MOE Inducts New National Education Advisory Board

first_imgThe Ministry of Education has inducted into office members of newly formed National Education Advisory Board to stir and carryout major responsibilities of educational matters in the country.Speaking at the induction ceremony of the officers on Friday, April 4, at the Ministry of Education, Education Minister Etmonia D. Tarpeh explained that the members of the board were drawn from several institutions, including County School Board, Monrovia Consolidated School System, National Principal Association, National Teachers Association and Parent Teacher Association.Other institutions include: Association of Liberian Universities, Prominent Liberian Educators, Federation of Labor Union, Civil Service Agency, Chamber of Commerce, Private Schools and West African Examination Council amongst others.She further explained that members of the board were appointed by her, the Minister of Education, with approval of the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, adding that the board members will serve for three years with eligibility of one reappointment.The newly inducted officers of the Advisory Board include: Mr. Charles E. Collins, Chairman, Mrs. Helen Roberts-Evans, vice chairman and Mr. Mohammed A. Nasser, secretary.Minister Tarpeh, however, stated that the objectives of the board must be seen as a way of upholding quality education to its standard with a new face to the rebuilding of the country as well as students across Liberia.As it relates to the objectives, they will: promote national participation in the design, development and support of national education policies and programs; they will assemble public, private and faith-based concerns, interest and aspirations regarding policies, plans and regulations.They will also: ensure that the education policies designed for the country incorporate local and regional inputs for the people of Liberia; they will undertake debates and facilitate dialogues to create consensus on vital issues regarding the direction and dimension of education with emphasis on access, quality, relevance standard at all levels as well as coats and financing.They will: enhance transparency, accountability and democratic tenets in the education sector such as would be transferable to other areas of nation building.According to her, the National Education Advisory Board will act in the manner that focuses on improving students’ achievements and organization effectiveness in all sector of the education of Liberia.The Education Minister also used the occasion to express thanks and gratitude to the board members for their acceptance to serve the Liberian people and promised to coordinate activities of the Ministry with that of the board in order to have a “transformed the education sector.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Behind UK’s Security Warnings on Liberia

