Six-foot snake at Taj causes panic

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first_imgA six-foot-long rat snake was spotted in the Taj Mahal premises on Monday, causing panic among visitors.A team of experts from Wildlife SOS arrived at the monument and rescued the snake. The rat snake is harmless, feeding mostly on birds and rodents.The staff at the Taj Mahal called for help and a rapid response team was dispatched by Wildlife SOS. The team found the reptilian visitor cooling off under a water cooler in the water filtration plant.Officials of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) immediately stopped the water filtration plant. The Wildlife SOS team, along with the ASI staff, moved workers and curious tourists to a safe distance from the snake before starting the rescue process.After an hour-long operation, the Wildlife SOS team managed to successfully extricate the reptile.Munazzar Ali, Senior Conservation Assistant, ASI, said: “There are four RO plants inside the Taj Mahal to ensure proper water supply for public water taps. As soon as the snake was spotted inside the plant, considering the safety of tourists and workers, we immediately contacted Wildlife SOS for their assistance. The team was very efficient in rescuing the snake.”Baiju Raj M.V of Wildlife SOS said: “The severe heat must have driven the snake in search for water and a cool place. We thank the ASI and the officials of the Taj Mahal for considering the safety of the tourists and the snake and contacting Wildlife SOS.”last_img read more


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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Molde defender Toivo: What Man Utd players can expect from Dempseyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Molde defender Joona Toivo is happy for Mark Dempsey over his return to Manchester United.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s long-time assistant has followed the Norwegian to Old Trafford and was back helping out at Carrington for the first time this week alongside Mike Phelan, Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna.”He was really enthusiastic in his coaching. As a person, he has this fire in him – everything is done to the full,” Finland international Toivo told the Manchester Evening News.”I think he is great at creating fighting spirit in the team and encouraging players to be the best they can be. He has a lot of knowledge about football and understands the game really well.”There was a lot of concentration on first touches and observing the play with Mark in training: where and how you took the first touch. He played as a midfielder when he was a player and he often said ‘play what you see’. By that, he also meant to keep it simple and to not try difficult stuff.”He was really like a friend. He’s a guy who loves to tell stories and jokes and loves to make people laugh and play pranks.” last_img read more


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first_imgMan Utd would consider buyout clause for Pogba’s new contractby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United would consider including a buyout clause in Paul Pogba’s new contract.The Times says talks between the two parties commenced on Tuesday morning.However, it’s suggested any agreement would be based on an acceptance Pogba will eventually leave.Tied to United until 2021, the aim for the club would be to maintain his transfer value.And as a gesture of goodwill, United would be willing to include a buyout clause in the new deal so preventing them from blocking a departure. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img


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first_imgMarcus Posley layup wins it for St. Bonaventure.St. Bonaventure defeated No, 18 VCU today, 73-71 at home, in dramatic fashion. The Bonnies’ junior guard Marcus Posley went off the dribble and beat the final buzzer with an off-balance scoop shot off the glass, igniting a wild celebration. Here’s a look at the finish, which was Posley’s second game-winning buzzer-beater of the week.What a win for St. Bonaventure. They led the entire game, only to have VCU tie it up with 16 seconds remaining. Then, you have that finish. Also, check out the beginnings of an epic court rush at the end of the Vine. The Bonnies’ fans absolutely flooded the playing area in a matter of seconds. Quality stuff.last_img


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first_imgCanadian talent nominated at the 89th Academy AwardsHoward Barish, co-producer (13th), Documentary (Feature)Sylvain Bellemare (Arrival), Sound EditingBernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye (Arrival), Sound MixingRyan Gosling (La La Land), Actor in a Leading RoleShawn Levy, co-producer (Arrival), Best PictureTheodore Ushev (Blind Vaysha), Short Film (Animated), National Film Board of CanadaPatrice Vermette (Arrival), Production DesignDenis Villeneuve (Arrival), DirectingAbout Telefilm Canada—Inspired by talent. Viewed everywhere.Celebrating 50 years in 2017, Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual treaty coproductions to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Launched in 2013, the Talent Fund accepts private donations to principally support emerging talent. Visit telefilm.ca and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/telefilm_canada and on Facebook at facebook.com/telefilmcanada. Facebook “On behalf of everyone at Telefilm Canada, I’d like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to all of this year’s Canadian Oscar nominees. This recognition of Canadian talent and creativity shines brightly on the world stage,” said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada.“Over the last 50 years, Telefilm Canada has grown with the Canadian audiovisual industry, which has matured into a vital sector of activity at home and abroad. We are proud of the talent that our industry has developed, and continues to develop, as today’s Oscar nominations clearly demonstrates.“Canadians around the country have much to be proud of today and I wish the very best of luck to all the Canadians who are in the running for an Oscar this year.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


