Mills, Farm Tools, Etc.

first_imgThe proprietor of the Standard Garage in Ganta says the business has given him total independence now unlike the time he was employed with companies.Mr. Amos S. Gbatu told the Daily Observer that apart from making small tools including hoes, his garage now produces mills for processing sugarcane, oil palm, palm kernel, and cassava products.Mr. Gbatu said he is one of those who received early vocational training at the Wallenburg Vocational Training Center in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.He started the Standard Garage in Nimba in 1997 and has worked for many years, thereby giving him broader knowledge in metal works.According to Mr. Gbatu, he was driven into the career through passion, believing he had a solid command of the theoretical and practical knowledge associated with metal works.“There is no way another person will make your career important unless you do it. If you learn anything and do not put it into use, you will absolutely not get anything out of it,” he said.According to him, some non-governmental institutions including USAID-FED do hire his services to provide training and also to produce some tools for farmers.He disclosed that USAID-FED had provided them a grant and a power generator to for training purposes.Although food processing machines produced at Standard Garage are expensive, Mr. Gbatu said his company is flexible with customers to the extent that he gives them time to make payment.To ensure safety of food produced in the machine, he explained that they use certain kinds of metal to produce the machines and not just any metal. “The kind of steel we use is hard to get rusty,” he said, confident about the safety of food produced from the machines.According to Mr. Gbatu, the output of the Standard Garage has drawn attention of not only people of Nimba, but also the belt of farmers in Bong County.“Many farmers in the two counties now are actively engaged in cassava and oil palm productions, because heavy machinery that helps to produce end products of these food crops are made in Ganta,” Mr. Gbatu 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

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Senate to Ratify US$27.3m RIA Runway Rehab Loan

first_imgTo prevent theft of navigational equipment, the RIA advised the public to keep away and not to unlawfully interfere with the aerodrome at any time as these measures will be strictly applied to the letter.The Senate has received for ratification a loan agreement in the amount of US$27.3 million between the Government of Liberia and the European Development Bank for the rehabilitation of the Roberts International Airport (RIA) runway.According to the instrument read before plenary Tuesday, the estimated cost of the entire RIA modernization and rehabilitation project is US$60.3 million, and the Government of Liberia has concluded arrangements for the project to be financed by several means.The institutions financing the project include the Saudi Fund for Development, US$20 million; Arab Bank for Economic Development for Africa, US$10 million; the Government of Liberia, US$3 million, and credit from the European Investment Development Bank, US$27.3 million.According to a letter from President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to the Liberian Senate, the project will be implemented by the Liberia Airport Authority (LAA).Most specifically, President Sirleaf informed the Senate that the project concerns the urgent rehabilitation of the airport’s runway, which she said is in a very poor condition, and will focus on the improvement of the drainage system, construction of the runway, and improvement of the runway lightning system.The project also includes the provision of assorted items of operational and safety-related airport equipment; to include among other things, fire tenders, ambulances, firefighting equipment, forklifts, conveyor-belt loaders, passengers’ stairs and passenger buses.“Mr. President Pro Tempore, you will agree with me that prompt action needs to be taken to upgrade and rehabilitate our nation’s only international airport, and a critical piece of national infrastructure to international standard.  In view of the above, I ask for the ratification of this loan agreement,” President Sirleaf concluded.In a motion on the communication, Maryland County Senator H. Dan Morais moved that given the financial overtures of the document, “and given the precedent when we sat last, I will suggest that if the outcome of the committee that will review the document will again submit to the national Legislature (Senate), that it be sent to the House of Representatives in order to expedite this matter, because these loans are extremely important for the Republic of Liberia; I will seek that we expedite the process by permitting it to start from the Lower House.”But proffering a motion to defeat that of Senator Morais, Grand Kru Senator Peter S. Coleman moved that the instrument be received and constitute a first reading, and that it be sent to the Committees on Judiciary, Transport, Ways and Means, and that those Committees report back to plenary within two weeks time. Senator Coleman’s motion was passed.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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Bowie excited about upcoming training camp with Prince George Cougars

first_imgAustin Crossley was acquired by the Cougars in a trade with the Prince Albert Raiders at around the same time Bowie was traded from Portland.Bowie heads off to Prince George this Sunday before the Cougars training camp begins. Bowie said that he’s excited about the team’s prospects during the upcoming season, and to meet incoming General Manager Mark Lamb, who was hired by the Cougars on June 19th.He said that he’s also excited about the group of players that will be returning to the Cougars’ training camp next week.“It’s just a bunch of young guys, they’re all my age, like 17 to 19. It’s not like we have a lot of twenty-year-olds. That’s good for me to be with people around my age.”Though he says he’s a bit nervous about trying out for a team so close to home, having a fellow Fort St. John native on the team makes things a lot more comfortable.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John native Connor Bowie, who was drafted by the Portland Winterhawks in the 2016 WHL Bantam draft two years ago before being traded to the Prince George Cougars in January, says he’s excited about his chance to play his first full season in the WHL.Bowie played in 10 games with the Cougars last season, scoring two goals and one assist, along with two penalty infraction minutes and seven shots on goal.Previously, he had four points in seven games with the Winterhawks during 2016 and 2017 preseasons.- Advertisement -The seventeen-year-old has actually spent most of his summer in Prince George training full-time with Nick Drazenovic, who was hired as the Cougars’ Director of Player Development on February 17th, 2017.Bowie says that training in B.C.’s Northern Capital with Drazenovic, who played 281 career games in the WHL with Prince George, has been incredibly worthwhile for his development.“He played in the NHL, and I got a ton of one-on-one work with him, which was sweet, just being able to be with a pro all the time was fun. The workouts every day are crazy. Training with them was fantastic.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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Young snowmobiler injured after collision

