Agriculture Economist to Present Paper on W/House

first_imgDr. Gideon Onumah, an agricultural economist and rural finance specialist, is expected to present a research conducted on the relevance and benefits of the use of warehouse receipts systems in Liberia tomorrow.Dr. Onumah’s presentation is aimed at improving the performance of the agriculture sector in Liberia, which is critical for driving economic growth and poverty reduction.Warehouse Receipts Systems help to modernize and enhance the efficiency of agricultural marketing systems and enable farmers to store commodities. This allows them to sell commodities when the price is attractive, rather than be forced to act as “price takers” right after harvest.He was hired by GROW Liberia to conduct the exercise.GROW works in the cocoa, oil palm, rubber, vegetable and fruits and aquaculture sectors to improve and strengthen value chains.Dr. Onumah’s research has identified the positive impacts of introducing the program and how the system can improve the efficiency of commodity trading and access to inventory backed financing for small farmers and cooperatives.During his research, he visited stakeholders at the Ministry of Agriculture, the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC), the Cooperative Development Agency (CDA), banks, micro-financing institutions and cooperatives in Nimba and Lofa counties to obtain vital information about those sectors.He will also present his findings on regulatory and policy issues, gaps, and the implications of existing laws, potential sources of finance and optimum locations for the establishment of Warehouse Receipts Systems in Liberia.The analysis will facilitate the identification and development of an Implementation Plan that will identify GROW’s specific interventions in those areas. It is estimated that a GROW-sponsored pilot Warehouse Receipts System will be started in key commodity producing areas for both cocoa and rubber in Nimba or Lofa toward the end of 2015.GROW is a private sector development initiative operating in Liberia to promote pro-poor economic growth and stability through partnerships with Government and private companies. The program is a 5-year Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)-funded market development initiative that employs the ‘Making Markets Work for the Poor’ (M4P) approach. In addition to promoting the increased profitability of smallholder farm operations, the program seeks to contribute to sustainable growth and stability, with a particular emphasis on women and youth and the environment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberia Embarks on Disaster Risk Management Framework

