Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Conservation Tillage Conference will be March 6-7, 2018 at Ohio Northern University in Ada. The full program, registration details, CCA and CLM credits, maps, and more are on the website: ctc.osu.edu.The program has more than 60 speakers including 11 from USDA, 30 OSU folks, several from 9 other universities, plus industry experts and farmers.David Montgomery, a well-known author and speaker from the U. of Washington, will give the keynote based on two of his books, “From Dirt to Regenerative Agriculture.” He will also speak later during one of four concurrent sessions, the special 2-day program on Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters, held in the Chapel.A Tuesday session on Nutrient Management, organized by Glen Arnold and Amanda Douridas, OSU Extension, has ten presentations including legal issues, manure application mistakes, drag hose research, response to sulfur, and the impact of big rains on Lake Erie. Two other Tuesday sessions are Corn University and Precision Ag & Digital Technologies.Although the General session starts at 9:00, two of the concurrent sessions begin at 8:00 and break for the keynote speech. The March 7 (Wednesday) lineup of concurrent sessions includes: the second day of Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters; Soybean School; Water Quality Research and BMPs; Alternative Crops (half day); and Management of Atypical Pests (half day). Two start at 8:00, the other two at 8:30. The new session on alternative crops includes barley, hops, blueberries, honeybees and woodlot management. The “atypical pests” include slugs, voles, geese, deer and invasive plants.Do you need training for applying dicamba? As a benefit for our CTC attendees, Monsanto will provide a training session, both days, from 1:00 to 2:30, in another room at the McIntosh Center. Sign up at: www.roundupreadyxtend.com/training.You can register for CTC online or by mail. Advance registration is: $85 for both days or $65 for one. For mail, please send by Feb. 24; online registration is available until March 1. The website is: ctc.osu.edu.Connect with us on Facebook.com/Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference, to receive updates and other details.
The 2019 edition of the World Cup goes back home to where it all started in 1975 and the Englishmen will be hoping to finally add the coveted trophy to their cabinet as they host the top ten teams in world cricket. Interestingly, England go into the tournament as favourites and while many would think it is an added pressure, all-rounder Ben Stokes has his own take on the matter.Speaking to IANS, Stokes said that the tag was a result of the performance that his team has put up day in and day out over the last few seasons. In fact, rather than feeling the heat, he just cannot wait for the showpiece event to get started on May 30 after demolishing Pakistan in the just concluded ODI series.”I think we have earned the right to be favourites with the cricket that we have played in the last three or four years. Being world no.1 you will always come into the tournament as favourites. If India or Australia were the no.1 ranked team, they would come into the tournament as favourites. But we cannot take the no.1 tag into the tournament if we want to win it because as you saw during the Champions Trophy (2017) that we were playing great cricket and then we got onto a wicket against Pakistan which wasn’t suited to our style and suited them more. But we have learnt from that and we are more capable to adapt to situations now than we were back then. We are a much better team now because we are able to read situations better,” he explained.advertisementThe once in four years extravaganza also brings with it an opportunity to see the best in the business clash against each other as they chase ultimate glory. Talking of the best, two players who will be really looking to make it count are India skipper Virat Kohli and former Australia skipper Steve Smith.While Kohli’s form will be crucial for India to stay true to their favourites tag, Smith will want to use this event to once again show the world what it missed out on for the last 12 months as he served a ban after the Sandpaper Gate. For Stokes, it is about watching two high-class performers weaving their magic on the fans.”They are both phenomenal players and have played quite a bit against both of them. You watch them play and they make the game look a lot more easier than others do. So, I am a massive fan of both the players. They have both got their own styles and they are both different in the way they play, but they are both very very effective. You obviously play against guys to win, but at the end of the day you got to look at it from an angle that I love cricket and I love watching both Virat and Steve go about doing their jobs so consistently,” he confessed.Coming back to the English team, while many have been talking about how Jos Buttler and Stokes will have a crucial role to play as England chase their dream of winning a World Cup, the all-rounder believes this English team is more about firing in unison than about individual stars.”The reason we have done so well is that it hasn’t been about one player. Different people have put their hands up at different times, whether it be with bat or ball. You have someone like a Moeen Ali who probably goes under the radar as a performer for us. He bats down the order and bowls his 10 overs very economically. To have a player of his quality lower down the order is amazing.”We have Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, skipper