NaFAA Exec. Director Lauds Chinese Government

first_imgNaFAA staff with their instructors in China for Mariculture training— As 25 NaFAA staff return from training in ChinaThe director general of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) has commended the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for remaining committed to its pledge of bridging capacity gaps by ensuring the man power development of Liberians under the Coalition for Democratic Change government, led by President George Weah.NaFAA Director-General, Madam Emma Metieh Glassco, who spoke on Monday, shortly after the arrival of the 25 NaFAA staffs from People’s Republic of China (PRC) following a month of training course in Mariculture, termed the training as timely.Madam Glassco added, “China is a friend at the right time.”Mrs. Glassco noted that said training of the 25 NaFAA Staffs has created a window of opportunities, as those trained are now capable to train other Liberians into basic fisheries skills, particularly mariculture.While rating their experiences, some of the 25 NaFAA’s staffs, narrated that the mariculture training was intensive and rewarding, and afforded them an opportunity to interact with world class fisheries professors and experts.The spokesperson of the 25 NaFAA staffs, Tete Babyte Doe, said the trip to China was an eye opener in the field of mariculture and, as such, they have gathered information that would be used to adequately enhance development in the Liberian Fisheries sector.The head of the NaFAA delegation to China, commended the Chinese Government for the opportunity, but also lauded the Liberian government, through NaFAA, for affording them the opportunity to gain knowledge in mariculture.It can be recalled in July 2019, 25 NaFAA Staffs departed Liberia for a month-long training in China as part of efforts of the CDC led-government towards achieving the Human resource development component of the Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development, a statement from the NaFAA said.The training beneficiaries include fisheries managers, technicians, enterprise supervisors as well as other professionals engaged in varying activities within the Fisheries sector of Liberia.The training was aimed at enhancing participants’ theoretical knowledge and practical skills in mariculture, strengthening the friendly exchanges between China and Liberia, and expanding cooperation between the two nations in the marine fishery.The training took place at the Fujian Institute of Oceanography (FJIO), located in Xiamen city – a special economic zone lying in the southeastern coast of China. Fujian Institute of Oceanography is a full-funding public institution affiliated to Fujian Provincial Department of Science & Technology, as well as a non-profit comprehensive maritime research and development institution.The training course focused on the culture technology for “Fish, Shrimps, Shellfish and Crabs”, which was conducted through lectures, teaching practice, field trips and so on.The Lecturers were Scholars and Experts from universities and scientific research institutions such as Fujian Institute of Oceanography, Xiamen University, Fisheries Research Institute of Fujian, Guangdong Hisenor Group Co., Ltd. of Guangdong Haid Group, Xiamen Kehuan Marine Biotechnology Co., Ltd.The head of the NaFAA delegation made presentations on basic national conditions, administrative organs and managerial methods of governmental maritime sectors; fundamental profile of sea areas and marine fishery resources.Other areas were, Fishery production, marine fishing, mariculture, fisheries infrastructure construction, trade and processing of aquatic products, Marine economic development planning and strategy, Marine related policies, laws and regulations, International cooperation, main cooperative countries, present cooperation ways and management modes in marine related industries.Those who made the trip to China for the month long training were John Pekey Glayflor Jr., Human Resource Officer; Tete Babyte Doe, Associate Fixed Assets Director; Patience Wilson Kennedy, Customer Service Officer; Zubah Kollie Yennego, Procurement Assistant; Anthony F. Williams, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer; Yarkpawolo Kpasaquio Johnson, Manager, Aquaculture Extension; and Oscar Dargbah Daryoue Aquaculture Extension Officer.Others were John S. Morley, Fisheries Observer; Fred B. Wright, Aquaculture Technician; Glanedea Nancy Kolleh, Data Field Coordinator; Rachel Leela Suah, Enumerator; Zoe Yarwhere, Executive Secretary, Director General’s Office; Emmanuel Tony Hallawangar, Receptionist; and Tony Bright Cole Jr., Office Assistant.The rest included Richard Nelson Kargbo, Fisheries Officer; George Adtudu Armah, Technical Officer; as well as Alice Bropleh Weah, Deborah Tarmen Armah, Annette M. Johnson, Abraham M. Johnson and Monibah Leo Keymah.