House Concurs with Senate to Ratify Hummingbird Resources MDA

first_img(r) House Chairman Representative J. Fonati Koffa votes for the Senate to concur with the Hummingbird Resource Deal.Forty-one members of the House of Representatives, in its Chambers on Thursday, June 14, at its 37th day sitting, concurred with the Senate to ratify the Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) of Hummingbird Resource (Liberia) Incorporated.The House unanimously approved the MDA of Hummingbird, following a report from the Joint Committee on Lands, Mines, Environment and Natural Resources and the Judiciary. The Committee was mandated by the House Plenary on Tuesday to scrutinize and review the Hummingbird Resource (Liberia) deal and report within 48 hours after it was forwarded by the Senate upon its passage.The deal was submitted by former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to the Senate during the 5th session of the 53rd Legislature, and was read and adopted on its 1st reading and sent to Committee Room on Monday, June 11, 2017, during a special sitting.A year later on Monday, June 11, the Senate, through its secretary, J. Nanborlor F. Singbeh, wrote House Speaker Bhofal Chambers, informing him that the “Act to Ratify the MDA between the Liberian government and Hummingbird Resources (Liberia) Inc.,” was passed by members of the Senate.Mr. Singbeh said the second reading of the Bill constituted the third and final, and that the Bill was adopted, passed into law, ordered and engrossed.Hummingbird, a gold mining company, will be operating in Maryland, Grand Kru, Sinoe and River Gee Counties, because the Columbite-tantalite known as Coltan gold has been discovered in those counties.Senate 2016 Hummingbird ReportIt can be recalled that in November 2016, the Senate Joint Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment, Judiciary, Claims, Human Rights and Petitions, Investment and Concessions, recommended to the plenary of the Senate to postpone the ratification process of the proposed MDA between the government and Hummingbird Resources (Liberia) Incorporated, pending some explanations from the Executive.According to the joint committee’s report, principally the lumping of four exploration licenses into a single MDA, instead of four separate MDAs and the lack of a plan towards the development and mining of the over four million ounces of inferred gold resources discovered in Sinoe County, are concerns that need explanations from the Executive.The committee in its concluding report to plenary, noted that the lumping together of the four exploration licensed areas into a single MDA instead of four in line with the New Minerals and Mining Law approved on April 3, 2000, will lead to revenue loss to the government in the tune of millions of United States dollars, “and significant reduction in social development funds and other benefits to the affected communities in  Sinoe, Grand Kru, River Gee and Maryland counties.”Besides the loss of revenue and benefits, the committee maintained that the areas could be susceptible to limited and impetuous exploration work, which could result into some of the areas prematurely and unjustifiably been declared uneconomical and making them relatively unattractive for future investment.In the findings of the committee, during the formulation of the MDA, there should have been a provision setting aside a production lot (s) over the areas in Sinoe where the gold has been discovered or the company given a maximum of one year to declare production areas.“Allotting the company five (5) additional years for exploration over these areas containing a gold resource after exploring for 10 years is excessive and the legal, technical and economic bases are debatable, ” the report concluded.History of Hummingbird Gold PitchIn July 2015, a US$100 million gold mining Agreement with Hummingbird Resources (HUM) for mining operations in Sinoe County was signed between the Company and the Government of Liberia, but with the modification of the Bill and the addition of Maryland, Grand Kru and River Gee counties, there is yet to be known whether the worth of the signature of the Agreement, signed and granted as well as the mining license will remain the same.In the previous agreement, as of July 2015 and 2016 respectively, when submitted to the Senate, the company is to pay the government a US$1.5 million signature fee once the Agreement is ratified by the Legislature, and another US$1.5 million on the granting of the mining license.Hummingbird on annual basis commencing on the first anniversary of the effective date of the Agreement, will contribute an amount to the Social Development Fund (SDF) for the affected communities, which means those areas in which the company will do its mining. The SDF during years one and two will be US$100,000; years three and four, US$150,000; years five to 10, US$200,000; and years 11 onward, US$250,000 throughout the 25-year Agreement.The company will also pay all other taxes and duties. In keeping with Government of Liberia’s Economic Recovery Plan, Hummingbird will give first priority to qualified Liberians for employment, help improve workers and community education and health and give preference to Liberian suppliers in terms of procurement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

