We watched as the world clapped for themWe breathed a relief over their loud victoriesWe hoped high as we felt meekness was fixedWe echoed the freedom of mighty all womenWe hold our breaths with excited jubilationWe mother the broken villages to stabilityEllen Joyce and Catherine ….. Mighty WomenWe lobbied endless in West Africa for a delivererWe ran and slept in the open streets for yearsWe destroyed our own kith and kin like a plagueWe killed men of same tribe who lived near usWe burnt churches with living people in themWe fought ethnic civil war that made no reasonEllen Joyce and Catherine ….. Mighty WomenWe stand on the precipice of a women ruled worldWe lay the stage for concrete peace non violenceWe oversee from the bleakest to the glamorousWe take in our strides those rejected and frailWe settle discontent in the jaws of massive gunsWe entrench democracy for tiny feet yet unbornEllen Joyce and Catherine ….. Mighty WomenShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The County Agriculture Coordinator (CAC) of Nimba, N. Samuel Kehleay, has said that the lack of coordination on the part of some partners in the agricultural sector poses problems to food production in the county.He said some projects carried out in the past few years in Nimba County by partners did not make the necessary impact.Kehleay made the disclosure to the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview recently in Doumpa town, Nimba County during the dedication of three rice business hubs for local farmers.The facilities were initiated by USAID Food and Enterprise Development Program for Liberia.Kehleay said modern farming equipment donated by partners to some farmer organizations in the county are found to be in deplorable conditions.He attributed the problem to the lack of proper selection of farming organizations to benefit agricultural programs, stating that the equipment was not properly maintained.“We need to set up special criteria in identifying farmers’ organizations that will benefit from agricultural programs, if we are going to enhance food production in the county,” Kehleay suggested. He said farmers must be taught how to maintain the power tillers and different types of agriculture equipment to improve their level of productivity.“This also requires that responsible leadership be put in place to ensure that these properties are properly taken care of,” he added.Kealeay further said all farm inputs (machines) in the county must be monitored by the MoA’s sub-office for proper accountability.“When our office is informed about the contributions of partners to the various farming organizations, it should be our responsibility to ensure proper monitoring,” he said.The Nimba county CAC disclosed two tractors were given the county by government to enhance the works of farmers.He said that the tractor was in the county to expand the projects of farming organizations at a minimum cost.At the same time, Kehleay has said limited number of extension workers in Nimba County is a constraint for his office.He said there are an increasing number of farmers in need of technical assistance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “It was squalor, absolute squalor,” he said. “Bug infestations, trash on the floor.” A .357-caliber Magnum handgun also was found in the house. The house had bars on the windows and a surveillance camera to monitor the outside, Johnston said. Authorities were not immediately able to confirm whether any of the people were being held against their will. However, Johnston said the immigrants likely were being held there until a family member could pay the smugglers’ fee – typically $3,000 to $4,000 per person. LOS ANGELES (AP) – Federal officials on Friday raided a squalid house and found 70 illegal immigrants and four suspected smugglers, authorities said. Federal agents and a sheriff’s SWAT team entered the house about 6 a.m., setting off flash-bang grenades as a diversion because there was concern that some of the immigrants were being held hostage, said Frank Johnston, an assistant special agent in charge with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Nobody was hurt in the raid in the unincorporated Willowbrook area of Los Angeles County Johnston said 70 people from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Mexico, including 15 to 20 women and children, were packed into the grimy one-story bungalow. Some slept 20 to a room, he said. Agents have already found a few such smuggling operations in the region this year, said Darren Dowell, an ICE supervisor. “It’s rampant,” he said. “It’s a problem all through the Los Angeles basin.” Authorities were tipped two days ago when a woman called from Albuquerque, N.M., to say she had been held at the house and believed a relative was being held hostage there, Johnston said. Authorities wouldn’t say how long the woman was held or if she had escaped. She was flown in Thursday and identified the house so immigration agents could obtain a search warrant, Johnston said. After the raid, a line of downcast-looking men were herded into a Department of Homeland Security bus for transportation to a downtown processing facility. Some indicated they had been at the house for several months and others had arrived only a day earlier, authorities said. Inside the residence, graffiti marred the walls and dirty clothes were thrown on the floors. There were two bathrooms but their bathtubs were filled with cardboard boxes. Eight rooms, each about 6-by-9 feet, were where the immigrants slept. The house may have been in operation for several months, Johnston said. Neighbor Eddie Brim, 47, said he saw nothing out of the ordinary that would lead him to believe the house was being used to keep illegal immigrants. “They were everyday people,” Brim said. “We’re all neighbors.