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FAO Country Rep. Wants Gov’t Focus on Agriculture Sector

first_imgThe Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Country Representative to Liberia, Jean-Alexandre Scaglia, is calling on government and international partners to focus on improving and investing in the Agriculture sector for job creation and self-reliance.Briefing the media Tuesday, May 27, on the FAO’s national priorities and the important role of Agriculture including rural development, employment, youth support, food security and poverty reduction,  Mr. Scaglia said it is important for government to use Agriculture for development.According to the FAO Country Representative, food insecurity and malnutrition was a serious problem for the country, especially the rural areas of Nimba, Maryland and Grand Kru Counties. He further explained that the government of Liberia, national and international partners have not been focusing on investing both financial and technical support that will shift and improve the agriculture sector and the lives of the Liberian  people. “Let us use half of the two hundred million dollars that we spend on importation of food in Liberia for agriculture for two to three years for farming and technical as well as capacity building and Liberia will have more food and reduce importation throughout country. Mr. Scaglia insisted that there is a need for the agriculture sector to have huge investment that will create food security, capacity building for farmers, and reduce vulnerable employment for the youthful population that is over 55%.  Greater investment in agriculture will also reduce malnutrition.Stating the statistics of food insecurity in Liberia, Mr. Scaglia described as worrisome Lofa’s 61.3% food insecurity, Bong’s 64.6%, Sinoe’s 65.1%, Grand Bassa’s 60.8%, Cape Mount’s 78.8%, rural Montserrado’s 67%, Nimba 41.5%, and Margibi 63.2% among others.”According to the FAO Country Representative, malnutrition has risen to 80% in the country,  most especially in the rural areas and poses a serious threat to the health sector of the people.   He called on the government as well as the partners to ensure that malnutrition is urgently addressed.Mr. Scaglia:  “If there is no decision now to create jobs in the agriculture sector and invest more in  food security, there will be serious problems for the country in driving hungry from Liberia.  The government needs to take advantage of the present population to improve and address the issues of food insecurity,” he warned.According to him, agriculture is the best job for the vulnerable unemployment youth in the country, which would also stop the importation of over 50% of food.   Liberians are capable of producing their own food, including fishery, he said.The FAO Representative explained that for Liberia to make progress in improving the lives of its people and creating job,“ the government needs the right information, capacity building, financial and technical knowledge that will support self reliance and better living conditions.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Victoria’s Passion: Playing it fair

first_imgVictoria Kabba, 18, loves soccer and makes her contribution to develop it as a referee, she told the Daily Observer in an interview last Saturday, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium. And she is among the youngest female soccer referees of the Liberia Referees Association, (LIFRA).“I began two years ago,” Kabba said. “I visited the Antoinette Tubman Stadium to participate in a track and field event. And at the time, a number of referees were also engaged in their early morning exercises.”She said a lady she named as Sister Christmas, “encouraged me when she saw that I was highly impressed with what the referees were doing.” Thereafter, he sought enquiries at the LFA and registered and eventually began to get assistance from the Liberia Referees Association.“LIFRA officials told me that I can become a good referee and help of officiate female games,” Ms. Kakka told the Daily Observer.A 9th grade student of the Prince Y. Johnson Junior High School, on GSA Road in Paynvesville, Ms. Kabba has never wavered in her desire to become a referee and she finds encouragement when she serves as a lineswoman to officiate a match.“I find excitement as an authority on the field when I perform as a lineswoman in a game at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium,” she said.She admitted there have been challenges when signals in games did not go well with players, and some have issued insults at her.“At LIFRA training I’m told such would happen and so when it happens I learn from it,” she said.Meanwhile, she appealed to female footballers to understand that when a game is in progress, referees and linesmen (women) work hard to apply the laws of the game with fairness. Though Ms. Victoria Kabba (MaaVic) did not rule out human error, she said referees are honest people trying to do a job that has a great deal of emotion.On her growth, she expressed appreciation to LIFRA officials and members for their encouragement, “and also supporting me to be what I want to be.”Her guardian, Mr. Sayma S. Sayon, she said has supported her interest. “She helps me with transportation and LIFRA’s officials also help me and I thank them very much.”Her role model, she said is referee Francis Sannoh. “I watch him when he is training and exercising and I model my training after him,” she said. There are more than 15 females in the Liberia Referees Association nationwide who handle the female league of the Liberia Football Association. With the LFA’s focus on providing additional support to female soccer, female referees will have the chance to practice their trade to enjoy the world’s number one game: soccer.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Logistical Constraint Hinders Commerce Inspectors’ Work in Nimba

