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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseFirst, let me say that this blog is 100% guaranteed to NOT help commodity prices or the overall farm economy. It also should be noted that I am NOT a: preacher, doctor, researcher, PhD, or anything other than your friendly farm writer.With these important disclaimers out of the way, please read on. As I continue to hear about more farms being sold, mounting economic stress for farms and very bad things occasionally happening within the agricultural community when things go wrong, I feel compelled to share some thoughts on how to handle the inevitable challenges of life, including these tough agricultural times.First, when tough times come about on the farm, it is important to understand that the only thing you can actually control is what you do. You can influence/manipulate/orchestrate many things, but you can only truly control your actions.So what shapes your actions? I believe that everything we do is driven by our guiding set of principles or priorities. Tough times offer great opportunities assess the personal priority list guiding your actions and decisions. If you haven’t done this, there is no time like the present. Start at the top with the most important thing, then work your way down the list. Note that each item on the list has influence over every item below it on the list. Also, be sure to include “self” on the list (I promise you that it will be on there somewhere even if you don’t include it).Now, here is the interesting part. Review some recent decisions you have made (both important and mundane) and compare them to the priority list you crafted. If a decision you made for one item on the list hurts or detracts from an item above it on the list of ideal priorities, you need to move that item below the item that drove the decision. For example, if you list “family” as your No. 3 priority, but miss an important family event to work on the “farm” that is your No. 4 priority, the “farm” is a least a No. 3 priority for that particular decision and “family” is at best a No. 4. If you have a pattern of behavior that regularly creates this situation, your decision-making is out of whack with your priorities. You need to either re-assess your priorities or your decision-making.So, what is your No. 1? Everyone has one. It is the one last thing you would give up if you lost everything. It is your reason for existing and the biggest part of how you value yourself as a person. And, whether you acknowledge it or not, protecting your No. 1 thing is your top priority in life. It can either protect or destroy everything else on your priority list. What is it? It could be many things that are very positive including: spouse, children, family, home, status, achievement, career, business, God/religion, or relationships. It could also be negative problems including: addictions, excess, or material items.Deep down, if you really think about it, you can look through your life’s pattern of decisions and figure out your No. 1, but be warned: it may not be what you want it to be.A person’s No. 1 thing has a powerful impact on their decision-making and, if threatened, the No. 1 can lead to irrational and harmful choices. Certainly for many farmers, (right or wrong) there is a great incentive to make the farm their No. 1 thing. It is so easy to do. The farm, for so many, can be a legacy, business, career, family, religion, and self all wrapped into one giant No. 1.During tough economic times such as these, there can be devastating consequences with this. In recent years, hundreds of Ohio dairy farms have gone out of business due (at least in part) to the grim economic situation. That is a tough situation no matter how you look at it, but if milking cows is your No. 1 reason for existing and you lose the farm, then what?Aside from figuring out the top priority, the second most important thing to consider is the ACTUAL placement of “self” on the list based upon decisions that have been made. This is very tricky to determine.If you list your farm as No. 1 and YOU protect “farm” at the continual expense of everything else on YOUR list because YOU have determined it is the most important thing to protect, which item is really at the top of your list? I would argue that, if we really scrutinize most of our lists, sneaky “self” almost universally works it’s way to the top.My apologies for being a bit preachy and grim, but times for agriculture are tough and, with the holiday season just around the corner, I fear stress, anxiety and suffering could all be on the rise for many in the Ohio agricultural community I love. More farms will be lost. More lives will be changed. That is inevitable and, in some cases, beyond control. In our control, however, are the actions we take based on the priorities we set.What’s your No. 1?For further reading, see Mark 9:35 and Exodus 20:3.last_img read more

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting API: Making SideWiki a Universal Commenting SystemA lot of companies have tried to offer similar services and the ones that have succeeded did so because they focused on a very specialized market. We will have to see where this Google project goes in the long run, but unlike a lot of other companies that offered annotation features, Google will offer an API for Sidewiki. The Sidewiki Data API will give developers the ability to access all of these comments and include them on their own sites or in a widget, for example. How Will Google Use this Data?We can’t help but wonder how Google will use the data it gathers from this service. After all, there is often valuable information in comments. Google, for example, could use sentiment analysis to see its users’ reactions to a page and then influence search results