WESTERN BUREAU:Reigning daCosta Cup champions Clarendon College moved further clear of the chasing pack in Group H of the ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup football competition, slamming Kellits High 6-0 yesterday.The win took them to maximum six points and ahead of Lennon and Thompson Town, with three points each. Lennon defeated Thompson Town 3-0, also in yesterday’s action. Clarendon had previously defeated Edwin Allen on Saturday.Last year’s beaten finalists, St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), again looked frail in a 2-2 draw with Lacovia in their Group E showdown. STETHS now lie third in the group behind leaders Maggotty and Lacovia High, both on four points.Their lack of form is a worrying sign for the school’s technical staff, headed by Wendell Downswell, who downplayed their preseason results, telling The Gleaner they will come good when it matters.Maggotty, though, have been the surprise package, as they took all three points in a 2-0 victory over Munro that put the Malvern-based school next to last in Group E with one point after two matches.Meanwhile, Green Pond High played a stubborn game to hold Group A leaders Cornwall College to a 1-1 draw at Jarrett Park. Cornwall weathered the storm to score on the 22nd-minute mark. Alrick Ottey, the brother of Montego Bay United forward Allan Ottey, rose above the Green Pond defenders to flash a header home to make the score 1-0.Odaine Lewis was issued a second yellow card and was ejected in the 70th minute. Two minutes later, Green Pond scored the equaliser when winger Ever ado Chambers curled a wonderfully taken free-kick over the wall, to beat Cornwall’s Jamario Hines in goal.Yesterday’s ResultsKemps Hill 1 Old Harbour 1Cornwall College 1 Green Pond 1Manchester 9 Belair 0Cedric Titus 2 York Castle 2McGrath 0 Dinthill 2Vere 1 Central High 0Green Island 0 Rusea’s 1Knox College 2 Bellefield 0Port Antonio 5 Buff Bay 0Robert Lightbourne 1 Morant Bay 1Lacovia 2 STETHS 2Kellits 0 Clarendon College 6Happy Grove 1 Fair Prospect 0Manning’s 4 Little London 0Maggotty 2 Munro 0Lennon 3 Thompson Town 0
In bid to enhance livestock production in Liberia, the United States Agencies for International Development/Food and Enterprise Development Program (USAID/FED) has rehabilitated the Central Agricultural Research Institute’s (CARI) livestock quarantine facility in Suakoko, Bong County.The facility was dedicated last Friday by the United States Ambassador to Liberia, Ms. Deborah Malac.The program was attended by the Deputy Minister for Administration of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), Seklau Wiles, and the Chief of Party for USAID/FED, Agnes Luz and among other dignitaries.The CARI’s livestock house was destroyed during Liberia’s fourteen year civil crisis. Thanks to USAID/FED’s partnership with the government of Liberia, the facility was revamped to meet the needs of livestock farmers in the country.According to the project document, about 500 improved varieties of goats are initially expected to occupy the new facility.USAID/FED will focus on improving goats husbandry techniques to increase production, while USDA and Land O’ Lakes (USDA/LOL) are to restock the nation’s goat population.The document further explained that goat farmers under the FED program are going to benefit from an imported herd of genetically proven goats to upgrade their existing herd, adding that the facility would be used as a home for nucleus breeding.Cutting the ribbon off the animals’ house last Friday in CARI, Ambassador Malac stated the United States government was gratified to support Liberia’s agricultural programs to reduce poverty and help the country become food secured.“The U.S government has made and will continue to make major investments to support agriculture and agri-business in Liberia through its close partnership with government institutions and agencies. Through projects such as the quarantine facility and the establishment of a thriving goat sector in Liberia, the U.S. government reaffirms its long standing commitment to help reduce poverty and achieve food security,” she said.She emphasized that the facility was critical to the overall process of increasing the national goat herd and represented how her government coordinates investment among different government agencies.“Goats are primary asset of rural village households and farms in Liberia. Considering that nearly 80 percent of all the goat meat consumed in the country is imported from surrounding countries, we intend to reverse that trend,” she explained.The U.S Ambassador mentioned that FED has not only partnered with CARI to increase livestock production, but was also into rice seed multiplication and certification as well as the multiplication of improved varieties of cassava cuttings.For her part, Mrs. Wiles said the government of Liberia was thankful to the people and government of America for helping to revamp the agricultural sector of Liberia.The MoA’s deputy minister, who once served as the national livestock coordinator for her ministry prior to her appointment, said that Liberia had been very productive in livestock production prior to the civil crisis.