RICCE Conservation Agriculture Farmers Exhibit Products at Mini Agricultural Fair in Nimba

first_imgFarmers practicing the newly introduced “conservation agriculture” around the ArcelorMittal concessional areas in Nimba County, recently exhibited their first farm produce at the mini agricultural fair in Zortapa, Nimba County.About seven groups from within Zor Community participated in the exhibition, which brought together scores of community members, including chiefs, elders, youth, students, and women and among other.Farm produce displayed at the fair were mainly vegetable products including beans, corn, cassava, pepper and ground pea (peanut).Speaking on behalf of the citizens of Zor community, Paramount Chief Joseph Y. Yormie stressed that short term training was not enough to give the citizens all the knowledge required to stand alone.He said there had been many training around the East Nimba Nature Reserve (ENNR) but neither of them yields any result that could sustain the citizens and stop them from fencing around the nature reserve.He said looking at the exhibition, he thinks, the conservation agriculture will be sustainable and beneficiary to the citizens of Zor and therefore called on authorities of ArcelorMittal and its implementer—RICCE—to extend the duration of the project and also include the remaining communities within the Zor Chiefdom.RICCE is implementing for ArcelorMittal to teach the farmers living around the ENNR to shift from the old farming method to new one.In January last year, RICCE introduces a new farming method called “Conservation Agriculture” in and around the communities surrounding the ENNR.In conservation agriculture, according to RICCE, the farmer doesn’t require burning the farm after brushing, but rather go ahead with their planting their crops and also the farmer has the opportunity to continue farming on the same spot over and over with less energy.The Forest Development Authority and citizens of Zor reached an agreement in 2008 to co-manage the Northern Nimba Nature Reserve after years of hurdle between FDA and communities over the surveying of the reserve.On the tour of some demonstration sites, the program manager Renee Gibson explained that individual farmers are getting involved and carrying on their project other than the group.She further explained that farmers are now being taught to build their own organic fertilizers so as to keep their crops fertilized.According to our Nimba Correspondent, vegetable crops seen at the demonstration sites of the newly introduced farming method looked fresher than that of the old farming method where burning of bush is done after brushing.“The money you take to fell will be used to pay your child’s school fees, so the conservation agriculture is good,” said one Peter, a farmer.However, Zor Community residents have called on ArcelorMittal’s authorities to include tree crop in the program and also extend the training duration so as get more insight on the new method.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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“Let’s have constitutional compliance now” – Jagdeo

first_imgUnilateral appointment…condemns attempt to polarise Guyanese by making GECOM issue about raceAmid calls to have the issue relating to the appointment of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) addressed in the new Constitution, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo strongly feels that there is need to have strong compliance with the current Constitution now.Addressing members of the media on Wednesday, Jagdeo said the idea beingOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeopitched around by supporters of the current Administration is that the issue could be fixed later, because the unilateral appointment of a GECOM Chairman is a “done deal” and does not have any bearing.“We need constitutional compliance now and I mentioned they are not very gun hoe on constitutional changes, but this is a convenient way to move us away from this issue to promise a new formula in the Constitution,” Jagdeo said.The former Head of State reminded that the Carter Formula has worked for over 25 years and both parties had agreed with it. He also noted that the current formula is enshrined in the Constitution, and therefore there is need for constitutional compliance to take place now.“We can change the system in the future but until we do that (David) Granger and the others have to act in accordance with our Constitution,” he asserted.Asked whether he was prepared to submit a fourth list to the President, the Opposition Leader said he would have done so if the President had agreed to comply with the court’s ruling.“I would have done it but this time he had to comply with the ruling of the Chief Justice (CJ). He would have had to give reasons to reject the names on the list,” he explained.Chief Justice Roxane George ruled that the President is not obliged to select a person from the six names on the list unless he has determined that the persons are unacceptable as fit and proper for the appointment and that he cannot deem the entire list unacceptable if one or more nominees are not fit and proper.Jagdeo maintained that the President acted in bad faith. He again accused the Head of State of being “untrustworthy”, pointing out that the move is unconstitutional in which he acted in defiance of a judgement.“He renounced 25 years of common understanding and history between our parties and they are trying to polarise this country once again along the lines of race when this issue has nothing to do with this,” the Opposition Leader stated.Responsible debate not raceAnother issue of contention raised by the Opposition was the fact that some groups and individuals, who are closely associated to the current Government, have moved away from having responsible debate about the issue and are now actively engaged in making it a race issue.Jagdeo reminded that the issue has nothing to do with race, noting that while some people wanted to create an impression that his list did not contain any person of Afro-Guyanese background, that idea is false and from reality. “I have seen a flurry of activities delegated in the public media to distorting the fact surrounding the matter of the appointment of Chairman of GECOM,” he added.Court actionThe People’s Progressive Party has already filed High Court proceedings to quash the appointment of Justice James Patterson as GECOM Chairman because he was not picked from among the 18 nominees and that he appears to be closely linked to the People’s National Congress Reform, the largest partner in the governing coalition.Civil society, the business community and trade unions have come out in strong opposition and have slammed the decision taken by President Granger. The Private Sector Commission has since condemned the decision as “dangerous” and a threat to democracy.The United States (US) has also issued a call for Guyana’s High Court to swiftly settle the ongoing controversy over the appointment of the new GECOM Chairman.last_img read more

