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AFL Chief Of Staff Outlines Vision


first_imgBarely a week following the submission of the report from the Board of Inquiry (BOI) established by the Commander-in-Chief (C-I-C) of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to probe the recent West Point incident, the Chief of Staff (COS) of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Brigadier General Daniel Dee Ziankahn, has registered his regret for the shooting incident. General Ziankahn at the same time outlined what he considered his vision for the army in the coming years.His expression of regret and unveiling of his vision was contained in his press brief note yesterday for the first time since he assumed the leadership of the force.His maiden press briefing was held in the compound of the Ministry of National Defense (MOD) at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) on UN Drive in Monrovia. The briefing ceremony was attended by several high ranking soldiers and their mentors.Prior to unveiling his vision, Brig/Gen Ziankahn described the recent West Point incident as the most unfortunate and highly regrettable situation the soldiers have encountered with the civilian population since the force was rebranded  in 2006.He disclosed the constitution of an AFL Disciplinary Board for those found culpable in keeping with the recommendations from the BOI report. The Chief of Staff then promised to implement the BOI’s recommendations,  particularly that concerning the involvement of AFL soldiers found culpable by the board, in keeping with the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).  Following the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD), the President and C-I-C Sirleaf, on August 19, directed that West Point in Monrovia and Dolo’s Town in Margibi County be quarantined.  The C-I-C’s  directive came at the time when these communities were suspected of keeping in their homes people suspected of being afflicted with the EVD.In compliance with the C-I-C’s directive, the Joint Task Force,  including the AFL, officers of the Liberian National Police (LNP) and BIN were  immediately deployed in these communities. It was following this deployment that law and order got out of hand, whilst the quarantine order was in place. The melee that ensued resulted to injuries of some members of the security forces and civilians.The shooting that ensued also led to the subsequent death of a 16-year old Shaki Kamara. He reportedly died of injuries sustained in the process. The C-I-C consequently set-up a BOI to unravel circumstances that led to the incident consisting of high level security personnel, including those from U.S. Defense Advisory Department and the ECOWAS Advisory Training Team. In line with the BOI’s recommendations, C-I-C Sirleaf ordered COS Ziankahn to institute all necessary disciplinary actions.VisionAs for his vision, COS Ziankahn perceived the AFL as a force that should inspire the  confidence and trust of the Liberian people.  It should also be a force that is compassionate. “My vision for the AFL stems from lessons learnt from our immediate and past history. In keeping with the maxim that experience is the best teacher, I perceive the AFL to be a force that smiles when the good people of Liberia are smiling and at the same time feel the pains of the people too.” Gen. Ziankahn also visualized the AFL as an Armed Force that earns the respect of the people through professionalism, adequate motivation and respect for the rule of law.“Simply put, my vision for the AFL is to lead a robust, disciplined, effective Armed Force, with clear ideas of its Constitutional and statutory role, respected by the people and highly motivated to accomplish its responsibilities within the framework of the law.” According to him, his mission and goals compel him to  remain relentless, and his actions channeled to actualize his vision. The Chief of Staff has assured the public that he will strive to ensure that the AFL continues make a positive impact on the lives of the average Liberian as a “Force for good.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Manure sidedressing research summary from OSU Extension


