FDA, STI, Partners Brainstorm on Forest Management

first_imgThe Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Sustainable Trade Initiative (STI), concession heads, civil society representatives, stakeholders, donor partners have stressed the need for the forest management process to move forward.These assertions were advanced yesterday in Monrovia at a one day consultative conference on the Concept Note crafted by the IHD Sustainable Trade Initiative. The ceremony was held at the National Bureau of Concessions (NBC) in Monrovia, where FDA Managing Director Harrison S. Karnwea, Sr., said in order for Liberia to conserve the forest, a letter of Intent was signed last year with the Kingdom of Norway in New York, the United States of America.According to him, the actual intent of that letter signed with Norway is to preserve and conserve the Liberian forest and increase productivity in the cash and food crops.He also pointed out that Liberia does not want to conserve the forest and see Liberians dying with hunger and other related socio-economic hardships in the country.“As a result of that vital forest initiative, a high-powered delegation is currently in the country to hold discussions with the government, stakeholders, forest concessionaires, partners in the oil palm sector in the country,” Director Karnwea asserted.He also disclosed that the two separate delegations are in the country to assist Liberia forest stakeholders and partners work out plans that would make the Liberian forest productive and sustainable.Earlier, the Director General of the National Bureau of Concessions, Madam Ciata Bishop, urged the participants to talk and work out concrete modalities for the sustainable preservation of the Liberian forest.“It is our hopes that our partners will work together to finalize documents that would be in the best interest of the country,” Madam Bishop concluded.In a brief remark, the Focal Person on Liberia-Norway deal, Arid Skedsmo, urged the participants to accelerate the process of putting finishing touches to the documents that would enhance the sustainable management and conservation of the forest. Also speaking, Civil Society representative Francis K. Colee of Green Advocates assured the FDA management and partners of the Liberian civil society groups willingness to work together and finalize the forest documents.He then stressed the need for the enhancement of the forest concept paper in order that forest dwellers and community land owners could experience the benefits of their natural resources.“We are all in the same boat and I want to assure you people that we will work together to see the practical implementation of the concept paper,” Mr. Colee noted.The concept paper among other components intimated that international companies are compelled to avoid deforestation by their commitment to environmental standards at every level. According to the paper, the successful development of concessions necessarily requires the simultaneous achievement of commercial, community and conservation objectives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Neymar-less hosts face ‘The Machine’

first_imgBack then a rugged German side that battled it’s way to the final with a series of 1-0 wins on the back of the best goalkeeper in the tournament, Oliver Kahn, faced a Brazil side containing a magical front three of Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo.That night an uncharacteristic Kahn mistake put Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Brazil on their way to a fifth title.However, the only constants from 12 years ago may be that Scolari is back as Brazil boss and Germany still have the best ‘keeper in the tournament in Manuel Neuer.Even Neuer represents the German’s style shift in the past decade with his sweeper-like ability to flee from his box and become an extra outfield player in building the play from the back.Germany have played 500 more successful passes than anyone else in the competition and more than 1,000 more than Brazil, who still lag behind Chile despite having played a game more.Since committing to attack when hosting the tournament in 2006, Germany have scored 40 goals in the last three World Cups helping them a record run of four consecutive semi-finals.Their passage to the last four in Brazil by beating Algeria and France has also seen them lay to rest some ghosts of German football’s less than glorious historical moments.West Germany’s perceived collusion with Austria to knock out the Algerians and Harald Schumacher’s assault on France’s Patrick Battiston as they reached the final 1982 was seen as the height of their win at all costs mentality.The German sides of recent years will be much more fondly remembered by the football world at large, yet that attractive football hasn’t got them over the line in the final stages. Defeat in the final of 2002 was followed by semi-final defeats in 2006 and 2010.Brazil’s approach to hosting the tournament has been rather different.Winning at their own World Cup is all that counts, no matter what reputations or opposing players take a battering in the process.Scolari’s men committed 31 fouls in their hunt of Colombia and, in particular, James Rodriguez in Friday’s quarter-final, the most of any side in a game at this World Cup.“I am all for hard, clean challenges, but there were one or two tackles which were over the limit,” said Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger on Sunday.“The Brazilians aren’t the magicians here of old, the team has changed and so has their playing style.“Hard challenges definitely belong to that, it’s something we have to be careful of and the referee as well.”The strategy was hardly an isolated one, Brazil also committed 28 fouls against Chile in the previous round.Brazil’s poster boy Neymar insisted he had no problem winning ugly before facing the Colombians, but the ugliest sight of all for his fans, teammates and coaches was him leaving the field for the final time at this World Cup on a stretcher after suffering a broken vertebrae minutes form the end of the quarter-final.The Barcelona forward was the one residual element of the famous ‘Jogo Bonito’ left in this side.As 1970 World Cup winning forward Tostao concluded earlier in the tournament: “Brazil have two strategies: number one, give it to Neymar; number two give it to Neymar.”Without his flair there seems little other option than to fight their way to the final.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000BELO HORIZONTE, July 7- As Brazil and Germany prepare to do battle in their World Cup semi-final on Tuesday, old stereotypes of both countries’ football philosophies are being rewritten.Amazingly for two World Cup powerhouses with 24 semi-final appearances, this will be just their second meeting in the competition after the 2002 final.last_img read more

