Latest: Sunderland 0 Chelsea 0 – slick start by the Blues in quarter-final clash

first_imgChelsea dominated possession in the opening 20 minutes of the Capital One Cup quarter-final at the Stadium of Light, where the in-form Andre Schurrle has looked lively.The Blues’ veteran keeper Mark Schwarzer, in for Petr Cech, was a virtual spectator as Jose Mourinho’s side passed the ball around at will and pressed their opponents effectively.Schurrle cut in from the left and fired straight at Black Cats keeper Vito Mannone and Chelsea skipper Frank Lampard sent a long-range effort over.Kevin De Bruyne was one of those brought in to a much-changed Chelsea starting line-up by Mourinho.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Schwarzer; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Cole; Mikel, Lampard; De Bruyne, Willian, Schurrle; Eto’oSubs: Blackman, Terry, Essien, Oscar, Hazard, Ba, Torres.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Maggots: a sustainable animal feed

first_imgThe common housefly could be a bigfactor in easing the strain on natural marine resources, if the Drew brothers have their way. (Image: Shadowness)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Jason Drew  AgriProtein  + 27 21 422 1887 or +27 83 700 5255 RELATED ARTICLES • New bug leaps into history books • Malaria-proof mosquito a reality • Tanzania’s ‘butterfly effect’ • Pick n Pay greens seafood operationsEmily van RijswijckAn enterprising duo has developed a sustainable alternative to fishmeal and soya livestock feeds, in the process helping to ease the pressure on precious natural resources which are constantly under strain from the growing human population.Originally from the UK, brothers David and Jason Drew are now based in South Africa.For the last three years the two entrepreneurs have been researching the potential of protein-rich fly larvae or maggots as a natural replacement for soya and fishmeal, the two most commonly used sources of protein animal feed used by industrial farmers.Their Cape-based company AgriProtein produces maggot meal, a completely natural protein feed for animals. Maggot meal is obtained by harvesting fly larvae fed on organic waste just before the insects turn into pupae. To make one ton of the meal, about five tons of maggots are required.The larvae are dried and then processed into a fine rich brown powder, to be sold to farmers in 50-kilogramme bags.In terms of nutrient value the product matches that of fishmeal and is superior to soya.Research and developmentThe fly farm and production plant is based in Stellenbosch and for the moment is producing only for research and development purposes, confirms Jason Drew.The facility produces two tons of meal a week. Research is conducted with the help of the University of Stellenbosch‘s Animal Nutritional Department.“We plan to start up a full scale production plant in 2013, which will produce 28 tons per day of the dry product,” says Drew.The company intends to open plants in South Africa and Germany, the latter country because it is one of the world’s leading green nations.According to Drew, the demand for protein feed is almost limitless, and one of the biggest chicken producers in Germany is already showing keen interest.His only concern is whether AgriProtein will be able to keep up with the projected demand of over 2 000 tons per month.Should other countries show interest, the Drew brothers will consider rolling out the technology to them as well.So far, AgriProtein’s research has shown that larvae protein produces better weight gain and lower gizzard erosion scores than fishmeal. Gizzard erosion is a dietary deficiency disease affecting younger birds.Nutrient recyclingAt the heart of AgriProtein’s approach is a relatively new concept: nutrient recycling.Increases in global food demand and pressing environmental challenges have caused prices of both fishmeal and soya feeds to soar in recent years. Fishmeal, for example, has on average almost tripled in price since 2002, according to the IndexMundi data portal.Using organic waste to create a new source of protein – such as animal protein feed – is one way in which we can save the world’s declining fish resources, believes Drew.At the AgriProtein plant the flies are fed waste from abattoirs. This natural way of disposing of the waste also helps the suppliers to cut down on their costs. To ensure success of the venture, the company runs two programmes, for breeding and production.Under natural conditions one female fly can lay about 750 eggs a week and the larva increases in weight by over 400 times in just a few days.Maggots are harvested just before the pupal stage, or after about 72 hours. They are then dried, milled and packed. Because birds and fish eat larvae in the wild, the magmeal is easily digested.AgriProtein uses three types of flies: the common housefly (Musca domestica); the black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) and the blow fly (Calliphoridae family), each of which prefers to break down a specific type of organic waste.The end product contains nine essential amino acids, according to the AgriProtein website.And that hint of fishmeal which is sometimes so detectable in battery-reared chickens will also be a thing of the past as maggot meal has a completely neutral taste and odour, Drew confirms.Amazing creaturesLike other insects the fly goes through three phases to reach adulthood: egg, larva, pupa and then adult.One of the most fascinating aspects of these creatures is the ammonia which is produced by fly larvae, a natural secretion used by the creatures to kill bacteria.In the AgriProtein plant the strong smell of ammonia is a by-product of the production process but one which the Drew brothers still plan to tap into as well.“We are looking at ways in which to harvest the ammoniated air to make a natural bleach,” says Drew.last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 26 | From the Farm Science Review!