26 feet mean victory for some racers

first_imgYou won’t find them at the starting line at next Sunday’s 22nd Los Angeles Marathon. Or even out on the course running just one mile of the 26.2-mile race. But that doesn’t matter. They’ll still get the biggest applause of the day after walking only a few hundred feet of the course – slowly, unsteadily, painfully. People love to cheer for a longshot, and there are no longer shots in the L.A. Marathon next week than the 11 men and women who meet every week in a workout room behind Gold’s Gym in Northridge. They are paraplegics, quadriplegics and serious stroke victims who were not supposed to be able to walk on their own again – let alone cross the finish line of their city’s marathon on their feet and have a medal placed around their necks. They’ve poured buckets of sweat, screamed in pain, and pushed their bodies as hard as any runner in the grueling race to earn that medal. “It’s all about crossing the finish line. And whether it’s 26 miles for a runner or 26 feet for a person with a serious disability, it doesn’t matter,” says L.A. Marathon race director Steve Honikman. “Taylor’s people are champions. That’s why the crowds love them and always cheer the hardest for them. They’ve accomplished something incredible and people can see that.” Taylor is Taylor Isaacs, a clinical exercise physiologist. At least that’s what his license says. To his clients – people like Marc Richards, Tony Scott and Andy Davis, who worked with Isaacs on a recent Friday – the former professor of kinesiology at California State University, Northridge, is nothing short of a miracle worker. “He works you hard and makes you believe in yourself – that anything is possible. And it is,” said Richards, a 47-year-old paraplegic. The Castaic man learned that firsthand at the 2005 L.A. Marathon. He was Isaacs’ first test case – the guy he would point to with dozens of future clients and say, “Hey, he did it. Why can’t you?” Richards and Isaacs went to the marathon’s finish line a few days before the race and counted the steps backward to where Richards should get out of his wheelchair and start walking with the use of his forearm crutches. They figured it would take about 30 minutes to cover a few hundred feet. Then came the day of the race. “There were a bunch of people, including some U.S. Marines, at the finish line that year shouting Marc’s name and yelling, `Go, Marc, Go.”‘ Isaacs said. “It was an incredible sight, everybody cheering him on. It didn’t take him 30 minutes to cover that few hundred feet; it took him 17 minutes. “He was flying on air,” Isaacs said, laughing. At the 2006 L.A. Marathon, six more people joined Richards, including Leon Hoyer, a South African man who was paralyzed in an accident three years earlier. He had heard about the work Isaacs was doing and flew to the United States for treatment. He’s back in South Africa now visiting his family. Hoyer’s entire 2006 marathon was one step. One big step. “You should have seen the look on his face when he got out of his chair and managed to take that one step across the finish line,” Isaacs said. “Everybody was yelling encouragement and cheering him. He told me it was the best moment of his life, and I could see why. It’s been the best moment in a lot of our lives.” This year, there will be 11 clients of Isaacs crossing that finish line – from 14-year-old Kirsten Jacobsen, who has cerebral palsy, to 77-year-old Degania Golove, a quadriplegic who will walk with the use of a front-wheel walker. Those steps are important, Isaacs said, but so are the looks on the faces of the people cheering them on. “We want to change people’s perceptions,” he said. “We don’t want them thinking of Marc, Tony or Andy here as disabled men. “We want them thinking of them as men, as husbands and fathers.” Because crossing that finish line is the only thing that matters. Whether it’s 26 miles or 26 feet. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Kiskatinaw Fall Fair cancelled due to standing water

first_img“We’ve had a lot of rain,” she says. :26 “They expanded the oval there for the horses, so it’s all fresh ground, and then we got all this water… we’ve got six inches of water sitting there.” Since June 1, nearby Fort St. John has received 250 millimetres of precipitation, or a little under 10 inches in 10 weeks. This is the first time in the event’s long history that it has been cancelled, other than for Great Depression and World War II. The first Kiskatinaw Fall Fair was held in Progress, B.C. west of Dawson Creek 79 years ago, organized by the Farmers’ Institute and the Peace River Woman’s Institute in 1934. – Advertisement -While there are no plans for it to be held later this year, the cancellation won’t affect plans for next year’s fair.last_img

