A group of disabled farmers known as the Life is Good Disabled Organization (LGDO) in Ganta, Nimba County has planted a local variety of cassava on an acre of land.The physically challenged said their aim is to earn income and support their families from proceed from the cassava that they would harvest from the farm.Despite the Ebola crisis, which has also affected Liberia’s agriculture sector, the disabled farmers generated L$2,500 from the sale of beans intercropped on one acre of cassava planted from their last harvest.They used the harvested cassava to feed members of the group who turned out twice a week to do some works on the farm.The purpose of the disabled farmers’ project is to generate money to transform it in to meaningful business ventures, such as soap making.The money from the bean harvest was used to buy materials to manufacture soap, another positive result from the group’s increased production, according to Abigail Gonkarnue, chairlady of the organization. “Being a disable person does not mean incapable to work and earn money for oneself. It is not good to always look for charity from individuals and organizations. This is why we have focused on faming to raise money and support our children,” she explained.The Life is Good Disable Organization is made up of 30 people, all of which are physically challenged, including being deaf and blind.Kougbay Z. Kulah, coordinator of the Nimba County disabled community, said that there is a need for members of the disabled community in Nimba to get access to quality education and health care.“We want the government to provide us technical training in soap making and dyeing clothe. Our children need scholarships to get educated as well,” he said. He said there are over 8000 disabled people in Ganta, Nimba County who need some form of support from the government, and many of the programs designed for members of the disabled community in Liberia are not reaching those in the rural areas.Mr. Kulah said because of the importance of food security the disabled community is calling on the government for more supports to produce food.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Liberian Football Referees Association (LIFRA) has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital worth about US$2,000.00 in the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).The items included 200 pieces of head caps, 110 pieces of isolation gowns, 100 pieces of nose masks, 15 packs of gloves (100 pieces in each) and six packs of surgical masks (50 pieces in each).Others were 12 pieces of overhead isolation gowns, seven pieces of spectacles, three rolls of plastic sheets and a rain wear.The donation was made last Wednesday on the first day of the reopening of the Ebola-hit St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital after three months of closure.Chief of Referee Lamin Kamara said the anti-Ebola items “are to help the hospital in its continuous services to the Liberian public.”“As members of this organization, (LIFRA), we are making the donation as our effort to help fight and eradicate this killer disease from our country,” Kamara said.Receiving the items, the hospital’s acting administrator Dr. Bernard I. Benda thanked the referees for the donation and disclosed that the hospital has finally reopened to the public, with only eight beds for inpatients in the maternity ward.Dr. Benda said the remaining 16-bed capacity and the opening of the pediatric ward would come later to its full pre-Ebola capacity. The details of the reopening will be announced later.The Joseph’s Catholic Hospital shut its doors in July when nine staff members, including four missionaries and five Liberians, were killed by the Ebola Virus Disease.They included Rev. Fr. Miguel Pajares, Rev. Br. Patrick Nshamdze, Rev. Br. George Combey and Rev. Sr. Chantal Mutuameme.Others were Layson Wilson, Mrs. Tetee Dogba, Ms. Lanrene Togba, Mr. Dominic Wesseh and Mr. Richard Kellie.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Tension brewed on Thursday, August 14, at the Randall Street office of Mercury-Liberia after employees stormed the company’s offices in demand of their salaries.They were demanding that the company settle their arrears, when executives announced that their contracts had been terminated due to the rapid spread of the Ebola virus in the country.Mercury-Liberia is the operator of the Premier Sports Betting Games in Liberia.The employees in an interview with the Daily Observer described the termination of their contract as “illegal” and called on government to hold the company responsible to pay them off.The employees through their spokesperson, Barnabas S. Nagbe, explained they were shocked to hear from the company’s management about the termination of their contract. “They told us in the meeting that they were suspending their activities in the country, due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus,” Nagbe said, quoting the company’s management.“Because of that they wrote and informed us that they have agreed to terminate the contract we have with them,” he narrated.“We know about the Ebola outbreak in the country; but, if they are terminating our contact, then they need to pay us for the remaining months. We signed a one-year contract with the company; and if they are terminating the contract, they need to pay us,” Nagbe further explained.He called on the national government to intervene and have the company settle their arrears.However, the communication of termination of contract, a copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Observer reads: “Following calls from the Liberian authorities restricting large gatherings of people in response to the Ebola virus, which is affecting many Liberians, we at Mercury-Liberia, wish to take our responsibilities seriously and are deeply committed in helping in the national efforts.