World Food Day Highlights Fight against Climate Change

first_imgThis year’s World Food Day celebration in Liberia highlighted the need for government and partners to seriously fight against climate change impact on agriculture in order to improve the lives of farmers and enhance food security.The World Food Day event was held in Saclepea, Nimba County, under the theme: “Climate is Changing, Food and Agriculture Must, Too.” It was embraced by government and its partners with the focus to fight climate change and improve food production in Liberia.The Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Liberia, Marc Abdala, said climate change is a global issue, and local farmers should work tirelessly to adjust to the climate change manifesto. “Many people have raised concerns on how local farmers need to get adjusted to climate change. This is significant because climate change is now widely recognized as the major environmental problem facing the globe,” he said.The FAO boss stated that there is a need for local farmers to be fully supported in all of their value chains and in all capacities to enable them to increase productivity especially in the wake of climate change, which is seriously affecting agriculture.He explained that most of the support coming to Liberia is not being transmitted to the right areas, which leads to more work for farmers.“We don’t consider farmers; this means that all support is going to the wrong hands and much impact is not seen by farmers. We need to know the right places responsible for certain areas in the agriculture sector to enable partners to clearly work with the right institutions for better impact,” the FAO Director said. He also mentioned that as part of efforts to improve food security, the FAO is providing technical support to farmers, and encouraged all farmers to work with FAO, adding that technical work is key to the improvement of agriculture, for which they remain ready for any contributions.Mrs. Julie MacDonald, Deputy Country Director of WFP, explained that climate change is already negatively affecting food production in many parts of the world including Southern, Western and Northern Africa, Asia, Latin America and elsewhere.According to her, many countries have tried to cope by adopting various innovative approaches. In a similar manner, the WFP Center of Excellence in Brazil is currently working with WFP and the government of Liberia to help improve the country’s nutritional status. “But as this year’s theme of World Food Day states, climate is changing so we must adapt and change the way we produce our food, be it in rice, vegetable, fishery, livestock and agro-forestry. Just last month a delegation from Liberia visited Brazil again to acquire best practice methodologies for Liberia. In the future, WFP hopes to work along with its partners on similar outreach initiatives to fight climate change,” she said.The WFP representative made it clear that together with partners in FAO, IFAD, MOA and the donor community, it is considering new and innovative ways to strengthen the value supply chain and ultimately strengthen the sustainability and income of farmers through increased production, less waste due to poor post-harvest handling, value added activities and strengthening the famers’ ability to bring their products to markets at a fair and profitable price.She assured the government and partners of WFP’ steadfast loyalty and commitment to support Liberia in a sustainable manner in all the agriculture and food security value chain components from capacity development, agriculture assets creations, production, processing, marketing to utilization, completely devoid of the machinations of the middleman.Addressing the issue of climate change, the head of Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment, Mr. Julius K. Sele, advised lawmakers to stop building youth centers, clinics or schools and concentrate on building roads and bridges to enable farmers to get their produce to the market.He said there is food everywhere across the nation, but how to take them to the market remains a key challenge; and it kills the spirit of the farmers.“Once there is good road connectivity, NGO will build schools, clinics and the rest of it; the NGOs will build roads for the community,” he said.Meanwhile, Minister of Agriculture Moses Zinah called on partners to continually collaborate with his Ministry in the fight against climate change to improve food security.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

City Life Water Denies “Negative” Media Report

first_imgThe management of City Life Water Mineral Company says it is determined to produce quality mineral water for consumers to demonstrate the company’s commitment to public safety.In a press release issued yesterday, the company said it was gravely concerned about the level of negative media report it was subjected to last week quoting some of its detractors who it said “are bent on destroying good investors.”A report published in the Daily Observer and other media last Friday quoted residents on Bushrold Island as saying that City Life Mineral Company is situated close to a gas station and they are concerned about the quality of water produced by the company.However, the management said in a press statement over the weekend that the report is false and misleading because the temporary office of the company in Duala on Bushrod Island has a thick wall that separates the company’s temporary office from the gas station.According the company’s manager Alhaji Oumaru Sheriff, the distance between the company’s premises and the gas station is far and since its establishment in 2013, none of its customers had complained about the quality of the water. “These detractors should find something else to say about City Life’s reputation but not to … tarnish the good reputation of the company,” Alhaji Sheriff said, adding, “Our detractors do not know anything about City Life Water Company but want to capitalize on gossip to criticize the company.”He said he obtained all necessary documentations and clearances from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Ministry of Commerce and other relevant authorities before it began operations on Bushrod Island.Alhaji Sheriff said the company is not playing magic to produce the best water on the market but using the necessary water purification instruments to purify its water and the new facility of City Life Water situated in Caldwell is situated in a community geologists say has the best water in the country.“We did not open the mineral factory just like that. We used the findings from the geologists before choosing Caldwell as our new center.“We are using all the purification and necessary instruments to satisfy our customers. Maybe our detractors do not have this equipment that is why they are concentrating on us instead of concentrating on improving the quality of their water,” the City Life Water Company manager said.Sheriff urged consumers across the country not to listen to his company’s detractors but continue to do business with City Life Water, assuring that his company will continue to produce quality of water to their satisfaction.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CJIA’s custodians undergo housekeeping workshop

