Coping with Food Self-sufficiency in Liberia

first_imgIn recent weeks, the Liberian Council of Churches (LCC), in collaboration with the World Council of Churches in Africa, joined the fight against hunger and poverty in Liberia, with the launch of a major fund drive to boost the country’s agriculture sector.The theme of that crusade was: “The role of the Church in fighting Hunger and Poverty”.President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was the guest of honor at the ceremony where she pledged her government’s commitment to render unflinching support to fight hunger and poverty.Although this effort by the LCC could be considered long overdue for a nation striving to feed its population of 3.5 million, it is a singular gesture to keep the world comity of nations adequately informed and to galvanize support to collectively join efforts in the fight against hunger, poverty and disease.Liberia being Africa’s oldest independent nation is of no exception to this quest, and that is why the Liberian leader and people of Liberia are particularly grateful to investment companies such as the UCI; a multimillion investment company located on Bushrod Island, Monrovia, which has contributed immensely to the provision of food for economic self-sufficiency in the country.   The UCI is one company that has been working assiduously towards this goal, especially in maintaining the constant supply of rice—Liberia’s staple food— on the local market. UCI, according to our survey, has over the years joined this global phenomenon, which poses a serious challenge to combating hunger and poverty as it relates to the prevailing economic difficulties world-wide. Particularly with the current inflation that is causing price fluctuation on the local market.       This has greatly affected the Liberian economy, whereas the exchange rates on the local market, mainly the Liberian legal tender and US dollars rates, are climbing up each day, thus affecting the prices of basic consumable commodities such as rice.But with the presence of UCI in Liberia, the market continues to benefit from a greater supply of rice on the local market.   This effort is facilitated by UCI management, which according to Mr. Sam Faley, General Manager of UCI, is currently unloading a huge consignment of rice being docked at the Freeport of Monrovia pier to meet the growing demand from the people of Liberia. Already the metropolitan City of Monrovia and its environs have benefited from a better supply of rice on the market thanks to the UCI. Meanwhile, similar efforts are being made for possible distribution in other parts of the country.  There is a popular saying that goes, “an empty bag cannot stand; a hungry man cannot work nor go into agricultural venture without adequately being fed.  It is therefore, a befitting gesture for the government to say” BRAVO to UCI.”According to Sam Faley “It is also management’s expectation to venture into Liberia’s agro-industry development in the future and create more job opportunities for Liberians; especially youths, in the not too distant future.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ERC reflects on slavery during Emancipation observance

first_imgThe Ethic Relations Commission (ERC) on Wednesday hosted its annual Emancipation Day celebration.Member of staff of ERC performing an item on WednesdayThe celebration programme, full of pomp and vigour,involved reflection into the history of Afro-Guyanese, while the audience was entertained by folk songs, stories, dancing and drumming.A standout entertainment piece featured a poem composed and recited by employee of the Commission, Octavia Walcott, which journeyed into the struggles of then enslaved Africans to their being liberated today.The Black Royalty Dance Group brought the energy as they moved to the sounds of the African drums. With faces tribally painted, and decked out in the tradition wear and colours of their African ancestors, the dancers and lone drummer entertained with their unique moves and twirls.Staff of the Commission then led the signing of folk songs which included Small Days, Bamboo Fiyah, and Morning Neigbour, among others, and the audience joined in the singing.Commissioner Barrington Braithwaite, in his delivery, briefly told the story of the Africans; who, according to him, are a people of great history. He expressed an opinion that Emancipation was just a timeline which saw the beginning of real struggle.“The real struggle began after Emancipation. The struggle to survive and to create space economically and culturally in a world dominated by, and controlled by, the plantocracy was controlled by planters and merchants,” Braithwaite reflected.“They (Africans) saved money. They used to bring to town every Sunday, (which) was market day, and they would bring oranges and limes…they took that money and saved it, and were able to buy those villages when the time came, because their ultimate goal was to create housing and liberation and detachment from the plantation; so they went into business,” he told the audience.“However, the villagers were told, and demanded, that they should pay taxes for the colony to enact drainage. The (colonial) masters took the taxes and funded Indentureship, in the benefit of the planters…The businesses that Africans had created, the plantocracy decided that they were going to work towards destroying them and replace them by the indentured peoples, Portuguese, so that the African would go back, out of need, to work on the plantations at reduced cost.“Emancipation brought into force a whole new cycle of struggle…Emancipation was just a timeline, an important timeline, but had struggles,” Braithwaite disclosed.Emancipation Day in Guyana is observed on August 1st and commemorates the abolition of slavery in Guyana in 1834.Once slavery was finally abolished in 1834, Guyana’s economy and social structure underwent radical changes. Many former slaves left the plantations and populated villages outside of Georgetown and the main cities, or even went inland to settle the frontier.Guyanese use the day to dress up in traditional African attire, which is no longer worn by the vast majority of the population.Guyana’s largest Emancipation Day festival is held at the National Park in Georgetown, where traditional music can be heard throughout the day. Exhibits of African cultural customs will be on display, while singing, dancing, and drumming would occur, with the highlight being the delicious African-style cuisine.last_img read more

