‘Rubber not Solution to Liberia’s Food Security’

first_imgAs drop in the price of rubber continues to raise concern among farmers across Liberia, the head of the Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in West Africa, Rev. Dr. Tolbert Thomas Jallah Jr. has asserted that rubber is not the solution to Liberia’s food crisis.Speaking at a program at the Township of Geepoe recently, he was quoted by Radio Kehgheaman (in Nimba County) on April 24 that rubber planting makes labourers out of Liberians.He explained that Liberia has a large fertile land, but instead of Liberians being encouraged to plant crops that are more needed, “we are encouraged to plant rubber or palm which are shipped to other countries.”Rev. Dr Jallah, who came to Nimba upon the invitation of Rep. Larry P. Younquio, told local church leaders to grow what they can eat and eat what they grow.“Why are you planting trees that benefit other people when you are still importing rice and buying frozen imported meat?” he asked them.Rev. Jallah urged local church leaders to engage in food production to be able to feed their congregations instead of collecting offerings or tithes and allowing them to go hungry.He said Jesus whose footprint they are following fed over 5000 followers with the little he had, and observed that no church leader has ever provided food for their congregations after his regular discourse.He noted that nearly everything imported to Liberia, including meat, fish, rice and vegetables can be produced in Liberia. “It only needs our total involvement like how we have been involved in planting rubber trees,” Rev. Jallah said.Nimba County remains one of the chief rubber producers in the country where most farm lands are covered with rubber trees.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CM distributes smartphones to 10000 Anganwadi workers

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi government will develop the Anganwadis like the high-end playschools, asserted Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday. The Chief Minister also launched a programme for the distribution of smartphones for around 10,000 Anganwadi workers. “There is a perception that Anganwadis are merely centres for providing food to children. Children would come, they will be given food and sent back. Now an Early Childhood Care Curriculum is being introduced so that Anganwadis provide the kind of care and education that is provided at the expensive playschools. Even the poor will have access to the facilities that the rich do. Anganwadis will now be developed into playschools,” said the Delhi Chief Minister. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe smartphones being provided are aimed at reducing the administrative burden of Anganwadi workers and improving the efficiency of the department. According to the officials, this step will also help to maintain a real-time monitoring mechanism of the status of all centres. This will be a major step towards enhancing the quality of Anganwadis in the city. “Whenever governments have to provide electronic appliances to people on a large scale, ordinarily they provide substandard products. But we are providing you high-end phones, ones that ministers, IAS officers use. You don’t have to worry about the data charges either, the government will take care of it. Earlier you would have to maintain 11 or 12 registers monthly at each Anganwadi. Now using this smartphone, you will be able to enter everything into our database and the government will directly have access to that information. This is a digitisation of the entire Anganwadi sector that will not only benefit you but also the department” said CM Kejriwal. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsStressing on his government’s commitment to the welfare of Anganwadi workers, the chief minister said, “I recall that many of you had come to us with the low salary problem. We could have hiked your salary then as per the norm by 10 percent to 20 percent, which was also what you had demanded. Instead, we had hiked your wages by 100 percent. Delhi’s Anganwadi workers may now be the highest-paid in the country.” The Cheif Minister said that whenever someone talks about electricity, water, schools, hospitals, Mohalla clinics, people across the country vouch for the work being done in Delhi. It is my dream that soon Delhi should also be known as the state where Anganwadis are the best. The same system was running for the last 70 years and had run government schools to the ground. “But over the last five years, it was the same set of individuals who turned around the schools of Delhi. We didn’t replace the teachers or Principals, we just gave them a better environment to work in. Now the same 10,000 Anganwadi workers who were neglected by earlier governments will turnaround the Anganwadis of Delhi,” said the Chief Minister.last_img read more

