P1-B aid to increase WV rice production

first_imgThree sub-projects of the Rice Resiliency Project (RRP) have been implemented in this region. They were the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF), Expanded Inbred Rice Production and Expanded Hybrid Rice Production in Suitable Areas.These three projects are expected to benefit around 210,000 farmers.DA-6 procured hybrid and inbred varieties suitable for the wet season while the central office handled the procurement of fertilizers.A total of 359,756 bags of inorganic fertilizers have been allotted to RCEF beneficiaries to complement the distribution of inbred seeds covering 179,878 hectares of targeted rice areas in this region. RECOTER. PNA Hybrid seeds, meanwhile, have been distributed under the Expanded Hybrid Rice Production subproject for 68,234 hectares. This is on top of the regular allocation from the National Rice Program covering 11,766 hectares. “At least we are assured of our staple food. We can likewise provide other regions of their deficit,” she said. ILOILO City – The Department of Agriculture (DA) is looking to increase the rice production in Western Visayas amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.   Around 153,000 bags have been distributed to almost 75, 000 farmers through various drop-off points in this region. Recoter said that as of July 23, almost 72 percent or about 502,000 bags of the 604,000 bags of fertilizers allocated for Region 6 have been delivered. On the other hand, certified seeds have been earmarked for 15,000 hectares of rice plantation under the Expanded Inbred Rice Production subproject together with 30,000 bags of fertilizer. “Our expectation is 10 percent additional production for the wet season,” she said. Recoter said DA-6 has completed the procurement of 15,000 bags of certified seeds for Guimaras and Capiz.She added that 9,541 bags or almost 70 to 71 percent of the target distribution have been released to 7,614 farmers. Recoter said that if the weather cooperates, then they look forward to around 200,000 metric tons of additional production this year from last year’s 2.077 million metric tons. “We are hoping that by end of July the deliveries will be completed,” she said. DA-6’s distribution of hybrid seeds is also ongoing. As of July 23, 25,000 bags out of the 68,000 hybrid seeds have been released to 16,136 farmers. This region’s current rice sufficiency level is at 117 percent. Agriculture regional executive director Engr. Remelyn Recoter said last week the department has allocated P1.06 billion assistance for Western Visayas rice farmers under the Bayanihan We Heal as One Act. A total of 240,000 bags of inorganic fertilizer will also be partnered with these hybrid seeds. Recoter said that it was the first time for the national government to extend massive subsidy to farmers, which could help reduce their cost of production in terms of seeds and fertilizers. The increased production would also mean an increase in this region’s share to the national output. Western Visayas currently shares around 11 to 12 percent of the national production. “Hopefully by end of July we will be at 80 percent,” she said, adding that some farmers are still in their land preparation as the planting in this region has been delayed by one and one-half to two months due to late onset of the rainy season. Those who utilize good seeds or home-saved seeds will also be provided with fertilizer support of about 65,148 bags which are good for 32,574 hectares of rice area. Other than increasing sufficiency level, DA is also looking into the uncertainty in rice importation due to COVID-19. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

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CS Fullerton looks to extend streak vs Long Beach St.

first_imgSUPER SENIORS: Cal State Fullerton has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Jackson Rowe, Brandon Kamga, Austen Awosika and Davon Clare have combined to account for 67 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 73 percent of all Titans points over the last five games.CLUTCH CHANCE: Chance Hunter has connected on 42.5 percent of the 134 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 16 over the last five games. He’s also converted 63.6 percent of his foul shots this season.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Beach have recently created baskets via assists more often than the Titans. Cal State Fullerton has 26 assists on 75 field goals (34.7 percent) across its previous three contests while Long Beach State has assists on 39 of 73 field goals (53.4 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Cal State Fullerton attempts more free throws per game than any other Big West team. The Titans have averaged 20.9 free throws per game this season, but that number has dropped to 18.3 over their four-game losing streak.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com CS Fullerton looks to extend streak vs Long Beach St. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLong Beach State (11-20, 6-9) vs. Cal State Fullerton (10-20, 5-10)Titan Gym, Fullerton, California; Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Cal State Fullerton looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over Long Beach State. In its last five wins against the Beach, Cal State Fullerton has won by an average of 4 points. Long Beach State’s last win in the series came on Jan. 20, 2018, an 81-73 victory.center_img Associated Press March 6, 2020last_img read more

