Two Great Teachers of Yesterday Have Bright Dreams for Liberia’s Tomorrow

first_imgTwo outstanding Liberian teachers, featured on our Education Page in yesterday’s edition, have expressed hope for a better Liberia with a number of primary conditions.Teacher Jesse Wah King was recognized last Thursday by one of her students, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, during the induction of one of Ma Jesse’s other students, Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks, as president of the University of Liberia.Teacher King, in an exclusive interview with our Reporter David Menjor, said she is praying that God will lead the Liberian people to elect to the presidency and to the House “people who love Liberia.”“The primary reason for our country’s lack of development,” she told Reporter Menjor, “is that its leaders have failed to demonstrate their true love for the country.”God Himself must have appreciated Mother King as a teacher, who taught in classrooms at St. John’s Mission in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County and the College of West Africa (CWA) for 43 unbroken years, and produced scores of students who have made great contributions to the nation and world.Why do we acknowledge this divine appreciation? Because the supreme Giver of life, Almighty God, has not only kept Teacher Jesse Wah King going for 98 years, but has kept her in excellent health, including almost total recall (meaning she remembers almost everything). Part of that everything includes her recall of having taught Ellen Johnson (now President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf) and her 13 classmates Bible and Music at CWA.Imagine the thousands, if not millions of people who have been blessed with old age, but some of whom, beginning in their 60s, are yet suffering from the big A—Alzheimer’s disease. Yet here is Teacher King still remembering what she taught Ellen and her classmates in 1953 to 55 when they graduated! Among them were the dux, John Weseh McClain, who graduated twice from Harvard; Emile Woods, who became a gynecologist; and Dunstan McCauley, an electrical engineer.Another manifestation of her blessing from the Almighty is the great accomplishments of so many of her students, including the first elected woman President in Africa, President Sirleaf, and now the second woman to become president of the University of Liberia, Dr. Ophelia Weeks. Teacher King also taught, believe it or not, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, another highly successful CWA grad, who is also now running for president of Liberia.Teacher King also taught CWA’s Class of 1960, including its dux, Dr. Thelma Traub Awori, an eminent international civil servant, now Liberian Consul General to Kampala; her classmates, Victoria Tolbert, President Tolbert’s second daughter; Dr. C. Zamba Liberty, once UL vice president; former Chief Justice, Counselor Henry Reed Cooper; former Commerce Minister Miata Beysolow; and John Togbakollie Woods, former Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA). All of these are just from one CWA class Teacher King taught.As she fast approaches her centennial year, we pray that God will grant her continued good health, and her wish that Liberians, by His grace, will elect someone “who more than self their country loves.”The other teacher, Mrs. Charlotte Walker Allen, who celebrated her 86th birthday last Saturday, said love for country and unification of the people are key to Liberia’s advancement. Though blind since the 1990s due to glaucoma, Teacher Charlotte has a very active mind. She, too, is praying for a positive future for Liberia, and that God will lead the Liberian people to elect a president and enlightened and patriotic members of the House.She taught in the Bong Mines Company school system from 1963 to 1988 and trained many doctors, engineers, technicians and civil servants.She told Reporter Menjor that her parents were too poor to afford her a sound education, therefore she had to depend on other people for her education. She appealed to all who are able to help other children besides their own, to enable them to lead a productive and contributing life.Like many Liberians, she lamented the proliferation of all these political parties. Her personal wish is for not more than three parties, instead of 20 or more at each election.She attributed Liberia’s lack of development partly to the unemployment of so many of our youth, “Many young people have graduated from high school and even colleges and universities, yet cannot find jobs.”Successive Liberian governments are responsible for this, because the educational policies are so general and do not train the young for work preparedness. In Germany, students in high school learn business, including import and export. The Booker Washington Institute (BWI) is one of the few schools that train students to find employment in trades, while they yet seek further educational advancement.We hope that the incoming administration will seriously review the educational policies and make them more employment-friendly, in addition to beefing up our math, science, social studies and civics instruction.We sincerely thank these two teachers, Mrs. Jesse Wah King and Mrs. Charlotte Walker Allen, for their outstanding contribution to our children’s education and wish them continued long life, good health and comfort.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Keep the lights on for Rankin’s TV career

