall High Points Market Exhibitor – Megan Perry  Top 5 overall outstanding OH-PIGS exhibitorsOverall Outstanding OH-PIGS Exhibitor (Andies Clippers) – Lauralee LenhartReserve Overall Outstanding OH-PIGS Exhibitor (floor cattle fan) – Lea Kimley3rd Overall Outstanding OH-PIGS Exhibitor (Aluminum EBY show board) – Maya McCoy4th Overall Outstanding OH-PIGS Exhibitor (Weaver bucket of hog show supplies) – Kathryn Barney5th Overall Outstanding OH-PIGS Exhibitor ($25.00 Weaver certificate) – Zander Ivey Showmanship winnersPeewee: Samantha DurstNovice: Maya McCoyJunior: Zander IveyIntermediate; Lea KimleySenior: Kathryn Barneylast_img read more

Netflix: U.S. Tops Internet Speed Index. Say What?

first_imgTags:#ISP#Netflix While the U.S. does have a whopping ten ISPs that clear the 2 Mbps threshold, it still has seven providers that fall below that, with Clearwire at the bottom coming in 0.5 Mbps slower than Mexico’s Axtel, which clocked in at 1.30Mbps. With 17 ISPs on Netflix’s list (and a slew of smaller companies scattered all across the country), that gives us one of the most competitive ISP markets on the planet, making it a shame that we can’t all get the speeds of Google Fiber, or at least in the 2 Mbps range. Take Google Fiber out of the equation, however, and average U.S. speeds drop to 1.8 Mbps from a reasonably strong 2.3 Mbps. That’s only 0.1 Mbps faster than Ireland, and 0.2 Mbps speedier than Mexico, which is last on the list. Finland and Sweden, by contrast, blow away the non-Fiber U.S. with respective speeds of 2.57 Mbps and 2.51 Mbps. Which gives you a sense of just how weak most U.S. ISPs are, even in a not-quite-global comparison.Image courtesy of Shutterstock In the world of Netflix’s new “global” ISP speed index, which the streaming-video service announced Monday, the U.S. takes top honors for fastest connection thanks to Google Fiber, while speedy competitors like Sweden’s Ownit and Finland’s KYMP come in second and third.Meanwhile, in the real world, the Netflix global index is really nothing of the sort. For one thing, Google Fiber, which offers service to a fraction of exactly one U.S. city, isn’t exactly representative of the nation’s Internet as a whole. For another, the Netflix index doesn’t even include powerhouses like Korea and Japan, which routinely kick ass in global Internet-speed comparisons.Of course, Netflix doesn’t offer service in Asia, and that’s your first clue that its Internet speed index has been assembled for reasons that have little to do with straightforward comparisons of global Internet speeds.Netflix itself is relatively open about this. It describes its data as a way to “give you monthly insight into which ISPs deliver the best Netflix experience.” And that’s your second clue as to what Netflix is really up to here.Netflix has long been prodding ISPs to join its Open Connect content delivery system, which it describes as a dedicated, low-cost video-file distribution system. Many big ISPs in the U.S., however, have resisted Open Connect, even when Netflix began making streams of 3D and high-definition video available only to customers of Open Connect ISPs. Of course, many ISPs offer their own video-on-demand services that effectively compete with Netflix, too.Coincidentally or not, broadband providers Google Fiber, Cablevision and Suddenlink, all three of which have signed on to Open Connect, happen to top Netflix’s U.S. Speed Index. So it’s not hard to imagine that Netflix’s newfound interest in providing consumer information about ISP speeds just might have something to do with pushing its content delivery network to as many companies as possible. Especially since Netflix has been known to enlist its customers to call their ISPs for this very purpose.Without Fiber, The U.S. Is Near The BottomWhile the speeds posted on Netflix’s index are far lower than the ISPs themselves would normally claim, the streaming service explains it this way:The average is well below the peak performance due to many factors including home Wi-Fi, the variety of devices our members use, and the variety of encodes we use to deliver the TV shows and movies we carry. Those factors cancel out when comparing across ISPs, so these relative rankings are a good indicator of the consistent performance typically experienced across all users on an ISP network. nick statt Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Improve Your Footage by Adding Vignettes in Post-Production

