Whither, Rubber Planters? Whither, Liberian Agriculture?

first_imgLiberian rubber planters are facing serious problems these days.  They have dropped production because of the fall in the global rubber price, from US$2,500 per ton four years ago to US$714 today.It was in the face of this crisis that they met last Thursday with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to seek government intervention in bringing some relief to rubber farmers. While she showed understanding and concern about their plight, the President put the problem back to the rubber planters and urged them to establish a rubber development fund upon which they could lean in times of crisis.We believe the President is right, even if her suggestion is somewhat belated.  This newspaper has long called on the Liberian government to take the agriculture sector more seriously.  In the good days when the world rubber price was highest in history, somebody, probably the government, could have urged rubber planters to put away something for the rainy day?Now that the rainy day has arrived, the rubber planters find themselves in desperation. The Daily Observer has also been urging the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia (RPAL) to develop a research arm to help their members keep abreast of technological developments in the sector.This could easily have been done because not only were rubber planters people of means; but they have very powerful and experienced members, such as Firestone and the Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC), which could have helped provide the facilities for the research department.Until the late 1980s Firestone had its own Botanical Research Division, which constantly developed new, high producing clones, such as Harbel One and others.  One of the Firestone research directors who made a distinctive mark was Dr. McKindore, who created several clones including one of the highest producing at the time, Harbel One.We are told that the College of Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Liberia started a rubber research effort before the war, but it was suspended during the turbulent 1980s.   The Dean, Dr. Roland Massaquoi, confirmed that they plan to reestablish the research department but there are not only financial but land constraints.  The government has allowed people to buy up a lot of the land at the University Farm in Fendall, including places where the Forestry College planted many special species of plants for research and development.  Many of these have been indiscriminately uprooted by the new “land owners.”However, the College is training a new cadre agriculture and forestry scientists not only to teach, but to do research as well.  So there is hope for the future; but on what territory will these scholars to do their work?We don’t know when last the Agriculture Minister visited the College of Agriculture in Fendall.  But there should be very close collaboration between the College and the Ministry for the sake of positive collaboration and future planning in all sectors—vegetables and fruits, tree crops, animal husbandry,  poultry and eggs and research.Liberians do not talk about coffee anymore–why?  We have long called for the reactivation of the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC), which since the early 1960s encouraged farmers to produce in many areas.It is the Ministry that should have been guiding the President about developments in the all important rubber sector–and not wait until a crisis arises.  Nor has the Ministry undertaken any initiatives that will make Liberia self sufficient in meat.  Liberian poultry and egg producers have thrown in the towel because they cannot compete with foreign businesspeople who import cheap chickens and eggs fromEurope, which are heavily subsidized by their governments and by the European Union (EU). This newspaper has over many years urged GOL to pursue meat production through cattle raising in southeastern and northern Liberia, particularly Grand Cess, Grand Kru County, and Foya, Lofa County.  These places are natural habitats for cattle. It is never too late to start doing the right thing. We pray that Agriculture people will get busy and reach out to our farmers in research, through the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI), through agricultural extension and through stimulus in the various sectors of agricultural production.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sugar workers paid after 2 weeks

