Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Evin Bachelor, Law Fellow, Ohio State University Extension Agricultural & Resource Law ProgramA proposed county charter for Williams County, Ohio containing language similar to the Lake Erie Bill of Rights may not make it on the November ballot. The Ohio Supreme Court recently refused to compel the Williams County Board of Elections (BOE) to include the charter on the ballot for procedural reasons.The charter would have declared that the people of Williams County have the right to a healthy environment and sustainable community, and that the Michindoh Aquifer and its ecosystem have the right to exist, flourish, evolve, regenerate. Further, the aquifer would have the right of restoration, recovery, and preservation, including the right to be free from interferences such as the extraction, sale, lease, transportation, or distribution of water outside of the aquifer’s boundary.Even though the petition to put the charter on the ballot had enough signatures, the BOE believed that the language of the charter violated Ohio law, and therefore exercised its power to reject the petition and keep it off the ballot. The petitioners appealed the BOE’s decision to the Williams County Court of Common Pleas, and that court agreed with the BOE. Instead of going to the Court of Appeals, the petitioners tried to go directly the Ohio Supreme Court because the BOE will soon print the November ballots. The Ohio Supreme Court said the petitioners should have gone to the Court of Appeals first, and that it will not decide on whether the BOE has to include the charter on the ballot until the petitioners do so.This doesn’t mean the end for the proposed charter, but rather that more court time is in the proposed charter’s future.
Panasonic has been selling smartphones in India for little over a year, but now it is upping the ante. It has brought the Eluga line of smartphones to the country. The Eluga U marks Panasonic’s first effort to marry premium design and great performance in an affordable package. At the same time, it faces many tough competition from local upstarts like Micromax, Karbonn and Chinese companies like Xiaomi. Can it take on the challenge? We find out.Look and FeelThe Eluga U looks like the Nexus 4. Yes, we are talking about the two-year-old Google phone. The only difference in design is that the Eluga U has a slightly larger 5-inch screen and has capacitive buttons. The Nexus 4 had on-screen virtual buttons. Eluga U has a layer of glass on both the front and back. On the front, there is Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top of the screen panel, and on the back it has “shatterproof” glass.The Elugal U looks attractive and its build quality seems good. But the finishing is somewhat cheap. Despite all the glass, it doesn’t look as premium as the Nexus 4. After using the device for a few days we noticed that the paint started to wear-off from the side seams and the rear glass — supposed to be shatterproof — cracked despite the fact that we never dropped the phone. Phones that use glass on the back cover are fragile. It was true for the iPhone 4 and the Nexus 4. And it is true for the Eluga U. But at the same time, we can’t help feel that Panasonic could have opted for tougher glass compared to what it put on the back of the Eluga U.advertisementThe phone is rather sleek. It is 8mm and weighs 141 grams.Another miss for Eluga U as far as the design is concerned is the lack of haptic feedback in capacitive buttons. Tapping on the button and not getting a feedback feels little odd. The Eluga U has microSD card slot and dual-SIM tray hidden behind a singular flap. Basically, both are in the same place. The microSD card slot is on the top and dual-SIM tray below it. The tray needs to be pulled out using a pin. This is a bit cumbersome. We would have preferred two separate slots, the way most of the other phones have.Screen QualityThe Eluga U has a 5-inch 720P IPS display. The quality of this screen is very good. It has great viewing angles, shows natural colours with appropriate level of saturation, has good brightness levels and displays deep blacks. Apart the Moto G and the Xiaomi Mi 3, Eluga U sports the best screen on a phone that costs less than Rs 20,000.Even under direct sunlight, text is legible and videos can be watched.Camera The Eluga U has a 13-megapixel rear camera, accompanied by a LED flash. For a phone of its class, we found the camera to be disappointing. It is slow to lock focus and its performance in low light is shabby. In day light, it can click decent pictures but only when it can focus quickly, which does not happen very often. Due to focus issues, the phone also struggles while clicking macro images.The images that we shot with Eluga U in low-light had excessive grain and were mostly useless.The camera app allows for a certain amount of manual control with settings for ISO and exposure baked in.On the front, Eluga U has a 2-megapixel camera, which takes usable selfies.When it comes to shooting videos, the Eluga U is strictly average. It can shoot videos in 1080P resolution with 30 frames per second, but the quality of footage it captures is not too good. On a small screen you may not find videos shot with this phone too bad but don’t play them on HDTV. In low light, it is nearly impossible to shoot usable video clips with Eluga U.Software The Eluga U runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Unlike other manufacturers, Panasonic uses the stock KitKat launcher, which performs brilliantly. Though, if you are a fan of custom user interface, you can switch to Panasonic’s FitHome launcher. The FitHome launcher shows a list of apps in the bottom half of the screen, making single-handed use easier. Panasonic believes this will be more popular with users as it is simple to use. We agree with them on the simplicity part but believe that