Ebola Affects Farm Yields in Bong

first_imgGarmai Tokpah harvesting her rice in Taylor Town, Ebola affected communityThe Ebola outbreak in Liberia has disrupted agricultural activities and threatened food security affecting the livelihood of many people in Bong County.Bong, which is considered one of the food producing counties in Liberia, is experiencing a huge decline in food production for the local markets as a result of the Ebola virus in the county.During an assessment conducted by the Daily Observer last weekend in communities that were greatly affected by the Ebola disease, it was observed that inhabitants in those communities including areas that were not quarantined have cut down their regular diet due to food insecurity.In Gbarnga City, this paper also established that some residents have reduced their regular diet as the result of low supply of locally produced foods on the market.It was confirmed by this reporter that farmers in Ebola affected communities have had their farming activities considerably disrupted by the Ebola outbreak resulting in a significant slump in rice production.“I am finding it extremely difficult to provide food for my family. My family has to starve the whole day just to save a bit of food for the day” said Lorpu-Kollie Tokpa, a farmer in Barlakerthela, one of the hardest hit Ebola communities in the county.It was also noticed by this paper that farmers who produce cocoa complained of their commodity rotting because cocoa buyers are frightened to risk going into Ebola-affected communities to purchase their crop.“Many migrant workers, who normally help with harvesting our cocoa have slowed down their activities for fear of contracting the disease. I used to harvest my produce up to 75 bags but now 20 bags are difficult to yield,” Mr. David Kermue a cocoa farmer in Taylor Town lamented.It was observed by this reporter that closed markets and interruption in trade as well as the restriction on the movement of people have led to acute shortages of food in many communities in Bong County, particularly those communities that are affected by the Ebola virus disease.Our survey revealed that land that was cleared for farming was not planted due to the Ebola outbreak in the country and many farmers had to migrate compelling them to abandon their farms.  This paper was informed that during this harvest season in Liberia many of the farmers who were affected by the virus are terrified to go back to their farms to harvest and are also afraid to take their produce to the local markets because of the low purchasing power of consumers.  The price of imported rice, the country’s staple food, has increased while locally produced commodities decreased in quantity owing to the fact that household incomes have substantially dwindled compelling families to cut down the number of daily meals.According to Stephen Matthews, the Agriculture Commissioner on Communal Farming at the Ministry of Internal Affairs assigned in Bong County, one of the factors responsible for the decrease in food production is government’s pronouncement against people gathering in large groups.   This Ebola preventive measure against large gatherings affects the traditional cooperative system “kuu” which entails farmers grouping together to harvest or work in each other’s fields.    Mr. Matthews told this paper that the county will likely face the threat of severe food shortages because farmers particularly in rural communities that were greatly affected by the Ebola disease are not willing to return to their farms for fear of contracting the virus.“The catastrophes after Ebola will be the calamitous food scarcities, price hikes and food insecurity in this county,” Mr. Matthews warned.Many of the Gbarnga residents who spoke with this newspaper advanced that the international community and the Government of Liberia strengthen strategic institutions such as the hospitals and the agriculture sectors in the post Ebola crisis in order for the country to regain its food production capacity.The citizens maintained that families be provided with food assistance and that GOL promote food security and encourage social development in communities at risk.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

In Nimba, J. J. Roberts’ Day Snubbed

first_imgEven though the commemoration of President Joseph Jenkins Roberts’ birthday as a holiday was observed with all business places closed, little is known of the importance of the occasion in Nimba County.On local radio talk shows, many citizens advised the government to abolish the celebration of this holiday, because they said it lacks importance to society as J. J. Roberts did not do anything that can be talked about. There were no special events held in his memory in towns and villages around Nimba County. Business places were partially open during the morning hours, but by afternoon, Gompa City Inspectors were seen going around closing the partially opened businesses.Some of the callers said the government should not celebrate the birthdays of the individual presidents (J. J. Roberts and William V. S. Tubman) separately, but instead create one memorial day for all the presidents of Liberia.“I am not interested in any of these celebrations, especially like J. J. Roberts or William V. S. Tubman, because they hinder the movement of business,” Saye Lakpor, a caller said on Radio Saclepea.“Why are we celebrating J. J. Roberts’ birthday?” inquired Paul, a businessman. “What really did he do that’s worth remembering?”Every business activity in the county was stalled, with even commercial motorcycle riders complaining of lack of passengers. As one rider put it, “this holiday is too hard compared to other holidays. People are not moving like on other holidays when people go around visiting friends and loved ones, so then why are we celebrating it?” he asked.Despite the complaints, in Saclepea, the Old Timers of Saclapea held a friendly soccer encounter with officers of the Liberia National Police to commemorate the birthday of Liberia’s first President, who was also the first President of an African nation.The key reason for people downplaying the celebration of this day is because the government failed to organize a national occasion that could be symbolically celebrated in every provincial capital, one of the callers said.“Our people are not informed about the important role our first president played; even who he really was; what he did during and after the declaration of independence in 1847,”the caller added.President Joseph Jenkins Roberts was born in Norfolk, Virginia, USA, in 1809. He came to Liberia at the age of 20 in 1829, along with his mother and brothers.Before becoming a politician, upon their arrival in Liberia he became a merchant, involved in exporting ivory, palm products and camwood. In 1838, he became a sheriff in charge of the militia to collect taxes from the indigenous people and to resist the rebellion that originated from that exercise.He was later appointed as deputy governor to Governor Thomas Buchanan, who was then governor of the American Colonization Society (ACS), and upon his death, Roberts succeeded him as Governor of Buchanan.Roberts advocated intensely for Liberia’s independence, and in 1847 Liberia gained her independence. On October 5, 1847, Governor Roberts was elected the first President of Liberia and was sworn into office on January 3, 1848.President Joseph Jenkins Roberts was again elected as President, when Edwin James Roye was deposed from office, owing to cancelation of elections and during this time also Liberia was facing a financial crisis.Prior to his death on February 24, 1876, President Roberts turned over US$10,000 and an estate to the Liberia Education System for the education of the poor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Thousands turn out for strawberry festival

