‘CDC Not a Factor in Bassa’

first_imgSenators Lawrence and Weah displaying uniformity after a session this year Sen. Lawrence claims CDC pulled 25 percent of Liberty Party crowdGrand Bassa County Senator and Liberty Party (LP) stalwart Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence has said the recent opposition Coalition for Democratic Change’s (CDC) visit to Buchanan will not change the resolve of Bassonians to overwhelmingly support Cllr. Charles Brumskine and his vice standard bearer, Harrison Karnwea  at next week’s polls.Sen. Lawrence, in an interview with this newspaper yesterday, said that as a matter of fact, “the CDC is not a factor in Bassa as far as this election goes; and if there is any, it is minimal. My party is sure of taking 125,000 of the over 140,000 registered voters in the county.”Thousands of CDC partisans stormed Buchanan last Saturday to celebrate the 51st birthday of standard bearer Senator George Weah which, according to reports, was characterized by merry-making coupled with political speeches.However, Sen. Lawrence, who chairs the Senate Committee on Post and Telecommunications, said the crowd the CDC pulled were partisans who followed Sen. Weah from Monrovia and neighboring areas, and former supporters of Representative Gabriel Smith who are now pledging allegiance to CDC representative candidate Matthew Joe, a former Liberty partisan who abandoned the LP when he was not nominated at the party’s primary.Sen. Lawrence clarified that although CDC will receive support at the district level elections, “majority of those voters will, as a matter of the party’s tradition, vote for Cllr. Brumskine in the presidential race.”As in Grand Bassa, Sen. Lawrence said Liberty Party received a similar overwhelming endorsement from partisans in neighboring River Cess County.Speaking on the chances of Rep. Gabriel Smith returning to the Capitol, Lawrence said most Liberty partisans are finding it difficult to support Smith, who has been on the Hill for 18 years.Meanwhile, Sen. Lawrence described the turnout during the recent Liberty Party Grand Bassa County launch in Buchanan as the largest since 2005, and that unlike those two electoral periods (2005 and 2011) when the party won the county, the voters are definite in their decision to help their kinsman for the third time.With respect to the LP’s chances of capturing the  refurbished Executive Mansion, Sen. Lawrence said that her party is going all out to make it to the second round, “because the final stage is going to be a fight to the finish line.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Easy homemade hay-saving small livestock hay feeders

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Hay waste has been a constant problem for me through the years. I love my goats, but they waste much hay. In the past, I have tried all kinds of hay feeders, but nothing has worked until we tried this most recent version.I didn’t come up with the design on my own, we modified a design that goat breeders shared on a goat Facebook page. The concept couldn’t be more simple, and it was very easy to make.List of supplies needed: Plywood, 2×4’s and some screws.List of tools needed: A drill, a pencil, and saws (a circular saw and a jigsaw work best).Cut a piece of plywood to the width and length you want the feeder to be. Cut another piece of plywood to serve as the bottom of the feeder. It should be about 4.5 inches wide and the length of the width of your larger plywood. You will screw it to the bottom of the 2×4’s later. Again, it will serve as the bottom of the hay feeder. Set these two pieces aside.Next measure the height of your plywood piece that will serve as the feeder and cut four 2×4’s to that length.Take two of the 2×4’s and place them perpendicular to each other and screw them together – be sure to use long/large screws. Do the same for the other set of 2×4’s. Next screw the piece of plywood for the bottom of the feeder to the bottom of the 2×4 pieces. You should now have a frame.Now decide what size holes you want on your feeder and draw circles the on the large plywood piece that will serve as your feeder. Now take a drill and drill down through edge of each circle so you have place to insert your jigsaw. Then cut each circle out with the jigsaw.Then screw the frame to the wall of the barn. The flat part of the 2×4 frame should be against the wall so it can be easily screwed to the wall.Once the frame is up, simply screw the plywood piece with the holes cut into it to the 2×4 frame and now you have a hay feeder.So far, mine have held up nicely and reduced hay waste significantly.last_img read more

