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Shirley Richards, 80, Recommits to Charity in Liberia

first_imgMrs. Richards (R) embraces Old Lady Comfort Juah for keeping herself in businessEighty year-old African-American missionary Shirley Richards has rededicated her life to charity in Liberia and mainly in communities where vulnerable women and children are finding it difficult to meet their daily needs.Mrs. Richards is a U.S. citizen residing in Texas, but who often visits Liberia as well as other African countries where she contributes to the well-being of people whose life circumstances have placed them far below the poverty index, as recorded recently by a UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) survey.The octogenarian (a person in their eighties) informed beneficiaries of the Rock Hole neighborhood of ELWA, Paynesville, that she and her husband Robert Richards first visited Liberia as missionaries of the Church of Christ Holiness in 1975, at which time the country had reached its present level of development.Mrs. Richards’ exercise on Monday benefited over 100 community inhabitants, many of whom were the less fortunate.“My late husband and I have visited Liberia several times before and after the country’s 14-year war. This trip, I believe, is my 27th to Liberia with other friends, who also did some good jobs on our behalf,” she said.She noted that her desire to be a kind giver is an “act of defining Christian life from being a church member to a caregiver, lover of humanity and one who empathizes with those in need.”Some of the items Mrs. Richards presented and which targeted about 100 persons, included solar lights, used clothes, and a 25kg bag of rice to a family of five, so that God takes charge and elevates their living standards.“I do not see myself as benefactor whenever I share whatever items with people, but as God’s privileged individual among many others who could do better than I. I am happy and pray that the socioeconomic condition of these people, including children, are improved,” she said.Mrs. Richards (with dark glasses) poses with some of the children who benefited from her gestureShe recalled that when former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf received her Nobel Peace Prize in 2011, the president appealed to Liberians in the Diaspora to come to Liberia and invest or share their gains with the many struggling families.Mrs. Richards recalled how during the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak she had 106 students on a scholarship program, a farm in Caldwell, and a parcel of land in Paynesville earmarked for a school.“The scholarship program and the farm could not continue, owing to my age now. No one has been there to come and take over from me,” she said, adding that maintaining a scholarship program goes beyond payment of fees.According to her, she invested a little over US$7000.As done before for two other ladies, Mrs. Richards made a commitment to improve the petty trading businesses of fish seller Comfort Juah and Mary Browne, a fufu seller, by providing money to buy their goods.She called on beneficiaries to improve their little businesses but not to sell the gift items.Deborah Garto, 65; Janet Bondo, 42; and Patrick Sumo, 38 — all recipients — expressed gratitude to Mrs. Richards for being kindhearted to residents of poverty-stricken communities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man who went berserk after ‘shots promotion’ jailed for three months

first_imgA man who abused ambulance staff and then nurses and doctors at Letterkenny University Hospital after taking part in a ‘shots promotion’ with friends has been jailed for three months.Richard Rice appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with a number of incidents. The court was told that Rice, of Fairgreen, Letterkenny, had been struck outside Voodoo Nightclub.He had been put into an ambulance for treatment but became abusive to ambulance personnel.He was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital but began to abuse staff there also.Garda Inspector Barry Doyle told the court how Rice kept jumping off the bed in the treatment room.At one stage he called a doctor a “bald Aborigine f*****er” and then called a nurse an “ugly bi***.”Solicitor for the accused, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said Rice and his friends had been out with friends and had drunk “copious amounts” of shots in a two for one promotion.“He was totally palatic,” said the solicitor.The court heard that Rice, a 25-year-old father-of-one, had 27 previous convictions including nine for public order and eight for burglary as well as another for drink-driving.Mr Gallagher added “He apologises profusely and has no recollection. His comments were totally inappropriate and he is disgusted by his behaviour.”He asked Judge Paul Kelly if he would consider getting a probation report on Rice and allow his client to make recompense to medical staff for his behaviour.But Judge Kelly refused saying “He has been treated relatively leniently in the past. It is unacceptable to treat hospital staff and Gardai like that.”He sentenced Rice to a total of three months in prison and also fined him €250.Man who went berserk after ‘shots promotion’ jailed for three months was last modified: July 12th, 2017 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) Tags:courtdonegaldrunkletterkennyRichard Riceshotslast_img read more

