PETERSFIELD, England, Feb 13 (Reuters) – A Tinder-inspired app is helping farmers match up potential partners for their cattle.
Called “Tudder” ― a mix of dating app Tinder and udder – it lets farmers swipe right on cattle they like the look of.
They are then directed to a page on the SellMyLivestock website where they can browse more pictures and data about the animals before deciding whether to buy.
Valuable information is available on matters like milk yield and protein content, or calving potential, explained Doug Bairner, CEO of Hectare Agritech which runs SellMyLivestock (SML) and Graindex, a UK-based online agritech trading platform.
“Matching livestock online is even easier than it is to match humans because there’s a huge amount of data that sits behind these wonderful animals that predicts what their offspring will be,” he said.
Launching just in time for Valentine’s Day, the makers believer Tudder is the first ever matchmaking app for livestock.
As with the human equivalent, farmers use smartphones to first choose whether they are looking for a male or female, swiping through photos – right for yes and left for no – until they find a match.
Putting data at their fingertips connects farmers from all over the country, making trading easier.
Cattle farmer and Tudder user James Bridger said it eases transport stress for animals and may rival traditional markets.
“You’ve got all this data of its background and everything which if you’re at a market you might not have had the time to go through for every single random animal,” he told Reuters in the southern English county of Hampshire.
“There’s nothing better than seeing an animal in its home, its natural habitat, rather than putting it on a lorry … if someone rings up and wants to come and have a look, or even getting it from the picture, it’s ideal really from that respect, and they’re happier for it.”
SellMyLivestock has listed over £50 million ($64 million) of livestock, feed and bedding to sell in the last year, dispelling notions that farmers are stuck in the past, Bairner said.
“Despite the rest of the world’s view of farming, it’s actually very technologically driven,” he said, citing precision spraying, automated dairy units and genetic science.
($1 = 0.7762 pounds) (Reporting by Matthew Stock; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)
We’re told Meghan’s December schedule simply didn’t align with Priyanka and Nick’s nearly endless stream of wedding receptions. The Duchess of Sussex has a ton of obligations … and being pregnant further complicates her social schedule.
Despite the missed connections … we’re told Priyanka and Meghan’s friendship hasn’t changed, and they still talk regularly. No issues here!
Garcia just watched our video where Floyd tells TMZ Sports he wants the 20-year-old to fight one of his rising stars, Rolando “Rolly”Romero, if he wants to get the BIG money fight with Gervonta “Tank” Davis.
Garcia says he’s down to scrap with Rolly — but he’s got demands of his own … namely a $1 MILLION bonus if he knocks Rolly out.
“On the Floyd situation, you have always been the biggest mouth in the room,” Garcia says … “Talk is real real cheap!!!!”
“No more talk,” he added … “actions speaks louder then words I will fight your fighter but I’m going to need 1m if I knock him out and I’ll take that 200k to beat him.”
Hey, it’s progress!!
Remember, in Floyd’s offer … he told us he’s willing to cut Ryan a $200k bonus check if he beats Rolly — plus, he’d greenlight the “Tank” Davis fight.
But, Garcia’s counter is the “knockout bonus” — a cool $1,000,000 if he ends the fight early with a K.O. — in addition to the $200,000 victory money.
The two competing ride-hailing apps Lyft and Uber both filed paperwork before the end of 2018 to go public in 2019. Now it looks like Lyft’s initial public (IPO) offering will beat out Uber’s.
CNBC reported Wednesday that Lyft’s IPO will launch around March 18, while Uber’s will need a few more weeks to prepare.
Uber dwarfs Lyft in most ways — it’s valued at around $90 billion, while CNBC said Lyft’s latest valuation is around $20 million. Uber also has a vast presence. It’s available in more than 600 cities around the world while Lyft only operates in the U.S. and Canada.
Last week Uber voluntarily shared its fourth quarter earnings, and while its losses were down below $1 billion, its rider growth slowed. Lyft doesn’t share as detailed, consistent financial reports as Uber, but The Information put together some metrics last year showing some growth.
The IPO head start could give Lyft a small advantage as the first and only ride-hailing service publicly traded on the stock market.
