Coping with Food Self-sufficiency in Liberia

first_imgIn recent weeks, the Liberian Council of Churches (LCC), in collaboration with the World Council of Churches in Africa, joined the fight against hunger and poverty in Liberia, with the launch of a major fund drive to boost the country’s agriculture sector.The theme of that crusade was: “The role of the Church in fighting Hunger and Poverty”.President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was the guest of honor at the ceremony where she pledged her government’s commitment to render unflinching support to fight hunger and poverty.Although this effort by the LCC could be considered long overdue for a nation striving to feed its population of 3.5 million, it is a singular gesture to keep the world comity of nations adequately informed and to galvanize support to collectively join efforts in the fight against hunger, poverty and disease.Liberia being Africa’s oldest independent nation is of no exception to this quest, and that is why the Liberian leader and people of Liberia are particularly grateful to investment companies such as the UCI; a multimillion investment company located on Bushrod Island, Monrovia, which has contributed immensely to the provision of food for economic self-sufficiency in the country.   The UCI is one company that has been working assiduously towards this goal, especially in maintaining the constant supply of rice—Liberia’s staple food— on the local market. UCI, according to our survey, has over the years joined this global phenomenon, which poses a serious challenge to combating hunger and poverty as it relates to the prevailing economic difficulties world-wide. Particularly with the current inflation that is causing price fluctuation on the local market.       This has greatly affected the Liberian economy, whereas the exchange rates on the local market, mainly the Liberian legal tender and US dollars rates, are climbing up each day, thus affecting the prices of basic consumable commodities such as rice.But with the presence of UCI in Liberia, the market continues to benefit from a greater supply of rice on the local market.   This effort is facilitated by UCI management, which according to Mr. Sam Faley, General Manager of UCI, is currently unloading a huge consignment of rice being docked at the Freeport of Monrovia pier to meet the growing demand from the people of Liberia. Already the metropolitan City of Monrovia and its environs have benefited from a better supply of rice on the market thanks to the UCI. Meanwhile, similar efforts are being made for possible distribution in other parts of the country.  There is a popular saying that goes, “an empty bag cannot stand; a hungry man cannot work nor go into agricultural venture without adequately being fed.  It is therefore, a befitting gesture for the government to say” BRAVO to UCI.”According to Sam Faley “It is also management’s expectation to venture into Liberia’s agro-industry development in the future and create more job opportunities for Liberians; especially youths, in the not too distant future.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Plaiting a New Mat on the Old: A Look at the Transformation of Liberia…

