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Boakai Challenges Team Bility to Restore Liberia’s Football Pride

first_imgThe continuous poor ranking of Liberia in FIFA and CAF’s rankings might have compelled Vice President Joseph Boakai to challenge ‘Team Bility” to build a strong, proud and disciplined football team.For a little over a decade, Liberians have been embarrassed to call the national team of the country-the Lone Star, the Nation’s Pride and Joy, due to the team’s appalling performances.Last Thursday, Liberia miserably dropped 22 places in the FIFA Coca Cola ranking for the month of April -2014 which is one of the worst movers as the country is 119 in the World and 34 in Africa.Speaking during the induction ceremony of re-elected Executive Committee members of the Liberia Football Association, including its president and vice president for administration, over the weekend, Vice President Joseph Boakai urged ‘Team Bility’ to remain focused, filled with love for country and humanity and transform this great challenge into one big achievement.“Do you realize how many people go to bed pleased because of a single goal? Let me challenge this corps of officers to help re-vitalize football in our country, Liberia,” he said.He added: “I want to challenge you to leave a legacy of a strong, proud and disciplined football team that can represent Liberia worldwide,” Ambassador Boakai said, “The also goes to our division teams and the need to proudly raise our colors in their league and tournament matches.”Delving on inarguably the most important part of the game, the youthful players, Vice President Boakai said that the country owes the young people much more than just an interesting and fascinating game of football on television.“The country owes them an opportunity to take their game from the ‘Freetown-ball pitch’ behind their houses, to an environment of systematic tutelage under experienced minds,” he said.“The dribbling wizardry of Ronaldihno, Christiano Ronaldo and the breath-taking foot-work of Messi should not be a perpetual dream of our footballers. These things can be taught and Liberian youths are capable,” Amb. Boakai noted.He said, “We need to redirect the attention of young people to home grown talents. So you have the challenge. You did successfully take the elections and run with it. You now have to grab the challenge and bolt away with it.”“Liberia as a country, emerging from civil conflict needs football to reconcile and foster peace-building initiatives,” he said.Vice President Boakai meanwhile extolled the LFA ad the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the 5-year-multi-million dollars National Football Development Plan which offers a somber appraisal of the current state of affairs of football in the country and assured ‘Team Bility” of government’s support.“For us in government, we are in this boat together with you. The role of the Ministry of Youth and Sports in your activities should serve as testimony to that reality,” he said, “We stand firmly with you in the task of designing those innovative ways by which the required funding can be sourced for the Plan’s implementation.”Speaking on behalf of the 53rd National Legislature, the Chairman on House’s Committee on Rules, Order and Administration, Rep. Edwin M. Snowe assured the LFA of a huge budgetary allotment in the 2015/2016 Fiscal Budget, but said they would try in the 2014/2015 budget.Commercial Court Judge Eva Mappy Morgan installed Presidental Musa Bility with a Holy Qu’ran and the rest of the Executive members were installed with a Holy Bible for a four-year term.Those inducted included Musa Shannon, 1st vice president; Cassell A. Kuoh, Sr., 2nd vice president and Madam Ciata Bishop, female football representative, D. Sheba Brown, Rochell Woodson, Wallace Weiah,  Ansu Dulleh, Samuel Karn, John Allan Klayee, Matthew Smith and Uriah Glaybo.Unfortunately, Dee-Maxwell Kemayan, Sr and Cllr. T. C Gould were not in attendance. Also, outgoing 2nd Vice President Adolph Lawrence, Mustapha Raji, Sekou Konneh, Beatrice Mamie Kpoto, Cyrus Wright were not at the 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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Liverpool’s Champions League return: ‘Balotelli has huge role to play’

first_imgDanny Murphy joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to preview Tuesday’s Champions League game between Liverpool and Ludogorets Razgrad.Mario Balotelli is expected to lead the line with Daniel Sturridge out injured and Murphy says it is vital the summer signing, who struggled in Sunday’s shock defeat to Aston Villa, steps up and shows his true class.The former Reds star said: “He is going to have to show his quality because we have talked about his potential for a long time now. With Sturridge missing, it is a huge role for him tonight.”talkSPORT is the official radio broadcaster of all of Liverpool Champions League fixtures. Tune into talkSPORT on Tuesday to listen to the opening group match against Bulgarian side Ludogoretslast_img

