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What Data is Being Collected on the Farm and Who Can…

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter By Eric Pfeiffer – Nov 12, 2019 Facebook Twitter SHARE What Data is Being Collected on the Farm and Who Can You Trust With It? Purdue Ag Economics Assistant Professor Dr. Nathan DeLayPurdue University hosted the National Conference for Food and Agribusiness last week. The theme for the conference was data on data. Food retailers, food manufacturers, ag retailers, food processors, and farmers were all surveyed about how and why they collect data and use it.Ag Economics professor Dr. Nathan DeLay shared results from the farmers survey that included those who farm over 1,000 acres of corn and soybeans.“Data collection is pretty common. Most farms in our sample are collecting either yield monitor data, or soil sampling data, or satellite drone imagery data. And what we see is if they’re collecting it, most are saying that the decisions that they make from the data are at least somewhat influenced by it. And they’re saying that if they made a decision, it’s had a positive yield impact.”DeLay says the research showed that, as you might imagine, larger operations are more likely to collect data. In addition to that, “We see that operations with younger operators are more likely to collect data, and we see that operations with more highly educated employees are more likely to collect data. And then we looked at, ‘What are the management practices and tools that these operations are channeling that data through?’ We see that a lot are using software platforms and we’re seeing that a lot are sharing with agronomists and input suppliers.Much has been made about who you can trust with your data and what it might be used for. Ceres Solutions COO Doug Brunt participated in a panel discussion about how ag retailers are using farmer data, reassuring farmers that send them data.“The grower owns the data, especially on all their field records and those kinds of things. What we’re trying to emphasize more, not only are we collecting that so we can help them make a better decision, but that’s their information.”DeLay says the research looked at seeding rate decisions, drainage investment decisions, and fertilizer and nutrient management decisions. Of those three, fertilizer and nutrient management decisions were most heavily informed by data collected. Home Indiana Agriculture News What Data is Being Collected on the Farm and Who Can You… Previous articleFarmers Turning to Riskier Loans to Stay in BusinessNext articleIndiana Harvest Advances Thanks To Favorable Conditions Eric Pfeifferlast_img read more

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Opening of Khashoggi murder trial in Istanbul presents a new chance for justice

first_img Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia Help by sharing this information As Saudis take over G20 presidency, they still hold 32 journalists, RSF says News Receive email alerts The start of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder trial in Istanbul has presented a new chance for justice for his October 2018 assassination. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) monitored the opening hearing, where eight witnesses gave testimony in the case against 20 Saudi nationals who have been indicted in connection with the journalist’s killing. The next hearing has been scheduled for 24 November. News RSF renews call for justice for Jamal Khashoggi with murder trial set to start in Istanbul December 3, 2019 Find out more RSF_en to go further July 1, 2020 Find out more TurkeySaudi ArabiaEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa ImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence Organisation News July 3, 2020 Opening of Khashoggi murder trial in Istanbul presents a new chance for justice TurkeySaudi ArabiaEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa ImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence News RSF’s Turkey representative Erol Önderoğlu monitored the 3.5 hour hearing at Istanbul’s Çağlayan court on 3 July, during which Khashoggi’s fiancée Hatice Cengiz addressed the court and eight witnesses gave testimony. New details about the circumstances surrounding Khashoggi’s murder came to light, including testimony from consulate employees about what might have happened to his corpse. “It is an unusual situation when our only hope of justice lies with the Turkish courts, as many press freedom reforms are urgently needed within Turkey, but the opening of this trial is a positive step. We will continue to monitor proceedings closely and call for transparency and adherence to international due process standards,” said Önderoğlu.The 20 Saudi nationals who have been indicted on charges of inciting or carrying out Khashoggi’s murder were tried in absentia, represented by lawyers appointed by the Istanbul Bar Association. The court ruled that the arrest warrants against the suspects would remain open until the next hearing, and it would refresh its correspondence with Interpol about the red notices Turkey had taken out. The court also issued a warning to witnesses who had failed to appear, compelling them to attend the next hearing.UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary killings Agnès Callamard was in attendance, having called for the case to be tried in other jurisdictions – including Turkey – following the miscarriage of justice in the Saudi courts in December 2019. In contrast to the secret court process in Saudi Arabia, a handful of journalists were allowed into the hearing in Istanbul. No diplomatic monitors were present, despite calls from civil society groups for states to send representatives.RSF Secretary-General Christophe Deloire has called Khashoggi’s assassination “one of the most horrific crimes against a journalist we have ever seen.” RSF remains committed to the pursuit of justice for Jamal Khashoggi and the release of the 32 journalists unjustly jailed in the country.Turkey and Saudi Arabia are respectively ranked 154th and 170th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. RSF took an unprecedented mission to Saudi Arabia to free jailed journalists July 10, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