first_imgLiberia has not had any significant success in agriculture. Liberian farmers are lazy and nonproductive.  All of our food comes from our neighbors. Liberian farmers cannot work together. Our soils are so rich we don’t need fertilizers. Our leaders must be farmers themselves if we are going to achieve any significant growth in agriculture.As we look to revitalize the agriculture sector it is very important that we consider some of the Facts and Myths listed above. Of course we could have been more inclusive with challenges and even a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis; but for this discussion it is not necessary to go into such details. The idea here is to be as brief as possible in order to instigate a dialogue. What is very important here, is that we take a holistic approach; and  in our discussion raise as many issues as possible. Because, in my opinion, somehow we must merge the many ideas and proposals that are being floated with the intent of transforming the economy through agriculture; and do everything possible, as I said above, not to embark on a process of  “reinventing the wheel”. Because, even though the sector has many challenges, there have been some successes which could and should be built upon, rather than coming up with brand new ideas. Now, my challenge here has been how to discuss or more importantly, present them in a coherent and brief manner not to prolong the discussion. This is a very important concern because these “Facts” and “Myths” do present many talking points. So, I have decided to deal with a few; and perhaps, you the reader can think of some others which I have not considered.As you can see the last items in the both “Facts” and “Myths” columns are highlighted. These are the issues I would like to deal with first in this discussion. I will deal with the myth first. There are many who believe that our leaders must be farmers or create their own farms to encourage others to follow suit; and this will somehow spurn a revolution in agro-development. I disagree but not entirely. There is nothing wrong with the president developing or owning a farm. It would be good for him or her  economically, and perhaps, serve as an incentive to get others, particularly government officials, involved in developing their own farmrs or agribusinesses. However, we must note here that there is nothing in our constitution that demands that; and there is no guarantee that it would work. There are other reasons why I am not in support of this which I am not prepared to dfiscuss at this time. However, I do believe that the Chief Executive must be a “Champion” of Agriculture and take center  stage in its development and promotion. He or she must not only be the champion but must put in place policies and programs that would not only encourage ordinary citizens to invest in agriculture but ensure that they succeed at it.Fortunately, as I stated earlier, the AU has made it very easy and quite simple for not only our president but for every leader across Africa with the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP). CAADP  provides a vehicle and guide that would enabled the President to actively engage, participate and promote the sector. In 2003 at Maputo, Mozambique, the AU launched the CAADP; and eleven years later, in 2014 at Malabo (Equatorial Guinea), African leaders once again, not only recommitted to the CAADP, but adopted  a Declaration on Accelerated Agriculture Growth and Transformation for Sharerd Prosperity and Improved Livlihoods (the Malabo Declaration)  with seven specific commitments (1.Recommitment to the Principles and Values of the CAADP Process, 2. Commitment to Enhancing Investment Finance in Agriculture,  3. Commitment to Ending Hunger in Africa by 2025, 4. Commitment to Halving Poverty by the year 2025, through Inclusive Agricultural Growth and Transformation, 5. Commitment to Boosting Intra-African Trade in Agricultural commodities and services, 6.Commitment to Enhancing Resilience of Livelihoods and Production Systems to Climate Variability and other related risks, 7. Commitment to Mutual Accountability to Actions and Results) and several monitoring mechanisms, including the Biennial Review1 and CAADP Results Framework to ensure African governments’ compliance and implementation in order to reach its intended goals as laid out in the CAADP Implementation Guidelines.Now it would quite difficult to go into the details of CAADP in this paper without extending the discussion. So, not to bore you we will highlight some of the key elements of CAADP as follows: CAADP works and has worked with significant growth in Agriculture GDPs and economic growth in the countries (Rwanda, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ghana, Mali, Gabon, etc.) where CAADP has been partially or fully implemented; and especially, in those countries where the leaders have championed its goals and taken the lead role in its  domestication and implementation. Of course CAADP cannot be implemented in isolation of any country’s own development agenda, however, when coordinated and done in the spirit of a collaborative African endeavor significant results can be demonstrated. My recommendation is that any effort to reform the sector be done in concert with the CAADP-Malabo goals and that the leaders on both sides of the aisle (Legislative and Executive) be well informed on the CAADP.Now  that we have considered a vehicle that could help in the agricultural transformation process, let’s look at some other  “Facts” and “Myths”. As for the facts, they are indisputable and information are readily available to support what have been listed above. As I earlier stated the idea is to be focused on few  issues and the other issues in both the “Facts” and “Myths” could be further explored in a dialogue; let’s look at one or two that have some relevance to the transformative process. I think that three of the major myths in Liberia are: 1. that our famers are lazy, 2. Most if not all of our food come from Guinea or somewhere else and 3. anything will grow here and all that you have to do is just throw seeds on the ground. First, it is true that some of our food do come from outside.  