Hull skipper imposter fools model to get baby

first_imgJust hours before going into labour, the 24-year-old told her 55,000 Twitter followers she had been ‘physically fooled’ by the imposter – despite searching images of the player on Google when she was warned the man could be a fraud.There is no suggestion that Davies, who captained Hull in their 4-2 defeat by Manchester City on Saturday, has had any involvement with the model, and he will likely be baffled by the news.The imposter made contact with Cunningham last April and sent her a photo of Davies, which he had taken from the internet, claiming to be the defender.The imposter sent Cunningham a photo of the centre back (left) from the internet and claimed to be him “I feel physically fooled by him and had sex with someone who claimed to be someone he wasn’t. She went on to explain in a further tweet that the couple were not in a ‘full-blown relationship’ which is how he managed to keep up the guise, adding: “I know I’m not that clever”.Davies who signed for the Tigers from Birmingham last year, lives with his girlfriend Laura Dearn, 25.Hull City declined to comment on the revelation.-By Daily Mail0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, September 30 – Curtis Davies has been revealed as the unwitting subject of a bizarre deception after pregnant model Josie Cunningham admitted she was tricked for 18 months into believing the father of her baby was the Hull City captain.The wannabe glamour model, who rose to fame after undergoing a £4,800 breast enlargement on the NHS, claims she was ‘manipulated’ into having a relationship with a man who pretended to be the 29-year-old centre back.last_img read more

The Community of FSJ and City Council support the RCMP’s Safe Place Program

first_img‘By signing this commitment pledge I agree to use these decals/signs for their intended purpose by posting them on my premise. I further agree to instruct my organization’semployees to assist the victims and/or witnesses to anti-LGBTQ2+ crimes by calling the police on their behalf and allowing them to remain on my premise until the police arrive.’The FSJ RCMP are the first detachment in the North Peace Region says Cpl. Francoeur to provide the Safe Place Program. First in Canada was the Prince Rupert detachment. The program originated in Seattle and was brought to Vancouver in June 2017 with 300 businesses signing up to the program.Any businesses or organizations can sign up to participate in the Safe Place Program by calling Cpl. Francoeur at the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at (250) 787-8100, or by emailing steven.francoeur@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.Shared in the presentation at Council was a link to the following video “Walk with Me’ the training video on Transgender presented by the Vancouver Police Department is a tool used to better understand what it means to be a Transgendered person.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The RCMP’s Safe Place Program is being embraced by the City by providing a ‘safe place’ to members of the LGBTQ2+ community.At City Council Monday, January 14th, 2019 Cpl. Steven Francoeur of the FSJ RCMP made a presentation regarding the Safe Place Program. Francoeur shared that 11 businesses have signed up to show their support in providing a ‘safe place’ by participating in the RCMP’s program.Council showed their support by making a recommendation to sign the pledge and refer the program to the Pool Commission, North Peace Cultural Centre and the Curling Club Management for their consideration to participate.- Advertisement -The Safe Place Program was designed for the LGBTQ2+ community to feel safe. Statistically, 65% of hate crimes against the LGBTQ2+ community involve violent offences which include common assault and assault with a weapon.A business participating in the Safe Place Program displays a sticker in their window which is a sign that the business will provide a place of refuge and safety to a person in the LGBTQ2+ community if they are a victim of a crime or have any concern for their personal safety until the RCMP can arrive.The Commitment Pledge is the foundation for the Safe Place Program, businesses, schools, or other institutions agree to the pledge as well as training to participate in offering a ‘safe place.’Advertisement A direct quote from the end of the video by Tru Wilson, “The biggest challenge in my life right now is getting people to understand that being transgender is not something that is out of this world or not normal, its just me, its who I am.”The Acronym for the LGBTQ2+ community means, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning and a further look into the definitions of these can be found HERElast_img read more

