First Industrial Rice Processing Facility Inaugurated in Kakata

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has inaugurated the first industrial rice processing and warehousing facility in Kakata, Margibi County.Fabrar Liberia Inc., the agriculture entity which operates the facility, is a fully incorporated, Liberian-owned and run agriculture holding firm created in 2009 to tackle food insecurity in Liberia by improving the livelihood of farmers and providing them with increased access to domestic and international food markets.Speaking at the facility’s official inauguration, President Sirleaf said Fabrar’s initiative represented a major step forward in the country.She conceded that the country has paid a lot of attention to its mineral resources, shipping logs and iron ore without paying much attention to the agriculture sector.  She described agriculture as a very expensive enterprise and because of that the country has left it to small farmers. This is why we are the major importers of rice, she acknowledged.  But it is possible for each of us to contribute something to our country by undertaking such initiatives,” she said.The President praised the group for its persistence and determination over the five years it took to own its first rice processing facility. “I’m glad that Liberia has its first industrial rice processing and warehousing facility, which stands to benefit the citizens. I want to see more industrial processing plants that will create job opportunities,” she added.US Ambassador Debora Malac urged Liberians to take responsibility in bringing changes the country needs.She said the US government is committed to working with Liberians in promoting agriculture in the country. “With the amount of fertile land, there is no reason why Liberians are not able to feed themselves. This is why everybody must take responsibility by bringing in the change that will benefit the country,” said the US ambassador.She disclosed that her government’s support to Fabrar is based on the continued cry of hunger by the people.The US Ambassador called on the private sector to work closely with farmers as more opportunities will be given to help make Liberia a better country in terms of food production.At the same time, the Chief of Party of the United States Agency for International Development Food and Enterprise Development (USAID FED), Madam Agnes Luz, reaffirmed her organization’s support to the country by providing financial and technical support in order to reduce hunger in the country. She stated that USAID FED will continue to increase the agricultural productivity and profitability of food crops (rice, vegetables, cassava and goats) and stimulate the enterprise development and build the agriculture workforce.Madam Luz disclosed that in 2014, with financial and technical support from the U.S.Government, through the USAID FED program and private equity financing from West Africa Venture Fund, Fabrar was able to procure an automated rice processing plant and expanded its warehouse facilities.The newly industrialized facility, she said, will double its previous capacity and can mill 30 metric tons (MT) of rice each day and store 1,000 metric tons with proper ventilation and protection from pests, fungus and mildew.“Our program is in six counties — Lofa, Nimba, Grand Bassa, Margibi, Bong and Montserrado, working with farmers to improve their living conditions,” USAID FED Chief of Party stated.Fabrar CEO, Mr. Fabio Lavelanet, said his industry was established to tackle food insecurity; improving the lives of farmers and providing them with increased access to domestic and international food markets.Lavelanet disclosed that the rice processing industry will provide easy access to Liberians getting food in the market, adding that his organization will market the rice to local consumers throughout the country.He encouraged Liberians, including the famers to join the effort by working together for the betterment of the country. “As the country’s largest rice processor and only industrial processor, Fabrar Liberia Inc. will provide Liberian farmers with an incentive and motivation to grow quality rice and a business and not just for subsistence,” he added.He disclosed that despite some challenges facing the industry, it will continue work in order to change food insecurity. He thanked the government and partners for their continued support to the industry, pledging that Fabrar will continue to provide quality rice for the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MacDella Cooper’s Contempt Judgment Today

