One of the key constraints to Liberia’s food industry is the provision of limited mechanization and agro-processing tools. This poses a serious challenge to local farmers as raw produce is usually bought to local markets at low prices. It is established that once farmers have access to processing equipment they get better prices for their produce and tend to increase productivity.Most of the agro-processing tools used in Liberia are imported from Ghana and other countries. The production of processing equipment in Liberia will help improve the food industry as farmers could get these farming tools at affordable prices.Until this capacity is enhanced, it is unlikely that Liberian farmers will benefit from increased market opportunities.As part of effort to address the above production challenge, a local enterprise “T R Enterprise” located at West Benson Street, Monrovia, has engaged in the production of agro-equipment in order to enhance the contribution of agro-processing for sustainable improvement in food security, income and livelihoods of farmers, processors and marketers. In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer farmer’s desk recently. the agro specialist of T R Enterprise George Kaicora, disclosed that his institution is specialized in the production and sale of different types of agro-equipment to contribute to the improvement of the country’s food security.“Many of the agro-implement that farmers in Liberia use have been imported from Ghana and other countries. But now, we are producing these farming equipment locally for farmers at cheap prices.He added that they are also engaged in the training of farmers in the usage of the various tools to improve production.“The whole idea of producing these equipment here is to improve the nation’s food security. Cassava, for an example, is the nation’s second staple food and farmers can make more money from the production of the crop provided it is processedinto its various finishing products.Mr. Kaicora said farming tools produced are durable and were reaching farming organizations through NGOs working in the agriculture sector.He, however, mentioned that the lack of government support toward the improvement of Liberian businesses was a major hindrance for their operation.“Liberian business will not boom when the government does not give its full support,” he said. The TK Enterprise was established in 2011 to help in the promotion of Liberia’s food security through the production, sale and training of local farmers in utilizing agro-tools. At first, the business started with the importation of agro-implement from Ghana for sale, until recently, when local materials were fermented and produce in Liberia.The company provides processing equipment like, Stainless Steel Grater and Gari Mesh Sifter, S/S fermentation rack and double screw press as well as stainless steel parching trays.Other equipment includes motorized oil palm expeller. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Corentyne banditry– AR-15 assault rifle among weapons confiscatedThree men believed to be the executioners of the daring robberies on the Corentyne over the past weeks were on Sunday afternoon shot dead during an exchange of gunfire with members of the SWAT unit in the backdam at Johanna, Black Bush Polder, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).The three dead men have been identified was wanted murder suspect, 32-year-old Kelvin Shivgobin called “Kelly” of Belvedere, Corentyne, Berbice; acquitted murder accused Ramnarine Jagmohan of Belvedere Village and Sewchand Sewdat called “One Eye Pappy” also of Belvedere, Corentyne, Berbice.Shibgobin is suspected to have been the ring leader. Based on reports received, the police operation commenced at about 12:00h on Sunday and lasted a few hours, thus resulting in the death of the three armed and dangerous men.After the shootout, the police retrieved several weapons including an AR-15 assault rifle. At the scene, Divisional Commander Paul Langevine confirmed the death of the three men as well as the confiscation of the high-powered rifle.“We want to believe that these men are linked to the robbery of the Chinese supermarket and also to the shooting.” About a week ago, armed men stormed a Chinese supermarket at Albion and relieved the owner of an undisclosed sum of cash and a number of mobile phones from customers.As Police responded to the report, they were greeted by gunfire. After the men successfully escaped, the police recovered 26 spent shells which are suspected to have been used by the AR-15 rifle.A few days before that, a Corentyne money changer was shot to his leg during a robbery involving three bandits. Following two other robberies in the Black Bush Polder, a unit from the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) was deployed to the area.