USAID FED Increases Mayor Farmers’ Harvest to 11.5 Hectares

first_imgThe Mayor Farmers Association (MFA) in Foya, Lofa County, has lauded the United States Agency for International Development Food and Enterprise Development (USAID FED) for its support that has increased its harvest to 11.5 hectares of lowland rice.The MFA said its first huge production will be more than 1,000 bags of seed rice. At a major harvest festival last Wednesday in Foya, Deputy Chief of Party of USAID FED, Boima Bafaie said USAID FED is the flagship program to increase productivity and profitability of food crops and to stimulate growth of agricultural enterprises in Liberia.Mr. Bafaie said the program seeks to increase food production in four food value chains, including cassava, goats, fishery and rice as well as promote private sector growth to enforce capacity of human development.“We have inaugurated the science soil lab in Voinjama that many of you will use to grow. This program is President Obama’s own initiative to increase food production and reduce food insecurity in the country,” Mr. Bafaie said.He said USAID FED has been working with MFA to help increase food production and it is currently constructing rice-keeping hubs and urged them to take full ownership of the services.“We like to see the beneficiaries using these resources wisely, including the rice hub, power tillers among others to ensure that other farmers can also use these facilities. We want the Mayor Farmers to improve on the little assistance because USAID FED will not be around forever,” he cautioned.Also speaking, MFA’s Assistant Program Manager Fayiah Tandanpolie, said he was delighted about the third harvest program of the Mayor Farmers to buttress government’s efforts in reducing poverty.Mr. Tandanpolie said through the intervention of USAID FED program in Liberia and a loan from LEAD, the Mayor Farmers Association was able to achieve in so many areas, including the purchase of 2.5 acres of land as personal asset for the association, a warehouse and a proposed animal husbandry.“We have also extended our cultivation from 7 hectares to 15 and provided financial aid to school going children of our female members. We have acquired farming inputs such as power tillers, the ongoing construction of a rice hub and the expected machines for the hub on a cost sharing basis,” he explained.He said the organization is currently faced with huge challenges, including mobility that would help in transporting seeds to farmers, lack of a dam to enable them to produce three times a year and lack of equipment that will graduate farmers to mechanized farming. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Midget Tier 1 Flyers take second at weekend tourney

first_imgDEVON, A.B. – The Fort St. John Midget Petroleum Tier 1 Flyers were on the ice last weekend for a tournament in Devon. The squad had a strong showing at the event as they came away with a second place finish.In their first game they stepped onto the ice with Beaverlodge and came away with a 4-3 win. Austin Craig was in net for his first of two wins over the tournament. Aiden Craig-Steele had a goal and two assists, and Lance Aylward and Reid Jacobs chipped in with two assists of their own. Cooper Wilms also found the back of the net as did Jaden Piket.The Flyers next game came against Beiseker where Fort St. John cruised to a 9-1 win. Cooper Wilms had a hat trick, and Daniel Forrest, Travis Domeij, and Jesse McArthur were among some of the goal scorers. Lane DeRose had a solid game on the score sheet as he had three assists.- Advertisement -The third contest for Fort St. John was against Indus where the Flyers had an easy time on the way to a 7-2 win. The team’s top line of Craig-Steele, Jacobs, and Aylward scored six of the seven goals with the other marker coming from Nathan Bragg.In the finals the team fell short against Peace River by a score of 2-1. The lone goal was scored by Aylward with the assist going to Piket.Next up for the club are two games this weekend against La Crete, and a rematch against Peace River.Advertisementlast_img read more

