President Sirleaf Wants More Processing Opportunities for Women Farmers

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recently visited Songai Liberia which is one of Liberia’s potential agriculture projects in Bensonville and spotted the production of various pieces of agro-equipment produced by the T.R. Enterprise, a local producer of agro processing tools.Finance and Economic Development minister, Amara Konneh, Agriculture Minister, Florence Chenoweth, Montserrado representative and chairperson on the Houses Committee on Agriculture in the House of Representatives,  Josephine Francis, and other distinguished personalities were all present during the President’s visit.She seemed very impressed when she was told that the various pieces of  processing equipment were produced right here in Liberia by Liberian entrepreneurs.While chatting with the production manager and other government officials, the Liberian leader underscored the need for increased processing opportunities for women farmers in Liberia.Women comprised of nearly seventy percent of the farming population of Liberia serving as producers, processors and marketers.The Liberian leader disclosed plans for her government to build the capacity of the local agro-processing company (T R Enterprise) in order to produce more of the products for use by women farmers in the country.This initiative pronounced by the President, when carried out, would greatly enhance opportunities for women farmers in Liberia.It is recalled that in August of this year, this newspaper highlighted the poor processing conditions of a group of women farmers in Gbarnga, Bong County, named “Walikama farming group.”   These women farmers are engaged in the production and processing of cassava but they processed the product manually. They appealed to the government and non-governmental organizations to provide them with processing equipment to improve their income.   One of the key constraints to Liberia’s food industry is the provision of limited mechanization and agro-processing tools. This posed a serious challenge of markets  for local farmers as raw produce is usually bought at local markets at low prices. It is established that once farmers have access to processing equipment their productivity increases.Most of the agro-processing tools used in Liberia are imported from Ghana and other countries. The production of more processing equipment in Liberia would help improve the food industry as farmers can get these farming tools at affordable prices.Unless this capacity is enhanced, it is unlikely that Liberian farmers will benefit from increased market opportunities.As part of effort to address the above production challenge, the “T.R. Enterprise” is working to produce agro-equipment locally to enhance the contribution of agro-processing for sustainable improvement in food security  and the livelihoods of farmers, processors and marketers.The T.K. Enterprise was established in 2011 to help in the promotion of Liberia’s food security through the production, sale and training of local farmers in utilizing agro-tools.At first, the business stated with the importation of agro-implement from Ghana for sale, until in recent times, when local materials were fermented and produced in Liberia.The company provides processing equipment like, Stainless Steel Grater and Gari Mesh Sifter, S/S fermentation rack and double screw press, Stainless steel parching trays. Other equipment includes motorized oil palm expeller. In a related development, Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh said that government had mobilized more resources externally to support agriculture. What is more needed is to ensure that the resources are put in to proper use to improve food production.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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Fort St. John Northern Strikers strike gold at Quesnel tournament

first_imgQUESNEL, B.C. -The Fort St. John Northern Strikers were in action this weekend at the Gold Pan Tournament in Quesnel. The U-18 girls, U-15 girls, and U-13 girls all competed.The U-18 girls fielded two teams at the six person a side indoor tournament. One team was named Team Big as it was made with the tallest players on the team, the other was Team Little as it had the shorter players on the team. The two teams scored a combined 60 goals as Team Big took home first place and team little took second place in the tournament. The game of the tournament was between Team Big and Team Little as the score was 5-4 for Team Big. The entire U-18 girls team scored goals in the tournament.The U-13 girls only had two other teams in their tournament, they beat Williams lake in the first game 3-0, Burns lake in their second game 7-0, and Williams Lake again 6-1 to win the Gold Pan Tournament. Shayne Turner led the team in scoring with six goals in three games, and team Captain Brynn Kielo notched four goals as well.- Advertisement –Team Captain Brynn Kielo challenging a Quesnel player for the ball. Photo by Shaleen WestThe U-15 girls split their team up into Team Big and Team Little as well, but they did not fair as well as the U-18 girls. Team big would go 1-3 on the weekend with their only win being a 7-2 win over Prince George, this got them 6th out of the 8 teams at the tournament. Team Little would win three games and tie one to claim third place in the tournament. Isabella Ziebart was Team Little’s leading scorer with five goals, while Kenzie Beech led Team Big with five goals on the weekend as well.Kylie Bartlett dribbling the ball out of traffic. Photo by Shaleen West.Advertisement Next action for the Northern Strikers is the Kamloops Slurpee Cup during the May long weekend.last_img read more

