Market Women in the Spotlight: Part 2

first_imgThree weeks ago, the Observer Women’s Desk made a promise to feature market women every time this column is printed. Unfortunately, due to some technical problems at our desk, we could not highlight the importance of these women in society for the past two weeks.Fortunately for us, this week we were able talk to women from the Old Road Market, a privately owned market. The Women we spoke to could not tell our women’s desk who actually owns the market because there have been different people selling in it over the years. We are yet to provide our readers with the identity of who actually owns the market or how the market was founded.A seller of fresh pepper,Miss Alberta Whelyuu, mother of three and resident of Tarr Town community, located on the Old Road, said that she has been in the market prior to her getting married in 2006.She noted that her business has helped her and her family over the seven-year period. She said her fresh pepper has served as the major means of their family’s monthly and daily income on many occasions.Mrs. Whelyuu said there are many challenges in the market, especially concerning transporting their goods from one point to another.“We have lots of difficulty transporting our goods from where we buy them to the market for sales. At times we buy a bag of pepper costing LD$200,000 per bag and we sell it LD$10.00 per pile, so tell me how much profit we make from just one bag after you calculate the cost of transport?” she asked.“Sometimes, we have to buy about three bags before we can be convinced that we will have good income. In spite of all this, my little market has helped me to become independent. Even now that my husband isn’t working, we can still pay our children’s school fees, feed the house and cater to other household needs through the income I generate from selling pepper,” she declared proudly.“I also think it has empowered me because I am not a high school graduate, It allows me to earn and mange my own money. It was through this business I was able to open a savings account at Liberty Bank for my family. All I want to do now is create an avenue to educate my three children,” she explained.Although she was not willing to speak much, we were able to capture the attention of 57 year old Oretha Nelson who sells beans and onions.Being a mother of 2, she noted that her business has made a significant impact on the life of her family.“My Husband is just a security man so we use his salary to pay our kids school fees than my income, we use it cater to our family needs.Those people who will sit down and criticize government all the time are wasting their own time; because the government of Liberia cannot provide for everyone. So if you must survive in Liberia, then you must be ready to fight for yourself. That is what I am doing for my family through this little business I have.Leaving my house as early as 6:00 in the morning isn’t easy for me at all, but I am satisfied because I know that all of us cannot work in offices and wear suits. I am happy here and will remain right here till God knows what happens,” she concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jr. Lone Star Bows 2-0 to Guinea

first_imgLiberia’s hope to qualify the preliminary stage of the African Youth Championship scheduled to take place in Zambia in 2017 was desperately dampened yesterday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium when Guinea defeated Liberia 2-0.The more prepared boys of Guinea humiliated the younger red, white and blue shirted boys with two spectacular goals from Amollah Sella in both halves of the match which were sufficient to bury the junior national team and Liberians’ expectations.From the onset of the game, lapses, including those from Omaru Fofana of Junior Lone Star gave the visiting team a remarkable advantage through which they properly collected all the three points. Fofana was substituted before the end of the first half but it brought no relief as the junior national team suffered more woes.A penalty was awarded Liberia in the 79th minute but to the annoyance of thousands of fans Melvin Blapoh of LISCR FC, in the national league, kicked the ball directly into the hands of the Guinean goalkeeper. That miss, coupled with other flaws saw the young team now at a very critical crossroad.This means that the Under 20 national team must overturn the 2-0 loss with three goals to ensure their continuation in tournament, which comes on two weeks in Conakry.The coach of the U-20 team, Christopher Wreh said the team’s loss, among other challenges, included lack of funds to have begun training ahead of the competition.Wleh who also played for Arsenal in England said the team did well, despite the 2-0 and noted that the team is returning to camp to better prepared for the return leg in Guinea.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Self-medicating, treatment accounts for thousands of deaths worldwide

