MoA Engages Local Farmers on Rice, Cassava Project

first_imgThe Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) through one of its food crop projects, the West African Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP-Liberia) has engaged local farmers from four counties on the production of rice and cassava to enhance the country’s food security.The counties are Bong, Mar-Gibi, Bomi and Gbarpolu.The engagement exercise started last Monday in Gbarnga, Bong County and concluded on Thursday in Bopulu, Gbarpolu County.It is expected to resume early this month with counties in the south-east.WAAPP-Liberia is a ten year agriculture program aimed at increasing rice and cassava production in the country, with funding from the World Bank and the government of Japan.It is a regional program carried out in 13 West African countries.In Liberia, the program is being implemented in eight of the fifteen counties, including Grand Gedeh, River-Gee, Maryland, Bong, and Sinoe Counties among others.In interviews with the Daily Observer newspaper at the meetings held in the above counties mentioned, farmers expressed the hope for the program to help improve their productivity and increase income generation.According to them the project should help to address some of the challenges faced by farmers in the agricultural sector.They named constraints such as inadequate provision of farming tools, poor marketing, and lack of access to land as some major obstacles confronting them in their various counties.John Lahai, a farmer in Swakoko district, Bong County stated to our reporter that WAAPP’s program was a welcome gesture in his county.“With the education received concerning the program farmers specialized in producing rice and cassava in Bong County are very happy. It is our hope that it would help us improve in farming to support our families.Lahai said that getting farm land in his county is a serious problem that requires urgent attention.“There are many in the county engaged in rubber farming instead of growing food crops. This is making land scarce for us,” he lamented.He estimated the cost for renting farmland in his county as U.S$ 500 yearly per acre. Farmer Lahai said that renting land at this price seriously reduced his annual earning.He stressed the need for government to derive a land tenure policy for agriculture to improve farmers’ income.For her part, Sarah Brown, a farmer from Margibi County, said that female farmers in her county were determined to grow more cassava for the market but are lacking tools to farm.“We would like to appeal to the ministry of agriculture and its partners to assist us with the needed tools,” she requested.In his opening statement on Monday, February 24, in Gbarnga, the acting national project coordinator of WAAPP-Liberia/Monitoring and Evaluation officer, Edward Borlor, said that the WAAPP program was designed to address challenges in the agriculture sector of Liberia in order to increase food production.He said that human resource capacity building in the sector, infrastructure upgrading, and support to local farmers in terms of the provision of improved planting materials, modern technology and the creation of a market for farmers to sell their produce are some of the input the project seek to provide.According to Borlor since the launch of the program in Liberia in November 2012, 37 students in Liberia benefited from scholarships for advance studies in agriculture and other disciplines at various African universities.He said that the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) in Swakoko, Bong County has also been partially revamped through the project to meet the research needs of farmers.Borloh further disclosed that the program seeks to prioritize the inclusion of up to 40 percent female farmers in order to reduce vulnerability among women in the agriculture sector.Also speaking was Assistant Minister for Extension and Research at the MoA, Paul Jallah. Mr. Jallah asked farmers to take the program seriously so they could produce more food for the country.Minister Jallah spoke to farmers in Kakata and Bopolu cities during the engagement meetings.He deliberated on the topic: “The benefit of extension for Liberian farmers.According to him, there are many farmers who want to engage in commercial farming but lack the modern technology.“The ministry will be providing tractors and power tillers and other modern equipment to ensure that farmers are able to increase their yield,” he disclosed.Speaking at the close of the meeting in Bopoplu, the superintendent of Gbarpolu County, Allen Gbowee, called on his citizens to venture into agriculture so they could make the county food secure.He welcomed the program and promised to play a monitoring role for the smooth implementation of it in Gbarpolu County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Suspect in custody seen in Suriname before attacks – Top Cop

