The Catholic-run Spiritian Academy of the Bishop John Collins Teachers College, founded September 8, 2008 in Monrovia, has entered into a partnership with the government-owned non-Catholic Naforta Public School in Bopolu District, Gbarpolu County in Western Liberia.The basis for the partnership is because Spiritian proprietor, Sister Mary Laurene Browne, believes that the Spiritian serves as their brothers and sisters’ keepers, because they have a moral obligation to share with the ‘less fortunate.’Sister Laurene is also the president of the Stella Maris Polytechnique.According to her, Liberia is too small a country for any child to be left behind, “because education is the life blood of any country, nation, or state.”The exercise, she said, became necessary because we thought it was wise to partner with non-Catholic schools to make a better impact than partnering with our own Catholic institutions where we are already imparting knowledge in the students.”For that reason, she said, the administration of Spiritian Academy will do all it can to bridge social, cultural and economic gaps; where every child is important to the country; every child’s needs, spiritual, social, moral and educational, must be met, “consistently and holistically.”The goal of the exercise is to partner with public schools across the country beginning with the “least populated and most disadvantaged counties”—Gbarpolu, Rivercess, and Grand Kru; to invite “better” schools, including the Spiritian Academy, situated in Monrovia, to join the partnership of adopting public schools.To give the partnership a boost, the school administration, headed by Sister Laurene and a representative group of four students from grades 4-6 (two boys and two girls) recently visited the Naforta Public School to get first-hand information about the immediate needs of the students.Other members of the administrative staff that formed part of the trip with Sister Laurene included, Mrs. Florence B. Koroma, Dean of Bishop John Collins Teachers College, Stella Maris Polytechnic, and the Assistant Dean, Keke Nah.Students who were selected by their classmates to represent the entire school on the tour were, Juliana Holder and Yitshak Quiah (Grade 4), Jethro W. Brooks, III (grade 5) and Frances Nyepan (Grade.) Students from grades 4 and 8, Serria Joe and Rashida Satie, represented the school where they donated complete sets of required books from Kindergarten to grade 8th for the teachers’ use as well as supplementary books, copybooks, pencils erasers, crayons, and poster papers.Meanwhile, the Spiritian recently revisited the Naforta Public School to review the administration of tests, and to assess whether they have the needed books that would make an impact on the pupils’ learning process.Moreover, Spiritian Academy had planned and designed the building of a library/reading room. They also began rising funds of about US$4000 for the school and the building project. This part of the initiative will be undertaking by students from the architectural department of the Monsignor Stephen Kyne Technical College, under the supervision of Mr. Peter Natt. Two of the students, Serria Joe, 9, and Rashida Satie, 13, in an interview with the Daily Observer shortly after they returned from Gbarpolu, said they were sorry for the conditions of most of their colleagues at that school, “because, some of them don’t have proper clothing and foot-wear to carry to school.”Most of the students, Serria and Rashida observed, were not wearing the school prescribed (green and white) uniform. “As such, we felt so bad to see our friends under such a poor learning condition.” At the Naforta Public School, the student representatives remembered also that there was less number of teachers assigned to the school. As such, students could wait for longer time without doing anything before a teacher would show-up in a class.With all that, the students were happy that they had a great time with their colleagues, “because, the students there were excited to see us too.”“For that reason, we shared among them books, book bags, snacks, and in return, they took us to their parents’ cocoa drying and mat plaiting centers. Thereafter, they gave us bunches of plantains.