UN says 582000 Rohingyas have now crossed into Bangladesh

first_imgRohingyas from Myanmar cross the border to stream towards Ukhia in Bangladesh. 16 October, Anjuman Para, Palongkhali, Ukhia. Photo: Saiful IslamSome 582,000 Rohingya refugees have now fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since late August, the United Nations said Tuesday, warning that thousands more were still stranded at the border.The UN said between 10,000 and 15,000 new refugees have arrived at the border in the last 48 hours alone, fleeing violence in Myanmar, where Rohingya villages are being burned to the ground.It expressed deep concern about newly arrived refugees including children and elderly people dehydrated and hungry from the long journey who are stranded near the border.One Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) official told AFP on condition of anonymity that the new arrivals were being held in an area of no man’s land, although it was not immediately clear why.Spokesman Andrej Mahecic said the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) was advocating with the Bangladesh authorities “to urgently admit these refugees fleeing violence and increasingly difficult conditions back home”.He said UNHCR staff had spoken with people who described walking for a week to reach the Bangladesh border.Most are still squatting in paddy fields in Bangladesh, and were waiting for permission to move away from the border, he said.”Every minute counts given the fragile condition they’re arriving in,” said Mahecic.Mahecic said many had chosen to remain in their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state despite repeated threats to leave or be killed.”They finally fled when their villages were set on fire,” he said.Many of the new arrivals were from Rakhine’s Buthidaung district, which lies relatively far from the border with Bangladesh.”The military killed my brother. We walked all the way to this land to save our lives,” said Mohammad Shoeb, who arrived at the border with his family on Monday evening.The UN said a jump of 45,000 in its estimated number of newly arrived refugees to 582,000 was due partly to improved access to some areas where many had previously gone uncounted.That figure does not include the thousands currently in no man’s land.The Rohingya are fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where the UN has accused troops of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against them.The numbers have soared since August 25, when militant attacks on Myanmar’s security forces in Rakhine sparked a major military backlash.Hundreds more have drowned making the perilous journey. On Monday authorities said they had found the bodies of 10 Rohingya whose boat sank in the estuary of the Naf river that divides the two countries.The UNHCR said it was working with the Bangladesh government to complete a new transit centre in Kutupalong, the largest of the refugee camps housing the Rohingya.Bangladesh has announced plans to build a refugee camp that could accommodate around 800,000 Rohingya in Kutupalong.The camp would be the largest in the world and has raised concerns about the risks of heavily concentrating such a large number of vulnerable people, such as the spread of disease.last_img read more

The choice of mind

first_imgUnseen Passages, an art show that exhibits the works from the studios of two young and discerning women is on in the Capital that started off on 13 October. Delhi based artist Pallavi Singh’s series Desire to be Desired explores her observations of male vanity and the conditions that feed it. Punctuating the generation of the millennial is easier and faster access to information resulting in renewed socialisation and an increased interest in one’s self-image. Singh breaks away from the stereotype by focusing on the urban male to whom fashion and grooming are an important norm. A middle–aged potbellied bald man is her choice of protagonist, comically represented fussing over his physical appearance. The comment is intended to be both realistic and ironic, with Singh ensuring that the viewer steps aside from the work wearing a smile. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Soghra Khurasani’s from Baroda work is about freedom of thought and draws from a deep angst against unjust social and religious prescriptions. Her large-scale prints are compositions dominated by red: a colour that she feels expresses her rage and despair at the redundant injunctions imposed on common people. By morphing cells of blood into roses through valleys and volcanoes, her art posits the bittersweet moments. Khurasani’s current series Silent Landscapes reveals a resistance to violence and the telling impact of its trauma in rows, swirls and circles that inform the viewer of a never-ending cycle of repression and defiance.last_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_img Click to playTap to play Share this video Watch again StokeonTrentLive – we’re #localandproud The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Watch Nextcenter_img Video Loading Video Unavailable StokeonTrent Live – we’re #localandproudStokeonTrent Live – we’re #localandproudVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:03/1:20Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:17 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. UP NEXT:UP NEXT: Click for Sound Video will play in  We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to Stoke-on-Trent Live’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Wednesday, June 27. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here . 19:21Trespasser causing delay on railwayServices at a stand on Virgin Trains West Coast between Lichfield Trent Valley and Tamworth due to trespass incident.17:59Stranded HGV causing delays on M6 SouthboundA Central Motorway Police Group spokesman said: “ There is currently a stranded HGV between J15 and Stafford services M6 Southbound causing delays please be patient.”The stranded HGV on the M6 (Image: CMPG)17:44Two broken down cars causing delays on M6 in CheshireReports of one lane blocked due to broken down cars on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). Traffic is coping well.Lane three (of three) is blocked by two broken down cars by the central reservation.17:40Traffic heavier than normal on M6 in CheshireSlow traffic and traffic heavier than normal on M6 Southbound between J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe).Before SandbachServices.16:01One lane closed due to broken down lorry on M6One lane closed and heavy traffic due to broken down lorry on M6 Southbound between J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe).Lane one (of three) is closed to assist. 15:31Heavy traffic on the A34Slow traffic on A34 Stone Road in both directions between A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange) and A527 Barracks Road / B5043 Brook Lane (Grosvenor Roundabout).15:05Good afternoonTom here, I’ll be bringing you the latest live traffic and travel news throughout the afternoon rush hour.last_img read more

