Livestock Industry Needs High Quality Soy Protien

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Livestock Industry Needs High Quality Soy Protien Previous articleNFU Changes Position on GMO Labeling to “Voluntary”Next articleHow to Cut Production Costs Without Cutting Yields Gary Truitt SHARE By Gary Truitt – Mar 14, 2016 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Livestock Industry Needs High Quality Soy Protien Livestock Industry Needs High Quality Soy Protien-HATThe population of hogs and chickens in the U.S. is getting larger, and so is their need for high-quality feed. According to soy checkoff-funded research, the number of hogs produced in the U.S. has increased nearly 25 percent since 2003 while broiler production has increased by more than 15 percent. More hogs and chickens mean more opportunities for soybean farmers, but only if they produce high-quality soybean meal.Poultry and livestock farmers depend on high levels of protein and amino acids to maximize their animals’ potential. Soy checkoff farmer-leader Scott Singlestad from Minnesota explains.“Having higher protein and amino acid balances in your soybean meal helps with the livestock industry because that’s what is fed to the animals to get the rate of gain. And by keeping a good high-quality meal out there, it makes their job a lot easier.”One way U.S. soybean farmers can help meet these needs is by asking your seed dealer which varieties produce high-quality meal while still delivering high yield.For more information on the importance of high-quality soybean meal, visit WWW.UNITEDSOYBEAN.ORG. SHARElast_img read more

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UK’s first hand transplant operation

first_img Share Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle UK’s first hand transplant operation by: – January 4, 2013 12 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Share A former pub landlord from West Yorkshire has become the first person in the UK to have a hand transplant.Mark Cahill, who is 51, had been unable to use his right hand after it was affected by gout.Doctors say he is making good progress after an eight-hour operation at Leeds General Infirmary.It is still very early to assess how much control of the hand will be gained – so far he can wiggle his fingers, but has no sense of touch.‘My hand’Mark Cahill, from Greetland near Halifax, said: “When I look at it and move it, it just feels like my hand.“Right now it feels really good, it’s not a lot of pain, it looks good, it looks a great match and I’m looking forward to getting it working now.”Mr Cahill’s new hand is still bandaged up, but he can already move his fingers. It is hoped that with time he will gain much greater levels of movement and sensation.He developed gout in his toes and feet 20 years ago. Five years ago it spread to his right hand leaving him unable to open his fingers or use his hand for anything. One option would have been a bionic hand, but he volunteered for the pioneering surgery.As well as being a first for the UK, it was also the first time a recipient’s hand has been amputated during an operation to attach a donor hand.The fresh cut, made where you would wear a watch, allowed surgeons to connect nerves in Mr Cahill’s arm with those in the donor hand with great precision – along with the bone, blood vessels and tendons.The operation took place on 27 December when a donor hand became available. ‘Extremely challenging’Prof Simon Kay, a consultant plastic surgeon at the hospital, said: “The team was on standby from the end of November awaiting a suitable donor limb, and the call came just after Christmas. “It was extremely challenging to be the first team in the UK to carry out such a procedure. “It is still early days but indications are good and the patient is making good progress.” He also paid tribute to the donor and their family.Leeds General Infirmary already has a reputation for reattaching hands which have been accidentally cut off.This operation has been planned for more than two years and the hospital was in touch with plastic surgeons across the country looking for people who might be suitable.Potential patients had to be assessed – both physically and psychologically – to ensure they were suitable for the procedure.The surgical team also liaised with surgeons in France who performed the first hand transplant in 1998.‘Mentally detached’The first recipient was Clint Hallam, from New Zealand, who had lost a hand in an accident with a circular saw more than a decade earlier.He later had the hand removed, complaining it was like a dead man’s hand with no feeling in it.He said he felt “mentally detached” from the transplant, which was wider and longer than his own. The skin was also a different colour.Clint Hallam received the world’s first hand transplantSurgeons do try to find hand transplants which are a close physical match to a patient, however, they are very visible, unlike a transplanted internal organ such as a kidney. Ensuring a patient is prepared for the mental challenge of living with a hand which is not their own is considered as important as the surgical element of the transplant.More than 60 hand transplants have been carried out around the world.Prof Norman Williams, the president of the Royal College of Surgeons, said: “This is yet another example of life-changing surgical advancements that are now possible.”“As with all procedures that improve the quality of life rather than save it, there is an ethical balance to be struck – especially as the lifelong anti-rejection medication that the patient would need to take carries its own risks. “Care always needs to be taken in choosing suitable patients who understand the risks and benefits.”By James GallagherBBC Newslast_img read more