the stock Android launcher is little bit more elegant.Panasonic has also preloaded a few of its own apps on the phone. For instance, there is the TV Remote 2 app, which allows the user to connect Eluga U to a Panasonic Viera TV. A user can control the TV using the app. However, it is not a universal remote app and does not work through an IR blaster, but requires the TV and the smartphone on the same Wi-Fi network.advertisementThe Pop-In video app adds a eye tracking feature to the Eluga U. This feature is similar to the Smart Stay found in Samsung Galaxy phones. Using the front camera, the phone can track whether the user is watching the video or not and accordingly plays or pauses the video. However, these sort of features are often unreliable even on high-end phones. In Eluga U too, we found the feature to be unreliable.Overall, we like the software in the Elugu U. But it does have some minor quirks. For instance, the home button doubles as the multitasking key. Unlike most phone where the user has to either press and hold a key for the app switcher or use a single tap, on the Eluga U one has to double tap the home button. This works fine on an iPhone, which has one hardware button. But on the Eluga U this is unreliable because it is a touch-sensitive button without haptic feedback.Hardware and performancePowered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core chipset clocked at 1.2GHz, 16GB of internal memory and 2GB of RAM, the Eluga U is not the fastest phone in the market. Even for its price. But probably due to Panasonic’s choice of default launcher, which is the stock Android launcher, the phone delivers snappy performance. Apps are quick to load and mostly the phone handles several open apps at once without any lags. Internal storage can be expanded using the microSD card slot.It must be noted that phones like the Xiaomi Mi 3 and Asus ZenFone 5 outclass the Eluga U purely on the basis of superior internal hardware.Gaming performance is fine for casual games like Angry Birds and Temple Run, but more demanding games like Dead Trigger 2 don’t run too well at their highest graphics settings.The battery life of the Eluga U is impressive. It lasts a regular day of usage with ease. Our usage included around 2 hours of calls, a Gmail account with push mail enabled, two social network accounts, lots of photography, streaming of music and some use of the web browser. On a single charge, we clocked around 16-17 hours of usage. This is particularly impressive for a phone with a 2,500mAh battery.The device is a dual-SIM product. While reviewing, we found its call quality was decent. We never saw stellar signal quality, but we rarely faced dropped calls.Should you buy it?Given the market realities, the Panasonic Eluga U is a tough sale. While it has an elegant design, the finishing and build quality of the product doesn’t inspire much confidence. Additionally, at Rs 18,990 it does not even have the hardware to compete with the likes of the Xiaomi Mi 3 and the Asus ZenFone 5.advertisementWe can only recommend the Eluga U for its attractive design and clean software, but if these two things don’t matter much to you, then buying the Eluga U does not make any sense. You can easily have a comparable user experience with the Moto G and a vastly superior one with the Asus ZenFone 5 and the Xiaomi Mi 3 for less money.Look and Feel – 6/10Screen – 8/10Camera – 6/10Software 8/10Hardware – 7/10Battery – 8/10Call Quality – 7/10Value – 5/10IndiaToday.in rating – 6.9/10Follow writer on Twitter @DigitallyBones
Southampton loanee Elyounoussi enjoys Celtic debutby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMo Elyounoussi was delighted after making his debut for Celtic. The winger, on loan from Southampton, set up the winner in his first start for the Scottish giants.He said: “It was good to get the chance to play. I am proud of getting the win.”It was a good first five minutes and I almost scored but in the end I was happy to assist James in front of the goal and win the game.”It was a tough game and the pitch wasn’t the best and a bit dry but we came here for three points and that’s what we got.”He added: “They have been taking care of me since day one.”In time I will get more time to know them and on the pitch know each other and how they want to play and I want to play and hopefully that will get better in the future.”I am proud to get the debut and the three points is nice and now it’s Rennes on Thursday and we go again.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Canada’s top 100 CEOs are now making 200 times more money than the average worker for the first time in history, according to the latest data from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.Using 2016 earnings, the centre’s report “Climbing Up and Kicking Down” pegs the average for the CEOs at $10.4 million, compared to the average worker’s total of just under $50,000.The report says to put that in perspective, those executives made the average worker’s yearly pay by 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 2.CCPA Executive Director Peter Blair said 2016 data represents many records being broken.“They’ve broken the 200 to 1 barrier,” Blair said, noting the CEOs made 193 times more in 2015, but now it’s 209. “Now the minimum to get into that club is $5.3 million, up from what was $3.7 million, so that’s also a huge jump.”The report notes the difference between CEO compensation and the average workers, specifically around stock-based compensation.For example, base salary only makes up about 11 per cent for the executives, while another 33 per cent is share-based, 26 per cent from a bonus and 15 per cent is option-based.