EU Launches Initiative to Protect Biodiversity

first_imgThe European Union (EU) has launched an initiative for the protection of biodiversity and wildlife in Liberia. The launch took place last Wednesday, the International Day of Biodiversity, with the aim of halting the loss of biodiversity and eradicating poverty in developing countries.The biodiversity for life flagship initiative is designed to help poorest countries protect ecosystems, wildlife crime and develop green economies.According to EU Commissioner for development, the biodiversity for life will be financed initially from the EU Global Public Goods Challenges (GPGC) thematic program as well as from regional and national development cooperation envelops, with an estimated budget of up to US$800 million for 2014-2020.Mr. Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development, said “We have already agreed with our EU partners that development is not sustainable if it damages the environment, biodiversity or natural resources.  Biodiversity for life will now provide the means to step up our efforts to support livelihood through a green economy to contribute to the EU’s development agenda.”The commissioner said biodiversity and development are closely linked and mutually reinforcing; healthy ecosystems sustain development while development impacts on habitats.He said seeing ecosystem conservation and restoration as an opportunity to generate growth create jobs and reduce poverty through a green economy that contributes to the EU’s development agenda.The commissioner however expressed the hope that the initiative will attract additional funding from other development partners including EU member’s states.He further explained that EU will operate in three priority areas: promoting good governance of natural resources, improve transparency by involving public and private sectors, civil society and academia in partnerships among others to help improve regulations to protect biodiversity.”Securing healthy ecosystems for good security; “this priority will promote sustainable farming practices and  the development of environment-friendly products ; help restore degraded areas; support the development of community-base land and management plans and coastal management plans, including marine protected areas.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Deputy SRSG Calls for Restructuring National Land Tenure System

first_img– Advertisement – By Alvin WorziYacoub El Hillo, Deputy Special Representative of UN Secretary-General (DSRSG) and UN Coordination, says there is an urgent need for Liberia to restructure its land tenure system because the reform will help in the consolidation of peace and continuation of stability and prosperity in Liberia.Mr. Hillo spoke yesterday at the kickoff of a 2-day national multi-stakeholder meeting at the Monrovia City Hall, under the theme “Improving Citizen’s Engagement in Concessions Management.”He said in 2016, the Liberia Peace Building Office in Monrovia conducted a nationwide research and gathered that land tenure and concessions issues were the number one driver of conflict in the country.Mr. Hillo noted that the governing of land issues and concessions’ rights will help create equity, access to prosperity, and economic development for Liberians.At this juncture, he said “Liberia is now preparing to take another step to show the world of its maturity as a nation, which will bring in new administration early next year. That’s why the timing of this meeting is very cardinal to Liberia.”He described the Land Rights Bill as a cornerstone in the consolidation of peace in Liberia, adding that “It’s very important for the landmark law to be considered and hopefully passed by the current lawmakers.“This will instill confidence in the people that the government is actually taken seriously and the immediate steps must be taken to harmonize peace in Liberia.”Ciatta Bishop, who read a speech on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, said the land is important to Liberia’s stability, development, and economy.“Our concessions touch all aspects of peace and security within the various borders.UN Coordination speaks to representatives of concessions counties in Liberia and stakeholdersConcessions are also a vibrant and vital part, including the citizens that bring economic development and continued social cohesion, rights and all of the land sharing issues that citizens have in this country,” Director Bishop said.She said according to the President, there are provisions within the concessions that did not and were not properly managed and she called on all partners to work together.“As you may be aware, President Sirleaf said, there were conflicts and uncertainty and other types of issues relating to land ownership within the concessions agreements, which the government has tried and will continue to try to ensure that they are facilitated.”“This meeting is significant because it brings together the three important partners of each concession, including the government, the people, and the concessionaires. Importantly, our partners recognized the effort the government and the people are making, thereby allowing them to join us in the struggle for peace and social cohesion through land rights,” she said.She reaffirmed the government’s continued support to its people and to the NBC in terms of monitoring, evaluation and the work that is done by each concession in Liberia.Dr. Othello Brandy, Chairman of the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) said the bill of the land rights remains fundamental to economic development, national cohesion, peace and economic growth of Liberia.“The Land Rights Act holds the key to Liberia moving forward in all aspects of development.The LLA is hopeful that the lawmakers will pass the Act because it provides the citizens the sense of stakeholder and ownership among others in the history of Liberia. It is the first time for a bill to recognize the indigenous to own land and to use land,” he saidHe noted that the passage of the Land Rights Act will help in safeguarding concessions across Liberia, adding that “Until we can be assured that our citizens have rights, any of us don’t have rights; even those who own private lands cannot be protected,” he said.Elizabeth S. Mulbah, a representative of the Governance Commission (GC) said she was delighted to be part of the stakeholder meeting, which will help to mitigate the issue of conflict in concessions areas.“Tension between communities and concessions are nothing new for the fact that everyone has gathered here today. With this bill, GC believes that many of the land issues will be hastily resolved like it was done in the past,” Mrs. Mulbah said.She added, “GC is mainly concerned about prevention, because there may be other concessions coming up and hope that they can learn from the mistakes of the past.Communities understand and want development, but also want fair play by being part of the process. They should not be taken for granted.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Yacoub El Hillo, Deputy SRSGlast_img read more

