Voters line up with Ohio ag organization endorsements

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Election results are in for 2015. Ohio Issues 1 and 2 have passed while Issue 3 has failed, with nearly two-thirds of voters saying no to 3.The Ohio Farm Bureau, the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and the Ohio AgriBusiness Association have all chosen to support Issues 1 and 2, and oppose Issue 3. Each issue has implications for Ohio’s rural and agricultural communities and should be carefully considered by voters.Here is more on each issue as summarized by the Ohio AgriBusiness Association (OABA).Issue 1Currently, Ohio House and Senate District lines are drawn by a combination of the governor, auditor and secretary of state with input from legislative leaders. This process has led to a vast number of incongruently drawn districts with one-sided political support over the years that are no longer considered to be competitive in the general election.A “Yes” vote on Issue 1 would end this partisan process and restore fair and balanced standards for drawing state legislative districts that are more compact and politically competitive, while ensuring bipartisanship and transparency through the process.The amendment would establish the bipartisan Ohio Redistricting Commission, composed of seven members including the governor, state auditor, secretary of state and four members appointed by the majority and minority leaders of the General Assembly. The dealings of the commission would be done transparently, with required public meetings, display of maps and a public letter explaining any plan (including that none should favor a political party) the Commission adopts by a simple majority vote. The Commission would also be required to split as few counties, municipalities and townships as possible in the redrawing process.If passed, the amendment becomes effective immediately. There is no active or organized opposition. Issue 2A YES vote on State Issue 2 would protect Ohio’s Constitution from monopoly, oligopoly or cartel interests through a constitutional amendment prohibiting special interests from amending the constitution to guarantee financial profits for themselves through preferential tax rates or commercial rights or special economic privileges not available to similarly situated people or nonpublic agencies.A past issue, the effort to legalize gambling in Ohio in 2009, resulted in the establishment of constitutional protection for two companies to own all four current casinos in Ohio. Currently, State Issue 3, as written, would establish similar constitutional protection to 10 vertically integrated companies toward the legalization of marijuana in the state.A YES vote on State Issue 2 would ensure the constitution is used to benefit the broad public interest, and ensure it cannot be abused or corrupted by those interested in obtaining exclusive deals and special commercial benefits.“The constitution should be used to protect the fundamental rights of all individuals, not to guarantee the financial profits of a select few,” said Chris Henney, OABA president and CEO. “A yes vote would protect free commerce, fair trade and fair dealing in Ohio.”If passed, the proposal would prohibit any proposed constitutional amendment that appears on the Nov. 3, 2015 statewide ballot from creating a monopoly, oligopoly or cartel for the sale, distribution or other use of any federal Schedule I controlled substance, such as that outlined State Issue 3.The state legislature acted nearly unanimously to place Issue 2 on the ballot, and a growing consensus of trade groups and business leaders and editorial boards are lining up in support of Issue 2. Ohio would be the 20th state to adopt constitutional provisions banning monopolies.Issue 3A NO vote on Issue 3 would put a stop to a $1 billion marijuana monopoly granting a small group of wealthy investors exclusive rights to commercial production and sale of marijuana for recreational and medical purposes that would also insulate them from any business competition or act of the legislature.If passed, the amendment would grant exclusive rights for commercial marijuana growth and cultivation to 10 self-designated landowners, permit the retail sale of recreational marijuana at approximately 1,100 statewide locations, legalize the production of marijuana-infused products, and allow each person 21 years of age or older to purchase, grow, possess, use transport and share over one-half pound of marijuana at a time.While nearly 75% of registered voters, when polled, say they would support medicinal marijuana, Issue 3 goes well beyond medicinal purposes. It would create 10 grow sites, specifically laid out in the constitution to allow the growers to distribute the product and create approximately 1,100 retail locations across the state that would allow marijuana confections like cookies and lollipops to be sold, and allow an individual to grow up to four plants for personal use. The amendment also prohibits a local jurisdiction from exercising home rule.In addition to the concern that there would be more retail outlets for marijuana than there are current Starbucks or McDonalds locations in the state, there is concern that high limits of personal possession (the equivalent of up to 500 average-sized marijuana joints) and the legalization of confectionary products would result in broad exposure to children and underage students.To date, all support for Issue 3 is coming from the investors in the 10 grow facilities.last_img read more

