Ohio’s Crop Progress — October 23, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry weather accelerated harvest progress for many field crops, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 6.2 days available for fieldwork for the week ending October 22, 2017. Dry, warm weather for much of the previous week allowed producers to gain much ground for harvesting soybeans and corn. Some new soybean shoots were reportedly seen in harvested soybean fields due to shattered beans and aborted pods. Winter wheat planting and emergence progressed quickly due to improved weather conditions. Average grain moisture for corn harvested was at 19 percent and soybean moisture was at 12 percent. Final hay cuttings are coming off of fields. The warmer and drier weather provided a slight downgrade in pasture condition.Click here to read the full reportlast_img read more

Google Confirms Waze Buy

first_imgTags:#Google#Waze readwrite Ending months of speculation, online mapping vendor Waze is officially getting bought by Google.The announcement was made on Google’s official blog.To help you outsmart traffic, today we’re excited to announce we’ve closed the acquisition of Waze. This fast-growing community of traffic-obsessed drivers is working together to find the best routes from home to work, every day. The Waze product development team will remain in Israel and operate separately for now. We’re excited about the prospect of enhancing Google Maps with some of the traffic update features provided by Waze and enhancing Waze with Google’s search capabilities.(See also: Google To Take Waze Out Of Play For $1.3 Billion)We can all breathe easier now that Waze is bought. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

An Interesting Approach to Managing and Leading Your Military Family Services Workgroups or Organizations

first_imgKaren Shirer is a member of the Military Families Learning Network Family Transitions Team and the Associate Dean with the University of Minnesota, Extension Center for Family Development. Karen is also the parent of two adult daughters, a grandmother, a spouse, and a cancer survivor. Book Review By Karen Shirer, PhDTribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving OrganizationLogan, D., King, J., & Fischer-Wright H. (2008). New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishing Co.Military Family Service Providers (MFSP) meet the unique needs of service members, military spouses and their children in a world that is constantly changing. MFSP connect military families to critical services related to relocation, employment, behavioral health and many others. How do we ensure that the MFSPs and their organizations provide the most effective services?Recently, my supervisor assigned a book to read for those she supervises, with the goal of discussing at our annual administrative retreat. My role as an associate dean for an extension center at the University of Minnesota involves executive leadership and administration for a center of 131 staff, faculty and educators. On a day-to-day basis, this means oversight of fiscal and human resources positioned to provide non-formal education across the state of Minnesota. It is challenging work, but energizes me on a daily basis.The book, Tribal Leadership, changed how I think about establishing, developing and sun-setting workgroups in the center, as well as how I work to create the culture of the center. My bar is quite high on these kinds of books. I am not new to the leadership developmental literature having worked in higher education management and administrative positions since 1990, and participating in several intensive leadership programs. Nevertheless, this book gave me new insights about how to manage the organization and groups within them, and strategies for promoting their development toward effectiveness. Many MFSTs strive for this same goal and this book provides a roadmap for meeting it.Basics of Tribal LeadershipThe main thesis of the book focuses on the stages that groups and organizations of 20 to 150 people go through in the development of their culture, and that leaders can promote the development of a culture through moving groups through these stages. The stages look like this:• Stage #1’s theme is “life sucks.” Only about 2% of groups fall into this category and often include criminal gangs and people who exhibit hostility and despair. Hopefully, the organization has very few people who fall into stage one.• Stage #2’s theme is “my life sucks,” meaning that only one’s own life sucks and not life in general. Logan et al. write that the 25% of groups in this stage are passively antagonistic; they cross their arms in judgment yet never really get interested enough to spark any passion. Another way of describing this group is as apathetic and having a sense of victimhood.• Stage #3’s theme is “I’m great (and you’re not),” making up the largest percentage of groups – 49%. People hoard knowledge as a way to acquire power; for example, they keep their contacts secret or gossip. One positive of this group is that they generally work very hard. But they are the first to tell others that they work harder than anyone else and could possibly not take on more work.• Stage #4’s theme is “We’re great (and they’re not).” 22% of groups develop to this stage and possess a great of deal of tribal pride. The competitors or adversaries of this group are outside the organization whereas in stage #2 and #3, they are inside the organization. If the tribe is taken away from individuals, their sense of self incurs a loss of self-worth.• Stage #5’s theme is “Life is great,” and makes up 2% of organizational groups. Group members talk of innovation and making history, and this often is the stage in which innovation occurs. Once the group achieves these successes, they often revert back to Stage 4 to regroup for another try at history making.The books offers strategies and tactics for leaders to guide groups through these stages of development. Here are a few examples – the book has many more ideas:• To begin, encourage people at stage #1 to get acquainted with those at stage #2. If one does not respond, leaders need to move them out of the organization.• To move people to stage #2, mentor them to establish relationships with those at stage #3. Also, assign them short-term projects that don’t need nagging – the leader does not want to reinforce the “my life sucks” narrative of this stage.• To move people to stage #3, encourage them to form 3-person groups and to work on projects that are larger than they could tackle on their own. Coach them to focus on bigger goals and to learn that working alone won’t bring them success. Find role models that talk about “we” rather than “I”.• To work with groups at stage #4, recruit others to the group that share its values and encourage them to take advantage of opportunities that arise. Lead discussions with the group that focus on what is working well, what isn’t working well, and what can the group do about these issues.Some key take-away points from the book include:• We all work in tribes!• An organization is a tribe AND a network of tribes.• A key strategy for moving groups from one stage to another focuses on building relationships with positive mentors and roles models.• A leader cannot change the organizational culture without upgrading the tribal culture.If you are looking for an interesting approach to managing and leading your military-family-services workgroups or organizations, I strongly encourage reading and studying Tribal Leadership.last_img read more

