To Increase Agricultural Information to Farmers, USAID FED Partners With Community Radios

first_imgIn order to increase agricultural information to local farmers for improvement of food security in Liberia, the United States Agency for International Development Food and Enterprise Development (USAID FED) has entered into a partnership with four community radio stations.The community radio stations are Super Bongese in Bong, Radio Kergheamahn in Nimba, Radio Tamba Taylor in Lofa and Lacsa Radio in Grand Bassa Counties respectively.The occasion organized by the extension and communication department of USAID FED was held on Friday, May 23 at a local hotel in Monrovia. It was attended by stakeholders in the Agricultural sector, members of the media and local farmers.Several presentations were made at the program which include, MoA’s role in strengthening agriculture, with emphasis on the Liberian media, reporting on agricultural issues, farmers access to credit and among others.Speaking at the ceremony, the extension specialist of USAID FED, Doe Adovor, explained that his institution’s partnership with the four community radio stations is intended to enhance food security in Liberia, through the dissemination of information to farmers.He said that USAID FED has provided four laptops, finances and other items to the four stations to enhance their works.According to him, the partnership was important because it will strengthen relationship with local farmers where USAIDFED program is being implemented.He named Bong, Grand Bassa, Nimba, Lofa and Montserrado counties as places that his institution is supporting farmers in rice, cassava, and vegetable and livestock productions.In a power-point presentation, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Charles McClain explained that the mandate of his Ministry is to ensure that farmers in the country are given all necessary opportunities to engage in agriculture in order to boost the country’s economy.He said that it was important for the Liberian media to exert more effort in reporting on the sector to erase the notion by some Liberians that nothing is done by government and partners to improve the level of agricultural production in the country.“There is a whole lot happening in the sector but the information is not getting to the public. We want to encourage the press to reach out for information about the sector,” he said.He emphasized that this was important to help improve the level of food production in the country.“Food security is paramount to the Agenda for Transformation and as such the media plays a very important role in informing Liberians to get involved by investing in agriculture,” he stated.According to Dr. McClain, though the government lacks all the funding for revamping the sector, it is, however, indicated that the contributions of international partners like USAID FED and others are greatly helping to restore the sector.He said that the MoA has created its communication strategy to reach information to local farmers through radio programs.The MoA’s Deputy Minister disclosed plan to work with many community radio stations across the country to promote the massages to rural people.Speaking earlier, USAID FED communication specialist, Nicolas Parkinson urged the press to report on Agriculture in order to improve the lives of Liberian farmers.“There are so many opportunities unfolding in the country that could help change the lives of farmers positively. Therefore, journalists must communicate these opportunities to help the farmers,” he said.He mentioned that policies such as the lifting of tariff on agriculture products and the purchasing of produce locally by government are needed information that would help farmers, if they were informed.Meanwhile, Liberian journalists attending the program have vowed to exert every effort in reaching information about Agriculture to local farmers.They called on the government and its partners to build their capacities to reach farmers in the country.The Liberian journalists, who disclosed plans to form a network of agricultural reporters, said that the lack of logistics to travel from one place to another in the rural areas greatly limits their functions.They made the disclosure to the Daily Observer right after the end of the one-day stakeholders’ meeting.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

How more clean can Mr Ali come on academic qualifications?