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_imgA BRAVE DONEGAL woman has spoken publicly on national radio about her wait for a kidney transplant.Yvonne Mc Fadden (37) from Fallcarragh, called in to The Ryan Tubrity Show this morning from her bed in Letterkenny University Hospital.  When she was three years old one of her kidneys failed, and at at twelve, the other failed too. Yvonne had a successful transplant at 14, however at age 24 her body began to reject the kidney.She explained how it is normal for an organ recipient to reject a kidney after ten years, however it is more difficult to get a transplant second-time around as the body’s immune system starts producing more antibodies.For the past 14 years, Yvonne has been on dialysis. She goes to the hospital three times a week, for three and a half hour sittings. She explains how her fluids are tightly restricted. Even if she is parched, she can’t drink more than 800mls a day. She compares it to “having a hangover every day”.A friend she met through Inishowen Gospel Choir, Tom Evans, sympathized with the day-to-day struggles Yvonne faced and amazingly, called Beaumount Hospital and asked if he could donate one of his kidneys to Yvonne. Unfortunately, due to Yvonne’s antibodies, the next kidney she gets must be a very precise match, greatly narrowing the scope of what she could be able to accept. However, Tom is still adamant that he wants to help Yvonne, and together they have found a very unique solution.Tom compares the database they found to a ‘dating website’ of sorts. Although Tom cannot directly donate to Yvonne, they will be paired up with another couple who would like to donate to each other – leading to a four way donation!On Tuesday they received news that there may be a possible matching pair who are interested in getting the donations underway. Their bloods are now being tested so see if they are compatible with the other couple.Yvonne has set up a GoFundMe page which has a goal of £5,000 – all of which will go towards Yvonne and Tom’s journey to England to carry out the donation.You can listen to Yvonne here: YVONNE AND TOM’S AMAZING FOUR-WAY KIDNEY DONATION BID was last modified: July 11th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:kidneyorgan donationyvonne mc faddenlast_img read more


first_imgNovember was another good month for Donegal sport as 2013 draws to a close with many of the achievers expected to figure among the nominees for the 38th Donegal Sports Star Awards.The ceremony which takes place on Friday, January 31st in the Mount Errigal Hotel.There were two world winners in November with Letterkenny’s Sammy Wasson being crowned World Powerlifting Champion at the finals in Glasgow while close to home in Derry Natalie McCarron once again demonstrated her class by winning a fourth professional world kickboxing title in Derry. Wasson was competing in the Master 1 (38-44 years) in the 75kg class produced a deadlift of 200 kilos to clinch the world title. The Donegal Sports Star Award judging panel will soon be sitting down to sift through a huge volume of nominations for a remarkable 38th presentation function.Letterkenny soccer star Ciara Grant is an award contender after she scored a spectacular goal to help Raheny Utd to Umbro FAI Women’s Senior Cup final glory at the Aviva Stadium thanks to a 3-2 extra-time time win over Castlebar Celtic.Alexander Tinney, Ben Wallace and Luke Witherow were members of the Ulster U-16 hockey team which won the national inter-provincial competition. Witherow scored four times in the three games including two in the final against Leinster as Ulster retained their title with a big 6-1 victory.The was big swimming successes in November with the senior girls from Loreto Letterkenny winning the Senior Freestyle Relay at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin at the annual Inter Loreto Schools Swimming Gala. The team included Ellen Doherty, Emma Harvey, Niamh McHugh and Emma Vaughan. Individually Emma Harvey won silver in the Backstroke, Ellen Doherty bronze in the Breaststroke, Niamh McHugh silver in Freestyle and Emma Vaughan silver in the Intermediate Breaststroke.The Junior Relay team of Emma Tinney, Sinead O’Kane, Cara Nulty and Eadaoinn Kelly came third and received bronze medals. Cara Nulty also took a bronze in the individual Breaststroke.At the Ulster Grammar Schools Swimming Championship Finals in Ballymena, St. Eunan’s College fourth year student Leon Vaughan retained his Backstroke title with an impressive win in the final. There were also silver medals for Brian Diver, Jonathon Martin, Oliver Lee and Gavin Cox in the U-16 Freestyle and Medley Relays.Undoubtedly one of the athletic highlights of the month was the news that Mark English was named as track and field athlete of the year at the national athletics awards at the Crown Plaza in Dublin. And Lifford AC were named Development Club of the Year at the same awards ceremony.On the international circuit in Antwerp, Belgium Lifford AC’s Anne-Marie McGlynn finished a magnificent seventh at the Lotto Cross