Community Turns Mangrove Swamps into Money Bank

first_imgInitiative visionary Fubbi HenriesResidents of Fedrick’s Island in New Matadi, Monrovia are transforming mangrove swamps into sources of income by introducing “cage aquaculture.”Mangrove swamps are home to a variety of fish, crab, shrimp and other species; and they serve as an important source of food and income generation.However, mangrove swamps in Liberia suffer from high volumes of waste including plastic bags and bottles, human feces and other substances that affect mangrove species.But despite the misuse of mangrove swamps, Fubbi Henries, a resident of the Matadi community in Monrovia is working with low income community members to make mangrove swamps a source of income.Through his agro program, Henries has introduced “cage aquaculture” as an income generating opportunity for Fredrick’s Island residents in New Matadi. A view of some of the cages“Cage farming is a form of aquaculture practiced in Asia and other parts of the world,” Henries told the Daily Observer. “This aquaculture farming helps farmers spend less and gain more. It has the potential to increase farmers’ incomes throughout the year.“We have built seven cages purposely to test this system and if fishes are reared without high mortality percentage, we will increase the cages on the island. We will also replicate this form of aquaculture in other communities around the country.”Henries disclosed that the program costs US$25,000, saying it is meant to alleviate communities from food insecurity and create employment for community members.He added that the program will officially be launched after the testing period.“We are committed to looking for opportunities to improve the lives of people in many communities as we obtain the available resources.”Ben Fredrick, chairman of Fredrick’s Island, said that the program will start full operation after the testing stage, and will benefit mostly youth and women.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Two commissioners toss hats in council race

first_imgTrautman, selected by Mayor Marsha McLean, is serving her second term on the Planning Commission since being appointed in 2002. She operates a local tutoring business. “It’s important to have council members who are knowledgable about what’s going on in the city, and I have a strong working knowledge as a planning commissioner,” she said. “I have demonstrated I’m willing to educate myself continually so I can make informed decisions.” She said the choices voters make in the coming years will dictate what the city looks like when it’s built out and the population has doubled. In December, after winnowing a field of 15 candidates to five, the council appointed Tim Ben Boydston to fill the 14 months left in the term of Cameron Smyth after Smyth took a state Assembly seat. Ender was third in the top tier of candidates the council interviewed. Boydston’s selection hinged in part on his promise not to run in 2008. Councilman Bob Keller will run for re-election to his third four-year term. In March, Bob Spierer, who served 32 years in the Sheriff’s Department before retiring in 2001, and chemical engineer Maria Gutzeit, who is vice president of a local water board, said they would run. Boydston said he may run in 2010 or seek a different seat. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – With one year left before the Santa Clarita City Council election, a scramble already is under way for the two open seats. Santa Clarita Planning Commissioner Diane Trautman and Parks Commissioner Laurie Ender – who were among hopefuls to fill a council vacancy earlier this year – have tossed their hats in the ring, joining a sitting councilman and two high-profile community members. Ender held a news conference Wednesday afternoon to announce her candidacy. “Santa Clarita is a growing community, and it’s important to provide representation to everyone who lives here, whether you’ve lived here for 50 years or if you’ve just moved in. I believe there’s a disconnect between some of the leaders in our community and many of our residents.” Commissioners serve four-year terms. Ender, who was appointed to the Parks Commission 41/2 years ago by Councilman Frank Ferry, served as president of the Santa Clarita Valley Council PTA for two years and was a TV producer for 14 years. She became a stay-at-home mom – “who’s never home,” she said – and put her energy into local issues. last_img read more

College to help address shortage of inspectors

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – College of the Canyons is establishing a building-inspection program that will allow students to receive a certificate of achievement and prepare them to take building code certification exams typically required for employment. The new courses come a year after the college introduced its Land Surveying and Construction Management programs, both in response to a local need for trained professionals to keep up with development. The Employment Development Department has identified building inspection as an occupation with high employment potential, said Audrey Green, dean of Program Development and Community Extension at the Valencia college. “Both the city of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County Department of Public Works have indicated a need for qualified individuals in this area,” Green said. “With the explosive growth in the Santa Clarita Valley, public agencies find themselves without an adequate number of building inspectors.” Building inspectors are employed by government agencies, private companies, contractors and lending institutions. Inspectors must observe, evaluate, judge and enforce laws and regulations pertaining to building construction and must have a broad base of knowledge in all aspects of construction including plan reading, specification interpretation and legal requirements. The program includes courses in blueprints and state construction, plus mechanical, plumbing and electrical codes. Classes begin in the fall. For information, check the college’s Web site at www.canyons.edu. 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