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Sidedressing manure opens up new windows of application time for commercial manure application while also providing valuable nutrients to growing crops when they can be immediately used.“That is a down time for commercial applicators. They currently do not have that window available to apply manure from May 1 to early July,” said Glen Arnold, Ohio State Extension manure specialist. “We all know we are going to spend $100 or $125 per acre on sidedressing corn. We are learning that we could go out there with 6,000 gallons of swine manure and accomplish the same thing.”Arnold has now conducted several years of studies of manure application.“We started with dairy and swine manure on small plots and swine manure on wheat. We were very pleased with how that worked,” Arnold said. “Then we tried sidedressing corn because it uses much more nitrogen. You have to haul that manure at some point. Every gallon we can put on a growing crop in the early spring and summer is one that we don’t have to put on in the fall. If we get it on the growing crop we have a better chance of catching the nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus and other nutrients that are there. We are also working to convert to drag hose technology for application.”In response to the success demonstrated in the research, several farmers in Ohio have started sidedressing corn with livestock manure using a manure tanker and incorporation toolbar. Manure tankers can be adapted for corn rows by using narrow wheels and wheel spacers.Here is a summary from Arnold.  The 28% UAN nitrogen rates and manure nitrogen rates were 200 units of nitrogen per acre. The swine manure application rate was 5,200 gallons per acre to get 200 units of nitrogen. The dairy manure application rate 13,577 gallons per acre to get 130 units of nitrogen per acre. The dairy reps received additional nitrogen as incorporated 28% UAN just prior to the manure being applied to reach the 200-unit goal. Manure was applied using a manure tanker and Dietrich injection units with covering wheels attached.Pre-emergent manure applications were made within five days of the corn being planted. Post-emergent manure applications were made at the V3 stage of corn growth.The 2011, 2012 and 2014 growing seasons experienced periods of drought. The 2013 growing season was very good, with adequate moisture through July. The 2015 growing season was very wet.Stand populations were approximately 31,000 plants per acre across all treatments. The manure did not appear to reduce the plot stands in any year. All manure was applied with manure tanker and Dietrich tool bar.Grain samples were analyzed each year for vomitoxin. There were no differences between the treatments. The manure treatment grain samples did run about 0.5% higher in moisture at harvest time.The incorporated manure applications were approximately 20 bushels per acre higher than the 28% UAN treatments over the five-year study. Moisture from the manure was beneficial to the crop in the dry years. The surface applied manure treatments were similar in yield to the incorporated 28% UAN treatments. Drag hose plot resultsThe 2015 growing season was the second year for a corn post-emergent drag hose study. The purpose of this plot is to determine how far along in development the corn crop can be before the damage from a drag hose would rule out sidedressing with livestock manure. A 15-foot long drag hose filled with water was used for this study.The six-inch diameter drag hose was pulled across each plot twice (going in opposite directions) at corn growth stages one through five (stage five was not completed in 2015 due to excessive rainfall). The tractor speed was approximately 4 miles per hour. The plot was replicated four times in a randomized block design. The 2014 plot experienced an unusually dry growing season, especially in the weeks following the drag hose treatments. Total precipitation received by this plot from planting until Oct. 1 was 11.62 inches. The 2015 plot experienced an unusually wet growing season, especially in the weeks during the drag hose treatments. Total precipitation received by this plot from planting until Oct. 1 was 22.12 inches. The results of this two-year research study suggest corn could be sidedressed with liquid livestock manure using a drag hose, up to growth stage three (three leaf collars), without a statistically significant yield loss. This study will be repeated in 2016 to establish a larger data base.Below are links to videos of the swine manure application process to emerged corn in Ohio. Harrod Farms applied almost one million gallons to 160 acres of corn (five fields from five barns) over two days in May 2015. The rate was about 6,200 gallons per acre and this supplies the N, P, & K needed by the 2015 corn crop and the P & K needed for the 2016 soybean crop. The only additional nitrogen for the corn was 10 gallons per acre of 28% UAN as row starter.Manure tanker application to corn: go.osu.edu/mtanker• Harrod Farms 2015: go.osu.edu/mHF15• Harrod Farms 2014 (Field yielded 226 bushels per acre): go.osu.edu/mHF14.last_img read more


Police nod to Bhim Army chief’s public address in Amravati


first_imgThe Amravati police on Thursday granted permission to Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’, the chief of the Uttar Pradesh-based Bhim Army, to hold a public meeting in Pune on January 4.The event, to be held in Science Core grounds, will be the Bhim Army’s chief’s first public address in Maharashtra following cancellations of his public addresses in Mumbai, Pune and Latur.Mr. Azad’s previous engagements were quashed owing to heightened security before the 201st anniversary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in Pune district.Confirming the development, Sanjaykumar Baviskar, Amravati Police Commissioner told The Hindu that while the police had acceded to the Bhim Army’s request of letting Mr. Azad address a public meeting, no permission was given to any rally to be staged on part of the outfit.“We have given sanction only for the public address and not for any rally on part of Bhim Army members in Amravati city. And naturally, we shall be monitoring his [Mr. Azad’s] speech to ensure that no socially divisive or provocative statements are uttered during the address,” said Commissioner Baviskar.The event is slated to be held after 1 p.m. on Friday.Since Mr. Azad’s entry in Maharashtra on December 28, the state administration and security apparatus have been ill-disposed to the fiery Ambedkarite leader’s public engagements given the fraught atmosphere prevailing in Pune in the run-up to the 201st anniversary of the battle of Bhima- Koregaon.Anxious to preclude any law and order incident that may arise due to Mr. Azad’s addresses, Maharashtra Home department and the police had cancelled his meetings in Mumbai on December 28, in Pune on December 30 and in Latur on January 2.Mr. Azad was detained in his Mumbai hotel while hundreds of Bhim Army members were taken into preventive custody by the Mumbai police last week.On December 31, the Bombay High Court had denied permission to Mr. Azad’s slated address on the ‘Bhima-Koregaon Sangharsh Mahasabha’ at the Pune’s SSPMS grounds.However, Mr. Azad did visit the obelisk commemorating the Bhima-Koregaon battle at Perne on January 1 on occasion of the traditional anniversary celebrations of the battle.Likewise, denied permission to make a speech in Latur city, Mr. Azad merely paid homage to the statue of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and departed the spot of his proposed public meeting.last_img read more


