The Judicial Reporters Association at the Temple of Justice has announced the death of one of its astute and senior members, Moses Wlemongar Ciapha ll. Mr. Ciapha who was a founding member of the association died on Sunday, October 23 in his birthplace, Sanoyea, Bong County, according to a press release the association issued yesterday. Ciapha has since been buried. He last worked for The Inquirer newspaper.He died after battling with a sore on his right foot, a condition which prompted him to seek medical treatment at the Jackson F. Doe Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County. His family later transferred him to Sanoyea to be attended by a traditional doctor.In his over 15 years of reporting from the judicial Branch of Government, Ciapha was instrumental in mentoring several reporters assigned by their respective newspapers to cover legal proceedings at the courts.With his vast experience in handling legal reporting, many of his colleagues sought his wisdom whenever they were confronted with difficult stories arising from the court, a selfless attribute which Mr. Ciapha’s colleagues say they will never forget.Meanwhile, the association will hold discussions with the publisher and reporters of the Inquirer newspaper regarding a memorial service for Ciapha.In his career, journalist Ciapha worked with several newspapers, including the Heritage, the Daily Observer, Frontpage Africa, New Republic, The News, and the Inquirer, respectively.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Despite the rainy weather, the North Peace Museum held a fundraising yard sale on Saturday. Picture: Amber Davy Despite being cancelled on Saturday due to the rainy weather, the Fort St. John Drag Racing Association’s Big Cash Race took place at the Northern Lights Raceway on Sunday. Picture: Amber Davy On Saturday, Dunvegan Gardens held a Corn Roast, where customers were able to eat corn free of charge. Picture: Amber Davy- Advertisement – The North Peace Ride for the Disabled hosted a big fundraising garage sale at the old Fort Motors building throughout the weekend. Picture: Amber Davy
Some Marseille fans had managed to get out of their section of the stands and force their way to the touchline barriers where they harangued Evra at close contact as the French international warmed up before kick-off.Stewards at the ground quickly intervened to break up the trouble, with Evra, who was originally listed as a substitute, ordered to return to the dressing room by the referee.“Pat has experience, and he must not react, it’s obvious,” said Marseille coach Rudi Garcia whose side lost the game 1-0 and also had Boubacar Kamara sent off three minutes from time.“Patrice is a more than just an experienced player. You can’t respond, of course, to insults as bad as they are and as incredible as they might be because they come from one of our supporters.”“He must learn to keep his cool. That’s all I can say.”Garcia, however, blasted the fan who taunted the 81-times capped Evra at the compact Portuguese stadium.“He’s not a supporter of Marseille, because you can’t insult your own players, you have to be behind all of us.”The incident immediately brought back memories of another act of kung-fu kick madness by a French footballer.In January 1995, Eric Cantona, playing for Manchester United, launched a flying kick at a Crystal Palace supporter at Selhurst Park who had jeered him after he had been sent off.Cantona’s assault led to a nine-month ban handed down by the English Football Association.According to football statisticians Opta on Thursday: “Patrice Evra is the first player to be sent off before the start of a match in the history of the Europa League”.Europe’s second-tier tournament replaced the UEFA Cup for the 2009-2010 season.Evra, also a former Manchester United star, has received heavy criticism for his performances this season and lost his place in the team to on-loan Aston Villa left-back Jordan Amavi.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Marseille’s Patrice Evra (C) leaves the pitch after an incident with Marseille supporters before the start of a UEFA Europa League match against Vitoria SC in Guimaraes on November 2, 2017 © AFP / MIGUEL RIOPAGUIMARAES, Portugal, Nov 3 – Marseille defender Patrice Evra was sent off after launching a karate-style kick at one of his team’s own supporters before Thursday’s Europa League match against Vitoria Guimaraes.Evra, 36, was engaged in a heated exchange with a group of fans from an area reserved for around 500 Marseille supporters in Portugal before aiming a head-high kick with his left foot at one of them.
