ULIC Pays Homage to Fallen President

first_imgThe late Dahn Donald WuantiFrom the ZRTTI, Wuanti attended the Bahn Indigenous Bible School, where he gained vast knowledge in the translation of the New Testament to the Dahn language.Wuanti returned to Bahn and served as Principal of Bahn Catawba Mission until he was elected president of ULIC in 1971.On July 10, 1972, Wuanti was decorated by the late President William R. Tolbert with the distinction of Grand Band in the Humane Order of African Redemption for his ‘dedication to God and the Nation.’Wuanti was first married to Martha Nuahn Gbor in 1956, and the relationship was blessed with seven children, two girls and five boys, with one of the boys predeceasing him during the civil war.He leaves to mourn his loss his widow, Evangelist Joana Wuanti of Bahn, six children, 19 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.He is survived by his sister Mary Karlea Wuanti of Karnplay, four nephews and other relatives and friends.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The remains of the late Dahn Donald WuantiThe United Liberia Inland Church (ULIC) family last Saturday laid to rest the church’s long serving, first president, the late Reverend Dahn Donald Wuanti, at the missionary cemetery in Bahn City, Nimba County.The late Rev. Wuanti served the congregation from 1970 to 2000.He died on Saturday, April 1, at the Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, United States of America after a period of illness. He was 89, according to a Liberia Official Gazette.“Wuanti served the church with dedication and honesty to the extent that the Inland denomination was greatly transformed,” some of the members said.The late Rev. Wuanti was a Bible translator in the Dahn language. He worked with the missionary Tom Jackson on the Dahn New Testament Bible.His commitment, said members of the church, was not only to the Lord’s work, but also to manual work, training and disciplining the youth.“He was a man of extraordinary grace, patience, humility and contrition,” said one of the sympathizers.Those who paid individual tributes said the late Wuanti was vigorous in implementing the church’s policy, and stood by his word. It was through his instrumentality that the ULIC protected most of its land from encroachers.“He was so caring and constantly advised the young people to avoid falling prey to vices the devil sets before them,” said Rep. Worlea Saywah Dunah.The late Rev. Wuanti was among the first group of pastors that graduated from the African Bible College, now African Bible College University in Yekepa, in the year 1983.He started his education at the Bahn Inland Mission, Nimba County in the ‘40s, where he remained and obtained his junior high school education.He later moved to Monrovia and completed his high school education and matriculated to the Zorzor Rural Teachers Training Institute (ZRTTI) where he graduated.last_img read more

16 Guyanese arrested during T&T immigration crackdown

first_imgSixteen Guyanese have, over the past few weeks, been arrested in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago after officials there mounted several anti-crime raids.The Guyanese had either overstayed their time in the twin-island republic, or did not have the requisite working papers and documentation to be considered legal immigrants.The illegal Guyanese are being processed, including being charged, after which it is likely that they would be deported.Trinidad & Tobago’s Senior Police Superintendent, Dale A. Black, has said that over 96 illegal immigrants have been detained during the immigration crackdown, which he described as a well-coordinated exercise involving other agencies.Ten Jamaicans, 47 Venezuelans, 1 Vincentian, 9 Chinese, 3 Colombians and 1 Dominican were among others detained.Guyana’s Crime Chief, Assistant Commissioner Paul Williams, has said he was not aware of the crackdown, but he explained that once it was an immigration issue, the necessary documentation would be sent to Guyana to start the deportation process of the illegal immigrants.Over the past years, scores of Guyanese have been deported from various Caribbean countries in which they had been caught staying illegally.last_img read more

