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The Outstanding Madam Suah Koko

first_imgWe have long heard of the great Liberian woman leader, Madam Suah Koko, after whom is named the important town that hosts Cuttington University and the Central Agricultural Research Center (CARI).  But this is the first time this great Liberian woman is being so highly honored and recognized.All roads led to Suakoko yesterday for the dedication by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of the Chief Suah Koko Center for Rural Women’s Empowerment, built by the Angie Brooks International Center (ABIC) for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security.President Sirleaf is to be commended for conceiving the idea of the Center under the aegis of the ABIC, to honor Madam Suah Koko, this great Liberian who was not only a warrior but an eminent leader who became the first woman paramount chief in the Central Province, of which Bong County is a part.But Madam Suah Koko is known for a feat far more important to the Liberian nation: it was she who persuaded her tribesmen and women in the Jorquelleh and other regions of what is now known as Bong County to become part of the Republic of Liberia.  This paved the way for other interior peoples to join the republic.Such a woman is most deserving of honor, and all Liberians should pay homage to her and ensure that the Chief Suah Koko Center for Rural Women’s Empowerment becomes an institution well equipped to provide excellent leadership training not only to our rural women, but to women from all parts of Liberia.  Let this Center be a meeting point for all Liberian women, where they can develop and fine tune their leadership skills in many avenues of life–cultural, business and economics,  educational, political,  religious and social.From this Center Liberian women can go on to taste of higher education provided by Cuttington and other institutions of higher learning. We pray that the women of Cuttington University and of other institutions of higher learning will be usefully engaged to help prepare their mates in the opportunities provided by the Chief Suah Koko Center.We would like to commend, too, Madam Yvette Chesson Wureh, head of the Angie Brooks International Center (ABIC) and her corps of officers and co-workers whose sustained and tireless efforts have resulted in the completion of the Chief Suah Koko Center.We urge President Sirleaf,  Counselor Chesson-Wureh and all the stalwart Liberian women involved with the ABIC to keep in focus its broader vision, which includes the establishment of a world renowned institution for the  empowerment of women throughout the world. This is a fitting tribute to Liberia’s  Angie Brooks, the first and so far only African woman to be elected President of the United Nations General Assembly.One of ABIC’s internationally  recognized projects is the Election War Room, which has gained wide acclaim for its monitoring of elections in many parts of Africa, including Sierra Leone, Senegal and Kenya.The Angie Brooks International Center is just beginning, and promises to accomplish many more international initiatives for the advancement of Africa, Africans and peoples the world over.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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Huskies earn four points in weekend action after Beaverlodge folds for the season