The loss comes three days after falling 1-0 away to bottom side Thika United.K’Ogalo’s off the pitch woes are haunting the record KPL champions as the players boycotted training due to unpaid August salary and bonuses.Speaking after the match, Gor head coach Dylan Kerr said;“Its not my fault that is all I could say thank you,” Kerr said.The win was a major boost for Ulinzi Stars ahead of their Sunday FKF Shield semi-final against Kariobangi Sharks and head coach Dunstan Nyaudo was a pleased man.“Great results, we were looking for this win so that it can propel us in the weekend Shield semifinal. I rested few players but definitely you will see them over the weekend. Gor have already taken the championship so we need to work externally hard to see we represent Kenya in continental football,” Nyaundo said.The win lifted the Soldiers to fourth on 50 points, five behind second placed Bandari.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Gor Mahia team lost 2-0 to UlinziNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 19 – Champions elect Gor Mahia succumbed to a second successive defeat following their 2-0 defeat against visiting Ulinzi Stars in a Kenyan Premier League match played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.Elvis Nandwa struck both goals, finding the first in the 37th minute before completing a brace two minute into the second half.
Liverpool centre back Daniel Agger could be set for a reunion with former boss Rafael Benitez as Napoli prepare to make a move for the Denmark international, who has been linked with Arsenal and Tottenham.Agger has seemingly slipped down the pecking order at Anfield, with Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho becoming Brendan Rodgers’ preferred centre back pairing.Liverpool have also added Dejan Lovren to their defensive options, after completing a £20million deal for him from Southampton earlier this summer.And now, according to Il Mattino, Benitez is working on a deal to bring Agger to Napoli, who he previously signed for £6m back in 2006 when he was Liverpool boss.However, if Napoli are to make a move for Agger the Serie A side must first sell one of their current defenders.Argentine Federico Fernandez is the man linked with a move away from Naples, with Swansea reportedly leading the race for his signature. 1 Daniel Agger
moving on Espanyol star Mario Hermoso in action. ‘perfect fit” targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 2 Liverpool tracking Toulouse youngster ahead of possible January move Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The 23-year-old, having failed to make the grade at the Bernabeu, has gone from strength to strength ever since and his performances have been so impressive that Hermoso recently received his first call up to the Spain squad.Real are interested in luring him back to the capital and, according to Marca, Los Blancos can re-sign Hermoso for just £6.5million as per the terms of his move to Espanyol – and they are currently considering a swoop. However, Arsenal are also hot on Hermoso’s heels with Gunners boss Unai Emery said to be a big fan of his compatriot.The north London club have reportedly scouted the defender extensively and they could be about to launch a bid of their own. RANKED 2 Most Popular Transfer News IN DEMAND Should Madrid stump up the required money and Arsenal have a bid accepted, it would then come down to the player to decide who he wants to join.Alongside David Lopez, Hermoso has helped Espanyol concede just eight LaLiga goals this campaign. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minamino Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January REVEALED The bizarre reason why Man United didn’t sign new Liverpool playmaker Minamino Hermoso battles with his idol Sergio Ramos. LATEST Arsenal will have to fight off LaLiga giants Real Madrid if they are to land Espanyol star Mario Hermoso.The Gunners are reportedly ‘very interested’ in the defender, who joined his current side from Los Blancos in 2017. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland blunder Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Gossip
PHOTOGRAPHER Annmarie McGowan has taken some stunning snaps for Donegal Daily.But is this the most incredible shot yet?‘Angel Rays’ in the sky above Bunaninver, Gaoth Dobhair. Simply stunning. STUNNING: PHOTOGRAPHER CAPTURES ‘ANGEL RAYS’ IN DONEGAL SKY was last modified: April 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:Annemarie McGowanBunaninverGweedorePhotograph
