Report says farm bankruptcies up in Iowa

first_imgDES MOINES (AP) —- A new report says farm bankruptcies have risen in Iowa.The American Farm Bureau Federation shows Chapter 12 bankruptcies rose 24% nationwide over the previous year. The report covers the 12 months ending Sept. 30. The report cited severe weather and trade disputes among the problems faced by farmers.There were 24 farm bankruptcies in Iowa over those 12 months — a year-over-year increase of 10.The highest number of farm bankruptcies was in Wisconsin, with 48. Nebraska tied for second with Georgia and Kansas with 37.The report cites U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that farms will bring in $88 billion in 2019 — 29% below the record set in 2013.last_img

Hamilton wins fifth Formula One world title

first_imgA puff of smoke signalled an engine failure and his eighth ‘Did Not Finish’ (DNF) of the season while his 21-year-old Dutch tyro team-mate secured a repeat of his 2017 triumph, his second win this season and the fifth of his career.Vettel’s Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen came home third ahead of Hamilton and his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.Nico Hulkenberg was sixth for Renault ahead of Charles Leclerc of Sauber, Stoffel Vandoorne of McLaren, Marcus Ericsson in the second Sauber and Pierre Gasly of Toro Rosso.For Ferrari, it was a first double podium success in Mexico since 1990 with Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell. Share on: WhatsApp Mexico City, Mexico | AFP | Lewis Hamilton claimed his fifth drivers’ world championship on Sunday to draw level with Juan Manuel Fangio in the Formula One record books when he finished fourth behind a victorious Max Verstappen in the Mexican Grand Prix.The 33-year-old Briton’s only remaining championship rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, who needed a victory, with Hamilton outside the top seven, to keep his hopes alive, finished second.Hamilton’s success – the third time he has taken the title without finishing on the race podium – elevated him to a supreme club alongside Fangio with only seven-time champion Michael Schumacher ahead of him.He was adding the 2018 crown to his championship wins in 2008, 2014, 2015 and 2017.He celebrated by executing ‘doughnut’ wheel spins for the cheering crowd before leaping out of his car and into the arms of his team.After being congratulated by Vettel, Hamilton said: “It’s a very strange feeling, a very humbling experience. To complete this when Fangio did it as well, it’s a very surreal feeling.”““That’s how you do it – that’s how you drive, Lewis,” said Hollywood film star Will Smith on Mercedes team radio after Hamilton took the chequered flag.Hamilton, who started third on the grid, struggled with chronic tyre-wear after making a strong start in his Mercedes and settled for a cautious cruise to the title without a podium finish.Verstappen, upstaged by his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in qualifying on Saturday, came home 17.108 seconds ahead of Vettel after the luckless Australian pole-sitter retired with nine laps remaining.last_img read more

Memorable first goal for Camperdown’s Welsh

first_img ‘WILD WEST’ BATTLE The game, which was contested at the dusty and grassless Clan Carthy playing field, represented a battle in the ‘wild west’, for points. The competitive group fixture left Camperdown winning three out of their last four and have moved to nine points. Importantly, it was redemption also for the Christopher Bender-coached team, who returned to winning ways following a 0-3 drubbing by Wolmer’s Boys’ last Friday. Camperdown dominated the lion’s share of the possession and scoring chances. Due to the bare surface, however, ball control was hard in and around the goals and both team were lacking in decision-making. “Happy for the three points; it is good to see the reaction of the team after the loss to Wolmer’s on Friday. This game in particular, we know that the field wasn’t a good one, we knew that we had to come out here and dig out a win,” said Bender. Meanwhile, KTHS have four points from three matches after one win, draw and loss apiece. Their coach, Lebert Halliman, rued his team “not putting away the chances”. Right full back Shelando Welsh, powered home his first goal, a ‘memorable’ 60th minute strike high into Kingston Technical High School’s net, to lift Camperdown back to winning ways in the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup on Monday afternoon. Welsh found himself in a tight defensive space, turned and struck a powerful shot, which ended up high into the net. “Well I am overjoyed right now to score. It’s a goal I am going to remember because it’s a pleasure to score in a very crucial game,” he told The Gleaner. The defender said “anything can happen” in subsequent matches, but “I am hoping to score a minimum of five goals and work on my finishing in the coming games”.last_img read more

