Golden Veroleum’s Conciliatory Initiatives

first_imgThe people of Sinoe County, after many months of conflict with the oil palm company, Golden Veroleum, have finally let it be known that they are satisfied with the company’s operations and are now willing to work with GVL toward the achievement of its goals.They gave this reassurance to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during her recent visit to the county.They are now convinced, they said, that the GVL investment is beneficial and have therefore pledged to encourage the company’s oil palm development.Rev. D. Lasanna Seqeh told the President during her visit to GVL oil palm plantation that the realization of the true intent of the investment came from the President’s detailed explanation, through the Ministry of Internal Affairs, of the benefits accruing to their communities, including their rights to their land and the company’s rights to the concession area as contained in the Concession Agreement.The detailed explanation from Internal Affairs’ Deputy Minister Varney Sirleaf convinced to form a common front with government and GVL to realize its investment and development objectives.  Rev. Seqeh emphasized that according to the Agreement, the company has the potential to change their lives as demonstrated by the thousands of their sons and daughters now being fully employed, enabling  them to sustain their families.Paramount Chief Johnnie Brown assured the Liberian leader of the citizens’ fullest cooperation with the company.  He referred to construction of schools and a health center which have been opened by the company as some of the benefits of the company’s presence.  The citizens were therefore prepared to protect the company’s properties to demonstrate their appreciation for its work among them.The Sinoe people have been in conflict with GVL since it started few years ago.  Their first complaint was that they had no participation in the agreement with GVL.  They also complained of the company invading their farmland and their sacred ancestral areas; and the lack of any social development to benefit the people.These grievances seem now to be forgotten, as the people say they are now experiencing the company’s real intentions–jobs for many of their people, the construction of a school, health center and other amenities.We applaud the peace between Sinoeneans and GVL.  We pray that government has learned a key lesson: before granting any land concessions to any foreign or local entity, make sure to INVOLVE the people because while the government may claim ownership to all the country’s lands, the land really belongs to the people, and nothing can be accomplished without their consent.There is one other lesson government must learn: pay close attention to the promises these companies make; involve the people in the negotiations; so that they KNOW what benefits should accrue to them. Why?  Because they are on the ground with the companies, and are directly affected by whatever is done.  If the people are not happy with what they see, they will scream–and that is what the Sinoe people have been doing all along, through their faithful, understanding and forthright attorney, Environmental Advocate Alfred Brownell.One more thing: the government and the people should carefully monitor the value added developments the company promises–the refining of the oil, which should provide the people even greater employment opportunities and create more infrastructures that will bring further development to Sinoe.Is it possible, for example, for GVL to produce cooking oil and limit the amount we import with our hard-earned foreign exchange.What kind of cosmetics can we produce from palm oil?  What use can the company make of palm nut “pummy”–the residue after the juice is drained from the palm nuts when, for example, we cook palm butter?  We are told that while we in Liberia waste the pummy, in other places it is put to valuable use.We foresee a number of small industries from palm oil.  Liberians must do their own research, at the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI), and also at various universities as well as private research in people’s homes.Now is the time for Liberians to be more creative–and more hardworking, taking initiatives ourselves, rather than wait for others to come and do it for us.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Barrolle, T-Wolves in Double Wins

