PNFC Prevents Vegetable and Medicinal Leaves Spoilage

first_imgPackaged moringa leaf powder produced in Liberia By George Harris & Robin Dopoe, Jr.Two factors contributing to the alarming rate of spoilage of fresh farm produce are the lack of affordable and reliable electricity (i.e. for refrigeration) and the knowledge, skills and tools to add value to fresh produce via preservation and processing methods.Joe Togba, founder of the Papé Natural Foods Company (PNFC) based in Margibi County, is addressing the latter challenge by figuring out how to keep vegetable and medicinal leaves preserved for a long period of time.In an interview with the Daily Observer at a one day vegetable preservation event organized by Grow-Liberia in partnership with Evelyn’s Restaurant, Togba said he preserves vegetable and medicinal leaves and earns an income for himself and co-workers in the process.The event, a “taste test” to determine if there was any remarkable difference between fresh greens and preserved greens, was organized to encourage the preservation of vegetable leaves through dehydration processes. “By washing, drying and grinding organically grown vegetables and medicinal leaves that we purchase from our contracted farmers, we are able to provide vegetable leaves to our clients, from which they can use just what is sufficient for them and still have more left for another time,” said Togba. “I believe that our method helps to reduce vegetable and medicinal leaves spoilage.”Papé Natural Foods hot air dryer, (GH Image)According to Togba, PNFC has been around for two years, and was established as a result of the continuous guidance and encouragement Togba received from the older men he associated with as a teen. The young natural foods company has a four-team staff, three females and a male, with several contractors. The company takes vegetables and medicinal leaves from farmers who organically grow them in the Margibi area. The Papé Natural Foods Company currently produces packaged moringa leaf powder, palava sauce leaf powder, and cassava leaf powder. The small company supplies Evelyn Restaurant, ERA, Monoprix, and Abi Jaoudi, now called Harbel Supermarket.Despite the company’s positive prospects for the future, the Papé Natural Food Company CEO told the Daily Observer that he is affected by high interest rates on bank loans. Togba said that his company’s aim is to produce the finest foods, and in the future, beverages, while contributing to reducing unemployment and help in the development of rural farmers.Papé Natural Foods hammermill, GH ImageShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

St Joseph’s Hospital hosts celebration day for dementia unit

first_imgWoodville Dementia Unit at St Joseph’s Hospital in Stranorlar held a ‘Celebration Day’ to mark the achievements of their staff.Woodville provide a mixture of long term care, assessment care and vital respite care for people who live with dementia. It is a 19 bedded unit and they provide respite to 30 clients on a rolling basis every 6/7 weeks.They provide assessment for clients who need their medications reviewed and provide information and guidance surrounding the long term care process if required. The celebration was to highlight the work staff do at Woodville and how they have focused on moving away from a medical way of working to a more person-centred way of working.L to R: Staff members Joanne Craig, Sandra Gillespie and Sarah Mangan with their award winning posterThe staff are proud of the unit and the work that they do and wanted to share this through hosting the celebration dayThe event was attended by approximately 80 people including residents, those availing of respite and staff and their family members. Also in attendance were staff from other HSE services. Mr Patrick Murray, Head of HR for CHO Area 1 was in attendance representing Mr John Hayes, Chief Officer of CHO 1. Those attending enjoyed food and music was provided by Gary Mangan.Over the last few months Staff at Woodville have won two awards nationally for the work they are doing to increase person-centredness. These included first prize for their project entitled “Everyday Language Counts” at the All Ireland Gerontological Nursing Association (AIGNA) conference and an award “Rooted in evidence & steering the future” at the Northwest Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference Awards.According to Staff member Sandra Gillespie “Our awards are surrounding person centred language, how we speak to our clients our families and to each other. This has had a very positive affect on the ward and there is a great buzz about as it is great to be acknowledged for our achievements”.Staff Nurse Marie Tourish likened the Woodville Staff and the way we work to a family tree, stating “We the staff represent branches, and together we shape a tree, while trying to keep one another rooted. We are mindful that our personalities and characteristics impinge on the lives of those in our care”Resident Willie Duncan with family, Megan, Karl, Micheala and Laura DohertySt Joseph’s Hospital hosts celebration day for dementia unit was last modified: August 1st, 2019 by StephenShare 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:dementia unitdonegalSy Josephslast_img read more

