Chicken shortage may roll over into September – GPPA

first_imgThe current shortage of chicken in Guyana is likely to roll over into September although it was expected to come to an end by mid-August.Guyana Poultry Producers Association DirectorPatrick De GrootDirector of the Guyana Poultry Producers Association (GPPA), Patrick De Groot in an interview with Guyana Times on Monday explained that a few other major chicken manufactures are still short of the produce.He is anticipating that production should return to normalcy by the second week in September.He was keen to note that although there may be a shortage of meat supply, eggs are still being sold as normal on the market as no shortage has been recorded.Further, De Groot indicated that he was made to understand that chicken smugglers are still at work. In fact, he related that a few smugglers were caught by agents of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) over the weekend.De Groot said that while not properly briefed on the issue, he is aware that chicken in commercial quantities was seized.As a result of the shortage, small chicken businesses were forced to cease operations and as such, this has taken a toll on their livelihood.On July 24, the Guyana Livestock and Development Authority (GLDA) announced the shortage of chicken.The Authority said based on their records, there has been a reduction in the number of cases of hatching eggs imported when compared to 2018 and without a doubt, this was attributed to the shortage.Additionally, some farmers have also been complaining of reduced growth rates and higher mortality, which resulted in the reduction of poultry meat on the market.One week later, the GPPA had stated that local poultry farmers were thrown off-balance by chicken smugglers. According to the Association, smuggling of chicken in large quantities began in early 2018.It explained at that time that Suriname only had a five per cent duty on imported chickens, which resulted in the meat bird being imported into the country in large quantities from the United States and Brazil legally. The poultry was then smuggled across the Surinamese border into Guyana.Further, the GPPA had stated that the surplus lasted from May 2018 to March 2019, which accounted for the largest glut of chicken Guyana has ever experienced.The GPPA further noted that last month, the duty on imported chicken to Suriname climbed from five to 40 per cent, which put a dent in the smuggling business.Moreover, it said the Enforcement Department of the GRA would have stepped up its campaign against chicken smuggling. “It appeared that their efforts resulted in large seizures of chicken brought in illegally from across the border.”Additionally, in March of this year, the Poultry Association said farmers were left with excess birds in their pens which were between 12 and 15 weeks old although the normal growth period was six weeks.This too, played a part in the current shortage.last_img

Latest: Fulham 0 Wolves 0 – defences remain on top

first_imgThe defences remained on top despite a more enterprising start to the second half from both sides at Craven Cottage.With the half-time words of boss Kenny Jackett still ringing in their ears, Wolves made a fast start and had two good chances within two minutes of the restart.A Lee Evans shot was pushed untidily round the post by Fulham keeper Marcus Bettinelli, and from the resultant corner, Bakary Sako screwed wide.At the other end, Cauley Woodrow found space 25 yards out but after cutting inside his effort easily cleared the crossbar.A minute later, Seko Fofana went closer with a shot from the edge of the area which was inches over.On 65 minutes, Bettinelli was at full stretch to tip James Henry’s header over the bar as both teams looked to seize the initiative.In the first half, Wolves missed a golden opportunity when Bakary Sako’s shot cannoned back off the post and Leon Clarke prodded the rebound wide of an open goal.Woodrow fired over for Fulham, while Hugo Rodallega went close with an overhead kick that dropped on to the roof of the net.Lasse Vigen Christensen, who was named in the starting line-up despite having only returned to training on Friday, lasted only 32 minutes before he limped off, replaced by Sean Kavanagh. Fulham:  Bettinelli; Grimmer, Hutchinson, Bodurov, Stafylidis; Parker; Christensen (Kavanagh 32), Fofana; McCormack; Rodallega, Woodrow.Subs: Kiraly, Burn, Kavanagh, Roberts, Ruiz, Williams, Dembélé. Wolves:  Ikeme; Iorfa, Batth, Stearman, Doherty; Evans, Price, Henry, Edwards, Sako; Clarke.Subs: Kuszczak, Saville, Ricketts, McAlinden, Ebanks-Landell, Jacobs, Dicko.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

HSU soccer ready for action

first_imgMen’s soccerFresh off of a split at College Creek Field last weekend, Humboldt State men’s soccer will enjoy home field advantage again against Concordia (Ore.) and Academy of Art. The Jacks take on the Concordia Cavaliers Friday at 1 p.m. and will wait a day to take on the Urban Knights on Sunday at 2 p.m.“It’s a nice change of pace being at home for the first set of games. It’s a great opportunity to build on these games before heading on the road throughout the rest of the season,” said …last_img