first_img“At the beginning of the season, they did a lot of retooling. They fired some of the producers and writers. The guy they brought on to fix the show was Jason Katims. He was the show-runner for `Friday Night Lights.’ Within a week, he called me up and invited me and offered me the part. He said come up and try and instill some humor, and ground it in reality a little bit. I became Nathan, the bionics guy, I work with computers. I’m going out on missions and learning how to fight.” While “Lights” is on firm footing, the future of “Bionic” is less certain, with ratings suffering a steep decline after a promising start. “The show was getting its feet under it before the strike happened, but I’m not sure if it’s coming back,” he admitted. “I just don’t think it got a fair shake. I’d love to see it come back.” Kevin’s first regular television role came on NBC’s short-lived but well-remembered comedy “Undeclared,” in which he played the resident adviser in a college dorm. He knew he was a part of something special because the show was created by writer/director Judd Apatow, who is responsible for such movie hits as “Knocked Up” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” “That took me to a different level,” he said of “Undeclared.” “Little did I know that a couple of years later, (Apatow) would be the biggest thing in town.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It would be completely understandable if Kevin Rankin woke up in the morning and didn’t know where he was or who he was. The Los Angeles-based actor has found himself juggling regular roles on the NBC dramas “Friday Night Lights” – filmed in Austin, Texas, – and the Vancouver-based “Bionic Woman.” “For 2 1/2 months at the beginning of the season, I wasn’t home for more than a day every two weeks,” Kevin said recently. The writers strike has temporarily put a stop to the scheduling madness, with production on both shows halted for now. But the 31-year-old actor will guest-star on the second episode of NBC’s “Law & Order,” which returns with new episodes in early January. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonOn “Lights,” Kevin stars as quadriplegic “Herc,” who meets an injured high school football player in rehab and becomes his mentor. “I basically show him how to live life all over again and that life is not over,” he explained. “Right when I got to Austin, they put me in a wheelchair and sent me to rehab. For a month straight, I was in a wheelchair on and off set, really trying to live the life. It just brought more of the attitude that these guys carry.” “Lights” received some backlash early in its second season with a murder story line that many fans didn’t feel was true to the show. “I think some of the story lines might have been sort of an answer to the networks,” Kevin said with typical candor. “It got sexed up a little bit – some say jump the shark. There was a murder. But the way that the characters handle these situations is what ‘Friday Night Lights’ is all about. Initially, when they had marketing, they touted it as a football show. People tuned in and saw that football was really a background character. It’s a hard show to market. It’s sort of a sweeping soap opera on the Texas landscape.” So with a good role on “Lights,” how did Kevin end up on “Bionic” as well? last_img

SICAP Ray Community Group Day Out – Picture Special!

first_imgThis week, Ray Community Group in Rathmullen organised a summer trip to Rockhill Park, Kerrykeel. The excursion was partly funded by The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2016 holiday supports from the Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC).Sixty adults and children thoroughly enjoyed their day out in the park.Ray Community Group have two more trips planned; there is a children’s trip to Glebe Gallery tomorrow and a trip to Tropical World’s mini zoo and butterfly house in Letterkenny for local families. Although these trips are fully booked, you can find out about more upcoming trips on the Ray Community Centre’s Facebook. Marie Gordon from the Ray Community Group said; “We try to make things as affordable for families and we have a great community spirit. Kids and parents love getting away for the day together!”       SICAP Ray Community Group Day Out – Picture Special! was last modified: July 26th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:COMMUNITY CENTREDLDCDonegal Local Development Companyrathmullenray community groupsicapsocial inclusion and community activation programmelast_img read more