Real Madrid plan to beat Man United and Liverpool to £80m double Roma signing

first_img Roma’s midfield duo Miralem Pjanic and Radja Nainggolan are highly coveted by a number of top clubs 1 Real Madrid are lining up a double swoop for Roma duo Miralem Pjanic and Radja Nainggolan – who are wanted by both Manchester United and Liverpool.Pjanic has been on Madrid’s radar for years but the Spanish club are now highly interested in luring his midfield team-mate Nainggolan to the Bernabeu too.And, according to Spanish newspaper Republica, the club’s president Florentino Perez could be about to sanction a huge £80m deal to land them both this summer.It has been suggested the La Liga side believe the offer would be too good for Roma to turn down and that both players would fancy the switch to the Bernabeu.The news could come as a blow to both Liverpool and ManUnited, who will be recruiting heavily this summer as they bid to transform back to genuine title challengers.Playmaker Pjanic is high on both clubs’ wish lists while 27-year-old Nainggolan, the tough-tackling, mohawk midfielder, has also been strongly linked to the north-west rivals.last_img read more

DONEGAL ANCESTRY CENTRE FORCED TO CLOSE

first_imgThe Donegal Ancestry Centre in Ramelton has closed with the loss of three full-time and 20 part-time jobs.The centre, based at a 19th century warehouse at The Quay in the picture-postcard town, is understood to have been struggling to keep its doors open lately.The centre helped people from around the world to trace their roots back to County Donegal . Donegal Ancestry Ltd was formed in 1992 following a demand by people overseas looking for help to trace their ancestry.The centre was supported through grant-aid form Donegal County Council and other public bodies.Local county councillor Ian McGarvey described the closure of the centre as a great shame.Ends DONEGAL ANCESTRY CENTRE FORCED TO CLOSE was last modified: January 7th, 2011 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)last_img read more

DOHERTY SAYS ECONOMY WOULD IMPROVE IN UNITED IRELAND

first_imgSinn Féin’s finance spokesperson, Pearse Doherty TD, has claimed Ireland’s economy would be better if there was unity of north and south.Pearse Doherty TDThe party began 2013 with a conference where the party leader, Gerry Adams TD, made the call for a border poll, as provided for in the Good Friday Agreement.He said the debate should begin on the poll and the vision for a united Ireland but with the vote taking place in the lifetime of the next Assembly, which would be after 2016. Pearse Doherty said: “The idea is, and the belief is, that there is a potential in an all-Ireland situation, with larger economies of scale, with a population of six-and-a-half million people, with all of the different transaction costs being eliminated, that you will actually have a better economy.”Doherty claims the economic arguments against uniting Ireland are full of misinformation saying that the Irish State would not automatically have to replace the €10 billion subvention that the Northern executive gets from central government in London.“If you peel back the figures, and this is something that we’ve been doing for quite a period of time, the €10 billion is made up of €6 billion that you wouldn’t actually be spending in an all-Ireland economy,” he said.“You wouldn’t be funding the British army, you wouldn’t be funding museums in Scotland and Wales, you wouldn’t be funding other areas that are simply to do with the British establishment,” he said. endsDOHERTY SAYS ECONOMY WOULD IMPROVE IN UNITED IRELAND was last modified: July 1st, 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:economyPearse Dohertylast_img read more