first_imgStandard VignettesThe first method is very simple; you’ll need Premiere Pro CC. Go into the Lumetri presets drop-down menu and click Vignette.Under Amount, drag your slider to the left, shifting your numbers to a negative value. This will add a vignette that surrounds your frame. Usually, there’s a sweet spot between -3.0 and -1.3.Shaped VignettesThe second method is a little trickier.You’ll first have to create a new black video layer and apply it over your footage.Then go into your effects panel and under Opacity, select the Circle Matte option. For the best results, create an oval that fits the subject you want to focus on.Once you’ve created your shape, press Invert. Next, adjust your Feathering options so that the edges of your shape are nice and soft.Continue to adjust the Feathering, and then adjust your Opacity to ensure your vignette isn’t too intense. You can also play with your Expansion parameters to adjust the scale and size. Vignettes are a great way to add subtle emphasis to your footage. Find out how with these three approaches.Top image via Shutterstock.One of the simplest ways to improve your visuals is to apply a vignette in post. Vignettes are a subtle way to direct your audience’s eyes to a specific subject in the frame, such as a landscape or a small object.  There are three different ways I create my vignettes, so let’s take a look. Masked VignettesThe Final method is the most difficult one, but probably one of the most effective when it comes to interviews and narratives.Go into your effects bin and drag the brightness contrast effect on top of your footage.Next slide your brightness down so that your image gets really dark. Then bring up your contrast so that the darker tones in your shot don’t look too crushed.Once you’ve found a sweet spot, create a mask using the pen tool. The trick is to create the shape of your subject.Once the mask is ready, invert your selection so that the darker layer outlines your subject.Now feather the edges. I like to really crank my feathering to the max so that the mask is almost transparent. As above, you can adjust your opacity and expansion so that your vignette fits your image perfectly.Vignettes are a great way to enhance and sometimes save your footage. Keep in mind it’s their job to direct attention to your subject, not the other way around. Vignettes are most effective when you hide them in plain sight.last_img read more

Wrangling in Congress, govt points to state of disarray

first_imgFor the past year or so, observers have been remarking on just how dysfunctional the United Progressive Alliance government has become. It has been hit by a succession of corruption charges and, more recently, its supreme leader, Sonia Gandhi, has gone through a serious illness.As a result, all that it has been able to do is to undertake fire-fighting operations where, to the consternation of their well wishers, they have actually ended up adding fuel to the fire, as in the case of the handling of the Anna Hazare and Swami Ramdev incidents.But of late, there is something more distressing happening- an unrestrained free for all among senior party functionaries and government ministers.The most serious “war”, that between P Chidambaram and Pranab Mukherjee, can only be detected in its undercurrents. There is the matter of the note on the former’s failure to stop the 2G licence sale in January 2008 which is in the news these days.Earlier, there was the curious episode of the discovery of some adhesive substance which may have held listening devices and the letter of protest sent, not to the Home Ministry, which may have known something about the issue, but to the Prime Minister.On Friday Congress party general secretary Digvijay Singh made an extensive critique of the country’s handling of its internal security challenges, wondering, tongue in cheek perhaps, as to who was in- charge of the country’s internal security system.There are a host of smaller public spats- Jairam Ramesh questioning the Montek Singh Ahluwalia- led Planning Commission’s definition of poverty, Mani Shankar Aiyar picking quarrels with Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken and Mr Ahluwalia and Salman Khurshid taking issue over the minority status of Jamia Millia with Kapil Sibal.advertisementlast_img read more

