Western Bureau: Moments after Usain Bolt crossed the finish line to win a record third straight 100 metres Olympic title in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday, August 14, thus cementing his legendary status in world athletics, scores of people from his boyhood community of Sherwood Content in Trelawny began calls for a statue of their hero to be erected in his hometown instead of the proposed Falmouth site. Bolt rewrote the record books, when he stormed to his triple-triple of 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles at the Olympic Games, becoming the first in history to win all three in consecutive Olympics. The residents, embolden by Bolt’s historic achievement then made it clear to The Gleaner that they will not sit idly by and watch the erection of a statue of their hero outside the community. Plans have already been made to be erect a statue of the track legend at the Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier. “That plan will not work; we are adamant that we will not allow that. Bolt belongs first and foremost to the people of Sherwood Content. We watched him as a little boy run on our streets and became world champion as a grown man,” stated Owen ‘Foot’ Barrett. TRUE ORIGINS “Bolt was not born in Falmouth. His navel string was cut right here in the lands of Sherwood Content,” reasoned Barrett. In 2013, Falmouth Mayor Garth Wilkinson said a statue of the iconic Jamaican would be erected in Water Square, Falmouth in December of that year. The idea, according to Mayor Wilkinson, was to have the statue as the main tourist attraction in the parish capital. A new plan subsequently emerged which detailed the erection of a Bolt statue inside the Pier, much to the chagrin of the residents of Sherwood Content. “What sense would it make to place Bolt’s statue inside the Pier?” asked another resident, Ainsley Pottinger. “That would serve as motivation for our young children to have that great man’s statue to look at and draw inspiration from it if it is placed here in Sherwood Content,” said another, Oneil Case. They point to another legendary Jamaican figure, Bob Marley, whose boyhood house in Nine Miles, St Ann now serves as a museum, pulling hundreds of tourists and an effective means of economic activity for the locals. “That is what we are demanding for Sherwood Content. Usain Bolt is a Jamaican of rare genius, born right here. It is only fair that we the people share in his legacy. The Member of Parliament, the Mayor, and the government must stand with us, as we will not relent,” said a strident Barrett in defence of his stance.
(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)
Chelsea remain on course for victory after at Stamford Bridge thanks to Bertrand Traore’s breathtaking first-half strike.Traore, playing up front because of a tendon injury to Diego Costa, turned sharply 25 yards from goal following a Nemanja Matic pass and crashed the ball in to the far corner from the edge of the box.Stoke came close to levelling soon after the restart when Marco Arnautovic tested Thibaut Courtois with a fierce shot from distance, while the Belgian keeper also saved well from Xherdan Shaqiri’s low strikeAt the other end the impressive Eden Hazard – on his 200th Blues appearance – fired an attempt across goal following a swift break by Willian.The only goal came with Chelsea well on top but Stoke had started brightly and created three good chances on the break.Courtois made a decent save from Ibrahim Afellay’s long-range strike and Mame Diouf twice wasted good shooting positions.But Chelsea started to threaten more regularly after the half-hour mark, mainly through the recalled Willian, who blasted an effort narrowly wide and also saw a shot blocked after a fine run by Hazard.The Blues and the Potters are both chasing a fourth consecutive Premier League victory. A Chelsea win would take them above Stoke in the table and could take them up to seventh place in the table.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Baba, Ivanovic, Cahill; Matic, Mikel; Willian, Hazard (Loftus-Cheek 63), Oscar; Traore (Remy 68).Subs: Begovic, Miazga, Clarke-Salter, Fabregas, Pato.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
25 April 2014 A learnership programme designed to speed up transformation in South Africa’s estate agency sector was launched by Human Settlements Minister Connie September on Thursday. The “one learner, one estate agency” programme will be administered by the Estate Agency Affairs Board. Only about 10% of the 40 000 estate agents registered in South Africa are black, September said. “It is an unfortunate reality that the sector presently remains characterised by an acute under-representation of formerly disadvantaged persons. This patent lack of meaningful transformation, notwithstanding the consistent endeavours of the EAAB to inculcate awareness amongst sector role players of the transformation imperative, can no longer be tolerated,” she said.Promotion Through the programme, the board and its partners hope to recruit 10 000 new entrants to the sector over three years, starting now. This means more than 3 300 new entrants will be recruited to the sector every year. The Estate Agency Affairs Board has received support for the programme through written pledges from 20 estate agency firms to collectively take on 750 learners. This will increase the number of estate agents by 20% and increase the level of understanding of property as an asset for economic well being and trading, the board said. It hopes the programme will help promote real estate marketing as a career. September said more women, the youth and physically disabled persons should be given an opportunity to participate in the sector. The Estate Agency Affairs Board is responsible for regulating the industry in South Africa. All people carrying out the activities of an estate agent are obliged to register with the board. It currently controls about 10 000 estate agency enterprises. Source: SAnews.gov