first_imgThe Wales Sugar EstateIn light of high-level meetings regarding the financial state of the sugar industry, workers were finally paid but only after information surfaced that several categories of employees had not been paid for their services for about two weeks.At Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo) request for urgent monies was granted which paved the way for workers across the estates to receive their salaries. Guyana Times was told that workers at Uitvlugt and at Wales received their weekly salaries by Wednesday afternoon.The disbursements for workers at Wales followed a nearly three-hour meeting at that entity on Wednesday morning where workers, in some tense moments, had demanded to know why they weren’t paid up to that point. Many workers had earlier contended that their dwindling finances were affecting their ability to feed and send their children to school and to meet other financial needs. This publication was made aware that the lack of finances during the period also hit the village economy.It was only Wednesday that Guyana Timesreported that the industry’s “cash-strapped” status was directly impacting workers. This newspaper had also reported that workers across the industry were turning up at the various estates only to be told that there was no money available to pay them.Workers still attached at the downsized Wales Sugar Estate had been called to a meeting on Monday, where they were informed of the industry’s financial state. When workers inquired as to when they will be receiving payments, officials at Wales were, at that time, reportedly reluctant to commit to a date but said that as soon as finances are available, the sugar workers would be paid.On Monday, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo along with GuySuCo’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Clive Thomas and Chief Executive Officer, Errol Hanoman, met to discuss “urgent cash flow relative to wages, salaries and other payments at GuySuCo.”GuySuCo had revealed that at the high-level meeting, it was agreed on the steps to be taken to ensure the employees are paid for services provided to the Corporation for the past week. GuySuCo had disclosed that the Chairman and the CEO were “given assurances that the matter is being given the utmost consideration by the Government and the Corporation.”At present, the Guyana Sugar Corporation employs close to 17,000 people but it has been estimated that its planned downsizing could directly affect the livelihoods of some 10,000 sugar workers and thousands more via their family members and communities that depend on the sugar industry. Government has long contended that the necessary measures to re-organise sugar must be implemented for it to be sustained and the Wales Estate was the first entity to be closed under the policy decision which was met with much criticism and protests.last_img read more

BumpTop’s 3D Desktop Comes to the Mac

first_imgTags:#Product Reviews#web BumpTop released the Windows version of BumpTop’s 3D desktop in April 2009. Today, BumpTop finally released a version for the Mac. BumpTop turns your desktop into a 3D experience, where documents are organized in stacks and you can pin often-used files, folders or images onto the walls. BumpTop also incorporates a physics simulations, so interactions with your files on the 3D desktop feel extremely lifelike.Turn Your Desktop into a 3D EnvironmentWhile the Mac doesn’t offer multi-touch screens, BumpTop managed to incorporate some multi-touch gestures by using the touchpad on Mac laptops (these are only available in the Pro version). Swiping down with three fingers, for example, creates a new stack of files on your desktop. If you are using a desktop or an older laptop, however, you will not be able to make use of these gestures. frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Mac Version Give You a More Seamless ExperienceFor the Mac version, the BumpTop team has tweaked the user interface so that it fits in nicely with the rest of the OSX experience. BumpTop still suffers from a slight disconnect between the desktop experience and running an application. Switching to the application takes you out of the 3D experience. Interestingly enough, this effect is less pronounced on the Mac than on Windows. On the Mac, BumpTop just becomes a seamless part of your desktop and stays out of the way. On Windows, BumpTop often feels more like an additional application than an integral part of the OS.For a more detailed look at BumpTop’s feature set, have a look at our earlier review of the Windows version.Get a Free Pro VersionThe free version of BumpTop incorporates most of the most interesting features in the software, but the Pro version ($29) includes a number of cool additional features like multi-touch gestures, unlimited sticky notes on your desktop and a find-as-you-type feature that makes it easy to find documents on your desktop.The Pro version is a free upgrade to the first 100 people who sign up at this special ReadWriteWeb page. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Padda system ‘more on track than ever’ as Adamson begins life without key players

