The Green Coast Agriculture Project (G-CAP), a local non-governmental organization (NGO), working in Liberia’s agricultural sector, has stressed the need for the establishment of a center that will provide agriculture business services to local farmers in Bong County.G-CAP’s program coordinator Francis Bendoe told the Daily Observer recently at his Gbarnga office that a survey conducted in the county shows that local farmers are in need of business services that will help improve their productivity.“The sole purpose of the Enterprise Services Center is to provide agricultural business development services (ABDS) to farmers and rural entrepreneurs to start-up or expand their commercial businesses,” Bendoe said.He stated that services will include training to promote entrepreneurship and to improve business planning and management skills; technical advice on production and postharvest handling; collecting and sharing market information and marketing ideas; assisting clients in the preparation of business plans and loan applications to access credit and providing access to agro-equipment and transport services among others.According to him the establishment of the ESC will help to improve food security and reduce poverty in the lives of Liberian farmers.Mr. Bendoe mentioned that once a center is established in the county, farmers can access those needed enterprise services, adding that the significant of the center has prompted the local authorities of Bong County to donate a piece of land to his organization to construct the center.Commenting on the extension services rendered to farmers, he mentioned that they have reached ninety-five communities in five districts in Bong County with extension services to strengthen the skills of subsistence farmers.Meanwhile, the G-CAP program coordinator said that the lack of logistic is a serious constraint facing his organization.“We want to appeal to the government and its partners to build our capacity with logistics to enable us reach more farmers,” he pleaded.Bong County is one of Liberia’s productive agricultural regions situated along regional development corridors of Liberia, crucial in promoting intra and inter-county commerce. Farming activities in this growth corridor are expected to improve food availability and access for Liberians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
BOSTON — Bruce Bochy admitted he hadn’t given much thought to joining one of baseball’s most exclusive clubs.On the brink of earning his 2,000th career victory as a major league manager, Bochy sat in the visitor’s dugout at Fenway Park before Wednesday’s game and downplayed what reaching the milestone would mean to him.“I’ll be honest, that’s not a number I’ve ever thought about,” Bochy said. “I know it’s a possibility it could happen this year.”When Bochy’s San Francisco Giants put the …
Three recent news stories about mammals involve time. Does nature time things well, or do evolutionists tell swell things about time? Time will tell.Placental mammals – Watch those assumptions: How much can you trust dates that can vary by 50%? A report in Science Daily says the new “consensus” date for the appearance of placental mammals just jumped from 122 million years ago to 84 million years ago. The article mentions assumptions three times, though, with serious caveats about those dates: “However, this discrepancy may not be real, but rather appear because of the violation of implicit assumptions in the estimation procedures, such as abrupt acceleration of evolutionary rate entangled with gradual variation and large-scale convergent evolution in molecular level.” Later, “They emphasize the necessity to scrutinize the implicit assumptions adopted by the models of molecular evolution and to develop procedures which rely little on those assumptions.” A follow-up question: what are the new assumptions of the new study?Laotian Rock Rat — Yep, It’s a Living Fossil: The unusual rat-like mammal found in a Laotian food market in 2005 (05/16/2005) is a living fossil, reported National Geographic News. Some researchers claim that it “belongs to a family of rodents thought to have gone extinct 11 million years ago.”Bears – Keeping fit while sleeping: On much shorter time scales (months), bears manage to keep most of their muscle strength during the winter hibernation. Science Daily reported that “Bears in this study exhibited remarkable conservation of muscle function…. In spite of a size difference of almost three orders of magnitude and a 30 degree Celsius difference in torpor body temperature, the black bear may conserve muscle function to the extent of or perhaps better than small-mammal hibernators.” How the authors entered Colorado bear dens to take the measurements sounds like an adventure to be told somewhere.Anyone see evolution here? Anyone see millions of years here? Always scrutinize those implicit assumptions.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Unable to bag the top seeding at the end of the elimination round for the first time in 12 years, the Red Lions fight for the right to face unbeaten Lyceum in the best-of-three finals starting Friday.Standing in their way are the Stags who won a couple of knockout games in the stepladder semifinals to set up the duel with the Lions.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 shutoutThe Lions’ 16-2 record at the end of the elimination round would have been enough to seal top seeding last season, but with the emergence of the Pirates, the defending champions also lost their twice-to-beat edge in the semifinals.Both San Beda losses came against Lyceum, including a 105-107 overtime defeat that completed an 18-0 elimination round sweep for the Pirates last Oct. 19. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “It is what it is and now we just have to deal with San Sebastian,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez, whose team swept the Stags in the elimination round. “We have to match their energy and limit everyone.” —CEDELF P. TUPAS Reigning champion San Beda hopes to come out sharp after a long break as it disputes the second finals berth against a streaking San Sebastian squad on Tuesday in NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Echauz-led sailors conquer China Cup LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next View comments
CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion NBA: Paul George demands more ‘respect’ for his defensive prowess NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Luckily for the Spurs, Parker is doing a little better in his recovery from a ruptured left quadriceps tendon he suffered in the Western Conference semifinals series against the Houston Rockets and might be on his way to return “very soon.”“For real, sooner than later. And I’m serious. I’m being honest,” the coach said of the French guard, who could suit up as early as late November.San Antonio is currently tied for third in the Western Conference at 11-7, with its last game ending in a loss to New Orleans, 107-90, on Thursday (Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “What’s really strange is that Tony has the same injury, but even worse. They had to go operate on his quad tendon and put it back together or whatever they did to it. So to have two guys, that’s pretty incredible. I had never seen it before those guys,” he said.Leonard has not hit the court since Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against Golden State. He came to training camp before the season in the team’s injured list.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 shutoutThe same ESPN report also cited that Leonard “needs to advance through a rehabilitation process that comprises several steps, including individual work followed by 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 drills, before he can get full clearance to return to the court,” something which the 26-year-old hasn’t gotten yet.“I keep saying sooner rather than later. It’s kind of like being a politician. It’s all baloney, doesn’t mean anything,” said Popovich. San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard, left, is being helped by teammate Pau Gasol in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors on May 14, 2017. Leonard hurt his ankle after landing on the foot of Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia. APAlmost a month into the new NBA season and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich still couldn’t wrap his head around the quadriceps tendinopathy injury that has been keeping his star swingman Kawhi Leonard out of the lineup.In a report of ESPN, Popovich admitted that he “never” seen an injury like Leonard’s. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year has missed 17 games so far for the Spurs and doesn’t have a timetable for his return.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments
Schalke 04 midfielder Alessandro Schopf believes victory over a world-class team like Borussia Dortmund is possible in Saturday’s derbyFollowing last season’s second-place finish, Schalke have struggled this time around and currently find themselves only 12th in the Bundesliga table.The Royal Blues have only won four times in 13 league games this term and will now face the runaway and unbeaten leaders Dortmund this weekend.But, while he has a lot of respect for Dortmund, Schopf sees no reasons why they cannot inflict a first defeat on their rivals ahead of the Revierderby.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Dortmund are currently a world-class team and are rightly the league leaders,” Schopf told WAZ.“It’s important for us to be defensively compact and look for our chances going forward. We want find our feet with fight and the right mentality and then play football as well.”“If we perform, we can beat Dortmund in front of our home crowd.”The Schalke and Dortmund derby will take place at the Veltins-Arena with kick-off set for 15:30 (CET).
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Jaime Lannister and the armourTwitter/Official Game of Thrones pageGame of Thrones season 8 episode 1 showed Jaime Lannister finally coming back to the Winterfell and seeing Bran Stark after all these years. Bran’s creepy star has already given rise to several memes but many are now arguing that not Jon Snow but Jaime Lannister is Azor Ahai and he will help everyone destroy the White Walkers and the Night King once and for all.In the last scene of Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1 titled “Winterfell,” we saw Jaime Lannister’s arrival to the Winterfell. In the released promo of the second episode, we saw him facing the wrath of Daenerys Targaryen for killing her father. We know that Jaime is a far too important character to just get killed off for this reason. Rather, fans are now assuming that he is Azor Ahai, The Prince That Was Promised.As we have already covered extensively in the past, Azor Ahai was a mythical hero in the Westeros who reunited all the Seven Kingdoms and fought the original White Walkers. As per George RR Martin’s book, The Promised Prince was “born amidst salt and smoke, under a bleeding star.”Jaime Lannister’s journey in the show has proven that he is Azor Ahai. As per the book, Ahai’s sword broke for two times before he managed to bring the sword that would kill the White Walkers. At the same time, Jaime’s hand plays a vital role in all these speculations.As per the book and the show, Valyrian words for gold and hands are aeksion and ondos. Valyrian words for lord and light are aeksio and Onos. This means that the true saviour of the Seven Kingdom is the one with Gold Hand — and who has a hand of Gold? Jaime Lannister!These theories also compliment one of our previous prediction where we stated that Bran Stark is the Night King. There are several theories claiming that Night King is just Bran Stark but stuck in the future or past (depends on the perspective). In the past, when Azor Ahai came for the first time, he ended the reign of terror and when Bran said in the first episode that “I am waiting for an old friend to come,” there are chances that Bran was not referring to Jaime but he was talking about Azor Ahai.These speculations are all too good to be true and as we all have been warned, fans are too far behind in speculating the end of the series. At this point, we can simply wait for the next episode to air.Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2 will air in India on April April 22, at 6:30 a.m.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday promised to bring to justice those responsible for the accident that took the lives of two students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment School and College.