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first_imgAcrobats face unique challenges when performing in water trapeze acts. The temperature of the water needs to be just right, and gripping the apparatus can be more difficult. (GAVIN YOUNG / POSTMEDIA) Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Twitter It will come as no surprise to fans of Cirque that one or more of the routines in Luzia will involve a trapeze. The trapeze in all its different forms from bars, hoops, ribbons and ropes has been a staple of these Canadian spectacles since day one and of circuses in general for more than 170 years.The trapeze was created in the mid 1800s by a young French acrobat named Jules Leotard. He rigged his apparatus above the family swimming pool so if his practise routines misfired, the water would cushion Leotard’s fall. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Cirque du Soleil’s Grand Chapiteau or Big Top has taken up residence at Stampede Park until Sept. 17.For the next month it will be the home of Luzia, a tribute to Mexican art, culture, traditions, sounds and colours.Luzia, which was created in Montreal in the fall of 2016, is the 38th Cirque creation since 1984 and it is the 17th show to travel in one of the specially created tent theatres.last_img read more


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first_img Categories: Garcia News,Garcia Photos,News,Photos State Representative Daniela R. García invites residents of Ottawa County to her office hours on Monday, Feb. 5.“Getting feedback from my constituents is a crucial aspect of my commitment to Ottawa County residents,” García said. “I look forward to hearing what is important to Ottawa County residents and making sure that follows me to Lansing.”Office hours take place at the following times and locations:11 a.m. to noon at Gary Byker Memorial Library, 3388 Van Buren St. in Hudsonville;1 to 2 p.m. at Howard Miller Public Library, 14 S. Church St. in Zeeland; and3 to 4 p.m. at Herrick District Library, 300 S. River Ave. in Holland.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend are invited to contact her Lansingoffice by phone at 866-908-4327 or via email at DanielaGarcia@house.mi.gov. About Representative Garcìa:State Representative Daniela R. Garcìa is a second-term lawmaker representing the 90th House District.  The 90th District is in Ottawa County and includes the cities of Holland, Hudsonville and Zeeland and the townships of Holland, Zeeland and Jamestown. ###center_img 29Jan Representative García invites local residents to February office hourslast_img read more


