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FAO Rep Presents Credential and Signs Livestock Development Project Document

first_imgThe new Country Representative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) assigned to Liberia, Marc Abdala, recently presented his Letter of Credence to Liberia’s Foreign Minister, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia.The new FAO Country Representative said he was in Liberia to join the Country Office team in working alongside the Government of Liberia (GoL) to fight hunger, poverty and malnutrition through the development of agriculture in its broad spectrum, youth empowerment and the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). He added that Liberia is a great country with hard working and committed people eager to take the nation to higher heights, especially in the areas of food security, fishery, forestry and support to rural women. He then pledged FAO’s continued collaboration with the government and people of Liberia in the New Year 2015.For his part, Foreign Minister Ngafuan recalled FAO’s enormous contributions to food security and agriculture, as well as the Organization’s current efforts, aimed at combating the Ebola virus.“You can be assured of stronger collaboration between FAO and the government during your tenure as head of mission of your Organization”, the Minister stated. He said the government and people of Liberia are grateful for “FAO’s assistance to the country in the days of crisis.” The Liberian Foreign Minister expressed concern over effects of Ebola on farmers and agriculture, adding the government will be looking forward to FAO’s increased support in the New Year and beyond.At the same time, the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and FAO signed a two-year project document for the survey and characterization of livestock breeds in the country. The project, titled, “Survey and characterization of livestock breeds and their production systems in Liberia for the development of a National Strategy and Action Plan for animal genetic resources”, is worth USD 337,000.This proposal is to support the survey and characterization of the genetic resources of livestock (cattle, goats, sheep and pigs) in Liberia. In addition, this project will support the establishment of a National Strategy and Action Plan for the sector.Agriculture Minister Dr. Florence Chenoweth, speaking during the signing ceremony, lauded FAO for supporting the development of livestock in Liberia. She said the effort is in consonance with Government’s decentralization and capacity development across the country. Minister Chenoweth said the Ministry of Agriculture remains committed to the cordial working relationship subsisting between FAO and MoA.“The more we present ourselves as one group working together, the more it’s better for farmers and agriculture,” the Minister added.For his part, FAO’s Representative Mr. Abdala, reiterated the Organization’s desire to support a vibrant agricultural programme in line with FAO’s Country Programming Framework and the government’s priorities. He praised the people of Liberia “for achieving a lot and doing quite well in recent years. He then expressed confidence that the country will soon overcome the Ebola Virus Disease for a fresh start in 2015.A career agronomist, the newly FAO Representative has vast professional and working backgrounds in agriculture, agro chemistry, agriculture industry development and diplomacy. He joined FAO in 1998 and has served in several countries and portfolios, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, la Côte d’Ivoire, Sudan, Chad, Central African Republic as well as Ethiopia, where he worked with the African Union through the FAO Representation based in Addis Ababa in addressing food insecurity in the Horn of Africa. He is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BRAVE BLACK ABANDONS ATTEMPT TO CLIMB K2

first_imgBattered and bruised but living to fight another day, Donegal mountaineer Jason Black has confirmed he is to abandon his attempt to climb K2.The Letterkenny man’s attempt to become the first Irishman to successfully summit ‘The Savage’,  ended earlier today.The 44 year was hampered in recent days by a series of setbacks. A series of avalanches led to much of his gear being covered and lost following a huge snow shift on Camp 4.Without that vital equipment it would have been dangerous and almost impossible to attempt to climb the mountain.In his latest blog, Jason declared he is ‘humbled and proud’ and coming home.Read his first latest blog here. Jason BlackMonday 27th July Over the last few days and nights ive been riding a crazy emotional roller coaster of highs and lows unimaginable on K2. Starting out with the highs of weeks of seriously hard work climbing super high carrying heavy loads preparing the route to the summit with ropes ,tents, food oxygen and everything in between required for a successful push to the top of the toughest mountain in the world K2 to enduring the uncertain weather patterns of a very angry mountain weeping incredibly. This morning i can confirm that after days of frantic digging we have recovered some of the teams technical climbing equipment but most is damaged due to the sheer force beyond use , helmets crushed, crampons twisted, ice axes bent etc …..to add fuel to the now blazing fire i can also confirm camp three 7.300mts is totally destroyed everything is gone in what looked like a violent rock filled Avalanche, taking with it the tents, high altitude food, sleeping bags and high altitude clothing and more devastating the oxygen needed to survive above camp three, hanging our heads in our hands all that weeks and weeks of work carrying the gear into route position to be wiped out in one fawl swoop. As I’ve mentioned in earlier blogs that we would have been climbing from cam two to camp three at exactly the him this violent killing machine Avalanche stuck….mind blowing. The Abruzzi route to the summit of K2 lays now in tatters ….it’s just heart breaking. K2 lives up to its reputation as the stage mountain as I’ve witnessed the good the bad and the very ugly on this heart breaking expedition. Last night Sunday we had a team meeting and it’s decided that it’s over K2 has proven impossible to climb this year, Mother Nature and the mountain of K2 has spoken and we must listen, listen not and we pay the ultimate price. As i type this is hitting home with a tear in my eye it’s reality…it’s over, the painstaking preparation ,years of training mentally & physically ,all the sacrifices…..I can truly say i have given it my all and with my team members, we stood shoulder to shoulder in the pursuit of summit success on this magnificent mountain ,not a single stone was left unturned….. Today i will look at this objectively, learn from it humbly, Smile in the face of adversity positively and move on wiser and smarter than before… The wild forces us to live in the present ,and it doesn’t care about our past or future. It makes us a little vulnerable – and it’s hard to hide who we really are. And therein lies the beauty, We can’t pretent for long….what is important in life becomes the stuff that really matters on lives mountain…I’ve so any people to thank for helping me prepare for supporting my decisions that I stand on the shoulders of great people in my hometown that allow me to see further…for that I’m forever great full. Tonight i reflect on this powerful expedition and tomorrow turn bitter lemons into lemonade… Thank you all for the wonderful support I’m coming home….proud & humbled. JasonBRAVE BLACK ABANDONS ATTEMPT TO CLIMB K2 was last modified: July 28th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:abandonavalanchedonegalJason BlackK2last_img read more

