PNG defeats Tonga 38-0 in rugby 9s qualifier

first_imgThe BSP Stadium is filling up, with 90 per cent of seats occupied.PNG with speed, power and purpose outplayed the Tongans with seven tries to one.The try scorers for PNG were:  Ase Boas, Sailas Gahuna, Israel Eliab (2 tries), David Lapua, Willie Minoga, Lawrence Tu’u and Wartovo Puara Jnr. The Tongans’ only try was scored by Sione Fa.last_img

Good News from CARI, But…

first_imgThe  Team Manager of the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI), Aaron Marshall, recently laid out some impressive plans for the Institute’s work over the next few years.  First and foremost among them is human development.  Our Bong County Correspondent, Marcus Malayea, following an interview with Mr. Marshall last week, reported that CARI is poised to receive shortly an additional six Liberian Master’s degree holders in specialized agricultural areas.They will return and help to improve crop production and assist farmers in growing more food to enhance the nation’s food security.This is good news, but!  What about Animal and Soil Scientists?  How many veterinary doctors and soil scientists have we trained since Christian Baker, and J.T. Phillips–both of whom, now deceased, returned home in the 1950s?Unfortunately, cattle production never took off in Liberia, even though cattle can grow in many places, including Grand Cess, Grand Kru County and Foya, Lofa County.Government should encourage the few Liberian vets (veterinary doctors) and soil scientists working in the United States to return.  The handful of Liberian cattle raisers should also be encouraged.Today, after 167 years of independence, we are still importing beef from rain-starved Mali.This newspaper has always called the nation’s attention to Grand Cess, the natural habitat for cattle, that onetime had more cattle than people!  Yet neither has the government, nor Liberians with money, like the Tubmans, whose Maryland County once controlled Grand Cess, nor the well-to-do sons of Grand Cess, like Cletus  Wotorson and Blamo Nelson, ever attempted to develop a viable cattle ranch there.  Besides, we are still importing chickens and eggs–one of the simplest husbandries to develop.  What is CARI doing about that?  Can CARI find one or two trained Liberian Poultry experts–on the ground and abroad–and encourage them to end Liberia’s dependence on foreign chickens and eggs?In Mozambique it is the market women that supply poultry and eggs to the whole country.  Market Association President Lusu Sloan, are you listening? We suggest that you lead a delegation to Mozambique to see what the women are doing there.  Thelma Awori can put you in touch with them.It is noteworthy that CARI has developed 20 different varieties of cassava that can dramatically increase the present yield, compared to the traditional cassava known as “Bassa Girl.”Can CARI and MOA work with the Booker Washington Institute in undertaking a crash course to train 100 Agricultural Extension Agents to carry the benefits of research to farmers throughout the country?Moreover, it is upon CARI and its scientists that we must now depend to organize, at long last, the nation’s agriculture. Government needs to send some of our experts to Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya and South Africa to see how they have been able to organize their agriculture and become food and flower-exporting nations.One more challenge CARI must face: researching and further developing our tree crops. During our long civil war Liberia lost to Cote d’Ivoire the edge as Africa’s leading rubber producer. We need to develop a crash program to encourage our rubber farmers to return to their farms and replant.  It takes money, yes, but government should find it and reach out to rubber farmers, working with the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia (RPAL). The Rubber Development Unit should be reestablished to produce high yielding rubber scions and go on to manufacture rubber cups, buckets and other implements farmers need to reopen their farms.  RPAL, with the cooperation of Morris American Rubber, can initiative this manufacturing initiative.  The Chinese can help us to do it. Firestone could help–will they?  Firestone, Guthrie, Cavalla and Morris American Rubber should also be deliberately encouraged to intensify their replanting programs.  As always, of course, Firestone is already ahead.  But it still has hundreds of thousands of acres of their one million-acre concession area that remain unused.  All of our rubber planters–and even new ones–must know that we are in a race, and we can become number one again.Coffee and cocoa, too, are challenges awaiting CARI’s intervention.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

