Can Ellen Jump-start Agriculture?

first_imgThe President’s open admission in her Annual Message Monday that only five percent of the nation’s arable landmass is being cultivated for agriculture is a very sad, very serious, very disturbing admission; but it is a wakeup call.Ever since the Tubman administration, in the early 1950s with the help of our American friends, established the Government Farm in Suakoko in an attempt to introduce modern agriculture in Liberia, we should have by now made significant progress in Liberian farming.The Government Farm, now the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI), undertook a lot of research that helped to improve farming around the country. It also established the Agricultural Extension Service that deployed Extension Agents in all the then five counties– Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Sinoe, Grand Cape Mount and Maryland–and the three Provinces–Central, Western and Eastern.  When the new counties — Bong, Lofa, Nimba and Grand Gedeh — were created in 1964, at least one extension agent was deployed to each.  But these were clearly not enough.  In the early 1960s, for example, when Voinjama was still the headquarters of the Western Province, there was only one extension agent there–a young Cuttington Agriculture graduate named Leopold Bundoo.  Yet Lofa was the largest Province.  When it became a county in 1964 it was the largest county, until it was divided into two, with the creation of Gbarpolu County a few years ago.  Yet Lofa, thanks to the seriousness, energy and love for farming on the part of its people, remains the nation’s leading breadbasket, followed by Bong, Nimba, Margibi and Montserrado Counties.We narrate all this history to say one thing: we as a government and people have not taken agriculture seriously enough.  That is why we have not made much progress since the early 1950s.  The government itself did not take agriculture seriously.  Mr. Bundoo, the agri-extension agent, was never given a cutlass, or a bicycle, yet he was expected to render extension services in the Western Province.Not much has changed. That is why this newspaper has always said editorially that the GOL has not taken agriculture seriously; that is why it has  failed to organize agriculture, as it is organized, say, in Kenya.But let us quickly add: we must stop this nonsense that our failure in agriculture, as in many other areas, is because Liberia was never colonized.  When are we going to start thanking God that, unlike all other African countries except Ethiopia, we were never colonized?  That, it seems to us, is a blessing.  It means that whatever we have, we have achieved by our own bootstraps.  Is that not something to be proud of?There is only ONE THING lacking in Liberia: seriousness on the part of the people AND their government.  If all the people in all the counties were as serious as the Lofa people, especially when it comes to agriculture, Liberia by now would be self sufficient in food.  With only one agri-extension agent in the 1960s, Lofa was still able to feed the nation. A man in Foya District alone, named Paramount Chief Tamba Taylor, taught his people, the Kissi, to farm. Today, long after he was no longer Paramount Chief, Foya is one of the country’s most productive areas. They grow their own rice, vegetables and meat. And if encouraged, Foya alone could grow a good portion of all the rice Liberians need, and all the meat, too, since their area is ideal for raising livestock, especially cattle, goats and sheep.But why hasn’t the government seized upon this ONE distinct opportunity to move agriculture forward?  Because we are not serious about our business.  That is why we are always begging other people for help – all kinds of help.  The Bible says, “Seest thou a [person] diligent about his/her business;? He shall stand before kings, and not before mean men.”So what is the President thinking now?  Is she prepared to muster the SERIOUSNESS to move agriculture forward in this country, and get ALL her lieutenants to do the same?Liberia is one of the few countries we know of where 100% of the land is arable.  Why on earth are we still hungry and food dependent?  It is a shame; and we better start removing this shame from our faces by getting SERIOUS.This is the President’s challenge, and the challenge of every one of us.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A Worthy Support to ‘Street Children’

