18 Jan

Thank you, Agriculture Ministry, for Revisiting the Du Port Road Rice Project

first_imgIt was several months ago that this newspaper, the Daily Observer, raised the alarm that the Community of Hope Agricultural Project (CHAP) at Du Port Road had been abandoned by the Agriculture Ministry which had initially given the farmers there great encouragement.But last year the farmers began to complain that they had been “abandoned” by the Ministry, creating great fear that this exemplary urban farm project would be allowed to die a painful natural death.Our story, written by our faithful and indefatigable Farm Correspondent Judoemue Kollie, reechoed the Du Port Road farmers’ fear that the project was at the point of death unless the Ministry returned and continued to lend it support.  The story was followed by an editorial reprimanding the Agriculture Ministry for abandoning theproject and its failure to follow through with was clearly a GOOD THING.As usual, many government officials–or people in general who ascend to power–soon forget their sense of responsibility to the people and behave unaccountably as though they are laws unto themselves.  They resent the slightest criticism and mistake it for “negative press” and the turning of a blind eye to what the government is doing.But surely, we have often praised many government officials and projects that have been constructive and good. But how can we keep silent when things go wrong–we cannot and MUST not!  For the poet reminds, “To sin by silence when we should protest, makes cowards out of men . . .”Alas! Even though belatedly, the Ministry of Agriculture has returned to the Du Port Road farm project and given the farmers some hope. Their grateful response was so overwhelming that Agriculture Minister Florence Chenoweth gladly escorted the President of Liberia to the site where she, too, became highly impressed with the people’s work. Working under the auspices of CHAP and with the help of the AgMinistry, the Du Port Road farmers have introduced a new rice planting method which they call a “system of rice intensification–SRI.” According to Reporter Kollie, it consists of producing rice with less seed, less water, less fertilizer on soil rich in organic matter.President Sirleaf seized the opportunity to reecho her constant appeal to inhabitants of cities around the country to “engage in agriculture” in our struggle to become self-sufficient in food.The time has long past when we should engage in rice production on a massive scale, for Liberia indeed has the capacity to become a rice exporter, for we have what it takes–extensive tracks of fertile acreage including, as we said in Monday’s editorial,  unlimited mileage of swampland that can produce three harvests of rice per year.We pray that the Agriculture Ministry will heed our suggestion to develop a strategy to achieve self-sufficiency in our staple, rice. Beyond that, we hope that international capital could be raised to encourage people abroad, especially from Asia, come and invest in large scale rice production.These strategies, if conscientiously pursued, will soon make importation of rice in Liberia a thing of the distant past.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

18 Jan

200 Community Educators Join Massive Ebola Campaign

first_imgIn support of the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country, 200 community educators from Bong have pledged to support efforts to drive Ebola out of Liberia by running high impact awareness campaigns in various communities across Liberia.The launch is part of the Ebola Community Action Platform (ECAP), founded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and developed by Mercy Corps Liberia, which is helping NGOs to engage  3,000 communities by training trusted local communicators with key information on Ebola virus.The launch was run by a  local ECAP partner, Equip Liberia, along with its partners from seven  counties, Bong, Grand Bassa, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Montserrado Nimba and Lofa Counties.  Present at the launch were community health educators, county health officials, village chiefs, representatives of Mercy Corps Liberia and many Bong County residents.ECAP head, Mr. Kimen, called on the group to  “fight Ebola and stop fighting each other through stigmatization, rejection and discrimination. Ebola is our common enemy—no  matter who you are and where you come from,” he added.Also speaking at the event, Richelieu O. Burphy, spokesperson for Mercy Corps Liberia, said that Mercy Corps was proud to be supporting the government’s Ebola must go campaign through the ECAP program.“Effective community engagement remains crucial if we are to eradicate Ebola, maintain the vigilance needed to halt its spread, and prevent such deadly epidemics from occurring in the future,” he said.Over 500 people have so far been trained under the ECAP project, which aims to reach two million citizens with critical information on Ebola. It will also evolve to help communities recover from the devastating social and psychological impacts of the virus.“As a lead agency in the ECAP program, equip Liberia is committed to building the capacity of grassroots and national organizations to improve community health and effectively address crosscutting community development challenges,” said Kimen.Campaigns are delivered in local languages through radio and art to ensure the widest possible reach of anti-Ebola messages.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

11 Jan

Bridge washout at Fish Creek

first_imgA good chunk of the trails in Fish Creek Community Forest are closed until further notice, the city says.The city says the multi-purpose trail is closed while city crews repair a bridge washout.Those looking to enjoy the trails are asked to stick to the Silvaculture and Anatomy trails, which both remain open to the public.- Advertisement –last_img