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first_img Suspension of high-cost shafts or even entire mines; “True capitulation involves extremely high volume and sharp declines. It is usually indicated by panic selling. The word is a derived from a military term which means to surrender.”—Investopedia It appears the gold market, despite the occasional good day, has entered a phase of true capitulation. Gold has fallen 40% since its $1,921 high in September 2011. GDX, the gold miners’ ETF, is down a numbing 78%. Many gold stocks are now selling at their 2008 lows, with some back at their 2001 lows (and major miner Barrick Gold is now at its 1992 price). This will wreak havoc on the industry. If current price levels remain through the end of the year, we will see: More asset impairments and reserve reductions; Bank-required hedging on marginal assets; and Difficulty meeting debt payments; Reduction in credit ratings, and withdrawal of credit lines; Junior companies closing their doors. We are massively long, of course. But should we be? And does it make sense to hold when market fundamentals are crumbling so fast? Assuming you own companies that can survive a period of low prices, our answer is most definitely YES! Here’s why: Selling locks in losses. It also leaves most people too emotionally stunted and financially weak to reenter. It’s a mistake to let one’s emotions prompt the realization of unnecessary losses and a premature exit from the sector, especially when signs of capitulation indicate that the market is close to its bottom. Warren Buffett bought a stake in the Washington Post Company during the 1973-1974 bear market, an investment that increased tenfold a decade later. Reduced or eliminated dividends; This downtrend is unsustainable. Many producers are selling below their current all-in costs, and others are dangerously close to slipping into the red. According to CitiGroup, about 75% of gold mining operations are not profitable at sub-$1,200 gold. Unless 2.6 billion people in China and India suddenly change their minds about gold, something’s got to give.center_img We’re not alone. Both the US Mint and Royal Canadian Mint saw a surge in demand in late October. Silver Eagles are temporarily sold out. German dealers report a sharp increase in demand and expect to announce delivery delays. Russia’s September purchase was the biggest ever and greater than its own production. Demand in China and India continues unabated—current prices are “irresistible” for shoppers in both countries, says Standard Chartered. Further job cuts, especially in exploration; Marty Whitman, manager of the Third Avenue Value Fund, paid about 20 cents on the dollar for Kmart bonds bought before and after the company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2002. Needless to say, many investors considered him a fool, as it looked certain the company would fail. However, when Kmart emerged from bankruptcy and his bonds were exchanged for stock, those shares jumped higher by an order of magnitude before being taken over by Sears. Following the 9/11 attacks, airline industry sentiment reached abysmal lows. It took Boeing stock about a year to bottom. But those who did their research and acted boldly quadrupled their money on Boeing over the next five years. As we’ve outlined before, the gold market fell for roughly two years in the mid-1970s. Bearish sentiment pervaded, gold bugs were mocked, and chart patterns were negative. After bottoming on August 25, 1976, gold rose a staggering 721% by January 21, 1980, just three years and five months later. As you might surmise, Doug Casey made a fortune in gold stocks during this period, partly due to buying shares at the 1976 bottom. In each example above, investors made a fortune by buying when things were at their most pessimistic. Note that none of the successful investments above required the investor to know, or even guess, where the bottom of the market was. All they had to do was buy deeply undervalued assets when others would not. The current situation for gold stocks is similar. Multiyear low prices, extreme pessimism, panicked selling, scornful media… you get the picture. The “blood” may not be done flowing in the gold sector, but the opportunity emerging is similar to these extreme scenarios in history. Every investor keen on extraordinary gains should be prepared to capitalize on this opportunity. That’s exactly what I and many others at Casey Research are preparing to do. As Louis James likes to say, you don’t try to catch a falling safe; you let it smash and then pick up the treasures scattered about. It’s not easy, but that’s why there’s so much profit in it for those who have the cash and courage to follow through. As for the physical metal, in a world as chaotic and dangerous as ours, we’d argue that everyone should maintain a store of physical value under their direct control—one no government can inflate away. It’s only a matter of time before this game the central bankers and politicians are playing is up and a fuse is lit under the gold price. Owning gold is as important as ever, if not more so. And it’s on sale. On that subject… Get Three Months Free International Storage In the most recent issue of BIG GOLD, we arranged for three months of free international bullion storage at a low-cost facility in what is viewed as the top bullion storage jurisdiction in the world. The vault itself is widely considered to be one of the world’s top private vaulting services. This offer can strategically—and inexpensively—position you for the inevitable endgame. I suggest preparing for that now. Slow or no board approval for new development projects; Gold is the ultimate currency. It’s less about inflation vs. deflation and more about crisis—and the risk of multiple currency crises around the world is extremely elevated. Gold will respond in a massive way when that risk becomes reality. These and other factors are all valid reasons to hold on. But there’s another reason that may be the most exciting of all… How Do You Spell Capitulation? O-P-P-O-R-T-U-N-I-T-Y! The gold selloff has been so brutal that we’re now approaching a true “blood in the streets” moment. That phrase is widely attributed to Baron Rothschild, who made a fortune after the Battle of Waterloo against Napoleon. With the blood of dead soldiers literally staining the streets, he bought when almost no one in their right mind wanted to. We may not be quite there yet with gold, but we’re close. To get an idea of the kind of profits contrarians can earn under such circumstances, let’s look at five top examples from history… In 1939, while Hitler was invading Europe, John Templeton invested $100 in every stock trading below $1 on the New York and American stock exchanges. His portfolio was partly junk: of the 104 companies he would purchase, 34 were in bankruptcy. But four years later, his $10,400 investment was worth over $40,000.last_img read more



