French Business Club Donates US$80k to Red Cross

first_imgFrench business merchants or companies operating in Liberia, under the banner French Business Club (FBC), have made a huge donation to the Liberia National Red Cross (LNRCS). The donation includes US$80,000 and a brand new Renault car.The president of FBC, Jean Michel Macia, at the presentation ceremony held Thursday, September 25, at the French Embassy in Monrovia said the donation was their way of helping to boost the efforts of the LNRCS, which is one of the most important entities on the frontline of the fight against the virus.“We believe that this is the key contribution we can make and the best way for our companies to help the country and the population. But we see that to fight Ebola more must be done.He said the LNRCS was selected as the beneficiary of the FBC’s donation because it is proving its competence every day in the field. “This contribution, we believe, will enable the Red Cross to continue to battle against the virus,” the FBC boss said.“Their actions also help our organizations and our employees. Consequently the FBC is pleased to donate one vehicle and commit US$80,000 to the national society,” he added.Mr. Macia also stated that the donation marks the beginning of a strong partnership between FBC and the LNRCS.The French business executive indicated that since the outbreak of the terrible epidemic all these companies of the FBC have reinforced their commitment to stay and to continue their economic activities despite growing number of difficulties and hurdles.“We want to be part of the economic life of Liberia during the good times but we must also be present during the difficulties. To be present, to stay in the country, to maintain the jobs of our employees, to maintain their revenues and to keep investing are our prime targets,” he said.In quoting former Ivoirian President Felix Houphouet Boigny, Mr. Macia said: “Peace is not a word, it is comportment” and in his own words: “I say to you today solidarity is not a word, it is comportment.”The Liberia National Red Cross Society, tasked with the responsibility of dead body management by the National Task Force on Ebola, has for some time complained of lack of adequate support from central government and partners in carrying out its mandate.Speaking at the donation ceremony, the president of the LNRCS, Emmanuel Kparh, said the donation is a boost to the Red Cross and will make a great impact in the fight against Ebola.He lauded the French club for recognizing the works of the Red Cross over the years and said the donation is in recognition of the sacrificial works that the LNRCS continues to render to less fortunate Liberians.French Ambassador to Liberia, Joel Godeau, said the contribution of the French businesses in Liberia is a sign of strong commitment to countries that are affected by the virus.He said French people won’t remain insensitive to the plight of Liberians as the virus rages on.The donation ceremony was graced by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps, Guinean Ambassador Abdoulaye Dore and other officials of government.FBC was founded in 2013 under the umbrella of the French Embassy in Liberia. It has brought together the key representatives of the French Group operating in Liberia.Members companies of FBC include, AGS FRAZER-a packing and removal company, BIVAC/VERITAS-control and expertise, CICA Motors Liberia (FCAO GROUP) Toyota and Yamaha representative, DELMAS (CMA-CGM Group, the third biggest ship owner in the world and ELIAS ANTOUNE Motors (Renault representative), distributor of trucks and cars.Others include, Liberia Equipment (representative of Ja Delmas Bordeaux), sole authorize dealer of caterpillar, Salala Rubber Corporation (SOCFINGroup) rubber plantation in Margibi County, TOTAL-oil marketing company, UMARCO (BOLLORE GROUP) clearing and forwarding shipping agent and logistics sector.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warriors Profiles: Could Jordan Bell play his way out of the Bay Area?

first_imgWill this Warriors’ big man find consistency after a rollercoaster rookie year? Find out below in our latest preseason profile.(In case you missed them previously, here are the first installations of our ‘Game Faces’ feature, profiles on Jacob Evans, Jonas Jerebko, Quinn Cook, Damian Jones and Kevon Looney. Dope images provided by Jose Carlos Fajardo)Jordan BellContract: 1 year / $1,378,242 (Warriors can extend a $1.8 million qualifying offer this summer)Outlook: Jordan Bell’s rookie …last_img

