Agro- dealers in PaynesvilleBy Judoemue KollieAt least 41 agro-inputs dealers chosen from Montserrado, Bong, Nimba and Lofa counties have acquired training in the safe use of agro-inputs and business management skills.The training was organized by the Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Central Agriculture Research Institution, and was recently conducted in Paynesville and Gbarnga, respectively.LADA, which is the United States government’s food security program for Liberia, aims to work with agro-inputs dealers to build their capacities through training, and the provision of finance so that they can reach smallholder farmers with quality and affordable services.Currently, the organization has trained a total of 63 agro-inputs dealers and facilitated the establishment of the “Agro-inputs Dealers Association of Liberia (ADAL)” in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture.ADAL brings together agro-inputs dealers from the 15 counties of Liberia to provide quality services to farmers.Ambrose Forpoh, Inputs Marketing Manager at LADA, explained during the training that the initiative is meant to train agro-inputs dealers for them to educate farmers on the proper use of various agro-inputs.“Most Liberian agro-dealers are engaged in agro-inputs businesses, but they lack the necessary skills needed to educate farmers. Because of the role they play in the agricultural sector, LADA recognized the need to build their capacities so that farmers can have the opportunity to receive better education to enhance productivity,” he said.He said the objective is to transform agro-inputs dealers into extension officers so they can be of great help to farmers.“We want them to play a role as extension agents, asking the farmers the kind of crops they grow and what should be the right chemical for them to apply. The agro-dealers are very significant in the transformation of agriculture in the country because farmers’ successes depend on their work,” he said.Forpoh said LADA organized the workshop to provide appropriate business management skills that can help the agro-dealers to properly manage their businesses.He told the participants that the training will afford them the opportunity to acquire skills in business.“We have observed that many of you lack financial records to qualify for loan assistance. It is important to note that for a business to access finance from a banking institution, its business transactions should be accurately recorded. It is expected that at the end of this training, you would have acquired basic business management skills,” he noted.Forpoh said there is additional training to be carried out in the future.For her part, the president of ADAL, Madam Rebecca Kalayi, said that they were impressed with the level of support from LADA.“We thank the United States government for introducing the LADA program which is helping to build our capacity as agro-dealers in Liberia. The majority of us had limited knowledge to educate farmers on the proper use of agro-chemicals. But with the intervention of LADA our knowledge has increased to better help farmers,” she said.Gbarnga display certificates in the safe use of agro-inputs and business skills at the end of training.She added that the government of Liberia must regulate the importation of agro-inputs to ensure quality and affordable agro-inputs on the market and also empower local dealers to compete with foreigners in the agro-dealer market.Madam Kalayi said that the formation of ADAL will help address challenges facing agro-inputs businesses to help move the country’s agricultural sector forward.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Javier Hernandez in action for Real Madrid Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti had no plans to end Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez’s loan deal during the January transfer window.The Mexico international arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer on a season-long loan from Old Trafford, but he has since struggled to nail down a first-team spot.That had led to speculation Hernandez could be on the move once again during the January transfer window, but Ancelotti has now moved to rubbish such talk.“He has stayed with us because we signed him and we need him,” said Ancelotti.“I don’t know how many minutes we’ll need him for. He has come to see me, we talked and he’s happy.“He has proved to be a great professional.” 1
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Officials decided nothing could be done after they first spotted the bear that Saturday afternoon. But they decided to take action when they returned the next morning and found it sleeping on the ledge. Volunteers strung a nylon net from an Army surplus store beneath the 80-year-old span, and an animal control officer shot the bear with a tranquilizer dart. After the bear lost consciousness, volunteers used a pole to push it into the net, then lowered the bear onto the floor of the granite-strewn ravine as more than 100 spectators cheered. The groggy bear was steered away from the crowds and back into the Sierra wilderness. “I’ve been on a lot of bear rescues, and this is the most intense bear call that I’ve been on,” Baker said. A 250-pound bear got a lift to safety after it found itself stranded on a bridge near Lake Tahoe and at one point dangling over the edge. The bruin was walking across Rainbow Bridge on Highway 40 west near Donner Summit in the Sierra Nevada when at least two oncoming cars spooked it, causing it to jump over the bridge railing. Saving itself from an 80-foot fall, the bear caught a ledge and pulled itself onto a concrete girder beneath the bridge. Dave Baker of the Truckee BEAR League was the first to arrive on the scene Sept. 15. He said he saw claw marks on the concrete railing where the bear struggled for a secure hold.