How I strived for greatness—and failed—in front of LeBron James


first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary In life, there are moments when you just want to turn back the clock a few minutes and get a do over like a video game.ADVERTISEMENT Speaking of LeBron, the great Cavalier arrived just after the warm ups. Decked in a grey t-shirt, black shorts, and his size 16 “Silver Bullet” Soldier 11s, James had the chance to oversee our training, which was also witnessed by hundreds of fans inside the facility.As the fans in the stands tiptoed and craned their heads to get a good view of The King, he was within my arms length and I took the golden opportunity to strike a conversation with him.Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRER“Hey ‘Bron, what’s up?” I asked the 6-foot-8, 250-pound legend in front of me.“I’m good, how are you?” he asked back.I wanted to say things were peachy, but after a few rounds of this world-class training that has put LeBron in the best shape of his life in his illustrious NBA career, I was beat and it showed—it was hard to miss the sheen of the glimmering sweat from afar (my other friends from the media noticed).ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LATEST STORIES MOST READ As the drills went into full swing, I seemed to be getting worse. I missed four more layups after hitting the first. Then when it was time to do the jumpers, I airballed my next shot and bricked the other. When we were asked to stop on the right wing, make a move and go for the layup, I only made one in four tries.Clearly, I wasn’t a picture of greatness.What made things more embarrassing was LeBron saw that I sucked. It’s not every day that the NBA’s most dominant player, whose first order of business in a foreign land is to go straight to the gym and work on his skills, get to witness me throw bricks in an event that was all about “striving for greatness.”LeBron always preached of hitting that peak form. Unfortunately for him, my cholesterol-filled sweat glistening off of me isn’t exactly an image to behold as I chased my breath harder than I could solve a math problem.Maybe my nerves weren’t with me or I just didn’t get enough sleep. But shortly after the workout, when the Gilas players breezed through their drills under James’ scrutiny, the most I could do was remember the disappointment I gave LeBron and how I need to work harder next time.I guess that’s what LeBron’s striving for greatness mantra is all about—you can’t get everything perfect on your first try (and in my case, the second, third, fourth…) but how you bounce back from adversity is what counts.In my case, after screwing up royally in front of the King, I didn’t get a second chance. Like missing the context clues your date gave you, I blew it.Now let me get my do over button. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses That moment for me came last Saturday.With just three hours of sleep and mind fresh from grad school torture, I headed into the opportunity of a lifetime to workout with LeBron James. But first, I needed coffee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhen I arrived at Kerry Sports in Bonifacio Global City for the trial with 12 other members of the media, I knew I was in trouble and for good reason.After we strapped on our pair of Nike Zoom Soldier 11s and Nike gear that barely fit, what followed was a series of drills that got my heart rate up faster than LeBron could jump. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA: TNT salvages win over Meralco View commentslast_img read more


