Liberia Gets First Agric Vocational Program

first_imgThe problem of food insecurity in Liberia may be on the verge of being seriously tackled as the government, in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development’s Food and Enterprise Development (USAID/FED), over the weekend launched the National Diploma in Agriculture (NDA) program.The vocational program seeks to prepare high school graduates to go directly into agricultural employment. It is also aimed at synchronizing instructional contents at various technical and vocational institutions across the country. Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, speaking at the occasion held at the Booker Washington Institute in Kakata last Friday, said people are paying a lot of lip service to agriculture.  He lamented that not much is being done by the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) to meet the needs of farmers in the country.He had received 175 documented communications from farmers across the country, especially Lofa County, complaining about some difficulties they are facing to get their farms supported by the Ministry, he revealed.VP Boakai, who expressed his passion for agriculture in Liberia, disclosed that he communicated a very strongly worded letter to Agriculture Minister Florence Chenoweth, detailing the problems and concerns of the farmers. “We believe that technicians from the MOA are the ones who are supposed to help farmers test the soil, inform farmers about the right seeds, and guide them through the planting and cultivation processes, especially as the issue of climate change is becoming a major problem,” Ambassador Boakai said. VP Boakai, who is himself an active farmer and rice grower, noted that when he served as Agriculture Minister in the 1980s, he never allowed poultry products to be imported into Liberia because there were local farmers who had the capacity to supply poultry products to the Liberian market.He recalled that some of the major poultry producers at the time were Robert Bright, at his farm on the Firestone Road in Kakata, Dr. Christian Baker, Liberia’s first veterinary doctor, at his farms in Fendall, Montserrado County and Melekie, near Gbarnga, Bong County and many other poultry smallholders.Agriculture is where “we find real employment because agriculture is business,” said the VP, explaining that Liberia provides many opportunities for agriculture but people are yet to take advantage of  them.He referred to Senator Oscar Cooper, who was present for the occasion and made brief remarks.  Senator Cooper, said the Vice President, is a politician but also an active farmer with a sizeable rubber plantation in Cinta, Margibi County. The Senator told the audience that he employs several BWI graduates on his farm and was prepared to hire others from the program.He commended USAID/FED for funding the two-year post-secondary program, developed by the Ministry of Education. Contributing, US Ambassador, Deborah Malac said that she was delighted to be a part of the NDA launching, because its innovative skills will prepare high school graduates for agricultural work and employment in the formal sector and onto entrepreneurshipIn his remarks, Assistant MOE Minister, Charles K. Gaye, said that the NDA program is an outcome of the fulfillment of the Agenda for Transformation which also recognizes the importance of poverty reduction in the socio-economic development sector.He said to achieve the goal MOE, in collaboration with line ministries, UNESCO and ECOWAS through a series of consultations, embarked on the NDA process.“Following these consultations, the MOE engaged the Department of Education, Culture, Science and Technology of ECOWAS Commission and concluded arrangements for support to TVET development,” he noted.From 2011-2013, ECOWAS conducted three workshops in Liberia that trained a total of 75 teachers and school administrators in TVET curriculum and instructional material development, he said.The NDA program focuses on four value chains linked with food security and market needs in agriculture.  They are cassava, lowland rice, goats and vegetables, the Daily Observer learned.The program is expected to be implemented in four partner community colleges which are Lofa, Grand Bassa and Nimba Community Colleges and Booker T. Washington Institute.  The presidents of these institutions were present at the ceremony.USAID-FED, since 2012, has been working with the MOE to finalize the NDA curriculum and provided all the funding, textbooks, materials and equipment required for the implementation of the NDA.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt concerned over revelations – Harmon

first_imgThe ongoing Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into operations of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has brought many startling revelations to light and according to Minister of State Joseph Harmon, Government is not deaf to these disclosures.Minister of State, Joseph HarmonThe Minister of State told reporters at this week’s post-Cabinet press briefing on Friday that while Central Government recognises that local democracy through Local Government Elections brought into place the management of the city, because of the strategic location of the city, they cannot be oblivious to the things that are taking place there.On this note, Harmon posited that his Administration is concerned with some of the revelations coming out the Inquiry.“So yes we are recognising the matters that are coming out of the CoI but as you know, the COI is still a matter that is ongoing and that while you may be expressing concerns about what is coming out, it is the recommendations coming out of that CoI that the Government will have to take actions on,” he stated.However, Minister Harmon explained they will have to await the completion of the CoI and the recommendations of the Commissioner, retired Justice Cecil Kennard, before actions can be taken. He explained that the Terms of Reference of some of these commission of inquiries permit the Commissioner, if they find that it is in the public’s interest, to make preliminary recommendations if they find that actions needed to be taken even before the CoI has completed its work. “[But] we have no recommendation of such, so we may have to await the findings of Justice Kennard and what his Commission determines in this matter,” Minister Harmon said.Justice Kennard, the former Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA), was sworn in back in September as the Chairman and sole Commissioner to conduct an inquiry into the operation of the city government.Among some of the exposures during the public hearings, which commenced on September 24, 2018, and is being held at the Critchlow Labour College, Woolford Avenue, was that a plot of riverfront land, reportedly not the property of City Hall, was leased to a shipping company by Town Clerk Royston King since April 5, 2016, at the cost of $625,000 per year.It was also heard that the Town Clerk allegedly collected monies from nine specific drivers of the Route 44 (Industry) route. The drivers paid a rental of $3000 each to occupy a stretch of the roadway that spans from the Avenue of the Republic to Hinck Street. Consequently, some 45 drivers were left to fend for themselves as the area remains occupied by the said drivers.Only recently, it was also reported by sections of the media that King also purchased a property located at Happy Acres, East Coast Demerara, for $30 million. This was confirmed by his Attorney Andrew Pollard to be true.King has been sent on leave pending the outcome of this CoI.Moreover, the hearings also revealed that the Georgetown municipality is deeply indebted to contractors as well as to its staff. Apart from not remitting employees’ union dues and National Insurance Scheme (NIS) deductions, it was disclosed that City Hall has not been handing over its employees’ pension deductions and is in arrears on its fire and motor insurance policies to the tune of $24 million.The hearings are expected to conclude on October 31, after which the Commissioner will make certain recommendations based on his findings and hand over same to Government for actions to be taken.Over the years, City Hall has complained about lack of funds, which is a mere contradiction to its excessive spending. Concerns were raised over this issue, and it was noted that while the building is in need of repairs, millions of dollars have been squandered excessively.last_img read more

Province launches more online tools for Hunters and Guide Outfitters

first_imgHunters can submit permit to accompany reports through BC Hunting Online or at a FrontCounter BC office. Reporting requirements now include harvest date and species licence number, unless exempt. Paper permit to accompany reports are no longer accepted.Royalty payments for reports can be paid through the BC Hunting Online portal, or in person at a Service BC or FrontCounter BC office.Guiding territory certificate applications, including renewals, transfers and notice of change to control of a corporation, can be completed through BC Hunting online or in person at any FrontCounter BC office. Amendments to existing applications or certificates need to be made through FrontCounter BC. VICTORIA, B.C. – Hunters and guide outfitters can now file more reports online through B.C. Hunting Online.Guide outfitters can complete and submit guide outfitter reports using B.C. Hunting Online by logging into their fish and wildlife ID profiles. Upon submission, a copy of the guide outfitter report will be automatically sent to the guided hunter’s fish and wildlife profile and stored in a database.“These changes are an important step toward meeting our commitment to improve services for rural British Columbians,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “The expansion of online services for hunters and guide outfitters simplifies processes and helps avoid cumbersome paperwork.”- Advertisement -The information recorded on the form can be submitted online within 30 days after a hunt concludes. For those with a limited internet connection, mail will continue to be an option up to 30 days after a hunt concludes. A guide outfitter can designate an agent to submit this report.For those with limited internet access in the field, a hard copy form can be used. The form is available here: read more

Expert Eye: Man United target is ‘better than I ever was,’ admits World Cup winner

first_img Mauro Camoranesi says Juan Cuadrado is better than he ever was Louis van Gaal’s luck appears to be in at Old Trafford as Bayern Munich have reportedly pulled out of the race to sign Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina.That leaves just Barcelona standing in Manchester United’s way in the battle for Colombia’s World Cup star where he scored once and created four goals as they reached the quarter-finals in Brazil.In Italy he is known as ‘La Vespa’ and appears to have already been the subject of a £27.5million bid from the Red Devils, but La Viola are holding out for at least £30million.So what would Man United be getting for the money? talkSPORT’s Expert Eye gets the thoughts of those who know him best…When things get tangled up, Cuadrado can take your breath away.– Colombia’s 1994 coach Francisco MaturanaHe’s a player with great physical conditioning who achieved great things with his club, just as he has done with his country, and he is ready to go to a great club, regardless of how well he does at the World Cup.It’s satisfying to have him with Colombia and for sure he will go on to grace the most important pitches in football, and more if he goes to a great club like Barcelona.– Current Colombia manager Jose PekermanCuadrado is amazing. In the second half of last season he scored loads of goals for us. He’s so dominant in one-on-one situations and uses his pace to great effect.Not only that, but he’s also a very versatile player. Last season we went towards a four in the midfield, but he can also be one of three up front. Juan’s grown so much over these past two seasons. He’s become a crucial part of our team.– Fiorentina team-mate Borja Valero cooed about Cuadrado’s talentWho would I recommend we sign this summer? So many good players! I like maybe Cuadrado from Fiorentina. He’s a very good player, I played with him and also he’s a good guy.– Manchester City player and former Fiorentina team-mate Stevan Jovetic recommended him to the Premier League championsI’d like to see Cuadrado in that [Juventus] team. I think Cuadrado is one of the strongest wide players around. He would be a great player for Juventus, that’s for sure.He’s much better than I ever was. He has so much quality, is lightning quick and can do his defensive duties as well. I think he would be ideal for Juve.– Juventus legend Mauro CamoranesiFrom what you saw of Cuadrado at the World Cup and in Serie last season, what do you think of him? 1last_img read more

Liverpool starlet not given the opportunity to shine at Anfield

first_img Fabio Borini in action for Liverpool 1 Fabio Borini has not been given the opportunity to prove his worth at Liverpool, according to his agent.As talkSPORT told you, the former Chelsea hitman is expected to leave Anfield in the coming days and it is believed Serie A is his likely destination.And now the 24-year-old’s agent says his client was not ‘given the opportunity’ to show what he can do on Merseyside after making just 38 appearances in three years, in addition to a season-long loan spell at Sunderland during the 2013-14 season.“He wants to play, to show what he can do, as he has done in recent years, such as at Sunderland,” his agent, Marco De Marchi, told Sportitalia in an interview.“Borini is being followed by many European clubs, including Italian ones. We’re still evaluating (the situation) because a lot of clubs have changed their manager and (we) must wait.”The Italian became Brendan Rodgers’ first signing back in 2012 and, despite having two years remaining on his contract, he has been told he has no future with the Reds.last_img read more

‘He’s a top player’ – Anthony Martial pays tribute to Tottenham star

first_imgAnthony Martial has praised Tottenham striker Harry Kane ahead of Manchester United’s clash with Spurs this weekend.The Red Devils head to White Hart Lane on Sunday looking to remain in the hunt for a top four finish, but they will be coming up against the Premier League top scorer in Kane.The 22-year-old has netted 22 goals this term, leading the scoring charts ahead of Jamie Vardy – who has 19 strikes to his name.His strike against Liverpool broke the record for seasonal league goals scored by a Spurs player since the start of the Premier League, and with six goals in his last four games, United will fear facing the England international.Ahead of the clash in North London, Kane has been drawing praise from all corners, with Red Devils striker Martial speaking highly of his rival striker.“He’s a top player and he’s also still only young,” Martial told MUTV.“He had a great season last year and he’s underlined just how good he is this time around. He’s a quality player who is very entertaining to watch.”Martial himself has impressed this season, netting 14 goals, but he is aware he will face off against a tough defence this weekend.Spurs have the strongest defensive record in the Premier League, conceding only 25 times, and the French forward has been impressed with the Lilywhites’ back-line.He added: “Spurs are a team who defend well with a lot of aggression and stay compact as a unit.“They have a lot of ability up top and that’s why they find themselves currently in second place in the table.” Tottenham striker Harry Kane 1last_img read more


first_imgIf you are amongst the many Donegal people who feel they don’t do enough reading with their children, then this is your chance.Easons in Letterkenny will host a ‘Get Into Reading’ session at their shop in the Courtyard Shopping Centre on Saturday morning at 11am.The very relaxed setting will simply allow children to come along and listen to a story being told. The aim of the ‘Get Into Reading’ sessions is to allow children to see how much fun reading can be.The book which will be read during this session is the brilliant Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers.And just to get children into the mood, there will be balloons and treats given out!The overall ‘Get Into Reading’ campaign is in response to eye-opening results from a major survey on the nation’s reading habits. Easons are aiming to both promote reading to young children and encourage adults to reappraise their love of reading.To achieve this, they’re focusing on two central initiatives:1. Online Pledge FormThey’re asking everybody who believes in this cause to pledge their support online at For every thousand names pledged, they’ll give an exclusive hamper of Eason Story Time books to a primary school chosen by a pledger! Plus – everyone who pledges can enter a weekly draw for a €500 Eason gift voucher.2. Eason Story Time Each Saturday at 11am in every Eason store in the country, they’ll read a specially selected children’s book to children and adults alike, so thousands of people can enjoy the same book at the same time in over 60 different locations!And this week Easons in Letterkenny will take centre stage with Lost and Found.So what is Lost and Found about? What is a boy to do when a lost penguin shows up at his door? Find out where it comes from, of course, and return it. But the journey to the South Pole is long and difficult in the boy’s rowboat. There are storms to brave and deep, dark nights.To pass the time, the boy tells the penguin stories. Finally, they arrive. Yet instead of being happy, both are sad. That’s when the boy realizes: The penguin hadn’t been lost, it had merely been lonely!Among the most striking results from the survey carried out by Amarach*, commissioned by Eason in December 2011, were the following: Almost one in five (18%) Irish parents of children under the age of 8 never read to their children.Over two-thirds (68%) of Irish people believe that a favourite book can tell a lot about someone’s personality and a similar proportion (69%) perceive a well-read person to be intelligent.One-third (32%) cite time pressures as the main preventative to reading more to their child and 40% have given this as an excuse in telling a child that they cannot read to them.Four-in-five (84%) Irish people were encouraged to read by their parents and almost 7-in-10 members of the Irish public (69%) were read to as a child.A quarter of the Irish public reads for five or more hours each week and those who were read to as a child are 30% more likely to spend 5 or more hours a week reading than those who were not read to as a child.The internet outranks books in a preference to what to do with their spare time (43% read books, 52% surf the internet).A quarter of the Irish public reads for five or more hours each week and those who were read to as a child are 30% more likely to spend 5 or more hours a week reading than those who were not read to as a child.(All results from this survey commissioned by Eason reflect a recent OECD** report into the role of parents in a child’s education using the results of a survey of 28million 15 year olds through 74 countries. Among the many results that make up the report, it was clear that the regular reading to young children benefited their development.)How Can You Get Into Reading?Pledge your support; tell your friends; spread the word; attend Story Time in your local Eason store; read some books; read to a child; get a child to read to you; encourage your friends and family to read more often; take time to read; make time to read; get lost in a book, find your way back out and get lost in another… there are tons of ways to Get Into Reading.READ ALL ABOUT IT AT EASONS THIS WEEKEND was last modified: August 16th, 2012 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

Two Tottenham Hotspur stars make the top 10 FIFA 19 defenders, but who else is in?

first_imgTottenham Hotspur have two players ranked in the top 10 defenders of the new FIFA 19.Despite the current woes of Mauricio Pochettino’s side, EA Sports consider Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld to be two of the best defenders in world football. DROPPED No. 6 – Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) Reality Check WHAT A SIGNING 11 FIFA 20 career mode: New features and possible highest potential players No. 3 – Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich) No. 9 – Miranda (Inter Milan) FIFA 19: Burnley, Crystal Palace, West Ham and Watford stars make TOTW 24 11 No.5 Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid) FIFA 19: Manchester United, Newcastle and Chelsea stars make TOTW No.1 – Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) Latest FIFA 19 News CHANGE 11 in-form stars One player from every Premier League club who deserves a FIFA 20 downgrade 11 One player from every Premier League club who deserves an upgraded rating on FIFA 20 No. 4 – Andrea Barzagli (Juventus) No. 2 – Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) STATS NO GOOD 11 11 Griezmann signs Pogba on FIFA and jokes the kit looks good on him No.8 – Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain) Already, talkSPORT have revealed just who are the quickest players, the best free-kick takers and the best passers in this year’s edition of the FIFA instalment.But just who are the best defenders?As crucial as scoring goals is on the game, when you switch to ‘Park The Bus’ mode you need to know you can really on your men at the back.Scroll down to see the top 10 defenders in FIFA 19. Vertonghen and Alderweireld are two of the best defender in FIFA 19 11 11 IN FORM STARS 11 No. 7 – Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona) 11 11 Ronaldo removed from cover of FIFA 19 and replaced by De Bruyne, Neymar and Dybala No. 10 – Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur)last_img read more

