Tony Cascarino names his worst XI from the World Cup in Russia

first_imgRight wing – Ousmane Demebele (France) Centre Back – Gerard Pique (Spain) Lewandowski was below par in Russia The Barca man has been non-existent this tournament The first of many Germans to make this team Guerreiro goes airborne after a challenge by Luis Suarez Was he actually that bad? Striker – Robert Lewandowski (Poland) 12 12 This was to become an all-too familiar look on Moutinho’s face A costly red card ruled Boateng out of the final group game against South Korea 12 12 Left wing – Julian Draxler (Germany) Left Back – Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal) Germany were woeful in Russia This run by Kylian Mbappe was the moment Mascherano knew his international career was finished 12center_img 12 Right-back – Joshua Kimmich (Germany) Centre midfield – Javier Mascherano (Argentina) 12 12 Centre back (Jerome Boateng) The Chelsea keeper had a nightmare against Croatia in the group stages The PSG man could not stop Germany’s shock exit Scored his penalty in the shootout against Russia, but was woeful for the rest of it 12 12 12 Attacking midfield – Mesut Ozil (Germany) 12 It’s the list no-one wants to be on; the worst team of a World Cup tournament.There were several footballing heavyweights who had sub-par experiences in Russia, crashing out prematurely. Centre midfield – Joao Moutinho (Portugal) For example, Germany exited the tournament at the group stage – their first at that stage since the inception of the World Cup.Spain had an equally disappointing tournament, passing opponents to death but never actually doing anything with it until missing in their penalty shootout with hosts Russia.But who made Tony Cascarino’s worst team of the tournament?Scroll down to find out.Goalkeeper – Willy Caballero (Argentina)last_img

Shock as drink-driving, mobile phone and seatbelt offences increase across Donegal

first_imgThe number of detections for people not wearing seatbelts in Co Donegal has jumped by 70% this year compared to last year.Despite a number of horrific roads accidents on the county’s roads, Gardai have stopped an alarming number of motorists who were not buckled in.The head of the Garda Traffic Corps for Co Donegal, Inspector Michael Harrison told Donegal Daily that the trend for overall traffic violations in the county is baffling. He revealed that for the months of January and February this year a total of 41 people were arrested for not wearings seat-belts compared to 28 arrests for the same period last year, an increase of 70%.Drink-driving detections are also up from 43 detections in the first two months of last year to 68 detections for the first two months of this year.Inspector Michael Harrison. Pic by Donegal Daily.So far five people have lost their lives on Donegal’s roads this year, including the four friends killed in a single-vehicle crash in Gaoth Dobhair.Another shocking statistic revealed by Inspector Harrison is that the number of drivers caught driving while using a mobile phone has jumped by more than 200% from 24 for the first two months of last year to 77 for the same period this year. Inspector Harrison said the continual rise in detection of motoring offences in Donegal is simply baffling.“It has been proven that the non-wearing of seat-belts, drinking while driving and using mobile phones increase the chance of people being involved in a serious accident.“And yet here in Donegal people continue to take a chance on it. On a personal level, I simply cannot understand it. I simply do not have the answers,” he said.On the issue of seatbelts, Inspector Harrison added “I have seen first hand the devastation caused by people not wearing seatbelts and it is horrific.“Airbags are designed to go off when people wear seatbelts but the damage that happens inside a car when people do not wears seatbelts and are thrown about their cars is horrific.” The shocking rise in detections for seatbelt breaches and drink-driving in Donegal comes despite a huge effort by Donegal County Council and An Garda Siochana to enforce road safety.Donegal’s Road Safety officer Brian O’Donnell said people are simply not thinking of the consequences of flouting road safety laws.“I would ask the people who drink and drive and who do not wear seatbelts or speak on their phones to think of the other drivers on the road or pedestrians.“They are not only putting their lives at risk but they are putting so many other lives at risk,” he said. Mr O’Donnell added that he dreaded such weekends as the coming Bank Holiday Weekend when there will be more traffic on the road.“I get really nervous and I am just waiting beside my phone to hear the worst of news. Hopefully, I won’t get that phonecall this weekend,” he added.Shock as drink-driving, mobile phone and seatbelt offences increase across Donegal was last modified: March 18th, 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:deathdrink drivingInspector Michael Harrisonmobilesseatbeltslast_img

