The age of the electric car? Not before we talk about metals

first_imgIt is in the longer term, however, that the real test for cobalt emerges.By 2025, the market slips into deficit, and it’s hard to see where supply might come from. Efforts to safely thrift cobalt from batteries have so far proved difficult, with the delayed deployment of “low cobalt” cells this year a clear example.For nickel, long-term fundamentals were already looking tight even without the added pressure of EVs. The metal has endured several “wilderness years” of low prices and underinvestment, with the net result that the market will start to need additional supply as early as 2023.The additional demand from EVs and energy storage creates a widening supply gap that will need investment in the near term to plug. Yet with financiers still nursing wounds from the last cycle of nickel projects, the current appetite for investment remains tepid at best.What does this mean for the EV revolution? The path ahead is by no means easy. Most of the world’s carmakers have or are in the process of adopting so-called ternary batteries that contain nickel and cobalt as part of their electrification strategies. whatsapp Opinion Three metals are particularly crucial when it comes to EV batteries: lithium, cobalt, and nickel.Let’s start with lithium. So far, it’s the metal which has seen prices hold up the best. But it is probably the metal we are most bearish on, despite increased demand thanks to EV manufacturing. We retain the view that we are entering a prolonged period of latent oversupply for lithium, primarily as a result of new hard rock mine supply coming out of Australia.Good news for EVs, you might say. But for nickel and cobalt, the supply picture is altogether more challenging.Cobalt’s idiosyncrasies have become well-known as the EV battery story has gained coverage. Yet a solution to the cobalt conundrum remains elusive.The metal’s reliance on supply from the Democratic Republic of Congo is only going to increase over time, while the risks in that country too are rising. Imminent elections, the continuing Ebola outbreak, sporadic outbursts of violence, small-scale mining practices, and the revised mining code are all high concerns. Monday 17 December 2018 6:33 am SINCE exuberance for electric vehicles (EVs) started to gain traction in recent years, there has been no shortage of bullish forecasts predicting that the end of the internal combustion engine is nigh.In other words, cars as we know them are on their way out. Governments are setting ever more aggressive targets on reducing – or even banning – conventional petrol and diesel vehicles, while carmakers have been jockeying to outdo each other by laying out bullish production plans for new electrified models.Wood Mackenzie’s current EV view is a little more cautious. It has electric passenger cars accounting for six per cent of sales by 2025, 11 per cent by 2030, and 36 per cent by 2040.These projections – certainly more conservative than many in the market, but possibly slightly more realistic – still generate seismic change.The conversation right now is dominated by questions of whether countries will have enough charging points or how much the price of these vehicles must fall before they become a mainstream option.But there is another consideration that gets significantly less attention: as the demand for EVs increases, so does the demand for the metals that make up their batteries. Share City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. With potentially tight markets down the road for both metals, prices could escalate – something that could easily scupper the downward trend in battery costs, and therefore slow the march of EVs.With the current crop of battery technology, achieving vast increases in EV sales by 2030 is going to be very challenging indeed. The age of the electric car? Not before we talk about metals Gavin Montgomery whatsapp Tags: Trading Archivelast_img read more