first_imgThe UNDP is working with the NDMA to put into operation a comprehensive disaster management plans, especially for climate related disaster such as flooding, windstorm and coastal erosion.— As Gov’t, UNDP engage locals on disaster risk managementChanging climate and the rapidly growing exposure to disaster risk presents the world with an unprecedented challenge, with every nation practically being affected to the extent that Liberia and many other underdeveloped or third-world countries are the most vulnerable to the impacts of the climate change menace.As such, Liberia is gradually bracing itself for the rages that climate change is having across the globe as its devastating impacts continues effect millions of people.Liberia is facing some serious environmental challenges, including coastal erosion, flooding and windstorms and others, and therefore, the need for the country to develop a framework for disaster management cannot be overemphasized, says Augustine Tamba, Director for Operations, National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA).To help establish a national disaster management framework, the government, through the NDMA, has therefore begin engaging local stakeholders to raise awareness and disseminate the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Strategy (NDRR&RS) of Liberia, and Strategies and Action Plans for Coastal Adaptation in the country.With support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Mr. Tamba said that the NDMA has begun nationwide consultative efforts to engage residents on disastrous things in their community. The process began in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, where stakeholders from the Western region (Bomi, Cape Mount and Gbarpolu counties) converged for a two-day workshop.NDMA project officer, Jonathan Wordsworth, said the workshop is meant to widen citizens’ participation and solicit local inputs to the strategy and trigger community ownership by utilizing the whole community approach.“This engagement is meant to present the National Disaster Risk Reduction (NDRR&RS) to local authorities, and community leaders, while providing an explicit understanding of what the document is, and what is expected of them,” he said.This is also meant to reaffirm hotspots and hazards identified in the communities and documented in the strategy.Organizers also said that it is also meant to present the final report of the coastal assessment conducted recently by the National Adaptation Project (NAP) to the local participants mainly of the coastal counties. “This is to build capacity on disaster risk reduction and coastal adaptation.The UNDP is working with the NDMA to put into operation a comprehensive disaster management plans, especially for climate related disaster such as flooding, windstorm and coastal erosion.According to the organizers, the key output of this is to strengthen adaptive capacity, and reduce exposure to climate risks of vulnerable livelihoods, and infrastructure in the vulnerable communities with funding from the Green Climate Fund (GCF).Under this engagement, local stakeholders, government officials and UNDP are working to ensure that the design of the NDRR and National Adaptation Plan (NAP) are tailored to the specific climate change needs of the communities, the Disaster Risk Management Expert at the UNDP, Fairnoh T. Gbilah, said.“UNDP are providing critical contributions to tackle climate change adaptation and disaster risk management,” he said.“A number of pressing development challenges exist, but we need to take actions now to reduce threats of climate change-exacerbated floods, coastal erosion and windstorms,” Gbilah said.Climate projections for Liberia suggest that the risks will increase over time, which can potentially undermine development progress in the country. According to Gbilah, this is the situation that the country must start to address now.These initiatives include working with individual sectors to incorporate DRR into sector policies and legislation; the adoption and refinement of legal instruments that support DRR at the local level; analysis of decentralization processes and identification of entry-points for DRR; promotion of civil society involvement in disaster risk management (DRM) coordination bodies.Many Liberians are of the belief that the Ebola virus disease epidemic that ravaged Liberia in 2014 and claimed thousands of lives, did not have any positive impact on the country. It is the desire of stakeholders to now be proactive in putting in place measures that would help address future disasters. People are now putting into place plans to address disaster or disaster-related preparedness.It is in this light that the UNDP has been collaborating with NDMA, and other local stakeholders in strengthening disaster risk management.“UNDP has made strengthening disaster risk governance a cornerstone of its efforts to understand, reduce and manage risk,” an official said.The official added that governance should be recognized as a key unresolved issue in both the configuration, and the reduction of disaster risk. “This is with the aim of protecting development investments and ultimately building people’s resilience,” he added.The purpose of the NDMP is to provide a policy framework that promotes a whole-of-country, and multi-sector approach to disaster risk management at a local, national and regional level.It also provides a framework and mechanism to enable a coordinated national response to threats that have the potential to cause a disaster and recovery from the impacts of disasters.Meanwhile, the national action plan for disaster risk management, which is being developed, is an operational document that should be read in conjunction with the National Disaster Management Plan. It provides a day-to-day guide for operations and a monitoring, evaluation and learning framework to assess performance and advance accountability of disaster management.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Thieves raid businesses in Kalyan Mall

first_imgTwo businesses were on Friday evening raided by suspected bandits following a break-and-enter at the Kalyan Shopping Mall located on Lamaha Street, Georgetown.The window which the thieves gain entryThe discovery was reportedly made at about 08:00h on Saturday, when employees of the store turned up for work and realised that the His and Hers Clothing Store on the second floor and the Euphoria Beauty Salon on the lower flat had been burglarised.The superintendent of the building said the robbers gained entry into the shopping plaza via a window which leads to the clothing store, which was found open.This newspaper understands that surveillance footage obtained from a neighbouring building showed a man leaving the premises of the mall with a black bag which is suspected to contain the stolen items.Owner of the His and Hers Clothing Store, Priya Sookram, told Guyana Times on Saturday that while a full assessment of her losses has not been conducted, it is estimated that over $1 million in goods were stolen, which include clothes, shoes and fragrances.The matter was reported to the Brickdam Police Station and an investigation has been launched, but no one has been arrested.last_img read more

