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January 18, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe president of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Mr. Kamara Abdullai Kamara has urged Liberian journalists to exert more efforts in reporting on Liberia’s agricultural sector in order to improve the country’s food security.He raised the concern Friday, May 23, at a local hotel in Monrovia.According to Mr. Kamara, there are many issues in the sector that the media needed to report.He named the bad road conditions, farmers’ involvement toward food production, role of government in supporting agriculture, women and youth participations in Agriculture as some of the crucial issues that the Liberian media must highlight if the country is going to become self-sufficient in food.He said “Agriculture is very significant to the Liberian economy and therefore requires serious reporting.”“There are diverse issues that the media could look for in the agricultural sector as statistics show that one third of the gross domestic product (GDP) of this sector makes up the economy. About 80 percent of the workforce of Liberia is involved with agriculture activities. Those are reasons why we the press should see to report on the sector,” he reiterated.The PUL president said, “If we say citizens are making living on Agriculture and not reporting much, we probably not doing the right thing.”He further mentioned that there is a problem to realize that half of the rice consumed in Liberia is imported and therefore it was important that the media report such issue to make Liberians invest in food production.“Half of the food we eat in this country is imported; indicating that the country is suffering food insecurity. This is an issue that the media must not keep silent about,” he emphasized.He said statistics also show that the number of Liberian households producing food crops has reduced drastically, noting that it is seriously affecting food production.The PUL president disclosed that it is reported that one reason why the country is experiencing budget shortfall is because of the lack of actual revenue collection from the agricultural sector.“If you are reporting on agriculture relating to the national budget, you need to follow the lack of revenue collection in the sector,” he said.Meanwhile, Mr. Kamara urged journalists interested in reporting on Agriculture to form a network of agriculture reporters.He said specialized agricultural reporting will help the PUL realizes its goals of adequately informing the public, adding, “The capacity of Agriculture reporters will be strengthen by the PUL. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 14, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDuring several electrifying performances over the last three weekends, several popular Liberian musicians collaborated with Goodwill Ambassador Miatta Fahnbulleh to spread an important message to youth of the nation.In partnership with USAID, UNFPA and WHO, the Ministry of Health has embarked upon a nation-wide campaign to promote safe practises in a bid to stem the tide of maternal and newborn mortality affecting teenagers in the society,Miatta Fahnbulleh, who represents the Ministry of Health as Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal Mortality Reductiion and Child Health, decided to invite her artistic counterparts to join her on this particular campaign, which got off to a great start in Margibi County on Saturday, September 19th. The musicians have already made stops at schools in Harbel and Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.Popular musicians Soul Fresh, composed of Shining Man and JB, opened the campaign, dubbed Mortality Reduction Through Music, to a fantastic reception at the Lango Lapaaye High School in Kakata, highlighting the dangers that teenage pregnancy poses to youth of the current generation. The musicians handed out condoms to the large crowd gathered to hear the message and watch the performance.In her presentation, Goodwill Ambassador Fahnbulleh said, “It hurts that our children are dying while giving birth. Everyday four women, mainly girls between the ages of 15 and 19, die in childbirth. That is why we are urging sexually active students and young people to seek out family planning education and to use condoms to avoid unwanted pregnancy and to prevent sexually transmitted diseases”.This national campaign, spearheaded by Aunty Miatta, who is herself one of Liberia’s most renowned musical artist, embraces the talents of several musicians, including Eric Geso (aka Hard Head Boy) along with Joseph Dean, Marvelous and Kzee (the‘Spoil Your Love’ team). The campaign will also be going to Sara Barclay in Virginia, Gabriel Kpolleh High in New Georgia, and E.J.Goodridge in Bardnersville.STORY & PHOTOS BY OMANZA SHAWShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 12, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgECD attempted murder/sucideThe estranged wife and three-year-old daughter of Balkarana Persaud aka “Clement”, the taxi driver who allegedly committed suicide moments after feeding them a poisonous substance, continue to battle for their lives at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).Balkarana Persaud and Kavita Persaud in happier