14 Jan
2020

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Donates Medical Supplies

first_imgSeveral Health centers throughout Liberia beginning with those in Montserrado, Grand Bassa, and Lofa Counties, received Ebola Medical Supplies and equipment from the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Eta Epsilon Lambda Chapter.The donation ceremony was held on Friday, February 20, at the Fish Market, Airfield Congo Town Public Ground.This donation benefitted ten health centers within Montserrado, Grand Bassa, and Lofa Counties, and will later move to other parts of the country, according to the organizers.The benefitting hospitals and clinics, include the Bensonville Hospital and Duport Road Community Clinic in Paynesville, the TB Annex in Congo Town and the Lakpazee Clinic in the Airfield Community.Others are the Clara Town Community Clinic, the Gardnersville Community Clinic, Owen’s Grove Clinic, Government Hospital in Buchannan, and the Unity Conference Center Ebola Treatment Unit.Friday’s donation is the second by the Alpha Phi Alpha Inc Liberia Chapter intended to identify with the Liberian government’s fight against the Ebola epidemic.Alpha Phi Alpha recently constructed an Ebola Treatment Unit at the Unity Conference Center.  It is now in Operation.According to the President and Chief Dean of Alpha Phi Alpha, Mr. T. Nelson Williams, the materials and equipment donated include: examination and surgical gloves, surgical masks, injection needles, intensive care materials, PPEs, test tubes, thermometers and sanitizers.Meanwhile during Friday’s donation ceremony, Alpha Phi Alpha also recognized the sacrificial contribution of Liberia’s health professionals and workers in the on-going fight against the Ebola Virus Disease.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Sr., Mayor of Monrovia, Clara Doe Mvogo, and Health Assistant Minister Tolbert Nyenswah attended the presentation ceremony.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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19 Dec
2019

Weblines: SA headlines for webmasters

first_imgIs your website about something South African? Want your visitors to get the SA story, but don’t have time to tell it yourself? Get a free piece of our action with Weblines – updating headlines pulled from SouthAfrica.info onto your website.There’s no cost and no maintenance – just copy and paste a few lines of code onto your site, tweak it a bit (if necessary) to suit your layout, and let us do the rest.HERE’S HOW IT WORKSThree easy steps:Step 1 – See the two boxes below. Choose which version you want to appear on your site.Step 2 – Each box is accompanied by a few lines of html code, starting with . Copy this piece of code.Step 3 – Paste the code into your website’s html. Where you paste it will depend on where you want the box to appear.That’s it. Upload the changes, and the box will appear on your site, calling SAinfo headlines from a file that we update on our side. You can, if you want, adjust how the box appears on your page – see below.  Please drop us an e-mail letting us know that you’re running the box. And thank you for your support! BOX 1 – top 7 stories<br/>Coding for box 1:BOX 2 – top 7 stories plus<br/>Coding for box 2:ADJUSTING HOW THE BOX APPEARS (optional)You can adjust how the box appears on your page by modifying the settings inside your tag, in the following ways:Box alignment:To change how the box aligns on your page, add any of the following into your tag:align=center – centres the boxalign=left – content wraps round the right of the boxalign=right – content wraps round the left of the boxalign=top – box on top of surrounding contentalign=bottom – box below surrounding contentBox width / height:Rewrite width=x to change the width of the box. For example: width=250 will give you a 250 pixel wide box; width=80% will give you a box that takes up 80% of the width available in the place you’ve put it. Ditto for height.Margin width / height:Rewrite marginwidth=x (and/or marginheight=x) to change the space (in pixels) between the sides and the content of the box.Space around the box:Add hspace=x and/or vspace=x if you want to set the amount of space in pixels (hspace for the sides, vspace for above and below) between the box and any content surrounding it.Box border:Add frameborder=0 if you want to suppress the border around the box.Terms and conditions of useBy using our update boxes, you are deemed to have accepted our terms and conditions of use.last_img read more

