GVL Hails Greenpeace Assessment Progress Report

first_imgGolden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) has appreciates Greenpeace progress report made on its prime investor, Golden Agri Resources (GAR), a palm oil producer based in Jakarta, Indonesia.Greenpeace is a non-governmental environmental organization with offices in over 40 countries and with an international coordinating body in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.According to GVL statement, on December 22, 2014, Greenpeace published a report on GAR. In that report, Greenpeace presented its views on GVL operations here.Since early 2013, GVL has worked with partners, including Greenpeace, to implement robust policies and procedures to manage environmental and social impacts, prevention of deforestation and to develop land with local communities free, prior and informed consent.GVL recognizes that, in the startup phases; the approaches to community engagement and deforestation were not adequate. From 2013, GVL has detailed and put to practice the implementation of our Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) based on the emerging High Carbon Stock approach. GVL appreciates that this work is noted in the Greenpeace report. Work remains to be done to develop a robust, multi-stakeholder defined landscape-based conservation and development approach based on viable economic business model, which achieves the objectives of countering deforestation together with respecting communities’ rights and aspirations, and supporting the national development goals of Liberia. GVL is expected to further engage with the Government and other institutional stakeholders, while recognizing the current Ebola crisis impact on immediate Government priorities. Engagement with communities is ongoing, the statement indicated.“Our Social and Community Engagement Policy (SCEP) articulates our commitment to a robust Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) approach. We have worked since April 2013 with the infield support of The Forest Trust (TFT) as advisor and monitor.”The statement said that GVL believes that its updated FPIC approach has helped the company develop a constructive engagement with communities who have invited GVL to work with them.They (GVL) also recognize the challenges and the need for continuous development of our community information and FPIC engagement activities.“This is important particularly in a post-conflict society such as Liberia, where opportunities and concerns may quickly divide communities. GVL strives to engage sensitively and transparently with communities and interest groups, as well as pre-empt or promptly address any grievances that may arise.” GVL welcomes dialogue and participation with civil society organizations committed to work with our partner communities. “We appreciate Greenpeace’s constructive inputs and treat them seriously.” There appear to be also factual inaccuracies, outdated comments and recommendations that should be updated and expanded, perhaps reflecting the fact that Greenpeace has not visited our areas of operation in Liberia since November 2013. We will post a full assessment of the inputs and our recommendations for next steps in the coming days after a comprehensive review.GVL is a committed long-term investor in Liberia and asserts its commitment to ensuring minimal impact to forests, to providing positive impacts to communities, and to national development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt, Opposition nominees to be known this week

first_imgLocal Government CommissionBy Shemuel FanfairThe management of local democratic organs will soon fall under the watchful eye of a Local GovernmentOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo Commission (LGC). This comes after months of delays, and repeated calls, for the body’s establishment as Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan will no longer issue directives on local government matters, rather, this will fall under the perview of the LGC.In light of his announcement that LGC will now be operationalised by early July, the Communities Minister told this publication Monday that nominees for the Government side will be known by Wednesday. Bulkan however pointed out that he has not heard word from the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) on their nominees for LGC posts: “We have not received a response from him (the Opposition leader) as yet.”However, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo told this newspaper on Monday that the PPP/C nominees will soon be chosen.“I suspect this matter will be dealt with tomorrow or alternatively on Friday, our nominees will be selected.”The opposition leader further related that he could not reveal the names of the nominees as the matter is under discussion among party members: “Once we discuss the matter conclusively, we will release the names.”PPP/C Chief Whip Gail Teixeira had earlier this month contended that although Minister Bulkan was “constantly reminded”, the Opposition Leader had not received a formal letter.“The Leader of Opposition by law, the President by law shall appoint a certain number of people. The Act talks about the minister responsible for local government triggering this. The Minister of Communities has to trigger the action to write the Leader of the Opposition to say according to section so and so of the Act, we require the following, I’ve raised this matter over and over again,” Teixeira had explained at a party press conference.At that time, she noted that three sittings had passed but there were no moves on the matter: “There seems to be no haste on the government’s side to get the motion into the Parliament.”It was after the return of Local Government Elections (LGE) that tensions and controversy surrounded the establishment of some of the local democratic organs. Even before that ensued, government had promised that the LGC would be functioning from early 2016.The commission will be tasked with monitoring and assessing the performance of the local government organs, administer disciplinary action, and implement policies such as tax collection.last_img read more