Control erosion and prevent fertilizer loss

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest John Leif, CCA, AgroLiquid Field AgronomistFertilizers can leave a field by several different routes. The route most beneficial to the crop is, of course, uptake and removal by the crop. Unfortunately there are other, less beneficial, routes for fertilizer to leave a field including through soil erosion. Most nutrients applied to the soil erode off of the field when soil is moved by wind or water. That soil, and its attached nutrients, can be deposited in surface waters causing a number of water quality issues. This can be prevented through erosion management and conservation practices. It is a landowner’s job to work towards preventing erosion that leads to water quality problems.There are several erosion management practices that utilize vegetation to trap soil and prevent it from reaching surface water. Vegetative conservation practices can be placed in a production field, around the perimeter, or away from the field near sensitive areas such as rivers and streams. Several common conservation techniques are discussed below. When planning any vegetative practice it is important that the plant species used is adapted to the geography and specific soil conditions and not be considered invasive.One of the most common in-field vegetative practices is a grassed waterway. A grassed waterway is a shaped or graded channel planted to suitable vegetation that directs water to a suitable outlet. The ideal characteristics for a grass species in a grassed waterway is one that has stiff, upright stems that can withstand heavy water flow and sedimentation. A dense stand of stiff stemmed grasses will slow down water flow as it enters the waterway. When water flow slows down the sediment in that water will settle out of the water and remain trapped by the grass. The clean water will then travel down the waterway to the outlet.Grass species common to the Midwest and eastern United States include, but are not limited to, cool season grasses such as bluegrass, ryegrass, and fescues. Species common to the southern United States include, but are not limited to, warm season grasses such as Bermuda grass and sideoats grama.There are several conservation practices that can be installed around a field or near environmentally sensitive areas. Field borders and filter strips are plantings of permanent vegetation using stiff stemmed upright grasses, legumes, and forbs to trap soil particles suspended in wind or water. A combination of cool season and warm season grasses can be used for this purpose. Cool season grasses such as wildrye species, junegrass, wheatgrass species and bottlebrush are considered native to the United States. Those grasses will have fast vegetative growth in the spring and early summer, and again in the fall. Prairie grasses such as big bluestem, little bluestem, Indiangrass, and switchgrass are common warm season grasses that can be used, and their fast growth period is from early summer until early fall. Warm season grasses will often have thicker stems than cool season grasses and the senesced stems will usually provide a filtering effect throughout the early spring until cool season grasses grow enough to become effective as filters.If the landowner or manager wants to provide additional wildlife habitat there are many choices of forbs and legumes that can be added to the planting. Forage legumes such as clovers, birdsfoot trefoil, and alfalfa provide diversity in the planting and fix nitrogen from the atmosphere. Many forb and wildflower species can be added to supply habitat for pollinator insects. Wildflower planting should have enough species to provide flowering throughout the growing season so that pollinator insects will have a food source during the entire season. Not all wildflowers are attractive to pollinator insects. Refer to local recommendations for species selection.Grasses, legumes, and forbs are not the only plants that can be part of conservation practices that prevent sediment and nutrient runoff from a field. A riparian forest buffer where trees and shrubs planted adjacent to streams and rivers can also serve an important role in protecting surface waters. The trees and shrubs planted against a river or stream will hold soil in place with their root systems and their leaves reduce the impact of raindrops on the soil surface. They can also be used to help stabilize stream banks, provide additional wildlife habitat, and improve overall water quality of the stream or river. Short tree and shrub species may include alders, dogwoods, willows, sumac and elderberry. Tall trees may include maples, birch, oaks, and cypress species. Riparian forest buffers are often installed in conjunction with filter strips.Once a conservation practice is planted and established it is important to perform maintenance on them at various times. Maintenance tasks may include mowing, spraying, burning or pruning. Performing timely maintenance will improve the effectiveness of the practice and extend the life of the planting.There are many resources available to help plan, establish, and maintain these conservation practices. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has information on design and species selection that are appropriate for each local area. There may also be State and local resources in an area to help with this planning.last_img read more