Mike Fiers solidifies role as most consistent Athletics starter in win over Kansas City

first_imgKANSAS CITY — There could come a point in the not so distant future where Bob Melvin and the A’s will have to decide who will throw out the first pitch in a potential wild card game.Tossing out an experimental opener, like Liam Hendriks in New York last year, doesn’t seem to be an option this time around. He’s needed for the last inning, first and foremost, but the 2019 A’s have a pitching staff delivering consistently enough that unorthodox methods are far from necessary.If the wild card …last_img

Feather Mistake: Dinosaurs Were Mostly Scaly

first_img(Visited 66 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Some paleontologists have been going overboard with dino-feathers.“Feathers were the exception, not the rule” says Nature News in a paradigm-correction move.  “Survey of dinosaur family tree finds that most had scaly skin like reptiles.”  Matt Kaplan doesn’t doubt that birds are evolved dinosaurs, but reports that the field needs a reality check:Birds evolved from dinosaurs, and dinosaur fossils are often covered with impressions of feathers, which made some palaeontologists speculate whether feathers were a common trait that appeared early in their history. Now a team analysing feathers on the overall dinosaur family tree argues this is taking things too far.Surprisingly, it’s been the ornithischian dinosaurs (“bird-hipped”) that were scaly, and the saurischian (“lizard-hipped”) that supported the “feathered dinosaur” claims.  Evidence of “integumentary structures” on ornithiscians have been rare exceptions.  Paul Barrett (Natural History Museum, London) and a colleague made a database of all known dinosaur skin impressions to show that scales were the rule throughout the family tree.The findings provide “a valuable reality check for all of us who have been enthusiastic about suggesting dinosaurs were primitively feathered”, says Richard Butler, a palaeontologist at the University of Birmingham, UK, who was not associated with the study.Butler added that there are not any known “primitive dinosaurs from the late Triassic and early Jurassic” to answer the question of the origin of feathers.As we reported before (list), the scattered appearance of “feathers” (actually, not flight feathers except on real birds) on the dinosaur “family tree” creates real problems for evolution, making paleontologists retreat to the lifeboat of “convergent evolution” to explain their independent appearances (5/28/13).  If you can’t imagine a flying triceratops or ultrasaurus, go to the movies, where imagination cures data problems.  Darwin would have loved Smaug in Hobbit II.last_img

The Zenergy House Retrofit in L.A.

first_imgWhile homeowner anxiety and impatience are almost inevitable side effects of major remodeling projects – including (or perhaps especially) whole-house energy efficiency retrofits – builders, remodelers, and even government agencies have been exploring ways to help homeowners feel at least a little less overwhelmed by the process.One approach, taken recently by Los Angeles-based consulting, auditing, and training firm Residential Energy Assessment Services, is to complete a prototype project that combines the Home Performance with Energy Star program with environmentally sound design and construction. The REAS prototype, called Zenergy House, is being used not only to demonstrate the home’s improved performance but also to help illuminate the steps, in a comprehensive, straightforward way, that homeowners need to take to bring their green retrofit project from audit to design to completion.As GBA Advisor Martin Holladay noted in his roundup of top energy efficiency news stories of the past decade, the Home Performance with Energy Star program, introduced in 2001, is intended to guide homeowners toward contractors in their state who are licensed to perform both energy efficiency audits and retrofits. REAS is a member of the California Building Performance Contractors Association, which is Home Performance with Energy Star’s sole partner in the state and helps both train contractors to perform energy efficiency retrofits and refer homeowners to member contractors. (One of CBPCA’s slogans: “Eat your energy efficiency vegetables before your renewable-energy dessert.”)Old bones, new efficiencyZenergy House, which is located in Studio City and was officially unveiled on April 2, is a transformed 2,450-sq.-ft. three-bedroom, three-bath built in 1950. The REAS audit included blower door and duct blaster tests, and infrared-camera diagnostics, all of which prompted a range of upgrades: replacement of the home’s two three-ton air-conditioning units and two furnaces with a single three-ton cooling unit and combined hydronic heating system; replacement of the original air ducts (which showed 20%-plus leakage) and conditioning of the duct crawl spaces; repair of the leaky roof and sealing and insulation of attic spaces; replacement of inefficient windows with dual-pane, aluminum-clad low-e wood windows; installation of energy efficient appliances, thermally protected light fixtures, and CFL lamps; and installation of a 12-panel solar array with a 2.4 kWh capacity that REAS says brings the home’s performance to net zero energy. Solar also powers the water-heating-and-filtration-pump system for a swimming pool on the property.The upgrade was completed without expanding the home’s original footprint or its single-story design. Tammy Schwolsky, REAS CEO and director of energy efficiency, told GBA in an email that the existing exterior walls have R-13 batt insulation, while the three attic areas were brought up to R-38. The thermal resistance in the inaccessible vaulted roof areas is estimated to be R-19.Even though a few recent retrofits have aimed for the energy efficiency extremes of the Passivhaus performance standard, Zenergy House is helping keep the benefits of the Home Performance with Energy Star program fresh in our minds and, it is hoped, will be source of motivation for homeowners contemplating home-retrofit projects.Schwolsky says REAS has not estimated the overall cost of this “eco-literacy” project, mainly because the number of corporate sponsors that contributed equipment and expertise to the upgrade – 72 companies in all – makes attempting such a calculation with any accuracy unusually difficult.Update: May 1, 2010Shortly after various sources reported on the Zenergy House retrofit, U.K.-based technology news and opinion website The Register presented its own commentary about the project, including a critique of the home’s overall energy efficiency.The Register asked REAS to verify the basic functional characteristics of the building’s hydronic heating system and asked how much gas is used and whether gas usage was factored into the home’s net-zero-energy performance goal. The home uses gas for heating, the stove, clothes dryer, and fireplace. REAS pointed out that the NZE goal applies to the building’s electrical usage only, and that, from December through March (L.A.’s heating season), the home’s gas usage averaged 85 therms a month.The Register then offered the following observations and source links:“Eighty-five therms is the same as 2,491 kilowatt-hours per month. A normal household in the Western USA, according to the US government, uses 77 million British Thermal Units annually – which is the same as 1,881 kilowatt-hours per month. The Zenergy house uses a third more energy than the regional household average, and one may note that by American standards it is by no means large (3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms).“Not only is the house not zero-net-energy, read more