first_imgPirate massacreAs investigations continue both in Suriname and in Guyana regarding the recent attacks on fishermen on the high seas in Dutch waters, the Guyana Police Force has confirmed that they have information which placed one of the three suspects being held here, over in Suriname just days prior to the attacks.Acting Police Commissioner David RamnarineThis was disclosed at a press conference on Wednesday to brief the local press on the recent visit to the neighbouring country by security officials led by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan.According to Police Commissioner (ag), David Ramnarine, during the press briefing, the three persons in custody here were held based on information received from Surinamese law enforcement as well as from fisherfolk on the ground.“…The three persons are in custody as a result of information received and it is not definitive at this point in time as to the nature of any involvement or the extent of any involvement at this point in time. We did receive information from one and two fishermen which seems to have placed one of the persons in custody at a certain area in Suriname prior to the departure of fishermen and a certain conversation would have unfolded but that is as far as we have in this point in time,” Ramnarine noted.According to the Commissioner, while a lot more work will have to be done to get to the bottom of the matter, local investigators have since obtained detailed statements and are in constant contact with the Force’s legal advisor.Moreover, Ramnarine confirmed reports that revenge may have been the cause of the recent attacks on Guyanese fishermen in the Dutch waters.“There is a lot of work that needs to be done. It seems to be that the basis for this gruesome, heinous and dastardly act had to do with some form of retaliation for one of the persons in custody whose brother was alleged gun downed in a drive-by shooting on 30th of March [2018] in Suriname… We have, among other things, sought extension (of time to further hold the three suspects in custody) because we have a lot of work to do,” the Top Cop stated.The person who was gunned down in Paramaribo was Somnauth Manohar, a Guyanese fishing boat owner, who was living and working in the neighbouring country. It has been reported that the man’s death stemmed from an ongoing dispute between Guyanese fishermen here and those residing in Suriname over fishing rights in Dutch waters. Investigators are working on the theory that Manohar’s family may have planned the recent horrific attacks in retaliation of and to avenge his death.In fact, the man’s son was hauled in for questioning in Suriname, while his brother is among the three in custody here.Currently, law enforcement in Suriname have a total of 15 persons in custody, among whom are two alleged suspects – “Crackhead” and “Dick” – who were identified by survivors as two of sea bandits, all Guyanese, who attacked the fishermen on the high seas in Surinamese waters on April 27 last, during which 20 crew members were chopped and tossed overboard. Thus far, there have been five survivors and three bodies recovered while 12 fishermen are still missing.Law enforcements have confirmed that the second attack just days later, which saw a boat captain killed and his crew missing, is also believed to be linked to the first incident.A few days after those attacks, fishermen in Surinamese waters captured “Crackhead” at Commewijne and after a sound thrashing, he was handed over to Police. The reports from the neighbouring country say that the suspect allegedly confessed to Dutch investigators that he was involved in the attack which was carried out based on instructions from someone.During Wednesday’s press briefing, Minister Ramjattan said as Guyana’s and Suriname’s law enforcement agencies continue to collaboration to get to the root cause of what described as a “major disaster, catastrophe and massacre”, and to also get justice for the victims, the Guyana Police Force has requested the case file from its Dutch counterparts.Meanwhile, the Public Security Minister noted that the Surinamese authorities have indicated that the bodies of those three fishermen that were recovered will only be handed over to relatives after DNA testings are conducted to ascertain their identities. While Suriname has the facilities to conduct these tests, the Guyanese officials were told that this process would take some time.On the other hand, fishermen in the neighbouring country have since docked their boats out of fear of recent events. Some of the fisherfolks including the survivors have complained bitterly about the treatment at the hands of the Dutch authorities, saying that no proper measures are in place to protect fishermen, who are mostly Guyanese, while out at sea.But Ramjattan said at the press conference on Wednesday that the Surinamese Ministers whom he met during his visit have assured the immediate implementation of regulations to better secure the fishing industry there. These include setting up checkpoints to get detailed information about vessels and crews going out to sea and put monitoring system in place such as transmission systems in the fishing boats so that they can make quick contact with those on the mainland.last_img read more

Grande Prairie injury accidents

first_imgThe crash occurred shortly after six o’clock, and followed by less than eight hours a similar one last night in Grande Prairie.- Advertisement -In this case police say a 20 year old Nova Scotia man is in hospital, in serious but stable condition.He reportedly lost control of the pick-up he was driving, which then hit the curb before it struck a light standard.A 29 year old Grande Prarie resident, a passenger in the vehicle, was also taken to hospital with what police say are non-life-threatening injuries. The Grande Prairie RCMP is investigating an early morning single vehicle crash, that sent the sole male occupant of the pick-up involved to hospital with undetermined injuries.last_img read more

