Bong Female Farmers Harvest 4 Hectares Farmland

first_imgAt least 30 women calling themselves, “Arise and Shine” in Totota, Salala District, Lower Bong County on Saturday, January 18, harvested 4 hectares of farmland planted with improved variety of swamp rice.The variety of rice grown was the NERICA 18 (meaning new rice in Africa.)The rice harvest event was the official launch of the Arise and Shine farming group, which is an all-woman farming project.It was attended by several distinguished personalities including the local authorities of Salala District, NGO workers and other farmers.In his brief remarks, the rice specialist of the Food Enterprise Development (FED), David Benevfel,  disclosed that his institution hasbeen working with the women in Salala District to improve their productivity.Benevfel said that his institution had supported them with seed, tools and fertilizer.He further stated that FED shall remain committed with their support to the women.Giving an overview of the agriculture project, the head for Arise and Shine, Harriette Laway, said the project is intended to empower vulnerable women in her district.“We staged this project to help empower many of the women economically to support their families. It is a self-help initiative that is giving them income. We also mean to enhance food production in the district through the implementation of this project,” she said.Harriette also stated that about 20 acres of swamp land was cultivated through assistance from the Food and Enterprise Development (FED) program.According to her, FED has supported them with certified seed, tools and fertilizer to enhance their production.She, however, regretted the lack of support from the Ministry of Agriculture, stating that they are not working to improve agriculture in the country.“I have informed the MoA about our farm project but we have not been helped. Throughout the year, the Ministry’s vehicles pass this farm, which is closed to the road, without stopping to inquire,” she lamented.She also disclosed that her organization is involved into vegetable production.Some of our members are growing crop like, bitter ball, watermelon, pepper and others.In his welcome statement, the Commissioner of Salala District, Karmon Kenneh, called on NGOs to intensify their support toward agriculture in his district.“I have observed that NGOs’ works in this districts are not making the necessary impact needed on the lives of farmers,” he stated.He said that farmers in his district are committed to producing more food but lack the support.According to Commissioner Kenneh, with more support given to farmers, food production will increase in the district.He stated that there are many swamp land in Salala Districts that were laid out in the seventies and that when they are developed, farmers would be empowered.Also speaking, former development Superintendent for Bong County, George Sally, called on government to prioritize agriculture with allotting more money in the national budget for agriculture.He stated that it is only by doing so that agriculture sector can be revamped.According to him many Liberian farmers are still doing farming through manual labor, adding that such system of agriculture activities will not have the country self-sufficient.He suggested that the government now become to support farmers through mechanized farming.“Let the government support farmers’ organizations in the country with modern equipments to increase their production,” he stressed.Mr. Sally, who is also one of Salala District’s potential farmers disclosed that farmers in his districts do not get farming inputs from government and partners on time.He said that it is posing a serious problem for many farmers in his district.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tennis Gem Appreciates Support in Trenton

first_imgThe National Junior Tennis & Learning of Trenton is a non-profit organization that provides tennis, education and life skills to youth.“It’s a really nice program. I like it. People take care of me here. I never imagined anything like this when I came to Trenton,” said Alfred Kandakai Jr.Kandakai, a 15-year-old sophomore at Trenton High, another jewel in the success-crusted NJTL crown, recalled an interesting past.In 2013, Alfred Sr. eventually forwarded his son to Trenton to live with his mother, Yeato, and three younger sisters, Joydely, Sajely, and Faith. And the rest, as frequently said, is history. Kandakai, whose father taught tennis in Liberia, arrived in the U.S. with superior tennis skills, talents that earned him a three-week stay at Sanchez-Casal Academy in Naples, Florida, before he arrived in New Jersey’s state capital.Kandakai discovered the NJTLT when his stepfather ushered him there to connect with an organization that breeds success.“Playing tennis was a struggle in Liberia. So, for me to come here, play tennis and go to school, get good education and play against good players is really beneficial for me,” Kandakai explained.His arrival to Trenton ranks as incredibly special but his story with the NJTL resembles that of many players who found this cradle of love.For instance, Michelle Gbelama, the NJTLT program director, did not start playing tennis until her high school junior season. The NJTLT helped her find the passion for working and winning as her determination backed by love and support, vaulted her to Drew University stardom.Gbelama became the first female from Drew to win the NJAIAW as she claimed two MVP awards for the Rangers. Gbelama excelled in the classroom and on the courts as Drew’s No. 1 singles player also starred on the Rangers’ No. 1 doubles team.The records extend into many categories but just the fact that she returned home to help others signifies that NJTLT made an indelible mark. (Source: Trentonian newspaper).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Magistrate Wesseh to Re-assume Jurisdiction over US$30K Truck ‘Disappearance’ Case

