Struggling Widow Needs Help for Ailing Child

first_imgRuth B. Kubay, a widow believed to be in her 50s, is calling on humanitarian organizations and philanthropists to rescue her 13-year old son, David Kpana, from his ailment. He is suffering from a very serious condition of enlarged scrotom.David is the second among three children of Ruth,  whose husband died last year.  This widow fries doughnuts to sell in order to keep the half family going through life.It is not an easy thing for a woman without a husband in the home to go through this struggle, and not many men will be willing to cater for children who are not theirs.Such is the situation with Ruth as she now goes around friends and relatives to ask for daily needs in addition to the doughnuts she fries to sell and get income from to help her children.Ruth, who yesterday walked into the Daily Observer office at McDonald Street, told our reporter the problem started on David last year November. He was immediately taken to the Redemption Hospital where the doctor said it was a sign of kidney failure.David has an enlarged  scrotum with swollen legs, thus making him to be seen as malnourished.The Medical report from the S.D. Cooper Hospital indicates that as a result of his condition, David complains of weakness, oliguria and low grade fever.The struggling widow indicated they were told by the doctor to find means and take the child abroad for surgery because the problem cannot be solved in Liberia considering the broken health system.“The doctor prescribed some medicines to buy, but I don’t have money as a single parent.  The medicine again is not to cure the sickness, but just to reduce the swelling until we can be blessed to take this child from here.  I am calling on the President of Liberia and other good people to come to my aid,” she said.She was advised to find a solution to the problem as quickly as possible; for delay will worsen the situation.David’s medical report,  dated September 19, which copy is in possession of this newspaper, says his physical examination reveals a state of ANASAKA.His assessment, according to the report, shows he has Nephrotic syndrome with a nephritic picture R/o end stage kidney, further recommending that he needs an urgent attention of a nephrologist outside this country.Ruth and her children live in Zubah Town opposite the playground at Du Port Road, and she can be contacted on cell number 0886 133 7   795.Anyone wishing to come to the aid of this child in distress may also contact the Daily Observer newspaper at 0886 812-888, 077 472-772 or 0886 868-535.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ebola Creeping into Northwestern Nimba

first_imgWith the Christmas and New Year celebrations just a few days away, the deadly Ebola virus is said to be raging in several towns and villages in Guinea bordering Nimba, posing a serious threat to lives and normal activities in Nimba County.The Daily Observer has learned that close to 20 persons died of Ebola in two Guinean villages close to the Liberian border and the Arcelor Mittal concession area.In the Guinean town of Nyanizoo, 13 persons allegedly died from Ebola within a week, while in Teo town, also in Guinea, five persons suspected of Ebola died.Teo and Nyanizoo are located at the border with Liberia around the Yarmin Administrative District, where Yekepa is situated.According to residents of Yekepa, relatives of those who died in Teo continue to cross over to Guinea to sympathize with their bereaved family. Some of the sympathizers are suspected of contracting the disease and are presently undergoing treatment at the Ganta ETU.A lady from Yekapa, who upon hearing the news of her relative’s death in Teo went there and brought back her 9yr old daughter who had been residing in Teo. A few days after they entered Liberia, the child became sick.  A day later, the mother too became ill and both of them were taken to the Ganta Ebola Treatment Unit where they were confirmed positive.People living around the border are blaming the national security for not doing enough to man the border and prevent illegal crossings.Most of the border posts near the concession areas and other parts of Nimba’s border with Guinea are said to be still active despite the closure of the border.In Ganta, illegal crossing intensified after some citizens of a town called Gbouyee opened their own crossing point to smugglers, but last week, the joint security in Ganta destroyed several rafts with no arrest made.News also filtering from the two affected Guinean towns said the citizens are still denying the existence of Ebola, blaming the deaths in the town to witch craft instead.Some Nimba citizens observe that because the border is so porous and without the presence of armed security, certain people continue to cross over in willful disregard of the closure.Meanwhile two Ebola positive cases from Yekepa are at the Ganta ETU while over 25 suspected cases were reported to be quarantined in a special camp built by Arcelor Mittal.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Cheney takes shot at Democrats over criticism of surge

