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MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgThree years ago, MOP-Liberia and a group of committed volunteer peace messengers launched a 21-day peace; volunteerism for peace and development to the sectors of Liberia. Three years later the words spoken by little Remember Jorporlor in Gbarnga, Bong County, a rural part of Liberia mentioned and I quote, “Until, Government can assist us with books, pencils and book bags and make us to have good learning, the children in Bong County will not have total peace, we want good education”, have reverberated in the meeting rooms of the Peacebuilding Commission – UNHQ; conference room of the African Union Building in Addis Ababa and along the corridors of several institutions.Our lofty objectives to promote and advocate for peace remains unchanged. MOP-Liberia remains unapologetic for its involvement in peace building initiatives. More than ever before, we need peace and we also need to set our eyes on the path to a sustainable future whereby people, particularly young people are free from diseases, ignorance, poverty and oppression.Every year, and at every given opportunity we call on governments, International Government Organizations and NGOs including the private sector to invest more in human security. We believe that with informed minds and stability come growth and development. Consequently, our focus on a healthy life with improved access to food, water, sanitation and a life where human rights are respected and young people are afforded equal rights and equal opportunities cannot be over emphasized.New agreements, new UN resolutions and new goals/initiative on peace and sustainable development present new era of opportunities for young girls globally. Agenda 2030 for example would serve as a blue print for action and it is on this note that MOP-Liberia sees a transformative role for young female leaders.It is our opinion that the role of young female leaders in negotiations and affairs of the nation should be more deliberative and more inclusive than before. Young women should see themselves as champions not beneficiaries of assistance or charities. The violations of our rights by anyone or institutions should be renounced or repudiated. An important role for young women is their involvement in the global movement for positive change. MOP-Liberia and other reputable NGOs are demonstrating daily that the change we need is not only possible but it is happening. The time is right and the time is now. To build on this momentum requires the involvement of all young women who must be ready to engage, participate and lead.We must recognize that real change would not happen without action and pressure from young women everywhere. There is a need to hold those before us accountable for past commitments, as we need to hold ourselves accountable for future commitments. As young female peace advocates, we can become better at preventing conflicts and protecting human rights if we get involved. The clarion call is for use to prove our mettle.It is well documented that women, especially young women, despite several odds, can and do secure progress for all. The solution to our conflicts lies with us and now where else.Until next week when we come to you with a new piece on “Mob Violence in Work Places” Let’s keep an eye on peace, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace continue to prevail in our time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Berbice small rice farmers experiencing difficulties in replanting

first_imgPaddy bud infestationSmall rice farmers in Berbice are experiencing difficulties in replanting their crop and many are still hoping Government will step in and assist, following the widespread devastation as a result of a paddy bug infestation during the last crop.Some farmers have prepared the land while others have already sowed paddy for the crop. However, they do not have the necessary funding to see them through the crop. Speaking with Guyana Times on the issue, Region Six Chairman David Armogan noted that several rice farmers have contacted him explaining that they need assistance.“In meeting with these farmers I get the impression that many of them do not have the finance at this point in time to get back into this crop and so they were hoping that the Government would intervene to give them some kind of incentive or to assist them in some kind of way with seed paddy or the possibility of fertiliser or some other form of help so they could get back into the crop,” the Chairman said.Many farmers have been forced to dump their paddy since mills will not accept it. The paddy was rejected by mills because more than 35 per cent of it was damaged. In addition to the loss as a result of the paddy bug infestation, many farmers were faced with additional expenses for the current crop after having to pump water into their rice fields. The prolonged dry spell coupled with difficulties encountered by the regional administration caused some rice farmers to pump water as many as seven times during the crop as compared with three times on an average per crop. The region was expected to produce an estimated two million bags of paddy his crop. However, Rice Producers Association (RPA) Extension Officer, Ramlakhan Singh said only three quarters of that figure was realised. Armogan explained that although the yield had looked promising and most farmers reaped between 30 and 35 bags per acre, it did not have the weight as expected. “When they took it to the mills, the weight was significantly less than what they use to get before and they get paid by weight so a lot of them would have lost large sums of money and are finding it very difficult to get back into the crop,” Armogan explained.The Chairman said the regional administration is hoping Government will see the necessity to assist the struggling rice farmers. Following the poor quality of rice produced, and the scarcity of seed paddy, farmers told Guyana Times that the cost for seed paddy had increased. Although the crop has already started, the majority of farmers have stopped at the perpetration stage.“If they can assist them with seed paddy and some amount of fertilizer, I think they will be ready to go. These farmers only know to make a living by planting rice. So if they don’t do that, you could imagine what will happen to them and their families,” the Chairman noted.Regional Chairman David Armoganlast_img read more

