Local NGO Stresses Need for Agriculture Enterprise Services Center in Bong

first_imgThe Green Coast Agriculture Project (G-CAP), a local non-governmental organization (NGO), working in Liberia’s agricultural sector, has stressed the need for the establishment of a center that will provide agriculture business services to local farmers in Bong County.G-CAP’s program coordinator Francis Bendoe told the Daily Observer recently at his Gbarnga office that  a survey conducted in the county shows that local farmers are in need of business services that will help improve their productivity.“The sole purpose of the Enterprise Services Center is to provide agricultural business development services (ABDS) to farmers and rural entrepreneurs to start-up or expand their commercial businesses,” Bendoe said.He stated that services will include training to promote entrepreneurship and  to improve business planning and management skills; technical advice on production and postharvest handling; collecting and sharing market information and marketing ideas; assisting clients in the preparation of  business plans and loan applications to access credit and providing access to agro-equipment and transport services among others.According to him the establishment of the ESC will help to improve food security and reduce poverty in the lives of Liberian farmers.Mr. Bendoe mentioned that once a center is established in the county, farmers can access those needed enterprise services, adding that the significant of the center has prompted the local authorities of Bong County to donate a piece of land to his organization to construct the center.Commenting on the extension services rendered to farmers, he mentioned that they have reached ninety-five communities in five districts in Bong County with extension services to strengthen the skills of subsistence farmers.Meanwhile, the G-CAP program coordinator said that the lack of logistic is a serious constraint facing his organization.“We want to appeal to the government and its partners to build our capacity with logistics to enable us reach more farmers,” he pleaded.Bong County is one of Liberia’s productive agricultural regions situated along regional development corridors of Liberia, crucial in promoting intra and inter-county commerce. Farming activities in this growth corridor are expected to improve food availability and access for Liberians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DONEGAL NURSE GETS MBE FOR TRAILBLAZING WORK

first_imgBernadette PorterA nurse consultant from Raphoe has been awarded an MBE for her trailblazing work for patients with multiple sclerosis.Bernadette Porter who has been awarded an honorary award for services to nursing, has pioneered projects to help thousands of patients at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London.She was the first nurse in the NHS to be appointed a multiple sclerosis nurse consultant in 2003. Bernadette, who has worked at the NHNN for nearly 25 years, said: “It was such a surprise for me to receive an award – and such an honour!“I feel very humbled and continually feel inspired by the people I meet who face a challenging disease like MS and live their life with such dignity.”“Around 3,000 people a year use the MS service at UCLH and it’s important to put patients at the centre of all we do. I try to really listen to what patients say about our services, to ensure they fulfil their needs.”She developed and spearheaded the use of new technology to give patients with neurological disability more control over their own lives and the care they receive. This is now due to be adopted elsewhere in the NHS. It included: a telephone triage/advice line staffed by specialist nurses; email advice service for GPs wishing to contact a consultant neurosurgeon and a video clinic linking the neurology team with the patient and local clinical team in the patient’s community.The original ‘NeuroResponse’ pilot in 2009 was supported by UCLH and the Young Foundation, a centre for social innovation.Bernadette said: “It has linked up people with MS with expert clinicians and patients tell us it has improved their quality of life by giving them the confidence to manage their condition.”Bernadette also paid tribute to her ‘excellent colleagues.’“I feel privileged to work with them,” she added. The Raphoe native, daughter of the late Joe and Kathleen Porter, trained in Dublin’s Richmond Hospital before moving to work in London in the late 1980s.Bernadette also won recognition at the British Journal of Nursing Awards 2011. She was chosen by a panel of respected judges as one of the top three nurses for clinical excellence and innovation in nursing.DONEGAL NURSE GETS MBE FOR TRAILBLAZING WORK was last modified: June 18th, 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:Bernadette PorterMBElast_img read more

Historic Donegal island home built over 150 years ago for sale

first_imgA fully renovated property with a rich history on a small Donegal island along the Wild Atlantic Way has been placed on the market for sale. Inis Saimer is a private residential island surrounded by the quiet waters of the Erne Estuary in the town of Ballyshannon on the Wild Atlantic Way. Its island status has led to a fascinating and eventful history.Historical records indicate that Inis Saimer was used as a protected stronghold by Irish chieftains such as the O’Cannons, O’Mulderrys, and the O’Donnells.​Cistercian monks used it as a place of residence in the 1100s and 1200s.As part of the Plantation of Ulster, the island was taken by the British Crown and given to protestant planters and Trinity College Dublin.The island also played a role in various historical battles at Erne River crossings. The present house on Inis Saimer was constructed in the mid 1800’s by the Erne Fishery Company as part of the then very lucrative Erne salmon and eel fishery.It is also understood that Inis Saimer was also once owned by the Speaker of the first Irish House of Parliament, and then the richest man in Ireland, Thomas Conolly.Currently, the island has its own private jetty and is just one minute by boat from Ballyshannon’s Mall Quay.Owned by Brendan Connolly, Inis Saimer is a sheltered restful place, a discreet island retreat, yet Ballyshannon’s town centre with shops, restaurants etc. is no more than 6 minutes from the front door of the island’s historic residence.You can full the full details on the Inis Saimer website here. Historic Donegal island home built over 150 years ago for sale was last modified: October 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Higgins wins on professional debut

