Nimbians Abandon Rice for Marijuana Production

first_imgThe Nimba branch of the national Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has identified Wea Clan in Buu–Yao Administrative District as a marijuana production center in the county.Speaking to reporters on August 31, DEA County Commander, Col. Julius Kanubah, said citizens in Wea Clan, some of the residents are involved more in the cultivation of marijuana than their staple food, rice.He added that most of the marijuana that has been seized from traffickers is believed to have come from the area. The Clan has approximately five towns including Beaplay, old and new Beadatuo towns, Wea Neintuo and Binwea.Col. Kanubah explained that about two years ago, DEA officers raided several farms in the clan and destroyed huge quantities of young marijuana crops, but those in the production of the illegal substance continued to conduct business in the narcotic drug.He added that due to the limited manpower and the recent outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD), the DEA has been unable to regularly visit some of the suspected farms.He named two towns in the clan where marijuana crops are mainly produced as Wea Beadatuo and Wea Newtown respectively.Col Kanuba also named the Gbi Forest in Lower Nimba County as one of the areas where marijuana is heavily cultivated, more than rice.The Gbi Forest is situated around the Gbi and Dorlu Administrative Districts in Tappita Statutory District, Lower Nimba County. The serious challenges of accessibility to that part of the county presents an apparent security for those growing marijuana undisturbed.However, Col. Kanuba said the DEA is working with the civil authority in Buu–Yao Administrative District; a neighboring district, to help sensitize the residents to desist from cultivating marijuana.In a related development, a Nigerian national who was recently arrested and charged with cocaine trafficking in Ganta has been sent to court for trial.Paul Omerny Ikebgunm was charged for “unlawful possession of a narcotic drug (cocaine) and is expected to appear at the Sanniquellie Magisterial Court to answer to the charge.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Drive to make 2010 spectacular

