The Batesville Boy’s Varsity Tennis team defeated Greensburg 5-0 on Monday to improve to 4-1 on the season and 3-0 in the EIAC.#1 Singles- Beau Brown defeated Kyle Sellers 6-0, 6-2#2 Singles- Ben Schwettman defeated David Lawrence 6-7 (2), 7-5, 10-6 (super tie break)#3 Singles- Spencer Rose defeated Nathan Emsweller 6-4, 6-2#1 Doubles- Paul Ritter and Harsh Patel defeated Dakaota Westerkamm and Alex Hughes 6-2, 6-2#2 Doubles- Jonathan Kunkel and Will Harmeyer defeated Trevor Foster and Logan Smith 7-5, 6-2In JV action, Batesville won 5-0 to improve their record to 5-0. Sam Giesting, George Ritter, Lane Westerfeld, and Cooper Williams won in singles while the doubles team of Jacob Christie and Sam Esser also won.Both teams will play on Tuesday at home against East Central at 4 PM.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.
Batesville lost a close 3-2 match to Greenfield Central on Tuesday.The #1 doubles team of Lane Westerfeld and Sam Giesting and the #2 doubles team of Cooper Williams and Adam Scott picked up wins for Batesville.Batesville’s JV team won 4-1. Winners were Grant Story in singles, the doubles team Lane Westerfeld/Brayden Worthington (2 matches) and the doubles team of Jonathan Hoff and Sam Voegele.Batesville will travel to Rushville on Wednesday at 5:00.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney. read more
A new partnership proved a winner when Marcella Tuttle and Lynn Lambert won the Plate Final at the 10th anniversary PING fourball betterball championship.The pair from The Links, Newmarket, scored 43 points and won by two points at PING’s Gainsborough Golf Club in Lincolnshire. “It’s really, really great, so special. I just want to take it in” said Lynn, who is the ladies’ vice-captain.“It’s a lovely honour for the club,” added Marcella, who will follow Lynn as vice-captain.Their closest challengers were Pam Bailey and Mel Davey from Barlaston Golf Club in Staffordshire, who scored 41 points and claimed second place on countback. They pipped Christine Glasby and Dianne Jackson of Millfield Golf Club, Lincolnshire, who played in the last group on the course.Fourth place went to Ladbrook Park, Warwickshire, represented by Caroline Lassen and Wendy Bill, who scored 40 points. They beat Sue Light and Sue Lawton of Flackwell Heath, Buckinghamshire, on countback. Ann Wild and Pamela Ellis of Rochdale, Lancashire, scored 39 points and took sixth place, winning again on countback from four other pairs.Marcella and Lynn teamed up for the first time this season for the PING tournament, which is run by England Golf, and they came through an initial entry of over 16,000 women from almost 850 clubs. The top 50 pairs in the country qualified for tomorrow’s Grand Final while the next 50 pairs went through to today’s Plate Final.“In the qualifier Lynn sank a 40ft putt on the last green for four points, which gave us 42 points and we scraped into the final on the back nine score,” said Marcella, a five handicapper, who was runner-up in the Cambs & Hunts ladies’ championship and is a county player.Today Marcella boosted the score with three gross birdies, on the 7th, 13th and 16th – and missed a two-footer for a fourth. “We dovetailed really well,” she said. “When I went off, Lynn came on and when I had the birdies she chipped and putted for me to be able to go for the putt.”The last few holes were testing for the pair, who were well aware they were amassing a good score, but they held on well to finish strongly.Marcella, who has played golf for 39 years, has played in national finals before, but this was a first for Lynn, who took up golf in 2003 and is now playing off 10. “I am chuffed to bits” she said.The Ping Fourball Betterball tournament began in 2006 and, because of its popularity, the Plate Final was added in 2009.PING’s European marketing manager Dave Fanning commented: “I have been involved in this event since the very beginning and it is great to now be celebrating the 10th anniversary.“We are very proud that we are involved in the ladies’ game from the very top and particularly proud of this event because it encourages ladies of all handicaps.”The putting prize was won by Wendy Bill (Ladbrook Park) and the long driving competition by Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford).Click here for the full scoresCatpion: Lynn Lambert (left) and Marcella Tuttle (image copyright Leaderboard Photography). 7 Sep 2015 New partnership is a PING Plate winner read more
