Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2017 West Ohio Agronomy Day will be held on Monday, January 9th at St. Michael’s Hall in Fort Loramie. A light breakfast will be available starting at 8 a.m. with a marketing update from Sunrise Cooperative at 8:30 a.m. At 9 a.m. the Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification (Core and Categories 1, 2, and 6) and the two-hour Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training for those who already hold a Pesticide Applicator’s License (commercial or private) will begin. In addition, Certified Crop Adviser CEUs have been approved and Commercial Pesticide Applicator Credits are available in 2A and 2C.Once again, Purdue’s Dr. Fred Whitford will be there, this time to talk about “Safety is in Your Hands.” Attendees will also participate in a “Corn and Soybean Insect Update” by Dr. Kelley Tilmon, OSU Entomologist; “Finding Value in your Data” by Dr. Elizabeth Hawkins, OSU Agronomy Specialist; and a “Weed Management Update” and “Weed Management 201” by Dr. Jeff Stachler, OSU Extension, Auglaize County. In addition, Dennis Riethman (OSUE Mercer County) will be presenting on “Forages and Livestock,” Amanda Bennett, (OSUE Miami County) will be providing the update on “Fumigation, and Sam Custer (OSUE Darke County) will be offering “Budgeting for your 2017 Corn and Soybean Crops.”The evening portion of the 2017 West Ohio Agronomy Day will be held on Tuesday, January 17th at the Days Inn (SR 47 & I-75) in Sidney. This program will begin at 5:00 p.m. with a light supper and a marketing update from Sunrise Cooperative personnel. We will be providing only Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification credits (Core and Categories 1, 2, and 6) and the two-hour Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training for those who already hold a Pesticide Applicator’s License. These trainings will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and will be conducted by OSU Extension personnel.Sponsors for the 2017 West Ohio Agronomy Day (to date) include Personal Crop Insurance (Warsaw, IN), Fertilizer Dealer Supply (Anna), Bambauer Fertilizer and Seed (Jackson Center), New Ag Horizons (Minster), Lena Ag Center (Conover), Farm Credit Mid-America (Versailles), Ohio Soybean Council, B&B Ag Vantages (Conover), Precision Agri Services Planter and Technology Services (Minster), A.G. Boogher & Son, Inc. (Wapakoneta), Kroeger Sales and Service (Delphos), Precision Agri-Services, Inc. (Minster), Otte Ag, LLC (Maria Stein), and Shelby County Farm Bureau. Thank You for your support.Farmers who want to recertify their private pesticide applicator’s license can visit http://pested.osu.edu to register online with a credit card or to download the form to pay by check. These forms can also be picked up at OSU Extension offices.Others who want to attend can register by contacting the Shelby County Extension office at 937.498.7239 or by emailing Debbie Brown at [email protected] by December 30th. Be sure to indicate which program you wish to attend and whether you’re coming for Pesticide Applicator Recertification ($35) or just for the Fun, Food, Fellowship, and Lots of Information!! ($10).
A day after a man was arrested and charged with sedition for his social media post on power cuts in Chhattisgarh, a journalist was held on Friday for publishing “false” news over electricity supply in Mahasamund district.Dilip Sharma, who runs an online news portal, was arrested based on a complaint lodged by Executive Engineer (EE) of electricity department, S.K. Sahu, a police officer said.In his complaint lodged on Thursday, Mr. Sahu had alleged that Mr. Sharma, in a recently published news, had claimed that there was a blackout in more than 50 villages in Mahasamund for 48 hours which was “false and baseless”, Sub Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP), Narad Kumar Suryawanshi said.Mr. Sharma was booked under IPC section 505 (1) (b) (with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public), he said.The journalist was produced in a local court which granted him bail, the police said. Talking to the media after his release, Mr. Sharma alleged that he was being implicated in a false case.‘Authentic’ news He claimed he had published an “authentic” news about the blackout for 48 hours in villages of Bagbahra area in Mahasamund from June 6 to June 8.Additional General Manager (Public Relations) of Chhattisgarh State Power Holding Company Vijay Mishra said according to the State government’s policy, the power utility has been supplying electricity 24X7 in all cities and villages. Some anti-social elements were trying to defame power company. he alleged.CM’s damage controlEarlier on Thursday, 53-year-old Mangelal Agarwal was arrested in Rajnandgaon district and charged with sedition for allegedly spreading rumours over power cuts on a social media platform. However, facing criticism over the action, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel directed the police to withdraw charges of sedition.
