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first_imgBishop Donyen distributes the pre-packed money to some of the marketeers.Several marketeers in District #2 Montserrado County on Saturday, August 18, 2019, benefited from L$1.2 million micro-finance loan from Bishop Nimely Jarboklay Donyen, Head of the Independent Catholic Church of Liberia in Lower Johnsonville.The beneficiaries are expected to pay back the loan in six months, at the interest rate of ten percent. This is the second time Bishop Nimely Donyen is giving out a microloan to marketeers in Montserrado County District#2 after disbursing about L$700 in June 2019.Bishop Donyen added that the disbursement is partly a ‘goodwill gesture’ to justify the biblical teaching that “cheerful givers are cheerful receivers.” The program was also held on the campus of the Cheerful Givers School System in Lower Johnsonville on Saturday, August 18, 2019.He said that in the midst of the prevailing economic hardship in the country, the micro-finance credit loan will empower the ordinary people to fight poverty.Donyen said that his partners abroad, who are sponsoring his programs were impressed with the payment of the first loan, and are therefore willing to increase the amount, depending on how the marketeers will respond to the first payment.“Those we gave the first money to should pay back and on time, to encourage the people, who are giving me the money to help you. By that we will keep the money so they can add some to the first amount. This is the money we are giving out to you,” he said to the elated marketeers.He continued, “The first time we said three months; the amount we brought is little over L$1 million. It is not enough, but we will make sure that everyone gets some of the it to help themselves, but don’t forget to pay back.”According to him, the amount will increase if those benefiting from cycle be honest in paying back to allow others in the District to also benefit from the Bishop Donyen micro-finance credit loan.About seven market groups benefitted from the gesture, including the Jacob Town Rehab Market, Pepperwo Town Market in Johnsonville, the Barrobo District Marketing Association of Monrovia, Kalluway District Marketing Association of Monrovia, Jleybo Marketing Association and the Yinnebo and Dorobo District Marketing Association.Following the disbursement of the loan, Donyen reaffirmed his commitment to empower community dwellers; provide educational opportunities to the young people of District #2 in Montserrado and Liberia at large through his Free Education Tent (FET) program at the Cheerful Givers School System.One of the beneficiaries, Wubu S. Newton of the Rehab Market, praised Bishop Donyen for the loan program and promised to pay in time to attract more support.Mrs. Newton also called on other beneficiaries to be sincere in paying back the loan to encourage Bishop Donyen and his partners to continue the initiative.“Since the inception of this loan program, we no longer take sell-pay before making our businesses. We are now able to buy any item we want for our tables,” Madam Wubu Newton noted.Also, Madam Susan Yeene of the Pepperwo Town Market in Johnsonville explained that the loan program is hugely improving her business.“Before when I go out of town I used to buy only three bags of gari, but since Father Donyen started this loan program, I can now buy six to seven bags of gari and it is really helping my business,” Madam Yeene said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgWorld Wildlife Day was birthed at the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly nearly six years ago. Since its conception, countries around the world legislate laws and participate in campaigns to both celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wildlife. This year’s World Wildlife Day is celebrated under the theme “Life below water: for people and planet”.The Guyana Wildlife Conservation and Management Commission (GWCMC), in collaboration with several organisations, hosted an opening ceremony, panel discussion and exhibition at the Sophia Exhibition Centre to commemorate the day.Addressing a diverse audience of youths and other stakeholders, Director of Environment Ndibi Schwiers conveyed the Government’s commitment to protecting the nation’s wildlife.Head of GWCMC Alona Sankar“The global theme for this year’s celebration… directly aligns with our Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) – Vision 2040… Under this development objective, the Government intends to achieve the conservation and preservation of our rich natural capital through prudent management of our natural resources. We also recognise that Guyana’s marine environment will benefit from improved management of our water resources through the execution of sustainable practices including the prioritisation of critical natural habitats including wetlands which are home to a diverse range of biodiversity,” Schwiers is quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying.Additionally, while lauding Guyana’s biological richness, Schwiers stressed that the theme of World Wildlife Day allows us to “highlight the critical