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

first_imgChinese Ambassador Fu Jijun presents gift to Mayor Pam Belcher-Taylor after the program— Chinese Ambassador foresees more investment here; dedicates newly renovated community park in PaynesvilleChinese Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Fu Jijun, has said that the cordial bilateral relationship that is currently subsisting between his country and Liberia will get stronger and stronger as he and his team will continue to make Liberia’s case in an effort to lure more investments to the country.He said that Chinese companies are seizing opportunities presented by the cordiality in relationship to invest and also implement projects on behalf of their mother country. “As the Chinese Ambassador here, I would like to assure you that it is my job to make every efforts to deepen the collaboration and enhance the friendship between both countries and bring more benefits to our people,” Ambassador Fu said.The senior Chinese diplomat spoke on Monday at the ceremony commemorating the dedication of the newly renovated Paynesville Community Park. It is anticipated that the Park would help boost recreational activities and improve interactions among residents.He expressed delight for being opportune to form part of the dedication of the newly constructed basketball court along with the fully equipped children’s playground—an initiative that represents many of the good results of the friendship and collaboration between both countries.Ambassador Fu noted at the event that Chinese companies are getting more involved in the development of the country and that, as interactions between those companies and the Liberian people increase, the China-Liberia friendship grows and deepens further. “As a way of advancing more friendly interaction between our people, these companies often seize the opportunity to impact the lives of locals through creative and unique ways,” he said.He said despite the many challenges being faced, several Chinese companies continue to demonstrate their commitment to keep investing in the Liberian economy, he said.The ambassador, however, termed the Paynesville Park project as another gift from the Chinese companies to the Liberian people.The project came to fruition through a goodwill gesture from the Chinese government through TSMO Investment Corporation and the China Dalian International Cooperation Group (CDIG). Several bilateral projects have also been successfully completed while many others are being initiated. Some of these projects include the China-Liberia Friendship Park and the electronic billboard at the Executive Pavilion. Collaboration between the two countries has been developing very robustly over the last decade.A view of the newly renovated park in PaynesvilleAt the forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) coordinators meeting held three weeks ago, China pledged continual commitment to the pro-poor agenda of the Weah Administration.The Chinese government further demonstrated this commitment with the signing of agreements that will see the construction of two overhead bridges, valued at US$30M, to help ease the heavy traffic congestion around the newly constructed Ministerial Complex.Paynesville City Mayor, Pam Belcher-Taylor said the project was initiated in 2017 at the request of PCC in order to provide a recreational facility for residents of the city and its surrounding environs. She lauded the Chinese for not only giving the city a facelift, but also contributing to the happiness of the residents, especially the young people and children“In 2017, the PCC, through then Mayor, Cyvette Gibson, was given an offer by the Chinese government for the construction of park,”Communication was afterwards received from CDIG that it was selected by the Embassy here to carry out the work and that a site should be identified for the project. This is how PCC Special Project and technical and City Planning Department selected the Park because of its deplorable state.The project was done in phases with the first phase being the construction of the Basketball Court which include four sitting platforms, dual basketball rims. The phase II included the construction of the children’s playground, which was installed by TSMO, included an artificial climbing wall, a slide, two merry-go-rounds, a swing, four seesaws and others.The ceremony was also graced by several dignitaries, including Montserrado County District #2 Representative Jimmy Smith and Paynesville City Council Chairman, T. Max Hinneh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgA Corentyne, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) housewife is alleging she was beaten with a baton by Police at the Number 51 Police Station on