Younquoi Finally Wins in Nimba District #8

first_imgNimba County District #8 Rep. Larry YounquoiIncumbent Representative of Nimba County District 8, Larry P. Younquoi has been declared the winner in the October 10 legislative election of that district.Representative Younquoi’s victory follows a recount of the vote after his main rival, businessman turned politician, Saye Miannah, was announced by authorities of the National Election Commission (NEC) as a winner earlier.Mr. Miannah in previous counting won with 19 votes more than the incumbent, but the result was challenged by Representative Younquoi for recount.The recount that took place in Saclepea on Saturday, November 4, gave Representative Younquoi 6,191 votes leading Mr. Miannah who obtained 6,174 votes; a difference of 17 votes.According to some insiders in the counting booths, Larry’s defeat as announced in the initial counting came as a result of considering some votes invalid when they were actually not.Some voters wrote the name of the candidate of their choice in the marking box, instead of using the voting signs, but poll workers considered it as invalid, which went against the incumbent lawmaker.The first round of voting gave Saye Miannah a 19 vote lead over Younquoi.Having rectified the error in the recounting not only for Younquoi, but for the rest of the candidates, the incumbent finally triumphed over his closest rival, Miannah, with 17 votes, making him the winner.Representative Younquoi’s re-election defeat attributed to him earlier had received mixed reactions.The announcement of his defeat stirred up opinions that he is very boastful and presents himself as the only educated person from the district, if not from the county in the Legislature.Others accused Younquoi of being egocentric (selfish, self-centered) to the extent that he does not help his own relatives except his biological children.Others also said during the first term of his leadership, Representative Younquoi did not advocate on their behalf to reopen their roads. That situation reportedly led most of them in the district to register in another district to vote.Those that admire Younquoi, on the other hand, said if he were defeated in the race, it would have been a great loss not only for Nimba County, but for the country, because his performance over the years classifies him as one of the  best lawmakers.Some journalists critiquing Younquoi recently said Nimba was making a grave mistake to get him out, emphasizing that it clearly manifested Nimbaians’ resolve not to get rid of competent lawmakers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New precision ag tool to help manage inputs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With profit margins tightening, more growers are looking to precision ag and variable rate applications to help economize costs on their farm. According to a recent survey, 22% of growers surveyed plan to increase variable rate applications of fertilizer and crop protection inputs in 2015.Trupointe Cooperative this year became a dealer of 360 Yield Center, a new precision technology system that uses data from the field along with analytical models based on field history analysis and weather patterns to provide growers field-specific prescriptions. Founder of the system is Gregg Sauder, a farmer-entrepreneur and the former CEO of Precision Planting.The core of the system is the 360 Commander, which generates customized seed, nitrogen and irrigation recommendations, in either a variable or straight rate prescription format, based on real-time and historical data for each field.The software pulls data from a variety of sources, such as soil zone information from the U.S. Department of Ag; field slope data; historical and current weather records, including hourly rainfall levels; hybrid choice; planting information; soil test results; and in-season nitrogen levels.The 360 Yield system also includes the 360 Y-Drop and UnderCOVER, both attachments for sprayers. Trupointe does have a rig equipped with both the Y-Drop and UnderCOVER attachments.The Y-Drop delivers product to the base of the stalk and allows for mid- to late-season application, even up to tassel, with precision placement and variable rate application. Nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and micronutrients can be placed within two to three inches of the crop row.The UnderCOVER, which mounts to the Y-Drop, is a multi-directional applicator that sprays fungicides, insecticides and nutrient products through a mist or fog under the plant, providing inner canopy coverage late in the season. This could be used instead of an aerial application that applies application over top the plant.The system overall is designed to give farmers more control to help them capture plant potential, preserve resources and ultimately, optimize return.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 120 | Century Farms and the County Fair

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The team is back after a week break from the podcast for the Labor Day Holiday. This week, Matt catches up with Between the Rows farmers Lamar Liming and Dylan Baer. Dusty Sonnenberg hears from organic farmer Rick Clark. All that and much more in the Ohio Ag Net latest podcast, brought to you by AgriGold.last_img

