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The General Manager of Sime Darby Plantation Liberia (SDPL), Mr. Roslin Azmy Hassan, told reporters last week that even though the company continues to face many challenges as is typical of any company’s early growth and development, SDPL is on the verge of building a modern oil palm refinery in Bomi County, Liberia.“We have completed the feasibility studies for the refinery and so the project will hopefully materialize this year,” he said, adding that building a refinery is part of SDPL’s concession agreement with the government of Liberia.The refinery will further enhance his company’s confidence in Liberia while exposing the country’s investment potential. The refinery will pave the way for the Malaysian oil palm giant to process its raw oil palm into finished goods. The announcement comes as SDPL has already begins scout harvesting some of its oil palm products, which are already ripening.If built on schedule, the refinery will create additional employment for the people in the concession areas. To buttress the general manager’s comments, Already, SDPL has gone over and beyond its call to civic duty, building several schools, clinics, and recreation centers for its employees and their families.Mr. Sharmarhoddin Abu Samah, chief engineer of the refinery, disclosed that SDPL will build a refinery for every 70,000 hectares of land planted by the concessionaire. Mr. Samah, however, told our business desk that the project is cost-intensive and requires some technical steps. The refinery is to be constructed by engineers from Malaysia. Local skills and labor will be prominently featured, this paper was told,The government of Liberia, in 2009, awarded over 220,000 hectares of land to Sime Darby in a concession agreement that has a lifespan of 63 years.A year later in 2010, the company began operations in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties, but were limited to the former Guthrie Rubber Plantation that once commanded no more than 10,000 hectares of land. Community residents and traditional landowners in the two counties have been reluctant to surrender much land to the company beyond those limits, citing “traditional lands” and other constraints related cultural and economics.Though the concession agreement requires that SDPL to engaging in community development programs, which the company is abiding by, the locals are said to be requiring more from the Malaysian investor then it expected.Mr. Hassan admitted to frustrations encountered by his company, but insisted that SDPL’s primary concern—at least for the time being—is to ensure that it reconciles itself with the communities. “We didn’t just come here to do business; we also have a mandate to help out of poverty, the people in the communities that we are investing in,” Mr. Hassan declared.One of such responsibilities is the training of young university students in agriculture and oil palm management. The students are mainly from the University of Liberia; they are being trained at the company’s headquarters in Bomi County.Mr. Hassan told our reporter that SDPL is preparing for a better future as it trains young Liberians to take over the management of the company.“These young people are the ones that will take over this company and manage it tomorrow,” he added. He predicted that the time will come when SDPL will be 100% managed by Liberians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
More than 24,000 residents and dozens of small and medium business entities continue to depend on outdated hand pumps installed by aid agencies in Voinjama City, Lofa County.The Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation through one of its implementing partners, Liberia Municipal Water Project (LMWP) and supported by USAID, should be able to provide pipe borne water to Voinjama City.Every week, hundreds of residents scramble at the limited hand pumps in the desperate search for clean water for domestic and other uses.According to the Voinjama sub office of the Liberia Institute of Statistics for Geo-information Services (LISGIS) there are 24000 residents inhabiting the Lofa capital.During the tour of some of the affected communities in Voinjama last Tuesday, it was gathered that majority of the residents are crying for safe drinking water.According to the affected residents, many of them arise as early as 4:30 a.m. to be able to obtain enough water for the day.At one of the overcrowded hand pumps at Karzar Quarter in Voinjama City, water peddlers told the Daily Observer that even during this rainy season, securing clean water is indeed an uphill battle throughout the week.“You can imagine during the dry season, our water situation will be indeed desperate and worrisome. Something urgent must be done to complete our Liberia municipal Water Project,” peddler Sarah B. Mulbah stressed.The LMWP water project, which is supported by USAID, has delayed that doubts continue to linger in the people’s minds as to whether Voinjama will ever be blessed with safe drinking water.A cook shop owner, Elizabeth B. Massayan, told the Daily Observer that the water situation of Voinjama City needs attention.According to one of Voinjama City’s prominent businessmen, Anthony Mulbah Karzarku, small business enterprises are encountering serious hardships due to some of the challenges associated with obtaining safe drinking water.