The last word

first_imgThe last wordOn 1 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today Trainer and writer John Charlton explains why he feels lukewarm towardsice-breakersPicture the scene: deep in the bowels of Chequers, it’s anotherinner-cabinet-plus-special-advisers training weekend. “Right, ” says the Prime Minister. “Instead of telling usyour first name and why you’re here, I want you to give us the name of yourfavourite breed of dog and the judge you admire most. I’ll start the ballrolling. Today team, I’m Poodle Hutton.” Utterly ridiculous? Maybe. But not so different from one or two ice-breakersI’ve been subjected to. These include being asked to say what my name would beif I combined a favourite pet’s moniker with my mother’s surname – a stuntguaranteed to amuse the many and embarrass a few. Rover O’Neill may be fine forporn, but not a serious training course. More of a nutcracker than anice-breaker. Ice-breakers should be to trainers what warm-up acts are to comedians.They’re there to break down barriers and focus minds on the main event. The trick is to choose an ice-breaker which fits not just the composition ofthe group in question but also the mood, the time-of-day, the subject at hand ,the duration of the course and the trainer’s objectives. They tend to be something that training managers leave to trainers. Don’t.Delegates are likely to remember an inappropriate ice-breaker long afterthey’ve forgotten about the course. For health and safety reasons, energisers are best limited to throwingsponge balls at the delegates to get them to move around and swap places. Think long and hard before allowing an outdoor triathlon. My sole memory ofa management course many years ago is of a mature senior manager beingstretchered away after breaking an ankle during an ‘energising’ rounders gameon an uneven Kentish lawn. Moral: there’s no such thing as non-competitiveenergisers for managers. Which ice-breaker would you recommend? Send your favourite ice-breaker [email protected] If weprint your ideas, we’ll send you a bottle of champagne. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Manti’s Fiel Woods; Juab’s Dason Day, Each Take Region 14 Cross Country Titles Wednesday

