Citizens of Bomi County have confessed that their failure to produce more food, especially cassava and other tubers in the county is due to lack of markets and under pricing of the commodities by buyers from Monrovia.They made the assertion on February 28, 2015 in Klay District where about 30 farmers converged to discuss and find solutions to problems affecting cassava farming in the county. The discussion was organized by a local non-governmental organization, the Human Development Foundation (HDF). During the discussion, farmers stressed that they produce cassava, but there is no market to sell the commodity to earn equitable income. “We work too much to produce the cassava, but as we transport it at high cost to the market, buyers from Monrovia will price the goods less and we will not have any money to take home after transportation fares. In many instances the cassava gets rotten and we end up making fufu (fermented cassava) which cannot easily be sold,” one farmer said. The farmers said this is one major condition that causes them to feel reluctant to cultivate large hectares of land. The farmers also identified disunity as one key factor hindering productivity in Bomi.They claimed that it is difficult for people to join and work together despite group work system that the Human Development Foundation has introduced.Giving an overview of the discussion earlier, the Executive Director for HDF, Sensee L. Sirleaf, Sr. said seeing the need to add value to cassava to be the second to Liberian staple food, rice, they have received funding from the World Bank through the Ministry of Agriculture and his group has been engaged to reach the farmers with the project. He added that the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP) is working along with MOA as the German Agro non-governmental organization; Welt Hungerhlife provides oversight in the implementation of the project. Mr. Sirleaf explained that the Innovation Platform cassava value chain is meant to take farmers from just producing a few tubers of cassava for eating to go into business instead. Under the Innovation Platform, he said they are bringing together the producers that represent farmers, the processors, the policy makers, transporters and nutritionists. He emphasized that in addition to the problem affecting farmers, there are no processing plants that will transform the raw cassava into other valuable forms to be more nutritional. He told the farmers that as they understand the needs and challenges, they will take to donors what they gathered from the discussion to find the appropriate solutions. In HDF’s three operational districts, including Dewur, Klay and Seinjeh, Mr. Sirleaf said they have one processing plant for now and are hoping to set other plants in the rest of the districts to make it easy for farmers to take their cassava there for processing.He said they have cultivated 30 hectares of cassava in the three districts and HDF extension agent is assigned there to teach the farmers the system of planting on mounds and ridges that encourage high yield.HDF and partners, according to Mr. Sirleaf, provide tools including wheelbarrows, cutlasses and rice to a group of farmers to help make their farms.Also speaking on the significance of engagement in cassava farming in Bomi, West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program County Officer, Kemoh Sheriff told the farmers that the Government of Liberia, World Food Program and Mary’s Meal are to soon provide the market for cassava.Mr. Sheriff said Mary’s Meal, based in Bomi, has decided to purchase gari to feed students in that county.The Bomi gari is a nutritional type of cassava product that contains ingredients such as peanuts and sugar.He also disclosed that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has asked the World Food Program (WFP) to purchase locally produced food items, including rice and gari to use in school feeding programs, instead of corn, soya and bulgur wheat.Mr. Sheriff, who received applause from the farmers for his entertaining explanation, told them that demands especially from Mary’s Meal places people in the county under obligation to produce more cassava as gari from Bomi is to soon take center stage in business on the Liberian market.After identifying the problems and revealing marketing opportunities that will soon come to the county, heads of farmers of the Klay District that converged for the discussion formed the Innovation Platform and elected their leaders.The leaders are to work with farmer groups in the three districts to achieve the goals of the project partners.