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BBB: Traveling for spring break? Don’t get burned by travel deals

first_img Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest BBB: Traveling for spring break? Don’t get burned by travel deals WhatsApp Twitter BBB Scam TrackerWith spring break just around the corner, now is the time to finalize your vacation plans. Whether your destination promises a relaxing week on the beach or the ski slopes, BBB Serving the Heart of Texas advises students and families to be aware of travel scams.A travel company can make the process of booking your spring vacation quick and easy. But using the wrong one could turn your dream vacation into a nightmare. In 2017, BBB received more than 2,500 complaints against travel agencies nationwide. Most complaints alleged consumers felt misled by travel offers that failed to deliver on promises. In some cases, consumers paid money for travel arrangements that were never made.If you are looking for an alternative to staying in a hotel, renting someone’s home, condo or apartment may be appealing. Vacation rental websites make it easy to connect directly with property owners who advertise their rentals online. However, BBB warns consumers to watch out for fake rental listings that may not be for rent or don’t exist at all.BBB offers the following tips to ensure you’re finalizing your vacation plans with a trustworthy business:Use a travel company you trust. Ask family and friends to recommend a company they have used and go to bbb.org to find a BBB Accredited Business and view the company’s BBB Business Review.Get all vacation details in writing. Get all the details of your vacation in writing, including travel itineraries and booking confirmations. Get a copy of the company’s cancellation and refund policies.Onsider travel insurance. Travel insurance is designed to cover such things as trip cancellations or medical emergencies. The U.S. Travel Insurance Association maintains a list of licensed travel insurance companies. Certain travel companies have different policies and levels of coverage based on whether you purchase the car rental, flight or hotel. Ask questions, and always read the fine print to see what’s covered.Pay with a credit card. Paying with a credit card — rather than by cash or check — gives you additional protection if something were to go wrong with the travel reservation.Verify reservations. Get the contact information of the airline, car rental agency and hotel. Call to confirm all arrangements with them. Don’t only rely on the word of your agent.Be alert for travel scams. Unsolicited mail, email and websites offering deeply discounted travel packages could leave you out of a vacation and money if you’re not careful. Watch out for scams saying that you have “won a trip.” If you have really won a free vacation, a legitimate company won’t ask you to pay any upfront or processing fees.For information on Spring Break scams, or any other types of scam, head to BBB.org.Heather Massey is the Senior Regional Director for the Permian Basin office of Better Business Bureau serving the Heart of Texas. Heather is available for media interviews and speaking engagements. You can reach her by phone: (432) 741-2592 or email: [email protected]center_img Heather Massey is the Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau in the Permian Basin. Check out www.bbb.org or call 563-1880. Pinterest Twitter By admin – March 4, 2018 Previous articleA SHARP LIFE: The cost of raising kids, batteries not includedNext articleMATTER OF RECORD: Feb. 23 through Feb. 28 admin Local NewsBusinesslast_img read more

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Temporary all-way stop in place at University and Maple

first_img Due to a accident that took out the signal cabinet, the intersection of University Blvd and Maple Ave. will be a all way stop until repairs are completed, according to a City of Odessa news release.On Sunday night, there was a vehicle accident that destroyed the traffic cabinet that operates the traffic signals at University and Maple. The intersection has stop signs placed for all directions of traffic until the traffic cabinet is repaired.Repairs are expected to be completed in a couple of days. Motorists are encouraged to proceed with caution at the intersection. Pinterest Temporary all-way stop in place at University and Maple Facebook Local News Facebook WhatsApp By admin – April 16, 2018 Twitter Pinterest Previous articleFive things you need to know today, April 16Next articleTwo arrested, one wanted after shooting admin WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