Worms Didn’t Evolve for 520 Million Years

first_imgJ.Y. Chen and team in China have found another Cambrian fossil that exhibits zero evolution for nearly the entire history of life.  The abstract from the Royal Society Proceedings: Biological Sciences1 reports the discovery of three kinds of sipunculan worm near the base of the Cambrian, which all “have striking similarities to modern sipunculans.”  These animals, also called peanut worms, have a “sausage-shaped body with a slender retractable introvert and a wider trunk,” and possess complex and distinctive “features, both external (e.g. perioral crown of tentacles, and hooks, papillae and wrinkle rings on the body surface) and internal (U-shaped gut, and the anus opening near the introvert-trunk junction).”  (See for photo and diagram).  The discoverers conclude, “This study suggests that most typical features of extant sipunculans have undergone only limited changes since the Early Cambrian, thus indicating a possible evolutionary stasis over the past 520 Myr [millions of years].”1Di-Ying Huang, Jun-Yuan Chen, Jean Vannier and J.I. Saiz Salinas, “Early Cambrian sipunculan worms from southwest China,” Royal Society Proceedings: Biological Sciences, Volume 271, Number 1549 – August 22, 2004, 1671 – 1676; ISSN: 0962-8452 (Paper) 1471-2954 (Online); DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2004.2774.There’s a pattern here, but you have to take off the Darwin glasses to see it.  Darwin glasses cause an optical distortion of vertical parallel lines, making their bottoms appear to converge and connect.  Hard-core Darwinists cannot see without their glasses on.  When pressed to explain how parallel lines could meet, they invoke non-Euclidean biology across parallel universes (see 07/27/2004 headline).  With their glasses on, it’s obvious anyway and in no need of explanation.See also 07/29/2004 headline on the Cambrian explosion.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img

Using “Evolutionary Algorithms” by Intelligent Design

first_imgEvolution can’t be all bad if scientists can use it to optimize your car.  Science Daily said that scientists in Germany are “simulating evolution” to come up with ways to optimize difficult problems.  Using “Evolutionary Algorithms”, they can discover solutions for engineering problems like water resource management and the design of brakes, airbags and air conditioning systems in automobiles.  The simulated evolution program searches through a large number of random possibilities to make numerous successive slight improvements.    “The algorithms are called ‘evolutionary’ because the characteristics of evolution – mutation, recombination and selection – form the basis of their search for promising solutions,” the article claimed.  Solutions that show promise are mutated and further selected.    Conferences on Evolutionary Algorithms are held each year and the interest in them is spreading into other disciplines.  “The Evolutionary Algorithms are therefore a collective term for the various branches of research which have gradually developed: evolution strategies, evolutionary programming, genetic algorithms and genetic programming.”Every once in awhile we need to give a refresher course about these reports, to show why the terminology is ludicrous.  This has nothing to do with evolution and everything to do with intelligent design.  Calling these “evolutionary algorithms” is like calling Eugenie Scott a creationist.  Evolutionary Algorithm is an oxymoron – if it is evolutionary, it is not an algorithm, and if it is an algorithm, it is not evolutionary.  Why?  Because the essence of evolution, as Charles Darwin conceived it, has nothing to do with intelligent selection.  Evolution is mindless, purposeless, and without a goal.  These scientists, by contrast, have clear goals in mind.  They are consciously and purposefully selecting the products of randomness to get better designs – intelligent designs.  They may not know what the computer program will produce, but they sure well programmed the computer, and put in the criteria for success.  Employing randomness in a program does nothing to make it evolutionary.  The hallmark of intelligence is having a desired end and pulling it out of the soup of randomness.  This is something evolution cannot do – unless one is a pantheist or animist, attributing the properties of a Universal Soul to nature.  Undoubtedly, the NCSE would decry that.  They can barely tolerate theistic evolutionists – the well-meaning but misguided Christians who try to put God in the role of the engineer who uses evolutionary algorithms for his purposes (e.g., man).    Remember – if it has purpose in it, it is not evolution.  We must avoid equivocation.  To discuss evolution with clarity it is essential to understand the terms and not mix metaphors.  Charlie leapt from artificial selection (intelligent design) to natural selection (materialism) only as a pedagogical aid.  He did not intend for natural selection to have a mind like the goal-directed farmer or breeder uses.  To think evolution, think mindless.  Notice that sentence itself is a one-way algorithm.  You can think mindless, but the mindless cannot think.    For a definitive, in-depth treatment on why evolutionary algorithms cannot be mixed with evolution, see the book No Free Lunch in the Resource of the Week entry above.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img

