Muntons, the UK malted ingredients company, is to invest £5.4m in an anaerobic digestion plant to treat liquid waste from its Stowmarket headquarters. The Suffolk-based firm will generate 25% of its base load electricity (500KWh) by treating waste streams from malt extract production at the new plant. Plans for this will be in action by summer 2015.Muntons’ manufacturing and sustainability director, Dr Nigel Davies, explained that high solids liquid waste from Muntons’ plant will be anaerobically digested at the new plant – a process by which micro-organisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen.The process will produce a fertiliser substitute for spreading on local farms, cutting out the 3,000 tanker movements a year currently required to take sludge from the site. This saves around 340 tonnes in CO2 emissions from the lorries.Davies said: “All of this sludge has come only from processing locally grown barley and our new AD plant will convert this into highly nutrient-rich fertiliser used to cultivate more locally grown barley – a really perfect example of local recycling.”Ingredients manufacturer Muntons, is already the first maltings company to achieve ISO 50001 status for its state-of-the-art energy management systems.Davies commented: “For us, investing in environmental projects has helped offset the rise in energy costs, one of the key operational costs of our business. Green is not boring; we want to open people’s eyes and get a message out to our supply chain that cutting your carbon footprint is not as complicated as it seems.”Muntons’ investment was funded by RBS Invoice Finance and Lloyds Banking Group with a £42.1 million loan package, incorporating an additional £2.3m to support the anaerobic digestion project.Anaerobic digestion has been used by the UK water industry and there are currently around 100 non-water industry anaerobic digesters in the UK producing bioenergy.
In most cases, the weather has helped Georgia farmers’ crops this year. But it’s also helped plant-threatening diseases thrive in many Georgia fields, says a University of Georgia expert.”It’s been one of those years where conditions that are good for crops have also been favorable for diseases,” said Bob Kemerait, a UGA Extension Service plant pathologist.Crops enjoy the weatherThough isolated sections of the state still struggled with dry weather, increased rainfall improved soil moisture in most sections and eased the state out of the drought of the past few years.As of Sept. 9, Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service reported that two of Georgia’s top row crops are enjoying the weather. About 89 percent of the cotton is in good to excellent condition, as is 95 percent of the peanut crop.Colquitt County farmer Randy Buckner said he’s much happier with his peanut and cotton crops. The part he didn’t irrigate looks as good as the part he did in many places. This means a sharp improvement in rainfall, he said.”Overall, we’re looking pretty good with the peanuts and cotton,” Buckner said. “I expect we’ll do pretty good on yields.”Diseases enjoy weather, tooRow crops like hot, humid weather and moist soil, something Georgia has had more of this year. In this condition, crops grow full, healthy plant canopies.Ironically, the environments under these canopies provide the perfect conditions for diseases to grow and infect the plant, Kemerait said.Early in the season, Fusarium wilt caused problems in a few cotton fields.”The fungus invades the roots and the lower stems and plugs up the plant’s vascular tissue, inhibiting the normal flow of water and nutrients in the plant,” Kemerait said.The biggest problem with cotton right now is rotting of bolls, the fruit that produces the lint.”I’ve been in fields where an entire bottom crop is lost,” Kemerait said.Wet weather, such as that brought on by tropical storms this season, came as bolls entered a critical growth stage. Thick plant growth, again, kept moisture and humidity levels high under canopies. This allowed rot to establish on the bolls and reduce yields, he said.Cooler, wetter conditions in June may be related to an unusually high number of outbreaks of Cylindrocladium black rot (CBR) in peanuts.This disease can destroy any part of the plant below the ground, Kemerait said. Historically, CBR has been of greater concern in peanut production areas north of Georgia, such as Virginia and North Carolina.”It’s been showing up in a lot of fields where it wasn’t expected,” he said. “Many growers who thought they didn’t have a problem have had a problem this season.”Using good management practices, Georgia farmers were able to fight many diseases that threatened their crops.But if the favorable weather continues, Kemerait said, farmers will have to stay on top of new and more cost-effective ways to handle the disease pressure that follows.Good yieldsOverall, the peanut and cotton crops should produce good yields, Kemerait said.Buckner agreed. Despite the disease pressure, he said, he’d take the increase in moisture any time.The GASS report forecast Georgia’s 2001 cotton crop to average 680 pounds of lint per harvested acre, or 89 pounds more than in 2000. Acreage expected to be harvested this fall is estimated at 1,490,000 acres, up 140,000 acres from last year.Yields across the Georgia peanut belt are expected to average 2,800 pounds per acre, compared with 2,700 for 2000. Harvested acres are expected to be 477,000, down from 492,000 in 2000.