What Cold Calling Means

first_imgThere’s a lot of confusion about what a cold call is and what a cold call is not. Whenever I write about cold calling I get emails and comments from people who insist the cold calling is dead. A few days ago I even had Jeffrey Gitomer comment to that effect on this post. But I don’t believe Mr. Gitomer means what some people think he means (but who knows, maybe he’ll correct me).I believe there’s some confusion around the words cold calling, and that confusion is a matter of semantics. We’re using the same words but we mean something different.When I talk about cold calling, I am talking about calling someone who is not expecting your call in order to initiate a sales conversation. What makes it cold is that they aren’t expecting your call.Different MeaningsIt’s important to understand that when people say they’re opposed to cold calling they are talking about picking up the phone and indiscriminately dialing through a list of numbers without doing any research—and without doing anything to improve your odds of success. This is not a good strategy. It never has been.In fact, in the days before computers (B.C.), if you were hired to sell, someone would throw a phone book on your desk, tell you that the book was your “leads,” and expect you to dial numbers. This is what some people mean when they say cold calling is dead. But even in the old days smart salespeople knew better than that. They read the business sections of the local papers, local business journals, attended networking events, and did everything possible to gain knowledge, insight, and introductions—anything that would allow them to make a warmer call.The reason there is so much confusion around the words cold calling is because a lot of people who tell you cold calling is dead mean that you should do everything possible to make a warmer call instead of indiscriminately dialing phone numbers. And they’re right—even though the person on the other end may still not be expecting your call.But another group of people, I called them the anti-cold calling charlatans, literally mean that you should never pick up the phone and call prospects. They go too far, and many of them offer awful advice. You can almost always spot the anti-cold calling charlatans because they always suggest that sales is a dirty word, that you should feel a sense of shame, and even change your title to disguise the fact that you’re selling. This is criminal negligence as advice given to sales people. Criminal!When I write that I am an advocate for cold calling, it doesn’t mean that I’m an advocate for indiscriminately dialing numbers without being smart enough to do any research. It doesn’t mean I’m an advocate for not trying to connect with your prospects on LinkedIn. It doesn’t mean that I believe that cold calling is better then asking for a referral and an introduction from a client that already loves you (even though in my experience people that don’t cold call don’t ask for referrals either).What it does mean is that you are the salesperson. After you’ve done everything you can to make a warmer call, you still need to pick up the phone and dial your dream client. You should also do whatever you can do to improve the likelihood that they say, “yes” in front of that call.last_img

How the Equipment Team Will Honor the Homecoming Parade Victims

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! The equipment team will honor the victims of the homecoming tragedy with a small decal that will be worn on all helmets and headsets. It’s a small but neat gesture by the equipment staff, which has also honored the late Jeff Naple with a “Pitt” decal on helmets this year.The eq room decal that will be worn on all headsets & helmets to honor the victims of the parade #kneelingcowboy pic.twitter.com/FuMsZkv7gS— Rex and The Chief (@RexandTheChief) October 28, 2015last_img