first_imgOXNARD – Carsten Holtfreter is only 10 months old, but he found something he liked when his mother took him to Oxnard today. “He eats strawberries all the time,” said Carsten’s mother, Barbara Lewis of Lancaster. “He’s having a great time,” she said as she watched her little boy in his stroller finishing off a huge berry at the 24th annual California Strawberry Festival. The festival, which continues Sunday, is expected to draw tens of thousands of people from throughout Southern California. Attendance at the festival last year was 59,000, but that was dampened by rain. Organizers expect more this year. Festival organizers were encouraging visitors to use the park-and-ride shuttle sites set up at various points off the Ventura Freeway to avoid traffic and parking problems. Jacquie Stewart of Alhambra said she took the Amtrak train from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles to Oxnard. “It was packed. Standing-room only,” she said. “Now that we’re here, the first thing we bought were the strawberry nachos. We’re off to a good start. I’m looking for everything strawberry.” Catherine and Geoff Augello came to the festival from Covina. “He’s a big strawberry-holic, so I surprised him today for his birthday,” Catherine Augello said as the two bit into strawberries, one covered in milk chocolate and the other covered in white chocolate. The event’s 50 food booths included strawberry crepes, strawberry pizza, strawberry wine, strawberry beer, strawberry champagne, strawberry margaritas, build-your-own strawberry shortcake and tons of fresh strawberries sold directly by Oxnard farmers. The sprawling festival also includes more than 300 arts and crafts booths, nonstop musical entertainment on two stages, children’s carnival rides like the “Berry Go Round,” and contests like the Berry Blast-off Recipe Challenge, the Strawberry Stomp, and a strawberry-pie-eating competition. Renee Pokorny, 37, of Ventura won the recipe contest – and a four-night cruise – with her strawberry mojito shrimp skewers over strawberry scallion rice. Cameron Sperling, 12, of Canoga Park was immediately enlisted to help around the Kaiser Permanente Strawberry Promenade, which was set up at the festival to emphasize healthy living, including the health benefits of strawberries. Since hula hoops were being used by Kaiser to demonstrate the importance of exercise, Sperling stepped up to show his skill, noting that he had caught on to the hula hoop last year and learned to do magic tricks at the same time. Students with the Oxnard High School band played at the festival to welcome visitors this morning. They were planning to go to their prom and after-parties until about 5:30 a.m. Sunday before returning to play some more at the festival. “It’s called coffee – caffeine and playing music with one eye open,” said Hovan Salibian, 18, a drum major who was looking forward to the long night ahead and coming back to play again Sunday. Since it started in the 1980s, the Strawberry Festival has raised more than $2.5 million for charity, as well as showcasing the state’s $1 billion-plus strawberry industry. “The strawberry festival is a big event for us,” said Oxnard High School band director Fundi Legohn. “It’s always a good time right before the Memorial Day weekend. Everybody likes strawberries.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Local Man Stabbed In Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John RCMP received a call yesterday at around 5:30 p.m. that a man had walked into the hospital with multiple stab wounds.With information the police were given, officers attended a house at the 8900 block of 87th Ave to prepare to obtain a search warrant. When police arrived a 45 year-old man was arrested outside of the residence and taken into custody.Officers then proceeded to another house in the 8200 block of 87th Street where a second suspect was also arrested. While police were at the residence, they saw a car with two more suspects inside. A vehicle stop was conducted on 87th Street north of 87th Ave and then two 24 year old men were arrested by police.- Advertisement -1 suspect was released without going through the court process. The 3 others do remain in custody and 2 are being held for investigation. The 3rd will appear in Provincial Court later today.The victim has received treatment at the hospital for serious but non-life threatening injuries and is currently in stable condition.last_img read more

