first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Yesterday Ohio lawmakers heard first hand how the state’s Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) formula is impacting farms in the state during testimony on proposed S.B. 36 before the Ohio Senate Ways and Means Committee.Ohio farmers saw a 307% increase in property taxes between 2008 and 2014. Those higher taxes are now being paid at a time when some farm crop prices have fallen as much as 50%. In the testimony, Farm Bureau State Trustee Mike Bensman, who  farms in Shelby County, told lawmakers, “For those of you who have worked in small business, ask yourselves if you would be able to manage a tax increase of 300 percent. It’s not an easy thing to budget for.”Katherine Harrison owns a small livestock farm in southeastern Franklin County and also is a Farm Bureau state trustee. She recently repurchased a portion of the family farm where she will be the fifth generation to work the land. “I anticipate (the farm) can bring in about $180 per acre per year. The taxes run approximately $120 per acre per year. That leaves a possible net of $60 per acre per year to pay down a loan for $300,000 to purchase the land.”They argued in favor of Senate Bill 36, which would remove incorrect assumptions in the CAUV calculation formula and make the formula less affected by non-farm factors. The bill would also remove a disincentive for farmers to adopt practices that protect water quality.Darke County attorney and Ohio Farmers Union member Ted Finnarn told senators that school funding levies will be nearly impossible to pass in rural Ohio in the coming years.“In some counties, folks are already organizing and they’re going to vote against all levies, even renewals,” Finnarn said. “They’re already making the yard signs.”Finnarn said CAUV has a long and valuable history for agriculture in Ohio but historically low interest rates continue to keep the formula “out of whack.”Finnarn, a decades-long member of the Ohio Dept. of Taxation’s Agricultural Advisory Committee told Senators that since CAUV was instituted in the 1970s, the Ohio General Assembly has tweaked the formula at least six times through legislation. He also said that formula has been tweaked through state Tax Dept. authority nearly two dozen times.“There’s been some scary information put out that school districts are going to lose money,” if S.B. 36 becomes law, Finnarn said.“We don’t think those reports are accurate,” Finnarn said, adding that as in most every other state budget, the General Assembly will alter the school foundation formula so that public education is not adversely affected by S.B. 36.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The wet period continued into July. Rainfall in Ohio the last 30 days has ranged from about 4 to 13 inches. This is 100% to 350% of normal. This will go down as one of the wetter periods on record in Ohio.You can see the latest rainfall totals at the Ohio River Forecast Center Briefing Page at: http://w2.weather.gov/ohrfc/FloodBriefingThe other big news the last few weeks has been the high dew points and relative humidity in Ohio and surrounding areas. This has resulted in increase fungus risk at many days have seen mean relative humidity above 85%.Week of July 25 outlookTemperatures will be near normal this week with near normal rainfall mostly contained in one event about Thursday. New fungus risk will relax some this week with lower dew point levels.Temperatures: Near normal -1F to +1FRainfall:  About normal – 0.50 to 1.50 inches mostly late July 26 into July 27 heavy rain event comingRelative humidity: Daily average 70 to 80% below 80 to 85% fungus threshold except 85% to 90% July 27Week of July 31 outlook Temperatures will remain near normal next week with rainfall generally below normal. Fungus risk will not be as high as in recent weeks. Temperatures: Near normal -1F to +1F Rainfall:  Below normal – 0.10-0.50 inches Relative Humidity: Daily average 70% to 80% below 80% to 85% fungus thresholdAugust OutlookNear normal temperatures and not as wet.Fall Harvest OutlookConfidence is high we will have above normal temperatures and delayed freeze risk this fall. Wetter than normal soil moisture will mean night time minimum temperatures will be held up some resulting in normal to one or two-week delays in freezing temperatures. Confidence is low in the harvest rainfall outlook. It appears any drying from August into September could be replaced by wetness sometime in October and November.The latest two week rainfall forecast from the NOAA/NWS/Ohio River Forecast Center can be seen i the attached graphic. Generally 2 to 2.5 inches are forecast on average in Ohio the next 14 to16 days which is not far from normal.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Another dry day today, but this time we should not have to battle fog and low clouds like we did yesterday in parts of the state. The combination kept a lid on temperatures, while warm air started to spill in over the top of us. Temps should start to climb a bit over the next couple of days. We do have a few tweaks to the forecast, though, around our next precipitation events. Tomorrow probably is able to stay dry over most of Ohio, but we do look for clouds to be in the increase, particularly  in NW OH, as clouds spill in out of MI and northern IN. South and southwest winds will allow temps to eek a little higher. Overnight tomorrow night, a fast moving batch of moisture moves across northern Ohio, and it will likely bring some wet snow to areas mostly north of US 30. The best precipitation will be in north central and NE Ohio, where we see some interaction with the lake. However, there is nothing farther south for the period, and it is likely that southern Ohio does not even see the clouds that northern areas get, although we may wake up to a minor streak of clouds in southern Ohio near where the cold front sets up. While we are a bit colder, we are still dry for Thursday. Clouds are a good bet as we are shifting air masses around, but overall we still have a general flow pattern that supports south winds. This will keep temps near normal. Clouds thicken even further on Friday, but moisture holds off until Friday night, when we start to see rains slowly rise up into southern Ohio. From there, action spreads over the rest of the state and holds all the way through midnight Saturday. Rain totals can be from .25″-1″ over 70% of the state, and there can be some periods of moderate to heavier rain through the day Saturday. Action finally leaves the southeast part of Ohio Sunday morning. The map shows precipitation potential for the weekend. Colder air moves in on Sunday as clouds give way to some sunshine. High pressure moves into Ohio by later Sunday evening. A dry pattern develops and extends all the way through next Wednesday, with another high-pressure center working through in that period. Temps cool off just a bit initially on Sunday and Monday but return to near normal levels for the rest of the period. Clouds develop next Thursday as we kick off the extended period. Scattered showers likely develop for the 20th and may linger into early the 21st. Rain totals still look to end up in the .1”-.6” range, even with the slight delay in that system’s arrival. We also continue to watch some snow potential for the 22nd and 23rd with potential up to a few inches over 70% of the state. Behind that, we go drier but remain cold for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.last_img read more