first_imgNine Liberian street children took part in the just ended Street Child World Cup in Brazil and the results are encouraging and would make a difference in their lives.The nine children are part of a larger number of Liberian kids, over 300, being helped by Street Child Liberia, a non-governmental humanitarian organization recently organized with support from Street Child UK.The organization’s primarily goal is removing street children from the street and re-uniting them with their parents.The Street Child Liberia was recently established in the country, with volunteers and support from Street Child United Kingdom.Who is a street child? Public Relations Officer Ms. Tarsha Mathies Jackson, said, “Is a child who practically lives on the street; who finds food for himself and runs his own affairs.”Street Child Liberia has succeeded in re-uniting several parents with their children, has paid for two years’ school fees, as well as providing them with school materials.“Parents are additionally supported with financial assistance,” Tarsha said, “after the two years the parent is helped to continue a business to support the child, not to return to the street.”The idea to participate in the Street Child World was born and experimented in the last World Cup in South Africa.Street Child of Liberia decided to apply for participation, which was accepted with Street Child UK, Putu Mining Company, AquaLife and NOCAL throwing their financial and moral support behind the idea.With funds from Putu Mining Company and NOCAL and with free provision of safe drinking water during the preparation, Liberia was able to send a team, as the only West African representative, to Brazil.Reports say the nine Liberian children, ably represented Liberia and West Africa as worthy ‘Ambassadors.’ They joined 19 countries, including USA, Pakistan, Rwanda, Brazil and the eventual champions, Tanzania, to tell the world that they are ‘somebody’ and their voices need attention. They are returning home tomorrow (Thursday, April 10, 2014) to carry the message to their colleagues to live and live large and shape their future for a better tomorrow.While the new heroes are yet to touch the Liberian soil, we want to commend Putu Mining Company, NOCAL and AquaLife for their tremendous support towards such a life-changing endeavor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sick Chinese men air-dashed from Region 1 still undiagnosed

first_img…but health minister rules out Swine FluMore than 24 hours have passed since the eight Chinese men were medevacked to the Georgetown Public Hospital, but they remained undiagnosed.However, as health officials continue to run a battery of tests, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence, in a statement to the media on Sunday morning, ruled out the suspected H1N1 diagnosis.Public Health MinisterVolda LawrenceThe men were air-dashed to the capital city on Saturday afternoon after they fell severely ill at Matthews Ridge, Region One (Barima-Waini) and were experiencing symptoms related to the H1N1 virus commonly called “Swine Flu”.Guyana Times was told that the symptoms the men displayed included fever, cough, headache, body aches, respiratory issues and unstable vital signs.One man has already died from the symptoms he experienced.Reports are that a medical team from the Mabaruma Hospital had been deployed to the Matthews Ridge area following reports that some persons were exhibiting signs and symptoms of the deadly disease. About 14:30h on Saturday, four ambulances filled with medical staff, who were all suited up with protective gear, arrived at the Eugene F Correia International Airport to receive the men.Some were seen coughing and needed assistance from the plane to the ambulances. All eight persons are Chinese who were working with Guyana Manganese Inc in Region One.This publication was told that on receiving reports of the men’s condition, officials at Georgetown Public Hospital began taking precautionary measures by quarantining an area for the eight patients.Meanwhile, on Sunday, the Public Health Minister said that specialists were still conducting “a battery of tests to identify the virus blamed for the manganese miner’s death and the hospitalisation of eight others, including a solitary Guyanese who is an employee of the Guyana Manganese Inc (GMI) firm.”According to the statement released by Minister Lawrence, “there is no determination (as yet) of what the ailment is, but all the patients displayed similar symptoms including pain, fever, headache and respiratory distress.”She noted that the deceased worker was ailing for days before seeking medical attention at the Matthews Ridge Hospital last Thursday. He died Saturday.When contacted on Saturday afternoon, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud had said that it was too early to presume that the men have “swine flu, dengue, or any other deadly disease”.But even as the hospital is yet to diagnose the men, Regional Health Services (RHS) Director, Dr Kay Shako has also denied that the men were suffering from swine flu.Just a few months ago, in January, Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings, said that the re-emergence of the H1N1 virus in the Caribbean Region was cause for great concern among public health officials throughout the Region, but Guyana has already been on heightened alert since the discovery of the H1N1 virus in neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago.At that time, the Ministry had voiced its call for each person to practise good hygiene – wash hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based rub and to cover mouth and nose with tissue when sneezing or coughing.Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth and avoid close contact – you are expected to be about six feet away from a person suffering from the H1N1 virus.Persons are being advised to drink plenty fluids, stay at home and rest to treat the fever and see your primary care physician should they contract the virus.Health-care workers are asked to ensure that they practise infection control and use personal protective equipment.Some of the symptoms of Swine Flu are: fever (but not always); chills; cough; sore throat; runny or stuffy nose; watery, red eyes; body aches; headache; fatigue; diarrhoea; nausea and vomiting.last_img read more

