The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is moving towards delivering its work plans and programmes in a more established and standardised manner, in 2018.At the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s year-end press conference last week, GCAA Director General, Lieutenant Colonel (ret’d) Egbert Field highlighted several projections that have been outlined by the agency to be accomplished in the new year.Field reported that the construction of the GCAA headquarters, which would beGCAA Director General, Lieutenant Colonel (ret’d) Egbert Fieldlocated at Providence, East Coast Demerara (ECD), would commence in 2018. The Director General disclosed that land has already been acquired to house the headquarters. The new building is expected to maximise efficiency and the day-to-day operations of the agency.Secondly, Field stated that Guyana was expected to host the third International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) African States and Diaspora meeting, which would focus on promoting tourism and air linkages between African countries and the Diaspora, especially in the Caribbean States.Further, the GCAA hopes to meet an 85 per cent compliance target on ICAO standards. In 2017, a number of successes were recorded in the local aviation sector, including improvements to the air navigation services, aviation security, aviation safety and regulations, and air transport management.Additionally, the agency, in keeping with the Government’s green agenda, is moving to store files and other critical documents and information electronically. At least 33 per cent of the agency’s work is expected to be electronically stored in a digital collection. Meanwhile, 20 new Air Traffic Controllers will be added to the profession this year while capacity-building exercises for staff will continue.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Fiber is increasingly being added to pig diets, but digestion of fiber in pigs is inefficient and poorly understood. In a new study from the University of Illinois, scientists pinpoint the locations within the digestive tract where fiber is fermented.“We’re trying to figure out the specifics of fiber fermentation in pigs and what can we potentially do to increase it,” said Hans Stein, professor in the Department of Animal Sciences and the Division of Nutritional Sciences at U of I.Stein’s research group formulated four experimental diets, including a standard corn-soybean meal diet as a control. Different fiber sources replaced 30% of the control diet in the remaining three diets: distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), wheat middlings, and soybean hulls.The researchers placed two cannulas in each of eight barrows, which allowed them to collect digesta from the end of the small intestine and from the colon, just after the cecum. Fecal samples were also collected from each pig. Values were calculated for apparent ileal digestibility (AID), apparent cecal digestibility (ACD), and apparent total tract digestibility (ATTD).“This allowed us to quantify disappearance of nutrients and energy through fermentation at every point along the digestive tract. We know there’s fermentation in the cecum, but we didn’t know how much there was. And we also were able to quantify what happens in the colon,” Stein said.The insoluble fiber in wheat middlings was fermented more readily than in soybean hulls or DDGS, suggesting it may be the best fiber source of the three. For the soluble fiber fraction, there were no differences among the diets.The site of fermentation for soluble fiber was either in the small intestine or in the cecum, whereas for insoluble fiber, fermentation occurred in the colon.“This is the first study to determine the different places in the pig digestive tract where fiber is fermented. We will use this information to conduct more research and determine if we can solubilize more fiber and therefore get more energy out of it early in the digestive tract,” Stein said. “We can potentially target enzymes or other additives to help microbes ferment more fiber.”The article, “Disappearance of nutrients and energy in the stomach, and small intestine, cecum, and colon of pigs fed corn-soybean meal diets containing distillers dried grains with solubles, wheat middlings, or soybean hulls,” is published in the Journal of Animal Science. Former Ph.D. student Neil Jaworski and Stein co-authored the article. Financial support was provided by the National Pork Board.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kayla Hawthorne, OCJ field reporterIn 2012 Brad and Mindy Thornburg bought 11 Angus-Simmental cross cows “sight unseen” through a deal with a friend. Thornburg Cattle was an adventure from the start of the first-generation farm near Barnesville in Belmont County, but they expected nothing less. They have battled through numerous challenges since then and their resulting success was highlighted in January when Brad was named the Young Cattleman of the Year by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association.The Young Cattleman of the Year Award is presented to individuals or couples, typically under 40 years of age, who have demonstrated the initial stages of a successful beef operation and exhibited leadership potential. The recipient is also the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s automatic nominee to participate in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Young Cattlemen’s Conference held in early February.The Thornburgs have worked hard to make their own way in the cattle business, but have relied heavily on the insight and expertise from others in the industry. Neither Brad nor Mindy were raised on farms, but they both had a passion for cattle and they met while working with cattle. Brad got his experience with cattle by working at sale barns and with veterinarians.