Transforming Rural Settlements into Engines of Socio-economic Growth

first_imgA German humanitarian has urged Liberians and their support partners to join in the transformation of rural communities/settlements into vibrant socio-economic belts for development, growth and progress.Mr. Rudolf Janke made the statement recently in the transformed village of Konjorloe/Konjorlahun while discussing with women, chiefs and elders on the importance of micro-credit for their socio-economic improvement in Foya Statutory District, Lofa County.For the past four years, Mr. Janke and his support partners in Germany and Liberians in the United States of America have assisted the citizens and residents of Konjorloe and other villages in the areas of sanitation and infrastructure development.As a result of such accomplishments, other sustained plans are now being worked out to include other villages that have demonstrated some initiative in maintaining the critically needed sanitation facilities.Mr. Janke and partners through the Village People’s Empowerment (VIPE) has rendered assistance to rural dwellers through the reconstruction of Konjorloe, a village that was completely destroyed during the 15 years civil conflict in Liberia.Mr. Janke, women, men and a team of professional Liberians of VIPE have worked hard and restored critical sanitation facilities such as modern bathrooms and latrines.The German national reminded the interest free soft loans beneficiaries that paying the loans on time were critical to the extension of similar assistance to other needy communities in the Foya Statutory District.According to him, livelihood components in the form of goats, sheep and others could not be sustained due to the destructive nature of the domestic animals to crops such as rice, cassava and variety of foodstuffs.He said that VIPE is also providing some assistance to the school feeding program and some of the teachers are being paid by local non-governmental organizations.The VIPE team and Mr. Janke also developed strategies that have enabled the citizens and residents of Konjorloe to build better houses through soft loans under a revolving scheme for the past four years of operations.Other critical projects undertaken and completed include rehabilitation of the school, a new mid-wives’ residence and recruiting business instructor Florence Korsor to train the rural women in better business practices.Despite the multiple challenges in working with the rural dwellers so they can understand the repayment of the interest of the free soft loans, significant progress has been made in the lives of the citizens and residents of Konjorloe.In separate interviews the residents of Konjorloe village expressed gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Janke and the team from the VIPE for the assistance over the years.Beneficiary Tawah Kumba Borwah, 45, told the Daily Observer that the interest free soft loan initiative has transformed her life and her family of five children.“I really want the soft loan initiative to be extended to other villages in the area,” Madam Borwah stressed.Madam Lusu Momo, 48, said that the soft loans have given their house hold splendid socio-economic benefits such as the paying of school fees and other social benefits.“Me and my family of six children have greatly benefited as we now live in a better house and have good sanitation facilities,” explained Madam Momo.In related developments, plans are being developed to educate more trainers of the micro-credit component of the VIPE’s socio-economic empowerment of rural Liberians in that part of the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

EnCana appealing to Bomber to call off attacks

first_imgThe pipeline company that’s been the target of bombings in the South peace is appealing to the bomber to call off the attacks.Three Encana Corporation sites were hit by bombs in October and spokesman Mike McAllister is asking the bomber to stop, and instead talk to the company through a dedicated phone line…250-784-4051… [asset|aid=697|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f304397f0c78bdb955a49b7bc7e7738a-McAllister_1_Pub.mp3] Meanwhile, police have released video surveillance of eight people who mailed letters in Dawson Creek on October 7th, saying one of them may have sent a threatening letter to oil and gas companies just days before the bombings began…RCMP Sergeant Tim Shields spoke yesterday at the same new briefing a Mr. McAllister….- Advertisement – [asset|aid=698|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f304397f0c78bdb955a49b7bc7e7738a-Shields-arrest_1_Pub.mp3] The Mounties still believe the attacker may be a local resident with a grudge against the company and may have access to explosives and the knowledge to use them.last_img read more