College roundup: CSUN rallies late to beat Washington St.

first_imgRight fielder C.J. Belanger singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as the Cal State Northridge baseball team defeated Washington State 5-3 Friday at Matador Field. Third baseman Richard Cates drove in two runs for CSUN (8-4), and Chuck Fick allowed four hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings. Mark Haderlein (2-1) got the win in relief. Haderlein, Phillip Hann and Joe Rocchio combined to pitch 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. CSUN wins two: Freshman Amanda Pitzenberger threw the first Cal State Northridge no-hitter since 2001 as the Matadors defeated Wright State 8-0 in six innings at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic at Las Vegas. The Matadors (2-4-1) won their first game of the day against BYU 8-3. Kelly Zakosek went 4 for 6 with four runs scored, fourRBIs, a triple and a homer for CSUN in two games, while Amanda Peek was 4 for 8 with two runs scored, four RBIs and a home run. MEN’S TENNIS Pepperdine 4, Notre Dame 2: Andre Begemann, Bassam Beidas and Mahmoud Kamel each won singles matches as the 10th-ranked Waves (7-1) defeated the ninth-ranked Fighting Irish (6-2) in the opening round of the USTA/ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championships at Chicago. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jared Prince and Nick Hall each drove in a run for Washington State (0-1). Pepperdine 2, Wichita St. 0: Barry Enright allowed just seven hits in 7 1/3 innings as the No. 19 Waves (6-2) earned a nonconference win over the No. 11 Shockers (0-1) at Malibu. Enright (3-0) struck out four batters and walked none. Jordan Durrance and Jason Dominguez combined to pitch 1 2/3 scoreless innings, with Dominguez getting the save. center_img USC 7, San Diego St. 3: Center fielder Nick Buss and designated hitter Matt Cusick each drove in two runs and Ryan Cook pitched a seven-hitter to lead the Trojans (6-4) to the victory over the Aztecs (5-3). UCLA 6, E. Carolina 1: Shortstop Brandon Crawford and right fielder Gabe Cohen each drove in two runs and pitcher Tyson Brumett threw a six-hitter to lead the No. 15 Bruins (4-4) past the visiting Pirates (2-2). SOFTBALL Sweep for UCLA: The Bruins (5-3) posted a pair of victories at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic at Las Vegas, defeating Colorado State 10-2 in five innings and defeating Central Florida 3-0. Krista Colburn, Megan Langenfeld and Jaisa Creps each drove in two runs for the Bruins in the first game, and Lisa Dodd hit a three-run home run in the second game. last_img read more