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Parma winger wanted by Southampton and West Brom

first_img1 Jonathan Biabiany Southampton and West Brom are battling it out to land Parma winger Jonathan Biabiany, according to sources in Italy.The 26-year-old, who was born in France, has impressed during the past three seasons at Parma and has attracted a trail of suitors.Serie A giants AC Milan and Lazio were keen on him earlier this summer, as were Chinese outfit Guangzhou Evergrande, but he could now be set to move to England.Reports in Italy claim both Southampton and West Brom have initiated talks with Parma over the transfer of the France Under-21 international.Saints are in desperate need of reinforcements after a string of sales in recent months, while new West Brom boss Alan Irvine wants to make his mark in the transfer market at the Hawthorns before the start of the new season.Biabiany, who has four years left on his contract, is valued at around £8million.last_img read more

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Golden Globes list of nominations

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champActor, Drama: George Clooney, “Michael Clayton”; Daniel Day-Lewis, “There Will Be Blood”; James McAvoy, “Atonement”; Viggo Mortensen, “Eastern Promises”; Denzel Washington, “American Gangster.” Picture, Musical or Comedy: “Across the Universe,” “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Hairspray,” “Juno,” “Sweeney Todd.” Actress, Musical or Comedy: Amy Adams, “Enchanted”; Nikki Blonsky, “Hairspray”; Helena Bonham Carter, “Sweeney Todd”; Marion Cotillard, “La Vie En Rose”; Ellen Page, “Juno.” Actor, Musical or Comedy: Johnny Depp, “Sweeney Todd”; Ryan Gosling, “Lars and the Real Girl”; Tom Hanks, “Charlie Wilson’s War”; Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Savages”; John C. Reilly, “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.” Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett, “I’m Not There”; Julia Roberts, “Charlie Wilson’s War”; Saoirse Ronan, “Atonement”; Amy Ryan, “Gone Baby Gone”; Tilda Swinton, “Michael Clayton.” Supporting Actor: Casey Affleck, “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”; Javier Bardem, “No Country for Old Men”; Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Charlie Wilson’s War”; John Travolta, “Hairspray”; Tom Wilkinson, “Michael Clayton.” Director: Tim Burton, “Sweeney Todd”; Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, “No Country for Old Men”; Julian Schnabel, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”; Ridley Scott, “American Gangster”; Joe Wright, “Atonement.” Screenplay: Diablo Cody, “Juno”; Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, “No Country for Old Men”; Christopher Hampton, “Atonement”; Ronald Harwood, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”; Aaron Sorkin, “Charlie Wilson’s War.” Foreign Language: “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” Romania; “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” France and U.S.; “The Kite Runner,” U.S.; “Lust, Caution,” Taiwan; “Persepolis,” France. Animated Film: “Bee Movie,” “Ratatouille,” “The Simpsons Movie.” Original Score: Michael Brook, Kaki King, Eddie Edder, “Into the Wild”; Clint Eastwood, “Grace Is Gone”; Alberto Iglesias, “The Kite Runner”; Dario Marianelli, “Atonement”; Howard Shore, “Eastern Promises.” Original Song: “Despedida” from “Love in the Time of Cholera”; “Grace Is Gone” from “Grace Is Gone”; “Guaranteed” from “Into the Wild”; “That’s How You Know” from “Enchanted”; “Walk Hard” from “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.” — TELEVISION: Series, Drama: “Big Love,” HBO; “Damages,” FX Networks; “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC; “House,” Fox; “Mad Men,” AMC; “The Tudors,” Showtime. Actress, Drama: Patricia Arquette, “Medium”; Glenn Close, “Damages”; Minnie Driver, “The Riches”; Edie Falco, “The Sopranos”; Sally Field, “Brothers & Sisters”; Holly Hunter, “Saving Grace”; Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer.” Actor, Drama: Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”; Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”; Hugh Laurie, “House”; Jonathan Rhys Meyers, “The Tudors”; Bill Paxton, “Big Love.” Series, Musical or Comedy: “30 Rock,” NBC; “Californication,” Showtime; “Entourage,” HBO; “Extras,” HBO; “Pushing Daisies,” ABC. Actress, Musical or Comedy: Christina Applegate, “Samantha Who?”; America Ferrera, “Ugly Betty”; Tina Fey, “30 Rock”; Anna Friel, “Pushing Daisies”; Mary-Louise Parker, “Weeds.” Actor, Musical or Comedy: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”; Steve Carell, “The Office”; David Duchovny, “Californication”; Ricky Gervais, “Extras”; Lee Pace, “Pushing Daisies.” Miniseries or Movie: “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” HBO; “The Company,” TNT; “Five Days,” HBO; “Longford,” HBO; “The State Within,” BBC America. Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Bryce Dallas Howard, “As You Like It”; Debra Messing, “The Starter Wife”; Queen Latifah, “Life Support”; Sissy Spacek, “Pictures of Hollis Woods”; Ruth Wilson, “Jane Eyre (Masterpiece Theatre).” Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Adam Beach, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”; Ernest Borgnine, “A Grandpa for Christmas”; Jim Broadbent, “Longford”; Jason Isaacs, “The State Within”; James Nesbitt, “Jekyll.” Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Rose Byrne, “Damages”; Rachel Griffiths, “Brothers & Sisters”; Katherine Heigl, “Grey’s Anatomy”; Samantha Morton, “Longford”; Anna Paquin, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”; Jaime Pressly, “My Name Is Earl.” Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Ted Danson, “Damages”; Kevin Dillon, “Entourage”; Jeremy Piven, “Entourage”; Andy Serkis, “Longford”; William Shatner, “Boston Legal”; Donald Sutherland, “Dirty Sexy Money.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nominees for the 65th annual Golden Globe Awards announced Thursday in Beverly Hills: MOTION PICTURES: Picture, Drama: “American Gangster,” “Atonement,” “Eastern Promises,” “The Great Debaters,” “Michael Clayton,” “No Country for Old Men,” “There Will Be Blood.” Actress, Drama: Cate Blanchett, “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”; Julie Christie, “Away From Her”; Jodie Foster, “The Brave One”; Angelina Jolie, “A Mighty Heart”; Kiera Knightley, “Atonement.” last_img read more

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DONEGAL HURLING STAR GOES WEST FOR CHARITY

first_imgAndrew Wallace may be somewhat of a hero when it comes to hurling in Donegal.But that will count for nothing when he takes on the Westport Supreme Endurance Challenge in November.Andrew has decided to undertake the challenge in aid of MS Donegal and the Donegal Hospice following the deaths of his uncle John Wallace and his mother-in-law Bridget Duncan. The challenge involves climbs, runs and cycles and the entire 56.6k will take Andrew a grueling 6 hours.We salute him, wish him all the best and ask you to support him if you can.DONEGAL HURLING STAR GOES WEST FOR CHARITY was last modified: August 13th, 2012 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:Andrew WallaceWestport Supreme Endurance Challengelast_img read more

