‘Don’t Lose Hope in the Fight against Ebola’

first_imgAs the death rate of the deadly Ebola is increasing in the country, a prominent citizen of Bomi County has called on her kinsmen not to lose hope in the face of the spread of the disease.“Don’t lose hope in the face of this Ebola crisis which is claiming the lives of our people in the country.  What we need to do now as citizens is to follow the Ministry of Health preventive measures and put aside the traditional practices of burying dead bodies,” Cllr.  Frances Johnson Allison, who is also former head of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) advised her people.She made the call over the weekend when she visited the McDonald Street office of the Daily Observer, after she identified with several quarantined family members in the county.   Cllr. Allison is also a senatorial aspirant of Bomi County. She said her donation followed after she learnt that there is growing number of Ebola death cases in her native homeland.“As a prominent citizen of this county, it’s important to identify with my people in this difficult period in the history of the country, we don’t need to sit down and allow government alone to fight the Ebola disease,” she added.As part of her visit in the county, Cllr. Allison also donated several items, including bags of rice, oil, buckets detergent soap, and some sanitary materials to Ebola survivals, marketers, Motorcyclists among others.She put the value of the items to a little over US$500.According to her, if Liberians were to unite themselves and exercise hope, they would shortly defeat the deadly virus from their country.“We can use this crisis to stand and work together for the betterment of our dearly country, Liberia that is bleeding from this ugly disease,” she admonished.“You are aware that we have suffered from the prolonged civil war that has plunged our country into total mess. It is now time for us to hold together to fight and defend it from falling deeply into destruction,” Cllr. Allison further added.Although not a political campaign period for now as election is suspended, Cllr. Allison’s picture was on every package she presented to people of Bomi to get people perhaps remember her when the senatorial election which she intends to contest comes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Avalanche Centre urging snowmobilers to be more careful

first_imgThe Canadian Avalanche Centre and the B-C Coroner’s Service are urging snowmobilers to be more careful in the backcountry after a record number of deaths this winter.Avalanche Centre director Ian Tomm says 23 people have died in avalanches in Western Canada, 17 of them snowmobilers, up from nine sledder deaths in 2002-03.He says some snowmobilers aren’t getting the message about the danger of avalanches, adding that more powerful machines are allowing inexperienced riders to get into extreme terrain, increasing their risk of triggering an avalanche.- Advertisement -Jeff Dolan of the B-C Coroners Service says snowmobilers need to check avalanche forecasts and get the right training before heading out.For more information visit http://www.avalanche.ca/last_img

Smog-riddled L.A. breathes a bit easier

first_imgSouthern California has enacted the strictest air-quality requirements in the nation, including most of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Cars are cleaner. Businesses have new rules to reduce emissions. And there are new standards to clean up diesel engines in trucks on the highway and ships in the port. Nonetheless, the region is still the king of smog, ahead of the San Joaquin Valley, with 67 unhealthy ozone days, and Houston, with 24. The smog season begins May 1 and ends Oct. 31. Advocates for cleaner air said it’s up to each resident to help cut smog. “We can’t say it enough: We’re all responsible for that air we breathe in L.A.,” said Julia Robinson Shimizu, spokeswoman for Breathe California of Los Angeles County. That means each resident can use cleaner cars. Drive less. Take the train or bus. Walk. Burn less energy. And support legislation to help clean the air, she said. “The only way we’re going to solve the traffic and resulting pollution is to implement more mass transit. The Orange Line is fabulous,” said Robinson Shimizu, who lives in the San Fernando Valley. “I have been breathing deeply each day this year, and I am so glad that every year gets a little bit easier.” dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Breathe deeper – but not too deeply: The nation’s most smog-choked city is poised for its cleanest year on record. Los Angeles, the smoggiest city in the nation for four years running, recorded 78 unhealthy ozone days through Monday, its fewest for a year since 1976. With clean air expected through the end of smog season, Oct. 31, the Southland will likely set a healthy-air record, air regulators said Tuesday. “We are headed in the right direction toward our goal of clean air,” said William A. Burke, governing board chairman for the South Coast Air Quality Management District. “The challenge ahead will be to maintain and increase our momentum, especially in cleaning up construction equipment, trucks, trains, ships and the ports.” In 1976, Angelenos breathed amidst more than 200 unhealthy ozone days lasting at least eight hours at an average of 0.08 parts per million, the federal standard. Since then, clean-air laws have cut those numbers more than in half. The last Stage III smog alert was in 1974, when ozone hit 0.51 parts per million. The last Stage I alert was in 2003. The next year, the Southland suffered 88 unhealthy ozone days; then it had 84 days in 2005 and 86 during last year’s record hot summer. Regulators attribute this year’s low to an unseasonably cool summer, with an eight-hour ozone low of 0.137 ppm, the lowest concentration on record. “The air-quality improvement is due to forging ahead on all fronts to reduce pollution,” AQMD spokesman Sam Atwood said. last_img read more