Lingard and Kane score to put England on verge of semi-final place

first_img MONEY ADVICE 3 REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF If England win they will top the group with seven points, ahead of Spain on six points and Croatia will be relegated with four points.If England and Croatia draw 0-0, Spain will top the group with six points, with England and Croatia on five points. However, Croatia will be relegated due to the Three Lions’ superior goal difference.If England and Croatia play out a score draw, Spain will top the group with six points with England and Croatia on five points. However, England will be relegated due to the Croatians’ better head-to-head record.If England lose, Croatia will top the group with seven points and Spain will finish second on six points, while England will be relegated from the top tier with four points. It’s set to be a tense game at the national stadium Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade England could finish top, second or bottom of their Nations League group after they face Croatia at Wembley – a game that is live here on talkSPORT right now.The two sides drew 0-0 when they last played in front of an empty Stadion Rujevica in Rijeka last month. What has happened so far?England’s players will be disappointed to have gone in at the break level considering the chances they had.There was an uncharacteristic miss from Harry Kane, who also had another shot on goal denied.It wasn’t all one way traffic, though, as there were scares close to Jordan Pickford’s goal, too. Have a listen to what the experts are saying on talkSPORT here.The hammer blow, though, came when Andrej Kramaric twisted and turned inside the box to fire his side into the lead, thanks to a deflection. However, England fought back thanks to goals from Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane.Where you can listenFull commentary of England vs Croatia is live on talkSPORT now. Click here for the England vs Croatia live streamConfirmed line-upsEngland: Pickford; Walker, Gomez, Stones, Chilwell, Dier, Delph, Barkley, Rashford, Sterling, KaneSubs: Alexander-Arnold, Butland, Lingard, Dunk, Keane, Sancho, Shaw, Winks, Alli, McCarthy, Loftus-Cheek, WilsonCroatia: Kalinic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Jedvaj, Modric, Brozovic, Rebic, Vlasic, Perisic, KramaricSubs: Livakovic, Letica, Milic, Mitrovic, Brekalo, Caleta-Car, Bradaric, Pasalic, Rog, Badelj, Pjaca, PivaricClassic England v Croatia meetingscenter_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 3 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED England were unlucky not to claim all three points away to Croatia Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow In this winner-takes-all clash, Croatia took the lead in what has been an intense contest in front of a packed Wembley, but England’s lions roared back to score twice in the final 15 minutes.All the teams in the group can make it to the finals of the inaugural Nations League, however, England and Croatia are also playing to avoid relegation to the second tier. Below you can see what England, Croatia and Spain’s fate will be after the match.What are the Group A4 permutations following the England v Croatia game? This will be the third time England and Croatia will have played in 2018 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice Latest Football News 3last_img read more

New figures highlight huge incidence of drug driving on Donegal roads

first_imgRecent figures have highlighted the ongoing spike in drug-driving in the county with the number of drivers arrested for the offence at an all-time high. Locally, 28 drivers have been arrested in the first two quarters of this year alone. A huge spike when compared to the same period in 2018 when 19 people were arrested in the entire year.The news comes following the annual Road Safety Authority academic lecture in Dublin on Monday. Since April 2017, when the Garda deployed new roadside drug-detection equipment nationally, some 68 per cent of drivers who tested positive for drugs had a positive test for cannabis.After cannabis, cocaine was the next most popular drug, showing up in 37 per cent of positive samples.Other drugs which he said were appearing in analyses were benzodiazepines such as diazepam and flurazepam, opioids such as heroin and codeine and stimulants such as flephedrone.Others noted were pregabalin or gabapentin, used in the treatment of epilepsy and generalised anxiety disorder; and zolpidem or zopiclone, used in the treatment of insomnia. Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr. Shane Ross said: “Driving under the influence of drugs has been a statutory offence since 1961 but it wasn’t until 2017, with the introduction of Preliminary Drug Testing, that we had a drug testing device capable of testing for the presence of drugs in drivers at the roadside and in the Garda station.“It’s clear that its introduction has resulted in an increase in drug driving detections, but the results presented today show that continued enforcement and education effort is required to tackle this killer behaviour.”However, despite the huge incidence of drug driving, alcohol remained the most frequently detected drug in the county.189 people have been arrested for driving while over the legal alcohol limit in Q1 and Q2 of this year, 23 more when compared to the same period previous.Assistant Commissioner, David Sheahan, Roads Policing, An Garda Síochána, said: “Since 2017, Gardaí have been given powers to conduct Preliminary Drug Testing at the roadside or in Garda stations. “This has allowed the Gardaí to establish roadside checkpoints for testing drivers for drugs. with similar powers to mandatory alcohol testing.As a result, detections for drug driving have risen significantly. Drivers need to realise that the days of avoiding detection for drug driving are over and that we are determined to stamp out this killer behaviour.”The importance of road safety and the dangers that exist on a daily basis on our roads will be highlighted to Donegal students at the Road Safe Show in the Aura Leisure Centre Letterkenny over the next two days.New figures highlight huge incidence of drug driving on Donegal roads was last modified: October 11th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Local Wikipedia chapter is African first