first_imgMacDellla Cooper, the only female presidential candidate and standard bearer of Union of Liberia Democrats, and the party’s former standard bearer Jonathan Mason, who seeks cancellation of her electionBy Abednego DavisA judgment on whether or not the April 22 convention of the opposition Union of Liberia Democrats (ULD) was in total defiance and disregard of the authority of the Civil Law Court is expected to be delivered today.The expected decision will come after Judge Boimah Kontoe listens to legal arguments between lawyers representing rival groups of the party.Yesterday, Judge Kontoe also dropped contempt charges against the National Elections Commission (NEC) for allegedly recognizing the outcome of ULD convention, regardless of the court’s “stay order” placed on the process.Kontoe’s decision was due to the NEC’s clarification that it was not aware of the ban on the convention.Madam MacDella Cooper, the only female presidential candidate, was elected on a white ballot by some ULD partisans as their standard bearer; however, the party’s former standard bearer, Jonathan Mason, sought nullification of Cooper’s election, claiming it violated the court’s earlier restraining order.Before his contention, Mason served as the standard bearer for the party during the 2011 presidential and legislative elections.He wants to cancel Cooper’s nomination based on what he considers as a “decision of the majority of executive Board members.”Mason’s lawsuit against Cooper and other executive members, including the party’s acting chairman Solomon Kahn and regional coordinator Boakai Zoludua, alleges that two writs, summons, and preliminary injunctions were separately issued to the Sheriff (court officer) to be served to the defendants, that prevented them from conducting the convention.The complainant further alleges that the officers went to serve the writs on Cooper and her collaborators who had gathered at a resort in Congo Town, but Kahn and Zoludua refused to sign the order.“Their action was in total defiance and complete disregard to the authority of the court, because they, on the same day, went ahead and conducted the said convention,” the record claims. “It is unthinkable for Cooper and the others after seeing and viewing the restraining order with the Sheriff would go ahead and conduct the convention.”Their action, the document claims, “Under our law and practice is punishable by contempt of court against them, as a way of deterrence or warning to future violators.”In a counter argument, Cooper’s legal team denied the allegation that Kahn and Zoludua refused to sign the order because they left the convention hall prior to the arrival of the officers from the court.“Our clients did not violate and disrespect the court’s restraining order, because the convention had already ended before the arrival of the two court officers,” the defense lawyers stated.They, meanwhile, asked Judge Kontoe to dismiss the contempt charge against the defendants and allow Cooper to perform her elected duty as other standard bearers are doing.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Suspect confesses to Corentyne brothers’ murders

first_imgPolice made a major breakthrough in the murder of two Corentyne, Berbice brothers when one of the suspects in custody confessed to robbing and murdering the siblings. Guyana Times understands that under questioning, one of the men broke down and gave a confession statement to Police, detailing the murders.Just last week, Police had several persons in custody and issued wanted bulletins for 28-year-old Yougendra Jeenarine of Lot 439 Bush Lot, Corentyne, Berbice; and his 32-year-old accomplice, Kelvin Shivgobin, of Belvedere, Corentyne, Berbice in relation to the murders.Another man who was wanted for questioning, turned himself in to Police in the company of his lawyer.Jeenarine was arrested on January 3, 2019 and was taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital to seek medical attention on Saturday after he had told his lawyer, Chandra Sohan, that he was beaten by Police. Shivgobin, the second suspect, was arrested the following day.Harricharran and Premcharran Samaroo were killed on December 31, 2018, during the course of a robbery at their mother’s Bush Lot, Berbice home.It was reported that on the night in question, the now dead brothers were imbibing with one of the suspects along with a cousin who had arrived in Guyana from the US.Reports are the suspect left the house before the electricity went out. It is believed that he might have orchestrated the robbery/murders.last_img read more

Update – RCMP cordon off area on 104th Ave

first_imgMore information will be posted as it becomes available.If you have any information about this incident you’d like to share, email – Advertisement -**Update – The RCMP have scheduled a news conference for 3pm this afternoon.  We hope to learn more information at that time.  So far the RCMP have confirmed a male was stabbed during a domestic dispute.  A suspect is in police custody.  The male is expected to make a full recovery.  For more on this story, click here By StaffThe Fort St. John RCMP have cordoned off a section of 104th avenue after a domestic incident.The RCMP have told Moose FM/ staff, that sometime Wednesday morning, the Fort St. John RCMP were called to a domestic incident on 104th avenue near 98th street.  The two people involved were taken to the Fort St. John Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.The RCMP have cordoned off the front lawns of three homes on 104th avenue as they investigate the incident.  The RCMP are still investigating just what happened and say they will need the help of translator in order to talk with two people involved.Advertisementcenter_img Photo:  The Fort St. John RCMP are investigating a domestic dispute on 104th avenue – Russ Beerling/Energeticcity.calast_img read more