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Tottenham boss fumes after defeat to West Brom

first_img Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino 1 Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed his irritation following their 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion.Spurs were shot down by a James Morrison header in the second half but were poor throughout at White Hart Lane.And their Argentine boss made his feelings about his team’s display very clear following the match.“The beginning of the game was wrong,” Pochettino fumed.“We were very slow and we moved the ball very slowly. There was a slow tempo. In football, you need to play quick.“The way that we played, I think was wrong because we played very, very slow from the beginning.“I am angry or disappointed – I don’t know the best word to show my feelings.“We had a bad day. I am very disappointed because we had a very bad day, we played very slowly.“During the game, the team looked very nervous. I think the result is not fair because I think a draw is, if you analyse the game.”last_img read more

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MEDIA BOX BLOG: RUNNING IN HEELS

first_imgHello,Monday morning has beckoned upon the Media Box HQ once again, the week ahead of us certainly is a busy one; we’ve plenty of exciting events to keep us busy.  And let’s not forget Super Valu’s Super Hero charity mountain climb is taking place this Sunday. The climb is in aid of the Donegal Hospice and Super Valu plan to raise €30000 by October for the good cause. There certainly is “Summit” about them!  We have been customising our costumes for weeks and we can’t wait to show them off, pink makes the boys wink and all that! Check out how well our training has been going in the exclusive picture! A massive congratulations to Mary Given from Laghey, Co. Donegal who is the lucky winner of €1,000 in this week’s Gallagher’s Bakery Grab a Grand competition. Mary is definitely a lucky name! Mary Given is actually the third Mary to have won the competition so far! After finding her golden ticket in her White Sliced Pan bought in Kee’s of Laghey, Mary was entered into a draw with other contenders and was randomly selected as this week’s Grab a Grand winner.Each week Gallagher’s Bakery will put 20 lucky golden tickets into their famous White Sliced Pan with one ticket holder walking away €1,000 richer. To be in with your chance to Grab a Grand pick up your Gallagher’s White Sliced Pan from any store, enjoy the new and improved recipe and keep your fingers crossed for the lucky loaf with the golden ticket.Our friends over at Smyth’s Daleside Feeds have been inundated with entries for the “Little Farmers” search. Smyth’s are looking for “Little Farmers” aged 15 and under to star in their 2012 calendar “Growing up on the Farm”. The calendar will highlight the top class quality of Smyth’s products whilst featuring junior farmers helping out on the farm. To see your son, daughter, niece, nephew, brother or sister, feature as little Miss/Mr. January, February or March please send a picture of their best farming pose to Smyth’s Daleside Feeds: contact@smythfeeds.com All applications must be made by a parent/ guardian over the age of 18.We will be minding our P’s and Q’s this week as we have several corporate events to plan! And there is nothing the Media Box team loves more than a good old challenge! Our top tune for today is “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, hopefully it will get everyone in the mood for the big climb ahead of us. Please feel free to logon to http://www.facebook.com/mediabox and sing along.We hope you enjoyed this week’s update on our office antics and keep an eye on our Facebook page to hear all the latest news. Until next week….keep running in heels!The Media Box Team. XMEDIA BOX BLOG: RUNNING IN HEELS was last modified: August 15th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

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Takeaways: ‘Selfish play’ costs Sharks in OT loss to Sabres

first_imgBUFFALO — The Sharks weren’t happy with their 4-3 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. They weren’t terribly upset, either.Just like their meeting with the Sabres on Saturday at SAP Center, the Sharks showed some resiliency in the third period to tie the game as Erik Karlsson scored his first of the season with 8:33 left in regulation time. Buffalo’s Jeff Skinner gave the Sabres a 3-2 lead just 45 seconds into the third period.“Right after we gave up the goal right after …last_img

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Darwin-Only Advisors Hunker Down to Re-Strategize

