Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This was my eighth trip to China. You may have read accounts of my previous exploits in this column. This trip I noticed that the smog In China has gotten worse. It hung over my travels, all the time, limiting visibility to about a half mile.In previous trips to China, as well as South Korea, Japan and Ukraine, I have consulted for a major U.S. pharmaceutical company. When the company learned I was in Beijing, the team leader asked if I could visit a dairy farm for them before I returned to the U.S.I quickly agreed. After all, I had already seen the tourist sites that were on the agenda for the meeting I traveled to China to attend. So, when the meeting concluded, I caught a bullet train to the farm with representatives of the pharmaceutical company. The trip sounded simple enough. The speedy train would turn the thousand-mile journey into a three-hour jaunt.But they left out a few details. At the end of the train trip, we had another three hours of travel to go: 150 miles of heavily travelled, crooked roads, in a van driven by a farm employee. The farm was in Bembu, a remote town in central China that I had never encountered in my previous travels.The roads were shared by an interesting mix of vehicles: overloaded 18-wheelers, dual-wheel tandem-axle straight trucks, cars, bicycles, electric scooters (they’re replacing gas-powered scooters in the government’s push to reduce pollution) and many old Gravelly-style garden tractors pulling trailers that carried bagged feed and supplies. In many cases, wives and small children rode in the trailers or on the back of scooters.This mishmash of vehicles turned into a cyclone in town squares. Cars, bicycles and scooters dodged recklessly in and out around 18-wheelers. Horns continually blared to clear the way, as if signaling, “Watch out, moving violations are happening all around you.”But I never saw anyone flash the bird over a perceived driving transgression. And, believe me, there were plenty of opportunities.Somehow we made it to the dairy farm, which is the largest in China. At any given time, the operation has a shade over 36,000 lactating cows and plans to add another 10,000. A couple other impressive stats: The farm employs 650 and contracts corn growers in about a 40-mile radius.The cows are milked three times a day, their milk is piped directly into the farm’s own processing plant. The farm, which markets its own brands of dairy products, advertises the milk as the freshest on the market. That’s because it’s pasteurized and processed within two hours of milking.The cows also pay their way by enabling the farm to operate energy self-sufficient. A methane digester derives methane from the manure to power the farm. The farm sells excess electricity to the power company.Now the reason for me being called to the farm: in the previous two weeks 60 cows required surgery to correct twisted stomachs, a condition also referred to as displaced abomasum.In 99.44% of these cases, twisted stomachs are related to issues with the ration just prior to or shortly after calving. But the farm managers couldn’t determine what had gone haywire with their nutritional program.I soon knew the problem, because I had worked with this farm’s nutritionist at another dairy. He held tight to some stubborn ideas on how cows should be fed. So I gave him a refresher on providing adequate fiber and lowering the late pregnancy cows’ energy intake. But I could see my advice entering one ear and exiting the other.Nonetheless, the farm staff asked me for recommendations regarding cattle with other health problems. This took up most of the afternoon and early evening.I was ready to call it quits long before they ran out of questions. But they were very hospitable. They invited us to stay overnight in the farm’s dormitory. And the company chef served us an eight-course meal with all the trimmings, Chinese style.The next morning we headed out for the 150-mile return drive to catch the bullet train back to Beijing and my flight home.Thanks to a tail wind, I had a “fast” 15-hour flight to Detroit, where I had to clear customs before catching the last leg home.My wife, Kris, was getting anxious. To celebrate my return, she took me to Culver’s for a Concrete Mixer ice cream treat on the way home. The perfect welcome back for her favorite globetrotting dairy vet.
