Forage Sorghum

first_imgUniversity of Georgia researchers are researching drought-tolerant, alternative forages for the state’s dairy producers to help safeguard their feed supply and save money. John Bernard, an animal and dairy scientist on the UGA Tifton Campus, is studying the benefits of forage sorghum as a supplemental feed for dairy cattle. Sorghum is a drought-tolerant alternative to the irrigated corn that many farmers rely on for dairy feed. “Corn silage is typically the forage of choice for feeding dairy cattle because it is a higher energy type of forage compared to most other forages,” Bernard said. “The catch with corn is, if you don’t have irrigation, you’ve got a greater likelihood of crop failure or not getting the quality … you were expecting. “Forage sorghum, on the other hand, is much more drought tolerant; it doesn’t take as much water to grow a crop. With the improvements in forage varieties, the feeding value looks very good. It’s still not corn silage, but it’s a much better option today than what it was several years ago.”Sorghum is not only more resilient, but is also less expensive to plant and grow. The cost to plant corn is approximately $200 to $300 per bag of seed, which covers just over 2 acres. A bag of forage sorghum seed, which can cost less than $100, can be distributed over 8 to 10 acres. The cheaper planting costs are buoyed by forage sorghum’s high nutritional value.“In no way do I want to advocate forage sorghum to replace corn silage completely. I want to evaluate how we can use the two to get the best response back in terms of our feeding program,” Bernard said.The two-year research trial just concluded its second year. Due to Georgia’s long growing season, forages can be harvested twice from the same cutting. In the first year, Bernard reported that results from the seven-week trial indicate diets based on forage sorghum “harvested from regrowth can support similar milk yield and composition as diets based on corn silage or first harvest of forage sorghum.”“Forage sorghum by design will tolerate periods of drought or lower water availability better than corn and still produce good forage in terms of yield and quality,” Bernard said.Bernard plans to analyze the data generated from this past harvest over the next couple of months.last_img read more

Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala wins BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award

first_imgNigeria and Liverpool forward Asisat Oshoala has been named as the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year.The 20-year-old forward is the first player to win the new award from the BBC World Service, voted for by football fans around the world.She beat Spain’s Veronica Boquete, German Nadine Kessler, Scot Kim Little and Brazilian Marta to the honour.”I would like to say thank you to the BBC, to my fans around the world and to everyone who voted,” she said.The award is the first of its kind hosted by a global broadcaster.Oshoala, who was the youngest player to be shortlisted, was the tournament’s leading scorer and was voted best player at the Under-20s World Cup in Canada last summer. Her performances led Nigeria to the final, where they were narrowly beaten by Germany and she was also a major influence in the senior Nigeria team who won the African Women’s Championship in October.That ensured their qualification for this summer’s World Cup in Canada which begins on 6 June.Oshoala said the honour was a big lift for Nigeria ahead of the World Cup and would help inspire young players in her homeland.She said: “It’s a really good thing for us as a team because we now know that we have something great and now we want to go at the trophy. We can do it, we did it in 2014 we can also do it this year as well. “There is going to be a lot of motivation for women’s football in Nigeria now because of this award because there are a lot of fans out there.”Support for women’s football in Nigeria is now growing very high.”I know my Liverpool Ladies coach is going to be happy right now. Before I left the UK he called me and said to me ‘don’t worry I hope you win the award and we’re going to celebrate it when you come back’.”Oshoala signed for Liverpool Ladies in January 2015, becoming the first African to feature in the Women’s Super League, with manager Matt Beard calling her “one of the world’s top young footballers”.Mary Hockaday, controller of BBC World Service English, paid tribute to Oshoala. “At still only 20, she’s proved herself a formidable talent on the pitch,” she said. “I’m proud BBC World Service is supporting the women’s game and thrilled with the interest in the award.”–last_img read more


first_imgHave you seen Ben?Pet owners and the public have been asked to be on the lookout for a chocolate Labrador who has gone missing in the Buncrana area.The dog, who answers to the name of Ben, was last seen on Thursday.He has a red collar and is a very friendly dog. Anybody who comes across Ben or may have seen him can email us at [email protected] and we will pass the information on to his owner. HAVE YOU SEEN BEN THE CHOCOLATE LABRADOR? was last modified: November 23rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Benbuncranachocolate Labradorlast_img read more