first_img1.  Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, “Eugenie Scott Toils in Defense of Evolution,” Science, 5 June 2009: Vol. 324. no. 5932, pp. 1250-1251, DOI: 10.1126/science.324_1250b.2.  Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, “Authors Scramble to Make Textbooks Conform to Texas Science Standards,” Science, 12 June 2009: Vol. 324. no. 5933, p. 1385, DOI: 10.1126/science.324_1385.3.  Douglas C. Woodhams, “Converting the Religious: Putting Amphibian Conservation in Context,” BioScience, June 2009, 59(6):463-464, doi: 10.1525/bio.2009.59.6.2.The hypocrisy of the DODO crowd (Darwin-only, Darwin-only) is so obvious one wonders how they can avoid noticing their own reflection.  They claim creationists have a political agenda but they are right in there at every school board meeting, court case and election, trying to push their people and oust the challengers.  They talk about creationist code-phrases but employ scads of their own: NOMA, punctuated equilibria, Dover (as a symbol for the collapse of ID), and “people of faith” as enemies of practitioners of the scientific method, who obviously are as pure in their motives as the new-fallen snow.    Look who was calling the creationists “enemies” – Eugenie Scott herself, and Yudhijit didn’t bat an eye.  They are at war.  Some tacticians want to shmooze the enemy (like Woodhams), and others want to do battle.  Never is there any shame for their own sins.  Never is there any realization that Darwinism has real weaknesses.  The fossil record?  The complexity of the cell?  The coded information in DNA?  The origin of life?  Those aren’t weaknesses.  Evolution is robust!  Those are just “unresolved questions.”  They even have a magic wand to explain them away.  It does real magic, too.  It produces sudden, unexplained, miraculous innovations of complete new structures and functions without leaving any trace in the fossil record.  It’s called Punctuated Equilibria.  Preach it, bro.    This people-of-faith vs science dichotomy is phony baloney.  What you see above is the People of Froth (10/13/2005, 09/26/2005) preaching to the People of Fluff (09/09/2008).  Don’t give them power because they will never share it.  It’s DODO all the way in their system of Darwin-Only Public Education (DOPE).(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Strict Darwinian materialists are a minority in the United States, yet they enjoy autocracy in educational policy, complete control of scientific institutions, and nearly complete unquestioned support from the mainstream media.  Nevertheless, they have to face living in a country that is predominantly religious.  Once in awhile they suffer setbacks, like the recent changes in textbook policy in Texas that will require more scrutiny of the claims of evolution.  What do they say amongst themselves when strategizing how to handle the public?NCSE strategic plan:  Eugenie Scott was interviewed as a Newsmaker in Science last week.1  Yudhijit Bhattacharjee lobbed friendly softballs to her, like How has this battle changed in the past 20 years?, Why has the ID movement survived the 2005 Dover trial?, and What should scientists do to help the cause?  Her answers were those of a general in the strategy room of a war.  Scott said that “The enemy has become more diverse.”  Enemies have spread from K-12 to “community colleges and even 4-year colleges.”  She mentioned “periodic assaults on science standards as we recently saw in Texas,” and the ongoing threats of antievolution legislation.    Scott used arguments from her standard arsenal, portraying opponents of evolution as those who don’t “understand the nature of a scientific experiment,” but then portrayed evolution as “the big picture.”  She dismissed the Discovery Institute’s “standard creationist arguments” without mentioning any one in particular.    As for what scientists should do to “help the cause,” Scott said, “Universities need to do a better job of teaching evolution because that’s where high school teachers get their training.  Evolution needs to be brought into every course of biology instead of getting tacked on as a unit to the intro class.”  She did, however, advise against presenting evolution in atheistic terms.  “If a professor were to say that evolution proves there is no God, that’s not just bad philosophy of science, it ensures that a significant number of students will stick their fingers in their ears.”    Why, then, did Science, in its Origins blog, parade the poetry of Emily Ballou, whose lines mock the Bible and describe how evolutionary thinking caused Charles Darwin to lose his faith?  In that entry, Claire Thomas quoted this line from Ballou’s book as the stinger at the end of the article: You can safely put God to bed now / the way you can’t your daughter anymore. / Tuck the sheets so tight he cannot move / and lock the bedroom door.  (Cf. 07/12/2006).Texas tech:  Meanwhile, how will evolutionists handle the new rules in Texas?  This week in Science,2 Bhattacharjee continued the discussion by describing how “Authors Scramble to Make Textbooks Conform to Texas Science Standards.”  Before, evolutionary writers like Ken Miller had to work around demands to teach the “strengths and weaknesses” of evolutionary theory (which Miller interpreted to be “unresolved questions” about evolution, not real weaknesses of the evolutionary edifice).  