Is your office too cold? It may be affecting your productivity

first_img whatsapp Wednesday 13 February 2019 9:58 am whatsapp Keith Chanter As Londoners, we like to complain about the weather – it’s one of our favourite pastimes. In fact, office smalltalk has survived on it for decades. But is it productive?With the recent snow and chilly conditions, February has firmly made its frosty presence felt, so complaints from employees about office temperatures will undoubtedly have increased. 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It may be affecting your productivity For example, air conditioning, which is commonly used to regulate the temperature in modern buildings, can remove moisture from the atmosphere. And the lack of humidity in an office can inadvertently increase the likelihood of the spread of illnesses – not unlike being on an plane.Workplace design should also be considered, as temperature complaints often centre on some areas being too hot and others too cold.Some arrangements might see employees lined up along windows, where space tends to be colder, while the photocopier sits proudly in the middle of the office where it is usually warmer – an obvious error.This is where hot-desking and flexible working policies can make an impact. Allowing employees to sit wherever they like in the office in order to feel more comfortable can help minimise complaints.When it comes to settling the office temperature debate, making the case to senior managers that the environment is having a detrimental impact on performance and wellbeing is likely to help move the needle.A few simple changes around the workplace could make everyone feel much happier, healthier, and more productive. The “too hot or too cold in the office” debate should serve as a wake-up call for senior managers to check that the environment they provide for their employees is setting them up for success.Achieving an optimal temperature should be high on the priority list; it is a vital step towards improving employee productivity – a concerning subject for the whole country.Legally speaking, the temperature of a workspace should not slip below 16 degrees celsius. But this can still sometimes feel cold, and the knee-jerk reaction is often to crank up the heating and turn on portable heaters to feel more comfortable.This, however, can mask other issues.We took part in a new office productivity study, backed by the government, which uncovered for the first time how environmental factors in UK workplaces, such as fluctuating temperatures, wear workers down. Significantly, humidity and carbon dioxide levels were also revealed as important factors. Plummeting outdoor temperatures can mean that windows in offices are rarely or never opened, limiting the introduction of fresh air and elevating CO2 levels, which can drastically decrease cognitive functions.The study revealed that, in one building, people actually worked 38 per cent faster when CO2 concentrations were reduced. But compared to temperature, the effect of CO2 in our workplaces generally goes unmonitored and undetected.Even if buildings meet ventilation standards or use air conditioning, this may not mean that high CO2 levels are being effectively measured and reduced. A symptom of elevated concentrations can be your office feeling “stuffy” – often mistakenly put down to high temperatures.So while employees may want to feel warmer, think first about how much fresh air they are receiving, rather than just about how changing the temperature may affect working performance.Admittedly, office ventilation may not be a business leader’s top concern, but it plays a major role in creating a work environment that helps employees feel healthy and happy.last_img read more

Time for the Treasury to get with the programme — Britain can afford to spend

first_img whatsapp Main image credit: Getty Time for the Treasury to get with the programme — Britain can afford to spend Even taking a reasonably pessimistic view, this is lower than the sustainable annual growth rate of the real economy in the longer term. So extra spending can indeed be paid for by the proceeds of growth. Paul OrmerodPaul Ormerod is an economist at Volterra Partners LLP, a Visiting Professor in the Department of Computer Science at UCL, and author of Against the Grain: Insights of an Economic Contrarian, published by the IEA in conjunction with City A.M. If that was a win for the government, the Treasury then won a big victory by slipping its chosen man in as governor of the Bank of England.  Political economy demands that spending in the newly blue north of England not only be increased, but be seen to increase. Javid subsequently proved somewhat reluctant to open the spending taps too far, and has now been replaced by Rishi Sunak, a close ally of the Prime Minister, with his team expected to work more closely with Number 10. Sajid Javid’s defenestration from the Treasury has led to an upsurge in similar types of intellectual effort here. What was it really all about? In the days of the old Soviet Union, so-called Kremlinologists would pore over every utterance of the Politburo, every sentence in Pravda, to try to work out what was really going on.   But the more orthodox thinkers within the Treasury suffered a substantial defeat last September, when Javid himself introduced the autumn Spending Review. The increase planned in 2020/21 for what the Treasury calls “day-to-day departmental spending” (which covers the running costs of public services) was the highest for 15 years, at 4.1 per cent in real terms.   Opinion The Treasury, as the guardian of the public finances, has had a conservative line on spending since time immemorial. Keynes railed against it way back in the 1930s. More From Our Partners Fans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Moreover, after sharp rises during the financial crisis of the late 2000s, the ratio of public sector debt relative to GDP was stabilised and has now been flat at some 85 per cent for the past six years. True, there must be some risk that the markets will eventually lose confidence and interest rates rise as a result. But here, it is perception and narrative which matters at least as much as objective economic statistics.   Wednesday 19 February 2020 4:18 am In principle, a substantial relaxation of the controls on infrastructure spending seems justified. Interest rates are now so low that the British government can borrow for 20 or 30 years at a one per cent rate. City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Show Comments ▼ Share Boris Johnson’s election victory not only moved the nation on from Brexit wrangling, but inflicted a punishing defeat on the forces of socialism personified by Jeremy Corbyn. In image terms in the markets, the government is riding high.   But this particular game seems to be the best of three — and it looks like the Treasury will lose.  whatsapp The Treasury, as the guardian of the public finances, has always had a conservative line on spending (Getty Images) True, by keeping the squeeze on benefits, the planned increase in total public spending was only 2.0 per cent after inflation. But even this meant that public spending was envisaged to grow faster than the economy as a whole. A big increase in spending will be greeted with equanimity. The Treasury has lost this one. Despite the smokescreen of alternative names put out during the long process of selection, it is unlikely that the Treasury ever had any intention of allowing anyone other than Andrew Bailey, a career public servant, into the Threadneedle Street job. More innovative thinkers such as Andy Haldane, chief economist at the Bank, and Gerard Lyons, a distinguished Brexiteer economist, lost out.last_img read more