Ardara GAA club seeks application for new managers

first_imgThere was no winner of our weekly flotto, the numbers drawn were: 7, 13, 24 and 26. Nearest were Fiona McCole, Narin, and Mickey Molloy, Drumbarron. Jackpot now stands at €8,400.CLG Ard an Ratha are now seeking applications for the positions of senior and senior reserve managers for the 2017 season.  Applications in writing should be sent to club secretary Mary Kelly, Dromore Lower, Mountcharles, Co Donegal or by email to secretary.ardanratha.donegal@gaa.ie.  Closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday 8th December, 2016.U14 and U16 training continues every Monday and Wednesday at 6.45 to 8.30pm in the clubhouse with Declan Harkin. It’s €3 per player. Can all players also bring their own water. Ardara Ladies GAA is now seeking managers for 2017. Anyone wishing to apply for management of girls/ladies teams from U12 to Senior level should contact Michelle Bennett Adair.Ardara GAA club seeks application for new managers was last modified: December 6th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The 2006 World Cup All-Star Team included an Arsenal legend and the King of Cool

first_img 14 14 14 MIDFIELD: Zinedine Zidane (France)Like Thuram, Zidane returned from international retirement to the FIFA Team of the Tournament for the 2006 World Cup. Playing a much deeper lying role than before, Zidane used all his tactical nous and skill to create from deep to the much quicker and immediately dangerous youngsters ahead of him. Having already announced his retirement before the tournament, fans knew Zidane would be playing his last game in the Final against Italy. A Panenka-style penalty just seven minutes in gave the French the lead before they were pegged back. And then came one of the most iconic moments in World Cup history. After Marco Materazzi allegedly made disparaging comments about a female member of the Frenchman’s family, Zidane responded in kind with a headbutt to the chest. He was sent off and the image of him walking past the trophy is still as haunting now as it was at the time. In a poll after the tournament, 61% of French people had already forgiven Zidane, whiel 52% understood while he had done it. A true legend of the game, but what a shame to end it like that. Zidane was awarded the Golden Ball for being the best player at the tournament, but who else starred in Germany? The World Cup All-Star Team is named to remember the best performers, and you can see who was selected below…2006 FIFA WORLD CUPHosts: GermanyChampions: ItalyRunners-up: FranceThird place: GermanyFourth place: PortugalTop scorer: Miroslav Klose (Germany) – 5 goalsBest Player: Zinedine Zidane (France)Best Young Player: Lukas Podolski (Germany) DEFENCE: Gianluca Zambrotta (Italy)Such was Zambrotta’s reliability and versatility; he was able to be deployed at either right or left back. After overcoming an injury scare and missing the first game against Ghana, the Juventus full-back started the game against the USA as left-back, before being switched to the opposite flank for their final game. In the quarter-final against Ukraine, Zambrotta scored one, set one up and also made a goal line clearance as the Italians advanced even further. After overcoming Germany in the semi-final, World Cup victory was secured when Marcello Lippi’s men were able to overcome France in the Final on penalties, with Zambrotta a key component to their success. DEFENCE: Lilian Thuram (France)Thuram regained his place in the All-Star team from 1998 after a series of impressive defensive displays helped France get to the final. After the vast majority of the nation’s ‘Golden Generation’ retired, France coach Raymond Domenech pleaded with the Juventus star to help his team, alongside Claude Makelele. He overtook Marcel Desailly as the record cap holder for his country en route to the final, picking up his 117th against South Korea in the group stages. A man-of-the-match performance in the semi-final (eerily similar to his heroics against Croatia eight years previously) secured progression to the Final, which they ultimately lost. Fabio Cannavaro captain Italy to World Cup success 2006 WORLD CUP ALL-STAR TEAM GOALKEEPER: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)Widely regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, the Juventus legend currently looks as though he is heading for one final swansong in France with Paris Saint-Germain. How well he will be accepted by the French remains to be seen. After usurping Francesco Toldo at Euro 2006, Buffon stayed between the sticks for his country until last year, when the Italians were beaten in a play-off by Sweden. After not losing a game at Euro 2004 but failing to qualify from the group stages, Buffon was desperate for success. In Germany, the Juventus shot-stopper was in sensational form and allowed just two goals past him en route to claiming the trophy. He made an incredible 40 saves in the tournament and was named as second on the Ballon d’Or list for the calendar year. Zidane was sent off in the final for headbutting Marco Materazzi. It was his final action as a professional football player 14 14 14 The tournament was, unexpectedly, quite brilliant. The hosts were a joy to watch, Brazil’s Ronaldo became the all-time record World Cup scorer by netting his 15th goal in the competition, and Zinedine Zidane enjoyed the finest of swansongs to lead France to the final – before head butting Marco Materazzi in the Berlin showpiece. 