30 Dec

Tax man’s public shaming

first_imgINTERNET: State collector launches Web site to pressure its worst offenders. By Aaron C. Davis THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SACRAMENTO – Answering machine messages, warning letters and liens have long been the discreet, if ignorable, weapons of the tax man. Tax board spokeswoman Denise Azimi said the agency has collected $300,000 in payments from those on the list in the last 30 days. “First, we have always tried to work with people cooperatively,” Azimi said, “but obviously the concept here is to try to create a deterrent.” California lawmakers approved the scofflaw Web site last year, as the state’s unpaid personal income and corporate tax bill topped $6.5 billion. That tab is now nearly $7 billion with more than 722,000 outstanding tax liens. Although the state has issued liens preventing the sale of offenders’ property, various problems have prevented the tax board from collecting the amounts due. Some offenders, for example, no longer draw paychecks that can be levied. State tax officials estimated that if the names of the worst 250 were made public, California would collect about 4 percent of their amount due. However, if payments from the group over the past month hold up, the state’s public- shaming effort could end up bringing in far more than officials expected. Similar measures in Washington, Connecticut and Colorado have also proved effective. Combined, California’s 250 owe more than $249 million. At the top of the list is Rapid American Corp. with $26.8 million in unpaid taxes; at the bottom are dozens of individuals each owing more than $200,000. Dionne Warwick ranks 17th on the list and owes nearly $2.7 million; comedian Sinbad Adkins ranks 23rd and owes $2.1million; and O.J. Simpson – listed as Orenthal Simpson – ranks 33rd and owes more than $1.4 million. Officials wouldn’t discuss details of their tax problems, except to confirm that they were the celebrities in question. E-mails and phone calls from The Associated Press to agents and lawyers for the three were not returned Tuesday. Under the law, the tax board will update the list of 250 quarterly.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Now, California officials are beginning to think a high-tech public flogging may prove more effective. The state’s Franchise Tax Board last week launched a Web site listing the names, addresses and past-due amounts of its worst 250 scofflaws. Among California’s most delinquent are Dionne Warwick, Sinbad and O.J. Simpson. Several people from South Bay cities – including Lawndale, Redondo Beach and Marina del Rey – are also listed. As of Tuesday, those three celebrities remained on the list – owing at least $1.4 million each. But for dozens of others, the threat of public humiliation has already had the desired effect. In the weeks before the site went live, 26 offenders who were warned about their upcoming Internet debuts set up payment plans to keep their names off the list. Another scofflaw has since contacted the state to offer to pay up if it will mean being dropped from the Web site. last_img read more

29 Dec

Arsenal BOOST! Lacazette asks Lyon for permission to leave if Gunners table bid

first_img1 Arsenal target Lacazette netted 21 goals in 34 games for Lyon last season Lyon hotshot Alexandre Lacazette has asked to leave the club this summer – if Arsenal come calling.According to L’Equipe, the 25-year-old wants out of the club but has agreed to stay put for another season to avoid clashing with the fans once more.However, it has been claimed that Lacazette is aware of the interest from Arsenal, as well as Paris Saint-Germain, and wants to be allowed to leave should either club firm up their interest with a suitable bid.Lacazette scored 21 goals in 34 Ligue 1 outings last term, adding to the 27 in 33 he bagged the previous season, which has attracted the attention of Arsenal as well as West Ham.However Lyon are desperate to keep hold of the forward, who only signed a four-year extension this time last year.But now he hopes that his employers will reconsider their position only if Arsenal or PSG come forward this summer.last_img read more

27 Dec


first_imgDonegal GAA is in a tailspin with the news that the county’s hottest young player could be about to head to Australia to play football.Patrick McBrearty, the 18 year old star nurtured by manager Jim McGuinness, is now a target for recruiters looking to add his name to a list of players heading Down Under.The Kilcar man attended Kerry star Tadhg Kennelly’s football camp at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, Dublin yesterday (see picture). McBrearty was joined by a host of other young stars from Dublin, Cork, Armagh and Kildare as potential targets for the AFL.Kennelly, the only man to win both an All-Ireland medal (with Kerry in 2009) and AFL Premiership medallion (with the Sydney Swans in 2005), was appointed to an ambassadorial role by the AFL last December.It is understood the Kerryman is a big fan of McBrearty considering he has gained such valuable experience and played on the big stage at such a young age.The GAA were not made aware of yesterday’s gathering in Tallaght. McBrearty, who is due to sit his Leaving Certificate, is the latest Donegal star to be linked with a move to Australia to be paid to play football with the oval ball.Donegal captain Michael Murphy has long been associated with a move Down Under but the DCU student has said he has no plans to move.A senior Donegal GAA source said McBrearty could well grab the chance to get a taste of life in Oz.“He is really rated by Kennelly and from what I understand he impressed in Tallaght.“He’s a level-headed young fella and he could go away for a coupe of years and come back and he’d still only be in his early 20s with his football career here in front of him. “There’s a lot of pressure but you have lads like Tommy Walsh from Kerry who went down there and they are really enjoying their football and the lifestyle,” he said.FEARS OVER MCBREARTY’S DONEGAL GAA FUTURE AS HE HAS AUSTRALIAN TRIALS was last modified: February 16th, 2012 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:AustraliadonegalGAAkilcarpatrick mcbreartylast_img read more

