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CattleWomen’s Corner Crock pot beef fajitas recipe

first_img2 large yellow onions, sliced1 red bell pepper, julienned1 orange bell pepper, julienned1 green bell pepper, julienned2 cups tomato salsa This recipe for crock pot beef fajitas comes from diethood.com.2 pounds beef chuck roastSalt and fresh ground pepper, to taste1 to 2 teaspoons ground cumin 10 flour tortillas, warmedSour cream for garnishSeason meat with salt, pepper and cuminPlace in crock potAdd onions and peppers to the crock potPour salsa over meatCover …last_img

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Poultry exhibitors flock to the skillathon

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The poultry exhibition ban in Ohio this year due to concerns about the possible spread of avian influenza left many exhibitors disappointed, though there still were opportunities to participate in the project at the Ohio State Fair.Part of that learning process included the Ohio State Fair poultry skillathon that had 109 participants this year, a new record. In addition, there were a number of signs and displays around the grounds to educate fairgoers about Ohio’s valuable poultry industry.“It was a difficult decision to make to not allow any poultry at any of the fairs, exhibitions or sales in Ohio. We are as disappointed as anyone. We love the poultry at fairs and it is a great showcase for the public,” said Jim Chakeres with the Ohio Poultry Association. “It is also a very teachable moment for 4-H and FFA members.”There will not be an outstanding market exhibitor competition for poultry exhibitors this year but there will be a poultry package auctioned off in the Sale of Champions to provide funds for the Youth Reserve Program. As for next year’s fairs, no one knows yet if the poultry show ban will be reinstated.“Some say this avian influenza is done and some say it is a five-year cycle. I am hoping that we are done. This is spread by migratory waterfowl and we are really concerned about this fall when they go back down south and next spring when they come back north,” Chakeres said. “We want to make sure to stress that we do not have avian influenza and that eggs, turkey and chicken are safe to eat. This is not a disease of human concern. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classified this as very low risk and there have been no transmissions to humans.”Here are the poultry skillathon age division winners who will be representing the poultry industry in 2015 Sale of Champions.9-year-old – Masson Sanders, Richland County10-year-old – Katelyn Vollrath, Union County11-year-old – Caleb Murawski, Ashland County12-year-old – Mel Lindner, Erie County13-year-old – Jillian Salmon, Delaware County14-year-old – Seth Abel, Licking County15-year-old – Dorothy Rees, Union County16-year-old – Autumn Mohler, Union County17-year-old – Taylor Thatcher, Clinton County18-year-old – Mallory Spring, Muskingum Countylast_img read more

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China Goes After “Illegal” Online Maps

first_imgmike melanson Xinhua, the Chinese news outlet, is reporting this morning that the Chinese government will be implementing new standards that are aimed at preventing “state secrets being disclosed and uncertified maps published online.”The rules are an update to standards adopted one year ago, and, according to the Xinhua article, require “all Internet map servers to keep servers storing map data inside the country and provide public Internet protocol addresses.” We have to wonder how might this affect Google and the location-based-services market in China.The updated rules will also require that all map servers must “have no record of information leakage in any form in the past three years,” and violations exposing state secrets can receive jail sentences of seven to 10 years. The new rules, the article states, also pertain to maps downloaded or copied to mobile devices.Hiding government sites from online maps is certainly nothing new, but the Xinhua article makes several points that make us wonder what new implications these regulations might have. For example, it mentions that the new rules require “all Internet map servers to keep servers storing map data inside the country and provide public Internet protocol addresses”. How will this affect Google, which just recently moved its servers to Hong Kong? How will other maps services, such as Bing Maps, be affected?The article also mentions “a Japanese who measure 195 locations inside Longyan and located 80 of them on his map” who received “administrative punishment”. Is China looking to effectively outlaw the LBS boom we’ve seen in the U.S. and other countries? It would seem so. The article gives another example, citing “three Germans who collected geographihc information […] and later mapped these in computers.” Heck, we do that daily with applications like Gowalla and Foursquare. Internet censorship is nothing new, but it surely sounds like these rules are about to step it up a notch. China is the world’s largest mobile market and geo-locational technologies are booming, but these new regulations could have some serious effects. We asked Google if it had any comment on how this might affect its operations there, but have not yet received any response. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Google#Location#mobile#NYT#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Saina will climb back to No. 3 position

