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Finn Church Aid Helps Revitalize Poultry Production in Liberia

first_imgFinn Church Aid, an international non-governmental organization (NGO), has established chicken farms with local partner organizations in Margibi and Grand Cape Mount Counties to empower local people, mainly vulnerable women,. The aim is to raise income for the support of their families.The communication specialist of Finn Church Aid, Ulla Tarkka, made the disclosure to the Daily Observer Newspaper over the weekend.Creating local egg production is crucial for the independence of Liberian agricultural production. So far the supply of eggs is highly dependent on imports.According to Tarkka, the poultry program is being managed by a local NGO called Project New Outlook (PNO) in the two counties mentioned.She disclosed that the poultry project started in Margibi, with Finn Church Aid later deciding to extend it to other parts of the country, particularly in Grand Cape Mount County.“PNO provides small producers with the chickens and their feed. The organization supports the egg producing communities with training, materials and channels to the market,” she revealed.According to her, egg production of Finn Church Aid, piloted with PNO, has become a success story.“Now, the same concept is being used in many projects both in Liberia and other countries. The Sustainable Livelihood Promoters Program (SLPP) is running a similar program of Finn Church Aid in Vonzua, Grand Cape Mount. Beneficiaries get training not only in taking care of the hens, but also in how to make a sustainable livelihood out of it. After training they can become independent egg producers. Egg production is very time-efficient. Feeding the chickens takes less than half an hour of each day. That makes it possible to combine poultry management with vegetable farming,” she said explaining the objective of the project.Ms. Tarkka said that the results of the project over the last five years have shown that many single mothers generated more money through the production of eggs to support their families. “Egg production means a significant increase in the level of income for women who live in rural settings. Every small-scale egg producer now earns 35–50 US dollars per month. For these women selected to the program, that money really does make a difference,” she concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sonics lose in 1st and 2nd division matchup

first_imgIt all went down as Basketball continued in the Rainforest Water/Malta Supreme/Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) tournament on Thursday evening at the Burnham Hard Court.Part of the action on Thursday nightPlaying first, the Plaisance Guardians were all over the Pepsi Sonics like ants attracted to sweet. The Sonics, meanwhile, played lackadaisically, as if they hadn’t a mission. Their conversions were sloppy, their passes were poor, and the unity evidently was not there, as seen from the reaction of the crowd every time the ball turned over.The tension was high on the field, as the Sonics players were flustered and ended up losing 81-54, all thanks to the immaculate playing of Guardians’ Terrence Daniels, who led the team once again with 23 points, and was supported by Jared Sears with 21 points.Guardians dominated the first period of the game by outscoring the Sonics 25-9, then the Sonics put up a fight and managed to win the second period 15-14, but fell away at the most crucial part of the game, losing the third session 18-20.Darren Vanderstoop (15) top scored for the Sonics, and Lemuel Grant chipped in with 11.The next match of the night saw the Sonics battling the Nets in the first division category. In that see-saw encounter, the Sonics lost yet again. The match ended 50-42, as the Nets slowly managed to take the game away from the opposition.Nets’ P Doris and Frank Belle put up 14 points each, as the other members on the team only managed single-digit scores.Meanwhile, Sonics’ Jason Squires led the way with 15, but was the only substantial scorer of the night.The action continues today at the same venue, with the Eagles taking on the Pacesetters in the first and second divisions from 18:30 hrs. (Timothy Jaikarran)last_img read more

Small business profile: Windows, doors turn profit for small firm

first_imgOWNER: Steve and Kathy Knott ESTABLISHED: 1997 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: Four DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: We sell windows, doors and related products such as hardware and molding to both homeowners and contractors. IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? Yes BUSINESS NAME: Do It Yourself Windows and Doors BUSINESS ADDRESS: 17630 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills, CA 91344 PHONE: (818) 360-4113 WEB SITE:, WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? I was laid off from a company going through bankruptcy. Having sold windows and doors for other companies for nearly 15 years, we decided to do it for ourselves. WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? From other salespeople and some of our vendors. Having sold the merchandise for a long time, and having been in management, owning our own business seemed possible. HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? About four months. WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? Researched online, went to SBA and SCORE meetings, and wrote a business plan to present for financing. WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? About $125,000 from an SBA business loan, personal savings and credit cards. WHO DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? My father, who’s had several businesses, and people at the SBA. WHAT HADN’T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? The SBA gave me a lot of information, so there weren’t too many surprises. But there were more government fees and taxes than we expected. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $1.5 million. WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? To slowly grow and be more profitable, and eventually sell when we’re ready to retire. To be considered for a small business profile, you should have fewer than 10 employees and be locally based. For a free profile questionnaire, call (818) 713-3677.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Jose in Rashford row with FA over this summer’s U21s European Championship

first_img Rashford is expected to be called-up for the U21 European Championship this summer 1 Marcus Rashford will be called up for England Under 21s this summer, putting the FA on a collision course with Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.The Young Lions head to Poland for the U21s tournament next month, with their opening fixture against Sweden on June 16.Mourinho wants to give Rashford a break as he fears he risks burnout, according to today’s Sun.The United striker, 19, was involved with England at last summer’s Euro’s and has played 52 games in all competitions since.The Portuguese fears that playing friendlies in June ahead of at least three group games will have a detrimental effect on Rashford.FA chiefs want clubs to accept their right to select whoever they want, Mourinho believes players shouldn’t drop down a level after playing for the senior side.last_img read more


