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FAO Offers US$98,000 to Strengthen Forest and Farm Producers

first_img(Right) Mac Abdala, FAO Country Representative, and FUN National Coordinator, Mr. Julius BassThe Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) through the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) program on March 28, 2017 signed an agreement with the Farmers’ Union Network of Liberia (FUN) providing US$98,000 to strengthen the capacity of Forest and Farm Producers Organizations (FFPOs) in Liberia.The new FFF agreement with FUN is the second targeting three additional counties, including River Cess, Gbarpolu and Margibi. The first agreement supported Lofa, Cape Mount and Nimba counties, bringing the total number of counties supported by the FFF through the FUN to six.The agreement aims to establish and strengthen the forest and farm commodity associations, improve communications and advocacy at local and national levels, as well as enhance their business and marketing capacities.Mr. Julius Bass, National Coordinator of FUN, signed the agreement on behalf of his organization, while Mr. Marc Abdala, FAO Country Representative, signed for FAO.During the signing ceremony, Mr. Abdala recounted the longstanding partnership between the FAO-FFF project and the Farmer Union Network in working with forest farmers for sustainable livelihood.He added that the funding provided will enhance the capacity of forest producers and add value to their productions.“We are going to work with forest producers in the targeted counties, adding value to their production and thereby ensuring that the forest is protected,” he said.With support from FAO through the FFF, FUN will engage smallholder forest producers and women’s groups through capacity enhancement exercises to reduce rural poverty and deliver food security, sustainable management of the forest, biodiversity and climate change.FUN National Coordinator Mr. Bass noted that the agreement will bring together smallholder and community-based farmers in a more organized way so that they will be stronger and more effective to increase their voices on policy issues to improve their business opportunities.“This will help organize farmers to get more structured and direct support and will give FUN the mandate to advocate for more enabling national policies and lobby for direct support from government and development partners to the forest and farm organizations,” he added.Multi-year partnership agreements are ongoing in ten countries currently, namely: Bolivia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Zambia, The Gambia, Liberia, Kenya, Vietnam, Nepal and Myanmar.Country grants are allocated to forest and farm producer organizations, government agencies and service providers at the country level; focus on organizing forest and farm producers’ increased policy voice; and for livelihoods and business. The supported activities reflect the local priorities, respect national dynamics between stakeholders, stimulate dialogue between parties, and respond to the variety of country contexts and opportunities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Solid Bright outing lifts Maroons; DOMC stuns Knights

first_imgWhile Racela reunion at TNT is a dream, Jose ready to play for any team Ritchie Villaruz, a former San Beda player, also powered the Diliman-based squad with 17 points.Taane Samuel, the Kiwi import set to suit up for La Salle after Ben Mbala’s graduation next season, paced the Archers with 13 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDe Ocampo Memorial College and National University’s juniors squad also pulled off upsets in separate games.Behind Jonard Clarito, the DOMC Cobras rallied past Letran Team B for an 81-75 stunner. Clarito fueled the Cobras’ fourth-quarter outburst to finish with 19 points on top of six rebounds and six assists.NU’s juniors squad, meanwhile, slipped past their seniors Team B counterpart, 82-79.Miguel Oczon exploded for 32 points and national youth team member Rhayyan Amsali added 17 for the Bullpups, who joined the tournament as buildup for the UAAP juniors competition starting November.Shaun Ildefonso paced the Bulldogs with 21 points.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – Bright Akhuetie. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBright Akhuetie delivered another solid performance as University of the Philippines crushed La Salle Team B, 55-36, in the 25-under division of the Milcu Sports Basketball Presents Got Skills Premier League recently at Lyceum Gym.Akhuetie, the 6-foot-7 Nigerian serving residency for the Maroons, dropped 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Position Vacant: Game Development Officer – North Queensland

first_imgQueensland Touch invites interested parties to apply for the position of Game Development Officer in North Queensland.We are currently looking to employ a Game Development Officer based in Townsville to service the North Queensland Region. The successful applicant will be employed Full Time however their hours will be flexible and will include weekend work. A laptop and mobile phone will be supplied.Fuel and Travel Expense are all on top of the salary package. The salary will be $35,000 to $42,000 plus Superannuation.If you are passionate and interested in working for one of the largest participation sports in Queensland then apply now.Please see the attached job description with applications required by the COB – 22nd March, 2009.Please send a covering letter and you resume to Rod Wise on email: rodwise@qldtouch.com.auRelated Filesgame_development_officer_qta_1_-pdflast_img read more

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Season 2 starts in Victoria today 2

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Chinmayanand case SC directs UP govt to set up SIT to look