Injured Madarang hopes to play for Malditas in SEA Games

first_imgLATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Assistant coach John Paul Merida said they are leaving it to head coach Marnelli Dimzon to decide on Madarang’s fate.But Merida said they have backup strikers like Kyren Angela Dimaandal and Hali Moriah Candido Long who can step up the plate.The young, energetic squad is bolstered by Fil-foreigns players including Madarang, Long, Faith Sean Ruetas and Patricia Tomanon and is often mentioned in the same sentence as their famous counterparts, Philippine Azkals.ADVERTISEMENT “It doesn’t hurt. But it’s stiff. The swelling is down really,” said the 19-year-old Madarang who have not joined the team in practice. “I mean I really want to play but it’s what’s best for me and what’s best for the team.”But Team Philippines’ orthopaedic surgeon Felix Victor Gaddi didn’t recommend her to play, saying “risk outweighs” the gains.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMadarang, according to Gaddi, needs at least two months of rest. She just might be saved for the 2018 Asian Cup in Jordan.Incidentally, the Malditas qualified in the Asian Cup following an impressive showing by Madarang who scored four goals in total in the qualifier in Tajikistan. The Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Malditas’ Eva Silva Madarang. INQUIRER/Marc Anthony ReyesKUALA LUMPUR — Given the choice, Eva Silva Madarang is willing to defy the recommendations of the coaching staff and even team doctors so she can play in the Southeast Asian Games women’s football opener against host Malaysia Tuesday.The bubbly Madarang, who hails from Thousand Oaks, California, dislocated her right elbow on Tuesdayhen the Malditas underwent training camp in Japan.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Red Sox, Big Papi fans rally around David Ortiz after shooting

first_img“He’s an idol for all of us,” he said. The 43-year-old Ortiz was shot once in the torso on Sunday night in what appeared to be a targeted attack at a Santo Domingo nightclub. Dominican police there did not immediately identify or arrest the gunman; the motive was under investigation.“I didn’t sleep very well last night,” said Red Sox special assistant Jason Varitek, who was Ortiz’s teammate for nearly a decade. “I don’t think anybody did.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe shooting occurred during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final and stole the city’s attention from the Bruins victory as fans and former teammates stayed up into the morning searching for information on Ortiz’s condition. Longtime rivals turned to social media to offer their best wishes; former Dominican president Leonel Fernández visited him in the hospital.“It shocked us to the core,” Kennedy said. “It was jarring, stunning and, frankly, terrifying. It was a horrific incident. Our focus right now is exclusively to focus on his health and well-being (and) to get David back here in Boston.” DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ortiz further endeared himself to the local fans when he went to the Fenway Park mound after the attacks at the marathon finish line and proclaimed, “This is our (expletive) city!”The slugger’s words reached all the way to the White House.“Six years ago, David Ortiz’s spirit and resolve helped us all begin to heal from the Boston Marathon bombing,” former President Barack Obama said in a tweet on Monday. “Today, I want to join many others in wishing him a speedy recovery of his own. Get well soon, Papi.”Longtime New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who is now a Miami Marlins investor, also wished Ortiz a speedy recovery.“Everyone knows what he was able to do on the field,” Jeter said. “What he has meant to the community — not only in Boston, but in the Dominican — this is a guy who is beloved throughout the sport and throughout sports in general.”The Red Sox retired Ortiz’s No. 34 in 2017, less than a year after he retired, and a street outside the ballpark was renamed in his honor. He remains connected with the ballclub in a special role that includes mentoring current players, recruiting free agents and making special appearances.“He’s Boston, more or less,” said Glen Cantone, who attended Monday night’s game against the Rangers wearing an Ortiz jersey with a 2016 All-Star Game patch. “That’s why everybody loves him.”And he was perhaps even more beloved back home.“He’s obviously an icon on the Mount Rushmore in the city of Boston athletes, but he is the guy in the Dominican Republic,” Red Sox assistant general manager Eddie Romero said. “He’s more famous than any president. When people think of the Dominican Republic, they think David Ortiz, they think of Pedro Martinez.”Mets second baseman Robinson Cano, a fellow Dominican, agreed. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Hopeful Messi keen to end Argentina title drought Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:41Video captures shooting by Hong Kong police01:16Bato: You can shoot me if I’m corrupt at BuCor02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP The Red Sox sent an air ambulance to the Dominican Republic to transport Ortiz to Boston, where he will continue his treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital. The plane landed Monday night while the Red Sox playing Texas.The team asked fans to observe a moment of reflection shortly before its game against the Rangers at Fenway Park and posted on the videoboard: “We send our love to David Ortiz.” In the sixth inning, fans broke out into cheers of “Papi!” and cheered when pictures of fans in his No. 34 jersey were shown on the scoreboard.“I just hope when he gets here that everything is fine, and we can see the big man here again with us and filling our room with joy,” manager Alex Cora told reporters earlier. “He’s bigger than life.”A 10-time All-Star and the Most Valuable Player of the 2013 World Series, Ortiz was one of the most productive — and popular — players in Red Sox history. He led the once-cursed franchise to three championships, and retired in 2016 with a career total of 541 home runs that is 17th-most in baseball history.“Somebody just asked me what my favorite memory was. And it’s not all the home runs and game winning-hits that he’s had, and the World Series,” Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello said. “It’s how he embraces everyone in a room. Just that imposing, loving figure that makes everyone feel special. That’s something that you don’t see a lot. That’s what separates him, for me.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Read Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The Boston Red Sox and fans pause for a moment for former Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who was shot Sunday evening in the Dominican Republic, prior to a baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday, June 10, 2019. Ortiz is expected to return to the area to be treated at a Boston hospital. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — David Ortiz helped his adopted city recover from the Boston Marathon bombings. And now the Red Sox are calling on their fans to reciprocate for their beloved Big Papi.“We all remember in 2013 when we needed David Ortiz the most, he was there for us,” team president Sam Kennedy said Monday, a day after the longtime slugger was wounded in a nightclub shooting in his native Dominican Republic. “So it’s appropriate and expected that his community would rally behind David when he needs us most.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

