24 Ohioans participating in intensive AgriPOWER

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Twenty-four farmers and agribusiness professionals have been selected for the 2016-2017 AgriPOWER Leadership Institute Class VIII. AgriPOWER Institute is Ohio Farm Federation’s elite training program designed to help participants become community leaders and advocates for agriculture. Over the course of a year, they will learn about local, state and federal public policy topics important to the agricultural and food industry.AgriPOWER’s leadership training helps class members develop important skills necessary to becoming effective leaders and advocates, including spokesperson and media training, etiquette training, social networking, communications and more. Seven, two-to-three day training sessions are held throughout the year with one in Washington, D.C. to help class members gain a valuable understanding of national and global issues. Another training session will be in Georgia so participants can learn about the differences and similarities in agriculture from state to state.Participants are Nate Bair of Upper Sandusky, Ryan Conklin of Columbus, Amanda Crawford of North Canton, Haley Davis of Bucyrus, Paul Dorrance of Chillicothe, Jessica Draganic of South Solon, Charlie Ellington of Louisville, Tracy Emrick of Doylestown, Britta Fenstermaker of McComb, Jerri Furniss of Westerville, Dave Green of New Washington, Brad Guckian of Camden, Andy Hollenback of Utica, Linda Ayres-Louiso of West Union, Seth Middleton of Sidney, Bennett Musselman of Orient, Rita Myers of Oregon, Jessica Parrish of Columbus, Racine Ramsey of Mechanicsburg, Jan Shannon of Orient, Macy Staggs of Seaman, Nathan Vandenbroek of Findlay, Clark Walker of Vinton and J.D. Winteregg of Troy.“Ohio Farm Bureau started AgriPOWER in 2008 because it recognized a need for leaders who can be advocates for the food and agricultural industries,” said Melinda Witten, AgriPOWER director. “Over the years, AgriPOWER graduates have taken the training they received and applied it to their businesses, communities and ag industry. They’ve really stood out with their leadership whether it’s at a township meeting or at a meeting with their member of Congress in Washington.”In addition to Ohio Farm Bureau, AgriPOWER partners include Nationwide Insurance, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Heartland Bank, Champaign Premium Grain Growers, Ohio FFA Foundation, Farm Credit Mid-America, Wright & Moore Law Co. LPA, Agland Co-op, Ag Credit, Bob Evans, Southern Ohio Agricultural & Community Development Foundation and  Farm Bureaus in Hancock, Licking, Lucas, Pickaway, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Union and Wyandotcounties.For additional information about AgriPOWER, visit ofb.ag/agripower.last_img read more

Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance and ECM

first_imgIt’s been only four years since the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) was passed.  But in many ways this one piece of legislation has already had a profound impact on the entire business community.  The goal of SOX is to achieve greater transparency and accountability in financial reporting, and in doing so, provide a way to more closely scrutinize public coporations from the outside.  Stiff fines, penalties and the threat of litigation have been strong motivators to get companies to comply.  But many or maybe even most companies still have a long way to go.Part of the reluctance or difficulty with SOX is just coming to grips with what it all means.  SOX does not clearly spell out in black and white the steps for achieving compliance.  It was intended to provide overall guidance, but it is very broad and lengthy, consisting of 11 parts and 66 sections.  The language in SOX was written in very general terms to spell out requirements that apply to all public companies, and the interpretation and the methods by which SOX compliance are achieved is still evolving.Application of SOX to a business requires a sound understanding of the company’s business processes and the flow of information in the business.  Perhaps the most onerous SOX requirement is contained in section 404 that requires companies to maintain documentation of all their internal controls and to be able to provide access to that information so that an external auditor can regularly review and attest to the company compliance with the law.Section 302 requires that corporate executives provide and certify the correctness of the contents of company financial reports and also certify that the procedure for the preparation of the reports was done in a manner that is consistent with the law.Sections 302 and 404, in particular, and to a lesser extent, sections 103, 104, 105, 408, 409, 801, 802, 906 and 1102 of SOX focus on the management and control of business processes and the information that flows through them.Forward-thinking corporate executives have seen that Sarbanes-Oxley, while restrictive, is in many ways just good business.  It is a very structured approach for reducing operational risk, improving business performance, and achieving competitive advantage.While there is no ‘silver-bullet’ for achieving SOX compliance, technology exists today to simplify the task.  Enterprise Content Management (ECM) components like Document Management, Records Management and Business Process Management can assist in meeting many of the SOX requirements.Applying general ECM tools to SOX compliance may make sense to many companies rather than a closely tailored SOX-out-of-the-box solution.  Many companies need to deal with other types of compliance other than SOX.  There is a lot of overlap in requirements, but clearly the system should be flexible to handle requirements and scenarios that fall outside of those from SOX.  Banks, finance and insurance companies are bound by Basel II, health care companies are bound by HIPAA, and public companies also need to comply SEC regulations such as 17a-4.  Not to mention FDA CPR 21 Section 11, FASB, IASB, MISMO, and the Patriot Act.ECM assists in the capture and classification of documents and records and manages them through their complete lifecycle and controls their final disposition, and its use is applicable across a the entire range of regulatory compliance applications.ECM benefits for compliance applications:– eliminate/reduce the risk of being unable to locate critical documents– save labor required to manage, locate and retrieve documents required for audits– fast ROI from the improved speed in document retrieval– ability to provide quick and accurate responses to regulatory bodies and court requestsWhen approaching compliance, products from ECM tool and application vendors like Formtek should form the base of the solution.  ECM technology can assist in dramatically reducing the overall cost of achieving compliance.last_img read more

U.P. woman flogged in public for eloping

first_imgA shocking video has revealed that a village panchayat in Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh ordered the public flogging of a married woman because she had eloped with another man. She was subject to the assault after her husband forcibly brought her back from another village.The incident took place on March 10 but police took action only on Thursday, 12 days later when the video of her beating went viral on social media. In the video, the woman is seen tied to a tree as her husband whips her with a belt, with a crowd of around 100 people looking on. After the video clip was widely circulated on social media, the Bulandshahr police booked the woman’s husband, a former panchayat pradhan (head) and his son for ordering the beating. “We arrested former pradhan Shersingh, his son Shravan and the woman’s husband Shaudan Singh under relevant IPC Sections,” said Praveen Ranjan Singh, SP, Bulandshahr. He added that after the video surfaced, police contacted the woman to file a complaint.last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd hero Ince: Two better options than joke appointment Solskjaer

first_imgMan Utd hero Ince: Two better options than joke appointment Solskjaerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Paul Ince has slammed plans to name Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager.Molde coach Solskjaer is expected to be named United caretaker boss after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho on Tuesday.But Ince says: “The suggestion of Ole Gunnar Solskjær makes me laugh, that has to be a joke. It’s absolute madness.”He also wrote for Paddy Power: “If it was me? I’d pick Steve Bruce today. He’s not working at the moment, and he had seven or eight years at the club. He’s been a very good, and successful manager and he more than many understands what it’s like to be a United player. Yes, he’s been sacked, but we’ve all been sacked before.”Between him and Solskjaer there’s no comparison. Plus, I’d love it to be someone English, and someone who United fans through the ages immediately recognise and say ‘I remember Steve Bruce, what a player he was.'”The only other caretaker candidate I’d choose would be Roy Keane. He’d knock those players into shape in no time, he’s managed, and he’s familiar with the club.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months ago​Uefa and Premier League liaise over Man City sponsorship deals

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Uefa and Premier League liaise over Man City sponsorship dealsby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveUefa and the Premier League have agreed to share information from separate investigations into allegations surrounding the sponsorship deal Manchester City struck with the Etihad airline in 2015, reports SportBusiness.Football’s European governing body and the Premier League have been carrying out their own inquiries after allegations surrounding the agreement were published by German magazine Der Spiegel.It was claimed in the magazine that, according to leaked emails from executives involved in the deal, £59.5m (€66m/$76m) that was supposed to have been transferred to the club from the airline was in fact paid directly by City’s owners, Abu Dhabi United Group.The league and Uefa have now agreed to share their information and have also reached an arrangement to share any further information in the future.Uefa has been probing whether such actions may have breached Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules. Just days ago, AC Milan was sanctioned after falling foul of FFP regulations, with the Italian Serie A club told that it faces being banned from European competition for one season if it does not break even by June 2021.According to The Times, Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin expects the outcome of the case to be known “very soon”. last_img read more