“This is almost certainly due to federal discussions over this period about possibly cancelling or lowering the stock option deduction, a sweetheart tax loophole that reduces the taxes paid on stock options by half,” report author David Macdonald said.Canada’s top 2016 earner, Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc. CEO Joseph Papa is a good example of share-based earnings.While his base salary was just under $1.3 million., he made over $55 million from share-based options, along with over $12 million in bonuses and over $13 million in option-based compensation.The CCPA report suggests comprehensive tax reform and changing the share-based model.“You’re looking at providing motivation to these top CEOs, which is entirely around short-term gains, and not tied to performance, be it profits or revenue and real corporate growth in the long-term,” Blair said.Blair has often heard the criticism that he’s suggesting socialism or communism when he talks about better income equality, but he said that’s not the case and that CEOs should certainly be paid appropriately for company growth.“What we have is a runaway train here that people are getting away with it and just pushing forward and pushing forward and it’s not doing anybody any favours,” he said. “We get the kinds of mergers and acquisitions and other kind of paper deals that generate increases in stock value, as opposed to real infrastructure building, corporate infrastructure building that we all need.”TOP ALBERTA EARNERS:Based on the 2016 data, the top Alberta earner was Canadian Pacific Railway LTD. CEO Hunter Harrison at over $18.8 million for the year, making fifth on the list overall.Other Alberta CEOs in the top 50 include:7 – Encana President and CEO Doug Suttles-$17.5 million20 – Canadian Natural Resources LTD Executive Chair Murray Edwards-$11.8 million26 – Suncor Energy President and CEO Steven Williams-$11.4 million27 – Enbridge President and CEO Al Monaco-$11.3 million32 – Shaw Communications Executive Chair James Shaw-$11.2 million42 – TransCanada President and CEO Russ Girling-$10.1 millionTo read the full report, click here – https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2018/01/Climbing%20Up%20and%20Kicking%20Down.pdf
Ford at least did not follow through on a threat to walk out of the meeting, which he had criticized for being too narrowly focused on Trudeau’s priority _ reducing interprovincial trade barriers _ and not enough on the priorities of provinces and territories.Trudeau managed to mollify the premiers by letting them talk about whatever they wanted.“Everything was discussed,” said Blaine Higgs, New Brunswick’s Conservative premier and the chair of the meeting from the premiers’ side. “I was encouraged by the kind of no-holds-barred discussion. That’s what we wanted and that’s what we got.”Higgs, who had never attended a first ministers meeting before, said many of the others “said this was one of the most productive meetings they’ve been in for a long time.”Trudeau and all the premiers, including Ford, signed onto a final communique that was long on general statements about working collaboratively to create jobs, grow the economy, protect the environment, reduce red tape and knock down barriers to trade between provinces.After spending the biggest chunk of time discussing the oil-price crisis that is devastating Alberta’s energy industry, everyone agreed in the communique with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s call for federal investments in short-, medium- and long-term help to get her province’s oil and gas to ports for shipment overseas. Alberta has been suffering from a glut of oil that has been trapped inland, away from buyers, because there hasn’t been enough transportation capacity to get it out. Customers have only been willing to take it at a steep discount to world prices.The communique says all agreed the federal government should invest in short-term support for energy businesses hammered by the price differential for Alberta’s oil. The federal government should also invest in medium-term efforts to get energy products to market _ which Notley took as supporting her plan to buy tanker cars to move oil by rail _ as well as long-term efforts to build the infrastructure, presumably pipelines, needed to get oil and gas to tidewater.“I am pleased to say that the vast majority, if not all, supported what I had to say,” Notley said. “I am pleased that we were able to spend more time on the agenda talking about something that I think everyone understands is fundamentally important to the economic well-being of every Canadian.”The communique acknowledged that while all first ministers agree on reducing carbon emissions, they disagree on how to go about it. Four conservative premiers, Ford, Saskatchewan’s Scott Moe, Higgs and Pallister, are going to court to challenge the federal plan to impose a price on carbon in their provinces starting in the new year. MONTREAL _ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau managed to keep the peace at what began as a tension-filled first ministers meeting Friday but had few concrete achievements to show for the day-long gathering.The one sour note was sounded by Ontario’s Progressive Conservative premier, Doug Ford, who accused Trudeau of moving the goalposts on Canada’s climate-change plans, requiring Ontario to cut its greenhouse-gas emissions more than Ford had expected.But other premiers, including fellow Conservative Brian Pallister from Manitoba, disputed Ford’s interpretation of what the prime minister said behind closed doors in Montreal and Trudeau himself dismissed the charge. Under the Paris agreement, the Trudeau government has agreed to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. Ford said his plan will achieve emission reductions of 30 per cent in Ontario _ without a carbon tax _ but that the prime minister told premiers some provinces will have to do better than that.