22-year-old diagnosed with Gullian-Barre Syndrome

first_img– family solicits Govt and public for financial assistanceEleven days after being diagnosed with the rare disease Guillian Barre Syndrome (GBS) at the Georgetown Public Hospital, the family of Pooran Ramcharitar is soliciting financial support from Government and members of the public to facilitate treatment which costs GY$2,625,000.According to the 22-year-old man’s father, Surindra Ramcharitar, his son began experiencing pain, numbness and weakness in his lower limbs approximately eight weeks prior to the diagnosis and presently he is “breathing through a machine” since his respiratory system “gave out.”“I’m begging from assistance from the public and the Government to please help my son. He is the second of six children. My eldest is 23 and youngest is 15. I’ve spent all my life savings to get him this far. I can’t afford his treatment and I really need help,” the senior Ramcharitar pleaded.Pooran Ramcharitar breathing with the aid of a ventilatorGuillain-Barre Syndrome is a rapid-onset muscle weakness caused by the immune system damaging the peripheral nervous system. Person may experience changes in sensation or develop pain, followed by muscle weakness beginning in the feet and hands. The symptoms develop over half a day to two weeks.During the acute phase, the disorder can be life-threatening with about a quarter developing weakness of the breathing muscles and requiring mechanical ventilation. Some are affected by changes in the function of the autonomic nervous system, which can lead to dangerous abnormalities in heart rate and blood pressure.Persons desirous of assisting the Ramcharitar family can make contact on telephone numbers 326-1203 or 652-7044.last_img read more

Boating incident near Chetwynd: Chetwynd RCMP

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – Energeticcity has received reports of an Ambulance, a police car, and a conservation vehicle travelling down Sukunka road 25 km outside of Chetwynd.Chetwynd RCMP say that there has been a boating incident, but they don’t have any specific details as of yet to release.We will update this story as more information is released.- Advertisement –last_img

Cowan takes snaps as Olson sits out practice

first_imgIf Olson does not play, Cowan appears to be the likely replacement, but Dorrell also said walk-on McLeod Bethel-Thompson could start. “We’ll have a quarterback in there,” Dorrell said. “I couldn’t tell you who right now.” Everett OK to play this week Bruins senior receiver Marcus Everett, who sprained his right ankle with 3:25 remaining and Utah ahead by 38 points, is expected to play against the Huskies, Dorrell said. X-rays were negative on Everett’s ankle, but Dorrell said the ankle was “really tender,” but “didn’t have a lot of swelling.” It means converted quarterback Osaar Rasshan should get his first meaningful playing time at receiver, Dorrell added. Price practices Freshman defensive tackle Brian Price, who could play up to 25 plays against Washington, practiced with the team for the first time since being cleared by the NCAA. “He has a good burst, and he’s quick,” UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker said. Making amends Bruins left guard Shannon Tevaga, who injured his right knee with 4:41 to play against Utah, walked into practice, and without prompting, turned to a few reporters and said, “I’ll be back next week.” Following practice Tevaga apologized to reporters for not speaking after the loss, and said he was willing to talk Tuesday, only to be deemed off limits to the media. Dorrell instituted a rule this year prohibiting injured players from talking to the media. In addition to Tevaga and Olson, other players requested by reporters but termed off limits Tuesday were Everett, defensive end Nikola Dragovic (concussion), fullback Michael Pitre (knee) and linebacker Aaron Whittington (concussion). Around the nation California: Coach Jeff Tedford said Matt Malele has a strained muscle in his foot and Rulon Davis has a sprained foot. The defensive linemen were injured Saturday. Tedford also said receiver DeSean Jackson probably won’t catch a pass in practice this week to preserve his sprained thumb, which has limited his effectiveness. Purdue: Running back Jaycen Taylor could return from a broken arm in six weeks. Coach Joe Tiller originally thought the former Leuzinger High standout might be out for the season after the junior was injured Saturday in a victory over Central Michigan. Stanford: Linebacker Fred Campbell will end his career after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured vertebrae in his neck. Campbell was injured in the Stanford’s game Saturday against San Jose State. He underwent the operation Monday at Stanford Hospital. Texas: Freshman running back James Henry has been charged with two felony counts of obstruction and tampering with evidence, making him the sixth Longhorns player arrested since June. Henry, who was arrested Monday, is accused of beating up one of the victims of a July home invasion that allegedly involved two other players, Andre Jones and Robert Joseph. The Associated Press contributed to this notebook 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Brian Dohn STAFF WRITER Quarterback Patrick Cowan took most of his snaps with UCLA’s first-team offense Tuesday, and he could find himself in that role Saturday when the Bruins host Washington at the Rose Bowl. Starter Ben Olson, who was sacked five times at Utah, did not practice because of a head injury. UCLA coach Karl Dorrell would not term Olson’s injury a concussion, but also was uncertain if the quarterback would practice today. “Ben has a headache, and he’s had this headache since Saturday night,” Dorrell said. “He feels better, but the doctors wanted him to stay out one more day. He feels good, but we’ll see how he does (today). We just want to be smart. We’ve had a rash of concussions, so we held him out for precautionary reasons.” Olson was requested for an interview, but he was not made available. UCLA does not make quarterbacks available to the media on Wednesdays. Olson’s injury comes as Cowan returned to practice. Cowan pulled his hamstring a month ago, and took part in his first full practice. Olson watched while wearing a baseball cap. last_img read more

