Zach Profit, March 26

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are located in south central Van Wert County in northwest Ohio. We are farming short of 3,800 acres — my dad, my brother, my mom, and myself. We raise corn, soybeans and wheat, though this year we don’t have any wheat. We could use some wheat to spread the workload out but it was a marketing decision.There wasn’t much opportunity to do any work in the field this winter. Once the weather turned in December, it was a nasty winter to get much done. We got some grain hauled. We put a good dent in trucking our soybeans out but we still have quite a bit of corn. We are trying to remain optimistic. We have a big report coming this week and we are hoping on an upswing here.We are looking at planting malting barley. You can harvest it a little earlier to get double-crop soybeans in. We are looking at the market right now. We had a brewery contact us about growing it and we are in the beginning stages with that. There is a chance we could be drilling some this fall.We are also looking at a program to add cover crops on a quarter to half of our acres. We are in the enrollment stages of that process with prescription variable rate fertility, banding nutrients with strip-till rigs, and combining that with cover crops. It places the fertility right where it needs to be 6 to 8 inches down. We are also looking at taking a small piece of ground and putting it in the pollinator program.We are also going to work on nitrogen management in corn with Y-Drops. We did see a return with the Y-Drops and this year we are going to play around with using less anhydrous and more Y-drop applications at the right crop stages. We saw a little more profit margin with 28% last year.last_img read more

Find the Right Geocaching Party for You

first_imgMOGA 2014Unlike the Yuma Mega-Event, MOGA is held in a different place each year. The 2014 version took place in Athens, OH in late March. The perfect time for a road trip from Kansas! MOGA was where I experienced my first and only geocaching competition. The organizers took a different approach to Lab Caches, but they were just as enjoyable as what I’d seen in Yuma. The area offered a wonderful variety of geocaches. MOGA 2015 will be held in Jackson, MO, less than two hours from St. Louis.A map-style logbook at the MOGA Mega-Event.Geowoodstock XIIGeowoodstock XII was held just 30 minutes from St. Louis, in the historic river town of St. Charles, MO. The immediate area is more urban than Yuma or Athens, which meant yet another different style of caching. Fittingly, the Lab Caches focused on the area’s amazing history. Speaking of history, GeoWoodstock XIII is to be held in Boonsboro, MD. I could talk for days about all the great caching in that area, but definitely don’t miss the Wherigo at Antietam National Battlefield. It’s one of my favorite caches ever!If you’re lucky, you might see Signal at a Mega-Event.3IEEShortly after joining the staff of Geocaching HQ, I took a weekend to enjoy my first international Mega-Event in Duncan, British Columbia. 3IEE was a complete departure from my previous three Mega-Events, as it focused on EarthCaches. I’m no geology genius, but I walked away feeling like even I might be able to construct an enjoyable EarthCache, thanks to the many educational opportunities at the event. The Lab Caches introduced me to the beautiful Cowichan Valley. And, of course, I nabbed my first Canada caches, which were very cool!At the International EarthCache Mega-Event!I’ve had the chance to meet geocachers from around the world and enjoy very different geocaching experiences in some neat places. In fact, I’ve already booked another vacation to sunny Arizona for S*W*A*G Yuma Mega Event #12 on February 8, 2015. See you there!Share with your Friends:More These geocaching parties of 500+ people offer more than a meet-and-greet of other geocachers—though that’s bound to happen too. Mega-Events are more like a celebration of all facets of the hobby we love. Often centered around a theme (ahem, *Pirates*), Mega-Events happen all over the world and are a must for every geocacher. Find one near you.Were you there? Can you find yourself? GeoWoodstock XII.Living in or visiting Germany? You’ll never be short on awesome events.Not sure if Mega-Events are your thing? SharePrint RelatedAttend the World’s Mega-EventMay 14, 2013In “Community”Add a Little Geocaching Mega & Giga to Your AugustAugust 5, 2014In “Geocaching Info”Geocache Icon Run: find the most cache types in one dayApril 19, 2018In “Community” Geocaching HQ’er Chris (Rock Chalk) discusses his experiences at four Mega-Events this past year, and you can be sure that no two Mega-Events are alike. By Chris RonanI’ve had the good fortune (and the necessary vacation time) to attend four Mega-Events in 2014. I’ve found Mega-Events to be much like any geocaching event in that they reflect the personality and geocaching style of the host community. However, they’re larger than typical events, as an event must have 500+ attendees to achieve Mega-Event status.At this time last year, I had no idea what a Mega-Event was about, or whether I’d enjoy attending. Perhaps my experiences might be useful as you peruse the list of upcoming Mega-Events around the world.center_img S*W*A*G’s Yuma Mega #11Held in Yuma, AZ, this was my first Mega-Event. I lived in Kansas at the time, so this was a wonderful mid-winter break from Midwestern winter. It was my first experience with Lab Caches, which took me on a great tour through the area. There’s a great variety of caching around Yuma—from power trails such as the Arizona Star Geo-Art and the S*W*A*G Geo-Art to higher-terrain hiking and climbing caches.Logbook at the S.W.A.G. Yuma Mega-Event. Word on the street is, Mega-Events are the best thing since sliced breadlast_img read more

