Parliament summons Interior Minister over killing of Mfantseman MP

General News of Friday, 9 October 2020

Source: 3 News


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The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye, has summoned the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, to appear before the House to answer questions following the gruesome murder of the Member of Parliament for Mfantseman Constituency.

Prof Oquaye “respectfully” directed on the floor of the House Friday, October 9 that the Interior Minister appears before it “on Tuesday to give explanations, and assure the protection of honourable members so they will advise themselves as they see fit in all the circumstances”.

A subsequent statement issued on his behalf by the Director of Public Affairs of Parliament, Kate Addo, asked the police to quicken investigations into the murder and bring the criminals to book.

“Parliament is shocked and extremely saddened by the gruesome murder of the Member of Parliament for Mfantseman, Hon Ekow Quansah Hayford.

“The first time Member of Parliament served on the Judiciary Committee and the Defence and Interior Committee.”

“The late Hon Member was quiet, hardworking man who did his job diligently with very little fuss.”

“The Speaker and Members while mourning the loss of their colleague, have expressed the hope for expedited action to find and bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to book.”

“Parliament expresses deep condolences to his wife and children, family, friends and the Mfantseman Constituency and the entire nation.”

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Living off the Land: Managing your garden after a killing frost | Living off the land

Different parts of the Snake River Valley experienced a “damaging” but not killing frost a couple weeks ago. And if your garden was covered, then you probably have loads of green tomatoes, squash, and vegetables still ripening and growing.

Within the near future we will inevitably be having a killing frost, which will make most people’s gardens a thing of the past. After a killing frost you may be looking at the carnage in your garden and think that if we had just a couple more weeks, we could have gotten that produce ripened. (That’s always wishful thinking, but it never happens.)

For most people this was a slightly difficult growing season due to the intense heat we experienced during the summer and how much extra watering it took to keep plants growing, keep up with evaporation and not have them drought stressed. Also, many people started planting a garden for the first time this year as they now had time at home due to the coronavirus. This summer was one of the best “warm season-type plant” growing summers in recent years. Warm season plants such as watermelon, corn, beans, cantaloupe, peppers, tomatoes and squash performed very well this year. Each summer season is unpredictable, and even small changes such as a warmer than expected May, can have a dramatic effect on crop success.

Seasonal weather anomalies can create a higher than normal disease or insect problem, or conversely if the conditions are beneficial, the crop can be improved and have great quality.

But, back to the frost topic, what do we do in the aftermath of a killing frost? Well, if the produce was protected, and not yet ripe, such as a green tomato, and didn’t have any freeze damage, then it can be ripened inside the home and used for fresh eating. If it received any frost damage then, place it in the compost pile or trash. Immature winter squash or immature summer squash that has been damaged by a frost, will probably not get any larger though at this point in the season. If a squash’s vines were protected then, the fruit may continue to ripen, but if the plant’s leaves are frozen then fruit itself would probably be affected as well, and will rot and spoil.

Non-frost damaged immature squash fruit should be used shortly after a frost comes along even if it wasn’t frosted, as it will not hold up in storage, and will deteriorate. If it was frost damaged, then it should be tossed into the compost pile. Certain crops such as carrots, beets and parsnips can handle a frost, and although their tops will begin to die off, the beets underneath will be fine as long as the frost was not hard enough to damage them. Other crops such as Brussels sprouts can handle light frosts without issue and continue to grow and produce. From this point going forward, if you cover your garden, you are extending your growing season, but really only

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LSU Garden News: Those tiny moths you see are producing webworms that are killing your lawn | Home/Garden

Across the state, lawns are in trouble.

Sod webworms are the main culprit this year, said LSU AgCenter Extension specialist Ron Strahan.

“The numbers are biblical,” Strahan said. “We have observed nearly every house on a single street with damage in the lawn.”

The first sign that your lawn might have a problem are small moths that are light brown to dark brown with striping on the wings. They fly around as you walk through the grass or around outdoor lights at night. These moths lay eggs on grass blades.

Larvae hatch a week or so later, maturing into adult moths in three to five weeks. There can be two or more generations each year.

