HE SKY’S THE LIMIT FOR SKILLED TRADESBy Tom PurcellThe demand for skilled laborers – electricians, plumbers, HVAC technicians and others – continues to soar, and that’s a good thing for America.According to the Society for Human Resource Management, skilled-trades jobs have increased by more than 1 million since 2012 – “the most of any profession.”The pay is better than most people are aware. Skilled tradesmen enjoy average earnings of almost $22 an hour. Seasoned tradesmen can earn six-figure incomes.With the glut of unemployed college graduates – many of whom must repay thousands of dollars in college loans – more young people are considering careers in the trades.I think it’s great.Our country was built by people who worked with their hands.Ben Franklin was the youngest son and 15th child born to a working-class father. He only attended school for two years. As a teen, he became a printer’s apprentice, a messy blue-collar job.His trade helped him master communication, business management, politics and human nature. He would go on to publish influential newspapers and books. He franchised his printing business in other cities and became wealthy enough at the young age of 42 to dedicate the rest of his life to his country and to inventing many innovations that we still use today (the potbelly Franklin stove comes to mind).George Washington, a farmer, toiled in his gardens to cross-breed the perfect plant. He was forever trying new ways to cultivate and harvest his crops. His creativity and inventiveness are on display at his beloved Mount Vernon estate, which I visited many times when I lived in Alexandria, Va.To be sure, many of the Founders of our country were farmers. They were humbled daily by the unforgiving realities of nature. Not one of them was afraid to get his hands dirty. Hands-on labor made them sensible and innovative. And their good sense and innovation are evident in the simplicity and practicality of the Constitution.We need a resurgence of “blue-collar” common sense.Blue-collar workers cannot “BS” their way through their work. An electrician mixes up the hot wire and ground wire only once. A carpenter is kept honest by his level – he measures twice, cuts once. A plumber’s skill is evident when the water valve is opened and the pipes don’t leak.Blue-collar workers have no choice but to develop horse sense – to develop efficient ways to solve real problems.There was a time in America when many white-collar jobs were also infused with horse sense. An employee started as a bank teller right out of high school. He’d work his way up, through performance and sound judgment, to the highest levels of the organization.The journalism profession worked the same way. A young person would start in the mailroom and, through grit and hard work, would gradually acquire the skills needed to gather and report the facts in an objective manner. Reporters who came up the ranks this way were grounded in reality.So I hope more millennials forsake the white-collar world to become skilled laborers.I hope we stop glamorizing careers on Wall Street and in the legal profession and many other paper-pushing businesses.I hope more people use their hands to produce something of value every day – and use their practical, decision-making abilities to help resolve other challenges we face.Hey, unemployed, college-indebted young people, are you paying attention?We have a shortage of skilled tradesmen in our country. With the economy poised to expand, the sky will be the limit for skilled trades.Don’t be ashamed to get your hands a little dirty.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The majestic cat’s numbers are dwindling,but Laurie Marker’s pioneering work ispushing it towards future survuval.(Image: Tyler Prize) MEDIA CONTACTS • Leigh WhelptonCheetah Conservation Fund, Namibia+ 264 67 306225Janine ErasmusNamibia-based conservationist Laurie Marker, co-founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, is one of two recipients of the 2010 Tyler Prize for environmental achievement.She shares the accolade with academic Stuart Pimm, the Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Pimm is also a regular National Geographic blogger.The prize is administered by the University of Southern California (SoCal). It honours those who have excelled in the fields of environmental science and environmental health and energy for the benefit of animals and humans alike.As laureates, Marker and Pimm will deliver their public lectures on 22 April at SoCal’s Davidson Conference Centre.The prestigious award is worth US$200 000 (R1.5-million) and includes a gold medallion. The late philanthropists John and Alice Tyler established the prize in 1973 with the help of then Californian governor Ronald Reagan.Marker received the prize for her “work in south-west Africa to address the social and