Giants make big schedule change for night games at AT&T

first_imgThe Giants can’t promise they’ll get off to a better start in 2019, but at least their night games will be getting off to earlier starts.In a letter to season ticket holders, Giants president Larry Baer revealed weeknight game times at AT&T will begin at 6:45 p.m., 30 minutes earlier than previous seasons.Baer said the earlier starting times for home games on Monday through Thursday will “better serve fans and families during the work week.”The Giants’ “Orange Fridays” will continue to start …last_img read more

Seeking Robust Exports to China

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jerry HagstromDTN Political CorrespondentAVENTURA, Fla. (DTN) — The Trump administration wants China to promise to buy a broad range of agricultural commodities, not just soybeans, in the trade negotiation that is underway, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Steve Censky said Monday.“We want some robust purchase commitments from China,” Censky said at the International Sweetener Colloquium, a gathering of sweetener users here.Censky said that means China should fulfill its commitments under the tariff rate quota system to buy other commodities and also U.S. meat and pet food.The United States also expects China to improve its biotechnology approval system. “In the past, it has taken a presidential summit to get biotech approvals,” he said.The engagement with China is a “tough, but promising negotiation,” Censky said.But he also said that achieving a good agreement on agriculture is not enough to win the administration’s backing. He said China has to agree to make changes to its system of technology transfer and not force U.S. companies to transfer their technology or take on a Chinese partner who, in effect, steals U.S. knowledge.Censky also told the candy company executives and others in the sweetener industry there is “a lot of work ahead to get the USMCA [the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement] passed. We need your help.”He noted that USDA is advocating within the administration for the removal of the tariffs on Mexican and Canadian steel. Agriculture leaders have said the tariffs have led to retaliatory tariffs that have diminished their exports and that the provisions in the USMCA will be meaningless if the tariffs are not removed.Censky also noted that Larry Kudlow, the director of the White House National Economic Council, has said he expects the tariffs to be removed.Censky also said he thinks the expected negotiations with Japan will be “great news for agriculture.” He noted that U.S. agreements with Japan have “always” been “the crown jewel of U.S. trade negotiations,” and that most of the gains under the Trans Pacific Partnership proposal from which President Donald Trump withdrew would have been in increased access to the Japanese market.In the upcoming negotiations with Japan, Censky said, the Trump administration wants “at least” what the United States would have gotten if it stayed in TPP.Negotiations with the European Union are slower because the United States has pushed for agriculture to be included in the agreement, which the EU has resisted, he said. But Censky said he believes agriculture must be included for Congress to approve an EU agreementThe Trump administration would also like to achieve a new agricultural trade relationship with the United Kingdom if and when it leaves the European Union, but that relationship depends on the arrangements under which the U.K. leaves the EU, he said.USDA will release its farm bill implementation schedule later this week, he said, with implementation of the new dairy program a top priority.PRESIDENT POINTS TO AG AND USMCA DEALPresident Donald Trump on Sunday said he would extend a deadline to escalate tariffs on Chinese imports, citing progress in trade negotiations.The president tweeted, “I am pleased to report that the U.S. has made substantial progress in our trade talks with China on important structural issues including intellectual property protection, technology transfer, agriculture, services, currency, and many other issues. As a result of these very … productive talks, I will be delaying the U.S. increase in tariffs now scheduled for March 1. Assuming both sides make additional progress, we will be planning a Summit for President Xi and myself, at Mar-a-Lago, to conclude an agreement. A very good weekend for U.S. & China!”In comments to the nation’s governors, Trump said the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement would benefit farmers.According to a White House transcript, Trump said he wanted to “thank every governor here today who is supporting our new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement — the USMCA. I’ve long said that NAFTA is the worst trade deal that any country has ever signed. It emptied us out. We had a surplus with Mexico and Canada, and we went to $130 billion trade deficit with the combination of Mexico and Canada. And this deal will bring it back.”“We’re opening it up to farmers. We’re opening Canada, as an example — and Mexico — to farmers. They were closed. It was a closed shop. They had all sorts of non-monetary trade barriers. And they had monetary trade barriers. They were charging, for certain agricultural products, an almost 300 percent tariff. Nobody ever talked about it. Nobody ever knew about it. And I’d go up to Wisconsin and the farmers would say, ‘Sir, we can’t compete. They’re charging us 287 percent, to be exact.’ I said, ‘You got to be kidding.’And we did something about it.”“So the USMCA is very important. It will help our dairy farmers in Wisconsin; our wine makers in Oregon and Washington and California; our autoworkers in Michigan and Ohio and Pennsylvania and all over; and dozens of other states, and ranchers and farmers and growers and manufacturers from coast to coast. It’s a very, very comprehensive deal. It’s a deal that nobody thought we’d be able to get approved.“I was able to get it approved, to be honest with you, by using tariffs. I was putting very substantial tariffs — or was getting ready to — on Canada, who was very tough to negotiate. You know, we think of ‘Oh, Canada.’ Well, ‘Oh, Canada’ is tough. They’re tough.“And I said, ‘Look, you know, you’re either going to do this or we’re going to put 20, 25 percent tariffs on your cars that you ship in here by the millions.”Jerry Hagstrom can be reached at jhagstrom@njdc.comFollow him on Twitter @hagstromreport(CC/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Business Intelligence and Analytics Hot Topics at IBM Information on Demand Conference

