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After 169 Years, Citizens Take 1st Step to Freedom

first_imgOn July 26, 2016, Liberia will be celebrating 169 years of freedom. Unlike the past tradition of pomp and pageantry that accompanied July 26 Celebrations, the 2016 independence celebration was cancelled from its original venue due to “lack of money” due to bad road conditions (in the South Eastern Liberia), where the celebration was scheduled to have been held. Aside from the government’s stated lack of money due to “budget shortfalls,” the citizens of Liberia, Africa’s oldest republic, are facing extreme difficulties struggling to make ends meet. The rate of the US dollar to the Liberian dollar is rising. Unemployment is skyrocketing. 83% of Liberians are stuck in poverty, living on less than US$1.25 a day. The price of Liberia’s exports, rubber and Iron ore are falling on the world market, forcing mining companies to lay off workers. The outrageously high salaries of government officials are fueling the rise of ritualistic killings. In Nimba County alone, 17 Liberians have fallen prey to ritualistic killing, including a five year old girl, prompting Nimba Senator Thomas Grupee to call for reinstatement of capital punishment. In the midst of all of Liberia’s woes, a new pilot program has been launched, and is believed could be the solution to Liberia’s chronic economic problems. The program is the Citizens Independence Initiative. If American citizens from the leading democracy on earth are using a program called Family Independence Initiative (FII) to get their citizens out of poverty, Liberia, the 4th poorest country on earth, needs a similar program to help Liberians rise above poverty. There is evidence that shows that 47 million Americans are stuck in poverty, and therefore it’s clear that democracy does not guarantee prosperity; it guarantees security, justice and equal opportunities. Waiting for government is a waste of time. Citizens in democratic societies must rise up and begin working for economic prosperity. That is why the Citizens Independence Initiative (CII) in Liberia was launched.The Citizen’s Independence Initiative (CII) is a program created by the refugee-support group YOUNG-Africa Inc. and Universal Human Rights International (UHRI). The program aims to provide a platform through which Liberian families can increase their access to capital, expand their network and improve upward economic mobility by working with other Liberian families within their own community. The CII program is modelled on the Family Independence Initiative (FII) program, which has been active in the United States for many years, and hopes to replicate the success the FII program has experienced working to alleviate poverty in the U.S.The FII program was really the first of its kind, and provides poverty stricken families in America with support in more ways than one. Chrismandili Vasquez, the executive director of the FII program in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, explains that the FII program creates a platform through which American families can support each-other and work together to increase social mobility and escape the cycle of poverty many lower-income families find themselves in. Essentially, she explains that, “FII’s role is to learn from what families are doing, invest in their approaches and find ways to increase mobility.” For many refugee families living in the US, the FII program provides a much-needed source of hope and positivity in an otherwise challenging situation.Emmanuel T. Gaye, son of Pastor Edwin Gbor, and his family are former Liberian refugees, who returned from Ghana and are now spearheading the CII program in Ganta, Nimba County. Gaye believes assistance and support in transitioning to life in Liberia can be a success if CII is embraced by all Liberians. The family has encountered financial hardship; but in-spite of the hardship, he is bringing hope to residents of Ganta through pioneering education and community development. With CII, Gaye believes the program can provide more than a short-term fix. “We want to establish independence” he explains, and “hope to achieve economic mobility and prosperity we envisioned here in Liberia,” as well as security, confidence and guidance in their everyday lives. Many people like Gaye have already participated in the CII program – launched recently in Ganta – and its universal values, which include the strength of the family and community and the need for trust between community members that will have many positive effects in Liberia. With the trust and support of the CII program, poor Liberian citizens will be able to pull themselves out of poverty and establish both security and economic upward mobility.These effects are what we hope to replicate in Liberia with the Citizens Independence Initiative. Many of the safety nets which exist in the U.S., where FII originated, are not present in Liberia; and it can be very challenging for Liberian citizens to move up the social and economic ladder. Despite this, Ms. Vasquez believes that the “universal values of families wanting to help each other and share resources are absolutely applicable across borders,” and that the FII model can be successfully adapted in other countries outside of the US.CII aims to provide Liberian citizens and their families with a platform they can use to work together and achieve economic prosperity and results they might not have been able to, waiting for politicians or on their own, and tap into the strength of the community. The program focuses on bringing communities together through nationwide civil education (radio broadcasts), inclusion of civic education in the religious curriculum of churches and mosques while also providing communities with access to connections, capital and resources, including computers as a means of increasing economic mobility and self-education, and even telecommuting to jobs. The power of improved community strength and the ingenuity of people working together to help one-another should not be underestimated.About the author: Rev. Torli H. Krua is the founder of Universal Human Rights International (UHRI) and YOUNG-Africa INC and also a fellow of Family Independence Initiative (FII), a program designed to help 47 million Americans get out of poverty. 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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Suicide rate has significantly decreased – Public Health official