first_imgThe Cheddi Jagan International Airport Corporation (CJIAC), in collaboration with the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA), on Wednesday wrapped up a two-day workshop on housekeeping with 25 of its Airport Custodians.The workshop, held in the Airport’s Boardroom, focused on international cleaning procedures and practices, and customer service, in keeping with the AirportCJIAC CEO, Ramesh Ghir, delivering remarks to the custodians during the workshopmanagement’s mandate to maintain the provision of a high quality of standard and service to airport users. The workshop was facilitated by Susan Issacs, who has over 20 years in the hospitality sector.Participants were also briefed on how to use the cleaning equipment correctly and safely; proper usage of cleaning agents and chemicals; ways to handle conflicts with airport users, and the practise of basic communication etiquette.Cognizant of the fact that cleanliness is key to the airport’s operations, Ramesh Ghir, CJIAC Chief Executive Officer, in delivering opening remarks, underscored how critical the Custodians’ role is within the airport’s operations.“First impression counts, and you must see yourself as ambassadors, not only of the airport, but the country at large. Give of your best at all times, and take pride in what you do,” he admonished the Custodians.The workshop is a series of programmes earmarked for Custodians for the year.Michelle Clarke, a Custodian Supervisor, found the workshop to be uplifting, “I thought it was just going to be about cleaning, but it was more than that. It reinforced my commitment to the job.”Marika Dawson, employed as a Custodian for over a year, revealed, “It was an excellent workshop, and I can’t wait to learn more in the future.”Following this successful collaboration with GTA, plans are in the making for workshops to be held with the taxi drivers and Red Cap operators next month.last_img read more

Woman further remanded for attempting to kill cousin

first_imgA 26-year-old woman, who is no stranger to the court, was on Friday further remanded to prison by Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus on an attempted murder charge.Lisa Bobb of Royal Drive, Campbellville, Georgetown, is expected to return to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on April 4.Lisa Bobb poses for her photo to be taken by reporters at the Georgetown Magistrates’ CourtsBobb was charged for wounding Christel Bobb with intent to commit murder.The court heard that the Virtual Complainant, Christel Bobb, and Lisa Bobb are cousins who reportedly have had several misunderstandings in the past.On February 14, 2018, at Royal Drive, Campbellville, Christel had just returned home when she was allegedly pounced upon by Lisa, who dealt her stab to her upper left arm. This attack reportedly stemmed from a misunderstanding the cousins had the previous night.Christel was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where she was admitted a patient.On her last appearance at court, Lisa Bobb had been sent to be mentally evaluated.last_img read more

Pistons overwhelm Clippers

first_imgLOS ANGELES – The Clippers have had a few free falls this season, and here they are, stuck in another one. But this one could be their worst. They lost a third consecutive game with a 98-80 defeat to the Detroit Pistons on Sunday at Staples Center with coach Mike Dunleavy collecting his first ejection of the season. Dunleavy did not single out anyone, nor did any of the players. But in a game in which Detroit big man Rasheed Wallace was suspended for excessive technical fouls, the Clippers’ big men didn’t take advantage and lost a ninth consecutive game to the Pistons. Tim Thomas’ statistical line read: 16 points, one rebound. Chris Kaman’s line read: Six points, seven rebounds, five turnovers. Neither Thomas nor Kaman had an offensive rebound, and other than Elton Brand and Corey Maggette, no Clipper grabbed an offensive rebound. Detroit 98, Clippers 80Tuesday: at San Antonio, 5 p.m. Ch. 5, KSPN/710 Then, after spending most of the second half in his office, Dunleavy lashed into his players, basically calling them heartless. “I’m really disappointed in our toughness now, mental and physical,” Dunleavy said. “We have a situation where we were careless with our passes, our turnovers, our rotations and our rebounding. Guys have got to go battle. You can have all the schemes you want, all the great ideas you want on coverages. But it comes down to physical toughness.” center_img “As players, we see and know what’s going on out there,” Thomas said. “And (Dunleavy) has a different view, as far as being a coach. He sees exactly everything that’s going on. We’re just not getting it done right now. It’s a combination of a lot of things.” Detroit’s big men were like bumblebees, and Elton Brand was their honey. They stuck to him in a ridiculously tight manner and held him to 11 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. The fact that got six assists was practically miraculous because his teammates frequently did not move when their were two, or three defenders, around him. “We’re struggling,” Brand said. “I don’t mind passing out of the post and being unselfish. But we have to find a way to win – whatever that is.” While these three losses may not be as bad as their six and five-game losing streaks earlier this season, this streak comes with only 20 games to play. Joe Stevens can be reached at joe.stevens@presstelegram.com 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

