European Bank Approves US$27.3M to Upgrade RIA

first_imgUrgently needed work to upgrade the runway and address safety at Liberia’s main airport will be backed by Europe’s loan of US$27.3 million through its long-term lending institution, the European Investment Bank (EIB), following an agreement signed in Washington D.C. on Monday, October 13.Amara M. Konneh, the Liberian Minister for Finance and Development Planning, said “The European Investment Bank had always been a true partner to the people of Liberia. The airport rehabilitation project is another clear manifestation of that partnership.”The twenty year loan, worth  US$27.3 million (EUR 19.6 million) for Roberts International Airport was formally agreed on the sidelines of the World Bank-IMF meetings in Washington at a ceremony attended by Amara M. Konneh, Finance Minister of the Republic of Liberia and Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Dr. J. Mills Jones.The occasion also allowed detailed discussion of issues of pressing concern in Liberia, the government’s economic recovery plan and EIB’s engagement in West Africa.“The European Investment Bank stands side by side with Liberia at this time of need. We will continue our engagement with Liberian officials, partner institutions and European Union Delegations in the region and will ensure that any support we can provide will be of best use. Upgrading Monrovia’s airport is essential for Liberia and we are pleased to share experience from similar projects elsewhere in Africa.” said Pim van Ballekom, European Investment Bank Vice President.This is the first European Investment Bank operation with the Liberian Airports Authority and follows recent support for improving electricity generation in Liberia through backing for rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant.The runway work will also include improvements to runway drainage and runway lighting.  When completed, it will allow Robert International Airport to comply with international civil aviation standards. The project is being co-financed with the Saudi Fund for Development and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa.The European Investment Bank has experience supporting airport investment around the world and has provided EUR 12.5 billion for new airports and airport upgrading in the last decade. This has included runway improvements in Maputo, upgrading regional airports in Tanzania, air traffic control in Madagascar and West Africa, as well as Heathrow Terminal 5, Amsterdam Schiphol, Frankfurt and Paris airports. The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the long-term lending institution of the European Union, owned by its Member States. It makes long-term finance available for sound investment in order to contribute towards EU policy goals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Tattoo Nose” slapped with murder charge

first_imgA 55-year-old man was remanded to prison when he appeared on Wednesday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for the capital offence of murder.Phillip Bacchus, also known as “Tattoo Nose” of Lot 36 Railway Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara (ECD), stood before Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday.It is alleged that on May 9, 2019 at Princeville, Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), he stabbed Leavern Daniels. However, the man succumbed to his injuries on May 10. The prosecution is contending that on May 9, 2019 at 23:45h at Princeville, Daniels and some friends were imbibing at a shop when the accused approached their table and requested some of their alcohol. This request was denied. It is alleged that Bacchus became annoyed and threatened to harm Daniels, after which he left.Shortly after, Daniels was on his way to a camp when he was attacked and reportedly stabbed in the region of his abdomen by the accused. Daniels was rushed to the Mahdia Hospital, where he died. Bacchus was subsequently arrested.The father of four was remanded to prison. The case will continue today.last_img read more

Ex-Liverpool star signs new deal at Barcelona

first_img1 Barcelona star Javier Mascherano Javier Mascherano has agreed a new three-year contract at Barcelona to end speculation about his future.The Argentina international has been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp this summer, with strong rumours of a transfer to Juventus, but he has now committed his future to the Catalan club.Sporting director Albert Soler said: “An agreement has been reached and Mascherano will continue at Barcelona for the next three years.”The 32-year-old, who joined from Liverpool in 2010, has made over 250 appearances for the club, winning 16 trophies.News of Mascherano’s new deal comes on the same day that Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes completed his move to club after passing a medical and putting pen to paper.The Portugal international arrived at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night following an announcement last Thursday that a reported £29.2million deal had been agreed between the two La Liga clubs.He completed the formalities by officially signing his contract on Wednesday morning.Gomes said at his unveiling press conference: “I have chosen the best club for me. It is an honour and a privilege to wear this shirt.“I am 22 and I want to grow. I have come to learn. Here, I have many references.“Barca relates to my way of playing football and to my identity. I hope to enjoy and win many titles.”last_img read more

