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

O DOMHNAILL BACKS PLANS TO MAKE CYBER-BULLYING A CRIMINAL OFFENCE

first_imgA Donegal Deputy has backed his party’s plans to make cyber-bullying a criminal offence.Senator O’DomhnaillDeputy Brian O Domhnaill says he is fully behind Fianna Fail’s proposals to bring in legislation on the issue of online crimes.“Unfortunately in Donegal we have witnessed first hand the devastating effects of cyber-bullying. “Its important that the issue is addressed by protecting individuals, especially our county’s young people from the devastating effects of these on-line actions,” he told Donegal Daily.Fianna Fáil is proposing a major shift in the law to protect people, particularly children, from cyber-bullying.Under new legislation from Fianna Fáil it will be offence to engage in cyber-bullying and it will also be an offence to assist it or encourage it.This would be the first time the offence of cyber-bullying would be defined in Irish law. Deputy Robert Troy, FF’s Spokesman on Children said so far cyber-bullying has only had consequences for the victims but now is the time to make sure there are consequences for the perpetrators too.“A report by the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection Geoffrey Shannon has said the growth of cyber-bullying has “almost overnight created a readily accessible forum for bullies to target children with little or no regulation or sanction.”“Cyber-bullying and the emergence of online hate campaigns are a major issue, particularly for teenagers at the moment, and we need a strong basis in law to help tackle it. The recent tragic deaths of a number of children who were allegedly the victims of cyber-bullying underscore the need to address this for the health and wellbeing of young people.“A recent survey found that incidences of cyber-bullying among Irish teenagers were among the highest in among 26 European countries surveyed. Cyber-bullying is carried out by text, picture or video-clip, phone calls, emails, on social media, in chat rooms and through instant messaging. Our Bill makes cyber-bullying a specific offence for the first time in Irish law. It makes provision for parents to attend mandatory parenting courses and only provides for criminal prosecution when a parent continuously and knowingly permits cyber bullying by their child.“The legislation states that parents will be deemed to have committed an offence where they know cyber-bullying is taking place and they don’t take any steps to stop it from continuing. Any parents found guilty of cyber-bullying would initially be required to engage with parenting courses but in serious and persistent cases people could face a prison sentence of up to two years and a fine of up to €20,000 or both. It’s important to say however that any trials of under 18’s would be dealt with in the Children’s Court. “There is a balance to be struck in how we deal with cyber-bullying. Awareness campaigns and better education are an essential part of that but I believe strong sanctions are needed as well to act as a deterrent. Failing to tackle this issue head-on will only result in more distress for the people who are targeted by bullies.”O DOMHNAILL BACKS PLANS TO MAKE CYBER-BULLYING A CRIMINAL OFFENCE was last modified: November 12th, 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:BRIAN O’DOMHNAILLcyber-bullyinglast_img read more