Why? Our peoples have been trading with each others for centuries and yes, the Guineans and Sierria Leonians do do some things better than us, but they also buy from our farmers. Whether one want to believe it or not, Liberians produce most of the vegetables and fish we consume, including peppers; and let’s make it clear here they are not lazy, they just work too hard. And yes, we do have all of the elements, Sun, Water and SoiI to grow about anything here, but according to the science, our soils are not as rich as we think they are. So if we realy want to increase our productive capacity then we have to consider some interventions, mechanization and the use of fertilizers and pesticides.So, my guess is that  your next question would be, “If our people are not lazy, and they produce all this food, then what about Rice, our staple? Can Liberian produce enough rice for the country’s insatiable appetite?” My answer would be a resounding “Yes!” Then I guess you might ask again, “Why haven’t we done so?” There are so many reasons why we have not and seem incapable of producing our staple; and I really don’t want to go into specifics because I might not have all the answers. However, these are very good questions that need to be answered, especially when you consider  the level and quality of work that have been carried out at the Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI) not only in training but actual rice development. Believe it or not our young scientist, many you might know by name have done some phenomenal work at CARI not only in rice cultivation but also in cassava and many other crops.I really don’t want it to look as if I am making excuses, but the rice issue in Liberia goes way beyond whether we can produce enough to satisfy our national consumption. To be honest I think in addition to growing the stuff we have to collectively make an earnest effort to change our eating habits if we want to solve the rice problem. For one thing, the cost of producing rice is very high here and in most of Africa which makes it difficult to compete with the imports, and  I don’t realy believe that the many schemes we have employed in the last few years will solve the problem, Don’t get me wrong, there are inroads being made, but until we combine changing eating habits with the government’s efforts, we might not get very far in solving the problem. It is not enough to say, “Eat what we grow”.That’s why I think it is very important to consider the CAADP in conjunction with our own domestic strategies. Because the problems we face here are not very different from other African countries. Many of the issues and possible solutions have been identified in the CAADP; and the resources, financial and technical support have been provided in most cases. The challenge is how do we take them and make them work for us? The AU has many concerns and has emphasized them in the CAADP Results Framework as priorities to be achieved in addition to the commitment to ending hunger by 2025. High amongst these priorities are Reducing Malnutrition and Jobs Creation, particularly for women and the youth. So, for me, it is very important that whatever scheme we envision be long term and can serve several purposes, the proverbial “killing two birds with one stone”- a value chain approach. For example can we talk about irrigation only in respect to agriculture; or should we not be talking about something that will bring the important resource of irrigation, water, to everyone for every other purpose, drinking  water included?Some say roads, especially, farm-to-market roads, are the solution, and we should concentrate on building roads. Great! But roads wil only solve some aspects of the problems of post-harvest losses and access to markets, but they will not solve access to finance, outdated tools, lack of mechanization, storage and limited value addition and processing etc; and neither will the proliferation of foreign interventions. I believe that what we need to do is to take a holistic approach with an emphasis on encouraging Liberians, particularly young people, to take a serious look at Agriculture as an investment opportunity with government creating the enabling environment coupled with incentives and public private partnership (PPP) interventions that will give individuals who are now involved in the sector and those willing to enter the sector the confidence they need to invest and continue investing. Our Farmers success is solely based on getting the produce they grow and process to markets and getting a fair price for them; and our economic success will be based on how much of their produce we can transformed for our consumption and export. Our history of success and the CAADP provides the road map. There is no need to reinvent the wheel.In the last CAADP Biennial Review report on Agriculture transformation, Liberia had the lowest  score: 0.9; Rwanda, the highest, 4.6. About the author:Henry Augustus Roberts is an Agribusiness Consultant, CEO of the Buchanan Resource and Development Corp. (BRANDCO) and National Coordinator of the CAADP Non-State Coalition. He can be reached via email: or phone: +231886516509, +231770407217.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Agriculture should be the basis for economic development, poverty reduction and  enhancing Food and Nutrition Security. At least 10% of each country’s national budget should be allocated to agriculture (exclusive of recurring costs). The budget allocation to agriculture should result in a 6% growth in agriculture GDP.Each country should domesticate CAADP in alignment with its own development agenda with support from its respective Regional Economic Community (REC) – in our case, ECOWAS.CAADP has set targets which address the key issues related to poverty, malnutrition and are in line with the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDG) and the government’s “Pro Poor” agenda.CAADP should be private sector kead and driven. Mythscenter_img By Henry Augustus Roberts, Jr. Today, there is much talk about agriculture. In fact, the general consensus seems to be that agriculture is the “cure it all” the “fix” for ailing economies all over the world, Africa, in particular; and especially for countries like ours whose economies had been and continue to be dependent on the extractive industries.Fortunately, the African Union (AU) and NEPAD (New partnership for African Development) realized this a long time ago and sought to do something about it at Maputo (Mozambique) in 2003 with the establishment of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP). Today, the CAADP remains the AU’s most “ambitious” endeavour in addressing acute poverty, Food and Nutrition insecurities and Africa’s ailing economies. Unfortunately, with all of its lofty goals, sixteen years on, most Africans don’t seem to know much about the CAADP; and worse of all, many of the governments that signed on are yet to implement the CAADP fully or are unwilling to commit the resources necessary to achieve its intended goals even after recommitting at Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) in 2014. As much and eager as I would like to discuss the CAADP I would, with your indulgence, rather focus on the issues at home for the time being, even though, our success will really depend on how we align CAADP with our own domestic agenda in its implementation as our leaders have committed us to.  