Emerging Ag Conference

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Wright State Collegiate Young Farmers and the Darke and Mercer County Farm Bureau Emerging Ag Conference will be taking place Feb. 20 from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Wright State University – Lake Campus, 168 Dwyer – Dicke Hall | 7600 Lake Campus Drive, Celina, OH 45822.The Cost is $5 per member, and $10 for non-members. The registration deadline is Feb. 5.The schedule includes: Ag financing — Tina Mellinger, USDA-FSA; Weed management—Neil Doherty, BASF and Kyle McCalla, Trupointe; Creating your own small business — Tori Bruns, Mustard Seed Farm Market & Matt Aultman; Biosecurity measures — Dr. Elizabeth Bielke, Cooper Farms; Transitioning the farm — Larry Gearhardt, OSU Extension; Cover crops and managing nutrients — Greg Downing, Cisco Seeds; and Janelle Mead, Ohio Department of Agriculture.Call 855-335-1471 or email greg.mcglinch@wright.edu to register.last_img read more

Toyota, Intel, and Ericsson create connected car data consortium

first_imgBreak the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… David Curry Related Posts Tags:#Autonomous#connected car#Denso#Ericsson#Intel#NTT Docomo#Self-Driving#toyota center_img Denso, Ericsson, Intel, NTT Docomo, and Toyota have formed the Automotive Edge Computing consortium, a new association dedicated to building an ecosystem for connected car data.Bringing millions of cars online will require a major overhaul of road infrastructure, alongside new networking standards and data centers to send, receive, and store data.See Also: U.K. government drops their commandments for self-driving vehiclesThe consortium wants to be the one to provide this infrastructure, creating new architecture to support the expected 10 exabytes (1 billion gigabytes) of data per month from connected cars.Ericsson and NTT Docomo are both major networking firms, eager to outline standards, best practices, and architecture plans. Intel recently acquired Mobileye for $15.3 billion, so it has an important part to play in the development of connected and autonomous vehicles.The addition of Toyota and Denso – an auto parts manufacturer that’s the largest shareholder is Toyota – makes the consortium Japanese oriented. Japan will most likely be one of the first to adopt national standards for autonomous tech, with the government hoping to have self-driving taxis available in Tokyo before the 2020 Summer Olympics.For now, the consortium will look at connected tools, like real-time maps and driver assistance, but clearly, the long-term goal is infrastructure to support the self-driving revolution. The estimated infrastructure cost, in the U.S. at least, is expected to run into the hundreds of billions.Consortiums of automakers, auto parts manufacturers, and technology companies look to be in season. BMW partnered with Intel, Delphi, and Continental to develop self-driving cars, and the U.K. government is funding a partnership between Oxford University, Telefonica, and Transport for London. IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

The Pros and Cons of Forming a Production Company

first_imgWe take a look here at the relative pros and cons of forming your own production company — and when it makes sense to do so.Many self-employed filmmakers aim to form a production company at some point but never get around to it. It’s cheaper and easier to continue doing business as an independent contractor. The change happens one day when a big job comes along, and they find themselves rushing to incorporate when time is critical. It actually makes more sense to incorporate before you need to, as it’ll save you money now.Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of forming your own production company.LegalIt’s important to retain legal advice before starting your own company or corporation. (Image via J. Henning Buchholz.)Since I’m writing for a global audience, I’m going to keep this advice general. You should consult the appropriately licensed tax and legal professionals in your respective area before creating a company or corporation.The most common reason to incorporate is the legal protection it provides you. When you operate as a company, you have less exposure to litigation that could result from any work you do.Filmmaking is a notoriously dangerous activity. If someone were to be injured on a company film set, the most they could potentially sue for is the assets of that company. If you’re an independent operator, your personal assets are at risk.It’s common practice in Hollywood to create a different company for each production, so a lawsuit affecting one film won’t jeopardize money raised for — or the profits of — other projects.I should note that this doesn’t protect you from being sued personally for negligence or damages, if someone gets hurt. You should always make safety your first priority — and carry insurance!TaxesKnow the different tax laws that apply to you for your country and state. (Image via Iocrifa.)Different countries and states have different tax laws, but generally speaking, companies have more permissible deductions than individuals and are only taxed on their profits, rather than their gross income. It’s normal, even expected, that companies reinvest their profits in their business and equipment to show no taxable income. If you try this for too long as an individual, your tax department will start asking questions.On the flip side, companies and corporations are usually taxed at a higher tax rate, and are more expensive to file taxes for. You’ll also have the added cost of filing taxes for both yourself and your company, since most countries require you to file personal taxes, regardless of your company ownership.BudgetsSeparating your work expenses from your personal expenses will simplify your taxes. (Image via gnepphoto.)One of the most overlooked advantages of incorporating is keeping your business and personal earnings and spending separate from one another. Work and pleasure expenses can become entangled throughout the year in a way that’s very hard to separate when tax time comes around. You’re often not sure how much you made, and how much it cost to make it. Having separate bank accounts and credit cards is a great way to keep things simple (and have a clear view of what you’re actually making).OpticsMost mid- to large-size companies expect to do business with other companies. Some aren’t set up to deal with or pay individuals, and this can delay payment — or worse, cost you the job altogether. It looks much more professional in filmmaking to present yourself as the owner of a production company, rather than just the guy who knows how to use a camera.ValueStarting your own company can eventually become an asset when ready to sell. (Image via bepsy.)If you do incorporate, and that company does well, over time, the company becomes an asset in itself. Production companies get bought and sold, just like any other asset. Some are worth millions. You can’t sell a share in your own future, or your contacts, but you can sell a company and its ongoing business.Forming and running a production company isn’t as intimidating as it may seem. There’s added expense and more red tape, but it’ll also create a valuable asset that’ll take your filmmaking to the next level.Cover image via Everett Collection.Looking for more on the film and video industry? Check out these articles.The Rules of Cinema Vérité Documentary FilmmakingThe Rise of TikTok and What It Means for Digital Video ProducersA Guide to Structuring Your Scripts and ScreenplaysBreaking Down the Role of the Video Editing SupervisorWhat ‘The Righteous Gemstones’ Teaches About Directing Styleslast_img read more