Conte not discussing Hazard, Luiz transfers

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea’s midfielder Eden Hazard has been repeatedly linked with Real due to his admiration for Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 8 – Antonio Conte batted away questions over the future of Real-Madrid linked pair Eden Hazard and David Luiz on Friday, saying his focus was on beating struggling West Ham to close the gap at the top of the Premier League.Chelsea visit the London Stadium on Saturday, trailing Manchester City by 11 points and with a three-point deficit to second-placed Manchester United, who host the leaders on Sunday. Luiz is out with a knee injury, having initially been dropped following the 3-0 loss at Roma on October 31. He has appeared once since, at Qarabag, and Conte has previously angrily rebuffed suggestions of a fallout.The Italian opted not to answer when asked about the prospect of the Brazilian leaving in January.“There is a lot of games before the transfer window. Now I think is not the right moment to speak about this,” said Conte. “Now this is not important.”On Hazard, who has been repeatedly linked with Real due to his admiration for Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, Conte said: “It’s important to be focused on this moment. Then when there is the right moment, I try to answer this question.”Conte’s focus is on trying to keep pace with City at the top of the table.“It’s very difficult to see two defeats in a row for a great team,” he said. “At the same time Manchester United can beat Manchester City.”Danny Drinkwater is out after the midfielder missed three days of training through illness, while there are “two or three” undisclosed doubts.“The best result is to win against West Ham and then anything can happen in the Manchester derby,” Conte said.“For me the best result is our result, to try to win in a difficult game.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Police warn of lottery scam

first_imgIn the crimes, con artists approach victims claiming to have a winning lottery ticket and asking for help cashing it because they are undocumented. They offer a portion of the winnings if the victim hands over some “good faith” money to show they can be trusted. The con artists have preyed on elderly, Spanish-speaking victims, all of whom were approached on the street. “Some people have given them thousands,” Los Angeles police Detective Brenda Cureton said. “It’s sad.” The crime typically begins with a con artist telling a stranger they have won about $25,000 in the lottery. The con artist calls an unidentified person on a speakerphone and asks that person if they have the winning ticket. The person verifies the winning ticket and says he needs a legal resident to claim the money. WILMINGTON: At least four have been swindled after offering to help redeem a winning ticket. By Larry Altman STAFF WRITER Police on Friday warned Wilmington residents about con artists who have bilked at least four victims out of thousands of dollars in a lottery scam. “They tell them they will give them 10 percent of what the winning ticket is, but they have to put a certain amount of money in for the victim to be trusted,” Cureton said. Victims go to their banks and withdraw thousands of dollars, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. One victim charged $3,000 to her credit card. Once they have the money, the con artists ask the victims to run an errand for them. When the victims get out of their car, the con artists drive away with their money. The suspects have worked in pairs of males or a man and a woman. In one crime, they drove a newer model, gray, four-door Toyota. They also used a tan sport utility vehicle and a light-colored Plymouth Voyager minivan. Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call Los Angeles Harbor Division Detective Wusbaldo Batres at 310-522-2028, or 877-LAWFULL (529-3855). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Big League: Kyetume favourites to clinch final promotion spot

