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As small-scale fisheries and aquaculture farming are contributing to reducing unemployment in the country, Bong County is gradually becoming one of the areas for the industry.Several farmers in Bong County have now shifted their attention from the usual rice and cassava farming to cultivate both marine and freshwater species due to the introduction of a modern form of farming known as “aquaculture.”Aquaculture is the farming of water organisms such as fish, shellfish and even plants. According to the founder and president of the Bong County Aquaculture Association Madam Estelle Liberty, her membership has grown from 30 to 98, since she established the organization earlier this year.In a telephone interview with the Daily Observer recently, Madam Liberty said she harvested her ponds and there were different kinds of fishes, including tilapia, heterotis, (bonny ton.)“Aquaculture is very important because it creates a healthy environment for animals and from the beginning of this process, there were only 30 farmers, majority females but through my efforts I’m proud that the number of aquaculture farmers has increased to 98 in Bong County,” she asserted. She added “we continue to encourage others to boost the growth of aquaculture farming with money and their time.” Heterotis fish originated from Egypt and grows up to 12kg and it takes two years from fingerlings to maturity while tilapia takes six months for fingerlings to get mature and grow up to 1kg. “I invested in aquaculture and recently sold over LD70,000 worth of fish and hope that other Liberians involved will produce similar quantity or above.”She, however, expressed her frustration about the lack of storage facilities and access to marketing, which causes her to lose significantly.She said with possible support from government, non-governmental organizations and county authorities there would be huge increase in the sector.Madam Liberty encouraged local farmers to focus on their farming since it is their means of livelihood.She disclosed that the issue of roads to markets remain a major challenge for farmers because their produce decay and sometimes when they harvest their fish ponds due to the lack of storage facilities they rot and cause serious problems for them.Madam Liberty said there are plans to expand to other counties, including Grand Cape Mount.“What prompted me to set up the organization is the interest of the women of Bong County to engage in aquaculture, and following the support from organizations like Adventist Relief Agency (ADRA), with technical support from the Center forAgriculture Research Institute (CARI). I’m still encouraging my local farmers especially females.“Many people say that the field is only for men but this is false. Women know how to manage and take care of such farming. If you want to join this field, know that it is not for quick money making but involves patience and hard work,” she advised. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) under the Caribbean Smart Health Care Facilities Project is expected to invest some $837 million to outfit five healthcare facilities in Guyana, so they can withstand the effects of natural and manmade disasters to offer service.The project is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development and will be implemented by Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation’s (PAHO/WHO) Department of Emergency Preparedness andFrom left: PAHO/WHO Country representative, Dr William Adu-Krow; Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence and British High Commissioner Greg QuinnDisaster Relief in partnership with the Public Health Ministry. The £38 million project is aimed at providing safer, greener health facilities to deliver care in disasters. It is expected to be implemented in seven Caribbean countries namely Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.PAHO/WHO Country representative, Dr William Adu-Krow, said some 71 facilities were assessed and only five were selected, adding that the project commenced in 2016 and will be completed in May of 2020.“A safe hospital is one whose services remains accessible and functions at maximum capacity in the same infrastructure during and following the impact of a major emergency event. This employs structural stability, the ongoing availability of basic services and organisation within the hospital. In green hospitals air quality improves, water and energy costs decline and peoples’ working conditions improve through enhance physical access to hospitals, improved access to safe water and improved safety conditions,” Adu-Krow noted.Additionally, Dr Adu-Krow said they would have already held a seminar with contractors and design firms to educate them on the procurement procedure to follow when bidding for the project. Thus far, four companies have been shortlisted and according to Dr Adu-Krow, they are in the process of evaluating the bids.