first_imgThe women’s wing of the Grand Masonic Temple, the Naomi Chapter # 12 of the Order of Eastern Star (OES), has donated food and other items to the Americans for Africans Incorporated (AAAI) orphanage.Worthy Matron G. Lucinda Worquea, on behalf of the Charity Committee of the Naomi Chapter # 12 of the OES said the donation is part of their annual event to help those desperately in need; especially children and widows.The Worthy Matron quoted her favorite verse of scripture, Proverb 19:17, which says: “Whosoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deeds.”“On behalf of the trustees, worthy matrons, worthy patrons, officers and members of Naomi Chapter # 12 of the Order of Eastern Star, this donation is our way to buttress your efforts in taking care of and educating these children. It also serves as the chapter’s ways of identifying with the needy in times like these. We believe that you will benefit from and use these items wisely,” Worthy Matron Worquea said.The presentation of the items took place at the headquarters of the Americans for Africans, Incorporated (AAAI) in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.The donated items include four bags of rice, one large bag of sugar, one tin of powdered milk, one five gallon container of vegetable oil and a bag of salt.Others items donated were one large tin of mackerel, a carton of bathing soap, two (2) cartons of powdered soap, two sacks of tissues and one box of toothpaste.The chairman of the Charity Committee of the Naomi Chapter # 12 of the Order of Eastern Star, Associate Matron Beatrice J. Thompson, said it gives the officers of the chapter great joy to take part in charity programs that help them reach out to the needy.“During this time of year, Naomi chapter # 12 identifies with the needy and less fortunate. We are here to do our best for the children in the hopes that God will continue to bless you for the work you are doing for them. We pray that these kids will eventually become the country’s future leaders,” Associate Matron Thompson said.Past Matron and Co-chairman for the Charity Committee of Naomi Chapter # 12 of the Order of Eastern Star, Sis. Aretha Collins expressed her thanks to officers of the Charity Committee for accepting her proposal after assessing the AAAI orphanage. She explained the reasons she identified the orphanage was due to its appalling condition and appealed to the AAAI proprietress and president Oretha Wesee for the Naomi Chapter #12 to come to its aid.“During my assessment at the home I saw the kids and the little food they were eating, so I spoke with the proprietress and she told me they were in need of food and improved sanitation,” Past Matron Collins said.Continuation of the OES’s donation to needy institutions as part their charity program will resume next month, according Chairman Thompson.For her part, orphanage proprietress, Madam Oretha J. Wesee, said she was grateful to God for the donation and indicated that this is the second time for the sorority of women to identify with her home.She urged humanitarian groups and individuals to come to the aid of her orphanage as its school is in desperate need of food, pampers, soap, toiletries and other items to reopen for the sake of the children.According to Madam Wesee, the AAAI was founded in 2001 and has helped 98 kids get adopted to homes in the US and other part of the world.  These adoptions ceased in 2009 since a moratorium was placed by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img4 FebruaryThe World Bank is urging developed countries to start a fund to ensure that more resources are made available for African countries to develop the infrastructure they need to sustain economic growth.“Poorer countries need safety net programmes aligned with their ability to put them to good use,” World Bank president Robert Zoellick said in a speech delivered on his behalf at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week.“We need to fund well-designed, efficient programmes that provide income support to the poorest, such as food-for-work, conditional cash transfers and school feeding programmes.”Zoellick said that such a fund would also provide finance for small businesses, that often had a hard time securing funding, even during normal times.Infrastructure investmentInfrastructure has long been identified as a key requirement for any region to realise economic growth, and Africa’s infrastructure needs to be developed to an adequate and efficient standard.The price tag is high however, with the United Nations estimating that more than US$52-billion a year in public and private investments is needed to close the continent’s infrastructure gap by 2010.World Bank Africa vice-president Obi Ezekwesili earlier predicted that growth rates in African economies could fall to half of what they have been in the past few years, as the global economic downturn could dry up important private sector investments that have propelled advances in growth.Ezekwesili pointed out that the African economy had been growing at a rate of 5.8% over the last decade, as compared to negative figures before then.Shielding poor nationsThe World Bank also plans to raise its Innovative Bridge Research and Development lending for developing country borrowers by US$100-billion over the next three years to shield poorer nations from the adverse effects of the global economic downturn.Of this amount, Zoellick said $42-billion would be channelled to African economies.He explained that the decision had been necessitated by a sharp drop in demand for African exports, which are expected to slump by a further two percent this year as the continent adjusts to the global crisis.Decline in foreign investmentIn his speech, Zoellick told African leaders to be ready for a continued decline in foreign direct investments, which were expected to fall by 1.5% on top of last year’s 2.1% drop.“The crisis had raised Africa’s economic challenges to a new height,” he said, adding that the slowdown would affect poverty eradication programmes as well as the Millennium Development Goals of the continent, which were already behind by more than seven years.