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Liberia Observes International Day of Cooperatives July 1

first_imgBy Bisi KlahPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by proclamation declared Saturday, July 1, as International Day of Cooperatives to be observed throughout the country as a working holiday.She called on all Liberians as well as international organizations concerned to join the cooperative movement of Liberia through the Cooperative Development Agency (CDA) in executing appropriate programs befitting the observance of the day.Based on the principle of cooperation, cooperatives helped create new ethics and values in business and economics and are important in the world’s economic and social development, said a release from COOP. In 1895 ICA was formed, and since 1927 it observes the first Saturday of July as International Cooperative Day.In 1994 the United Nations recognized and reaffirmed that cooperatives were vital in the world’s economic, social and cultural development. However, two years earlier – on December 16, 1992 – the UN General Assembly proclaimed the first Saturday of July 1995 as the International Day of Cooperatives, marking the centenary of ICA’s establishment.She admonished the CDA to continue to play important roles in the country’s economic and social development which is vital to creating new ethics and sustaining values in business and cultural development.Cooperative enterprises are based on ethics, values, and a set of seven fundamental principles that keep people, rather than profit, at the center of their businesses.Cooperatives can be a self-help tool for people to create their own economic opportunities through the power of the collective and pull themselves out of poverty.They re-invest in communities in which they operate, securing not only the livelihoods of their members but also increasing the wealth of the community as a whole. By being sources of decent work, spaces for democracy and peace building, and an economic force (the top 300 cooperatives alone generate US$2.5 trillion in annual turnover, more than the GDP of France), cooperatives are truly a partner in transforming the world.To create awareness and share cooperative solutions for inclusive development, here, in Liberia, under the auspices of the CDA, the day’s activities will feature a Radio Talk Show.According to the CDA, the discussants, all agricultural experts with a focus on cooperative education, will delve on the topic “Inclusion” as the theme of 2017 International Cooperative Day.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ritchie Hosker and Valerie Unruh victorious at Links Clubs Championship

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Links hosted their Club Championships last weekend.The championships saw a total of 39 golfers competing to be crowned the Link’s top competitor.Ritchie Hosker had the best finish as he won the championship flight by nine strokes, shooting a 146 in two days of golf action. The ladies side was much closer as Val Unruh beat Pam Labeau by just one stroke.- Advertisement -In the Jr. Flight, Aiden Craig-Steele had smooth sailing as he shot 144, 23 strokes better than the next closest golfer.Winners from the Championships are shown below:Championship Flight:Advertisement Ritchie Hosker: 146Adam Krueger: 157Ladies Championship Flight:Val Unruh: 199Pam Labeau: 200Jr. Flight:Aiden Craig-Steele: 144Chase London: 167First Flight:Bud Palfy: 169Leroy Krueger/Elliot Knight: 171Second Flight:Advertisement Brian Campbell: 176Kevin Frankham: 190Third Flight:Evan Saugstad: 183Doug McCracken: 205Ladies First Flight:Jan Jorven: 203Nathaile Middleton: 204last_img read more