My focus, as I said earlier, is on our situation here at home, particularly, with the emergence of the government’s call to action through its “Pro Poor Agenda”. As with previous governments’ “calls to action”, agriculture, once again, has been declared the focal point in this government’s attempt to address the situation of our economy and its effects on our people. Obviously, this is not new. Agriculture, one way or the other,  has always been embedded in all previous governments’ grandiose action plans- Tolbert’s “Mat to Mattress”,  Taylor’s “Vision 2020”, Sirleaf’s “Poverty Reduction Strategy” (PRS), “Agenda for Transformation” and “Agriculture Transformation Agenda”.A cursory review of all of all of these strategies and plans-of-action to improve the livelihoods of the Liberian people will show that agriculture was either one of the main pillars or the foundation. History might show that, perhaps, the Tolbert’s government was the most successful in respect to agriculture as a strategic component of a call to a National collective action. However, in honesty, one must also remember the agriculture revolution did not begin with Mr.Tolbert as much as we like to give him credit as the “Best President”. We are not trying to get into a history lesson or argument, but we must remain cognizant of the fact that agriculture has always been the bedrock of Liberia’s economy since its inception.  For the time being we will leave the history lesson to the historians, but I do believe that we must all be aware of these facts so that as we discuss and engage each other in how to stimulate some form of Agro-revolution, we do not embark on a process of “reinventing the wheel” or making pronouncements which has no historical basis. Let me explain what I mean. A few years ago at a very important meeting of stakeholders (foreigners included), discussing the prospects of value chain development and export, an operative of the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) made this statement: “Since 1847 we have not exported anything out of this country!”. Maybe this was a misnomer, especially coming from an MOA technician of import, but the same guy repeated this again at another forum. Obviously the guy just doesn’t have his information correct, or he just has an issue with 1847. Because in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s up until the “great depression” Lineria erxported pproduce such as cocoa, piasava, sugar and tobacco; and as recently as the 1970’s to the 1980’s, Liberian value added agriculture products including fish, shrimps, poultry products and fruits were being exported as far as places like the USA and Malaysia. Fast forward to today about 40 years on; and we are importing poultry products, including eggs, from far away as India and God knows, where else? This might seem trivial, but without this information and correction of historical facts, we are going nowhere fast. The Bible says: “For a lack of knowledge my people perish.” And I must add that we are also bound to keep repeating unnecessary mistakes. I guess that’s why the old people say, “To plait a new mat, you have to sit on the old mat.” The information provided in the patterns of the old mat guide the person plaiting the new one.I am convinced that this must be the approach we must take if we are serious about creating an agriculture transformation here at home. Fortunately for us, not only do we have our own history of success, but we can also draw on those of other countries who have  had similar experiences. India, for example, was once a “food-aid” recipient and dependent country not long ago, but guess what? One day they decided ‘enough was enough’ and started an agricultural revolution that has propelled India as one of the leading agricultural productive nations in the world competitive with China and the USA. How did they do it? And how did we do it?  I know some of you are sceptics and are equally suspicious about anyone suggesting that our country has had many successes in agriculture or is even capable of generating some kind of agro revolution. For me, not only do I believe that we can do it, but there is clear and ample evidence to show that we’ve done it before. Look, as said earlier, I don’t want to go into any history lessons here because I don’t want to get off track. I really want to concentrate on now and the future, even though, I do believe that if you know what you have done in the past, there is a possibility that you can do it again  now and in the future, perhaps, even better. However, what I would like to do is list some facts and myths about Liberian Agriculture; and then, perhaps, discuss them either individually or collectively. I think this approach will sort of set the stage for a more robust discussion; and perhaps, clear up some of the doubts that you might have.Facts Agriculture is and has been the centerpiece of economic development in Liberia since its inceptionAgriculture is business not merely a means of livelihood.75-85% of Liberians are engaged in some form of agriculture- production, value addition and marketing. In most cases women play a dominant role in the sector.Food and Nutrition Insecurity remain major challenges in both rural and urban households leading to high incidents of Malnutrition in almost all 15 counties.Successive governments have not funded agriculture adequately.Agriculture sector is dominated by donor and international NGOs-funded projects. Most agriculture projects cannot demonstrate or show any significant impact or achievements of their intended goals.Most projects are focused on one segment of the sector – small holders and particular sections of the country.Farmers have become dependent and spoon-fed by agriculture related projects.Lack of access to finance and markets and limited value addition are significant impediments to farmers. Our farming activities are dominated by outdated tools and technologies – lack of or limited mechanization. Countries where the leader has champion agriculture and lead the process have allexperience significant success. The African Union (AU) has come up with an agriculture program that works.last_img read more

