Monrovia Rotary Club Brings Smiles to Needy institutions

first_imgThe Rotary Club of Monrovia recently embarked on its Annual Charity Basket project for 2014.  As one of its cornerstone community service activities, the Club has raised money to donate needed items to the elderly and less fortunate in Monrovia and its immediate environs. This year’s donations were made to two institutions, namely the E.S. Grant Mental Health Hospital and the Antoinette Tubman Cheshire home.Some of the items in this year’s donation include plastic buckets, tubs, bowls and cups, cleaning supplies, bales of clothing, mosquito nets, towels, slippers and toys among others with a total value of L$100,000 (one hundred thousand Liberian dollars).The Rotary Club of Monrovia is the local chapter of Rotary International, a community service organization established in 1905 to foster the ideals of service among professionals in their communities of work and life.  First established in Liberia in January 1964, the Club is proud to be celebrating 50 years of service in Liberia under Rotary’s global motto of “Service above Self.”Rotarians continue to set themselves apart by encouraging high ethical standards in their respective professions building goodwill and peace and— above all— dedicating their time to providing humanitarian services to fellow citizens.According to the Club’s Service Projects Chairperson, Monique Cooper-Liverpool, “Rotarians in Liberia have been involved in a variety of projects ranging from the provision of medical supplies and equipment to the JFK medical centre and pediatrics ward, the establishment of a reading room in Brewerville and a water/wells project bringing safe drinking water to 14 communities around greater Monrovia, to name a few. The Club’s flagship project has been the construction and furnishing of a 6 classroom school block in Ben Town community along the Marshall Highway.”The president of Rotary Club of Monrovia, Milton Weeks, noted, “With a membership of forty-five professionals both Liberian and international, the Rotary Club of Monrovia will continue to serve its community to the best of its ability.” Later this year, Liberia will host Rotary’s annual West African Projects Fair; bringing together hundreds of Rotarians from around the world to forge new project partnerships for development assistance and service projects across the region.  This is the first time Liberia will be hosting such a large international Rotary event. The Fair will be held in Monrovia from 29 October – 5 November, 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana leading the way in Vault C spinal implant surgery

first_imgGuyana has become the first country in South America to perform a Vault C Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion System (ACDF) implant surgery successfully; not once but twice. The surgeries which were performed by Guyana’s leading Neurosurgeon, Dr Amarnauth Dukhi at two separate private institutions gave two patients the ability to utilise their motor skill after being partially and fully paralysed.According to Carlo Koren, President of Innovation Medical Technologies Incorporated, Guyana is the only country in the South American continent to perform the procedure. Innovation Medical Technologies is the South American distributor of the titanium plate, which is manufactured by Precision Spine, a US-Post ACDF with double implants on the 51-year-old patientbased company that was used in the surgery.Speaking with the Department of Public Information (DPI), Dr Dukhi explained that both patients – ages 51 and 65 – suffered from spinal injuries due to separate motor vehicular accidents which left them bedridden and paralysed.Dr Dukhi said in the case of the 51-year-old male, a double implant was performed and prior to the surgery, the patient experienced severe weakness in the upper and lower limbs, difficulty walking and limited or no function of the arms. While, in the case of the 61-year-old male, the patient suffered a motor vehicular accident in December 2017 in the interior which left him completely paralysed.However, post-ACDF implant, he was able to recover movement of the upper limbs and is currently under rehabilitation of the lower limbs. His surgery was done five days after the incident.In explaining the technical procedure, the surgeon said, “a small incision is done on the neck, where you have to go from the anterior approach through the skin, then you separate the trachea, the oesophagus to one side and then all the vessels and the nerves to the other side. You go through all those structures through the neck to the spine. When you get to the spine then you have to prepare it; after preparation – the traumatic disc that has migrated and compressing the cord will be removed.”Dr Dukhi continued, “So you decompress the cord by removing that disc and now [in] that space that is left empty, the implants are placed. It is fixated into that spacing so you reconstruct and realign the spine using implants, then it is fixed byHead of neurosurgery of GPHC, Dr Amarnauth Dukhiutilising the screws.”He noted that surgery of this nature is a very complex procedure that has a limited timeline in order to yield successful results.“This type of surgery depends on how quickly you get the patient. This surgery will not change the prognosis in patients who are paralysed for a prolonged period and surgeries delayed for long periods. If there is hope, the correct thing to do is immediate surgery. If the spinal cord is damaged, there is also no point for surgery. Timing is critical,” he stressed.Dr Dukhi also revealed that in a move to further enhance neurosurgery in Guyana; four doctors are presently being trained in neurology at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation. He is also collaborating with Professor Ivor Crandon from Jamaica to design a “University of Guyana/University of the West Indies” programme to train local doctors at a post-graduate level. Dr Dukhi is optimistic it will be ready in less than a year.Dr Amarnauth Dukhi has been transforming neurosurgical procedures in Guyana since 2015 and has successfully completed over 450 surgeries, giving patients a second chance at a normal life.last_img read more

