Thank you, Agriculture Ministry, for Revisiting the Du Port Road Rice Project

first_imgIt was several months ago that this newspaper, the Daily Observer, raised the alarm that the Community of Hope Agricultural Project (CHAP) at Du Port Road had been abandoned by the Agriculture Ministry which had initially given the farmers there great encouragement.But last year the farmers began to complain that they had been “abandoned” by the Ministry, creating great fear that this exemplary urban farm project would be allowed to die a painful natural death.Our story, written by our faithful and indefatigable Farm Correspondent Judoemue Kollie, reechoed the Du Port Road farmers’ fear that the project was at the point of death unless the Ministry returned and continued to lend it support.  The story was followed by an editorial reprimanding the Agriculture Ministry for abandoning theproject and its failure to follow through with was clearly a GOOD THING.As usual, many government officials–or people in general who ascend to power–soon forget their sense of responsibility to the people and behave unaccountably as though they are laws unto themselves.  They resent the slightest criticism and mistake it for “negative press” and the turning of a blind eye to what the government is doing.But surely, we have often praised many government officials and projects that have been constructive and good. But how can we keep silent when things go wrong–we cannot and MUST not!  For the poet reminds, “To sin by silence when we should protest, makes cowards out of men . . .”Alas! Even though belatedly, the Ministry of Agriculture has returned to the Du Port Road farm project and given the farmers some hope. Their grateful response was so overwhelming that Agriculture Minister Florence Chenoweth gladly escorted the President of Liberia to the site where she, too, became highly impressed with the people’s work. Working under the auspices of CHAP and with the help of the AgMinistry, the Du Port Road farmers have introduced a new rice planting method which they call a “system of rice intensification–SRI.” According to Reporter Kollie, it consists of producing rice with less seed, less water, less fertilizer on soil rich in organic matter.President Sirleaf seized the opportunity to reecho her constant appeal to inhabitants of cities around the country to “engage in agriculture” in our struggle to become self-sufficient in food.The time has long past when we should engage in rice production on a massive scale, for Liberia indeed has the capacity to become a rice exporter, for we have what it takes–extensive tracks of fertile acreage including, as we said in Monday’s editorial,  unlimited mileage of swampland that can produce three harvests of rice per year.We pray that the Agriculture Ministry will heed our suggestion to develop a strategy to achieve self-sufficiency in our staple, rice. Beyond that, we hope that international capital could be raised to encourage people abroad, especially from Asia, come and invest in large scale rice production.These strategies, if conscientiously pursued, will soon make importation of rice in Liberia a thing of the distant past.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgTHE odd thunder storm over Donegal today might have spoiled an otherwise decent day – until one man in Termon was hit with a massive hail storm!A reader, David McIlveen, sent in some of the pictures of the aftermath.“I saw this at approximately 2.30pm today and at first it looked like snow onthe ground, but it wasn’t. It was hailstones,” he said. David took the main picture above – and the handful of hail below.Another photographer – The Happy Snapper – a regular – sent in the picture just below of the car and the house. “It was six inches deep in places,” he said.Hard to believe it’s June!Irish Weather Online, a site run by qualified forecasters, said: “There was a strong convergence of cold and warm air in the area at the time. Producing thunder and lightning and hail , and in this case the the cold air was at lower levels which kept any ice changing back to rain. “Hence it being mostly a hail shower. Once it accumulates on the ground it produces a “cold shield” which keeps the ice as ice and builds up more and more.”  WOW! ONE HAIL OF A STORM HITS DONEGAL was last modified: June 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:WOW! ONE HAIL OF A STORM HITS DONEGALlast_img read more

‘If Liverpool do this it will be peak FSG!’

