Friendship 2nd phase sea defence project commences

first_imgThe second phase of the sea defence project at Friendship, East Bank Demerara, that will extend the project by 120 metres, has commenced. The extension starts from Friendship and heads north.Senior District Engineer, Sea and River Defence Department, Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Maitland Stewart told the Government Information Agency (GINA), that the first phase of the project commenced in 2014. He said 375 metres of rip-rap defence were done on the defence adjacent to Garden of Eden.The team of workers, Stewart pointed out, has already cleared the area and is ready to commence work. The project will see the continuation of rip-rap sea defence with timber pilings being used to stabilise the structure and a rock armour slope: “The contractors will use a timber revetment; a timber toe, then they’ll come up with the armour layer, armour surface protection, then do the earthen embankment.”Toe pilings are sharpened poles driven next to the upstream face of the mudsills of a dam to prevent water from seeping under theContractors working on the Friendship sea defence projectfoundation. Armour toes are rocks used for river revetment.The project is being funded to the cost of $50 million from the ministry’s 2016 budget, and is expected to be completed within six months.The extension comes in wake of the loss of the natural sea defence. “We have lost most of the natural defences such as mangrove …due to erosion … so we’re putting in a new permanent structure and rip-rap is the most plausible solution for the condition we’re in right now,” the engineer explained.last_img read more

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From Criticism to Patriotism: A Caveat to Change Liberia’s Future