In fact, in the 2004 Dover trial, defense attorneys pointed out that Miller himself had used the phrase “strengths and weaknesses” in his textbook.  That moment in the trial was “more than a little embarrassing,” Bhattacharjee said.  He revealed an inside scuffle between the two anti-creationist generals:Eugenie Scott of the National Center for Science Education in Oakland, California sees Miller’s earlier revision as a failed “attempt to be clever.”  And she’s worried that history might repeat itself.    “When you put ‘weaknesses’ and ‘evolution’ in the same line, you reinforce doubts that creationists are trying to sow,” says Scott, whose organization monitors the issue as it plays out in state and local districts.  In fact, Scott was so incensed by the revelation at the Dover trial that she confronted Miller after he testified.  “What were you thinking?” she asked him.    Miller’s answer, then and now, is not to get too excited.  The new Texas standards leave plenty of room for authors to explain the robustness of evolutionary theory, he says, and that’s precisely what he and his publisher, Prentice Hall, plan to do.  “The advocates of these standards underestimate the strength of the scientific evidence for structures and phenomena that they mistakenly believe evolution cannot account for,” Miller says.  “The new wording is an opportunity to make biology texts even stronger.”Still, “many scientists view the new version [of the standards] as more insidious than the previous one.” Students must be able to “analyze and evaluate scientific explanations” concerning the complexity of the cell and other areas in which writers claim evolution offers the only explanation – including the “sudden appearance, stasis, and sequential nature of groups in the fossil record.”  How’s Miller going to abide by that requirement?  By introducing students to “punctuated equilibria.”  Steve Nowicki, another textbook author, is also planning to work within the new standards in his own way.  “I understand that there may be a political agenda behind the standards, but I am taking them at face value,” he said.  “If a state thinks students need more information to understand evolution, I am happy to provide that.”  What constitutes “more information” is probably the point of contention.Converting the religious:  In BioScience,3 Douglas Woodhams (U of Zurich) advised his fellow scientists to “frame” arguments for conservation in terms that will motivate “people of faith” to join in efforts to protect biodiversity.  Woodhams, who works with SaveTheFrogs.com, has had to find ways to get religious people in Panama to understand why protecting amphibians is important.  He presumed that their Biblical world view would cause them to believe that “God created nature for unlimited human domination and that nature is passing away and thus lacks any deep value.”  Confronting believers with strictly secular arguments, he feels, is counter-productive.  “Scientists may help convince the religious community of the mandate for biodiversity conservation by pointing the faithful toward their own environmental ethics,” he said.  “Indeed, if scientists appeal to people of faith, our critical information might gain more concerted attention.”  Framing the arguments this way results in a more constructive engagement.    Woodhams was quick to point out that he did not mean to imply any kind of compromise over epistemology:To be clear, I am not suggesting that creationism, intelligent design, or other faith-based theories be supported by scientists.  I am suggesting that science, at its interface with the public, be presented in accessible and socially relevant terms.  Science exists in a value-laden political and social context, and framing our results does not reduce the purity or rigor of the scientific method.  Rather, the frame is merely a decoration to draw attention to the picture.    Framing science applies to any audience; here I focus on the faith community because it is large and many in it are suspicious of scientific claims.  By emphasizing the moral excellence, the virtue, of biodiversity-conservation recognized by scientists and religious adherents alike, scientists may gain a foot in the door and begin to speak through the crack.  We might influence a large audience that was previously indoctrinated against conservation.So in other words, while (like Richard Lewontin said) scientists cannot allow a divine foot in the door, Woodhams is looking for a foot in the door of the “faith community” (as opposed to those who follow the creed of the scientific method) by appealing to their own Scriptures in support of his goals.  He quoted Psalm 104 and other Biblical passages that extol the value of created animals.    Woodhams expressed agreement with Gould’s strategy of NOMA (non-overlapping magisteria) – the idea that science and religion occupy separate spheres.  What was lacking in his essay, though, was any identification of the grounds of his own “scientific” doctrine of moral excellence, virtue, or environmental ethics.  Who gave the “mandate for biodiversity conservation” in his view?  If it didn’t come from the Bible, did he find it in the Origin of Species by Natural Selection?  Presumably Darwinism has brought more animals to extinction than conserved them.  Nevertheless, his article was framed in stark us-vs-them terms, as if evolutionary biologists are keepers of the heart and soul of conservation ethics.last_img read more