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Judge KellyA 23-year-old Co Donegal woman has been fined after pleading guilty to running an online scam.Geraldine Stokes, whose address was given in court as 9, The Forest, Ballymacool, Letterkenny, pretended to be a legitimate seller of an iPhone on the website done deal.ie. But Letterkenny District Court heard it was all a scam – and she swindled a Galway man out of €230.A detective told the court that in November 2010 Stokes had pretended to have an iPhone for sale for €330.Her victim agreed to lodge €230 into Stokes’ account at the AIB in Letterkenny as part payment.“He never received his phone and in fact the phone probably didn’t exist. The victim made a complaint to Gardai in Galway and we followed it up,” said the detective.The court heard that the 23-year-old mother of two had since paid €250 compensation to her victim.Judge Paul Kelly was also told about another crime – a breach of the peace – when Ms Stokes was involved in a fight on Letterkenny’s Main Street.“I am concerned that the theft was planned over a period of time and shows some malice of forethought,” said the judge of the done deal.ie scam.However he also heard these were Stokes’s first offences.He fined her €150 for the iPhone con trick and applied the probation act for the breach of the peace.DONEGAL WOMAN WAS BEHIND iPHONE SALE SCAM ON DONEDEAL.IE WEBSITE was last modified: January 21st, 2013 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:DONEGAL WOMAN WAS BEHIND iPHONE SALE SCAM ON DONEDEAL.IE WEBSITE
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is an organisation that strives for regional integration to promote economic growth, peace and security in the southern African region.It aims to create common political values, systems and institutions among its 15 member states, to build social and cultural ties, and to help alleviate poverty and enhance the standard of living among a regional population of 277-million.It stands for the sovereignty of its member states, the upholding of human rights and the rule of law, and the peaceful settlement of disputes.SADC has grown to include 15 member states. (Image: SADC)The SADC’s headquarters are in Gaborone, Botswana.SADC websiteThe 15 SADC member states (click to jump down to their profiles) are:AngolaBotswanaDemocratic Republic of the CongoLesothoMadagascarMalawiMauritiusMozambiqueNamibiaSeychellesSouth AfricaSwazilandTanzaniaZambiaZimbabweAngolaSince Angola’s 27-year-long civil war ended in 2002 with the death of Unita leader Jonas Savimbi, the country has prospered, with its economy being fuelled by increased production of oil and diamonds.Capital: LuandaGeography: Angola has a total area of 1.2 million square kilometres and a population of about 17.9 million. The official language is Portuguese, while numerous other indigenous languages are also spoken.Natural resources: Diamonds, oil products, gas, wildlife, agricultural products, sea and marine sources.Economy: Agricultural production includes bananas, sugarcane, coffee, sisal, corn, cotton, manioc (tapioca), tobacco, vegetables, plantains, livestock, forest products and fish.Major industries include petroleum, diamonds, gold, uranium, iron ore, feldspar, bauxite, phosphates, cement, basic metal products, ship repair, textiles, brewing, tobacco products, fish processing, food processing and sugar.GDP is estimated at US$129.3-billion at the official exchange rate and $177.3-billion using purchasing power parity (PPP). The gross domestic product (GDP) real growth rate was estimated at 4.8% in 2014.Links:Government of AngolaNational Assembly of AngolaMinistry of TourismBotswanaUninterrupted civilian rule since independence in 1966, progressive social policies and significant capital investment has turned Botswana into one of the continent’s leading economies.Capital: Gaborone.Geography: Botswana has a total area of 600 370 square kilometres, 15 000 square kilometres of which is covered by water. It has a population of 2 million, and the official language is English. Other languages include Setswana, Kalanga and Sekgalagadi.Natural resources: Diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash, coal, iron ore and silver.Economy: Agricultural production includes livestock, sorghum, maize, millet, beans, sunflowers