first_imgSaina Nehwal kept the promise she made to her mother.A couple of days before the Indian ace left to play in the Hong Kong Super Series, she told mother Usha Rani that she would return with the trophy.Saina Nehwal is all smiles during the award ceremony in Hong Kong. Photo by APOn Sunday at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium, the 20- year- old Hyderabadi outlasted third seed Chinese Wang Shixian 15- 21, 21- 16, 21- 17 in a thrilling final.It was the perfect way to end a successful year as Saina won the year’s final Super Series event.She will now be competing at the Super Series Finals to be held in Taipei from January 5.This was Saina’s third Super Series title of the year. She had won the Singapore and Indonesian titles earlier.Speaking to MAIL T ODAY a couple of hours after winning the victory, Saina said she rated her Hong Kong triumph as one of her best achievements.”The field in Hong Kong was very tough. Also the fact that I could defeat Shixian in the final makes me very satisfied. Not only is she the Asian Games champion but is also one of the most consistent players in the world,” said Saina.It must be mentioned here that Saina had lost to Shixian in straight games at the World Championships in Paris in August.”That defeat to her (Shixian) at the Worlds still rankles me. She was just too good for me on that day and there was hardy anything I could do,” she said.advertisementAnother factor which made the Hong Kong win all the more memorable was the fact that it came soon after her disappointing loss at the Asian Games in Guangzhou.”This win does go some way in making up for my disappointing loss at the Asian Games,” she said.To jump one spotSaina’s win in Hong Kong has ensured that the Indian will climb one place to No. 3 when the fresh world rankings are released next Thursday. She is likely to finish ahead of Denmark’s Tine Bine (formerly Rasmussen) The fact that she missed five Super Series events – Denmark, Japan, France, and a couple of events in China – meant Saina did not finish as the top player in the world.”She had to miss five Super Series events due to her preparations for the Commonwealth and Asian Games. That is the main reason she did not finish the year as the world No. 1,” said chief coach Pullela Gopi Chand.He went on to add that what made him happiest was the manner in which Saina fought back after losing the opening game.”After losing the first game, she ensured that she changed her tactics. She was quick to learn from the mistakes she committed in the first game and was discreet enough to avoid them in the next two games,” said Gopi.P Baskar Babu, the coach who accompanied Saina to Hong Kong, said that she was playing at a very fast pace throughout the week.”She was moving very well. Also her smashes were very good and that made all the difference today,” he said.Babu also felt that Shixian was a bit taken aback by the pace at which Saina played.”I think Saina’s speed took her opponent by surprise. She did not expect her (Saina) to play at the same pace in the decider. The fact that Saina took a 11- 6 lead in the decider shows that Shixian was clearly rattled.”last_img read more

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10 months ago​Cardiff boss Warnock: Man Utd have frightening front five

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Cardiff boss Warnock: Man Utd have frightening front fiveby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City manager Neil Warnock has spoken about the prospect of facing Manchester United at the weekend.Since the last round of league games, United have fired Jose Mourinho, hired former Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and will now be a different proposition.The two teams will face off against each other on Saturday.And Warnock knows United have many attacking players that can hurt his side.”The likes of Rashford will probably play up front, with Lingard, Mata, Martial,” he said in his press conference. “They’ve got pace and power coming from everywhere. “Pogba is Pogba, as good as anyone on his day. The front five is frightening really.” last_img read more

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9 months agoSouthampton defender Tom O’Connor to pen new deal

first_imgSouthampton defender Tom O’Connor to pen new dealby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton’s 19-year-old defender Tom O’Connor has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at St Mary’s until June 2021.Kilkenny native O’Connor, who is enjoying a fine season as part of Radhi Jaïdi’s Under-23s, has taken on the captain’s armband this season, as well as a new role at centre-half, having first joined the academy in 2015.”It feels really good,” the Irishman began. “I’ve been here nearly five years now, and I’ve enjoyed every moment. I’m delighted to sign a new deal and hopefully I can keep improving.”My target was always to reach the first team. The next step is the most difficult step, but I’m working towards it.”Seeing all the academy graduate names on the teamsheet recently gives you a great boost and shows that the new manager really values young players.”You know if you’re performing, and working hard, you have a chance of being noticed.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Minimally invasive surgery for cervical cancer may not be a good idea