“All of sudden, we have a little surprise in the room. The goalposts got changed,” he said.Moe backed Ford’s version of events but Pallister said there was “nothing new” in what Trudeau said.Federal officials pointed out that 30 per cent is a national target and that under the pan-Canadian climate change accord, provinces agreed to varying reductions to reach that goal. In any event, Nova Scotia Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil said all Trudeau said during the meeting was that some provinces will cut emissions more than others, not that they will be required to do so.“On climate change, I think it’s clear that Premier Ford and I differ on the matter,” Trudeau said during a closing news conference. “I believe that we need to put a price on pollution … He believes we should make pollution free again.”Ford’s recently unveiled climate-change plan is a “step backwards,” Trudeau said, noting that the Ontario premier has scrapped his province’s involvement in a cap-and-trade regime with Quebec and California.“Even though the premier may want to play games with numbers, what is clear is we are going to move forward, as we always have, in a very consistent way and if anyone is moving the goalposts, it’s Premier Ford.”Although Ford had been at the centre of demands to expand the agenda for the meeting, sources said neither he nor any member of his team was in the room when one of the issues he’d insisted upon, the influx of irregular border crossers, was discussed.Despite some of the pre-meeting theatrics, sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly, also said Ford spoke only several times during the meeting and did not bother to use his translation device when French was spoken.Among the few concrete results to emerge from the meeting, Moe said Trudeau committed to amending Bill C-69, legislation to beef up environmental assessments for energy projects. The bill has been heavily criticized for creating regulatory hurdles and uncertainty that will scare off investors in things like pipelines.Trudeau would not specify what changes he’s willing to make but said there need to be “clearer and faster timelines so businesses can have certainty” and elimination of overlapping federal and provincial assessments. He noted that the bill is currently before the Senate and said he looks forward to any amendments the upper house may make.A spokesman for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce said that while the group was happy to hear the government was willing to make changes to Bill C-69, it had hoped for more concrete action on issues affecting the oil and gas sector.Phil Taylor said the premiers should have promised not to block interprovincial energy and infrastructure projects, such as pipelines, that originate outside of their jurisdiction.On interprovincial trade barriers, the first ministers agreed to what the communique called “bold steps” harmonizing standards in the trucking sector, including tire size and size and weight restrictions, and eliminating duplication in federal and provincial food safety regimes.Pallister, who has been crusading to reduce internal trade barriers for years, was thrilled to finally see some modest progress.“Each of these things on their own doesn’t sound like a big deal but they add up and there are literally hundreds and hundreds of these types of impediments to our ability to do business with each other and shouldn’t be there,” he said.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The Liberals are promising that if re-elected they will boost the Canada Child Benefit and make maternity and parental leave benefits tax free.Leader Justin Trudeau says raising children is expensive, particularly in the first year, and this would help.Trudeau says the Liberals would increase the Canada Child Benefit by 15 per cent for children under one, which would be an increase of up to $1,000. The Liberals say they would also remove federal taxes from employment insurance cheques for maternity and parental leave.The Conservatives have also pledged to make maternity and parental leave tax free, but they would do so through a non-refundable 15 per cent tax credit.Trudeau says the Liberals would also introduce a new leave for adoptive parents so they get the same benefits as other parents.The Canadian Press
Manchester: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will travel with the rest of their squad for their FA Cup semi-final against Brighton and Hove Albion having nearly recovered from a hamstring injury, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday. The Argentina international, who is the Premier League’s top scorer with 19 goals, missed City’s 2-0 victory over relegation-threatened Cardiff City on Wednesday and was a doubt for Saturday’s semi-final at Wembley. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Almost everybody is fit,” Guardiola told a news conference. “Sergio Aguero is almost fit. He is travelling.” City are challenging on all fronts this season and could potentially win three more trophies before the campaign ends, having already lifted the League Cup. The team are top of the league going into the weekend’s games and have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League as well as the FA Cup semis and Guardiola believes they are poised to build a lasting legacy. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”We are still young in terms of a lot of titles but every season when you are able to win you become a better club, a better organisation, so that’s the target,” the Spaniard added. “We can’t deny the last decade in terms of English titles and being there in the Champions League, qualifying always, so it’s really good. We came from nothing with that, now we have that, we’ll see how far we’re going to get.” Stand-in left back Oleksandr Zinchenko has a hamstring injury and Guardiola is ready to draft Benjamin Mendy, who has been recovering from a knee injury, into the side for the first time Jan. 23 as a result. “Everybody has to help us, not just Mendy,” the manager added.