Basil Williams hints at contesting PNCR chairmanship

first_imgWith just several months left before the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) holds its next party Congress, longstanding member Basil Williams has hinted that he may run again for the chairmanship.Williams, who happens to be the current chairman of the party, told media operatives on Monday that when the time came, he would consider the option of running again for the second highest PNCR office.Current PNCR Chairman Basil Williams“I am servant of the PNC and a servant of my party. They know me. I have been working steadily throughout the years, and me and my comrades… so we don’t think that’s an issue,” he stated.Nevertheless, the current Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister said he was confident of winning the position again, although there have been reports that his performance has been weak.“Our members are very intelligent people and the type of leadership that they require, they know,” he said.Asked if he was confident that he would win the chairmanship again, he said: “I have always been a confident person in my make-up, as a lawyer, as a minister…”There are also reports that Minister of State, Joseph Harmon plans to contest the post in August, when the PNCR will hold their Congress.At the last PNCR Congress, Williams contested the position of Chairman unopposed. Initial reports had indicated that Williams would have been challenged by former party leader Robert Corbin, Minister Volda Lawrence and Lurlene Nestor. However, they all signalled their non-interest.Williams was first appointed PNCR Chairman in 2012 when he first contested the post along with Dr George Norton. That year, he replaced longstanding party member Cammie Ramsaroop as Chair.At the last Congress held in 2016, Dr Norton and Lawrence were also re-elected Vice Chairpersons.last_img read more