“The most at risk are households in the poorest countries, where there is least access to safety nets and the greater danger of falling back into poverty,” he said.Employment, human crisisAccording to Zoellick, the financial crisis that grew into an economic crisis was now becoming an employment crisis, and in the coming months it could turn into a humanitarian crisis.“Many of you have already seen the danger signs on top of poverty, hunger and malnutrition we saw last year as a result of soaring food and fuel prices,” he said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Wm. Bruce Clevenger, Amanda Douridas  and Rory Lewandowski, Ohio State University Extension EducatorsThe 2018 OSU Extension Agricultural Lender Seminars will feature keynote speaker, Courtney Cowley, Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Omaha, Nebraska. Cowley will speak to each of the three regionally offered Ag Lender seminars scheduled in October 2018. She will share her research and the role of the Federal Reserve Bank with her topic “Outlook for the U.S. Economy with Implications for the Ag Sector.”Cortney Cowley is an economist in the Regional Affairs Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Her current research focuses on agricultural finance, commodity markets, farm management, and natural resource economics and policy. Cowley’s responsibilities also include writing for the Tenth District Survey of Agricultural Credit Conditions and the Federal Reserve System’s Agricultural Finance Databook. Cowley joined the Bank in 2015 after completing her Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University. She also holds a B.S. degree in Biosystems Engineering from Oklahoma State and a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University.Additional speakers at each location include: Farm Policy & Commodity Outlook – Ben Brown, OSU CFAES, Farm Mgmt. Program Mgr.; Ohio Farm Economy & Production Economics – Barry Ward, OSU Extension, CFAES, Production Business Management; Dairy Production Economics – Dianne Shoemaker, OSU Extension, CFAES, Field Specialist; Hops, Barley & Ohio’s Specialty Crops – Brad Bergefurd, OSU Extension, CFAES, Extension Educator & Horticulture Specialist.The three Ag Lender Seminars will be as follows:Tuesday, October 16Champaign Co. Community Center Auditorium1512 South US Highway 68Urbana, OH 43078Wednesday, October 17Putnam Co. Educational Service CenterAssembly Hall124 Putnam ParkwayOttawa, OH 45875Thursday, October 18Buckeye Agricultural Museum877 West Old Lincoln WayWooster, OH 4469Seminar programs begin promptly at 9:15 a.m. and conclude by 3:15 pm. Registration information is available at: https://u.osu.edu/aglenderseminars/ or by contacting Bruce Clevenger, OSU Extension Educator, Defiance County at 419-782-4771 or [email protected] Extension conducts the seminars from input from Ag Lenders, County Extension Educators and Extension Specialists. The seminars are designed to provide information that Ag Lenders will use directly with their customers, indirectly within the lending industry, and as professional development for current issues and trends in production agriculture. OSU Extension has been offering Ag Lenders seminars for nearly 30 years.last_img read more

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Brownlee didn’t mind having to play longer minutes.“We did great as a team so I didn’t have to exert a lot of energy. As a collective group, we did a great job,” said Brownlee, after logging 46 minutes.Brownlee also said that at this stage, fatigue is the least of his concerns.“I’m ready to play whatever [minutes I need] to win a championship. It doesn’t matter at this point,” he said.“One more to go. The job is not done. The only thing we’ve done is win three games. We haven’t won a championship. I’m sure we’re going to be fired up Wednesday and we’ll be ready.” ADVERTISEMENT Game 5 at PH Arena sets attendance record in PBA Finals game LATEST STORIES And on Sunday, Cone did just that by extending the minutes of his import Justin Brownlee and chief playmaker LA Tenorio.“We had to extend those guys,” Cone said. “What are we saving them for? We got Monday and Tuesday to rest before we play on Wednesday. I told Justin during one of the timeouts, ‘Justin, you ain’t gonna sit down here in the second half.’”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We didn’t think (Allen) Durham was gonna sit down, so Justin wasn’t gonna sit down, so might as well not save yourself.”The move paid dividends for Cone as Brownlee dropped 20 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and a block, while Tenorio delivered 17 markers, six boards, and four dimes in Ginebra’s 85-74 victory over Meralco to move a win away from retaining its title. View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Sol Mercado’s injury has truly thrown a wrench into Barangay Ginebra’s rotation for the rest of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.Without the speedy guard, Ginebra coach Tim Cone knew he needed to improvise.ADVERTISEMENT Game 6 is on Wednesday, still at Philippine Arena. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgLeicester boss Rodgers texted Klopp & former Liverpool players after Champions League triumphby Freddie Taylor22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrendan Rodgers has revealed he messaged his former Liverpool players and Jurgen Klopp after they won last season’s Champions League.Rodgers returns to Anfield this week with his Leicester outfit, who are in third on the table after an impressive start to the season.And speaking before the game, the Northern Irishman revealed he congratulated his former club after their win over Tottenham in June.”When Liverpool won the Champions League I sent them all a message congratulating them and Jurgen,’ he said.”I am the type of person who is happy for the club and especially happy for players like Jordan and James Milner – players I worked with and had a strong relationship with. “I was so happy for Jordan when he lifted the Champions League trophy because I know how much he has developed and worked for it.