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first_img 3 min read Enroll Now for $5 Add to Queue Next Article Entrepreneur Staff Nina Zipkin Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Whenever you’re turning to the crowd to make decisions, whether you need a new hair salon, a good restaurant or even a doctor, the veracity of the reviews you read can sometimes be called into the question. In the past, crowdsourcing platform Yelp has been accused of dubious practices when it comes to false reviews but now the company is finding itself on the other side of the legal line.Yelp is suing the proprietors of sites Revleap.me, YelpDirector and Revpley for allegedly selling business owners four- and five-star Yelp reviews and filtering or removing the less-than-stellar ones. Other accusations include trademark infringement, unfair competition, cybersquatting, breach of contract and false advertising.Related: FTC Takes No Action Against Yelp Following Year-Long Investigation Into Review SystemRevleap.me is the only site mentioned in the lawsuit that is currently active. Its tagline says its mission is to “create a large constant flow of positive reviews that stay on top of your profile and remove fake reviews.”Yelp contends in its suit that the sites made “unauthorized use of Yelp’s registered trademarks and sending spam e-mail and text messages to businesses listed on Yelp––including Yelp’s customers, prospective customers, and business account users.”Lately Yelp has had to deal with several legal entanglements. In January, the Federal Trade Commission’s investigation into the platform was closed. The investigation was launched in 2014 after the FTC received complaints about the delayed removal of false reviews, and allegations that the company manipulated of reviews of businesses that didn’t advertise with them.Related: Appeals Court Rules That Yelp’s Ad Sales Tactics Aren’t Extortion, Just ‘Hard Bargaining’In 2010, Yelp was sued by small-business owners who claimed that after they said no to paid advertising, good reviews disappeared and bad reviews went to the top. This fall, the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco found in favor of Yelp, saying that the company’s business practices fall under hard bargaining, not illegal extortion.   Recently, there has also been legislation discussed in California that would make the banning of negative reviews on Yelp and other crowdsourcing platforms illegal. Yelp says on its site that if a company pays to advertise with them, the deal does not affect the businesses rating, allow them to recommend more positive reviews or remove their negative ones. Related: Yelp Co-Founder: ‘There Has Never Been Any Amount of Money You Could Pay Us to Manipulate Reviews’center_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand February 23, 2015 –shares Yelp Sues Sites That Claim They Can Sell Business Owners 5-Star Reviews Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Legallast_img read more


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first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Image credit: Pixabay March 16, 2016 Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Apple: Founding Fathers Would Be ‘Appalled’ by Government’s iPhone Request Reuters center_img –shares Legal The U.S. founding fathers “would be appalled” by a Department of Justice request to unlock an encrypted iPhone, Apple Inc. said on Tuesday in its final brief before a court showdown next week.Apple is fighting a court order obtained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation last month, which requires the company to write new software to disable passcode protection and allow access to the phone used by one of the San Bernardino, Calif. shooters, Rizwan Farook.Apple on Tuesday said Congress had declined to give the Justice Department the authority to compel Apple’s help.”Although silence is sometimes a weak indicator of intent, it is a different story when Congress actively considers legislation to address a major policy issue, yet deliberately declines to enact it,” Apple said.According to Apple, the government also believes the courts can order private parties “to do virtually anything the Justice Department and FBI can dream up. The Founders would be appalled.”In a statement, the Justice Department said it looked forward to responding to Apple’s arguments in court.”As we have said in our filings, the Constitution and the three branches of the federal government should be entrusted to strike the balance between each citizen’s right to privacy and all citizens’ right to safety and justice,” spokeswoman Emily Pierce said. “The Constitution and the laws of the United States do not vest that power in a single corporation.”Apple and the government have had several heated exchanges in court papers over the case in which law enforcement officials have said last December’s shootings by Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, were inspired by Islamist militants. The FBI wants to read data on the phone to try and find out whether or not the couple had contacts with militant groups.The government has claimed Apple is refusing access as part of a “marketing strategy” to show off its commitment to customer privacy. In response, Apple senior director Robert Ferrini filed a sworn statement saying Apple has created nearly 1,800 advertisements worldwide since rolling out its iOS 8 operating system in October 2014, generating an estimated 253 billion impressions worldwide.”Of those advertisements, not a single one has ever advertised or promoted the ability of Apple’s software to block law enforcement requests for access to the contents of Apple devices,” Ferrini said.Repeating some of the arguments from its previous court filings, Apple on Tuesday said the court order violated free speech rights by compelling it to create software, and contradicted the purpose of a 1994 law called CALEA, which regulates government surveillance of communications networks.The government has asked Apple to create a new version of its operating system, which would circumvent a feature that erases data on an iPhone after too many incorrect passwords are entered.In a court filing last week the government suggested that it could also have the authority to seek Apple’s source code and signing key. If the government did obtain that code, experts said it could access an unlimited number of devices, not just Farook’s phone.In response to the government, Apple said “the catastrophic security implications of that threat only highlight the government’s fundamental misunderstanding or reckless disregard of the technology at issue and the security risks implicated by its suggestion.”Additionally, Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi said the company has never provided any government with its proprietary source code, according to a sworn statement filed in court.Farook and Malik shot and killed 14 people on Dec. 2 at a holiday party. The couple later died in a shootout with police.Tech industry leaders including Google, Facebook and Microsoft and more than two dozen other companies filed legal briefs earlier this month supporting Apple. The Justice Department received support from law enforcement groups and six relatives of San Bernardino victims.(Reporting by Dan Levine in San Francisco and Dustin Volz in Washington; Additional reporting by Joseph Menn in San Francisco; editing by Grant McCool) Next Article 4 min read Register Now »last_img read more