first_imgCLAIRMONT, A.B. – The Fort St. John Huskies managed to add four points in the NWJHL standings race, although two of those were earned by default.On Saturday night, the Huskies were supposed to play the Beaverlodge Blades on the road, but the league announced that the team had folded, giving the Huskies a default 1-0 win.On Sunday afternoon, the Huskies were back on the road for a game against the Grande Prairie County JDA Kings. The Huskies and Kings would score back-to-back goals just fourteen seconds apart in the opening minutes of the matinee. Gary Loewen blasted a shot past Kings netminder Liam Murphy on the powerplay 2:32 in assisted by Matthew Apsassin and Jacob Lang. Grande Prairie responded to keep the game tied, before adding a go-ahead goal near the halfway mark of the first. Despite this setback, the Huskies would answer back in the final few minutes of the frame. Thomas Webster tied the game at two apiece assisted by Loewen and Jarod Lang.- Advertisement -The Pups took a 4-2 close to the midway mark of the second period courtesy of a pair of power play goals. Webster scored his second of the game assisted by Brandon Howard and Jared Loewen. Forty-five seconds later, Jacob Lang added another assisted by his brother Jarod, and Jared Loewen. Grande Prairie would close the gap with 34 shots on Jonathan Bateman in the frame, two of which shuck past Bateman to tie the game 4-all.In the third period, the Huskies stayed disciplined, and Webster’s hard work payed off as he scored a hat-trick goal assisted by Jacob Lang and Aiden Tegart to give the Pups a 5-4 win.The Huskies are back in action this coming weekend, as they hit the road for two last games of 2016 in Peace River against the North Peace Navigators.Advertisementlast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: MILFORD FACE BUNCRANA IN INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgIntermediate Championship – Group 1CLG BnaG v BuncranaMoyle Park, Saturday 27th @ 6pm The Intermediate Championship begins this Saturday with Na Galloglaigh taking on Buncrana in their opening group match.The other two teams the lads have to play are Naomh Columba away and Carndonagh at home. Na Galloglaigh have defeated Buncrana home and away this year in the league but the Championship is always a different ball game, therefore all support would be greatly appreciated. Throw in for the Reserve match is 4.30pm*All Ireland Junior Sevens* Hard luck to our lads as they bowed out of the All Ireland Junior Sevens at the last 16 stage to a very strong Valentia Young Islanders side from Kerry on Saturday. The boys played well in this game and were unfortunate two goal chances either side of the half didn’t end up in the back of the net, would have been a completely different game. The lads did themselves proud and the Club would like to thank them for the effort, the coaches, and the large crowd of supporters who came out to get behind the lads.The boys won 2 of their 3 Group 1 games to finish second behind Twomilehouse of Kildare which meant they played top team of Group 2 in the Cup which meant the clash with the men from the Kingdom. The lads got off to a great start to the group and gave probably their best performance against Buttevant of Cork to run 2-1 to 0-1 winners in their first game, the score line not reflecting Na Galloglaighs dominance. Next up they played last years All Ireland Junior Champions Twomilehouse of Kildare, who proved to be the better side and ran out convincing 4-4 to 0-1 winners. After a cagey first half against the hosts St Judes of Dublin in their final group game they blew them away in the second half, conceding a goal last kick of the game 0-7 to 1-2.The Club would like to thank the at Jude’s Club for their hospitality and commend them on a well organised event today, it was still great craic despite the result. Team: Caolan McGettigan, Cathal McGettigan, Luke Barrett, Kane Barrett, Pauric Curley, David Curley, Jonny Logue, Joey Cullen, Paddy Peoples, Christopher Barrett*G4M&O Team to Play at Ladies All Ireland Final*The Club is delighted to announce that our G4M&O Team have been selected out of teams the length and breadth of the country to play at half time in TG4 Ladies All Ireland Finals in Croke Park on 28th September.The Club would like to thank Agnes Ryan for submitting the entry that got us selected and we look forward to heading to Croke Park to cheer on our G4M&O team in a few weeks time. Six teams in all were selected, those were: Fergus Rovers (Clare), CLG Baile na nGalloglach (Donegal), Curry (Sligo), Athlone (Westmeath), St John Bosco (Down), Kilbride (Roscommon).*Subscribe to Our Newsletter*Our Club Newsletter will be making a return in the coming days, if you would like to be added to the mailing list or your email address has changed please contact us with your name and email by private message on here or text 086-3400082.