Pedestrian struck while crossing 100 Street

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At approximately 2:00 pm on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 a pedestrian was struck at 100 Street and 99 Avenue while crossing the street.What we know, Fort St. John RCMP has only said the following, that it is confirmed a pedestrian has been struck at the crosswalk on 100th Street and 99th Avenue by a pickup truck and the police investigation is ongoing.The pedestrian confirms they are alive and the incident is still under investigation.- Advertisement –last_img

Mourinho to add one more signing

first_img0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho. Photo/TEAMTALK MEDIALONDON, United Kingdom, July 31 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that he only expects to sign one of his remaining transfer targets before the new season commences. Mourinho is still eyeing at least two more signings but has admitted that he will only be allowed to bring in one more player to join fellow new arrivals Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant. 0Shares0000 United have been linked with moves for Leicester’s Harry Maguire, Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld, Chelsea’s Willian and Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic.Asked if he will be able to add two new faces to his squad, Mourinho told beIN SPORTS: “No. I’m confident I’ll get one. I think two is not what I will get.“I think in every pre-season it happens basically the same with probably every club, which the manager wants more. It is our nature and our way to always want more for your team.“But club decisions are different. Normally you don’t get what you want which basically happened throughout my career. If I sign one player before the window closes, that’s fine.”The Red Devils have struggled to find their rhythm in their pre-season friendlies thus far, with many of their star players still on holiday. They will face Real Madrid in Miami on Wednesday.last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Tuesday, July 7