first_imgKromah (L) and Lambin (R) accused of stealing the white DAF truck.Judge Blamo Dixon of Criminal Court ‘C’ on Friday denied a petition filed by lawyers representing defendants Robert Lambin and Layee Kromah to prevent Magistrate Tweh Wesseh of Gardnerville Magisterial Court from compelling the duo to produce the DAF Truck that allegedly got missing in the courtyard of the Temple of Justice.Judge Dixon also mandated Magistrate Wesseh to resume jurisdiction over the case in accordance with the law.Lawyers for the defendants had filed an Action for Summary Proceedings against Magistrate Wesseh for his decision compelling the defendants to produce the truck or risk imprisonment for their failure to do so on Wednesday, January 24.Judge Dixon’s decision came immediately after Wesseh’s lead lawyer Jonathan Massaquoi argued that the petition did not pinpoint any error and or violation of the law by the magistrate to have the defendants imprisoned if they did not produce the truck.Massaquoi also argued that for Wesseh to demand that he would not proceed with the merit of the case until the vehicle was brought under his jurisdiction, was legally required in criminal proceedings which in this case rendered the petition fit for dismissal.However, in the Action for Summary Proceedings against Magistrate Wesseh, Cllr. Gongloe argued that when Lambin was arrested upon the orders of Wesseh, they filed a valid criminal appearance bond  valued at US$60,000 to have the defendant produce the truck.Gongloe claimed that before filing the bond, and while Lambin was still sitting on the prisoner’s bench as a criminal, Wesseh ordered that the vehicle be brought to court as surety since there was no criminal bond for Lambin at the time.They also admitted that Lambin bought the truck for US$26,500 from defendant Kromah, who is on the run.“After filing the bond, the need for the vehicle as security for the appearance of the defendant was secured became mute by legal proceeding,” the lawsuit said.They also argued that Wesseh ignored the fact that Lambin had filed a valid bond, but proceeded to place him on the prisoner’s bench, because the lawyers did not produce the alleged stolen vehicle, for which the magistrate threatened to imprison those that signed the promissory note – contrary to law, and erroneously claiming that their action was contemptious.“The action by Wesseh to compel Lambin to bring the vehicle, subject to the writ of arrest court, is not supported by law,” the Petition maintained.Lawyers representing the defendants had earlier implored Magistrate Wesseh to have his produce the truck on Saturday, January 20, minutes after Lambin was released after filing a criminal appearance bond through a promissory note.That note was then signed by both lawyers representing the defendants– a copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Observer. According to the note, one of the lawyers for the defendants Cllr. Phillip Gongloe promised to produce the car in line with the court’s order on Wednesday, January 24, at 12 p.m. an arrangement which met the approval of the defendant, Lambin.It was based on the promissory note that Magistrate Wesseh ordered the release of Lambin to his lawyers.The truck allegedly got missing on Friday, January 19, from the premises of the Temple of Justice, several minutes after Magistrate Wesseh issued the arrest order for Lambin, who was the buyer of the vehicle, as well as Kromah the seller and simultaneously ordered the vehicle in question impounded.Thereafter, Court officers successfully arrested Lambin, one of two defendants who admitted being in possession of the truck but failed to produce it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kitty resident jailed, fined $2M for ganja trafficking