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West Ham left to sweat on Diafra Sakho’s thigh injury

first_img Sakho limped off with a thigh problem after stretching to shoot into the side-netting during the second half of the 1-1 draw against West Brom. His is the third injury to hit West Ham’s attacking resources after playmaker Dimitri Payet and winger Enner Valencia were hurt against Everton earlier this month. The Senegal forward will see a specialist to determine how long he will be on the sidelines, with manager Slaven Bilic admitting it “doesn’t look good”. “You can see injuries in every club and to be fair the number who are missing is not a lot, but the ones missing are key players who play in the same position,” added Bilic. “Valencia, Payet, and now Sakho. It is very hard to replace them.” The injuries to Payet and Valencia have meant a run in the team for Argentinian striker Mauro Zarate, who took his chance with a spectacular free-kick to open the scoring at Upton Park. However, Zarate’s fifth goal of the season was cancelled out by Rickie Lambert’s deflected strike after the break as West Brom rallied to earn a point. “We didn’t feel so good with the result,” Zarate told the club website. “We worked for the three points, and thought all week about taking them – doing the pressing, doing a good job, but it wasn’t enough. “We had to be 2-0 up after the first half. We were dangerous, with Manuel (Lanzini), Sakho and me we had many options. “But in the second half they scored so quickly and that killed us.” Press Association West Ham are waiting to hear the extent of the injury suffered by Diafra Sakho against West Brom on Sunday. Baggies frontman Soloman Rondon admitted the introduction of veteran striker Lambert changed the game. “We could have won the game in the second half but the draw is still a good result for us,” he told Albion’s website. “West Ham were a very good side and they worried us. “We didn’t do very well in the first-half but we changed it in the second-half. Rickie Lambert entered the pitch and the game was different. “I would have preferred to leave the stadium with three points but the game was very difficult. The point is very important for us and we now look ahead to Tottenham.” last_img read more

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SBP thanks ‘stronger’ communication with NBA for Clarkson PH stint

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal And SBP president Al Panlilio personally thanked NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum for the help the league gave the Philippine basketball scene.“Our wish of having Jordan Clarkson play for the Philippine team has become a reality in the Asian Games and SBP’s desire is to have him play in future competitions during the NBA break,” said Panlilio in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“With a stronger communication line and relationship with Mark Tatum and the NBA, I am confident that it can happen again.”Clarkson has been the apple of the SBP’s eye since he became a rookie in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2014, but has faced difficulties after difficulties before he could get to don the Philippine jersey. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img MOST READ PBA: Aguilar comes through as Ginebra fends off NorthPort Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award SBP president Al Panlilio and NBA Mark Tatum meet after the NBA allowed Cleveland Cavalier to join the Philippines for the 2018 Asian Games. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOJordan Clarkson’s stint in the NBA may just be the first of many international tours of duty for the Filipino-American swingman.It took a lot of convincing from Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas but the organization came through in time for the NBA to allow the Cleveland Cavalier to join the Philippines in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT In his first stint, Clarkson impressed and led the Philippines to a fifth-place finish in the Asian Games, the best result for the country since 2002 when it placed fourth.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Ireland boost for SA housing