first_imgTags:#news#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Google just announced that YouTube can now automatically generate captions and subtitles for videos in English. For now, this feature is only enabled on a handful of partner channels, but Google plans to make this feature available for all users in the future.In the meantime, YouTube now also offers a new ‘automatic caption timing’ feature for all new uploads that makes it easier to add captions manually. You simply upload a text file with a transcript of the video and Google’s speech recognition technology will figure out when those words are spoken and create captions based on this information. As Google points out, YouTube’s users currently upload over 20 hours of video every minute – and most of this video isn’t accessible for users with hearing impairments. While uploaders could always add captions to their videos manually, only a very small minority of users ever did so.YouTube’s speech recognition technology is based on the same speech-to-text algorithms that transcribe voicemails in Google Voice. You can also translate these captions into 51 languages. As expected, these captions aren’t always perfect, but work surprisingly well on the videos that we have seen so far. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting If you want to have a look at how these captions work, have a look at one of the videos in the UC Berkeley, Stanford, MIT, Yale, UCLA, Duke, UCTV, Columbia, PBS, National Geographic, Demand Media, UNSW and Google & YouTube channels. frederic lardinoislast_img read more

first_imgHeavy rain coupled with thunder and lightning on Wednesday played a dampner to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray’s first public meeting in Pune to kick-off the party’s poll campaign. The rain, which began around 6 p.m. and lasted about an half-hour, was enough to cause the first MNS rally to be cancelled, much to the despair of party workers who were seeing taking refuge from the downpour by clutching chairs over their heads.According to an MNS leader, some 200-odd MNS workers had reached the grounds of the Saraswati Vidya Mandir.“However, the strong gale which preceded the showers all but ruined the arrangements, while the rain left behind rows of sticky mud on the grounds,” he said.All eyes were on Mr. Thackeray’s eagerly anticipated address as the MNS chief had lately gone silent following his nine-hour interrogation by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in August.Mr. Thackeray’s address was also expected to give a boost to the chances of Kishore Shinde, the party candidate in the high-stakes Kothrud Assembly segment.Mr. Shinde, who has the covert support of other opposition parties including the NCP, is pitted against BJP State unit president Chandrakant Patil.The MNS was hunting for a venue for Mr. Thackeray’s public meetings since the beginning of this month.The party’s Pune unit chief Ajay Shinde, himself a candidate from Kasba Peth, had even accused the State government of deliberately trying to prevent Mr. Thackeray’s rallies as they were a huge draw in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections. Mr. Thackeray is scheduled to hold two public meetings in Mumbai tomorrow.last_img read more