City Harvest Hosts StarStudded Evening Of Practical Magic

first_imgCity Harvest’s 23rd annual gala, Evening of Practical Magic, held at Cipriani 42nd Street, raised nearly $2.7 million to support City Harvest’s anti-hunger programs – enough to help feed over 9,860 families for a year.Ja Rule performs onstage with Geoffrey Zakarian and Bethenny Frankel at the City Harvest’s 23rd Annual Evening Of Practical MagicCredit/Copyright: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for City HarvestCity Harvest’s Evening of Practical Magic paid tribute to the efforts of individuals and organizations who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to support City Harvest’s work. Lise and Michael Evans received the Harry and Misook Doolittle Heart of the City Award, Geoffrey Zakarian, City Harvest Food Council chairman, was presented with the Mnuchin Family Award for Excellence, and Chelsea Clinton was awarded the City Harvest Award for Commitment. City Harvest also acknowledged Food Bazaar as 2017 Food Donor of the Year.Hosted by fashion designer Zac Posen, the evening featured appearances by: City Harvest Food Council member and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen; lifestyle expert Martha Stewart; actress Bridget Moynahan; Sirius XM Radio host and actress/comedienne Sandra Bernhard; reality TV personality Bethenny Frankel; actors Jean Reno and JJ Field; as well as renowned culinary experts Eric Ripert, Ted Allen, Marc Murphy, Sunny Anderson, Marcela Valladolid, Masa Takayama, Donatella Arpaia, and Michael Anthony. At the end of the evening, Ja Rule took the stage for a special performance presented by Fyre with “backup dancers” Geoffrey Zakarian and Bethenny Frankel.The live auction, led by Nicholas Lowry, President of Swann Auction Galleries, gave one lucky bidding attendee and nine of her closest friends the chance to be wined and dined in the luxury of her home by the co-hosts of Food Network’s Emmy Nominated Daytime Talk Show, The Kitchen’s Geoffrey Zakarian, Marcela Valladolid, Katie Lee, and Sunny Anderson. A bidding war arose when the night’s honoree, Geoffrey Zakarian called on his table guest, Grammy-nominated recording artist, singer, songwriter, Ja Rule to guest bartend the event. Once on stage, Ja Rule upped the excitement by adding a private performance to the lot which was sold for $150,000.Highlights from the live auction included:· CALIFORNIA DREAMINGGuided by Aldo Sohm, “Best Sommelier in the World in 2008”, Wine Director at Le Bernardin and namesake of New York City’s acclaimed Aldo Sohm Bar, and Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits, four guests will receive VIP treatment at Napa’s most exclusive cellars, including Harlan Estate, Colgin Cellars, Chateau Montelena, Screaming Eagle, Shafer Vineyards and Arnot-Roberts Winery. Guests will also enjoy two vintner-housed lunches, two dinners and a dreamy, four-night stay in a three-bedroom guest house.Winning bid: $140,000· TV DINNERTen lucky guests will receive the chance to be wined and dined in the winner’s home by the co-hosts of Food Network’s Emmy Nominated Daytime Talk Show, The Kitchen’s Geoffrey Zakarian, Marcela Valladolid, Katie Lee and Sunny Anderson. The night will also include a hands-on cocktail demo by Geoffrey and special performance by recording artist, singer, songwriter, Ja Rule.Winning bid: $150,000· INSTAGLAM COCKTAIL PARTYThe lucky winning bidder and 19 of his closest friends will receive the chance to sip on craft cocktails and tasty bites in the luxury of Isaac Mizrahi three-bedroom home in Greenwich Village and enjoy a menu curated by Danny Meyer and Isaac Mizrahi.Winning bid: $38,000· HOST A LEGENDARY FEASTThe winner of this exciting lot will receive the chance to turn his/her home into a Michelin-starred restaurant for 20 lucky guests with dinner by culinary legend Eric Ripert, the chef and co-owner Le Bernardin, one of the finest restaurants in the world.Winning bid: $340,000· OMAKASE DINNER PARTYThe winning bidder will receive the chance to savor the magic of Masa’s Omakase experience with a private tasting dinner for six by Chef Masa, the man behind Masa & Bar Masa in Columbus Circile, Kappo Masa on the Upper East Side, and the forthcoming Tetsu in Tribeca, opening this summer. The dinner will be in the winner’s home. Winning bid: $220,000· VIOLINIST VIRTUOSOThe winning bidder will receive the chance to join world-class violinist and Grammy-award winner, Joshua Bell, in his sophisticated Gramercy Park penthouse for a private performance and cocktail party for 20 of her closest friends.Winning bid: $55,000City Harvest is grateful to event sponsors Stella Artois, Citi, Evian, Patrón Tequila, Westfield World Trade Center, Breville, Mandarin Oriental New York, and I.Halper.last_img read more

