Half-time: Rotherham 0 QPR 0 – Rangers fortunate not to be behind at the break

first_imgA combination of Nedum Onuoha and the woodwork saved QPR from going behind in the first half at the New York Stadium.Onuoha produced a superb last-ditch challenge on the half-hour mark to deny Matt Derbyshire when the Rotherham striker looked certain to slot home the rebound after Paul Green’s shot had hit the post.Rangers, in their ninth match under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and still without a win since the Dutchman took over as manager, have been second best so far.They had to defend a succession of corners early on and keeper Alex Smithies, who was passed fit after an elbow injury, produced a save to keep out Joe Newell’s effort.The visitors did go close when Grant Hall’s header from Matt Phillips’ 32nd-minute free-kick was cleared by Danny Ward, who sent a header narrowly wide of the near post at the other end shortly before the break.QPR: Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Henry, Luongo; Phillips, Fer, Hoilett; Polter.Subs: Lumley, Angella, Chery, Petrasso, Sandro, Tozser, Mackie.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Johnny Cueto’s investment in the future mirrors Giants’ investment in Cueto

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. PHOENIX — With each bullpen session he throws, injured starter Johnny Cueto is moving closer to rejoining the San Francisco Giants pitching staff.With each day Cueto spends at the Giants’ minor league complex in Scottsdale, the veteran pitcher is helping to change an important part of the organization’s culture.Cueto, 33, left the Scottsdale complex Saturday to throw a 40-pitch bullpen in front of Giants coaches …last_img

Hypocrisy is all around us

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Hypocrisy can be defined as the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform. In other words, a hypocrite says one thing and does another. I’m sure all of you reading this article can think of examples of hypocrisy in our everyday lives. I will offer a few examples that tend to hit a nerve with me.Hypocrisy in society1. The general public complains frequently and loudly about legislation and other policies enacted by local, state, and national government. However, when given the chance to express their opinions about politicians and issues, the general public typically shows up to vote in low numbers.2. The national restaurant chain Chipotle proudly promises that they source their food ingredients from farms rather than factories and try to source responsibly raised meats and produce for the benefit of their customers. Unfortunately, these lofty goals have not extended to food safety as they’ve failed to prevent dozens of customers from experiencing food poisoning and other foodborne illnesses.3. Members of the general public endorse the concept of requiring farmers to follow certain animal welfare practices that insure humanely raised meat products. Then, these same members of the public complain about higher food prices and may purchase the more economically priced products.4. The mainstream sports media for years have said that the Cincinnati Bengals can’t win a playoff game with Andy Dalton as their quarterback. Now that he is out due to injury, the same media outlets fear that the Bengals can’t win in the playoffs without him. Note: This is the opinion of an overly-sensitive Bengals fan that believes the media can’t have it both ways! Hypocrisy in agriculture and beef production1. Agricultural producers get upset when non-farm clientele don’t believe or respect the story of traditional agricultural production. Do we as agricultural producers give the same respect and consideration we expect from others when we are asked to hear the story from groups that are polar opposites in terms of their beliefs about food production?2. Farmers will build barns to store tractors and equipment but store bales of hay uncovered on sod ground.3. Farmers try to get grain crops planted as quickly and efficiently as possible in the spring but will calve beef cows 12 months a year because they don’t have a place to house the herd bull separately from the cow herd.4. Small herds that utilize one bull for both their cows and heifers will focus on buying a bull with calving ease for the limited number of heifers retained for replacements, but fail to select EPDs suitable for the majority of the females in the herd that are mature cows. The producer then complains about the lower weights on their feeder calves on sale day.5. Numerous beef industry surveys indicate that March is the most common month of the year that producers will include in their calving season. This is a tradition that has carried across generations of producers even though March typically possesses the most highly variable weather patterns with some of the most stressful calving conditions throughout the year.6. Club calf producers design matings to produce steer calves with extreme amounts of muscle, bone, and hair that target a “perceived” ideal terminal market animal. These producers often keep the females from these same matings with the hope they will make productive brood cows.7. The OSU Extension Beef Coordinator encourages beef producers to put an emphasis on aggressive reproduction and culling practices. This same person manages to find excuses for his daughters ex-show heifers that may not live up to the same lofty standards that he encourages other producers to adopt. Note: This is a painful confession from a person that knows hypocrisy when he sees it!Some of the beef-related hypocrisies mentioned in this article will be addressed in the second session of the upcoming 2016 Ohio Beef Cattle School that will be held on Tuesday, February 2 starting at 7:00 p.m. Remember, the School begins with the first session on Tuesday, January 19 and concludes on Tuesday, February 16, and is being hosted in many locations across Ohio, plus one each in Indiana and New York. More information on the 2016 Ohio Beef Cattle School can be found at the OSU Extension Beef Team’s web site at http://go.osu.edu/BeefSchool.last_img read more