first_imgKyetume finished second in the Elgon Group. (File Photo)FUFA Big League Playoffs 2018/19Semi-finalsStarTimes Stadium, Lugogo Thursday, 16-05-2019-Kyetume FC vs Dove FC @1pm-Kansai Plascon FC vs UPDF FC @4pmLUGOGO – The Big League regular season is now behind us, having climaxed exactly 7 days today, last week.Proline FC and Wakiso Giants FC confirmed their promotion to the StarTimes Uganda Premier League after winning both the Rwenzori and Elgon Groups respectively.As the two sides prepare to face off in the final game of the division, to determine the overall winner, four sides will start their journey to sealing the final promotion spot.Kyetume, Dove FC, Kansai Plascon and UPDF, will be the sides that seek to join Proline and Wakiso in the top flight next season.On Thursday, all will be in action at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo, playing the semi finals.Kyetume, who finished runners up in the Elgon group, take on Dove FC in the opening game of the day.Kyetume head into the playoffs and the game as slight favourites.With the technical team of Jackson Mayanja and Allan Kabonge at the helm, Kyetume have loads of experience at the touchline.Both coaches have in the past proved their worth in the division and the Kyetume faithful will be confident.“This is my game and everyone in the country knows that, said Kabonge ahead of the game against Dove.“I have taken a number of top flight teams into the top tier and i am not going to stop anytime soon.“We are going to first take care of Doves before completing the job on Saturday.Kabonge is one of the Big League’s most celebrated coaches, having led Aurum Roses, Onduparaka, Masavu and lately Paidha Black Angels to promotion.Allan Kabonge has guided four clubs to promotion (file photo)His partner Mayanja has also ever achieved the same feet, overseeing URA’s rise from the Regional League into the top flight, back in the years.The two coaches also have a host of experienced players to bank on so as to execute their aspirations.In the likes of Robert Ssentongo, Vincent Kayizi, Owen Kasule and Patrick Ochan, Kyetume have a core that has previously been top flight main stays at some point.Ssentongo who is a multiple top flight top scorer will be the main player for Kyetume.For Doves, all their trust and hope sits in head coach Twinamatsiko.The tactician was responsible for leading the now defunct Saints to the Top flight.Having finished third in the Rwenzori Group, Dove will feel like slight outsiders starting with the contest against Kyetume but in Bright Haguma, Robert Kyamanywa and Johnson Tusubira, they poses for the much-desired inspiration.The second semi-final will be played between Kansai Plascon and UPDF FC at 4pm.Veteran coach Angelo Lonyesi is at the helm for Kansai who finished 2nd in the Rwenzori Group while Steven Bogere is in charge of UPDF.Kansai are banking on the duo of Allan Oryek and Robert Ssentongo.For UPDF, Fred Umony, Amis Muwonge and Robert Ssaka are the players who will have to bee in fine tune if the army side is to reach the top tier.The winners in the two semi finals’ games will take on one another in the final game on Saturday, for a place in the top tier.Comments Tags: Dove FCFUFA Big League 2018/19kansai plasconKyetume FCtopupdf fclast_img read more

49ers mailbag: What does a good season look like now?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — A 1-3 start to the 49ers season? That’s not what you subscribed to read about here. So, as our weekly public service, it’s time for another 49ers mailbag to vent your frustrations:I see better tackling on a weekly basis at the high school level. Ultimately, who should or needs to be responsible for this trainwreck of defensive fundamentals? (@msilvers1979)The man having to answer that, at least on a weekly basis in our press conferences, is defensive coordinator Robert Saleh. He …last_img read more

Where do Raiders still need the most help?

first_imgExactly one month stands between Monday and the 2019 NFL Draft, in which the Raiders hold four of the first 35 picks and a league-high three on opening night.They were among the most active teams in the first two weeks of free agency, with the signings of Antonio Brown and Trent Brown highlighting a bevy of moves on both sides of the ball, yet plenty of work remains for Oakland to return to relevance in a division topped by two of the best teams in the NFL.Assuming the Raiders don’t send more …last_img read more

49ers’ George Kittle: Voodoo necklace, bully football rule the day

first_img … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.NEW ORLEANS — George Kittle warded off evil spirits in more ways than one to set up the 49ers’ 48-46 comeback win.In the obvious aspect, three New Orleans Saints defenders were needed to finally stop Kittle’s 39-yard reception at the 28-yard line on fourth-and-2, the key play that set up Robbie Gould’s game-winning field goal as time expired.Dabbling in voodoo may have helped the superstitious Kittle, too.last_img read more