Home Wind Power

first_imgFor several weeks now, I’ve addressed tax credits for home energy improvements. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides a 30% tax credit for a wide range of energy measures, including efficiency retrofits, better heating and cooling equipment, and renewable energy systems, including solar water heating and photovoltaics, which I discussed last week.The other renewable energy system covered by this program is wind power. Home-scale wind turbines rated at less than 100 kilowatts (kW) are eligible for the 30% tax credit with no cap on the dollar amount that can be received.As readers of this column know, I’m a big fan of wind power. I believe that utility-scale wind farms provide the easiest, fastest way for our nation to obtain a significant fraction of our electricity from renewable energy sources. When we couple wind-generated electricity with effective, affordable ways to store energy (such as thermal energy storage systems that produce ice when excess power is available, and then use that ice for cooling during times of peak electricity demand), potential exists for producing as much as 20% of our nation’s electricity — perhaps even more — using wind.I can also get excited about small, residential-scale wind turbines, but there are some important caveats to note. For starters, it takes an exceptional site for wind turbines to really make sense. For a wind turbine to be cost-effective, you really want to have average winds of 12-15 miles per hour (mph). A lot of people think they live in windy places, but after testing find that average annual wind speeds are only a few mph — not enough to productively generate electricity. Most places where you would want a house are not windy enough to justify a wind turbine.Second, to work effectively, a wind turbine has to be on a tall tower — usually 100 feet or higher. If a manufacturer claims that you can put a wind turbine on your roof or that a 25-foot tower is adequate, don’t believe it unless you collect actual data with an anemometer at that height and find consistently high wind speeds.Third, with wind energy there’s a good reason that manufacturers have produced ever-larger wind turbines since the early 1970s. (We’ve seen a thousand-fold increase in size, from a few kW in the ’70s to a few MW for utility-scale wind turbines today.) There’s a tremendous economy of scale with wind turbines. Larger turbines are more efficient and much less expensive per unit of electricity produced. Small, residential-scale turbines, even on a good site, are expensive. Properly installed on a tall tower, such a system will easily cost $60,000 to $80,000.Fourth, there is no consistent testing or even standards for reporting the performance of wind turbines. It is not unusual to hear about a wind turbine being rated at 10 kW, and then reading the fine print to find out that that level of performance assumes a 35- or 40-mph wind (conditions you’re almost never going to experience). This will begin to change once the Small Wind Certification Council’s new standards for wind turbine testing and reporting are in place and independent testing of wind turbines begins.This brings us back to the 30% federal tax credit for small-scale wind turbines. Without consistent standards for reporting of wind turbine output and without any requirements for third-party certification of actual performance, there is the very real concern — indeed likelihood — that fraud will become common with the wind energy tax credits. I will not be at all surprised to hear about rooftop-mounted wind turbines being marketed at grossly inflated prices to allow buyers to reap larger tax credits, with some of the buyer’s cost premium refunded as special pyramid-scheme sales bonuses: the sort of scams we saw appear with the solar tax credits of the late 1970s and early ’80s. Meanwhile, these rooftop-mounted turbines will do almost nothing to reduce a homeowner’s electricity costs or achieve the sort of societal benefits promised through the Recovery Act.The bottom line is that the 30% federal wind-energy tax credit — and any other incentives for small-scale wind energy — should be modified as quickly as possible so that the tax credit can be earned only for certified wind turbines. And, despite the complexity of doing so, such incentives should be modified so that the credit is awarded not based on the cost of wind energy equipment, but rather on the productivity of that equipment. If these changes aren’t made, my fear is that the reputation of those really good, reputable manufacturers of small-scale wind turbines, companies like Bergey Windpower and Southwest Windpower, will be tarnished in a wave of bad publicity.I invite you to share your comments on this blog.To keep up with my latest articles and musings, you can sign up for my Twitter feeds.last_img read more

