Criminal Lawyer Jason Doe Solves The Case of the Murdered Lawmaker

first_imgIt was one of the unusual homicide cases in Monrovia in recent times. Criminal lawyer Jason Doe was defending Samson Sombai, accused of murdering a female lawmaker. It became apparent that the District Attorney was determined to pull all the strings to bind the defendant over for a jury trial a situation that his defense lawyer, Jason Doe was determined to prevent.Although Jason Doe enjoyed such a trial, where he would stand before twelve common citizens to give his client his day in court, where he would use his ingenuity in cross-examining witnesses who would claim his client was guilty as charged. But in this particular case he realized the prosecution did not have enough proof beyond all reasonable doubt and was prepared to explore that angle. The discovery of the lawmaker’s remains generated much public interest and exerted enormous pressure that could undermine the execution of justice in the case.Lawmaker Estella Yongor’s death raised questions about her associates. There were reports that she might have been killed after she had received a gold wrist watch, missing after her body was discovered, which provided the added twist as Monrovians followed the case with passion.Metropolitan newspapers in the city made wide guesses and in a sensational angle, one of the most respected newspapers carried an editorial with a touch of irony in the lighter side of life:It would be the discovery of her missing gold watch that could help prosecutors a chance to give her death some justice. The demise of the woman known among her colleagues as the ‘law-lady’ has once again brought it painful home that there is always a day of reckoning.Estella Yongor’s end did not come because she had served her people well; it came because of certain decisions, ambitious as they might have been, were not appreciated by the very people she had been hobnobbing for many years. Sadly, the woman known in frequenting where even Angels would not dare, has provided Monrovians much to talk about. An argument at a local club leading to her death is more intriguing than the bitterness of her death. Estella Yongor, the controversial lawmaker’s life was full of mystery and contradiction. Consider the following, as reported during the week of her death: “I saw the lawmaker that night,” said Monrovia Scratch Card Seller, Sam Toe, “she had on a gold watch and was a beauty that much I can tell you.” “A real beauty?” our reporter heard the question from an inquisitor, a young man who also admitted he admired the lawmaker.  Toe smiled, and said, “Yes, but there was this guy with her, and he was not that dashing in his outlook but there was something like a character in his looks. “Then after say twenty minutes, another man, he was a chubby type of guy and about twenty seven years old. His face was filled with rage.  “It was hard to know what was responsible but he demanded for a gold wrist watch which started an argument that ended up in a melee.”Our investigations revealed that the lawmaker had had some inner-circle friends and one of them could have sparked the fuse that led to her untimely death at thirty five. But the question is: Where is her gold wrist watch? The discovery could lead to the eventual resolution of this horrible crime.   The unrestrained but incriminating reports on the case in the media demonstrated people’s anger, and therefore many applauded when Judge Samson Saywah issued a gag order, preventing further reporting till the preliminary trial was over.  When her body was found, parts were missing, prosecuting witness, homicide investigative officer Detective Robert Monger testified during the pre-trial. It was a case of intrigue and a chance to salvage the only image left for the former lawmaker. In court, the blistering atmosphere indicated the tragedy of the day, and the prosecutor was out for the kill as the case opened.  “What else?” Prosecutor Santos Weah said, directing attention at detective Monger.  “William Sombai, the defendant was caught with a briefcase that belonged to the decedent.”  “When and where did you find William Sombai?”  “It was two days after the murder and a witness at the club mentioned that he came along with the decedent.  “We found him at his house in Duala drunk. Evidently he was under the influence of narcotics and a test indicated it was marijuana.”  “What did you do next?”  “We took him into custody and invited assistance from the JFK Medical Center. After some help, it took him two more days before he was sober.”  “Ok,” the prosecutor said, “what did you do next?”  “Well, when he sobered enough, he was able to explain his involvement and particularly how he got the briefcase belonging to the decedent.”  “How did he get the briefcase?”  “He said he found it behind the club, the Mayors Club, where the decedent and her friends had been the night of her murder.”  “Did he reveal what happened to the lawmaker?”  “Well,” the officer said, “initially he was not sure what was at stake till we informed him about the death of the lawmaker.”  “What was his reaction?”  “He broke down and wept but explained that he was not involved.”  “He was not involved in what?”  “In the lawmaker’s murder.”  “And what else happened to him?”  “He admitted that he was not himself that night and therefore he could not explain any circumstances that might have led to his involvement, if there was any at all, in the murder.”  The prosecutor hesitated, and then said, “Did the defendant admit any knowledge of any of the persons that were with the lawmaker?” “Well, he admitted being there himself, I mean William Sombai…” but he was interrupted by the prosecutor, “When you said William Sombai, are you referring to William Sombai who is the defendant and is in this Courtroom?” “Yes,” the officer said, “and as I was saying defendant Sombai explained during our investigations that he had long known the decedent would end up that way.”  “’What way did he mean?”  “I think…”  “Don’t think,” the prosecutor responded, “just answer the question as best as you know it from the defendant.” “In that case,” he answered, “he meant the way the lawmaker died.”  The Courtroom remained quiet, as spectators focused their attention on the detective.  On the defense’s side, the defendant sat somberly beside criminal lawyer Jason Doe, who watched the witness with a slight frown on his face.  “Detective Monger,” the prosecutor pressed on, “you searched the defendant’s room?”  “Yes.” “What did you find?”  “A wrist watch, a gold wrist watch with the owner’s initial on it.”  “Whose initials were they?”  “The initials of the decedent.”  “Do you have it with you?”   “Yes.”   The detective shuffled his pocket and withdrew a gold wrist watch with the initials E. Y. on it.  “What initials do you see on the wrist watch, Detective Monger?”  “They are the letters E Y.”  “Indicating Estella Yongor?”  “Yes.”  “What was the defendant’s response as to how he came to possess the gold wrist watch?”   “Initially he was unable to explain how he came by the wrist watch till he realized the difficult position when his…”   The prosecutor said, “Did his lawyer intervene?”   “Yes and the defendant further explained that the decedent had presented the watch to him as a gift.”  “What happened next?”   “When he was told that the owner of the wrist watch had been murdered, he said he would be blamed for her death.”  “What did he do?” “For the next seven days, he could not stop weeping.”  “What did he say, during this course?”  “He would say ‘I know they would blame me, but I did not do it,’ which was very much shocking.”  “And he admitted without being put under pressure that he was with the decedent but could not explain specifically his role during the period that the lawmaker reportedly died?”  “Yes.”  The prosecutor smiled, and turning to Counselor Doe, said, “Your witness.”  Jason Doe strolled leisurely towards the witness and staring Detective Monger in the face, said: “You saw the gold wrist watch with the defendant?”  “Yes.”  “And initials there indicated EY, which you testified to represent Estella Yongor?”   “Yes.”   “But you will agree that the letters, EY can represent many other names other than Estella Yongor?”   “Yes.”   “It could be Eternal Youth, or Esther Young?”   “Yes.”  The lawyer saw a slightly confused look in the witness’ face, and said, “You examined the briefcase found by the defendant?”  “Yes and we found out several personal effects of the decedent in it.”  “Was there anything to suggest that someone had tampered with the briefcase?”  “Yes.”  “And the lawmaker, with all due respect to her memory, was known to have certain relations with certain characters in her community?”  “Yes,” he said, “but evidently she was having a good time.”  “During your investigations, Detective Monger the defendant was cooperative?”  The witness nodded and said quietly, “Of course.”  A flickering light overshadowed the room, as the lawyer paced back and forth, hammering out questions with a professional torch. The spectators waited patiently, expecting the lawyer to spring one of his unusual questions to get the witness to create doubts with his answers. And the lawyer did not disappoint them when he charged:  “The decedent was involved in many projects and there was one, Detective Monger that indicated that she, on a number of occasions, argued with a man who had threatened her?”  “Police found out that that threat was not anything serious,” the witness answered, his dark and piercing eyes staring into the lawyer’s gaze.  “Who made the threat against the lawmaker?” Searching through his memories, the detective said, “It was one Samuel Boimah.”  “What did he do?”  “He made some attempts to blackmail the lawmaker.”  “Let me refer you to the briefcase which the police collected from the defendant,” Jason Doe said, “among the fingerprints was that of Samuel Boimah.”  “Yes.”  “Mr. Boimah was indebted to the lawmaker in the amount of U$5,000?”  “That’s correct.”  “And since Samuel Boimah was unable or did not want to repay the debt, did it not stand to reason that the pressure from the lawmaker compelled Boimah to engineer the lawmaker’s demise to free himself from the debt burden?”  “Well,” the witness’s smooth composure was broken by a faint surprise as he fumbled with his response, “We…considered that angle.” Nodding slowly, the lawyer said: “And what was your answer from that angle?” The lawyer’s question seemed to freeze the witness from inaction.  The embarrassing situation was saved when, Judge Saywah said, “The Court finds this case very interesting and stipulates with the benefit of the defendant that there is Samuel Boimah’s angle that the police must urgently investigate and therefore the Court hereby adjourns the case till and will resume tomorrow morning at 10a.m.”  However, early the next morning, Jason Doe and his client, along with several well-wishers, sat at the lawyer’s Benson Street office in Monrovia. The morning echoes of laughter by passersby whirled around as well as those of taxis and buses that plied the Somalia Drive and Bushrod Island communities. The lawyer’s secretary Janet Lovebird held several dailies newspapers. She entered the office, with glittering eyes and strolled to the lawyer, handing him one of the daily newspapers. The lawyer grinned and stared at the front page of the paper, with the bold banner headline: ‘Sam Boimah Admits Killing Lawmaker.’  The lawyer smiled and placing his right hand on his client’s shoulder, said, “In the end the police was forced to do a thorough work that should have been done in the first place.”   Samson Sombai responded with a smile.  “Now the police have done it,” the lawyer told him, “and you are free.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Caldwell First Nurse Clocks