timesThis was related by Commander of C Division (East Coast Demerara), Calvin Brutus, who told Guyana Times on Sunday that the two victims are still receiving treatment for the ingested poisonous substance that they had consumed on Monday last.On this note, he added that investigations are still ongoing while noting that statements will be obtained from Kavita Persaud as soon as she is in a position to do so.It was reported that Persaud attempted to kill his estranged wife and their daughter but there was a possibility that the trio could have mistakenly consumed the poisonous substance.Meanwhile, according to a police source, the post-mortem examination (PME) conducted on the taxi driver’s body revealed that he had died from consuming pesticide.According to reports, the now dead man’s estranged wife, Kavita, did not reside at the Mon Repos home where the incident occurred, but the couple’s young daughter, Sarswati, lived with her father.This newspaper was told that Kavita, who separated from her husband a few months ago, would visit the home to assist with taking care of the child.However, last Monday morning at about 07:30h, neighbours heard screams from Balkarana Persaud’s home, and upon investigating, they discovered the trio lying on the floor, frothing from their mouths.The neighbours sounded an alarm and persons living in the street rushed to the scene.However, Balkarana Persaud had already died before the efforts were made to save his life. The woman and her child were rushed to the GPHC where they were treated and admitted.last_img read more

January 11, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe county’s property tax revenues are expected to grow 6 percent to $3.6 billion in 2007-08, compared with 10 percent growth this year. “There is no question that the real estate market remains warm enough to keep our property tax revenues expanding,” Supervisor Gloria Molina said. “Still, we must keep our cautious budgetary approach. It has kept this county’s coffers sound and, thus, preserved the public health and safety network.” The proposed budget calls for hiring 1,425 new employees, boosting its workforce to 102,058. The county hit the 100,000 mark late last year. Most of the increased spending would go to the Sheriff’s Department, which is under a court order to improve jail conditions. Construction projects and beefed-up staffing are expected to help reduce the number of inmates granted early releases. The budget also provides $17 million to add 105 deputies to unincorporated areas, which have been beset in recent years with long response times to 9-1-1 calls. The money has been set aside for years, but the sheriff’s department did not have enough deputies to fill the positions until this year, Janssen said. The sheriff’s Temple and Industry stations would also receive $14.4 million and $224,000, respectively, to clean contaminated soil. To address the county’s epidemic of gang violence, the budget calls for spending $6 million to hire 47 employees in the sheriff’s and probation departments and District Attorney’s Office. An additional $800,000 is proposed to create an intelligence center to allow police to track gang members in real time and exchange information about their activities. “The sheriff asked us for tens of millions of dollars for gangs, but this is what we could afford,” Janssen said. The proposed budget also calls for $24.9 million to eventually build an East San Gabriel Valley Library in areas where the population has swelled rapidly, said Terri Maguire, deputy director of the county library system. “We have two libraries in Rowland Heights and Hacienda Heights that were meant to be neighborhood libraries, and they’re very heavily used,” Maguire said. “So this would be designed to take some of the pressure off.” An additional $1 million would go toward updating the San Gabriel Library with new carpets, paint, lighting, restrooms and an elevator. “It was built in the early ’80s, and it just really needs to be refreshed,” Maguire said. Local parks would benefit from an influx of funding, including: $13.7 million to construct a new community center and parking lot for Pathfinder Community Regional Park in Rowland Heights; $5.4 million for Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas, for a new boat launch facility, replacement floating docks and energy-efficient lighting; $3 million to replace the irrigation system at Altadena Golf Course; $1.8 million for Whittier Narrows Recreation Area to add two soccer fields, install a new bridge and fishing pier, and renovate the nature center and paths; $471,000 at Santa Fe Dam Regional Park to build a water pipeline for fire protection. The El Monte Airport would take in $825,000 to design and build a new taxiway, and Brackett Field would gain $100,000 to repave a ramp. To balance the Health Department budget, which now expects to go $300 million in the red in 2008-09, Janssen proposed transferring $100 million from the general fund and other areas to help stabilize the public hospital system. “I am still concerned about the Department of Health Services, where the structural deficit is quickly reaching a day of reckoning,” Supervisor Don Knabe said. “The health department is anticipating a shortfall of at least $80 million in this coming