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first_imgThe controversial distribution of US$ 100,000 Ebola Funds allotted from the Nimba County Development Funds to fight Ebola has backfired, with Gbi and Dorlu Administration District Commissioner David Toe saying he had not received a cent from the Administration of Nimba County, headed by Supt. Fong Zuagele.Commissioner David Toe on Radio Kehgheamahn Breakfast show on 6th October, 2014 said his district’s share of money to enable them to carry on awareness is yet to be delivered.All efforts to get his share have proven futile and the only reason given him is the allotted share for his district was spent on other Ebola issues in Karnplay.At the time of the distribution of the said funds, he said, he was on an awareness trip in his district distributing buckets and other preventive materials to the citizens.“At the time the stakeholders were meeting in Sanniquellie, I was on a trip distributing buckets and I didn’t hear the story, but when I got the info and went to Sanniquellie, the County Inspector, Reginald Mehn, told me that my share of the money was used to bury Ebola victim in Karnplay,” he said.“All the money I have been using for Ebola in my district came from my pocket; I have not received any money from the county as it was announced,” Commissioner Toe stated.Nimba leadership has been at loggerheads over how the US$ 100,000 allotted to fight Ebola in Nimba was used.The Nimba Lawmakers of the 53rd National Legislature had repeatedly said that the money was intended to purchase PPE and sufficient  medical drugs for all health centers in Nimba, but instead,  the county leadership headed by Supt. Fong Zuagele divided portions of the money among the 17 administration commissioners, city mayors,  and media, while the some of the money was used to procure motorcycles for the awareness campaign in the county.The diversion of the funds from the expectation of the caucus brought great dissatisfaction among them, something they considered as disrespect.This crisis and other issues led the Lower House of Parliament to summon Superintendent Fong Zuagele and Development Superintendent Teeko Yorlay for an inquest. As a result; the plenary imposed a “vote of no confidence” in the two county officials.However, in counter reaction to Commissioner David Toe’s  claim on the same media 6th October 2014, Nimba County Inspector Reginald Mehn said the Commissioner was left out, because he was at the special county council sitting to endorse the usage of the money so what was allotted for them was diverted to other area of need, precisely in Gbehlay Geh/Karnplay). It appears as though Gbi and Dorlu were not the only districts left out; Kparblee was another district believed not to  have received any share of the Ebola Fund, Mr. Toe said. Gbi and Dorlu is one of the remotest districts in Nimba,  located at the southern part of Nimba bordering Sinoe, Rivercess, and Grand Bassa counties. But this district had been complaining bitterly of marginalization from the county administration from developments and other  opportunities.  This has led them to seek legislation to join Rivercess 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_imgSANTA CLARA — DeForest Buckner can now add “Pro Bowler” to his credentials when it comes to this offseason’s contract talks with the 49ers on a lucrative extension.Buckner was named Tuesday to his first Pro Bowl as he will replace Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, who sustained a foot injury in Sunday’s playoff loss at New Orleans.SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 23: San Francisco 49ers’ DeForest Buckner (99) sacks Chicago Bears starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) in the …last_img read more


first_img(Visited 62 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Stressed out by politics or work?  Take a walk in the park under the trees.  It’s a proven remedy.Natural scenes have long been known to calm the mind.  Now there’s proof, an article on Medical Xpress says:Writers, outdoor enthusiasts and leaf-peeping tourists have known for centuries that nature has restorative powers that reduce feelings of stress and promote a sense of tranquility.While numerous studies have affirmed nature’s stress-reduction properties, scientists haven’t known the specific amount of exposure needed to induce these calming effects.However, a study led by researchers at the University of Illinois is believed to be the first study to describe a dose-response curve derived from exposure to nature.The researchers found significant reductions in stress as measured both anecdotally and through biomarkers, such as skin conductance and saliva cortisol level.  To induce stress, they made the participants (80 men and 78 women) do what many people fear most: give an impromptu speech to a group on camera.  They were also given math problems to solve before and after the test.  Stress indicators fell as much as 60 percent after watching a 10-minute 3-D video of landscapes with trees.Participants, in other words, didn’t even need to go outside to get the benefit.  And the more trees in the video, the better the stress reduction score.  2% tree cover had little effect, but 90% of participants felt calmer when the tree cover rose to 36%.For some reason, the men showed more stress reduction than the women, although the women reported feeling calmer, too.  Since stress is linked to many physical problems, the researchers feel that city planners need to seriously consider the beneficial role of tree-lined nature walkways and parks in neighborhood design.Trees, with their leafy limbs reaching high into the sky, are God’s gift to the world.  One surely must pity those living in areas deprived of trees, such as blighted inner city neighborhoods.  Does the lack of access to nature contribute to crime?  Perhaps, if stress contributes to bad behavior.  Some live in deserts, where only scrubby plants and cacti can grow.  But if you can plant a tree, it should do good for your health.  At least watch videos of nature and view trees on your computer screen as often as you can.Here are some photos of trees with fall colors to test the benefit on your own mind.  