Training to be done to educate commuters on usage of overhead passes

first_imgThe Public Infrastructure Ministry will be conducting several training programmes to educate commuters on the safe use of the newly constructed pedestrian overpasses.Technical crew conducting final works on the elevator at Peter’s HallThis was related to Guyana Times on Monday by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson during a telephone interview.He noted, “We want the pedestrians to be able to use the overpass properly so we will be training a few persons on the proper usage before we open it publicly”.Patterson was unable to say when the new utilities will be officially completed, since some final works are yet to be carried out. “We are doing it now so I would hope very shortly. I can only say very shortly,” he added.When this publication visited an overpass located in Peter’s Hall, East Bank Demerara, the technical crew was hard at work trying to install the elevator which is expected to be used by the elderly who are unable to use the stairs.Head of the Work Services Group (WSG) Geoffery Vaughn, recently told this newspaper that the works to the overpasses were completed.“The actual overpass is finished but there are some works that we want to check on before we fully hand it over. The only thing that was being done was the elevator and they’re actually done with the elevators. There are some parts that we still need to check to ensure that the elevator is working effectively and efficiently so that we don’t have any hiccups when we open them,” Vaughn stated.After the checks are made and confirmed, the overpasses will then be commissioned for public use. As of now, pedestrians are utilising the crossings to ensure they traverse the roadway safely. However, the new elevators are still dormant.At present, there are five pedestrian overpasses located at Houston, Eccles, Peter’s Hall, Providence and Diamond. Ten lifts were sourced from Sweden earlier this year and two will be installed; one on each side of the crosswalk.Construction of the pedestrian overpasses commenced mid-last year and was almost completed by December 2017. The contract for the overpasses at Houston, Eccles and Peter’s Hall were awarded to B&J Civil Works for the sum of US$1,034,326. Meanwhile, there were separate contracts for the Providence and Diamond overpasses which were both awarded to S Jagmohan Hardware Supplies and Construction Services to the tune of US$364,247 and US$364,727 respectively.Trinidadian supervision firm RM Engineering Limited, was recruited to oversee the construction of the overpasses.The introduction of these flyovers was intended not only to reduce the high level of road carnage and to eliminate traffic congestion along the East Bank Road, which is said to be the busiest in the country.While many concerns were raised about the time it takes to walk the flight of stairs, the Public Infrastructure Ministry noted previously that this guarantees their safety.last_img read more

PG Targeted Hit

first_imgTwo people are dead in what RCMP in Prince George say appears to be a targeted hit.Investigators were called to a home in 2400 block of Webber Crescent late last night.The victims were found inside the residence which is not far from the University of Northern B.C.- Advertisement -Major crimes investigators have not said how the pair died, but confirm foul play is involved.Names, age or sex of the victims have not been released.last_img

Liverpool not just the ‘Fab Four’- Klopp

first_imgHowever, Klopp believes the moniker denies recognition to the talent throughout the rest of Liverpool’s squad.“I said already I have no problem with nicknames like ‘Fab Four’ but that is disrespectful against all the other players,” said the German.“We played a fantastic game at West Ham and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was involved.“We didn’t have Adam Lallana so far and I think he would fit fantastically in each group or band in this world.“Also Daniel Sturridge, Dom Solanke and all these offensive players. That’s not fair on them.”Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson will be recalled to midfield after he was left out of the team which hammered Spartak Moscow 7-0 to progress to the Champions League knockout stage in midweek.Klopp insists there were no hiddens reasons as to why Henderson did not feature against the Russians and believes he will be pivotal in the derby at Anfield.“He is such an important player for us,” Klopp said.“I want that everybody respects that Jordan is our skipper because he deserved it, because he is the right man for the job. But even a captain cannot play all the time –- that’s how it is.”– ‘Let the occasion overawe us’ –Everton manager Sam Allardyce admits the first priority for his players in the match will be to ‘master’ Liverpool’s devastating attacking threat.Everton manager Sam Allardyce admits the first priority for his players in the match will be to ‘master’ Liverpool’s devastating attacking threat © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLiverpool have scored 40 goals in their last 11 matches in all competitions, and have scored 19 in their six-match unbeaten run that includes five wins.Everton have not won at Anfield for 18 years, but it is Liverpool’s current form rather than the burden of history which will influence Allardyce’s tactical approach.“It is about us handling that and that pressure and atmosphere,” he said.“And handling a team that I have to admit is probably in the best form since Jurgen arrived and one of the best strike forces available in the Premier League.“We certainly have to master that on Sunday before we can think can we get at Liverpool and get in the right areas to score a goal and not waste the possession we get and not let the occasion overawe us.“All I can ask is the players to play their best game, it still might not be good enough against Liverpool because of the form they are in.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson will be recalled to midfield against Everton after he was left out of the team which hammered Spartak Moscow 7-0 © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Dec 9 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claims there is more to his side than his devastating “Fab Four” attack ahead of Sunday’s Merseyside derby with Everton.The Beatles-inspired nickname has been given to the front quartet of Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane after some eye-catching performances this season.last_img read more

