You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom For the second straight week, Attorney Greg Jackson received a significant endorsement in his bid to become a State Representative of the Florida Legislature. Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer endorsed Jackson today in his campaign to attain the Florida House District 45 seat, which includes Apopka south of 441 and 436. Last week the Associated Industries of Florida Political Action Committee based in Tallahassee backed Jackson.Mayor Joe KilsheimerIn his endorsement, Kilsheimer wrote: “My friend Greg Jackson has a true servant’s heart. Over the past four years, I have personally witnessed Greg Jackson invest sweat equity into serving the residents of Apopka, and particularly the residents of South Apopka. I have been with Greg as he organized community clean-ups, served snow-cones to youth at the John Bridges Center and deliver holiday meals to families in need. Professionally, Greg is a skilled attorney and I have personally seen Greg offer free legal counsel to individuals in need of guidance navigating our complex world. I have also seen how Greg treats his family and how Greg is raising his children. In all the time I have known Greg, and with all that I have seen him accomplish on behalf of others, I have never once seen Greg ask: “What’s in it for me?” I have only seen Greg say: “How can I help?” and “How can I be of service.” My friends, I am firmly convinced that Greg Jackson has been called to serve in Tallahassee as State Representative for District 45. I have witnessed his skills. I have witnessed his heart for service. I am proud to endorse Greg Jackson for State Representative in District 45.”Greg JacksonJackson, a past Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida, military veteran, current Orange County District 2 Representative on the Board of Zoning Adjustments, and General Counsel for the Community Redevelopment Agency, has been as an active member of the Central Florida community for nearly 20 years.Jackson is running for the House Seat currently held by Rep. Randolph Bracy. Jackson, who is a Democrat, will face four other Democrats in an open August 30th, 2016 Primary Election – Kamia Brown, Kelvin L. Cobaris, William Jusme, and Peter Pham.Unlike a closed primary that allows only voters from the party to vote, the HD45 Primary is open to all voters from all political parties since no Republican qualified to run.“I am honored to have the endorsement of Apopka Mayor Kilsheimer,” Jackson announced at his church St. Paul A.M.E. in Apopka. “What this means to me is that although I have quietly gone about serving the community without seeking recognition, my many years of service have not gone unnoticed. I am truly humbled and grateful.” Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSFlorida House District 45Greg JacksonMayor Joe Kilsheimer Previous articleIt’s offical: The VCR is now deadNext articleAre You Registered to Vote? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Sep 20, 2017 SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News The Combine Monitor isn’t Telling You Everything The Combine Monitor isn’t Telling You Everything Keep-walking-fieldsAs harvest 17 begins, season long evaluation of the crop continues, but now it’s really crunch time. Daniel Call, General Manager of Seed Consultants says considering what the crop has gone through this growing season, he’s not surprised when he hears the range in yields. But Call reminds farmers the combine monitor isn’t telling you everything you need to know about the crop, which is why it is still important to walk fields.“When you walk through a field you can find some fields where stalk quality is pretty poor,” said Call. “It’s not something the farmer did, but a lot of that is environment related and with the amount of moisture, losing the nitrogen we lost and you look at, we inoculated these plants with every disease possible, so we knew that the potential was going to be there. Now if we have a rapid harvest, we probably get out ahead of that, but with the way the weather is set up and as cool as it has been the last couple of weeks, this doesn’t look like it is going to be a quick harvest.”And because of a year like this, Seed Consultants has been taking a close look at their seed applied fungicides.“Our biggest concern is, we can have the best traits in the world, we can have the best germ plasmin in the world, but if we don’t get the stand establishment, what’s it worth?” Call said. “So what we are trying to do is, yeah, we’re going to continue to offer those excellent genetics and those excellent traits, but we are trying to maximize our stand establishment out of the gate for our customers. So we are adding more fungicides and taking a look at the products on the seed in order to do that and that’s why we think we have a competitive advantage over our competition by offering the additional products on that seed.” Previous articleDonnelly Leads Push for Export FundingNext articleFarm Safety Week Focuses on Confined Spaces Hoosier Ag Today
