Smart Valleys Rice Project Flourishes in Gbartala

first_imgDr. Akintayo and other officials harvesting the Smart Valleys Project field in Gbartala, Bong County, LiberiaExperts have hailed the Gbartala Production of the Japanese-funded Smart Valleys Project (SVP) as one of the outstanding low lands rice production fields not just in Liberia, but in all the West African Countries where the project is being implemented.According to AfricaRice Country Representative, Dr. Innousa Akintayo, the field, which is being farmed by the Gbartala Development Association, a farming group, has recorded one of the highest outputs — yield per hectare — making Gbartala the silver lining of the project.“This is the most productive field I have seen so far,” he said at the first harvest of the rice field recently.Though farmers in Benin and Togo, who have adopted the Smart Valleys approach, have seen rice yields under rain fed conditions increased from 1.5-2 tons per hectare to 3.5-4.5 tons per hectare, the Gbartala production field, Dr. Akintayo noted, will produce a mammoth 7.5-8 tons per hectare.He has gone to form part of the first harvest of the field. The occasion was also graced by other stakeholders, including district leadership and farmers. Gbartala is one of the 12 benefiting communities of the SVP.The SVP is a participatory, sustainable and low-cost approach to develop inland valleys for rice-based production systems in sub-Saharan Africa. It was developed by AfricaRice in collaboration with the Lowlands Division of Benin Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, and the Togolese Institute for Agricultural Research with support from the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.Dr. Akintayo, a veteran Agronomist, who is also a Soil Scientist, expressed gratitude for the level of works that the farmers did on the site.“I am impressed with what I am seeing here, because this is a very great job, and I’m proud of the work this team is doing here,” he said.The rice varieties that are being used include Nerica L-19 and IR-841. AfricaRice also has an upland rice field in Suacoco, where Nerica L-4 is reaching maturity.In addition to increased rice yields, Dr. Akintayo said major advantages mentioned by farmers, are lower vulnerability to drought risks due to increased water retention in their fields and less risk of fertilizer losses due to flooding.The Gbartala SVP rice field.“We want to see how we can replicate this project in other areas, because it could be a training center where others can come to learn,” he said.Dr. Akintayo, who also worked with the West African Rice Development Association (WARDA) since the 1980s, said that the Liberia field can now be used as a demonstration site for the production of seed rice for distribution.With this new development, Liberia has again proven to be one of the most ideal places for rice farming, especially in the low land areas.After its success in Benin and Togo, Smart-valleys is being rolled out in Burkina Faso, Liberia and Sierra Leone—countries, which according to the Coordinator, Dr. Roland Nuhu Issaka have a high potential for development of rice-based systems in the inland valleys.The SVP, Dr. Issaka noted, is to improve the livelihood and food security of rice producers by augmenting and securing rice production in inland valleys through improved land and water management, and improved agronomic practices and mechanization.Good Agriculture Practice (GAP) chairman, Augustine Flomo lauded AfricaRice and the Japanese Government for the support,  but stressed the need for implements to help the farmers increase output.“We need more farming machines to enhance our work since the farmers are working hard, but we need more help,” Flomo said. Farmers and Smart Valleys Project stakeholders at the harvestThe project is being funded by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Japanese Government. It is being implemented in 12 communities in Bong, Nimba and Margibi Counties.Under the project, farmers are provided tools and implements; swamp development and water management ; teach farmers GAP—line transplanting, fertilizer application, disease and pest control and others.The Smart-valleys approach was selected as an example of adaptation of African farmers to climate change and variability at the COP 22 Climate Change Conference, held in Marrakech, Morocco in 2016. The approach is highly being publicized across African continent.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bandits invade home of elderly couple, escape with motor car

first_imgThree armed men in the wee hours of Tuesday morning broke into the home of an elderly couple at Kuru Kururu, Soesdyke/Linden Highway, and escaped with cash, jewellery and a motorcar.Based on reports received, at about 01:45h, 61-year-old Frederick David was awakened by the three men as they stood by his bedside. The men were armed with a cutlass, a shotgun and a knife respectively.The elderly man was ordered to lie on the floor and his hands and feet were bound. He was also gagged. His wife remained asleep during the ordeal.The armed men then ransacked the couple’s home and packed away one 40-inch TCL flat screen television, two gold rings, two BLU mobile phones, one Samsung Galaxy mobile phone, two Dell laptops, and $25,000 in cash. They reported placed the items in the man’s car bearing registration number PVV 1491 and made good their escape.After the men left, the elderly man managed to untie himself and called out to his wife who subsequently alerted the neighbours. The Police were summoned and it was discovered that the bandits gained entry into the home through the back door of the house.The crime scene was dusted for fingerprints as investigations continue.last_img read more

