The program officer of the Farmers Union Network of Liberia (FUN), John Alphanso Perkins, has disclosed more then 4,000 local farmers from Bong, Grand Bassa, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties have been recruited for a 2-year food security project.Mr. Perkins made the disclosure to the Daily Observer newspaper recently at his office in Paynesville, outside Monrovia. The project, according to him, is being implemented by FUN with support from the Ministry of Agriculture(MoA) in partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development(IFAD) through funding from the Italian government. He said the project is intended to develop the capacities of farmers in the four counties to increase the production of food.He added that his institution has recruited 17 extension workers and assigned them in the targeted counties to implement the project.“The program intends to upgrade the skills of the farmers thereby increasing their income to reduce poverty,” Mr. Perkins explained; adding that it would help local farmers get away from subsistence to commercial agriculture.According to Perkins, the project required that every farming group cultivate one hectare of land with rice, corn, and peanut. “The farmers are asked to prioritize the production of those crops on one hectare of farmland in their various counties,” he said.The FUN program officer mentioned that the farmers are empowered with money to stage their various agricultural projects.“Several farmers in Bomi County have been given a 50 percent loan to start the brushing of their farm. Upon completion of the brushing and clearing they will receive the last disbursement of the same percentage for planting,” he stated.He stated that the loan assistance shall extend to all of the farmers under the project.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,Recently, on social media, former Government minister Clement Rohee posited some misinformed views on suicide. Those views need to be addressed.Mr Rohee stated, “It is difficult to detect in advance someone who is prone to suicide. Somehow, prior to committing the act, they manage to elude by means known only to them, their closest relatives and friends who are incapable of spotting any unusual behavior on their part before they take their own life.”Suicide ideation/suicidal mindset is really not difficult for anyone to be ‘incapable of spotting’ if that person knows what to look for. Actually, there are even clear and obvious warning signs that are easily discernible by anyone, but are usually ignored or passed off as ‘jokes’. The media is replete with cases of loved ones saying they never took seriously the strange behaviour of suicide victims, or language clearly stating that they would take their lives, especially if such statements were made before. Thus the need for citizens to be sensitised to the seriousness of these warning signs; and the need for immediate action.Also, the implication that those who attempt suicide ‘elude’ those near and dear to them is an awful attempt to indict people suffering from mental illnesses. The fact is that 90% of people who die by suicide have a mental illness at the time of their death, so they are not thinking clearly or logically. In effect, a normal person cannot apply his/her thinking process to label suicide victims or survivors. As one person who lived through depression posted on Facebook recently, “it is unquestionably THE most misunderstood illness and the one most judged and misjudged by “normal” people”.Mr. Rohee wrote, “It’s like assuming a Jekyll and Hyde or split personality just for that particular period prior to committing the act.Their transformation is somewhat ‘magical’ if not amazing!”Like any other illness, there is nothing ‘magical’ or amazing about the suicidal mindset or suicide ideation, and it is certainly not indicative of any transformation. Thus to describe someone in such a state as assuming a Jekyll-and-Hyde or split personality is to victimise the victim. A suicidal mindset or suicide ideation is not reflective of a personality, but a mental illness, especially depression or anxiety. Mr. Rohee must be aware of the negative connotations of the word commit, but may not be aware that the person attempting or dying by suicide is a victim, not a perpetrator on any sort.Also this view of suicide as Atmahaty in the Hindu texts is responsible for many suicides in Hindu families going unreported in a nation where there are hundreds of thousands of reported suicides each year –30% of the estimated one million annual suicides globally. Paradoxically, atmahatya, which means ‘murdering the soul or Self’, is contradicted in the Gita, which emphasises that the soul cannot be harmed in any way whatever. Ironically, suicide has historically been endorsed in India through ‘sati,’ whereby women were forced to jump into the funeral pyre of their dead husbands or collectively burn themselves during an invasion, as exemplified in the recent Bollywood historical dram Padmavati.With respect to Mr Rohee’s reference to community involvement in helping to address suicide and abuse, may we point out that, next year, TCV plans to launch a lay-counselor training programme trained to detect and act on suicide warning signs, emphatic communication, and measures to help abuse victims or deal with abusive situations. Lay counselors/gatekeepers in every community can take proactive preventative actions.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voice