“I am now hoping that persons will be able to sleep more comfortable and they will feel more at ease. We want people to know that the police are always working. Sometimes they get the impression that the police are not working but we are always working. If the people cannot sleep comfortable, we cannot sleep comfortable,” Langevine told reporters on Sunday evening.Residents of Black Bush Polder on Sunday afternoon highly praised the police as the vehicle bearing the bodies of the men rolled out from the backdam.However, the bodies of the three men were retrieved from the backlands and taken to the Port Mourant Hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival.Nevertheless, Shivgobin was implicated in the murder of Harricharran and Premcharran Samaroo; two brothers who were killed during the course of a robbery at their mother’s home on Old Year’s Night at Bush Lot, Corentyne.Jagmohan, on the other hand, was charged for the murder of Hampshire businessman, Devendra Deodat also called “Dave”, who was shot to his chest, chopped to his neck and hands and lost a finger during a home invasion.Jagmohan and his brother, Neshan Jagmohan, were charged for the murder. However, Neshan was killed during a prison brawl at the New Amsterdam penitentiary.There are reports that three men were seen sitting on a log in the backdam at Johanna shortly after midnight on Sunday. According to a source close to the police, the operation was an intelligence-led one and for several days, they have been tracking the movement of the wanted men.Upon arriving in Berbice, the SWAT Team was stationed at Adventure – one of the entrances to Black Bush Polder.Ramnarine JagmohanKelvin ShivgobinPolice ranks at the scene on SundayResidents of Black Bush Polder came out to get a glimpse of the dead banditsPolice ranks at the scene on Sunday
Smith estimated that 1,000 seniors a day participate in activities offered 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Lunches are served to about 1,800 seniors at 11 senior lunch sites citywide. “These are one-stop centers for seniors. Many come just for lunch. They enjoy the meals and the companionship at the centers. They can take classes or get legal services and health information,” Smith said. “Our biggest challenge is just reaching out to all the corners of the senior community here. We’d like to raise our profile.” Gearing up for a graying population has long been on the radar of Valley Interfaith Council. The organization is aware of statistics showing that the number of Americans over 65 is expected to swell from 12.4 percent of the population in 2005 to 20 percent by 2030. Smith said it’s also important to note there are different stages of aging that senior centers try to acknowledge in the activities they offer. Younger seniors, for instance, enjoy the arranged sightseeing, casino and museum trips, while lunch and socialization becomes more important for older seniors. Some of the activities offered at the centers include yoga, tai chi, art, crochet, glee club, bingo and lectures on diverse subjects from reverse mortgages to diabetes. Comparative religion or other spiritual-themed lectures or classes haven’t been offered but will be considered in the future, Smith said. Sara Durazo, retired for 22 years from working with youth in Los Angeles, has been going almost daily to the Alicia Broadous-Duncan Multipurpose Senior Center in Pacoima for about 20 years. “I enjoy it. It keeps you busy and occupied. You know we (seniors) have done it all, taking care of our families and working,” said Durazo, who freely admitted to age 87. “It is our time now. We better use some of that time for us now.” Valley Interfaith Council has a transportation program for seniors who no longer drive or need a ride to do their errands, go to medical appointments and get to the senior centers. Accessing this program and the lunch program requires a call to one of the centers. After the appropriate service center is determined, an application is sent to the senior to be filled out by the senior and his or her doctor. It takes just a few days after the application has been returned to the center for services to be provided. “What we try to do is help the homebound seniors and allow them to function in the world,” said Lydia Ferguson, council transportation director. “Without this program, many seniors would be at home, doing nothing and going downhill. This is something they look forward to. Some seniors don’t get any visitors, so coming to the center is an uplift for them and it gets them motivated.” Valerie Duncan-Evans, nutrition director, learned from her grandfather, the Rev. Hillery T. Broadous, that “elders are to be loved, supported and respected.” “The meals are the draw at the centers, but I think seniors are most in need of companionship. They like being active,” Duncan-Evans said. “They are really excited about learning new things. We’re here to help anyone in need.” East Valley Multipurpose Senior Center, 500 Colfax Ave., North Hollywood. Call (818) 766-5165. Mid Valley Multipurpose Senior Center, 6514 Sylmar Ave., Van Nuys. Call (818) 781-1101. Northeast Valley Multipurpose Senior Center, 11300 Glenoaks Blvd., Pacoima. Call (818) 834-6100. 2007 Human Relations Awards dinner, with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa receiving the “Steve Allen Spirit of the Valley Award,” beginning at 5:45 p.m. Thursday in the Grand Ballroom at the Sheraton Universal Hotel, 333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City. Tickets: $200. Parking with validation $8, or valet $13. Call Valley Interfaith Council for required reservations by Tuesday at (818) 718-6460. www.vic-la.org.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHATSWORTH – When the Valley Interfaith Council formally announces this year’s leadership awards on Thursday, it will spotlight local residents committed to improving the quality of life for others. But the nonprofit agency deserves praise itself for its efforts to help San Fernando Valley seniors enjoy themselves. “As people get older, they may become in need of socialization. Our programs keep them from feeling abandoned and alone,” said Cambria Smith, president of the 43-year-old agency. The city contracts with Valley Interfaith Council to operate senior centers in Pacoima, North Hollywood and Van Nuys.
