MOA Combats Caterpillar Worms in Bassa

first_imgThe Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) has assured citizens of Grand Bassa County that it will do all it can to combat caterpillar worms and prevent them from spreading to other parts of the county.The ministry said it regrets the resurfacing of the dangerous worms which are destroying crops and polluting creeks in the county.Speaking to the Daily Observer over the weekend, MOA County Coordinator Madan Joyce Kovah said her ministry is committed to combating the pest that is rampaging eight villages in Belour Ward (St. John River City) in Glakon Statutory District No.2. The affected villages are Momo, Lee, Gussin, Jerky, Passin, Zeegar, Alice and Daydeh Sletewein.The ministry is also determined to make sure that the lives and properties of the inhabitants of the affected villages are protected against the caterpillars, she said.She said after news of the presence of caterpillar worms reached the MOA, the ministry conducted an investigation and provided the appropriate chemicals to destroy the worms.However, Madam Kovah revealed that poor road networks, lack of bridges over large creeks, and the lack of canoes to cross major rivers are hampering efforts to continue the fight against the caterpillars.‘’This situation has temporally ceased our battle, but we are hoping to continue as soon as the rainy season ceases and the dry season begins,” she said.St. John River City Mayor Erasmus Addy recently sent a report on the outbreak of caterpillar worms in Grand Bassa to County Superintendent Joseph Levi Demmah.Superintendent Demmah quickly appealed to the Ministries of Internal Affairs, Agriculture, Health, and partners for their support.Meanwhile, the lawmaker of the affected villages, Rep. Mary Mincemeat Karwor, has provided hundreds of bags of mineral water for the affected inhabitants because the caterpillars have polluted the drinking water sources of these villages.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

All eyes on NU as defending champs set to perform last in 2019 UAAP Cheerdance

first_imgFrancis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna LATEST STORIES Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown ‘People evacuated on their own’ View comments No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Mystics top Aces advance to WNBA Finals Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees NU Pep Squad head coach Ghicka Bernabe. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—As the old adage goes, save the best for last.Defending champion National University will take the floor last in the UAAP Season 82 cheerdance competition as it guns for a second straight championship and sixth title overall.ADVERTISEMENT Pep Squad head coach Ghicka Bernabe acknowledged that all eyes are on her team when they take on the floor on Nov. 17 at Mall of Asia Arena and it would be a failure for them if they don’t deliver on the people’s expectations.“Since everyone is expecting a lot from us, it would be a failure for us if we won’t give the people a beautiful performance,” said Bernabe in Filipino during the competition’s press conference Wednesday at MOA Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Season 81’s last placer De La Salle will open the proceedings while University of the East, the no. 5 team last year, will perform second.University of the Philippines, the joint holder of the most titles in competition history with eight, will take the floor third with Ateneo, which finished seventh in Season 81, will be at fourth. Season 81 silver medalist Far Eastern University will look to win its first title since 2009 as the no.5 performer this year while Season 80 champion Adamson will take the floor at sixth.University of Santo Tomas, owner of eight titles, will be performing seventh.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruptionlast_img read more