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Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors update and forecast

first_imgHowever, the bad news for this region is that the modest improvement, is largely focussed on oil opportunities and the Association predicts the price for crude oil will be about 80 dollars U.S. a barrel.As for natural gas, its predicting 2011 will be another weak year with the price around 4 dollars per million British thermal units.That’s only about half of what’s generally considered necessary to instill confidence in producers to up their drilling programs. The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors says, measured in operating days, Western Canadian drilling activity in the first three quarters of this year has been much better than during the same period last year. It provides the comparable numbers, as 83,359 this year, and 51,993 last year.However, although that’s a 60 percent improvement, it should also be noted its still 14 percent below the first three quarters of 2008 and down 32 percent from 2006.- Advertisement -The Association also says rig utilization for the first nine months of this year, averaged 38 percent compared with 23 and 40 percent in 2009 and 2008 respectively.It still expects 400 rigs to run on average during the fourth quarter which represents a utilization rate of 50 percent.That would result in an overall 2010 utilization rate of 41 percent and the Association prediction for next year is slightly better than that, at 45 percent.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Wenger desperate to continue Arsenal’s Champions League streak

first_img1 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Arsene Wenger is aiming to continue Arsenal’s impressive run of successive Champions League campaigns when his side meet Besiktas in Istanbul on Tuesday night.The Gunners have travelled to the capital ahead of the first of their two-legged tie against the Turkish outfit with a 17th consecutive season at Europe’s top table in their sights.Wenger’s men will be full of confidence following a dramatic late 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on the first day of the new Premier League season, which came a week after beating defending top flight champions Manchester City 3-0 in the Community Shield.However, Wenger knows it will be no easy ride against Slaven Bilic’s well-organised outfit, who defeated Feyenoord 5-2 on aggregate at the last stage with former Chelsea striker Demba Ba netting a hat-trick in the second-leg.“It is a big test,” said the Frenchman.“We had a short preparation, and we know that in one week we have three big games. Besiktas home and away, and Everton in between.“Every game you win makes you stronger. On that front winning games helps you to gain confidence. The group still needs to grow.”Wenger also has the knowledge of the financial implications for the club if his team fail to secure yet another spot in the group stages, yet the manager insists that won’t be his primary thought when his men take to the pitch.“Financially it’s a big game, but that’s not the most important thing,” he added.“We want to compete at the top level and want to fight with the best in Europe. That’s the point of this competition for us, not the financial consequences.“We have always in the history at the club adapted to our finances. What’s very important is that you want to play against the best.”Arsenal’s provisional squad v Besiktas: Szczesny, Monreal, Chambers, Koscielny, Debuchy, Cazorla, Sanchez, Ramsey, Wilshere, Arteta, Giroud, Martinez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky, Campbell, Coquelin, Flamini, Bellerin.last_img read more

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Some United players were hiding, says Lukaku

first_img0Shares0000United’s Belgian star was disappointed with the unexpected defeat at Old Trafford and made it clear he wasn’t impressed by the lack of conviction some of his teammates showed.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 14 – Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku claims some of his teammates seemed to be hiding during the 2-1 UEFA Champions League defeat to Sevilla on Tuesday.The Red Devils were knocked out of the Champions League 2-1 on aggregate at the last-16 stage after a brace from Wissam Ben Yedder put the visitors two goals clear in the second leg, before a consolation goal from Lukaku. United’s Belgian star was disappointed with the unexpected defeat at Old Trafford and made it clear he wasn’t impressed by the lack of conviction some of his teammates showed.“Something was wrong with some players, some players were hiding,” Lukaku told BT Sport.“I think we started the game well, but then we let them get a bit of control in the game. We had a few half-chances but we didn’t score.“Then they scored the first goal and from that moment on we tried to chase the game. Then they scored the second one which was a big blow. At the end we kept pushing, but it was not enough.“We should have done much better today because with the quality that we have in the team, I think we should have gone through. But we didn’t deserve it because we weren’t good enough.“We should have scored earlier, I think maybe in the first half with the half-chances that we created. The last pass today was not good enough – we always get in the right position but the last pass to each other was not good enough and I think that’s what killed us today.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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GREAT RANGE OF COURSES AVAILABLE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AT LIFFORD YOUTHREACH