British Ambassador Assesses Aid Impact in Bomi

first_imgBritish Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, Fergus Cochrane-Dyet has described as “remarkable,” the United Kingdom’s impact on the lives of Liberians in the post-war era.Ambassador Cochrane-Dyet took over the British Embassy in Liberia on October 14, 2013, when it was reopened after being closed for 22 years.In an interview with journalists following a trip in Tubmanburg, Bomi County on January 23, 2014, Ambassador Cochrane-Dyet said, “It was important for me as a diplomat to get out of Monrovia to go into the counties so we can see the situation on the ground ourselves. It is important that we come here because the United Kingdom (UK) has an aid program here, which costs about US$15 million.”He said that the United Kingdom also contributes to the operations of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to the tune of US$42 million, including Europe-Aid, which is approximately US$250 million.He said that UK’s development assistance comes to the government, citing the Buchanan road project completed about a year and a half ago, as one of the projects his country contributed to.The UK, Ambassador Cochrane-Dyet explained, contributes to the works of UNHCR, UNDP, and other UN agencies in Liberia,  as well; so, to maintain a clear picture of unfolding events as to how aid sent here is impacting Liberians, he has to get out in the field.During the trip to Bomi, the British Ambassador visited the Superintendent’s office, the Scottish-based aid program, Mary’s Meals, and the residence of Rev. Fth. Gareth Jenkins, Priest of St. Dominic Catholic Mission in Tubmanburg.Sharing his impression about the trip, Ambassador Cochrane-Dyet said he was glad for the impact Mary’s Meals is making in the lives of ordinary people, especially students of various schools, including the deaf in Bomi, Gbarpolu and Cape Mount.Mary’s Meals is a school feeding program catering to schools in Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu Counties.Thousands of students in these counties are fed by Mary’s Meals with rice and beans in their various schools; that, according to the Assistant Country Director, Joseph Flomo Goelo, is immensely helping to keep the students in schools amid hunger.Mary’s Meals also caters for 79 deaf students who live on the dormitory prepared by the organization.  They are undergoing both academic and vocational skills training program including tailoring, carpentry and agriculture.Earlier, Bomi County Samuel Brown stated that though the county has fertile soil that could produce more food, citizens of the county heavily depend on imported rice and locally produced food stuff from Duala Market in Montserrado County for feeding.Impressed by the output of the deaf students couple with project proposals submitted by the Oscar Romero School (Home of Mary’s Meals), the Ambassador said that they at the British Embassy, were going to discuss and come out with whatever assistance they can render to complement the effort being made to help such disadvantaged Liberians.He lauded the UK humanitarian organization for its work in Bomi and said the success is gained mainly because Liberians themselves were demonstrating patriotism through commitment to the job.Ambassador Cochrane-Dyet did not comment on what was discussed behind close door with Catholic Priest Gareth Jenkins.  He toured the Catholic compound and visited the mass grave of about 300 children who died from starvation in Tubmanburg when that area was being controlled by defunct rebel group, ULIMO-J of deceased Roosevelt Johnson.It is not also clear what Ambassador Cochrane-Dyet and Bomi County Superintendent, Samuel Brown, discussed behind closed door as Journalists were asked out.However, Superintendent Brown had earlier underscored initiation of girls in the Sande Society as one key challenge facing the county in terms of youth education.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

There is not enough trust in Guyana’s political circles

first_imgDear Editor,Guyana’s many problems stem mainly from distrust between the PPP and the PNC. This distrust came about when the PPP split, with Forbes Burnham forming the PNC and Cheddi Jagan holding onto the PPP.It has been over 50 years and yet this distrust in between the PPP and the PNC has not been resolved. This political distrust has translated to social distrust at times leading to racial polarisation between mainly Indians (who tend to support the PPP) and Africans (who tend to support the PNC).Guyana’s problems are not social and economical (per se); it is political which affect the social and economic performance of Guyana.Many social commentators have acknowledged that Guyana has a political problem yet few seem to want to make moves to build bridges to end this distrust.It is now up to the ordinary Guyanese man and woman to say “enough is enough”.The PPP and the PNC are not about to turn over a new leaf and work together to build trust. If anything, the political scene is getting more and more acrimonious as we move into elections. It is either they work together or Guyanese kick them both out of High Office.The problem is that there are no viable alternatives and the PPP and PNC know this.So, what can be done? The only alternative left is to go separate ways. When reconciliation is not working then it is time to explore going separate ways unless Guyanese want to spend the next fifty years repeating the mistakes of the past.Some may say that partition is harsh but the PPP and the PNC is the cause of Guyanese problems as they continually seek to blame each other for everything under the sun.They have to work together or go their separate ways (no point in them dragging the Guyanese society down with them.Yours faithfully,Sean Orilast_img read more

Laboucan Back in Court

first_imgA preliminary hearing is scheduled to be begin later this week in Edmonton, for convicted murderer Joseph Laboucan. Lawyers for the Fort St. John man successfully had the proceedings moved from Fort Saskatchewan to the Alberta capital last week but, Laboucan is not expected to appear at Thursday’s hearing. He’s now charged with second-degree murder, in connection with the 2005 death, of 33 year-old Ellie May Meyer, whose body was discovered in a Strathcona County farm field, in Alberta, on May 6th, of 2005. The now 23 year old Laboucan was also among a group of people convicted, in the 2005 rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl, at an Edmonton area golf course. – Advertisement -He’s currently serving a life sentence in the federal prison in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan but, his lawyers are appealing that conviction. Meyer’s body was just one of many discovered in the vast rural expanses of Strathcona County in recent years and, Laboucan was arrested and charged, as a result of investigations carried out by Project Kare. The joint police task force was formed in 2003, to investigate the deaths of several so-called, “High Risk Missing Persons,” in and around the Edmonton area.Advertisementlast_img read more