first_imgWASHINGTON – Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday harshly criticized Democrats’ attempts to thwart President George W. Bush’s troop buildup in Iraq, saying their approach would “validate the al-Qaida strategy.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi fired back that Cheney was questioning critics’ patriotism. “I hope the president will repudiate and distance himself from the vice president’s remarks,” Pelosi said. She said she tried to complain about Cheney to Bush but could not reach him. “You cannot say as the president of the United States, `I welcome disagreement in a time of war,’ and then have the vice president of the United States go out of the country and mischaracterize a position of the speaker of the House and in a manner that says that person in that position of authority is acting against the national security of our country,” the speaker said. The quarrel began in Tokyo, where Cheney used an interview to criticize Pelosi and Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., over their plan to place restrictions on Bush’s request for an additional $93 billion for the Iraq war to make it difficult or impossible to send 21,500 extra troops to Iraq. Bolten said he was certain no one was questioning her patriotism or commitment to national security, she told reporters. “I said to him perhaps when he saw what the vice president said he might have another comment,” Pelosi said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I think if we were to do what Speaker Pelosi and Congressman Murtha are suggesting, all we will do is validate the al-Qaida strategy,” the vice president told ABC News. “The al-Qaida strategy is to break the will of the American people … try to persuade us to throw in the towel and come home, and then they win because we quit.” In the interview, Cheney also said Britain’s plans to withdraw about 1,600 troops from Iraq – while the United States adds more troops – was a positive step. “I look at it and see it is actually an affirmation that there are parts of Iraq where things are going pretty well,” the vice president said. Pelosi, at a news conference in San Francisco, said Cheney’s criticism of Democrats was “beneath the dignity of the debate we’re engaged in and a disservice to our men and women in uniform, whom we all support.” Bush had previously urged her to call him when a member of his administration stepped over the line by questioning Democrats’ patriotism, she said. Later, Pelosi said she had tried to reach the president but was only able to get through to White House chief of staff Josh Bolten. last_img
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The incredible promise Romelu Lukaku made himself