Cup Cross Country Championships. Anne Marie also finished fourth in the women’s section at the National Inter Counties Cross Country Championships in Dublin putting her on the Irish team for the European Championships in Belgrade along with Maria McCambridge (5th) and Ruairi Finnegan who was second in the U-20s at the same national competition. And on the same day Finn Valley’s Aaron McGlynn won gold in the U-14 section while the Donegal women’s team of McGlynn, Teresa McGloin, Catriona Devine, Catherine Dooher (all Finn Valley) and Fionnuala Diver (Letterkenny AC) finished second just behind Dublin and ahead of Cork.At the annual Cross-Country international in Cardiff Kieran Carlin (Finn Valley) and Pauric McKinney (Inishowen AC) were members of the Irish Masters team who came second while Mary Martin (Finn Valley) was part of the Irish team who took silver in her section.Back at home the talented Loreto Convent Letterkenny athlet Arlene Crossan won a national multi-event title at the Irish Schools Finals in Athlone. Sarah Collins helped her Providence Rhode Island College to a couple of big US successes in November while she finished third at the American Regional Cross-County Championships in the Bronx, New York.A former overall Donegal Sports Star Award winner Stranorlar’s Gary Murray won the Donegal Senior Cross-Country Championships in Carndonagh in his first competitive outing in over three years. Finn Valley won both the male and female team sections with silver going to both Inishowen teams. Finn Valley’s Teresa McGloin took the women’s title. On the second Sunday of the month Letterkenny AC took a team bronze at the Ulster Novice Cross-County Championships at Gransha in Derry. Also in Gransha the Rosses AC ladies team took silver and the Finn Valley women took bronze. There was also bronze for the Inishowen U-11 Girls.Drimarone man Shaun Gallagher (Finn Valley AC) was appointed by the European Athletics Board to be an international technical official for the European Olympic Youth Trial in Azerbaijan next June. In badminton Chloe Magee was beaten in the quarter-finals of the Bitburger Grand Prix Gold in Germany by the number one seed from Thailand.In the ring on the first day of November Thomas ‘The Hitman’ Mongan claimed his first men’s title when he took the 54kg Ulster Intermediate title at the Docker’s Club in Belfast. At the same championship Paul Kelly from Twin Towns won his Light Heavyweight final.There was defeat for both Carndonagh’s Liam Callaghan and Brett McGinty of St. Johnston (Oakleaf BC Derry) at the European Junior Championships in Russia. On the bike Errigal Cycling Club’s PJ Doogan from Gortahork was invited to join the FBD 2020 Talent Team for 2014. It is a high performance squad that was set up with the aim of preparing the best Irish youth cyclists to be genuine medal contenders in the 2020 Olympic Games.Errigal CC also had four girls Ciara Doogan, Shauna McFadden and Amy and Oral Harkin in Holland for an Irish Cycling organized training camp with the 2020 Talent Team. The main winners at the Donegal Open Darts Finals in the Radisson Hotel were Milford’s John Flood, Anne-Marie Wilson and Michael Naulty Jnr in their respective Men’s, Women’s and Junior categories.There was disappointment In the Ulster Intermediate Football Championship at Celtic Park as Naomh Muire were knocked out by Derry champions Forelgen.McCumhaills won the Donegal U-13 Division 1 Final overcoming Killybegs while Fanad Gaels U-13s triumphed in the County Division 2 Championship Final against Naomh Columba.Termon were promoted to Division 1 after overcoming Glenfin in a promotion play-off in Ballybofey. Urris moved up to Division 3 after defeating Burt in a promotion play-off. Kilcar won the Donegal U-21 A County title with a 1-10 to 1-8 win over Naomh Conaill in Killybegs.The St Eunan’s U-18 girls won the County B Final against Naomh Muire in Gaoth Dobhair. And the Milford ladies completed the county double by clinching the league title with an 8-11 to 3-2 over Aodh Ruadh at Moyleview Park. Six Donegal girls were named on the Ulster School All-Star team including Milford pair Amber Barrett and Shannon McGroddy along with Loreto Letterkenny duo Rose Boyle and Marie O’Reilly; Karen Ward (St. Columba’s Stranorlar) and Sarah Jane McDonald (Moville Community School).Glenswilly qualified for the Ulster Senior Football Club Final for the first time thanks to a 3-9 to 2-8 win over Roslea (Fermanagh) in Omagh with Colin Kelly twice finding the back of the net while Michael Murphy was the other goalscorer. And Murphy’s impressive end of season form saw the Bomany man pick up the Ulster GAA Writers Monthly Award for his magnificent weekend in October with the Irish International Rules team and his club Glenswilly.In Enniskillen it was heartbreak for Milford who were well beaten by Tyrone’s Killeeshil in the Ulster Junior semi-final and Letterkenny IT lost out to the University of Limerick in the Higher Education Division 2 