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Looted art put in storage after threat to destroy it

first_img Scores of visitors of the Belvedere Museum were disappointed Friday to find that the paintings had been removed. Austria agreed Tuesday to abide by an arbitration court ruling and give up ownership of the paintings to Maria Altmann, who says they were looted from her family by the Nazis. Altmann, 89, a retired Beverly Hills clothing-boutique operator, was one of the heirs of the family that owned the paintings before the Nazis took over Austria in 1938. The paintings’ estimated worth is at least $150 million. VIENNA, Austria – An Austrian museum ordered five precious Gustav Klimt paintings put in storage Friday after threats that they would be destroyed to keep them from being returned to an American who says the Nazis stole them from her Jewish family. The move was recommended by the Interior Ministry after the e-mailed threats, the Belvedere Museum said. Later Friday, police said they arrested a 50-year-old man from Lower Austria province who was tracked down through his Internet provider. Interior Ministry spokesman Rudolf Gollia said the man, who was not identified, had confessed to e-mailing the threats. “Now that the immediate threat for the paintings has been eliminated, it is up to the museum to decide whether the paintings will be exhibited again,” Gollia said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Manchester United vs Valencia: TV channel, live stream and confirmed team news

first_img RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Mourinho saw his side beaten 3-1 at West Ham ADVICE What is the team news? England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won MONEY 1 FOOTBALL LATEST Valencia are hardly in sparkling domestic form and have won just one of their opening seven La Liga games.They began their Group H adventure with a 2-0 loss at home to ten-man Juventus.What time is kick-off?This Champions League clash is all set for Tuesday, October 2.Kick-off at the Theatre of Dreams is 8.05pm – the start has been slightly delayed due to the players’ coach arriving late.Valencia visited here during the 2010 Champions League campaign and left with a point thanks to a Pablo Hernandez strike.Which TV channel can I watch it on?Tune into BT Sport 2 or BT Sport 4K UHD to watch this one live.If you fancy streaming the action, the BT Sport App allows you to watch on your mobile, tablet or laptop.Coverage begins at 7.30pm. Getty REVEALED BEST OF Tonight’s #UCL team news is in! #MUFC pic.twitter.com/CXue0os6Hz— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 2, 2018 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Manchester United host Valencia as they look to continue their winning start to this season’s Champions League.Jose Mourinho saw his side crumble to a 3-1 defeat against West Ham at the weekend and is under pressure to turn performances around. silverware Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 🔥 Amunt, Valencia!!! Nuestro XI inicial para el #MUFCVCF! 🔥#YoCreoEnEsteEquipo ⤵ pic.twitter.com/YnqdIYot0r— Valencia CF 🦇💯 (@valenciacf) October 2, 2018last_img read more

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‘MY GARDA GROUNDHOG DAY’ – BY FRANK McBREARTY Jnr

first_imgCllr Frank McBrearty has called for Garda posts to be ‘completely independent’BY FRANK McBREARTY JNR: I am reading the Sunday newspapers on February 16th and it feels like I am watching the Groundhog Day movie. The flashbacks and memories of the gardaí trying to frame me for a murder that didn’t happen aided with the help of Garda informants comes rushing back to remind me of the injustice committed against my family and I at the hands of corrupt gardaí, each day repeating itself over and over and at the stroke of midnight the nightmare starts over again and again. What has changed?These are the issues that need to be addressed.Garda reform and recommendations from the Morris Tribunal report need to be implemented. GSOC: to be given the powers and properly funded by Government to be totally independent and no member of An Garda Síochána past or present to be allowed to work for the GSOC.GSOC: to be given oversight powers of senior Garda management right up to the rank of Garda Commissioner when allegations of wrong-doing are made against senior Garda management. GSOC: to be given the same powers as its counterpart in Northern Ireland. GSOC: to be given the remit and powers to investigate complaints against the force from allegations made by Garda whistleblowers.The establishment of new policing boards for each Garda district in Ireland to be put in place with proper powers to enable them to hold senior Garda management to account for policing and that the current joint policing committees be terminated. I have been a member of Donegal’s joint policing committee since 2009. It is a waste of taxpayers’ money.The former Garda inspectorate Kathleen O’Toole’s work over the five years she was in the job needs to be fully published. Informants: oversight and constant inspections by an independent authority needs to be established concerning their operations and handling to ensure that no criminality occurs.For example, after the Morris Tribunal, the Garda force was required to register informants under its Covert Human Intelligence Source system (CHIS). Informants are not supposed to be actively engaged in criminality. What watchdog ensures that the rules are not broken?See Fr McVerry’s (Jesuit Centre for Faith & Justice) report (workingnotes.ie) on the Morris Tribunal in 2004 long before its conclusion and An Garda Síochána Bill 2004. It makes for interesting reading. See also Morris’s reports.The problems that have been aired over recent weeks all stem back to the handling by An Garda Síochána of informants and the intelligence-gathering conducted through their flawed system CHIS.We must have an independent oversight of the Department of Justice as this is where the heart of our problems lies and their relationship with the Minister and Garda Commissioner is questionable to say the least in a modern day democracy. Reform needs to happen here also. The question that now needs to be asked is how many innocent people are in jail at the hands of corrupt gardaí. We need to stop this and begin to look at policing in the past, present and into the future so we can learn from our mistakes. Accountability.Publish the Carty report (internal Garda investigation): this will show why we need reform of the Garda.So what has changed? Nothing. The only thing that has changed is the gardaí have more power and what comes with more power, more abuse of power.A threat to justice anywhere in Ireland is a threat to justice everywhere in Ireland. ‘MY GARDA GROUNDHOG DAY’ – BY FRANK McBREARTY Jnr was last modified: February 22nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:corruptionFrank McBrearty JnrGardalast_img read more

