Center Songhai Liberia Makes Steady Progress in Revitalization

first_imgIn a bid to enhance agri-business in Liberia, the Center Songhai Liberia (CSL) has made some steady progress in its revitalization program at the entity’s Bensonville’s training center in Montserrado County.This assertion was made on Monday by the National Program Director (NPD) in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer at the Bensonville head-office of the CSL.Mr. Christopher K. Fayia of the CSL was quick to point out that in order to jumpstart the vital agric-business program, the center needs US$1.7 million dollars to enhance extensive training.CSL’s National Program Director made the disclosure after briefing the Chairperson, Mrs. Clavenda Parker, and her team at the Bensonville Head-office on the operations agric-business training center.Already, Director Fayia disclosed that a huge portion of the CSL’s land had been brushed, burnt and cultivated for the planting of a variety of foods and cash crops.“We are indeed facing daunting challenges and constraints owing to lack of funds to carry out structured plans crafted and designed for the training of Liberian farmers in several economic areas,” Director Fayia asserted.He also disclosed that the CSL Board of Directors is enthusiastic about the economic and logistical empowerment of the agric-business training center in Bensonville, outside Monrovia.Among the crops being planted is the famous and high yielding Nerica-8 rice multiplied at the Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI) in Suakoko, Bong County.Others crops under cultivation include, corn, beans, okra and many others that are essential needs of Liberians and foreign residents in all parts of the country.Director Fayia intimated that the current program being carried out comes as an initial mobilization of funds by members of the CSL’s Board of Directors and other generous support partners in the country.Some of the funds are being used to rehabilitate the prospective farmers’ dormitories for both men and women for the forth-coming training session at the CSL’s center in Bensonville.Director Fayia also indicated that malfunctioned machines used three years ago for the training of outgoing farmers are been gradually rehabilitated for the up-coming training program at the CSL.At the same time, the Director disclosed that the Center Songhai Liberia’s official activities are now being  handled by the regional Center Songhai in Cotonu, Benin as a matter of ensuring the viability of the program in Liberia in years to come.He described agric-business as critical to Liberia’s socio-economic viability and sustained development, growth and progress in the country.He extended thanks and appreciation to members of Board of Directors and other partners for the level concern and support to the ongoing program being carried out at the CSL in Bensonville.Besides, Director Fayia indicated that Center Songhai Benin has posted two and professional trainers at the Bensonville’s CSL’s training Center in Liberia to buttress the current farming and capacity building initiatives in Liberia.Earlier, during a tour of the current agric-business cultivated farm area, CSL’s Board Chairperson, Madam Clavenda Parker, urged staff and employees of the institution to fast-track the rehabilitation of some machines in order to generate money to run the program.Chairperson Parker underscored the need for the encouragement in the staff and workforce of the CSL in order to ensure efficiency and effective coordination.She promised to communicate and meet senior members of the Liberian Government and other relevant support partners in order to encourage them to place priority on the implementation of CSL’s programs in the country.In closing, Chairperson Parker thanked the staff and employees for their level of commitment in ensuring the initial implementation of the current program at the CSL in Bensonville.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warriors-Rockets TV ratings: Series off to a solid start

first_imgA lot of eyes were on Sunday’s drama-filled clash between the Warriors and Rockets in Oakland.According to ABC, the game generated the network’s highest ratings for an NBA Conference Semifinals broadcast since 2011. The playoff contest, won by Golden State, delivered a 5.9 metered market rating — up 34 percent from last year’s comparable game. It peaked with an 8.1 rating in the final quarter hour, according to Nielsen.Not surprisingly, the game drew robust numbers in the Bay Area and …last_img read more