Villaraigosa takes office

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Villaraigosa decided to enter the race only after several other prominent officials – state Sen. Richard Alarcon, D-Van Nuys, Councilman Bernard Parks and former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg – had announced their plans to challenge Hahn. And he opted to run although he had promised constituents in the 14th District he would serve a full, four-year term after he was elected in 2003. But, with Hahn politically weakened after the battle over San Fernando Valley secession and a series of corruption investigations, Villaraigosa won a place in the runoff and emerged victorious over Hahn. Since then, Villaraigosa has not stopped running. His daily schedule is routinely jammed with events from morning ’til night – including appearances on the weekend. He has made numerous trips to Sacramento and Washington, D.C. – some even before he was sworn into office on July 1 – to appeal for funds for Los Angeles. And he has become a national symbol as the prototype of municipal chief executive. In late November, Villaraigosa – who’d dropped out of high school as a teen – was selected as keynote speaker at the New Mayors Conference by the John F. Kennedy School of Politics at Harvard University. A lifelong liberal with ties to the ACLU and the union movement, Villaraigosa has become one of the strongest supporters of the Los Angeles Police Department and the leading critic of the Los Angeles Unified School District. As head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, he has overseen the debut of the Orange Line in the Valley, revived plans for a Wilshire Boulevard subway, accelerated clean energy plans and cleared the way for major revisions to Hahn’s controversial $11 billion LAX modernization plan. — Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 rick.orlov@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Promising to unite all the city’s residents and erase the shadows of corruption lingering over City Hall, Antonio Villaraigosa took the reins as Los Angeles 41st mayor and the first Latino in the post in nearly two centuries. In a runoff with Mayor James Hahn – a repeat of their 2001 contest – Villaraigosa won 14 of the city’s 15 council districts, from the most conservative in the northwest San Fernando Valley to the most liberal on the Westside and Hollywood. His election demonstrated the growing influence of Latino politics in the nation’s second-largest city, even though he continues to downplay the role of race in the election. “I may be the first, but I won’t be the last,” Villaraigosa tells audiences.last_img read more


first_imgwater charges….DONEGAL county council has said today it will not evict tenants who refuse to pay water charges.The statement came in a letter to Cllr Patrick McGowan.“The responsibility for the payment of the water services charge in RAS properties rests with the occupier,” said Liam Ward, Director of Services, at Housing, Corporate & Planning Control. “As Donegal County Council has no role to play in the collection of the water services charge, it does not propose writing to tenants in connection therewith,” said Mr WardCllr McGowan welcomed the decision.It follows a decision by some other county councils to threaten eviction for non-payment to Irish Water.Letterkenny Sinn Fein Councillor Gerry Mc Monagle has also welcomed assurances from Donegal County Council that they will not be writing to, or putting pressure on RAS Scheme tenants to pay water charges. Cllr Mc Monagle is now calling on the Tánaiste, Joan Burton, and the Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly, to assure RAS tenants, those in receipt of rent allowance and those in privately rented accommodation, that they will not be evicted from their homes for not paying water charges.“I acknowledge that Joan Burton has said that she will be investigating the letters that were sent to RAS tenants by Wicklow County Council in which the threats were made.“However, she has yet to assure such tenants that they will not be evicted from their homes if they do not pay water charges.” ‘WE WON’T EVICT PEOPLE WHO DON’T PAY WATER CHARGES’ – DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL was last modified: October 17th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Donegal County CouncilIrish Waterlast_img read more