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first_imgThe death is announced of Dr. Ostranda G. Whisnant, affectionately called “Strand,” which sad event occurred on April 22, 2015 at the Korlebu Hospital in Accra, Ghana following a brief illness.He was 66.Ostranda Gregory Whisnant was born on August 25, 1949 in Monrovia to the union of Colonel Isaac Jonathan Whisnant and his wife, Mrs. Harriet Louise Prosser Whisnant-Robbinson. Strand received his early education at St. Patrick’s Elementary School at Ashmun Street, Snapper Hill, Monrovia, before traveling to England where he completed high school and entered King’s Medical College, where he studied Dental Surgery.After qualifying as a professional dentist, he returned to Liberia and served from 1974 to 1980 in the Dental Department of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia. He also served in the Dental Department at the Bong Mining Company Hospital in Lower Bong County.Dr. Whisnant later commenced private practice along with two other Liberian dentists, Dr. Ayele Ajavon Cox and Dr. Yede Baker Dennis. The private dental practice suffered a severe attack during the Rice Riots of April 14, 1979. But the determined Dr. Whisnant and his partners overcame their losses and reopened their practice, which was located atop the Rooster Restaurant at Tubman Boulevard and 10th Street, Monrovia.But when the dental clinic was again attacked in 1990 following the outbreak of the Liberian civil conflict, and all its equipment vandalized, Dr. Whisnant decided to retire from dentistry. He later entered the transportation business.His parents and his brothers, Lloyd, Lester, Courtney, Raymond, Harry, James, Joseph, Norman Marbu, as well as his sisters, Mrs. Ida Whisnant Brooks, Misses Evelyn Whisnant and Nellie Bryant, predeceased him.According to Mrs. Edith Whisnant Ricks, Mrs. Kelita Whisnant Sherman, Lloyd K. Whisnant, Jr. and Emmanuel Bella, nieces and nephews of the deceased, the body is scheduled to arrive at the Roberts International Airport today, Wednesday, at 5:45 p.m.On Saturday morning, May 30, 2015, at 8:30 a.m., the body will be removed from the Samuel Stryker Funeral Parlor in Sinkor, Monrovia and taken to the Eliza Turner Memorial A.M.E. Church at 34 Camp Johnson Road where the funeral will commence at 10 o’clock a.m.Viewing of the body will be an hour before the funeral service.Interment follows immediately at the Kaizer Memorial Park in Brewerville, Montserrado County. 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_imgEver since the recent revitalization of the Liberia Business Association (LIBA), it has made remarkable progress, especially in expanding its outreach and membership throughout the country.In the past, LIBA was mainly Monrovia-centered. But since the incumbency of D. Maxwell Kemeyah as president, LIBA wasted no time in expanding its membership throughout the country. Within a year businesspeople in all 15 counties became full LIBA members, and were constantly engaged in consultations, conventions, meetings and training. As a result, LIBA started giving Liberians hope that they were on a trajectory (path) to real progress and empowerment.This new, dynamic and inclusive LIBA gave Liberians hope that at long last, there had emerged an organization that would seriously and consistently look after the prime interests of indigenous Liberian businesses, in all parts of the country, toward expansion and development. They entertained the radiant hope that one day soon Liberian businesses and Liberians would play a greater and more substantive role in their own economy, instead of continuing to surrender it to foreigners.But then politics, this hydra-headed monster, stepped in and for a good while almost disrupted LIBA’s operations. For a while all we could hear was news of the alliance between LIBA and the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), the political party started by Dr. J. Mills Jones, former Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia.For over three years political pundits (commentators) had been speculating that Dr. Jones was contemplating putting his hat into the 2017 presidential race. But all along he remained tightlipped about this. This speculation stemmed from the overwhelming success of the CBL’s microfinance program that had touched so many cooperatives, credit unions, savings and loans associations, market women and many other citizens at the bottom of the economic ladder. This program empowered these people and institutions in business and made many more self-sufficient and successful. It began to lift them out of poverty.The market women particularly and all the other beneficiaries started hailing Governor Jones as their savior, because they said that never before in the country’s history had anyone infused government money directly into their welfare and making a serious difference in their lives.Many, including, believe it or not, people in the very Liberian Legislature, immediately began speculating that this sudden burst of popularity might tempt Mills Jones to seek the presidency. Many of these legislators harbored their own presidential ambitions, whether or not some of them were truly presidential timber, or were able to muster the credible constituencies that could propel them to the Executive Mansion.Yet these legislators soon became greatly concerned about what they perceived as the Mills Jones phenomenon and immediately, with the input of powerful people in the Executive Branch, began conceiving what became known as the Code of Conduct. And none of them rested until it was enacted into law, demanding that any Executive appointee, such as the CBL Governor, seeking any elective office should resign three years before contesting.It remains to be seen whether this law, which most people perceive to be patently unconstitutional, will hold in the coming electoral season.In any case, now