first_img Tags: Cross Country Brad James Written by October 17, 2019 /Sports News – Local Manti’s Fiel Woods; Juab’s Dason Day, Each Take Region 14 Cross Country Titles Wednesday FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFAIRVIEW, Utah-Wednesday, the Region 14 cross country championship meet occurred at the Skyline Mountain Resort Golf Course of Fairview, with North Sanpete, Manti, Juab and Delta representing the Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network at the event.The boys and girls each competed in standard 3-mile races as is customary in cross country.Manti’s Fiel Woods won the individual Region 14 title (20:21.90) with Union’s girls winning the team title, posting a score of 49.  North Sanpete placed second with a score of 52, Manti finished third with a score of 65, Delta finished fourth with a score of 69 and Juab finished fifth with a score of 114.North Sanpete’s Aubry Cook placed second overall (20:30.30) with Manti’s Keltsy Fowles placing fourth (21:33.90). North Sanpete’s Tamsin Stewart finished fifth (21:46.10), Delta’s Kayli Baker placed sixth (21:46.50).Juab’s Whitlee Rosquist finished seventh (22:00.10), Paige Curtis of Delta placed 10th (22:20.70), Madelyn Christensen of North Sanpete finished 11th (22:48.80), with her teammate, Rachael Jones (22:55.00) placing 12th.Brynnleigh Goodwin of Delta finished 13th (22:56.50) and Manti’s Ashlee Johnson finished 16th (23:43.20).Savannah Withers of Manti placed 18th (23:50.00) and Summer Owens of Delta placed 19th overall (23:55.90).Cambree Olsen of Juab finished 20th overall (24:05.30) while Shayley Anderson of Delta finished 21st (24:10.80).North Sanpete’s Josclynn Allen placed 22nd overall (24:12.70) and her teammate, Tylee Henrie, placed 24th overall (24:43.40).Juab’s Michelle Bunker placed 26th overall (25:10.90), while Manti’s April Christensen (25:18.90), Megan Dennis (25:29.70), Bethany Christensen (25:49.50) and Tianna Chamberlain (26:37.80) finished 27th-30th.Delta’s Millie Western placed 31st (26:43.30) and Manti’s Josie Howick (26:54.60), Isabella Knudsen (26:58.80) and Sarah Peterson (27:14.50) finished 32nd-34th.Juab’s Macie Slater placed 35th (27:26.10), Mollie Eldridge of Delta placed 36th (27:37.50) and Gen Cannell of Juab placed 37th (27:40.00).Manti’s Kaitlyn Chidester placed 38th (28:05.70), Juab’s Jessica Peterson placed 39th (28:20.10) and Manti’s BreAnna Bratton (29:04.40) and Macie Howick (29:16.70) finished 41st and 42nd respectively.Juab’s Abilene Douglas placed 43rd (29:33.70) and Hannah Clark of Delta finished 44th (32:28.70) while Manti’s Cynthia Bishop placed 45th (33:19.30). Lily Hardy of Delta placed 47th overall (35:09.80) and Elizabeth Chwalek of Manti finished 48th overall (37:07.90).The Union boys also took the team title with a score of 54. North Sanpete placed second (57), Manti third (68), Juab fourth (73) and Delta sixth (151).Dason Day of Juab took the boys Region 14 individual title (16:39.40). North Sanpete’s Matt Hindes (17:11.50) and Gage Cox (17:16.70) placed third and fourth respectively.John McLaws of Delta placed fifth (17:20.10) and Manti’s Sam Cox finished seventh (17:31.20).Orange Peel of North Sanpete placed 10th (17:51.30), Manti’s Tyler Taggart (18:01.90), Ben Johnson (18:10.70) and Josiah Carter (18:12.90) finished 12th-14th. North Sanpete’s Cayler Cook (18:16.00) placed 15th.Juab’s Gabe Peterson (18:18.20), Dallin Taylor (18:18.50) and Joseph Petersen (18:29.10) placed 16th-18th and their teammate Talmage Day (18:40.80) placed 21st.Manti’s Hunter Powell (18:43.20) and Kaystan K. Larsen (18:50.10) placed 22nd and 23rd with Tyler Dinkel of Juab (18:55.90) placing 24th and Morgan Bowles of North Sanpete (18:56.80) placing 25th.Trevor Steck of Manti (19:00.90) finished 26th and Levi Bowles of North Sanpete (19:13.50) finished 29th overall.Manti’s Trevor Taggart (19:28.30) and Nathan Howell (19:30.90) placed 32nd and 33rd overall while their teammate, Casen Christensen (19:34.20) finished 35th overall.Juab’s Jared Braden (19:39.80) and Thomas Covington (19:44.60) finished 36th and 37th overall.North Sanpete’s Jared Strait (19:47.50) placed 38th overall and Delta’s Joseph Bliss (19:47.80) finished 39th. Bliss’ teammate, Gage Smith (20:04.30) finished 41st overall.Taylor Clyde of Juab (20:11.20) placed 44th overall and Ryland Cook of North Sanpete (20:15.00) finished 45th overall.Delta’s Samuel LeBaron (20:16.90) finished 46th overall and Jace Sweat of Manti (20:21.60) placed 49th.Adrian Lemus of North Sanpete (20:34.10) finished 52nd overall and Kaleb Bunker of Juab (20:41.10) finished 56th.Griffon Winsor of Manti (20:51.90) finished 56th overall and Ian Knoeller of Delta (21:06.30) placed 61st.Brayden Braithwaite of Manti (21:11.70) finished 62nd with Gavin Hardy of North Sanpete (21:13.40) finishing 63rd overall.Bryton Matheson of Juab (21:16.50) placed 64th and Delta’s Cesar Morales (21:26.30) finished 66th with Manti’s Dyson Winsor placing 67th (21:37.40).Juab’s Parker Hills (21:52.40), Levi Covington (21:56.00), Reid Vernon (22:00.00) and Jackson Hanks (22:02.00) finished 70th-73rd.Thomas Jones of North Sanpete (22:09.60) placed 74th with Manti’s Hunter Branham (22:10.40) and Kayson Douglas (22:12.70) finishing 74th-76th.Juab’s Joshua Youngblood placed 77th (22:18.20) and Aiden Gowans of Manti (22:28.60) finished 79th.Luke Bender of Juab placed 80th (22:37.40) with North Sanpete’s Josh Cox (22:45.20) placing 81st.Boston Baxter of Juab (22:55.10) finished 82nd and Brannigan Chaney of Manti (22:56.40) placed 83rd.Juab’s Jared Bradley (23:17.60) placed 84th and Delta’s Christopher Atkinson (23:28.40) finished 86th.Neils Grover of Manti (23:29.20) placed 87th and Jackson Baxter of Juab (23:39.10) placed 89th.Cody Stephenson of Delta (23:40.50) placed 91st and Juab’s Malachi Compton (23:56.80) and Chase Hills (23:58.10) finished 93rd and 94th overall.Kolten Manning of Juab (24:25.70) placed 96th, Jake Cox of North Sanpete (24:57.90) finished 97th and Ben Cannell of Juab (24:57.60) finished 98th.Cael Howard of North Sanpete (25:41.40) finished 102nd, Juab’s Asher Kretchmer (26:03.60) placed 103rd and Manti’s Ethan Roos (26:29.40) finished 104th.Finally, Juab’s David Samuelson (27:00.20) placed 105th, Michael Larsen of North Sanpete (28:37.80) finished 106th and Manti’s Donald Southworth (30:18.10) and James Narciso (33:01.10) placed 107th and 108th overall.The state championship meet is October 23 at Sugarhouse Park in Salt Lake City and will run from 11:00 am-3:30 pm as the various classifications in the Beehive State compete.last_img read more