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The crew of host Joel Penhorwood, Ty Higgins, Dale Minyo, and Matt Reese bring this week’s podcast from the 2017 Farm Science Review (recorded on Monday before FSR got underway, September 19-21).The Farm Science Review always one of Ohio agriculture’s biggest events from year to year. For visitors to the 2017 Review, Ty talked with Matt Sullivan, general manager of the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, about this year’s FSR and what to know.The Review is known as a key time to check out the latest innovations in agriculture, especially from the equipment side. In that spirit, Joel visited with Scott Brown, territory manager with Geringhoff, about the Truflex Razor draper combine header — just one of the amazing pieces of equipment in action during the field demonstrations.And while agriculturalists from all around are visiting the FSR outside of London, Ohio, the event also serves as a good time to show non-agricultural folks the modern world of farming. Matt’s talk with Lance Westcamp, mayor of Groverport and farmer himself, highlights that need to communicate agriculture to newer generations becoming further disengaged with how food and fiber are produced.All that and more, including the crew celebrating Ty’s 40th birthday, on the 26th episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, courtesy of AgriGold. More at agrigold.com.last_img read more

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Don’t Try This At Home: Armchair Building Science

first_imgThe homeowners called me after a certified home inspector stated that the attic was underventilated and moisture was building up as a result. The roof assembly had soffit vents at the eaves and two gable-end vents. These vents would not be as effective as ridge-to-soffit ventilation, but were probably close to building code requirements (see Green Basics – Attics).I did not have the time to get down to the home to take a look myself, so I asked the homeowner to send me photos of the house and the problem. It’s a bit dicey to diagnose a problem and give guidance over the phone based on a short series of photos, but armchair building science is an honorable pastime.What does the pattern of mold suggest to you? It sure looks localized to me. When asked how many “spots” of mold there were in the attic and where they were located, the homeowner replied that the two most prominent areas of attic mold were located just above two doors that separated living space from a kneewall partition forming unfinished closets. Aha! Warm, moisture-laden air was leaking into the attic at the doors and condensing on the cold plywood. I recommended that the homeowners confirm the air-leakage diagnosis with some performance testing and likely air-sealing resolution.So how did we do?Mark Lance (BPI-Certified) of Cozy Home Performance conducted a blower-door test on the home to quantify the air leakage and assess the location of big holes. The home was very leaky (CFM50 – 5300)1. The mold and air leakage in the attic turned out not to be focused on the kneewall closet doors but was more widespread throughout the attic. So we got the air leakage right — just not how extensive it was.More attic ventilation would not have solved this mold and moisture problem; extensive air sealing will (and will reduce the homeowner’s energy bills as well), however. Had the solution to increase attic ventilation taken the form of an attic exhaust fan, it may have increased the air leakage and moisture problem.Get the right stuffMake sure that the folks evaluating your home have the right training and experience. In this case, the difference between a certified building performance professional and a certified home inspector proved to be the difference between getting it right and getting it wrong.……………………………………………1CFM50 – 5300 means that the blower door was pulling 5,300 cubic feet of air per minute out of the house when the blower door was creating a pressure difference of 50 pascals between the inside and outside of the house. For a home of this size (1,800 sq. ft. or so), that is pretty darn leaky, but not unusual for homes with little air sealing.last_img read more

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Multichannel broadcaster UKTV is set to launch a n

first_imgMultichannel broadcaster UKTV is set to launch a new British drama network on UK digital-terrestrial service Freeview. The free channel, called Drama, is due to go live on July 8 and will broadcast a range of catalogue drama from the past 40 years, including Lark Rise to Candleford, Sharpe, Pride and Prejudice and Tipping the Velvet. It is the first UKTV channel to launch since the 2009 introduction of lifestyle network Really, and joins UKTV’s line-up of other free-to-air channels, the male-skewing Dave and factual network Yesterday.“Drama is targeted at a different audience demographic than our other highly successful free-to-air channels,” said UKTV controller Emma Tennant. “The channel is aimed at people who simply love drama and want to watch critically-acclaimed shows that have absolutely defined the landscape of British television.”last_img read more

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HBO Central Europe headed by CEO Linda Jensen ha

first_imgHBO Central Europe, headed by CEO Linda Jensen, has continued to invest strongly in local content this year, airing locally produced series across its major markets. The broadcaster also launched HBO Go, its multi-screen online TV offering. 

Age 47

Education BA International Affairs, Lewis & Clark College
MA Political Science/ Soviet Studies, Columbia UniversityPrevious positions President MTV Russia; director of development, CME.

Last year’s highlights We aired locally produced series in all of our major markets this year, which is a first.  Romania, the Czech Republic/Slovakia, and Poland all got first seasons of In Treatment and Hungary saw in Tarsas Jatek. This  is a milestone for us. We continue to produce documentaries, and I have to say I am more and more enthused by our prospective slate. The other fantastic development has been our ongoing rollout of HBO Go, which is now in most of our markets.  We continue to work on our multi-language, multi-device software, and it will be a very strong tool going forward.

Most significant industry development I would say the political implosion of News Corp. Shocking – and if it’s all true, then it’s all overdue.Goals for next year On the original production front we will increase volume and begin to produce truly local stories. For HBO Go we will be rolling out our multiple screens and handling more and more devices, like connected TVs.Industry challenges and opportunities Continuing to understand and regulate what all of the OTT changes are doing to the monetization of content.  The Netflix changes are a good example of this – when studios and channel providers begin to realize that in the pursuit of short term cash they are wrecking their long term business model.  We are still trying to find the right business structures for the future – it’s both the challenge and the opportunity.Alternative career choice I am sure I would have liked to work in cartoon animation.  If I could have had a teeny tiny role animating a Pixar film, I would have been very happy. 

TV character most identified with Nyusha from the Russian terrestrial station CTC’s cartoon Smeshariki.  This is a little animated pink pig who is the pivotal girl in the cartoon.  She is overly busy, a romantic daydreamer, and eats far too many sweets… As a result, her life is full of tragi-comic and unintended consequences!Most admired personality Angela Merkel and Christine Lagarde.  I admire women who can make it so far.  I can only imagine how they have managed their positions and their families.

Life outside work Spend time with my lovely daughter and my funny dog.Life outside work Spend time with my lovely daughter and my funny dog.last_img read more

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