Cool, wet spring may increase risk of needle nematodes

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A cool, wet spring may put corn planted in sandy soils at greater risk of attack by the destructive needle nematode, Purdue Extension nematologist Jamal Faghihi said.Nematodes are microscopic, cylindrical worms that live in a variety of habitats, sometimes living parasitically in or around plant and animal hosts. The needle nematode feeds around the roots of corn and other grasses, requires moisture and prefers loose, sandy soil, Faghihi said.“The needle nematode must have certain conditions to show up. If spring is cool and wet, the likelihood of its showing up is very high,” he said. “In the northern and western parts of the state, the nematodes are a very prominent problem and can cause a lot of damage.”Symptoms of needle nematode infestation in corn include short, brown roots with clubbed ends and stunted yellow plants. While the symptoms may initially resemble those of herbicide injury or moisture damage, symptoms from these causes will be more widespread across the field, while nematode damage will appear in random patches.Nematodes are nearly impossible to see without a microscope, so the only way to receive a definitive diagnosis is to send a sample to the Purdue Nematology Laboratory or other nematology labs for testing, Faghihi said. The sample should include the entire root ball of the plant and should be kept cool and moist.“It’s important to send the entire root system and the adjacent soil, rather than only a soil sample, because we can only detect nematodes in a soil sample if the number around that plant is very high,” he said. “But as few as 10 nematodes can cause damage, so we want to make sure we aren’t missing even a small number.”Needle nematodes are temperature-sensitive and either die or burrow deeper in the soil once the soil temperatures reach 85 degrees, typically toward the beginning or middle of July. For this reason, samples should be taken before the soil temperature gets too high — about four to six weeks after germination, Faghihi said.Treatments for needle nematodes include topical pesticides that target early-season pests. Seed treatments may or may not be effective, Faghihi said. But there is no way to prevent infestation. If nematodes have appeared in a field in the past, they likely will reappear when conditions are cool and wet.Needle nematodes do not spread across fields on their own but by cross-contamination, such as when soil is moved from an infested field to a non-infested field. Crops typically grown in cool, moist locations, such as mint, have a greater chance of containing needle nematodes that could be spread to corn.After the nematodes are gone, the root system of affected plants will branch out and the plant will return to normal, although with a reduced yield, Faghihi said. Additional stressors, such as subsequent dry weather, however, may add to the damage.Needle nematodes are not the only nematode species that can cause significant crop damage. Lance and lesion nematodes are potential problems during the growing season and can attack soybeans as well as corn. Like needle nematodes, a history of lance or lesion nematodes is a strong indicator that the worms could reappear. Additionally, growers may encounter the root knot nematode, which can affect all crops, including corn, soybeans and melons.last_img read more

Sheep Day July 15 at OARDC

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2017 Ohio Sheep Day is scheduled for Saturday, July 15 at OARDC Sheep Research Unit, location of a major portion of sheep research being conducted at The Ohio State University.  The OARDC Sheep Research Unit is located in beautiful Wayne County at 5743 Fredericksburg Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.Ohio Sheep Day will offer visitors the opportunity to visit a successful sheep farming operation dedicated to sheep production in a profitable way. Sheep farmers and anyone interested in sheep management and production is invited to attend. A lamb luncheon is included as part of registration and no pre-registration is required.The OARDC Sheep Research Unit hosts a commercial sheep operation concentrating its efforts on sheep research involving many aspects of sheep production and management.  The farm is located in northeastern Ohio where the terrain is gently rolling, making it an ideal location for grain crops as well as ruminant livestock production.This year will once again focus on programming, which will increase and improve the productivity and profitability of sheep and other small ruminant operations.A list of programs includes: OARDC sheep research updates — Francis Fluharty, OSU Animal SciencesPasture walks with the experts — Bob Hendershot, Green Pasture Services and Rory Lewandowski, OSU ExtensionBeginning and novice shepherd’s sessions — Roger Shearer and Doug Clevenger, OSU Animal SciencesCurrent research: The effect of weaning age on lamb health and performance — Brady Campbell, OSU Animal SciencesThe impact of internal parasites on sheep operations — Jeff McCutcheon, OSU ExtensionManaging primary predator issues on sheep and livestock farms — Tommy Butler, USDA A trade show will also take place at the event, where attendees may visit and purchase supplies and equipment. This show will deal with several aspects of sheep production and management.For further information regarding Ohio Sheep Day activities, please contact Roger A. High at (614) 246-8299 or by email at rhigh@ofbf.org. Additional information and directions to the site can also be found at www.ohiosheep.org.The Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, Ohio Sheep and Wool Program, OSU Sheep Team, Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ashland, Holmes and Wayne County Farm Bureaus, Ohio State University Animal Sciences Department, and the American Sheep Industry are the major sponsors of Ohio Sheep Day.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast November 13, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Forecast pattern continues to look pretty friendly to us over the next week to 10 days, at least where additional moisture is concerned. Yes, we remain cold nearby, but even that will change as we move toward the end of the week and weekend.We have a fully dry forecast for all of Ohio from today through at least midweek next week. With no new precipitation or organized frontal action, we will concentrate on temps. We are cold today, and not quite as cold tomorrow. Temps really start to ease late in the week on Friday through the weekend, and then early next week we could even be a bit above normal. The map at right shows temps compared to normal for next Tuesday afternoon. We should see good sun through the entire period.Later next week, our next front arrives later Thursday into Friday. This front brings some moisture, but not a lot. We expect rain (we will be warm enough for rain from that front) with totals of a few hundredths to .4″, and coverage at 70% of Ohio. The front takes about 12 hours to work through, and we clear pretty quickly behind it.We start the extended period with sunshine for Saturday and Sunday the 23rd and 24th, and temps moderate again for the 24th. This will be ahead of our next front that arrives late Monday the 25th. Clouds increase through the day Monday ahead of the front, then rain comes overnight through Tuesday the 26th. Rain totals can be .25″-1″, with coverage at 90%. Wrap around moisture keeps clouds around for Wednesday the 27th, and we cant rule out sprinkles or flurries north of US 30 there. But then we are back to sunshine and mild conditions as we finish the extended forecast window on Thanksgiving. Right now, it looks like it should be a decent turkey day, at least weather-wise, but there is ample opportunity for Mother nature to change that up.last_img read more

