The vice president for Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) has underscored the role women play in agriculture in most developing countries.As such, Ms. Sheryl Cowan has urged the Liberian government to empower women so they too can contribute to the enhancement of the country’s food security.Ms. Cowan made the statement yesterday when she served as guest speaker at a program marking the 2016 Medium Small Micro Enterprise (MSME) conference in Monrovia. The occasion was attended by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Commerce Minister Axel Addy, and other distinguished personalities.CNFA is an international agricultural organization working with several countries to create opportunities to improve on food security. In Liberia, the entity implements the Liberia Agri-business Development Activity (LADA), a US$20 million agriculture project sponsored by the U. S government under the Feed the Future Global Food Security Initiative.This year’s MSME conference highlights the promotion of Liberian female entrepreneurs for economic empowerment, and is held under the theme, “From Vision to Implementation; Buying Liberian and Building Liberia.”“Majority of farmers in Liberia are women who represent more than 50 percent of the country’s farming population. They serve as farmers, processors and entrepreneurs who have reportedly produced more than 60 percent of Liberia’s agricultural output. “Therefore, C Ms. Cowan said.She said considering the significant role women are playing in agriculture, the Liberia agri-business project will ensure that more female farmers are recruited as beneficiaries. The project is implemented by CNFA.“To understand the need of women to actively participate in agriculture production in the country, we have shaped our approach where LADA will increase private sector investment in the agricultural input system; engage both males and females with particular emphasis on women’s participation in the agro-dealers input sector. This, I believe, will improve the income of women as the sector has limited women for entrepreneurship,” Ms Cowan added. She said LADA will build the capacity of females to become more knowledgeable and experienced agro-input dealers, adding, “We have already started the training of agro-dealers who will serve as extension officers,” Cowan said.She said to further increase private sector investment in the area of postharvest handling, storage, packaging, transportation, and auxiliary services, both males and females will become beneficiaries. “We are targeting more female beneficiaries as they often lack access to information in these areas, thereby making it difficult to make informed decisions as well as learn new opportunities. We have set up a US$3 million co-investment fund as a matching grant to increase the assets of smallholder farmers,” Ms Cowan said.She used the opportunity to announce the launch of the Agro-Business Investment Network –a medium to highlight issues such as taxes and tariffs that could hinder the growth of entrepreneurs in Liberia’s agriculture sector.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Streaming-video providers like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video would be required to dedicate at least 30% of their on-demand catalogs to European content, under a proposed European Union law announced Thursday.Under the revised rules, internet-streaming services also will be required to fund TV series and films produced in Europe, either through direct commissions or by paying into national film funds.The mandates, aimed at providing an economic stimulus for Euro entertainment productions, is part of a broader revision of rules applying to audiovisual media across the region, under a preliminary agreement reached by the European Parliament, Council and Commission. The negotiations will officially conclude in June, when lawmakers and regulators finalize remaining technical details of the proposal. After that, it will need to be approved by the European Parliament and EU member states. In addition to the 30% European content quota and funding mandate, which are also aimed at leveling the playing field for the already-regulated broadcast media sector, the EU agreement also will require internet video operators to put measures in place “to protect minors.”The revised EU rules would also extend to user-generated videos on platforms like Facebook and YouTube, in the event that “providing audiovisual content is an essential functionality of the service.” The proposed law would include stronger rules forcing video-sharing platforms to block “hate speech and public provocation to commit terrorist offences” and provide “transparent” mechanisms for users to report such content.“These new rules reflect digital progress and recognize that people now watch videos in different ways than before,” Andrus Ansip, the European Commission’s VP for the Digital Single Market, said in a statement. They encourage innovative services and promote European films — but also protect children and tackle hate speech in a better way.”Reps for Netflix and Amazon didn’t respond to requests for comment on the EU proposal.Europe’s move to bring internet-video under its content-quota rules has been brewing for several years. Previously the EU had floated a requirement that 20% of subscription VOD services comprise European-produced content.In its international markets, Netflix generally has been targeting around 20% of its originals to be local, in-language productions. Earlier this month, Netflix said it has more than 100 different European projects launching in 2018. The company announced 10 new European projects including feature film “Rimetti a Noi i Nostri Debiti” (Italy) and original series “Mortel” (France), “The Wave” (Germany), “Luna Nera” (Italy), “La Casa de Papel” part 3 (Spain), “The English Game” (U.K.), and “Turn Up Charlie” (U.K.).