issues and value of marine or freshwater wildlife, celebrate successful initiatives to conserve and sustainably manage these species and scale up future initiatives”.Director of the Department of Environment Ndibi SchwiersFurthermore, Head of Guyana Wildlife Conservation and Management Commission (GWCMC), Alona Sankar cited numerous partners that are critical to the Commission’s work, such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Protected Areas Commission (PAC), Fisheries Department, Natural Resources Ministry, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Conservation International (CI). The Wildlife Commission Head led a charge to Guyanese, stating that “this environment is our environment and we each must take responsibility for its state… we, therefore, urge all parties involved to play their role in protecting our marine environment”.World Wildlife Day 2019 is celebrated with Sustainable Development Goal 14 in mind, which addresses the conservational and sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources.last_img read more


first_imgIn yesterday’s action there were two tie games as Ditmarsia Holdings and Complete Pumpjack finished at 3-3, and TCL and Northern Vac Services battled to a 5-5 draw.In other games Tom’s Construction defeated Baker Hughes 7-2 and later beat Magnum Oilfield Rentals 5-3. Fort Motors edged Complete Pumpjack 6-4, Cabre Oilfield doubled up Magnum Oilfield Rentals 6-3, and Baker Hughes got past Nov Wilson 7-4.One game from this morning is in the books as Cabre Oilfield improved to 2-0 with a win over Nov Wilson 5-3.- Advertisement -Playoffs begin tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. and the final game is expected to wrap up at approximately 4:30 p.m.last_img


first_imgOur summer hasn’t been the best so far, but we did get a few good days. Yesterday saw highs of 25 degrees across the country, with Finner amongst the top three hottest spots! Beaches were packed, parks were full to the brim, and there wasn’t a brolly in sight!Until today, that is. Unfortunately for us, it seems as though yesterday was the last day of the Irish summer.Rain is forecast right through the week, except for next Wednesday which brings a glimmer of hope with cloudy, yet dry conditions.We can cross our fingers that we might get an Indian summer!      Is Summer Officially Over? was last modified: August 17th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Irelandsummerweatherlast_img read more


first_imgA Donegal man has been killed following a work accident on a construction site in England. The man, who is 51, is originally from an area between Dunfanaghy and Creeslough.The accident is believed to have occurred earlier this morning. It’s believed that the man killed has worked in the construction industry in England for a number of years.A full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy has been launched.The man’s family are very well-known and respected throughout the local community in Donegal.It is not yet known what the cause of the accident. We’ll have more information on this story as more details emerge. BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL MAN KILLED IN CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT IN ENGLAND was last modified: June 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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


first_imgPeter and Joe pictured in Bulgaria after Joe’s amazing gold medal win. (That’s Peter on the left!)After a lifetime of dedication to boxing, Raphoe’s Peter O’Donnell is now enjoying some deserved recognition.Peter, of Raphoe ABC, was the manager of the Irish boxing team which traveled to Bulgaria for the European Championships.The team managed to pick up two amazing gold medals and also a bronze. Peter is pictured here with light-heavyweight gold medal winner Joe Ward.PETER’S BOXING CLEVER AFTER AMAZING MEDAL HAUL! was last modified: August 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:boxingdonegalpeter o’donnellRaphoe ABClast_img read more


first_imgThe world’s most popular internet search engine now offers a South African site.Google now provides searches in Afrikaans, Sesotho, isiXhosa and isiZulu. (Image: Mail & Guardian)Brand South Africa reporterSouth African internet users may have noticed a few extra options on their Google searches recently.Since 14 January 2005, all computers with a South African IP (Internet Protocol) address have been redirected to www.google.co.za when searching on Google. There, users may have noticed the inclusion of the words “South Africa” underneath the Google logo.The world’s most-used search engine now offers searches in Afrikaans, Sesotho, isiXhosa and isiZulu.As well as the language options, there is also the option to limit the search to the South African web only.Arthur Goldstuck, MD of Web Worx and long-time industry analyst, told ITweb that he did not expect the new site to change the way in which South Africans search on the net.He pointed out that South Africans already use Google.com for their searches, and that Ananzi.co.za offers a different type of service.