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Boakai to Give Priority to Roads, Others If Elected

Boakai to Give Priority to Roads, Others If Elected

first_imgVP BoakaiVice President Joseph Boakai has disclosed that roads, agriculture, women’s empowerment, education, and economic development will be among his key priorities, if he is elected president in October.On separate occasions recently  he said road connectivity in the country is key because the lack of roads has made it difficult to implement development programs in the country.“Inter-connectivity of the nation has a positive trickle-down effect on education, health, agriculture and other vital sectors of the economy,” the UP Standard Bearer said.Liberia’s problem has been “centralizing everything in Monrovia,” when Monrovia is not Liberia; and therefore, “we need to open up the country and reach the farmers, for example,” said Boakai.“With feeder roads farmers will have access to the markets for their produce and they will be in the position to generate money from their activities and ventures,” he said.When citizens are not in the position to pay their taxes, they feel disenfranchised, he noted, adding: “if people are earning from their produce, they will pay taxes.”He recalled the days when Liberian farmers walked to showrooms and bought their own vehicles and farm implements, and said “with the right approach to food security this can happen again.”Commenting on what he called “comparative advantage,” the Unity Party leader said he sees Liberia as an agricultural country and that communities should be empowered to do what they know best, adding, “I do not believe in the notion that people are lazy because they do not produce rice.”“There are counties that have fishing communities and they should be empowered to supply fish to the rest of the country. Cassava producing counties should be given the appropriate technology to process the tuber for local and possible foreign markets, and these farmers need the technology.”Vice President Boakai said government revenue, which will be regulated, will come in gradually as a result of his above suggestions.He indicated that there is a lot of illicit mining going on in the country “but we cannot get there because of lack of roads, therefore the government cannot account for serious money being made in that sector, and there is the need to regulate the mining sector.”Liberia is a rich nation with the potential to rely on itself, he said, recalling that when he served as Managing Director of the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC), the agriculture sector had a turnover of over US$50 million in the 1970s.Then, he said, only thirty percent of the rice that the nation consumed was imported.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Neil Chan Prize for creativity, pageantry launched

Neil Chan Prize for creativity, pageantry launched

first_imgA new Mash prize has been launched in memory of late costume designer Neil Chan. The announcement was made last week by Director of Culture Tamika Boatswain, who announced the inclusion of the ‘Neil Chan Prize for Creativity and Pageantry’ as part of this year’s Mashramani activities.The prize was donated by former costume designer and Neil Chan’s widow, Mrs. Sheila Chan. The trophy will be donated yearly for the King of the Band competition.Neil Chan was most popular in the 70s and 80s; he dominated the Mashramani competitions with brilliant and thoughtful pieces. On numerous occasions, Chan won the King of the Band competition; he also spearheaded the Solo Sounds Band which was said to be the leading private sector costume band at that time.Chan is also the recipient of Guyana’s highest accolade, The Golden Arrowhead of Achievement award, for his outstanding contributions to Guyana’s Culture. He was also honoured with the GCA of New York Award, also for his contributions to Guyana’s arts and culture. Chan passed away on January 5 of this year, he was 88 years old.The Neil Chand Foundation has also stated that it is looking forward to collaborating with the Department of Culture to develop the Festival Arts in the nation. It plans on doing so by providing training for young and upcoming designers so that they can improve the standard of their work.last_img read more

Sonics finally break curse

Sonics finally break curse

first_img– Kobras strike NetsMany were left speechless when the Pepsi Sonics unleashed their wrath on the Vikings, crushing them 72-39 at the Burnham Basketball Hard Court on Thursday night, as the Sonics finally rebounded from the string of losses they had hitherto suffered in the Rainforest Water/Malta Supreme/G-town Amateur Basketball Association-organised 2nd division matchup.This happened in a double-header which also saw the Kobras defeat the Nets 74-67.What had looked like a predictable win for the Vikings turned out to be a thrashing administered by the Pepsi Sonics as they completely flipped the script on theVikings in a massive defeat. The Sonics were able to run away from the Vikings when they took the lead in the second, and extended same with every quarter that went by. The Sonics played with heart and valour, and there was nothing that could be said about their flawless defence.Sonics’ Darren Vanderstoop led the way with 20 points, while Troy Glasgow pitched in with 11.In the first division matchup between the Nets and the Kobras, the former were outgunned in a game which came down to the victor being the one to make the least mistakes on the night. But even though the Nets fought back, they hadn’t enough gas in the tank to cross the line first.Kobras’ Garfield Benuille top-scored with 15 points, and received support from Trevor Smith (14) and Mark Richards (12). Together they led their team to victory by making the right passes and conversions at the correct time.Sheldon Howell of the Nets probably felt this loss the most, as his hard earned 21 points failed to prevent the loss from being inflicted on his team. The Nets were left to rethink their strategy.The matches will continue on Saturday with the Eagles battling the Guardians in the second division category at 18:30 hours, before the Guardians take on the Sonics at 20:30 hours.last_img read more

