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NASSCORP Embarks on Road Project in Sinkor

first_imgNational Social Security & Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP), an insurance agency of government covering workers in Liberia, has begun a major road project on 24th Street, Sinkor, where it is also erecting a 5-storey building for future use.The road is paved with concrete tar rather than asphalt, something experts say would last longer because the soil there hosts enough water that the concrete will be able to absorb.According to the experts, using asphalt would cause cracks in the pavement and the road will damage soon.The street, like the rest of the streets in the Sinkor belt, is to be paved by government, but an official of NASSCORP who spoke with this paper recently said the agency decided to underwrite the cost as part of its social responsibility to the people.According to the official, NASSCORP works for the people and it collects taxes, therefore, “The people have to get in return the benefits of their taxes as part of the agency’s corporate social responsibility.”Contractors constructing the road said earlier that the project would have stopped near the John F. Kennedy Medical Center Cholera Unit on 24th Street, but NASSCORP’s management reasoned that it should be extended downward to the beach so as to help residents in that area not to suffer from erosion and flood during the rainy season.The road leading to the beach on 24th Street is on a slope, and during the rainy season running water that enters the nearby swamp usually causes the area to be flooded.It may be recalled that in June 2014, many in the People United Community, between 20th and 24th Streets, were gravely affected by flood after long hours of rainfall.Also in 2016 there was a repeat of the disaster and scores of people were affected, leading some to even move from the area.As measurement was extended down to the community after ending the first phase of the road at the Cholera Unit, some residents were expressing delight over the development.“We are happy that the road will come down here. It will really help us, and we don’t care how the measurement will affect us. All we know is that our road should come,” James Barlea, an elder of the community said.Pains of development While some are rejoicing for extension of the road project towards the beach, there are still others who, due to roadblocks, rained insults on the workers.Some drivers living down the beach were recently heard insulting the contractors when they (contractors) lined measuring sticks and steel mats on the road in preparation of pavement.Two men, during the day the first phase was completed, were also heard insulting the workers for blocking the road to prevent passage so that the watery concrete could solidify.“I don’t know what kind of crazy people are these. Why can’t you complete one side and leave the other side for us to pass? You want to do all at once?”This ongoing road project financed by NASSCORP is among other road projects in the Sinkor belt sponsored by government.Beginning 10th Street to 18th Street, government is rehabilitating that belt with asphalt tar including the Payne and Horton Avenues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ohio Agricultural council announces 50th class of Hall of Fame inductees

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Four Ohioans who have committed their lives to working in, promoting and advocating for Ohio’s farm community will be honored Friday, August 7, 2015, by the Ohio Agricultural Council (OAC), when they are inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.The OAC will induct William J Haddad of Danville, the late Don Loudenslager of Morral, Roy Loudenslager of Marion, and Gerald (Gary) Mast of Millersburg into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame during a special breakfast ceremony held in the Celeste Center at the Ohio Expo Center. The 50th annual event will attract approximately 500 guests to honor these four professionals for their lifetime of service and dedication to Ohio’s agriculture community.“As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, our Board is honored to recognize these four individuals who have made significant contributions to Ohio’s number-one industry, agriculture,” said Jenny Hubble, OAC president.  “Each inductee stands out individually for his exceptional contributions to Ohio agriculture, but together they represent the passion, creativity and hard work evidenced by their collective decades of unmatched experience.”The following four inductees will join the more than 200 prior recipients named since 1966 when the program was incepted. William J. Haddad of Danville, OhioWilliam (Bill) Haddad, known to many as “No-Till Bill,” has worked tirelessly to help farmers understand and implement no-tillage farming practices ever since he first heard the term in 1969 at a Chevron Agricultural Chemical Co. meeting. His passion for no-tillage continues as a way to save and improve the soil by reducing erosion; improving water quality; saving time, labor and equipment investment; and conservation of fuel.Throughout the years, Haddad has contributed to several articles on no-tillage crop production discussing the benefits of the systems. Additionally, he has conducted hundreds of on-farm demonstrations and grower meetings on the practice, including being an active exhibitor in the Ohio Farm Science Review for more than three decades. Furthermore, Haddad invested his own money in the state’s first Spray-Coupe to demonstrate effective weed control systems for no-tillage crops.Haddad’s achievements have been recognized both at the state and national levels. Among the many recognitions include: Ohio No-Till Council AgriBusiness Award, the Goodyear/NACD Conservation Award of Merit for Outstanding Accomplishments in Resource Conservation, and being inducted into the Farm Science Review Hall of Fame. Don Loudenslager of Morral, OhioThe late Don Loudenslager dedicated his life to Ohio agriculture. Farming was his passion, and Loudenslager along with his brother, Roy, and father, operated a successful crop and livestock farm that was known for innovation and conversation stewardship.Through the years, Loudenslager gave his time, service and leadership as a member and officer of several agricultural organizations, including the Ohio Pork Council, Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association, Ohio Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and the American Farm Bureau Federation. For more than 45 years, he served as a district supervisor for the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District and served several years on the state Soil and Water Conservation Board. Additionally, Loudenslager was a strong supporter of youth leadership programs through both 4-H and FFA.Loudenslager’s work ethic, leadership and pioneering spirit have inspired many students and professionals. His legacy will certainly continue to help shape Ohio agriculture for many years to come. Roy Loudenslager of Marion, OhioRoy Loudenslager has made significant contributions to the agricultural industry as a lifelong farmer, inventor, innovator and engineer. As Ohio’s first FFA Star Farmer, Loudenslager started his path to success in the agriculture industry and service to community as a teen. He has also, with his family and late brother Don, been a model environmental steward since he began farming in high school.Throughout the years, Loudenslager has offered his time and talents to state and national organizations. Loudenslager played a critical role in establishing the Ohio Soybean Council as one of the nation’s top producer-funded state promotion and research boards and is a past chairman of the Council’s Board. He has served on various boards, including the National City Bank Board of Directors, Marion General Hospital Board of Directors, United Soybean Board, and positions of leadership on The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute Advisory Committee and Lions Club International. In addition, he proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1959-1961 earning the rank of sergeant.Loudenslager is characterized as a serious, yet benevolent, advocate for agriculture, and he exemplifies the strong family farming tradition of his generation. Gerald (Gary) Mast of Millersburg, OhioA sixth-generation farmer, Gary Mast and his brother farm more than 1,200 acres in Holmes County and provide custom manure management and forage harvesting to other farmers. As a seasoned veteran of agriculture and conservation issues, his passion is demonstrated through his unwavering efforts and leadership to the industry and his community.Mast has been an advocate for agriculture at the local, state and national levels for many years. He has served on the leadership team for the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, as well as a board member with the Holmes County Soil and Water Conservation District and Holmes County Farm Bureau. On a national level, Mast served as deputy undersecretary for natural resources and environment, one of the top positions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Mast regularly hosts tours and events on his farm to demonstrate how sound agriculture practices build strong communities. He has also given speeches to local civic organizations, county leadership classes, soil and water conservation groups, and 4-H and FFA chapters on the value of soil stewardship and animal care practices, as well as the value of the community working together.Mast is widely known for his love of the land and commitment to the betterment of agriculture. Among his many achievements include: Ohio Supervisor Hall of Fame inductee by the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Environmental Protection Agency District 5 Distinguished Service Award, and International Honor Award for Conversation Activities by the Soil and Water Conservation Society. For further information about sponsorship in honor of the inductees, or to obtain tickets to the 50th Agricultural Hall of Fame induction ceremony, contact the Ohio Agricultural Council at 614-794-8970 or via email at info@ohioagcouncil.org.last_img read more

