Gardaí appeal for assistance in tracing whereabouts of missing person

first_imgEmail Advertisement WhatsApp Facebook Linkedin Gardaí in Newcastlewest wish to renew their appeal to the public for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 27-year-old Jason O’Brien.Jason was last seen on the 4th of September 2018 in the Dundrum area. He is described as being 5’ 7” in height, of slim build, black hair and a light moustache.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Anyone who has seen Jason or who can assist in locating him is asked to contact Newcastlewest Garda station on 069 20650, The Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.center_img NewsGardaí appeal for assistance in tracing whereabouts of missing personBy Staff Reporter – September 5, 2019 1031 Twitter Print Previous articleBringing back the real story of The Miami ShowbandNext articleSeason classes in visual art and choral Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

Belvoir founder to sell second tranche of shares for £2.1 million

first_imgMike Goddard, the founder and former chairman of franchising giant Belvoir has applied to sell two million of the 4.39 million shares he still holds in the company.His sale of the shares will be at ‘no less’ than £1.05p per share but at the moment the company’s stock is being traded at £1.12p.Therefore the 70-year-old will realise cash from the sale of between approximately £2.1 million and £2.24 million, reducing his shareholding in the company from 12.6% to 5.7% of its issued share capital.Back in May Goddard, who is also a director of The Property Ombudsman and a former chairman of the British Franchising Association, stepped down as chairman of Belvoir after nearly 25 years, and was replaced by Michael Stoop (left).In December last year Goddard gave himself a well-earned Christmas present after he sold shares worth £989,700.Both today’s news and the December share sale are part of a complicated deal struck following the purchase of Northwood which required the directors involved to wait two years before realising any shares.Belvoir was set up by Goddard and his wife in 1995 after he left the RAF as a Wing Commander and it initially grew through franchising using its own brand, but later also through acquisition. As well as its own 174 offices it also operates 90 Northwood and 36 Newton Fallowell branches. September 24, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Belvoir founder to sell second tranche of shares for £2.1 million previous nextAgencies & PeopleBelvoir founder to sell second tranche of shares for £2.1 millionBelvoir founder Mike Goddard also sold £1m worth of shares in December but still holds stock worth at least £2.5 million at today’s share price.Nigel Lewis24th September 20190572 Viewslast_img read more

Finally Congress is taking action against sexual harassment

first_imgDear Editor,Recently, when asked if I was surprised at the amount of men being accused of sexual assault, I quickly answered, “not even a little.” I recalled the moment where I had to tell my boss that a donor of our organization was sending me sexually laced text messages at 4 am during a multi-day conference and remember being worried that I might lose our organization money. As I continue to hear accounts of the victims of various powerful men, I am shocked and horrified, but no, I am not surprised. For too long society has allowed our most powerful industries to hinder the ability of victims to come forward and take action against abusers. Finally, Congress is taking some action. New legislation was recently introduced focusing on “the system for filing and settling harassment claims from congressional employees,” on Capitol Hill, appropriately titled the “Me Too” Act.The process that stands now is a systematic approach to suppressing the rights of victims, yet another example of an institutional practice meant to protect abuses of power. Currently, staffers who wish to report sexual assault must go through a harrowing 90-day counseling and mediation process before they are able to file a federal complaint; during which, the staffer is required to work with their assaulter, not tells anyone, and self-pay for legal proceedings. In comparison, the legislator gets house counsel, paid for by the American taxpayer. If at any point in the process a settlement is reached – the settlement is paid for by the US Treasury Department, which since 1997 settlements has totaled $15 million. Meaning, we the American taxpayer have paid the bill. (Imagine if that money was spent on legislation protecting athletes, or earmarked towards ending sexual assault on campus, or funded sex-ed programs.)I am hopeful that change is imminent – Senate has already passed The Me Too Act and the House hopefully will soon. This Act would require sexual harassment awareness training and reform the process for staffers to file complaints.Government is supposed to protect American citizens, keep us safe, and help us when wrongs have been done. For decades, our government has not just failed sexual assault victims, but failed us all in its inability to be a model. I am inspired to see change and saddened that it took so long. Various new administrations are about to take power in governments across the US. I implore upon them to do the same analysis as Congress and for us all to: * Review our workplace policies to ensure they are comprehensive, supportive, and feasible. If they aren’t, revise them, with a plurality of voices in the room. *Call your representatives to voice your support for the Me Too Act.Finally, thank you to the Members of Congress forcing action; the 1,500 former staffers demanding change; and the brave victims who have come forward in hopes of creating change for us all. Sincerely,Rachel HodesHoboken Democratic CommitteeWard 6, District 6last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: There will be information meeting for color guard