“Flawed” tending to “authoritarian” democracy

first_imgThe Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), part of the respected British “Economist” magazine, issues annual reports on the state of democracy across the world. These are eagerly awaited because they offer an impartial assessment of countries’ efforts to practise democracy under different conditions. Because the same criteria are used, corrective measures can be taken by responsible leaders in the areas where their country may be lagging.Depending on their composite scores, countries can range from being “full democracies” to “authoritarian regimes”, through intermediate “flawed” and “hybrid” democracies. In the EIU’s 2018 Report, they rated Guyana as a “flawed democracy”. To appreciate the import of the rating, one will have to unpack the 60 indicators, which are grouped into five categories – a) electoral process and pluralism; b) civil liberties; c) functioning of Government; d) political participation; and e) political culture.With each category scored from a high of 10 to a low of 0, the average of the five scores becomes the final score. A breakdown of the 2018 overall index shows Guyana receiving a 9.17 point average for electoral process and pluralism; Government functioning 5.71; political participation 6.11; political culture 5.00; and civil liberties 7.35. Very clearly, we receive very high marks for our electoral process.But we know that this aspect is under strain right now, because of the People’s National Congress’s actions in the appointment of the Chair of GECOM and in the ominous stalling by the organisation in delivering a definitive pronouncement on its state of readiness to conduct General and Regional elections in three months as demanded by Article 106 (7) after the successful no-confidence motion. The representatives of the Opposition and the Government were told that such an answer cannot be given unless the Chair of GECOM is present, even though the electoral mechanism is the responsibility of the Chief Elections Officer (CEO) and the Chair has been ill for over a month. It is hoped that further foot-dragging will not be forthcoming.The EIU noted the no-confidence vote, but sadly was unable to incorporate the tendentious rear-guard actions taken by the PNC Government to vitiate the democratic outcome. It is certain that if the specious “33 is no greater than 32” argument were known to have been taken to the courts to delay the holding of elections, our score on this most crucial metric would have been much lower than the 9.17 awarded.The lowest score given was on our “political culture” and this should be of no surprise to anyone. A country’s political culture can be looked at by looking at both the political elites and the people. In Guyana, the PNC regime between 1968 and 1985 was distinctly authoritarian in its culture and publicly declared the “paramountcy of the party over the state”. The Disciplined Forces were increased exponentially and used to suppress the populace while subverting the electoral process through blatant rigging.The Government saw it as its duty to “mould” the destiny of the people and with its authoritarian measures sought to impose a culture of passivity and apathy in the people to make them docile and obedient – the very antithesis of what a democratic culture demands. Since 1992, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) worked assiduously to reverse these developments though the Opposition PNC fought this tooth and nail, using the unfortunate ethnic divisions in the country to play off one section against the other.With the return of the PNC to power in 2015, ominous authoritarian developments have been noted since President Granger promised to “fulfil the legacy of Forbes Burnham”, the authoritarian “founder leader” of the PNC. The Army and Police are being enlarged as in the past and the top leadership of the latter has been shaken up. The People’s Militia has been reintroduced and the Cadet Corps soon will follow. Ex-Army and Police Officers have been placed in almost all Government departments like the communist “political commissars” of yore.The other scores show the same downward spiral and if continued will definitely plunge us into the “hybrid” democracy/authoritarian category.last_img read more

Golfers will help abused women

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager and longtime shortstop Bill Russell will add some star power to a local charity golf tournament raising funds for abused women. The group hopes his presence raises much-needed funds and, just as important, awareness. “Families suffering from domestic violence feel isolated and alone, and when we have such public figures and events we can point to that and say, `People do care … and here’s how they’re helping,”‘ said Jean Albrent, executive director of the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita. The 23-year-old center in Newhall provides counseling and support groups in English and Spanish, a year-round court-mandated batterers’ intervention program, a 24-hour emergency hotline, a 10-bed emergency shelter and an emergency food supply program. A growing number of clients seeks help each year, straining the organization’s annual budget of about $500,000. Some 130 women sought aid for the first time in 2006, joining an ongoing client base of about 150. Organizers expect to draw more than 100 golfers to the fundraiser, planned at the tony Robinson Ranch Golf Course in Sand Canyon. Russell has donated four Dodgers tickets to the silent auction. He will accompany the high bidders to the game, where they’ll sit behind home plate and meet players afterward. “It’s for a great cause,” Russell said Tuesday. “We know the center relies on private donations.” He also urged members of the center’s board to participate. For 18 years, Russell took the field with the Dodgers, winning a World Series championship along the way. He retired in 1986 and spent more than 30 years with the organization, including two years as the Dodgers’ manager. The tournament will be held July 30. The fee for individuals is $250; foursomes pay $800. The shotgun start will be at 10 a.m. Robinson Ranch is at 27734 Sand Canyon Road. For information or to register, visit or call (661) 259-8175. (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, June 21

first_imgThis Tuesday morning on Sportsday we looked back on last night’s Euro 2016 action as England slumped to a disappointing 0-0 draw with Slovakia to finish second in Group B, while Wales beat Russia 3-0 to finish in first place. We also looked ahead to today’s action as Northern Ireland go up against world champions Germany and previewed the first ODI between England and Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge All brought to you by Tom Macleod and the team.last_img