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SA retailer opens in Angola

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material South Africa’s biggest single brand store network, PEP, is extending its southern African store footprint into Angola and making a major investment in Africa’s fastest-growing country. In addition to the Lobito store, PEP plans to open more stores in Namibe, Benguela, Sumbe and Lubango within the next year. With the launch of its first store in Angola, PEP now operates in 11 southern African countries. PEP Africa has been operating for 10 years and has 38 stores in Zambia, 22 in Malawi and 30 in Mozambique. Distribution centre SAinfo reporter “According to our research, affordable clothing and products are the most important factors for Angolan customers.” “We chose Benguela as the location for our DC as this is central to our store expansion programme and essential to our logistical needs,” said Jacobs.center_img “We believe that our product offering of value for money and functionality is right for the Angolan market,” PEP Africa GM Willie Jacobs said in a statement at the end of October. The balance of PEP’s 1 310 stores are in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. 7 November 2008 As part of its commitment to and investment in this new market, PEP has opened a 2 000 square metre dedicated distribution centre. Following extensive research in Angola over the last two years, PEP Africa was confident of its growth and success in the new market, with its first store opening in Lobito, central Angola, on 31 October. According to PEP, new Angola GM Gerrie Scheepers is fluent in Portuguese, and brings extensive and relevant experience, having been GM of PEP’s successful Mozambique operation for the past five years.last_img read more

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Asmal hailed as fighter for justice

first_imgAsmal was an internationally renownedauthority and sought-after speakeron human rights.(Image: SA Reconciliation Barometer)As an expert on water affairs, he helpedmillions of South Africans gain accessto safe drinking water.(Image: Stockholm Water Institute)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello HatangNMF communications manager+27 11 547 5600MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterSouth Africans have paid tribute to Professor Kader Asmal, academic, former Cabinet minister and struggle veteran, who passed away on 22 June 2011.The former education minister died in the Constantiaberg Mediclinic in Cape Town’s southern suburbs, after suffering a heart attack. Asmal also held the position of minister of water affairs and forestry before taking on the education portfolio in 1999, a post that he held for five years.On behalf of the government and all citizens of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma offered his condolences to Asmal’s family.“Professor Asmal made a sterling contribution to the struggle for liberation and sacrificed a lot in his life to ensure the attainment of freedom and democracy,” said the Presidency statement. “In the dawn of freedom he served in government, making a noticeable mark in the water and education portfolios in Cabinet.”Asmal would be remembered for his “energy, forthrightness, efficiency and commitment to making this country a better place”.His passion for upholding human rights was also a hallmark of the life he lived, said Zuma.Achmat Dangor, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, hailed Asmal as a lifelong fighter for justice and freedom, who devoted decades of his life to bringing down the apartheid system. His aim was always to see the establishment of a democratic South African society and government, where everyone would be treated as an equal.Dangor referred to a letter written by Mandela to Asmal on the latter’s 75th birthday.“While serving in our Cabinet we often referred to you as the ‘Minister of all portfolios’”, wrote Mandela. “Although we did so in a humorous way, there was truth to it.”Mandela paid tribute to Asmal’s knowledge and experience in many areas, and thanked him for his friendship. “The role that you played will remain in our history books forever.”South Africa’s national cricket board also praised the stalwart, commending his love for sport, and cricket in particular. In addition to his Cabinet duties, Asmal was legal advisor to the South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee.“He did a lot of significant work for cricket,” said Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola. “Perhaps his greatest contribution was the work he did with the then finance minister Trevor Manuel to recognise sports that had credible development programmes and allow them to get tax rebates so that the money could be ploughed back into amateur and grassroots level sport.”Majola expressed his appreciation for Asmal’s firm support, saying that he rarely missed a game at Newlands, and was always there to support the national team in international games. He was also a qualified umpire, and was committed to strengthening the amateur sector of cricket, as he felt that this was crucial for the advancement of the professional game.“On a personal note I will miss him and always appreciate the wise advice he gave me in many areas of cricket,” said Majola.“Asmal was far more than a politician. He represented the best of a generation of struggle heroes who made unimaginable sacrifices to realise a democratic South Africa,” said Helen Zille, Western Cape premier and leader of the Democratic Alliance.Teacher, lawyer and humanitarianBorn and raised in KwaZulu-Natal, Kader Asmal originally qualified as a teacher at the Springfield Teachers’ Training College. A childhood encounter with Chief Albert Luthuli, Africa’s first Nobel Peace Prize laureate, left him with a deep respect for human rights, which remained with him all his life.Asmal taught in KwaZulu-Natal schools until 1959, when he emigrated to London and qualified as a lawyer at that city’s School of Economics and Political Science. He was a founding member of the British anti-apartheid movement and later started the Irish branch when he took up a teaching post in the law school at Trinity College in Dublin.In the meantime, he passed bar exams in London and Dublin in 1963 and 1975 respectively. He remained at Trinity College for 27 years as a professor of law, specialising in international and labour law, and human rights. Between 1980 and 1986 he was the dean of Trinity’s humanities faculty.Asmal returned to his homeland in 1990, the same year that Nelson Mandela was released from prison. He became a senior member of the African National Congress and served on the party’s executive committee for many years.He resumed his teaching career, as professor of human rights at the University of the Western Cape, and was a visiting professor at Princeton and Rutgers Universities in the US and at Christ’s College in Cambridge, UK.In May 1994 he became a member of South Africa’s first democratic government, as the minister of water affairs and forestry. He was appointed as education minister after the second democratic general election in 1999, but resigned from Parliament in 2008 because he felt it would be unethical of him to vote for the dismantling of the Scorpions, an elite and successful crime-busting police unit.During his distinguished career Asmal received numerous honours, including the Unesco Prize in 1983, the Agfa Award for conservation from the University of Chile in 1997, and the Stockholm Water Prize in 2000.  In 2005, he received France’s Order of the Légion d’Honneur.He was an honorary fellow of the London College of Economics and Political Science and Ireland’s Royal College of Surgeons, and an honorary member of the Southern African Water Institute. The academic also garnered seven honorary degrees from universities in South Africa and Ireland.As well as being a prolific author, Asmal served in various South African and international associations, including the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at Wits University, African Association of International Law, the Independent World Commission on the Oceans, and the World Commission on Dams, which he chaired.last_img read more