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to set up SIT headed by IG-rank officer to look into the charges levelled by a Shahjahanpur woman law student, who had gone missing after accusing former Union minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand of harassment, and was found in Rajasthan. The woman was produced on Friday before the apex court which had ordered that she should stay in the national capital under police security and had posted the matter for hearing today. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details After hearing the matter, a bench of Justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna also requested the Allahabad High Court Chief Justice to constitute a bench for monitoring the investigation in the two cross FIRs lodged in the matter. It said the Special Investigating Team (SIT), which will also have SP-rank officer, to look into the grievances raised by the woman. The Shahjahanpur police had on August 27 lodged an FIR against Chinmayanand after the student went missing following her allegation in a video clip that he had been harassing her. She also spoke about threat to her and her family’s life in the video clip. Her father had filed a complaint with police accusing Chinmayanand of sexually harassing her, a charge refuted by the BJP leader’s lawyer who claimed it was a “conspiracy” to blackmail him. The woman’s father had alleged that she went missing at the behest of the 72-year-old BJP leader, who heads Mumukshu ashram. She is a post-graduate student in one of the colleges run by the ashram.last_img read more

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Spains new leader is sworn in faces Catalan conundrum

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain – New Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez had been barely sworn in Saturday before one of the country’s most critical issues facing his fragile government was pressed upon him: ending the Catalan secession crisis.Less than two hours after Sanchez had taken his oath to uphold the Spanish Constitution, Catalan chief Quim Torra demanded to meet with Sanchez and speak “government to government” regarding the future of the wealthy yet restive northeastern region.“Pedro Sanchez, let us talk, take risks, both you and I. Let us sit down at a table and talk, government to government,” Torra said after swearing in his regional Cabinet in Barcelona on Saturday.Torra, who was chosen by separatist lawmakers to lead the region last month, said his government “accepts the charge to continue forward with the mandate … to form an independent state.”Sanchez, the leader of Spain’s Socialist Party, came to power after he successfully ousted conservative predecessor Mariano Rajoy, who lost a no-confidence vote in parliament on Friday.In order to cobble together the support to cast out Rajoy, Sanchez promised to open talks with Torra in order to get the votes he needed from the Catalan pro-secession lawmakers in the national parliament.Sanchez said Thursday that one of the priorities of his government would be “rebuilding bridges” with the country’s regions and “establishing the foundations that allow us to normalize relations and start a dialogue between the Spanish government and the new government in Catalonia.”Sanchez, however, insisted that any solutions for Catalonia must fit within Spain’s Constitution, which calls the nation “indivisible” and says national sovereignty resides in the Madrid-based parliament.Sanchez had been Rajoy’s most loyal backer of a government takeover of Catalonia’s regional affairs following an illegal and unsuccessful declaration of independence by the region’s parliament in October.That federal takeover came to an end Saturday after Torra formed his Catalan government. Torra’s 13 regional ministers took oaths of allegiance to Catalonia while omitting the traditional oath of allegiance to the Spanish Constitution.Torra, a fervent Catalan nationalist, was hand-picked by former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to succeed him. Puigdemont is fighting extradition from Germany to Spain, where he is sought on charges of rebellion and misuse of public funds.Torra’s prior statements in articles social media posts deriding Spaniards have been called xenophobic by critics. He has recently apologized for those views.Sanchez himself has called Torra “the Spanish Le Pen,” aligning him with elements of the European far-right like French nationalist Marine Le Pen.Besides inheriting Spain’s worst political crisis in nearly four decades, Sanchez’s government will depend on the support of the far-left Podemos (We Can) party and of a motley crew of regional parties and Catalan secessionists to get anything done in the federal government.Spain’s parliament voted Friday to replace Rajoy’s government with one led by Sanchez after a ruling by the National Court delivered hefty prison sentences to 29 business people and ex-members of Rajoy’s Popular Party, including some elected officials, for fraud, money laundering and tax evasion, among other crimes.Rajoy attended Saturday’s ceremony in the royal Zarzuela Palace and shook Sanchez’s hand after the new leader was sworn in by King Felipe VI. The two political rivals then posed for a photo with the monarch.Sanchez has vowed to fight corruption and help those Spaniards affected by years of public spending cuts under Rajoy’s government. He also pledged to hold an election soon, while not setting a date.Unlike the new populist government in Italy, Sanchez and his party are staunch supporters of the European Union and its shared euro currency.last_img read more