Mira Costa stays in mix

first_imgMira Costa’s Allie Wahba gave her that and then some. Though Tam beat Wahba by three points, the match took its toll on the stamina of Peninsula’s best player and marked the team’s lone singles victory in Thursday’s 10-8 Bay League loss to visiting Mira Costa. Tam led in both of her final two singles sets, but failed to secure a victory in either. She scored the first point in her set with Gibbs before losing, 6-1. She then allowed Mira Costa’s No. 3 Krystal Langley to score the final three points in a 7-5 defeat. “I do think she got worn down by the third set because she’d had two tough matches before,” Peninsula coach Mike Hoeger said. “It’s tough to get points off of any of (the Mira Costa singles players) because they make you work.” Gibbs continued her Bay League dominance by winning her other two sets, 6-0, 6-0, but it was Wahba who officially clinched Mira Costa’s second victory over Peninsula in four years. The victory also keeps Mira Costa (10-3, 2-1) in the hunt for the Bay League title after a 9-9 loss on games to Palos Verdes Tuesday. “We wanted to win really badly today. It’s about time that we’ve beaten them,” Wahba said. “It feels good to win this because we’re basically back in the game to win the (Bay) League.” Peninsula’s hopes for a victory relied heavily on the success of its doubles teams, which held up their end of the bargain, winning seven of nine matches. Jenna Glimp and Hana Chang swept their doubles sets for Peninsula (7-4, 1-1). “We shouldn’t be able to win a match while losing seven of nine in doubles,” Mira Costa coach Joe Ciasulli said. Natasha Rothwell and Casey Reed scored both of Mira Costa’s doubles points, winning, 6-1, 6-2. Even the pair’s 6-4 loss to Glimp and Chang helped set the tone for Mira Costa, which was competitive in most of its matches, besting Peninsula, 89-67, in games. It was the first time the two have played together since Sept. 17 “Their play helped decide the match. We thought we could get two out of three from them, but they were strong,” Hoeger said. “You always put a lot of pressure on your doubles teams when you want them to take eight of nine. It’s a risk and one that didn’t work this time.” david.saunders@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GIRLS TENNIS: Mustangs rule singles play to earn victory over Peninsula in Bay League clash. By David Saunders STAFF WRITER Peninsula’s Cze-Ja Tam asked to play in the No. 2 singles slot so that she could have a warm-up match before facing Nicole Gibbs. last_img read more

Premier League trio to battle for ‘unsettled’ PSG defender Marquinhos

first_img Brazilian defender Marquinhos reportedly wants to leave Paris Saint-Germain Arsenal have joined Chelsea and Manchester United in the race for Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos.The Brazilian reportedly wants to leave the French champions this summer after growing frustrated at a lack of first-team football.Chelsea and Manchester United have already expressed an interest in the 21-year-old, while Real Madrid are monitoring the situation too.However, according to L’Equipe, Arsenal have now joined the battle for Marquinhos.Manager Arsene Wenger is expected to sign a new centre-back this summer as he looks to bolster his defence.Arsenal have been alerted to Marquinhos’ frustration and the club have now added him to their summer list of transfer targets. 1last_img