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Lynda V. Mapes and Hal Bernton for the Seattle Times:Asian coal markets are so weak that two export terminals proposed for Washington once considered vital are now irrelevant, according to an industry analyst who typically has offered some of the industry’s most bullish forecasts.The Feb. 10 report was written by Andy Roberts, an analyst at Wood Mackenzie, who less than three years ago was boosting the long-term prospects of the Gateway Project proposed at Cherry Point in Whatcom County and the Millennium bulk terminal in Longview, Cowlitz County.But rapid changes in coal’s fortunes show what a miscalculation the investment in the ports was, Roberts wrote.In addition to stiff opposition from tribal nations and community and conservation groups, the economic wind has fallen out of the projects’ sails. Asian demand has weakened to the point that coal from the Powder River Basin won’t be competitive in the market until well after 2020, Roberts wrote.Railroad carload traffic in coal is also through the floor, with no pickup in sight, according to statistics from the Association of American Railroads, in more evidence of the big coal fade.Meanwhile as Roberts reports, non-coal alternatives are gaining traction, supported by policy and regulation. “Building new Pacific Northwest coal ports, once seen as essential, is now viewed as nothing more than a risky long term bet,” Roberts wrote.For some, it’s a surprise to hear one of coal’s biggest bulls turned bear.“This is to me a shocking reversal,” said Clark Williams-Derry, senior researcher at the Sightline Institute, a Seattle think tank. “They have consistently been the coal industry’s darlings precisely because they are always so optimistic and so bullish on coal prices.”Cloud Peak, a western coal producer that has a stake in the Cherry Point project, has been cutting back shipments to Asia through an export terminal in British Columbia.The export markets have been so poor that Cloud Peak announced in October it would make undisclosed payments to get released for three years from contractual obligations to ship specified volumes of coal through the Canadian terminal.Markets in the U.S. also are receding amid new regulations in development on coal-fired power plant emissions, and the recent announcement by U.S. Dept. of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell of a moratorium on new federal coal-mining leases on public lands.Full article: With coal prices in steep slide, even once bullish analyst sees risky investment Once Bullish, Now a Bear
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People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) point person on the economy, Irfaan Ali predicts a bleak year ahead characterised by a stagnant economy and increasing inflation.During the PPP’s first weekly press conference of the year, Ali said the low performance of economic sectors which are known for generating foreign currency was a major contributor to the current state of the economy – which he believes would worsen throughout the year given Government’s track record and the 2017 National Budget.PPP’s economist Irfaan AliFurther, he outlined that the sugar sector saw a 19 per cent decrease in performance, rice, a 14 per cent drop; forestry, a whopping 33 per cent decline and the manufacturing sector, a 7 per cent fall.These declines in performance, he stated, contributed to the apparent shortage of foreign currency in the country, which businessmen continue to complain about, but the Central Bank continues to deny exists.“You cannot argue that supply is not drying up when you have drastic decline in these sectors that earn foreign currency… Ultimately, there must be an impact in the supply of foreign currency on the market,” he emphasised.Moreover, Ali said the year ahead would experience what was known as stagflation whereby the economy would basically be stagnant owing to lack of stimulus activities to jumpstart the economy with a low growth rate and inflation rises beyond the projections made by Finance Minister Winston Jordan.Ali said this is compounded by the fact that income across the board has remained consistently flat in the face of drastically increasing expenses.He alluded to the introduction of the Value Added Tax (VAT) on water and electricity, the removal of VAT exempt and zero-rated items, and the introduction of paid parking across Georgetown.Ali highlighted that food prices have increased as have transportation costs and oil prices, compounded with a low growth rate, currency depreciation and high levels of Non-Performing Loans that would discourage loans for the Private Sector which would ultimately affect domestic investment.Additionally, he said the underperformance of the various Ministries in 2016 contributed to the low growth the economy experienced last year.In moving forward, Ali recommended that the Government do a number of things including examining the various economic sectors and determining how best it could assist in boosting their performance.With regard to the rice sector, Ali urged Government to implement the nine-point plan the PPP had submitted previously.He further recommended that Government “look at the forestry sector and look at restrictions to see how we can get the sector going to bring in foreign currency, look at subsidy given to sugar to bring up back production so we can earn foreign currency, incentive in housing sector for new development, rely less on Government utilising local capital to fund itself and give incentive for banking sector to lend more to Private Sector”.More significantly, he advised Government to put an end to the negative rhetoric which he believed has had a dire impact on the economy.Ali contended that the negative rhetoric was inhibitive to development and to business.
