Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The University of Findlay received a grant from Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host a series of public lectures and community conversations that center on the industrialization of agriculture. The emphasis of this series is to highlight the agriculture community in Hancock County as well as to determine if there are opportunities for business and agriculture to blend to improve technology or resources for the agriculture industry.The next activities within this series are two community conversations that aim to brainstorm technologies or products that could be developed or enhanced to improve agriculture production and/or management. The conversations will be hosted on Nov. 3 from 4-5 pm at the Winebrenner Theological Seminary Room 151 950 N. Main Street in Findlay and Nov. 10 from 7-8pm at the University of Findlay Western Farm Classroom 108 14700 U.S. Rt. 68 with representatives from the North Central Campus for Emerging Technologies and businesses as well as farmers and UF students/staff.We are actively seeking community members and business representatives to attend these conversations. We encourage anyone who has agriculture experience or knowledge on technology and product development to attend. There is potential that the information shared during these sessions could influence entrepreneurial ideas and/or connections between agriculture and business for Findlay-Hancock County.
The Congress in Goa alleged on Thursday that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was trying to stay in power by ‘hook or crook’ and warned other allies of BJP in Goa that they could be next on target. The Congress was referring to the post-midnight split in Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) on Tuesday which saw two members from the group joining BJP to raise it’s floor strength to 14, on par with Congress.Addressing a press conference at Congress headquarters here, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Girish Chodankar said the BJP was confronting with the people by not honouring the mandate given by them.“It is very dangerous. They are stooping so low, to gutter level, just to remain in power. One does not know which direction the party is heading. But what is happening is surely dangerous for BJP as well as for democracy,’’ he said. As for MGP, he held the leadership responsible for the outcome. MGP is now left with one MLA, the sacked deputy chief minister. Mr. Chodankar said that it was a lesson for other alliance partners of the BJP as they too could be a target next time and their very existence could be at stake.He also said that at this rate BJP may not contest need to contest an election as it could induct ‘readymade’ MLAs.Of the two MGP MLAs and Tourism Minister who joined BJP on Wednesday, Deepak Pauskar was inducted as minister and Manohar Ajgaonkar was elevated as Deputy Chief Minister
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Advertisement Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Attend a music industry conference this year and you’re bound hear that “streaming is the new radio” – maybe even a few times. Radio used to be an indie artist’s ticket to fame and fortune, or at least a decent SOCAN cheque and a noticeable boost in ticket sales. While Nielsen surveys show radio’s influence is still significant, streaming playlists, especially on Spotify, are having a huge impact on artists’ earnings and popularity. The importance of these playlists has become obvious, but what is still less clear is how songs get added to them. Like radio, is it largely the domain of the signed artists with the backing of label-employed pluggers, or can indie label and self-releasing artists get their songs on these playlists? The answer to both is “yes.”For starters, there is much more to Spotify than the mega-lists with millions of followers, such as New Music Friday or Top Hits. There are over 2 billion playlists on Spotify, the majority of which are user-generated or algorithm-generated; human beings employed by Spotify curate a just a minority of premier playlists, like the very influential RapCaviar.READ MORE Advertisement
Anant Ambani took everyone by surprise by showing up at a rally organised for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Mumbai on Friday, April 26. He was spotted among the crowds just days after his father, industrialist Mukesh Ambani voiced out his support for Congress candidate Milind Deora fielded from Mumbai South Lok Sabha constituency.”I am here to listen to PM Modi and support the nation”, Anant Ambani was quoted as saying by a Marathi news channel, reports NDTV. He was also seen cheering to PM Modi and shouted “Main bhi chowkidaar” along with the crowd.#SaturdayMotivation . #SaturdayMorningAnant Ambani joining ‘Main Bhi Chowkidaar’ movement in PM @narendramodi’s Mumbai Rally. The best part is that sans his privileged status he is doing it like any other common man :)#SaturdayThoughts pic.twitter.com/8H0VMdeNiX— Chowkidar Geetika Swami (@SwamiGeetika) April 27, 2019The new developments have given way to speculations if there is any falling out between the Ambani father and son since Mukesh Ambani, whose company always had the support of the government was header talking about Milind Deora.”Milind is the man for south Mumbai. Having represented south Mumbai for 10 years, I believe Milind has in-depth knowledge of social, economic and cultural ecosystem of the south Mumbai constituency,” Mukesh was filmed telling. The video was subsequently uploaded on Twitter by Milind Deora.In addition to this, Mukesh had gone against his brother Anil Ambani who never missed an opportunity to openly criticize the Congress and its president, Rahul Gandhi.In the rally in Mumbai, PM Modi had said, “Every survey and every news report shows that we would get 282 seats or more. Surveys are also agreeing that BJP and NDA (National Democratic Alliance) will win the most seats in Parliament and come back to power. This is not the BJP saying, but surveys.”He added, “The talk is whether NDA will cross 300, 315 or will it go to 400… After three phases it is clear the BJP government is coming back… People of Mumbai are smart — they know which way the wind is blowing. Be sensible, don’t waste your vote.”Modi then attacked Congress without naming them. He said, “We have attacked corruption and as a result, many are in jail and some on bail. In 2014, you elected me. I took them to the doors of the jail. You elect me in 2019, I will put them behind bars.”