Mediocrity as a raging epidemic

first_imgThe dictionary describes mediocrity as a low degree of merit, an unresponsive attitude imbued with a general apathy, a middle state of existence.To say that we live in a time of mediocrity is to give mediocrity a bad name. We aspire to very little, we are satisfied with nothing, and we live without expectation. Part of the decline stems from the daily dose of political rot meted out by the media, the incessant air waves and sound bytes of mediocre men who control and charge the atmosphere with daily venom.And they are everywhere. Replacing genuine heroes like Gandhi, Tagore and Einstein, they rush in and out of the television frame, people with 10 minutes of fame, casting aspersions on each other, men and women with rasping opinions but no vision, spewing volumes of self-righteous indignation.The daily face of the politician, the cricketer, the bureaucrat, the journalist, the film hero and the Godman- those interchangeable personalities of India.The movie star’s opinion on trade, the minister’s opinion on art, the journalist’s view of nuclear energy, the cricketer on corruption, the bureaucrat’s participation in the Literary Festival, all contaminate daily life to a point of distraction and diversion.Public domainA minister for agriculture controls a private cricketing body; a cricketer joins the Rajya Sabha; a Communist party leader writes a regular newspaper column; a film actress wins elections in Rajasthan, a convict in Uttar Pradesh. Substitutions can be made between politics, sport, religion, film, smuggling.In the relentless public view of the power game, the nation’s daily debates take place from uncertain, immoderate positions. Everyone must have a say; everyone must disagree; everyone must express their belief in public forums.advertisementEveryone must be known for their volubility, their public presence, their hits on Facebook, the number of followers on Twitter, the number of disciples at a public fast, the number of cars in the garage.Amorphous and always deliberately vague, visibility imparts a renewed sense of purpose. Even in their most private moments, the TV cameras must be on.Public service means continual public consumption; the strange sight of agitated men, shunting in and out of cars with blinking red lights, between Parliament house and jail, between hotel conference and airport, descending from the sky to inspect a flood.The hollow faith of position, status and national enterprise moulded into a daily and charged practice.Without responsibility or achievement, the mere act of maintaining position becomes responsibility, even achievement.It rankles first with the lack of political idealism, bordering on polemical confusion.The Communists still call each other Comrade and their meeting, a Politbureau, but are the first to propound theories of private investment as progress.NGOs bask in a halo of goodness, keeping up the theme of Gandhian austerity, all the while keeping a hand firmly in the deep pockets of their foreign benefactors.Economists reel under the pressure of urgency for poverty line solutions, but must make time for the summit at Davos. The Godman speaks less of God than of more pressing mortal things like corruption, and if elected, to find a cure for black money through the rigorous practice of yoga.Corruption Pampered by idleness and inaction, on air and in the press, in country maidans and at India Gate, emotions run high- a convenient substitute for decisions.But they are relentless in their plunder.One hundred thousand crore, three lakh thousand crore, the figures are meaningless.In the far reaches of burnt out cities, at the edge of treeless forests, bloated bodies come up for air, gratifying their appetites in lust and treasure- a little rape here, a bauxite mine there.But they must daily pamper their dead weight with a high diet, squeezing their servers with gold-studded fingers, and letting others bend to their immodesty.Their true ideals- of uncontrolled prejudice and savage division- are a new form of life’s inspiration.Change Even the false ambitions of the young, the verbal fluency of the intellectuals, and the oscillating conviction of the politicians leave little but a gnawing incompleteness- as if the scale of ordinary life can only be viewed in a flash of personal viewpoints.It is rhetoric of mindless populism, where everything hinges on the economy, material output, rising aspiration, leaving a maladjusted social system, and a people unlinked to any collective desire for change.In the bleached atmosphere of the new century, it is hard to tell apart the ridiculous from the sublime, falsehood from utter falsehood.When the believers are themselves on sale, the equation hardly matters.advertisementMost people, most cultures, that live in hope, do so only because they expect life to change, and for the better. When people begin to believe that change is impossible, when even the floundering has ceased, there is little but terminal decline.The only hope for the future that fills the heart with any optimism is the quick passing of the present, and its replacement with a successor that owes nothing to the present. Something good is bound to rise from the ashes. Far away there are daily rumblings of a coming transformation.In small town, in village, a minor prophet with gentler intentions is on the rise. Living the new ideal on tamped earth, a faint hint of hope, still faint, but ready to remake the world.In an era marked by mediocre men, and a complete absence of applied ideas, is it a wonder that the old profession of leadership flounders for lack of applicants?It was Choudhary Charan Singh who said that the leader of a country of 600 million farmers should himself be a farmer. The Indian leader today is merely a repeat image of the mass he represents. He is just one of us.last_img read more