India to Durbs for UK call centre

first_img21 November 2005Brightview, a UK internet service provider with250 000 customers, has moved its call centre from India to the KwaZulu-Natal coastal city of Durban in a £2-million (R23.5-million) deal with South African contact centre Bizworks.David Laurie, CEO of Brightview chief executive, said the main reason for the move was high turnover levels among call centre agents in India. South Africa has a turnover rate of 5% to 15% a year, the second lowest in the world, while India’s rate stands at 35%.“India proved to be cost effective, but ultimately failed to meet our customer’s expectations,” said Laurie.Another reason for the switch is culture and language. South Africa is an English-language environment in the same time zone as most of Europe, giving it an edge over competitors such as India, the Philippines, Hungary and China.“Durban offers a highly skilled and culturally aligned workforce,” said Laurie. “Although the switch is recent, I am confident not only that we will be able to maintain a similar cost base to India, but that the service level will dramatically improve.“Call centre agents need to think outside the box, show empathy towards clients and troubleshoot. South Africa’s population is culturally diverse and good for call centre work.”SA’s call centre potentialEarlier this year the South African government and business leaders committed to developing the country’s potential for hosting call centres by facilitating permission for firms, boosting infrastructure and creating enticements.South Africa’s call centre industry employs some65 000 people, with about 70% of clients coming from the UK.Last year UK insurance company Budget Group announced a R100-million investment to set up a call centre in Cape Town.Laurie said the cost of setting up the call centre in Durban was 60% cheaper than in the UK in terms of rental, staff and other operating costs. Tony Archer, responsible for Brightview’s move from India to Durban, found the process painless.“I arrived in Durban in August and over the last 12 weeks we have employed 43 agents and trained them to deal with all aspects of an inbound technical support and customer services process,” he said.“I have been impressed with the standards the agents have reached within such a short timescale. The task of opening our call centre in Durban has been made easier as a result of the fantastic work ethic and enthusiasm of our team here, as well as the support from Bizworks.”Developing DurbanDurban is being actively promoted as a contact centre and business process outsourcing destination with the eThekwini Municipality establishing the Durban Investment Promotion Agency to facilitate and encourage new and existing business investment into the region.The process has been accelerated by the formation of KZN On Source, KwaZulu-Natal’s dedicated call centre forum. KZN On Source aims to train 1 000 call centre agents next year.SmartXchange is another initiative of eThekwini Municipality, aimed at promoting the city’s ICT development. The company helps develop IT entrepreneurs in partnership with the more established IT players. Bizworks is based at the SmartXchange facility.“No other South African city has as much local government support for the call centre industry,” said Willy Govender, CEO of Bizworks. “The eThekwini Municipality is taking up the challenge to provide jobs and skills for the region and is succeeding in growing the local economy.”Bizworks has employed 43 full-time call centre agents to field an expected 25 000 calls a month from Brightview’s 250 000 customers.It is estimated that the call centre industry will create 3-million additional jobs worldwide by 2008.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Rural business and energy grant sessions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The USDA, Rural Development will be holding three free Rural Business Development Grant and Rural Energy for America Program information sessions and application workshops in Reynoldsburg, Nelsonville, and Findlay. The first hour will be for anyone interested in RBDG and the second hour will be on REAP.  You are invited to come and learn about the programs, receive information on the application processes, and ask questions.  Both programs have an upcoming deadline of May 2, 2016.Eligible entities for REAP are rural, small, for-profit businesses and agricultural producers — urban or rural.  Eligible entities for RBDG are rural public entities such as towns, non-profit corporations and institutions of higher learning.  To learn more about these programs please see the fact sheets that are attached or go to our website at: http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/all-programs/business-programs.WHEN:                     March 1st from 9:30 – 10:30 RBDG                                    March 1st from 10:45 – 11:45 REAPWHERE:                  Ohio Department of Agriculture8995 E Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Seminar Room WHEN:                     March 15th from 9:30 – 10:30 RBDG                                    March 15th from 10:45 – 11:45 REAPWHERE:                  Wayne National Forest Headquarters                                    13700 US Hwy 33, Nelsonville, OH 45764Conference Room                                   WHEN:                     March 17th from 9:30 – 10:30 RBDG                                    March 17th from 10:45 – 11:45 REAPWHERE:                  USDA, Rural Development                                    7868 County Road 140, Findlay, Ohio 45840Conference RoomAll are welcome.  Reservations are not required.If you have any questions or would like additional information, for REAP please call Christie Hooks at (614) 255-2397 or email at [email protected]; for RBDG please call Cindy Musshel at (614) 255-2427 or email at [email protected]last_img read more