A physically challenged mountaineer, who was recently honoured for one of her rare achievements, failed to be a part of a proud moment in her life owing to the Union sports ministrys negligence. Arunima Sinha, who had scaled Mount Chhamser Kangri (21,110 feet) with an amputated leg recently, was included in the list of 10 sportspersons with the likes of Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal, M.C. Marykom and Deepika Kumari, who were to speak on the issue of gender discrimination before a parliamentary committee. The sports ministry said that it did not have the phone number or address of Arunima, whom the ministry had awarded sometime ago, to contact. That meant that she had to miss out on an opportunity of addressing Parliament. Ironically, the sports ministry had given Arunima a cheque of Rs 2 lakh for her treatment after she was badly injured in an incident that took place in her state Uttar Pradesh last year. In fact Sports Minister Ajay Maken had met Arunima in the hospital. The athlete also claimed that the sports minister had even refused to meet her when she visited his office in Delhi recently. The 26-year-old mountaineer was recently presented the 4th TiE-Aspire Young Achiever Awards for her feat. She was a national level player of football and volleyball when she had to undergo amputation of her left lower limb after being thrown off a running train in Bareilly for resisting a chain-snatching attempt.
Mumbai: The Lion King is inching towards the Rs 150-crore mark in India. The film has hauled Rs 136.04 crore so far since release in the domestic market on July 19, in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu versions. The Disney project collected Rs 38.93 crore (gross box office collection) in its second weekend, with nett collections standing at Rs 32.70 crore for this period. This takes the cumulative 10-day gross collection to Rs 136.04 crore. The nett box office figures for India stands at Rs 114.27 crore. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaSo far, The Lion King is the second-highest grossing Hollywood film in India this year after Avengers: Endgame. The film also enjoyed the second-biggest weekend gross collection for any Hollywood movie in India, behind Avengers: Endgame, which released earlier this year. The film is director Jon Favreau’s recreation of the 1994 Disney classic of the same name, and it brings back the adventures of Simba, the lion cub who is to succeed his father Mufasa as King of the Pride Lands.
Annette FrancisAPTN NewsThe Government of Canada was back before the Canadian Human Rights Commission giving an update on how it is improving the child welfare system for First Nations children.To date, Ottawa has been severely criticized for how it funds the child welfare system on reserve compared to how provinces pays for the system off-reserve.In 2016 the tribunal ruled that the federal government discriminates against First Nation children.Cindy Blackstock, the executive director of the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society, and one of the parties that took the government to the tribunal, said there is some progress but more work is [email protected]@aptnafrancis
FREEHOLD, N.J. – A former contestant on ABC’s “Shark Tank” is facing charges that he belonged to a New Jersey cocaine-distribution ring.John DePaola was among nine defendants arrested Sunday. The Monmouth County prosecutor said Monday that the group distributed cocaine in the Freehold area.DePaola is charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine. His lawyer, Herbert Ellis, calls the charge “baffling” and “without merit.” He says that DePaola is not a “druggie” or a drug dealer.The 53-year-old Jackson resident appeared on a 2014 episode of “Shark Tank.” His company, which sells paint brush covers, attracted a $200,000 investment from “Shark Tank” personality Lori Greiner.DePaola and his business partners said in a follow-up segment that their product landed in 14,000 stores nationwide, with $1.5 million in sales.