Tuesday night. She is also accusing the officers of stealing $100,000 from her.Takurdai Jugnanand told Guyana Times on Wednesday that a group of Police Officers went to her Lot 73 Number 52 Village home on Tuesday and requested that she go to the Springlands Police Station. She said she did not leave with them but rather made her own way to the station with her 15-year-old son. According to Jugnanand, when she arrived at the station, there was a report by a driver of the car that she travelled in earlier in the day, stating that he left a cellphone in the back seat of the car and she picked it up. According to the woman, she was not given a chance to say anything, but she was told to stand against a wall. This, she told Guyana Times, was after she and her son were made to sit on aTakurdai Jugnanandbench for two hours.The mother of four explained that after being told to stand and face the wall she thought that the officer was going to carry out a body search to see if she had the cellular phone on her person.“I feel one lash on my shoulder and I start to holla and when I go to turn around I feel another lash on the other and I turn around and ask him “why you beating me, I aint do you anything,” and then he take the baton and lash me on my right knee and then lash me again on the knee…”In recounting the ordea,l Jagnanand said the Police Officer asked her to give him the cellphone.The woman is also claiming that her teenage son was questioned without her being present. More so, she said her son was slapped by an officer.According to Jugnanand, the officer took her bag and began to search it. She said she had $100,000 in the bag and the officer took the money and told her that had to be the cash she received after selling the phone.However, according to the housewife, the officer put the money into his pocket and promised to give it back to her when she was leaving. Jugnanand said she was made to sign two blank pieces of paper in order to secure her release. According to her, one of the officers at the station assisted her to take the teenager out of the station compound and she took a car home.At home she telephoned the Whim Police Station and asked for the officer in charge to make a report but was told that she would have to go to the station.She said on Wednesday morning she was there at 08:00h and after waiting until 12:30h, she left to seek medical attention. The 45-year-old woman said officers at the Whim Police Station refused to give her a medical form to take to the hospital. She said one was however given to her when she went to Central Police Station. The woman has since been seen by a doctor at the New Amsterdam Hospital. In tears, Jugnanand told Guyana Times that she wants to get her money back which the family saved for her husband’s eye surgery but was going to be used instead for her son’s urgent medical bills. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! KAVITA GOSS Senior, Newbury Park The Loyola Marymount-bound Goss scored a team-record 43 points, with five 3-pointers, in Friday’s 70-61 Marmonte League girls’ basketball victory over Moorpark that kept the Panthers in a first-place tie with Westlake heading into Wednesday’s showdown. Goss, who broke Brynn Cameron’s mark of 40 points, began the week with a 29-point, 13-rebound effort in a 62-45 triumph over Royal of Simi Valley. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson UP AND COMER GARY ESPINOSA JR. Crespi of Encino Espinosa, who won the 120-pound state schoolboy championship in 2004, when he went 72-7 wrestling for the San Fernando Boys and Girls Club, finished third in the 130-pound weight class at the fourth annual Fred Willemstein tournament at Ontario High. He is 16-6 as a freshman starter for Crespi, where he is one of the top first-year wrestlers on a veteran Celts team that could challenge for the Southern Section Div. VI dual-meet title. center_img ALEX STEPHESON Senior, Harvard-Westlake of Studio City After a 22-point, 24-rebound, eight-block performance in the Wolverines’ 65-44 boys’ basketball victory over Crespi of Encino in their Mission League opener, Stepheson would have been hard-pressed to top that effort Saturday against Ventura. The North Carolina-bound forward nearly did, recording 25 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks in a 70-64 win – Harvard-Westlake’s fifth in a row – at the Santa Barbara Showcase. last_img read more