Man United transfer update! Red Devils boss Van Gaal wants creative midfielder

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal has made a creative midfielder his top priority this summer.The Dutchman has spent more than £150million on seven new players since he took charge of the Red Devils, but is still not happy with the squad at his disposal.Angel di Maria, Daley Blind and Ander Herrera accounted for over two thirds of United’s spending spree last year, but Van Gaal thinks he still lacks a dynamic midfielder to dictate play.The lack of such a figure in the current United squad has led the Dutchman to deploy Wayne Rooney in midfield.While Rooney is happy in midfield, according to Van Gaal, there is a feeling that the England captain is being placed there as a stop-gap until a more suitable candidate becomes available.When asked whether he was playing Rooney there because he felt no-one else was capable of fulfilling that midfield role, Van Gaal said: “Of course that’s the case. I’m looking for balance and I need it in midfield.“The last games I played with Adnan Januzaj and Angel di Maria in the midfield positions. Then you need a certain balance for those kind of creative players.“So when you have these creative players and you think that (Radamel) Falcao and Robin van Persie are also creative, then you have four creative players. Then you have to look for balance in your team.”When it was put to him that signing a creative midfielder should be top of his agenda this summer, Van Gaal agreed“Yes, of course,” the 63-year-old said.Roma’s Kevin Strootman fits the bill perfectly. The midfielder was a regular in Van Gaal’s Holland team until he suffered a knee injury that ruled him out of the World Cup.In an uncharacteristic move, Van Gaal last year declared his interest in signing the 25-year-old once his injury problems were over.Strootman recently suffered another setback which will keep him out until the end of the season, but a summer move is not out of the question.Paul Pogba, property of Serie A rivals Juventus, keeps being linked with his former club.Rooney looks like he will have to spend some time in midfield from now until the end of the season.There has been no hint of objection to that move from the 29-year-old himself, according to Van Gaal.“He’s happy. Otherwise he should come to me and say he’s not happy and he never does,” said Van Gaal, who takes his team to Preston in the FA Cup on Monday.“He’s always friendly to me. He wants to perform what I want so that’s what I see.”Van Gaal admits the United skipper may still be yearning for a move back to his preferred role, though.“Of course when the whole world is writing he has to be in the striker’s position, he will be thinking ‘maybe, hey’. He’s human,” the Dutchman added. Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal 1last_img read more

Sherwood speaks out: Axed Aston Villa boss has his say

first_img1 Tim Sherwood Tim Sherwood has expressed his disappointment at being axed by Aston Villa.Appointed as Paul Lambert’s successor in February, Sherwood led the club to Premier League safety last season and into the final of the FA Cup.But the 46-year-old’s reign was brought to end on Sunday after Villa slumped to a sixth successive Premier League defeat.“I am very disappointed that I will not be able to carry on in my role as manager of Aston Villa,” said Sherwood on Monday, in a statement released through the League Managers’ Association. “I knew when I took on the role that it would be a big challenge, but it proved to be one I greatly enjoyed and I know I have learned a lot from this experience. “Obviously, the initial priority was to stay in the Premier League, but beating Liverpool in the FA Cup semi at Wembley and then leading the team out for the Final was an achievement and experience that I will treasure for the rest of my career.“I’d like to thank my coaching staff and the staff throughout the club for their dedication, the Villa fans for their passionate support and the players, who gave everything during my time at the club.“I wish the club all the best for the rest of the season and indeed for the future.”Former Arsenal midfielder Remi Garde is the early favourite to succeed Sherwood in the Villa Park hotseat.Garde is available after leaving Lyon in 2014 to take a break for personal reasons.Ex-Manchester United manager David Moyes, currently in charge at Real Sociedad, has also been backed but said last week he wanted to stay in Spain.Dwight Yorke, meanwhile, has put his name forward for the job but the former Villa striker’s lack of managerial experience is likely to rule him out of contention.last_img read more