economic needs of subsistence livestock farmers and, at the same time, to protect the endangered cheetah and to restore farmland and wildlife habitat”.Highlighting environmental issuesTyler laureates have consistently drawn the world’s attention to environmental issues, ranging from innovative treatment for polluted water, the study of orang-utans and rice genetics, control of mealybug in Africa by a parasitic wasp, to biological methods of controlling mosquitoes and flies.To date, the Tyler Prize executive committee, which comprises a number of distinguished academics, has honoured 59 individuals and four organisations. They include celebrated primatologist Jane Goodall, India’s Barefoot College and renowned epidemiologist Sir Richard Doll.Based in Otjiwarongo, Namibia, the non-profit Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), operating under the patronage of former Namibian president Sam Nujoma, was founded in 1990 with the aim of protecting the magnificent cat and ensuring its survival. It achieves this through partnerships that focus on research, education and effective management strategies.One of these strategies involved the establishment of guard dog patrols on farms, as a non-lethal way of controlling cheetah attacks on livestock. Marker’s research showed that cheetahs would rather catch their natural fleet-footed prey than feast on sluggish livestock, and that the cat is effectively deterred by guard dogs, preferring to flee than to fight.The CCF now breeds Anatolian Shepherds and Kangol dogs, both of Turkish origin, to assist farmers in deterring cheetahs and jackals. The puppies are sent to farms at just eight weeks, and grow up alongside their new charges, developing a strong bond with them.The CCF has also successfully combined the economic needs of humans with the natural needs of cheetahs, by implementing a scheme to clear grazing land and wildlife habitats of an invasive thorny weed and turn the unwanted plant matter into fuel.The large thorny bushes hinder a cheetah’s swift dash across the veld in pursuit of prey, and also limit its ability to clearly see its prey. But thanks to the innovative process that converts the bushes into wood briquettes called Bushblok, 20 Namibians now have work and cheetahs have more open space in which to run.Passion for cheetahsThe US-born Marker obtained her degree in biology from the Eastern Oregon State University, and later a PhD from Oxford. She is viewed as a world authority on cheetah biology, with a career spanning more than 30 years. Her passion for cheetahs was ignited while working in the veterinary clinic at a zoological park in Oregon, and was fuelled during a later fieldwork stint in Namibia.She has worked with conservation organisations across the world, including the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), where she is a member of the cat specialist core group and the conservationist specialist group.She has also worked with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and is a member of the Namibian Large Carnivore Management Association, the Society of Women Geographers, and the Veterinary Association of Namibia, among others.A multi-award-winning conservationist, Marker has either authored or co-authored over 40 scientific articles. Former US ambassador to Namibia Jeffrey Bader spearheaded her nomination, describing her as “a force of nature”.Big cat territoryThe cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is currently native to South Africa, Namibia and 19 other sub-Saharan African countries, but its distribution is growing sparser by the decade.It is confirmed as extinct, or possibly extinct, in a number of other African and Asian countries, but has successfully been reintroduced to Swaziland.It is also found in south-west Asia, with a very small population of the critically endangered Asiatic sub-species surviving in Iran. The global population is estimated at around 12 400, but the IUCN reports that this number is dwindling.The cheetah is most abundant in Eastern and Southern Africa, with the biggest and healthiest population – around 2 000 individuals, according to the IUCN – occurring in Namibia.The animal is listed as vulnerable with the IUCN and appears in Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Appendix 1 applies to species that are threatened with extinction, and it prohibits their international trade, unless it is for non-commercial purposes such as scientific research.The biggest threats to the big cat’s survival are habitat loss, depletion of prey, and as a consequence of this factor, conflict with farmers, especially in Southern Africa. Cheetahs are often killed indiscriminately because they are incorrectly perceived as a major threat to livestock.Lesser threats include snares and competition with other large predators, especially other big cats.