Hundreds feel disenfranchised as names not on voters list

first_imgDisciplined Services vote at LGE 2018…unsatisfactory answers from GECOM – Jagdeo– GECOM to investigateDisciplined Services voting for Local Government Elections got underway on Friday; but there was some worry, with even the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) acknowledging the low voter turnout evident for much of the day.However, ever more worrisome was the fact that a large number of ranks reported that they turned up to vote but their names were not on the list. This publication caught up with GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson, at the Brickdam Police Station, where he went to observe the operation. At Brickdam, two polling stations were set up for the Police to vote, but few ranks could be observed voting, when this publication arrived.When asked, Patterson acknowledged the low turnout of disciplined services ranks to vote. He remained optimistic, however, that the traffic would pick up and more persons would turn out to vote.“My initial reflex action observation is it’s too slow. But then I remember these are the forces that have to do duties as well as vote. So I suppose they had to be there early in the morning to do traffic duties and so on.”Patterson was also asked directly whether he was confident in the amount of voter education exercise undertaken. However, he maintained that GECOM did all it could to raise awareness of the Local Government Elections.“I’m not confident, I’m more than confident; because we have gone out of the way to use — some people might say abuse — the media, and our staff have been on orders to spread the message. So I have confidence that we have done our part… can’t do more than that,” he opined.Meanwhile, GECOM Public Relations Officer Yolanda Warde addressed concerns about certain ranks being unable to vote. She claimed that GECOM received only two reports of ranks turning up to vote only to find their names are not on the list. She noted that the issue will be looked into, and if need be, such ranks will be accommodated on November 12.InvestigationWhen this publication visited the Guyana Defence Force’s headquarters at Base Camp Ayanganna, voting was slow-paced. Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield, who was present there, explained that he was going around ensuring that there are adequate statutory forms available, especially in Georgetown, for those who are voting without ID cards.Further, the Chief Elections Officer explained that the polls opened on time, and that the turnout had been low earlier in the day.Lowenfield also referred to instances when the names of ranks were omitted from the voters list. He promised that this would have to be investigated, but could not give an explanation for the missing names.Seeking answersOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Firday took GECOM to task for the missing names. He added that he also had received information that there have been over 100 reports of this occurring, in sharp contrast to the two reports cited by Warde.“I am very unhappy with a situation that was brought to our attention today (Friday),” Jagdeo stated. “We have received over a hundred reports where soldiers and Police turned up to vote and were told that they will be unable to do so since their names were not on the list to vote today, although they had done so in 2015 and 2016 on D- day.”“So far we have sought answers from GECOM. The explanations are not satisfactory. We will follow this matter intensely over the next few days, to ensure that no member of the disciplined services is disenfranchised,” he added.LindenMeanwhile, it was a smooth process of voting for members of the Disciplined Forces in Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) on Friday. The region recorded no major hiccups as members of the forces turned out to vote at the six polling places across the region.Polling places had been set up at the Wismar and Mackenzie Police Stations, and at Linden, Ituni, Mabura, Kwakwani and Aroaima; and these were all opened promptly at 6:00hrs to facilitate the process. Figures recorded shortly after 13:00hrs on Friday revealed that of 114 ranks eligible to vote at Mackenzie, 55 had already voted; and from a number of 58 eligible voters at Wismar, 37 had voted. Meanwhile, at Kwakwani, of 15 eligible voters, all had voted at the time. Additionally, at Ituni, of 4 ranks, 2 had already voted.The figures for Mabura showed that all of seven ranks had voted. ‘E’ Division (Linden- Kwakwani) Commander Linden Lord said the process would have wrapped up early at some of the polling stations situated in areas like Kwakwani, since only a handful of ranks were stationed there. He said the process for the region was smooth, with observers and staff present at the polling stations. Lord also spoke of the reluctance of some ranks to vote at the elections.