A brilliant team of Euro 2016 stars built for just one million Euros!

first_img Wing: James Milner (England and Liverpool) – Milner moved to Liverpool on a free transfer in 2015 after his Man City contract expired. 11 Right back: Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland and Everton) – Coleman has been on Everton’s books since League of Ireland side Sligo Rovers sold him for £60,000 (€80,000) in 2009. Striker: Robert Lewandowski (Poland) – The brilliant Polish attacker moved to Bayern Munich from Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer in 2014. Striker: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) – Ibrahimovic is leaving PSG when his contract expires at the end of the month, meaning he will join a new club for free. 11 Midfield: Sami Khedira (Germany and Juventus) – Khedira left Real Madrid last summer when his contract expired and Juventus snapped him up. 11 Centre back: Ashley Williams (Wales and Swansea) – The Swans completed Williams’ transfer in 2008, paying Stockport just under €500,000. 11 11 11 Centre back: Kamil Glik (Poland and Torino) – In 2011, Torino paid Palermo around €290,000 for Glik. 11 One million Euros is a lot of money… unless you’re trying to build a world class football team.But we’ve managed to put together an excellent XI comprising players taking part in Euro 2016, all for just one million Euros.That’s based on the transfer fees paid for each player when they made their last move (or their next move, in the case of one particularly talented attacker).Papa Johns are giving you the chance to win a million Euros. When one million people sign-up to Papa Johns’ ‘A Million Fans for a Million Euros’ promotion, everyone will be entered into a draw. One lucky person will be selected to play a Prize Game and could WIN up to €1,000,000! Click here for your chance to get involved: www.amillionfans.com Wing: Yevhen Konoplyanka (Ukraine and Sevilla) – Sevilla secured the skilful winger’s services last summer for free when he left Dnipro. Midfield: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Iceland and Swansea) – Sigurdsson’s move to Swansea in 2014 saw him swap places with Ben Davies, who went to Spurs along with Michel Vorm Left back: Christian Fuchs (Austria and Leicester) – Fuchs left Schalke last summer and joined Leicester for free. 11 Goalkeeper: Joe Hart (England and Man City) – click the arrow above, right, to see a quality Euro 2016 side which costs €1m, based on transfer fees paid – Hart joined Man City in 2006 from Shrewsbury for £100,000 (€130,000) 11 11 11last_img read more

5K Run in aid of Intellectual Disabilities in Kilmacrennan

first_imgParents and friends of Abbey Village are organising a 5k Fun Run in aid of Intellectual Disabilities. The event will take place at 7:30pm on Tuesday the 30th of August.This run is a certified part of the Donegal Grand Prix Series in association with Bluebird Care and Oaklee Housing.There are prizes too! Categories; S.M., S.W., M40+, F40+, M50+, F50+, J.B., J.G.Registration at 6pm at Kilmacrennan Community Hall. Entries only cost €8 and all proceeds go to a great cause.To learn more you can call 074 9139550 or email parentsandfriendsofabbeyvillagekilmacrennan@hotmail.com 5K Run in aid of Intellectual Disabilities in Kilmacrennan was last modified: August 17th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:5kcharityDonegal Grand PrixkilmacrennanRunlast_img read more

John Motson comes out of retirement to join talkSPORT

first_img John Motson has joined talkSPORT 2 Motson in one of his made to measure sheepskin coats “It didn’t take long to come out of retirement because talkSPORT is a great place to talk football,” he said. “I’m looking forward to joining the team, commentating on this great game for sometime longer and speaking to a host of footballing legends for a series of shows for fans to re-live the best of football past and present.” Starting next month, his dulcet tones will be heard across the station, including live commentary of a selection talkSPORT’s exclusive Premier League fixtures as well as further analysis and opinion.Each Monday and Friday with Hawksbee and Jacobs (weekdays from 1pm) he will be reviewing and previewing all the football action plus later this year he will interview some of his favourite players in ‘Motty’s Magnificent XI’ nostalgia shows.The move follows the talkSPORT network covering every game of the World Cup in Russia – we were the only broadcasters to do so by the way.What a signing.Listen to Hawksbee and Jacobs on 25 July between 1pm and 2pm to hear the man himself discuss his summer transfer 2 Reports of John Motson’s retirement have been greatly exaggerated.Yes, you read that right. The sheepskin is back. It never left and the voice of football in Britain for the past 50 years can soon be heard on talkSPORT.Motty has seen and done it all in football, whether verbally jousting with Cloughie, calling the action on some of football’s most iconic moments or becoming the first UK sports broadcaster to have his own Twitter emoji (it involved the sheepskin).last_img read more