Prof Malegapuru Makgoba has been elected vice-president of the International Council for Science. (Image: University of KwaZulu-Natal) MEDIA CONTACTS • Smita Maharaj Director: Communications Corporate Relations Division University of KwaZulu-Natal +27 31 260 4447RELATED ARTICLES • Space science thriving in South Africa • South African women lead the way in science • Pharma conference debuts in Africa • Home-grown nutrition research • Research centre for African oceans Wilma den HartighSouth Africa’s Prof Malegapuru Makgoba has been elected vice-president of the International Council for Science (ICSU), one of the most prestigious international bodies of its kind in the world.“I feel humbled and inspired to be given such an opportunity,” says Makgoba, vice-chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).The professor, who is a trained physician and an internationally recognised molecular immunologist, says his new position will give him significant exposure to other respected scientists and scientific disciplines.“What I find exciting about the work is meeting highly motivated and talented scientists from all over the world,” he says.Although his main area of interest has always been basic science and health, he says the position will allow him to explore new areas of science. “It will enable me to broaden my horizons in science. I think it is going to be an enriching experience,” he adds.His involvement with the ICSU will also promote South Africa’s participation in scientific matters of global concern. “As a country, we can play a major role in shaping the future of global science research collaboration and influence science policy,” he says.The International Council for ScienceUtilising science to find solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges is a core focus of the council.The ICSU, which is one of the oldest non-governmental organisations in the world, was established to promote international scientific activity with the emphasis on research outcomes that will benefit humanity.The council has a global membership of national scientific bodies and international scientific unions.The organisation identifies issues of importance to science and society, provides an enabling research environment for scientists across all disciplines and promotes the participation of scientists in international research projects.Makgoba will serve as vice-president for three years. In this time, he is required to attend a minimum of two international ICSU meetings in Paris each year. He will also be involved in the planning of international interdisciplinary scientific programmes and a review of current global research.His position as vice-president is a voluntary service to the ICSU, and he will continue to perform his duties as vice-chancellor of the UKZN. “It is all voluntary work, but I look forward to it because it is giving back to science what science has given to me,” he says.Science to benefit peopleMakgoba has already attended his first meeting of the ICSU and the General Assembly has identified two new global scientific research projects.The “Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Environment” project will draw on the expertise of an interdisciplinary team of researchers to investigate the complex effects of urban and migratory patterns on human health and wellbeing.The outcomes of this particular project will be of major importance for individuals, policy formation and governments worldwide, as it looks at the growing urbanisation trend in the world.According to the UN, 50% of populations in developing countries will live in urban areas by 2020. Although Africa is predominantly rural, it is considered to be the continent with the fastest rate of urbanisation.By 2030 both Asia and Africa will have higher numbers of urban residents than any other major area of the world.UN figures quoted in a report of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reveal that 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050, with the percentage rising to 86 for people in OECD countries.He says that urbanisation has far-reaching impacts on health, culture and how human beings define their identities.“It is a highly relevant topic in a changing world environment and raises many questions about urban wellbeing and health. The study will investigate the challenges and find potential solutions for the urbanisation trend,” he says.Another project on the agenda is the Earth Systems Sustainability Initiative, which will research the impact of global change on the earth, people and the capacity of the earth to sustain life on the planet.“The main focus of this ongoing research is on the unprecedented human-induced global change and the threat to society and human wellbeing worldwide. Climate change and biodiversity loss are just two examples,” he said in a statement.Contributions to scienceMakgoba has made other major contributions to the advancement of health and science in South Africa.His research as a molecular immunologist has made it possible to identify and understand cell surface molecules and genes important in the human immune system’s response.He is also a leading scientist in HIV vaccine research, he has served on the leadership team of the South African Aids Vaccine Initiative and he is the founding chair of the UNAids-World Health Organisation African Aids Vaccine Programme.Makgoba, who is also a member of the National Planning Commission and special advisor to the minister of science and technology, has received numerous awards, including fellowships at both the Imperial College Faculty of Medicine and the Royal College of Physicians of London.He is a founding member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and a foreign associate of the Institute of Medicine of the US Academies of Science.In addition to various accolades for his work, Makgoba was the 2011 recipient of the National Research Foundation President’s Lifetime Achievement award.