1aim brings connected devices to workplace doors & beyond

first_imgIn the era of connected technology Berlin company 1aim are carving a niche for themselves in connected security for commercial buildings. I met with Torben Friehe, CEO of 1aim to find out more.1aim builds a complex array of hardware and software for a simple purpose: open any door by waving a smartphone in front of a retrofitted lock instead of needing a key, swipe card or access code. Administrators use a simple app interface to issue digital passes via email or SMS to anyone visiting including non-registered users like guests or contractors.Friehe likens them to “a central nervous system for buildings” explaining that 1aim  has created an enterprise-grade access control system that serves two functions – first, to allow professional access and identity management and, second, to gather large amounts of valuable data to enable companies to identify space usage patterns in their commercial space.Friehe explains that as the company ships more software, customers will be able to use the device to collect and analyze data and perform a suite of tasks to improve cost flows and efficiency, such as arm areas or turn off electricity to reduce utility expenses as employees leave their offices.Other features include allowing users to request conference rooms and automatically provide them with the ideal premises fitting their requirements.“Since our platform knows who is where and when, it will also be able to allocate the right space to every employee on an individual basis and offer strategic work-layout suggestions to optimize operations.”What are the cultural differences when it comes to smart locks in Germany compared to the US?As an expat myself living in Germany I was interested to know the differences in how Deutsch and American people view security and technology. Friehe noted that:“German homeowners would not trust doors that are seen as perfectly safe in America. In Germany, homeowners take enormous pride in the so-called “Resistance Class” that their door fulfills. But most U.S. doors would not even pass the lowest grade of such certification. The same goes for mechanical locks. Many German homeowners purchase high-quality lock cylinders that cost up to a few hundred euro per piece. Although there are security grades in America as well, German consumers have a much wider variety of choices and can select products offering more mechanical security. We have had meet extremely high-security standards in Germany as part of our partnership with the Hormann Group.”Connected security in a crowded space requires complex solutionsConnected security is becoming a crowded space with the involvement of industry stalwarts like Honeywell and Yale. However, the majority are focused on the consumer market and fewer are equipped to respond to the challenges of older commercial buildings. Friehe explains that:“In the building platform space, we see competitors attempting to build a “building operating system,” a software connecting all the hardware in a building. We don’t see this approach as working. Without a strong hardware foundation, there is just no way to connect legacy and modern systems. These companies might be able to supply middleware, but as long as they focus on software alone they will not be able to dominate this space. So our major differentiation point here is that we supply the hardware at the core of our system, providing quality ID-related data.”Friehe also compares questions companies that monitor space utilization using sensor boxes as their hardware, noting that“These companies cannot supply the same data quality that we can provide, as their data is not connected to the ID of users in any way and the number of potential data points is limited.”The company sees the opportunity in the future to team up with companies in the HVAC and energy optimization sector where “We can make good use of their data, and they might require some of ours.”How secure are connected locks?One need only read the agenda of the latest DEFCON or Black Hat conference to know that there will be security researchers showing their prowess in hacking connected home security devices.  Then over the last week, we’ve seen spirited discussion after Amazon revealed they are sealing smart door locks that enable Amazon to deliver packages inside your home with a smart lock and connected camera. Walmart recently offered to deliver groceries straight to people’s fridges with a similar system. When polled about the idea of Amazon in-home delivery three different surveys suggested strong opposition to the idea, perhaps in the spirit of ‘just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.’In regard to security, Friehe believes that:“As an industry, we must guarantee that companies are not developing software to a negligent degree. They need to implement accepted industry practices, which should be enhanced to demand more regular audits when it comes to how data is collected and stored. Companies need to have security in mind and be held accountable if they fail to observe best-practices. This is especially so with connected devices, where extremely personal life data is concerned.Ultimately, the free market will serve as the catalyst for ensuring that security in the IT sector catches pace, but there will be much more bloodshed and massive attacks.”Presently, 1aim’s access control product LightAccess Pro can be purchased on Amazon Germany, UK and France, or by contacting their offices directly. Cate Lawrence Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…center_img Tags:#Amazon#Connected Devices#connected security#smart lock Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

The Audio Ramp-Up: The Best Transition You Should Be Using

first_imgInterested in the track we used to make this video: “Lifetime Travels” by CymatixLooking for more video tutorials? Check these out.Get Better Results Using LUTs with Lumetri Color in Premiere Pro5 Things Every Filmmaker Should Know Before Making a Feature FilmVideo Tutorial: How to Morph Graphics Using Adobe After EffectsVideo Editing 101: Using The J, K, and L Key Editing ShortcutsHow to Create an Animated Circle Burst in Adobe After Effects Sometimes, your project needs more than a simple cut, but a flashy transition is too much. Enter the audio ramp-up transition.This is by far one of my favorite transition processes, and it has nothing to do with the visuals. It’s super powerful, and the best part is that hardly anyone uses it in short-form content.So here’s one way to improve your transitions without using snappy video plugins — the audio ramp-up. How to Use the Audio Ramp-Up TransitionFirst, find the clip you want to transition from. Then layer either a sound effect, foley element, or song below it.Next, set your audio level to how you want it throughout your clip — not too loud, not too quiet. Make sure that audio track ends right at the tail of your transitioning clip.Finally (the most critical part) ramp up the volume in your selected audio track so it becomes more prominent than any ambient sound. Do this by selecting the Pen Tool and creating a keyframe marker about six seconds before the end of your shot. Create a second keyframe marker at the end of your audio track — only this time, raise it so that it becomes very noticeable. You don’t want it to be overpowering, but you do want it to be clear in the final cut.When your audience watches playback, this effect will create a sort of jarring cut, lending a unique feeling to both scenes.And if you’d like to try a slightly different approach, check this tutorial on transitioning with audio swells.last_img read more