first_img Romelu Lukaku spoke about life growing up, leaving home at 18 and his future Unlike some young footballers, Lukaku prefers the quiet life – going out for dinner and watching TV boxsets. His family are obviously important to him – part of the close-knit Congolese community in Belgium that has produced the likes of Vincent Kompany and Christian Benteke. When we speak, his mother has been staying with him for three weeks, but they normally communicate over FaceTime – Lukaku rolls with laughter as he recounts her struggles getting the camera to point the right way. “It drives me mad!”While life in London suited him, it was more difficult on the pitch. He had been billed as a long-term successor to Didier Drogba at Stamford Bridge, but he got tired of waiting after a frustrating spell of substitute experiences and loan moves.“I really wanted to play, and to become a player that was no longer the hope, or the young prospect,” he explains. “I wanted to be a main striker in Europe.”He had offers, he tells us, from Juventus and Wolfsburg, but opted for Everton having spent a productive year on loan at Goodison Park for the 2013/14 season, when the Toffees finished fifth.“I really felt that if we could push on after the season we’d had before, I was 100 per cent sure that we would make it in the Champions League,” he explains now. “That’s where I want to play. Everton was a great platform for me where I could show my talent. I made the right choice.”Chelsea fans would have been ruing the choice their club made after Lukaku scored twice to knock them out of the FA Cup in the quarter finals (pictured above).“It was a bit strange,” he says of scoring against the Blues. “Lots of emotions at the time, because I was just realising everything I’ve been through. It was a good feeling. But they’ve moved on and I’ve moved on – I had nothing to prove. They know my talent, and if I wanted to I would have still been there today.” 5 5 GOOD COMPANYThe rumour mill has been swirling since those goals, full of speculation that Lukaku will leave Everton’s Finch Farm training ground – where we speak sitting on gym mats on the indoor pitch. He’s been linked to Man Utd and a return to Chelsea – but the Toffees are under no obligation to sell, particularly after new investment from Iranian billionaire Farhad Moshiri.You can see why other clubs want Lukaku – his statistics for this season put him among the best in the world. Only four players have scored more club goals before the age of 23: Ronaldo, Raul, Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero.With 18 goals and six assists (Sport went to press before this week’s Merseyside derby), he is behind only Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero in the combined table for the Premier League this season. “People,” he pleads. “Don’t forget I can be nominated for the PFA please! Young player of the year, I can be in it. Please don’t forget!” This interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine, a brilliant FREE weekly publication. Have a look at the iPad app here or the Facebook page and they are also on Twitter @SportMagUK.When Romelu Lukaku was 12 years old, he made a promise. The Everton striker had recently joined Anderlecht in his native Belgium as a youth player. “I went to one game,” he remembers. “It was Anderlecht against Lierse, my former team. It was funny, but I promised myself to never go and watch another game until I was on the pitch myself. I was 12. I waited four years. We had Champions League games and everything, and I never went to the stadium. It was a good thing, to motivate me, and it went quickly.”Lukaku is used to waiting. The powerful forward has been hailed as the next big thing for years. He speaks with such insight and plays with such poise that it’s easy to forget he’s still only 22 – until he pulls out his iPhone at the end of our interview to send a video message to his millions of Snapchat followers.He was 11 when he first became aware of his potential.“We played against Anderlecht in a league game for Lierse,” he recalls. “We won 7-2. I scored four. Some scouts from some Holland teams came up to my parents asking if I wanted to sign for them. That’s when I knew. Like, okay, if people from foreign countries want me, that means I’m the real deal. I mean, I’m 11 at the time. But, if I keep going like that, I’ll be a player.”Lukaku was fast-tracked through the age groups. It helped that he was tall for his age: “I was 5ft 10ins at 12, when I signed for Anderlecht. I was 6ft 1ins at 14, 6ft 3ins at 18, 6ft 4ins now.”Not yet in his teens, he scored 60 goals in his first year at Anderlecht. That was the same year he first crossed paths with Ross Barkley, with whom he has developed a fruitful understanding as part of Everton’s attack. They were on opposing sides in a youth tournament.“At the time, Ross was playing as a defender – left-back, I think,” says Lukaku. “We remembered each other. He knows they lost because of me.”He laughs. “He knows.”By 14, Lukaku was playing with people four years ahead of him, banging in 34 goals in 25 games for Anderlecht under- 18s, and he was quickly brought into the reserve team. He reels off all those statistics – heights and goals – himself, evidence of a man with an analytical mind and a clear eye on records. He grew up watching videos of the all-time great strikers, and cites Brazilian, ‘Original’ Ronaldo as the complete 10/10 striker. 5 CAMERA ROLLAt 16, Everton’s number 10 starred in a documentary series on Belgian television called De school van Lukaku, which followed him through a year at school.“It was a bit crazy,” he remembers, laughing. “A camera team followed me every single day of my life. It was strange – I remember the first day of school they were there, I called the people at my team, Anderlecht. I said: ‘Yo, the cameras are here at school! I don’t want this, I’m not going to school today.’” He laughs again.He did eventually acclimatise to the attention: “When they left it was a bit sad, it was like you were used to them. They really witnessed everything that was happening around me. I’m really, really private about my personal life, so to have a camera there all the time… there were some days I was saying to my girlfriend at the time, she used to come around and I’d say: ‘No, you can’t come today.’ Because I didn’t want her to be seen on the cameras and stuff like that.”The spotlight has been on him ever since, from a £10m move to Chelsea as an 18-year-old to his recent flurry of goals at Everton. His family have helped keep him grounded – it was at their insistence that he remained in Belgium until he was 18 to finish his studies, when he could have had his pick of European academies.“My dad never pushed me, but he was helping me the whole time,” says Lukaku, who speaks six languages, and whose younger brother Jordan is also a Belgian international. “He was not like the typical football dad who shouts at their kids and puts pressure on them. My dad was really relaxed because he knew fairly early on that I would make it. So it was just, like, the path that I would walk.”That path has led him to Wembley, where his Everton side will take on Manchester United in this weekend’s FA Cup semi final. It will be Lukaku’s first visit to the ‘home of football’ in club colours. He has made a 20-minute substitute appearance for Belgium, but he says that doesn’t really count.Lukaku had just finished school when he moved to London aged 18 and three months, leaving his family in Belgium.“It was tough, man,” he says. “Really tough. You know, you go to London, it’s a big city, you don’t know what to expect.”He settled in quickly, though: “I loved it straight away because everything was so calm, you know? I mean, everybody says: ‘Football is like this’; ‘Football is like that.’ But if you don’t look for it, you don’t get it, and I never looked for it. So my life in England has been absolutely fine, perfect.” That nomination came last week, but Lukaku doesn’t really expect his performances to be recognised. “I would say that if I was English it would be easier sometimes…” he says, carefully. “Like, me and Harry Kane – we’re the same age. So I would say if I was English it would be easier. For me it doesn’t matter. I have to prove myself a bit more, but it’s all good.”Now the perpetual rising star might have finally found his moment. “I want to win championships,” he tells us. We have a feeling that he will make it happen. Lukaku is a man who tends to keep his promises.Everton FC is helping Chang Beer, the Blues’ proud main sponsor since 2004, to celebrate the UK launch of the new Chang bottle. changbeer.com 5 5last_img read more