South Africa’s pool B opponents have been called lightweights and easy pickings, but the Springboks know they should not take any of them for granted. Each side has their own strengths and the Boks will need to be at their best. We take a look at South Africa’s records against each of their group opponents. Note that all fixtures are South African standard time.For more on the Springboks, check out:Rugby’s full story: the Springbok Experience Rugby MuseumSouth Africa’s Rugby World Cup journeySouth African ref to kick off Rugby World Cup Click to view larger image
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The weather has still been really nice. We have had a couple of rain showers and they came pretty slow and timely — a half-inch here and a half-inch there. We have been dry and the rains have not made things really wet where guys had to stay out of the fields for a long time or cause ruts.Most of the soybeans are off but there is still some corn out. Things are definitely still ahead of schedule for this time of year. Most of the true grain guys still have some corn out but most of the dairy guys are wrapping it up. Most all of the wheat I see around here is up and looking good.This year we had to start feeding the first hay that we chopped after the first couple of weeks this summer. That is not ideal. We have one corn silage bunker with three sides on it. We actually had a pretty nice carry over from last year, but we feed it from front to back. We had to cover it all back up when we started refilling the bunk this year and we couldn’t get to the old stuff. We made a separate pile this year to fix that problem.Ideally we like for the corn silage set for three months before we start feeding. Once it sits in the bunk for three months it stabilizes. As long as you keep the oxygen out of it, it will keep.We are adding more cows to our operation. We are widening some of the free stalls out in a building we had for the heifers. We should have it all done by the end of the year.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mary WicksDid you know that manure is a valuable resource? From applying it to cropland to creating compost, it can benefit crops and soil or generate additional income. Using manure is complex, which makes it interesting but challenging. There are many factors, such as nutrient availability, application methods, and application rules that need to be taken into account. Soil benefitsA recent 2-year study by the University of Wisconsin compared the effects manure and inorganic fertilizers on soil health. Researchers demonstrated that manure was more effective in maintaining soil pH at a healthy range, while the fertilizer tended to increase acidity. Manure was also more effective in increasing total nitrogen in the soil. And, due the organic matter in manure, it helped increase water stable aggregates, which makes soil more resistant to erosion. However, the electrical conductivity of soils with manure application was higher, indicating that salt levels in manure need to be considered. Nutrient benefitsThe key for land application is to take advantage of the nutrients in manure, saving money on fertilizer while also protecting water quality. Following the 4R Nutrient Stewardship principles (right source, right rate, right time, right place) is a good starting point, but other considerations, such as weather and storage capacity, must also be addressed.In Ohio, nearly 49% of manure is applied from October to December, but an unusually wet fall followed by an extended wet spring as we are currently experiencing, can limit the days available for field application. This results in many livestock producers with not enough manure storage capacity. Regulations that limit manure application during winter months and rain forecasts that prevent manure application can further reduce the application window. To expand the available days for applying manure, Glen Arnold, manure management systems field specialist with OSU Extension, has shown that using liquid manure to side dress emerging crops, especially corn and wheat, can result in yields similar to, or better than, commercial fertilizers. Other benefitsManure can also be a source of income. Poultry litter is often sold to crop producers as a source of nutrients and to improve soil tilth. Others compost manure for sale to nurseries or garden centers. Composting is a natural process in which organisms, primarily microbes, decompose the manure. When managed correctly, this aerobic process can reduce pathogens, odors, and the moisture content creating a product that is easier to handle and allows manure nutrients and organic material to be cost effectively transported off the farm. Learn more at the Manure Science ReviewThere’s a lot more to know about managing manure and the Manure Science Review on August 7 is a great place to learn. This year’s speaker and demonstration program will be held at JIMITA Holsteins in Strasburg, Ohio, and then followed by a tour of nearby Bull Country Composting. Speakers will address when manure nutrients are available, what cover crops can and can’t do, side dressing with manure, and more. Field demonstrations will highlight spreader calibration, liquid manure application methods, manure health, and other practices. The day will wrap up with a tour of a commercial manure composting facility, focusing on material handling and processing as well as marketing.This educational program qualifies for continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisors, ODA Certified Livestock Managers, ODA Fertilizer Recertification, Pennsylvania Manure Hauler/Broker, and Indiana State Chemist Category 14. For program and registration details, click on the link at https://ocamm.osu.edu/. Mary H. Wicks, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Phone: 330.202.3533. E-mail: [email protected] This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