Arab dismay – and jokes – after mass World Cup exit

first_imgThe only Arab team now with any hope is Tunisia, and they face the task of trying to beat a Belgium side who some tip to win the World Cup, after losing 2-1 to England in their first game.Reaction was swift across the football-mad region after the losses on Wednesday.Many fans took to social media to joke that they now knew what FIFA stood for — “Football Is not For Arabs”.Others claimed that “Arab teams were years behind Europe and Latin America”.Another drily noted: “Arab countries always differ in everything but agree to leave the World Cup together.”Saudi Arabia were the most disappointed. They were thumped 5-0 by Russia and then lost 1-0 to an unconvincing Uruguay.Saudi’s Argentinian coach Juan Antonio Pizzi was asked by journalists why the team had failed to make Saudi Arabian fans “proud” of their team.Turki al-Sheikh, the Saudi Arabian sports authority chief, lashed out at the players after the Russia debacle in a Twitter video, claiming the performance was a personal insult.“We’ve done everything we could for the national team players,” he thundered, before adding: “They’ve blackened my face.”Mohamed Salah arrived in Russia with an injured shoulder and Egypt’s World Cup was a disaster © AFP / Olga MALTSEVAEgypt’s tournament has been a fairytale turned horror story with the injury saga of their key player Mohamed Salah, whereas Morocco played well against Iran and Portugal but were toothless in attack.– Extra scrutiny –Teams from the region were hardly alone in experiencing disappointment, but their failure in Russia is especially relevant because the 2022 World Cup will be held in the Middle East for the first time and the performance of Arab sides will be closely scrutinised.Moroccan women watch their country’s World Cup defeat to Portugal © AFP / STRThe host nation, Qatar, has never qualified for the finals, a fact often pointed out by its many critics — it will get a free ticket in 2022 in return for organising the event.Russia defied pre-tournament expectations that they would flop on home soil, but some have predicted that Qatar will make history in 2022 by becoming the first host team to lose their opening game.Since controversially winning the right to host the tournament, Qatar has said its World Cup would be one for the whole region, a legacy now under risk.The tournament could have a different flavour to any before with the vast majority of the 1.5 million fans expected to attend coming from the Middle East region, particularly the Gulf.But an increasingly poisonous political dispute between Qatar and its rivals, including Saudi and Egypt, threatens that.The Khalifa International Stadium in the Qatari capital Doha has been refurbished ahead of the 2022 World Cup © AFP / KARIM JAAFARSaudis, and others from the region, are now banned from travelling to Qatar.In 2026 in North America, the first 48-team World Cup, there will be potentially more Arab teams than ever before.Sides such as Saudi qualify for the World Cup via the Asian Football Confederation and Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia via the Confederation of African Football — an Egyptian fan explained that in football, they are “Arab first, Africans second”.In eight years’ time, the AFC and the CAF will have 17 teams at the finals, instead of the nine at present.A similar poor performance in 2026 as in Russia is sure to lead to other federations questioning why these nations have so many World Cup spots.So despite the pride in Arab teams qualifying for Russia, for now there is disappointment and bitter recriminations.As one fan tweeted: “We (Arabs) have to be honest, we don’t deserve to play in big tournaments.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Saudi Arabia midfielder Abdullah Otayf reflects after his side were eliminated by Uruguay © AFP / JOE KLAMARNIZHNIY, Novgorod, Russian Federation, Jun 21 – No-one expected Egypt, Morocco or Saudi Arabia to win the World Cup but for all three to crash out on the same day was a disaster for Arab football.Between them they have so far mustered no points, the tournament’s biggest thrashing and just one goal — and that was a penalty.last_img read more

Actor Clooney injured in crash

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Actor George Clooney suffered a hairline rib fracture and road rash today after he was involved in a motorcycle crash in Palisades, N.J., his publicist said. Clooney’s gal pal, Fear Factor winner Sarah Lawson, was a passenger on Clooney’s motorcycle and suffered a broken foot in the crash. Both Clooney and Lawson were treated and released, said publicist Stan Rosenfield. The pair were seen together recently at the Venice Film Festival in Italy.last_img read more