BC Green Party leader tables pet owner liability bill

first_img“In this case, the dog was a repeat offender,” he said in the B.C. Legislature.Here in Fort St. John, City Council agreed in January to bring the conversation of pet owner liability to municipal forums — including the annual meetings of both North Central Local Government Association and Union of BC Municipalities — later this year.This move followed a dog attack on Christmas Day in 2015 that left a Fort St. John couple with serious injuries. Robin Elgie had to undergo multiple surgeries in Edmonton and received extensive damage to his hands in the attack.According to Canada’s Safety Council, more than 460,000 dog bites occur across the country every year.Advertisement VICTORIA, B.C. — Earlier this week, the leader of the B.C. Green Party tabled legislation that could see owners more liable for the actions of their pets.Andrew Weaver, who represents the Oak Bay-Gordon Head riding, modeled the Animal Liability Act 2016 after Manitoba’s legislation. He says the province is falling on this front while other jurisdictions, including Ontario, have laws to ‘ensure that public safety is put first.’“Earlier this year a number of vicious dog attacks occurred in the Lower Mainland,” he told members of the B.C. legislature. “Over the years, British Columbians have called on B.C. legislators to act.”- Advertisement -Weaver says he’s not targeting responsible pet owners with this Act, but negligent pet owners who he feels aren’t socializing, training, or restraining their animals out in public.“As it currently stands, when someone gets bitten by a dog the options available for legal recourse hinge on the dog having a previous history of violence,” he said. “That’s simply not enough.”Weaver also referenced a dog attack that happened in Saanich recently, in which he says nearly left a man without his employment for the years to come.Advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup sees Iranian women score spot in the stands

first_imgWhile the exuberance turned to tears when Iran missed the chance to snatch a last gasp winner against Portugal, ending their tournament dreams, some in the mixed gender stands said they would still treasure the landmark night watching an open-air screening of the national team.“It felt weird to buy my ticket online, it’s so exciting to come to the stadium,” said Arezou, a psychologist in her thirties.“When I felt the heat of the crowd in the stadium, I told myself I really wanted to remember this moment as one of the best of my life.”The decision to throw open the gates of the iconic stadium came after Iran’s opening victory over Morocco, when tens of thousands took to the streets of the capital in rare and wild celebration, many of them women.Many Iranian clerics oppose women attending football matches, saying they must be protected from the masculine atmosphere, though the ruling is frequently criticised from across the political spectrum.“It’s the first time I have come to the stadium. I really wanted to be here and I am so happy! Even if we don’t win, it will still be a victory and we are proud of our players,” said Raana, a flight attendant.– Nail-biter –A good natured family atmosphere prevailed among the young crowd in the stands, who watched the crunch match in Russia on a screen placed below twin portraits of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the founder of the Islamic republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.The decision to throw open the gates of Tehran’s 100,000 capacity Azadi Stadium came after Iran’s opening win over Morocco triggered rare street celebrations © AFP / ATTA KENAREThe match was one of nail-biting drama and controversy after Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo caught Iran defender Morteza Pouraliganji with an elbow to the face.In an electrifying game that went down to the wire, Portugal defender Cedric was penalised in stoppage time for a handball, and Karim Ansarifard converted from the spot to give Iran a lifeline.Mehdi Taremi nearly snatched a dramatic winner after a deflected shot rolled into his path, but he fired into the side netting as Iran were eliminated, ending their hopes of reaching the knockout phase for the first time.– New freedoms? –The vacillation by Iranian authorities over whether mixed spectators would be allowed to attend open-air screenings of the country’s World Cup bid shows their deep sensitivity over women’s rights.Iran’s opening game had initially been due to be shown live in stadiums and parks but authorities cancelled all open-air screenings just hours before kick-off forcing fans to watch in cinemas.Many Iranian clerics oppose women attending football matches, saying they must be protected from the masculine atmosphere, though the ruling is frequently criticised from across the political spectrum © AFP / ATTA KENAREAfter the public celebrations of that victory, Tehran provincial council buckled and again said stadiums would screen the games.“I really hope this is the start of a culture in which women can go see games in stadiums. From now on, it’s possible,” said Arezou.At half-time, from a podium on the Tehran pitch, well-known actress Behnoosh Bakhtiari thanked President Hassan Rouhani for the evening and expressed hope that similar opportunities will follow.A moderate conservative, who was re-elected in May 2017, Rouhani has said repeatedly he wants to see women at sports stadiums, but the idea has met fierce opposition from hardliners.After the game, fans both female and male celebrated in the streets into the early hours, undaunted by Iran’s elimination.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000While the exuberance turned to tears when Iran drew 1-1 with Portugal, ending their World Cup dreams, some women fans said they would still treasure their night watching the game at a Tehran stadium in a first since the 1979 Islamic revolution © AFP / ATTA KENARETEHRAN, Iran, Jun 26 – For many of the thousands of joyful women packed into Tehran’s largest football stadium, their first ever chance to watch a game at a sports arena was a victory for freedom despite Iran’s agonising World Cup elimination.Cheering and with their cheeks painted with the national colours, women showed they were just as caught up in the World Cup fever sweeping the country as they seized the opportunity to attend a live screening at the 100,000 capacity Azadi (Freedom) Stadium, which, like other sports arenas, has been off-limits to them since the the Islamic revolution of 1979.last_img read more

