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‘Liberia Is Getting Better’

first_imgThe Vice President, Ambassador Joseph Nyumah Boakai, has called on journalists in the country to step up and present the true picture of unfolding development in Liberia.Mr. Boakai made the clarion call recently at a one-day media meeting held in Monrovia.“I have no doubt that we as a nation are moving in the right direction, though there are some turbulent situations. We are confident that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Therefore, we refused to embrace the ill-conceived notion that this country is retrogressing,” Vice President Boakai told Liberian journalists.The statement of the Vice President, perhaps, comes from the backdrop of the numerous complaints of economic hardship in the country expressed by citizens. Majority of people in the country— especially the youth— are unemployed. Many cannot afford decent meals on a daily basis as government still spends millions of dollars every year for food importation. With these conditions, some members of opposition political parties have concluded that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s administration has failed the people of Liberia.However, this government has constantly denied these allegations, emphasizing that there have been massive improvements aimed at restoring the image of Liberia both locally and internationally.Speaking to journalists, Mr. Boakai continued, “We know that there remain challenges in our drive to meet some of the critical needs of our country,” he said.He said that the cooperation of the media in Liberia was highly critical to the country’s recovery process.“You have most likely heard that ‘when the sore is ready to heal that is the time it itches most.’ The darkest hour comes just before day light,” he asserted.According to him, despites the gains by this government, there are others who have wrongly and selfishly dismissed their (government’s) achievements.“At times we are faced with the unfortunate reality that our progress and achievements as a nation are measured by others using their own yardstick. Often times these assessments predict hopeless situations for our people,” he explained.He said this was one of the reasons the media was needed to provide proper information to the public and international community so the truth about the level of development being undertaken in the country could be used to inspire hope in the lives of the people of Liberia.The Liberian VP used the occasion to call on the press to remain critical on reporting issues.He said that the media plays a pivotal role in the democratic process and must therefore continue to be seen as the ‘Watch dogs’ of society.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ramelton to celebrate 50 golden years of the Lennon Festival

first_imgThis is a massive year for the Lennon Festival in Ramelton, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary and will take place from the 5th to the 15th of July. The festival committee are proud to announce that the McGann brothers will officially open this year’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.While the official opening by the McGann brothers does not take place until Friday, July the 5th, the preliminary events get underway on Saturday the 29th of June. An RNLI display will take place at the Quayside on Saturday followed by the now famous raft race at 4.00pm along with a duck race. We have the full programme guide below so you can plan to attend your favourite events.The McGann brothers, Joe, Paul, Mark and Stephen, are no strangers to the town of Ramelton, having previously come to the town to film the BBC Famine drama series The Hanging Gale.Joe, the oldest of the four McGann brothers, is known for his appearances in TV shows such as Casualty, My Family and Harry Enfield TV Show. Paul who played Doctor Who in 1996 also appeared in some Hollywood blockbusters including Alien 3, The Three Musketeers and The Importance of Being Ernest.Mark has appeared in The Bill, Inspector Morse and also played John Lennon in John and Yoko: A Love Story. Stephen, the youngest of these famous and talented acting brothers, credits include Call the Midwife and Emmerdale and guest starred on Doctors, Casualty and The Bill.Not only are the famous McGann brothers arriving to enjoy the festivities but taking to the main stage will see top country acts perform including Michael English, Derek Ryan, Mike Denver, Robert Mizzell, Jimmy Buckley and the Ryan Turner band.A fantastic spectacle of fun filled events will take place throughout the festival such as the soap box derby, an RNLI display, he raft race, colour fun run, Street performers, fashion shows, children’s sports events, Vintage car displays and much much more.There will be the Queen of the Lennon event and the committee would like any former winning Queens from the past 50 years to come along and join in on this momentous occasion.This year a drive-in movie will arrive on Thursday the 11th of July with four showings throughout the day, tickets are now on sale at retail outlets around Ramelton. The festival parade will take place on Saturday the 13th and we are inviting anyone who would like to enter a float to get in contact.The Singing Pubs competition is kicking off on Wednesday the 3rd of July.The official opening reception will take place at the Robinson school and Gamble Square on Friday July the 5th from 6.30pm.The grand finale will see a huge Fireworks display on Monday the 15th of July. Ramelton Fireworks in 2017The festival is family orientated and the majority of events are free and a safe environment is guaranteed for all those who visit events.The committee promises that this year’s 50th anniversary celebrations will be one of the top highlights of the Summer in Donegal. If anyone would like any further information they can contact the Festival number on 085 8657633, check out the Facebook page or e-mail: rameltonlennonfestival@gmail.com.See the full programme below:Ramelton to celebrate 50 golden years of the Lennon Festival was last modified: June 28th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:eventslennon festival 2019RameltonWhat’s on?last_img read more