On the occasion of World Book Day on April 23, Over-the-top (OTT) platform ZEE5 announced eight new book adaptations. The news was announced recently via a statement. It comes after the success of book adaptations like “The Final Call” based on Priya Kumar’s book “I Will Go With You – The Flight of a Lifetime” and “Parchhayee – Ghost stories by Ruskin Bond”. The rights for the books – “The Wise Man Said” by Priya Kumar, “Hutatma” by Meena Deshpande, “Skyfire” by Aroon Raman, Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay’s historical novels – “Tungabhadrar Teere” and “Kaler Mandira”, “Mission to Pakistan” by late Maloy Krishna Dhar, “Karkatkranti” by Indranil Sanyal and “Seven Days Without You” by Anmol Rana have been procured for the ZEE5 webseries, which are likely to increase its viewerships. The content from each of them is in different phases of production. “The digital medium has opened new avenues not only for content producers but also for authors who can now bring their story alive on celluloid.” “We have an interesting line-up of content, a major chunk of which is through book adaptations,” said Aparna Achrekar, Programming Head at ZEE5 India.
Dubai: The UAE’s state-run oil company ADNOC has signed a long-term sales agreement with the Indian Oil Corporation for its high-quality base oil ADbase. Indian Oil will use the ADbase oils to manufacture high end engine oils for India’s growing automotive sector, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) made the announced on Tuesday. “The signing of this important sales agreement with another major base oil consumer in a large and growing market is testament to the quality and reliability of ADNOC’s Group III base oil ADbase,” said Ahmad Bin Thalith, Acting Senior Vice President of Refined Products Sales, in ADNOC’s Marketing, Supply and Trading directorate. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We look forward to working with IndianOil and to increasing the supply of ADbase to the Indian market, which continues to see strong demand for high quality base oil and finished lubricants,” Thalith said. Indian Oil is the largest seller of finished lubricants in the Indian market with approximate volume of 450,000 tonnes per annum. The total Indian market for finished lubricants is two million tonnes and is growing at the rate of 2.4 per cent per annum. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostSubimal Mondal, Executive Director (Lubes) at Indian Oil said: “Indian Oil is a long-standing partner of ADNOC and we look forward to building on and strengthening the links between our two companies. The high quality of ADNOC’s ADbase product, combined with strong logistics support and the proximity of the UAE to India, was key in our decision to sign this agreement”. The signing of this agreement follows a recent signing with Xiamen Sinolook Oil Company to supply ADbase into China, and the 2017 and 2018 exclusive agreements with Penthol C V, and Chemlube for the supply of ADbase into the US and Europe. ADNOC Refining, an ADNOC subsidiary, produces up to 500,000 metric tonnes per year of Group III base oil and around 100,000 metric tonnes per year of Group II base oil, at its Ruwais refinery. Murban, Abu Dhabi’s light, high paraffinic crude is used as feedstock for ADNOC’s Base Oil plant, which ensures a consistent, high quality product. ADbase has a high Viscosity Index (VI) making it an ideal lubricant component, ensuring efficiency and fuel economy for high performance engines, while meeting ever stringent environmental regulations.