first_imgThe fire is getting very close to this house near Meendernasloe1.45AM latest: A massive gorsefire has broken out and is burning close to Loughanure village in West Donegal.A number of fire services have arrived at the scene of the blaze but the terrain is proving difficult.The blaze is now just off the N56 between Crolly and Loughanure and was just 20 yards form one house earlier At least three fire crews and dozens of local volunteers are trying to contain the fire.There is a concern among firefighters that the fire could now spread over the hillside towards the Annagry Road which has several houses in close proximity.Dozens of acres of bogland have already been scorched in the blaze.Forefighters in the area had only returned from fighting blazes earlier this evening in a number of locations including Gaoth Dobhair. Earlier this afternoon a large blaze raged across Kincasslagh before it was brought under control. HUGE GORSEFIRE BREAKS OUT CLOSE TO WEST DONEGAL VILLAGE was last modified: April 3rd, 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:AnnagryCrollygorsefireLoughanurelast_img read more

London unveils Mandela statue

first_img31 August 2007Former South African President Nelson Mandela was in London on Wednesday to attend the unveiling of the statue placed in Parliament Square in honour of his contribution to the struggle against apartheid.Dignitaries at the unveiling included British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, London Mayor Ken Livingstone, philanthropist Lord Richard Attenborough and anti-apartheid campaigner Wendy Woods, while thousands of members of the public also attended.The unveiling followed a seven-year campaign by Livingstone, Woods and Attenborough, following the initial proposal in 2000 by Woods’ late husband and fellow anti-apartheid activist, Donald, to have a statue of Mandela erected in central London.Livingstone said the statue, placed among statues of other statesmen such as Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and former South African statesman Jan Smuts, would demonstrate that the struggle to overcome the apartheid state amounted to a struggle for universal human rights.“Nelson Mandela’s struggle came to symbolise the very idea of a better world, a world in which the most fundamental rights are available to each and every human being, and this is why his statue is such an appropriate addition to one of our most important squares,” Livingstone said.“Allowing his statue to be placed in a prominent position in one of the world’s most famous squares, facing the British Parliament, underlines Mandela’s special relationship with Britain and London through the long years of struggle against apartheid.”Mandela said he was humbled at being honoured in such a way, and never dreamed of such an event occurring. He reminded those in attendance that while the statue was of one man, it should symbolise all those who resisted oppression, especially South Africans.“The history of struggle in South Africa is rich with the stories of heroes and heroines, some of them leaders, some of them followers,” he said. “All of them deserve to be remembered.”Woods was delighted that the nine-foot statue was finally erected, adding that Parliament Square was a fitting place to acknowledge Mandela’s statesmanship and international stature.Donald Woods chose sculptor Ian Walters to undertake the project, because of his sculpture of Mandela in South Bank, London as well as his links with the anti-apartheid movement.Walters began working on a clay bust in 2001, when he travelled to Mandela’s home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape, spending nine hours capturing his subject. He completed the clay model of the statue just before his death in 2006, and chose Nigel Boonham to supervise the completion of the statue.“When Oliver Tambo and I visited Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square in 1962, we half-joked that we hoped that one day a statue of a black person would be erected here alongside General Smuts,” Mandela reminisced. “Oliver would have been proud today.”While at the unveiling, Mandela announced that his international Aids campaign, 46664, would host a concert in Hyde Park on 27 June 2008 as part of his 90th birthday celebrations.“I want very much to be back in London to attend this concert, and I hope to see you there,” he reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Serbian fan uses World Cup to propose

first_img“And we managed to tie that up with Nikola’s love for his girlfriend – so the love is all around today.” ‘It’ll definitely be a yes’ “After Serbia’s win today, who could say no? I think it’ll definitely be a yes,” said Fenjac. As Serbian hearts soared following their historic 1-0 victory over Germany at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday, one Serbian fan was especially feeling the love. Nikola Fenjac used the special occasion to not only celebrate victory, but to propose on Serbian television to his girlfriend in Novi Sad, just north of Belgrade. 21 June 2010 “I had this idea in the back of my mind, but I didn’t know if I could pull it off,” said Fenjac. “Then the Serbian national broadcaster pulled some strings and filmed me in the crowd with the ring. “I just mouthed the words ‘I love you and want to marry you’,” said the 30-year-old software developer. Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee “I live in America and we haven’t seen each other in two years, so we decided six months ago to come to the World Cup to see each other and share our mutual love of football,” said Paunic, 33. Fenjac still has no idea if his would-be fiance saw the footage, and the beautiful ring, but said he would soon find out after the game. Fenjac and his cousin Aleksander Paunic planned the proposal when they arrived in South Africa on 12 June. Port Elizabeth amazing“I’ve never been to Port Elizabeth before and it’s amazing, I’m in love with the stadium. I feel so lucky that I get to be a part of this once in a lifetime experience.” His brother Aleksander, a semi-professional football player, said this was the best stadium he had seen so far. “It’s the perfect soccer stadium – and it’s even more perfect now that we beat Germany.” In one of the most exciting matches yet in Nelson Mandela Bay, Serbia, after a 1-0 loss to Ghana in their first game, shocked the Germans, who had swamped Australia 4-0 in their first outing. Other Serbian supporters were revelling in the top performance of their team. “We got here minutes before kick-off and since then the excitement has rocketed,” said Vladimir Kocic who travelled 20 hours on a bus from Pretoria to get to the game. last_img read more