Newcastle lead Liverpool and Southampton in 15 team race for Europe’s most wanted goalkeeper

first_imgMolde goalkeeper Orjan Nyland is wanted by up to 15 clubs – including Newcastle, Liverpool, Southampton and Celtic.According to Norwegian publication TV2, Nyland, who has conceded seven goals in Molde’s first six league games this season, has impressed many European scouts and is likely to move during the summer transfer window due to a £2.3m release clause in his contract.The 24-year-old, who was named in UEFA’s Under-21 team of the tournament following the European Championship in 2013, has won the Tippeligaen and three domestic cups since joining Molde in 2013, as well as cementing his spot in the Norway national side.With the potential departure of Tim Krul, Nyland would compete with recent signing Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot for the keeper’s jersey at St James’ Park.Celtic, Liverpool and  Southampton would all likely buy the Norwegian international as a second-string goalkeeper – so the Tyneside club looks to be Nyland’s likeliest destination at this stage. Molde goalkeeper Orjan Nyland 1last_img read more

Breaking reports: Chelsea to meet striker’s agent TODAY for talks over transfer deal

first_img Ezequiel Lavezzi 1 Ezequiel Lavezzi’s agent has travelled to London today to hold talks with Chelsea, according to reports in Italy.talkSPORT told you earlier this week that Fenerbahce had joined Chelsea in the race to land the out-of-favour Paris Saint-Germain striker, while Inter Milan also retain an interest.However, according to Sky Italia, Chelsea are in advanced negotiations with Lavezzi’s representatives and are now clear favourites to sign the Argentine.Whether a deal can be struck this month remains to be seen. Lavezzi’s contract at PSG expires at the end of the season so Chelsea may prefer to wait until then when they can nab him on a free.PSG are resigned to Lavezzi leaving and have given the go-ahead for the player’s agent to try and seal a switch this month.last_img read more