“Yahoo would be more of a threat to Ananzi”, Goldstuck said. “Google is plain vanilla, designed for going directly to a site, made up of automated content, whereas Ananzi and Yahoo are content-rich and multi-faceted portals.”Ananzi MD Mark Budwala also did not expect the newcomer to affect South African searching habits. “Large numbers of South African searches still come to us, whereas the international searching goes to Google and Yahoo, more so to Google”, he told ITWeb.Google now offers over 100 country-specific sites and almost 100 languages. A further 50 languages are in various stages of translation, including Siswati and Setswana.Google currently indexes more than eight billion URLs, 880 million images and 10 000 news sources.Source: Google South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseThere were eye-popping soybean yields around the state in 2018 and, unfortunately, some of those soybeans are still out there. The Ohio soybean yield is forecast at 59 bushels per acre, which would be the highest on record if realized, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Ohio Field Office. But, harvest continues to drag on for Ohio’s soybeans with 90% of the state’s crop harvested as of Nov. 25. The five-year average for the same date is 99%.“We’re just down to about 300 acres of double-crop beans,” said Scott Metzger, a Pickaway County farmer on Nov. 20. “In our area there are some beans and not much corn out there. Everybody was hammering on corn because they were concerned about it going down.”The early focus on corn followed by very uncooperative harvest weather has unfortunately left some soybean fields un-harvested into December. Quality issues also presented a challenge for soybeans, offsetting some of the strong yields.“We did have some quality issues. We had some in the 20% to 25% damage range in the soybeans,” Metzger said. “We had a late flush of frogeye come in and then stink bugs came in and hammered on one variety we had. We’ve had a record rainfall for the year so far, so hopefully we can run on some frozen ground.”All things considered, 2018 was just an unusual year for Ohio soybean production.“I say every year is weird,” said Laura Lindsey, Ohio State University Extension soybean specialist. ‘This year seemed like a very backwards year for us.”The unusual growing season showed up in the Ohio Soybean Performance Trials.“I was comparing 2017 data to 2018 data for our Performance Trials and that is in six counties across the state. A big surprise for me this year was northwest Ohio. Last year in Henry County I didn’t publish the data because it was very wet and then dry. Yields were all over the board and very inconsistent in the field. This year in Henry County we had some of the highest yields I have ever seen,” she said. “The average yield in Henry County for the early trial was over 64 bushels and 66 for the late trial. That is about the highest I have ever seen it.”Like most of the state, planting was nearly perfect in most locations.“We were able to plant everything in May, which is ideal, except for in Sandusky County. North central Ohio was really wet and that spot was hard to plant and we didn’t get it planted until June. Otherwise we had really solid planting dates, which I think helped a lot,” Lindsey said. “The other thing we saw that was interesting was in our central and southern locations, we tended to see better yields in our early trial versus our late trial. I heard at Farm Science Review as well that their early maturing soybeans did better than they usually do. I am wondering if that warm weather we had in September and October hurt those later soybeans in our central and southern locations.”The warm, wet weather through the season set the stage for seed quality issues around the state at harvest.“Seed quality was poor all over the state. I have a seed sample from Clinton County that is horrible. I had calls from Cincinnati all the way to Sandusky County and west into Clark County and Preble County. There were many factors going on, even many in the same field. The sample on my desk probably has stink bug damage. There are shriveled soybeans. There are soybeans that are still green — we thought that was premature death where the pods look dead and the seeds had prematurely died because of the hot temperatures,” Lindsey said. “We had soybean pods splitting open and sprouting out of the pods and we had frogeye leaf spot and that could all happen in the same field. Some of the pods were splitting when they were still green. That is more of a tropical problem in areas where it is really hot and humid this year. It was a very sudden spring and fall. It was another unique year and I’m sure next year will be something different — 2018 was a weird year.”last_img read more