FOREIGN TOURISTS FLOOD INTO DONEGAL AS COUNTY SIZZLES AGAIN IN 24C SUMMER HEAT

first_imgCarrickfin BeachDONEGAL and visitors to the county can look forward to temperatures soaring to 24C this weekend, as more and more foreign tourists flood into the county.Bus loads of tourists from across Europe and America are in Donegal this weekend.Four coaches with French tourists arrived in the county yesterday, many of them spending a sunshine-filled day at Glenveagh National Park. The new trend in tourists from mainland Europe and America coming to Donegal is thanks to a huge marketing push by Failte Ireland.The French tourists are here as part of a ‘Two Irelands’ tour – taking in the north of the country.Coach loads of tourists from Germany, Italy and the USA arrive in Letterkenny today and are booked into the Mount Errigal Hotel in the town.Their presence is adding to the increase in summer visitors from the North and Britain. “It’s a fantastic boost for Donegal,” said Carolynne Harrison from the Mount Errigal.“We are definitely seeing an increase in the number of different nationalities now coming regularly to Donegal.“We’re packed out this weekend with visitors from Italy, Germany and America all staying here.” FOREIGN TOURISTS FLOOD INTO DONEGAL AS COUNTY SIZZLES AGAIN IN 24C SUMMER HEAT was last modified: June 8th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:donegaldonegal daily weatherFailte IrelandletterkennyMount Errigal Hoteltouristslast_img read more

GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S HOST COUNTY CONVENTION

first_imgThe Minor Board AGM took place on Thursday night in the Clubhouse. The following Executive was elected: Chair – Vacant (Paul Hannigan acting); Vice Chair – Cathal Greene; Secretary – Gerard McGinley; Asst. Secretary – Tom Ferrie; Registrar – Anne Forde; PRO – Paul McGovern; Team managers were also elected on the night with only one position to be filled, that of U16 Div. 2 manager. All interested parties should contact Gerard McGinley 086-1585185 asap.The Minor Board Presentation is set for Sunday, January 12th in the Mt. Errigal Hotel from 3pm – 6pm. Tickets will be on sale shortly.The club will act as hosts to this year’s County Convention this Sunday, Dec. 15th. Anyone available to help out on the day is asked to contact Charlie McAteer on 087-2668633. The Senior Board AGM will take place on Sunday, January 5th in the Clubhouse at 2pm. Nomination forms will be out shortly.Girls U10 training is in the Convent Gym on Wednesday’s between 6pm and 7pm followed by U12’s from 7pm to 8pm, cost is €2. U14 Girls training is over for 2013 and will return in mid-January.The Friday Hurling Academy has moved indoors to Game On every Friday between 6:30pm and 8pm, cost is €3.There were 4 winners in this week’s Lotto Draw that matched 3 numbers and win €25 each. Sharon Ferguson, The Grange; Gerard Devine, Harmony Hill; Brian & Emer McGeehin, Tullygay and Pauric Halvey, Meadow Hill. Next week’s jackpot is €1,025. We extend our sympathies to the Mailey family, Glencar. GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S HOST COUNTY CONVENTION was last modified: December 10th, 2013 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:GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S HOST COUNTY CONVENTIONlast_img read more

