Agro-dealers Cautioned on Safe Use of Inputs

first_imgMadam Rebecca Kalayi, president of NADAL (center), with members.The president of the National Agro-dealers Association of Liberia (NADAL) has cautioned agro-dealers in the country on the proper use of inputs. Madam Rebecca Kalayi spoke yesterday to the Daily Observer during a one day visit to agro-dealers at the Red Light General Market and the Bernard Farm Community in Paynesville. According to Kalayi, many smallholder farmers will be attracted to the use of agro-inputs provided that inputs are properly delivered to them.More than 25 agro-dealers in the Red Light district and Bernard Farm Community were visited by Madam Kalayi, who said there are plans to extend her visit to other agro-dealers in other parts of the country. “I am here to acquaint myself with the work of the agro-input dealers to ensure that they are truly applying knowledge acquired from previous training. We must adequately be able to handle agro-chemicals, if we are to promote and increase food production. There are many challenges still facing the agro-chemicals industry that we intend to address,” she said.She mentioned that some agro-dealers are being harassed by the police when taking their goods to the market. “It is being reported by some members of our organization that they are constantly being arrested by the police, without tangible reasons. We want the police to allow our members free movement whenever they are trading their goods within the country,” she mentioned.Madam Kalayi revealed that since the establishment of NADAL, her administration has been working very hard to improve the agro-chemicals industry in Liberia, but stressed the need for more capacity building to enable locals to compete with foreigners. “We have succeeded in opening an office for the organization and obtaining a contract from the Government to deliver agricultural inputs to smallholder farmers across the country. We want the Ministry of Agriculture to further build our capacity to reach smallholder farmers with needed services,” she said.The NADAL president disclosed that there is a plan to purchase land to establish a demonstration farm for the use of training agro-dealers on the safe application of inputs. “We are thankful to the Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity and the Ministry of Agriculture for establishing NADAL, but we still look forward to their support,” she concluded.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_imgPatsy Gallagher continued a recent run of form to capture the Franklin cup last Sunday, with an impressive 43 stableford pts, followed closely in second place by Denis Friel.Standard scratch on the day was 41pts.Another big day in the club calender is coming up this Saturday, when lady captain Mary Hassan hosts her big day for the ladies, and also a nine hole competition for the gents at 5.30, followed by the traditional barbecue. The presentation of the prizes on the night usually turns out to be a fun filled occasion, and I’m sure Mary’s night will be another one to remember.GOLF NEWS – PATSY GALLAGHER WINS FRANKLIN CUP AT OTWAY was last modified: August 19th, 2013 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:OTWAY GOLF CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

Ohio Corn & Wheat Leadership Academy applications now being accepted

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio men and women with a commitment to the future of Ohio agriculture and an interest in developing their leadership potential are invited to apply for Class 4 of the Ohio Corn & Wheat Leadership Academy. This continuing education program is sponsored by Ohio Corn &Wheat and Seed Consultants, Inc.“As there becomes fewer farmers, it will continue to become more important to have stronger voices and more farmers engaged,” said Tadd Nicholson, executive director of Ohio Corn & Wheat. “We hope this academy will empower grain farmers to new levels of leadership; whether that’s serving on an agricultural board or engaging in a causal conversation with a consumer who has an agricultural question.”The Ohio Corn & Wheat Leadership Academy is a two-session statewide leadership development program created to educate and encourage Ohio grain producers to become more involved with Ohio Corn & Wheat and our grassroots programs. These programs will feature development of leadership, business and communication skills, which will result in a professional competitive edge for our organizations and the farmers who participate.Ohio grain producers from all over the state are encouraged to apply. To participate, candidates must be Ohio residents and must commit to attend both sessions, August 24-26, 2016, and January 24-26, 2017.OCW Leadership Academy application forms and details are available at or by email at The deadline for applying is May 27.last_img read more

Ohio Crop Progress — July 16, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry Conditions ContinueHot and dry conditions prevailed throughout the week causing stress to crops and livestock, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician with the USDA, NASS, Ohio field office. There were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending July 15. Wheat harvest and straw baling were in full swing with the dry weather. Hay harvest was doing well with second cut for both alfalfa and other hay well underway. Oats were maturing rapidly with the hot weather. Corn and soybeans overall remained in mostly good condition. Pastures were experiencing some stress due to high temperatures and loss of soil moisture. Little to no rain allowed opportunities for fieldwork. Field activities included spraying of fungicides and herbicides, hauling manure, and performing tillage operations.Click here to see the full reportlast_img read more

11 drown as boats capsize during Ganesh idol immersion in Bhopal

first_imgEleven people drowned and six were rescued early on Friday after two boats carrying them and Ganesh idols capsized at the Lower Lake of Bhopal, said Collector Tarun Kumar Pithode.“First, one of the boats capsized near the Khatlapura Ghat, from where idols are immersed. Then, the other one capsized too, as those in it may have tried to rescue them,” he said.While those rescued were in a stable condition, the bodies of the deceased were taken to the Hamidia Hospital in the city for post-mortem, said Mr. Pithode.Meanwhile, State Law and Legal Affairs Minister P.C. Sharma said, “The incident is unfortunate. An investigation will be done into it.”Mr. Pithode announced a compensation of ₹4 lakh for families of the deceased and ₹50,000 would be given as immediate relief. Boats capsize during Ganesh idol immersion in BhopalVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0000:3300:33 Watch: Boats capsize during Ganesh idol immersion in Bhopallast_img read more

Border officials dont have data to address racial bias in facial recognition

first_img Facial recognition Facial recognition is going to be everywhere Share your voice Tags Gender and race pose a challenge for facial recognition. Studies have shown the technology has a harder time identifying women and people with darker skin. Civil rights advocates warn that the shortcomings could adversely affect minorities. Several airports and airlines have rolled out the biometric tech across the US, offering a faster way to board your flights. The technology scans a traveler’s face and matches it with a passport photo provided to the airlines by the State Department. It’ll be used in the top 20 US airports by 2021. CBP says it has a match rate in the high 90th percentile, while a study from the DHS’ Office of Inspector General found that it had a match rate closer to 85%. Customs and Border Protection says the system is getting better. A spokesman for the agency noted that the OIG study drew from a demo in 2017 that looked at the potential for the Traveler Verification Service.”In the current deployment of TVS,” the spokesman said, “CBP has been able to successfully photograph and match over 98% of travelers who have photos in U.S. Government systems.”In addition, CBP is working with the National Institutes of Standards and Technology to analyze the performance of face-matching tech, “including impacts due to traveler demographics and image quality,” the spokesman said. A lack of diverse data is what led to racial bias with facial recognition to begin with. Experts have suggested that photo databases for facial recognition could be using more images of white people than people of color, which skews how effective the technology is for minorities.  Jake Laperruque, a senior counsel at the Constitution Project, is concerned that the agency is turning a blind eye to the potential for racial bias at airports.”The comments reflect a troubling lack of concern about well-documented problem of facial recognition systems having higher error rates for people of color,” Laperruque said in an email. “CBP can’t simply ignore a serious issue and take a ‘see no evil approach’ — if they’re not willing to confront serious civil rights problems and deal with them, they shouldn’t be trusted to operate a program like this.”  Originally published May 6.Updated May 8: Added comment from a CBP spokesman. 10 Comments A woman boarding an SAS flight to Copenhagen goes through facial recognition verification system VeriScan at Dulles International Airport in  Virginia. Jim Watson / AFP/Getty Images Facial recognition technology is prone to errors, and when it comes to racial bias at airports, there’s a good chance it’s not learning from its mistakes. Debra Danisek, a privacy officer with US Customs and Border Protection, talked to an audience Friday at the International Association of Privacy Professionals Summit about what data its facial recognition tech collects — but more importantly, what data it doesn’t collect.”In terms of ‘Does this technology have a different impact on different racial groups?’ we don’t collect that sort of data,” Danisek said. “In terms of keeping metrics on which groups are more affected, we wouldn’t have those metrics to begin with.” In other words, while the CBP does collect data that’s available on people’s passports — age, gender and citizenship — to help improve its facial recognition algorithm, it doesn’t gather data for race and ethnicity, even when a passenger is misidentified.So the CBP doesn’t know when there’s a mismatch based on a person’s skin color. It’s relying on reports from the Department of Homeland Security’s Redress program to identify when that happens.  “If they notice we have a pattern of folks making complaints this process, then we would investigate,” Danisek said. Now playing: Watch this: Politics Security 3:28last_img read more

Flipkart in early talks to buy stake in BookMyShow in push against

first_imgThe logo of India’s largest e-commerce firm Flipkart is seen on the facade of the company’s headquarters in Bengaluru on July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Abhishek N ChinnappaHomegrown e-commerce giant Flipkart is in early talks to buy a large minority stake in online ticket booking company BookMyShow, as it seeks to attract more people and retain old customers.Flipkart wants to invest fresh capital into BookMyShow and also buy shares from some of its investors. But, there were no reports on the amount that Flipkart plans to invest in BookMyShow, Economic Times reported.The last round of funding for BookMyShow came from Stripes Group at Rs 550 crore, which was one of the largest funding rounds for any internet company this year. Accel Partners, SAIF Partners and Network18 also funded the company at a valuation more than Rs 3,000 crore.Accel is an investor in Flipkart as well. According to the reports, Flipkart had initially planned to buy BookMyShow. However, a stake sale is more likely than an outright sale.Reports said last month BookMyShow posted a profit of Rs 3.17 crore for the financial year 2016. But this profit came after the company reported losses for two consecutive fiscal years. It had posted Rs 13.52 crore loss in fiscal year 2015 and Rs 3.98 crore loss in FY14.The sales growth took a hit mainly because of a push by Paytm into movie tickets. But over the past few months, BookMyShow has limped back to growth and it still controls a majority of movie ticket bookings.Now, a partnership with the ticketing market leader BookMyShow will give Flipkart, which is also building its payment platform Phonepe, a big role in the ticketing market.  Bookmyshow.comBookMyShow is also focusing on local language content for both its video and audio platforms to penetrate tier 2 and tier 3 cities, a move that will be helpful for Flipkart as it seeks to serve deeper in the smaller areas.Flipkart – India’s most acquisitive companyFilpkart has raised nearly $3 billion in two tranches this year from SoftBank Group Corp, Tencent Holdings and others. The online retailer plans to pursue more Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) deals.Last month, Flipkart bought F1 Info solutions, which offers repair services for mobiles and electronics, for an undisclosed amount.Flipkart is India’s most acquisitive internet firm. Since 2007, it has bought more than 20 companies. Its largest acquisition till now is that of online retailer Myntra for more than $330 million in May 2014. Earlier this year, the company also tried to buy its smaller rival Snapdeal, but the deal failed because of differences over valuation.last_img read more