2019 Allen County Annual Meeting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 2019 Annual Meeting The 2019 Allen County Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, September 15, 2019. Annual Meeting was held at Hart Hall with dinner catered by Stites Catering of Lima.Celebrating 100 years of Ohio Farm BureauSpecial guest from Ohio Farm Bureau, Jordan Hoewischer spoke to guests about water quality in our state.Rose Hartschuh, Farm Bureau, gave the State Trustee Report.State Representitive, Bob Cupp, spoke on behalf of Allen County in the state agenda.Jessica Vandenbroek gave the county organization report, awarded scholarships and recapped the year.Our business meeting was held, dinner was served, door prizes were raffled, and the year was celebrated.We welcome a new year at Ohio Farm Bureau in Allen County and can’t wait for what is in store.last_img read more

Highway ban in Kashmir likely to hit tourism, horticulture

first_imgFacing criticism from both the political class and the civil society, the State government’s ban on civilian traffic twice a week on the 270-km-long national highway in Kashmir is bound to dent the Valley’s horticulture industry and tourism, according to the stakeholders.“We have stored apple stock in cold storages, which requires urgent transportation to various destination in the country. The apple crop will be hit badly by the ban. Besides, it will delay the chemical treatment of orchards. The ban is unjustified and will make small-time farmers suffer,” said Bashir Ahmad Basheer, chairman of the Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers-Cum-Dealers Association.According to an estimation, around ₹300 crore worth of fruit is in cold storages in south Kashmir. However, the ban order issued by the Governor’s administration has barred the movement of civilian vehicles, including trucks, from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. twice every week.Travel Agents Association of Kashmir president Ashfaq Siddiq Dug said, “This will have serious implications for upcoming tourist season. It will only add to the woes of tourists and pilgrims.”Stating that Kashmir does not have any alternative road connectivity, Mr. Dug said, “It will result in shortage of essentials.” Doctors Association of Kashmir president Dr. Suhail Naik warned of “increase in morbidity and mortality in patients due to delays in patient care”. Parties condemn banCalling for its immediate withdrawal, all major political parties, including the Congress, the National Conference, the Peoples Democratic Party, the Peoples Conference and the CPI(M), condemned the government move taken in the wake of the Pulwama attack, which left 40 CRPF jawans dead on February 14.“The Srinagar-Jammu Highway was not closed even during the Kargil war. Is the Governor’s administration trying to make Kashmir a colony?” said NC president Farooq Abdullah.PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said, “The Government of India only wants Kashmir and not Kashmiris.”Seeking its revocation, State Congress president G.A. Mir said, “It’s a decision taken in haste and will prove perilous for civilians.”“It’s another dictatorial move that will cause great distress to people. The government should stop punishing people of Kashmir,” said Hurriyat chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.last_img read more

Olympic tennis team: Who is Vishnu Vardhan and why was he picked?

first_imgA towering presence on court… a booming serve — Vishnu Vardhan is one of the bright stars in the next line of India’s tennis players. And, to justify this tag, the 24-year-old has ensured that his career has witnessed a steady rise in the past couple of years.Many are surprised that the youngster from Vizag has been picked by the All India Tennis Association (AITA) to pair with Leander Paes for the 2012 London Olympics. However, this is not the first time that the association has shown faith in him.Vishnu, in fact, is no stranger to big-ticket events. In 2010, he was chosen to represent India in the Asian Games, where he did his reputation no harm.As India’s number two ranked player, Vishnu won the bronze medal in the men’s team event and also partnered Sania Mirza in the mixed doubles to ensure another silver medal for the country.Moreover, Vishnu has been in great form this year, winning two ITF tournaments, the most recent one in Bangalore just a few days ago.As far as chemistry on court is concerned, Vishnu’s baseline game and big serve would fall perfectly in place with Paes’s net-play, allowing the veteran to exploit his deft touches to the maximum.So do we have a gold medal winning pair? Well, not quite. There’s certainly a lot of fine-tuning and hard work that will have to be put in by both players in the month or so before the Olympics begin. But the prospects are surely bright. And who knows, perhaps there is a surprise in store!advertisementlast_img read more