Eoin Morgan and obviously Jos Buttler who go out and play these amazing innings. We also have guys who go under the radar but do their bits very consistently. And one person we definitely need to be firing is Morgan as he is a great leader of our team and when he is going, he keeps scoring. Both Buttler and Joe Root are high quality players who go about doing their jobs, but I feel Eoin firing is really important,” he pointed.Having home fans to cheer for you is obviously an advantage. But Stokes also brings in the ever so crucial “on that day” factor while agreeing that having fans backing the players as well as sharing the moments with family and friends will be a great thing.advertisement”I think home advantage is a good thing coz you have your home fans to back you. But then, the thing with the World Cup is that whoever turns up on the day and plays better cricket will win, so the home advantage doesn’t matter if you think that way. Was speaking to Steve Smith a few days back about it and he was telling me how playing in front of the Australian crowd and sharing the moments with his friends and family was really special and one of his best memories. Having spoken about it so much, I really want the World Cup to start now. Just want that first game to get underway,” he smiled.While form is temporary and class is permanent, a lot has been made of Stokes’ performance ever since the pub incident in 2017. But the all-rounder believes that a player must not let failure or success affect his journey and just like one cannot rest on past laurels, one mustn’t let failure take a toll or hamper self belief.”I think everybody would want to be consistent, but you take it as it comes. Everyone wants to go out and do their best every time, but sometimes it doesn’t come off and you just wipe out that part. Also, if you do well, you can’t live off that,” he said.Also Read | Where are India’s 2011 World Cup winners?Also Read | Everyone will be looking at their phones: Woakes on final World Cup selection callAlso See
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea assistant coach Cudicini coy over Cesc exit plansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant coach Carlo Cudicini was coy over Cesc Fabregas’ teary farewell for their 2-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest.The midfielder is expected to join AS Monaco and appeared emotional when he was substituted late on.Cudicini said, “We don’t know, I personally don’t know. If it was his last game I think it was very good he played in front of his fans and he was able to get a nice reception, but as I said we don’t know so I’m not able to comment. He was captain a few times in pre-season when Cahill and Azpi weren’t there. He’s not the first and won’t be the last to miss a penalty. It’s something I think I have some knowledge on and the keeper did quite well.”What can I say about Cesc? Five-hundred games, a player who is unique in his position, he has unbelievable vision and awareness of where his team-mates are on the pitch. He’s one of the few who has the ability to play that ball for the runs behind the defensive line, so precise and with the right timing. I think he’s one of a kind. He’s been fantastic for teams before us and the contribution he’s given to this club and this team has been amazing. Cesc is a top player.”
MONTREAL – The U.S. trade agency that handed Bombardier Inc. a big victory last month says Delta Air Lines could still import C Series from Canada.The American carrier has said it will delay deliveries until the planes they ordered are built at an Airbus and Bombardier C Series assembly line that will be set up in Alabama.However, the U.S. International Trade Commission says Delta is contractually obligated to take delivery of the planes from Canada unless the deal is renegotiated.“We find that Delta might indeed import at least some, if not all, of the CS100s due to be delivered pending any renegotiation of the terms of its contract with Bombardier,” said a 194-page report issued late Wednesday.Bombardier declined to comment on the report, saying it will take “the necessary time to digest its content before making any comment.”Commissioners voted unanimously Jan. 26 that the C Series hasn’t caused Boeing material harm even though the Department of Commerce concluded that the planes are sold in the U.S. at less than fair value and are subsidized by the Canadian government.The ruling means the anti-dumping and countervailing duties totalling 292.21 per cent that were imposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce won’t be applied.In its report spelling reasons for its decision, commissioners said they concluded that Boeing didn’t lose revenues from United or Delta sales campaigns because it didn’t offer a competitive product.It also said C Series imports and prices for the aircraft won’t significantly depress prices for Boeing planes or spur demand for more imports.Part of its argument centres on evidence — though much of the numerical details have been blacked out in the report — that there is no evidence of imminent C Series purchases in the U.S.The commission noted there has been no sales momentum for C Series in the U.S. since the Delta order, with no carrier signing purchase deals.The USITC also rejected Boeing’s claim that the C Series imperilled its 737 Max 7 program, which hasn’t received any orders since 2013.“The program’s commercial performance largely reflects the up-gauging trend among U.S. airlines and Boeing’s success at selling larger, more profitable single-aisle (aircraft).”The commission added that it is obliged not to determine a threat based on “mere conjecture or supposition.”The report was released a day before Bombardier is to disclose its fourth-quarter and full-year results.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)
