Gov’t to Increase Budget for Agriculture

first_imgPresident George M. WeahPresident George Weah has reiterated agriculture as critical to the transformation of Liberia’s economy. As such, the President said his administration is rationalizing government’s expenditures to put more money to the sector to improve food security.He made the pronouncement on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in his pre-recorded nationwide address.The President presented his speech against the backdrop of the mounting economic hardship facing the country where prices of basic commodities are sharply rising to the detriment of ordinary citizens.He added, “We are delivering a new and improved fiscal policy that will be announced with the passage of a credible national budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. In the last several years, we have passed a budget that exceed our revenues potentials. We are now working together with counterparts in other agencies of government to pass a realistic budget.”“To achieve this,” the President said, “We will require sacrifices from all, because our actions will involve reform of our large wage bill, rationalizing government’s spending to put more resources to critical areas like health, education and agriculture.”Experts in the sector said since the end of the Liberian civil crisis (1989-2003), the country’s budget for agriculture is yet to align with the mandate of African leaders to allot 10 percent annually, this many stakeholders anticipate adherence.Up to current, the budget for agriculture remains at 3 percent annually with additional funding coming from external sources such as the World Bank, the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), African Development Bank and donor countries.However, despite these external sources for agriculture, experts are of the opinion that growth in the sector still remain elusive as smallholder farmers are faced with numerous challenges.It can be recalled that the President lamented the low agricultural productivity during his second annual message to the joint session of the 54th Legislature on Monday, January 28, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jobs: Donegal electrical company seeks Electrician and Apprentice

first_imgJOB VACANCIES: A highly reputable Donegal electrical company are looking to expand their workforce due to the increasing volume of projects.Management are seeking driven and hardworking Fully Qualified Electrician and 3rd or 4th year Apprentice to join their team.The type of works carried out by the company include: Electrical installations to Domestic, Industrial and Commercial Projects, as well as maintenance contracts. The Electrician role will include:Electrical InstallationOverseeing Projects and Site QueriesDealing with suppliers, sourcing equipment and dealing with all relevant paperwork in relation to the project.Job will involve travelling as projects are nationwide.The Ideal Candidate will have:At least 3 years Experience in Running SitesSuitable electrical qualification such as City and Guilds NBQ Level 3 or equivalent.Inspection and Testing QC NumberValid Safepass and Manual Handling CertsClean Driving LicenceGood time managementGood organisational skillsMust be able to perform as part of a teamFully Computer Literate- Word , ExcelMust Provide 1 work Reference.Transport will be providedAccommodation and food allowance will be provided when travel is necessaryFlexible hours for the right candidate The 3rd or 4th Year Apprentice role will include:Electrical InstallationJob will involve travelling as projects are nationwide.The Ideal Candidate will have:Valid Safepass and Manual Handling CertsGood time ManagementMust be able to perform as part of a teamTo apply, send a CV by email to with the subject line Electrical 101 and clearly stating which role you are applying for.Jobs: Donegal electrical company seeks Electrician and Apprentice was last modified: May 29th, 2017 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:ApprenticeelectricianEmploymentjobsVacancieslast_img read more

Police Commissioner offended by Premiers remarks

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 21, 2016 – The Police Commissioner is taking exception to the strong words from Premier Rufus Ewing uttered last week; not only laying out the things which have been accomplished under his watch but clarifying that he and his officers are working hard to crack down on crime.  Commissioner James Smith, in commenting following a press conference by the premier last week and in the aftermath of a riotous outburst where some of his men were assaulted by Dominicans after a peace rally turned confrontational, the Commissioner disagrees with some statements and clarifies others including why it is taking so long, it seems to get CCTV.“I operate within the budget limit set by Government and seek to get the best value for Turks and Caicos. It is for that reason that I recommended to Government that we should continue to work with partners to install CCTV in the country and utilize our limited resources to purchase other much need equipment and support.” – Commissioner James SmithThe Premier was adamant with a message that went like this… if you need something Commissioner, tell me and we will get it.  But the Commissioner explains that it takes more than money, it takes the right laws, the proper systems to protect and training for understanding… these seem to have been lacking in the Premier’s plan.  Magnetic  Media asked the Premier during that media conference what his government plans to invest financially on CCTV, he did not have that figure as yet and could not say.Commissioner Smith said not only is expertise being brought in due to his efforts to get to the bottom of so many unsolved cases, he shared in the media release issued late today that he saw to it that the National Security Council was set up and that there needs to be laws so that police can take DNA samples and set up biometrics.  This is the same biometrics which Blue Hills Member, Goldray Ewing called for publically and in the House of Assembly, even getting a motion passed since 2014.The Premier, last Thursday admitted that the laws are still in limbo and there is no announcement about biometrics being done on a wide scale.  The PDMs shadow Cabinet minister responsible as the watchman on crime told Magnetic Media that biometrics is being done department by department – that it is haphazard and impossible for Police and Immigration for example to share information easily.The Commissioner gave lots of attention to antiquated laws that undermine their investigations, he said we need the  “capabilities to solve crime and identify perpetrators, updated criminal evidence legislation, a change to the way we manage our roads, vehicles and driving licenses, along with a number of other legislative improvements that I have already discussed with government, should combine to significantly improve safety and security.”  All of this, according to Premier Rufus Ewing is in the works.  Read the Commissioner’s complete statement at Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