Manager of Production Svcs/Executive Producer

first_img* Do you have experience supervising employees?YesNo * Do you have the ability to move and maneuver objects weighingas much as 50 pounds?YesNo * Do you have a valid driver’s license? (A valid license isrequired for this position and a motor vehicle report will beconducted to verify the validity of your license.)YesNo * Do you have five years of production, film, and/or variedcontent creation experience?YesNo * Do you have a Bachelor’s degree?YesNoYes, by the end of semester of hire. Position DetailsPosition TitleManager of Production Svcs/Executive ProducerPosition Number000450Position SummaryThe Manager of Production Services/Executive Producer mustdemonstrate a willingness to take risks in adopting newtechnologies and exploration of new methods of production whileremaining strongly committed to meeting the demands of a changingtelevision industry.Essential Job Functions of Position• Conceptualizes, designs, and implements production strategies forKTWU, employing knowledge of industry trends, productiontechnologies, innovative techniques, and best practices to meet thestation’s functional areas’ needs, including but not limited toProgramming, Promotion, Traffic, Underwriting, Auction, etc.• Serves in a leadership capacity with station departments todevelop interesting and engaging content for local, regional,national, and international audiences to enhance the station’simage and ensure its long-term success.• Works with internal and external production agencies to obtain,schedule, and secure equipment and crew; provide technicalexpertise, direction, scripting, and computer-based editing toachieve production success.• Works closely with the senior management team to develop andimplement projects that create revenue and/or reduceexpenses.Collaborates with the following departments:• Programming to develop program content that can be utilized onmultiple platforms and distributed for various uses (e.g.,broadcast, cable, film, social media, satellite, mobile.)• Development (Major Giving, Underwriting, Membership, Auction,Sales) to ensure production needs are met to achieve financialobjectives.• Promotion and Traffic to facilitate work-flow of station-producedcontent.• Engineering to ensure adequate maintenance of production-relatedequipment and accessories. Facilitates purchase and maintenance ofnecessary production equipment.• Educational Services provides production support for educationalinitiatives and outreach opportunities.• Develops and submits budget recommendations to appropriate staffbased on production needs. Monitors expenditures to confirm theappropriate use of funds and support the station’s overallbudget.• Provides staff production support for entrepreneurial venturesand strategic initiatives.• Researches and recommends production grant opportunities toenhance station programming efforts. Oversees grant administrationin concert with station and University staff to ensure appropriateuse and management of grant funds.• Consults and guides independent producers to explain thetechnical and packaging needs for the KTWU and the PBS System andto assist with producing programming with sufficient quality tomaintain the station’s standards and reputation.• Serves as a spokesperson and community liaison for the stationregarding content produced by KTWU for local, regional, nationaland international distribution.• Supervises and evaluates the performance of production staff,offering guidance and direction in the day-to-day productionoperation to maximize employee performance and facilitateprofessional growth.• As a team leader and motivator, works to maintain a healthy,fair, and inclusive work environment by promoting diversity,exercising teamwork, and collaboration. Actively promotes aprofessional workplace culture of mutual respect and collegialityfor all members of the institution. Works to build positive andcooperative relationships with staff, encouraging them to worktoward individual and departmental goals.• Accepts items for auction, pledges, and payments. Assists withstation events.• Performs other job-related duties as assigned or asappropriate.Non-Essential Job Functions of PositionEducation and ExperienceBachelor’s Degree.Five years of production, film, and/or varied content creationexperience.Supervisory experience.Preferred: Master’s degree. Seven years’ varied experience incontent creation.Knowledge, Skills & AbilitiesKnowledge of producing and directing techniques, field and studioproduction, current editing technologies, lighting and sound forbroadcast, set design, webcasting, blogging, social media, andother digital media.General knowledge of the dramatic, comedic, and documentary forms,news production, sports production, and producing for newmedia.Effective leadership, conceptual and creative skills.Ability to handle, lift, and/or maneuver equipment weighing as muchas 50 pounds.Licenses, Certifications & RegistrationsValid driving license with a driving record acceptable according toUniversity standards.Additional Requirements (e.g. Physical Demands)Ability to handle, lift, and/or maneuver equipment weighing as muchas 50 pounds.Campus Security AuthorityNoSpecial Instructions to ApplicantIf you have video materials you wish to be reviewed with theapplication, please include a link to access.Advertised Pay$60,000-$65,000Work ScheduleMonday – 8am-5pm, Tuesday – 8am-5pm, Wednesday – 8am-5pm, Thursday- 8am-5pm, Friday – 8am-5pm, Other – Could require some eveningsand weekendsFull-time/Part-timeFull TimeAverage Hours per Week40Months per Year12FLSAExemptFTE1EEO StatementWashburn is dedicated to providing a student-centered and teachingfocused academic environment and a curriculum that engages thediversity of human experience across the globe. We seek candidateswho are committed to Washburn’s efforts to create a climate thatfosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, andwe encourage applications from members of groups that have beenhistorically underrepresented in higher education. Applicationmaterials should clearly articulate how the candidate willcontribute to the University’s commitment to diversity andinclusion through their teaching, research, and/or service.Washburn University is an EOE . Washburn University provides equalaccess to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, andemployment without regard to race, color, religion, age, nationalorigin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, genderidentity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital orparental status.Posting NumberS0187PBackground Check Required?YesDriving History Checked?YesDrug Screen Required?NoAnticipated Start DatePosition End Date (if temporary)For earliest consideration apply by01/04/2021Posting Close DateOpen Until Filled?YesQuick Link for Direct Access to Postinghttps://washburn.peopleadmin.com/postings/3014Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Documents Needed to ApplyRequired DocumentsResumeCover LetterOptional DocumentsMedia FilePortfoliolast_img read more