Fort St. John Doctor Against East Bypass Speed Limit Change

first_imgMinistry of Transportation and InfrastructurePeace District OfficeSuite 300 – 10003 110 AveFort St John BCAdvertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Dr. Paul Mackey, who has been practicing medicine for over 20 years in the Energetic City, has written a letter via email to the Ministry of Transportation outlining his concerns regarding discussion of possibly raising the East Bypass Road’s speed limit.The proposal, which has not yet been adopted by the city for a vote, was raised at the May 24th Council meeting by Councillor Gord Klassen after a vote in favour of renaming the road “Northern Lights Drive” passed. The decision regarding the change in speed limit on the road ultimately rests with the provincial ministry.In his letter, which was also sent to Coun. Klassen, Mayor Lori Ackerman, and Energeticcity.ca, Dr. Mackey explains that the difference in travel time on the road at both 50 km/h and 60 km/h was roughly 39 seconds. Dr. Mackey states that he believes the potential for serious injury will increase by 25 percent should the speed limit be upped 10 km/h, citing a 2011 study by the American Automobile Association. Mackey also mentioned that should the limit be raised, it would incite drivers to simply drive even faster. Dr. Mackey did not return a phone call requesting an interview before publication.- Advertisement -The full text of Dr. Mackey’s letter can be found here:Maria ButtsDistrict Manager TransportationAdvertisement Dear MariaI am concerned that the M.O.T.  is considering increasing the speed limit on the East Bypass Rd around the hospital from 50km/hr to 60 km/hr (or even higher). Increasing the speed limit by just 10km/hr increases the risk of serious injury to pedestrians from 50% to 75% if an accident should occur. I did an (admittedly uncontrolled) experiment this morning. I drove the East Bypass from the intersection with 100th St to the intersection with 100th Ave first at 50mk/hr then 60km/hr. At 50km/hr it took me 5 min 4.68 secs. At 60km/hr it took 4 min 25.8 secs. Thus is seems to be inviting an unnecessarily dramatic increase in risk of serious pedestrian injury for the sake of 30 secs. I should point out that during my “experiment” I was travelling significantly more slowly than any other vehicle on the road at the time, even when travelling at 60mk/hr. Thus, increasing the speed limit will only invite drivers to drive even faster and thus the risk of serious injury will be even more than the 75%.Thank you Dr Paul Mackeylast_img read more

Killer snowstorm hits Plains, causes crashes

first_img“We may see some whiteouts in the open areas,” said Craig Cogil, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Des Moines, Iowa. Parts of the state could get 6 inches to 10 inches of snow by this morning. Strong winds could make traveling hazardous all weekend, Cogil said. Wind was blowing at sustained speeds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph in Oklahoma, where U.S. 412 near Mooreland in western Oklahoma was closed after 15 to 20 cars slid off the road or were involved in collisions, authorities said. Farther west, Colorado roads remained icy in spots after a storm Friday. Eastbound I-70 was closed about 20 miles east of Denver for more than two hours after a wreck in which five people, including an 8-year-old girl, were injured.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AMARILLO, Texas – A blinding snowstorm blew across the Plains on Saturday, causing at least two deaths and dozens of injuries in numerous multicar pileups and forcing authorities to close portions of several major highways. One person died in chain-reaction crashes involving more than 50 vehicles, including several tractor-trailer rigs, on Interstate 40, police said. Authorities said it would take a few days to determine exactly how many were involved. Eighteen people were taken to hospitals, two with life-threatening injuries, Sgt. Michael Poston said. “There were cars crashing while they (firefighters) were there,” Fire Department Capt. Bob Johnson told the Amarillo Globe-News for its Sunday editions. “They could hear them (the crashes), but they couldn’t see them.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonMany in the crashes were holiday travelers, including families with small children not dressed for the weather, Sgt. Shawn McLeland said. Other drivers spotted them and opened Christmas presents to provide warmer clothing for the children. The tangle of twisted cars and trucks shut down the interstate for most of the day. Authorities think the pileup was caused by blowing snow and the resulting zero visibility. In northeast Kansas, at least one person was killed in a 30-car pileup on Interstate 70, prompting authorities to close a 40-mile stretch of the highway. The pileup occurred about 30 miles west of Topeka. The fierce snowstorm also caused a wreck involving 20 to 40 vehicles, including three tractor-trailer rigs, on Interstate 29 in St. Joseph in western Missouri. Police closed about 100 miles of I-29 to the Iowa state line. The Plains storm also blew heavy snow across Oklahoma and parts of Nebraska and Iowa, a region still recovering from a severe ice storm that recently knocked out electricity for hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses. last_img read more