City to tap reserve funds Shortfalls, park updgrades cited

first_imgPark upgrades are essential to keeping the community healthy, Councilman John Tran said. Councilwoman Margaret Clark said despite the dip into reserves, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s promise to pay back money borrowed from local governments, in conjunction with Proposition 1A, should ensure the city’s future financial viability. “We have had good management, so if we have to dip in a little it doesn’t worry me,” Clark said. “We will be fine.” fred.ortega@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2City staffers will come back to the council with a prioritized list of park projects to be upgraded in the coming year, Wagner added. The council made its decision to dip into the reserves at its Tuesday meeting. Even after factoring in the extra money, the city’s reserves remain healthy at close to $20 million, according to Councilman John Nu ez. That’s equivalent to about 53percent of the city’s total $36-million budget for fiscal year 2006-07. “I think this council has done a good job at making sure we build up the reserves, which are about three to four times more than other comparable cities of our size,” Nu ez said, adding the city should take advantage of its savings account to pay for much needed improvements. “Whatever we don’t do now, inflation will make it more expensive to do farther down the line,” he said. ROSEMEAD – The city’s rainy-day fund will shrink by $1.1million next year, following a City Council decision to dip into the reserves to cover park improvements and other budget shortfalls. The bulk of the money, about $810,000, will go toward upgrades to the city’s Garvey Park and pool, Garvey Community Center, Rosemead Community Recreation Center and Rosemead Park and pool, Assistant City Manager Don Wagner said. Another $328,000 will be used to cover graffiti removal, street and signal maintenance and tree and parkway upkeep, Wagner said. “We spent a little more on graffiti removal than we anticipated this year,” he said. “But the bottom line is, we did not spend as much as we had projected for fiscal year 2005-06.” last_img read more

Attacker Ryan Stevenson starts in goals for Raith Rovers

first_imgAttacking midfielder Ryan Stevenson has been named in goals for Raith Rovers’ clash with Ayr United after the club failed to have their Championship match postponed. The SPFL denied the Kirkcaldy side’s request to have Tuesday night’s league meeting called off despite them suffering a goalkeeping injury crisis. John Hughes’ team are without a fit goalkeeper after Conor Brennan suffered a foot injury in the defeat to Queen of the South on Saturday.Kevin Cuthbert is sidelined for weeks after undergoing groin surgery, while Aberdeen loanee Aaron Lennox suffered a broken jaw in a collision while playing for Rovers’ development side. Stevenson played in goals for Partick Thistle in October 2015 when Ryan Scully was sent off and the Firhill club had already used all three substitutes. He conceded the resulting penalty from Hearts but kept them out for the remaining five minutes of the match. Hours ahead of the clash against Ayr at Somerset Park, Rovers were understood to have asked the league body to postpone the match as they faced playing with no recognised goalkeeper. This request was rejected.STV understands that no request to make an emergency signing of a goalkeeper was made by the Kirkcaldy club. Despite already having the maximum amount of loan signings allowed by the SPFL, Raith could have made an “exceptional circumstances” request to the league board because it was the goalkeeper position they required cover for.last_img read more