first_imgAlthough Guyana has been labelled as one of the Region’s most suicide-plagued countries, statistics over the past few years have proven differently.This was according to Clinical Psychologist attached to the Public Health Ministry, Balogun Osunbiyi who explained that the suicide death rates in Guyana stood at 44.2 per cent in 2012.Over the years, this high percentage has decreased with 2016 figures standing at 29 per cent and in 2017, 24.67 per cent. Although the figures for 2018 have not been officially released, this newspaper was told that suicide-related deaths were down by at least 50.While these numbers may be good for the country, The Caribbean Voice had a different view on the matter.In fact, the Managing Director of the agency, Bibi Ahamad, believes that the numbers have not decreased significantly and that the Health Ministry might be trying to paint this picture.She said that the numbers suggested that the figures may have been reduced but many suicidal attempts are smeared when victims are rushed to the hospital and are treated.Ahamad said that those persons die from heart failure a few days later and this does not record as a suicide case.According to her, “The rate has not dropped significantly, but I know a lot of cases would not have been reported. Someone drinks gramoxone, they go to the hospital, the doctor gives them some saline and that person feels a little better and goes home and about two or three days after they pass away (so) that death certificate does not put the cause of death as poison but by failure of heart or something”.Admitting that The Caribbean Voice does not have access to statistics, the Director complained that for some reason, the Government is quiet on figures relating to social ills, as many analyses are sometimes not even conducted or shared so that those ills can be addressed.Osunbiyi, who spoke with the National Public Radio (NPR) in the United States, told the agency that there are many reasons for the country’s alarming rates of suicide.Among the reasons he listed were a pervasive stigma about mental illness, access to lethal chemicals, alcohol misuse, interpersonal violence, family dysfunction and insufficient mental health resources.The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) conducted a study in 2017 which found that the leading cause of death was suicide among persons between the ages of 15 to 24 years old. Even more surprising was that those figures accounted for more than half of the deaths in persons between the ages of 20 and 24.That study also found that most victims of suicide were males.last_img read more

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Former Business Minister, Girls + Tech founder among Small Business Council appointees