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now This may be used to correlate transaction information with unstructured information that the client collects from the web.Applications may include using analytics for sales purposes to get a better understanding and deeper insights into trends that come as trickles from actual purchases. The information can be analyzed with other data from sales reps about the products they are selling. This information can then be used by sales executives to predict trends and ready the rest of the organization for changes in the marketplace.But though this conference is about information on demand, there is little talk about the real-time web. We asked IBM executives if they can integrate activity stream information, such as a Twitter search pertaining to a company name or product. They said it was possible though it is unclear exactly how this would be accomplished. Most of the examples we saw with Cognos Content Analytics focused on massive amounts of form data that can be viewed in a dashboard. That’s impressive but we would like to see how IBM is leveraging the social web and how they plan to compete against the number of lightweight social technologies that are filling the market.[Disclosure: IBM paid for a plane ticket and hotel room for Alex Williams to attend the IBM Information On Demand Conference.] IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas alex williams Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Business intelligence, analytics and the demand for process optimization are the big draws here at the IBM Information On Demand Conference in Las Vegas.As one executive said on stage, its not enough to react quickly to what is happening but to predict it.According to IBM’s CIO Global Study, 83 percent of respondents said business intelligence and analytics are a top priority. IBM sees business analytics as the next mega trend, growing twice as fast as the rest of the IT industry.For example, Cognos, acquired by IBM in 2007, is now a hub for IBM’s business intelligence offerings.Cognos announced its Content Analytics product at the conference. With the addition, Cognos is putting an emphasis on combining a client’s internal data with external information to provide a more complete picture of the market and how to optimize marketing and processes within the organization. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Vimeo Video School: Final Cut Pro X From Start to Finish