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Testing a Thirty-Year-Old Photovoltaic Module

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. In 1980, after living in the woods of Vermont without electricity for five years, I bought my first photovoltaic (PV) module. Responding to a small ad in Mother Earth News, I sent a check to Joel Davidson, a back-to-the-land urban refugee who was facilitating a bulk purchase of PV panels. From his off-grid acreage in Pettigrew, Arkansas, Davidson was selling 33-watt Arco Solar modules for $275 each.Many people ask, “How long do solar panels last?” To mark the 30th anniversary of my first PV module, I decided to climb up on my roof and bring it down for testing.My Arco Solar panel (model 16-2000) was manufactured at a plant in Chatsworth, California. The module was designed to charge a 12-volt battery at a maximum voltage of about 16 VDC. When new, the 33-watt module produced 2.0 amps in full sunlight.After being exposed to the weather for 30 years, how’s the old Arco module working now?Better than factory specsI decided to test my old PV module by connecting it directly (with no intervening battery) to two different 12-volt loads: a 35-watt incandescent light bulb, and a blower rated at 4.5 amps (about 54 watts).I ran the test in my backyard, on a sunny day at about 11:30 a.m. The outdoor temperature was about 50°F.The old PV module passed with flying colors. It easily powered up the light bulb; my Fluke multimeter showed that under a full load of 2.015 amps, the module’s voltage was an impressive 14.93 volts.Cranking out 2.5 amps in full sunlightThe next test was more challenging: I hooked up the 54-watt blower directly to the panel. Wow! The blower started spinning at a fast clip. According to the Fluke multimeter, the blower was drawing 2.5 amps from my ancient solar panel — more power than would be… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

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This Should Be Keeping You Up At Night

first_imgIt’s okay to ask your client the question, “What’s keeping you up at night?” It’s not the most powerful question you might ask. It assumes your client is concerned about something they don’t know how to resolve themselves.Two things are generally true right now. First, if your client was worried about something to the point they can’t sleep, they’d be doing something about it. Second, you wouldn’t likely be the first salesperson to try to discover the source of their dissatisfaction in hopes of making a sale.In this case, a statement is better than a question. That statement is this: “This is what should be keeping you up at night!”Keeping You Up At NightOne of the most difficult challenges for sales people and sales organizations today is developing dormant dissatisfaction. It’s tough to move your dream client to the point that they are compelled to change. If they knew that the status quo were untenable and believed they could do something about it, then your prospective dream client would already be making changes, wouldn’t they?If your prospects knew they needed to change and how to do it, you wouldn’t have a difficult time gaining an appointment. And you wouldn’t have a difficult time creating a new opportunity. But these things are difficult to do, especially in a complex, business-to-business setting.If you want your client to be compelled to act, discover what should already be compelling.What are the trends that are going to have the biggest impact on your dream client’s business in the next couple of years?What are the challenges they are almost certain to face? What are the root causes of those challenges, and how should your clients be addressing those challenges now?What are the opportunities that your dream clients are going to use to create new opportunities that your prospects could benefit from were they to act?These are the things that should be keeping your prospective clients up at night. If you wait for them to discover these things for themselves, you may allow them to be harmed by their lack of insight or inaction. This makes you reactive. If you get in front of these issues and trends and help your clients do something about them, you are proactive. Your choice here defines you as a salesperson, or as a strategic partner, trusted advisor, consultative salesperson, or consigliere.last_img read more

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