and groundnuts.Major industries include diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash, livestock processing and textiles.GDP is estimated at US$15.22-billion at the official exchange rate and $35.87-billion using purchasing power parity (PPP). The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 4.4% in 2014.Links:Government of BotswanaBotswana Development CorporationTourism of BotswanaDemocratic Republic of the CongoThe resource-rich DRC is slowly rebuilding following several years of civil war and dictatorship. Since the holding of elections, DRC President Joseph Kabila has been actively courting investment.Capital: Kinshasa.Geography: The DRC has a total area of 2.3 million square kilometres, 77 810 square kilometres of which is covered by water. It has a population of about 75.2 million and the official language is French. Other major languages include Lingala, Kingwana (a dialect of Swahili), Kikongo and Tshiluba.Natural resources: Cobalt, copper, niobium, tantalum, petroleum, industrial and gem diamonds, gold, silver, zinc, manganese, tin, uranium, coal, timber and hydropower.Economy: Agricultural production includes coffee, sugar, palm oil, rubber, tea, quinine, cassava (tapioca), palm oil, bananas, root crops, corn, fruits and wood products.Major industries include mining (diamonds, gold, copper, cobalt, coltan and zinc), mineral processing, consumer products (including textiles, footwear, cigarettes, processed foods and beverages), cement and commercial ship repair.GDP is estimated at US$35.92-billion at the official exchange rate and $57.78-billion using purchasing power parity (PPP). The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 9.2% in 2014.Links:DRC Permanent Mission to the UNFriends of the CongoLesothoOriginally known as Basutoland, the nation was renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho upon gaining independence from the United Kingdom in 1966. The country is closely linked to South Africa, both economically and culturally.Capital:Maseru.Geography: Lesotho has a total area of 30 355 square kilometres, with a population of 1.8 million. Languages spoken in Lesotho include English, Sesotho, Zulu and Xhosa.Natural resources: Water, agricultural and grazing land, diamonds, sand, clay and building stone.Economy: Agricultural production includes corn, wheat, pulses, sorghum, barley and livestock.Major industries include food, beverages, textiles, apparel assembly, handicrafts, construction and tourism.GDP is estimated at US$2.22-billion at the official exchange rate and $5.575-billion using purchasing power parity (PPP). The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 3.4% in 2014.Links:The Lesotho GovernmentTransformation Resource Centre LesothoLesotho Tourism Development CorporationMadagascarFormerly an independent kingdom, Madagascar became a French colony in 1896, but regained its independence in 1960. Open elections in 1992/93 ended 17 years of single-party rule.Capital: Antananarivo.Geography: Madagascar has a total area of 587 040 square kilometres, 5 500 square kilometres of which is covered by water. It has a population of 20.6 million and the languages spoken include French and Malagasy.Natural resources: Graphite, chromites, coal, bauxite, salt, quartz, tar sands, semiprecious stones, mica, fish and hydropower.Economy: Agricultural production includes coffee, vanilla, sugarcane, cloves, cocoa, rice, cassava (tapioca), beans, bananas, peanuts and livestock products.Major industries include meat processing, seafood, soap, breweries, tanneries, sugar, textiles, glassware, cement, automobile assembly plant, paper, petroleum and tourism.GDP is estimated at US$10.67-billion at the official exchange rate and $34.05-billion using purchasing power parity (PPP). The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 3.3% in 2014.Links:National Assembly of MadagascarMadagascar LibraryMadagascar WildlifeMalawiOriginally established in 1891 as the British protectorate of Nyasaland, the country became Malawi following independence in 1964. The first free elections were held in 1994 following three decades of one-party rule.Capital: Lilongwe.Geography: Malawi has a total area of 118 480 square kilometres, 24 400 square kilometres of which is covered by water, and has a population of 14.3 million. Languages spoken include Chichewa, Chinyanja, Chiyao and Chitumbuka.Natural resources: Limestone, arable land, hydropower, coal, bauxite and unexploited deposits of uranium.Economy: Agricultural production includes tobacco, sugarcane, cotton, tea, corn, potatoes, cassava (tapioca), sorghum, pulses, groundnuts, macadamia nuts, cattle and goats.Major industries include tobacco, tea, sugar, sawmill products, cement and consumer goods.GDP is estimated at US$6.055-billion at the official exchange rate and $19.58-billion using purchasing power parity (PPP). The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 5.7% in 2014.Links:Government of MalawiMalawi Tourism GuideMauritiusA stable democracy with regular free elections and a positive