FA investigating alleged misconduct by Mackay and Moody after Cardiff submit dossier

first_imgThe Football Association is investigating a dossier on the conduct of Malky Mackay and Iain Moody submitted to the governing body by Cardiff.The FA has confirmed it has received a detailed account of issues related to former Cardiff manager Mackay and his head of recruitment Moody, now director of football at Crystal Palace.In an explosive report in Thursday’s Daily Mail, the newspaper reported the document contains allegations of racist, sexist and homophobic text messages.An FA spokesman said: “The FA can confirm it is currently investigating this matter.”Mackay had been in talks over the vacant managerial job at Crystal Palace, but the Eagles ended their interest as the allegations surfaced.Cardiff owner Vincent Tan sacked Mackay in December 2013, just a few months after the Scot had ended the Bluebirds’ 51-year wait for top-flight football.Two months earlier Moody had been placed on gardening leave before being subsequently dismissed.Mackay launched a £7.5million legal claim against Tan for compensation and wrongful dismissal after his sacking but suddenly dropped the claim in May and issued an apology to the Malaysian businessman.Cardiff have declined to make any public comment on the dossier, saying it is a now a legal matter in the hands of the Football Association.Earlier this week Palace were fined by the Premier League for their part in the ‘spygate’ saga involving Cardiff last April.The Premier League determined that Palace had breached their ‘good faith’ rule – B16 – by obtaining information about Cardiff’s team ahead of their 3-0 win when the two clubs were relegation rivals.The Welsh club had complained to the Premier League that Moody had contacted Cardiff employees for information in the build-up to the game. Malky Mackay 1last_img read more

President Weah presents honours to Wenger and LeRoy

first_img0Shares0000Liberian President George Weah decorates his former football manager Arsene Wenger at a ceremony in the capital Monrovia, on August 24, 2018. PHOTOPAYNESVILLE, Liberia, Aug 24 – Liberian President George Weah gave his country’s top honour to Arsene Wenger and Claude LeRoy, the two French coaches who gave his football career an early boost, on Friday.At a red-carpet ceremony in the suburbs of the capital Monrovia, Wenger, who signed Weah when the now-president was 22, was praised for the “development of the youth in Africa” throughout his coaching career. “Your positive role has not only affected the professional success and personal life journey of many African footballers, but also the entire generation of young Liberians who follow President Weah as a mentor,” the ceremony’s speaker told Wenger as he received the distinction of Knight Grand Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption, the highest in the country.Wenger signed Weah when he was in charge of Monaco in 1988.After four seasons with Monaco, Weah moved to Paris Saint-Germain and then to AC Milan in 1995 — the year he became the only African to win the coveted Ballon d’Or for the best player in European club football.After Weah was elected president in January, he invited Wenger to his inauguration, but the Frenchman, in what turned out to be his last season as Arsenal manager, was unable to attend.Le Roy met the young Weah while managing Cameroon’s national side.“He had signed to Tonnerre Yaounde and came to Cameroon national squad training even though he was a Liberian. I was dazzled by his talent and called Arsene,” Le Roy, who is currently coaching Togo’s national team, told AFP.Over the past week, debate in Liberian newspapers and radio shows has mounted over whether the award — usually reserved for individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to Liberia — is right.Wenger honoured by WeahIn the streets of Monrovia, some Liberians questioned the timing of such a ceremony, as the poor West African nation grapples with runaway inflation and a host of other economic woes.“This honouring should not have been prioritised now,” said George Sackie, a 35-year-old teacher.The government maintains, though, that both men helped Liberia through helping Weah.“If Arsene Wenger and Le Roy had not exposed George Weah he would not have been the pride of an entire nation today,” said Andy Quamie, deputy minister of youth and sports.Among other Liberians — including many young people who helped propel the soccer great to the presidency in January’s elections — the event is a source of pride and excitement, placing the impoverished country on the world map.Hundreds gathered in the capital Monrovia on Wednesday, hours before the expected arrival of the Frenchmen.“For me the president is right to give such honour to the man who made him to be the only African to handle the world’s best title,” Patrick Harris, 23, told AFP.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgNAOMH MUIRE GAA CLUB NEWS: What a great day out on Saturday in Croke park. Alas the result didn’t go our way but the children had a great time. Thanks to all the Adults who traveled on the buses and to all who helped organise this wonderful trip.Club Senior football is now back on the agenda and there are three big games in the Banks in the coming weeks. Next weekend sees Fanad Gaels visit in league action. This is an important league match as well as a good stiff run in to the Championship. The following two weekends sees the visits of Termon and Killybegs in that order in the Senior championship. This is a very exciting few weeks of action and as usual it’s important to get a big support for these crucial games. Having two Senior championship matches in the Banks is special and no doubt the squad will be working hard in the coming weeks and giving it their very best.Under 21Championship: Dungloe 0-14 Naomh Muire 0-07. Played on Sunday evening, the first half was very evenly matched with sides swapping the lead before going in at half time at 0-07 each.Playing with the hill and slight breeze in the second half Dungloe hit some mighty points and ran out deserving winners. The game was played in front of a good attendance and we wish Dungloe all the best in the next round. Clg Naomh Muire Íochtar na Rosann/Lower Rosses Lotto 5th AugustJackpot €1400. Numbers drawn;- 12-14-18-19.No Jackpot Winner. 1 Match 3: Paul Boyle, Loch an Iúir.Next Weeks Jackpot is €1460.GAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE YOUNG MEMBERS ENJOY CROKER TRIP was last modified: August 10th, 2015 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:GAA clubNAOMH MUIREnewslast_img read more

