Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily Beal, writer for The Ohio State University College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental SciencesThis time of year, Ohio State University fans around the world are getting ready to watch a Buckeye team make a run for a National Championship. Many, though, many not realize that there are already some 2019 champion Buckeyes that compete in a different type of venue. The Ohio State Dairy Judging Team proved it was the cream of the crop, placing first at the National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. this fall. The last time Ohio State won the contest was in 1986.The Dairy Judging Team placed first among 18 schools in the National Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest on Sept. 30. Coached by Bonnie Ayars, The Ohio State University team placed seventh for reasons with a score of 788. The team consists of fourth-place overall individual Billy Smith and ninth-place overall individual Lauren Almasy along with Sarah Lehner and Ian Lokai. Almasy is a junior majoring in animal sciences and Lehner is a sophomore majoring in agribusiness and applied economics. Lokai is a junior majoring in animal sciences and Smith is a senior majoring in animal sciences.The team carried 10 pennies and a buckeye in their pockets in honor of former Dairy Judging Team Coach Pete Spike who owned a dairy farm named Ten Penny Holsteins.Ohio State’s team had already proven itself a force to be reckoned with, but no one knew if it would be able to capture the first-place prize. While the van trip to the event might have been entertaining, once the team reached Madison, it was show time. The members of the team were anxious. The day started at 6:30 a.m. with breakfast, and ended at 4:30 p.m.“They had bottles of Tylenol in the rooms because they knew exactly how we would be feeling,” Lehner said.Team members had to judge one class of dairy cattle at a time. Each class represented a specific breed, with four heifers, calves, or milk cows in the class itself. The students looked at each cow’s overall physical appearance. Did it have a good udder, a clean cut, a straight line, and functional feet and legs?The most stressful part of this process was the reasoning portion of the competition. During the reasoning section, competitors gave detailed descriptions as to why they placed a class the way they did. This required the individuals to hone in, focus, and stand by their selections.“Judging 12 classes and then going to give six sets of reasons requires a lot of brain power and definitely calls for a long day,” Almasy said.The reasoning process made the team members’ hearts beat a little faster. It filled their bodies with pent-up nerves and their brains with racing thoughts. After the reasoning portion of the contest, the teammates could all heave sighs of relief.While the competition results were full of suspense, the team, in the end, was victorious, beating The Pennsylvania State University’s team by a single exhilarating point. Finally, after the 33-year dry spell, the team brought home gold to the Ohio State University College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) Department of Animal Sciences.When it came down to who would seize first and second place, all the team members could do was wait. Thoughts of winning the expo swirled in their heads, while thoughts of coming in second crept in, too. The team members were clinging to each other while anxiously waiting to hear those magical words: “In first place, Ohio State!”After the agonizing wait, they hollered, they hugged. Some cried.While dairy judging is not a typical extracurricular activity, the team and coach Bonnie Ayars worked long, diligent hours with the team getting ready for the contest.“It’s just like coaching any other sports team. We have a playing field; we have an arena. Ours is just made of sawdust, not turf,” said Ayars, who is also a program specialist in the CFAES Department of Animal Sciences. “On this team, all four were steeped in the dairy industry and had a real passion for it.”Ayars herself is no stranger to the dairy industry. Coaching Ohio State’s Dairy Judging Team for the past 14 years, she has been a staple of its success. She and her husband, both dairy show judges, run their own dairy farm.“It all came natural — my kids judged, I judged. There was no choice in the household, really,”Billy Smith, a member of The Ohio State University Dairy Judging Team. Photo provided by OSU CFAES.Ayars said.The team members’ crazy schedule and weekend trips have allowed them to form special bonds with one another. Explaining cattle isn’t all they talk about; they share life experiences with each other as well.“I can sincerely say my teammates are some of my best friends,” Almasy said.Taking a van to contests hours away has been a primary force of this bond that’s been created. The teammates have eaten together, stayed in hotels together, laughed together, and shared some secrets in the van.“Let’s just say what happens in the van, stays in the van,” Smith explained with a smile on his face.While the team attributes the endless hours of cattle-evaluation practice to their success, they also believe luck was on their side while standing on those green shavings.“I always say, ‘Luck is what happens when skill runs out,’” Ayars said.Before the team’s victory, the members struck a deal with Ayars — one she did not think she would have to honor. As the team discussed the possibility of winning, they also began talking about Switzerland, the home of the Brown Swiss cattle breed.“Well, one thing led to another, and soon enough Bonnie was telling us that if we won the Expo, she would take us to Switzerland,” Smith said.A deal is a deal, and on Nov. 26, the team left to see those special Brown Swiss cows in Switzerland.Watching the team talk about Ayars, it is clear to see that the team looks up to her and regards her as a mentor.“Bonnie is very well respected by the industry and knows her cows. For her to coach a team to win, that says something,” Lokai said.As for Ayars, she is confident that no matter where life might take these four individuals, they will have wild success. That’s the thing about cream — it always rises to the top.