“Some of the ranks indicated that they would not be voting because the people who they would be voting for is not doing nothing for them. This information is already with the Force’s administration…some of them said they haven’t seen any change from the last time to now,” he indicated.Lord, who voted at Brickdam, Georgetown, said for him the process was very smooth and commenced on time. Deputy Commander Jermaine Harper also shared similar sentiments.“I feel good! It’s a good opportunity when you’re about to exercise your franchise. It’s your democratic right”, he said. He noted that almost all ranks who were a part of the process at his location at Mackenzie had completed voting shortly after midday.Region TwoOver in Region Two, (Pomeroon-Supenaam), members of the GDF and GPF voted at the Suddie and Anna Regina Police Stations on Friday. According to Returning Officer Roxanne Smith at GECOM, Anna Regina, the Army came out early and voted, but the members of the Guyana Police Force trickled in.Numbers coming out of ‘G’ Division show that in Leguan, 31 of 42 ranks voted. In Suddie, 28 ranks of 38 voted. In Anna Regina, 99 of 193 Police ranks voted, and 19 of 86 GDF ranks cast their vote. This publication understands that the Guyana Fire Service did not vote on Friday, but will do so on November 12.BerbiceIn East Berbice, Region Six, five polling stations were available for members of the Joint Services to cast their ballots.At the Fort Wellington Police Station in Region Five (Mahaica/Berbice) 110 Police Officers were expected to cast ballots, and at the close of polls 39 voted, while at the Mahaica Police Station 51 officers were on the voters list and 39 cast ballots. At the New Amsterdam Town Council in Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne) 277 Police officers were listed there, but at close of poll the count was 120 had cast ballots. There were also 16 ranks from the Guyana Defence Force slated to vote there.At the New Amsterdam Prison, 113 prison officers were listed to cast ballots and 53 did, while at the Whim Police Station 141 Police officers were on the voters list. At 18:00h, when polls closed, the count was 70 had voted.Voting also took place at the Springlands Police Station, where 57 Police officers were listed to cast ballots.At about 15:00h on Friday, voter turnout in Region Six was under 60 per cent.Regional Supervisor for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Zamal Hussain, in an interview with this publication, said the voter education by GECOM was insufficient, thus resulting in the low turnout.“GECOM has lapsed it its voter education to the population,” Hussain said.Hussain also pointed to misinformation as it relates to the number of constituencies and the boundaries of those constituencies in Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) that were redesigned.“GECOM’s public relations has been very poor,” Hussain added.Meanwhile, Regional Supervisor for A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Kirk Fraser, feels that while GECOM has a part to play in voter education, political parties also have a role to play.“We would have been doing our own voter education in the constituencies that we are contesting, because we would have had printed material that we used to distribute in all the areas that we are contesting. So we don’t find voter education as a problem, but I do feel that GECOM can up their advertising and ensure that more persons are aware of Local Government Elections for E-Day which is November 12,” Fraser said.UnawareMeanwhile, a few prison officers said they were unaware they were expected to cast their ballots Friday. Some of them only checked the voters list on Friday to determine if their names were on.Like other parts of the country, some ranks in Berbice turned up to vote, but their names were not on the list.At some polling stations, the process took about five minutes. However, one Prison Officer said he took about 30 minutes.At the Guyana Defence Force base in New Amsterdam, most of the officers said they were told that they had to go to other parts of the country to cast their ballots, since their names were not on the list there.last_img read more