accordingly. The company could also expose some of this data in the search results. Outside of Sidewiki, Google currently only exposes annotations in a user’s Google Profile.Right now, when a forum post appears in Google, it will display some extra data about how many posts there are and how many authors contributed. Google could do something similar for every page with Sidewiki – though chances are that third-party developers will quickly build a Firefox addon or Greasemonkey script that will do the same within a few days from now. Tags:#Google#news#NYT#Product Reviews#web Over the years, numerous companies have offeredservices that allowed users to annotate web pages. Now, with a new project called Sidewiki, Google is going to join the fray as well. Sidewiki, which will be distributed with a special version of the Google Toolbar for Firefox and Internet Explorer, allows users to publicly annotate any page on the web. Entries will then be sorted by an algorithm that filters out low-quality comments and moves the most interesting items to the top.The sorting algorithm and Sidewiki’s ability to display notes about the same topic on various sites make Sidewiki somewhat unique. Google uses a quote from a speech by President Obama as an example here. Sidewiki will recognize the quote on multiple sites and aggregate them together, no matter whether somebody commented on this quote on Little Green Footballs or Daily Kos. You can also leave a comment about the entire page, of course.For some popular sites that haven’t been annotated yet, Google will also pop up a notification that comments exist, but the sidebar will actually be filled with related blog posts, which is another feature that makes Google stand out from the competition in this field. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinois Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

first_imgThe police have sought from the Aligarh Muslim University details of every student, including those from Kashmir, who left their studies midway. “We wanted to know the possible reasons for their leaving and what they are doing now. The AMU has also been asked about any criminal cases filed against their students,” said Aligarh Senior Superintendent of Police Rajesh Pandey.Police handling the local-level probe into the activities of AMU geology research scholar Mannan Wani, from Kashmir, are keeping an eye on almost every Kashmiri student studying in AMU. Mannan was suspended after reports emerged that he had joined a terror group. The police are trying to find out who Mannan’s friends in AMU were. They are also trying to find the dates on which Mannan visited his home town. A four-member team from Tirahgaown police station of Kupwara district, headed by sub-inspector Mohammad Zahoor Wani, is in the city. Meanwhile the university has tightened vigil in and around the campus and has completely barred the unauthorised entry of outsiders. All the guards deputed at the hostel gates have been asked to be prompt in identifying the legal occupants of the hostel and to maintain a register of all the visitors. The wardens have been asked to increase the frequency of checking in the hostelslast_img read more

first_imgExtending a helping hand to cyclone-hit Odisha, the Tamil Nadu government has announced financial assistance of ₹10 crore as an immediate relief contribution.“On behalf of the State government and the people of Tamil Nadu, I convey my heartfelt condolences to the family members of all those who lost their lives in the cyclone,” Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said in a statement.Severe cyclonic storm Fani has caused unprecedented and extensive damage in certain districts of Odisha, especially in Puri, he noted and observed that this cyclone and heavy rains has also caused untold suffering to the people of the State of Odisha.As Odisha was faced with the arduous task of taking immediate rescue, relief and rehabilitation measures in cyclone-ravaged areas and facilitating reconstruction efforts, the Chief Minister said he was giving ₹10 crore from the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund to the Odisha government. U.P. gives ₹10cr. The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday announced ₹10 crore as relief from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for those affected due to Cyclone Fani in Odisha, according to a government spokesperson.last_img read more

first_imgWhat do Rudyard Kipling, the legendary English writer, German dictator Adolf Hitler, Greek philosopher Socrates, American poet and educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, English poet John Milton, and the late American president Abraham Lincoln have to do with Indian cricket?Also, were American architect Daniel Hudson Burnham, English novelist and dramatist Henry Fielding, poets Laine Parsons, Sir Henry John Newbolt, an 18th century Anglo-Irish writer, and Oliver Goldsmith ever associated with the sport in India?And are the Hindu scriptures Katha Upanishad and Atharva Veda related to cricket?The answer to these questions is ‘no’. Okay, to give the benefit of doubt, one or two of these personalities – especially the Britons – may have followed cricket, but they were certainly not associated with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which incidentally is holding its annual general meeting today in Mumbai.Still, over the years, all the names and works mentioned above have repeatedly found a mention in the annual report of the BCCI, a very interesting document, to say the least.BCCI mandarins have had this common habit of quoting from the works of foreigners, particularly legendary poets and writers, in their reports that are part of the annual publication.Some of the well-known personalities that have held top posts in the BCCI – including