‘Name bridge after Hazarika’

first_imgAhead of the inauguration of India’s longest bridge this Friday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there are calls to name it after the legendary Assamese singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika.Travel timeMr. Modi will inaugurate the 9.15-km Dhola-Sadiya Bridge over Lohit river, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, on Friday. The bridge will bring upper Assam closer to eastern Arunachal Pradesh and is estimated to reduce travel time by four hours. The bridge will also make it much easier for Army convoys to reach outposts near the China border. The bridge in Tinsukia district is located over 500-km from Assam’s Capital Dispur and 300-km from Arunachal Pradesh’s Capital Itanagar. Stating that Hazarika was born in the region (in Assam’s Sadiya), the Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA) had recently issued a statement saying that the “cultural icon can be identified as a man of assimilation, who connected various big and small communities of the region like a golden thread”. The Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) too agreed with this statement.Letter to PMO In a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office, the APLS had said that Sadiya had served as one of the administrative headquarters of the North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA), as Arunachal was known as earlier, when Hazarika was born in 1926 until the devastating earthquake in 1950.The APLS said, “Although Sadiya falls under Assam at present, Hazarika’s birthplace is said to be at Bolung village of Lower Dibang Valley district in Arunachal”.last_img read more

Golu Ohodar honoured by Jkhand Government

first_imgRanchi, Jun 1 (PTI) Golu Ohodar, who was one of the key players who helped India win the Blind Cricket World Cup, was today honoured by the Jharkhand Government with Chief Minister Raghubar Das announcing Rs one lakh for the cricketer.Announcing the amount as a mark of honour for Ohodars feat at a felicitation ceremony at Booty village near here, Das said the state would take necessary initiatives to give him a job, an official release said here.The state has a provision of three per cent for the handicapped and two per cent for sports persons, it added.Ohodar had represented India in the Blind Cricket World Cup in England and contributed a key role in the win, the release said. PTI PVR DKBlast_img read more

ISL: Jeje Lalpekhlua scores twice on birthday but Chennaiyin FC held by Delhi Dynamos

first_imgDelhi Dynamos’ Guyon Fernandez scored in the dying moments of the Indian Super League match against Chennaiyin FC to spoil Jeje Lalpehkhlua’s birthday celebration at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Sunday.Jeje found the net twice in the match to mark his birthday but Delhi managed to sneak out a draw away from home to end their miserable six-match losing streak.The lapse of concentration from the Chennaiyin defence at the end is to be blamed as Chennaiyin FC were all set to take all the three points from the game.With the draw, Chennaiyin moved to the top of the league table with 17 points from nine matches while Delhi remained rooted at the bottom of the table with four points from eight games..@DelhiDynamos put a halt to their 6-game losing streak thanks to a late, late finish from @Guyonfernandez9!More videos: https://t.co/cVyUhTONeX#ISLRecap #LetsFootball #CHEDEL pic.twitter.com/W3MfP5WJL7- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) January 7, 2018Delhi Dynamos started the game on the front foot. Miguel Portugal’s men dominated possession and had the home side cornered for much of the early part of the game.The pressure reaped benefits in the 24th minute when David Ngaihte gave Delhi the lead. Fullback, Nandhakumar Sekar put in a delightful ball for Ngaihte in the box and his header flew past Chennaiyin goalkeeper Karanjit Singh.ALSO WATCHJeje Lalpekhlua equalised for the home side late in the first half. A free-kick from almost the halfway line into Delhi Dynamos box found its way to Jeje, who put his header past the keeper.advertisementHaving lost their lead, Delhi responded well. Karanjit Singh had to make a couple of quick saves to stop Delhi from regaining the lead just before the referee decided to blow the whistle for halftime.After having being outplayed for much of the first half, Chennayin improved their game in the second half and deservedly took the lead.In the 52nd minute, Germanpreet Singh’s pass found Lalpekhlua inside the box. The striker turned beautifully to get past his man and fired his shot in the top right corner of Xabier Iruetaguena’s goal to send the home supporters into a frenzy..@jejefanai turns his man and places it to perfection!#LetsFootball #CHEDEL https://t.co/qlxg2KiABv pic.twitter.com/teidM8OWW6- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) January 7, 2018The goal took the wind out of the visitors and Chennaiyin FC took control of the game. The home side had better chances to increase their lead but failed to make them count and it cost them dearly in the end.Fernandez, who had come on as a substitute for Lallianzuala Chhangte, made the home side pay.A deep cross from Jeroen Lumu found Kalu Uche inside the box, who cushioned his header for unmarked Fernandez, who in turn tapped the ball home to give his side a much-needed point.What a way to celebrate your birthday!#LetsFootball #CHEDEL pic.twitter.com/buvHEJFNyQ- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) January 7, 2018last_img read more