Junior Market Barrow Show at the 2017 Ohio State Fair

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grand Champion: Dark Crossbred, Matthew Butterfield, OxfordRes. Grand Champion: Light Crossbred, Ella Sprang, Lakeville3. Light Crossbred, Lea Kimley, South Charleston4. Duroc, Coby Hughes, Sabina5. Duroc, Gracee Beth Stewart, Sabina6. Hampshire, Mason Creager, WauseonJunior Market Barrow results BerkshireGrand Champion: Ava Genter, ArchboldReserve: Aaron Rolfe, Sabina Chester WhiteGrand Champion: Lillian Rees, BidwellReserve: Alexa Hawk, Harrod Dark CrossbredGrand Champion: Matthew Butterfield, OxfordReserve: Mason Creager, Wauseon DurocGrand Champion: Coby Hughes, SabinaReserve: Gracee Beth Stewart, Sabina HampshireGrand Champion: Mason Creager, WauseonReserve: Austin Hunker, Bellevue HerefordGrand Champion: Cameron Shellhouse, SycamoreReserve: Jennifer Bittner, Hamilton LandraceGrand Champion: Peyton Bumgardner, South ViennaReserve: Madelyn Harrison, Hamilton Light CrossbredGrand Champion: Ella Sprang, LakevilleReserve: Lea Kimley, South Charleston Poland ChinaGrand Champion: Treanna Lavy, Pleasant HillReserve: Ethan Wendt, Dublin SpottedGrand Champion: Lindsey Dore, GalenaReserve: Kaci Way, West Salem TamworthGrand Champion: Liam Shellhouse, SycamoreReserve: Ashton Frey, Upper Sandusky YorkshireGrand Champion: Levi Stauffer, Mt. BlanchardReserve: Madison Petro, GallipolisPHOTOS BY MINDI BROOKHART Austin Hunker, Bellevue, drives his hog to win Reserve Hampshire Barrow. Mason Creager, Wauseon, shakes the hand of the judge after winning Champion Hampshire Barrow. Brett Zeedyk, Hicksville, shows his hog in the Berkshire drive. Zander Ivey, Bloomingburg, drives his Berkshire Barrow in front of the judge. Ava Genter Archbold, wins Champion Berkshire Barrow. Peyton Phillips, New Carlisle, maintains eye contact with the judge. Aaron Rolfe, Sabina, is a class winner with his Berkshire Hog. Ethan Wendt, Dublin, drives his hog in front of the judge. Judges compare notes before selecting Champion Dark Crossbred Barrow. Levi Stauffer, Mt. Blanchard, shows off his spotted barrow to the judges. Spencer Knouff, Minster, drives his crossbred across the ring. Morgan Price, Tiffin, works his way closer to the judge. Cade Sponcil, Greenfield, leaves the ring with his Division 1 Grand Champion Dark Crossbred Barrow. Marin Argabright, Jackson Center, starts working her hog to the holding pen. Logan Deel, Vinton, looks down at his Crossbred hog. Exhibitors wait to enter the ring on Friday at the Crossbred Show. Destiny Reed, Ashville, brings her Light Cross Barrow out of the holding pen. Mason Creager, Wauseon, wins Reserve Champion Dark Crossbred Barrow. Matthew Butterfield, Oxford, drives his Champion Crossbred Barrow out of the ring. Liam Shellhouse, Sycamore, had the champion Tamworth. Madeline Harrison, Hamilton, has the reserve champion Landrace. Evan Banister, Fulton Co., won his class with his Hereford barrow. Champion Drive. Champion Drive. Champion Drive. Champion Drive. Champion Drive. Champion Drive. Champion Drive. Champion Drive. Judges during the Champion Drive. Champion Drive. Champion Drive. Champion Drive. Champion Drive. Champion Drive. Champion Drive. Champion Drive. Champion Drive. Champion Drive.last_img