CONFIRMED: Watford striker Odion Ighalo signs new five-year contract

CONFIRMED: Watford striker Odion Ighalo signs new five-year contract

first_img1 Odion Ighalo in action for Watford Odion Ighalo has signed a new five-year contract with Watford, the Premier League club have announced.The Nigeria international, who scored 17 goals in 42 appearances last season, had been linked with a move away this summer with West Brom reportedly keen on signing him.But the club have announced that Ighalo, 27, has followed Hornets captain and strike partner Troy Deeney in committing his future to the club until 2021.last_img

Liverpool to add former Manchester United coach to backroom staff

Liverpool to add former Manchester United coach to backroom staff

first_img Jack Robinson will help coach Liverpool number one Alisson Becker 1 He will work under senior goalkeeper coach John Achterberg with the Reds’ first team at Melwood.Robinson spent seven years at Manchester United working in their academy, having previously held a similar role at Leeds United.He also assisted with the first team at Old Trafford, coaching the likes of Edwin van der Saar and David de Gea.He left United in 2016 to take up a new job with the Football Association, as national goalkeeping coach for the Under-15s to Under-17s.Now Robinson is set to link up with United’s bitter rivals Liverpool.His arrival will allow Achterberg to focus more of his time on the senior ‘keepers – Alisson Becker and Simon Mignolet – with Robinson training back-up glovesmen Kamil Grabara and Caoimhin Kelleher.center_img Liverpool are poised to appoint another goalkeeping coach.According to the Daily Telegraph, Jack Robinson is to join Jurgen Klopp’s backroom staff.last_img read more

MAJORITY WANT EURO REFERENDUM – GOVERNMENT SUPPORT SLIPS

MAJORITY WANT EURO REFERENDUM – GOVERNMENT SUPPORT SLIPS

first_imgTHREE in every four voters want to see any new European Treaty put to a referendum, a new poll says.The Red C poll for the Sunday Business Post does show a slight majority of people in favour of accepting a new treaty.The Government has said it won’t decide whether a referendum is required on the new EU treaty until the final text is agreed at a summit on Monday. In the poll 72% of voters say they want a referendum, while 21% don’t and just 7% don’t know.When it comes to the Treaty itself, 40% say they will support it, with 36% against, and 24% undecided.Since the last Red C poll, for Paddy Power a fortnight ago, support for Fine Gael has dropped three points to 30%, Labour is down two to 14%, Fianna Fáil gains one to 18%, Sinn Féin is up three to 17%, and Independents and Others are up one to 21%.  MAJORITY WANT EURO REFERENDUM – GOVERNMENT SUPPORT SLIPS was last modified: January 28th, 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) Tags:MAJORITY WANT EURO REFERENDUM – GOVERNMENT SUPPORT SLIPSlast_img read more

Hittner Named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week

Hittner Named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week

first_imgST. LOUIS, Mo. – For the first time in her career, Drake University’s Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) has been named Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week presented by Eagle Bank and Trust, the conference announced Wednesday, Dec. 13. Hittner averaged 18.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game while shooting 42.9 percent (9-of-21) from the floor, 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from beyond the arc and 93.3 percent (14-of-15) from the free throw line, helping Drake to a 1-1 mark during the week.  She scored 18 points, behind 6-of-11 shooting, in just 18 minutes in a blowout win over Iowa Wesleyan.  The sophomore added four rebounds and one assist and made all four of her free throws in the win.  She followed that performance with her first double-double of the season, posting 18 points and 10 rebounds in a double overtime loss to Nebraska.  Hittner ranks fifth in the MVC in scoring at 14.9 points per game. Academically, Hittner holds a 3.94 as a business studies major. 2017-18 Drake Missouri Valley Scholar-Athletes of the WeekSept. 6 – Josh Yeager – Men’s Cross CountrySept. 13 – Kyle Brandt – Men’s Cross CountryOct. 4 – Kyla Inderski – VolleyballNov. 28 – Reed Timmer, Men’s BasketballNov. 28 – Sara Rhine, Women’s BasketballDec. 6 – Reed Timmer, Men’s BasketballDec. 6 – Sara Rhine, Women’s BasketballDec. 13 – Becca Hittner, Women’s BasketballPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