first_imgThere has been an estimated 700,000 deaths worldwide for malaria and tuberculosis over the past few years, and those have been attributed to counterfeit medicines. Through globalisation and the rise of the Internet, more and more persons have come to believe it is safe to purchase pharmaceuticals online.However, this is far from the truth, says Jeremy Jobson, an Executive member of the pharmaceutical manufacturing giant AstraZenica, which is partnering with Guyana’s Analyst Food and Drug Department to help the country secure itself against the threat of falsified and substandard medicinal drugs.“As far as pharmaceuticals are concerned, there are a lot of people out there selling prescription medicines illegally, and (those medicines) do not meet legal requirements. The estimated figure (of) deaths worldwide in this regard is a very large figure, and it could be more. The issue is that when someone dies, we do not know if it is because of the medicine they took, and that is why they die, or if it is because of the illness,” Jobson stated. He explained that there is no sure way of knowing what resulted in the deaths of ill persons who have used illegal medicines (illegally sold medicines). Some of these medications may have little active ingredients for illnesses, while some may have none. In some cases, other ingredients in those falsified or substandard drugs may do more harm than good to an ill person, he clarified.Jobson said that one of the main reasons why the illegal trade of such medicines takes place is because “it is a lot easier” to do so while making a lot of money through selling small quantities of such drugs at high prices.“It is a (low-risk, profitable) business for criminals,” he added.In Guyana, the practice of self-medicating continues, as a number of persons who suffer from some form of illness continue to utilise herbal or “home-made” remedies when they are unwell, instead of seeking advice from medical practitioners.Just last year, PAHO/WHO Resident Representative in Guyana, Dr William Adu-Krow, made the call for Guyanese to desist from such an unsafe practice, especially those suffering from malaria.According to Dr Adu-Krow, merely purchasing or obtaining medicines from facilities that are not certified would most likely result in the medicinal drugs being completely useless, or not effective. In fact, it could exacerbate the condition of the sick person, he emphasised.“Self-diagnosis and treatment is a very dangerous practice. It takes 18 to 25 years to develop one antibiotic, and in the last 18 years there has been no major breakthrough in terms of an antibiotics. The bugs are winning. We are abusing the system, we are abusing our knowledge. And assuming that we have a bug that does not respond to any of our known antibiotics; then what do we do?” ge asked.last_img read more

Hundreds to lose jobs as Emerge BPO downsizes in Guyana

first_imgHundreds of employees of Guyanese business processing outsourcing company, Emerge BPO, will soon be without jobs as the company on Tuesday served employees with termination letters stating that it is downsizing its operations in Guyana.Emerge BPO building on Camp Street, GeorgetownAccording to one of the letters seen by this publication, the company stated that one of its biggest clients recently pulled its contract which will see the company losing millions. As such, Emerge stated that it will be unable to pay employees and plans to downsize its operations in July.Emerge BPO, Middle Street, Georgetown, is a nearshore leader in customer management, back office and transaction processing services which opened in Guyana in July of 2008.The company, which created employment for hundreds, was founded by Adrian Collins and his wife, Carole Fletcher, whose vision was to create a world-class contact centre in the heart of their native Guyana which would perform a variety of outsourcing services to clients and their customers in North America.Since its opening, the company has continued to develop at a steady pace and is still on the map as a leading nearshore hub for outsourcing from Guyana.Just recently, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Emerge, Heidi Solomon-Orlick and the company’s Vice President of Operations, Dalgleish Joseph, announced an expansion with the investment of a new campus located at Camp Street, Georgetown.Expected to be completed at the end of 2019, the expansion was targeting some 1500 to 2000 employees with 3000 more to be added within the next five to 10-year period.After revealing that Guyana is 30 to 35 per cent cheaper than any other nearshore destination to do the outsourcing business, Solomon-Ordick had said that Emerge was in talks with several prospective clients about business.When contacted, a representative from Emerge told this publication that the company will be issuing a press release regarding the matter on Friday.last_img read more

The Two Mikes – Sunday, May 29: Taking over The Warm Up

first_imgThe Two Mikes took over from Max Rushden and Barry Glendenning to tackle the important – and utterly trivial – sporting matters of the day.Listen above or, to get the Warm Up with Max Rushden podcast every week, click here and download from the iTunes store for free.last_img


first_imgDiver’s Hyundai are always awash with support for the Donegal GAA team – and today is no different.The Letterkenny branch of the well-known car dealership is today carrying out a carwash in aid of the team’s training fund.Car washes are just €3 each and every cent will go towards the development of the squad. Hopefully Diver’s wil be having another charity car wash – the week ahead of the All Ireland Final!DIVERS ARE AWASH WITH SUPPORT FOR DONEGAL! was last modified: August 23rd, 2012 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:Diver’s HyundaiDonegal GAAlast_img read more


first_imgGrainne Doherty became Mrs Corry after marrying the love of her life Jamie at the weekend…But their incredible entrance into their reception at the Silver Tassie Hotel has been the talk of the parish since.Luckily wedding photographer Paul Doherty was on hand to catch it all on video. Click play to watch…  DDTV: DONEGAL COUPLE’S INCREDIBLE WEDDING RECEPTION ENTRANCE was last modified: July 21st, 2014 by John2Share 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:Grainne DohertyJamie Corrypaul dohertyphotograherlast_img read more