Area teams set for 1st round playoff action

first_imgMore than a dozen local teams are set to engage in first-round playoff action tonight as the North Coast Section prep basketball postseason kicks off for divisions four through six.Division IV boysNo. 15 Fort Bragg at No. 2 FortunaThe Huskies will look to add on to what has been one of the most successful seasons in program history tonight when they host Fort Bragg (15-12) tonight at 7 p.m. After running the table on their way to an outright Big 5 Conference championship and claiming their …last_img read more

Ford creates jobs to boost SA production

first_img28 August 2012Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has created 800 jobs in response to strong demand for increased production of its Ford Ranger pickup truck, which begins on 3 September.Training of employees to fill the extra positions at the company’s Silverton assembly plant in Pretoria and its Struandale engine plant outside Port Elizabeth began in June.This follows last year’s R3.4-billion transformation and upgrade of Ford’s South African manufacturing and assembly plants to produce and export its new Rangers to 148 countries, mainly in Africa and Europe.The Struandale plant expanded its annual production capacity to 75 000 engines and 220 000 engine component kits, and is the only Ford facility to share both component machining and engine assembly for the Duratorq TDCi diesel engine programme which supports the Ford Ranger.“In order to meet continued strong demand in South Africa and abroad, we are adding shifts to our operations, creating jobs and confirming our commitment to South Africa,” FMCSA chief executive officer Jeff Nemeth said in a statement.“We invested significantly to transform our operations, and it is our strong belief that these jobs have the power to transform people’s lives as well.”Nemeth said it enabled the empowerment of local communities which Ford operated in.“The main objective of training the potential new employees is to give trainees a better understanding of our industry and equip them with the necessary skills to take up positions in the plant and start building world-class Rangers,” he said.“Our enthusiasm for technical innovation is always tempered by our responsibility to the vehicle, to our customers and their safety.“We’re investing in the continuous training and education of our employees. Each one of the 800 potential new employees underwent comprehensive pre-employment assessment prior to the commencement of training.”Successful candidates were then given both classroom and on-the-job training to equip them to build the Ford Rangers.“As part of the One Ford plan, and to maintain a viable and strategic presence in southern Africa, we require a globally integrated supply chain and a highly trained workforce,” Nemeth said.“We are pleased with the investments in South Africa and we are committed to having world-class facilities and standards.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

South Africa congratulates Obama

first_img7 November 2012 South African President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Barack Obama on his re-election as president of the United States of America. “We value our relations with the United States and look forward to strengthening bilateral cooperation in the years to come,” Zuma said in a statement shortly after Obama addressed the US early on Wednesday morning following confirmation of his victory at the polls. Zuma said that the US had an important role to play in Africa’s development. “South Africa is confident that the United States will continue to play a positive role in this regard,” he said. Obama beat a strong challenge from Republican Mitt Romney to win a second term at the White House. In a tweet to supporters, Obama said: “This happened because of you. Thank you,” as crowds cheered outside the Democrats’ Chicago headquarters ahead of his victory address. Obama was projected to have won several key swing states, including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nevada and New Hampshire, with Romney winning only North Carolina. Florida and Virginia remained too close to call. The relentless battle for the swing states gave Obama at least 290 electoral votes, while Romney had just 201 shortly after midnight. Obama easily grabbed a host of “deep blue” states, including California, Illinois and New Jersey, while Romney prevailed in the “deep red” states of Texas, Kentucky and Georgia. While Obama supporters had already started celebrations of his re-election, Romney conceded defeat. In addition to the massive task of tackling US$1-trillion annual deficits and reducing a US$16-trillion national debt, Obama will have to deal with a divided US Congress that is likely to maintain the same partisan makeup in his second term in the White House. Source: SANews.gov.za-Xinhualast_img read more