0Shares0000Meddie Kagere grabbed a hat-trickNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 3 – Mighty Gor Mahia showed a character of a champion after thrashing Nakumatt 4-0 in their season opening Kenyan Premier League match played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Saturday.In other results Tusker FC fell 2-0 away to Chemelil Sugar, new comers Wazito FC introduced themselves in the top flight league with a 1-0 win over 10-man Sony while Kariobangi Sharks were 1-0 winners over hosts Nzoia Sugar. At the Machakos Stadium, Kagere was the hero of the day after notching three goals, two goals in the second half and one in the first half while defender Wellington Ochieng completed the rout.Gor, fresh from lifting the KPL Super Cup, were dominant in the opening half with Francis Kahata, Meddie Kagere and Earnest Wendo combining well to steer the record 16-time champions to a flying start.Kagere found the opener after unleashing a fine shot inside the box, having controlled the ball from a counter attack.Nakumatt could not improve to find the leveller and its Gor who responded first with Kagere scoring the second in the 54th minute, driving a low shot from inside the box into the bottom corner of the net.Debutant Cercidy Okeyo enjoyed a fine form after coming on in the second half to supply the killer cross that was well connected by Kagere.Things turned from thick to worse when Kagere sealed his hat-trick in the 80th minute from an easy tap-in into the bottom left corner of the post with Lucas Indeche well beaten on goal.Two minutes later, Wellington Ochieng’ made it four goal to nill after shooting straight into the net at close range from an assist by Boniface Omondi.-Additional reporting from Futaa.com-0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesQPR have made five changes for the game at the Riverside Stadium, where recent signing David Wheeler makes his full debut.With skipper Nedum Onuoha having joined Rangers’ list of injury defenders, Darnell Furlong comes into the starting line-up and Massimo Luongo has been named captain.There are also starting places for Ryan Manning, Matt Smith and Kazenga LuaLua.Josh Scowen and Conor Washington are both out injured. Middlesbrough are without the injured Martin Braithwaite and Rudy Gestede as well as the suspended Adama Traore.Middlesbrough: Randolph, Christie, Fry, Gibson, Fabio, Clayton, Leadbitter, Downing, Johnson, Baker, Assombalonga.Subs: Konstantopoulos, Friend, Shotton, Forshaw, Howson, Fletcher, BamfordQPR: Smithies, Furlong, Baptiste, Robinson, Wheeler, Luongo, Manning, Freeman, Bidwell, LuaLua, Smith.Subs: Lumley, Mackie, Borysiuk, Osayi-Samuel, Wszolek, Ngbakoto.See also:QPR captain Onuoha ruled out of Boro gameNo QPR return for former skipper Hill
When Will Davis and Evan Baehr met for the first time in Cambridge, Mass., in 2009, they already had a shared history. Though they didn’t know each other then, both Davis and Baehr worked on Capitol Hill as legislative aides before enrolling in Harvard Business School. It was there, at Harvard, that the two men realized that business – and not politics – could be their avenue for instituting meaningful change.“Peter Thiel picked up the idea of a passionate way of tackling public problems was by starting a business,” says Baehr, who originally wanted to help solve the world’s many problems through legislation after graduating from Princeton. “But I became frustrated with how government would try and solve problems.”Davis, on the other hand, arrived at a partnership with Baehr after becoming “a complete acolyte of disruptive theory.” A series of investigations led him to the realization that the U.S. Postal Service was ripe for such disruption. “I needed a Dropbox for my snail mail,” he recalls. An Inbox for Snail MailThat idea – a way to organize, in the cloud, every aspect of your physical mail – is the crux of the two men’s venture, called Outbox, that is opening up to public beta in San Francisco on February 26 after a 6-month test in Austin, Texas, in 2012.Outbox seems remarkably simple – for $4.99 per mailbox per month, the company picks up your mail, scans it, and lets you access every item digitally, through your iPhone, iPad or computer. If you want the physical version of a piece of mail, you designate the item to be delivered, and Outbox drops it on your doorstep. That’s it. Say you move frequently, or you simply are flooded with junk mail but can’t help wasting time sorting through the mess. Outbox wants to change all that.“We turn the model on its head, getting to a new system where the user has full control over their postal mail,” Davis says. Disrupting the entire U.S. Postal Service might be a ways down the line, but the Outbox team is confident that it is the future of mail. Sights Set On The USPSHere’s a hint: The Outbox employee who picks up your mail in a white Toyota Prius is called an unpostman. Related Posts Davis remembers thinking, “We have actually got to attack this market at the core, which is the platform… and the platform is that little metal box.” Postal mail is a $900 billion industry in the U.S. – in 2011 alone, 168 billion pieces of mail were delivered. According to the most pessimistic forecast they could find, Davis and Baehr will still be fishing in a sea of more than 100 billion pieces of mail in 2020.