ST EUNAN’S MINOR BOYS THROUGH TO ULSTER FINAL AGAINST CROSSMAGLEN AFTER STUNNING WIN

first_imgSt Eunan’s MinorsST EUNAN’S Minors are through to the Ulster Club final after a stunning Christmas weekend win in Belfast today.The Donegal County Champions were far too strong for Enniskillen Gaels in provincial semi-final hosted again at the St Paul’s club.The victory was comprehensive – 4-10 to 0-08. However talisman Rory Carr was injured shortly after scoring the first goal and had to be taken off.His replacement Dylan McCrory added Eunan’s second goal as the black and amber led 2-06 to 0-03 at the break.While the Fermanagh champions added five points to their total in the second half, Eunan’s continued to dominate, adding two more goals to win by 14 points.The win sets up a mouth-watering clash – and a clash of colours – with Crossmaglen Rangers in the Ulster final.  ST EUNAN’S MINOR BOYS THROUGH TO ULSTER FINAL AGAINST CROSSMAGLEN AFTER STUNNING WIN was last modified: December 27th, 2015 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:St Eunan’s Minorslast_img read more

AVONDALE ARE FROM DEAD YET, WARNS HARPS BOSS HORGAN AHEAD OF CUP REPLAY

first_imgA place in the semi-finals of this season’s FAI Cup remains up for grabs for Finn Harps and Avondale United as the two meet again at Finn Park on Wednesday to replay their quarter-final tie (kick-off 8.00pm).The two sides played out a 1-1 draw at Avondale Park on Sunday afternoon. After a scoreless first half, Michael Funston game Harps a 51st minute lead before Danny Long equalised for the hosts in the 77th minute.Despite earning the replay and bringing the Munster Senior League side back to Finn Park for a midweek game, Harps manager Ollie Horgan has warned the tie is far from over. “Sunday’s game saw two evenly matched teams and a draw was a fair result,” said Horgan. “The hot day and tempo of the game took a lot out of us and will need to recover quickly.“It is good to still be in the cup but Avondale won’t be any easier to try to beat in Ballybofey,” he continued, “especially with a few good fresh players to come back in for replay.”Horgan said that although Avondale are not a League of Ireland club, they would hold their own if they were a team competing in the same Division as Harps.“While Avondale aren’t a league club, they would compete comfortably in the First Division and accumulate a substantial amount of points. “They have loads of experience and play good football. Avondale will have a stronger team out for replay with their captain among others returning.“They were strong enough as they were on Sunday so we know it will be very difficult to try to get through,” he said.Harps, with home advantage, will be hoping to reach a first FAI Cup semi-final in fifteen years. Wednesday’s replay will be played to a finish on the night, with extra-time and penalties to decide the outcome if necessary.Damien McNulty and Sean McCarron are available again after missing Sunday’s game in Cork through suspension. However, Tommy McMonagle is out while Caoimhe Bonner is a doubt. AVONDALE ARE FROM DEAD YET, WARNS HARPS BOSS HORGAN AHEAD OF CUP REPLAY was last modified: September 15th, 2014 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:AVONDALE UTDBallybofeyfinn harpsFinn Parklast_img read more

MAN DIES 20 MINUTES AFTER BEING STUNG IN THE LIP BY WASP

first_imgThe village of Convoy in Donegal which is mourning after a local man died after being stung by a wasp. (North West Newspix)A man died just 20 minutes after being stung on the lip by a wasp.The man, who was aged 62, collapsed and died after being attacked by the insect in the village of Convoy yesterday morning.The man arrived in the White Horse Bar complaining of being stung by the insect after leaving the local post office. He was in the bar around midday and told people in the bar that he was not feeling well.He asked for a drink but minutes later he complained of feeling unwell and collapsed n the floor.The emergency services including a local doctor rushed to the scene and tried to revive the victim but he was pronounced dead at the scene.His body was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital. Gardai cordoned off the bar and spoke to a number of people present.A Garda spokesman confirmed they were called the scene of an incident at the bar but would make no further comment.It is understood the man had suffered from underlying health problems.Local county councillor Liam Doherty said the thoughts and prayers were with the family of the man at this tragic time.MAN DIES 20 MINUTES AFTER BEING STUNG IN THE LIP BY WASP was last modified: October 3rd, 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:convoydeathdonegalwasplast_img read more