“I actually had five or six Red Angus heifers I picked up when I still worked at a sale barn — just deals that had come by,” Brad said.Brad was talking to an old friend about the need to artificially inseminate his cattle, not knowing he had a sister in the business.“Probably 10 minutes later she pulled in my driveway and we struck a deal to breed my cows. Within two weeks we were breeding them and had them ready to go,” Brad said. “After that I asked, ‘Hey, what are you doing later? Want to go out to eat?’ ‘Hey, want to get married?’ It kind of went pretty quick. It wasn’t any more than a year I think.”Brad and Mindy started the farm right after they got married and they are each 50% owners. For purposes of efficiency and economics, they bought embryos to place in their 40 cows, instead of breeding unwanted genetics. The Thornburgs still use embryo transfer to improve their genetics. Mindy currently works in animal health for Zoetis and puts her expertise to work in the farm operation.The Young Cattleman of the Year Award was presented to Brad Thornburg of Belmont County.“That’s the fastest way that we know to get your genetic quality up,” Brad said. “We don’t run a bull. We take care of everything through AI and ET.”The Thornburgs have a three-strike rule. If a cow comes back in heat for a third time, she leaves the farm.“We try to get [our calving cycle] at two cycles. So, under 60 days is what we try to keep it at,” Mindy said. “That’s how we decide our culls, if they don’t breed in two heat cycles, they go. Our goal is to calve in January and sell by July 4.”Along with starting from scratch with their cattle, the young couple started from scratch with their land as well. Competition from oil and gas interests in eastern Ohio has made it more difficult to find and purchase land in recent years. The Thornburgs say they were lucky to find the initial land they were able to purchase, but it needed extensive work to be suitable for efficient cattle production.“That limited us on being able to buy any more out here that was actually already half set up for either production or cattle,” Brad said.They initially bought an 80-acre piece of property but 65 acres were wooded. They have since spent many hours clearing the property to maximize the opportunities to pasture the cattle.“Brad and I have started working with the EQIP program to get this farm back in shape. Basically when we got it, it needed a lot of work,” Mindy said. “So we started looking with our local conservation group and trying to build proper rotational grazing and trying to make it sustainable and environmentally friendly to raise these cattle on this land so that it is here for generations to come.”They have been able to add some more ground since then to expand pastures further.“We bought a little farm a couple years ago — about 35 acres or so. And it’s in a rehabilitation process, too,” Brad said. “We ended up realizing that it is going to be a real challenge to get any more ground.”The Thornburgs pasture their 40 cows on all 115 acres they own. Additionally, they rent around 400 acres from neighbors for hay, which they use for their cows in the winter and to sell. Their goal was to build their herd to 100 cows.“We’re at the point that 115 acres is not going to support the operation that we’d like to get to someday with the goal we had in mind,” Brad said.With off-farm jobs, three children and the cattle operation, time is also often a limiting factor for the farm.“We work off farm but we somehow manage to make it happen between the two of us,” Mindy said.The Thornburgs work hard to provide the right nutrition for the cattle produce a high quality end product from their operation with a heavy emphasis on grass and less additional supplementation. Brad wants to continue emphasizing grasses as the operation moves forward.“I would like to graze 365 days of the year — short of some major ice event or 5 feet of snow. The more grass I can raise, the less grain I have to buy,” Brad said. “We’re trying to implement rotational grazing and intensive grazing and even some mob grazing. We tried that this year and it was fairly successful.”Brad is always researching new ideas to improve production through the resources available on their land by extending the grazing opportunities.“We rely on a lot of professionals and all these people who have put out papers and studies about trials,” Brad said. “I’m a reader. I read a lot.”The calves are sold to a middleman who puts together a semi load of black, Angus-based calves, which are sold to a feedlot in the West or on the Internet. The Thornburgs get reports on the calves to monitor the farm’s performance and provide insights in how details can be tweaked for future improvement.“We’re willing to adapt and change for whatever we need to raise and market our cattle the best way we can,” Brad said.Along with the countless hours he spends working directly with the cattle, Brad also takes time to serve as a director for District 7 of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and will finish his two-term limit in 2020. They are also members of the Ohio Valley Cattlemen’s Association for Belmont, Nobel, Monroe, Harrison and Jefferson counties.The Thornburgs were very honored to receive the recent award from the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, but they have no idea who nominated them for the recognition.“We were happy — tickled to death,” Brad said. “But we would like to try to find out who [nominated us] just for the ‘thanks.’”The first generation farm has been built with the Thornburg’s sweat-equity driven by a love of raising cattle and willingness to learn from others.“We’re self-sufficient to try to keep the cost low,” Brad said. “We didn’t have parents who did this. We didn’t have uncles who gave us anything. This came out of my pocket from laying brick and her pocket from breeding cows. We are grateful for all these professionals going before us. We wouldn’t be where we’re at if we didn’t have somebody to learn from.”