DONEGAL MAN ARRIVES HOME WITH 4 MEDALS FROM TRANSPLANT GAMES

first_imgRamelton man Kieran Murray and his family are pictured at Dublin airport when he and other members of Transplant Team Ireland returned from the 8th European Transplant and Dialysis Championships in Krakow, Poland.Kieran, a kidney transplant recipient, fared exceptionally well at his first Transplant Games securing 3 Gold and 1 Bronze medal.His Golds were won in the 5km mini marathon, the 1500 m race and also in Golf. He won a Bronze medal for coming in second place in the 800m race. “I’m over the moon,” said Kieran.“It was a fantastic homecoming – and great to be home, especially with four medals around my neck.”Fellow Donegal man, Hugo Boyce from Clonmany, one of the more senior members of Transplant Team Ireland, also enjoyed took part in the Games.Hugo received a kidney transplant 26 years ago.  DONEGAL MAN ARRIVES HOME WITH 4 MEDALS FROM TRANSPLANT GAMES was last modified: August 24th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:GoldKieran MUrrayRameltonTransplant Gameslast_img read more

Treacherous roads lead to morning collisions in Donegal

first_imgDonegal has been covered in a blanket of snow and ice this morning in the wake of Storm Caroline.Last night’s freezing conditions have created slippy roads and, while major routes were gritted at 6am, a number of accidents have occurred during the morning commute.A collision took place on the N13 Letterkenny/Ballybofey Rd on the Letterkenny side of Drumkeen. The vehicles have since been cleared. No major collisions have been reported in the county. However, a number of warnings were issued for specific routes from AA Roadwatch:Snow and ice have been reported on the Termon/Gweedore Rd (R251), known as the Back of Errigal.Care is advised on the N14 Letterkenny/Lifford Rd at Ballinaleckey due to icy conditions.There are icy conditions along the N15 Ballybofey/Donegal Rd at McGrory’s Brae and also through Barnsmore Gap. The route is passable with extreme care. A Status Orange snow-ice alert remains in place for Donegal throughout this Friday. Snow showers are expected to continue during the day, with warnings of icy footpaths and roads.The north west is in for a cold and wintry day, with temperatures reaching no higher than 3-5 degrees.The cold snap continues tonight with snow, frosty and icy conditions and lowest temperatures of 0 to -3 degrees.Donegal County Council have urged motorists to take care and keep an eye on our conditions here on this live map: http://arc.donegal.ie/flexviewers/images/currentroads/currentroads2.jpg …Treacherous roads lead to morning collisions in Donegal was last modified: December 8th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Good old days on a Century Farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I love to visit farms recognized through the Ohio Department of Agriculture Ohio Historic Family Farm Program each year for many reasons. There is usually fascinating history, there are always great family stories and there are generally some impressive historic structures to gawk at when you think about how they were built so long ago. Another reason Century Farm visits are so valuable is the perspective they provide.It is so easy to get caught up in the busy schedule of today’s society. It seems that we have so much to do these days compared to those tales of yesteryear that are always so prevalent in my visits to Century Farms. Why is that? After years of learning about Ohio’s agricultural history, I continue to arrive at the same answer to that question: food.Just a couple of generations back, whether they lived in the city or the country, people spent significantly more time and resources on food than we do today. In the subsequent years, our food system has evolved in a way that gives people what they most want — quality food that takes less time and less money.I am reminded of this every time I sit and listen to tales told about farm days of old. Calvin Peterson remembers the joys of farm life as a boy on his family’s Ross County farm. The big brick house built and modified by his forefathers was wonderfully isolated from the outside world in the earliest days he lived there, connected to a distant road by a very long lane. Calvin recalls playing in the sand at the creek and the great boyhood joy when he got a new (used) bicycle that helped inspired him to start small shop for bike repairs.He also shared stories of the incredible (but fairly standard for the era) self-sufficiency of the isolated farm where, instead of running to the store, his family would rely on the gardens, fields and livestock in the barn for their food.“They had hogs and cattle and we butchered right here on the farm. We’d put it in salt to cure it and then we had the gardens and the women would can it for the winter. We had a hen house and were self-sufficient,” he said.The table always seemed to have food, but only as a result of constant year-round toil to produce, preserve and prepare it. The family’s energy needs were much the same.“I moved to this house in 1932 and they put in a furnace in 1935. Until then they had a fireplace in each room and we carried wood and coal in and hugged the fire. I was quite young when we got electric in the mid-30s. I was only four but I remember when we got the indoor plumbing and the coal furnace. We had a coal bin and my father would go down and get the clinkers out and stoke the fire. We could see our breath upstairs and we would run downstairs to get dressed in the morning,” Calvin said.They did not have time back in the 1930s and 1940s to be busy with sports, or events, or whatever else we fill our time with today because they were working from sun up until sun down to produce the food needed for survival. When they did get a break from work, they relished it and savored it as an occasional luxury. Free time was not expected; it was a privilege. Leisure was not an entitlement; it was something to be cherished. Life was not as much about “me” because, out of necessity, it had to be more about “we.” It wouldn’t work any other way.As food has gotten easier, we have come to expect time to spend doing things we want to do, rather than put so much effort into providing or procuring food and energy. We don’t have to spend hours a day producing and preparing the food necessary for survival, so we do other stuff and then complain about how busy we are (myself included). The miracle of our modern food system has eliminated much of the misery of food production for most of our society, but it has also eliminated much of the harsh reality that grounded our forefathers.The farm men and women of previous generations worked very hard every day in dangerous and uncomfortable conditions to produce food. They didn’t have time to be our kind of busy because they used more of their resources doing what was necessary to survive. Their leisure was sitting down for a few minutes to enjoy some homemade ice cream and conversation with their fellow workers after 14 hours of hard, hot labor on a summer day. They tackled life’s challenges side-by-side together as families and not separated by cubicles or classrooms. Instead they were bonded with the common goal of surviving and thriving. Life may have been simpler, but it was definitely not easier. It is hard to argue that life was better then, but maybe the perspectives provided by a life of toil were better.The Ohio Historic Family Farms program recognizes a farm that has been in the same family for: 100 to149 years (Century Farm designation), 150 to199 years (Sesquicentennial Farm designation) or 200 or more years (Bicentennial Farm designation). These historic treasures of rural Ohio are often overlooked, but they offer a glimpse into the state’s past that can really provide (I believe) some valuable insights for today and the future. It does not take much modern research to see that many in today’s society clearly have too much time to spend focused on the minutiae of perceived happiness — that is not something farm families had 100 years ago, and maybe they were better off for it. Maybe that is why they call them the good old days.last_img read more