2017 Youth Trans Tasman Squad Announcement

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce the Australian Youth Squads that will form the basis of the Youth Teams who will compete in the 2017 Youth Trans Tasman Series in Auckland, New Zealand.The Australian 17’s and 19’s Boys, Girls and Mixed Teams will travel to Auckland in January with hopes of continuing their recent success in the Youth divisions, having won the past four Youth Trans Tasman events following the concept’s reintroduction in 2009. TFA wishes to congratulate the following players who have been named in the Australian Youth Squads for the 2017 Series. 17’S Boys SquadJordan Andrews (QLD)Flynn Angles-Corke (NSW)Daejarn Asi (QLD)Ali Bakhach (QLD) Darnell Bennet (QLD)     Adam Boumelhem (NSW)          Antonio Buncuga (QLD) Lachlan Crow (QLD)       Isaac Crowe (ACT)Joshua Dwyer (NSW)Samuel Edgley (NSW)Connor Edwards (NSW)Liam Elliot (ACT)           Logan Ellis (NSW)         Jayden Fielding-Smith (QLD)Shallin Fuller (NSW)Liam Grant (QLD)Conor Hickey (NSW)Paul Karaitiana (QLD) Baillee List (QLD)Jordan Little (NSW)       Fletcher Lyneham (QLD)Isaac Matos (NSW)Aaron Moore (QLD)Blake Moore (QLD)Isaiah Niumata (NSW)James Price (QLD)Johnny Saley (NSW)      Luc Sciglitano (NSW)Tyrell Scott (NSW)Mathew Smith (NSW)Ben Stevanovic (NSW)Thomson Suters (NSW)Floyd Tighe (NSW)Kyle Turei (QLD)            Jacob Van Zanden (QLD)          Raymond Wehbe (NSW)            Tobias Westacott (NSW) Curtis Wilson (NSW)Jack Wright (QLD) 19’s Girls SquadHinerangi Andreassend (QLD)Rae Barker (QLD)Chloe Cheney (NSW)Tayla Clifford (NSW)Madison Crowe (NSW)Rachelle Davis (NSW)Kirra Dibb (NSW)Brittany Donovan (QLD)Tayla Duguid (NSW)Hannah Dyball (NSW)Logan Flanagan (NSW)Alice Gregory (SA)Pia Hatt (VIC)Mia Johnstone (QLD)Bobbi Law (NSW)Stephanie Maiolo (NSW)Katee Maller (QLD)Kayla Mi Mi (QLD)Rebecca Mi Mi (QLD)Mikayla Newman (QLD)  Stephanie O’Hara (SA)Alice Rathie (QLD)Emily Reid (VIC)Brytten Reynolds (QLD)Shannon Rose (NSW)Mackenzie Sadler (SA)Emma Sykes (QLD)Tahlulah Tillett (QLD)Bailey Toleafoa (NSW)Tamika Upton (QLD)Chloe Watt (QLD)Samantha White (QLD)  Courtney Young (NSW)Related LinksNational Youth Squads 19’s Boys SquadJye Antonelli (NSW)Tjadyn Ashby (NSW)     Dallas Bain (QLD)          Lawrence Bingham (NSW)          Robert Bird (NSW)         Zachary Bouzounis (NSW)         Justin Cridland (QLD)Jesse Curtis (QLD)Mitchell De Rossi (QLD)Nicholas Donghi (VIC)   Chris Ebitar (NSW)Matthew Egan (QLD)     Jake Grech (NSW)Harrison Griffin (QLD)Jacob Harrington (NSW)            Connor Harvey (QLD)Braydon Hegarty (QLD) Jack Hughes (QLD)Malcolm Kenny (QLD)Alexander Lim (SA)Tyla Love (WA) Jacob Marrinan (QLD)Reece McKenzie-O’Brien (QLD)  Jackson Mills (NSW)Hayden Moffat (QLD)    Damon Moore (QLD)     Jayden Murphy-Hinton (NSW)Luke O’Brien (QLD)Luke Osborne (NSW)  Jake Parker (NSW)        Jesse Parker (NSW)      Adam Russell (QLD)Tristan Sailor (NSW)Kai Simbolon (NSW)Marley Simbolon (NSW) Jake Toby (NSW) Regan Walsh (NSW)Alex Western (QLD) 17’s Girls SquadTarryn Aiken (NSW)Cassidy Atkins (NSW)Tatum Bird (NSW)          Shannyn Bissett (NSW)Jessica Bourke (QLD)Amelia Bransden (TAS)  Brittney Brown (QLD)Tiarni Bryce (QLD)         Brittney Clifford (NSW)Taylah Connell (QLD)Jasmine Dillon (NSW)Pihuka Duff (NSW)Amy Dufour (NSW)        Lydia Durkin (QLD)Terri-Anne Egan (QLD)Brooke English (QLD)Rebecca Goulding (QLD)Madison Higgins Ashby (NSW)Rachel Jeffs (NSW)Melia Larkin (QLD)         Sabine Marsters (QLD)  Lucy McDonald (NSW)Leesa Mi Mi (QLD)Faith Nathan (NSW)Kathleen Nicholls (QLD)Bailee Nix (NSW)           Kobe Nona (QLD)Aaliyah Paki (NSW)Rhiannon Podmore (NSW)Jessica Potts (NSW)     Maya Stewart (NSW)Kiara Taylor (QLD)         Marama Thomas (QLD)Rachel Walsh (QLD)Chelsea White (QLD)     Elise Wilson (ACT)         Macey Zielke (QLD)last_img read more