Dear Editor,Since the President is arrogating unto himself morality as the justification for his actions toward nomination of Public Officials, I find it instructive to examine the President’s actions with respect to the whole drug bond scenario.Dr George Norton, as Hon Minister of Public Health, lied to Parliament and was involved in a corrupt negotiation, and yet he is still fit and proper, intelligent, impartial, and with the integrity to run the Ministry of Social Cohesion. Former Acting Commissioner of Police Mr David Ramnarine was heavily criticised for transferring fallen Police officers, yet it is okay to transfer a corrupt Minister of Government to a new Ministry. Worse yet, Dr. George Norton is now the Vice-Chairman of the PNCR.Contrast the actions of Kamla Persaud-Bissessar, who fired eleven Ministers in four years while she was Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago.It has become clear that posturing by the President about ‘fit and proper’ and integrity and decency has no deep moral centre. It is all an act put on to penetrate the independence of the Guyana Public Service and to insert his choices into strategic positions.The AFC also asked the people of this nation to lynch the corrupt PPP officials, but forgive the AFC officials. We must still put our trust and faith in Nigel and Cathy Hughes after the entire Sithe-Global conflict of interest fiasco. I reiterate that double standards imply no standards.And this is a very sad situation for the People of this nation. A lot of us feel saddened, but we must arise from this depression.What we have in Government is a set of opportunists pursuing an agenda that the people of this country did not set. The single member of the administration who has voiced genuine concern for the wishes of the people is the Hon Jaipaul Sharma. The actions of this Government, including the breaches of the constitution, the contempt for the Carter Process, and recent calls for the National Assembly to appoint Commissioners, must be interpreted in the context of the double standards they have shown us. An alarm has been sounded throughout the nation. It has become clear to me that the citizens of this country have a problem of dictatorship on their hands, and the potential for electoral malpractice is evident.Can we, the citizens of this nation, do more than just shake our heads in disbelief at our unfortunate circumstances?As a child, I lived through the PNC dictatorship, and was at home hearing the wailing from the funeral procession of Dr Walter Rodney, who gave his life for this country. As a child, adults fought and paid with their lives for me to enjoy free and fair elections and an independent press. As an adult, I inherited a democracy that was hard earned. Now, as an adult, I am shocked to see a reversal and a callous trampling of the democratic values and practices that were so hard earned.Adults of today have a responsibility to create a stable political future, so that our children’s tomorrow may be free of this blight of dictatorship, corruption and political instability.While I was a graduate student at the Royal Holloway University in the UK, our backyard and playground were the fields of Runnymede, where the historic Magna Carta was sealed in 1215. We have inherited a British political infrastructure, but we did not endure the centuries-long struggle of the British people, nor have we endured the struggles of the American people for freedom. Let us be clear that our struggle is not one of PPP vs PNC politics. It is a relatively young struggle for a democratic political culture, an ideal that Government should be of the people, for the people and by the people.When we are governed by ideals, our politics can be graceful. Statesmen and women are elevated into politics by their virtues, not their greed and ambition and gerrymandering. Politics is an act of servant leadership, not to be engaged in for personal remuneration. While the politicians reveal to us daily who they are, we, the people of this country, must hold onto our centre and be the source of light in the darkness.Our struggle for democracy in this country continues, and as we stay calm and press on with it, when we feel afraid to voice our opinions and we feel oppressed by legislation, we must remember that people must not be afraid of their Governments, but Governments must be afraid of their people.Sincerely,Sandra Khan
Dear Editor,While I do not support the proposed toll increases by the Berbice Bridge Company Ltd, with regards to the Berbice River Bridge I contend that the move by the PNC-led APNU/AFC Government of President David Granger to take control of the Berbice Bridge is draconian.How does this Government justify increasing rates and prices, including VAT on electricity and water which brings hardships to thousands of Guyanese, while refusing to allow BBCI to increase tolls? I do not support a huge increase in tolls, but a company has income and it has expenses. The Government must demonstrate that BBCI was profiteering with the proposed increase in tolls before taking such archaic draconian measures.Yours faithfully,Sean Ori
Drama unfolded in the ongoing mercenary case at Criminal Court ‘D’ when one of 18 defendants accused of being mercenaries, unexpectedly turned state witness, failed to show up on Friday, April 25, to testify against his colleagues.All 18 of the men on trial were alleged members of a defunct rebel faction, blamed for going on a violent, murderous rampage around the country, between 1990 and 2003.They were also accused of launching cross-border raids into neighboring La Côte d’Ivoire during 2010 to 2011. Several human rights violations were attributed to them, including the killing of seven members of a United Nations peacekeeping mission (UNOCL) in the same neighboring country.The human rights violations were linked to clashes between the Defense and Security Forces (FFS) militias and mercenaries of former Ivorien president Laurent Gbagbo, on one hand, and the Republican Forces of La Côte d’Ivoire (FRCI) and traditional hunters loyal to President Alassane Ouattara, on the other.They were arrested between 2010 and 2012, in Grand Gedeh County by a joint-security team. Grand Gedeh is a bordering county with La Côte d’Ivoire. One of the 18, Prince Barclay, was later exonerated and freed, reportedly after agreeing to turn state-witness.In court on Friday, state-witness Barclay was expected to appear and testify against the other 17 defendants; but when the appointed time came, Barclay could not be found anywhere in the courtroom.Barclay’s absence prompted a request to the court to suspend hearing on that day, (Friday) stating that prosecution’s witness had suffered a severe bout of diarrhea. They did not say which hospital had treated him, or show any medical reports related to Barclay’s sudden illness.One of the lawyers for the defense prayed that the court denied the request, arguing that it was an attempt to delay the case, and prolong his clients’ detention.Cllr. Dempster Brown argued that prosecution’s failure to produce its witness’ medical records, clearly demonstrated the prosecution’s un-readiness to continue the trial.After arguments, however, Judge Emery Paye granted the prosecution’s request to suspend the hearing until Monday, April 28.