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“It’s a rhythm thing,” said Robinson. “I didn’t say anything. I just focused on those free throws. Then once I hit the first two, it was just rhythm.” Tracy Robinson, one of Loyola’s worst foul shooters, gave the Ramblers their first victory over a ranked opponent in 21 years and cost No. 15 Butler a chance for the outright Horizon League championship. Robinson, who had made just 38 percent of his free throws in the conference and 57 percent for the season, hit five foul shots in the final 36 seconds, and the Ramblers held off the Bulldogs 75-71 on Thursday night. Blake Schilb scored 28 points to lead Loyola. At No. 7 Memphis 99, Rice 63: Willie Kemp scored 20 points to help No. 7 Memphis beat Rice on Thursday night and clinch its second-straight Conference USA title. (20-9, 10-5 Horizon League) (24-5, 12-3) At No. 23 Oregon 64, No. 9 Washington State 59: Freshman Tuajan Porter scored 21 points and Aaron Brooks made a layup with 12.9 seconds left to seal No. 23 Oregon’s 64-59 victory over ninth-ranked Washington State on Thursday night. No. 11 Nevada 84, at Idaho 68: Nick Fazekas scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help Nevada beat Idaho. No. 18 Duke 71, at Clemson 66: Jon Scheyer scored 18 points to help Duke win its 21st straight over Clemson – without any late help with the game clock. This time, Duke (21-7, 8-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) opened a 21-point halftime lead and hung on as Clemson (19-8, 5-8) came within 69-64 in the final minute. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
With the loss to Washington State on Saturday, Stanford became the first-round opponent. USC split with both teams in the regular season. Each school presents a problem with two strong big men. The Trojans prefer to go small. PULLMAN, Wash. – Stanford or Washington? There wasn’t much of a difference when it came to which team the Trojans would play in the first round of the Pacific-10 Conference tournament. And in this corner: With just more than a minute left in double overtime, a heated Tony Bennett, Washington State’s coach, pointed over toward the USC bench and called Tim Floyd over to meet with him and an official at midcourt. Bennett appeared to be upset with a USC assistant coach. Police briefly took the court, though their presence seemed unnecessary. Floyd declined to talk about the incident, and the coaches appeared friendly in shaking hands after the game. “They were face to face like they were about to go into a boxing match,” Nick Young said of the coaches. Add Stanford: The Cardinal appeared to be the toughest matchup in the Pac-10 for USC when it spanked the Trojans 65-50 in Palo Alto. However, USC likes the game after winning 69-65 at Galen Center on Feb. 22. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Since USC lost to Washington on Thursday and beat Stanford the previous week, this might even be a better draw. “It wouldn’t have mattered,” coach Tim Floyd said. “They’re all really tough. Stanford or Washington, I guess, or Oregon or Arizona. Pick your poison. They’re all terrific NCAA Tournament teams.” USC is seeded third, and Stanford is sixth. Washington, which is seventh, would have had to beat Arizona State on Wednesday to play the Trojans. The Huskies would now match up with Washington State if they beat the Sun Devils. Rivalry brewing: USC could get a rematch with Washington State in the semifinals Friday. The teams have already played two last-minute classics this season.
Noel Gallagher insists Manchester City ‘won’ the transfer window.Manuel Pellegrini strengthened his squad with the big money arrivals of Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Nicolas Otamendi, as well as adding the likes of Fabian Delph from Aston Villa and Patrick Roberts from Fulham.And Gallagher is delighted with the summer business done by his club.“We’ve won it – we’ve won the window,” he told the Sports Bar. “The good thing was we got all the targets we identified, even publically. It was no secret we were going for De Bruyne and Sterling.“Otamendi we didn’t know about until he came, but they’ve kind of pulled it off. Looking at the deals that have been done, I feel a bit for everybody else – apart from United!”
The Letterkenny Community Heritage Group will unveil a sculpture on the Tuesday evening at 7.30pm at the Cathedral Square to the ninety one men from the Letterkenny area who were killed in WW1.Redmond Herrity who made the sculpture.The sculpture is a work of art by local man Redmond Herrity who himself has a keen interest in the subject and has volunteered his time to the project.Redmond’s Great Grandfather Barney Sweeney fought in the war. The sculpture will be unveiled by Donegal WW1 historian Paddy Harte and local man Johnny Keys from Sentry Hill who lost three Granduncles in the conflict, while a fourth brother was sent home a story similar to that of the Movie “Saving Pte Ryan” .All of the soldiers killed are interred in foreign countries and include the youngest man Albert Mills Knipe, age 17 from Main St and the oldest Jermiah McDaid 46 came from Crieve.The men are buried in France, Belgium, Turkey and what we call today the Middle East.A speech on the war and its effects locally will be delivered by former Army Commandant and military Historian Declan O’Carroll while a list of the men’s names to date will be read out by Kieran Kelly.Brian Walsh formerly of Mount Southwell Place will perform MC for the evening.L.C.H.G. would like to thank all of those who have helped and assisted in the project including the local Churches and former Town Council. The Group also extends a warm welcome to everyone from the town and its local environs and in particular relatives of all those who were involved in the war.SCULPTURE IN HONOUR OF 91 LETTERKENNY MEN KILLED IN WW1 TO BE UNVEILED was last modified: August 18th, 2014 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:Letterkenny Heritage Grouppaddy harteREdmond HerritysculptureWW1