How Did Private Companies Become The Guardians Of Our Online Privacy?

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Government#privacy Related Posts antone gonsalves IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… U.S. government surveillance of email, search and other online activities is on the rise, while laws protecting people’s privacy remain murky. As a result, private Internet and communications service providers – and even apps makers – have become the gatekeepers of our personal data and our first line of defense against government prying.By The NumbersThe unwanted role forced onto private companies was highlighted this week in Google’s latest report on the number of requests for user information it receives from government entities in the U.S. and other countries. The U.S. led the world in asking Google to hand over user data, with 7,969 requests in the first half of this year.That number has been rising steadily since the last half of 2009, which is the period covered in Google’s first Transparency Report. Back then, U.S. law enforcement and other government officials made fewer than half as many requests.The rest of the world is following close behind. Worldwide, Google received 20,938 inquiries from government entities, compared to 12,539 in 2009. “This is the sixth time we’ve released this data, and one trend has become clear: Government surveillance is on the rise,” said Dorothy Chou, Google’s senior policy analyst, in the company’s blog.Eroding Privacy ProtectionsWhile U.S. government’s thirst for online information about its citizens is increasing, privacy protections are weakening as a result of Congress’ failure to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), created more than 25 years ago to set standards for law enforcement access to electronic communications and associated data.The digital world is vastly different than it was when the ECPA was passed, so the act has become a “patchwork of confusing standards that have been interpreted inconsistently by the courts,” according to Digital Due Process, a coalition of privacy advocates, think tanks and major companies lobbying for major changes in the ECPA. Member companies include Apple, Amazon, AT&T, Facebook, Google and Microsoft.Without clear legal standards, companies like Google and others must rely on their own lawyers to decide whether law enforcement is acting within its authority or in violation of people’s privacy rights.Placing private companies in the role of privacy protector is unfair to the companies involved – which typically want nothing to do with the issue – and to the individuals involved, who find themselves at the whim of how a particular company interprets its legal and practical responsibilites to balance privacy protection with government cooperation.Privacy protection rightly belongs to Congress. “The burden shouldn’t really be on the companies,” said Jim Dempsey, vice president of public policy for the Center For Democracy and Technology, which is also a member of Digital Due Process.Murky Laws = Inconsistent ProtectionsOne area where federal law is particularly fuzzy is in government access to the content of people’s calendars, email and other content stored online – in the news in the wake of the General Petraeus scandal. Federal prosecutors take the position that need only issue a subpoena for law enforcement to access most online content. Google and other large companies routinely fight such attempts, unless prosecutors obtain a court warrant.“To its credit, Google demands a warrant for access to content,” Dempsey noted. “If the government tries to get it without a warrant, Google fights back, and a lot of the other big providers fight back. Where the smaller guys stand, it varies all over the board.”Without explicit checks and balances from lawmakers, online privacy rights in the U.S. start with the resources and the will of the company that happens to hold the online data in question. For law enforcement, it’s an ongoing battle during investigations into what may be serious crimes, such as terrorism, fraud and child pornography.It’s Even Worse OverseasThe U.S. is hardly alone in aggressively seeking customer data from service providers. Five of the top 10 countries requesting data from Google are in Europe, including France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. “The laws in other countries are equally as weak as the laws in the United States, if not weaker,” Dempsey warned.In countries such as China, meanwhile, the New York Times reported Tuesday that authorities are putting increasing pressure on “private” Internet companies not just to share customer data, but to censor Web content as well.What other countries choose to do is hardly an excuse for U.S. lawmakers to stick with the clearly unacceptable status quo. It’s time for Congress to take the lead in protecting the online privacy of American citizens. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Meggie Ochoa and her Fight to Protect