first_imgStudents translate Wikipedia content on Software Freedom Day, held in Pretoria in September 2010. The local Wikimedia chapter will look to develop all of South Africa’s indigenous languages on Wikipedia. The South African Wikimedia chapter logo as proposed by Wikipedian Bence Damokos. (Images: Wikimedia SA) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kerryn McKayDirector, the African Commons Project+27 11 486 0211 RELATED ARTICLES • New website for rural community • Internet revolution for Africa • Google Earth zooms in on SA • Open access to SA journals • Ubuntu software for schoolsShamin ChibbaNext time you search for South Africa in Wikipedia, you may do so in any of the country’s 11 official languages. That’s because South Africa is getting its own Wikipedia chapter, the first of its kind on the continent.A group of local Wikipedians, as they are known, have made it their mission to make Wikipedia more accessible and relevant for South Africans.Kerryn McKay, director of the non-profit African Commons Project, said the chapter is a bringing together a number of Wikipedians to represent the goals of the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs the massive online encyclopaedia.“We decided there needs to be an organisation to help formalise the process locally. These chapters are very independent and can do their own thing. But they have to further the goals of Wikipedia.”One of those goals is for each country to establish its own chapter and increase representation of all the world’s languages. South Africa, with its wealth of indigenous languages, is perfectly placed to lead the African continent in reaching this goal.Geared towards empowering people The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation, according to its website, is to “empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain and to disseminate it effectively and globally”.McKay said one of the benefits of having a local chapter is that it can help community projects by providing resources or even funds.“Other chapters get funding locally that they then distribute to community projects in their area,” she said.The South African chapter will also look to develop the local languages on Wikipedia and subsequently translate content, promote awareness of projects and their proper academic use, support the creation of local free knowledge and media, and offer scholarships for promising local students.A long processThe South African chapter itself is still in the early stages of development. The group have decided upon the legal structure and are currently developing a constitution and appointing five directors, who will take the process further.“It’s been a very long process. It started with a kick-off workshop last September that pulled together Wikipedians from around the country. We are now finalising the by-laws and are awaiting approval from the Wikimedia Foundation,” said McKay.Other procedures still awaiting finalisation are the registration of the chapter locally; approval from the Wikimedia Foundation for the constitution; and development of a Wiki presence – all of which could take a further two months.The group have agreed upon establishing the chapter as a non-profit organisation and are set to begin operating by the second quarter of 2011.No longer a dubious sourceWikipedia, which prides itself on being a free but comprehensive encyclopaedia, has always allowed users to add their own content. This garnered the website a poor reputation amongst scholars, who felt the information could be inaccurate if it was not developed by qualified individuals.The foundation is now working towards earning a name for itself as a more credible source for the academic world.“We have a few academics in the group who are looking for ways to make the website work in an academic environment,” said Mckay.She added that references play a large role in determining the accuracy and legitimacy of a post. “There are lots of watchdogs on Wikipedia. It is difficult to write rubbish on topics as it needs citations. There is a strong discipline of monitoring on the site,” said McKay.DirectorThe African Commons Projectlast_img read more

When Will We Reach Beautiful Simplicity in Green Building?