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The proprietor of Rosna Services Inc., Ms. Hannah Blackett, has urged Liberian entrepreneurs “to go beyond their thinking” to provide adequate services to Liberian consumers.In an interview on October 28, she said the government cannot do everything for all the citizens, so it is time that the citizens go beyond their thinking by improving on whatsoever business they are involved in to international standards.She said Liberians shouldn’t be just satisfied with what is available, but should seek the positive aspects of their businesses to meet up with both national and international demands.Ms. Blackett, who runs the Rosna Services Inc., a business that caters for steel giant Arcelor Mittal in both Yekepa and Buchanan, encouraged Liberian entrepreneurs to provide services that show that they are competent to handle their responsibilities up to international standards.“The sky should be our limit, and let’s continue progressing in whatsoever we are involved in; it could be catering services or any other business, the best thing is to keep improving until you meet the standards, both national and international,” she said.“During the Ebola epidemic, we imported all our vegetables and hired expatriates that are currently working in the canteen. They provided training for our Liberian sisters and brothers on how to maintain themselves in terms of their dress code and how to do catering.“When we started this business, we tried our best to meet up to the standard that we are today; if we were to relent, this catering would have fallen into the hands of foreigners.”Madam Blackett has meanwhile urged Liberians, especially those involved in catering, to do their best to improve on the standard that will meet the needs of their customers.The Rosna Services Inc. has in it employ over 300 young Liberians and some international staff that are running canteens in both Yekepa and Buchanan for Arcelor Mittal Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…New year to bring new economic crisis for Berbice – residentsBy Lakhram BhagiratWith more than 400 persons scheduled to be out of a job come January 1, the county of Berbice is now bracing itself for additional economic hardshipsRakesh Megnauthsince there is a lack of opportunities for employment within the county.Although the Government indicated that it was holding off on closure of the Rose Hall Estate, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) still went ahead and issued over 400 redundancy letters to workers, leaving them to ponder their next move.In May 2017, the Government announced plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar Estates, sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, reduce the annual productionof sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services offered by GuySuCo. Several protest actions followed this announcement.Over the weekend, Guyana Times visited the Rose Hall area and spoke to many of the workers and the business community about the impact of the callous move by the Corporation. The common concern was the lack of jobs within Berbice and also the age factor of those who lost their jobs.“I cannot go to any other estate and get work, so me got to look fuh a job. With me age it is hard to get a job,” 45-year-old Rakesh Megnauth told this publication.Megnauth told this newspaper that he had been employed with GuySuCo for moreSeunarine Persaudthan 13 years in the Pest Control Department and was in physical pain when he and his gang of over 200 persons received their redundancy letters.“This place nah got wuk fuh we. Brother, you see when I get me letter, I want cry but me tek am and went to the meeting. Them man tell the whole of C-Gang that we will get the severance and some ah them man got wife and small children; so tell me what dem go do?” he questioned.“What will we do?” was the common question from those who stand to lose their jobs. The business community is already bracing itself for the backlash of GuySuCo’s action.One businesswoman said that it was really sad to see so many persons lose their jobs while noting that the community was already seeing a decline in spending. She explained that GuySuCo was the only entity that provided jobs for those in the Reliance/Abandon area in East Canje, and the closure of the Rose Hall factory would shift the residents further into poverty.“It is really sad and it really affecting us, because business gone slow and this Christmas season ah come up and people are depressed now and what little money they got now, they got to provide food. New Amsterdam hardly got peopleThis businesswoman said “things really hard” and “business slow” in Berbiceand work nah deh and it will get harder…it got people with loans and bills and children to go to school; how them go survive?,” the woman asked.The businesswoman said she would feel sorry and helpless when she thinks about the plight of housewives who are now left to worry about their families.Meanwhile, Seunarine Persaud related that he felt discriminated against because he was the oldest member of his team and was the first to get his redundancy letter. He explained that he has given 30 years of service to the Rose Hall factory, adding that there were approximately 40 persons in his team with only 11 receiving redundancy letters. “What about the people with children in high school…?” he lamented.Persaud is adamant that the Estate has the capacity to continue