“Therefore, from Wednesday August 13, we have taken the decision to close gaming centers in line with government advice.“All of our lotto games and sports betting games will be temporarily closed to protect all of you and us and for the company to play its part in helping stop the spread of the Ebola virus.“Sadly, this means, in line with your contract, we have to give you one month advance to terminate your contract with effect from Wednesday, August 13.”In conclusion, the communication said, “You will be paid one month salary for August and half of your salary for September, taking you up to the 13th of September.“You will not be required working for this period, but will continue to be paid until September 13, in line with Liberian laws.”When the management of Mercury-Liberia was contacted through mobile phone, they could not deny nor confirm the communication.Instead, they told our reporter that they would issue a response in due course.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Giant killer: Australia’s John Millman on his way to an upset victory over Roger Federer in the fourth round of the US Open on Monday. © AFP / EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZNEW YORK, United States, Sep 3 – Five-time champion Roger Federer crashed out of the US Open on Monday, stunned by 55th-ranked Australian John Millman who booked a quarter-final clash with Serbian star Novak Djokovic.Millman’s 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/3) triumph scuppered a blockbuster last-four meeting between Federer and two-time US Open champion Djokovic, who had advanced with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Joao Sousa. But Federer suffered his earliest US Open exit since he fell in straight sets to Tommy Robredo in the fourth round in 2013.It was also 20-time major winner Federer’s first loss against a player outside the top 50 in 41 meetings at the US Open.“I’m probably in a little bit of disbelief,” Millman, 29, said after three hours and 35 minutes in the cauldron of Arthur Ashe Stadium.“I have so much respect for Roger and everything he’s done for the game. He’s been a hero of mine.”Federer had set points in both the second and third sets, but troubles with his serve infected his entire game and 77 unforced errors doomed the 20-time Grand Slam champion in the face of a determined attack from Millman.“It was very hot,” said Federer, whose shirt and shorts were wringing wet with sweat most of the night.“I felt I couldn’t get any air and I was sweating more and more and became more and more uncomfortable.“John dealt with it better,” Federer added. “He’s from Brisbane, one of the most humid places in the world!”Millman said he was feeling the nerves of his first Grand Slam fourth round match as he surrendered the first set with a single break of serve.“I felt like a bit of a deer in the headlights to begin with,” said Millman, whose career has been slowed by a string of injuries and three surgeries.“The feet weren’t moving. Roger had it on a string, he was manipulating me around the court.”Although Federer broke first on the way to a 5-3 lead in the second, Millman won the last four games, breaking Federer twice as Federer wasted two set points in the 10th game.Survivor: Novak Djokovic cools off during his win over Joao Sousa in the fourth round of the US Open on Monday. © AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARYFederer upped his game in a tight third set, and had the first chance to claim the set at 6-5 in the tiebreaker. He netted a service return, and Millman converted his second set point to seize a two sets to one lead.When the Swiss great broke for a 4-2 lead in the fourth the Ashe fans were on their feet.But he gave the break back in the next game after slamming an overhead into the bottom of the net on game point.They went to the tiebreaker, where two of Federer’s 10 double faults, followed by a backhand into the net and a wayward forehand gave Millman a 6-1 lead.Federer, looking all of his 37 years, clawed his way through two match points before slapping yet another forehand wide as Millman celebrated.“Today he was definitely not at his best,” Millman said. “But I’ll take it.”And he’ll face another hero in Djokovic for a place in the semi-finals, trying to become the first Australian man to win a Grand Slam since Lleyton Hewitt won Wimbledon in 2002.“Last time I played him I got three games at Queens,” Millman said. “Let’s hope I get a few more.”– Try to survive –Djokovic, who ended a 54-week title drought with his 13th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, said he was relieved to get past 68th-ranked Sousa in straight sets, the searing afternoon heat seeming more of a problem than his Portuguese opponent.“You can’t do anything but try to be tough and survive, find a way to win,” Djokovic said.Kei Nishikori, runner-up in 2014, was also pleased to get through in three sets in blazing sunshine on Louis Armstrong Stadium.After racing through the first two sets against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber he dropped his serve while serving for the match at 5-4 in the third, but managed to prevail 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.Nishikori will fight for a semi-final berth against Croatian Marin Cilic, who beat him in the 2014 final.Seventh-seeded Cilic, who needed eight match points in a five-set marathon against Australian teenager Alex de Minaur spilled into Sunday morning survived some tense moments to get past 10th-ranked Belgian David Goffin 7-6 (8/6), 6-2, 6-4.Goffin served for the first set at 5-4 before Cilic went on to win the tiebreaker, sealing it on his third match point.