A miner holding the Cullinan Diamond. Stone mine managers houses beautiful preserved. A replica Cullinan Diamond, with the nine stones it was cut into. The mine now, with the big hole in the background. The early workings, with coco pans carrying the rock from the mine surface.(Images: Petra Diamonds)MEDIA CONTACTS • Cathy MalinsCorporate Communications Manager,Petra Diamonds+27 (0)44 20 7494 8203• Dave Alderson-SmithCurator, McHardy House Museum+27 (0)12 734 1415Lucille DavieA rare 25.5 carat blue diamond was found at the Cullinan Mine, the third biggest diamond producer in South Africa, last month. Blue diamonds are among the rarest and most highly coveted of all diamonds and the Cullinan mine is the most important source of blues in the world, according to Petra Diamonds, the company that owns the mine.“They are so rare that there aren’t official statistics on their discovery rate,” says Cathy Malins, Petra’s corporate communications manager. In the five years that Petra has operated the mine, over 15-million tons of rock have been brought to the surface, producing about 5-million carats but only three world-class blue diamonds, she adds.A carat refers to the weight of a diamond. One carat weighs 0.2 grams. The diamonds are recovered from one of the biggest kimberlite pipes in the world. Kimberlite is named after the South African diamond mining town of Kimberley, where the gems were first discovered in the country. It refers to a type of potassic volcanic rock known to contain diamonds.Cullinan is some 40km northeast of Pretoria in Gauteng Province. The mine goes to a depth of 732 metres, where this blue diamond was found. “Once the ore is transported to surface, it goes through the processing plant and the blue diamond was recovered during the normal process of concentrating underground material, with final recovery by method of x-ray,” says Malins.In the past five years, several blue diamonds have been recovered at Petra, including a 26.6 carat rough stone which was cut into a flawless and vivid blue 7 carat stone that sold for US$9.49-million – or US$1.35-million per carat – on auction in May 2009. At the time, it was the highest price per carat for any gemstone sold on auction, and the highest price for a blue diamond sold on auction. It was named the Star of Josephine by its new owner, a Hong Kong property tycoon.Malins indicates that it is not clear exactly at present what will be done with the latest discovery. “The blue is currently being evaluated in order to decide the best route to market,” she says.In all, the Cullinan Mine has yielded 11 rare blues which were displayed in 2000 at London’s Millennium Dome alongside the Millennium Star. Famous larger blues recovered at the mine include the 27 carat vivid blue Heart of Eternity, and an unnamed 39.2 carat rough blue which was recovered and sold in 2008.Petra Diamonds indicates that demand for the gems continues to rise, particularly in developing countries like China and India. “Demand growth for diamonds in emerging markets is expected to continue as global wealth and consumer spending increase,” says the mining house.At present, there are 30 significant diamond mines operating in the world today. “To date, the most important discoveries (other than Argyle in Australia) have clustered into three regions of the world: southern Africa, Siberia, and western Canada.”The Cullinan DiamondThe world’s most famous diamond was found in Cullinan around 1905 by Frederick Wells. Thomas Cullinan had bought the farm Elandsfontein in 1903 when he heard that an English prospector, Perceval Tracey, had found a three carat diamond on the neighbouring farm. The diamond was found nine metres down, protruding from the pit wall.Known as the Cullinan Diamond, it was 3 106 carats and measured 10.5cm across, and was as large as a man’s fist. The huge diamond was cut into nine diamonds of varying sizes, the largest, named Cullinan 1 or The Great Star of Africa, weighed 530.2 carats. It is the second largest polished diamond in the world. It, together with the lesser Star of Africa or Cullinan II, forms part of the British Imperial State Crown, and are on display in the Tower of London. They were given to King Edward VII of England on his 66th birthday.The largest polished diamond in the world, the 545 carat Golden Jubilee, also comes from Cullinan. Thomas Cullinan, who was later knighted, was a building contractor. His house, on the ridge in Parktown, Johannesburg, still exists. He remained involved in the mine until 1923, when he resigned as chairman. He died in 1936.Other large diamondsOther large diamonds recovered at Cullinan include the Premier Rose (353 carats), the Niarchos (426 carats), the De Beers Centenary (599 carats), the Golden Jubilee (755 carats) and the famous Taylor-Burton diamond (69 carats). More recently, the Cullinan Heritage, with 507 carats, was recovered and sold for US$35.3-million in 2010, the highest price ever obtained for a rough diamond.Over the years, the mine has produced more than 750 stones weighing more than 100 carats, 130 stones weighing more than 200 carats, and around a quarter of all diamonds weighing more than 400 carats. Prospects for its future are good – it has been estimated that the lifespan of the mine could still be more than 50 years.Petra acquired the Cullinan Mine in 2008, and has interests in eight other mines, seven of which are in South Africa; one is in Tanzania. It also has an exploration programme in Botswana.When the mine was first established, about 26 000 workers were employed in the operation. Nowadays, just 1 000 people work the mine, going down 760 metres by means of 560 kilometres of tunnels. The early