Reports – Manchester United agree deal for World Cup star

first_img1 Memphis Depay in action for Manchester United Manchester United have agreed a deal with PSV for Memphis Depay, according to Dutch football expert Thijs Slegers.The 21-year-old, who impressed during last summer’s World Cup, is expected to join the Red Devils when the transfer window opens.Slegers claims PSV boss Phillipe Cocu has told his players Depay will be leaving the Dutch champions – and his teammates have congratulated him on the switch.Former Holland boss Louis van Gaal has been keen on sealing a deal for the youngster, after being impressed during the 2014 World Cup.It’s unknown whether Adnan Januzaj will be involved in the deal, after reports earlier this month claimed the Belgian winger could be sent on a year-long loan to PSV.Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain were also interested in the signing Depay.last_img read more

Liverpool FC transfer report: Jurgen Klopp plotting raid on former club Dortmund

first_img1 Jakub Blaszczykowski in action for Poland at Euro 2016 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is plotting a move for Borussia Dortmund winger Jakub Blaszczykowski this summer, according to reports in Germany.The Poland international’s future at BVB is currently up in the air after he spent last season on loan at Fiorentina – despite having two years remaining on his current contract.Klopp knows Blaszczykowski well from his time at the Westfalenstadion and is keen on utilising his qualities at Liverpool next season.Having missed out on signing Mario Gotze, Klopp is eager to get another of his former players on board at Anfield and has identified Blaszczykowski as a primary target.According to Bild, Blaszczykowski will hold talks over his future with Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel when he returns for pre-season and Liverpool are ready to be the first club to pounce should the 30-year-old decide to move on.last_img read more

AMAZING HISTORY OF THE GAA IN DONEGAL TO BE LAUNCHED

first_imgAn amazing history of the GAA in Donegal has been added to the Donegal County Archives and will be officially launched next week.Just two weeks after Donegal captured the Sam Maguire for just the second time, the rich of the GAA in the county is to be finally be made available under one roof.A colourful illustrated booklet outlining the history of the GAA in Donegal and listing the items in the collection has been produced and will be available at the launch at the Sean MacCumhaill Social Club on October 19th next at 3pm. Nearly 1000 archival items relating to the history of the GAA in the county and spanning over 80 years were deposited with the County Archives in 2006 by the Donegal County Board.This wonderful sporting archive collection dating from 1927 was in the care of the then County Secretary, Charlie O’Donnell, who, recognising the value of the collection sought a permanent home for the archives.With funding from the Heritage Council, the collection has now been catalogued and is available for research at the Archives Service in Lifford.This collection, spanning the twentieth century from 1927, contains a wide variety of material, reflecting the range of activities of the GAA in the county. Archives of note include the County Board minute books dating from 1933-1996 which are of key importance to the history of the County Board. Financial records, correspondence and numerous reports are also included as well as records from the various committees, including the regional, minor and hurling boards.The earliest document in the collection is a correspondence book with copies of outgoing correspondence written by Secretary Seán Ó Caiside, covering the period 1927-1937. Letters include references to fixtures, teams, players and grievances.A large amount of material has survived from the 1930s, particularly from 1933. Financial documentation includes invoices and correspondence and much was generated by Seán Conaghan, treasurer of the County Board from 1925-1933.Much of the material dates from the second half of the twentieth century. There are over 300 programmes for a variety of matches including club matches, leagues, championships and Ulster and All-Ireland matches.The collection also includes a variety of tickets, officials’ passes, bye-laws, invitations, posters and souvenirs. There are yearbooks, newsletters and magazines, histories of GAA facts as well as commemorative publications produced to mark anniversaries, opening of club grounds, winning teams and the centenary of the GAA in 1984. AMAZING HISTORY OF THE GAA IN DONEGAL TO BE LAUNCHED was last modified: October 11th, 2012 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:archivesdonegalGAAhistorylast_img read more