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, April 20, 2016:WednesdayNo events reported.Thursday•Baseball at Circle.•Softball at Circle.•JV Golf at Hesston.•Powerlifting banquet, 6 p.m. at WHS Commons.Friday •Golf at Cherry Oaks.•Tennis at Winfield•Track at Clearwater.Saturday  •PromToday’s lunch — Macaroni and Cheese, Meat Balls, Peas, Tossed Salad with Romaine, Hot Roll, Apple and Milk.Tuesday’s lunch — Baked Chicken Legs, Potatoes with Brown Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Pineapple and Milk.Today’s News: *Circle of Friends Members: This Friday will be our picture for the yearbook. Please wear your new Circle of Friends shirt. You will be dismissed the beginning of 7th hour.*Leadership Candidates- If you got a note yesterday, please stop by room 208 to sign up for interview times.*Crusader Creators will not meet this week.* The deadline to order the 2015-2016 WHS Yearbook is Friday April 29th. Cost is $42.00. You can order online at jostens.com or bring your money to Ms. Ford in room 409.*If you are interested in being a part of the WHS Color Guard next year- there will be an informational meeting tomorrow at 7:15 before school, or 3:25 after school. Please attend one of these meetings regarding upcoming tryouts. If you have questions or are unable to attend one of these meetings, please see Ms. Vaughn in room 112. Color guard is open to all students. If you enjoy acting, dancing, or performance of any kind, you are encouraged to try out. No experience is necessary.*Tim McLeod from Lincoln College of Technology will be in the Mrs. Chase’s classroom April 28th during 7th hour to give a presentation on Welding and Automotive Technology opportunities at Lincoln College.  Get permission from 7th hour teachers and then sign up with Mrs. Chase or Mr. Elder to attend the presentation.*Fall semester Ceramic, Jewelry and Independent study students.  If you have projects you would like to display in the annual showcase you need to bring them to Mrs. Groom this week.*Madrigals auditions will be held after school on April 25th  and 26th. They will be blind auditions and anyone can audition. Please see Ms. Coldwell for more information.*Seniors: There will be a meeting on Wednesday, April 27th at 10 am in the Auditorium. If you are normally not here at that time, please try to make arrangements to attend the meeting. We will be discussing upcoming events, such as Baccalaureate, marching practice, senior night and graduation.*Prom Info:Prom Tickets will be for sale by the student entrance before and after school and during lunch. Cost is $30 unless you sold 5 magazines your Junior year. Out of town dates are $30, unless you earned your ticket- then they are $15.You can sign up out-of-town dates in the office.If you are interested in participating in the entertainment portion of prom, please pick up a  prom entertainment application from Ms. Ford.The deadline for Project Prom forms is Thursday. You can turn them into the office.Remember- You must be in attendance on Friday to attend Prom on Saturday.*Seniors: If you are needing  extra graduation announcements, we do have a few in the counselor’s office. They are $1.25 each.Guidance news:Monday, May 2 – Butler Community Colleges.Today is National…National Cheddar Fries DayNational Lima Bean Respect DayNational Look Alike DayNational Pineapple Upside Down Cake DayFollow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. 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Gov. DeSantis Discusses Quicker Testing, School Reopenings

