CFDC Lauds GoL for U$1M Land Rental Fees

first_imgThe president of the National Union of Community Forestry Development Committee (NUCFDC), Matthew Walley, has commended the government for fulfilling its obligation to over 22 communities affected by operations of the commercial logging in the country with regards to the National Forestry Reform law (NFRL) of 2006.Mr. Walley made the disclosure to journalists over the weekend in Monrovia that, in July, the Government of Liberia (GoL) deposited US$1M in the account of the National Benefit Sharing Trust (NBST), the mechanism through which affected communities can directly access their benefits from land rental fee payments made by logging companies in the country. Mr. Walley said the amount represents 50 percent of the money expected to benefit communities that are directly affected by logging activities in the country.He said the Government of Liberia being cognizant of its social responsibility to its citizens amended the National Forestry Law of 2000 to reflect current day realities, thus leading to the crafting and enactment of the 2006 NFRL. He indicated that the previous Forestry Law made no adequate provision for the fair treatment of forest communities.Walley called on the government to take seriously its obligations to deliver social and economic benefits to its citizens. He said it was paramount for government not to be complacent, but to live by the terms and conditions of the new forestry law. He believes that is the way the remaining 50 percent would be able to be paid to the communities without delay to avoid putting logging businesses at risk.Walley assured the government and stakeholders that the funds received would be used for its intended purpose. He urged representatives from the 22 affected communities to work the NBST to access the funds.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Husband, wife jailed for 80 years

first_imgBoxing Night murderBy Shemuel FanfairTwo weeks after being unanimously found guilty by a 12-member jury, Vishawantie Ragnauth, 38; and her reputed husband, Nyron Thakurdyal, 39, were on Tuesday sentenced to 40 years each in jail for murdering Ragnauth’s uncle.The couple was found guilty of the murder of 39-year-old miner Sunil Ramsundar on December 26, 2014, at Skull City, Patentia, West Bank Demerara.Moments after Justice Sandil Kissoon disclosed the term of imprisonment; the woman fell to her seat in tears and was escorted out of the courtroom in the same emotional state. Her accomplice, meanwhile, reacted to his sentence without much reaction.Ragnauth had earlier told the court that she was sorry for what happened and begged for forgiveness, while fellow killer Thakurdyal expressed his remorse and sympathy, telling the court he wanted to be a “constructive father” to his six children. Attorney Lisa Cave, who appeared for the prosecution, however deemed Ramsundar’s killing as senseless and unprovoked, stating the now deceased man was standing and cursing by himself when he was attacked.Deceased: Sunil RamsundarIn probation reports presented to the court, two contrasting life circumstances were disclosed. For Thakurdyal, it was stated that he migrated with his family to the United States in 1985 but was deported on a narcotics possession charge in 2003. However, the court learnt that he obtained a work permit and lived in The Bahamas for nine years where he did construction work. He later returned to Guyana where he sold hygienic products, making a living for himself.Thakurdyal came from Berbice and lived at Industry, East Coast Demerara, where he commenced the relationship with Ragnauth, whose past was described as “abusive”. In her report, the court heard that Ragnauth, a waitress, was mother to three children. It was observed that she was verbally and physically abusive to partners and during her second relationship, her husband whom she married according to Hindu rites, fled the home due to her abusive nature.Neighbours described the North Section, Canal Number Two native as an alcoholic who often behaved “disorderly”. The court heard that the woman allegedly sold marijuana and cocaine in the neighbourhood.After Attorney Hughes’ plea of mitigation, Justice Kissoon indicated that rather than 60 years, he started at a base of 50 years, in keeping with a recent Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruling. He subtracted a total of 10 years for time spent on remand, expression of remorse and Hughes’ plea which had appealed for mercy.The facts of the matter stated that Ramsundar was killed after he attempted to settle a dispute between his sister, his niece and his niece’s reputed husband. Around 22:00h on that fateful night, Ramsundar’s sister was being assaulted by her daughter Vishawantie and her partner, Nyron.At that time, the now deceased man asked his sister why she was crying, and upon learning about the assault, the man approached his niece for an explanation. However, this quickly turned into a heated argument, during which Ramsundar was stabbed about his body. Nyron Thakurdyal held the man while Vishawantie stabbed him. A teenaged eyewitness said that she passed the kitchen knife to her spouse who completed the attack.Ramsundar collapsed on the spot and was pronounced dead on arrival to the West Demerara Regional Hospital. After the duo stabbed the man, they ran away and flagged down a passing car. That vehicle happened to be that of an off-duty Policeman who said he heard the male offender say via his cellphone that he just “jook-up” someone. He then drove them in the Wales Police Station where they were subsequently arrested.Meanwhile, Government Pathologist, Dr Vivekanand Brijmohan in his testimony gave the cause of death as shock and haemorrhage; and a stab wound to the neck. The pathologist had told the jury that there were injuries to the right forearm, right chest, left part of the neck and jaw, noting that a puncture to an artery caused excessive blood loss.The late Ramsundar was described as a hard-working individual.last_img read more