Mancini expects ’emotional’ Italy debut in Nations League

first_img0Shares0000“Road to 2022 World Cup” – Italy coach Roberto Mancini starts rebuilding Italy in the Nations League © AFP/File / MARCO BERTORELLOBOLOGNA, Italy, Sep 7 – Roberto Mancini said Thursday he was expecting an “emotional” debut in his first competitive game as Italy coach on the eve of the Nations League opener against Poland in Bologna where his senior football career began.The 53-year-old former Inter Milan and Manchester City manager started his Serie A career in Bologna’s Stadio Dall’Ara in 1981. four-time world champions Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup, and their new-look squad will face Poland on Friday night before travelling to Lisbon to play European champions Portugal on Monday in their three-team Group 3.“I made my debut here as a 16 year old and tomorrow again at the Dall’Ara will be another first: the first competitive game for three points for my Italy,” said Mancini.“It was a good emotion then and tomorrow will be a great emotion.”Mancini said he was expecting tough games against Poland, who are looking to bounce back after the poor World Cup, and Portugal, in a tournament which counts towards qualifying for Euro 2020.“This competition is ruthless, Poland and Portugal are stronger on paper, there is no room for error. But that’s okay because we have to grow up fast.“Italy failed to qualify (for World Cup) because we didn’t score against Sweden over two legs (play-off) and we need to work on being more proactive and clinical.”Former Manchester City and Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli looks set to start for the hosts, with Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne and Juventus’ Federico Bernardeschi either side of him in an expected 4-3-3 formation.To anchor the new younger players, veteran Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini, 34, returns to the squad for the first time since Italy’s World Cup play-off defeat.“I wasn’t sure if I would return, but the enthusiasm that youngsters bring really pushes you on,” said Chiellini.“In this training camp there is the atmosphere of calm, desire to move forward, to do something new and not look back at the past.“There are many young, talented players who I can perhaps help with my experience at playing at a certain level, to teach them what it takes to play with more consistency.“This Italy side has a lot of talent, we are certainly not lacking that.”Forward Arkadiusz Milik will play Poland’s Nations League opener agaisnt Italy after his country’s World Cup disappointment. © AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTEPoland are also in new hands with coach Jerzy Brzczek, 47, appointed after their World Cup group stage elimination.“It makes no sense to look back, we must focus on the present. Poland are a quality team with great potential,” said former Poland international Brzczek of the 2016 European quarter-finalists.Brzczek has also shaken up his squad with 12 new players. Eight of his 27-man squad play club football in the Italian league.The best known Poles in Serie A are Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny, midfielders Piotr Zielinski (Napoli), Karol Linetty (Sampdoria) and Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Besic in the bag! Everton complete £4m deal for Bosnian midfielder

first_img1 Muhamed Besic [left] in action for Bosnia Everton have finalised the signing of Bosnian midfielder Muhamed Besic from Ferencvaros.The 21-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a five-year deal with the Toffees.Besic, who is understood to have cost the Merseyside club £4million, is already on their pre-season tour of Thailand having linked up with the Everton squad before the deal was confirmed.Born in Germany, Besic started his professional career at Hamburg before transferring to Ferencvaros in 2012.The 21-year-old has made 12 appearances for Bosnia and impressed at the recent World Cup in his three outings.“Muhamed is a young footballer who has developed massively in the last two seasons,” Roberto Martinez said. “He has been playing as a centre-half and as a defensive midfielder at an incredible level.“What he did with Bosnia and Herzegovina in the World Cup, he showed that he is a really mature footballer, that he covers the ground really well, that he is very dynamic and technically very gifted.“He is bringing us really good strength in an important part of the side.”last_img read more

Kenya, Burundi draw in CECAFA U15

first_imgKenya had earlier on mastered two wins against Somalia (3-1 on Friday last week) and Sudan (4-0 on Sunday).The draw consequently sees Burundi level on points with Kenya, having also won their two opening matches of the championships, albeit with an inferior goal difference.Up next for Kenya is their final Group A match against hosts Eritrea on Thursday.The top two teams from each of the two groups will automatically qualify to the semis, set to be played on August 28, while the final has been scheduled for August 30, 2019, in Asmara.0Shares0000(Visited 113 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The draw consequently sees Burundi level on points with Kenya, having also won their two opening matches of the championshipsNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 20 – The Kenya football Under-15 team settled for a 1-1 draw with Burundi in their third Group A match in the ongoing CECAFA Under-15 Championships in Asmara, Eritrea.Gil Harel had given the Junior Stars a 1-0 advantage in the first half but a second-half strike by Florien Inyeyiteka ensured both sides had a share of the spoils.last_img read more