Senior lauded at luncheon

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2On Thursday, a slew of city officials, along with Laurie Rios’ family and friends, poured in to Clarke Estate for a special dinner that honored the Santa Fe Springs resident. Laurie Rios had been recognized earlier this year as one of the 2006 “Outstanding Older Americans” in Los Angeles County. The top senior citizen merit, in it 41st year, spotlights one senior from every city in the county’s five districts. It was given to Rios for her history of service to Santa Fe Springs. “When you volunteer to do something, you’re not waiting for \. I got involved because I really enjoy it,” she said. “If someone has enough confidence in me \, I have to do the best I can.” SANTA FE SPRINGS – Albert Rios has childhood memories of his mother, Laurie, as a woman who was always involved in her children’s life and in the Santa Fe Springs community. Laurie Rios began as a noon supervisor for Albert Rios’ class at Jersey Elementary School, he said. She took on roles as a room parent, bilingual aide and office aide before retiring as the school’s office secretary after 26 years in that position. “She does and does and does,” said Albert Rios, 48. “It all started in elementary school … and it’s just gone from there. She’s really worked her way up.” Ana Alvarez, director of community services, said Rios’ countywide achievement does not come as a surprise; rather, it is “greatly past due.” “It’s very well-deserved,” Alvarez said. “She has some major roots here.” Rios’ resume of community involvement runs deep. The mother of four has been on the Sister City Committee for 16 years; she’s a 14-year veteran of both the Heritage Arts Committee and the Planning Commission; and she’s been appointed to the Little Lake City School District board for the past nine years. Among Rios’ most influential contributions, according to Alvarez, is her hand in bringing 65 public art pieces to Santa Fe Springs. “She gets to select the artists, to select what type of medium for the art, and she selects each theme,” Alvarez said. Albert Rios said his mother is so involved, one of his sons once said her job is “going to meetings.” Yet in all her commitments, family and friends of this year’s honored “Older American” also noted that Rios’ greatest priority has always been her family. Mayor Louie Gonzalez, who went to school with one of Rios’ sons, said Rios was on the sidelines throughout her children’s educational careers and athletic events. Gonzalez shared a story in which, as a child, he discovered that Rios not only made sure her children’s socks were clean – she also ironed them. Others described Rios as someone who is passionate, humble, optimistic, dependable and hard-working. Despite the accolades and her latest countywide honor, Rios maintains that she has no intention of slowing down. “I find happiness in what I’m doing, and I’m glad I’m alive to do it. I hope to be doing it until my brain shuts down and says, `That’s it,’ ” she said. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Halloween Calendar

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lombardi Ranch pumpkin patch, wagon rides, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides and Scarecrow Alley, Saturdays and Sundays in October at 29527 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission is free, with a small fee for certain activities. Call (661) 296-8697. Fillmore & Western Railway’s Pumpkinliner excursions in a vintage train through the rural countryside of Ventura County to a pumpkin patch, 10 and 11 a.m., 12:10, 1:10 and 2:20 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in October, departing from Central Park in Fillmore. Dinner trains during weekend evenings will have scarier themes. Call (800) 773-8724 to make a reservation. Fright Fest will feature live entertainment, ghosts, goblins, mazes and plenty of spooky special effects, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October plus Oct. 30-31 at Six Flag California’s Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. General admission: $59.99. Parking: $15. Call (661) 255-4111. Molar Manor “House of the Living Dead” will provide scary entertainment, 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays in October plus Oct. 31 at 19415 Soldedad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Cost: $15 or $20 for a fast pass. Call (661) 252-7978. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“Terror By Gaslight” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $11-$14 for adults and $9-$11 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. Heritage Haunt will feature a haunted house, trick-or-treating, pony rides, petting zoo, horse-drawn carriage rides and a fortune teller, 3-8 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Junction, 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Admission: $10 or $5 for bystanders. Hosted by the SCV Historical Society. Call (661) 254-1275. Fall Festival will feature games, magic shows and “Trick-a-Trunk,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Castaic Sports Complex, 31230 N. Castaic Road, Castaic. Proceeds will benefit Castaic Mission Church. Call (661) 257-4741.last_img read more

Stuck vehicle hit by Metrolink train

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A Metrolink train collided with a car just outside the Glendale city limits Thursday, injuring the car’s driver, authorities said. The crash occurred about 5:50 p.m. at San Fernando Road and Brazil Street when the car became stuck in traffic and could not get off the tracks, said Sgt. John Balian, spokesman for the Glendale Police Department. The crossing arms came down on the car’s trunk, trapping the vehicle. The driver, whose name was not released, was stuck in his car, but was rescued by firefighters. Paramedics took him to a nearby hospital, where he was reported to be conscious and in stable condition. The 220 train from Santa Clarita was headed south toward downtown Los Angeles. Its journey was momentarily interrupted by the crash, then it continued on its route. No injuries to the 30 or so passengers aboard were reported. Significant delays were reported for other trains on that track, including those inbound and outbound to Moorpark, said Denise Tyrrell, Metrolink spokeswoman.last_img read more