Lockheed Martin, the U.S. defense giant, has announced plans to build a 10-megawatt generating plant that uses variations in ocean water temperatures to generate electricity. The plant will be built off the coast of southern China.The technology is called ocean thermal energy conversion, or OTEC. According to report by the Reuters news service, the closed system uses a liquid, such as ammonia, that boils in a heat exchanger in the presence of warm ocean water to create steam and drive a turbine. Cold, deep-sea water is pumped through another heat exchanger to condense the ammonia vapor back into a liquid.Dan Heller, a Lockheed Martin executive, said the plant will be the largest OTEC plant ever built. It will provide electricity for a new luxury resort on Hainan Island and is one of several plants in development by other countries and private companies around the world. Southern China is an “ideal” location for such a plant, the company said in an announcement about the deal.Lockheed said the agreement, which was announced April 16, could lead to the development of plants generating as much as 100 MW of electricity.Reignwood Group, the Thai developer that signed the deal, said the new resort would be a net-zero energy development.Although OTEC sounds exotic, even futuristic, the U.S. Department of Energy says it was first proposed more than 130 years ago by a French physicist named Jacques Arsene d’Arsonval. The first OTEC plant, constructed in Cuba in 1930, was able to produce 22 kW of electricity.
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The burnt body of a 27-year-old man was found in Ambad tehsil, Jalna district, early on Monday, the Marathwada police said.The deceased, Anant Shrikant Ingole, a resident of Samnapur village in neighbouring Beed district, is suspected to have been killed over a monetary dispute, the police said. Limbs tied upIngole was travelling from Aurangabad district to his home in Beed when the incident occurred. “It appears that his hands and legs were tied with a rope before he was set on fire. A case of murder has been lodged,” said Ramesh Sonune, sub-divisional police officer, Ambad police station.Around 1.30 a.m. on Monday, the security guard of a sugar factory in Shahagad, Ambad, alerted the police of a body burning on Patharwada road. “The body was badly charred. We found a half-burnt packet containing Aadhaar, PAN and voter ID cards, and some cash on the body, which helped us identify him,” said Mr. Sonune.Alerted friendIngole had rented rooms in Aurangabad, and was preparing for bank exams. He had recently entered the transport business with a partner. The police suspect the partnership may have soured, leading to murder.Ingole’s friend Navnath Chavan told the police that Ingole had called him at midnight on Sunday, when he had stopped for dinner. “Chavan said Ingole told him that his life was in danger,” said an investigating officer.
Canadian air traffic controllers have bought hundreds of pizzas for their American counterparts over the past few days in what has become an industry-wide show of support during the U.S. government’s partial shutdown.Peter Duffey, the head of the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association, said the initiative began Thursday when employees at Edmonton’s control centre took up a collection to buy pies for controllers in Anchorage, Alaska.Other facilities across Canada decided to join in, and the idea snowballed.“The next thing we knew, our members were buying pizzas left, right and centre for the colleagues in the U.S,” Duffey said Sunday in a phone interview.“As it stands right now, I believe we’re up to 36 facilities that have received pizza from Canada, and that number is growing by the hour.”Duffey estimates that as of Sunday afternoon, some 300 pizzas had been received by American controllers, many of whom took to social media to express their gratitude.Duffey said many union members had been looking for a way to show solidarity with their American colleagues, who have been working without pay due to the partial shutdown.“Air traffic control is a very stressful job,” he said.“They say you have to be 100 per cent right, 100 per cent of the time. People just don’t need to be reporting to work with the added stress of worrying about how to pay their mortgages and grocery bills on top of it.”He said one anonymous Canadian donor contributed $500 to the pizza fund, while another single-handedly bought lunch for two facilities in Phoenix, Arizona, to thank them for “taking care of all the snowbirds from Western Canada who go down for the winter.”Ron Singer, the national media manager for Nav Canada, which manages the country’s civil air navigation, says Canadian and American air traffic controllers interact “on a daily basis” as they manage North American airspace.“There’s a bond there, automatically,” he said in a phone interview.He said that as of Sunday afternoon, Nav Canada employees from all of Canada’s seven control centres and many of its towers have bought lunch for their U.S. counterparts.Some 10,000 air traffic controllers in the United States have been working without pay since late December due to the ongoing government shutdown.Their union filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington on Friday, asking for an order compelling the government to pay them what they’re owed.