RCMP dismisses rumours of dog-fighting rings in Peace Region

first_imgMorris worked as an RCMP officer in the north for 32 years, and says pets go missing often, and coyotes or other predator animals are usually responsible for it. “In 2015 we received information of a possible dogfighting ring in Charlie Lake that, upon investigation, was unfounded and turned out to be a false report.”In a follow-up story by CBC, Minister of Public Safety Mike Morris told the public broadcaster that he would need more facts before any action can be taken.“From what I understand, the RCMP in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek have received very few complaints,” Morris told the CBC.“(The RCMP) are concentrating on the organized crime activities … looking for lost pets is probably not high on their radar at this particular time until somebody can show us that there’s some activities,” Morris added.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The conversation around suspected dog fighting rings happening in the Peace Region has started up again.On Thursday, CBC News released a report following their investigative reporter Natalie Clancy’s look into claims that dogs are stolen from homes in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek and forced into dog-fighting rings.Residents reached out to the CBC, recounting their eye-witness accounts of the things they’ve seen and heard they believe could be attributed to dog-fighting. CBC also spoke to citizens who believe their dogs were stolen from their own backyards.- Advertisement -Manager of the BCSPCA’s North Peace Branch Candace Buchamer told Clancy she has seen a dozen dead or injured dogs that have injuries consistent with dog fighting.Responding to the claims, Inspector Mike Kurvers with Fort St. John RCMP says the the detachment only received two reports of missing dogs from owners, and three in 2015. So far this year, zero.“I understand there have been numerous claims on social media and recently media reports of numerous dog thefts or that of an organized dog fighting ring in the area,” he wrote in an e-mailed statement.Advertisementlast_img read more

Hyypia quits as Brighton manager

first_imgSami Hyypia has resigned as Brighton manager.The former Liverpool defensive star took charge at the Amex Stadium in June this year but handed in his notice following a run of just one victory in the past 18 league games.He leaves with the Seagulls third from bottom in the Championship, with just 19 points from 22 matches.Chairman Tony Bloom said on the club’s official website: “Sami offered his resignation, and we reluctantly accepted earlier today. “Sami has worked extremely hard since joining the club last summer. Despite some good performances, including most recently at Wolves, results haven’t gone as well as we all had hoped and expected. “Sami is an incredibly honourable man. He remains a hugely respected and very popular figure at our club. He has decided to step down for the benefit of the team and the club. “We are all very disappointed, but we respect Sami’s decision and we all wish him well for the future.” 1 Sami Hyypia has resigned as Brighton manager last_img read more

Rapinoe urges teammates to join White House boycott

first_imgRapinoe refused to back down from the comments when she gave a news conference on Thursday, on the eve of the USA’s quarter-final against host nation France.“I stand by the comment I made about not going to the White House, with the exception of the expletive, my mum wouldn’t be very happy about that,” Rapinoe told reporters.“Considering how much time and effort and pride that we take in the platform that we have,” she said, “I don’t think that I would go and I would encourage my teammates to think about giving that platform or having that co-opted by an administration that doesn’t feel the same way and doesn’t fight for the same things we fight for.”Trump said on Wednesday that he hadn’t yet invited the team but that he was now doing so.“I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose,” he said, calling himself “a big fan” before adding that Rapinoe “should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job!”Despite the intense media scrutiny that has fallen on her team, Rapinoe denied that the controversy might destabilise the dressing room so close to such a big match, and suggested that they had no problem with her comments.“I’m not worried about destabilising the dressing room, I think that we have an incredibly strong dressing room, we’re very open with each other,” she said.“I didn’t make the comments at a press conference here, they were made months ago and just kind of resurfaced so I think if anything it just fires everybody up a little bit more.”The clash with the French in Paris on Friday promises to be one of the highest-profile women’s matches in recent years.Coach Jill Ellis also insisted that the spat would not derail her side’s efforts to retain their crown as world champions in the face of what promises to be a feverish atmosphere at the Parc des Princes.“I’m not around them all the time so I don’t know what they’re saying, but at the end of the day, on the training ground, in meeting rooms, focus has been phenomenal,” she said.“Our players are just ready to face the first and second balls and really get after it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000United States forward Megan Rapinoe wats her teammates to join her White House boycott © AFP / Lionel BONAVENTUREPARIS, France, Jun 27 – United States women’s World Cup co-captain Megan Rapinoe on Thursday urged her teammates to join her boycott of a White House visit following fierce criticism from President Donald Trump.Trump accused Rapinoe of “disrespect” on Wednesday after a video emerged of her saying, in an interview with football magazine Eight by Eight, that she would not be “going to the fucking White House”.last_img read more