Protestors mourn city’s “death” as business plummets

first_imgParking meter burdenBY SHEMUEL FANFAIRSeveral protesters against the arbitrary Parking Meter Project wore sombre colours on Wednesday afternoon as they sought to signify what they described as a “dying capital city”, since businesses continue to see reduced sales ever sinceDemonstrators vow to gather come rain or shinethe project rolled out last month.“The whole [of] Georgetown feel like a dead that’s why we wore black and we want to bury this dead once and for all. It has crippled our economy and crippled business and we are not yet ready for parking meters because our country is not well developed,” a city businessman told the media on Wednesday during the protest.He reasoned that the depleted business sales will cause an increase in crime, as employers may be forced to eventually lay off workers.Standing in solidarity with him was fellow businessperson, Usha Patel, who told the media that the very spirit of Georgetown is “dying”, with the addition ofRevoke the contract now! The Water Street mourners decry dying business salesnumerous tax measures.“There has been too many changes with taxes on everyday commodities – your toothpaste, soap, private education… new revelations are being disclosed about the contract, it’s confusing the people and it’s now time to revoke it,” the businesswoman pointed out.The protester further encouraged Mayor Patricia Chase Green to listen to the concerns of citizens, highlighting that the City Council is moving forward despite the many protest actions.“She’s not listening, she’s going full steam ahead,” Patel stated.The Movement Against Parking Meters (MAPM) group maintained a significant portion of its demonstrators in front of City Hall despite the inclement weather conditions on Wednesday. The picket line even gained the support of JuniorDon’t clamp meFinance Minister Jaipaul Sharma’s mother, Savitri Sharma, who called for a revocation of the contract in its present form.Even though the City Council maintains that the contract will not be revoked, protestors are adamant that the meters must go and that City Hall and Smart City Solutions should be held accountable for violating a High Court order by continuing to clamp of vehicles. This call for sanction was echoed by People’s Progressive Party parliamentarian, Dr Vindhya Persaud, businessman Roshan Khan and several other business owners, other stakeholders and ordinary Guyanese present at Wednesday’s protest.Just before the lunch time protest concluded, a few angry demonstrators broke away from the pack and followed Smart City Solutions shareholder Simon Moshesvilli and uttered slurs which included derogatory remarks. This occurred moments after he left an apparent meeting at City Hall.“Face de media… you come to carry away Guyanese money,” were some of the remarks uttered to the SCS official. Several Police ranks moved along with the group of advancing protesters and the tension subsided after a few minutes.Meanwhile, calls for the termination of the Parking Meter Project continue to escalate with the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) and Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG), being two of the orgnaisations which registered displeasure with the contract’s “lack of transparency”.Following a few days of protest against the Parking Meter Project and the protracted intervention from Central Government, the authorities at City Hall announced a 50 per cent reduction in rates but citizens continue to reject the initiative. Stakeholders are arguing that the reduced fees do not address the problems of lack of inclusivity and the rampant corruption believed to be involved in the arrangement.The High Court on February 16 granted an order which legal luminaries interpreted to mean that the paid parking project is suspended until the legal proceedings are resolved. The writ had stated, among other things, that, “an order nisi of certiorari be and is hereby granted to quash the decision of the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown to enter into an agreement on or around 13 May, 2016”.The respondents also have to show cause against all the orders made by the Chief Justice to quash their decision to enter into the contract, which has already caused weekly mass protests in front of City Hall.The court date is set for February 27, before Justice Brassington Reynolds. Should they fail to comply, the document noted, they will be held in contempt of court.last_img read more

Turks protest religious influence

first_imgANKARA, Turkey – Tens of thousands of people filled the central streets of Turkey’s capital on Saturday to protest what they see as an increasingly Islamic tint to their government. A presidential election is approaching in Turkey, and the protesters were voicing their opposition to the head of the leading party in parliament, with its Islamist roots, taking the post. “We don’t want to become another Iran, another Afghanistan,” said Hanife Sahin, a retired nurse, stooping under the red tent formed by a Turkish flag that ran like a river over the crowd. News reports said crowds numbered as many as 300,000, an unexpectedly high turnout for a gathering that was initially expected to draw only harder-line nationalists. The numbers underlined the deepening divide within Turkish society over the role of Islam in Turkey, a country whose very charter scrubbed the government clean of religion. “Believe me, all of Turkey is here,” said a 27-year-old market researcher, as teenage boys draped in Turkish flags jostled her. But there are two Turkeys now. Turkish society is opening a lively, sometimes painful, debate on its past for the first time since 1923 when Mustafa Kemal stamped out public religion to create the Turkish state. That has divided society and focused attention on the contest over the presidency, which controls the military and is the country’s most important post safeguarding secularism. Officials from the ruling party, Justice and Development, known by its Turkish initials, AK, have kept their religious background away from the process of government over the five years since they were elected. Still, the guardians of Turkish secularism have grown increasingly vocal, before the election, in accusing the ruling party of bringing their religion into politics before the election. On Friday, the current president, Ahmet Necdet Sezer, gave his final speech before a military audience in Istanbul, warning that the country’s secular system faced its most serious danger since the founding of the state. The secular establishment Sezer represents has several times in Turkey’s short history ousted ruling parties it deemed too religious. That sentiment was splashed on banners and spoken through loudspeakers at the protest on Saturday. After five years in power, the party had made Turkish society more accommodating to Islamic piousness, many people said. A gaggle of high school girls ticked off the reasons they did not want the party and its leader, Tayyip Erdogan, to take the presidency. More women are wearing head scarves, said Ecem Karanfil, a 17-year-old in a T-shirt and jeans. “We want to feel comfortable dressing the way we want,” she said. Her friend said she sensed something suspicious in the attractive new design of religion textbooks being given out in their high school. “I am wondering why,” she said, as a pretzel seller squeezed by, his wares stacked in a pyramid on his head. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Kenyan Ref Aden Marwa handed life ban