first_imgKeynote speaker Sibusiso Ndebele,Minister of Transport, is adamant that theWorld Cup will unite the nation.(Image: Nicky Rehbok)MEDIA CONTACTS • Tiyani RikhotsoGCIS Chief Director: 2010 Fifa World Cup+27 12 314 2834• Margaret DingaloIMC Director: Stakeholder Relations+27 11 483 0122USEFUL LINKS• GCIS• Brand South Africa• National Communication Partnership• South African Police Service• South Africa: 2010• Fifa 2010 World CupJanine ErasmusThe fourth and final edition of the 2010 National Communication Partnership Conference saw communications experts from the private and public sector pledging to use their Confederations Cup experience to deliver an outstanding 2010 Fifa World Cup.The football spectacular kicks off on 11 June 2010 and ends 30 days later.The one-day conference was an initiative of the International Marketing Council (IMC) and Government Communications and Information System (GCIS).It aimed to provide professional communicators with the tools to launch an intensified and coordinated 2010 strategy, which will reach as many people as possible and set off a wave of excitement and support that will sweep the entire continent.“The World Cup is South Africa’s next defining moment,” said acting IMC CEO Paul Bannister in his welcoming address. “This is going to influence how the rest of the world looks at us from now on. We have to get it right – who knows when the next defining moment will be?”Among the issues discussed were the safety and security of fans, the mobilisation of people across the continent, and the increased use of tools, such as the diski dance and the national anthem, to build excitement and national cohesion.The diski dance is as unique a facet of South African football as is the vuvuzela and the makarapa (a somewhat modified hard hat). The dance borrows much of its style from the Beautiful Game, and with moves like the Header, the Juggle and the Table Mountain, it is as infectious as the spirit of optimism that is fast pervading the nation.Safety firstMinister of Transport Sibusiso Ndebele said in his keynote address that his department’s prime responsibility is to get fans to the stadiums safely and on time, and back to their hotels afterwards.With around 500 000 fans expected to pour into the country during June and July 2010, said Ndebele, the safety of both citizens and visitors is non-negotiable.A tighter national strategy and better coordination between national and provincial government, he said, will assure fans of a secure environment. Part of this tighter strategy included the establishment of a single command structure to run the entire plan.Ndebele praised South Africa’s law enforcement agencies, saying that they have proven their capability during previous international sporting events. “They will continue to improve on their capacity to deal with crime incidents and will be ready to neutralise any potential threat.”He added that his department is waiting for Fifa’s final draw, which takes place on 4 December 2009. “Then we will have a better idea of where the big crowds will be and can plan accordingly, especially for the smaller metropolitan areas that may not be fully equipped to deal with huge crowds.”The transport department’s 2010 strategy involves a combination of various modes of transport including buses, trains and taxis.Negotiations with the local minibus taxi sector, which earlier in 2009 protested over the Rea Vaya bus rapid transport system, were continuing, but the minister expected a positive outcome.“Rea Vaya will go ahead,” he affirmed. “There is no turning back.”Feedback from the Confederations Cup, he said, was mostly positive but aspects such as the park and ride system still needed attention. These will not be neglected, he added.Marketing opportunityLocal Organising Committee (LOC) chair Irvin Khoza encouraged the country to make the most of the forthcoming extravaganza, and to understand the enormity of the project.“We won’t get another marketing opportunity like in this in the next 100 years,” he said, referring to the chance to promote South Africa in all its diversity to the international community.With the Confederations Cup now behind them, he said, the focus is firmly on the big event and communication must move into top gear. “We need to feel that the show is in town. This is the real deal.”Khoza likened the upcoming World Cup to a television commercial for South Africa, except that its duration is 30 days instead of 30 seconds.“This commercial will be watched by billions around the globe,” said Khoza, “and it is our chance to present South Africa as a dynamic and exciting place to visit”.Khoza said that the biggest legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, besides national pride, skills development, better infrastructure and more, would be to bury what he termed “Afro-pessimism”, and show that South Africa is on a par with developed nations in this sphere.He also urged South Africans to support all six African teams, and to shift support to a team from Africa should national team Bafana Bafana fail to make it to the later stages.Panel discussionsThe conference featured two panel discussions, chaired by TV veteran Jeremy Maggs and Paul Bannister respectively.The first session, centred on Confederations Cup feedback, featured transport minister Sibusiso Ndebele; Sindiswa Nhlumayo, deputy director-general in the Department of Tourism; Ron DelMont of Fifa’s local office; LOC marketing chief Derek Carstens; Gab Mampone, acting CEO of the embattled South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC); and assistant police commissioner Ben Groenewald.Each assured the audience that their departments and organisations were hard at work to address the flaws revealed during the Confederations Cup.Ndebele promised that the park and ride system would be overhauled, and that there would be smoother coordination between the various transport modes.Nhlumayo said the focus of her department would be on service excellence.“We want those 500 000 visitors to go home and become ambassadors for South Africa,” she said. “In this way we will penetrate markets we have not yet reached.”She mentioned that the tourism department had enlisted the help of the Disney Institute, the professional development and training arm of the Walt Disney Company, to conduct research, identify the weak spots and implement best practices across all service areas.She also announced the October 2009 launch of the National Service Excellence Initiative. This is a private-public partnership with the Tourism Business Council of South Africa to develop greater levels of service excellence, thereby increasing the sector’s US$19.7-billion (R159-billion) contribution to the South African economy, and ensuring its global competitiveness.South African Police Service (SAPS) assistant commissioner Groenewald stated emphatically that fans would be safe. The dry run of the Confederations Cup was a big success overall, he said, although there were a few critical areas that needed attention. Lack of communication and not enough standard operating procedures were identified as shortcomings that would be addressed.Fifa’s DelMont said the organisation was happy with the progress to date. He mentioned that although four stadiums were used for the Confederations Cup, there remained another six untried stadiums around the country. DelMont encouraged the six host cities to follow the example of the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, which hosted events in its brand-new stadium before the Confederations Cup, and was therefore able to assess its performance in a live situation.Derek Carstens of the LOC reported that crucial targets for the Confederations Cup had been met. As an example, he said that ticket sales for the South African event had matched that of Germany, and in a world recession to boot.The LOC is also awaiting the final Fifa draw in December, said Carstens. “Then we will start driving hard.”Mampone of the SABC assured all present that the organisation would deliver on its promises. “Our plans are well advanced, and the resources we will need had been set aside a long time ago.”In broadcasting terms, he said, the Confederations Cup saw excellence all around, with over 200 countries receiving consistent high-quality signals.World media perceptionBetween panel sessions, the audience watched presentations by Wadim Schreiner of Media Tenor SA and Jos Kuper of Kuper Research.Schreiner spoke on the world media perception of South Africa and the 2010 Fifa World Cup, obtained through a survey of 42 countries across June and July 2009. Research revealed that, while recent strike action had dented the country’s image slightly, on the whole South Africa had recovered from its lowest point in May 2008 during the xenophobia attacks.He said it was likely that South Africa would receive strong international media attention from now until June 2010.Kuper reported that active engagement through, for example, the diski dance and the national anthem was crucial in order to stir up 2010 fever among South Africans.Igniting the nationThe second panel discussion, hosted by Paul Bannister, carried the theme Igniting the nation to deliver.Panellists included Rich Mkhondo and Derek Carstens of the LOC; Mvuzo Mbebe of the SABC; Wendy Tlou of South African Tourism; Kwakye Donkor of the Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa; Themba Maseko of GCIS; Vish Naidoo of the South African Police Services; German branding guru Nikolaus Eberl; and David Smith of the Foreign Correspondents Association.All agreed that a multi-faceted strategy was necessary to galvanise the nation. Early and effective communication was needed, not only to reach the thousands of visitors but also the expected 18 000 media professionals.“We don’t want them to report on just the football while they’re here,” said Mkhondo.Maseko of GCIS agreed that communication was the key to delivering the best World Cup ever.“We need to develop an appropriate and resounding communication strategy,” he commented. “As government, we have set up a number of structures to enhance our marketing and communication plan and to ensure that government speaks in one voice.”To overcome communication and cultural barriers, said Naidoo, the SAPS plans to enlist police officers from other countries and bring them to South Africa to visibly patrol in their uniforms. This will help the SAPS to effectively police foreign nationals.UK journalist Smith commented that while the controversial issue of a “Plan B” host was over, the question of South Africa’s readiness was yet to be firmly established in the UK. “This is because we didn’t have a team in the Confederations Cup and there wasn’t much coverage,” he said.Smith encouraged the local media to accentuate the positives, but to be truthful about any shortcomings.The way forwardThe second part of the conference included four breakout sessions under the themes: domestic mobilisation, tourism, communication, and continental mobilisation. During the sessions participants pooled their ideas for boosting South Africa’s brand.The communication group decided to strengthen existing campaigns, and to integrate them in order to promote a positive attitude. For instance, the Football Friday strategy adopted by hotel group Southern Sun could be developed into a national event to be held later in the year.Getting the country behind the national football team, anthem, and flag were important elements of domestic mobilisation. The group also suggested the composition of a 2010 song.Continental mobilisation would benefit from better communication and wider access to information, it was decided. South African embassies abroad need more information, possibly in the form of an information package which could be easily distributed. It was suggested that other key events across the continent could be linked to the World Cup.The tourism group concluded that the diski dance and Fly the Flag for Football campaigns need to be used more extensively, in order to entrench them in the nation’s consciousness. It was suggested that the dance be taken to schools and performed at every domestic football game from now on.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Ohio State students talk agriculture at Farmers Share