first_imgGov. Ron DeSantis discussed the state’s efforts to fight COVID-19 during a press conference from the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee on Wednesday afternoon.Specifically, the governor talked about efforts being made in Miami-Dade County, which is one of the hardest hit in the state.“Over the last week or so (we) have set up four new retail-based testing sites. So these are sites that are a little bit different from drive-through. One of them is at one of the malls, you go in, you can get swabbed really quickly and be able to get a test result. So, we’re going to continue to do that,” he said.DeSantis continued, “I think Miami-Dade, we calculated it when I was down there yesterday down there with the county Mayor, and I think 16 or 17 percent of the county population has taken a test during the course of the pandemic. So we want to continue to do that.”He added that labs have been processing 90,000 tests a day in Florida for the past week, and emphasized that people need to be getting their test results quicker than some labs have been providing them.On a related note, the governor said Florida will discontinue using commercial labs that cannot deliver test results as quickly as others.“We’ve had some labs that have done well, but many have not and so the Department of Emergency Management is going to ship business away from labs who have failed to produce results in a timely fashion,” he said. ”Gov. DeSantis continued, “So we think it’s important and so the state, when we’re sending these tests away to the commercial labs, those who can produce are going to get more of the business and I think that’s the best way to go about it.”Beginning this Friday “sympomatic lanes” will be added to the drive-through testing sites at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami-Dade County and the Broward War Memorial in Broward County.People showing COVID-19 symptoms will be able to perform a self-swab there and get their results back “we hope within 72 hours instead of 7 days,” DeSantis said. Earlier on Wednesday, DeSantis spoke at a Florida Department of Education meeting in Hillsborough County. He told education leaders that he believes it is safe to reopen campuses schools at the start of the 2020-21 academic year.He explained that health data indicates children are at lower risk of contracting COVID-19 than adults.“I am really amazed at the extent to which people under 18 are low risk for this,” DeSantis said. “Fortunately, our school children are at less risk”Citing the fact that many daycare centers across the state have remained opened during the pandemic, the governor went on to say he feels schools could reopen safely next month.“We’re in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, but we’re also in a situation where we need to provide as many options to parents as possible in terms of the education of the kids,” DeSantis said.However, Gov. DeSantis added that he believes parents should have the ultimate choice over what type of education their child receives, whether it is in-person, virtual, or a combination of both.“Any parent has the option to opt of whatever they thing is best for their kids in terms of academics, safety,” DeSantis said.Earlier this month, Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said all public school districts must “open brick and mortar schools at least five days per week for all students.”“Educating our kids, getting our schools open, getting our economy back on track, and keeping everybody safe is first and foremost on everyone’s mind,” Corcoran said during Wednesday’s meeting.School district officials in Palm Beach County are voting on whether to begin the school year as virtual-only, after a majority of teachers and parents showed a preference for that model in a recent survey.last_img read more