USBangla aircraft makes emergency landing

first_imgUS-Bangla aircraft. File Photo A Malaysia bound US-Bangla aircraft from Dhaka returned at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) 20 minutes after taking off as the pilot got an alarm from the engine on Saturday.”The flight carrying 164 passengers took off HSIA for Malaysia at 8:45am but after nearly 20 minutes, it had to return due to technical problem and landed here safely,” US-Bangla spokesperson Kamrul Islam told BSS.He said the flight again took off for Malaysia at 11:45am as engineers found no fault after conducting a through checkup on the aircraft after coming back.Kamrul said pilot returned Dhaka after getting a “false alarm” from the fuel filter bypass of the aircraft. “The pilot came back as he didn’t want to take any risk,” he added.The incident took place after 12 days of deadly US-Bangla aircraft crash at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu of Nepal, which killed 49 people including 26 Bangladesh nationals.last_img read more

Tech Startups That Are Strengthening RealWorld Security

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. May 14, 2013 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global You’ve probably heard the old adage that crime doesn’t pay. But during recessions and other times of financial uncertainty, crimes like robbery and auto theft after become more common.But there is one legitimate way to cash in on criminal activity: by fighting it. Whether through hearing, seeing or saying something, these three cutting edge security startups are plying emerging technologies to make the world a safer place — and make an honest buck while they’re at it.Hear something: VictrioIdentity thieves are getting bolder all the time, creating the need for increased security measures to keep them at bay. It used to be that if criminals got hold of someone’s personal information, they would fill out credit card applications or open false bank accounts. But these days, they even get on the phone and try to impersonate their victims.To fight such fraudulent behavior, Mountain View, Calif.-based Victrio works with companies to authenticate callers’ identities by using their “voiceprint” — a combination of factors such as their voice biometrics, signal characteristics and metadata. An extremely competitive field, voice-authenticated security has attracted the interest of major players like Nuance [], whose speech-recognition solutions power everything from apps to ads, as well as many smaller innovators.Victrio’s solution works in the background, sending confidence scores to call center representatives in real time. That prompts them to ask more security questions if in doubt, or continue with business as usual if the voice profile matches. Victrio offers volume-based pricing on a per call basis.The company sets itself apart from its competition with its global fraud database, a proprietary collection of voiceprints that spans crooks targeting the banking, healthcare and government fields. The idea is that fraudsters don’t discriminate when it comes to the type of companies they exploit, so neither should Victrio’s protection.Related: Cyber Security a Growing Issue for Small BusinessSee something: CamiologIn the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, surveillance cameras provided crucial information to help catch the alleged perpetrators and became more popular than at any time since the 9/11 attacks in the U.S. Over the previous decade, however, security cameras had plenty of critics, citing privacy concerns as they proliferated.Now, San Mateo, Calif.-based Camiolog stands to see a lot more business, as companies large and small look to ramp up video security with lightweight, easy-to-deploy solutions.Founded in 2011 and bootstrapped by former Google Maps director Carter Maslan, Camiolog offers full-service, 24-hour video surveillance solutions for as little as 55 cents per day, with such features as cloud storage, smart alerts and search included as standard with the service. Selling compatible cameras (including indoor/outdoor Wi-Fi and night vision models), storing video and analyzing footage to detect activity, the company provides a comprehensive package for keeping watch over property.Third-party cameras also work nicely with the service, so long as they can be connected to an internet router. That requirement allows Camiolog videos to be stored in the cloud, improving security in case of fire. They can be viewed using any web browser or free iOS and Android apps.The company’s bring-your-own-device approach and pay-per-day rates position it well in a crowded competitive marketplace full of tech giants like Logitech, Philips and Netgear.Related: 5 Easy-to-Use Tools to Make Business Email More SecureSay something: ElertsIronically, people carry their cellphones on them at all times in case of emergencies, but when disasters go down, so too can mobile carrier service. Looking to patch these communications breakdowns, Braintree, Mass.-based Elerts offers emergency response software for smartphones that specifically target transit systems, healthcare companies, colleges and utility providers.Founded in 2010, the company specializes in developing customized emergency smartphone products for outside organizations, such as the citizen reporting apps it made for Atlanta’s MARTA and Boston’s MBTA transit systems. It also offers several free apps to the general public. The apps pull data from several places, including government disaster sources, fellow app users and social networks, sending emergency responders everything from geo-tagged photos to mapped evacuation routes.Pricing for Elerts’ hosted security services is based on the size of the client. The mass transit solutions range from $20,000 to $95,000 per year. The hospital and campus apps’ prices depend on the size of the group served, running approximately $12 per person per year.The emergency mass communications space is heating up, with competitors like AtHoc, Rave Mobile Safety and Blackboard all vying for contracts with universities and government agencies. But Elerts’ social integration helps set this startup apart.Coincidentally, on the day of the Boston Marathon, Elerts’ chief architect happened to be near the bombing site and was able to put the company’s app to a real world test. As confusion mounted, people made an overwhelming number of calls and texts, flooding carriers’ voice and SMS networks. But the wireless data line remained functional, allowing services like Elerts to cut through the confusion and deliver information as it developed.Related: Cutting Edge Ways to Combat Employee Theft Register Now »last_img read more