first_imgMadam Emily Gibson Parsons, Caldwell’s first nurse and daughter of the late senator of Montserrardo County, John C.A. Gibson recently celebrated her 98th birth anniversary in the township amidst high level euphoria, mainly from her children, grand and great grand children and well-wishers.The 98 year old woman is the daughter of the late Elizabeth Prichard of the St. Peter Episcopal Church in Caldwell.Madam Parsons was born on May 8, 1918, in Barbados the Caribbean. She thanked God for reaching her thus far. “Today I feel as though I have been reborn like a one-year-old child. The secret of my long life is by the mercy of the words of God,” she narrated.“Before I sleep every night, I kneel before my bed every night to recite the Lord’s Pray or read the Bible. So, I think, this is what keeping me alive and will continue to give Him the praises for my life,” Madam Parsons said.She graduated from the Bromley (all girls) Mission and the Lutheran school where she studied nursing. She has 16 grandchildren including the former Deputy Commerce Minister, Candace B. Eastman and one great grandchild. For her part, Caldwell Commissioner Alexine Mendscole Howard believes her mom’s long life is by God’s Devine, for which she expressed gratitude to Him for being able to see her mother at 98.Old age, she said, is a blessing from the Lord. “We should never be afraid of aging. Christians have a responsibility to show kindness, respect, and to take care of the elderly. Yes we are to respect all people; a certain type of respect that we give to the elderly and our own age group,” Commissioner Howard said.She said when living by the word of God old age will certainly bring wisdom that is able to help and guide others in need.“I have learned a lot from Mother Parsons. Sometimes she called me and shared some of her memories with me. So there are lots of things I am still learning from her,” Madam Howard added.The Caldwell Commissioner said she thankful to God for making her mom the grandmother of her children along with her two siblings.“We love her so much and will not allow her suffer, once she still alive because she means so much to us despite the age,” Commissioner Howard said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