Osteoarthritis

first_imgYou used to take for granted that you could play a whole game of tennis or basketball without pain. But years of wear and tear have left their mark on your joints, and now your knees and hips hurt so much you can barely bend them. The pain youre feeling may be due to osteoarthritis, a problem many of us face as we get older.We all start out life with a thick layer of cartilage that cushions our joints in the space where the bones meet. That cartilage allows us to twist our legs to kick a soccer ball, or jump to shoot a basket. But years of running, jumping, and climbing stairs can wear out that cushion, leaving the bones rubbing painfully against each other.By age 70, just about everyone feels some pain and stiffness from osteoarthritis, especially when they get up in the morning or after theyve overused the joint. Youre more likely to have osteoarthritis if youre overweight. Its similar to what happens when you put extra weight on your bed. Eventually, youll push on the springs so hard that youll wear them out. The same is true for your joints. People whove had joint injuries or who have played certain sports are also more likely to get osteoarthritis.When you see your doctor about joint pain and stiffness, hell check how well the joint moves and look for swelling around it. You probably wont be able to move the joint all the way. And when you do move it, its likely to hurt and may make a cracking sound. An x-ray can confirm that youve lost cartilage around the joint.advertisementUnfortunately, theres no cure for osteoarthritis. But there are treatments to relieve the pain, including physical therapy, knee taping, special low load exercise programs, such as swimming, cycling, walking or stretching, and Tai chi in particular can be great for flexibility and strength. Over-the-counter medicines like topical Capsaicin, oral acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen may help. Mud pack therapy may increase the benefit of whatever else youre doing. Your doctor may recommend getting a steroid injection into the joint to both relieve pain and reduce swelling. Another method, which injects artificial joint fluid into the knee, can relieve pain longer term, for up to six months.If the joint damage is really bad, you may need surgery to trim off damaged cartilage or to replace the affected joint in the knee, hip, shoulder, or elbow with an artificial joint. This is called joint replacement surgery, and is quite common for the both damaged hip and knee joints.Although it may hurt to move, staying active can help keep your joints healthy. Exercising can also help you lose the weight thats putting pressure on your sore joints. Ask your doctor to recommend a physical therapist, who can teach you exercises that strengthen the muscles supporting your joints.Osteoarthritis is different in everyone. Some people can get around fine with it while others have trouble doing even the simplest tasks, like bending down to get the morning paper. Before your joints get so stiff and painful that they limit your lifestyle, talk to your doctor about treatment and prevention options that can help you get around more like you used to.Review Date:11/17/2011Reviewed By:Alan Greene, MD, Author and Practicing Pediatrician; also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img read more