An excited Wilmot Paye at the supreme court following the ruling (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh)CDC says it vehemently rejects interim govt.The Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of Sen. George M. Weah and the ruling Unity Party (UP) of Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai which are awaiting the delayed runoff, have welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision in Liberty Party’s (LP) alleged electoral fraud case.After a ruling granting a writ of prohibition on the run-off election slated to have taken place on Tuesday, the two political parties vying for the presidency said they respect the laws of the land and are prepared to see the country remain on the peace trajectory.Samora Wolokollie, CDC’s deputy campaign spokesperson said his party is law-abiding and will remain patient until the NEC looks into not only the LP’s complaint but all other election-related complaints coming from other political parties and individual candidates.Wolokollie said, however, that the Commission should fast-track the hearing of all the cases in order to remain in the confines of time to avoid an interim government. “We are calling on our partisans and supporters across the country to remain calm. Ours is not to disturb the peace but to closely follow the process to its logical conclusion,” he said.Samora Wolokollie of the CDC speaks to journalists at the Supreme CourtThe runoff will be held and the plan for an interim government by detractors will continue to be vehemently rejected as there is still time to resolve all complaints before the NEC and allow the runoff to go ahead, said Wolokollie.“The maximum time frame set aside for the NEC to look into all election irregularities and fraud cases is 30 days. Also seven days are set aside for any party not satisfied with the outcome of the hearings to file an appeal either to the NEC’s Board of Commissioners or the Supreme Court,” Wolokollie noted, adding that should the Commission surpass 37 days without concluding the handling of cases before it will only be a deliberate attempt to take the country backward.He boasted that the CDC will win the runoff when held at any time. “The majority of the people of this country have resolved to retire the Unity Party. They believe that Senator George M. Weah and his able deputy, Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, can take this country forward and change the living conditions of the masses by creating jobs and building infrastructure,” he said.UP Chair Wilmot Paye said the action of the Supreme Court, which granted a permanent stay order on the presidential run-off election is a clear demonstration that the country’s democracy is maturing.“LP’s action is within the confines of the law and to this, we all subscribe. We are together in this even though we are from different political groupings,” he said.Paye noted that the most important thing is not about an individual just winning an election but the credibility of the very electoral process that guarantees said winner the chance to lead.“We are impressed that the LP’s partisans and their sympathizers did not invade the streets with violence and lots of unorthodox actions in demand of justice. In fact, justice is not found just anywhere but at the constituted legal institutions and agencies,” he said.He pointed out that the NEC’s rejection of UP’s intervention in LP’s alleged irregularities and frauds case was an error on the part of the hearing office, but remained confident that UP, who also has a lot of evidence in connection with LP’s complaint, will not rest until it is considered as a party to the suit.The NEC Board of Commissioners on Monday overturned the Commission’s hearing office decision to deny UP’s intervention. They granted the ruling party a chance to participate by presenting the evidence in their possession.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
There needs to be a game seven of the NBA Finals. Of course we’d love to see our beloved Golden State Warriors pull off a championship threepeat with two more victories over the Toronto Raptors.But there’s another reason: We want to see how nasty Drake’s watch is going to be.The Canadian rapper and Raptors super fan sported a Richard Mille 69 Tourbillon Erotic timepiece as he sat at his usual court-side seat at Monday’s Game 5 at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena, according to Page Six.He wasn’t …