Johnson falls further back of pack

first_imgJohnson fired an even-par 71 with a pair of birdies and bogeys to remain at 3-under 139 for the tournament. With Jay Haas in the lead at 13-under 129 in the 54-hole event, Johnson’s goal of a win to match his 2005 title here is probably gone. “It was a bit sluggish today,” said Johnson, who has played all eight of his professional rounds here at par or better. “It wasn’t a really good ball-striking day like Friday. I should be happy with a 71. It could’ve been worse.” “I got a little too aggressive off the tee,” he said. “I wanted to go left, and instead went right.” After 11, he righted himself with three straight pars, then got his first birdie since the second hole on the par-5 No. 15. He reached the green in two, but faced an eagle attempt from on top of the green with an extreme downward slope. He tapped the putt and watched as the ball slowly reached the peak, then ever-so-slightly picked up speed downward, leaving him with a 5-foot birdie. He’ll tee off today at 10:35 a.m. “I’m just looking to get a good round,” he said. “Hopefully get a top 10.” Haas fired a 64 on a sunny, pleasant day with his second straight bogey-free round. He tied the tournament’s 36-hole record of 129, set by Rodger Davis in 2003. He owns a one-shot lead over Peter Jacobsen, who also fired a 64. R.W. Eaks is third at 11 under, while Joe Ozaki and Ben Crenshaw are at 10 under. “I played very well again today,” said Haas, who is the only player to remain bogey-free on the par-71, 6,584-yard course. “I seemed to putt better.” Jacobsen needed just 21 putts for the round to reach today’s final group with Haas and Eaks. They tee off at 12:35 p.m. “I feel great and really happy,” said Jacobsen, who underwent laser back surgery last week. “I love the golf course. I’m putting well and chipping well. Hopefully, I can keep it up (today).” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWPORT BEACH – Mark Johnson kept his streak of par-or-better rounds alive after Saturday’s second round of the Champions Tour’s Toshiba Classic. But the view to the top of the leaderboard dimmed for the Helendale resident. center_img What has hurt Johnson this week has been the short game. On five occasions, he found himself at least 20 feet from the hole for birdie. And on all five he earned par. A birdie at the par-4, No. 2 was immediately negated when his second shot on the par-5, 549-yard No.3 hit water near the green. After a drop, he went on to bogey the hole. “I knew I had to hit it good,” he said of his second shot that was about 250 yards from the pin. “I ended up not having a very good shot.” He went on to par the next seven holes – highlighted by up-and-down pars at both Nos. 4 and 9. At No. 11, he sent his drive about 300 yards, leaving him with a wedge shot 44 yards to the hole. He drove the green, then two-putted for bogey. last_img read more

‘House M.D.,’ ‘Monk’ actor John Berg dead at 58

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ VAN NUYS – Television character actor John Berg, who appeared in shows such as “House M.D.” and “Monk,” was found dead in his Van Nuys home, authorities said today. The body of the 58-year-old actor was discovered shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday in the residence in the 6500 block of Nagle Avenue, said Capt. Ed Winter of the coroner’s office. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed. An autopsy was pending. Authorities went to the actor’s residence on a “welfare check” call, Winter said. Berg has also appeared on shows such as “NCIS,” “The Practice,” “Boston Legal” and “Law & Order.” 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