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgLiverpool ace Wijnaldum critical of Netherlands performanceby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGini Wijnaldum was critical of the Netherlands despite his two goals helping them past Belarus on Sunday.The Liverpool midfielder scored twice, including a long-range thunderbolt, to clinch a 2-1 victory for the Oranje.Speaking to NOS, Wijnaldum said after the win: “We can do much better, we showed that in the last matches. We thought it too easily in the second half, so we still gave them hope.”It’s very frustrating. I think we thought about it too easily. That was certainly the case in the second half. We were leading 2-0 against a team that is worse than our previous opponents.”On why he is being critical of a victory, Wijnaldum added: “We have to be critical, because at the European Championship you play against the best teams in Europe and this can be fatal.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham chairman Levy on Bosman exits: We can’t force players to sign contractsby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham chairman Daniel Levy has hinted they face losing several players next summer.The likes of Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen are among those coming off contract in June.The Mirror reports, speaking at a meeting with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust, Levy appeared to suggest there is a strong chance some players could leave for free at the end of the season.The minutes stated: “DL said it wasn’t possible to make anyone sign a contract if they didn’t want to.“Some players have been at Spurs for a long time and want to pursue opportunities elsewhere.”Tottenham will look to get back to winning ways when they face bottom club Watford on Saturday. last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi government has formulated guidelines for ensuring that the children who are rescued as labourers are enrolled in schools and are not pulled out to be forced into child labour again, officials said on Monday. According to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) formulated by ‘Samagra Shiksha’, part of Delhi government’s education department, the District Urban Resource Coordinators (DURCC) will be included as a part of the District Task Force (DTF) set up in each district by the Delhi government’s labour department. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles The DURCC’s are experienced teachers, retired principals, or officials working with the education department. “A list of rescued child labour in the previous month may be provided to the DURCC every month. The School Management Committee (SMC) members with the Cluster Resource Centre Coordinators (CRCC) will visit the parents or guardians of the rescued child labour and counsel them to get the child enrolled in the school for his or her better future prospect,” the guidelines issued by the Delhi government said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar It said, “They shall facilitate the admission of the rescued child labour in the school in age appropriate class and after assessment, shift him or her to the Special Training Centre for bridge course, if need be. “The heads of schools and teachers shall monitor the attendance of the child for six months to ensure that the child is not pulled out of school and pushed again into child labour,” it said. The Delhi High Court last week directed the AAP government and the police to strictly follow the Delhi Action Plan for Total Abolition of Child Labour, which gives the procedure for interim care and protection of the rescued children. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar noted that the Delhi action plan was submitted by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and accepted by the court in its orders of July 15, 2009 and November 5, 2014. The bench said it is the bounden duty of the authorities to ensure that there is no violation of the provisions of the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act and the Bounded Labour System (Abolition) Act. The NCPCR, after holding consultation with stakeholders and after conducting research and survey, had finalised a Delhi Action Plan for total abolition of Child Labour, clearly defining the role and responsibilities of various departments.last_img read more

first_imgDr Ramesh Pokhriyal, Union HRD Minister, ‘Nishank’, said recently that educational hubs in the forefront of scientific and technological innovations had a key role to play in the creation of ‘New India’ envisioned by PM Modi.Delivering the valedictory address at the 13th edition of ‘Aaruush’, Dr Pokhriyal said that “JaIAnusandhan (Hail Innovation), a call given by PM was a progression from the previous slogans of ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’ and ‘Jai Vigyan’ coined by his predecessors Lal Bahadur Shastri and Atal Behari Vajpayee. Also Read – The Puja carnivalDr T R Paarivendhar, SRM Founder Chancellor and MOP, Lok Sabha said, “Aarush is a project where student involvement is seen, this is a venue where students display their talent. He said this event is a major one, SRMIST has achievements to their credit like this, one of them is the satellite designed by them. It is still in orbit.” Punning on the meaning of Aaruush as the first rays of the sun and Utsav as a festival, the minister said the fest was living up to the vision of late Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, who had inaugurated the Aaruush Fest in 2007. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this Navratra”Abdul Kalam has been my inspiration and it is because of him that I released a collection of poetry. I think that we should all follow his words ‘We should dream with our eyes wide open.'” Later, he awarded prizes to students from different institutions who had competed in the technical exposition and opened a state-of-the-art Rs 120 crore new building, Sir C V Raman Research Park, in the campus. Students from 16 IITs and NITs participated in the techno-fest. SRMIST President Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan said, “Students are propelling the fest in a great way and I wish it will become an international event soon. This is an event that is done by the students, of the students and for the students”.last_img read more