Happy growers

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaWhen it comes to producing a better chicken for less money, Jan Ray is open to all the help she can get. As part of a University of Georgia study, she’s seeing paybacks through equipment that’s new to poultry houses.Attic inlets, a ventilation system used for years by hog producers, are saving Ray money on her fuel costs and making her chickens happier.”It’s the most fabulous equipment that I’ve ever put in a chicken house,” said Ray, owner of Ray Farm in Crawfordville, Ga.Attic inlets attached to a chicken house’s ceiling pull hot air down from the attic space. This leads to improved air and litter quality while saving money on heating, said Michael Czarick, a UGA Cooperative Extension engineer.Attic inlets are used year-round but are needed most in the winter. During milder months, “if we have baby chicks and it’s 80 degrees outside, we still may need to add a little heat to maintain 90 degrees,” he said.In the summer, after chickens are a week or two old, the attic inlets are generally closed to keep the houses cooler. At this point, growers use either conventional sidewall inlets or tunnel ventilation.Attic inlets are designed to complement sidewall inlets, said Brian Fairchild, a UGA Extension poultry scientist. “The benefit is having more ventilation to provide better air quality without increasing fuel use,” he said.Sidewall inlets pull fresh air directly from the outside. During the winter, that air often needs to be heated. Attic inlets let farmers pull warm air from the attic without having to heat it.Heating costs often determine whether a poultry producer makes money or not, Czarick said. When gas is $1.50 a gallon, growers don’t have as much to worry about.But when prices climb, profit margins fall. And in Georgia, that profit matters. Broilers alone had a leaving-the-farm value of nearly $4 billion in 2005.Attic inlets are “a way to manage a house to make it work better,” Czarick said. Ray said her chicken house with attic inlets definitely works better. The humidity, ammonia and carbon dioxide levels are lower. The chicken litter is drier “all the way through.” And she’s saving 35 percent on her heating bill.”The entire thing has been fabulous,” she said. “I’m building three more houses and putting attic inlets in all the houses. And I’m retrofitting the other two houses I’ve got.”In Ray’s new houses, which are 50 by 500 feet, the inlets cost close to $1,200 for materials, shipping and installation. Retrofitting costs a little more — about $1,800, Czarick said.”They’re actually affordable,” Ray said. “You’re heating from your attic, and everybody understands that. With just the fuel savings, it will pay for the system in about two grow-outs.”A grow-out is how long it takes for chickens to be big enough for processing. For Ray’s 105,000 chickens, that’s between 50 and 55 days.But that’s not the only benefit she sees. High ammonia levels negatively affect chickens. With the lower ammonia levels, Ray’s chickens eat and grow more.”Since we’ve had these, we’ve produced three batches of chickens over an average of seven pounds in 52 days,” Ray said. “Looking at everybody else on the pay sheets, the average is six and a half pounds.”Attic inlets are better for the birds, Czarick said, and the environment.”It’s solar energy,” he said. “We’re getting energy for free, reducing fossil fuel use and not dumping greenhouse gases. Fuel prices are getting too high and margins too narrow to not take advantage of this.”last_img read more

Glen Cove Pair Found Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two people were found dead inside a Glen Cove home after Adult Protective Services officials responded to check on their well-being on Wednesday morning, authorities said.When nobody answered a knock at the door of the house on Milford Lane, Glen Cove city police called in firefighters to force open the door before the discovery was made, Nassau and city police said.The victims’ identities were not immediately available. They were taken to the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s office, where autopsies are being conducted to determine the cause of death.Homicide Squad detectives are assisting Glen Cove police in the investigation.last_img