Mastitis: An issue not to be taken lightly in small ruminants

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Mastitis in goats and sheep, similar to cows, is defined as inflammation of the mammary gland and can occurs due several factors, which may be infectious or not and may present in clinical or subclinical form. In clinical mastitis, it is possible to observe the signs of inflammation, such as:pain,redness,swelling of the gland,and changes in milk characteristics, which may show lumps, pinkish/reddish coloration or even absence of secretion.Some severe cases could lead to udder necrosis (“blue bag”) and even death.In subclinical mastitis, the female does not present inflammatory signs, however, due to presence of some microorganisms in the mammary gland milk quality can be decreased.The inflammatory process of the mammary gland can have several origins including traumas and lesions. It can also be due to infectious agents, such as fungi, viruses, or in majority of cases bacterial agents. They can cause either environmental or contagious mastitis.Environmental mastitis is directly related to the hygiene of the places where these ewes and goats remain.Contagious mastitis are associated with transmission between animals and even between human-animal interactions.Whereas most bacteria can cause either clinical or subclinical mastitis, Staphylococcus aureus, Pasteurella hemolytica and various yeasts and molds are often recovered from milk samples of ewes affected with clinical symptoms. “Blue bag” (clinical mastitis with a hard, cold swollen udder) is typically caused by Pasteurella hemolytica or Staphylococcus aureus. Coagulase-negative staphylococci have been frequently reported to be the most commonly isolated pathogens recovered from cases of subclinical mastitis of dairy ewes. Ewes with subclinical mastitis produce less milk and milk with lower quality. Management /controlThe correct management of the ewes and goats in any production system, dairy or meat, is the key point for mastitis control. Preventing mastitis in dairy herds will ensure milk quality, animal health and welfare.Among the most important measures in management of dairy goats and ewes, we can point out the sanitary control of the animals, especially regarding clinical forms of mastitis, separating the positive animals and discarding the contaminated milk.In addition, the adoption of a microbiological-based milking line, pre and post dipping usage, and regular maintenance and hygiene of milking machines are measures that also contribute to better milk quality and animal health.In meat herds and flocks, mastitis control is mainly based on culling animals that present recurrent episodes of clinical mastitis, which directly affect kid and lamb growth. The other general managements are related to hygiene measures that should be part of the property routine, ensuring a clean environment on stables, maternity paddocks, milking parlor, material and equipment used in milking.Mastitis is considered one of the mostly costly diseases in the world, because it directly affects milk quality and its products. In meat herds and flocks, it is notorious for the losses of kids and lambs due to mortality as a result of low nutrition caused by mastitis.Prevention of infection is the key to control mastitis. Good hygienic housing and consistent milking practices are crucial to minimize the impact of this disease.last_img

A Free Visual Programming Language for Big Data

first_imgUntil the last few years, large scale data processing was something only big companies could afford to do. As Hadoop has emerged, it has put the power of Google’s MapReduce approach into the hands of mere mortals. The biggest challenge is that it still requires a fair amount of technical knowledge to set up and use. Initiatives like Hive and Pig aim at making Hadoop more accessible to traditional database users, but they’re still pretty daunting.That’s what makes today’s release of a new free edition of EMC’s Greenplum big data processing system so interesting. It draws on ideas from the MapReduce revolution, but its ancestry is definitely in the traditional enterprise database world. This means it’s designed to be used by analysts and statisticians familiar with high-level approaches to data processing, rather than requiring in-depth programming knowledge. So what does that mean in practice? How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Why You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts pete warden Visual programming can be a very effective way of working with data flow pipelines, as Apple’s Quartz Composer demonstrates in the imaging world. EMC has an environment called Alpine Miner that lets you build up your processing as a graph of operations connected by data pipes. This offers statisticians a playground to rapidly experiment and prototype new approaches. Thanks to the underlying database technology they can then run the results on massive data sets. This approach will never replace scripting for hardcore programmers, but the discoverability and intuitive layout of the processing pipeline will make it popular amongst a wider audience.Complementing Alpine Miner is the MADlib open-source framework. Describing itself as emerging from “discussions between database engine developers, data scientists, IT architects and academics who were interested in new approaches to scalable, sophisticated in-database analytics,” it’s essentially a library of SQL code to perform common statistical and machine-learning tasks. The beauty of combining this with Alpine Miner is that it turns techniques like Bayes classification, k-means clustering and multilinear regression into tools you can drag and drop to build your processing pipeline. Traditionally it’s been a development-intensive job to implement those algorithms on large data sets, but now they’re within the reach of analysts without requiring engineering resources. Even better, because it’s open-source users of other database systems are able to take advantage of the code, though then they won’t benefit from Greenplum’s underlying processing engine.This release from EMC is only free for non-production use, and the majority of the product is not open-source, so it’s definitely not an immediate threat to Hadoop adoption. It is a sign that the traditional enterprise world is starting to pay attention to the wider world though, and demonstrates some of the areas where free solutions are lacking, especially in terms of their ease-of-use. The engine is an extremely powerful tool for large-scale machine learning, as this example from O’Reilly’s Roger Magoulas demonstrates. Will it open up these sorts of enterprise tools to a whole new set of academic and startup users? Tags:#Big Data#hack last_img