Larvae are amber in color but become greener as they feed on the blades of grass at night, causing damage to the lawn.

Another sign of sod webworms are yellowing and browning patches of dead lawn. Look at individual grass blades for a chewed appearance, with pieces of missing or chunks bitten out. The caterpillars are making a feast of your lawn.

Worm castings (caterpillar poop) in the ground are another clue. The castings, which are digested grass, appear as light beige pellets at the base of the plants just above the soil level.

In the early morning, when the dew is still on the ground, water droplets from the dew will be trapped in the webbing, and this is where sod webworms get their name. If you dig thoroughly in the soil, you can usually find a tiny caterpillar about ½- to 1-inch long.

Sod webworms seem to especially love St. Augustine grass.

If you see birds going into a feeding frenzy, pecking around in the grass, that’s usually an indicator sod webworm caterpillars are there.

Heavy infestations can lead to stress, causing your lawn to be more susceptible to fungal diseases such as gray leaf spot and to other insects such as chinch bugs and armyworms. A combination of these problems can lead to the death of turfgrass.

To help control sod webworms, use an insecticide with the active ingredient bifenthrin.

LSU AgCenter entomologist Sebe Brown recommends liquid rather than granular applications for better control. You will need to retreat the lawn again in seven days to kill any newly hatched eggs. Spray will not control the moths. It is most effective on the main culprit doing the damage — the caterpillar.

Treat the infested areas and extend 3 to 4 feet past where you see browning. Moths will continue to lay eggs, so continue to monitor the lawn. Eggs hatch every seven days.

The cooler weather of fall will slow down the generation interval but not kill the worms already in the lawn. Last year’s mild and short winter is likely the cause of the large populations this summer.

The good news is that in most cases your grass will recover. Water your lawn during extended periods of drought that are especially common in October here to help the grass recover before

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Is Your Bathroom Killing Your Romance?

Being a romance expert, I get this question a lot:

How do I make a good first impression on a date?

Or, for men that aren’t usually very romantic, what’s something important they can do to create romance?

The number one thing they should be thinking about, before the candles, before the dinner reservations and before the romantic music is cleanliness. Yes, I said cleanliness. Good personal hygiene and a clean house and car will ensure a good first impression. Not a believer yet, read on.

If you’re picking her up in your vehicle and she has to kick the trash out of her way to put her feet on the floor, this is not a good thing. Is the arm rest grimy and the passenger seat dirty from your buddies greasy clothes? This is not a good thing. Here is what she is thinking, “I can’t believe I’m sitting in this filthy car. I can’t touch anything and I better not get crap on my clothes. I took all this time deciding what to wear and fixing my hear just right and he didn’t even take five minutes to clean me a spot to sit on.”

Have your car detailed or clean it yourself, inside and out. If it smells odd get an air freshener, preferably a Lavender scented one which is perceived as an aphrodisiac by both men and women.

While in your home, if she uses your bathroom and it isn’t clean, depending on how bad it is, you probably won’t get a second date. She is probably thinking, “He didn’t care enough to make sure I had a clean restroom, I don’t think he’s worth anymore time. Besides, I’d just end up being his mother if we kept dating.” And if it’s not a date breaker, I’m sure she’s thinking about that slimy hair or the disgusting toilet she just sat on and not about the candle you lit or the wine you poured. She is now distracted and it’s very hard to pull her back to the romantic date.

Clean every room you think she might see. Don’t leave laundry lying around, clean up any dirty dishes and run the vacuum cleaner. They make these great cleaning wipes now that you just pull one out wipe up and throw it away. It don’t get any easier than that.

Personal hygiene is just as important. She won’t want to kiss a rotten mouth. The dentist is a great investment when it comes to romance. If you have problems with bad breath, tell your dentist they do have ways of fixing it. The “just showered and clean clothes” look are in.

If you follow these easy tips, you’ll have already started the romance. Now, chill that bottle of wine, light those candles and turn on some fun music that makes you happy. One more tip, don’t use elevator music or you’ll both be falling asleep.

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