that Kemeyah has resigned as LIBA president, and his vice president, David Sembeh, is now acting, LIBA will move forward to fulfill its lofty and laudable objectives.Among these is to further empower each and every Liberian business to develop, expand and succeed.This newspaper, the Daily Observer, has often urged LIBA, of which we are a full member, to do everything possible to remain FOCUSED on the important and urgent mission to which it has assigned itself. LIBA’s ultimate aim is one day to put the Liberian economy into Liberian hands, for so long as it is in the hands of foreigners, so long shall we Liberians remain dependent, deprived, poor and powerless in our own country.We have pleaded with LIBA to do all it can to help Liberians enter the grocery business, the business that made the Lebanese rich, empowering them to move on to the automobile dealership, supermarket, real estate and the hotel industries. Now the Fula have followed with small grocery shops and moving themselves into big buildings.LIBA should never again slip from its primary focus, for while we Liberians remain unfocused, other people are moving fast ahead.We know that politics is important, but politics is not everything. Business is far more important. That is what has made Europe, the United States, China, India and other nations rich, prosperous and great.We have urged LIBA to focus on empowering Liberian businesspeople up country, engaging in strategic studies and helping its members to open bigger and more modern shops, supermarkets, dry cleaning and up-to-date cosmetics enterprises and even agro-industries, such as piggery, poultry and eggs, processed chicken and even ham, bacon and sausages. The hotel and tourism businesses are other possible avenues.Most of what we have been suggesting to LIBA has already been undertaken by one man in Nimba County—Tomah Seh Floyd. He has even ventured successfully into hotels, both in Sanniquellie and Ganta. And so far he is the only Liberian businessman with a wholesale store in Clara Town.LIBA should not rest until more Toma Seh Floyds, Daily Observer’s Person of the Year 2016, are created throughout the country.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_imgParents of children attending the Sparta Primary School, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are calling for a police investigation into the disappearance of over $7 million from the school’s Cooperative Thrift Society Ltd.Sparta Primary School, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam)According to one parent, the situation needs to be addressed as complaints were previously raised but the issue was not addressed.“This thing is going on for too long now and no one seems to care including the Department of Education,” another parent said.Several parents, who met with this publication, said that their children’s savings at the school were not going into the account at the bank. According to the parents, when they initially realised that something was amiss, they requested information but none was forthcoming.Some parents said that their children left the school over three years ago but they only received a small amount of their savings. This newspaper reached out to the school for a comment but was directed to the Regional Education Department. When contact was made, the staff who answered the phone directed this publication to the Education Ministry.Meanwhile, a source at the school told this publication that the cash disappeared over a period of time and not in one lump sum. According to the source, the person at the centre of the controversy was transferred to another school in the region and is presently repaying the money. The source added that the money is being repaid in very small sums and in an ad hoc manner. It is for this reason, the source added, that payments to parents whose children have already left the school, is minimum.However, the concerned parents are calling on both the Education Department and the police to intervene. A parent stated that if the matter is probed by the police then the extent of the fraud will be uncovered. The parent added that the school’s Cooperative Thrift Society Ltd is a means of teaching children to save and should have been properly managed.last_img read more


first_imgBefore his £20m Real Madrid transfer, Liverpool wanted Toni Kroos and used captain Steven Gerrard to tap the midfielder up.“I said we’d be p****** into the wind with this one” Gerrard told Reds’ manager Brendan Rodgers, as revealed in the Anfield icon’s autobiography being serialised in the Daily Mail and as it turned out, he was right.Kroos, who won the World Cup with Germany, left Bayern Munich for 2014 Champions League winners Real last summer, with Gerrard adding he knew the Spanish club were ready to pounce, but sent the player a text anyway to see if he fancied moving to Merseyside. “God loves a trier, and so I gave it a whirl,” he said.Here’s a selection of tweets from Liverpool fans who read the extract from Gerrard’s book… Toni Kroos snubbed Liverpool for Real Madrid 1last_img read more


first_imgHUNDREDS of people came out today to watch Ireland’s most spectacular road cycling race as it wound its way through the streets of Letterkenny.One cyclist, pictured above, came off his bike close to the Clanree Hotel, but within seconds he was back up again and on his way. ALL THE THRILLS (AND SPILLS) OF THE AN POST RAS AS IT ARRIVES IN LK was last modified: May 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:ALL THE THRILLS (AND SPILLS) OF THE AN POST RAS AS IT COME TO LKlast_img read more