JIM McGUINNESS has insisted he hasn’t been offered any positions at Celtic or Liverpool, but wouldn’t rule out considering any offers if he was given them in the future.The Donegal manager has been linked in various newspapers with jobs in soccer in Britain since winning the All-Ireland.The sports psychologist told the Shaun Doherty Show today that he has had no approaches from any teams but found the links “very flattering.” “I was invited over to Celtic a few weeks ago to a Champions League match and I went to the training grounds. It was a fantastic set-up,” he said.But there were no offers of jobs, pointing out that he would look at any that were made.“I suppose if Highland offered me a position you’d have to sit down and talk to them,” said McGuinness.“If a professional football team and came in and said they were interested in talking to you then it is something you’d have to consider. I am a young man with three children and you would consider it,” he said. The All-Ireland winner said he had worked with golfers, Derry City and Finn Harps but added: “If something came up I’d talk it over with my wife – that would be the approach.”Jim is a big Celtic and Arsenal fan – and he praised Neil Lennon for how he ran his team in Glasgow.The manager gave a wide-ranging interview on the success at Croke Park.Asked if he realised that he was being hero-worshipped by Donegal fans all over the world, he said: “It’s not something I’m even aware of because you live in your own wee bubble.”He said he had heard all sorts of stories about fans before and after the match and how they had celebrated. But he said he had never experienced Donegal as a supporter – always as a player or as a manager.McGuinness spoke again of his satisfaction in seeing his players climb the Hogan Stand to lift the Sam Maguire, a satisfaction shared by his assistant Rory Gallagher and the rest of the backroom team.Asked about walking out of the Croke Park press conference until Declan Bogue – the journalist – had left, the Donegal manager again referred to Bogue’s book and insisted he had got several things wrong.“If you are a Christian you have to forgive people; it was about people wanting the bread buttered on both sides. There were things that weren’t true in his book,” he said. “This fella can write x, y and z and then expect to come in to fill their back pages on the back of our All-Ireland success….I wasn’t happy to do that interview.”McGuinness said it was now “water under the bridge”.“Even if there was a full page apology the people who read the book wouldn’t see the apology,” he said.He went on: “You have to have your principles and you have to stand up for yourself.”The Donegal manager also praised his team members for their dedication to the county.He also promised fans abroad that they may take the Sam Maguire to Boston and New York in the coming months.Asked about the Late Late Show visit – which was just four minutes – Jim refused to become embroiled in the controversy.He said they had been in RTE for three or four hours and the team enjoyed the experience and meeting other guests.“It was a good experience for them (the players),” he said.He said people in Donegal probably wanted more on the programme because the appetite was so strong.The manager said he wanted to say ‘thank you’ to all of the fans for their support and messages of congratulations.JIM McGUINNESS: ‘I HAVE NOT BEEN APPROACHED BY CELTIC OR LIVERPOOL’ was last modified: October 8th, 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:CelticDonegal GAAJim McGuinnessLiverpool
Aodh Ruadh GAA News:MeetingThe monthly club meeting takes place this Wednesday, 26th August in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend. FootballA barn-storming last 15 minutes in Newtowncunningham saw Aodh Ruadh convincingly put their second round championship tie to bed as they ran out 3-13 to 3-7 victors. Ballyshannon got off to a good start, an early Seamus Kane goal carrying them into a four point lead. Naomh Colmcille dominated the middle half hour though and lead 2-4 to 1-5 at the interval, maintaining that lead early in the second half. A brilliant David Dolan goal turned the tide and from there Aodh Ruadh outscored the hosts 1-5 to 0-1 down the stretch. That victory makes it two wins out of two in group 1 of the intermediate championship and puts Ballyshannon in the driving seat for a place in the knock stages. We have a full match report from the game up on aodhruadh.org with pictures to follow. Meanwhile Aodh Ruadh’s chances of progression in the reserve championship were dealt a fatal blow when they lost out to Naomh Colmcille in a nine goal game, 5-16 to 4-8 the final score. The reserves struggled to muster a team to travel to Newtowncunningham for their