“This is completely unforgivable because the driver was driving the bus defying all the [traffic] rules, resulting in the loss of two lives…many students were also injured,” she said.The prime minister said this while speaking at a programme at Armed Forces Medical College ground after laying the foundation stone of an underpass at a road adjacent to Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment School and College in the city.Sheikh Hasina said the government will never spare the bus driver involved in the brutal accident. “We must ensure the due punishment to those involved in such accidents; we’ll do that.”Urging all not to pay any heed to rumours, the prime minister said there was a move to create instability in the country through spreading rumours and false information through technology.Hasina bemoaned that even some senior people who got government recognition for their good jobs were involved in spreading rumours. “Such acts will never be tolerated,” she warned.The prime minister said her government has turned the country into Digital Bangladesh through providing proper and modern education.“This is not for using illicit and untrue words, not for spreading rumours…all must refrain from these.”Recalling a student movement during her schoolday, Hasina said she was very much concerned about the security of children. “I never wanted any sort of loss to students; we had ensured all types of security for them for the first two days.”From the third day, she said, there were some people who had shackles, Chinese shackles and stones in their bags. “Who were they? Of course, they were not school students! I was worried about the real students; I requested them to go back home. I requested the guardians to take their children back home because the third party trespassed into it,” she said.The prime minister thanked the students and guardians for accepting her request. “The third party might cause losses to the students to make their political gain, which is a very heinous job.”She said the intention of the intruders undercover of students was very mean. Some vested groups had started spreading rumours in Facebook and other social media that there were dead bodies in Awami League’s Dhanmondi office.Hasina said that the BCL president and secretary later invited 25 students from the agitators to come in the AL office and they searched each corner of the office and found nothing.She asked all, including drivers, helpers and pedestrians, to abide by traffic rules to avoid any tragic consequence.She also briefly described various initiatives of the government to enhance road safety and improve the country’s communications system.Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, education minister Nurul Islam Nahid, Army chief general Aziz Ahmed and engineer-in-chief major general Md Siddiqur Rahman Sarker also spoke at the programme.On her arrival at the venue, general Aziz Ahmed received the prime minister.
The madrasa student from Sonagazi, Feni who was set on fire. File photoOne among the four people who set a madrasa girl on fire in Sonagazi of Feni on 6 April has reportedly been arrested.The accused Shampa is a close relative of Siraj Ud Daula, the principal of the madrasa. The victim’s family had filed a case against him on 27 March alleging sexual abuses. The burned student, who is still in a critical condition, made a ‘dying declaration’ to the physicians at the Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital before being taken into life support. In her statement she said four persons including two women had carried out the attack and one of them was Shampa.Deputy inspector general of police’s Chittagong range, Khandaker Golam Faruque, told the media on Tuesday that they had detained Shampa from Mangalkandi union on 9 April.But the Sonagazi police station said the detainee was Umme Sultana alias Popy.These contradictory statements cast doubts over the arrest of Shampa. While DIG Faruque was asked on the contradiction of the two police statements, he said Popy and Shampa was the same person.The family of the madrasa student said, they could not rely on the local police administration. The police have been trying to hide the actual incident of the attempted murder of the girl and tried to change the case statement as well, they alleged.Family members of the girl at DMCH Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit said that an investigation should be carried out to know whose interest was being served by the Sonagazi police station officer-in-charge Moazzem Hossain.When asked why they cannot trust Moazzem, the victim’s brother told Prothom Alo that the OC on 27 March had termed the case a concocted one, saying the victim had ‘made up a drama’. Their family was constantly being threatened, too, he added.Around one and half hours prior to the attack on his sister, Afsaruddin, an English teacher of the madrasa, threatened the family to withdraw the case, said the brother.Thirty hours after the incident, the OC told the media that there would be investigation to know if this was a suicide attempt or a murder attempt.The victim’s family members also said that Iqbal Ahmed, a sub-inspector of Sonagazi police station, took an interview of the victim on 6 April taking permission from the physicians of DMCH Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit. He recorded the interview and let them listen to it.But on Tuesday, it was discovered that the statement in which police took the signature of the victim’s brother had some information missing. The incident of tying the girl up before setting her on fire and the names of several crucial defendants were omitted.In the first statement, nine were named excluding the principal and including four anonymous women. Later at the protest of the victim’s family, councilor of Sonagazi municipality No. 4, Maqsud Alam, an alim student of the madrasa, Jobayer Ahmed, and hafez of madrasa owned hefezkhana, hafez Abdul Quader, were named.Several inhabitants of the area said the police station sent them messages asking not to join in any demonstration against the principal.The OC Moazzem Hossain, however, denied the allegations stating he never said the girl had tried to commit suicide.When asked, DIG Faruque said