VAT increases will not deter investors – Business Minister

first_imgFollowing the Value Added Tax (VAT) measures announced by the Government in the 2017 Budget presentation, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin has opined that the measures would not deter investors.The Minister communicated this stance during a telephone interview on Friday, as he addressed the question of whether the tax measures facilitated a suitable business environment and provided an inviting climate for local and foreignMinister of Business, Dominic Gaskininvestors.“Certainly! VAT is implemented in a lot of countries. I don’t see investors shying away from investing in jurisdictions where the Value Added Tax is set. So, I don’t see the nexus between implementing VAT and attracting investors,” the Business Minister stated.When asked about local investors, Gaskin pointed out that the same thing applied and that they also have the right climate to invest.The parliamentary Opposition has been steadfast against the Budget, describing the tax measures as lacking innovation and as lazy attempts to raise money.During a recent press conference, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo was very critical of the fact that the coalition Government raised VAT on a number of items. According to Jagdeo, the country could be managed effectively without the extensive hikes in VAT.Effects on miningJagdeo also spoke of the plight of the local gold and diamond miners, who have since sought a meeting with President David Granger. According to the Opposition Leader, miners have legitimate concerns that the various measures announced in the Budget will kill the industry.“The measures passed in the Budget can kill the industry. They introduced surreptitiously in the first budget in 2016 the VAT on heavy-duty equipment that was not there. So, that immediately sent up the cost on excavators, bulldozers, and other equipment used in the hinterland, by 16 per cent.”“And then in the last budget they increased the tributors tax from 10 per cent to 20 per cent. So that’s a hundred per cent increase in the tributors tax. Then with the introduction of VAT on interior travel, I’m seeing they are going to exempt people who live in the interior.”“But it is not provided for in the law. And this is an afterthought. They should remove it totally, from interior travel. The miners use that service. So that will drive up their cost. And then they have to file income tax at the end of the year – puts a whole new burden on people.”According to Jagdeo, all of this has changed the fiscal environment, particularly for small miners, and this would cause irreparable harm to the sector.According to the new regulations, as announced by Government, certain goods and services will now attract VAT. In addition to the tributors tax increase, there will be a two per cent tax on gross earnings.These measures have been criticised by the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) since they were announced.VAT of 14 per cent has been also applied to general electricity consumption in excess of $10,000 per month, and for water consumption exceeding $1500 per month.It was also announced last year that the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) would receive authorisation to garnish funds from bank accounts held by taxpayers with outstanding tax arrears.In addition to the miners’ representatives, the VAT measures have raised the ire of the business community. Back in December, Chairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) Economics Committee, Ramesh Persaud, had stated that the 2017 Budget took more than it gave.The PSC had called on the Government to reconsider, noting that several items which were exempted from VAT have been removed from the list of zero-rated items.The addition of VAT on local airfares has also not gone down well, notwithstanding the Government’s assurances that hinterland residents would not be charged. National Air Transportation Association (NATA) President Annette Arjoon-Martins recently spoke out against the development in sections of the media.According to Arjoon-Martins, the increase would cause a decline in passengers. She said that in the absence of clear criteria from the GRA, domestic carriers would have to charge every passenger VAT.last_img read more

Morata set to join Juventus and bring an end to Arsenal transfer speculation

first_img Alvaro Morata Juventus are set to complete the signing of long-standing Arsenal target Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid, according to Marca.Arsene Wenger wanted Morata during the past two transfer windows – he unsuccessfully tried to land him on loan in January – and he looks set to miss out this time round, with the Spain Under-21 striker now on the verge of joining Juventus.The Serie A champions will pay a fee of £17.5m and hand the 21-year-old a four-year contract, although Real Madrid will include a buyback clause in the deal.Wolfsburg and Villarreal have also shown serious interest in the forward, but he has had his heart set on joining Juventus since disclosing his desire to leave the Bernabeu in search of greater first-team opportunities.Morata will travel to Turin this week to undergo his medical and Juventus want to finalise the transfer before they begin their pre-season preparations on Monday. 1last_img read more

CASE OF DRINK-DRIVING AGAINST DONEGAL SENATOR ADJOURNED AGAIN

first_imgA case of alleged drink-driving against Donegal Senator Brian O Domhnaill has been adjourned again until May 18th.Senator O’DomhnaillSeantor O Domhnaill, 38, from Killult, Falcarragh, did not appear at Letterkenny District Court this morning. The charges include drink-driving as well as hit and run failing to report an occurrence, hit and run failing to remain at the scene and hit and run failing to give appropriate information.The incident is alleged to have happened at Tullygay outside Letterkenny on September 2nd, 2013.Senator O Domhnaill’s solicitor John Canon addressed the court in Irish.Judge Paul Kelly, who also addressed the court in Irish, agreed to the adjournment.CASE OF DRINK-DRIVING AGAINST DONEGAL SENATOR ADJOURNED AGAIN was last modified: March 16th, 2015 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)last_img read more