first_imgThe kanyan peppers boys of Mighty Barrolle have followed up their surprise win over LPRC-Oilers, beating the triple basketball champions, for the second time on Sunday 55-33 points.Barrolle extended their lead in a rather vibrating battle to defeat Oilers in the ongoing finals, of the ‘best-out-of-five’ games.The relatively convincing derby was described as “amazing” by scores of the Roller fans, including Oilers coach Paul Houlson.Sunday’s game was a rematch from Saturday owing to the rain, cutting off the match in the third quarter when Oilers were in a slight lead.On Friday, at the twitch of the finals, Mighty Barrolle initiated their captivating spree with a narrow win over Oilers, 69-68 points.Another supposedly underdog in the basketball finals Timber Wolves are ahead 2-1 series over triple female champions K-Delta.The female giants began the finals with 56-47 points win on Friday, but Timber Wolves turned the tables with two straight wins.On Saturday and Sunday, Timber Wolves surprisingly dumped K-Delta 51-50 and 60-52 points respectively.In the 2nd division, Georgia Blazers are leading Heats (2-1). Heats activated their win with 49-47 points on Friday, but Georgia Blazers overturned the tally with two wins; 51-50 and 49-47 points.Meanwhile, Wednesday’s win for Barrolle, Timber Wolves and Georgia Blazer would make them to grab their respective trophies, but a loss will cause the league to continue on Friday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Duo remanded on $270,000 robbery charge

first_imgJohn Caesar and Cornelius Perry, called “CJ”, will be spending the next few weeks incarcerated after they were remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Anne McLennan on Tuesday following allegations that they stole $270,000 at Tabatinga, Lethem, Central Rupununi.The prosecution contended that the duo, along with an accomplice, Ray Wilson, stole the money from Clifton Lepes on January 21, 2018 and used personal violence in the execution of the robbery.Twenty-five-year-old Caesar, a chef from Lethem, and Perry, a 19-year-old bridge worker from the South Rupununi Savannah, both pleaded not guilty to the crime. Police Prosecutor Stephen Telford, however, disclosed that the chef was found with some of the money while there were eyewitnesses to the robbery.He objected to bail for Perry on the grounds that he lived 60 miles away from Lethem and once released on bail, he would likely flee the jurisdiction and cross over to neighbouring Brazil given the porous borders in the deep south of Guyana.“He may not appear in court for the trial,” Prosecutor Telford said at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.In his bid to solidify his case for the defendant to be denied his pre-trial liberty, Telford revealed that Caesar has an attempted murder matter for which he was committed to stand trial in the High Court. Assistant Superintendent Telford further disclosed that the defendant was charged, with another relative, for attempted murder during the execution of a robbery.Meanwhile, an arrest warrant was issued for Ray Wilson, who made a swift escape when Police had gone to arrest him. It was disclosed that he escaped through one door as Police entered through the other door.Caesar and Perry will make their next court appearance at the Lethem Magistrate’s Court on February 6.last_img read more

Bonita left stranded, 7-1

first_imgGLENDORA – Dustin Emmons was far from dominant on the mound, but he made big pitches when he had to and also helped himself at the plate Thursday night at Goddard Middle School. Emmons hit two home runs, drove in three runs and did not allow a run despite a shaky outing in Crescenta Valley High School’s 7-1 victory over Bonita in the third round of pool play at the Glendora Tournament. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The fives were wild for Bearcats pitcher Jiovanni Mier, who gave up five runs on five hits in five innings, striking out five. He also accounted for Bonita’s lone run with a long homer to lead off the fifth against Falcons reliever Travis Feldman. But despite the poor pitching numbers, Knott was impressed with the Bonita sophomore, who joined the team late after a stellar soccer season. “I thought he had great command, I thought he had great tempo and I thought he kept us in the game,” Knott said. Emmons, who already had escaped a bases-loaded situation in the second, got out of another tough spot in the third. After issuing a walk to E.J. Reyes and a ground-rule double by Jeff Gelalich, catcher Brian Weston hit a high pop fly to right. Falcons right fielder Chris Johnson made the catch in the corner and nailed Reyes at the plate to end the threat. center_img The Bearcats (2-1) had runners in scoring position in each of the first four innings, but failed to score. Bonita stranded 10 runners. “It was frustrating,” Bonita coach John Knott said. “They made some big pitches in key situations.” last_img read more