Google Nexus 6 likely to be Unveiled in November

first_imgGoogle Nexus 6 is expected to be launched in late 2014 according to Google Inc’s official announcement. This time the probability is that Motorola is working on Nexus 6, since LG and HTC are not in the league anymore.  If speculations are to be believed the new device bearing Nexus brand name might resemble Moto X.  Reportedly, Motorola is working on a 5.2 inch device which will either be titled as Nexus 6 or Nexux X, which is likely to be unveiled in United States in the month of November. The leaked report, suggests that the phone is being tested for various errors or glitches before it is finally launched.A few other reports suggest that the device is likely to be titled as Nexus X instead of Nexus 6.The alleged 5.2 inch (1440X2560 pixels) Nexus X is expected to sport a 13 MP camera. The gadget will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU with quad-core Krait 405 processor clocked at 2.65 GHz. The entire configuration will be backed with coupled with 3GB RAM. The upcoming Nexus device has been listed in AnTuTu, that comprehensively test all aspects of a device, including UX, GPU, RAM, CPU, Input and Output individually, so the expectations are much higher. Other than this the device has 32 GB internal storage, 2 MP front camera, and sensors including Barometer and Nearfield communication (NFC). All these features will run on, yet to be announced, Android L platform.Arguably Android L will make its debut in the market along with ‘Nexus X’.The new Android L Update brings Enhanced notifications, advanced camera capabilities, 64-bit support and advanced gaming support for heavy games and many other features. advertisementNexus series has been especially designed for developers as it gives you the developer access to the software which permits you to modify an apps runtime engine from Java to ART, install custom ROMs and get early permit to the new builds of Android much before most of the releases.last_img read more

SHERIDAN ANIMATION ALUMNI EARN OSCAR NOMINATIONS

first_imgStill from Bao, courtesy of Pixar Animation Studios (CNW Group/Sheridan College) OAKVILLE, ON, Jan. 22, 2019 – Two Sheridan College animation alumni have earned Oscar nods in the Best Animated Short Film category for their directorial debuts.Nominees of the 91st Academy Awards, which recognize excellence in cinematic achievements, were announced on Jan. 22, 2019. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Feb. 24, 2019.Still from Weekends, courtesy of Trevor Jimenez (CNW Group/Sheridan College)Trevor Jimenez (Bachelor of Animation ’07), a story artist with Pixar, received his nomination for the animated short Weekends. The short follows a young boy as he shuffles between the homes of his divorced parents. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With:center_img Fellow Pixar storyboard artist Domee Shi (Bachelor of Animation ’11) also received a nomination in the Best Animated Short Film category for her short Bao. The film, which screened ahead of Incredibles 2 in theatres, tells the story of an aging Chinese-Canadian mother who receives an unexpected second chance at motherhood when a dumpling comes to life.Animal Behaviour, produced by Michael Fukushima (Animation ’85), was also nominated in the category.Elsewhere, animation alumni worked on four of the five projects nominated for Best Animated Feature, including Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Ralph Breaks the Internet and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.“To see our alumni recognized in this significant way speaks to their skills as storytellers as well as animators,” says Janet Morrison, President and Vice Chancellor of Sheridan. “We are thrilled to celebrate their successes, made all the more notable as Sheridan celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Animation Program.”“The faculty at Sheridan are honoured to have the opportunity to nurture the talent of budding animators,” adds Angela Stukator, Associate Dean of Animation and Game Design at Sheridan. “Domee and Trevor’s success is a testament to the heights Sheridan’s Animation students can reach. We are deeply proud of them, and all our alumni who contributed to films nominated this year.”Historically, Sheridan alumni have had a strong representation at the Oscars. In 1985, John Minnis (Animation ’83) won Best Animated Short Film for Charade, while in 2003, Eric Armstrong (Computer Animation ’88) won for his work on The Chubbchubbs! In 2015, three of the five films nominated for Oscars in the Best Animated Feature category were directed by Sheridan-trained animators, including Chris Williams, who won that year for Big Hero 6. In 2017, Alan Barillaro (Animation ’96) took home an Academy Award for his short film, Piper.Sheridan’s animation attracts students from around the world. In addition to a four-year degree in animation which blends traditional and contemporary approaches to the discipline, Sheridan also offers one-year graduate certificate programs in computer animation, visual effects and digital character animation. Facebook Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