Mourinho’s job not under immediate threat

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s stuttering start to the season has seen Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho’s position repeatedly called into question © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 6 – Jose Mourinho’s position as Manchester United manager is not under immediate threat, senior figures at the club have said, denying a report he was set to be sacked next week.United are struggling in 10th place and last week’s 3-1 loss to West Ham made it the club’s worst start to a league campaign in 29 years. The Daily Mirror reported late Friday that Mourinho would be dismissed regardless of the result of United’s match at home to Newcastle on Saturday.But senior figures at United told Press Association Sport that Mourinho would retain his job for the immediate future.The agency reported that United look set to give Mourinho the upcoming international break to turn things around at Old Trafford.Tuesday’s goalless Champions League draw against Valencia in the Champions League also meant the former Chelsea boss had gone four home matches without a win for the first time in his managerial career.In his pre-match press conference on Friday, Mourinho accepted that the performance was not good enough.“We are better than this and because we are better than this, our situation is going to improve. I have no doubts about that,” he said.Eyebrows were raised when the press conference, called for the unusually early time of 8:00 am (0700 GMT), lasted a mere eight minutes and 29 seconds.Mourinho claimed United had overachieved in finishing second last season, 19 points behind champions Manchester City, and said he always expected this campaign to be more difficult.“I think opponents with much more potential than us finished behind us,” he said.“That is the reason why it was a phenomenal season.”United became a byword for managerial stability during Alex Ferguson’s trophy-laden 26-and-a-half years in charge.But were Mourinho to be dismissed, it would mean United had got through three full-time managers, plus club great Ryan Giggs’s spell as caretaker, in the five years since the legendary Scottish boss retired in 2013 — a period that has coincided with the club failing to win either the Premier League or Europe’s Champions League.– ‘Absolute disgrace’ –Former United and England full-back Gary Neville, one of Ferguson’s most dependable players, said such an attrition rate went against the “principles and values” of the club.Asked if United would be right to sack Mourinho, Sky Sports pundit Neville replied: “No. To be honest I’m furious.“I’m furious going back three, four years ago when David Moyes was sacked, when it broke a day before to journalists.“I think of Louis van Gaal being sacked the evening of a cup final and finding out from other people.”In what appeared to be an attack on Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, Neville added: “At the end of the day this is now going on five or six years and I have to say that any manager — Jose Mourinho is one of the best managers in the world — and I think in this moment in time any manager would struggle in that football club, the way in which recruitment is handled, the way in which it operates.“Enough is enough for me… I have to say something has to change and it isn’t the manager, it’s above that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

