Sharks’ Pete DeBoer has unlikely connection to Blues’ Game 2 hero

first_imgSAN JOSE — Robert Bortuzzo’s second period goal for the St. Louis Blues in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final against the Sharks was the first of his career in an NHL playoff game. His last postseason goal at any level came during the 2007 Ontario Hockey League playoffs with the Kitchener Rangers.His coach at the time? The Sharks’ Pete DeBoer.Bortuzzo played two seasons under DeBoer and assistant coach Steve Spott from 2006-2008 before DeBoer got his first NHL job with the Florida …last_img read more

Jon Miller, June 27

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are about half done harvesting the wheat. The first 80 acres of wheat we did was extremely wet but we ran it anyway. It seems like that freeze in May maybe affected how it matured but didn’t really affect the yield. We had some a little above 30% moisture. Most of it ran between 25% and 30% in that field. Then we had that rain last week and got anywhere from two to three inches on about all of our fields. We started with wheat again then on Saturday and the moisture was still in the upper 20s. The lowest was about 18% yesterday.We got between a quarter- and a half-inch overnight. We may start mowing straw this afternoon and running wheat again later today. The second half should go faster and it looks like we have a good forecast this week.The first couple of wheat loads had decent test weight and quality. The yield was better than expected after that cold snap we had this spring and the bale count on the first 80 acres has been extremely high. It seems like the variety we are in now is about 10 bushels below the earlier wheat we harvested. I think overall the yield ought to be above average and if the quality stays it should be a decent year for wheat.We were losing yield on the corn before we got that rain. Even though we had two or three inches, it came so fast that a lot of it ran off. We’ll take anything we can get as dry as we were. On some of the lighter banks the corn was turning a whitish purple. It was curled tight before that rain came through.We were able to plant our first double-crop beans last week and the first 25 acres are already out of the ground. The calendar is still on our side, but if it hadn’t rained, planting double-crops would be questionable for some of our fields.So far, weed control has been OK but we are finding a lot of little marestail coming up in the wheat. We are planting some Liberty beans for double-crops to help control the marestail after the wheat.last_img read more

MQTT Poised For Big Growth – an RSS For Internet of Things?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Internet of Things#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img richard macmanus MQTT is an IBM-developed protocol for real-time messaging that could become a keystone of the emerging Internet of Things. As the BBC explained recently, MQTT (which stands for Message Queuing Telemetry Transport) is “a platform-agnostic system which can connect almost any networked object to the wider world.” MQTT is used as a messaging protocol for sensor and actuator solutions – for example in the house that twitters, which we covered earlier this week. According to one of its creators, Andy Stanford-Clark from IBM, MQTT is “going to explode” in popularity this year and next year. The protocol has just turned 10 years old; indeed there was a party to celebrate in London this week. In this post we explain MQTT and look at a health care product that uses it. The topic of MQTT came up in my conversation with Andy Stanford-Clark this week, when I asked him for his thoughts on Pachube – an open source Internet of Things platform that we have featured a couple of times on ReadWriteWeb. Stanford-Clark told me that Pachube is “very cool, as far as it goes.” But he said that it hasn’t got “true push.” To get your data out of Pachube, Stanford-Clark explained, you have to poll it (i.e. it’s a pull system, rather than push). So in order to get real-time data, you’d need to be constantly polling Pachube. A better way to do it, according to Stanford-Clark, is have data pushed to you. This is what MQTT enables. Stanford-Clark noted that oil pipeline monitoring systems make use of push messaging systems.MQTT in Action: St. Jude Medical Center A real-world implementation of MQTT is a project that IBM did with the Merlin System at St. Jude Medical Center, which is using sensors for home health care. St. Jude Medical designed a cardiac device called the Merlin@home, a wireless transmitter that enables home monitoring of patients implanted with cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and pacemakers (both are basically types of sensors). The product uses MQTT to call back to the doctor/hospital whenever there is a data update, which the hospital then stores.St. Jude Medical Center explained in a press release how their device improves patients lives:“Until recently, patients with implanted cardiac devices were typically required to visit doctors’ offices several times per year to have their device performance checked. With the advent of transmitters capable of downloading and transmitting device data over telephone lines, patients are now able to initiate and perform many of these follow-ups in their own homes.”The Merlin@home transmitter uses RF wireless telemetry to transfer data to the Merlin.net PCN, a secure Internet-based data management system. The data may then be reviewed at any time by the patient’s physician. The transmitter device has, according to IBM, a “large viewing screen with touch-point capabilities, an embedded keypad platform and a Linux-based operating system.”I’m sure we’ll see many more implementations of MQTT over the coming years. For the web geeks amongst you, particularly those interested in sensors and real-time messaging, it’s a protocol to keep your eye on. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The Great Debate: Nikon vs Canon DSLRs

