US Ambassador, Local Communities Sign US$124.7 Grant Agreement

first_imgThe United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, yesterday signed a US$124,755 agreement with several community groups across the country.The Self-Help Fund will provide US$99,755 in grant money to support community development initiatives focused on income generation and skills development, while the United States African Development Foundation (USADF) will provide US$25,000 to support community-based food security projects.These funds originated from two sources—the “Ambassador’s Special Self Help Funds” and the USADF respectively.According to Amb. Malac, the USADF was established in Togo in 1964 as an experimental and modest self-help program for Africa. It is now one of the most successful assistance initiatives in Africa and covers the entire continent.The US Envoy said the USADF is a grassroots assistance program that lets Ambassadors respond quickly to small community-based development projects that promise to have immediate impact.“Self-Help Fund projects always include an important and significant contribution by the participants. In Liberia this often includes provision of labor, land and other materials,” she explained.Ambassador Malac stated that since the program began in Liberia in 2004, it has funded 157 projects for a total of over US$695,000, covering all 15 counties with over 252,000 beneficiaries.She further stated that in 2009, the USADF contributed various amounts of money from US$25,000 to US$50,000 to fund small-scale projects to promote food security.USADF is an independent federal agency established to support African-designed and African-driven grassroots solutions to economic and social problems.“This year,” said Amb. Malac, ‘’the embassy received over 100 proposals, from which 17 projects were selected. Of those projects 13 will be funded through U.S. State Department’s Economic Support Funds while four will be funded from ADF grants.”This year’s projects focus on a variety of income generation opportunities including support to those in the agricultural sector for the cultivation of cassava, rice and vegetables, said the American Ambassador. Other income generation projects include skills training in soap making, beekeeping, animal husbandry and the provision of cassava grinders and machines used for processing palm oil and kernel oil.The projects this year are located in Margibi, Bomi, Nimba, Lofa, Maryland, Montserrado, Grand Kru, Grand Cape Mount and Grand Bassa counties.“We are thrilled to established these partnerships and we hope this signing ceremony is the start of a long and meaningful relationship between the U.S. Embassy and the local communities,” Amb. Malac declared.Aaron Kollie, chief executive officer of Power TV who spoke on behalf of the grantees, thanked Ambassador Malac and the U.S. government for the bilateral agreement between the two countries. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MAN WHO BEAT AND ROBBED 96 YEAR OLD GRETA LILLY JAILED FOR FIVE YEARS

first_imgA man who dragged a 96 year old women from her bed, beat her and robbed her of €3,000 has been jailed for five years.The community raised money to help Ms Greta Lilly get back on her feet.Thomas Alcock kicked in the bedroom door of terrified Greta Lilly at her home in Buncrana in the early hours of January 5th this year. The 49 year old father-of-one had only been released from jail a few weeks earlier in the UK before he travelled to Ireland to live in Donegal.Alcock called to Ms Lilly’s home three times on the day before the robbery looking to buy scrap metal.However at 12.30am the following morning after smoking cannabis and taking crack cocaine he called to Ms Lilly’s home.Once inside her bedroom he carried out a horrific assault on the 96 year old woman who lived alone.Garda Danny Devlin told Letterkenny Circuit Court that Alcock, of no fixed abode, hit Ms Lilly in the face, dragged her by the hair and also stuffed her own cardigan in her mouth to keep her quiet.He told her he would kill her if she not co-operate with him.The attacker, who was hooded, dragged her out of the bed and stole her handbag which contained €3,000 and a gold ring belonging to her mother.Ms Lilly finally managed to summon help by pressing an alarm which she had around her wrist.Gardai began a manhunt for Alcock and learned that he may be in a local hotel.He was arrested with £800 stuffed in a sock outside his bedroom at An Grianan Hotel in Burt.When interviewed, he refused to co-operate at all.The court also heard that a local Bureau de Change reported a man had changed €3,500 to sterling, including a number of €100 notes.He also bought a van and the van-driver became suspicious and contacted Gardai.The court heard that Ms Lilly was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital to be treated for her injuries but was released.However, she has since gone to live in residential care where she remains living after her ordeal.Alcock asked to address the court and said “I feel great shame for what I done. I apologise,” he said.Judge O’Hagan asked Alcock: did he not realise that the victim was 46 years older than him?Judge O’Hagan said that if Alcock had not pleaded guilty and was found guilty by a jury, he would have sentenced him to ten years in prison for the burglary charge.The court was told that the money recovered from the sale of the van had been returned to Gardai and the van could be returned to its owner.Judge O’Hagan also paid tribute to the “wonderful detective work” and also the local community in Buncrana for helping bringing Alcock to justice.MAN WHO BEAT AND ROBBED 96 YEAR OLD GRETA LILLY JAILED FOR FIVE YEARS was last modified: October 30th, 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:buncranaburglaryGreta LillyJUdge John O’HaganThomas Alcocklast_img read more