Lyft declined to comment on details about the speculated IPO date, as did Uber.
The person, who gives his name as just Steven, was undergoing a simple operation when he began having trouble breathing. He began slipping out of consciousness, and dreamt that he was flying around the room. He came back around initially but the complications got worse, until Steven was temporarily clinically dead.
During this time, Steven said he began flying around the room again, but this time he was joined by otherworldly beings which took the form of lights.
Steven explained in the Near Death Experience Research Foundation forum: “As my eyes panned across, I looked up at the ceiling and could see many small oblong shaped white lights and they were randomly racing very fast in all different directions and elevations along the ceiling.
“At that moment I began to feel myself rise upwards, very slowly. As I was getting closer to ceiling, the objects that I was seeing started to become less random and they slowed down.
“I continued to rise and almost reached the ceiling. When I looked across the room, I saw that the lights had organised and become like a swimming school of fish.
“They were waving back and fourth and doubling back on each other. They started in the far diagonal corner from me and I thought how incredibly beautiful it was.
“Then I saw that they were getting closer to me. Then, I was enveloped in the school of lights and became part of the wave.”
Suddenly, Steven was back in his body after being resuscitated. However, he knew from that point on that “we are not alone”.
Some researchers state these visions are normal phenomenon and not necessarily a sign of an afterlife.
Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, told a recent Oz Talk: “People describe a sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light that draws people towards it.
“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them. They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.
“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”
Dr Parnia says there are scientific explanations for the reaction, and says seeing people is not evidence of the afterlife, but more likely the brain just scanning itself as a survival technique.
Conspiracy theorists believe they have found evidence of ruins on Mars which they believe is evidence of ancient aliens. In an image taken by NASA’s Curiosity Rover, what looks like a large structure can be seen on top of a hill. Some alien hunters believe this is proof that not only did aliens once live on the Red Planet, but perhaps even worshipped a higher power.
Prominent conspiracy theorist Scott C Waring, however, believes that NASA will refuse to investigate the ‘ancient structure’ as it wants to keep evidence of aliens under wraps.
Mr Waring wrote on his blog UFO Sightings Daily: “I was looking through this weeks uploads made by the Curiosity Rover and found that in the distance was a ancient temple structure built on a hilltop. The structure has five or more levels, each one getting smaller than the one before it.
“The top level being the highest. The main structure at the top of the levels looks like a pyramid with the top built flat.
“Each level has a flat perfectly horizontal top so that someone or something can walk on it. I believe the rover will not investigate this because NASA’s true mission is to drop feed the public boring information about space so it satisfies them, but keeps the public in the dark about the true nature of the surface of Mars.”
However, sceptics and NASA would say the ‘temple’ and other similar findings are just the effects of pareidolia – a psychological phenomenon when the brain tricks the eyes into seeing familiar objects or shapes in patterns or textures such as a rock surface.
This would mean that the Martian ‘temple’ could just be a misshapen rock or even a hilly area.
MH370 went missing on March 8 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board and was never seen again. The presumed location of the wreckage, according to the official investigation, is at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, but little was known about its last moments until now. Jeff Wise, author of The Plane That Wasn’t There, explained that data from a satellite – the Burst Timing Offset (BTO) – indicated that the plane had been travelling in a straight line.
He said this likely means the plane had been set to autopilot and flew until it simply ran out of fuel.
Then, the plane would have entered a spiral dive and hit the sea’s surface “within minutes”.
Mr Wise said: “The BTO data matched well with a straight line flight, meaning that in all likelihood the plane had been flying on autopilot towards a pre-programmed waypoint until it ran out of fuel a few minutes after 0.11 UTC.
“With the engines no longer running, the plane’s electrical systems would have failed until a back-up generator could kick in.
Women saw some big wins at the Grammy Awards this year, including the album of the year honor for country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves. But there are still some glaring omissions in the industry, specifically when it comes to country radio and female artists.
This week, for example, only three women appear in the top 25 on Billboard’s Hot Country song chart — an indication the genre is still dominated by men. And winning a Grammy doesn’t necessarily transform into radio airplay.
