‘Heartman’ Activity Resurfaces in Buutuo

first_img‘Heartman’ activity has resurfaced in the border town of Buutuo and its environs, causing fear among the residents during the current farming season.Several citizens have complained of being chased by some unknown men, while carrying on their normal farming activities.On Wednesday, April 15, the Statutory Superintendent of Zoe Geh District, Albert Farngar, appeared in Buutuo, complaining that while on his way from Bahn to Buutuo, he was chased by some unknown men, causing him to fall in a ditch filled with mud.“I was approaching Buutuo Town at about 7:30 p.m. and I saw men standing ahead of me with a shining torch light, flashing it directly in my eye. While trying to avoid it, my motorbike ran into a ditch filled with mud and water, causing me to fall.“After I dropped, I saw them running toward me. So I left my bike on the ground and fled,” he added.When Mr. Farngar came to town, a group of men went to his rescue and retrieved his bike, but did not find who had allegedly chased the district superintendent.During the night, a town crier went around warning the community to be mindful while in the bush, due to what he referred to as ‘heartman’ activity.The commissioner’s compound, where the Statutory Superintendent is presently staying was crowded with sympathizers.The road leading to Buutuo is deplorable, with pot holes at the entrance of nearly all the towns.“If these brushes are cleared no one would hide behind them to chase people,” said one of the sympathizers.“Local authorities are not pressing on residents to brush their roads as they used to, so it makes very dangerous riding on a bike along a bushes road, where ditches are opened,” another person alarmedBut the secretary to the Statutory Superintendent, Duo Gbeadeh, said the locals do not easily take instruction from their authorities any longer.During Nimba County’s last County Council Sitting, Superintendent Fong Zuagele instructed the chiefs to enforce brushing all feeder roads, which is yet to be enforced.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


SA Airways, Etihad in codeshare pact

first_img7 May 2013 South African Airways (SAA) and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, on Monday signed an agreement to introduce a comprehensive range of codeshare and interline air services. The agreement will see SAA placing its “SA” code on 12 Etihad Airways destinations from Abu Dhabi, while Etihad Airways will place its “EY” code on flights from Johannesburg to 10 SAA destinations across South Africa, Africa and South America. This will allow for seamless air travel connectivity between the destinations. The agreement also makes provision for passengers to earn and redeem miles through the two airlines’ frequent flyer programmes. Etihad Airways will place its code on SAA flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth, as well as to Livingston, Lusaka and Ndola in Zambia, to Harare and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, and to Sao Paulo in Brazil. Secondary phases of the cooperation agreement will explore code sharing to more cities, and closer synergies and efficiencies in the areas of procurement, ground handling and training. “This extensive commercial agreement will enable SAA to access the vast majority of Etihad Airways global markets,” said SAA acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout. SAA acting chairperson Dudu Myeni said the partnership would provide SAA customers with seamless access to 12 key destinations in the Middle East and beyond, while broadening SAA’s strategic partnership network. Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan said the partnership would enable the two airlines “to achieve significant goals in several different global markets, as well as collaborate on a number of key commercial initiatives”, adding that Etihad was looking forward to extending its footprint in the “strategically critical African market”. Between them, the two airline groups expect to carry more than 20-million passengers in 2013. In April, SAA and Indian airline Jet Airways announced a similar codeshare agreement that will facilitate smooth air travel connectivity to several business centres in India and South Africa. Under the agreement, South African Airways, the only airline with non-stop flights between Johannesburg and Mumbai, will codeshare on Jet Airways’ operations between Mumbai and Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more