Mass transit ridership up

first_imgThe average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Santa Clarita has risen to $3.34, up 45 cents from a month ago, according to a monthly price survey conducted by the Automobile Club of Southern California. Some motorists who grudgingly fork out the bucks for gas are applying the brakes on vehicle maintenance. “If a year ago it cost you $20 to fill your tank up and now it’s costing virtually $80, where’s it coming from if you make the same money?” said Tom Shrum, service manager at Big O Tires and Service Center in Valencia. “It seems like nowadays if people have 10 to 15 percent left on their tires they want to stretch it a couple months, when it used to be if they had 25 to 30 percent left they used to change them.” (661) 257-5255160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsFrom nearly 277,000 trips in February, the number jumped almost 60,000 to about 334,800 in March. School vacations may account for the decline in April to 295,000 trips. Metro, which operates about 2,245 buses a day in L.A. County, saw bus ridership up 2 1/2 percent in April compared to a year earlier. Metro rail ridership was up 15 percent. Santa Clarita’s director of administrative services began riding the commuter express from Sherman Oaks 1 1/2 years ago. “During the commute I do work, I read, I review memos, I write letters and reports – I take what would be 30 to 35 minutes of unproductive time each way and make it an hour of very productive time without interruptions,” said Darren Hernandez. “I also like the fact that when I commute I’m doing my part to get one more vehicle off the road; I’m able to reduce auto emissions into the air, and use less imported fuel.” The buses, which reach to Century City and downtown Los Angeles, are carrying more passengers now, said Hernandez, who also sometimes carpools with the director of another city department. SANTA CLARITA – As gasoline prices keep climbing, more people in Santa Clarita are climbing onto trains and buses. It is too soon to know whether riders are fickle or have embraced public transit commutes, but Metrolink officials say more people overall are riding trains than they did last year. “We’re showing a 6 percent increase in ridership from the Santa Clarita area during the month of April – that’s pretty significant for us,” said Francisco Oaxaca, a Metrolink spokesman. “Making the switch to Metrolink is a pretty significant lifestyle change for most people, and for them to really make the switch and then stick with it would take several more weeks.” The number of people riding Santa Clarita’s local and commuter buses seems to have grown in the past three months, and ridership is up from last year, officials said. last_img read more


first_imgOlympian Brendan Boyce returned to a huge welcome to Co Donegal last night.The 50k walker, who knocked two minutes off his own personal best during his efforts in London, was greeted by dozens of fans when he arrived in Letterkenny. He then made his way to Milford where crowds came in out villages to welcome him home.Brendan said he really enjoyed the experience of the Olympic Games and thanked everyone for their support.We’ll check in again on you a few weeks before the next games in Brazil in 2016.Don’t be knocking too much time off that personal best of yours Brendan!  OLYMPIAN BRENDAN RETURNS TO DONEGAL – IN PICTURES! was last modified: August 13th, 2012 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:Brendan BoyceHOMECOMINGMilfordlast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL County Council and Gardai have issued a warning to motorists this morning following a fall in temperatures overnight.Gritters have treated major routes across the county but rural and secondary roads have not been – and there are reports of ice on many of these, especially inland.And there is a warning of wintry showers – some of them heavy – later this morning with higher ground due to be the worst affected. However snow may fall at lower levels later in the day.There will also be very strong winds – with gusts of up to 115km/hr.These have the potential to knock down power lines.The blustery weather is set to continue right through Christmas.  ROADS WARNING FOLLOWING OVERNIGHT FREEZE was last modified: December 20th, 2013 by John2Share 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 County Councildonegal roadsROADS WARNING FOLLOWING OVERNIGHT FREEZElast_img read more