A Co Donegal priest has slammed Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan’s plan to breathe new life into smaller schools.Fr John Joe DuffyStranorlar-based cleric, Fr John Joe Duffy says it has finally dawned on the Government the role such schools have to play in Irish society.But he says it is very clear the Government fails to be truly committed to the provision of education in rural isolated communities, in communities where we have minority faiths scattered over a large area and to communities that have a linguistic identity of their own. “Yesterday we got a press release from the department indicating their commitment to all of the above, today and tomorrow action is needed.“We have seen 4 years of wasted opportunity to develop and progress education in rural Ireland. It has amazingly taken 4 years to convince this Government of what is plainly obvious to all of us.“Whilst this announcement sounds good, I still believe it is full of empty rhetoric, lacks substance and the devil is in the detail. It is nothing more than a time buying exercise leading up to a crucial General Election,” he said.He added that the actual details provided go nowhere near to reversing the 2012 cuts introduced by Minister Quinn, which is the kernel of the problems and difficulties which these schools have experienced over the past 3 years. “I am not convinced that this announcement will create one new job nor will it give one red cent of extra funding to these already cash strapped schools.“The only new aspect of this announcement is that the Government now realise that the error of their ways in relation to rural education. They have once again failed miserably to provide any additional resources to support this sector.“I challenge the Minister for Education and her Department to acknowledge that the series of cuts since 2012, has impacted more severely and negatively on small schools, faith minority schools, Gaeltacht and rural DEIS schools.”And he adds that nothing short of a full reversal of Minister Quinn’s savage cuts will adequately deal with the problems that have arisen in rural schools since budget 2012.“Minister O Sullivan’s announcement yesterday is nothing short of a 3 card trick-aimed at making us believe that all will be well in rural schools, motivated in trying to convince rural communities that their schools will be better off and more secure in the future. “The Minister’s announcement,” Minister O’Sullivan outlines new policy to support sustainable school communities “, is catchy in title, long overdue for rural Ireland, but sadly lacks true substance and real additional financial resourcing.”DONEGAL PRIESTS SLAMS EDUCATION MINISTER’S PLAN FOR SMALL SCHOOLS was last modified: February 18th, 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:educationFr John Joe Duffy
A weekend stroll in the Donegal countryside has unearthed a massive discovery of 5,000 year old ancient rock art.Adam Rory Porter, his wife Angela and their children along with father-in-law Liam MacLochlainn were out walking last weekend taking in the wild north-west weather. They had known about the location of large stones containing rock art but most had been heavily overgrown by gorse and were completely inaccessible.However to their delight the gorse had been cleared by a local farmer leaving the stones exposed.The group got to work scraping away mud and washing stones down for several hours at the location in the field at Magheranaul on the Isle of Doagh in Inishowen.And hour after hour the group were left open-mouthed as they uncovered a treasure throve of rock arts consisting of various signs, swirls and symbols. Adam Porter says they were aware the land supposedly contained such rock art after an initial discovery back in the early 1980s by Dutch archeologist Maarten Van Hoek.But the key was the fact that the gorse had been cleared away by the local farmer, said Adam.“The moment we saw the gorse had been pulled away, we knew we had a chance of finding something.“But we never thought we would find so many. It was literally like finding a lost treasure.“Every time we washed an area we found another piece of art. It really was amazing,” he said.Adam said they had a bottle of water with them and tanks to a local stream they were able to refill the bottle and constantly wash the mud away from the stones. “We must have filled that bottle one hundred times but it was worth it.“Our daughter Faolain, 6, was with us and she was amazed. It’s something she will hopefully remember for the rest of her life,” said Adam.However people have been warned not to interfere with sites of possible archeological interest.A spokesman for the Donegal County Museum said sites must be treated with care. They also stressed that permission must be sought if work is to be carried out on such lands.A spokesman for the National Monuments Service said no permission was sought to carry out works on the Mageranaul site.“No works should be carried out on protected sites other than in consultation with The National Monuments Service. When the owner or occupier of a property, or any other person proposes to carry out, or to cause, or to permit the carrying out of any work at or in relation to a Recorded Monument or a Registered Monument they are required to give notice in writing to the Minister 2 months before commencing that work under Notification to the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under section 12 (3) of the National Monuments (Amendment) Act, 1994 (Recorded Monument) and Notification under section 5 (8) of the 1987 Act (Register of Historic Monuments).This is to allow the National Monuments Service time consider the proposed works and how best to proceed to further the protection of the monument. However we have no record of any notification of Intention to carry out work on this site at Maghernaul. All work should cease pending investigation by the National Monuments Service.”WEEKEND STROLL UNCOVERS 5,000 YEAR OLD ROCK ART was last modified: May 21st, 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)Tags:Adam PorterdiscoveryInishowenrock art