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho is a wanted man this summer transfer window.Barcelona are known admirers of the Brazil midfielder, but it is a different European giant that are making moves to sign him.Paris Saint-Germain of France are reportedly ready to submit a £70m offer for the 25-year-old, who scored 13 goals and created a further seven in 31 Premier League appearances last term.This £70m approach is unlikely to be accepted by the Reds, as club chiefs have already come out and placed an £87m asking price on Coutinho.But money is no issue to PSG, and splashing out another £17m on the Brazilian is well within their means if they want him that much.The news of PSG’s impending bid has caused a stir on social media, and we collect some of the best reaction to the story below… 1 Liverpool fans have their say on the reports linking Philippe Coutinho with PSG last_img read more


first_imgClub Notes – Naomh Adhamhnáin – 30.09.13In Association with Letterkenny Shopping CentreThe U16 boys will take on N. Conaill in the county league Final this weekend, it is provisionally set for Sunday at 12:45pm in Glenfin. Keep an eye on social media in case of a change. Good luck to the management and players. They will also take on St. Michael’s in the next couple of weeks in the Northern championship semi-final. The Seniors failed to get the league title wrapped up last weekend away to Gaoth Dobhair but they still have a couple of opportunities to clinch the league crown for a second straight year.The Senior Reserves travel to face Four Masters on Saturday evening (5:30pm) as they look to close in on the Reserve League title for 2013. The U21 hurlers had a good win over MacCumhaills in the championship last Sunday and will be hopeful of making a big impression in this year’s championship.The U13 boy’s footballers completed their league campaign with a good win over the Gaels on Monday evening. They will take on either Termon or Buncrana in the Shield Final.The Loup team that hosted our U14 boys at Féile are coming down this Sunday to play for The Benny Carr Cup. Throw-in is at 1pm in the Park.The U16 Div. 2 team lost to the Gaels in the championship despite dominating the possession, a succession of wides proved costly when the Gaels grabbed a late goal and despite hitting the crossbar and post in injury time the boys went down by 2 points to end their season.There will be a Level 2 Coaching course over 2 weekends in November (8th / 9th & 15th / 16th) in Glenswilly. If any coach has completed Level 1 and wants to take part, contact Jim Clarke asap on 086-3131550. There will also be a Workshop for Coaches working with U8’s and U10’s on Tuesday, Oct. 15th in Glenswilly at 7pm.Anyone that has trophies is asked to hand them in ASAP to go into the trophy cabinet in the clubhouse. Contact Paul McGovern 086-8114151.The Minor Board will meet in the next week with day and time tbc. We extend our sympathies to Sean Grant, Orchard Grove and family on their recent bereavement.There were 6 winners that matched 3 numbers and win €20 each in this week’s lotto draw. The numbers were: 4-5-10-18. Winners are John McColgan, Hawthorn Heights; Martin Blaney, Carolina Park; Damien Sweeney, c/o McGinley’s Bar; Michael Loughery, Buncrana; Kieran O’Loan, Bonagee and Lesley c/o Adrian.GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S U-14 BOYS WELCOME THE LOUP TO O’DONNELL PARK was last modified: October 2nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:St Eunan’s GAA club notesThe Louplast_img read more

Johnny Cueto against the Dodgers? Bring it, he says

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Johnny Cueto, looking fit and eager, stood in front of his Giants locker and said he’s ready to pitch again whenever the team decides.The 33-year-old right-hander, who underwent Tommy John surgery last August, has not pitched in the majors since July 28 of last year. But he threw six shutout innings Saturday night in his second rehab start with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats, and is healthy.“It hasn’t been easy, but look where I am right now,” Cueto said through an …last_img read more