FOY NETS LATE WINNER TO SEND FINN HARPS SIX CLEAR AT THE TOP

FOY NETS LATE WINNER TO SEND FINN HARPS SIX CLEAR AT THE TOP

first_imgRAYMOND FOY scored an 88th minute to secure another crucial three points for Finn Harps which extended their lead at the top of the table to SIX points.Ollie’s winning matches: Harps left it late again to go SIX clear at the top.Harps were trailing 2-1 with just ten minutes to go but Josh Mailey popped up to level the match before Foy struck late on to give Ollie Horgan’s side another superb three points.With second-placed Wexford Youths suffering a heavy 4-1 away defeat to UCD last night, Harps knew regardless of what happened in Cobh that they would remain top of the league. Cobh have been on an excellent run of late since Stephen Henderson took over and Harps knew it was a difficult match.Michael Funston continued his fine run of form by firing Harps ahead on eighteen minutes.However, that was cancelled out by Robert Waters to send the sides in level at the break.Harps got off to a dreadful start in the second-half when Darren Murphy fired the hosts ahead after just sixty seconds of the restart. Harps kept plugging away and got their reward, firstly through Mailey and then Foy slammed home the winner late on to give Harps a HUGE win.Harps have played eleven league games so far and remain unbeaten winning EIGHT and drawing only three.Cautious optimism has now been replaced by genuine belief that Harps can win the First Division title and return to Premier Division for the first time since 2008.The victory will make the long, long journey home from Cobh a lot easier for all the players, management and staff.  FOY NETS LATE WINNER TO SEND FINN HARPS SIX CLEAR AT THE TOP was last modified: May 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:finn harpsHome-page Sportnewssoccerlast_img read more

Ireland’s suicide rate on a downward trend

Ireland’s suicide rate on a downward trend

first_imgIreland’s suicide rate has stabilised since the recession and provisional data suggests a decreasing trend, according to the latest report by the HSE. The report by the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) shows a high male to-female ratio in deaths by suicide over the years.In 2014, 486 people died by suicide in Ireland. 399 (82.1%) of these were men. The report gave a provisional total of 399 suicides in 2016. 318 of those deaths were male.However, the average suicide rate in 2014-2016 in Donegal is 10.9, which is on a level figure to that of 2007-2009.In 2014, for both males and females, the highest rates of suicide in Ireland were observed among 45-54 year-olds. The lowest rates of suicide were recorded among those aged 65 years and over.As with the suicide rate, there was an increase in the self-harm rate in Ireland between 2007 and 2012, with a 19% increase overall during this period. In 2016, the National Self-Harm Registry Ireland, which is funded by the HSE NOSP, recorded 11,485 presentations to hospital due to self-harm nationally, involving 8,909 individuals. This is in-line with 2015 figures.There were successive decreases in the self-harm rate between 2011 and 2013, and essentially no change between 2013 and 2016. The rate in 2016 was still 10% higher than the pre-recession rate in 2007.The role of the NOSP has changed considerably with the launch of Connecting for Life, Ireland’s National Strategy to Prevent Suicide, in 2015.At the Connecting for Life Donegal launch are seated John Hayes, Chief Officer Community Health Service, Dr Collette Corry, Senior Research Psychologist NSRF and John Meehan, Director of the National office for Suicide Prevention . Back from left Cliff Hayley, clinical Director Donegal Mental Health Services , Dr. Paul Stewart, GP and Anne Sheridan, Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Resource Officer. Photo Clive WassonConnecting for Life Donegal was listed as a highlight in the progress of the project. Connecting for Life Donegal was launched in 2015.Earlier this month, Connecting for Life Donegal launched three new information resources to promote awareness of suicide risk. The HSE’s National Director for Mental Health, Anne O’Connor explains: “There was an increase in the suicide rate in Ireland between 2007 and 2012 which can be wholly attributed to an increase in the male rate of suicide.“Data from 2012 onwards indicates a levelling-off of this rise. Provisional data for 2015 and 2016 suggests a decreasing trend in Ireland’s suicide rate.John Meehan, Director of the National Office for Suicide Prevention at Connecting for Life Donegal launches three new suicide prevention resources in the Vestry, St Conals, Letterkenny. Photo Clive WassonNewly appointed Assistant National Director for NOSP, John Meehan, says: “This downward trend is a step in the right direction but we must not forget that every death by suicide is a tragedy and has a devastating impact on families and the surrounding community.“Our work in 2016 focused on trying to better understand suicide data and suicidal behaviour. We worked with the Health Research Board to assess the feasibility of collecting suicide information directly from Coroners’ files. This would give us more comprehensive data on suicide. “I’m pleased to say that the feasibility study showed that it is technically, operationally and financially feasible to collect this data and I hope that we will be able to continue this important piece of work into the future.”In 2016, through the HSE Mental Health Division, funding of more than €11.8 million was invested in suicide prevention. Fifty per cent of this budget was invested in frontline services and organisations working in the area of suicide prevention and mental health promotion.Ireland’s suicide rate on a downward trend was last modified: September 27th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:connecting for lifeHSENational Office for Suicide PreventionSUICIDElast_img read more

