Gov’t, OFL Commission 95,000 Capacity Hatchery

first_imgThe dream of former Nigerian President Olusugun Obasanjo, to make Liberia poultry product sufficient and as well an exporter of poultry products rather than being an importer, is on the verge of becoming a reality with the commissioning of a 95,050-capacity hatchery in the country.The commissioning of this hatchery is to help boost the activities of poultry farmers in the country, many of whom over the years have spent thousands of dollars, sometimes at a loss, to import chicks other neighboring country.This new development is also expected to tremendously revitalize the poultry industry in Liberia. According to authorities, the average weekly egg capacity of this hatchery is 31,680. The Obasanjo Farms Liberia (OFL) is expecting 22,000 – 24,000 broiler chicks per week or at least 10,000 pullets (layer chicks) depending on demand. If local poultry farmers take advantage of the initiative, it will help bring an end to the importation o eggs, many of whom are expired, rotten upon arrival, on the Liberian market, authorities said.The OFL was commissioned on July 27, 2013 by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. It was during the inauguration program that an official of OFL disclosed that former President Obbasanjo had approved the building of a hatchery in Liberia in addition to the eggs production facility. At the commissioning ceremony of the hatchery and technical forum on revitalization of poultry industry in Liberia, government and OFL officials noted this is now the right time for the poultry industry boom because the major fulcrum that supposed to move it forward is no available in the country. The ceremony was held on Saturday May 10, 2014 on Obasanjo Farm in Gbah Forloi, in Grand Cape Mount County. The hatchery was commissioned by Agriculture minister, Florence Chenoweth. There were several other government officials in attendance including Senators, Edward Dagoseh and Abel Massalley of the county. Members of the Farmer Union Network were present as well. The General Manager of Obasanjo Holdings Limited, Adeyemo G. Jamiyu, said it is indeed a dream come for both Liberians and the OFL as it will enable local poultry farmers access the right kind of products that will enhance their productivity. He noted that there is no need to worry the importation of chicks (DO chicks) anymore as the hatchery will now do it all.Mr. Jamiyu said the mandate of OFL which emanated from a joint meeting between President Sirleaf and Chief Obasanjo, is to promote and support the revival of the poultry industry in the country. The essence of the farm is not limited to provision of direct employment of Liberians, but also to stimulate self-employment, especially in the poultry sector viz-a-viz rearing of broilers an layers; marketing of poultry products (eggs live and frozen chickens); production and marketing of feed raw materials (maize grains, soya beans meals, oyster shells and bone means). He noted that OFL is position to achieve these tasks by providing necessary inputs to poultry farmers and also play a key role in production and management of poultry.“ To this end, we have put in place necessary facilities for rearing of commercial layers for production of table eggs; hatchery for the production of quality day-old chicks; feed mill equipment for production poultry rations (layer mash, grower mash, broiler mash, etc),” he said. He furthered, “there is also manpower for distribution/marketing of veterinary products. Training of poultry farmers and extension services will be offered as situation demand. We count on you to realize the dreams of our two great leaders.” Mr. Jamiyu indicated that OLF and government are confident that this will have multiplier effect on the economy and positively affect the country’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP). He said it will also bring crop sector of agriculture back to lime light as we envisage pressure on crop sector to produce maize and soya beans for the poultry sector. The gains of the poultry sector are currently being tapped only by community where OFL source oyster shells. He noted that the technical forum was also meant to map out strategies to revitalize the poultry industry in Liberia. “We need to inaugurate Poultry Farmers Association which will work with the government at all levels to identify, recommend and execute feasible projects for growth of the industry.”The Obasanjo farm boss also noted that there is plan in the pipe-line to commence a Broiler Project (production and processing) as soon as possible. The Broiler Processing Plant (BPP) will enable OFL accommodates out-growers or contract farmers who will rear broiler to table size and turn offer to processing plant either to pay processing fees and take final product or outright sales of live birds. This will be the next priority task. Minister Chenoweth expressed her gratitude to the OFL for making the hatchery a reality as it will go a long way in helping local poultry farmers. She said government has already placed restriction on the importation of poultry products. This is intended to give local producers fair advantage.Montserrado County district 1 Representative, Josephine Francis said it I a shame that African governments spend billions of dollars to import things that they themselves could group. She urged the local poultry farmers to take full advantage of the opportunity in order to re-awaken the industry in Liberia. Meanwhile, it is regrettably shameful President Obasanjo spends over US$200,000 annually to import maize (corn) from neighboring Ivory Coast to feed the chickens. This brings about the most crucial question, where are the Liberian farmer? OFL is however urging Liberian farmers, especially those in the proximity of the OFL, to prioritize maize farming in order to have access to this huge amount that is spent out of the country annually.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Who Gets Crowned Today?