14 DEFENCE: Philipp LahmThis was the first of three FIFA Team of the Tournaments Lahm was to star in, a testament to his quality. Nicknamed the ‘Magic Dwarf’ by the German press, the versatile Bayern Mucnih legend showed he packed a punch in the opening game against Costa Rica with a spectacular goal. Deployed at left-back by boss Jurgen Klinsmann, Lahm cut inside onto his right foot and unleashed a rocket into the top corner. He would play a total of 690 minutes for the Germans and earned rave reviews for his consistent performances. The 2018 World Cup is just around the corner, so talkSPORT.com are trawling through the archives to relive past tournaments.Today we are taking a look at the 2006 edition, won by Italy in Germany – the first time they hosted the nation since reunification. MIDFIELD: Gennaro Gattuso (Italy)Before he was snarling and growling in opposition dugouts, Gattuso was snarling and growling on the pitch. The AC Milan player turned manager provided his midfield partner Pirlo with the perfect platform on which to excel. He did all the dirty, unseen work so that the more creative Pirlo could thrive. This selfless play was recognised by Italians everywhere in the final, and Gattuso duly repaid their support by removing his shorts and celebrating on the Berlin pitch in just his underwear. Until FIFA made him cover up, that is. DEFENCE: Fabio Cannavaro (Italy)One of only three men to have won the Ballon d’Or as a defender, Cannavaro was imperious at the back throughout his career. But his crowning moment came as he lifted the World Cup trophy above his head as captain of the Italian national team in Berlin. Such was his resolute display throughout the tournament; Cannavaro earned the nickname ‘The Wall of Berlin’ from the German press. His defining moment from the tournament came when he out-jumped Per Mertesacker deep into extra time of the semi-final against Germany and helped set up a counter-attack for Alessandro Del Piero to score. He played in every minute of every game for the World champions, not collecting a single booking along the way. FORWARD: Miroslav Klose (Germany)Top scorer of the tournament with five, Klose showed his predatory instincts with four in the group stages and one against Argentina in the quarter-final – where he made his 100th appearance for his country. The top scorer in FIFA World Cup history with 16, Klose relished the international stage and was arguably more dangerous while on international duty than with his club. 14 MIDFIELD: Andrea Pirlo (Italy)The man who famously claimed he spent the day playing PlayStation in the morning before winning the Wold Cup in the afternoon; Pirlo was the epitome of cool. His languid and cultured style was often misconstrued as laziness, but in truth, the midfielder was just on a different level to everyone else. He collected more Man-of-the-Match awards than anyone else and was joint top for assists in Germany. His incredibly composed performances earned him the Bronze Ball, the third best player at the tournament. 14 14 14 14 14 MIDFIELD: Luis Figo (Portugal)A Portuguese legend, Figo came out of brief international retirement in 2005 to help his country qualify for the tournament in Germany. As captain during the World Cup, much was expected of superstar Figo and he guided his countries to three group stage wins. After beating England on penalties in the quarter-finals, a semi-final clash with France awaited. It was the furthest Portugal had progressed since the days of Eusebio. Their fairy-tale was short-lived as Figo’s Real Madrid teammate Zindeine Zidane knocked Portugal out. He ensured his 127th and final cap in the third place play-off was a success, setting up a consolation goal and getting rapturous applause from both the adoring Portugese fans and the Germans in the stadium. 14 FORWARD: Thierry Henry (France)After an indifferent start to the tournament, Henry began to find form at just the right time – the story of his career, you could argue. Deployed as a lone striker by Raymond Domenech, the Arsenal striker started to score as the competition reached the latter stages. His goal against Brazil in the quarter-final proved conclusive and he was robbed of the chance to take a penalty because of cramp in the Final against Italy.*The 2006 World Cup All-Star Team featured 23 players. We have cut the selection down to 11 to field a 4-4-2 formation. The 12 players excluded are: Jens Lehmann (goalkeeper, Germany), Ricardo (goalkeeper, Portugal), Roberto Ayala (defender, Argentina), John Terry (defender, England), Ricardo Carvalho (defender, Portugal), Ze Roberto (midfielder, Brazil), Patrick Vieira (midfielder, France), Michael Ballack (midfielder, Germany), Maniche (midfielder, Portugal), Hernan Crespo (forward, Argentina), Luca Toni (forward, Italy), Francesco Totti (forward, Italy)talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