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USG survey considers fall break

first_imgA recent survey released by the Undergraduate Student Government has students excited about the possibility of a fall break or a longer Thanksgiving holiday. Even if change is made, however, students will not be around to see it.The survey, released Oct. 28, asked students whether they would favor extending Thanksgiving break or creating a fall break. But even with overwhelming response — about 2,000 students have already taken the survey — a vacation would not materialize until at least 2015.“Calendars are finalized several years in advance,” Kenneth Servis, the dean of Academic Records and Registrar, wrote in an email. “A finalized calendar could be changed but it would be highly unusual.”The Academic Calendar Committee, which includes students, faculty and staff and is chaired by Servis, plans out the yearly calendar, which is then approved by Executive Vice President and Provost C. L. Max Nikias. Academic calendars are currently set through the summer of 2015.In addition, adding a fall break or extending the Thanksgiving break would require lengthening the academic calendar because President Steven B. Sample has mandated that each semester must have at least 72 instructional days, Servis said.“There has to be a trade-off,” Servis said. “We can, for instance, start earlier in August or go later.”Andrew Matson, director of academic affairs for USG, said the administration had approached USG last year to see if students would be interested in having either the Wednesday before Thanksgiving off or getting a fall break sometime between the first day of classes and Thanksgiving, which prompted USG to conduct the survey.“One major advantage of a fall break is that students get a little bit of time to get caught up on school work as well as some important relaxation time,” Matson said. “In our current schedule, we go from Labor Day until Thanksgiving without so much as a three-day weekend, and I think that students need some time away from classes both to catch up and to decompress.”Adding days to Thanksgiving break would maximize students’ ability to relax, said to Donna Spruijt-Metz, an expert in adolescent psychosocial development and health and an assistant professor of research in the Keck School of Medicine. She added that an ideal fall break would be at least a week long.“The evidence is pretty conclusive that longer breaks are more helpful than shorter breaks,” Spruijt-Metz said. “If there’s going to be a break, it should be a meaningful amount of time that really lets students relax.”Several students said they would appreciate a longer break not only to reduce stress, but also because it could make traveling more affordable.“It saves students a lot of money on plane tickets to book flights earlier in the Thanksgiving week,” said Whitney Gaines, a sophomore majoring in political science and creative writing.Even if USC decided to create a three-day weekend fall break, some students at other universities with a similar holiday complained that such a break was not long enough.“I definitely want the fall break to last longer because ours was only a three-day weekend,” said Eric Danielson, a sophomore majoring in accounting and entrepreneurship at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. “It didn’t seem like much of a break to me. I would love a four- or five-day break.”One disadvantage of a fall break, however, is that it might interrupt students’ schedules.Caitlin Oriel, a sophomore majoring in growth and structure of cities at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Penn., said her school’s weeklong fall break in October interrupted her routine.“I liked the break because I was worn out and needed to catch up on sleep,” Oriel said. “However, it did interrupt my schedule and my studies. It was very hard to motivate myself to study during the week off, so I felt behind when I came back.”Students will have to wait and see whether the university decides to extend Thanksgiving break or add a fall break, but most students said they would welcome a change in the calendar.“Everyone looks forward to Thanksgiving, but it seems so far away,” said Kimberly Morris, a freshman majoring in communication. “I just like to see my family and friends and enjoy time off from school and sports.”last_img read more

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Syracuse falls to No. 14 Buffalo, 71-59, in historic loss