Fajardo shrugs off SMB’s first loss

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding WADA probes possible flaw in test bottles Read Next LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESWith Ginebra’s Jervy Cruz and Raymond Aguilar stepping up, June Mar Fajardo admitted that the unheralded bruisers’ performance against San Miguel on Sunday was further proof of how strong the Gin Kings are.“We know how good they are. They’re a championship-contender team and they made good adjustments in the second half,” Fajardo said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Sans lead big man Greg Slaughter, Cruz and Aguilar combined for 33 points and nine rebounds in the Gin Kings’ 100-96 victory over the Beermen.Fajardo tried his best to keep San Miguel afloat but failed to rescue the Beermen despite his mammoth stat line of 33 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and four steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut rather than feel down with the loss, the reigning four-time PBA MVP sees the first defeat of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup as a reality check of sorts.“It happens. We can’t win all of our games. So we have to move on and learn from our lapses,” he said as he rued the Beermen’s 18 turnovers in the matchup. San Miguel still sits atop the standings at 5-1, but the Cebuano giant knows that his squad can’t be complacent as it seeks to bounce back on Sunday against red-hot Magnolia.”It’s a good thing that it happened to us midway through the conference, so we still have time to adjust. But we need to move on and win our remaining games,” he said. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

$6 Million Set Aside for Food Price Crisis Project

first_imgA sum of $6 million has been set aside for the continuation of the Social Protection Support to Food Price Crisis project. Details of this allocation are contained in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. The project, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, with funding support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), commenced in January 2009, and is expected to run until June 2013. It aims to enhance the welfare of Programme of Advancement Through and Health and Education (PATH) beneficiaries by increasing the amount of subsidy and incorporate additional vulnerable households to the programme’s safety net, as well as increase the human capital levels of poor families through attendance at school and health clinics. The allocation for this fiscal year will go towards the procurement of computers for the strengthening of provisions to PATH beneficiaries island-wide. Achievements under the project up to March 2013 include: increased compliance of school attendance among beneficiary children in grades one to 11; increased compliance of health clinic attendance among beneficiaries zero to 11 months; and increases in PATH beneficiaries from seven per cent to nine percent in Kingston and St. Andrew. By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Fisheries Minister Gives Commitment to Sector Stakeholders

first_img Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government is committed to creating an enabling environment which fosters growth and sustainability within the fisheries sector.Speaking at a Sustainable Fisheries Forum, held at the Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, St. Ann, on Thursday, April 19, Mr. Shaw said this will be achieved by creating an environment where there is a balance for all stakeholders involved in both marine and aquaculture fisheries.“As we seek to work together to develop the fisheries industry, it is important that through the use of application of the best available scientific information, we monitor, assess and evaluate the industry,” he outlined.He said several important steps have been taken to ensure the sustainability of the industry, such as the expansion of fish sanctuaries; the adoption of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture policy; the establishment of a fisheries management and development fund; and improvement in the surveillance of Jamaica’s waters.The Minister also pointed out that the new Fisheries Bill will be implemented in short order.“This Bill will modernise the management of the fisheries sector, bringing it in line with international management and conservation measures… that [will] ultimately [become] a part of the solution and the framework for the management of resources in all its facets,” he said.Mr. Shaw said the industry continues to face challenges with the management and use of fisheries resources, the development of the aquaculture subsector, non-compliance of primary stakeholders, climate change, disaster risk management, institutional strengthening and resource mobilisation.In this regard, he encouraged the stakeholders to accept the realities of the environment and to strike a compromise by beginning to change the cultural practices towards dealing with the different challenges.“We have to demonstrate the vision to look beyond tomorrow…simple things like taking your fish pots and making them larger, agreeing to the fish pots having larger holes, so that the small fish can escape and go on to grow and to thrive, and protecting the reef,” he said. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government is committed to creating an enabling environment which fosters growth and sustainability within the fisheries sector. Story Highlights Speaking at a Sustainable Fisheries Forum, held at the Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, St. Ann, on Thursday, April 19, Mr. Shaw said this will be achieved by creating an environment where there is a balance for all stakeholders involved in both marine and aquaculture fisheries. “As we seek to work together to develop the fisheries industry, it is important that through the use of application of the best available scientific information, we monitor, assess and evaluate the industry,” he outlined.last_img read more