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James Yap inks 3-year extension with Rain or Shine “A lot of times, sexual abuse leads to depression or sometimes, if it’s not addressed, the child even becomes the perpetrator in the future when they grow up,” said Ochoa. “So it becomes this whole vicious cycle, that will lead to other social problems.”READ: Jiu-jitsu star Meggie Ochoa launches ‘Fight to Protect’ movement vs child sexual abuse MOST READ “It’s an awareness campaign to get people talking about the issue,” said Ochoa. “I really believe that anyone can do something—no matter how big or small—to help.”RELATED STORIESINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: SMC sweep INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Manny Pacquiao back as champINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: #UPFight INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Ateneo-San Beda dominanceRELATED VIDEO BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Ochoa knows the grim reality that even though child sexual violence is a prevailing problem, it’s not a constant topic in the public consciousness and this is where “Fight to Protect” hopes to make a difference. MANILA, Philippines—Meggie Ochoa’s exploits on and off the mat were hard to miss, making her campaign this year no.3 in INQUIRER.net’s top 7 sports stories of 2018.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening While it had been a productive year for her in jiujitsu, it’s her advocacy outside the mat that speaks volumes of her heroism.Ochoa launched the campaign “Fight to Protect” to help spread awareness on child sexual violence in the Philippines.“We need to work together because the issue is so bad and it so complex,” said Ochoa in a previous Inquirer special report. “What we really need to do is ‘Fight to Protect’ Filipino children.”READ: Her biggest fight The United Nations international Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) in 2016 tagged the Philippines as the world epicenter of online child pornography and sexual trade.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ochoa made history when she nabbed the gold medal in the 49-kilogram division in the JiuJitsu World Championship in late November in Malmö, Sweden.The Filipino martial artist was the first in the country and in Asian to win the top prize jiujitsu worlds after she defeated Canada’s Ni Ni Vicky Hoang, 2-0, in the final.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefREAD: Meggie Ochoa makes history, wins gold in World ChampionshipsShe also won gold in the JiuJitsu World Tour in March and another third-place finish in the Asian Games in Indonesia in September. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuelast_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez: Even if we buy in January it’ll be miracle if we stay up

first_imgNewcastle boss Benitez: Even if we buy in January it’ll be miracle if we stay upby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez admits he fears for their survival chances ahead of the January market.The Magpies boss has let owner Mike Ashley know his side are struggling for inspiration and in danger of going down.The Spaniard said: “Even if we strengthen in January it will be a miracle if we stay up. I think everyone knows what we have to do.“Does Mike Ashley know? I hope so. We are doing what we have to do and now we wait to see what will happen.“We have the targets, the names, so we have to do what we have to do.“I am trying to tell everyone, realise where we are. Realise what we have to do and if we do well, fine we can finish 10th or whatever.”In a reference to big spending rivals Fulham and Wolves, Benitez said: “If we think we can beat these teams that have spent £100 million, every one of them, every game, there is no chance. We are wrong, 100 per cent.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoReal Madrid fullback Ferland Mendy: Leaving PSG best decision for career

first_imgReal Madrid fullback Ferland Mendy: Leaving PSG best decision for careerby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid fullback Ferland Mendy has recalled walking out on PSG.The France defender signed for Real this summer from Olympique Lyon. Mendy spent eight years with PSG before quitting for Le Havre to launch his first team career.Mendy recalled to Canal+: “If PSG was correct after my injury? Yes, I came back and I trained. But I was training with the DH. And after all, I thought that the best option was to leave.”I think I made the best choice.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Prime Minister says Future of Petrojam is Secure

