Mrs. Kalayi, ADAL’s president At least 45 agro-inputs dealers have completed a one-day intensive training on inputs delivery through a mobile transaction system that will benefit smallholder farmers in the fifteen counties of Liberia.The training was conducted on Monday at the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) sub-office in Fendell, outside Monrovia.It is an initiative that is being supported by the MOA under the Liberia Agriculture Transformation Agenda (LATA), which seeks to empower local farmers with key inputs such as seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides to increase yields in the various value chains to make the country self-reliant in food production.To achieve and sustain the goal of LATA, the MOA is working with the private sector, including the National Agro-inputs Dealers Association of Liberia (ADAL), to reach farmers with necessary inputs.Launched in March 2017, ADAL is the umbrella organization of trained and qualified agro-dealers across the country involved in providing agro-inputs and educating farmers on how they can properly use the inputs.The president of ADAL, Rebecca S. Kalayi, told the Daily Observer on Tuesday in Monrovia that members of ADAL are to shortly begin the distribution of inputs to farmers who are engaged primarily in rice and cassava production. Flash back: Agro-dealers Association launched.“More than 400,000 registered farmers in the rice and cassava value chains from the fifteen counties are to receive seed rice, fertilizer, agro-chemicals and improved cassava cuttings to use on their farms. The agro-dealers are taking assignments in the various counties to ensure the distribution of these inputs in a timely manner. The inputs will be given to the farmers through the use of the mobile phone,” she said.Mrs. Kalayi mentioned that farmers who are to benefit from the inputs are those registered by the MOA, who are also expected to contribute a little token in cash.“The cash contribution by the farmers toward the inputs is meant to make them take full ownership of their farming activities. They will also receive education from the assigned agro-dealers on the use of these inputs.“We can assure the country that the inputs delivery to the farmers will be properly managed by the assigned agro-dealers. The ministry has entrusted us with this task because we are trained and are involved in working with farmers,” she added.Meanwhile, Mrs. Kalayi is calling on the MOA and partners to further build the capacity of agro-dealers so that they can effectively work with farmers in the country.She named logistics and reduction in the price of agricultural implements as some needed assistance that can benefit her organization.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Many of the area’s high school girls volleyball teams would make their way to Phoenix on Saturday for the Onondaga High School League tournament.West Genesee was not one of them, but the Wildcats’ late-season turnaround continued Thursday when it defeated Fayetteville-Manlius in four sets after getting swept by the Hornets on Sept. 18.A close first set went 26-24 in WG’s favor, and it won the second 25-18. F-M dominated the third set 25-8, and were close to forcing a fifth set before the Wildcats broke a 24-24 tie and held serve to win again 26-24 in the fourth and end it. Skaneateles improved its mark to 14-2 in Tuesday’s match against 11-3 LaFayette. The Lakers won the first and third sets by 25-21 margins, with the Lancers claiming the second set 25-23. Also, the fourth set was close, but Skaneateles closed it out 25-20 as Maeve Canty amassed 26 kills and 19 digs.Emma Keady earned 33 assists and eight digs, with Kristen Henry getting six kills and Rory Comer adding five kills, seven assists and seven digs. Emma Miller had 13 digs to go with Henry’s 14 digs and Alex Csemez finished with nine digs.Marcellus routed Phoenix 25-11 in the first set and 25-8 in the third, with a 25-23 set in between as Brook Finarty had 10 kills, with Bronte Stahl getting 10 assists, four aces and four kills. Anna Fern earned seven kills and Jenna Mattison finished with 17 assists.Meeting Homer on Thursday, the Mustangs lost in four sets. The two sides split 25-18 sets before the Trojans won close 25-23 and 26-24 decisions in the third and fourth.Mattison had 15 assists and Stahl gained 11 assists, plus nine kills. Fern added eight kills and Finarty had five kills to go with seven digs. Defensively, Evelyn Webster had 18 digs and Elaine Grattan finished with 15 digs.Bishop Ludden continued a late-season surge with its 25-21, 25-17, 25-14 sweep over Phoenix, with Jasmine Cuffee getting eight kills and 10 digs as Megan Virkler also had eight kills, plus six aces. Kate Ruddy produced 23 assists and Ally Royal added six digs. Mia Mignacca finished with five aces.Then Ludden handled Altmar-Parish-Williamstown 25-12, 25-15, 25-20 on Thursday night to move to 12-5 overall. Ruddy and Royal both served up seven aces, Ruddy adding 13 assists as Royal got nine digs and Cuffee produced eight kills.Jordan-Elbridge got a 25-20, 25-16, 20-25, 25-18 victory over Syracuse Academy of Science Tuesday night. Elizabeth Bartoszewski had 12 digs and Sarah Lane had 11 assists, with Ranait McGuire earning five blocks.Against Bishop Grimes on Thursday, the Eagles prevailed 25-18, 20-25, 25-7, 25-18 to improve to 9-10 overall, with 15 assists from Lane and 14 digs from Bartoszewski. McGuire amassed 13 kills and four blocks, while Eaton had six kills and eight digs.Solvay had a long battle with Homer Tuesday, dropping the first two sets 25-165 and 25-10, but roaring back to take the next two sets 25-16 and 25-21 before a 25-10 loss to the Trojans in the final set.Sophia Guadagnolo recorded 36 assists for the Bearcats as Myah Platler got 14 kills and 13 digs. Isabelle Lambert had nine kills, with Genea Kadlubowski earning eight kills and six digs. Alicia Granger had 19 digs and six kills as Jordan Bamba produced 18 digs.In Thursday night’s 25-8, 20-25, 25-20, 25-19 win over Living Word Academy, the Bearcats saw Granger produce seven kills, seven aces and eight digs, with Platler and Anastasia LaFlair each earning six kills. Guadagnolo had 28 assists, five aces and five digs, Bamba getting 12 digs and Lambert earning four aces. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Doing it all, Anna Snyder gained 24 assists, nine digs and five kills, while on defense Mackenzie Winn managed 24 digs. Brynn Zajac earned 11 kills, with Isabella Allen earning nine kills and six digs. Mia Lamanna contributed five kills.Westhill kept itself undefeated with a pair of sweeps, the Warriors smashing past Institute of Technology Central 25-7, 25-13, 25-7 Tuesday night as it got 21 aces, five of them from Tori Militi to go with her 20 assists. Grace O’Connell added four aces as Sara Galante got 10 kills and O’Connell added five kills.A day later, Westhill routed Mexico 25-10, 25-7, 25-17. Schwartz had 12 assists and Gianna Militi had 12 digs as, up front, Galante earned nine kills and Heinrich added four kills. Tags: Bishop LuddenJ-EMarcellusSolvayvolleyballWest GeneseeWesthill
Brevin Pritzl was born and raised here in Wisconsin. Playing basketball at De Pere High School — just outside of Green Bay, Wisconsin — Pritzl led the Red Birds to four conference championships in four seasons.Pritzl also solidified himself in the school record books as a prolific scorer, with 1,720 points over his career, helping the Red Birds earn 84 wins in the same period, an average of 21 wins a year.Pritzl has gone on to be an impactful yet under-the-radar bench player for the Badgers over the past four years. As a redshirt junior this season, Pritzl has averaged 5.1 points per game to go along with 2.3 rebounds per game. Pritzl has also shot 45.4 percent from beyond the arc, leading the team in three-point percentage.Men’s basketball: No. 19 Wisconsin get back on track with win over Penn StateThe No. 19 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (20-9, 12-6 Big Ten) defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions (12-17, Read…While most University of Wisconsin basketball fans know exactly who the sharpshooting junior is, many fans outside of Wisconsin have never even heard his name.“Playing steady and solid is all you can ask for,” Pritzl said in reference to how he contributes to the team.Pritzl has only scored 149 points this entire season, but 90 of those have come from behind the three-point line.Pritzl has also stayed under-the-radar by consistently coming off the bench, with just 21 starts in his career, all of which came last season with a young Badgers squad riddled by injuries.Pritzl’s shooting abilities have also helped to open up the floor for the rest of Wisconsin’s roster.Clutch is a very prevalent word to describe Pritzl. He doesn’t always post the big stat lines, but it seems as if every time Wisconsin finds themselves in a mid-game run, Pritzl gets his hands on the ball somehow.“It’s just me staying ready and being shot-ready at every moment. Knowing where the shot is going to come from or how you’re going to get to them, it’s just staying ready,” Pritzl said.Men’s basketball: As Badgers wrap up season, Ethan Happ’s free throw woes could end up costing themOne of the fundamentals of winning college basketball games is good free-throw shooting. As games come to an end, regardless Read…In the Badgers’ loss to Indiana last Tuesday, Pritzl was second on the team with a +11 rating, second only to Kobe King at +19. This shows that Wisconsin was, in general, more successful with Pritzl on the floor, including during their comeback in the middle of the second half.Pritzl also serves as a fairly good indicator as to whether the Badgers will win or not.In games Wisconsin has won this season, Pritzl is averaging 6.3 points, shooting 51.3 percent, including 47.1 percent from three and also pulling down nearly three rebounds per game.On the contrary, Pritzl is averaging just 2.5 points, 1.2 rebounds, and shooting 41.2 percent in games lost by the Badgers. These stats are fairly telling of Pritzl’s impact on a game, even if it is a small one.While it is clear that Pritzl, who has shot 14-for-19 — 73.7 percent — from three in his past ten games, is a great shooter, his greatest weapon may be his ability to get involved in anything that is happening on the floor.This includes being sixth on the team in rebounds, assists and getting to the free throw line. Pritzl is also fifth in generating steals. All of these stats lead the bench players for the Badgers, showing his efficiency when he is on the floor and how he truly represents the title of the sixth man on this Wisconsin team.Pritzl talked about being the sixth man on the team and how important it is to provide depth to the Badger offense.