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2016 Roundup Ready Xtend results for Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Roundup Ready Xtend crop system was put to the test across Ohio in 2016. Brad Miller, an Asgrow Technical Agronomist, has those results and shares them with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins. They also talk about the latest news for Xtendimax herbicide and the useful website  www.xtendimaxapplicationrequirements.comlast_img

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Army denies link with ‘soldiers’ in video over Gorkhaland

first_imgWe don’t support Gorkhaland: BJP  The authorities also pointed out that one person in the video refers to the “Gorkha Rifles as Gorkha Regiment” which an “Indian Army Gorkha will not do”.“Also consider the fact that Gorkhas both from Nepal and India are employed by security agencies and such companies in many countries; especially in Afghanistan,” the statement said.‘CM should be hanged’The video, slightly longer than two minutes, shows a group of men, purportedly carrying guns, raising slogans in support of the demand for the State of Gorkhaland. One of them also said that the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee “should be hanged”.As for the agitation in Darjeeling by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), one person in the video asked, “What is happening in Darjeeling? Just because we voiced our demands and two or three stones were thrown, they (police) have to open fire?”Also Read After a video surfaced showing a group of men claiming to belong to the Indian Army and threatened to “hang” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the Gorkhaland issue, the Indian Army has denied any association with them.“It is to inform that the video circulated is not of serving Indian Army soldiers,” the Army Headquarters in New Delhi said in a statement. It also argued that the uniform of the men in the video is different from the usual Army uniform and the type of vehicle they were sitting in is not used by the Indian Army.Points out loopholes“The uniform is different. The vehicle appears to be a Toyota which is not used by the Indian Army,” the authorities said. They also said that the identity card worn by the men in the video appears to be of a “different pattern”.Also Read GJM offers Muslims 12-hour ‘window’ for Eid celebrations “Listen Mamataji, we also know how to use a gun,” the man in the video said.The development comes at a time when there is high tension in Darjeeling Hills over the GJM’s agitation demanding a separate State of Gorkhaland with the West Bengal government calling in the Army.Ham operators pick up suspiciousHam radio operators working with the security forces to track down radio communications of underground GJM leaders have picked up “suspicious and coded signals” of the activists to other countries and states.The security forces and intelligence agencies first got the clue that the GJM was using radio signals as a mode of communication when two radio sets were seized during the June 15 raid on the premises of some Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) leaders.It was then that the police administration decided to deploy a group of Ham radio operators to track the radio communication of GJM activists.The operators picked up the suspicious cross border signals during the drill.“Most of the coded signals and communications were in Nepali and Tibetan languages. After decoding the words, we came to know about some kind of consignment that is about to come. The rest is classified and we cannot disclose it,” an official privy to information told PTI.last_img read more

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