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Ministry of Agriculture Unveils Coronavirus Food Production Plan for Food Security


first_img Tweet CoronavirusLifestyleLocalNews Ministry of Agriculture Unveils Coronavirus Food Production Plan for Food Security by: – April 1, 2020 Share 388 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring!                     Ryan Anselm A Coronavirus Food Production Plan is being used by the Ministry of Agriculture to ensure that locals will continue to have access to fresh produce although much of the country is closed.The Government of Dominica spent EC$162,000 to procure seeds and produce seedlings and planting materials to be distributed island wide.The plan with guidelines outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health, Wellness and New Health Investment concentrates on food production as an apparatus to prepare, mitigate and respond to and recover from the COVID19 pandemic with special emphasis on national Food Security.Technical Officer for Projects and Services in the Ministry of Agriculture, Ryan Anselm detailed, “We are propagating seedlings at our agricultural stations and we are also producing some of the food.”He says at the Laplaine Agricultural Station, crops like corn, beans and sweet potatoes are being grown for use by the essential services including the hospitals and prison.Some of those seedlings are being propagated at the One Mile Agricultural Station in Portsmouth which has the capacity to produce hundreds of thousands of plants.The Chinese Agricultural Mission has been based at that station and is providing support to that project.A greenhouse has been retrofitted at the Botanic Gardens for the purpose of growing seedlings.“We’ve started sowing tomatoes, lettuce, pumpkin and cucumber,” Anselm revealed. “We are doing 10,000 lettuce and cabbage seedlings and 5,000 sweet peppers, tomatoes and pumpkin.”Farmers with the capacity to propagate their own seedlings will be provided with seeds to do so.Farmers are encouraged to contact their extension officers but the Ministry is putting together a mechanism for distribution.Backyard gardeners and hobbyists will also form part of the process upon completion of distribution of commercial and subsistence farmers.– / 7 Sharelast_img read more


Antique execs back anti-terrorism bill


first_imgThe resolution stated: “Ang local na pamahalaan ng Antique ay lubos na sumusuporta sa panukalang batas na Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 para matugunan at masugpo ang matagal ng paghihimagsik at paghahasik ng karahasan ng terrorismo. Ito ay nagdudulot ng malaking problema na kung saan ang karapatang indibiwal ay naisasangwalang bahala at naisasakripisyo sa kadahilanan ang mananaig ay ang ipinaglalaban at pansriling kapakanan ng mga terorista.” The bill carries provisions imposing life imprisonment without parole on those who will participate in the planning, training, preparation, and facilitation of a terrorist act; possess objects connected with the preparation for the commission of terrorism; or collect or make documents connected with the preparation of terrorism. ILOILO City – Local chief executives in Antique province have expressed support for House Bill 6875, or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. Pancito said the support of the local government units (LGUs) for the bill shows they want to end terrorists’ activities in their respective areas.   In Iloilo province, only the municipality of Janiuay has expressed support for the bill. It also calls for 12 years imprisonment to persons who shall threaten to commit terrorism and those who will propose any terroristic acts or incite others to commit terrorism. The people have nothing to fear from this bill. It is only the terrorists and their supporters who should fear it,” says Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division spokesperson Major Cenon Pancito III. PIA “We are happy that the LGUs expressed their support. We in the army and other law enforcement service firmly believe that this bill can help us in the performance of our duties maintaining the whole 3ID area of responsibility. Anything that will be accorded to help us do our job will be much appreciated,” said Pancito. Gov. Rhodora Cadiao and all the 18 mayors of Antique passed a resolution though their Provincial Peace and Order Council to express their full support for bill that is now in the hands of President Rodrigo Duterte for a review, said Major Cenon Pancito III, spokesperson of the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (3ID). Kung ninanais natin ang isang bansang maunlad, ito na ang panahon upang magkaroon ng mabisang panangga sa kriminalidad, terrorismo, droga, at korapsyon,” it added. “The people have nothing to fear from this bill. It is only the terrorists and their supporters who should fear it,” he added./PNlast_img read more