first_imgThe Commerce Inspector in Ganta, Nimba County, has underscored that the lack of vehicles or motorcycles at the border posts in the county makes it difficult to arrest the illegal exportation of goods from Liberia.Inspector Monlee Monbleah in an interview with this paper on January 4, said, “We have constraints facing us in contending with the issue of illegal exportation. We hire commercial motorcycles to chase some of the people involved in illegal exportation, and the border line here is porous.”Mr. Monbleah’s comment comes following concerns that huge quantities of petroleum products were being bought in Ganta and exported to neighboring Guinea.There is an Executive Order preventing the export of basic commodities including rice, petroleum products and cement to other countries because of their scarcity.It may be recalled that on January 2, 2016, a vehicle from the Republic of Guinea with plate number RC-7364-P parked at the Aminata & Sons petrol station in Ganta was loaded with over seven containers of petroleum products.The Commerce Inspector said the Executive Order preventing the aforementioned commodities stresses that they (commodities) should not leave Liberia in huge quantities, although he could not state what the Order considers “huge.”Gasoline is currently sold in Monrovia for L$310 while diesel (fuel oil) is sold for L$325 or more in the wake of the depreciating value of the Liberian dollar.As mentioned, there are many bordering points between Liberia and Guinea on the one hand, and Liberia and Cotê d’Ivoire on the other.People along these border lines are interrelated by marriage, other extended family ties and languages.Based on these ties, it is easy to smuggle these products to neighboring countries since people from these neighboring countries speak the same languages and have common relationships.Besides using the main border points in the Ganta region, farmers along the St. John River have their canoes that they can easily use to transport goods and people to and from Guinea.This existing situation allows people not only to smuggle restricted goods between Liberia and its neighbors, but it also serves as a channel for businesspeople to bypass customs and evade taxes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Terry Fox Run at Lonewolf Golf Club this weekend

first_imgThe Terry Fox Run is held in honour of Terry Fox who ran just under 5,400 kilometres in 1980 in support of cancer research. Those lacing up the running shoes can either walk or run the 3.5 kilometre distance at Participation Trail. Along the course is a ravine for runners to enjoy as they make their way throughout.Pledge sheets can be picked up from the Taylor Visitor Centre, which is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.- Advertisement -All proceeds raised will be allocated to the Terry Fox Foundation, which helps raise close to $20 million annually for cancer based research.last_img read more

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NewsLite: Gibson praised for rehabilitation

first_imgA Malibu judge praised Mel Gibson on Friday for maintaining his court-ordered treatment for alcoholism after his drunken-driving arrest last July. “I truly believe the rehabilitation that is being effected in this case is effective, and I don’t want anything to interrupt that,” said Superior Court Judge Lawrence Mira. The 51-year-old actor-director didn’t attend the progress report hearing, but Gibson’s attorney, Blair Berk, told the judge she filed a report with the court saying Gibson was complying with all the terms and conditions of his rehabilitation program. “He’s doing very well. He’s working hard,” Gibson’s publicist, Alan Nierob, told The Associated Press on Friday. “This is just an ongoing process that he’s committed to.” Mira added that he wanted to see Gibson in court at some point “to ensure we are all on the same page.” Gibson pleaded no contest to charges of drunken driving Aug. 17 under a deal that included serving three years’ probation, a fine and alcohol-rehabilitation classes. He was arrested on a Malibu highway in July after a sheriff’s deputy caught him speeding. Gibson’s anti-Semitic remarks to the deputy sparked outrage, and he later apologized. – Associated Press Mum’s the word for Sheryl Crow Happy Mother’s Day to Sheryl Crow – the singer-guitarist has adopted a baby boy. “I am so excited to share with you guys that I’ve adopted a little boy. He was born two weeks ago,” Crow announced on her Web site Friday. She told fans the boy’s name “is Wyatt (after my dad) Steven (after my little brother and Scooter) and we are enjoying some very private family time.” Her publicist Dave Tomberlin wouldn’t give further details. This is the first child for Crow, 45, who underwent breast cancer surgery in February 2006. – Associated Press160Want 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