Gary Lineker backs Harry Kane to carry England burden at World Cup

first_imgBut while Lineker boasted a lethal record in tournament football, scoring six times in the 1986 World Cup and adding another four at Italia 90, his successor drew a blank at Euro 2016.He has since extended his Three Lions tally to 13 in 24 caps and has been handed the armband in Russia, a show of faith Lineker expects to pay dividends.“Harry is our talisman, you know he won’t be scared of it, you know he deals with these sort of things and he will relish it,” he said.“I am sure he will do well. Harry is one of the best strikers in the world, it is great that we have got him.“Like all strikers he just needs to hit the form at the right time, you can never be sure in a major tournament because you need the team to play well.”Lineker will be in Russia anchoring the BBC’s coverage but will not be seeking a mentoring role with a player who has established his own pedigree over the past four Premier League seasons.“It’s not my place to go and tell people what to do, but if anyone ever asks for my advice I am more than happy to give it,” he said.“He knows what to expect, he has just got to play his game, exactly the same game he plays for Tottenham.“If he does that and strikes form at the right time then he will do well. He doesn’t need anyone to tell him that, it’s all about delivering and enjoying it.” 1 Gary Lineker has backed Harry Kane to shoulder the dual burden of being England’s World Cup captain and primary goalscorer.Like Lineker before him, Kane has gone from being a prolific Tottenham striker to his country’s most feared threat on the international stage.last_img read more

Jimmy Bullard sent flying after dangerous tackle by Hollywood star

first_img Playing the role of the hard man has clearly paid off Bullard gets thrown into the supporters on the touchline Check out the hilarious footage below! Former Fulham and Ipswich Town star Jimmy Bullard was helping the star prepare with a defensive masterclass in the latest instalment of the popular feature, ‘Sunday League Hacks’.Taking part in a 1-on-1 scenario, Graham enjoyed initial success against the former professional before Bullard showcased his skills.However, after more expert advice from Carragher, Graham finally got his man…and how!Dipping his shoulder low into Bullard, the ‘Rock’n’Rolla’ star sent the TV host flying into the advertising boards where he was thankfully held up by supporter on the sidelines. Stephen Graham is used to portraying ruthless charterers on screen, but it seems as though the Hollywood star has confused Hollywood with reality.The star of ‘Boardwalk Empire’ and ‘Snatch’ was appearing alongside Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher on this week’s edition of Soccer AM. 3center_img 3 Graham has appeared in several popular films and TV shows 3 This is hilarious!Carragher gives Stephen Graham a few tips on 1-on-1 defending before he SMASHES Jimmy Bullard into the boarding! 🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/dbdhRdv3se— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) October 6, 2018last_img read more

‘LABOUR’S BID TO REMOVE RELIGION FROM SCHOOLS IS NEW LOW’ – McCONALOGUE

first_imgDONEGAL TD Charlie McConalogue has described a proposal by the Labour Party’s Aodhán Ó Riordáin to cut chaplaincy services from VECs and community schools as the latest front in the party’s ‘Culture War’, criticising the plan as ‘typically myopic and mean spirited’.Deputy McConalogue told Donegal Daily: “The attempt of the Labour Party to remove all trace of religious faith from public life in Ireland is well understood, however the latest front in this Culture War marks a new low.“Deputy Aodhán Ó Riordáin’s proposal to cancel funding for chaplaincy services in VECs and community schools comes hot on the heels of the Labour Party’s dismantling of the school counsellor system and shows a shocking disregard for the effect that these decisions are having on vulnerable students.” “As someone with a background in education, you would expect Deputy Ó Riordáin to understand that the chaplaincy service in these institutions is more about student support than anything else.“Since his party demolished the student counsellor system, these individuals have taken on a more important pastoral support role than ever before.“Unfortunately, it appears that such considerations take a back seat when it comes to the Labour Party’s prosecution of their Culture War. The proposal is myopic and mean spirited and I am calling on the Minister for Education to move quickly to dissociate himself and his department from it.” ‘LABOUR’S BID TO REMOVE RELIGION FROM SCHOOLS IS NEW LOW’ – McCONALOGUE was last modified: September 3rd, 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:Charlie McConaloguecutseducationLabour partylast_img read more