Uruguay vs France: World Cup match preview, commentary, and predicted line-ups

first_imgUruguay and France find themselves in the tougher half of the draw and victory would edge them closer to a potential final against England, Sweden, Russia or Croatia.Neither team got off to a flying start at the tournament, but they appear to be growing into it after impressive last-16 triumphs.France’s Kylian Mbappe announced himself on the world stage in Les Bleus 4-3 victory over Argentina, as did Edinson Cavani with both goals in Uruguay’s 2-1 victory against Portugal.However, La Celeste could be without Cavani as he struggles to recover from an injury sustained in that game.You can hear commentary of the action unfold live on talkSPORT from 3pm.What the managers are saying:Oscar Tabarez (Uruguay): “We have said what happened exactly and we have given documents to the press.“I am not going to say anything else about Cavani because I already have given enough information and I don’t want to get into games. In less than 24 hours you will know who will play and who will be on the bench.” Didier Deschamps (France): “Kylian gained recognition after the last match but everything he’s done has been great.“He is only 19 and he will grow a lot. He will learn how to manage these situations.“When there are hard times, the trend is to question yourself and to dig deep but when things go well you shouldn’t relax and think things come easy or you need to put in less effort.“Kylian is intelligent, he listens and knows this. But this happens. He’s gone from Monaco to PSG where the demands are not the same, and at the World Cup they are even higher.“He is still learning. All players at that age, regardless of ability, they are learning.”What the players are saying:Luis Suarez (Uruguay): “Everybody knows he’s (Mbappe) a really good player, but I think we have a really good defence to control him.“I include myself in the three million Uruguayans waiting for Cavani (injury). Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez at a pre-match press conference. 3 Cavani (left) and Mbappe (right) have been their nations’ standout players #URUFRA | The teams are in… 👀#URU #FRA#WorldCup— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 6, 2018 We’re into the quarter-finals of World Cup 2018 and the first match of the four is a fascinating clash between Uruguay and France.The two countries boast some of the best forwards in Russia and they will go head-to-head at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Friday for a place in the semi-finals.center_img 3 Suarez could be without his partner in crime “This is a World Cup and Edi’s form is very important, but there are players who can do it in the same way, and we hope even better than him.“Things don’t depend on just one player. Uruguay have shown we depend on collective work on the pitch.”Blaise Matuidi (France): “Uruguay without Cavani is not the same thing. You don’t easily replace one of the best attackers in the world. It would be a handicap for them.“But their way of playing and defending, won’t change too much I don’t reckon.”What is the team news? 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. 3last_img read more


first_imgA Co Donegal village has been left stunned by the sudden death of a popular 13 year old schoolgirl.Aimee-Lee Meehan  from Dromore, Mountcharles, took ill at her home and was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital just after 2am yesterday morning.However Aimee died shortly after being admitted to hospital. Gardai emphasised there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the young girls’s death.They will investigate it however as is normal practice for the Coroner.Aimee-Lee was a very popular pupil at the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town where she joined last September.A school awards ceremony due to take place this evening has been postponed as a mark of respect. Aimee-Lee was the daughter of Padraic Meehan and Louise Martin and rand-daughter of Joseph and Bridie Meehan, Killybegs and Pat and Mary Martin, Mountcharles.Removal is from her home on Saturday at 1.30pm going to St Mary’s Church, Killymard for 2.30pm Requiem Mass.Burial afterwards in Killymard Cemetery.  Family flowers only, donations if desired to the Patient Comfort Fund at Letterkenny General Hospital.  HEARTACHE AFTER DEATH OF TEENAGE GIRL was last modified: May 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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


first_imgDinny McGinley, pictured agreeing a huge grant for a Gaoth Dobhair crisp factory. It has now closedGAELTACHT Minister Dinny McGinley is set to be axed by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.The move will come as part of a the continued Government Cabinet shake-up with Mr Kenny spending the weekend in negotiations again with Labour over junior ministries.Another Donegal Fine Gael TD, Deputy Joe McHugh, is being tipped in some quarters to get a Junior Ministry. Fine Gael is keen to freshen the junior ranks of Government.But the party is also seeking to shore up support in key constituencies where they took a hammering in the local and European elections.McHugh will run for the party in the new 5-seat Donegal constituency at the next General Election whilst Dinny McGinley retires.Fine Gael lost ground in the local elections, with Cllr Noel McBride – a McHugh ally and former Mayor – losing his seat in McHugh’s own back yard. Deputy McHugh described the local election results as a “wake-up call” for the Government and criticised austerity measures hitting rural Ireland.He also took on Leo Varadkar after attempts to close Malin Head Coast Guard station were proposed and successfully lobbied to keep the facility open. MINISTER DINNY McGINLEY FACES AXE AS McHUGH IN RUNNING FOR POST was last modified: July 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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:cabinet reshuffledailDinny McGinleydonegalJoe McHughlast_img read more

Could a South African live on Mars?