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Daily Observer yesterday received reports from the Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC) indicating that a dog owned by the general manager, Vijay Maira, has allegedly bitten seven people including Mairahas’ cook. The victim is reportedly in critical condition and receiving medical care at LAC’s hospital.Johnny Isaac (pictured) was reportedly bitten several times shortly after he finished feeding the dog on Saturday, April 22. “The dog bit four other victims including three security guards and a yard boy,” the cook’s wife alleges.She said the dog’s behavior was very strange that no one ever expected it on the plantation.While the victims are in extreme pain with some of them out of job due to the extent of the injuries the dog inflicted on them, LAC management is alleged to have secretly flown the dog to South Africa.Harry Attoh, LAC Human Resource Manager, confirmed taking the dog to South Africa, but refused to say who is responsible for the victims.A source at the plantation, who also confirmed the report said, “During my last visit to LAC, we saw Mr. Maira riding his jeep with the dog in the back seat.”In February 2017, a boiler in the industrial factory complex exploded overnight, reportedly killing at least six employees and injuring about 12 others. The plantation was reportedly fined US$100,000 for reckless handling of employees’ safety.Mr. Maira, an Indian national, has reportedly managed the LAC with deep secrecy, “often refusing to speak with journalists,” one employee claimed. The claim is yet to be verified as the Daily Observer investigation continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Minnesota scored its second goal on a 7-yard header by Chad Dombrowski inn the 84th minute. GALAXY NOTES: The club traded former U.S. national team midfielder Jovan Kirovski to the Colorado Rapids for a first-round draft pick in 2007 and reacquired Brazilian midfielder Marcelo Saragosa. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It has been a trying season for the Galaxy, who have been hovering around the .500 mark, but they are on the verge of salvaging something worthwhile. Los Angeles advanced to the finals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a resounding 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Thunder in front of an announced crowd of 4,373 at Home Depot Center on Wednesday night. The Galaxy will host FC Dallas, 1-0 winners over the Chicago Fire (see story, page B8) in Wednesday’s other semifinal, on Sept. 28. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Melvin Tarley took the penalty kick, but his attempt went well over the crossbar as the Galaxy avoided allowing an embarrassing, early goal to their United Soccer League (Division One) foe. That close call appeared to wake up the Galaxy, who broke through in the 29th minute when Landon Donovan redirected a one-timer that Thunder goalkeeper Joe Warren had little chance on. Herculez Gomez, who lately has an emerged as another bonafide scoring threat for the Galaxy, made it 2-0 before adding another goal in the 81st minute. The Thunder scored 10 minutes into the second half when Menyongar caught the Galaxy defense napping and chipped one over Hartman for the goal. Galaxy defender Tyrone Marshall got that one back in the 77th, and Los Angeles’ final goal was on a header by Joseph Ngwenya in the 82nd minute. Minnesota, which eliminated defending Cup champion Kansas City in the previous round, had a wonderful chance to take the lead only three minutes in. Galaxy defender Pablo Chinchilla made a lazy back pass to goalkeeper Kevin Hartman, and the Thunder’s Johnny Menyongar sneaked behind Chinchilla in an attempt to steal the ball away. Chinchilla tripped Menyongar and referee Jair Marrufo called the penalty.
INTERCEPTIONSNo. Bernstein,A.8800 TEAM2-30-15.00 Laterza,M.3 Walker,R.1006 Scoring Total1311089 RECORD: 0-10-0 Basile,C.4500 Epstein,P.1255204.24 Field,M.182631 Thousand Oaks11/04/2005010735 Hunter,C.4510 Westlake10/28/2005010756 Spatz,D.202591 Epstein,P.40024 Bernstein,A.110320368.80 Mammane,J.0606 Agoura11/11/2005010024 Spatz,D.1006 Kaveh,K.280 PUNTINGNo.YDSAvg. Hunter,C.35108230.9 Field,M.1309 Epstein,P.91050 Dennis,N.1-1-1.00 Spatz,D.144.00 Receiving Total8010446 Hunter,C.451.30 Sokolowski,B.160 Laterza,J.1-4-4.00 Golstein,A.9171.90 Steinberg,A.1 Moorpark10/14/2005010635 Markhein,D.1 Tothpal,C.1022522.5 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VS SCHOOLDateWLTPFPA Ammon,E.30018 Mammane,J.1-10-10.00 El Camino Real09/09/2005010028 Gerson,Z.2 Simi Valley09/30/20050103548 PASSINGPAPCPIYDSTDRating Walker,R.13382.91 Gerson130 LaTerza,M.1006 Interceptions Total12 Royal10/21/2005010628 Epstein,P.1 Passing Total205801810446 Bernstein,A.10505.00 Steinberg,A.12525.00 Ammon,E.91963 Gerson,Z.199.00 May,K.62-67-1.12 RUSHINGTCBNYGAvg.TD Oak Park09/16/20050101442 Newbury Park10/07/2005010743 Chaminade09/23/2005010723 Rushing Total2516092.47 RECEIVINGRECYDSTD Punting Total45130729.0 Basile,C.630.50 SCORINGTDPATFGTP Sokolowski,B.263.00 TOTAL2005010089362 Shodal,A.2 Bernstein,A.0202 Kaveh,,K.12443.70 May,K.20479181012672.45 May,K.20012 Basile,C.1 LaTerza,M.4231 Luna,S.1