first_imgHere are the latest transfer rumours from Tuesday’s newspapers and beyond….Manchester City are closing in on a £50m deal for Raheem Sterling that will see him included in their pre-season tour of Australia. (Daily Star)Christian Benteke will report back to Aston Villa on Wednesday and tell Tim Sherwood he wants to leave. Villa are insistent the striker will not be sold unless the £32.5m exit clause in his contract is met but he has no desire to remain and it threatens to turn into a difficult situation for the manager if the Belgium international ends up staying on for another season. Liverpool have been linked with the forward. (The Guardian)Tottenham are ready to make a £20m move for Everton midfielder James McCarthy – and are willing to put Aaron Lennon into the deal. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United will not shift their fighting stance on David de Gea’s future and the Reds determination to bring Sergio Ramos to Old Trafford. (Manchester Evening News)Sunderland and Middlesbrough will continue their pursuit of West Ham’s Stewart Downing this week. (Daily Mail)Manchester United will listen to offers for Rafael da Silva. The Brazil right-back has been linked with a move to Serie A. (Sky Sports)Everton have not given up hope of landing Juventus defender Angelo Ogbonna – despite the Italian international set to fly into London for talks with West Ham. (Liverpool Echo)Liverpool and Burnley are heading for a tribunal to determine a fee for striker Danny Ings, 22, with the two clubs unable to agree on a fee. (The Times)And here are the latest transfer tales…Paul Pogba Transfer Race: Barcelona ahead of Manchester City, talkSPORT toldExclusive – Juventus’ Paul Pogba not worth £70m, claims former Man City starManchester United Transfer Latest: Robin van Persie deal is a ‘humongous risk’, talkSPORT toldExclusive – Man United should ‘cash in’ on Robin van Persie, claims former Red DevilManchester United striker Robin van Persie IS for sale, talkSPORT toldMorgan Schneiderlin to Manchester United a ‘done deal’, talkSPORT toldMorgan Schneiderlin latest: Manchester United will bid £25m for Southampton star ‘this week’Exclusive – Asmir Begovic could be swayed by first-team football at Man United, claims former goalkeeperWolfsburg start negotiations with Manchester City target Kevin De Bruyne over new dealLazio pull out of deal for Liverpool star?Juan Cuadrado’s agent insists winger will stay at Chelsea this summerManchester United and Arsenal to do battle for Serbian starletTottenham expect to complete Toby Alderweireld signing after £11m bid acceptedTransfer news: Ikay Gundogan offers fresh hope to Arsenal and Man UnitedSerie A president claims club have recieved three bids for Manchester United targetWest Brom face competition from Galatasaray as they move for Inter Milan full-back Yuto NagatomoBlow for Watford in pursuit of Napoli starNewcastle close in on £14m-rated PSV and Holland playmaker Georginio Wijnaldumlast_img read more

Man United to announce £60m Morata deal, Arsenal to bid £70m for Sporting duo?

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Manchester United aim to announce the £60million signing of Alvaro Morata on Thursday. There was significant progress made on the deal for the Real Madrid striker over the weekend. Morata’s father and agent met officials at the club on Monday to iron out the details of the deal. (The Sun)Diego Costa is adamant he will not be pushed out the door by Antonio Conte and is holding up Chelsea’s move to re-sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton. Costa has turned down a move to China’s Super League and will only quit Stamford Bridge for a return to Atletico Madrid. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea have indicated they are willing to pay a club-record £60 million to land Juventus left-back Alex Sandro. Fresh talks regarding Sandro’s future took place on Monday and it is essentially now down to the player whether or not he will move to Stamford Bridge. (Daily Telegraph)Arsenal are planning a £70million double raid on Sporting Lisbon for William Carvalho and Gelson Martins. (The Sun)Jens Lehmann is to join Arsenal as a first-team coach. The German will return to the club for a third time, following two stints as a player, as Arsène Wenger tinkers with his backroom staff. (Guardian)West Ham want to bring Javier Hernandez back to the Premier League as they strive to bolster their striking options this summer. The Hammers also remain in the hunt for Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud and Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi, but hope to make progress in negotiations over Hernandez. (Daily Telegraph)Rafa Benitez has been urged to have patience with Newcastle’s lack of progress in the transfer market. Benitez wants at least five new recruits capable of improving his first XI, and has grown increasingly frustrated he hasn’t made a flying start to his rebuild. (Daily Mirror)Everton are set to make a £20m move for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud. Giroud, 30, is almost certain to be on the move as Arsenal are ready to complete a £44m-plus move for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette. (Daily Mirror)Southampton are playing hardball on Ryan Bertrand – and are determined to block him leaving this summer. Manchester City are keen on the England left back as Pep Guardiola looks to strengthen his squad and they believe Bertrand is ready to quit. But Southampton have told Bertrand they are not ready to let him go this summer despite strong interest from City and Liverpool. (Daily Mirror)Birmingham City boss Harry Redknapp plans to spend the money he has saved on John Terry’s wages to pay for five or six other new players instead. (Daily Mirror)Former Manchester United wonderkid Ravel Morrison is training with Birmingham City with a view to a permanent move from Lazio. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest headlines…?talkSPORT EXCLUSIVE – Everton expecting Wayne Rooney to re-sign from Manchester United this summerPaul Clement EXCLUSIVE: Swansea City boss on John Terry snub, transfer plans and more‘I’d like to wish John Terry well, but it’s difficult for me to do that!’ – Birmingham assistant boss Kevin Bond on defender’s decision to join Aston VillaDEAL CLOSE? Former Manchester United ace Angel Di Maria has ‘agreed personal terms’ with Inter MilanSNUBBED! Watford-linked goalkeeper wants Valencia move over Premier League switchArsenal transfer ALERT! Gunners to face competition in pursuit of Norwegian teen ace Sander BergeTransfer BATTLE! Leicester and Roma in fight for Sassuolo striker Gregoire DefrelTransfer report: Monaco BLOCKING Thomas Lemar and Benjamin Mendy exits, amid links with Arsenal and Manchester Citylast_img read more