Facing harsh conditions Iditasport racers scratch, competition ends early

first_imgHealth | Outdoors | Sports | Weather | WesternFacing harsh conditions Iditasport racers scratch, competition ends earlyMarch 11, 2017 by Zachariah Hughes, KNOM Share:An aerial view near the Alaska Range. (Photo by David Dodman/KNOM)While mushers along the Iditarod are enjoying good trail conditions, the same isn’t true for the Iditasport. The event bills itself as a “human powered ultramarathon,” where participants bicycle and walk the traditional Iditarod route. It ended prematurely when all the competitors scratched.The first Iditasport was in 1997, but it went defunct in the 2000s. This year, to commemorate the 20th anniversary, it was relaunched. Though poor snow conditions along one section of the trail re-routed the Iditarod sled-dog race, the three Iditasport participants set out from Big Lake and toward the Alaska Range on the heels of the Iron Dog in mid-February. But getting just halfway to Nome was nearly impossible.Jan Kriska looks severely beaten up.“I’ve been frostbitten now, 4-5 days ago, they were my fingers. They were a minor frostbite, but they became a major frostbite.Kriska is a doctor, originally from Slovakia, but now living on a farm in North Carolina. His nose is discolored, fat bandages swaddle fingers that look a disturbing shade of purple, and he can barely walk.“Friction and the pressure and no circulation plus cold caused big chunks of foot ya know, side of the foot to be missing.”We’re talking in Ruby, which Kriska was only just barely able to reach as he ran, walked, and post-holed through hundreds of miles of remote country. He’s one of three people who entered the Iditasport hoping to reach Nome following the traditional Iditarod route. But this year, because the sled-dog race was re-routed to Fairbanks, there was less traffic along the trail heading up and over the Alaska Range toward the Yukon. And recent snows, along with deep cold, make things even more challenging.“The accumulation of the snow later on, the section between McGrath and Ruby was essentially, there was no trail because Iron Dog had gone through a long time ago, then, accumulation of the new snow abolished the existing trail.”Though the Iditasport requires entrants to have completed an “Alaskan winter event,” it only has to total 370 miles. Survival training is mandatory, but the program is just eight hours long. Kriska has done other cold weather races, but he wasn’t prepared when things started going wrong.“It was… I thought I wasn’t gonna make it. I lost my snowshoes. Then, I didn’t have matches, so I couldn’t make water. It was (negative) 40°. Then, the stove stopped working. So I decided I’m not gonna bivy out anymore, so I pushed the last 30 miles through the night and came here (at) 3 o’clock in the morning.”He was in touch with race organizers through a two-way communicator, so they had an idea of where he was and what was going on. But even Kriska says he didn’t know how bad things were until he visited the clinic in Ruby and saw the extent of the damage to his feet. Iditasport doesn’t have staff beyond McGrath, where a number of participants ended a similar, shorter outdoor race. Now, Kriska is preparing to catch a plane back to Anchorage.He isn’t alone. Another runner trying to reach Nome is Jorge Latre who reached Ruby a few hours after Kriska flew out.“You’re going at less than a mile an hour, and you’re in a thousand-mile race, so you think you’re gonna spend the rest of your life doing that. The last three nights were very cold, all below negative 30°, so it took a lot of skill not to lose your fingers or toes or nose. As you had to go about your normal routine, like, just putting on and off your gators, that time is enough to freeze your fingers off. So, every single activity becomes harrowing and difficult.”Latre is in much better shape than his trail mate. Though he’s got a bandage over his nose, he looks otherwise unscathed as he shovels down a plate of fresh fruit, pancakes, and breakfast meats. But he’s not going any further. He thinks it was just a rough year in terms of conditions and doesn’t see the need to push his luck. Latre believes the safety precautions for the race are adequate, so long as you know how to identify trouble.“People know where you are, and you send for an SOS, you can call for help, you can call with questions, so you have a line and people know where you are. If things get totally out of hand, you can get rescued or pull through self-rescue. But absent that: you’re on your own.”Neither Latre or Kriska knew if they’d try the race again.Share this story:last_img read more

