SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews Email* The experienced German rider Andreas Dibowski has leapt to the top of the leaderboard with a typically fast and determined Cross Country round at Luhmühlen CCI4* (GER), presented by DHL, penultimate leg of the FEI Classics™ 2015/2016.Dibowski, winner of Germany’s premier event in 2011, has risen from fourth place after Dressage on the 12-year-old It’s Me XX, formerly an English racehorse by Kahyasi. In a brilliantly accurate performance, he finished just one second over the optimum time of 11 minutes 10 seconds.“I am super happy,” said Dibowski, who turned 50 in March this year. “My horse did a wonderful job. He may be small, but he has the biggest heart.”However, the 2008 Olympic team gold medallist has no margin for error in tomorrow’s Jumping phase as the speedy Frenchman Maxime Livio, lying second on Qalao des Mers, New Zealander Tim Price (Ringwood Sky Boy), third, and Britain’s Oliver Townend, fourth on the New Zealand Thoroughbred Black Tie, are all within a Jumping fence of the leader.“My horse is a very good jumper,” warned Livio of his 12-year-old Selle Francais. “If he has poles down it will be my fault, not the horse’s, because he always gives his best.”Of the Cross Country track, Livio commented: “The ground was very good and it was a nice course. There were more twists and turns that I am used to.”Price reported that the course was tight for his long-striding horse. “He answered every question though,” added the rider. “It was a matter of keeping the rhythm.”Julia Krajewski (GER), the Dressage leader, rode a beautiful neat round on the athletic Samourai du Thot, but she got behind the clock and 10 time penalties dropped her to fifth place. However, it was a stylish CCI4* debut.“I wanted to give my horse a good experience so I didn’t push for the time too much,” she explained. “I am very proud of him.”Emma Dougall (AUS), third after Dressage on Belcam Bear, also accrued 10 time penalties and is now in seventh place behind Andrew Hoy (AUS) and Rutherglen, who have moved up six places to sixth after finishing just two seconds over time.Andrew Nicholson (NZL) survived an investigation into whether his first ride Qwanza had glanced-off the Ariat Horses fence near the end of the course, but he was judged to have jumped it clear and has moved up a place to eighth at this stage of the competition.At the end of the day, the veteran Kiwi rider also produced a masterful performance of balance and accuracy on CCI4* first-timer Perfect Stranger and moved up 12 places to 11th.Julian Despontin (BEL), the Dressage runner-up, is now in 18th place on Waldano 36 with 34 time penalties.Course Designer Mark Phillips (GBR) played a major part in bringing a CCI4* to Luhmühlen for the first time in 2005 and he should be proud of this year’s track, his last after 12 years, which exerted exactly the right influence.There were no falls and 26 of the 28 Cross Country starters completed with 18 clear rounds, four of which were inside the optimum time. Six nations are represented in the top 10.“I owe Mark big thanks,” said Event Director Julia Otto. “We have worked together for many years now and I owe him so much.”The drop into the DHL water at 28 caught a few riders off balance and Class Hermann Romeike (GER) on Cato 60, eighth after Dressage, had no chance of negotiating the next narrow fence after pitching on landing.Townend retired his first ride, Dromgurrihy Blue, after a run-out at the skinny fence out of the water at the Meisner Teich (fence 19) and Arnaud Boiteau (FRA) pulled up Quoriano ‘ENE HN’ after an early refusal at fence 5, a house into water. Levett had a run-out at the third element of this complex with his first ride, Improvise, seventh after Dressage and Sarah Bullimore (GBR), 10th after Dressage, had a run-out on Reve du Rouet at the bounce of beer barrels at fence 15.The home crowd will be hoping to see their local rider take the trophy tomorrow, but he will have a fight on his hands with riders of the calibre of Livio, Price and Townend breathing down his neck.Follow the excitement with live coverage on FEI TV (www.feitv.org) and live results on www.luhmuehlen.de.Results after Cross Country1 Andreas Dibowski/It’s Me XX (GER) 43.4 + 0.4 = 43.82 Maxime Livio/Qalao des Mers (FRA) 44.9 + 0 = 44.93 Tim Price/Ringwood Sky Boy (NZL) 44.6 + 1.6 = 46.24 Oliver Townend/Black Tie (GBR) 47.6 + 0 = 47.65 Julia Krajewski/Samourai du Thot (GER) 39.0 + 10 = 49.06 Andrew Hoy/Rutherglen (AUS) 48.5 + 0.8 = 49.37 Emma Dougall/Belcam Bear (AUS) 40.6 + 10 = 50.68 Andrew Nicholson/Qwanza (NZL) 46.3 + 5.6 = 51.99 Bill Levett/Alexander NJ (AUS) 52.6 + 0 = 52.610 Joseph Murphy/Sportsfield Othello (IRL) 50.7 + 2.4 = 53.1 Tags: FEI Classics™, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! 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More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.