Things to Do

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 18 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Santa Clarita High School Barbershop Quartet contest, 7 p.m. Monday in the multipurpose room at Arroyo Seco Junior High, 27171 N. Vista Delgado Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 296-2292 or visit “The Skin of our Teeth” will be presented, 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday in the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $8 at the door. Call (661) 259-7575, Ext. 212. Care For Your Heart Health Fair will offer free screenings and education about the risk of heart disease, 2-4 p.m. Friday at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call Victoriana Donnelly at (661) 253-8761. Barry Diamond and Kira Soltanivich will perform, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12 or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291 or visit Sierra Club hike up Trail Canyon to the falls will meet, 9 a.m. Saturday at the entrance to Towsley Canyon Park, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Dave Morrow at (661) 254-5245. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Western Music Concert will feature The Messick Family Band and cowboy poet J.D. Seibert, 7 p.m. Saturday in Hart Hall at William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Call (661) 254-4584. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sierra Club hike, 9 a.m. today at the entrance to Towsley Canyon Park, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Gaylon Rodin at (661) 263-0568. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will be presented, 2 p.m. Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 26 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. “To Kill a Mockingbird” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 26 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. last_img read more

Rowing Set To Host Creighton To Conclude Fall Season

first_imgCheck back to for Drake’s spring schedule.Print Friendly Version This year, the Bulldogs and Bluejays will compete in two flights with 2nd novice 8+, 2nd varsity 4+, varsity 4+, 2nd varsity 8+ and varsity 8+ races in the opening flight. Following a short break, the final flight will feature 3rd novice 8+ and novice 8+ races. The varsity 4+, 2nd varsity 8+ and varsity 8+ races will be scored and the team with the most points will win the regatta’s traveling trophy. Saturday will be the third and final fall regatta for the Bulldogs. The team’s first scheduled fall event, the Head of the Des Moines, was cancelled due to unsafe water levels on the Des Moines River. Drake competed in the Head of the Rock in Rockford, Ill. and the Jayhawk Jamboree in Lawrence, Kan. Both regattas featured some of the top varsity and club rowing programs in the Midwest. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University rowing team is set to host Creighton Saturday morning, Nov. 5 in the annual fall regatta between the two rivals that takes place on the Des Moines River. The annual matchup always concludes the fall season for Drake. “We are excited to continue our annual fall race with the Creighton,” said head coach Charlie DiSilvestro. “This is our 24th year going against them. It is a long-standing rivalry that our rowers, alumni and families always enjoy and have fun at. We are supposed to have nice weather and the water level is finally at a good level. Our goal is to retain the cup, it won’t be easy, but we are excited to race.”last_img read more

American city thanks Daniel for megabucks spin-off!

first_imgAn American city has thanked Daniel O’Donnell for bringing life to their local economy.Such is the draw of the Donegal singer that Branson in Missouri estimates that Daniel brings in more than €5m to the local economy each year.The Kincasslagh singer plays a string of sold-out shows in November in the American city. The city is known as the “live music capital of the world.”American city thanks Daniel for megabucks spin-off! was last modified: May 8th, 2018 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)last_img read more

Several vandalised bins to be replaced this week in popular Buncrana area

first_imgBuncrana’s Shorefront is set to receive new large bins this week following the removal of bins that had been vandalised in the area several months ago.The Donegal County Council confirmed that the bins would be reinstalled in the area this week and that Buncrana Tidy Towns had been made aware of the current situation.A number of smaller bins had been removed earlier this year due to the overflowing of rubbish, but now larger barrel bins would be put in place this week. A spokesperson for Donegal County Council said: “Some of the bins were no longer fit for purpose and were removed.“However, the replacement of those bins is well underway and some of the bins will be replaced this week.”Several vandalised bins to be replaced this week in popular Buncrana area was last modified: July 3rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Humboldt State men’s basketball puts winning streak on the line in CCAA opener vs. CSU San Marcos

first_imgARCATA >> Following his team’s return from Seattle, Steve Kinder’s goal was to generate momentum with a post-Thanksgiving beginning to California Collegiate Athletic Association play looming on the horizon.Thanks to a five-game winning streak, the Jacks have done that.Now, they give their early-season momentum quite the test.The Humboldt State men’s basketball team puts its winning streak and unblemished record at home this season on the line when it opens CCAA play tonight when Cal State …last_img read more