second championship match. Having lost the first match to Buncrana a win here was a must. The visitors, despite having a much weakened team, gave a great account of themselves in the first half keeping the hosts within sight thanks to goals from Anthony Coughlin and Jamie McDonald. However a couple of fortuitous goals saw the hosts go in at the break leading 3-7 to 2-5. The second half however was much less of a contest as the hosts made the most of the numerical advantage and their subs playing against the 14 weary travellers. They slowly extended their lead throughout the half as fatigue set in among the Ernesiders. Further goals from Niall Thomas and a beauty from Dermot Slevin kept some respectability on the final scoreline of 5-16 to 4-8. A very disappointing day for the lads who made the effort to make the trip. We will have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org later in the week.Aodh Ruadh are at home this Sunday, 30th August in the championship with Saint Naul’s the visitors to Father Tierney Park, throw-in at 3pm. That is preceded by the reserve championship clash with the same opposition at 1.30pm.Aodh Ruadh played a big role as Donegal won the Jim McGuigan Ulster under 17 competition on Saturday. They defeated Tyrone 3-10 to 0-9 in the semi-final before beating Monaghan 3-14 to 0-7 in the final. Nathan Boyle captained the side, following in the footsteps of another Aodh Ruadh Donegal captain at this competition, Niall Harley. Shane McGrath played both games, showing well at full forward. Oisin Rooney come on in the final and made a good contribution. Mick McGrath also provided administrative assistance. This is the third year in a row Donegal has won the competition with Aodh Ruadh having substantial involvement in all three wins.Congratulations to Adam Clarke who won the 58th edition of the Bakery Cup on Wednesday. His side overcame the challenge of Shane Gillespie’s men in the final on a scoreline of 6-6 to 4-4. Adam’s team was Aaron Duffy, Odhran McGarrigle, Conall Bradshaw, Kyle McCafferty, David Doherty, Ryan McDonald, Daire Warren, Mark McGlynn, Philip Cassidy, Adam McGlone, Jack Hourihane and Shane Carty-Fenlon. The win caps a great year for Adam when he played a real leader’s role at centre back in the under 14s. The under 14s hosted Grange for a challenge in the park on Saturday afternoon. It was a relaxed affair with Aodh Ruadh winning well after having previously lost twice to the Sligo side this season.Under 13 training is now underway on Mondays and Wednesdays at 4.30pm.There will be under 12 training this Friday at 4.30pm. The Willie Rogers Tournament will take place on Saturday 19th September. With a large attendance of players, mentors and supporters expected a loaf of sandwiches, tray of buns or similar from ALL PLAYERS is absolutely essential. Help will also needed with catering in Aras.Our under 8s produced their best display of the season on Saturday morning out in Bundoran. They did very well against sides from Bundoran and Naomh Bríd. Many thanks to the Bundoran club for organising the blitz, especially the refs, who were excellent and played the games in the right spirit. The Aodh Ruadh players who took to the pitch in Bundoran were: Anton Duffy, Ben Daly, Bobby Melly, Cádhla Dolan, Che Barron, Cormac Finnegan, Dara McGloin, Dara O’Mahoney, Dáithí Sheerin, Donagh Kelly, Eoghan Gallagher, Eoin Cassidy, Finn Doogan, Garvey Meade, James Gallagher, Joseph Gibbons, Liam Doogan, Oisin Sweeny, Sadhbh Hughes, Sam Davitt, Sean O’Neill, Stephen Doran, Ted O’Donnell, Thomas White and Tomás Keown. Training continues this Friday for the under 8s and under 6s from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. HurlingRound five fixtures in the hurling championship will take place this Wednesday 26th August at 7pm with Aodh Ruadh hosting Saint Eunan’s in Father Tierney Park.There was no action on the field last week as the under 12s game with Saint Eunan’s was rearranged and Buncrana didn’t travel for the under 16 game. The under 16s finished fourth in the league and it looks like they’ll face a very difficult game away to Buncrana in the semi-final.The All-Ireland blitzes take place this Saturday and we hope to have players involved in the under 14, under 15 and under 16 squads. There is an all-county hurling blitz in Convoy on Sunday for the under 8s and under 10s full details later in week.Reunion for 1990 Community Games championsThere will be a reunion on Saturday 29th August in Bridgend Bar for the 1990 Donegal and All-Ireland winning Community Games team of Aodh Ruadh. The team who won the county title that year were Stephen Ward, Paul Rafferty, Kenneth McGurren, Martin Gallagher, Sean Maguire, Anthony Sheerin, Gavin Rogers, David Greene, James Shannon, Brendan Boyle, Dermot Fox, David Hoey, Sean Perry, Matthew Hughes, Christy Coughlin, Barry Travers and Jamie McCauley. Michael ‘Sticky’ Ward was captain while Jim Kane was manager. Contact Sean Perry (0879105013) or Jim Kane (0862849425) for further details regarding this event.Club kitWe now have official club shorts available to order. They are O’Neill’s, so top