19 February 2016Solar panel technology, perfectly suited to the African climate and topography, is one of the fastest growing renewable energy solutions for the future. And Morocco is leading the way in perfecting solar’s science and industry.Located near the town of Ouarzazate in the Sahara Desert, the Noor solar thermal project, comprises three exponential phases that will be completed by 2020. According to Nasa, it will be the largest solar energy installation in the world, making it visible from space.NOOR 1, the first 160 megawatt power plant! @Ouarzazate https://t.co/ww2Sjqvzoo pic.twitter.com/exdlWvOsvZ— SOLAR IMPULSE (@solarimpulse) February 16, 2016The first Noor 1 phase of the venture was switched on at the beginning of February 2016. It is expected to begin supplying over a million households in Morocco and its neighbours using sun energy gathered from 500 000 solar mirror panels.The panels gather and concentrate the sun’s energy to heat water that produces steam that powers energy-generating turbines. The advantage of solar thermal power, apart from its limitless source, is its heat storage capabilities. It stores the heat to make energy at night. Unlike conventional photovoltaic (semi-conductor cell) systems, thermal systems don’t suddenly produce less when a cloud passes over.Cool infographic showing how solar thermal works #CleanTech#Solar #Water #coal #fracking #oilandgas #Oil #Renewable pic.twitter.com/PDFuhHj2gj— Greenbelt Solar (@greenbeltsolar) October 30, 2013The solar panel concept is popular in parts of the world where sunlight is constant throughout the year, particularly in deserts. The largest functioning solar panel project is currently in operation in the Mojave Desert in the USA, according to The Guardian.In 1986, the German particle physicist, Gerhard Knies, calculated that the world’s deserts received enough energy in a few hours to provide for humanity’s power needs for a whole year. The challenge though, has also been successfully capturing the energy generated and transporting it from the desert plants to urban areas.With growing, adaptable infrastructure, as well in research into the technology, Africa is perfectly suited to lead the way in finding affordable, practical solutions.Solar thermal energy in South AfricaWeather conditions and topography in South Africa offers perfect conditions for the solar panel concept, with various projects already using the technology in South Africa.Operational plants in Pofadder, Upington and Groblershoop generate 200MW of power, while new plant constructions in Northern Cape, including the Redstone and Xina CSP operations, will add another 300MW to the national grid over the next three to five years.The Helio100 project at Stellenbosch University is researching prototype small- scale concentrated solar power for use in the consumer market.Meanwhile, in Morocco, the first phase of the Noor installation covers hundreds of hectares, but once completed in 2020, Noor will span more than 24km2, an area larger than the country’s capital city of Rabat.Noor 1 is creating 160 megawatts of power, making it, even in this first phase, one of the world’s largest solar thermal power plants. As Noor 2 and 3 are completed, the energy generation is expected to be 580 megawatts.The Noor Ouarzazate Solar Complex, world’s largest solar power plant was located in which country?Morocco pic.twitter.com/JzZYpuhGcg— General Knowledge (@GKFORWIN) February 12, 2016Almost half of Morocco’s energy is expected to come from renewable energy, with a third of that from solar. According to the World Bank, Morocco currently imports 97% of its energy. It believes its investment in the solar plant will help to make the country less reliant on those imports and reduce its long-term carbon emissions by millions of tons.Together with the African Development Bank and the Moroccan government, the World Bank has invested almost $700-million to begin the first phase of the Noor project that will, over the next 10 to 20 years, bring much-needed renewable energy solutions to Africa and the world.Source: AFKInsider
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Much of Ohio’s soybean production ground is on soils with poor to fair drainage, high clay content, and reduced tillage systems. Any one of these factors alone or in combination contributes to the environmental conditions that favor infection of seeds and seedlings by watermolds. Reduced tillage systems favor pathogen build-up in the very place that the seed is planted each year. Both soybean and corn are attacked by a great diversity of Pythium spp.; some of which are favored by cool, wet soil conditions and others by warmer but also wet soil conditions. Of course for soybean, Phytophthora sojae can be recovered from all of Ohio soils and this is favored by warmer temperatures and wet soils. True fungi, Fusarium spp. and Rhizoctonia solani, are also pathogens of soybean and corn, but for these the amount of inoculum that is present in the field and adequate moisture for pathogen growth is all that is needed to favor infection of both corn and soybean.Host resistance is the primary means by which we manage many grain crop diseases, but there is little effort put into screening for resistance towards Pythium spp., Fusarium spp. (other than F. virguliforme which causes sudden death syndrome of soybean) and Rhizoctonia