Hops conference next month

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The hops industry is booming in Ohio, and organizers of The Ohio State University Hops Conference and Trade Show on Feb. 24-25 have brewed up a program that will keep the learning flowing for beginner and advanced growers alike.“There was an estimated 200 acres of hops planted in Ohio on 80 farms in 2016, up from 10 acres on four farms in 2014,” said Brad Bergefurd, horticulture specialist with Ohio State University Extension and one of the conference organizers. The event is co-sponsored by the Ohio Hop Growers Guild.Ohio’s growing number of breweries require flowers of the hop plant as the main ingredient providing bitter notes as a balance to the sweetness contributed by malt sugars. An interest in locally grown ingredients has spurred growth in Ohio’s hops production.This is the first year the annual conference will be held at The Ohio State University’s South Centers, Bergefurd’s home base. The meeting, beginning at 8 a.m. Friday and ending at 4 p.m. Saturday, will be held at the South Centers’ Endeavor Center, 1862 Shyville Road, just south of Piketon.“By bringing the conference here, we’ll be able to offer tours of our research hop yards,” Bergefurd said.“And we’ll also be able to show participants our new galvanized hop trellis system that we are testing in partnership with a private company,” he added.“This is a first in the United States. If the prototype works, then we can save farmers from having to replace the standard wooden poles, which growers have relied upon for over 100 years, that need to be replaced every 20 to 25 years or less.”Participants will also be able to see a demonstration of the center’s new hops harvester equipment, purchased last summer from HopsHarvester in New York.“This harvesting method can help save growers labor, reduce labor costs, increase harvest efficiency and the timeliness of harvesting, which leads to a better-quality hop,” Bergefurd said.The venue is smaller than conference locations in the past, so participation will be more limited than usual this year, he added. In the past, the conference has drawn about 250 participants.Registration is $150 for both days or $100 for a single day, and includes lunch and snacks, a flash drive with the presentations, a conference booklet with vendor, speaker and other program information, and access to the trade show. An optional Friday night banquet is an additional $40 (space is limited). Information and a link to online registration is available at go.osu.edu/OSUHopsConference2017.Each day will feature several general sessions and breakout sessions split between beginner and advanced topics. Presentations include:Hop Production Economic Analysis: Can We Make Money at This?Connecting with Your Customer/BuyerBrewers Panel: How Hops Are Used in the Brewing Process and What Defines Good Hop Quality?Keeping Hops Healthy: Disease Diagnosis, Forecasting and ControlThe Importance of Thorough and Accurate Spray Coverage for the Hop YardGrowing Cover Crops to Improve Soil Health, Nutrient and Soil QualityHop Plant PropagationHop Yard Designs: Which Is Best for You?Efficient Hop Growing and Processing PracticesThe Importance of Selecting the Proper Nutrient Sources and Timely Fertility for Hop ProductionSpider Mite Control in the Hop YardWeed Control Herbicides and Drift ControlMechanical Harvesting Options for HopsFor a complete schedule, see go.osu.edu/hops2017agenda.Vendors interested in participating in the trade show can also register online. Cost is $250 for both days or $150 for one day. For more information, contact Charissa Gardner at the South Centers at gardner.1148@osu.edu or 740-289-2071, ext. 132. Online vendor registration is at go.osu.edu/OSUHopsConferenceVENDOR2017.last_img read more

Now You Can Chat With Your Team For Free With Talker

first_imgTags:#biz#Software Guides Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Talker, a Web-based group chat application geared toward remote teams is now available for free, having been rolled into the Teambox collaboration suite. Talker is one of the many group messaging apps that seem to be coming out of the woodwork lately. It’s a browser-based chat environment that supports inline images and videos and has a slew of plugins and integrations available via its REST API. Starting today, its price tag has been removed. “We are doing this because Teambox is our premium offering, and we consider group chat something essential for any team,” reads a post on the company’s blog. “There is still a premium Talker version offering more storage and logs for those who choose paid accounts.”Teambox is another all-in-one collaboration Web app akin to products like Basecamp, Projecturf and Apollo. Interested in taking Talker for a spin? Sign up here for free. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img john paul titlow Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