Advertisement Advertisement(Image Courtesy: Indian Express)Indian captain Virat Kohli scored a magnificent knock of 149 leading his team from the front in the first test v England.At a point when India were on a verge of conceding a lead of over 100 runs, Virat shouldered the responsibility building partnerships with the lower order and reaching a century at the same time.This knock of 149 saw his surpass his total score of 134 scored in 2014 in just one innings. Virat had a horrid time in 2014 with his average reading just 13.4. Putting an end to all the speculation surrounding his poor form in England, he scored a scintillating 149.When asked about if this was one of his best knocks of his career, Kohli stated that he still rated the 141 scored against the mighty Aussies in Adelaide as his best knock.“This knock could probably come in second to Adelaide. It still remains very special to me because it was the second innings and we were chasing a target. I had clarity that we are chasing a target and not once did I think that we’re not. It is a beautiful zone to be in and today I’m very happy and very grateful to have the opportunity to help the team this way and pull us back in the Test. We’re here to compete, we’re here to fight and we’re going to continue to do that,” he said at close of play to BCCI.TV.Kohli further clarified that he put team’s performances as his first priority even though he faced an equal pressure on himself to score in England.“I try to prepare the best way possible that I can and help my team as much as possible. It wasn’t only about getting to the three figure mark but continue from there on. I was very disappointed when I got out as well because I thought we could have taken a 10-15 run lead.”“But in hindsight we wouldn’t have been able to bowl so just accept what god has blessed on me. I am very happy with my preparation and not worried about the world,” he said.India are now set a stiff target of 194 to chase in order to win the first test. It will be interesting to see which team will come on top and clinch the all important win. Let’s wait and watch.Also Read:England vs. India: Cheteshwar Pujara’s exclusion from the starting XI whips up selection debate for Team India
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan coach Gattuso: No reason to feel intimidated facing Juventusby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso insists there’s no reason to feel intimidated facing Juventus in the Supercoppa.The match is being held in Saudi Arabia.Gattuso said, “I felt the tension more as a player than a Coach. It’s completely different. We are up against a side that has been dominant in Italy and Europe for eight years, they know how to play for trophies, but it’s important for us to be here and feel this experience too.“We’ve got to play our game with a relaxed approach, because the strongest team doesn’t always win in a one-off match. We want to see a great performance to beat Juve tomorrow, we’re well aware of that.“I am a man who often follows his instinct and for the last five years in this profession my focus has been on being as credible as possible in the eyes of my players. I say with great honesty, I am not thinking of myself, but what this game can represent for my players.“I want to help them realise we can do it, we can raise the bar and push through the limits. I don’t want to see us panic or fall apart at the first error. I don’t want to see a repeat of Olympiacos, a game we had in our grasp and threw it away. At the first error, we lose all our confidence. It has been happening to Milan for a long time, even before I got here, and I want to see this team maintain its courage.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Borussia Dortmund winger Sergio Gomez defends Barcelona attacker Dembeleby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund winger Sergio Gomez insists Ousmane Dembele can be a success at Barcelona.Dembele will face his old club in the Champions League tonight.Gomez, formerly of Barca, was asked about Dembele’s problems at the Nou Camp.He told Sport: “Dembélé is a player who has given a lot to Borussia. With (Thomas) Tuchel, he learned a lot. And thanks to that, he is now in Barça. “Why does it not work in Barça? These are different championships. I do not know what problem Dembélé has. But he is a very good player, young and I am sure that in the years to come, he will be one of the greatest.”
Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams (7) catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Deshaun Watson against North Carolina State at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C., on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. Credit: Courtesy of TNSSCOTTSDALE, Ariz — Ohio State redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett versus Clemson junior quarterback Deshaun Watson is without question the main card in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. But one of the primary matchups is OSU’s surprisingly dominant secondary against Clemson’s star-studded receiving corps.When Clemson lost the national championship game to Alabama last season, 45-40, the Tigers were without wide receivers Deon Cain and Mike Williams. This time around, the two are healthy and have been nightmares for defenses all season. Williams has caught 84 passes and gained 1,171 yards with 10 touchdowns. Cain has 32 catches for 621 yards and nine touchdowns.The maturity of both Williams and Cain has made the difference in Clemson coach Dabo Swinney’s mind. He said that Williams and Cain are in the midst of their most productive season with the Tigers.It’s been great for (Deon Cain) to have Mike (Williams) there. It’s been great for Mike to have a guy like Deon there,” Swinney said. “For us to be able to roll those two guys in and out, it’s been a tremendous amount of production. If you just look at the production at that position and the amount of touchdowns, they’ve been a heck of a combination.”OSU’s secondary has statistically been one of the best in man coverage situations. Aside from the 19 interceptions and seven touchdowns off interceptions, cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley have excelled at defending the pass when put on an island. The Buckeyes rank fifth in the country with just 164.5 yards passing allowed per game.At safety, redshirt sophomore Malik Hooker and junior Damon Webb have been OSU’s security blanket. The two are responsible for seven of the team’s 19 interceptions and four of the seven pick-sixes — Hooker with six and three, respectively. OSU is second in the nation in yards allowed per passing attempt at 5.4.“They’re a great group,” Williams said. “They have guys that attack the ball in the air like receivers. They have hands like receivers. That’s probably one of the biggest differences.”Tigers’ tight end Jordan Leggett, who is third on the team with seven receiving touchdowns, said that OSU’s man coverage is challenging, but having four or five guys that have to be accounted for in the passing game gives the upper hand to Clemson in his eyes.“You just can’t leave (Williams) on an island with one of your corners because he’s going to win that matchup nine times out of 10,” Leggett said. “It’s just a matter of how (OSU) wants to play us. Whatever they do, they’re leaving someone else on an island with someone else. And any of our guys that we have here, they’re going to win that matchup no matter what.”Cain said that the receiving corps that has five guys with 30-plus receptions — Hunter Renfrow with 29 — has had so much success due to the play of Watson and the Clemson offensive line. The Clemson receiving corps has been able to win one-on-one matchups all season. The same can be said about OSU’s secondary. On Saturday at 7 p.m. ET, the two teams’ strengths, like they have all season, could define whose season ends and whose continues.“We have a lot of good, talented guys in our receiving corps and they have a lot of good DBs that can match up with us,” Cain said. “It comes down to who wants to win and who makes the best competitive plays. That’s what this game is going to be.”