“I was thinking one match point, second match point — I hope it’s not going to the eighth one,” Cilic said,0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – “The Right Stuff” is going “Star Wars” as Edwards Air Force Base personnel prepare to test aircraft armed with laser weapons. Documents made public by the Air Force show base officials are preparing an environmental assessment in preparation for conducting flight and ground tests of aircraft equipped with lasers: up to 140 flight tests and 24 ground tests this year, growing to 394 flight tests with 24 ground tests in 2010. “Edwards Air Force Base is a cost-effective location for testing different laser technologies because of its facilities, its remote location, and its previous success and use as one of the nation’s premier test and evaluation flight test centers,” a draft of the environmental assessment stated. “Thus, to continue providing the Air Force with a highly capable aircraft and aircraft weapons system test and evaluation capability, it is essential that the Air Force Flight Test Center conduct test and evaluation of laser systems.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Testing would be confined to restricted military airspace. Target areas for air-to-ground testing would be limited to five acres in size and there would be no more than 100 acres total designated for such use, the draft environmental assessment said. Edwards is already hosting one laser program, the Airborne Laser, an aircraft weapon being developed to shoot down ballistic missiles. A unit of about 750 people are working on the program, which uses a significantly modified Boeing 747 fitted with a laser. Airborne Laser program officials envision future Airborne Laser aircraft patrolling in pairs at more than 40,000 feet and inside friendly territory, scanning the horizon for missiles. When a missile is detected, a set of lasers will track and illuminate it, and computers will measure the distance and calculate its course and direction. A second high-energy laser, fired through the nose turret mounted on the aircraft, will destroy the missile. The laser is made up of six modules, each weighing 4,500 pounds and about the size of a sport utility vehicle turned on its end. The beam will heat an area about the diameter of a basketball on the missile’s relatively fragile fuel-tank casing. The laser will weaken metal already under high pressure from the ignited rocket fuel. Ground tests of the laser were conducted at Edwards over an 11-month period, ending last December with a laser shot long enough and powerful enough that officials said it would have been capable of destroying a ballistic missile. The Airborne Laser aircraft is now in Kansas being fitted with two illuminator lasers. The airplane is expected to return to Edwards late this summer or early fall for flight tests to check out the illuminating lasers. The high-energy laser will be installed on the airplane in 2007. A key milestone for the program will be a test to shoot down a missile in 2008. Another weapon system reported in the Air Force document is the Advanced Tactical Laser, intended to destroy or disable a target on the ground without hurting buildings or people around it. Sponsored by the Air Force Special Operations Command, the program is looking to develop a weapon that could fire a narrow beam, about four inches in diameter, with blow-torch-like heat in a “man-made bolt of lightning.” james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Fluttering in the breeze in St. Tiernachs Park, Clones, the Donegal Flag in all it’s finery. Pic.: Gary FoyMembers of the Donegal panel line up for the team photograph prior to the Ulster Senior Football Championship Final in St. Tiernachs Park, Clones. Pic.: Gary FoyKeeping an eye on the clock as time ticks away for Donegal in the Ulster Senior Football Final in Clones. Pic.: Gary FoyDonegal fans in good spirits as they await the throw-in at St. Tiernachs Park on Sunday. Pic.: Gary FoyHeading into battle as the Donegal team take part in the pre-match parade. Pic.: Gary FoyHeading for the exit as disappointment fills the features of the faces of these Donegal suporters. Pic.: Gary FoyDonegal’s Leo Mc Loone breaks with the ball during the Ulster Senior Football Championship Final against Monaghan. Pic.: Gary FoyDeep in thought as Donegal relinquish their Ulster Senior Football crown to Monaghan in Clones. Pic.: Gary FoyMarty O’ Reilly in possession as he tries to shrug off the attention of Monaghan’s Dessie Mone. Pic.: Gary FoyNeil Gallagher outjumps Owen Lennon as he gets straight into the action after being introdued from the bench mid-way through the opening half against Monaghan. Pic.: Gary FoyAfter the joys of the past two seasons this young Donegal supporter seems to be wondering what went wrong. Pic.: Gary FoyTHE DAY DONEGAL WERE ‘OUT-DONEGALED’! – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: July 22nd, 2013 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:donegalMonaghanUlster Final. pic special
Extensive damage was caused to a home in the Gweedore region last night after a dangerous lightning strike.The lightning ripped through the gable wall of a home in Derrybeg at approx 11pm on Wednesday night. There are no reported injuries from the incident.Firefighters from Gweedore and Dungloe Fire Services attended the scene and contained the resulting blaze. Local reports say that severe destruction was caused to one room. Parts of Dungloe, Gweedore, the Rosses and Magheraroarty felt the effects of a heavy ‘thundersnow’ storm last night with accompanying lightning strikes. There is a further risk of thundery downpours today across the north west. Lightning strike sparked house fire in west Donegal was last modified: February 16th, 2018 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)