DC vs SRH, IPL 2019: Shreyas Iyer disappointed as Delhi lose heavily again

first_imgDelhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer cut a dejected figure as he walked up to complete the post-match duties after his team suffered a five-wicket thrashing at Feroz Shah Kotla against table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday. DC vs SRH – Report | HighlightsIyer didn’t hold back and conceded the performances of Delhi Capitals in the last two games were far from impressive. Before the latest defeat to the Sunrisers, the Capitals had suffered one of the most humiliating collapses in IPL, losing seven wickets in a span of 17 balls and eight runs in their 14-run defeat to Kings XI Punjab.On Thursday, Delhi Capitals were completely outplayed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar-led SRH on a slow and low turner at the Kotla. After being put into bat, DC were restricted to 129 for 8 in their quota of 20 overs.Captain Iyer top-scored with 43 and all-rounder Axar Patel scored a quickfire 23 but it wasn’t enough as Sunrisers gunned down the total despite losing a few quick wickets towards the end.So wonderful to see Jonny Bairstow carrying his great run of form, Nabi , playing an important role with both bat and ball. Another very satisfying win for the #OrangeArmy. May we continue with this winning momentum. Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) April 4, 2019Jonny Bairstow, who had hit his maiden IPL hundred earlier this week, took the game away from the Capitals in the first six overs wherein he smashed a 28-ball 48.”The last two games have been the same [disappointing]. It was a tough wicket to bat on and since they bowled first, they had an idea about how to go about it. We didn’t play that well as a batting side. Another learning – we should come back positive and strong. After the first time out, I thought 140-150 would have been a good score, especially with three spinners playing. Unfortunately, we lost too many wickets and we could not capitalise,” Iyer said.advertisement”I needed a little support over there because one of the top four batsmen had to be there, I had taken the responsibility but unfortunately I took on Rashid and got out as well,” Iyer added.The Delhi Capitals’ captain though managed to find positives as he lauded his bowlers for not throwing in the towel after being tonked for 62 in the first six overs.”We had almost lost the game after the first few overs, but the way we came back should be appreciated. The bowlers are mentally strong at the moment. That is really good to see from a captain’s point of view.”Meanwhile, winning captain Bhuvneshwar pointed out that the start that SRH got from their in-form openers helped them complete a tricky chase with relative ease.”It is always easy as the captain when the team does well and I always believe that the captain is as good as the team. We weren’t sure at the toss about how the pitch would play, but we always wanted to bowl given how small the ground is. We knew that it would be easier in the second innings and it would be a tricky chase, but the start we got was great.”Also Read | There are some chinks in Virat Kohli’s batting against spinners: VVS LaxmanAlso Read | IPL 2019: Royal Challengers Bangalore under the pump, concedes Parthiv Patel Also See:last_img read more

No extra pressure for title-chasing Liverpool, says goalkeeper Alisson

first_img Reuters LondonFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 09:45 IST Alisson is confident Liverpool will bounce back after recent blip (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAlisson says Liverpool are under no additional pressure to claim their first league title in 29 yearsLiverpool are currently on 62 points from 25 games and a spot behind Manchester City on goal difference”Everyone wants to win this league but at Liverpool our concern is winning games and not dropping points,” Alisson saidLiverpool are under no additional pressure to claim their first league title in 29 years despite a recent blip that has allowed Premier League champions Manchester City to reclaim top spot, according to goalkeeper Alisson.Frustrating 1-1 draws in their last two league games against Leicester City and West Ham United have left Liverpool on 62 points from 25 games and a spot behind City on goal difference, although Pep Guardiola’s side have played an extra game.”Our pressure is the same. We take things game by game without worrying about what our opponents are doing,” Brazil international Alisson said ahead of Saturday’s league clash against 10th-placed Bournemouth.The 26-year-old said that Liverpool, who were nine points ahead of City at one stage in December, were not short of belief going into the home stretch of the season.”We’ve shown in the past that we’re good enough and we’ll continue to show this in the games we’ve got to come,” he said.”Everyone wants to win this league but at Liverpool our concern is winning games and not dropping points. We don’t think about City, we think about ourselves. We only think about what we can do and how things are moving forward.”Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow LiverpoolFollow AlissonFollow Premier league Next No extra pressure for title-chasing Liverpool, says goalkeeper AlissonFrustrating 1-1 draws in their last two league games against Leicester City and West Ham United have left Liverpool on 62 points from 25 games and a spot behind Manchester City on goal difference.advertisementlast_img read more