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A section of the gathering at the launching of the “Say YES!” campaignThrough the use of the Arts, music and drama, among other creative avenues, the School of the Nations in partnership with Government is pushing this campaign to help deter youths from the path of negativity.Principal of School of the Nations, Dr Brian O’Toole said that this campaign is taking a different approach from what young people may be accustomed to. It’s meant to be as creative as possible while delivering the message that they should not participate in any illegalities but focus on the positive aspects of life.“Instead of that, we want to look at those issues that are totally new issues facing the youths of the world particularly the stuff that is on the internet but to present it in a way through arts and music and drama so that we can look at the creative ways to put over these messages. [Ways] which look at the challenges that our youths face in terms of alcohol, drugs, violence, the internet, bullying. But to try to do it in a new way because our youths are tired of old people like myself getting up and pontificating and telling them what they should do.”According to Dr O’Toole, the shooting incident that he was involved in some 11 weeks ago at his residence propelled such an initiative because it had a domino effect on other schools in the country as well as Guyana’s image in the international arena where many questions are being asked.“Of what kind of society we have? Is this a place we want to invest in? And I am 95 per cent certain that the shooting was related to the horrible video game fortnight which, incidentally, Prince Harry has now started a campaign in England to ban that game. So this whole night is about our response at Nations but not the solution but we are in the process of launching a very exciting campaign, the Yes Youths Can Move The World campaign.”According to School of the Nations’ Principal, the time is ripe for focusing on the positive aspects of the country. In fact, this is the aim of the new campaign that was launched on Thursday night at the residence of the British High Commissioner in Georgetown. According to Dr O’Toole, this campaign is the response of School of the Nations to such extreme violence, and while it is not the solution, it is a step in the right direction.He added that instead of all the negatives, “what we want to do is change the discourse a little bit or not a little bit, we want to change the discourse significantly to what are we going to do to face that kind of mayhem. What happened to a sad little 17-year-old who jumps out of the bushes and shoots three times with the intent to kill? What creates that?”Additionally, he said that already the support for this campaign has been tremendous, both the Government and the Private Sector have signalled their commitment to being a part of it. Meanwhile, British High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn, posited that such an initiative should be adopted and promoted by all.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “I’ve come a long way from that day in Pennsylvania.” He was in total control of all aspects of his game, leading by four shots at the turn and never letting anyone get closer the rest of the way on a spectacular day along the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Entertainment came from 27-year-old rookie Bubba Watson, a lefty with power not seen since John Daly showed up at the PGA Championship at Crooked Stick in 1991. Swinging from the heels, he blasted four drives over 360 yards on a course with no elevation. A flip wedge into the par-5 18th hole set up a short eagle for a 65 that gave him fourth place alone in his debut. This was a weekend Toms won’t soon forget. It started with a course-record 61 on Saturday that allowed him to keep pace with Campbell, and with a tap-in birdie on the opening hole, he never let up. Toms finished at 19-under 261, one shot off the 72-hole record at Waialae, and earned $918,000 to get his year off to a great start. Campbell was coming off a 62, but didn’t make a birdie until the 17th hole and shot 72. Sabbatini was the only player to make a move, such as it was, on the back nine. A par on the easy 18th still gave him a 62. David Duval took a step back on his road to recovery with a bogey-free 63, his best score in nearly three years. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HONOLULU – David Toms’ heart is just fine, and it sure wasn’t under much stress at the Sony Open. With two quick birdies to seize control, Toms surged past Chad Campbell and never gave anyone else much hope Sunday at warm and breezy Waialae Country Club, closing with a 5-under 65 for a five-shot victory over Campbell and Rory Sabbatini. It was the 12th victory of his career, and the first since Toms was taken off the course on a stretcher at the 84 Lumber Classic four months ago with his heart racing at 255 beats per minute. He had surgery to fix the problem in November, and answered any questions about his health with a dominant victory. “That’s definitely behind me,” Toms said of his heart, and surgery to repair the problem in November. “Just like when I had hand surgery a couple of years ago, I came out and was able to play well right away and erase any questions that I might have, and whether or not I was going to be able to do it again.