Man United set for talks over using Gary Neville’s hotel as their new base

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT SORRY 2 The club were fined by UEFA for delaying kick-off against Valencia, having seen a 30-minute journey from the Lowey take over an hour.United switched their base to the Hilton Garden Inn, which is closer to Old Trafford, for their match against Juventus but were again hit by traffic problems, with Jose Mourinho deciding to WALK to the stadium.United are searching for potential solutions to their recent travel issues, and moving to Hotel Football is being considered, according to The Sun. latest Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion The hotel is opposite Man United’s Old Trafford home BEST OF Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update tense Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 gameday cracker Jose Mourinho has lived at the Lowry since his appointment as Man United manager Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Most Read In Football RANKED scrap The hotel, which opened in 2015, is located opposite Old Trafford and is just a couple of minutes’ walk to the ground.It is owned by Class of 92 members Ryan Giggs, Gary and Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, and talks between the hotel and Man United are said to be on the agenda. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Manchester United are to hold talks with Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs over using Hotel Football as their new base for home matches, according to reports.The Red Devils have arrived late at Old Trafford for their previous two fixtures, a draw with Valencia and defeat by Juventus. revealed whoops A move to use the Class of 92’s hotel would come as a surprise given the constant criticism aimed at United by members of the group over the past few years.Scholes has been the most vocal of critics since Mourinho’s appointment as United manager – often laying into the Portuguese – while last month Gary Neville branded the club ‘rotten to the core’ and said their owners are ‘playing Football Manager with the biggest club in the world’.last_img read more


first_imgLorcan O’Toole with one of the golden eagles bred in Glenveagh National Park.Everyone seems to be making lists.So we thought we’d make one too and link it to our beloved Donegal and ALL it has to offer.We’re asking readers to make their own lists to about the TEN things they’d like to do in Donegal before the die (or even well before that day!). It can be anything from hiking up Errigal to singing a duet with Daniel O’Donnell.Let yourself go!We’ll give a prize for the list that catches our eye.Below is our list. We could have added another one hundred things to do.1 . Watch a golden eagle soar over Glenveagh National Park. 2. Sit on a high stool in Letterkenny’s Cottage Bar on a freezing January afternoon with snow outside drinking pints of the black stuff.3. Walk the length of Tory Island (5kms) on a glorious summer’s day with basking sharks out in the ocean.Tory as far as the eye can see!4. Watch Finn Harps beat Derry City at Finn Park to win the Premier Division title. 5. Ride a wave (even a small one!) off Rosnowlagh6. Have a hand-made Magee’s tweed suit fitted at their store in Donegal Town.7. Have fish and chips, tea, bread and butter in Baskin’s Café in Dunkineely.8. Ride a bike down Lurgybrack Hill outside Letterkenny (don’t try this – it’s a personal thing!) 9. Go to Inishowen and finally see the Northern Lights in all their glory.Northern Lights over Donegal. Pic by Adam Porter for Donegal Daily10. Watch Michael Murphy bring back the Sam Maguire again – this time as the manager of Donegal!Send your lists to and include your name and email address so we can contact you if you win the prize.SO WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE ‘TO DO’ LIST IN DONEGAL? was last modified: April 16th, 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:donegallistto dolast_img read more