When he was coaching Far Eastern U in the UAAP, Nash Racela would gush on how Raymar Jose led the Tams by example. The burly big man would go all out even during practices, thus giving teammates no excuse to slack off.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:21Little people, big lives, bigger dreams03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC That commitment became even more critical when the Hawkeyes moved their practices to 5:30 a.m. to accomodate the class schedule of Jason Perkins. Raymundo didn’t mind the switch. He just showed up earlier.“He’ll be there before 5:15,” Fernandez said. That the whole team agreed to practicing at dawn was a big reason for Cignal’s latest triumph in the D-League, where the Hawkeyes brushed aside Centro Escolar on the way to back-to-back titles in the season.“It was easy to make the sacrifice to practice earlier because we knew what Jason could do for the team,” Raymundo said.Perkins made it even easier for the team to adjust to the schedule: “Sometimes, he’ll be at the gym at 4 a.m.,” Fernandez said.But at the heart of the victory is the hard work that the team put into winning the crown.ADVERTISEMENT That’s why when Jose was doing double duty in basketball—training with the national team and anchoring Cignal’s run in the PBA D-League—coach Boyet Fernandez would often sit the former FEU stalwart during practices.“If you let him practice, he’s just going to go in there and play like it’s a game,” Fernandez said during an appearance at Sports IQ Thursday. “So rather than risk injuring him and making him unavailable for Gilas [Pilipinas], I’d just let him rest.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPamboy Raymundo’s commitment to Cignal’s D-League bid was just as solid. The tough-as-nails point guard would show up first during practice and log out after everybody had left.“He’s just out there working on his game,” said Fernandez. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Ang spearheads strong PH showing Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next “That’s why I always tell sportswriters, credit to the players. Because I really mean it. You can be a good coach but nothing will happen if you don’t have players who will follow the system and put in the hard work,” added Fernandez, who is often jokingly chided by the sports press for his oft-repeated go-to post-game interview comment.But Fernandez’ legacy in the D-League is no laughing matter. He has won eight titles in nine championship appearances. And sure, his teams were powerhouse squads on paper. But it was never an excuse for the team to give anything less than their best effort.Jose knows why. As part of the Southeast Asian Games gold-winning Gilas Pilipinas cadets squad, Jose knows being guaranteed the title doesn’t mean you will end up winning.“You still have to play hard because you don’t know what the opponent can do,” Jose said.Because of his stint with Gilas Pilipinas in the SEA Games, Jose missed the championship series, leaving the Hawkeyes without a marquee big man against a squad that featured the towering Rod Ebondo.But Raymundo and Jose, who was named D-League MVP while he was playing in the SEA Games final in Malaysia, were not concerned.“We have faith in coach,” Raymundo said, And Jose agreed. “He is very hardworking and that gave us confidence against CEU.”And with that hard work as a main weapon, there was no stopping Cignal from claiming yet another D-League crown. View comments
Man Utd to recall goalkeeper Joel Pereira from Vitoriaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira is being lined up for a return.O Jogo says United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is planning to recall on loan Pereira.He’s currently on loan at Vitória de Setúbal but he’s going to be called back. The report doesn’t give a reason and given United have a wealth of keepers at their disposal at the club the likelihood could be they want to sort a different loan move out for him as he’s only started one out of the last four league games. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho: I can play five more years easilyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves midfielder Joao Moutinho says he has plenty of football left in him.The 33-year-old midfielder has already made 14 appearances in all competitions for Wolves this season as the club made their return to European football for the first time in almost four decades.”The age, it’s just a number. I feel good.” Moutinho told Sky Sports.”I can play, if you ask me now, five years easily. But we never know what comes for the next year, or the next week.”What I keep trying in my mind is to work hard in the week to be better for the game.”
His character on the upcoming season of American Horror Story may relish violence, but in real life, James Cromwell is committed to ending it.Video: Oscar Nominee James Cromwell Warns Against ViolenceThat’s why the Oscar nominee has teamed up with PETA UK for a new video public service announcement that warns everyone to look out for people who hurt animals – before they move on to hurting other humans.“People who commit violent acts often start out by hurting animals”, explains Cromwell in the video. “If you know of someone who’s abusing or neglecting an animal, don’t ignore it or just assume that someone else will do something. Call the police. And if you have kids or grandkids, please talk to them about the importance of being kind to animals. That conversation might save a life. Let’s stop the cycle of violence before it begins.”Studies have shown that violent and aggressive criminals are more likely to have abused animals as children than criminals who are considered non-aggressive. Young killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables as well as serial murderers Ian Huntley, Thomas Hamilton (the Dunblane massacre), Fred West, Dennis Nilsen, Ian Brady and Raoul Moat all started out by deliberately harming animals. Because abusers target the powerless, crimes against animals, spouses, children and the elderly often go hand in hand. An abuser may even harm or threaten to harm an animal as a way of emotionally terrorizing a family member.Known for his acclaimed roles in Babe, The Green Mile, The Artist and Six Feet Under, among many others, Cromwell will soon be seen on FXUK playing Dr Arden on American Horror Story: Asylum.Cromwell is part of a long list of celebrities – including Pamela Anderson, Justin Bieber, Lea Michele, Tamara Ecclestone, Ricky Gervais and Joaquin Phoenix – who have teamed up with PETA UK to promote kindness to animals.For more information on preventing abuse towards animals, visit PETA.org.uk.
