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

Son on trial for father’s 2016 murder

first_imgKumey Bourne, also known as Kwame Bourne, was on Tuesday indicted for allegedly murdering his elderly father, Rickford Bourne, in May 2016 at the man’s Turkeyen, Sophia, Greater Georgetown home.Represented by Attorney Maxwell McKay, he entered a plea of not guilty before Justice Navindra Singh at the High Court and a 12-member jury was sworn in to hear the matter.Reports were that while being heavily intoxicated, Bourne allegedly beat his 70-year-old father with a metal pipe.Dead: Rickford BourneThe supposed murder weapon was tendered into evidence at the trial by Lance Corporal Jason Beresford. He told the jury that he found the item after a search of the home. The witness also said that he was the one who put the murder allegation to him on May 23, 2016.Under cross-examination by Attorney McKay, Beresford noted that he could not recall if the pipe was checked for fingerprints. He further stated that there was not any blood on it. Beresford added that the defendant seemed normal to him at the time he had seen him.Also testifying was Bourne’s sister, Aisha, who said that her half-brother was unemployed at the time her father was killed. She said that her father died four days after the beating. She also said that Kwame lived with her father, just one street away from her. She recounted hearing about the May 19, 2016 incident and told the jury that she ran into the home past her brother and went to the room where her father was and saw three wounds on him.Aisha Bourne also said she got $1000 from a shop owner which she used to transport her father to the hospital where he remained until he died. Her mother, Cythia Ferguson, who was Bourne’s common-law wife, told the jury that she was on shift in Skeldon, Berbice, when she received the news. Her story was that she travelled down to the city the following day and obtained $30,000 from Rickford Bourne’s brother which was used for a brain scan. Her testimony was that her step-son seemed “stressed” when she saw him.Government Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh is expected to testify this week. Attorneys Tuanna Hardy, Abigail Gibbs and Teriq Mohammed are prosecuting the case.last_img read more


first_imgThe McGettigan brothers.Two Letterkenny brothers have stared for the Irish basketball team.Brothers Seán and Pádraig McGettigan picked up international caps recently in their first international basketball game for Ireland against Wales in Deeside, North Wales.Seán’s U17 Irish team finished the game 10 points ahead of Wales national team while Pádraig’s U15 Irish team won 2 from 3 games against the Wales national team.Locally Seán and Pádraig play basketball for St. Eunans College and Letterkenny Blaze. Both players continue now in their international training programmes.LETTERKENNY BROTHERS KNOW EXACTLY WHERE THE BASKET IS was last modified: July 9th, 2015 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:basketballBlaze BasketballdonegalMcGettigan’slast_img read more


first_imgThe family and friends of tragic Conor Boyle are hoping to know today when they will be able to bring him home to his final resting place in Donegal.Tragic Conor will be brought home soon to Donegal.The much-loved 18 year old Loughanure man passed away on Friday night last.Conor fought bravely to stay alive for two weeks following a car crash in London while returning home from work. His loving mum and dad Sheila and Hugh have by his side since.The family are hoping to know later today when Conor can be brought home to Donegal.A huge outpouring of grief has covered the Rosses and wider area since Conor’s passing.Details of his funeral have not yet been made but it is expected to be one of the largest in the area for many years. We will bring you the details of Conor’s funeral when they are made public by his family.FAMILY OF TRAGIC CONOR HOPE TO BRING HIM HOME SOON was last modified: September 24th, 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:Conor BoylecrashfuneralLoughanurelast_img read more

Emergency ambulance breakdown figures revealed for Donegal region

first_imgHSE ambulances broke down 24 times last year in Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan, new figures from the National Ambulance Service have revealed.There were 203 occasions of ambulances breaking down and requiring roadside assistance across Ireland in 2016, reports.Concerns raised over the condition of the national ambulance fleet brought to light an incident when two wheels came off an ambulance travelling with patients from Letterkenny University Hospital to Galway. The incident in 2015 outside Sligo Town involved a patient on a life support unit, who was unhurt.Almost 5% of the National Ambulance Service (NAS) fleet currently has more than 300,000km on the clock, which is the limit for vehicles in An Garda Síochána that are retired from operation.In 2016, the data showed that a 24-hour breakdown and recovery service had to be dispatched on 45 occasions in the Dublin area and 63 breakdowns occurred elsewhere in Leinster. 25 ambulance breakdowns were in Connacht, 46 in Munster, and 24 in the three ROI Ulster counties.Emergency ambulance breakdown figures revealed for Donegal region was last modified: September 15th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:ambulanceHSElast_img read more