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio State Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow brought their Farmers Share event to a new location this year – the Waterman Dairy Farm. CFAES organizations teamed up to bus students from central campus to just down the road from the Horseshoe in hopes of teaching fellow students more about the agricultural world. Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood is joined by Ohio State’s Marlee Stollar and Joel Sonnenberg to learn more about this year’s event.last_img

Google Squared Gets Some Much Needed Improvements

first_imgTags:#Google#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois Google Squaredlaunched to a lot of hype earlier this year, but the initial reaction from most pundits was rather negative. Squared, which gathers and displays structured data, often returned rather nonsensical results, and we would venture to guess that only a few people are actually using it now. Today, Google announced some updates to Squared that should make it more useful. Now, if you do a search on Squared, for example, the results will contain up to 120 facts – up from 30 in the initial release. As Google points out, a search for US presidents, for example, initially returned a table with only five presidents and three categories. Now, however, this table includes data on 20 presidents and lists up to six attributes. Squared also now gives users the option to sort columns – a feature that was sorely lacking in the first iteration of this product. Related Posts Squared is now more selective about the data it includes. And it also learns from edits and corrections that users make.New: Export Data to Google Spreadsheets and CSV FilesIn addition, Google gives users the option to export data to a Google Spreadsheet or a CSV file. This should make it a lot easier to actually do something interesting with this data. As an example, Google explains how to build a list of African countries and then create a scatter plot that examines the relationship between GDP and literacy rate in these countries.Will You Give it a Second Try?Overall, the data that Google Squared now returns does indeed look more accurate than in earlier versions, though some results are still rather strange (to be fair, this is still a Google Labs product). We do wonder how useful a service like this really is. Are you likely to head over to Google Squared for research? Would you trust its results? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

IPL 2011: Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders- CSK win by 2 runs