first_imgKilburn boxer Alan Higgins enjoys the perfect professional debut, stopping Emmanuel Moussinga in the first round at York Hall. (Video courtesy of Goodwin Promotions)See also: Perfect start for Kilburn boxer HigginsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Preston v Fulham: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgRoss McCormack scored in both matches against Preston last seasonKick-off: 3pm, Saturday 13 August 2016Referee: James Adcock (Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire)BetVictor.com preview:  Fulham look appealing value to beat PrestonVital statistic: Preston have failed to win their last six home league matches – and haven’t beaten Fulham at Deepdale since November 1997.Injuries and suspensionsFULHAMRuled out: Ryan Fredericks (ankle).PRESTON NORTH ENDRuled out: Calum Woods (knee), Stevie May (knee).Fitness test: Tom Clarke (hamstring). Possible line-upsPreston: Lindegaard; Grimshaw, Wright, Huntington, Cunningham; Humphrey, Browne, Johnson, Pringle; Beckford, Garner.Subs from: Maxwell, Hudson, Clarke, Spurr, Davies, Smith, Pearson, Welsh, Gallagher, Makienok, Doyle, Hugill, Robinson.Fulham: Button; Odoi, Kalas, Madl, Malone; Cairney, McDonald, Tunnicliffe, Ayite; Aluko; Smith.Subs from: Bettinelli, Joronen, Sessegnon, Stearman, Ream, Edun, Kavanagh, Parker, Christensen, Adeniran, De La Torre, Woodrow. Facts and figuresFORM GUIDE (last five league matches)Preston: L D W L D (5 points) • Home: D L D L D (3 points)Fulham: W W L L D (7 points) • Away: L D L W D (5 points)TOP SCORERS (league only)Preston: None.Fulham: 1: Smith.LAST FIVE MEETINGS5 Apr 2016: Preston 1 Fulham 228 Nov 2015: Fulham 1 Preston 11 Dec 2000: Preston 1 Fulham 123 Oct 2000: Fulham 0 Preston 17 May 1999: Fulham 3 Preston 0Preston 1 win, Fulham 2 wins, 2 drawsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Pay-to-Pitch versus Event Sponsorships: What’s the Diff?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#startups dana oshiro Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img After tech heavy hitters like Jason Calacanis, Robert Scoble and Fred Wilson expressed public outrage over its pay-to-play fees, the Keiretsu Forum has begun waiving fees for early-stage startup presentations. According to PeHUB’s Deborah Gage, the network is asking its chapters to disregard presentation charges for companies with less than $500,000 in capital and for those trying to raise less than $500,000 from investors. In early October ReadWriteWeb covered the uproar Jason Calacanis caused when he spoke out against pay-to-pitch VC presentations. Said Calacanis, “It’s low-class, inappropriate and predatory for a rich person to ask an entrepreneur to PAY THEM for 15 minutes of their time.”Since then the vocal entrepreneur/investor has been publicly outing organizations with pay-to-play presentation models. Recently he called on startup companies to boycott events like New York’s Venture Summit and AlwaysOn’s Venture Summit Silicon Valley. Both events charge startups as presentation sponsors before they can demo to attendees. To counter these events, Calacanis even promised to “launch competing, fee-free events directly opposite [these pay-to-play] events.”Meanwhile, Keiretsu Forum user Steve Bell points to demo costs on Calacanis’ TechCrunch 50 floor as an example of the same pay-to-pitch tactics that the entrepreneur is rallying against. Having looked at the argument, we’re unsure whether these fees can be classified as presentation fees or merely sponsorships. Perhaps this is where the ethical lines become really blurry: Because most tech events offset the cost of production with sponsorships, at what point do we draw the line between sponsor presentations and pay-to-pitch demos? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Google Says Developer Tools Will Solve Fragmentation Issues

first_imgStarting with Android 3.0, developers can break the Activities of their applications into subcomponents called Fragments, then combine them in a variety of ways to create a richer, more interactive experience. For example, an application can use a set of Fragments to create a true multipane UI, with the user being able to interact with each pane independently. Fragments can be added, removed, replaced, and animated inside an Activity dynamically, and they are modular and reusable across multiple Activities. Because they are modular, Fragments also offer an efficient way for developers to write applications that can run properly on both larger screen as well as smaller screen devices.According to Barra, it is these application fragments that will allow developers and designers to create apps on Honeycomb that will work for both smartphones and tablets.“Fragments are a design construct that’s thought through with the fundamental requirement of screen size independence. We’re thinking about designing apps that work for any screen size,” said Barra.Barra also pointed out that perhaps not all apps are meant for all devices and platforms – a point we could certainly agree with.“If [developers] write something for the tablet and they optimize it to run on the tablet, they want it to run on the tablet,” said Barra. “Some of these games that you’ve seen are built for a large screen.”In the end, said Barra, Google isn’t facing any more issues with fragmentation in the Android ecosystem any more than other rapidly developing and iterating technologies.“There are no compatibility issues that you could point to today,” said Barra. “You could argue about hardware legacy, which is something that any ecosystem that deals with rapidly evolving technology has to understand, but there are no compatibility issues as far as applications are concerned.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… When we took a leap last night and made some predictions about what Google might announce today, one was that Big G would officially announce the forking of Android into two separate operating systems, one for smartphones and one for tablets. “A Honeycomb (read: tablet) UI just might not make sense for smartphones,” we wrote, “and vice-versa.”Today, we got a chance to ask Google product management director Hugo Barra, who told us that some of the developer features shown today were created to address precisely these concerns.“Honeycomb is a tablet-optimized operating system. As you saw in the demos today, compatibility just isn’t an issue,” explained Barra. “Apps that are built for phones work seamlessly on tablets. We’re giving developers additional tools to make it optimized optimized for tablets as well as tools to design an app that works on both.”During today’s presentation, Barra demonstrated one of these tools, which he called “application fragments.” Using Gmail as an example, Barra showed how the screen was split into to sections, and how these sections could be reused to interact with different content. Google offers a description of the functionality on its developer site: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market mike melanson Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more