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RIVER MEDIA HQ AND 2 NEWSPAPER OFFICES PUT UP FOR SALE

first_imgFor Sale: River Media’s HQ is up for saleRIVER Media, the company forced to close half a dozen newspapers during the recent recession, is selling off its final three offices in Co Donegal.Its headquarters in Letterkenny is included in the sell-off.Commercial property experts Sherry Fitzgerald Rainey says the offices of the Letterkenny Post, the Donegal Post and Inish Times are being offered for sale. Potential purchasers are being offered vacant possession, or a one-year rental by the newspapers after purchase.The Letterkenny Post, at Dry Arch Business Park, is being sold for €125,000.The Donegal Post office unit at Gruagorm House is for sale for €65,000.The Inish Times office on Buncrana’s Main Street was sold this week – it had been on the market for €110,000. River Media went into receivership in 2011, re-emerging after doing a deal with its creditors including AIB/First Trust.In 2009, the company made a loss of just under €1.7m after a €3.3m loss in 2008. RIVER MEDIA HQ AND 2 NEWSPAPER OFFICES PUT UP FOR SALE was last modified: October 8th, 2014 by John2Share 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:debtsDonegal Postfor saleInish TimesLetterkenny PostnewspaperOfficesRiver Mediastrugglinstrugglinglast_img read more

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DONEGAL YOUTH SERVICE REPORT RECORD FIGURES FOR 2015

first_imgDonegal Youth Service engaged a record 8000 young people across the county last year, according to figures released in their recently launched annual report for 2015.At their recent AGM Regional Director Lorraine Thompson was delighted to report that the service is going from strength to strength.She said “Donegal Youth Service goes the extra mile for young people, we are a locally based service and we respond quickly to local needs, with the support of 625 adult volunteers through the work of 34 youth clubs and projects, young people have a safe place to go to meet other young people and take part in new activities and opportunities and realise their potential’. Professional staff to support young people in difficulty or in need, who work with young people building trust, building relationships and work with a young person so that they are better able to face the difficulty, better able to make decisions and sometimes better able to ask for help.Training is provided in a range of areas, including the setting up a youth club, youth leader training, child protection training and a garda vetting service is provided to all volunteers.Training was provided to almost 5000 young people in a fun, interesting and engaging manner in areas such as as leadership, personal development, mentoring, and internet safety to name but a few.The service works with young people through drop-in centres, one to one work, group work as well as through specialist programmes for early school leavers, young carers and young people who are LGBT. The service also organise a range of other initiatives such as the Youth Work Ireland games Donegal heats, Irish Youth Music Awards Donegal heats, Youth Factor Donegal heats and their own Annual Party in the Park in Letterkenny.Chairperson Marina Carlin paid tribute to work of volunteers, ‘who work tirelessly in all parts of the County and give their time so generously to young people’.DONEGAL YOUTH SERVICE REPORT RECORD FIGURES FOR 2015 was last modified: May 24th, 2016 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:Donegal Youth Servicereportlast_img read more

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ROTTEN! THE PIPES USED TO BRING WATER TO YOUR HOME

first_imgBEFORE you think about paying that upcoming water bill, you might want to take a look at these.Mairtin MacIomhair took them in Crolly – pictures of pipes used to supply water to local homes.“The pipe had exploded and was replaced and left on the side of the road,” said Mairtin. “What concerns me is the state of the pipe. As you can see it’s shocking. This pipe supplies the Gaoth Dobhair area and we have been drinking this for years.“This is only one metre. Not to mention the rest of the country which I can only assume is the same. The pipe was only replaced in last two days.“The people of this country are being forced to fork out a small fortune for the installation of water meters. And in the mean time we are being forced to boil water. Which I may point out doesn’t kill everything in it.”Added an angry Mairtin: This is my country. And until the entire system is drinkable from a tap I for one will not pay a penny. The people of this country need to see where there water comes from.” ROTTEN! THE PIPES USED TO BRING WATER TO YOUR HOME was last modified: May 11th, 2014 by John2Share 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:CrollyGaoth Dobhairpipeswater pipeslast_img read more