first_imgTOP Donegal chef Conrad Gallagher is at the centre of an unpaid wages furore today.The Restaurant and Catering Workers Forum, established by SIPTU and Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI), was planningt a lunchtime ‘name and shame action’ today outside Conrad Gallagher’s restaurant, Salon des Saveurs on Aungier St, in support of a worker who is owed wages by the celebrity Donegal chef.However the protest was postponed – after protestors gave Gallagher until Monday to pay up! Rishi Mohiputlall, from Mauritius, worked in Mr Gallagher’s well known restaurant for over a month in 2010, and has still not been paid.Following numerous attempts to retrieve his wages, Mr Mohiputlall took a case under the Payment of Wages Act in the Labour Relations Commission.His complaint was upheld by the Rights Commissioner who required Mr Gallagher to pay Mr Mohiputlall his wages.Mr Mohiputlall has still not been paid, two years on.He told “I have tried every avenue to get my wages from my former employer.“Today I am saying enough is enough, it is wrong to treat a worker, another human being this way. I did not sign up to work for free, and I am disgusted by the way that I have been treated by Conrad. I worked hard for him, all I want is what is owed to me”.Mr Mohiputlall continued: “I also want to take a stand so that other workers are encouraged to come forward and report these types of abuses.”Supporters will join Mr Mohiputlall outside the restaurant next week to show their solidarity if Mr Gallagher refuses to pay by a deadline set for next Monday.According to MRCI’s Helen Lowry: “Understandably, Rishi wants to be paid for the work he was employed to do in Salon Des Saveurs. As a member of the Restaurant and Catering Workers Forum he has asked for support to bring his case to public attention in the hope it will help him secure the money owed to him, but also to highlight such practices in the restaurant industry,”Ms Lowry added: “Restaurant industry representatives are out there trying to undermine workers’ terms and conditions, when their time would be better spent calling for minimum decent standards for those who cook and serve the food.  Exploitation in the restaurant industry is a real problem, as highlighted by NERA and ourselves.“This is the real issue that needs urgent attention.”Pat Ward of SIPTU told us: “This type of non-compliance is shameful, particularly at a time when the restaurant industry is driving an attack on minimum wages and basic protections for workers, while lower-wage workers are struggling to survive. Rishi’s experience shows that, now more than ever, we must ensure protections remain in place for those who need them most.”UPDATED: PICKET AT CONRAD’S RESTAURANT POSPTONED – CHEF GIVEN 3 DAYS TO PAY UP! was last modified: July 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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:Conrad Gallagherlost casewages rowlast_img read more