first_imgCouncillor John Sheamais Ó Fearraigh has today called on the Government to do more to support indigenous business and to attract foreign direct investment to West Donegal in order to boost job creation in the region.The Glenties based Councillor was commenting following the publication of figures provided to Sinn Féin which has revealed that of the 86 Údarás na Gaeltachta properties currently lying vacant across the country, 41 of these units are in Donegal – the single highest vacancy rate of the counties concerned.Cllr Ó Fearraigh called on the Government to engage more closely with the state agency to use these units to attract inward investment and help bolster job creation. He said “Information recently received by Sinn Féin shows that 86 Údarás na Gaeltachta properties across the state are currently vacant, quite a number of which have been lying empty since 2009 or before.“The data shows that Donegal is the worst county affected, where 41 units or some 23 per cent of all properties held by the agency locally presently unoccupied.“What’s more concerning is the fact that of these 41 units, half have been idle for five years or longer.“Clearly, there is potential here to utilise these vacant sites and properties for a great number of purposes, particularly to house and support indigenous business and to attract additional foreign direct investment here.” He added that if the Government chose to engage much more closely with Údarás na Gaeltachta, as well as the various other state agencies and bodies charged with job creation and industrial development, then these properties could surely be put to good use, with the potential to create jobs here in the west of the county.“West Donegal is in dire need of substantial investment and focus from the government to ensure local people have the opportunity to remain, live and work in their own communities.“These properties hold great potential for job creation and, as a member of both the local authority and a board member of Údarás na Gaeltacht, I am calling on the Government to facilitate better cooperation between the IDA, Enterprise Ireland and Údarás na Gaeltachta to ensure all of their clients are made aware of the units and financial assistance each of the agencies have to offer.“I intend to now certainly raise this issue with An tÚdarás at the next available opportunity when the board meets again shortly as I feel that there needs to be a renewed focus of addressing this issue.“Ensuring people from Gaeltacht regions, including Donegal, are given the opportunity to live and work in their home communities is vital if we are to protect and grow our native language.” Job creation in West Donegal is being stymied by empty Údarás units – claim was last modified: January 29th, 2019 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:ClaimemptySinn FeinUdarasWest Donegallast_img read more

first_imgA luck punter has scooped a whopping €17,000 on a €5 football bet. The bet was placed in Ladbrokes in Letterkenny on Saturday last and consisted of 11 winning football teams.But staff at the betting office say the person may not even know they have won the cash because he has not claimed it yet. “Staff are still unaware who owns the winning bet as the lucky customer has yet to make contact with the company but they are delighted for him or her. It is by far the largest football bet we will pay out on for such a small amount staked,’ said a spokesman for Ladbrokes.The punter was made sweat on the outcome with 10 out of the 11 teams up by 5pm.The whole bet depended on the outcome of the Newcastle v Southampton match which did not kick off until 5.30pm.But to the customer’s relief ended in Southampton winning 2-1. The 11 winning teams were Crystal Palace, Southampton, Tottenham, Chelsea, Brentford, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Doncaster, Gillingham, Milton Keynes and Port Vale.LUCKY DONEGAL PUNTER SCOOPS €17,000 ON €5 SOCCER BET! was last modified: January 20th, 2015 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:betdonegalLadbrokesletterkennypunterwinlast_img read more

first_imgThe Meadowlands Hotel in Tralee, Co. Kerry is one of Ireland’s best-kept secrets.And Donegal Daily has teamed up with the hotel  to offer our readers the chance to win TWO FREE nights in the hotel – with no strings attached! So, the very ‘difficult’ question is ‘Who won the All-Ireland in 2012?’To win this competition simply ‘Like and Share’ this post on your timeline with the correct answer underneath.The hotel will pick a winner exclusively from Donegal Daily readers so you have as much chance of winning as everyone else!Good luck! So do you want to know a little bit more about the hotel? Here is a link which will allow you to see just why it is one of Ireland’s hidden gems……http://www.meadowlandshotel.comWIN TWO FREE NIGHTS AT ONE OF IRELAND’S MOST AMAZING HOTELS was last modified: February 18th, 2016 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)last_img read more

