Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Vegetable farmers in Liberia face many challenges when it comes to growing vegetables. Due to torrential rain fall in almost all parts of the country, vegetables usually don’t grow well. In fact, few farmers grow vegetables for commercial purpose during rainy season.The majority of the farmers who grow vegetables during the rains are subsistence farmers who do so alongside their rice crops, for home consumption and surplus for the local markets.A group of vegetable farmers comprising of 20 persons on the outskirt of Monrovia, known as the Mawah Vegetable Farmers Association, has gotten the opportunity to produce vegetables all year round through the practice of protected cultivation (rain shelter) for improved yields and increased profits.Together, the vegetable farmers and the Food and Enterprise Development Program (FED) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) put an area of the farm under protected cultivation in order to grow quality crops, particularly during the rainy season. The greenhouse-like structure helps farmers protect valuable produce from pests and heavy rain damage. At the same time, it is equipped with drip irrigation which provides sufficient moisture to the crops during the dry season.In Liberia very few farmers are engaged in such practice of producing vegetables. FED /USAID is currently assisting 20 farming groups to benefit from this improved technology.The Mawah Vegetable Farmers Association was established in 1997 to supply vegetables on the local market. After receiving assistance from Chinese agriculture experts, the group got involved in producing high-value exotic vegetables, like tomatoes. But this effort did not last for a long period of time as the Chinese experts left the country.In 2013, the vegetable farmers began partnering with USAID FED to boost production and marketing of their vegetables. The program introduced high quality seeds and fertilizers, and provided training in good agricultural practices as well as market linkages for their produce.“It is interesting to grow vegetables under the green house. Currently, we have sowed tomato and cabbage seeds that will give us more money when taken to the supermarkets,” says Alexander Moah, lead farmer of the Mawah Vegetable Farmers Association.Moah said funds generated from the sale of vegetables produced from the green house will go towards empowering members of the organization to expand their individual farms.Though the growing of vegetables under the Green House is interesting to the local vegetable farmers, marketing was another challenge faced by the farmers until the intervention of USAID FED.Prices are not standardized, and farmers feel cheated by traders in Liberia, especially during the rainy season when there is a surplus of vegetables on the market. But the Mawah farmers have learned something about cultivating vegetables for the local market. At first, the group planted mainly indigenous vegetables, realizing small profits. After planting exotic vegetables, the group saw demand as well as their profits rise.“Planting pepper and bitter ball will not give us all of the profit we need, except during the dry season when vegetables supply is low and prices are more attractive,” says Martha Flomo, a member of the Mawah group.“Through the assistance of FED /USAID in linking us with the various supermarkets in Monrovia, our earnings from the sale of vegetables have increased by 85 percent,” Moah disclosed
TODAY Valentine’s Day luncheon, 10:30 a.m., Sparr Heights Community Center, 1613 Glencoe Way, Glendale. Call (818) 548-2188. Valentine’s Day kids event, 2-5 p.m., Delano Recreation Center, 15100 Erwin St., Van Nuys. Call (818) 756-8529. “Have a Heart” sweetheart gala, 6 p.m., Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive. Call (661) 253-8082. Glendale Quilt Guild will meet, 7 p.m., Glendale Public Library, 222 E. Harvard St. Event includes a guest speaker. Call (818) 249-4742. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Nichola Cunningham from Kilcar probably wasn’t expecting to be cursed at the moment she surprised her sister after coming home for Christmas, but it makes for a very entertaining video!Ciara Cunningham was at work when her older sister Nichola made a surprise entrance. Ciara’s reaction was a mix of hilarious shock and happiness to see her sister again.Speaking to DonegalWoman.ie, Ciara said that she hadn’t been expecting Nichola home for Christmas this year. Nichola has been working in Australia for the past five years, and hadn’t been home for a Christmas in four years. “I’m delighted to have her home,” Ciara said, adding that Nichola is planning to spend her Christmas break with family and friends.“Nichola can’t wait for a home cooked Christmas dinner at our mum and dad’s and having all the family together. Of course, she will be heading out a few nights with all our friends to catch up with everyone she hasn’t seen for a while.”DDTV: Donegal woman surprises sister in hilarious homecoming! was last modified: December 20th, 2016 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:CHristmasDDTVHOMECOMING