first_imgOne of the studies came from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center that has already stopped minimally invasive hysterectomies for women with cervical cancer. Dr. Joe-Alejandro Rauh-Hain, a gynecologic cancer specialist at MD Anderson and a co-author to one of the studies says that the team was surprised with the results of the study. He said that they had expected survival rates for both kinds of surgeries to be around the same.Due to the drastically reduced risk of bleeding, pain, infections and surgical complications with keyhole surgeries, they are increasingly being preferred in the US. Rauh-Hain said that after these two studies, the surgeons can no longer recommend minimally invasive surgeries to patients with early stage cervical cancer.Dr. Alexander Melamed of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School was another co-author of the study. He said that personally he would now refrain from offering “minimally invasive radical hysterectomy” in cervical cancer patients until more research shows that the risks are absent.This first study looked at 2,461 women who were diagnosed with stage 1 cervical cancer between 2010 and 2013. Around half of these women (1225) underwent minimally invasive surgery for hysterectomy while the other got open surgeries. Of the women who underwent keyhole surgeries, 79 percent had be operated using robotic assistance. Authors wrote, “Over a median follow-up of 45 months, the four-year mortality was 9.1 percent among women who underwent minimally invasive surgery and 5.3 percent among those who underwent open surgery.” Women undergoing minimally invasive surgeries were 65 percent more likely to die within the four years following the operation compared. In comparison to 70 women who died within four years after surgery after an open surgery, 94 women undergoing minimally invasive surgery died during the same period.Related StoriesBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryAdding immunotherapy after initial treatment improves survival in metastatic NSCLC patientsIn the second study the researchers randomly assigned 631 women to undergo either open surgery or minimally invasive hysterectomy. These procedures were conducted at 33 hospitals across United States, Brazil, Columbia, Italy, Peru, Australia, Mexico and China. At 4.5 years post-surgery, 95 percent women undergoing traditional open surgeries were disease free compared to 86 percent women undergoing minimally invasive surgery.Dr. Pedro Ramirez, a professor in gynecologic oncology at MD Anderson and one of the researchers on the study explained that for minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, usually carbon dioxide gas is used to inflate the abdomen to visualize the surgical field. He said that this carbon dioxide gas could play a role in causing the cancer cells to be implanted in different parts of the abdominal cavity while operating.Dr. Shohreh Shahabi, chief of gynecological oncology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine was one of the researchers on one of the study teams. He emphasized that these findings are true for cervical cancers alone as of now and there are several other cancers that are being surgically treated using laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgeries.Dr. Amanda N. Fader, director of the Kelly Gynecologic-Oncology Service at Johns Hopkins University wrote an editorial accompanying the studies saying that these results were a “great blow” to minimally invasive surgical approaches for cervical cancer. She said Johns Hopkins has since this stopped keyhole surgeries for cervical cancers and reverted back to open surgeries. By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDNov 1 2018New research shows that keyhole surgery or minimally invasive laparoscopic robotic surgery could be dangerous in the long run for women with cervical cancer. Unlike open surgeries, minimally invasive surgeries are being increasingly conducted and preferred because of their minimal tissue damage, minimal pain and risk as well as faster recovery. Both studies have been published in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.The researchers however found that women who were undergoing minimally invasive hysterectomies including some that use robotic surgery for example with the Da Vinci device, are at a greater risk of their cancers coming back compared to women who have had an open surgery. Cervical cancer development. Image Credit: Double Brain / Shutterstockcenter_img Source:https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMoa1804923 and https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMoa1806395last_img read more

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Volkswagen workers secure big pay bump