NEW YORK – U.S. troops could begin leaving Iraq in significant numbers sometime next year, so long as Iraqi forces are properly armed and trained by then, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi told a U.S. audience on Friday. Chalabi, the controversial former exile who came to New York after meetings with top U.S. officials in Washington, said the Iraqi army should be equipped with American weaponry and properly trained to protect itself against the armies of its neighbors, which include Syria and Iran. They must also be given “more latitude” in recruitment, he told a gathering at the Council on Foreign Relations. “If we do the right thing together, I think significant American troops can be withdrawn from Iraq without causing a serious security threat during 2006, next year,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Chalabi’s prediction contradicts the message from the Bush administration, which has refused to set a timetable for withdrawal for the estimated 150,000 U.S. troops now in Iraq. Earlier this year, U.S. military officials said they thought they could begin fairly substantial troop withdrawals next spring. But they have since backed off that claim, and in October, the commander of U.S. forces in Baghdad said it will take up to two years for the Iraqi army to have the military leadership and supplies it needs to operate on its own. Chalabi, who plans to run in Iraq’s Dec. 15 parliamentary election, received a warm reception from the council and moderator Fouad Ajami, a professor at Johns Hopkins University. He got one question about claims that his exile group, the Iraqi National Congress, may have fed information to the U.S. that Saddam Hussein had amassed hidden arsenals of weapons of mass destruction. His critics say that helped fuel President Bush’s case for war. “I want to tell you that the fact that I perpetuated a case for war based on weapons of mass destruction is an urban myth which is not rooted in reality,” he said, echoing remarks he made in Washington earlier this week. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A unique commemoration will take place at Eden Park, Aukland tomorrow to mark 100 years since the death of legendary All Blacks captain and Donegal man Dave Gallaher.Gallaher, born in Ramelton, emigrated with his parents to New Zealand in 1898. He went on to become the first All Blacks captain.Gallaher perished in the Battle of Broodseinde on 4 October 1917. Wednesday Tomorrow, Gallaher and the 491 other New Zealand soldiers killed in that battle will be honoured at Eden Park, where a bronze statue of Gallaher stands.“We are proud to host this special and emotional ‘Mates on the Field’ event to pay tribute to those lost at Broodseinde, including Gallaher, who led the 1905 Originals, captained Auckland and was a stalwart of the Ponsonby club,” Eden Park CEO Guy Ngata says.“The tribute to the fallen soldiers will include a giant poppy represented on Eden Park’s hallowed playing surface and 492 personalised white crosses erected on the field to honour each of the Kiwis killed at Broodseinde. A further 12 crosses will honour the other All Blacks who lost their lives in WWI. “We will be offering free stadium tours every hour on the hour from 9am, incorporating the on-field memorial, and the public will also be able to stay for a Dusk Ceremony, including the laying of wreaths and the playing of The Last Post, from 6.30pm.”The ceremony will also feature a Warbirds fly past, the New Zealand Navy Band and All Blacks legend Wayne Shelford leading a haka by the Defence Blacks and several of Auckland school First XVs.In addition to the on-field display, a moving tribute will see the names of 492 New Zealand soldiers lost at Broodseinde displayed throughout the day on stadium signage. Commemorative footage will screen on the two video scoreboards at either end of the field. A wreath will also be laid in front of the Dave Gallaher sculpture at the stadium’s north entrance.Limited edition ‘Dave Gallaher memorial’ pins will be sold on the day to raise funds for the Fields of Remembrance Trust.Gallaher led the 1905 Originals on their celebrated tour of Britain, France and North America.On a never to be forgotten evening on November 9th 2005 in Donegal, the All Blacks came back to the birthplace of Gallaher in his native Ramelton. The occasion was to commemorate the centenary of the historic 1905-06 Originals’ tour, which was captained by Gallaher. The 2005 touring party officially named Letterkenny RFC’s home ground the Dave Gallaher Memorial Park.He had previously served in the South African War and was 40 when WWI