David McKay, the father of the Martian meteorite that started feverish debates about life on Mars in 1996, is at it again. Now he thinks a mat of crusty soil was made by microbes, according to Space.Com. In spite of the salty, acidic soil (see 08/06/04 headline), Gilbert Levin, also interviewed by Space.Com, thinks life on Mars is likely.Give it up, David. There are more honest ways to get funding for new NASA missions than hyping the meagerest of circumstantial evidence while ignoring the problems. “Mars has all the conditions for life: water, energy, and organic substances, McKay pointed out.” One thing thou lackest: information. From whence cometh information, if not from intelligent design? That doth make all the difference between mat – and Matt.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
31 May 2012 Cape-based mobile application start-up Snapplify signed its first client on debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair, and has gone on to become one of Africa’s leading mobile app developers within the space of 12 months. Most recently, the fledgling firm outshone its African rivals in a competition organised by mobile giant Nokia to come up with “societal, structural, financial and technological” ideas that could foster innovation leadership in Africa. On Monday, as winner of the competition, Snapplify showcased its online platform to an audience of 105 of its peers, along with conference organisers Capgemini, infodev and Nokia, at the Open Innovation Africa Summit in Kenya.Instantly digitising content for mobile Snapplify’s turnkey online platform instantly digitises content for mobile devices, including iOS and Android, content producers or distributors such as authors, artists, publishers, retailers and corporates to manage, distribute and monetise content in custom-branded mobile applications. Books, magazines and brochures are packaged into digital publications for branded mobile apps which are then distributed globally via the relevant app stores. Snapplify claims to be “the first to offer this kind of service to publishers at zero upfront cost”. It hasn’t taken the company long to make global inroads. Following the launch in Frankfurt in October, it has set up a UK and South African office and has enjoyed an amazing run of success. Global clients signed up include Peanuts creator Ka Boom Studios, leading Arabic content publisher Kotobarabia, New Holland Publishing SA, Random House Struik, and iMaverick, a daily magazine published only on iPad. According to founder and CEO Wesley Lynch, Snapplify’s choice of mobile apps over physical magazines and books (or “e-pubs”) was critical to its success – “they are easier, more cost-effective and interactive”.‘An immense hunger for going digital’ “There is an immense hunger for going digital. Every presentation [in Frankfurt] talked about it, but besides the larger players – publishers, retailers and device manufacturers – few had the strategy or knowledge to do it. “It didn’t take much to see the enormous benefits of our solution for publishers in their current predicament. We told one publisher we could instantly repurpose their publication for iPad, and they gave us their content there and then.” According to Lynch, one client, an academic institution, is converting textbooks into apps, describing it as “a much easier and affordable way to teach and learn”. The company is working on enhancing the apps’ interactiveness, to allow publishers to add features such as quizzes or mobile colouring books, and is also looking to incorporate a social media component. Next up for Snapplify: to represent Cape Town at the Barcelona Global Entrepreneurship Competition in June. “It is an exciting time to be African, because we can make a global difference,” says Lynch. “Africa knows mobile, and it is through mobile that we will show the world what we’re capable of.” SAinfo reporter
6 May 2013The first meeting of the International Contact Group on the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), held in Congo-Brazzaville on Friday with South African President Jacob Zuma in attendance, has called for the full and speedy restoration of constitutional order in the CAR.Zuma, who was accompanied by a delegation that included State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele, was invited to the meeting by Republic of Congo President Dennis Sasso N’guesso.According to the Presidency, the meeting deliberated on the unfolding political, security and humanitarian situation in the CAR.“The meeting called on the transitional authorities in the CAR to work with urgency towards the full restoration of constitutional order in that country,” the Presidency said in a statement.“Amongst other things, the transitional authorities were urged to ensure the protection of civilians, access of humanitarian actors to the people in need, the reactivation of the public administration and the restructuring of the defence and security sector.”The Presidency said Zuma told the meeting that South Africa stood ready to assist in whatever way to contribute to the return to normalcy in the CAR.He also used the opportunity to discuss bilateral issue with Sasso N’guesso and the need to further deepen social, economic and political relations between the two countries.Source: SAnews.gov.za