LOS ANGELES (AP) – An Air India flight carrying 273 passengers and crew made an emergency landing after blowing a tire just as it left the airport runway, officials said. Air India Flight 136 departed Los Angeles International Airport at 8:33 p.m. Monday for Frankfurt, Germany. The plane safely returned to the airport at 10 p.m. after dumping fuel, airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said. Television footage showed sparks flying from the 747-400 aircraft as it made its emergency landing. There were no reports of injuries. The Federal Aviation Administration temporarily halted flights at the airport while the aircraft was landing, but operations resumed soon afterward, Castles said. More than 100 firefighters and paramedics were standing by when the plane returned, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells. “We were prepared for the worst scenario to take place,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Job for the weekend…With Horticulturist Gareth AustinGareth AustinNot a great weekend of weather wise is forecast, its turned a but cold after a run of glorious weather, but in Gardening what’s important is soil temperature, this will dictate how fast plants grow, how quickly seeds with germinate and how much the grass grows. Soil is like a storage heater, it takes a while to warm up but then it holds heat for a long period of time. A soil temperature of 8C upwards is ideal for sowing, planting, cultivating and working. Our focus this week is “Its your duty to be Fruity”One area of the garden which benefits from cold weather is the fruit garden. All fruit plants need a variable degree of cold to make them produce fruit. Some need 30 days of temperatures below 4C, some need 60 days below 3C, this is all to do with ‘breaking dormancy’. For example Strawberry plants which are grown outside and kept outside produce sweeter fruits than those which are grown in a polytunnel all year round.Strawberries are easy to grow.The exposure to cold benefits fruit plants by encouraging blossom production and this exposure to cold makes the plant produce better quality fruit. That’s why this part of the world is ideal for growing fruit!In a regular back garden there are loads of fruits you can grow without the need for a protective environment, such as a Glasshouse or Polytunnel. These include Strawberries, Raspberries, Tayberry, Loganberry, Blackcurrant, Redcurrant, Whitecurrant, Grape, Apples, Pears, Plums, Damsons, Greengauge, Gooseberries, Blueberries, Cranberries, Blackberries, Fig and more….the list is quite extensive! And they all love being grown outside, some like the Grape will grow, produce loads of growth, a lot of small grapes and you might think “them are piddly wee things”, but the flavour will be amazing for making wine with, really really good. (We don’t get enough light to make table sweet grapes outside).Raspberries adore being grown again a North Facing fence, and Blackcurrant like a shady north facing corner in which to flourish. So its not all about sunshine with fruit, many fruits naturally come from semi-shade woodland areas – think wild Strawberries, so in turn in the garden they grow happily in semi-shade. So they can be wonderful plants for filling awkward corners in the garden.However if you had Strawberries or Grapes in a pot, put them outside for the winter and in the Spring put them into a Polytunnel you’d get much bigger, juicier fruit as they would be exposed to more consistent summer temps in the tunnel.Fruit Trees such as the Apples, Pears and Plums love being grown again a fence or wall in an espalier style. In this situation they ripen quicker, more even, are easier to pick and produced better quality fruit than a traditional ‘tree’. Its all about matching the fruit type to the amount of sun. South Facing walls are ideal for Pears, West facing for Apples and North facing plums will be happy. So a plum tree could be in your garden, growing 10” from the fence and producing 600 plums a year….Or why not tackle an apple archway?All Fruit benefit from soil which is rich in organic matter, so whether this is your garden compost, seaweed, well rotted manure, bought in compost they’re all idea. Simply mulch around the base of fruit trees and plants every Autumn/Spring with this material (keep it an inch or so away from the stems) and leave it alone. This will be rotted down over time by the organisms in the soil. This mulch helps to keep the soil healthy, the roots of the plants warm and retains moisture in the summer months….if you don’t have enough moisture your fruits will be smaller and not as juicy. When the blossoms come on the fruits they’ll need to be pollinated by something, this could be you out with the feather duster or more than likely it’ll be bees, wasps, or other insects. So we need to encourage lots of insects to visit the Strawberries, Grapes, Plums and the likes to pollinate each flower.In the case of Strawberries if you don’t get good pollination you get these mad