first_imgGovernment has announced that the Small Business Council will now be headed by former Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, who stepped down from his post earlier this year by virtue of being a dual citizen.Former Business Minister Dominic GaskinGaskin, who is also a United Kingdom (UK) citizen, was appointed as Director of Manufacturing and Marketing within the Business Ministry with responsibility for the enforcement of standards, providing assistance to small producers and access to markets, particularly Eastern Caribbean markets.The former Minister takes over from previous chair and Jamaican businesswoman Valerie Grant. Other members of the Council include local entrepreneur and founder of Girls + Tech, Evie Gurcharran.Gurcharran, who also manages Java café and is a former participant in the United States sponsored Young Leaders of the Americas (YLAI) professional fellows programme, uses girl + tech to get more women involved in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector.Meanwhile, the Council will have representatives from the Business Ministry; Finance Ministry; and the Linden, West Berbice, Essequibo and Region Three Chambers of Commerce. Also present on the council are representatives from the Bankers Association; the Institute of Private Enterprise Development (IPED); the Chief Executive Officer of the Small Business Bureau (SBB); a youth representative and Dason Anthony.LoansAt the ‘Micro and Small Enterprise Development and Building Alternative Livelihoods for Vulnerable’ Project last year, it was revealed that some 199 loans and 545 grants were handed out worth over $600 million.Local entrepreneur and founder of Girls + Tech, Evie GurcharranThis was related by the Small Business Bureau (SBB) Credit Guarantee Fund Manager Gillian Edwards, during the closing ceremony of the programme.According to her, “We were able to do loans in eight of the 10 regions … so we did a total of 199 loans of a value of $695 million… for grants, our original target was 300 grants and because we shifted funds from the intro-subsidy, which was largely unused for that, we exceeded our target and to date, because we are still disbursing some who just had part disbursement; so far, 545 grants to the value of $163 million.”Among the 100 programmes tied into the five-year project were training sessions with small business owners in the areas of business management, cosmetology and others.Persons from across the 10 administrative regions benefited from the US$5 million project, with aid from the Inter-American Development Bank and several banking entities in the country.A number of trainers, including Action Coach, also participated in giving their services to train persons in different areas.A few beneficiaries of not only training but loans had expressed how helpful the programme was to them.One woman who disclosed that she not only benefited from a loan but the training programme in cosmetology said, “I will say that I have benefited greatly from the programme, because I got the grant which moved me from baking in a four burner oven to having an oven now that can hold 300 chickens at one time to bake.”A farmer had also shared that he now produced about 4000 chickens when he used to only be able to rear 300 at a time.last_img read more

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Royalty Credit Program Changes

first_imgThe Campbell government has announced a 120 million dollar top-up to the province’s royalty credit program, to encourage year-round development in the oil and gas sector.The Liberals are calling it an incentive, but the NDP opposition takes a much different view.While admitting the energy industry here in the Northeast is a main driver of provincial economic growth, New Democrat Energy critic John Horgan calls the government royalty adjustment, a flatout subsidy to big oil and gas companies…- Advertisement – [asset|aid=2629|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=dc9f0722c07cc7f0c1093ef064dd9e2c-Horgan_2_Pub.mp3] However, Energy Minister Blair Lekstrom counters, every dollar invested in the royalty credit program generates a return of two dollars and fifty cents… [asset|aid=2630|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=dc9f0722c07cc7f0c1093ef064dd9e2c-Lekstrom_6_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Mr. Lekstrom also argues BC is in a world-wide competition for oil and gas industry business…and that noted, yesterday’s announcement came just one day prior to the unveiling today of a new plan in Alberta.It is expected to widely alter highly critcized royalty changes, which only became law at the beginning of last year.last_img read more

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DONE DEAL! Chelsea flop seals Serie A return

first_img Juan Cuadrado [left] Juan Cuadrado has completed his season-long loan switch to Juventus.talkSPORT revealed on Tuesday morning that the winger had travelled to Turin to tie up a deal after Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho sanctioned his exit.Now he has finalised his loan move to Juve – just seven months after joining Chelsea from Fiorentina in a £23million deal.“We all know that Juve is a great club, among the best teams in Europe,” said the Colombian. “I hope I can give Juventus my best, 100 per cent. I didn’t expect to receive such a warm welcome from the fans in Italy but they have always welcomed me with open arms and that makes me very happy.“The fans’ support will give me further motivation to do well.”Cuadrado was one of Colombia’s star players at last year’s World Cup but failed to impress Mourinho and leaves after just four starts.His move to Juve will inevitable lead to suggestions France midfielder Paul Pogba will make the switch in the opposite direction, with a move in excess of £60million spoken of.Mourinho refused to discuss Pogba last Friday and the Cuadrado switch appears independent of any negotiations for the former Manchester United midfielder.Whether anything materialises over Pogba remains to be seen, but the rumours remain. 1last_img read more

