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“Earlier this year work began on a specification with Sennebogen and E H Hassell & Sons that included a compact crane, with high duties capable of handling up to 25 tonnes, a 4 m pylon, and a unique telescopic elevating cab,” said Paul Gillingham, engineering manager at Poole Harbour Commissioners.”We also included a hydraulic tag line to operate bulk grabs up to 20 tonnes capacity,” he added. www.hassells.comwww.phc.co.ukwww.sennebogen.com
Best Recycling TricksWillem SteenkampBalboa PressReview: Lauren O’Connor-MayI’m a fan of artsy upcycling and was initially very interested in this book but then I started paging through it. The author, in the introduction, explains that the ideas in the books are mostly “quick-fixes” which he has chosen to call recycling projects but it is fundamentally a compilation of the simplest plastic bottle upcycling projects. He shares his name with another more accomplished writer and the brief, vague biography at the front of the book describes him as having experience in a large amount of fields, including having previously published poetry. How he is qualified in this field I could not gauge. Perhaps I’ve been somewhat spoiled in that I’ve seen some really amazing upcycling projects but I found the ideas in this book to be very bland. Interesting, innovative and colourful upcycling ideas are not hard to find and a large variety are available online for free but the projects in this book are extremely simple and 12 of the 40 ideas in the book are no more than cutting off the bottom of the bottle to create a cup-like container. I feel it would have found a more keen audience with young children and should have perhaps been packaged to target that market because some of the life skills projects my children have brought home in the junior grades resembled a few of the ideas in the book, which is priced at R100. The back of the book gives a link to a free 10-page sample to the extended version of the book: 101 Recycled Soda Bottle Tricks. The sample contains a few more innovative ideas, such as a fly-trap and miniature greenhouse (which I must admit I have also seen elsewhere before) but overall the book is just several variations of the same idea and only a handful of them are clever.The winner of last week’s The Moon Sister book competition was Shireen Holtak of Tokai.
The Jamaican Jerk Festival team is committed to connecting communities and unifying diverse cultures through food, music, and art. Although the current health restrictions prevent the staging of major events, the organization continues to be innovative and plans to announce some exciting news about their latest initiatives soon. “We wanted to find a way to give back to our essential workers, who have been on the frontline battling the COVID-19 pandemic,” stated Abdul Muhsin, Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board of Directors, “They have given more than enough, working long hours and enduring challenging conditions and we just wanted to let them know that we care about them and support them.” Two staff members of the hospital were on hand to receive the lunches which were prepared by Chef Abdul Catering. A delicious menu of, what else, Jerk Chicken, with vegetable yellow rice and steamed cabbage was prepared, accompanied by Grace Tropical Rhythms juice and green banana chips to round out the meal. The staff expressed their gratitude and appreciation of the gesture. A team from Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc., producers of the annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, expressed appreciation to emergency room medical staff on duty at Pembroke Pines’ Memorial Hospital West with a delivery of 50 lunches to the hospital on Wednesday, August 26. The annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival is a family outing of fun, friendship and cultural awareness everyone has come to know and love. Festival fans flock to the event every November to enjoy a wide variety of jerk delicacies, cheer on their favorite celebrities and chefs and delight in a myriad of entertainment offerings. For the latest happenings follow them on Facebook and Instagram @jajerkfestival or for general information visit the festival’s website at www.jerkfestival.com.
A group of engineering students in Egypt is dreaming of a greener future, by decreasing the country’s fuel consumption.The Ain Shams University Racing Team, know simply as ASURT, has built a hybrid car, which runs on both electricity and gas. Hybrid cars can reduce the carbon footprint by decreasing the amount of fuel used to power a vehicle. ASURT engineers say their creation can run for 100 kilometres on three litres of gasoline, compared to non-hybrid cars that can manage only 15 kilometres on the same amount of fuel. The car won first place at the Global Hybrid-Electric Challenge held in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Hurghada last March.It was the first time the annual competition was hosted in the north African country.
Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairyEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.com A USDA Agricultural Marketing Service comment period on a proposal to amend the NOP’s “origin of livestock” requirements for dairy animals under federal organic regulations closes on Dec. 2, 2019. Advocates for changes to the rule charge inconsistent enforcement has plagued the transition of livestock from conventional to organic production. While some organic certifiers strictly adhere to the policy, others have allowed farmers to remove calves from organic herds, raise them using conventional practices prohibited under organic regulations, and then transition them back to organic management when they are ready to be milked.advertisementadvertisementA rule was originally proposed in 2015 but withdrawn in 2018. The USDA had previously indicated that it planned to release a new rule in 2019, then decided instead to reopen the older rule for public comment.As originally proposed, the rule clarifies requirements for organic dairy farms transitioning conventionally raised animals to organic production. After completion of a one-time transition, any new dairy animals a producer adds to a dairy farm would need to be managed organically from the last third of gestation or sourced from dairy animals that already completed their transition into organic production.Access the rule and submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal.According to Benson, the USDA Office of Inspector General (OIG) published an audit report on organic milk operations stating that certifying agents were interpreting the origin of livestock requirements differently. Three of the six certifiers interviewed by OIG allowed producers to continuously transition additional animals into a herd after the initial herd made the transition to organic milk production, while the other three certifiers did not permit this practice. OIG recommended that a proposed rule be issued to clarify the standard and ensure that all certifiers consistently apply and enforce the origin of livestock requirements.A Cornell study compared the costs of production for organically raised calves from day one to those raised conventionally and transitioned to organic before freshening. The study showed that the loophole allowed dairies whose certifiers allowed conventional raising of the newborn calf to 1 year of age to save $884 per animal for feed and labor.advertisementThe New York Organic Dairy Program is connected with Cornell’s School of Agriculture and Life Science and Cornell Cooperative Extension.After meeting in December 2018, the New York Organic Dairy Task Force directed and provided funding for Benson, Cornell Cooperative Extension educator and project manager for the Cornell Organic Dairy Program, to complete a study of what it costs for dairy farmers who raise dairy replacements organically. Data for the study was collected from three certified organic dairies in central New York.Benson used a cost analysis created by Jason Karszes, farm business specialist with Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY Program. Cost and data collected included labor, feed, buildings, machinery, animal health, trucking, manure handling and culling.Realizing that cost of feed accounts for over 50% and labor 12% of the cost of raising a dairy replacement, any changes to those dramatically impacts the total cost to raise that animal. The study showed that 18 conventional dairy heifer growers in New York averaged costs of $1,060.92 per heifer during the first year of an animal’s life. Costs of the three organic farms who took part in the study ranged from $2,312.20 to $3,638.85 per heifer.Among practices leading to higher costs, calves raised conventionally were fed milk replacer or milk for 50 days, while heifer calves raised organically averaged 89 days (ranging from 70 to 112 days) on milk replacer or milk. Both the longer feeding period plus the higher cost of organic milk replacer or milk increased feed and labor costs on operations raising dairy heifer calves organically.Conventional dairies averaged $3.60 per day per calf in milk replacer/milk costs and $1.50 per day per calf in labor costs, resulting in the total feed and labor cost of $255 to raise a heifer calf to weaning.advertisementAmong the three dairies raising heifer calves organically, milk replacer/milk costs ranged between $5.05 and $8.05 per calf per day, with labor ranging between $3.12 and $4.93 per calf per day. As a result, the total feed and labor cost of raising a dairy heifer calf to weaning using organic practices ranged between $698 and $1,139 per calf. The organic herd with the highest cost per calf had the longest milk replacer/milk feeding period and the smallest herd, so labor costs were spread over fewer animals. A loophole in the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) is especially costly to Northeast dairy farmers raising dairy replacement heifers organically, according to Fay Benson, project manager with the New York Organic Dairy Program.
admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) The Farmington STEAM Academy (FSA) application window, Informational Session, and lottery will be held at the end of January for Farmington Public School District families.The K – 8 school’s philosophy of learning is rooted in Project Based Learning, which ignites students to become innovative thinkers and creatively solve real-world problems. The integrated approach to learning includes:S: Science Standards and Social SCIENCEST: Incorporation of TECHNOLOGYE: Principles of ENGINEERING and DesignA: English Language and Performing/Visual ARTSM: Application of MATHEMATICSInterested families should attend the Informational Session on Wednesday, January 23, 7-8 p.m., at 32800 W. 12 Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills.Applications will be available from January 21-25 at farmington.k12.mi.us/fsa. A private lottery will be held on Wednesday, January 31, and families will be notified of the results (only via email) on February 7. A waitlist will be posted on February 8 at 4 p.m. on the FSA website. A tour day for parents that are entering FSA will be held on February 28.–Press release Reported by
Mercury Systems has released a new high-performance direct digital synthesis (DDS)-based frequency synthesizer. The SpectrumSeries DS-3000 synthesizer offers frequency coverage up to 20 GHz with a 1 Hz resolution and has industry-leading phase noise of 121 dBc/Hz at 10 GHz with 10 kHz offset. The SpectrumSeries DS-3000 synthesizer has been designed to support the advanced frequency conversion requirements of customers and operates in the harshest environments. Ultra-low phase noise synthesizers are critical to electronic warfare (EW) and electronic intelligence (ELINT) systems that monitor large radio frequency (RF) bandwidths through either a channelized architecture or wide instantaneous bandwidth (IBW). Mercury’s DS-3000 synthesizer increases the operational range and performance of a customer’s EW or ELINT system by employing both low phase noise and high frequency stability to maximize a receiver’s sensitivity.By exceeding the phase noise and frequency stability performance of other frequency generation products, Mercury’s innovative SpectrumSeries synthesizers provide next-generation EW systems with increased operational range, keeping the warfighter farther from the threat.To support operation in harsh environments, Mercury’s synthesizer technology offers high performance over a wide temperature range of -30°C to +70°C, while minimizing the harmful effects of microphonics. Additionally, the ability to control the hardware through either a PC-based graphical user interface (GUI) or an SPI-bus makes these products well-suited for both benchtop operation and integration into ruggedized EW systems.To maximize system flexibility, the DS-3000 is available in a standard temperature-compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO)-based architecture as well as an ultra-low phase noise, oven-controlled crystal oscillator (OCXO)-based architecture. For laboratory applications, this technology is also available as the SIG-20 benchtop signal generator.Mercury is currently accepting orders for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2019. Click here to learn more.
Prior to that, Ilonggo Jovin Bedic surged Kaya Iloilo aheadat the 52nd minute with a sensational strike from way out to draw first bloodafter the first half ended at scoreless draw. Ilonggo Jovin Bedic of Kaya Futbol Club Iloilo celebrates after scoring a goal early in the match against Ceres Negros FC. The Ilonggos, however, could not complete the win with Bienvenido Marañon scoring back-to-back hits for the Busmen. CARMONA, Cavite – Bienvenido Marañon scored twice in thesecond half as the Ceres-Negros FC cruised to a 2-1 win over Kaya FutbolClub-Iloilo in the 2019 Philippines Football League on Wednesday at the PFFNational Training Center here. The first meeting of the season between the two regionalrivals was not short of action with Kaya Iloilo’s Jordan Mintah andCeres-Negros’ Manuel Herrera given a yellow each at the 12th minute for verbalaltercation. Trailing 1-0 midway in the second half, Marañon went for thetie at the 68th minute from a pass by Stephan Schrock. The Busmen surgedCeres-Negros ahead four minutes later with a header from another feed bySchrock. With the victory, the Busmen has climbed to first place with16 points on five wins and a draw, while Kaya-Iloilo remained with 16 points onfive victories, one deadlock and a defeat./PN Just before the halftime break, Kaya Iloilo’s Arnel Amita,who came in for the injured Eric Giganto early in the match, was send off witha red card for dragging Ceres-Negros’ Jose Elmer Porteria to the ground.
After suffering many injuries during his student-athlete career, former Calabar standout Tyreke Wilson says he is looking to pursue a career in sports therapy and management to help others overcome the challenges that come with a sport.Wilson helped Calabar to six out of their seven straight ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championship titles through victories such as his Class Three and Class One 100m titles.The sprinter shared that the victories did not come without a price as he had to overcome many personal and physical obstacles along the way. “My biggest achievement, I would say, was my last year competing at Champs when I won the Class One boys 100m because there was a lot going on that particular year, and I overcame a lot and pulled it off in the end,” Wilson stated.He said that leaving Champs was a bittersweet moment, but he knew that he had to make the transition if he wanted to finish school and become a professional athlete.Wilson said that his experiences as a student-athlete in Jamaica motivated him to study sports therapy and management at Florida State University. “What motivated me to pursue my studies in sports therapy and management is my love for the sport and also due to the fact that I’ve been through so many injuries, which led me to admire the work of sport therapists,” he said. NOT AS DEDICATED Wilson is currently on an academic and athletic scholarship at the university and said he is still having challenges as an athlete, and this is affecting his dedication to the sport.“I feel like the dedication has drifted somehow. I don’t feel as dedicated anymore, so I just feel I need to work more on being dedicated,” Wilson said. Wilson said he hopes to overcome this obstacle but stated that this would take time.“Track and field is not an overnight sport, so everything takes time,” he said. “I am being patient and working towards the goals.”He said that in the next two or three years he sees himself as a better athlete and hopes to make a smooth transition to becoming a professional. Sharla Williams