Free Personal Finance App from Army OneSource and Military Saves!

first_imgIf you’ve been having difficulty getting some service members excited about penciling out a spending plan, this new app form Army OneSource and Military Saves might just be the answer. The new Money Matters Mobile App is an ideal tool for PFMs to use with service members who are looking for an easy, accessible way to get financial information on the go.The app can be used on a wide variety of Smartphones, including iPhones, iPod Touch, Androids, and BlackBerrys that have the newest operating system (v5). The free Money Matters Mobile app links users with financial tips from the Military Saves’ Facebook page, savings tips, a debt repayment calculator (great for figuring out payment amounts before making big purchases), and contact from a Community Support Coordinator to learn about financial events in their area. Additionally, users are encouraged to take the Military Saves pledge, as well as to share the pledge with others.This new app is an ideal tool for tech-savvy people who rely heavily on gadgets and web-based information. Success oriented service members engaged in one-on-one financial counseling would appreciate the ease of access this app provides. The accessibility, literally, at the tips of their fingers, may encourage users to engage in financial planning online communities.Families will benefit from this app too. Encourage parents attending financial workshops to download the app not only on their own phones, but also on their spouse’s and teenage children’s phones as well. Parents will benefit from the useful tips and calculators while youngsters will be introduced to financial terms. Using the app as a family may serve as an springboard for family conversations about financial matters.last_img read more

Frankie Lim tempering expectations but optimistic for Perpetual’s campaign

first_imgPBA IMAGESMulti-titled coach Frankie Lim is tempering expectations for Perpetual in his first year as head coach.And replicating his past success with the Red Lions is definitely far from Lim’s mind.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25Cayetano’s beef with ABS CBN? Unfair air time during 2016 campaign00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “We’re not a strong team,” Lim admitted after his first game at the helm for Altas on Monday.Lim, however, had a good first impression with the team after Perpetual raced to a nine-point lead, 27-19, in the second quarter against Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We looked good in the first half and they surprised me. It felt like we were together for so long and I told the guys that they are playing beyond our expectations. I was just so happy that our shots are going in, we ran the floor very well, execution was almost perfect,” he said.But the Altas could not sustain their hot start and fell to the Revellers, 83-70, as immaturity got the better of his squad according to Lim. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “Right now, the players are still wild. They really looked good when they make good decisions. But that’s the problem I have, because they feel like they’re in a tryout stage. They want to shine and show the coach that they deserve a spot,” Lim said. “But I’m positive. We just want to have experience and the realization that it takes a team to win. You cannot win by yourself. You have to be unselfish and you have to commit to the system.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding After scoring drop, Andre Paras admits he’s still ‘out of shape’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “The eagerness of the players to get the job done right away came in the second half. They were rushing things. And when our opponents fought back, we were rattled,” he observed.But Lim already has zeroed in on someone who he believes can be Perpetual’s anchor in its forthcoming games: Prince Eze.“This guy is playing a lot better compared to last year, which is the time I saw him in the NCAA,” he said after the Nigerian big man posted 15 points, 11 rebounds, and seven blocks in the defeat.“Last year, he doesn’t get the ball much. I’ve been talking to him almost every day, telling him that it’s his last year and I’m giving him a lot of offensive options for him and he just has to embrace that and he has to deliver.”Despite the loss, the 57-year-old remains optimistic with this team as he continues his preparations for the upcoming collegiate season later this year.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more