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Belgium v Italy: Euro 2016 live stream commentary on talkSPORT

first_imgLIVE ON talkSPORT: Belgium v Italy – click here for commentary from Lyon from 8pm (BST) on 13 June 2016.Euro 2016: Every Goal, Every Game, Every Day on talkSPORTBoth Belgium and Italy have had to leave big names out of their Euro 2016 squads, with Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Lombaerts on the Red Devils’ injured list and Marco Verratti, Claudio Marchisio left behind by the Azzurri.Big things will be expected of this Belgium team, though given the amount of talent at manager Marc Wilmots’ disposal. They absolutely have the players neccessary to better the class of 1980 who finished runners-up to West Germany.Italy, meanwhile, were winners in 1968 and finalists in 2000 where David Trezeguet’s Golden Goal won it for France and then Spain battered them 4-0 in 2012.A number of familiar faces to Premier League fans will also be on display with Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Graziano Pelle likely to feature.Listen live, via talkSPORT.com, on radio (1053 or 1089AM, and DAB), on your television or through our app. 1 Team sheet ! #belita #tousenfrance #EURO2016 pic.twitter.com/jaoqCJ0ihA— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) June 13, 2016last_img read more

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YOUR GUIDE TO SOME SPOOKY HALLOWE’EN FUN IN DONEGAL

first_imgLetterkenny CDP Monster Bash is today from 4pm until 7pm. Go along for some scary fun.Letterkenny C.D.P. would like you to join them at their annual Halloween Monster Bash in Letterkenny Community Centre, Pearse Road Letterkenny.It will be a “Scary” fun-filled night for all the family. KillybegsIn Killybegs we are having a Halloween Parade on Sun 26th, starting at 7pm.The Sligo based arts group ‘Artastic’ are facilitating a number of workshops in the local schools to create Halloween Costumes & Puppets. We will also have our very own Ghostly Boat with pyra technics. We want to encourage anyone in the area to come along dress up & join the parade.Lifford At Lifford Courthouse the dungeons have been transformed for family Halloween shows today – for the kids. Night Terrors are on the 29th & 30th and are suitable for adults (sounds frightening). Go to www.liffordoldcourthouse.com. Don’t forget that Booking is essential! – Call 074 91 41733.GartanGartan OETC are running Halloween camps from Tuesday 28th till Friday 31st October.DowningsJunior Halloween Golf Camp Rosapenna Driving RangeThurs 30th & Fri 31st OctoberLetterkennyTropical Spooks at Alcorns, Letterkenny. Open from Monday 27th October to Sunday 2nd November @ 4.00PM – 8.00PM. Booking is essential. CastlefinnCastlefinn Dance GroupCastlefinn Dance Group are holding a Halloween Dance in McBrides on Tuesday 28th October from 9pm to 11.30pm. Music by O.B. Sound. Fancy Dress optional. RossnakillA Halloween themed fundraiser in Rossnakill Community Centre for Little Rascals Playgroup continues today. The community centre is turned into a huge haunted maze with themed rooms and scare zones, provide Halloween games, bouncy castle etc… – we have 30 local volunteers who dress up and scare the visitors.RaphoeHogwarts Express at Oakfield Park, Raphoe, takes place next Friday, October 31 and Saturday November 1 – 4pm til late. Promises to be the ghost train from hell. Bring plenty of nerves.Glenveagh National ParkOíche Shamhna ag Ghleann Bheatha – Halloween at Glenveagh National ParkToday – Sunday the 26th & Monday the 27th OctoberTraditional Music Session at the CastleChildren’s Colouring Competition at the Visitor Centre ( prize a Family Heritage card)Craft Stalls at the Visitor CentreFind the Pumpkin Competition at the CastleAutumn Nature Activities at the Bridge House Education Centre 12 noon – 4pmWalkers Bus to the Head of the Glen, leaving the Visitor Centre at 10amMonday 27th OctoberBirds of Prey at the Castle ( 1pm – 4pm )FalcarraghSaturday, November 1. Spooky stories at An tSean Bheairic from 2pm – followed by spooky treasure hunt through the town. €500 in prizes.YOUR GUIDE TO SOME SPOOKY HALLOWE’EN FUN IN DONEGAL was last modified: October 26th, 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:2014HalloweenWhat’s on?last_img read more