“[W]e are committed to being a voice for European entertainment, giving passionate local content creators a worldwide platform to share their vision, and offering consumers around the world unique and diverse stories they can discover and enjoy, anywhere, anytime and at the same time, no matter their place or language of origin,” chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Sarandos, in discussing Netflix’s first-quarter 2018 results, cited the global appeal of supernatural series “Dark” from Germany and period drama “Las Chicas del Cable” from Spain.Another piece of the EU’s proposal is designed to provide more flexibility in TV advertising. The revised rules give broadcasters more flexibility as to when ads can be shown. Under current regulations, broadcasters are limited to a maximum of 12 minutes of ads per hour; the revised rules would let TV networks choose more freely when to show ads throughout the day with an overall cap of 20% of air time between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.Pictured above: Benoit Magimel (l.) and Gérard Depardieu in Netflix’s original French series “Marseille” season 2, produced by Paris-based Federation Entertainment Popular on Variety
Kolkata: Coal India Ltd (CIL) on Tuesday said operations were normal in all its subsidiaries as one of the central trade unions observed a protest demonstration on Monday against the Centre’s move to allow commercial mining. The four central trade unions — CITU, BMS, HMS and AITUC — had served a joint strike notice on March 14 but subsequently, they withdrew the strike which was scheduled for Monday. CITU was the lone union to head off and called for a protest day against the commercial mining. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”To ensure no loss to production and off-take Coal India management made elaborate arrangements and a multi-pronged plan was put into action at all mines of CIL,” the miner said in a statement.According to it, all the subsidiary companies of the miner geared up by setting up videography and photography arrangements at mine level to identify the persons taking part in the strike.”The arrangements were so elaborate that the operations in all the subsidiaries of CIL were normal on Monday except for few stray incidents where protesters tried to sit on dharna but it did not succeed and no adverse effect on production related activities was reported anywhere,” the coal behemoth said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIn a bid to ward off the strike, Union Minister of Railways and Coal, Piyush Goyal had invited the four trade unions BMS, HMS, AITUC and CITU for a meeting in Mumbai where their apprehensions were sought to be “dispelled in a proper perspective”.Subsequently, the next round of meeting was held with Secretary (Coal) as a result of which the four trade unions agreed to call off the strike in principle, the miner said.In fact, BMS and HMS inked their pact to steer clear-off the strike. Though AITUC did not formalise their consent through signature, nevertheless they agreed to back off.
Lower life satisfaction among divorced people can lead to lower physical activity and increased smoking — two factors associated with early death, new research reveals. Divorced participants were more likely than married participants to smoke and, as a result, had poorer lung function, which predicted early mortality, the study found.”We were trying to fill in the gap of evidence linking marital status and early mortality,” said lead author Kyle Bourassa from University of Arizona in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe findings are based on data from the English Longitudinal Study of Aging, a long-term health study of adults over age 50 living in Great Britain. The study includes seven waves of data, collected from participants every two years beginning in 2002.The study, published in the journal Annals of Behavioral Medicine, included data from 5,786 participants out of which 926 people were divorced, separated or had not remarried. The rest of the sample group comprised of married participants. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe participants self reported their life satisfaction, exercise frequency and smoking status. Their lung function and levels of inflammation was also examined. After tracking the deaths among the participants during the study, the researchers found that divorced or separated population had a 46 per cent greater risk of dying than their still-married counterparts.The results also showed that divorced or separated women participants had further lower life satisfaction than married participants. “While the study didn’t explicitly examine why divorce seems to be associated with greater likelihood of smoking and lower levels of exercise, one possible explanation, supported by existing research, is that divorced individuals no longer have spouses holding them accountable for their health behaviours,” Bourassa said.”If you imagine a husband or wife who doesn’t smoke and their partner does, one might try to influence the other’s behavior. In many ways, when relationships end, we lose that important social control of our health behaviors,” Bourassa explained.It is important to note that divorce doesn’t always lead to negative health outcomes. Quality of life, for example, can significantly improve for individuals who have ended unhealthy relationships.Still, since divorce overall continues to be linked to poorer health, knowing that smoking and exercise may be part of the explanation could help inform interventions for those who’ve gone through a separation, Bourassa said.