Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While many across the country are still digesting the national election results from November, the Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) has been busy getting ready to work with the new members of the Ohio General Assembly. Not much changed in Ohio during the 2016 election cycle. Most of the media have been billing the national election as a “change” election; in Ohio little has changed as Ohio Republicans in the Senate and the House of Representatives held onto their supermajorities in both chambers.The Ohio Senate is made up of thirty-three elected Senators from across Ohio. During the 131st General Assembly (2015-2016), the upper chamber consisted of 23 Republicans and ten Democrats. Leading up to the election most folks around the Statehouse were in agreement, there would be three targeted races this fall. Democrats were hoping to win a suburban district outside of Cleveland and Columbus while Republicans were once again trying to win an Eastern Ohio Senate district held by a Democrat incumbent. Things will change slightly during the 132nd General Assembly as the Republicans were successful in defending their two open seats while defeating State Senator Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville), the only incumbent in the state to lose this election cycle. Senator Gentile served as the Ranking Minority Member on the Senate Agriculture Committee and was designated “Friend of Agriculture” by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.The House of Representatives in Ohio is made up of 99 elected representatives from around Ohio. During the 131st G.A., the Republicans had 65 of those seats while the Democrats were seated in thirty-four house districts. House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) and House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) both stated that as many as 10 seats were potentially in play leading up to the election. When the dust settled on election night, the Republicans picked up an open seat in Southeastern Ohio as well. The makeup of the House heading into the 132nd General Assembly will be 66 Republicans to 33 Democrats.Policy talk for the upcoming General Assembly is still uncertain due to the upcoming lame duck session, but Kasich Administration officials and some legislators have shared some information. Tax policy is likely to be shifting once again and filling a huge budget deficit is also going to be priority number one for Republican leaders. Low job growth and slower than projected tax revenues are stirring conversations around the Capitol about budget cuts. We do know that Ohio agriculture will continue to be well served by House Ag Committee Chairman and OSA Legislator of the Year, State Representative Brian Hill (R-Zanesville) and Ranking Minority Member, Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson), who are both are returning. In the Senate Ag Committee Chair, Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) will also be returning.
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting jolie odell After looking over recent stats from Hitwise Intelligence on the decline of e-cards and the simultaneous rise of social media, we were stopped mid-yawn by this weird little blip on the radar:On Mothers’ Day, e-cards show a less drastic YoY decline, and social media visits actually temporarily plunge, showing a 13 percent decrease in site visits between Mothers’ Day 2008 and Mothers’ Day 2009. Do we think Mom isn’t checking her Facebook? Or is it that we consider a more old-fashioned and difficult method of communication more “personal” somehow?We asked a couple Twitter friends about this phenomenon. According to one respondent, if a mom is on Facebook, she’s fair game to start receiving her digital greetings there. On the other end of the spectrum, we were also asked, “Oh my, what happened to paper cards and handwriting?”But Mothers’ Day aside, e-cards are definitely a dying breed. Between 2008 and 2009, e-card site visits were down around 30 percent for most holidays. The exceptions were Mothers’ Day, Christmas Eve and Thanksgiving. Christmas Eve and Thanksgiving still showed robust social media use, however.It’s also to be noted that most networks have built-in reminder mechanisms for quicly and simply sending greetings to friends, while e-cards sites have to rely on your shoddy memory and sense of guilt to get their traffic.What is it about moms that make us abandon the computer to wish them well on their special day? Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
“Two years ago, I asked my dear friend, Al Webber, if I could interview him about his life-long love affair with jazz for Storycorps. He agreed. At the time, various factors prevented us from making the trip to New York’s Storycorps studio. But fortunately, Al and I recorded a rehearsal session at his home. Half of the interview recordings have been uploaded. The other half will be online soon. Currently, the audio does not work on iPhone or iPad. Special thanks to Ted Taylor who retrieved the audio recordings from the disk drive of my defunct laptop. May you find some joy and comfort in these recordings of our loved one and friend.”Webber, who had a passion for New Orleans jazz – something I have in common with this friend of my friend – gigged until the week he died. He had been a husband, a father, a newspaperman and a veteran of the Allied landings at Normandy Beach, but jazz, he said, was the love of his life. As I said at the beginning, we in the tech business are no less charged and altered by the movements affecting our societies than is any other group of people. So, the fact that here in America we have a black president is certainly important. But as important is the fact of a young black geek becoming friends with an old white jazzman and of cheap computerized recording technology and the Web making it possible for his voice to ring out in