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GAA: NOTAÍ GAEIL LEITIR CEANNAIN

first_imgThe Reserves recorded a good win over Na Rossa in the Junior B championship playoff on Saturday evening last in Cloughaneely. In the 0.14 to 0.3 victory Gaels had great performances from Shane Gildea, Anthony McDaid and Dean Creevy while upfront the youthful forwards of McBrearty and McMacken paid dividents. A Special thanks to the hosts Cloughaneely for their excellent pitch preparations on the day. They now advance to play Malin in the next round. Our Seniors travelled to Moville in the League on Sunday.We matched them in the first half but faded in the closing quarter as the home side ran out winners.We had excellent performances from Ciaran and Oisín Cannon, Aron Bradley Pauric Mulpeter and Aron Stewart. The Minors played St Michaels in the preliminary round of the championship on Friday evening last and came away from the Bridge with a confidence boosting victory. Gaels had solid performances from Dara Coll, Peter Doherty,Cillian Skinnader, John Doran and Oisín Mc Elhinney while inside forwards Conor McBrearty and Odhran McMacken were always a threat. The return leg will be played at Páirc na nGael this Friday evening. Throw Inn at 7.30pm.The U14s are due to play Termon in a league playoff on Wednesday 27th July. They play Movillle in the championship in Páirc na nGael on Wednesday the 10th August.Our U10 gaelic teams hosted Termon last Saturday. Our two teams played competitive matches and displayed great skills and scores. All the boys and girls tried their best and played in a sporting manner – thanks to the young whistlers, coaches and parents who all helped out on the day. Congratulations to Shay Doherty, Cathair Doherty, Peter O’Donnell, Brian Diver and Joseph Doherty who represented Donegal in the hurling and gaelic games in Croke Park recently. The boys all enjoyed the day out and the opportunity to play on the big stage. The U10 hurlers took part in a hurling blitz in Ballyshannon. The boys and girls played with great spirit and determination winning three of their five matches. Thanks to Aodh Rua and to coaches and parents who travelled with the team.U12 hurlers travelled to Four Masters in the league and came away with a convincing win. Thanks to Four Masters for their refreshments on the evening. Next match is Strabane Shamrocks in Pairc na Gaeil, Thursday 7pm. This was also a first outing for Gaels camogie team who played a challenge against Four Masters. Thanks again to Four Masters for arranging the match. Camogie training on Tuesday 6.30pm.Check our website letterkennygaels.donegal.gaa.ie for all details on training times for all ages and all the latest news.A Club Meeting will be held on Thursday,28th at 9pm in the Community Room, Church of the Irish Martyrs Lotto results for week-ending 17th July. No’s drawn were 8,13,23 & 24 Match 3 winner was Paul Gillespie, Drimroe, Glencolmcille.Lotto results for week-ending 24th July. No’s drawn were 1,3,9 & 17 Match 3 winner was Vincent Bianconi, Letterkenny. Next wekends Jackpot will be 6,150 Euro.GAA: NOTAÍ GAEIL LEITIR CEANNAIN was last modified: July 26th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Letterkenny Gaelslast_img read more