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Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 14 2018A population heath study from the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University Center for Aging Research has determined that haloperidol, the drug most commonly used to treat delirium in hospital medical and surgical intensive care units (ICUs), did not benefit elective thoracic surgery ICU patients when given prophylactically, with the possible exception of those who have had surgery to remove their esophagus. The study results indicate the need for a personalized approach to delirium in the ICU.The work is the first to evaluate the use of the antipsychotic drug haloperidol to reduce post-operative delirium in elderly patients undergoing elective non-cardiac thoracic surgery.Researchers found no differences in delirium incidence or severity between haloperidol and placebo in patients who had undergone elective non-cardiac thoracic surgery except in the small number of study participants who were admitted to the ICU after removal of the esophagus, a procedure known as esophagectomy. Removal of this organ is a treatment for esophageal cancer.”Our work suggests that just as you can’t lump all cancer patients together for treatment, you can’t put all delirium patients in the same bucket,” said Regenstrief Institute investigator Babar A. Khan, M.D., M.S., who led the new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. “We need a personalized approach to delirium, focusing on people at higher risk of developing this complication.”He notes that while elective surgery patients typically are healthier than other ICU patients, they are very much at risk of delirium. He counsels those considering elective surgery to consult with their primary care clinicians and their surgeon to weigh the significant risks of delirium with the benefits of the proposed procedure.Related StoriesBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerNew study to ease plight of patients with advanced cancerCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedDr. Khan is also a co-author of the groundbreaking October 2018 New England Journal of Medicine study that reported that haloperidol did not significantly alter the duration of delirium in ICU patients.”Because we now know that haloperidol, the most commonly used drug to treat ICU delirium doesn’t, with possibly few exceptions, work, we need to focus on nonpharmacological therapies and vigilantly curtail administration of drugs that are harmful to the brain, especially the aging brain,” said Dr. Khan.Approximately five million Americans are admitted to a surgical or medical ICU annually. Delirium, a sudden and serious change in brain function causing confusion, occurs in as many as three quarters of those treated in the ICU. Causes include sepsis, metabolic problems such as liver and kidney disease as well as drugs that injure the brain.Individuals who experience delirium are more likely to have longer hospital stays and hospital-associated complications. They also have a greater likelihood of dying in the hospital for up to a year after their hospital stay than ICU patients who did not experience delirium. They are also more likely to lose physical functioning and experience cognitive impairment.”This landmark study represents a first attempt to reduce the incidence and morbidity of delirium in the postoperative patient,” said thoracic surgeon Kenneth Kesler, M.D., Harris B. Shumacker Professor of Surgery at IU School of Medicine, senior author of the JAGS study. “Although unfortunately an overall negative study, it does move us forward by identifying both a subset of patients who may benefit from haloperidol prophylaxis and those patients who are at risk for delirium following large surgical procedures.” Source:https://www.regenstrief.org/article/icu-acquired-delirium-requires-personalized-approach/ read more