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Galanza was the fifth best scorer in the league with a total of 207 points while Paat was at 10th with 182 points. Emnas, for her part, was the no.4 setter with 7.67 sets per period.Left to carry the burden for Adamson now are Chiara Permentilla, Bernadette Flora, Mary Joy Dacoron, and captain Eli Soyud and even though none have the same star power as Galanza’s, Padda is nothing but confident about her team.“I have more players now in the program who have been under me and I’m kind of capitalizing on that,” said Padda. “They’ve been under me the longest and I really feel like the system is more on track than it’s ever been.”Padda admitted that her first two years with the Soaring Falcons hit some turbulence especially since she inherited a lineup that played under Sherwin Meneses and, for a time, Domingo Custodio.“We were still working on setting the system instead of trying to build for two years and now the system’s set, and even with the underclassmen coming in they don’t know any other system than my own,” said Padda who took up the Lady Falcons’ coaching job in 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Justin Brownlee, Juan Gomez de Liaño star as Mighty Sports earns semis berth Padda said she won’t expect her new Lady Falcons to become the next Jema Galanzas or the future Mylene Paats–she wants her players to become the first of their name.“I’m not going to throw into their faces that ‘you have to replace Jema, this is what Mylene did’ but I want to try and give them their own identity so they can build on that,” said Padda.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I think we will use Jema, Mylene, and Fhen [Emnas], as inspiration because those three girls have stories and even though we didn’t make it into the Final Four it was really amazing just going on a journey with them and I think all of the players coming into the team this year want to experience that too.”The three former Lady Falcons were instrumental in the team’s 6-8 finish in Season 80 though Adamson failed to enter the Final Four that year, falling short at fifth place. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—Adamson is entering a new era and head coach Air Padda is confident her team would find its identity for the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “They kind of latched into it in a way that I could never get the older kids to do when I first came in.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

10 months agoShearer slaughters Liverpool strike duo: Dooo something! Run around!

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Shearer slaughters Liverpool strike duo: Dooo something! Run around!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United legend Alan Shearer slammed the performance of Liverpool’s strikers during their FA Cup defeat to Wolves.Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi were both given rare starts with Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino all dropping to the bench.Asked if he was not impressed with the forwards, Shearer said: “Not impressed? “You’ve got one guy Sturridge out of contract at the end of this season. You’ve got Origi 18 months left on his contract.“Do something, run around, cause the centre-halves a problem. They have done nothing.“Playing as individuals, look, 30 yards apart. He wins the header here, where’s Sturridge in case he wins that header? Get over and help your team-mate.“Look at him, he’s not even moving towards the ball. Quite content, not working as a partnership, no movement, no running in behind.“Flat, no energy, they’ve not done anything to upset those Wolves centre-halves.“I can’t even say how they’ve had a sweat on, the two forwards, because they’ve done nothing.“The manager should be going absolutely berserk, particularly at those two in the first half because they’ve added nothing whatsoever.” last_img read more

Wartsila Reveals Strong Demand for Its Aquarius UV BWMS

first_imgzoomWärtsilä Aquarius UV BWMS; Image Courtesy: Wärtsilä The technology group Wärtsilä secured 13 contracts for its Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) to global shipping operators in the fourth quarter of 2018.Wärtsilä said that the systems have been ordered for ships being built at yards in China, including a RoRo ferry, two RoPax, six tankers and four container vessels. Ship owners are also increasingly requesting quotations for their existing sailing fleet, the company added.The demand for BWMSs is rising as owners work to make their vessels compliant with the Ballast Water Management Convention regulations that entered into force in September 2017 for all new build vessels. The convention aims at preventing the spread of harmful aquatic organisms from one region to another, and at halting damage to the marine environment from ballast water discharge.For a vessel to be compliant with the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention, owners have to install a BWMS at the next special survey of the vessel after September 8, 2019. This essentially gives a five-year window for retrofits between September 2019 and September 2024, depending on when the special survey is due.“This continued strong demand is a very positive verification of the efficiency, reliability, and robustness of the Wärtsilä Aquarius systems. Owners around the world recognise the fact that our BWMS solutions, which are backed by Wärtsilä’s extensive global service support network, provide assurance that their vessels can fully comply with the regulations, even with varying levels of water quality,” says Arto Lehtinen, Director, Water and Waste, Wärtsilä Marine.The Wärtsilä Aquarius UV (Ultra-Violet) BWMS has been submitted for US Coastguard (USCG) Type Approval. This follows the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Type Approval granted in 2012. The company’s alternative BWMS technology, the Wärtsilä Aquarius EC (Electro-Chlorination), was granted USCG Type Approval in August 2018, and IMO Type Approval in 2013.last_img read more