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New businesses in North West ‘crippled’ by insurance costs

first_imgBusinesses in the North West are failing or struggling to get off the ground due to rising insurance costs, a local TD has said.Deputy Marc MacSharry has warned that high premiums are proving to be a barrier to entry for new businesses and are costing jobs in the region.A Fianna Fáil motion was debated in the Dáil this week on the developing crisis facing businesses, sporting clubs and community organisations across the country as a result of the cost of employer and public liability insurance. Deputy Mac Sharry commented, “Small and medium sized businesses have been the strength behind rural Ireland. In counties Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, and South Donegal we are reliant on local businesses in our communities.“However, the lack of action from the government to stem the rising tide of insurance costs are seeing many businesses go under and this is preventing new businesses from starting up.”Mr MacSharry hit out at the government’s lack of solutions.The Sligo-Leitrim TD said: “It is now nine months since the completion of the final report of the Personal Injuries Commission (PIC). The PIC confirmed that the level of damages for soft-tissue (whiplash) injuries in Ireland runs at a multiple of 4.4 times to that of our nearest neighbours England and Wales. “There has been no movement on its central recommendation – the establishment of a Judicial Council which would compile guidelines for appropriate general damages for various types of personal injury.“Similarly, we are over two years on from the recommendation to establish a dedicated insurance fraud unit within An Garda Síochána and again there has been no movement on this. Fraudulent and exaggerated claims are a significant problem in my view and this problem needs to be tackled.“There appears to be no political will from government to take substantial action on reducing insurance costs. The government needs to understand that failure to tackle the insurance crisis facing certain sectors is costing jobs in the north west region,” concluded Deputy Mac Sharry.New businesses in North West ‘crippled’ by insurance costs was last modified: March 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Deputy Marc MacSharryfianna failinsurancelast_img read more

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Conference offers advice on nutrient management