Chelsea transfer report: Out-of-favour Marco van Ginkel wanted by PSV

first_img Marco van Ginkel has made just four appearances for the Blues in four years 1 Out-of-favour Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel is attracting the interest of Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven.The 24-year-old, who spent the second half of last season on loan at PSV, has been told he is not part of the Blues’ plans for next season.And PSV are eyeing a permanent deal for the Dutch international, but according to Eindhovens Dagblad, the two clubs are yet to reach an agreement.Van Ginkel is said to be keen on a return to Eindhoven but is due back for pre-season training at Chelsea on Monday.Despite casting doubts over Van Ginkel’s immediate future at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are still keen to keep a close eye on his development.The Dutchman has made just four appearances for the Blues in four years and is expected to be shipped out again this summer.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: CONVOY SENIORS EARN SUPERB WIN OVER MOVILLE

first_imgConvoy GAA News:Bingo continues in Hall at 8.30 on Tuesday Club Lotto Counties drawn AM CE KK WW, 12 people matched 2, 5 winners Shaun Browne & Martina Guthrie Drumkeen, Frances Devitt & Mary Patton Bingo, Joe Blake Convoy.Jackpot next week €1350.Any Money raised from Lotto sales goes directly back into the Club if you would like to buy or sell lotto contact 0872140060. Ladies Training @7 on Wed 7.30 Fri All Players welcomeSenior Ladies Fixtures (26th April V Aodh Ruadh (A) 3rd May V Glenties (A)Hard luck to the Ladies beaten on Sun away to Buncrana by a point.G4M&O takes place each Wed at 8.15 New Players always welcome. Underage training each Friday from 6-7 All welcome €2 and GumshieldU 12 boys game scheduled for Wed has been changed to Friday at 6.30Well done to the U 12 girls team who won on Sat Morning away to Mc Cumhaills.U 14 boys training on starts back THIS Mon from 6.30 to 7.45 bring €2 and gumshield anyone yet to register check with Coach New Players welcome come along and get fit and make friends this goes for all age groups the more the merrier .U 16 girls training on Monday from 7-8 New Players always welcome bring €2 and Gum shield.U 16 boys won away to R.Emmets on Fri nx Game Wed 22nd at home V Glenfin Well Done to the Senior men on a fine win over Moville on Sat evening St Marys 0-13pts Moville 1-04 pts training as norm on Tues and Thurs new players always welcome .Seniors and Reserves are away to N.Ultan next week .Congrats to Ciara Gallagher and the Donegal Senior Ladies on their win over Cavan on Sunday.Can any managers that wish to have notes included tx PRO on 0872140060 GAA NEWS: CONVOY SENIORS EARN SUPERB WIN OVER MOVILLE was last modified: April 20th, 2015 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:convoyGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

LOCAL NEWS: LIFFORD CLONLEIGH RESOURCE CENTRE NOTES

first_imgJOB CLUBDo you want to return to work or to access training?The Job Club brings together unemployed people of all ages who are looking for work! Starting Tuesday 17th April from 10.30 – 1.30 in The Lifford Clonleigh Resource CentreContact Lareina/Eleanor on 071 98 58959 for further information!Creative WritingThese classes will begin on Wednesday 18th April and are almost fully booked. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre on 91 41773 for further information!Basic IrishClasses in basic/conversational Irish will begin in Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre after Easter. Anyone interested in taking part, please contact 91 41773 for further information!Easter Fun Days:Tuesday 3rd & Wednesday 4th April, from 12-3p.m Activities Include: Bouncy Castle, Sumo Wrestling, Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Egg Painting & Disco!Admission only €4 per day. Suitable for ages 4 – 13Places are limited and need to be booked in advance by Mon 30th MarchPhone 074 91 41773 or call into the Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre Easter Sports Camp:Tuesday 10th – Friday 13th April from 10 – 2Coaching & Training in: Hurling, Gaelic & SoccerAdmission only €20 with family concessions available!Advance booking required, phone 91 41773 or call into the Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre!Sign Language:Are you interested in sign language? Here in the Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre we are beginning classes which aim to build a better world for deaf people by improving sign language communication! If this is of interest to you contact 91 41773 or call into the centre for more information!Friday Fun KlubBeginning Friday 20th April from 6.00 – 7.30p.m in the ABC Childcare Centre. Cost €1.Ages 5-12 yrs welcome Contact 074 91 41773 for further details!LOCAL NEWS: LIFFORD CLONLEIGH RESOURCE CENTRE NOTES was last modified: March 30th, 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:LIFFORD CLONLEIGH RESOURCE CENTRE NOTESlast_img read more