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TRMC donates to food banks

first_imgLatest Stories By Jaine Treadwell Troy Regional Medical Center employees are participating in a payroll deduction plan designed to help feed the hungry through the Pike County Salvation Army Service Center and the Coffee County Ministerial Alliance food banks. The first donations to these agencies were in the amount of $500. Pictured from left, Nicole Bivins, food bank committee member; April Sneed, administrative executive assistant; Kim May, Pike County Salvation Army Service Center director; Phillip Box, Coffee County Ministerial Alliance chair; and Tim Cain, TRMC director of med-surg.MESSENGER PHOTO/JAINE TREADWELLIn recognition of the need to keep the shelves of area food banks stocked, employees at Troy Regional Medical Center are participating in a payroll deduction option designed to help feed the hungry in Pike and Coffee counties.Karen Herring, TRMC director of marketing, said participating employees donate from 50 cents to one dollar each pay period to the food pantry project with the Pike County Salvation Army Service Center and the Coffee County Ministerial Alliance as the beneficiaries.TRMC made the first donations to these agencies in the amount of $500 each. Published 3:00 am Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Skip You Might Like Troy student dies in two-vehicle collision A two-vehicle collision on Alabama 10 claimed the life of a Troy student on Tuesday. (Messenger Photo/ Scottie Brown) Messenger/… read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Print Article Kim May, Pike County Salvation Army Service Center, said the need for food is equally great in Pike County.“Last year, we served more than 1,700 people through our food bank,” May said. “When the weather is extreme, either hotter or colder, the need for food increases because those living on fixed incomes have to make the hard decisions as to whether to pay their utility bills or buy food. And, the choice between food and medication is year around.”Those who seek assistance through the Salvation Army food bank must make application and be approved.“There is a genuine need for food year round among the elderly and the unemployed and there are always emergency needs,” May said. “The greatest need is for meat or other protein products like peanut butter. Protein products are the most expensive items so we get fewer of those. We meet those needs our communities as best we can.”Box and May expressed appreciation to TRMC for its support of the food banks.“Monetary donations make it possible for us to purchase items that are in short supply and to also help more people in need,” May said. “The support of the employees at TRMC will make a difference in the lives of many. We are very grateful for this support.” Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content Phillip Box, chair of the Coffee County Ministerial Alliance, said there are many people, including those living on Social Security and the unemployed or the under employed, who have to make decisions on whether to eat or purchase their medications or pay their utilities.“Many times, the decision is not to eat,” he said. “During the time the Coffee County Ministerial Alliance’s food bank has been in operation from 2011through 2014, we have served the needs of more than 10,000.”Box said the Alliance’s food bank serves those in a 15-mile radius of Elba.“The only requirement for those in need is to have a valid ID,” he said. “And, they can apply to the food bank only every 45 days.” “The amounts of the donations will vary depending of the number of pay period collections but we plan to make several during the year,” Herring said.Tim Cain, TRMC director of med-surg, is a member of the Church of Christ in Elba and was aware of the continuous need for non-perishable at the Alliance’s food bank.“Tim brought this need to our attention and we realized that supporting area food banks would be a way TRMC could give back to our communities,” Herring said. “Elba is in the TRMC service area and the need to feed the hungry there is as great as it is here in Pike County.” This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… TRMC donates to food banks Email the author Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Secrets Revealed Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Colley Center hosts signing for ‘Shattered Child’