operations, pointing out that there are canes that have been burnt and just left there to rot. Given the current economic woes being experienced, Persaud said “next year, it will get more heavy” and worsen.He added that businesses in New Amsterdam, the economic hub of the county, were already laying off workers as opposed to hiring for the Christmas season. HeOne of the redundancy lettersquestioned whether there was any plan in place for them.Many of the workers are also accusing the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) of doing very little to address their concerns, since the Union is yet to have a meeting with the laid-off workers.The plight of the sugar workers took centre stage during the Budget 2018 debate in the National Assembly last week. The Opposition accused the Government of having no clear and direct plan for the workers.“Not one of them, and certainly it is not in the Budget, has advanced an alternative economic activity for those thousands of sugar workers…; that would have been humane; that would have been visionary; that would have been responsible leadership and governance…..I guess if I am looking for those things, Mr Speaker, I am looking in the wrong place and the wrong direction,” Opposition MP, Dr Vindhya Persaud said during her presentation.She also questioned plans for the women of the industry since they were the ones who would worry more about the loss of jobs.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, during his budget debate presentation, called on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and the unions to step in to help the workers to move forward. However, he failed to lay out the Government’s plan to assist the workers during the transition period.When the coalition Government came into power in 2015, it ordered a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the state of the sugar industry. The CoI made several recommendations for the improvement of the industry.What the CoI did not recommend was the closure of any of the estates. Since then the Government has been accused of disregarding the important advice of the $51.8 million CoI and going ahead with its own plans for the industry.
Bennett compared the burgeoning LNG industry to the work of W.A.C. Bennett – to which has no relation – in this region, and pointed out that he also faced public doubt and criticism of the need for the dams on the Columbia and Peace Rivers. “They were probably right at the time; they probably didn’t need that power, but that’s not why W.A.C. Bennett did what he did,” he argues. “He had a vision for what British Columbia could be, and he knew that eventually, with the access to electricity, that those dams created, that businesses would start up, industries would flourish, and we would use that electricity today.” It’s that same perspective that Bennett says is driving the provincial government towards the LNG industry, which he admits is still a long way from being realized. – Advertisement -“We’re building it because we have faith in British Columbians, we have faith in Canada, we have faith in you,” he told the crowd. “If we give you the opportunity to tap into that electricity, if we give you the opportunity to tap into that natural gas, we build those pipelines over the west coast, we liquefy that natural gas and we ship it to Asia, we’re confident that B.C. is going to be more prosperous.” He also credited Senator Richard Neufeld, who was in the room, with helping the government understand the opportunities presented by unconventional natural gas. Advertisement “I think there’s been an interesting public discussion about using more gas for electricity,” he says. “This isn’t a revolutionary concept; B.C. Hydro’s long-term plan already allows for the use of more gas for electricity, but we haven’t had a gas plant built in B.C. in many, many years, so I thought it was worth throwing the idea out.” It would likely be easier to be built in the Horn River or Liard area where there’s less transmission, but Bennett says it’s for the marketplace to drive its location, not the government. Going off his script, Bennett also touched on the Site C dam, maintaining that the government is waiting to hear what the Joint Review Panel has to say. He says he places the project in the same category as W.A.C. Bennett’s dams, and the LNG industry, and the government hopes the answer is yes. “I would be dishonest if I stood up here and said there’s not going to be any impact if that dam gets built, because there will be impact upstream from that dam and there will be impact on communities as well,” he concedes, “but if you look around the province, and you want to build a large hydroelectric facility somewhere in British Columbia, this is the place to do it.” He qualified that by pointing to the two existing dams on the Peace River and the Williston Reservoir as having already created an environmental footprint that can be used for the Site C dam. After his address, Bennett spoke to local media about recent comments he made in the Vancouver Sun about using natural gas to produce cheaper electricity in the province. He says he threw the idea out to spur a debate, and points out that B.C. Hydro’s Integrated Resource Plan would allow for it. Advertisement
