John Bernard, a professor and dairy scientist at the University of Georgia Tifton campus, has found “cotton cake” to be an effective protein supplement for dairy cattle.Cotton cake is a type of cottonseed meal, the solid material that remains after oil is extracted from cottonseed and is made from products that would otherwise be wasted. The cotton cake Bernard has formulated is composed of a slightly different nutrient makeup than the raw material.Bernard discovered that cotton cake provides dairy cattle with an alternate source of protein than the commonly used soybean meal.“We really have to watch how much fat we put in their diets, so when they can get the extruder fine-tuned to reduce the oil content in the cotton cake, it makes that product better for feeding cattle,” he said.Bernard conducted a feeding trial in lactating dairy cattle on the UGA Tifton campus that compared three different diets. One diet used all soybean and heat-treated soybean meal products. In the others, Bernard replaced either the soybean product or the heat-treated soybean meal with cotton cake. In every diet tested, cattle produced comparable amounts of milk with similar composition.“The bottom line is, this product could very easily be used in a diet to replace some of the soybean meal, whether it’s regular soybean meal or heat-treated soybean meal product,” said Bernard.Knowing that cotton cake is a good substitute for soybean meal allows dairy producers to make informed decisions about what to feed their cattle as prices for feed ingredients fluctuate throughout the year. Cottonseed is not only more readily available to Georgia farmers, it is also less expensive. Therefore, it could save producers money.“We’re always looking for protein supplements and evaluating those on cost per unit of protein,” said Bernard.Cattle farmers are not the only beneficiaries of this product; cotton growers are too.“This research is designed to keep people buying cottonseed products, to hopefully keep those prices high for cotton farmers,” said Tom Wedegaertner, director of cottonseed research at Cotton Inc.Because cows can use the protein in cotton cake to break down fibers that are dangerous to humans, consumers also benefit.“There are always opportunities to look at new products that become available when processing grains or oilseed to produce something that is going to be more suitable for humans or somewhere in the industry,” Bernard said.He is one of few scientists in the U.S. who are conducting research on cotton cake as a protein supplement for dairy cattle.The low production numbers are likely due to the small number of factories that produce cotton cake across the U.S. In fact, the mill Bernard used to conduct his research is no longer located in Georgia.To read more about cotton research at UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, go to www.ugacotton.com.
Action continues this weekend at the ongoing Nigeria Bankers Games as football event group games come to an end, just as attention switches to indoor games – table tennis and chess at the Yaba College of Technology Sports Complex on Sunday.The first match of the day will see 2018 football champions – UBA and FCMB battle for group A’s top position. The two teams have begun the season with two wins from two games and will be looking for a win to close out the group stage.The second match will also witness two teams in similar positions as First Bank and Fidelity Bank having both won their opening two fixtures and now gunning for top position in Group B. With Ecobank and Union Bank yet to amass any points this year, both teams will look to this weekend as an opportunity for their teams to end their winless streak before entering the knock out stages of the competition.Nigeria Banker’s Games returnees – Wema Bank are hoping to close out the group stages on a high as they take on a Sterling Bank team who are also looking to change their fortunes in the 2019 season.The indoor games are slated to hold at the YabaTech Indoor Hall.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
CINCINNATI — If Kevin Pillar looked like a natural climbing the center field wall in Cincinnati on Saturday night, it’s because he is one.The Giants outfielder scaled an eight-foot fence to rob Reds rookie Nick Senzel of his first major league home run, impressing his teammates and everyone in attendance at Great American Ball Park with how easily he moved himself into position to make the play.Sports Info Solutions said Pillar’s Saturday robbery was the third of his career, and considering …
