Mayweather ends career with easy win

first_img unanimous decision LAS VEGAS (AP): His career winding down to its final seconds, Floyd Mayweather Jr took a victory lap around the ring, his fist raised in triumph. After 19 years of perfection in the ring, he deserved one final bow. Mayweather capped a remarkable career with a typical Mayweather fight Saturday night, using his defensive wizardry to frustrate Andre Berto on his way to a decision so lopsided, one judge gave him every round. The $32 million he earned was pocket change compared to what he got for Manny Pacquiao in his last fight. But the more important number was win No. 49 in the final fight of his unblemished career, tying the mark of the late heavyweight champion, Rocky Marciano. “You gotta know when to go. I’ve had a great career,” Mayweather said. “I’m leaving with all my faculties. I feel like I’m smart and sharp.” Mayweather wasn’t about to change what he does best in his last fight. Both dominant and defensive, he used all the tricks learned in a pro career that began in 1996 to take a unanimous decision over Berto and retain his welterweight titles in what he insists was his final fight. Mayweather won yet again in a fight where he was chased but never really tested. He piled up points with a sharp jab and quick counter punches, leaving Berto swinging at air most of the night. By the late rounds, Mayweather was both talking to Berto (30-4) and taunting him, secure in the knowledge he was winning big against the 18-1 underdog. The ringside scorecards reflected Mayweather’s dominance, with one judge scoring a 120-108 shutout. The other scores were 118-110 and 117-111, while The Associated Press had Mayweather winning 119-109.last_img read more

Garda polar plunge raises a cool €12,000 for Special Olympics!

first_imgBrave volunteers who got chilly in the Swilly last December are celebrating a major fundraising success for Special Olympics Ireland.The grand total of the Rathmullan Polar Plunge was revealed last week, with a cool €12,038.67 raised from the charity event.Mrs Brown’s Boys actor Danny O’Carroll was joined by Team Ulster Special Olympians and students from Little Angels school for the official cheque presentation on Thursday at Milford Garda Station. Gardaí in Milford and Letterkenny and many other local groups got ‘freezin for a reason’ on 15th December 2018 when they did the sponsored dive at Rathmullan.Garda members who took part are dedicated to supporting and raising funds for Special Olympics Ireland along with taking the Flame of Hope across the country to raise awareness of people with intellectual disabilities.Law Enforcement Polar plunge at Rathmullan 2018Law Enforcement Polar plunge at Rathmullan 2018Local Gardaí have thanked all of the different agencies and organisations which got involved in their fundraising initiative, and the general public who supported the event in large numbers.The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass-roots fundraiser for Special Olympics worldwide which includes Garda members from each Garda Division. Danny O’Carroll with Special Olympics Ulster athletes and students from Little Angels School at the Polar Plunge cheque presentation in Milford Garda StationAnd they’re getting ready to go again with another plunge in 2019!Date for the Diary: The 5th Law Enforcement Polar plunge will take place on the 7th December 2019 in Rathmullan!Garda polar plunge raises a cool €12,000 for Special Olympics! was last modified: March 11th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Danny O’CarrollfundraiserGardaiLittle angelsPolar PlungeSpecial Olympics Ulsterlast_img read more

Astrobiology Survives on Passionate Hope