River seen anew by city

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Renewing the long-neglected river, they say, would restore native habitats and wildlife, improve flood control and respond to a federal order to clean up polluted waters now spilling into the Pacific. The $3 million Revitalization Master Plan – to be drafted by experts on urban river redevelopment based on community input from 18 public hearings throughout the city – would map 250 feet along each bank for potential redevelopment. Its cost: “$1 billion, easy,” in county, state and federal dollars, said City Councilman Ed Reyes, who chairs a committee on L.A. River renewal. “We treated it as if it didn’t exist. We thought of it as a sewer and we treated it as a sewer,” said Reyes, standing within a verdant section of the river near Taylor Yard where he used to swim and catch catfish as a kid. “The city has a choice: to approach it as a sewer – or (as a) river. Jerry Gaona guides his horse each day across a footbridge high above the Los Angeles River, barely mindful of the trash, graffiti and stench below. Or of its brutal concrete straitjacket. “It’s called the L.A. ‘River.’ My feeling is, ugh – it’s just dirty, dingy, gross,” said Gaona, 26, of Burbank, from atop his palomino paint as a shallow river of wastewater flows past the Los Angeles Equestrian Center near Griffith Park. “If they could make bike paths, with grass, with lakes, and make it look like a natural river … the potential is great. It could be our Central Park – a place where people could go to be refreshed.” City officials seek just such community input on the Los Angeles River in order to fashion a grandiose plan to turn 32 miles of drab flood-control channels into a meandering river walk of parks, paths, restaurants and housing. “Smart cities have turned a throwaway sewer into a river asset. The real mission here is to clean up the urban slobber.” The once-pastoral river, which historically ran nearly dry during summer, became a torrent during winter rains. After a disastrous flood in 1938, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the massive flood-control system that cemented much of its beauty for 51 miles, from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach. Nowhere is the river more stark than at the L.A. River’s headwaters in Canoga Park, where Arroyo Calabasas and Bell Creek form a concrete abutment behind Canoga Park High School. Green slime covers a concrete river bottom littered with shopping carts, broken chairs and plastic bottles. An odor of fetid algae fills the air. “It’s a mess,” said Joe Linton, director of outreach for Friends of the Los Angeles River, one of many groups to advocate for river cleanup and restoration. “This isn’t where I take people on walks. The herons and egrets avoid this section, too.” Restoration proponents blame much of the river’s funk on a confusing jumble of jurisdictions that manage its various legs, such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. Army Corps officials say that a lean budget and an emphasis on flood control limit how much trash and slime they can scrape out of the river bottom. The federal agency owns, operates and maintains 38 miles of the 51-mile river. Linton, whose guide “Down by the Los Angeles River” will be published next month, conducts tours of such pristine sections as the Sepulveda Basin, where the river – the only section devoid of concrete – follows a natural course flanked by willows, mule fat and nonnative bamboo. What makes the Valley unique is the grass-roots cleanup along its banks, where the Village Gardeners of Sherman Oaks and Ernie La Mere fashioned pockets of paradise in Sherman Oaks, unlike the sprawling state parks being developed at Taylor Yard and the Cornfields downtown. A greenway was also recently built at state expense in Studio City. “It’s the untold story: The Valley is the site of do-it-yourself river reclamation,” Linton said. “One person, or groups of neighbors, went down to the river and said, ‘My, I think I’ll plant some geraniums.’ “They didn’t wait for government.” Two years ago, real estate agent Abby Belkin became so smitten with the Village Gardens, a community-planted park in Sherman Oaks, that she bought a riverfront town house. But her delight soon turned to disillusionment. “I see Jeeps driving the river all the time – driving by all the trash,” said Belkin, 56. “There was a chair in there … it was there for months.” Master planners hope to instill more pride in the river by stitching such piecemeal parks into a greenway magnet for economic development. Concrete banks could be terraced or torn down, where safe, and landscaped. Lakes could be created through inflatable dams. New homes and businesses could be turned to face the river. Restoration could take decades. “It took a long time to screw it up and it’ll take a long time to turn it into something amazing,” said Lewis MacAdams, founder of the Friends of the River, who 20 years ago helped spawn the L.A. River restoration movement. “I want to see the steelhead trout come back. That’s my dream.” Said City Councilman Tom LaBonge, a member of the river restoration committee: “It might cost a lot of money, but it’s worth a lot of money.” Proponents of renewal say the Valley will be key to river restoration, to be planned in five segments from Canoga Park to Boyle Heights. As Taylor Yard in Cypress Park is being turned into soccer fields, baseball diamonds and native habitat, parks can also be built in the Valley to accommodate a burgeoning population. “I call this the new frontier,” Councilman Reyes said amid the construction of the 40-acre park within his district. “If it’s happening here, why can’t it happen in the Valley, where they want it? For inspiration, planners point to such cities as San Antonio, whose River Walk has become synonymous with the city, and to Denver, whose South Platte Initiative transformed 11 miles of industrial blight into a contiguous greenbelt of parks. The $65 million Denver project – much of it paid for by private foundations – transformed car crushers, sewage plants and railroad yards into new homes, kayak runs, swimming holes, skateboard parks, footbridges and garden trails. The result, say city officials, is that the river attracted concerts, festivals, movie nights – and $1 billion in commercial, residential and cultural development. “We have opened it up and brought it to the people,” said Bar Chadwick, special projects coordinator for the Denver Office of Economic Development. “It’s well worth it.” Los Angeles River planners have extensive experience in restoring urban riverfronts. Tetra Tech, the prime architect, helped design the San Antonio River Walk. “I just love it. It’s a great project. We’re thrilled,” said Ira Mark Artz, division vice president of Tetra Tech Inc. in Pasadena. “The biggest part of the master plan is that it be community-driven. Otherwise, it will not be effective.” As Gaona steers his horse across the Los Angeles River, he sees a succession of murals that depict the communities along its banks. “It would be great to have murals of horses, with all different kinds of equestrian themes, back to the Old Frontier,” said the owner of Saddle Up, which trains people to ride. “It could be a place to go and be refreshed, a place where people could go in the morning and evening with their pets.” Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com IF YOU GO: Hearings seeking public input on the Los Angeles River master plan will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 15 at the North Weddington Recreation Center, 10844 Acama St., North Hollywood; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 22 at the Goodwill Worksource Center, 342 San Fernando Road, Los Angeles. Additional hearings will be announced later. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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‘Disney Hall of the Valley’

