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LCP, FDA Take “Don’t Eat Bush Meat “Campaign To Gardnersville, Empowers Women, Youth Organizations…

first_imgThe Liberian Crusaders for Peace (LCP), in partnership with the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), has empowered two communities in Gardnersville to help educate and spread the massages of the danger of eating bush meat as it relates to the Ebola virus.The two communities which  benefited from the training and  financial empowerment are the Day Break Mouth Open, and the Town Hall communities.The LCP intervention in the communities was based on recommendations from a group calling itself ‘Gardnersville Youth against Ebola’.The executive director of the Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP), Ambassador Juli Endee,  donated a check of LD$ 50,000 to the Gardnersville Youth against Ebola, while LD25,000,  along with some lappas produced by the L.C.P were  also presented to women organizations of the two communities who benefited from the daylong training.During the turning over of the materials to the women and youth organization, Ambassador Endee said,  when the organization got an invitation from the Gardnersville Youth against Ebola, they saw it prudent to carryout sensitization in that part of Liberia.She said, “The 75 thousand, thirty-five buckets, chloral, soap and other items we are giving you today came from our partners. We are working with other organizations who want to see this Ebola out of Liberia.”She told the gathering that the funding and thirty –five pieces of buckets, soap were provided by the Morweh group of company own by Christopher Neyor and other partners.“The Forestry Development Authority (FDA) as one of our partners also provided funding for us to visit communities and give massages that will speak to the mind of Liberians to stop eating bush meat and other activities which will put them into  harms ways” the culture icon said. According to her the nation is faced with a different kind of war and at such every Liberian regardless of sex, religion should join the fight against the killer virus which is calming lives of citizens.“We had our members going into the communities telling residents not to eat bush meat, bats and encouraging them to follow those massages from the Health Ministry, Forestry Development Association and the Liberian government if we are to win the fight against the Ebola virus. We also had people in the hall educating the people to take into consideration good health practices.Speaking additionally, the Liberia culture icon said if Liberia is to win the fight against the virus, they should amalgamate their forces and put aside their personal difference inform health authorities about ill people moving in and out of communities as some of the surest ways to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.The Liberia culture ambassador indicated that it was not time for politicking but for every Liberian to follow those massages to save lives.She said “My people, Ebola is real and it kills. Let’s prevent ourselves and family against this disease, let save our family members by obeying those regulations put forth by the ministry of health and its partners”.At the same time resident of the communities have appreciate the Liberia Crusaders for Peace for reaching out to them especially in this critical time the country is face with to identified with them and provide safety massages for themThe Gardnerville Commissioner Vambah Kenneh praised the organization for providing the people of the area with important information that will keep them save from the Ebola virus.“It is now with us to follow those massages provided by the LCP and keep our save from this Ebola sickness” Mr. Kenneh said.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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11 trees cut after falling victim to pests that slurp sap

first_imgVALENCIA – Eleven eucalyptus trees lining McBean Parkway were axed Monday because city arborists were no match for a tiny but vigilant pest that had attacked them. The bugs have hastened the demise of hundreds of eucalyptus trees around Santa Clarita, including three mature trees in this stand. “These are mature beautiful trees. We’re as heartbroken as the residents who enjoy them,” said Dennis Luppens, a management analyst for the city. Luppens said 10 of the trees will be replaced with eucalyptus. Arborists were unable to save the sick trees. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “They’re very heavy and they pose a threat to motorists, residents and nearby homes,” Luppens said. “They can lose a heavy branch with no warning.” Redgum lerp psyllids suck the sap from eucalyptus leaves through mouths that resemble straws, causing the leaves to fall. Young members of the aphid-like species live under small scaly white shells they secrete of wax and honeydew, called lerps. Substantial shedding can threaten the health of infested eucalyptus trees and may increase their vulnerability to other pest invasions or diseases. Some eucalyptus species are preferred by the insects, others are shunned. Mature insects are light green with orange and yellow splotches, and grow to about one-eighth of an inch long. Since the redgum lerp psyllid was first detected in Los Angeles in 1998, the species has afflicted trees across the state. The pests, which originated in Australia, have taken up residence in Florida and Mexico. A systemic insecticide called Merit had been sprayed on the trees in an attempt to control the pests, said Chris Palmieri, a project development coordinator with the city. He said it has been mostly successful when used annually to boost the trees’ immunity. Palmieri said eucalyptus trees are not protected and residents can opt to down them rather than opting for treatments, which can be expensive. “The city has the funds to treat the trees and save them,” he said. Scientists suggest there are other alternatives. A University of California at Berkeley professor introduced a small wasp that has been very helpful in reducing the lerp population up and down the state, said Timothy Paine, an entomologist at the University of California, Riverside. “It only attacks the redgum lerp psyllid and stays in its environment,” he said. “It has been successful in many places in Southern California. It surprises me the city is in the process of taking out eucalyptus.” He said the wasps establish themselves in the environment, and their populations rise and fall with that of their prey. “It’s management for free now,” he said of the biological control. His colleague at the University of California, Davis concurred. “Merit is not a bad strategy, but it may be a costly one,” said Rick Roush, the director of UC Davis’ Integrated Pest Management Program. He said Merit is pretty effective and seems to be fairly benign. “They may save money using biological control agents,” he said. Roush has lived in Australia, the lerps home base. He said the pests are not very common there, where they are controlled by their natural enemies. Aborigines and kids there often snacked on the insects – he said he sometimes eats the honeydew-sweet insects in Davis. He said the predator wasps do not sting people. “They have sort of a laser bright specificity. They’re very effective,” he said. The city has used “good” bugs to go after bad in other cases, but Palmieri said officials were satisfied with the pesticide being applied. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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