How To Be the Scribe in a Sales Meeting

first_imgThe scribe is a critical role in sales meetings.If you make team sales calls, it’s important that each person knows their role. Someone needs to lead the sales call, and the rest of the team needs to know what their role is in creating value in support of the lead salesperson.But someone on the team needs to play the role of the scribe. Someone needs to take notes on who says what.How to Take NotesThe scribe’s role is critically important. What your dream client says is a clue that it is important to them. So the scribe needs to write the person’s name and what they said. The scribe should also write any questions the stakeholder asked, as well as any comments or remarks they made in response to something somebody else on their team said. Later on these notes are to be critically important to you.The notes you take our record of what stakeholder believes is important. It shares with you some idea it provides you with some idea of what they believe is important why they believe it’s important and what they need. Their questions provide an even greater insight into what your prospective client believes is important, and even more what they’re concerned about.Later, when you are planning future sales meetings with this prospective client, developing a solution, or strategizing on how to win, you will find these notes extremely useful.When You Get Back to the OfficeWhen you get back to the office, review your notes. Write additional notes that capture your thoughts, ideas, and comments. Adding your thoughts to your notes will solidify your memory and help you develop an even greater strategy for winning.But equally as important, these notes, especially the questions, give you an opportunity to communicate your interest in their business and your attention to detail.By writing an email summarizing what you heard in the meeting and providing additional information to the responses to your dream clients questions, you prove that you were laser focused on what they needed, that you were listening, and that you understood the nature of their question and the underlying concern. Sending an email establishes you as someone who can be trusted, because you cared enough to listen, because you paid attention to details, and because you followed up.What Note-Taking CommunicatesI’ve seen salespeople in meetings with no pen or paper. I’ve seen salespeople in meetings with paper and pen without taking notes. I’ve seen these same salespeople struggle to remember the details of meetings and fail to follow-up on important points. But even more importantly, I’ve seen salespeople lose an opportunity to establish relationships with multi-million dollar prospective clients.The role of the scribe is critically important. Sales interactions are too important not to capture.last_img read more

Charge sheet against lynched farmer Pehlu Khan for cow smuggling

first_imgA charge-sheet filed by the Rajasthan Police in a cow smuggling case against dairy farmer Pehlu Khan, who was allegedly lynched by a mob of cow vigilantes in the Alwar district in 2017, created a controversy in Jaipur on June 29. Though the prosecution’s papers mentioned Pehlu Khan, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot claimed that they did not include him as an accused.The charge-sheet, filed in the court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate in Alwar district’s Behror town on May 24, named Pehlu Khan’s two sons, Irshad and Aarif, and the owner of the pick-up truck Khan Mohammed, as the accused against whom the offence of illegally transporting cows out of the State had been proved.‘Offence proved’The police informed the court that though the offence under Sections 5, 8 and 9 of the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995, had been proved against Pehlu Khan as well, he had died on April 3, 2017, during his treatment at a private hospital in Behror.In a damage control move, Mr. Gehlot said the investigation was carried out by the previous Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) regime and his government would re-investigate the case if any discrepancies were found. “Our government will see if the probe was done with predetermined intentions…the Congress is ideologically committed against any kind of lynching and our government is vigilant to ensure that it does not happen again,” he said.‘Ensure justice’Mr. Gehlot, who also holds the Home portfolio, said if Pehlu Khan’s family members approached the government to point out any lacuna in the investigation, he would ensure justice to them. The charge-sheet has based its case against Pehlu Khan’s sons, who were also beaten up in the incident, for the absence of a valid permit from the competent authority for transporting the bovine animals outside the State.Alwar Superintendent of Police Paris Deshmukh told The Hindu that the charge sheet of FIR No. 253/17 was against three persons, who did not include Pehlu Khan. “Pehlu Khan’s name has been exclusively dropped and the charge-sheet has been filed against Irshad, Aarif and Khan Mohammed,” he said, adding that all of them had obtained bail from the Rajasthan High Court in 2018. Mr. Deshmukh said that a “complete picture” about the charge-sheet had not been presented and he would soon issue a statement on the case. Khan, 55, was transporting cows, after purchasing them in a cattle fair in Jaipur, to their hometown Nuh in Haryana on April 1, 2017. They were waylaid near Behror on the Jaipur-Delhi national highway by the mob and beaten up with the accusation of smuggling cattle. Khan died of his injuries at a private hospital two days later.last_img read more