PNP urges probe to prove if there was provocation in Jolo ‘misencounter’


first_img“Hintayin muna natin ang imbestigasyon,” Roque said. “Hotspot po talaga ang Jolo ngayon, patuloy ang aktibidad ng terorista diyan. Mataas ang tensyon, I will not make any conclusions right now while NBI investigation is ongoing.”/PN They were flagged down by cops and asked to proceed to the police station to further verify but the soldiers allegedly escaped, prompting them to chase the troops. They also said the soldiers pointed their firearms at them so they gunned down the military troops. “Malinaw na walang naganap na barilan at kung makikita natin ang mga larawan, ‘yung mga sundalo ay nandoon malapit sa sasakyan at ‘yung isa nandoon pa sa loob,” he said. MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has called for an investigation to determine if there was a provocation prior to the misencounter in Jolo, Sulu that killed four Philippine Army intelligence personnel. “We really have to dig deeper on this. We need to know the actual conversations on what really transpired,” he added. “Yes, we consider it as misencounter. This is really just an unfortunate incident.” A “misencounter” with police resulted in the death of four members of a Philippine Army intelligence unit in Jolo, Sulu, on Monday afternoon. FILE PHOTO Four soldiers conducting intelligence operations were tracking the location of reported suicide bombers under the group of Mundi Sawajaan in coordination with Joint-Task Force Sulu and the 11th Infantry Division in Jolo. PNP spokesman Police Brigadier General Bernard Banac said that the probe by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will also help them to do measures so that this will not happen again. “We know that our soldiers there are also performing their duties. Everybody there in that part of Sulu, all members of the security forces, are there to fight threat of terrorism,” Banac told CNN Philippines. Meanwhile, Malacanang said it will leave to the NBI to do its investigation on the Jolo misencounter, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a virtual press conference on Tuesday. AFP spokesman Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo, however, said there was no exchange of gunfire that transpired between police officers and soldiers and that the victims did not attempt to escape. “Lumampas ang sasakyan ng mga sundalo doon sa headquarters ng Philippine National Police, almost sa tapat na po ng headquarters ng Bureau of Fire Protection. Hindi naman po ito tumalilis o tumakas kagaya ng naunang report bagamat bahagya po siyang lumagpas dito sa headquarters ng Philippine National Police,” he added. “For maybe lack of proper identification and lack of communication between and among ourselves,” Banac said. “This thing could have been prevented. This is a big lesson for us. We will take this seriously so this won’t happen again.”last_img read more


Alberta A. Campbell


first_imgAlberta A. Campbell, 79, of Aurora, passed away on August 20, 2016 at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, IN.She was born on October 11, 1936 to the late James and Hazel (Armstrong) Sellers at Aurora, IN. Alberta worked as a Unit Clerk for Dearborn County Hospital, retiring after over 35 years of service. She was a member of Alliance Missionary Church. Alberta took the trip of her lifetime to Jerusalem with Women’s Aglow. It was one of the highlights of her life. Her faith was very important to her. She enjoyed gardening, especially her rose garden. She also loved flower arranging and decorating her home. Alberta loved to help people and spent her life showing others her caring nature. Her family was most important to her and she will be greatly missed.Alberta is survived by her children, Danny Joe (Kim) Campbell of Aurora, IN; Tina (John) Sinclair of Aurora, IN, and Christy Gordon of Aurora, IN; siblings, Eddie (Patty) Sellers of Aurora, IN; and Gerri (Frank) McGinnis of Dillsboro, IN, brother-in-law; Frank (late, Teany) Cantwell, grandchildren, Matthew Campbell, Billie Jo Campbell, Mary Ann Fisher, Esther Pierce, Jimmy Campbell, David Sinclair,Samantha Sinclair, Thomas Gordon and 9 Great Grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband of 55 years, Gayle E Campbell, son, Michael Campbell,and sister, Teany Cantwell.Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 23, 2016, from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 am at the Funeral Home, with Brother Kenneth Hopper officiating.Burial will take place in the Union Cemetery, Moores Hill, IN.Memorials are suggested to the Alliance Missionary Church. If unable to attend, please contact the funeral home office at 812-926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com.last_img read more


Lady Indians Fall to Lady Knights On The Court


first_imgThe Dynamic Duos of Seniors Tori Haessig/Abby Riehle and Juniors Megan Berger/Margo Taylor led the the Lady Indians with decisive straight set Doubles victories, in a close overall loss to visiting South Dearborn by a score of 3-2. The Junior Varsity won 6 of the 11 matches played with victories by Junior Harley Bruns/Sophomore Calista Koehmstedt and two victories each for Freshman Delaney Bushhorn/Cheyenne McMullen, both in Doubles. Sophomore Lucy Ortt made quick work of her opponent in her 8-3 Singles victory but the breakout player of the night was Freshman Octavia Dieng notching her first two Singles victories of the season. This young team is growing quickly and putting larger schools on notice!The Lady Indians will travel to Hanover College Saturday April 28, for a Varsity invitational and will face @ Batesville Tuesday May 1.Courtesy of Indians Coach Kyle Flynn.last_img read more