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ST EUNAN’S CLUB NOTES: 14/04/2011

first_imgSponsorship cards are now available  for anyone doing the 10K on May 1st that wants to raise a few Euro for the Club. Contact Elaina Gallagher to get your card on 087-2901541. Umpires’ Course: Clubs are asked to contact Pat Walsh (087-9142748) on or before Monday 18th April regarding the upcoming Umpires’ Course.It is recommended two representatives would attend from each club. If you are interested, please contact Charlie McAteer asap. Umpires will gain FREE admission in O’Donnell Park to games they are umpiring at.The Course date and venue will be circulated thereafter to the clubs and through the media. There is a Table Quiz tonight in the Station House Hotel at 9pm in aid of the U-14 Girls Camogie to help get them  a kit. If you can’t attend, you can still donate or sponsor a prize maybe?? Contact Anne Forde or Ruth Lennon. Please lend your support if you can. Don’t forget there is a Bag Pack in Tesco this Saturday between 12 noon and 6pm. Many hands make light work and the response so far has been poor (Brian McGeehin’s team have booked 4pm – 5pm and Ciaran Maguire’s lads have booked 12 noon – 1pm) please let me know when you can help asap.center_img Tickets will be on sale shortly for our major Fundraising Draw for 2011. Top prize is €10,000!! Tickets will cost €20 and anyone that is interested in helping sell tickets should contact draw co-ordinator, Brian Kelly in the Washing Well, Glencar Shopping Centre.ST EUNAN’S CLUB NOTES: 14/04/2011 was last modified: April 14th, 2011 by gregShare 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) Tickets are now on sale on www.tickets.ie for the Donegal V Laois & Cork v Dublin Div. 1 and 2 National Football league Finals. You can choose your seat etc on this website whereas tickets that come to the club are “get what you’re given”!! If you are looking for a ticket through the club, contact Charlie McAteer (087-2668633) asap as tickets are selling out fast.last_img read more