Ochieng has been at KCCA FC for 2 years (photo by Shaban Lubega)NAKAWA – Four time Uganda Premier League winners URA FC have confirmed Patrick Ochieng Fred as their new media officer.Ochieng who was formerly at KCCA FC but asked to resign by current club CEO Anisha Muhoozi is believed to have already started his new role at the luxurious URA building in Nakawa.His appointment was confirmed by the Tax Collectors through their social media platforms.“The management and staff of Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Football Club with great pleasure announces Ochieng Patrick Fred as our Media/Public Relations Officer, read the post.Ochieng has been at KCCA for almost two years where he has been working hand in hand with Magero Moses in the media department.He is one of the most energetic young media officers who will surley push URA FC forward.When approached by this website, Ochieng said he can’t wait to put URA on top.“I am so greatful for the chance to work with another big club like URA FC, said Ochieng.“I know a lot is expected of me but i am willing and committed to the task ahead.“My goal is to push URA into the best club media wise and hopefully add value onto the whole team.Ochieng started work on Saturday as the Tax Collectors defeated SC Villa 1-0 at Namboole.Their next game is away to Ndejje University in Bombo on Tuesday afternoon.Comments Tags: Anisha MuhooziKCCA FCndejje universityPatrick OchengSC VillaURA FC
The Letterkenny Islamic Association and the Donegal Intercultural Platform have launched an appeal for clothing and nappies to send to Syrian refugee camps.The organisations are collecting donations from the public for refugees in dire need of humanitarian aid.The conflict has displaced millions of Syrians to emergency camps in Turkey, Greece and other countries. Living in tents, the refugees face great hardship in the cold winter. There is also an urgent need for nappies in the camp sites.There are four collection centres in Donegal, where the following items will be accepted:ClothesBlanketsCUDDLY toysOver the counter medicationToiletriesNappiesShoesSocksNEW underwearLetterkenny clothing appeal 2017Letterkenny clothing appeal 2017To respect the dignity of the refugees, people are asked that to only donate items that you would use yourself (i.e. no torn, dirty or worn out items).Please drop off your clothes, blankets and other items to any one of the following collection points by the 16th of March: Letterkenny Islamic Community Centre 2 Meadowbank Park, Long lane, Letterkenny Saturdays (11am- 1pm).Siopa Pobail Main Street Falcarragh – Monday to Saturday (10am – 5pm).The Exchange Ardaravan, Buncrana – Monday to Friday (9am – 1.30pm).Thrift shop (next to Donegal Women’s Centre), Port road, Letterkenny – Monday to Saturday (10 am – 5 pm).Please mark donations for Syrian Appeal You can contact 0860841433 (Intercultural Platform) for information and advice.The Letterkenny Islamic Association is working with the Donegal Intercultural Platform and HeartShip – a charity that has dedicated itself to transporting clothes and other items to where they’re needed.New clothing appeal launched for Syrian refugee camps was last modified: February 23rd, 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:charityDonationsLetterkenny Islamic Community Centresyrian clothing appeal
Gardaí are investigating a case of vandalism at a holiday home in Carrigart.The incident occurred over the weekend of 15th – 19th November, when two windows of a property were smashed in at Altmore, Carrigart.It is not believed that any attempt was made to enter the property and nothing was taken. An investigation into the acts of criminal damage is underway. Garda are appealing to anyone in the area who can remember observing any vehicles or people in the area between those dates that arose suspicion then we ask them to call Milford Gardaí on 074-9153060. Windows smashed at Donegal holiday home was last modified: November 26th, 2019 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)
SANTA CLARA — Nick Bosa has fans in high places.The the top pick by the 49ers in the NFL draft, No. 2 overall, was congratulated early Saturday morning by none other than President Donald Trump on Twitter.Trump’s endorsement of the 49ers pick went out to 59.9 million followers.“Congratulations to Nick Bosa on being picked number two in the NFL Draft. You will be a greatt player for years to come, maybe one of the best. Big Talent! San Francisco will embrace you but most importantly, always …