VW’s 120,000 workers in Germany will see their pay increase by 4.3 percent in May Citation: Volkswagen workers secure big pay bump (2018, February 21) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-volkswagen-workers-big.html “After a long night of talks we’ve achieved a result employees at Volkswagen can be very happy with,” chief negotiator for union IG Metall Thorsten Groeger said in a statement.VW’s 120,000 employees in Germany will see a 4.3-percent pay boost from May this year and tripled contributions to their company pension fund.But the car-making giant did not match other employers’ offer of the option to temporarily switch to a 28-hour week.Instead, some groups of employees, such as those with young children or caring for relatives, can choose to take up to six additional paid days off per year instead of an annual bonus.”This decision is effectively in line with the contract renegotiation across the metalworking industry. That was an important goal for us to secure Volkswagen’s competitiveness” in the labour market, VW human resources chief Karlheinz Blessing said in a separate statement.During the wider pay talks between IG Metall and other employers’ groups earlier this year, thousands of workers down tools in 24-hour “warning strikes” across Germany.Fearing labour shortages in an already tight job market, business leaders held out long and fiercely against the demand for a working week of 28 hours.The employee representatives—negotiating on behalf of some 3.9 million metalworkers nationwide—eventually secured most of their demands including higher pay and the temporary shorter week. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Workers at the world’s largest carmaker Volkswagen said Wednesday they had secured a big pay bump, in line with the rest of Germany’s powerful metalworking sector. © 2018 AFP Explore further Carmaker PSA picks new head of British unit Vauxhall read more

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How to improve communication between people and smart buildings

first_img In a new study, researchers found that subtle changes in design of virtual assistants results in behavioral changes that can help the environment. The researchers found people connect better with a computer-generated avatar that represents building management. They found that social banter between machine and people gets better results.The findings underscore how personal connections and social interactions key to human relations also foster cooperation between people and machines.The study, “Establishing Social Dialog between Buildings and Their Users,” appears in the Dec. 27 International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction. It’s the latest study by USC scientists focused on the human-machine dynamic and is a product of convergent disciplines at USC, including engineering, communications and behavioral sciences. The study authors are from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the USC Institute for Creative Technologies.Virtual assistants key to communication between people and smart buildingsVirtual assistants are as new as Alexa or Siri and as old as HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey. The proliferation of smart buildings laden with automated systems for heating, cooling and lighting is important to improve worker health and productivity, conserve energy and protect the environment.”You can think of things like the computer interface on the Star Trek ship Enterprise as closer to reality than science fiction,” said Gale Lucas, research assistant professor at USC Viterbi and corresponding author of the study. “We’re beginning to explore where the line is between people and buildings that perform as machines. We are trying to get people to feel more comfortable and make smart buildings perform better.”Americans spend 90 percent of their time inside buildings, either working or sleeping or shopping or studying. Comfort, quality of life, worker productivity and safety directly affect the operation of buildings.According to the U.S. Green Building Council, buildings account for 39 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. In California, the state Air Resources Board ranks the building sector as the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, and has targeted the sector for an 80 percent emissions reduction by 2050. The board has identified behavior practices as an important influence for energy consumption in buildings. When it comes to buildings and their occupants, USC researchers see a failure to communicate, yet improved dialogue between the two can help smart buildings work better for a sustainable society. More information: Saba Khashe et al. Establishing Social Dialog between Buildings and Their Users, International Journal of Human–Computer Interaction (2018). DOI: 10.1080/10447318.2018.1555346 Citation: How to improve communication between people and smart buildings (2019, January 10) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-people-smart.html Explore further Improving indoor air quality to increase health and well-beingcenter_img Provided by University of Southern California USC research shows people help smart buildings conserve energy when they dialogue with a computer persona nicknamed Ellie, who represents the building management. Credit: Diana Molleda; iStock Communication between people and smart buildings improves performanceYet the promise of smart buildings often doesn’t match their performance. Despite automation, human actions inside four walls or office floors can compromise a building’s energy efficiency capabilities. Buildings work more efficiently when people inside cooperate.”If a building spoke to you, it could ask for things that might help the environment, like ‘turn off lights’ or ‘open windows’ or ‘save energy,'” Lucas said. “If the building were to ask people, ‘Why don’t you do something environmentally-friendly?,’ we might get people to engage in healthy behaviors for themselves and the environment.”To accomplish that goal, people and buildings need better cooperation, and people need to trust the technology while computers need to use proven behavioral change interventions to nudge people to act. The USC research explored how best to accomplish this.The scientists selected 200 participants, mostly college students, of mixed race and ethnicities. First, subjects were exposed to an office setting using virtual reality, followed by a real office setting for a smaller group of participants. The researchers crafted pro-environmental messages for a virtual assistant, an agent nicknamed Ellie, to ask questions, such as “If I open the blinds for you to have natural light, would you please dim or turn off the artificial lights?” They then observed if participants cooperated with these pro-environmental requests.Who is involved in communication between people and smart buildings?Replicating similar previous research by the USC team, the results showed that people responded better when Ellie, the virtual human, acted on behalf of the building manager, rather than when she performed as a personification of the building.People were also more cooperative when the messages were part of a social dialogue rather than monologue. This element proved critical, the study indicates. For example, subjects responded better to small talk, such as, “Hi, how are you? …. What’s your name?… I’m glad to see you.” Social dialogue helped overcome bias against the avatar. The researchers found people responded well to Ellie when she used social dialog, regardless if she functioned as the face of the building or an agent of the building manager.According to the study, “Including a social dialog may have helped to overcome the difference between personas by making the building persona more relatable. Indeed, people associate monologue with strangers and dialog with closer relationships.”The scientists noted similar results whether study participants operated in an actual office or virtual reality simulation. They also found that when they repeated the experiment one week later, the subjects responded more positively, suggesting familiarity due to repeated interactions helped.”We are trying to build a relationship between buildings and their users, akin to a friendship, so users are empowered to improve individual performance as well as building performance,” said Burcin Becerik-Gerber, associate professor of engineering in the USC Viterbi School.The findings demonstrate that design decisions that account for the human-machine dynamic will be important to achieving the potential for smart buildings.”Our research contributes to the fundamental understanding of human-machine teamwork,” said Becerik-Gerber: “The impact is beyond just smart buildings. The work changes the way we perceive and experience today’s built environments and artifacts, environments and artifacts that are attentive and have an identity that can have two-way interactions with people.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Canada panel slams Zuckerberg Sandberg for hearing noshow

