Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After driving in the snow and freezing rain on a cold January morning, Matt Reese and Ty Higgins hoped to thaw things a bit by covering some hot topics in agriculture for the 1st Ohio Ag Net Podcast if 2018, brought to you by AgriGold. Matt highlights his conversations with Dr. Tony Forshey and Director David Daniels with the Ohio Department of Agriculture about the upcoming County Fair season. Matt also talks water quality with Dr. Kevin King with USDA. Ty recently caught up with Dr. Carl Zulauf about the prospects of a 2018 Farm Bill actually happening in 2018.
Domestic smartphone maker Karbonn has launched Kit Kat-powered Titanium S99 for Rs 5,990.The Titanium S99 comes with a 4-inch IPS capacitive touch display and is powered by 512MB RAM and 1.3 GHz Quad core. It sports a 5-megapixel rear camera and a digital front camera for video calling. Its internal storage stands at 4GB and expandable memory up to 32GB. The dual-SIM smartphone supports the 3G connectivity for superior network access and speedy internet connection. It packs a 1400 mAh battery.The Karbonn Titanium S99 offers a range of networking options and utilities like GPS navigation, G-Sensor, Proximity & Wi-Fi and other standard features. Features like touch and customizable widgets and smart notification panel, provides an engaged KitKat experience to the consumers.Available in black and white colours, the Karbonn Titanium S99 comes with an additional protective silicon case to protect it from falls and accidental bumps.
Germany defender Jerome Boateng became the second player to be red-carded at the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Saturday. Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez was the first one to get a red card their Group H match against Japan.However, Boateng’s red card did not hurt the defending champions much and despite being reduced to 10 men in the 82nd minute of the match, Germany secured a nervy 2-1 win over Sweden to keep their campaign alive.A fifth minute stoppage-time goal from Toni Kroos gave holders Germany a dramatic win to reignite their hopes of qualifying for the pre-quarterfinals of the tournament. Germany had suffered a shock defeat against Mexico in their first match of the World Cup.Boateng became the seventh player from Germany to get a red card in a World Cup match.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE | FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEBoateng also became the first German player to be sent off in a World Cup match since Miroslav Klose against Serbia in the 2010 World Cup.The German defender had earlier got away with a foul on Sweden’s Marcus Berg in the box. VAR was once again criticised on social media.Definitely a penalty !! where vr#GERSWE #ger #swe #WorldCup2018 #Rusia2018 pic.twitter.com/2n1aUnkwiEMido_akef (@mido_akef99) 23 June 2018″Wasn’t clear and obvious” #WorldCup #ger #swe #GERSWE pic.twitter.com/MnDJ9IANZRJoe Sarling (@joesarling) 23 June 2018Sweden took the lead in the 32nd minute when Ola Toivonen finished confidently after Kroos gave the ball away in midfield.Germany repeat history after 20 years to escape early exitadvertisementMarco Reus equalised in the 48th minute, meeting a low cross from Timo Werner, and despite having Boateng sent off in the 82nd minute, Germany found their winner from Kroos.10-man Germany beat Sweden 2-1 to keep campaign aliveKroos curled in a superb strike from an indirect free kick to grab the three points for the four-time world champions who are now level with Sweden in Group F on three points and behind Mexico who have six.Red card in 2 minutes, 56 seconds for naughty SanchezThe victory helped Germany avert a major disaster. It was their first come from behind victory in a World Cup game for Germany in 20 years.World Cup, Day 10 Highlights: Boetang’s red card, Mexican magic continuesThe last time Germany won a match after conceding the first goal was way back in the 1998 edition when they beat Mexico 2-1 in the round of 16.Jurgen Klinsmann and Oliver Bierhoff came to Germany’s rescue back then. 20 years later the defending champions had to depend on Reus and Kroos to avoid the biggest upset in this year’s World Cup.World Cup: Joachim Loew lauds Germany’s spirit after 2-1 win vs SwedenHad they lost this game it would have been the third consecutive World Cup where the defending champion got knocked out of contention before the knockout stage after Spain (2014) and Italy (2010).Overall there, have been five instances in the past where the world champions got knocked out in the group stage after Italy (1950), Brazil (1966), France (2002), Italy (2010) and Spain (2014).The 1938 World Cup in France remains the only edition in which Germany failed to reach the knockout stage.(With Reuters inputs)
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Video: Dabo Swinney’s Passionate Halftime Speech To Clemson: “You Win With Class, You Lose With Class”
ESPNThings are going pretty well for Clemson down in Miami. The Tigers took a 42-0 lead into halftime, and have tacked on another three points so far in the third quarter. CU has already started benching some starters, including quarterback Deshaun Watson. Interesting, at the beginning of the break, Dabo Swinney kept his team out on the field for a few minutes before sending them to the locker room. Video shows that he was giving a passionate speech, in which he tells his team that Clemson “wins with class” and “loses with class.” We’re not sure if Swinney was just issuing a reminder with his team up big, or if something happened with the Tigers. There was a dust-up during pregame warmups between the two teams. Either way, it is definitely interesting. Here’s a link to the video from ESPN, if the embed doesn’t load for mobile users: [TheBigLead]