4 September 2012 Additional help for taxpayers using eFiling has gone live, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) announced on Monday. Electronic Filing users who require assistance while completing their tax returns online can use the Help-You-eFile service, a new facility which allows them to be in direct contact with a Sars call centre agent while they complete their return online. With permission from the taxpayer, the service enables a call centre agent to access the taxpayer’s eFiling browsing session at the same time as the taxpayer and to see exactly what the taxpayer is seeing. When clicking on the Help-You-eFile icon on their eFiling profile, the taxpayer will be prompted to accept the Terms and Conditions. They will then receive a session reference number, which will need to be quoted when phoning the call centre on 0800 00 7277.Benefits without the hassle of visiting a branch The agent will then launch the Help-You-eFile session and the taxpayer will receive a request asking whether the agent may connect to the session. By sharing the same information on two different computer screens, the taxpayer is allowing the Sars agent to shadow them as they complete the return and even highlight areas on their screen for additional clarity. The taxpayer benefits by being able to call on the support and advice of Sars staff without having to visit a branch. “This is the first time any revenue service around the world has instituted such a system and Sars is proud to be at the forefront of such technological advancements,” Sars said in a statement. Sensitive information such as the taxpayer’s banking details, password and login are not visible to the Sars contact centre agents – but all other information is visible. The agent also has view-only access and cannot enter any information on the return but can direct the taxpayer on where to enter information by highlighting fields on the return. A new tutorial video on how to use Help-You-eFile is also available on the Sars YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/sarstax.Record number of returns To date Sars has received 2.3-million tax returns since the 2012 tax season opened at the beginning of July, exceeding Sars’ expectations. At the same time last year 1.5-million tax returns had been submitted. Currently the average rate of submission per day since 1 July is over 40 300. “The unintended consequence has been that queues at branches have been much longer than during previous years. Across the country, Sars branch staff on average assist more than 20 000 taxpayers per day.” Statistics indicate that branches are seeing 55% more taxpayers than the same period last year. Sars said it hopes that the new facility to help taxpayers with eFiling will alleviate some of these pressures on branch offices, while also thanking South Africans who have filed their returns early. The deadline for taxpayers who submit their tax returns manually by post or by dropping it off in a Sars drop box, is 28 September 2012 while the deadline for all taxpayers who submit their returns electronically at a Sars branch is 23 November 2012. Non-provisional taxpayers who submit their returns via eFiling also have until 23 November 2012. Provisional taxpayers who submit their returns via eFiling have until 31 January 2013. Source: SANews.gov.za
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Abigail Paxton Utica FFA Reporter 2019-2020On Wednesday October 2, the Utica FFA chapter participated in the 2019 Utica Homecoming Parade. After school on the 2nd the students stayed after and help decorate the float. There were 35 students that participated. Then all the students went up to Utica Elementary where they made slime with the SAC kids teaching them that everything made comes somehow from agriculture. After that, everyone loaded up on the float, driven by Emily Hill(Utica Vice President 2019-2020) and headed out in the parade. The students threw candy and had an awesome time during the parade! Thank you to Duane Hill for supplying the tractor and Brad and Diana Warner for the wagon for our float!