Jordi Murphy scored the bonus-point try in injury-time as Leinster saw off a stubborn Zebre side 27-0 to move six points clear at the top of the RaboDirect PRO12. Centre Noel Reid’s fifth try of the league campaign – while Iannone was in the sin-bin – gave Leinster an 8-0 interval lead. Matt O’Connor’s men gradually lifted the intensity and Luke Fitzgerald’s brace of tries, scored after 59 and 66 minutes, confirmed Leinster’s ninth straight win in all competitions. The defending champions pushed for a late bonus point and the tiring Italians conceded a fourth try right at the death, Leinster building from a close-in line-out and flanker Murphy was mauled over. Leinster were back in action after a three-week break and as Zebre leaked four penalties in the opening seven minutes, only desperate defence kept the hosts scoreless. They settled for a three-pointer from Madigan with bulldozing runs from Murphy and man-of-the-match Richardt Strauss driving Leinster forward from the restart. The scrum offered Zebre some reward but Iannone knocked a long-range penalty wide. He had another unconvincing strike in the 22nd minute, after a good kick chase from Giulio Toniolatti and a subsequent collapsed maul. The Italians managed to disrupt the breakdown as Leinster’s wait for a first try continued, with Darragh Fanning missing an opportunity to release Reid from a Madigan cross-field kick – it was one of a number of breaks that the province failed to finish off. The same attack ended with Iannone being penalised for hands in the ruck and referee Marius Mitrea reached for his yellow card. After Madigan missed the resulting penalty from the right, the Leinster pack built through the phases and had Zebre under intense pressure in their 22 before Reid stepped inside two defenders to touch down to the left of the posts. The sloppiness continued from both sides early in the second period, with successive attacks spoiled by loose kicking, dropped passes and a general anxiousness. Fitzgerald, the game’s most dangerous runner, had precious few chances to threaten but he was fed by replacement Reddan to dive over in the left corner following a powerful line-out maul. Madigan, celebrating his 25th birthday and his 100th Leinster cap, nailed a terrific conversion from the touchline and the home side quickly added their third try. Reddan supplied quick ruck ball and after a wraparound move between Madigan and Shane Jennings, Reid passed for Fitzgerald to go over again in the left corner. This time Madigan’s conversion went narrowly wide and after Zebre failed to capitalise on some pressure, Leinster ended the game in the ascendancy with recent Ireland debutant Murphy grounding a final converted score. There were five players included from the Ireland squad that claimed the Six Nations title in Paris, with Fergus McFadden, Ian Madigan and Murphy all starting with Martin Moore and Eoin Reddan used off the bench. In a penalty-ridden first half at the RDS, place-kickers Madigan and Tommaso Iannone missed two shots apiece in a difficult swirling wind. Press Association
Seeking to start conference play 2-0 for the first time since 2010, the Trojans instead blew a 22-point second half lead and dropped an 87-85 heartbreaker on the road to the Washington Huskies on Sunday afternoon.Washington scored the final nine points of the game after USC took an 85-78 lead at the 2:12 mark on a layup by Nikola Jovanovic. Back-to-back difficult shots by the Huskies’ Dejounte Murray cut the lead to one, and a turnover led to the go-ahead basket by Andrew Andrews with 25 seconds to play, who scored after grabbing an offensive rebound to give the Huskies an 86-85 advantage.Katin Reinhardt’s three-point try at the buzzer missed, and the Trojans, who beat Washington State on New Year’s Day, walked off Alaska Airlines Arena splitting their two-game Northwest road trip.USC led 66-44 with just over 14 minutes remaining in regulation, but fell apart after an early second half injury to Julian Jacobs, who landed awkwardly on his ankle while grabbing a rebound. Jacobs, who had 15 points and a number of electric dunks up prior to his injury, did not return. The Trojans were outscored 45-24 and committed 10 turnovers with him off the court.The Trojans played with energy right off the bat and jumped out to a double-digit lead midway through the first half behind a 9-0 run. A thunderous dunk by Jacobs with under two minutes to play in the half put USC ahead 44-32. The Trojans took a 46-36 lead into halftime.Despite starting the second half shooting 7-of-7 from the field, the Trojans could not overcome the injury to Jacobs, the junior guard who is averaging 12 points this season. Jacobs, along with Jordan McLaughlin and Bennie Boatwright, led USC with 15 points. Jovanovic added 14 points and 10 rebounds.The Trojans, who are now 2-21 in their last 23 road conference games, fall to 12-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play. They will head home to take on Arizona State on Jan. 7 and Arizona on Jan. 9.