London: Indian steel conglomerate Tata Steel on Monday announced the closure of a plant in the southern Welsh city of Newport, with a potential loss of around 400 jobs at the UK site. The Indian steel giant announced that it had clinched the sale of a Canadian and Swedish plant as part of its worldwide Cogent Electrical Steels division but, despite exploring all options, the company has been unable to find a way forward for the Orb Electrical Steels plant. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Continuing to fund substantial losses at Orb Electrical Steels is not sustainable at a time when the European steel industry is facing considerable challenges. We saw no prospects of returning the Orb business to profitability in the coming years,” said Henrik Adam, CEO of Tata Steel’s European operations. “I recognise how difficult this news will be for all those affected, and we will work very hard to support them,” Adam said. The company said it had signed a sales and purchase agreement for Cogent Power Inc (CPI), with Japanese steel giant JFE Shoji Trade Corporation. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostCPI manufactures cores for electrical distribution transformers and employs nearly 300 people. Tata Steel has decided to retain Surahammars Bruks AB, which makes advanced steels for electric vehicles and employs around 100 people. “We have been able to secure the future for almost 400 colleagues in CPI and Surahammars Bruks. However, today’s proposal will be sad news for colleagues at Orb in South Wales. “This is necessary, enabling us to focus our resources, including investment, on our core business and markets, helping us build a long-term sustainable future in Europe,” Adam said. The company said its Orb Electrical Steels business in Newcastle has been loss-making for several years as it struggled to compete in the fast-moving market to supply steels used in electricity transformers in which customer requirements have out-stripped the site’s capability. Converting the site to create steels for future electric vehicle production would cost in excess of 50 million pounds in a highly competitive market where Tata Steel faces higher-volume competitors both in Europe and globally. In addition, Tata Steel has been unable to find a buyer for Wolverhampton Engineering Steels Service Centre, in the UK, and proposes to close it, potentially affecting up to 26 jobs, including a sales office in Bolton. The Tata Group said every effort will be made by Tata Steel to mitigate the impact on affected employees including offering alternative employment opportunities where possible at other Tata Steel sites. Consultations with affected employees and trade unions at both Orb and Wolverhampton will commence shortly. This process will include assessing ways to minimise the need for compulsory redundancies. Tata Steel is the largest steelmaker in the UK employing more than 8,000 people, manufacturing advanced products for the likes of the automotive, construction and engineering industries. The company has invested around 2 billion pounds in its UK business since acquiring Corus in 2007, including more than 100 million pounds in the last year to support advanced steel manufacturing at a number of UK sites including an essential life extension project at one of the company’s two UK blast furnaces. Unions said Tata which employs nearly 6,000 workers in Wales was breaking its commitments over job guarantees. Roy Rickhuss of the Community steelworkers’ union called it “shocking” news, which “makes a mockery of the understanding we reached with Tata around the jobs guarantee”. “There has been no consultation about this proposal either at UK or European level and company management should hang their heads in shame in the way this has come about,” said Rickhuss. “This is of course extremely devastating news for workers at the Orb, but all Tata Steel workers should be concerned by the way Tata is breaking its commitments,” he said, calling on the UK government to intervene. UK Economy Minister Ken Skates said he stressed the importance in talks with the company of avoiding compulsory redundancies. “The Welsh government will now do everything it can to support individuals, the community and the supply chain affected by this announcement,” he added. “Today’s news clearly demonstrates the fragility of the global steel market and the UK government must now step up and broaden its approach to supporting the industry, including its supply chain, across the whole of the UK,” Skates said. read more