solani in comparison to other diseases. This is where seed treatments aimed at watermolds and true fungi can play a big role for fields which are high risk these seed and seedling pathogens. This protects the seed and seedling when they are the most susceptible, since for some of these diseases host resistance is not expressed in the early plant growth stages (partial resistance to Phytophthora sojae). How do you know if your field is at risk? It is a very simple question to answer: How many times in the past 10 years have you had to replant? If it is more than 1, then you are always at risk. Are you planting into a field that had head scab of wheat or Gibberella Stalk rot of corn? If the answer is yes, then it is important to add fungicide seed treatments specific to Fusarium graminearum to limit stand losses.With a seed treatment, it is important to note that no one seed treatment active ingredient will provide protection against all of the pathogens that attack seeds and seedlings. As you examine the list from your seed dealer – you will see a long list of active ingredients, each of which is targeting a small portion of the total grain crop pathogen complex that Ohio farmers must deal with on an annual basis.We are sure your next question is which seed treatment package is best. In reality the companies have been testing numerous combinations, formulations, and sites to get this right. None of them are perfect, there are a growing number of Pythium spp that can get past the protection, but they are in the minority. We do have a number of Pythium spp. which are resistant to metalaxyl/mefenoxam and we know for Phytophthora sojaethat more metalaxy/mefenxoam (0.75-1.5 fl oz metalaxyl//0.32-0.64 fl oz mefenoxam) is better. So for those fields having a different active ingredient, such as ethaboxam or adding a strobilurin will pick up a few more of these Pythium spp. For example, in the seed treatment trials during 2015- we can’t separate the difference among the seed treatments when there was very high disease pressure (Figure 4– graph). All of the seed treatments had significantly higher yields than the non-treated.Some of you may recall that AD was in a challenge to test the need to add more metalaxyl on top of the Acceleron base seed treatment that was marketed for Ohio. In two years of testing, none of the plots that received extra metalaxyl had significantly higher yields in the 3 locations in 2015 nor the 3 locations in 2014 (see C.O.R.N. 2014-38). Just as in 2014 and now in 2015, I’ve lost the challenge again. As promised we will not request or recommend that additional metalaxyl be applied over the top of what is already in the Acceleron base treatment as it is was marketed in Ohio during these two years.
Manipur-based filmmaker and music composer Aribam Syam Sharma has decided to return his 2006 Padma Shri award in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 that the Centre wants to push through.The 83-year-old filmmaker made the decision less than a week after families of around 855 martyrs of the anti-foreigners Assam Agitation of 1979-85 returned the citation that the Sarbananda Sonowal government had given them in 2016. The government had also honoured these families with ₹5 lakh each for the sacrifice of the martyrs.“It would be morally wrong to keep an award from a government that does not seem to be heeding the concerns of the people about the controversial Bill,” Mr. Sharma said.The Bill seeks to fast-track the process of granting citizenship to non-Muslims from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who came to India till December 31, 2014, allegedly because of religious persecution.Mr. Sharma had bagged several national awards for iconic films such as ‘Imagi Ningthem’ (My Precious Son, 1981), ‘Ishanou’, and ‘Sangai – The Dancing Deer’ in more than 40 years of experimenting with the medium. He is credited with having revolutionised cinema in Manipur during the 1970s.Manipur has been on the boil for more than a fortnight because of the opposition to the Citizenship Bill. State’s Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Nongthombam Biren Singh had a few days ago appealed to the Centre that Manipur be exempted from the purview of the Bill.Meanwhile, Meghalaya Chief Minister and National People’s Party leader Conrad K. Sangma said that a delegation of leaders representing various political parties in the Northeast met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on Saturday.“We expressed the concerns of the people of the Northeast about the Bill. He said that he is taking the sentiments of the people of the region into consideration and will consult organisations, political parties, Chief Ministers of the north-eastern States on this. He said the Bill is important at the national level, but a decision would be taken after consultations with all the stakeholders in the Northeast,” Mr. Sangma said on Sunday.