first_imgRosses ACTraining resumes on Wednesday 11th January from 4:30pm to 5:30pm and on Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm at Carrickfinn playing field. Registration evening in Mullaghduff hall on Wednesday 11th from 5:45pm to 6:15pm. 15 euro per child, 20 euro per adult and maximum fee of 40 euro per family.Sportshall athletics starting on Monday 16th in Ionad Spoirt na Rosann, Dungloe at 6:45pm. The club held a New Years Day 5k Fun run/walk at the Banks, Mullaghduff. There was a large turnout which was excellent with over 100 taking part. Brian Roders came out on top of the men’s race followed by Michael Logue and Gavin Ward. Fionnula Diver lead the ladies home followed by Deirdre Diver and Helen Doherty. Thanks to the Naomh Mhuire club for use of their facilities and help on the day. As a result of the good turnout it is proposed to run a Spring Series during February, March and April over the same cross country course. Watch for details. Top 12 finishers and times were: 1. Brian Rodgers 19:03, 2. Michael Logue 19:52, 3. Gavin Ward 20:05, 4. Fionnula Diver 20:29, 5. Bartley McFadden 20:36, 6. John Paul Wilson 20:38, 7. Brendan McCole 20:59, 8. Fergal McGee 22:00, 9. Derek Gillespie 22:12, 10. Stephen Glackin 23:18, 11. Deirdre Diver 23:28, 12. Donal Duggan 23:32. ROSSES ATHLETIC CLUB NOTES was last modified: January 3rd, 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:Rosses AC noteslast_img read more


first_imgFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue has said any changes to the assessment for third level grants must not discriminate against farming families and self-employed workers.Deputy McConalogue has said the conflicting reports from Ministers about plans to include capital assets in the means-testing for student grants are causing great distress among farming and self-employed families.“This is a huge issue for families across Donegal who are running their own business, be it farming or otherwise, and are extremely worried about how they will afford to put their children through college,” the Donegal Deputy said. “Two years into the term of this Government, and these families still have the threat hanging over their heads that they will soon lose their entitlement to a third level grant. Ruairí Quinn, since he was appointed Minister for Education, has been pursuing these unfair changes as part of what I believe to be an anti-rural agenda. He has been insulting to farmers, suggesting that some farmers actually ‘manipulate’ their income so they could avail of grants. This is deeply unfair and totally untrue.“The Minister’s answer has been to propose that the value of land or a business asset be included in the means-testing for student grants, as well as the income generated from that land or asset. This will give a totally inflated view of that family’s income or wealth. In many cases, they will lose their grant entitlement and will be unable to afford the cost of third level education for their children.“This is wrong and it cannot happen. And the conflicting reports from Fine Gael representatives about the changes coming down the line are only adding to the confusion and distress. Farming and self-employed families do not want to hear tough talking – all they want is a guarantee that they will not be unfairly hit with cuts to student grants from next year.“I am again appealing to the Government to do the right thing, recognise that these proposals discriminate against farmers and self-employed workers and scrap them immediately,” said Deputy McConalogue.  GOVERNMENT MUST NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST FARMERS OVER STUDENT GRANTS – DONEGAL TD was last modified: March 5th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:Charlie McConalogueGOVERNMENT MUST NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST FARMERS OVER STUDENT GRANTS – DONEGAL TDlast_img read more