Celtic could face Linfield in second Champions League qualifying round

first_imgScottish champions Celtic will play Northern Ireland’s Linfield or La Fiorita of San Marino in the second qualifying round of the Champions League.Brendan Rodgers’ side, who reached the group stages last season, will begin their competitive season when the tie takes place over two legs on July 11 or 12 and 18 or 19.Their opponents will become clear in the first week of July after Linfield and La Florita have played each other in the first qualifying round.With Celtic drawn away for the first leg, the possibility of them playing in Belfast on July 12, a key date in the marching calendar, is potentially problematic for security services given past sectarian tensions.It remains to be seen how any issues could be resolved.Elsewhere the draw, made at the headquarters of European governing body UEFA in Nyon, Dundalk were handed a tie against Rosenborg of Norway.Like Linfield, Welsh side The New Saints must also enter at the first qualifying round stage. They will play Europa of Gibraltar and will then face HNK Rijeka of Croatia if they get through. 1last_img read more

GAA: Na Rossa defeated by Naomh Colmcille in U21 quarter-final replay

first_imgNa Rossa Club Notes: The under 21s lost out to Naomh Colmcille in last weekend’s quarter-final replay.The club’s grand prize draw takes place this Friday. Tickets can still be bought locally from any committee member.The club’s committee would like to thank all those who bought tickets and a very big thanks to the ticket sellers who generously gave up their time. A full list of winners and sponsors will be posted here next week. The Lotto numbers for this week were 17,19,23 and 24. Their was no Jackpot winner on the night. Two lucky dips receive €50 Alan Gillespie, Toome and Kevin Melly, Toome. Next week’s jackpot now stands at €2050.GAA: Na Rossa defeated by Naomh Colmcille in U21 quarter-final replay was last modified: October 12th, 2016 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:na rossa gaa notesNaomh Colm Cillelast_img read more

SPORTING HEROES SET FOR NEWSTALK’S ROADSHOW IN DONEGAL

first_imgSome of Ireland’s biggest sporting heroes of past and present will be in Donegal this Monday night for the Newstalk radio ‘Off The Ball’ roadshow.The show has become a huge success as has its ‘roadshow’ which has been a huge success around the country for the past two summers.Monday’s show, which comes from Dom’s Pier One in Donegal Town, will feature a host of sporting stars including footballer Dave O’Leary, boxer Paul McCloskey, as well as Donegal’s own sporting stars of past and present Manus Boyle and Karl Lacey. Monday night’s show will discuss a wide range of subjects – not least of all Donegal’s semi-final appearance against Tyrone the following Sunday.And if the show’s previous appearance in McGinley’s Bar in Letterkenny s anything to go by then a cracking night is in store.The show’s producer Ciaran Murphy told Donegaldaily “It promises to be a lively night. Donegal people just love their sport and they certainly have their opinions.“We have a great list of guests and it should be a great night. Anybody looking for tickets should get in early,” he said. Anybody looking for tickets for the event should text ULSTER to 53106.EndsSPORTING HEROES SET FOR NEWSTALK’S ROADSHOW IN DONEGAL was last modified: June 17th, 2011 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)last_img read more

FLANAGAN CLOSURE IS BLOW TO COUNTY, SAYS TD

first_imgDonegal North East TD Charlie McConalogue has said that the news that Flanagan’s furniture has gone into liquidation comes as a devastating blow to Buncrana and the wider Inishowen community.Deputy McConalogue was speaking today after donegaldaily.com revealed on Saturday that Flanagan’s closed its doors late last week with the potential loss of up to 50 jobs.The local Fianna Fáil TD said: “Flanagan’s has a long-standing reputation for quality and excellence in the furniture business. The company has been a strong employer both in Buncrana and in their other locations throughout the country. Their team of craftsmen are renowned for high quality restoration work which has stood the test of time, along with their wider retail business. “My thoughts today are with the Flanagan family and their staff. As a local representative I will give every possible support I can to the company and its employees at this difficult time.”You can read our original story here:https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/11/19/shock-as-famous-donegal-furniture-store-goes-into-liquidation/FLANAGAN CLOSURE IS BLOW TO COUNTY, SAYS TD was last modified: November 21st, 2011 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)last_img read more