South Africa’s NSPCA has been protecting animals for more than six decades and now calls on the public to help it rid our neighbourhoods of dog fighting. Support its crowd funding initiative and give its Special Investigations Unit the strength it needs to make a telling difference.Support the NSPCA’s crowd funding initiative and give its Special Investigations Unit the strength it needs to effectively address the issue of dog fighting. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Mathiba MolefeSouth Africa’s SPCA, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, has been working to protect animals for more than 60 years.Its ongoing efforts to safeguard the welfare of animals have largely relied on the support the organisation gets from the public.The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) has now directed a large portion of its resources to the battle against dog fighting in South Africa. The organisation will be expanding its Special Investigations Unit to bolster efforts to stop dog fighting.The unit conducts undercover work countrywide to find dogs that are being used for illegal dog fighting, conducting raids and rescues where necessary.“Dog fighting is a subject that people should be outraged about,” said Wendy Willson, a senior inspector and manager of the unit.“In addition to the horrific suffering of the animals involved, the crime has a devastating effect on the people, children and societies where it is happening and the communities who tolerate its existence.”Help end dog fightingTo help the unit continue rescuing dogs that have been caught in the cruelty of dog fighting, the NSPCA appeals to business and the public to help it raise the funds it needs.If you or anyone you know would like to help the NSPCA and its Special Investigations Unit end dog fighting you can donate to its crowd-funding initiative created with help from Different.Org, a crowd-funding platform for NGOs and initiatives aimed at benefitting society.You can also help the organisation by reporting any suspicious activity in your area to the NSPCA via these contact details:Email: [email protected]: 011 907 3590Website: nspca.co.zaYour identity is protected and you can remain anonymous.Play Your PartEveryone can make a positive difference in their own way. How are you working to support the development of those less fortunate?Are you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you through your everyday actions? Do you know of anyone who deserves recognition for improving South Africa and its people?If you do, then don’t hesitate to submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.If we don’t get actively involved in creating a better future for South Africa, then who will? Step up and play your part in our country’s journey to greatness.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members What is “healthy housing”? Scientists don’t really know for sure, but that hasn’t stopped green builders from making poorly supported claims about “healthy” and “unhealthy” homes. No one really knows which building specifications contribute to the health of building occupants — which is why I have often advised builders to be very cautious about claims that building specifications promote human health.Of course, physicians and builders have long had fairly good data on which toxins to avoid. The list includes lead, asbestos, tobacco smoke, and most types of insecticides. There are a few other substances, including formaldehyde and radon, which are so toxic that their levels must be kept low, even when it’s impossible to entirely eliminate them from the indoor environment.Beyond basic advice about avoiding obvious toxins, experts have few examples of building specifications that lead to improved occupant health.That said, in recent years tantalizing clues on the links between human health and housing specifications are starting to trickle in — not enough to make firm statements, but enough to pique the interest of “healthy house” researchers.Many of these studies look for improved health outcomes in occupants of homes that have recently received energy-efficiency improvements. Most, but not all, of these studies depend on occupants’ self-reported assessments of symptoms rather than objective criteria like the number of hospital visits.Moreover, with most of the studies that look into “healthy housing,” it’s impossible to know which retrofit measures (out of any particular package of implemented measures) were responsible for reported improvements in occupant health.The best data on health improvements are for families that include someone with asthma. For families without any asthmatics, however, data are sparse.At the recent Better Buildings By Design conference in Burlington, Vermont, the keynote address was given by Ruth… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in