Darwinizing Morality

first_img1.  Prashanth Ak, “Human inhumanity,” Science,8 May 2009: Vol. 324. no. 5928, p. 726, DOI: 10.1126/science.1173430.2.  Immordino-Yang, McColl, Damasio and Damasio, “Neural correlates of admiration and compassion,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online April 20, 2009, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0810363106.3.  Jean-Jacques Hublin, “The prehistory of compassion,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online April 20, 2009, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0902614106.None of these articles comes close to being as sophisticated as Stephen Pinker’s essay last year (01/20/2008) in terms of knowledge of the deep philosophical issues involved, and that essay collapsed into a self-refuting singularity.  These authors did little more than wallow in their own Darwinian vomit.  One should feel compassion for them (Mark 4:34).(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Darwinists continue to try to lay claim to morality (cf. 01/20/2008, 05/02/2008, 03/12/2009)  If Darwinism is to succeed as a comprehensive world view, it must explain this innate sense we all have that certain actions (e.g., torturing babies, slavery, genocide) are morally wrong.  Without a God telling man “Thou shalt not”, how can all humans converge on a moral standard?  One way Darwinists attempt to explain morality is to find continuity between apparent moral behaviors of lower animals and humans.  Another way is to analyze reactions in the brain when humans are thinking moral thoughts and explain it in terms of physical activity in the neurons.  The most common way is to explain morality as an artifact of survival strategies that can be expressed in game theory.  Here are some recent attempts that surfaced in the scientific literature.Law of the hyena:  The continuity approach was shown on New Scientist, where Deborah Blum reviewed a new book by Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce, Wild Justice: The moral lives of animals (Ms Blum is a professor of science journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison).Their definition of morality is a strongly Darwinian one.  They see moral actions as dictated by the behavioural code of social species, the communal operating instructions that bond a group safely together, the “social glue” of survival.  They believe such codes are necessarily species-specific and warn against, for instance, judging wolf morals by the standards of monkeys, dolphins or humans….    Bekoff and Pierce have a larger goal than simply telling nice animal stories or even describing a kind of biological morality.  They also hope to persuade readers that humans aren’t so different from our fellow voyagers on planet Earth.  These moral behaviours, they argue, are evidence of a kind of evolutionary continuity between humans and other species.  This, they acknowledge, may be an even harder sell than the notion of a cooperative hyena.  “Many people are uncomfortable with the idea of ascribing morality to animals because it seems to threaten the uniqueness of humans,” they write.More research is needed on this “provocative thesis,” Ms Blum said.  It seems to leave some questions begging, though: how can “moral behaviors” be described as moral at all without some standard of morality?  If such descriptions are mere anthropomorphisms, how is our morality to be judged?  And if animals were proven to exhibit some kind of “morality,” why should Darwinism be the only explanation for it, or the best one?  Blum ended by watching a hyena at the zoo and wondering which one is the moral animal.  Wesley J. Smith posted a response on his blog Secondhand Smoke.Cruel joke:  Another book review, this time in Science,1 deals with the subject of human cruelty.  Prashanth Ak reviewed Kathleen Taylor’s new book Cruelty: Human Evil and the Human Brain (Oxford, 2009).  This book takes the neurological approach to morality.  The author said at one point, “To get a deeper view of cruelty, therefore, means plunging our attention into a sea of neurons, the soggy, fatty mass from which cruelty is born.”  She did not give much hope for finding the roots of cruelty in the brain: “[f]uzzy blobs rather than tidy packets is certainly what our understanding of neuroscience, with its emphasis on probability, suggests we should expect.”  Ak was not particularly impressed with her imprecision.  He did, however, praise the book as an overview: “Addressing cruelty from multiple perspectives, including moral and evolutionary ones, the book does accord a complex subject its due.”  He felt the book only provides an introduction to a subject that begs for more research. Before delving into the neuroscientific basis of cruelty (or anything else, for that matter) and its mechanisms, one wants to have a clear, rigorous intellectual framework that will allow the formulation of precise, experimentally tractable questions.  No such framework currently exists for cruelty.  As political scientist Judith Shklar pointed out in her classic essay “Putting Cruelty First”, philosophers have generally avoided the topic—as, surprisingly, have political theorists.  In general, academic (especially American) discourse, which holds dear enlightenment notions of an inexorable march to perfection, has not focused on the darker recesses of the human condition, other than to treat them as (regrettable) anomalies.  The typical approach has been to pathologize problematic behaviors, removing them from the ambit of normalcy.  Surprisingly few citations to cruelty occur in scholarly literature; many that do are with reference to sadism.  In older anthropology literature, cruelty was often discussed in connection with “savages,” who were supposed to possess an abundance of it.Ak did not end with any suggestions for a better framework.  He just hopes this book “will encourage fresh thought on an issue that continues to be central to human existence.”  For an earlier book review by Prashanth Ak, see the 05/02/2008 entry, bullet 6, “Can’t Darwinize the Golden Rule.”This is your brain on compassion:  Another neurological approach to morality was exhibited in a paper in PNAS,2 “Neural correlates of admiration and compassion.”  It is not clear whether the authors intended to say that compassion is merely a brain phenomenon.  They did state, “the evidence from neural activity patterns and neural time courses in our experiment suggests a differentiation in the processing of these emotional feelings, in keeping with the complex sociocultural context with which they are associated, building from those related to physical pain and skill to those that transcend immediate involvement of the body to engage the psychological and moral dimensions of a situation.”  There was a passing statement that could be interpreted as a Darwinian reference: “feelings of admiration and compassion recruit the brain’s ancient bioregulatory structures….”  Mostly, they just seemed interested in which parts of the brain lit up using functional MRI when their subjects (“Thirteen right-handed, native English-speaking Americans”) were stimulated with stories that evoked admiration or compassion.Food fight:  The last paper examined in this entry contained a combination of game theory and continuity.  Jean-Jacques Hublin wrote a commentary for PNAS entitled, “The prehistory of compassion.”3  This excerpt shows the twin explanatory references:From an evolutionary perspective, the forms of altruism observed in animals in general and in non-human primates, in particular, have been primarily interpreted as either support to kin (helping those who carry the same genes) or support to those able to reciprocate the favor (helping oneself indirectly).  This is in contrast to the trivial observation of humans helping others, even when the helper receives no immediate benefit and the person being helped is a stranger.  However, claims have been made that the level of altruism displayed by chimpanzees could be much higher than what was once thought.Hublin referred to observations of chimpanzees appearing to show compassion to other chimpanzees in distress.  “However,” he noted, “this incipient altruism seen in chimpanzees seems to disintegrate in competitive situations or when food sharing is involved.”  He speculated on why the human race is different: “Because the increase in meat consumption is considered to be a major evolutionary change in early Homo, these hominins had to strengthen a behavior likely preexisting.”  Anthropomorphisms aside, he also suggested that the extended childhood of early man may have also strengthened the incipient compassion seen in chimps: “In the course of our evolution, this was made possible only by having the support of group members other than the mother.”  This begs the question of whether extended childhood was the cause or the effect of the behavior – if either.  Whatever he meant to say, he ended with an appeal to evolutionary continuity:Finally, the divide between apes and early humans might not be as large as one tends to think.  Rather than considering ancient human altruism as proof of the moral values of our predecessors, one should instead see it as merely part of the spectrum of adaptations that have made humans such a prolific and successful species.But were early humans successful because they were compassionate, or were they compassionate because they were successful?  And what is the source of the light that produced the spectrum?  He didn’t say.last_img read more