Delays meant headwinds too great for 36B Pacific NorthWest LNG project exec

first_imgCALGARY – Plentiful cheap natural gas is no guarantee that a Canadian LNG export industry will develop, says an executive with Progress Energy Canada, a division of Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas which cancelled its $36-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project in July.The decision was difficult to make but “headwinds were too great” for the partnership to green light the West Coast megaproject, said Dennis Lawrence, vice-president of production for Progress, during a panel discussion at the Calgary Energy Roundtable on Wednesday.Lawrence said delays meant the project missed its opportunity to enter the global LNG market when it had a good chance to thrive.“We think it may be a bit of a wake-up call to us as an industry, to governments, to regulators within Canada that time is actually of utmost importance on these projects, that delays and long regulatory timelines can ultimately have an impact on whether projects go ahead or not,” he said.Lawrence said the consortium’s research showed that its northeastern B.C. Montney gas wells would be competitive with natural gas produced in the northeastern U.S. and it is now focused on developing access to those North American markets.Divergent opinions expressed at the conference reflect the uncertain status of Canada’s LNG industry, with nearly two dozen projects proposed and only one — the relatively tiny Woodfibre LNG — approved for construction by its owners.Andy Calitz, CEO of the $40-billion LNG Canada project led by Royal Dutch Shell PLC, said he remains optimistic about the industry’s prospects despite lower global LNG prices and growing competition.He said he believes Canada’s low-cost gas and relatively closer location to Asia makes it competitive with other countries vying to sell liquefied natural gas around the world. But he conceded the higher cost to build liquefaction facilities and pipelines in British Columbia will affect an investment decision expected next year.“The market to import LNG is now growing to 260 million tonnes per year in 38 countries…. There is a market out there,” he said, noting China’s new appetite for gas to replace coal and growing demand from countries such as India, Indonesia and Thailand.Deteriorating world prices blamed by the Pacific NorthWest LNG partners were also cited by developers of the $28-billion Aurora LNG project when it was cancelled in September.“We’re actually very pessimistic,” said panellist Dave Tulk, a partner with consulting company Gas Processing Management Inc., adding neither the industry nor governments are working together to come up with a “master plan” for the industry.“The challenges that (LNG Canada) has to get over in terms of pipelines, to dig a 670-kilometre pipeline, go through two mountain ranges, to get all that in place without the full support of the federal and provincial governments and industry, we just think that’s going to be a difficult challenge,” he said.In a separate presentation, David Hill, executive vice-president of exploration and business development for Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA), said he was surprised at how quickly American competitors were able to establish an LNG exporting industry ahead of Canada.He said Encana, which produces half of its oil and gas in Canada and half in the U.S., is already seeing lower gas prices north of the border due to American shale gas competition but it is hopeful that new demand from the Canadian oilsands and petrochemical industries will support domestic gas markets and Encana investment decisions in future.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

NTSB to probe fatal engine failure on Southwest flight

first_imgFederal safety officials plan to question representatives from engine maker CFM International and Boeing about the fatal accident on a Southwest Airlines jet this year.The National Transportation Safety Board hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C., is expected to last several hours.The board is still investigating the April 17 accident, in which an engine fan blade broke and debris hit the plane, killing a woman who was blown partly out a broken window. Pilots landed the crippled plane safely in Philadelphia.Investigators are focusing on the design and inspection of engine fan blades. After the accident, CFM recommended more advanced and frequent blade inspections, and regulators made those changes mandatory.They will also look into the design of the engine housing, which is supposed to prevent pieces from breaking loose.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Canfor to buy 70 per cent stake in Swedish Vida Group for

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:CFP)The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Canfor Corp. has signed a deal to buy a 70 per cent stake in Swedish sawmill company Vida Group for about $580 million.Under the agreement, the current owners of Vida will retain a 30 per cent interest and continue to manage the day-to-day business.The privately held company has nine sawmills in southern Sweden with an annual production capacity of 1.1 billion board feet.Vida also has nine value-added facilities that include premium packaging, modular housing, industrial products and energy.Canfor says it expects to be able to finance the acquisition with cash and liquidity on hand, but will complete an extension and expansion of its existing operating and term loan facilities.The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of next year.last_img read more