Gary Chivers believes it’s essential that Brighton & Hove Albion find a way to stop the ever impressive Eden Hazard ahead of today’s game against ChelseaThe Seagulls will host Chelsea at the Amex Stadium looking to bounce back from last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Burnley.The last time Brighton faced Chelsea at home came in January, where they lost 4-0 after Hazard’s brace.And Chivers, who played for both teams in his playing career, warned Brighton they must find a way to stop the Belgian superstar this time around.“From Brighton’s perspective it’ll be a tough one because although Chelsea are a side who’ve been a bit indifferent in recent weeks, their last performance in the league against Manchester City was a great one,” Chivers told the club website.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“The side took their chances last weekend – Eden Hazard playing up front was their trump card in many ways because not many people expected that.“Most would assume that either Olivier Giroud or Alvaro Morata would play as a striker, but Hazard went into that role. He had pace either side of him and when they had the ball it really looked dangerous.“Hazard drifts into spaces between the back four and middle four, you don’t want him running at you with the ball because he’s one of the best players in the Premier League – if Albion are to get a result then they’ll have to stop him as well as being solid overall defensively.”The Brighton-Chelsea match will begin at 14:30 (CET) today.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, March 21, 2019:#1) Wilmington Middle School Drama Club’s “Seussical The Musical”The Wilmington Middle School Drama Club presents its spring musical, “Seussicial The Musical” on Thursday, March 21, 2019 (7pm); Friday, March 22, 2019 (7pm); and Saturday, March 23, 2019 (1pm) in the Wilmington Middle School Auditorium. Come enjoy the story of Horton and some of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters. Tickets are available at the door. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for students (12 and under).#2) Wilmington Finance Committee MeetingThe Wilmington Finance Committee meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#3) Wilmington Elderly Services Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Elderly Services Commission meets at 1:30pm at the Senior Center. The agenda will be posted HERE.#4) Library Gift Basket Raffle DeadlineThe Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library has organized an “unplugged”-theme gift basket raffle at the Wilmington Memorial Library this winter. Tickets are $2 each or $3 for 5 and can be purchased at the library’s Front Desk.The “Unplugged!” gift basket includes:Gift Certificate to Yoga Loft (1-month membership)Gift Certificate to Tremezzo ($100)Gift Certificate to the Book Store Next Door ($10)Art & Creativity SetBoard Games: Story Cubes, Pass The Pigs, Ticket To RideMagnetic SandArt PaperDigital Detox by Damon ZahariadesThe raffle winner will be drawn on Thursday, March 21, 2019 during the Friends of the Library’s Annual Meeting at 7pm.#5) Tour Of Wilmington Town MuseumThe Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 27, 2019In “Community”
WILMINGTON, MA — Jesse Fennelly, Jay Samaha, and incumbent Jo Newhouse are running for the three seats up for grabs in this year’s School Committee race.Despite running unopposed, Wilmington Apple felt it was important for readers to get to know the candidates a bit more. Wilmington Apple is asking the candidates weekly questions leading up to the April 27 Town Election.This week’s question: Arguably the biggest responsibility of the School Committee is the hiring of the Superintendent. Dr. Glenn Brand was selected last February, hired last March, and officially began his tenure as Superintendent here in July. He is approaching the end of his first year with the district and will receive his first evaluation from the School Committee next month. What letter grade would you give Dr. Brand’s performance thus far? Why? Name one area he’s particularly impressed you in. Name one area you believe he can improve in.Below are the candidates’ responses, in their own words:Jesse FennellyAmong the many responsibilities of the school committee, one of the biggest and most impactful is the hiring of a superintendent. Wilmington was fortunate to have the steady leadership of Joanne Benton for many years, but recently, there has been a noticeable lack of continuity at the helm of the administration. I was present for the school committee interviews of the superintendent candidates, and was immediately impressed with Dr. Brand. I said last year, and will say again, the school committee made the right choice in hiring Dr. Brand to lead our school system.Up to this point, I would give Dr. Brand an A-. Something he has done particularly well, which I indicated in my campaign last year was an area I would like to see improved, is the communication from the administration. Dr. Brand has done an excellent job, in my opinion, of keeping parents and the community updated on what is happening with the schools and the district as a whole. He has also done well with involving the community in the decision making process. From multiple surveys that have been sent out, to community representation on search committees, to involvement in strategic planning, Dr. Brand has included the community at every turn, something I