Fall manure application tips

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Silage harvest is moving along rapidly in Ohio, with corn and soybean harvest expected to be earlier this year than normal. Livestock producers and commercial manure applicators will be applying both liquid and solid manure as fields become available.For poultry manure, handlers are reminded to stockpile poultry litter close to the fields actually receiving the manure. Stockpiles need to be 500 feet from a residence, 300 feet from a water source and 1,500 feet from a public water intake. Poultry litter cannot be stockpiled in a floodplain and cannot have offsite water running across the litter stockpile area. The site also cannot have a slope greater than 6%.Litter stockpiles need to be monitored for insect activity and steps taken to keep insect populations in check if necessary. Farmers receiving poultry litter from a permitted facility need to have their fertilizer certification training completed. While field application rates of two to three tons per acre of poultry litter are common, farmers should still have soil tests and manure tests taken so manure nutrients being applied are fully utilized by the following crop rotations.For liquid manure applicators, examine fields for tile blowouts, soil cracks, wormholes, and any other situations that might allow manure to reach surface waters. Old clay tile that are not charted, and may have an outlet buried in the bottom of a ditch, have caused a number of manure escapes in Ohio over the years.Liquid manure application rates are limited to the moisture holding capacity of the soil or no more than a half-inch or roughly 13,500 gallons per acre for tiled fields. Limiting application rates below legal limits can help keep more nutrients on fields. Remember, a corn-soybean rotation will remove about 120 pounds of P2O5 over two good growing seasons. That will drop your soil test level about six pounds per acre. Applying high amounts of manure will rapidly raise soil test levels and result in greater losses of phosphorus from farm fields.Incorporated liquid manure or liquid manure incorporated within 24 hours does not have a setback requirement from ditches and streams this time of year. If just surface applied, with no plan of immediate incorruption, a vegetative setback of 35 feet is recommended or a 100-foot setback if there is little or no vegetation growing in the field. These recommendations for non-permitted farms are the rules for permitted farms.The state-wide rule for surface manure application is a weather forecast saying “not greater than a 50% chance of a half inch or more of rain in the next 24 hours or for very heavy soils (typically Hydrologic group D) a quarter inch of rainfall can cause runoff when combined with a half inch of liquid applied on the surface. It’s advisable to print out the weather forecast when you start applying manure so you have the needed proof if an unexpected storm drenches the area.The rain forecast does not apply to incorporated manure. However, the soil must be fractured and disturbed when manure is applied to quality for incorporated. Just poking holes in the soil does not qualify as incorporation. Deep incorporation of manure nutrients could help break up the phosphorus stratification issues that may be contributing to the increasing levels of dissolved phosphorus leaving Ohio farm fields.For permitted farms, when more than 50 pounds per acre of manure nitrogen is being applied, it’s required that a field have a growing crop or cover crop be planted. In manure amounts, this could be a little as 1,500 gallons per acre of swine finishing manure, one ton of poultry litter, 3,000 gallons of dairy manure, 1,000 gallons of liquid beef manure or five tons per acre of solid pen pack manure.All farmers should consider utilizing cover crops with manure applications to capture the available nitrogen and turn it into organic nitrogen in the form of additional roots and stems. Livestock producers in the Western Lake Erie Basin watersheds must have a growing cover crop in the field if they intend to apply manure to snow covered or frozen soil this winter.Cover crops can help livestock farmers recapture manure nutrients and conserve soil by reducing erosion. Cover crop seedings do not have to be perfect. The goal is to combine nutrient recovery and protecting the environment.last_img read more


Yeddyurappa resignation: Truth can never be defeated, says Tejashwi Yadav

first_imgRashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav on May 19 said truth can never be defeated and it will always defeat “a lie or liar”, after B.S. Yeddyurappa quit as Karnataka Chief Minister without facing the floor test in the State Assembly. “Truth can never be defeated! Truth will always defeat a lie or liar! #KarnatakaFloorTest,” Mr. Tejashwi Yadav tweeted.Mr. Tejashwi Yadav, the younger son of RJD president Lalu Prasad, had led a delegation of the RJD, the Congress, the CPI(M-L) and HAM leaders to Bihar Governor Satya Pal Mallik on May 18 to stake claim to form government in the State on the lines of Karnataka, where the single-largest party, the BJP, was invited to form the government, even though it fell short of a majority in the recently-concluded Assembly polls. The RJD is the single-largest party in the 243-member Bihar Assembly with 80 MLAs. It is in alliance with the Congress in Bihar after the disintegration of the Grand Alliance ministry, headed by Nitish Kumar, in July last year. PTI SNS RC RC 05191753last_img read more