Call centre investment for Cape Town

first_img18 November 2009London-based firm Teleperformance UK, a leading provider of outsourced call centre services, has announced a major investment that will see the creation of over 2 000 new jobs in South Africa by 2012.The company, a subsidiary of international firm Teleperformance Group, announced on Friday that it would be starting work immediately on two new contact centres in Cape Town.The first facility, to be located in the city’s central business district, would “grow throughout 2010 to a potential of more than 1 000 seats”, while the second, planned for the city’s southern suburbs, was expected to start operating in 2011 with a capacity extending up to 2 000 seats.“We have chosen to further expand our facilities in South Africa as in our opinion it has the potential to become one of the fastest growing BPO [business process outsourcing] destinations,” Teleperformance UK CEO Jeff Smith said in a statement on Friday.“There is a real pool of talent that fits extremely well with our business needs in terms of both skill and culture,” Smith said. “South Africans have a justifiable reputation for their strong empathy with UK callers and for their excellent customer service skills.”Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson, who was in London last week to help facilitate the deal, said that it “signalled investor confidence in Cape Town,” adding that the city would do whatever it could to enable investments that created more jobs for Cape Town’s residents.Also speaking from London, Mansoor Mohamed, Cape Town’s executive director for economic, social development and tourism, said the city had a strategy of “infrastructure-led economic growth and development”.The aim of this strategy was to make Cape Town “a globally competitive business and leisure destination, which will attract further investment and grow the economy,” Mohamed said.Cape Town has excellent capabilities in the call centre industry, including competitive real estate prices and a good choice of human resources.The city, named “Africa’s leading destination” at the World Travel Awards for two years running, is busy installing a mass public transport system and a municipal broadband fibre-optic network, and is one of the host cities for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

You Don’t Need Another New Idea

first_imgYou don’t need to rush out and read every new book with every hot, new idea. Bouncing from one idea to the next, never fully integrating what you’ve already read isn’t going to help you produce better results.You don’t need to attend another seminar searching for one new insight that’s going to totally change the game for you, if you haven’t already taken action on the all of the ideas in the notepads from the last seminar or conference you attended.You don’t need coaching or consulting to help unlock your full potential if you haven’t made the changes you discovered you needed to make when you worked with your last coach or consultant.Books provide an unparalleled return on investment of time and money. Conferences and seminars are an exceptional value for the money. Coaching and consulting can save you years of time and money struggling to get results.But the obstacle between you and success isn’t the next idea, great or small. The obstacle between you and better results is your willingness to change and your commitment to executing on the ideas you do learn from reading, attending conferences, and from coaching.Stop seeking and start executing.With a thank you to coach Rob Hatch, whose dinner conversation inspired this post.QuestionsWhat ideas have you implemented from the last book you read?What did you take action on after your last conference or seminar?Have you made the changes you needed to make from the coaching and consulting you invested in?Why are you willing to act on right now? to Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