“It’s really important. If you can have people come off the bench and perform for extended periods of time it allows starters to get some rest so they can perform at their best ability,” Pritzl said.Football: Alex Hornibrook to leave UW in pursuit of finishing his career elsewhereThe three-year starting quarterback for the University of Wisconsin football team Alex Hornibrook notified Head Coach Paul Chryst early Wednesday Read…One such example of this is from the Badgers’ game against Michigan State at the Kohl Center earlier in mid-February. With the game tied about halfway through the first half, Pritzl drew a flagrant foul from Michigan State’s Matt McQuaid.Pritzl proceeded to sink both free throws and in the ensuing possession, drained a corner three to complete a five-point possession individually and give the Badgers a five-point lead. Pritzl finished that game with seven points, two rebounds and a block.Three other games from this season stand out as Pritzl-esque, including Houston Baptist in mid-November, Illinois in mid-February, and the Badgers’ most recent game against Penn State.In the Badgers’ blowout win against Houston Baptist, Pritzl provided value all across the board, shooting a lights out 5-for-5, including 3-for-3 from three-point land, finishing with 17 points. He also added three rebounds, an assist and a steal. During the Illinois game, some of Wisconsin’s top offensive and defensive producers struggled to find their stroke. While Ethan Happ and Trice combined for a total of 13 point — a value both have surpassed alone multiple times this season — Pritzl’s play was able to make up for these losses by way of a six point and game-leading ten rebound game.In Wisconsin’s most recent game against Penn State Saturday, Pritzl tied his season-high for points by pouring in 17 points on 5-for-5 shooting, including 4-for-4 from three. He also added two rebounds and hit a free throw late to put the game away.The overall lesson that can be learned here is that Pritzl, while not the most flashy player, may be one of the most valuable bench pieces for Wisconsin.Without Pritzl, the Badgers may not find themselves primed to go into the NCAA Tournament as a potential 4 or 5 seed in March.While Head Coach Greg Gard’s use of Pritzl may come into question at times, there’s no question that Pritzl is a player that any team headed into March Madness would want to add as valuable depth.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Michigan State Police handled 61 calls for service and 10 traffic crashes between April 15 and April 21. Here’s your Alpena Post weekly stats.Troopers handcuffed several people over the past week. Three drivers were arrested for operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A minor was caught in possession of alcohol, and two other people for possession of narcotics and open intoxicants.The team satisfied three outstanding warrants, leading to two additional arrests. The Alpena Post patrols Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, Oscoda, and Preque Isle counties.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena business helps cancer patients with home cleaningNext Reconstruction of Miller Street should end by July
Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter HOUSTON — Any hitter will tell you that slumps end one hit at a time.Kole Calhoun is hoping that his RBI single, which snapped a career-worst 0-for-20 rut, is the beginning of getting him out of an early-season hole.“It relieves some pressure for sure,” Calhoun said Tuesday, a day after his hit got the Angels on the board in a victory over the Houston Astros. “I made changes and adjustments. Sometimes it pays off right away and sometimes it doesn’t. You’ve just got to trust it. Once you get a little bit of success, it definitely helps.”It didn’t help much on Tuesday, though. Despite the big hit on Monday, he went hitless in four at-bats on Tuesday, with three strikeouts. He’s now hitting .180 with 25 strikeouts and three walks. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Upon reflection a day later, Scioscia said he was impressed with Anderson’s poise.“It speaks volumes to his concentration,” Scioscia said. “There are so many things that could have been a distraction to him last night. The game situation, the caliber of hitters he was facing, coming to Houston, a ballpark he grew up watching games in, and now he’s on the mound. He responded very well.“If he can filter out distractions like he did last night, there should be nothing that distracts him moving forward. If he keeps that focus, it’s going to go a long way toward helping him in his career.”ALSOMike Trout, who had been in center field for all but six of the innings the Angels had played this year, got a half-day off with a start at designated hitter on Tuesday night. …Matt Shoemaker (forearm strain) continued his throwing program on Tuesday, but Scioscia said it’s still too early to project when he might be able to progress to a mound. …Nick Tropeano will be pitching on Wednesday for the third time against the team that originally drafted him. Tropeano, who was traded to the Angels in the Hank Conger deal in 2014, has allowed four earned runs in 9-1/3 innings against the Astros. He last faced them in 2016, before undergoing Tommy John surgery.UP NEXTAngels (Nick Tropeano, 1-1, 3.75) at Astros (Justin Verlander, 3-0, 1.10), 11 a.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles “It’s been tough lately,” he said. “This game sometimes doesn’t reward you for hard work. You’ve just got to keep going.”Manager Mike Scioscia said even before Calhoun’s big hit on Monday, he saw encouraging signs, like the line drive he hit to right field in the ninth inning of Sunday’s game. Although the ball was caught, it left Calhoun’s bat at 103 mph.“That was a great swing he put on it,” Scioscia said. “In batting practice, you are starting to see him get more comfortable in the things he’s doing. Hopefully, he’s getting more comfortable in the box.”IMPRESSIVE DEBUTScioscia said Justin Anderson’s major league debut on Monday night could be a positive sign for the 25-year-old’s future.Anderson, a Houston native, entered in the eighth inning of a game the Angels led 2-0. He had to face Josh Reddick, George Springer, José Altuve and Carlos Correa. Although Anderson gave up hits to Springer and Altuve, he struck out Correa to finish with a scoreless inning.