Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The spring of 2017 has created many challenges for winter wheat growers. As wheat harvest begins across the eastern Corn Belt, producers should keep an eye out for potential problems that may cause yield loss and impact grain quality. Growers have observed the development of diseases such as powdery mildew and Fusarium head blight (scab).Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus has also been present in some fields, a result of feeding by aphids carrying the virus. Due to warmer-than-normal weather in late winter/early spring, wheat development has been two to three weeks ahead of normal and growers should expect an early harvest. In areas where head blight has developed, growers should adjust combines properly clean out lighter grains impacted by scab.According to this University of Missouri article, research performed by the Ohio State University showed that adjust fan speeds between 1,375 and 1,475 rpm and shutter opening to 3.5 inches resulted in the lowest discounts at elevators due to low test weight, damaged kernels, and mycotoxin levels in grain. Extreme cold weather in March caused freeze damage to wheat heads, which has resulted in blank heads and could significantly impact yields. Wheat producers should walk fields prior to harvest to determine if head scab and/or freeze damage has impacted their wheat and to assess the extent of the damage.
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I know a lot who are really hardworking in school, like my friends and classmates.”As one of the top blockers in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) women’s volleyball competition, Bersola powered the Lady Maroons to the league’s Final Four in 2016. But the former UP team captain, who bagged the Best Blocker award in 2014, made the court her playground and finished her pre-medicine course with the highest honors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsJust a few weeks ago, Bersola graduated summa cum laude with a degree in sports science. She’s the first from the College of Human Kinetics to receive the state university’s highest academic distinction.“It’s all about learning to prioritize,” says Bersola. “It’s also about time management. But a big factor is the genuine love and interest for both the sport and whatever course you’re taking. If you don’t really like it, you’ll have a hard time.” Bersola knows that priorities vary, but still, she encourages her peers to value the chance to study and play at the same time.“I understand the others,” she says. “There are really some people whose dream is to play in the pros. School and college athletics are just really stepping stones. But I think it’s still important to earn a degree.”Another UP athlete who took his sport and studies to heart was men’s basketball player JR Gallarza, who graduated magna cum laude last year with a degree in elementary education.Of course, it’s easy to see Bersola and Gallarza as exceptions. Clearly, both are athletically and intellectually gifted, making it easier for them to pull it all off.In a way, it’s true. Bersola graduated valedictorian in grade school at Immaculate Heart of Mary College in Parañaque City. In high school, she also landed in the top 10, even while playing for the volleyball varsity team of Makati Science High School.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments “Since pre-school [I enjoyed studying],” Bersola recalls. “But maybe I was a cool nerd—a nerd jock.”Being smart, though, doesn’t mean less sacrifice and hard work. As Bersola points out, she’s no different from all the other student-athletes who sometimes struggle to get it together.The 5-foot-11 middle blocker also had moments when she’d rather hit the beach or fly for travel miles than spike balls or dive into inch-thick books.“It really happens,” she shares. “In my five years in college, either I don’t get to join the family vacation or they adjust [their schedules] so I can go. Sometimes friends would also ask me to go out but I can’t go because of training. There’s really this feeling that I missed out on a lot.”“But it’s okay,” Bersola adds. “At the end of it all, everything turned out well. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”The 21-year-old also had to overcome one of the biggest setbacks of many athletes: The dreaded ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury.Bersola sustained the season-ending knee injury in 2015 after an awkward landing from a spike attempt during the Lady Maroons’ game against the Adamson Lady Falcons in the UAAP. “At that time I felt it was unfair because we were having a good run,” she says.But like many top athletes, Bersola regained her strength and laser-like focus. She has also brought her act to the Premier Volleyball League (formerly Shakey’s V-League), where she’s now playing for the Perlas Spikers before starting medical school next month.As she braces for a more gruelling schedule in the UP College of Medicine—where she plans to focus on orthopedic surgery and sports medicine—can Bersola pull off another juggling act?“The automatic answer is, I’ll leave volleyball if I have to,” says Bersola. “But right now, I just can’t imagine (doing so).” Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDebunking the “dumb jock” stereotype may not be the easiest when, occasionally, sub-par grades get a standout varsity athlete kicked out of the team. But volleyball player Kathy Bersola thinks that sweeping perception—that athletes are all brawn—needs to go.There’s reason, of course, for this University of the Philippines standout to take offense after juggling—and flourishing—in both her studies and sport.ADVERTISEMENT