fiscal year, which must be addressed before we close the books on the year.” In the San Gabriel Valley, the El Monte Comprehensive Health Center would receive $200,000 to expand the public waiting area, and the Monrovia Health Center would be refurbished with $178,000 to relive overcrowding. As the new County-USC Medical Center opens early next year, replacing the famous “General Hospital” building, Janssen has earmarked $10 million to the Sheriff’s Department to assume responsibility for inmate outpatient medical services currently provided by Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Janssen said the new hospital will be state-of-the-art. “It’s absolutely unbelievable,” Janssen said. “It’s the most sophisticated public hospital in the nation.” The budget also includes $2.6 million to fully fund and staff the new Los Angeles Regional Crime Laboratory, scheduled to open May 11 near Monterey Park. (213) 974-8985 (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles County officials Monday proposed a $21.2 billion budget for next year that pours money into public safety and health care and sets aside $400 million to help pay retirees’ soaring medical costs. The proposed budget would also hire 105 patrol deputies for unincorporated county areas such as Rowland Heights and Hacienda Heights, and provide tens of millions of dollars for parks in the San Gabriel Valley. Chief Administrative Officer David Janssen said early estimates put the county’s retiree health care deficit as high as $14 billion, $5 billion more than previous estimates. Officials plan to release official estimates next month and are working with employee unions to develop strategies to address long-range costs. “It’s a big liability,” said Zev Yaroslavsky, chairman of the Board of Supervisors. The annual taxpayer tab to pay for retiree health care costs has grown from about $200 million in 2003-04 to nearly $400 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The costs are expected to hit $500 million by 2010-11. Despite the retiree health deficit, Janssen said revenues are up for the third consecutive year, primarily because of elevated housing prices. However, officials warned that the slowing resale market presents the biggest risk to the county’s revenues and proposed a conservative 1 percent increase in spending. last_img read more

January 11, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img“We don’t know what’s happened, or why, but we will need to find that out awfully quickly,” Reschke said. “Must be quite a scary thing for them to have arrived and left the rest of the family behind.”The two refugees, having been travelling non-stop for days leading up to their arrival here, did not speak to media on Saturday night.They will be staying with a member of the Church for a few days until their accommodations are ready — which is estimated for tomorrow. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Members of the Charlie Lake Community Church have been waiting to meet the refugees they will be sponsoring for months now, and the moment finally came on Saturday night.Pastor Alfred Reschke told reporters they came to the North Peace Regional Airport early, both in anticipation and because they were advised the flight might get in a bit early. He expressed how excited the Church is to meet them.“We’ve seen pictures and heard a few stories, but to actually see them in real life, brings the whole thing down to the concrete,” he said.- Advertisement –A banner with 'Welcome' written in Arabic was displayed for the refugees getting off the plan. Photo by Montana CummingA banner with ‘Welcome’ written in Arabic was displayed for the refugees getting off the plan. Photo by Montana CummingAll six refugees we expected to land in Fort St. John that night, but only two — a mother and daughter — got off the plane from Vancouver. Members of the church were ready with flowers, balloons, Canadian flags and a welcoming message to give them a warm welcome upon their arrival.It was eventually learned that the family of four that was supposed to be landing in Fort St. John over the weekend with them is still in Beirut.Advertisementlast_img read more

December 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img1 Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has beaten Kingsley Coman and Hector Bellerin to the 2015 Golden Boy award, which celebrates the finest player under the age of 21 in Europe.The Frenchman got his Old Trafford career off to a blistering start, scoring four goals in his first five games for the club, but Arsenal supporters are not impressed that Bellerin did not pick up the accolade.The Spaniard has been outstanding for the Gunners since being handed his first start for Arsene Wenger’s side last September and was among the favourites for the prize.Take a look at what irritated Arsenal fans have had to say, on Twitter, below. Hector Bellerin and Anthony Martial last_img read more