first_imgAction between Dungloe and Killybegs in Dungloe this afternoon. (Pic: Eoin Mc Garvey)THE last eight into the Donegal Senior Championship quarter finals are now known after today’s games.They are champions Glenswilly, St Michaels, St Eunans, Naomh Conaill, Four Masters, Ardara, Dungloe and Termon.Dungloe saw off Killybegs while Termon beat Gaoth Dobhair today. Naomh Conaill defeated St Eunan’s – with both clubs already through – 0-09 to 0-07. DONEGAL SFC: LAST EIGHT TEAMS NOW KNOWN was last modified: October 12th, 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:donegalQuarter finalsSenior Football Championshiplast_img read more

Blake wins first European title

first_img Igor Andreev won a title for the first time in his home country, overcoming leg and feet problems to beat Nicolas Kiefer of Germany 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 in the Kremlin Cup final at Moscow. Mary Pierce won the women’s event for her second Kremlin Cup title, a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Francesca Schiavone of Italy. Pierce will climb to a No. 5 ranking for the first time in five years. James Blake beat Paradorn Srichaphan 6-1, 7-6 (7-6) on Sunday to win the Stockholm Open at Stockholm, Sweden, for his first European title. Blake has won 20 of his past 23 matches in ATP events. The sixth-seeded American was playing his first ATP event since reaching the U.S. Open quarterfinals, where he lost to Andre Agassi. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Penn State freshman wide receiver Derrick Williams will miss the rest of the season because of a broken left arm. Williams was injured Saturday with less than four minutes left in Penn State’s loss at Michigan when he was tackled during a kickoff return. SOCCER: Alessandro Del Piero‘s goal lifted Juventus past Cagliari 1-0, giving the Italian Serie A leader a 7-0-0 record. AC Milan grabbed sole possession of second place as Alberto Gilardino and Andriy Shevchenko scored in a 2-0 win at Cagliari. New England’s Taylor Twellman won the Golden Boot as Major League Soccer’s scoring champion, netting 17 goals for the Revolution. D.C. United claimed the first MLS Reserve Division title. RUNNING: Teren Jameson became the first American to win the Columbus (Ohio) Marathon in 12 years, finishing in 2 hours, 18 minutes, 37 seconds. Jameson, from Taylorsville, Utah, pulled away from second-place finisher Jonathan Ndambuki of Kenya right before the 16-mile marker. Benson Cherono of Kenya won the Beijing International Marathon despite mistakenly running off the course and shortening his route by 800 meters. Cherono finished in 2 hours, 6 minutes, 55 seconds – 40 seconds faster than the best time in Beijing and 5:20 ahead of runner-up James Moiben of Kenya. Sun Yingjie of China won the women’s race for the third straight time. She covered the 26.2 miles in 2:21:01, beating two other Chinese, Zhou Chunxiu and Sun Weiwei. Haile Gebrselassie ran the fastest marathon of the season and broke the course record at the Amsterdam Marathon. In only his second marathon, the former two-time Olympic champion in the 10,000 meters won in 2 hours, 6 minutes, 20 seconds. – Daily News Staff and Wire Services 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Mark Philippousis headlines the USTA Men’s Challenger of Calabasas tennis tournament that begins today at the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center. Philippousis, ranked as high as No. 8 in the world in 1999 but now down to 180, will try to get his career back on track in a field that also includes Jan-Michael Gambill, once ranked No. 14 in the world. Local entries include former USC standout Cecil Mamiit, former UCLA player Zach Fleishman and current Thousand Oaks High phenom Sam Querrey. The tournament, open to the public, goes all week through Sunday. Tickets range from $10 to $16 depending on the day, with day sessions free through Thursday. _Matthew Kredell BASEBALL:New York Yankees bench coach Joe Girardi met with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for the second time to discuss the team’s vacant managerial opening. HOCKEY: New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro will return to practice today, four days after he sustained a concussion. DiPietro was injured during Thursday night’s 5-3 win at Washington. last_img read more