Diva Dimple breaks style stereotype in new film

first_imgVeteran actress Dimple Kapadia is still gorgeous at 53. She also has an impeccable sense of style.This was evident during the shooting of Dimple’s soon- tobe- released film, Patiala House . Sources from the unit of the film, in which Dimple plays Rishi Kapoor’s wife Mrs Kahlon, say she loves to dress up in full Punjabi attire and swears by designer clothes.In the film, where she was to sport a traditional Punjabi look, she told the producer she would wear outfits and jewellery from her personal collection, as she wanted to look different from the stereotyped appearance of Punjabi women.A little birdie on the sets tells us she looked gorgeous in her elegant dresses and expensive jewellery. The actress, who happens to be Akshay Kumar’s mother- in- law, also plays Akki’s mother in Patiala House, which is slated to release on February 11. It looks like Dimple is in no mood to compromise on her style quotient and keeps it top notch even today.It’s no surprise that one still remembers her hot look in early films such as Bobby and Sagar . Her glamourous avatar had been spoken about since those days and she has always been a trendsetter.Says producer Bhushan Kumar: “She is an amazing actress. Her performance in Patiala House is commendable. She looks elegant and in sync with her character. Fans will get a glimpse of a completely new Dimple in the film.”last_img read more

PM-LANKA 2 LAST

first_img“I consider the stadium as a centre for reconciliation”I consider the stadium as a centre for reconciliation because in a stadium you do not feel creed, race, religion or any differences. Sports and playground are the symbol of reconciliation. It is the centre of reconciliation,” Sirisena said.Sirisenas remarks assume significance as he has taken many steps to reconcile with the Tamil minority after coming to power.Several confidence-building-measures such as the release of Tamils-owned lands, lifting of travel restrictions to the North and de-escalating the military presence have been taken since January as part of efforts to ensure reconciliation after three decades of civil war with the LTTE that claimed more than 100,000 lives.Modi said that successful completion of the stadium is “a signal” that Sri Lanka has “left the past behind” and is “looking to the promise of a prosperous future”.”Durraiappah Stadium embodies the spirit of our cooperation. Indeed, Indias support for Sri Lankas development is a promise of our friendship. And, that it will be based on your priorities and your needs is an assurance that you can rely on. This is what makes our enduring ties relevant to our present, as also to our future,” he said.Modi and Sirisena also witnessed the first major event at the renovated stadium — a celebration of the second International Day of Yoga — as thousands of students performed Surya Namaskar with President Sirisena, Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran and other top Sri Lankan ministers and officials present at the stadium.advertisementNoting that the world would be celebrating the second anniversary of the International day of Yoga on June 21, Modi said Sri Lanka was among the “first supporters of the UN resolution on this subject in 2014″.”And, today, we have celebrated the start of the International day of Yoga with a curtain raiser from Jaffna, from this Durraiappah Stadium,” he added.Modi also said the Surya Namaskar, performed during the celebrations, has sent the message of holistic healthcare, harmonious and sustainable living with nature to the world.”We could not have asked for a more fitting start and tribute to the International Day of Yoga,” he said, adding that the Durraiappah Stadium will stand “as yet another symbol of our lasting friendship”.Recalling his visit to Jaffna in March last year, Modi said it was a “historic day” as it was the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Jaffna.Lauding the Sri Lankan leadership, Modi said, “I also salute your (Sirisenas) visionary leadership and of Prime Minister (Ranil) Wickremesinghe the Governor and the Chief Minister of the Northern Province in ensuring the success of this project. PTI MP ASK ASKlast_img read more