ICICI Bank, Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ICICI BankReutersIn a series of investigations against ICICI bank and Videocon group, the Income-tax (IT) department has started probing a real estate deal between the two entities. The case is related to a possible tax evasion in the ICICI Bank-Videocon loan case.The 13-storied building, Radhika apartments in Prabhadevi in central Mumbai, which was earlier the staff quarter for the ICICI bank, has now come under lens after the allegations were made of possible quid pro quo. There have been allegations that the building was sold to the Videocon group at a lower price than the existing market rate of that time.The Indian Express reported that Radhika apartments were sold at a deflated price of Rs. 17,000 per sq ft for Rs 61 crore to Videocon group as against the existing market price in the area which was about Rs. 25,000 per sq ft at that time.Venugopal Dhoot, who leads Videocon group, had announced that 27 flats in the building belonging to ICICI bank were bought for the employees of its telecom venture which was launched in the city in the same year.Chanda Kochhar is also under the radar of investigation agencies after the Videocon group was given a loan of Rs. 3,250 crore from ICICI Bank in 2012. Eventually, the loan amount was diverted to a firm set up by Dhoot and Deepak Kochhar, husband of ICICI Bank managing director and chief executive officer Chanda Kochhar, reports Indian Express.It is also to be noted that Dhoot gave Rs 64 crore in 2010 to NuPower Renewables Pvt Ltd (NRPL) which was set up by him, Deepak Kocchar and two of his relatives. Going forward, the proprietorship of the company was transferred to a trust owned by Deepak Kochhar for mere Rs. 9 lakh.Out of 86 per cent (Rs 2,810 crore) of the total loan (Rs. 3,250 crore loan), that was sanctioned to Videocon remained unpaid and the loan was declared non-performing asset (NPA) in 2017.Investigation agencies are probing the fact that Chanda Kochhar influenced the decision to disburse the loan amount given to the Videocon group.
Carrying more passengers than the number of seats of city bus services has become a custom. Prothom Alo FIle PhotoRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the decision on ‘sitting bus services’ plying in the city will be taken within a week.He disclosed the information while talking to reporters after a meeting of the road transport advisory council at the secretariat.Quader said a five-member committee formed by the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) to review the sitting bus services will submit its report within seven days. “The final decision will be taken after receiving the report.”He also said the decision to ban the plying of human haulers (locally known as Nasimon, Karimon, Alam-Sadhu, Bhotbhoti) on highways and regional roads, and removal of bumpers and angle hooks from trucks and covered vans will be implemented strictly.The minister urged the transporter owners to introduce short-distance bus services so that passengers need not to ride human haulers.He said a committee has been formed to make recommendations for preventing vehicles from carrying additional passengers and goods.Shipping minister Shajahan Khan, transport and workers’ leaders were also present at the meeting.
Obaidul QuaderRoad, transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader will undergo a bypass surgery on Wednesday at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore. The surgery will be conducted at 10:00am Singapore time, said professor Abu Nasar Rizvi of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).Cardiothoracic surgeon Sivathasan Cumaraswamy, a member of the medical board treating Quader, also general secretary of Bangladesh Awami League (AL), will conduct the surgery.The minister’s blood pressure and diabetes are now under control and physical condition is stable, he said.Quader was admitted to BSMMU on 3 March following breathing complications but tests revealed three blockages in his coronary artery.He was flown to Singapore the next day for treatment at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital.