Former Recycling Yard Re-Use Eyed

first_imgBy John Burton |OCEANPORT — The Mazza family is looking to find out the extent of the contamination of its Port Au Peck Avenue property as it weighs possible future development.“We don’t have plans right now for what we’re going to do with the site,” said Dominick Joseph Mazza Jr. about the 6 ½-acre property his family owns at 275 Port Au Peck Ave., near Monmouth Park.Regardless of any future plans, the property owners are undertaking an investigation into how extensive the contamination is at the location, which in the past had been used as a dump site for the Mazza family’s primary business, Mazza Recycling Services, Tinton Falls.In recent years, the owners have proposed several possible projects, among them a single-family home sub-division and more recently a plan to use the location for a mix of two single-family homes and a commercial horse-boarding business. Those plans were eventually abandoned.Mazza and his environmental consultant made their presentation to Mayor John “Jay” Coffey, Borough Council and members of the public at the Sept. 7 council workshop meeting.“A lot people are here for this,” Coffey said, noticing the crowd attending the workshop.The Mazza family has retained Brinkerhoff Environmental Services, Manasquan, to conduct an investigation of the site to determine the extent of the contamination and “for the best way to address the problem,” said Laura Brinkerhoff, the firm’s president.The firm plans to excavate a series of approximately 2-by-4-foot pits over a period of time to gain a more comprehensive grasp of what’s in the soil, according to Brinkerhoff. “We’re going to map it out and monitor it,” she said.Brinkerhoff said she is awaiting permits from the state Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to allow them to proceed with the testing.The property owners have applied for an investigative permit, which is forthcoming, according to Lawrence Hajna, a NJDEP spokesman, “to characterize the waste and determine the extent of the footprint of the landfill.”On about three of the property’s acres, located at the rear of the site, discarded house shingles containing asbestos have been found, Brinkeroff said. Asbestos is a prohibited known carcinogenic.“The greatest concern is the disturbance of the ground,” on the site, given the nature of the contamination, Coffey said. Area residents have said in the past they feared the asbestos would be released into the environment, posing a health risk.Brinkerhoff attempted to allay those fears, telling the audience and governing body no excavation would be done on windy days and NJDEP would be monitoring the process. And when the borings were completed the pits would be covered with about two feet of clean fill.Neighbors again voiced reservations about the contaminations and other environmental considerations, such as wetlands on the property, which backs up to a creek, and nesting eagles.“We have to concern ourselves with the runoff,” from the site, said Karen Long, a Revere Drive homeowner. Whose home is in the vicinity of this property.“We’re investigating to see if there is a bigger problem,” Brinkerhoff said.NJDEP’s Hajna said, “What we believe to be in the landfill is construction and demolition waste.”And Long, who has lived in the area for many years, recalls others finding an old auto chassis, auto batteries, and an old water heater, among other debris. Long accused the Mazzas of “negligence across the board.”“Your family’s not doing the right thing,” Long told the Mazzas.The Mazza family has owned the property since the 1920s, Dominick Mazza said. Over the years, they considered constructing age-restricted housing and the borough land use board had previously approved a subdivision plan to create 12 separate residential lots, but the plan never moved forward.In April 2016, the owners again appeared before the board seeking a use variance to permit the construction of two homes and a stable and exercise area that could accommodate as many as 12 horses. The property owners withdrew the application without explanation in May 2016, but had faced opposition from residents who objected to a commercial use for the residential area and the concerns over the contamination.Borough officials said they would keep residents apprised of developments with the property investigation, reporting updates on the borough website. Residents within 200 feet of the site would be directly notified of any activity, as required by law.This article was first published in the Sept. 14-21, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

LONGSHOT STREET MAVEN PULLS OFF GATE TO WIRE HEIST IN $58,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE; BAZE, O’NEILL TEAM TO WIN AT 1 ¼ MILES ON TURF

first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (April 2, 2015)–In a major departure from recent tactics, longshot Street Maven was gunned to the lead by Tyler Baze and he responded with a gate to wire triumph in Thursday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita, winning by a length and a quarter while covering 1 ¼ miles on turf in 1:59.94.Trained by Doug O’Neill and off at 9-1 in a field of eight older horses, Street Maven, who broke slowly in his most recent start going 1 1/8 miles on turf and was some 15 lengths off the lead after the first quarter, paid $21.40, $8.00 and $4.60.“That was all Tyler today, putting him on the lead,” said O’Neill. “With the rails being out (30 feet), we thought he’d be more forwardly placed but to have him on the front end with the fractions they were going…we were cussing him mid-race, but we were lovin’ him at the wire.”Owned by R3 Racing and Calara Farms, Street Maven, a 5-year-old gelding by Street Hero, sailed through fractions of 22.88, 46.44, 1:10.85 and 1:34.98 en route to his third win from 10 career starts. With the winner’s share of $34,800, he increased his earnings to $93,670.“I was going fast the first quarter mile, but he was doing it so easy,” said Baze. “When they’re doing it that easy you can go that fast and get away with it. He’s a nice horse.”Although 8-5 favorite Wanstead Gardens made a big run through the lane with Victor Espinoza, he was unable to threaten the winner and paid $3.00 and $2.80.Crucero, who was off at 13-1 with Kent Desormeaux, checked in third and paid $4.80 to show.First post time on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