PSG face Monaco test as Ligue One returns

first_imgPSG have won all their past 10 meetings with Monaco. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Tomas Tuchel made a brave decision on Tuesday night as he left Neymar Jr out of the starting team in the 2-2 draw away to Real Madrid.Luckily for him, it did not prove costly as PSG mounted a comeback in the second half to get a point.On Sunday night, Tuchel is again expected to make another big decision as PSG prepare to take on Monaco in the Ligue One at the Stade Luis II.With Neymar Jr, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria, Edinson Cavani and Mauro Icardi all fit, the gaffer has to decide on the two that start on the bench in order to maintain the team’s shape in midfield.The Parisians are expected to field Marquinhos, Marco Verratti and Idrisa Gueye in the center of the park leaving only three slots upfront.While Neymar, who looks short of sharpness, retain his spot on the bench or it will be Di Maria or Icardi who sits this one out? All that will be answered a few minutes to kick-off.However, PSG will be looking to win a third consecutive Ligue One game and possibly, build a bigger gap at the top.After losing 2-1 at Dijon, Tuchel’s side has defeated Brest and Lille and as a consequence, sits 8 points clear at the top of the log.They are yet to look like the ruthless side they have been for the past two years but with the sick-bay clearing by the day, it is just a matter of time.Ahead of the game on Sunday, only Ander Herrera is absent with injury meaning PSG have a near to full-strength side to choose from.For Monaco, they have upto five absentees for the game. Islam Slimani was sent off last weekend and Diego Benaglio, Pietro Pellegri, Stefen Jovetic and Guebbels are all injured.It is not the most ideal time to face PSG as Monaco are coming off a 2-1 loss at Bordeaux this past Sunday.The loss was Monaco’s 5th of the season and leaves them 14th with 18 points.However, they cannot be so disappointed after a poor start that saw them win just one in their first 7.It is a tall order to topple PSG but with the leaders having already lost three, Leandro Jardim’s men will fancy themselves to pull off another shock.To do that, however, they will need to do better than they have done recently against PSG as they have lost all the last 10 matches between the two sides including both last season.The French Ligue One match-day 15 starts on Friday with Marseille at home to Brest.Marseille have picked up form lately, winning all their past three games and climbed up into second on the standings.They beat Lille 2-1, defeated Lyon 2-1 and last Sunday, powered past Toulouse 2-0.After relaying heavily on Argentine forward Dario Benedetto at the start, the team looks more balanced with goals coming from everywhere as they have seen five different scorers score their last six goals.They will be expected to take all three points here against a Brest side that is slumping in the standings.After a good start that saw them climb as high as 6th at some point, Brest has not won any of their past three (D1 L2) and have dropped into 13th.Having lost both of their meetings with Marseille last season, Brest looks to be deprived of confidence ahead of the time and it would not come as a surprise if Marseille took the day.The other interesting fixtures to look out for in Ligue One this weekend include Lille hosting Dijon on Saturday night, Rennes at home to Saint Etienne on Sunday and Lyon’s visit to a rejuvenated Strasbourg side.All the Ligue One match-day 15 fixturesFriday, 29-11-2019-Marseille vs Brest @22:45pmSaturday, 30-11-2019-Strasbourg vs Lyon @7pm-Reims vs Bordeaux @10pm-Nimes vs Reims @10pm-Montpellier vs Amiens SC @10pm-Lille vs Dijon @10pm-Nice vs Angers @10pmSunday, 01-12-2019-Nantes vs Toulouse @5pm-Rennes vs Saint Etienne @7pm-Monaco vs PSG @11pmComments Tags: BrestFrench Ligue OneMarseilleMonacoPSGlast_img read more