US president Donald Trump speaks to the media prior to departing on Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, 22 June 2019, as he travels to Camp David, Maryland. Trump said Iran was “very wise “ not to shoot down the manned plane when it downed the drone and “we appreciate “ that move. Photo: AFPThe United States launched cyber attacks against Iranian missile control systems and a spy network after Tehran downed an American surveillance drone, according to US media reports.US president Donald Trump secretly authorized US Cyber Command to carry out a retaliatory attack on Iran, The Washington Post reported Saturday, shortly after the US president pledged to hit the Islamic republic with major new sanctions.The attack crippled computers used to control rocket and missile launches, according to the Post, while Yahoo News said a spying group responsible for tracking ships in the Gulf was also targeted.Tehran is yet to react to the reports, Iran’s Fars news agency said Sunday.It added that it was “still not clear whether the attacks were effective or not,” and suggested the US media reports were a “bluff meant to affect public opinion and regain lost reputation for the White House” following the downing of its drone.Trump called off a planned retaliatory military strike Friday, saying the response wouldn’t be “proportionate”, with Tehran warning Washington that any attack would see its interests across the Middle East go up in flames.The downing of the US drone came after a series of attacks on tankers in the congested shipping lanes of the Gulf, that Washington has blamed on Iran, exacerbated already-tense relations between the two countries.Iran has denied responsibility for those attacks.Trump, who spent Saturday huddling with his advisors at Camp David, initially told reporters that he was keen to be Iran’s “best friend” — if the country agreed to renounce nuclear weapons.”When they agree to that, they’re going to have a wealthy country. They’re going to be so happy, and I’m going to be their best friend,” he told reporters.Iran has denied seeking a nuclear weapon, and says its program is for civilian purposes.A multinational accord reached by Tehran and world powers in 2015 sought to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions in exchange for sanctions relief.But Trump left that agreement more than a year ago and has imposed a robust slate of punitive economic sanctions designed to choke off Iranian oil sales and cripple its economy — one he now plans to expand.”We are putting major additional Sanctions on Iran on Monday,” tweeted Trump, who has also deployed additional troops to the Middle East.”I look forward to the day that Sanctions come off Iran, and they become a productive and prosperous nation again – The sooner the better!”Secretary of State Mike Pompeo added: “When the Iranian regime decides to forgo violence and meet our diplomacy with diplomacy, it knows how to reach us. Until then, our diplomatic isolation and economic pressure campaign against the regime will intensify.”But lest anyone think he was entirely ruling out military action, Trump tweeted Saturday evening that “I never called the strike against Iran ‘BACK,’ as people are incorrectly reporting, I just stopped it from going forward at this time!” ‘Powder keg’A top Iranian military official warned Washington against any strikes.”Firing one bullet towards Iran will set fire to the interests of America and its allies” in the region, armed forces general staff spokesman Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi told the Tasnim news agency.”If the enemy — especially America and its allies in the region — make the military mistake of shooting the powder keg on which America’s interests lie, the region will be set on fire,” Shekarchi warned.Following his comments, Iran said it had executed a contractor for the defense ministry’s aerospace organization who had been convicted of spying for the United States.After the downing Thursday of the Global Hawk surveillance aircraft, Trump said the United States had been “cocked & loaded” to strike Iran.Tehran insists that the drone violated its airspace — something Washington denies — but a commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, told state news agency IRNA that the violation could have been an accident.”Nonetheless, this was an act of trampling international aviation laws by a spy aircraft,” Hajizadeh added.The Pentagon released a map of the drone’s flight path, indicating it avoided Iranian waters, but Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday published maps showing the aircraft inside Iranian territory.”There can be no doubt about where the vessel was when it was brought down,” he wrote on Twitter.The US Federal Aviation Administration has barred American civilian aircraft from the area “until further notice,” and several major non-US airlines were altering flight paths to avoid the sensitive Strait of Hormuz.