The Home Department of Chandigarh UT today decided to declare the cricket stadium in sector 16 as a ‘temporary jail’ on August 25, the day the special CBI court is to pronounce the verdict in the case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh.Officials said the ‘temporary jail’ can be used to confine people suspected of creating law and order problem.Imposition of prohibitory orders and holding of flag marches were among the steps taken by the governments of Punjab, Haryana and UT Chandigarh ahead of the court judgement in a sexual exploitation case against Singh on August 25.Apprehending law and order problems, senior police and administrative officers of Haryana, Punjab and UT Chandigarh today held confabulations to take stock of the security arrangements, officials said.“Section 144 [which bars gathering of more than 4 persons at a place] has been imposed in all the districts of Haryana,” the state’s Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Ram Niwas said here while briefing about the security arrangements.He further said that carrying of any kind of stick or weapon has also been prohibited at ‘Naam Charcha Ghar’ of Dera followers, amid reports that ‘premis’ (dera followers) had started descending at different places including Panchkula and Ambala.Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar also held parleys with top police and administrative brass.The Haryana government has also requested the Centre to provide 115 companies of paramilitary forces, Niwas said. Duty magistrates have been deployed at all locations, Niwas said, adding that additional duty magistrates were deployed in some districts.While Punjab had already received 75 companies of central forces, Haryana got 35 companies to maintain security.Police along with paramilitary forces like the Rapid Action Force (RAF) and SSB, held flag marches at vulnerable places including Moga, Bathinda, Sangrur, Barnala, Patiala, Ludhaina, Panchkula, Sirsa, Fatehabad, Ambala, Hisar, officials said.Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh warned against any attempt to disrupt the state’s law and order in view of the upcoming judgement by the Panchkula court.“All steps are being taken to ensure that law and order is not disturbed in any way in the wake of the court order,” he said.Punjab DGP Suresh Arora personally visited the sensitive areas and put fool-proof security network in place to prevent any untoward incident, officials said.The sexual exploitation case was registered against the head of the sect, which is based in Sirsa in Haryana, in 2002 by the CBI on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court after anonymous letters were circulated about the alleged exploitation of two ‘Sadhvis’ (female followers) by Gurmeet Ram Rahim.The Dera chief has denied these charges.Ram Rahim has also had a run-in earlier with Sikh radicals for allegedly dressing up as the 10th Sikh master, Guru Gobind Singh, in 2007 among other instances considered blasphemous by a section of the community.
An applicant for inclusion of name in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will not be allowed to change the legacy person in the claim form from the originally submitted form in 2015, an NRC official said here on Sunday.A claim can be submitted for re-consideration of eligibility based on documents already submitted or it can be submitted with additional List A or List B documents, the NRC official said here.There is no need to re-submit the documents submitted earlier but if additional documents are required to be submitted, then any one or more of the 10 documents listed by the Supreme Court, under whose supervision the NRC is being updated, must be submitted.The documents, which must be dated before March 24, 1971, include land documents like registered sale deed, records of land, permanent residential certificate issued from outside the state, passport issued, LIC policy, license/ certificate.The other include documents showing service/ employment under government/public sector undertaking, bank/post office accounts, educational certificates issued by Boards/ Universities, records/processes pertaining to Court provided they are part of a proceedings in a Judicial or Revenue Court. “The claim form displays the list of all 15 List A documents for the purpose of quoting but only 10 documents as mentioned above will be accepted at present,” the official added.The five documents-the 1959 NRC, Citizenship Certificate, refugee registration certificate, ration card and electoral roll upto March 24, 1971 will not be accepted now as the matter is currently pending with the Supreme Court and the next hearing on the matter is scheduled for October 23. The process of claim and objections to the draft NRC began on September 25 last and was scheduled to be open for 60 days till November 23. Claims can be filed by only those persons who submitted NRC application form till August 31, 2015 and were issued a valid Application Receipt Number (ARN) while objection can be filed by any person. Claims can only be submitted at the NRC Seva Kendra (NSK) where the claimant had submitted the application form earlier even if there has been a change of address since then while objections can be submitted only at the NSK covering the residence of the person against whom the objection has been submitted.Claim can also be accepted for inclusion by correction of any person or their descendant earlier declared as D (Doubtful) Voter or declared foreigner have been declared Indian citizen by judicial authority or Foreigner Tribunals but their names are not included in the draft NRC and for this a different form will be used. The process for corrections in spellings of names and others will be taken up later as now only the process for receipt of claims and objections about inclusion/exclusion have started.The draft NRC published on July 30 included the names of 2.9 crore people out of a total applications of 3.29 crore while the first draft published during the intervening nights of December 31 and January one contained 1.9 crore names.