Soldiers are first to see renovation of Rockhill House

first_imgIt was truly an Easter Monday to remember at Rockhill House as some 230 current and retired members of the Irish Defence Forces gathered at their former garrison to enjoy a first glimpse of its revival – and to recall and celebrate times gone by.The day was coordinated by Irish Army Col. Declan O’Carroll (Rtd), and organised by owners, the Molloy family, in recognition of the proud military history of Rockhill.The Molloys were keen that the soldiers who served here should be the first to see how their former base is being transformed. Renovation of the property to its former Georgian glory is now close to completion and Rockhill House is scheduled to open this June as an exclusive wedding venue.Events commenced at 10.30am with Mass celebrated in the new Orangerie by Army Chaplain Father Alan Ward CF. Fr Ward had traveled from Finner Camp as part of a significant delegation of serving Army staff in attendance at the event.Rockhill House in its primeThere was sacred music by young Manorcunningham singer, Amy Meehan, who was joined on the recessional hymn, How Great Thou Art, by a rousing throng of male voices from the congregation. This was followed by a refrain played by two Army pipers dressed in full Irish Defence Forces Pipe Band regalia.Commandant John Martin of the 28th Batallion then made an address that paid tribute to the camaraderie of the soldiers and former soldiers who endured the best and worst of times together in Letterkenny; and that praised the vision, courage and work of the Molloy family in bringing life back to a place that was on its way down. He said “It gives me great pleasure to be here as acting OC, 28th battalion, to say a few words. I think we’re beginning to get a measure of the affection that we have as old soldiers, and maybe moderately young soldiers, for this particular location – and the relief that we all feel that it is being put to good use and that it is not being allowed to fall apart. That is something that we’re really pleased about and your presence here is a vote of confidence in the work that is being carried out.“I had the great privilege of being the officer who led ‘B’ Company out of Rockhill – a bittersweet thing to do on a sad day for us as soldiers. But enough of looking back. All the memories are there. I remember leaving here many times with a smile on my face, having listened the jokes and quips that I’d heard during my days.”He continued: “I came late in comparison to many of you – and what happened here, down through the years for you who served here: the long hours, the unpredictability, the difficult circumstances and poor conditions – all were endured with good humour; with positive attitude; and with loyalty towards the organisations, the unit and each other. The comradeship and teamwork that existed is something we should not forget. Those are very important qualities and I pay tribute to you as soldiers and former soldiers of the 28th battalion, the 24th battalion, the 50th battalion and other units that are here today.“We now get to look forward, and we look forward in three ways: The first way I look forward is looking at all of those guys who are retired. I’m very pleased to see you all looking so well and very happy to see you again.“Secondly, we look forward because the 28th Battalion is now a strong unit of seven companies, both reserve and regular, and we are working towards fulfilling the objectives and tasks that fall to us. The unit is in a good location, we’re doing well, and we’re looking forward to welcoming our new commanding officer in a few weeks time. “Lastly, I’d like to look forward, if I can, for Rockhill House – and to pay tribute to John Molloy for the vision, the courage, the determination and energy that have gone into changing a location that was on the way down into one that is on the way up.“Rockhill is now a going concern, beautifully restored and beautifully brought back to life in a manner that will enhance not just Letterkenny, but also the entire North West of this country. That is a significant achievement; we are delighted that you have done it; and we pay tribute to you for doing it.He concluded: “From our point of view, as I said, we are beginning to realise the affection that we have for this place, and our relief and gratitude for what you have done. I would say to you, out of all these people present, that you have gained a friend in the 28th Infantry Batallion, and all of our associated organisations. That friendship, once bestowed, is steadfast. So we wish you very well for the future, for what comes here at Rockhill.”Following Commandant Martin’s speech, there were words of thanks from Rockhill General Manager Donal Cox before group photographs were taken and refreshments served. Commenting on the day’s events, General Manager Donal Cox said: “I would say that the great depth of love that exists for Rockhill was very evident today. From early morning we all knew that a special day was in store as the regiments of soldiers began to arrive. I would extend warm thanks to Father Alan and the Army in assisting to make the day possible. The first of many reunions at Rockhill.”The day finished with tours of the house – former soldiers spoke of what each room had been in its former incarnation and enjoyed seeing how each has been transformed.Many swapped tales of how day-to-day life was in the garrison – the boxes of just-churned real butter and churns of fresh milk for the tea; the treat of thick jam sandwiches; the tricks with the light switches to make a gullible comrade think the ghost of the Blue Lady was on the prowl; the tours to Lebanon and beyond; and the night-time Troubles-era searches for a simple way home along the winding Border.Soldiers are first to see renovation of Rockhill House was last modified: April 18th, 2017 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:donegalRockhill Housesoliderslast_img read more