first_imgSenators of the 3rd Legislature go to the poll today to elect a new President Pro Tempore, replacing former Grand Bassa County Senator Gbehzohngar Findley who was defeated in the Special Senatorial Election last December.It is, however, not clear whether Senators Varney Sherman (Grand Cape Mt.) and Morris Saytumah (Bomi) whose injunction orders were last Tuesday cleared by the Supreme Court, will be eligible to vote in today’s poll.According to sources within the Senate secretariat, the two cleared Senators will first have to be seated through procedures as did their newly inducted colleagues.   According to Section 3, Rule 19 of the Senate Rule, in case of removal of the President Pro Tempore, the Senate shall elect a successor in keeping with several procedures, such as announcing the vacancy of the position.Following that, an election shall be held in plenary within the period of 30 calendar days, allowing interested Senators to declare their intentions in writing to the plenary through the Secretary of the Senate not later than 20 calendar days from the date of the announcement of the vacancy…, and said letters circulated to all members of the Senate not later than five calendar days prior to the date of the election.The winner of today’s poll will serve as Pro Tempore until the 2017 General and Presidential Elections.    According to the first of five guidelines prepared by an Ad Hoc Committee set up recently for today’s election, all duly seated Senators who apply to participate in the elections for Pro Tempore and Statutory (Leadership) Committees are eligible to contest any vacant leadership position in the Liberian Senate; provided however, that each intending Senator shall have the required three years for said post.The five-member committee headed by the acting chair on Rules, Order & Administration Senator George T. Tengbeh, also stated in the guidelines that “any Senator serving on the Leadership of the Liberian Senate who makes an application for a vacant elective position shall be deemed to have resigned his/her chairmanship position.”Generally, according to the guidelines, elections for all vacancies that may be created for chairpersons in the Leadership Committee shall be held within a week following the induction of the President Pro Tempore.On the prescribed date for elections to leadership positions, aspirants for available positions shall be required to make a ten-minute presentation in the case of the President Pro Tempore and a five minute presentation in the case of a chairperson of a Leadership committee to the plenary of the Liberian Senate, guidelines rule four stated.The President Pro Tempore of the Senate is elected for a period of six years, while chairs of Leadership Committees are elected for three years; which also affects those appointed on non-Leadership committees as chairs.Of the three contenders for the position of Pro Tempore, only Senator Oscar Cooper is chairing a Standing committee which is Public Works; Senator Armah Zolu Jallah chairs the Leadership committee on Internal Affairs, Governance & Reconciliation, while Senator Joseph Nagbe chairs the Leadership Committee on Judiciary.In the event that one of the two leadership committee chairs wins, his post will be out for grabs together with those of the Committee on Executive, vacated by former Senator Clarice Jah; the committee on Rules, Order & Administration formerly chaired by ousted Bomi Senator Lahai G. Lansanah, and the prestigious Leadership committee on Ways, Means, Finance & Budget, once occupied by former Lofa County Senator Sumo Kupee.Members of the Ad Hoc Guidelines Committee include Senators Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, Jewel Howard-Taylor, J. Gbleh-bo Brown, Matthew N. Jaye, and George T. Tengbeh.The President of the Senate, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai who since the 4th session of the Senate has always presided, will again preside over today’s proceedings which will have only one agenda item: election of the President Pro Tempore. However, the Secretary will conduct the poll in the event the President of the Senate is not available.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Student held on arms charge

first_imgSheriff’s Deputy Oscar Butao said the investigation is being handled by mutliple agencies, including the Major Crimes Bureau, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Department of Defense. Butao said detectives from the Community College Bureau received information that led to the search warrant being served at Corwin’s home. He said detectives found numerous illegal weapons inside. Detectives believe Corwin may have been in the military at one point, Butao said. Butao said Corwin is being held at the sheriff’s East Los Angeles Station in lieu of $500,000 bail. MONTEREY PARK – A college student was arrested Thursday night after sheriff’s detectives and federal agents found a cache of illegal weapons, ammunition and military equipment inside his home, officials said. Sheriff’s Detective Jeff Spelatz said investigators raided a home in the 400 block of Brightwood Street in Monterey Park at about 7p.m. Spelatz said Matthew Corwin, 23, was arrested on suspicion of possession of assault weapons and credit card theft. Mario Villegas, spokesman for East Los Angeles Community College, confirmed Corwin is a student at the college and the president of the associated student union. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