first_imgA young boy has suffered nonlife threatening injuries after his snowmobile collided with a vehicle.The collision occurred Sunday at around 4 p.m. on the Alaska Highway.- Advertisement -Fort St. John RCMP say a 12 year-old boy was attempting to cross the Alaska Highway near Highway 29 when he was hit by a northbound SUV.The boy was taken to hospital with nonlife threatening injuries.Police say it does not seem that speed was a factor in the crash. However, they are reminding residents that it is illegal to drive all-terrain vehicles on public roads.last_img read more

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Tuna club visits a time long past

first_imgAfter an intense fight, it appeared that the fish was turning and that Offield was getting back much of the linen line the striped marlin had stripped off. At the 90-minute mark, Offield pulled back on the antique rod. The mighty billfish was coming toward the Kelsey Lee when a loud crack was heard. The rod had sheared in half, and a short time later, the line broke. The mood on board the Kelsey Lee went from exhilaration to despair when the ancient rod snapped in two. But Chase wasn’t finished. Fifteen minutes later, Packy had located yet another striped marlin. Once again, Chase put bait in front of the marlin’s bill, and once again, the marlin turned and swallowed it up. This time, Chase decided to be more aggressive. He pulled hard again, using his thumb as the drag. Packy expertly positioned the boat over and over again, keeping the leaping billfish off the stern of the Kelsey Lee. Thirty-six minutes later, Offield became only the 65th person at the Tuna Club of Avalon to land a marlin on six-thread linen and won the Linen One Tournament. Proud father, Packy, attributed the win to his son, Chase. “He has become an excellent angler and he did a wonderful job landing this fish,” Packy said. Albacore gone wild: It is not every year that Los Angeles/Orange County-based sportfishing boats catch albacore. But 2007 has been a special albacore year indeed as thousands of the long-finned, white-meat tuna continue to be caught. On a recent two-day trip, the Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro caught 184 albacore ranging in size from 25 to more than 40 pounds. “The Freedom was the first boat I made an overnight trip on and she is still my favorite,” said Raymond Chiu from Torrance. “I caught two big albacore on this trip. Every single person on board caught at least one albacore with the top angler getting 11.” You can contact Phil Friedman via e-mail at p976tuna@aol.com. Send “Catch of the Week” photos to Daily Breeze Sports Department, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90504. Photos also can be e-mailed to sports@dailybreeze.com. Please provide a contact name and number.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Tuna Club of Avalon was founded in 1898 and is the oldest sportfishing club in the world. Since its inception, the Tuna Club has been dedicated to conservation. To this day, Tuna Club members work tirelessly to make sure that good sportsmanship and an awareness of the ocean environment becomes part of every angler’s ethos. The first tuna, marlin and broadbill swordfish were taken on rod and reel off Catalina Island by the Tuna Club of Avalon. So the Sept. 6 Linen One Tournament had some history behind it. The tournament mandated that all anglers fish with pre-1940 rods and reels. Chase Offield from Avalon took off on the Kelsey Lee with his outdated tackle and six-thread linen line, which is the equivalent of 18-pound test. In the history of the Tuna Club of Avalon, only 64 anglers had caught a marlin on six-thread line, so his task was formidable, maybe reminiscent of Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea.” Before too long that Thursday morning, Chase’s father, Packy Offield, had guided the Kelsey Lee over a hungry marlin. Chase got bait in the water, the marlin turned on it and then consumed it, sending the antique reel singing as the billfish stripped line off it. Using his thumb for the rather primitive drag system on this Edward Van Hofferman pre-1940 reel, Offield battled the marlin for well over an hour. last_img read more

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‘Heartbreak’ reunion misses the ‘Mary’ mark at the box office