Richard Nzwana, a blind trained beekeeper from the Eastern Cape, is now able to support his family following training from Sasix. Eight-year-old orphan Lindelwa Shiba playing in front of what used to be her grandmother’s shack. The family now have a brick house with the help of Sasix. Women from a local village close to the Kruger National Park collect glass from game lodges for recycling and remolding. (Images: GreaterGood SA and Sasix)Khanyi MagubaneA new social development project that encourages companies to invest in carefully selected projects has been shortlisted for the Global Development Network’s (GDN) prestigious Most Innovative Development Project award.The initiative, the South African Social Investment Exchange (Sasix), is one of three international finalists currently in the running for the award. The project carries the full backing of its parent affiliation, GreaterGood SA. Carol Tappenden, managing director of GreaterGood SA, says the award is reassurance that they are on the right track.“We are thrilled that the innovation of Sasix, as a platform for meaningful social investment and development, is being recognised at a global level,” she says.How does Sasix work?Sasix is a uniquely South African concept that connects corporate social investors with the development world. It highlights and evaluates projects in priority development sectors for corporate and individual donors to invest in.Instead of financial gain, however, the projects are rewarded with socially responsible solutions.To ensure its sustainability and viability, the due diligence and thorough assessment is applied to financial investments and the considered developmental projects.This, according to GreaterGood SA, raises the bar for public, corporate and civil societies interested in elevating South Africa’s social development.Selected projects range from helping poor communities to care for Aids orphans in KwaZulu-Natal to offering business skills training for crafters on the fringes of the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga.The programme also helps balance the scales to give lesser-known organisations the same access to funds and capacity development as the better-known social development causes.Tappenden says Sasix was created with a specific strategy in mind.“When we created Sasix in June 2006, we wanted to move corporate and individual donors from a compliance mentality of ‘tick-box’ or ‘feel-good’ giving to a more strategic and measured approach to tackling the challenges we face in South Africa.”So far, the project has delivered impressive success stories. Some R13.5-million (US$3.5-million) has been invested in 53 social development projects countrywide.The success of Sasix has led to the global expansion of the programme, known as the Global Social Investment Exchange.The programme will enable, for example, a businessman in Portugal to invest in assessed and evaluated development projects in Kenya or Mexico.The global exchange will be regulated by a federation of social exchanges and supported by in-depth intelligence from country exchanges.Receiving world wide recognitionThe Japanese Award for the Most Innovative Development Project award that Sasix is vying for is part of GDN’s 10th annual Global Development Conference to be held in Kuwait City, Kuwait on 3 February.This year, the conference will be held under the auspices of the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development. The winning initiative will be rewarded with a financial boost of $30 000 (R300 000).The runners-up will each receive a $5 000 (R51 000) cheque.Sophie Hobbs, GreaterGood SA’s communication manager, says if they are successful in winning the award, it will bring a great deal of prestige and recognition to the organisation.“The GDN’s Global Development Awards and Medals competition is the largest international competition for research on development, and will expose us to a range of international development practitioners and potential investors and funders.”The GDN is recognised as a worldwide leader in identifying and researching causes in need of development. In addition it carries a substantial reputation for successful implementation and application of its policies.The judging panel is looking for a project that embodies innovation, social impact and the potential for broad application in other countries.After an initial assessment by the GDN’s secretariat, the submissions are reviewed by an independent evaluator.The selection process includes on-site visits to the shortlisted projects. This year’s three finalists were announced on 30 December 2008.The GDN awards were established in 2000 as a unique competition for promoting research on development projects.Japan’s government has been instrumental in supporting the competition, which, according to the organisers, seeks to unearth new talent while pooling various ideas all geared toward building a better global community.Since its inception, almost 4 300 researchers representing more than 100 countries around the world, most developing countries, have participated in the competition.Almost $2-million (R20-million) has been distributed in prizes and travel to finalists and winners. In 2007 the competition attracted more than 600 applications.Doing good for South AfricaGreaterGood SA is the country’s first online social marketplace for the everyday philanthropist.It’s a platform where socially conscious individuals and groups can find, connect and actively participate in a number of initiatives in dire need of assistance. These range from tackling South Africa’s debilitating HIV/Aids pandemic to merely providing basic needs for infants and children in disadvantaged communities. According to its website, the organisation unites good causes and committed givers in meaningful and innovative ways to build a better, more socially aware South Africa.GreaterGood SA believes in results-driven giving as well as seeking out opportunities that will have a measurable, life-changing impact on people and their local communities.During its first three years, the organisation has registered over 1 000 organisations on their website, raised R9.5-million ($950 000) for needy causes, has amassed 21 000 hours of volunteer skills and time and has facilitated the distribution of 250 000 second hand or surplus goods.