first_imgAt the conclusion of a Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the narcotics trafficking allegation levelled against Paul Smith, the 45-year-old Kitty resident was on Friday found guilty of the offence by Magistrate Dylon Bess, who found that sufficient evidence was presented to convict him.As a consequence for illegally trafficking over 10 pounds of narcotics in 2018, the Lot 108 Thomas Street, Kitty, Georgetown resident will now spend the next three years behind bars. Additionally, he was fined $2 million.The charge, which was instituted last year, stated that on May 18, 2018, at Kitty, he had in his possession 4.934 kilograms (equivalent to 10.877 pounds) of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.On his first court appearance, Smith denied the charge and was remanded to prison after his then attorney, George Thomas, was unsuccessful in a bail application.According to Police reports, investigations revealed that the illegal substance was discovered in the bottom flat of a house which Smith occupies. Ranks acting on information had contacted Smith with a request to search the two-storey house. The cannabis was discovered, and the defendant was arrested and later charged for the said offence.last_img read more

All over? Liverpool and Arsenal set to miss out on teen sensation

first_imgNorwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard has rejected interest from Liverpool and Arsenal to seal his move to Real Madrid, according to Norwegian newspaper Drammens Tidende.The 16-year-old is the most coveted young player in Europe, with a large number of big clubs keen to secure his services.And now Drammens Tidende, which is based in the same city as Odegaard’s current club Stromsgodset, claims the youngster has finally opted for Real Madrid. Odegaard is expected to sign a contract at the Bernabeu as soon as Real Madrid and Stromsgodset have agreed upon a fee, and the two clubs have begun negotiations.Odegaard considered a number of offers and narrowed his options down to four clubs – Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Arsenal and his favourite club Liverpool.After much deliberation, he has chosen Real Madrid and despite his tender years it is believed he will be incorporated into Carlo Ancelotti’s first-team squad in the summer, although he will work with the club’s Castilla [B team] side until then.The midfielder, who has trained with a number of Europe’s giants in recent weeks including Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, made his senior international debut aged just 15 and 253 days back in August 2014. 1 Martin Odegaard last_img read more

Liverpool fans tell owner John Henry who their next signing should be

first_imgAre you listening John Henry?Liverpool fans have pleaded with their club owner to move for Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland as an upgrade to current maligned number one Simon Mignolet.Mignolet has been far from convincing in the last 18 months of his Anfield career and has cost his side on numerous occasions already this season.But would the Reds’ board consider making a move in January? And is Butland – a reported a target – a viable alternative?His display against Arsenal in Sunday’s 0-0 draw at the Britannia Stadium would certainly seem to suggest the latter – and Liverpool fans were left eulogising about his heroics… 1 Jack Butland last_img read more

Liverpool captain Henderson in contention to start Europa League final

first_img Jordan Henderson made his return from injury against West Brom on Sunday Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is in contention for a starting spot in Wednesday’s Europa League final after making his comeback from a knee injury on Sunday.The midfielder came through the final half hour of Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with West Brom unscathed and will travel to Basel for the showdown against Sevilla.And Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was pleased to give Henderson the chance to prove his fitness before making a decision on his starting line-up for Wednesday.“I said from the beginning I don’t want to force the situation with him,” said Klopp.“We gave him half an hour in the end and everybody could see there was no issues.“I haven’t made a decision about the line-up on Wednesday but it’s good to have him back.” 1last_img read more

LIFESTYLE: SHISEIDO BEAUTY PRODUCTS EVENT AT McELHINNEYS

first_imgShiseido is having its first National Gift with Purchase event in McElhinneys of Ballybofey from today until to Sunday the 12th of May.With the purchase of two products, one to be skincare, you receive either a mini “The Skincare” 123 step kit or a mini Benefiance 123 step kit PLUS a mini NEW Bio-Performance Advanced Super Restoring Cream and a mini NEW Perfect Rouge Lipstick.In addition, McElhinneys will be having a special promotion day with mini facials and makeovers next Wednesday, May 1st.   LIFESTYLE: SHISEIDO BEAUTY PRODUCTS EVENT AT McELHINNEYS was last modified: April 25th, 2013 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:LIFESTYLE: SHISEIDO BEAUTY PRODUCTS EVENT AT McELHINNEYSlast_img read more