Last night marked the final performance at Freebird Live, a venue Jacksonville Beach, FL venue that closed its doors after 16+ years of business. The venue was owned by Judy Van Zant, the widow of Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ronnie Van Zant, who passed away in a devastating plane crash in 1977.Galactic was on hand for the final musical celebration at Freebird Live, a fitting choice considering the band’s penchant for feel-good dance party funk music. The band has performed nearly every year at Freebird Live, but this final night had some special magic in the air. The whole thing came to a head when Galactic brought out JJ Grey for a cover of “Free Bird,” the Lynyrd Skynyrd song and venue’s namesake.Watch fan-shot footage of “Free Bird,” courtesy of Brett McInerney, below:[note: Trombone Shorty is not featured in this video as the title suggests, but Corey Henry is playing the trombone]You can also bask in the nostalgia of this storied venue with an open message from Judy and Melody Van Zant, as copied below:A MESSAGE FROM THE OWNERS OF FREEBIRD LIVEJanuary 19, 2016A Message From Melody Van-ZantOwner of Freebird LiveIt’s hard to believe that in less than 24 hours we will walk through the doors of the Freebird and set up for one last show! The last few weeks I have spent countless hours cleaning up and clearing out. It has been an emotional roller coaster. I have laughed, I have cried, I have used some really horrible language and have smiled at memories that have been made. I want to say that even though the years of work haven’t always been easy…….it was worth it. I have made some amazing friendships along the way and many of those people I now consider family.I want to say thank you 1st to my father for the inspiration, to my children for putting up with a tired and stressed mother, my family for standing behind me and my staff for their hard work. I also want to thank the bands and fans, without your love of music we never would have survived. Last but not least I want to thank my mom for her dream and the amazing journey it took us on.I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes “don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Now let’s get in there one last time and give them what they came for!Melody Van-Zant—————————————–January 20, 2016A Message From Judy Van ZantOwner of Freebird LiveFreebird was a dream that came true. It was a labor of love and that love evolved into a great live music venue that brought so much joy to me, my family, musicians and fans from all over the country.Freebird will host it’s final show tonight with Galactic, a fan favorite that has performed there almost every year since it opened.I have not worked at the “Bird” in some seven years or more but I always know what is going on there, I stop in for shows and I am so proud of what it has accomplished.I must thank Melody Van-Zant for believing in my dream and making it her own, Matt Grondin for his inspiration and input, Aria Todd and Kodin Todd for their patience, the many great musicians that have graced the stage and the loyal lovers of live music that have supported it over the past 16 years.Farewell Freebird! I will miss you!!Judy Van Zant
Norway’s Electromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS) reported vessel utilization for the first quarter 2016 at 55% compared with 76% for the first quarter 2015.In the first quarter of 2016, the vessels were allocated 29% to contract and 26% to multi-client projects.EMGS had two vessels in operation in the first quarter 2016.The BOA Thalassa started contract work in India in January 2016. The project was completed a month later. Following the contract work in India, the vessel began a multi-client project west of India in March, and the completion of the project is planned for April. The vessel’s utilization for the first quarter was 73%.EMGS’s second vessel, the Atlantic Guardian was idle in January and off hire on a planned yard stay from January 31 until March 05.In addition, the vessel started a multi-client project in the Hammerfest Basin on March 10. The project is expected to be completed in the first part of May. The vessel’s utilization for the first quarter was 38%.The EM Leader has been laid up since May 15, 2015.EMGS stated that it expects to record zero multi-client revenues in the first quarter 2016.
SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Metal shavings prompt ground turkey recall Published: October 3, 2017 4:43 PM EDT MIAMI (CBSMiami) A North Carolina company which supplies Publix with ground turkey meat has issued a recall after after metal shavings were found in a package.Prestage Foods, Inc. has recalled approximately 38,475 pounds of ground turkey that may be contaminated with “extraneous materials.”The fresh ground turkey was produced on September 25 and 26, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:*1.3-lb. White Styrofoam trays with clear plastic film covering packages containing ground turkey labeled “Publix ground turkey breast WITH NATURAL FLAVORINGS” with ink jet printing on the side of trays displaying the first 4 digits of 7268 and 7269.*1.3-lb. White Styrofoam trays with clear plastic film covering packages containing ground turkey labeled “Publix ground turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORINGS” with ink jet labeling on the side of trays displaying the first 4 digits of 7268 and 7269.*1.2-lb. White Styrofoam trays with clear plastic film covering packages containing ground turkey labeled “Fit & Active Fresh Ground Turkey With Natural Flavoring” with ink jet labeling on the side of trays displaying the first 4 digits of 7268 and 7269.*1.0-lb. White Styrofoam trays with clear plastic film covering packages containing ground turkey labeled “Weis Markets Fresh Ground Turkey Breast” with ink jet labeling on the side of trays displaying the first 4 digits of 7268 and 7269.The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-22000” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail distribution centers in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.According to the USDA memo, the problem was reported on September 27th when they were notified by plant employees performing sanitation on processing equipment. On the same day, one store noticed a metal shaving in a package of ground turkey and contacted the company.Anyone with a package of the recalled meat should either throw it away or return it to the place of purchase.
Tigers finish regular season Tuesday at D.C. EverestBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterTOMAH — The Marshfield boys tennis team placed second at the Tomah Quad on Saturday, finishing just one point behind the host school for the tournament title.Tomah had 20 points, followed by the Tigers with 19, New Richmond with 18, and Viroqua with 11.John Weisenberger at No. 2 singles and the No. 1 doubles team of Evan Fait and Derek Reckner went a perfect 3-0 for Marshfield.The Tigers wrap up their regular-season schedule with a dual meet at D.C. Everest on Tuesday. The Wisconsin Valley Conference Meet is Thursday at Wausau East and West high schools.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
IDC forecasts the AR/VR market for headsets to grow at 54.1 percent annually, reaching almost nine million units in 2019 and to grow to 68.6 million units by 2023. Augmented and Virtual Reality is on track to become as ubiquitous as mobile devices by 2025, according to a survey by Perkins Coie of 200 startup founders. Tipatat Chennavasin, general partner at Venture Reality Fund , said that “the idea of VR and AR as a means of connecting people to the digital world in a much more natural and human way is profound. It will help everyone benefit from the power of the digital economy. It allows us to redefine computer literacy—we can adapt the computer to the way we think and want to work.” How will AR/VR be used? One area that will see huge growth is in retail. Hanna Karki, principal research analyst at Gartner, said that “the impact of AR or VR in retail can be transformative. Retailers can use AR as an extension of the brand experience to engage customers in immersive environments and drive revenue. For example, IKEA’s Place app enables customers to virtually ‘place’ IKEA products in their space. Additionally, AR can be used outside the store after a sale to increase customer satisfaction and improve loyalty.”