Trisha Yearwood, for one, is fully aware of how the industry works. She got her start in country music in the early 1990s, and although she has had hits through the years and has appreciated her time on radio, she sees how women are often left off traditional airwaves. In a recent interview at Build Series, she said she thinks “women are still absolutely getting the raw end of the deal at country radio.” She blames it partly on “old, antiquated ways of thinking.”
“I want to go, ‘Who says that’s the way it is?’ Like, you don’t play two female artists back to back and you make sure you play four guys before you play a girl? Like, whose rules are those?”
Yearwood, though, predicts the tide may soon turn for radio programmers.
“I think they are about to get a rude awakening, because women are rising up. We’re going to start marching to your radio station, and you’re going to be afraid not to play our records, I think. I would do that march!” she said, imagining what it would look like. “There are 20 angry women in the parking lot. Let’s play some Trisha Yearwood. I feel like it could happen!”
She said people need to take action ― not just talk ― to make some real change. “Everybody says, ‘This is what we want.’ But you gotta really do it,” she said.
Still, Yearwood was thrilled to see Musgraves swoop up four honors at the Grammys: album of the year and best country album for “Golden Hour,” best country song for “Space Cowboy” and best country solo performance for “Butterflies.”
“Her album was one that she purely made because she’s saying, ‘I’m an artist. This is what I want to say.’ I don’t think she was concerned about all the things that come up after you make the record. We have to be. We’re marketing. We want to sell records,” Yearwood said. “But if you’re going to call yourself an artist, your first love, your first priority has to be making sure you take care of that music and do what you feel in your heart and you hope you’re going to connect with somebody out there. … So I think that’s what Kacey did with the record, and I think that’s why she’s being recognized. People can tell when you follow your heart.”
Follow her heart is something Yearwood has aimed to do since the start of her career. She landed her first No. 1 country single in 1991 with “She’s in Love With the Boy” and has been a force on the country music scene ever since. These days, though, she doesn’t try to put too much pressure on herself. She said she has Garth Brooks to thank for that.
“I have to credit my husband with that because I am competitive,” Yearwood revealed. “I’m always analyzing myself and my career and everything I’m doing. And he’s the one who said, ‘You need to realize you don’t have to prove anything to anybody. Just do you.’ And that’s what I needed to hear. … It doesn’t mean you don’t want those things. I want to have a No. 1 record on the radio. I want to sell records. I want to be successful currently. I don’t want to be just known for what I did and what I’ve done. But at the same time, I’m good.”
Good enough that she just released an album mostly of songs recorded by Frank Sinatra, one of her musical heroes. Called “Let’s Be Frank,” the collection finds her doing versions of standards, including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Come Fly With Me.” It is her first full-length release since 2007 ― and it won’t be her last. She recently recorded a country album featuring a batch of new songs largely written or co-written by women.
“I’m not chasing anything. I’m not trying to be some trendy things. I think when you hear this record, you’ll go, ‘Oh, this is Trisha,’” she said about the album, expected out this fall. “I don’t know if it’s the freedom of being 54 and life is too short. I’m just going to have fun and do what I want to do.”
Check out the full Build interview with Yearwood below.
Kim Kardashian Sues Fashion Co.You’re Fully ‘Missguided’ …Using Me to Sell Your Knockoffs!!!
2/20/2019 3:05 PM PST
Just one day after Kim Kardashian tore into a fast fashion company for ripping off her style … she’s hammering the message home by taking a different one to court.
Kim just filed suit against Missguided USA — an online retailer that sells outfits resembling ones worn by celebs, and oftentimes by Kim herself — for using her name and image without permission to advertise their own “knock-off” designs.
In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Kim cites multiple instances where Missguided posted its own versions of outfits Kim was photographed wearing. Kim claims the outfits are often whipped up and peddled in a matter of days, sometimes hours.
Her lawsuit includes a side by side of her own post, next to one from Missguided as evidence of what pisses her off about the company.
She also says Missguided often tags her on their social media posts — and includes photos of her — giving people the wrong idea that she’s working with the co.
Sources close to the case tell us the Missguided lawsuit is just one of many more to come against fashion knockoff brands.