LONDON – Julian Assange: Hacker. Journalist. Diplomat?Newly released Ecuadorean government documents have laid bare an unorthodox attempt to extricate the WikiLeaks founder from his embassy hideaway in London by naming him as a political counsellor to the country’s embassy in Moscow.But the 47-year-old Australian’s new career in international affairs was nipped in the bud when British authorities vetoed his diplomatic status, effectively blocking him from taking up the post in Russia.The files were made public late Tuesday by Ecuadorean opposition lawmaker Paola Vintimilla, who opposes her government’s decision to grant Assange nationality. They largely corroborate a recent Guardian newspaper report that Ecuador attempted the elaborate manoeuvr to get Assange to Moscow just before Christmas last year.Russian diplomats called the Guardian’s story “fake news,” but the government files show Assange briefly was made “political counsellor” to the Ecuadorean Embassy in Moscow and eligible for a monthly salary pegged at $2,000.Ecuador also applied for a diplomatic ID card, the documents show, but the plan appears to have fallen apart with the British veto.A letter dated December 21, 2017 from Britain’s Foreign Office said U.K. officials “do not consider Mr. Julian Assange to be an acceptable member of the mission.”An eight-page memo to Vintimilla summing up the episode noted that Assange’s position as counsellor was scrapped a few days later.WikiLeaks did not return messages. The British Foreign Office and the Russian Embassy in London declined to comment.Assange’s relationship with Russian authorities has been the subject of intense scrutiny following the 2016 U.S. election, when Russian spies are alleged to have handed WikiLeaks leaked emails from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign in a bid to help elect her rival, Donald Trump.Assange has denied receiving the files from the Russian government or backing the Trump campaign, despite a growing body of evidence suggesting he received material directly from Russia’s military intelligence agency and co-ordinated media strategy with Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr.Last month, the AP published internal WikiLeaks files showing Assange tried to move to Russia as early as 2010.___Online:The Ecuadorean government’s letter to Vintimilla: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5004881-Carta-Canciller.htmlInternal Ecuadorean government documents: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5004882-Annexes.htmlThe AP’s WikiLeaks files: https://www.documentcloud.org/search/projectid:40593-WikiLeaks____Raphael Satter can be reached on: http://raphaelsatter.com
NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are snapping higher in early trading on Wall Street on the last day of a volatile year as hopes grew for progress in resolving trade frictions between the U.S. and China.Big-name technology companies and retailers, which have been badly bruised in the barrage of selling this month, clawed higher early Monday. Apple rose 1.9 per cent and Amazon added 2.8 per cent.Traders were encouraged by news that U.S. President Donald Trump said he expected to resolve trade friction with China after speaking with Chinese President Xi Jinping.The S&P 500 rose 22 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 2,508.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 255 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 23,317. The Nasdaq rose 74 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 6,658.The Associated Press
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Aspiring professional chef and Dawson Creek resident Jen Jenkins is sadly out of contention for the title of Masterchef Canada, after she was eliminated on last night’s episode.Jenkins first cracked the Top 12 during the show’s season premiere in April. The 28-year-old stay-at-home mom had managed to make the Top 7 of the show’s competition, which featured the return of contestant Kaegan Donnelly from Vancouver after he won a redemption challenge. The eight amateur chefs were split into two teams to create a three-course tasting menu inspired by the Group of Seven for seven Order of Canada recipients. Sadly, the Red Team ended up rallying after nearly falling apart to beat Jenkins’ team in the challenge, meaning the team’s four members now had to stave off elimination. The four had to compete in the Pressure Test / Replication Challenge, which involved replicating oysters prepared three different ways. The first was a Japanese-inspired sake poached oyster with Asian pear slaw and shelled lobster claw. The second was a raw oyster topped with mignonette sauce, champagne jelly, and red tobiko, and the third was an oyster Rockefeller with béchamel spinach purée, sautéed oyster mushrooms with panko crumbs. Marissa Leon-John ended up winning an impromptu oyster-shucking contest, meaning Jenkins was up against Donnelly and Beccy Stables in the final challenge, which she sadly lost. Despite being eliminated from the show, Jenkins’ future in the culinary industry looks incredibly promising. Jenkins and her family will be moving to Ontario later this year after she was accepted to the Stratford Chefs School. Jenkins said that she’ll begin her studies next fall, with the goal of achieving her dream of being paid to do what she loves: cook delicious food.
