Kalinago community encouraged to press on

first_imgLocalNews Kalinago community encouraged to press on by: – July 6, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Dominica’s indigenous people have been advised to consolidate the gains made in the Kalinago Territory since attaining ownership of the lands over a century ago.On Wednesday July 4th,, the Kalinago’s Indigenous Nation Developers (K.I.N.D) organized a special torch relay activity in recognition of the one hundred and nine years since the establishment of the Kalinago Territory.Gregory Rabess, Senior Cultural Officer and a native of the Kalinago Territory says the Kalinago people have evolved over the years.Rabess notes that much effort has been made to preserve the Kalinago history through the formation of several cultural groups.“We will remember the work of the Karifuna cultural group, their appearances in DOMFESTA and all over Dominica. This brought about a new sense of respect and pride for the Kalinago people not just in Dominica but across the region.”Rabess says Dominicans now look at the Kalinago people with a new set of eyes.“We use to sort of look down on the Kalinago people. There was the perception that the Kalinago people didn’t have anything important to bring to our civilization that was the thinking, but this is no more.”Rabess is advocating that the Kalinago people look back on their achievements as a native people and strive to excel further.“We have come a long way, we have made some significant gains; we have done many things, and let us not take them for granted. What we need to do now is to take it to the next level, mobilizing young people using the latest communication technologies to assist with the documentation process and to create new Kalinago products.”The Kalinago Barana Aute is one example of the Kalinago products now operating in the Kalinago Territory.The Kalinago Territory is made up of 3700 acres of land with over three thousand native Indians residing there.Government Information Service Tweetcenter_img Share 9 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

180 Schools Jostle for Honours at Lagelu Relay Race

first_imgKemi Olaitan in Ibadan One hundred and eighty private and public secondary schools from Oyo and neighbouring states, are set to participate in the third Lagelu FM Inter-Secondary School Relay Race competition for students under 15 years.According to the organisers, the event slated for between October 17 and 19,  at the University of Ibadan Sports Complex, is essentially a grassroots race with the objective of discovering and nurturing athletes for major national and international events. Events to be featured in the competition include 100m, 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400m mixed race and 4×100 (hurdles).The General Manager (Operations), West Midland Communications, operators of  two radio station based in Ibadan, Lagelu FM and Splash FM,  Mr. Tunde Olawuwo, while speaking at a press conference to herald the competition, said it was a developmental avenue for young talents to be discovered.While lauding the Oyo State government for sponsoring the competition, he said some of the goodies available for grab as a means of encouraging the young athletes include scholarship, school equipment, teaching and academic materials aside from medals and trophies.Other sponsors include Sumal Foods, Fan Milk, Living Proof Bakery & Supermarket and Kayrom Lee Fitness Center.Recounting how the competition has helped participating schools in the area of talents discovery, the South West Zonal Coordinator, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Femi Ajao, said the ministry  keyed into the competition since inception because of the firm belief in its capacity to help discover more talents, stating that some of the talents discovered at the last two editions helped their states win medals at the just concluded National Youth Games held in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Gbehlay-Geh Women Group Appeals for Financial Assistance

first_imgMadam Kruah stands by the new rice mill. The Gbehlay-Geh Rural Women Multipurpose Farmers’ Cooperative in Karnplay, Nimba County, has appealed to the Government of Liberia and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for financial assistance to buy more paddy rice from smallholder farmers and that can be processed for the local market.The chairlady of the cooperative, Annie Kryah, told the Daily Observer recently that when government provides the financial assistance, it will boost rice production in the county and also improve farmers’ income.According to her, a large size rice mill a partner recently donated to them demands more paddy rice for processing, but the lack of finance limits farmers from purchasing more quantity of the commodity to supply the mill.Sample of the rice produced by the womenMadam Kruah said that her organization is striving to encourage more farmers to engage in rice production, but  additional cash to empower them to purchase farming implements is something that really requires money.She said the new rice mill will enhance farmers’ ability to produce more rice for the local markets, if only they have the resources to purchase the paddy rice from farmers as compared to what they are doing now with a reasonable price.The women are also involved in cassava production and processing.Meanwhile, Madam Krah has also called on local authorities to provide land to expand their farming activity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more