first_img Comments Oshae Brissett stood at the free-throw line with Syracuse trailing by seven in the final three minutes. His first attempt rimmed out, but he had another chance. The second followed. No good.Brissett jumped up high and let out a scream. He knew the game was slipping away. Buffalo pushed tempo after corralling the miss, and CJ Massinburg nailed a 3 from the wing to extend Buffalo’s lead to double digits.It was the dagger in a game Syracuse (7-4) desperately needed to win. But the Bulls, which had struggled with shooting all game, caught fire, and SU missed all its free throws in the final 4:11. It was a perfect recipe for the Orange to choke late in back-to-back games, this time losing against the No. 14 Bulls (11-0), 71-59, on Tuesday night inside the Carrier Dome. For the first time since 1975, Syracuse lost back-to-back nonconference games.“We’re still quite a ways away,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “… We’ve got to get better.”The Orange never trailed in the first half. An 11-2 run helped push Syracuse’s lead to nine early. Tyus Battle slammed one home from the right wing to cap off the run. A Buffalo turnover the following possession led to Frank Howard throwing his hands up, while the Carrier Dome crowd rose to their feet.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor the first time all season, Howard looked like the dominant floor general people expected. A lower leg injury had set the senior back. He missed both of Syracuse’s games at Madison Square Garden — both losses.When he returned, he was far from 100 percent. Boeheim said Howard’s shot was being held back because of the nagging injury a few weeks ago. On Tuesday, Howard hit his groove, leading the team with 10 first-half points and knocking down a pair of 3s.It was a glimpse of Syracuse’s potential. The offense was finally free-flowing, making 57.1 percent of its shots. Brissett made all four of his attempts. On the other end, the defense stopped a veteran-savvy Buffalo team that averaged 11.4 turnovers per game. By half, the Bulls had coughed up the ball nine times.Entering the break, the Orange led the No. 14 team in the country by four. It wasn’t the 10 points Syracuse held over Old Dominion on Saturday, but it was an attainable win, a much-needed one to bolster SU’s NCAA Tournament resume early in the season.And for the first 10 minutes of the second half, SU was en route. Buffalo didn’t let up, however, remaining in striking distance the entire 30 minutes SU led, in large part to its second-chance opportunities. Buffalo finished with 18 offensive rebounds and 12 second-chance points to SU’s 10 and five, respectively.The Bulls waited for the Orange attack to go cold. And when it eventually did, Buffalo pounced.“About the 30-minute mark,” Boeheim said, “We had four or five opportunities going to the basket, and we just didn’t convert any of them.”Then, with 9:30 remaining, Jeremy Harris nailed a 3 from the top of the key to give UB its first lead all game. The game which Syracuse had controlled for nearly 75 percent of the time, began slipping away.There was nothing Syracuse could do to answer. Brissett and Howard tried attacking the rim. Elijah Hughes only made two of his seven 3-point attempts in the second half. The offense regressed back to its normal, struggling self.“Standing. Not being engaged on defense. Not rebounding,” Howard said of the second-half struggles. “… We just got to do better.”There were chances for the Orange to strike back. Marek Dolezaj missed the front end of his 1-and-1 with SU down two. Buffalo responded with a 3. An offensive rebound resulted in second-chance points for Massinburg to extend the Bulls lead to seven.Boeheim called a timeout, trying whatever he could to lift Syracuse out of its second-straight collapse inside the Carrier Dome. He couldn’t. Brissett drew a foul but missed both free throws. The Bulls drove down the court and Massinburg, who finished the game with 25 points, nailed a 3 to extend the lead to double digits.Howard compared the loss to “big brother playing you outside,” saying that Syracuse got “bullied.”Before the season started, Syracuse entered with high expectations. It was the No. 16 team in the country with all five starters returning, fresh off an NCAA Tournament run that ended in the Sweet 16. The glaring weaknesses were thrown aside. No one considered the 14 losses or that the offense shot 31.8 percent from 3. Still, it wasn’t expected for Syracuse to enter the last two nonconference games with three losses, let alone four.Tuesday night offered a chance to prove its early season doubters wrong. That the Orange could string together two good halves and beat a top-15 opponent. But the Orange fell apart once again.“It’s all mental,” Brissett said. “Everyone’s out of it right now.” Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on December 18, 2018 at 10:22 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturcolast_img read more

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Late Quaresma Header Lifts Portugal over Croatia