first_img Lead designer Edwin Schlossberg, husband of Caroline Kennedy, said the museum is more than reading a display or pushing a button – the children will actually make the exhibits function. They’ll pump water to the giant tree to make its leaves turn green. They’ll prepare food in the kitchen workshop to bring the mythical Dogbear to life and then they’ll operate its eyes and ears. It will be interactive, making children feel like they run the museum. “You see what you do really affects what happens in the world and what happens around you,” Schlossberg said. “It’s much more like real life, all of us responsible for our environments.” All this at $8 per person – less than movie. Ultimately, organizers expect to draw 360,000 visitors a year, from as far south as San Diego and north to Kern County. The original Children’s Museum was a 17,000-square-foot facility designed by Gehry, then little-known architect, and opened in 1979. The museum served about 250,000 visitors a year and eventually outgrew its downtown space. In 2000, the museum closed it doors with plans to build two new facilities – one in Little Tokyo and one at Hansen Dam. But raising money was difficult, and organizers dropped plans for the Little Tokyo facility to focus on the 3.5-acre Hansen Dam site. The land is owned by the city and leased to the museum for $1 a year. Organizers later scaled back the size and amenities of the new museum in order to break ground this year and meet grant-funding deadlines. A total of $17 million in public funding has been dedicated to the museum, with $9 million raised from private sources. Organizers are still raising the $26.5 million needed for exhibit construction, staffing and the museum’s endowment. The museum will sit on the edge of the Hansen Dam Recreation Area, next to the new Lake View Terrace Library and overlooking the recreational lake, hiking trails and willow forest. City Council President Alex Padilla said he hopes the facility will be the anchor of redevelopment in Lake View Terrace and surrounding communities. He’s been a champion of the project, even using his 30th birthday party as a fundraiser that generated $500,000 for the museum. “You ask people about Pacoima and Lake View Terrace, and very few people go out of their way to visit the area,” Padilla said. “I can already envision it as a destination point. They go to the museum for half a day and then go the aquatic center in the afternoon.” Roberto Barragan with the Valley Economic Development Center said he believes the museum and the Hansen Dam area will become regional destinations, with potential for new restaurants, bike shops and sporting good shops in the neighborhood to serve the visitors. Likewise, the museum will be a boon for local families and schools looking for arts activities. Museum Executive Director Mark Dierking said he hopes the museum can replace some of the cultural education that’s been trimmed from public schools as a result of budget cuts. The museum also plans to work with schools to match their curricula with the exhibits so children get more than a field trip. And, in a community that’s traditionally had fewer parks and fewer recreational activities, the museum will expand children’s opportunities. “There’s a strong reason we’re going to Lake View Terrace and Pacoima,” Dierking said. “We feel there’s a need here. We hope to be a local asset.” Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Architect Sarah Graham plans to wrap the 57,000-square-foot concrete building in unexpected, environmentally friendly materials. There’ll be natural grass on one wall, synthetic grass on another. A toddler play area will be covered in acoustic pillows – perfect for bumping into – and the black-box theater will be wrapped with a chalkboard. “Inside and outside the building what we’ve been trying to do, on a restricted financial diet, is to make the building an exhibit and get people to ask questions,” Graham explained. “We want children to have more questions when they leave than when they arrive. It’s about reaching children and getting them to think.” That theme will be carried throughout the museum. After five years without a home, the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles will break ground Tuesday on its stunning new facility at Hansen Dam. When completed in the summer of 2007, the $52.6 million museum will be the first major cultural institution in the San Fernando Valley and California’s largest museum dedicated to children. “This will be the Disney Hall of the San Fernando Valley,” said Bruce Corwin, co-chair of the museum’s board of directors. “This is something truly exciting and truly over the top, particularly for the Valley.” And like the undulating steel of Frank Gehry’s downtown design, the Children’s Museum will startle and delight with its unique architecture and cutting-edge exhibits, planners promise. last_img read more

