Land Commission and the Land Governance Support Activity (LGSA) completes ten days awareness campaign…

first_imgThe Land Commission in collaboration with one of its partners, Land Governance Support Activity (LGSA) has completed a ten-day intensive awareness campaign on the draft Land Authority Bill.The awareness campaign, which started on December 15 and ended on December 24, 2015, targeted seven counties of Liberia, which included Montserrado, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Margibi, Bong and Sinoe. The rigorous awareness event was intended to increase understanding about the Land Authority Bill aimed at generating the essential support from the citizens for the speedy and timely passage of the draft legislation.The awareness campaign also highlighted radio spot messages in simple Liberian English including ten local vernaculars.The messages were designed to disseminate information about the Land Authority Bill, increase education on land issues and to also rally the support of constituents in order to encourage their Lawmakers to promptly approve the two bills (Land Authority Bill and the Land Rights Bill) that were submitted to them by the President of Liberia.At the same time, eye-catching strikers bearing four key messages about land rights, land management, land governance and land administration were printed on water resistant material and distributed across the targeted seven counties. The campaign also included the placement of message bearing strikers on commercial, public and private buildings, motorcycles, vehicles and facilities of radio stations highlighting land issues.Liberia’s land administration and management system has negatively impacted the socio-economic and political wellbeing of all Liberians. Property rights in land are insecure and characterized by weak governance, including outdated policies, laws and regulations, weak institutions with little institutional coordination, and limited accountability; all of which creates an unstable environment, increasing conflicts over land, and high levels of corruption in the land sector. The institutional framework for land is fragmented among a variety of government agencies, which has led to ineffectiveness, considerable confusion, poor delivery of services, and corrupt practices. In February 2012, the Land Commission (LC) constituted a Land Administration Task Force, comprising the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), the Center for National Document and Record Agency (CNDRA), the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Ministries of Public Works, Planning and Economic Affairs, among others, to review the policy, legal and regulatory, as well as the institutional arrangement for land administration and recommend options for reforming and improving the land administration system in Liberia. While the task force was progressing with its work, the Commission held discussions with the President of Liberia relative to the speedy enactment of a law, which will facilitate the creation of a new land agency. Subsequently, in February, 2015, the Land Commission presented to the President of Liberia, the draft Bill to establish the new land agency to be named, the Liberia Land Authority (LLA).President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in September 2015, submitted to the National Legislature, a Draft Bill to Create the Liberia Land Authority (LLA), for consideration and passage into law. This follows the submission in December 2014, of the Land Rights Act, for which public hearings were held on August 10, 2015. Similarly, public hearings on the Liberia Land Authority Bill were held on Wednesday September 30, 2015 for which Heads of the relevant ministries and agencies of government were invited to provide justification why this Bill should be passed into Law. Now that the fifth session of the 53rd Legislature has opened, it is highly expected from a wide range of the Liberian people that the Land Authority Bill will passed into law as soon as possible in order to give the agency a comprehensive mandate and broad implementation authority over land matters in Liberia. The Land Governance Support Activity (LGSA) is a USAID sponsored five year project being implemented by TETRA TECH.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gedeh, Maryland, RiverGee to Host 2016 Independence Celebration