Dirtbags done in by ASU’s Sogard

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The temperature was still quite comfortable at just over 70 degrees Friday night in Tempe, Ariz. But all it took was one Arizona State player to turn up the desert heat and scorch the Dirtbags of Long Beach State. Eric Sogard went 4 for 4, and three times gave the No. 11-ranked Sun Devils (13-5) the lead, including a two-run home run in the eighth to lead ASU to a 7-6 victory in the series opener. The Dirtbags had a chance to tie or take the lead in the ninth, putting two runners on. With two outs, LBSU walked twice to set up a potential tying situation, but an unusual single by Brandon Godfrey ended up spelling the end to the Dirtbags’ night. center_img Godfrey blooped a short single to the right of the mound. LBSU’s two base runners were stuck at third in limbo for the final out on a throw across the diamond. LBSU took leads in the fourth and seventh innings but were foiled by Sogard. Sogard’s finished the day 4-for-4 with four RBI, adding a solo home run in the first and an RBI single in the fourth. The series continues at noon today and 1 p.m. Sunday. last_img read more

Mourinho joins ‘foreign agent’ Russian TV for World Cup

first_imgThe international channel does not have the television rights to show World Cup matches but says it will provide “live text commentary” and reports.The Manchester United boss appeared in a jaunty video accompanying the announcement in which he pretends to coach an RT crew about how to cover the World Cup.“Guys, I know you are nervous. This is a huge tournament and a huge amount of pressure,” Mourinho said to the stunned-looking RT journalists in the whimsical clip.“We will show the world a great game — the greatest game.”Mourinho added in a statement that he was “very happy to join the team at RT” and share his insights into the five weeks of matches that kick off in Moscow on June 14.The signing is set to give RT a ratings boost at a difficult time for the Kremlin-backed project that was launched in 2005 and originally called Russia Today.RT has been dropped by a number of American TV providers after being wrapped up in the controversy surrounding the investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 US election.It was forced to register as a “foreign agent” by the US Justice Department in November for being part of “Russia’s state-run propaganda machine” — a charge RT denies.Russia forced nine smaller US media outlets to register as “foreign agents” in retaliation.RT has several foreign language services besides English and is particularly active on YouTube.It is also trying to expand further into Europe and in December launched a Paris-based French-language channel.That decision came despite French President Emmanuel Macron labelling RT a spreader of “deceitful propaganda” in May 2017.RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan welcomed Mourinho into the fold.“We continue to put together the RT dream team. Now we have a coach,” she said.The channel already has two former Premier League players as presenters: ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore.RT has a history of hiring high-profile but controversial presenters.WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange conducted his own show from inside Ecuador’s London embassy in which he has been cooped up since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden on sexual assault claims.RT currently airs programmes hosted by former British MP George Galloway and one-time Scottish Nationalist Party leader Alex Salmond.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has signed up to present World Cup coverage for the Kremlin-funded RT channel © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFMoscow, Russian Federation, Mar 5 – Jose Mourinho is coming to Russia for the World Cup to provide analysis for a Kremlin-funded news channel branded a “foreign agent” in the United States.RT television announced the signing on Monday without disclosing the payment Mourinho will receive for appearing on a broadcaster that pushes Russia’s take on news to a foreign audience.last_img read more

Liverpool star drops HUGE hint he will leave Anfield this summer

first_img 2 It has long been anticipated Johnson will leave Liverpool at the end of a campaign, having fall out of favour with Reds fans over the past few seasons.The Three Lions international has been strongly linked with a move to Italian side Roma and Turkish giants Galatasaray, while the Anfield faithful laughed in disbelief when reports from Spain suggested Barcelona were interested in a short-term deal.Johnson’s exit suggests Brendan Rodgers will look to strengthen his defences further over the summer transfer window, though it would also pave the way for 22-year-old Jon Flanagan to enjoy a more prominent first-team role, having recently penned a contract extension with his boyhood club. Glen Johnson could be packing his bags for a long-awaited Liverpool exit after dropping a big hint on social media.The England defender’s contract at Anfield is up at the end of the season, and, after the club decided against offering him a new deal, it seems their final game of the 2014/15 Premier League season at Stoke could be his last in the famous red shirt.Hours before Sunday’s kick-off at the Britannia Stadium, the 30-year-old tweeted:“A big thank you to all the people out there who have genuinely supported me through the last 6 years #200 #NewChapter.” Liverpool defender Glen Johnson 2last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Maintenance Manager sought for Lough Derg