DRUNK WOMAN TOLD GARDAÍ AT PUB: ‘COME ON *****, ARREST ME’

first_imgA WOMAN who got drunk at a well-known local pub after threatening staff told a Garda: “Come on to f*** you pr*** and arrest me.”Staff at the Cavern Bar in Letterkenny had to call officers after refusing to serve more drink to Charlene Montgomery.The 23-year-old from Ballinascadden, Coolboy, had become “an extreme danger to herself and others” said Inspector Goretti Sheridan at Letterkenny District Court. Montgomery admitted using threatening and abusive behaviour and being drunk in a public place.When Gardai arrived she had made the comments about being arrested, said the inspector.Her solicitor Donagh Cleary said her behaviour on the night was “somewhat bizarre.”He said his client had reacted to being spoken to in a derogatory manner by bar staff.“She was mixing medication with alcohol and it had an unfortunate outcome for everyone,” said Mr Cleary.“She has no previous convictions and is unlikely to be here again.”Judge Paul Kelly ordered a probation report and payment of compensation for €200 worth of damage caused in the bar.DRUNK WOMAN TOLD GARDAÍ AT PUB: ‘COME ON *****, ARREST ME’ was last modified: May 21st, 2014 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) Tags:arrestCavern BarGardailetterkennyrowlast_img read more

Evidence-Based Cosmology

first_imgFrom what we observe, we can draw inferences without the need to posit occult phenomena.Anthropic ObservablesFine tuning: A new measurement of the ratio between proton and neutron masses was calculated ab initio by European scientists. This ratio is very important for the stability of atoms. Their result, published by Science Magazine, confirms the narrow range of values that make our universe possible:The existence and stability of atoms rely on the fact that neutrons are more massive than protons. The measured mass difference is only 0.14% of the average of the two masses. A slightly smaller or larger value would have led to a dramatically different universe….The mass of the visible universe is a consequence of the strong interaction, which is the force that binds together quarks into protons and neutrons. To establish this with percent-level accuracy, very precise calculations based on the lattice formulation of quantum chromodynamics (QCD), the theory of the strong interaction, were needed. Going beyond such calculations to control much finer effects that are at the per mil (‰) level is necessary to, for instance, account for the relative neutron-proton mass difference, which was experimentally measured to be close to 0.14%. Precisely, this difference is needed to explain the physical world as we know it today. For example, a relative neutron-proton mass difference smaller than about one third of the observed 0.14% would cause hydrogen atoms to undergo inverse beta decay, leaving predominantly neutrons. A value somewhat larger than 0.05% would have resulted in the Big Bang Nucleosynthesis (BBN), producing much more helium-4 and far less hydrogen than it did in our universe. As a result, stars would not have ignited in the way they did. On the other hand, a value considerably larger than 0.14% would have resulted in a much faster beta decay for neutrons. This would have led to far fewer neutrons at the end of the BBN epoch and would have made the burning of hydrogen in stars and the synthesis of heavy elements more difficult. We show here that this tiny mass splitting is the result of a subtle cancellation between electromagnetic and quark mass difference effects. In combination with astrophysical and cosmological arguments, this figure can be used to determine how different values of these parameters would change the content of the universe. This in turn provides an indication of the extent to which these constants of nature must be fine-tuned to yield a universe that resembles ours.Their calculation of the mass difference – 0.14% — is very tight: almost one in a thousand. If that ratio varied by one-third of that tiny amount, a universe with stars and complex life could not exist. In a summary of the paper in Science, Jelena Stajic agrees:Elementary science textbooks often state that protons have the same mass as neutrons. This is not far from the truth—the neutron is about 0.14% heavier (and less stable) than the proton. The precise value is important, because if the mass difference were bigger or smaller, the world as we know it would likely not exist. Borsanyi et al. calculated the mass difference to high precision using a sophisticated approach that took into account the various forces that exist within a nucleon. The calculations reveal how finely tuned our universe needs to be.This paper dealt with things that can be observed and measured: protons, neutrons, and (by consequence) stars, planets, and life.Matters Dark and MysteriousIn the same issue of Science Magazine, however, other cosmologists are on a losing quest for something they cannot see and do not understand: dark matter. Even the name sounds occult. Whatever it is (if it exists), it is “in a form outside the standard model of particle physics.” Astrophysicists have been searching for dark matter (inferred only by its supposed gravitational effects) for years now. New results announced by the ESA/Hubble Information Centre say that dark matter is “even darker than once thought.”Using the Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-Ray Observatory, astronomers looked for dark matter interactions in two colliding galaxy clusters but found none. The results show that “dark matter interacts with itself even less than previously thought, and narrows down the options for what this mysterious substance might be.”We know how ordinary matter acts when it collides: it leaves detectable “wreckage” behind. Dark matter, by contrast, is “a giant question mark looming over our knowledge of the Universe,” the press release says. The non-detection of a recognizable interaction cross-section adds to the pile of failed searches (see 10/30/13, 10/06/14). If it was crunch time in 1/24/15, it’s even more so now. Are cosmologists on a snipe hunt, looking for a phantom that doesn’t exist? The BBC News comes just shy of calling it a ghost story:“If you want to figure out what something is made out of, you knock it, or you throw it across the room and see where the bits go.”In this case, the bits went straight through each other.Unlike the gas clouds, which grind to a turbulent halt, and the stars, which mostly glide past each other, the ubiquitous dark matter passes through everything and emerges unscathed, like a ghost.To be sure, there are still some options available for the searchers, but they are narrowing. How much more time do they get, before unbiased observers accuse them of tinkering with mythology? (1/24/14). Remember, these same secular cosmologists—most of them materialists—believe in another occult phenomenon, dark energy, that is even more mysterious. Yet dark energy is supposed to be even more plentiful than dark matter (10/21/12). The universe we observe, they claim, represents only 4% of reality.If one believes occult phenomena account for 96% of reality, then anything is possible. No wonder NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine speculated that dark matter might have been responsible for mass extinctions and geologic upheavals. Ghosts can do mysterious things in the dark.So there you have it. The fine-tuning of the cosmos is evidence-based, backed up by decades of precise measurements. The effects of fine tuning are clearly seen in the things that are measurable and observable: stars, planets, life, and our own bodies. Dark matter, by contrast, has no hard evidence. Believers are running out of options for their Mysterious Unknown Stuff.Unless you are prepared to jump off the deep end with unverifiable imaginations about multiverses and Boltzmann brains (akin to paranoid delusions), you’re stuck with evidence-based cosmology. Fine-tuning implies a self-existent Tuner outside the cosmos. Check the scoreboard: intelligent design 100, unguided materialism 0. Now go watch Privileged Species featuring Michael Denton for relief of stress caused by occult speculations. (Visited 49 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Egyptian firm invests in SA