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Gem show’s pool of treasures includes 96-year-old’s agate

first_imgWHITTIER — Clarence Pool has been an avid rock hunter for more than half a century — and it shows. Nearly every inch of his 1 1/2-acre Pico Rivera property is covered with buckets of agates, huge chunks of petrified wood and crates of obsidian Pool has collected over the years. A backyard barn features drawers crammed with flat, polished stones. In his 105-year-old house, rocks of all sizes and shapes fill shelves. Today and Sunday, Pool will haul some of his treasures to the Whittier Community Center, where the items will be displayed as part of Treasures of Rockhounding, an annual show held by the Whittier Gem & Mineral Society. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “This year I am displaying dryhead agate that I collected along the rims of the Big Horn River Canyon on the northern edge of Wyoming,” said Pool, who at age 96 is the gem society’s oldest member. “I hope lots of people come to see their beauty.” Born in Buffalo, Wyo., during the worst blizzard in state history, Pool moved at a young age to California, where his love of rocks began. “I remember I was about four or five when I first collected some moon stones at the beach,” he said. He became a dedicated rockhound in his 20s, at the urging of another collector. “My son needed some rocks for school, so my friend took me out to Horse Canyon near Tehachapi, where we found some agate,” he said. “I have been collecting since.” In 1959, he joined the Whittier gem society and over the years has led field trips to mountain and desert areas in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and New Mexico to hunt for agate, jasper and petrified wood. At times, the trips would take him to remote mining claims, where he searched for rocks with the permission of their owners. “I used to go rockhounding virtually every weekend, driving my truck and camper out to the desert or mountains,” he said. “I have been lucky because I have found rocks in all of the 11 Western states.” Now legally blind, Pool no longer collects. But he still cuts and polishes stones in a workshop on his property. He cuts and forms the rocks with a diamond blade saw and shapes them on a diamond grinding wheel before putting them in a tumbler he designed himself to grind them down. “Cutting a rock by hand could take three to six months,” he said. “So I developed the lapidary tumbler that does the same thing in six days.” Polish is then placed in the tumbler to make the rocks shiny. “It’s always interesting to find a rough rock, cut it open and find something no one has ever seen before,” he said. “It is always a surprise.” Once the rocks are shaped, he displays them every year at gem and mineral shows in north Orange County, Downey and Whittier. Kathleen Turner, a fellow member of the society, said Pool’s continued involvement in the group’s shows is much appreciated. “He has so much knowledge to share with people and is always generous with his time,” she said. “I would like to see more younger members join to follow in his footsteps.” Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028, or by e-mail at debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Boost for Gaeltacht summer college as it receives grant of €6,072

first_imgA Gaeltacht summer college located in South-West Donegal has welcomed the announcement that it will receive a grant of €6,072. Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Seán Kyne T.D has approved a €6,072 grant for Coláiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne, Teelin’s Irish language summer college.The grant will help the college carry out works to the entrance of the building. The Gaeltacht summer college has also announced dates for their 2017 summer courses, for 12 – 17 year olds who wish to improve their Irish.After last summer’s courses sold out, a third course has been announced for 2017.Welcoming the grant, College Chairperson, Dr Pádraig Ó Tiarnaigh said, “This latest funding from The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, alongside continuous support from Irish-language organization Comhaltas Uladh ensures Coláiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne can continue to expand and develop in the coming years.“We welcome this investment as we look forward to accommodating over 200 young Irish-language learners in 2017 on our 3 new summer courses.” Coláiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne in Teelin is also available for local community groups who wish to use its facilities and for sports and youth groups who wish to attend Irish-language residential courses.For further information, contact http://colaisteaoidhteileann@gmail.comBoost for Gaeltacht summer college as it receives grant of €6,072 was last modified: November 17th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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