misshapen fruits forming. Best way to encourage insects to your garden is to have flowers growing, the bigger range of flowers you have in the garden the better, so Wallflowers, Daffodils, Tulips, primula, Dandelions….you name it, its all good. The more range you have the more the insects will visit your garden and the more flowers in turn they’ll visit. And the bigger range of fruit you have in the garden the better the pollination will be, if you have 2 apples say you got 100 fruits per tree, if you had a third variety you’d get 20% more fruit.The Garden Centres are full of quality fruit plants now, and now is an ideal time to be planting fruit in the garden and into pots for around the deck.Next Week….Going Ornamental, Secrets to success with Hanging Baskets Gareth Austin is resident Horticulturist with BBC Radio Foyle, a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulturists and lectures in Horticulture with Donegal ETB. For more see www.garethaustin.com or join Gareth on Twitter @GardenerGarethGARDENING WITH GARETH – ‘IT’S YOUR DUTY TO BE FRUITY’! was last modified: May 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGardrning with GarethGareth Austinhorticulture
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D – N.D.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) introduced a bill directing the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to use crop yield data from the Risk Management Agency for yield calculations.The measure was met with support from the National Corn Growers Association.“NCGA applauds Senators Heitkamp and Ernst for recognizing the importance of having a strong revenue-based program for farmers and taking this step to strengthen the Agriculture Risk Coverage-County Level (ARC-CO) Safety Net Program in the next Farm Bill,” said Kevin Skunes, NCGA president . “In this economy, having strong farm bill risk management programs are more important than ever.“NCGA believes ARC can be updated to improve its effectiveness in this extended low-price environment farmers are facing. NCGA supports a program that utilizes more accurate data to ensure farmers have access to fair and accurate risk management tools.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Pork Producers Council was encouraged that the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry included in its 2018 Farm Bill language establishing a vaccine bank to deal with an outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD).FMD is an infectious viral disease that affects cloven-hooved animals, including cattle, pigs and sheep; it is not a food safety or human health threat. Although the disease was last detected in the United States in 1929, it is endemic in many parts of the world.Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said the agriculture panel will mark up its bill June 13. The full House is expected to vote on its measure, which also includes FMD language, June 22.“This is encouraging news for the livestock industry,” said NPPC President Jim Heimerl, a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio, and chairman of NPPC’s Farm Bill Policy Task Force. “With a vaccine bank, we’ll finally be able to adequately prepare for an FMD outbreak. But we do need mandatory funding to make it work.”NPPC has been urging lawmakers to include for each year of the next five-year Farm Bill mandatory funding of $150 million for the vaccine bank, $70 million in block grants to the states for disease prevention and $30 million for the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), which provides diagnostic support to assist in managing diseases in the United States.Currently, the United States does not have access to enough FMD vaccine to handle more than a small, localized outbreak. According to Iowa State University economists, an FMD outbreak in the United States, which would prompt countries to close their markets to U.S. meat exports, would cost the beef and pork industries a combined $128 billion over 10 years if farmers weren’t able to combat the disease through vaccination. The corn and soybean industries would lose over a decade $44 billion and $25 billion, respectively; and economy-wide job losses would top 1.5 million.“Having a vaccine bank will mitigate the economic harm of an outbreak,” Heimerl said. “Pork producers thank the Senate agriculture committee, Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow for their efforts on this very important issue for livestock agriculture.”In late April, 15 senators, led by John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., urged Roberts and Stabenow to include FMD language in the Senate Farm Bill, saying in a letter that a vaccine bank “would help to adequately address risks to animal health, livestock export markets, and industry economic stability.”