Juneau’s Fred Meyer intersection under scrutiny

first_imgCommunity | Juneau | Public Safety | TransportationJuneau’s Fred Meyer intersection under scrutinyDecember 8, 2017 by Jacob Resneck, KTOO Share:Authorities investigate a two-vehicle collision in 2016 on Egan Drive. (Photo by Kelli Burkinshaw/KTOO)State traffic engineers are studying one of Juneau’s most dangerous intersections to reduce crashes.A recent study found that the uncontrolled crossing at Egan and Yandukin drives — the Fred Meyer intersection — has one of the highest rates of injury collisions.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Most of the 60 crashes studied over a 10-year period involved drivers misjudging the break in oncoming traffic and turning left. Of those, 19 collisions resulted in at least one injury.Alaska Department of Transportation has contracted Kinney Engineering to study the problem.Kinney engineer Jeanne Bowie said there already are three possible scenarios.The first is a traffic light.“It would be a protected-only signal and the left turns would only turn when they had a green arrow,” Bowie said during a Friday conference call with state engineers.The second option would erect a barrier.“If we eliminate the left turns, then they don’t have the option of driver error at that intersection,” Bowie said. “They’d be using the Nugget (Mall) intersection.”A third option would be to build an overpass that would link the airport area and Fred Meyer shopping center.Alaska DOT is studying ways to make the intersection near the Fred Meyer intersection safer. (Graphic courtesy of Alaska DOT)All three scenarios have drawbacks: a signal would slow down traffic and also increase the risk of rear-end crashes. A barrier eliminating cross-traffic would be inconvenient and force drivers to detour out of their way. An overpass would be the most expensive.DOT invites the public to discuss the intersection at an open house on Tuesday as a chance to brainstorm with state engineers and consultants.“Somebody may have some ideas that are just kind of out-of-the-box,” DOT engineer Greg Lockwood said. “We would would like to hear those.”Kinney Engineering’s report – and recommendations – are expected this spring.DOT’s open house will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 12) at the Mendenhall Valley library. The presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m.  Public comments will be accepted through Jan. 12. Share this story:last_img read more

COVID-19 cases grow at North Slope oil fields, Anchorage Pioneer Home, as state confirms 86 positives

first_imgCoronavirus | Energy & Mining | North SlopeCOVID-19 cases grow at North Slope oil fields, Anchorage Pioneer Home, as state confirms 86 positivesAugust 21, 2020 by Nathaniel Herz, Alaska Public Media Share:ConocoPhillips’ Alpine facility on the North Slope. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/AED)State and oil company officials confirmed 13 cases of COVID-19 between two different North Slope oil fields, as Alaska reported 86 new cases of the virus Thursday.To date, eight people have tested positive for COVID-19 at ConocoPhillips’ Alpine camp on the western North Slope, all of whom were flown to Anchorage for isolation, spokeswoman Natalie Lowman said in an email this week. That’s up from two cases announced earlier this month.Separately, at the huge Prudhoe Bay field operated by Hilcorp, five workers have tested positive, and 11 more close contacts are now in quarantine, the Anchorage Daily News reported Thursday.Anchorage municipal officials, in a weekly memorandum, also confirmed four more cases of COVID-19 at the city’s Pioneer Home for the elderly, bringing the total number at that building to 16 — three employees and 13 residents.The city also released a new tally of the total number of workers who tested positive for COVID-19 at an Anchorage fish processing plant operated by Copper River Seafoods. That’s up to 99 out of 135 employees — 56 cases had been confirmed at the plant previously.Meanwhile, state health officials reported Thursday that they’d identified 86 new cases of COVID-19: 84 residents and two nonresidents.That brings the total number of cases among Alaskans to 4,520 and non-residents to 812. Among Alaska residents, there are 3,163 active cases and 1,328 have or are presumed to have recovered.Among nonresidents in the state, there are 627 active and 185 recovered or presumed to have recovered.There were no new deaths reported in Alaska, leaving the total at 29.New resident cases reported in Southeast Alaska include four from Juneau, one from Douglas, and one from Ketchikan.New cases elsewhere in the state include 41 from Anchorage, 10 from Fairbanks, four from Palmer, four from Wasilla, three from Kotzebue, two from Eagle River, two from Kenai, two from Kodiak, two from Utqiagvik, two from Bethel, one from North Pole, one from an unidentified community in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area, one from an unidentified community in the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, one from Big Lake, one from Houston and one from Nome.The non-residents include one in Juneau and one in an unknown location.The total number of COVID-19 related hospitalizations during the pandemic is 187 for residents and four for nonresidents. There are 45 people currently in the hospital who have tested positive for COVID-19 and another six who are suspected to have the disease and awaiting test results. Six of those 51 people are on ventilators.A total of 312,647 tests have been administered in the state, up 1,798 from Wednesday’s report.In other data, hospitals reported that 920 inpatient beds are occupied, while 518 are available, 87 of 153 ICU beds and 28 of 285 ventilators are in use by both COVID and non-COVID patients.Tegan Hanlon contributed reporting.Share this story:last_img read more

