Transforming Rural Settlements into Engines of Socio-economic Growth

first_imgA German humanitarian has urged Liberians and their support partners to join in the transformation of rural communities/settlements into vibrant socio-economic belts for development, growth and progress.Mr. Rudolf Janke made the statement recently in the transformed village of Konjorloe/Konjorlahun while discussing with women, chiefs and elders on the importance of micro-credit for their socio-economic improvement in Foya Statutory District, Lofa County.For the past four years, Mr. Janke and his support partners in Germany and Liberians in the United States of America have assisted the citizens and residents of Konjorloe and other villages in the areas of sanitation and infrastructure development.As a result of such accomplishments, other sustained plans are now being worked out to include other villages that have demonstrated some initiative in maintaining the critically needed sanitation facilities.Mr. Janke and partners through the Village People’s Empowerment (VIPE) has rendered assistance to rural dwellers through the reconstruction of Konjorloe, a village that was completely destroyed during the 15 years civil conflict in Liberia.Mr. Janke, women, men and a team of professional Liberians of VIPE have worked hard and restored critical sanitation facilities such as modern bathrooms and latrines.The German national reminded the interest free soft loans beneficiaries that paying the loans on time were critical to the extension of similar assistance to other needy communities in the Foya Statutory District.According to him, livelihood components in the form of goats, sheep and others could not be sustained due to the destructive nature of the domestic animals to crops such as rice, cassava and variety of foodstuffs.He said that VIPE is also providing some assistance to the school feeding program and some of the teachers are being paid by local non-governmental organizations.The VIPE team and Mr. Janke also developed strategies that have enabled the citizens and residents of Konjorloe to build better houses through soft loans under a revolving scheme for the past four years of operations.Other critical projects undertaken and completed include rehabilitation of the school, a new mid-wives’ residence and recruiting business instructor Florence Korsor to train the rural women in better business practices.Despite the multiple challenges in working with the rural dwellers so they can understand the repayment of the interest of the free soft loans, significant progress has been made in the lives of the citizens and residents of Konjorloe.In separate interviews the residents of Konjorloe village expressed gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Janke and the team from the VIPE for the assistance over the years.Beneficiary Tawah Kumba Borwah, 45, told the Daily Observer that the interest free soft loan initiative has transformed her life and her family of five children.“I really want the soft loan initiative to be extended to other villages in the area,” Madam Borwah stressed.Madam Lusu Momo, 48, said that the soft loans have given their house hold splendid socio-economic benefits such as the paying of school fees and other social benefits.“Me and my family of six children have greatly benefited as we now live in a better house and have good sanitation facilities,” explained Madam Momo.In related developments, plans are being developed to educate more trainers of the micro-credit component of the VIPE’s socio-economic empowerment of rural Liberians in that part of the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Warriors’ Draymond Green still believes he will play on current trip

first_imgSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table bookDETROIT – The scattered tickets by Draymond Green’s locker captured the attention he attracts whenever he returns to his home state. But this is not what Green envisioned for his return home.Green will sit out when the Warriors (15-8) visit the Detroit Pistons (12-7) on Saturday, marking the 11th time in the past 13 games he has missed because of a sprained right toe in …last_img

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Eastern Cape schools roll-out continues

first_img27 August 2013 Basic Education Deputy Minister Enver Surty attended the handing over of Mqokolweni Senior Primary School to the community of Dikela location in the Libode district in the Eastern Cape on Friday. The new school was built under the Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative, a national programme to tackle school infrastructure backlogs in the country. The R8.2-billion public-private programme aims to eradicate the 496 “mud schools” in the country, provide water and sanitation to 1 257 schools and electricity to 878 schools by March 2016. The Eastern Cape has been prioritised under the programme, which will see about 50 new schools being built to accommodate more than 10 000 learners in the province. Educators and learners at Mqokolweni Senior Primary say the new school has made learning and teaching convenient. Learners will now be able to get computer lessons on laptops in fully equipped computer laboratories. The standard facilities in all the new schools include a multi-purpose centre, library, science lab, dedicated Grade R centre, decent sanitation facilities and administration block. Speaking at Friday’s handover, Surty said the government had made education an “apex priority”, adding that what had once been a bleak prospect was now a promising future. He encouraged the learners to make the best possible use of their brand new facilities. The Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative is now one of the programmes overseen by the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Council. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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10 months ago​Liverpool boss Klopp insists Man City haven’t cracked

first_img​Liverpool boss Klopp insists Man City haven’t crackedby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has dismissed comments about Manchester City cracking.The champions were defeated 3-2 at home by Crystal Palace in a shock result at the weekend.But Klopp does not see it as them relinquishing their grip on the title just yet.”You saw the two games they played? It didn’t look like they felt a lot of pressure. They were outstanding in these games,” he said in his press conference.”If you don’t finish off your chances against Chelsea you can lose. They were the better team this game”Crystal Place did an outstanding job and scored outstanding goals. That always makes life uncomfortable.”It [means] absolutely nothing. It’s difficult to win football games, sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t.”They were just a bit unlucky in these two games and this happens from time to time.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Takata acquired by Key Safety Systems president resigns

