Salvador’s lifeless body was discovered by his aunt Helen Martinez, 56, around 7:35 a.m. on May 9, a police report showed.According to Martinez, Salvador was binge drinking and was not eating his daily meals days before the incident. Initial investigation conducted by the Talisay City police station showed no indication that the man was murdered.Martinez’s body was brought to a mortuary for a “post-mortem examination.”/PN BY MAE SINGUAY AND CYRUS GARDEBACOLOD City – He was found dead inside their house in Barangay Katilingban, Talisay City, Negros Occidental.Police identified him as 46-year-old Raul Salvador.
Saints were widely expected to struggle this season having lost Pochettino to Tottenham and a number of their star players to fellow Premier League clubs. But Koeman brought in a host of new faces, many of whom were not household names in England, and has since led the south coast club into the top four with 15 games remaining. Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has responded light-heartedly to claims from former Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino that he inherited a “winning team” when he took over at St Mary’s in the summer. Pochettino’s Tottenham sit two points below Southampton in sixth and the Argentinian reportedly told Catalan radio station RAC1 that he gave Koeman a platform for success. “You have to say that they invested close to 80million euros (£59.8million) in the summer and it was already a winning team on the up,” he was quoted as saying. “When we arrived at Southampton in January of 2013 they had the team that had conceded the most goals in the league. It was a team with a lot of problems, with players like Adam Lallana who wasn’t playing and Luke Shaw who wasn’t playing but in one and a half years we turned it round.” But Koeman hit back when questioned about Pochettino’s remarks ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with managerless QPR. “First of all, it was on Spanish radio so I don’t know exactly what was said and if the comments were really like that,” said the Dutchman. “He is free to give his opinions, I’m happy in Southampton and thank you Mauricio; I have an easy job! “That is the reason that I came to Southampton, to have a little holiday with everything organised, a good team and good players. I’m joking! I have no comments.” Given Koeman’s overhaul of the squad, which continued in January with the loan acquisitions of Eljero Elia and Filip Djuricic as well as the permanent signing of Ryan Bertrand, the former Feyenoord boss believes he has put his stamp on a side he did admit owes a lot to those who have spent time rebuilding the club before his arrival. “It is feeling like my side because we had to make a lot of changes in the team,” he added. “The way the club is doing makes it easier for the manager, Pochettino, (former owner) Markus Liebherr and (head of football development) Les Reed, they have all done a fantastic job in Southampton and, as a manger, you need those people to work well in a good structure – that is the best quality of Southampton Football Club. “We don’t have a lot of people but the confidence I have as the manager is very good. We had to change the team because we lost a lot of good players. Working with the scouting, we brought in good players and the adaptation was easy and the team is working well. The spirit is fantastic but there are different reasons (for that). Koeman confirmed both Victor Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin have recovered from respective injuries and will travel to Loftus Road on Saturday. With two key midfielders back, Koeman’s squad is almost at full-strength and he feels it will have to remain that way if Saints are to continue their push for European qualification. “We believe in the way we play football and if we can keep everyone fit, that is key, then we can fight for the first six or seven positions in the table,” he added. “We have been struggling a little bit in the last few weeks, not in terms of the results, but we don’t have the kind of numbers of players and it can be a bit of a problem when we have a bench which has only under-21 players on it. “But still we are fourth in the table and in my opinion it is amazing what we are doing. It is difficult to keep that but there is a possibility, if we keep everybody fit and available, to fight for European football.” Press Association
Dr. Roland Massaquoi wants farmers empowered to make country economy stable.-Dr. Roland Massaquoi assertsA Board Member of Agriculture Investment Network (AIN) Dr. Roland Massaquoi, described agriculture as the only opportunity that would make farmers rich and stabilize the country’s economy. As such, he stressed the need to encourage smallholder farmers to remain effective in food production.Speaking over the weekend at the second celebration of the Agriculture Value Chain Day event organized by the Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA) and its Partner, Business Startup Center (BSC), through AIN, Dr. Massaquoi said it is important to create an enabling environment for potential farmers, thereby putting in place agriculture policies that will guide farmers along the way, so that Liberia, as a country, will be self-sufficient in food production.“If this is done, farmers will not just produce any kind of food, but the ones that are qualified,” he said.The program was held at the Paynesville City Hall under the theme, “Promoting Private Investment for Agricultural Value Chain Development and Sustainability.” It brought together value chain actors to showcase their products and services, establish business relationships with potential investors in agribusiness and encourage knowledge exchange.LADA Acting Chief of Party Harris Ayuk-Takor informed the farmers that the event took into consideration the valuable role they have played in increasing private sector’s investment in the country’s agricultural sector.The event brought together 26 exhibitors from Nimba, Bong, and Montserrado counties to exhibit their products from their rice, cassava, aquaculture, vegetable, and cocoa value chains as well as locally fabricated agro-equipment.Mr. Takor said agriculture plays a major role in the growth and development of every nation; therefore, it is important during such programs to hear from smallholder farmers regarding major threat, encouraging them to overcome those challenges.Founded by USAID (United States Agency for International Development) under the United States Feed the Future (FTF) program, LADA is being implemented by Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA).FTF and LADA have expanded access and use of agriculture inputs as well as post-harvest handling, processing, packaging, and marketing.William R. Dennis, II, Executive Director of BSC Monrovia, said over the past two years BSC and other partners have been able to work with agribusinesses. As such, it is important to call upon them to pitch their business ideas to investors and potential partners who he said may see their ideas and express interest in working with them in the sector.Dennis said BSC and other partners want to do more, but it requires collective effort. BSC-Monrovia Is a locally registered business development firm operating in Liberia, initially established as a collaboration between the Association of Liberian Universities (ALU). The BSC Monrovia organizes activities and services to support entrepreneurship, job creation and poverty alleviation in the country.However, John G. Selma smallholder farmers from Lofa County, said there are numerous challenges that hinder their production. He named the lack of machines and other farm equipment to increase productivity, storage facility, among others. He therefore pleads with partners during the program to help smallholders farmers, most especially those in the rural parts of the country, to be able to graduate from subsistence farming, if Liberia must be self-sufficient in food production.Edward Galayi, a cocoa farmer, further said that the lack of access to loans for farmers in the rural parts of the country has been one of the major challenges that impede the smooth operation of farming; he also called on the Ministry of Agriculture (MIA) and other partners to promote farmers in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)