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at Khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.com Related articlesIncentive scheme for the poor Social development in South AfricaGlobal water award for SA Useful linksSasixGreaterGood SAMost Innovation Developmental ProjectGlobal Development Network
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Friday, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released 2015 EPA Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rules that will determine the volume of Ohio biofuels blended into the nation’s fuel supply.The RFS supports more than 38,000 direct and indirect jobs in Ohio. The looming EPA decision could be detrimental to the state’s economy and communities and adversely affect national security and eliminate consumer choice at the pump.“Ultimately, the state’s agriculture and ethanol industries have delivered on what we have been tasked to do with the RFS,” said Mark Borer, President of The Ohio Ethanol Producers Association. “In Ohio alone there has been a billion dollars worth of capital investment to build the infrastructure to produce biofuels.”The return on that investment is a whopping $7.6 billion a year in economic output in Ohio.“That investment was with the understanding that Congress and the government were committed to growing and expanding the use of biofuels as the law was written,” Borer said. “The EPA now faces a big decision to set goals based on the law or to cut back on biofuels based on the arguments of the oil industry.”Currently, 3,400 farmers in Ohio deliver over 200 million bushels of corn every year to the state’s seven ethanol plants.“The positive impact of the RFS on my members can’t be understated,” said Tadd Nicholson, Executive Director of The Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association. “In the past, those 200 million bushels of corn would have had to be shipped elsewhere outside of Ohio to have value added to it. So now with ethanol being produced right here in Ohio, the tax revenue and the value benefits stays within state and local levels. We will be watching EPA’s RFS decision very carefully and we hope they do the right thing to keep the biofuel production strong in Ohio.”Biodiesel is also a part of the RFS and many Ohio soybean farmers are keeping a close eye on EPA’s move as well.“Unlike ethanol, the biodiesel industry has already seen the impact of tinkering with the RFS,” said Bret Davis, a soybean farmer in Delaware County and a board member of The American Soybean Association. “As a result, a 2014 national survey of biodiesel producers found that half had idled their plants, 78% had reduced production compared with 2013 and 66% laid off workers or planned on laying off workers.”According to the recent Bio Report, the policy instability and delays with the EPA rulemakings are responsible for the majority of the estimated $13.7 billion in shortfalls in necessary investments for the capacity to meet current RFS goals.View the new proposed RFS rules.
Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members It’s fairly common for cold-climate builders to install a very thick layer of cellulose on an attic floor (that is, above the drywall ceiling of the floor below). Many green builders aim for a ceiling rated at R-60, R-70, or even R-100. When it comes installing cellulose, the usual advice is to “pile it on.”Cellulose rated at R-60 is about 16 or 17 inches deep. Cellulose rated at R-100 is about 27 or 28 inches deep. That’s a lot of cellulose — so much, in fact, that some builders ask, “Is my drywall ceiling going to sag?” Recommendations of drywall manufacturers The biggest manufacturer of drywall in North America, U.S.G. Corporation, provides the following recommendation: “To prevent objectionable sag in new gypsum panel ceilings, the weight of overlaid unsupported insulation should not exceed: 1.3 psf for 1/2″-thick panels with frame spacing 24″ o.c.; 2.4 psf for 1/2″ panels on 16″ o.c. framing (or 1/2″ Sheetrock brand interior gypsum ceiling board, sag-resistant on 24″ o.c. framing); 2.2 psf for 5/8″ panels on 24″ o.c. framing.”These recommendations are summarized in the table below.Readers will note that is table has columns for two types of cellulose: hammer-mill cellulose that settles to a density of 2.3 lbs/ft³, and fiberized cellulose that settles to a density of 1.5 lbs/ft³. The higher density cellulose was sold in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s. Newer types of cellulose developed in the early 1990s (so-called fiberized cellulose) have an installed density (in attic installations) of 1.5 lbs/ft³ (shown in the last column of the table). Should these recommendations be followed? Many green builders ignore these recommendations from U.S.G., and routinely exceed the recommended weight limits.In a post on the Q&A pages of GBA, a reader named… 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.