News story: S4C Reappointments

first_imgJohn Davies has been appointed for six months commencing 1 April 2018. Sian Lewis and Guto Harri have been appointed for two years commencing 9 July 2018.John DaviesJohn Davies FRAgS, MRAC was Leader of Pembrokeshire County Council from 2004 until his retirement in 2012.John has over the years been involved with the media in Wales having been a S4C presenter in the early years of the channel and is currently a regular contributor to current affairs programmes both on Television and Radio.From 2008 till May 2012 he was the Principal Leader of the Welsh Local Government Association. He was a member of Dyfed – Powys Police Authority and Chairman of its Finance Committee for 9 years.In recognition of his efforts to Local Government in Wales he was anointed the title of ITV Wales Local Politician of the Year in December 2008. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society. At the 2009 Royal Welsh Show he was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Agricultural Societies of the UK for his services to agriculture and rural Wales.For 9 years John was the farming and rural voice on the Electricity Consumer Council and subsequently became a member of Energywatch Wales. He is also a member of the Gorsedd of Bards. He holds a number of public non-executive directorships.Sian LewisSian graduated in Business & HR from UWIC. After a brief period working for independent television company, Fflic TV, she joined Urdd Gobaith Cymru (Wales League of Youth) as a Development Officer and later Area Manager. She was later invited to join Cardiff’s Welsh language initiative, Menter Iaith Caerdydd.As Chief Executive of ‘Menter’ her role was to promote and expand the use of the Welsh language within the Cardiff Community. Sian established successful partnerships with a multitude of stakeholders which have been key to her strategy to increase the local community’s engagement with the language.In December 2017, Sian was appointed Chief Executive of Urdd Gobaith Cymru. The Urdd’s aim is to provide the opportunity, through the medium of Welsh, for the children and young people in Wales to become fully rounded individuals, developing personal and social skills that will enable them to make a positive contribution to the community. The Urdd is the largest Welsh Language Youth organisation in Wales, with over 55,000 members, 10,000 volunteers, 300 workforce and a turnover of over £10 million.Guto HarriGuto began his career as a BBC journalist, spending most of it covering UK politics for the Corporation’s main television and radio outlets. He presented a number of flagship shows and was Chief Political Correspondent at Westminster before taking 2 foreign postings to Rome and New York.Guto left the BBC to handle communications for Boris Johnson and helped mastermind his re-election as Mayor of London in May 2012. He joined Liberty Global in February 2015 as managing director of external communications.The rolesThe roles are remunerated at £9,650 per annum. These reappointments have been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments.The appointments process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years must be declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation, or candidature for election.John Davies has declared that he has acted as a County Councillor as an Independent Member for Pembrokeshire County Council since 1999 and Guto Harri has declared that he worked for the former Mayor of London in 2012. Sian Lewis has declared no such political activity.last_img read more

Trey Anastasio Officially Releases Orchestral “Petrichor” On All Digital Platforms [Listen]

first_imgTrey Anastasio is preparing to head out on a brief Spring run with his original solo trio featuring drummer Russ Lawton and bassist Tony Markellis following the news that Trey Anastasio Band keyboardist Ray Paczkowski was sidelined after surgery on a brain tumor. For more information about the Trey Anastasio Trio tour and its significance and history, head here. Today, Trey Anastasio announced that a recorded orchestral version of “Petrichor” is now available for on all major streaming and download services including Spotify, Amazon, and Apple Music.Since 2001, the Phish guitarist has worked with several highly-regarded symphonies nationwide, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and the National Symphony Orchestra, composing orchestral arrangements of his Phish material and leading the ensembles on guitar. In the Fall of 2014, Trey performed a series of orchestral concerts to showcase his newest composition, “Petrichor,” which has since been adapted for the Phish canon (on 2016’s Big Boat) and served as the centerpiece for the 2016-2017 New Year’s Gag.In September of 2017, Trey set mounted a pair of orchestral performances with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, respectively, where he brought “Petrichor” back to its orchestral roots. Following those performances, Trey Anastasio shared a recording of his orchestral arrangement of “Petrichor” on Facebook with the following note:“Many thanks to conductor Steven Reinike, my dear friend orchestrator and arranger Don Hart, Nashville Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and to all the people who came out and made these last two orchestral shows so special! Thank you! … Unfortunately, I’m unable to share recordings of these performances, but I would like to share the orchestral recording of ‘Petrichor.’”However, at the time, the recording was only available via the YouTube link Anastasio shared. Now, you can listen to orchestral “Petrichor” on any platform, any time. You can listen to “Orchestral Petrichor” below.last_img read more