July 30 Is World Day Against Trafficking In Persons

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, July 24 (JIS): On Thursday, July 30, Jamaica will join 133 other countries in observing the inaugural World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on July 24, Chairperson for the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), Carol Palmer, said that the observance of the day is necessary to raise awareness of the trauma experienced by victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.“Our intention is largely to provide the society with more information on this crime, so they can become fully aware. If every person in the society doesn’t know what is human trafficking, then we have not succeeded in our efforts,” she said.NATFATIP will observe a week of activities, beginning on July 26 with an 8:30 a.m. church service at Hope United Church, Mona, in Kingston. There will also be a national broadcast of the Prime Minister’s message to be aired on the Day of observance, supported by a supplement and inserts in the newspapers. Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Week will end with the Task Force’s participation in the Denbigh Show from July 31 to August 2, in May Pen, Clarendon. Meanwhile, Secretary General of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODOC), Ban Ki-moon, in an official statement for the Day, said that every country must join together to overcome this transnational threat by supporting and protecting victims while pursuing and prosecuting the criminals.“On the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, let us resolve to act as one in the name of justice and dignity for all,” he said.Trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad.UNODOC reports that an estimated 2.5 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery. Related Items:last_img read more

British Government Donates £5 Million to Relief Efforts in Dominica

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 25, 2017 – Providenciales – The British Government has pledged to give the hurricane-ravaged island of Dominica £5 million in UK aid, the International Development Secretary, Priti Patel has announced.Priti Patel will visit the Caribbean on Sunday to see firsthand the damage caused to a number of British territories that were destroyed by two major storms. Category five Hurricane Maria ravaged the island of Dominica after making landfall on Monday, leaving 98% of buildings damaged and thousands without power – affecting almost the entire 70,000 population.Ms. Patel announced the latest wave of UK Government support as she visited HMS Ocean, which on Friday delivered 60 tonnes of UK aid to the Caribbean, almost doubling the amount of aid in the region.She said: “The UK has pledged to give £5 million to the people of Dominica, the island worst hit by Hurricane Maria – on top of the £57 million already promised to the region – to strengthen recovery following these relentless disasters. I have come to the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla to see first-hand UK aid in action, helping families whose lives have been ripped apart first by Hurricane Irma and then Maria.”During her trip, Ms. Patel will meet families in the British Virgin Islands whose lives were torn apart by Hurricane Irma, and she will visit Anguilla to see UK efforts to get schools and businesses up and running to speed up recovery.The £5 million pledge brings the British Government’s financial support for islands hit by Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma to £62 million, a sum which has gone to overseas territories including the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Turks, and Caicos.This new pledge comes after calls for the UK Government to revisit their foreign aid policy with would prevent the country from contributing to relief efforts in the British overseas territories. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 27 dead, a dozen missing in Dominica after hurricane Maria Post Maria: Dominica will rebuild with concrete McAlpine defends views on Dominica, says he is simply representing the views of his constituents Related Items:#magneticmedianews, British aid, Dominica, Hurricane Maria Recommended for youlast_img read more