first_img Citation: Canada panel slams Zuckerberg, Sandberg for hearing no-show (2019, May 28) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-canadian-lawmakers-blast-facebook-execs.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2019 AFP Explore further The panel also adopted a motion to serve the pair with a formal summons to appear before the Canadian parliament’s ethics committee should they ever travel to Canada.”Together, we represent over 402 million citizens,” said Bob Zimmer, chair of Canada’s privacy and ethics committee, which is hosting the meeting.”Mark Zuckerberg’s unwillingness to appear before us and give personal testimony is further evidence that his public comments about working with lawmakers rings hollow.”Although Zuckerberg and Sandberg were no-shows, Facebook’s policy directors Kevin Chan and Neil Potts did appear and faced a grilling.The international committee on big data, privacy and democracy is holding hearings this week in Ottawa to consider ways to prevent social media abuses including privacy breaches, spreading fake news and elections meddling.It met for the first time last year in London, and this round included lawmakers from Argentina, Britain, Canada, Chile, Estonia, Germany, Mexico and Singapore.The panel invited testimony from representatives of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Mozilla, Twitter and Google, as well as privacy and elections officials, ahead of recommending regulating social media companies in the wake of last year’s Cambridge Analytica scandal.The now-defunct British political consulting firm is alleged to have accessed the personal data of 87 million Facebook users as it worked for US President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.Canada’s privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien last month accused Facebook of breaking the law for its role in the worldwide data scandal. He is now taking the company to court to force it to comply with Canada’s privacy law.British lawmaker and panel member Damian Collins blamed the business models of social media companies for such data breaches and the spread of harmful content.”That’s why we cannot rely on companies like Facebook to solve them,” he said.Canadian lawmaker Charlie Angus added: “We are going to move forward with or without Mark Zuckerberg’s input.”Prior to the start of the hearings on Monday, Facebook, Google and Microsoft signed onto a declaration pledging to protect the integrity of Canada’s October federal election—including working to remove sham social media accounts and content.But other tech giants, including Twitter, have not signed the pledge.Critics noted that these undertakings are voluntary and as such are unenforceable.center_img A panel of politicians from Canada and several other nations criticized Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg for ignoring subpoenas Tuesday to appear at a hearing on protecting privacy and democracies online. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg failed to appear at a hearing in Canada, angering lawmakers UK, Canada seek to question Facebook’s Zuckerberg on fake newslast_img read more

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