January 14

District #13 Gives Rep. Saah Joseph High Honors

first_imgOne of Liberia’s humanitarians and political standouts of District #13, Saah Joseph, has received global and national accolades and recognitions for his tremendous work during the Ebola outbreak that left thousands dead. He invested his entire time and resources to help drive back the attack of the Ebola scourge that was finally eradicated due to his, the government and its partners’ efforts.Though he worked tirelessly without wanting anything in return but to see his nation back to normal, nothing exceptional has been done as a way of paying homage to him for a job well done – until recently.Known as the “Ebola hero” or “Representative without borders” because of the way he and his team fearlessly ventured into every community in search of Ebola victims, Joseph however began his outstanding humanitarian initiatives within his district way before Ebola.That was until Sunday April 31, when he was finally given the recognition deserved, considering he has never asked for it but worked hard for it in his district.where his leadership style, especially during the crisis, which has ignited a call for him to seek a senatorial position when the time comes.This recognition came by the way of a women’s group, the Selehaja Women’s Group and Savings Club. The Club is comprised of vibrant young business women from the Mandingo ethnic group.The “Representative without borders” was honored by the group on Sunday at a well organized program in District#13 for being a savior, not just for them, but the entire country during the height of the Ebola crisis.The occasion was also attended by hundreds of residents including youths, women, men and the elderly. Also present were some stalwarts of the Coalition for Democratic Change, headed by Chairman Nathaniel McGill. Rep. Joseph is a member of the CDC.The women were glad to honor one of their own. “It is a great day to be honoring one of our own who stood with us during one of the most difficult periods in our country’s history,” the group leader, Hadja Konneh said,adding that there were several reasons Why Rep. Joseph was being honored as a true leader and humanitarian.“You made us proud during the crisis because you were the only hope for many Liberians when the virus was raging. “When Liberians were looking up for leadership when none was coming from the central government, you rose up and brought some relief,” she said.During the height of the crisis, Liberians were dying and there was no hope coming from anywhere. “You exhibited true leadership and brought relief to your people,” the group leader said.In a country where public services had virtually collapsed, there were a little over a dozen or less ambulances normally available for the country’s four million population, saving an Ebola patient often came down to phoning a politician with a true humanitarian heart.It is not the Ebola effort that shows Rep. Joseph’s true leadership qualities, she said, adding that the Lawmaker has been highly involved in the empowerment of women, youths and many other residents in the district. “Thousands of young people are being empowered by you. You have also contributed immensely to the development of women here by the markets you constructed for us and many more initiatives,” she said. Rep. Joseph supports thousands of young people at various vocational training institutions in the district.Many of the youth are gaining technical skills at many of the vocational institutions in Monrovia at the expense of the generous Lawmaker, she said.“We have done a lot here in our district and we are poised to do more. We have markets that we can boast about; we have institutions that our young people can attend in spite of lack of funds.“We have 530 young people currently enrolled at the Monrovia Vocational and technical College (MVTC). We have an additional 1800 at the Vision Vocational School,” he said.In response, Rep. Joseph said that he is not worried about his reelection at the polls in October because his works will speak for him.“I want to thank those who organized this program to honor me. This is a clear indication that we have a very good relationship in our district.”He said the honor will also encourage him to do more not just in his district but in Liberia and the world as large.He also lauded the CDC which he said is making him the kind of Representative he is today. “The CDC, along with my people of this district, worked very hard in 2011 which led to my election as Representative.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