Register Now » August 4, 2014 The only way that human beings could ever have survived as a species for as long as we have is that we’ve developed another kind of decision-making apparatus that’s capable of making very quick judgments based on very little information. — Malcolm GladwellThis explains why the horizontal layout doesn’t work. Its construction implies closure and a pattern more typical of the bottom of a page. When we see the closed horizontal structure, Gestalt’s Law of Closure kicks in and we experience a complete closed shape. As a result, we do not look for more information and end up overlooking the remainder of the page.Other problematic layouts. The horizontal layout is just one example of website design that conflicts with our natural object recognition processes. For example, here is a recent redesign of the Pinterest homepage:As you can see, it shows us an iPad and iPhone that are both cut off at the bottom of the page, creating the impression that the rest of the images (and potentially additional content) are hidden below the fold. This automatically cues us to scroll down — but there is nowhere to scroll down to, leaving us frustrated and anxious. Had the page been longer, this would’ve been an excellent way to cause visitors to scroll down, as everyone wants to see a complete shape. Pinterest has since updated the page to a very nice, sleek and dynamic look, resolving this issue.Our minds are similarly confused when we encounter elements on a page that look clickable due to their button-like shape (for example, a small rectangle with text that looks like a call to action). When the element is not clickable and turns out to be just a simple image, we are inevitably annoyed.We are easily capable of filling in the gaps and working out the surface meanings of elements when we understand the underlying pattern. The problem is that website interfaces often lack any visual cue indicating what patterns are being employed. Helping your visitors understand the surface meaning of your site’s elements will affect how they interact with the page — and more importantly, how they feel about it. Therefore, it is crucial that you make your visitors feel good about interacting with your products by ensuring that the surface elements can be quickly and accurately interpreted.The way you design your interaction experiences must take into account the limitations of our cognitive systems. The more you use established interaction design patterns on your website, the better your visitors’ understanding will be and the more satisfying an experience they will have.Udi Zisquit is a customer-experience consultant for ClickTale.Related: How to Keep Customers Focused on Your Website 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Co-authored by Udi ZisquitIt’s natural for companies to experiment with new website designs that promise to boost the effectiveness of their online presence. But one popular new trend is having the opposite effect for many of the organizations employing it.You have probably run across a new breed of sites that are moving away from the old-fashioned vertical layout towards a neat and elegant, modern-looking horizontal layout. We are seeing this layout more and more as web designers invest their time and resources to stay up to date with what they see as important changes in the industry. But how effective is this horizontal layout?Related: Drive Sales With a Website That’s Adapted for an Evolving Online SpaceWhen a certain large content and information website recently unveiled its new horizontal design, I absolutely loved it. The layout was modern and elegant, and I intuitively assumed that it would be far more engaging and successful than the previous “old-fashioned” vertical layout of the page. However, by reviewing heatmaps of customer activity before and after the transition, I discovered that I was completely mistaken.The company’s objective is to have visitors read as many articles as possible and be exposed to large amounts of content. The site hosts no advertisements, so all metrics reflect directly on visitors’ engagement with the actual articles and content on the page.As shown below, the original homepage had laid out the articles in a long vertical list, while the new layout — displayed to 50 percent of traffic as part of an A/B test — contained the same articles laid out horizontally.Interestingly, visitors were far less engaged with the new horizontal layout than they’d been with the original vertical one. The heatmaps below show users’ mouse moves and scroll reach, revealing that visitors scrolled 34 percent further down on the original homepage than on the new horizontal one, and were therefore also hovering, interacting and clicking on more articles in the original layout than in the new one. In fact, visitors were hardly even exposed to the articles that were laid out horizontally. Why was this happening?Original vertical layout:New horizontal layout:Let’s take a closer look at the two variations. Below are screenshots of the “Average Fold” for each version, showing us what visitors to the website see on their screen upon landing on the page, before scrolling down:In the original version on the left, visitors received a glimpse of the vertical columns, indicating that there is more content waiting below and a full scrolling experience to be explored. In comparison, the newer horizontal layout gives no indication that there is more to scroll down to — visitors assume that this is the end of the page and leave the articles below hidden and unexplored. Furthermore, even when visitors do scroll down, every horizontal row that is revealed at any point of the page could be mistaken for the end of the page, whereas a vertical encapsulation always indicates that more content waits below.This behavior can be explained at both an observational and a psychological level. The example above demonstrates the difference between a vertical layout, which encourages scrolling (and thus uncovering and engaging with more content), and a horizontal layout, which doesn’t trigger scrolling. Related: The 10 Most Deadly Mistakes in Website DesignPsychological insights. The term “Object Recognition” denotes the way we interpret the meaning of an object. The recognition of objects is crucial for