first_imgThree southeastern counties of Grand Gedeh, Maryland and River Gee have been selected to host the country’s 169th Independence activities.The events will be officially commemorated on July 26, 2016, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has disclosed.The three counties will bring the numbers to 14 all of the counties that have hosted the independence celebration since the ascendency of the Unity Party-led government in 2006. The new team of clustered counties to host the celebration will become the second since Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu counties were combined to host the 2013 Independence ceremonies.President Sirleaf made the disclosure at a special press conference held at the Presidential Palace in Greenville, Sinoe County. She called on authorities of those three counties and their citizens to begin early preparations so as to achieve the best results as expected.“We now know that we are coming to the last few of these [July 26] celebrations outside Monrovia, which prior to our ascendency to power had hosted the occasions throughout our national existence,” President Sirleaf said.The President noted that it was her administration that started the rotation of the independence celebrations that have seen some level of development in the various counties that had hosted the events.She said it is the UP-led government that changed it all by taking the celebration to the people, adding, “And so, we have had it in all of the other counties, except four that are left. We are now headed next year for the next cluster that will include Grand Gedeh, Maryland and River Gee.” To the contrary, historical records reveal that it was the actually late President William R. Tolbert, Jr. who began the tradition to rotate the Independence Day celebrations to the various counties of the Republic of Liberia. According to eminent Liberian historian, Dr. D. Elwood Dunn, the National Independence Day celebration of 1972 was held in Sanniquellie, Nimba County where Dr. E. B. Kesselly served as national orator. In 1973 the celebration was held in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County with oration delivered by Ambassador James Freeman; while n 1974 the Yancy Peters Flah delivered the national oration at the celebration in Zewdru, Grand Gedeh County. Dr. Dunn, who himself served as national orator at the Independence Day celebration of 2012, is in possession of copies of said orations from the Tolbert era. President Sirleaf also noted that it was her administration that started the County Development Fund and all of those things that bring development to the people outside of the capital city.The President said the preparations are not only about the government and the construction of some major facilities and support, but also to see some of the prominent and fortunate sons and daughters of those counties going back to carry out tangible development activities.“We want to see some of those individuals do things like what we saw in Grand Kru with Senator Peter Coleman and Representative Numene Bartekwa,” she said.Senator Coleman has a very modern hotel in the outskirts of Barclayville which helped to host many of the Ambassadors that graced this year’s celebration. Rep. Bartekwa also has a hotel and an entertainment center.In Sinoe, Supt. Romeo Quaiah also has a modern residence that hosted Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Sr.“These are the kinds of things that we would like to see our citizens get involve into. We want to encourage the citizens of the next three counties to start doing things in their respective places, because that is the spirit of the rotation,” she noted.President Sirleaf further disclosed that River Cess County will be the last county to host the final Independence Celebrations, climaxing the tenure of her presidency.“We want to give them more time, because there are lots of work to be done in the county. We want to see them transformed by the time we reach them in 2017,” President Sirleaf said.One reflective thing about the River-Cess celebration is that it will be happening in a very politically tense period as the nation would be poised for general and presidential elections.“That’s going to be a tough year too because of the political atmosphere that will be around, but we will be ready for it too,” the President said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

When a whale rings a phone

first_imgALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Amid the cacophony of cell-phone ringtones these days, add these: the clickety-click-click of a rare Central American poison arrow dart frog, the howl of a Mexican gray wolf and the bellows of an Arctic beluga whale. An environmental group is hoping that the more people hear these sounds from threatened animals, the more they’ll wonder where they came from – and question the fate of the animals and birds that make them. “The point here is education and inspiration,” said Michael Robinson, a conservation advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity’s office in Pinos Altos, N.M. Like other activist groups, the center is looking to capture immediate attention through cell-phone ringtones. Already, some 24,000 people have downloaded the rare rings for free from the center’s Web site. “Nonprofits have been using online tools such as Web sites and e-mail to get out a message, but the handwriting is on the wall as far as the possibilities for mobile devices to be added to that mix,” she said. “Mobile phones are just another piece of the equation. There is still so much room or experimentation.” Peter Galvin, a co-founder of the Center for Biological Diversity, came up with the idea for the free ringtones of endangered and rare species as a way to educate people – especially the younger, technologically savvy generation. “And with young people, it has to be interesting and it has to be cool,” he said. The rings are certainly that. In addition to the wolf and the whale, there are ringtones from several species of frogs from around the world, a few South American birds and North American owls. The poison arrow dart frog will be added to the list once Galvin gets back from Panama. He spent three days in the jungle, patiently listening for the calls of the tiny frog. It took similar efforts to capture the sounds of other rare animals. Some at the center say the howl ringtone might be one of the only recordings of the Mexican gray wolf in the wild. Biologists began releasing wolves on the Arizona-New Mexico border in 1998 to re-establish the species in part of its historic range after it had been hunted to near extinction in the early 1900s. While the ringtones might be amusing to hear, Robinson said they’re serious business. “We can get people thinking about something outside their immediate world, a more wilder world,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Four in five voting-age Americans have cell phones, and that number is expected to keep growing. By 2008, as many as 30 percent of wireless users are likely to forgo their land lines, and nearly all cell phones will have Internet capabilities, according to a study by the New Politics Institute. “With the ringtones, this is the tip of the iceberg,” said Peter Leyden, director of the institute, which studies the impact of cell phones – what he and others call “mobile media” – on political and social campaigns. Take, for example, the efforts of U2 front man Bono. He got thousands of people to sign up for the ONE Campaign, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting global AIDS and poverty, by asking fans to send a text message during the band’s concerts. Amnesty International also uses text messaging to send action notices to members around the world. Katrin Verclas, executive director of the Nonprofit Technology Network and a coordinator with MobileActive.org, said there’s a lot to be learned as campaigns – both political and social – try new ways to connect with people. last_img read more