*U16s* CLG BnaG v MalinMoyle Park, Friday @ 6.15pmOur U16s will be looking to bounce back from their draw with Robert Emmets when they take on Malin at home this Friday. Throw in time is 6.15pm and all players are asked to be at the pitch for 5.15pm. Training takes place on Wednesday from 4.30-6pm*U16 Ladies* CLG BnaG v BundoranMoyle Park, Monday @ TBCOur U16 Ladies will take on Bundoran in the County Semi Final next Monday at home. Throw in is at 6.30pm and all support would be greatly appreciated*U13s*Cloughaneely 6-5 CLG BnaG 5-15Our U13s traveled to Falcarragh on Wednesday evening to play Cloughaneely and came away with a great victory. Their second half performance was their best of the season coming from 4 points down to win by 7. Great credit to Rory, Eamon, and Owen O’Donnell who put in fine displays. Next week the lads are home to Urris on Wednesday at 7pm*U8/10 Parish League*The U10 Parish League continues this Friday at 6pm sharp. All players must have gumshields and all are welcome. Teams and captains will be selected by management beforehand. U8 training has also resumed and will take place from 6-7 on Fridays*Lucozade Sport Kit Out Project*Lucozade Sport are back with another promotion this year which was very beneficial to us last year. However this year they are NOT looking for the bottle caps, instead they are looking for a promotional code that is found printed on the bottle underneath the wrapper. We would like to ask all our players and supporters to hold on to any Lucozade Sports bottles they come across and leave them in the designated bottle bin at the Clubhouse. Thanks again for the help collecting last year and we look forward to colelcting even more this year!*Scor na nOg*It is that time of year were we ask all interested young singers/musicians/dancers etc to come forward as Scor na nOg will be coming up again in the next few weeks. Once again you can contact Cultural Officer Brendan Ward on 074-9152455 or 086-3409183 or email bandcward1@gmail.com*Irish Language Classes*Anyone interested in taking up the great Irish language classes provided by the Club are asked to contact Brendan Ward (074-9152455/086-3409183) or Josie Ramsey as soon as possible as classes will begin again in mid October*Training Schedules*Seniors/Reserves/U21s/Minors: Mon (8.30pm @ Crossfit LK), Tuesday & Thursday (7pm @ Pitch)Senior Ladies: (@ Pitch): Wednesday (7pm), Saturday (10am)Minors: (@ Pitch) Wednesday (4.30pm)G4M&O: (@ Pitch): Mondays (8pm)U16s: (@ Pitch): Mondays (6.30pm), Wednesdays (6.30pm)U14s: (@ Pitch): Tuesday (4.15pm), Friday (4.15pm)U12s: (@ Pitch) Thursdays (6pm)U12s (Mixed): (@ Pitch) Thursdays (6pm)Gaelic4Girls: (@ Pitch) Fridays (6pm)U10s: (@ Pitch): Fridays (7pm)U8s: (@ Pitch): Fridays (6pm)*Underage Coaching*Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Shaun Paul Barrett on 086-6052169*2014 Membership*Club membership will be soon due for the 2014 year. Please be aware that Donegal tickets will only be sourced for paid up members of the Club. The rates remain unchanged from 2013:Family – €50Senior – €20U18 – €10Alternatively you can subscribe to the Club Lotto Database. For €17 a month you will receive:– Full Family membership– Entered into every weekly Lotto draw– Automatically in a Christmas Hamper Draw (For subscribers only)– 11 free weeks entry into the lottoFor more information contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114*Lotto Database*Lotto database players are reminded that end of year payments are now due. Anyone wishing to join the lotto database in 2014 can download the standing order form from the Club website or contact Joe McNulty. The benefits of joining the database are:– Full family membership for 2014 included– Entered into every draw evey week– Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)– 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw*Child Protection & ASAP Policies*CLG BnaG Child Protection and Welfare Policy & Procedures and CLG BnaG Alcohol and Substance Abuse (ASAP) prevention Policy information sessions have been held for all members of the club executive and all those involved with underage teams. There will be further information sessions for underage members and their parents/guardians following the next registration in 2014. Please visit the ‘downloads’ section of our website (Milford.Donegal.gaa.ie) and view the policy for yourself. If anyone has any queries or concerns or comments please contact the club Children’s Officer Marian McNulty at 086/8506405 or marian.mcnulty@lyit.ie*Volunteers Needed for Sub-Committees*CLG BnaG is currently in the process of creating Sub-Committees to help implement and achieve the targets of a 5 year plan. If you feel you can contribute to the running of the Club in any small way, either in time or in ideas, please contact MilfordDonegalGAA@gmail.com, 0863400082 or send a PM. The Sub-Committees are as follows:FinanceUnderage Games DevelopmentAdult Games DevelopmentClub AdministrationClub FacilitiesPR, Communication & Culture*Lotto Sellers Required*The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114*Evolution Fitness*All paid up club members will now be able to avail of a €10 discount on 3 month membership. Normal 3 month membership is €80 but will be available to members for €70. If interested contact Jack Duddy at Evolution Fitness beside the mart in Milford*Contact Us*For all information and queries contact MilfordDonegalGAA@Gmail.com, follow us on Twitter on @CLGBnaG, and on Facebook on www.facebook.com/clgbaile.nangalloglach or see our website www.milford.donegal.gaa.ie/*Milford GAA Club Gear*Club gear is now available to order. Anyone who has ordered club gear but yet received it are to contact either Aidan or Barry. The range of club gear includes Hoodies, Tracksuits tops, Windcheaters, hats, navy polo shirts, white polo shirts, and t-shirts. There is some lovely gear available at very reasonable prices and photos are available to view on the club Facebook page. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan on 086-8194751.GAA NEWS: MILFORD FACE BUNCRANA IN INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: September 24th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAMilfordNoticesSportlast_img read more

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Ahmed-Green Named Bulldog Student-Athlete of the Week

first_imgAhmed-Green and the Drake track and field teams return to competition Friday, Jan. 20, at the Tiger Invite, hosted by the University of Missouri.  Ahmed-Green, a member of the Drake track and field team, was named the Missouri Valley Conference Female Track Athlete of the Week following her performance at the Holiday Inn Invite, hosted by the University of Nebraska.  Ahmed-Green won the 400 meters with a time of 56.50, just shy of her indoor personal best. She also finished third in the 200 meters with a time fo 25.14, missing her personal best by one one-hundreth of a second. Ahmed-Green also ran the leadoff leg on the 4×400-meter-relay that finished in second place with the seventh-fastest time in school history in 3:50.61.Academically, Ahmed-Green holds a 3.85 grade point average as a Law, Politics & Society major at Drake.  About Drake Graduate & Professional ProgramsDrake University offers graduate and professional programs in business, law, health care, leadership, education, public administration, counseling, executive education, and communication. At Drake, students discover proven outcomes, flexible scheduling for working professionals, and career advancement. Learn more about how Drake’s graduate and professional programs can take your career to the next level at www.drake.edu/graduate Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Rai Ahmed-Green, a junior from Irvine, Calif. has been named this week’s Bulldog Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by Drake Graduate and Professional Programs.last_img read more

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BUMBLEance charity draw raises an incredible €4,325

first_imgA grand fundraising total was presented to BUMBLEance this week following a successful charity night in Letterkenny last April. €4,325 was raised at the cabaret/comedy night in the Mt. Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny organised by Eamonn Davis. The event featured top comedians Conal Gallen and Andy Mc Granaghan, singers Anne Biddie, Sinead Black, Cilla Black, Conor O’ Donnell, Gary Fitzpatrick and with stage band Tuscany and Evelyn. A great night of music and fun was enjoyed by all.Performers Conal Gallen and Anne Biddie joined Eamonn Davis to present the total cheque to representatives from the Saoirse Foundation, Jim Burke and Samantha Jones. The money will be used to support the Children’s Ambulance in the North West that delivers sick children between home and the national treatment centres, hospice and respite centres.Working in partnership with the National Ambulance Service (NAS), BUMBLEance provides the highest standards in professional medical care together with a top-of-the-range entertainment facility specifically designed and tailored for children.Picture shows Alex Black and his wife Anne, winners of the first prize in the BUMBLEance charity draw which was held in the Mt. Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny.The prize was a golf bag autographed by top European professional golfers, soccer players and entertainers from T.V. and stage.BUMBLEance charity draw raises an incredible €4,325 was last modified: June 6th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Bumbleancecharityfundraiserlast_img read more

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Big Science Struggling to Regain Credibility