broke out in 1914, but when a younger brother was killed in action, he lowered his age to enlist. In 1917 he went to Europe as a sergeant in the 2nd Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment, New Zealand Division. In the attack on ‘sGravenstafel Spur, Gallaher was shot. He died later that day, aged almost 44.Gallaher lies in Flanders Fields at Nine Elms British Cemetery, buried with his mates under the silver fern.His name lives on in the Gallaher Shield, awarded to the winner of Auckland’s premier club rugby competition since 1922. Unique commemoration to mark 100-year anniversary of death of Dave Gallaher was last modified: October 3rd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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 BlacksDAVE GALLAHEREden ParkletterkennyLETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUBRamelton
The number of people who lost their lives on Donegal roads has decreased by 45% this year, according to the latest RSA report.There were 6 deaths on roads in Donegal in 2017, down from 11 fatalities in the previous year. The latest figures are in line with the lowest on record in the last 17 years.Figures from Donegal County CouncilThere was a record low of road fatalities across Ireland in 2017, as a total of 158 people lost their lives as a result of 143 fatal crashes. The total is down by 15% from 2016, when 186 lives were lost in 174 fatal crashes. 2017 was the safest year on Ireland’s roads since road deaths were first recorded in 1959.Minister for Transport Shane Ross said he is heartened to see a decrease in road deaths, but it is still “not good enough.”He called for continued efforts to achieve the national objective of reducing fatalities to 124 by 2020.“Ultimately our aim should be zero deaths on our roads,” Minister Ross said. The Provisional road collision statistics report for 2017, published by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) analysed the worst times for fatalities and looked at the average profiles of road users involved in collisions.March, July and November were the most dangerous months for road fatalities in 2017, with 54 deaths recorded in the three months. On average, Mondays had the highest number of fatalities, followed by Sundays. The highest number of fatalities occurred from 12pm-4pm, while 6pm – 8pm and 10am -12pm were also particularly dangerous.Deaths on Ireland’s rural roads continue to be much higher than in urban areas. In 2017 there were 40 deaths on urban roads, compared with 116 on rural roads.The highest risk age groups in 2017 are those aged 66 and older (21% of all road users killed), 16-25 year olds (21%) and those aged 26-35 (18%). This is a similar trend to that of 2016.There has been an increase in pedal cyclist fatalities (+5) in 2017 compared to 2016. There has been fewer child fatalities in 2017 (4) compared to 2016 (10). There has also been a reduction in pedestrian (-5) and motorcyclist fatalities (-2).Commenting on the figures Mr. Shane Ross, Minister for Transport, Tourism said; “It is very encouraging to see that we have reversed the upward trend in road deaths witnessed in 2016. The combined focus on improved legislation, greater enforcement and road safety campaigns all played their part in saving lives.“But while it is heartening to see that 2017 was the lowest year on record for road deaths, this is not good enough. We need to continue our efforts if we are to achieve the objective of reducing fatalities to 124 by 2020. Ultimately our aim should be zero deaths on our roads.”The Minister said: “It’s obvious that better road traffic legislation saves lives. A vital tool in helping to reduce deaths and injury further is the new Road Traffic Bill (Amendment) 2017. I implore all members of the Oireachtas to allow its unimpeded passage so that its life saving measures can be introduced without delay.” Minister Ross noted that greater enforcement had resulted in higher detection figures and welcomed the commitment from An Garda Siochana that the 2017 increase of 10% in the Traffic Corps will be repeated in 2018.Minister Ross added: “It would also appear indisputable that the bravery of people like Gillian and Ronan Treacy in working with the RSA to show the devastation caused by reckless driving is making a real impact on the public consciousness. I thank them and all the road traffic victims groups who have campaigned so hard and so selflessly to make our roads safer.”Road death rates in Donegal almost halved in 2017 was last modified: January 2nd, 2018 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:fatalitiesroad deathsroad safetyRSA