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Joseph Laryea asked to move to the UK to prepare for fight

first_imgWorld Boxing Council International Referee Judge, Ataa Eddie Pappoe has cautioned Ghana’s World Boxing Organisation Super Featherweight title contender, Joseph Laryea to be ware of the extreme cold weather in the UK where he will challenge champion Ricky Burns.Joseph Laryea has been training intensively in Kokrobite, a small fishing town outside Accra for the March 12 bout which could see him emulate Azumah Nelson’s exploits in the 80s.Laryea, nicknamed Madingo has a fight record of 14 wins and four losses. He has a tough task of defeating the reigning WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns who has recorded only two losses in 32 fights.Ataa Eddie Pappoe who has a lot of experience with officiating such big bouts, has advised that Laryea must move to the UK to acclimatize with the weather before the bout.“We are getting to March and March happens to be one of the hardest seasons in Ghana – at the moment we can feel the heat in Ghana here – it is not easy adjusting from temperatures over here and then straight away going to fight over there,” he stated.Source: Joy News/Ghanalast_img read more

Thunder Bay International Film Festival preview at Art in the Loft

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — The Thunder Bay International Film Festival is quickly approaching, and NOAA is teaming up with Art in the Loft for a sneak peek event on Jan 16. Trailers for all 50 of the upcoming films will be shown and there will also be door prizes and giveaways throughout the evening.Acting Research Coordinator with the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Stephanie Gandulla says this is the perfect time to get a preview of what the film festival has in store. “If you are at all interested in a film festival, have never been to one, want to learn more, you want to be at art in the loft tomorrow night,” she said.This will be the eighth annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival and will feature both ocean and Great Lakes films. “You can really expect fascinating and beautiful coverage of sharks, whales, sea turtles and all those critters that we love. There’s also some great adventure stories about sailing and scuba diving,” said Gandulla.You can get your sneak peek of the festival at Art in the Loft Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m and this event is free for the public.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Art in the Loft, NOAA, Thunder Bay International Film FestivalContinue ReadingPrevious Michigan DNR adds interactive map for exploring shipwrecksNext Construction on Alpena County Jail set to finish this falllast_img read more

Roosevelt Bridge Issues Prompt State Review of Segmental Spans

first_imgThe Roosevelt Bridge was last inspected two years ago, and was found to be in good condition at that time.However, FDOT now plans to review inspection findings, in addition to FDOT laboratory test results. With the recent discovery of cracks and severe corrosion on the Roosevelt Bridge in Stuart still top of mind, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Secretary Kevin Thibault has called for a “proactive review” of segmental bridge inspection procedures throughout the state. The agency will also partner with the Federal Highway Administration, universities, and transportation peers nationwide in order to develop recommendations to be used for future inspections, according to a news release.FDOT says segmental bridges are built in smaller sections, rather than large spans of bridge.There are currently more than 12,400 bridges statewide. Less than 100 of them are segmental bridges.last_img read more