first_imgThe British Government says the Liberian National Police “has very limited capability to prevent or detect crime, or to provide emergency response in any part of the country,” and warns its citizens to avoid public demonstrations and protests. Flashback: Protesting University of Liberia students set a tyre ablaze on Tubman Boulevard, Capitol Hill, between the university and the Foreign Ministry, which houses the office of President George Weah.Pending protests, threats by ex-rebel generals, Charles & Agnes Taylor, possible terrorist infiltration from around sub-region, grounds for concernIt would appear that the recent threatening remarks by ex-rebel generals, which were later rescinded, against Montserrado County District #10 Representative Yekeh Kolubah, may have been nothing much but another round of rough talk from one ex-rebel to another. However, in Liberia’s volatile political context, the very re-emergence of the ex-rebel fighters appears to be the principal factor that prompted the British Government to issue a security alert for its citizens ahead of the planned June 7 “peaceful protest,” the Daily Observer has reliably learned.A fortnight ago, over 25 ex-rebel generals and fighters were said to have received an undisclosed amount of money from the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel McGill for them to go after people, who are “constantly criticizing President George Weah for his poor handling of the country’s affairs.It was apparently in furtherance of their plans that on April 16, 2019, the ex-generals publicly declared they have an obligation to support  President Weah, and “whosoever that will come after the President, let that person(s) be aware that we will support the President.”The statement was attributed to G. Benjamin Taylor, a former chief of staff of the former rebel of the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL).Also during the press conference, Daniel Bracewell, a former major general of the AFL, warned politicians to avoid anything that will disrupt the peace in Liberia, or else they will have themselves to blame.“We ex-generals, we know war, we fought the war, we make war, we study war. If anyone thinks that they are coming in to derail this peace process, they will have us to contend with,” said Bracewell.In the wake of their threat to politicians, the self-proclaimed chair of the ex-fighters, and former chief of staff of the rebel faction, Liberia United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), Ofori Diah issued a so-called 72-hour ultimatum to Montserrado County lawmaker Yekeh Kolubah to report to the cabal of ex-rebel generals, noting that he is also a former general and must adhere to their summon.This newspaper has meanwhile gathered from a high placed source that it was based on the ex-rebel fighters threat that the British Government declared officers of the Liberian National Police (LNP) “have a very limited capability to prevent or detect crime, or to provide emergency response in any part of the country,” and warned its citizens to avoid public demonstrations and protests.Ahead of the major protest planned for June 7, the United Kingdom (UK) has therefore, renewed a warning to its citizens in Liberia of possible indiscriminate terrorist attacks and the transmission and symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD). The Travel and Living Abroad warning by the UK urges its citizens to, among other things, specifically avoid protests, demonstrations, large gatherings and crowds in Monrovia and its environs.The UK’s travel alerts to its citizens, updated March 22 and is “still current as of May 5, 2019,” does not specifically mention the pending June 7 protest.However, the first paragraph of the UK’s alert reads: “Protests and demonstrations do take place in Monrovia on occasion. You should avoid protests, demonstrations, large gatherings and crowds and follow the advice of local authorities.”Travel alerts are routine releases of information by countries seeking the wellbeing of their citizens traveling, working or living abroad. They are updated regularly and help expatriates in their host countries find their bearings, especially in terms of security and medical emergencies.However, the UK maintains that large public gatherings with political undertones, such as the expected protest on June 7, and other demonstrations of activism, may become possible cover for terrorists to carry out their evil agendas. The UK government is reiterating its warnings that law enforcement authorities, mainly the LNP “has very limited capability to prevent or detect crime, or to provide emergency response in any part of the country.”But our source said one other reason for the UK’s concern could be the arrest, subsequent trial and detention of Liberia former President Charles Taylor, and Taylor’s ex wife, Agnes Reeves-Taylor.Though she has denied a string of torture charges, including one relating to a woman witnessing the shooting of her two children, while she was tied up, the British Government maintains Agnes Taylor is guilty of the charges.Agnes Taylor is also accused of conspiring to use rape to torture women during the country’s civil war in 1990. Another allegation states that she was involved in the torture of a child, who was tied to a tree and witnessed the shooting of others.PACA Defends Agnes TaylorRecently, an advocacy group, the Patriotic Consciousness Association of Liberia (PACA), called on the government and its British counterpart to release Agnes Taylor, who has been incarcerated for close to two years in a British jail.Mr. Taylor and Agnes Reeves-Taylor are currently jailed in British prisons. Taylor was convicted on seven counts to include aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Sierra Leone, while Agnes was on the other hand prosecuted for crimes allegedly committed in Liberia during the crisis, also on eight counts.According to PACA, the charges of torture and alleged war crime offenses in Liberia, for which Agnes Taylor is held, “are unsubstantiated and cannot be proven.”LNP: “We are equipped”As regards the LNP’s incapacity to prevent or detect crime, and or provide emergency response to violent activity in any part of the country to any, LNP spokesman, H. Moses Carter disclaimed that assertion, adding, “We are equipped.”“The LNP is equipped to prevent any eventuality; we have proactive means of professionally engaging protestors, taking cue from two successive demonstrations, which the Police handled without report of any incident,” Carter said.According to him, “The LNP is prepared using conventional (crowd control) mechanisms. So, for anyone or institution to think that this Police is not equipped or prepared to contain any eventuality, that person or institution must think twice.”   But the UK appears to be very concerned about possible terrorist infiltration of what might otherwise be considered peaceful protests, such as the one planned for June 7.  According to the security alert, “Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Liberia,” citing the proximity of incidents in the fairly recent past in Burkina Faso, Mali and neighboring Côte d’Ivoire. Terrorist groups continue to mount attacks on beach resorts, hotels, cafés and restaurants visited by foreigners. You should be vigilant in these locations and avoid any crowded places and public gatherings or events.”The UK further warns about “a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria.” However, concerning the political situation in Liberia, the UK also notes that because former Liberian President Charles Taylor is serving a long prison sentence in the UK following his conviction by the Special Court for Sierra Leone, British nationals may be subject to reprisal attacks.“Attacks could be indiscriminate. You should be vigilant, especially in places visited by foreigners,” the UK warns.The UK also warns that the threat of exposure to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) still exists as most medical facilities throughout Liberia are unable to provide the same standard of healthcare as in the UK. It also warns that medical facilities in rural areas are rudimentary and most facilities require payment up-front for treatment.It added: “Avoid traveling at night outside Monrovia, except to or from Roberts International Airport (RIA). Make sure you have pre-arranged transport from the airport. The small British Embassy in Monrovia can only offer limited consular assistance. If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy consulate or high commission. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.”For a country reeling from investor fatigue due to corruption and unpredictability; and with an economy in the throes of spiraling inflation and predominant dependence on foreign imports, there is no telling the magnitude of effect the terroristic threats of these ex-rebel generals might have on Liberia. The British government has spoken. Just Monday, May 6, the US Embassy noted that it is “unacceptable for… ‘ex-generals’ or other former actors in Liberia’s civil wars to incite unlawful acts through ill-considered rhetoric that could jeopardize Liberia’s hard-won peace and security.”“And we have the Minister of State, Nathaniel McGill, to thank for this,” our source said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgGlenveagh Castle turned blue for Autism Day. Pic by Geraldine Diver.Yesterday was world autism awareness day. The Autism Family Support Group ltd. organised a family fun day in Glenveagh national park where hundreds of people turned up to raise autism awareness.It has now become a tradition all over the world to light iconic buildings blue to raise autism awareness. Buildings like the Sydney opera house, Eiffel Tower. So the group organised a number of buildings in Letterkenny to go blue over the last number of years eg St Eunans Cathedral, Pole Star Roundabout.These have gone blue again this year but we decided to look outside Letterkenny and as far as we are aware no other heritage site in Ireland has gone blue so we approached Glenveagh and they agreed to light the castle up blue.We had a number of people out in Glenveagh last night at 10pm to see the castle lit up blue. A wonderful sight for all involved.GLENVEAGH CASTLE TURNS BLUE FOR AUTISM DAY was last modified: April 3rd, 2015 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