RCMP search of stolen commercial trailer

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP have just released information about a stolen commercial trailer.On August 8, 2016, the RCMP received a report of a stolen 2013 Doepker lowboy commercial trailer from a yard near 95 ave and 78 street in Fort St. John. The lowboy trailer is described as black in colour with  scissor neck, a flop over roll on and 2 kicker rolls.The trailer deck is 10 feet wide, which is wider than a standard trailer of this type. The RCMP believe the trailer was taken at approximately 3:45 a.m. on July 27, 2016 and reported to Police on August 8. The trailer had a BC license plate number 20637U.- Advertisement -If you have any information about this trailer contact the RCMP at 250-787-8100 or call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

Pele back in Brazil after hospital stay in France

first_img0Shares0000Pele arrived back in Brazil after a six-day hospital stay in Paris © AFP / NELSON ALMEIDASao Paulo, Brazil, Apr 9 – Football great Pele arrived back in Brazil Tuesday after having surgery for a “severe urinary infection” during a six-day hospital stay in France.The three-time World Cup winner was discharged late Monday from the private American hospital in the Paris suburbs where he had been taken after falling ill following an appearance at a promotional event with France striker Kylian Mbappe. After arriving at the Sao Paulo-Guarulhos airport in Brazil, the 78-year-old was taken through the terminal in a wheelchair and was driven away in a van.“Once again, thank God, everything went well. I’m alive. Long live Brazil,” said Pele, a gold cross hanging around his neck, after he arrived in Brazil’s biggest city.“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Brazilians and all those who called the hospital, who called me, for my operation, to wish me a rapid recovery,” he added.In a statement on Monday on the site, Pele said he had required “medical assistance and surgery” for a “severe urinary infection.”Before he was discharged, current Brazil star Neymar, who plays alongside Mbappe for Paris Saint-Germain, paid him a visit at the hospital.Neymar posted a photo on his Instagram account Monday of himself next to a smiling Pele in his hospital bed with the two holding hands.Brazil’s G1 reported that Pele had intended to come out of hospital on Saturday to return to his home country, but had been delayed by further tests.The infection was not serious and was under control, members of Pele’s entourage had said.Pele has had several health scares in recent years.A similar infection put him in intensive care in November 2014.Pele fell ill after attending this promotional event in Paris © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEIn 2016, Pele, who played 1,363 professional matches, scoring 1,281 goals, was unable to light the flame at the Rio Olympics because of severe pain in the hip.In January 2018, he cancelled a trip to London fearing a “stressful” and “tiring” journey.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgEXCLUSIVE: More than 50 new jobs are to be created at a new value store to be opened in Donegal this Thursday, can reveal.The Dealz discount store, formerly Poundland, will open its doors to the public at its new premises at Letterkenny Retail Park.The store, which is an impressive 8,500 ft square in size, is located across from the Radisson Hotel and close to the Evolve clothing store. Dealz Senior Business Manager Leonard Brassel said he was delighted by the opening of the Donegal store as well as another story in Kerry.“We are extremely excited about the opening of our new Irish stores and are looking forward to bringing an extensive range of products offering amazing value, including over 1000 Top Brands, to new customers at Dealz.“We are confident that value savvy Donegal consumers will love it,” he added.Dealz offers customers a wide selection of well known top brands and established own label products at amazing value prices. Product categories include food & drink, health and beauty, baby, batteries, homeware, pet, books and DVDs, toys, celebrations and seasonal ranges such as Christmas and Valentines.Many passers-by were already trying to gain access to the store today when visited the Letterkenny Retail Park.The opening of the new store as well as the 50 new jobs is welcome news for Letterkenny and Co Donegal in general.There was further good news recently with the opening of Smyth’s Toy Store on the other side of the retail park which took on 30 new employees.© 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 50 JOBS TO BE CREATED AT NEW DONEGAL DISCOUNT STORE was last modified: November 15th, 2011 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:DealzLetterkenny Retail Parklast_img read more