first_img16 January 2008The Irish government has approved a €5-million (about R50-million) grant for building township houses in South Africa, visiting Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern announced on Monday.Ahern said the Irish government’s development agency, Irish Aid, would give the money to the Niall Mellon Township Trust, created by Irish philanthropist Niall Mellon to build homes for impoverished South Africans.“It is up to all of us who care about the future of South Africa to take responsibility and do our bit,” Ahern said during an official visit to the Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town site where Mellon’s charity is on the verge of completing 330 homes.So far, 239 families have moved out of ramshackle homes in the area into their new brick houses, with the Niall Mellon Townships Initiative aiming to complete 450 homes in the impoverished part of the huge township.The house-building charity has also homes elsewhere in cape Town, and is already well known by the Imizamo Yethu community of Hout Bay in Cape Town for providing many families there with decent homes.Mellon, whose charity began building homes for impoverished South Africans six years ago, accompanied Ahern, Irish Minister of State for Overseas Development Michael Kitt, and Ireland’s ambassador to South Africa, Colin Wrafter, on a tour of Freedom Park.Ahern visited the shack of the Van Schalkwyk family on the edge of the Freedom Park site, in which they have been living for almost 10 years, before viewing the Garden of Hope and the community centre, built by 1 370 Irish volunteers last year.Speaking to reporters and the entourage afterwards, Ahern said he expected that the van Schalkwyk family would be living in a modern brick home before long.This year, the Niall Mellon Township Trust aims to recruit 2 008 volunteers from Ireland to come and spend a week in the area in November and build more homes, and will be chartering seven aircraft to bring them over from Ireland.Already, 3 000 volunteers – drawn from almost every village on the small island of Ireland – have been to South Africa to contribute towards the government’s objective of providing decent homes for all South Africa.This was part of “a deep-rooted desire by Irish people to do their part”, Mellon said.Mellon added that the charity had expanded dramatically in recent years and that he would be removing his name from it at the end of this year in acknowledgement of the efforts of the volunteers and members of the recipient communities.Since its inception in 2002, the charity has built more than 5 000 houses for shack-dwellers, and now provides employment for almost 2 000 people in South Africa, most of them from the townships in which it is working.The charity is hoping to have built 7 000 houses by the end of this year.“It is very difficult to build a good school and send a child home to a shack and expect them to do well academically,” Mellon said.Greeted with applause from the community a song from a group of toddlers, Ahern later escorted a disabled woman, Joyce Saal, and her niece into their new home and handed them the keys.The Irish prime minister said that Ireland was now in sixth position in the world in terms of its aid per capita, adding that the Irish government was committed to reaching the industrialised nations’ target of providing 0.7 percent of GDP to development assistance, and to “stay there at that level of aid”.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Major turnaround for South African ballet