first_img(Visited 408 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Peer review is under attack with new move to combat fraud and special interest through integrity and transparency. But where do those come from?Big Science remains in crisis. Phys.org reports on a study that found “More than a quarter of biomedical scientific papers may utilise practices that distort the interpretation of results or mislead readers so that results are viewed more favourably.” That has certainly been our experience at CEH, daily watching the press releases emanating from university PR departments, where the name of the game is to make your scientist look good no matter how questionable the findings. Public acceptance of scientific claims tracks political party affiliation to a remarkable degree. Allegations of conflict of interest, peer pressure and funding bias are rife. What has happened to the presumptive authority of the science, seeking objective knowledge for its own sake?The situation recalls the words of Lincoln as he chastised Congress about a union falling apart:The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.In science, one of the dogmas is the notion that peer review somehow guarantees objectivity. And yet Phil Hurst, writing at Phys.org, portrays modern peer review as a domain of darkness. These factors are corrupting this pillar of scientific authority:Secrecy corruptsPoliticization of science destroys objectivityJournal paywalls bar stakeholders from access to productResearch misconduct escapes reviewer scrutinyAfter recounting the history of peer review back to the days of the Royal Society in 1832, when members moved from publishing minutes of their meetings to having reviewers write reports about what should be published, Hurst echoes Lincoln that the dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty. We must think anew and act anew.It’s time to disinfect Big Science with sunshine, Hurst argues. Transparency is the new buzzword. Transparency, implying open peer review, opens the windows on secret cabals of reviewers and lets everyone see what is going on in the sausage-making called science.In 2014, the Royal Society launched the journal Royal Society Open Science which offers optional open peer review where reports are published along with articles. This has proved popular with the majority of authors opting for publication of peer review reports and half of reviewers signing their reports. The uptake varies by scientific discipline.Hurst lists four benefits of open peer review:Readers can see the comments by reviewers and reach their own conclusions about the rigour and fairness of the process;Reviewers’ suggestions to improve the paper are available to everyone as examples of what makes a good review.Reviewers tend to write better and more balanced reviews if they know they will be made public.By signing their reports reviewers can get recognition for this vital contribution to the research process.Overall, he says, “the whole peer review process gains more trust and accountability when everything is transparent.” But will open peer review be a passing fad? As we shall see, transparency alone cannot guarantee objectivity.Sheryl P. Denker also calls for transparency in a PLoS Blog entry. She says there is “community and public skepticism regarding the quality, trustworthiness and authenticity of the review process, from the initial stage of evaluation before reviewer assignment to the final editorial decision. Making peer review more transparent, at any stage, has the potential to revitalize the process and restore trust in the system.” She lists practical steps that journals and reviewers can take to increase transparency. Reviewers, for instance, can agree to sign their reviews (a radical change from the secrecy of old). But will this create other problems? Denker and Hurst seem to see transparency through rose-colored glasses, but knowing human nature, every solution breeds new problems.Measures of SignificanceAnother dogma of the quiet past is the P-value, a traditional measure of significance. By habit, scientists seek a P-value of .05, or 5% or lower, to judge a result as statistically significant over the null hypothesis. But why? What is sacred about that tradition? Nothing, it turns out, and scientists have been known to keep testing an experiment until they get the P-value they want to confirm their hunch. Nature writes about an effort to raise the bar, but then says that scientists are fighting back. Some object that the “one-size-fits-all” measure fails to take into account differences between the sciences. At this moment, sacred P-values are falling faster than statues of Confederate generals. A majority of scientists think the bar needs to be more stringent.Politicization of ScienceBy popular misconception, Republicans are the science deniers. Not so, says Phys.org; science denial