The Oldenburg Academy Twisters won a close 4-3 battle over The Rushville Lions on Varsity Baseball action to improve to 5-10 on the season.OA Batting. Nick Bischoff 0-1, 2 runs, hbp, bb, sac bunt; Chase Hogg 2-3, run, rbi, bb; Tanner Alley 2-4, rbi, double; Aaron Huber 0-3, bb; Tyler Hesselbrock 1-3, double, 2 rbi; Ian Dickey 0-3, run; and Bryce Ahaus 0-2, bb.OA Pitching. Tyler Hesselbrock 7 IP, 3 earned runs, 6 hits, 2 k, 6 bb, hbp. Win.Twisters next game: vs. Seton Catholic on May 11th.Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.
The Resident Representative of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group in Liberia has observed that the country is losing a lot because she is not prioritizing agriculture and spends too much on imported agricultural products. In order to make agriculture workable and transformative, Dr. Margaret Hilda Kilo pointed out that attention must be given to road networks, cross border security and women’s involvement in agriculture. The AfDB Executive made the statement recently when she held talks with the President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Armah Zolu Jallah, at his Capitol Building offices. Dr. Kilo, who has been in Liberia since 2011 and will retire in 2018, informed Pro Temp Jallah about her passion for agriculture, and disclosed that she already has 200 hectares of farmland in Cameroon. For his part, Pro Tempore Jallah underscored the significance of a sustainable agricultural program in Liberia and wants government to invest in oil palm production by simply strengthening smallholder farmers. Jallah told Dr. Kilo that he was constructing a nursery of palm seedlings and intends erecting a processing facility in Gbarpolu County to add value to agricultural products such as cassava, and wants government to work on a five-year agricultural program in the oil palm industry and empower at least 150 family heads in the industry. Since the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) has growth impact and that agriculture is the bedrock of a country, Pro Temp Jallah said he thinks the budget of the Ministry of Agriculture should be increased to an appreciable amount to enable the MOA effectively support agriculture. Jallah, who hails from one of the country’s mineral rich counties, is suggesting that the government owns and operates government farms as encouragement to individual farmers and be able to give out seedlings, seed rice and other agriculture-related products and remove all stringent local laws that are intended to deny many farmers the right to farmland. The MOA’s 2016/2017 budget is US$9,428,260.00.Meanwhile, Jallah has promised to collaborate with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, J. Alex Tyler, to make appropriation in the National Budget as support to smallholder farmers and all agriculture-related projects. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
2015 is shaping up to be one of the busiest years in some time for Dana Cranston and her teammates on Team Canada’s women’s volleyball team. The team has two games scheduled in Calgary on May 13 and 14 against Puerto Rico, and will also be taking part in the Pan American Games in Toronto in July.Part of the reason in wanting to take part in more games this year is to increase the exposure of the team on Canadian soil.“We really want to get volleyball growing as a sport in Canada,” Cranston said. “I think a huge part of that is that the men have been playing here the past few summers and that’s really growing the guys game. We want to do that on the girls side.”- Advertisement -The opportunity to play at home in a huge international tournament is one that doesn’t present itself very often, and as such has members of the team looking forward to July.“It’s pretty cool that it’s a subset of the Olympics and that it’s on home turf,” she said. “We have a lot of work to do this summer. We have some Grand Prix matches and World Cup qualifiers. I know that a lot of our team has their eyes set on the Pan Am Games because it’s a huge competition and we get to play in front of our home crowd which doesn’t happen very often.”The volleyball portion of the Pan Am Games runs from July 16-26.Advertisement