first_imgJob Vacancy: The Lough Derg Pilgrimage Centre in Co. Donegal is currently recruiting for a Maintenance Manager to join their team on a full-time permanent basis. Lough Derg is a pilgrimage centre situated on a small island in Lough Derg, near Pettigo.The pilgrimage season runs from early April until the end of October when over 10,000 people will visit the island on retreat/pilgrimage. Maintenance of buildings and services is therefore extensive and is carried out both in season and out of season making this a permanent position. Reporting directly to the Prior, Fr La Flynn, the Maintenance Manager will join a team of eight permanent staff and up to fifty seasonal staff. The successful candidate will shadow the present Maintenance Manager for the first three months and will then be subject to a further three month probationary period. This will be a full-time, permanent position. Job OverviewThe Maintenance Manager will be responsible for the maintenance and repair of plant on the island, the lakeshore and administration office in Pettigo. This includes preventative maintenance and repair of all buildings and the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, heating, alarm and telecommunication systems. The Maintenance Manager will also assume the role of Safety Coordinator. Due to the island location they will also be required to drive the boat when circumstances necessitate. Responsibilities and Duties Inspect, repair and maintain buildings and plant; this includes mechanical, electrical, plumbing, heating and alarm systems as well as security cameras and telecommunication services.Employ preventative maintenance.Keep detailed records of work schedule and maintenance log.Ensure all Health and Safety regulations are adhered to.Oversee health and safety training for employees.Drive boat when necessary (on-the-job training will be provided).Order and control stock of oil, gas and equipment spares.Schedule and oversee work of specialist service contractors when necessaryPerson SpecificationThe successful candidate for the position of Maintenance Manager at Lough Derg will have the following characteristics:A self-motivated individual who is able to work on own initiative while being a member of a dynamic team of staffHave a background in general plant maintenance with at least 3 years’ experience and a proven record in a similar roleHave a good working knowledge of mechanical, electrical and plumbing and heating systems. A relevant qualification will be an advantage.Have the flexibility to work weekends and/or evenings when necessaryPossess good organizational and problem-solving skillsBe computer-literatePossess full clean driving licence and have the use of personal vehicleThis position includes the role of Safety Coordinator, responsible for all matters related to Safety, Health and Welfare of both employees and customers.The Maintenance Manager will work alternate weekends during the Pilgrimage Season. Application is by submission of C.V. , either by post to The Prior, Lough Derg, Pettigo, Co. Donegal or by email to . Applications must be received before 12noon on Friday 28th June 2019. Further information on Lough Derg is available at www.loughderg.orgJob Vacancy: Maintenance Manager sought for Lough Derg was last modified: June 10th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:caretakerelectricalHeatingJob VacancyLough Dergmaintenance managerMechanicalPettigoPlumbingSafety Coordinatorlast_img read more

DD Motoring: Does Letterkenny have to come to a standstill?