Live preseason updates: Warriors vs. Timberwolves, Thursday night

first_imgWARRIORS UPDATE: The Warriors’ first game at Chase was one to … Scroll down to get insights and news updates from the Warriors’ second game at Chase Center when they face Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves.GAME ESSENTIALS: Warriors (0-1) vs. Timberwolves (0-1) at Chase Center, Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (PT). TV: NBSBA.ODDS: Warriors -3 (opened at Warriors -1).2019 SERIES: First meeting. LAST MEETING: Timberwolves d. Warriors, 131-130 in OT on March 29, 2019 in Minnesota.last_img

Will lenders shape 2016 acres?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As farm budgets get tighter, bankers are growing more anxious. Some farmers are taking some unique steps to help secure credit, even bringing in back-up expertise to help them plead their case for securing operating loans.Steve Gauck, a field agronomist for Beck’s Hybrids in southeastern Indiana has gone with farmers to meet eight to 10 lenders since harvest.“Some of my customers have invited me in to the meetings to show the banker what it takes to grow corn and why it is important,” Gauck said. “I just try to explain things and help the banker understand why corn may cost more to put out but also why it can be a better return on the investment. I show them the benefits of the right seed and proper fertility and talk about how some guys are putting their nutrients down for both corn and soybean before corn. That can look like a lot of money up front, but when you break things down for them it can make it easier to understand and they can see the potential. Some of the conversations have been interesting.”Gauck has encountered varying knowledge levels about agriculture from the lenders he has worked with on behalf of his seed customers, but has found them to be receptive to learning more about the challenging situation facing corn and soybean growers.“There are some excellent bankers who really understand agriculture,” he said. “I think there is a lot of pressure from higher up than the loan officer for them to be able to justify these expenses. Some of them are surprised when they see how high the costs of soybeans can actually end up being and how we can work to push corn yields higher for a higher return.”Though farmers bringing their seed guy to meet with their banker has not necessarily been the norm in previous years, Gauck sees value in developing more of these kinds of relationships in the future.“In the past there hasn’t been a lot of that kind of thing but I think more of a team approach to this is going to be important as times start getting tough,” he said. “I would encourage more growers to get together with their seed and fertilizer guys on some of these kinds of things.”Even with teamwork, though, the high risks and big dollars required to plant a crop in 2016 are raising concerns with lenders that could ultimately shape the realities of the 2016 growing season. There are differing opinions of how things will develop as spring planting season approaches.“I have heard about a couple of young kids who were farming pretty hot with most of their 2,500 acres rented and Farm Credit pulled their operating loan for this year,” said Ron Strasburg, owner of Strasburg Financial Group in Wapakoneta. “Cash flow is going to drive credit concerns from lenders. I fully expect a heavy shift from corn to soybeans this year because soybeans are cheaper to put out. I am already hearing that guys are shifting to soybeans — maybe a 60-40 shift or 70-30 shift to beans or more. The banks may only give you so much and that will be a factor in going to beans so they can reduce that cash output.”Cash supplies are going to make a big difference in the coming months.“Some of my clients went through Chapter 11 bankruptcies back in the 80s and they managed to keep everything. They are doing well now after making pretty good margins, saving up cash and reducing debt,” Strasburg said. “There is a group out there though, whose dads went through the 80s, with a couple of million dollars in new equipment and a couple million in debt to go with it and they are getting uncomfortable.”This year may be tough for some, but Strasburg sees 2017 as a very crucial year for many corn and soybean farms.“I think 2016 will still be OK. There will be minor incidents here and there where people are not going to get their operating loan and banks will be looking for second mortgages. But I don’t see grain prices going anywhere but south from here and I think 2017 is going to be the tough one,” he said. “When corn gets below $3 things will change quickly. Inputs are still high and it takes a year or two for the seed and chemical guys to pull back on their prices. That will help, but there is always a year or two lag after grain prices go down while the inputs are still full price. The guys who have saved surplus cash will be in good shape in 2016, but by 2017 that surplus cash will be gone and things will get tougher. It will be interesting to see what happens. Today farms run on massive amounts of credit to put crops out and I think we are going to start seeing some high levels of discomfort by 2017.”While tight credit allocations may favor soybeans, actual farm economics still favor corn, according to Ron Barga II, CFO for Premier Crop Insurance and ag loan consultant for Greenville National Bank, who works with farmers around the state.“I don’t think credit will affect corn acreage. It depends on who their banker is. I look at the gross numbers on soybeans and do the math. With 54-bushel beans, the best price you’re going to get may be $8.90 or $9. That is only $480 of gross revenue. Most costs on beans are hovering around $500 to $525 an acre. If you can do 175-bushel corn at $4, you are now grossing $700 and I know plenty of guys with a cost of production of $500 on beans with their corn costs down around $700, so at least they are breaking even with corn,” Barga said. “With corn, there are more gross dollars to cover their fixed costs. Corn cost numbers are higher and that can cause bankers issues, but the lower cost of beans won’t let them gross enough to cover their fixed costs.“There are plenty of bankers out there too worried to do those loans, but I would be shocked if we see a big shift away from corn. All of the farmers I am working with are sticking with their normal rotations of recent years — some guys I know have already been heavier on beans because of cash flow reasons. My opinion is that credit may play a part in 2016 acreage, but not as big of a part as some people may think.”last_img read more