Some Miami residents call foul over Beckham football venture

first_img0Shares0000Former England captain David Beckham (right) was formally awarded an MLS franchise on Monday, but key details remain up in the air, such as its name and logo and when it will debut © AFP/File / RHONA WISEMIAMI, United States, Feb 2 – David Beckham has finally achieved his goal of bringing Major League Soccer to Miami, but the prospect of a stadium without parking that drives up housing costs in a low-income neighborhood is no hit with residents.The former England captain and glitzy star of storied Champions League teams was formally awarded an MLS franchise on Monday, but key details remain up in the air, such as its name and logo and when it will debut. For the 25,000-stadium, the investor group led by Beckham has acquired land in an area called Overtown, a working class district between downtown and Little Havana.They still need to buy one more piece of land, but for now the deal is held up in court by a lawsuit. The investors are confident they will prevail.“Our 24th team now is in Miami. The stadium is in the Overtown site,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said.One problem is that Miami is already choked with traffic and the stadium will not have its own parking lots.And people in the neighborhood fear housing costs that are already rising will force them to move away as they keep going up.“We are largely overwhelmed by the larger forces in the community that are out there. Our voices are not being heard sufficiently,” said Ernest Martin, a member of the Miami River Commission, an association of people living near the waterway.Martin was especially critical of the lack of parking.But Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said Monday that although the stadium itself will have no on-site parking, there are plenty of big lots two to three blocks from the planned arena.He also pointed to public transport, but people in Miami love their cars.The problem of rising housing costs comes with gentrification. Overtown is a black-majority neighborhood of some 13,000 people, and 24 percent of the residents earn less than $10,000 a year, well below the poverty level.– Worried about rent –The words ‘No Stadium’ are spelled out on the fence surrounding the parcel of land where former soccer star David Beckham and his investment group bought land with hope of bringing a soccer stadium in Miami © AFP / RHONA WISE“This has been a low-income housing area for many years,” Martin told AFP at his home along the river.“Ultimately the big increase in rent for the area will cause Overtown to become a more select area for residential users,” he added.The barren lot of land where the stadium is supposed to go up is surrounded by a fence on which neighbors have hung a sign that reads, “No to the stadium.”Nearby are modest apartment buildings and a few shops. At a corner liquor store, the cashier tends to customers from behind bullet proof glass. The storefront is protected by iron bars.Douglas Romero, a 27-year-old resident of Overtown, told AFP that this year his rent has already gone from $1,050 a month to $1,200.“I’m a little worried, you know,” Romero said, holding his four year old son.“The prices of rent have been going up lately, starting in January. The only thing would be, if prices go up, you know, everybody looks to move. Everybody looks for somewhere else.”– Second time lucky? –It isn’t even the city’s first tryst with MLS.Its first team, Miami Fusion, made their debut in 1998 but only played for four seasons before being cut from the league after the 2001 campaign amid low ticket sales and the lowest revenues of any team in the competition.Football in America is nowhere near as popular as baseball, basketball or American football. But Beckham and his fellow investors are counting on the cultural diversity of Miami — with its large Hispanic and Caribbean populations — to attract fans.And not all in the neighborhood are against the newcomers: “Him bringing the stadium here… it’s wonderful,” said Cedric Dixon, 52. “It’s excitement. It’s changing Miami.”Landscaper Williams Charlie is meanwhile skeptical that the new stadium can bring jobs, but says “we need a soccer team” nonetheless.“Beckham knows what he’s doing. I’ll go right to the game — if they don’t move us out.”One sign of how deeply opposed some are is the emergence of a Facebook group against the stadium which publishes scary videos of football-related violence as a way of warning against the dangers of hooligans.“It’s not a done deal!” is the slogan of the Overtown Spring Garden Community Collective.This is true: the proposed sale of the last piece of land needed is being held up by a millionaire named Bruce Matheson, who argues that the county had no right to cede the first lot without opening it up to bidding.He lost his first battle in court but has lodged an appeal.Mayor Gimenez meanwhile remains bullish. “We are very confident that we are going to win the lawsuit,” he told reporters.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Teenager leads Inter to first win in two months