Tesco braces for era of pain as Dave Lewis restructures group

first_img whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Sunday 4 January 2015 11:14 pm whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe Wrap Tesco braces for era of pain as Dave Lewis restructures group Express KCS Troubled retail giant Tesco is preparing to give investors a poor set of financial results this Thursday – which is likely to include losses in its core supermarket operations.New boss Dave Lewis has warned shareholders that he is willing to take short-term pain for long-term gain.He is not going to reveal any comprehensive plan to restructure the group this week, but will instead update the market on his progress towards a full plan.That is likely to include more detail on the possible sale of overseas units, as the firm has operations in Europe and Asia.The future of Tesco Bank may also be up for discussion – the lender makes an operating profit, but it is not a core retail unit.And crucially, Lewis will provide more information on the payment of suppliers. Tesco was pitched into financial turmoil last year when a £263m hole was discovered in its profits, over errors in accounting for supplier rebates and payments.A simpler structure is expected, with the firm paying suppliers less per unit as sale volumes increase. Share Tags: Company Dave Lewis People Tescolast_img read more

Sources: N. Korea has released some people from quarantine

first_img TAGSRyanggang Provincecoronaviruspublic healthkangwon provincecovid-19chagang provincequarantineisolationrodong sinmun SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Daily NK sources in Ryanggang Province have confirmed North Korean state media reports that some of the North Koreans quarantined between Feb. 1 and Feb. 10 have been released from quarantine. “When the individuals were placed into quarantine in early February, the authorities had said they would either extend the quarantine period after medical checks or take those individuals out of quarantine within two weeks,” one source in the province explained to Daily NK. “After Kim Jong Il’s birthday [Feb. 16], the authorities issued a surprise extension to the quarantine for 30 more days.” Some of those who were isolated for the extra month are no longer under quarantine, the source added.  NORTH KOREA SELECTIVELY TERMINATES QUARANTINESNorth Korea’s state-run Rodong Sinmun published an article on Monday reporting that the country’s central command center for emergency disease control had instructed all regions and “units” in the country to lift quarantines on specific people.These people included those who had been in contact with potentially infected individuals, and foreigners who had been under quarantine for 30 days, along with government employees, guides, interpreters, and drivers who had worked with foreigners. The article stated that the “specified” areas and units throughout the country were moving forward with lifting the quarantines. Daily NK sources have explained that, in general, those under close medical observation have been placed in isolation in state-run hotels or resorts. In the Sino-North Korean border region – where the threat of infection is higher – North Koreans under close medical observation have been generally quarantined at home. The Rodong Sinmun article also stated that individuals who had shown no symptoms of the virus after coming into contact with those who entered the country (following the coronavirus outbreak in China) – and had already been quarantined for 40 days – were the first to be released from isolation in their homes or offices. According to the newspaper, a total of around 1,020 individuals were released from isolation in Kangwon Province while quarantines ended for another 2,630 individuals in Chagang Province. The Rodong Sinmun article further reported that “every region must have a list of those released from quarantine, by location, and submit this list to the central command center for emergency disease control. Those released will then receive a document confirming their release from quarantine.”Daily NK sources have speculated, however, that quarantines on certain individuals have been lifted in areas outside of Kangwon and Chagang provinces based on the release of some of those in isolation in Ryanggang Province. The Rodong Sinmun article, however, noted that those released from quarantines are still under observation. “Being released from quarantine means that you’re no longer being watched by the local police,” one Daily NK source explained. “But the clinics and the disease control officials will continue to keep an eye on these individuals for [at least] another week.”QUARANTINE “SIGNS”Sources also told Daily NK that North Korean authorities have attached paper printouts with the word “Quarantined” on the doors of designated households. Local police stations and clinics, along with disease control officials, have spearheaded efforts to place printouts on quarantined houses. The printouts are reportedly being removed after the isolation period (a month) has passed. “If the glue dries out and the paper falls off the door, those in the quarantined house must find another piece of paper, write ‘Quarantined’ on it, and paste it back on the door. They don’t give you another printout,” one source said.“If local patrols find out that a house doesn’t have the sign up or that it’s been deliberately removed, they will drag the family to the police station,” he added.*Translated by Violet KimPlease direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] in Korean Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55% Facebook Twitter AvatarHa Yoon AhHa Yoon Ah is one of Daily NK’s full-time journalists. Please direct any questions about her articles to [email protected] North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) center_img By Ha Yoon Ah – 2020.03.11 2:30pm NewsHeadline News Sources: N. Korea has released some people from quarantine North Korean authorities are reportedly putting up flimsy “Quarantined” signs on houses with suspected coronavirus cases News News last_img read more