Michael Jordans 2016 Shoe Earnings Was Greater Than LeBron

Michael Jordan (left) can thank his Air Jordan for his huge Nike sales over LeBron James. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Although LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers lost the 2017 NBA Finals, the small forward can take solace in knowing he brought in the most moolah among current ballers with a shoe deal.The only thing is, he’s nowhere close to retired Chicago Bulls shooting guard Michael Jordan’s earnings.James’ Nike deal brought in $32 million in the last year, Forbes estimates. His endorsement began when he entered the NBA in 2003, which had an eventual $100 million payout over seven years — the biggest shoe deal to be given to a rookie.Yet Jordan’s $110 million earnings, thanks to Air Jordan revenues reaching $2.8 billion in the 2016 fiscal year, makes James’ $32 million look paltry. A combination of payouts from current top-earning NBA players — Kevin Durant’s $25 million from Nike, James Harden’s $14 million with Adidas, Stephen Curry’s $12 million with Under Armour, Derrick Rose’s $11 million with Adidas and James’ income — doesn’t break the $100 million mark.Such high earnings make LaVar Ball’s push for his basketball-playing sons to go their own way with the Big Baller Brand even more significant, as Uproxx reported James and Durant make almost equal amounts from playing ball as they do from shoe deals. Ball’s three sons have yet to enter the NBA, although Lonzo Ball is considered a top prospect for the draft. read more

Could Webisodes Replace Mag Reality TV

first_imgTime Inc.’s Real Simple. Real Life. also experienced underwhelming results in the 300,000-viewer range, while Nielsen’s American Idol-style show, Billboard Next, was announced, but never even made it on the air (a rep was not immediately available to confirm future plans for the show).But as a low-budget alternative to a sitcom, producing a reality TV show isn’t a bad move for publishers. It can save around 35 percent over sitcoms (no scripting and fewer high-profile celebs) and is a logical next step in the brand extension process. The downside? Publishers have to be confident enough in their dramas to drop at least $950,000 per episode—a chunk of change that’s hard to stomach for even the largest titles. Webisodes: Magazine TV Testing Phase?While online video has traditionally been reserved for how-to content, it may also serve as a test phase for publishers who don’t want to pony up prematurely. In the past, Vogue’s received flack for shunning reality TV in favor of its own Model.Live, a 12-week, 14-episode reality show online at Vogue TV. Despite being online-only, the series saw over 1 million views only three weeks after airing last summer. Of course, in the style of Vogue, an initiative which could have been a money saver was taken to an extreme, hitting the $3 million mark to produce. Another series of webinars to debut this September is Meredith’s More “The Broadroom,” written by Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell. According to a recent comScore report, online ads are proving just as effective as TV ads (over a 12-week span, online campaigns involving consumer packaged goods with a 40 percent reach were responsible for lifting retail sales 9 percent; the average lift of TV was 8 percent). As the argument for advertisers online becomes stronger, are there incentives for publishers in the TV trial phase to test their luck with webisodes? “We wanted to explore the new online frontier,” Julie Fuoti, vice president of marketing for Meredith 360 told me. “Especially since reality television is a huge investment.”  The Broadroom will rely on Meredith’s recently launched Gamma network to reach out to its 10 million-plus target female audience, said Meredith. And despite being uncertain of what to expect, Nancy Weber, Meredith Publishing Group’s CMO, thinks “it’s an exciting new format and very flexible, particularly for publishers trying new programming.” While not a reality show per se, The Broadroom’s fourth webisode will be a looser form, reality-based sneak peek; More also has “something on pilot now that will be webisode-based and will have a reality bend,” said Fuoti. “Really, the concept was just right for the brand, and is what Candace [Bushnell] does best. However, this doesn’t preclude reality TV for us.” While it remains to be seen whether The Broadroom will ever make it past the Webisode stage, at a time when few publishers lack the extra to invest on a TV experiment, will more and more publishers turn to the Web to test for TV? Over the past year or so, a number of consumer titles have piggybacked on the popularity of reality television, and show no signs of letting up (Condé Nast is the latest to announce the debut of “Gourmet’s Adventures With Ruth” this October).Some, like Marie Claire, have seen viewership for its TV initiative soar out of the gate; its eight-episode docu-series, “Running in Heels,” reported 5.1 million total viewers across all telecasts on Comcast’s Style Network. (Hearst already has plans for future MC-branded TV partnerships, confirmed a rep). Bravo’s Top Chef saw a 20 percent increase in viewers this past season (3.63 million in total), with Food&Wine’s Gail Simmons acting as a show judge and a critic. Popular fashion reality show, Project Runway, initially saw a similar success through a Bravo-Elle partnership, with its fifth season averaging 3.6 million viewers.But oh, how the mighty fall. Since Elle fashion director (and one of the show’s judges) Nina Garcia left the title for Marie Claire, this partnership has disintegrated, leaving Elle to regain its TV presence through the launch of Stylista on The CW this past spring. The show reported only mediocre success—1.7 million viewers for its eight episode run, with the show’s future left hanging in the balance.last_img read more