first_imgBut Karamoh, 19, marked his first Serie A start by grabbing a stunning winner after 63 minutes to give Luciano Spalletti’s side their first three points since December 3.“It’s not easy to get through times like this,” said Spalletti whose side had taken just six points from their previous eight games.“We started very strong this season with an incredible run of results, so expectations were unduly raised.”Bologna were down a man after Ibrahima Mbaye was sent off on 68 minutes for a second yellow card, with defender Adam Masina also seeing red in injury time for a foul on Lisandro Lopez.“Today we did really well. We took the lead, there was an error for the equaliser and the ghosts of games past came back to haunt us again,” continued the Inter coach.The win lifted Inter up to third place, one point ahead of Roma who moved into the Champions League spots after coming from a goal down to beat bottom club Benevento 5-2 at the Stadio Olimpico.Lazio drop from third to fifth after suffering their third consecutive defeat — a 4-1 thumping by leaders Napoli on Saturday.Napoli maintained their one-point advantage on champions Juventus who beat Fiorentina 2-0 on Friday with Inter now 15 points off top spot.– ‘Incredible fire’ –Sidelined: Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi watches his team win as he recovers from injury © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOInter’s top scorer Mauro Icardi remained on the sidelines through injury with Karamoh getting his first start in place of Antonio Candreva.And the teenager made an immediate impact, opening the way for Croatian Marcelo Brozovic who set up Eder for the close-range opener.But Palacio, who left Inter for Bologna last year, equalised on 25 minutes after a blunder saw defender Miranda mistakenly pass to the Argentine.Karamoh grabbed the winner after exchanging passes with Rafinha, dribbling past two opponents with his left-footed effort from distance leaving Antonio Mirante with no chance.Mbaye and Masina were sent off for tackles on Rafinha and Lopez respectively, but Bologna, who drop to 13th, still threatened in the final minutes.“He (Karamoh) did well, but at other times he takes a break and it becomes difficult for us if we lose possession of the ball,” said Spalletti.“As a boy he easily gets depressed, but then he has incredible fire. In short, he must grow.”Turkish youngster Cengiz Under scored a brace as Roma came back after conceding a shock early goal when new Benevento signing Guilherme Costa scored after seven minutes.Federico Fazio headed in on 26 minutes to equalise, with Edin Dzeko also getting on the scoresheet in the second half before 20-year-old Under netted on 62 and 75 minutes.Benevento, with just seven points from 24 games, fought back with former Manchester City and Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna making his debut, Enrico Brignola scoring their second.But Gregoire Defrel scored the fifth from the spot two minutes into injury time to give Roma their second consecutive win.“Benevento had nothing to lose and are starting to form an identity, so we did well to turn it around,” said Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco.Elsewhere Sampdoria, in sixth, saw off second-from-bottom Verona 2-0 to stay ahead of European rivals AC Milan, who went on a four-goal spree at SPAL on Friday.Andrea Belotti scored on his return from injury as Torino, in ninth, beat Udinese 2-0 amid more video assistant referee (VAR) controversy.Udinese looked to have taken the lead after a Kevin Lasagna header bounced off the crossbar with Antonin Barak finishing off the rebound.But after minutes viewing VAR, the referee disallowed the goal for a Maxi Lopez push on Nicolas Burdisso.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Teenage kicks: Inter Milan’s Yann Karamoh celebrates his winner © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Feb 12 – French teenager Yann Karamoh scored the winner as Inter Milan ended a two-month victory drought to move back third with a 2-1 win against nine-man Bologna on Sunday.Eder opened the scoring after three minutes at the San Siro only for former Inter Milan star Rodrigo Palacio to pull Bologna level after 25 minutes.last_img read more

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgTODAY Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit workshop, 3:45-7:45 p.m. at Golden Valley High School, 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway, Canyon Country. Dr. Sally Reis will present “Parenting Academically Talented Kids: What Do We Know and Where Do We Go?” 5-6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Pico Canyon Elementary School, 25255 Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 255-3360. Grand opening, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Dessert Alert Inc., 28415 Industry Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 753-9269. Santa Clarita Corvette Club will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-4675. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The Reading Group will discuss “Bookseller of Kabul” by Asne Seierstad, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call Agnes Zagar at (661) 259-8942. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit for location. FRIDAY Shabbat Across America event, 5:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom, 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Call Rabbi Steve Conn at (661) 254-2411. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY SCV Teacher Recruitment Fair, 8 a.m.-noon at Rancho Pico Junior High, 26250 W. Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 259-0033, Ext. 282. Junior Lifeguard Program will hold an open registration for qualified swimmers ages 9-17, 10 a.m. at Val Verde Park Swimming Pool, 30300 W. Arlington Road, Val Verde. Call (661) 294-3532. Volunteer orientation, 10-11 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Sharon Lewis Koho will sign copies of her books, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. St. Patrick’s Day story time and crafts, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Trail Team will meet to repair damaged trails, 9 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Adopt-A-Pet will feature dogs and cats available for adoption, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Petco, 26501 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call the Castaic Animal Shelter at (661) 257-3191. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. MONDAY Santa Clarita Emblem Club will meet, 6:45 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 17766 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-1500. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Investment workshop, titled “Can You Afford to Retire?” 7-9:30 p.m. today and March 14 at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Cost: $38, or $66 per couple, for both sessions. Call (661) 259-7800. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Free lecture, titled “Reverse Mortgage: Will it Work for You?” 1-2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Free parenting program, titled “Parent’s Guide to the Internet,” 6:30 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit for location. Dual Diagnosis Group for those who are chemically dependent and affected by mental illness, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at St. Francis Counseling Center, 25050 Avenue Kearny, Suite 101, Valencia. Call (661) 294-2880. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey explains reason behind goal celebration for Wales