first_imgThe age old DSLR debate is rekindled in this extensive video analysis.The Canon vs. Nikon debate has been an ongoing dialogue in the DSLR world for years. Just when you think one company is pulling ahead, a camera, lens, or accessory is released making the race wide open again. This uncertainty can be frustrating if you’ve already stocked up on lenses in another brand, so my approach has always been just stick with what I have.Generally speaking there is no bad decision when choosing between Canon or Nikon, but on a technical level there is some key differences that might be the tipping point when it comes to picking your next camera.The following video by photography expert Tony Northrup is an in-depth look at the key differences between the two leading DSLR manufacturers. Tony’s analysis is extensive and covers a variety of criteria, including:SensorsSharpnessDynamic RangeNoiseAuto FocusPriceLensesAccessoriesMarket Trends It’s important to take into account all of these things when picking your next camera. In the video Tony draws some very scientific information from DxO Mark. If you’re looking for some of the most extensive equipment reviews on the ‘net we highly recommend checking them out.Tony suggests that if you are planning on shooting video with your DSLR, you should consider a Panasonic camera. We couldn’t agree more. With the release of the GH4 Panasonic has changed the game for DSLR filmmakers (we’re currently Panasonic lovers).Do you use Canon or Nikon?Share in the comments below!last_img read more

10 More Questions to Start Your Week

first_imgHere is a list of 10 questions you can use to setup an effective sales week.Which of your dream clients are you going to pursue for a meeting this week, and what value are you going to trade for their time that increases the likelihood of a getting a “yes” to your request?With which of your prospective clients do you need to follow up on a past meeting or conversation where there was no real next step established?Of your existing clients, who do you need to meet with to begin a conversation about your new ideas about how to create even greater value for them in the future? What is the next initiative you have on their roadmap?Who have you been neglecting? Who do you need to call to let them know you care about them and their business and that you are thinking about them?What are you going to read this week that will improve your ability to create value for your clients, provide you some new insight, or provide you with something you can share with them?What proactive planning and preparation work do you need to do to narrow your focus and complete the highest value activities, the tasks and projects that will move the needle for you?Who do you owe a note of gratitude? Who do you need to thank for giving you their business, helping you with a challenge, or providing you with the advice you needed to get unstuck?If you look back over your calendar, looking at all your meetings, who (or what) fell off your radar that you should reengage with now? What does it make sense to revisit now?How are you tracking towards your goals? Where are you at this point of the year? What needs to change for you to reach your goal, if anything? If you are ahead of schedule, what are you capable of where you are now?What’s broken? What isn’t working and needs a major adjustment or overhaul? Who can help you change your strategy, your tactics, or help you level up your skills?Use this list over the course of this week to improve your game and drive your results. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

9 injured in Vadodara riot

first_imgFour police personnel and five civilians were injured, and vehicles and one shop were torched in communal riots that erupted following an incident where stones were thrown at a Ganesh idol procession in the communally-sensitive Mandavi area of Vadodara on Thursday at around midnight.During the procession in the area, suddenly a few stones were pelted, and simultaneously electricity went off in the locality. This led to a commotion, with mobs belonging to different communities hurling stones, and starting fires. “Around eight or nine vehicles were torched and one shop was burnt down,” a Vadodara police official said. “Police and fire brigade teams were rushed to the spot to control the situation that lasted more than 90 minutes.” The police lobbed more than 25 rounds of tear gas shells to disperse rioting mobs from both sides.Following the incident, there was heavy police deployment to restore normalcy and ensure that the situation did not escalate.“We have lodged an FIR in which 25 people have been named, including tow or three habitual offenders,” the police official said. “Arrests will be made very soon.” The police are also investigating the possibility of a conspiracy by some antisocial elements to provoke riots ahead of major religious festivals and holidays like Janmashthami, Independence Day, Navratra and Diwali.last_img read more

Australia A thump South Africa A by 108 runs

first_imgSouth Africa A’s batting crumbled under pressure as Australia A pulled off a massive 108-run victory in the ongoing 50-over tri-series at the M.A. Chidambaram stadium here on Wednesday.Chasing Australia A’s 272, South Africa A team kept losing wickets at regular intervals and could only manage 164 in 37.1 overs.Heading into the rescheduled fifth encounter of the series which also involves India A, South Africa A fielded a strong unit as most of the players barring Quinton de Kock regained full fitness after a food poisoning incident in the last match.South Africa A skipper Dean Elgar top scored for his side with 64, but it wasn’t enough. Australia A’s Ashton Agar (3/41) and leg-spinner Cameron Boyce (3/48) took three wickets each. With the loss South Africa A are out of the tournament.South Africa A did not recover from the early jolt as Agar and Boyce kept them on a tight leash. Only skipper Elgar fought back with a few hefty blows en route to his 64, but then fell attempting a slog-sweep.Khaya Zondo tried hard with a knock of 47, but once he got out the lower order failed to deliver with the last four batsmen contributing just two runs with their willow.Earlier, Australia A posted a strong total of 27 runs riding on the century (130) captain Matthew Wade made. Wade was well supported by Peter Handscomb (52).Pacer Lonwabo Tsotsobe returned with figures of 3/50 from his nine overs as Australia lost their last five wickets for 70 runs, ending with 272 in 47.2 overs.Brief scores:advertisementAustralia A 272 all out (Matthew Wade 130, Peter Handscomb 52; Lonwabo Tsotsobe 3/50) vs South Africa A 164 all out (Dean Elgar 64; Ashton Agar 3/41, Cameron Boyce 3/48)last_img read more