Lessons learned from 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.The 2018 growing season was one of the most challenging for our customers in recent history. Although growers would rather move on from the frustrations and challenges thrown at us this year, there are several lessons that can be taken from 2018 to ensure success in the future.Timely field workWet spring weather has shown the importance of timely field work in the spring. Saturated soils create delays and pressure to complete field work in narrower windows of time. Although heavy rains and cool weather can cause extended delays, field conditions can turn around quickly as observed this spring. Our agronomists observed soil temperatures a few inches below the soil surface go from the upper 30s (Fahrenheit) to the mid 50s in just a few days in no-till fields where soils had been saturated. Having equipment ready to go when a favorable planting window arrives is imperative. While it is important to wait for soil conditions to be warm and dry enough for field work, it is equally important to avoid planting right before a cold snap that accompanies excessively wet weather. When planting is delayed growers should also minimize preparatory trips across the field (tillage, etc.) that will further delay planting.Varietal selection and placementThe 2018 growing season demonstrated the importance of varietal selection and spreading out risk across multiple varieties and maturities for both corn and soybeans. One important key to achieving high yields is choosing varieties adapted to each farmer’s unique growing conditions and management programs. The environment put crops through many different stresses this year including: a cool wet spring, excessive rainfall throughout the season, drought during pollination, heavy disease pressures, etc. Although growers have no control over the environmental conditions, they can make varietal selections to maximize yields and minimize risk. Because timing of stress and rainfall is unpredictable but critical to yield during reproductive and grain fill periods, planting a range of maturities in both corn and soybeans will minimize risk associated with major stresses throughout the season. Selecting varieties with strong defensive traits where there is a history of disease or disease infected residue present will offer protection from diseases that can significantly reduce yields. Selecting varieties and placing them in the field or soil type they are adapted to will ensure their best performance. Along with correct placement comes proper management of each variety from timing of nitrogen applications to fungicide applications when disease is present. Working with the sales or agronomic staff to place varieties where they have the chance for best performance will contribute to maximum yields.Field scouting and timely management decisionsThe challenges our customers faced during the 2018 growing season also reinforced the importance of scouting crops. Anyone who walked corn and soybean fields throughout the season saw indications early that several issues could create problems before harvest. Around the time of pollination nitrogen deficiencies were showing up in some corn fields where soils had been saturated and N was lost due to leaching or denitrification. Plants in these fields most likely cannibalized their stalks to fill out ears, resulting in weakened stalk tissue as plants matured and an increased risk of stalk lodging. The presence of diseases early in the season with weather conditions conducive to continued development justified fungicide applications in many areas. Disease pressure was so heavy in these areas that even corn and/or soybean varieties with above average disease tolerance exhibited moderate symptoms of disease. Timely scouting of these fields allowed growers to apply fungicides where warranted and protect their yield potential. Scouting of corn fields where nitrogen deficiencies and stalk rots were discovered allowed growers to make plans on which fields to harvest first to minimize harvest losses. Time taken to walk fields and observe what is going on can allow for timely action and better management of challenges throughout the season. Scouting may take a great deal of time but it is time well spent.Timely harvestAlthough some growers prefer to allow corn to dry as much as possible in the field, 2018 was not the year to delay harvest. With the many disease and agronomic problems 2018’s crop faced, delaying harvest increased the possibility of harvest losses and damage to grain. When stress, disease, and insects have caused damage to corn stalks, ear shanks, soybean pods, etc. harvest should be started as soon as crops mature to avoid losses and further damage. Scouting plays an important role in determining which fields need to be harvested first.Although most of the challenges growers face throughout the year are out of their control, it is important to focus on what can be controlled and prepare for these challenges to the best of their ability. It is impossible to predict when and where we will see a repeat of 2018’s agronomic challenges, but growers who learn from this growing season and use that knowledge in future years will continue to be successful.last_img read more