league final in Ballyhaunis. The Termon U16s won their third trophy of the year in Convoy when they defeated Four Masters in the Division 2 County final by 2-10 to 1-5The Moville Minor Ladies side booked are their place in the Ulster A Championship final after a big win in Belfast against Antrim champions St Paul’s. On the last day of the month Aodh Ruadh defeated Burt to take the Donegal U-21 B Football Championship Final after a replay.Dungloe’s U-16 made history by winning the club’s first ever U-16 boys county league title overcoming St. Eunan’s in the final. The Donegal Vocational Schools won their fourth successive Ulster title against Cavan at Brewster Park, Enniskillen. Joe McKelvey’s side won by a two goal margin 3-13 to 1-13 with sub Darach O’Connor the hero scoring 2-2 and the Buncrana lad also set up Donegal’s third goal.Donegal hurlers Sean McVeigh (St. Eunan’s), Lee Henderson (McCumhaills), Christopher McDermott (Burt) and Danny Cullen (Setanta) picked up their Nicky Rackard All-Star awards at banquet in Croke Park on November 1st.In rallying National Rally Champions Declan and Brian Boyle were officially presented with the silverware at the annual awards ceremony in Athlone. Seven Donegal girls were picked for an Ulster Rugby U18 Development squad including six from Finn Valley Danielle Preston, Ellen Muldoon, Karen Ward, Ruth Shovlin, Shannon Heapes and Amy McElhcar along with Donegal Town’s Enya O’Callaghan.Seamus Coleman played his part in a winning start for the new Republic of Ireland management team of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane who overcame Latvia 3-0 at the Aviva Stadium and Ramelton man Barry McNamee (Derry City) spent a week on trial at English League 1 side Brentford.Just before the end of the month and after much speculation about other names it was Fanad Utd’s Ollie Horgan who was appointed as the manager of Finn Harps. Cappry Rovers lad Sean McBride was a member of the Republic of Ireland U-15 side who lost 3-0 to Holland in an international friendly in Doorwerth.In Triathlon a number of Letterkenny 24/7 members picked awards at the annual presentation function in the Aviva Stadium. Among those recognized were the 2012 Donegal Triathlon Sports Star winner Aidan Callaghan who was sixth overall in the country and first in his A.G. in the National Aquathon Championships and second in the National Sprint Championships in Athlone; Margaret Kelly who took gold in the National Olympic Championships in Dublin, bronze in the Sprint Championships and bronze in her A.G. in the National Series and John Cannon a gold medal winner in his A.G. in the National Aquathon Championships in early July.Donegal Community Games winners at the National Volunteer and Area Awards function in Derry were Catherine Boyce (Adult Volunteer Award); Mary Crossan (Best Area Award) and Patrick McConigley, Milford (Youth Award). For further details on the Donegal Sports Star Awards visit or find us on Facebook at DonegalSports StarawardsTWO DONEGAL WORLD BEATERS ADDED TO SPORTS STAR NOMINATIONS was last modified: December 8th, 2013 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:DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDSNovember nominationslast_img read more


first_imgROSSES community leaders and residents are taking the first steps in fighting back against those behind a crime wave in the area.A public meeting to discuss community safety will take place this Saturday in Kincasslagh Hall, following instances of intimidation and serious anti-social behaviour in the surrounding area.Community activist Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig said: “The situation has been ongoing for a number of years but has escalated recently. “The petrol-bombing of an elderly lady’s home has sparked fury amongst the community and a feeling that we will no longer be intimidated. It is vital that the community of all the areas affected pulls together to deliver a community response.“It is not acceptable that people in our community live in fear. The ongoing anti-social behaviour and intimidation cannot be tolerated and this meeting will give the local community the opportunity to organise against it. It is vital that people turn out and encourage their neighbours to come. Think about offering a lift to someone who may need it for example. We need to stick together as a community.”The meeting starts 8.30pm. All members of surrounding Rosses ( e.g. Burtonport, Keadue, Mulladuff, Annagry, Dungloe, Belcruit, Drumnacart etc etc) communities are invited to attend. All Businesses and community groups are asked to send representation to this important meeting.“The issues are affecting everyone, and the HSE and the Gardaí shall be present at the meeting as well,” said Mac Giolla Easbuig.  ROSSES CRIMEWAVE: COMMUNITY PLANS TO FIGHT BACK was last modified: October 9th, 2012 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:ROSSES CRIMEWAVE: COMMUNITY PLANS TO FIGHT BACKlast_img read more