The Red Sox Bucked Convention To Build A Champion

After Manny Machado waved at a Chris Sale slider for the final out of Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday — the final pitch of the 2018 baseball season — Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez bolted toward the pitching mound and leaped into the arms of the lanky Sale. The celebration began there and spilled into the visiting clubhouse at Dodger Stadium, where the Red Sox sported goggles to protect themselves from the salvos of alcohol. They sang “New York, New York” and “California Love” as both songs blasted from portable speakers. The Red Sox had their fourth World Series title this century with a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, taking the series four games to one.But it’s how the Red Sox arrived at this point, as perhaps the greatest Red Sox team of all time, that is so interesting. While dominating the American League from wire to wire, and then doing the same to a postseason field of super teams, the Red Sox challenged so many narratives along the way.David Price proved that players can shed the most damning of labels with a change in approach (and perhaps just a larger sample of work). Dave Dombrowski, Boston’s president of baseball operations, cashed in trade assets accumulated by former general manager Ben Cherington for premium, veteran players like Sale — even at a time when so many teams were hoarding prospects and young talent. And when other teams elected not to spend in free agency, the Red Sox nabbed the best position player on the market in J.D. Martinez.MLB’s stiffer luxury tax acted something like a soft cap last winter as even large-market clubs like the Dodgers and Yankees vowed to stay under the tax threshold. The Yankees did so for the first time in the luxury tax era, and the Dodgers spent just $4 million on free agents, electing not to bolster what became a suspect bullpen in this World Series. These teams may have taken this route in part because free agency is increasingly viewed as an inefficient way to build a club — but they also likely had an eye on the upcoming free agent class headlined by Bryce Harper, Machado and perhaps Game 5 Los Angeles starter Clayton Kershaw if he elects to opt out of his deal.The Red Sox, meanwhile, were aggressors in a season of passivity. They ranked fourth in free agent spending, going over the luxury tax while leading the majors in payroll. With the slow free agent period, Martinez didn’t even reach an agreement with the Red Sox until spring training camps had opened. The five-year, $110 million contract he signed might not produce value for the club in its later years, but the Red Sox wanted to win in 2018 — and Martinez rewarded Boston with an MVP-caliber season and a home run in the clinching Game 5.1The Red Sox chose Martinez over Eric Hosmer, who inked an even greater deal — $144 million guaranteed — but posted a replacement-level season with the Padres.Those investments — salaries that not every club was willing or able to pay — paid off this October. In many ways, Boston built a super team the old-fashioned way.While much of the Red Sox’s positional group is homegrown beyond Martinez, the Red Sox paid a premium price to acquire Sale from the Chicago White Sox before the 2017 season — and he has been an elite arm in Boston. Prior to 2016, the Red Sox surrendered premium talent for closer Craig Kimbrel. They also gave a record deal to Price that winter — seven years, $217 million. It was their investment in Price that paid off in a big way in the final two weeks of October.On the biggest stage in baseball, Boston kept handing the ball to a pitcher who many doubted could perform in the postseason. Entering his Game 5 American League Championship Series start, Price had never won a playoff game he had started. He was 0 for 11 with a 6.16 ERA.To change his postseason reputation, Price changed his pitch mix.In dominating the Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS, Price threw a career-high share of change-ups, at 41.9 percent of his pitches. He followed that up in Game 2 of the World Series with a change-up rate of 28.4 percent before nearly matching that on Sunday in Game 5 when he threw 89 pitches, 23 of which were change-ups, for a rate of 25.8 percent. He threw just seven cutters, which was his most frequent nonfastball pitch in the regular season.After allowing a lead-off home run to David Freese on his first pitch of the game, Price blanked Los Angeles for seven innings. He retired 14 straight Dodgers before beginning the eighth by walking Chris Taylor, which ended his night. He allowed one run, two walks and three hits over seven-plus innings. He struck out five.Price has now won three straight October games, including each of his World Series starts. He’s no longer a choker. “This is why I came to Boston,” he said during a postgame interview. “I know it’s a tough place to play. I know it’s challenging with everything that is going to go on here. I’ve been through a lot in three years since I’ve been here.”Despite Price’s contributions, it was Steve Pearce who was named the World Series MVP for his home-run heroics, including a two-run blast off of Kershaw in the first inning Sunday. Pearce — acquired in a midseason trade — led all players in the series in win probability added, which measures the change in win expectancy between plate appearances. The Red Sox acquired Pearce for his platoon advantage against left-handed pitching, and he came through for them.All teams are trying to do the little things, to find value where others do not. All teams are employing data and video, development and coaching, to get more out of players already on the roster. But the Red Sox did a lot of big things, things that others thought they ought not to. They ignored many common narratives and leaguewide trends.It paid off in a big way. read more