first_imgAsk a typical Liberian anywhere in the world to describe Liberia, and it is no surprise to hear damaging, defaming, demeaning, disdainful and slanderous depictions of the country in which Africa’s liberation, redemption and emancipation first began. From the ruling establishment, to the politicians, to the religious leaders, to the journalists, to the economists, to the educationalists, to the agriculturalists, to the environmentalists, and the entire populace perpetually criticize the country with no hope for a prosperous future. In homes, offices, university campuses, transportation facilities, and across street corners, where groups of people from the intelligentsia meet to flex intellectual muscles, the discourse is mostly centered on all sorts of badmouthing and castigations, with pessimistic outlooks on Liberia’s future. Moreover, radio and television talk shows hosts as well as regular callers portray doomed images that recovery from the fourteen years of intermittent and devastating civil conflict is far from reality. Even the leading stories in the print media all too often paint gloomy pictures that the country is retrogressing rather than gradually progressing. It seems most Liberians are very fascinated about disparaging portraits of the country. Some Liberians prefer print and electronic media that denigrate the country in almost every edition. While other consistently and persistently visit small intellectual centers to malign everything about their own country mostly in the presence of foreigners without regard to the fundamental adverse impact. Too often a considerable number of Liberians have the tendency to brand their country as “good for nothing, backward, corrupt, impoverished, dirty, worthless, among others awful vitriol”. For most, the country can be equated to a den of hell with iniquity at its highest peak. Some even cast a spell that Liberia will never go anywhere and nothing good will come from the country. Of course, in a democratic, heterogeneous, and multicultural society like ours, people will always have opposing views and diverse opinions on many issues arising, be it local or national or international. Therefore, no one expect Liberians to turn a blind eyes on the extreme hardship, abject poverty, appalling education system, dreadful healthcare, frightful unemployment, unacceptable inequality and unbearable cost of living coupled with lack of safe drinking water, electricity, nutrition, and unending corruption in every sphere of the country. Liberians would not fold their hands, silent their voices and shut their pens in the midst of the closure of radio stations for exposing and unearthing corruption and other dirty deeds of the government. The people of Liberia cannot sit back and relax when members of the Honorable House of Representatives formulate two blocks while other stay away from work and being paid by high earned taxpayers’ resources. It is very obvious that the people of this glorious land of liberty continue to standup to defend, protect and uphold the Organic Law and other fundamental rules. In fact, it is expressed in the language of the 1986 Constitution of this great Republic that: “All power is inherent in the people. All free governments are instituted by their authority and for their benefit and they have the right to alter and reform the same when their safety and happiness so require. In order to ensure democratic government which responds to the wishes of the governed, the people shall have the right at such period, and in such manner as provided for under this Constitution, to cause their public servants to leave office and to fill vacancies by regular elections and appointments”. From this constitutional provision, one can easily surmise that in a democratic society like ours, political power is ultimately inherent in the people and not under the jurisdiction of affluent individuals, the political elites, and members of the ruling establishment.However, our consistent, persistent, insistent vilification of our country have led us to where we are today. In the words of René Descartes, a French philosopher, mathematician and scientist dubbed as the father of modern Western philosophy, “Cogito ergo sum” a Latin philosophical proposition meaning “I think, therefore I am”. We as Liberians must begin to perceive our country from optimistic viewpoints not permissive stances. We must begin to work toward a free, just, and equal society, where every man, woman and child can achieve their full potential and measure of happiness through their own imagination, creativity, culture, and national proud. The way we think of our country, is the way it would be. But, if we concentrate on the opportunities instead of only the dangers in the midst of overwhelming challenges, it would be difficult to develop and improve as a country. It is not to illusively believe that everything is fine or live in a world of fantasy or just being hopeless without any action. This is about mustering the courage and braveness to carry forward the dream of our founding fathers and ensure it is turned into reality for the common good of all not just for a few privileged individuals. We have to appreciate our country, believe in ourselves, love our fellow countrymen and countrywomen, be proud of our identity, accept our culture and tradition, and have faith in our country, and refuse to fail our country no matter what circumstances we are experiencing and challenges that lie ahead. Let the quest to develop and better our country be greater than our individual ambition or greed for power or desire for wealth. On the other hand, there are those who believe that patriotism would not exist or become practical when civil servant who keep the wheel of government turning cannot get the justifiable pay on time. When diligent and gallant men and women in uniform do not obtain their manageable salary and accompany benefits on time. When prices of everything on the market skyrocket and profit margin becomes extremely low due to high import taxes. When education is being branded as a “mess” and healthcare has failed too many. And, when thousands go to bed hungry without any hope to get meal the next day. Obviously, these are undisputable and unarguable facts. For the most part, what is even more disheartening and disappointing is the government unwillingness to listen and hear the cry of her citizens. Frustratingly, the people are still hopeful in the government, and they are expressing their displeasure every now and then in various forms and manners. Howbeit, the people must take appropriate actions and initiatives to help themselves out of poverty first instead of relying and waiting on the government for everything. Let us make no mistake, no country in the world is perfect and capable of providing all of the assistance its citizens need, not even the world’s most powerful and wealthiest countries. They too have their own problems just as we continue to come face-to-face with human struggling and extreme poverty every day. Although, ours is a little bit complex due to structural and governmental and political issues. Notwithstanding, in every developed countries now, it is the people who have worked hard to change their respective countries from poverty to prosperity. In the wisdom of President Barrack Obama: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the one we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek”.We must change the way we do things from reliance, dependency syndrome, handout and begging mentality, and begin to work very hard with our hands and innovate with our minds. It is our time to do away with the usual tussle and hustle for political jobs and employment in the public sector and fighting over the small jobs in the private sector which in most cases are short-term, because of the massive lay off strategy. We need to become the maker of our own things, author of our own history, and creator of our own destiny. We cannot just be end users and final consumers of various commodities most especially our stable food. Take a moment and ask: Why farmers in India, Pakistan, Japan, China, and other populated countries should produce abundant food to feed themselves, then supply us with rice amidst our rich soil and climatic condition rated favorable to agriculture? One can only ponder for possible answers. We must begin to engage into mechanized farming of rice and other edible corps. The government and the people themselves must provide the enabling environment and opportunity, where the people can be mobilized and motivated to become agriculturalists with different specializations and