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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The recent lack of rain is beginning to have negative effects on soil moisture and is causing uneven emergence on late planted crops, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 12th. The statewide average temperature was 68.2 degrees, only 0.3 degrees above normal. Precipitation was scattered and short throughout the State with a statewide average of 0.42 inches, less than half of normal. Some locally heavy rains fell in the western part of the State at the end of the week. Soil moisture supplies fell along with hay and pasture conditions. While corn and soybeans are still in good condition, they are beginning to show signs of stress. Despite the uneven quality of emerged stands, emergence is moving very rapidly, as corn, soybeans, and oats are all ahead of the five year average. Some growers are waiting to finish planting until more rain brings soil moisture to adequate levels. Growers mostly spent the week spraying, applying fertilizer, and cutting hay. The hay crop is looking very good due to the weather, but growth may suffer due to the dry weather.Click here for the full reportlast_img read more

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first_imgAfter a couple of months of construction, I finally have more to report on my renovation project. It is moving more slowly and is costing more than I had expected, but it is moving along, the quality of work is excellent, and the end is in sight.I am reminded almost every day why I decided to exit the renovation business – as exciting as it is to see construction progress, the time and energy it takes to make sure everything gets done right and on time exhausts me. This process has also been teaching me some important lessons about patience and right sized homes. RELATED ARTICLES Finally! Starting Construction At My HouseMusings on Lawsuits, Spiritual Energy, and Metal RoofsGreen From the Start: Small Victory Department Green From the Start Redux, or Trying to Build Green in a Historic DistrictWhat We Have Here Is a Failure to CommunicateGreen From the Start: Home Edition Volume 2Green From the Start – Home Edition Patience, patienceFraming is just about complete, and I will forever be thankful that I hired the right person for the job. I subcontracted out the demolition, foundations, framing, roofing, and exterior trim and siding to a single contractor, someone I have known for about 30 years. He runs a small company, just himself and a helper – and while progress is slower than I would have preferred, his attention to detail is exceptional. Bigger is definitely not betterUntil recently I had forgotten just how small my home is. After eight years living in only 750 (soon to be 800) square feet, I am temporarily staying in a friend’s vacant house that is over 4,000 square feet, and I feel lost. It is so spacious that I don’t know what to do with myself. The rooms are too big, there are too many, and I can’t figure out the light switches. The walk to the bathroom feels like a short hike, to the kitchen a long one.I’ve built and renovated many homes even much larger than this one, including one for myself, and until recently rarely paid that much attention to how much space people said they needed. Although American home sizes continue to increase, I have come to realize that, personally, I don’t ever want to live in a large home again. I would much rather have a small house and the freedom that comes with it.center_img Onward and upwardI will be reporting soon on the installation of my plumbing system, reinstallation of one minisplit, and tuning up and adding spray foam insulation. Stay tuned. It is already an interesting ride. It is a pleasure to find someone who cares about the quality of the work who doesn’t just throw things up fast to meet production schedules. As an added bonus, his estimate was very competitive. The old adage “good, fast and cheap – pick any two” turned out to be true. I didn’t get fast, but I am certainly getting excellent quality at a very fair price.This speed/price/quality issue makes me wonder about the state of the construction industry. With the exception of modular and some panelized projects, construction is still among the least industrialized industries around. Unlike most modern manufacturing, quality is very inconsistent and tends to be inversely proportional to the pace of production.It seems that most contractors who are interested in true high-quality construction are the least rewarded financially. Time is money: those borrowing it want to pay as little interest as possible, and those investing want a fast return. Speed of production is rewarded, while time taken to attend to details and quality are not. It has taken me several weeks to settle down and accept that although my project is not moving as fast as I would like, I am getting very high quality work from someone who really cares.last_img read more