“It is one of the objectives of the project that this concept of smart facilities will be adopted by other sectors such as education, public infrastructure and tourism. We see the concept as an opportunity to attract funding and we hope that other donors will support it,” he added.Meanwhile, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence said healthcare facilities are smart when the structural and operational safety are linked with green interventions. She explained that they are not building new facilities rather they are upgrading the existing ones. It is anticipated, once completed, the health facilities will see a tremendous reduction in operational costs and Lawrence noted that those savings would be plugged back into the maintenance of the facilities.“The chosen institutions are well positioned to fully optimise the benefits of the smart concept… the anticipated benefits from the slash in operating cost means there will be huge saving which the sector can then use to maintain the respective facilities. Maintenance has always been a challenge,” she noted.She said under the programme, the Leonora Cottage Hospital, the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, Mabaruma and Lethem Regional Hospitals along with the Paramakatoi Health Centre will be retrofitted as a part of the smart plan.“The smart hospital initiative is designed to provide the health sector with increased protection against disasters to which the region is prone and further provide protective cover against the vagaries of climate change,” Lawrence said.“Under the tripartite agreement, there were strict selection criteria to be met for the five identified institution to qualify for retrofitting into a smart hospital. When evaluated using the Health Safety Index, all institutions received a classification of C indicating that urgent intervention measures were needed. The hospitals current safety levels are inadequate to protect the lives of patients and staff during and after a disaster. Since none of them obtained the minimum score to be qualified as a green facility, then all of them must be retrofitted,” the Minister added.Additionally, British High Commissioner Greg Quinn noted the project is designed to make the health facilities across the Caribbean more efficient and more resilient to natural disasters.“Over the next few years the UK will support efforts across the region to build and improve 50 facilities in seven countries. It includes mundane work such as strengthening roofs, installing hurricane shelters, improving drainage, improving access and improving power supply and safety. At the same time as improving resilience, we will also take time to improve power efficiency,” he noted.The proposed cost for the retrofitting of the five institutions equates to approximately US$4.1 million with the approximate figures for Leonora Cottage Hospital – US$950,000; Lethem Regional Hospital – US$910,000; Mabaruma Regional Hospital – US$827,000; Paramakatoi Health Centre –US$580,000 and the Diamond Diagnostic Centre – US$920,000However, it was noted that it is too early to determine a concrete figure considering a number of factors.
Two new pieces of equipment have been installed to help prevent residents of Dawson Creek from speeding.- Advertisement -Recently, the city of Dawson Creek installed two new solar powered radar systems, which record and display the speed of oncoming traffic. The two new radars have been installed at both ends of 17th St, monitoring both entrances into the city from rural areas. Both are located within school zones, where speeding is a main concern for safety.Speeding in school zones is a major safety issue, as the speed limit is 30 km/h, but often drivers will exceed that limit, driving at 50-60 km/h. Dawson Creek currently only owns two of these radar systems, but is looking to purchase more in the near future.
No worries: If Jered Weaver does not get on a mound by the end of this week, it would leave the young right-hander with just four weeks to get in an entire spring of work. Scioscia said he still is not worried that Weaver will be out for the start of the season. But he also has told Weaver to proceed at a sensible pace and not aim at being ready the first week. “A lot of guys have a biological clock,” Scioscia said. “They see Opening Day come around and they think they have to be ready. You have to take that out of a player’s mentality because you want a guy to be on a mound when he’s ready.” This year’s schedule gives the Angels little wiggle room in the early going to skip a fifthstarter. The Angels have just two off days in the first 35days of the season, – April 9 and 19. That means a fifth starter will be needed April 6 against the Oakland Athletics. Because of the April 9 offday, the fifth starter would not be needed again until