UNDEFEATED SONGBIRD PROMINENT IN GRADE I, $300,000 CHANDELIER STAKES SATURDAY; HOLLENDORFER TRAINEE TO FACE PRETTY N COOL, LAND OVER SEA, AMONG FIELD OF NINE 2-YEAR-OLD FILLIES AT 1 1/16 MILES

first_imgTHE CHANDELIER IS ONE OF FIVE GRADE I, BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ STAKES TO BE OFFERED AS PART OF 11-RACE BLOCKBUSTER CARD ON OPENING DAY ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 23, 2015)– Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s undefeated Songbird will face Bob Baffert’s Pretty N Cool as well as Doug O’Neill’s Land Over Sea among a field of nine 2-year-old fillies Saturday in the Grade I, $300,000 Chandelier Stakes at going 1 1/16 miles.Songbird, owned by Fox Hill Farms, will be seeking her third win in a row. After breaking her maiden over the new dirt track at Del Mar by six and a half lengths on July 26, Songbird went on to win impressively once again as the nearly even money favorite in the Grade I, Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 5. The five and a quarter-length win prompted regular rider Mike Smith to note, “For a big mare, things just come so easy for her.”The bay filly by Medaglia d’Oro had her most recent work Monday, going a half mile under Smith in 47 1/5 on Santa Anita’s main track, second fastest of 68 at the distance. She is 2-2-0-0 lifetime with $222,000 in earnings.Pretty N Cool comes off a game second in the Del Mar Debutante and draws the rail for Saturday. The Scat Daddy filly broke her maiden at first asking in a maiden special weight at Del Mar on July 19 and followed that with an impressive win as the odds-on favorite in the Grade II Sorrento Stakes Aug. 12.The dark gray owned by Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman was purchased at the 2014 Keeneland September Yearling Sales for $160,000 and is 3-2-1-0 overall with $222,000 in earnings.Land Over Sea enters the Chandelier off a third place finish in the Debutante. The Debutante marked a return to dirt after her win in a seven furlong turf maiden special weight. The chestnut filly by Bellamy Road’s first start came in a five and a half furlong maiden special weight test at Los Alamitos on July 12 when she ran second.Land Over Sea will again be ridden by Mario Gutierrez. She is 3-1-1-1 overall with earnings of $88,000.The complete field for the Grade I Chandelier Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on an 11-race card Saturday, with jockeys in post position order: Pretty N Cool, Martin Garcia; Halo Darlin, Tyler Baze; Vieja Luna, Juan Leyva; Yodelsong, Fernando Perez; Songbird, Mike Smith; Sheeza Milky Way, Rafael Bejarano; Land Over Sea, Mario Gutierrez; Jade Princess, Victor Espinoza; Right There, Kent Desormeaux. Each filly will carry 122 lbs.                 Special first post time Saturday is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