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first_imgTags:#app development#Apple#iOS Related Posts dan rowinski In addition to pushing the free versions of normally paid apps, Apple notes the milestones that the App Store has achieved along the way. In 2013, the App Store passed 50 billion downloads, passed the $10 billion mark of money paid to developers and officially turns five years old on July 10th.  If you are counting (and a lot of people are), Apple went from 25 billion apps downloaded to 50 billion in about 14 months. More than two billion apps were downloaded in December 2012 alone. The milestones and free apps were first rolled out to users in Europe this morning before coming to the United States. What has been your favorite app from the App Store over the last five years? Let us know in the comments.  What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Later this week, Apple’s App Store for iOS officially turn five years old. The App Store grew from a curiosity in 2008 to one of the dominant destinations to download software in a few years and now contains more than 900,000 apps that have seen more than 50 billion downloads.Yes, there is indeed an app for that. Probably several.To celebrate five years of the App Store, Apple is giving away some apps for the occasion. Five iOS apps and five games are currently free in the App Store for a limited time. Free apps include: Barefoot World Atlas, Day One (Journal/Diary), How To Cook Everything, Over (a photo editing app) and Traktor DJ for iPhone (an audio-mixing app). Free games include: Where’s My Water, Tiny Wings, Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery, Infinity Blade II and Badland. If you are an avid App Store user, there is a good chance you have already used several of these apps, especially the games. Marking App Store Milestoneslast_img read more

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first_imgEx-Wolves boss Solbakken: Man City will win league – they never stand stillby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Wolves boss Stale Solbakken believes Manchester City will win the Premier League this season.Liverpool are currently top of the table.But Copenhagen coach Solbakken told VG: “It’s probably City and Liverpool that’s number one and two in the end, but I think City is a clearer one than Liverpool is a clear two.”Remember that City has played away against its closest rivals (2-0 victory against Arsenal, 0-0 against Liverpool, 1-0 win against Tottenham and 0-2 defeat against Chelsea).”I think they build on the team all the time. (Pep) Guardiola is working on difficult things; the distances in the team, the defensive work and the ambitious attack game. They are so solid across all lines.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgHALIFAX – Tens of thousand of people across the Maritimes are without power this morning after the region was lashed by strong winds and heavy rain.New Brunswick has been the hardest hit, with NB Power reporting more than 94,000 customers in the dark after 100 km/h winds swept across the province Saturday and into today.Wind warnings had been posted Saturday and Environment Canada said parts of the province could also expect 15 millimetres of rain.Nova Scotia, where wind and rain warnings was also posted, was hit with similar strength gusts overnight and into this morning along the Fundy coast and over northern sections of Cape Breton.Nova Scotia Power reported this morning that more than 18,000 of its customers were waiting to be reconnected.All of Prince Edward Island was under a wind warning Saturday and by this morning more than 3,000 Maritime Electric customers were without power.last_img read more

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Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in the first quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDespite a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit, No. 3 Ohio State (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) rode a stupendous performance from quarterback J.T. Barrett to a 39-38 victory against No. 7 Penn State (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) in a battle of Big Ten powers. Head coach Urban Meyer addressed the media Monday afternoon following the victory. Here are three takeaways from the press conference.Improved offensive line led to comeback winJust a year ago, then-No. 2 Ohio State played a close game against the Nittany Lions, but crumbled on the final drive and fell 24-21 to unranked Penn State. Meyer believes this season, the Buckeyes’ resilience in tough situations did not exist a year ago.“The team last year would not have won that game,” Meyer said. “They would have dropped their head. Offensive line would have dropped their head.”Right tackle Isaiah Prince struggled in last season’s loss to Penn State. He looked overmatched the entire game and allowed multiple sacks as the clock ticked closer to zero on what would be Ohio State’s final drive. But Prince has matured after a year of experience and coaching, Meyer said. The head coach was incredulous when asked whether he was worried about Prince heading into last Saturday’s game.“He’s unbelievable now,” Meyer said. “Isaiah, not worried about him at all. He’s a grown man that’s handling his stuff the way a right offensive tackle at Ohio State should.”All five starting offensive linemen graded as successful on between 82 and 86 percent of their plays. Meyer deemed them all to have “champion” effort. Meyer does not want to “micromanage” running back carriesIn the first quarter, freshman running back J.K. Dobbins exploded, taking four carries for 50 yards, including a 21-yard rush. But he did not touch the ball again until the third quarter as redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber took all seven second-quarter carries.Dobbins finished with 13 rushes for 88 yards while Weber had 21 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. Meyer said he does not, and would not want to, involve himself in divvying up the carries.“[Dobbins] still had 88 yards and however many carries,” Meyer said. “So we’re throwing the ball so darn well right now, too. So there’s no, once again I don’t micromanage. That’s Kevin Wilson, and that’s Tony Alford to determine. And they’re both practicing very hard. You’d like to get them more carries.”Meyer said he trusts good coaches to make playing-time decisions when the players are “1-A” and “1-B.” “[Running backs coach] Tony Alford is an excellent football coach,” Meyer said. “The last thing he needs is me worrying about that stuff.”Meyer said Weber has “really done a nice job” this season despite an injury which hampered him and made possible Dobbins’ surge, but also mentioned the 2016 starter was humbled. Meyer said Weber’s goal is to reach close to 2,000 rushing yards in a season. But with Dobbins accompanying him in the backfield for the foreseeable future, his path to reaching 2,000 yards is unclear.Search remains for a solution to kickoffsIt took just 15 seconds into Saturday’s game for Penn State to take advantage of Ohio State’s biggest weakness — kickoff coverage — as running back Saquon Barkley returned the opening kick 97 yards to give the Nittany Lions an early six-point lead.After the game, Meyer called the kickoff unit, which he said has historically been near the best in the conference, “comical.” Monday afternoon, he said it was “a joke right now.” “We’re the only school in the America that can’t kick it out of the end zone, even with the wind at our back,” Meyer said. “I’m not a kicking expert but kick the ball out of the end zone and we don’t do that. It’s not because of not telling them to kick the ball out of the end zone.”Former Ohio State punter Cameron Johnston disputed the claim. He took to Twitter to say he does not believe Meyer’s claim about not being able to kick the ball out of the end zone, as he said he has seen both kickers do so firsthand.Regardless of how the Buckeyes fix the unit, they cannot afford to continue to send out the same unit expecting different results. If something doesn’t change, the number in Ohio State’s loss column will. read more