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In this April 2, 2018 photo fifth-generation dairy farmer Mary Mackinson Faber fits a Moocall device on the tail of a pregnant dairy cow at her farm in Pontiac, Ill. The device monitors the cow’s movements and will trigger a text message to announce that the cow is about to give birth. Today’s cows are getting an upgrade and the marriage of two technologies, motion sensors and artificial intelligence, is making mass-scale farming more efficient. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford) Explore further 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. Moo-ving out: Sensor sends text alerts from cows in labor Is the world ready for cows armed with artificial intelligence? In this April 2, 2018 photo a Moocall device is seen on the tail of a pregnant dairy cow at the Mackinson Dairy Farm in Pontiac, Ill. The device monitors the cow’s movements and will trigger a text message to announce that the cow is about to give birth. Today’s cows are getting an upgrade and the marriage of two technologies, motion sensors and artificial intelligence, is making mass-scale farming more efficient. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford) TensorFlow has been used to do everything from helping NASA scientists find planets using the Kepler telescope, to assisting a tribe in the Amazon detect the sounds of illegal deforestation, according to Google spokesman Justin Burr.Google hopes users adapt the open-source code to discover new applications that the company could someday use in its own business.Even without AI, sensors are helping farmers keep tabs on their herds.Mary Mackinson Faber, a fifth-generation farmer at the Mackinson Dairy Farm near Pontiac, Illinois, says a device attached to a cow’s tail developed by Irish company Moocall sends her a text when a cow is ready to give birth, so she can be there to make sure nothing goes wrong. Moocall doesn’t use AI—it simply sends a text when a certain threshold of spinal contractions in the tail are exceeded.While she calls it a “great tool,” she says it takes human intuition to do what’s right for their animals.”There are certain tasks that it can help with, and it can assist us, but I don’t think it will ever replace the human.” Underlying IDA is Google’s open-source TensorFlow programming framework, which has helped spread AI to many disciplines. It’s a language built on top of the commonly used Python code that helps connect data from text, images, audio or sensors to neural networks—the algorithms that help computers learn. The language has been downloaded millions of times and has about 1,400 people contributing code, only 400 of whom work at Google, according to product manager Sandeep Gupta.He says TensorFlow can be used by people with only high-school level math and some programming skills.”We’re continuing this journey making it easier and easier to use,” Gupta says. Citation: Bovines online: Farmers are using AI to help monitor cows (2018, April 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-bovines-online-farmers-ai-cows.html “If we can prove out that these advantages exist from using this technology … I think adoption of IDA across a broad range of farming systems, particularly large farming systems, would be a no-brainer,” Watson says.Dairy farming is just one industry benefiting from AI, which is being applied in fields as diverse as journalism, manufacturing and self-driving cars. In agriculture, AI is being developed to estimate crop health using drone footage and parse out weed killer between rows of cotton.Yasir Khokhar, the former Microsoft employee who is the founder and CEO of Connecterra, said the inspiration for the idea came after living on a dairy farm south of Amsterdam.”It turns out the technology farmers use is really outdated in many respects,” he says. “What does exist is very cumbersome to use, yet agriculture is one of those areas that desperately needs technology.” © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. No time to ruminate on that because the moment has arrived, thanks to a Dutch company that has married two technologies—motion sensors and AI—with the aim of bringing the barnyard into the 21st century.The company, Connecterra, has brought its IDA system , or “The Intelligent Dairy Farmer’s Assistant,” to the United States after having piloted it in Europe for several years.IDA uses a motion-sensing device attached to a cow’s neck to transmit its movements to a program driven by AI. The sensor data, when aligned repeatedly with real-world behavior, eventually allows IDA to tell from data alone when a cow is chewing cud, lying down, walking, drinking or eating.Those indicators can predict whether a particular cow is ill, has become less productive, or is ready to breed—alerting the farmer to changes in behavior that might otherwise be easily missed.”It would just be impossible for us to keep up with every animal on an individual basis,” says Richard Watson, one of the first four U.S. farmers to use IDA since it launched commercially in December.Watson, who owns the Seven Oaks Dairy in Waynesboro, Georgia, says having a computer identify which cows in his 2,000-head herd need attention could help improve farm productivity as much as 10 percent, which would mean hundreds of thousands of dollars to his family. In this March 28, 2018, image made from a video, a cow stands in a pasture on Seven Oaks Dairy in Waynesboro, Ga. On the cow’s neck is a device called IDA, or “The Intelligent Dairy Farmer’s Assistant,” created by Connecterra. It uses a motion-sensing device attached to a cow’s neck to transmit its movements to a program driven by artificial intelligence. (AP Photo/Marina Hutchinson) read more