Japanese shipping company NYK has conducted the world’s first maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS) trial, making a big step toward realizing its target of manned autonomous ships for safer operations and reducing crew workload.As informed, Iris Leader, an NYK-operated pure car truck carrier (PCTC), was navigated day and night using the Sherpa System for Real ship (SSR) navigation system.The first part of the trial was conducted during the ship’s voyage from Xinsha, China, to the port of Nagoya, Japan, from September 14 to 17, 2019, and the second from the port of Nagoya to the port of Yokohama, Japan, from September 19 to 20. The vessel’s crew performed typical duties during the navigations, which included Japan’s coastal area but excluded bays.During the trial which was carried out in line with the IMO guidelines for MASS trials, the SSR’s performance in actual sea conditions was monitored as the system collected information on environmental conditions around the ship from existing navigational devices, calculated collision risk, determined optimal routes and speeds, and then automatically navigated the ship.“Using data and experience gained through this trial but not obtainable through onshore simulators, NYK was able to ensure the feasibility of the SSR and its benefit for safe and optimal operations,” the company explained.Video Courtesy: NYKNYK now plans to analyze the data and continue to develop the SSR into a more advanced navigation-support system by making adjustments to the difference between the optimal course derived by the program and that determined by professional human judgment.The SSR verified by this trial would also be applied to future coastal ships, which currently face serious crew shortages, according to the company.Read more:NYK Develops Software that Helps with Ship BerthingOne Sea Autonomous Shipping Alliance Welcomes Three New Members
OTTAWA – The central bank governor’s communications style is under a microscope — but the jury is still out on whether he needs to change his strategy.Experts shared a range of views Thursday at a Bank of Canada conference about governor Stephen Poloz’s messaging ahead of his interest-rate decisions, which included a hike last week that caught some analysts by surprise.The rate decision attracted open criticism from forecasters over the fact the bank didn’t offer more-explicit signals about its intentions beforehand.Others, however, have dismissed the concerns. They’ve argued that stronger-than-expected economic numbers released before the rate increase provided more than enough information to persuade markets that, despite the bank’s silence, a hike was on the way.The debate over central bank communications emerged as a central theme at the Bank of Canada headquarters, where dozens of the country’s top economic experts gathered for a conference on monetary policy.Attendees offered different opinions as well as some advice on the issue.Some suggested the bank offer a consistent level of public transparency when it comes to its expected interest-rate path, while others recommended senior officials spend more time updating the public.But those perspectives were countered by experts who insist there’s no need for the bank to give more signals to markets, which economists often refer to as “forward guidance.”The issue made headlines in recent days after BMO chief economist Doug Porter wrote a paper to clients calling the central bank’s pre-decision communications an “epic” failure.Porter said he had no problem with the rate hike itself, because the stronger economy had made a solid case for it.But he argued the bank caused significant uncertainty and a “fairly violent” market reaction by not making any public remarks for about two months before the rate increase.In contrast, critics have also noted that, ahead of the bank’s July rate increase, Poloz sent clear signals he had shifted to a rate-hiking path.Porter’s criticism caught the central bank’s attention, which responded with a detailed defence.The bank argued that a large percentage of traders had correctly read Poloz’s most-recent messaging in July, which had indicated future rate decisions would be guided by economic data. Market expectations in the days before the announcement showed the odds of a hike were about 50-50, bank spokesman Jeremy Harrison said.Harrison also pointed to the unexpectedly strong numbers for second-quarter growth released less than a week before the rate announcement — during the bank’s pre-decision blackout period. The bank has a policy of avoiding any external communications about the economic outlook and monetary policy in the week before rate decisions are announced.With so much attention paid to the issue in recent days, it became an unofficial theme of a conference on the renewal of the bank’s inflation-targeting commitment in 2021. The issue popped up on stage during panel discussions and on the sidelines of the event.After the conference, senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins said she’d like to study transparency and communications suggestions that could add clarity that’s useful for credibility, anchoring expectations and avoiding unproductive volatility.“My hope is that there’s some way to interact that makes it easier for people to understand how we think about the economy, what information is important to us and how that might be evolving,” Wilkins told reporters.“My hope is that we will continue to improve that. My assessment is that, in general, it’s OK. It’s pretty good.”Wilkins said if the bank decides to increase the number of speeches and news conferences, those changes could be implemented soon.During one session, panellist Michelle Alexopoulos, a University of Toronto economist, said the debate over how the bank communicated — or did not communicate — its thoughts before the July and September hikes suggests that forward guidance should become a regular tool to ensure consistency.“If we don’t want to give it all the time, that’s fine, but we should give some guidance as to when we’re going to use the guidance so that we’re not actually caught in some situations where individuals are guessing,” Alexopoulos told the audience, which included Poloz himself.She suggested the bank introduce a form of “conditional” forward guidance to leave it some wiggle room in case of sudden economic changes.But others said Poloz doesn’t need to adjust his communications.Don Drummond, a Queen’s University professor, said he didn’t think the recent rate hike hinged on the strong growth number released just days before the decision.The economy, he added, had been showing strength for a while.