first_img MONEY Brilliant start to the League of Nations for us and a special goal for me personally #twinsontheway ❤— Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) September 6, 2018He said: “Brilliant start to the League of Nations for us and a special goal for me personally #twinsontheway.”Ryan Giggs had a homecoming to remember as Wales began their Nations League campaign in style with a demolition of Martin O’Neill’s men in Cardiff.Tom Lawrence, Gareth Bale – with his 30th goal for Wales – Ramsey and Connor Roberts were on target before Republic substitute Shaun Williams provided some cheer for the visitors. silverware Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has revealed he is expecting twins with his partner.The Welshman tweeted the news after scoring in his country’s 4-1 UEFA Nations League victory over Republic of Ireland.Ramsey, 27, celebrated by putting the ball underneath his shirt and sucking on his thumb with two fingers in the air. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS REVEALED Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more highlights Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures RANKED impact Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade possible standings Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade smart causal Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era?last_img read more

Iconic Donegal footbridge damaged by Storm Lorenzo

first_imgThe iconic footbridge over the Glen River in Carrick suffered significant damage as a result of the extreme rain that accompanied the passing of Storm Lorenzo last night.In the early morning it became clear that the flooding in the Glen River had reached unprecedented levels.At its highest, the water level was actually above the bridge’s surface, and flowing onto the adjacent road. A large amount of debris, mainly consisting of branches collected by the swollen river, had backed up against the bridge. The protective railings have suffered significant damage, with only short sections at either end still remaining. It is still unclear what damage has been done to other sections of the bridge.The bridge links the Carrick River Walk to the picnic area and fishing spot at the Salmon Leap. The walk is a very valuable amenity and has now even got its own listing on TripAdvisor. “Walking in Paradise”, “Lovely Evening Stroll” and “Refreshing” are some of the comments used in the reviews.Agnes Cunningham, secretary of Coiste Forbartha na Carraige (Carrick Development Committee) said the area is concerned following the damage.She said “We were very saddened this morning that the ‘wee’ bridge was severely damaged by the floods last night, making it unsafe for public use. The bridge serves as the lower access point to the Riverwalk which is very popular with locals from surrounding areas, visitors and fishermen alike. It is a huge loss to our community and it is viatal that it be repaired by the authorities as soon as possible.” The bridge, which was erected by the Fisheries Board, is used by anglers to access several of the best fishing spots on either side of the river.Paddy Maloney, of Sliabh Liag Angler’s Association, said “The bridge was useful to anglers, tourists and locals alike and will prove a major loss to everyone in the locality”.Assessment of the extent of the damage will now need to be undertaken. It is hoped by everyone locally that repairs can be carried out and that it will be open again before long.Iconic Donegal footbridge damaged by Storm Lorenzo was last modified: October 4th, 2019 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)last_img read more

Big yields to start 2018 Between the Rows harvest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Zach Profit, Van Wert Co.We are pretty happy. We are 10% done with corn and 15% done with soybeans. We got started last Monday Sept. 17 in some corn. The moisture starting off was 21% to 23%. We had a small patch that was an earlier hybrid that came in at 18.5%.We haven’t really seen anything under 190 bushels and the sky is the limit the other way. We have seen up to 230 and we have only run the earlier hybrids with 103- and 104-day corn. It has met our expectations and it is definitely going to be good. It will be right at the yields we had last year. I’m not sure it will be much better than last year but I think it will come off at a lower moisture.The soybeans, I think, are the big story in the area with yields anywhere from 60 to 80 bushels with the majority of the yields I have heard around 70. The beans are doing really well. We have had some pretty marginal ground do really well so far.In our 30-inch row experiment, those beans looked tough but I think they will yield better than we were expecting. They were podded up really well. Our regular 15-inch beans we normally do are 70+ bushels.We had quite a bit of wind Thursday and Friday. There was some corn going down in the area. It seems to be extremely hybrid specific. There are fields that are a quarter to half snapped off laying flat on the ground. There were gusts of 25 or 30 miles per hour.We have seen good test weight and quality corn. Vomitoxin does not appear to be an issue.There have been rumors about soybean seed issues with a mold or fungus actually on the seed. There was quite a bit of it coming into one elevator.We have had no rain and everything is going pretty well, but it looks like it is going to rain. We are keeping up with the maturity of the soybeans as they ripen. I think there is a big crop out there.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.last_img read more