human rights record, Mauritius attracts considerable foreign investment and earns one of Africa’s highest per capita incomes.Capital: Port Louis.Geography: Mauritius has a total area of 2 040 square kilometres, 10km² of which is covered by water. It has a population of 1.2 million and the languages spoken on the island include Creole, Bhojpuri, French and English.Natural resources: Arable land and fish.Economy: Agricultural production includes sugarcane, tea, corn, potatoes, bananas, pulses, cattle, goats and fish.Major industries include food processing (largely sugar milling), textiles, clothing, mining, chemicals, metal products, transport equipment, non-electrical machinery and tourism.GDP is estimated at US$12.59-billion at the official exchange rate and $23.53-billion using purchasing power parity (PPP). The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 3.6% in 2014.Links:Government of MauritiusMauritius Investment Promotion AgencyDiscover MauritiusMozambiqueSince the end of fighting between Frelimo and Renamo in 1992, Mozambique has prospered following the government’s use of policies favourable to attracting foreign investment.Capital: Maputo.Geography: Mozambique has a total area of 801 590 square kilometres, 17 500 square kilometres of which is covered by water. It has a population of 20.5 million and major languages spoken in the country include Portuguese, Emakhuwa, Xichangana, Elomwe, Cisena and Echuwabo.Natural resources: Coal, titanium, natural gas, hydropower, tantalum and graphite.Economy: Agricultural production includes cotton, cashew nuts, sugarcane, tea, cassava (tapioca), corn, coconuts, sisal, citrus and tropical fruits, potatoes, sunflowers, beef and poultry.Major industries include food, beverages, chemicals (fertilizer, soap, paints), aluminium, petroleum products, textiles, cement, glass, asbestos and tobacco.GDP is estimated at US$16.68-billion at the official exchange rate and $31.21-billion using purchasing power parity (PPP). The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 7.4% in 2014.Links:Government of MozambiqueNamibiaSince gaining its independence from South Africa in 1990, Namibia has moved from strength to strength, capitalising on its natural resources and its close links to Germany.Capital: Windhoek.Geography: Namibia has a total area of 825 418 square kilometres and a population of 2.1 million. Languages spoken in the country include English, Afrikaans, German, Oshivambo, Herero and Nama.Natural resources: Diamonds, copper, uranium, gold, silver, lead, tin, lithium, cadmium, tungsten, zinc, salt, hydropower and fish. There are also suspected deposits of oil, coal, and iron ore.Economy: Agricultural production includes millet, sorghum, peanuts, grapes, livestock and fish.Major industries include meatpacking, fish processing, dairy products and mining (diamonds, lead, zinc, tin, silver, tungsten, uranium, copper).GDP is estimated at US$13.63-billion at the official exchange rate and $23.48-billion using purchasing power parity. The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 4.5% in 2014.Links:Government of NamibiaNamibia Tourism BoardSeychellesCapital: Victoria.Geography: Seychelles has a total area of 455 square kilometres and a population of 87 000. Languages spoken in the country include French, English and Seychellois Creole.Natural resources: Fish (mostly tuna), cinnamon, copra.Economy: The tourism and tuna fishing sectors have led economic growth.The government has also promoted the development of farming, fishing, and small scale manufacturing to decrease the dependence on tourism.GDP is estimated at US$1.423-billion at the official exchange rate and $2.424-billion using purchasing power parity. The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 3.3% in 2014.Links:Government of SeychellesSeychelles TourismSouth AfricaThe South African economy is the second largest on the African continent, with a sophisticated financial system that includes one of the top 10 stock exchanges in the world, and well developed physical, telecommunications, and energy infrastructures.Capital: Pretoria (administrative), Cape Town (legislative) and Bloemfontein (judicial).Geography: South Africa has a total area of 1.2 million square kilometres and a population of about 50.5 million. Major languages spoken include isiZulu, isiXhosa, Afrikaans, Sepedi, English, Setswana and Sesotho.Natural resources: Gold, chromium, antimony, coal, iron ore, manganese, nickel, phosphates, tin, uranium, gem diamonds, platinum, copper, vanadium, salt and natural gas.Economy: Agricultural production includes corn, wheat, sugarcane, fruits, vegetables, beef, poultry, mutton, wool and dairy products.Major industries include mining, automobile assembly, metalworking, machinery, textiles, iron and steel, chemicals, fertilizer, foodstuffs and commercial ship repair.GDP is estimated at US$350.1-billion at the official exchange rate and $707.1-billion using purchasing power parity. The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 1.5% in 2014.Links:Government