New Jersey Police Now Need Warrants To Track Cellphones

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … readwrite Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#GPS#law#Location#now#smartphones#surveillance center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Thursday that police must obtain a warrant prior to pulling cellphone location data. The ruling makes New Jersey only the second state (after Montana) to require police to show probable cause to a judge before they can request location data from cellphone carriers. While the ruling won’t have any immediate impact outside of New Jersey, it could indirectly influence other courts wrestling with the balance between effective law enforcement and personal privacy. Lower courts remain divided on the subject, suggesting that the issue may eventually be resolved by the Supreme Court.Image via Shutterstock The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Jharkhand teacher held for 2017 FB post

first_imgA government college teacher has been arrested here for allegedly writing an “objectionable post” on Facebook two years ago in support of a beef party in Chennai, the police said on Sunday. Jeetrai Hansda, a contractual faculty member at Jamshedpur Co-operative College, was arrested from a village in the Sakchi area of Jamshedpur on Saturday night, an officer said, adding that the teacher had been evading arrest. “Hansda has been booked under various sections of the IPC and the IT Act, and the process to forward him to judicial custody is currently under way,” Rajeev Singh, the officer-in-charge of the Sakchi police station, said. The teacher, a resident of Parsudih here, had allegedly written a post in support of a beef party organised by the IIT-Madras students, prompting the Akhil Bharatiya Vishwa Parishad (ABVP), the student’s wing of the RSS, to file a complaint against him, the officer said. The beef fest was organised at IIT-Madras in 2017 in protest against the restrictions imposed on cattle trade by the Union government. The student’s union had demanded the sacking of Mr. Hansda. The post was then deleted, the officer added. Asked for a reaction, Kolhan University Vice-Chancellor Shukla Mohanty said Mr. Hansda was a guest faculty member at the Graduate School College for Women when he posted the message on Facebook. He was later absorbed as a contractual teacher in the women’s college.Show-cause notice “A show-cause notice was served on Mr. Hansda after receiving a complaint about his objectionable Facebook post, He then apologised,” Mr. Mohanty said, adding that Mr. Hansda had joined as a contractual faculty member at the Co-operative College recently.last_img read more

Gasums Coralius Marks Bunkering Milestone in Rotterdam

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Gasum Gasum’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker vessel, Coralius, conducted its first bunkering in the port of Rotterdam.During the ship-to-ship operation LNG was supplied to the chemical tanker Bit Viking. The event represented a milestone for Coralius when proving its availability in the ARA (Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp area).“Finally, being able to bunker our clients in the ARA area increases LNG availability and security for the LNG fueled fleet. The amount of LNG driven vessels is growing rapidly globally, and we will definitely be part of the growth in being present where LNG is needed,” Kimmo Rahkamo, Vice President, natural gas and LNG, Gasum, said.Coralius mainly operates in the North Sea and the Skagerrak area, where it celebrated its 100th bunkering operation in late Fabruary.Gasum said it expects an increase in the average amount of delivered stem, as it will perform bunkerings on shuttle tankers and other bigger vessels.last_img read more