For Startups, 2012 Swung From Consumers To The Enterprise

first_imgFor consumer-oriented startups, 2012 came in like a lion, but left like a whimpering lamb. As the year went on, startups that target the consumer market had an increasingly hard time getting funded.Blame Facebook. Blame Groupon and Zynga. All of them had a discouraging year and their flaccid performance caused a lot of investors to cringe and scroll feverishly at their touchscreens in search of enterprise startups to fund.For perspective on 2012, we talked to Jeff Fagnan, partner at leading venture capital firm Atlas Venture and an investor in early-stage startups since 2000.“We’ve seen a pendulum swing in where the early-stage money is going,” Fagnan said. “I don’t know if we saw a full-scale shift among the entrepreneurs themselves away from the consumer to the enterprise but I did start to see a blurring between the two spaces. There is no shortage of interesting consumer Internet ideas that will get funded, but I did really see a shift in the public mentality and VC mentality away from the consumer side.”Series A, Not to BThe 2012 Bad-Timing Award goes to those founders who launched consumer startups – and to the investors who funded them. A lot of these companies will not land follow-on rounds. So where do they go from there? Some may join forces, because the constraint in today’s market is talent more than money.On the other hand, “some people will say, ‘I’m done. I’ve got a failed startup. I’m going back to work at Google,’” Fagnan said. “There is huge amount of seed velocity and there can only be so many Series A companies, so there will be a lot of seed startups that don’t make the leap.”Worse, that leap is harder than ever, because the bar has been raised. A lot of companies have been funded, a few have gained traction and soared – and made the rest appear insignificant by comparison.Touched by an AngelAngelList transformed the startup landscape in 2012. The site, which enables startups to connect with investors and talent, has channeled more than $2 billion in funding for early-stage innovation. It has facilitated over 20,000 talent matches.AngelList has demystified the black box of venture capital and flattened the old geographic barriers to funding. “Sitting here in New England, I used to have a hard time hearing about startups in Calgary or Louisville,” Fagnan said (Disclosure: Fagnan is an investor in AngelList). “Now, suddenly, I hear about them, because they’re presented in a taxonomy and social graph that I recognize. Tech entrepreneurship used to be this coastal phenomenon of the Bay Area and Boston. AngelList is democratizing the angel universe across geographies.”Crowding InBy some estimates, crowdfunding platforms will one day provide startups with as much as $300 billion, ten times the amount now deployed in the venture sector. Crowdfunding is not there yet, but the total will still hit$3 billion this year, says Crowdsourcing.org, with the crowdfunding market growing at an annual rate of 63%.“That is hugely exciting,” Fagnan said. “Yes, some people say it’s bad for VCs. But crowdfunding s is good for society in terms of creating hell of lot more innovation and entrepreneurship.”Desperately Seeking TalentThe final big startup story for 2012 is talent. It’s now the coin of the startup realm, as attracting good people has become more difficult than getting investment. It’s simple supply and demand. Thousands of startups are launching and hiring, at the same time that giants like Google, Twitter and Facebook are hoovering up any and all competent tech people.“The talent issue has been going on for a few years but this year was the most challenging and severe,” Fagnan noted. “It definitely took the cake.”Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#predictions#startups tim devaney and tom stein How to Get Started in China and Have Success China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who …center_img What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Related Posts How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culturelast_img read more

17 Ways to Hide a Lavalier Mic

first_imgThe latest video from Aputure offers an extremely fun and helpful tutorial on how to properly mic up wildly different costumes.Recording good, clean audio is one of the hardest things to do in filmmaking. Setting a lavalier microphone on a bulky, scratchy, or nonexistent costume is one of the trickiest feats out there. Luckily, this in-depth tutorial from Aputure gives us everything we need to know (like the best gear to use), plus some handy examples and extremely helpful advice.We recommend checking out Aputure’s YouTube channel for more helpful content with production and filmmaking.Major HighlightsImage via AputureTed Sim and Stephen Harrod discuss some of the many ways to efficiently mic your subject, regardless of their costume, and cover the challenges of working with latex, chain — and no costume at all. Harrod lists several different items available to help conceal and secure your lav, items that are easy to find and very affordable. For example:Moleskin PlusThis Dr. Scholl’s product is cheap and helps create separation between costume and microphone, avoiding that muffled scratchy sound you’ve inevitably picked up before.Vapon TopstickFor sticking the mic securely on the talent, Harrod recommends this easy-to-use pain-free adhesive.Rycoat OvercoversThis tiny dead cat is perfect for preventing rustles and scratches from clothing. These are crucial when the talent is wearing multiple layers of clothing.Helpful HintsImage via AputureHiding in the HairWorking with spaghetti straps and tank tops can be a challenge. Harrod suggests trying to hide the mic on the sternum or in the cleavage. And if that doesn’t work? Try hiding the mic in the hairline!Dress ShirtsTaping the mic on the sternum, in between the buttons of the shirt, should guarantee security and quality audio. However, if a tie is being worn, consider placing the mic in the knot of the tie instead of on the sternum.Sew the Mic InFor narrative endeavors, never rule out extensive pre-production with your costumes. Harrod dives into the possibilities of sewing the mic into the fabric and how beneficial this strategy can be.Helmets GaloreThough it might seem obvious, anytime a subject wears a helmet, you’ve got a clear shot for good audio. The helmet will provide a great place to attach our mic with little to no chance of being seen.Ditching the LavIt’s inevitable. Sometimes wardrobe and audio just aren’t going to work well together. When in doubt, get the boom out.Consider the CameraThis might seem like the most obvious hint, but always mind the camera’s blocking and position at all times. A receiver sticking out at the bottom of the screen is never a good look.Combinations CoveredImage via AputureYou might not encounter some of the big-budget challenges Harrod covers in the video, but his advice is crucial for approaching difficult situations. From leather cowboy garb and chain-mail armor, to Batsuits and birthday suits, a reasonable lavalier solution can be found.Know of any other sneaky spots to hide the mic? Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