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With so much focus on fertilizer these days, where and when it’s applied, a conference will be held in January to inform people about the many approaches and technological advances that can make it easier.The 2nd annual Precision University Jan. 11 in London, Ohio, will feature presentations about technology that can help farmers apply fertilizer in a way that prevents it from running off the land and ending up in Lake Erie or other waterways.The conference is being hosted by Ohio State University Extension and the Digital Agriculture program team in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of CFAES.Starting in September 2017, those who apply fertilizer on more than 50 acres of land in Ohio have had to become certified every three years by passing a test or taking a course in how to safely apply nutrients to their land. The certification requirement is aimed at keeping phosphorous and nitrogen in the soil and away from bodies of water, potentially contributing to algal blooms in Lake Erie and beyond.“We’re trying to bring attention to a relevant topic,” said Kaylee Port, precision agriculture program manager for CFAES.“We’ll be sharing best management practices and nutrient technologies to help growers become even better stewards of the land and water,” she said.Precision University will feature experts in nutrient management technology from industry and academia.The “precision” in Precision University has to do with precision technology, cutting-edge machinery that ensures work on the farm is done with accuracy. Precision technology includes having sprayer nozzles of the right type and size, providing accurate direction and pressure for applying fertilizer. Another example is applying phosphorus with a strip till machine that incorporates the phosphorus into the ground. A traditional spreader typically places nutrients on top of the soil, where they have less of a chance to be taken in by the roots and stand a higher risk of running off with rainfall and seeping into nearby waterways.Besides preserving water quality, “if you can more precisely place your nutrients, you’ll get the best bang for your buck with the product,” Port said.Speakers at Precision University will include: Robert Mullen, director of agronomy for PotashCorp, a Canada-based fertilizer company; Tony Vyn, professor of agronomy, Purdue University; Jim Schwartz, director of practical farm research and agronomy for Beck’s Hybrids; Jamie Bultemeier, director of corporate sales, A&L Great Lakes Laboratories, an Indiana-based agricultural testing company; Brian Arnall, associate professor, Oklahoma State University; Dave Scheiderer, owner, Integrated Ag, an Ohio-based agricultural-consulting firm, and Glen Arnold, OSU Extension educator and field specialist in manure nutrient management systems.The event will be 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Beck’s Hybrid’s, 720 U.S. 40, in London. The cost is $50, which includes breakfast and lunch.For more information and to register, visit:go.osu.edu/PrecisionU.last_img read more

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Climate change skeptic takes reins of Brazil’s science ministry

first_imgThe appointment of a reputed climate change denier as the head of Brazil’s science ministry has some scientists worried about the country’s environmental future. Others are withholding judgment, at least until the new minister, Aldo Rebelo, appoints the team of scientists and policymakers who will work with him for the next 4 years.Rebelo, a hard-line communist, labeled climate change an “environmental scam” in a 2010 open letter to environmentalist Marcio Santilli, according to Bloomberg View. As a legislator in Brazil’s Congress, he called the movement to curb the emission of greenhouse gases “nothing less, in its geopolitical essence, than the bridgehead of imperialism,” The New York Times reported this week. “His positions on climate change are completely out of phase with the Brazilian scientific community,” says Paulo Artaxo, an atmospheric physicist at the University of São Paulo who studies climate change in the Amazon. “We are expecting serious problems in several areas, such as environment, biodiversity, climate change, and forest protection.”But like many minister appointments in Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff’s selection of Rebelo to lead the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) was a political decision, not a scientific one, explains Helena Nader, the president of the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science (SBPC). “Rebelo is a representative of a party that strongly supported [Rousseff’s] reelection.” Rousseff narrowly won a second term this past October; Rebelo served as sports minister in Rousseff’s first administration. 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In an address to the United Nation’s General Assembly this past September, Rousseff called climate change “one of the greatest challenges of our times” and pledged that Brazil would take a leadership role in future climate negotiations. By slowing deforestation in the Amazon, the country steadily curbed its own greenhouse gas emissions between 2004 and 2012. But in just the last year or so, emissions and deforestation both seem to be back on the rise, according to the Times.For many environmentalists, Rebelo’s new position at MCTI is even more worrisome because it comes in tandem with the appointment of Katia Abreu as Brazil’s new minister of agriculture. Abreu is in favor of development in the Amazon and has been dubbed the chainsaw queen by critics. She and Rebelo worked together on a 2012 revision of Brazil’s forest code, which an analysis in Science concluded was likely to increase deforestation. Taken together, the Rebelo and Abreu appointments “are deeply worrisome and seem at cross-purposes to Brazil’s leadership role on climate change and environment,” says Thomas Lovejoy, an ecologist at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, who has worked in the Amazon since the 1960s.Still, Nader says, “it is important to give Rebelo some time before” jumping to conclusions based on comments he made in the past. She says that several propositions from SBPC were ultimately incorporated into the revised forestry code, an experience that leaves her optimistic about working with Rebelo. “Our expectation is that regarding environmental issues, Dilma’s government is not going to backslide.”last_img read more

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