In The Spotlight – Candice Ashley

first_imgIn the twenty-eighth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Mixed Open player, Candice Ashley, speaks about what it means to play at the 2011 World Cup and the biggest influences on her Touch Football career.  Name: Candice AshleyNickname: CandyAge: 27Affiliate: Brisbane CobrasOccupation: Property ValuerPosition: Left WingDebut for Australia: 2009 Trans Tasman – WollongongCareer highlights so far: Representing Australia at 2009 Trans Tasman.How you got involved in Touch Football: Started playing in a social country Mixed competition when I was 13.Favourite player: Sharon MartinWhat does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: It’s a dream come true to wear the green and gold at the highest level possible in Touch Football.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: My parents, Peter Gagen, Peter Bell, Wayne Grant and Bernie Morrison.Favourite sporting moment: Winning the National Touch League with the Mixed Open Cobras in 2008.What do you know about Scotland: It has a lot of history.Any superstitions: Not really.Funniest Australian teammate: Tashy (Tony El Takchi)Favourite quote: “Go hard or go home”Any travel plans for after World Cup: Yes, Ireland to visit relatives, 14 day contiki around Western Europe, and one week with best friend around more of Europe.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup.  With only a month to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

10 months agoZabaleta welcomes ex-Man City teammate Nasri to West Ham

first_imgZabaleta welcomes ex-Man City teammate Nasri to West Hamby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePablo Zabaleta has welcomed former Manchester City teammate Samir Nasri to West Ham.Nasri enjoyed some of the best football of his career under Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini’s guidance in City’s 2013/14 Premier League title-winning season.Zabaleta told the Daily Star, “He’s ready. “We know that obviously he will need some game time to build up his fitness level. He’s been working with us for a month and a half. “Of course then in a game it’s different, but I hope he can have his chance soon, because he’s one of those players who can probably bring some creativity into the team because it seems like some part of the games we need to keep the ball better, the final pass, keep more possession. “At the moment, especially in the last two games, we’ve given the ball away so cheaply, so a player with his class of course will bring this.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

DryShips Winds Down 2016 with Cut Loss

first_imgzoom Greece-based ship owner DryShips reported a full-year net loss of USD 198.6 million for 2016, considerably lower from a net loss of USD 2.8 billion seen in 2015. For the fourth quarter of 2016, the firm posted a net loss of USD 77.5 million, against USD 527.6 million loss recorded in the same period of 2015.The loss includes equity in losses of Ocean Rig, according to the firm’s data.Revenue for the full-year period was USD 51.9 million, compared to USD 969.8 million posted in 2015. Additionally, revenue for the last quarter of 2016 amounted to USD 12.8 million, against USD 23.7 million.As disclosed, no revenues from drilling contracts and lower voyage revenues led to the reduced total revenue.Voyage time charter equivalent (TCE) was much lower in 2016 and stood at USD 3.658, compared to USD 9,171 in 2015.Due to the prolonged market downturn in the drybulk segment and the continued depressed outlook on freight rates, DryShips started discussions last year with its lenders regarding the firm’s debt facilities.In December 2016, DryShips’ chairman and CEO George Economou took over the majority of the firm’s debt. A company controlled by Economou has become the lender of record under DryShips’ USD 85.1 million syndicated loan previously arranged by Germany’s HSH Nordbank.Last month, DryShips completed the USD 200 million common stock offering, raising USD 198 million that will be used to renew the company’s fleet and pursue investments in different shipping segments.“We are pleased to have put 2016 behind us. Having now restored our balance sheet and successfully raised over USD 300 million in new equity in the last 12 months, DryShips is in a unique position to opportunistically acquire vessels at prices close to historic lows,” George Economou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, commented.DryShips owns a fleet of 13 Panamax drybulk carriers with a combined deadweight tonnage of approximately 1 million tons, 1 very large gas carrier (VLGC) newbuilding and 6 offshore supply vessels.last_img read more