Agronomists, CCAs and custom applicators invited to FSR Agronomy College

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agronomists, Certified Crop Advisers (CCA) and custom applicators can stay current on agronomy issues on the grounds of the Farm Science Review this September.The Farm Science Review Agronomy College, hosted by the Ohio AgriBusiness Association in partnership with Ohio State University Extension, will bring industry experts, OSU staff and researchers, and agronomy service providers together to enhance collective knowledge and learning at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio, on Sept. 13 — one week before the start of the annual three-day farm show.“The Agronomy College provides insightful information and education for agronomists and applicators to better serve their customers,” said Harold Watters, certified professional agronomist, CCA and assistant professor in agricultural and natural resources at Ohio State. “Attendees will be able to confidently apply current research and knowledge in their businesses as a result of this event.”The full-day event features time with OSU Extension staff in the field at the small agronomy plots and larger demonstration field on the east side of the grounds. Breakout sessions will feature topics including tip selection and herbicide tolerant crops, nutrient application, and precision ag.CCA and pesticide application credits are also available to those attending.This is the second year the FSR Agronomy College will be held through the partnership between OABA and OSU Extension.“OABA continues to build and grow its industry partnerships to provide access to a broader resource base in an ever-changing industry,” said Chris Henney, OABA president and CEO. “This event is a great opportunity to help service providers meet the evolving needs of their customers at a personal, professional and industry-wide level.”Registration for the Agronomy College is $120 per participant. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with on-site welcome and registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. To register or for more information, visit oaba.net/events, call 614-326-7520 or email [email protected]last_img read more

Minister School Visits Marks New Term

first_img Related Items:akierra missick, cheryl ann jones, clement howell, edgar howell, education department, enid capron, ianthe pratt, oseta jolly, russel cox Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales – The first day of the new Turks and Caicos Islands new public school term was marked by a visit by the Deputy Premier and senior government officials to public schools today, Monday, 8 September 2014.The Hon. Akierra Missick, who is also Minister for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture visited all three public schools on Providenciales in order to bring in the new academic year, welcome two new school principals, and to see for herself the progress made in the summer repair and refurbishment programmes in each property. She visited Clement Howell High School, Ianthe Pratt and Enid Capron Primaries, with the public schools on the other inhabited islands being visited throughout September.“It is great to see the staff and students returning to their classrooms after the one week delay caused by Tropical Storm Cristobal,” said Minister Akierra Missick. “The country is really bouncing back from the flooding, and the way that the parents and private companies around our public schools have joined in the effort to get things ready for the new term is very inspiring. “It is great to see new people with new ideas, in the form of our two new principals at Enid Capron and Clement Howell schools. I would like to congratulate them and send them our best wishes as they rise to their new challenges of professionally managing their establishments, and ensuring that their students are properly prepared for adult life, both academically, but also by becoming great citizens.”“I am very proud of my team over these past few weeks,” said Deputy Secretary Russell Cox. “They rose to the challenge of recovering from the storm and have also delivered a substantial work programme in our schools. I am sure that students, parents and teachers will welcome the repair and maintenance works conducted and will play their part in looking after our schools estate.” The Ministers were joined on their facility tour by Education, Youth Sport and Culture’s Permanent Secretary Cheryl Ann Jones and Director of Education Edgar Howell.ENDS Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Recommended for you Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools Education Minister tours schools this weeklast_img read more