Mark Kingma May 3rd update

first_img SHARE Home News Feed Mark Kingma May 3rd update Facebook Twitter Mark Kingma May 3rd update Facebook Twitter In mid April during a HAT Field Update Mark Kingma in northwest Indiana said he was ready to plant but resisting out of concern for frost. But on an 80 degree Thursday just two weeks later the Jasper County farmer was sailing along planting in perfect conditions.[audio:|titles=Mark Kingma update]Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: RSS By Andy Eubank – May 3, 2012 SHARE Previous articleCorn Recovering from Cool Wet AprilNext articlePerfect Planting Week Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Eli Dershwitz’s road to the Olympics

first_img As the top-ranked saber fencer in the United States, Harvard’s Eli Dershwitz, 20, will seek an Olympic medal in Rio de Janeiro. Related Harvard fencer heads for Olympicscenter_img Harvard sophomore Eli Dershwitz represented the United States at the Summer Olympics in the men’s saber fencing competition in Rio de Janeiro. While he didn’t win a medal this time, Dershwitz said the intense training and discipline required to make it to Brazil gave him the confidence to succeed at Harvard and the drive to “reach certain academic levels.”“Being able to make split-second decisions off of tiny pieces of information in a sport, that also helps in real life,” said Dershwitz, who took a year off from Harvard to train. He will fence again for the Crimson this season and hopes to compete in the next Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo. The top-ranked U.S. saber fencer, Dershwitz was only 20 at this Olympics, and athletes in his sport tend to peak in their late 20s.So he’s looking ahead as well as back.— Colleen Walshlast_img read more

Credit unions report impressive 2016 membership growth

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With the U.S. economy humming steadily along, credit unions have reported impressive membership growth so far in 2016, according CUNA’s Economics and Statistics Department.Through April, credit unions have added 1.78 million members in 2016, an average of 444,750 per month, with a high of 612,000 in March.For reference, the 1.78 million membership increase is more than the combined populations of Vermont and Rhode Island, and more than the population of Philadelphia, the nation’s fifth-largest city.“Strong membership numbers in 2016 are due to more indirect auto lending and spreading the word of the positive credit union value proposition,” said CUNA Senior Economist Perc Pineda. “Competitively priced financial services are vital for working-class Americans, particularly in periods of modest economic growth. More and more Americans are choosing credit unions as their best financial partner.” continue reading »last_img read more

Petrobras to shed remaining stake in gas pipeline business

first_imgIllustration; Image by: Morio; Source: Wikimedia – under the CC BY-SA 3.0 licenseBrazil’s state-controlled Petrobras has revealed plans to sell its remaining stake in Transportadora Associada de Gás (TAG).Petrobras said in a so-called “teaser” on Wednesday that it started an opportunity disclosure stage regarding the sale of its remaining ten percent stake in the natural gas transportation company.The Brazilian giant added that this operation was in line with its portfolio optimization and capital allocation improvement plans, which would maximize value for its shareholders.TAG currently holding long-term authorizations to operate and manage a 4,500-kilometer pipeline system, located mainly in the north and northeast regions of Brazil, with a capacity of 75 mmcbm/d.Petrobras already sold 90 percent of its stake in TAG earlier this year to a duo of France’s Engie and the Canadian investment fund Caisse de Depot and Placement du Quebec (CDPQ) for R$ 35.1 billion ($8.5 billion).At the time, Petrobras said that it would continue to use TAG’s natural gas transportation services through the long-term contracts already in force between the two companies, without any impact on its operations and the delivery of gas to distributors and other customers.last_img read more

Hundreds of school nurses and health techs to be furloughed in Palm Beach County

first_imgAround 140 school nurses and health technicians  are set to be furloughed in Palm Beach County in the the coming weeks.The decision was made as result of last week’s decision to start the 2020-2021 school year with virtual learning, according to an announcement by the Health Care District of Palm Beach County.The Director of Community Engagement Robin Kish, made the announcement on Monday saying that those effected by the decision will be notified by Friday and the furloughs will begin on August 3rd.Furloughed nurses will still have the ability to collect accrued sick and vacation time and to continue contributing towards their health benefits until they can return to work.Kish also reported that 60 nurses with seniority were given the options of voluntarily vacating their positions and to receive severance pay.Once schools reopen, the health care district plans to restaff the 170 public schools with full-time registered nurses.last_img read more

Rock happens post show

Samant Chauhan called it a day post showing at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week by getting together with friends from the fash frat at a yet-to-be-opened rock-themed restaurant in a Vasant Kunj mall. While many strolled in late after attending Manish Malhotra’s show, we spotted designers Charu Parasher, Nachiket Barve, Nitin Bal Chauhan, models Amit Ranjan, Sara, Lisa Verma, socialite Thenny Mejia, restaurateur Abhimanyu Rana among others raising a toast and letting their hair down. We got you a sneak peek.

Uber Says It Will No Longer Use Tech to Target Law Enforcement

first_imgMarch 9, 2017 3 min read Update, March 9, 2017Uber Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan on Tuesday addressed the use of “greyball” technology in a company blog post, and said that going forward, the tool will not be used to target local officials.Here’s the full statement:We wanted to give everyone an update on “greyballing.” This technology is used to hide the standard city app view for individual riders, enabling Uber to show that same rider a different version. It’s been used for many purposes, for example: the testing of new features by employees; marketing promotions; fraud prevention; to protect our partners from physical harm; and to deter riders using the app in violation of our terms of service.We have started a review of the different ways this technology has been used to date. In addition, we are expressly prohibiting its use to target action by local regulators going forward. Given the way our systems are configured, it will take some time to ensure this prohibition is fully enforced. We’ve had a number of organizations reach out for information and we will be working to respond to their inquiries once we have finished our review.Original story, published March 3, 2017, follows.Amid intense scrutiny of its leadership and company culture, The New York Times is now reporting that since 2014, Uber has been collecting data from its app to tag users that the company believed to be using or “targeting its service improperly.”In particular, Uber has tagged law enforcement officials who downloaded the app in areas where the embattled ride-hailing service was banned so that it would be a step ahead of those trying to catch it breaking the law.Related: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Says He Needs to ‘Grow Up’ After Video of Argument With a Driver ReleasedThe system the company uses to do this is called Greyball, and it is a part of its larger VTOS or “violation of terms of service” program. Uber’s general counsel and legal team approved the program, and according to the Times, roughly 50 people at the company knew about it.Times reporter Mike Isaac interviewed four current and former Uber employees under conditions of anonymity, who described the ways in which the company would identify a user as someone who might be a member of law enforcement. Uber would search social media profiles, determine whether a credit card was linked to a police credit union or keep a tally of the least expensive mobile device models available, based on the assumption that they could have been purchased for a sting operation.Related: In About-Face, Uber Will Apply for California Self-Driving Car Permit “When a tagged officer called a car, Uber could scramble a set of ghost cars inside a fake version of the app for that person, or show no cars available at all,” Isaac reported. “If a driver accidentally picked up an officer, Uber occasionally called the driver with instructions to end the ride.”Entrepreneur reached out to Uber for comment and the company responded with a press statement that it also gave to the New York Times.In the statement, Uber characterized the program as one that is used to protect its drivers. “This program denies ride requests to users who are violating our terms of service — whether that’s people aiming to physically harm drivers, competitors looking to disrupt our operations or opponents who collude with officials on secret ‘stings’ meant to entrap drivers.” Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more