The Elders today expressed their condolences at the passing of Shimon Peres, former President of Israel and Nobel Peace laureate, who has died at the age of 93.Together with the late Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres won the Nobel Prize in 1994 for his role in securing the Oslo Accords with the Palestine Liberation Organisation.The Elders hailed his long life in the service of his country and in the quest for peace with the Arab world. He combined steadfast patriotism with a long-lasting belief in a two-state solution as the only way of bringing peace, justice and security to Israelis and Palestinians alike.The Elders recall their meetings with Shimon Peres during trips to Israel in 2009 and 2012 as examples of open and frank dialogue. As President and subsequently, through his work at the Peres Peace Centre, he continued to speak out about the need for an end to Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and the creation of a viable Palestinian state.Following the announcement of his death, many Elders recalled their meetings with the late Israeli leader with affection. Among the personal tributes made were the following:Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General, said:“Shimon Peres was a truly remarkable man who was known not just for his sharp intellect and visionary politics but also for his warmth and sense of humour. His story is inseparable from the history of the state of Israel itself. Never afraid to stand up for his ideals, he laboured tirelessly for peace over violence and dialogue over confrontation. Israel has lost a founding father, the world a great statesman and I have lost a friend.”Gro Harlem Brundtland, Deputy Chair, who was Prime Minister of Norway at the time of the Oslo Accords:“Shimon Peres showed his commitment to peace and always remained a vocal advocate of the two-state solution even as the political and security situation deteriorated after the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993. I hope current and future leaders of Israel recall his warnings about the futility of continued occupation of Palestinian lands.”Jimmy Carter, Honorary Elder and former President of the United States who led several Elders’ delegations to Israel and Palestine:“Shimon Peres worked for many years to bring peace to Israel and Palestine, and he showed great courage in his work on the Oslo Accords, which had the potential to transform the region. He was a gracious host during my visits to Israel while he was in office.”Ernesto Zedillo, Elder and former President of Mexico:“One of the remarkable founding fathers of modern Israel, Shimon Peres will be missed immensely – for his wisdom, serenity and unwavering dedication to the peace and prosperity of his beloved nation.”Ela Bhatt, Elder, founder of the Self Employed Womens Association (SEWA), and a disciple of Mahatma Gandhi:“I remember meeting him for the first time at the Histadrut trades union federation headquarters in Tel Aviv. Later, when I met him again, together with the Elders, in 2009, I was impressed to learn that he was familiar with the thinking of the Mahatma about labour relations, especially his principle of trusteeship to ensure good cooperation between workers and managers.”
Drake delivers dollars in the video for “God’s Plan.” (NULL / VIA YOUTUBE) Drake first held top rung of Billboard’s main singles chart for that long when “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla, clung to the highest spot for 10 weeks in 2016.He narrowly missed that same marker when “Work,” a song he recorded with Rihanna, was knocked out of the pole position after nine weeks by “Panda,” a song from rapper Desiigner. Drake is making history on the Billboard charts again with his song “God’s Plan.”The Toronto rapper struck another milestone this week as the first male solo performer to achieve two 10-week chart toppers on the Billboard Hot 100.“God’s Plan,” whose music video features the rapper bestowing cash to charities and paying bills for shoppers around Miami, debuted in the No. 1 spot in January and has maintained the position ever since. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Despite hints on his recent album “More Life” of plans to take time off, Drake hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. He released the Scary Hours EP earlier this year, which features “God’s Plan” and another track called “Diplomatic Immunity.”Over the weekend he posted a photo of himself on Instagram Stories hinting about a new project in the works.“You can see the album hours under my eyes,” he wrote.Drake has previously said his next album will be dedicated to his hometown. Login/Register With: Twitter
FORT WORTH, Texas – American Airlines and a subsidiary will pay $9.8 million in stock to settle claims that they failed to help disabled employees return to work.Federal officials say American and Envoy Air fired or put some workers on unpaid leave instead of making reasonable efforts to reassign them.The workers’ disabilities ranged from cancer to back and knee injuries.A lawsuit and consent agreement were filed Friday in federal court in Phoenix by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for 12 named former workers and others in similar circumstances.The agency says violations of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act occurred from 2009 until August 2015.American spokesman Matt Miller said the policies were legacies of carriers that merged with American, which then worked to “harmonize legacy policies” with present standards.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Wildfire Service says that the combination of thunderstorms and dry conditions has caused several wildfires to erupt north of Fort St. John.According to the manager of the Buffalo Inn in Pink Mountain, the fire was first noticed at around 1:00 Thursday afternoon and has since grown at a rapid pace. The fire is said to be burning around five kilometres from the community. A photo of the fire that erupted near Pink Mountain on Thursday afternoon. Submitted photo A photo of the fire that erupted near Pink Mountain on Thursday afternoon. Submitted photo Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds said that the fire is currently estimated at 10 hectares in size, and is being fuelled by the tinder-dry conditions in the area. She said that an air tanker has been deployed to try and box the fire in with retardant while firefighters travel to begin battling the fire from the ground. A map of lightning strikes in B.C. at 2:40 p.m. Thursday. Photo by Environment Canada Reynolds said that the fire is one of several to pop up in the area north of Wonowon in the last several hours.This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information.