excavations have left a large hole, which is three times bigger than the more famous Kimberley hole in the Northern Cape. The vast hole measures a kilometre across and half-a-kilometre wide, and leaves a gap going down into the earth of 700 metres. It is continually widening, as 80 000 tons of rock fall into it every year.Original villageThe original village of Cullinan is largely intact, with a row of semi-detached stone Edwardian houses on either side of Oak Street, now converted into curio and craft shops, interspersed with coffee shops and restaurants. Larger houses within the mine property, with their green roofs and white fascias, belonged to mine managers. A Masonic Hall, a number of churches and a recreation hall, all dating back to the early 1900s and built in local sandstone, indicate the diversity of the early mining community. These days the village consists of 460 houses.The McHardy House Museum in Oak Street belonged to William and Evalina McHardy and their seven children. McHardy was the general manager of the mine and the house was built in 1903. After the deaths of the two daughters in 1984, the mine bought the contents of the house and turned it into a museum. The museum, like many other shops and restaurants in the village, is open every day except Tuesdays.A steam train leaves from Pretoria on the weekends, taking commuters for a day trip to the village and back again. Several tour companies offer tours of the mine and village, providing an informative look inside the operation of hauling large skips above ground, taking the rock to be crushed and washed, and once fine sorting has taken place, to be hauled off to join a mountain of discarded rock being created west of the site.Visitors walk near the big hole. Jacaranda, pepper and coral trees that dot the site, are reminders of another time. The tour ends in the mine shop, where diamonds ranging from R23 000 to R2.3-million can be bought. Diamond cutting can also be observed.On display is a 66-faceted diamond, referred to proudly as the Cullinan cut, a cut that is unique to the Cullinan Mine. A glance at the diamond through a magnifying glass reveals a beautifully crafted gemstone.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Saturday, September 12, 12 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Greenhands attended the 2015 State Greenhand Conference hosted by the Versailles FFA Chapter. The theme was “First Down and Life To Go,” and the conference offered workshops for the first-year agricultural education students to learn about opportunities in the FFA, setting goals, developing communication skills, and working in teams. Additionally, attendees rotated through various Career Development Events that FFA members can get involved in during their FFA membership.Presenters for the conference included sessions by Sydney Snider, National FFA Officer Candidate, Matthew Klopfenstein, Ohio State FFA President, Lesley Shanahan, Vice President at Large, Ryan Goddard, Vice President at Large, Michaela Kramer, Ohio State FFA Secretary, Sarah Landis, Vice President at Large, Robby Thiel, Ohio State FFA Sentinel, Mary Buehler, Ohio State FFA Vice President, and Aaron Klohn, Ohio State FFA Reporter. The participants enjoyed the opportunity to meet FFA members from across the state of Ohio and learn more about FFA. Over 475 members were in attendance.In the canned food drive competition, Miami East placed second and earned beautifully decorated cupcakes.Those attending the 2015 Ohio FFA Greenhand Conference from Miami East included Zack Kowalak, Zach Kronenberger, Kylie Blair, Jessica Gillum, Alex Zapadka, Spencer Selhorst, Caleb Hayslett, Tyler Heckman, Dakota Bashore, Bailey Buck, Ashley Hawkins, and Monet Desautels.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Even amid lagging profits from corn and soybeans, Ohio farmers have a reason to be optimistic, according to an agricultural economist from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).Farm incomes are forecasted to increase this year nationally for the first time in four years, said Ani Katchova, an associate professor and Farm Income Enhancement chair in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State University.Prices for corn, soybeans wheat and other agricultural commodities started to decline after their peak in 2012, triggering an agricultural economic downturn beginning in 2014.Part of the expected increase in farm income this year stems from national gains in sales of cattle, hogs, poultry, eggs, and dairy, and the sale of stored crops harvested in a prior year, Katchova said.Farm assets and equity are also forecasted to rise, Katchova said.