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Buckeye fans celebrate following the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State students might receive a price break to watch their men’s basketball team play.Students would pay just $9 for all individual game tickets if the proposal is approved by the Board of Trustees Finance Committee. Previously, students had to pay $13 for Big Ten games and $12 for nonconference game. Ohio State enjoyed a resurgent 2017-18 season, and the success the team found led to an increase in attendance for the team. An average of 13,495 people attended games at the Schottenstein Center during the 2017-18 season, well above the 12,324 average of the 2016-17 season and the 12,283 average of the 2015-16 campaign. Ohio State also hosted crowds above 18,000 fans on two occasions, first against Illinois on Feb. 4 and against Iowa on Feb. 10. The Board is set to go over the proposal at approximately 12:55 p.m. Thursday during the Finance Committee Meeting.The remainder of the tickets will not see a price change from the cost for the previous season. Season-ticket holders will continue to have a 12-percent discount from the price of a season’s worth of individual tickets while faculty and staff will have a 20-percent discount.The Ohio State Board of Trustees Finance Committee will vote Thursday on a proposal to reduce ticket prices for students while leaving the remainder of the tickets the same. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio StateOhio State is coming off its first season under head coach Chris Holtmann in which it finished 25-9 overall with a 15-3 Big Ten record. The Buckeyes lost just two games at home — 79-65 against Clemson on Nov. 29 and 82-79 on a buzzer-beating loss to Penn State on Jan. 25. The overall record was the team’s best mark since the 2012-13 season.The Buckeyes also reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2014-15 season. Fifth-seeded Ohio State lost in the second round to fourth-seeded Gonzaga.Holtmann will hope to find continued success in his second season at the helm despite a litany of losses. His team saw three seniors graduate in guard Kam Williams, guard Andrew Dakich and forward Jae’Sean Tate and watched forward and 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year Keita Bates-Diop declare for the NBA draft, forgoing his final year of collegiate eligibility.Joining Ohio State will be the 23rd-best recruiting class in the nation, according to 247Sports composite rankings. Guard Luther Muhammad and forward Jaedon LeDee are the only two four-star prospects joining the team while a pair of three star recruits — guard Duane Washington and forward Justin Ahrens — also join the team. read more