UK says China committing ‘gross’ abuses against Uighurs

first_img“It is clear that there are gross, egregious human rights abuses going on… it is deeply, deeply troubling,” he told the BBC. “The reports and the human aspects of it… are reminiscent of something we have not seen for a long, long time, and this is from a leading member of the international community that wants to be taken seriously.”We want a positive relationship [with China], but we cannot see behavior like that and not call it out,” Raab added.His comments come as tensions between London and China are rising over a host of issues. Britain on Sunday accused Beijing of “gross, egregious human rights abuses” over its “deeply troubling” treatment of ethnic and religious minorities in China’s western Xinjiang region.Rights groups and experts estimate that more than one million ethnic Uighurs and other Turkic-speaking minorities have been rounded up into a network of internment camps.British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the reports of forced sterilizations and mass detentions in the predominantly Muslim region required international attention. Topics : Britain on Tuesday bowed to sustained pressure from Washington and ordered the phased removal of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei from its 5G network despite warnings of retaliation from Beijing.The two sides have also clashed over Beijing’s imposition of a controversial national security law in Hong Kong. ‘Resolute response’ The United States earlier this month slapped sanctions on senior Chinese officials, as it demanded an end to the “horrific” abuses against Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang.Beijing swiftly responded with counter measures in one of the latest episodes in deteriorating US-China relations.Raab said he will update British lawmakers on Monday on the UK government’s next steps regarding Beijing’s draconian new law in Hong Kong.That will include announcing the outcome of a review of extradition arrangements with the former colonial territory.However, China’s ambassador to London warned Sunday that it will make a “resolute response” if Britain follows the US in sanctioning Chinese officials for the alleged abuses.”We never believe in unilateral sanctions, we believe the UN [United Nations] has the authority to impose sanctions,” Liu Xiaoming told the BBC.”If the UK government goes that far to impose sanctions on any individuals in China, China will certainly make resolute response to it.”Liu said he did not want to see “tit-for-tat” diplomatic skirmishes between Britain and Beijing, as was happening with the US.”I think [the] UK should have its own independent foreign policy rather than dance to the tune of the Americans like what happened to Huawei,” he added.last_img read more

UWF to Induct 2007 Hall of Fame Class on Saturday

first_imgUWF to Induct 2007 Hall of Fame Class on Saturday Share Sept. 28, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – The recent Hall of Fame inductions for the University of West Florida Athletics include the 1997 Men’s Tennis Team, Jerry Fogle of Men’s Basketball, Frank Leo of Men’s Golf, Men’s Tennis Doubles Partner’s David Brandt and Nick Lioce, and Cross Country Coach Stuart Towns. The induction will take place at the UWF Fieldhouse, Saturday, September 29th at 11:30 AM.The 1997 Men’s Tennis team coached by Ralph “Skeeter” Carson had an outstanding year in their first year of eligibility in the NCAA, by finishing its season in the NCAA Championship match. The second seeded Argonauts would fall in the finals to top-ranked Landers; however, playing in the finals and earning a #2 final ranking was an outstanding achievement for a team moving from the NAIA to the NCAA Division II. The 1997 team had three All-Gulf South Conference players, including the GSC East Player of the Year, Patric Stabark , and the doubles team of Holger Rebholz and Jens Gerlach, who earned ITA/NCAA Division II All-American Doubles honors.Frank Leo was a Division II PING All-American in both 1998 and 1999. Leo finished tied for 15th at the 1999 NCAA Division II National Championships. Over a four year career from 1995-99, he finished in the top 10 in nearly every regular season tournament, and twice qualified for the Division II National Championships, and placed 10th in the NAIA National Championships in 1996.Jerry Fogle played Men’s Basketball for Coach Don Hogan from 1996-1998 as a guard, and was named to the 1997 All-GSC First Team, and the 1998 All-GSC Second Team. Currently, Jerry has 28 records that still rank in the UWF top 10 All-time.In 1997, Jerry led the GSC in scoring at 19.2 points per game and was in the top ten in the conference for three point shooting. During that season he also set the single game scoring record with 39 points against William Carey, a record which stills stands today.During his career, Fogle scored in double figures in 48 of the 54 games he played in, and led the team in scoring 27 times. He finished his career with 958 points, sixth in school history, and a 17.7 scoring average, second in UWF history.Dr. Stuart Towns founded the West Florida Men’s Cross Country Program in 1986, and while Coaching the Argos from 1986 to 1999, he took nine teams to the NAIA National Championship Meet. The best team in his tenure may have been the 1993 team that finished 19-1 and finished in the top 20 at the National Meet.During his reign as head coach, Towns was named NAIA District 27 Coach of the Year twice, in then in 1996 and 1998, he received GSC Coach of the Year honors. Coach Towns also had 17 harriers reach All-GSC status, six NAIA All-Americans, and six GSC scholar-athletes, all while accumulating a 384-154 record. His teams won two Gulf South Conference Championships, and twice finished second in the conference.Men’s Tennis Doubles partners David Brandt and Nick Lioce were the Argos #1 Doubles team for much of 1986, 1987, and 1988. In 1987, they reached the NAIA National Doubles Semi-finals.During a fabulous 1987 season, the two were named NAIA All-Americans in doubles, while Lioce was also an NAIA Academic All-American, and Brandt was also a NAIA All-American in Singles.Lioce was also named the UWF Athlete of the year for 1988, while Brandt was the ITA/NAIA Senior Player of the year for 1989. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

