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Marshfield girls track second at Merrill meet

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMERRILL – The Marshfield girls track team placed second in the rain-shortened Otto Bacher Invitational on Friday at Merrill High School.The meet was cut short due to a thunderstorm with the boys and girls 3,200 run and 1,600 relay and the girls pole vault incomplete.Lakeland won the girls team title with 85 points, five more than Marshfield. The Marshfield boys did not compete in the meet. Marshfield had two second-place and six third-place finishes.Taking second for the Tigers were Meg Bryan in the triple jump (33 feet, 11 inches) and Alexa Aumann in the 800 (2:27.52).Individuals taking third for Marshfield were Amy Martorano in the discus (103-0), Katie Osinski in the shot put (33-4), Courtney Brown in the 400 (1:01.99), and Maddie Nikolai in the 300 hurdles (50.20).Also taking third for the Tigers were the 800 relay team of Angelina Dunomes, Aumann, Mariah Goeppinger and Nikolai (1:51.46) and the 400 relay team of Brooke McGrath, Dunomes, Goeppinger and Bryan (52.26).Marshfield has a week off before competing in the Wisconsin Dells Invitational on May 13.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Otto Bacher InvitationalMay 6, at Merrill High SchoolMeet suspended with boys and girls 3,200 run and 1,600 relay, and girls pole vault not completed.GirlsTeam standings: 1. Lakeland 85; 2. Marshfield 80; 3. Medford 67; 4. Wausau East 62.5; 5. Merrill 52; 6. Mosinee 47; 7. Tomahawk 46; 8. Mercer 44; 9. Rhinelander 33; 10. Antigo 20.5; 11. Three Lakes 7; 12. Crandon 1.Winners and Marshfield finishersHigh jump: 1. Emily Scott (LAK) 5-6; 3. (tie) Shantel Nienast (MAR) 4-8.Long jump: 1. Hanna Meyer (TOM) 15-9.5; 4. Brooke McGrath (MAR) 14-9.75.Triple jump: 1. Meyer (TOM) 34-6; 2. Meg Bryan (MAR) 33-11.Discus: 1. Sydney Thompson (MERC) 132-0; 3. Amy Martorano (MAR) 103-0; 9. Katie Osinski (MAR) 80-9.Shot put: 1. Thompson (MERC) 42-10.5; 3. Osinski (MAR) 33-4; 8. Martorano (MAR) 32-0.5.3,200 relay: 1. Rhinelander (Payton Hartman, Gracie Quinn, Alayna Franson, Evan O’Melia) 10:28.42; 4. Marshfield (Ana Jensen, Jocie Anderson, Maddison Clemens, Sophia Schrodi) 11:27.17.100 hurdles: 1. Enne’ Burton (WE) 16.47; 5. Isabelle Denowski (MAR) 18.33.100: 1. Sarah Heinrich (WE) 13.14; 4. Angelina Dunomes (MAR) 13.62.1,600: 1. Lena Brearley (WE) 5:35.21; 7. Lilly O’Brien (MAR) 6:19.46.800 relay: 1. Mosinee (Natalie VanBrocklin, Kira Millhausen, Kiana Pugh, Iris Schira) 1:47.79; 3. Marshfield (Dunomes, Alexa Aumann, Mariah Goeppinger, Maddie Nikolai) 1:51.46.400: 1. Lakyn Kummer (MED) 1:01.07; 3. Courtney Brown (MAR) 1:01.99; 7. Dani Bender (MAR) 1:06.07.400 relay: 1. Mosinee (VanBrocklin, Millhausen, Pugh, Schira) 51.81; 3. Marshfield (McGrath, Bryan, Dunomes, Goeppinger) 52.26.300 hurdles: 1. Burton (WE) 48.08; 3. Nikolai (MAR) 50.20; 8. Jensen (MAR) 54.67; 13. Denowski (MAR) 58.50.800: 1. Eva O’Melia (RH) 2:26.26; 2. Aumann (MAR) 2:27.52; 9. Anderson (MAR) 2:50.74; 13. Molly Schuster (MAR) 2:58.74.200: 1. Scott (LAK) 28.00; 4. Brown (MAR) 30.50; 9. Bryan (MAR) 35.00.BoysTeam standings: 1. Lakeland 163.5; 2. Merrill 108.5; 3. Medford 92; 4. Wausau East 81; 5. Mosinee 45; 6. Three Lakes 43; 7. Antigo 39; 8. Rhinelander 21; 9. Tomahawk 20; 10. Mercer 4; 11. Crandon 3.last_img read more