more than a week later on April 14 at Boston, and then not again until April 25 at home against the Detroit Tigers. Scioscia said Dustin Moseley, Chris Bootcheck or Hector Carrasco would be considered as a fill-in starter if necessary. Intrasquad game: The Angels will have an intrasquad game today in preparation for Thursday’s Cactus League opener. John Lackey and Kelvim Escobar are among 12pitchers that will be used. Scioscia said that of the regular position players, only Garret Anderson and Vladimir Guerrero are not expected to get an at-bat. “They don’t need it,” Scioscia said. “They will get plenty of work moving forward.” Making adjustments: The Angels worked on cut-offs and relay throws, which allowed new starters Gary Matthews Jr. in center and Howie Kendrick at second to get used to each other. “There are some adjustments that certainly Howie is going to have to make with Vlad’s arm and the way Gary Matthews can throw,” Scioscia said. “This is why you want to do these drills to find the range. The instincts are fine for the infielders. It was a good drill.” email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Instead of touching the inside of first base, the pitcher stepped on the outside of the bag and Rivera stepped on his leg. Rivera’s leg snapped at the calf, leaving his foot dangling and pointing in the wrong direction. “I’m 35, 40 percent,” said Rivera, who will spend the next five weeks doing rehabilitation in Arizona. “I was in Miami and I talked to the doctor and he told me I was (healing) fast.” Rivera had been given the OK to walk without crutches, but said his leg ended up being too weak without them. So he will give the crutches another week. Early speculation had Rivera returning around the All-Star break in July. Manager Mike Scioscia said he did not have enough information from Rivera’s examinations to predict when his outfielder might return. “He’s obviously disappointed where he is now with what happened in winter, but he’s upbeat and feels good,” Scioscia said. When spring training ends, Rivera will return to Miami to have his leg X-rayed and re-examined by the doctors who performed his surgery. TEMPE, Ariz. – Juan Rivera’s initial fears that his career had ended have subdued and now he optimistically targets June for his return. Rivera, who made his first appearance in camp Monday, broke his left tibia running out a ground ball to first base in a Dec. 22 winter ball game in Venezuela. He said he hit a groundball to first base and tried to beat the pitcher to the bag.
1 Tomer Hemed Championship leaders Brighton recorded a routine 2-1 victory over basement team Rotherham to increase their cushion over the chasing pack to five points.Goals from Tomer Hemed, his fourth in three games, and Dale Stephens were enough for the Seagulls, who clung on despite Jonson Clarke-Harris’s consolation strike for the Millers, who are still seeking their first win of the season.Middlesbrough kept tabs with Brighton after Christian Stuani inspired Aitor Karanka’s side to a lively 3-1 victory over Brentford at the Riverside.Stuani proved too hot for the Bees to handle throughout the 90 minutes, scoring either side of Lasse Vibe’s opportunist strike to twice hand Boro the advantage.And Albert Adomah’s near post finish clinched the points for the pre-season title favourites, who moved into the automatic promotion places on goal difference.Elsewhere, Burley made it four wins in a row with a narrow 2-1 victory over MK Dons to move up to third.After Carl Baker had cancelled out Sam Vokes’s opener, Clarets striker George Boyd dispatched Andre Gray’s cross four minutes into the second half.Hull got back to winning ways after their defeat to Brighton at the weekend, picking up an impressive 2-0 win at Cardiff and subsequently leapfrogging their opponents into fourth.Goals inside the opening and final ten minutes from Mohamed Diame and Abel Hernandez proved enough at the Cardiff City Stadium, inflicting the hosts’ first league reverse of the season.Meanwhile, Tommy Smith’s header just after the half hour mark gave Ipswich a smash-and-grab 1-0 win at Leeds, which also saw them move into the play-off places.And Nottingham Forest similarly edged to victory on the road, Dexter Blackstock proving the match winner as Dougie Freedman’s side ran out 1-0 winners at Birmingham.Orlando Sa’s straight red card proved costly for Reading as Derby, who had Thomas Ince to thank for their winner, won 1-0 at the Madjeski to make it two wins on the spin and duly move above the Royals.Huddersfield ended their winless start to the season with a 2-1 win at Charlton, as first-half goals from Harry Bunn and a classy Emyr Huws free kick were enough despite Naby Sarr’s header for the Addicks.Elsewhere, Preston were held to a 1-1 draw by Bristol City at Deepdale, while Bolton and Sheffield Wednesday played out a drab 0-0. Championship results:Birmingham 0-1 Nottm ForestBrighton 2-1 RotherhamBurnley 2-1 MK DonsCardiff 0-2 HullCharlton 1-2 HuddersfieldLeeds 0-1 IpswichMiddlesbrough 3-1 BrentfordPreston 1-1 Bristol CityBolton 0-0 Sheff WedReading 0-1 Derby