first_imgLatest Stories You Might Like Grant cuts could affect local cities The Alabama League of Municipalities has come out against some of President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts claiming that they… read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author Sponsored Content Print Article Published 3:00 am Friday, March 31, 2017 By Jaine Treadwell Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Jordan said the book signing for McNeal will be an opportunity to learn more about the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home through her experiences and also those of Abdur-Rahman.“I’m sure both of them will have stories to share, so we encourage those, who come to Veronica’s book signing, to plan to stay and visit a while,” Jordan said. “The Alabama Baptist Children’s Home was home to ‘shattered’ children for a lot of years. It was a place where they belonged and it is a part of Troy’s history. “Today, the Colley Center building serves a similar purpose. Our goal is to provide programs and activities that enrich and enhance the lives of the senior adults of our community. It is a goal that we take seriously because it is such a worthwhile goal.” Book Nook to reopen Colley Center hosts signing for ‘Shattered Child’ The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By The Penny Hoarder The Colley Senior Complex in Troy will host a book signing Wednesday for Veronica McNeal author of “Shattered Child.”The booking signing will be from 10 a.m. until noon and the public is invited. McNeal’s book, titled “Shattered Child,” is autobiographical in nature and is based on her childhood, much of which was spent at the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home in Troy.“It’s very appropriate that Veronica’s book signing is here at the Colley Senior Complex,” said Catherine Jordan, Colley Senior Complex director. “The Colley Center was the hub of the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home for many years. For many children, the children’s home was ‘home.” A lot of memories were made here. This was a place of help and healing.” Jordan said McNeal grew up in the children’s home in Troy and she is excited about returning.“Veronica’s book tells the story of her childhood and, in telling her story, she also tells the story of the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home,” Jordan said. But there is more to Veronica McNeal’s homecoming than a book signing.“When Veronica was at the children’s home here in Troy, she was mentored by a volunteer Nuri Abdur-Rahman,” Jordan said. “Now, Nuri is a faithful volunteer instructor at the Colley Center. She teaches our seniors yoga and quilting. Nuri is still making an impact on the lives of others, just in a different age group.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebrationlast_img read more

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Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty for Patrick Frazee in alleged murder of his fiancée, Kelsey Berreth

first_imgWorawee Meepian/iStock(DENVER) — The Colorado rancher charged with murdering his fiancée will not face the death penalty, the prosecutor’s office confirmed on Sunday.Prosecutors had a window of 90 days to file a death penalty motion after Patrick Frazee, who allegedly killed the woman he planned to marry, Kelsey Berreth, after he pleaded not guilty to murder charges.That timeline expired Friday with prosecutors making no such action, meaning that capital punishment is off the table.Frazee entered a not guilty plea in May on charges of murder and solicitation to commit murder.His trial is scheduled to begin in October.Prosecutors allege the deadly attack against Berreth, who was the mother of Frazee’s child and his fiancee, unfolded on Nov. 22, at Berreth’s Woodland Park, Colorado, home.Frazee allegedly blindfolded Berreth and had her guess the scents of different candles, according to an arrest affidavit. While Berreth was distracted, Frazee allegedly hit her with a bat, which ultimately killed her, the document said.He allegedly hit her so hard that he even knocked a tooth out, the document said.The couple’s baby was in a playpen in Berreth’s rear bedroom during the alleged murder, the document said.Frazee allegedly burned Berreth’s body in a black plastic bin on his property, according to the arrest affidavit.Frazee and Berreth’s daughter is in the custody of Berreth’s parents.Frazee’s ex-girlfriend, Krystal (Lee) Kenney, allegedly told two friends that Frazee had asked for help killing Berreth, according to Frazee’s arrest affidavit. But neither friend came forward to alert authorities despite knowing about the alleged murder plans one month before the crime, the arrest affidavit said.Kenney, who investigators say admitted to cleaning up the gruesome murder scene, admitted in court to moving Berreth’s phone from Colorado to Idaho, where the ex-girlfriend lives.Frazee allegedly wanted Kenney to take Berreth’s remains back to Idaho, but she refused, Kenney told investigators, according to the arrest affidavit.Kenney pleaded guilty to one count of tampering with physical evidence. Her sentencing will take place after Frazee’s criminal case has concluded.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Storm moving out in east, new storm to move across US to start new year