Time ripe for Kop to break Title jinx: Top Five conclusions from weekend’s action

first_imgLiverpool will be top of the Premier League at Christmas for the third time in history (Photo by Agency)1- Steep Learning Curve For Marco Silva: If Portuguese gaffer Marco Silva is to graduate from a wannabe to a superstar manager, he must improve his appreciation of his team and players.Silva must surely know better than anyone else that for all the money Farhad Moshiri has invested in Everton, you can’t play such an open game against a Tottenham Hotspur side that is so lethal on the counter.Colombian centre-back Yerry Mina and Idriss Gana Gueye were absolute musts for the game which reflected so badly on his CV.2- Leicester Better Than League Position: It’s hard to believe Claude Puel went into the game at Chelsea with just two victories in ten fixtures.The Foxes have one of the best ten Premier League squads. Harry Maguire, Ben Chillwell and James Maddison would, for example, vastly improve a Chelsea squad short on raw pace and power.Maurizio Sarri must consider a swap involving cash + Gary Cahill for Maguire. Maddison would also be an ideal replacement for Cesc Fabregas, whose contract expires in the summer.3- Palace Needn’t Overly Rely On Zaha: Eagles boss Roy Hodgson is an embodiment of the adage that age is just a number.By masterminding the 3-2 upset win over Manchester City, the septuagenarian former England manager pulled a fat rabbit out of the bag. Andros Townsend was the undisputed star, rendering Palace’s reliance on Wilfred Zaha a nullity.With such tremendous organisation and foolproof team structure, Palace can forever banish their dependence syndrome.4- Time Ripe For Kop To Break Title Jinx:  Liverpool are Christmas champions for the third time in the Premier League era.Manchester City’s losses to Chelsea and Crystal Palace are like Manna falling from heaven from the Kop faithful.Manager Jurgen Klopp is certainly equipped to better predecessors Rafa Benitez (2008/9) and Brendan Rodgers (2013/4) who tripped on the home straight after being crowned Christmas champions.5- Winter Break Inopportune For Bayern:  Bayern Munich’s 3-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt catapulted the Bavarians into second place, behind pacesetters Borussia Dortmund and sent a message to the Signal Iduna Park side that they aren’t giving up their title without a fight.Against the background of Dortmund’s 1-2 setback at Fortuna Dusseldorf and the laboured nature of their victories of late, you have to say the winter break has come at an inopportune time for Niko Kovac’s champions.Comments Tags: Top five conclusions from Weekend’s actionlast_img read more

Infographic: COP20 Summit

first_imgSulaiman PhilipThe Paris negotiations in 2015 will, it is hoped, set concrete time tables to deal with greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. The 196 countries who attended the talks in Lima agreed to have prepared and submitted their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) which will guide the finalization of a new treaty.These lists will, in the words of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, help in “finalizing the institutional architecture for a mechanism on loss and damage.” INDC’s are the commitments each country will make to stave off an average global temperature rise of 2°C – the point at which many scientist believe climate change becomes irreversible.The negotiations were difficult with delegates uncertain how to differentiate the obligations of responsibilities of developing and developed countries.  The bloc of developing countries were eager for established economies to underwrite the Green Climate Fund to the tune of $10 billion. The bloc left Peru with the fund – designed to direct funding from developed nations to developing nations most vulnerable to climate change – oversubscribed.For more on the COP20 Summit, check out:Africa pushes for commitment at COP20Click image to enlargelast_img read more