South Africa could be swimming in opportunity

first_img”We hope to have a draft Oceans Bill ready in 2015. The Oceans Act will provide a clear foundation for marine spatial planning,” President Jacob Zuma told a Durban audience • The growth of fish farming in South Africa • Africa most vulnerable to climate change • National Development Plan: Utopian dream, practical blueprint • G20: Africa’s growth can stabilise the world economy • Stalled on the Trans-Africa Highway Sulaiman PhilipEconomic activity in the marine sector contributed R54-billion ($4.9-billion) and approximately 316 000 jobs to the South African economy in 2010. That is a drop in the ocean of possible benefits that the country, and Africa, can reap from the sea. A new study based on the government’s Operation Phakisa protocols hopes to map out channels that will navigate the choppy waters between planning and implementation and grow South Africa’s blue economy.The country could soon have its own national shipping company and could become oil and energy independent if the estimated nine billion barrels of oil and 11 billion barrels of shale gas do actually lie beneath the waves of South Africa’s territorial waters. Other commercial channels in the blue economy stream could add a million jobs and R150-billion to the gross domestic product (GDP).At a press conference in Durban, President Jacob Zuma laid out the government’s plan to utilise the economic potential of the country’s oceans to grow the economy by at least 5% by 2019. A working group made up economists, maritime lawyers, businessmen and civil servants doing research under the Operation Phakisa umbrella identified opportunities in the fields of aquaculture, ship building and maintenance, and fishing. Of the eighty oil rigs estimated to be in the range of the Western Cape, only four rigs are serviced per year, showing significant potential for growth.Outlining opportunities to which the group drew attention, the president said: “The teams have highlighted a concern that South Africa currently has no registered ships. This is in spite of the fact that each year 300 million tons of cargo move through our ports in imports and exports. In addition, 1.2 million tons of liquid fuels move along our coast, while the rapidly expanding offshore oil and gas activities require a supporting fleet of vessels.”South Africa is a land of opportunity, with abundant natural resources and a labour pool large enough to increase GDP growth to match the development figures of its partners to the north. Strategies have been formulated but plans have fallen, hobbled by a failure to successfully implement them. National Development PlanThe task Zuma set the research group in July 2013 was not how to utilise South Africa’s marine riches; instead, they were tasked with drawing up ways to use the government’s Phakisa protocols to successfully implement policies aligned to the National Development Plan (NDP). Operation Phakisa Ocean Economy is the first of an ongoing series of research initiatives. Another, the Health Economy programme, has just begun and will test the viability of the Ministry of Health’s Ideal Clinic initiative.The Operation Phakisa labs will be used to means test NDP programmes for effectiveness. Based on the Malaysian government’s Big Fast Results method of tracking delivery, the operation is designed to give the government real-time information on the effectiveness of NDP programmes. Real-time results mean the government can implement immediate changes and end wasteful expenditure. With clearly defined targets, well-defined direction and faultless allocation of resources, the government hopes to encourage buy-in to the NDP from public and private spheres.Operation Phakisa breaks initiatives down to their smallest components to test their effectiveness in the real world. It is what Malaysia calls the “three-foot level”. Governments tend to plan big – the 30 000 foot level – but for those programmes to succeed you need a three-foot plan: namely, Operation Phakisa.Globally, the idea of the oceans as a source of development rather than a dumping ground has taken hold. Developed economies have formulated environmental strategies that allow them to sustainably exploit their marine resources. Following that example, South Africa will begin to develop environmental standards for off-shore exploration and exploitation. Aquaculture contributes to almost half of the global fish supply, it contributes less than one percent of South Africa’s fish supply. Blue economyThe “blue economy” concept, whereby oceans are seen as opportunities for development that require co-ordinated planning to preserve and sustain that development, has been pushed by the Small Island Developing States group of nations. In the Southern African Development Community region, The Seychelles has been the torch bearer of the idea. The Indian Ocean island nation loses up to $40-million a year to the 30 000 foreign trawlers that exploit its waters. It is unable to utilise this natural resource to develop its economy because it does not have the resources to float its own commercial fishing fleet.African Development Bank forums have made it easier for African governments to discuss mutual co-operation in building interconnected blue economies. In the eyes of Donal Kaberuka, the president of the bank, Africans deserve to benefit from Africa’s resources. At the recent African Development Banks 2014 Annual Meeting, The Seychelles called for co-operation with other African countries so that it was the continent that benefitted from its natural resources.Former minister in the presidency Trevor Manuel underscored that the benefits of co-operation would spread beyond Africa’s coastal nations. “The inability of African countries to work together on this issue is what continues to hinder meaningful development and allows others to benefit from Africa’s resources. The benefits of co-operation are not limited to coastal countries; the benefits are spread to neighbouring landlocked countries that rely on these ports for export and trade.”Overfishing is an immediate and growing concern for coastal African nations. For 30% of Africa’s population, about 200 million people, fish is the main and cheapest source of protein. Over the next 20 years that population will double and without the shepherding of fish stocks, hunger will become a bigger problem than it is now.last_img read more

National Corn Yield Contest winners overcome 2015 challenges to produce bountiful yields