Carole King & the Beautiful Stars Explain Why You Can Sing Along

first_imgHoda Kotb is what you might call a superfan of Broadway hit Beautiful: The Carole King Musical—she’s seen the show eight times and counting! The Today Show host recently chatted with King, along with Chilina Kennedy, who currently plays her on the Main Stem, as well as Abby Mueller (sister of Jessie), who’s getting ready to take on the role in the national tour, about the some kind of wonderful tuner. Kotb wanted to know (no doubt she was asking for a friend) what happens if you feel the earth move under your feet when you visit the show and want to sing along? Turns out the trio are happy if you do a bit of karaoke…especially if you’re male and belting out “Natural Woman.” Check out the interview below. View Comments Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Chilina Kennedy Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019 Star Fileslast_img read more

Bee draggled

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaHoneybees can’t seem to catch a break in Georgia. While thisyear’s frequent rains have brought welcome relief for people andmost of the state’s plants and animals, it’s just another toughyear for the bees.”It’s been a bad year for honey production in Georgia,” saidKeith Delaplane, an entomology professor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The main culprit, Delaplane said, is an excessively wet yearcoming on the heels of more than four straight years of drought.”When there’s too much rain, there’s too much dilution of thenectar,” he explained. Honeybees convert the nectar they extractfrom flowers into honey.Sweet harvestThe honeybee hive survives over the winter on the rich energyreserves stored in the honey. Humans harvest the surplus honey,when there is a surplus, as a sweet crop that eventually ends upon your breakfast table.When there isn’t enough rain, Delaplane said, the lack of waterhinders the buildup of sugars in plants.So for honeybees, this year’s “monsoon season” in Georgia has hadthe same net effect as the previous years of dusty drought: notenough sugar to make the honey they need.As if that weren’t enough, all the rains have led to anotherserious problem for honeybees: mosquitoes.Mosquito woesNo, mosquitoes don’t bite bees. But they bite people, andsometimes they transmit diseases when they do, like West Nilevirus, eastern equine encephalitis and others.When mosquito numbers are high, as they have been at times thisyear, people tend to use more insecticide sprays to reduce therisk of these potentially deadly diseases.And the No. 1 pesticide used to control mosquitoes, malathion, isdeadly to honeybees. “It’s very bad on honeybees if it gets ontothe plants they’re foraging on,” Delaplane said, “or if it’ssprayed directly onto them.”The ultra-low-volume sprays used in most urban areas, he said,lessen the damage to honeybee populations. But malathion in anyform is hardly helpful to the bees, adding insult to the injurybrought on by the quirky weather.(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Sonograming cows

first_imgSound waves do the trick”As the sound waves reflect back, a cross-sectional image iscreated (and) displayed on a computer monitor,” Pringle said.”Ribeye area and back fat are measured between the animal’s 12thand 13th ribs,” he said. “These traits, along with rump fat, arehighly related to the retail product yield.”As the fat measurements increase, they have a negative effect onthe yield of beef cuts. An increase in the ribeye area, though,creates a positive effect, he said.By enabling farmers to predict meat quality, ultrasound ishelping them select their best breeding stock.Before ultrasound, cattlemen evaluated a sire’s carcass merit bystudying the carcass quality of the animal’s offspring.”This process was slow, labor-intensive and expensive,” Pringlesaid. “The average time taken to prove a sire producedhigh-quality carcasses was five to eight years and cost producers$5,000 to $10,000. Now that can be done at a year of age.” By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaUltrasound isn’t limited to helping parents decide whether to buypink or blue baby clothes. Now it’s helping cattlemen providebetter steaks. It’s giving them a virtual look at beef cuts longbefore their animals head for the stockyard.”The success of beef producers depends on their ability toprovide high-quality, consistent end products to consumers,” saidDean Pringle, a University of Georgia animal scientist who worksclosely with the state’s cattle producers. Newest tool availableMany management practices help farmers improve beef quality. Butultrasound is one of their most effective technologies. It’s beenaround since the 1950s, Pringle said, but only in the past fiveto 10 years has the beef cattle industry fully embraced it.”Real-time ultrasound can be used to measure various carcasstraits in live animals,” he said. “You can measure an animal’sintramuscular fat percentage in the ribeye and, from that,predict its marbling score and (U.S. Department of Agriculture)quality grade. Intramuscular fat in the rump is also beingresearched at UGA to possibly improve this prediction.”Ultrasound can give farmers estimates of the ribeye area, backfat, rump fat and the percentage of intramuscular fat in theribeye. Using its high-frequency sound waves to “see” under theanimal’s hide is harmless to the animal, he said.From a sound-emitting probe placed snugly on the animal’s back,sound waves penetrate its tissues. They then reflect off theboundaries between hide, fat and muscle layers.center_img Culling out the bad producersUltrasound can give farmers enough data on their bulls andheifers to decide rightly when to cull cattle from their herds.”Culling decisions need to be based on a combination ofreproduction, growth and end-product,” he said. “Ultrasoundoffers a means to accurately measure the latter.”Ultrasound carcass traits are considered highly inheritable, hesaid. “So now selection of bulls and replacement heifers can bebased on these traits,” he said, “and producers can bring aboutgenetic change in their calves.”To get accurate measurements, ultrasound images must be taken bya certified technician, Pringle said. They cost $12 to $16 perhead. Those images are sent to a centralized computer lab forinterpretation.Pringle has trained animal ultrasound technicians as part of hisfaculty responsibilities in the UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences. In September, the UGA animal and dairyscience department will host the national beef cattle ultrasoundcertification program in Athens, Ga.”If you aren’t going to use a certified technician, it’s a mootpoint,” Pringle said. “And if purebred producers aren’t usingultrasound, I suggest they start. If not, they’ll be behind thecurve.”last_img read more