our survival, as we must identify objects before we can infer their relevant characteristics and features. Once we identify an apple, we immediately know that it is edible. Once we identify a wolf, we know not to disturb it.Our brains like to recognize patterns that have previously led to successful interactions. In How We Decide, Jonah Lehrer writes that our brains produce a pleasure-inducing neurochemical, dopamine, when we recognize familiar patterns in the world around us. When we act on these patterns and are successful in whatever we are trying to do, we get an additional burst of this pleasing chemical.Our recognition of objects relies mainly on their shapes. In the very early stages of recognition, our perceptual system uses information on the retina to identify the object by primitive features such as lines, edges and angles. Later stages of recognition include matching the object descriptions with the most prototypic shape definitions stored in our memory, thus constituting a top-down process in which the higher order cognitive levels flow down to lower level functions like our senses. Only small amounts of input are required for this process to take place. Our system seeks confirmation by “template matching,” allowing us to immediately identify the letter “B” as part of the alphabet, and not as an abstract shape.One of the most famous theories on how we visually perceive elements is the Gestalt principle, a psychological concept originally introduced in the late 19th century in Germany. “Gestalt” literally means “form” or “configuration,” and the theory of Gestalt explains that there are inherent mental laws that dictate how we visually perceive objects — specifically, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. For example, when we look at the figure below, we automatically interpret it as a triangle, and not as three individual angles. This indicates that our brain first sees the overall form of an object, and only afterwards begins picking out the details.Based on Gestalt’s “Law of Closure,” our mind tends to complete incomplete shapes and create mental objects even if only a small part of the shape is displayed. Our mind does this by ignoring gaps and completing contour lines to form shapes already represented in our minds.A great example of the Law of Closure is the Kanisza Triangle, seen below. This illusion, originally explored by Italian psychologist Gaetano Kanizsa in the 1950s, demonstrates how we see two overlapping triangles even though no complete triangles are present in the image. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.
Facebook is facing seven separate data protection investigations in Ireland, as reported by Bloomberg. Facebook’s investigations are a part of 16 cases which major tech companies like Twitter, Apple, LinkedIn, and also Facebook’s WhatsApp and Instagram, are facing. The main aim of these probes is to scale up the level of fines that regulator’s issue under GDPR. Currently, GDPR allows penalties as large as 4 percent of a company’s annual revenue. According to Ireland’s data protection commissioner, Helen Dixon, “These data protection probes are centered on the activities of very big internet companies with tens and hundreds of millions of users.” The first EU probe against Facebook was opened by Ireland following a security breach that compromised 50M accounts in October last year. This security breach has not only affected user’s Facebook accounts but also impacted other accounts linked to Facebook. This means that a hacker could have accessed any account of yours that you log into using Facebook. That second probe was initiated by Dixon’s office in December when a photo API bug affected people who used Facebook Login and granted permission to third-party apps to access their photos. This bug gave outside developers broader access to users’ photos affecting up to 6.8 million users and up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers. Per Dixon, “Other breach notifications received in my office since May 25 are related to coding errors, which leads to posts being made public that should have been private, or in a major breach. No company seems to be immune from this.” Dixon mentions that the deciding cases are not trivial “We’re at various concrete stages in all of them, but they’re all substantially advanced,” she said. “The soonest I am going to see an investigation report on my desk, which is when my role kicks in” The final decisions on these sanctions are likely to be made in June or July. Last week, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria overruled Facebook’s argument that it cannot be sued for letting third parties access users’ private data because no “real world” harm has resulted from the conduct. Last month, Russia’s popular watchdog, Roskomnadzor said that it opened a civil case against Twitter and Facebook for failing to explain how they plan to comply with local data laws. At the same time, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) officials also planned to impose a fine of over $22.5 billion on Facebook post a year of data breaches and revelations of illegal data sharing. A U.S. Senator also introduced a bill titled ‘American Data Dissemination (ADD) Act’ for creating federal standards of privacy protection for big companies like Facebook. “Companies are lawyering up and we’re typically dealing with more litigators and lawyers on the side of any inquiry that we conduct,” Dixon said. “It does show the power that they have in terms of the size. But we have all the cards in terms of the powers to investigate, to compel and ultimately to conclude and make findings.” Read Next Apple revoked Facebook developer certificates due to misuse of Apple’s Enterprise Developer Program. Stanford experiment results on how deactivating Facebook affects social welfare measures Facebook has blocked 3rd party ad monitoring plugin tools from the likes of ProPublica and Mozilla that let users see how they’re being targeted by advertisers