“You come to the realization that it’s not a perfect market that is dealing with completely transparent and moveable participants,” Davis says of the USPS. “You have one participant who is dealing in the bounds of the law and the constructs of a regulated monopoly, and everyone else has to engage with that monopoly power in different ways.” “We decided, ‘Hey, someone should go and build out what a postal network should look like,’” Davis adds. In Austin, Discovering A New Ad PlatformWhat began last summer in Austin was a careful attempt to find out what really bugged people about dealing with heaps of physical mail. The company spent months interviewing some 100 families about their mail. Then they began a 500-person closed beta to collect data and plan for the next phase.The process taught them a great deal. For one, it taught then about junk mail. “The interesting thing though is that when you start talking to people about junk mail, it’s in the eye of the beholder,” says Baehr. “Junk mail is made junky when it’s not targeted and not relevant.” A long-term hope for Outbox is to dramatically shrink the amount of marketing content people receive in postal mail, from approximately five items a day down to one or two.For packages, especially ones like Netflix DVDs or Amazon orders, the Outbox team assumes people wanted them delivered to their doorsteps right away. Tags:#e-commerce#email#Government#startups They also discovered that for people to trust them with something as sensitive as paper mail, they would need a very carefully constructed security system. They began with $1 million in identity theft insurance, and invested in secure encryption of the files Outbox was creating from scanned mail. The company shreds any item not requested for delivery within 60 days.Moving Beyond The Post OfficeBut junk mail and packages were only the beginning for Outbox. “What we are building is not dependent on the physical postal system,” Davis claims.Outbox’ long term vision is to create a unique new marketing platform to replace junk mail in a way that saves them money and provides better insight. “We’ve looked at all the digital catalog apps and they’re failing miserably in terms of engagement,” says Baehr. “The way people discover that content is through serendipitous arrival. They found it because they went to their mailbox.”What they didn’t do, adds Baehr, is go to the app store and see if the catalog was pushed to her device, or go find it and download it. “The first important thing is discoverability, so by grabbing hold of the tradition of checking mail, we can build a communication channel where people actually expect to get marketing content.”Outbox envisions a day when advertisers can target a specific subscriber with an offer via mail, say for a sample of makeup, and the customer can find the ad in their Outbox app and request the sample for delivery. “We’re creating this delivery platform where we are in neighborhoods delivering content,” says Baehr. “You begin in the digital and it translates to the physical.”National AmbitionsWith $2.2 million in funding from investors like Peter Thiel and Mike Maples of Floodgate, the company chose San Francisco for a full-blown launch. “It was the tougher logistical choice to make to come to San Francisco over New York City,” says Davis. “New York, from a postal perspective is easier to service,” with higher population density and a more regimented system of mailboxes.The decision to move to the West Coast boiled down to the desire to get Outbox in the hands of early adopters. “When you think of hyper local distribution networks, think TaskRabbit or Uber, those [services found acceptance] from early adopters in San Francisco, so we decided to come here,” Davis says. After onboarding their first customers in just four weeks, the company is already looking at new markets. “Once we get this nailed, San Francisco really does translate well into New York,” Davis says, “and then Chicago, Boston, DC.” When not sleeping in the Outbox warehouses to ensure everything runs smoothly, Davis and Baehr are busy thinking big. “When you start enabling the receiver to have full control of what can be sent to them,” Davis says, “everything falls with a domino effect – if you can scale it.”Images courtesy of Outbox. nick statt How to Get Started in China and Have Success China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture
5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Related Posts David Curry Your car of the future might be built in a 3D printing microfactory while you choose customization options in virtual reality, or at least, that’s what the folks at Local Motors hope to deliver one day.In the present day, the team just finished the Essence of Autonomy challenge, which called on designers around the world to built a prototype of the self-driving car of the future, based on the company’s Strati car.See Also: Is this pen your next 3D printer?FLY-MODE, created by Rhode Island designer Finn Yonkers, won the competition with 17 votes. Yonkers previously won the ‘cargo prize’ for the Airbus Cargo Drone challenge, also hosted by Local Motors.Yonkers’ prototype features a retractable steering wheel, a tablet-sized screen in the center for navigation, and a drone that projects the view onto a front window projector. A joystick is placed where the clutch would be, which functions as steering for the drone.Connectivity to the internet would provide FLY-MODE drivers with the ability to watch Netflix, play video games, and even connect a virtual reality headset. As I’ve said in a previous article, ride-hailing services could use this free time as a way to advertise their service, offering free NFL games or Spotify premium to riders.Yonkers will be invited to Local Motors microfactory in Phoenix, Arizona to participate in the final build. Mouser Electronics, the company that organized the challenge with Local Motors, will send Grant Imahara of Mythbusters fame to unveil the prototype vehicle.Local Motors have built one road ready car so far, called the Swim, and the company is hoping to get the Strati approved soon. We doubt the FLY-MODE will be approved or manufactured outside of the initial prototype, but that might be enough to spur more engineers and automakers to look into 3D printing as near reality, rather than fiction. The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Tags:#3d printing#autonomous cars#Internet of Things#IoT#Local Motors#Mouser Electronics#Self-Driving How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For…