Man United target is moving to England, agent confirms

first_img Manchester United target Roberto Firmino 1 The agent of Hoffenheim forward Roberto Firmino confirmed that his client would be moving to England next season.Roger Wittmann, who represents the 23-year-old, would not confirm where the striker’s exact destination was – although he has recently been linked with a move to Manchester United.“All I can say is that he’s moving to England,” Wittmann told Germany’s Bild newspaper.It may take a while before a deal is announced, though, since the Brazil international is current representing his country at the Copa America.However, all of the formalities – including a medical – are likely to be completed while Firmino is in South America to enable him to complete what is likely to be a club record transfer for the Bundesliga outfit.Their previous biggest transfer was the sale of Carlos Eduardo to Rubin Kazan for €20million (£14.5m).Firmino, who scored seven Bundesliga goals last season, is valued between €25million (£18m) and €30million (£21.7m).last_img read more

Louis van Gaal must make this change to win the derby for United today

first_img1 Stephen Tudor of TheDaisyCutter.co.uk explains why the Manchester derby is a test of Louis van Gaal’s cherished football philosphy…The much-discussed purist ‘philosophy’ that has been imposed upon Manchester United by Louis Van Gaal has finally brought moments of brilliance this season, not least the 44 passes that led to their decisive third away to Southampton last month.Three goals apiece against Liverpool and Everton are certainly not to be sniffed at either. Yet there remains legitimate concern that all too often the Dutchman’s possession-equals-control approach shackles spontaneity and at times is starkly reminiscent of that 1997 episode of The Simpsons that damned soccer for being deathly dull.You may recall the residents of Springfield were excitedly enticed to a former internment camp to watch Mexico take on Portugal to determine which nation is ‘the greatest on earth’.The feverish atmosphere, however, soon gives way to ennui as the South Americans listlessly knock the ball around their defence and briefly into midfield. Meanwhile, the commentating Kent Brockman slides into a comatose state as a riot ensues. The arrival of Anthony Martial has certainly electrified proceedings of late, adding some sorely needed end product to the ponderous assembly of safe passes that United are frequently guilty of hypnotising themselves with, but Van Gaal would be unwise in the extreme to rely on the 19 year old to singularly provide it this weekend.Not in a derby, a game that always necessitates its own unique narrative and rules; a game that would keep even Kent Brockman glued to the edge of his seat. This was something Sir Alex Ferguson understood implicitly and, quite frankly, so too should Van Gaal after bossing countless fiery local affairs in Holland, Spain and Germany.Yet at the Etihad last November his team selection was at odds with the combative demands of a neighbourly dispute, his deployment of Januzaj over Carrick a blatant attempt to go like-for-like with a side in City whose model of play was already deeply embedded.A Manchester derby is no time for experimentation and inevitably United’s brittle ideals unravelled before them, that split-second for each player to consider their roles a split-second too long as Toure and Milner clattered into them urged on by a fanatical home crowd. Fast forward five months to the corresponding Old Trafford clash and lessons had been learned, but only after an opening ten minute spell of dominance from the visitors that left United chasing shadows seemingly unprepared with their shirt sleeves still rolled down.What we witnessed there, on the ten minute mark, was a rare occurrence: the Iron Tulip acknowledging this game above all others is requiring of passion and fight as much as philosophy, abandoning his beloved folder, and allowing his players to let rip.Fellaini was stationed out wide for a combustible tussle with Zabaleta, long balls were launched, and United went hell for leather.This is nothing like as straightforward as long ball over possession football, but rather an acceptance that in war lofty intentions will always be found trampled in the dirt. United are a very different beast to last season and in Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger they possess two of the best midfielders around in mixing things up, while Rooney will surely be turned up to 11 as is customary for this game. Will Van Gaal utilise the uglier elements he has at his disposal or be too proud to once more put a scowl on the face of his philosophy even just for ninety minutes? Hubris can be costly and especially so in the searing confines of a local derby.If he is intent on sending his team out to pass and win ‘pure’ this Sunday it could very well be costly indeed.To read more from Stephen Tudor, follow @TheDaisyCutter1 on Twitter Louis van Gaal last_img read more