DDTV: DONEGAL GIRL POWER LIFTS TO A FIRST WIN IN NATIONAL COMPETITION

first_imgDDTV: FROM a taster class at the gym to winning first place in a national competition, Sinead Doherty has ripped into the weightlifting world with a vengeance.The 23-year-old Letterkenny woman travelled to Cork Institute of Technology at the weekend to take part in the Irish Drug Free Powerlifting Association competition, one of the biggest powerlifting events to be held in Ireland. The former NUI Galway Arts student managed to deadlift 140kg to win her category and lift her first weightlifting trophy.Speaking back at training at FitHub Letterkenny this morning, Sinead said: “I was nervous but I just went for it. One girl lifted 110 and then another lifted 125 so I knew I was just going to go for it.”Amazingly, Sinead’s lift was also a new ‘record’ but at she has only been registered for two months instead of the obligatory three, it could not be recognised.For someone who only started training just more than a year ago, her friends at FitHub gym are over the moon with Sinead’s win. Owner and head coach at Fithub,Neil Barrett, said it was a fantastic achievement.“It’s her moment and we are very proud of her.”Sinead said she has seen an increase in the number of women of all ages who are starting to lift heavy.“You would be amazed at the weights that some young girls can lift. It’s amazing to watch them.“It was my sister who dragged me to my first CrossFit class. It was a taster class and I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t really into anything at the time. I had done some rugby but I wouldn’t have said that I was fit.“But I soon got addicted to it and I looked forward to traveling up from college on Saturdays to train. I never wanted to be skinny. I wanted to be fit. When I started lifting Neil said that I was a natural so it went from there.” Sinead trains three times a week and follows a Paleo diet.“You can make anything Paleo; bread, chocolate anything. I eat dairy as well. It was hard to adjust to some of the tastes at first but then you just get used to it.”Sinead’s next goal is the IDFPA event in Belfast in July.She said: “I’ll just keep training and hopefully after Belfast I’ll be looking forward to the European competition.” DDTV: DONEGAL GIRL POWER LIFTS TO A FIRST WIN IN NATIONAL COMPETITION was last modified: February 23rd, 2015 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:FitHubletterkennypowerliftingSinead Dohertylast_img read more

‘Maybe he’ll come back’ – Redknapp jokes that Remy could return to QPR

first_imgQPR boss Harry Redknapp has again insisted that the loss of Loic Remy to Chelsea in the days before the transfer deadline has severely affected his team this season.Remy, who was keen to join a top-four club, secured a move to Stamford Bridge after Rangers had been confident he would remain with them.They have since been hugely reliant on top scorer Charlie Austin, while Bobby Zamora’s appearances have been restricted by an ongoing hip condition.“We lost Remy on the deadline and that really cost us. If I’d have had Remy he’d have eight or 10 goals by now,” said Redknapp.And he joked: “Maybe he’ll come back. He’s not getting a game at Chelsea, perhaps they’ll loan him back here.”Redknapp wants to sign at least one forward during the January transfer window, with a number of possible deals currently being considered.“It’s clear where we’re short – we need to have four strikers in the squad,” he said.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Planning for high yielding soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When planning for the upcoming growing season, it can be easy to focus more energy on corn production as it has traditionally been the more intensively managed crop. However, producers who put in the effort to manage their soybean crop have proven it is possible to attain high yields of 70+ bushels per acre. Below are some tips for planning to produce high-yielding soybeans in 2016.• Quality Seed: Planting the right seed sets the stage for the entire growing season. Growers should plant genetics with high yield potential. Choose varieties that have been tested at several locations and across multiple years. Growers should choose varieties adapted to their soil types and management practices. As with corn, choosing varieties with strong disease packages and agronomic traits with aid in achieving higher yields.• Planting Date: University research has proven that timely, early planting is one way to increase soybean yields. As with corn, planting soybeans by early May improves yield potential.  This Ohio State University Study showed improvement when planting May 8th vs. May 29th. Purdue University has also documented maximized soybean yields for early May plantings in THIS STUDY.• Seed Treatments: Seed treatments are a critical component of a soybean management program, especially for growers who plant early or into no-till or minimum tillage situations. Early in the growing season when soils and weather conditions are cooler, germination and growth will be slowed down. Seed treatments provide protection from diseases and early season pests that can significantly reduce stands, decreasing yields and/or resulting in the need for replant.• Fertility and pH: Adequate soil fertility is another important factor that allows soybeans to reach their maximum yield potential. Consulting soil tests and university recommendations for adequate levels of nutrients as well as crop removal rates will help determine how much potassium and phosphorus should be applied. When the proper pH range is maintained, soil nutrients will be available to the soybean plant for uptake. Generally, a pH range between 6.2 and 6.8 maximizes soybean yields. Adequate pH levels also improve the ability of Rhizobium bacteria to fix nitrogen.• Inoculant: Inoculation of seed with Rhizobium will ensure that enough bacteria are present in the soil to fix adequate amounts of N. This is especially important in fields where soybeans have not been grown for multiple years.• Row Widths and Seeding Rates: Row widths and seeding rates go hand-in-hand.  University research shows that narrower rows (15 inches or less) increase yields. Narrower rows allow for plants to canopy earlier and capture optimum levels of sunlight for photosynthesis. Seeding rates will vary based on row width, planting date, germ of soybean seed, and soil types. While some research recommends lower seeding rates, growers should take into consideration historical performance on their own farms. While seeding rates that are unnecessarily high, low seeding rates can result in reduced stands. Seeding rates may need to be higher in low yielding environments where emergence is a concern and plant stands can be diminished due to tough growing conditions. Proper seeding rates will improve emergence on the Eastern Corn Belt’s tight clay soil types where adverse conditions exist.• Disease and Pest Management: Growers should plant soybean varieties with adequate disease resistance. Scouting throughout the growing season will also be important to determine if rescue treatments including fungicides or insecticides need to be made. While it can be tempting to try the latest technology or new foliar product to drive yields, it is important to start with the important building blocks first. This Checklist (http://graincrops.blogspot.com/2014/02/soybean-high-yield-checklist.html) from the University of Kentucky agronomist, Chad Lee is another resource for putting together a plan for producing soybeans in the 2016 growing season. Growers who take time to properly manage their soybeans will move closer to attaining the high-yield potential of today’s soybean genetics.last_img read more