10 months agoJuventus move for wantaway Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus move for wantaway Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luisby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus are moving for wantaway Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis.It emerged this week that Luis and Atletico have agreed this will be his last season in Madrid.After having a summer move to PSG blocked, Luis has been left frustrated over his treatment by Atletico’s management.Tuttosport says Juve have been watching developments closely and are ready to take Luis on a free transfer next summer.The Bianconeri see the Brazilian as a potential replacement for Alex Sandro. last_img

24 days agoAtalanta striker Duvan Zapata feels in best form of career

first_imgAtalanta striker Duvan Zapata feels in best form of careerby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtalanta striker Duvan Zapata feels he’s in the best form of his career.Atalanta take on Shakhtar Donestsk in their second Champions League this week.“So far, yes, but I still have a lot of room for improvement. I’m not at the top, every day I’m working to improve myself,” he replied when asked if he was on the best run of his career.“It’s thanks to the Coach, he had the patience to wait for me. “I understood all the new concepts that were made for me, plus I’ve worked hard.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott Says UCLA AD Dan Guerrero Voted Incorrectly On Satellite Camps

first_imgpac-12 logo.Update: I assumed that eight or nine Pac-12 schools were for satellite camps. As it turns out, it was 11, with the assumed dissident being UCLA, according to Stewart Mandel. You can’t make this up.Larry Scott confirmed that 11 of the 12 Pac-12 schools did not support a satellite camp ban. Would not say the 12th, but, now you can guess.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) April 20, 2016Earlier: Two weeks ago, Washington State head coach Mike Leach said that most Pac-12 programs are for satellite camps, and that he didn’t know why the conference voted against it. According to Fox Sports’ Stewart Mandel, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has an answer: UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero voted the wrong way.New twist in satellite camp ban. Pac-12 commish Larry Scott says their rep, Dan Guerrero, “did not vote the way he was supposed to vote.”— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) April 20, 2016It is unclear whether this was subterfuge by an athletic director whose school is in a talent rich city, or just a mistake, but it makes sense that most Pac-12 programs would want the chance to see players from other areas. While UCLA and USC have the advantage of being in Los Angeles, and Stanford has its own very unique recruiting ability, satellite camps make a ton of sense for pretty much every other program in the league.last_img read more