1 paisa loan waiver a cruel joke: farmer

first_imgChiddi Sharma, a farmer in Ading village of Mathura, has received 1 paisa or ₹00.01 as part of the U.P. government’s flagship crop loan waiver scheme, which promises a relief of up to ₹1 lakh to the 86 lakh farmers in the State. Mr. Sharma, one of the many farmers who have been given waivers of minuscule amounts, says his is the “cruellest joke” as no one in the State has been paid 1 paise as relief for losses running into lakhs.‘Blessing for farmers’Announced in April this year, a month after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath came to power in U.P., the ₹36,000-crore ‘Rin Mochan Yojana’ had come as a blessing for debt-ridden farmers of the State. Even as the Adityanath government competed six months, Mr. Sharma got a message on his phone from Punjab National Bank on Sunday that he had got a loan waiver of 1 paisa as part of the flagship scheme.When The Hindu met the 52-year-old farmer in his humble one-room house,Mr. Sharma was visibly angry. “I had distributed sweets in April when Yogiji announced the loan waiver. I had taken loan of ₹1.55 lakh from the Punjab National Bank six years ago, but could not repay it that due to repeated losses in farming. Today I do not know whether to laugh or cry. Many leaders have played with the emotions of the farmers, but this one by Yogiji is the cruellest of them all,” said Mr. Sharma who owns five bighas of land and comes under the category of “marginal farmer”. Waiver certificate“Since the day Yogiji announced the ₹1-lakh loan waiver scheme, I had only been thinking about it. I don’t know what to say now. The six-month wait has resulted in 1 paisa in my account,” Mr. Sharma said, waving the loan waiver certificate embossed with the photos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Adityanath, with the slogan “har kadam kisanon ke saath (with farmers in their every step)” running under them.“I don’t want to speak much but what is the point of advertising ₹36000 crore. How come other farmers in Mathura who took almost the same amount as me and who were in a similar situation, got the full waiver of ₹1 lakh,” asked Mr. Sharma, flanked by his son Banwarilal Sharma and his two sons. Since the news of 1-paisa loan waiver broke, Mr. Sharma has been receiving hordes of journalists and photographers at his home.The media attention is also proving to be a pocket pinch for the family, said Banwarilal Sharma who had spent over ₹100 on tea and snacks for the reporters visiting them.Opposition fumesWhile there are many beneficiaries of the loan waiver scheme who have got a relief as low as 40 paisa, no one else in the State has a certificate that matches the 1-paisa laon waiver to Mr. Sharma. His case has already given ammunition to the Opposition leaders in the State. Former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav tweeted on Monday: “Bhool chukey jo apna sankalp patra, shweta patra unka bahana hai (The white paper is an excuse for those who have forgotten their poll promises)”.Two-account theoryThe district manager of PNB bank, P.K. Singh, said that a case like that of Chiddi Sharma may have happened because of two accounts in the same bank. “Under the scheme those accounts of farmers ended up getting selected in which the money was either repaid or there was a meagre loan amount left,” said Mr. Singh. But Mr. Sharma said he never had two accounts in PNB, so there was no chance of any confusion. Probe orderedThe district officials of Mathura have ordered a probe into Mr. Sharma’s case. ADM Mathura Sadanand Gupta told Mr. Sharma that it was a mistake on part of PNB and directed the bank officials to issue a new certificate. The District Magistrate of Mathura, Arvind Malappa, told The Hindu, “I looked at the case of of Chiddi Sharma and it seems that it happened due to some technical error which we are trying to sort out.”last_img read more

Arunachal Pradesh bypolls: BJP wrests two seats from Congress

first_imgThe BJP on December 24 wrested both the Pakke-Kessang and Likabali Assembly seats from the Congress in the bypolls to these constituencies in Arunachal Pradesh. With this, the 60-member State Assembly now has 49 MLAs from the saffron party, nine from the Peoples’ Party of Arunachal (PPA), one Congress and one Independent legislator. B.R. Waghe of the BJP won the Pakke-Kessang seat by a narrow margin of 475 votes, defeating his lone rival and former Deputy Chief Minister Kameng Dolo of the Congress. While Mr. Waghe polled 3,517 votes, Mr. Dolo bagged 3,042, Joint Chief Electoral Officer D.J. Bhattacharjee said.In the Likabali seat, BJP’s Kardo Nyigyor won by a slender margin of 305 votes, defeating his nearest rival, Gumke Riba of the PPA. While the BJP candidate polled 3,461 votes, the PPA nominee secured 3,156 votes in the constituency, which witnessed a multi-cornered contest. While the Congress candidate Modam Dini could secure only 362 votes, the lone Independent candidate, Sengo Taipodia, bagged 675 votes. The constituency also saw 23 voters opting for NOTA, Mr. Bhattacharjee said. Over 68.5% electors had voted in the December 21 bypolls, with Pakke-Kessang recording an 86% voter turnout and Likabali 51%. The Likabali seat had fallen vacant after then Health and Family Welfare Minister Jomde Kena passed away on September 4. The Pakke-Kessang seat fell vacant after the Gauhati High Court declared the election of Mr. Dolo from the constituency in the March 15, 2014 polls null and void, following an election petition filed by BJP nominee and former Minister Atum Welly.Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju congratulated the BJP members for the victory in the bypolls.last_img read more

PH wins bronze in sepak takraw men’s doubles

first_imgFILE PHOTO – PH Chinlone team wins the 1st silver for the country during the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZThe Philippines earned a podium finish in sepak takraw in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Sunday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The Philippines won the bronze medal in the men’s doubles event sharing the plum with Laos.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Myanmar won the gold while Malaysia settled for silver.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Centeno wins gold, Amit settles for silver anew in women’s 9-ball Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more