How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 1 predicted Leicester City right-back Ricardo Pereira has been superb in their first two games. Leicester City right-back Ricardo Pereira has been one of the stars of the Fantasy Premier League season, so far.The Portugal international, who went to the World Cup with his nation, joined the Foxes in the summer from Porto for a £22.5million fee. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion latest silverware Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT If you followed our tips in the summer, you’ll know talkSPORT.com felt that even at £5.0m he was a bargain, but he’s done even better than we thought.He started on the right of midfield against Manchester United and got the assist for Jamie Vardy’s goal. Most Popular Premier League News How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 tense whoops revealed smart causal possible standings Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update SORRY Meanwhile, from right-back, he nabbed the assist for James Maddison’s strike against Wolverhampton Wanderers in a 2-0 win.But it’s not just these moment of point-winning brilliance to make him stand out, it’s his all-round game.Leicester City posted his awesome highlights so far on their Twitter feed and you can see them below. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City gameday cracker Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Focusing on @ricbpereira’s first two @PremierLeague appearances 🔬 pic.twitter.com/g1jvRo8hio— Leicester City (@LCFC) August 22, 2018Currently only 4.6 per cent of managers have selected Pereira, so you still have a chance to get him before a price rise.
Don’t forget, tonight starting at 5 is the 7th annual Beef ‘n Brew, hosted by Tehama County CattleWomen and the Downtown Red Bluff Business Association.Thirty different locations will be pouring craft beers, and 22 different beef appetizers will be available.There will be a Vic Woolery tri tip wrap, and a cup of beer, plus dancing to Northern Heat at the Cone Kimball Plaza until 10 p.m.Tickets at $25 can be purchased at Plum Crazy, The Loft and The Gold Exchange. After 4 p.m. there will be a …
“2011 saw slowing growth in residential demand, with economic growth slowing noticeably in the middle two quarters of the year,” FNB home loans strategist John Loos said in a statement. 10 January 2012 Sapa The 2011 average house price was R802 988 – 3.1% higher than the average 2010 price of R779 041. However, when adjusting for consumer price inflation (CPI), the average house price declined by about 1.9%. The December CPI was not yet available, but Loos said average CPI for 2011 would appear to be around five percent. “We enter 2012 with a residential market showing strong supply relative to demand, and a mediocre economic performance at best,” he said. “Nothing obvious pops up to suggest that this will change radically in 2012.” Loos predicted that house prices would decline in real terms – taking out the effect of inflation – by about three percent in 2012, assuming an average CPI inflation rate of five percent. The FNB Valuers’ Market Strength Index showed a weakness in demand for residential property relative to supply in 2011. Demand for South African residential property slowed in 2011 and is not expected to improve in 2012, First National Bank said on Monday. The more affordable segments of the housing market were predicted to outperform the higher priced segments this year. “This is a return to real price decline after a mild real average price increase of +1.7% in 2010,” he said. He also expected smaller homes to be more popular due to their lower running costs. The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) could cut interest rates in 2012, Loos said. “High transport costs due to high fuel prices and looming tolls can support demand in close proximity to key business nodes,” Loos said. “We have seen the SARB cutting very slowly since late-2009, despite a weak economy, suggesting that it is now a reluctant cutter of interest rates,” he said. “We wouldn’t expect any different in 2012, and any reduction would be a minor one, probably not making a major difference to residential demand.” Interest rate cuts a possibility