Officials try to get food, water to remote villages

first_imgSANTIAGO ATITLAN, Guatemala – With food and water running out, governments in Central America and Mexico scrambled Friday to reach isolated areas devastated by a week of intense rain, with residents saying panic was starting to grow among survivors. Mudslides and flooding exacerbated by Hurricane Stan killed 277 people across the region, with Guatemala bearing the brunt of the damage and deaths. Officials pulled 67 bodies from a mountain of mud that buried several towns near Lake Atitlan, an area popular with tourists 100 miles west of the capital, Guatemala City, and expected to find many more despite search efforts marred by continued rains. Increasing fears Friday was a strong earthquake that shuddered through Guatemala and El Salvador. The quake caused a rain-damaged highway bridge to collapse in Guatemala and sent thousands of frightened Salvadoran residents into the streets. In Pathulul, 30 miles away from Santiago Atitlan, creeks that normally stream down from the highlands had turned into raging rivers, cluttered with rocks, branches and chunks of debris. Guatemalan officials organized an air-rescue squad of their own helicopters as well as those lent by the United States and neighboring Mexico, but poor weather prevented them from taking off until Friday. Residents and tourists in Panajachel, on the banks of Lake Atitlan, said they needed aid. “Water is running out, food is running out and looters are coming now,” said Stephanie Jolluck, a 32-year-old businesswoman from Atlanta who was reached by telephone. Jolluck, who has traveled to Guatemala for work since 1999, described watching rivers grow from their usual width of 6 feet to more than 50 feet. In the western province of San Marcos, on the border with Mexico, residents cut off by floods have been pleading for help in telephone calls to radio stations. Guatemalan President Oscar Berger said government workers with heavy machinery cleared fallen trees and dirt from a portion of the InterAmerican Highway, allowing rescuers to reach isolated communities. The country’s important Pacific Coast highway remained impassable, however, after three bridges were washed out. More than 270 communities have been affected by the floods and landslides, forcing the evacuation of more than 30,000 people, according to the country’s disaster management agency. In El Salvador, the death toll rose Friday to 67 after two people were buried in separate mudslides, said Cesar Marroquin of the National Emergency Committee. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! There were no immediate reports of injuries from the quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8. Telephone service was cut off briefly in some areas of El Salvador, and Interior Minister Rene Figueroa urged residents to obey evacuation orders for high-risk areas. The quake also forced officials to suspend their search for two coffee workers missing since Saturday when the Ilamatepec volcano erupted about 40 miles west of the capital, San Salvador. The earthquake struck before residents had even begun to recover from five days of heavy rains, which included Hurricane Stan’s landfall on Tuesday in Mexico’s Gulf Coast state of Veracruz before it weakened into a tropical depression. “We need food, clothing, medicine and help,” said Lucas Ajpus, a former firefighter coordinating rescue efforts in Santiago Atitlan, the Guatemalan city near landslides that hit four villages. A total of 177 people have been confirmed killed in Guatemala, but Benedicto Giron, a spokesman for the National Agency for Disaster Reduction, said villagers reported “200 or 300 people buried.” last_img read more

Lights dim on South Africa’s stages

first_imgBrickhill was the epitome of glamour for over a decade as the star of a series of Minstrel and Follies Extravaganzas. She went on to enjoy her greatest triumphs as Miss Hannigan in Annie, and in the title roles in Hello Dolly! and Mame. (Image: MEDIA CONTACTS • Alvon Collison The Entertainer +27 21 551 0969 RELATED ARTICLES • South African theatre • Magnet Theatre heads to Italy festival • Innovative theatre for young minds • Extreme entertainment in Joburg • Mda’s Madonna now stage dramaMelissa Jane CookThe stage lights have dimmed with the death of South African theatre doyenne Joan Brickhill, at the age of 89. She passed away in a frail care facility in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 15 January.Brickhill, who first astounded audiences at the age of two, was a consummate all-round performer and professional with skills in an array of disciplines, from costume design to casting, from performance to production. Born in KwaZulu-Natal in 1924, Brickhill was an actress who took her art to radio, theatre, television, and film. Unparalleled in the country, her formidable career spanned over 60 years, and her list of stage and screen performances is astonishingly long. Her passion for the spotlight, applause from the audience and dedicated love for her craft made her one of the most talented and respected South African performers of the twentieth century.The dominant force in musical theatre for over 20 years, Brickhill and her husband, Louis Burke, formed Brickhill-Burke Productions and staged a prolific series of long-running and outstanding productions from the mid-1960s to the 1980s. They produced Meet Me in St Louis on Broadway, Oklahoma!, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Miser, The Dark of the Moon, Rashomon, The Beggar’s Opera, The Minstrel Scandals, and The Owl and the Pussycat, to name a few.Brickhill was the epitome of glamour for over a decade as the star of a series of Minstrel and Follies Extravaganzas. She went on to enjoy her greatest triumphs as Miss Hannigan in Annie, and in the title roles in Hello Dolly! and Mame. The grand theatre productions were staged in His Majesty’s Theatre, in Johannesburg.In 1978, the theatre was financially crippled and was on the verge of closing down. Brickhill and Burke orchestrated a heroic battle but sadly, His Majesty’s was finally closed in 1981, with the couple’s production of Hello Dolly! ending its illustrious career. Brickhill was committed to the sanctity of the theatre space and went beyond the stage to save it. In front of the curtain and behind the scenes she did everything she could to ensure this beautifully ornate establishment remained open.Besides her bold love of the theatre and stage, Brickhill was an avid, passionate campaigner during the devastating scourge of Aids in the 1980s. She was a staunch supporter and patron of SA Artists Fight against Aids and was the first patron of Fight against Aids Campaign.Wanting to pass on her knowledge and love to others, the Brickhill Burke School of Speech and Drama was opened in Durban in the late 1950s. The couple felt uniquely gifted and proud that they were the discoverers and mentors of young talent.After many successful, dramatic years together they divorced; Brickhill returned to Durban, where she taught and directed productions, and Burke left for New York in the mid-1990s.Known as a triple threat – a singing, dancing and acting performer – Brickhill could illuminate the stage and guarantee sold out houses. She was equally as successful as a producer and director, and will always be remembered as that rare phenomenon, the all-round genuine theatre star. She was also an executive entertainment producer at Sun City.ShowsBrickhill’s theatrical performances include: South Pacific (1969), All-New, Non-Stop Minstrel Scandals (1970), Follies Spectacular (1972), Minstrel Follies (1974), Meropa (1974), The Tempest (1975), Gypsy (1975), The Sound of Music (1976), Follies Fantastique (1976), Winnie the Pooh (1977), Annie (1978), I Love My Wife (1978), They’re Playing Our Song (1980), Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1980), Hello Dolly (1980), Bedazzled (1981), I Love My Wife (1982), Mame (1982), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1984), Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986), Double Act (1988).Brickhill’s first feature film was Nor the Moon by Night in 1958, in which she played Harriet Carver, the lead role. Her next celluloid outing was Follow That Rainbow in 1979. Along with Burke, she directed and presented the first South African play in KwaZulu-Natal to be performed to multi-racial audiences. It later toured the country.Awards and accoladesAs a toddler, the child star gleefully walked away with the “most talented child in the country” award and through the years her honours were many: twice winner of the Best Radio Actress; twice winner of Best Performance in Musical; nominated for a Tony Award on Broadway for her choreography in Meet Me In St Louis; the original musical Meropa – KwaZulu played the Royal Command Performance before Queen Elizabeth II during its long run in London; the University of Tshwane bestowed an honorary doctorate on her; and, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from South African Theatre Management. There is also a rose named in honour of the actress, a delicate medium yellow hybrid tea called the Joan Brickhill Rose.After a lifetime in the light, the theatre finally went dark this week.last_img read more