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first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享On Wednesday, crews made significant progress and completed large sections of containment line on the east, south, and west portions of the Caribou Lake Fire. Fire activity on the fire is mostly smoldering and creeping with some isolated single tree torching. The fire grew four acres, for a total of 904 acres; and is now at 57 percent contained.The current estimated containment date for the fire is September 4. Sarah Saarloos with the Division of Forestry: “I’ve never been so happy to be at 57% containment on a fire and with all of the work this keeps us on track on that projected containment date of September 4.” A TFR is in place for air space over the Caribou Lake Fire (9/7506 NOTAM). The TFR includes unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones, as well. Flying drones near wildfires could cause injury or death to firefighters as a result of a mid-air collision with tactical firefighting aircraft. Saarloos: “Were that containment is remains at the edge of where those cabins are. We are feeling very confident that those cabins in and around the lake are not threatened.”  Cooler temperatures and cloud cover will limit fire growth. Minimal fire growth is expected over the next several days. Firefighting aircraft continues to be available to assist firefighters on the ground as needed. Although there are cabins and other structures in the area, no structures are threatened at this time. On Thursday, firefighters will continue with the full containment strategy. Crews will secure existing control lines and mop up to reduce potential for flare-ups and spotting, while working to secure the northern edge of the fire in the Boxcar Hills.last_img read more

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first_imgIndia is planning wide-ranging rationalisation of its customs duty structure to make international trade more efficient mirroring the good and services tax (GST) that simplified domestic trade, news reports say.”We want to go in for something which will be radically different from what we have been doing. We are going to venture into a new territory called faceless assessment. We could start a pilot in a month’s time,” said S Ramesh, Chairman of Central Board of Indirect Taxes (CBDT), in an interview to The Economic Times.The government plans to minimise face-to-face interactions of traders with customs officials, automate the release of goods from the ports and give businesses the facility to track the shipment.This would require properly interfacing the traders’ systems with the customs department systems. This is expected to facilitate faster approvals and reduce corruption and undue bureaucratic bottlenecks, according to the report.India charges both advalorem duty based on the value of imports or exports and specific rate based on the quantity in number, volume or weight for different types of goods. This has led to allegations of confusion and exploitation by bureaucracy, which enjoys a lot of discretion in making decisions regarding import and export tariffs. The trade community has been demanding a rationalisation of the import and export tax structure for long.There is a host of duties that customs officials can levy on imports and exports. They include the basic customs duty, additional duty, special additional duty, and several additional levies like countervailing duty, anti-dumping duty, and safeguard duty. Certain goods also are liable to be charged a cess.These rule changes are expected to help further improve India’s ease of doing business ranking. In 2017, World Bank’s recent Ease of Doing Business Report showed India leapt 30 places to break into the top 100 nations for the first time. In 2018, the nation’s rank further improved to 77 out of 190 countries.The government wants the customs duty rationalisation to mirror its widely acclaimed implementation of the GST, which came into force on July 1 last year. GST rationalised the domestic trade tariff structure by introducing a limited number of tariff slabs so as to reduce the demands on traders. They are 3 per cent, 5 per cent, 12 per cent,18 per cent and 28 per cent.last_img read more

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first_imgRAB Director General Benazir Ahmed speaks to newsmen. Photo: Prothom AloThere are possibly seven persons, including women and children, in the suspected militant den at Mirpur’s Darus Salam area in the capital, according to the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB). This was revealed by RAB Director General Benazir Ahmed at a press briefing held at 11:00 am Tuesday morning at the site.The RAB DG said, two persons including a private university student were arrested on Monday night during a raid on a militant den in Tangail. Based on information from them, the operation has been launched at the militant den in Darus Salam. The suspected militants are on the fifth floor of the building. Benazir Ahmed said that 65 persons had been rescued from 23 of the 24 apartments in the building. The gas, power and water connections to the building had been severed.The RAB DG said so far they had learnt that a militant named Abdullah was in the den. Once the operation was over, their correct names and identities would be revealed. It is believed that Abdullah’s two wives, two children and two associates were also in the apartment. A large cache of explosives were also possibly stashed there.RAB men cordon off alleged militants’ den at MirpurAbdullah’s sister had already surrendered from the militant den, said Benazir Ahmed, adding that they were trying to use her to make Abdullah surrender. The RAB DG said, they were repeatedly contacting Abdullah over the phone in an effort to get him to surrender. He has been resisting till now.Benazir Ahmed said, “We do not want any innocent persons to lose their lives. That is why we are requesting him [Abdullah] to surrender. We will wait some more.”The RAB DG said when the operation began at night at the militant den, explosions took place. There were IEDs in the den. There had been gunshots as well. Abdullah may have a pistol too, he said. Taking all this into consideration, the operation was being conducted with caution.last_img read more

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