Aiyars jibe at PM, his latest in series of personal attacks


first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 7 (PTI) Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyars neech (vile) jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi today is only the latest in a series of ill-timed personal attacks he has made on top BJP leaders, often at the cost of political embarrassment to his party.The diplomat-turned politicians barb came on the last day of campaigning for the first phase of the Gujarat assembly polls, where the ruling BJP faces a spirited challenge from the opposition Congress. The first phase is to be held on Saturday and the second next Thursday.Modi latched on to Aiyars remarks to slam the Congress and present himself as a “victim” of its “anti-poor mindset” as he addressed rallies in Gujarat.Many believe that Aiyars chai-wala barb at Modi during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls helped the then BJP prime ministerial candidate a great deal as he often referred to it in his campaign to highlight his humble background and attack the Congress.He had then claimed that Modi can never become prime minister but could sell tea at a Congress conclave, which was then underway.In 1998, Aiyar, an articulate English speaker and writer and who described himself today as a freelance Congressman had called the then prime minister and BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee nalayak (a pejorative Hindi word loosely translated as incompetent).The backlash followed by his comment forced him to apologise.Even then Aiyar had made a similar defense that he did today; that he did not understand the import of the Hindi word used by him.advertisementThe former union ministers unsavoury remarks gave fresh ammunition to Modi to target Congress. Modi had only recently used Aiyars reference to succession to Mughal kings by their sons to justify Rahul Gandhis impending elevation as Congress president.Aiyar, though, had also said that anybody was free to contest election against Gandhi but Modi seized on his Mughal reference to liken Gandhis elevation to “Aurangzeb raaj”. Aiyar once called terror outfit LeT founder Hafiz Saeed as “Hafiz saab”. He suggested in an interview on a Pakistani TV channel that peace between India and Pakistan can happen only when the Modi government falls and asked the neighbouring country to help topple the BJP dispensation.Even his own party colleague Ajay Maken, then a minister in the UPA government, was not spared of his scorn in 2011 as Aiyar poked fun at him over his letter, saying a “BA pass” from Hansraj college in Delhi cannot use a word like “dichotomous”.Aiyar hit back at Maken, the then sports minister, for accusing him of playing a part in the cost escalation of Commonwealth Games projects and also questioned the authenticity of the letter he had written to the prime minister in which he made the allegations.Aiyar, a former sports minister himself, said Maken was not qualified enough to write such a letter to the prime minister. “… It contains words like dichotomous which I cannot believe that a BA Pass from Hansraj College would know,” he said.PTI KR GSNlast_img read more


Clemson Football Coach Dabo Swinney Also Believes Notre Dame Should Be In A Conference To Be Playoff Eligible


first_imgDabo Swinney hitting The Whip on a boat.Dabo Swinney WhipAs we make it through college football media days and the various ESPN “car washes” that follow, Notre Dame’s independent status has become a hot topic of conversation once again. Last week, Missouri’s Gary Pinkel argued that the Fighting Irish should be forced into joining a league within a year. Clemson’s Dabo Swinney agrees: either Notre Dame should join a league with a conference championship, or adopt a 13 game schedule.Dabo Swinney agrees w/Gary Pinkel: “Absolutely Notre Dame needs to be in conference or play 13 games to be in @CFBPlayoff“— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 27, 2015Swinney’s not the only high-profile ACC coach to think this.Paul Johnson: “Notre Dame should be in the ACC. It’s another brand program to strengthen the conference.”— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 27, 2015The ACC obviously has a lot to gain from Notre Dame, if it ever committed fully to joining a conference. With the current scheduling arrangement between the Fighting Irish and the league, the ACC is currently the most logical landing spot for Notre Dame football. Adding Notre Dame would be a big boost to the ACC football brand, which lags behind the other power conferences when it comes to perceived strength.last_img read more


Campus Insiders Releases ACC Bowl Projections For The 2016 Season


first_imgCollege Football Playoff logo.CFB Playoff.Campus Insiders has released their bowl projections for the 2016 season and they don’t have a team from the conference making the College Football Playoff. accCI has 12 ACC teams making bowl games (if you include Notre Dame) – Clemson, Louisville, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Florida State, Pittsburgh, Miami, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Duke, Virginia Tech, NC State.Here are their full projections: NC State in the St. Petersburg Bowl vs. TempleVirginia Tech in the Quick Lane Bowl vs. NorthwesternDuke in the Camping World Independence Bowl vs. Mississippi StateGeorgia Tech in the Military Bowl vs. CincinnatiSyracuse in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. NebraskaMiami in the Russell Athletic Bowl vs. Oklahoma StatePittsburgh in the Birmingham Bowl vs. MissouriFlorida State in the Belk Bowl vs. South CarolinaNotre Dame in the Hyundai Sun Bowl vs. ArizonaNorth Carolina in the TaxSlayer Bowl vs. FloridaLouisville in the Capital One Bowl vs. AlabamaClemson in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl vs. HoustonAgree with their projections? You can see the full projections here.last_img read more