27 Dec


first_imgTeam Photo- Back Row. Fergal Finn(Team Mentor), Sergi Mc Dermott, Eoghan Campbell, Shane O Donnell, Mark Mc Ginty, Daragh McBride, Ethan Doherty, Jordan Barr, Brendan Horgan, Iarlaith McGinley, Daragh Doherty, Cormac Finn, James Larkin, Gordon Randles (Team Mentor). Front Row-Marty Duffy, Mathew Noonan, Ronan Daly, Rory Doherty, Gavin Forde, Keenan Barrett, Eoghan Dowling, Oisin Randles, Paul O Donnell, Cian Harkin, Peter Magee, Russell Forde, Aoibhin Randles (Maor Uisce) O’Donnell Park Letterkenny was selected as a regional host venue for 8 of the participating teams in the Group stage matches of the under-14 All-Ireland Feile na nGael hurling festival 2014 which took place at Ulster venues over the recent mid-summer weekend.Over 168 hurling teams from clubs throughout Ireland including entries from clubs overseas participated in an event that is recognised as one of the great spectacles of the GAA summer calendar. The St. Eunan’s hurling Féile organising committee with its attention to detail excelled both on and off the field to ensure a superb experience for the 8 participating teams and their supporters at the regional qualifying stage matches for both the Cup and Shield competitions at the sun-splashed Letterkenny venue.Participating teams at the Letterkenny venue included Donegal representatives St. Eunan’s and Buncrana, Clough Ballacolla , Laois; Tommy Larkin’s, Galway; Derry representatives, Na Magha and Banagher; St.Earnan’s, Westmeath and Dublin club Castleknock.Blessed with ideal weather conditions the event was a resounding success with the spirit of Féile fun and participation in evidence throughout at the O’Donnell Park event played over Friday evening and all day Saturday.A positive buzz and a genuine grassroots community spirit was present throughout the excellently organised event.The quality of the on-field hurling skills from all the participating teams was matched in equal measure with the quality of the off-field catering arrangements where the St. Eunan’s hurling Feile organising committee left no stone unturned in providing a variety of foods and refreshments for the visiting teams and supporters.Great credit and thanks is due to the generous Letterkenny businesses who sponsored the variety of foods on offer which was augmented by the contributions from the host club’s families and friends.The St. Eunan’s club volunteers who served up the foods from the tented stalls deserve rich accolades; being in attendance on the Friday evening and all-day Saturday.The previous Sunday morning’s cake sale and coffee morning fundraiser set the buzz and tone which was to characterise the host club’s first-class event.Thanks is also due to the families who hosted the hurlers from Laois club Clough Ballacolla.The excellent playing surfaces of the O Donnell Park and adjoining training grounds provided a firm sod for the high-octane displays of hurling skills and competitive spirit from these whole-hearted under-14 grade players. Superb goals and points of the short and long range variety were on a display and none better than the score of the day from St.Eunan’s player Shane O Donnell in a match versus Inishowen’s Buncrana.Shane won possession some fifty metres from the opposing goal and balancing the sliothar on his hurl, sprinted some 30 metres before unleashing a wonder strike to the roof of the net.Buncrana ran out very narrow winners in this superb group game with due credit to both sides for a titanic encounter.Abundant hurling skills, teamwork and sportsmanship was in evidence from all 8 teams and following the quarter- final stages the qualifying teams who went forward to the finals hosted in Armagh and Owenbeg Derry were as follows: Shield: Clough Ballacolla, Laois and Westmeath’s, St.Earnan’s. Cup qualifiers were Na Magha, Derry and Castleknock, Dublin . Following the Letterkenny stage; the St. Eunan’s Hurling Féile Committee, hosted an evening of entertainment and a meal for their visiting club Clough Ballacolla, Laois at the Arena 7 complex.Players and supporters from both teams enjoyed a sociable gathering where the two club managements expressed their thanks for the manner in which, the event was organised.Team mentors Fergal Finn and Gordon Randles expressed their pride in both the performances of the players and the level of support from their families in hosting a very enjoyable and successful hurling event.Pauric Daly, St. Eunan’s Minor Board chairman commended the teamwork from everyone involved in ensuring a very successful Féile na nÓg 2014 hurling weekend in O’Donnell Park.He thanked the local businesses, families and friends of the club who supported the catering provided for the visiting teams and their supporters.It was a win-win event for participants and spectators and in particular for our young hurlers and their management team whose skills and commitment were clearly evident throughout the weekend.A big thank-you to the Local Letterkenny Companies who supported the Féile 2014 at the O’Donnell Park venue with Food and Facilities.————————————————————————————————————Sponsors and for the event were: Letterkenny Credit Union; Joe’s Butchers; Aldi Letterkenny; Charlie’s Café; Donegal Printing; Four Lanterns; Stateside American Diner; Tesco; Mc Donald’s; Happy Days; Letterkenny Shopping Centre; Value Centre; Dunnes Stores; Spar Glencar; Hillbillies; Gormleys Centra; Macs Mace; Pat’s Pizza; Quiet Moment; Bread/Butter; Sandwich Company; Martin Anderson Catering Company; L.Y.F.S.PICTURE SPECIAL: ST EUNAN’S HOST HUGELY SUCCESSFUL U14 ALL-IRELAND FÉILE NA NGAEL was last modified: June 25th, 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:All-Ireland FeileGAAHURLINGnewsNoticesSportSt Eunansu14last_img read more