first_imgWithout the words ‘might’ and ‘could,’ astrobiologists would have nothing to say.Two decades since astrobiology became a ‘science,’ there is still no evidence for life beyond earth. That doesn’t discourage the true believers. With olympic fervor, they reach a perfect score—zero—for actual evidence supporting their belief.Oceans on Jupiter? Gas Giants Might Start Out As ‘Steam Worlds’ (Space.com). Jupiter might have been a steamy water world before it became a gas giant. It might have lasted long enough to be habitable. And if it were habitable, life could have evolved there. That’s a summary of this article by Jesse Emspak, contributing author to Space.com. Imagine anyone else proposing such face-free ideas and calling it science. But since John Chambers has a job as a scientist at the Carnegie Institution, he gets permission from Emspak to speculate freely and propagate his myths on this popular science news site.Water worlds could support life: Analysis challenges idea that life requires ‘Earth clone’ (Phys.org). Because Earth’s many life-friendly features form such an improbable combination, astrobiologists are motivated to expand the boundaries of habitability. This article does not rely on actual evidence. It relies on computer models, programmed by believers in astrobiology. Such models can be considered as reliable as those programmed by believers in astrology.The conditions for life surviving on planets entirely covered in water are more fluid than previously thought, opening up the possibility that water worlds could be habitable, according to a new paper from the University of Chicago and Pennsylvania State University.The scientific community has largely assumed that planets covered in a deep ocean would not support the cycling of minerals and gases that keeps the climate stable on Earth, and thus wouldn’t be friendly to life. But the study, published Aug. 30 in The Astrophysical Journal, found that ocean planets could stay in the “sweet spot” for habitability much longer than previously assumed. The authors based their findings on more than a thousand simulations.Did you previously think that? Did you previously assume that? Beware lest the bio-astrologers snare you in their tontological net.Carl Sagan standing by Viking model.Life on Mars? 40 Years Later, Viking Lander Scientist Still Says ‘Yes’ (Space.com). Background: in 1976, two NASA craft landed on Mars in two different places and ran 3 carefully-designed experiments to specifically search for life. Two of the three experiments gave negative results, but one, the ‘labeled-release experiment’ (LRE) was inconclusive. Most scientists concluded that abiological chemistry could explain the ‘fizzy’ results. The subsequent discovery of ubiquitous perchlorates supported the abiological interpretation. This highly optimistic article, though, squeezes the ambiguous result for all it’s worth, using the principal investigator of the LRE, Gilbert Levin, as principal cheerleader. He makes it seem that subsequent evidence for water under the ice caps of the red planet justifies his belief that Viking found life in the Martian soil. Like a modern-day P.T. Barnum, he touts his greatest show on Mars, with fingers drumming for NASA funds.Go to Sea with Astrobiologists Visiting Hawaii to Learn How to Look for Alien Life (Space.com). Astrobiologists are setting out to search for extraterrestrial life—in Hawaii! NASA is paying their way to use techniques that might come in handy some day for evaluating claims of life on other planets. Sounds like a fun job if you can get it. Amy Smith gets to study a seamount in the Pacific.She’s particularly interested in finding out whether any critters can use hydrogen as a source of energy, since that molecule can be found below the ice of Enceladus. In addition to studying microbes at the site, she’ll also take samples for genetic testing and gather specimens to try to grow in her lab. “Since this environment is similar to what we might find, we predict, on other ocean worlds, we’re hoping to get some answers as to what kinds of life might be there,” Smith said.Other scientists get to participate remotely with ‘telepresence’ to watch the fun. Your tax dollars at work, making it seem like astrobiology is real science, even if there is no evidence for it.Small Doses of RealityOmega Centauri Is a Terrible Place to Look for Habitable Planets (Space.com). Cross off globular clusters as pleasant nurseries for life, Nola Taylor Redd says. A big one, Omega Centauri, “probably doesn’t contain many habitable worlds, a new study suggests.” The problem? Neighboring stars would steal the water. This letdown applies to other similar clusters.Previous studies had suggested that a globular cluster might be the first place where intelligent life is identified in the galaxy. That’s because the roughly 150 clusters around the Milky Way are about 10 billion years old, with stars roughly the same age, giving life plenty