first_imgConclusionsTopical coatings are subject to blistering and failure if you try to use them to repair basement water leaks.Penetrating crystalline systems must pass the rigorous USACE CRD C48-73 waterproofing test.If you bury your waterproofing treatment behind finished floor and walls such that they cannot be inspected for new cracks, there is no guarantee that your waterproofing system will stand the test of time.True interior waterproofing systems exist — for example, the Hammer & Hand approach and the injection approach described above — but the systems are invasive and expensive. Negative-side waterproofing (NSW) is a tough topic that I have frankly been dancing around for quite some time. Manufacturer claims and homeowner anecdotes of successful interior waterproof solutions for basement walls and slabs did not completely add up. But I did not think that I understood the topic or the physics well enough to challenge the claims or explain my skepticism.But I finally got the adult supervision that I needed, mostly from The Manual of Below-Grade Waterproofing (2nd edition, 2016) by Justin Henshell. RELATED ARTICLES Fixing a Wet BasementPreventing Water Entry Into a HomeAll About BasementsHow to Insulate a Basement WallGround GuttersInground GuttersUnderground Roofs Basement-to-Living-Space Moisture Problems Key takeaways from other sourcesNSW crystalline coating systems can be successfully applied to flowing water leaks. (See the Koster YouTube video).NSW crystalline coatings should NOT be considered primary waterproofing when a permanent cover eliminates ready inspection and maintenance needed to address new crack formation. (See Tremco Technical Service Bulletin No. S-08-31 and Image #4, below).On the other hand, Koster’s NB1 system addresses one very common trouble spot with a cove detail at the cold joint formed between the foundation wall and slab. (See Image #5.) A best-practice primary waterproofing solution NOT relying on NSWHammer and Hand (a builder with headquarters in Portland, Oregon) generously offers and thoroughly details their existing basement approach here. (See also Image #6.)center_img “Curtain wall” injectionThere is an approach you can take for primary waterproofing from the interior of existing basements or other below-grade structures: chemical injection or “curtain wall” injection.Injection holes or ports are drilled into an interstitial space or right through to the exterior of foundation concrete, typically spaced 18 to 24 inches on center. A slurry about the consistency of water is then injected so that it can set up and form a continuous water barrier. There are at least five types of injection materials:Bentonite injection groutSodium bentonite clayEpoxyUrethanesAcrylate polymersPerhaps most famously, Koster’s injection system was used on two different below-grade walls in the Empire State Building, one a 36-wythe brick wall (see Image #7) and the other concrete block (see Image #8).Henshell cites ASTM WK50244 “New Guide for Waterproofing Repair of Concrete by Chemical Grout Injection” as the reference that guided these systems. As you can imagine, the injection approach is not inexpensive, but when you have little to no tolerance for moisture intrusion in a below-grade space, it’s good to know that the space can be waterproofed. Key takeaways from the Henshell manualReduce first. Always start by assessing and identifying surface water problems and by implementing management approaches that ease or eliminate the load you are trying to address from the interior of existing below-grade structures.“Membrane waterproofing is unsuitable for negative-side waterproofing [emphasis added] because the external water pressure can easily disbond the membrane from the wall.”There are three generic types of negative-side waterproofing but the most common today are the crystalline coating materials such as Koster NB1, Tremco PQ200, and Xypex. (See Image #2, below.)The standardized test used for NSW is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers CRD C48-73, Permeability of Concrete. Six-inch diameter, six-inch long cylinders are coated to ½-inch thickness and subjected to a hydrostatic pressure of 200 psi (about 460 feet of head).Crystalline coatings penetrate the concrete and build crystal lattices within the concrete such that they can resist water pressure from the opposite side.“Crystalline coatings can close hairline cracks – i.e. cracks up to .012 inches wide. Moisture reactivation of the sealing process gives the coatings the ability to self-seal, according to manufacturers. But no negative-side waterproofing system can bridge dynamic cracks and reseal ruptures [emphasis added].”“Although it is effective as a waterproofing coating, the higher vapor permeability of negative-side waterproofing is a drawback in underground structures with occupancies and materials sensitive to high humidity [emphasis added].”Henshell cites and reprints a useful waterproofing selection procedure from U.S. Navy publication NAVFAC DM-14 (see Image #3). In addition to acting as GBA’s technical director, Peter Yost is the Vice President for Technical Services at BuildingGreen in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes for more than twenty years. An experienced trainer and consultant, he’s been recognized as NAHB Educator of the Year. Do you have a building science puzzle? Contact Pete here. You can also sign up for BuildingGreen’s email newsletter to get a free report on avoiding toxic insulation, as well as regular posts from Peter.last_img read more