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ST EUNAN’S BID FOR WORLD RECORD GAA COACHING SESSION

first_imgWHAT A LINE-UP! DONEGAL PLAYERS GET BEHIND WORLD RECORD ATTEMPTToday in St. Eunan’s GAA Club, a Community Fundraiser was launched by Uachtarán CLG Liam O’Neill along with County Players Michael Murphy, Rory Kavanagh, Colm McFadden, Frank Mc Glynn, Thomas McKinley, Martin O’Reilly, and Michael Boyle.On September 29th the club will attempt to break the World Record currently held by the Na Fianna GAA Club in Dublin of 2,185 people, for the Largest GAA Coaching Session ever held at a single venue.Leading out this fundraising initiative are Alma Kavanagh and Paul Mc Govern and the fundraiser is reaching out to all the local schools in the greater Letterkenny area to help them in their bid to succeed in this. There was a large number of schools present for the launch and St. Eunan’s would like to sincerely thank all the Principals and teachers present who came out to support the launch during their Summer break. Present were, Mr Míchael Ó Giobúin, Coláíste Ailigh; Mr. Chris Darby, St. Eunan’s College; Ms Teresa Devenney, Mrs Elaine Mc Govern and Mrs Ann Carr, Loreto Convent; Mr. Charlie Cannon, Errigal College; Mr. Paddy Flood, Deele College; Mr Colm Breathnach, St Patrick’s N.S Drumkeen; Mrs Denise Duffy, Lurgybrack N.S;  Mr. Kevin Caldwell and Eibhlín Roache Woodland N.S; Mr Padraig Cannon, Scoil Cholmcille; Múinteoir Máire Breen, Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin; Ms Ann Marie Mailey, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál;Mr Joseph Gallanagh, Glenswilly N.S; Mr Mel Ó’Donnell, Scoil Cholmcille Kilmacrennan; Mrs Therese Mc Monagle, Stramore N.S and Mrs Doreen Sheridan & Mary Larkin, Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Illistrin. This fundraiser is for the schools and club combined with school keeping 60% of money raised to promote Gaelic Games within their schools.It is certain to be a great day for all the schools with BBQ, Face Painting, Races and water sponge throws all billed for the day. The St. Eunan’s club would like as many schools as possible to roll in behind this great community fundraiser and more information can be obtained from co-ordinators Alma Kavanagh 087-6952551, Paul Mc Govern 086-8114151 and Elaina Gallagher 087-2901541.Be a part of the fun on this exciting day.The announcement came on the day that it was announced the club will have four full-time coaches this year, taking gaelic games into the community.GAA PRESIDENT LIAM O’NEILL SPEAKING AT THE EVENT   ST EUNAN’S BID FOR WORLD RECORD GAA COACHING SESSION was last modified: August 21st, 2012 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:ST EUNAN’S BID FOR WORLD RECORD GAA COACHING SESSIONlast_img read more

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TERMON AND MILFORD LIFT LADIES FOOTBALL TITLES

first_imgTERMON are the county senior Ladies Football champions and Milford are the intermediate champions after today’s clashes at MacCumhaill Park.Favourites Termon saw off St Eunan’s in a comprehensive display although the Letterkenny ladies can hold their heads high for a battling performance.The Termon girls won 4-11 to 2-03 and county star Geraldine McLaughlin was the star of the show with a hat-trick of goals. Earlier Milford beat Aodh Ruadh in an entralling encounter – 3-09 to 4-04. TERMON AND MILFORD LIFT LADIES FOOTBALL TITLES was last modified: September 1st, 2013 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

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IT’S OFFICIAL – DONEGAL WAS HIT BY ANOTHER MINI QUAKE LAST NIGHT!

first_imgDonegal HAS been hit by another mini-earthquake.The tremor was felt by thousands of residents last night.And now the British Geological Survey, which records earthquakes, has confirmed the tremor hit 1.1 on the Richter scale and measured 3kms deep. The tremor’s official centre was in Buncrana on the Inishowen Peninsula but it was felt in many areas including Milford, Burnfoot and Carrigart around 9.20pm.Donegaldaily.com reported the incident last night, but it was only officially confirmed as a tremor today.The tremor follows another mini-quake which struck Donegal on January 26th last and measured 2.2.That quake happened almost exactly two years to the day since a similar sized tremor was felt. The BGS confirmed the latest quake was a very small reading but was an “event’ which could have been felt by people in Ireland.One man said “The dogs started to go mad an there was a loud bang. I didn’t know what the hell it was . It was only later that I got a couple of calls that people said they had heard the same thing.”“We’ve recorded an earthquake with a magnitude of 1.1,” said BGS spokesman David Galloway.“In terms of earthquakes, it is quite a small earthquake, but it was only at a depth of three kilometres hence probably why people felt it and the fact that it was quite late at night, when there was not a lot of traffic noise.” IT’S OFFICIAL – DONEGAL WAS HIT BY ANOTHER MINI QUAKE LAST NIGHT! was last modified: March 14th, 2012 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:donegalearthquaketremorlast_img read more