first_imgThe science fiction dream of living on another planet could become reality for South African researcher Adriana Marais. She is one of the 100 candidates who are one step closer to living on Mars, an initiative of the Mars One Project, should they make it to the next round in the selection process. Adriana Marais is a South African interested in living on Mars as part of the Mars One Project. She is pictured at the Cape Town Science Centre. (Image: Facebook, photo by Kate Shaw) Priya Pitamber“When I read in the paper for the first time about the possibility of applying to go to Mars on a one-way mission,” wrote South African researcher Adriana Marais on her website, “I went cold and was engulfed by a wave of nausea.”She sent in her application, anyway.Now, Marais is one of four South Africans shortlisted to the third level of 100 people in the selection process for the privately funded Dutch Mars One Project. It aims to settle a human colony on the red planet. The next step involves whittling down the 100 candidates to a mere 24. They will undergo a few months of training. The next step in the selection process is set to take place in September 2016.“To prepare for this settlement the first unmanned mission is scheduled to depart in 2020,” reads the Mars One website. “Crews will depart for their one-way journey to Mars starting in 2026; subsequent crews will depart every 26 months after the initial crew has left for Mars. Mars One is a global initiative aiming to make this everyone’s mission to Mars, including yours.”We will see humans on Mars in our lifetime! #dreambig #proudlyhuman #bringadrianatomarais @MarsOneProject @DerekWatts— Adriana Marais (@adrianamarais) January 17, 2016Marais said she had been asked many times when she first considered leaving Earth, and she had recalled a memory from childhood, when she was six or seven years old. Marais and two friends were riding their plastic scooters up and down a driveway.“When we stopped I asked my two friends: ‘If you could go into space on a spaceship to see what was there, further than we’ve been before, but you knew that you wouldn’t come back, would you go? Just to see what was there…’ They wrinkled their noses and scooted off, while I said determinedly, ‘I would.’”Watch Marais give an inspiring TedX talk:She said Mars was an obvious destination for mankind’s Great Trek because human beings were explorers by nature, and now, for the first time, there was a chance to colonise a planet. “I feel like this is something I am meant to do rather than want to do,” she wrote on her site. “I feel like my whole life has been leading up to taking part in this awe-inspiring mission to call another planet home.”ConcernsBesides the thrill of the unbound adventure, Marais has expressed a few worries about the mission.“Assuming that the living units established on Mars in advance of human arrival are shown to be habitable i.e. that sufficient oxygen, water and heat are constantly available, and assuming that the first group of astronauts lands safely on Mars, there remain serious concerns for the first Martians,” she wrote.“These include the effects on the body of radiation exposure during the journey and on Mars itself, of reduced gravitational and magnetic fields, and whether the available medical supplies and nutrition will be sufficient to deal with some of the resulting health implications.”A lot of research needed to be done to answer those questions, before the first planned departure. “I think amongst other social issues, those of ownership and accountability for actions on Mars also need to be addressed.”.@matthysdt I’ll always be #ProudlySouthAfrican – even on #Mars— Adriana Marais (@adrianamarais) January 7, 2016Living, eating and drinking on MarsAccording to Mars One, the living unit will be a lander. It will have an inflatable living section and an airlock used by the astronauts when leaving the sealed, habitable settlement. It will also be filled with breathable air by the Life Support Unit and there will be “wet areas”, such as the shower and kitchen.“The inflatable living unit will be built around existing technologies in use as space inflatables with such equipment as NASA’s space suits and landing airbags on the three Mars rovers prior to Curiosity.” There’ll be living units established on Mars for the colonisers. (Image: Mars One)A little food will be taken, but the idea is for the colonists to consume fresh food produced on the red planet. “Also, bugs reproduce rapidly and can convert material that is inedible to humans into body mass, so small insect farms could produce a steady stream of food containing valuable fats and amino acids,” reads the Mars One website.Luckily for Marais, she has come to terms with eating insects.“I’m sure I would quickly adapt to an insect-based breakfast of champions on Mars,” she said. “While grain and vegetables will be grown (organically of course) on Mars, bugs reproduce quickly for a good supply of fats and amino acids.”last_img read more

71st Ohio Farm Bureau Presidents’ Trip recap

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and its county presidents made their 71st annual trek to the nation’s capital this past week, discussing the top issues for agriculture with the nation’s lawmakers.This video takes a look at the trip from start to finish and some of the highlights during this important time of change for the country.last_img