Two out of three ain’t bad. Remember that when you think of Kevin Correia. He gave the Dodgers two wins in three starts, and that sure was critical for a starting Dodgers rotation that had gone from the best in baseball to injury-prone with a debacle of a back end.Don’t judge Correia solely by Sunday’s start. That was ugly. He allowed seven runs ‑ five earned ‑ and three home runs in a three-inning clunker as the Mets avoided a sweep with an 11-3 win at Dodger Stadium, although the Dodgers maintained their 4 1/2-game lead over San Francisco. Leading the Dodgers to two victories in his two previous starts was beneficial in so many ways. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Correia’s likely headed to the bullpen, which was the Dodgers plan for him all along when he arrived via trade with Minnesota two weeks ago. He was mired in a season-long struggle there, and a change of scenery to a playoff-bound team helped. Hyun-Jin Ryu is scheduled to come off the disabled list (right hip strain) Friday so that spot won’t be open again, unless something hampers Ryu’s return. The Dodgers also have two off days this week ‑ Monday and Thursday ‑ due to those two games in Australia. Judge Correia and Roberto Hernandez by what they’ve done for the Dodgers, which is provide some relief for a starting rotation that nearly had to put out a “help wanted” sign for starting pitchers.Hernandez was acquired from Philadelphia on Aug. 8, and he’s 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA with the Dodgers.The Dodgers were desperate for starters with Paul Maholm and Josh Beckett down with injuries, and Hernandez and Correia weren’t perfect, but they sure delivered. And, some of the heat can be taken off Clayton Kershaw, who’s having an MVP season but can’t be expected to win every start. Two of the players making waves in August were players the Dodgers landed in trades after they cleared waivers in August. Imagine. “Kevin wasn’t the guy we talked about starting,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He’s pitched well for us, come in and won a couple games. Roberto has thrown well and kept us in games for the most part. Danny (Haren) has won three out of the four. At this point, we’re in single-game mode. You go out and try to win a game that day. We’ll try to line up our guys the best we can. We won’t worry about shoring anything up other than going out and being ready to play.”Correia said it would take a while to push Sunday’s loss out of his mind, but he should remember the service he provided. He helped bandage together a cobbled rotation. Before Sunday’s game, Mattingly said: “Him and Roberto both have been good for us. It’s been a little tough stretch with Zack (Greinke) and Hyun-Jin and to be able to have two guys that have experience in the big leagues and aren’t really overwhelmed, that’s been really nice for us. Two good pickups. We wouldn’t be talking about it in the same breath if they haven’t pitched well.”Catcher A.J. Ellis knows exactly what Hernandez and Correia have done for the Dodgers. That’s not lost on him.“Getting Hyun-Jin back will slot everyone back to what we had planned,” Ellis said. “Those guys are professionals who battle and know how to compete. It makes it tough and puts a lot of pressure on the first two guys, Clayton and Zack, to go out and win their games for sure and hope you can battle and scrap with the other three.“You’ve seen what Danny (Haren) has done, turning the season around the last 3-4 outings. He looks like he’s on a good trajectory. Kevin and Roberto are professional guys who have been around a long time and know how to get a lot of outs.”Correia didn’t pitch well Sunday, as evidenced by three home runs (by Travis d’Arnaud, Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada) that put the Dodgers in a big deficit. Correia was bothered, of course, and perhaps carried more stress on his shoulders knowing this might be his final start before moving to the bullpen. If his contribution was giving the Dodgers two wins in desperate times, that’s something. “This one is going to bother me for a while because the situation I’m in,” Correia said. “I wanted to win the game. This hurts more than I can remember in quite a while. I’ve been doing this long enough that these outings are inevitable. You just hope they’re the 11th or 12th outing, not the third outing with a new team.” But two out of three ain’t bad. It was just what the Dodgers needed.
A wonderful, long overdue process began in Careysburg last weekend. It was the dedication of the US$4 million Careysburg Slaughter House that envisions “a revamped meat industry by the highest safety quality standards and an enhanced value chain both upstream and downstream.”Agriculture Minister Dr. Moses Zinnah, who spoke at the slaughterhouse’s official dedication last Friday, pledged that the Liberian government would continue “to support a sector that will provide safe, hygiene quality meat products to the Liberian people.”The Minister expressed appreciation to Conex/MD Sow and Associates Enterprise, Incorporated, the private Liberian company that owns the slaughterhouse. Minister Zinnah also thanked Conex/MD Sow’s partners for their assistance in the establishment of the enterprise. The partners included the United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agriculture Service; Land O’Lakes International Development, a non-profit organization that is affiliated with one of the largest farmer-owned agricultural cooperatives in the USA; and the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agriculture Service.The Agriculture Minister sounded a hopeful note when he declared that it was his Ministry’s “responsibility to create an enabling environment to ensure that such an investment thrives, in order to develop the country’s economy.” And while we wait for the Agriculture Minister’s specifics about this important promise, we at the Daily Observer would like to suggest at least three areas that would ensure that the Ministry keeps this promise.First, the MOA should seriously engage the few Liberians who are pursing studies in Veterinary Medicine and agricultural sciences, so that they may return home as soon as possible to help in the development and expansion of Liberia’s livestock, poultry and egg industries. And let them not end up like the many from the National Oil Company ofLiberia (NOCAL), who were sent abroad for training in Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Economics and Accounting, Computer Technology and related fields. And when they returned fully qualified, there were no jobs as their positions had been filled by political appointees! This should NOT happen at Agriculture.Mr. Sam Thompson, one of the Careysburg Slaughter House partners, has already indicated that they have trained 35 veterinary assistants “to provide a pool of human resource talent” to man the slaughterhouse operations.But we think the Agriculture Ministry is the prime organization to take the initiative to ensure the agriculture sector, especially the livestock industry, has enough trained personnel to develop and expand the industry. Working in close collaboration with the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) in Suacoco, Bong County, as well as embassies near Monrovia and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Agriculture Ministry knows that it can rely on all of them to help provide fellowships to train our agricultural and veterinary personnel.The second initiative that we recommend the MOA to undertake is to help Conex/MD Sow to identify prime cattle breeding areas around Liberia where breeding and multiplication can take place, in order quickly to develop and expand Liberia’s livestock industry.Why have we allowed Guinea and Sierra Leone to surpass us in this? Sam Thompson, in his remarks last Friday, quoted the FAO in revealing that Liberia has “less than 1.0% of West Africa’s livestock population, with only 36,000 cattle, and 430,000 sheep and goats, compared to Guinea’s 1.7 million cattle and 2.2 million sheep and goats.”With Liberia’s vast land lying mostly in bush throughout the country, surely we have more than enough acreage to develop our livestock industry.This newspaper has for a long time striven to engage people from Maryland and Grand Kru counties, whose land is ideal for cattle raising, to invest in the livestock industry. These include John Hilary Tubman, former Senator Cletus Wotorson and former Senator Blamo Nelson. John Hilary hails from Harper, but the farm of his father, the latePresident W.V.S. Tubman, is in Boniken; while Cletus and Blamo hail from Grand Cess and Picnicess, respectively, where at one time there were more cattle than people on the ground. Blamo says he has significant heads of cattle (large number of cows and bulls). That is a good beginning that needs to be expanded. The MOA should take the initiative to engage more people to make use of this pristine (virgin) opportunity, not only in the southeast but also in Bong, Lofa, Gbarpolu, Nimba and other counties. But in order to do this, MOA has got to be focused and results-oriented, just as the US Department of Agriculture.The third initiative we believe Minister Zinnah should undertake is to work closely with the Careysburg Slaughter House so that it is so efficiently and profitably run that it will be unnecessary for any supermarket or meat shop to import processed meat. And working with the Commerce and Industry Ministry, the business of the Careysburg Slaughter House could so blossom that soon more slaughterhouses could be established around the country to keep pace with our expanding livestock industry. We commend the owners and partners of the Careysburg Slaughter House and wish them Godspeed and great success in the years ahead.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)