Mobile App Ecosystem 2010: A Look Back

first_imgMobile analytics firm Distimo has just released its year-end report summarizing the figures, statistics and changes which occurred in the mobile application ecosystem during the course of 2010. The report looks at the major mobile platforms of the day, including iOS (iPhone and iPad), Android, BlackBerry, Nokia, Palm and Windows (6.x and Windows Phone 7).Some of its findings are more obvious than others (e.g., free apps are downloaded in higher numbers than paid apps), but other tidbits of data may give developers pause as they consider how best to monetize their mobile applications. For example, developers may be surprised to hear that the revenue earned from in-app purchases within high grossing free apps more than doubled during the 2010, suggesting a new trend in app monetization.Growth by the NumbersIn looking at the absolute number of applications, Apple’s App Store grew the most in 2010, doubling its last-year’s total to almost 300,000 apps by year-end (excluding the iPad store). But in terms of percentages, the runners-up did better. Google’s Android Market is now 6 times the size it was last year. (For what it’s worth, Distimo pegs that size at 130,000 applications, although the third-party application monitoring service at AndroLib.com found there to be 200,000 earlier in December. This number was widely reported, often without noting that AndroLib counts everything, even apps that are no longer on the Market.)RIM’s BlackBerry App World and Nokia’s Ovi Store also tripled their growth over the year, growing to 18,000 apps on BlackBerry App World and 25,000 apps on Ovi. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Average App PricesThe average price of paid apps on the four top platforms (iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Nokia) declined in 2010. Distimo found that price drops could be observed in the 100 most popular applications, even though the percentages differed. With the exception of the Android Market, the average listing price is lower now than it was in January 2010.The average price between all apps and just the top apps shows slightly different trends, however. On BlackBerry, the price of top apps is significantly lower than all paid apps, something which is also happening to a lesser extent in the Apple App Store (for iPhone). In Google’s Android Market and Nokia’s Ovi Store, the top apps are more expensive than the average price for all paid applications.As 2010 progressed, all four stores became more in line with each other. Here, there was a shift towards the lower price tiers where the $1.00-$1.99 tier gained popularity across the board. Note that Google’s Android Market introduced many new categories during the year, which is why Application-Health’s growth is lower than the average. For more details on the rankings of individual applications per platform, you can see Distimo’s report here. Tags:#apps#mobile#Trends Growth Categories per StoreDistimo noticed that during 2010, there were more business-oriented applications available for iPhone, reflecting the switch occurring in many workplaces where employees are now allowed to use the iPhone instead of whatever mobile phone the company’s I.T. department had previously recommended or enforced. Outside of the workplace, more people are using the iPhone as a productivity tool.Meanwhile, the business-friendly BlackBerry platform saw its App World receiving more entertainment-focused applications, as it tries to shift in the other direction, towards being a more consumer-friendly product.Android Market and Nokia’s Ovi Store saw more balanced category growth. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#apps#mobile#Trends Related Posts Note that Google’s Android Market introduced many new categories during the year, which is why Application-Health’s growth is lower than the average. For more details on the rankings of individual applications per platform, you can see Distimo’s report here. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Growth Categories per StoreDistimo noticed that during 2010, there were more business-oriented applications available for iPhone, reflecting the switch occurring in many workplaces where employees are now allowed to use the iPhone instead of whatever mobile phone the company’s I.T. department had previously recommended or enforced. Outside of the workplace, more people are using the iPhone as a productivity tool.Meanwhile, the business-friendly BlackBerry platform saw its App World receiving more entertainment-focused applications, as it tries to shift in the other direction, towards being a more consumer-friendly product.Android Market and Nokia’s Ovi Store saw more balanced category growth. Average App PricesThe average price of paid apps on the four top platforms (iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Nokia) declined in 2010. Distimo found that price drops could be observed in the 100 most popular applications, even though the percentages differed. With the exception of the Android Market, the average listing price is lower now than it was in January 2010.The average price between all apps and just the top apps shows slightly different trends, however. On BlackBerry, the price of top apps is significantly lower than all paid apps, something which is also happening to a lesser extent in the Apple App Store (for iPhone). In Google’s Android Market and Nokia’s Ovi Store, the top apps are more expensive than the average price for all paid applications.As 2010 progressed, all four stores became more in line with each other. Here, there was a shift towards the lower price tiers where the $1.00-$1.99 tier gained popularity across the board. Free vs. PaidObviously, free apps do well in terms of downloads. Says Distimo, the high download volume has convinced many developers to switch monetization methods from paid to something else.The number of free apps in Apple’s App Store (for iPhone) and Nokia’s Ovi Store both skyrocketed in 2010, but the extreme difference in Ovi’s case may be attributed to the unavailability of operator billing in a number of Nokia’s markets.Download VolumeIn the U.S., the top 300 free apps generated over 3 million downloads each day during December 2010, while only 350,000 paid apps were downloaded daily. However, those paid app download numbers still represent a 30% increase from June 2010. (Data excluded downloads after Christmas, to obtain a more “normal” view of the numbers). sarah perez In-App PurchasesThe share of revenue generated by in-app purchases climbed steadily over the course of the year, says Distimo. Also, when comparing June to December, the share of revenue generated by in-app purchases more than doubled on both iPhone and iPad. However, in-app revenue is smaller on iPad (15%) than iPhone (34%). Free vs. PaidObviously, free apps do well in terms of downloads. Says Distimo, the high download volume has convinced many developers to switch monetization methods from paid to something else.The number of free apps in Apple’s App Store (for iPhone) and Nokia’s Ovi Store both skyrocketed in 2010, but the extreme difference in Ovi’s case may be attributed to the unavailability of operator billing in a number of Nokia’s markets.Download VolumeIn the U.S., the top 300 free apps generated over 3 million downloads each day during December 2010, while only 350,000 paid apps were downloaded daily. However, those paid app download numbers still represent a 30% increase from June 2010. (Data excluded downloads after Christmas, to obtain a more “normal” view of the numbers). In-App PurchasesThe share of revenue generated by in-app purchases climbed steadily over the course of the year, says Distimo. Also, when comparing June to December, the share of revenue generated by in-app purchases more than doubled on both iPhone and iPad. However, in-app revenue is smaller on iPad (15%) than iPhone (34%). The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology,Mobile analytics firm Distimo has just released its year-end report summarizing the figures, statistics and changes which occurred in the mobile application ecosystem during the course of 2010. The report looks at the major mobile platforms of the day, including iOS (iPhone and iPad), Android, BlackBerry, Nokia, Palm and Windows (6.x and Windows Phone 7).Some of its findings are more obvious than others (e.g., free apps are downloaded in higher numbers than paid apps), but other tidbits of data may give developers pause as they consider how best to monetize their mobile applications. For example, developers may be surprised to hear that the revenue earned from in-app purchases within high grossing free apps more than doubled during the 2010, suggesting a new trend in app monetization.Growth by the NumbersIn looking at the absolute number of applications, Apple’s App Store grew the most in 2010, doubling its last-year’s total to almost 300,000 apps by year-end (excluding the iPad store). But in terms of percentages, the runners-up did better. Google’s Android Market is now 6 times the size it was last year. (For what it’s worth, Distimo pegs that size at 130,000 applications, although the third-party application monitoring service at AndroLib.com found there to be 200,000 earlier in December. This number was widely reported, often without noting that AndroLib counts everything, even apps that are no longer on the Market.)RIM’s BlackBerry App World and Nokia’s Ovi Store also tripled their growth over the year, growing to 18,000 apps on BlackBerry App World and 25,000 apps on Ovi. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more