Chandigarh, May 18 (PTI) Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij today said a high-level inquiry would probe the matter after former Test cricketer Chetan Sharma wrote to him levelling charges of corruption, nepotism, mismanagement and financial bungling in the Haryana Cricket Association. “The allegations leveled by Chetan Sharma would be thoroughly probed by the state government and strict action would be taken against anyone found guilty,” Vij said after receiving Chetans complaint in this regard here. Vij said that before this also, he had received many complaints regarding alleged irregularities committed by various sports bodies attached with many games and on which, appropriate actions is being taken. HCA secretary Anirudh Chaudhry termed the allegations as “false and baseless” and said the cricket body will soon sit and decide to take legal action into the false allegations which are being levelled. “I am submitting the present application to expose corruption, nepotism, arbitrariness and mismanagement in the functioning of the Haryana Cricket Association,” Chetan Sharma, who met the Minister here today, wrote in his application, in which he had requested for a high level probe into his allegations. In his application to Vij, a copy of which he also forwarded to Haryanas Governor and Chief Minister, besides Registrar General, Supreme Court in reference to the Lodha Committee report, Chetan also requested the Manohar Lal Khattar led BJP Government to conduct an inquiry into “corruption, nepotism, mismanagement in HCA, financial bungling in the purchase of lad at Jhajjar by HCA, lack of cricketing infrastructure in Haryana, failure to develop cricketing talent at district level”. The 50-year-old Chetan, who played 23 Tests and 65 ODIs, while talking to reporters before meeting the Minister, sought that former India captain Kapil Dev be put at the helm of the HCA. He launched a scathing attack on the state association, calling it a corrupt body and detrimental to the growth of cricket in Haryana. “There is widespread corruption in the HCA and the office-bearers are solely responsible for it. A state which has produced eminent cricketers such as Kapil Dev and others does not have an international stadium of its own. The state association gets crores of rupees from BCCI every year to develop infrastructure and promote cricket, where does all that money go?” he asked. (MORE) PTI SUN AKA PTI BS BSadvertisement
Jim Kelly NFL DraftJim Kelly, former Miami Hurricane and Buffalo Bill great, has just stolen the show at the NFL Draft – and for good reason. Friday night, Kelly, who has battled squamous cell carcinoma (a form of jaw cancer) the past few years, made his way to stage to announce the 50th overall pick in place of commissioner Roger Goodell. Before he announced Buffalo’s selection of Ronald Darby, he received a standing ovation and was serenaded with chants of his last name. It was incredibly heartwarming.If the above clip doesn’t work, click here to view it on YouTube.It’s great to see Kelly back on his feet, cancer-free. Let’s hope it stays that way.
SYDNEY, N.S. — His message to laid off Cape Breton call centre workers is straightforward.But the Iowa-based businessman’s words resonate like gospel in this hardscrabble region plunged into economic uncertainty earlier this month.“Things are going to stay the same or get better,” says Anthony Marlowe, a self-made telecommunications mogul who himself started as a telemarketer at 18 and quickly rose through the ranks before breaking out on his own.“We’ve committed to hiring every employee back plus some,” he says, adding he’ll honour pre-bankruptcy wages and offer retention sign-on bonuses for returning workers.They’re big promises that have earned the entrepreneur near messianic status on the Nova Scotia island.ServiCom Canada abruptly closed its Sydney call centre on Dec. 6, laying off hundreds of workers weeks before Christmas.“It was an emotional moment,” says Marlowe, who was in the process of buying the call centre. “Although those weren’t our people yet, they were potentially soon to be.”With more than two decades in the call centre industry, it wasn’t the first round of layoffs to touch Marlowe personally.“I have some extra sympathy for the workers,” he says, describing the “travesty and devastation” of seeing workers lose their livelihoods after bankruptcy proceedings closed call centres in the U.S. in the early 2000s.Marlowe grew up in La Grange, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, and moved to Iowa for university in his late teens.“My brother was there, I was living with him and my mom said, ‘Get a job,’” he says.“I took a job as a telemarketer for a telecommunications company and the next thing I knew I was a skyrocketing up the company and then I wanted to start my own contact centre telemarketing operation.”The 39-year-old says the Cape Breton call centre will be his ninth operation when it reopens, likely by the first week of January, as the Sydney Call Centre Inc.“There were a lot of tears, hugs and Christmas spirit,” Marlowe says of a meeting he held at a Sydney legion last week updating workers on plans to reopen the call centre.“It’s obviously a humbling thing to have someone say, ‘You’re our Christmas miracle,’” he says.“We never really wanted it to be about the company or me performing any miracles. Those workers performed at such a high level with such competency, tenure and aptitude that they deserved a miracle regardless of what holiday it was near.”Marlowe Companies Inc. (MCI) had expressed interest in the Sydney call centre several weeks before it closed, and was in the process of negotiating a deal.The closure forced MCI’s leadership to work feverishly behind the scenes to acquire the call centre.