believe is vitally important to the continued success of our school district.On the flipside, I don’t believe there is necessarily an area that he is lacking in. That said, one of the main issues of the school district as a whole has been a lack of continuity in leadership. I would encourage Dr. Brand to continue building his leadership team with individuals who are not only dedicated to the education of our students and improvement of our schools, but are invested in the LONG TERM success of the Wilmington School District. My hope would be, as Dr. Brand continues to build his team and replace those leaving, that he does so with an eye towards continuity. That he hires individuals who are committed to Wilmington for the long term.I know Dr. Brand can’t force people to stay here. However, if he can build a strong team that stays together for the foreseeable future, I have no doubt that we can improve our schools, and he can improve his A- to an A or A+.To learn more or get in touch, visit http://www.facebook.com/JesseFennellyforWilmingtonSchoolCommittee.Jesse FennellyJo Newhouse (Incumbent)I am pleased with Dr. Brand’s work to date, but it is too soon to give him a letter grade. He appropriately spent the better part of this past year familiarizing himself with the school department and the Wilmington community as part of his entry plan, addressing the Coordinated Program Review findings and working on a strategic plan for the district. His entry plan was very comprehensive, and he has provided detailed findings regarding areas of strength within the district and areas needing improvement. I am excited to work with Dr. Brand to address all of our areas of concern, but I am particularly interested in supporting his efforts to improve instructional support interventions, social emotional learning across all student demographics, and consistent communication protocols and systems within the district.Jo NewhouseJay SamahaI agree that one of the biggest responsibilities of the School Committee is to evaluate the Superintendent. Over the past few years we have struggled with inconsistent leadership in Wilmington. I believe that the hiring of Dr. Glenn Brand was a move towards more consistent leadership at the highest administrative level.If I were to assign a letter grade to Dr. Brand it would be a solid “B+”. As a teacher I would assign this grade to a student who has a strong grasp of the important principles. This student would put forth a consistently strong effort and would be a benefit to the class as a whole. This student would also have areas were he/she could improve to get that grade up to an “A”.I am confident that Dr. Brand knows the ins and outs of the job of Superintendent. He is competent and this shows in his reports to the School Committee and in feedback from both parents and staff that work with him. He is conscientious and confident. He is also humble enough to admit when he does not know something but will work hard to get you the answer.One area where he has truly impressed me is his ability to lead. One great example of this is his work with the Strategic Planning Committee. He has shown great transparency with the process. I have spoken with people on this committee and they are energized and excited to do the work. This, I believe, demonstrates Dr. Brand’s ability to lead. Another area of commendation for Dr. Brand is his work with the Special Education Program Evaluation. He has acknowledged that this is not something that Wilmington is obligated to do. However, he believes that it will ultimately benefit our students so he is going forward with it. That, to me, is the type of leadership I am looking for in a Superintendent.One of the areas that I believe Dr. Brand could improve upon is his community outreach and communication. When the final three principal candidates came to visit the Middle School and hold a forum there were very few parents present. I have spoken with numerous middle school parents who had no idea the forums were happening. I’d like to know what Dr. Brand’s plan is going forward to engage parents and families.I am looking forward to working closely with Dr. Brand and his leadership team in order to build even better schools in Wilmington.Jay SamahaLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. 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India’s industrial output for October suffered a three-year low, even as inflation reduced, bringing back the clamor for a rate cut. ReutersThe industrial output unexpectedly shrunk by 4.2% year-on-year, due to a fall in manufacturing and capital goods output, states government data.Analysts point to the continuing weak growth while inflation pressure falls, and termed the drop a ‘one-off’ instance.Falling fuel and food prices have helped retail inflation drop to 4.38%; the trajectory of the retail inflation determines the RBI interest rate policy.Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan said that the central bank would consult with the government for an appropriate time to ensure that the economy is within a medium-term inflation target of 2-6%. ReutersFebruary would see Finance Minister Arun Jaitley present his budget, where the onus on a rate cut would be further reinforced to aid economic growth and to reduce the fiscal deficit.