GE reaches deal to acquire Arden Realty trust

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 “They are making a concerted effort outside the U.S.,” said Mary Anne Sudol, an analyst with Caris & Co. in New York. “This shows you in selected markets there still are opportunities in the commercial market.” The deal reflects GE’s interest in certain office markets in the U.S., such as Southern California, Phoenix and the Washington, D.C., area, said Joseph Parsons, president of North American equity holdings for GE’s real estate unit. While fast-rising residential property values have created worries of a housing bubble, the office market in some areas of the country is showing renewed strength with growing rents and lower vacancies, Parsons said. “We are particularly bullish on the office market,” Parsons said. “We’re going to be opportunistic in the U.S.” Buying Arden, which has about 300 real estate professionals who manage, lease, acquire and renovate commercial properties, will allow GE to expand its holdings and use its expertise to shift from a passive investor to an active operating partner in the properties it buys, Parsons said. That shift will allow GE to be more competitive and move in and out of markets efficiently, he said. GE Real Estate is paying stockholders $45.25 for each Arden share, a 3.7 percent discount to its Wednesday closing price of $46.99. Shares of Arden fell $1.81, or 3.8 percent, to close at $45.18 Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange. The stock was trading about $38 in late September when speculation arose that the real-estate investment trust might be for sale. The transaction also includes the assumption of about $1.6 billion in debt, bringing the overall acquisition value to about $4.8 billion, the companies said. The deal is expected to close by the end of the first quarter. “This transaction brings us not only a high-quality portfolio of real estate assets in the dynamic Southern California market, but also a great platform and infrastructure from which to grow,” said Michael Pralle, president and chief executive officer of GE Real Estate. Trizec, a Chicago-based owner of office properties, said acquiring Arden’s properties will nearly double its real estate in Southern California to more than 8.6 million square feet. Trizec said Southern California has a strong economy that makes the properties attractive. The portfolio is expected to be 91 percent occupied at the closing of the transaction, Trizec said. GE shares rose 35 cents to close at $35.42 Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! STAMFORD, Conn. – General Electric Co. has agreed to buy commercial real-estate investment trust Arden Realty Inc. for about $3.2 billion in cash in one of its largest U.S. real estate deals. Arden says it is the largest publicly traded office landlord in Southern California, with 18.5 million square feet in 192 buildings. As part of the deal, Trizec Properties Inc. will buy 13 of Arden’s Southern California properties, with 4.1 million square feet of space, for about $1.63 billion, the companies said Thursday. The properties acquired by Trizec include the Howard Hughes Center, Westwood Center and World Savings Center in West Los Angeles. GE’s real estate group is one of its fastest-growing businesses, with about $48 billion in assets and more than $1 billion in profits last year. Much of the growth is taking place in Europe and Asia.last_img read more