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SCHOOLS GAA: INISHOWEN TOPPLE ST EUNAN’S IN RANNAFAST CUP THRILLER

first_imgDansk Bank Rannafast Cup Quarter FinalColaisti Inis Eoghain     1-10  St Eunan’s                               0-11A late Christopher McLaughlin goal just minutes from the end of normal time put Colaisti Inis Eoghain through to the Rannafast Cup semi-finals for the first time after an exciting showcase of underage Donegal football.The North Donegal derby was always going to bring a little spice to the Ulster Colleges’ quarter-final, and with the Sam Maguire Cup looking on from the sidelines, both teams lived up to the pre match expectations as they fielded a number of players who were part of the victorious Buncrana Cup winning team in last August.St Eunans were first to draw blood, when Michael Miller knocked over a free from just inside the ’45 line. Sprightly corner-forward Christopher Flanagan put the Letterkenny based school two up before a double from Buncrana’s John Campbell, including a masterful pointed free against the wind, tied the score up for Inis Eoghain.  St Eunans however hit a purple patch in the middle of the first half, scoring 0-04 without reply, via Miller, Flanagan, Niall O’Donnell and Conall O’Boyle. Good play out the right from Georgie Kelly and Caolan Mailey gave Christopher McLaughlin space to point and bring the score to 0-06 to 0-03.  Michael Miller, the most influential player on the pitch in the first half, and Oran Hillen each pointed to put five points between the sides. Inis Eoghain were creating chances, but they failed to punish St Eunans with some wayward shooting. Campbell and Miller both traded points for the sides to leave the score at half time:Colaisti Inis Eoghain 0-04    St Eunans 0-09. John Campbell, a thorn in St Eunans side all afternoon, got Inis Eoghain rolling in the second half with a neat little point. St Eunans Michael Patton put five points between the sides once more with a long effort from out the field. The second half saw Inis Eoghain have the advantage of the wind and they finally found their own purple patch.  Pushed on by Georgie Kelly, Tony McClenaghan and Darren Gallagher, Inis Eoghain began to dominate the game.Two pointed frees from Sean McHugh and John Campbell set Inis Eoghain on a five point run without reply to tie the score once again.  Caolan Mailey, John Campbell and Sean McHugh split the posts for the ‘hosts’ as the game entered the final stages.St Eunans attacking threat in the second half though was stemmed by an injury to the influential Michael Miller and they severely missed his presence. Substitute David Tyrell pointed a free for St Eunans to give them a one-point lead. However, when a Mark Coyle’s ’45 dropped short into the goalmouth, Christopher McLaughlin (F) was first to the breaking ball, knocking an unstoppable shot into the top corner and gave Colaisti Inis Eoghain a two point lead and they managed to hold out for an important victory.Best for Inis Eoghain were, Darren Gallagher, Georgie Kelly, Tony McCleneghan, Christopher McLaughlin Sean McHugh and Caolan Mailey.  Best for St Eunans were Michael Patton, Conall O Boyle, Niall O Donnell and Michael Miller. Colaisti Inis Eoghain: Jamie Barr; Peter Doherty, Aaron McCarron, Stephen O’Donnell; Daragh Browne, Darren Gallagher, Ultan Doherty; Georgie Kelly, Tony McClenaghan; Christopher McLaughlin (F) (1-1), Caolan Mailey (0-1), Mark Coyle; Sean McHugh (0-2, 2f), John Campbell (0-6, 2f), Josh Lafferty. Subs: Ryan McLaughlin.St Eunan’s: Sean Daffin; Cormac Callaghan, Daragh McWalters, Sean McDonagh; Oisin Shields, Michael Patton (0-1), Michale friel; Patrick Diver, Conall O’Boyle (0-1); Oran Hillen (0-1), Machael Miller (0-4, 3f), Conor Morrison; Niall O’Donnell (0-1), Jordan O’Dowd, Christopher Flanagan (0-2). Subs: David Tyrell (0-1, 1f), Mark Stewart.Referee Jim McCallion (Tyrone)ALL IRELAND WINNER RYAN BRADLEY BROUGHT SAM ALONG TO MEET THE CAPTAINSSCHOOLS GAA: INISHOWEN TOPPLE ST EUNAN’S IN RANNAFAST CUP THRILLER was last modified: October 25th, 2012 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:SCHOOLS GAA: INISHOWEN TOPPLE ST EUNAN’S IN RANNAFAST CUP THRILLERlast_img read more

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Jurgen Klopp heaps praise on ‘proper squad’ Everton ahead of Merseyside derby

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes this is the strongest Everton squad in recent seasons and has claimed they would be a European team if they were not playing in England.Klopp’s Reds host Marco Silva’s Toffees on Sunday, with the visitors looking for their first Merseyside derby triumph since October 2010. 3 Goals from Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta helped Everton win 2-0 at Goodison Park Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 3 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Latest Premier League News Klopp believes Silva is building an exciting team at Goodison Park Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Liverpool go into the game off the back of a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday night.They are also without club captain Jordan Henderson who is suspended after receiving a red card against Watford last weekend.But the German is confident his side will be able to cope without Henderson.“We knew it after the Watford game. We will not miss him because we knew he was not going to play,” said Klopp. Everton’s last victory over their neighbours at Anfield came in September 1999 but Klopp heaped praise on this latest batch of players representing the blue half of Liverpool.“He [Silva] has the best squad, that is how it is,” said Klopp. “He has brought in players he wanted. Richarlison – what a player he is.“[Theo] Walcott came in last year, Bernard came in this year, [Andre] Gomes came in this year, [Yerry] Mina came in this year.“Since I’ve been here Everton has always been really busy but now it is the best-tuned squad, 100 per cent. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars “Now they have creativity, speed and good organisation. [Seamus] Coleman is back and fit, [Michael] Keane is settled and fit, he’s been a brilliant player, and [Lucas] Digne is like a young Leighton Baines.“And of course they have England’s No.1 in goal [Jordan Pickford]. That is a proper squad and it would be in all leagues in Europe.“I am 100 per cent sure they would be a European team in whichever competition, in England it is quite difficult.“But their development and improvement is obvious.” no dice center_img huge blow 3 tense Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury shining Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City REVEALED deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January gameday cracker Henderson will play no part in Sunday’s derby “We have to play without him, that is how it is. As long as the others are fit then we have solutions.“As a person he is in the dressing room, just not on the pitch. Before the game he can be in the dressing room and do whatever he does in other games.”last_img read more