first_img0Shares0000Aden Marwa has been handed a life ban by teh Confederation of African FootballNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 7- Kenyan referee Aden Marwa Range’s glowing and rising career as a football arbitrator has been nipped in the bud with the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) handing him a lifetime ban after he was caught on tape receiving a Sh60,000 ‘gift’ in an expose aired by British broadcaster BBC in June.Of the 22 match officials who have been disciplined by CAF following a Disciplinary Board meeting on Saturday, Marwa has been handed the biggest penalty of a life time ban from any CAF activity while the rest, mostly from West Africa have been handed bans of between two to 10 years. Jallow Ebrima, a Gambian assistant referee and Togolese referees Yanissou Bobeou have both been suspended for 10 years, something that raises concern on Marwa’s case as all were more or less snared in the same trap.CAF did not disclose much about their findings other than communicating the disciplinary measures taken on the match officials caught in the web of the expose.Ivory Coast match officials BI Valere Gouho Marius Tan and Coulibaly Abou have been handed the least disciplinary measure, each being suspended for two years.Eleven other officials, 10 Ghanaian and one Liberian have been suspended pending investigations and are expected to appear before the disciplinary board on August 5.The investigative piece done by Ghanaian journalist Anas exposed purportedly receiving a 600 USD ‘gift’ from undercover journalists while on official duty during the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco.The report forced Marwa to resign from his World Cup duty, one that would have seen him come back home from Russia with a handsome pay-cheque of slightly over Sh2.5mn.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Napoli star’s agent dismisses Tottenham transfer talk

first_img1 Napoli star Duvan Zapata has dashed Tottenham’s hopes of landing his signature and insists he wants to stay in Serie A.The Colombian striker had been linked with a move to White Hart Lane in January, but it now looks certain the 23-year-old will fight for his place under former Liverpool and Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez at the Stadio San Paolo.Zapata scored a last-gasp equaliser for the Italian side against Sampdoria this week and his agent, Fernando Schena, has confirmed his client wants to stay at the club – despite not featuring regularly in the first-team this term.He said: “He hasn’t found his best form because he isn’t playing very much.“He wants to stay at Napoli through January, then in June we will decide his future based on our communication with the club.“We have not received offers within Italy, he really trusts the manager and is certain he’ll have more playing time going forward.”Zapata signed for Napoli from Estudiantes in 2013 and has made nine appearances this season, scoring twice. Duvan Zapata last_img read more

WATERWORLD BUNDORAN GETS GOLD STANDARD AWARD

first_imgWaterworld Bundoran has once again been awarded the only White Flag for County Donegal.The Ireland Active ‘Gold Standard Award’ was presented to Waterworld General Manager Anderson Keys and Duty Managers Noreen Sweeney and Tom Losey at a ceremony in the Slieve Russell Hotel in Cavan.Chief Executive of Donegal County Council Seamus Neely said he was delighted with yet another award for its Bundoran facility. “The White Flag National standard is a best practice management framework to provide good quality facilities and services to the consumer in a safe and hygienic environment and I’m happy to say our facility in Bundoran has risen to that standard yet again,” he said.“This award grades facilities’ operational standards, similar to the Blue Flag award which classifies Ireland’s beaches, and it is fast becoming the most sought after accolade in the leisure industry! It is the only industry specific award for the Irish Leisure and Spa Industry and we are delighted Water World is maintaining its impressive record in this area.“This success is a fantastic way for staff not only to be acknowledged for the excellent job they undertake daily in this facility but also to be recognised amongst their peers in the industry,” he added.General Manager of Waterworld Bundoran Anderson Keys added: “We are very proud that our staff and facility have once again been awarded this Gold Standard accolade. “We pride ourselves on this achievement and work hard each year to ensure that our facility maintains its high standards so that all of our visitors can have an enjoyable, and importantly, safe visit to Waterworld and Seaweed Baths facility. Thanks to the staff here at Waterworld who have once again made this possible and to the Waterworld Directors who endorse and recognize the value of this award to the company’s operation, profile and development.”In 2016, Waterworld will celebrate its 25th year of operation in Bundoran. WATERWORLD BUNDORAN GETS GOLD STANDARD AWARD was last modified: December 1st, 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:bundoranWATERWORLDWhite Flag awardlast_img read more