December 26


first_imgThe Border Villages Social Integration Project will be formally launched by Cllr. Dessie Larkin Chairperson of the Donegal CDB Peace & Reconciliation Partnership on  at the An Grianan Hotel in Burt tomorrow. Donegal County Council is the lead partner on the project working in conjunction with Inishowen Development Partnership. The project has been funded by the Donegal County Development Board Peace and Reconciliation Partnership through Phase 2 of the Donegal PEACE III Action Plan.During PEACE II Donegal County Council secured funding back in 2002 to develop Town Plans for a number of Border Villages. The rationale for those Plans was to allow controlled development of these satellite villages that were under sustained pressure from the inward migration of new residents, predominantly from Northern Ireland. The Donegal County Development Board Peace and Reconciliation Partnership recognises this issue, and has supported this project to build upon the PEACE II initiative and support an intervention that would see an innovative community led programme of activity to support integration, so as to achieve greater community cohesion in these areas.This programme will run throughout 2012 and be brought to a conclusion in April 2013. Donegal County Council, as the lead partner, will co-ordinate programmes of activity in consultation with the local community groups.This project is about contact, conversation and participation. Some of the activities proposed from the community groups in the area include the following:Support towards developing shared space, e.g. community gardens.Information newsletters, flyers and community event publicity that will make direct contact with new residents in the area, sharing information and encouraging participation in community life.Support for cross-community Parent & Toddler groups, and Community Playgroups to encourage new people to attend and get involved at pre-school level.Support local schools to promote themselves to potential new pupils through school publications and open days.Support to local Residents Associations to build and develop their capacity to deal with issues of common interest.Support for cross-community events at a local level that encourage active participation of new residents.Develop activities that encourage conversation, mediation and new contact while participating in a common interest e.g. walk and talk events.Support for youth clubs to encourage new membership and create opportunities for cross-community discussions / workshops.Encourage cross-border activities that provide a sharing of experiences particularly among the youth in the  border region.While some of these are activities that have come forward from the groups on the ground. Many other activities can be considered at little cost that would have a major bearing on community relations in the border region. Commenting on the project Cllr Dessie Larkin Chairperson Donegal CDB Peace & Reconciliation Partnership has said: “As the difficult economic climate holds its grip on our people, it is more important now than ever before that we pull together as a community and we should encourage one another to get active in our localities to help us to be positive and participate in local community life.“The Border Villages Social Integration Project is a programme of activity that can support small but important actions at a local level and will endeavour to create contact, conversation and promote participation of all citizens living in the Border Towns and Villages in active community life.“I wish to acknowledge the work done to date by the Donegal County Development Board Peace and Reconciliation Partnership, to the Partnership Members and staff who support them, to the Project Officers involved and also to thank the Inishowen Development Partnership particularly  Shauna Mc Cleneghan and Mary Mc Callion for their role in the project.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyhttp://www.derryjournal.com/news/local/asa_rap_for_river_media_1_2126066PROJECT FOR BORDER VILLAGES TO BE LAUNCHED was last modified: November 14th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County CouncilThe Border Villages Social Integration Projectlast_img read more

December 21

Whites ‘in competition with Bolton’ for Stoke striker

first_imgMartin Jol wants to pip Bolton to the signing of Stoke City striker Cameron Jerome, according to The Sun.It is claimed Fulham are competing with Wanderers in an effort to capture the former England Under-21 international, who has scored seven goals this season and is apparently rated at £4m.Terry is nursing an injury.The Guardian report that Chelsea’s interim boss Roberto Di Matteo may be forced to risk John Terry despite doubts over the defender’s fitness.Terry is struggling with a rib injury but with some vital matches approaching, Di Matteo is desperate to include him.The Italian said: “It all depends on how quick he can heal and the pain level he can sustain. As soon as that is possible to do he will train.”Meanwhile, The Sun declare that Di Matteo believes he needs to achieve a top-four finish and win the Champions League to be considered a success.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

December 18

100 years of aviation

first_imgTo mark 100 years of passenger air travel, The Guardian newspaper has produced a stunning interactive which uses live data to show every one of the thousands of commercial planes currently in the air, charts the history of aviation since 1914, and asks what comes next for the industry.The interactive is divided into four sections.The first is the live flight tracking and is fascinating look at all the flights in the air at any one time. The second is about the birth of the airline industry 100 years ago and the third charts the growth over the past century.Final section looks at growth going forward and while fascinating we don’t share The Guardian’s pessimistic outlook on the use of fuel and Co2 emissions.The facts don’t support its outlook. For instance over the past ten years, according to Airbus, while air traffic growth has grown 53 per cent aviation’s use of fuel has only increased by 3 per cent because of a host of improvements in aircraft, engines and other efficiencies.And the industry is well advanced in the use of bio fuels many of which are virtually carbon neutral.AirlineRating’s editors are about to release a new book Aviation and the Environment – The Plane Simple Truth, which highlights aviations incredible environmental record.It will be a free download.To see the Guardian interactive click here:http://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2014/aviation-100-yearslast_img read more