Guest author Josh Klahr is the vice president of product management at AtScale.The past few years have been filled with a number of prognostications related to the future of big data and the various technologies that have emerged to tackle the challenges posed by the world’s ever-expanding data sets. If you believe what you read, you might reach the conclusion that:The Hadoop wave has come and gone and was just a hype cycle Hadoop and related big-data technology and services will be a $50 billion industry Spark is the next Hadoop, and will overtake Hadoop for big-data workloads Hadoop is going to replace traditional massively parallel processing (MPP) databases There is some truth in all of the above assertions. At the same time, all of these statements deserve deeper investigation. The reality of the situation is not easily captured in a single headline or sound bite.A Brief History Of HadoopTo understand what is really happening in the big-data market, it’s useful to first understand the market forces that are driving the evolution and adoption of these various technologies. Then we can identify which tools and technologies are best-suited to address these challenges. Hadoop evolved at Yahoo as a solution for low-cost scale-out storage coupled with parallelizable tasks. The result was HDFS and MapReduce. As Hadoop matured and adoption increased, so did the need for higher-level constructs, like metadata management and data query/management languages. HCatalog, Pig, and Hive became part of the ecosystem. With increased workloads came the need for more robust resource management increased, and services like YARN emerged. At the same time, an expansion in the the number of consumers drove an expansion in the number of supported languages (SQL, Python, R, Scala) and data-processing engines like Spark and Impala emerged.So, where are we today?With all of this evolution, there are some things that remain the same, and as would be expected in an market, continued areas of innovation. Based on AtScale’s work with a number of enterprise customers, we’ve learned there are a set of consistent requirements:People still need low-cost scale-out storage—HDFS remains the best optionResource management in a clustered environment is paramount to delivering on the promise of a multi-purpose, multi-workload environment. Our experience is that YARN is still very at the forefront of providing resource management for enterprise-grade Hadoop clusters.Spark is clearly being very much adopted for a specific set of use cases, including pipelined data processing and parallelizable data-science workloads. At the same time, SQL-on-Hadoop engines (including Spark SQL, Impala, Presto, and Drill) are very much critical and growing.While batch data processing and data-science workloads are common for today’s Spark and Hadoop clusters, support for business intelligence workloads is the dominant theme for many.A Reality CheckWhat’s happening in the market is not necessarily that one platform is winning while another is losing. A recent survey of Hadoop adoption that AtScale conducted revealed that more than 60 percent of companies think of Hadoop as a game-changing investment, and more than 50 percent of organizations which currently don’t have a Hadoop plan on investing in the technology in the next 12 months. At the same time, Spark is also increasingly on the scene. According to a recent survey on Spark adoption, Spark has had the most contributions of all open-source projects managed by the Apache Software Foundations over the past year. Although not as mature as Hadoop, Spark’s clear value proposition is leading to this increased investment.Based on what we are seeing with companies working with AtScale, there is room in the market for both Spark and Hadoop, and both platforms have an important place in the big-data architectures of the future. Depending on workloads and preferences, there are different mixes of these technologies in each customer. For example, one customer may rely on Impala to support interactive SQL queries on Hadoop, while another might turn to Spark SQL. However, one consistent thing we are seeing across the board is an ever-increasing demand to support business-intelligence workloads using some combination of Hadoop and Spark SQL. As the AtScale Hadoop Maturity Survey discovered, more than 65 percent of respondents are using or plan on using Hadoop to support business-intelligence workloads—the most prevalent of all workloads on current and planned clusters. Similarly, a recent Spark user survey found that among Spark adopters, 68 percent were using Spark to support BI workloads, 16% more than the next most prevalent workload.Playing With Technology MatchesWe need to stop playing Spark and Hadoop off each other and understand how they will coexist. Hadoop will continue to be used as a platform for scale-out data storage, parallel processing, and clustered workload management. Spark will continue to be used for both batch-oriented and interactive scale-out data-processing needs. I believe these two components together will play an important role in the next generation of scale-out data platforms, and enable the next generation of scale-out business intelligence.Photo via Wikimedia Commons Tags:#Apache Spark#Big Data#Business Intelligence#Guest Posts#Hadoop#Spark Follow the Puck Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces josh klahr How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…