Hops conference next month

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The hops industry is booming in Ohio, and organizers of The Ohio State University Hops Conference and Trade Show on Feb. 24-25 have brewed up a program that will keep the learning flowing for beginner and advanced growers alike.“There was an estimated 200 acres of hops planted in Ohio on 80 farms in 2016, up from 10 acres on four farms in 2014,” said Brad Bergefurd, horticulture specialist with Ohio State University Extension and one of the conference organizers. The event is co-sponsored by the Ohio Hop Growers Guild.Ohio’s growing number of breweries require flowers of the hop plant as the main ingredient providing bitter notes as a balance to the sweetness contributed by malt sugars. An interest in locally grown ingredients has spurred growth in Ohio’s hops production.This is the first year the annual conference will be held at The Ohio State University’s South Centers, Bergefurd’s home base. The meeting, beginning at 8 a.m. Friday and ending at 4 p.m. Saturday, will be held at the South Centers’ Endeavor Center, 1862 Shyville Road, just south of Piketon.“By bringing the conference here, we’ll be able to offer tours of our research hop yards,” Bergefurd said.“And we’ll also be able to show participants our new galvanized hop trellis system that we are testing in partnership with a private company,” he added.“This is a first in the United States. If the prototype works, then we can save farmers from having to replace the standard wooden poles, which growers have relied upon for over 100 years, that need to be replaced every 20 to 25 years or less.”Participants will also be able to see a demonstration of the center’s new hops harvester equipment, purchased last summer from HopsHarvester in New York.“This harvesting method can help save growers labor, reduce labor costs, increase harvest efficiency and the timeliness of harvesting, which leads to a better-quality hop,” Bergefurd said.The venue is smaller than conference locations in the past, so participation will be more limited than usual this year, he added. In the past, the conference has drawn about 250 participants.Registration is $150 for both days or $100 for a single day, and includes lunch and snacks, a flash drive with the presentations, a conference booklet with vendor, speaker and other program information, and access to the trade show. An optional Friday night banquet is an additional $40 (space is limited). Information and a link to online registration is available at go.osu.edu/OSUHopsConference2017.Each day will feature several general sessions and breakout sessions split between beginner and advanced topics. Presentations include:Hop Production Economic Analysis: Can We Make Money at This?Connecting with Your Customer/BuyerBrewers Panel: How Hops Are Used in the Brewing Process and What Defines Good Hop Quality?Keeping Hops Healthy: Disease Diagnosis, Forecasting and ControlThe Importance of Thorough and Accurate Spray Coverage for the Hop YardGrowing Cover Crops to Improve Soil Health, Nutrient and Soil QualityHop Plant PropagationHop Yard Designs: Which Is Best for You?Efficient Hop Growing and Processing PracticesThe Importance of Selecting the Proper Nutrient Sources and Timely Fertility for Hop ProductionSpider Mite Control in the Hop YardWeed Control Herbicides and Drift ControlMechanical Harvesting Options for HopsFor a complete schedule, see go.osu.edu/hops2017agenda.Vendors interested in participating in the trade show can also register online. Cost is $250 for both days or $150 for one day. For more information, contact Charissa Gardner at the South Centers at gardner.1148@osu.edu or 740-289-2071, ext. 132. Online vendor registration is at go.osu.edu/OSUHopsConferenceVENDOR2017.last_img read more

Tourists throng Goa’s Curdi village that remains submerged for 11 months in a year

first_imgCurdi, a small village in Goa known for its scenic beaches and Portuguese-era structures, is attracting tourists this season for a different reason. Though the village remains submerged under dam water in the rest of the year, in the month of May, it would rise above the water level, making it visible. Tourists as well as the original inhabitants of the village would visit the place during May, when water recedes exposing the village and ruins of an old Lord Shiva temple to the outer world. Locals host a traditional festival in the temple’s remnants, much to the delight of domestic and foreign visitors. Once the monsoon rains pick up, the low-lying village gets submerged, making those displaced sad again. Nestled amid the Western Ghats in South Goa district, Curdi was once a flourishing village bustling with over 600 families. However, its natives agreed to “sacrifice” their homes in late 1970s when then Chief Minister Dayanand Bandodkar announced construction of a dam on the Selaulim river flowing nearby, an old local resident told PTI. As per official records, the dam construction started in 1976 and was completed in 2000. Prakash Kurdikar (60), who was earlier a resident of Curdi, recalled that by 1986, the village started going under water.“It was an emotional moment for the villagers who sacrificed their homes for the sake of Goa. It is the greatest sacrifice anyone can make,” he said. Its residents were rehabilitated in the nearby Vadden and Valkini villages.State Water Resources Department’s executive engineer K.K. Ravindran said streams around the village have started getting filled up due to the pre-monsoon showers.“If it rains properly for 10 days, then the village would be submerged. It will be visible only after 11 months next year,” he said. This year, the monsoon has been delayed in Goa and the rains have started picking up now, he said.“So, if it rains for next seven days, then by the end of this month, Curdi will disappear,” Mr. Ravindran said, adding that the village is located 5km away from the catchment area of Selaulim dam. Locals claim that before getting submerged, the village turns into an island for a few hours and then slowly disappears under water.last_img read more