POLL SUGGESTS NO WOMEN WILL BE REPRESENTING THE MILFORD-LETTERKENNY AREA – BOYLE

first_imgAccording to the recent poll by the Tirconnail Tribune, there might be no women representing the Milford-Letterkenny area on Donegal County Council.Grace Boyle with her husband James at the Town Hall in Ramelton for the launch of her campaign.Speaking at the weekend, Grace Boyle called on the electorate to support women who put themselves forward.“According to the poll carried out by the Tirconnail Tribune, I have a chance of causing an upset and taking a seat on Donegal County Council. “But if the electorate don’t get behind me and the other female candidate, Siobhan McLaughlin of Labour, then we could be left with a situation where 10 seats are filled by 10 men.“As far as I am aware, not one woman has been elected to represent this area – although women have been co-opted onto the Council over the years. Women bring a different perspective to life, community and business and a good mix of male and female representation is essential for a well balanced Council”.Boyle said that many of the male candidates that have put themselves forward are businessmen of some type or another.“While a good business head will be of great benefit in the Council – do we want a room full of businessmen representing our area? Whereas, if you look at the female candidates, we are community focused. “I have been involved with community initiatives such as the Donegal Hospice, the North West 10k and the Donegal GAA for many years. I will need as many Number 1 votes as possible if I am going to have any chance of taking a seat”.The well-known local community activist said you only have to look at what Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness has achieved to see what a woman can bring to politics.“She is currently topping the poll in the Midlands North-West constituency for the European election. I would call on the electorate to get behind your female candidates. It takes a lot of courage and determination to put yourself forward and it is only by electing female candidates that we will encourage more to come forward in future.”POLL SUGGESTS NO WOMEN WILL BE REPRESENTING THE MILFORD-LETTERKENNY AREA – BOYLE was last modified: May 19th, 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:donegalElectionsGrace BoyleWomenlast_img read more

AN POST STAFF GET ON THEIR BIKES IN MEMORY OF TADGH

first_imgPictured below is Liam O’Grady, An Post and Tadgh Culbert, the then Mayor of Letterkenny welcoming An Post’s Charity Cycle back to Letterkenny on their 1st Annual Cycle back to Letterkenny on their 1st annual cycle.An Post Donegal Staff “Get on their Bikes” for the 4th year & this year they pay special tribute to their former colleague Tadgh Culbert on their 2013 Annual Charity Cycle.2013 An Post Charity Cycle will be a special one.This year all Donegal An Post workers would like you to join them once again & remember Tadgh Culbert and to help raise money for the Donegal Hospice. The cycle will take place on September 7th from Dungloe to Letterkenny via Mount Errigal road. Transport from Letterkenny for bicycles and cyclists will be provided by the An Post Delivery Services Unit at Carnamuggagh Lower, Letterkenny loading at 8.30am, dispatching to Dungloe at 9am sharp. Cycle will leave Dungloe at 10.15 approximately.The cycle is open to anyone who would like to take part. To date this the annual Donegal An Post Charity Cycle has raised €32,500 for the Donegal Hospice.An Post Donegal would like to sincerely thank their sponsors for their help, LK Bikes, Carl Rainey – Rainey Gibson & Top Quote Direct, James Doherty Mini Bus & Executive Hire, Harkins Topaz and Gala Ballybofey, Grace Ann McGarvey – Grace Ann Consultancy and Eddie Tobin – Tobins Spar & Topaz Service Station Letterkenny.We hope that you will join us in remembering Tadgh and help raise money for the Donegal Hospice. You can contact any of the guys below to let them know you would like to take part.Paul Crampsie 086 6850503 or Martin McGinley 085 7788722.A small donation of €20 per person who would like to take part is appreciated.We look forward to you joining us on September 7th. It promises to be a fun day and celebratory night out! AN POST STAFF GET ON THEIR BIKES IN MEMORY OF TADGH was last modified: August 19th, 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:An PostCHARITY CYCLETadgh Culbertlast_img read more