Another Inflection PointOf all the market transitions hitting the developed world retail industry these days, perhaps the one that will require the greatest industry change – and have the most defining competitive impact – will be the redefinition of product.For a handful of industry leaders, it’s a key component of today’s competitive strategy.For most others – consumed, as they are, by omni-channel integration and digital strategies and mountains of data – it seems to be a bridge too far.At the heart of this issue is an all-too-familiar reality: physical products – at nearly all price points and in nearly all segments – have been commoditized.It’s happened for several reasons. Private label goods offer equal performance at lesser price. Global sourcing enables the immediate copying and delivery (at volume) of hot trends. The internet brings a searing transparency of price and specifications. The quality gaps between good, better and best have been slimmed, even erased.And whether or not multiple retailers have the same brand and SKU, many have the same category . . . and dozens have the same look.The results of this commoditization are seen in average selling prices. In regular-price sell-through percentages. In the depth of markdowns it takes to clear. SKU delivery and subscription services – of everything that’s needed regularly, from milk to diapers to the moss control and bark chips I order every March;SKU usage education – seminars, lessons, even tours on topics ranging from fashion advice to consumer electronics to food;Health and family wellness services – and not only for pharmacies, but for grocery and mass merchandising;So-called “federated” services with other brands – not only your winter-in-Florida outfit, but your flight, resort hotel and starred-restaurant reservations;Home management services – ranging from care to repair.Some services will be a means of locking in user loyalty. Others will create new revenue streams.And it will be through this value-added approach to retailing that brands will survive and ultimately thrive.It’s no surprise that Amazon has already figured this out. Case in point: Amazon Prime. This is a stunning success.In 2013, Prime’s renewal rate was a remarkable 82%.1 In the fourth quarter of 2014, Prime had 40 million US members. A report released in January by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners found that Prime members spend, on average, $1,500 on Amazon, compared to $625 per year for non-members. Prime members also shop 50% more frequently than non-members.2How does Amazon Prime bind shoppers to its brand so effectively? At the heart are the services that bind shoppers to the brand. The best example I know is their automatic deliveries of diapers in the right size as a baby grows. Think of it. No more late-night runs to the store. A retailer can no longer merchandise his or her way through today’s competitive battles.That is, with increasingly commoditized physical SKUs.But there is an alternative: the rise of services in retail and the services-led redefinition of product.As we look ahead, the operative definition of product will be a curated assortment of goods and services.Using data-driven unique insights into customer behavior, merchants will create value through: And read that again: no late-night runs to the store.Brilliant.OK, so what does this mean to the technology community? Why should the digerati care?First of all, this service creation thing is not going to be easy. Shaping the offer is not going to be easy. Monetizing is not going to be easy.It’s going to require deep, unique, tested insight into shopper behavior. Into your brand’s cohorts and personas. Into finding the leading indicators of need and demand.At the foundation of this is Big Data. And moving well beyond Big Data. Into the data analysis worlds inhabited by the leaders.Second of all, the delivery of the content that will enable the delivery of services will not be easy. This is going to be about enterprise architecture and data architecture and APIs that open data to the outside world and APIs that are accessed to bring the outside world inside.And third of all, the staffing and training and delivering services will not be easy. Those who deliver services – and this will be a people business – will be on the go. Not tethered to an aisle or a department or a check stand.The business processes of delivery will no doubt need a highly advanced level of mobile access to information and ease of use.The redefinition of product? Quite honestly, it’s a redefinition of retail.Get ready. It’s coming. 1 Forbes, 2014, Kantar Research 2014.2 Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, January 2015.*Other Names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.