The Premier League is considering making some behind-closed-doors fixtures available free-to-air when the season restarts, the culture secretary has said.Oliver Dowden has said he had been having “productive talks” with governing bodies from across British sport on restarting following the coronavirus shutdown.He said the resumption hinged on passing the government’s five tests as well as meeting social distancing guidelines.Dowden said it was also important to send out a message that was “consistent” with that being given to the public.Football is suspended indefinitely across most of Europe because of the continued spread of Covid-19.Discussing how sports would be broadcast if held behind closed doors, as is expected to be the case initially, he told the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee:“I have said to the Premier League it wouldn’t send the best signal if they were one of the first major sports to resume behind closed doors and the public at large couldn’t have access to it.”He acknowledged that sports were “reliant on the revenue they derive” from broadcasting deals.But he said that there were ways sport could have “elements of protecting revenue from broadcasting but also looking at ways of increasing access”.The Premier League was “considering” the issue, he said. Source: BBC
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The Philippine Azkals were readying for a key match against Kyrgyzstan at press time. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/DENNIS MALLARIDUBAI—It’s not just Phil and James Younghusband whose club careers were uncertain before they joined the national team in the AFC Asian Cup here.Defensive stalwart Alvaro Silva is also playing for the Azkals without even knowing where he will continue his club career next season.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Silva, who has played in Spain, South Korea, Azerbaijan, Vietnam and most recently, Malaysia, said he remained focused on the Azkals and would decide on his future only after the team’s stint was finished here.Phil and James Younghusband are also without clubs after Davao Aguilas decided it won’t field a professional team next season. Another teammate of the Younghusband brothers at Davao, Adam Reed, is also here with the national team and came on as a sub against South Korea.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I want to focus on the team because we still need to win and reach the knockout stage,” said the 34-year-old Silva, who was set to start for coach Sven-Goran Eriksson against Kyryzstan in the Azkals’ final group C match at Rashid Stadium here.A strong physical presence with the ability to read danger before it happens, Silva is one of the primary reasons why the Azkals held South Korea for long periods, before conceding a goal in the second half in a 0-1 defeat. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program PLAY LIST 02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program04:04‘Quiel’ now a severe tropical storm – Pagasa00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Pacquiao larger than life for Broner SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments
Brighton midfielder Stephens: I’ve never played in a team like thisby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton midfielder Dale Stephens admits that he has never played on a team with such quality.The Albion have gone through a change in style this summer, with manager Graham Potter favouring a possession based, attacking game plan.And Stephens admits that having so much of the ball in games is a change for him, given the way his teams have usually played throughout his career.Asked by reporters if he has played in such a team before, Stephens responded by saying:”No, honestly not.”It’s the first time I have played in a system that probably suits me better, I would say.”It probably suits the players and individuals we have at the club at the minute.”Everyone is enjoying playing in a team that is dominating possession.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
The legislation passed in the House of Commons last spring and is being debated in the Senate.An agenda posted online shows the committee is to hear from incoming premier Jason Kenney of the United Conservative Party, Chief of Ermineskin Cree Nation Craig Makinaw, Mayor Don Scott of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, as well as numerous academics from Alberta universities.The committee heard earlier this month from outgoing NDP premier Rachel Notley, who urged the Senate to toss the bill “in the garbage.”She said the proposed law is discriminatory because it wouldn’t be able to stop international tanker traffic, but would impede Alberta’s efforts to get oil to new markets.Notley added that it’s a double standard given that Ottawa supports the liquefied natural gas industry, tankers on the St. Lawrence Seaway and Newfoundland’s Hibernia oil project.“Let’s show Canadians that 90,000 jobs in downtown Calgary are just as important as 90,000 jobs in downtown Montreal,” Notley said on Apr. 9 via video link from Calgary to senators in Ottawa. EDMONTON, A.B. – A Senate committee is set to hear today from Albertans, including their new premier, on the federal government’s bill to ban tankers off the British Columbia coast.The committee on transport and communications is holding public hearings in Edmonton on Bill C-48.The bill would prohibit oil tankers carrying more than 12,500 tonnes of crude oil in the waters between the northern tip of Vancouver Island and the Alaska border. “Don’t block us, back us,” she added.Kenney has also criticized the tanker bill. He agreed with Notley that it unfairly targets “ethically produced” Alberta oil instead of “dictator oil” imported from overseas.