quality kit. Kids sizes (24 and 26) cost €18, while adult sizes (28, 30, 32, 34, 36 and 38) cost €22. We’ll have samples available and images on aodhruadh.org. Contact Chris Kelly on 0868813553 to place your order. Our navy blue soft shell jackets are also back on sale. We now have three youth sizes available. Ages 7-8 priced €40; ages 9-10 priced €40; and ages 11-12 priced €45. All jackets will have the Aodh Ruadh and GAA crests, plus the child’s initials on the sleeve. We are also able to order Ladies soft shell jackets with pink Aodh Ruadh crest and GAA logo. We are also selling adult jackets. You can check out samples of the shorts and jacket on aodhruadh.org. For further details call Chris on 0868813553.Abbey Centre BingoLast week’s €400 bingo jackpot was shared between Helen Coughlin, Ballyshannon and Patsy Sheerin of Rosinver. The August Big Bingo is this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre with a massive €3,200 prize fund including the €1,000 jackpot game! The summer snowball is now at €625 on 51 numbers or less. Books priced at €15 for a full book, or half books for €8, or get the book and a half special for €20. See you there.Aodh Ruadh LottoThere was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €7,100. The winning numbers drawn were 1, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 14. In the lucky dip €20 went to Stephen Ward, Woodlands; John J. McGarrigle, Cashelard; Patricia Worsnop, Corlea; Frances Daly, Abbeylands; and Caroline Finnerty, Parkhill. Next draw in Pat’s Bar with a Jackpot of €7,200 on Sunday at 8.30pm.The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra this Saturday is: JUVENILE HURLERS.You can receive the club notes by e-mail every Tuesday morning. To subscribe, enter your details on the website, www.aodhruadh.org, or e-mail your request to email@example.com.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This is the weekly e-mail newsletter from Aodh Ruadh GAA Club. If you have received it in error, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Follow us on the social mediaFacebook: Aodh Ruadh CLGTwitter: @aodhruadh.GAA NEWS: AODH RUADH PRODUCE STUNNING PERFORMANCE TO DEFEAT NAOMH COLMCILLE was last modified: August 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAASport
A DONEGAL hostel has slashed its prices in a bold bid to win more tourists for the county.The Errigal Hostel in Dunlewey is charing just €7.50 per night.And Sinead O’Donnell says the initiative could be a tourism boost for the area. “An Oige wanted people that haven’t experienced hosteling before a chance to experience it at a great price so they came up with the initiative of midweek madness of every bed in our hostel and at the Glendalough Hostel in Co.Wicklow being only €7.50,” she told Donegal Daily.Errigal Hostel is a five star modern 60 bed hostel with a choice of twin rooms (ensuite), 4-bed dorms and 6-bed dorms.“We can host solo travellers, couples, friends, families and groups,” said Sinead.“We were awarded EU flower award in 2011 for being environmentally friendly – the hostel is heated by wood pellets and recycling is greatly encouraged. “Some of the facilities we have is a large common room with a TV, a cozy snug room, a drying room (a must for anyone who will be climbing the hills or enjoying the beaches), we also have a large dining room with spectacular views out of every window.“Our self-catering kitchen has everything you need to enjoy a lovely meal in a relaxing atmosphere.”The hostel has teamed up with Grassroutes who hire out bikes to guests if they want to explore on two wheels.“We wanted people to experience Donegal as a fantastic place to enjoy a midweek break we are fantastically located with everything either a short walk/drive away from the hostel,” she added.Meanwhile German and French tourists have begun to arrive in their hundreds in the county as part of a tourism initiative involving hotelier Jim White and Knock Airport. DONEGAL HOLIDAY HOSTEL SLASHES PRICES TO €7.50 IN BOLD TOURISM BID was last modified: September 3rd, 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:7.50 offersdonegal tourismerrigal hosteltourism
Join us for live news and analysis Thursday at 5 p.m. when the Warriors face the red-hot Raptors in Toronto in what could be an NBA Finals preview.The Warriors will once again be short-handed as both Stephen Curry (left groin) and Draymond Green (right toe sprain) were remain sidelined when Golden State tries to snap Toronto’s six-game winning streak. The Raptors, who own the NBA’s best record at 18-4, are hoping to break an eight-game losing streak against the Warriors.Curry is …
After a disastrous start to its 2018 campaign, the College of the Redwoods mens basketball team will now turn to a new head coach after now-former head coach Aaron Hungerford was dismissed from his role following a DUI arrest early Monday morning.Darren Turpin, currently an assistant coach with the CR womens basketball team, will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the Corsairs’ season, starting on Jan. 2.CR’s Athletic Director Bob Brown said Hungerford was dismissed from his …