first_imgConvoy GAA News: Picture Special from the Dinner Dance Presentation:Bingo continues at 8.30 on TUES Lotto Result 20-1-15 GY LS MH MO 1 matched 3 Greta Gillen Convoy next weeks jackpot €5050.A special word of thanks to everyone who bought and sold tickets for The National Draw which takes place on 27th Feb good luck to everyone. Underage Reg will take place This Friday from 6-7 at the clubhouseSt Mary’s held a very successful dinner dance on Sat night in Jacksons Hotel with special Guest GAA President Liam ONeill in attendance.Medals were presented to the Minor boys and also to the Senior Reserve Mens team.Ladies Teams awards Junior Player of the Year Eithna Cramwell Most Improved Debroah Kerrigan Players Player Caoimhe Browne Senior Ladies awards Senior Player of the Year Lauren Guthrie Young Player Victoria Kelly Players Player Niamh Mailey.Awards were also presented to Kelly Wilson ,Niamh Mailey and Victoria Kelly for their inclusion on County SquadsSenior Mens awards were presented to Senior Player John.A.Kee with Young Players going to his younger brother James Kee and Shaun Browne received Most Dedicated PlayerReserve awards Player of the Year Emmet Kelly Most Improved Kyle Harper and Most Dedicated Andy Mc Namee Jack Blake also received an award for his inclusion on the Donegal Squad who won the Mc Guigan Cup and Club person of the Year was presented to the hardworking Paul Lynch.Special word of thanks to our Gaa President Liam O Neill who attended our Dinner Dance and Presented awards to all our players . Chairperson Conor Mc Dermott presented The President with a small token from the Club.A Fun Night was had by all who danced the night away to the Beefsteak Dancers and Gary Gillen stepping up for a song also.Membership is now DUE and should be paid up by March 31st.PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE CONVOY GAA DINNER DANCE PRESENTATION was last modified: January 26th, 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:convoyGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

first_imgA win will guarantee England top spot in Group G, while a draw could be enough if England do not collect more disciplinary points than Roberto Martinez‘s Red Devils.Fifa tiebreaker rules currently have England in first despite matching Belgium after two games with six points, eight goals scored and two conceded, as England have two bookings to Belgium’s three.If England and Belgium draw and are level on disciplinary points, they will draw lots to decide the group winner, who will go on to face one of Japan, Colombia or Senegal in the next round.Henderson beat Dier to a starting role in Russia and has impressed in England’s opening two games, a 2-1 win over Tunisia and the 6-1 demolition of Panama.Expectations are high after England qualified from Group G with a game to spare, although they have not won a tournament knockout game since 2006 as they seek to end 52 years of hurt since 1966.Southgate told ITV: “We have the chance to affect something bigger than ourselves. In England we have spent a bit of time being lost about what our identity is, and I think as a team we represent that identity.“We’re a team with our diversity and our youth that represent modern England. Hopefully people can connect with us.”talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network Dier, 24, is likely to replace Jordan Henderson, who has played all 180 minutes of England’s tournament so far, although Kyle Walker could also be at risk having come under fire from former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for his performances in a back three, which Walker admits is not his favoured position.England boss Southgate confirmed the news while conducting his pre-match press conference with Dier ahead of the clash with Belgium in Kaliningrad, and could be considering playing Dier alongside Henderson to counter the threat posed by Chelsea‘s Eden Hazard.“He is always a big part of our plans,” Southgate said of Dier. “He is a really intelligent player, tactically very aware and he is a crucial part of our squad and has been all the way through our journey.“His mentality has been about playing his way into the tournament, recognising he will have a part to play. There is a real maturity about him and I enjoy our discussions about the matches we play.“He has great insight into the difficulties we might face, so even though he hasn’t been in the starting team he has had invaluable contributions in meetings and training sessions and tomorrow he is back in the team.” 2 Eric Dier will start England’s final World Cup Group G game against Belgium on Thursday, Gareth Southgate has confirmed.The Tottenham man, who can fill in at centre-back as well as defensive midfield, is set for his first start after playing just a minute off the bench so far. Dier will earn his 28th England cap against Belgium 2 Henderson could drop to the bench to accommodate Dier after playing all 180 minutes so far last_img read more