WINNIPEG – About 3,500 workers at Superstore, Extra Foods, and No Frills stores in Manitoba have ratified a new contract with Loblaw.United Food and Commercial Workers Local 832 says in a statement posted to its website that the five-year agreement — voted on by its members on Sunday — improves wages and protects full-time positions.The union also says the deal includes improved health and welfare benefits, including enhanced sick time.As well, the UFCW will work with Loblaw on a program to hire and retain persons with disabilities.The ratification comes after the union and Loblaw reached a tentative contract on Sept. 28.The statement did not contain details of Sunday’s vote or the wage increase, and there was no immediate comment from Loblaw on the ratification.“Our bargaining committee achieved real gains for themselves and their coworkers at Loblaw,” union local president Jeff Traeger said in the statement. “In an increasingly challenging industry, I’m proud of the hard work that this committee has put in.”
BEIJING — The founders of Dolce&Gabbana have apologized in a video on Chinese social media after promotional videos seen as racist and subsequent Instagram messages stoked a furor in one of the world’s largest markets for luxury goods.The Italian fashion house has been in hot water for the videos and also insulting remarks made by the Instagram accounts of both the company and co-founder Stefano Gabbana. It blamed hackers.Gabbana and Domenico Dolce appeared in a video posted Friday on Chinese social media saying they hope to be forgiven and will do their best to better understand and respect Chinese culture. They finish by saying “sorry” in Chinese.The videos and the Instagram comments created a huge backlash in China, forcing Dolce&Gabbana to cancel a major show this week.The Associated Press
Los Angeles: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will not change eligibility rules for the Oscars, amid calls for a crackdown on streaming services from some prominent members. On April 23, the board of governors decided to keep the current requirements, which state that a feature length film must run for one week in Los Angeles to qualify for Best Picture, reports ew.com. “The Academy’s Board of Governors voted to maintain Rule Two, Eligibility for the 92nd Oscars. The rule states that to be eligible for awards consideration, a film must have a minimum seven-day theatrical run in a Los Angeles County commercial theatre, with at least three screenings per day for paid admission. Motion pictures released in non-theatrical media on or after the first day of their Los Angeles County theatrical qualifying run remain eligible,” the board said in a statement. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”We support the theatrical experience as integral to the art of motion pictures, and this weighed heavily in our discussions,” Academy President John Bailey said. “Our rules currently require theatrical exhibition, and also allow for a broad selection of films to be submitted for Oscars consideration. We plan to further study the profound changes occurring in our industry and continue discussions with our members about these issues,” Bailey added. Steven Spielberg was among the high-profile critics of streaming services’ Oscar eligibility. After Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, distributed and campaigned for by Netflix, won three Oscars, Spielberg upped his disapproval of Netflix films at the Oscars. The 92nd Oscars will be held on February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre.