Video: Rick Pitino Appears To Make Gesture Towards Kentucky Fan After Loss

first_imgRick Pitino flipping off Kentucky fans.Twitter/@Fine_and_TandyPretty much every edition of the Kentucky vs. Louisville basketball rivalry is intense, and today’s game certainly didn’t disappoint. The game featured technicals on both coaches, huge dunks and blocks, and a dramatic finish, resulting in a two-point UK win.After the game, multiple Kentucky fans claimed that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino flipped off someone in the crowd while leaving the court. Twitter user Seiver Tandy captured the incident on video. Pitino definitely appears to make a gesture after being taunted, but it is hard to really tell if he gave a fan the finger or not, at least based on this footage.I got Rick flipping off UK fans on video @KySportsRadio pic.twitter.com/VPgUbRGM9H— Seiver Tandy (@Fine_and_Tandy) December 26, 2015Pitino sent assistant Ralph Willard out to answer questions after the game, so we’ll have to wait some time to hear Pitino’s side of things. If he did, in fact, flip of a Kentucky fan, that is a really bad look for the Hall of Fame coach.[KSR]last_img read more

Thunder Bay police turn to the province for help to stop gang

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsThunder Bay police are seeking help from the province to try and slow the drug trafficking and gang violence in the city which includes a homicide last week.It was the city’s third homicide in two weeks and seventh this year.The latest was Geoffrey Corbeil, 35, who was originally from Lac Des Milles Lac First Nation northwest of Thunder Bay but has been in Thunder Bay for some time.Corbeil was known to police as a former Native Syndicate gang member and investigators say the killing was likely drug-related.In the last three weeks, police have made 22 drug arrests.“Now we’re seeing so much Fentanyl and as we all know very addictive, very dangerous and it’s just becoming more and more prevalent,” said Staff Sgt. Shawn Harrison.Earlier this week, police seized Fentanyl from two residences with an estimated street value of approximately $85,000.Many of the arrests involve people from southern Ontario and are known gang members.“They’re males and they’re usually in their early 20’s to mid 20’s,” said Harrison.Harrison said Thunder Bay and the surrounding area is a lucrative market for drug traffickers.He said the city has a lot of people with substance abuse issues – and that is what is attracting the gangs.“What these guys will do is sell or not sell them, provide them some drugs and at that point there’s an owe that’s required, right,” he said.“So to pay off your debt I’ll have to come in your house and almost essentially force their way into it and they’ll sell out of their residence.”Harrison said with gangs comes the violence that is associated with them.And the problem there he said, is that the violence is so bad that it is silencing victims.“They have a tendency to use violence. There’s also an intimidation factor they wield to keep people in line. We do find we do encounter large amounts of fear by people and thus having a hard time getting statements, witness statements, victim statements for that matter.”Harrison said they’ve been able to execute several search warrants in local city residences with the help of other police services in the region who are seeing the same problem.“They can charge more up in Thunder Bay for drugs than they can for in southern Ontario and even more so up in the northern communities. So we see that are they are moving out of the Thunder Bay area and thus the partnerships we made.”The Thunder Bay police requested assistance from the province in September.In a statement to APTN, the police chief said she recently sent a second letter to the province and so far no commitments have been made.A ministry spokesperson said they’ve received one letter but not a second.wfiddler@aptn.ca@willowblasizzolast_img read more

Rep VerHeulen joined by first responders for Sept 11 ceremony

first_img08Sep Rep. VerHeulen joined by first responders for Sept. 11 ceremony Categories: News,VerHeulen News PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Rob VerHeulen, of Walker, on Thursday hosted Sparta Fire Chief Jerold Bolen and Walker Fire Chief Robert Walker as his guest for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The service remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year. Pictured with Rep. VerHeulen are (from left) Kentwood Deputy Fire Chief Greg Ginebaugh, a guest of state Rep. Steven Johnson, of Wayland; Walker; Bolen; and Plainfield Fire Chief Steve McKellar, a guest of Rep. Chris Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids.#####last_img