Devon Canada makes local SPCA sparkle

first_imgPhoto: Members of Devon Canada take a break to pose infront of the Fort St. John SPCA building on September 11th – Submitted.Devon Canada Corporation Employees spent the day giving back to the community. On Friday, September 11th, they took part in the United Way Day of Caring by helping to improve the facilities at the SPCA in Fort St. John.- Advertisement -The group spent the day painting the cat and dog rooms and doing yard work at the SPCA.last_img

Maradona to coach second-division side in Mexico

first_img0Shares0000Diego Maradona is also president of Belarus club Brest © AFP / Sergei GAPONCULICAN, Mexico, Sep 7 – Argentine legend Diego Maradona has been hired to coach Mexican second-division football club Dorados in his latest foray into management, the club announced Thursday.Maradona’s colorful career has included stints coaching the Argentine national team and a series of clubs around the world, and he had just started a job as president of Belarus side Dinamo Brest in July. But after parting ways with coach Francisco Ramirez Gamez, Dorados managed to convince 57-year-old Maradona to sign up for a spell in Mexico at the club known as “Big Fish”.“Dorados of Sinaloa is pleased to announce Diego Armando Maradona is the new manager of the ‘Big Fish,’” the club said in a statement.“Considered by many to be the best footballer of all time, Diego was known in his playing career for leading teams with guts and fight to carry them to successes that few believed possible,” it said.The club wants Maradona to stay for the remainder of the 2018 season and all of next season, Dorados president Jorgealberto Hank Inzunza told ESPN.“In my conversations with him he’s been very excited to come coach here. Honestly, it was easier to convince him than I thought,” he said.The club first confirmed rumors of Maradona’s hiring with a brief video posted online.“Diego, welcome to the Big Fish!” said a message accompanying the video.Dorados are currently in 13th place in their 15-team league.– Drug cartel –Located on Mexico’s Pacific coast, Sinaloa is home to several famous beach resorts and the drug cartel of the same name, founded by jailed kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.Maradona himself is no stranger to drugs.He was hit with two doping bans as a player, and has publicly battled with drug addiction, alcoholism and obesity.His erratic behaviour in the stands at the World Cup in Russia led to him needing medical assistance after Argentina’s last-gasp win over Nigeria in Saint Petersburg.Mexico was the scene of Maradona’s greatest triumph: leading Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title.Two moments during that tournament neatly summed up what made him both controversial and great.The first was his infamous “hand of God” goal in Argentina’s quarter-final against England, in which he punched the ball into the net for an ill-gotten goal.The second, four minutes later, was a breathtaking dash in which he single-handedly beat the entire English defense to slot in what would go on to be voted “the goal of the century.”But Maradona has sometimes had a touchy relationship with Mexico.He infuriated Mexicans in June when he said the country did not deserve to host the 2026 World Cup, which it was awarded along with the United States and Canada.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

West Ham midfielder Kouyate to undergo scan

first_img West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate will undergo a scan on Monday to determine if he faces a spell on the sidelines after picking up a groin injury against Liverpool on Saturday.Kouyate played through the pain barrier in the second half and was forced to stay on the field late in the game after Sam Allardyce had used all three substitutes.The Senegal international has been one of the star performers for the east London club and produced another superb display as his side recorded an impressive 3-1 win over Liverpool.Allardyce will be praying that the scan doesn’t show any major damage and that Kouyate will be fit to face Manchester United on Saturday.The former Anderlecht midfielder has forged an impressive partnership with Mark Noble and Alex Song at the heart of the West Ham midfield and the West Ham boss will want to name an unchanged team for the trip to Old Trafford. 1last_img read more

TWITTER CAMPAIGN FOR INISHOWEN CYCLEWAY GOES GLOBAL!

first_imgA SIMPLE tweet by an organisation pushing tourism in Donegal has gone global.Cycle Inishowen sent out this map of the old railway lines in the county – and suggested copying the Co Mayo Greenway in this county would bring tourists flocking here.The tweet became so popular that #Inishowen was trending nationally on Twitter last night. It was helped by the endorsement from the North’s joint first minister Martin McGuinness; supported by Donegal TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn.The small business has expressed the hope that the Derry-Carndonagh railway line could be reopened.Here’s hoping…..Oh…and please ReTweet this story using #Inishowen  TWITTER CAMPAIGN FOR INISHOWEN CYCLEWAY GOES GLOBAL! was last modified: January 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cycle inishowencycle pathsmartin mcguinnesstourismlast_img read more