Has Mike Trout Already Peaked

Mike Trout has put up an amazing couple of seasons in Major League Baseball, not just for someone as young as he is, 22, but for anyone. His 19.62 wins above replacement (WAR) over his first two full seasons ranks as the 36th best two-year stretch for any batter ever. Only nine batters have had a better stretch by the age of 25, and they’re essentially a who’s who of Hall of Famers: Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby, Eddie Collins, Jimmie Foxx and Willie Mays. The list of players who put up better numbers at an earlier age doesn’t have any names on it.Conventional wisdom seems to be that Trout, an outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, is only going to get better. Much of that analysis relies explicitly on the traditional aging curve or on similar logic: MLB players and prospects typically improve rapidly through their late teens and early 20s, peaking around age 27. Trout was 21 last season, ergo, he has several years of improvement in his future.But regression to the mean dictates that the better the performance you’re looking at, the less likely it is to be duplicated. Players who put up huge numbers like Trout’s (or anywhere close) this early in their careers have a very high likelihood of having All Star- and/or Hall of Fame-quality careers. But how often do they improve on these initial breakout performances?I’ve taken all the players who put up more than 15 WAR over a two-year period at any point in their careers and broken them down by the age when they first accomplished the feat. Then I asked a simple question: Did they ever manage a better two-year period?The size of the bubbles represent how many players accomplished the “15 WAR in two years” milestone, and the y value of the bubbles show the percentage of those players who surpassed that milestone.As you can see, the odds of someone Trout’s age improving are ostensibly 100 percent, but that bubble represents a single data point: Alex Rodriguez. If you move to the much larger group of players between ages 22 and 24, the odds drop into the 50 percent range.On the other hand, some players who never managed a stronger two-year stretch still managed a strong third season immediately after their initial two-year breakout. In such cases, they may set a new two-year “peak” that overlaps the original. Thus, while never replicating their original two-year performance, they end up with a better two years on the books. This is the most likely time for a player to establish a new “peak,” because pulling it off only takes one well-timed season instead of two.Of the 75 players who achieved 15-plus WAR over two seasons, only 22 managed to replicate or exceed the feat later in their career. But an additional 15 improved their benchmark the following season. Counting these cases, the odds of a player’s two-year performance being his two-year peak drop substantially. Factoring this in and cleaning up the data a bit (I put the players in rolling 3-year age groups) gives us a result like this:For Trout’s case, there are a few other factors to consider:Cutting both ways: Trout’s numbers are higher than average in his age group. This makes it more likely that he’s a uniquely great player, but it also makes the numbers inherently less likely to be surpassed.Cutting in his favor: Trout was 21 last season, and his group covers players age 21 to 23. This gives him a slightly longer career ahead, and thus more chances to put up better seasons. Further, having pulled off such great numbers at such an early age probably increases the chances that he’s truly special. But there’s not really enough data to demonstrate this effect.Cutting against him: Trout is probably less likely to achieve a new two-year peak this year, because the strongest of the two seasons in this run was the first. Improving on his peak will require him posting better than 10.8 WAR — a feat which has happened only 22 times before, six of which were by Babe Ruth. (Also, though outside the scope of this post, it’s possible that the aging curve is no longer as favorable as it used to be).All things considered, the answer to whether Trout has peaked yet is “probably not,” though I think it’s far from being as much of a certainty as many people seem to think. Even some of the Hall of Famers mentioned above peaked early, and Trout’s start has been so strong that he could potentially do the same and still end up joining them. read more