DONEGAL CAR SALES FOR JANUARY SUGGEST WE’RE ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY!

first_imgToyota were top selling car for January in Donegal.Donegal is showing signs of recovery if new care sales are anything to go by.Figures just released show a total of 755 new cars were registered in January – up 25% on the same period for 2014.The top selling car with 130 was Toyota followed by Volkswagen with 96 cars and then Hyundai with 79, Skoda with 48 and Ford with 45. There is also expected to be another surge in the second half of the year with the new upgraded 151 plate.DONEGAL CAR SALES FOR JANUARY SUGGEST WE’RE ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY! was last modified: February 6th, 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)last_img read more

FINN HARPS LAUNCH ‘THRILLA IN DA VILLA’ BOXING NIGHT

first_imgSeconds out! There will be blood, sweat and tears in the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey on Saturday July 2nd when Finn Harps supporters switch sports to star in the “Thrilla in Da Villa” White Collar Boxing Night to raise money for the club.The action packed evening will include a series of 10 bouts with both male and female participants getting ready to rumble and lace up their gloves for 3 1-minute rounds.Event Manager Sharon Scanlon is sure those attending will have a great night out. “This is the first White Collar Boxing Night in the Twin Towns so we have made every effort to ensure everyone enjoys an evening full of entertainment.We are adding all the ingredients which will give the event a real sense of occasion.Oisin Kelly will be MC for the night while DJ Gamble will play the music each boxer has chosen to be his/her signature tune for their contest.We also have the one and only Mad Marcus performing in the interval so its promises to be a knockout night!” she said But how are the gallant volunteers faring with the rigorous training regime?Very well, according to Sharon. “Anyone who has participated in White Collar Boxing will tell you it’s anything but easy but everyone has risen to the challenge. The dedication and commitment of the boxers has been fantastic. They are a great bunch of people and on the 2nd of July I think everyone is going to be amazed at the lean mean fighting machines on display!” she addedParticipating Boxers are: Rodney Dullaghan,  Donal Kelly, Aisling Gallagher, Damien Bradley, Dean McDevitt,  Pauric McCrory,  Mark Harvey, Brian McCrea, Darren McNulty, Thomas McBride, Shane Elliot, Brian (Packie) Coll,  Margaret Kennedy,  Fiona McSorley, Joey O Leary,  Stephen Toner,  Gerry Keavney,  Barney McGuigan,  Andrew Scanlon.Tickets cost €15 and are available from Finn Harps Club House on 074-9130070 or from Villa Rose Hotel or any of the boxers.FINN HARPS LAUNCH ‘THRILLA IN DA VILLA’ BOXING NIGHT was last modified: May 27th, 2011 by gregShare 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:boxingcharityfinn harpslast_img read more

CHARLIE IS THE GUIDING LIGHT ON DONEGAL’S ROADS!

first_imgCharlie Kearney (middle), John McGinley Coach Hire, Letterkenny is pictured receiving his certificates from Tony Lenehan, Fáilte Ireland having completed a foundation in Guiding Skills, also pictured is CTTC Chairman, James McGinley, Letterkenny. [Photo: Derek Cullen, Fáilte Ireland]Fifteen coach drivers representing the Coach Tourism & Transport Council (CTTC) received their certificates from Fáilte Ireland having completed a foundation in Guiding Skills, at a recent ceremony in Dublin.The programme was delivered to maintain and improve standards in the Coach Tourism industry and among the recipients were Charlie Kearney from John McGinley Coach Hire in Letterkenny. The Foundation in Guiding Skills programme provides participants with a sound understanding and appreciation of Ireland’s rich cultural, built and natural heritage.It also provided instruction in the principal techniques used both in tour guiding and in tour/group management techniques.Fáilte Ireland’s Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Liam Campbell, commented “Congratulations to Charlie Kearney, who receives his certificate here today. We believe that the Coach Tourism & Transport Council demonstrates in a very practical way its support of one of Fáilte Ireland’s core strategies to enrich and deepen the visitor’s experience of Ireland by the professionalism and service excellence it delivers through members’ coach drivers.“Now that the hospitality industry is showing signs of recovery there is an even greater need for professionalism together with strategic training.”   CHARLIE IS THE GUIDING LIGHT ON DONEGAL’S ROADS! was last modified: February 10th, 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:Charlie KearneyJohn McGinley Transportlast_img read more