Does it work?  If you are student studying for a test, or a speaker preparing to deliver a speech, maybe a ten-minute walk under the trees would help with your performance.  Try it anytime life’s pressure is getting you down.This study also offers ways to assist shut-ins and hospital patients.  Find some beautiful nature footage or photos to put on a laptop, and bring them some of God’s beautiful creation.  It will be a kindness with real benefit to the body, mind, and soul.  Here’s a suggested DVD for them and for all: King of Creation.  Watch the trailer.  We highly recommend this combination of nature scenes, Scripture and music as a stress reliever and faith builder.last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Since she was a teenager some 60 years ago, Gail Dunlap has played an active role in her family’s seventh generation Ohio farming operation by focusing on ways to continually improve conservation practices and establish a natural and sustainable way of life.“Back then, we were not that many years past the Dust Bowl times and farmers in the area were doing a wonderful job of resting the soil with long rotations,” said Dunlap. “I remember even the weeds seemed to be as beautiful as wildflowers.”However, as the years passed, Dunlap quickly became more concerned about soil erosion issues in the area. Each time she returned home from college she noticed that more land was being tilled and islands of oak trees within the fields were disappearing.In 1985, Dunlap learned about a new Farm Bill program called the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and was excited about how the program could benefit their farms. Her parents agreed. After talking with their local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) staff, they discovered that an entire farm could be eligible for the program.CRP is one of the largest private lands programs for conservation used extensively throughout the country to reduce soil erosion, improve water and air quality and provide wildlife habitat.Today, the original Dunlap farm fosters multiple CRP practices, including wetland restoration, timber, prairies, buffer strips, riparian buffers, grass waterways, shallow water areas, tall grass prairies and various wildlife habitat and food plots. Dunlap has dedicated more than 220 acres of her land in Pickaway and Ross counties to conservation.CRP is a voluntary program that allows eligible landowners to receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource-conserving covers on eligible farmland throughout the duration of their 10-to-15-year contracts.“CRP is a blessing and it has helped me save our family farm by preserving the land and establishing wildlife habitat,” Dunlap said. “This program gave me hope that I would be able to restore my land through conservation practices so I could bring back diverse wildlife and have the opportunity to plant trees again.”Over the years, Dunlap’s CRP practices did indeed expand. Besides improving the soil health, Dunlap noticed an increase in wildlife numbers. It restored diversity to the farm.“The program provided me income and the opportunity to apply restorative methods to save my land and allow wildlife species to return, reproduce and thrive,” said Dunlap. “It has brought back beauty to the landscape, improved soil fertility and created new ecosystems that will continue to improve over the years. The impact of CRP will benefit many future generations.”Since 1985, CRP has helped prevent more than 9 billion tons of soil from eroding and protected more than 170,000 stream miles with riparian and grass buffers, more than 100,000 acres of bottomland hardwood trees, nearly 300,000 acres of flood-plain wetlands, and 250,000 acres each for duck nesting habitat and upland bird habitat.last_img read more


first_imgRelated Posts klint finley A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Like any other social network, the value of an enterprise social network is tied to the number of active users. In general, the more users the more value – more knowledge shared, more questions answered and more connections made. In this case, does the per-user pricing model of many enterprise social software tools make sense? Enterprise microblogging provider Socialcast doesn’t think so, and today the company announced a new pricing plan to deal with that fact.“Our most successful deployments are those that are enterprise-wide and boasting the largest, most comprehensive internal networks,” Socialcast CEO Tim Young writes. “As more people join the network, greater value is created – with every new member that joins comes another potential answer, knowledge source, and idea.”Socialcast will now offer an enterprise-wide license that will let organizations pay a single annual fee for the product without worrying about how many users are being added. In contrast, Yammer charges $5 per user per month and Salesforce.com Chatter costs $15 per user per month. Socialcast hasn’t disclosed the cost of an enterprise-wide license, and we’re not sure how it will compare with volume licensing agreements with other vendors.The company will include its Reach extension, which we covered last year. Reach enables customers to embed Socialcast in existing browser-based enterprise applications.Will flat pricing encourage companies to roll-out social features to more employees? It’s too early to say, but it seems like a step in the right direction. I suspect social roll-outs may be hindered by the idea that some employees don’t “need” to be on the enterprise microblog. But the decision to leave some employees behind probably isn’t improved by those per-user license fees. A big factor in whether this will be successful is how the cost compares to per-user licensing.Socialcast was founded in 2005. It’s funded by Menlo Ventures and True Ventures. Socialcast has solid traction in large enterprises. CEO Tim Young says 15 of the Fortune 100 are customers.In addition to Yammer and Chatter, Socialcast competes with a plethora of enterprise social software vendors, including Blogtronix, Qontext, Socialtext, StatusNet and TIBCO tibbr.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud#Trends 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more