Patna school girl falls prey to ‘false love’, raped by seniors

first_imgShe was a pretty girl studying in Class IX. The sight of Prashant Jha, a ‘cute’ senior in Class XI of the same Patna school, would set her heart aflutter. His mobile was an object of envy, and when he asked her out, she would be happy to skip classes,She was a pretty girl studying in Class IX. The sight of Prashant Jha, a ‘cute’ senior in Class XI of the same Patna school, would set her heart aflutter. His mobile was an object of envy, and when he asked her out, she would be happy to skip classes for long drives riding pillion.Protest in Patna organised by various women’s groups.Two years since she first saw him in 2010, their relationship blossomed. Priya was sure she and Prashant (all names changed) were made for each other. With marriage in mind, she paid no attention to the many rumours of Prashant’s affairs.Prashant had other ideas. In June 2012, when his parents decided to send him to Delhi for higher studies, he planned to dump her. But not before satisfying his friends’ requests, of ‘sharing’ his girlfriend with them. On June 14, he asked Priya to his friend Sushant’s home in Rambha Apartments in Rajvanshinagar, Patna.There, as the 17-year-old fought and pleaded, Prashant laughed away as he invited his friends Rahul Lamba and Rahul alias Ranvijay to strip her naked. They took turns to rape her and filmed the act on a cellphone. Priya says she knew the other rapists-both school seniors-whose sexual innuendos she had ignored in the past as they were Prashant’s buddies.The boys shot a 43-minute graphic video, which was uploaded from a cyber caf in late June. Arman, 15, Prashant’s junior, was the first to get the link. He promptly demanded sexual favours from Priya. A week later, Lamba summoned Priya to a cyber caf, showed her the clip, and promised to destroy it if she visited the apartment once again. He told her “Sushant bhaiya” would inform her parents and the police if she did not turn up. Inevitably, when she did visit the flat, Lamba and 26-year-old Sushant raped her again. Emboldened, they called her over once again a few days later. That is when she finally mustered the courage to refuse them.Click here to EnlargeTwo months on, Priya wakes up in dread in the middle of the night. Hers is a nightmare built on an even more horrifying reality; her family thinks she has brought them dishonour. A traumatised Priya has cut herself off from the world. She has deleted her Facebook account and switched off her cellphone. Her friends have been told not to meet the “disgraced girl”. “I can’t come out of it. I trusted him so much,” says Priya in a broken voice.The tables were turned when an FIR was finally registered on July 24 after the Bihar Women’s Commission (BWC) tracked Priya down and forwarded her statement to the DGP. “Her family was reticent about filing a case. She is still very vulnerable. We want the government and society to support her,” says Kahkashan Parveen, chairperson, BWC.The Patna police have arrested Arman, Prashant, Ranvijay, Lamba, Sushant and his 27-year-old domestic help Dinesh. Prashant and Arman are now lodged at a juvenile home, the rest in Beur Jail.The video is so horrific that it would probably shock even a nation with a sordid track record of 69 rapes a day. The National Crime Records Bureau says 25,125 rapes were recorded in 2011. Priya is the victim of a disturbing new trend of teen rapes. In 2011, teenagers committed 1,149 rapes and 1,231 teens were arrested in connection with them. Rape accounts for a majority of teen crimes. Worse still, of the hundreds of rapists who prey on teens, more than a third are themselves juveniles.With teens exposed to more conflicting information and explicit images of sex than ever before, from movies to the Internet, inappropriate sexual behaviour is probably only to be expected, what with no proper counselling, education or the like in place.”It’s never too soon. We can’t wait for teens to ask questions on sex to discuss the subject with them. The growing obsession among teens is surely a parenting issue,” says Dr Hetukar Jha, noted Patna-based sociologist. On a social network, Lamba cites “bed games” as his favourite sport, and describes himself as someone who likes drinking, partying and the company of girls. Prashant’s mother acknowledges her son’s criminal tendencies. In fact, she had wanted to send her son to Delhi in the hope that the relocation would mend his ways.”Sex offenders are very good at manipulating and deceiving others,” says a policeman. Already, all the rapists have offered to marry Priya, in the hope that this would secure them their freedom. Besides, Prashant, whose school leaving certificate mentions his date of birth as March 26, 1994, has managed to fool the police and secure a stay in a juvenile home instead of jail.”As read more