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Victoria G. MyersProgressive Farmer Senior EditorAs fall calving season wraps, many producers avoid the cost of carrying less-productive cows over the winter months by culling the herd. It’s a sensible thing to do, but it’s also traditionally the time of year when the cull market is at its lowest. What are the options this year?Start with a herd assessment. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University emeritus Extension animal scientist, stresses this should be a well-informed. Cull cows represent about 20% of the gross income for any commercial cow operation these days.“Ranchers need to make certain cow culling is done properly and profitably,” he says. “Selling cull cows when they will return the most income to the rancher requires knowledge about cull cow health and body condition. Proper cow culling will reduce the chance a cow carcass is condemned at the packing plant and becomes a money drain for the entire beef industry.”MAKE A SMART ASSESSMENTDecide whether or not to cull, based not just on the projected availability of cheap winter feed and space (although these are key consideration) but also on the individual animal’s pluses and minuses for the business as a whole.1. AGE. First, think about longevity. Selk points out data from large ranches in Florida indicates cows are consistent rebreeders through about 8 years of age, with the most consistent decline after the 10-year mark. “Start to watch for reasons to cull a cow at about age 8,” he says. “By the time she is 10, look at her very closely and consider culling. As she reaches her 12th year, plan to cull her before she has health problems, or is in very poor body condition.”Selk adds it’s also important to look at older cows’ mouths, to be sure they are sound and able to harvest the forage needed to maintain body condition and stay strong enough to reproduce.2. CANCER EYE. Eye health is a key area to assess, and it can be one of the more common causes of condemned beef carcasses. Eye tumors often start as small pinkish growths in the eye. Also, be on the lookout for cows with heavy wart infestations around the eye socket.3. FEET AND LEGS. Cows with feet and/or leg issues should be considered early for culling. If culling soon after injury, make sure to follow required withdrawal time post treatment.4. BAD UDDERS. Quality of udders impacts a cow’s productivity and should be part of the cull-assessment. An OSU study found cows with one or two dry quarters had calves with severely reduced weaning weights (50-60 pounds). This is also a heritable trait. Also consider whether udders are “large, funnel-shaped” and/or have weak suspension. Select against these faults to improve the cow herd over time.5. BODY CONDITION. The smart move is to cull a cow long before she is in poor body condition. Thin cows will have much lower salvage value, and they will often decline further in transit. Their inability to remain standing for long periods can lead to bruising, excessive carcass trim, increased condemnations and even death.6. TEMPERAMENT. Just cull those wild cattle, it will make it easier on everyone.7. OPEN COWS. Unless you’ve got a good reason not to, cull open cows or those that don’t fit your calving season.CULL COW MARKETOnce the herd has been assessed for culls, what are analysts saying about pricing and market windows?Tanner Aherin, CattleFax analyst, says there’s a lot of data to help producer’s focus in on what have generally been the best times to sell cull cows.Over the last 20 years, average utility prices for cull cows averaged a 20% break from the January through August high, to the fall low. The last 5 of those years, the drop has been closer to the 25% mark. The cull market has not dipped below $50/cwt since 2010.Many years, retaining ownership on cull cows until February pays dividends for producers. This year Aherin says he still sees risk ahead, but adds there are a couple of factors on the horizon that may be more supportive of this market.“We could get below $50 per hundredweight, but there are a couple of factors more supportive to the market, and prices may not have to get that cheap,” he says. “Dairy margins are improving, so there may not be as many of them on the market. Also, if that Tyson plant comes back on line in the next two months it will open up more space for cows and bulls.”That said, he adds the next 6 to 8 weeks are where he sees the biggest risk ahead, based on seasonal patterns.“We look back over 39 years of data, and three-fourths of the time you add value to cows if you wait. I think that will still be the case this year, although it might not be as significant as it has been in years’ past. But it is likely there will be at least modest profitability in retaining cull cows until later in the winter or early spring.”Like Selk, Aherin stresses this decision has to be individually assessed, operation by operation.“Look at your input costs. Can you add weight economically? Do you have cheap feed needed to add weight? That is the biggest consideration. Also look at whether you have room to winter her for the next few months,” those are the two key questions.Victoria G. Myers can be reached at Vicki.Myers@dtn.comFollow her on Twitter @myersPF(SK/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.