“I think the onus is on everybody else — why wouldn’t they raise interest rates?” said Drummond, who sat beside Poloz in the audience at conference.“I would have been shocked if they had not gone ahead and taken that as an opportunity to raise interest rates. So, I think there’s some misunderstanding about how monetary policy is geared.”Drummond, a former senior official with the federal Finance Department, also said there’s an incorrect notion out there that monetary policy is a precise science.Poloz did not address the conference, which included many international experts.About three years ago, Poloz announced the bank would move away from forward guidance, which was adopted by the bank in the wake of the financial crisis.At the time, he said forward guidance reduced uncertainty for markets about the path of interest rates when they were already at a very low level.However, Poloz noted guidance could also create significant volatility when markets perceived the bank was preparing to change its position.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
United Nations: China has placed a hold and blocked the attempt to brand Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar. The attempt to brand him has as a “global terrorist” by the UN Security Council has failed again. China has shielded Masood Azhar for the fourth time after it blocked action on the JeM chief. It comes as a setback to India’s bid to designate Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed’s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. China on Wednesday (March 13) put a technical hold on a proposal in the UN Security Council to ban him following the Pulwama terror attack. The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after a suicide bomber of the Jaish-e-Mohammed killed 44 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayThe Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee members had 10 working days to raise any objections to the proposal. The no-objection period deadline was scheduled to end at 3 pm local time (New York) Wednesday (12.30 am IST Thursday). The proposal was the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist. The Committee makes its decisions by consensus of its members. All eyes were on China, which has in the past blocked India’s bids to get Azhar listed as a UN-designated global terrorist thrice.
New Delhi: A former apex court employee, who levelled allegations of sexual harassment against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, appeared on Friday before the in-house inquiry panel and recorded her statement. The three-member panel, headed by Justice S A Bobde, conducted its first in-chamber sitting during which the woman and the secretary general of the apex court appeared before it, an official source said. The source said the secretary general was present before the panel, also comprising two women judges — Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee — with all documents and materials. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework During the hearing, only the woman was present and the secretary general was not privy to the proceedings, the source said. An activist advocate who had accompanied the woman to the apex court was not part of the proceedings, the source said. It is learnt that the next hearing will take place on Monday. The source also said that the proceedings went on for around three hours, — starting at 12.30 PM, till around 3.30 PM– during which the woman recorded her statement. During the hearing there was also a brief break Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The in-house inquiry proceedings into the sexual harassment allegations is distinct from the probe to be carried out by the court-appointed Justice (retd) A K Patnaik panel which would inquire into the claims of an advocate about a larger conspiracy to frame the CJI and fixing of benches. On April 23, Justice Bobde had told PTI that the in-house procedure did not contemplate representation of advocates on behalf of parties as it was not a formal judicial proceedings. “This is going to be an in-house procedure which does not contemplate representation of advocate on behalf of parties. It is not a formal judicial proceeding,” he said. He had clarified that there was no time-frame to complete the inquiry and the future course of action will depend on “what comes out of the inquiry” which will be “confidential”. Justice Indu Malhotra was Thursday appointed a new member of the committee after Justice N V Ramana recused himself. The development followed the complainant’s letter to the panel on Wednesday, expressing reservation over the inclusion of Justice Ramana on the ground that he is a close friend of the CJI and a regular visitor to his house. In the letter, she had also raised question over the presence of only one woman apex court judge — Indira Banerjee — in the panel set up to examine her allegations against the CJI. According to her, it was not in accordance with the Vishaka Guidelines. Justice Ramana, while recusing himself, had termed as “baseless and unfounded” the “aspersions” cast by the woman on him. He said he recused only to “avoid any suspicion that this institution will not conduct itself in keeping with the highest standards of judicial propriety and wisdom”. The woman’s allegations against the CJI were brought into the public domain by some news web portals on April 20. She had worked at Justice Gogoi’s home office in Delhi and the allegations were carried by the news portals based on her affidavit which was sent to 22 judges of the top court. In her affidavit, the woman described two incidents of alleged harassment, days after Justice Gogoi was appointed CJI last October and her subsequent persecution. The woman alleged that she was removed from service after she rebuffed his “sexual advances”. She claimed that her husband and brother-in-law, both of whom were head constables, were suspended for a 2012 criminal case that had been mutually resolved.