The 2018 Ohio Crop Tour – I-71 Leg – Day 1

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Marion CountyCorn: We found ourselves in 20 inch corn and had to figure out how to calculate this field. Once we Googled it, we were good to go. Wind has goose-necked some of this crop and there was some water damage in low lying areas, but the color was good and overall health was A-O.K. Saw some bird damage as well and Grey on the lower leaves. Our yield guess here is 180.Soybeans: This clod of dirt that came up with one of the soybeans plants tells a story of a dry period here. This farmers upped the population. Some Frogeye and Brown Spot and very minimal beetle feeding. Nodes were 2 inches apart and canopy was 39 inches high. We rate this field as Good.Overall County Observations – For how dry our fields were here, there have been some heavy rains in this county. Corn was farther along than we have seen and we will only see more developed corn tomorrow as we head south.Click on the pictures for a better lookMarion CountyMarion CountyMarion CountyMarion CountyMarion CountyMarion CountyMarion CountyMarion CountyWyandot CountyCorn: Pretty impressive stand here with nice color and less disease pressure than we have seen in a few stops. Some Grey but no insect feeding. Ear fill was nice but emergence was a bit uneven with several skips. Our yield guess is 191.Soybeans: This no-till field, planted in 15 inch rows, was very clean. Phytothera Root Rot is starting to show up here and some Brown Stem Rot in a few plants. Canopy height was 42 inches and nodes were 2.5 inches apart. No insect pressure to speak of. We rate this field as Good.Overall County Observation – Same story, different county. The only difference is a little more firing on the corn. We are finding ourselves trying to find things to look for because almost every stop is the same. Consistently good.For a closer look, click on the photosWyandot CountyWyandot CountyWyandot CountyWyandot CountyWyandot CountyWyandot CountyWyandot CountyWyandot CountyCrawford CountyCorn: May 18th was the planting date here. This is 107 day corn and it is healthy at this point. Only disease was found on the lower leaf. During pollination it got hot in this area and some tip back is happening as a result. Spacing was good and it is in early dent now. Our yield number here is 203.Soybeans: They have had two 1-inch rain events in August so the soil is looking good, but one more rain will do the trick for these May 4th planted beans. Tallest we have seen so far with a canopy of 52 inches. Distance between nodes was 3 inches. Saw some Brown Leaf Spot and some insect feeding, but when it is all said and done these will yield nicely. We rate this field as Good to Excellent.Overall County Observations – More good crops that have had steady rain all growing season. Beans looks good all the way down Route 4.Click on the pictures for a closer lookCrawford CountyCrawford CountyCrawford CountyCrawford CountyCrawford CountyCrawford CountyCrawford CountyCrawford CountySeneca CountyCorn: We met the farmer of these fields and found out the planting date was May 8th. They got quite a bit of rain after that and then dried up and have gotten some whistle wetters after than, but nothing significant. Ear set was high here and disease and insect pressures were non existent. Our yield estimate here is 201.Soybeans: Beans were planted on May 9th and as you can see by the pictures, our 2 scouts found two very different spots of the field. We haven’t seen this kind of variability all day in the same field. Canopy height was 42 inches and distance between nodes was 2 inches. This field does need a shot of rain to help finish it off. We rate this field as Good to Excellent.Overall County Observation – This has been one of the drier counties of the day. Bean leaves were starting to flip in the heat of the day.Click on the pictures to get a closer lookSeneca CountySeneca CountySeneca CountySeneca CountySeneca CountySeneca CountySeneca CountySeneca CountyHuron CountyCorn: By far, the best looking field of corn we have seen today. The farmer told us he Y-dropped this field. Our sample doesn’t do the field justice, in our opinion, and it will be interesting to see after harvest just what this field was able to do. This plot is in early dent and the insect and disease pressure is very low. Ears filled out to the tip and there is still moisture in the soil. Our yield calc is 191.Soybeans: These tall beans were very well podded and clean, despite no application other than weed control. Canopy height was 38 inches and there were 2.5 inches between nodes. One of the healthiest beans we have seen on Day 1. We rate this field as excellent.Overall County Observation – Adequate moisture here will show the benefits at harvest. A lot of yards are being mowed today around here so lack of rain has not been an issue this growing season.Click on the pictures for a closer lookHuron County20180815_134215-660×440Huron CountyHuron CountyHuron County20180815_134215-660×440Huron CountyHuron County Ashland CountyCorn: This is the most significant tip-back we have seen so far today. Disease and insect pressures were low in this field. This field is in the dent stage and coming along. Our yield guess is 187.Soybeans: This field has overall good color and the ground has seen some moisture recently. Canopy is 34 inches high and the distance between nodes is 3 inches. Very low levels of Bacterial Leaf Blight and low amounts of insect feeding here. Pods are filling nicely and there are still some blooming happening. We rate this field as Good to Excellent.Overall County Observations – Rains here recently have helped and will help beans as they finish up. Timing of pollination may be a determent here with aborted kernels showing up.Click on the pictures for a closer lookWayne CountyWayne CountyWayne CountyWayne CountyWayne CountyWayne CountyWayne CountyWayne CountyWayne CountyCorn: Grey Leaf Spot was heavy below the ear and moving above the ear. It was heavy enough to have some effect on yields. The coons also had their way with this spot in the field. Pollination issues were also noticed here and tip back was also taking place. Our yield estimate is 176.Soybeans: More evidence of rain here with some spots of phytothera in low lying areas. Pods are filling nicely here and the only insects we saw were a very small number of Bean Leaf Beetle. Canopy height was 36 inches