is not limited to the political right. According to a study at the University of Chicago, people of all political backgrounds are equally tempted:“Not only were both sides equally likely to seek out attitude confirming scientific conclusions, both were also willing to work harder and longer when doing so got them to a conclusion that fit with their existing attitudes,” says Washburn, the lead author of the study. “And when the correct interpretation of the results did not confirm participants’ attitudes, they were more likely to view the researchers involved with the study as less trustworthy, less knowledgeable, and disagreed with their conclusions more.”By extension, this propensity afflicts scientists themselves. This explains why academia, so lopsided toward the Democrat party, produces members of scientific institutions whose own confirmation bias propels them to affirm the consensus of their peers. Their work can be motivated by feelings that have nothing to do with science. “Rather than strictly a conservative phenomenon, science denial may be a result of a more basic desire of people wanting to see the world in ways that fit with their personal preferences, political or otherwise, according to the researchers.” That’s a human foible against which every person must struggle, scientist or not.Drummond and Fischhoff, writing in PNAS, claim that the polarization over science is not a matter of scientific knowledge. In fact, “Individuals with greater science literacy and education have more polarized beliefs on controversial science topics,” they say. Now isn’t that counter-intuitive! “These patterns suggest that scientific knowledge may facilitate defending positions motivated by nonscientific concerns.”Integrity Is Not a Scientific QuestionThree scientists writing in to Science Magazine make the preposterous suggestion of “Addressing scientific integrity scientifically.” Preposterous, we say, because it leads to an infinite regress. What about the integrity of the researchers testing integrity? What about the reviewers checking their work? Who watches the watchers? Who watches the watcher-watchers? etc. Watch it here: “The premise behind this effort is that universities should practice what they preach by supporting the development and adoption of evidence-based policies aimed at improving integrity in research.” Once universities can fake that, they’ve got it made.Escape to RealityScience Magazine printed testimonials of three scientists who searched for “Sunshine outside the ivory tower.” They now call themselves “Recovering Academics” and shared similar emotional challenges. “Over the past few years, all three of us have left academia,” they agree, before describing their individual situations. “It was the right decision for each of us, but we still struggled with uncertainty and a feeling of failure, and we could find little community support.” One felt like “I had lost my tribe” but, after awhile, she acclimated. Their descriptions mirror experiences of ex-cult members and drug rehab patients, suggesting that the culture of science puts a grip on people that controls their minds. Each one struggled with depression, a sense of failure, and a loss of community.Science is not an abstract, objective thing. It is always mediated through humans. People come into science with biases, expectations, and preferences. Hang out with liberal academics, and you will want to be like them. Hang out with superiors who cheat, and you will tend to excuse misconduct. Feel the allure of funding, and you will be tempted to bend your convictions to get that lifeblood of job security. It takes firm self-control and independence of mind to fight those tendencies. There are many good individual scientists who have integrity; we don’t tarnish them with a broad brush. However, it is scientists themselves who are pointing out these issues from the inside. We dare not assume a simplistic, 1950s-era mindset about scientific objectivity, gazing at Big Science like a Disneyland of wonders. Inside that white lab coat is a person with feelings, dreams, biases and a human soul. Maybe the best scientists are those who, like James Joule, are independently wealthy, alone, and experiment for the sure satisfaction of their curiosity about how the world works. Unfortunately, you can’t build a Large Hadron Collider or spacecraft that way. So while admiring good science, we must always be cautious about bad science.The best way to get scientists of integrity is to build the fear of God into them when they are young, teaching them the Ten Commandments. Even better is to mature them into those with the love of God, who, with the law of God written on their hearts, pursue truth and righteousness because they love those virtues. last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 76 | One man band talks trade, drug prevention, and harvest safety