IIT-Kanpur students working on a project (Photo: Maneesh Agnihotri)Engineering has been dominated by Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) for decades, and there’s little to choose between the premier institutes scattered across the length and breadth of the country. To remain at the peak of this mountain takes some doing, and,IIT-Kanpur students working on a project (Photo: Maneesh Agnihotri)Engineering has been dominated by Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) for decades, and there’s little to choose between the premier institutes scattered across the length and breadth of the country. To remain at the peak of this mountain takes some doing, and IIT-Kanpur has managed to do just that, retaining its position as India’s best engineering college in this year’s India Today-Nielsen survey.Click here to EnlargeWhat sets the institution apart in a star-studded line-up? An all-pervasive entrepreneurial spirit driven by professors and imbibed in equal measure by the students entering the hallowed portals of IIT-Kanpur. Sample some of the research projects underway at the institution over the past year. IIT-Kanpur is coordinating a multi-institutional initiative called ‘Generation of Solar Hydrogen’ to tackle India’s perennial fuel crisis. The project aims at developing workable designs of a solar hydrogen system to bifurcate hydrogen from oxygen in water and use it as fuel. “This project, when completed, promises a long-term economic solution for the country’s economic growth and need for alternative fuel using multiple technologies,” says Sanjay G. Dhande, director, IIT-Kanpur. The institute is working on a GPS-based real-time train information system for Indian Railways codenamed Simran. Jugnu, a micro satellite developed by students which was successfully launched from Sriharikota, and Digital Mandi, an online market for farmers to sell their produce, are some of the other prominent welfare projects commissioned successfully by IIT-Kanpur in the academic year 2011-12.HISTORYIIT-Kanpur was established in 1959, with P.K. Kelkar as its first director. The institute began functioning in the borrowed building of the Harcourt Butler Technological Institute in 1959. Under the Kanpur Indo-American Programme between 1962 and 1972, IIT-Kanpur received technical assistance from a consortium of nine leading American institutes in setting up academic programmes and developing laboratories for instruction as well as research. When it began, IIT-Kanpur had just 100 students on its rolls.Today, the institution has over 5,000 students and 350 faculty members.Click here to EnlargeThe success has been achieved despite the constraints of the ‘system’. As Dhande points out, “The spirit of innovation that could have been unleashed in India remained trampled because most of the intellectual property was controlled by the British or foreign companies. The licence-permit era didn’t help either. At IIT-Kanpur, students have been encouraged to form start-ups after they pass out so that they can innovate. The research work undertaken by both students and faculty has often resulted in patents being awarded. All these activities make the academic environment at IIT-Kanpur invigorating.”The results are evident. During 2011-12, 15 technologies developed at the institute were licensed for commercialisation and 13 national patents were filed. Fifteen companies are currently being incubated at the SIDBI Innovation and Incubation Centre at IIT-Kanpur. “The number of externally funded ongoing projects has reached 522 with a sanctioned amount of Rs 344 crore. During 2011-12, the institute received sanction for 107 sponsored projects worth Rs 58.71 crore and 74 consultancy projects worth Rs 7.27 crore,” says Ajit Chaturvedi, dean (research and development).advertisementBIG-TICKET OFFERSFacebook offered Avani Nandini a package of Rs 65.50 lakh per year.Tower Research Capital LLC recruited Utkarsh Lath on an annual package of Rs 44 lakh.Tower Research also picked up Aditya Huddedar on a package of Rs 44 lakh per year.The Central Government’s Ministry of Earth Sciences and UK’s Natural Environment Research Council have sponsored a project underway at IIT-Kanpur on the structure and dynamics of groundwater systems in north-western India. “India is the largest user of groundwater in the world. North-western India is now the hotspot of groundwater depletion. This project is based on the premise that we must first understand the geology of the aquifer system to estimate the way it will respond to future stress,” explains Chaturvedi.Starting from the current academic session, IIT-Kanpur has implemented an Academic Programme Review Committee report on providing more flexibility