president Jagmohan Dalmiya, secretaries JY Lele, Niranjan Shah and SK Nair, and treasurers Kishore Rungta and Jyoti Bajpai – used to quote couplets/sayings of these great men every year in their reports.advertisementOften, they also quoted Rabindranath Tagore, Katha Upanishad, Atharva Veda, and even MS Oberoi, the founder of the Oberoi group of hotels. Rungta even confessed in one of his reports that Oberoi was his hero.However, the great poets and philosophers have lately disappeared from the BCCI annual documents, as the present set of officials, led by N Srinivasan, have stopped using their quotes. They are now more to-the-point, rather mundane, as they recall the highlights of the year gone by in their write-ups.Niranjan Shah, currently the senior-most Board official who attended his first BCCI meeting way back in 1972-73, was the last office-bearer to quote from the works of a litterateur, Kipling, in the 78th BCCI annual report in 2006-07.Although Shah continued as secretary the next season as well, he did not include anyone’s work in the 2007-08 document – and with it ended a long-standing tradition.Present day officials stick to cricket, thus taking the ‘colour’ away from the pages of the annual publication, which contains the reports of the two secretaries and the treasurer, the balance sheet and a report on domestic tournaments.Same is the case with the 2011-12 annual report that will be tabled at Thursday’s AGM in Mumbai.The cover of the annual reports too has undergone a change. Until a few years ago, both the front and back covers used to be designed by an artist, who usually worked around bats, balls, and stumps.Now, the contemporary officebearers prefer photos of cricketers, preferably of the national team, senior or junior, which has won something. For the latest annual report, they have opted for the group photo of the Unmukt Chand-led India under-19 team that won the World Cup in Australia last month. Last year, the annual report cover carried the photo of MS Dhoni’s team that clinched the 50-over World Cup.Talking about photos, the 244-page 78th annual report of 2006-07 contained a whopping 35 photos of the then BCCI president Sharad Pawar.Journeyman coach looks for next prizeChandrakant Pandit.These are interesting times for Rajasthan cricket. Even though they lost the season-opening Irani Trophy to the Cheteshwar Pujara-led Rest of India on Monday, both Hrishikesh Kanitkar’s team and new coach Chandrakant Pandit could create different milestones.Rajasthan are chasing a hat-trick of Ranji Trophy titles, having won the national championship in the last two years. Pandit, who took over the reins from Amit Asawa – who was coach on both previous occasions – could establish a personal record if he guides Rajasthan to the title. He had earlier coached Mumbai to Ranji titles in 2003 and 2004 and if he is successful this year it could be his third national title as coach.Pandit, who was last year hired as Director of Cricket by the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) and is now doubling up as coach, is hopeful that Rajasthan would complete an unprecedented hat-trick of Ranji Trophy titles.”Definitely, every team would like to achieve the same result. Most players have the confidence. The self-belief and unity between the players is much more now,” Pandit told Mail Today, probably on the basis of what he saw during the 12-day preparatory camp held at the RCA Academy in Jaipur, before the Irani Trophy.advertisementPandit, however, does not want to put pressure on the team before the Ranji Trophy championship starts on November 2. “They have to main their reputation by playing well. The results will follow if we play disciplined cricket. But there is no point in putting pressure on players,” he said. By signing for Rajasthan, Pandit has renewed his partnership with captain Kanitkar. They were together in the same coach-captain relationship for Maharashtra, when Pandit joined as coach in 2005 and Kanitkar was captain.”Kanitkar as captain is cool. He’d like to continue in the same vein [from last year]. All of us believe in [the] process. Now, we need to get confidence,” said Pandit, who knows the captain from his Maharashtra experience. Now, if he can help Rajasthan win their third successive Ranji title, it would be a personal record for him.Indian cricket stays dope freeVirender Sehwag recently had to undergo a ‘routine, random’ ICC drug test in Sri Lanka.While some of the other Indian sports federations are battling to control the doping menace among athletes, the BCCI can proudly claim that no cricketer has returned a positive result in dope tests since 2002, be it at home or at ICC-organised tournaments.This happy scenario is largely a result of the BCCI’s efforts to educate players about the ill-effects of doping, as part of its Anti-Doping Education Programs (ADEP). The Board has been organising workshops for players and support staff of the various teams, ranging from under-16 to the senior side, and also the women’s teams.Between July 11 and March 2012, a total of 874 players and support staff took part in the workshops organised by the Board under ADEP. The BCCI also organised workshops for education of IPL and Champions League T20 teams.126 cricket trophies in India’s cabinet and countingGuess how many trophies are currently in BCCI’s possession The answer is, hold your breath: 126. Yes, last month’s under-19 World Cup was the 126th trophy that has come India’s way, as per BCCI records. This list includes trophies won by men and women in bilateral exchanges as well as at junior levels. The three most outstanding trophies are the Prudential Cup, presented for winning the 1983 60-over World Cup, and the 50-over World Cup last year, and the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup.last_img read more