first_img“We were surprised,” Sullivan said. “The reviews hurt us. We love the movie. We’ve seen it play great. But I think reviews do matter on an R-rated movie.” An update of the 1972 comedy written by Neil Simon and directed by Elaine May, “The Heartbreak Kid” stars Stiller as a man who marries an incompatible bride, then meets the perfect woman on his honeymoon. “The Heartbreak Kid” did manage to come in slightly ahead of the $13.7 million first weekend of “There’s Something About Mary,” which lingered in theaters for months and became one of 1998’s top hits at $176.5 million. Movies hung around longer then, but today’s films tend to live or die based on their opening weekends, analysts said. That bodes ill for “The Heartbreak Kid,” which would need to hold strongly in coming weeks to make good on its $60 million-plus production budget. “The shelf life of films is so much shorter today than it was 10 years ago,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. “You have to make your mark early to sustain yourself in today’s marketplace.” There’s something about a reunion of Ben Stiller and the Farrelly brothers that audiences didn’t want to see. Stiller and the Farrellys’ “The Heartbreak Kid” pulled in a modest $14 million over opening weekend, coming in at No. 2 behind “The Game Plan,” which remained the top flick for the second-straight weekend with $16.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Paramount and DreamWorks had expected more from “The Heartbreak Kid,” which reteamed Stiller with Peter and Bobby Farrelly. The trio collaborated on 1998’s smash “There’s Something About Mary.” The studios had gotten positive reaction from audiences at advance screenings, but reviews for “The Heartbreak Kid” came in much harsher than expected, said DreamWorks spokesman Chip Sullivan. “The Heartbreak Kid” also played much wider – 3,229 theaters, about 1,000 more than “There’s Something About Mary,” which still managed to pack in far more viewers. Based on today’s higher ticket prices, “There’s Something About Mary” pulled in nearly 3 million people over opening weekend, compared to just over 2 million for “The Heartbreak Kid.” In limited release, George Clooney’s acclaimed legal drama “Michael Clayton” opened strongly with $704,000 in 11 theaters, a promising lead-in for the film’s nationwide rollout Friday. It stars Clooney as an attorney at a huge Manhattan law firm dealing with personal financial ruin while trying to salvage a class-action case for a corporate client.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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GAY LOUTH COUPLE TIE THE KNOT IN DONEGAL AS NEW LAWS COME IN

first_imgA GAY couple from Co Louth tied the knot in Co Donegal today in one of the country’s first same sex marriage ceremonies.The rainbow flag flew alongside the tricolour at Harvey’s Point Hotel today as DJ O’Hanlon and Wayne Gough said ‘I do’.New laws allowing same sex marriage came into operation today. The couple cancelled their civil partnership yesterday to allow the ceremony to go ahead today.   GAY LOUTH COUPLE TIE THE KNOT IN DONEGAL AS NEW LAWS COME IN was last modified: November 17th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ashley Cole released by LA Galaxy

first_imgAshley Cole has been released by Los Angeles Galaxy, the MLS club have announced.The 37-year-old former Arsenal and Chelsea defender is one of eight players to leave after the club decided not to exercise the option of a contract extension for next season. RANKED REVEALED Popular Football News MONEY BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Ashley Cole has been released by LA Galaxy Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? ADVICE Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Cole joined the Galaxy from Roma in 2016 and was made captain earlier this year. He scored three goals in 86 appearances for the club.The left-back was one of the best in his position and one of the most decorated players in English football. He played 107 times for England, won the Premier League twice with Arsenal and once with Chelsea and won the FA Cup seven times in addition to the Champions League and Europa League.Meanwhile, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on the club’s list of retained players for next season, despite reports linking him with a return to Europe.AC Milan are reportedly close to sealing a deal with the striker, which may take the form of an initial six-month loan deal prior to a permanent transfer. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 1 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REPLY shining huge blow REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions no dice Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester starslast_img read more

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Flu sparks mass poultry slaughter

first_imgISTANBUL, Turkey – The slaughter of thousands of domestic fowl in Turkey and Romania began Sunday as a precaution against the spread of bird flu after both countries confirmed their first cases of the disease over the weekend. In western Turkey, military police set up roadblocks at the entrance to a village near Balikesir. A two-mile radius was quarantined as veterinarians and other officials began destroying poultry at two turkey farms. It was not clear how many animals would be destroyed, but the Anatolia news agency reported that authorities had slaughtered 600 out of 2,500 turkeys on one farm by noon Sunday. Other fowl – including pigeons – and stray dogs in the village were also being killed as a precaution, said Nihat Pakdil, undersecretary of Turkey’s Agriculture Ministry. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Bird flu was detected at a turkey farm after some 1,800 birds died last week, the Anatolia news agency reported. All animals on the farm were destroyed. last_img read more

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FAI CUP: HARPS HANDED TOUGH DRAW AWAY TO LONGFORD TOWN

first_imgFAI CUP DRAW: Finn Harps have been handed a difficult away assignment against Longford Town in the second-round of the FAI Cup. Ollie Horgan’s side who sit top of Division One after ten league games will face Tony Cousin’s Premier Division outfit at Flancare Park on Saturday the 30th of May.Longford Town have made a decent start to life back in the top-tier of Irish football after winning the First Division title last season. However, while it’s a difficult tie for Harps, Longford will no doubt be thinking the same.Harps have been in superb form this season and will not be fazed about the prospect of travelling to Longford.Harps fans and the club’s board would’ve loved a home draw but hopefully if they can negotiate their way past Longford they can get a bumper tie in the next round at home.USL side Cockhill Celtic have been handed a home draw against St. Mochtas. Donal O’Brien’s side gave Drogheda United a big scare last season and will view the tie as a great opportunity to progress to the next round.   FAI CUP: HARPS HANDED TOUGH DRAW AWAY TO LONGFORD TOWN was last modified: May 6th, 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) Tags:drawfai cupFinn Harps FCLongford TownnewsSportlast_img read more

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