Rwanda finds a path out of history of horror

first_imgSimple family pictures at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre are all that are left to mourn the more than 800 000 dead Rwandese. (Image: Trocaire) • Carole Karemera Board member Rwanda Genocide Archive • Bright future for Rwanda’s women • Cementing peace in the DRC • A nation of paradoxes: Robinson • Experts unpack meaning of human rights memorial • ‘Befriending the mistakes of the past’Sulaiman PhilipRwanda’s Kigali Genocide Memorial stands high on one of the colline – hills overlooking the capital city. Its rose-filled gardens are an oasis, a place of reflection for the citizens of one of the fastest growing cities in Africa. In the lower garden are three concrete graves where 250 000 victims of the 1994 genocide are interred. Rows of simple white crosses laid out on grey cloth are arranged in front of a wall that will eventually carry the names of all the victims buried here.The museum is divided into three rooms. The first details the country’s history up to 1994. There had been previous attempts when the Hutu farmers and Tutsi herders tried to exterminate one another. Before 1994, the worst incidents took place in 1959 and then again in 1963 when 20 000 people lost their lives.The second room, the Children’s Room, is deathly silent. Often the only sound to be heard is the stifled cry of visitors honouring the memory of the lives of the Tutsi children killed in the orgy of bloodletting. Enormous photographs of each child with a few brief facts that tell their stories cover the walls: terse biographies of children such as 12-year-old Francine who loved to swim, hacked to death with a machete along with her best friend, her sister Claudette.Children were not spared. Some months old had their skulls crushed as they were slammed against walls. (Image: Courtney)The last room is dedicated to the ordinary Rwandans who met grisly deaths at the hands of their neighbours and priests – at least 800 000 of them. Everywhere you turn there are snapshots, photographs saved from the ruins of burned homes and looted wallets. Pictures of blushing brides and proud parents, parents cradling babies who never got to grow up, and satisfied graduates are hung on wire around the room like laundry. Then you exit into the bright Kigali sun, passing under the words “Rwanda Was Dead”.The small, landlocked country is dotted with memorials, such as the church in Nyarubye, whose walls were toppled with grenades so Hutu militia could get at the 5 000 Tutsi and moderate Hutus who had taken shelter there. For the people of Rwanda they are all, as Jesus says in Matthew 5:14, “the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill that cannot be hidden.” The silence in the Children’s Room at the Memorial centre is disturbed only by sobs. (Image: Trocaire)For 100 blood-drenched days Rwanda turned on itself. The scale of the brutality, even 20 years later, still has the power to shock. There were 10 000 deaths a day for three months as Hutu killers went about their work – Kasi as they called it – with appalling efficiency.Rwanda’s 11 million people live in a country of 26 338km² – less than half as big as Mpumalanga at 76 495km². The wounds of the genocide are healing, even in rural villages where survivors find themselves living alongside the people who brutalised them and killed their loved ones. But its population has embraced reconciliation with grace and dignity.Justice is not punishmentThe Rwandan genocide became the most prosecuted, as well. Between the defeat of the Rwandan army by Paul Kagame’s Rwandese Patriotic Front in July 1994 and 1999, the Rwandan government imprisoned 120 000 people tied to the killings. The masterminds were tried in the UN-controlled International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, but for the rest of the genocidaires, even in a fully functioning Rwandan justice system, justice would have taken more than a century.“Justice with ashes,” would be the result if Rwanda sought to punish instead of to forgive, South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu reminded the country. Rwandans, and Africans in general, have an understanding of justice that differs from the Western concept of punishment. In the West, justice is based on individual accountability and punishment. When Rwandese speak of justice – utabera in the local Kinyarwanda language – it is in a more collective sense. Crime is seen as shifting the equilibrium of society, and the goal should be to restore communal balance as opposed to punishing an individual.There is another traditional concept closely related to utabera: ubwiyunge refers to the process of healing relationships within a community. It begins with the public airing of grievances before a gathering of community elders or a local chief. These traditional courts inspired the establishment of gacaca – small grass – courts to hear the majority of the genocide cases. Finding out the truth about what happened to their families mattered more to most Rwandese than imprisoning their neighbours. For the shattered nation, giving the killers a chance to admit their guilt and ask for forgiveness mattered most as they tried to reconcile and rebuild.Rwanda has tried more than two million people in these community gacaca courts, but reconciliation has become more than just about forgiving the perpetrators. The village of Bugesera outside Kigali houses one-time enemies as neighbours.For 10 years Laurence Niyongira has lived next door to the woman whose husband organised the killing of her entire family. It is a tragedy that binds both families and one from which they cannot escape. Every Sunday, Niyongira prepares a meal that she serves to them, people she now calls her family. “We have reached reconciliation and forgiven each other,” Niyongira told a reporter from The Guardian newspaper.Building a peaceful societyRwanda has enacted harsh anti-genocide laws to build a stable and peaceful society. The presidential candidate for the Rwandan Green Party, Victoire Ingabire, was jailed after delivering a speech calling for reconciliation. Her crime, however, was asking that the nation never forget that there were Hutu who were killed as well.President Paul Kagame has argued that reconciliation in Rwanda has to be built on a bedrock of strict laws. He told CNN in 2010: “It is working. It is deep. When I see the country stable as it is, when I see the citizens going out there to work on their farms and going to school together, addressing different programmes together, I think it is working.”Kagame, who has been accused of running Rwanda with an iron fist, has also enacted a number of quality of life laws. Seat belts are mandatory; so is the wearing of shoes in public, even in rural areas. Plastic bags are banned, and spitting and urinating in public are punishable with fines or prison. So Bugesera, like the rest of Rwanda, is squeaky clean.But this is also the result of another programme adopted in the aftermath of genocide. Umuganda is driven by the idea of social cohesion rather than punishment. On the last Saturday morning of each month, all Rwandese work together on communal projects to enhance their communities.Kagame pointed out: “Significant progress has been made, obviously. And that’s why the country is stable. That’s why the country is moving on. That’s why the country’s developing.”This April, as it has for the last 20 years, Rwanda commemorates the genocide during ceremonies called Kwibuka. These public gatherings are seen to be crucial to the country’s healing, giving the population time to reflect, remember and reconcile. This year’s theme is “Remember – Unite – Renew”.Two decades onWatch Rwandese discuss 20 years of rebuilding.Twenty years after the genocide, Rwanda is among the most stable countries on the continent. Its record on women’s rights is impressive – 64% of parliamentarians are women – its health and education systems are among the best in Africa. The government has rebuilt the economy and has put in place strong anti-corruption measures and environmental protections. And Kigali is the cleanest and safest city in Africa.But Rwanda’s peace and stability have come at a price. It is one of the most tightly controlled societies in Africa, and human rights and freedom of the press have been curtailed in the name of national stability. Kagame has been accused of dealing brutally with any dissent, which has come not from former genocidaires but from within his Hutu inner circle.In March, South Africa expelled four Rwandan diplomats after a series of attacks on Rwandan refugees in the country. Patrick Karegeya, the former intelligence chief, was found murdered in a Johannesburg hotel room. It was not until the South African government linked them to an attack on former Rwandan army chief Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, who had already survived two other assassination attempts, that the diplomats were given 72 hours to leave the country.Speaking to CNN, Kagame argued that justice had to go hand-in-hand with economic development, and that meant a strong hand and clear mind was needed to get the required development. “People talk about issues underlying genocide. They talk about difficulties over reconciliation. The difficulties involved are very obvious. People discuss that, and it’s on that basis that we make progress. But there has to be leadership to make things move in the right direction.”He added: “There’s no question about it. People sleep few hours. People spend sleepless nights thinking about what to do and getting ahead and doing it.”last_img read more