first_imgStory Highlights The Prime Minister was making his contribution to the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 19. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the future of Petrojam is secure, as governance systems have been established at the entity that must be followed. He said the Government has had to make several decisions about the oil refinery, but the most “significant” one was the buy-back of the shares held by Venezuela, which has cleared the way for Jamaica to make “strategic decisions about its energy security without encumbrances”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the future of Petrojam is secure, as governance systems have been established at the entity that must be followed.He said the Government has had to make several decisions about the oil refinery, but the most “significant” one was the buy-back of the shares held by Venezuela, which has cleared the way for Jamaica to make “strategic decisions about its energy security without encumbrances”.The Prime Minister was making his contribution to the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 19.“Petrojam has a secure future in whatever form we may choose to continue the business. Without that action, credible investment in the refinery would have been limited if not impossible to obtain. Without this action, it was clear that it would have become increasingly difficult to do business with suppliers and bankers, once sanctions remained in place,” he told the House.Mr. Holness said the Petrojam Review Commission, which he appointed last October, will submit its report in June, and notwithstanding its finding, he has directed the Board and management of the entity to ensure that it continues to pursue opportunities and take decisions that will preserve and enhance the existing value of the business, that going forward, “it will have significant commercial value”.He said Petrojam has been mandated to pursue markets in CARICOM to sell heavy fuel oil (HFO) that will not be used by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), when that company transitions to liquefied natural gas (LNG), and to supply the bunkering market.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said that under new governance rules, Board chairmen will have to notify and get the approval of Ministers before they travel; Board members will have to disclose residency to Ministers and the Cabinet; a system now exists for detailed procedures on how public bodies can make donations, which include limits to be set by the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.He outlined that there are now “tighter procedures” around the use of retainer contracts, which require that all such contracts that are to be sole source must get approval of the Cabinet, and that connected party interests with the Board or management must be declared to the Cabinet and in annual reports.On the issue of non-disclosure agreements and confidentiality clauses in human resource (HR) settlements in public bodies, they cannot be concealed from the Parliament, and the monetary value cannot be subjected to confidentiality, the Prime Minister said.last_img read more

Ontario wont meet 2020 electric vehicle target analysts say

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario is envisioning a future in which millions of electric vehicles are on the roads, but analysts predict consumer uptake will remain far off the government target for 2020, despite tens of millions of dollars in subsidies.The Liberal government has been encouraging electric vehicle sales by doling out $75 million in rebates to vehicle owners, offering various other incentives and programs, installing a network of charging stations and spending $1 million to open an electric vehicle education centre.But that so far hasn’t translated into vast numbers of vehicles. The official data for 2017 isn’t yet available, but at the end of last year, electric vehicles represented less than one per cent of all passenger vehicle sales in Ontario.In just two years, by 2020, the government hopes to see that number increase to five per cent.It can’t be done, analysts say.“The chances of meeting it aren’t low, they’re zero,” said auto industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers. “In the auto sector all roads lead to electric, it just happens to be that the road to serious acceptance of them is probably at least 2030 and more likely 2040, 2050.”Tony Faria, an auto industry analyst at the University of Windsor, agrees that Ontario won’t meet its goal by 2020.“We will almost assuredly get to five per cent electric vehicles purchased or on the road at some point in time, it’s just not going to be in the next couple of years,” he said. “We’re really wedded to our gasoline-driven vehicles because of the flexibility they give us distance wise, amazing availability of where you can fill up and so on.”Range anxiety — a fear that an electric vehicle would run out of charge somewhere far from a charging station — is cited by analysts, the industry and government as one of the main reasons more people haven’t yet switched to electric vehicles.The government announced in July 2016 that it would spend $20 million to build a network of 500 public charging stations along highways and at public places across the province by March 31, 2017.But now, more than eight months after that self-imposed deadline, just two-thirds of the stations are in use.Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said that timeline was “ambitious” and there have been challenges around the locations of some of the chargers, permits and construction delays, but he still believes the target can be met.“We see what the numbers are currently, but again when you look at not only the demand we’ve seen over the last few months, but the forecasted demand for the next three or four years we do see and certainly do predict fairly sharp increases in people’s appetite for (electric) vehicles,” he said.It takes time to get people to change their behaviours, Del Duca said.“People get very comfortable in their patterns, both as commuters and when they’re making their product selections when they’re looking at cars,” he said. “I think there was always going to be the need for some time for a cultural shift.”FleetCarma, a company that promotes electric vehicles, reports on quarterly sales numbers and found that in Ontario those numbers are up 96 per cent year-over-year for the first nine months of 2017.In the second quarter, they reported electric vehicle sales represented about 0.7 per cent of the market.“While these numbers may seem small compared to the total number of auto sales the thing to take note of here is the trajectory of the numbers,” they wrote.The president of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association said those numbers bode well and he believes there is a good chance of hitting the five per cent target in 2020. The industry itself is doing a lot to encourage sales, but for now the market demand is still very small and manufacturers are losing money on their production, said Mark Nantais.“There’s a good deal of literature out there by independent parties to suggest that at this point in time vehicle manufacturers are losing anywhere from $10,000 to $14,000 per vehicle,” he said.That will change over time as demand increases, he said.“Sometimes we proceed with costly technologies that — while we might be losing money on them — we ultimately think that the market will improve, that the number of vehicles will increase, that the cost of the technology will come down,” Nantais said.To increase sales, the government offers rebates of up to $14,000 for electric vehicles that cost up to $150,000.In order to encourage customers to choose electric vehicles, auto dealers will often give buyers the rebate out of their own funds, but that has left some out hundreds of thousands of dollars, they say.Frank Notte, with the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association, said many dealers are waiting up to five or six months for the government to reimburse them. One dealer is owed more than $400,000, he said, and GM dealers in the Greater Toronto Area alone are owed about $2.3 million.The Ministry of Transportation wouldn’t confirm those numbers, but said it is working to streamline the process so dealers can get reimbursed more quickly.The province has also put $1 million toward the Plug’n Drive Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre in northern Toronto, where people can learn about and test drive electric vehicles. The centre said it has seen 1,600 test drives with more than 4,000 visitors since it opened this spring.last_img read more

CRTC opens online survey about sales tactics by phone cable internet providers

first_imgGATINEAU, Que. – Canada’s telecom regulator is giving consumers until Sept. 7 to answer an online survey about sales tactics used by the country’s largest phone, cable and internet service providers.The 11-day online survey conducted by Ipsos is part of a months-long process leading to public hearings to be held by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission starting on Oct. 22.Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, who is responsible for telecommunications, ordered the CRTC investigation in June after media reports and direct complaints about how telecom services are sold.In particular, the inquiry wants to address complaints that prices for services may be unpredictable or higher than expected and sales messages may result in stress, confusion and frustration.The CRTC has already collected about 890 comments, mostly from individuals, since mid-July through a more formal intervention process that closes on Thursday.The bilingual survey can be found at https://ipsosasks.ca/CRTClast_img read more

BJP Cong get into poll mode Cong wants top leaders to contest

first_imgShimla: In the state, where there power equations swings between two national parties – BJP and the Congress, the battle for upcoming Lok Sabha polls is getting quite interesting this time.The BJP, which had won all the four seats in 2014 , wants to retain all sitting MPs, including party veteran Shanta Kumar, 84, for the contest but the Congress is looking at new choices to field its top seniors. At a meeting of the Congress’s election committee, held on Wednesday at Chandigarh, the party has shortlisted names for all the four Parliamentary constituencies even proposing to former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh either to contest himself from Mandi Lok Sabha constituency or make sure that his son Vikramaditya Singh, a sitting MLA elected first-time from Shimla (rural) contests the seat. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The BJP’s core committee in its two days meeting has also shortlisted the names for Shimla, Kangra, Mandi and Hamirpur Parliamentary constituencies. Initially, there was much suspense on party senior Shanta Kumar, who had won Kangra Parliamentary seat in 2014 but it looks Shanta Kumar is well settled to re-enter the poll fray. Admits Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur “as far as the decision on tickets is concerned, there is already consensus in the party not to change candidates. On Shanta Kumar’s candidature, the party’s national leadership will take a final call. But, we are clear on retaining the candidates.” Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedIn Hamirpur Parliamentary constituency, where three-time sitting MP Anurag Thakur, who was also BJP’s Chief whip, will be party’s candidate while two other incumbent MPs — Ram Swaroop Sharma (Mandi) and Virender Kashyap (Shimla) will be back in the contest. Beside Mandi, Parliamentary seats of Hamirpur, Shimla and Kangra have become quite high stake constituencies for the Congress, which the party has not won for several years. The name of Congress legislature Party (CLP) leader Mukesh Agnihotri was being prominently mentioned as ‘winning” candidate or one who can really give Anurag Thakur a tough fight. Given a chance Agnihotri – a Virbhadra Singh loyalist,w ill not risk his political career. Kangra Parliamentary seat is also a hot spot for the Congress. Former Minister G S Bali is Congress heavyweight in the area also keen to contest the Lok Sabha. Another former minister Sudhir Sharma could be considered for the contest. In Shimla, former MP Col (Rtd) Dhani Ram Shandil is also party’s choice to take on incumbent MP Virender Kashayp. But, being a sitting MLA, he may not also look forward to contesting. Vinod Sultanpuri son of former MP Late K D Sultanpuri is another contender for the ticket. In totality, the Congress is undoubtedly looking forward to put-up a good show in the poll. The party has a bigger struggle to make some of the leaders agree to contest the poll rather than building-up a campaign against the BJP.last_img read more