first_imgChennai beat Kolkata by two runs in the nail-biting first match of the Indian Premier League at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday. Score Kolkata needed four runs from the last ball off Chennai’s Tim Southee. Rajat Bhatia was at receiving end, but a fine Yorker from the Kiwi prevented the batsman from going for big hit and Kolkata went down by two runs.This was a far cry from an earlier situation when the Kolkata team was cruising on 93/1 with Jacques Kallis and Yusuf Pathan at the crease.The Kolkata openers Jacques Kallis and Manvinder Bisla started the chase strongly scoring more than seven runs an over. They were cruising along till left-arm spinner Shadab Jakati scalped Bisla on 27 when the team total was 64. The run rate slowed down a bit but Yusuf Pathan ensured that the delay was short-lived and together with Kallis, he set out hammering the opposition bowlers.But, Pathan too could not stay on for long and fell in the 13th over with a run out written against his initials on the scoreboard. But, the scoreboard kept ticking as Kallis was still in the middle.A few balls later Chennai got the man they wanted. Kallis went for the sweep off offie R Ashwin, but failed to get the desired result and ended up getting caught in the deep by Subramaniam Badrinath. He fell for 54 and Kolkata fell to 112/3.And then it was Suresh Raina’s turn to show his bowling prowess and he did it by removing Kolkata’s English import Eoin Morgan on 6 with Dhoni performing the final rites with fine stumping. Kolkata were reduced to 119/4.advertisementA ball later Chennai pressed further and removed IPL’s most expensive players and Kolkata captain Gautam Gambhir on 1 with a run out. Then Manoj Tiwary, who was charging away at the oppostion bowlers, too was forced to walk back with Sri Lankan offie Suraj Randiv getting the better of his in the 19th over. He fell for 27 when the score was 145.Kolkata team could only manage to score 151/7 on board in their allotted 20 overs and ended up on the losing side.Chennai inningsSrikkanth Anirudha scored an impressive 64 as Chennai put 153/4 in their stipulated 20 overs against Kolkata.Chennai skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat, but the things didn’t exactly pan out in the rigth way for his team as opposition spinner Iqbal Abdulla scalped opener Murali Vijay in the first over to reduce them to 5/1.Post that wicket, Srikkanth Anirudha and Suresh Raina got on with a partnership putting a quick 75 for the second wicket before Suresh Raina departed to Yusuf Pathan on 33. The ball was pitched wide on the off and Raina could not connect it properly and gave a catch to Sarabjit Ladda in the deep. Chennai were 80/2 at the stage.In the 18th over, Jacques Kallis scalped Chennai skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to restrict them to 129/3. Dhoni, who scored 29 runs, put 49 runs for the third wicket with Anirudha.Finally, on the second ball of the last over Jacques Kallis bowled Anirudha to bring to end an impressive innings that saw the batsman scored a 55-ball 64, decorating his innings with six fours and two sixes.Scott Styris and Albie Morkel helped Chennai were unbeaten when the Chennai innings came to an end on 153/4.The opening ceremonyEarlier, the opening ceremony of the fourth edition of the mega cricketing event saw the King of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan perform in front of a packed MA Chidambaram Stadium. The Kolkata Knight Riders owner wooed audience with his Chakde India to kick start things. Then he went on to do a bit of lip syncing to a Tamil script even as South Indian actress Shriya Saran joined him on the stageThe other Bollywood performer during the ceremony was Sunidhi Chauhan, who sang the popular Hindi number Dhoom Machale.Then there dancers painted in saffron, white and green showcasing their dancing skills to some grooving and heart-racing beats. The evening also witnessed famous percussionist Taufiq Qureshi created some rhythmic melody.last_img read more

Calvin Abueva’s defensive grit helps keep Fuel Masters unscathed

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Phoenix took an 83-77 lead with 2:47 left in the fourth quarter after Wright’s jumper over Galanza.READ: Matthew Wright on Phoenix’s 4-0 start: Nothing to brag just yetAlthough the Fuel Masters allowed the Road Warriors to score five unanswered, Abueva’s grit was able to save them.“Coach always tells us to focus especially in the end game because that’s what really matters,” said Abueva who finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks.“We can keep a steady pace in the first three quarters but the fourth really is the most crucial and that’s the time where we really want to show our mentality.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The defensive play started when Justin Chua deliberately stepped on the sideline to get a delay of game warning that allowed the Fuel Masters to read the Road Warriors’ offense, giving the chance for Abueva to pounce. PBA: Phoenix stays hot, escapes NLEX for 5-0 start LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Calvin Abueva after his block on Galanza to preserve Phoenix’ 83-82 win over NLEX and also to keep their unbeaten start that has now stretched to 5 wins. | @BLozadaINQ #PBA2019 pic.twitter.com/E6fr4qbBsb— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) February 8, 2019MANILA, Philippines—It may have looked like a spur of the moment defensive play but Calvin Abueva’s game-winning block on Bong Galanza was the culmination of a well-thought, calculated moved.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAbueva’s block not only gave Phoenix the 83-82 win, but it also preserved the team’s unbeaten start in the PBA Philippine Cup that has now stretched to five wins.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Calvin Abueva’s crucial block saves Phoenix. PBA IMAGES“I helped because my teammate was already beaten and we all knew the offense would go through Larry [Fonacier] so when Galanza got free I just forced myself for the help defense instead off allowing him to take the shot,” said Abueva in Filipino Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Fonacier was pinned down in the screens and Galanza was able to free himself for the three,  but Abueva was there to help out on Alex Mallari who was also trapped in the picks.READ: PBA: Phoenix stays hot, escapes NLEX for 5-0 startBut it wasn’t just Abueva who displayed the tenacity down the stretch since it was the credo that Phoenix head coach Louie Alas instilled in them.The Fuel Masters trailed by as much as 11, 56-45, early in the third quarter but slowly clawed their way back and tied the game at 77 after Matthew Wright’s triple with 4:15 remaining in the game.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more