and distance between nodes was 2 inches. There was still some growth at the top of these stems so the potential is still there. We rate this field as Good.Overall County Observations – More consistency in this part of the state but these farmers could use a shot of rain in the near term. SDS is starting to pop up in more and more fields in this area.Click on the pictures for a closer lookWayne CountyWayne CountyWayne CountyWayne CountyWayne CountyWayne CountyWayne CountyWayne CountyHolmes CountyCorn: At one point (or multiple points) of the growing season the received some heavy rains here and high soil erosion and weak stalks can attest to that. Along with some Northern Corn Leaf Blight, we also ran into some rust and Eyespot. Insect pressure was low and there was some tip back. Our yield guess is 177.Soybeans: Didn’t take two steps into this field and we saw some Frogeye and Downey, along with Bean Leaf Beetle and Japanese Beetle feeding. SDS was also found. Canopy height was 36 inches and distance between nodes wa 2 1/2 inches. There was a good, even stand in these 15 inch rows. We rate this field as Good.Overall County Observations – One thing we have noticed at our last two stops was how the soybean populations have been knocked back in this part of the state. That is allowing stalks to branch out very nicely. Fields are clean throughout the county. The quality of the crop has been very consistent.Click the pictures for a closer lookHolmes CountyHolmes CountyHolmes CountyHolmes CountyHolmes CountyHolmes CountyHolmes CountyHolmes CountyRichland CountyCorn: This area could use some rain and they might get some this evening. This field was planted on Memorial Day and in the milk stage. Ran into some pollination issues here, but overall this corn is in great shape with no disease or pests. Our yield guess here is 200.Soybeans: Population here was 145K and that explains a lot for how things has developed here. Top canopy was 48 inches with 2 inches between nodes. Very light Downy Mildew in this field and some beetles feeding. We counted several 4-bean pods and we rate this field as Excellent.Overall County Observations – Many of these fields were planted in the later window of May. They need a rain here, but all in all, crops are holding their own.For a closer look, click the picturesRichland CountyRichland CountyRichland CountyRichland CountyRichland CountyRichland CountyRichland CountyRichland CountyKnox CountyCorn: Our two samples here were vastly different and it was because one part of the field we stopped in were full of skips. Those are the types of things you can’t see from the road. With that said, the plant health was strong here and very little insect pressure. Some disease was noted on the lower leaves but the upper leaves were just fine. Tip back was definitely an issue. Our yield calc here is 157.Soybeans: Another tall field of beans here and they are healthy. The 15 inch row beans had a 43 inch canopy height and they were podded all the way to the top. No disease pressure, even on the lower leaves. No insects to see either. Easy to rate this field as Excellent.Overall County Observations: Many fields looked like they were planted late in this part of the state but giant rag has taken over many of the fields we drove by. As we have said many times already, beans are looking really nice.Click on the pictures for a closer lookKnox CountyKnox CountyKnox CountyKnox CountyKnox CountyKnox CountyKnox CountyKnox CountyMorrow CountyCorn: It is easy to see they have had more moisture here that parts just south of here. This field, in the dent stage, had some skips and had fired from early nitrogen loss and/or that excess rain. The stalks were extremely tall and due to the skips about 15% of them had a second ear. Our yield guess here is 167.Soybeans: These are the tallest beans we have seen thus far and the roots system was impressive. Canopy height was 40 inches and the distance between nodes was 2 inches. Disease pressure was light and only saw a few beetles throughout. We rate this field as good.Overall County Observations – There were a lot of wet spots as we drive through this county and noticeable weed control issues. Disease was mostly noticed on the lower leaves, also a result of early, heavy rains.Click on images for a closer lookMorrow CountyMorrow CountyMorrow CountyMorrow CountyMorrow CountyMorrow CountyMorrow CountyMorrow CountyLicking CountyCorn: Really nice corn here. No insect pressure to speak of and very little gray, charcoal and northern. Ear fill is excellent and stalk strength was great. A 20 around helped bump our calculation. Our yield estimate here is a solid 209.Soybeans: These soybeans have branched out very nicely and the field is very clean here. Canopy height was 33 inches and these was a average of 1.75 inches between nodes. We noticed some Frog Eye and Bacteria Leaf Blight, but very low impacts. Same goes for insect pressure. We rate this field as Excellent.General County Observations – We didn’t see as much firing here as we did in Delaware. Maybe a little more moisture here. Beans looked really nice throughout the county.Click on the photos for a closer lookLicking CountyLicking CountyLicking CountyLicking CountyLicking CountyLicking CountyLicking CountyLicking CountyDelaware CountyCorn: We have a feeling we will see a lot of firing in corn over the next two days, but we won’t really know if that is because of deficiency or because of dry conditions early in the growing season. We have two Delaware County farmers on this route and they think the latter may be the case in this field. We saw some grey but very low amounts. Overall, this corn looks to be in good shape. Our yield guess here is 206.Soybeans: These beans were not as far along as we were expecting, so we talked with the farmer here and this field was planted after a hay crop. With that said, these beans have excellent potential. Canopy height was 29 inches and the distance between nodes was 3 inches. Minimal Frog Eye and Japanese Beetle feeding. We rate this field as Good.General County Observations – Premature firing due to dry conditions was noticed on multiple fields, but corn looks like it has recovered for the most part with more favorable conditions later in the season.Click on the photos for a closer lookDelaware CountyDelaware CountyDelaware CountyDelaware CountyDelaware CountyDelaware CountyDelaware CountyDelaware Countylast_img read more

