14 Jan
2020

Rubber Expert Leaves Liberia with more Value for Farmers

first_imgWith the global price of natural rubber having declined more than half its normal rate over the past year, literally crippling the value of one of Liberia’s chief economic staples, the intervention of Dr. LMK Tillekeratne, a well-known international rubber expert hired by GROW-Liberia, may not have been more timely. Dr. Tillekeratne was contracted by GROW-Liberia in April to provide technical assistance to introduce Ribbed Smoked Sheets (RSS), a value-added processed form of rubber. He spent the last two months preparing training manuals, and training rubber farmers in the production of quality RSS as well as improved exploitation of latex, and farm management. RSS are coagulated (gooey, viscous) rubber sheets processed from fresh latex. Different grades of RSS can be used for manufacture of products for automobile tyres or general products on the low end, and medical, pharmaceutical and engineering on the high end. While in the country, he trained and provided knowledge and information, alternative sources of revenue or sales channels for rubber as well as other channels that connect smaller farmers to firestone or to other rubber-related companies.During a farewell ceremony held in his honor yesterday, Dr. Tillekeratne provided an exit debriefing for all interested stakeholders about his findings, observations and activities on rubber farming in Liberia.While here, Dr. Tillekeratne met with a broad representation of rubber sector stakeholders, including the government, banks, the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia (RPAL), Business Cluster Developers (anchor businesses) and smallholder rubber farmers.On June 22-26, he conducted a major RSS production training event at the Learning Center at Bright Farm in Kakata. Approximately 75 rubber farmers and stakeholders attended the five days event. The training highlighted the collection of latex and the production of RSS, mixing, bulking, drying, smoking and packaging. The training will be replicated in the future at two other Learning Centers in Bomi and Bong counties.For his part, Stanford Peabody, Portfolio Manager of Grow Liberia thanked Dr. Tillekeratne for the opportunity and said that the debriefing was another form of awareness on RSS for farmers.GROW is a private sector development initiative operating in Liberia to promote pro-poor economic growth and stability through partnerships with Government and private companies. The programme is a 5-year Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)-funded market development initiative that employs the ‘Making Markets Work for the Poor’ (M4P) approaches. In addition to promoting the increased profitability of smallholder farm operations, the programme seeks to contribute to sustainable growth and stability, with a particular emphasis on women and youth and the environment.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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21 Dec
2019

Blues at fault for Adam goal – Mourinho

first_imgJose Mourinho described Charlie Adam’s goal against Chelsea as “fantastic” but felt his team were at fault for the Stoke midfielder’s equaliser.Stoke counter-attacked after Chelsea’s Eden Hazard went down near the edge of the penalty area and Adam, having spotted keeper Thibaut Courtois off his line, scored with a sensational left-footed strike from inside his own half.But Blues boss Mourinho, whose team hit back to win 2-1, said their basic errors were also a factor.He said: “It was a clear foul on Hazard but we cannot stop and wait for the referee to give it – we have to press the ball. The goalkeeper also has to anticipate, so we made a mistake.“The basic rule for us is that when we lose possession we have to immediately react and adapt our position.“We have to press the ball and press players who are going to receive the ball, but I think our reaction was to wait for the referee, so we didn’t react well in that situation.”Loic Remy restored Chelsea’s lead with a simple tap in – his seventh goal of the season – and is set to continue leading the line after Diego Costa suffered a recurrence of a hamstring problem.Mourinho said: “We have three strikers and decided since the beginning of the season to go with Diego, but we know Didier Drogba and Remy are there for us and work hard.“It is fantastic for Remy to have played in the last two matches, to score winning goals and win very important points for us.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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17 Dec
2019