Study provides new understanding of rotavirus infections in newborns

first_img Source:https://www.bcm.edu/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 28 2018Using a multidisciplinary approach, an international team of researchers from several institutions, including Baylor College of Medicine, reveals that complex interactions between sugars and the microbiome in human milk influence neonatal rotavirus infection. Reported in the journal Nature Communications, this study provides new understanding of rotavirus infections in newborns and identifies maternal components that could improve the performance of live, attenuated rotavirus vaccines.”Rotavirus infection causes diarrhea and vomiting primarily in children younger than 5, with the exception of babies younger than 28 days of age, who usually have no symptoms. However, in some places, infections in newborns are associated with severe gastrointestinal problems. What factors mediate differences between newborns with and without symptoms are not clearly understood,” said first and corresponding author Dr. Sasirekha Ramani, assistant professor of molecular virology and microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine. “We began our investigation years ago by determining that a particular strain of rotavirus was associated with both asymptomatic infections and clinical symptoms in newborns.”Ramani and her colleagues first looked for answers from the perspective of the virus. They investigated whether factors such as the amount of virus in newborns or the genome of the virus could be linked to the presence of symptoms in newborns, but did not find any connection between those factors. The researchers then posed the question from the perspective of the newborn. Are there factors in newborns that could explain why this virus infects neonates and why there are differences in clinical presentation?In the lab, the researchers investigated whether components of the mother’s breast milk could inhibit infection of MA104 cells, a well-established model for rotavirus studies, with the particular strain of rotavirus they had identified in the neonatal nurseries in India. Unexpectedly, they discovered that specific sugars present in mother’s milk enhanced infection of cells in culture with the neonatal rotavirus strain.”We were surprised by these results,” Ramani said. “Breast milk is known to enhance newborn protection against rotavirus infection and sugars in breast milk can reduce infectivity of other rotaviruses, but here we found the opposite for this particular strain of the virus.”The researchers then went back to the field to determine whether they could validate the results they had found in the lab in a cohort of mother-infant pairs.Related StoriesGrowth problems in preterm infants associated with altered gut bacteria‘Stomach flu’ vaccine prevents type 1 diabetes in childrenGut-boosting food may put an end to childhood malnutrition worldwide”We found that some of the same specific sugars in breast milk that increase infectivity of cells in culture are present in the milk of mothers of newborns with symptomatic infection,” Ramani said.In addition, the researchers found an association between the microbiome in the mothers’ milk and gastrointestinal symptoms in newborns, which prompted new questions, Ramani explained. How does the microbiome contribute to the differences in gastrointestinal symptoms?”What is most interesting to us is that these sugars also increase the replication of the rotavirus attenuated, live vaccine that is similar to the neonatal virus that we are studying,” Ramani said. “Enhanced viral replication can potentially translate into a more effective immune response against the virus, which would lead to better protection for the infant. This is something we want to explore in the future because it could illuminate strategies to improve the effectiveness of rotavirus vaccines in parts of the world where they do not do well.””One of the most important things to us is that these unexpected findings are tightly linked to public health,” said co-author Dr. Mary K. Estes, Cullen Foundation Endowed Professor Chair of Human and Molecular Virology at Baylor College of Medicine and emeritus founding director of the Texas Medical Center Digestive Diseases Center. “The multidisciplinary nature of our team of researchers has allowed us to answer questions about how this unique rotavirus strain infects neonates, confirm the findings in the field and open possibilities to improve the effectiveness of rotavirus vaccines where they are needed the most.””These discoveries are a prime example of the urgent need to improve our understanding of the composition and variation in breast milk components,” said co-author Dr. Lars Bode, associate professor of pediatrics and director and chair of Collaborative Human Milk Research at the Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Mother-Milk-Infant Center of Research Excellence at the University of California, San Diego. “Understanding how rotavirus and other pathogens can take advantage of breast milk components will guide the development of new vaccination strategies to stay ahead in the host-pathogen arms race.”last_img read more