Ind vs Eng: England in driver’s seat on Day 1

first_imgIn reply to India’s first innings total of 224, England are 84 for no loss with skipper Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook in the middle at stumps on Day One of the third Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Wednesday. Score | PhotosRead Day 2 match reportRead Day 3 match report – Cook scores a doubleRead Day 4 match reportEarlier put in to bat, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored a resolute 77 helping India to 224 after being pushed to the wall with 92/4 on board.England got rid of India opener Virender Sehwag on the first ball of the match. A short ball of Stuart Broad rubbed past Sehwag’s gloves and wicketkeeper Matt Prior did the rest behind the stumps. India were down to 8/1 early in the innings.Post the first ball loss, opener Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid, who opened for India in the Trent Bridge Test, batted with resolve. The two had put on 59 runs for the second wicket when Tim Bresnan decided to break their stand.Bresnan, who had been sticking to the off-stump line, brought the ball in and it did the damage, uprooting Gambhir’s stumps when he was on 38.Amazing! Sachin played that with virtually no foot movementMaster Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who was looking iffy during his innings paid the price. He poked into a swinging ball off Stuart Broad and James Anderson made no mistake in the slips cordon. He fell for one and India were down to 60/3.Next it was the turn of the Mr Dependable to walk off the pitch. A cracking delivery from Bresnan rammed into Dravid’s stumps when he was on 22. India were down to 75/4 as Dravid fell on the last ball before lunch.advertisementImmediately into the second session, James Anderson struck again and Suresh Raina was seen walking back towards the pavilion on four.India were down to 92/5 with little hope for a revival. But the misery for India was far from over as soon Laxman too departed on a Bresnan ball. He tried to pull the ball past the boundary, but ended up giving a catch to Broad at long leg. He fell for 30 and India lost their sixth wicket on 100.Tail-ender Amit Mishra faced just 13 balls before giving up his wicket to Stuart Broad with keeper Prior performing the final honours behind the stumps. And India were reduced to 111/7.Finally, India skipper MS Dhoni and lower-order batsman Praveen Kumar revived the innings for the visitors. The two batted with caution thwarting the England attack.Just when the opposition bowlers were trying to wrap up the India innings, skipper Dhoni got into the zone and started dealing in boundaries and over-the-fence shots, delaying England plans.But, England bowlers went ahead with their Plan B and got rid of Dhoni’s partner Praveen Kumar and once again India were on the mat, though this time the situation was a little better as the score was 195/8. Praveen and Dhoni put on 84 runs for the 8th wicket with Dhoni leading the charge.Dhoni gradually upped the tempo while Ishant Sharma, more famous for his exploits with the ball, did what the top-order batsmen failed to do – hold the bat straight. At tea India were 205/8 with Dhoni batting on 61 and Ishant trying hard to stay in the middle.Post tea, however, the things turned sour for India and it was no other than Stuart Broad, who got rid of the man England wanted back in the pavilion.Dhoni wanted to whack Broad past the boundary, but failed and an edge got carried to his counterpart in the England camp, Andrew Strauss. Dhoni fell for 77 and India lost their ninth wicket on 224.Soon India innings came to an end on 224 all out when last man Ishant fell to Andreson.In reply, England got off to a good start with skipper Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook taking the steam off India bowlers. Strauss raced to an easy half-century and the two were in the middle when stumps were drawn on 84 for no loss.last_img read more