Photo: CollectedWestern powers accused Russia on Thursday of orchestrating a string of global cyber attacks including a bungled plot to hack the world’s chemical weapons watchdog in The Netherlands.The United States indicted seven alleged Russian members of the GRU military intelligence agency for targeting the Hague-based OPCW, the US Democratic party, world sports bodies and US nuclear energy company Westinghouse.The charges came as part of a coordinated pushback by allies Britain, The Netherlands, Canada and the United States against a series of hacking attempts by what London dubbed “pariah state” Russia.Russia scathingly accused the West of “spy mania”, with the Russian foreign office describing the accusations as “propaganda directed against our country”.In scenes reminiscent of a Cold War spy novel, Dutch security services said they had expelled four Russian GRU agents in April after they attempted a cyber-attack on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, from a car parked in a nearby hotel.The OPCW was at the time probing the nerve agent poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Britain and an alleged chemical attack on the Syrian town of Douma by the Moscow-backed regime in Damascus.The Dutch and British prime ministers Mark Rutte and Theresa May in a joint statement accused the GRU of “disregard for global values” and lashed out at the Russian agency’s “unacceptable cyber activities”.Unacceptable cyber activitiesThe Russians were tracked by Dutch and British secret services from their arrival in Amsterdam on diplomatic passports in April, and then seen hiring a Citroen car which they parked outside the Marriott hotel next to the OPCW.When Dutch agents swooped on April 13 they found electronic equipment in the boot of the car to intercept the OPCW’s wifi and login codes, including an antenna hidden in the back of the car, facing the chemical weapons watchdog.Marriott manager Vincent Pahlplatz told AFP there was “no James Bond involved” and that the Russians had been arrested without the use of force as they emerged from a lift into the hotel lobby.Investigations found the Russians had originally taken a taxi from GRU barracks in Moscow to the airport, for which Dutch agents later found a receipt from their hotel. Some of their mobile phones were also activated in Moscow near the agency’s headquarters.“They were clearly not here on holiday,” said the head of the Dutch MIVD intelligence service, Major-General Onno Eichelsheim.A laptop belonging to one of the four was linked to Brazil, Switzerland and Malaysia—while the activities in Malaysia were related to the investigation into the 2014 shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine.It also revealed that the agents had also made searches for the OPCW-affiliated Spiez laboratory in Switzerland—which the Swiss last month said had been targeted by Russia.Dutch authorities released the Russian diplomatic passports of the four men identifying them as Oleg Sotnikov, Alexei Morenets, Alexei Minin and Yevgeny Serebryakov. They also showed photos of the men outside the hotel.Rutte said they had taken the “unusual and powerful” step of releasing details of an intelligence sting in order to bring Russia to account.“I do not think that Moscow has a nice day, because it is impossible for them to deny what has come out,” the Dutch PM told broadcaster NOS.The OPCW confirmed it had suffered “increased cyber-related activities” since the beginning of the year and had “undertaken measures to mitigate them”.Pariah stateThe four Russians allegedly involved in the OPCW attack were included in the list of seven men indicted by the US Justice Department.John Demers, US assistant attorney general for National Security, confirmed that known attack targets included the OPCW, football body FIFA, the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) and Westinghouse.Demers said the operations dating back to 2014 “involved sophisticated, persistent and unauthorised access into the victims’ computer networks.”The case also overlaps with US Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election meddling, with two of the men targeted on Thursday having featured in an earlier indictment on interference in the US polls.US intelligence says the GRU conducted the 2016 Democratic party hack in an effort to help Donald Trump win the presidency.Canada confirmed Thursday it believes itself to have been targeted by Russian cyber attacks, citing breaches at its centre for ethics in sports and at the Montreal-based WADA.Britain and Australia had just hours earlier pointed the blame directly at alleged GRU front operations such as Fancy Bear and APT 28 for the same string of worldwide attacks.The West’s coordinated response also saw NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warning Russia to halt its “reckless” behaviour and the European Union condemning “aggressive” Russian spying.British defence secretary Gavin Williamson said that these were “not the actions of a great power, this is the actions of a pariah state”.Spy maniaRussia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the allegations had been mixed together “indiscriminately”.“That’s a hell of a mix for a perfume,” she told reporters.London has accused two of GRU’s officers of poisoning former double-agent Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March, using a perfume bottle containing the powerful nerve agent Novichok.A Russian foreign ministry representative told AFP separately: “Western spy mania is gathering pace.”GRU stands for the Main Intelligence Directorate, Russia’s military intelligence agency which is one of Moscow’s three spy agencies along with the FSB security service and the SVR foreign intelligence agency.
Developers who have built both voice experiences for the Google Assistant as well as an Android app can also let users access paid digital goods in both contexts. Paid digital goods are thus far only available in the U.S., but Google said that it plans to roll them out in additional countries soon.Google announced this path to monetize voice experiences as it unveiled a revamped Google Assistant experience on mobile, where users will now have it easier to switch back and forth between using their voice and touch.“Since the Google Assistant made its debut, we’ve noticed that nearly half of all interactions with the Assistant today include both voice and touch,” said voice actions group PM Tarun Jain in a blog post Wednesday. “With this redesign, we’re making the Assistant more visually assistive for users, combining voice with touch in a way that gives users the right controls in the right situations.” CREDIT: Courtesy of Google Google is making it easier for developers to earn money with voice experiences: Developers are now able to charge their users for digital goods via Google’s Assistant, the search giant announced Wednesday. These new monetization options will be available both through devices like the Google Home smart speaker, as well as Google Assistant-powered smart displays and phones.One of the companies making use of the new monetization feature out of the gate is meditation services provider Headspace, which now lets users of its service subscribe to its paid tier with simple voice commands.Another scenario highlighted by Google Wednesday: “Castle Master,” an interactive audio adventure for smart speakers and other devices with access to the Google Assistant, now lets users buy add-on packs to unlock additional gameplay through one-time purchases. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety