first_imgLiberians were shocked late Monday evening by the news of the death of the renowned Liberian Muslim cleric, Shiekh Kafumba Famod Konneh. People from all walks of life in the country are mourning Shiekh Konneh’s passing with expressions of condolences to his family, the Muslim community and the Liberian state.Many referred to Shiekh Konneh in their tributes as a pacifier and unifier and a man who worked tirelessly to ensure that Liberians practiced tolerance of all religious beliefs in the building of a unified nation.The tributes and condolences reached a crescendo on Tuesday when Liberians led by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf turned out in their thousands to pay their last respects to a man many consider as a fallen hero and patriot.At the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia where the funeral rites took place were many high ranking officials of the three branches of the Liberian government including Senate Pro-Tempore, Armah Zulu Jallah, Speaker Alex Tyler, representatives of Chief Justice Francis Korkpor, Associate Justices Philip Z. Banks and Kabinah Ja’neh.The late Muslim cleric was described as someone who consistently advocated for peace, justice and tranquility for all Liberians. He was a founding member of the Inter-Religious Committee of Liberia, a group comprising of religious leaders that began the advocacy for peace among the warring factions during the early years of the Liberian civil war.He was not just an Islamic preacher but a politician, scholar, lawyer and a judge, the President recalled in her eulogy.He worked and maintained good relations with Liberian Christian leaders and he travelled on many occasions around the country and out of Liberia advocating for peace and justice for Liberians, speaker upon speaker acknowledged.Government officials lamented that Liberia has indeed lost a great mind and a humble personality.A Giant Tree Has FallenPresident Sirleaf, in a sad mood, compared Sheikh Konneh’s death to the falling of a giant tree in the forest. “When a giant tree falls in a forest, it impacts other trees far and near,” she noted indicating further the country’s shock at the news of the demise of the Sheikh whom she described as “a great statesman of valor unpretending.”President Sirleaf said the late Islamic Prelate was a distinguished Liberian who will be remembered as a messenger of peace and inter-religious tolerance.“He was a prominent voice and face of Islam in the last three decades in Liberia, commencing with his role as Secretary General of the Muslim Union of Nimba County – to Secretary General to Chairman of the National Muslim Council of Liberia,” she said.Prior to the assassination of President Tolbert, Sheikh Kafumba Konneh was Commissioner of Ganta City and served as Justice of the Peace in Sanniquellie, Nimba County. His role as an activist started when he disagreed with and pledged his support for the late Dr. Edward Kesselly the founder of the current ruling Unity Party, President Sirleaf said. It was Sheikh Konneh that mobilized Nimba in support of Dr. Kesselly in the 1985 elections, she added.“Today he is no more but he will fondly be remembered for his outspokenness, fearlessness and courage. When conflict raged, he stood as an outstanding proponent in the search for lasting peace for our country,” President Sirleaf noted.Madam Sirleaf conveyed condolences from Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, who is away on official duties attending an African Union Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.“We mourn this great loss to our country as we strive to consolidate the peace and stimulate the trappings of national healing and reconciliation. To the bereaved family, we say take heart,” said the President.In his tribute, the Chairman of the Governance Commission, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, said that the Liberian state and people owed an enormous debt of gratitude to Sheikh Kafumba Konneh for ensuring that the 14 year civil conflict did not degenerate into a religious war.He said this could be attributed to Sheikh Konneh’s negotiation, during the height of the nation’s crisis that helped to bring about peace and the maintenance of peace in the country.Dr. Sawyer, who worked closely with the fallen statesman when he was president of the Interim Government of National Unity, (IGNU), described him as the boldest champion for religious tolerance and urged younger religious leaders to emulate his good example.According to Dr. Sawyer, the late Cleric explored the intersections of religion, culture, science and politics to embed tolerance, promote scientific knowledge and build a peaceful society.He noted: “Sheikh Konneh dedicated himself to the struggle to end marginalization, ensure that we respect each other and use our diversity as building blocks for a better society and not as stumbling blocks to progress or walls to separate us from each other.”Many Liberians referred to him as a symbol of religious unity and Dr. Sawyer hoped young Liberian Muslims would follow his good example.Sheikh Konneh was born on February 4, 1944 in Saclepea, Nimba County, to Muslim parents. He dedicated his life to public service and religious tolerance and coexistence, for which he was loved and widely admired and respected.He was a self-educated public servant who started his professional career in 1972, according to the official Gazette published by the Government of Liberia.He relocated to Monrovia in 1981 and became a member of the Muslim Congress of Liberia and eventually served as its secretary general and later ascended to the post of chairman of the National Muslim Council of Liberia, the position he held until his demise.Sheikh Konneh is indisputably the most renowned and beloved Islamic cleric the nation has seen. He is held in high esteem by both members of his religion, Christians and Traditionalists as a result of his campaign for tolerance.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_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN GABRIEL – The school district is considering whether to make the unusual move of appointing a non-voting staff member to the board, in an effort some believe will encourage open communication. Others say the move would be redundant. Having an employee representative – a teacher, an administrator or a rotation of the two – sit on the board is one of many suggestions on a 15-page list compiled by board President Colleen Doan in December. The list culls board member ideas on “Future Changes/Directions” for discussion at meetings. The district is trying to determine if it is legal to have staff sit on the board. The state education code does not allow district employees to serve on the board, but does make a distinction between voting and non-voting members. Action has already been taken on one item from the list. In December, the school board voted 3-2 to appoint two members to observe staff meetings among the superintendent’s cabinet, and between the cabinet and school principals. Board members Gary Scott and Cristina Alvarado were opposed. The latest suggestion, which has proved to be controversial as well, is designed to facilitate “the candid exchange of concerns, ideas, problems and successes,” said board member Lee Freeman. “My fundamental goal is to improve the flow of information to the board. Teachers do the most important work in this district.” But the teachers’ association opposes the idea. “We feel that no one person can represent the needs and concerns of anything beyond their grade level or subject,” said Katherine Hill, president of the San Gabriel Teachers Association. Hill said representatives polled members and found the “vast majority” opposed. patricia.ho@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586last_img read more


first_img There are now about 4,900 acres leased for oil and gas development in the Los Padres National Forest, and under a decision this summer by Los Padres Supervisor Gloria Brown an additional 52,000 acres of the forest would be open to oil and gas development. But the new surface drilling, power lines and roads would be limited to 4,000 acres, and the remaining 48,000 would be open only for underground directional or slant drilling. Even if all the new acres are leased, only about 21 acres would be disturbed through the construction of well pads, drills, access roads and pipelines, Forest Service officials said. “I reached this decision after a great deal of thought and careful consideration of public input,” Brown said. “I feel that it provides for the protection of ecological values that are so important to the American public, while still offering a portion of our oil and gas potential to the nation.” She said the disturbance would decrease over time and the land would be rehabilitated when the oil and gas activities cease. But environmentalists are skeptical and oppose new oil and gas development, particularly near the sanctuary areas for the endangered California condor. The new areas open to oil and gas leasing are primarily hills to the north of the Santa Clara River Valley and in the Sierra Madre foothills south of Cuyama, where the Sisquoc Condor Sanctuary was once used as a site for releasing the birds back into the wild. Defenders of Wildlife, Los Padres ForestWatch of Santa Barbara, and the Tucson, Ariz.-based Center for Biological Diversity filed the appeal. They say forest officials relied on outdated reports to assess the potential harm to the environment from more oil development. The three conservation groups said forest drilling would threaten pristine creeks, spoil scenic vistas and harm wildlife. “The agency’s plan requires a vast network of roads, pipelines and transmission wires that will cut through the heart of some of the most sensitive areas of the forest, including key habitat for the critically endangered California condor,” said Defenders of Wildlife spokeswoman Kim Delfino. Good said the Los Padres National Forest, extending from the Big Sur coast down to the Los Angeles County line, contains about 1.76 million acres. She said Forest Service officials would not endanger the California condor with any of their new plans, which stress the endangered bird’s protection and protection of urban areas from wildfires. “Protecting the condors is very, very high on our list of priorities, and we work very closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make sure the condors and other endangered species are protected,” she said. The plan recommends that many areas be restricted from motorized access, but officials also want to maintain their options for accessing parts of the forest to prevent catastrophic wildfires, they said. “We may need to have road access, but the emphasis would be on temporary access. We don’t anticipate any aggressive road building in any of the forests,” Good said. Jeff Kuyper, executive director of Los Padres Forest Watch, said the new Forest Service plan does not provide for enough new wilderness areas. “We see the Forest Service using public fear surrounding fire as a scapegoat instead of providing true wilderness protection,” Kuyper said. “I think it is important for people concerned about our forest to attend these open houses. We were hoping that with the new plan the forests would have been better protected, but it appears the Forest Service is going in the opposite direction.” The group’s biggest criticism is it sees the new forest plans as vague, failing to set clear guidelines. Members believe it will be difficult for the Forest Service to follow the plan and difficult for the public to determine whether the agency is following it. “We were hoping the new plan would provide more protection for the condor,” Kuyper said. “It remains to be seen how the new plan will affect the condor, but the agency fell far short of our expectations. Protection of the condor habitat should be the utmost priority. Instead it’s taking the back seat to oil drilling and other activities.” The Associated Press contributed to this story. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 eric.leach@dailynews.com IF YOU GO Open houses to provide information on the new long-range plan for the Los Padres National Forest are scheduled at the following locations: Ventura: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday at the Avenue Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave. Goleta: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Los Padres National Forest headquarters conference room, 6755 Hollister Ave., Raytheon Building, Suite 150. Frazier Park: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Community Center, 300 Park Drive. The plan can be viewed at www.fs.fed.us/r5/scfpr. 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 Environmental groups and political leaders, including members of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, have voiced opposition recently to Forest Service plans to expand oil drilling in the Los Padres area, and a lawsuit was filed this month to block wilderness road construction nationwide. Although the oil drilling proposal and lawsuit over road building are separate from the new Los Padres plan, they all relate to the same issues regarding how the forest will be used. Kathy Good, a spokeswoman for the Los Padres forest said new plans for all Southern California forests have been under development since 2001 and the open houses this month will give the public a chance to learn about and discuss the conclusions. “These are the final plans. These plans will provide for over-arching strategic guidance for the next 10 to 15 years,” Good said. “The oil and gas study was a separate study. It began about 10 yers ago and concluded this year. The oil and gas decision is an amendment to our existing forest plan and it will be rolled over into the new forest plan.” VENTURA – Facing controversy over oil drilling, roads in wilderness areas and heightened brush fire concerns, the U.S. Forest Service is revising plans for the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County. Because the Los Padres is home to the California condor, the plans are of particular interest to environmentalists who say protecting the endangered bird should be a top priority. Some say they are concerned that Forest Service officials are using growing fears about brush fires in Southern California as an excuse for building roads in what should be wilderness areas. Forest Service officials scheduled an open house for Monday in Ventura to help people learn about their recently completed land management plan for the Los Padres area, including ideas for protecting housing developments near the forest from catastrophic wildfires. last_img read more


first_imgSOCCER: Former Manchester United star and current Republic of Ireland assistant Roy Keane has reiterated the importance of Ireland’s No.1 choice goalkeeper playing regularly club football.Shay GivenKeane was talking about the goalkeeping situation ahead of Ireland’s Euro 2016 double-header with Gibraltar and Georgia in the next few days.Given has admitted he will retire from the Republic of Ireland set-up after the Euro 2016 campaign. However, Given turned down the opportunity to be first choice at Championship club Middlesbrough in favour of re-joining old boss Mark Hughes at Stoke City.Given will be No.2 at Stoke and faces a battle on his hands to displace Jack Butland.That decision could put Given’s position as first choice No.1 at risk.Keane said, “I’m sure Shay is going there saying he’s going to fight for his place like he did at Villa the last few years. “There will be situations where players will turn up and they’re all not playing regularly.“That’s not ideal for us especially in a specialist position like goalkeeping.“I understand that but their mind-set when they sign for clubs is that they’re going to be playing football.“Shay has gone there believing he can challenge the young goalkeeper.“And if the young goalkeeper makes a few mistakes or there’s an injury, then he’s in.” KEANE: ‘SHAY’S IRELAND SPOT NOT A ‘GIVEN’ was last modified: September 3rd, 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:newssoccerSportlast_img read more


first_imgHarry Redknapp believes Yossi Benayoun would snub a move to Spain if QPR agree to give him a contract.The 33-year-old Israeli has been without a club since leaving Chelsea when his contract at Stamford Bridge expired during the summer.QPR were among several clubs who were then approached about signing Benayoun on a two-year deal and more recently his representatives suggested Rangers wanted him, leading to reports he was set for a move to Loftus Road.West London Sport revealed that R’s boss Redknapp had merely suggested Benayoun could join on trial and had not heard from him since.Redknapp offered Benayoun a trialBenayoun, who made his name in the Premier League at West Ham and had a spell at Liverpool before joining Chelsea in 2010, is keen to return to London.His bargaining position appeared to be strengthened by injuries to QPR’s Niko Kranjcar and Alejandro Faurlin as well as on-loan Tottenham midfielder Tom Carroll.But Redknapp remains adamant that he wants to take a look at Benayoun in training before deciding whether to sign him.“I’ve always liked Benayoun as a player but it would be another wage on the wage bill,” said Redknapp.“If he was reasonable and it would be a reasonable deal he would be a good asset. It’s something we’d look at.“I haven’t heard from Yossi yet though. I think he’s got a couple of Spanish clubs who want him.“If we wanted to do it I think he’d rather come back to London and play. We’ll see what happens.”Man Utd v Arsenal: free bets offer for West London Sport readers See also:Ex-Chelsea man Benayoun offered QPR trialNo sign of Benayoun after offer of QPR trialQPR boss leaves door open for BenayounOnuoha back and Kranjcar may face ReadingSpurs’ Carroll edges closer to Rangers returnBenayoun impresses during Rangers trialBenayoun enters talks over Rangers dealQPR board reluctant to bring in BenayounQPR discuss shorter-term Benayoun dealBenayoun deal is done, says QPR’s BondQPR set to confirm six-month Benayoun dealRangers confirm the signing of Benayoun 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–Injuries have robbed the Giants of several key contributors throughout the season, but Joe Panik is the first position player to be sent to the disabled list for two separate ailments.Manager Bruce Bochy said Panik was diagnosed with a “mild-to-moderate” groin strain while trainer Dave Groeschner said the injury could leave the club without one of its starting infielders for the next three weeks.Panik arrived in the clubhouse Tuesday and said he’s still sore after injuring …last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Remember the soybeans that were planted in Madison County, Ohio on March 19th? What kind of shape are they in today? The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins stopped by JCW Farms Partnership to find out.last_img


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are off to a rough start again. I saw the pictures on Facebook of replanting.  So I thought I should chime in here about how precious this seed is and what a seed treatment can and cannot do.  In this Eastern Soybean Belt we have a lot of poorly drained soil.  More importantly, we also have a lot of inoculum and a great diversity of watermolds, Pythium and Phytophthora, that can infect both corn and soybeans.  When soils are saturated (like this week), these watermolds will form swimming spores that are attracted to the young seeds and seedlings. Based on the past 10 years of research we only see a benefit of the seed treatments when there is soil saturation, typically 2 inches of rain within 2 weeks of planting.  Sometimes it only takes an inch of rain if the soils are “just fit” and it rains again immediately after planting.Where we don’t see a benefit, well drained and less than 1 inch of rain, enough to get the seed out of the ground or if there is more than 5 inches of rain.  In these cases, submergence and flooding will suffocate the seed and it will die from abiotic injury.  The soil will smell from all of the organisms that were killed.In the lab, we routinely recover watermolds from soil using soybean or corn as baits.  We saturate the soil and let it incubate for 1 to 3 weeks at cool or warm temperatures; plant it with our favorite bait, saturate it again overnight and then watch all of the soybean seedlings damp-off.  From most Ohio soils, we can always recover a watermold. The fields in Ohio this spring are in the same condition as our soil baiting, the watermolds are primed and ready to go.  If we get a good dry spell, then it requires another round of incubation.So while the snow, sleet, and rain fall this week remember:  your seed is much safer in the storage. You spent a lot of money and it is the best germplasm your seed company had to offer.  If you have to replant you are going to end up getting the third or fourth best, and as we have learned in the past, possibly a variety that is not really suited to Ohio. Often these are susceptible to our resident pathogens that are not found in other parts of the north central region.Finally, don’t look at the calendar.  There are several research teams here that have moved to phenology (https://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/gdd/ ), which correlates flowering and growing degree days as the basis for when crops should be monitored for pests — perhaps we should revisit this for planting guidelines. Ultimately, the less time it takes for the seed to germinate, grow vigorously means that watermolds can have less of an impact.last_img read more


first_imgIt’s official! And there’s video to prove it. Geocachers didn’t just double the 2008 Leap Day totals – they combined to make Leap Day 2012 the biggest day in geocaching history. More geocachers logged caches on Leap Day 2012 than any other day in the 11-year history of the GPS-powered treasure hunting adventure. The previous all-time record was set on October 10, 2010 or 10-10-10. On that date 78,313 distinct accounts logged a cache.As of 2:30pm PST on March 7, 2012 –83,516 …geocaching accounts logged caches on Leap Day 2012. All told, geocachers logged nearly 300,000 finds and logs on Leap Day.The old record of unique accounts logging geocaches has been beat by more than 5000.Congratulations to all the geocachers around the world who united to log a geocache February 29. Thank you to the organizers of more than 900 geocaching events around the world.Watch this Geocaching.com Presents: Leap 2012 video for a special look at caching around the globe on February 29.  Special thanks to the Geocaching Vlogger for help compiling videos of geocachers around the world on Leap Day.[vsw id=”uubqUfe4nd4″ source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”] Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – January 18, 2012January 18, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – February 22, 2012February 14, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Geocaching Year in ReviewJanuary 4, 2013In “Française”last_img read more