$33.2 Million Allocated to Animal Breeding and Husbandry Project

first_img$33.2 Million Allocated to Animal Breeding and Husbandry Project UncategorizedApril 7, 2008 Related$33.2 Million Allocated to Animal Breeding and Husbandry Project Related$33.2 Million Allocated to Animal Breeding and Husbandry Project FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Agriculture’s Animal Breeding and Husbandry Project has been allocated $33.2 million in the 2008/09 Estimates of Expenditure.This project focuses on research activities aimed at improving the quality of livestock and animal products, and comprises seven sub-projects – Feeds Research and Evaluation for Livestock; Research and Evaluation of Breeding Systems for Dairy and Meat Animals; Research and Evaluation of Husbandry Systems for Livestock; Sheep and Goat Development; Meat Goat Commercialization; Pig Commercialization, and Cattle Rescue.Feeds Research and Evaluation for Livestock, for which just over $4 million has been allocated, is being carried out at the Bodles and Montpelier research stations in St. Catherine and St. James, respectively, and entails forage development, evaluation, rehabilitation and animal nutrition.A sum of $8.4 million has been set aside for the Research and Evaluation of Breeding Systems for Dairy and Meat Animals, which aims to improve the productive potential of food animals (beef and dairy cattle), through breed characteristics selection and manipulation of the environment. It is also aimed at upgrading and maintaining a records management system for the compilation and retrieval of animal genealogy and records of performance and the management of sire service schemes.The Research and Evaluation of Husbandry Systems for Livestock project, which gets $4.2 million, is intended to develop cost-effective feeding systems for the management of livestock, to be undertaken mainly through activities carried out at the Bodles and Montpelier research stations.The Sheep and Goat Development Project, which receives just over $3 million, is aimed at maintaining the purebred Anglo Nubian, Boer, and native nucleus herds, as well as the development of husbandry systems for optimizing forage use, and is being undertaken at Bodles, and the Hounslow research station in St. Elizabeth.Just over $2 million has been earmarked for the Meat Goat Commercialization Project, and will facilitate the expansion and development of farmers’ breeding herds, through the development of a national system of revolving does, and the provision of buck services to farmers.The Pig Commercialization Project has received $4.4 million, and seeks to maintain a nucleus (multiplier) pig herd for the generation of seed stock for sale to commercial pig farmers islandwide; provide slaughter stock for the fresh pork market; demonstrate best husbandry and breeding practices for commercial pig production, and evaluate productivity of breeding animals, and efficiency in the slaughter of pigs.The core objectives of the Cattle Rescue Programme, for which $6.7 million has been set aside, are: conserving, consolidating and expanding the national beef cattle gene pool of three Jamaica breeds; estimating genetic and phenotypic values for productive traits of economic value through the performance test programme; providing a source of improved livestock genetics to the farming community, and providing sires for the production of semen.center_img Related$33.2 Million Allocated to Animal Breeding and Husbandry Project Advertisementslast_img read more

Temporary Road Closure – Shields St

first_imgTemporary Road Closure – Shields St In accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 2009, notice is hereby given that the area of road described and shown hereunder has been temporarily closed. This road area is no longer available for public use and a road permit has issued to the adjoining owner to allow exclusive use of such road area.Description An area of 64m2 of road being part of Shields Street, Cairns, adjoining lot 1 on RP707370 shown as road permit area on the sketch plan hereunder. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Cairns, Government, Local Government, road closurelast_img read more