The Value of Linked Open Data [Infographic]

first_imgalex williams A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… What is available open Linked Data. Wikipedia provides open Linked Data as does data.gov.Sites like data.gov have started to provide Open Data as a central, searchable catalog, often with the option of accessing the data through APIs, which makes it a lot easier to consume the data, as it doesn’t have to be transformed, combined and prepared for a program to use. With this central catalog in place, it is now possible to go a step further and start transforming this data into a huge Linked Open Data set that is accessible to everyone. The issue is with the data itself. It can often be of poor quality, making it difficult to use for visual creators.There are several ways to make sure data is open and linked:The data is freely accessible and verifiable.It can be accessed by other people and turned into other works.The data is connected to other databases.Knowledge is built into the database so more people can work with it.There are more examples but this gives a picture of what is meant by open linked data. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#cloud#cloud computing People still know little about data visualization, much less how to access data to turn it into a visual experience.A post on Datavisualization.ch provides a thorough perspective about the value of Open Linked Data for visual creators.The post explains the Semantic Web and Linked Data. To show the connection, Peter Gasner adds the concept of Open Data as a third pillar for visual creators.Open, Linked Data has clear licensing terms and it can be easily linked to other data sets. He created an image to show how open Linked Data is represented. You can see that it is a small amount of the overall data we have available. The light blue data represents what is open. Dark blue is open and linked. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Next iPhone could double as a glucose monitor

first_imgRelated Posts To nobody’s surprise, Apple has merged audio into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 7, removing the 3.5mm audio jack. As evidence of the lack of surprise, DarioHealth unveiled a new glucose meter on Thursday, one day after Apple’s announcement, which works with the iPhone’s Lightning connector.Previously, the DarioHealth blood glucose monitoring system connected via the audio jack. The new device offers the same functionality and design, the only difference is the connector.See Also: How close are we to the robotic human heart?“This news comes as no surprise to us, and we’ve been working on a solution for quite some time now,” said DarioHealth CEO, Erez Raphael. “Our team’s agility to navigate the complex mobile ecosystem showcases DarioHealth’s versatility and passion to be at the forefront of cutting-edge technology in general, and the diabetes healthcare market specifically.”Easier glucose monitoring could slow disease’s progressDarioHealth provides the glucose meter to diabetics, letting them measure their blood sugar levels. The scan results are shown on the company’s iPhone app, alongside previous measurements.Data is sent to a carer or physician, giving them a routine update on blood sugar levels and any issues. The app also gives patients an emotional and environmental log, and a list of food options.Diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in certain parts of the world. In the U.S., 21 million people are diagnosed with diabetes, according to the CDC, with a further 8 million undiagnosed, totalling 9.3 percent of the population.DarioHealth recently received approval from the FDA to sell its glucose meter in the U.S. It already sells the device in Australia, Canada, and parts of Europe. The new Lightning connector option will be available at the start of the next year. David Curry How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…center_img Tags:#DarioHealth#diabetes#glucose#health#iPhone 7#Lightning connector#mobile Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more