Govt walks the talk Imposes 100 penalty for accepting cash above Rs

first_imgHere comes the next in the series of the government’s crackdown to discourage the use of cash in large amounts: If you receive anything above Rs 3 lakh in cash, be prepared to pay a penalty of an equal amount, effective from April 1. Warburg Pincus acquires airline services group AccelyaOn February 1, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had proposed in the Budget that “no person shall receive an amount of Rs 3 lakh or more by way of cash in aggregate from a person in a day; in respect of a single transaction; or in respect of transactions relating to one event or occasion from a person.” Now, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia has said that the penalty for doing cash transaction will be steep and the receiver will have to pay an amount equivalent to the cash received.”Supposing you do a transaction of Rs 4 lakh in cash, then the penalty would be Rs 4 lakh. If you do a transaction of Rs 50 lakh, the penalty would be Rs 50 lakh,” Adhia told PTI. Interestingly, the fine will be paid by the receiver, not by the one who pays. So, if a shopkeeper sells an expensive watch for cash, it is the shopkeeper who will have to pay the penalty.However, governments, banking companies, post offices and co-operative banks will remain immune to this restriction. The revenue secretary said the previously notified rule of quoting PAN for any cash transaction above Rs 2 lakh stays. Meanwhile, private sector lender HDFC Bank has announced steep hikes in fees on cash transactions. The bank has limited third-party cash transactions to Rs 25,000 per day and free cash transactions at branches have been reduced to four from five earlier. Additionally, the fee on non-free transactions has been hiked by a steep 50% to Rs 150. The bank has also revised free cash transactions at home branches, including deposits and withdrawals at branches, at Rs 2 lakh, above which customers will have to pay a minimum of Rs 150 or Rs 5 per thousand. Earlier, the bank allowed Rs 50,000 cash transactions, both withdrawals and deposits, per day. These new measures will be applicable from March 1 and would apply to salary and savings account holders.last_img read more

Indian EC bans release of Modi biopic

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 7 January 2019, Indian actor Suresh Oberoi (L), producer Sandip S Singh (2L), Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis (C), actor Vivek Oberoi (2R) and director Umang Kumar pose with posters of the upcoming Bollywood film `PM Narendra Modi` – a biopic on Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, during an event to launch the poster of the film in Mumbai. Photo: AFPIndia banned Wednesday the release of a biopic about prime minister Narendra Modi during the country’s marathon elections after complaints that the flattering portrayal would give the ruling party an unfair advantage.Modi’s right wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is seeking a second term, defending a landslide win over the opposition Congress party in 2014. The result is predicted to be close however.In a win for the opposition, India’s election commission barred the cinematic release of the film until voting concludes on 19 May.Under Indian election rules, the publication of any content deemed as campaign material — including advertisements, films and even social media — requires the election commission’s prior approval.The commission — which organises the world’s biggest democratic poll with 900 million eligible voters choosing 543 MPs — said the film “has the potential to disturb the level playing field during the elections”.Congress insisted it was propaganda and resisted the timing of its release, even taking its fight to the country’s highest court.The movie tells the story of the Hindu nationalist leader’s ascent to power from his days selling tea at a train station.The film had been granted a censors’ certificate and was planned to release Thursday as the first wave of voters went to the ballot box.The producers of two TV series were also given warning notices by the election commission for promoting Modi’s pet schemes through their shows, The Press Trust of India reported.The ruling came as security was placed on high alert across India and tens of thousands of troops were deployed to a hotspot where a political convoy was attacked on the eve of the election.Seats in 20 states will be decided on Thursday — the first of seven days of voting spread over six weeks.Election violenceSecurity was bolstered in troubled Chhattisgarh state, which goes to the polls Thursday after a deadly ambush on an election convoy left five people dead.Some 80,000 troops, police and paramilitaries will be deployed to the central state where Maoist rebel groups detonated a bomb and fired on the convoy, state police chief DM Awasthi said.The election commission insisted the attack that left a state lawmaker campaigning for Modi and his bodyguards dead would not change its schedule.Maoist rebels are behind many of the long-simmering insurgencies in at least nine Indian states.Chhattisgarh is among sensitive states where polling is staggered over several weeks so security and administrative staff can be moved around.The killing of a local leader of a Hindu nationalist group in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday reinforced fears of trouble during voting. Parts of Kashmir will also vote on Thursday.Gunmen burst into a Jammu hospital and shot dead the regional leader of the right wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, which is closely linked to Modi’s party.Tensions also simmered in the eastern state of Odisha where two landmines were recovered by patrols, and in nearby Bihar where two roadside bombs were detonated.Kashmir hit the headlines ahead of the election after 40 paramilitaries were killed in a suicide attack in February.India blamed the attack on a Pakistan-based group and launched a cross-border air raid, which sparked a retaliatory strike by Pakistan that briefly brought the rivals close to a new war.Modi has used India’s action against Pakistan to bolster his strongman image and divert attention from criticism over a lack of jobs across the country and a farmers’ debt crisis.At a rally on Tuesday, Modi urged first-time voters to dedicate their ballot to the military who staged the air strike inside Pakistan.Congress said the speech breached an EC order that political parties should not use the armed forces for propaganda.Rahul Gandhi, the Congress leader challenging Modi, filed his nomination papers Wednesday following a roadshow in his home constituency of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh state.Various opinion polls have indicated an alliance led by Modi’s BJP will win up to 273 of the 543 parliament seats at stake, just one more than required for a majority.last_img