first_imgAdvertising feature If there is one company that is displaying the spirit of the fight-back in local business in Co Donegal then it must be Kelly’s Centra in Letterkenny.The store on the N56 at Mountain Top has been a hive of activity since Mairtin and Angie Kelly took over eight months ago.Mairtin, who was regional manager for Centra in the North West prior to taking over at the outlet, has attributed the success of the store to a hard-working and dedicated staff.This has in no small way contributed to the continuing success of ‘Kelly’s Centra’ and this coupled with a fantastic team has saw them scoop the prestigious E.I.Q.A excellence award for 2012. So much has changed since the Kellys took over just eight months ago from simple things like signage to an overall emphasis on customer care.In these times of recession the Mountain Top premises is value conscious in every department and the volume of traffic in the store is testimony to this. Máirtín has always been of the opinion that supporting local means everything and when looking around the premises it’s fantastic to see Ester’s Bakery, Milford and Lauren’s Bakery, Killybegs featuring prominently as indeed is the range of glutton free products from Brid Doherty in Stranorlar.Deliveries to the four by four!Kelly’s believes in taking the hassle out of shopping and you can have your groceries delivered by their ‘’4×4 delivery service’’ when you need them. The local delivery service has become increasingly popular and many customers have availed of the service since been introduced. Store Manager, Chris Toland he said that they always talk to customers and home delivery was one idea which was constantly being asked for – so they delivered.New InitiativesMany new initiatives have been introduced for customer convenience and one of the most recent is the ‘ Kelly’s Centra Travel Mug’. When you purchase the ‘Kelly’s Centra Travel Mug’ you get your first fill absolutely ‘free’ and when you bring along your mug for a top of tea or coffee at any time because it is a ‘ Kelly’s Centra Mug’ you will only pay €1.20 instead of the normal €1.70. This initative is the first of it’s kind in Ireland and Mairtin took this idea from a large U.S. Service station franchise and he believes will benefit hundreds of his shoppers who drink tea or coffee on the go, saving them hundreds during the course of a year.Deli Offer Ever conscious of what the customer requires the deli department have regular super offers. This area of the premises has also built up a fantastic clientele and at the moment one of the many fantastic offers is a cooked 10’’ Pizza which comes with Garlic Bread and a 2 Lir of Coke or Diet Coke all for only €7.Special OffersThe Centra brand needs no introduction whatsoever and at Kelly’s Centra you will find the exact same offers as you will find in any Centra store of any size throughout the entire country and customers have been availing of the various weekly offers which really help when customers are budgeting their shopping bill.Steak Nights a huge success At Kelly’s Mountain Top Restaurant.The restaurant at Mountain Top has been extensively renovated since the new proprietors have taken over and if it’s a steak you are after then have we got news for you. For those of you who already availed of the Super Saturday Steak Nights then you will know what we are talking about. For those of you who have not then you will be pleasantly surprised to know that you can come along on Saturday night, have a 10 oz steak with all the trimmings all for only €10 . The Restaurant will now remain open until 11pm for the Special Steak Saturday night’s.Outdoor CateringLetterkenny’s top eatery is now providing first class outdoor buffets having the best value outdoor service in town with something to suit all your catering needs. You can choose from the various buffets’ on offer or indeed all buffets can be altered to suit individual needs with dietary options available on request. This new service was initiated due to customer demand and comes on the back of the huge success the restaurant is experiencing. For bookings or any other information tel (074) 9103965First of ManyAs you can see ‘’It just keeps getting better’’ at Kelly’s Mountain Top Bar and Restaurant and there every reason to suggest that their Excellent Ireland Quality Association award is the first of many for a name that is going to be a big part of the local community in Letterkenny and further afield for many years to come.KELLYS CENTRA – IT REALLY IS GETTING BETTER ALL THE TIME! was last modified: April 5th, 2012 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:Kelly’s CentraMountain Toplast_img read more