Brazilian Army, Federal Police, and Amazonas Public Security Join Forces against Trafficking

first_imgTroops with the XXXI Jungle Brigade carried out the eradication effort in the municipality of Carurú in Vaupes and in the municipality of Miraflores in Guaviare. It was part of an operation to improve security in the two departments and to decrease the revenue the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) – the country’s largest terrorist group – generates from narco-trafficking. “If we go to one place and don’t go back any more, the drug dealer returns quietly,” Fontes said. “We have to make [narco-traffickers] search for other routes.” Troops will patrol rivers, while the Amazonas Secretariat of Public Security and Military Command will coordinate the counter-narcotics missions with Military and Civil Police forces in Manaus, the state capital of Amazonas. The operations are expected to start as soon as possible and continue periodically after Carnival ends. In another operation, which also occurred on January 28, Troops from Ground Combat Battalion No. 114 decimated a cocaine laboratory that belonged to an unknown gang of criminals in the municipality of Barbacoas. Soldiers seized 25 gallons of processed coca base and 25 gallons of diesel fuel, as well as other supplies and equipment. Troops will patrol rivers, while the Amazonas Secretariat of Public Security and Military Command will coordinate the counter-narcotics missions with Military and Civil Police forces in Manaus, the state capital of Amazonas. The operations are expected to start as soon as possible and continue periodically after Carnival ends. “We are aware that organized crime is a vector of all crimes, whether large or small, mainly drug trafficking. We are neighbors of the world’s cocaine producers…,” Fontes told reporters. “The drug trade is involved in murder and barbaric crimes, and petty crime is also financed by drug trafficking.” Colombian National Army destroys coca plants, FARC cocaine laboratory In a separate operation, Soldiers from the Third Division’s Ground Combat No. 138 dismantled a cocaine laboratory owned by the FARC’s Daniel Aldana Column in the town of Tumaco. Troops destroyed 1,320 gallons of unprocessed coca leaves, 550 kilograms of processed coca leaves and 24 plastic containers, among other supplies. Troops with the XXXI Jungle Brigade carried out the eradication effort in the municipality of Carurú in Vaupes and in the municipality of Miraflores in Guaviare. It was part of an operation to improve security in the two departments and to decrease the revenue the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) – the country’s largest terrorist group – generates from narco-trafficking. Brazil’s Secretariat of Public Security of the Amazon will perform joint operations with the Army and Federal Police to prevent narcotics from being smuggled into the country from neighboring nations during Carnival, from February 13-17, Security Secretary Delegate Sergio Fontes said. “We are aware that organized crime is a vector of all crimes, whether large or small, mainly drug trafficking. We are neighbors of the world’s cocaine producers…,” Fontes told reporters. “The drug trade is involved in murder and barbaric crimes, and petty crime is also financed by drug trafficking.” “If we go to one place and don’t go back any more, the drug dealer returns quietly,” Fontes said. “We have to make [narco-traffickers] search for other routes.” In a separate operation, Soldiers from the Third Division’s Ground Combat No. 138 dismantled a cocaine laboratory owned by the FARC’s Daniel Aldana Column in the town of Tumaco. Troops destroyed 1,320 gallons of unprocessed coca leaves, 550 kilograms of processed coca leaves and 24 plastic containers, among other supplies. The security operations will specifically target the northwestern state of Amazonas, which is a hotbed for narco-trafficking given its location on the border with Peru and Colombia. In another operation, which also occurred on January 28, Troops from Ground Combat Battalion No. 114 decimated a cocaine laboratory that belonged to an unknown gang of criminals in the municipality of Barbacoas. Soldiers seized 25 gallons of processed coca base and 25 gallons of diesel fuel, as well as other supplies and equipment. The security operations will specifically target the northwestern state of Amazonas, which is a hotbed for narco-trafficking given its location on the border with Peru and Colombia. Colombian National Army destroys coca plants, FARC cocaine laboratory The Colombian Army’s XXXI Jungle Brigade eradicated 98,000 coca plants and more than 10 hectares of illegal crops in the neighboring Departments of Vaupés and Guaviare during the month of January while the Army’s Third Division destroyed two cocaine laboratories in the Department of Nariño. By Dialogo February 02, 2015 Brazil’s Secretariat of Public Security of the Amazon will perform joint operations with the Army and Federal Police to prevent narcotics from being smuggled into the country from neighboring nations during Carnival, from February 13-17, Security Secretary Delegate Sergio Fontes said. The Colombian Army’s XXXI Jungle Brigade eradicated 98,000 coca plants and more than 10 hectares of illegal crops in the neighboring Departments of Vaupés and Guaviare during the month of January while the Army’s Third Division destroyed two cocaine laboratories in the Department of Nariño. last_img read more