first_img31 August 2007Egyptian multinational company Orascom Construction Industries (OCI) announced plans this week to build a cement plant worth around US$440-million (R3.2-billion) in Mafikeng in South Africa’s North West province, in partnership with local black economic empowerment groups.The Cairo-based multinational launched the Mafikeng Cement Company in the povincial capital on Wednesday. The company will begin production by 2010, with a planned capacity of 2-million tons per year.OCI chief executive Nassef Sawiris said his firm was committed to building a state-of-the-art plant that would cater for the fast-growing demand for cement in the country, while also contributing to the local economy.South Africa is currently going through a construction boom, with major projects such as the government’s R410-billion capital infrastructure upgrade, 2010 World Cup related infrastructure and the Gautrain leading to increased demand for cement.“Our new subsidiary will contribute to the development of the North West province in numerous ways, including the creation of new job opportunities during and after the construction of the plant,” Sawiris added.Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa said the investment would help ensure that the country had the resources and opportunities it needed to facilitate economic growth.He added the deal was a good example of South African industrial policy, which aims to support broad-based growth as well as the continent’s productive capabilities by increasing regional trade.OCI will own 67.5% of the new cement company, with the rest being owned by broad-based black empowerment groups, including traditional councils and trusts representing local communities.Sawiris said that the provincial government, the Department of Trade and Industry and diplomats from Egypt had provided their support for their investment plans. He added the company was also pleased to partner with local communities, who played a vital role in the project.“We are proud to be able to further contribute to the South African government’s black empowerment (BEE) initiative through partnering with a diverse base of BEE shareholders,” he said.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ohio farmland values continue gradual decline

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Due to a swing in commodity prices, there has been a softening of the farmland market in this region. The average prices paid per acre for high quality land in Ohio declined by $500 from June of 2015 to June of 2016.In comparison, during that same time an acre of high quality farmland in Michigan declined $100. The price decline was $500 in Indiana, $600 Illinois and $100 Mississippi. Missouri saw a slight uptick of $200 per acre and Tennessee saw a $150 increase. Prices paid per acre in Kentucky and Arkansas remained steady from last June.“There remained buyers with residual income from those high commodity price years with a continuous need for cropland acres, so the purchasing of land was led by their profitable years,” said Roger Hayworth, area sales manager for Farmers National Company. “Today, there remain buyers, but they’re cautious.”While commodity prices have had a significant impact on land values, location and quality remain major influencers on land values.“When higher quality farmland becomes available, it remains highly sought after and pricing remains pretty stable mostly, while we see mid- to lower-level quality land decline 3% to 8%, depending upon the specifics of the subject property, such as tiling, soils and any  improvements made,” Hayworth said.Hayworth noted that in the past six months, there has been a slowing of properties being put on the market, too.“The uncertainty of commodities, financial markets and maybe the election year have curtailed this market to stabilize and reflect on what may happen for the remainder of 2016. As with most transactions within regions, the local landowner/farmers were the buyers for land acres controlled. As farm income began to squeeze, the transactions overall dropped,” Hayworth said. “No doubt we’ve seen a drop in values of minimum quality land, as much as 3% to 5% from the last time we reported. There were a couple of sales that I felt were fairly strong, but they were really good properties. I just think farmers/landowners are being really cautious with what they’re doing with their land. They’re being less aggressive, but if something comes up in their area that they really want, they will go after if it’s high quality.”There also has been an increase among investor groups adding acres to their respective portfolios, which is good news for landowners.“This leads us to believe that farmland will continue to be viewed as a very favorable/viable investment,” Hayworth said. “Looking ahead, I believe we will continue to see sluggish offerings in this market and overall values swaying a little to stable until the end of the year. If commodity prices move slightly higher during the second half of 2016, expect land prices to remain stable with higher quality, maybe even clicking forward a little.”last_img read more

ScienceShot: Mystery of Quacking Caller in Antarctic Solved

first_imgSince the 1960s, marine scientists have puzzled over the strange quacking sounds they often heard in the icy waters of Antarctica’s Southern Ocean. Submarine personnel first described the oddly repetitive call, which is one of the most common sounds in that ocean during the austral winter. They gave it the name “bio-duck.” The sound consists of a series of pulses with a 3.1-second interval between two series. The sound further stumped scientists when they discovered some years ago that it occurred each winter and spring simultaneously in the eastern Weddell Sea and off Western Australia. Now, cetacean researchers are declaring the mystery solved: Antarctic minke whales (Balaenoptera bonaerensis) produce the calls. The discovery is already providing new insights into the behaviors of this little-known cetacean species, which is the primary target for Japanese “scientific” whale hunts. The researchers made their discovery by attaching sensors that collect acoustic data to two of the whales in 2013. One tag recorded for 18 hours, the other for only eight. The tagged whales were traveling with their fellows in groups of five to 40 animals, and feeding almost nonstop. Although the tags registered only 32 clear calls, those were enough for the researchers to conclusively link the sound to the minke whales. The whales made 26 of these calls when close to the surface, sometimes just before diving to feed. The scientists compared their recordings to other bio-duck calls that have been collected over the years, some from recorders mounted at the bottom of the sea, making an unequivocal match, they report online today in Biology Letters. The researchers do not yet know the purpose of the whales’ calls, but say that they should help them unravel other mysteries, including the minke whales’ overall abundance and migration patterns.See more ScienceShots.(Audio credit: Ilse Van Opzeeland and Lars Kindermann/Alfred-Wegener-Institute [AWI], Germany)Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more