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RESIDENTS LAUNCH SECOND PHASE OF HOME-PROTECTION PLAN AGAINST CRIME GANG

first_imgSome of the huge crowd which turned out at the last night to discuss break-ins across Donegal.A second public meeting to formalise plans to protect pensioners in their homes in the Manorcunningham and surrounding areas is to be held this Wednesday.More than 1,500 gathered for the first meeting two weeks ago.Angry campaigners heard how the elderly were ‘sitting ducks’ in their homes because of a lack of Garda resources. Pledges amounting to €10,000 were made on the night for information leading to a gang who have been terrorising pensioners in their own homes in recent weeks.Detective Michael Galvin speaks to the crowd.Victims of crime told their touching stories of how their lives have been changed forever after they were burgled.Now a concrete plan to protect those pensioners will be unveiled on Wednesday night at the Manor Resource Centre at 9pm.Organiser Tony Morning told Donegal Daily that a huge amount of work has been done since the first meeting. “There was a lot of anger at that first meeting and I for one do not apologise for it,” he said.“People may have said that things were said that should not have been said but they had to be said.“I visited the victims of some of these crimes and it made my blood boil.“But from that anger we are formulating a plan to protect these people,” said Mr Morning.Among the plan is the purchase of alarm and sensor lights for the elderly as well as the introduction of a text-alert scheme. Everyone is invited to Wednesday night’s meeting.The text-alert scheme is already being rolled out in Glenties.RESIDENTS LAUNCH SECOND PHASE OF HOME-PROTECTION PLAN AGAINST CRIME GANG was last modified: February 24th, 2014 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)Tags:donegalGardaiManorpensionersprotectionTony Morninglast_img read more

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Man charged with murder of three-year-old Derry toddler

first_imgDETECTIVES from the PSNI’ Major Investigation Team have charged a man with the murder of three-year-old Derry toddler Kayden McLauglin last year.Kayden McLaughlin–McGuinness was found dead at a flat in Colmcille Court in the Bogside on Sunday, September 17 last year.A 23-year-old man was arrested on Monday over the death and has now been charged with Kayden’s murder. He is due to appear at Derry Magistrates’ Court today, Wednesday, June 13, for a first remand hearing.A 24-year-old woman who was also arrested over Kayden’s death has been released pending a report to the PPS.Following Kayden’s death, the Housing Executive boarded up the upstairs flat where the toddler lived after police completed their initial investigations.Now following the results of an extensive post mortem examination, police have now charged a man with his murder. As is normal procedure, the charge will be reviewed by the PPS.At the time, local people left floral tributes outside the family home while a set of Rosary Beads and a religious picture were hung from the front door of the flat.Kayden had been living at the apartment with his mum, Erin McLaughlin and new baby sister, Skyler.Neighbours said at the time that there were traumatic scenes outside the family home as family and relatives realised the three-year-old had died.It is believed the youngster was found dead in bed shortly before 10 am on Sunday, September 17, 2017. Man charged with murder of three-year-old Derry toddler was last modified: June 13th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:BogsideDERRY MAGISTRATES’ COURTKayden McLaughlin-McGuinnessPSNIlast_img read more

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