GENEVA — The U.S. ambassador to the World Trade Organization has welcomed two rulings that backed the United States in a long-running dispute with Mexico over U.S. “dolphin safe” tuna labeling.The Trump administration has repeatedly criticized the WTO appellate body that delivered the rulings, and has thwarted efforts to appoint new members to it.A WTO panel formally adopted Friday the rulings last month that found U.S. tuna-labeling measures in line with Washington’s commitments to the trade organization.While welcoming the decision, Ambassador Dennis Shea voiced disappointment that it had taken “more than a decade to resolve.”Alluding to Mexico’s concerns, Shea lamented that the U.S. “was forced to expend considerable resources over nearly a decade trying to defend successfully what was always an environmental measure with no element of protectionism.”The Associated Press
EDMONTON, A.B. – Premier Rachel Notley told business leaders from B.C. that legislation which could curtail oil flows to the west coast is about the long-term health of the entire country.Notley says her government doesn’t want to impose hardship on B.C. businesses and families but says Alberta also must safeguard its interests.About 100 business leaders from B.C., including representatives from the Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce, flew over the Rockies to join 200 colleagues from the Edmonton and Calgary chambers to hear Notley speak in Edmonton. Val Litwin, with the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, says turning down the taps would not be received well in his province but says the legislation is focusing attention and spurring debate on the Trans Mountain pipeline.Strong show of support from BC leaders at #ableg today. Everyone here is united and knows support for @TransMtn is growing daily. Let’s @KeepCanWorking. #cdnpoli #FederationFlight #BuildKM #ConfidenceInCanada @BoardofTrade @bcchamberofcom pic.twitter.com/aWiEdrU6ne— Rachel Notley (@RachelNotley) May 17, 2018Notley’s government passed legislation this week that would allow it to intervene in the energy sector to reduce oil and natural gas exports to B.C. and elsewhere.The B.C. government has been fighting the expansion of the Trans Mountain line and Alberta’s legislation, if implemented, could lead to gasoline price spikes and other higher fuel fees in B.C.The Trans Mountain expansion, which has been approved by Ottawa, would triple the amount of oil flowing from Alberta to tankers on the B.C. coast.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)
“(The project) is going to produce Canadian LNG that will supplant coal in Asia as a power source and do much for the environment,” he said.Earlier Wednesday, he told a CBC Radio program in Kamloops that the arrests were “not an ideal situation.”The federal government has been working on reconciliation but the dispute over the pipeline is “still an ongoing process,” he said.“There are a number of people and communities who are supportive, there are a number of folks who disagree with it,” he told the CBC.The RCMP enforced an injunction Monday from the B.C. Supreme Court that ordered the removal of any obstructions to the pipeline project in and around the Morice River Bridge on a remote forest service road southwest of Houston.The pipeline company says it has signed agreements with all First Nations along the route but demonstrators say Wet’suwet’en house chiefs, who are hereditary rather than elected, have not given their consent. “The challenge we have to have as Canadians is to be open to listening to people, to understand their concerns and their fears, and to work together to try and allay them,” he said.“We will always have in this country perspectives that vary widely.”Dozens of protesters on both sides of the pipeline debate gathered Wednesday outside the hotel where Trudeau spoke at the fundraiser.Protesters wearing yellow vests carried signs that read “Carbon Tax Cash Grab” and “Trudeau for Treason” while taking part in a chant opposing a United Nations pact on migration signed by Canada. Conservative critics argue it threatens Canada’s sovereignty.Keith LaRiviere, who is Cree and participated in the yellow-vest protest, said he knows some of the people involved in the pipeline blockade.He said he supports their right to protest but he believes those building the pipeline have the right to do their work.“I go to sweat lodges with some of those people so I really know them intimately, and I do support their cause. I do support their right to their land. I don’t support the aggressive way they were forced out of their position,” said LaRiviere, who travelled from Prince George.On the other side of the hotel parking lot, a group of Indigenous protesters opposed to the pipeline sang, drummed and held a banner reading “PM Trudeau: Canada needs climate action now.”Janice Billy said she supports the Wet’suwet’en because her First Nation, the Secwepemc, are also losing control of their lands.“The people … had no reason to be arrested. They are peaceful people. They were there protecting the land and water,” she said.The federal riding of Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo is held by Conservative MP Cathy McLeod and the Liberals see B.C. as a key battleground for the election in October. KAMLOOPS, B.C. _ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau touted the benefits of a liquefied natural gas project that’s at the centre of an impasse with First Nations in a speech to supporters in Kamloops, B.C., on Wednesday.RCMP arrested 14 people Monday in northwestern British Columbia over a protest against construction of a natural gas pipeline by Coastal GasLink, a key part of the $40-billion LNG Canada project.In a campaign-style speech at the Liberal fundraiser, Trudeau did not address the arrests but heralded the massive project as one of his government’s key achievements over the past year. Trudeau said he would not visit the blockade site.“One of the things that is really important is to try to reduce the temperature a little bit,” he told the CBC.Trudeau was scheduled to speak at a town hall gathering later Wednesday night.He told supporters at the fundraiser that he expected to hear “strong voices” at the town hall with very clear ideas about what his government should be doing.