of time to emerge and evolve.Unfortunately, the large but cozy environment of Omega Centauri works against hopes for habitability. Even compact planetary systems would struggle to exist in the core of the cluster, where stars lie an average of 0.16 light-years apart, the new study suggests.When the world is not enough: how to find another planet to live on  (The Conversation). Eamonn Kerins at the University of Manchester, an astrophysicist, tries to remain optimistic about space travel by humans to other planets, but he knows better than to upset facts. After relating the history of discovering exoplanets, and the prospects for better detection, he hits the brakes a little:There are of course many other factors beyond bulk planet characteristics that contribute critically to the success of evolved life here on Earth. The truth is that our descendents [sic] won’t know for sure that they’ve found Earth-2 until they try living on it. So, while we would not hand an empty map to our brave space explorers of the future, we are a long way from being able to guarantee them habitable accommodation.And, lets [sic] be clear, the long journey time even to our nearest exoplanet neighbour, Proxima b, means that it is definitely a one-way ticket. Indeed, with current technology, this journey would take tens of thousands of years.Then he remembers some other challenges for the poor wayfaring earthlings:During their voyage the astronauts also have to shield themselves from potentially fatal doses of cosmic rays. They must also avoid muscular and skeletal wasting, and cope with the psychological demands of being locked up for years in a large tin can. At their destination, they will also have to adjust to life as an alien without the advantages of evolutionary adaption [sic] that we enjoy on Earth. This is probably the greatest challenge of all.Oh well, it was fun to be optimistic for a few paragraphs. Should humans expect to colonize space? “All things considered,” he ends, “it’s one long journey for a man, one giant roll of the dice for mankind.”If Darwin skeptics ever presented theories this fact-free, their words would be mocked, trashed, and rejected. Oh wait; they are anyway, facts notwithstanding.(Visited 316 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Sudafrika: Handelsoffen

first_imgSudafrika ist einer der am weitesten entwickelten und Erfolg versprechendsten Entwicklungsmarkte, bietet eine einzigartige Kombination von hoch entwickelter Infrastruktur eines Industrielandes und einer lebendigen neu entstehenden Marktwirtschaft.Dazu steht es auch fur die am weitesten entwickelte und produktivste Wirtschaft Afrikas.Hier nun einige Grunde fur den Handel mit Sudafrika:Solide WirtschaftspolitikVorteilhafte rechtliche und wirtschaftliche RahmenbedingungenInfrastruktur der WeltklasseZugang zu den AbsatzmarktenDas Tor von AfrikaHandelsreform, strategische AllianzenBetriebskosten in SudafrikaGunstige Geschaftsbedingungen in SudafrikaLeistungsfahigkeit der Industrie, innovative TechnologieWettbewerbsfahigkeitSolide WirtschaftspolitikSeit dem Einzug der Demokratie im Jahre 1994 wird Sudafrikas Wirtschaft einer strukturellen Umgestaltung unterzogen, mit der Einfuhrung von makro-okonomischen Richtlinien, die darauf abzielen, den inlandischen Wettbewerb, das Wachstum und die Beschaftigung zu fordern, wie auch die Orientierung der Wirtschaft nach außen zu steigern.Wirtschaftliche Schlusselreformen haben den Anstieg der makro-okonomischen Stabilitat auf einer hohen Ebene gefordert. Steuern wurden reduziert, Tarife gesenkt, das Finanzdefizit wurde unter Kontrolle gebracht und die Devisenkontrolle gelockert.Auch die Regierungsausgaben wurden umstrukturiert im Hinblick auf ein Sozialwesen, das dazu beitragt, jedem Sudafrikaner eine bessere Lebensqualitat zu ermoglichen.Sudafrikas Zentralbank, die SA Reserve Bank, behalt ihre Unabhangigkeit von der Regierung bei. Das auf die Senkung der Inflation abzielende Programm der Bank hat Erfolge gezeigt. Der Realzinssatz hat sich stabilisiert und die Wahrung bleibt im wettbewerbsfahigen Rahmen. Die Verbraucherinflation lag 2006 durchschnittlich bei 4,6 – ein Ruckgang im Vergleich zu den 9,8% aus dem Jahr 1994.Der Staat lasst keinen Zweifel daran, dass auslandische Investitionen in Sudafrika willkommen sind und schafft ein investorenfreundliches