Emirates posts significant drop in profits at 237 million

first_img Share Emirates posts significant drop in profits, at $237 million By: The Associated Press Thursday, May 9, 2019 DUBAI — The Middle East’s biggest airline, Emirates, said on Thursday that profits were down almost 70% in the past fiscal year, reaching lows of $237 million, compared to last year’s whopping $762 million.The Dubai-based airline’s parent company Emirates Group also posted lower profits at $631 million, down 44% from last year.Despite the dip in profits, revenue reached record highs of nearly $30 billion for Emirates Group. Revenue for the airline was slightly up at $26.7 billion.The company said operating costs had increased substantially as it footed its biggest-ever fuel bill at more than $8 billion on the back of oil prices that climbed 25% higher over the last year.The company said a strengthened U.S. dollar, lower airfreight demand and weakened travel demand also contributed to eroded 2018-19 earnings.HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairmand and Chief Executive Emirates Airline and Group, acknowledged in a statement that the past fiscal year “has been tough, and our performance was not as strong as we would have liked.”More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckThe company released its earnings in a statement, saying it invested about $4 billion in new aircraft and equipment, the acquisition of companies and other initiatives compared to the previous year’s $2.5 billion in similar spending.Among the major purchases was a commitment for 70 new Airbus planes worth $21.4 billion at list prices to be delivered over the next five years. The company also made slight increases in its total workforce, employing a total of about 105,300 people.Emirates Group additionally operates the global DNATA – or Dubai National Air Transport Association – ground and travel services provider. That division of the company had revenues of close to $4 billion and profits of $394 million.“It’s hard to predict the year ahead, but both Emirates and dnata are well positioned to navigate speed bumps, as well as to compete and succeed in the global marketplace,” Al Maktoum said in a statement.Al Maktoum is also chairman of budget carrier flydubai, which has a codeshare agreement with Emirates. While the two airlines operate independently, both are owned by the state-owned Investment Corporation of Dubai.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthEmirates Group said it declared a dividend of $136 million to the Investment Corporation of Dubai from its latest fiscal year earnings.The aviation, travel, tourism and leisure industries are key pillars of Dubai’s economy, which has seen a slowed down pace of growth, declines in real estate prices and companies cutting costs either by firing employees or freezing hiring as non-oil businesses struggle with delays in payments down the supply chain.Emirates airline’s aggressive expansion and growth has helped transform its hub at Dubai International Airport into the world’s busiest for international passengers. The airline said it carried 58.6 million passengers this past year, nearly the same as the year before. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Dubai, Emirates, Profit Report, United Arab Emirateslast_img read more

February 22 2002 February Workshoppers Anna Gork

first_imgFebruary 22, 2002 FebruaryWorkshoppers, Anna Gorka and Jung Kwon, unload a sheet of plywood fromthe truck which goes to Phoenix and Prescott for purchasing few times aweek. [T] The newly unloadedplywood will be used for the second floor slab forms in the East Crescent construction inweeks to come. [T] Brigid Kutner, helpsin the Garden as a part of her participation in theworkshop. She learned about Arcosanti through a unique exploratoryprogram called “Learning through Experience”. [photo: Wes Ozier & text: T] Michael Lengton alsocame from “Learning through Experience” that offers direct access to avariety of alternative and experiential learning programs. [photo: Wes Ozier & text: T]last_img

Rep Howrylaks resolution shines light on animal homelessness in Michigan

first_img16Aug Rep. Howrylak’s resolution shines light on animal homelessness in Michigan Categories: Howrylak News,News State Rep. Martin Howrylak of Troy today promoted House Resolution 126, which declares Aug. 19 as International Homeless Animals Day throughout the state.Each year, over 7 million companion animals enter shelters in the United States and approximately 2.7 million of the animals are euthanized. Sadly, Michigan is contributing to this troubling problem. According to a 2014 Michigan Shelter survey, nearly one out of every four animals that enter a shelter in the state are eventually euthanized.“These are eye-opening statistics,” said Rep. Howrylak. “Unfortunately, many of these animals were loving companions who were ready to be adopted. Due to limited space at local shelters, these animals simply ran out of time to find a new home. Earlier this year, I met with sixth graders from Larson Middle School in Troy who were deeply concerned about this issue. Together, we developed this resolution, which will raise awareness about the benefits of pet adoption so we can improve these numbers going forward.”In 2016, the Michigan Humane Society saved more than 11,200 animals. As part of the Aug. 19 proclamation, Howrylak invites citizens to contact their local humane society if they are interested in adopting or volunteering.last_img read more