first_imgAre you currently unemployed? Have you left school without qualifications or without the qualifications you thought you could achieve? Does your son or daughter fit into any of these categories? We may have what you are looking for!The Youthreach programme was established in Lifford in 2001 and it has developed into one of the leading examples of further education and training in the Finn Valley area. The centre caters for 26 learners on a full-time basis throughout the academic year, providing education and training to young people between the ages of 16 – 20 who have left school with or without qualifications.Lifford Youthreach offers QQI (formerly FETAC) Levels 2, 3 and 4 General Learning/Employability Skills (equivalent to Junior and Leaving Certificate) to all its learners, as well as specialised training in areas, such as Sports Coaching, Health and Fitness, Childcare, Construction, Hair and Beauty and Car Mechanics.These courses are offered in a safe and productive environment, with a number of supports also provided, including a Counsellor, Guidance Counsellor and Literacy Support Workers.This ensures each learner has every chance to succeed, develop and grow during his/her time on the programme as well as attain the qualifications they desire to progress onto another area of learning or employment in the future. Learners also receive a weekly training allowance and travel and meal allowances where applicable.While the programme’s main aim is to develop the individual’s educational standards and qualifications, it also offers modules which are designed to improve practical skills and encourage lifelong learning in areas such as cooking, dress making, arts and crafts and outdoor education.These modules offer learners experience at completing tasks and scenarios that build confidence, improve communication skills, develop self-respect and esteem in a fun and enjoyable environment.When learners identify their needs and goals, they work with tutors to develop a plan of action in relation to their educational development.A large part of this plan will entail work experience in a specific area of interest.These work experience blocks are designed to give learners an insight into the world of work, what skills, qualities and values are required to gain employment and how to progress in employment through developing new skills and learning. In addition to the educational and training programmes on offer in the centre, we aim to provide learners with a range of enjoyable physical and activity based programmes and residentials throughout the year which are designed to challenge learners, introduce them to new and exciting sports and activities, improve their outlook on life and develop good habits in relation to how they live their lives.Past learners of the programme have completed their qualifications and have continued their studies in LYIT, NWRC, SWRC and Limavady College.Other learners have progressed onto apprenticeship courses in car mechanics or hair and beauty, while others have gained employment.All of these learners have come back and talked to current learners about the benefits of Youthreach, how it helped them develop and grow and why it was the right choice for them. If you like the sound of this and are interested in or thinking about joining the programme, contact Aidan today at the centre on 074 91 42114 or Like us on Facebook and send us a message – we will then get back to you with more details.Youthreach is co funded by the Department of Education and Skills and the European Social Fund.GREAT RANGE OF COURSES AVAILABLE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AT LIFFORD YOUTHREACH was last modified: June 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:FeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more

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SHORE 2 SUMMIT CHALLENGE TO TEST THE BRAVE IN INISHOWEN THIS WEEKEND

first_imgThe Shore 2 Summit Multisport Challenge in Inishowen this weekend will undoubtedly be one of the major adventure challenges offered in Ireland in 2013. The route traversing Inishowen from East to West, Redcastle to Buncrana, and is truly challenging with the combination of “on road / off road” changes that take in every foreseeable vantage point along the ways and showcases the amazing scenery and rugged coastline. The 61k Challenging course consisting of:• 13k Run, – A tough 3k start then a mix of tarred / hill road towards Carndonagh.• 15k Cycle, – Reasonably handy cycle, unless the wind gets you, with 4k of rough hill road.• 7K Mountain hike, – Starting with 0.5k of track, 1k bog land then a 2k climb of Sleibh Snacht. • 2k Kayak, – Beautiful Lake, surrounded by hill and your “now relaxing” body.• 23k Cycle – The 6k “off road” being the highlight starting with a tough 2k climb, Its all downhill from there as you wind around windmills, surrounded by stunning coastline.• 2k shore path run to finish. – Take it in your stride, your almost there.The bike recommendation would probably be a road bike with puncture proof tyres, but there are no guarantees so maybe you’d prefer a hybrid or mountain bike to be on the slower but safe side.Sleive Snacht, Inishowens highest mountain, with its amazing views across the peninsula and beyond signifies the halfway stage of the event. The Mountain climb initially is flat, wet and mucky over bog land before climbing the last 2k to the summit where you have the entire Peninsula and further in your sights. After all that climbing, take a moment to take in the spectacular scenery before you commence you decent.The Kayaks are “flat top” twin kayaks, which are ideal for those who don’t know what that means. In other words you don’t need previous kayaking experience, just keep in time with the other partner and you’ll get there. Experienced Kayakers are dotted around the lake to direct and help if required. Relay partners should try to get to Lake and join in with their partner in the Kayak. The final cycle, 23k in total, from mountain) has 1 tough climb on the “off road” section, apart from this the cycle route consists of rolling hills on the first section and after conquering the climb you weave downhill with windmills to left and right, then onto Tarred road and the final 8k is either flat or downhill.Your almost there, just a 2k run, on those rubber legs, along the shore path, past Doherty’s castle to the finish line at the Shore Front where you will receive a well deserved medal and t-shirt. Refreshments will be served up in the marquee afterwards.If this all seems too much for you, then why not enter with friends and complete the challenge as a team and all receive medals and t-shirts upon the completion of your challenge.SHORE 2 SUMMIT CHALLENGE TO TEST THE BRAVE IN INISHOWEN THIS WEEKEND was last modified: March 12th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Early City Uncovered in Syria