When a Leader Just Won’t Go

first_img“He cannot bear being the loser and so now is doing everything within his power to assault the reality he hates,” said Joseph Burgo, a clinical psychologist who has studied Mr. Trump and written about his appeal to voters. “Once he has exhausted all possible avenues to challenge the election, he will spend the rest of his life insisting the system conspired to deprive him of his victory,” said Dr. Burgo, the author of “The Narcissist You Know: Defending Yourself Against Extreme Narcissists in an All-About-Me Age.” “He will take refuge in blame, self-pity and righteous indignation to shore up his sense of self, thereby warding off the humiliation of true defeat.” – Advertisement – Meanwhile, many Republican legislators, loath to upset Mr. Trump, are helping to prop up the illusion that he is still somehow in power, in a way reminiscent of the courtiers who flattered, lied and enabled their way through the final days of Emperor Haile Selasse’s reign in Ethiopia in Ryszard Kapuscinski’s “The Emperor.” Interestingly enough, there appears to be some precedent for this within the Trump family itself. When the president’s father, Fred, developed Alzheimer’s, the family reportedly conspired to help him believe that he still ran the Trump organization. According to Vanity Fair, the elder Mr. Trump would show up for work every day, signing blank papers and using an office phone connected only to his secretary’s line. “Fred pretended to work,” a family friend told the magazine.With his vast coterie of enablers willing to believe his baseless assertions about the election, Mr. Naftali said, Trump might be better compared to the Wizard in “The Wizard of Oz.” – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img “Many of us assumed that Trump’s behind-the-curtain moment — when Dorothy arrived and, thanks to Toto, found out that the Wizard was a humbug — would come because of his handling of the Covid emergency,” he said. “But one of the reasons the president is able to continue this fantasy that he won a second term is that 73 million people don’t agree that he was a humbug. Even though the Wizard is on his way out, Oz still exists.” All these things raise the question (asking for a friend): How do you get someone to face reality and get out of the White House? last_img read more