Special funeral planned for Chabane

first_img16 March 2015A special funeral service would be held for Collins Chabane, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said in Pretoria on 15 March. Chabane, the public service and administration minister, died in a car accident in the early hours of the morning with two of his bodyguards, sergeants Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane.The minister’s vehicle was travelling on the N1 outside Polokwane when a truck, which was driving in the same direction in the left lane in front of Chabane’s car, made a U-turn. “It was at that point that the minister’s vehicle drove into the truck,” said Radebe.The driver of the truck had been arrested for negligent driving, Radebe added, although he could not confirm allegations that the driver had been under the influence of alcohol or had other previous charges of negligent driving.Chabane never lost contact with his roots, said Radebe: he had been returning from the funeral of a local chief, Albert Magona of Malamulele, in his home village in Limpopo when the accident happened.“During this difficult time, on behalf of President Jacob Zuma, the government and its people, we want to extend our sincere condolences to the Chabane, Lentsoane and Sekele families, friends and all South Africans who knew him.”National executive memberChabane was a humble, disciplined, passionate and dedicated member of the national executive. “He was truly devoted to his work of improving the lives of the people of South Africa and was an intellectual giant with a great understanding of what we had to do to free our people from poverty.”As a dedicated serving minister, Chabane would receive a special official funeral, Radebe said. Details would be released soon. Zuma “expressed his deep shock at the untimely death of a competent, accomplished, dedicated and dependable member of his Cabinet”. “President Zuma views the death of Minister Chabane as a huge loss to the government and the country as a whole.”Prior to being appointed minister of public service and administration in 2014, Chabane was the minister in the presidency for performance monitoring and evaluation. He was responsible for setting up the performance monitoring and evaluation function in The Presidency. He also oversaw the introduction of performance agreements between ministers and the president.Chabane also served as the minister responsible for the Government Communication and Information System. He distinguished himself as a member of the Executive Council, receiving an award for his administrative role in the Limpopo provincial government. He also served as a member of the Limpopo executive council for public works, and later for economic development, environment and tourism.He became a member of the national executive of the ANC in 1991, and in 2007 was elected to the party’s National Working Committee.Sport and musicHe was a keen golfer and a musician, recording with his group Movement. He was honoured for his contribution to indigenous music by the South African Music Rights Organisation. Chabane is survived by his wife, Mavis Chabane, and two children.Following news of his death, the minister was described as a dedicated public servant. Zuma said he was “an outstanding cadre of our liberation struggle and a competent, accomplished and dependable member of my Cabinet”.South African Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande said: “We send our condolences and message of solidarity to our long-standing ally the ANC, to the rest of our liberation movement and Alliance, and to the country as a whole. Comrade Collins Chabane, who had sharp analytical skills and was also an artist, will be sorely missed.”Cosatu added: “His passing is a huge loss to our movement. Cosatu leaders and members at many levels interacted with him over decades and always found him to be friendly, helpful constructive and positive, particularly in the area of making policy and monitoring its implementation. His presence will be missed for years to come and we must never forget the debt we owe him.”Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Using ag grants to achieve on-farm objectives

