14 Jan
2020

Rubber Expert Leaves Liberia with more Value for Farmers

first_imgWith the global price of natural rubber having declined more than half its normal rate over the past year, literally crippling the value of one of Liberia’s chief economic staples, the intervention of Dr. LMK Tillekeratne, a well-known international rubber expert hired by GROW-Liberia, may not have been more timely. Dr. Tillekeratne was contracted by GROW-Liberia in April to provide technical assistance to introduce Ribbed Smoked Sheets (RSS), a value-added processed form of rubber. He spent the last two months preparing training manuals, and training rubber farmers in the production of quality RSS as well as improved exploitation of latex, and farm management. RSS are coagulated (gooey, viscous) rubber sheets processed from fresh latex. Different grades of RSS can be used for manufacture of products for automobile tyres or general products on the low end, and medical, pharmaceutical and engineering on the high end. While in the country, he trained and provided knowledge and information, alternative sources of revenue or sales channels for rubber as well as other channels that connect smaller farmers to firestone or to other rubber-related companies.During a farewell ceremony held in his honor yesterday, Dr. Tillekeratne provided an exit debriefing for all interested stakeholders about his findings, observations and activities on rubber farming in Liberia.While here, Dr. Tillekeratne met with a broad representation of rubber sector stakeholders, including the government, banks, the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia (RPAL), Business Cluster Developers (anchor businesses) and smallholder rubber farmers.On June 22-26, he conducted a major RSS production training event at the Learning Center at Bright Farm in Kakata. Approximately 75 rubber farmers and stakeholders attended the five days event. The training highlighted the collection of latex and the production of RSS, mixing, bulking, drying, smoking and packaging. The training will be replicated in the future at two other Learning Centers in Bomi and Bong counties.For his part, Stanford Peabody, Portfolio Manager of Grow Liberia thanked Dr. Tillekeratne for the opportunity and said that the debriefing was another form of awareness on RSS for farmers.GROW is a private sector development initiative operating in Liberia to promote pro-poor economic growth and stability through partnerships with Government and private companies. The programme is a 5-year Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)-funded market development initiative that employs the ‘Making Markets Work for the Poor’ (M4P) approaches. In addition to promoting the increased profitability of smallholder farm operations, the programme seeks to contribute to sustainable growth and stability, with a particular emphasis on women and youth and the environment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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28 Dec
2019

Antelope Valley Weekend

first_imgDesert Opera Theater will present “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” through Sunday at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Showtimes: 8 p.m. today and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $20, or $16 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Smokey Robinson will perform, 8 p.m. today at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $80, $75, $70. Call (661) 723-5950. Dance company Ailey II will perform, 7 p.m. Sunday at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $28. Call (661) 723-5950. Palmdale Youth and Community Orchestras will perform, 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $10, or $8 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Mojave Desert Information Center offers natural history exhibits, videos and a touch-screen computer to find out more information about desert state parks and the surrounding areas. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week at 43779 15th St. W. Call (661) 942-0662. Bingo will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Sundays at Lancaster Elks Lodge, 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Call (661) 949-9467 or 723-4891. Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club dance, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Lessons are available, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for $2. Admission: $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Bring a small dessert. Call (661) 943-0210 or (661) 267-5551. The Antelope Valley Weekend column runs weekly. Fax information or updates to (661) 267-5747 by noon Wednesday. Mailing address is 1645 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite D, Palmdale, CA 93550, attention: Entertainment. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 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 Ball in the House will perform a cappella pop and r&b, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $20, $15 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale will perform with winners of the Gail Newby Concerto Competition, the Antelope Valley Ballet and the Antelope Valley College Civic Orchestra, 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $18, seniors $16, children $9. Call (661) 723-5950. Travelogue on New Zealand, 2 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $5. Call (661) 267-5684. Tony Molina and Friends perform salsa music and Latin ballads, 8-11:30 p.m. Thursdays at Harry’s Place at the Antelope Valley Inn, 44055 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Salsa DJ Wayne Molina performs, 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Call (661) 948-4651. Ranger-led nature hikes, 11 a.m. every Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road in Agua Dulce. Meet in the first small parking lot by the ranger station. Call (661) 268-0840. last_img read more

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28 Dec
2019

DONEGAL TUNNEL TIGERS HAILED ON 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF WORLD RECORD

first_img“Tunnel Tigers” celebrated as two groups met in Ben Vorlich during the construction of the Loch Sloy scheme, 1949CLICK ON LINK TO SEE BBC TELEVISION REPORT http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34934795A group of Irish tunnel workers are being hailed in Scotland on the 60th anniversary of a unique world record. The Irish emigrants were among 45 workers known as the ‘Tunnel Tigers’ who set the record for rock breaking in 1955. The tigers made history by grinding through 557ft (170m) of rock in seven days.The momentous feat was achieved while building the St Fillans section of the Breadalbane hydro scheme in Perthshire.The Irish workers, mostly from County Donegal, were following in the footsteps of generations of Irish emigrants who travelled to Scotland for seasonal work.There are only a few known survivors from the Irish members of the record-breaking team. Colm Gallagher, 84, now lives back in his home town of Dungloe in County Donegal.“It was dangerous work, there was no safety going. You could wear a helmet or you could go without the helmet,” he told BBC News NI.“It wasn’t safe in the tunnels.”Mr Gallagher revealed that his own brother, Patrick, was killed while working in a Scottish tunnel.Image copyrightSSE, Scottish Renewables and Historic ScotlandImage captionLiving conditions for the workers were basic with many huts transferred from former Prisoner of War camps, as shown in this photo of the hydro workers’ camp in Cannich, during construction of the Affric/Beauly schemeHe also described his own close encounter with the tragic death of a fellow worker. “He was driving the loco (dumper truck) and he asked me for a cigarette and I gave him a cigarette. He came out, the next load that came out, he was on the top, dead.”Another worker, John ‘Gonna’ O’Donnell, left his family home in the Irish-speaking (Gaeltacht) village of Ranafast to work in tunnels of Scotland a year after the world record was set.Mr O’Donnell said the Tunnel Tigers’ achievement was “superhuman”“It’s just unreal, it was never done before and never, ever, in the history of mankind, will it ever be done again,” he said. “It was a superhuman effort, what they achieved. To me, they were supermen.”DONEGAL TUNNEL TIGERS HAILED ON 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF WORLD RECORD was last modified: December 3rd, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegalScotlandTunnel Tigerslast_img read more

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