first_imgTOKYO – Takata Corp., the Japanese air bag maker embroiled in a massive global recall linked to at least 22 deaths, said Thursday that its president has resigned now that its acquisition by U.S. mobility safety company Key Safety Systems has been completed.Takata’s president, Shigehisa Takada, said in a statement that as of Wednesday he was succeeded by Yoichiro Nomura, its chief financial officer.Takata went into rehabilitation proceedings last year, slammed by the massive costs and sales damage from defective Takata air bag inflators, which can explode with too much force and spew shrapnel at a vehicle’s drivers and passengers.At least 22 deaths and more than 180 injuries have been linked to the defect. Some 50 million Takata air bag inflators have been recalled in the United States and millions more globally. But many repairs still remain undone.Takada said he was stepping down because the transfer to Key Safety Systems, based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, was complete.“We again express sincere apologies to our customers, creditors, shareholders and many others for the great deal of inconvenience related to our air bags,” he said.Chinese-owned Key Safety Systems is a leading maker of seatbelts, which Takata also makes.It paid $1.6 billion (175 billion yen) in a deal under which Key gets all Takata assets aside from those making replacement air bag inflators. Takata will continue to run those operations until they close.Takada is the grandson of the company’s founder. The defect scandal set off calls for him to step down.The Takata name will disappear after the new company is rebranded as Joyson Safety Systems, according to Key Safety Systems, whose parent company is Joyson Electronics, headquartered in Ningbo in eastern China.“We are excited about the opportunities created through this combination,” Joyson Safety Systems Executive Chairman Jeff Wang said of bringing together Takata and Key Safety Systems.“And we are committed to providing safety solutions of the highest quality and reliability to drive the next generations of mobility.”The acquisition of Takata won antitrust clearance and bankruptcy court approvals in various countries, he said.The company said it plans to be a global leader in auto safety as well as other mobility systems, including steering-wheel technology, air bags and seatbelts.Various lawsuits are pending in U.S. courts against Takata, including several class action lawsuits that allege automakers knew about the dangers of the defective air bags ahead of the recalls.Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate to create small explosions to inflate air bags. But the chemical can deteriorate when exposed to high temperatures and airborne moisture. That causes it to explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and hurling shrapnel.Earlier this year, Takata reached a $650 million deal in the U.S. to settle consumer protection claims from 44 states and Washington, D.C.____Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaHer work can be found at https://www.apnews.com/search/yuri%20kageyamalast_img read more

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UPDATE – Two people dead after hit and run on 98th avenue

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The RCMP have confirmed that two adults have been found dead after a hit and run on 98th avenue between 100 street and 102 street. UPDATE – The suspect that allegedly hit two people Wednesday night has turned himself in to Police. Read more here: https://www.energeticcity.ca/2019/09/fatal-motor-vehicle-incident-claims-two-lives/ This is a developing story, and we will share updates as they become available.center_img The RCMP said in a tweet that the suspect vehicle fled the scene.  They have not provided any more information about the vehicle.  The RCMP will provide an update at 10 a.m. Thursday.2 of 2. All we can confirm right now is 2 adults are deceased and the suspect vehicle fled the scene. More details will be released around 10:00 am tomorrow. Investigation in is infancy.— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) September 19, 2019RCMP say they received a call just after 7 p.m. about a hit and run.  The road between the Lakeview Inns and Suites and Motel 6 remains closed for the police investigation.File 2019-9397 Today around 7pm we received a report of a pedestrian motor vehicle incident in the 10100 block of 98th Ave. 1 of 2.— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) September 19, 2019The public is asked to stay away from the area while they work to complete their investigation.If you have any information about this incident, contact the RCMP at 250-787-8100.last_img read more

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Rep Lucido welcomes Romeo High School students to Lansing

first_img Categories: Lucido News,Lucido Photos 12Feb Rep. Lucido welcomes Romeo High School students to Lansing State Rep. Peter J. Lucido provided Romeo High School students in the Advanced Placement Government courses with an inside look at state government on Wednesday.The students, along with their teachers Kelly Phalen, Lori Farrington and Jenn Cubitt, visited Lansing for a tour of the state Capitol with Lucido, who also gave them a brief overview on the legislative process and explained the nature of his job representing the residents of the Shelby, Washington and Bruce townships and the Village of Romeo.Lucido also brought the students and teachers onto the House floor for a tour and photos. He said he was impressed how interested the students were in learning about how government works.“It’s always great to see students show an active interest in being engaged and knowledgeable about government and how it operates,” said Lucido, a Republican from Shelby Township. “These are students who will become future leaders in both government and business, and their interest and knowledge about how the legislative process works will be a great asset for them the rest of their lives.”###last_img read more

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