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — The major storm that moved across the country from Christmas to Tuesday is now finally moving out, leaving behind gusty winds and snow showers from the Great Lakes to the Northeast. The highest snowfall total east of the Rockies from this storm was in North Dakota, where 26 inches of snow fell. Up to 14 inches fell in Michigan and up to 11” fell in Maine.Major ice accumulation was also reported, with the highest in northern New York state, where in Massena up to 1 inch of ice accumulated on everything. Other ice accumulations: Goshen, Massachusetts, had up to 0.75 inches, Norfolk, Connecticut, had 0.3 inches and Pennsylvania had 0.5 inches. The storm brought very strong winds to the Midwest and the Northeast, as some of the gusts included 71 mph in Sandusky, Ohio, 56 mph in Suffolk County, New York, 54 mph in Greenwich, Connecticut, and 44 mph in Queens, New York. Also, heavy rain fell in the Northeast causing flash flooding on the roads, from New York City to Boston, where some areas got more than 2 inches of rain.As the storm departs Tuesday, 11 states are still on alert for wintry weather from Wisconsin to Maine, mostly for additional snowfall. On Tuesday morning there are two areas of low pressure: one over the Great Lakes bringing snow from Wisconsin and Michigan, and one in New England with snow from northern New York to Maine. The heaviest snow Tuesday will be in Michigan and northern New England, where half a foot of snow is possible. By Tuesday night, just in time to ring in the new year, most of the snow will be gone from the Northeast and the Midwest with just a few snow showers left, but it will be windy with wind gusts of 25 to 35 mph.As the eastern storm departs, we ring in the new year with a new storm on the West Coast, with heavy rain from Seattle to Portland, Oregon, and down to Northern California. In the mountains, heavy snow is expected, especially in the Rockies. Winter storm watches have been issued from Washington to Colorado, with some areas getting up to two feet by Wednesday evening.On Wednesday, this new western storm will cross the Rockies and will redevelop by Thursday in Texas and the western Gulf Coast states, with heavy rain and severe storms possible across the South. This storm will move into the Northeast by the end of the week with more heavy rain and gusty winds. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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International news: Work experience goes towards qualifications

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. International news: Work experience goes towards qualificationsOn 11 Apr 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article A bill introduced by French Secretary of State for Vocational TrainingNicole Péry in March is set to establish “validating vocationalexperience”. The principle is that every person in employment has theright to have their work experience validated and counted towards a vocationaldiploma or certificate. This principle has existed since 1992, but there hasbeen a low level of take-up by employees (only 7,000 a year) and it requirestaking at least one academic test. In France, continuing training mainlybenefits the best qualified workers, while 26 per cent of employees still havea level of initial training below that of the certificate of vocationalaptitude. A manager in a company with more than 500 staff is 10 times morelikely to be given training than an unskilled worker in a small or medium-sizedenterprise. Under the proposal, all experience of work must be taken intoaccount.www.eiro.eurofound.ie/2000/03/inbrief/fr0003144n.htmlGood reputation counts according to top staffEighty-one per cent of top-performing employees, identified by theiremployers, say maintaining a good personal reputation motivates them to achievepeak performance, according to a Watson Wyatt survey of 551 large employers andover 500 employees in the US. Only 15 per cent say expectation of financialreward is a very significant influence.www.watsonwyatt.com/homepage/us/new.htmCompromise needed on US minimum wageThe US House of Representatives passed a minimum wage hike on 9 March. The$1/hour increase would be spread over two years. The Senate passed a $1/hourincrease spread over three years. Pension portability was included in bothbills. House and Senate leaders will need to work out a compromise bill to sendto the President before the minimum wage will be increased.www.ipma-hr.org/legaffairs/index.html Comments are closed. last_img read more

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Automated measurement of meal sizes and feeding frequency in albatrosses

An artificial nest incorporating an automated weighing device, suitable for chick growth studies on some species of seabirds, is described. (2) The operating weight range is 1-7 kg, with an accuracy of ±15 g throughout; data can be recorded onto magnetic tape automatically and multiple nests may be operated simultaneously. (3) Sample data from grey-headed albatrosses, showing the recording of the timing, size and frequency of meals and the pattern of weight loss by chicks between meals, are presented read more

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