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Joel Penhorwood hosts the Ohio Ag Net podcast, episode 76, sponsored by AgriGold.Guests include Tom Vilsack, president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council (former Ag Secretary) on the recent U.S., Mexico, Canada Trade Deal.Betsy Anderson, organization director for the Belmont County Farm Bureau discusses a recent effort that brought $10,000 to youth drug use prevention in their area.Joel also chats with Kent McGuire, health and safety coordinator with OSU CFAES, on harvest safety.last_img

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Bihar govt forms panel to probe waterlogging in Patna

first_imgDays after hapless residents of waterlogged areas of Patna such as Rajendra Nagar and Kankerbagh heaved a sigh of relief and with life gradually coming to terms for them, the Bihar government formed a three-member committee — from those departments primarily responsible for the waterlogging — to probe the reasons for it.The committee will submit its report in seven days and in two weeks’ time action will be taken against those responsible for the prolonged waterlogging in certain areas, State Urban Development and Housing Department (UDHD) Minister Suresh Kumar Sharma, who ordered the probe, told journalists on Thursday.The three-member committee comprises UDHD Special Secretary Sanjay Kumar, Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (BUIDCO) Managing Director Amrendra Prasad Singh and Commissioner of Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) Amit Kumar Pandey. The committee has been asked to look into certain aspects that caused the waterlogging and officials responsible for it.However, it is these three departments that are primarily responsible for maintenance of drainage system, running of pumps at sump houses and managing manpower to make the city clean and free from perennial waterlogging.“The committee will inspect all the 38 sump houses in the city…it will also submit a report on the equipment purchased by the PMC for drainage and sanitation works”, said the minister.Earlier during the prolonged waterlogging in the city, the minister had pinned the blame on BUIDCO and PMC for the problem.According to a report, ₹49 crore was spent in the last 13 years by the government just to prepare the survey map of the drainage system in Patna. The companies said to be blacklisted in other States were given tenders to complete the job.Official sources at the UDHD told The Hindu that the government still has no proper map of the drainage system for Patna.Patna Mayor Sita Sahu was at a loss for words recently when journalists asked her about the city’s drainage system and sump houses. She blamed the BUIDCO for prolonged waterlogging in certain areas of Patna. All three departments were throwing the ball in others’ courts for the unprecedented waterlogging problem in the city.“It’s ridiculous that the officials of those departments who are responsible for our week-long nightmare due to neck-deep waterlogging in Rajendra Nagar area have been made members of the committee formed by the government to probe the reasons. What more salt the government can rub on our wounds?”, fumed Rajendra Nagar resident Ashutosh Kumar, a professor of history.Rajendra Nagar residents blocked roads and staged protests on Thursday to demand compensation and adequate bleaching and fogging in the area to prevent the outbreak of dengue, diarrhoea and other water-borne diseases.Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is said to be holding a high-level review meeting on October 14 with officials for an “action plan” to find out reasons and for follow-up action regarding the prolonged waterlogging in some areas of Patna. “It will also be looked into who are responsible for such prolonged waterlogging and action will be taken against them”, said State Chief Secretary Deepak Kumar.The Opposition party leaders, however, alleged that it’s all noora-kushti (friendly fight) that the ruling alliance partners BJP and JD(U) are playing on the misery and woes faced by the residents of waterlogged areas. “What was the need of both the UDHD minister (who is from the BJP) to form a three-member committee when the Chief Minister himself was going to hold a review meeting with high-officials on October 14?…In fact, there is a tug of war going on between both the ruling alliance parties”, charged senior RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari.last_img read more

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Virat Kohli roars back to form with 13th Test hundred

first_imgVirat Kohli finally roared back to form with his 13th Test century on Saturday. Kohli played a chanceless knock on the first day of the third and final Test against New Zealand in front of the newly-built and packed Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. (Scorecard | Day 1 Blog)Kohli also became the first centurion in the three-match series which saw the highest score of 87 by fellow Indian middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara.Kohli came to the crease after India were 60/2 in the first session of the day. Kohli was involved in a 40-run stand for the third wicket with Pujara before the latter fell for 41.He was then joined by Ajinkya Rahane and the duo dominated the New Zealand bowling attack and added over hundred runs for the fourth wicket.The 27-year-old timed his knock to perfection and played scintillating shots as he scored his first ton in India as captain.Kohli’s last hundred came when he slammed his maiden double ton in the West Indies in July. He has since struggled with scores of 44, 3, 4, 9, 18, 9, 45. He averaged 18.85 in his last seven innings, since his 200 in Antigua.Interestingly, this was Kohli’s first Test century in more than three years in India. He last reached the milestone in India when he hit 107 against Australia on February 22, 2013.Most runs as captain of India: CAPTAIN MATCHES RUNS HIGHEST AVERAGE 100s MS Dhoni 60 3454 224 40.63 5 Sunil Gavaskar 47 3449 205 50.72 11 Mohammad Azharuddin 47 2856 192 43.93 9 Sourav Ganguly 49 2561 144 37.66 5 Tiger Pataudi 40 2424 203* 34.14 5 Sachin Tendulkar 25 2054 217 51.35 7 Rahul Dravid 25 1736 14644.51 4 Kapil Dev 34 1364 163 31.72 3 Virat Kohli 17 1331 200 53.12 6Most Test 100s as captain (India): 100s CAPTAIN MATCHES INNINGS INNINGS/100 11 Sunil Gavaskar 47 74 6.73 9 Mohammad Azharuddin 47 68 7.56 7 Sachin Tendulkar 25 43 6.14 6 Virat Kohli 17 26 4.33 5 Tiger Pataudi 40 73 14.60 5 Sourav Ganguly 49 75 15.00 5 MS Dhoni 60 96 19.20 4 Rahul Dravid 25 45 11.25 3 Kapil Dev 34 48 16.00(Stats courtesy Rajneesh Gupta)advertisementlast_img read more

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