Huddersfield handed huge signing boost

first_img1 Alex Smithies Alex Smithies has a signed a new deal with Huddersfield Town.The goalkeeper’s previously contract was due to expire at the end of the season, but he has now put pen to paper on an extension until 2018.The 24-year-old has established himself as a regular at Huddersfield after coming through the club’s youth academy and manager Chris Powell is elated to have tied him down.“I’m absolutely delighted that Alex has committed his long-term future to the club,” Powell told Huddersfield’s website.“Most 24-year-old goalkeepers don’t have 250 First Team games under their belts; Alex is in a class of his own on that front.“Keepers get better with age and experience and we are seeing that with Alex. “With those games already behind him, he will only get better from hereon in. Given the level that he is at now – I believe he is among the best ‘keepers in the division – I’m really excited at that prospect.”last_img read more

Man pleads not guilty to arson, threat charges in Valley Village love-triangle case

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Walters was being held at the Los Angeles County Jail. His bail was set at more than $1 million. ————————————————— For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. VALLEY VILLAGE – A 31-year-old man pleaded not guilty today to charges that he threatened to kill his former girlfriend’s new boyfriend and then set fire to his Valley Village apartment. Jayni Antonio Walters entered his plea in a Van Nuys Superior courtroom. A judge determined Aug. 27 that there was enough evidence to try Walters in connection with the June 23 blaze that caused some $50,000 in damages to an unit in the 5800 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard, court records show. No one was inside the apartment at the time and there were no injuries. The fire was contained to the unit, fire officials said. He faces five counts including making criminal threats, arson, and burglary because he allegedly broke into the apartment before allegedly setting it ablaze, court records show. He is expected to appear in court again on Oct. 15. Walters faces additional allegations because he is a convicted robber and batterer, court records show, and he also is accused of violating a restraining order, police said.last_img read more

BofA cuts out wholesale loans

first_img“When Ken talks about a top-to-bottom review in five days time, you can’t make that happen. These cuts were in the works, and expect more,” said Tony Plath, an associate professor of finance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. “Don’t underestimate the depth of Lewis’ disappointment in earnings. This guy is pissed.” Bank of America employees in several consumer real estate locations – including Dallas, Richmond, Va., and Brea and Rancho Cordova – will have the opportunity to apply for open positions within the company, bank spokesman Terry Francisco said. The bank started informing affected employees Thursday. Bank of America’s consumer real estate division employs about 13,000 people and it works with about 7,000 independent brokers. “While we are extremely proud of our strong track record in the wholesale business, we believe our long-term opportunity lies in maximizing our more competitive retail channels,” said Floyd Robinson, Bank of America’s president of consumer real estate and insurance services in a statement. A manifestation of that retail strategy, especially during a downturn in the U.S. mortgage market, has been the development and successful execution of its national “no-fee” mortgage program. The nation’s financial institutions have been squeezed as a credit-crunch and defaults in subprime loans have caused investors to become hesitant about taking risks. Dozens of home lenders halted operations this year and are being slammed as housing prices slide. An increase in defaults have forced banks to tighten lending standards. Bank of America’s product, introduced in May, does away with the collection of borrower, lender and third-party fees that typically add a few thousand dollars to the price of buying a home. That product has produced more than $50 billion in application volume in the past six months, according to the bank. Such a product, has enabled Bank of America to “gain critical market share,” Robinson said. In the third-quarter, Bank of America’s overall first mortgage-funded production increased 27 percent when compared with the same period last year. Driving that overall increase was a 60 percent spike in funded mortgage originations through banking centers and a 26 percent increase in funded originations by mortgage loan officers, the company said. “Ken says he likes the retail business, he likes getting to know customers, underwriting, and managing his risk,” said Plath, the university professor. “He just doesn’t like the securitization and servicing sides of the business.” He may not like it, but he is willing to form an alliance and help it. In August, Bank of America invested $2 billion in Countrywide Financial Corp. – the biggest U.S. home lender – when the Calabasas-based company was running short of cash. Countrywide is among the dozens of mortgage lenders that have battled a spike in mortgage defaults and foreclosures, especially in subprime loans – those made to borrowers with weak credit. Those specific problems haven’t extended to Bank of America, which exited the subprime lending market in 2001 when Lewis took over as CEO. The bank called it a business that had “become unattractive from a risk-reward standpoint.” In recent months, Lewis has pushed his bank to improve its market share of prime mortgages, or those offered to borrowers with a solid credit history, and industry experts believe it’s a market the bank has yet to fully tap. As of Sept. 30, Bank of America held a residential mortgage portfolio of $274 billion and has a stated aim of doubling its 5 percent share of the direct-to-consumer mortgages in the next three years. As the nation’s largest retail bank, Bank of America offers several ways for customers to apply for mortgages. The bank has 10,000 personal bankers in nearly 6,000 banking centers nationwide, and 2,200 mortgage loan officers serving 33 states and the District of Columbia, along with a phone channel known as LoanLine, and its Web site. “We see a lot of opportunities in growing our retail business,” Francisco said. “By exiting wholesale mortgage we are putting our full focus in one area, not splitting it.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The nation’s second-largest bank will stop offering home mortgages through brokers by Dec. 31 to focus on direct-to- consumer lending through its banking centers and loan officers. The move also eliminates the jobs in the bank’s consumer real estate unit. The bank shared details of the decision with The Associated Press before its public announcement scheduled for today. The cuts are part of a 3,000-job reduction engineered by CEO Ken Lewis after the nation’s second-largest bank reported a huge decline in third-quarter earnings. MORTGAGES: About 700 employees will lose their jobs. By Ieva M. Augstums THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In addition to scaling back its investment banking operations, Bank of America Corp. is exiting the wholesale mortgage business and eliminating about 700 jobs, bank officials said Thursday. last_img read more