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2015 growing season will be memorable for Ohio’s corn growers, with many of those memories being not so positive. That, however, is not the case for the state winners in the National Corn Growers Association 2015 National Corn Yield Contest.The Ohio winner in the No-Till/Strip-Till Non-Irrigated Category was James Jacobs of Bloomingburg with 276.9825 bushels with Seed Consultants SCS 10HR43.“It is not an easy contest and Mother Nature plays a big role. We just had the right weather this year and things turned out very well for us,” Jacobs said. “I know a lot of folks suffered from too much rain in Ohio but we were really blessed this year.”Like most of the state, there was plenty of moisture in the spring on the Fayette County farm.“It was wet early, then we got a dry spell and we were able to start planting corn on May 2. The contest field was no-till and we waited a little longer to plant it — I believe it was May 5. We had a good dry stretch of weather right there,” Jacobs said. “We had one field where we were putting tile in and cleaning a fence row and we planted that corn later. I know it suffered more when we got some rain after planting and that corn wasn’t big enough to handle all the moisture. All of the early-planted corn did really well, though. We had a lot of rain throughout the growing season and we had a good, cool summer and I think that helped with the yields.”The bountiful moisture did boost yields but it also led to nitrogen loss concerns.“The rain was a big issue and nitrogen loss seemed to be a big factor in the growing season this year. We used different management practices to help control that,” he said. “Typically we put down about 20 gallons of 28% with the chemicals in the spring and then we come back and sidedress with around 140 pounds of anhydrous, but in the contest field we put down 160 pounds last year. Then we did put a little more nitrogen on that field at tassel to finish it out. We flew it on. I did not do that in every field but that is something we might take a look at in the future if we get another year where get a lot of rain and nitrogen loss. That is something we may look at to help finish that corn out.”The moisture also created some issues with diseases and fungicides were applied as needed on the farm, including on the winning contest field.The SCS 10HR43 is a corn borer and Roundup resistant hybrid with the ability to tolerate stress, a trait that paid off in 2015.“I picked that hybrid because in the last two years it was up near the top in the Seed Consultants trials. I liked how it handled the stress. It has been really consistent. It did really well for us. I think the winning field averaged 221 bushels over the whole field and we picked the right sweet spot in the field to get that 276,” he said. “Seed Consultants gives you $1,000 if you win first place in your state contest to go toward your seed purchase. You get a trip to Commodity Classic too and this year it is in New Orleans and my wife is excited about that. Down there you get to pick the brains of good corn growers and hear about their production practices to gain some insights. I am a firm believer that you can’t expect to do the same thing year after year and get different results, so it is always nice to go down there and learn about different things to incorporate into your program to get higher yields in the future.”Here are the other top finishers in Ohio by category.In the Non-Irrigated Category, the top Ohio yield was from Adam Smith of North Fairfield with 289.5824 bushels with DEKALB DKC64-89RIB. Ohio’s second highest yield in the category was from Nathan Smith from Marion with 289.1934 bushels with Channel 213-59STXRIB and the third place yield was from Fred Penick from Hebron with 277.9642 with Channel 209-51VT2PRIB.In the No-Till/Strip-Till Non-Irrigated Category, the Ohio winners were Jacobs of Bloomingburg with 276.9825 bushels with Seed Consultants SCS 10HR43; Chris Waymire of Yellow Springs with 268.0480 bushels with DEKALB DKC63-33RIB; and Dale Stewart of Springfield with 256.2333 bushels with DEKALB DKC62-77RIB.In the No-Till/Strip-Till Irrigated Category, Ohio winners were Mike Funderburgh of North Lewisburg with 266.4969 bushels with Pioneer P1197AMTM; Jim Motycka of Napoleon with 257.8354 bushels with Pioneer P0825AMXTTM; and Matt Milless of Amanda with 254.8025 bushels with Seed Consultants 1135.In the Irrigated Category, Ohio winners were Matthew Funderburgh of North Lewisburg with 266.2018 bushels with Pioneer P119AMXTTM; Byron Gearhart from Chillicothe had 253.3042 bushels with AgriGold A6559 VTPRIB; and Dan Watchman of Napoleon had 249.4837 bushels with Seed Consultants 1125AMX.last_img read more