Hotsheet: Things to buy this season

first_imgRaching in timeTalk about flights of fancy, it is almost impossible to ignore the winged hourglass logo that can be found on some of the finest timepieces by Swiss watchmakers, Longines. Held in Sydney in April this year, the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the high brow horse racing event, saw,Raching in timeTalk about flights of fancy, it is almost impossible to ignore the winged hourglass logo that can be found on some of the finest timepieces by Swiss watchmakers, Longines. Held in Sydney in April this year, the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the high brow horse racing event, saw the Swiss watchmaker time the amazing victory of Lucia Valentina and Damien Oliver.The brand was also featured as the Official Timekeeper and Watch of both the Royal Randwick racecourse and Australian Turf Club. Adding dollops of glamour to race day was Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Longines Ambassador of Elegance, who awarded the winning owner, trainer and jockey an elegant Longines watch. The highlight of the event, however, was the showcase of a timepiece from their DolceVita collection, illustrating contemporary elegance of the Longines watchmaking brand worldwide.The watch is cased in steel, decorated with diamonds and features a silver (coloured) “flinque” dial adorned with painted Roman numerals. This timepiece is mounted on a red leather strap. Clearly, unlike other racing events, this one proved to be a celebration of fine design and great craftsmanship. Price on request, Availability All Longines stores in India.For SummersTHE CLASSIC CALLMedieval oppulence never fails to fill you with fantasy. These beautifully constructed Gehna gempieces are reinterpreted coupling the modern aesthetic with timeless elegance. Price on request Availability Kakad Palace, Turner Rd, Bandra West, MumbaiOBJECT OF DESIREJewellery is very often inspired by architectural decor patterns. These droplets from Mirari’s Honeycomb collection are created on the same lines. These one of a kind statement pieces have authentic criss-cut diamonds in a variety of geometrical patterns, patented by Lili Diamonds, Israel. Price on request Availability Mirari Boutique, DLF Emporio , Vasant Kunj, New DelhiadvertisementSEASONAL TOASTHandcrafted with a hint of artistic influence from Greece, this gleaming gold-plated silver pair of Katerina Makriyianni’s earrings are adorned with bright fuchsia zircon doublets. The optional hanging backs are set with slices of green malachite that are topped with faceted clear zircon doublets to catch the light. Price $396 Availability THAT GLITTERSCapturing the essence of sunshine and and glittering incessantly, Aurelle’s Sunshine Sorbet collection by Leshna Shah is delicate beauty with gem artistry. Live your grand summer moment with this masterpiece. Price on request Availability 101/A, 36 Turner Road Bandra West, MumbaiFor MenDUAL PLAYThis summer is a season of contrasts. Go for those dual tones and give singularity a break. The blue and cream cotton two-tone shirt from Marni is the perfect grab to sport the look.The classic collar, a front button placket, long sleeves, button cuffs and a curved hemline is neat and cool. Price $445 Availability www.farfetch.comCHECK MATEIt doesn’t matter if you don’t have a Scottish legacy. You can still sport plaid in style. Don’t wait until the next brisk-weather equinox to get this look. Plaids are making rounds on runways and the Walter Van Beirendonck check plaid trousers is your summer love. Price $541, Availability www. LUGThe custom bespoke convertible duffle by Metamorph is skilfully handcrafted with pure leather on the outside and plush suede material inside with fine metal fittings. It seamlessly transcends into a dapper travel accessory. Price On request Availability SS Homme, First Floor, Deccan Court, Bandra West, MumbaiWHITE RULESItalian craftsmanship compliments many moods and styles. Designed with artistic sensibility, the Corneliani sneakers work for those uber cool trips or a formal wine and cheese evening.Price On request Availability DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New DelhiFor WomenMIXED MOMENTThe Italian fashion house Missoni, known for its palette and signature style has the perfect accessory for the upcoming season. Designed in the label’s iconic zig-zag motif, this crochetknit and printed silk-chiffon headband extrapolates the colour palette with perfection. Update vacation looks with the brightly hued accent. Price on request, Availability Missoni, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, DelhiTROPICAL BLISSFind beauty in the abstract with the multicolour mixed print scarf from Mary Katrantzou. Bring back nostalgia to the classicprint patterns with this multi-purpose accessory this summer. Truly anobject of art and design, the texture and digital craft speaks foritself with colour and shape being equally essential. Price $643Availability www.marykatrantzou.comPOP STROKELike all of Sophie Anderson’s unique designs, the Jonas bag has been handwoven by skilled Wayuu artisans in Colombia. Crafted from crocheted cotton in robust hues like neon pink, playful turquoise and rich emerald, the roomy design makes it perfect for beach and travel. Price $886 Availability www.neta-porter.comCRAFTED WHIMA timeless ode to the perceptive strokes of impressionism, the black and multicoloured silk Animali Fantastici espadrilles from Valentino Garavani feature an almond toe, detailed embroidery, a leather trim, and a braided raffia sole making it a perfect mashup of crafts. Price $933 Availability www.farfetch.comadvertisementSOFT FOCUSLustrous sky-blue, navy, black and white jacquard come together in the Maje’s Radeau dress. The modifiable ruffled cuffs and a grosgrain belt add definition to the look and the front split brings in effortless charm as you put your best foot forward. Switch your statement accessories to make this piece work for a day or night look. Price $434, Availability OF ARTArt meets luxury this summer with the Olympia Le-Tan’s Yasunari Kawabata book clutch. The limited edition iconic book clutch with a brass frame and a liberty print lining is the perfect blend of classic and contemporary. Price 439 EUROS Availability www.olympialetan.comCASUAL ELEGANCEPumps go with everything, as Christian Dior used to say. These Dior pumps feature feminine curves and luxurious crafting, designed to accentuate the figure with elegance and style. Price On request Availability Dior Boutique, Dlf Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New DelhiGO METALLICSculptural, substantial and timeless. This Jennifer Fisher double band silver-plated ring is cast from silverplated brass coated with rhodium. Make it a part of your everyday look, keeping other accents to a minimum. Price $363, Availability www. shopstyle.comLatest FashionGO GREENQuirky meets unique in this green leather shoulder bag from Gucci. With a web-strawberry-metal bow-GG pearl detail on the flap, as well as a red lady bug, it boasts quite a few elements that simply cannot be ignored. Price on request Availability on orderMIDAS TOUCHIconic style, bold shapes and volumes of oomph tell a Versace from the pack. This pair flaunts a full acetate frame with a butterfly shape including 98 Swarovski crystals. A gold plated 3D Medusa appears to complement the statement. Price Rs 18,500; Availability Sunglass Hut Stores across IndiaSPORTY CHICGood things do come in small packages, clean lines and a slouchy silhouette. The Waverly small backpack from Tumi merges downtown edge with uptown sophistication. Pebbled leather simply makes it better. Price Rs28,500 Availability Tumi boutiques in IndiaRED HAUTEIf the devil wears Prada, the ultimate sophisticate sports Jimmy Choo, especially if it’s red, pointy and vertiginous. If in doubt, register your shock and awe with this red perforated suede classic pointy toe pump with crystal hotfix detailing. Here comes the hotstepper. Price Rs 1.06 lakh Availability Brand stores Bangalore and DelhiFor HomeCOOL BLUEThe heat calls out to it. It’s aquamarine. Need one say more? Further, the thin stainless steel legs of the paisley chair from IDUS create an illusion of floating. Sink in or simply bliss out. Price on request Availability Brand store, Kirti Nagar, DelhiNOIR INTENSEMonochrome is on trend, as much on runways as in drawing rooms, so the Metropolis fits right in. This beautiful dining/breakfast table for four from Scarlet Splendour’s Vanilla Noir collection simply stands out. Crafted with MDF, plywood and resin inlay, it looks heavier than it feels. Price Rs 3.27 lakh; Availability http://www.scarletsplendour.comadvertisementWINE BY DESIGNSocial responsibility takes on a deeper hue with Ermenegildo Zegna’s new chapter with Project Barrique. This Adam and Eve cabinet, designed by Peter Marino, plays with the peculiarities of the slats of oak wine barrels that differ in colour and curvature. Price on request; Availability TABLESRefined suedes and leathers, bold, strong and contrasting bronze and oak define the new home line from Bottega Veneta. This elegant eight-arched wood oak palude bronze coffee table lends credible weight to the collection. Price 18,000 Euros Availability www.bottegaveneta.comDAME GOODBregeut surprises and delights with a new watch model for women that can be proudly flaunted as a fashion accessory too.Fashionistas may have ignored the aesthetic appeal of Breguet so far, but that’s all set to change with the new self-winding Tradition Dame 7038 model. Women with an eye for beauty and a penchant for prestigious watchmaking will undoubtedly swoon over this elegant watch featuring an ultra-modern, graphic structure that proudly bares almost all the movement components on either side of the mainplate.In terms of its display, the watch shows the hours and minutes on a finely engine-turned Tahitian mother-of-pearl dial. These indications are discreetly complemented by the retrograde seconds engraved on the movement face at 10 o’clock. Another distinctive feature, keeping women’s sensibilities in mind, is the frosted white movement admirably complemented by an 18-carat white gold case. Brilliant-cut diamonds delicately set on the bezel and a watch movement jewel unusually placed on the crown further add allure to this sparkle saga. Who says form has to follow function? Price on request Available at Johnson Watch Company, Connaught Place, Delhilast_img read more