first_imgDear Editor,Please permit me to respond to an article entitled “‘Integrity on the line’ David Hinds urges Irfaan Ali to come clean on academic qualifications”, appearing in the Stabroek News’ April 08 edition.The subject of the letter is self-explanatory, so I would go straight into my response. First, Dr Hinds is an academic and a politician. Though he might be more of the former than the latter, his punches are all undoubtedly tendentious.Allow me to expound. Mr Ali, ever since questions were raised about the authenticity of his certificate, was sincere enough to stand by his words, and furnished — as promised — the media with all his certificates. Such unprecedented gesture by any standing politician undoubtedly confirms his high level of uncompromised integrity. Hence I do find it quite preposterous for someone who is ostensibly cognisant of academic standings and procedures to stoop so low to deliver a low-blow by questioning the integrity of someone who, by all means, epitomises integrity.Are we about to witness another “catch-65 absolute majority” scenario with the reinvention of the word “integrity”? Will we now go down the line citing various definitions proffered for the word “integrity”? Or is it simply a matter of obliviousness or deliberate ignorance, hence on this raft Dr Hinds is now seeking to boost his relevance in the political arena?It is public knowledge that Mr. Ali submitted all his certificates as promised. Similarly, it is also well established within the public domain that he is soon to receive his PhD in Urban and Rural Planning from the University of the West Indies. Cynics who doubted his qualifications and took it upon themselves to investigate the authenticity of each are now shell-shocked and dead silent when confronted with the truth from the various academic institutions — that indeed his certificates are authentic. It is a pity that self-consciousness and humiliation are now the deciding factors for not proffering any public apology to him.Underlying MotivesMr Ali is the presidential candidate of the PPP/C, a party that now represents — based on last local government elections – 65 per cent of the populace; hence he is well within range of securing a landslide victory at the next regional and general elections. On the academic side, he is the holder of two masters’ degrees, and is soon to earn a PhD. Currently, he is on a countrywide visit to meet with the people to discuss contemporary and future concerns and challenges. In so doing, not only will he strengthen his relationship with the people at the grass-roots level, but better understand their needs. Hence the calling out of Mr Ali on the principle of integrity is nothing more than an act of desperation by the Government, to divert attention from the ongoing corruption-fuelled media frenzy.Any graduate would concur that it is a gross level of absurdity to publicise one’s personal academic transcript. No one has to see what grades you scored in your various courses.Sincerely,Timothy Isaacslast_img read more

Designer Desires Advance Studies

first_imgA young designer of bamboo airplanes is calling on well meaning Liberians, the government and philanthropic organizations to assist him get advanced study abroad.Speaking to the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview on April 27, Harry W. Gbusseh said his dream is to become an airplane designer, but can only achieve that dream through further education abroad.The young designer, who is currently teaching arts and craft at the United Methodist School in Ganta, Nimba County, explained that he has received numerous awards from those who appreciate his work but noted that he needs the required education to do more.“I didn’t acquire any formal education for what I am doing now. I grew up with it and need improvement to make my dream come true,” he said.The young craftsman has designed a four-engine airplane with seats for 500 passengers.Besides designing airplanes, he also drafts plans for houses, for which he never had any formal education.“My dream is to become an airplane designer so as to design varieties of airplanes; the sample I have designed is from local materials,” he 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

Bill sinks its teeth into toy chemical

first_imgSACRAMENTO – A common chemical found in plastic ducks, teething rings and other soft, chewable baby toys would be banned in California under a bill before an Assembly committee this week. Legislation by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, would require that all toys or child care products sold for children under 3 be free of six types of phthalates, a chemical used to soften and smooth plastics. “The vulnerability to toxins is most prevalent in childhood,” Ma said. “It could cause harm to babies, and we should do everything we can.” Phthalates have been banned by the European Union and at least 14 other countries after studies found that the chemical mimics the hormone estrogen and could cause developmental problems. Those could include early puberty in girls, low sperm counts, genital defects and lower testosterone in boys. Scientists in the United States, however, are divided on the health risks. Ma’s legislation is scheduled to be heard Tuesday before the Assembly Health Committee. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Missing Grande Prairie man has connections to Northern BC

first_imgRCMP Grande Prairie are asking for the public’s assistance to locate a missing 26-year-old male.On September 7, 2015, a family member of 26-year-old Kenneth Snow called to report that he was missing. The family member reported that Snow was last seen August 24th, 2015. Sno was last seen in the Grande Prairie area but does have connections in Northern British Columbia communities.Snow is described as Caucasian, dark brown hair, brown eyes, 150 lbs, 5’7” with a short beard. Snow has a tattoo of a snowman on his right calf and a cross skull on his left shoulder.Police are asking anyone who knows of Snow’s whereabouts or has recently been in contact with him to please contact the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5701 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Southgate tells England stars: ‘Be bigger than 1966 heroes’

first_img0Shares0000Dreaming big: England manager Gareth Southgate believes the reaction to a World Cup win would be “crazier” than in 1966 © AFP / Yuri CORTEZREPINO, Russian Federation, Jul 9 – England manager Gareth Southgate says winning the World Cup would make his players even bigger heroes than the 1966 generation because of the impact of social media and the globalisation of football.Southgate’s men meet Croatia in the semi-finals on Wednesday after ending a 28-year wait just to reach the last four by cruising past Sweden in the quarter-finals. “I’ve met quite a few of those players and we know exactly how they’re held and perhaps, in the modern era, that would be even crazier,” Southgate told Britain’s daily newspapers.“Social media and everything else, the global thing is so much bigger.”While the England players are tucked away in a sleepy training base in the remote town of Repino, 45 kilometres (28 miles) northwest of Saint Petersburg, football fever is sweeping the nation back home.Nearly 20 million viewers tuned in for the win over Sweden and social media is awash with videos of excited fans watching on big screens in bars and parks, fanatically celebrating every England goal.Southgate admitted he had used the high esteem in which the 1966 team — featuring Bobby Charlton and Bobby Moore — are still held as an inspiration for his players.“We’ve talked, touched briefly, certainly, on the team which won. How they’re still held and revered,” he added.“At the beginning we were working together with the lads and trying to sell them the vision of what’s possible, what we’re looking to achieve in the long term.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgA ‘who’s who’ of top athletes from home and abroad are among the final line-ups for the Sub4 Minute Mile challenge on Saturday as Donegal honours double Olympian Danny McDaid by naming the Aura track in Letterkenny after him.Letterkenny Athletic Club has released the final line-ups below.And the ‘Danny McDaid Track’ – which will be its official name after this weekend – will be graced by a host of stars. Local boys Darren McBrearty, Ruari Finnegan and Danny Mooney will all take part in the invitational mile – all hoping to record the first mile under four minutes in the county.Kenyan’s Jonathan Kiplimo and Hillary Kipkorir are also in Letterkenny, having arrived on Friday.Fionnuala Britton (3,000m) and Brian Gregan (400m) will be among the elite fields and the men’s 800m will showcase the class of local star Mark English.Mary McLoone of Tir Chonaill AC will also be hoping for a medal. The final line-ups are below = at the bottom of this story we reprint the running order as well!Men 100mRichard Kilty EnglandDean Adams Ballymena & Antrim ACChris Russell Ferrybank AC David O’Shea Dooneen ACAdam McMullan Ballymena & Antrim ACZak Irwin Sligo ACIsreal Ibeanu Clonliffe Harriers Odhran Byrne Gildea Sligo ACKeith Pike Clonliffe HarriersJonathan Browning Ballymena & Antrim ACMen 400mLuke Lennon Ford EnglandCurtis Woods Lagan Valley ACDara Kervick Carrick on Suir ACJason Harvey Crusaders ACEoin Mulhall Crusaders ACJohn Houston Ballymena & Antrim ACBen Maze Lagan Valley ACKieran Elliott North Sligo ACMen 800mMark English UCD ACMark Patterson North Down ACShane Fitzsimons Mullingar HarriersDarragh Greene Dunleer ACKris Valters Clonliffe HarriersPatrick Hamilton City of Derry ACMark Hoy Finn Valley ACMark McDonald Clonliffe HarriersDarragh Lynch Ennis Track ClubMen MileAnthony Whiteman EnglandMaiyo Hillary Kipkorir KenyaSawe Joathan Kiplimo KenyaDarren McBrearty Letterkenny ACJames Tartt EnglandConor Bradley City of Derry ACDanny Mooney Letterkenny ACEoin Everard Kilkenny City HarriersJoe Warne Doheny ACRuairi Finnegan Letterkenny ACMark Hanrahan Leevale ACJeroen D’Hoedt BelgiumMen 3000mJohn Travers Donore HarriersMark Kenneally Clonliffe HarriersMichael Mulhare Portlaoise ACGary Thornton Galway City HarriersColin Costello Star of the Sea ACDavid Fitzmaurice Clonliffe HarriersRay Hynes Crusaders ACCiaran Doherty Letterkenny ACAaron Hanlon Clonliffe HarriersRobert Corbally DSD ACDeclan Reed City of Derry ACMen 3000m mixedMichael Maher Ennis Track ClubEdgars Sumskis Clonliffe HarriersEmmett McGinty City of Derry ACEoin O’Callaghan Star of the Sea ACGary Slevin City of Derry ACJonathon Phillips Sli Cualann ACRoger Barrett Ballina ACPeter Gibbons Letterkenny ACScott Rankin Foyle Valley ACKeith Shiels Foyle Valley ACMen High JumpKourosh Foroughi Star of the Sea ACDerek Gillespie Letterkenny ACKevin Grant Letterkenny ACAdam McMullan Ballymena & Antrim ACBarry Quigg Sliabh Liag ACPeter Glass North Down ACShane Aston Trim ACAiden Gillespie Rosses ACMen Shot PuttKim Christensen DenmarkDaniel Stahl SwedenTomas Rauktys Clonliffe HarriersSean Breathnach Galway City HarriersPeter Glass North Down ACDiarmuid Hickey Riverstick Kinsale ACJohn Kelly Finn Valley ACJeremy Worth Letterkenny ACAndrew Doyle Mid Ulster ACMen JavelinDamian Crawford Strabane Track ClubAdam Rice Sli Cualann ACDaniel Mullan Strabane Track ClubTom Rafferty Tullamore HarriersSean McBride Strabane Track ClubPeter Glass North Down ACSeán Breathnach Galway City HarriersSean Lorinyenko Tir Chonaill ACWomen 200mKelly Proper Ferrybank ACMary McLoone Tir Chonaill ACLouise Holmes Kilkenny City HarriersSarah Lavin Emerald ACLaura Ann Costello Galway City HarriersJenny O’Brien City of Derry ACWomen 800mLaura Crowe Riocht ACRachael O’Shea West Muskerry ACEmma Mitchell Banbridge ACMaebh Brannigan Galway City HarriersAlanna Lally Galway City HarriersWomen 3000m mixedFionnuala Britton Sli Cualann ACTeresa McGloin Finn Valley ACSiobhra O’Flaherty St. Lawrence O’Toole ACWomen Long JumpKelly Proper Ferrybank ACMary McLoone Tir Chonaill ACLinzi Herron City of Lisburn ACWomen Shot PuttNiamh Murphy Blarney/Inniscara ACFiona Tuite Fingallians ACKelly Proper Ferrybank ACLisa Gibson Letterkenny ACIsabella Breslin Lifford ACLETTERKENNY sub 4 mile Challenge Event sat 18th May at aura.History in the making4.15PM 1 Hour Run M/W5.30pm Opening Ceremony Speeches6.00pm 100m M 6.00pm L.J. W6.10pm 3,000M Mixed 6.05pm H.J. M6.25pm 800M W 6.10pm Shot M6.35pm 400m M 6.40pm Javelin M6.45pm 1 Mile M 7.05pm Shot W7.00pm 200m W7.10pm 800M M7.20pm 3,000M M7.35pm 4 X 400M Relay MATHLETICS WEEKEND: TOP STARS IN DONEGAL AS LINE-UP REVEALED was last modified: May 17th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:ATHLETICS WEEKEND: TOP STARS IN DONEGAL AS LINE-UP REVEALEDlast_img read more