Jaipur: In his electoral debut from his father’s home turf Jodhpur, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s son Vaibhav Gehlot will take on Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. Vaibhav Gehlot was named in the Congress list of candidates released Thursday night, after speculation in the state that the CM was keen that he is fielded by the party. The BJP had earlier announced the candidate of Shekhawat, who won last time from the same seat dominated by the Bishnoi and the Jat communities. The other prominent name in the list is BJP stalwart Jaswant Singh’s son Manvendra Singh who will fight on Congress ticket from Barmer. He had represented the constituency in the 14th Lok Sabha for the BJP. When he switched over to the Congress, he was pitted against then chief minister Vasundhara Raje in Jhalawar. He lost to her. The BJP is yet to declare its candidate for the Barmer-Jaisalmer Lok Sabha seat dominated by Jats, Muslims and Dalits. Both the major political parties BJP and Congress have declared 19 nominees each so far for the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
You should ignore what this year’s Big Ten awards list tells you, because this weekend’s Big Ten Tournament made something perfectly clear: Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger and Thad Matta are the best player-coach combo in the conference. Despite laying claim to the conference’s top coach and top player — as named by the media and Big Ten’s coaches — Purdue was upset in the second round of the conference tournament, and for the second time in as many weeks, the Boilermakers fell two games shy of a Buckeye conference crown. Purdue senior forward JaJuan Johnson, who earlier in the week was named the Big Ten’s Player of the Year, scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Boilermakers’ second-round matchup with Michigan State, but his effort wasn’t enough to keep the Spartans from picking up the win. Conversely, Sullinger scored 20 points and pulled down 18 boards in OSU’s second-round overtime victory against Northwestern. When the moment mattered most, the Buckeyes depended on the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, who scored 10 points in overtime and connected on 16 of 18 free throws in the game. And, thanks to his team picking up the win, Sullinger kept on playing, as he averaged 16.3 points and 14 rebounds over three games — all OSU wins. But Sullinger doesn’t deserve all the credit for the Buckeyes’ weekend success. Matta, who less than a week ago was passed over in favor of Purdue’s Matt Painter as the Big Ten Coach of the Year, led the Buckeyes to their second consecutive Big Ten Tournament title, the third of his career. When it came to the conference awards, however, Matta was hurt by what he does best: recruiting. The Buckeyes boast four returning starters from last year’s Big Ten championship team, and added two incoming McDonald’s All-Americans before the season. Nevermind that recruiting is part of the coach’s job — his team is supposed to win, and people don’t get rewarded for doing only what’s expected of them. Painter, however, benefited from having his best player, Robbie Hummel, tear his ACL before the season. Expectations were lowered, so losing the conference title by two games was not a disappointment, but rather an accomplishment. Hummel’s injury also deserves some credit for Johnson’s Player of the Year award. Getting Purdue’s top player out of the way opened the door for Johnson to lead the conference in scoring en route to earning the Player of the Year award. Sullinger, on the other hand, was punished for playing with superior talent surrounding him. Apparently, leading your team in scoring and rebounding while playing alongside three other All-Conference selections is viewed by the voting coaches and media as a negative, not a positive. But Sullinger and Matta gladly will take a pair of conference titles over a pair of individual awards any day. And if this weekend wasn’t enough, the Buckeyes have another three weeks to show why they have the best coach and player in the conference — if not the nation.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian Carol Liavis has used her personal account with her father’s Alzheimer’s in a film aimed at being a new information source for people living with and caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. Liavis was one of the three people selected to tell their personal stories with Alezheimers for the new educational film Dementia: Taking the next step. The film features advice on what to do if you receive a diagnosis of dementia from the voices of experience as the focus. When Liavis’ father was first diagnosed with dementia 16 years ago, she says her and her family felt “overwhelmed”. “You are just in a state of real numbness and overwhelmed with what lies ahead,” says Liavis. “It is very daunting and you’re at your worst state with feeling grief and fear, thinking and knowing that it was going to change our lives significantly and what was going to become of my dad.” She says that if her family had a resource such as this DVD, that would give the personal element to the dementia diagnosis and a personal account of the journey with this disease, that they would have said themselves “a lot of confusion and angst”. “I believe the film really offers the audience the flexibility to view it and review it because often the information is giving to you verbally from a doctor or a specialist and you can’t really absorb the enormity of it, so by using real life references and these shared experiences it pretty much walks you through the early stages of the disease.” The film which is available free of charge on DVD also features medical comments by dementia specialist, Associate Professor Michael Woodward, who provides an overview of dementia in terms of how to understand what is happening, how to make adjustments to deal with the diagnosis and how to get help. Copies of the DVD will be made available to Cognitive Dementia and Memory Services (CDAMS) around Victoria as well as other Victorian health organisations assisting people in the early stages of a diagnosis. The DVD will be shared with all other state and territory offices of Alzheimer’s Australia as a Victorian led initiative