Japan Open 2019: Sai Praneeth sails into 2nd round after beating Kento Nishimoto

first_imgIndian shuttler B. Sai Praneeth started off his Japan Open 2019 campaign on a winning note as he registered a comprehensive straight-games victory over Japan’s Kento Nishimoto in the opening round of the $750,000 tournament here on Tuesday.Praneeth, who didn’t have as great a run in the recently-concluded Indonesia Open losing to Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent, defeated Nishimoto 21-17, 21-13 in the first-round contest that lasted just for 42 minutes.Praneeth had pulled out of the last edition of this tournament and he came out with a confident performance this time around.In the mixed doubles pair of Ashwini Ponappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy also advanced to the second round with an easy win over Germany’s Linda Efler and Marvin Seidel. The Indian pair defeated the duo of Efler-Seidel 21-14, 21-19 in 33 minutes.However, there was disappointment in the men’s doubles event as India’s Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy lost to the Malaysian pair of Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin 12-21, 16-21 in a match when was played for less than an hour.On Wednesday, ace Indian shuttlers P.V. Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will begin their tournament campaign in their respective events. Sindhu will face China’s Yue Han, while Srikanth will lock horns with compatriot H.S. Prannoy. Sameer Verma will also compete with Denmark’s Anders Antonsen in his opening round clash.last_img read more

Moss ‘misguided’ before Kane penalty award

first_imgPremier League Moss ‘misguided’ in TV question before awarding Kane contentious penalty Jamie Smith 02:39 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Jonathan Moss Getty Images Premier League Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur Harry Kane Jürgen Klopp Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur After a number of controversial calls during Sunday’s Premier League between Liverpool and Tottenham at Anfield, PGMOL have backed the match officials Referee Jon Moss admits he was “misguided” to ask for television footage while awarding Tottenham a penalty at Liverpool, but Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) has backed his ultimate decision.A thrilling 2-2 draw featured a pair of contentious penalties in the final 10 minutes of the game, Harry Kane missing after he was adjudged to have been fouled by Loris Karius, before the England striker made amends in the 95th minute after Erik Lamela was felled by Virgil van Dijk.Van Dijk accused the Spurs duo of diving after the game, while Jurgen Klopp also vented frustration at the officiating and suggested the officials apologised to him at full-time for getting the first decision wrong, with the Reds believing there should have been an offside flag during the build-up to Kane going down under Karius’ challenge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player In a lengthy delay, Moss appeared to ask fourth official Martin Atkinson, “Have we got anything from the TV?”. Officials are not permitted to use television footage to review decisions in games where a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is not in use.PGMOL has insisted that there was no wrongdoing in making the decision, affirming it to be the correct one.A statement read: “[Moss] asked a question to his fourth official Martin Atkinson and acknowledges that referencing ‘TV’ was misguided. Atkinson did not reply to the question and so had no involvement in the decision.”Having properly reflected on the questions asked, Jon knew that a Liverpool player, now identified as [Dejan] Lovren, had played the ball and that no offside offence had occurred. He then awarded the penalty.”For the avoidance of doubt, Atkinson did not view a television monitor and did not relay any information to the on-field officials.”Backing Moss, PGMOL added: “In real time this was a difficult series of decisions which the match officials judged correctly in recognising that Kane was not offside, as Lovren had deliberately played the ball, and he was fouled for the award of the penalty kick.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more