first_imgSABT dancers in Coppélia, an acclaimed ballet. (Image: supplied by SABT) Funding is critical to ballet companies, danseur Dirk Weyershausen said. New employees Ishshah Basheh and Teboho Nkoana are aiming to contribute to SABT’s growth.  SABT’s executives Iain MacDonald and Fiona Budd.(Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Fiona Budd, Managing Director,SABT +27 11 877 6898 RELATED ARTICLES • SA ballet shines in dark times • Celebrating heritage with dance • South African theatreBongani NkosiAfter months of financial strain, the South African Ballet Theatre (SABT) is back on its feet and ready to stage a glittering season of Carmen, thanks to a range of generous benefactors.After sending out an appeal for funding in late 2009, the company has collected R5.3-million in donations – slightly short of its initial target of R6-million.“We’ve certainly turned the corner,” SABT’s managing director Fiona Budd said at a media briefing in Johannesburg on 6 August. “The money received will give us breathing space and time to build up new relationships.”The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund donated a whopping R2.65-million, while the National Arts Council gave R500 000. Further funds came from well-known South Africans, including Constitutional Court Judge Edwin Cameron and world-famous artist William Kentridge.A private donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, donated R1-million, which astounded Budd: “I thought my eyes had blurred because of so many zeros,” she said.The SABT was hit hard by the economic recession in 2009, as fewer patrons turned up for its seasons. It was also affected by some of its prominent funders pulling out to support more welfare-orientated initiatives like orphanages.Despite this, the company managed to stay debt-free and continued with its outreach programmes in the underprivileged Gauteng communities of Alexandra, Soweto and Katlehong.Where the funds will go The R5.3-million will be used for running the core businesses of the company, including staging productions, settling of music copyrights and paying salaries.A huge chunk of the funds will also go towards buying expensive tailor-made pointe shoes for the dancers, who need a new pair for every season, SABT’s spokesperson Samantha Saevitzon said. The pairs bought now will only last until mid-2011.The SABT has additional fundraising schemes to sustain it in the long run, with its most prominent one being “The Hall of One Thousand Stars”. This is appealing to 1 000 patrons to donate a minimum of R50 every four weeks in the hopes of generating at least R50 000 a month. This money will help keep the company and its social projects afloat.“The Hall of One Thousand Stars is bringing in a good income for us,” said Budd. “Some of our patrons give more R50 a month. We try to make ourselves more sustainable.”Fundraising criticalThe SABT recently created a new role within the company: stakeholder relationships manager, which is “essentially a fundraising position”, Budd said. Teboho Nkoana, who comes from a sales and marketing background, has been appointed for the job.Dirk Weyershausen, a German danseur practising in Norway, said ballet in several European countries is sustained because they “get a lot of their budget from the state”.But not all companies are that lucky. The SABT is no different from many groups across the world which rely on donations to cover the exorbitant costs of putting on a quality season.“I have great respect for doing fundraising, like the SABT does, to keep a company going,” Weyershausen said.The German national is currently working with the SABT on the upcoming season of Carmen, an acclaimed “sizzling and sultry” ballet that premiered in France in 1874. Weyershausen will dance the lead role of Don José, rotating with local and overseas greats like Xola Putye, Humberto Montero and Adam Thurlow.With Carmen needing a cast of about 35 dancers, the South African production will be a big collaboration with individuals from the Cape Town City Ballet and the internationally acclaimed Weyershausen and Thurlow, who comes from Australia.Youngsters trained by the SABT’s Alexandra and Soweto outreach programmes will take the supporting roles. “It’s important that these children are exposed to the environment of theatre, to see what they are training for,” said the company’s senior principal dancer Iain MacDonald.last_img read more

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Canada’s First Residential Passivhaus Building

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Is This Building Passivhaus-Certified? Passivhaus Homes are Extremely Tight and Energy-Efficient Chris Straka, principal at Vert Design in Ottawa, Canada, apparently didn’t intend to meet the Passivhaus standard when he built his three-story duplex in the city’s Edinburgh neighborhood. Straka had consulted on dozens of green residential projects before starting his own company in 2006, and the main goal on this one, an infill project known as Rideau Residences (which overlooks the Rideau River), was to stay on budget while applying green building principals to most aspects of the project, from the deconstruction of a preexisting building on the lot to the reuse and recycling of materials to the implementation of conservation and energy efficiency measures in the new building. Ross Elliott, owner of Homesol Building Solutions, which offers Passivhaus consulting and certification in the Ottawa area, points out on his company’s website that colleagues told Straka that trying to build the duplex to the Passivhaus standard in the southeastern Ontario climate would be financially impractical. So he aimed instead for LEED for Homes Platinum certification, used conventional materials available in Canada, and tended to construction details as best he could to make the building energy efficient. He spent about $251 U.S. per square foot, which, he noted, is about 10% above the cost of a typical custom project in the Ottawa area. Backing into Passivhaus certificationStraka hired Ross to evaluate the energy efficiency of the building, whose two units each offer about 1,500 sq. ft. living space, and the two discovered it performed to the Passivhaus standard. “My goal was to build a building I could be proud of, not necessarily to build a Passive House,” Straka said, but added: “I knew that a very high performing building could be created using Canadian materials and mechanical systems.”The project, which Ross says is the first residential project in Canada to earn Passivhaus certification (see our story on Austria Passive House), also includes radiant-heat floors, a geothermal heat pump to supplement the building’s heat recovery ventilator, room for a cistern for rainwater collection, and a 1,200-sq.-ft. green roof with 12 in. of soil. A solar power system will be installed in the spring. According to the Vert Design website, the building has in fact been certified LEED Platinum. The website includes a slide show featuring many of the images highlighted here, as well as floor plans.last_img read more