first_imgA CO DONEGAL woman who had breast implants which have been recalled in France says she is “going through hell” after the Irish authorities sought to play down links to cancer.The single woman underwent surgery to be fitted with the implants, manufactured by French company Poly Implant Prostheses (PIP), five years ago.The French authorities are offering to remove the implants for 30,000 women, saying the plastic used in the devices should never have been used and has been linked to causing cancer. “I am so worried about this,” said the woman, who works in a professional position.“Most people who know me now don’t know I’ve had them done and it is not exactly something you can talk to everyone about. I am worried now because I am reading so many different views about this.“The French are saying they should be removed but the Irish authorities are holding back. I’m worried now about getting cancer.“I wish I had never done it in the first place.” The Irish Medicines Board said it had been monitoring the situation since March last year.“The IMB advised the implanting hospitals and clinics to identify women who have been implanted with PIP silicone gel implants after January 1st, 2001, and to contact them to advise them of the issue and reassure them that there is no current evidence of health risks associated with the implants,” it said.“The IMB have continued to liaise with colleagues in Europe and the implanting hospitals and clinics affected by this issue to ensure that the relevant patients are made aware of this issue.”The board recommended that patients who were concerned about the implants should consult their surgeon.© 2011, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on anything on MY BREAST IMPLANT HELL – DONEGAL WOMAN FEARS THE WORST was last modified: December 23rd, 2011 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:breast implantscancer warninglast_img read more

Police FC, Centenary Bank enter marriage

first_imgKasingye (left) and Kassi shake hands on Tuesday (Photo by Shaban Lubega)KAMPALA – StarTimes Uganda Premier League side Police FC have got a boost as the season heads into its final bend.With 7 Match-Days to play, the Cops have entered into a UGShs 10 Million, partnership with Centenary Bank.The money will only cater for the remaining games.This, was revealed in a press briefing held at Police headquarters in Naguru held on Tuesday.“I am very delighted with this new partnership, started Assistant Inspector General of Police, Asan Kasingye.“They have been watching Police play and got attracted with our entertaining football.The details of the partnership remain in shade, but the pressmen were assured that the deal will go until the end of the season, with monthly reviews.Fabien Kassi, Managing Director of Centenary Bank, explained:“We are a bank that has been a round for over 30 years.“We are proud to be serving Ugandans, we have good working relationship with the force, and we r proud of that.“We wanted to strengthened this partnership, and that is why we have come on board to directly support the force, and we are here to begin somewhere.Police FC are ninth on the log with 32 points from 24 games.Abdullah Mubiru’s side will visit Maroons on April 3rd before hosting Onduparaka on April 9 at Lugogo.Comments Tags: Asan KasingyeCentenary Bankpolice fcStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguelast_img read more

A vehicle repair revolution begins in Letterkenny with Torque

first_imgTorque Service Centre is shaking up the car servicing world in Letterkenny after opening a new high-tech garage this summer.The well-established auto-servicing company has been in operation for over a decade in Dungloe, where it has two busy garages serving West Donegal.Business partners John Paul Wilson and Steven O’Donnell have now brought a competitive edge to Letterkenny with a new garage on the Ramelton Road. Torque Servicing Centre, Ramelton Road LettekennyThe fully-equipped one-stop shop has the latest technology for engine diagnostics/ exhaust emission testing. A fully qualified vehicle technician with over 25 years of experience in repairs is there to help you with any problem. All mechanical, electrical and welding work is carried out by the team.It’s easy to get repairs done fast at Torque, as they offer customers a vehicle pick up/drop off service free of charge in the Letterkenny area. The team can also arrange and deliver your vehicle to the NCT test centre. Torque offers competitive rates on all servicing and repairs, including: NCT preparation and repairsVehicle diagnosticsElectrical fault finding and repairsTyresCrash repairs and spray paintingThe first Torque Services Centre on the Mill Road, Dungloe has been in business since June 2007 and due to its rapid success in the area a second garage was opened in 2010.JK Vehicle Repairs at Mullaghderg Banks, Kincasslagh is a fully compliant bodyshop using water based paints with oven finishing.Torque Service Centre BodyshopSo, if you want to see for yourself what puts Torque ahead of the pack, call into the three centres or call to arrange a visit:Torque Letterkenny 0871636606 Facebook: Dungloe 0749522967 Facebook: 0877795173John Paul 0870684654A vehicle repair revolution begins in Letterkenny with Torque was last modified: September 7th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:motoringtorque servicing centrevehicle repairslast_img read more