December 29, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgCroatia’s match-winner Luka Modric has been hailed as one of the top three players at Real Madrid by team-mate Vedran Corluka.Modric’s stunning first-half volley gave his nation a 1-0 win over Turkey in Group D at Euro 2016, although they should have won by more.After a superb midfield display, which saw him control the match, fellow former Tottenham star Corluka was gushing in his praise of the player.And even though Modric counts the likes of Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos as team-mates, the defender insists his compatriot is one of the best players at the Santiago Bernabeu.“It’s not a surprise,” told talkSPORT. “He is an amazing player. He’s in the top three players at Real Madrid and one of the best midfielders in Europe. We expect these things from him.”Meanwhile, Corluka was happy with victory, despite his team-mates, most notably Marcelo Brozovic, Darijo Srna, and Ivan Perisic, missing a hatful of opportunities.He added: “I think we were the better team than Turkey, especially in the second half. We had great chances but we won three points today and that is the most important thing.“I think the most important thing is we were concentrating at the back and the whole team played very well defensively.”last_img read more

December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNaomh Ultan GAA NotesRoyal Flush Lotto –Royal Flush results for the weekend of the 22/06/2014 were 5, 14, 16 & 20. There was no winner of the jackpot worth €3340. Consolation prizes went to Maria Brosnan, Anne Alvey & Kevin O’Donnell.Next week’s jackpot now stands at €3360 and the draw will take place in McIntyres Bar.40th Anniversary Celebrations –A date of Saturday August 9th has been set for the anniversary celebrations. Meetings will take place every Thursday from now on upstairs in the clubroom at 8:30pm. There is a large amount of work involved for the celebrations, therefore we would ask for as much help as possible to make it a success.All welcome to attend meetings.Kelloggs Cúl Camps 2014The Naomh Ultan GAA annual Cúl Camp will take place this year from Monday 30th June to Friday the 4th of July at the pitch in Dunkineely.The camp will run daily from 10am to 2:30pm and will cater for children from ages 6-13. Parents can register their child prior to the camp on or can pay on the first morning of the camp. More information and prices can be found on the website. Contact camp co-ordinator Dermot Gallier on 0879946654 with any other queries.Adult Football –Our senior side had an excellent one point victory away to Convoy last Saturday, putting them right back into contention for promotion.Saturday sees them take on Letterkenny Gaels in a top of the league encounter, throw in is 6pm and we’d encourage as much support as possible. Reserve throw in is 7:30pm.Underage Football –Our U12 side got back to winning ways on Monday, thrashing Bundoran 12-13 to 2-05 with a great team performance.The U16 side had a disappointing defeat away to Bundoran, losing out 6-15 to 0-13.​Congratulations to our U10 team who took part in an enjoyable blitz in park Tir Chonaill last Saturday. ​GAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN BACK IN PROMOTION CONTENTION AFTER WIN OVER CONVOY was last modified: June 24th, 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:GAANaomh UltanNoticesSportlast_img read more

December 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA Garda has revealed the terrifying moments before a car smashed into his patrol car and killed his colleague.Garda Bernard McLaughlin revealed how a car being driven by Martin McDermott “came like a rocket” before it hit them head-on in Burt in December 2009.Garda Gary McLoughlin, 24, died in hospital the following day as a result of his injuries. Martin McDermott, 25, denied manslaughter but has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Garda McLoughlin.He has also pleaded not guilty to driving intentionally and in a wreckless manner a wreckless manner but pleaded guilty to drink-driving, driving without insurance and driving while disqualified.Garda Bernard McLaughlin told Letterkenny Circuit Court how he and Garda McLoughlin had been alerted to a pursuit between an unmarked patrol car and a Vauxhall Astra car on the main Letterkenny to Derry road around 1.15am on December 13th.Garda McLoughlin revealed he and his colleague were trained in operating the Garda ‘stinger’ but were told it was too dangerous to deploy it.Instead they were told to simply get the registration number of the red Vauxhall car.As they drove towards Letterkenny at Lisfannon near Burt, Garda McLaughlin said he noticed a car coming towards them ‘like a rocket.”“I studied it (the car) for a second and realised it was coming straight for us. It was a like a rocket and I can’t put any other word on it.“I shouted at Gary and he tried to pull the steering wheel to the left and into the ditch but we only had a second to the point of impact. It seemed to come like an arrow at our vehicle,” he said.Garda McLaughlin said he remained conscious at all times during the crash.“There was a loud deafening bang and I received an awful blow to the right side of my body. The airbags were deployed and there was dust and charred glass everywhere.