Delaware County Farm Bureau gets AFBF Foundation mini-grant

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Delaware County Farm Bureau received a mini-grant from the American Farm Bureau for the creation of a “salad bar” garden by a fifth-grade class that will involve hands-on learning and foster real-life skills while increasing agricultural literacy.The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has awarded 15 $500 mini-grants to communities across the nation. The grants are awarded through the Foundation’s White-Reinhardt Fund for Education program.The grants are allocated through county and state Farm Bureaus and are used to create new agricultural literacy projects or expand existing agricultural literacy efforts. Criteria for selecting winners included: the effectiveness of demonstrating a strong connection between agriculture and education; how successfully the project enhances learner engagement in today’s food, fiber and fuel systems; and the processes and timelines for accomplishing project goals.“Agriculture plays a vital role in our everyday lives,” said Julie Tesch, executive director of the Foundation. “Through the mini-grant program, we’re able to help young rural and urban students better understand this.”Farm Bureau members share free educational resources with educators in their communities as part of the program. The White-Reinhardt Fund for Education is a project of the Foundation in cooperation with the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. The fund honors two former committee chairwomen, Berta White and Linda Reinhardt, who were trailblazers in early national efforts to expand the outreach of agricultural education and improve agricultural literacy.last_img read more

Northwest Ohio crops get a “Billion Dollar Rain”

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For Wood County farmer Dave Baer, a limited window of opportunity in late May made the 2016 planting season fast and furious, and like many of his neighbors and farmers all over Ohio those crops haven’t seen more than 1 rain event…until the morning of June 23rd. Seed Consultants‘ Bill Mullen talks about what the hot dry weather has done to the crops in that part of the state and what the latest rains mean for them.last_img