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One year anniversary of the slide on Old Fort Road

first_imgSeptember 2019, crews from B.C. Hydro & Arctic Arrow Group worked to remove abandoned Hydro and Telus poles and wire that was damaged during the landslide. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure worked on installing culverts and clearing ditches along Old Fort Road to prevent ponding and flooding.To date, there are still unanswered questions. Late October Westrek Geotechnical said some residents of the Old Fort could return home once the road into the community was finished.In November, some residents would return home after a month’s time away and others were not so lucky. Lives were uprooted from homes built and lived in, people received conflicting information as residents struggled to prepare their homes for the approaching winter after the disarray from the evacuation order.In March 2019. the District says the removal of the stockpiles above the Old Fort was a precautionary measure needed to be taken at the recommendation of professional engineers with the work designed to be completed prior to the spring thaw by Deasan Holdings Ltd.July 2019, FSJ Council awards a slope stability study for the Old Hope Road and MLA Dan Davies wrote a letter to Mike Farnsworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General regarding the state of the Old Fort Slide and concern for the residents of the community.August 2019, in response to the letter Dan Davies sent to the government, the Province shared there was no long term plan to monitor Old Fort Landslide. Farnworth says landslide experts have provided information that shows it is “unlikely” for a dramatic slippage of the remaining hillside, but instead suggests that a slow-moving slide would occur, as experienced before.Following the response from the government, the PRRD Board requests data from the government to back up the Ministry’s claim on Old Fort Landslide. Once that data is provided, the Regional District says they have plans to have the data verified by applicable experts to consider whether evacuation alerts and orders may be removed from the Old Fort area. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It has been one year since the slope above the Old Fort slid, causing damage and uncertainty for property owners in the area and still, many questions remain unanswered.Residents woke on Saturday, September 29th, 2018, at some point during that night, part of the Old Fort Hills shifted bringing part of the hill down and blocking the Old Fort Road.At the beginning of the slide and into October, residents were evacuated from the area, Peace River Regional District held meetings as to what to do during this state of emergency.last_img read more

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Demi Moore puts relationships over work

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Demi Moore says she has changed her life and shifted her priorities over the last seven years. The 56-year-old actor opened up about it while speaking to Gwyneth Paltrow and Arianna Huffington at the ‘2019 In Goop Health’ summit, reports people.com. Moore said she has shifted her priorities to refocus on her health and the people around her in the “last seven years”. “My relationships are more important, and what I do comes second,” she said. She no longer looks outwards for validation. “What does it matter what anyone thinks?” she said. “Nothing is that bad.” This new outlook came after “my health took me down”, Moore said, referencing her 2012 collapse at her home. The actor, who is a mother of three was hospitalised after the incident and entered a rehab treatment for addiction and an eating disorder.last_img read more

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Adulterated milk powder manufacturing racket busted

first_imgKolkata: The Enforcement Branch (EB) of Kolkata Police unearthed a racket that produced adulterated milk powder and arrested two persons in this connection from Rajakatra in Burrabazar on Wednesday morning.Police found several packets of a well-known milk powder producing company, which were being used for the packaging of the adulterated milk powder. According to the police, sleuths from the enforcement branch recently got a tip-off that there was a warehouse in the city where adulterated milk was being produced. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersWorking on the information, the sleuths found out that the warehouse was located on the Netaji Subhas Road in Rajakatra. To confirm the information, police kept strict vigil on the warehouse for a few days. When they had enough evidences that adulterated milk powder was being manufactured at the warehouse, they launch a raid on Wednesday morning. Two persons were caught mixing milk powder from two different packets of local companies. They were putting the adulterated milk powder into the packets of the well-known milk producing company. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSeeing the police, both of them tried to flee but they failed as several police personnel had surrounded the warehouse. The accused persons were identified as Sunil Tanti and Arup Bhaduri. They will remain in police custody till March 19. Police conducted a search and found 95 cartons filled with the adulterated milk powder and containers, cartons and jars of the well-known milk producing company. About 3,890 kg of adulterated milk powder was seized by the cops. During the interrogation, the arrested persons revealed that Dilip Saha was the owner of the warehouse and he had managed to give cops a slip. Sleuths are trying to nab him as soon as possible. A case has been lodged at the Burrabazar police station in this regard. Sleuths are also trying find out where the adulterated milk was supplied. The police are sure that more persons are connected with the racket and several shop owners also know about the illegal practice.last_img read more

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Court refuses interim relief to Robert Vadra

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday refused to grant any interim relief to Robert Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Vadra has challenged a money laundering case brought against him. A division bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Vinod Goel asked the Centre and Enforcement Directorate (ED) to file response on Vadra and his close associate Manoj Arora’s plea challenging certain provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The court has also asked Vadra to file an affidavit explaining maintainability of his plea and listed the matter for further hearing on May 2. The trial court which on March 19 extended Vadra’s interim protection from arrest till March 25, will hear his anticipatory bail plea post lunch. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has questioned him in the case several times. The agency has also requested the trial court to dismiss his anticipatory bail as it may require his custodial interrogation in the case. The case relates to ownership of 1.9 million pounds overseas assets by Vadra. It pertains to undisclosed foreign assets and entities to evade tax.last_img read more

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