“I gathered myself and looked over at Gary and he appeared to be slumped over and seemed lifeless. I called his name and shook him but there was no response and I thought he had passed away,” he revealed.The crash happened when the car being driven by McDermott had been pursued by Garda detectives in an unmarked car for more than 30 kms reaching speeds of up to 170kph after it was seen coming out of The Grove Petrol station in Bridgend.He travelled to Newtowncunningham and then back towards Derry before it crashed with Garda McLoughlin’s patrol car at Lisfannon.Garda forensics officer Kevin Giles revealed how McDermott was thrown across his car and thrown out the passenger window of the car and down the road.Garda Detective Bernard Mullins said he found McDermott on the road and actually thought he was dying at first but later cam around.The accused McDermott was later arrested on January 7th and interviewed by Gardai.Under Garda questioning McDermott said he wished he could turn back the clock on the entire incident.“I’m having nightmares and I feel sorry for Gary’s family and friends – I wish it hadn’t happened. It was just a freak accident.“If I could put back the clock I wouldn’t have got into the car,” he said.The trail before a jury of 8 women and four men is expected to finish before Judge John O’Hagan tomorrow.EndsGARDA REVEALS LAST SECONDS BEFORE COLLEAGUE KILLED IN HORROR ROAD SMASH was last modified: July 20th, 2011 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

December 24, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDarragh Kelly of Glebe Builders in Donegal Town who are the main sponsors of the Deele College Strictly Come Dancing on December 6th pictured with staff members who organised the event and dancers at the launch in the school on Monday night.Tickets for the hugely anticipated ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ organised by Deele College went on sale this week and already the organisers of the spectacular dance show believe they’re going to need the ‘sold out’ sign very soon!“The show isn’t on until December 6th in the Mount Errigal Hotel, but already demand for tickets has been phenomenal. The phone in the school has been hopping and we cannot believe the level of interest,” said Caitriona Bonner one of the teachers involved in organising the event.With teachers, staff members, students, past-pupils and parents from the school community all involved, not to mention special performances on the night from the TY classes, it’s no wonder however that there’s a huge buzz about the upcoming show. And that excitement is likely to increase even further in the last few weeks of the run-up following the revelation at Monday night’s launch of the full line-up of dancers for the evening.Some of the dancers taking part in the Deele College Strictly Come Dancing on December 6th pictured at the launch with Lee Gooch, Dance instructor Marian Shiels, Joe Boyle School Principal and Darragh Kelly of Glebe Builders in Donegal Town the main sponsors.“The dancers have been absolutely fantastic, giving up hours and hours of free time to prepare for the show not to mention getting sponsorship and selling tickets. It goes without saying that we really couldn’t have done this without them showing such commitment and I’m sure the huge audience on the night will give them a rousing reception in appreciation of all their hard work,” Deele College principal Joe Boyle told Monday night’s launch.In addition Mr Boyle thanked all of the businesses that had given sponsorship for the event, in particular the show’s main sponsor, Glebe Builders in Donegal Town.“Events like this can rarely go ahead without securing sponsorship, but we are well aware that these are still difficult times for many businesses and we are truly thankful to all the sponsors and particularly to Glebe Builders who came on board as the main sponsor for the event,” the school principal added. He also thanked Marian Shiels who has spent several weeks teaching all of the dancers ahead of the show and Lee Gooch who will be MC for the evening of the 6thUntil then of course, the dancers will continue rehearsing and says Maureen O’Donnell – another of the teachers organising the show to raise funds for new canteen facilities at the school – they are all determined to fine-tune their performances before they take to the floor of the Mount Errigal.“From what I’ve already seen at their rehearsals every one of the dancers is intent on turning in a stunning display on the night. I’d urge anyone thinking of coming along to get tickets early because I am certain from the demand that they will be all sold out very quickly indeed.”CaptionsGroup Dancers taking part in the Deele College Strictly Come Dancing on December 6th pictured with Darragh Kelly of Glebe Builders in Donegal Town who are the main sponsors of the event and Lee Gooch of Lee Gooch promotions.Group 2Darragh Kelly of Glebe Builders in Donegal Town who are the main sponsors of the Deele College Strictly Come Dancing on December 6th pictured with staff members who organised the event and dancers at the launch in the school on Monday night.Group 3 Some of the dancers taking part in the Deele College Strictly Come Dancing on December 6th pictured at the launch with Lee Gooch, Dance instructor Marian Shiels, Joe Boyle School Principal and Darragh Kelly of Glebe Builders in Donegal Town the main sponsors.DEELE’S DANCE SPECTACULAR SET TO BE A SELL-OUT! was last modified: November 20th, 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:deele collegedonegalStrictly Come Dancinglast_img read more