South African vehicle sales strong in 2011

first_img11 January 2012South African new vehicle sales remained strong in 2011, with figures released by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA (Naamsa) on Tuesday showing a 15.6 percent increase in total industry vehicles sales, to 570 012 units for the year.2011 proven to be a very successful year for the country’s vehicle industry due to high demand as a result of low interest rates, increased corporate activity and a number of new entry-level models entering the market.For the month of December 2011, Naamsa data also shows an 11 percent year-on-year increase in total industry vehicle sales, to 43 790 units.Chris De Kock, executive head of sales and marketing at WesBank, notes, however, that these figures exclude sales figures from one vehicle manufacturer. “If we assume that this manufacturer sold a similar number of vehicles in December 2011 as were sold in the previous month, we would actually be looking at year-on-year growth in December 2011 of around 16 percent.”WesBank book data also recorded an increase in credit applications in December 2011 to 91 091, compared with 88 429 recorded in the same period a year earlier.“This positive consumer trend was also reflected across other book data, with a further reduction in the replacement cycle and an increase in the new versus used car purchase ratio,” De Kock said.“Looking forward, we expect moderate growth on these figures in 2012 as a result of price increases feeding through and the likelihood of a rise in interest rates.“However, if market sales in 2012 match those seen last year, the industry should be reasonably happy.Sapalast_img read more

ActiveSymbols Launches Facial Recognition Platform

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting josh catone 1 While these applications may seem frivolous, they’re nonetheless a good technical demo of the facial recognition technology. Company President Greg Heuss told me that eventually, ActiveSymbols will expand the platform beyond the online dating and social networking verticals. The company is hard at work converting their image recognition algorithms to video, which will hopefully result in more accurate automatic copyright surveillance software. Security and military intelligence applications of their software are another route that the company is exploring.The technology works by breaking faces down into elements, identifying common features like eyes, nose, and mouth. The platform then attempts to extract data on the orientation and shape of the face, the skin tone, and the color and texture of the hair. Heuss told me that skin tone has generally proved to be the most difficult part of the facial recognition to master, an observation that bore out in my own testing of the platform. Using the “Celeb Match” application, I was oddly matched with a number of people whose skin tone was several shades darker than mine, likely due to the dark beard that obscures most of my face.Heuss said the company is constantly tweaking the algorithm, and with more data the matching will improve.The Eyealike demos probably make a lot of sense as a feature on dating sites, but they aren’t very compelling. Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any worthwhile uses for good facial recognition technology (and it’s probably important to note that ActiveSymbols isn’t actually showing off any perfect face matching, but rather showing the ability of the platform to compare similar faces).Imagine, for example, if instead of having to individually tag the face of each person in every single photo you upload to Facebook, the site used facial recognition software to learn what you friends look like via the photos of them it has already seen and tagged your new photos automatically. That would be pretty compelling. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Angel-funded ActiveSymbols is a privately held company that was founded in 2003 to develop a visual search platform. Four years and six key patent filings later, the company is ready to release phase one of that platform, focusing on facial recognition.The Bellevue, Washington-based company, which enjoys a healthy research partnership with the University of Washington, is not aiming to create a destination site. Instead, ActiveSymbols aims to provide the technology for integrating facial recognition and image detection into image intensive web sites, or in the enterprise (for example, searching a large news photo database).The company has released a tech demo, however, called Eyealike to show off their facial recognition platform. The site features two rather whimsical applications designed to put ActiveSymbols’ technology to the test, Celeb Match and Dream Date.Both applications step actually on the other’s toes — they each do celebrity and personals search. In one, users can upload a photo of themselves and find celebrities who look like them according to the facial recognition and matching software. Or, they can upload a picture of someone they find attractive and search personals for people who look similar — for that demo, ActiveSymbols has 250k-300k images from Match.com and American Singles. The other application lets users do more or less the same two things, but starting with celebrity photos. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more