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18 Dec
2019

National crop commodity organizations looking to re-focus efforts moving forward

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At the national level, corn, soybean and wheat commodity organizations are looking to assess their priorities for the future and focus on their strengths. There was an update outlining the plans for the future from each national organization at the December Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium held in Columbus.The National Corn Growers Association’s strategic plan will seek to enhance consumer trust, and related objectives. The plan will include strategies for key NCGA programs in that effort, including its participation in the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, CommonGround and the Corn Farmers Coalition.“We are looking into where we want to be at in five years with the development of a strategic plan,” said Anthony Bush, who serves on the NCGA Board and farms in Morrow County. “We felt like we were an inch deep and a mile wide and we felt like we really needed to focus on what we were good at. We are working on that and it will be coming out the end of January.”Ohio’s Jed Bower, of Fayette County, is serving on the NCGA Public Policy Action Team overseeing the development of the strategic plan.The American Soybean Association is also taking a strategic look at goals for the future.“ASA has gone through a large change in the past year. We are trying to find out where our pinpoint should be and it needs to be with our relationships with our senators and representatives on the important issues for us. We need to build domestic demand and expand our international market access,” said Bret Davis, who serves on the ASA board and farms in Delaware County. “The new ASA strategic plan focuses on demand goals, policy, trade and regulatory issues, and providing additional financial resources for policy work through new opportunities and providing states with flexibility to let them do what they do best.”These goals encompass a broad range of issues that will demand attention in the coming years.“High oleic soybeans are making a big difference in what our food systems are going to be needing. And aquaculture is a good place to use soybean meal in the food rations and that has been a real plus in the meal markets. It is a growing market that we can supply,” Davis said. “We are looking at freedom to operate too. If we can’t do the job that we are allowed to do by our consumers and regulators, it hurts in our pockets.”A strategy for the future certainly must include the recent changes in the Panama Canal, a key transportation boon for soybeans in particular.“We just went to Panama and got to see the Canal as it was being finished — what a difference that will make to allow us to move our beans to where they need to go,” Davis said.Other key issues include biotech labeling, a possible two-year extension on the biodiesel tax credit, and important trade relationships, including Cuba.“One of the great things I have seen in the last few years is that the soy industry is working so well together and our farmer-to-farmer relations have been fantastic and that is what it takes — working together for the soybean industry,” Davis said.David Schemm, a Kansas farmer with the National Association of Wheat Growers, talked about the importance of a strategic plan for the nation’s wheat growers.“The National Wheat Action Plan is in the beginning stages right now to get profitability back into wheat. It is not one single area but several areas that are needed to get profitability back into wheat right now. Mills are helping transition acres into organic wheat production to satisfy a market that they need more supply for. We are not saying organic is for everyone but it may work to increase profitability for some farms,” Schemm said. “We represent a huge part of the country geographically. Our major policy areas we have been working on for the past year are farm bill implementation, transportation and tax policy. We need to have one strong voice in agriculture on one united front on these issues. Grassroots engagement is the key.”The idea behind the Wheat Action Plan is to raise productivity so that wheat no longer loses acreage to corn and soybeans by being less economically appealing. NAWG calculates that for every $10 spent on public and private industry corn research in 2014, only 70 cents went into wheat research.Additional goals in the plan included genetic improvements for wheat yields, developing strong resistance to fusarium head blight (or scab), improved rust resistance for high moisture years, and drought tolerance. Opening trade barriers and expanding wheat exports are also key priorities.last_img read more

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17 Dec
2019

Ohio’s Crop Progress – April 17, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Warm Weather Drying Out Fields There were 2.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 16, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Warmer temperatures this week helped to dry out some soils and created more fieldwork opportunities. Farmers were able to top dress wheat, apply herbicides, and till fields where moisture surpluses had receded. Planting was very limited this week. Producers anticipate much more progress with corn and other crops if the warm, dry conditions continue. Corn planted is still less than 1 percent statewide. Many commercial vegetable growers were also able to plant.Click here to read the full reportlast_img

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17 Dec
2019

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – January 19th, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest West-southwest winds will help temps climb today, and that moderating push holds through the weekend. . We see the entire state above freezing today and tomorrow and most of the state should be well above normal all weekend. Tomorrow, temps should do a little better than today, but still we fall short of last week’s thaw levels. We still look for a lot of snow melt in the coming daysClouds build for Sunday, but precipitation should be somewhat limited. Scattered light moisture should slowly overspread the state, particularly Sunday afternoon and evening. Spits, sprinkles and drizzle may amount to a few hundredths to .1” over 50% of the state, and the best chances will be over the northern half to third of Ohio. This will be enough to make for a bit of a damp feel, and to keep us from feeling warmer than Saturday. Our cold front finally arrives midday Monday and brings rain through midday Tuesday. We like rain totals of .25”-.75” with 90% coverage. These rains have been well advertised, and we are not moving away from our prior forecast here. Keep the umbrella handy. The map above shows potential rain totals through Tuesday evening.As cold air pushes into the state behind the frontal boundary, we think there will be a good deal of lake effect cloudiness possible for the balance of Tuesday and Tuesday night. The best chances for light snow will be seen over the eastern third of the state, and of course, most likely in far NE Ohio. Eastern locations can see a coating to an inch overnight Tuesday night, and northeast areas can see several more inches in the right conditions. Western areas likely see only a few flurries in the current set up. Cold air is in for the balance of Tuesday night right on through Thursday morning. However, southwest winds come back as we progress through next Thursday. From here forward, we are making a few subtle changes to our forecast this morning.The next front we are watching shows up overnight Thursday night into Friday with rains from .25”-.5” over about 80% of the state. Temps will be warm enough to produce all liquid precipitation in the heaviest high areas, but we have to watch for some rain-snow mix in the east during the overnight part of the storm evolution. , This is just the first wave of several to come. Very early Saturday morning we see a second wave bringing half to 1” rains to all of the state through the balance of Saturday. . This moisture comes in with mild temps still in place. Then, we have a third wave, complete with another low pressure center moving over the region for thelast_img read more

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