MEN BEAT UP OWN BROTHER IN ROW OVER ARRANGED MARRIAGE

first_imgFour Letterkenny men who assaulted their brother after driving to Kilkenny to bring him home have each been given a three-month prison sentence.Letterkenny Circuit court heard that Michael, Martin, Thomas and Terence McDonagh, drove to Kilkenny to bring their brother home after he had left over a disagreement about an arranged marriage.The four brothers – all from Big Isle, Letterkenny – pleaded guilty to assaulting Johnny McDonagh on December 4th, 2009. The court heard they were all involved in the assault on the journey back to Donegal. The victim’s phone was taken from him but he managed to call gardaí to report the incident.Prosecuting counsel Patricia McLaughlin said Johnny, who was 17 at the time, had left the family home “over an arrangement to marry a certain person” that he was not happy about.After he left home the four brothers went to Kilkenny and put him in a car. He was assaulted by two brothers in the back of the car and later again by the other two brothers.The court heard that all four brothers had previous convictions for various offences including theft.Paul Kelly BL, counsel for Martin McDonagh, said his client’s view was that the incident had nothing to do with a marriage and was due to concern about his brother taking illicit substances.The court heard that all four men are married with young families and that “peace had broken out” between the brothers following the incident.Judge John O’Hagan told the four men that the legal system is there to protect everybody. “You can’t as a community of people take the law into your own hands,” he said.All four were given a three-month prison sentence suspended for six months and ordered to pay €500 to charity.At hearing. THIS COURT REPORT IS COPYRIGHT DONEGALDAILY.COM. WE HAVE BEGUN LEGAL PROCEEDINGS AGAINST A COPYCAT SITE WHICH HAS BEEN ILLEGALLY STEALING OUR STORIES.DONEGALDAILY.COM – FIRST WITH THE NEWS. BEWARE CHEAP IMITATIONS.MEN BEAT UP OWN BROTHER IN ROW OVER ARRANGED MARRIAGE was last modified: November 4th, 2011 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:ARRANGED MARRIAGEletterkennylast_img read more

Mother reveals she found suspicious pictures in 5 year old daughter’s scrapbook

first_imgA mother told how she found suspicious drawings in her five year old daughter’s scrapbook after she returned from a neighbour’s home.The woman was giving evidence against a man in his 70s who has gone on trial charged with two counts of alleged sexual assault against the 5 year old girl. The woman told Letterkenny Circuit Court how her daughter would regularly visit the house in which she was allegedly abused.On May 28th, 2013 the woman had collected the girl from the house and then casually asked her how her day was.The girl replied that she couldn’t tell her mum because it was too rude and that the man had told her it was their secret.The mother reassured her daughter that it was okay to tell her and the girl said the man had kissed her on her lips, put her hands down her panties and made her touch his “wee man.”The girl later revealed that she and the accused man had drawn pictures of eachother’s “bums’ on the scrapbook but had scribbled them out.The woman contacted Gardai and she was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital before being taken to the sexual assault unit at Galway University Hospital to be treated.The man in the case, who cannot be identified, has denied all the allegations.The jury in the case have already been shown a video of the girl being interviewed by specialist Garda officers just three days after the alleged assault took place.Now aged eight, the girl was also asked questions by defence barrister Colm Smyth via videolink.Expert scientific and medical evidence has also been given in the case by forensic scientist Dr David Casey and Consultant Paediatrician Dr Joanne Nelson.The case continues on Tuesday next.Mother reveals she found suspicious pictures in 5 year old daughter’s scrapbook was last modified: February 4th, 2017 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:courtdonegalGardaiscrapbooksexual assaultlast_img read more