Repetto students `Live Like a Champion’

first_img“This gets them outside and enjoying the outdoors,” she said. “They think they’re just having fun out here, but really this is a way to get them exercising.” After a session of soccer, basketball, football, Hula Hooping and music, children sign a pledge to eat better, exercise and drink lots of water, she added. said he learned to eat better, drink more water and play a variety of sports. “It’s really fun that they have all these activities here,” he said, before running off for more basketball. “It’s really nice of them to come out here.” Salvador bethania.palma@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2236160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Like A Champion Tour• Video: Like A Champion Tour MONTEREY PARK – Salvador Chavez dribbled, shot and scored at Repetto Elementary School on Thursday. The 11-year-old Monterey Park resident learned to live like a champion – or at least picked up some healthy habits. Chavez and his schoolmates participated in the Live Like a Champion Tour, sponsored by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Blue Cross of California. Officials said the goal of the 10-stop tour is to teach kids to live actively and healthy. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “If we get them into the habit now, they’ll develop it as they grow,” said Natalie Tee Gaither, principal at Repetto. “We know healthy children learn better.” With childhood obesity on the rise, Gaither said teaching healthy behaviors early on is key. Television, computers and video games tempt children to stay indoors and be sedentary, but this event is meant to remind them to get outdoors and have fun, officials said. “It really should be a natural part of their growing up, getting out and enjoying the outdoors,” Gaither said. Judy Huffaker, nutrition education specialist with Alhambra Unified School District, agreed. last_img read more

O’NEILL PREPARED TO GIVE COLEMAN AND MCCARTHY ‘BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT’

first_imgMartin O’Neill was surprised at how quickly Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy returned to club action after missing Ireland Euro 2016 double-header with Gibraltar and Germany.Ireland manager Martin O’Neil has expressed his surprise at the speed in which Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy returned to action for Everton after missing Ireland’s Euro 2016 double-header.The influential duo missed Ireland’s double-header against Gibraltar and Germany through injury.However, the Everton pair were fit to play the full 90 minutes for their club just THREE days after Ireland’s crucial qualifier against Germany. John O’Shea scored in the fourth-minute of injury-time to secure a famous result.O’Neill has expressed his surprise at the speed in which they returned, but said he was prepared to give both players the ‘benefit of the doubt’.O’Neil said, “I thought the two of them playing three and half days after a match we have deemed really important, I would maybe have had some concern.“But I’m prepared to give the benefit of the doubt. O’Neill has named both players in the squad for the forthcoming qualifier against Scotland in a fortnight’s time.The game is a crucial encounter for both sides, and another positive result for Ireland would see them take a giant step towards qualification for the tournament in France.O’NEILL PREPARED TO GIVE COLEMAN AND MCCARTHY ‘BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT’ was last modified: October 30th, 2014 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:evertonIrelandJames McCarthyMartin O’Neillnewsseamus colemansoccerSportlast_img read more