Australia files WTO complaint against Canadian wine sales measures


first_imgTORONTO – Australia has filed a complaint about Canada’s rules around wine sales with the World Trade Organization.The complaint filed Friday argues that Canada’s distribution, licensing and sales measures discriminate against imported wine.It targets product mark-ups, market access and listing policies used in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.The complaint acts as a request for a consultation between the two countries in an effort to avoid litigation.If the matter is not resolved in 60 days, a panel can be brought in to adjudicate the case.The complaint comes two years after Australia pressed Canada to lower trade barriers on the wine industry like it had done for the European Union.last_img


Two youth killed in tbone crash north of Kiskatinaw River Bridge


first_imgTwo occupants of the minivan under the age of 18 were pronounced dead at the scene, while a third youth was airlifted by STARS Air Ambulance to a hospital in Alberta.The injuries sustained by the other 8 occupants of both vehicles were unspecified, though Cpl. Saunderson did confirm that several people were taken to hospital with various injuries.The highway was closed for the remainder of Sunday evening, reopening to traffic during the overnight hours.BC RCMP traffic services spokesperson Constable Mike Halskov said that at the crash is currently being investigated by the Dawson Creek RCMP with the assistance of Peace Traffic Services, the BC Coroners Service, and a collision analyst from Fort St. John.Cst. Halskov said that speed and alcohol are not considered factors in the crash, and that operator error on the part of the southbound vehicle is considered a preliminary cause. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Two youth are dead and a third had to be airlifted to an Alberta hospital after two vehicles collided Sunday evening on the Alaska Highway just north of the Kiskatinaw River Bridge.According to Corporal Madonna Saunderson with North District RCMP, police were called out a report of a collision on Highway 97 at Orrin Powell Road at around 5:20 p.m. Sunday.A Pontiac Montana minivan with six occupants was travelling southbound on the Alaska Highway and was attempting to make a left turn into the pulloff area just north of the Kiskatinaw River Bridge when it was t-boned by a northbound Ford pickup truck with 5 occupants.last_img read more


IOCs RD centre patent filing crosses 1000mark


first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) Tuesday said its research and development centre at Faridabad has become the first public sector oil and gas company to cross the milestone of filing 1,000 patents. The Centre filed the 1,001st patent this week, the company said in a statement here. “The R&D Centre’s IP (Intellectual Property) portfolio comprises 794 active patents, of which 542 patents were granted abroad and 252 in India. The centre has also registered a healthy commercialisation rate for its patents, higher than the global average,” it said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraComplimenting the R&D team for lending a competitive edge to IOC’s business through innovative products, processes and technologies, company chairman Sanjiv Singh said several quality upgradation projects implemented at its refineries for production of ultra-clean BS-VI grde fuels are based on deep desulphurisation, isomerisation and dimerisation technology patents developed in-house. IOC’s internationally-awarded INDMAX technology patent, successfully commercialised at Paradip Refinery, improves LPG yields by 40 per cent besides ensuring the highest propylene yields in its class, the statement said adding the centre’s bio-methanation technology is best-in-class in methane yields and is being implemented at the Namakkal (Tamil Nadu) plant for production of compressed bio-gas (CBG). Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysEstablished in 1972, the centre is a pioneer in downstream petroleum sector R&D and has received wide acclaim for indigenising lubricants technology by launching the SERVO brand. With over 5,000 formulations and over 800 active grades covering all conceivable applications, including rail-road and marine oils, SERVO has grown to be the largest selling lubricant brand in India. From being the birth place of the highly successful, fuel-efficient ‘Nutan’ kerosene wick-stove in the late 70s, the R&D centre has come a long way in the past four decades. According to SSV Ramakumar, Director (R&D), IOC, the centre has been focussing on developing high-quality, environment-friendly products and innovative refinery processes that boost resource efficiency, enhance refinery-petrochemicals integration, and offer flexibility in product pattern and yields in line with market demand. With 50 per cent of its active patents in the refining category, followed by 16 per cent in bio-technology, the R&D team has made considerable progress even in the highly IP-crowded field of Ziegler-Natta catalysts, used in production of polymers (plastics). “We have not only created white space here but succeeded in earning a rich haul of patent grants that are well recognised by global majors,” he said. In line with IOC’s business objectives, the R&D centre has expanded its research domain to cover petrochemicals, nano-technology, alternative fuels, energy storage solutions and Hydrogen-based fuel cell research, among others, the statement added.last_img read more