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Bucks get Bledsoe from Suns for Monroe, 2 draft picks A US State Department official told AFP: “We are aware of reports of three US citizens arrested in China and stand ready to assist.” The official declined further comment, citing “privacy considerations”.UCLA had said Tuesday it was “aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes” and was cooperating with local authorities, but otherwise declined comment. Georgia Tech said none of its athletes were involved.The Pac-12 conference to which UCLA belongs issued a Twitter statement saying it was “very disappointed by any situation that detracts” from the China visit.“Whether in the United States or abroad, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards,” it said.LiAngelo Ball is one of three basketball-playing siblings who have emerged on the national stage in recent years, fueled in part by father LaVar’s aggressive promotion of his sons as future NBA superstars.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next MOST READ Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:43Man arrested for slipping alcoholic drinks inside Manila North Cemetery00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The shoplifting reports threaten to tarnish that campaign, which has included LaVar Ball’s creation of the “Big Baller Brand” shoe and apparel line “inspired” by his three sons.The brand has promotional events planned for Friday in Shanghai, including an appearance by LaVar with autograph signings, according to the store where it will be held.Eldest brother Lonzo joined the Lakers this year after just one season with UCLA, while youngest brother LaMelo Ball is still in high school but also on the radar as a future professional.LaVar Ball is frequently criticized over his brash claims, and Twitter users wasted little time taking shots at LiAngelo.“Season hasn’t even started and he already leads the nation in steals,” said one posting, while others launched a cheeky #FreeLiAngelo hashtag. A Hangzhou government spokesperson confirmed to AFP that three American citizens had been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting but referred further questions to police, who could not immediately be reached.ESPN said the players were arrested Tuesday after around 20 police officers descended on their hotel in Hangzhou near Shanghai, where the team had gone to tour the corporate campus of China e-commerce giant Alibaba, a sponsor of the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutESPN had reported that police questioned members of both teams in the hotel before taking away the three UCLA players.The fate of the players on Wednesday, and whether they would face charges, was unclear. Shoplifting can bring a prison term of several years in China. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LiAngelo Ball of Chino Hills High School dribbles the ball down court during the game against Mater Dei High School at the Galen Center on February 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images/AFPLiAngelo Ball, the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers star Lonzo Ball, was among three college basketball players arrested in China on suspicion of shoplifting, reports said Tuesday.Ball, who is with the UCLA basketball team ahead of their season-opening game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Saturday, was detained with teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, ESPN reported.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

first_imgD'Angelo Russell's shot clark vs. Arizona is ugly.Before Ohio State’s NCAA Tournament Third Round game against Arizona, Buckeyes’ star guard D’Angelo Russell was asked about the defenders he’s faced this year. “Who’s the best defender you’ve faced this season?” the reporter asked. “Nobody,” Russell replied. The question was asked because of the team Russell was about to face, a team that has a couple of great defenders in Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and T.J. McConnell. Those defenders gave Russell trouble Saturday evening, as he shot a dreadful 3-for-19 from the field in the Buckeyes’ loss to the Wildcats. Russell refused to give a specific Arizona player credit following the win, though. Just asked Russell who the best defender he’s faced this year: “Nobody.”— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) March 22, 2015That’s obviously a bit of sour grapes from the star freshman, but he deserves to be a little frustrated following what probably is going to be his final game as a college player. Ohio State fans are certainly going to miss him.last_img read more

first_img Facebook VANCOUVER—Award-winning novelist Nancy Richler has died in Vancouver at the age of 60 following a long battle with cancer.HarperCollins Canada said in a news release that Richler died Thursday in hospital.The Montreal-born author spent most of her adult life in British Columbia, where she wrote short fiction and novels. Advertisement Advertisement Richler’s short stories were published in several American and Canadian literary journals.She also wrote three novels, the most recent being The Imposter Bride, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2012.HarperCollins said the jury described the book as a “wonderfully nuanced work of fiction by a master of the craft.”Richler’s agent, Dean Cooke, said he will never forget the moment he called her to tell her she’d been shortlisted for the prize.“She was washing her floor and acknowledged the call but told me she really had to get back to the cleaning. It was only later that she fully understood the import of that moment,” he said in a statement.“Nancy’s work was crucial to the development and success of my agency in the early years, but more importantly, I valued her friendship beyond measure. She was a beautiful writer and a more beautiful person.”Richler won the 2003 Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction for her book Your Mouth Is Lovely, and the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for the crime novel Throwaway Angels.She is survived by her partner Vicki Trerise, her sister, and a brother. Iris Tupholme, senior vice-president and executive publisher at HarperCollins, said Richler was an elegant writer whose work resonated with readers in Canada and abroad.“She had an extraordinary ability to see into the human heart to create complex characters who survived war, displacement and loss but who also cherished beauty and kindness and searched for happiness,” Tupholme said in a statement. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Nancy Richler has died at the age of 60 following a long battle with cancer. (FRANK GUNN / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Twitterlast_img read more