25 Dec


first_imgDONEGAL County Council is under fire from an Inishowen man after banning discussions of a Compulsory Purchase Order on his land at an electoral meeting next week.The ongoing dispute over the waste water treatment plant and disposal pipe in Moville is now in the High Court as campaigners seek a judicial review of a decision to give it the go-ahead.But the completely separate issue on the compulsory purchase of Dan McGuinness’s land on the peninsula has been banned from discussion by elected councillors at the Inishowen Electoral Area meeting next Tuesday. Sinn Fein councillor Jack Murray – who supports the campaigners – has been warned that he cannot discuss the issue because he has been told it is sub judice – in other words prejudicial to the High Court case which is heard before a judge.But Mr McGuinness disagrees – and is furious at the decision.He also claims the authorities are ignoring the fact that the foreshore of Lough Foyle is owned by the UK.“The item specifically to be included on the agenda for next Tuesday’s Inishowen Electoral Area Committe meeting is ‘Greencastle/Moville Sewage Outfall compulsory purchase order,” Mr McGuinness. “There were two separate applications made by Donegal County Council, one for the WWTP and separately, one for CPOs, ref 05XA0002, for the acquisition of lands needed.“These were determined separately under their separate reference numbers. The WWTP approval was judicially reviewed on 6th October 2011. The CPO confirmed by  on 12th August 2011, was not judicially reviewed and neither was it referred to in the pleadings supporting the Judicial Review Application. As things currently stand, the Compulsory Purchase Application is not under legal challenge.“In these factual circumstances, Donegal County Council cannot apply the Sub Judice rule as it is clear that no element of that order is currently before the court.”He said he is seeking legal advice on what he claims is a denial of his democratic rights and has written to local politicians urging them to do the same – and discuss the issue.Cllr Murray, who wants to discuss the issue, was unavailable for comment. Meanwhile the UK claim on land on the Donegal side of Lough Foyle up to the high water mark remains a bitter part of the dispute.LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2012 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/donegaldailyANGER AS COUNCIL BANS DISCUSSION OF CONTROVERSIAL SEWAGE PIPE was last modified: March 9th, 2012 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)last_img read more

25 Dec


first_imgMcElhinneys Bridal Rooms in Ballybofey, have beaten off tough competition to be shortlisted as finalists in the 2014 Wedding Journal Reader Awards. With only 5 stores shortlisted for the whole of Ireland and Northern Ireland this is an exciting time for the local company.The shortlisted retailers are voted for by the general public and it’s thanks to votes from past and future brides and customers that has secured McElhinneys the top 5 spot. Voting now continues until Friday May 16th to select an overall ‘Bridal Retailer of the Year 2014” and you can vote by following the link below –http://weddingjournalreaderawards.com/finalists-revealedMCELHINNEYS BRIDAL ROOMS NOMINATED FOR PRESTIGIOUS AWARD was last modified: May 15th, 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:awardsBusinessEntertainmentFeaturesMCELHINNEYSnewslast_img read more