All-Santa Clarita Valley: Football

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 DiLuigi set a Canyon record with 1,862 yards on the ground, rushing for more than 100 yards in seven of the Cowboys’ last nine games. He scored 43 touchdowns, setting a Foothill League record, and finished as the No. 2 scorer in Southern California behind Oaks Christian of Westlake Village’s Marc Tyler (45 TDs). DiLuigi was the 10th player in area history to score 40 or more touchdowns in a season. During a three-game stretch late in the season, DiLuigi scored 15 touchdowns against Saugus, Burroughs of Burbank and Valencia. He followed it with a 143-yard, two-touchdown effort in a 16-14 victory over Hart on Nov. 10, helping the Cowboys claim their first Foothill League title. In the Div. II playoffs, DiLuigi rushed for 419 yards and scored six touchdowns, leading Canyon to its first Southern Section title since 1985. His biggest play of the postseason might have come on defense, when he stopped Hart receiver Troy Yudin a half-yard short of a first down and less than 2 yards from the end zone on a fourth-down play with 19 seconds remaining. The tackle secured the Cowboys’ fourth division title. DiLuigi, who was honored as the Foothill League’s Most Valuable Player, caught 31 passes and averaged more than 30 yards per kickoff return. – Erik Boal DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Tyler Hawkins, Sr., LB, Canyon It’s easy for a team’s defense to be overshadowed when it’s rolling up 41.4 points per game. Not with Hawkins on the field. A relentless pass-rusher who also was impressive against the run, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Hawkins was one of the central figures on a Canyon High defense that played bigger than its size at every position. During its run to the Southern Section Div. II title, the Cowboys surrendered less than 12 points per game in the playoffs, limiting Foothill League rivals Valencia and Hart of Newhall to 13 apiece in the semifinals and championship. Although teammates Garrett Leary and Matt Brown might have gained more recognition during the regular season, it was Hawkins who played the biggest in the most important games. In the Dec. 9 division final against Hart, Hawkins made nine tackles – including seven solo stops – broke up a pass and blocked an extra point, receiving praise from coach Harry Welch as being Canyon’s best player on the field. The 21-13 victory gave Canyon its fourth section championship and first since 1985. Hawkins, who is hoping to receive an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy and possibly play football for the Midshipmen, also stood out during the Cowboys’ 16-14 Foothill League victory Nov. 10 over Hart. With the Indians driving with less than two minutes remaining, Hawkins recovered a fumble on Canyon’s 5-yard line to secure the Cowboys’ first Foothill League title. Hawkins, an all-league first-team selection, also blocked an extra point in the regular-season victory over Hart. – Erik Boal DAILY NEWS ALL-SANTA CLARITA VALLEY Offense QB: Michael Herrick, Sr., Valencia RB: Robbie Casselberry, Sr., Hart RB: Shane Vereen, Jr., Valencia WR: Jason Engelberg, Sr., Valencia WR: Virgil Hill, Jr., Valencia WR: Richie Wirthlin, Sr., Canyon WR: Troy Yudin, Sr., Hart OL: Nick Peterson, Jr., Canyon OL: Nick Madia, Sr., Canyon OL: Jackson Smith, Sr., Hart OL: Chris Vandepas, Sr., Valencia OL: Ricky Vittallo, Sr., Hart K: Phillip Malinowski, Sr., Canyon Defense DL: Wilfred Aka, Sr., Hart DL: Ben Armbruster, Jr., Canyon DL: Garrett Leary, Sr., Canyon LB: Matt Brown, Sr., Canyon LB: Keith Klemens, Jr., Valencia LB: Ryan McKillop, Soph., Saugus LB: Patrick Sarkissian, Sr., Hart DB: Chris Kingsbury, Jr., Canyon DB: Randy Rigg, Sr., Canyon DB: M.J. Robotham, Sr., Valencia DB: James Wheeler, Sr., Hart 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR J.J. DiLuigi, Jr., RB, Canyon The Cowboys have had a tradition of talented running backs, but DiLuigi set a standard that will be tough to match by future Canyon High ballcarriers. Following a 2,000-yard season at the junior-varsity level last year, in which he led Canyon to a 10-0 record, DiLuigi was optimistic he could make an impact in his first varsity campaign. Not even he could imagine how big that impact would be. last_img read more

TAMARA IS CHOSEN AS THE DONEGAL ROSE

first_imgThe moment Tamara hears her name called out as the 2014 Donegal Rose of Tralee.Last night at the Donegal Rose Selection Tamara Payne was selected as the Donegal Rose for 2014. Tamara was sponsored by Naomi’s Hair Salon Ardara.Noel Cunningham interviewed each of the Roses on stage in the Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny before judges took a recess to decide who would be going forward to represent Donegal in the Rose of Tralee. Tamara looks stunning as she chats with Noel Cunningham.All of the Roses were fantastic and the Rose of Tralee committee would like to say special thanks to each of the sponsors.Rachael Brolly Sponsored by McCullagh Jewellers, Ailbhe Canney Sponsored by Brittons Pharmacy, Lynne ODoherty Sponsored by McFaddens Pharmacy, Emma Boylan Sponsored by Glow N Go, Tamara Payne Sponsored by Naomi’s Hair salon, Niamh Drummond Sponsored by Creevy Pier Hotel, Sarah Donovan Sponsored by Rossan Knitwear and Emma McCartney Sponsored by Edel MacBride.Thanks also to Evolve Menswear for helping the escorts look so daper. Thanks to Edge Hairdressers, Greenes Shoes, Buds and Blossoms , Boots Chemist, Menarys , Funky Flowers , Shop Lk, New Look and the Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny for sponsoring prizes for the raffle in aid of Melon Mission.The committee wishes to say special thanks to 2013 Donegal Rose Catherine McCarron who did County Donegal proud over the year as she represented Donegal in Tralee and at numerous events. Catherine sang Destination Donegal before handing over to Tamara Payne. Wishing Donegal Rose Tamara Payne all the very best as she goes forward to the Regional Finals in Portlaoise.TAMARA IS CHOSEN AS THE DONEGAL ROSE was last modified: March 30th, 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:Rose of TraleeTamara Paynelast_img read more