What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Related Posts Guest author John Fearon is CEO of Dropmyemail.com, which backs up emails in the cloud and Dropmysite.com, a cloud-based backup company.At any startup, the first hurdle is the lack of resources – lack of funds, lack of manpower, lack of time. Outsourcing – or relocating – the work can be a great to overcome those obstacles while controlling costs, increasing efficiency and even making workers happierBut it’s not a simple, one-size-fits-all process. In building my company – Dropmysite / Dropmyemail – I found that managing outsourcing was an ever-evolving combination of local and remote capabilities that stays flexible enough to meet changing conditions.(See also Are Crowdsourcing And Outsourcing No-Nos For Startups?)Learning The Hard Way: My Outsourcing ExperiencesWhen we launched two years ago, for example, the whole development team was based in India. As a one-man founder bootstrapping the business, this allowed me to hire a team for much less money.Plus, with India being 2.5 hours behind my Singapore headquarters, my productive workday was effectively extended. In the morning, I conducted business deals and meetings. Then, in the evening – as the team returned from their lunch – I would concentrate on working with them in real time over Skype on building our product.After six months, I was able to sign up a local CTO to help build a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) that enabled me to secure funding. With some cash in hand, I started building a local team of developers to be able to improve the product more quickly.At that point, I had two teams of technical workers in different locations – which started to cause problem. We had constant confusion, communication issues and lack of control. At this stage of the business we needed top talent, no low cost workers, so I ended the contract with the Indian team to focus on the local team.So far so good, but soon my lead technologist decided to go back to Argentina for family reasons. He had consistently delivered good work so we decided to try a long-distance relationship. He hired a few ace developers for the Argentinean team and everything seemed like smooth sailing.Eventually, though, the 12-hour time difference started to take a toll. Meetings were impossible to schedule and both teams were exhausted. Work delays proliferated, as even the assignments were received 12 hours later. We closed the Argentinian office, bringing one developers to Singapore.(See also The Pros And Cons Of IT Outsourcing: Globally, Nationally And Locally.)6 Outsourcing Lessons LearnedMy experience with outsources taught me a variety of valuable lessons:1. Keep Teams Together In One Place. Specific functions should be grouped in the same office and time zone to reduce miscommunications or time lags performing urgent work done. It also makes brainstorming sessions easier to coordinate to create better products.2. Not All Functions Need To Be Together. That said, it may not be necessary for different function teams to be together. Front office teams (sales and marketing, for example) should be in their home market while the back office (IT and operations) can be anywhere.3. Give Each Team A Focused Goal. Beyond stating the obvious, all teams need clear directions and key performance indicators (KPIs). Just as important, local and remote teams work better when staffed with self-starters who need less direct supervision.4. Contract Remote Teams On A Per Project Basis. This frees them to do their work without having to rely on other teams to proceed. The offshore work should be completed parallel to that done onshore. If the remote team isn’t pulling their weight, this approach contains the impact, reducing contamination of other teams and projects. Finally, per-project deals make it easier to replace them if necessary.5. Daily Communication/Alignment Is Critical. There needs to be constant two-way communication between teams. Remote technology development teams must make frequent reports back to the home base. The lead tech officer has to ensure that their work remains aligned to the overall company direction. Communication between business functions is also essential. Tech teams having to speak to each other, and also keep the salespeople in the loop so clients and partners stay informed.5. Outsourcing Strategies Must Continually Evolve. Currently, Dropmysite / Dropmyemail keeps core functions and technical development in Singapore, but we have business development staff in India, Japan, and the U.S. And we have outsourced side projects to other locales, including Vietnam. The key is to find and execute the right strategy at the right time.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. john fearon Tags:#international#startups#Telecommuting How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture How to Get Started in China and Have Success