Arizona looks to extend streak vs Cal


first_imgFor more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Arizona looks to extend streak vs Cal February 12, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditArizona (16-7, 6-4) vs. Cal (10-13, 4-6)Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, California; Thursday, 10:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Arizona looks for its eighth straight win in the head-to-head series over Cal. Arizona has won by an average of 13 points in its last seven wins over the Golden Bears. Cal’s last win in the series came on Jan. 23, 2016, a 74-73 win.center_img FAB FRESHMEN: Arizona’s Zeke Nnaji, Nico Mannion and Josh Green have combined to account for 53 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 63 percent of all Wildcats points over the last five games.CLAMPING DOWN: The Golden Bears have allowed just 65.5 points per game to conference opponents so far. That’s an improvement from the 69.8 per game they allowed in non-conference play.MIGHTY MATT: Matt Bradley has connected on 36.4 percent of the 121 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 11 for 27 over his last five games. He’s also converted 85.1 percent of his foul shots this season.ASSIST RATIOS: The Wildcats have recently converted buckets via assists more often than the Golden Bears. Cal has 25 assists on 67 field goals (37.3 percent) across its previous three outings while Arizona has assists on 34 of 68 field goals (50 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Arizona offense has recorded a turnover on only 16 percent of its possessions, which is the 17th-lowest rate in the nation. The Cal defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 18 percent of all possessions (ranked 263rd among Division I teams).___ Associated Press last_img read more


Women’s hoops preps for Jaeschke, Northwestern


first_imgWith all the different teams the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (11-9, 6-2 Big Ten) has played this year, fans might assume that Northwestern (14-7, 3-5 Big Ten) compares well to one of those teams.But that isn’t the case, and the Badgers actually see a lot of themselves in the inside-out approach taken by the Wildcats, who they face Sunday at the Welsh-Ryan Arena.“Everything goes through Amy Jaeschke, their post player,” assistant coach Ty Margenthaler said. “They run a lot of sets to get the ball inside, but they’re a little different than we’ve faced all year. The other teams were more transition, try to get up and down a little bit, and they want to get in the half-court game like we do. They’re really comparable to us.”Jaeschke, a senior center who averages 22.9 points and 9.4 rebounds, is one of the best players in the Big Ten and the focal point of the entire Northwestern offense. Wisconsin realizes it will have to play some of its best defense of the year to keep Jaschke from dominating the inside game and forcing other players to score.The Badgers have an impressive post game themselves, and after a game in which they racked up 28 points in the paint, they will be looking to get the ball inside. Although UW has plenty of talent in its backcourt – most notably leading scorer Alyssa Karel – the guards have no problem taking on the role of a passer.“We’re just going to get it to whoever’s hot,” Karel said. “Amy [Jaeschke] is a great post player for Northwestern, so that’s going to be a really fun matchup between Lin [Zastrow] and her and Tara [Steinbauer] in there. If [the inside game] is working for us that game, yeah we’ll go for that. Otherwise, our guards are just going to stay aggressive and keep doing what we’ve been doing.”Standing alone at second place in the conference at 6-2, how much longer Wisconsin’s season lasts could come down to picking up tough victories on the road, such as this matchup with Northwestern. Due to their rough stretches in the non-conference season, the Badgers will have to maintain their strong conference record to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.“I definitely think it’s important for us to keep that underdog mentality and not forget the fact that we are where we are because of the hard work that we put in early on in the season,” senior forward Tara Steinbauer said. “Earlier in the season when we went on an 0-7 run we could kind of reason that there’s so much time left in the season, but that’s not really an excuse now.”Following a couple days off that players believe came at the perfect time, right in the middle of the Big Ten season, Wisconsin should have plenty of energy heading into Evanston, and they will certainly need it to stop the Wildcats.Averaging 43.5 percent from the field and nearly 35 percent from three-point range, Northwestern has no shortage of offense and puts up an average of 70 points per game. To complement Jaeschke, the Wildcats boast three other players in junior forward Brittany Orban, sophomore forward Kendall Hackney and senior guard Beth Marshall who all average at least 10 points per game.“We can’t just focus on [Jaeschke], because they’ve got other great players who are able to make big plays for them,” Steinbauer said. “So, I think it’s going to be very much a team effort and we’re going to have to bring our ‘A’ game for all 40 minutes and play as hard as we know how.”Now that Wisconsin is more than halfway through the Big Ten season, how it finishes up the year probably depends on something that has powered the team all year: senior leadership.“I give our seniors credit, because when we did go through that tough stretch in the early parts … they stayed positive, stayed together,” Margenthaler said. “And now, we’re benefiting the rewards to it, and we’re winning and we’re confident … I just think our seniors are going to take us as far as we’re going to go.”last_img read more