If the coaches, players and fans all feel like the risk of injury has outstripped the value of playing the games, there’s no viable path forward for the four-game preseason. Only one question remains: Whether the coaches, players and fans can persuade the owners to get on a different path. For most of the 2000s and into the middle of this decade, the number of starters who threw the fewest preseason passes on their teams stayed in the low single digits. Last year, it was a full half of the league’s starting QBs.This year, no starters have thrown the most passes of anyone else on their team, and 22 threw the fewest. In just seven years, we’ve gone from almost half the league mostly playing their starters to over two-thirds the league barely playing them at all.There’s also reason to believe that the decline of starting QB reps across the league this preseason is not a coincidence. The NFL and its players’ union have begun negotiations for their next collective bargaining agreement, and truncating the preseason is reportedly a major negotiating topic. In that context, coaches and players are incentivized to force the owners’ hands.Last week, with Luck likely to sit out the third preseason game, Colts head coach Frank Reich and Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy texted before the game and reached a mutual I-won’t-play-my-guys-if-you-won’t truce. A similar detente was reached between Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson and Baltimore Ravens skipper John Harbaugh after their week of joint practices.In fact, joint practice sessions seem to be where the starters are getting all the reps they’ve been giving up.“I think [joint practices are] the trend. I think that’s where we’re going. I think that’s the way the league is heading,” Pederson said in a recent press conference. “As coaches, we get to set the situation and control the environment, and sometimes you don’t get those in games. You don’t get that situation in a game, and this way we can control that and work on specific things and get some really good work done with our starters.”That all makes sense: If a coach really wants to work on the two-minute offense, a preseason game offers no guarantee that a team will even get in a two-minute situation. The same is true for any other situation, matchup or personnel package. What doesn’t make sense, though, is charging fans full price to watch an uncontrolled scrimmage between a bunch of players who likely won’t even make their respective teams.On Monday, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien suggested that fans could whet their appetite for starter-on-starter action by the league televising joint practices in lieu of two preseason games: This season, it fell even more steeply. Projected Week 1 starters (via OurLads) accounted for just 11.7 percent of pass attempts.1Luck was the Colts’ projected starter up to and through the start of the Colts’ third preseason game, so he counts as “the starter” in these numbers. That’s a 43 percent drop in one year, after more than a decade of consistently giving fans at least a decent look at the most important player on the team.The same pattern shows up when we look at how many starters have led their team in preseason attempts — and how many starters have brought up the rear. In 2002, 14 of 32 teams’ starting quarterbacks led their team in preseason pass attempts, and in 2012, 13 starters still led their team in preseason throws. But since 2015, no more than three have. The curtain fell on the 2019 NFL preseason Thursday night — and judging by the volleys of rotten produce hurled at it by fans, writers and coaches, the NFL may never want to stage that show the same way again.For decades, it’s felt like the NFL has had a predictable rhythm to how (and how often) starters play. A little in the first game, then a little more, and then the third preseason game is the “dress rehearsal,” when coaches game-plan, starters start, and the fans who paid full price for tickets get treated to something resembling their team. In the context of meaningless August football, this one game on the preseason schedule was the closest thing fans got to the real thing. The fourth preseason game, in which starters rarely played, has been a forgivable afterthought.But the ugly, pointless football played Thursday night felt unforgivable — because the players fans pay to see barely played in the first three games, either. Even the last bastion of NFL preseason relevance seems to be vanishing. This year’s “dress rehearsals” hardly lived up to their billing. Carolina Panthers starting quarterback Cam Newton left the game after a minor injury. Almost all of the Green Bay Packers’ starters were held out. Houston starter Deshaun Watson got sacked to start the team’s first possession, the Texans lost starting running back Lamar Miller for the season on the next play, then Watson got sacked again, fumbled the ball and headed for the bench without throwing a pass. Indianapolis Colts starter Andrew Luck retired before taking a single preseason rep.If teams are comfortable going the entire preseason with their starting quarterbacks barely taking the field, the league’s case for making their fans spend the time and money to watch these games is significantly weakened. Perhaps as no surprise, calls to reduce the number of preseason games are now coming from everywhere, from fans on Twitter to major news outlets. It feels like all of a sudden, the whole NFL-watching world has given up on the preseason.Of course, calls for a shortened NFL preseason are nothing new. Analyst John Clayton called for it in The Washington Post earlier this month — almost two decades after he wrote for ESPN that players’ union representatives had already been pushing for it “for years.”The year after Clayton wrote that ESPN article, the NFL expanded to 32 teams. Fourteen of those teams’ eventual Week 1 starters led their squad in preseason pass attempts. Even as their union reps were arguing that a four-game preseason was at least one game more than anybody needed, stars like Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Daunte Culpepper, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning were out there taking more reps than anybody on their team.During that 2002 season, 34.4 percent of preseason passes were thrown by quarterbacks who would go on to start Week 1. A decade later, starters’ share of the workload was about the same. But from 2012 to last season, their leaguewide share of pass attempts dropped by 36.5 percent.