The best weed control is a growing crop

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field LeaderThe best weed control is a growing crop. This is one of the lessons re-learned in 2019 according to a couple of long time agricultural chemical company representatives.“The earth was meant to be covered. If there is not a crop growing, nature is going to cover itself. Something is going to grow,” said Neil Badehnop, sales representative for Valent USA. “Overall weed control is done by the growing crop, and if the intended crop is not planted, something else will grow — in this case, it will be weeds.”In his over 28 years monitoring the weed situation across Ohio, Badenhop has seen first hand the reality of the old saying “Weeds beget weeds.” In those fields that were left bare and weeds were not properly controlled and allowed to go to seed, there was the potential for a huge build-up in the weed seed bank.“It will be a fight. It could be a 5- to 10-year battle to get back to where some fields were in terms of overcoming the build-up of the weed seed bank,” Badenhop said.Weed identification has become a bit of a lost art, but is as important today as ever.“Instead of using some of the old weed ID guides to specifically identify the individual species of weed which a farmer was dealing with, the new form of weed identification seems to have come wrapped in a jug with chemistry,” Badenhop said. “Lately it seems instead of planning the attack based on which specific weeds are causing the problem, now broadly defined weed complexes are targeted with chemistry.”Badenhop is concerned that this could give some farmers a false sense of security.“It’s not business as usual,” Badenhop said. “Just because weed control programs have been done the same way for some time, farmers need to be reminded that the weeds are evolving and changing. The farmer cannot be slow to evolve. He cannot keep doing the same thing as if weed control is just business as usual. We need to ask ourselves, am I pushing the envelope to be a better farmer and weed manager, or am I just being content to do what I’ve always done instead of staying ahead of the rapidly changing weed complex.”To set a crop up for successful weed control, it is important to have a management plan in place. “Farmers really need to plan for one pass in the fall followed by two passes in the spring — early burndown/pre-emerge followed by a post-emerge. Three total herbicide passes are probably what it is going to take to get back ahead of the weed seed bank build-up, especially with tough to kill weeds like waterhemp, palmer amaranth, marestail and giant ragweed,” Badenhop said.Many programs rely on hope that the residuals would hold back the weeds until late April or early May, but hoping is not an effective plan. Most residual herbicides — with the exception of chlorimuron (Canopy/Cloak) according to Ohio State University Extension research — dissipate over the winter and fail to provide any control of spring-emerging weeds.“A better plan is to save the money from the use of residuals in the fall and use it in the spring,” Badenhop said.Those same sentiments were reflected by another knowledgeable agriculturalist who has been monitoring the weed scene for multiple decades.“Effective soybean weed control really starts in the fall,” said Don Schneider, business representative for BASF. “Farmers need to pay attention to what is out there in the fall, and get control of it.”Warm fall nights can trigger early germination of winter annuals.“The next 6 weeks are a prime time to go after weeds like dandelion, chickweed, and marestail. A product like Distinct along with 2,4-D will take out the broadleaf weeds, and the addition of glyphosate will help with the grasses. Often the bluegrass clumps can get missed and grow in the late fall,” Schneider said. “A lesson a lot of farmers learned this year is how valuable a growing crop is to suppress weeds. A crop is needed after the herbicides to control weeds. We quickly forget how much an established crop will canopy and out compete weeds in a field. This year, for fields without a crop, the weed pressure just kept coming.”Ohio Field Leader is a project of the Ohio Soybean Council. For more, visit ohiofieldleader.com.last_img read more

Your E-Reader’s New Best Friend: StoryBundle

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Ebook fans in need of new reads have a new friend in StoryBundle.In 2010, the Humble Indie Bundle started offering a pre-selected fistful of music albums or video games at a price determined by the buyer. That scheme proved wildly successful and now regularly grosses $4 million. Now StoryBundle is offering the same kind of deal for books. Customers can pay as little as $1 for five books, or $7 for seven books. Like other such bundles, profits go to authors as well as charities. “The indie bundles are a simple but ingenious idea,” said StoryBundle creator and former Gizmodo writer Jason Chen. “They’re low-risk for you, and whatever you pay, you feel like you’re getting a deal.”  Chen describes himself as a lover of ebooks but a hater of their print forebears: “I hate turning pages and holding a book in my hand,” he says. “It’s awkward.” He created StoryBundle after he browsed the Internet looking for an ebook bundle but couldn’t find one.Offering discounts for buying books in bulk seems like a no-brainer for an industry suffering from declining profits, but publishers have yet to offer such multi-book deals; in fact, they’ve been slow to offer content for e-readers in general.“The publishing industry will get there eventually,” Chen said, but he believes it will take the print industry a while to catch on because “[publishers] overvalue their books.”StoryBundle’s first offer is the science fiction-heavy Big Bang Bundle, which will be available until August 29. Titles include Undersea by tech journalist Geoffrey Morrison and The Heretic by bestselling horror writer Joseph Nassise. Chen would recommend Bypass Gemini by Joseph Lallo, though he was reluctant to name a favorite.StoryBundle has sold roughly 2,300 bundles so far, but Chen is hoping for 2,500 by the Big Bang Bundle’s August 29 expiration date. Related Posts Tags:#E-Books#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… fruzsina eordoghlast_img read more

MLA’s son found dead in Patna

first_imgDeepak Mandal, son of ruling Janata Dal (United) MLA Bima Bharti, was found dead on a railway track in Patna on Friday. Bima Bharti represents the Rupauli Assembly constituency in Purnia district of north Bihar.Deepak Mandal’s body was found near the Rajendra Nagar railway terminal. He was studying in Patna and had stayed at a friend’s house near the railway terminal on Thursday night, the police said. His father, Awadhesh Mandal, is a gangster from the Seemanchal area, with over a dozen cases pending against him. Speaking to reporters, he accused his rivals of killing his son.last_img read more