USC faces toughest test yet against visiting teams


first_imgThe biggest challenge yet for the USC women’s tennis team starts Friday as they take on two Pac-10 foes in non-league matches today and Saturday at Marks Stadium.USC’s matches this weekend do not count toward the Pac-10 standings but will play an important role when it comes to postseason seeding.First up is today’s match versus No. 3 California (7-1). USC is 31-25 all-time against the Bears after beating them 4-3 in the teams’ only meeting last season at Marks Stadium.Cal has three players ranked in singles: No. 2 Jana Juricova, No. 20 Marina Cossou and No. 75 Mari Andersson. Two Cal doubles teams are also ranked: No. 13 Andersson paired with Juricova and No. 54 Marina Cossou and Kasia Siwosz.Saturday brings in the only undefeated Pac-10 team — No. 11 Stanford (7-0), who has posted shutouts in its last three meets.USC is 18-57 all-time against Stanford after snapping a 50-match losing streak to the Cardinal with USC’s 5-2 win last season at Marks Stadium.The Cardinal have five players ranked in singles: No. 13 Hilary Barte, No. 24 Mallory Burdette, No. 36 Lindsay Burdette, No. 54 Stacey Tan and No. 70 Carolyn McVeigh. Two Stanford doubles teams are ranked: No. 2 Barte and Lindsay Burdette and No. 37 Tan and Mallory Burdette.The No. 10 Women of Troy (7-2) boast an undefeated record at home and are hoping to continue their success as Pac-10 champions from last year. This is their first meeting with Pac-10 opponents all season.“It felt great last year beating both of them,” said junior Maria Sanchez of USC. “We just hope to go into this weekend with the same intensity and repeat that success.”According to ITA ranking earlier this week, Sanchez (8-1) climbed in the singles rankings, as did USC sophomore Alison Ramos. Sanchez leads her team at No. 3 with Ramos following close behind at No. 19.Two other teammates for the Women of Troy are ranked among the nation’s top 50. The two freshmen on the team, Danielle Lao and Valeria Pulido, are ranked No. 31 and No. 51, respectively.The No. 31 doubles pair Pulido and Sanchez will team up against the Pac-10 foes as well.“Playing against tougher schools the past few weeks has really gotten our energy going,” Lao said. “We’re ready to step it up and give it all we’ve got this weekend.”“All of these big matches coming up are exciting opportunities for us to play in big, competitive matches,” USC coach Richard Gallien said. “The wins last year absolutely give us confidence. But we realize that was last year. Tomorrow is tomorrow.”Today’s match begins at 1:30 p.m., while Saturday’s meet will start at noon.last_img read more