there was no scope to neglect such an issue and legal steps would be taken against the responsible ones.Four have been shown arrested and sent to the court of Feni Tuesday. Senior judicial magistrate Sharaf Uddin granted five-day remand for each of the four — Nur Hossain, Kefayet Ullah, Saidul Islam and Alauddin — all of whom are known as the principal’s men.According to sources in police, during an interrogation the detained madrasa office assistant Nurul Amin revealed that another allegation of sexual abuse was brought against the principal earlier, but the issue got lost after a probe committee was formed.The principal called in three girl students to his office on 27 March. One among them was allowed to enter the room. As the principal pressed calling bell after some time, the assistant went on and found the girl (who was later set on fire) sitting on the floor leaning her head down. As he took her out of the room, she started crying seeing her two friends.Sonagazi union council chairman Shamsul Arefin said the attack on the girl was premeditated and added the principal has a group of cadres who were involved in the incident.The physicians at DMCH carried out a surgery on the madrasa girl on Tuesday to make her lungs functional.”We have conducted the operation keeping her on life support,” Brigadier General Nasir Uddin, a director of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), told newsmen at the Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit of DMCH on Tuesday.Nasir Uddin said the burned girl is facing a number of complications. Alongside blood and lung infection, she has developed problems in her kidney.Quoting Singapore physicians, he said she could not be taken abroad for treatment in such a critical condition. A group of physicians from Singapore General Hospital are due in Dhaka on 14 April on a pre-scheduled programme. They will visit the girl at that time.[Prothom Alo’s Sonagazi correspondent also contributed to this report]
X Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett announced Wednesday the distribution of $28.9 million from for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to 90 local non-profit organizations that will provide financial aid and services to flood victims who live in Houston and Harris County.This is the second round of distributions from the Fund and Turner said in a news release the distribution of the funds is based on a study using FEMA data and call data from the City’s 2-1-1 help line “as a way to confirm where and what the city and county’s greatest personal flood recovery needs are.”The Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University did the study.#BREAKING: County Judge @EdEmmett and Mayor @SylvesterTurnerannounce $28.9 million more in aid and services for #Harvey flood victims. More info here https://t.co/NwYuQFtwO6 pic.twitter.com/Ib88qLgWVv— Harris County OHSEM (@ReadyHarris) November 15, 2017The funding and services to be provided by the non-profit recipients will include home repairs; assistance with paying for food, clothing, rent, mortgage payments and utilities; and replacement of flood-damaged furniture and appliances, among other things. Speaking before Houston City Council, Mayor Turner says anyone who is still struggling to recover should reach out for assistance.“If there are any questions that people have, or if they’re trying to access the help, let me still encourage them to do 2-1-1,” said Turner. “They are expecting more calls to come in and they have ramped up accordingly.”Turner added that the funding distribution was based on a study by the Kinder Institute, which looked at numbers from FEMA to determine the areas of greatest need.“We recognize there are people who are low-income families, individuals, they need the help,” said Turner. “At the same time this storm impacted people who are middle-income families, middle-class families. They lost pretty much all that they had. They exhausted their savings and they need the help.”A list of non-profit organizations that are receiving the $28.9 million and more details on the funding is available at this website. 00:00 /01:04 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Al Ortiz | Houston Public MediaHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett have announced a second round of financial aid from the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Share
00:00 /09:44 Since Harvey hit, we’ve heard a lot of questions about where money raised for the relief effort would be spent – along with where state and federal recovery funds would go.Well, our colleagues over at the Texas Tribune have been digging up these numbers and issuing periodic report cards on what agencies like FEMA and the Small Business Administration have been spending so far – along with where all the money raised by different private campaigns will go.The Tribune recently released its second report card, and Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty went through some of the figures with reporter Morgan Smith. David J. Phillip/APHurricane Harvey dropped record rainfall on Houston neighborhoods like this one, near Addicks Reservoir. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Share
Anirban Lahiri rounded of his challenge at the WGC-HSBC Champions with a two-under-par 70 finishing at tied 28th place. Lahiri’s four-day total of even-par 288 saw him finish tied for 28th place and brought about mixed emotions for the five-time Asian Tour winner, who was playing in his first World Golf Championship event this week. While he was left to reflect on a poor short game, the 27-year-old Indian knows he has the game to take on the world’s best players again. ‘I wouldn’t say I’m pleased with my performance as I came into this week playing some good golf. I’m still playing good golf but it’s just my short game and putting that let me down this week. All of us (Asian players) who are here are good enough to win this event but for that you got to show up and play your best game and have everything working,’ said Lahiri. Lahiri started the day staring at a massive 13-shot gap that separated him from Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell who led after the third round. But he showed character by making up ground quickly with a flawless outward-nine at the Sheshan International Golf Club.