Bargain Hunter: Look here for cheap airfare at 11th hour

first_imgDON’T BREAK THE BANK: A friend recently told me about, a Web site that has supercheap, last-minute airfares. A weekend round-trip ticket to New York City that gave me just a few hours to pack was $462.60. Most of the time when you search for a flight just hours in advance, you are talking four digits, minimum. Buying a ticket to the Big Apple a weekend out cut the price to $314.20. Bada-boom, bada-bing! Their site also lets you search top destinations, deals or packages. They also make reservations for rental cars and hotels. LINCOLN LUNCH CHILI: Grabbed a meal for a fiver (ya know, the bill with Lincoln on it) in Canoga Park at Follow Your Heart restaurant. The food is vegetarian with many vegan options, but don’t let the lack of dead animals scare you away. The food is hearty, well-spiced and makes you feel good. I like their chili, though a few of the beans were a tad more al dente than I prefer. A cup is $3.50 and a bowl is $4.95 and comes with crackers or a roll. A half-salad is also nearly a Lincoln Lunch at $5.50. If you want to splurge, go for a mocha milkshake (dairy or nondairy), which easily feeds two, for $3.75. The restaurant is at the back of the grocery story on the left. Cozy place. Visit them at 21825 Sherman Way in Canoga Park. (818) 348-3240. BAG A MAG: has a $5 off coupon for a short list of magazines that actually includes some good ones. No Montana Fly Fisherman here, folks. (With apologies to those who fly-fish in the Big Sky state.) The coupon gives you 10 issues of Women’s Health for $10 or 10 issues of Everyday Food for $13. Runner’s World, which I enjoy reading when I’m not running (so basically, all the time), is $15 for 12 issues. Go to for the coupon. Expires Nov. 15. OPPOSITE OF SPAM: Forgive this brief self-promotion: I now e-mail a daily digest of all the day’s blog posts, so you don’t have to visit the Web site or wait for Thursday’s column. Just e-mail me at, and I will add it to the list. It’s much better than getting spam and it’s free, though some readers have asked what I charge, contributing to the overinflation of my ego! The digest may even help you save a buck or three. SAVE ON A FLU SHOT: It’s that time of year when you start sniffling and snuffling and aching and coughing. Time to get a flu shot. If your internal clock has not already told you so here is a reminder: GET A FLU SHOT! I *really* don’t want to catch your germs when you decide you are healthy enough to come to work and sneeze on me. I have even found you a few places to get a flu shot at a decent price. At my doctor’s office it is $28 plus my $15 co-pay. Yikes! I’m definitely not going there. The lowest price is at Sam’s Club, which is having a three-day promotion today through Saturday where they are giving flu shots for $20, no membership necessary. Sadly, the San Fernando and Santa Clarita locations are not coming up as participating, but Palmdale, Glendora and Oxnard are. If you do go, the hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The going rate at CVS, Rite Aid, Longs Drugs and Walgreens is $30. Some require appointments, others have age minimums. Check each chain’s Web site for details. Note: Rite Aid’s flu clinic ends today. FREE MINIHIGHLIGHTS: Yossi’s Salon in Woodland Hills had so much success with earlier coupons I posted on the blog that he is offering a new deal for Bargain Hunter readers. Free six-foil highlights and a clear cellophane treatment. Now, six foils are not enough to do your whole head, but will frame your face with a few wisps of color. He is offering the freebie until Oct. 31 to attract more customers. Not bad if you want to do a test run before plopping down major dollars to highlight your whole noggin. Visit them at 5349 Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Woodland Hills. (818) 825-3467. Tell Yossi you read it on the Bargain Hunter! WORLD PEACE CAN WAIT: A funny story – or sad depending on your sense of humor – in the paper recently. More people want a computer for Christmas than peace and happiness, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. (Not that they’re biased, or anything.) I’m sure you and I will take the high road – all we *really* want is a slip of paper saying a contribution to our favorite charity has been made, right? For a miniguide to buying a computer, go to Save a buck at local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.STAPLES 12 PERCENT OFF: Staples is appreciating its customers – more than they usually do – until Saturday with a 12 percent off coupon that is good on most items. For in-store purchases, not online. Go to for the printable coupon. Caveats: Offer excludes personal computers, laptops, phone cards, postage stamps and a few other items. BEST BETS FOR BRUINS GEAR: Having a hard time finding UCLA gear on sale? Tell me about it. You crazy fans buy so much of this stuff the prices are up there! But you don’t have to pay full price. After a Web search, I found at least one place that has gear at relatively reasonable prices. At, T-shirts were $16 to $22, sweat shirts were $41 to $61 and hats were $15 to $22. At, the apparel selection was basically limited to 2007 Final Four stuff. A sweat shirt was $46, a T-shirt was $26, and a hat was $27. Not exactly jaw-dropping. has the best prices I’ve seen so far. Their sweat shirts were $25 to $45 with a good variety of colors and styles. Most are hooded, though. A dark-navy, nonhood sweat shirt was $35. A note to USC fans: I haven’t forgotten about you! last_img read more


first_imgAn investment in Vodafone and Three mobile infrastructure in Donegal is expected to lead to a much improved mobile phone and broadband service by the end of the year.Raidió na Gaeltachta today report that Vodafone will have invested €4m in their infrastructure in the county by the end of the autumn, making high-speed broadband and 4G services available to 92% of the population.Three had also undertaken work to upgrade their service in Donegal, with further work due to take place soon in the areas of Glenties, Killybegs, Mountcharles and Moville. Vodafone began their upgrading work in Co. Donegal in Donegal town in September 2014, and 40% of the work has been completed.At present, 79% of Vodafone customers in Donegal have access to 3G, and this will have increased to 98% by the end of autumn. 33% of their customers currently have access to 4G, which is up to ten times quicker that 3G, and that will increase to 92% as a result of the work.Since Vodafone began their upgrade work in Donegal, there has been a 50% increase in the number of customers using data and broadband on mobile phones in the county due to the improved speed.€4M INVESTMENT IN DONEGAL’S MOBILE PHONE INFRASTRUCTURE was last modified: May 7th, 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)last_img read more