first_imgStar midfielder Luka Modric returned from injury for a matchup with his Real Madrid teammate Ronaldo, but both he and Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic struggled to sparkle as they had earlier in the tournament. It was another Real Madrid player who had the best chance of the first-half when Pepe nodded Raphael Guerreiro’s dangerous free-kick over.Ivan Perisic was Croatia’s hero with the winning goal against Spain, but he pulled their best chance of the opening 45 minutes into the side-netting from a narrow angle.Croatia upped the pace at the start of the second period having enjoyed a day’s more rest than Portugal and Marcelo Brozovic should have done better when he blazed over from a quickly taken corner.Santos looked to inject some life into the Portugal midfield by introducing wonderkid Renato Sanches and the 18-year-old, who Bayern Munich paid Benfica €35 million for last month, nearly made an instant impact. After a lovely series of one-twos with Nani, Sanches took aim from the edge of the area only to drag his weak shot wide.Domagoj Vida headed a great chance wide for Croatia from Rakitic’s fine cross as the game began to come to life in the final quarter. Nani then had strong claims for a penalty waived away by Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo when he appeared to be kicked in the chest by Ivan Strinic as he burst into the box.However, unlike so often at Euro 2016, there was no late drama as both sides settled for the stalemate to take the game into extra-time. Croatian boss Ante Cacic replaced ineffectual Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic with Nikola Kalinic, but the Fiorentina forward fired the only chance of the opening period of extra time wildly wide.Vida had another golden chance when he headed wide with the Portuguese goal gaping after Rui Patricio failed to collect Brozovic’s corner seven minutes from time. However, Patricio made himself a hero seconds later when he turned Ivan Perisic’s header onto the post.And Portugal then snatched their first victory of the tournament at the death as Subasic’s reflex save to keep out Ronaldo went unrewarded as Quaresma jubilantly nodded the ball in to the gaping net.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ricardo Quaresma headed Portugal into the quarterfinals of Euro 2016 three minutes before the end of extra-time to break Croatian hearts with the only goal in Lens. Ronaldo was denied matching Michel Platini’s record of nine goals in European championship finals by a fine save from Danijel Subasic, but the ball fell kindly to Quaresma to head into an empty net. He sprinted to the corner flag where he was mobbed by his teammates.Portugal will face Poland in the quarterfinals in Marseille on Thursday after the Poles beat Switzerland 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw earlier on Saturday.Ronaldo had been kept extremely quiet for the vast majority of the game as the dull encounter became the first match in European championship history where neither team managed a shot on target during the regulation 90 minutes.Portugal were the only side to progress to the last 16 despite not winning any of their three group games and coach Fernando Santos took an extremely cautious approach.Ronaldo did not even touch the ball in the Croatia box during the first-half, but Portugal were doing enough to limit a Croatia side that had thrilled in beating defending champions Spain 2-1 in midweek to precious few chances.last_img read more

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ELECTION 2014: DONEGAL CONTINUES TO LOSE OUT IN IDA INVESTMENT – McDAID

first_imgFianna Fáil local election candidate in Letterkenny James Pat McDaid has called for a report into the lack of IDA investment in Donegal over the past year.James Pat McDaidMr McDaid said that while Dublin and other urban bases are benefiting, the Letterkenny region and Donegal continues to be ignored.“I am calling for a greater focus by the IDA throughout Donegal. I am astonished that there has been so few visits by the IDA with Foreign Direct Investment companies since the beginning of 2010. This compares to the following amounts in the commuter belt area; 776 visits to Dublin, 70 visits to Louth, 17 visits to Wicklow and 7 visits to Kildare. “Figures that Fianna Fáil received from Parliamentary Questions reveal the IDA has sponsored no site visit to Donegal this year compared to 14 such visits in 2013. In comparison, Dublin has 53 visits so far this year. Fianna Fáil has continually called for a report into the lack of IDA focus on the Donegal region. As the IDA plans its strategy for 2014, it is crucial that the Government now takes the need for regional fairness seriously.”He added that it has been proven that when the IDA focuses on investment in a certain area, that area benefits from job creation.“The infrastructure network is excellent and with a highly educated potential workforce from Donegal, the county has all the ingredients for Foreign Direct Investment. I cannot see any reason why the Government and IDA would not prioritise Donegal for FDI.“The numbers on the live register in Letterkenny are 5,596 as at 25 April 2014 and it really should be a top priority that we get a big employer established in the Letterkenny area as a matter of urgency, so that some much needed employment opportunities are created for those exiting the Letterkenny Institute of Technology. “It is not acceptable that we failing those that make the effort to better themselves – presently the choices are limited between (a) going on social welfare and (b) emigrating along with the rest of our youth. We must stop this trend and begin to offer real alternatives. I know that we can attract good employers, offering highly skilled opportunities, if the right effort is put into attracting them to the Northwest. Other areas have done this successfully – so can we.”“The county has been let down by its TDs and I am calling for a full report on why the IDA is ignoring Donegal for site visits,” said Mr McDaid. ELECTION 2014: DONEGAL CONTINUES TO LOSE OUT IN IDA INVESTMENT – McDAID was last modified: April 25th, 2014 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:IDAJames Pat McDaidlast_img read more

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