WestJet rolls out the blue carpet for travel agents

first_img Friday, October 28, 2016 Tags: WestJet, WestJet Vacations << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tweet TORONTO — WestJet and WestJet Vacations welcomed travel agents and travel industry partners to the fourth annual WestJet 2016 Travel Partner Awards, held last night in Toronto at the Four Seasons Hotel.Over 200 guests attended the cocktail party and gala, toasting their relationship with a WestJet Platinum cocktail – a mix of prosecco, grapefruit juice and blue curacao – which resembled the company’s trademark shade of blue, before a lavish dinner in the sparkling Aria Ballroom.WestJet’s Vice-President of Sales, Lyell Farquharson officially welcomed attendees and explained that the awards were “a way to recognize our partners in front of their peers. Many of our partners are growing along with us, and it’s great to see us growing together.”Hosted by WestJetters Tim Paul (Manager, Sales Strategy and Planning) and Matt Djorsev (Business Development), 13 awards were handed out based on sales criteria of the past year by travel partners.Interspersed with ticket giveaways to WestJet destinations and prizes from sponsors AMResorts, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., and Bahia Principe Hotels and Resorts, hosts Tim and Matt entertained the crowd with jokes and a few self-deprecating comments, such as recent news that a WestJet airplane had to be diverted to Greenland last week.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesFarquharson and Jane Clementino, WestJet’s Director of Agency Sales, handed out the following awards:Top Growth Canadian Tour Operator Sales – Voyzant Inc.Top Online Agency – Expedia.caTop Group Incentive Convention Sales – Uniglobe TravelTop Sales Barbados – Transat Travel Travel Distribution CentreTop US Agency – Travel LeadersWestJet Encore Top Sales – American Express Global Business TravelTop Sales AM Resorts – Ensemble Travel GroupWestJet Vacations Top Guest Count Growth – Redtag.caWestJet Vacations Top Revenue Growth – Flight Centre Travel GroupTop Sales Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts – Flight Centre Travel GroupTop Growth Travel Management Company – HRGTop Guest Count Growth – Travel Nation CanadaTop Revenue Growth – Merit TravelWestJet Airlines Ltd. Is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016 and was recognized by the Peter B. Gustavason School of Business at the University of Victoria as Canada’s most trusted airline this month. Waheeda Harris WestJet rolls out the blue carpet for travel agents About Latest Posts Waheeda HarrisA traveller from a young age, Travelweek contributor Waheeda Harris is pop culture obsessed, loves spicy food and is happy to wander around our planet with her camera in hand. Latest posts by Waheeda Harris (see all) Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Edge stars of JetSet3 fam – April 23, 2019 Unleash the power of cross-company digital transformation to revolutionize your CX – February 8, 2019 On location: Cabo San Lucas welcomes the stylish Riu Palace Baja California – December 20, 2018last_img read more

TRAVELSAVERS Quebec now includes over 40 locations

first_imgTags: Quebec, TRAVELSAVERS Posted by TRAVELSAVERS Quebec now includes over 40 locations Share Tuesday, November 15, 2016 center_img MONTREAL — TRAVELSAVERS continues to rapidly expand in Quebec, with over 40 locations and many others planned for the province.The most recent additions to its Quebec network are: Les Collectionneur du Voyages (Montreal); Les Fou du Voyages (Ste-Julienne); Uniglobe Infinity (St-George de Beauce); Voyges Conceptour (Laval); Voyages Inter Pallas (Montreal); Voyages Le Connaisseur (Montreal); and Voyages Super Prix (Montreal).“We continue to see significant growth in Quebec and great interest from agencies there. Agency owners are keen to have access to our suite of programs, both corporate and leisure,” said Kathryn Mazza-Burney, Executive Vice President Sales, TRAVELSAVERS and The Affluent Traveler Collection.Johan Marjanek, Business Development Manager (BDM), Quebec at TRAVELSAVERS said the main differentiator agencies discover at TRAVELSAVERS is that the program can be customized for each agency based on their needs. “Also, the fact that we offer a dedicated BDM who will take the time to understand each of their needs and assist them in growing their business and building customized marketing plans.”More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamThe Quebec team is headed up by Johan Marjanek, Business Development Manager at TRAVELSAVERS Canada, along with Marylene Lupien, Business Analyst and Lydie Rauzon, Manager Special Projects, who is responsible for special projects & translation services.TRAVELSAVERS has rolled out translated versions of its award-winning direct mail program in Quebec. This includes multi-branded lifestyle direct mailers and individual supplier pieces. Complementing this, TRAVELSAVERS has introduced a fully-translated version of its customer loyalty program, Travel Club. The company’s internal extranet, sales and marketing communication and consumer site have also been translated.For more information about TRAVELSAVERS, contact Johan Marjanek at jmarjanek@travelsavers.com. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more