of South AfricaDepartment of Trade and IndustrySouth African TourismSwazilandThe sole absolute monarchy in Africa, Swaziland is closely linked to South Africa economically and culturally.Capital: Mbabane (administrative) and Lobamba (royal and legislative).Geography: Swaziland has a total area of 17 363 square kilometres, 160 of which is covered by water. It has a population of 1.1 million and the languages spoken include English and SiSwati.Natural resources: Asbestos, coal, clay, cassiterite, hydropower, forests, small gold and diamond deposits, quarry stone and talc.Economy: Agricultural production includes sugarcane, cotton, corn, tobacco, rice, citrus, pineapples, sorghum, peanuts, cattle, goats and sheep.Major industries include coal, wood pulp, sugar, soft drink concentrates, textiles and apparel.GDP is estimated at US$4.416-billion at the official exchange rate and $10.56-billion using purchasing power parity. The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 2.5% in 2014.Links:Government of SwazilandSwaziland Chambers of CommerceSwaziland Tourism AuthorityTanzaniaHome to Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania is largely dependent on agriculture for employment. In addition, a considerable area of the country is wildlife habitat, including a large part of the Serengeti plain.Capital: Dar es Salaam.Geography: Tanzania has a total area of 945 087 square kilometres, 59 050 square kilometres of which is covered by water. It has a total population of 50.5 million and languages spoken include Swahili, English and Arabic.Natural resources: Hydropower, tin, phosphates, iron ore, coal, diamonds, gemstones, gold, natural gas and nickel.Economy: Agricultural production includes coffee, sisal, tea, cotton, pyrethrum (insecticide made from chrysanthemums), cashew nuts, tobacco, cloves, corn, wheat, cassava (tapioca), bananas, fruits, vegetables, cattle, sheep and goats.Major industries include agricultural processing (sugar, beer, cigarettes, sisal twine), diamond, gold, and iron mining, salt, soda ash; cement, oil refining, shoes, apparel, wood products and fertilizer.GDP is estimated at US$48.09-billion at the official exchange rate and $128.2-billion using purchasing power parity. The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 7% in 2014.Links:Government of TanzaniaTanzania Development GatewayTanzania Tourist BoardZambiaDrained by the Congo River basin and the Zambesi River basin, Zambia has for long been linked with the copper mining industry, following its fortunes. To lessen dependence on copper, the government is aiming to diversify the economy in areas such as tourism, agriculture and hydro-power.Capital: Lusaka.Geography: Zambia has a total area of 752 614 square kilometres, 11 890 square kilometres of which is covered by water. It has a population of 13.4 million and major languages spoken include English, Bemba, Kaonda, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja and Tonga.Natural resources: Copper, cobalt, zinc, lead, coal, emeralds, gold, silver, uranium and hydropower.Economy: Agricultural production includes corn, sorghum, rice, peanuts, sunflower seed, vegetables, flowers, tobacco, cotton, sugarcane, cassava (tapioca), coffee, cattle, goats, pigs, poultry, milk, eggs and hides.Major industries include copper mining and processing, construction, foodstuffs, beverages, chemicals, textiles, fertilizer and horticulture.GDP is estimated at US$26.6-billion at the official exchange rate and $61.39-billion using purchasing power parity. The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 5.6% in 2014.Links:Government of ZambiaZambia National Tourist BoardZimbabweZimbabwe is rich in natural resources, and during non-drought years is able to produce enough to supply its electricity needs through hydro-electric power. Despite the recent economic downturn, the country continues to attract investment from the likes of China and India.Capital: Harare.Geography: Zimbabwe has a total area of 390 580 square kilometres, 3 910 square kilometres of which is covered by water. It has a population of 12.7 million and major languages spoken include English, Shona and Sindebele.Natural resources: Coal, chromium ore, asbestos, gold, nickel, copper, iron ore, vanadium, lithium, tin and platinum group metals.Economy: Agricultural production includes corn, cotton, tobacco, wheat, coffee, sugarcane, peanuts, sheep, goats and pigs.Major industries include mining (coal, gold, platinum, copper, nickel, tin, clay, numerous metallic and non-metallic ores), steel, wood products, cement, chemicals, fertilizer, clothing and footwear, foodstuffs and beverages.GDP is estimated at US$13.83-billion at the official exchange rate and $27.26-billion using purchasing power parity. The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 3.3% in 2014.Links:Parliament of ZimbabweZimbabwe Investment AuthoritySources: Southern African Development Community, The World FactbookSouthAfrica.info reporterUpdated December 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info material