‘A fantastic man’ – Kane explains how Pochettino inspired Barca performance

first_img Most Popular Football News Harry Kane revealed the desire not to let Mauricio Pochettino down inspired their memorable draw at Barcelona.The 1-1 result, coupled with Inter’s draw at the San Siro, ensured progress to the Champions League last 16. The manager is well liked by his players 4 4 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions It completed a remarkable turnaround for Pochettino’s men as they looked dead and buried at the halfway point of their Group B campaign, having taken just a point from their first three games.But back-to-back wins against PSV and Inter saw them travel to Barcelona with their fate in their own hands and, in the end, the point was enough to see them progress, even if they did spurn a string of chances to win the game.And the squad’s love of Pochettino was what fired Spurs up, according to Kane. MONEY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REPLY 4 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REVEALED center_img shining RANKED BEST OF REVEALED Kane and his Tottenham team-mates celebrated on the Camp Nou pitch when it was revealed they had progressed to the last 16 no dice Lucas Moura levelled things in Spain, with Spurs trailing for most of the game after Ousmane Dembele’s goal ADVICE “I can’t speak highly enough of him,” Kane said. “I’ve said before he’s a fantastic manager, a fantastic man.“It’s always about hard work and belief. That’s what he said to us before the game and at half-time – just believe, bring energy, work, and we’ll get the reward.“Thankfully the football gods were looking down on us because PSV got the result.“You just want to perform for him, work hard for him, win for him. He’s very passionate.“You can tell sometimes he wants to be out there himself, putting in tackles, running about.“As a player, you respond to that. On nights like this, big occasions, you just want to do him justice.“We’re buzzing, he was obviously very happy in the changing room. We should enjoy it.” 4 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card “We want to go as far as we can in this competition. This will give us belief we can do that.“The manner in which we played, the chances we created, shows we can be as good as anyone on our day.“There’s no bigger game than Barcelona away. We know if we get them again in the latter stages – or Real Madrid or Juve again, like last year – we definitely know it’s in there.“It’s time to step it up and show we can do it in the knockout stages. Who knows how far we can go?“It’s about belief. We’ve done the hard bit of getting through the group. Now it’s about getting as far as we can.” The result marked another successful night for Tottenham at one of European football’s powerhouses. In the last 18 months they have gone to Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus and now Barcelona and remained unbeaten.They threw their Champions League hopes away at home to Juve in the last 16 last season and Kane is eyeing a deeper run this time around.“This is right up there. We’ve had some good results, especially away from home in the Champions League – Juventus, Real Madrid,” he said.“But (against Barca) it was all or nothing. We had to perform or we were going out of the competition. We didn’t win the game, but we did more than enough to go through.“It’s another step forward. We’re going to celebrate this. It’s a massive achievement for the club, but it’s important we carry on. Tottenham were dumped out of the Champions League last 16 last season and Kane is desperate to go further this timelast_img read more

UNC Board of Governors approves four new members for WCU trustees

first_imgFour North Carolinians will be joining Western Carolina University’s Board of Trustees following approval of their appointments Friday (May 19) by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.Haden Boliek of Fayetteville and Robert C. Roberts of Asheville were appointed to full four-year terms on the WCU board that begin July 1. They are filling vacancies that will be created as current trustees F. Edward Broadwell Jr. of Asheville and Phil Drake of Franklin complete their terms in June.Timothy W. Haskett of Kings Mountain and Rebecca H. Schlosser of Greensboro were appointed by the Board of Governors to serve out the last two years of the terms of Carolyn L. Coward of Asheville and Thomas Fetzer of Wilmington, both of whom have been appointed to fill seats on the UNC Board of Governors beginning July 1.In addition to adding four new faces to the WCU Board of Trustees, the Board of Governors approved the reappointments of two current WCU trustees – Gaither Keener of Mooresville and Kenny D. Messer of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – to four-year terms. Keener joined the trustees last October to fulfill an unexpired term and Messer has served on the board since July 2013.Boliek earned her master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders at WCU and is founder of Pediatric Developmental Therapy Inc., a multidisciplinary practice offering speech, physical and occupational therapy. She also hosts the twice-a-month “Working Therapist Podcast.”Roberts, a member of WCU’s Board of Visitors, is regional executive vice president for First Citizens Bank & Trust Co. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Roberts also serves as chairman of the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority and is immediate past chairman of Mission Healthcare System.Haskett, a native of Sylva, earned both his bachelor’s degree in accounting and master’s degree in business administration at WCU. He has held a variety of finance-related positions during his 32-year career with Duke Energy and is chairman of WCU’s Baxter Wood Family Scholarship Fund, in addition to being a member of the university’s Catamount Club.Schlosser received her bachelor’s degree in education at WCU. She served on the university’s Board of Visitors for two years before joining WCU’s Foundation Board in 2016. A former high school teacher, Schlosser manages the office of her husband, Greensboro attorney Michael A. Schlosser.WCU’s new trustees and two reappointees will be sworn in at the board’s quarterly meeting Friday, Sept. 15. The WCU Board of Trustees is comprised of 13 members, including eight elected by the UNC Board of Governors, four appointed by the General Assembly, and the university’s Student Government Association president, who serves in an ex-officio capacity.last_img read more