FIND Begins New Post-Ebola Project in Nimba

first_imgFIND’s Executive Director Roosevelt WoodsThe Foundation for International Dignity (FIND), with support from the Government of Japan through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), has started a new project in Nimba County.“FIND will conduct situational analyses of the socioeconomic and cultural status, as well as local economic development opportunities and challenges, in Nimba County.  It will make recommendations on how the local economies can be stimulated for growth and development,” according to a press release signed by FIND’s Executive Director, Roosevelt A.K. Woods.FIND is a pro-democracy and human rights organization working to promote peace, good governance, the rule of law and access to justice in Liberia.Woods said a series of focus group discussions, awareness activities and training in peace building as well as conflict prevention mechanisms will also take place.The project, which is titled: ‘Supporting and Strengthening Sub-regional Post-Ebola Medical Surveillance and Socio-Economic Recovery Initiatives in West Africa,’ is designed to provide technical assistance and support at sub-regional, national and grassroots level to the three Ebola affected countries (Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea), and Côte d’Ivoire.The project will also assist the countries to address urgent needs in health, social and economic recovery, and conflict prevention and peace building in common border areas.“In addition, the project will strengthen coherence and coordination between the UNDP Country Offices on cross-border recovery and resilience initiatives in order to assist border communities to better respond to disasters,” said Woods.“Under the initiative, FIND will work alongside six strategic border towns in Nimba County, including Dubuzon, Buutuo, Gborplay, Luguato, Kissiplay and Duoplay,” he added.FIND was established in 2002 to respond to the growing human rights concerns of Liberian refugees. In response to the Liberian government’s decentralization call, FIND constructed its new headquarters in Gbarnga, Bong County in June 2011 and subsequently moved there from Monrovia in December the same year.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bomb wounds dozen foreign tourists at Maldives park

first_imgHe said it was too early to say whether the bomb targeted the tourism industry or determining whether an Islamic Jihadist organization was involved. Some Western diplomats have expressed concern about the potential for violence in this Sunni Muslim country. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – A homemade bomb exploded Saturday outside a crowded city park in the Maldives, wounding at least 12 people, all of them foreign tourists, a government official said. Officials in the Indian Ocean archipelago, renowned for its exclusive tourist resorts, said they did not know who was behind the afternoon attack that hit the crowded Sultan Park in the capital, Male. “The Maldives has never had something like this before. We are taking this very seriously because tourism is our life blood,” government spokesman Mohamed Shareef said. The injured included two Britons, eight Chinese and two Japanese, all with burns, Shareef said. 160Want 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

Tehama County CattleWomen host Two-Man Ranch Sorting

first_imgRed Bluff >> Sunny weather made for great conditions for the inaugural Tehama County CattleWomen Two-Man Ranch Sorting event held Saturday at the Tehama District Fairground.The event drew 147 teams for its first year and was made possible by support from various community partners, said event chairwoman Renee Ewing. Main sponsors included Pine Creek Cattle, Jim Bass of El Rancho Capay, Jeanne and Richard Smith, Lonnie and Marianna Franklin, Reynolds Ranch and Nor Cal Sorters.Money raised from …last_img read more

IDC’s R8.4bn investment in job creation

first_img1 July 2011 The Industrial Developmental Corporation (IDC) approved funding of R8.4-billion for the year ending March 2011. The funding, its highest ever for South African-based investments, is expected to create up to 20 000 full-time jobs and save an additional 11 000 jobs. “This is the highest level ever for South African-based investments,” the IDC said in its annual financial results, published on Thursday. “Funding approvals during the year under review are expected to create 19 650 full time jobs and save an additional 11 650, with a combined impact on employment of 31 300, up from 25 000 in 2010. “An additional 8 100 jobs are expected to be created through direct linkages to activities in the informal economy.” The IDC posted a R2.7-billion profit due to improved profitability from operations, performance of equity accounted investments, containment of operating expenses and lower impairments. The IDC said the South African economy had recovered steadily from the recent recession, with the pace of growth gaining momentum towards the latter part of 2010 and firming in the opening quarter of 2011.High-impact manufacturing “We have retained our focus both on preserving and growing high-impact manufacturing capacity, and have succeeded in improving our impact on job creation,” IDC CEO Geoffrey Qhena said. Of the total amount of funding approvals, 97 percent were in the priority sectors identified in the government’s New Growth Path (NGP), including manufacturing, infrastructure, agriculture and the mining value chain. Forty-nine percent of funding approvals went to developments in provinces other than Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal in order to ensure provincial equity. “The IDC continues to leverage its portfolio to improve development outcomes. This includes creating ring-fenced schemes to subsidise industry development, such as the R10-billion Gro-e-Scheme with concessionary terms aimed at job creation, which was launched in February 2011,” said Qhena. Over 17 000 jobs were created and saved as a result of the R2-billion UIF scheme launched in May last year, R1.5-billion of which has already been approved. The corporation has also approved R4.1-billion of the R6-billion allocated to assist companies in distress. “IDC will make available R102-billion over the next five years for investment. To achieve this level of investment, the partnership of various stakeholders and social partners is key. These include businesses, co-funders, labour, government and civil society,” said Qhena. In his budget vote in April, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said that, over the next five years, “green” industries would be allocated R22.4-billion, while mining and beneficiation would be allocated R22.1-billion. Manufacturing would receive R20.8-billion, while the agriculture value chain would receive R7.7-billion. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Floods, landslips cause havoc in northeast

first_imgFlood and rain-induced landslips have claimed eight lives across the northeast in the past 36 hours. While five persons died in Meghalaya, two drowned in Mizoram’s Lunglei district and one in Assam’s Dhemaji district.At least 16 people, including two 10-year-old girls in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang, have died in floods across the northeast in less than a week. A person each is reported missing from East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya and West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh after being swept away by strong water currents.Officials of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority said the number of flood-affected people jumped overnight by 5.57 lakh to 14.07 lakh by Saturday afternoon. “These people are from 2,168 villages from across 25 of Assam’s 33 districts,” an official said.Western Assam’s Barpeta, with 5.22 lakh victims, continues to be the worst-affected district followed by Dhemaji with 1.38 lakh persons. Morigaon district is third on the list with 94,627 people forced to leave their homes.The district officials have opened 234 relief camps where 20,047 people have taken shelter.Kaziranga inundatedA bloating Brahmaputra has flowed into the Kaziranga National Park (KNP), inundating 95 of the 200 rhino anti-poaching camps. Such camps, all on stilts to escape average flooding, are used by forest guards to watch over the 430 sq. km UNESCO World Heritage Site.“We have imposed speed restrictions on the highway skirting the southern edge of KNP because animals of the park invariably move from the flooded park to the hills across the highway,” the park’s divisional forest officer Rohini Ballave Saikia said.A hog deer was, however, run over early on Saturday by a speeding vehicle.last_img read more