Klima.2005 begann die Regierung mit dem Entwurf einer neuen Planung, die die Wirtschaftswachstumsrate bis 2014 auf 6% des BIP steigern und Arbeitslosigkeit verringern soll. Die Einfuhrung dieses Planes – der groß angelegte staatliche Investitionen in Infrastruktur, Kleinbetriebe und Kompetenzentwicklung wie auch gezielte Interventionen in bestimmten Wirtschaftssektoren beinhaltet – hat begonnen.Siehe: Sudafrika: WirtschaftsuberblickVorteilhafte rechtliche und wirtschaftliche RahmenbedingungenSudafrika hat progressive rechtliche Rahmenbedingungen von Weltklasse. Die Gesetzgebung in Bezug auf Handel, Arbeit und Seeangelegenheiten ist besonders gut entwickelt, wahrend Gesetze die sich auf Wettbewerbsgrundsatze, Copyright, Patente, Warenzeichen und Streithandel beziehen den internationalen Normen und Abmachungen angepasst sind.Die Unverletzlichkeit von Vertragen wird vom burgerlichen Recht geschutzt und unabhangige Gerichte garantieren die Achtung der Handelsrechte und pflichten. Die Unabhangigkeit der Justiz wird durch die Verfassung garantiert.Sudafrikas Finanzsysteme sind hoch entwickelt, robust und geordnet. Sudafrikanische Regelungen des Bankwesen gehoren zu den besten der Welt, und die Branche wird zu den Top 10 der Welt gerechnet. Auslandische Banken sind zahlreich vertreten und Einrichtungen fur den elektronischen Bankverkehr sind weit reichend vorhanden, in dieser Branche hat Internet Banking Enwicklungspotenzial.Die JSE Limited gehort in Punkto Marktkapitalisierung zu den 20 wichtigsten Borsen der Welt. Die JSE Reglements und ihre Durchsetzung basieren auf den weltweit optimalen Verfahren, wahrend die Systeme fur automatisierten Handel, Abrechnung, Transfer und Erfassung anderen in der Welt ebenburtig sind.Infrastruktur der WeltklasseSudafrika hat eine Infrastruktur der Weltklasse – mit einem modernen Transportsystem, relativ preiswerter und weithin verfugbarer Energieversorgung, sowie einem hoch entwickelten Telekommunikationswesen.Und diese werden rechtzeitig zur Fifa Fußball-WM 2010 noch erheblich verbessert und erweitert.Die Regierung hat massive Infrastrukturprojekte als Schlussel zur Ankurbelung der Wirtschaftswachstumsrate des Landes und der Schaffung von Arbeitsplatzen ermittelt und hat Milliarden von Rand bereit gestellt, um die Investitionswelle ins Rollen zu bringen.Siehe: Sudafrikas InfrastrukturZugang zu den AbsatzmarktenSudafrika, an der sudlichsten Spitze des afrikanischen Kontinentes gelegen, ist ideal positioniert fur den leichten Zugang zu den 14 Landern der Southern African Development Community (SADC) mit einem kombinierten Markt, der mehr als 250 Millionen Menschen umfasst, wozu auch die Inseln entlang der Ostkuste Afrikas und sogar die Golfstaaten und Indien gehoren.Sudafrika dient auch als Umschlagplatz zwischen den Entwicklungsmarkten in Zentral- und Sudamerika und den Schwellenlandern in Sudasien und dem Fernen Osten.Hauptschiffahrtswege fuhren an der Kuste Sudafrikas entlang durch die sieben Handelhafen, die das weitaus großte, am besten ausgestattete und leistungsfahigste Netzwerk des Kontinentes bilden, in den sudlichen Atlantik und den Indischen Ozean.Diese Hafen sind nicht nur die Kanale des Handels zwischen Sudafrika und seinen Partnern in der SADC und der South African Customs Union, sondern erfullen auch die Funktion eine Drehscheibe des Verkehrs von und nach Europa, Asien, den Amerikas und der Ost- und Westkuste Afrikas.Das Tor von AfrikaSudafrika selbst ist nicht nur ein wichtiger Entwicklungsmarkt, es ist auch eine Voraussetzung fur den Einstieg in andere schwarzafrikanische Markte. Das Land grenzt an Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland und Lesotho, seine gut entwickeltes Strassen- und Schienensystem bilden die Plattform und Infrastruktur fur den Überlandtransport bis ins hinterste Schwarzafrika.Überdies besitzt Sudafrika Kompetenzen im lokalen Markt und Vertrieb, die fur kommerzielle Vorhaben in Afrika zwingend erforderlich sind.Das Land spielt eine wichtige Rolle in Energieversorgung, humanitarer Hilfe, Transport, Kommunikation und Außeninvestitionen. Einem Bericht der LiquidAfrica Research im Jahr 2003 zufolge war Sudafrika zwischen 1990 und 2000 der großte Investor in das ubrige Afrika, mit einem Investitionsdurchschnitt von 1,4 Milliarden US Dollar, uber die Dekade gerechnet Investitionen in der Hohe von circa 12, 5 Milliarden US Dollar.Sudafrika ist auch eine dynamische Kraft innerhalb der 14 Mitglieder starken South African Development Community (SADC), und war ein Schlusselfigur in der Entwicklung der New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), das sozial-okonomische Erneuerungsprogramm der Afrikanischen Union.Handelsreform, strategische AllianzenSeit der Unterzeichnung des GATT-Abkommens (Global Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) im Jahr 1994 hat Sudafrika eine aktive Rolle im globalen Handelssystem ubernommen und eine Reihe von Handelsreformen – inklusive der Reduzierung der Zolltarife und Rationalisierungsprogramme – wurden eingefuhrt.Der Zugang zum Markt wurde durch die freien Handelsabkommen mit der Europaischen Union und den Landern der Southern African Development Community (SADC) und der Einfuhrung des African Growth and Opportunity Act durch die USA verbessert.In den vergangenen Jahren hat Sudafrika ebenfalls enge Beziehungen zu Markten im restlichen Afrika sowie in Asien und Lateinamerika geknupft. Die 2003 begrundete Indien-Brasilien-Sudafrika-Allianz (IBSA) hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt, den Handel zwischen diesen drei Landern innerhalb der nachsten Jahre von den derzeitigen 6 Milliarden auf 10 Milliarden US-Dollar zu steigern. Außerdem ist das Land ein Haupthandels- und Investment-Partner fur China geworden. Das Reich der Mitte engagiert sich seit dem vergangenen Jahrzehnt verstarkt auf dem afrikanischen Kontinent.Betriebskosten in SudafrikaDank des gunstigen Devisenkurses ist Sudafrika eines der preiswertesten Lander fur Auslander, die sich hier niederlassen oder geschaftlich engagieren mochten – mit einer Infrastruktur, die dem Standard der Industrielander entspricht, und mit einem hervorragenden Preis-Leistungs-Verhaltnis.Auch zahlen Sudafrikas Energiekosten weltweit immer noch zu den niedrigsten. Bei den Petroleumpreisen rangiert das Land im Wettbewerb ebenfalls weit vorne, mit privatwirtschaftlichen und multinationalen Ölfirmen, die nahezu alle importierten Petroleumprodukte im Suden Afrikas raffinieren und vermarkten.Und die Telekommunikationskosten sinken. Seit kurzem macht der Festnetzanbieter Neotel dem bisherigen Staatsmonopolisten Telkom Konkurrenz. Die Regierung ergreift Maßnahmen zur Gewahrleistung einer preiswerteren und besser verfugbaren Bandbreitenkapazitat. Großprojekte zur Verlegung von Unterwasser-Glasfaserkabeln entlang der Ost- und Westkuste Afrikas zur Verbesserung der Kommunikation des Kontinents mit dem Rest der Welt werden in Angriff genommen.Sudafrikas Lohnkosten sind bedeutend geringer als die anderer Entwicklungsmarkte, einschließlich Mexiko, Ungarn, Malaysia und Singapur und die Arbeitsproduktivitat des Landes hat sich in den letzten Jahren erheblich verbessert. Umfassende Arbeitsgesetze haben seit 1994 wesentlich zur Senkung der aufgrund von Arbeitskampfen verlorenen Arbeitstage beitragt.Sudafrikas Korperschaftssteuer – 2008/2009 auf 28% reduziert – ist im Vergleich zu der anderer Entwicklungslander gunstig, und die Zeichen fur weitere Ermaßigungen stehen gut.Gunstige Geschaftsbedingungen in SudafrikaSudafrika rangiert auf dem 35. Platz der 178 Lander in dem von der Weltbank und der IFC veroffentlichten Doing Business 2008 Report. In diesem jahrlichen Bericht werden die Zeit, der Kostenaufwand und die burokratischen Hurden fur Unternehmen gemessen.Sudafrika ubertrifft damit Industrielander wie Portugal (37) und Spanien (38) sowie wichtige Schwellenlander wie Mexiko (44), China (83), Russland (106), Indien (120) und Brasilien (122).Der Bericht listet Sudafrika auf dem neunten Platz, was den Investorenschutz anbetrifft. Außerdem verzeichnet er erhebliche Verbesserungen in den Bereichen Existenzgrundung und Kreditvergabe.Leistungsfahigkeit der Industrie, innovative TechnologieSudafrikas Wirtschaftswachstumsrate liegt weit uber dem Mittelwert fur Entwicklungsmarkte.Die Produktfertigung des Landes wird immer starker technikorientiert, mit High-Tech Fertigungsbereichen – wie Anlagen, wissenschaftlicher Ausrustung und Fahrzeuge – und kann sich seit 1994 eines stetig wachsenden Anteils an der gesamten Produktionsleistung erfreuen.Sudafrikas technologische Forschung und seine Qualitatsstandards sind weltweit anerkannt. Das Land hat eine beachtliche Anzahl fuhrender Technologien entwickelt, Schwerpunkte liegen auf den Bereichen Energie und Treibstoffe, Stahlproduktion, Tiefbergbau, Telekommunikation und Informationstechnologie.WettbewerbsfahigkeitSudafrika rangiert auf dem 44. Platz von 130 Landern (vor Italien und Indien) im Global Competitiveness Index fur 2007/08 des Weltwirtschaftsforums. Das hochstplatzierte afrikanische Land ist Tunesien auf dem 32. Platz mit einem Ergebnis von 4,59. Sudafrikas Ergebnis – ein Durchschnittswert von 12 Aspekten der Wettbewerbsfahigkeit – lag bei 4,42.Seit 1994 sind eine Anzahl von Maßnahmen zur Unterstutzung der Industrie eingefuhrt worden, um die Wettbewerbsfahigkeit von Sudafrikas industrieller Basis zu verbessern. Dazu gehort auch, eine starkere Gewichtung auf die angebotsseitigen Maßnahmen zu legen, anstatt auf die nachfrageseitigen Maßnahmen (wie Zolle und Exportforderungsprogramme).Die Regierung hat Anreize fur Fertigungsprojekte mit Wertzuwachs, Unterstutzung fur industrielle Weiterentwicklung, verbesserten Zugang zu Geldmitteln, und ein forderliches Umfeld fur die Entwicklung von kleineren mittelstandischen Unternehmen geschaffen.Industrielle Erschließungsbereiche wurden in der Nahe von großen Hafen und Flughafen etabliert, die eine erstklassige Infrastruktur, engagierten Kundenservice und ermaßigte Steuern bieten.Sudafrika hat ein gut entwickeltes und ausgewogenes Wettbewerbsrecht, basierend auf den besten internationalen Gepflogenheiten. 1998 hat der Competition Act die Wettbewerbsgesetze des Landes grundlegend reformiert und dabei die Macht der Wettbewerbskontrolleure gestarkt, analog zu den Richtlinien der Europaischen Union, sowie den amerikanischen und kanadischen Modellen.Das Gesetz setzt verschiedene Verbote fur wettbewerbsfeindliches Verhalten, restriktive Praktiken (wie Preisabsprachen, Wucherpreise und Ausschreibungsabsprachen) und gegen “Missbrauch” durch “dominierende” Firmen (Firmen mit einem Marktanteil von 35% oder mehr) fest.Die Kartellbehorden uberwachen die Umsetzung und Einhaltung der Gesetze, wahrend die staatlichen Regulierungsbehorden naturliche Monopole uberwachen und den allgemeinen Zugang zur staatlichen Versorgungsinfrastruktur gewahrleisten.Letzte Aktualisierung: August 2008SAinfo reporter. Quellen (Englische Websites):South Africa YearbookDepartment of Trade and IndustrySouth African Reserve BankSouth African TreasuryStatistics South Africalast_img read more

Nathan Louiso joins Axis Seeds and creates Axis Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Axis Ohio is representing Axis Seed as an Independent Regional Company for all counties in Ohio. According to owner Nathan Louiso, his company will sell corn and soybeans with the most advanced and selected genetics available. This will be the first crop year for Louiso in selling Axis Seed. He is the 19th seed company to become affiliated with Axis.Louiso has worked with the seed industry for 16 years and brings that experience to help farmers make the right decisions for their growing conditions and geography.“I understand the unique and challenging environment that Ohio presents. Every farm is different. What works well in Iowa or Illinois might not be best for my customers. What works in Hancock County won’t necessarily grow well in Highland County,” Louiso said.As an independent regional company for Axis Seed, Axis Ohio has access to all current trait and technologies. Complete information about the varieties that Axis Ohio carries is available on its web site at www.axisohio.com.Axis Ohio identifies the best soybeans and hybrid corn that will work on individual growers’ farms — matching genetics and traits with farmers’ specific growing conditions and production strategies. Axis Ohio strives to build long, mutually rewarding relationships with their customers while providing the best service in the industry and making their business profitable.last_img read more

Mobile Credit Card Swiping Battle Continues: A Look at 4 Rival Technologies

first_imgIntuit’s top-competitor (that is, if you go by what tech journalists like to write about) is Square, the startup launched by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. Like GoPayment, Square includes both a mobile app and a credit card reading device – a small, square-shaped device whose shape gives the company its name.Like GoPayment’s (temporary) offer, the reader is free and there are no monthly service fees. The swiped transaction fee is 2.75%, a bit higher than Intuit’s 2.7% but its per transaction fees are the same ($0.15/each). For keyed in transactions, the rate is 3.5% + $0.15.Square says there are no gateway, monthly, early termination or hidden fees and you can accept an unlimited number of payments without restrictions on either transaction size or number of transactions. Square deposits your first $1,001 of sales per week into your bank account immediately. Any remaining amount is transferred after 30 days.As a Square user, you can accept any U.S.-issued credit, debit, pre-paid, or gift card with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover logo.Unlike GoPayments, Square is currently available for iPhone and Android only (select devices only) – not BlackBerry.It should be noted, too, that Square is currently in a patent battle over the origins of its reader and the related patents. The company had previously run into a number of other issues, including production delays to compatibility issues with the iPhone 4.Verifone PAYware MobileLike the above, Verifone’s PAYware Mobile solution is a combination mobile app and optional reader hardware.The service works on any iPhone (3G/3GS/4) device, iPad or iPod Touch, but only manual entry is supported on the iPhone 4, iPad and iPod. The company says it has plans to expand to BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Android in the future.The PAYware card encryption sleeve works on iPhone 3G/3GS only. This is PAYware’s key selling point, as it touts the end-to-end encryption it offers, which meets the same security standards used by ATMs and Point-of-Sale terminals. Other vendors, it says, support SSL only, a software-based encryption method.PAYWare also says the fees and fee structures will vary and doesn’t list them on its site. Its rates will be based on risk criteria categorized into  “Qualified”, “Mid-Qualified” and “Non-Qualified” tiers, as is standard. Rates will also vary depending on the type of business and whether or not a transaction is swiped or keyed in, also typical. In addition, gateway fees for access to the PAYware Connect gateway are charged, too. The above prices are what’s available to low-volume customers – the same customers who may have been considering Square’s reader instead. For high-volumne customers, there are different rates – a $12.95/month service fee; 1.7% for card swiped; 2.7% for key entered and 3.7% for non-qualified transactions, like corporate cards; and a $0.30 per transaction fee.GoPayment also offers no long-term contracts, cancellation, gateway or set-up fees, it says. One account can enable up to 50 users and works on iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, plus some Palm and Nokia devices.Merchants can accept a number of credit cards with the service, but additional fees apply when accepting cards other than Visa, MasterCard and Discover (like American Express or Diner’s Club cards).There is more than one type of hardware attachment available for use with GoPayment. Intuit partnered with Mophie for its iPhone reader, for example, the makers of iPhone battery-charging solutions like the Juice Pack. There are also Bluetooth-enabled readers and reader/printer combos available.*One important note: GoPayment is only offering a free account and free reader to those who sign up by mid-February, after which prices may revert back, although Intuit isn’t confiriming. Square To use ROAMpay, customers must contact their merchant account provider to see if they carry ROAMpay. If so, they will help you get signed up, which includes locating the appropriate hardware and downloading the $2.99 app from iTunes, if applicable. ROAMpay says this fee applies for any other phone that supports mobile apps, including Google Android devices and phones that offer Verizon Wireless’s Get It Now service. With ROAMpay, your normal payment processing fees apply. You can also use ROAMpay on your PC or Mac.If you don’t have a merchant account, ROAMpay can connect you with its Payment Partners.ROAMpay also promotes its security features – all payment info is double-encrypted as entered on the device and is never fully decrypted until it enters the payment gateway for processing by one of ROAM’s payment platform partners. No sensitive data such as card numbers, magnetic stripe information or security codes are stored on the mobile device. Tags:#e-commerce#Features#mobile#Real World#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology sarah perezcenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces You can get an idea of PAYware’s fees, by checking out reseller’s pricing plans, like this one, which lists setup fees, monthly fees, per transactions fees, etc.  For a more personalized quote, PAYware says t can go here for more info.Typically though, a setup fee of $49 and monthly fees of $20 to $30 apply, as do per transaction fees, which are either taken as a straight amount or a percentage. The reader may be offered for free, depending on the contract length. It’s usually sold for $139. The mobile application used along with the hardware is free.PAYware accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit and debit cards.ROAMpayROAMpay, another mobile credit card device and app combo, is available for a number of phones, including the iPhone 3G/3GS/4, iPad, several Android devices, BlackBerry phones, select Nokia phones and many others. The Swiper hardware is available for several Android and Apple devices and BlackBerry.Merchants can accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit and debit cards, and others. Square, the mobile payments company launched in 2009 by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, is the name most often bandied about in tech circles these days when it comes to talk of credit-card swiping attachments made for iPhone. But Square was never alone on the mobile payments battlefront, and now it has a new competitor backed by a well-known brand name: Intuit.Today Intuit is making its two-year-old premium GoPayment service free – a service which comes with a magnetic stripe reader attachment that hooks onto the iPhone, similar to the one Square offers.Intuit GoPaymentIntuit’s GoPayment’s offering is a combination of a mobile application and, optionally, a magnetic stripe reader that attaches to the phone. Intuit no longer charges the $13/month fee or charges for the reader attachment (previously $219) – it’s all free now*. But to make that possible, GoPayment takes a higher cut of the transactions with its new discount rate fee of 2.7% (before it was 1.7%). For key-entered and non-qualified transactions, the rate is 3.7%. In addition, $0.15 is charged per transaction. These fees are competitive with Square. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Odisha to celebrate Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary for 2 years

first_imgThe Odisha government on Tuesday decided to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi for two years from October 2 this year. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the Secretariat here. He said people belonging to all sections of society will be involved in the anniversary celebrations in the State.Observing that Mahatma Gandhi wanted to develop society on the principles of truth and non-violence, Mr. Patnaik said that he had proposed to include ‘Ahimsa’ in the preamble of the Constitution.Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Narasingha Mishra, former Chief Minister Giridhar Gamang, Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda, Gandhian leader Bhabani Charan Patnaik and several MPs and legislators also attended the meeting.Mr. Panda informed that five sub-committees have been constituted for the celebration of the anniversary in a grand manner. Padayatras and memorial meetings will be held across the State during the two-year period, he added.The Minister said that Gandhiji’s birth anniversary would be celebrated in schools, colleges, urban local bodies, blocks and gram panchayats. A new website will be opened to propagate the messages of Gandhiji.In order to commemorating Mahatma Gandhi’s visit to Cuttack, a function will be organised in the city on March 23 next year, Mr. Panda said.Statues of Mahatma Gandhi will be erected at all district headquarters and one major road at the places Gandhiji visited will also be named after him. Gandhiji had visited Odisha eight times and toured different parts of the State.The Odisha government is also considering convening a special session of the Assembly in 2019.last_img read more