first_imgSometimes the complexity of building science makes me a little crazy. The worst manifestation of this is when I make recommendations to clients or building pros at meetings or in seminars. Rarely is there a single, clear-cut solution to most problems. “It depends” is usually the right answer. It depends on the climate. It depends on the materials used. It depends on existing conditions. It depends on so many things that the average person slips quickly into MEGO mode (My Eyes Glaze Over).I’m not really complaining, as I tend to prefer complicated problems and dislike repetition, so the ambiguities of green building seem to fit my personality. But what makes me happy doesn’t necessarily make it easy for other people, and unfortunately, we need to make building science (and green building in general) much easier to implement in order to get enough market penetration to make a difference.Complexity = job securityCan we come up with something straightforward and simple to execute? I hope that we can, but I am concerned both that it may not be possible and that I may have a vested interest in delaying simplification. As long as it remains complicated, people will need my services (and those of lots of friends and associates), so in my own warped way I see it as a form of job security.For new homes, we have several national and over 100 local certification programs to choose from, varying in both rigor and administration from marginal to excellent. The most consistent feature about them is that few of them are easy for the general public to understand and for homebuilders to use in their work. I think it is time to rethink the tools we have to help us make our buildings better. We need to make them both easy and accessible to the industry and the public. I don’t know how we are going to do this, but I believe that it is possible and necessary for us to transform our new housing stock.Forget new homesBut when we focus so much attention on new homes, we miss our biggest opportunity for improvements: existing homes. There will always be more existing than new homes, and no matter what their age, they need lots of help. My best hope for existing homes is Home Performance with Energy Star, which, while still a work in progress, does a good job of guiding the analysis, testing, and executing energy improvements in existing homes. Unfortunately, based on the serious lack of knowledge of what constitutes a quality home, the tight economy, and the general lack of interest in efficient buildings, Home Performance has not made the inroads into the marketplace that it deserves.If we are able to simplify the process so that it is accessible to enough people to make it mainstream, will it be rigorous enough to make a difference? Will we have to choose between a weak program with strong market penetration or a strong one with weak market share? Right now, we have three main national certifications that focus mostly on new homes: NAHB, LEED, and Energy Star. NAHB and LEED are both very complex to administer, which, in my humble opinion, keeps them from widespread adoption. Energy Star is less complicated and more narrowly focused, but will change dramatically with the 2011 version. But combined, they still represent only a small fraction of all new homes being built, and an even smaller fraction of remodeled homes, which raises questions about what we should do with all those existing homes.DreamingI have long dreamed of a very intuitive system that quickly, simply, and accurately provides the best answers for any question or situation in home performance. I truly believe that it is possible to create a tool like this, but it may be too big (read: costly) a challenge to make it economically viable. And in the meantime, I suppose I still have some job security, at least for the time being.last_img read more

A fight among Kondh leaders in Koraput

first_imgIt will be a triangular contest among Kondh tribal leaders in Odisha’s Koraput Lok Sabha seat, which is reserved for Scheduled Tribes (ST).Kaushalya Hikaka, wife of sitting MP Jhina Hikaka, is the BJD candidate, while the Congress has fielded Saptagiri Sankar Ulaka, son of former State Minister Ramchandra Ulaka. Former BJD Koraput MP Jayaram Pangi is the BJP candidate. All of them are from the Kondh community. According to an estimate, the constituency has around 47% Kondh tribals.Apart from these three, Bhaskar Mutuka of the BSP, Samodar Sabar of the CPI-ML (Liberation), Banamali Majhi of the Ambedkarite Party of India and Rajendra Kendruka of the CPI-ML (Red Star) are also in the fray.In 2014, Mr. Hikaka had defeated Congress candidate Giridhar Gamang, former Odisha Chief Minister and nine-time MP from Koraput. His wife Hema Gamang, as Congress candidate, had won the 1999 by-election when Mr. Gamang vacated the seat to become the Chief Minister.Mr. Gamang, a Saura tribal, the second largest tribal populace in this constituency, is now in the BJP and is expected to add to the tribal support for Mr. Pangi. Interestingly, in the 2009 Lok Sabha poll, Mr. Pangi as a BJD candidate had defeated Mr. Gamang, then in the Congress.Since its inception in 1957, Koraput remained a Congress bastion till 2004. In 2014, the seat was bagged by the BJD, yet three of its Assembly seats in Koraput district — Jeypore, Laxmipur and Koraput — went to the Congress. The Congress is trying hard to regain its old bastion. The other four Assembly seats in this constituency — Pottangi in Koraput district and Gunupur, Bisamkatak, Rayagada in Rayagada district — went to the BJD. The BJP is also eyeing this parliamentary seat, hoping to gain from the loss of support base of the Congress.last_img read more

‘BHU student killer’ held, say police

first_imgA wanted criminal, who was on the run after allegedly killing a BHU student, has been arrested following an exchange of fire with the police. A sub-inspector was also injured in the encounter, the police said. Acting on a tip-off, the police had cordoned the Lanka area here on Friday night. The notorious criminal, Rupesh Verma alias Sunny alias Professor, a native of Buxar in Bihar, was nabbed when he tried to flee by opening fire at the police team, Senior Superintendent of Police Anand Kulkarni said. Verma, who was carrying a reward of ₹25,000, received bullet injuries in the leg and fell off the motorcycle which he had looted a few days ago on the national highway, the SSP added. One of his companions, Raja Dubey alias Ravan, managed to give a slip to the police.last_img