Norwegian cycling star signs with MTN-Qhubeka

first_img28 August 2014Team MTN-Qhubeka announced a major signing on Thursday, with Edvald Boasson Hagen, a stage winner in both the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia, set to join the South African cycling outfit on a two-year contract.The Norwegian star will part ways with the high profile British team, Team Sky, for whom he has raced for the last five years.‘New challenges’“It’s been five great seasons with Team Sky, but the time has come to seek new challenges,” Boasson Hagen said in a statement.“MTN-Qhubeka has a very good platform and a framework that fits me very well, so I’m sure this is a very good choice for the next seasons.‘Several options’Detailing his decision to join MTN-Qhubeka, the Norwegian ace said: “I’ve had several options for the future, among them also World Tour teams, but after some consideration this is the team I most of all want to ride for in the future. They are upgrading the team for next season, but already this year they have received wild cards for most of the races I would like to do next year.“The team takes part in the Vuelta right now, which is their first Grand Tour. For next year they are targeting the Tour [de France], so I feel safe about the race program, and I really look forward to focus on new goals in the MTN-Qhubeka jersey.“I have seen the African riders race this year and I hope to help them with my experience as they are great talents. The other thing I really enjoy is this team does not just race for themselves but for a charity.”‘Really excited’MTN-Qhubeka Team Principal Douglas Ryder was thrilled with his team’s new signing. “We are really excited to welcome Edvald Boasson Hagen into Team MTN-Qhubeka,” Ryder said.“We believe he is one of the best riders in the world and we look forward to seeing him achieve great results for himself, as well as mentor our young African talents. We want to become one of the best teams in the world to assist the African riders to get into the biggest races in cycling and this is a huge step in that direction.“In the last two years of racing as a Pro Continental team we have seen our riders develop and perform really well. The team has come a long way because the riders love the opportunities they are getting and they try and make every opportunity count.”last_img read more

District Job Interview sees Miami East-MVCTC FFA’ers compete

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Several members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently competed in the District 5 FFA Job Interview Career Development Event held at Preble Shawnee High School.The Job Interview Career Development consists of designing a resume and cover letter, completing a job application, performing an interview, and composing a typed follow-up thank you note.Emily Beal competed in the Division 4 (senior year) interview competition. She placed 2nd in the district. She earned a plaque sponsored by the District 5 FFA Chapters. There were 22 participants.Katie Bodenmiller competed in the Division 3 (junior year) interview competition. She placed 12th in the district. There were 16 participants.Emily Thimmes competed in the Division 2 (sophomore year) contest and placed 5th in the district. There were 21 participants.Kyle Elifritz competed in the Division 1 (freshman year) contest and placed 13th in the district. There were 19 participants.last_img read more