Extreme prices plaguing marketing decisions

Extreme prices plaguing marketing decisions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grains this past month can be summed up in just one word, extremes. We have seen both price extremes and weather extremes. The uncertainty of weather has often yielded quick and violent price movement. All summer it has become apparent that we are in a season of extremes. That is not a short-term phenomenon. However, time is running out for weather to have much more impact in coming weeks.This summer it has been very common to see daily prices for corn and soybeans peak during the overnight trading session, only to reverse and move harshly in the opposite direction during the day session. It can make for some most frustrating thoughts as to pricing or not pricing 2016 corn and soybeans. One moment you are happy and a few hours later you are not. It quickly becomes, “cycle, rinse, repeat.”It was most interesting to observe the market mentality leading up to the USDA supply and demand report released on July 12.  Traders had expected the reports to be bearish. They had expected ending stocks for corn and soybeans to increase and prices to decline. While the reports did have corn and soybean ending stocks increasing, it was not to the extent expected. New crop corn ending stocks came out at 2.081 billion bushels. Looking several months down the road, some analysts think new crop corn ending stocks could eventually reach near the 2.5 billion bushel mark, especially if the U.S. corn yield increases. Some also expect demand for U.S. corn could falter in the months ahead. The bottom line is that it would seem traders forgot about weather and tried to place more significance upon the monthly USDA supply and demand report than it deserved.Corn exports increased due largely to less production from Brazil while corn used for ethanol declined. Brazil corn production was lowered 7.5 million tons. Likewise soybean-ending stocks for new crop soybeans did increase 30 million bushels to 290 million bushels. New crop soybean demand increased a total of 30 million bushels with both exports and crush increasing. When the report was not bearish for corn or soybeans, funds quickly returned to their pattern of buying soybeans. With the report not producing price declines, it gave those funds confidence to again turn to buying soybeans.At this reading we will know if temperatures reached near the 100-degree level in the Midwest the last 10 days of July. Mid-July some of the weather forecasts had expected a ridge pattern to develop in the Midwest and southern plains areas. That weather pattern brings excitement to traders as it can bring high temperature extremes for days while often preventing needed rains from taking place.Weather concerns can bring volatile price activity with wide ranges from highs to lows in a short period of time. The week of July 11 is a great example of this price pattern. November CBOT soybeans that week had a high of $11.23 and a low of $10.21. Prices were low early in the week, then peaked mid-week on weather concerns of hot and dry, only to close the week near $10.57 as prolonged ideas of hot weather vanished. The extreme price volatility has not gone unnoticed by the CBOT. While traders love price volatility and huge price ranges along with the potential for gains, it does have a money management downside. Soybean margins have more than doubled since early April. Unforeseen weather and additional demand have pushed November CBOT soybeans from $9.10 on March 31 to $11.86 on June 13.The Aug. 12 USDA supply and demand report will be the first actual survey of U.S. corn and soybean fields for yield determinations. Without additional weather concerns for corn the U.S. yield could easily climb above 168 bushels. Without additional demand corn will have difficultly moving past $4.10 in coming months.last_img read more