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DONEGALTV DOCUMENTARY ON ROAD TO CROKER TO AIR ON SKY TONIGHT

first_imgJim McGuinness chats with Charlie Collins from DonegalTV in the documentary which will be aired tonight.A DonegalTV special on Donegal’s march to Croke Park is to be broadcast tonight on SKY TV.For viewers in Donegal, Ireland and the UK, the documentary will air on Sky Bonanza Channel 266 at 7pm this evening.For viewers in America the special will air at 3pm on worldview & 5pm on MHz1 in DC. The DonegalTV team.The documentary will be hosted by Charlie Collins and will have exclusive interviews from both the minor & senior camps including Jim McGuinness, Michael Murphy, Rory Kavanagh, Frank McGlynn, Neil & Eamon McGee, Declan Bonner, Niall Harey, Stephen McBrearty and we will also have reaction from fans, family & GAA pundits.British based Canis Media CEO Clare Bramley is extremely enthusiastic about their new partnership with DonegalTV.“We are delighted as a new Service provider on the Sky platform to be associated with Donegal TV in this very exciting time for the County. Donegal TV is now an established brand name and the programmes they have produced to date have been of the highest quality. We look forward to working with them in the long term and to showcase Donegal to a worldwide audience and we wish the Donegal senior and minors the best of luck on Sunday next.”Shane Wallace from Donegal TV says that there will be an announcement shortly with regard to the next phase of Donegal TV which will include weekly shows to be screened in Ireland, UK and the USA. “We have Donegal GAA special shows being aired tonight (15th September) in Ireland and the UK at 7pm on Sky channel 266 and in the States scheduled to be shown at 3;00PM ET on MHz Worldview & 5p ET on MHz DC1.  DONEGALTV DOCUMENTARY ON ROAD TO CROKER TO AIR ON SKY TONIGHT was last modified: September 15th, 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)last_img read more

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Three Donegal projects named as finalists in Good Causes Awards

first_imgThree Donegal organisations were today announced as regional winners and finalists in the National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2019.Donegal G.A.P Heritage and History Group; Liquid Therapy and Involve youth project, have beaten off stiff competition to be named amongst the thirty-six community groups, sports clubs and organisations from all over Ireland in this year’s finals.The Awards are aimed at honouring the inspiring work and achievements of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals from all over Ireland who with the help of National Lottery Good Causes funding have had an extraordinary impact on their local communities. Liquid Therapy is a not for profit foundation that provides ocean, surf, and water therapy for young people with physical, emotional, behavioural or intellectual needs. Good Causes funding allowed it to provide surf boards and body suits for a growing number of members. Liquid Therapy will be one of six finalists in the sport category.Donegal GAP History and Heritage Group, which is a finalist in the heritage category, is a non-profit voluntary community group primarily based in the Glenties, Ardara and Portnoo (GAP) areas of South West, Donegal. The group aims to research, develop, protect and promote the built heritage of GAP and the surrounding areas.Involve is a youth project with recognises the equality of the Traveller Community by providing programmes, initiatives and services that promote the participation and inclusion of the Traveller Community in Irish Society. Involve will be in the Youth category in the final.Each national category winner will receive €10,000 while the overall Good Cause of the Year will get an additional €25,000 on top of this. The winners will be announced at a Gala Awards event in the Clayton Burlington Hotel in Dublin on Saturday 2nd November.  Three Donegal projects named as finalists in Good Causes Awards was last modified: May 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Donegal GAP History and Heritage Groupinvolveliquid therapylast_img read more

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