Croatia star kicked out of World Cup squad after refusing to play

first_imgKalinic was asked to enter the fray with four minutes left as a replacement for Mario Mandzukic but refused boss Dalic’s request, citing a back problem.Croatia instead had to bring on a wideman – Marko Pjaca – in the final stages of the match, which they won 2-0 thanks to an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a Luka Modric penalty.The Croatian Football Federation confirmed Kalinic had left the team’s base camp on Monday and would return home immediately.A statement from Dalic read: “During the Nigeria encounter, Kalinić was warming up and was supposed to come on in the second half. However, he then stated that he wasn’t ready to come on due to a back issue.“The same thing happened during the Brazil friendly in England, as well as before the practice session on Sunday. I have calmly accepted that, and since I need my players fit and ready to play, I have made this decision.” ℹ️ Forward Nikola Kalinić to leave #CRO #WorldCup squad➡️— HNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) June 18, 2018The AC Milan striker, once on the books of Blackburn Rovers, has scored 15 goals in 41 appearances for his national team.He has been left on the bench for their last four games, and is said to have been left upset by his failure to make the starting XI against Nigeria. 1 Nikola Kalinic is heading home from Russia center_img Nikola Kalinic has been thrown out of Croatia’s World Cup squad.The striker has been sent home in disgrace by manager Zlatko Dalic after refusing to come on as a substitute in the Group D clash against Nigeria on Saturday. Dalic alluded to an issue with Kalinic after the match when he told reporters the team had finished without injuries but “with a problem”.Now he has taken a hard line with Kalinic heading home, leaving Croatia with just one recognised striker in Mandzukic.Croatia next take on Argentina in Nizhny Novgorod on June 21.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more


first_imgFrom Bogart to Swayze, from cheesy to soul-baring angst, take inspiration from a few of the most memorable movie quotes to help celebrate Valentine’s Day….Dirty Dancing (1987)Baby: Me? I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you. Along Came Polly (2004)Reuben Feffer: Since we have been together I have felt more uncomfortable, out of place, embarrassed, and just physically sick then I have in my entire life. But I could not have gone through that, I could not have thrown up 19 times in 48 days if I was not in love with you.The Great Gatsby (2013)[to Gatsby] Daisy Buchanan: I wish I’d done everything on earth with you. One Day (2011)Emma Morley: Whatever happens tomorrow, we’ve had today. And if we should bump into each other sometime in the future, well that’s fine too. We’ll be friends.The Notebook (2004)I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I’ve ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, everyday we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours. So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s gonna be really hard. We’re gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, for ever, you and me, every day.The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009) Don’t you think it’s better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life.The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)—Edward (Robert Pattinson) to Bella (Kristen Stewart) “I love you. You’re my only reason to stay alive… if that’s what I am.”Gone With The Wind  (1939) —Rhett (Clark Gable) to Scarlett (Vivien Leigh) “No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”Jerry Maguire (1996)—Dorothy (Renée Zellweger) to Jerry (Tom Cruise) You had me at hello.Wuthering Heights (1939)— Heathcliff (Laurence Olivier) “Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest so long as I live on! I killed you. Haunt me, then! Haunt your murderer! I know that ghosts have wandered on the Earth. Be with me always. Take any form, drive me mad, only do not leave me in this dark alone where I cannot find you. I cannot live without my life! I cannot die without my soul.”When Harry Met Sally (1989)Harry to Sally – I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.City of Angels (1998)“I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss from her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it.”As Good As It Gets(1997)Jack Nicholson. You make me want to be a better manCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon(2000)Chow Yun-Fat. “I want to tell you with my last breath that I have always loved you”Casablanca (1942)Humphrey Bogart. “We’ll always have Paris.”A Beautiful Mind, (2001)“It’s only in the mysterious equations of love that any logical reasons can be found. I am only here tonight because of you. You are all I am. You are all my reasons.”Pride & Prejudice (2005)—Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen) to Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) “…If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love … I love … I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.”ROSES ARE RED? BE INSPIRED WITH A MEMORABLE VALENTINE MOVIE QUOTE was last modified: February 13th, 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:Movie quotesValentines Daylast_img read more