conviction of competing with and exceeding other nations in term of food production. This is our time to reorganize, rethink, reinvigorate and reclaim our future to become one full of opportunities and successes.The change we seek would not come on a silver platter or within a relatively short span of time or extreme dependence on aid or blame shaping mentality, but rather it must come from ourselves as people united in a the truest sense of patriotism, discipline, and hard work. As Nelson Mandela rightly put it: “There is no easy walk to Freedom”. The road maybe rocky or muddy or rickety, however we should never lost focus and give up along the way. We should continue our journey to prosperity, lifting each other up, helping each other out and standing up for each other. We must now begin to demonstrate a special affection for our country, nurturing a sense of personal identification and learning to seek the well-being of our country as well as adopting the spirit of willingness to sacrifice for the good of the country. We have got to envision a “New Liberia” that is greater than our religion confessed, our dialect spoken, our county of origin, our place of birth or the sound of our last name. Patriotism should and must not be only the usual flamboyant utterances and cosmetic fanfares. It must contain a great meaning with a deep sense of loyalty, peace, love and the eagerness to make Liberia the best nation on earth. It is not an exaggeration or an illusion; this is definitely achievable if we begin to start thinking clearly for the common good of all.The young people should be taught and willing to volunteer and give back to their communities and country. Patriotic young Liberians should be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to join the Armed Forces of Liberia, the Liberia National Police, the National Fire Service, the Bureau of Immigration & Naturalization, and the Executive Protective Service along with other state security apparatus. The children and even those outside the family of the gallant men and women protecting our borders and defending our statehood should appreciate that it is more honorable to be a soldier, respectable to be a police officer, and admirable to serve the country. The government must play a pivotal role in providing appropriate accommodation, logistics and better incentive to commensurate with the prevailing economic situation. We the people must organize innovative initiatives to assist our valiant and astute state security personnel. The lip service render to our men and women in uniform has got to immediately stop. Moreover, civil servants who keep the wheels of our government turning must be treated with dignity and respect. The threats, intimidation, and humiliation from presidential appointees, elected officials and well-connected supervisors must come to an immediate end.The tendency of blame shaping for Liberia’s misfortune must be eradicated and a rebirth of a new paradigm shift introduced. It is about time that Liberians begin to avoid the propensity of eulogizing individuals whose actions and supports contributed to the prolonged civil war as well as those who embezzle the nation’s much needed revenue. The era of praise singing for people that steal public resources, commit atrocities and make use of unlawful wealth to swindle the common people under the disguise of being self-proclaimed humanitarians is over. Liberia has got to change and cannot continue to trend on the same path of hailing former warlords, belligerent citizens and corrupt officials just because of pseudo developmental initiatives or somewhat benevolent assistance. After all, if the nation’s resources were equitably distributed for the common good of all, no one would actually strive to entreat the few that are wealthy.Liberians have got to embrace an attitude of strategic thinking and do away with perpetually criticizing everything without any alternatives, badmouthing campaign for little or nothing and singing everlasting praises to the powers that be. While Liberians are quite busy with all sorts of trivial issues, the foreigners are making use of every single opportunity to enrich themselves at the detriment of the already poverty-stricken Liberians. The foreigners see the opportunities in the midst of crisis and Liberians only envision the dangers. Throughout the country, legal and illegal immigrants are in all sectors especially dominating the private sector. The economic power of our country is now in the hands of the Chinese, Indians, Lebanese, Pakistanis, Syrians, Nigerians, Ghanaians, Guineans and Malians among other nationals. Since our organic law prohibits foreigners who are not Negro from being citizens and owning land, these foreigners have swiftly learned to acquire real estate property through long-term lease agreements or marriage or allow other Liberians to front for them. From the largest commercial district of Red-light Market, to the budding Tubman Boulevard, and in the heart of our nation’s capital, new buildings are being constructed by these foreigners while we sit and wait for the next election to obtain political power and engage into negativism against our own country under the canopy of flexing intellectual muscles. Of course, there is nothing wrong with foreigners doing business in Liberia, but Liberians need to get involve in business and entrepreneurship in order to create more jobs and compete with the foreigners. If we are not careful and continue to trend on the path as usual, in the next ten to twenty years, our political power too will be in the hands of foreigners, because one who has economic power in any country controls the politics and determines who becomes what in the government and even influence laws, policies and regulations. So, we need to work overtime to catch-up and even surpass the foreigners in every aspect of business. We need to exhibit a high degree of trustworthiness and believe in ourselves. It is up to us to change our mentality and adopt a new approach to foster economic growth and venture into different businesses in order to change the future of Liberia.We will also need to fix the problem in the education system and turn it from mess to best not just in words, but through a revolutionary and aggressive overhaul of the system and it should not be about perpetual criticism or blame shaping or continuous excuses.Now is the time to ensure accessible, affordable, effective, efficient, and state-of-the-art education for all irrespective of creed, status, gender, and affiliation. With education for all, young minds will be developed to build new roads, bridges, schools, and hospitals across the country. Education for all will ensure the construction of factories to produce goods with the inscription “Made in Liberia”; on top of that basic infrastructural facilities to better the standards of living and improve clean energy and provide safe drinking water. Furthermore, education for all will fill the knowledge gap through the development of human resource capacity of young people thereby yielding more medical practitioners, engineers, business tycoons, entrepreneurs, lawyers, social workers, educationalists, scientists, and other specialists to tackle the difficulties now and future challenges that lie ahead. Investment in the development of human resource capacity within the public sector will decrease government’s expenditure on consultancy and provide employment opportunities that boost the economy. The time has come for every Liberian to set their sight higher and begin to think about solving our problems and not just talking about them. It is time for us to begin to teach every man, woman and child about the importance of patriotism. It is time for us to put aside petty jealousy, partisanship, corruption, greed for power and quest for wealth and change the future of our country. And, it is time for us to take collective, decisive, and proactive actions to swing the pendulum of Liberia from criticism to patriotism. Together, we can fulfill the dream of creating a glorious land of liberty under God’s command and a more prosperous future.About the author: Mr. Stephen B. Lavalah is an advocate and the Founder & Executive Director of Youth Exploring Solutions (YES), a passionate, non-profit and voluntary grassroots youth-led development organization. For more information about YES’ work in Liberia, please visit http://www.liberiayes.org. The views expressed are the author’s own and do not represent YES.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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7-year-old laid to rest following horrific accident