TB with the most creative Hitchhiker (item attached to TB): GBP2013 Tell Me Your Story!, owned by Narilka LibLabLady carried Arruf1’s Trackable “Anne Bonney” thousands of miles. After discovering a shared love of this pirate lady’s history, they decided to meet up at Geocaching HQ to swap stories and drop off Anne Bonney together – just in time for Block Party!The winners will each receive a (modestly) awesome bag of geocaching swag. Thank you to all of the geocachers and Travel Bug racers who participated, and a special congratulations to the winners!See all the smiling faces of those who earned a smiley for attending Geocaching Block Party 2013 on our Facebook page.What is your best Travel Bug story of 2013? Do you have any special goals for a Travel Bug in the next year? Tell us about it in the comments.Share with your Friends:More TB with the most mileage: GBP2013-Omaha, owned by pafink TB that traveled to the most countries: GBP2013: Pass the Pig, owned by TheHeyer4 By Kara BonillaLeft: GBP2013 Tell Me Your Story! Center: TB racers at the starting line Right: GBP2013 – 2013 Miles to Say Hello!And the Travel Bugs have (finally) crossed the finish line! With the 2013 Geocaching Block Party now in the books, it’s time to announce the winners of the The Great Geocaching Block Party 2013 Travel Bug Race. To be eligible for a prize, the Travel Bug contestant had to start at the 2012 Geocaching Block Party, travel at least 2013 miles, and make it back to Geocaching HQ before this year’s Block Party festivities wrapped up. In just one year, the 57 Travel Bug racers collectively traveled 479,548.48 miles!Now, without further ado, here are the winners of The Great Geocaching Block Party 2013 Travel Bug Race: Fastest TB back to HQ (after traveling 2013 miles): GBP2013 Tell Me Your Story!, owned by Narilka TB with the best picture: GBP2013 Anne Bonny, owned by Aruff1 TB with the best log entry: LibLabLady’s log for GBP2013 Anne Bonny TB with the most geocachers involved with travel: GBP2013 – 2013 Miles to Say Hello!, owned by gooniekitty SharePrint RelatedReady, Set, Go: The Great Geocaching Block Party 2013 Travel Bug Race!September 21, 2012In “Community”Coming Down the Homestretch: The Great Geocaching Block Party 2013 Travel Bug RaceAugust 14, 2013In “Community”The Great Geocaching Block Party 2013 Travel Bug RaceAugust 17, 2012In “Community”
Throw another one into Oracle’s Fusion melting pot of acquisition assimulation. On March 1st, Oracle has announced plans to acquire $3.3 billion Hyperion Solutions. With 12,000 customers and 2500 employees in 20 countries, the acquisition isn’t a small one. And this is just one of more than 28 acqusitions that Oracle has made since 2005. By purchasing Hyperion Solutions, Oracle has further jacked up up the pressure that they’ve been applying to SAP. Many Hyperion customers are also SAP customers, and this purchase brings Oracle closer to them. This move alone is probably not enough to bring any existing SAP customers into the Oracle camp, but it’s an effective piece of an overall strategy.Hyperion Solutions is primarily a Business Integration (BI) vendor. Gartner has Hyperion positioned in the Leader Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms. But Gartner has also ranked them in the Leader Quadrant for Corporate Performance Management. With this acquisition, Oracle repositions itself within those two domains. Hyperion competitors include Cognos, Microstrategy, Business Objects and many others.Oracle sees the purchase of Hyperion as a way to diversify its base. Hyperion was a selection that recognized it as a best-of-breed solution rather than a solution with ties exclusively to Oracle. Oracle’s world-view has widened considerably of late, and it is finding itself working more and more alongside of solutions that involve non-Oracle databases and applications.Marketing and positioning of Hyperion relative to Oracle’s existing products will present a challenge because of a large number of overlapping products. For example, Oracle’s OLAP product Express versus Hyperion Essbase. Hyperion offers Sales and Marketing Analytics and Oracle’s Siebel has similar capabilities. There is also overlap of data integration and reporting tools — Hyperion’s Brio versus Oracle’s newly acquired Sunopsis.It looks like the consolidation sprees of 2006 will spill over into 2007. This acquisition will likely put Cognos and possibly Business Objects into play with purchases by IBM or SAP. And one might then wonder who could Oracle buy next?
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