December 18

South Africa speaks at International IT Forum

first_imgSouth Africa participated in the VIII International IT Forum, the first time it took part in the annual gathering. Held over two days on 8 and 9 June, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi represented the country at the event, which was held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.Second #BRICS IT-Forum to take place on 8-9 June in the Russian city of Khanty-Mansiysk as part of @it_forum_ugra pic.twitter.com/6NT1UIjbik— Russia in RSA ?? (@EmbassyofRussia) May 26, 2016#SA Minister @faithmuthambi to participate in the Second #BRICS IT-Forum in Khanty-Mansiysk #Russia on 8-9 June pic.twitter.com/Qqo1Eio1o3— Russia in RSA ?? (@EmbassyofRussia) May 26, 2016The minister hailed it a success for multilateral relations. The forum allowed South Africa to expand co-operation in communication science and emergent technologies in the BRICS grouping.“The forum created an opportunity for us to develop mass media co-operation agreements and we believe that very soon, the citizens of the BRICS nation states will be shown thetrue picture of a grouping with growing economic and social ties that complement our shared histories and political development,” she said.The minister said data was at the centre of the new global economy and going forward, data analytics would provide improved government communication systems.Muthambi also initiated linking the Gauteng provincial government and the autonomous region of Okrug-Yugra to work towards entering into a techno park partnership.Advancing the field of medicine through technology was also discussed. “The creation of compatible integrated telemedicine systems in the regions of the BRICS countries is well advanced,” Muthambi said.“In fact, we are talking about the combined potential and opportunities of the largest economies of the world, containing more than 40% of the population of the planet to put their resources to protect human health, no matter where citizens live.”Joint action in this field was important, she said,because it was an essential humanitarian task to preserve human health. “Healthy citizens can fully participate in economic endeavours and reach their potential.”Good health is part of South Africa’s National Development Plan outcome 2: A long and healthy life for all South Africans. It is also a key pillar of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

December 18

Mixed report, friendly corn, bearish soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Today’s report was mixed as it was bullish for corn but bearish for soybeans.  The big question for corn: Will it have enough strength to close above the critical $3.80 mark for December CBOT corn? The corn yield came in at 167.5 bushels per acre, last month it was 168.8. Corn ending stocks were 1.592 bushels verses 1.713 billion bushels in August. Corn production was pegged at 13.585 billion bushels, last month was 13.686 billion bushels. Corn had a 20 cent range in 10 minutes following the report release.  First up 6 cents, then down ten cents, and then once again moved to higher on the day. Evidently the computers saw numbers that were conflicting and kept them busy buying and selling, then buying in a very short time frame. During that same time frame soybeans had a 25 cent range. Soybean production was increased to 3.935 billion bushels, last month was 3.916 billion bushels. The soybean yield was increased to 47.1 bushels per acre, last month was 46.9.Traders were looking for this report day to show small declines in corn and soybean yields.  Many are expecting, or hoped this report to be a yawner. Steve Freed of ADM Investor Services reports that the August USDA report was the biggest miss in history of trader’s expectations vs the actual USDA numbers. Grains all had double digit loses that day.Prior to the report corn was down 4 cents, soybeans down 8 cents, with wheat down 5 cents. At 12:30 pm was up 3 cents, soybeans down 12 cents, while wheat was unchanged.Today is the USDA monthly supply and demand report.  However, it is not the first thought in their minds with harvest getting underway, or shortly will be in many parts of Ohio as well as the Midwest. Customers are harvesting corn and soybeans this week in Pickaway county.  Many others will be starting in the next week. Early, early reports of corn yields particularly in the south are 10 to 15 bushels below expectations.  The bigger question is this: how high will corn yields go in Minnesota and South Dakota as both will set new record yields this year?Dry weather in August and early September is pushing crops to rapid maturity. Harvest looks to be two weeks ahead of normal from the harvesting that has taken place so far in Ohio. Expect yields to be all over the board with huge ranges seen on the combine monitor.The Brazil real has allowed their producers to get $12.64. Producers in Brazil this week are selling soybeans, mostly new crop. That is proving resistance for soybean prices.  Soybean acres in Brazil are expected to increase 3% to 5% with corn acres down for this upcoming growing season.The ethanol report this week had corn used near expectations. The trade was looking for ethanol stocks to increase. Instead they were down almost 2%.  Ethanol production was up 1% from the previous week and up 3% from last year. Margins increased slightly to 24 cents compared to 20 cents last week. Weekly export sales were out this morning, a day late due to the Labor Day holiday. Soybean export sales of 65.8 million bushels were above the high end of trade expectations. Corn export sales were disappointing at just 16.2 million bushels.China has been buying soybean cargoes from the U.S. to come out of the Pacific northwest. They are also buying Canadian rapeseed oil as soyoil from Argentina does not fit currently into China’s price mix. That purchase was a surprise.Other items grabbing headlines include the weather with the 6 to 10 day forecast calling for normal to above normal temperatures and rainfall.  Other headlines also include the questions of China doing some kind of stimulus package and also if the U.S. Federal Reserve raises interest rates with their meeting later this month.In the category of you may not have heard this, Goldman Sachs was out with a report they would not rule out crude oil reaching $20. This morning crude oil is at $44.91, down $1.00.The September USDA report is now out of the way. The market will quickly focus upon weather, farmer sell rate, and actual harvest yields.Everyone have a safe harvest season!Let us remember what happened on 9/11 and the lives that were lost.last_img read more