first_img Freshmen Jose Flores was the second men’s runner to qualify last Friday with a time of 23:06 but the surprise was sophomore J.J. Getskow’s 137th-place finish which eliminated him from State contention. Getskow, who was a WSC honorable mention after finishing with better times than both Benmohammed and Flores, was eliminated with his time of 24:12 last Friday. Kane stated simply, “He just didn’t have a good race.” Defensive specialist: Although the COC football team gets a lot of attention on the offensive side of the ball behind standout quarterback Marcel Marquez, linebacker Joey La Rocque has been shutting down opposing offenses all season. La Rocque leads the team in unassisted tackles (48), assisted tackles (26) and sacks (10), and has two interceptions and two fumble recoveries with three touchdowns. Nate Brown, (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Four runners from College of the Canyons’ cross country teams – two women, two men – qualified for the California State Championships to be held Nov. 19 at Woodward Park in Fresno. All-Western State Conference sophomore Jessica Gomez qualified with her time of 19 minutes, 57 seconds last Friday in the Southern California Championships on the five-mile course located at UC San Diego. Gomez, who finished 20th last year as a freshmen, improved seven places to 13th overall in the field of 188 women runners. According to coach Belinda Kane, Gomez has run with the top 10 Southern California runners in the past, and with the proper training, could get into the top 10. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We’re really trying to prepare her for the state meet,” Kane said. “She’s got a lot more in her.” Teammate and freshman Jana Peterova finished 57th overall in the Southern California finals, despite having a flu, and qualified for state with a time of 21:08 – just a few seconds off of her 21:04 mark in the WSC championship meet and a personal best for the course. The men’s top runner, Salim Benmohammed, will also move on to the state meet for the first time with his mark of 22:34 at the Southern California Championship race. He finished 54th in a field of 195 runners. Kane believes Benmohammed could move into the top-20 elite if he sheds his track tendencies and paces himself on the four-mile course. “He was way back in the first mile,” Kane said of his Southern California Championship race. “He had to work his way back up front, but if he controls himself early and paces well, he’ll get back to where he needs to be.” last_img read more


first_imgThe monthly series events presented by a newly elected committee of CRAIC (Cultural Revival Amongst Interested Communities) is well underway with a change of emphasis from the traditional pub session to a more interesting and wider variety of events.The latest in the series of monthly events was the innovative “Big Squeeze” night in aid of Alzheimer’s at Maggies Tavern Carrickmore near St Johnstone.The concert featured squeezable instruments including uilleann pipes, highland bagpipes, and button and piano accordions from near and as far away as Sligo. Those who give their time to perform at the concert were: Gerard Boyle – Uileann pipes, Aoife & Ethan Mc Cullagh – Piano Accordion, Caitlin Gallagher – Piano Accordion, Declan O’Kane – Button accordion Sarah & Ellen McMenamin – Piano Accordion, Donegal Piper Christy Murray – Bagpipes, Terry Griffin – Piano accordion, , CRAIC secretary Sean O’Neill & CRAIC chairperson Anne-Marie Devine – Piano AccordionsA total of £360 was raised on the night for Alzheimer’s.This proved a great opportunity for musicians to perform a variety of traditional music and music from all over the world as solo and duet performances.Following the concert was the big squeeze session with 18 musicians taking part in entertaining the crowd until closing.Great CRAIC! Lifford’s ‘Big Squeeze’ raises money for Alzheimer’s was last modified: October 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgThere was confirmation this morning (Fri) that two new Special Education Needs Classrooms have been sanctioned in Dungloe.Donegal TD Pat the Cope Gallagher welcomed confirmation from the Department for Education that Scoil Chroine, Dungloe has been approved for two new classrooms.“The additional accommodation is urgently required at the school, as they strive to augment their already excellent disability and special needs facilities at the school. This facility is to cover the area from Ardara to Cloughaneely, so in effect it has a much larger catchment, which adds to the importance of this decision to provide for extra capacity at the School,” Deputy Gallagher said. It is understood that the two new classrooms and ancillary facilities will help in providing for the extra capacity requirement at the school.“It is essential that every assistance and opportunity is provided for schools such as Scoil Chroine, in order that a fully integrated educational system within our communities can be provided for all the children regardless of circumstance.“The Board of Management, Principal and Staff have played a key role in firstly applying for the extra accommodation and in securing the permission to proceed with the project. I wish to compliment the proactive and energetic approach of the school authorities in delivering for the school and in the disability sector,” added Pat the Cope.“I would urge the Department to use the format of the devolved system, which would in effect give the go-ahead to the school authorities to proceed with the project and to secure the necessary permissions, design teams and bring the project to construction stage. “In the meantime, I will maintain pressure on the Department to ensure that the project runs seamlessly, and no further time is lost in bringing this project to finality,” concluded Pat the Cope.Two new additional Special Educational Needs classrooms approved in Dungloe was last modified: November 15th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgThere’s electricity at Titan, the large moon of Saturn.  That can only mean one thing: life!  “Electricity Found on Saturn Moon–Could It Spark Life?” asked a headline on National Geographic News by Rebecca Carroll.  