The Lagan Community Text Alert was launched last night in the Manorcunningham Resource Centre.There was a large crowd in attendance.Chairman, Mr. Frank Morning welcomed and thanked everyone who attended. Since the group was set up, 250 community members have joined and 22 text alert signs have been erected in the area. Sergeant Paul Wallace (Crime Prevention Officer) along with the help of Sergeant Jim Collins (Raphoe and Convoy) gave a Power Point presentation on crime prevention and the importance of community awareness.He informed those in attendance there has been an 8% decrease in burglaries in the county in the last year which is to be welcomed. He considered this to be a direct result of increased awareness which has lead to an increase in reporting to the GardaiSuperintendent Michael Finan explained how people in the community can work with the Gardai to provide its members with a better quality of life by helping to prevent crime before it happens.Ms. Vanessa Clarke of Muintir na Tire (Regional Development Officer for the Text Alert Programme) gave a detailed explanation of the benefits of the Text Alert Scheme. Mr. Tony Morning, who organised the first public meeting in the resource centre almost a year ago, gave a detailed breakdown of how money received by him from the public was spent on security measures for elderly and vulnerable people in the area who had been broken into in the recent past. 250 SIGN UP TO LAGAN TEXT ALERT SCHEME was last modified: February 25th, 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:LAGAN TEXT ALERT SCHEME
Samuel Clarke at a previous court sitting. Pic by Northwest Newspics.A JUDGE has agreed to a surety in a bail application from a murder suspect.Samuel James Clarke, (52) of Magherane, Raphoe was charged in January this year with the murder of Mr Seamus Doherty, (67), in Drumnacoo near Churchill in June 2012. He had been granted bail in the High Court subject to signing on at a garda station twice a day and that an independent surety of €30,000 be provided, €10,000 of that in cash.Edwin Clarke, with an address at Galdonagh, Manorcunningham, and son of Mr Clarke was approved by Judge Paul Kelly at Letterkenny District Court to provide the surety.Gardaí had objected to the application on the grounds that they believed the surety was coming, in some way, from the income of Samuel James Clarke.Inspector Goretti Sheridan told Letterkenny District Court that almost €30,000 in an Ulster Bank account was obtained as a loan from the bank by Edwin Clarke to purchase cattle.Judge Kelly issued an order to the Ulster Bank that the amount of money in that account should not fall below €20,000 and said bail could be granted if the bank agreed to the order.JUDGE APPROVES BAIL SURETY FOR MURDER ACCUSED, SUBJECT TO CONDITIONS was last modified: July 5th, 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)
IN DEMAND 2 targets The France international, now 31, became a huge fan favourite, and he was handed a lucrative five-year contract just eight months after his arrival from Marseille in a deal worth a reported £10.7million.However, Payet’s relationship with the club grew gradually worse throughout his second season in east London, and he eventually sealed a return to Marseille at the end of January after submitting a transfer request. Latest transfer news TOP WORK moving on Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing LATEST Dimitri Payet has been offered to West Ham less than two years after leaving the Premier League club for Marseille.Payet was a key player during his year-and-a-half stay in east London, helping the Hammers to a seventh-place finish in the 2015/16 Premier League season. The former Saint-Etienne and Lille star scored nine Premier League goals and created a further 12 in his debut season at West Ham, before adding a further two strikes and seven assists the following campaign. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 2 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM RANKED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Payet was one of the Premier League’s best players during his time at West Ham Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? three-way race The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets Marseille could be forced to sell Payet this summer Despite leaving the London Stadium in acrimonious circumstances, Payet has been offered to West Ham by his representatives as Marseille reportedly need to sell key assets this summer.The Guardian say West Ham are exploring if a deal would be viable to bring Payet back to London, with Manuel Pellegrini, the manager, asking his senior players for advice about the France international on Thursday.Payet is said to have been in contact with some of his former team-mates throughout the last week, and the response to Pellegrini’s questions are believed to have been favourable. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals TUESDAY: Los Angeles Mission College will host a blood drive, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the Campus Center, 13356 Eldridge Ave., Sylmar. Call (818) 833-3411. The Skirball Center will present a reading and discussion of New York teacher/author Frank McCourt, 7:30 p.m., 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets, call (866) 468-3399. The Chamber Music Society will perform, 8 p.m., Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. For ticket prices, call (323) 850-2000. Temple Judea will host a town-hall meeting to discuss developments in the Middle East, 7-8:30 p.m. at 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!