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and PSG all chasing £50m France star

first_img Tiemoue Bakayoko in action for Monaco Paris Saint-Germain have joined Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United in the race for Monaco star Tiemoue Bakayoko.The midfielder has been in brilliant form this season and his performances have helped the French club reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have all expressed an interest in the France international and he is expected to go for a hefty transfer fee this summer.It has been reported Bakayoko is valued in excess of £50m but, according to L’Equipe, that has not put PSG off and they have joined the race for him.The French champions are ready to splash the cash this summer after crashing out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage and trailing Monaco in Ligue 1.Bakayoko is now high on their shortlist, but Monaco may well be reluctant to sell to a divisional rival. 1last_img read more

Every Golden Boot winner from 1992-2016 ranked on goals per game ratio

first_img 29 21. Michael Owen (Liverpool) scored 18 goals in 30 appearances in the 1998/99 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.6 14. Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United) scored 25 goals in 34 appearances in the 2002/03 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.74 25. Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea) scored 19 goals in 36 appearances in the 2008/09 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.53 29 27 = Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Leeds United) scored 18 goals in 36 appearances in the 1998/99 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.5 – click the arrow above, right, to see the full ranking of each Premier League Golden Boot winner on their goals per game ratio 2 = Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) scored 31 goals in 34 appearances in the 2007/08 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.91 18 = Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) scored 25 goals in 38 appearances in the 2015/16 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.65 29 6 = Thierry Henry (Arsenal) scored 27 goals in 32 appearances in the 2005/06 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.84 8. Kevin Phillips (Sunderland) scored 30 goals in 36 appearances in the 1999/2000 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.83 13. Thierry Henry (Arsenal) scored 25 goals in 32 appearances in the 2004/05 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.78 29 29 5. Andy Cole (Newcastle United) scored 34 goals in 40 appearances in the 1993/94 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.85 29 17. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Chelsea) scored 23 goals in 35 appearances in the 2000/01 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.66 29 29 29 24. Teddy Sheringham (Tottenham Hotspur) scored 22 goals in 41 appearances in 1992/93, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.54 27 = Michael Owen (Liverpool) scored 18 goals in 36 appearances in the 1997/98 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.5 1. Luis Suarez (Liverpool) scored 31 goals in 33 appearances in the 2013/14 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.94 20. Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United) scored 20 goals in 32 appearances in the 2010/11 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.63 18 = Carlos Tevez (Manchester City) scored 20 goals in 31 appearances in the 2010/11 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.65 29 29 29 16. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) scored 26 goals in 38 appearances in the 2012/13 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.68 12. Robin van Persie (Arsenal) scored 30 goals in 38 appearances in the 2011/12 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.79 27 = Dion Dublin (Coventry City) scored 18 goals in 36 appearances in the 1997/98 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.5 2 = Didier Drogba (Chelsea) scored 29 goals in 32 appearances in the 2009/10 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.91 23. Dwight Yorke (Manchester United) scored 18 goals in 33 appearances in the 1998/99 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.55 29 29 29 6 = Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) scored 26 goals in 31 appearances in the 2014/15 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.84 29 29 29 9 = Alan Shearer (Newcastle United) scored 25 goals in 31 appearances in the 1996/97 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.81 15. Thierry Henry (Arsenal) scored 24 goals in 33 appearances in the 2001/02 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.73 9 = Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers) scored 34 goals in 42 appearances in the 1994/95 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.81 26. Chris Sutton (Blackburn Rovers) scored 18 goals in 35 appearances in the 1997/98 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.51 4. Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers) scored 31 goals in 35 games in the 1995/96 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.89 29 29 29 29 22. Didier Drogba (Chelsea) scored 20 goals in 36 appearances in the 2006/07 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.56 In two games’ time, this season’s Premier League Golden Boot winner will be crowned.Romelu Lukaku, as it stands, is in the driving seat, with the Everton striker leading the way on 24 goals.But Harry Kane, Alexis Sanchez and Diego Costa are hot on his heels, and each have a game more to increase their tally for the campaign.Inspired by the race hotting up, talkSPORT has looked at previous Golden Boot winners and compared their goals per game ratio with one another.Scroll through the gallery above to see the full ranking of each Premier League Golden Boot winner on their goals per game ratio. 29 29 29 29 29 29 29 9 = Thierry Henry (Arsenal) scored 30 goals in 37 appearances in the 2003/04 season, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.81 last_img read more