Visions of spark discharge tubes in a mad scientist’s lab arise in the imagination.  “Recently identified electrical activity on Saturn’s largest moon bolsters arguments that Titan is the kind of place that could harbor life.”    Carroll quickly pointed out that at -350° F, any Titanian life would not resemble “life as we know it.”  Initial indications of electrical activity in the thick atmosphere of this unusual moon have been confirmed in data from the Huygens Probe that landed in 2005 (see 01/15/2005, 01/21/2005).  With that spark of imagination, the L-word leaped up from the reporter’s table:But a new study reports faint signs of a natural electric field in Titan’s thick cloud cover that are similar to the energy radiated by lightning on Earth.    Lightning is thought to have sparked the chemical reactions that led to the origin of life on our planet….    Jeffrey Bada, of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, believes the process that allowed lightning to spark life on Earth is universal and could happen in many environments—including on Titan.    Confirmation earlier this year of Titan’s hydrocarbon lakes makes the Saturnian moon the first place other than Earth where open bodies of liquid have been found.    Hydrocarbons are organic molecules, and the fact that they exist in large quantities on Titan suggests that life could take root there under the right conditions.Alas, the water required for life is locked up in rock-hard ice.  The “precursor molecules” formed by lightning acting on hydrocarbons could go no further without water, Bada said.  But then – perhaps the ice could melt under certain circumstances.  Maybe a meteor impact would melt the ice long enough for interesting things to happen. Titan’s water is currently frozen into chunks as hard as granite.  If those ice “rocks” were to melt, however, the environment could become more hospitable to the building blocks of life.    With liquid water, the planet could host the formation of amino acids and then full proteins, which drive all biochemistry and set the stage for more complex molecules.    “I look at Titan as a big, frozen, prebiotic casserole,” Bada said, referring to the state before the emergence of life.    “The idea that life could be widespread in the universe, I think, is very credible.”Juan Antonio Morente of the University of Granada in Spain, the lead author of the study, seemed less enthusiastic about the possibility of life on Titan.  He said that Titan is exposed to deadly cosmic rays because it lacks a stable magnetic field.  “Without stable protection from radiation, Morente said, ‘the existence of life is very unlikely.’”    In all, Carroll used the L-word life 11 times in her short 585-word article.  It seems strange Carroll would focus on life now when discussing Morente’s paper.  For one thing, it’s not news; the paper was published in June.1  And the team never used the L-word in the paper.  Apparently Jeffrey Bada,2 a well-known origin-of-life researcher at Scripps, “who was not involved with Morente’s study,” made the statements about electricity, hydrocarbons and life recently – or maybe Carroll was looking for a story with a tie-in to Frankenstein right before Halloween.1.  Morente, Porti, Salinas and Navarro, “Evidence of electrical activity on Titan drawn from the Schumann resonances sent by Huygens probe,” Icarus, Volume 195, Issue 2, June 2008, pages 802-811, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2008.02.004.  The only statement in the paper that comes close to the idea of life on Titan is in the first paragraph: “Lightning activity would considerably increase the probability of organic and pre-biotic molecules being formed.”2.  Jeffrey Bada was part of another Halloween prank last week: see the 10/20/2008 entry.Creepy.  To learn about the real Frankenstein, listen to this podcast.  Truth is stranger than fiction.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2016 “Compendium of Herbicide Adjuvants” is available from Purdue Extension through Purdue’s The Education Store.Now in its 13th edition, the publication lists 779 products from 38 companies. Each listing contains the product name, principal functioning agents, use rates, special comments and name of the manufacturer or distributor. The first edition, published in 1992, contained 76 listings from 22 companies.An adjuvant is any substance added to an herbicide to increase its effectiveness or make it easier to apply. A combination of factors account for the popularity of herbicide adjuvants over the past several decades, said Bryan Young, professor of weed science and editor of the publication.“Foliar herbicide applications continue to be a critical part of weed management and growers must optimize herbicide efficacy to minimize the risk of herbicide failure that favors the selection of herbicide-resistant weeds,” he said. “In addition, significant advancements and innovations in herbicide adjuvant chemistry have evolved that allow for the combination of multiple adjuvant chemistries into a single multi-functional product.”The purpose of the Compendium is to provide a format that allows for a comparison of adjuvant products that fall within or across the different adjuvant categories, Young said.“Ultimately, greater knowledge of herbicide adjuvants will lead to more confidence in product selection and the value these adjuvants provide to facilitate effective herbicide applications,” he said.Young’s co-authors are Joseph Matthews, assistant scientist in plant soil and agricultural systems at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and Fred Whitford, head of the Purdue Pesticide Programs.Print versions of the compendium are available for $5.50 per copy. Free downloads are also available from The Education Store. For more information or to order, go to https://edustore.purdue.edu/item.asp?Item_Number=PPP-115.last_img read more