first_imgReady to master Final Cut Pro X? Dive into this exhaustive tutorial series by Vimeo Video School that covers everything you need to know about FCPX.Final Cut Pro 7 released in 2009 to wide acclaim and support from the editing community. Apple stopped support for the NLE only one year later and released Final Cut Pro X a year after that. With the release of FCPX, editors and professionals all over the world panned the software. Many felt it was too limiting and too “dumbed” down. Now, four years and 12 updates later, FCPX has become a fully legit NLE that’s used to edit big budget motion pictures like the recently released Focus, starring Will Smith.For a broader view of the differences between Final Cut Pro 7 and FCPX and a look at why editors should consider FCPX, check out this article from Larry Jordan.With all of his firmly in mind, Vimeo Video School developed an in-depth series of tutorials for FCPX from starting a new project to exporting that project for distribution. Let’s get started and learn how to master FCPX.1. Final Cut Pro X IntroductionIn this first tutorial, we get a formal introduction to FCPX and the question is posed to us, “Ready to conquer the complex world of film editing?” Yes. Yes, we are. Let’s get going. 16. Working with StillsDo you have still photos that you need to add to your project? Well, in this episode we learn how to crop, trim and add the always popular Ken Burns effect to our images. 8. Working with MarkersWe’ve browsed our media and we’ve dropped footage into the timeline. Now let’s drop some markers. Markers can be used to add notes, reminders, and chapter separations in order to further streamline the process. 4. Analyzing Your MediaSo, we’ve imported our footage and we’re ready to start editing. However, let’s take a minute to analyze the footage and add meta data and keywords to our clips to help streamline the editing process. 5. Managing Your MediaWe have our footage imported and now it has meta data and keywords attached. Now we need to organize all of this by compiling clips into libraries, events, and projects. This will help create Smart Collections, thus making it easier to add and search for footage later on. 14. Utilizing Visual EffectsYour transitions are added and you’re ready to add the final finishing touches to your project. Here we’ll learn how to jump back and forth between the effects browser and inspector to adjust color presets and how to use the keyer effect. 6. Understanding Playback and SkimmingAll of our meta data and keywords are added and our Smart Collections are definitely making things easier. Now were ready to review some of that footage. So, in this episode we’ll learn about playback and skimming. Want more content covering Final Cut Pro X? Check out these articles from PremiumBeat.How to Integrate FCPX Into Logic Pro X10 Must-Have Final Cut Pro X PluginsThe New Final Cut Pro X Update Brings 3D Text and MoreAre you a new Final Cut Pro X user? Did these tutorials help you learn the software? Let us know in the comments below. 2. Learning the InterfaceNext up, we get a lay of the land and learn everything we need to know about the interface. From the available tools to the streamline functionality, Vimeo gets us ready to tackle any job. 15. Adding TextWe’re getting ever closer to exporting our project, but now we need to know how to add text or a title for the project. In this episode we learn everything we need to know about creating titles, captions, and credits inside FCPX.center_img 13. Using TransitionsWe have all of our footage, audio, music, and sound fx in our timeline. However, all of our cuts are harsh. Let’s learn how to browse through transition options and make moving from one clip to another smooth and easier to watch. 12. Adding Music and SoundYour project is coming together and we have a nice timeline going, but it’s missing something: music and sound. In this episode we learn how to add music, sound effects, record voiceover, and import projects from GarageBand and Logic Pro X. 3. Importing MediaNow that we have a basic introduction and we know the ins and outs of the interface, we’re ready to get started. In this episode, we learn how to properly and easily import our footage for editing. 9. Editing AudioSo you have your footage inserted into your timeline and you’ve begun your edit. However, we can’t forget about audio. So, in this episode we learn how to mute, solo, fade, and adjust the levels of our audio. 10. Editing Video in the InspectorOur clips are in the timeline and our audio levels are good to go, so let’s look at the abilities of the inspector. In the inspector we can adjust effects, add keyframes, rotate or crop our clips, as well as adjust the size and color correct. 7. Starting Your EditNow that you know how to review, playback, and skim through your footage, let’s start dropping it into the timeline. In this episode we’ll learn the process of starting our edit and how to use the timeline effectively. 17. Exporting and Uploading to VimeoWe have finalized our edit and it’s ready to be distributed to the masses. In this final episode we learn how to export our project easily and get it uploaded to Vimeo within a matter of minutes. 11. Editing Audio in the InspectorNow that we know how to edit and adjust our clips in the inspector, let’s look at doing the same for our audio. In this episode we learn that you can do just that. Auto-enhance your audio, apply presets, and make manual adjustments.last_img read more