first_imgA complex, stratified society with industry appears to have burst on the scene 4000 to 6000 years ago in northern Syria.  Science Daily reported, “The mound of Tell Zeidan in the Euphrates River Valley near Raqqa, Syria, which had not been built upon or excavated for 6,000 years, is revealing a society rich in trade, copper metallurgy and pottery production.”  They believe the site predates the invention of the wheel, but it shows remarkable complexity, with copper and obsidian production, the use of official seals, and hints of ideology, symbolic communication, and commerce across a broad region.    According to Gil Stein, the director of the Oriental Institute excavating the site, “This enigmatic period saw the first development of widespread irrigation, agriculture, centralized temples, powerful political leaders and the first emergence of social inequality as communities became divided into wealthy elites and poorer commoners.”    The article says, “Tell Zeidan dates from between 6000 and 4000 B.C., and immediately preceded the world’s first urban civilizations in the ancient Middle East.  It is one of the largest sites of the Ubaid culture in northern Mesopotamia.”Why is this called an enigmatic period?  It’s not enigmatic at all if you understand the Table of Nations and Biblical chronology after Babel.  People with complex culture and intelligence spread out and built cities rapidly – and the first were in the fertile crescent, just like this one.  Given how quickly we know humans can migrate, it’s no wonder that other societies sprung up far and wide soon after.  And how do they know these intelligent people did not have wheels?  Maybe they just didn’t find any yet.  Undoubtedly they are not expecting such early people to be that intelligent.    Evolutionists, by contrast, have a real challenge on their hands.  Civilization just burst on the scene only a few thousands years ago (the dating gets a little questionable back that far).  Yet they tell us that anatomically modern human beings, with fully developed brains and hands and upright posture and evidence of symbolic understanding and social behavior, the ability to organize their habitats, decorate themselves, cook with fire and even play music, lived a million to two million years before the first cities appeared.  Some of them even migrated all the way to Asia.  All they did was hunt and gather and hide out in caves for a time interval orders of magnitude more than all known human history, then bang!  Someone got the idea to plant seeds, and presto! instant cities appeared with irrigation, commerce, metallurgy and stratified society.  If that story makes any sense to you, you’re smoking a controlled substance.  The Bible’s history fits the facts of archaeology – just as the continuing evidence shows.  Breathe in some fresh air and evaluate the sober explanation.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Africa, diaspora to strengthen trade ties