Kentucky Would Lose To The 76ers At Least 78 Percent Of The

It happens every few years: a star-studded college team, fresh off a dominating performance, is compared favorably to the worst squad in the pros. A few years ago, it was the Anthony Davis-led Kentucky powerhouse vs. a pitiful Charlotte Bobcats outfit that set a new NBA low for winning percentage in a season. Now, it’s Kentucky’s 2014-15 team, which trounced fifth-ranked Kansas on Tuesday, vs. the tank-tactic Philadelphia 76ers.In a radio interview this week, former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe (now of the Phoenix Suns) said his alma mater would own the hypothetical matchup. “I’m definitely taking Kentucky,” Bledsoe said when asked who would win a best-of-seven series between the Wildcats and Sixers. “I think Philly would probably get maybe one game.”As others have pointed out, that’s absurd. As awful as they are — and boy, are they awful — the Sixers’ roster represents an All-Star team of college players from the past few seasons:Center Nerlens Noel was first-team All-SEC two seasons ago; if he were in college now, he’d likely be considered the best player in the country;Point guard Michael Carter-Williams was an honorable mention All-American as an NCAA sophomore; had he not left Syracuse, he would likely be considered the best guard in the college game;Guard Tony Wroten made first-team All-Pac 12 as a freshman two years ago;And rookie K.J. McDaniels was named to the All-ACC first team last season.These are all players who could still have NCAA eligibility if they had they not departed early for the NBA.To put these anecdotes in a more rigid framework, we can return to the same projection methodology we used for our NBA preview. The premise there was to take Real Plus/Minus data from last season, adjust for aging effects and regress to the mean to estimate each player’s true talent level. In this case, we also need to account for any information gleaned from the first three weeks or so of the NBA season; since RPM isn’t available for 2014-15 yet, I’m using a weighted average between a player’s current 2014-15 Statistical Plus/Minus (a box score-based statistic designed to emulate RPM in situations where RPM isn’t available) and our projected RPM ratings from the preseason.By this accounting, the 76ers are made up exclusively of below-average players. In fact, 54 percent of the team’s minutes have gone to players below the replacement-level RPM threshold of -2 points per 100 possessions. If we compute a minutes-weighted aggregation of ratings for Philadelphia’s 2014-15 roster (and adjust for the fact that the Sixers are usually trailing in their games), we’d expect them to lose to an average NBA team by 8.9 points per 100 possessions, which is ridiculously bad for a team’s true talent level. (Other teams have posted worse seasons, but that’s usually because they have bad rosters that perform below their talent levels.)But as bad as the Sixers are, Kentucky’s roster would translate to an even worse team at the NBA level. Looking at how well players’ draft slots predicted their rookie RPM performances (and, in turn, how well ultra-early mock draft rankings like these predict a player’s draft slot), and turning the clock back on those rookie-year RPM projections using an aging curve, we can also estimate an NBA-equivalent 2014-15 RPM talent level for every player on the Wildcats’ roster. Their top prospect, Karl-Anthony Towns (who sits at No. 3 in ESPN’s class-of-2015 draft rankings), would translate to a -2.6 RPM performance at the NBA level this season, worse than almost every player on Philadelphia’s roster. Every other Kentucky player, from Willie Cauley-Stein to Alex Poythress and the Harrison twins, grade out with various shades of putrid RPM ratings that would embarrass even Hakim Warrick.The aggregation of Kentucky’s NBA-translated RPM scores would predict an efficiency margin of -13.6 against an average NBA team. Even after accounting for the fundamental uncertainty surrounding projection models, such a team would lose about 88 of every 100 games against average NBA competition on a neutral court. The Sixers are far from average, of course, but even they would be expected to beat the Wildcats 74 percent of the time at home, and 56 percent of the time on the road. Using those probabilities to simulate Bledsoe’s hypothetical best-of-seven matchup, Kentucky would lose the series 78 percent of the time even if we gave them home-court advantage, most frequently falling in six games.It’s also likely those numbers vastly overestimate Kentucky’s chances. The NBA doesn’t let prospects who are not believed to be pro-caliber players take the court in games, so we don’t really know what kind of performance expectations to set for those Wildcat players who will never play in the NBA. This means the aforementioned translations are naturally biased toward inflating Kentucky’s rating. Furthermore, it’s probably not appropriate to assume the same read more