Injured Again Derrick Rose Is In Uncharted Territory

Mark Jackson28.012.0-16.049.9 John Williams18.31.8-16.4-0.8 Back in March 2011, I wrote a column for The New York Times about how, statistically speaking, Derrick Rose didn’t deserve to win the NBA’s MVP award over Chris Paul (and others).The reaction from Chicago Bulls fans was — how can I put this? — not positive. But in the process of researching Rose and watching him closely, I grew to appreciate him more and more as a player, to the point that he became one of my favorite players to watch in all of basketball.1I even had a framed photograph of him on the wall of my old office at Sports Reference. In other words, sometimes contemptuous feedback breeds familiarity with — and even fondness for — a player. (I confess that a similar phenomenon is taking place for me now, with Andrew Wiggins.)That’s why it was so disheartening to see Rose suffer yet another devastating injury Tuesday night, this time a torn meniscus in the same knee that he injured early in the 2013-14 season. While the severity is still unknown, as is the course of action that Rose’s doctors will pursue, this latest setback could be Rose’s fourth season-ending injury in as many seasons. It’s a string of bad breaks that shouldn’t befall any athlete, much less one who ranked among his sport’s most exciting before injuries struck.Purely from a basketball perspective, the Bulls are probably more equipped to handle Rose’s absence now than at any point in the past four years. While Rose’s season started with promise, his play has largely been uneven; for the year, he ranks 33rd among point guards in Real Plus-Minus and 165th overall.2He ranked 20th overall during his best season, 2011-12.The bigger question concerns whether Rose can overcome another misfortune to contribute meaningfully in the future. And in that regard, he’s in uncharted territory by the standards of NBA history.Through age 233For all ages in this post, I’m referring to Basketball-Reference.com’s convention of listing a player’s age on Feb. 1 of the season in question. (for Rose, the 2011-12 season), the Bulls guard had generated 26.1 wins above replacement (WAR), a total that ranks 32nd among all NBA players since the 1977 ABA-NBA merger. For comparison’s sake, LeBron James is the 23-and-under leader over that span, with 82.2 WAR. But plenty of great players — from Adrian Dantley to Shawn Kemp and Shareef Abdur-Rahim — also had fewer WAR than Rose through the same age.Based on his average yearly performance through age 23,4Adjusted for aging effects. it would have been fair to expect about 26 more WAR from Rose between the ages of 24 and 26.5Using a historical regression between average age-adjusted WAR per year through age 23 and total WAR between the ages of 24 and 26. However, Rose produced just 0.9 WAR between his lost 2012-13 and the current 2014-15 season. Through no fault of Rose’s own, that 25 WAR shortfall was the largest of any player in the sample I examined, a tangible measure of just how much was lost over the past three years. Derrick Rose25.90.9-25.0Active Rik Smits12.71.9-10.823.9 Jay Vincent14.34.0-10.2-2.3 Chris Paul54.537.3-17.1Active David Thompson26.810.0-16.82.5 Shaquille O’Neal46.034.8-11.2106.3 Norm Nixon20.98.0-12.83.4 Sam Bowie21.02.7-18.311.2 John Long6.6-3.0-9.6-1.1 Tyrone Nesby15.71.0-14.70.0 Darius Miles10.7-1.4-12.10.1 Brevin Knight19.14.8-14.310.2 LaPhonso Ellis19.83.8-16.13.3 And Rose’s peers at the top of the shortfall list show what uncharted comeback territory he’s in. Big man Sam Bowie, now known mostly for being drafted one pick ahead of Michael Jordan, returned to post 11.2 WAR after missing his entire age-26 season with a stress fracture but wasn’t anywhere near as effective as he’d been in his first two seasons. And Bowie is the success story of the group.Clark Kellogg undershot his projected age 24-26 WAR by 19.8, retiring four games into his age-25 season after a trio of knee surgeries. David Thompson’s issues with injuries and substance abuse caused him to undershoot his expected age 24-26 WAR by 16.8 and then generate only 2.5 WAR from age 27 onward. John “Hot Plate” Williams succumbed to injuries and struggled to control his weight, producing -0.8 WAR after age 26. And LaPhonso Ellis was never the same player following a knee injury suffered early in his age-24 season.Most of these cautionary tales are at most only tangentially similar to Rose’s injury travails, but they do underscore just how rare it is for a player to return to productivity after a spell of lost prime seasons, even if — like Rose — they’d shown tremendous promise as young players. Clark Kellogg20.91.1-19.80.0 Landry Fields11.3-0.4-11.7Active Kerry Kittles21.15.6-15.517.5 Andris Biedrins12.82.8-10.0-0.2 Phil Ford14.3-0.3-14.60.0 Willie Anderson17.15.7-11.53.7 Rajon Rondo25.415.1-10.3Active Reggie King16.76.4-10.3-0.7 Bill Garnett11.20.9-10.30.0 Eddie Griffin10.9-0.3-11.20.0 Ron Brewer10.4-1.6-12.0-4.8 Eric Gordon11.72.0-9.7Active Eric Money8.2-1.9-10.10.0 Dudley Bradley12.01.1-10.97.0 Tyrus Thomas8.7-1.5-10.2Active WAR, AGES 24-26WAR, AGE 27+ PLAYERPREDICTEDACTUALDIFF read more