first_img25 May 2012African and the Caribbean governments are set to invest more resources and energy towards developing and promoting stronger linkages between the two regions in the fields of trade and investment, science and technology and tourism.These, and many other such ideas geared towards fostering a stronger culture of cooperation between the mother continent and her diaspora, are some of the ideas contained in the draft declaration document that will be taken forward to the Global African Diaspora summit, which will be held on Friday, in Johannesburg.Over 60 representatives from various African countries and the diaspora, including the Caribbean and the Americas, will converge at the Sandton Convention Centre tomorrow – a day that coincides with Africa Day – for the eminent summit.Ministers from countries represented at the summit on Wednesday gathered at South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation headquarters in Pretoria for a meeting that essentially set the tone for tomorrow’s all-important summit.Chief amongst discussions between ministers was the draft declaration document, which is envisaged to be adopted at the close of the summit.The resolutions set forth, amongst others, the need for Africa and her diaspora to work together towards achieving the objectives of the African Union (AU).The AU’s vision is that of “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena”.Identifying areas of cooperationThe ministers identified areas of cooperation including education, health, culture and environmental issues as some of the crucial fields where Africa and her diaspora could build concrete relations in order to bring to fruition the AU’s vision.With global competiveness for skills, resources, land and other commodities being at an all-time high, the ministers resolved that more needed to be done through the various regional organisations to explore ways of harmonising international diplomacy and cooperation.SA’s International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said they would take these ideas contained the draft declaration to the leaders’ summit so they can be considered for implementation.Tomorrow’s summit will be held under the theme, “Towards the Realisation of a United and Prosperous Africa and its Diaspora”.Amongst others, it will consider the possible inclusion of the diaspora as a sixth region of the AU and endorse an AU Diaspora Volunteer Programme, which would associate the diaspora directly with the development efforts on the continent.In a statement issued at the end of the ministerial meeting on Wednesday, Nkoana-Mashabane said the summit was one of the vehicles through which the African Union and the African diaspora aimed to realise the vision of a united, peaceful and prosperous Africa and her diaspora.“We are mindful of the fact that unifying Africa’s people is a process; and we are of the view that this summit marks a significant milestone in this process of unifying Africa and her diaspora.”Funding Africa’s infrustructure driveThe other resolution the ministers’ meeting hoped would be adopted on Friday included the African Diaspora Fund, whereby Africans abroad would be able to invest in African development projects and an increase in spending on infrastructure development of the continent.According to the AU, the continent would require about US$60-billion over the next 10 years to meet its infrastructure needs.The ministers also hoped that there would be a creation of a database of professional skills in the African diaspora, as well as the adoption and promotion of the Development Market Place for an African Diaspora model as a framework to facilitate innovation and develop entrepreneurship to empower the youth of the continent and her diaspora.The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Jean Ping, had indicated in his opening remarks that the draft declaration was a credible and important document that was adapted to the letter and spirit of the Diaspora Initiative. Equally important was that it was both a proposed law and working document.Ping added that the process of rebuilding the African family was and would always remain a work in progress that could not be accomplished in one day. Concomitantly, he said focus must be on establishing appropriate structures that would facilitate more effective diaspora participation in the affairs of the Union.The ministerial meeting, meanwhile, reinforced the call for Africa and its diaspora to unite in order to build a solid foundation for reviving the African family across the world – a move that will give impetus to the renaissance of the continent.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – February 22, 2012

first_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – January 18, 2012January 18, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Geocaching.com Leap Day – Leaps into the Record BooksMarch 2, 2012In “Community”Why You Should Log Your DNF’s – Geocaching.com Weekly MailerAugust 22, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter” Leap Day GeocachingThere’s one thing money cannot buy and all geocachers want – more time to go geocaching. On Leap Day (this February 29), geocachers’ wishes come true; there’s a whole extra day on the calendar to go geocaching! And Geocaching.com is providing an additional incentive to get outside on the 29th – a Leap Day souvenir for all accounts logging a “Found it” or “Attended” that day. You’ll receive the colorful Leap Day Souvenir on your Geocaching.com profile.You’ll also help in a record-breaking attempt. Last Leap Day, way back in 2008, some 36,696 distinct accounts logged an “Attended” or “Found it” on a cache. We’re aiming to double that number this year with at least 73,392 distinct accounts logging a cache on February 29. In order to count toward the goal, people only have to log a single cache.More than 900 Event Caches are already planned for Leap Day. If the 25,000 adventurers expected to attend these events log their attendance on the 29th, we’ll be more than 30% of the way toward our goal. But we still need your help in order to reach 73,392! So talk to your fellow geocachers, your friends, and your co-workers; tell them about going geocaching (and logging their find) on February 29. We will be reporting our progress toward the goal on the Latitude 47 blog and the Geocaching.com Facebook page.As an extra bonus, Premium Members who love to look at their “finds by date” statistics have a rare opportunity to fill in the February 29 square – the 366th day of geocaching!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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