Editorial: Warriors should stop being sore losers, pay their debt

first_imgAs the Golden State Warriors open the season today at their new $1.4 billion arena in San Francisco, they’re turning out to be sore losers across the bay trying to stick taxpayers with the team’s $56 million debt.That’s how much is still owed to retire bonds the city of Oakland and county of Alameda issued back in 1996 to finance renovations the team wanted as a condition of staying at the Coliseum Arena.The bonds were to be repaid over 30 years. The team has tried to claim that, when it left …last_img read more

Pest pressures seen in corn planted into cover crops

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cover crops are becoming a very utilized tool as farmers look to keep nutrients where they belong and to make sure soils stay in place as well. For farmers who planted corn into cover crops this spring, pests like seed corn maggots, grubs and slugs may be more prevalent in those fields. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Account Manager Derek Hunker talks about this issue, as well as planting and replanting progress in his area of Seneca, Crawford and Wyandot Counties.last_img read more

Kevin Belingon says he would’ve KO’d Bibiano Fernandes if not for DQ

first_imgPhoto from ONE ChampionshipTOKYO, Japan—Kevin Belingon felt he already had Bibiano Fernandes all figured out in their third bout on Sunday, so much so that he would’ve handled the Brazilian star had he not been disqualifiedBelingon has a point after he came out blazing from the opening bell and quickly established control with his striking.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Google Philippines names new country director The unfortunate result also had ONE chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong ordering an “automatic rematch” between the two rivals.“These are true warriors, two of the best bantamweights in the world and they deserve another shot fair and square to see who’s the best,” Sityodtong said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Emotional loss to La Salle good for UST moving forward, says Kung Fu Reyes He did get caught with a solid punch on the jaw later in the first round but other than that, the Team Lakay standout was primed to prove that his victory in the second bout was no fluke.“I feel that I would’ve knocked him out if not for the disqualification,” Belingon said in Filipino early Monday morning at Grand Prince Hotel here. “And I would’ve also won clearly had the fight went to decision.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBelingon was issued with a red card in the third round due to illegal blows to the back of the head that resulted to an abrupt end to their trilogy.The disqualification also led to Fernandes recapturing the bantamweight world title after losing it to Belingon by split decision four months ago in Singapore. LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

NBA: Dirk Nowitzki signs 1-year, $5 million deal to play record 21st season with…

first_imgAdvertisementThe Dallas Mavericks have re-signed Dirk Nowitzki, which will make the German star the first player in NBA history to play 21 straight seasons with the same team.The franchise icon signed a one-year contract worth $5 million on Monday. The news was confirmed by a source earlier in the day and the Mavericks announced the signing shortly before 11 a.m.In the next season, Nowitzki will also be a teammate of reigning EuroLeague MVP Luka Doncic who has already expressed his excitement ahead of playing alongside the legendary German forward.Nowitzki will become the first player in NBA history to play 21 consecutive seasons with the same organization. It is believed this will be his final season, but Nowitzki has been careful not to mention it.Nowitzki averaged 12 points and 5.7 rebounds in 24.7 minutes per game last season. Nowitzki, who turned 40 last month, is the league’s only international player with more than 30,000 career points.Advertisementlast_img read more

New Formula One qualifying format scrapped for Bahrain

first_imgFormula One bosses have agreed to ditch the new qualifying format after it was roundly panned at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix and revert to the old system for the second race of the season in Bahrain.The new format, based on drivers being progressively eliminated during the sessions rather than at the end of them, was intended to add excitement but instead took away any suspense with no cars on track in the final minutes.The teams principals made the decision, which will still have to be ratified by the Formula One Commission, at a meeting in Melbourne on Sunday.”For once there was absolute unanimity in the room,” Red Bull boss Christian Horner told Sky Sports.”Everyone recognised what happened yesterday wasn’t right … so the unanimous decision was to go back to what we’ve had for the last few years from the next race.”Formula One commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone had signalled the decision when he told Reuters on Saturday that changes should be made before the second round of the championship in Bahrain on April 3.last_img read more