TV doctors Small East Coast hospital tries care via video screen

first_imgALBERTON, P.E.I. — In a rural corner of P.E.I., a small hospital is trying a first-in-Canada approach to delivering care that could offer a solution to doctor shortages across the country.Instead of a doctor doing hospital rounds in person, a nurse rolls in a TV cart with the physician on a video screen from an office elsewhere in the province or the country.Western Hospital in Alberton, P.E.I., has undertaken a six-month pilot “tele-rounding” project — doctors treating patients via a secure video conference link. They can check on patients, review their files, order tests and even use a digital, bluetooth-enabled stethoscope applied by a nurse while a doctor listens remotely.“There are no doctors on the floor there, but there are nursing staff and lab technicians. The nurse takes the cart from patient to patient, and we’re essentially doing hospital rounds technologically enabled and we’re providing physician care,” said Dr. Brett Belchetz, an emergency department physician and CEO of Maple — the Toronto company providing the tele-rounding service.Western Hospital approached Maple, which has a tele-medicine app used across Canada that gives people access to a doctor. Hospital officials hoped they could the technology for their patients who didn’t have a family doctor.Now, Maple hopes that if the P.E.I. pilot is successful, they could use it elsewhere.“There are doctors with excess capacity, and we’re allowing them to use that excess capacity to keep a rural hospital open,” Belchetz said.“If you look at the Stats Canada numbers, only about 50 per cent of Canadian doctors work fully all year despite the great need we have for more care.”Some 6.6 per cent of Canadians reported being unable to find a family doctor in 2010, with numbers substantially higher in some provinces.Similar tele-rounding is already done in some parts of the U.S. and the U.K.There are nine physicians participating in the tele-rounding pilot, including three physicians from Prince Edward Island and others from Nova Scotia and Ontario who are licensed to work on the Island.Hospital administrator Paul Young said the pilot project is a stop-gap to help address vacancies with family physicians and avoid having to close the hospital, which is about 50 minutes west of Summerside, P.E.I.He said since the pilot project was started, two new family physicians have been recruited to work at the hospital, starting early in 2019.“Our patients and our communities place their trust in our ability to provide safe, effective, quality care on a consistent basis, regardless of the challenges we may be facing,” Young said.Julie Gaudet recently spent 11 days in hospital in Alberton following surgery on her foot and says she was impressed with the tele-rounding system.“I thought it made a lot of sense, especially being out in the country, and with the shortage of doctors here on the Island. I thought it was an excellent experience,” she said.Gaudet, 67, said the doctors spent lots of time with her and asked lots of questions, and she quickly forgot that the doctor wasn’t actually in the room with her.“They were right there in front of you on the TV screen. I could see them. They could see me. He had all my charts from 20 years ago. He knew all my medications. It was just top notch,” she said.Young said most patients were a bit hesitant at first, but now they have patients asking for the “TV doctors.”Since the pilot project began in August, more than 1,200 tele-rounding consults have been performed on nearly 60 patients over the course of their hospital stay.Belchetz said the pilot project will be cost-neutral for the P.E.I. government — it won’t cost more than the province would have spent on having doctors there.“Nobody is suggesting we run hospitals in the future with no doctors. When they get a full complement of doctors we’ll be happy to step back. But this can be used when doctors are sick or on holidays,” Belchetz said.The pilot project will be reviewed in February.Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Wab Kinew contemplating run for AFN national chief

first_img(Wab Kinew. Photo by Anthony “Thosh” Collins)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsWab Kinew is considering a run for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, APTN National News has learned.Kinew, an award-winning journalist and educator whose name recognition has grown since he hosted CBC’s 8th Fire series in 2012, was expected to come to a decision as early as Tuesday, according to source who would be involved in heading up a campaign team.The source said Kinew, 32, was seeking spiritual advice before making a final decision.“He is doing sweats this evening,” said the source, who requested anonymity until Kinew made a final decision.A “full-fledged” organization is in place and ready to back him and includes experienced hands who’ve been involved in national leadership campaigns dating back to the National Indian Brotherhood, the pre-cursor to the AFN, said the source.If he decides to run, Kinew would be vying to lead an organization at one of the lowest ebbs of its history following the sudden resignation of Shawn Atleo, said the source.“You can’t agree on anything, there is no trust, there is no leadership…You are at your weakest point and you have a powerful adversary,” said the source. “You need to be strong, you need to have a strong voice…That’s what the AFN needs, that is what First Nations need, that is what Idle No More needs.”The source said Kinew reminded him of Noel Starblanket who was National Chief of the National Indian Brotherhood from 1976 to 1980. Starblanket became chief of his community, Starblanket First Nation, at age 24.“Starblanket came out of nowhere and he had an awesome run,” said the source. “He could mobilize people, he was emotional, he had conviction…He went on to become a great national chief. Prime ministers feared him. He was a powerful leader.”Starblanket also helped the NIB transition into the AFN, said the source. The AFN is at a similar cross-roads, said the source.The AFN’s chiefs will decide on the electoral process to replace Atleo during a planned meeting in Ottawa on May 27.The national chief of the AFN is elected by First Nation chiefs.Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde is widely expected to again seek the leadership of the AFN. Bellegarde is making phone calls seeking support, but his flip-flop on Bill C-33, the First Nation education bill, and his opposition to the Confederacy of Nations, which is supported by chiefs in his own region, may have fatally weakened his chances.Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak is also facing pressure to run for national chief. Nepinak, however, is currently planning on seeking re-election to continue leading the AMC.Nepinak is expected to back Kinew if he puts his name on the AFN ballot.“Nepinak is a part of a very powerful movement, the historic numbered treaty group, it’s a pretty big block,” said the source.Kinew most recently left his mark on mainstream Canada through his robust defence of Joseph Boyden’s Orenda novel on CBC’s Canada Reads, a type of literary Survivor where books get voted off the island until only one remains.Kinew is also a correspondent for Fault Lines, a flagship Al Jazeera documentary program. His work with the international news network has taken him to Yemen, the U.S.-Mexico border and Elsipogtog to cover the explosive shale gas protests in New Brunswick.Kinew has won the Adrienne Clarkson RTNDA Award, and a Gabriel Award for his journalism.He is also director of Indigenous inclusion at the University of Winnipeg.APTN National News could not reach Kinew Monday [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more