Prime Minister Launches NHT’s Best Schemes Competition

first_imgPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says the National Housing Trust’s (NHT) Best Schemes Competition is an important initiative that plays a vital role in encouraging the development of model communities all over Jamaica. Prime Minister Simpson Miller made the statement at the launch of the competition which was held at Angels Grove in Spanish Town on Thursday, January 31. The Prime Minister emphasised that through the NHT, the Government’s goal to make housing more affordable is being achieved. “We have reduced interest rates so that persons earning under $10,000 per month could move toward owning their own homes and the NHT has provided home grants of $1.2 million each to low-income contributors as well as to people with disabilities. We have done this because we are building a better Jamaica through the building of better communities,” she said. The Prime Minister also highlighted that in collaboration with Food for the Poor and JEEP, the NHT launched First Step Homes which is another initiative to help the most vulnerable own their homes and provide stability for their families. Mrs. Simpson Miller pointed out that one of the mandates given to the NHT is to lift people out of poverty and set them on a path toward economic empowerment and social advancement. “We are utilising the NHT to train inner-city youths in Kingston and St. Andrew in construction and related skills, under the YUTE BUILD Programme. The programme is helping to put idle hands to work, and put food on the table for at least 40 young person and their families living in NHT scheme communities,” she said. The NHT’s Best Schemes Competition now in its 20th year is being held under the theme “Celebrating Communities”. The competition is open to all 132 of NHT’s built schemes and encourages communities to showcase what they have achieved in the areas of culture, health, education, environmental awareness and governance and entrepreneurship.last_img

$450 Million Set Aside to Repair Farm Roads

first_img It is anticipated that the road-improvement works will result in a three per cent increase in production; provide employment for rural farm families; benefit registered farmers as well as attract new entrants to the agricultural sector. The Government has allocated approximately $450 million for the repair of 234.3 kilometres of farm roads across the island. The project, being implemented by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), aims to over time, rehabilitate approximately 420 kilometres of rural roads across 98 extension areas in 13 parishes. Story Highlights The Government has allocated approximately $450 million for the repair of 234.3 kilometres of farm roads across the island.Details are provided in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives.The project, being implemented by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), aims to over time, rehabilitate approximately 420 kilometres of rural roads across 98 extension areas in 13 parishes.The objective is to provide an estimated 20,000 farmers islandwide with direct access to markets, while improving commute for residents in the surrounding communities.It is anticipated that the road-improvement works will result in a three per cent increase in production; provide employment for rural farm families; benefit registered farmers as well as attract new entrants to the agricultural sector.Meanwhile, $100 million has been set aside to assist farmers with basic production-enhancing information, equipment, facilities, tools, livestock and planting materials under RADA’s Production Incentives project.Among the objectives are strengthening of farmers’ resilience to climate change, enabling farmers to reduce production costs, diversifying and strengthening the livelihoods of targeted farmers, and developing an effective agricultural database.Targets for 2018/19 include providing assistance to more than 10,000 farmers through rehabilitation of rainwater ponds, procurement and delivery of additional water tanks to farmers, acquisition of agricultural and farming supplies, rehabilitation of greenhouses, and training farmers in good land-husbandry practices.last_img