first_imgIf you are a motorist in Letterkenny this week you will be fed up by this stage at the number of disruptions to traffic in Letterkenny this last eight months or so.I think this has been the worst to date and the fact that two major sets of sewage upgrades are happening at the same time has brought the town to a complete standstill.Traffic forced into a single lane and then sent through the middle of Letterkenny causing long delays in the town this week. Photo Brian McDaid.On yer bike Advertisement Joe Harkin didn’t invent the wheel but he made good use of it while he was in business.80 years ago in 1938, he opened a bicycle shop on the Port Road in Letterkenny after learning his trade in Calhoun’s Bicycle Shop at the other end of the town at Lower Main St.Along with repairing bicycles, he was a dab hand at mending clocks and watches.Joe Harkin to the right at the doorway of his Bicycle Shop on the Port Rd. in Letterkenny.Joe became famous in Letterkenny for two things, his “cycling man” that he made himself that sat on the window complete with the No 7 on the back of cyclists shirt capturing the amazement of young and old as they watched the paddles go around and round. Advertisement Then there was the clock which he also repaired which he had in the shop that never missed a minute.I was sitting in a traffic jam on Monday evening that stretched from Joe Harkin’s old shop on the Port Road right through to the foot of the town at Lower Main Street in Letterkenny.Back in Joe’s time, the town was more simple, it had fewer roads and less traffic.The late Eamon Sam O’Donnel with his grandfather, Joe Harkin’s cyclist which paddle away from morning to night in the Bicycle shop on the Port Road. Photo Brian McDaidThe nearest you got to bypassing Letterkenny was if you turned right at the top of the Port Road and headed up the High Road to head for the likes of Falcarragh or Gweedore.One of the many back roads in Letterkenny where a motorist in Letterkenny go to avoid the delays in Letterkenny. Photo Brian McDaid.Hub The Market Square was the hub of the Cathedral Town with bus stops, cafes, taxi ranks, garages, public toilets and plenty of car parking space.When the Folk Festival arrived the Market Square doubled as an open-air arena as locals landed and built a stage and the ESB and P&T men got a lend of ladders from their work to put up bunting around the town in the evening.The sponsors gifted them with crates of cigarettes in return for their goodwill.Christmas Lights Back then, even the Christmas lights were switched on from Joe Harkin’s house at the top of the town, which was located where the TSB Bank is now.No formal switching on of the lights in those days, just stand up on a chair at the meter box behind the from door and screw in a fuse to switch the lights on and then screw out the fuse before Joe went to bed, that was the timer switch of Letterkenny Christmas back then.TrenchesIn the summer of 74, a gang of men arrived to start work at the back of our home in Wolfe Tone Place and dug a trench which went up to the road at the back of the house and then headed up through the fields into the countryside.Most of the work was done by hand and it took the men the most of the summer holidays to finish it.In the evenings when they went home, we used the trenches for playing cowboys and Indians and Hide-and-Seek.One would count up to a hundred and we would hide in the newly built bunkers and then towards the end of the summer a big digger arrived and filled the trench in.It turned out it was the sewer pipes for the second phase of Dr Mcginley Road housing estate.Spokes on a wheelI know you never would get away with any of that now, but back then the community were the spokes in the business wheel that was Letterkenny.Sitting in traffic jam after traffic jam this week makes me think how disconnected Letterkenny has become from itself.Who, what or where is the hub of this town anymore?The drive to expand and extend the boundaries without getting a chance to put a proper structure in place and finish plans for link roads which are included in roundabouts that now sit idle going nowhere.On of the many Tail Back in Letterkenny, this week at work continues on the upgrading of the sewage system in Letterkenny. Photo Brian McDaid.Letterkenny is hard to get through at the best of times even without any roadworks.They arteries in Letterkenny are smaller than the flow that is being forced through them morning noon and night.The hub in Letterkenny has too few spokes connecting it with the rim on the outside.Driver at breaking point in Letterkenny this week as traffic is backed up in every direction on Letterkenny. Photo Brian McDaid.And even the late Joe Harkin could have told you that a hub had to be connected and balanced with the rim in order to keep the rim true.Wheel builders like Joe Harkin knew the connection with the hub. Its spokes and the rim needed to be balanced in order for a wheel to run straight and true.A hub, spokes and a wheel – all of which are required as part of a wheel.Overnighting a single spoke can kink the wheel and in the case of Letterkenny’s traffic, too few spokes in the shape of unfinished link roads are the problems faced with traffic in Letterkenny.Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: Does Letterkenny have to come to a standstill? was last modified: May 16th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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)last_img read more