Mango starts flying from Lanseria

first_imgRay Maota Mango has become the second budgetairline to offer flights to and from Cape Town at Johannesburg’s Lanseria Airport. (Image: Southafrica.to) Mango CEO Nico Bezuidenhout said operations from Lanseria will further cement the airline’s commitment to making air travel more accessible and affordable to South Africans. (Image: Flickr) MEDIA CONTACTS • Hein Kaiser  Mango communications manager  +27 11 022 9711 RELATED ARTICLES • Mango gets world Superbrand status • 1time to start flying from Lanseria • In-flight wi-fi coming to South Africa soon • OR Tambo named Africa’s bestSouth African low-cost airline Mango has become the second budget operator to offer flights from Lanseria Airport, in northwest Johannesburg, to Cape Town.Mango announced on 3 May 2011 that it will start operating flights to and from Cape Town from 1 June 2011.Kulula.com became the first low-cost airline to operate out of Lanseria in March 2006 and held an exclusive rights deal with the airfield after its holding company, Comair, invested in infrastructure development there.The Cape Town route from Lanseria is the second latest route to be introduced by Mango after it introduced the Johannesburg-Bloemfontein route in 2010.Nico Bezuidenhout, CEO of Mango, said: “Demand has significantly increased across all routes and the introduction of a second presence in Gauteng will further strengthen Mango’s value proposition.“We continue to offer the widest distribution and payment method network to our guests, and operations from Lanseria will further cement Mango’s commitment to its mandate of making air travel more accessible and affordable to South Africans.”Mango, which holds the best domestic on-time record for the past three years, will operate three flights daily to and from Cape Town, except on Saturdays when two flights from both directions are available.Bookings for flights opened on the day of the announcement and 15 000 seats on selected flights have been made available at a rate of R495 (US$73) for a one-way ticket between 3 May and 31 May for travel between June, July and August.Flights can be booked on Mango’s website, through their call centre, or at Shoprite Checkers and Checkers Hyper Money Market Counters and travel agents. Edgars account card holders can use their cards to book and pay for flights as well.Fellow low-cost airline 1time is expected to start flying from Lanseria later this year after infrastructure has been upgraded.Mango, the SuperbrandMango was awarded the world Superbrand status in November 2010 for strong market dominance, customer loyalty, brand longevity and goodwill.Bezuidenhout said at the time: “The delivery of a brand promise is only as strong as the sum of the collective, and recognition is due to my colleagues who convey the company’s values to thousands of guests daily.”The budget airline was launched on 30 October 2006 and its maiden flight was on 15 November of the same year, broadening affordable air-travel options in South Africa.VIP airportLanseria has become known as the airport for the stars. It’s smaller and more private than the expansive OR Tambo International, and is therefore preferred by VIPs.Former president Nelson Mandela arrived in Johannesburg via Lanseria after his release from prison in February 1990, while John Travolta, the world-renowned actor and experienced pilot, landed his Boeing 707 at Lanseria during the 2010 World Cup.The airport was established in 1972 by two pilots from Pretoria, Fanie Haacke and Abe Sher. The first aircraft to land at the facility was a Learjet ZS-MTD on 16 August 1974.last_img read more