to students. “Now students have choice to select the duration of their academic session. They can complete it in their chosen time-frame by opting for fewer semesters or by adding an extra semester, depending on their potential and choice,” says A.K. Ghosh, dean of students welfare, IIT-Kanpur. He also adds that the institute puts a premium on overall development through sports and extracurricular activities. Academic excellence, however, remains the focus. “The institute trains its students in such a way that they can deliver on their job from Day One,” affirms Vivek Agrawal, former president of IIT-Kanpur students union. “The institute had 91 per cent campus placements by May 5 this year,” says Dhande, with 714 of the 785 students who registered for placement getting job offers from 185 companies.advertisementStudents at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (Photo: Vikram Sharma)IIT-Delhi, which trails IIT-Kanpur narrowly in the rankings, has an unparalleled industry focus. It signed an MoU with the ASQ India in June to impart its students management concepts and leadership skills from the next academic year. “The idea is to make engineering students ready for industry by teaching them concepts like operations management,” says ASQ India Managing Director Amit Chatterjee. IIT-Delhi already is the toast of head-hunters after Swapnil Jain, who graduated from the institute, bagged a job at micro-blogging site Twitter at an annual package of Rs 70 lakh.IN THE FAST LANEA team of students is working on a miniature Formula 1 car that will be displayed at Auto Expo 2013 in Delhi.IIT-Kanpur students set up India’s first student-built planetarium on campus in the 2011-12 academic session.IIT-Kanpur’s music club is working on an album. It has composed three patriotic songs and is also composing an anthem for IIT-Kanpur.IIT-Kharagpur, third on the list, celebrated its diamond jubilee this year with the rollout of a dual degree programme in engineering and entrepreneurship as well as in engineering design and manufacturing. It received funding worth Rs 100 crore for different projects during 2011-12 academic session, besides additional funding of Rs 40 crore for projects undertaken by its Centre for Railways Research.The institute is also planning to start dual degree courses in energy science and engineering as well as environmental science and engineering from the 2013-14 session. The idea is to promote entrepreneurship. As Damodar Acharya, director, IIT-Kharagpur, explains, “We provide full technical and professional support to students who launch start-ups for two years so that they can stand on their feet. If the start-up fails to take off, the degree-holder can come back and we will facilitate his or her placement.”With IITs assuming the role of entrepreneurship enablers in such a big way, it’s no surprise that they have grabbed six of the top 10 engineering ranks this year.
University of Washington senior Kelsey Plum doesn’t spend much time thinking about her accomplishments on the basketball court. It’d be too easy to get lost amid all the points the point guard has scored in her UW career (3,498, the most in the history of women’s Division I hoops) or even how many she’s netted in just her final season (1,080, another D-I milestone). Although she views the accolades as nice, they’re a distraction from bigger goals: In 2016, she led UW to the program’s first ever Final Four, and with her team a No. 3-seed in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, she’s hoping for more.“I should probably relish the attention a bit more,” she said. “But right now, I don’t really care. I don’t just want to be remembered as a scoring champ, and personally, it’d be kind of sad if that’s what ends up happening.”According to FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions, the Huskies’ chances are slim — they play No. 2-seed Mississippi State on Friday night but have just a 5 percent chance of returning to the Final Four and a less than 1 percent chance of winning the tournament — but there isn’t another player in women’s hoops who can carry her team offensively like Plum can. Of the 31 D-I players who have scored or assisted on more than 600 plays in the halfcourt this season, Plum has been the most effective, contributing 136 points per 100 halfcourt plays, according to Synergy Sports Technology. Even as opponents know Plum is the focal point of the Huskies’ offense, Plum still manages to score with ease.Against No. 6-seed Oklahoma in the round of 32 on Monday, Plum used a variety of shots to net 38 points, helping dismantle the Sooners 108-82. “The first time you are on the floor with [Plum], you don’t really know what to do,” OU coach Sherri