Take any major conference that happened this year, Google I/O, Apple’s WWDC, or Microsoft Build. A major focus of all these conferences by top-notch tech leaders is improving User experience, smoothing out the process of how a user experiences their products. In present times, the user experience is heavily dependent on how a system interacts with a human. It may be either through responsive web designs, or appealing architectures. It may also be through an interactive module, such as a conversational UI, a chatbot, or a voice interface—essentially the same thing albeit with slight changes in their definition. Irrespective of they are called, these UX models have one fixed goal: to improve the interaction between a human, and a system, such that it feels real. In our recently conducted Packt Skill-up survey 2018, we asked developers and tech pros about whether Conversational User Interfaces and chatbots are going to be the future for web UI? Well, it seems yes, as over 65% of respondents, agreed that chat interactions and Conversational User Interfaces are the future of the web. After the recent preview of the power of Google Duplex, those numbers might be even higher if asked again today. Why has this paradigm of interacting with the web shifted from text and even visual searches on mobile to Voice, Natural language, and conversation UI? Why is Apple’s Siri, Google’s Voice assistant, Microsoft’s Cortana, Amazon Echo, releasing new versions every day? Computing power & NLP, the two pillars Any chatbot, or voice interface, requires two major factors to make them successful. One being computational power, which makes a conversational UI process complex calculations. And natural language processing, which actually makes a chatbot conduct human-like conversations. Both these areas have made tremendous progress in the recent times. A large number of computational chips namely GPUs, TPUs, as well as quantum computers, are being developed, which are capable of processing complex calculations in a jiffy. NLP has also gained momentum both in speech recognition capabilities (understanding language) and artificial intelligence (learning from experience). As technology in these areas expands, it paves way for companies to adopt conversational UIs as their main user interface. The last thing we need is more apps There are already a very large number of apps (read millions) available in app stores and they are increasing every day. We are almost at the peak of the hype cycle. And there is only downfall from here. Why? Well, I’m sure, you’ll agree, downloading, setting up, and managing an app is a hassle, not to mention, humans have limited attention spans, so switching between multiple apps happens quite often. Conversational UIs are rapidly taking up the vacuum left behind by mobile apps. They integrate functionalities of multiple apps in one. So you have a simple messaging app, which can also book cabs, search, and shop or order food. Moreover, they can simplify routine tasks. AI enabled chatbots, can remind you of scheduled meetings, bring up the news for you every morning, analyze your refrigerator for food items to be replenished, and update your shopping cart, all with simple commands. Advancements in deep learning have also produced, what are known as therapist bots. Users can confide in bots just as they do with human friends when they have a broken heart, have lost a job, or have been feeling down. (This view does assume that the service provider respects the users’ privacy and adheres to strict policies related to data privacy and protection.) The end of screen-based interfaces Another flavor of Conversational UI is the Voice User interfaces (VUI). Typically, we interact with a device directly through a touchscreen or indirectly with a remote control. However, VUI is the touch-less version of technology where you only need to think aloud with your voice. These interfaces can work solo, like Amazon Echo, or Google Home or be combined with text-based chatbots, like Apple Siri, Google voice assistant etc. You simply need to say a command or type it, and the task is done. “Siri, Text Robert, I’m running late for the meeting.” And boy! Are voice user interfaces growing rapidly! Google Duplex, announced at Google I/O 2018, can even make phone calls for the users imitating human natural conversation almost perfectly. In Fact, it also adds pause-fillers and phrases such as “um”, “uh-huh “, and “erm” to make the conversation sound as natural as possible. Voice interfaces also work amazingly for people with disabilities including Visual imparities. Users, who are unable to use screens and keyboards, can use VUI for their dat-to-day tasks. Here’s a touching review of Amazon Echo shared by a wheelchair-bound user about how the device changed his life. The world is being swept over by the wave of Conversational UI, Google duplex being the latest example. As AI deepens its roots, across the technology ecosystem, intelligent assistant applications like, Siri, Duplex, Cortana will advance. This boom will push us closer to Zero UI, a seamless and interactive UI which eradicates the barrier between user and device. Read Next Top 4 chatbot development frameworks for developersHow to create a conversational assistant or chatbot using PythonBuilding a two-way interactive chatbot with Twilio: A step-by-step guide read more