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Producers who want to add sustainable agriculture practices to their farm operations may be able to use grant funds to do so – if they know where to look and how to write a winning grant proposal, according to an educator with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.Mike Hogan is an Ohio State University Extension educator who is also the coordinator of the university’s Sustainable Agriculture Team. He said that while the grants may not offer a huge amount of money, “there are several sustainable agriculture grants out there that can offer a big benefit for farmers and producers.”Hogan will discuss “Utilizing Grants to Achieve Your Farm Objectives” Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. in the Small Farms Center tent during the 2015 Farm Science Review at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio.The workshop will focus on how to find grants to fund small business operations and what makes a grant proposal successful, he said. The presentation will also offer details on grants awarded from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program, which is managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture in partnership with regional and state coordinators nationwide.The goal of the program is to advance agricultural innovations that improve profitability, environmental stewardship and quality of life, according to USDA.The grants have allowed Ohioans to find support for projects that are relevant to them and their interests, Hogan said.“There are grants out there that are targeted just for farmers and producers that can allow them to try a new farm objective using kind of a safety net in terms of the financing,” he said. “These grants can help farmers decide if a new technique or practice will work for their operation and if it will help improve its overall sustainability.“The benefit is that it leverages dollars to evaluate sustainable production and marketing strategies for Ohio farm families. Agriculture is a large segment of our economy, so having an industry that is more viable is important.”Sponsored by CFAES, Farm Science Review is Sept. 22-24 and will feature presentations by experts from OSU Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and Purdue University. OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of the college.Other workshops offered in the Small Farm Center tent include:* “Production and Marketing of Super Berries”* “Using Cover Crops to Improve Nutrient Efficiency”* “Walk-Behind Tractors and Their Application on Small Farms”* “Soil Quality Testing and Interpretation”* “Raising Miniature Beef Cattle”* “Farm Health and Safety on Small Farms”* “Aquaculture Opportunities in Ohio”* “Pricing Your Farm Products for Profit”* “Understanding Food Marketing Regulations”* “Reviewing Your Small Farm’s Legal Well-Being”* “Economics of Organic Grain Production”* “Getting Started With Aquaponics”The Review is known nationally as Ohio’s premier agricultural event. It annually draws more than 130,000 farmers, growers, producers and agricultural enthusiasts. An estimated 620 exhibitors with some 4,000 product lines will set up shop at the farm show, an increase from 608 exhibitors last year, organizers said.Advance tickets are $7 at all OSU Extension county offices, many local agribusinesses and online at fsr.osu.edu/about/online-ticket-purchase-information. Tickets are $10 at the gate. Children 5 and younger are admitted free.Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22-23 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24.More information can be found at fsr.osu.edu.last_img read more

EBooks: Sony Announces Wireless Reader and Partnerships with More Booksellers & Libraries

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#E-Books#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinoiscenter_img Sony today announced that it will sell a wireless eReader device for $399 by Christmas. The Reader Daily Edition will be powered by AT&T’s 3G network. That in itself is interesting news, especially given that Barnes & Noble announced a similar device in partnership with Irex yesterday. What’s gotten somewhat lost in all the excitement about the hardware, however, is that Sony has also partnered with a number of independent booksellers in the US. These include over 200 members of the American Booksellers Association, as well as BooksOnBoard, Net Galley, and Portland, OR-based Powell’s Books, the world’s largest independent bookseller. In addition, Sony also plans to make it easier for users to check out eBooks from their local libraries.All of these sites will offer eBooks in the standard EPUB format. It’s not quite clear if all of the participating stores will wrap a digital rights management layer (DRM) around their products yet, though. Sony Gets a Wireless Reader, Too As for the hardware devices, Sony’s new Reader Daily Edition is obviously aimed at Amazon’s Kindle and Kindle DX. It will be able to display 16 levels of grayscale and will be housed in an aluminum body with an integrated cover. Users will be able to read books, newspapers, and magazines in portrait and landscape orientation. The wireless connectivity, courtesy of AT&T’s 3G network, is the most exciting news here, though. Both Sony and B&N are following Amazon’s lead, of course, but Amazon’s success with the Kindle has also clearly shown that a lot of consumers now expect this kind of functionality at the high-end of the eReader market.What’s even more exciting, though, is that by the time the holiday season comes around this year, users will be able to choose between far more eReaders and eBook vendors than ever before, without having to compromise on the number of available books. With its five-inch $199 Reader Pocket Edition, Sony will be able to offer the cheapest device on the market, while the seven-inch Reader Daily Edition at $399 is priced to fall between the cost of a Kindle ($299) and Kindle DX ($489). 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more