One in 87 persons in Punjab dependent on drugs: survey

first_imgPunjab, which has been battling the menace of drugs, currently could have between 1 lakh to 2.7 lakh people that are dependent on opioids. In Chandigarh, between 1,385 to 7,000 could be using them. Findings from the study titled “Epidemiology of Substance Use and Dependence in the State of Punjab,” released by the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Friday revealed that about one in 92 persons in Punjab had used ‘any’ illicit substance (drug) in the past 12 months, and more than one in 87 were currently dependent on them. “These estimates are likely to be higher in marginalised or other specific high-risk populations for instance — homeless people, prison population, other non-household population like truck drivers and college students in hostels,” said Dr. Ajit Avasthi, head of the psychiatry department, PGIMER.“The opioid dependent population is somewhere between 1 lakh to 2.7 lakh people in Punjab. These are huge figures, and indeed worrying. An urgent attention is required to address the problem,” said Dr. Avasthi. The findings of the study were based on household and rapid assessment surveys in both Punjab and Chandigarh. The aim of the household survey was to estimate the prevalence of substance use such as heroin, bhukhi (poppy husk) and opium, besides alcohol and tobacco. The objective of the rapid assessment survey was to estimate the size of the population using illicit drugs. Alcohol, tobacco tooThe study pointed out that approximately one in six persons were dependent on ‘any’ substance and contrary to expectation, substance use and dependence were more common in rural than urban areas. The single most common substance of use and dependence was alcohol followed by tobacco. There were more than 22 lakh alcohol dependent persons and nearly 16 lakhs tobacco dependent persons currently. The rapid assessment survey revealed that in Punjab natural opioids (opium and poppy husk) were the most common types in use while injection opioid use was the second most common form. “In injection opioids — heroin was the commonest type,” added the survey. In Chandigarh, meanwhile approximately one in 1,250 persons was using illicit opioids substances, according to the household survey while the rapid assessment survey pointed out that in Chandigarh the opioid dependent population was around 7,000. These are typically young males and injections (Buprenorphin/Heroin/Pentzocin) are the most common types in use. The PGIMER carried out this study over two years for the Indian Council of Medical Research with the help of the medical colleges in Patiala, Faridkot and Amritsar along with the Institute of Mental Health in Amritsar.last_img read more

Team India manager questions Anushka Sharma’s stay with Virat Kohli

first_imgSunil Dev said that wife’s are ok but girlfriends accompanying cricketers on tours is against Indian cultureThe debate of wives and girlfriends (WAGs) accompanying cricketers on foreign tours has taken a different twist after Team India’s manager Sunil Dev questioned actress Anushka Sharma’s stay with boyfriend Virat Kohli during the India vs England Test series.Once termed as the most eligible bachelor of Team India, under-performing Virat Kohli has now come under severe criticism for his Test failure — 134 runs in 5 matches. Many fans and some quarters of BCCI have blamed Anushka Sharma’s presence behind the vice-captain’s poor form with the bat in a series, which India lost 1-3.BCCI’s decision to allow the Bollywood actress to stay with the cricketer has snowballed into a controversy after Dev just stopped short of saying that wife’s are ok but girlfriends on tours was against the culture of the country.”I didn’t know who gave this permission and from where it was supposed to be taken. Whether this was been done before or not I am not aware of it. But I will definitely speak to the BCCI about what I feel and submit my report,” Dev told ‘Times Now’.Asked whether girlfriends travelling with the players on tour was against Indian culture, Dev said: As you said yes I agree with you. But I won’t make any comment until I meet Board members.”I am bound with a contract with the Board.”Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma have been grabbing headlines ever since they were first spotted together during the tour of New Zealand. During the England series, the couple were back in the news when it was reported that the actress was staying in the same hotel as Virat Kohli with permission from the BCCI.advertisementlast_img read more