COLUMN: ASU loss a massive blow for Trojans


first_imgYeah, I’ll admit it. I was that guy on Sunday afternoon attempting to be the voice of reason to those anxiously huddled around the television screen. I was trying to pacify a situation that I had no clue would conclude so tragically. Despite a 10-point lead for the Trojans with 3:57 remaining in regulation against Arizona State, I was surrounded by colleagues muttering, “Please don’t choke, please don’t choke.” “There’s no way — absolutely no way,” I thought to myself silently. I couldn’t conceive USC pulling off a major late-game meltdown to drop a much-needed game against Arizona State. With a guy like sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright out there who can nail free throws when he has to late in games, there’s no way that the Sun Devils would even get within a possession of the Trojans, right?What ensued was depressingly ironic, as it was Boatwright who wound up making the most lethal mistake for the Trojans late in the game. A 3-pointer from Arizona State’s Kodi Justice cut the Trojans’ lead to 82-81 with 17 seconds left to play. On the following inbound pass, Boatwright — who finished Sunday tied with a game-high 22 points — had the chance to put the game on ice by just getting the ball to a teammate’s hands safely.But the Trojans embodied Murphy’s Law late in the game on Sunday: If it could have gone wrong for USC, it did. ASU’s Tra Holder stole the inbound pass from Boatwright and went on to get fouled on a shot attempt. Holder knocked down the game-winning free throws for the Sun Devils and increased USC’s losing skid to four games. The loss seriously hurt the Trojans’ hopes for a strong finish to the regular season. USC finds itself on a four-game losing streak that has spanned the last two weeks of play; its last win came on Feb. 9 against Oregon State. The Trojans’ struggles in Tempe continued Sunday, as USC has lost its last five games played at the Wells Fargo Arena. The collapse in the desert dropped USC to 8-8 in conference play this year. With only a pair of games remaining in their regular season, the Trojans will need some help from Utah and Cal to finish anything higher than sixth in the Pac-12 standings. According to Kenpom, a popular sports analytics websites, USC was rated the luckiest team in the nation this season using an algorithm that takes into account a team’s strength of schedule, win margin and other factors.I spoke with head coach Andy Enfield about his team’s unflattering top ranking following a team practice last week (before this weekend’s pair of losses). “Wow, I actually thought we’d be considered one of the unluckiest teams in the country this year,” Enfield said with a slight smile. “I mean, we were without our leading scorer (Boatwright) for 18 games, and we’ve had a lot of young guys — who probably didn’t deserve early playing time — fill in and do a great job.”Enfield has a very good argument for claiming his team has been unlucky this season. In addition to dealing with Boatwright’s prolonged MCL injury, USC has faced the gauntlet of gauntlets schedule-wise — especially over the last two weeks. This current four-game losing streak, which includes three losses to threetop-six ranked teams, has wrecked a majority of the momentum the Trojans had in early February. The Trojans are the only team in the nation this season to play three consecutive games against three opponents ranked sixth or better nationally (No. 5 Oregon, No. 6 UCLA and No. 4 Arizona).Think about it: The Trojans were 21-4 on Feb. 9 before their brutal recent stretch brought the buzz to a halt. Two weeks ago, I and many other media members saw USC as a sleeper team that could potentially make some noise in March, especially with a proven Cinderella-story coach like Enfield at the helm (Enfield famously guided 15-seed Florida Gulf Coast to the Sweet 16 in 2013.) Following these troublesome two weeks, in which USC has lost its past four games by an average margin of 14.3 points per game, the Trojans are one more bad weekend away from putting their  NCAA Tournament spot in significant jeopardy. In his most recent Bracketology report released on Monday morning, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi projected that USC will be a No. 11 seed in the West bracket of the NCAA Tournament. The Trojans have gradually slid down Lunardi’s predictions, as they were projected as a No. 7 seed as recent as Feb. 10. USC will conclude its regular season this week as it hosts Washington State and Washington at the Galen Center. A few weeks ago, fans viewed these last two games favorably. They saw matchups with the Cougars and Huskies as a pair of very winnable games on USC’s home court. Some may have even viewed this week’s season-ending homestand as a springboard into postseason play. Washington week will feature the Trojans playing in two not only must-win but also should-win contests. However, right now, it feels like the winnable games prove to be the most troubling for USC.Angel Viscarra is a sophomore studying broadcast and digital journalism. 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LeoVegas launches home campaign against the black market


first_img Share Share LeoVegas demands Spelinspektionen clarifies rules on deposit limits July 13, 2020 Submit Related Articles Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon LeoVegas AB has launched a Swedish public awareness campaign promoting safe play with licensed online gambling incumbents. The Stockholm-listed online gambling group said it has chosen to launch the campaign to defend the industry against common misconceptions and falsehoods.LeoVegas wants to drive awareness of licensed online gambling incumbents, after independent reports highlighted that the Swedish government has failed in its re-regulation mandate to eliminate the black market targeting national consumers.Government relations have worsened under lockdown, as the Riksdag (parliament) approved ‘emergency proposals’ drafted by the Ministry of Health enforcing temporary restrictions on player deposits and wagering from 1 June.  LeoVegas has written to the Ministry of Finance underlining that wagering restrictions will place the nascent Swedish regulated online gambling marketplace at risk, endangering national consumers.LeoVegas urged the Ministry of Finance to demand a review of marketplace limitations, in which evidence points that every fourth krona wagered on online casino is staked through a ‘black company’. Swedish ice hockey legend Tommy Söderström fronts LeoVegas’ awareness campaign, promoting industry facts and urging consumers to be more conscious of their choice of legal gambling site. Hans Uhrus – LeoVegas ABHans Uhrus, Director of Communications at LeoVegas, said; “As for so many fast-growing and relatively new industries, there is often a great ignorance and misunderstanding of the business and its industry logic. This is also the case for the gaming industry.“In our upcoming campaign, we address both new and existing players, but also those who do not play. We want to highlight how important it is that those who want to play choose licensed companies and not unlicensed actors.“We want to highlight this [responsible gambling] in our advertisements and show some of the things we do and how the Swedish regulated market works.”last_img read more