School District 60 presents first reading of Amended Annual Budget

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The first reading of the 2018/2019 Amended Annual Budget was presented at a recent School District 60 meeting.Dori Alger, School District Controller, presented the Amended Annual Budget to Board Trustees.Alger says the budget is primarily based on student enrollment for the year, adding that it is very difficult to determine student enrollment. “A key piece of our budget is always based on student enrollment. For the 2018-19 year, we are anticipating 6,193 students. It is very difficult to truly predict how many students we are going to have, but we definitely do our best and we deal with the consequences as the school year progresses.”Amended operating revenues for the School District are $64,046,589.The operating revenues include items such as Provincial Grants and rental and leases of School District property.Amended operating expenses for the School District are $64,287,592.Operating expenses include items such as staff salaries, utilities, and student transportation.The total of the Amended Annual Budget is $76,707,361. The Board gave and passed the first reading of the Amended Budget. The Board made a motion to do the second and third readings in short form.The Amended Annual Budget must go through three readings before it can be accepted by the Board.last_img read more

Hurriyat leader Geelani booked under FEMA

first_imgNew Delhi: Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Geelani, who advocates Jammu and Kashmir’s merger with Pakistan, has been booked under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), the Enforcement Directorate said on Friday. Geelani had been fined Rs 14.40 lakh following the confiscation of unaccounted foreign currency from his premises in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, ED Director Sanjay Mishra said.last_img

SC reserves verdict on Rafale review, Rahul’s contempt case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday reserved verdict on petitions challenging its December 14 judgment against a probe into the controversial fighter jet deal. The court also reserved its orders on the contempt proceedings against Congress president Rahul Gandhi.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi reserved its verdict on a batch of petitions seeking review of its December 14 judgment last year which had dismissed the pleas challenging India’s agreement with France to procure 36 Rafale fighter jets. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghLawyer Prashant Bhushan, during two-hour-long hearing, referred to various aspects including alleged suppression of material facts from the court and said that an FIR should have been lodged and a criminal investigation launched into the case. He also referred to the documents relating to alleged parallel negotiations being undertaken by the PMO and said that three members of the Indian Negotiation Team had objected to the parallel negotiations. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadHe said that a prima facie cognisable offence has been committed and it warranted registration of the FIR. Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, objected to the review petition and said that the basic grounds for seeking review of the verdict are the same as they were in the main petition. The petitioners are seeking review of the judgment on the basis of secret “stolen documents”. He also referred to the secrecy clause of the inter-governmental agreement between India and France and said that this matter pertains to defence deals and not to the award of contract for construction of flyover or dams. Venugopal sought dismissal of the review petitions. In the contempt case, Congress President Rahul Gandhi told the Supreme Court that he has already tendered unconditional apology for “wrongly attributing” to it the “chowkidar chor hai” remarks and the criminal contempt proceedings against him should be closed. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi reserved the verdict on the criminal contempt plea filed against him by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi. Senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for Gandhi, told the bench, also comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, that the Congress President has already tendered unconditional apology and has expressed regret over the wrongful attribution to the apex court. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Lekhi, told the bench that the apology tendered by Gandhi should be rejected and action must be taken against him as per the law. Rohatgi also argued that the court should ask Gandhi to make an apology to the public for his remarks.last_img read more