Tressel in turmoil questions remain

Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, athletic director Gene Smith and university President E. Gordon Gee met with the media at 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the NCAA violations committed by the coach. Tressel has been suspended for the first two games of the 2011 season, ordered to attend a compliance seminar and fined $250,000 by the university. Though the three responded to questions for about 15 minutes after their statements, they left many more to be answered. What wrongdoing did Tressel commit? On April 2, 2010, Tressel received an e-mail from an attorney. The contents of the e-mail alerted Tressel to the fact that the owner of a local tattoo parlor, Edward “Eddie” Rife, was recently involved in a federal government investigation. His house had been raided the day before, and the government seized $70,000 as well as some memorabilia from OSU, including championship rings. He was also informed in the e-mail that a Buckeye player had taken signed memorabilia to Rife, who was flipping the items for profit, while in turn supplying the players with free tattoos. Perhaps the most troubling aspect of the e-mail came at the end, where the attorney listed various criminal charges involving Rife in the past, including a conviction for felony forgery. “It kind of jogged in my mind some of the toughest losses I’ve ever had in coaching,” Tressel said. “I’ve had a player murdered; I’ve had a player incarcerated; I’ve had a player get taken into the drug culture and lose his opportunity for a productive life. And so it was obviously tremendously concerning. Quite honestly, I was scared.” Tressel replied that he would “get on it ASAP.” Over the next two months, the attorney continued to send Tressel e-mails pertaining to Rife’s misdeeds. The attorney had recently spoken with Rife, and had more information about the incidents in question. Included in these messages were specific items Rife obtained, including the names of two student-athletes who were selling their championship rings. The university determined that Tressel violated NCAA Bylaw 10.1, and failed to follow the school’s protocol by not reporting the violations to compliance, or any of the university administrators. It was decided that he had multiple opportunities to do so, and chose to prioritize the ongoing criminal investigation over reporting potential violations in regards to the NCAA rules and regulations. “I think back to what I could have done differently because obviously as Gene mentioned in the outset an NCAA violation occurred on my part,” Tressel said. “I asked for a little advice as to how I should have taken this forward. I’ve learned that I probably needed to go to the top legal counsel person at the university and get some help as to how you handle primo investigations.” Will these sanctions hold up to NCAA scrutiny? Unfortunately for the OSU football program, these self-imposed sanctions are not the end of the scandal. Though the university has conducted its own investigations and levied sanctions against its coach, the NCAA has yet to officially weigh in. “Even though (the NCAA has) worked with us all the way collaboratively to this point, they still get the self-report,” Smith said. “They deliberate within their team to determine if they are supportive of the sanctions we have levied and if they agree with the exact bylaw that we have said the violation occurred.” The OSU athletic department contacted officials early on in its own investigative process, and two NCAA investigators came to campus to begin conducting interviews in unison with the university Feb. 8. “We decided early on to work with them, to ask them to be a part of the process and work with us from the beginning,” Smith said. “It’s a different model than what you historically see in these types of investigations.” That OSU went the alternate route and got the NCAA involved sooner rather than later might be its saving grace as it might be more likely that the association simply uphold the university’s self-imposed sanctions. Students say they are concerned that this investigation might affect the appeal of the suspension the five players who sold memorabilia received. “I just thought that there is a possibility that the five-game suspension for the kids might’ve been lifted or reduced a little bit, but with this now I think it won’t change at all,” said Jason Ruberg, a fourth-year in health sciences. Smith, however, assured that the two investigations were “totally separate.” All that is known for sure is that the 2011 Buckeyes will not have Tressel at the helm for their first two games. The coach is forced to look forward. “At no point … am I looking for anything other than doing what needs to be done,” Tressel said, “growing from the experiences that we’ve had, and continuing to serve the greatest university in America.” How will this affect OSU during the 2011 season? The university has taken corrective and punitive action toward Tressel, the worst of which includes a two-game suspension for the beginning of the 2011 season and a $250,000 fine. “Obviously I’m disappointed that this happened at all,” Tressel said. “I take my responsibility for what we do at Ohio State tremendously seriously, and for the game of football. “I plan to grow from this, and I’m sincerely saddened by the fact that I let some people down.” Smith was adamant that this incident was separate from the incidents that occurred with the players back in December 2010, Tattoo-gate as they’ve come to be known. However, both transgressions will affect the team in a major way next season. The football program will now have the responsibility of choosing an interim coach for the first two games. Darrell Hazel, the assistant head coach last season and obvious choice for the gig recently took over as the new coach of Kent State, so he’s out. Another option is defensive coordinator Jim Heacock, who was the head coach at Illinois State from 1988–95. At this point, it’s hard to predict who will be stepping in for the Senator to start the season, but what we do know is that the Buckeyes’ first two games, against Akron and Toledo, shouldn’t be nearly as difficult as some of the games they’ll be playing in later in the year. Still, losing Tressel for the first two games — on top of losing five seniors, including quarterback Terrelle Pryor, for the first five games — will make for a tumultuous start to the 2011 season. Tressel’s leadership in the locker room and along the sidelines will be missed. Despite all the turmoil, the football program remains united in its efforts. This includes former players, whose support for Tressel has been unwavering. “It doesn’t change my opinion of him. I would do anything for coach Tress,” former kicker Mike Nugent said. “I think it’s terrible that he had to be a part of it, and I’ve never met someone with so much class and I just hate that this happened. He doesn’t deserve it; he doesn’t deserve any of this.” News regarding the interim coaching assignment should be announced before the start of spring practices. How will this affect his legacy? Tressel has amassed a record of 106-22 at OSU with one national title and seven Big Ten championships during his decade with the program. Though Tressel has been lauded for his success on the field, many have also praised the man for his integrity off it. This scandal might call that feature of the man’s personality into doubt. “I really have to question the man’s judgment,” said Richard Hersch, a third-year in actuarial science. “If you get a letter from somebody like that … you know that part of your responsibility is to report any sort of situation like this to other authorities.” Others pointed to the fact that Tressel’s transgression was an error in judgment, and, as such, one he should not be judged too harshly for. “It wasn’t that he went out and, you know, elected to do something illegal or against recruiting regulations and thought he couldn’t get caught. It wasn’t anything like that at all,” OSU football historian Jack Park said. “It was something he had to deal with because of some actions of other players.” Regardless of how the transgression is viewed, it did occur and must be put into the context of the coach’s résumé. That résumé is compared to former OSU coach Woody Hayes, who compiled a 205-61-10 record, three national titles and 13 Big Ten crowns with the team. His career ended after punching a Clemson player in the 1978 Gator Bowl. Park said Tressel’s failure to report knowledge of violations does not resonate in the same way as Hayes’ assault. “I think it’s pretty major right now because it happened (yesterday) and we’re all talking about it,” he said. “I think in a few years as you reflect on everything … I don’t think it will have a major impact on coach Tressel’s legacy.” Jay Clouse contributed to this story. read more