It’s over – Bolt makes dreaded Olympic farewell

first_imgHis 9.58 record at the world championships in Berlin in 2009 was an even bigger sensation. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP |  Factfile on Usain Bolt after his victory in the 4x100m relay with Jamaica at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics Friday: 2015 – World Championships – 100m, 200m, 4x100m gold At the world youth championships in 2001, he was entered for the 200m but failed to make the finals. His coaches were often frustrated at his reluctance to train and his practical jokes. On top of his record-equalling nine athletics gold medals, Bolt, who will be 30 on Sunday, is confident, relaxed and supremely connected with the crowds he attracts wherever he goes. When Usain Bolt crosses the finish line and starts pounding his chest, it resonates with the public around the world. Career highlights: Bolt set his first 100m world record (9.72sec) in May 2008 in New York. The Jamaican then stormed the Beijing Olympics with his first 100m, 200m, relay treble. The world was forced to take notice of his chest-beating. Share on: WhatsApp Weight: 94kg (207lb) “I enjoy showing them and giving them the joy I get out of doing this because they give me the energy to do it so I’m always hungry.” 2009 – World Championships – 100m, 200m, 4x100m gold But at the age of 15 he was already 1.96 metres (6ft 5in) and at the world junior championships in 2002 he won the 200m. He is one of just a handful of athletes to have won world titles at junior, youth and senior levels. 2016 – Olympic Games – 100m, 200m gold, 4x100m gold At the 2013 world championships in Moscow, with heavy rain falling, Bolt mimed putting up an umbrella and appropriately lightning bolts lit up the sky around the stadium. The after-effects of a leg injury meant he did not get past the first round in the 200m at the 2004 Athens Olympics, where his Rio rival Justin Gatlin won the 100m. Name: Usain St. Leo Bolt 2011 – World Championships – 200m, 4x100m gold After completing the ‘triple triple’ of Olympic sprint titles in Rio on Friday, Bolt summed it up by saying: “There you go. I’m the greatest.” Athletics bosses must wish he could stay longer. Bolt has said he will hang up his spikes after next year’s world championships in London. “One day, I left him on the bed and when I came back he was close to falling off, so from here I was saying, ‘What kind of child he is?” she recalled. Bolt has maintained his common touch with the crowds through all this. With each major win he has deflected attention away from bad news for track and field. In Beijing it was the doping controversy surrounding women’s sprint star Marion Jones and her boyfriend Tim Montgomery. Gatlin was unable to defend his title as he was serving an initial eight-year doping ban, which was reduced to four. The Olympics is going to miss the Lightning Bolt pose that has lit up the last three Games at a time when athletics desperately needs a hero. Bolt has made it clear why he feels obliged to give something back to the spectators. Jamaica’s Usain Bolt (2ndL) reacts after he crossed the finish line head of USA’s Justin Gatlin (R), Canada’s Andre De Grasse (L) and France’s Jimmy Vicaut to win the Men’s 100m Final  AFP PHOTO Height: 1.95m (6ft 5in) “After three weeks he was pushing because he was so strong,” the mother said. 2013 – World Championships – 100m, 200m, 4x100m gold Slow starter  From his first 100m Olympic gold in Beijing, when the Jamaican astonished the world with his 9.69sec time, Usain St Leo Bolt has been the real star. His mother seems to think that the young Bolt, who will retire after next year’s world championships, was born to run. Nationality: Jamaican Other rivals have also been tainted and fallen by the wayside. 100m – 9.58sec (Berlin, 16/08/2009) 200m – 19.19sec (Berlin, 20/08/2009) 2012 – Olympic Games – 100m, 200m, 4x100m gold By the age of 12, Bolt was the fastest in his school. “He was always on top,” she said. 2008 – Olympic Games – 100m, 200m, 4x100m gold medals World records: Born in Trelawny parish near Montego Bay — where a host of sprinters including the shamed Ben Johnson also come from — Bolt was something special from the start, according to Jennifer Bolt. A school cricket coach urged him to try track and field and his talent gradually grew, though as in his races his progression was not always fast out of the blocks. Born: 21/8/1986 (29) But after his 4x100m triumph in Rio on Friday, the Rio crowd celebrated in the knowledge that they were witnessing the departure of a legend. 4x100m relay – (London, 11/08/2012 w/Yohan Blake, Michael Frater, Nesta Carter) “A lot of people come out to see what I’m going to do today, tomorrow and it’s fun for them,” he said.last_img read more