Dyche laments injuries to players

first_imgBurnley Manager Sean Dyche is facing an uphill battle in Turkey as his team prepares to face Istanbul Basaksehir with just 17 players in their UEFA Europa League qualifier clash.After overcoming Scottish side Aberdeen in the last qualifying round, Burnley will be hoping to continue their first European adventure in 52 years when they come against Turkey’s Istanbul Basaksehir.The Turkish team finished third in the Super Lig last season and could provide a sterner test for Burnley on Thursday in the first leg with a number of players injured for the English side.“We’re a little bit limited in terms of our playing personnel,” Dyche told reporters ahead of the game on Thursday, according to Sky Sports.“Chris Woods is suffering from an infection, while Steven Defour and Robbie Brady still remain out with injury. So at the moment we’re down to just 17 players.”Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“We’ve included Ben Gibson and Joe Hart in the squad and they could feature if needed.”Burnley are currently in the middle of a goalkeeping crisis with Tom Heaton and Nick Pope out injured and Hart could feature for the Clarets after completing a surprise move to the club from Manchester City.“He’s in good shape and clear minded. He knows he’ll have to work for his place in the team and I believe he’s up to the challenge.” Dyche said.Burnley will also be without new signing Matej Vydra who joined the club from Derby this week.The striker is still working on his fitness due to a lack of preseason with his former club.last_img read more

Community Meeting On Haeg Grand Jury Investigation

first_imgThe former big game guide was convicted of illegally shooting wolves in 2004, a fact he doesn’t dispute, but he says the state lied about what he did and where he did it. According to court documents further hearings, including any evidentiary hearings, will be held in Anchorage rather than in Homer or Kenai, because of the need for additional security. The event will be held on April 21, from 10-2 p.m., at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. On Saturday, April 21,  Alaska, State of Corruption will be hosting a community event at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex for residents to look at, listen to, and weigh in on the evidence of Haeg’s post conviction efforts. During that hearing Southwell was unable to disclose his evidence and reasons to the other jurors. The group believes this is a clear violation of Alaska law and constitution, according to the event page.center_img According to details for the event, on March 21, 2018, Kenai Grand Juror Ray Southwell tried to disclose, to the other Kenai Grand Jurors, his evidence and reasons to believe crimes triable by the court were committed by a Kenai District Attorney, State Troopers, and judges from Kenai, Homer, Anchorage, and elsewhere. Haeg: “After fourteen years of studying the law one of your basic rights is to have your trial held in your community, and my community is the Kenai Peninsula.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享For fourteen years, David Haeg, of Kenai has continued to fight against what he describes as state and judicial corruption.last_img read more