Klopp wants to take on Manchester City the next season

first_imgManchester City have been dominating in this season’s Premier League and they were already crowned as the new champions but Jürgen Klopp believes that his side can fight against them the next season.Liverpool have been just one of two teams who have been able to beat Manchester City in this Premier League season and they also eliminated them from the Champions League – and Klopp wants to fight for the title.The former BVB coach spoke about his side’s goals as he said, according to Goal:“Of course I don’t fear the challenge. This year, if City had played a normal season, which they didn’t do, then it would have been really close until the end because we are now all close together.”norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“United are four points ahead of us, Tottenham are two points behind or whatever. It’s a real fight for all positions.”“All big six pretty much delivered this year but City delivered the best. It’s difficult to deal with success, as it is difficult to deal with other things in football, but I’m pretty sure they will be strong again.”“It doesn’t make life easier but it’s not impossible to step a little bit higher.”last_img read more

Deputy Speaker says FSC given too much power in new Trust legislation

first_img Connolly claims Premier raising smokescreen Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:josephine connolly Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Jan 2016 – A strong caution came during House of Assembly debate yesterday from Opposition At Large Member, Hon Josephine Connolly during that first reading of the Trust Companies Licensing and Supervision Bill, 2015. Hon Connolly reminded the House Speaker that the Premier had promised that the financial services industry would not be tampered with in a way that it gives the FSC unchecked power to alter regulations.“Mr. Speaker I seem to remember the Honorable Premier stating at a previous meeting that we cannot put the finance industry in a position that when they wake up in the morning fees or regulatory amounts have been changed. Well, Mr. Speaker, it seems to me that “at any time” certainly includes first thing in the morning.” The legislation is proposing, according to Deputy House Speaker Connolly, who is also a businesswoman that the FSC would have the policy power to boss around the commercial sector if it wanted to. “I could describe this ordinance, somewhat tongue in cheek, as a stealthy, non violent coup d’état!Hon Connolly pointed to Section 15 of the bill. “Section 15, page 15, entitled “Maintenance of Paid Up Capital”. Initially in part (a) the reader is directed towards the code………. an amount certain. But Mr. Speaker the story does not end there. Part (b) says the FSC can increase the share capital requirement …..and I quote “at any time”. Connolly went on to draw reference to other areas of the proposed ordinance that gives the Financial Services Commission the power to change fees sporadically, citing also that the ‘code’ is mentioned 57 times in the bill. Her recommendation to avoid, what she called ‘the absolute discretionary power of the FSC’ was for the Attorney General to explain and revamp. She closed with some statistics to the Speaker; one that the FSC has grown in staff size by 400% between 2003 to 2015 but that Trust companies have fled this jurisdiction; a decrease from 20 to 11 between 2008 and 2015, according to the recent IMF report. Overgrown bush moved by MPs and TCEM Salt Cay being ignored, Member & Native demand betterlast_img read more