The Texas Rangers Are Making Unsustainable History In OneRun Games

The chart above contains two extreme outliers: the 2016 Texas Rangers and the 2012 Baltimore Orioles, the only two teams in recent history with a better than .750 winning percentage in one-run games. In isolation, both performances were extremely unlikely to happen by chance (less than 1-in-10,000 odds), though given the huge sample of seasons we have so far — 2,452 team-seasons in MLB’s history — you’d expect such a thing to happen eventually.One-run performance is messy, but it isn’t all luck. The correlation between a team’s bullpen strength and its one-run winning percentage is significant but fairly weak, highlighting the role of randomness in these situations.3The r value is .28. Just as any given plate appearance can produce almost any imaginable outcome, a game that hinges on only a single run is mostly up to chance.That said, a good bullpen elevates the probability of holding a one-run lead. Add up that edge over the course of a season, and each win above replacement from the bullpen is worth about one extra point to a team’s winning percentage in one-run games. A five-win bullpen upgrade, which could take a team from roughly the bottom 10 percent of MLB bullpens to the top 10 percent, would net an extra five points of winning percentage. Over an average number of one-run games (46 per season), that’s equivalent to 2.3 more wins. If you total up that improved bullpen’s contribution in one-run games and their estimated contribution over the rest of the season (3.6 wins4If there are 46 one-run games per season, that leaves 116 other games, or 71.6 percent of the season. 71.6 percent of their five wins is 3.6 wins.), that five additional bullpen WAR ends up buying you about 5.9 wins in on-field results.55 WAR of bullpen talent can buy 5.9 wins for a team because of the high-leverage situations in which relievers are deployed, where talent is able to be converted to wins at a greater rate. This fact may help to explain why relievers seem to be overvalued by front offices relative to the sabermetric consensus.But all of this assumes a top-notch bullpen anyway. And, surprisingly, the Rangers’ bullpen hasn’t been exceptional — or even good — this year. Although the 2012 Orioles’ relievers produced more than six wins of value, the Rangers’ pen has a paltry 1.1 WAR between them. Based on that alone, we’d expect their record in one-run games to fall below .500.Anchored by closer Sam Dyson and Matt Bush, the top of the Rangers’ bullpen has been fine. But that duo has been dragged down by poor outings from other relievers such as Tom Wilhelmsen and Cesar Ramos.Of course, Wilhelmsen and Ramos are typically used in low-leverage situations, only appearing in one-run games as a last resort. So I also looked to see whether I could explain one-run performance better by focusing on the top relievers in a given bullpen. But counting only the top three or top five relievers didn’t improve the model after controlling for the total WAR of the bullpen. Neither did looking at exceptionally unbalanced bullpens, i.e. those whose top relievers produced much more WAR than their teammates. That doesn’t necessarily rule out the possibility that WAR fails to account for something special that the Rangers’ bullpen might be doing to win one-run games, but league-wide data doesn’t provide much support for that notion.If the Rangers can’t attribute their one-run success to the greatness of their bullpen, to what do they owe it? The answer is timing. The Rangers have played much better when the game is on the line, as measured by FanGraphs’ Clutch score. Their bullpen ranks eighth in the league in Clutch score, but even more impressively, their offense ranks first.6Their starting pitchers are more average, ranking 13th in baseball. Combine these two performances and you have a team that saves and scores runs better than any other when it counts.But unfortunately for the Rangers, performance in the clutch is not a stable indicator of success. We need look no further than the 2016 Phillies for proof: Philly dominated the league in one-run games for the first two months of the year, rolling out to a 14-3 record in those contests through May 20th, which would have shattered the all-time mark if it had continued. It didn’t. By the end of the first half, the Phillies’ one-run record was down to 20-9 (which still would have been put them in the top 25 all-time); now they’re at a pedestrian 25-17 for the year, which drops them below the 200th position on the all-time list.The lesson here is that a team’s record in one-run games tends to regress to the mean. The Rangers are more than 90 percent likely to make the playoffs, but they won’t be able to count on this kind of luck in tight contests when they get there. The 2016 Texas Rangers are making history. Their 30-8 record in one-run games gives them a .789 winning percentage that, if it holds up, would set a record for the best winning percentage in one-run games since 1901. But the Rangers have a not-so-slight problem that could haunt them in the playoffs: performance in one-run games is almost entirely — though not exclusively — a matter of good timing and luck, not skill.By all accounts, the Rangers are a decent team. Their run differential is +9, and sophisticated projection models such as FanGraphs’ (which looks at talent alone, not their record so far) would call for them to win 84 games over the course of a full season. Their excellent record in one-run games has helped put them over the top, though. They’ll probably finish with more than 90 wins and the AL West crown, despite the rival Houston Astros posting a much better run differential.Performance in one-run games is notoriously variable. But one argument for the Rangers’ ability to sustain their record-setting mark might be a lights-out bullpen. Closer Sam Dyson has 30 saves, so perhaps the Rangers’ relief corps has earned more of those one-run wins than most teams with a similar record would deserve.To test this theory, I looked at the relationship between a team’s bullpen performance and its record in one-run games, going back to 1988.1That year was chosen because it is the beginning of the current era of baseball. I used data gathered through Aug. 27, after which the Rangers won two more one-run games. I summed up FanGraphs’ wins above replacement for each team’s bullpen, and then plotted it against the team’s winning percentage in one-run contests.2I also tried the same analysis with Baseball Prospectus’ version of wins above replacement and got similar results. read more