You will be in trouble if anything is done to Aravalli, SC warns Haryana government

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court warned the Haryana government Friday that it will be in “trouble” if it has done “anything” with Aravalli hills or forest area by passing amendments to an Act to allow construction there.A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta observed this after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was appearing for Haryana, said he will satisfy the court that amendments in the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA), 1900 were not done to “help somebody”. “We are concerned with Aravalli. If you are doing anything with Aravalli or Kant Enclave (where the top court had ordered demolition of buildings due to illegal constructions in forest area) you will be in trouble. If you are doing anything with the forest, you will be in trouble. We are telling you,” the bench told Mehta. On March 1, the bench had come down heavily on the Haryana government for passing amendments to the law and said the state would not act on it without the court’s permission. On February 27, the Haryana Assembly had passed amendments to the Act opening up thousands of acres of land to real estate and other non-forest activity in the area that was protected under it for over a century. The amendments to the Act were passed by the state assembly amid vociferous protests and a walkout by opposition parties. Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar had said that the Punjab Land Preservation (Haryana Amendment) Bill, 2019, was the “need of the hour”, and had added that it was a “very old” Act and much has changed over a period of time. This issue has cropped up in the court which is dealing with a matter in which it had earlier directed demolition of illegal constructions in the forest area of Aravalli hills in Haryana. During the brief hearing on Friday, Mehta told the bench that the Assembly has passed the bill but it has not become an Act yet. He also said that media reports which claimed the amendments was passed by the state government to favour real estate developers were not correct.last_img read more

Twitter scraps Trump clip on Warner Bros complaint

first_imgLos Angeles: Twitter has deleted a video by US President Donald Trump for his 2020 election bid, that used unauthorised music from Warner Bros’ blockbuster “The Dark Knight Rises”, after the studio complained to the social media platform. The microblogging site complied with Warner Bros’ demand to protect its copyright late Tuesday, hours after the US President tweeted a provocative campaign video, set to a track from the score of Christopher Nolan’s final movie in his massively successful Batman trilogy. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The use of Warner Bros’ score from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in the campaign video was unauthorised. We are working through the appropriate legal channels to have it removed,” Warner Bros told Deadline in a statement. The video in Trump’s tweet, captioned as “Make America Great Again”, has now been replaced by a message that it was no longer available “in response to a report by the copyright owner”. Scored by Hans Zimmer, the now removed video was set to the Oscar-winning music composer’s tune “Why Do We Fall?” from the 2012 film’s soundtrack. The roughly two-minute video juxtaposes brief shots of prominent Democrats from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to comedians Rosie O’Donnell and Amy Schumer against images of Trump from his first two years in office, including his meetings with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro. Agencieslast_img read more

Priyanka taunts PM over cloud cover remark

first_imgBathinda (Punjab): Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Tuesday mocked Narendra Modi for suggesting that cloud cover helped IAF planes evade Pakistani radars during the Balakot air strike, saying the truth about the prime minister is now on the people’s radar.Addressing a rally here, the Congress general secretary accused Modi of indulging only in propaganda and making big promises, while projecting that no development took place in the past 70 years. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghPriyanka Gandhi referred to a recent interview by Modi in which he said there was cloud cover over Balakot when the air strikes were being planned. Modi reportedly said he felt that the crowd cover will help Indian Air Force planes evade Pakistani radars. The truth about him has now come on the people’s radar, Priyanka Gandhi said at the rally in support of Congress candidate Amrinder Singh Raja Warring. She accused Modi of not keeping his promise of creating two crore new jobs. She claimed 12,000 farmers committed suicide during the last five years and accused Modi of ignoring them. The Congress leader said these parliamentary elections are for saving democracy and the country . She attacked the previous Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP government in Punjab over the desecration of scriptures in 2015.last_img read more