“It was like a melting ice cube at that point,” says Marlowe, chief executive officer of MCI.The concern was that ServiCom’s clients — such as OnStar Corp., a subsidiary of General Motors, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, AT&T Inc. and Allstate Insurance company — would start to look for new suppliers to provide customer support if the call centre did not reopen quickly.But he says while it appears ServiCom’s value was in its contracts with big name clients, Marlowe says “those contracts have no value if there are no employees to perform them.”“Time was absolutely of the essence,” Marlowe says, regarding his desire to retain as many of the 515 or so workers on the payroll when the Sydney call centre closed.In the end, MCI outbid two other buyers for the assets of ServiCom for $1.5-million during an auction at bankruptcy court in New Haven, Conn., last week.He says the competing bids “drove up our initial offer by a factor of four.”“They were successful at attracting other bidders, which wasn’t a surprise to us because when you myopically looked at just the contracts and just the Canadian operation, all of a sudden that became a more appealing value proposition,” Marlowe says.The Sydney facility is expected to reopen by Jan. 7, although it could open as early as Jan. 2, he says. The company has asked workers to complete paperwork this Friday and Saturday.“We’re working very hard through the holidays to turn the lights back on.”— By Brett Bundale in HalifaxThe Canadian Press
Kolkata: Kumartuli — the artisan hub of Kolkata — is all set to be transformed into a new avatar with a unique celebration of the artistry of the idol makers for the first time in the history of the city. A two- day carnival titled “Rang Matir Panchali”, will take place on Sunday and Monday to mark the occasion of World Art Day and Poila Baisakh on April 15.Three major lanes will be flanked by installations. Some of them will be in open air while others will be displayed inside several studios. An uneven patch of multiple colours will run from the gate along the ground, thus guiding the visitors along the exhibition trail. Exhibits will include idol-making, installations, paintings, sculptures, photographs, wall graffiti, street art etc. Modern art is blending with the traditional besides keeping Kumartuli’s rustic charm intact. About 30 artistes of Kumartuli are involved in this initiative including women idol makers China Pal and Mala Pal. Well-known theme makers Sushanta Pal and Partha Dasgupta are acting as mentors in the carnival. Three inmates from Pavlov Mental Hospital who have a fetish in art have also been roped in and they are working alongside Nabakumar Pal and Jiten Pal who are associated with the traditional idol making of Bagbazar Sarbojonin for years. “It has been less than a month when we reached with the concept to the idol makers of Kumartuli. They welcomed the suggestion and formed an umbrella body named Kumartuli Art Forum, uniting the three unions for organising the event,” said Sabyasachi Chatterjee who runs a creative agency and is managing the event. A leading paint company that awards “Sharad Samman” to the best Durga Pujas across the city has extended a helping hand in the event. Pictures have been taken of various corners of the hub and of various activities of the idol makers. Their idle afternoons have also been captured through photographs. The two-day carnival will be inaugurated at Banamali Sarkar Street at 3 pm on Sunday.
Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan): Kazakhstan said Tuesday it will host fresh talks on Syria on April 25-26, backed by Iran, Russia and Turkey as they eye an end to the eight-year conflict. Delegations from the Syrian regime and armed opposition groups are expected to participate along with representatives of the three guarantor states, Kazakhstan’s foreign ministry said in a statement. The United Nations and Jordan would attend as observers, it added. The situation on the ground in Idlib will be on the agenda of the talks, as well as “confidence-building measures” and the distribution of humanitarian aid. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe talks will be the first in Astana for the UN’s new Syria envoy Geir Pedersen, who took over from Staffan de Mistura in January. De Mistura seemed frustrated at the most recent Astana talks in November, ruing a “missed opportunity” to move closer towards a political settlement. Pedersen said that talks in Damascus Sunday with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem focused on a political settlement had been “substantial.” Russia, a key backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has taken a lead role in diplomatic efforts through the so-called “Astana process” with Iran and Turkey that has largely sidelined UN diplomacy. The talks there began in January 2017. Last month the Kazakh capital changed its name from Astana to Nur-Sultan, although the former name is still being used for the talks.