thousands of ears that never had the pleasure, before today, of hearing the name Al Webber. What love demanded, technology allowed.Tech, people. And love. Listen to Kelvin and Al talk. curt hopkins 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#music#NYT#Real World#web Something I’ve believed since I began work for ReadWriteWeb is that nothing we write about here exists in a vacuum. No matter how obscure or specific or rarefied, every story we tell is about someone somewhere doing something. War, the economy, revolution, social movements – everyone everywhere is affected by everything. So when I saw what my best friend, Kelvin Holland, had done, I saw, among other things, a story about us. Lo these many years ago, Kelvin and I met at what became Ask.com. He wound up as the Head of Testing and I ran corporate projects. He now works in the DC area as the web producer for a history publisher. It was there he met Al Webber, a jazzman of the old school. Al recently passed away, but not before technology empowered Kelvin to capture, preserve and share a part of the man’s ineffable essence. Here, in Kelvin’s words, is how love and tech allowed him to capture a hint of Al’s voice and spirit before Al passed away on April 12 at the age of 85. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
The Central Bureau of Investigation has taken over the probe into alleged mental, physical and sexual exploitation of minor girls at a shelter home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur.Among the accused persons are officials of the shelter home. The case has been registered on the request of the State government. Relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the POCSO Act have been invoked.The investigation pertains to an FIR registered by the Bihar Police in May alleging sexual exploitation of the girls at the Balika Grih located on Sahu Road in Muzaffarpur.It is alleged that officials of the shelter home run by Seva Sankalp Evam Vikash Samiti were involved in the crime.The Muzaffarpur police have arrested 10 accused persons, including District Child Protection officer Ravi Kumar Roshan, Caretaker Brajesh Thakur and Child Welfare Committee member Vikas Kumar
West Ham to bid for Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramaricby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham are planning to bring Andrej Kramaric back to England in January.The Croatia international, formerly of Leicester City, has shone for Hoffenheim over the last two seasons.Croatian media sources say West Ham are planning a January move for Kramaric.And further fueling the speculation is a developing rift between Kramaric and Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann.The striker is fuming after he was hooked during the weekend draw with Borussia Monchengladbach. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus chief Paratici warns Man Utd off Allegriby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus sports chief Fabio Paratici is adamant Max Allegri is staying.The Italian coach has been mentioned as a candidate for the Manchester United job for next season.However, Paratici insists Juve are still counting on Allegri long-term.He said, “He is the best possible coach for Juventus and I think the team is also perfect for him.”They suit eachother because of their features. “His future for us is not in doubt.”
zoomImage Courtesy: Stena Line Stena Line’s Stena Jutlandica has successfully completed its first month of operation as a battery hybrid vessel. The project, aimed at converting the ferry to be able to run on electrical power, is part of Stena Line’s efforts to find ways of reducing its impact on the environment, as explained by Erik Lewenhaupt, Head of Sustainability at Stena Line.“As both the size and cost of batteries decrease, battery operation is becoming a very attractive alternative to traditional fuel for shipping since emissions should be possible to completely eliminate in the future,” Lewenhaupt said.The project involving Stena Jutlandica, which operates on the Gothenburg-Frederikshavn route, is being carried out in steps.Step one, which is presently underway, is about switching to electrical operation to reduce the use of diesel generators, as well as for maneuvering and powering the bow thrusters when the ship is in port.In the second step, battery power will be connected to two of the four primary machines, which means that the Stena Jutlandica will be able to run on electrical power for about 10 nautical miles inside the Gothenburg archipelago out to Vinga Lighthouse.In step three, all four primary machines will be connected to the batteries and the ship will be able to cover the 50 nautical miles between Sweden and Denmark solely on electrical power.As informed, positive effects have already been noted after just one month.“As an example, we’ve been able to strongly reduce our use of the diesel generators and now only need to use one instead of three. Another positive effect concerns safety; by having constant access to electricity, we minimize the risk for power outages,” Johan Stranne, Senior Chief Engineer on the Stena Jutlandica, said.Only in step one, the environmental savings from using battery power for reduced generator usage and maneuvering in port amounts to about 500 tons of fuel, 1,500 tons of CO2. This in turn corresponds to the annual emissions from approximately 600 cars.The reason for execution in multiple steps is to enable testing and assessment while the project is underway. If the project is successful, battery power can be considered for other vessels within the Stena Line fleet. Work with step two has begun and the goal is for implementation within about three years, according to Stena Line.The technical solutions in the first step have been developed by Stena Teknik in collaboration with the Callenberg Technology Group, with half of the funding for the project coming from the Swedish Transport Administration and the EU.
APTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzieIncidence of HIV/AIDS are rising across the country.In commemoration of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week we put HIV InFocus.Our guests discuss why the overarching aim of HIV/AIDS education, prevention and treatment should be Indigenous led, non-judgemental and culturally sensitive.
TORONTO – Another Canadian clothing retailer, Roots Corp., wants to take its company public as it plans a massive North American and international expansion over the next several years.For the heritage-fashion retailer the switch from being a private company for more than four decades comes against a challenging retail environment that’s seen numerous bankruptcies, and mass store closures and layoffs in recent years.The company known for its poor boy style hats and woolly winter mitts that have adorned both Canada’s Olympic athletes and consumers has applied to list on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ROOT.The retailer, which operates 120 stores in North America and has a partner running another 136 between Taiwan and China, is looking to open dozens of new locations.That includes up to 10 in Canada and up to 14 in the States by the end of its 2019 financial year.Roots is also eyeing international markets, hoping to grow by up to 25 new locations between Taiwan and China, and build a presence in Singapore and Malaysia in the same time frame.Beyond that, the company is evaluating partnerships in a dozen new markets abroad.“When you have such large expansion goals and projections, then it makes sense to go forward with an IPO,” said Tamara Szames, a Canadian fashion and apparel analyst for the NPD Group.An initial public offering would provide some of the capital necessary to fund the expansion plan, she said.The price and the number of shares being sold by Searchlight, Budman and Green — the private investment firm that purchased a majority stake in Roots in 2015 — was not immediately disclosed. A Roots spokesman declined to comment.The company’s IPO comes against “a favourable backdrop,” said Craig Fehr, principal investment strategist at Edward Jones Investments.Investor sentiment is quite positive, equity markets have a lot of momentum behind them and stock prices are up across the board, he said.Additionally, Roots disclosed financial growth in its preliminary prospectus that’s quite strong, he said, a good sign that its managing ongoing disruption to the retail industry by the rise of e-commerce and other factors.The retailer is following in the footsteps of other Canadian fashion companies, including recent initial public offerings by Vancouver-based Aritzia (TSX:ATZ) and Toronto-based winter-coat maker Canada Goose (TSX:GOOS).Shares in Canada Goose have soared more than 40 per cent since they began trading earlier this year, however Aritzia shares have struggled and fallen well below their IPO price. The shares debuted on the Toronto Stock Exchange in Oct. 2016, with an IPO price of $16, but are currently trading below $14.Fehr said the different paths of those retailers may demonstrate that a company with a niche offering like Canada Goose is more likely to succeed.Investors may be more comfortable betting on a luxury retailer whose parkas sell for upwards of $1,400, added Szames, than on Aritzia, which sells its goods at a price range where many retailers are struggling.Roots, which points to its leather goods and footwear products as a possible area of expansion, could position itself in a high price bracket, Szames said.However, both IPOs had one thing in common, she said, highlighting that each stock soared on the first day of trading.Szames anticipates Roots will be seen as a similarly hot item.“We’re going to see that surge,” she said, adding no one can predict what will happen next.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.
WASHINGTON – The International Monetary Fund has upgraded its economic outlook for the United States in 2018 and foresees a strong year for the global economy as well. But its chief economist warns that the prospect of an escalating trade conflict “threatens to undermine confidence and derail global growth prematurely.”The IMF predicts that the U.S. economy will grow 2.9 per cent this year, up from the 2.7 per cent it had forecast in January and up from the 2.3 per cent growth the economy achieved last year. The U.S. economy will enjoy a boost through 2020 from tax cuts President Donald Trump signed into law in December, the IMF predicts.The lending agency kept its forecast for worldwide growth this year at 3.9 per cent, which would be its fastest pace since 2011.