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FIFA’s Infantino urges zero tolerance for child abuse

first_imgFIFA President Gianni Infantino has called for “zero tolerance” of child abuse in football and promised to look into ways the global governing body can do more to prevent it in the wake of the scandal sweeping the game in England.The English Football Association (FA) have launched a review into allegations of children being sexually abused at professional clubs, while British police are also investigating mounting accusations of pedophile activity.”It has to be taken seriously. There must be zero tolerance from that point of view, from a football perspective, but also from a criminal perspective as well,” Infantino told reporters in Singapore on Thursday. (Gianni Infantino elected new FIFA president)”Those who have been guilty of abusing on children need to punished very seriously. They have to be out of football, that is without question, but also on the criminal side they need to be punished.”There are not many worse things in life, not in football life but in life generally, than child abuse.”Infantino said that although child abuse was a scourge not limited to football, FIFA would not take the scandal lightly.”The Football Association is already, of course, looking into that matter and this is something that to be taken very seriously,” Infantino added.”In football as well, we probably have to look into that with more care and more attention in order to prevent any potential child abuse in the future.”last_img read more

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PREVIEW FINALS DAY 2007 SENIORS NTL

first_imgThe 2007 National Touch League Senior tournament culminates with Finals day tomorrow at the BCU International Stadium in Coffs Harbour with semi-finals and grand finals to be played across seven hotly contested divisions.Can Suns exceptional form hold in the Men’s 30s division?Will the Sharkies Men’s 35s “World XIV” sweep all before them and go back to back in 2007?Can Scorpions grab a hat trick of Titles in the Men’s 40s?Will home town hopes the Northern Eagles send local fans into raptures with a title in the Men’s 45s division?Can Cobras keep their pristine tournament record intact in the Men’s 50s to claim the crown?In the Women’s 30s division, Can the Tropical North Queensland Cyclones annex the title for the first time in NTL history?Will the Scorpions Women’s 40s team clap the bookies in irons by claiming their fourth NTL championship in a row?Stay tuned, sports fans, all will be revealed tomorrow on 2007 Senior NTL Finals day.For the results and tables for all divisons go to the TFA SPORTINGPULSE WEBSITE8.00amMen’s 50s SF1:     Cobras v HornetsMen’s 50s SF2:     Eagles v ScorpionsWomen’s 40s SF1:  Scorpions v Sharks Women’s 40s SF2: Cyclones v Suns9.00amMen’s 45s SF1:     Eagles v RustlersMen’s 45s SF2:     Suns v SharksMen’s 40s SF1:     Scorpions v MetsMen’s 40s SF2:     Suns v Sharks10.00amMen’s 35s:               Sharks v CobrasMen’s 35s:               Scorpions v Mets11.00amWomen’s 40s Final:      TBCMen’s 50s Final:            TBC12.00pmMen’s 45s Final:           TBCWomen’s 30s SF 1: Cyclones v HornetsWomen’s 30s SF 2: Rustlers v Suns1.00pmMen’s 40s Final:           TBCMen’s 30s SF 1:     Suns v BarbariansMen’s 30s SF2:      Warriors v Rustlers2.00pm                   Presentations2.30pmMen’s 35s Final:      Sharks v Cobras3.30pmWomen’s 30s Final:       TBC4.30pmMen’s 30s Final:           TBC5.30pm                        Presentationslast_img read more

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