A little progress, more frustration with planting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dylan Baer – Wood CountyAs of right now we are a little over half done with spraying pre-emerge on soybeans. All of it has been done with our ATV sprayer. We have a nice Apache Sprayer in the barn and we haven’t used it. There are farmers in the area that don’t have any spraying done and it is starting to show. We’re thankful to be able to go out and get what we can get while we can get it. Other than that we have been mowing like crazy.Between our house and McComb there is a field of beans planted up on a ridge. I don’t know when that happened but I saw it the other day. Other than that field, there really hasn’t even been any groundwork done. I think we have over half of our acres that go to corn that still need field cultivated. We just haven’t been able to do anything.The wheat is turning around here. May 8 was our topdress date for the wheat, which is the latest we have ever done that. It is getting a dark green color and starting to shoot some heads. Within the next 7 to 14 days we will be looking to do a Prosaro application on top of trying to get everything else done. We are big fans of Prosaro for head scab and we’ll be keeping an eye on that.As seed dealers we are getting concerned about the planting season. We have already done some exchanges for 112-day corn for 101-day corn. We are getting questions about returning corn and switching to beans.There is the dreaded phrase of prevented planting being thrown around and we are wondering how that will all play out. Everyone has their own opinion on what to do. We have some faith in the corn market, so I think we are going to try our best to get corn in the ground. I think there will be an opportunity there. Then, of course, there is talk about the FSA money and that all depends on the decisions we are making now.We have had 2 to 3 inches of rain in the last two weeks. The last couple of rains have been storms where we don’t get a lot of rain but we get a little every other day. We’ll get a half inch one time and then a quarter inch the next. And the days it has not rained have been cloudy and 55.The ground is getting firm. The water adds up in weight when it is in the ground and our soil really gets affected by compaction like that and it is starting to show.We are stunned at how large the affected area is. We’ll do what we can and get what we get. Lamar Liming – Trumbull/ Mahoning CountyFriday started drying out and Saturday it got hot and sunny and the wind was blowing. We started working ground and kept on going. We started planting on Monday. We planted Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and then got rained out. Hopefully we’ll be planting again today. I got half my corn in but I haven’t started any beans and I haven’t mowed any hay.I hope maybe the next window I get I can mow some hay to chop. I thought I’d come through the winter pretty well, but after getting out in it I definitely lost more alfalfa than I’d thought. The alfalfa didn’t get through winter very well in some places. I am lucky I have more acres than I need so I can mow some more acres for haylage.Everybody I’ve talked to in this area has been able to run this past week. To the north, some people got started earlier the week before and south of me they got seven tenths yesterday so they will be down longer. But, I’d say generally everybody got going. I think we are luckier here than some areas. It is supposed to rain tomorrow afternoon and I’m hoping to get some more planted before that.Last year we were planting corn, planting beans and chopping hay all at the same time. You just hurry up and do some of one thing and then go to the other. It is a pain and a challenge. It used to be you’d get done planting and go to hay. It doesn’t seem to work that way any more.Luckily I’m good on my forage for our dairy herd but I have heard about several people running out of feed or corn silage earlier than normal. I have been lucky to stay ahead on manure too. Different people in the area have gotten behind but some of that is getting caught up now too. Andrew Armstrong – Clark CountyWe have made progress. We got to work a day and kind of half a day after that to do some planting and that was about it. We had the bean planter in the ground and the corn planter going and went as much as we could until the rain came in. We let it dry for a couple of days and hit it again as more rain was coming in. We were anticipating hitting some farms today but we got a shower last night about 8:30. That dampened our hopes of getting back in the field again today.Last Thursday we were able to run pretty well in some of the best conditions we have had since April. We got a couple hundred acres of corn and beans in that day. It hasn’t been perfect conditions, but at this point we are just looking for adequate conditions where we can get the planter across the field without making too much of a mess.The April corn is up and it looks good. We got the sidedresser ready to do just that corn. We got 300 acres of corn planted in May, and that was just done this past week, and we maybe got 300 acres of beans in this week. That is all of the progress we have.There are a lot of guys getting frustrated. I have heard a lot of guys talking about prevented planting and what the options are. We have called our insurance agent to see what needs to be done to qualify. Our sentiment right now is to do what we can when we can and just go from there.Regionally we are all about the same. The Thursday we were able to run, the dust was flying around here. I was coming home with the planter about 10:30 at night and I met more planters, tractors and spreaders on the road than cars. This last Monday we were able to run a little. It was questionable, but there were other people out and about. We are not looking at whole areas getting ready to plant. We are going field by field, even if it is 20 minutes out of the way, and if it is ready we are going to hit it. Nathan Brown – Highland CountyWe have approximately 120 acres of corn planted and 150 acres of soybeans in the ground. We started planting beans last Sunday and things were pretty heavy so we pulled out of there. We got more rain then started back in on Tuesday. All of the corn has basically been planted since Sunday and most of the beans have been planted in the last 3 days. We missed one or two showers at the beginning of the week but then we caught some the last 2 days. Yesterday morning we got 2 tenths and then about 6 last night we had a pretty good shower come through. We got 3 tenths but I have heard guys around the neighborhood got up to 7 tenths and there was some half to three-quarter inch hail. So we are wet again.We have beans coming up in our cereal rye and we need to get that terminated with the crimper. We will try to get that rolled soon. I have a trial where I burnt down some cereal rye and left some grow. It was 6 feet tall the other day when I planted it. I crimped and we’ll see which is better, terminating it early or letting it grow.It has been heavy and we are pushing the envelope. Our ground never really has dried out but the calendar is winding down and we are pushing the envelope harder than we normally would. Looking at the Midwest, we are pretty fortunate in this part of the country if we can get some corn planted.last_img read more

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ECI cell to monitor fake news, poll code violations on social media

first_imgCandidates contesting the Maharashtra Assembly elections will be under watch not just physically, but also in the cyberspace, with the Election Commission of India (ECI) setting up a dedicated cell to monitor their activities on social media platforms ahead of the polls. Cyber crime officials said the social media monitoring cell was set up earlier this month, in light of the observation that social media has become a popular platform for election-related activities. The cell will be headed by Superintendent of Police Balsing Rajput, Maharashtra Cyber, who is also the nodal officer for Maharashtra for the cell.“We are watching out for any and all content uploaded on social media that could amount to violation of any kind, and will be reporting these instances to the relevant authorities. This includes scanning all mediums like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram,” Mr. Rajput said. The cell will mainly be keeping an eye out for three kinds of violations. The first kind is any content being shared that might amount to defamation, rumour-mongering or fake news, and such instances will be forwarded to the concerned police units for further action. The second is violation of the model code of conduct, which will be reported to the ECI. The third category is of posts that might give rise to law and order problems, in which case they will be removed from the internet. “There is a lot of scope for violations through social media, such as holding live events on Facebook or Instagram when campaigning is forbidden, or uploading advertisements of candidates on such platforms when it is not allowed. Any activities which hamper the election process will be liable for action,” Mr. Rajput said. The cell will also scan social media for posts by citizens drawing attention to wilful violations of the model code of conduct by candidates or their supporters, including enticement for votes and use of force or intimidation, officers said.last_img read more