Local Roundup: McKinleyville offense erupts for 10 runs to beat Arcata for third time in three days

first_imgArcata >> The McKinleyville Panthers softball team scored 10 runs on 11 hits and took advantage of six Arcata errors to beat the Tigers 10-4 on Thursday at Arcata High School.Tied at two in the top of the third inning, McKinleyville scored three runs — highlighted by back-to-back doubles from Lily Thiesfeld and Ashley Stockwell — giving Mack a 5-2 lead.The Panthers offense didn’t stop there, as Mack scored five runs in the sixth inning, including an inside-the-park home run by Theisfeld, who …last_img

Martin to lead Field to Faucet program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While some would say people are the problem behind Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms, Jay Martin will say they’re the solution.Martin was recently chosen to lead Field to Faucet, a water quality program launched by The Ohio State University to ensure safe drinking water while maintaining an economically productive agricultural sector.“It became obvious, when I was working in Louisiana on a project to manage Delta land loss and salinity, that working with the people was the key to success,” Martin said. Martin did his PhD dissertation at Louisiana State University on the interdisciplinary nature of protecting coastal areas via engineering, social sciences and marine biology.Now, Martin is an ecological engineer in Ohio State’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering. For the past 10 years, he has focused on the Lake Erie basin, again in concert with researchers from a variety of disciplines.Field to Faucet was conceived and funded by Bruce McPheron, Ohio State’s vice president for agricultural administration and dean for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, which put $1 million toward the effort after dangerous microcystin levels in Lake Erie shut down Toledo’s water supply for two days in August 2014. Microcystin is a toxin made by some algae.“Jay’s interdisciplinary approach in Louisiana and here in Ohio made him the ideal leader for Field to Faucet,” McPheron said. “Solving the water quality problem in Ohio will take many minds. Jay has the ability to bring people together to solve this complicated issue.”Field to Faucet involves researchers from multiple Ohio State colleges and other regional universities. Already, five projects have launched, Martin said.1. One app under development will allow farmers to record nutrient application rates and methods. Future plans include developing further apps geared toward nutrient stewardship.2. Another project will develop a geospatial data warehouse with controlled access that will allow producers and researchers to secure and share publicly available data. It is likely the project will later serve as a model approach for a national program.3. Another focus is removing phosphorus and nitrogen from manure and from anaerobic digester discharge before these materials are applied to fields. This effort would especially benefit the watershed around Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio, where there are a large number of livestock farms.4. Unmanned aerial vehicles will be used in another project to provide real-time concentrations of microcystin in Lake Erie’s waters.5. The final project will develop a sensor to detect real-time concentrations of microcystin in Lake Erie’s waters.Martin also will serve as the faculty leader of the university’s Global Water Initiative, an umbrella effort from the Office of Research that encompasses Field to Faucet along with Wells to Wellness, a water supply endeavor starting in Tanzania, and Coastal Resiliency, an international disaster preparedness effort.In addition, Martin will be working with Ohio Sea Grant, which is housed at Ohio State, which is managing the funding and reporting of related water quality projects recently funded by $2 million from the Ohio Board of Regents and matched by Ohio State and other universities across Ohio to address harmful algal blooms.last_img read more

USDA’s Farmers.gov Receives $10 Million in Funding for Development

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Technology Modernization Fund Board (Board) recently awarded funding to support the development of USDA’s Farmers.gov customer experience portal, which helps better connect America’s farmers, ranchers, conservationists, and private foresters with vital USDA resources and programs. The Board is chaired by the Federal Chief Information Officer for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).Following the funding announcement from OMB, USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey said, “Farmers.gov will provide a user-friendly portal for connecting agricultural producers to the USDA services and programs they need. This new resource also will reduce the time farmers need to take away from their fields to fill out paperwork. We are very pleased that Farmers.gov is receiving funding to continue its development so USDA can improve the way we deliver services to our customers.”Farmers.gov is mobile device-friendly and can identify for farmers the most convenient USDA office locations. Additional functions will be added to the site, including an interactive calendar, an online appointment feature, digital forms, and a business data dashboard. Additionally, when the 2018 Farm Bill is signed into law, there will be plain language program descriptions and a tool to determine eligibility.To learn about the Farmers.gov vision, USDA’s farmer-centered design principles, and roadmap for the website, visit the Farmers.gov playbook at www.farmers.gov/playbook.last_img read more