ISL 2019-20 HIGHLIGHTS, FC Goa vs Bengaluru FC: Coro Scores Late as Goa Hold Bengaluru 1-1

first_imgHead coach Sergio Lobera will have a welcome selection dilemma on his hands, with Jahouh set to return and if Bedia and Boumous both are passed fit to play. Jahouh’s return will immediately add to the quality in midfield and the sheer array of offensive arsenal in Lobera’s disposal is staggering.The likes of Ferran Corominas and Doungel have already opened their goal scoring accounts for the season, and if history is something to go by, there will be many more goals from the Goa team this season.In defense, Seriton Fernandes, Mourtada Fall, Carlos Pena and captain Mandar Rao Dessai, looked solid and helped goalkeeper Mohammad Nawaz keep a clean sheet.🗣| “Mandar, Brandon & I are very friendly to each other, but on 28th, there will be a war.”@chetrisunil11 and co. are raring to go as reigning #HeroISL champions @bengalurufc take on last season’s runners-up @FCGoaOfficial tonight! #GOABEN #LetsFootball #TrueLove pic.twitter.com/7vVG8vPQgB— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 28, 2019As for Bengaluru, new signings Raphael Augusto and Ashique Kuruniyan have given good accounts of themselves on their club debuts. Augusto flourished in the central midfield alongside Dimas Delgado, while Ashique, despite operating from an unfamiliar left-back position, troubled the Highlanders backline time and again with his marauding runs.Up top, Sunil Chhetri and Manuel Onwu’s combination still seemed like work in progress and it may take some time for the two to operate optimally with each other.As the two hotshots of the league spar on Monday, sparks will most certainly fly. Both Goa and Bengaluru will look to lay down the marker for the season with a statement win against a direct rival for the ultimate prize.last_img read more

Jamaica takes World Heritage seat

first_img A seat on the Committee decides whether a property is inscribed on the World Heritage List. Story Highlights Jamaica’s membership to the Committee will run until 2017. At the elections in Paris today (Tuesday), Jamaica received more votes than Angola for a seat. Jamaica has been elected to the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO, for the first time.At the elections in Paris today (Tuesday), Jamaica received more votes than Angola for a seat on the important Committee which decides whether a property is inscribed on the World Heritage List.The Minister of Youth and Culture the Honourable Lisa Lisa Hanna, MP – who led the lobby for support of Jamaica’s candidacy for membership of the Committee – described today’s vote as historic, important and well deserved.Minister Hanna said:“I am elated that we won our bid for membership of the World Heritage Committee.  It was a difficult lobby, but we never relented as a seat at this table has exponential benefits to our country for the future as we are positioning culture as a pillar for growth.  So in that respect, we can say mission accomplished.“But the work to promote and protect our heritage continues.  As a member of the World Heritage Committee, Jamaica will represent the interests of Small Island Developing States that are not very well represented – or in our case, not represented at all – on the list of World Heritage Sites.”The election to the Committee for the first time was due to the consistent lobbying efforts of the Jamaican Embassy in Brussels, the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO, the Ministry of Youth and Culture and Minister Hanna’s overtures at the recent UNESCO General Conference.Jamaica’s membership to the Committee will run until 2017.  The country will be represented by Mr Vivian Crawford and Dr Janice Lindsay.  Other countries represented on the Committee are: Croatia, Finland, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Lebanon, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Vietnam and Turkey.Minister Hanna said “this is a historic day for our country as Jamaica has never had a property inscribed as a world heritage site despite our culture and heritage being revered by the globe.”She asked all Jamaicans to keep interested as the progress continues.Jamaica has applied for the Blue and John Crow Mountains to be inscribed on the World Heritage List and will begin preparing a dossier for Port Royal’s nomination to the List.  Jamaica will also be putting a case for Reggae music to be inscribed on the Intangible Heritage List.last_img read more