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These five A’s who could push Oakland into the ALDS

first_imgThe A’s are just hours away from taking on the Tampa Bay Rays at the Coliseum for their second straight wild-card game. Who should you keep an eye on? All of them, sure, but here are five key names that could be influential in getting this team to the ALDS, where Houston awaits.LHP Sean Manaea: The wild-card game’s starter for the A’s has been sharp in all five of his starts since returning from last year’s season-ending shoulder surgery. He has a 1.21 ERA with 30 strikeouts and a .775 WHIP …last_img read more

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Young South Africans: own your destiny!

first_img14 June 2012Delegates from government, big business, civil society met with young entrepreneurs and students in Johannesburg on Wednesday for Brand South Africa’s Youth Summit, where they discussed the challenges facing young South Africans today, and how the youth can take charge of their own futures.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola was there to give the agency’s view on youth development, while deputy minister in the Presidency for Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation Obed Bapela delivered a keynote address on the government’s role in youth development.About 100 young people, mostly entrepreneurs and students, got a chance to engage with business leaders and discuss active participation in the country and economy, building a competitive nation brand, and creating jobs for graduates.South Africa, like many other countries in Africa, has a growing population of young people and, according to Brand South Africa, the energy of the youth can be harnessed to build the economy.Different struggles, same fightJune is Youth Month in South Africa, commemorating the June 16 1976 uprising led by young students from Soweto. This year the country pays tribute to the 36th anniversary of the event, and to the pupils and community members who lost their lives in that important milestone in the struggle against apartheid.“Youth Month is a time when we commemorate the youth of 1976 who died for their ideals of equality and freedom for all,” Matola said in his address.Although the efforts of 1976 were for a different cause, he said, the same level of dedication is needed by the youth of today to fight for a different cause – the fight for economic emancipation, which can only be won by tackling unemployment.“Today’s youth is liberated, but the level of unemployment among them is a social ill experienced throughout the world.“Addressing this issue is very important in realising government’s Vision 2030.”Vision 2030 is a programme to promote mass entrepreneurship in South Africa. In its proposals on the economy and employment, the plan predicts that small and expanding firms will produce 90% of the new jobs needed for full employment.Matola also discussed Brand South Africa’s role in nation branding, which he said is our promise of who we are to the world and a promise that we need to keep, like any other brand.“A nation’s brand is also a way to attract investment as the world no longer owes us anything.” According to Brand South Africa, if young people take part in the development of the country, they will be partners in the process of nation building and not passive observers.Speakers came from a range of organisations with a focus on youth issues, and included Catherine Peter of One Young World, Lucia Motloung of the South African chapter of Junior Chamber International and Flavio Bassi from social entrepreneur organisation Ashoka Southern Africa.Ezra Ndwandwe of Dualpoint Holdings spoke about entrepreneurship, while TV personality Pat Pillai represented Life College Group and Gavin Mageni was there on behalf of Absa Bank.Investment in youthBapela quoted former Mozambique president Samora Machel, saying: “Youth is the age at which you become rich with education, or remain poor forever.”He also spoke about how investment in youngsters is needed and how the African Union should revisit the African Youth Charter if this is to be done properly in Africa and not only South Africa.The Youth Charter creates a legally binding framework for governments to develop supportive policies and programmes for young people, and serves to fast-track the implementation of these policies and programmes, such as investing in rapid skills development in youngsters.“The youth should understand that there is no menial job as everybody is needed for the country to run accordingly,” Bapela said.Using the example of two different professions, plumbers and doctors, Bapela cited how plumbers can earn higher hourly rates than doctors through their trade, but said young people tend to shun such skills.“The only difference is that most plumbers are not able to run their businesses properly; that is why they seem to be making less money than doctors,” he said.Entrepreneurship keyEntrepreneurship is another way for young people to become self-sustainable and create jobs for others.“Entrepreneurship is vital, rather than promoting a culture of job seeking among youngsters,” said Bapela.Most delegates agreed, with Ndwandwe citing research findings that most start-up businesses fail because of lack of funding from state organs like the National Youth Development Agency and the banks.“Entrepreneurship is overused and least understood. It is about innovators and creators of solutions that fill a gap.” Entrepreneurship is not just sitting on a street corner selling stuff, he said.“It is about coming up with solutions to societal problems and ways to create employment for others.”Following the discussion session, delegates drew up recommendations on how to tackle youth unemployment, which will be compiled by Brand South Africa and presented to Bapela for him to take to provincial and national level.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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