Basel (Switzerland): Two-time winner Saina Nehwal and defending champion Sameer Verma will look to shrug off their All England disappointment when they spearhead India’s campaign at the Swiss Open, starting with the qualifiers here Tuesday. For Sameer, this event started his journey that culminated into a World Tour Final semifinal finish last year and a career-high ranking of 11. He had defeated newly-crowned All England Champion Kento Momota in the quarterfinals, a few months before the Japanese went on to become the world no 1 and world champion last year. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherWorld no 14 Sameer will be opening his campaign in USD 150,000 event against a qualifier after his elder brother Sourabh, who had also battled injuries on his way to becoming the Senior National Champion last month at Guwahati, pulled out of the tournament. Sameer might face fellow Indian B Sai Praneeth in the second round and a favourable result is likely to hand him over the chance to settle scores with former world no 1 Viktor Axelsen, who had defeated him in the first round of All England Championships in Birmingham last week. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenThe BWF World Tour Super 300 event will be Saina’s fourth outing this season, having won the Indonesia Masters before losing in the semifinals and quarterfinals at Malaysia Masters and All England Championship respectively. A bout of diarrhea had affected her performance last week at Birmingham and Saina would look to recover quickly before she begins her campaign against a qualifier, eying to secure her third title at Swiss. She had won the event in 2011 and 2012 in the past. Seeded third, Saina is expected to face second seeded He Bingjiao of China in the semifinals if the results fall in her favour. Among other Indians in fray, Saina’s husband and fellow shuttler, Parupalli Kashyap, a former Commonwealth Games champion, will face a qualifier, Praneeth will meet England’s Rajiv Ouseph and SaarLorLux Open champion Subhankar Dey will also take on a qualifier in first round. In women’s singles, Vaishnavi Jakka Reddy will be the only other Indian in the competition. She will square off against Estonia’s Kristin Kuuba. In men’s doubles, Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok and Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will also eye their chances, while Commonwealth Games bronze medallists Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will lead India’s challenge in the women’s doubles. Pooja Dandu and Sanjana Santosh will also look for a good outing in the women’s doubles. In mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki will be the prime contenders for India, while Arjun MR and Maneesha K and Dhruv Kapila and Kuhoo Garg will also be in the fray. In the qualifiers, Riya Mookerjee and Vrushali Gummadi will be in the fray.
Kolkata: A city court recently convicted and awarded 20 years of rigorous imprisonment to man accused of sexually harassing a minor girl.According to police, on March 14, 2016, an elderly woman arrived at the Chetla police station and alleged that her granddaughter has been sexually harassed by one of their relatives. She said the child’s father died few months ago and her mother worked as domestic help to support the family. The elderly woman further said the mother of the minor could not take of the girl as she was busy with her work and therefore the girl lived with her in a slum in Chetla. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAs the elderly woman was not able to keep a watch on the girl, one of their family members took the advantage of the situation and sexually harassed her for four months. The accused person also threatened the girl not to disclose the incident to anyone. If she tells anyone about him, she will be killed, he threatened her. But, as the victim was not able to bear the torture any more, she narrated the whole incident to her grandmother. Upon receiving the information, the police rushed to the place where accused person lived. He was arrested on the same day. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayDuring medical examination, it was indicated that the girl was sexually abused. Immediately, a case was initiated under sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. Within a month the police submitted the charge-sheet along with the medical report and substantial evidences. After a long trial, recently the concerned court convicted the accused person. Later, the accused was awarded 20 years rigorous imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 30,000. Upon failing to pay the fine amount, the convicted person will have to serve 18 more months in the prison. The court also ordered that half of the fine amount along with Rs 3 lakh as compensation will have to be paid by the state government to the victim girl.