Hindutva leader Milind Ekbote assaulted near Pune

first_imgHindutva leader Milind Ekbote was assaulted near Saswad, on the outskirts of Pune city, on Tuesday night and a case was booked on Wednesday against more than 40 persons, believed to be “gau rakshaks” (cow protectors), in this connection, the Pune Rural Police said.The controversial Mr. Ekbote, who heads the fringe right-wing outfit, ‘Samasta Hindu Aghadi’, has been accused of allegedly orchestrating the Bhima-Koregaon clashes that erupted on January 1, 2018.The assault occurred at Zendewadi (in Purandar taluk) near Saswad, 27 km from the city a little after 9:30 p.m., said police sources.Mr. Ekbote, who is also the western Maharashtra region head of a cow protection outfit called ‘Bharat Krushi Goseva Sanghatana’, had come for a function in Zendewadi, according to the Saswad police.Facebook postIn a Facebook post, he had severely criticised the working of a cow shelter in Zendewadi run by one Pandit Modak. In his post, Mr. Ekbote allegedly accused Mr. Modak of corruption.“After the function, Mr. Ekbote visited a nearby temple to eat prasad [religious offering]. It was then that a gang of men, allegedly on the instigation of Mr. Modak, attacked him and his group. Mr. Ekbote was roughed up, while three of his followers sustained minor injuries,” assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Balasaheb Jagtap of the Saswad Police Station told The Hindu.Mr. Ekbote filed a complaint in the early hours of Wednesday against Mr. Modak and his men. He accused Mr. Modak’s men of attempting to knife one of his followers.The police lodged an FIR against Mr. Modak and 45 others under sections 147 (rioting), 143, 149 (pertaining to unlawful assembly), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 295 (a) [deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion] of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). “This appears to an internecine feud between Ekbote’s supporters and Modak’s group of ‘gau rakshaks’. No arrests have been made so far, and further investigation is on,” Mr. Jagtap said.Mr. Ekbote was arrested in March last year for having allegedly incited the rioting at Bhima-Koregaon and adjoining areas on New Year’s Day that left one person dead and several injured. He, however, was granted bail the next month by the Pune District and Sessions Court.In January last, a local court lifted Mr. Ekbote’s restrictions on holding public rallies and speaking to the media, while relaxing conditions on mandatory appearances at the Shikrapur police station where a case of rioting had been lodged against him during the Bhima-Koregaon clashes.However, the Pune Rural Police had issued prohibitory orders against Mr. Ekbote in a bid to preclude any law and order situation in Bhima-Koregaon village on the eve of the 201st anniversary of the battle, that peacefully concluded on January 1.Protest against court reliefA number of Ambedkarite outfits and prominent leaders and activists across the country have expressed outrage at Mr. Ekbote’s relief granted by the court in connection the Bhima-Koregaon violence, while condemning the arrests and persecution of activists and intellectuals like Sudha Bharadwaj, advocate Surendra Gadling, Shoma Sen and others in this case.In October 2001, the Hindutva leader had come under the police scanner in connection with a rioting incident in Saswad, following which the district authorities mooted action against him under the Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities (MPDA) of Slumlords, Bootleggers, Drug-Offenders and Dangerous Persons Act, 1981.Dalit outfits have alleged that since the Saswad case, Mr. Ekbote had been embroiled in at least 27 cases of rioting.last_img read more

Just not good enough to be in ICC Test Team

first_imgAfter successive 0-4 defeats in England and Australia, it is no surprise that no Indian player has made it to the latest ICC Test Team of the year. For those were not defeats, but debacles which exposed the inherent weaknesses of Indian players in overseas conditions like never before.In England, India managed 300 in just one of their eight innings, while Down Under, seven of their eight efforts fell short of 400. To make matters worse, the bowlers failed to put any kind of pressure on the opposition batsmen, resulting in four of the eight debacles being innings losses.The jury has clearly taken recent performances into consideration while finalising the team. That explains why South Africa, the new No.1 Test side, have five representatives in the 12. England, their immediate predecessors have three, while the West Indies, Pakistan, Australia and Sri Lanka provide a player each.India play mostly in familiar home conditions in the new seasons. This should help the team’s stock rise by the time the ICC comes up with its next dream team.last_img read more