first_imgA seven-year-old boy was laid to rest on Thursday after he was killed in an accident on Tuesday in Essequibo.Jagdesh Mohanlall, a Primary One student from Aurora Primary School, was paid glowing tributes as he was laid to rest in the presence of scores of family Scenes from the funeral of Jagdesh Mohanlallmembers, friends, and residents.According to his uncle, he was going to purchase kite paper on Tuesday when he met his demise.He was struck down by motor car PNN 9465 driven by a businessman of Hibernia, Essequibo Coast.Jagdesh is survived by his father, Balram, who cared for him after his mom died.last_img read more

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Working to boost safety

first_imgSheriff’s deputies from Lancaster and Palmdale stations were involved in rail grade-crossing operations Wednesday in what both cities’ public safety officials said was designed to raise awareness of crossing dangers. Union Pacific railroad police joined the deputies in enforcing vehicle codes. Law enforcement officials also enforced laws prohibiting pedestrians from trespassing on railroad property. The operation featured a train that ran along the Antelope Valley tracks throughout the day. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Coral Daily Download – Wayne Rooney set for record-breaking 50th England goal

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman looks ahead to England’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland on Tuesday night and reveals Wayne Rooney is 4/5 to get the goal he needs to break Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record.He also says Wales are 500/1 ON to join England in qualifying for next summer’s tournament, with Chris Coleman’s side needing just one point from their final two games to book their place in France.Northern Ireland are also long odds-on to qualify as they stand just two points from sealing their place at Euro 2016, while Republic of Ireland’s hopes are in the balance and Scotland look dead and buried.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

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CAN YOU HELP FIND MEG?

first_imgA black and white collie sheep dog named Meg has been missing in the Milford area since Tuesday evening.Meg is missingShe is very frightened of thunder and could possibly be in a shed.Her owners are missing her terribly and would love a phonecall to let them know that Meg is safe and well. If anyone has any information on her whereabouts, please contact 0868778083.CAN YOU HELP FIND MEG? was last modified: January 16th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:MegMIilfordmissingsheepdoglast_img read more

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Bright Stars host Tooro as Bul travel to Nyamityobora

first_img Tags: bright starsBul FCNyamityobra FCStarTimes Uganda Premeir LeagueTooro unitedtop nBright Stars have not won in their last 11 games (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueWednesday, 27-02-2019-Bright Stars vs Tooro United, Matugga @4:30pm-Nyamityobora vs Bul, Kakyeka @4:30pmTooro United will be attempting to complete a first ever double over Bright Stars when the two sides meet on Wednesday afternoon.Wasswa Bbosa’s side defeated the Stars 2-0 in the first game and with both sides currently not in the best of form, Tooro will fancy their chances in this one too.Bright Stars have been in desperate form recently having gone 11 games minus tasting victory in the League (D6 L4). Their last victory dates back over two months ago in the 3-0 win away to Paidha Black Angels on December first.In their last game, they were outclassed 3-0 by Vipers in a game that they were dominated from start to finish.Currently seated 11th with 24 points, Bright Stars know that they need to start collecting points as soon as possible if they are to avoid being dragged into the relegation battle.For Tooro, they go into the game in 7th with 28 points and a win would see them climb as high as 5th, that is if they score as many as five.In the game at Kakyeka, relegation bound Nyamityobora play host to in-form Bul FC.Nyamityobora who have changes coaches twice this season are in desperation mode as they start the day second from bottom, 10 points adrift of safety.Nyamityobora have already made two managerial changes this season (UPL Photo)The Abanyakare have also lost all their last four League games, conceding 8 goals minus scoring any.If they are to stand any chance of staying in the League, they have to win at least 7 of their last 10 games and looking at their fixture list, at home to Bul looks one of the good bets to take all three points.However, Bul have been in good form lately winning three of their last six games (D1 L2).This will be the third ever meeting between the two teams. The first two saw Bul 1-0 in the Cup before a 2-2 draw in the League last month.The other game on Wednesday:-SC Villa vs Police FCComments last_img read more