Woman opens fire on police during chase

first_imgA 43-year-old Florida woman was arrested Sunday after she reportedly opened fire on police officers during a vehicle chase.The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office says they attempted to perform a traffic stop on the suspect Rachel Baggs, after they realized that the woman was driving a stolen vehicle.Instead of pulling over for police, Baggs attempted to flee the scene. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office pursued Baggs into Marion County territory where they then alerted officials about the situation.Marion County officials then took over the chase, however,  Baggs became more aggressive. At some point during the chase, the 48-year-old bailed from the stolen Ford F-150 and fired at pursuing officers while she was on foot. At least one bullet struck the door of the patrol car, however, the officer was not injured.As authorities continued searching for Baggs they received a call from another woman stating that there was a woman hiding under her porch.When authorities arrived to the home, they found Baggs under the porch.Baggs has since been arrested and faces two counts of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, fleeing and eluding law enforcement at a high speed, and resisting arrest without violence.last_img read more

Fuel Truck Overturns at PBIA

first_imgFire Rescue officials responded to Palm Beach International Airport on Saturday, after receiving reports that a fuel truck had overturned.Crews offloaded fuel from the tank before a wrecker righted the truck. The driver was not injured, and there was no leak from the main tank.Aircraft activity was temporarily redirected away from the area as a precaution.last_img

GRAPHIC VIDEO: Florida Man Slams Puppy Against Elevator Wall

first_imgGraphic video from inside an elevator show the suspect striking and throwing the 6-month-old Husky puppy against the walls of an elevator.The abuse lasted for more than six minutes.Karim Fathi Ellaisy, 21, was arrested Thursday on a charge of animal cruelty with intent to injure or kill, an arrest report said.According to the report, Ellaisy was caught on video abusing the 6-month-old Siberian Husky in an elevator at the Brickell Heights building ar 55 Southwest 9th Street.The video showed Ellaisy walking into the elevator with the Husky, which started urinating on the floor. That’s when Ellaisy yanked on the dog’s leash, causing it to slam against the elevator wall, the report said.Ellaisy was also seen slapping the dog, named Ajax, with an open hand multiple times before throwing it against the other elevator wall, the report said.“Once our officers saw this they had enough evidence to go and make an arrest, they contacted the owner of the dog which wasn’t the person who committed the crime,” Miami Police spokesman Mike Vega said.Ellaisy was booked into the Miami-Dade jail and later released on bond.Ellaisy’s attorney, Richard Cooper, said Ajax has no permanent injuries.“This is a regrettable situation for my client. This is a case involving someone who is young and inexperienced with training puppies. The video is disturbing to my client as it is not who he is,” Cooper said in a statement. “My client is being judged for the one moment in his life that he lost his cool and made a very bad choice. I am representing Karim because I know that people have bad days and do things they later deeply regret.”Ajax was released to his owner, and animal control was contacted, the arrest report said.“It’s really sad to see, if I see something like that I’m going to do something immediately,” neighbor Avi Eli said. “I would react just like I saw someone beating a kid.”last_img read more