Desperate moms helped by infant-haven program

first_img In September 2004, a mother dropped her baby off at county Fire Station 123 in Santa Clarita’s rustic Sand Canyon. Firefighters and paramedics were touched by the woman’s decision and in awe of their tiny charge. That little boy was taken to Newhall Memorial and adopted within three days by a woman who had been waiting four years to adopt a baby, a nurse at the hospital said. Information about sites in the county where babies can be safety surrendered is available by calling (877) 725-5111 or by logging on to Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 pat.aidem@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – The contrast is stark – one baby is placed snuggly in the arms of a hospital nurse, the other left to die in a trash bin in a downtown alley. Both birth mothers didn’t keep their newborns for one reason or another. Yet one left her baby boy safe Saturday at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, the third infant dropped off at the Valencia emergency room since 2001, when the state’s Safely Surrendered Baby Law was approved. Eight babies have been safely surrendered so far this year countywide. “We always feel like we saved a life,” hospital spokeswoman Andie Bogdan said Tuesday. “And we get that double feeling when adoptions occur – that’s the second really nice thing that happens.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Social workers, Bogdan said, described the newborn as “healthy and beautiful.” The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services immediately coordinated the adoption of the tiny boy. “This case just shows that parents in dire situations have an option that saves the life of their child,” Evelyn V. Martinez, executive director of First 5 LA, a child advocacy group, said in a prepared statement. “We need to spread the word that there is an alternative to abandonment. The more the community knows about it, the more lives will be saved.” Under the safe surrender law, parents can give up their newborn infants at hospitals or county fire stations within the first 72 hours of birth without facing criminal prosecution for child endangerment. Information about the birth parents is confidential, under the law, which also provides for medical care for mother and child. Mothers are issued hospital bracelets that match the infants and can use them within three days to reclaim their child. The law was approved in hopes of giving desperate birth mothers an option to abandoning their babies to die. So far this year in the county, three dead infants have been found, one left in a trash bin in October outside a popular hangout near the University of Southern California. The birth mother, former USC student Holly Ashcraft, faces charges of murder and child abuse. last_img read more


first_imgEarlier today Finn Valley AC athlete Dempsey McGuigan beat his own club, Donegal and Ulster record – on six different occasions.Competing at Oxford , Mississippi, Dempsey got the hammer out 6 times beyond the current record he set in 2013 at Watford of 63-30 .His new encouraging series of record-breaking throws was 65-44,65.20,66.15,65.21,65.80,66.39. He began an athletics scholarship with University of Mississippi in January and this sets him up extremely well for the season ahead.DEMPSEY HAMMERS HIS OWN RECORD – SIX TIMES! was last modified: March 22nd, 2014 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:Dempsey McGuiganfinn valleyhammer throwrecordlast_img read more


first_imgMembers of Letterkenny Credit Union committee with Emma and her new car.There’s not much more Letterkenny woman Emma Mills could hope for this Christmas.Emma, from Oldtown, was the lucky winner of her local credit union’s car draw recently.The members of the credit union couldn’t afford a Christmas stocking large enough to put Emma’s new Christmas present in. But judging by the wonderful smile she had, she didn’t really mind.Safe driving!Emma is raring to go in her new motor.EMMA GETS HER FREE NEW WHEELS THANKS TO LETTERKENNY CREDIT UNION was last modified: December 11th, 2014 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:cardonegaldrawEmma MillsLetterkenny Credit Unionlast_img read more

Patsy McGonagle book signing in Letterkenny on Saturday

first_imgPatsy McGonagle will be signing copies of his new autobiography tomorrow in Letterkenny.The former Irish athletics team manager launched his book ‘Relentless: A Race Through Time’ on Monday night at the Finn Valley Centre.World Championship gold medallist and Olympic bronze medallist Rob Heffernan, who worked under McGonagle from the late 1990s, was the special guest for the launch. ‘Relentless: A Race Through Time’ was written by Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub Sports Editor Chris McNulty.Tomorrow from 1-3pm, McGonagle will be in Easons, Letterkenny Shopping Centre, signing copies of his book, which makes for an ideal Father’s Day present!Patsy McGonagle book signing in Letterkenny on Saturday was last modified: June 14th, 2019 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:EasonsFinn Valley ACpatsy mcgonagleRelentlesslast_img read more