Freshman forward Marc Loving (2) drives to the basket during a game against Michigan Feb. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 70-60.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorIt had been a long time since Ohio State freshman forward Marc Loving scored a basket.Four hours, 35 minutes and 14 seconds of game time to be exact.Loving hadn’t scored a field goal since a 3-pointer with 20 seconds remaining during a 68-62 loss against Nebraska Jan. 20.He had also failed to score in any way since the Buckeyes fell, 71-70, in overtime against Penn State Jan. 29, when he hit a pair of free throws.But when his team needed him to recapture the form that had excited coach Thad Matta and the Buckeye faithful earlier this season, Loving did just that.Against Illinois Saturday, the Buckeyes struggled to score — putting up only 20 points in the first half and a season-low 48 points in the game — and led by just one point with 12:18 remaining.After buckets from bench players junior center Trey McDonald and sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle pushed the lead to five, Loving found the scoring touch he hadn’t seen in nearly a month.“It was like a monkey climbed off my back,” Loving said to Cleveland.com after OSU’s 48-39 win against the Fighting Illini.When he was asked to identify the size of the primate, the freshman was quick to clarify.“A silverback (gorilla),” he added.Loving’s first made jumper in the month of February was followed by two more field goals and a pair of free throws, as the freshman scored eight consecutive points for the Buckeyes.“We needed a little spark off the bench,” Loving said after the game. “Seeing (a shot) go in relieved a lot of pressure. My teammates had my back during my struggles, and they were looking for me. I took the open opportunities and they went down.”At the end of the run, OSU (20-6, 7-6, fifth in the Big Ten) led, 42-29, with 5:25 remaining. The team held on for the victory despite a late charge from Illinois (14-12, 3-10, last in the Big Ten).Before the scoring drought began, Loving was averaging 6.68 points per game but has since seen that number slip to 5.3 a game. His time on the court had also dwindled, as he recorded a season low two minutes during a 70-60 loss against then-No. 15 Michigan Feb. 11.Matta said the pressure that was lifted when Loving made the first basket was immense.“When the ball went through for him, I was just so excited,” Matta said in an interview with Cleveland.com after the game. “I talked to him after practice (Friday) and said ‘It’s going to happen’ … When that first shot went down, you could literally see a thousand pounds lifted off of him.”Matta added that he thought Loving was deserving of the game ball.“I told the team afterward, if I could have gotten the game ball, I would have given it to (Loving),” Matta said.Loving wasn’t the only bench player for the Buckeyes to play well against the Illini.Della Valle scored five points and added three rebounds, with junior guard Shannon Scott — who asked to be removed from the starting lineup last month — playing 26 minutes and recording five steals, four rebounds, three assists and two points.McDonald also recorded two points in 15 minutes in relief of junior center Amir Williams, who failed to score during the game.“What you saw with Trey, what you saw with Amedeo, those are things we need them to do,” Matta said. “We rode those guys. They were dog tired.”Senior guard Aaron Craft was the game’s leading scorer with 14 points, but was saddled to the bench with foul trouble for large portions of each half.Craft said it was hard not being able to play, but thought the bench players did a good job when they were needed.“It was rough,” Craft said in an interview with Cleveland.com after the game. “I’m sitting on the bench. It’s tough when you don’t have a say. My teammates did a great job controlling the perimeter. Guys just did a great job executing, finding ways to keep it close and that’s what we needed.”Next up, Loving and the rest of the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Northwestern (12-13, 5-7, tied for seventh in the Big Ten) Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
The team is now third in the 2018-2019 Italian Lega Serie A season with three victories and only one defeatNapoli is climbing positions in the Italian Lega Serie A.The team was able to beat Fiorentina 1-0 last Saturday and is now set to start their UEFA Champions League season.Napoli is set to visit Serbian team Red Star Belgrade tomorrow.And footballer Kalidou Koulibaly believes his team is improving a lot.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We don’t need to change coach to understand that we have to improve our performance in the Champions League,” Koulibaly said at a press conference as quoted by Football Italia.“We also know how difficult it is to play at a feisty stadium like the Marakana. We must be able to win at this stadium.”“You [journalists] are talking about PSG and Liverpool, but we have to think about the Red Star because we want to move forward, even if the odds aren’t on our side,” he added.“We’re on the right track, even if we’re not at our best yet, but now we have to think about the Champions League, which is something else.”“Today we’re treating every competition with importance. We’ve started quite well in the League and now we face matches that we dreamed of as children. And we want to do well in them.”
According to the State Fire Marshal’s office almost 75% of the state’s total reported residential structure fires are caused by cooking and heating-related incidents. Dan Grimes Deputy Fire Chief with Central Emergency Services reminds everyone that unattended cooking fires are one of Alaska’s leading causes of residential fires: “We hope that people will be safe this holiday season. We’re looking for people to be very careful with their deep fryers, if they are thinking about deep frying one of those beautiful turkeys on Thanksgiving. We hope people will pay attention to their ovens, keep things safe, and a watchful eye.”