Arsenal beat Napoli to reach Europa semis

first_imgThe exit of Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli means no Italian clubs are left in European competition this season.Unai Emery’s side were never troubled by the Italians despite the heated atmosphere in the Stadio San Paolo, even after losing departing midfielder Aaron Ramsey to a hamstring injury after half an hour.Napoli had turned up the pressure early with a chance to break through after 17 minutes with Kalidou Koulibaly going on the counter-attack, racing up the pitch to cross to Jose Callejon but Petr Cech closed down the Spaniard’s weak effort.Alexandre Lacazette wrapped up the tie with a fine free-kick© AFP Andreas SOLARORamsey limped off after 33 minutes with Henrikh Mkhitaryan coming on for the Welsh international.The Armenian promptly set up Lacazette who was awarded a free-kick after being brought down by Piotr Zielinski.Lacazette whipped the ball in from 25 metres past a motionless Alex Meret in the Napoli goal.Emery now faces a reunion with former club Valencia, 5-1 aggregate winners over fellow Spaniards Villarreal, as he targets a fourth Europa League title.The final will be in Baku on May 29.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alexandre Lacazette gave Arsenal a vital away goal to put them 1-0 ahead in the 36th minute with a fantastic free-kick. Photo/DAILY MAILNAPLES, Italy, Apr 18 – Alexandre Lacazette scored the only goal as Arsenal dispatched Napoli 1-0 on Thursday to advance to the Europa League semi-finals 3-0 on aggregate.Lacazette’s stunning 36th-minute free-kick put the English club through to a final four meeting with Spanish side Valencia.last_img read more

Patrick Vieira dismisses links to Saint-Etienne and commits to New York City

first_img New York City manager Patrick Vieira Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira has dismissed reports claiming he will be the new boss of Saint-Etienne.The French club had been linked with a swoop for the 40-year-old after current coach Christophe Galtier announced he was leaving this summer.But Vieira has now swiftly responded to the speculation by committing himself to his current employers New York City FC.“Of course I will stay here. I set out on a long-term project with New York City,” Vieira told the New York Post.“The only thing is you can’t control reports from journalists. The thing is that it is a really interesting project and I am into it. I love every single day of it.“Speculation is part of our world and I get used to it.” 1last_img read more

SEAMUS COLEMAN: 4 YEARS AGO I WATCHED IN KILLYBEGS – NOW I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO EURO 2016

first_imgSEAMUS COLEMAN has spoken of his heartache at missing Euro 2012, watching the games with his mates and family in Killybegs.Now four years later he is going this time – and travels to France today as part of Martin O’Neill’s Ireland squad.In 2012 Ireland’s then boss Giovanni Trapattoni decided not to take the Co Donegal man to Poland and Ukraine. Seamus went home to Donegal.“I had the Ireland shirt on (at home),” said the Everton defender.“I didn’t go on holiday and I stayed at home, just like I did before I would meet up with the squad.“I would have been at the housing estate, with the little kids knocking on the door, just like they were this week, and I would have watched the games with my friends. It didn’t feel nice but, as I’ve said before, that wasn’t Giovanni Trapattoni’s fault.” It has been a poor year for Everton FC, with the manager fired. Seamus is looking forward now to the European Championship, and next Monday against Sweden.“We’re going to France with a completely different mindset,” he said.“We’re a hard team to beat and we can score goals. Everyone wants to work hard for each other and a lot of that comes from the manager.“He gives us time away from the hotel now and again and we appreciate that. It’s like you want to reward him for how well he is with us.“I’m sure everyone references Leicester City, and what a fairytale that was. Every one of them got back into position and it was a lesson for all the talented teams. “There might be more talented players at club level but I’d rather have lads that work hard.”Tonight Seamus Coleman will sleep in the historic city of Versailles – let’s hope he and his Ireland team mates can make history this summer in France.#COYBIGSEAMUS COLEMAN: 4 YEARS AGO I WATCHED IN KILLYBEGS – NOW I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO EURO 2016 was last modified: June 8th, 2016 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:Euro 2016Killybegsseamus colemanlast_img read more