“Financial conditions seem to be improving, albeit slowly. When I say improving, we’re coming from a low point in farm income,” Katchova said. “Hopefully, the worst is over.”Katchova spoke at the Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference on Nov. 9, an annual event organized by Ohio State’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. The event at the university’s main Columbus campus kicked off a series of meetings that will be held statewide from Jan. 22 to March 23 to provide the 2018 financial outlook for farmers and agri-businesses.While the income for farmers may be on the upsweep, challenges remain.Expenses for farmers are expected to continue to increase due to higher costs for hired labor, interest and fuel, with some declines in expenses for feed and fertilizer, Katchova said.Also, cash rent Ohio farmers pay on farmland keeps rising and is higher than the national average, Katchova pointed out. Cash rent is a fixed amount a farmer pays to a landlord per acre of land rented.“In Ohio, cash rent did not come down during the agricultural economic downturn as much as it did nationally,” Katchova said.However, farmland values in Ohio have remained high, which is a boon for the state’s landowners who are farmers.“I have a hard time saying we’re in a farm financial crisis with land values where they are, but I would be naive to say there aren’t farmers hurting,” said Ben Brown, who manages CFAES’ farm management program, which provides farm policy and market information to Ohio farmers and others.In the last couple of years, Ohio’s agricultural land prices have been stable while land prices in some neighboring states have fluctuated more significantly, Brown said.Nationally, the downturn in farm income in recent years was not as severe as the dip experienced in the 1980s when grain prices dropped, farm debt soared and numerous farms went bankrupt, Katchova said. The 1980s was when the last agricultural economic slump occurred nationwide.“We are in a very different situation than we were in the 1980s,” Katchova said.Farm mortgage interest rates now are only 4 to 5% compared to the 17% interest rates in the 1980s. Also, the rate of farm bankruptcies during the last quarter was two out of 10,000 farms while during the farm crisis in the 1980s, the bankruptcy rate was tenfold, at 20 farms going bankrupt out of every 10,000 farms.The recent agricultural downturn and increased financial stress have led to only small upticks in agricultural loan delinquency rates and farm bankruptcies, which are still at historic low levels, Katchova said.Compared to farmers in other states, Ohio farmers have been better able to fend off bankruptcy. For a little over a decade, farm bankruptcy rates in Ohio have been less than one bankruptcy per 10,000 farms, about half of the national bankruptcy rate, Katchova said. The delinquency rates on agricultural loans have been at 1.3% since last year, which are also very low, Katchova pointed out.The low bankruptcy and loan delinquency rates are despite the fact that farmers in Ohio and nationally continue to see their available cash eroding to only a third to half of their high levels in 2010.“Despite farmers having lower profit margins, they’re still in strong equity positions,” she said. “They’re still able to pay their debts.”The upcoming statewide series of meetings will update Ohio communities on policy changes, key issues, and market behavior relating to farm, food, energy resources and the environment. Each meeting is hosted by an Ohio State University Extension office or a local business. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of CFAES.The meeting schedule is as follows:Pickaway CountyDate: Jan. 22Time: 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Speakers: Barry Ward, Matt Roberts, Ian SheldonLocation: Emmett Chapel, 318 Tarlton Rd, CirclevilleCost: $10.00RSVP: Call OSU Extension Pickaway County 740-474-7534Registration deadline: Jan. 15 Crawford CountyDate: Jan. 22Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.Speakers: Barry Ward, Matt Roberts, Ian SheldonLocation: The Loft at Pickwick Place, 1875 N Sandusky Ave., BucyrusCost: $15.00RSVP: Call OSU Extension, Crawford County 419-562-8731 or email email@example.comRegistration deadline: Jan. 15 Union CountyDate: Jan. 26Time: 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Speakers: Barry Ward, Matt Roberts, Ian SheldonLocation: Der Dutchman, 445 S Jefferson Ave, Plain CityCost: $15.00RSVP: Call OSU Extension, Union County 937-644-8117Registration deadline: Jan. 22 Defiance CountyDate: Jan. 29Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.Speakers: Barry Ward, Matt Roberts, Ian SheldonLocation: Jewell Community Center, 7900 Independence Road, (one third of a mile south of U.S. 24 in Jewell)Cost: $10:00 (after deadline, $20.00)RSVP: OSU Extension, Defiance County or online at http://defiance.osu.eduRegistration deadline: Jan. 22 Wayne CountyDate: Jan. 31Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pmSpeakers: Ian Sheldon, Matt Roberts, Ben Brown, Barry Ward, Dianne Shoemaker, David MarrisonLocation: Fisher Auditorium,1680 Madison Ave, WoosterCost: $15.00RSVP: Call OSU Extension, Wayne County 330-264-8722Registration Deadline: Jan. 24 Darke CountyDate: March 23Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 p.m.Speakers: Barry Ward, Matt Roberts, Chris Hurt, Chris BruynisLocation: Romer’s Catering, 118 East Main St., GreenvilleCost: $20RSVP: Darke County Extension office at 937-548-5215Registration deadline: March 16