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Drive to make all cops tops

first_imgRay Maota The “Promote Professional Policing –reward a cop, report a cop” campaignaims to encourage citizens to report goodand bad behaviour by police officers.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free images, visit the image library) Andrew Faull, senior researcher at the ISS,is also author of Behind the Badge, anin-depth look at the lives of South Africanpolice, who tell about their experiencesin uniform.(Image: Books Live)MEDIA CONTACTS• Andrew FaullInstitute for Security Studies: SeniorResearcher+27 12 346 9500A recently launched initiative to promote professionalism in South Africa’s police force calls on the public to speak out about good and bad cop conduct.The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) launched the “Promote Professional Policing – reward a cop, report a cop” campaign in Johannesburg on 1 September 2011.The campaign aims to encourage citizens to report police involved in corruption, and recognise those who do well in their profession.It was brought about after the ISS’s Crime and Justice Programme (CJP) delved into the public’s perception of the police and the root of corruption among officers.The programme found that the majority of South Africans perceived the police as lazy and corrupt.CJP head Gareth Newham said: “Whilst there is no denying that some deserve that label, many police men and women want nothing more than to serve the public with pride.”Newham added that because there were police officers who were courageous, respectful and dignified; members of the public should encourage them by recognising their efforts.Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said at the launch: “Understandably, members of the public often take the time to report complaints and negative experiences they have of the police, and we take these complaints and experiences very seriously.”Mthethwa also urged the public to support those officers who were professional and service-orientated.The minister said that the campaign was a platform for the public to voice their experiences with the police, be they good or bad.By showing recognition to those selfless police who strive to protect and serve, those who are corrupt will be isolated and the decline of it will be evident, said Newham.Rewarding and reportingMeasures have been put in place to help the public report on negative and positive policing.The Crime Hub website provides tips on how promote policing excellence, and a Facebook page called Professional-Policing has been set up where citizens can join a forum to share their experiences with others.There are also tips on the Facebook page for how people can reward good policing and report cases of bad police conduct.In addition, the public can follow @RewardaCop on Twitter for the latest news on good and bad policing.Creating a culture of better policingMpho Kwinika, president of the South African Police Union, said: “This campaign comes at an opportune time when police morale is very low. The best reward a cop can get is when communities work with the police to aid an arrest.”According to Andrew Faull, senior ISS researcher, studies have found that the public’s perception of police is not based on how effective they are in tackling crime, but rather how they treat civilians discourteously, abusively or with unnecessary force.Although the recently released crime statistics show that violent criminal acts are on the decline, police still need to work on their treatment of the public to bolster their reputation.Faull said: “What police must realise is that annual announcements of declining crime will only win police momentary legitimacy, what is far more important is that every encounter between a police official and a member of the public is based on procedural justice, fairness, and courtesy.”last_img read more

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New Octopus Hair Claw Clip Butterfly Bull Dog Design Plastic Fast Shipping – with flat bottom is perfect.