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Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor most of his career in the UAAP, Ron Dennison had been either a benchwarmer or a glue guy.Dennison was never the person to carry the offense for Far Eastern University as he only averaged 2.1 points per game average in his first four seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Duterte hands out cash incentives to 2017 SEA Games medalists View comments MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES His 21-point game against La Salle was also a career-high.Dennison said he wasn’t surprised that he has been putting up gaudy numbers in the offensive end while retaining his defensive duties because he prepared for that in the off-season.“I was ready that I would become one of the team’s main scorers,” said Dennison, whos also averaging 1.5 steals and 0.5 blocks per game. “That was already my mindset starting last semester. My defense is always there, that should always be there because I always give my energy when I’m on the floor.”ADVERTISEMENT Things, however, have changed this Season 80 in the UAAP with the fifth year Tamaraw thrust into the role of FEU’s go-to offensive weapon.While his numbers have seen a significant rise, the transition hasn’t been drastic after all for Dennison.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I was already practicing as the go-to-guy even in the offseason, I was practicing my offensive game because I can’t just be a defensive guy anymore,” said Dennison in Filipino Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.For the first two games, Dennison has been FEU’s leading scorer averaging 18.5 points on an impressive 62.96 percent shooting. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side
Preeja Sreedharan and Sudha Singh made it a golden evening for India as the track and field athletics programme got off to a roaring start at the Aoti arena on Sunday. Riled and ridiculed in the last edition of the Asian Games in Doha and a flop show at the Beijing Olympics, Indian athletics is beginning to show guts and glory. If the Commonwealth Games was a big surprise, Day One at athletics was truly sensational as Preeja and Nashik-born Kavita Raut clinched gold and silver respectively in the 10,000 metres in a classy field where the Chinese and Japanese runners were supposed to dominate. Even before the euphoria of the 10,000m could sink in, unassuming Railways girl Sudha Singh won a sensational 3,000 steeplechase final with China’s Jin Yuan at her heels. She clocked 9 minutes 55.67 seconds. Back to the first surprise of the day, the way Preeja and Kavita ran the 25-lap event in front of a packed stadium was remarkable.Not having won a medal in the Commonwealth Games, rankled Preeja. As one who has also been battling asthma, the Kerala girl’s hunger for success was magnified. Yet, what made the two Indians look so good on Sunday was the final stage of the race when Preeja came into her own and outkicked the field after the final bend to seal gold in a personal best 31:50.47. Her winning margin was almost a second and Kavita came second in 31:51.44. Both of them clocked their personal best timings. In a race where saw seven of the 11 runners registered their personal best timings, another Ethiopian-born Bahrain athlete Shitay Habtegebrel claimed bronze. In the history of the 10,000m which was introduced at the Seoul Asiad in 1986, this is the first time a Chinese or a Japanese runner did not win a medal.advertisementAt 28, Preeja is one of the most accomplished 5,000 and 10,000 metres runner. An Asian Games gold was very special as she did an emo- tional victory lap with Kavita as fans cheered them. “Our coach Nikolai (Snesarev) had told us to run a tactical race. His advice was that if Kavita and I could run together, there was a medal chance. And that’s what we did as the last lap turned out be decisive. Our coach has been truly inspirational,” said Preeja. “I ran my own style and my own pace and I won. I didn’t think about the other competitors,” she said. The uniqueness about the 10,000m event was that till the last 100 metres, neither Preeja nor Kavita led the field.Japan’s Kayoko Fukushi, who had the fastest personal best in the field at 30:51.81, led for the first 2,000 metres. After that, Shitaya Habtegebrel of Bahrain took the lead for a couple of laps after which the lead kept changing between Fukushi, her teammate Hikari Yoshimoto and Habtegebrel. As the runners approached the last two laps, it was Habtegebrel who took the bell first and even on the back straight of the final lap, she looked in control. Into the final bend, the Indians made their decisive move and raced home. The 3,000m steeplechase turned out to be even more dramatic as the Mumbai-based Sudha held off a strong late challenge from China’s Jin Yuan, with close to 55,000 fanatic fans cheering, to win by four one-hundredths of a second.The sparse Indian fan base had their jaws gaping as in the final moments of the race Jin increased her stride length rapidly. Had the race been a metre longer, she may have won. Sudha had finished fifth at the Commonwealth Games in October and was very keen to do well here. However, it is on nights like these that a star is born and Sudha made a sudden burst for home. Minori Hayakari of Japan won the bronze medal. “I have won at the same venue before at the Asian championship when I broke the national record. “I knew I had to win at any cost as I lost a medal at the CWG. This is a very big day as I had not dreamt of winning gold,” said the ultra-thin Sudha.
zoom Norwegian oil major Statoil has selected Gas4Sea partners to be its liquefied natural gas (LNG) marine fuel supplier in the Dutch port of Rotterdam for four crude shuttle tankers.The four planned dual fuel vessels are scheduled to come into service in early 2020. They will be operated by Statoil in Northern European seas.Under the contract with Statoil, Gas4Sea partners, including Engie SA, Mitsubishi Corp and Nippon Yusen Kaisha, are to supply the new ships with LNG using the Engie Zeebrugge, which started operations earlier this year.With an LNG capacity of 5,000 m3, Engie Zeebrugge is currently performing regular ship-to-ship LNG bunkering services in Belgium’s port of Zeebrugge. It is designed to serve a full range of shipping customers, in Zeebrugge as well as neighbouring ports.Gas4Sea was launched in 2016 to develop the use of LNG as a sustainable, reliable, safe and cost-effective alternative to conventional oil-based marine fuels. The parties earlier said that Gas4Sea aims to lead innovation through the ship-to-ship supply of LNG for the maritime sector.