Coale told the Oklahoman ahead of the game.Pac-12 opponents have had four years to figure out Plum, and those teams have done little to slow down the guard. This season, she has encountered an array of defensive approaches, including face guarding,1When a defender turns her back to the ball to deny an entry pass. flat hedging picks2When the screener’s defender stays near the ballhandler after a pick to prevent a 3-point attempt, while allowing the opposing guard a chance to recover. and box and 1s.3A four-person box zone defense with the remaining defender playing man defense on what is typically the opponent’s best player. Yet she posted a true shooting percentage of 66.3 percent in 2016-17. Considering that she essentially never leaves the court, playing more than 90 percent of possible minutes, that level of efficiency is remarkable.“At the end of the day, no matter how familiar you are with her, you have to figure out how to stop her or at least figure out how to slow her down,” Coale told the Oklahoman. “Nobody has been able to do that, really. Nobody.”Plum’s game is buttressed by her ever-growing comfort operating within Washington’s pick-and-roll sets — according to Synergy, nearly a third of her plays are pick-and-rolls, a career high, and she scores 108 points per 100 plays, which ranks in the 98th percentile for all of D-I. That’s a significant uptick from her junior (83 points per 100 plays) and sophomore (89) seasons. A student of the games of both Chris Paul and James Harden, Plum relies on a variety of counters the moment she gets a window of separation from her defender. She’s converted 42.9 percent of her threes this season and often attempts a shot as soon as she steps behind a pick.Plum isn’t the quickest guard, but like Harden, she has a keen sense of how to use hesitation moves to generate extra space between herself and her opponent, and she often unveils those herky-jerky pauses after she dribbles off a pick. “I appreciate the left-handed craftiness,” Harden, a fellow southpaw, told WNBA.com earlier this year.Standing just 5-foot-8, Plum has long learned how to use her shiftiness and agility to her advantage. She does it in a variety of ways: On some sets, she keeps the ball nearly behind her body at her hip — which helps mask her dribbling from the defender’s vision — and breaks a defender down with just a slight shuffle or jab step. On other plays, she looks ready to shoot, but by the time a defender approaches, Plum has already blown by her and is in the lane (she’s averaging 124 points per 100 plays on drives off the pick-and-roll, according to Synergy). She can also suddenly pull up mid-drive, causing her opponent to wave frantically at her shot (she generates 116 points per 100 plays on dribble pull-ups, ranking in the 94th percentile), or immediately attack the interior, bulldozing through opponents and either scoring a basket or getting fouled.One of Plum’s most rewindable possessions happened in a late February game against Colorado — situated in the left corner, Plum feinted a step-back three, causing the defender to lurch forward, at which point the UW guard crossed her up, drove baseline and was fouled.Harden and Plum are both masters of contorting their bodies to draw fouls. Plum, who shoots more than eight free throws per 40 minutes, splays her various limbs much the same way that Harden does. Not only does she cock her elbows and raise her arms above her head, she seeks out the angles that will maximize the contact between her and a defender. She spent this past summer training with ex-Husky (and former NBA guard) Nate Robinson, who advised her on how to use her size, ball-handling and hesitation mastery to get to the line even more frequently.For Washington, making the Final Four will probably require scoring from more than just Plum. UW’s offense can devolve into four players waiting for Plum to make a move, and that stagnancy is compounded when she goes through an in-game scoring drought. When those brief periods occur, Plum isn’t without talented teammates: Chantel Osahor is a unique DI talent talents, a 6-foot-2 center who launches threes with profound accuracy (37.9 percent), and freshman Aarion McDonald averages nearly 10 points per game.The Oklahoma game might provide a good blueprint — Plum had 11 assists and the first double-double of her career, and UW immolated the Sooners defense, scoring 1.47 points per possession. If Washington wants to get out of its region (which will probably require beating No. 1-seed Baylor in the process) — much less accomplish the unthinkable and defeat UConn (likely waiting in the national semifinals) — it, and Plum, will need more games like that.Check out our March Madness predictions.