Redknapp ‘won’t lose any sleep’ over Saints fans’ hostile reception

first_imgQPR boss Harry Redknapp insists he will be untroubled by the hostile reception he is bound to receive when he returns to Southampton this weekend.The south coast club were relegated during Redknapp’s time as manager and he later quit and rejoined their bitter rivals Portsmouth, having left Fratton Park weeks before his appointment by Southampton in 2004.He remains a hugely unpopular figure among Saints fans, who have seen their team make a brilliant start to the season.“I won’t lose any sleep on Saturday night over it,” Redknapp said ahead of his team’s visit to St Mary’s.“They hate Portsmouth. It’s hatred. And Portsmouth was my club on the south coast really, apart from Bournemouth.“When I was at Southampton I enjoyed it. It’s a real good football club and everything’s in place there. The fans were good to me when I was there.”See also:Redknapp: Morrison should go abroadFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

It’s about us

first_img3 September 2002This is a book about us. A collection of photographs about living in South Africa that make us “smile, laugh, feel proud and occasionally cry” – by Pierre Crocquet, a professional photographer who has joined the Proudly South African campaign.‘Us’ is published by Bell-Roberts Publishing, available from them and selected Exclusive Books stores.Pierre Crocquet was born in Cape Town in 1971. He qualified as a chartered accountant and worked in finance for seven years in Johannesburg and later London. He then studied photography at the London College of Printing and is now working as a professional photographer, specialising in commercial, portraiture and editorial work. Crocquet is currently based in Cape Town.He says: “This book is about people -­ just ordinary people who happen to live in South Africa ­and by nature are South African.“Publishing a book about people living in this country has always appealed to me, but never more so than when I returned home after living abroad for five years. In that time I would often catch myself smiling in far-flung places after chancing upon a group of people who were unquestionably South African.“Their behaviour expressed a lack of self-consciousness; sometimes embarrassing themselves in a nice kind of a way. Tact and the ability to whisper their opinions in more delicate situations did not come naturally. The loud and direct route was the chosen way.Young first-world tourists who come to South Africa “love the mood and take to it fast”, says Crocquet. “Within hours of landing they’ve abandoned their home country rules.“This book sets out to capture some of South Africa’s character,­ its quirks, its wildness and its innocence by simply photographing ‘Us’ – South Africans – as we go about our lives.“The journey of producing this book began while I was driving to Cape Town and passed ‘Johannes’, a teenager biding his time along an infinite stretch of road. He was swaying back and forth in an old kitchen chair in front of a farm stall that had a ‘Hanepoot’ sign on the roof. The scene was an appealing mix of surreal and ordinary, but I was anxious to get to Cape Town and the summer sun I’d missed during my overseas years.“Fortunately I decided to turn around, unpack my camera and unwittingly started photographing the first material – ‘Johannes’ – for the book. At the time it was nothing more than shooting a scene I found stimulating. Later I framed some of the images to form a narrative.”Interest shown in the piece resulted in Crocquet shooting a range of other scenes around the country, featuring people going about their daily lives. “The images were mostly uplifting and amusing”, says Crocquet, “even though the people’s circumstances were sometimes trying. Somewhere then I decided to commit to producing a book about ‘Us’.“I am sometimes asked how I photograph people and how they respond to being photographed. Most people are approachable and almost everyone featured in this book knew they were being photographed. I didn’t try to catch them unawares, but at the same time I worked as quickly as possible.“Hesitation allows people to change their pose to how they would like to be seen, although after a while most people become bored with the camera and revert to who they are anyway. Occasionally, communication lines get crossed and I offend someone, but that is inevitable when dealing with people.”Although the subjects were aware of Crocquet’s camera, none of the images were directed, he says, and scenes were “simply photographed as they unfolded, then printed un-cropped. The resulting reportage photographs are a combination of ready anticipation, patience, luck, working the scene and sometimes serendipity.“When this happens I gladly accept the rare gift of a great, unexpected image. But soon after I start wondering how many other serendipitous images I’ve missed because I was elsewhere when they occurred.Material was photographed all over South Africa, says Crocquet. “There were a few images I hoped to find – like ‘Daniel and George’,­ children walking to school barefoot – but in general I just kept an open eye, confident that interesting scenes would reveal themselves to me. I often caught myself smiling while photographing: the result of quirky scenes captured.“Producing a book of this nature was far harder than anticipated, mainly due to the diversity of our cultures. Also, while my intention was to capture a wide range of South Africans, I did not want the book to become a “rainbow nation” checklist. I strongly felt this would make it contrived.“Instead, I wanted to compile a book of great images of ‘Us’. If the book is biased in makeup in any way, it is the result of chance and nothing else. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did creating it.”Source: Proudly South African Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more