SOMETHING ‘BAZAAR’ HAPPENING IN GLENSWILLY

first_imgPlenty of ‘bazaar’ things have happened in Glenswilly over the years.But the people of the Glen certainly couldn’t he accused of not helping worthy causes.And so the people of the area have once again rallied to the call by holding a Monster Bazaar in aid of the Friends of the Letterkenny General Hospital on Friday evening. The bazaar kicks off at 7.30pm in the GAA Hall and there will be something for everyone.There will be lots of prizes on the night plus a free a draw with lots of prizes for all the children.Come along and support a great cause.SOMETHING ‘BAZAAR’ HAPPENING IN GLENSWILLY was last modified: March 21st, 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:BazaarFriends of Letterkenny HospitalGAA Hallglenswillylast_img read more

COUNCILLOR CALLS FOR PUBLIC TO MAKE A STAND OR FACE LOSING NOWDOC SERVICES FOREVER

first_imgThe organisers of the campaign against cuts in the NowDoc service in West Donegal have said they believe their campaign is gaining momentum and have called on the public to support a protest this Friday at 2pm in the Market Square in Letterkenny.One of the organisers Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig said, “From a packed public meeting to a very well-received street theatre performance at the Mary from Dungloe festival, the campaign has been gaining momentum and alerting people to the very real danger that the future survival of the NowDoc service is at stake.“It is vital that we keep up the pressure. There will be a public meeting in Ionad Templecrone, Dungloe this Thursday at 7pm and I urge the people of the Rosses and surrounding areas to attend. “I believe that if the majority of doctors within our community get their way, then NowDoc will be gone forever. We must take a stand or lose the service. It’s as simple as that.”“We urge the wider public to support our protest in Letterkenny this Friday. It’s not just an issue for the west of the county. The service in Inishowen is also directly under threat and we hope to see a big turnout from people there.“We must show unity in our fight to save the service. If these cuts go ahead, where will be next? I want to see a large turnout to send a clear message to the GPs that we will not accept putting their wealth before our health.”COUNCILLOR CALLS FOR PUBLIC TO MAKE A STAND OR FACE LOSING NOWDOC SERVICES FOREVER was last modified: August 4th, 2015 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) Tags:newsPoliticslast_img read more

Disgust as young stags shot with high-powered rifles from roadside

first_imgA man has expressed his disgust after poachers shot dead two young deer on his family’s land using high-powered rifles.The remains of the stags were found on lands at Fintown in the Donegal Gaeltacht on Friday.Both deer, estimated to be between one and two years old, had been shot from the roadside and left to die. Joseph Brennan, on whose brother’s lands the animals were killed, said he is outraged by the ongoing illegal killing of the deer.Mr Brennan, a well-known environmentalist and member of the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team, said the practice is becoming all-too common in Donegal.“These people are arriving in the dead of night is high-powered jeeps with high-powered lights and high-powered rifles. “They stun the deer with the lights and then simply pick them off. It’s just disgusting and it is happening more and more,” he said.Mr Brennan added that even more sickening on this occasion was that the dere were simply shot for some else’s pleasure and not for their meat.“It is illegal to shoot a protected species between dusk and dawn and this is what happened here. You hear there is an increase in the demand for venison meat and some deer are shot illegally for that reason.“But to shoot a deer from a roadside just to kill it and then leave it dying while you drive off is just beyond words,” he said.The deer most likely belong to the huge herd of deer which normally reside with the sprawling grounds of Glenveagh National Park.Some of the deer manage to get through the protective fencing surrounding the park and some are killed after roaming out onto roadways. Disgust as young stags shot with high-powered rifles from roadside was last modified: November 14th, 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:deerdonegalFintownglenveagh national parkgunspoachingshotlast_img read more

Rees ties school record with eight 3-pointers, Humboldt State women upset Stanislaus State

first_imgArcata >> On occasion, a basketball player’s shooting touch will heat up and have a major impact on a game. On an even rarer occasion, said player will do something special. On Saturday at Lumberjack Arena, that player was Catharine Rees.After missing her first two 3-point shots the junior shooting guard from Paradise, California didn’t simply catch fire — she was an inferno.Rees hit six-straight triples and went 8-of-12 from beyond the arc in the game, tying an all-time school record for …last_img read more