first_imgModest but looks like it’ll be extremely comfy.Good high quality clips, but significantly more compact than i’d anticipated. I was not misled by the vendor just a bit upset that the clips have been really compact.Nice matt complete and extra beautiful than most. Awesome matt end and extra desirable than most.Smaller than average but very strong, good clipI discovered octopus clips a year ago and love them as they fit my long wild curly hair Very happy customer!These little things are super strong and have lasted me quite a while nowThis clip broke pretty much immediately after it arrivedFine hair and hair clips Lesser than common but incredibly sturdy, superior clip. Is scaled-down than the regular sizing octopus clip so is difficult applying it in my hair as it’s halfway down my again. It only just holds it if i dig it into my scalp.I would advocate this for someone with shoulder length hair or for a longer period very skinny hair. Is a superior, effectively built sturdy clip. I just want a more substantial a single to plonk into my hair with simplicity.Sturdy clips retains my thick hair in spot all day. Particularly what i was hunting for.Features of New Octopus Hair Claw Clip Butterfly Bull Dog Design Plastic Fast ShippingNew Octopus Hair Claw Bull Dog Design ClipAvailable in 3 Different Colours Black, Brown and Dark BrownPlasticSize : 55 mm long 50 mm wide 40 mm heightBeautiful Colour Ideal for Daily and occasional use Ideal for outdoor activitiesGood QualityThis clip broke quite much right away just after it arrived. This clip broke rather much instantly soon after it arrived. I do not significantly feel it is really excellent worth for funds.It is a amazing design in comparison to my many others. This is a stunning hair claw but it is also significant for use by me who has missing a lot of her hair to aged age. I wish i could use it truly. It is a excellent design in comparison to my others.I found out octopus clips a yr in the past and like them as they in good shape my lengthy wild curly hair. I learned octopus clips a year ago and appreciate them as they healthy my long wild curly hair in them, and you should not break very easily, which i identified the common straight butterfly clips did. These ones are the modest edition, and i truly acquired them by blunder, but they are even better. One particular of these nevertheless suits all my hair in, but they never slip off, like the larger kinds sometimes did, and i can wear them all day without the need of ever obtaining to rearrange my hair (any anybody with curly hair will know that this is a incredibly great point).I criticised the more substantial versions of this but this one isn’t going to slip virtually so significantly. As my hair is fantastic, that will make this 1, okay.With flat bottom is great. . Have been seeking for theses for ages in shops -the size & shape ,with flat base is excellent.It was wonderful but i have thick hair and it did not actually keep it up.This was just what i was wanting for. I am making an attempt to grow my hair out and it only just matches into a silly pony tail, it seems to be a minimal sad sticking out the back again of my head. Cue the octopus claw, it sits nicely with or without having a hairband and leaves me with a neat hair do. It is excellent quality and i suspect it will past. I you should not feel it would fit pretty thick hair as it is rather modest. The octopus claw clip satisfied my demands.Excellent good quality, but stiff in its grip. Fantastic high-quality, but rigid in its grip. It’s popped out of my palms several periods when making an attempt to place it in my hair.These minimal issues are super powerful and have lasted me quite a although now. These small items are super potent and have lasted me really a even though now. I you should not like clips that are weak at the hinge, flimsy in material, and usually are not capable to maintain considerably hair (i have a good deal and they’re thick, but on the thinner facet of thick – am i making feeling?). So these are good for the cost they are offered at, and have been precisely what i was wanting for.Hope you guys equally take pleasure in working with them if you come to a decision to invest in them. They have been a very good obtain for me.last_img read more

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Grazing corn residue

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn residue left over from harvesting can make an excellent source of supplemental feed for livestock, according to a forage expert from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.This is especially true for producers who are facing lower hay crop inventories thanks to the excessive rains that impacted the region during the beginning of the growing season this year, said Rory Lewandowski, agriculture and natural resources educator for the college’s outreach arm, Ohio State University Extension.Grazing cows on harvested corn acres within the first 30 to 60 days after harvesting can be a great way for producers to stretch their feed supplies, he said.“This was a tough forage year for many livestock producers,” Lewandowski said. “Many producers are finding that they didn’t get enough hay harvested with all the rain that impacted the crops during the earlier part of the growing season.”For growers looking for a way to extend their forage supplies, grazing corn residue may be one less-expensive option, he said.“For some folks that may be scrambling for alternatives, such as buying extra hay or feeding more grain to their livestock, grazing corn residue is a good option,” he said. “Using temporary fencing allows this as an inexpensive option for many producers.”Based on calculations by Rick Rasby, a beef specialist at the University of Nebraska, for every bushel of corn there are about 45 pounds of residue on a dry matter (DM) basis, Lewandowski said.And for every bushel of corn there are about 16 pounds of husks and leaves on a dry matter basis, he said.“Using those figures, a 170 bushels per acre corn crop will leave 7,650 pounds of dry matter of total residue, with the husks and leaves accounting for about 2,720 pounds of that total,” he said. “And typical harvest leaves about one bushel per acre of corn grain that the animals can graze.”Cows in mid-gestation and ewes in the middle trimester or earlier of gestation typically do well with grazing corn residue, Lewandowski said.last_img read more

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