Vanilla report day from USDA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No major changes. Boring. No big price spikes up or declines. This comment was heard following the report, “That has to be one of the most subdued post report actions I have seen in a long time.”USDA put US corn ending stocks for 2016-17 at 2.403 billion bushels, unchanged from last month. U.S. soybean ending stocks for 2016-2017 were 480 million bushels also unchanged from last month. U.S. wheat ending stocks were also unchanged at 1.143 billion bushels. U.S. soyoil ending stocks did decline as recent biofuel announcements suggest more soyoil being used.World ending stocks for corn, soybeans, and wheat did increase, no surprise there.Brazil corn production was increased three million tons while Argentina corn production was unchanged at 36.5 million tons. Nobody should be surprised with the Brazil corn production increase.Soybean production in Brazil was estimated at 102 million tons while Argentina soybean production was pegged at 57 million tons. Both are unchanged from November.Prior to the report corn was up 1 cent, soybeans were up six cents, wheat was down two cents. At 12:20 p.m. corn, soybeans, and wheat were all down one cent.Traders were expecting little changes to today’s USDA supply and demand report. This report is a demand report for U.S. grains. There will not be any changes to the 2016 corn and soybean production numbers. USDA will report the final 2016 corn and soybean production numbers on Jan. 12, 2017. That same day USDA will detail US grain stocks as of Dec. 1, 2016. Trade estimates prior to the report had corn and soybean ending stocks changing very little. Those estimates had U.S. corn ending stocks at 2.413 billion bushels, up just 10 million bushels from November. Corn ending stock estimates ranged from 2.364-2.584 billion bushels. Trader estimates had soybean ending stocks at 470 million bushels, down 10 million bushels from November. The soybean ending stocks had a trader estimate of 428-500 million bushels.Weather has once again emerged as a dominant market feature the last two weeks. Now South America weather is capturing lots of attention. Earlier in the week on Tuesday when soybeans were up double digit gains for the first half of the day, producers were active sellers of both old and new crop soybeans. Tuesday soybeans closed up just four cents while earlier in the day they had been up as much as 18 cents. Yesterday, soybeans were down 22 cents as ideas of normal rains for Argentina the next two weeks overshadowed current dry conditions in Argentina and the southern half of Brazil. Corn continues to struggle in a 30 cent trading range, having great difficulty to hold significant daily gains. Wheat is wheat as sellers continue to emerge on higher price activity.With U.S. production numbers not changing this month, we could see the market focus more attention on world grains stocks. Traders were expecting world corn stocks to increase from November. In addition, wheat has been seeing pressure this week due to larger production expected from Canada, Argentina, and Australia.Traders are expecting Brazil soybean production to come in at 102 million tons, up from last year’s 96.5 million tons. Argentina soybean production estimates were 57 million tons, last year they produced 56.8 million tons.One emerging trend we have observed the past few months is that when soybeans are trading higher at the 8:45 am pause, they often have great difficulty closing with those same gains at the 2:20 pm settlement. That trend is even more prevalent when the 8:45 am pause has soybeans up 10 cents or higher. Some would suggest it is a very different crowd that trades grains in the night session from 8:00 pm to 8:45 am compared to the trader activity in the day session from 9:30 am to 2:20 pm.The U.S. Climate Prediction Center forecasts that La Nina will likely remain in the Pacific deep into the winter, fading away by spring. Those conditions will likely bring colder and wetter conditions in the northern U.S. That walks side by side of forecasts all fall calling for a colder than normal winter in the northern U.S. Producers had fantastic weather for harvest activity with normal to above temperatures and below normal rainfall. Today central Ohio has bone chilling temperatures when you factor in the wind. We are seeing temperatures in the teens for lows. Daily highs are struggling to reach 30 degrees easily reminds us that winter is certainly here. Brrrr!Now that the U.S. Presidential election is behind us it is most exciting to see all of the outstanding business people being appointed to cabinet positions. Granted many of those positions will need to be approved by Congress. These appointments seem to be breaking the mold of career politicians holding cabinet positions.Look for the markets to focus on weather, export activity, and what the U.S. Fed does with interest rates later this month. South America weather will keep traders and producers watching with great intensity.It is December. Enjoy all of the Christmas activity with your families!last_img read more

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1 Dec
2019

Offshore casinos to be shifted from Mandovi river: Goa CM

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said the State government has decided to shift the offshore casinos out of the Mandovi river here, though no alternative site has been finalised.In a written reply submitted in the Assembly over a question tabled by Leader of the Opposition Digambar Kamat, Mr. Sawant said the government was also considering to formulate a casino policy for the State.Six off-shore casinos are currently anchored in the Mandovi river in Panaji. The State government granted a six-month extension to them in March this year.There has been a demand from a section of people to shift the vessels from the river.“The government has decided to remove casinos out of the Mandovi river, but till today no alternate feasible site had been finalised,” the Chief Minister said.He said the government was also considering amending rules under the Goa, Daman and Diu Public Gambling Act, 1976.“Once the rules are finalised, the same would be notified,” he said.last_img read more

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28 Nov
2019

Ferrer, Wright join Gilas training

first_imgWATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage What ‘missteps’? Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Also present were Ray Parks, Raymar Jose, Ed Daquioag, Von Pessumal, Fonzo Gotladera, and Almond Vosotros.Fil-Nigerian AJ Edu continued to show up in the sessions, while Mac Belo mingled with his fellow pool members at the sidelines as he showed up in street clothes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Gilas Pilipinas had to make do with only 10 players for Thursday’s evening sessions for the national team’s second practice at Meralco Gym.Kevin Ferrer and Matthew Wright were the new faces to attend the sessions since its resumption on Tuesday, joining seven others who broke a sweat on the hard court.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken D-League: Ebondo shines as CEU stings Zark’s Burgers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View commentslast_img read more

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14 Oct
2019

Troubled teen shoplifter government mooch … Look again

first_imgAPTN National NewsDisparaging remarks is nothing new to Indigenous people in Canada – be it to their face or behind their backs.But a new photo series called “Perceptions” in Winnipeg is challenging people to look again.APTN’s Dennis Ward has the story.last_img

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