MINISTER McHUGH SANCTIONS €26,400 FOR ARRANMORE CENTRE

first_imgGaeltacht Affairs Minister Joe McHugh has sanctioned a grant of €26,400 for Comharchumann Forbartha agus Fostaíochta Árainn Mhór, to enable them to carry out improvements to Ionad Pobail an Chroisbhealaigh.Announcing the grant, the Minister of State said that he was pleased to be in a position to assist Comharchumann Forbartha agus Fostaíochta Árainn Mhór in carrying out these works.“I understand that a lot of activities are held in this centre and of course it is used by ‘Coláiste Árainn Mhóir’, the Irish college, during the summer, which greatly adds to the island’s economy,” said the Minister of State. “This assistance will greatly benefit the Irish language on the island” he added.****D’fhógair an tAire Stáit do Ghnóthaí Gaeltachta, Joe McHugh T.D., inniu go bhfuil deontas de €26,400 ceadaithe aige do Chomharchumann Forbartha agus Fostaíochta Árainn Mhór,  chun cur ar a gcumas oibreacha feabhsúcháin a chur i gcrích ag Ionad Pobail an Chroisbhealaigh.Ag fógairt an deontais dó dúirt an tAire Stáit go raibh sé sásta go raibh ar a chumas cuidiú le Comharchumann Forbartha agus Fostaíochta Árainn Mhór  na hoibreacha seo a dhéanamh. “Tuigim go mbíonn a lán gníomhaíochtaí ar siúl san ionad seo agus ar ndóigh bíonn an Coláiste Gaeilge ‘Coláiste Árainn Mhóir’ ann i rith an tsamhraidh, rud a chuireann go mór le geilleagar an oileáin,” a dúirt an tAire Stáit. “Cuideoidh an cúnamh seo go mór leis an Ghaeilge ar an oileán”  MINISTER McHUGH SANCTIONS €26,400 FOR ARRANMORE CENTRE was last modified: February 23rd, 2015 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)last_img read more

JOB VACANCIES: NEW POSITIONS AVAILABLE AT GALLAGHERS BAKERY ARDARA

first_imgJob Vacancies: The fabled Gallaghers Bakery franchise in Ardara are looking to expand its workforce and has created THREE new jobs. Management at Gallaghers are seeking to recruit a Purchasing Officer, General Office Administrator and a Cleaner to become part of their dynamic and hard-working team.Gallaghers Bakery is one of the most famous names in the bread-making industry and the news its expanding operations is a welcome boost to the local economy. Purchasing Officer:Responsibilities:• Carry out the purchasing process on a daily basis• Maintain and develop the supplier base through : relationship development, supplier selection, supply agreements (including price negotiation where applicable), with continued monitoring and evaluation • Manage stock levels through MRP system• Work with relevant internal departments such as NPD, operations and financeExperience required• 3+ years in purchasing role within a fast paced, high volume production environment is essential• Analytical with excellent communication skills • Demonstrate ability to manage and build a network of suppliers• Demonstrate ability to adhere to strict deadlines• Knowledge of Just in Time and ERP systems• Knowledge of excel essential • Knowledge of Stevens stock system an advantageGeneral Office AdministratorRole:• General office administrator to support sales and finance functionsExperience required• Accounting background• Experience in sales ordering and sales administration• Experience in providing general marketing support• Good communication skills• Knowledge of excel essential• Demonstrate ability to work to deadlines2+ yrs experience in a commercial environment requiredExperienced CleanersExperience required cleaning in a Food Manufacturing Plant environment.5 day week; weekend work will be required.Ideal candidate would have worked as a cleaner in a bakery or food manufacturing siteChemical handling training, manual handling, Working at heights Training, Haccp an advantagePlease send Letter of Application and CV to:-HR Dept, Aran Ard Teo T/A Gallagher’s Bakery, Ardara, Co Donegal, IrelandAlternatively by e-mail to Info@gallaghersbakery.ieJOB VACANCIES: NEW POSITIONS AVAILABLE AT GALLAGHERS BAKERY ARDARA was last modified: February 24th, 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:ArdaraeconomyExpanding. BoostGallagher’s BakeryJob VacanciesjobsNewnewsPositionslast_img read more

Half-time: QPR 1 Swansea City 0

first_imgLeroy Fer’s fabulous goal put QPR ahead at Loftus Road after Swansea had made the better start.Fer smashed home a right-footed effort from 30 yards – the Dutch midfielder’s third goal since his arrival from Norwich in the summer.Rangers had a lucky escape in the opening minutes when Gylfi Sigurdsson’s pass carved open their defence and keeper Rob Green appeared to be outside his penalty area when he handled the ball after racing from his line to deny Wayne Routledge.Former QPR man Routledge was involved in much of the early action, shooting wide of Green’s right-hand post as the visitors continued to threaten.But it was the home side who opened the scoring and Bobby Zamora missed a chance to double the lead when he headed Eduardo Vargas’ right-wing cross over the bar.Batetimbi Gomis could have equalised for the Swans, who named star striker Wilfried Bony among their substitutes.Gomis dragged a shot wide and also saw a weak attempt comfortably gathered by Green. QPR:  Green, Isla, Caulker, Dunne, Hill, Vargas, Barton, Henry, Fer, Zamora, Austin. Subs: McCarthy, Traore, Ferdinand, Phillips, Onuoha, Mutch, Hoilett.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more