“Before the war, this facility served as our dairy cattle’s bond that hosted exotic (foreign) breed used for the crossing. We firmly believe that its revamping begins the intention to increase livestock production. This is why we are thankful for the assistance of the U.S government,” she stated joyfully.Dr. Arthur Kanua is the director for livestock research at CARI.He earlier confirmed at the program that his institution (CARI) has partnered with USAID/FED and USDA/LOL to enhance animal farming in Liberia.Speaking exclusively with the Daily Observer newspaper, after the program, the Acting Chief of Party for USDA/LOL, Madam Allison Williams, disclosed that by June of this year her institution is expected to restock the facility at CARI with goats.“We will be able to bring high quality of animals perhaps by June,” she said.According to her, they are working with fifty-nine goat farming groups in the country to increase animal production, adding that farmers are taught to breed livestock as a business.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
05Nov Michigan House panel takes testimony on local resident’s idea for new Michigan law Mark Shrapnell, at right, today testifies before the House Elections and Ethics Committee on his idea to reform the millage election process. Rep. Dan Lauwers, at left, formally introduced the legislation.A Michigan House committee today took testimony on legislation proposed by a constituent of Rep. Dan Lauwers to increase voter turnout and save taxpayer dollars by limiting millage increase elections to November or August.Mark Shrapnell of St. Clair came up with the idea for the legislation as part of a contest sponsored by Lauwers to give constituents the chance to help direct public policy. Residents were asked to send in ideas for legislation, and the top five proposals were introduced by Lauwers. Shrapnell traveled to Lansing to testify before the committee.“Mark’s idea is a common-sense measure to help ensure a better representation of the people at the ballot box while saving hard-earned taxpayer dollars,” said Lauwers, R-Brockway Township. “Local voters deserve the right to be heard when it comes to any new millage proposal, and our primary or general elections are when the majority of people vote.”House Bill 4887 specifies that after Dec. 31, 2014, a local taxing unit would be required to hold a new or increased millage proposal during the November general election or August primary election. Under current law, a taxing unit can hold up to two millage elections during the year. Millage renewal elections would still be allowed at other times under the legislation.Lauwers received more than 50 bill ideas from residents as part of his legislation contest.“The contest gave local residents a unique opportunity to take part in our democratic form of government,” Lauwers said. “I want to thank Mark for taking the time to drive to Lansing to testify before the committee. It’s just another reason why it’s so important for state lawmakers to be in the district, listening to constituents. I’m happy Mark was able to get a firsthand look at government in action.”HB 4887 is still under consideration by the House Elections and Ethics Committee. Categories: Lauwers News,Lauwers Photos
More than 50% of US over-the-top subscription households subscribe to multiple video streaming services, compared to just 20% in 2014, according to Parks Associates.The research firm said that of these multi-OTT homes, 81% use Netflix plus another service or combination of services – typically Amazon or Hulu.Brett Sappington“A common assumption is that consumers who pay for multiple subscription OTT video services would not need to, or have time to, use free OTT video service options. Yet, we find the opposite to be the case,” said Parks Associates’ senior director of research, Brett Sappington.“Only 30% of households subscribing to one subscription service use at least one free, ad-supported online video service. That number jumps to 47% of households subscribing to three subscription services and 63% if a household subscribes to five or more services.”Overall Parks claims that 69% of US broadband households subscribe to at least one OTT video service. However, with the exception of Netflix and Amazon Prime, OTT services are experiencing churn rates exceeding 50% of their subscriber base.Separately, new smart home research by Parks predicts that by 2021 more than 10 million smart home controllers – like Amazon Echo or Google Home speakers – will be sold in the US, and more than eight million will be sold through retail or other related channels.The ‘US Smart Home Tracker: Market Sizing and Trends’ report claims that 26% of smart home owners bought their devices from brick-and-mortar retail stores like Best Buy, Home Depot, or Walmart.